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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).

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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.

macOS New App Release – Notelist 4.0

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Product AnnouncementTension Software of Milano, Italy has released Notelist 4.0 allows to manages notes and store data in a free format using color categories. NoteList is a free format notes collector where you can save notes in text or RTF format with images included. You can even copy and paste website from safari and they will be saved as RTF with images embedded.

In Notelist any note has an assigned category, where each category has a distinctive color and label, this allows to identify the content of notes at the first sight. Categories are editable as the user needs and they give to the user the main instrument to catalog and browse notes inside a document. The user can create and manage how many categories he needs inside any document and apply them to notes.

Notes can be filtered and sorted by name, content, category, creation and modification date. Selecting a note from the table shows the note in detail. The user can edit and modify the selected note at any time. Any Notelist documents remember all these setting also after successive relaunches.

Any note can be modified and edited, dragging and dropping images from the finder and applying font, style, and size as in a true word processor. Various tools are available to manipulate text, search and replace, rules, spelling. At any time a note can be converted to a text-only format.

NoteList it’s ideal to manage a high number of notes inside a single document, even when the size of any note is very large. Any text or RTF or rtfd file can be imported as a note simply dragging it from the finder to the list of notes.

NoteList is macOS 10.13 optimized. NoteList allows users to specify a default startup document to open at the application launch (for frequently used notes).

Features:

  • Document-based, allows managing your data in more than one file
  • Any document can contain an unlimited number of notes
  • Saves document always with auto recovery on
  • Allows having notes in any format: TEXT, RTF, RTFD (RTF images)
  • Can concatenate user selected notes in a single text, sending the resulting text both to clipboard or to disk, all in one click!
  • Copy and Paste from Safari preserves formatting and links
  • Full set of tools for formatting and working with text as in a word processor
  • Drag and Drop of images directly inside a document note to embed it.
  • Dragging and dropping a TXT, RTF, RTFD file creates a new note inside the document
  • Color label categories to help organize all your notes
  • Fast internal search as you type and by category
  • Sort in a list by Creation Date and Modification Date
  • Remembers search terms used
  • Any documents remember settings over re-launch
  • macOS 10.13 optimized with Resume, Auto Save, Versions, Full screen, Sandbox
  • Embedded PDF user guide accessible from the Help Menu.

What’s New in this Version:

  • Better editable rich text zones with rules and search in place inside notes
  • Improved list table with now also editable state
  • An improved command to manage rules and other text tools in all the notes
  • The improved modern search algorithm for notes and categories
  • Find can now remember a list of used terms (saved pressing return)
  • Improved export functions
  • Improved management of multiple notes at once with commands applying to all
  • Various bug fixes
  • Code optimizations

Pricing and Availability:
Notelist 4 is just $9.99 USD (or an equivalent amount on other currencies) and is available worldwide through the Mac App Store. The app is also available through the Tension Software website.

CLI – apropos

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You know what you want to do, but you are not sure what the command line command is that you should use. This is where the apropos command may help. While the man command gives you the details of a command, apropos searches the descriptions of all of the commands for the keyword used (in the example image above I used ‘apropos disk’ to obtain the list shown) and gives you a list of all commands that contain that keyword.

The macOS man page for apropos says:

apropos searches a set of database files containing short descriptions of system commands for keywords and displays the result on the standard output.

To learn a lot more about how to use apropos, take a look at “Linux apropos Command Tutorial for Beginners (5 Examples)“. Yes, this is a Linux article, but the top command as implemented on macOS is fundamentally the same.


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macOS New App Release – WidsMob HDR

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Product AnnouncementsWidsMob Technology Ltd. (WidsMob) of Hongkong, China has updated WidsMob HDR improving the highly dynamic range algorithm to combine different bracketed photos into HDR photographs. In the update, WidsMob HDR adds 15 language versions, including French, German, Japanese, Traditional Chinese, Arabic, Danish, Greek, Italian, Japanese, Swedish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swedish, Turkish and more.

Combine a set of 3 different bracketed photos into HDR with advanced tone mapping algorithm. WidsMob HDR provides the optimal HDR results to enhance the photos as eye view. It also provides the live preview with full resolution of the HDR photographs.

Customize HDR photos by tone mapping parameters, such as tone length and tone saturation. Color management is also supported for brightness, saturation and contrast. It is easy to adjust the parameters to find the best high dynamic range results.

Support both JPEG and RAW formats taken by most types of DSLR cameras or smartphones. Instant preview the high quality HDR photos and Retina display support. Save files to JPEG, PNG and TIFF files in high quality without extra changes.

Automatically Align images for handhold photos, which might have some aberration. Ghost suppression to create HDR images moving objects, such as cars, clouds, people and more. It always turns the optimal result with the superior algorithm.

WidsMob HDR also provides some default presets or effect to enhance the HDR effects. It provides the black and white HDR effects as well as the artist HDR effects. For more presets or effects of WidsMob HDR, just keep tuned about the program for a free update.

Highlight features in the latest update:

  • Simple and advanced tone mapping algorithm to combine HDR photos.
  • Multiple parameters to adjust HDR effects with JPG and RAW files.

Supported file formats: jpg, .jpeg, .cr2, .nef, .raw and other 50 RAW formats.

Pricing and Availability:
WidsMob HDR is $19.99 USD (or an equivalent amount in other currencies) and is available from the Wismob website.

macOS New App Release – AWS Architecture Diagrams

Product Announcements – CS Odessa of Odessa, Ukraine has added “AWS Architecture Diagrams” to ConceptDraw Solutions, which updates the previous release with new libraries and samples. This collection of library objects and example drawings for ConceptDraw PRO makes short work of describing any business’ cloud implementation with an updated set of graphic elements.

AWS Architecture Diagrams Solution provides a great variety of official graphic icons and sample architectures schemes for several Amazon Web Services products and resources, that are must-have for major architectural diagrams.

The updated solution is extended with “AWS Options” and “Contact Center” libraries containing 36 objects, and 17 new example documents. IT professionals, system designers, and network administrators now will find in the AWS Architecture Diagrams solution the full collection of 385 AWS official icons that will help them build great AWS architecture diagrams.

The “AWS Architecture Diagrams” solution is available at no charge to users of ConceptDraw PRO v11 and ConceptDraw Office v4, via STORE.

ConceptDraw PRO is well-known for its ability to exchange documents with Microsoft Visio – the de facto standard in business graphics documents. It can open and save documents that can be used by Visio users. It is supported by the powerful business solutions and retails for only US$199 per end user license.

ConceptDraw PRO is supported by the ever-growing collection of business solutions and is compatible with macOS and Windows. It is included in ConceptDraw Office v4 which retails for US $499.

CLI – top

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If your system seems to be slow or there are running Apps (processes) that you want to know more about, you can enter top at the command line to see more. This command is part of almost every Unix, Linux, and macOS system.

This is similar to the Apple Utility “Activity Monitor”, though there are options you can invoke at the command line to give you more control over what you are seeing. This is a good tool to use if you are wanting to know why your Mac seems to bog down (which process is consuming CPU cycles and/or memory).

The macOS man page for top says:

The top program periodically displays a sorted list of system processes. The default sorting key is pid, but other keys can be used instead.  Various output options are available.

To learn a lot more about how to use top, take a look at “Linux top Command Tutorial for Beginners (8 Examples)“. Yes, this is a Linux article, but the top command as implemented on macOS is fundamentally the same.

See Apple’s Mac OS X Manual Pages for further command details.


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