Tag Archives: Mac

Review of “Zonebox”

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Product Reviews – I read about Zonebox in Bob Levis’ book “Working Smarter for Mac Users“. This is a simple little productivity App that lets you define tasks (by clicking on the “+” button at the bottom right of the App interface) with an estimated completion time (default is 15 minutes, but you can assign a custom time by double clicking on the entry in the list), then when you activte one of the tasks, you get a countdown timer for the remaining time. In the image above you see that I have 14:03 remaining of my allocated 30 minutes for writing this review.

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The countdown also appears in the menubar when active. The developer has been proactive with this App already converting it to a 64-bit App, so there is no need to worry about the upcoming macOS 32-bit to 64-bit transition.

I find this useful when I start writing posts for my Blog. I am less likely to be distracted by other tasks when I know the timer is counting down. The App is free and is available on the Mac App Store.

 

Pros

  1. Free
  2. Simple to use user interface
  3. 64-bit

 

Cons

  1. Not many options
  2. Only ‘running’ tasks can be marked at ‘Done’

 


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Are Your Mac Apps All 64-Bit?

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Tech Tip – Apple will soon be taking the next step in their transition to all 64-bit Apps. When macOS 10.13.4 comes out, users will get a one-time alert when they open any 32-bit Apps. Users will be cautioned in that alert that the 32-bit Apps will be blocked at some point in the near future when Apple completes the transition to an all 64-bit App space.

Until the transition is complete (on a date yet to be announced by Apple) users can still use the 32-bit Apps. However, if you are using a 32-bit App as part of your daily workflow, you need to be prepared to replace it if the developer does not update it.

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So how do you tell if an App is 32-bit or 64-bit? This is easy. go the Apple icon in the top left of the menu bar and click on “About this Mac”. In the “Overview” category, click on “System Report”. Scroll down to “Software: Applications”. It may take a few seconds to populate the window. At the far right side, there is a column labeled “64-bit (Intel)”. Any Apps with a “No” in this column is a 32-bit App. To make it easier to find the Apps you are looking for, click on the column header. That will sort the entries so that all the Apps with a “No” will be at the top of the list.

As you can see in the image above, my MacBook currently as six 32-bit Apps installed. Now I either need to find replacement Apps, hope the respective developers will upgrade their Apps, or take some action and contact the developers asking if they will soon release an update.

 

Reference

  1. 32-bit app compatibility with macOS High Sierra 10.13.4

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Upgrading My Mid 2010 MacBook Pro

I have had a mid 2010 MacBook Pro for a while. It works well, but it is sluggish. Rather than invest in a new MacBook, I chose to make a fairly quick and simple upgrade.

To make my MacBook more useable I upgraded it (similar to what I did to my 2010 Mac Mini a few years ago) with a new SSD.

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It already has 8GB of RAM, so I decided to replace the hard disk with an SSD. I purchased a new SanDisk 250 GB SSD when I found it on sale a few weeks ago.

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I had purchased a 2.5″ external drive case from OWC a while back. I used the interface contained in the drive enclosure to attach the SSD to my MacBook. After formatting the SSD as an APFS drive, I used Carbon Copy Cloner to ‘clone’ (make an exact copy) my boot drive to the SSD. Fortunately for me, this didn’t take too long as the 320 GB hard disk was less than half full – less than 4 hours.

Once the drive had been cloned, I rebooted my Mac selecting the SSD as the boot device (depressed the Option keep when the Mac chimed on reboot and selected the new SSD as the boot drive). I verified that the SSD was working as it should, then shut down my MacBook.

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I removed the screws on the back cover, then removed the screws holding the hard drive bracket. I was then faced with removing the Torx screws that held in the drive. Unfortunately, I didn’t have a T6 Torx screwdriver available. That necessitated a trip to a nearby Lowe’s. There I picked up a “Kobalt 14-in-1 Precision Driver Set” for about $10 that included the needed T6 head (second from top on left in the photo above). Equipped with that, I easily removed the screws holding the drive in place, then gently disconnected the SATA ribbon cable from the drive. With nothing holding the drive in place I was able to remove it from my MacBook.

I attached the SATA cable to my SSD, placed it into position in the Mac, then refastened the bracket in place. I closed up my Mac, then fired it up. As expected it booted in a fraction of the time previously required with the hard disk. The operation of macOS is now much snappier. Apps boot faster. Alfred works quicker. For the investment of less than $100, I have a drastically improved MacBook.

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As a final step, I mounted the old hard drive in the external chassis. I haven’t reformatted it yet, but if there are no hiccups in the operation of my MacBook I will soon reformat that drive as APFS and will have an external 320GB drive to use.

If you have an older Mac, this is a relatively easy and low-cost way to bring new life to it!

 

References

  1. How to upgrade your MacBook Pro with an SSD
  2. How to select a different startup disk

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macOS New App Release – Decision Making solution for ConceptDraw Office

Product Announcement – CS Odessa of Odessa, Ukraine has released a solution that provides additional value to users of ConceptDraw Office by making available graphical tools that assist managers in the making of critical decisions.

A new Decision Making solution provides a wide range of templates, samples, and libraries of vector stencils to support decision-making activity helping managers make decisions, and organizing effective communications in a visual manner that keeps all stakeholders involved.

The Decision Making solution is a free item for current users of ConceptDraw PRO v11, and is available for download in ConceptDraw 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 (VSD, VDX and VSDX documents) users. It retails for only US$199 per end user license.

The dynamic suite of three products found in ConceptDraw Office consists of a diagramming platform, a mind mapping tool, and a project management tool. It is designed for knowledge workers, project managers, managers, and academics and retails for US$499 per end user license.

The combination of powerful products, no charge dynamic support, and ongoing development make ConceptDraw Office a good choice to support the activities that move businesses ahead.

Operating Systems Supported:

  • macOS 10.12 and 10.13
  • Windows 7, 8.1, and 10 (64-bit certified)

Podcast – “Mac Power Users”

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Podcasts – I started listening to the “Mac Power Users” podcast a few months ago. This podcast has been in production for some time (2009). As of the date of this post, the most recent episode of the series is April 8, episode #422. It is hosted by David Sparks and Katie Floyd. Both are lawyers in their day jobs, and Mac advocates in their spare time.

Their shows have covered a wide range of interesting topics. I have learned quite a bit listening to these two and recommend their podcast to any who are Mac users.

Friend Nathan Lott (@nlott) suggested that I also mention the Mac Power Users group on Facebook. Many questions and tips are posted there every day. If you have a problem or a great tip to share, the Facebook group may be just the place for you.

 

macOS New App Release – InPreflight Pro

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Product AnnouncementZevrix Solutions of Toronto (ON), Canada has announced that InPreflight Pro is now available on the new and improved Adobe Exchange. InPreflight Pro is a document preparation solution for Adobe InDesign, which offers thorough quality control and batch file packaging.

Adobe Exchange provides a new way to search, discover, and install plug-ins, extensions, and other content for Creative Cloud products. As a unified destination that brings third-party integrations with Creative Cloud, Document Cloud & Experience Cloud under a single umbrella, Adobe Exchange will make it easier for customers to discover and install integrations that expand and enhance what they can achieve on Adobe’s Clouds.

“InPreflight is very simple, it provides excellent display of document’s elements with full control over preflighting and file collection,” says Michael Anikst of Anikst Design in London, UK. “I am designing very big books on art, and InPreflight lets me keep all my documents in perfect order.”

InPreflight Pro provides a robust, fast, reliable and easy-to-use solution for printers, service providers, ad agencies and publishing houses and offers the following key features:

Batch-packaging and job delivery:

  • Collect multiple InDesign files automatically
  • Package all shared files into one folder and save gigabytes of disk space
  • Package jobs into separate folders automatically
  • Send collected jobs to FTP and other servers with email notifications

Quality control:

  • Quickly preflight InDesign documents for common problems
  • Reveal hidden issues such image compression and embedded fonts
  • View info on all fonts, colors and links at a glance

Graphic preflight reports:

  • Create graphic preflight reports
  • Print and save reports as PDF
  • Interactive report setup
  • Detailed paragraph styles report for typography professionals

InPreflight Pro can be purchased from Adobe Exchange for $99.95 (USD), as well as from Zevrix website and authorized resellers. Trial is also available for download. InPreflight requires macOS 10.7-10.13 and Adobe InDesign CS3-CC 2018.

macOS New App Release – PDFPen & PDFpenPro 10.0

Product Announcements – Smile of San Francisco, California, the developer of productivity applications for Mac(R), iPhone(R) and iPad(R), has released PDFpen and PDFpenPro 10.0, a new major version of its all-purpose PDF editing tool for Mac. Version 10 introduces watermarks, headers & footers, and for Pro users, batch OCR (Optical Character Recognition).

Add text and image watermarks with opacity and rotation controls, as well as custom page range options. Use watermarks to identify draft or confidential in-house documents, assert copyright, or clarify intended distribution.

Apply header and footer text with options for customizing page position, font, and page range.

PDFpenPro 10 offers batch OCR for turning multiple scans into searchable documents all at once.

The new Precision Edit tool in PDFpen and PDFpenPro 10 adds selection options and supports moving, resizing, and deleting line art and text blocks. This new tool maintains or decreases file size when moving, resizing and deleting images.

PDFpen 10 includes several additional improvements, including a larger view option for Library items, vibrant drawing colors, and more context menu actions.

“It’s always exciting to deliver features your customers have asked for,” said Philip Goward, Smile founder. “And with version 10 offering watermarks, headers & footers, and batch OCR just to name a few, we have done just that.”

PDFpen and PDFpenPro 10 work with PDFpen for iPad & iPhone version 3, allowing seamless editing across devices when used with Dropbox or iCloud.

PDFpen retails for US $74.95, PDFpenPro for $124.95. Family Pack licenses, which cover up to five computers in one household, are $94.95 for PDFpen and $149.95 for PDFpenPro. Office Pack licenses start at $224.95 for PDFpen (5 users) and $349.95 for PDFpenPro (5 users).

Upgrades from earlier single user versions of either application are US $30, and free to users who purchased on or after January 1, 2018. Upgrades from any previous version of PDFpen to PDFpenPro 10 are $50. Upgrade pricing for Family Packs and Office Packs is found in our web store.

PDFpen 10 and PDFpenPro 10 require macOS 10.12 (Sierra) and work great on macOS 10.13 (High Sierra). For macOS 10.11 (El Capitan) and earlier, see our website for compatible PDFpen versions. Demo versions are available at on our site. Full versions of PDFpen and PDFpenPro are also available for purchase on Apple’s Mac App Store.

What’s New in PDFpen 10:

  • Adds watermarks
  • Insert Headers & Footers
  • OCR multiple documents in batch (PDFpenPro only)
  • New Precision Edit tool selects, moves, resizes and deletes line art and text
  • Improves move & resize of images
  • Enhances page number styling
  • Adds larger Library item view
  • Prettier drawing colors
  • Adds context menu options
  • Various improvements and fixes

Features Specific to PDFpenPro:

  • Export to Microsoft(R) Excel (.xlsx, .xls), Microsoft(R) PowerPoint (.pptx) and PDF Archive (PDF/A) formats (requires Internet connection for .pptx and PDF/A, must be a licensed user)
  • Create cross-platform fillable PDF forms including interactive signature fields and email or web submission buttons
  • Create and edit Table of Contents
  • Convert websites into PDFs
  • OCR multiple documents in batch
  • Add and edit document permissions
  • Automatic form creation makes existing PDF forms fillable
  • Gather submitted form data via backend integration
  • Add and delete file attachments and annotations
  • Create Portfolio documents, combining related files together
  • Correct typos in OCR text layer
  • OCR horizontal Chinese, Japanese & Korean

Features:

  • Add text, images and signatures to PDFs
  • Correct text in original PDF with editable text blocks
  • Fill out interactive PDF forms and sign them
  • Redact or erase text, including OCR text
  • Search and replace, search and redact, and search and highlight text
  • Export in Microsoft(R) Word format, TIFF, JPEG, PNG, and flat PDF
  • Scan directly from Image Capture or TWAIN scanners
  • Perform OCR (Optical Character Recognition) on scanned documents
  • View OCR layer for proofing OCR text from scanned pages, or remove OCR layer
  • Edit original images, including adjusting resolution, color depth and contrast, skew, and size of an image or scanned document
  • Sign PDF forms via drawing, interactive signature fields, or AATL or self-signed certificates
  • Insert and remove pages; re-order pages in a PDF with drag & drop; combine PDFs maintaining Table of Contents entries
  • Move, resize, copy and delete images in original PDF
  • Save PDFs directly to Evernote
  • Preview and extract file attachments and annotations
  • Record and playback audio annotations
  • Copy and paste rich text; retain fonts and formatting when copying from PDFs, including columns
  • Context-sensitive popup-menus enable quick edits
  • Add notes and comments, print annotation summary with or without the original text
  • Mark up documents with highlighting, underscoring and strikethrough
  • Save frequently-used images, signatures, objects and text in the Library; sync Library items with PDFpen for iPad & iPhone via iCloud
  • Add page numbers, bookmarks, headers and footers, line numbers and watermarks
  • Apply business-related and Sign Here stamps via the Library
  • Password protect a document with up to 256-bit AES encryption
  • Automate PDF manipulations with AppleScript and JavaScript Automation
  • Available in English, Japanese, German, French, Italian, and Spanish

Requirements: macOS 10.12 (Sierra) and later

PDFpen Pricing:

  • $74.95 (USD)
  • Family Pack: $94.95 (home use; up to 5 computers in one household)
  • Office Pack: starts at $224.95 for 5 users
  • Single user upgrade from earlier versions of PDFpen: $30
  • Upgrade pricing for Family Packs and Office Packs available.
  • Free upgrades for purchases made on or after January 1, 2018; no free upgrades available on the Mac App Store)

PDFpenPro Pricing:

  • $124.95 (USD)
  • Family Pack: $149.95 (home use; up to 5 computers in one household)
  • Office Pack: starts at $349.95 for 5 users
  • Single user upgrade from earlier versions of PDFpenPro: $30
  • Upgrade pricing for Family Packs and Office Packs available.
  • (Free upgrades for purchases made on or after January 1, 2018; no free upgrades available on the Mac App Store)

Single user upgrade from the previous version of PDFpen to PDFpenPro 10: $50

Site licenses: PDFpen $1249.95, PDFpenPro $1624.95
Site license terms: Single contact for support; single physical address or company with fewer than 1,000 employees. Visit our site license store.

macOS New App Release – SpeedScriber 2.0

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Product Announcements – Digital Heaven of London, United Kingdom  has released SpeedScriber 2.0, a major update to the automated transcription app specifically designed for professional content creators(*).

Version 2.0 introduces a wide range of enhancements, most notably the ability to transcribe media files in Dutch, French, German, Italian and Spanish languages as well as English. As the demand to provide captions becomes ever more widespread, SpeedScriber 2.0 adds two new export options – Avid DS caption format and iTunes Timed Text for use with the closed captioning features in the latest 10.4.1 release of Final Cut Pro X.

Overview:
Many documentary filmmakers, journalists, audio and video producers depend on reliable transcripts of their files, whether it be an interview for editing purposes, a text version of the finished project or for the ever-increasing requirement for delivery of captions. While there are several web-based transcription services on the market, they typically offer delivery times of 24 hours or longer and faster turnaround adds costly surcharges. SpeedScriber delivers affordable and amazingly accurate automated transcripts in minutes.

SpeedScriber includes professional features that are only possible with a native macOS app. MXF files can be imported** and timecode is supported for QuickTime Movie and Broadcast Wave files. Since only the audio from the file is required for the transcription process, media files are converted to a mono audio-only file for upload. Once uploaded, files are processed in parallel on our cloud-based servers and the transcript data is downloaded to the Mac app. A 60 minute file is typically transcribed in less than 10 minutes.

While the accuracy of automated transcription has improved dramatically in recent years, a key innovation of SpeedScriber is its comprehensive editing interface that was designed for making corrections quickly and efficiently. Transcripts can be reviewed with the current word highlighted in real-time as the media file is played. Speaker names can be assigned to sections of the transcript with a choice of nine colours for easy identification. Punctuation changes can be made on the selected words with a single keystroke and every editing command has a keyboard shortcut. Transcripts can be printed and exported to a wide range of file formats.

Digital Heaven has been developing plug-ins and apps for Apple video apps since 2003 so not surprisingly SpeedScriber features deep round-tripping integration with Final Cut Pro X (10.3 or later). Using the power of keyword ranges, audio, video, synchronised, multicam and (new in 2.0) compound clips can be tagged and automatically identified by SpeedScriber for import without any conversion of media. When transcription and editing is complete, the transcript can be attached to clips as searchable keyword ranges, again via a simple drag-and-drop operation. Favourite ranges created in SpeedScriber are transferred seamlessly to Final Cut Pro X. New in SpeedScriber 2.0 is support for export to iTunes Timed Text (.itt) format which can be used to create closed captions in the latest 10.4.1 release of Final Cut Pro X.

The SpeedScriber panel for Adobe Premiere Pro CC (2017.1 or later for macOS or Windows) gives real-time access to the transcripts on the user’s account and allows import of transcripts as speech metadata or markers within seconds. Captions can be created in Premiere Pro by exporting to SubRip (.srt) format from SpeedScriber.

Avid has been a pioneer of script-based editing and with the reintroduction of ScriptSync, SpeedScriber is the perfect partner for creating searchable scripts right inside Media Composer. Transcripts can be exported to Avid Script format without the need to do additional reformatting or conversion. For captioning, SpeedScriber 2.0 now supports export to Avid DS Caption format.

Features:

  • SpeedScriber combines the speed and scalability of a cloud-based transcription service with the flexibility of a native macOS app to create a solution that cannot be matched by traditional transcription providers.
  • Get amazingly accurate timestamped transcripts in minutes rather than hours or days.
  • Import audio and video files with support for timecode in QuickTime Movie and Broadcast Wave formats.
  • Innovative editing tools enable fast and efficient transcript corrections at the speaker, punctuation and character-level.
  • Print or export transcripts to a wide range of file formats.
  • Deep integration with Apple Final Cut Pro X (10.3 or later) with drag-and-drop round-tripping of clips via XML.
  • SpeedScriber panel for Adobe Premiere Pro CC gives real-time access to transcripts on the user’s account and import to clips within seconds.
  • Direct export of transcripts to Avid Script format makes SpeedScriber the perfect partner for ScriptSync.
  • New In Version 2.0
  • Transcribe media files in Dutch, French, German, Italian and Spanish in addition to English.
  • Custom Words panel allows users to save specialised terms and names and recall them with a single click to significantly speed up transcript editing.
  • New captioning export options for Avid DS captions (for use with Avid Media Composer) and iTunes Timed Text (for use with Final Cut Pro X 10.4.1).
  • Export to Word file (.docx).
  • Support for round-tripping of compound clips with Final Cut Pro X.
  • Rewritten word editing engine provides much improved estimated timings on new and corrected words.
  • User interface enhancements including resizable panels and font size options.

SpeedScriber is available now as a free download from the Mac App Store (macOS 10.11.5 or later). A SpeedScriber account is required which can be created in the app and 15 minutes of FREE transcribing time will be added to new accounts. Additional minutes can be purchased and the duration of each imported file is rounded up to the next whole minute then deducted from the account balance when submitted for transcription.

  • US$0.50/min for 30 mins/60 mins/120 mins
  • US$0.47/min for 300 mins (5 hours with 5% discount on standard rate)
  • US$0.45/min for 600 mins (10 hours with 10% discount on standard rate)
  • US$0.42/min for 1500 mins (25 hours with 15% discount on standard rate)
  • US$0.37/min for 6000 mins (100 hours with 25% discount on standard rate)

* SpeedScriber has been specifically designed for professional content creators who are using it to transcribe clear and well-recorded audio files that would be considered good enough quality for broadcast. It is not a suitable solution for transcribing business meetings or conference calls.
** MXF media files are supported if the Apple Pro Format codecs are installed, which require Compressor, Final Cut Pro or Motion.

macOS New App Release – DEVON Freeware Utilities

Product AnnouncementsDEVONtechnologies of Coeur d’Alene, Idaho  has updated a number of freeware utilities with enhancements and compatibility fixes. The menubar shortcut app XMenu receives Retina icons, the Services menu extension CalcService accepts numbers with separators, and WordService sorts rich text and correctly sorts numbers. All updates free and recommended to all users.

Besides its commercial applications DEVONthink, DEVONagent, and DEVONsphere, DEVONtechnologies publishes a range of freeware utilities. They extend the Services menu, make apps and documents accessible from the menu bar, find files, generate thumbnails from images, or place pictures or web cams on the user’s desktop.

  • CalcService: Calculates mathematical terms from selected text
  • WordService: Manipulates selected text
  • EasyFind: Finds files with precision and without relying on Spotlight
  • PhotoStickies: Puts photos or web cams on the desktop like sticky notes
  • ThumbsUp: Creates thumbnails from images, PDFs, and videos
  • XMenu: Adds menus to the menu bar for accessing apps, documents, and more

All DEVONtechnologies freeware utilities are free also for commercial use.

What’s new in CalcService, WordService, and XMenu: CalcService 3.5 supports also numbers with separators, e.g., copied from an invoice or account statement. WordService 2.8.2 sorts rich text and correctly sorts numbers. The “Initial caps of sentences” command now capitalizes the first word after paragraph separators or multiple line feeds too. Both Services menu extensions are optimized for and require macOS Yosemite and later.

“Services are still one of the most underrated features of the Mac. They can offer convenient functionality anywhere for selected text or files without keeping a menubar applet running at all times. Our CalcService and WordService safely enhance all applications that work with text, from simple TextEdit to word processors or our own DEVONthink, with powerful commands for everyday use” comments Eric Bohnisch-Volkmann, President of DEVONtechnologies.

XMenu 1.9.9 brings Retina-optimized icons for its menus and uses custom icons of volume aliases. In addition it resolves aliases faster and supports App Transport Security on OS X El Capitan and later. If required, it moves itself into the Applications folder.

Device requirements: macOS Yosemite or later.

CalcService, WordService, and XMenu are available for free from DEVONtechnologies’ website.

macOS New App Release – Sparkle 2.5.3

Product Announcements – Independent development team, River SRL of Florence, Italy has released Sparkle 2.5.3, an important update to their visual web designer for macOS systems. Sparkle allows anyone to easily build beautiful, custom websites, without being constrained by canned templates or web-based website interfaces.

Sparkle offers users a fully freeform canvas, making it easy for visual thinkers to design their customer websites without the need to be versed in HTML, CSS, or browser compatibility and web performance details. The app produces fully optimized code, including responsive images, CSS shapes, and other cutting-edge features.

“The complexity of building a responsive website today is so high that many people simply give up and resort to using a customized WordPress theme, or a cookie-cutter template, resulting in websites all looking the same,” says River SRL co-founder Duncan Wilcox. “We designed Sparkle to be used by visual thinkers who simply don’t have the time or inclination to learn HTML, CSS, and other technologies, simply to build a website.”

Sparkle offers a freeform canvas interface, making it easy to build any website. The interface is designed to be more like a graphic designer app than a webpage layout app. While the app is easy-to-use, it produces fully-optimized code, making use of modern web features and implementing best practices under the hood.

Features Include:

  • Fully freeform canvas – Perfect for visual thinkers
  • Drop in images, videos, MP3 music, downloadable files, and more
  • Access to hundreds of web fonts
  • Visual contact form creator
  • Built-in Google Maps generator
  • Ability to design for desktop, tablet, and smartphone screens
  • Live preview of the site on computers and mobile devices
  • Integrates with ecommerce tools such as Shopify, PayPal, and many more
  • Advanced SEO
  • Analytics and Tag Manager
  • Twitter and Facebook sharing
  • Site verification, robots.txt, and sitemap.xml all built-in
  • Produces fully optimized code
  • Built-in incremental FTP capabilities
  • Native macOS interface
  • Close integration with other Mac apps
  • Much more

Sparkle allows anyone to create landing pages in just a few minutes. The app is the perfect way to test ideas, focusing fully on content and layout without worrying about arcane HTML and CSS layout code. Sparkle’s freeform layout means anyone can create a website, without being constrained by a template, or worrying about the results looking just like everyone else’s WordPress template-based website.

Users love Sparkle:

“We used to create comps in Photoshop for developers. With Sparkle we have our sites up and running in hours rather than weeks.” – Hossein Farmani, Founder and Curator, The Lucie Awards, IPA – International Photography Awards

“We use Sparkle to create hundreds of quick landing pages to test our marketing strategies, Sparkle has saved us many hours of development time.” – David Tera, Director of Marketing, IDA – Int’l Design Awards.

“I have tried out many different tools to create websites, but none of them can top Sparkle.” – Philip Amour, Product Designer

What’s New in 2.5.3:

  • Added text wrapping around images
  • Significantly improved text layout precision and accuracy
  • Added advanced text settings and text shadows
  • Added image color filters
  • Added per-image links and labels on image galleries
  • Added Google Tag Manager support
  • Added local business metadata editor
  • Added HTML id customization
  • Improved file format to reduce system resource usage
  • Improved video player compatibility
  • Improved publishing compatibility with many web hosts

“Duncan and I spent years coding websites and writing HTML parsers, and we were growing frustrated with the state of web design tools and their technological complexity,” shares River SRL co-founder Daniele Trambusti. “So, in 2013 we decided to team up and fix the problem for good. Our goal was to make it possible for users to easily develop a custom website without ever being required to see a line of HTML or CSS code. Sparkle is the fruit of our labor.”

Sparkle Free is a full-featured app, and allows users to publish a single site, consisting of 3 pages, with “Made with Sparkle” branding on the pages. Sparkle One allows publishing of a single site with no page limit or branding. Sparkle Pro allows publishing unlimited sites, the ability to export site to disk with no page limit and no branding. Sparkle One is available as a one-time $44.99 USD purchase. Sparkle Pro is available as a one-time $89.99 USD purchase. Multi-User licenses are also available.

System Requirements:

  • macOS 10.9 Mavericks or later
  • Optimized for macOS 10.13 High Sierra
  • 30.7 MB

Sparkle 2.5.3 is free and is available worldwide through the Mac App Store in the Graphics and Design category. The app is also available from the Sparkle website. Expanded capabilities are available as one-time purchases.