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Output Factory for InDesign Now Restores Layer Visibility After Output

Zevrix Solutions today announces the release of Output Factory 2.0.10, a maintenance update to company’s output automation plug-in for Adobe InDesign. The software solves the problem of batch printing and exporting from InDesign, eliminates repetitive production tasks and ensures error-free output through automated preflighting.

 

The new version restores the visible status of layers in InDesign documents to its original state after processing with layer versioning enabled. This feature helps avoid situations where users are presented with empty-looking documents due to processing of complex layer combinations, which can result in all layers being disabled after output. The update also solves several errors found when running custom AppleScript and JavaScript scripts, and addresses an issue in which the SWF and FLA formats weren’t available in InDesign CC 2017.

 

“With Output Factory, I’ve got our magazine production down to six minutes from three hours,” says Jeff Middleton, a Toronto, Canada based graphic designer. “Once I set up all my presets, it was insane how fast it was. I load all my InDesign docs into Output Factory, press play, go grab a coffee and come back to my entire magazine.”

 

With Output Factory users only need to select InDesign files, adjust output settings, and the software will do the rest automatically. The plug-in offers the following key features:

* Batch output of InDesign files
* Supports print, PDF, PostScript, EPS, TIFF, EPUB and other formats
* Export InDesign files as single pages
* Layer versioning: export layer combinations as single files
* Variable output file names
* Save PDF security settings in presets
* Run custom scripts during processing
* Output to several formats at once
* Automatic preflight
Output Factory can be purchased from Zevrix website for $169.95 USD (Lite version $120, Server $700), as well as from authorized resellers and Adobe Exchange. Trial is also available for download. The users of Output Factory 1.x and BatchOutput can upgrade to Output Factory 2 for $85 (Lite version – $60). Output Factory requires macOS 10.7-10.12 and Adobe InDesign CS5-CC 2017.

Pubcoder 3 Beta Now Available for Mac

PubCoder 3, a major release of the software, is now available in beta version, available for Mac users only. PubCoder is a desktop application that allows users to design and distribute interactive content for mobile in any digital format, such as iOS and Android Apps, EPUB and KF8 ebooks, as well as HTML5 interactive widgets. PubCoder is a preferred digital publishing tool for creatives and designers. The beta, free to download and test for 30 days, contains a new user interface, presents more than a dozen new features and introduces its companion mobile free app PubReader.

 

“We decided to take a step back and use what we learned in the last 3 years to redesign the software from the ground up,” says Paolo Albert, PubCoder CEO and Founder. “We added many new features, but we also took some bold choices that led to drastically change some of the existing features, simplifying and hiding complexity where necessary. We think that PubCoder 3 will boost designers’ ability to create interactive contents for mobile like never before. We expect feedbacks from the community on this beta for Mac before taking the Windows version to the same level.”

 

PubCoder 3 beta version includes the following key features and improvements:

 

* From Workspaces to Renditions:
Export directly content to all available formats: iOS app, Android app, EPUB, KF8, HTML5, XPUB without having to create a workspace for each format. Use renditions to adapt content for different platforms and languages where needed.

 

* PubReader and XPUB:
Live preview content via Wi-Fi and share it with your colleagues and customers: export your project in XPUB, a new open format for digital publications, and load it on PubReader, the newly free companion app available for free on App Store and Google Play. PubReader fully supports interactivity, multiple renditions and localizations created through PubCoder.

 

* On-stage Text Editor:
Edit text directly on-stage. No more double-clicking to open the text editor in a new window, edit your text and see the result directly on the layout.

 

* Improved Code Editor based on Ace:
Code your own through the newly code editor based on the widely adopted Ace. The editor features syntax highlighting for HTML, XML, Javascript and CSS, powerful find/replace with regular expressions and many other options to manage code at best.

 

* Google Open Images and Unsplash API integration for Creative Commons images:
Browse and use directly in your project thousands of images through Google’s Open Images database, which exploits machine learning technology to search for objects inside those images. In addition, integration with Unsplash APIs allows searching their great catalog of free quality photos to be used in the project.

 

* Google Zopfli integration for improved compression:
Optimize image quality and file size of your output using a new option which takes advantage of Google’s Zopfli lossless compression algorithm.

 

* App-friendly UX:
Preview content fastly as native app iOS or Android without the need to define app code signing identities, provisioning profiles and keystores. At time of submitting your app, PubCoder will help by filtering installed signing identities and profiles and checking that all metadata are correct.

 

* 64-BIT
Takes full advantage of all the RAM memory on your computer and is ready for the future.

 

System Requirements (Pubcoder 3 Beta):
* macOS 10.9 or later

Pricing and Availability:
PubCoder is free to test for 30 days, and is available at a subscription license fee of Euro 99 per year. Discount price (Euro 49 per year) for educators, students and teachers. License can be purchased only via the official Pubcoderwebsite.

 

Get File Manager Pro Version 1.0.1 by B-Eng in the Mac App Store

B-Eng today is proud to announce the release of the latest version of File Manager Pro 1.0.1, their dual panel file manager for Mac Computers. File Manager Pro is a file managing tool for Mac Computers with a dual panel layout that allows easy control and overview when handling and managing files on a Mac computer. The capabilities of File Manager Pro range from basic copy/move/delete tasks to compressing and decompressing files as well as comparing and synching directories, completed with an interactive, visual overview for a drives usage.

Get File Manager Pro Version 1.0.1 by B-Eng in the Mac App Store

Main Features of File Manager:
* One click copy function
* Folder sync
* Folder and file compare
* Interactive, visual disk tools
* Movie posters assignable as file icon
* Direct access for movie info
* Decompress and compress files
* Hex editor

 

“Like many others I find the Finder rather tiring to work with, especially when remembering that even on very old DOS computers where tools that could be used more intuitively. We decided to bring this feeling back and with a dual panel file manager, where you see both source and target directory for better control. Easier to use, we included a bunch of options that are either missing or complicated in the original Finder. Adding all the special functions that our developers are missing, we ended up with a very powerful tool that is easy to use and comes with everything for office workers like me as well as for dedicated developers. When I gave it to my daughter to check it out I was sure we had the right tool for everybody.” as Christian Schaffner, GM of B-Eng, told about File Manager Pro.

 

File Manager Pro 1.0.1 is 18.99 USD (or equivalent amount in other currencies) and available worldwide exclusively through the Mac App Store in the Productivity category.

Get Graphic Inspector in Bundlefox Mac Bundle With 3 Other Apps for $12

Zevrix Solutions today announces that Graphic Inspector, the company’s quality control solution for images and vector graphic files, is available on Bundlefox software bundle. With the Bundlefox Pick Your Own Mac Bundle discount concept, users can select 4 out of 10 Indie Mac apps for only $12.

Graphic Inspector is the only tool on the market that both raster images and vector files for potential problems according to specific workflow requirements. The software provides graphic professionals with the most exhaustive info on multiple images and Adobe Illustrator documents, saving the time and hassle of checking each of them manually.

 

“Graphic Inspector is a surprisingly powerful Mac graphic utility that gives you magic powers,” writes Natalia Nowak on Mac360.com. “It can dig through a whole folder of bitmap images and vector files to pull out the information you need on each file. The app is very powerful, yet instantly understood.”

 

Graphic Inspector is designed to help users of any trade, whether it’s print, prepress, web design, electronic publishing or digital photography. With its ability to quickly locate files with specific attributes users can, for example, flag files whose color mode is CMYK, format – TIFF, resolution is below 300 dpi, ICC profile isn’t “US Web Coated” and so on.

 

The app offers the following key features:

* Check multiple images and vector graphics files
* Customizable checkup presets
* Common checks such as resolution, color mode, ICC profile and file size
* Professional prepress checks: spot colors, fonts in vector files, image compression and more
* Complete EXIF, IPTC and GPS metadata

 

Graphic Inspector can be purchased on Bundlefox as part of a $12 bundle of 4 apps out of 10. Trial version is also available for download. Graphic Inspector requires Mac OS X 10.7-10.12.

Batch Processing Comes to LinkOptimizer Lite 5 for Adobe InDesign

Zevrix Solutions today announces the release of LinkOptimizer Lite 5, a major upgrade to the low-cost version of company’s image processing solution for Adobe InDesign. LinkOptimizer automates complex image manipulation tasks allowing users to significantly reduce the size of InDesign links, reduce production costs, and repurpose InDesign documents for web and mobile devices.

The new version adds a the ability to process multiple InDesign documents with a single click – a major productivity enhancement for publishers, graphic designers and print professionals. The upgrade also adds support for InDesign books and introduces numerous improvements in user interface, stability, memory management and performance.

 

“Today LinkOptimizer batched a huge book project and another magazine project in minutes vs. hours. Now I can take the afternoon off and drink beer,” says Brian Donahue, owner of Bedesign studio in Minneapolis, Minnesota. “Thanks for freeing up my afternoon, rather than doing production work.”

 

LinkOptimizer works automatically with Adobe Photoshop to eliminate the excess image data of InDesign links, perform essential image adjustments and convert image formats.

 

LinkOptimizer Lite offers the following main features:

* Resize images to match their InDesign dimensions at target resolution
* Reduce link size by eliminating excess image data
* Batch process InDesign files
* Convert colors and apply ICC profile
* Merge layers and delete hidden ones
* Optimize files for web and mobile devices

 

The full version of the software also lets users convert image formats, run Photoshop actions and process duplicate links. As a result, users can save gigabytes of disk space, accelerate document output, reduce job turnaround and cut costs through faster processing.

Pricing and Availability:
LinkOptimizer Lite can be purchased from Zevrix website for $179.95 USD (full version: $259.95) as well as from Adobe Exchange and authorized resellers. Trial is also available for download. The upgrade from previous Lite versions is $89.97 (full version: $130). LinkOptimizer requires Mac OS X 10.7-10.12 and Adobe InDesign / Photoshop CS5-CC 2017.

Selecciones Reader’s Digest Now Available via Magzter

The iconic Selecciones Reader’s Digest from Spain is now available on Magzter, the world’s largest digital magazine newsstand. Published by Global Family Editions, S.A., the magazine inspires, informs and entertains millions of people with its wide variety of stories about people, health, humor, adventures and world events.

The stories in Selecciones Reader’s Digest are written by the best local and international journalists, thereby maintaining a superlative editorial standards. The magazine is now all set to reach millions of Spanish-speaking readers on Magzter. Other editions of Reader’s Digest, namely, US, UK, India, Canada and International are already available on Magzter.

 

In the latest issue of Selecciones Reader’s Digest, read an amazing story of survival and comeback of a woman who lost her arm after a shark attack. Also, learn how to become emotionally smart and read how some of the world’s most respected corporations have gone out of their way to deceive us in the latest issue.

 

“We’re proud to place a timeless magazine like Selecciones Reader’s Digest at this huge online magazine newsstand as Magzter. We hope that our most-read publication will excite millions of Magzter’s readers as it has been doing since it was started as a paper in Spain in the 50s. We’re happy to get into the digital world with this easy-to-use platform.” – Natalia Alonso, Selecciones Reader’s Digest, Global Family Editions, S. A.

 

“It gives us immense pleasure to extend a warm welcome to Spain’s most favorite magazine, Selecciones Reader’s Digest. With over 6 decades of editorial brilliance to its credit, the magazine stamps its authority on readers of all age groups. We firmly believe that the magazine will become a best-seller right away on Magzter.” – Girish Ramdas, CEO, Magzter Inc.

 

“We share a great rapport with several editions of Reader’s Digest across the globe, and we are now excited to add its Spanish edition on Magzter. Selecciones Reader’s Digest carries the legacy of the legendary Reader’s Digest brand by publishing inspiring, informative and well-researched columns in every issue, which will surely strike a chord with the Spanish-speaking readers on Magzter.” – Vijay Radhakrishnan, President, Magzter Inc.

 

Magzter – Digital Magazine Newsstand 6.14 is free (with in-app purchases) and available worldwide through the App Store in the News category. Published monthly, Selecciones Reader’s Digest is priced at EUR 9.90 for an annual subscription on Magzter. Selecciones Reader’s Digest also comes as a treat to Magzter GOLD users, who can enjoy reading it along with 4,000+ other international digital magazines. The Magzter app is also available on the web, Google Play, Amazon App Store, Kindle Fire and is expanding to more platforms soon. Magzter’s easy purchase and renewal systems ensure subscriptions are paid on time, eliminating the need for paper checks and postal mail issues. Users can buy their magazines on any of the above devices/platforms and seamlessly port their purchases to any other devices, a feature unique to Magzter.

Firetask Pro Takes Get Things Done Task Management To New Levels

Elemental Tools released Firetask Pro, the next generation of Firetask, the leading project-oriented GTD(R) task management app for Mac, iPhone, iPad and Apple Watch. The new app provides tons of new features based on end user feedback including project portfolios, actions for subdividing tasks, iCloud syncing, a new iOS Today widget, and Apple Watch support. Firetask Pro is available immediately from the iTunes and Mac App Store.

 

“With Firetask Pro we are raising the bar for project-oriented task management apps,” said Gerald Aquila, CEO of Elemental Tools. “By keeping what our users love and optimizing the Firetask workflows based on years of end user feedback we strongly believe that we have created an exceptional GTD task management experience.”

 

Enhanced Focus Through Optimized Workflows:
The new app provides significant improvements to the collect and focus workflows. “Today” now focuses really on tasks that are marked as starred, or are due today (or already overdue). Upcoming due tasks in the next days as well as next tasks per project are summarized in a new “Next” view. In addition, “Waiting For” has been moved into the “Focus” area and provides a much improved view of your delegated tasks grouped by assignee.

 

The new “Collect” area groups “Inbox”, “Someday”, and “Scratchpad” together and now supports free reordering of tasks providing you with a more natural way of collecting and organizing thoughts and ideas.

 

More Order via Portfolios and Actions:
Portfolios allow users to group projects together in order to provide more order for your active projects. Actions provide a simple, but powerful way to subdivide your tasks into individual steps that have to be done before a task can be completed.

 

Consistent Experience Across Platforms:
Firetask Pro brings much more functionality from the Mac to iOS as well as from the iPad to the iPhone. For instance, all previously Mac-only overviews such as “Priorities” and “Starred” are now also available on iOS. In addition, the new universal iOS app brings “Kanban” and “Dates” views to the iPhone for the very first time enabling you to perform more effective GTD reviews also on the go.

 

Additional Improvements and Availability:
Additional improvements include a new, improved Today widget on iOS, a very focused Apple Watch app providing quick access to Inbox, Today, Next, and Waiting For lists, Contacts, Calendar and Reminders integrations, and easy to set up syncing via iCloud.

 

Firetask Pro for iOS and macOS are available from the iTunes and Mac App Store respectively and require iOS 10 and macOS Sierra 10.12. For more information or a free 15 day trial of the Mac version please visit the Firetask website.

 

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Firetask Pro on the iTunes App Store
Firetask Pro on the Mac App Store

Warfarin Assist App for iOS Helps Blood Thinner Patients Track Their Vitamin K Intake

Independent developer, James Hollender is proud to announce the release of Warfarin Assist – for Users of Coumadin or Warfarin 1.0, his new medical app for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch devices. Warfarin Assist is designed to help patients on blood thinners keep track of their Vitamin K intake, which is known to affect INR/PT results.

Users can easily keep track of the foods they eat, tracking their calorie, Vitamin K1, K1D, and K2 intake. The app provides fast access to nutritional information for over 8,700 foods, and over 15,400 different food servings, all based on the USDA National Nutrient Database for Standard Reference.

 

“A number of years ago my wife suffered a stroke. As part of her treatment she was referred to the MGH Anti-Coagulation Unit, that would be dealing with monitoring her blood tests for INR/PT,” says the app’s developer, James Hollender. “Although she was provided with a brochure that listed foods containing Vitamin K, I knew there had to be a more comprehensive list. I found one published by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). That became the basis for my Vitamin K and iNutrients apps that have been available for a number of years. My development efforts have led to the Warfarin Assist app.”

 

The Warfarin Assist app provides comprehensive information in regard to calories and Vitamin K. The nutrients are listed in alphabetical order, and utilizes the entire USDA National Nutrient Database for each nutrient. A lightning-fast search function allows comprehensive access to all needed information from the USDA database. All information is stored locally on the user’s device, so no Internet connectivity is required.

 

Users can save information for their daily food intake directly from the Search screen. Users pick a serving size, and the number of servings. They can also create custom serving sizes, from 1 to 500 grams. As serving information is edited, the app automatically displays a graphical representation of the various nutrients via a handy color code. A “Customize” section provides a means for users to create their own Custom Color Scale for each nutrient if desired.

 

Color Codes and Their Meanings Are:
* Black – Extremely High
* Dark Red – Very High
* Red – High
* Orange – Moderately High
* Yellow – Moderate
* Light Green – Moderately Low
* Green – Low
* Light Blue – Very Low
* White – Extremely Low
* Gray – Unknown

 

Users can store up to a full year’s worth of food serving intake in the app’s Personal Nutrients Data. A handy action button allows users to copy all their food servings to the current day’s list. The My Data section allows anyone to view the complete information available about any intake item by simply tapping the item.

 

A handy Action button allows users to delete the current food serving, change the number of servings for the current item, change the intake date to move a food serving to another day, or copy the intake item to the current day. A user’s personal data can be safely backed up and restored via iTunes to any Mac or Windows PC.

 

“It recently occurred to me because many of the Vitamin K app users who were asking to be able to add additional foods, and that just wasn’t possible with the original Vitamin K app, that maybe something in between the Vitamin K and iNutrients apps would be just what was wanted,” continues James. “That’s how the Warfarin Assist app came about. I also created almost identical apps, Coumadin Assist and INR Assist, because users might prefer a name they’re more comfortable with. The functionality is the same for all three apps, but the labeling and some documentation is different for each version.”

 

Warfarin Assist also offers handy information to aid users in understanding the usage of the app, including definitions of what calories are, calorie recommendations by gender and activity levels. It also offers helpful information about nutrients, weight management, physical activity, fats, food groups, carbohydrates, Vitamin K, Coumadin, and much more.

 

Warfarin Assist – for Users of Coumadin or Warfarin 1.0 is only $4.99 USD (or an equivalent amount in other currencies) and is available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Medical category.