Category Archives: Mac

macOS New App Release – SlideFlow

Product Announcements – VeprIT of Zoetermeer, Netherlands has released SlideFlow, a new macOS app for generating animated photo slideshows with background music, and playing it on a TV screen. SlideFlow offers the most natural viewing experience, presenting the full photograph, and then applying Ken Burns effect to zoom on human faces. The user can export the generated slideshow as a video file, or play it immediately on a connected TV.

“I believe this is simply the best way to present photos.” explains Dr. Demid Borodin, VeprIT owner. “And it is remarkably easy to use: just drop some photos to SlideFlow and click Play! Enjoy a beautiful slideshow on a large TV screen together with family and friends!”

SlideFlow works over a local Wi-Fi network with many modern smart TVs, such as Samsung, LG, and Sony TVs. It is also expected to work with other DLNA devices. Support for Google Cast (Chromecast) is coming in future versions, as well as an iOS version.

Device Requirements:

  • 64-bit Mac computer
  • macOS 10.12 Sierra or later (will soon be also compatible with macOS 10.11 El Capitan)
  • 20.8 MB disk space

SlideFlow 1.0.1 is Free (with in-app purchases) on the Mac App Store, available worldwide in the Photography category. A promotional watermark is added to the generated slideshow, it can be removed with the $2.99 (USD) in-app purchase.

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macOS New App Release – Server Ranger 2

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Product Announcements – LibertyApp Ltd of Belfast, United Kingdom has released Server Ranger 2, the server and website monitoring solution for Mac OS X. And for the first time, Server Ranger is also coming soon to Windows and Linux. Are your servers, websites and devices online? Monitor their network performance and uptime with Server Ranger 2. Get email or SMS alerts when things go wrong. Any number of nodes. Server Ranger 2 can check 1 device or 1000:

  • Per-Device Policies – Choose from Critical, Normal or Less important default policies. Or create a custom policy for each server.
  • Smart Interface – Nodes performing properly are in green. Yellow indicates the node is online but slow. Red is for offline. Only interested in 1 device? Switch to Single Server Mode to reduce on-screen clutter.
  • Alerts – New in Server Ranger 2 are SMS text message alerts (*). Nodes can send a text to one or multiple recipients, as well as emails, notifications, sound alerts and more. Decide if alerts should repeat or not. Only receive alerts after a timeframe of your choice. It’s all entirely customisable.
  • Anchor Server – Prevent false alerts using the new Anchor Server system. Simply give Server Ranger 2 a server that you can rely on, such as a Google DNS server, and Server Ranger 2 will intelligently check it first, to ensure local connectivity.
  • More Than Just Ping – Server Ranger 2 can Ping any device to check if it is online and performing properly. But it’s possible for a server to be online yet still have website problems so Server Ranger 2 does more than just Ping. Check HTTP headers are successfully downloaded and in a timely manner. Login to email servers and test for availability. You choose the type of check that Server Ranger 2 performs.
  • Statistics – Server Ranger 2 logs every response from your devices. Graphs show uptime and performance. Spot patterns of poor performance and print or export the log to a CSV file.
  • Big Screen Mode – Open the Overview window and get a glance at all your servers. Airplay to a screen on the wall or another monitor.
  • Support – Fast, friendly, professional support is just an email a way. Stay up to date with a free monthly newsletter with Server Ranger 2 news and tips.

Ideal For:

  • Small to medium businesses
  • Website owners
  • IT departments

Server Ranger is already in-use around the world, from home offices to IT departments to schools. Unlike other similar services, Server Ranger 2 is a one-off purchase with no monthly subscription. You are in control!

Key Features:

  • Monitor any type of server or site – file servers, routers, web servers, email servers and more
  • Define alerts for slow and offline devices
  • Emails, SMS texts, Mac notifications, sounds, and visual alerts
  • Eliminate false positives – alerts are only sent after verifying local connection and a user-definable number of checks
  • Single Server Mode
  • Overview window – perfect for a screen on the wall or Airplaying to an Apple TV
  • Detailed log file with export and print
  • One simple price – no adverts or monthly subscription fees

System Requirements:

  • OS X 10.10 or later
  • 64-bit processor
  • 11.5 MB

Server Ranger 2 (v2.0) ships today for a special introductory price of only $49.99 USD (or equivalent amount in other currencies) and available worldwide exclusively through the Mac App Store in the Utilities category. Server Ranger 2 is a free upgrade for all current customers. Optional SMS alerts use the Twilio service and costs may vary. For news on the Windows and Linux launch, please join our newsletter.

macOS New App Release – MacX MediaTrans 5.0

Product Announcements – MacXDVD Software of Chengdu, China has released MacX MediaTrans 5.0 to introduce the new HEIC to JPG convert ability and include several important improvements. The update mainly addresses the problem that Mac and Windows users cannot open the HEIC images captured with their iOS 11 devices. It’s now the only iPhone manager that is able to transfer and export HEIC photos to ubiquitous .jpeg in one click.

Apple has switched from JPG to HEIC/HEIF format for photos to keep the size down in iOS 11. The move, however, has problems. Now the Apple forum is being swamped with complaints about unwelcomed HEIC won’t open on Windows & Ubuntu platforms, third-party photo editors or photography apps, and not even on Macs before High Sierra and older iOS devices like iPhone 6, 6 Plus, iPhone 5S, 5 etc. The HEIC images captured with iOS 11-powered phone or pad can be imported smoothly but won’t be recognized – they get stuck when clicking on them.

The fact is, for iPhones with smaller storage capacity, the traits of HEIC/HEIF are highly desirable. However, the reality of real-world choices immediately deflates any optimistic plans, as so far, only Apple computers (macOS High Sierra and later), TVs (tvOS 11 and later) and mobiles (iOS 11 and later) offer full native support for HEIF at the moment. When users transfer HEIF photos to a non-Apple device or macOS earlier than High Sierra, chance are that most media programs will refuse to open .heic formatted images.

While it’s a given that HEIC won’t overtake JPEG in usage in the near future, MacX MediaTrans V5.0 is on to let .heic survive on incompatible platforms. With the HEIC-to-JPG ability added in the iPhone photo transfer solution, the new HEIC format is fully prepared to fit in the JPG world where we currently live in.

Via simply a click, HEIC images can be converted into JPG automatically for Windows Photos app, Adobe Photoshop, Lightroom, other photo viewers, editors and Android phones. It will not only convert photos to JPG, but also optimize photos with untouched quality, yet even smaller size. Even with an extra conversion step, it remains the fastest iPhone manager – tests indicate that it requires 8s only to convert and transfer 100 4K HEIC pictures into JPEG.

The jam-packed iPhone file manager is an expert to handle all the iPhone data transfers, including photos, videos, music, books, iTunes items, etc. Not long ago, the iPhone manager just got an upgrade to offer seamless support for iPhone X, iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus running on iOS 11. “People should be able to instantly view, share and control their iPhone content freely,” said Jack Han, CEO of MacXDVD Software, “That’s what the iPhone manager always does and continues to do.”

Other improvements in V5.0 upgrade include:

  • Fixed the failure to play vertical shot videos in full screen in iOS 11
  • Fixed the failure to remove DRM from iTunes M4B Audiobook
  • Fixed the failure to recognize M4B audio books

MacX MediaTrans is normally priced at $59.95 (USD) for a single license copy with life time free upgrade and one-to-one top-level technical support. Now the upgraded iPhone manager is 70% off in MacXDVD’s official Black Friday Sales. Plus, flexible toolkits are available at steep discounts, like the No.1 fast DVD ripper and fastest 4K video converter.

macOS New App Release – ID2Office 2018

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Product AnnouncementsRecosoft Corporation of Osaka, Japan  has released ID2Office 2018, the latest version of its InDesign to Microsoft(R) Word, PowerPoint(R) and Apple(R) Keynote(R) conversion plug-in. ID2Office 2018 has been enhanced to support Adobe InDesign CC 2018, the newest release of InDesign CC for both the Mac and Windows platforms. Additionally, ID2Office 2018 adds support for macOS 10.13 and the APFS disk and volume format. Finally, ID2Office 2018 includes an enhanced layout-processing core resulting in even more accurate conversion fidelity.

ID2Office converts InDesign files to common Office formats such as Microsoft Word, PowerPoint and Apple Keynote type; converting the text, associated styles, paragraph structure, corresponding property information, frames linking, tables, graphics and other objects and properties while matching and maintaining the layout fidelity resulting in enhanced workflow automation for the Creative Professional.

Key New Features:

  • Support for InDesign Creative Cloud 2018 – ID2Office 2018 now supports and integrates with InDesign CC 2018. InDesign CS6 through CC 2017 are supported as well.
  • Support for macOS 10.13 (High Sierra) and APFS volumes – ID2Office 2018 has been enhanced to operate under macOS High Sierra. APFS disks and volumes are also completely supported.
  • Font name processing enhancements – The font name matching process has been further enhanced to accurately reflect in the converted Word, PowerPoint and Keynote formats.

“With ID2Office 2018, we introduced a modernized InDesign to Microsoft Word, PowerPoint and Apple Keynote conversion core while adding support for InDesign CC 2018” explained Paramjit Chadha, MD, Recosoft Corporation.

System Requirements

  • macOS 10.8.x or higher
  • Intel based Mac
  • InDesign CS6, CC, CC 2014, CC 2015, CC 2017or CC 2018

ID2Office 2018 is available immediately in the following configurations from the Recosoft web store (per license): ID2Office Standard 2018 Annual subscription (macOS/Windows) $199.00 and ID2Office Professional 2018 Annual subscription (macOS only) $249.00 (USD).

macOS New App Release – Pixelmator Pro 1.0

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Product Announcements – The Pixelmator Team of Vilnius, Lithuania has released Pixelmator Pro, a brand new app that redefines image editing on the Mac, providing professional-grade editing tools in an incredibly intuitive and accessible design. Pixelmator Pro 1.0, codenamed Whirlwind, includes a modern single-window interface, nondestructive, GPU-powered image editing tools, machine learning-enhanced editing features, and more.

“We’re incredibly excited to finally release Pixelmator Pro on the Mac App Store,” said Saulius Dailide, one of the founders of the Pixelmator Team. “Its innovative, user-centered design makes editing images on a Mac simpler than ever. And with its GPU-powered and machine learning-enhanced editing tools, Pixelmator Pro is built for the future.”

The modern, dark single-window interface of Pixelmator Pro has been created exclusively for working with images. A streamlined, macOS-inspired design provides a completely native Mac app experience and is fully consistent with the look and feel of macOS. And a reimagined, user-centered workflow design makes the professional editing tools in Pixelmator Pro especially accessible, even to first-time users.

Completely nondestructive color adjustments, effects, styles, and layouting tools in Pixelmator Pro give users the freedom and flexibility to go back and modify or delete individual changes at any point in the editing workflow. Thanks to the new presets feature, you can create endless combinations of multiple adjustments, effects, or styles, save them to your favorites and reuse them in any of your images. Drag-and-drop sharing also makes it a breeze to share presets with others.

Pixelmator Pro pushes the boundaries of image editing, using breakthrough machine learning to deliver more intelligent editing tools and features. Integrated via the new, blazing fast Core ML framework, machine learning lets Pixelmator Pro detect and understand various features within images, bringing a number of groundbreaking advancements, such as jaw-droppingly accurate automatic layer naming, automatic horizon detection, stunningly realistic object removal, and intelligent quick selections.

Designed exclusively for the Mac, Pixelmator Pro uses the Mac graphics processor in tandem with the latest Mac graphics technologies, such as Metal 2, Core Image, and OpenGL, to deliver blistering fast, GPU-powered image editing. Built with Swift 4, Pixelmator Pro is a next-generation app that takes full advantage of the latest technological innovations in hardware and software.

The Pixelmator Team has packed a wide range of features and innovations into Pixelmator Pro, such as full RAW support, including support for multiple RAW layers; HEIF file format compatibility; superior support for Adobe Photoshop images; complete macOS integration via full support for iCloud, Versions, Tabs, Full Screen, Split View, Sharing, Wide Color, and others; Metal 2-powered painting tools and dual texture brushes; powerful retouching, reshaping, selecting, type, shape and vector tools; and a lot more. In addition, a number of free updates adding major new features to Pixelmator Pro are already lined up for the very near future.

System Requirements:

  • macOS 10.13 or later
  • 64-bit processor
  • 96.9 MB

Pixelmator Pro 1.0 is $59.99 USD (or equivalent amount in other currencies) and available worldwide exclusively through the Mac App Store in the Graphics & Design category.

macOS New App Release – Similar Pic Finder 1.0

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Product Announcements – B-Eng of Fehraltorf, Switzerland has released Similar Pic Finder 1.0, the company’s new duplicate image discovery utility for Mac OS X. Similar Pic Finder tracks down duplicates and copies of pictures, effectively allowing anyone to free up space on their hard drive.

Similar Pic Finder leverages 3 proprietary, dedicated algorithms to locate duplicates of images on a drive, independent of their name. The algorithms are optimized for different tasks, and when combined, they grant best possible results. A contour based algorithm takes care of focus base search, with a second specialized algorithm that traces colors and color gradients, while a fingerprint algorithm is able to ignore different sizes of images that are to be compared. The combination of these 3 algorithms in a single app grants quick results with most best accuracy and efficiency.

“One may wonder why somebody needs a special app to track down duplicates of images on a drive. But, if you take a lot of images with different devices like various smartphones and cameras and all of these images are saved on a drive, then used for different purposes – then it is only natural to make a copy of an image to be on the safe side. I personally never clean up all these safety copies, it’s too much work to even find them. Now, with Similar Pic Finder, it’s no work at all except confirm and delete or move duplicates. Suddenly I had a lot of free space on my disk – and I stopped wondering why my new drive is already filled up again.” as Christian Schaffner, General Manager of B-Eng, explains his experience with Similar Pic.

System Requirements:

  • OS X 10.10 or later
  • 64-bit processor
  • 26.8 MB

Similar Pic Finder 1.0 is $1.99 USD (or equivalent amount in other currencies) and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Photography category.

macOS New App Release – Photos Tagger

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Product Announcements – Brattoo Propaganda Software of Kalmar, Sweden has released Photos Tagger, a new addition to their popular applications suite. Did you know that Apple Photos silently analyze all your photos, finding out about the location, the people in them, actual things that are in the photos? Would it not be great if you also had access to all that data? With Photos Tagger you can.

Photos Tagger extracts all the valuable meta data from the Photos database and applies them to your photos as keywords. This way you get all the information that Photos has about your photos and helps you organize your photos. Photos tagger opens up a whole new variety of possibilities when it comes to organizing photos, especially with smart albums. It is time to bring order to your photos. Until now we have only been able to see glimses of all that metadata in the Photos search but not having complete access. With todays release of Photos Tagger, those days are gone. Photos Tagger is an elegant, easy-to-learn application.

Anders Bjarby, CEO of Brattoo Propaganda Software said, “We have helped hundreds of thousands, if not millions, in over 170 countries with their duplicated photos. Now it is time to take it to the next level and that is organizing your photos. With thousands of photos it is hard to bring order but with good and more importantly, accessible metadata, it is possible to do some magic especially with smart folders.”

Key features:

  • Extracts GPS information like nearby attractions, street, city and country
  • Extracts information about date such as month and year
  • Extracts information about the contents of your photos
  • Extracts information about the persons in your photos
  • All extracted information is in your language
  • All extracted information is assigned as keywords to your photos
  • Makes your library much more easy to organize

Brattoo Propaganda Software applications are used by and recommended by Apple Distinguished Educators, Apple Lead Creatives, Apple Creatives, Mac Specialists and Apple Geniuses in many Apple Stores, Apple Care and Apple Support worldwide.The software can be ordered for $&.95 through the website.

macOS New App Release – Artboard 2.0.7

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Product Announcements – Mapdiva of Indianapolis, Indiana has released Artboard 2.0.7 for macOS High Sierra, drawing software to create crisp vector graphics, logos, icons and illustrations. Artboard features “smart” objects, direct select tool, a powerful style generator and stacked styles that go way beyond simple fill and stroke, providing a wide range of spectacular effects.

Free in-app resources make Artboard 2 all the more appealing. Artboard’s built-in library of over 1900 styles and clip art include a wide assortment of maps, shapes, color swatches, pictographs, floor plan and flowchart graphics and more. And these aren’t just standard clip art images – they are crisp vector graphics that you can completely change the size, color, and design of to make your own. Flexible templates help small businesses, students, hobbyist, and 2D game designers get started on their projects quickly, such as making business cards, posters, pixel perfect icons, and right-sized social media graphics.

Notable Features of Artboard 2:

  • At Your Fingertips Control – New tabbed interface puts what you need at your fingertips, no more digging through menus to find edit commands
  • Smart Shapes – The most advanced smart objects give complete control of shapes and paths
  • Single, Direct Select Tool – Add and remove points, simplify paths, rotate and resize shapes, edit objects through direct and numeric input, move center points, combine objects with Boolean operators, crop and clip photos, reset object’s bounding box, and more
  • More Powerful Styles Editor – Go way beyond simple stroke and fill styles of basic illustration software. Artboard’s Styles Tab is used to create and edit expert “stacked” styles (including arrowed strokes, rough strokes, pattern brushes, gradients, image tile, patterned and hatched fills, and more)
  • Time-Saving Workflows – Export your drawing, selected objects, individual layers, and “slices” of your drawing, at multiple resolutions and scales, supporting multiple Color Spaces. Print shrink-to-fit to a single page, and “poster-tiled” printing over multiple sheets of paper
  • Editable Clip Art and Styles – Includes over 1900 royalty-free fully editable clip art and graphic styles to customize, plus a Library to store your own
  • Photo / Image Editing – Crop, clip, scale, add effects and more
  • Shrink-To-Fit and Poster Tiled Printing
  • Drawing Units: mm, cm, in, pts
  • Expandable Layers
  • Graph Paper
  • Linear & Polar Duplicate
  • Import SVG

Artboard 2.0.7 sells for $39.99 (USD) directly from Mapdiva and is also available on the Mac App Store. A free trial is available from the Mapdiva website. Artboard software is exclusively for macOS.

macOS New App Release – Dungeons 3

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Product Announcements – Kalypso Media of Hamburg, Germany  has released the Gaming sequel Dungeons 3. It is out now worldwide on the Mac App Store.

The Dungeon Lord has returned once more, and this time is bringing all his dark forces together to offer gamers everywhere the biggest and best Dungeons experience yet. With a huge roster of units and rooms to build in your underground lair, co-op support for all game modes, re-worked overworld mechanics and a range of improvements to the multiplayer experience, Dungeons 3 has everything an evil heart could desire as Mac gamers begin ‘evilfying’ the sickeningly colourful and fluffy fantasy overworld.

To celebrate the release of Dungeons 3 and the Dungeon Lord’s inevitable victory over the forces of good, the busy Snots at Kalypso Media are pleased to reveal the game’s slap-happy launch trailer, fittingly dubbed “Classical Beats”, which they hope will encourage gamers everywhere to employ some casual violence towards their minions in their quest for infamy.

In Dungeons 3, the Dungeon Lord has successfully united the forces of evil and established the roots of his dark empire, leading him to the next step in his diabolical quest: expansion! Through enticing the dark elf priestess Thalya from the fluffy clutches of the surface world to become his chief lieutenant, the Dungeon Lord has found a way to direct his campaign of conquest from the confines of his underground lair. With Thalya on the front line, and the united forces of evil to support her, players will have to use every trick in the book to best those do-gooders of the overworld, once and for all!

Unleash your dark side by creating a unique underground dungeon from a huge array of rooms, traps and structures. Raise the most terrifying army the world has ever seen, by choosing from despicable creatures such as orcs, succubae, zombies and much, much more. Then, once you have built your forces, emerge from the darkness and guide your army to the light of the overworld, where you will corrupt the land and dispatch anything even vaguely heroic, cute or unicorn-shaped. And in a first for the Dungeons series, experience randomly generated levels, so that no two sessions are alike, never-ending fun for any evil conqueror!

Features:

  • The dungeon manager you’ve been waiting for: Dungeons 3 is the biggest, best, and evil-est dungeon sim yet, topped off with a fully reworked overworld RTS mode
  • Under new management: Command the united forces of evil under the guidance of new character Thalya and lead them to victory
  • Size does matter: Extensive single player campaign with 20 missions and more than 20 hours of playtime, randomly generated levels, a brand-new co-op mode for two players, more rooms, and more unique abilities
  • Speak no evil: The fan-favourite Dungeons narrator is back with his unmistakable voice, continuing the Dungeons legacy in the best way possible

Device Requirements:

  • OS X 10.11 or later
  • 64-bit processor
  • 3.63 GB

Dungeons 3 (1.1) is $39.99 USD (or equivalent amount in other currencies) and available worldwide through the Mac App Store in the Games category.

macOS New App Release – KeyCue 8.6

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Product Announcements – Ergonis Software of Perg, Austria has released KeyCue 8.6, a new version of the company’s highly acclaimed keyboard shortcut cheat sheet. KeyCue 8.6 comes with a new Tioga theme with light text on dark background, and a new version of the Tenaya theme, now using Apple’s UI font on Yosemite and newer. Besides that, the new version offers improvements concerning installation, usability, speed, and overall stability. Visit Ergonis Software’s website to learn more about the changes in this release and to download and try the new version.

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.

KeyCue has already received many awards, including a 4.5-Mice award from MacWorld magazine.

System Support:

  • Mac OS X 10.6 or newer
  • Compatible with macOS High Sierra (10.13)

Availability and Ordering:
The upgrade to KeyCue 8.6 is free for anyone who owns a license for KeyCue 8 or purchased a license for KeyCue 7 on or after March 1st 2015. Upgrade paths are available for owners of older licenses. For information about purchases, including enterprise licenses, volume discounts, and upgrade pricing offers, see the company’s web site.