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macOS New app Release – FontAgent 8

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Product Announcements – Insider Software of San Jose, California has released FontAgent 8 for Macintosh, which adds support for macOS High Sierra and Adobe Typekit, as well as many new capabilities to its long list of industry-leading font-management features. New functionality in Version 8 includes:

  • An all-new Tile View for fast, compact previews of font sets and families
  • An improved spreadsheet Table View with WYSIWYG previews
  • Integration of Adobe Typekit and other subscription fonts
  • Support for macOS High Sierra, Sierra and El Capitan
  • Searchable, freeform font comments and tagging
  • Optimized font import and validation engines
  • A new lightning-fast font search engine with the industry’s most comprehensive searchable, indexed font metadata
  • Auto-activation in Adobe Creative Cloud 2017, QuarkXPress 2017 and leading Mac applications
  • Automatic font cache clearing

New, Sharper Ways to Preview Your Fonts:
FontAgent 8 delivers faster, sharper previews in its waterfall, plank, paragraph, compare, slide show, and glyph-insert views. A new Tile View in FontAgent 8 displays fonts in a grid of adjustable-size thumbnails that’s ideal for viewing lots of fonts and for looking at all the styles in a font family. You can check font formats, and activate fonts with a click.

FontAgent’s Table View is a spreadsheet-like view that lets you quickly explore and compare font metadata. V8 adds WYSIWYG previews and faster sorting and display. Users can click a column to sort currently selected fonts by their traits, foundries, sizes, file formats and version numbers. With another click, users can activate fonts, group them by family or foundry, or apply star ratings.

Lightning-Fast Font Searches:
FontAgent 8 has vastly improved search and metadata engines that let you enter a search term and instantly see fonts whose names, styles, foundries, designers, tags, comments, ratings, or other properties match it. You can also perform complex searches and save their results as Smart Sets that auto-update as you add fonts to your collection.

Free-Form Comments and Tags:
Enter free-form comments and tags for fonts and sets to describe the projects, clients, colors, type settings or treatments for managing creative workflow. Later, users can search by tags and keywords to find the ideal fonts for any projects, and use them consistently.

Adobe Typekit and Subscription Fonts:
FontAgent recognizes fonts activated by subscription services like Adobe Typekit and Monotype SkyFonts. Users can preview and add them to sets, just like all other fonts. With FontAgent’s open architecture, all fonts are a click away.

Automatic Cache Clearing:
FontAgent 8 automatically clears font caches to ensure that font names appear correctly in application Font menus, and to protect against display problems, garbled fonts, strange font substitution, printing problems and application crashes.

Simple, Fast Printing And Exporting:
Users can have FontAgent create hardcopy and PDF font samples for sharing with clients and co-workers. Fonts can be exported into organized folder hierarchies for archiving or sending to service bureaus.

Build a High-Integrity FontDNA Library:
As users add fonts to their catalogs, FontAgent’s FontDNA(TM) technology uses 28 different font properties to verify font integrity, fingerprint fonts, and detect duplicates. It also keeps a full history of font imports and can archive fonts in the Cloud for safekeeping.

Modern, Adjustable Interface:
FontAgent 8 makes all its new functionality available in a clean, modern interface that features fast, crisp font previews, simple controls and powerful set management. Users can activate, deactivate, find fonts, change colors, customize text and resize UI panes in seconds.

Instantly Share and Sync Fonts:
The Sync Edition of FontAgent 8 is a simple, cost-effective way to standardize, share and sync fonts across teams and computers. It makes fonts instantly available to others without the need to define libraries, create folders, maintain a server or find an IT expert.

Cost-Effective Licensing Choices:
A perpetual license for FontAgent 8 Standard Edition is priced at $99 (USD) per user. Existing FontAgent 7 users can purchase V8 upgrades or opt for a FontAgent Sync subscription for $59 a year. The Sync license includes free software upgrades and support and lets you archive and share fonts with others through Insider cloud services. For more information about FontAgent 8 and FontAgent Sync, visit Insider Software online. Free 30-day trials are available for download.

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macOS New App Release – Disk Drill 3.5

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Product Announcements – CleverFiles of Atlanta, Georgia has released an update to their well-known data recovery app, Disk Drill, which now enables support for Apple’s new APFS file system. After 9 years of superb file recovery and hundreds of millions of recovered files, they are raising the bar yet again with full support for macOS High Sierra (10.13 ).

In addition to being the first data recovery solution to fully support APFS and overcome Apple’s new technical hurdles in macOS High Sierra, the new Disk Drill 3.5 also adds full data recovery support for iOS 11.

Disk Drill’s software development team commented on some of the technical challenges of Apple’s new macOS update, “High Sierra introduces many technical challenges which is why nobody else is supporting it yet, the big one is that the startup disk on macOS 10.13 devices is no longer directly accessible to third-party apps, which makes many things difficult such as data recovery”.

The technical team goes on to explain that while this may sound like a huge challenge, it’s nothing for the likes of CleverFiles. Disk Drill was already a cutting-edge data recovery solution featuring a state-of-the-art algorithm considered to be one of the best in the industry. What this all means for Disk Drill users is that they have the best possible chance to recover files in a convenient and very intuitive software program.

The Disk Drill software development team went on to explain, “We have developed a few very easy techniques to get users back to happy data recovery on their macOS 10.13 High Sierra devices. It’s not complicated, doesn’t take long and works great. We are excited to take such a difficult challenge and turn it into another case of lost data recovery success for our loyal users”.

Spirits were high amongst the CleverFiles team and the excitement real, Disk Drill users have already begun to comment on their experiences including a software engineer with IBM who said the following about macOS High Sierra support with Disk Drill 3.5:

“Disk Drill beats out every single respected tool I could come up with. I’m still in the process of copying all my files, since it is so much data.”

Real reviews like this one give us some insight into the challenges that have been introduced with macOS 10.13 and how Apple has inadvertently thwarted the data recovery industry yet again. Despite all odds, full data recovery support is now available for macOS 10.13 High Sierra with Disk Drill 3.5 by CleverFiles.

There have been some other great improvements to Disk Drill with the latest update too, including very notable support of data recovery from mobile devices running iOS 11. It’s also been noticed that the user interface has been improved and is even easier than ever including added hints to help guide users to successful recovery of their lost pictures, videos, songs, emails and many more files.

macOS New App Release – Videux 1.2

Product Announcements – Half8Fish LLC of Boca Raton, Florida has released Videux version 1.2 for macOS. Videux is an organizer, player, and workflow assistant for video that is highly optimized to get tens of thousands of videos organized and ready for editing. Videux is an indispensable tool for stock videographers and people with large video libraries.

With effective organizational features, Videux can handle just about any video collection with ease, tagging them with keywords, ratings, and flags. Videux keeps track of model releases, license agreements, metadata, and much more, making it easy to see at a glance the state of your video library. This free upgrade is packed with new features and functionality: transcoding, proxies, keywords enhancements, in/out points, markers and more:

  • Named markers and in/out points are now supported, and exported to Final Cut Pro X (Premiere Pro support coming soon). In/out points can now be used to trim clips. Markers can also be used to export still frames. In/out points and markers are shown on the player, and can be edited or deleted.
  • Keywording is significantly enhanced with keyword suggestions and auto-complete. Keywords can now be renamed globally. In the filter view, keywords now can scroll and there is a new search function to find keywords. This allows Videux to support tens of thousands of keywords.
  • Videux now supports transcoding of video clips, in batch. Transcoded clips are automatically added to the catalog. Major encodings and containers are supported, with more options on the way.
  • Users can now make proxies for better playback of difficult to play clips. An example would be a 4K MPEG2; on slower computers this format can be choppy. By creating a proxy, playback is smooth at all speeds, making it easier to review clips.
  • Trimming clips is now supported, and can operate on many sections of multiple clips. Trimmed clips are added to the catalog
  • Extracting still frames (JPG or PNG) is supported, in batch
  • A major database optimization means faster response when dealing with large catalogs
  • Added ‘add keyword’ shortcut and menu item
  • More file types supported
  • Like all of our new versions, this upgrade is free to existing customers

“If you’ve ever used Adobe’s Lightroom for stills, Videux offers similar functionality for video files: you can ingest and catalogue your footage, assigning star ratings and keyword metadata to make sure it’s searchable (and crucially, findable) in the future.” – Elliott Smith; News Shooter

Versions: Videux ships in three flavors: Videux Pro DL (full version, downloaded from videux.com), Videux Pro AS (full version, Apple App Store), and Videux Play LT (player only version, Apple App Store).

  • Videux Pro AS and Videux Pro DL:
  • Videux Pro AS and Pro DL versions include all of the following features:
  • Import by File menu or drag-drop
  • Import Final Cut Pro X or iMovie libraries
  • Import Premiere Pro Projects (Pro DL Version)
  • Player: Plays most modern video formats, more being added contiuously
  • Fast clip-to-clip movement
  • Multi speed playback, both directions
  • Fullscreen mode
  • Frame accurate timecode display
  • Skimming playhead
  • Set ratings and picked status
  • Collections
  • Can be nested
  • Default collection makes adding clips very fast
  • Keywording with autocomplete and suggestions
  • Freeform metadata
  • Detailed video info display
  • Track and attach licenses and releases
  • Action history
  • Powerful filter based search
  • Search text (includes metadata)
  • Picked status
  • Ratings
  • Keywords, search
  • Resolution
  • Frame rate
  • Directories
  • Collections
  • iMovie libraries
  • Final Cut Pro X libraries
  • Premiere Pro projects
  • License agreements
  • Model releases
  • Imports
  • Playlists
  • Any combination of clip types
  • Clips can repeated
  • Playlists can be fullscreen and loop for a kiosk
  • Export to Final Cut Pro X with keywords and metadata
  • Export to Premiere Pro or After Effects
  • Named markers and in/out points, exported to Final Cut Pro X
  • Transcoding of video clips, in batch.
  • Proxy generation, in batch
  • Trimming clips, in batch
  • Extracting still frames (JPG or PNG), in batch

Announcing Videux – Video Organizer, Player and Workflow Assistant

Videux Play LT: The Play LT version is different in that it includes primarily only the player portion of Videux, along with the ability to pick/cull, rate and sort video. The player includes the same features as the full versions, with multi-speed and fullscreen playback, and skimming playhead. Videux Play LT can be upgraded with in-app purchases to be equivalent to Videux Pro AS. Priced at just $4.99, Videux Play LT is the easiest to use, most enjoyable video player for the Mac.

System Requirements: 64bit Intel Mac running El Capitan, Sierra or later

Pricing and How to Buy:
Videux Pro DL – The full version, available as a download with a 7 day trial:
Videux Pro DL Introductory Pricing $99.99 (USD)

Videux Pro AS – The full App Store version:
Videux Pro AS on the App Store Introductory Pricing $99.99 (USD)

Videux Play LT – The player only version, with in-app purchases
Videux Play LT on the App Store Introductory Pricing $4.99 (USD)

macOS New App Release – Human Anatomy Solution

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Product Announcements  – CS Odessa of San Jose, California has released Solution Park, Human Anatomy Solution. The anatomy solution for ConceptDraw PRO allows one to quickly assemble medical diagrams of central and peripheral nervous systems, respiratory system, cardiovascular system, digestive system, endocrine system, reproductive system, urinary system, skeletal system, muscular system, integumentary system, lymphatic system, sensory system, visual system, and immune system.

Many in the medical profession are involved in description and instruction, ConceptDraw PRO with its new paid anatomy solution makes quick work of visually communicating medical information to any audience.

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 is supported by the powerful business solutions located in Solution Park, and retails for only US$199 per end user license.

ConceptDraw Office v4 is the third generation suite of ConceptDraw products that uses InGyre4 integration technology to share data between its applications, allowing user to switch gears for different tasks more quickly. It includes ConceptDraw MINDMAP v9, ConceptDraw PROJECT v8, ConceptDraw PRO v11, and the Solution Park with many solutions to power you through difficult and time consuming tasks. The ConceptDraw Office suite is designed for knowledge workers, project managers, managers, and academics. It retails for US$499 and can be purchased directly from CS Odessa or their resellers.

The Human Anatomy libraries and samples are available at for $25 (USD) to users of ConceptDraw PRO v11 and ConceptDraw Office v4, via Solution Park. ConceptDraw products support the latest versions of both Apple macOS and Microsoft Windows. ConceptDraw PRO is a perpetual license with no annual fees associated with it. It is an economical and powerful solution for users.

macOS New App Release – Path Finder 7.6

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Product Announcements – Cocoatech of San Francisco, California has released Path Finder 7.6, a free update of their popular file browser for users running OS X High Sierra 10.13. Path Finder allows you to view hidden files, compare, merge and synchronize folders, batch rename and batch select files, use Dual Pane and full keyboard navigation to browse your file system and much more. Path Finder is one of the oldest software on the Mac OS X market (*first released in 2001) and boasts a large and loyal userbase. The application is extremely customizable and allows you to work how you want. Become a master of file management with Path Finder 7.6!

Path Finder 7.6 now takes advantage of the new APFS cloning feature: duplicating a file on your hard drive now takes only a couple of seconds, regardless of the file size. Duplicate large files with Path Finder 7.6 and start working with the copy immediately!

What’s new:

  • File copying defaults to file cloning (available only on APFS formatted disks)
  • Fixed various crashes, exceptions and incompatibilities when running on macOS 10.13 (High Sierra)
  • Other minor fixes and improvements

Supported Languages: Path Finder supports Chinese, Czech, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish and Swedish languages.

System Requirements: Mac OS X 10.7 or newer

You can try Path Finder for free for 30 days with all the features available to you during that period. Path Finder costs $39.95 (USD) for a single user license applicable for up to 3 user-owned computers. The software is available for purchase from the Cocoatech online store or from within the application itself. Volume license discounts available.

macOS New app Release – Art View 2

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Product Announcements – Code Line of West Hills, California has released Art View 2, the Quick Look enhancement for Adobe Creative Cloud and Creative Suite documents. Offering quick answers to common questions, Art View is a major time saver that allows users to preview, inspect, and reveal dependent font and image files from within Apple’s Quick Look preview feature.

Features:

  • Improves Quick Look Icons, Thumbnails and Previews
  • Makes Quick Look Compatible with Graphics Documents (including .ai, .indd, .ase, .fh11)
  • Works with Adobe Illustrator Docs Saved with or without PDF Compatibility
  • Stand-alone Application Works Independent of Graphics Applications
  • Display Fonts, Images and Swatches
  • Reveals Dependent Font Files and Linked Image Files in Finder

Art View provides users with previews of design files that normally aren’t compatible with Quick Look. It also gives quick answers to common questions like what fonts, images and colors were used, and reveals dependent files. Art View works independent of other applications so users that don’t have graphics applications installed are still able to take advantage of its features.

“Graphics files are visual by nature. By expanding the types of files that can be seen in Finder windows, dialog boxes and other applications, we really feel that Art View helps improve the workflow of designers and people that work with them,” explains Matheau Dakoske, President of Code Line.

Art View 2 (v2.0.2) is available as a free, 15-day demo and is available for purchase online. A single-user license is $24.95 (USD). Art View requires Mac OS X 10.7 or later (including macOS 10.13). For more information visit Code Line’s website.

macOS New App Release – Winclone 6

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Product Announcements – Twocanoes Software of Naperville, Illinois has released a MacOS High Sierra compatibility update for Winclone 6. Winclone is the essential solution for cloning and migrating Boot Camp on the Mac. Fully compatible with Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 10, Winclone makes it easy to clone, migrate, and backup Windows installed on a Mac. Winclone Pro features stand-alone package installation for mass deployment of Boot Camp in enterprise environments.
“High Sierra is an amazing update to macOS and Winclone 6 takes advantage of the great new features,” said Twocanoes Founder Timothy Perfitt. “The new filesystem and security features of High Sierra work great with Winclone 6, and we are excited to support High Sierra with Winclone 6.”

Winclone 6 for Mac creates an exact clone of the Boot Camp partition for backup or migrating Boot Camp to a new Mac. If data gets lost or stolen, use Winclone to restore Boot Camp from a Winclone image. Included free in all editions is Winclone Backup, a file-based backup utility that automatically backs up Windows user files from OS X. Winclone Backup ensures that your Windows files are backed up on a regular interval.

High Sierra Features:
Better SIP compatibility. When you restore a Windows 8 or later Winclone image on a recent Mac (generally 2013 or later), you no longer need to disable SIP.

APFS support. Package install of Winclone images now fully supports creating a Boot Camp partition on disks that are APFS formatted.

Faster Package Creation. With the new “write on copy” feature of APFS, creating a Winclone package is instantaneous if the image and package are on the same APFS filesystem.

New Features in Winclone 6:
Support for migrating to new Macs – Winclone 6 supports cloning and restoring Boot Camp on Apple’s new USB-C MacBook and MacBook Pro models.

Read/Write Mounting of NTFS Volumes:
Mount Boot Camp or other NTFS drives in read/write mode whenever you need to copy data between Mac and Windows volumes.

Tools to Make Cloning Easy:
A fresh Toolbar for Easy Access to Tutorial Videos, Tech Support, In-App Upgrades and more!

Winclone 6 is available in three editions:

  • Winclone Basic for simple Boot Camp cloning and restoring on a single Mac
  • Winclone Standard for migration between up to two Macs and cloning other drives
  • Winclone Pro for enterprise deployment of Boot Camp

Winclone System Requirements:

  • macOS 10.11 or higher, including MacOS High Sierra
  • Windows 10, Windows 8.1, Windows 7 (64-bit)
  • Boot Camp partition

Winclone 6.1.5 is available now at the Twocanoes online store and is a free upgrade for current Winclone 6 customers and customers with active Maintenance Contracts. Volume & Educational pricing is available.

macOS New App Release – Cocktail 11.0

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Product Announcements – Maintain of Ekero, Sweden has released Cocktail 11.0 (High Sierra Edition), a new edition of Cocktail for users running macOS High Sierra 10.13. Cocktail is a general purpose utility for macOS that lets you clean, repair and optimize your Mac. The application serves up a perfect mix of maintenance tools and tweaks, all accessible through a clean and easy to use interface. Cocktail’s features are arranged into five categories that helps you manage various aspects of your computer. It also comes with an automatic Pilot mode that allows you to simply press a button and relax, knowing that Cocktail will take care of the rest.

Disk

  • Automatically check S.M.A.R.T. status of disks
  • Enable or disable journaling
  • Set disk sleep (spindown) time
  • Modify standby delay
  • Change other disk sleep settings
  • Force eject CD/DVD

System

  • Run periodic maintenance scripts
  • Purge inactive memory and optimize virtual memory usage
  • Manage Spotlight indexing
  • Erase Spotlight indexes
  • Modify Time Machine settings
  • Rebuild Launch Services and Help databases
  • Rebuild Mail’s Envelope Index
  • Update locate and whatis databases
  • Force empty the Trash
  • Change startup mode or set startup delay
  • Disable startup sound
  • Disable Notification Center and App Nap

Files

  • Clear system caches
  • Clear user caches
  • Clear font caches
  • Clear virtual memory swap files
  • Clear temporary files
  • Clear Internet caches
  • Clear cookies, download lists, form values and history files
  • Clear Adobe Flash Player caches and cookies
  • Clear applications caches
  • Search for corrupted preference files
  • Delete unnecessary localization (language resources) files
  • Clear and manage (view, print and save) log files
  • Delete invisible DS Store files
  • Delete locked or inaccessible items

Network

  • Change speed, duplex and MTU of network cards
  • Easily optimize network settings for common connection types
  • Modify IP configuration parameters
  • Configure File Sharing settings

Interface

  • Customize look and features of Finder, Dock, login window and other system services
  • Modify hidden settings of Safari, iTunes and Launchpad

What’s New:

  • Added compatibility with macOS High Sierra 10.13
  • Updated Automator actions
  • Updated Help files
  • Miscellaneous bug fixes, improvements and enhancements

System Requirements:
Cocktail (High Sierra Edition) requires macOS High Sierra 10.13 to run. Cocktail (Sierra Edition) for macOS 10.12, Cocktail (El Capitan Edition) for OS X 10.11, Cocktail (Yosemite Edition) for OS X 10.10 and Cocktail (Mavericks Edition) for OS X 10.9 are available for download from Maintain website.

Cocktail is $19.00 (USD) for a single user license and available for purchase from the Maintain website. When unregistered, Cocktail runs in demo mode and will expire after the tenth launch.

macOS New App Release – SyncMate 7

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Product Announcements – Eltima Software of Frankfurt, Germany has released SyncMate 7, a revamped version of their powerful synchronization tool for OS X. The latest version of SyncMate brings support of Android 8 and iOS 11 running devices and is fully compatible with macOS 10.13 (High Sierra).

SyncMate is a powerful sync tool that supports data synchronization between Mac and numerous devices and online accounts. One can sync Mac with Android and iOS devices, other Mac computers, online accounts (iCloud, Dropbox, Google), any mounted and MTP devices. SyncMate also offers syncing with Microsoft services – Office 365 Home and Business accounts, Outlook, OneDrive.

SyncMate allows syncing personal data like contacts and calendars, media files (music, videos, playlists, images), folders with files, bookmarks, and more. The main advantage of SyncMate is that it syncs data directly between applications on Mac and supported devices and accounts, not just saving it as a backup file. With SyncMate one can mount devices as Mac disks, manage mobile texts on Mac, and lots more.

System Requirements:

  • OS X 10.8.5 and later
  • Android 3.x – 8.x; iOS 5.x -11.x
  • Office 365 Business requires OS X 10.9 and later

All registered users of previous versions of SyncMate Expert can upgrade with 50% discount. Contact our Support team at support@eltima.com for assistance. Do not forget to test Free edition before purchase. SyncMate can be purchased directly from the company store website.

macOS New App Release – Package Central 1.10

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Product Announcements – Zevrix Solutions of Toronto (ON) Canada has released Package Central 1.10, a compatibility update to the company’s file packaging automation solution for Adobe InDesign. Originally developed for a major publisher in the United States, the software automates InDesign packaging by processing files from watched hot folders. Package Central solves the problem of centralized packaging and archiving of InDesign projects in a workgroup environment, and can serve unlimited users on a network

The new version introduces support for the recently released macOS 10.13 High Sierra and is offered as a free update to licensed users. Package Central is now also upgraded to 64-bit architecture, which improves the app’s performance and reduces the likelihood of memory-related errors when working with large documents.

Under the Package Central workflow, production artists, prepress operators and designers simply submit files to watched hot folders that reside on a network. The software automatically collects InDesign files along with their fonts and links, thus freeing user’s time for important tasks such as design and layout.

Package Central performs all its tasks automatically on a dedicated workstation and can run absolutely unattended. The software can also send email notifications triggered by certain processing steps and errors. Package Central offers the following key features:

  • Automatically collect InDesign files from watched hot folders
  • Create hot folders for various packaging settings
  • Create PDF and IDML files on the fly
  • Automatic email notifications of process stages and errors
  • Assign variable package folder names
  • Update modified links automatically
  • Detailed processing logs
  • Maintain a single set of settings for entire workgroup

Package Central can be purchased for $149.95 (USD) from Zevrix website, as well as from authorized resellers. Trial is also available for download. Package Central requires macOS 10.7-10.13 and Adobe InDesign CS5-CC 2017.