Category Archives: Mac

macOS New app Release – IR2Office 2018

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Product AnnouncementsRecosoft Corporation of Osaka, Japan, the creators of PDF conversion software and workflow automation plug-ins for Adobe(R) InDesign(R), has shipped IR2Office 2018. IR2Office is a new plug-in for Adobe Illustrator which converts Illustrator (.ai) files to the Microsoft PowerPoint and Apple Keynote formats while maintaining layout accuracy.

IR2Office converts the text, associated fonts, vector graphics, images along with the corresponding property information to the equivalent Microsoft PowerPoint or Apple Keynote data and property; converting every artboard to an equivalent slide in the final PowerPoint or Keynote document type.

“IR2Office solves the difficult issue of getting Adobe Illustrator content into Microsoft PowerPoint and Apple Keynote formats while ensuring the data remain editable. IR2Office is the latest addition to our tools of workflow automation solutions for Adobe Creative Cloud” – Paramjit Chadha, MD, Recosoft Corporation”

IR2Office saves you valuable time in recreating Illustrator content in PowerPoint and Keynote as the Illustrator data and layout structure are maintained. IR2Office has been designed to provide seamless integration with Adobe Illustrator eliminating the necessity to acquire and install additional tools; resulting in enhanced workflow automation and providing huge cost savings in both time and expense.

Features:

  • Support for Adobe Illustrator CC – IR2Office operates as a plug-in for Adobe Illustrator enabling you to directly convert Illustrator CC 2015 or higher documents to the target format.
  • Save to Office formats – IR2Office converts the Illustrator file to the Microsoft PowerPoint or Apple Keynote type.
  • Accurate Conversion – IR2Office maintains the layout of the document when converted to the PowerPoint or Keynote type. Text, Vector Graphics, Images, Gradients and other object property information are converted appropriately.
  • Simple interface – Simply open up the Illustrator file to export to PowerPoint or Keynote type and choose the Export to Keynote or Export to PowerPoint command.
  • Exports all artboards – IR2Office converts all artboards in the Illustrator file to a corresponding slide in the resulting PowerPoint or Keynote file type.

System Requirements:

  • macOS 10.11.6 or higher
  • Intel-based Mac
  • Adobe Illustrator CC 2015, CC 2017 or CC 2018

Pricing and Availability
IR2Office 2018 is available immediately in the following configuration from the Recosoft web store (per license): ID2Office 2018 Annual subscription (macOS) $99.99 (USD).

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macOS New App Release – Data Extractor 1.6

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Product AnnouncementsTension Software of Milano, Italy has released Data Extractor 1.6 for macOS. Data Extractor 1.6 can extract data from files and emails and collect them in exportable database tables. Data Extractor 1.6 allows users to extract data in a sparse format contained inside files and emails and collect them in an internal structured table Collected data can be exported at any time in various format (CSV, TSV, HTML, Custom).

Data extractor can parse thousands and thousands of file in few seconds and collect all the raw data inside. It uses simple instructions about how to recognize data, how to extract them and where to put these data inside a structured table, ready to be exported.

When the data you want to extract are recognizable inside a text by a start label and the end of data by another label or a newline or return or a tab, Data Extractor can extract it and do in few seconds ,the job you would requires weeks or months or even years to do by hand.

Data Extractor provides all the knowledge to accomplish these specific tasks in a fast and smart way inside a beautiful and elegant, Mac only, native application.

Data Extractor provides an internal database table, where the user can create how many columns she/he likes, where data can be collected. Data are always available for export on disk in CVS (comma separated value), TSV (tab separated value) or html table format. Name of custom fields can be used as first record during exportation (for successive smart importing).

Data Extractor is document based and any document can be customized for fast batch processing of large amount of data with specific sources, rules of extractions and custom destination fields. Creating many documents the user can create as many custom ‘extraction set’ he needs to extract from different files and with different extraction rules.

The application includes a PDF user guide with also 4 practical lessons with demo documents (on our site) on how to extract data from text files and put them inside a custom, user created table. Due to the complexity of the operations we know that it is a lot easier to show to the user some examples of usage, before explaining from a general point of view how the app works.

Features:

  • Transform order or data in general you receive via email in a database records (Data Extractor can parse directly emails pointing at your mailbox on your Hard Disk)
  • Collect order received as server output when not directly inserted inside a database
  • Extract data from files one by one, also dragging them via Drag & Drop
  • Can process folders extracting from all the files inside nested to any level
  • Convert data provided in one format to another when the first format uses a recognizable patter with labels to identify data fields
  • Adjustable data columns positions
  • Extract data from files where data are written all in one file with record separated just by a distinctive string
  • Extract data from files where records are separated by newline with fields all in one line identified just by labels
  • Extract data from text document with non unique, ambiguous tags , using special tags usable to instruct Data Extractor where to really start collect data
  • Parse files only if they respond to certain characteristics
  • Extract data only if they respond to certain characteristics
  • Extract data also when it is specified by more then one label (it can put different extraction in the same destination field)
  • Can use ‘Case Sensitive’ option for data tags

New in this release:

  • New improved layout of the ‘Run’ zone offering a better view of the elaboration flow
  • More data offered inside the ‘Run’ zone about file processed, skipped and accepted and rejected and record and fields inserted in the internal database
  • Various bug fixes
  • Code optimizations

System Requirements:

  • macOS 10.10 Yosemite
  • Optimized for macOS 10.13 High Sierra
  • 6.6 MB

Pricing and Availability:
Data Extractor 1.6 just $49.99 USD (or an equivalent amount in other currencies) and is available worldwide through the Mac App Store.

Networking Cheatsheet for Linux (and macOS)

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Whether you are a Unix/Linux/macOS Sys Admin or just a user, you often have to deal with various network issues. There are several ‘built-in’ utilities that can be used through the Command Line to help solve these issues. While this is not a full networking tutorial, the cheat sheet PDF file does give you some of the essential networking commands and examples of how you can put them to use.

While the cheat sheet is targeted at Linux, many of the commands listed will also work on your macOS system. This may be something you want to print out and add to your notes, or just download it and have it available for reference. I downloaded the PDF and put it in my iCoud Drive so that I can reference it from my Mac, MacBook or my iPad.

macOS New App Release – Mail Archiver X 4.2

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Product AnnouncementsMoth Software of Heidesheim, Germany has released Mail Archiver X 4.2 for Mac OS X, an update to their app that serves as a companion to the user’s current email application/client, allowing consolidation, archiving, and permanent storage of emails. Emails may be saved in the application’s native database format, or in Evernote, Filemaker, PDF, mbox, or Text formats. Archiving emails from a variety of email applications into a single database, the app prevents accidental deletions, facilitates quick searches, and eliminates the storage size limits imposed by many email apps and companies. By saving emails in a single, standardized format, users are ensured that they can read all their emails, even those from legacy applications, from which they have subsequently migrated.

Following the archiving process, users may browse or search from the Mail Archiver X viewer.

You can now archive directly to PDF which makes your archive available on all platforms. “Filtering emails has been a feature that has been requested often. Finally, it’s available,” says Moth Software spokesperson, Beatrix Willius.

New Features for Mail Archiver X 4.2 are:

  • The list of mails is now fast again. Everything from loading to selecting and adjusting the column widths is very fast.
  • The diagnosis after archival runs faster.
  • Duplicate checking is now a bit faster for Outlook and Mail. For Imap this is more than 10 times faster.

Mail Archiver 4.2 still is 32bit! The upcoming version 4.3 will be 64bit and already runs fine on Mojave. 4.3 will be a free update to version 4.2.

Feature Highlights of Mail Archiver X are:

  • An ideal email management and archive solution
  • Protect and save all emails in a single archive folder
  • Archives emails from the following formats: Entourage, Mail, Outlook, Postbox, Powermail, Thunderbird, and standard mbox
  • Exports emails to the following formats: Valentina (native), Evernote, Filemaker, PDF, mbox, or Text
  • Built-in email database browser
  • Exchange is supported for Apple Mail, and Microsoft Entourage and Outlook
  • Filemaker support, when using the Filemaker Version 12 browser

Compatible Email clients:

  • Microsoft Entourage: 12
  • Apple Mail: any version
  • Postbox: 1.0 or higher
  • Microsoft Outlook: 14.0 or higher
  • CTM Development Powermail: 5.1 or higher
  • Mozilla Thunderbird: 3.0 or higher

Pricing and Availability:
Mail Archiver X 4.2 is $39.95 (USD) and available directly from Moth Software. A free, fully-functional, 12-day trial version can be downloaded. Mail Archiver X 4.2 comes with a 30-day, money back guarantee.

macOS New Book Release – Cognitive Productivity with macOS

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Product Announcements – CogZest of Vancouver, British Columbia  has released Dr. Luc P. Beaudoin’s new e-book, Cognitive Productivity with macOS(R): 7 Principles for Getting Smarter with Knowledge. In today’s competitive economy, Mac users need to deal with unprecedented amounts of information and technology options under intense time pressure. Beaudoin’s new, screencast-rich e-book demonstrates pro-active strategies for assessing, organizing, selecting, processing and mastering information.

Cognitive Productivity with macOS is the Mac-focused, practical sequel to Beaudoin’s ground-breaking e-book, Cognitive Productivity: Using Knowledge to Become Profoundly Effective. When it comes to learning, not every app is created equal. Common ways of processing information actually interfere with learning. Using the right apps and the right strategies can enormously boost your ability to learn and think effectively. This is what Cognitive Productivity books are all about. Cognitive Productivity books are designed to help you “thrive in the sea of knowledge”.

Luc Beaudoin is a cognitive scientist, author and entrepreneur who specializes in cognitive productivity and well-being. His work has been featured in Forbes Magazine, The New York Times, Lifehacker, Popular Science Magazine, Cool Tools, The Guardian, The International Business Times of London, etc. He is co-founder of CogSci Apps, inventor of mySleepButton(R), founder of CogZest, and Adjunct Professor of Cognitive Science and of Education at Simon Fraser University.

Cognitive Productivity books are themselves prequels to CogSci Apps’ upcoming, first-of-its-kind, cognitive productivity app. Cognitive Productivity with macOS book is available today on Leanpub and imminently on iBookStore and Amazon Kindle Store.

macOS New App Release – KeyCue 9

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Product Announcements – Did you know that July 17th is World Emoji Day? As it happens, this is also the release date of KeyCue 9 by Ergonis Software of Perg, Austria. KeyCue revolutionizes input of emoji characters. Today, KeyCue 9 reinvents emoji typing. While the online community loves emojis, people become more and more frustrated about the confusing multitude of slightly different emojis, which makes it tedious to choose and type the right one. This is where KeyCue 9 comes to help.

KeyCue 9 shows a table of all available emoji characters and lets you insert any emoji with a click. To find out more about a certain emoji, move the mouse pointer over it to see an enlarged view and a description of the emoji’s meaning. You can also enter a search term in KeyCue’s find field to focus on the matching emoji characters, or choose from the list of recently used emojis. Finding and typing the right emoji has never been easier.

World Emoji Day is great, but Ergonis made it even better, proclaiming World Emoji WEEK. During the seven days from July 17th to July 23rd, you can purchase a license for KeyCue 9 – the ultimate emoji picker – for only EUR 14.99, which is 25% off the regular price. Enter coupon code “WorldEmojiWeek18PE” during checkout (does not apply to upgrade orders).

Typing emoji characters is only one new feature of KeyCue 9. KeyCue’s originally designated use case is to help you to use your macOS applications more efficiently by making best use of keyboard shortcuts. The productivity paradox of keyboard shortcuts is that shortcuts were designed to increase productivity. However, productivity actually decreases when applications provide large numbers of shortcuts, in particular when the shortcuts are defined inconsistently across applications. KeyCue’s elegantly simple solution is to display an instant overview of currently available keyboard shortcuts, application-specific menu shortcuts as well as system-wide hotkeys, and user-defined shortcut descriptions. Over time, KeyCue users will automatically remember frequently used shortcuts and start working more efficiently.

Visit Ergonis Software’s website to see how KeyCue can help you to type emoji and to download a free trial version. KeyCue has already received many awards, including a 4.5-Mice award from MacWorld magazine.

System Requirements:
KeyCue 9.0 requires Mac OS X 10.7 or newer and has been tested successfully with current preview versions of macOS Mojave (10.14).

Availability and Ordering:
The upgrade to KeyCue 9.0 is free for anyone who purchased a license for KeyCue 8 on or after October 1st 2017. Upgrade paths are available for owners of older licenses. All KeyCue 9 purchases (new and upgrades alike) include all subsequent 9.x upgrades at no additional cost. For information about purchases, including enterprise licenses, volume discounts, and upgrade pricing offers, see the company’s website.

Celebrating World Emoji Day/Week, get 25 % off the regular price if you place your order for KeyCue 9 before July 24th by entering coupon code “WorldEmojiWeek18PE” during checkout (does not apply to upgrade orders).

macOS New App Release – Output Factory 2.3

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Product AnnouncementsZevrix Solutions of Toronto (ON), Canada has released Output Factory 2.3, a feature update to company’s output automation plug-in for Adobe InDesign. Awarded 5 stars by InDesign Magazine, Output Factory automates and simplifies workflows of printers, ad agencies, and publishing houses worldwide. The software helps eliminate repetitive tasks through batch processing with time-saving output options.

The new version adds the ability to export every n pages of InDesign document (every 2 pages, 3 pages etc.) as single PDF files. The specified groups of pages can also be exported as spreads if the Spreads option is checked in the selected PDF export preset. This feature was in high demand by InDesign users and Output Factory is now the only tool on the market that provides the users with multi-page sequential export to single PDF files.

“I want to say how valuable and useful Output Factory has been for our company,” says Ed Saye, studio manager at Blue Sky Agency in Atlanta, Georgia. “The folks that use it are delighted to have a way to automate so much repetitive work in a consistent and organized way.”

Output Factory supports printing as well as exporting to PDF, PostScript, EPS, Flash, IDML, EPUB and several image formats. It offers the following key features:

  • Batch processing of InDesign files
  • Output groups of pages as a single documents
  • Output files to multiple formats with one click
  • Variable output file names
  • Layer versioning: output layer combinations as single files
  • Preflight InDesign documents on the fly
  • Split InDesign files into single pages
  • Preflight final PDF files

Pricing and Availability:
Output Factory can be purchased from Zevrix website for $169.95 USD (Lite version $119.95), as well as from authorized resellers and Adobe Exchange. Trial is also available for download. The update is free for the users of Output Factory 2.x, and $84.97 to upgrade from Output Factory 1.x and BatchOutput. Output Factory requires macOS 10.7-10.13 and Adobe InDesign CS3-CC 2018.

macOS New App Release – String Replacer 1.5

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Product AnnouncementTension Software of Milano, Italy has released String Replacer 1.5. String Replacer 1.5 for macOS allows to find and replace a list of strings inside files and folders directly or in batch mode. It allows operating on multiple files using a multiple string couple replacement list. It works with just a single click or using drag and drop, also in batch mode replacing inside thousands of files thousand of find/replace couples of string.

String Replacer can replace strings inside any text files (text, HTM, HTML, tsv, csv and any other file that can be opened as a text file). It can replace in a single pass an unlimited number of strings with other strings, and parsing one or more file from a list of files and folder content (including all the files nested inside folders at any nested level).

String Replacer is document based to offer the advantage to save all the settings, the list of files and folder to process and list of string to replace, inside the document and to have all this data ready to be used again for reuse opening the document and executing the replacing operation in batch mode, just clicking a button.

String replacer can work also on files and folder (with nested contents) via Drag and Drop. You just need to drop a file or a folder on the dedicated area of a target document and the dropped file (or all the files inside the dropped folder) will be processed and string replaced as specified inside the target document.

String Replacer use a simple Master/Details interface to edit all the strings you need to use.
In addition, strings used for Find/Replace can be imported/exported from/to text files in various format for maximum flexibility in all the operations.

Features:

  • Can replace strings on an unlimited number of selected files and files inside folders at any nested levels
  • Can specify for folders, extension of files to work on (skipping the others)
  • Can use an unlimited list of strings to find and replace
  • Can use plain text replacement or complex grep functions
  • Can easily detect matching at start, end, inside and whole words, it has maximum flexibility in a click (no coding required)
  • Works in batch mode, replacing on an unlimited number of files with a single click
  • Import of Find/Replace strings with automatic encoding recognition, data preview, field selections, destination selections
  • Export of Find/Replace strings with a selection of fields and various format available: TSV, CSV, CSV-S, HTML and even a custom format
  • Order of execution of Find/Replace can be now modified by moving rows in the strings substitution list
  • Document based can specify a base source on disk to work on and use it at the successive relaunch of the document without further input
  • Works also in drag and drop mode, it’s enough to drop a file on the document to have it processed
  • PDF User Guide included with the application and accessible via the help menu.
  • Fully sandboxed, ready and optimized for the latest OS X release

What’s new:

  • Added the filter option to replace when matching only ‘end of word’
  • Bug fixes
  • Various optimizations

System Requirements:

  • macOS Version 10.10 (Yosemite) or higher
  • Optimized for macOS 10.13 High Sierra
  • 4.4 MB

Pricing and Availability:
String Replacer 1.5.1 is just $14.99 USD (or an equivalent amount in other currencies) and is available worldwide through the Mac App Store in the Productivity category.

macOS New app Release – WidsMob Montage

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Product AnnouncementsWidsMob Technology Ltd. (WidsMob) of Hongkong, China has updated WidsMob Montage adding of design mosaic and montage photographs for both JPEG and PNG files. WidsMob Montage for macOS also adds 15 language versions, including French, German, Japanese, Traditional Chinese, Arabic, Danish, Greek, Italian, Japanese, Swedish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swedish, Turkish and more.

Design wall poster or banner from tiles with ease, WidsMob Montage should be the right choice. The montage maker turns everything into mosaic photographs with both JPEG and PNG into a mosaic. It supports photo mosaic, tile mosaic, shape mosaic and other photo mosaic types. What is more, the program also designs photomontage in shape according to any template.

How about the output of the photo mosaics? The program can combine more than 2,00 mosaic tiles in a breathtaking result, up to 16,000 pixels wide with unlimited pixels height for montage photos, the mosaic photo or photo collage can be used for a mural, banner, desktop or even wallpaper.

The program applies minimal colorization to closely match the original image and proper placement of tile images to present the optimal result. The montage maker also removes the color match to get a shape montage with any color. Just download the demo version to enjoy the program.

Highlight features in the latest update:

  • Make mosaic and montage photographs from small tiles in high quality.
  • Apply photos, frame, presets, and color match for a mosaic photo.

The supported file formats for panorama: JPEG and PNG files.

Pricing and Availability:
WidsMob Montage is just $19.99 USD (or an equivalent amount in other currencies) and is available through the WidsMob website.

macOS New app Release​ – ImageConvert

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Product AnnouncementsWidsMob Technology Ltd. (WidsMob) of Hongkong, China has released a new version of WidsMob ImageConvert, which optimizes image watermark function. It is an All-in-One photo converter for macOS, adds text watermark, image watermark, creates a border for images, rotates and flips pictures, as well as convert photos into different formats. In the update, WidsMob ImageConvert also adds 15 language versions, including French, German, Japanese, Traditional Chinese, Arabic, Danish, Greek, Italian, Japanese, Swedish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swedish, Turkish and more.

Convert RAW in batch. Whether the RAW format, or mixed-format images, you can turn photos into to JPEG, JPEG 2000, PNG, TIFF, BMP, and more. What is more, the advanced algorithm has 6x speed to convert RAW formats into JPEG and other photo formats.

Photo editing features. Resize photos in 4 different modes, By Width, By Height, Percentage and Free, which enlarge small images to the desired size. It also rotates videos with different angles in batch, adds border or frames in different color mode.

Add watermark. Not only add captions and images as a watermark, but also adjust font, style, color, opacity, size, angle, position and more in batch. Just have an instantly preview the applied effects on all the photos to get the optimal result with ease.

Instant preview. When the program applies the photo effects or adds watermark, Mac users can have an instant preview for the result from the interface for all the image files. It also enables Mac users to click Preview to check the result for each image in detail.

User-friendly. Settings to overwrite the files with the original name, switch to turn off and restore to original images in one click. Multiple settings for resizing, adding watermarks and more to get the best result and fast conversion speed.

Highlight features in the latest update:

  • All-around photo converting program with a batch process.
  • Convert photo formats, resize photos, add watermark and create a border.

Supported file formats: .jpg, .png, .tiff, .erf, .cr2, .nef, .raf, .dcs, .orf, .arw and other 50 RAW formats.

Pricing and Availability:
WidsMob ImageConvert is just $19.99 USD (or an equivalent amount in other currencies) and is available through the WidsMob website.