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AI-powered photo color matching tool comes to Pixelmator Pro

The Pixelmator Team today released an update to Pixelmator Pro, adding a new Core ML-powered feature that intelligently matches the colors of different photos or objects using a machine learning algorithm trained on millions of professional photos. The update also brings a new Free Transform feature to freely resize, distort, and transform layers, and includes a number of additional improvements and fixes.

 

 

The new ML Match Colors feature lets anyone match the look of one photo to another in an instant. And it couldn’t be simpler to use. To match the style of a photo, users simply drag and drop images onto the Color Adjustments pane. ML Match Colors then analyzes the contents of both the source and target photo to identify any objects, detects their colors and lighting, and applies a range of color adjustments to the target photo. 37 individual adjustments in total, such as Brightness, Shadows, Highlights, White Balance, and Selective Color, are used for color matching.

 

ML Match Colors is also available in the Edit menu as Paste and ML Match Colors, letting users automatically color match any objects when pasting them into a new image. ML Match Colors has been trained on 20 million professional photographs and is powered by Core ML, delivering unmatched image analysis speed and performance.

 

Another headline feature in the update is the new Free Transform tool, which adds a number of different ways to transform objects, including the ability to skew, distort, and change the perspective of any layer. Along with perspective transformations, the Free Transform tool lets users resize individual layers using 3 specialized layer scaling algorithms – Bilinear, useful for photographic images, Lanczos, for images with small and intricate details, and Nearest Neighbor, which is most often used for pixel art.

Pixelmator Pro 1.3.4 is available today exclusively from the Mac App Store as a free update for existing users or for $39.99 (USD) for new customers.

 

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Code Sign Windows Executables From macOS With ExeWrapper

ExeWrapper, a tool for code signing Windows executables from macOS, is now available from developer Tim Parnell. Cross-platform developers can work, build, and now sign in macOS. A simple convenience for any workflow.

 

Code Sign Windows Executables From macOS With ExeWrapper

 

ExeWrapper is a Mac application at heart. Take advantage of features like the macOS Keychain to store certificate passwords, drag & drop file management, and shareable save documents to make signing deliverables easier than ever.

 

Designed to be easy every step of the way, ExeWrapper makes cross platform developers lives easier. Adding files to sign is a simple drag and drop operation. Files can be added statically, or folders can be added to be recursed at sign time. This makes it easy to sign your projects in one step.

 

Through the magic of OpenSSL, code signing Windows executables on macOS is not simply a dream. Save time by staying in macOS to sign deliverables. Certificate passwords can optionally be stored on your local macOS keychain. Keychain is secured and encrypted by the system. Never lose a certificate password again. Files listed are saved as relative paths. The receiving party can open ExeWrapper, supply the certificate password, and click sign. Easy as that.

 

ExeWrapper can be downloaded for free from its official website. ExeWrapper is fully capable of code signing free of charge. To sign batches of more than five files a license is needed.

 

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Solving Puzzles in City Cat Rescue Saves the Cats in the City

Mezmedia today announced it has launched City Cat Rescue: Match 3 on the Apple App Store and Google Play. This puzzle matching game is a dream for cat lovers, with its cute cats and life-like animation. Players have to complete the puzzles in order to rescue the cats trapped in the city. The rescue cats are placed in beautiful shelters where players can watch the cats go about their day.

 

City Cat Rescue is a match-3 puzzle game, players have to solve the puzzle by matching the cat-themed candy. There are hundreds of levels of Match-3 puzzles and fantastic power-ups. Complete the levels and rescue over 30 different and unique cats. Players can unlock themed cat shelters and watch the cats play, or just plain laze about, inside the rooms. The cats have life-like animations, motion-captured in stunning detail.

 

Features:
* Hundreds of levels to play, complete levels to rescue the cat from the tough life in the city
* Over 30 Cats to collect and more to come! Realistic behaviors and interactive, very cute cats
* Unlock unique animal rescue special-themed Cat Shelters
* Easy to play Match-3 puzzle game with cat-themed jewels
* Great fun for players of all ages, from kids to adults

 

Pricing and Availability:
City Cat Rescue: Match 3 is Free (With In-App Purchases) and available worldwide through the App Store in the Games category. There is also an Android version on Google Play.

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WaterField Tech Rolltop Backpack Combines Work, Sports, Travel in One

WaterField Designs, an innovative San Francisco designer and manufacturer of custom laptop sleeves, bags, and device-specific cases, introduces the Tech Rolltop Backpack, a multi-use backpack that eliminates the need for a separate work, carry-on, and sports bag. A padded MacBook-iPad compartment and abundant organizational pockets are easily accessible on the bag’s exterior, leaving the expandable main compartment open for bulkier items. As suitable for the office as for the soccer field, the Tech Rolltop Backpack is the ultimate bag for active professionals.

 

Available in two sizes and three colors, the Tech Rolltop Backpack suits work, play, travel or any combination of the three. The backpack closes with an adjustable nylon strap secured by a no-fuss, magnetic, self-seeking Fidlock® buckle. Synched down, the Rolltop is a compact pack for a mobile office; unfolded the Rolltop expands an extra three to six liters to hold athletic gear for an evening scrimmage or personal necessities for overnight trips. Mesh-lined padding on the ergonomic shoulder straps and the bag’s backside wicks away moisture, and a leather-lined grab handle let users opt to carry the bag briefcase-style in more formal settings.

 

Ample exterior pockets leave the interior open for large items. A wide, easy-access, upper pocket closes with an invisible magnet; a lower zippered pocket with a handy key fob is protected with a rain-guard flap; and dual side pockets keep water bottles, umbrellas, and other items within easy reach. A secure, padded MacBook compartment at the rear grants easy access in meetings or at TSA security stations and keeps the backside straight and comfortable, even when packed with bulky items.

 

Inside, an additional padded compartment protects a second MacBook or iPad, a small zippered pocket secures loose items, and the remainder of the gold-lined interior is open for tech, sports equipment, or a change of clothes and overnight necessities. Shock-absorbing foam along the bottom of the bag protects its contents, prevents the bag from sagging, and helps the bag stay more upright when set down.

 

Early adopters who order the new Tech Rolltop Backpack through May 10, 2019, will receive a complimentary WaterField medium Gear Pouch to organize cables, adapters, and other small accessories.

 

Availability & Pricing
The Roll Top Backpack:
Price: Compact – $229. Full – $249.
Colors and materials: Brown or blue waxed canvas or black ballistic nylon.

 

Dimensions, weight, volume:
Compact size – 16.5 X 10.5 X 4.75 inches; rolled up – 12 liters, expanded – 15 liters; 2.4 lbs.
Full size – 19 X 12 X 5.5 inches; rolled up – 18 liters, expanded – 24 liters; 2.8 lbs.
Rear zippered laptop compartment fits: Compact – up to 13-inch MBP Retina. Full – 15-inch MBP Retina.
Interior padded laptop compartment fits: Compact up to – 15-inch MBP Retina. Full – 15-inch MBP Retina.

Pre-order now. Shipping begins May 17, 2019.

 

The Gear Pouch:
Price: Medium – $45. (Complimentary with Tech Rolltop Backpack orders through May 10, 2019)
Colors and materials: Brown or blue waxed canvas or black ballistic nylon. YKK self-locking zippers.
Dimensions and weight: 10″ x 5.3″ x 1″; 4.4 oz.

Available now.

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NeoFinder Mac 7.4 with iView MediaPro Now Available

Norbert M. Doerner today released NeoFinder Mac 7.4, the 90th update since CDFinder 1.0 was released in 1996! The new version adds more than 50 new features and enhancements, many will help iView MediaPro users to work better with NeoFinder.

 

The Gallery View in NeoFinder 7.3 displays the selected item very lage, but also has a list of other items underneath it for navigation. This of course works not only in macOS Mojave, but all the way back to Mac OS X 10.7!

 

After the demise of iView MediaPro, many users have started using NeoFinder, and things like the iView compatible web gallery templates, or the “people” metadata cataloging and editing have been added to NeoFinder due to feedback from these users. NeoFinder can use new neural network scene detection engines to automatically find Tags in thumbnails! That will make it a lot easier to handle large amounts of images, and discover surprising photo motives hidden deeply in the folders of the data.

 

All new features and enhancements of NeoFinder 7.4:
* Catalogs “People” fields in Adobe XMP and IPTC data (and data written by Picasa and Mylio)
* Search for People metadata, and add them to photos and movies in the XMP Editor
* Web Gallery now uses beautiful HTML templates, and you can even design your own! Or use your existing iView Media Pro gallery templates (with some small changes)
* AutoTags: Use ML scene detector engines to automatically detect scenes and items in thumbnails. NeoFinder currently offers two different engines, more to come. This requires macOS 10.13 or newer
* AutoTags: Search a catalog for thumbnails with a particular automatically detected Tag
* AutoTags Inspector shows the detected Tags, and allows you to place them in the file directly
* NeoFinder reads iView MediaPro CatalogSets from XMP records and builds albums and album folders for these automatically during cataloging
* Massively improved handing of XMP keywords for multiple selected files. NeoFinder now displays all keywords in these files, and allows you to add, remove, or edit them, and to place an existing keyword in all selected items
* Refresh thumbnails from photos or videos when updating a catalog, if you need larger or smaller thumbnails
* Delete a keyword from all items in the catalog and even from all files as well
* Detect and “fold” image sequences during cataloging. That is great for video producers with thousands of single frame files to catalog
* Search for video codecs in the Find Editor. That is helpful to quickly find files encoded with deprecated codecs
* The new command “Edit keywords” in the Metadata main menu with the keyboard shortcut Cmd-T places the text cursor in the XMP keywords field of the XMP editor for the selected items
* Rename keywords both in the Controlled Vocabulary, as well as in all items in the database
* A new command in the Metadata menu allows you to write all XMP metadata back to a file. That is useful if you have imported metadata and want to make sure it is actually written into the file, where it belongs
* Catalog metadata and audio thumbnails of “.CAF” Apple CoreAudio Files
* Catalog the number of audio channels for audio files, including 5.1, 6.1, 7.1 formats
* Catalog thumbnails and metadata of compressed Fuji RAW files (RAF file format). Even Apple still cannot do this, but NeoFinder is now able to accomplish that for you!
* Catalogs .JPX, .J2C, and .JPF JPEG 2000 photo files
* Catalog stereoscopic files in the JPS format with thumbnails and metadata
* Edit->Copy now copies the names of all selected items to the clipboard
* File->Open now works like a double click on the selected items
* “Find all media items in a folder” options are now also available in the View menu
* Search for empty, and non empty XMP text fields in the Inspector with a new menu when you click on the label of a field
* The Find Editor can now also find empty and not empty XMP fields
* NeoFinder now displays the number of items in Album Groups (the sum of all files in all contained albums)
* The Display Filter can now filter by “Ratings larger than”
* The QuickLook window will now be opened fullscreen if you hold the Alt key
* Improved handling of .dv video files
* Improved handling of cataloging BMP files
* Improved scrolling in the Gallery View
* NeoFinder now catalogs metadata and thumbnails for Phantom Cine video files
* NeoFinder now catalogs the Creation Date of video content (not the file!), if it is embedded in the data stream
* The Photo Contact Sheet items can now be sorted by EXIF date, too
* NeoFinder can now catalog thumbnails and metadata of Kodak .KDC RAW files
* New AppleScript cataloging option to quit NeoFinder after the cataloging has completed
* You can now drop a folder or whole volume on the icon of NeoFinder in the Dock to catalog it
* The suggested keywords while typing XMP Editor and Find Editor are much better now
* The Help buttons are located for the German translation, too
* After deleting items from a catalog, NeoFinder no longer displays the first item in the current folder
* The Find Editor can now search for Disk Images
* Smart Folders and Groups can now have “/” in their names
* Find all media items in a folder is much faster now
* More improvements in dark mode of macOS 10.14
* Improved handling of cataloging BMP files
* Improved cataloging of BWF and WAV files in their newer extended format
* Editing GPS Geotags in a file now properly updates the creation and modification date of that file in the NeoFinder catalog
* Many small fixes and improvements

 

* NeoFinder 7.4 requires Mac OS X 10.8 or later
* NeoFinder 7.4 is a free update to all NeoFinder 7.x users.
* NeoFinder 7.x is a paid upgrade to licensed users of NeoFinder 6.x and the old CDFinder, upgrade price starting at 19 Euros.
* New licenses start at 29 Euros for a NeoFinder Private License.

 

NeoFinder Highlights:
* Cataloging – NeoFinder catalogs metadata of songs, movies, fonts, and photos, including the MP3-Tags of several audio file formats, EXIF, GPS, and IPTC data of photos. NeoFinder also edits Adobe XMP data, including keywords, persons, and ratings. All these are arranged clearly in the user interface, and can be extensively searched. For numerous photo and video formats, fonts, text files, and even audio files, NeoFinder generates thumbnails during cataloging, displaying them in all list and icon views.

* Managing Metadata – The built-in XMP metadata editor with presets can edit and add keywords, ratings, persons, descriptions, copyright information, and more to photos and videos.

* Networking – Store your catalog database on a server for access from all Macs in the network, and with the sidekick product abeMeda (was CDWinder for Windows) even from Microsoft Windows.

* Mobile – Keep your NeoFinder database with you on your iPhone or iPad with the separate NeoFinder for iOS app.

* Integration – Offering a tight connection to major productivity tools, such as Adobe Creative Suite, Microsoft Office, Roxio Toast, FileMaker Pro, Apples Spotlight and Finder, and the extensive support of drag&drop into other applications, NeoFinder can support many workflow scenarios. The AppleScript support in NeoFinder allows custom integrations of all kinds.

* Geotagging – Only NeoFinder offers the integrated GeoFinder, which searches for photos taken near a spot, or the KMZ export for coordinates and photo thumbnails as a way to give geolocated photos to friends. NeoFinder can even geotag photos itself, no other software needed. And only NeoFinder displays important facts about any geolocation in the truly unique Wikipedia Inspector.

 

Since the initial release of CDFinder 1.0 in 1996, more than 85,000 customers in 101 countries around the world are using CDFinder and now NeoFinder to organize their digital library, and manage their data archive and backups, including NASA, IKEA, BBC, Mattel, Rand McNally, Pfizer, Random House, Oracle, and Warner Bros.
Language Support: German, English, French, Swedish, Italian, Spanish, Dutch, and Japanese

 

Pricing and Availability:
The price for new users starts at 29,00 (EUR). Multiple user packs are available for network users. Cross-grades for users of similar applications (Cinematica, DiskLibrary, FileFinder, CatFinder, Canto Cumulus, Disk Tracker, DiskCatalogMaker, Atomic View, iView Media Pro, Extensis Portfolio, and others) are available. A free NeoFinder demo version can be downloaded from the NeoFinder website.

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BatchOutput for PowerPoint Reduces Security Hassles on macOS Mojave

Zevrix Solutions announces BatchOutput PPT 2.2.15, a compatibility update to its output automation solution for Microsoft PowerPoint on macOS. The only batch processing tool for PowerPoint on the Mac market, the software helps users eliminate repetitive tasks through automation of printing and professional PDF output.

 

The new version eliminates the hassles associated with Apple Event sandboxing, a new security measure introduced in macOS Mojave. Under the new policy, applications can no longer interact with each other without prior user authorization. This change directly affects BatchOutput PPT which requires access to PowerPoint and other system resources to perform complex workflow automation tasks. The new update streamlines the authorization process by clearing all permissions during launch time, which eliminates workflow interruptions during file processing. BatchOutput will also reset Apple Event permissions automatically if the authorization was previously revoked by accident.

 

In addition to batch printing, the software lets users carry out powerful professional PDF production directly from PowerPoint eliminating the need for time consuming post-processing.

 

BatchOutput PPT brings advanced PDF and printing options right to the user’s fingertips:

* Print and export to PDF multiple PowerPoint documents.
* Split PowerPoint files into single page PDFs.
* Reduce PDF file size and optimize documents for web, print and mobile devices.
* Variable output file names.
* Encrypt and password-protect PDF from unauthorized copying, printing, and viewing.
* Change PDF color tone, brightness and other properties.

 

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

 

Pricing and Availability
BatchOutput PPT can be purchased for $19.95 (USD) from the Zevrix website as well as from authorized resellers. Trial is also available for download. BatchOutput PPT requires macOS 10.7 – 10.41 and Microsoft PowerPoint 2008, 201, 2016 or 2019.

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Polydust 3D Modeling App for iPad Gives Users Full Control Over Modeling

Independent development team, Handcade is proud to announce the release and immediate availability of Polydust 1.0, their new 3D modeling app for the iPad, which turns the tablet into a pro modeling device. Users can create basic shapes such as cubes, arcs, cylinders and toruses that can act as the base of custom 3D models. The app also offers users full control of their model mesh, as they can work in vertex, edge, poly and object model.

 

While Polydust offers a convenient touch interface, the simple user interface also supports keyboard shortcuts, making it easy to control the app, no matter the user’s preferred form of command entry. Polydust allows importing and exporting of FBX models, and offers Sketchfab integration that allows users to publish their creations in a matter of seconds.

 

Polygons are the building blocks of 3D modeling. The blocks are connected together with edges. The edges are made from vertices. Using them, you can create anything you can imagine. Thanks to the app’s varied polygonal modeling tool set, it’s easy to craft anything a user can think of.

 

Polygonal modeling is the fundamental digital 3D modeling technique that provides modelers unlimited possibilities when creating their 3D objects. Handcade did their best to make modelers feel comfortable, basing their solutions on a series of well-established ideas.

 

The app’s User interface is made up of the following:

1. Project Browser: Browse all projects and scenes
2. Undo/Redo: Make a mistake? Instantly undo or redo
3. Hierarchy: View a scene’s hierarchy
4. Scene, Camera, Learn, Export: Adjust all the important settings
5. Add a New Object: Procedural objects, image references, lights and much more
6. Gizmos: Move, Rotate, Scale everything that’s selected
7. Selection: Select by edge loop, world/local space, backface selection and others
8. Operations: All modeling operations and object properties

 

Polydust includes several built-in operations, allowing users to extrude face, weld vertices, bridge edges, and much more. The app’s Snap feature gets rid of ugly rotations or unorganized positions by rounding positions, rotation or scale to its nearest whole value. The Symmetry Mode makes it easy to create symmetrical shapes like body, head, cars and many others. Users can save time when creating arcs, cylinders, toruses and other primitives by setting the values before creating them. Meanwhile, by harnessing the ease and efficiency of edge modeling, users can precisely control their models’ mesh.

 

Polydust features include:

General:
* Save and close/continue
* Auto-save
* Undo/redo
* Objects hierarchy

 

Gizmos:
* Move
* Rotate
* Scale – All gizmos with relative / absolute mode and optional snapping

 

Selection:
* Add to a new container
* Explode container
* Grow selection
* Shrink selection
* Select edge loop
* Select none
* Select all
* Invert selection
* Modes of selection: default / add / subtract

 

Vertex operations:
* Weld (custom distance)
* Connect (option: to first)
* Collapse
* Split
* Fill hole (option: entire hole)

 

Edge operations:
* Connect centers
* Bridge
* Insert edge loop
* Subdivide (custom number of subdivisions)
* Bevel (custom distance)
* Extrude (custom distance, options: as group, manifold)
* Fill a hole (option: entire hole)

 

Other features include such Poly Operations as slice plane, triangulate, swap edge, remove cross edges, unify normals, flip normals, detach, subdivide, bevel (custom distance), extrude, and delete. Object Operations include merge, mirror (custom axes: x / y / z, options: duplicate, mode: copy/instance), smooth, duplicate (mode: copy / instance), and delete.

 

Objects can quickly be added to a scene form a variety of types, including box, cylinder (custom axis divisions, radius, height and height cuts), sphere, plane, cone, image reference, point light, directional light, empty container, and FBX model (from an iTunes file sharing folder).

 

It’s easy to control the color, smoothness and metallic setting of object materials, as well as an object’s properties, include its name, its symmetry mode and its lighting, by controlling the intensity, range, flare, and shadows of the object.

 

Scene settings allow control of the background mode (solid or gradient), the background lighting, and ambient light. Camera settings offer the ability to control bloom (custom intensity and threshold), vignette (custom intensity and smoothness), and depth of field (custom focus distance and aperture).

 

Exporting is a breeze, with the ability to export a scene to: PNG (custom width and height), FBX, and Sketchfab (with login). The app also integrates with Sketchfab upload, keyboard shortcuts, and Swiftpoint mouse. Users can also record their creation process via the app’s handy record and pause features, and microphone recording controls.

 

Pricing and Availability:
Polydust 1.0 is a free download and is available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Utilities category. Convenient in-app subscriptions are available to unlock all of the app’s features. Polydust subscription payments can be made on a monthly ($9.99 per month for full access), or on an annual basis ($79 per year for full access). A 14-day free trial is available.

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Cell4pets is Buying iPhones – Sell Now and Earn an $10.00 Extra

Cell4pets is buying iPhones. Sell an iPhone today and earn $10.00 more! Go to Cell4pets and enter the details about your phone. At checkout, enter Coupon Code PRMAC for an additional $10.00. Cell4pets offers some of the highest payouts in the industry.

 

Extending the life cycle of electronic devices keeps them out of our landfills. It’s estimated there are millions if not a billion unused cell phones in the US. It is our mission to reduce the amount of unused phones that end up in our landfills. By refurbishing, reselling, or recycling, we’ll help save our planet as well as give back to our most loyal companions.

 

Factors impacting the price you’ll receive for your device.
* Model: It’s simple, iPhones, iPads, and Galaxy phones bring the highest offers. The newer the model the higher the offer.
* Condition: Please read our descriptions carefully. Good and Flawless devices receive significantly more than Fair, Cracked or Broken.
* Manufacturer: Apple and Samsung have an edge over the other smartphone manufacturers due to higher global demand.

 

You can expect to earn significantly more for your iPhone or Samsung when you sell your device to Cell4pets. Cell4pets has made it really simple for you to sell your smartphone online. The process is quick and easy, just three simple steps! Cell4pets offers an instant price quote for your used Apple iPhones, iPads or Samsung Galaxy smartphones making the entire process seamless. Even if your device is not listed on the portal, you can request a quote from their team of technicians.

 

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