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MacBook Accessory – USB Type-C Solar Juicz Chargers

Product Announcements – QuickerTek of Wichita, Kansas has released their 30 Watt and 60 Watt USB Type-C Solar Juicz Chargers. These solar panels are the only products of their kind, featuring the USB 3.1 adapter cable necessary to power and charge the 2015-2017 MacBook and MacBook Pro 13″ and 15″. Users of these newest model MacBooks now have access to the convenience of solar power and the satisfaction of protecting the environment.

These solar panels are available with either 30 Watt or 60 Watt of solar power capability to extend the MacBook’s run time and include a Type-C USB (3.1) cable fully utilizing PD protocol. To use, they can be plugged directly into the MacBook’s special USB 3.1 adapter ports. These solar products power the computer battery for use while simultaneously charging the internal battery. Other photovoltaic cells can’t offer this same advanced capability.

They have also been created with practicality in mind – featuring water resistant, foldable and durable photo-voltaic cells. Each panel is light weight for easy travel, weighing in at 3 pounds, including with accessories. They are also powerful enough to charge the MacBook as quickly as an Apple AC charger, minimizing down time.

30 Watt Specifications:

  • Dimensions folded: 9″ x 7″ x 2″
  • Dimensions deployed: 35″ x 18″
  • Weight: 3 lb.

60 Watt Specifications:

  • Dimensions folded: 13″ x 7″ x 2″
  • Dimensions deployed: 48″ x 52″
  • Weight: 3 lb.

QuickerTek is offering the 30 Watt USB Type-C Solar Juicz Charger for $499 (USD) and the 60 Watt USB Type-C Solar Juicz Charger for $999 (USD). These solar panels can also be used to charge QuickerTek’s Most Powerful eyeBattery and Most Versatile eyeBattery.

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macOS New App Release – Piano Tuner PT1 1.0

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Product Announcements – JSplash Studios of Bangalore, India has released Piano Tuner PT1 1.0, a professional piano tuning app for macOS. Piano Tuner PT1 enables professional piano technicians to tune a piano to the highest possible standards. With over 10 years in development, Piano Tuner PT1 features a top-class pitch recognition algorithm that lets professional piano technicians perform high-quality tuning of the entire range of the piano (88 keys). The application shows the precise pitch frequency and deviation from the target frequency for any note. Piano Tuner PT1 also supports other tunings where A4 frequency is different from 440 Hz.

Key Features:

  • Professional grade piano tuning tool for piano technicians
  • Tune all 88 keys of the piano – Pitch detection works the entire range of the piano
  • Supports alternate tunings – for tunings with A4 frequency is different from 440Hz in equal temperament
  • Historical deviation graph – Shows the stability of the tuning
  • Extremely accurate, reliable and easy to use with realtime instantaneous pitch analysis

System Requirements:

  • OSX 10.8 or later
  • 64-bit processor
  • 2.4 MB

Piano Tuner PT1 1.0 is $499.99 (USD) and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Music and Utilities category.

macOS New App Release – iWatermark Pro 2.0

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Product Announcements – Plum Amazing Software of San Francisco, California has released iWatermark Pro 2.0 for Mac. iWatermark, is the No. 1 and only watermarking tool available for all 4 platforms, iPhone/iPad, Mac, Android and Windows. iWatermark is the most popular multi-platform professional watermarking tool for photos. Easily, secure and protect your photos with Text, Graphic, Vector, Lines, Border, Text On Arc, Text Banner, QR Code, Signature Metadata and Steganographic watermarks. Once added to a photo this watermark shows it was created and is owned by you.

Plum Amazing CEO said “If you share an amazing photo you’ve taken via Email, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, etc. it’s very likely to go viral then fly off globally out of your control and without any connection to you as the creator.” He paused, then added, “The simple solution is to digitally sign your photos/artwork using iWatermark with your name, email or url then your photos have a visible and legal connection to you wherever they may roam.”

The watermark types in iWatermark are not found in any other software. Some watermarks are visible and others invisible. Both serve different purposes. A visible watermark is where you superimpose your logo or signature onto your image.

Visible Watermarks:

  • Text – Any text including metadata with settings to change font, size, color, rotation,
  • Text Arc – Text on a curved path
  • Bitmap Graphic – A graphic is usually a transparent .png file like your logo, brand, copyright symbol, etc.
  • Vector Graphic – Use over 5000 built-in vector (SVG’s) to display perfect graphics at any size
  • Border Graphic- A vector border that can be stretched around an image and customized using a variety of settings
  • Lines – Very popular with stock photo houses this is a subtle but hard to remove watermark
  • Banner – Adds a banner area to any photo where text can be added
  • QR Code – A kind of barcode with information like email or url in it’s coding
  • Signature- Sign, import or scan your signature into a watermark to sign your creations

An invisible watermark is hidden throughout the picture, within the numbers that create the photos, is a recognizable pattern that identifies it as being your artwork. It is harder to remove.

Invisible Watermarks:

  • Metadata – Adding information (like your email or url) to the IPTC or XMP part of the photo file.
  • StegoMark – StegoMark is our proprietary steganographic method of embedding information like your email or url into the picture data itself. It can be available or hidden with a password.

iWatermark is a specialized tool to watermark photographs. Less expensive, more efficient, faster and simpler to use then PhotoShop. iWatermark is designed exclusively for watermarking by a photographer for photographers.

Major Features:

  • Works standalone or in conjunction with Lightroom, Photoshop, Apple Photos, Google Photos and other photo organizers
  • Batch or sequential processing
  • Important: Relative or absolute scaling of watermarks; Essential when batch processing different resolution and orientation photos
  • Design, edit and manage a library of watermarks
  • Tags are metadata (GPS, Exif, XMP, numbering, date/time) that can be added to text watermarks
  • Resize from input to output
  • Rename files from input to output
  • Add thumbnails for files
  • Input/Output from/to all major file types JPEG, TIFF, PNG, RAW, etc.
  • Create text, graphic, or QR watermarks
  • Adjust opacity, font, color, border, scale, rotation, shadow, special effects, etc.
  • Export watermarks and use in the Mac version
  • Fast 32/64 bit multi-threaded app that can use multiple CPU/GPU’s
  • User selectable color profiles
  • Add, remove and edit metadata (EXIF, GPS and XMP)
  • Unlimited fonts
  • Great manual and support
  • Share to Facebook, Flickr, Instagram, Twitter and many more
  • Watermark manager which can track hundreds of watermarks. The manager also allows locking/unlocking, embedding IPTC/XMP, searching, renaming, deleting, previewing, merging, exporting, batch processing and sharing of watermarks
  • Embed IPTC/XMP data each time it’s used with or without a visible watermark; Great for news organizations
  • Continually updated and improved
  • Much more

Why Watermark?

  • Digitally sign your photos/artwork with iWatermark to claim, secure and maintain your intellectual property and reputation
  • Photos can go viral then they fly off globally. Watermark with your name, email or url so your photo has a visible and legal connection to you
  • Build your company brand, by having your company logo on all your images
  • Promote your company, name and website by using QR codes as watermarks
  • With iOS 11 QR code reading is now built into the iPhone camera
  • Avoid the surprise of seeing your photos and/or artwork elsewhere on the web or in an ad
  • Avoid conflicts, costly litigation and headaches from plagiarists who claim they didn’t know that you created it
  • Avoid intellectual property (IP) squabbles

Digitally sign your work/photos/graphic/artwork with iWatermark, reclaim your intellectual property and maintain the recognition you deserve. Easily, secure and protect your photos with visible & invisible watermarks which display it was created and is owned by you.

Changes in version 2.0:

  • Updated Tags in iWatermark Text editor for GPS (Alt. Speet and Lat.) and Current (date, time, year, total) and File Attributes
  • Enabled rotation and scaling gestures in Text, Graphic and Vector watermarks. And Smart Zoom for turning scaling on/off
  • Enabled Quick Look at preview click smart Zoom on input preview; ie. Force Click and haptic feedback
  • Fixed sorting order of Watermark manager ICON column
  • Enabled Counter in Rename Tab all the time, since it also used in Mata Data Tags.
  • Fixed Text Editor Menu inserting tag was missing
  • Added Tags for Creation Month, Creation Day and Month## and Day##
  • For creation date of photo: <month> <day> <month##> <day%%> to allow <year>.<month##>.<day##> to produce 2017.03.10 in text tags
  • Added Emboss / Engraved Text
  • Many ui changes
  • New watermarks added since version 1.0, Lines, Border, Text On Arc and Text Banner
  • Fixed text Editor background color also switching off Dropshadow
  • Added watermark key backgroundOnOff * boolean to track if alpha is Zero (off)
  • Fixed sorting order of Watermark manager ICON column
  • Enabled Counter in Rename Tab all the time, since it is also used in Meta Data Tags
  • Added tag for 7 digit GPS ‘<Latitude7> <Longitude7>’, ‘<Latitude> <Longitude>’ give 3 digit accuracy
  • Updated Tags in iWatermark Text editor for GPS (Alt. Speet and Lat.) and Current (date, time, year, total) and File Attributes
  • Enabled rotation and scaling gestures in Text, Graphic and Vector watermarks. And Smart Zoom for turing scaling on/off
  • Editor: Performance: Enabled caching of source image in editor for faster redrawing. Most noticeable when source is large RAW image
  • Optimized and bugs fixed
  • Updated manual

Perfect for use with Canon Inc., Nikon Inc., Olympus Inc., Sony Inc., Samsung, SLR, regular cameras and all iOS and Android smartphones and tablets. iWatermark can be purchased at the Plum Amazing Store.

macOS New App Release – iLocker for Mac 1.0

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Product Announcements – ProtectStar of Miami, Florida has released iLocker for Mac 1.0, their new app and file security utility for macOS. Users of shared Macs can password protect their personal apps, files, and folders by simply dragging and dropping them into the iLocker app window. With a quick entry of a password, the objects are protected from unauthorized access by other users.

iLocker for Mac is the perfect solution for parents who share their Mac with younger family members and worry their kids might access things they shouldn’t. With a simple drag-and-drop and password entry, apps like Apple Mail, Photos, Contacts, Safari, and even games can be prevented from opening without a password. This helps keep kids safe and their mind on homework while using the family Mac. The app also easily prevents the opening of selected files and folder, via the same simple drag-and-drop procedure.

“In many families, everyone shares the same computer, making it harder to keep your kids away from files, folders, and apps they shouldn’t be accessing. iLocker for Mac takes care of all that with just a few clicks of a mouse and taps of a keyboard,” says Chris Bohn, President and CEO of ProtectStar. “Parents can even set time limits and schedule access to apps and files to make sure their offspring are doing their homework, instead of trying to beat the next level of their favorite game!”

iLocker also tracks failed access attempts of protected items, so you’ll know exactly when the unauthorized access occurred. In addition, it makes use of the latest MacBook Pro feature, Touch ID. By using their authorized fingerprint, users can unlock their apps and files in an instant.

The app is also perfect for office situations where more than one user accesses the same Mac, or when users are called away from their Mac in an office setting. An automatic-exit feature locks protected apps after a specific period of time away from the keyboard, increasing security.

Features:

  • Securely protects apps, folders, and files with a password
  • Securely monitors access of personal data such as files and folders
  • Allow kids access to only specific games, applications, and files
  • Schedule for each app or all apps to allow usage for specific days and times
  • Immediate pop-ups alert users to security breaches
  • Logfile protocol tracks unauthorized attempts to start access apps and files
  • Deep Detective (TM) protects against known and unknown attack attempts
  • Smart protection against ransomware threats
  • Blocks execution of potentially malicious Java code
  • Can be set to run at login for automatic protection
  • App can’t be quit without entering the password
  • Supports Touch ID sensor on latest MacBook Pro models
  • Purchase includes 1-year of technical support and free upgrades
  • 24/7 Support by email

iLocker for Mac also offers smart ransomware protection via ProtectStar’s intelligent Deep Detective (TM) feature. The exclusive feature constantly monitors and protects critical system areas and personal data with an additional layer of prevention against Mac-encrypting ransomware attacks like KeRanger and other malicious methods. Deep Detective observes all accesses to your macOS apps, folders, and files, reporting known, and thanks to modern heuristic methods, unknown hacker attack attempts.

“iLocker is a great way for parents to make sure their kids are working on their English paper, and not talking to their buddies via the Messages app,” continues Chris. “By creating an easy to maintain usage schedule, they’ll know Junior is working schoolwork, even if the parents aren’t home from work yet. Plus, the app gives peace of mind by protecting against hacker threats to your Mac’s files, which contain precious family memories, valuable information, and more!”

System Requirements:

  • Mac OS 10.11 or higher
  • Supports macOS 10.13 macOS High Sierra
  • 64-bit processor
  • 70 MB
  • Internet connection for activation and updates

iLocker for Mac 1.0 is only $19.90 USD (or an equivalent amount in other currencies) and is available worldwide exclusively through the ProtectStar website.

macOS New App Release – PDF2Office

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Product Announcements – Recosoft ofOsaka, Japan  has released PDF2Office for iWork 2017, a major new release of the popular PDF to Pages, Keynote and Numbers converter for the macOS. PDF2Office for iWork 2017 has a completely re-designed interface taking advantage of the latest macOS technologies. Additionally, PDF2Office for iWork 2017 contains a native PDF previewing and navigation interface.

PDF2Office for iWork converts PDFs to Numbers, Keynote and Pages files by recreating the layout of the document; forming paragraphs; applying styles; regrouping independent graphic elements; extracting images; creating tables automatically. PDF2Office for iWork allows you to recover, reuse and re-source the contents stored in PDF files making it available for use within the Apple Pages, Keynote and Numbers.

Key New Features:

  • Modernized user interface – The entire user interface has been rebuilt from ground-up using modern macOS technologies providing an integrated PDF viewing, navigation and conversion interface.
  • Batch convert multiple PDF files to different formats at once – A conversions pane has been included allowing multiple files to be converted to the Apple Pages, Keynote and Numbers format at once.
  • Area select tool – An Area select tool has been included which allows specifying a particular area in a page to be converted to the target file type.
  • PDF to Image conversion – PDF-to-JPEG and PDF-to-PNG conversions are supported when using the Area select tool.
  • PDF Reconstruction v7.0 engine – PDF2Office for iWork 2017 contains the latest PDF Reconstruction v7.0 engine offering enhanced conversion fidelity and stability.
  • Support for latest macOS – PDF2Office for iWork has been enhanced to operate with the latest versions of macOS (including macOS Sierra).

“Recosoft pioneered PDF conversion technology for the Mac in 2003 with PDF2Office; by releasing PDF2Office for iWork 2017 we have delivered the best PDF to Apple Pages, Keynote and Numbers conversion technology to date” – Paramjit Chadha, MD, Recosoft Corporation”

System Requirements:

  • OS:Mac OS X 10.9.x and higher
  • Hardware:Intel based Mac
  • Applications:iWork ’09 or higher to view and edit converted files

PDF2Office for iWork 2017 is available immediately from the Mac App store as an In App purchase for $29.99 (USD) with a limited free-to-use option for 14-days.

macOS New App Release – BatchOutput PDF

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Product Announcements – Zevrix Solutions of Toronto (ON) Canada has announced that BatchOutput PDF, the company’s PDF printing automation solution, is available on software discount site BundleHunt as part of their Smart Mac Bundle. The deal lets users select 7 premium Mac apps from a pre-selected assortment of 47 software titles for $22 only until October 28. BundleHunt is an online store that retails heavily discounted bundles of high quality software, aimed at empowering the creative community, online business owners, web designers, and developers.

BatchOutput PDF completely automates PDF printing workflow by processing files from watched hot folders. Users can define print presets for various output settings and assign a hot folder to each preset. For example, users can create hot folders for color and black-and-white printers, specific paper sizes, duplex modes, various color profiles and so on.

“BatchOutput PDF has been really helpful to me,” says Glen Saville of the self-titled design firm in Hornchurch, UK. “When I have a ton of work to do I can simply drag my PDFs into hot folders and let the app handle the printing. It saves me from being at work all night!”

BatchOutput PDF helps users eliminate countless repetitive tasks of opening PDF files and adjusting print settings manually by bypassing the print dialog. The app offers the following key features:

  • Batch print PDF files automatically from watched hot folders
  • Create presets for various print settings
  • Work with other programs while BatchOutput PDF prints in the background
  • Specify password for encrypted PDFs
  • Save time and hassle of printing each PDF manually

BatchOutput PDF can be purchased on BundleHunt as part of its Smart Bundle of 7 apps for $21.99 (USD). Trial version is also available for download. BatchOutput PDF requires Mac OS X 10.7 or later.

macOS New App Release – AutoMounter 1.5

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Product Announcements – Pixeleyes Ltd. of Wellington, New Zealand has released AutoMounter 1.5, a significant update to their sleek and powerful menu item designed to automatically mount your network shares on macOS. If you’ve got a NAS appliance, a server at work, or even shared folders on your other computers, you’ll know how annoying it is to keep your shares connected. AutoMounter is here to make your life easier, intelligently managing your NAS servers and shares, ensuring your files are always accessible and ready to use.

AutoMounter 1.5 Enhancements:

  • Set mount rules, like matching against WiFi and VPN connections, open apps, and more
  • Dark UI theme
  • Ability to unmount shares if a server goes offline
  • Mount shares as read only
  • [Pro Settings] Mount ‘to’ or ‘at’ custom mount points. Requires helper app.
  • [Pro Settings] Specify multiple apps and files to open on mount for each share
  • [Pro Settings] Export / import settings as a managed configuration profile

AutoMounter is designed to run on macOS 10.11 or higher, and is available in 8 different languages (English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Russian, Simplified Chinese, Spanish).

System Requirements:

  • macOS 10.11 or later
  • 64-bit processor
  • 16 MB free disk space

AutoMounter 1.5 is $9.99 USD (or equivalent amount in other currencies) and available worldwide exclusively through the Mac App Store in the Utilities category. The ‘Pro Settings’ features require a $3.99 USD In-App Purchase, which helps further the development of advanced features.

macOS New App Release – Pixelmator Pro

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Product Announcements – The Pixelmator Team of Vilnius, Lithuania has released Pixelmator Pro, a brand new Mac 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.

“Pixelmator Pro offers every tool you could ever need to create, edit, and enhance images on a Mac in a beautiful, user-centered interface,” said Saulius Dailide, one of the founders of the Pixelmator Team. “And with its GPU-powered, machine learning-enhanced tools, it’s truly one of the most advanced and innovative image editing apps on the planet.”

The modern, dark single-window interface of Pixelmator Pro has been created exclusively for working with images. Its 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 incredibly 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, portrait detection, 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 also packed a wide range of other features and innovations into Pixelmator Pro, such as HEIF file format compatibility; full RAW support, including support for multiple RAW layers; superior support for Adobe Photoshop images; complete macOS integration via full support for iCloud, Versions, Tabs, Full Screen, Split View, Sharing, Permanent Undo, Touch Bar, 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.

Pixelmator Pro is coming exclusively to the Mac App Store this fall. Full system requirements and more information on Pixelmator Pro can be found online.

macOS New App Release – Watercolor Studio

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Product Announcements – JixiPix Software of Las Vegas, Nevada has released Watercolor Studio, a new automatic photo to watercolor artistic app for Mac and Windows. This new application renders an ordinary photo into hyper-realistic watercolor paintings with an incredible lifelike visual quality.

Watercolor Studio creates fluid, liquidy, translucent watercolors with paint that flows naturally. Built on-top of an incredible rendering system that uses real-world techniques, this application does the initial work, producing a watercolor instantly, then allows you to customize your paintings using an array of Sliders, Layers, Brushes, Color Washes and Artistic finishes. The end result – print quality watercolors filled with transparent luminosity and sheer beauty.

Watercolor Studio uses artificial intelligence and image recognition to render the initial watercolor then gives you the ability to create infinite variations quickly and easily. Change paintings into an ink wash, add a beautiful artistic finish, brush in details, and even spatter it with liquid spots. Control everything from details-to-shades-to-negative space-to-coloring. No artistic skill needed!

Features:

  • Fully adjustable control on all aspects of the painting process without any of the work.
  • Control the detail, wetness, texture, paint flow, canvas, color wash, and outlines. All with a few simples clicks.

Includes 8 Paint Layers:

  • Watercolor Landscape – Abstract paint full of negative space and free flowing wet-in-wet paint
  • Watercolor Portrait – Detailed paint typical of wet-on-dry paint
  • Ink Wash – Renders photos into soft subtle paintings, consisting of one-to-three colors – Choose from a library of washes to create ultra inky paintings or light monotone ones
  • Liquefy – Transparent layer used to dilute and bleed color
  • Color Wash – Includes a library of pre designed washes to start from that add everything from monotones to expressive colors
  • Outline – Defines edges throughout the image. Choose between round fluid watercolor strokes or sharp inked in ones
  • Splatter – Adds liquid spots that actually looks wet and runny. Use them to add texture, age, and bits of color throughout the painting
  • Canvas – Used to control the paper style, paint granulation and amount of pigment

The beauty of a well executed watercolor comes from the transparency of paint on paper. It also comes from the watercolors unique free flowing characteristics. Watercolor Studio makes it easy to do just this with a one-of-a kind Liquid slider. As you move it, watch as color bleeds throughout the painting for an ultra wet style. Or use the Wet Edge slider to define edges with built-up pigment and color that bleeds inward naturally.

System Requirements:

  • Mac OSX 10.7
  • 500MB download

Watercolor Studio is priced at $49.99 (USD) and available immediately through the JixiPix website or the Mac App Store.

Mac Accessory – Laptop Lift 90

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Product Announcements – newPCgadgets of San Diego, California has announced Laptop Lift 90, a laptop organizer, riser and space-saver all-in-one. According to newPCgadgets, “The Laptop Lift 90 is the only laptop stand on the market that offers this unique combination of features.”

As a laptop riser, the Laptop Lift 90 raises the back of the laptop 1″ to improve performance and increase ventilation. As a laptop stand, the Laptop Lift 90 holds laptops upright freeing up valuable desk space. To make their new laptop riser stand out, newPCgadgets is offering the Laptop Lift 90 in four high-gloss colors including: pink, blue, white and black.

According to their president Michael Schriner, “With our new Laptop Lift 90 we have created a new way to organize the desktop, improve laptop function and save space. We have also enhanced the look of the work space by offering vibrant colors that really stand out.”

The dual function Laptop Lift 90 is constructed from high-gloss acrylic. Non-slip neoprene pads hold the laptop in place. The product dimensions are 8 “W x 4″D x 2 1/2 “H. The Laptop Lift 90holds all popular Laptops including: The MacBook Pro, MacBook Air and dozens more. The Laptop Lift 90 is designed for both home and office.