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FxFactory Debuts Final Cut Pro X 3D Sports Graphics Plugins

FxFactory today 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.


FxFactory Debuts Final Cut Pro X 3D Sports Graphics Plugins


“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 ”



  • 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.


Pricing and Availability:
XEffects 3D Sports Graphics is distributed on the FxFactory app store. It is being launched at a discounted price of $39 USD (Normal price $49) for one week until the 6th February 2018.

Gro CRM 2.0.1 – Mac CRM Small Business Platform

Gro Software today announced 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 2.0.1 - Mac CRM Small Business Platform


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 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.

Written Down: Journaling App for iPhone and iPad

Tinkerbuilt LLC has announced Written Down 1.0.2, an important update to their new journaling app for iPhone and iPad. Written Down offers a simple and modern way to journal everywhere you go. Journals sync quickly, privately and securely across all your iOS devices via iCloud. You can collaborate with family and friends by sharing journals that sync privately via iCloud. Lock journals to keep them private and secure using a passcode with support for unlock using Touch ID or Face ID.


Written Down: Journaling App for iPhone and iPad


Pick your own journal colors, icons, and backgrounds. Choose different app themes, colors and typography to customize and make Written Down beautifully yours. Entries are enriched with details such as time, date, location and weather as you add to your journals. You can add tags to categorize and search your entries by topic, feeling, interest, activity, goal, people and more. What makes Written Down different?

  • Other apps require you to trust another 3rd party with your private data. Written Down uses iCloud for fast and secure data sync across your iOS devices. You already trust Apple to keep your data secure. This way no one else has access to your private journal data, including us.
  • Other apps don’t let you work together when you need to. With Written Down you can invite other iOS users to collaborate and share journals privately via iCloud. No other journaling app lets you collaborate this easily.
  • Other journaling apps are often complicated and expensive. Written Down is free for 1 journal with a reasonable subscription price to activate all premium features on all your iOS devices. It is a simple, easy to use app. Even though we have many more features planned for the future we won’t let it get complicated to use.



  • Unlimited entries
  • Unlimited journals
  • Unlimited photos
  • Sync quickly, privately and securely across devices via iCloud
  • Collaborate and share journals privately with others via iCloud
  • Passcode lock with support for Touch ID or Face ID unlock
  • Entry reminders with notifications
  • Import and export formats
  • Backup and restore
  • Location added to entries
  • Add temperature and weather to entries
  • Tag entries to categorize and search
  • Search and browse entries by text, tag or date
  • Choose your own journal colors, icons, and backgrounds
  • App themes (including light and dark night themes)
  • Over 15 app typography choices
  • iOS Dynamic type size supported
  • iOS Smart invert supported


Pricing and Availability:
Written Down 1.0.2 is free for 1 journal (With In-App Purchases) and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Lifestyle category. Upgrade to Written Down Premium by purchasing a single $4.99 subscription to get unlimited journals, sync, journal sharing, themes, and more.

BatchOutput for Microsoft Word Now Supports PDF Automation in Word 16

Zevrix Solutions announces the release of BatchOutput DOC 2.5.5, a compatibility update to its output automation solution for Microsoft Word on macOS. The only batch processing tool for Word on the Mac market, the software helps users eliminate repetitive tasks through automation of printing and professional PDF output.


BatchOutput for Microsoft Word Now Supports PDF Automation in Word 16


The new version addresses a bug introduced by Microsoft in the recently released version 16 of Word, which prevented users from successfully creating PDF files via AppleScript. This issue also caused BatchOutput DOC to produce corrupt PDF documents. But the new update eliminates this issue through a creative workaround found by Zevrix developers.


With BatchOutput DOC, users only need to select the desired Word files and set up processing options. The software will do the rest automatically saving the time and hassle of opening and exporting each file by hand. In addition to batch printing, BatchOutput DOC allows to carry out professional PDF production directly from Word, bringing advanced PDF creation options right to the user’s fingertips:


* Batch print and export Word documents to PDF with a single click
* Split Word files into single page PDFs
* Variable output file names
* Reduce PDF file size and optimize documents for web, print and mobile devices
* Encrypt and password-protect PDF documents
* Change PDF color tone and brightness


BatchOutput DOC is a part of the Zevrix BatchOutput family of products which also includes output automation solutions for Microsoft Excel, PowerPoint, Adobe InDesign and PDF workflows.


Pricing and Availability:
BatchOutput DOC can be purchased for $19.95 (USD) from the Zevrix Solutions website as well as from authorized resellers and Mac App Store. A trial is also available for download. The update is free for users of version 2 and $20 from version 1. BatchOutput DOC requires Mac OS X 10.6-10.13 and Microsoft Word 2008, 2011 or 2016.

Shaderific Gets iOS 11 and iPhone X Support

Gryphos GmbH has released Shaderific version 4.3, a major update of its OpenGL ES shader development application for iOS. The update adds support for iOS 11 and iPhone X taking full advantage of the new screen size.


Shaderific Gets iOS 11 and iPhone X Support


Shaderific provides the full range of shader development with the OpenGL Shading Language (GLSL) on tablet computers and mobile devices. Vertex and fragment shader code can be created, edited and compiled on the device and all changes are visible instantly. There is no need to use a personal computer (laptop or desktop) in the shader development process anymore.


Shaderific streamlines the process of prototyping, testing and debugging shaders immensely by cutting the cord to the personal computer. Whereas traditional shader development requires compilation of the whole graphics application for every change to a shader file, all this is unnecessary now. Since the shaders are edited and compiled right on the iPad, iPhone or iPod no file transfer is needed with a personal computer and a lot of time can be saved. A further strength of Shaderific lies in the possibility to change parameters (uniforms) of the shaders via the settings menu without interrupting the rendering loop. All changes can be examined in real-time and fine-tuning the rendering result is fast and easy.


New features of version 4.3:

  • Full support for iOS 11
  • Full support for iPhone X


Pricing and Availability:

Shaderific 4.3 is available as a paid app for $9.99 (USD), or the local equivalent, on the App Store in the Education category. Review copies are available upon request.

TCM from Twocanoes Software Allows Users to Manage Macs from a Browser

Twocanoes Software, creators of Winclone, Boot Runner and SD Clone, has released TCM, a powerful new solution to easily manage Macs from a web browser. Easily & instantly manage a few or hundreds of Macs from Safari, Chrome, or any modern web browser on any platform (Mac, Windows, iOS, more).


TCM from Twocanoes Software Allows Users to Manage Macs from a Browser


Organizations can use TCM to create simplified web views so authorized users can sign into and only see a web page with a specific group of Macs and limited tasks. For example, an instructor would sign in to a simplified view and could only be allowed to launch apps and see screenshots for Macs in their classroom.



  • Instantly Send Unix Commands: Send any Unix command to any Mac and get the results immediately. Re-configure network interfaces, change the time zone, or start a software install. The possibilities are endless.
  • Instantly Grab a Screenshot: Easily see how the Macs are being used. A screenshot is taken and instantly shown in the web browser. The screenshots are collected from multiple Macs and all are viewable right in the browser.
  • Engage the Screen Saver: TCM keeps the focus where it is needed. With a single command, send all the selected Macs to the Screen Saver. If the Macs are set up to lock at the screen saver, a password will be required to log back in.
  • Open Any Application Instantly: Makes sure everyone is on the same page by instantly launching an application. Save time and reduce confusion by launching any application installed on the Mac instantly and everyone will be ready to go.
  • Open a Web Page Immediately: Forget short links and hard to type URLs. With a single button press, all the Macs open the same web page instantly in the default web browser. Control Views can associate a URL to a button so a single button press gets everyone on the same page instantly.
  • Reboot to Any OS: Reboot all the selected Macs instantly, or TCM can reboot to the first available Windows partition or any other partition specified. Once the action is sent, it takes place instantly.
  • Works from Anywhere: All Macs connect to TCM via WebSockets using TLS security and TCM sends commands over this connection regardless of where the Macs are located. The Mac could be on a corporate desk, at home, in a lab, or at a coffee shop. As long as the Mac can connect to TCM, TCM can send commands to it.
  • Benefits Right from the Start: Once TCM is deployed, organizations will start seeing the benefits right away. Instructors will be be able to engage participants and keep them focused. Organizations will also see reduced staff time, increased support satisfaction, and decrease support time.
  • Security Built In: All connections are secured with TLS 1.2 or greater, all clients use individual credentials, and clients use a pinned certificate for enhanced security.
  • Advanced Features: Group Macs by tags, create users, reset passwords, send any command to any computer, or create control views to limit what others can do. The TCM administrator has full control over TCM and client Macs, and can manage both from a standard web browser.

System Requirements

  • Console and Mac Clients: macOS 10.12 or later, Network connection
  • Administrator Computer: Mac or Windows machine with a modern web browser that supports WebSockets (Safari and Chrome recommended)


Pricing and Availability:
TCM is available immediately from Twocanoes Software starting at $299 (USD) for up to 30 Macs. Download a free trial from Twocanoes Software online. Education and tiered pricing is available.

New Version of Mailbutler Boosts Apple Mail and Gmail Productivity

Mailbutler GmbH has announced today the latest version of their email extension is 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.

iOS App Helps Users to Relax by Gently Guiding Their Breathing Rhythm

Independent development team Fun Driven is today proud to announce the release and immediate availability of Breath Ball Relaxation 2.1.1, an important update to their breathing guidance app for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch devices. The app helps users to relax by guiding their breathing rhythm. Breath Ball Relaxation 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 duffer 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.”


Breath Ball Relaxation 2.1.1 is free and is available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Medical category. The app is also available in macOS, Windows and Android versions.