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Peter Arnell Accepts Judge Position for Archisketch Drawing Contest

Open Screen Ltd. is proud to announce Peter Arnell has accepted to become one of the judges on its “Archisketch Drawing Contest.”


Peter Arnell Accepts Judge Position for Archisketch Drawing Contest


Peter Arnell:
For nearly four decades, Peter Arnell has spearheaded the growth of companies and brands all over the globe increasing their businesses, market-size and revenue through unique and innovative branding, marketing, communications and design. A firm believer that marketing begins with the product, Mr. Arnell has helped to instill design-led innovation in major corporations including Samsung, DKNY, PepsiCo, Unilever and many more. The HomeHero fire extinguisher he designed for The Home Depot won Business Week’s Gold IDEA award and the Arnell-designed Peapod NEV for Chrylser was named one the top Green Designs of the year by TIME Magazine.


Archisketch Drawing Contest:
Open Screen Limited is now accepting submissions, until end of February, for its “Archisketch Drawing Contest” with more than $2,500 in prize monies to be won. The competition is free to enter and it’s open to all existing and potential users of Archisketch. The competition aims to demonstrate the wide variety of work that can be produced using Archisketch on the iPad. If you are not an Archisketch user, you can still participate in the competition by becoming a beta tester. This not only gives you full access to Archisketch and allows you to submit to the “Archisketch Drawing Contest”, but it also lets you use the application’s upcoming drawing features in your submissions. To register as a beta tester or for more information on the “Archisketch Drawing Contest” please visit the Archisketch Competition Page.


About Archisketch:
Archisketch is a scale-aware sketching program ideal for Architects, interior and landscape designers, product designers, design students, or anyone working in the construction industry on an iPad. Inspired by the tradition of sketching on a tracing pad, Archisketch brings sketching into the modern era on an iPad. Archisketch helps architects and designers visualise, capture and explore their ideas using layers, symbols, colours, dimension guidelines, 2D grids, isometric and axonometric 3D grids, and even smart one- and two-point perspectives for 3D. When finished, drawings can be printed to scale directly from the iPad up to A1 size, or exported to PDF, which can be included in a CAD application, or uploaded to Adobe Creative Cloud.


Pricing, Availability and Compatibility:
Archisketch 2.9 is available immediately from the App Store as a free download for use with up to 50 shapes in two projects, with an in-app purchase for unlimited shapes and projects for $9.99 (USD). It requires iOS 11 or later on an iPad, iPad Air or iPad Pro. Support for Apple Pencil requires an iPad Pro.

FxFactory Releases XEffects Rips Plugins for Final Cut Pro X

FxFactory today released a new set of Final Cut Pro X plugins called XEffects Rips. Developed by partner Idustrial Revolution, the plugins emulate the ripping of paper, separating the media into two halves with a photorealistic edge. The pack consists of effects and titles for single clips and transitions to rip between clips.


FxFactory Releases XEffects Rips Plugins for Final Cut Pro X


“We wanted to develop a plugin that would offer realistic looking rips and tears within Final Cut Pro X. It’s a look many graphic designers will be familiar with and we wanted to make that great style available to video editors inside FCPX” said Peter Wiggins, plugin developer at Idustrial Revolution. “We put a lot of effort into our plugins making them easy to use with a couple of clicks. However, we also believe in flexibility, hence we try to publish as many of the custom controls possible so that editors can tweak the look of the plugin to exactly what they want”.


The rip has onscreen controls for direction and rotation and the rip itself can be positioned using X & Y controls and rotated to any angle. Each plugin comes loaded with a choice of 10 different edges which can be adjusted for edge width, colour and offset.


* All Transitions, Effects & Title Plugins work with video or images
* Control tear direction and paper tear angle
* Onscreen controls for paper tear angles
* Position tear anywhere in frame using X and Y controls
* 10 different edges to choose from
* Control depth of edge and edge offset
* Add a drop shadow to outgoing or incoming tear
* Make multiple tears using Compound Clips
* Control speed of tear
* Pin sharp results even in 4K FCPX timelines


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 11 years.


Pricing and Availability:
XEffects Rips is distributed through FxFactory online. It is being launched at a discounted price of $39 (USD) for one week until the 1st March 2018. Normal price $49 (USD).

Prizmo Go 2.0 – Instant Text OCR for iPhone and iPad

Creaceed announces today the release of Prizmo Go version 2.0, a major upgrade to their text capture app for iPhone and iPad. Prizmo Go 2.0 brings a new, more powerful, built-in neural network-based OCR in more languages, cloud-based handwriting recognition (English only), and translation to 59 languages.


Prizmo Go 2.0 is an innovative app that lets the user take a picture of printed or handwritten text and then recognizes it using optical character recognition (OCR) technology, avoiding the frustration of retyping it on screen. Part of said text can then be selected directly from the photo by swiping through it. Users can then interact with it or just copy/paste it to other apps or to the Mac.


Recognized text can be edited within the application, or read aloud with built-in speech synthesis. Information detected in the text such as website urls, phone numbers, email addresses, QR codes, or physical addresses can be specifically activated. Text translation to 59 languages is also available as a new feature of version 2.0.


Blind and low-vision users can also take full advantage of Prizmo Go 2.0, as not only does it propose extensive support for VoiceOver but it also brings specific features such as pre-shooting instructions, automatic angle correction, and automatic text-to-speech playback.


Prizmo Go 2.0 also introduces a new subscription model, as an addition to pre-existing options that remain valid (see details below).


New features in 2.0:
* Cloud OCR option in 26 languages, including Japanese, Chinese, Korean, and Arabic
* Handwriting recognition (English only)
* Translation to 59 languages

* Robust neural network-based built-in OCR in 23 languages (no internet connection required): Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hungarian, Italian, Korean, Norwegian Bokml, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Serbian (Cyrillic), Serbian (Latin), Slovak, Spanish, Swedish, Turkish, Ukrainian


Other features include:
* Real-time, augmented-reality inspired text highlighting in camera preview
* Accurate text selection by swiping through the picture
* Innovative image stabilization with sharpness tracking
* QR code recognition
* Copy/paste to the Mac with Universal Clipboard
* VoiceOver support, including spoken guidance prior to actual shooting
* Optimized for latest iOS, Drag & Drop, 3D Touch Quick Actions & haptic feedback, iPad Multitasking (Slide Over / Split View)
* Automation: Action extension, Apple Workflow compatibility (callback URL), Open In


Pricing and Availability:
Prizmo Go 2.0 can be freely downloaded on the App Store from the Utilities category. Text recognition can be tried out, but access to result is limited. Text access (copy/paste, interactions) can be unlocked by purchasing the Export Pack for $4.99 as a one-time purchase. 10 tokens will be received to test Cloud OCRs both for printed text and handwriting. Cloud OCR requires units to be operated, units that can be purchased directly within the app: 100-pack is $0.99, 1000-pack is $4.99 (USD).


Premium Plan is a new subscription option introduced with version 2.0 that unlocks all the features of the Export Pack and allows unlimited use of Cloud OCR recognition (print and handwriting) as well as a new cloud-based text translation to 59 languages (exclusive feature). Premium Plan is available as a monthly subscription for $0.99 per month or yearly for $7.99 (USD) per year. Users who previously purchased the Export Pack are offered special introductory pricing on the Premium Plan (60% OFF first year, yearly plan only).

Play With Puppies and Dolls in AR on iOS

Sprite Labs today is pleased to announce that Anya Dress Up & Pet Puppies got its AR update today which allows kids to interact and play with Anya and puppies in their world (with AR), changing their clothes, playing games and dancing along.


Play With Puppies and Dolls in AR on iOS


Anya is a unique app. She is a doll that a child can bring into their life and interact with, tickle and dress her and her puppies. She can pet the puppies and play games with them too. With Apple’s ARKit, Anya and her puppies come to life in the real world. Anya and her puppies can be in a doll house, on a coffee table in the living room, on the kitchen table, or anywhere a child would like to play with them.


Anya is a cute little girl who dances, sings and plays interactive games like twirling a hula hoop, pop the bubbles and maracas. She repeats what you say. You can even dress her up and tickle her, she makes funny faces too! The puppies do everything a cute puppy does, fetch, sit, roll and dance!


This app uses the accelerometer creatively; a user can make Anya twirl the hoop if the he/she moves the phone in circles, stop and she drops the hoop. This app is loaded with interactive play, she blows the bubbles and the user can pop them with a tap or pop multiple bubble with simultaneous taps, tap her feet and she will dance, tap her nose and she makes a funny face and more. She is quite emotional too, just like all little girls! Making her definitely a fun-to-play-with app.


“Anya Dress Up & Pet Puppies AR is loved by millions of kids worldwide. And now with Augmented Reality, we bring them to life in the real world. This opens a new frontier for us to explore, and we are very excite for what the future holds,” explained Nikita Kapoor, Founder at Sprite Labs. “This is a Universal app, so it will work great both on the iPhone and iPad.”


Pricing and Availability:
Anya Dress Up & Pet Puppies AR 4.4 is Free (With In-App Purchase) and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Entertainment category. [GET IT HERE]

Cheetah3D 7.2 Adds Support for HEVC, ProRes, IES Lights, More

MW3D-Solutions today is happy to announce Cheetah3D 7.2. The biggest change in Cheetah3D 7.2 is probably the complete rewrite of the movie import/export code. Cheetah3D is using the AVFoundation framework now, which offers much faster and better movie export. It also supports new state of the art movie codecs like HEVC. Professional users will enjoy the added ProRes workflow.


Cheetah3D 7.2 Adds Support for HEVC, ProRes, IES Lights, More


Cheetah3D unbiased render engine Falcon also saw some nice additions like support for IES lights, Filmic tone mapping and improved soft shadows.


Major new features in Cheetah3D 7.2:
* Upgraded form QTKit framework to AVFoundation framework
* Added support for HEVC (just on High Sierra), ProRes422 and ProRes4444 video codecs
* Much faster multithreaded movie export
* Added .gif exporter to Render Manager
* Added support for the iMac Pro with up to 18 CPU cores (and 36 threads )
* Added support for IES light profiles
* Added support for filmic tone mapping to Falcon renderer
* Added support for soft shadows to non-physical light sources in Falcon
* And much much more


Cheetah3D is perfect for graphic designers, architects and casual users alike, Cheetah3D provides the most useful features needed to get the job done, and organizes them within a beautifully elegant user-interface that is powerful, intuitive and quick to work with. It offers many powerful tools, like subdivision surface modelling, joint based character animation system, UV unwrapping, texture painting, rigid and soft body dynamics, PDF import, global illumination renderer, and much more. The possibility to extend Cheetah3D with JavaScripts and support for many common file formats, like FBX, 3DS or Collada, rounds out its feature set.


Pricing and Availability:
Cheetah3D 7.0 is priced at $99.00 (USD) for a single-user license. Customers may upgrade from older version for $59.00 (USD). For customers who purchased Cheetah3D 6.x after April 1st 2015, the Upgrade to v7 is free.

Quick’Nap is a Power Nap Music Timer for iPhone

KerCodex today is pleased to announce the release and immediate availability of “Quick’Nap” version 1.0 for iPhone devices. Quick’Nap is a very simple alarm clock App which wakes you up with progressive music chosen out of your iPhone library. And a cute manga character is helping you all along!


Quick'Nap is a Power Nap Music Timer for iPhone


Power naps between 10 and 30 minutes quickly revitalize your awareness and efficiency.


An alarm mode is also available for the occasional overnight sleep.


* Choose nap duration up to one hour and tap start
* Alarm mode by setting time in the next 24 hours
* Choose one or more wake-up title out of your iPhone music library
* Adjust progressive wake-up volume characteristics
* Default soft alarm sound available
* Security notifications are triggered if you accidentally leave the App
* Sleeping screen luminosity adjustment
* Energy saving mode by leaving iPhone face down on bedside table
* A cute manga help character


Pricing and availability:
Quick’Nap (v1.0) is entirely Free and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Health & Fitness category. [GET IT HERE]

General-Knowledge Trivia Game Simply Trivial Available for iOS Devices

Simply Trivial(TM) is a classic trivia game available on the Apple Store today from Northern Bound, LLC. This laid-back trivia game offers hundreds of custom questions in 10 general-knowledge categories and specialty sets of questions on a variety of topics such as Television and the 70’s.


General-Knowledge Trivia Game Simply Trivial Available for iOS Devices


Simply Trivial provides hours of fun in a non-competitive atmosphere with pleasant music and a relaxing, retro environment. Users play at their own pace earning awards and Simply Trivial “Caps” to use on game hints or to purchase specialty sets of questions. And, gameplay won’t be interrupted with ads, because Simply Trivial has no advertising.


Simply Trivial will continue to add more content in the coming weeks, particularly with more sets of specialty topics, like the 80’s, Toys & Games, U.S. States, St. Patrick’s Day and an Easter edition.


Pricing and Availability:
Simply Trivial 1.0.11 is a free-to-download app (With In-App Purchases) and no advertising. It is available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Games category. [GET IT HERE]

The Popular Mac Gro CRM Platform Now Includes Stripe Integration

Gro Software today announced a Gro CRM integration with Stripe. Gro CRM is a 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. Stripe is the new standard in online payments and best software platform for running an internet business.


With the Gro CRM Stripe integration, it only takes a few minutes to start accepting payments and process credit cards with the Gro CRM platform. This seamless Stripe integration takes all the work out of customer billing and creates a single integrated payment workflow that is simple to use for small businesses.


Thanks to the Gro CRM-Stripe Integration, small businesses can accept all major credit cards from around the world, choose from 135 currencies and save card details so customers can pay again with a single-click. All payments are secure end-to-end thanks to Stripe and Gro CRM PCI-DSS compliance.


“We are excited to offer Gro CRM users the ability to integrate their Stripe account with our small business Mac CRM iOS platform.” said Sophia Maes, Senior Vice President Sales at Gro Software. “This Gro CRM Stripe integration allows Apple iPhone and iPad users to seamlessly accept payments and process credit cards for their customers right from the Gro CRM app.”


Pricing and Availability:
Gro CRM is a free download and available immediately through the Apple 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.