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macOS New App Release – DEVONagent

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Product Announcements  – DEVONtechnologies pf Coeur d’Alene, Idaho has updated its smart research tool DEVONagent. The update brings a plugin for searching Google Scholar for case law and supports DuckDuckGo Bangs in its integrated web browser. It also adds more formats for sending results to DEVONthink. Extended plugin and AppleScript API enhance the options for automation. The updates for all three editions of DEVONagent are free and recommended for all users.

DEVONagent is DEVONtechnologies’ web research solution for the Mac. It finds information searching multiple sources in one go and applying powerful filters to the retrieved data. The presented results can be further processed and saved to the internal archive or handed over to other applications, e.g. DEVONthink. DEVONagent also offers a range of automating options to run searches unattended. It adds found data to the user’s archive or send reports by email.

Sophisticated research tools, AI-based techniques that handle even the largest result sets, and a high degree of integration and automation make DEVONagent the #1 web research tool on the Mac for scientists, lawyers, engineers, and educators.

  • Get pre-filtered, organized results from many sources
  • View and analyze the results the way you want
  • Create reports in many formats
  • Save searches so you can continue later
  • Run searches unattended to stay up-to-date on important subjects

New in DEVONagent 3.10:
Version 3.10 adds a new plugin for searching Google Scholar for case law. Google Scholar indexes scholarly books, articles, abstracts, and court opinions. The update also brings new versions of plugins for searching Google Patent Search, the British Library, BBC News, Reuters, RocketNews, FindLaw, and the publications of the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).

“Finding references and court opinions dominates the work of attorneys and law students. DEVONagent Pro is the ideal tool for in-depth research in databases like Lexis, FindLaw, EUR-Lex, and now also Google Scholar. It not only searches all these sources but also post-filters them. Sophisticated search operators drill down to the ground. And what’s left DEVONagent presents to the lawyer in an environment that lets them directly work with them”, comments Eric Bohnisch-Volkmann, President of DEVONtechnologies.

For quick queries, DEVONagent Pro now supports DuckDuckgo Bangs in the internal browser. These keywords, beginning with an exclamation mark, make it easy to search a specific website. Found search results can be archived to DEVONthink now also as Markdown or HTML-based formatted note. A decluttering option removes unnecessary text and images.

Other improvements in DEVONagent Pro 3.10 include enhanced plugin and AppleScript APIs for writing new search plugins as well as for automating post-processing search results. The updated plugin editor makes it easier to create a custom plugin from code published on the DEVONtechnologies user forum. Finally, webcam and video scanner plugins recognize live streams now, too. The updates for all three editions of DEVONagent are free for existings users and highly recommended.

System requirements: OS X Yosemite or later

Pricing and Availability:
All editions can be downloaded from DEVONtechnologies online and be test-driven for free before they need to be licensed. The applications are also available in the Mac App Store; DEVONagent Pro and Express can be purchased in bundles with DEVONthink in DEVONtechnologies’ online shop.

  • DEVONagent Pro: US $49.95 (App Store: $49.99)
  • DEVONagent Express: US $4.95 (App Store: $4.99)
  • DEVONagent Lite: free

 

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macOS New App Release – Canvas Draw 4

Product Announcements – ACD Systems of Victoria, Canada has released one of the most versatile visual content creation tool on the market. Designed for Macintosh computers, Canvas Draw 4 offers a wide range of professional drawing tools for both vector and raster graphics. This way, you can easily combine different elements in the same image, such as drawings, text, effects, and more. Whether your goal is to develop creative content, such as beautifully presented infographics, or advertising presentations, or printable drawings, Canvas Draw 4 has all the tools you need.

Canvas Draw 4 lets you unleash your creativity in a single application designed for multiple industries. Strikingly flexible, it offers the tools professional designers need to create stunning results. For example, a real estate company might use it to bring to life floor plans and calculate spatial dimensions, while a startup might use it to create a professional branding strategy or logo.

What’s New in Canvas Draw 4?

The product of many years of innovation and research, Canvas Draw 4 introduces many improvements to the popular illustration application for Mac. Among the new features are improved drawing precision and area calculations, font glyph previews, smart shuffling, a type palette, presentation documents, an annotation lens, and built-in scanning support using Image Capture API.

If you’re ready to illustrate your industry and bring your business and its products or services to life with strong imagery, then you cannot go wrong with Canvas Draw 4 at your disposal. Whether it’s computer-aided design, desktop publication, or branding you need, this solution offers it all in the form of a highly customizable program. If you’re ready to get started, visit the Canvas Draw 4 website today.

Keyboard Shortcuts – Paste and Match Style

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One of the Keyboard Shortcuts that I use on a regular basis is “Paste and Match Style”. The shortcut for this is CMD + OPT + SFT + v

What it does is past the content of the clipboard but drops any formatting and uses the format of the location where you are pasting the text. In other words it strips any formatting from the text and applies the formatting of the destination.

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I find this very useful when I am copying and pasting text from reference articles into an article that I am writing, or into an email that I am writing. In the example above using standard Paste and Paste and Match Style are shown in Yellow highlight.


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macOS New app Release – Mailbutler

Product Announcements – Mailbutler GmbH of Berlin, Germany, creator of the leading email productivity plugin, has released a new version of their email extension is broadly available for all Gmail and Apple Mail users. Readily compatible on both email clients, the new Mailbutler brings major updates to its functions with added features and a fully revamped interface.

“Following the success with Apple Mail, we listened to our customers’ demands and brought our email software expertise to Gmail. Many email companies unfortunately only market one type of email function – we saw an opportunity to bring together all types of complex email features under one roof. This is why we decided to bring the simplicity of Mailbutler to a second platform.” shared Tobias Knobl, co-founder and CEO of Mailbutler. Gmail and Apple Mail users can perform tasks with Mailbutler such as email scheduling, receive read receipts, upload files to cloud services, create signatures and templates, share notes and tasks – all without the need to install multiple third-party tools. The redesigned Mailbutler Dashboard now allows users an easily accessible overview of all their email activities.

The lightweight extension offers an unique approach to productivity: it acts as a Swiss army knife for emails while integrating seamlessly into the native Apple Mail and Gmail interface. “We want to help users take back control of their inbox,” added Tobias. The all-in-one plugin maximizes efficiency of emails, helps users to stay organized and leverages time in a smart and intuitive way.

“Our team worked tirelessly over the past six months to perfect the new Mailbutler, and we’re proud to have built a powerful yet agile solution that meets the needs of our multi-faceted customers,” shared Fabian Jager, Mailbutler’s co-founder and CTO. Introducing its biggest update in its two year history, the Berlin-based company also celebrates hitting a milestone with over 100k users. With the options of Free, Professional and Business plans, the new Mailbutler is now available for download.

macOS New App Release – Breath Ball 2.1.2

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Product Announcements – Independent development team, Fun Driven of Buers, Vorarlberg has released Breath Ball 2.1.2, their breathing guidance app for Mac OS X. The app helps users to relax by guiding their breathing rhythm. Breath Ball was originally developed for use by patients at the Neurological Therapy Center Gmundnerberg in Austria who suffer from severe brain damage caused by cancer, stroke, accidents and other issues.

Users of the app simply follow along by watching the on-screen ball. Folks are encouraged to find a comfortable place to sit, start the app, and then breathe in as the ball grows in size, exhaling as the ball shrinks. The breathing rate can be set to whatever is most comfortable for the user, they are then encouraged to slowly lower the rate until they reach the optimum relaxation rate of 6 breaths-per-minute.

“Breath Ball was originally designed for use by the patients at NTC Gmundnerberg, who suffer from severe brain damage caused by accidents, strokes, cancer and other medical incidents or conditions. The doctors there needed a mindful breathing app that would be easy to use by even the most challenged of patients,” shares Michael Holl, the founder of Fun Driven. “We created the app, and have continually worked to make it as easy as possible to use by anyone who needs to relax from stress.”

Breath Ball makes it easy for anyone to relax by regulating their breathing rhythms. The app’s “Simple” mode defaults to 6 breathing cycles per minute, but the cycles can be adjusted from 4 per minute to as fast as 15. The default rhythm of 6 cycles per minute has been found to help patients under severe stress to relax.

The app’s “Advanced” mode was created in response to requests from Breath Ball users. Advanced allows the configuration of the entire breathing cycle. Users can set the time in seconds for the length of time to breathe in, how long to hold a breath, the length of time to breathe out, and also how long to wait before once again breathing in.

The Advanced mode is especially helpful for users who would like to configure custom breathing patterns, such as Dr. Andrew Weil’s well known 4-7-8 breathing pattern. The exercise is designed to help users fall asleep quickly by inhaling for 4 counts, holding the breath in for 7 counts, and exhaling to an 8 count. Dr. Weil believes the exercise can cause a user to fall asleep in as little as 60 seconds.

While the app is simple to use, any of its options can be easily customized by the user. All display colors can be adjusted, just in case the default blue/white color scheme isn’t to their liking. In addition there is a “hide controls after 5 seconds” option that hides anything that might distract the user. An “Audio Guide” option allows users to use the app with their eyes closed, by playing a sound effect to indicate when it’s time to breathe in, hold the breath, and then breathe out.

“Breath Ball has been a philanthropic project from the beginning, and it will continue to be just that, with no charge for its use. In addition, we are committed to responding to feedback from our users,” continued Michael. “Users are invited to use the app’s ‘Send Feedback’ function to share their feedback, along with any thoughts on how we can improve the app. Every feature we added since Breath Ball’s initial release has originated from user feedback. We hope everyone uses the app in good health.”

System Requirements:

  • Mac OSX 10.9
  • 19.7 MB

Breath Ball 2.1.2 is free and is available worldwide exclusively through the Mac App Store in the Medical category. The app is also available in iOS, Windows and Android versions.

Keyboard Shortcuts – Copy, Cut, Paste and Undo

While there are many keyboard shortcuts, few are more widely known than these four – Copy, Cut, Paste and Undo.

Copy

To copy text or another object, use the mouse to select or highlight it. Then press the CMD + c keys simultaneously. The selected content will be copied to the clipboard.

Cut

To Cut or remove text or another object, use the mouse to select or highlight it. Then press the CMD + x keys simultaneously. The selected content will be removed and copied to the clipboard.

Paste

To paste whatever is in the clipboard to spot you have selected with the mouse, press the CMD + v keys simultaneously. The selected contents of the clipboard will be pasted into the designated spot.

Undo

You may often find that you have just typed in text or performed some other action that you wish you could undo. Using CMD + z the last action will be undone.

I find this particularly helpful when I start typing only to find that the cursor was in the wrong location, or when I drag an object from one folder to another, only to have it disappear to an unknown location through operator error.


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macOS New App Release – Signpost 1.0.1

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Product Announcements – Miln of Allier, France has released Signpost 1.0.1 for macOS. Signpost makes it easy to publish local domain names. Local domain names allow users of the network to reach other devices without knowing their Internet Protocol (IP) address. Signpost lets users attach human-friendly names to devices previously only accessibly by IP addresses.

“I created Signpost because our home network was getting crowded with semi-smart devices.” said Graham Miln. “To set up and manage all the connected boxes with blinking lights I needed to remember their addresses. Signpost let me look up the address once, then name each device in a friendly way. Now I can access my wifi router with the URL, wifi.local.”

Signpost uses multicast domain name server protocols, known as Bonjour on macOS, to publish names. This approach is ad-hoc and only persists while the Signpost application is running. There is no need for centralised servers or set up on other devices. Everything needed happens on a single Mac.

Once published, local domain names can be immediately used by any other Bonjour/mDNS-aware device on the network. Signpost running on a Mac will provide local domains that are useable from iPhones, iPads, and other Macs across the local network. Other operating systems, such as Linux, that can support mDNS will also benefit.

Signpost works with both IPv4 and IPv6 networks. Signpost can publish A, AAAA, and CNAME based domain name records. The choice of the record is handled by Signpost depending on the provided device and desired local domain name.

Signpost can be used to publish multiple local domain names for a single device. This can be used to solve auto-renamed Mac names, such as macbook-pro-7.local.

For more information, visit the Signpost website.

System Requirements:

  • macOS 10.13 or later
  • 64-bit Processor
  • 1.9 MB

Signpost 1.0.1 is free and is available worldwide through the Mac App Store in the Utilities category. A subscription is required to publish multiple signs simultaneously. Annual or monthly subscriptions are available: 1 year : 10.99 EUR / USD per year and 1 month : 1.99 EUR / USD per month

Product Review of “Duet Display”

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Product Review – I have read about Duet Display and other software solutions that turn an iPad/iPhone into a second display for your MacBook. I finally made the decision and bought and installed Duet Display this past January. I haven’t regretted it in the least.

Now I don’t generally use this second screen solution at home as I am working mostly on my dual screen Mac Mini there. This is, for me, a travel productivity aid, giving me a second screen for my MacBook. Having that additional screen space has been very useful as I work on articles for my Blog.

I attach my iPad and start Duet Display on it and my MacBook, then set my iPad to the left side of my MacBook propped up with my ANKER Multi-Angle Stand. I can then drag windows from the MacBook main screen over to my iPad for reference while I am writing on the main screen.

I certainly like Duet Display and this product has been well received by users as it has over 2700 reviews in the App Store and a 4.4/5 rating. The iOS part of the App is currently $9.99 in the iTunes App Store. I now consider this a part of my required MacOS Toolkit for any MacBook I may have.

 

Pros

  • Free software for the Mac/PC
  • Low cost (~$10) software for the iPad/iPhone
  • Works with Mac and Windows
  • Little to no lag time
  • Add Touch Bar access to Apps running in the iPad window
  • iPad is powered by Mac while in use as second display

 

Cons

  • Requires a Lightning cable connection between MacBook and iPad

 


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macOS New App Release – Gro CRM 2.0.1

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Product Announcements – Gro Software of San Francisco, California has released Gro CRM 2.0.1, the latest release of the Mac CRM for small business. Gro CRM is the remarkably easy to use and intelligent Mac CRM software platform for small business contact management, customer relationship management and enterprise resource management made exclusively for Apple users and their devices.

Gro CRM 2.0 includes hundreds of updates to the Gro CRM small business platform. New features include: iOS 11 and iPhone X support, Face ID for iPhone X, multitasking, split screen, drag and drop support for iPad & iPad Pro, a new customizable navigation bar, new iOS widgets and enhancements to email and payments. Plus hundreds of minor features and refinements throughout the Gro CRM 2.0 app including a new user interface for contact management.

As part of our commitment to security and privacy, Gro CRM is continually adding new security measures and features to our Mac CRM platform. Thanks to Apple’s new Face ID technology, you can now login to the Gro CRM app with your face. This optional security measure is available only for iPhone X users.

“The Gro CRM 2.0 platform gets a massive update today which includes iOS 11 and iPhone X features.” said Sophia Maes, Senior Vice President Sales at Gro Software. “Apple users are going to love the new features we have added to our Mac CRM small business platform! We are constantly listening to our customers and adding features they are requesting.”

Startups, Real-Estate, Financial Services and many more Mac CRM Vertical Markets can utilize the Gro CRM platform for their industry and business. The Gro CRM Platform is designed to easily scale to the size of the business, adapts to your job role and is customizable to your specific industry.

Pricing and Availability:
Gro CRM 2.0.1 is available immediately through the Apple(R) App Store for iOS devices and on the Gro CRM website. The download is free but requires a monthly or annual subscription. Solo subscriptions are available for 14.99 USD/seat/month, Basic subscriptions are available for 24.99 USD/seat/month and Pro subscriptions are available for 49.99 USD/seat/month. A 14-day free trial is available on the Gro CRM website.

macOS New App Release – Final Cut Pro X plugin XEffects 3D Sports Graphics

Product Announcements – FxFactory of Boston, Massachusetts has released a new Final Cut Pro X plugin called XEffects 3D Sports Graphics. Developed by partner Idustrial Revolution, the plugins combine to fulfill the need in sports of displaying, fixtures, teams, in play graphics, results tables and of course, name supers and associated locators & tags.

“Our previous pack of sports graphics for FCPX that have a flat design sold well ” said Peter Wiggins, plugin developer at Idustrial Revolution “So we thought we would offer an alternative, this time designed with glossy bars that animate on in 3D space”

Although designed for sports coverage, the plugins can also be used in other types of video and television production.

“As the plugin offers so much customization we can see the pack being used in many different productions” said Wiggins “All the color palettes and animations match, so individual plugins can be combined to produce complex graphics quickly. Perfect for getting a lot of data over, but still looking great ”

Features:

  • 10 preset color palettes in every template or choose your own
  • Use images or video in panels – No drop zones for easier tweaking
  • Many display options and XY positioning on every template
  • Adjust overall strip width and depth of every item
  • Display up to 12 rows with 4 globally moving text columns
  • Build In & Build Out animations on every template or toggle off for cuts & dissolves
  • Layer up titles for ‘Change ons’
  • Drop Zones for team badges and flag images
  • 4K Ready

Idustrial Revolution’s designers and editors have been at the forefront of using Apple technology and software in creating content for broadcasters, corporate users and videographers. They have been successfully producing products for Final Cut Pro for over 10 years.

XEffects 3D Sports Graphics is distributed on the FxFactory app store.