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DEVONthink To Go 2.1.3 Release Brings New Declutterer and Automation

DEVONtechnologies today is proud to announce the release of DEVONthink To Go 2.1.3, an update to the company’s iOS companion to DEVONthink for Mac, with enhancements and bug fixes. Take your databases with you and organize your documents on the go. Synchronize your data directly on the local network, via Dropbox, or any WebDAV server. Strong encryption keeps your private data private.

Version 2.1.3 uses DEVONtechnologies’ new decluttering service for clipping web pages and adds new settings for PDFs. It also improves automation with new URL commands and x-callback-url support. A new smart group lists all items that have comments, and email attachments are now shown separately so that they can be viewed and shared. The Apple Pencil support for PDF annotations has been improved too. The update is free and recommended for all users.

 

Following its Mac counterpart, DEVONthink To Go 2.1.3 replaces the use of Instapaper for decluttering clipped web pages and articles. Our own new web service makes the app independent from third-party services and is prepared for future improvements.

 

Viewing PDFs in DEVONthink To Go becomes more comfortable with two new settings. Continuous scrolling allows to maintain the zoom level while browsing PDFs. And users of smaller iPads can let the app display only one page at a time instead of two next to each other in landscape orientation. Working with email messages has been improved, too, with attachments listed separately so that users can view and share them.

 

Other usability enhancements in version 2.1.3 include better Apple Pencil support for annotating PDFs and improved searching while typing. A new smart group lists items with comments. In addition, it’s now possible to copy item links for databases. This makes it possible to, e.g., open them from OmniFocus tasks or Calendar entries. Switching away from DEVONthink To Go saves documents without ending editing mode. This makes it more comfortable to look something up in another app while working on a document.

 

Automation on iOS:
It’s still treated as an orphan on iOS: automation. Workflow, the app that was just acquired by Apple, and custom URL schemes are currently your best bet for automating repetitive tasks across apps. DEVONthink To Go 2.1.3 greatly enhances the existing set of URL commands. New calls allow users to add documents, retrieve item data, and search their databases. Using the x-callback-url scheme all commands also return data to the calling app if needed.

 

The update also improves the responsiveness and reliability, and fixes bugs and glitches. It’s free for existing users and highly recommended.

 

DEVONthink To Go 2.1.3 is $14.99 and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Productivity category. Some features require a one-time in-app purchase.

Image Transformation Tool Ombre 1.0.1 Now Available in the Mac App Store

einstein’s legacy v2.0, LLC today is pleased to announce the release and immediate availability of Ombre 1.0.1, the company’s new image transformation tool developed exclusively for Mac OS X. Ombre is an creative tool for web designers, graphic artists and photographers alike. It lets you add radial or linear color gradient overlays to your images without altering the originals.

Ombre 1.0.1 includes the following key features:

* Ease of Use – The single-window interface keeps all essential application controls in view and immediately available
* Gradient Types – Create nondestructive overlays that use either radial (concentric) or linear (point to point) gradients
* Interoperability – Drag’n drop (or copy) high-resolution images directly from Ombre to your application or the Finder
* Printing – Print high-resolution source material as a single image, on a contact sheet or as image slices
* Exporting – Create new images using a background process while you continue to work on other projects
* Sharing – Share images with local applications or using Facebook and other popular internet services
* Slide Shows – Create an interactive slide show presentation using your processed output images
* Settings Sharing – Use the lift and stamp features to quickly replicate settings from one item to another

 

Ombre 1.0.1 is available for $5.99 and is available worldwide from the Mac App Store in the Photography category.

Output Factory for InDesign 1.6: Offering Reprinting of Previously Processed Files

Zevrix Solutions today is proud to announce the release of Output Factory 1.6, a feature update to its output automation plug-in for Adobe InDesign. The software solves the problem of easily printing and exporting multiple InDesign files while ensuring error-free output through automated preflighting.. With Output Factory, printers, ad agencies and publishing houses worldwide can streamline and simplify their printing workflow and easily repurpose InDesign files for the web and mobile devices.

 

The new version adds the ability to easily reprint previously processed files, or export them to PDF, EPS, HTML, EPUB and other formats. Users now can select the desired InDesign files in the app’s history and add them to the current queue with just a click of a button. The update also introduces the history file counter and fixes some window behavior anomalies on macOS Sierra.

 

“Output Factory has been the single biggest time-saver I’ve encountered in years of print production,” says Mike Agate, Production Manager of Which?, Europe’s largest consumer rights organization. “With the reduction in head count and efficiency savings, it must have paid for itself 500 times over.”

 

Under the Output Factory workflow users only need to select InDesign files, adjust output settings, and the software will do the rest automatically. Built-in preflighting ensures that no output errors will be left unnoticed. The program supports all popular output formats and offers the following key features:

 

* Batch output of InDesign files
* Supports print, PDF, PostScript, EPS, TIFF, HTML and other formats
* Export as single pages
* Layer versioning: export layer combinations as single files
* Variable output file names
* Output to several formats at once
* Automatic preflight

 

Output Factory 1.6 can be purchased from Zevrix website for $169.95 USD (Light version $120, Server $700), as well as from authorized resellers and Adobe Exchange. Trial is also available for download. BatchOutput users can upgrade to Output Factory for $85. Output Factory requires macOS 10.7-10.12 and Adobe InDesign CS3-CC 2017.

Popular Travel App ‘Places Around 6.0’ Lands in the App Store

Neoappz, a mobile application development company, today is pleased to announce the release and immediate availability of Places Around 6.0, an important update to their popular travel app for iPhone and iPod touch. Places Around is a user-friendly application which allows anyone to easily find places in their surroundings. It works world wide and provides accurate and concise information. It is useful for travelers as well as for locals who want to discover new places in their neighborhood.

Places Around features a Category Search which provides one tap access to over 40 common categories such as Restaurants, ATMs, Gas Stations, Parking, Shopping Malls etc. The custom search feature allows users to find places by providing a name or a keyword. The App also contains Voice Search, which is a very helpful feature. With Voice Search users can simply say what they need to find without typing or selecting.The Voice Search feature makes it possible to search for anything from Japanese Restaurants to ATMs and Hotels to Pharmacies instantly.Place results are displayed in user-friendly map views and list views. Map views include Standard, Hybrid and Satellite modes. The distance to the places as well as the directions of the places are shown instantly.

 

Places Around is integrated with a diverse range of services as Yelp, Foursquare, Google, Groupon and Booking.com to provide comprehensive information. Reviews and Photos from different services are shown in elegant user interfaces. Additional information such as open hours and restaurant menus are provided to help the users. Restaurant Reservations and Hotel Reservations can be made within the app it self. Restaurant Deals in surrounding areas can be viewed and deals can be bought within the app it self. The app also provides Panoramic Views of places. With this feature users can take a virtual tour and see how a place looks like before actually visiting it.

 

Place details can be easily shared using SMS, Email and Social Media. Places can be saved as favourites for easy access.Places Around is integrated with the Apple Maps App and the Google Maps App to show directions. Places Around also consists of a feature to change the search area to a location of choice. By changing the search area users’ can search for places in a distant location without being there (ex. Search for Restaurants in London from Boston in USA).

 

Handoff is another feature that is included in the app. Handoff is helpful when making a restaurant / hotel reservation or viewing a website on the iOS App. With Handoff, users can open the browser on their Mac and continue the task on the Mac.

 

Places Around also comes with a useful Widget, which helps users to discover nearby places without even opening the app. The widget provides real time distance to the places as well as the directions of the places.

 

The Places Around Watch App allows users to find places and services around them on their wrist. With the Watch App users can simply tap on a pre defined category or speak to the app to find what they need. Places are sorted by the distance and displayed instantly. Information such as open hours, contact details and distance are provided on the watch.The places can also be viewed on a map and the Apple Maps App can be used to find the directions on the watch.

 

Version 6.0 introduces a user-friendly new design and many improvements.

 

Places Around 6.0 is a free upgrade for all users of the app. Places Around 6.0 is available for $1.99 in the App Store in the Travel category.

GeekSuit LLC Announces an Update to Its MacDeveloper Beta Testing Portal

GeekSuit LLC has announced the launch of a massive update to their popular networking and beta testing resource for Apple enthusiasts, MacDeveloper. The portal is designed to help both large companies and independent software developers improve their products by offering a comprehensive platform to have the apps tested by a knowledgeable Beta Pool of Mac enthusiasts.

 

GeekSuit LLC Announces an Update to Its MacDeveloper Beta Testing Portal

 

MacDeveloper is a free, opt-in service for Apple enthusiasts who love what the Mac community offers. It is squarely aimed at providing Apple users around the globe a place to connect, build a strong sense of community. The platform also serves as an excellent compliment to bundled software avenues. Testers can register to try out the latest software releases and receive coupons for free software, or purchase software at huge discounts.

 

MacDeveloper for Testers:
* Register and Test software absolutely free
* Testers may choose only the Software Categories that interest them
* Earn Points for Testing your favorite Software
* Use points to purchase software for Free
* Use points to purchase software for huge discounts
* Earn valuable Star Ratings for being a Quality Tester

 

Ray Barber, CEO of GeekSuit, LLC told MacOSX news the reasoning behind the well designed testing portal. “For Mac users, the software buying experience is an event unto itself. We want to further that experience by offering the ultimate testing network, geared towards helping developers get their software properly tested, while at the same time giving back to the community who supports them. The challenge was to build in a firewall mechanism that allowed both parties to effortlessly interact with each other, including a great ticketing system, forum, suggestions and more, while at the same time with virtually zero spam.”

 

MacDeveloper works to connect willing, responsive, and responsible beta testers with software developers. This allows every developer to have access to the state-of-the-art tools necessary to manage every aspect of their organization’s testing activities. Developers no longer have to burn valuable time searching for testers, as MacDeveloper takes care of that for them. This frees developers up to do what they do best, create software and take care of their customers.

 

The recent update to MacDeveloper offers an all-new interface, a mobile friendly design, and a number of new features suggested by its users. Project Channels now offer a forum (devForum) that is created on-the-fly to help Developers better engage with Subscribed Testers.

 

MacDeveloper for Developers Service Highlights:
* Create Project Channels for only $12.50 (USD) a month
* Project Channels are billed only as long as they are running
* Developers may run their beta cycle as long as they wish
* Upload as many binaries to Project Channels as necessary
* Search the Beta Pool for Quality Testers
* Developers may invite new Testers outside of the platform
* Find Beta Testers who genuinely have a desire to test
* Developers may leverage their own cart or third party system for licensing
* Developers use Coupons for Testers to purchase their Applications for free or at a discount
* Excellent platform for Customer Building

 

The redesigned MacDeveloper portal is available right now, and to celebrate the launch, developers will be given 4 credits which can be assigned to any single Project Channel, or spread across as many new Project Channels as they wish. (That is four (4) months of free testing.) Projects that run past a given grace period will be charged $12.50 (USD) fee for as long as the Project is live. For more information, visit the MacDeveloper website.

BudgetWrangler Personal Finance Software Gets an Update on Mac and Windows

Sir Reel Pictures has released version 1.8 of BudgetWrangler, its flagship personal budgeting and finance software for Mac and Windows. An alternative to mainstream financial apps, BudgetWrangler’s focus continues to be on simplicity, security, and giving the user ultimate control over their financial data. It uses a three-step process of importing records from the financial institution, categorizing each transaction, and providing powerful analysis tools so that the user can make educated decisions about their financial life.

BudgetWrangler Personal Finance Software Gets an Update on Mac and Windows

Although BudgetWrangler is a full-featured financial management tool, it doesn’t allow complex features to get in the way of functionality. BudgetWrangler is designed to think about finances the way real people do and offers a workflow that provides the user with the information they need as effortlessly as possible.

 

For example users can:
* See all of last month’s entries for a spending category with a single click
* Find a monthly average for any spending category in 2 clicks
* Make an Import Rule from a recurring transaction in 1 click.
* Find out what payments are coming up in the next two weeks with 1 click
* Compare last month’s totals to the budget in 2 clicks
* See all of last month’s entries for a category with 1 clic

 

Features:
* Understand your finances at a glance.
* Track every dollar.
* Sort and analyze your records in flexible ways.
* Set up a budget and track how you’re living up to it.
* Create Goals and manage them as circumstances change.
* Quickly answer the question “Can I afford this?”
* Set up reminders of upcoming payments.
* Print Reports for Tax Time

 

The latest version of BudgetWrangler boasts the use of multiple international currencies, as well as adds dozens of interface improvements.

 

For a limited time, BudgetWrangler 1.8 is only $49.95 (USD), and can be downloaded from its official website.

PhotoStory 1.0.1 Offers Image to Video Transformation for macOS

einstein’s legacy v2.0, LLC introduces PhotoStory 1.0.1 for macOS, an image-to-video transformation application. PhotoStory turns a collection of images into a high-quality digital movie for use in promotion, storytelling and creating time-lapsed applications. The app features modern codecs, variable speed playback and a simple WYSIWYG user interface. PhotoStory 1.0.1 includes the following key features:

PhotoStory 1.0.1 Offers Image to Video Transformation for macOS

* Easy Organization – Drag’n’drop images into the desired order for output or sort the collection according to name or date
* Adjustable Speed – Set the playback rate by hand or choose from almost 20 frame-rate-based preset options
* Appearance – Control the background color and placement of images within the frame of the output movie
* Modern Codecs – Create new movies in a variety of formats for a range of devices and playback situations
* Sharing – Share your output movie using Vimeo, Facebook and other popular internet services

 

“PhotoStory was born out of our own need for a simple product that could transform a collection of images into a movie clip,” says Douglas A. Welton, einstein’s legacy Chief Product Officer. “We’ve kept the application simple. Adding only those features that help video content creators be most productive. This isn’t a heavyweight application like Final Cut Pro X or Adobe Premiere. PhotoStory opens quickly and allows users to get their task done so they can get to the next step in their workflow.”

 

PhotoStory 1.0.1 is available for $9.99, and is available through the Mac App Store in the Video category.

Review: Spectra – Camera Painting for iOS: Complete Paintings Using the World Around You

If you’re like me, you enjoy casual puzzlers. However, they all seem to run together after a while. Wouldn’t it be great to be faced with a new challenge? Enter Spectra – Camera Painting for iOS. This puzzler challenges users to complete on-screen paintings by using their iOS device’s camera to capture colors from the world around them.

Overview

Spectra offers an unusual twist on puzzle/color matching games. Users are presented with an unfinished work of art, and are challenged to help complete the image by pointing their device’s camera at various real-life objects to complete a selected color. Beginner images begin with matching four colors, while later images require quite a few more colors to be found and matched.

Review: Spectra – Camera Painting for iOS: Complete Paintings Using the World Around You

The game sounds simple, but players will quickly find the game to be an interesting challenge, especially in later rounds. I quickly discovered that matching colors isn’t an exact science, and I found my self finding objects that I thought were an exact match, but required a bit different lighting to match the required color.

 

I got some funny looks from friends and family members while playing the game, but when I explained it, they asked for me to send them a link so they could try the game! Then we were all pointing our iPhones at various objects in the room, (sometimes even each other), trying to complete the coloring in our images.

 

Early levels make it pretty easy to match the colors, but once you’re on the expert level, you’ll find it a devilish challenge to make just the right match. The three levels of challenge are Novice, Expert, and Master. (I never did quite reach the Master level. But, I’m still trying!)

 

The game also makes use of the iPhone’s built-in flashlight to allow capturing colors in dark environments, like dark corners, or even behind furniture. (The brighter light offered by the flashlight can also help you create various shades of colors to match just the right hue in later levels. Make use of the “pinch-to-zoom” feature too, which helps you find just the right color hidden in other objects.)

 

The app is free, and offers 8 paintings to get you started. That, may not sound like a lot, but the three skill levels for each painting will definitely keep you challenged for a while. And when you do run out, you’ll find a large number of additional painting packs, all available via coins, which purchased in-app for $0.99 to $3.99. (You also earn coins by completing each painting.)

 

Additional Painting Packs include:

* Abstract
* Art Nouveau
* Cakes
* Cartoons
* Cubist
* Folk Art
* Futurism
* Graffiti
* Impressionist
* Natural World
* People
* Pets
* Pointillist
* Pop Art
* Sport
* Surrealist
* Transport
* Travel Art
* Wildlife

 

Verdict

Honestly, I have been playing this game for quite awhile before I was ever asked to do this review. I have to say it’s the type of game I wasn’t sure I would like, but has proved to be a winner. I won’t say I play it every day, but it is certainly a great game to play while you’re in the waiting room at the doctors office, or while waiting for an oil change to be completed. (Just be prepared for a few odd looks!)

 

I highly recommend Spectra – Camera Painting to anyone who is looking for an offbeat puzzle challenge that really is unlike anything they may have played before. And, for the rock-bottom cost of “free,” it doesn’t cost a dime to try it out.

 

Rating: 4.0/5.0

 

Spectra – Camera Painting is free, and it’s available in the iOS App Store. [GET IT NOW]

 

Note: The above review was commissioned by the developer, and has been written in an objective, unbiased fashion.