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macOS New App Release – QuickLicense Server 2.0


Product Announcements Excel Software of Henderson, Nevada has announced QuickLicense Server 2.0 for macOS and Windows. A developer can generate a vendor-branded, floating license system for their Mac, Windows or Linux applications. Vendors enjoy royalty-free distribution for any number of products or licenses. Version 2 was enhanced for the new QuickLicense 9, new Mac and Windows OS changes add Code Signing of the generated Server and Monitor applications and use 64-bit macOS Mojave compliant executables.

A floating license system consists of a License Server, License Monitor and Protected Applications. The License Monitor is used by a customer to securely configure the Server IP address and Port, change the number of purchased licenses or monitor server operation. The License Server silently manages the number of allowed concurrent Apps in use on a customer network.

The QuickLicense Server Windows edition generates Server and Monitor applications that run on any Windows 7, 8 or 10 computer. It can manage protected Apps running on macOS, Windows or Linux computers connected to that network. Likewise, QuickLicense Server on macOS generates a License Server and Monitor application that runs on any macOS computer with 10.10 or later and serves macOS, Windows or Linux Apps.

The MakeServer application provided by the QuickLicense Server product generates the Server and Monitor Apps using a 10-minute point and click process. The macOS, Windows or Linux Apps are protected with QuickLicense using a programming API or point and click wrapping process. QuickLicense can protect and license almost any software including a business application, Unity3D game, MAX MSP music application, Excel workbook, MS Access project, FileMaker application or Adobe plugin. The system also works with DocProtect to protect PDF files, slideshows, video, audio, and EPUB files or compiled HTML based applications.

A developer can brand the License Server and Monitor applications with their own file names, icons, user presented Monitor window and dialog text customizations and security features. Vendors can offer and price their products with various numbers of floating licenses. Additional licenses can be securely added to the License Server running at a customer site by typing a code into the License Monitor.

Since QuickLicense Server requires no programming, new revenue streams can quickly be added for existing software products. Applications can be licensed to meet the needs of an organization. Customers enjoy the ability to use floating licenses across all computers on their network with minimal administrative effort and no Internet access required.

QuickLicense Server 2.0 is $995 for a Single User License on either Windows 7, 8 or 10 or macOS 10.10 or later. The product includes a User Guide with a step-by-step tutorial. Excel Software provides online demonstration videos, detailed product information, free technical support, and secure online ordering. QuickLicense Server can be purchased through the website.


Flash Fiction: Server on the Rack

Flash Fiction – I thought this was an interesting idea and the Flash Fiction worth sharing.

Aethereal Engineer

Did you know a human mind, extracted and cheaply modified, outperforms microprocessors?

I didn’t.

Then I was brain-jacked in Taipei.

Just another missing tourist. Just another server on the rack, your Snapchats and Tweets running through my mind.

…As I scream.

Copyright © 2018 by Jason H. Abbott, All Rights Reserved.

Discover more of my Aethereal Musings.

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Mac Software Sale – plug-ins for Adobe InDesign and XTensions for QuarkXPress

Product Announcements Badia Software of Toronto, Canada is pleased to announce its Black Friday and Cyber Monday 2018 Sale, from now on until Monday, November 26 only – all plug-ins for Adobe InDesign and XTensions for QuarkXPress are priced 50% off, including upgrades and volume purchases. This is the biggest online sale of the year! Here are the online sale prices (per license) at Badia Software:

  • BigPicture: $39.99 (regular $79.99). For InDesign and QuarkXPress. New version for InDesign CC 2019 and Mojave now available.
  • Printools: $49.99 (regular $99.99). For InDesign and QuarkXPress. New version for InDesign CC 2019 and Mojave now available.
  • Exportools Standard: $34.99 (regular $69.99). For InDesign and QuarkXPress. New version for InDesign CC 2019 and Mojave now available.
  • Exportools Professional: $64.99 (regular $129.99). For InDesign and QuarkXPress.
  • ContactPage Pro: $24.99 (regular $49.99). Can also create contact sheets in InDesign and QuarkXPress.
  • FullMeasure: $29.99 (regular $59.99). For QuarkXPress.
  • IDML Import: $29.99 (regular $59.99). For QuarkXPress.
  • Duplica: $19.99 (regular $39.99). For QuarkXPress.
  • Badia Images to PDF: $1.99 (regular $3.99). From Mac App Store only, price already discounted.
  • BigPicture Pro: Free (regular $1.99). In-App purchase from Mac App Store only.
  • ContactPage Lite: Free. From Mac App Store only.

To receive the 50% discount, users simply need to enter discount coupon BLACKFRIDAY during check out, or download the appropriate software from the Mac App Store.

Mac Software Sale – SimpleumSafe


– Under the motto “Now everybody can encrypt” the German company Simpleum Media GmbH of Hamburg, Germany offers a solution for Apple Mac and iOS which enables users to encrypt data without technical knowledge. Whether private or professional data, the protection of one’s own digital life is a priority and is a question of the responsible handling of personal and professional information.

In the case of professional data, companies are legally / contractually obliged to ensure the correct handling of personal and secret data in order to prevent access by unauthorized third parties. Whether contracts, strategy papers, patient reports, process documents or patents, these data require secure encryption so as not to fall into criminal hands.

  • Private users who want to protect their data
  • People who must take care about professional secrets
  • Professionals who must protect personal relevant data
  • People with security clearance such as doctors, lawyers, tax consultants, etc.(“confidentiality”)

Easy & Intuitive Usability:
SimpleumSafe combines intuitive operation and ease-of-use. To encrypt files or folders, drag files from the Mac “Finder” into the safe. Encrypted! You can organize your files similar to the Mac “Finder”: view files, edit, rename, comment and tag them, and your data always remains encrypted.

Features For Mac:

  • Synchronization of Safes between different devices (Mac, iPad, iPhone)
  • Simple and intuitive usability (drag a file or folder from Finder into a Safe and it is encrypted)
  • No technical knowledge is needed for encryption
  • Security made in Germany
  • Strong encryption with AES-256. All files in a Safe are encrypted
  • Store your safes locally, on USB device, and in the cloud
  • Create as many Safes as you want
  • App-to-App Drag & Drop: you can e.g. drag a mail, appointments, contacts, photos etc. directly into a safe
  • Organize your files as you like it (create folders, rename, copy, move, duplicate, trash, delete files)
  • Show file content for Microsoft Office and iWork, PDF, Images, Text, Videos, Audio and more …
  • Mark files and folders with tags
  • Number of files and size is only limited by the free space of your device
  • Thumbnailview/Image Viewer
  • Version 2.5 for Mac 10.14 Mojave with Dark Mode

“Everything I was looking for and so much more! …In no time I have created several Safes which contain among other things my tax records, financial information, and personal files. It is so easy to use and has a simple and intuitive interface. I cannot praise it enough. …If you are looking for a safe and easy way to store you important files I cannot recommend this enough!”

“Great app and best support! Simpleum Safe works great as stated. I have contacted support twice for two different questions and they have responded within a couple of hours and answered my questions perfectly. I recommend this easy and secure app to anyone that wants AES-256 encryption.”

“Amazing App! I’ve tried many encryption programs over the years, but nothing compairs to Simpleum Safe for keeping encrypted information on the icloud […] This is one of the best thought out and written encryption security programs I have ever seen. Very easy to use with lots of options such as taging files and attaching icons to the tags.. i.e. photos, documents, etc. […] Download and give this a chance you’ll be glad you did and you will probably fall in love with it.”

“Excellent! This app is very intuitive, easy and user friendly. Thank you very much. Far better than all others related apps.”

Why Choose Simpleumsafe?
Nowadays it is not enough “only” to encrypt your data to be protected. If you want to view or organize the encrypted files, they also must be protected. It is important not to leave any trace on the system, and even if a Trojan looks over your shoulder, it cannot copy all your files to the Internet.

SimpleumSafe goes a different way than most other encryption programs. After authorization with a password, the files are not provided in the file system. Otherwise they would be completely vulnerable from this moment on. SimpleumSafe makes its own file system and has its own finder. Thus the files remain encrypted for the entire time. Even if the synchronization data was stolen from the cloud and the password became public, it is not possible to decrypt the data.

Special Price:
SimpleumSafe for Mac is available from Cyber Friday (23.11.2018) until Cyber Monday (26.11.2018) for the promotional price of $17.99 (USD) (instead of $35,99) on the Simpleum website – in German and English. SimpleumSafe – best next generation encryption app – strong encryption, easy-to-use, continuously encrypted.

Happy Thanksgiving 2018


I posted a short time ago about Thanksgiving during WWII. The image above is a much different setting than was enjoyed during those years. I hope all have the opportunity to enjoy friends and family today.

Sadly here in Singapore, I don’t think there will be any turkey at dinner. I did price them a short time ago at our grocery store. A moderate size bird was $65-70 SD or about $47-51 USD. Not something most can easily afford. Besides, we only have a combination microwave / convection oven that would barely fit a large chicken!

Veterans Day 2018

I didn’t see this post until the 12th, a day late for Veterans Day, but I like both of these videos in GP Cox’s post and wanted to share them.

Thanks to all who have, and who are currently serving.

Pacific Paratrooper




Here We Go……


Farewell Salutes – 

Daniel Buchta – Far Rockaway, NY; US Navy, USS Nimitz

Jean Danniels – ENG; WRENS, WWII

Waverly Ellsworth Jr. – Buffalo, NY; US Navy, Korea, medic

Virgil; Johnston – Grove, OK; USMC, WWII

Alma (Smith) Knesel – Lebanon, PA; Manhattan Project (TN), WWII

Samuel Mastrogiacomo – Sewell, NJ; US Army Air Corps, WWII, MSgt., B-24 tail gunner, 2nd Air Div./8th A.F. (Ret. 33 y.)

Willis Sears Nelson – Omaha, NE; US Army Air Corps, WWII, ETO, B-17 pilot

Gregory O’Neill – Fort Myers, FL; US Army, WWII, ETO, 787th

Orville Roeder – Hankinson, ND; US Army, Medic

Nicholas Vukson – Sault Saint Marie, CAN; RC Navy, WWII, Telegraphist, HMCS Lanark


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macOS New App Release – QuickLicense 9

Product Announcements Excel Software of Henderson, Nevada has released QuickLicense 9, the industry leading tool for protection and licensing of macOS, Windows, and Linux desktop software. The new release adds App and library code signing, new user interface capabilities for wrapped applications plus enhancements for the latest Mac and Windows OS.

Developers use QuickLicense to define the license type (Trial, Product, Try/Buy, Subscription, Floating, etc.), the licensing features (feature flags, pre-activation message, license release, restore, reset and suspend) and the activation process (manual, online, dongle or floating license server). A license can be applied to almost any kind of digital product (application, plugin, library, game or spreadsheet) using the AddLicense wrapping tool or programming API.

AddLicense 9 can code sign a Mac or Windows application during the build process. Instructions guide the developer to get a code signing certificate and apply it to a wrapped application and support libraries.

The Open Data File window has been enhanced for a licensed application generated from an ExcelRT, Excel workbook or Microsoft Access project. On each application launch, the Open Data File window allows the user to create, name, share and organize files. It supports a 1-click update process and adds new Purchase, Feedback and Settings buttons.

The new Purchase button links the app to an online web page or integrated purchase dialog. Optional features within an ExcelRT, Excel workbook or Access app can be purchased and become immediately available within the app without an additional download.

The Feedback button presents a customized dialog to collect customer feedback that is either logged to a website or sent by email to the developer. The Settings button allows a custom set of data to be entered once by the customer and used within all workbook files created with the App. The developer can customize the Settings dialog with Section names, Edit fields, Checkboxes, Radio buttons, Popup menus or Combobox fields.

AddLicense allows a developer to add any configured license to a compiled Mac or Windows application with a few button clicks. No programming is required to assign the license, add a splash screen or embed resource files and folders directly into the protected application file. Applications created with Unity3D, MAX MSP, Adobe Air or any environment that normally exposes resource files can be delivered as a single, protected application file.

AddLicense 9 has new enhancements for specific development environments. It now supports Excel Binary Files to reduce file size and improve performance for big Excel workbooks. Wrapped MAX MSP apps now launch faster. Wrapped apps now have full access to the QuickLicense Pro API.

QuickLicense is now a High DPI app for crisper interface windows on Retina or 4K monitors. QuickLicense and supporting applications are now 64-bit on macOS. QuickLicense is available in a Standard edition that handles most developer needs and a Pro edition that gives full access to a comprehensive API. The Standard edition on Mac now generates both 32-bit and 64-bit Apps from AddLicense. QuickLicense Pro Windows is required for 64-bit API runtime files or 64-bit AddLicense wrapped files.

Protected applications can offer many activation methods including a manual process with a computer unique Activation Code, activation through a web browser, instant online Serial Number activation or USB licensing dongle. Excel Software offers an online activation service or a self-hosted activation server that runs on a developer website.

QuickLicense companion products include runtime plugins for Xojo or FileMaker applications. QLRT Xcode consists a runtime library file that can be dropped into any Swift or Objective-C application. The Xcode program can send any API command with one function call. These companion products have been enhanced with new QuickLicense 9 features.

QuickLicense 9 is $595 for the Standard edition or $995 for the Pro edition on either macOS or Windows. The package includes a PDF and printed User Guide, tutorials, online videos, programming code examples, the AddLicense wrapping tool, and SendMessage testing tool. QuickLicense includes royalty-free runtime distribution rights for any number of protected products or licenses. The product can be purchased through the website.

macOS New App Releaser – Health Sciences Solution for ConceptDraw

Product Announcements – CS Odessa of Odessa, Ukraine has released Health Sciences Solution for ConceptDraw DIAGRAM v12 with new entities. A new set of solutions provides a wide range of graphic content to support documentation and graphics that deal with biomedicine, health science, and medical illustrations. The Health Sciences Solution for ConceptDraw DIAGRAM offers professionally designed samples and a number of vector objects related to medicine and health. It includes 10 libraries containing 192 high-quality vector graphics stencils.

A large percentage of the medical profession is involved in explanation and education. ConceptDraw DIAGRAM v12 and the 6 new libraries containing 179 ready-to-use vector objects, provided by the Medical Illustrations Solution, make quick work of visualizing and communicating medical information to any audience.

ConceptDraw DIAGRAM v12, supported by the ever-growing collection of business solutions is compatible with macOS and Windows. It is featured with an improved compatibility with MS Visio 2007-2016. ConceptDraw DIAGRAM v12 can open and save documents that can be used by Visio 2003-2016 users.

ConceptDraw DIAGRAM v12 retails separately for $199 (USD) per end user license. It is included in ConceptDraw OFFICE v5 which retails for $499. The new additions to ConceptDraw Solutions are paid items for current users of the recently released ConceptDraw DIAGRAM v12.

macOS New App Release – SwiftCapture 1.1


Product Announcements – Ben Software of London, United Kingdom has released SwiftCapture 1.1, a major update to the high-performance video capture application for the Mac. SwiftCapture’s powerful features and intuitive user interface allow users to create high-quality video recordings, time-lapse captures and stop-motion movies from a variety of video input devices.

SwiftCapture supports any video input device that works on a Mac, including built-in FaceTime and iSight cameras, USB webcams and the popular Blackmagic range of devices for analog, HDMI and SDI input.

The main features of SwiftCapture are as follows:

  • Supports any Mac-compatible video input, including Blackmagic devices
  • Supports any Mac-compatible audio input
  • Records standard MOV and MP4 movie files, which have wide compatibility
  • Timelapse and stop-motion capture features
  • Hardware-accelerated video encoding
  • Easy image capture, including copy-and-paste and drag-and-drop
  • Image adjustments: brightness, contrast, saturation, and sharpness
  • Ability to add a text overlay for example date and time
  • Applescript control for automation

New features in this version are as follows:

  • 64-bit application for full compatibility with current and future macOS versions
  • New transformation options to flip or rotate the video image
  • New horizontal flip option for live video (mirror mode)
  • New option to add an audio delay to fix sync issues
  • New option to set video buffer size for latency vs. dropped frames tradeoff
  • Expanded AppleScript dictionary, including settings
  • New Apple ProRes video encoding options
  • Improved performance and reliability of video capture

Pricing and Availability:
SwiftCapture 1.1 costs GBP 29 (approx. USD $42) for a single-user license and GBP 399 (approx. USD $570) for a site license through the website. A 30-day fully-functional trial version of SwiftCapture is available for download.