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Pixelmator Pro 1.6 Magenta Major Update

The Pixelmator Team releases Pixelmator Pro 1.6, codenamed Magenta, an update to the award-winning Mac image editor designed to make powerful professional tools accessible to everyday users. It adds an all-new, beautiful, and easy-to-use color picker, includes the ability to quickly choose colors using hex color codes, makes it possible to select multiple objects by simply dragging over them, improves performance and a whole lot more.

 

 

“Combining powerful image editing tools with unmatched ease of use is at the core of everything we do,” said Monika Perlikovskiene, the lead designer of Pixelmator Pro. “And this update to Pixelmator Pro stays true to that goal with the beautiful new color picker, which makes it easier than ever to choose and manage colors.”

 

The color picker in this app has everything you need for choosing colors, whether you’re working on a photo, illustration, digital painting, or graphic design. With the most important tools and features – hue, saturation, and lightness controls, hex and RGB color codes, and color swatches – all in one place, the new color picker is incredibly easy to use, no matter if you’re just starting out with image editing or you’re a seasoned pro.

 

This update adds a number of new features to make image editing more convenient and fun. It is now possible to quickly select multiple objects by dragging over them on the canvas, making it much easier to move and place layers in all kinds of designs and illustrations. And thanks to the Replace Fonts feature, any time you open an image that contains fonts that are not available on your Mac, you’ll be able to identify and replace those fonts in a snap.

 

Along with these changes, Pixelmator Pro 1.6 Magenta brings some significant performance improvements, adds the ability to more easily see RGB color codes, includes a way to view recently used fonts, and features many other improvements and fixes.

 

Pixelmator Pro 1.6 Magenta is available today from the Mac App Store. It is free for existing users and $39.99 (USD) for new customers. Pixelmator Pro requires macOS High Sierra or later and a Metal-compatible graphics card. Full system requirements and more information on Pixelmator Pro can be found online.

Output Automation Tools for Microsoft Office on Spring Sale

Zevrix Solutions announces a spring sale on all products.  This sale includes output automation tools for Microsoft Office. This sale offers a 50% discount until April 3. Zevrix BatchOutput Office Suite is a collection of output automation apps for Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint for macOS. The only automation tool for Microsoft users on the Mac market, the software streamlines printing and exporting of Office documents to PDF through batch processing with time saving output options.

 

 

BatchOutput Office offers powerful professional PDF production tools for demanding enterprise and office publishing environments that can be applied to direct output from Word, Excel and PowerPoint.

 

“BatchOutput makes the process of saving collections of Word docs to PDF so much faster and easier,” says Giorgio La Scala from Cologny, Switzerland. “Developers also provide top notch support that is fast and efficient… Very impressed by the level of dedication to customer satisfaction.”

 

BatchOutput Features:

  • Print and export multiple Office documents to PDF with a single click
  • Split Microsoft 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, brightness and other properties

 

BatchOutput Office is a part of the Zevrix family of software products, which also include advanced automation solutions Adobe InDesign, Illustrator, PDF workflows and file delivery.

 

BatchOutput Office Suite can be purchased at half price for US$30 from Zevrix website until April 3. The suite’s applications – BatchOutput DOC, BatchOutput XLS and BatchOutput PPT – can be also purchased separately for $10 (USD) each. Trial is also available for download. The sale also applies all other products and upgrades. BatchOutput Office requires macOS 10.8 – 10.15 and Microsoft Office 2008-2019. InDesign and Illustrator solutions require Adobe Creative Cloud CS6 – 2020.

Sixbytes Offers a Way to Improve Productivity with New App

Sixbytes announces the launch of HibiDo, a new To-do list & Notes app that helps synchronize across all devices. Developed to help improve your productivity, HibiDo offers a new way to schedule your personal and work activities in the most efficient manner. Apart from scheduling personal activities and projects, one can also collaborate with their team to get tasks completed.

 

 

Felix Yew, the developer of the app emphasized that he came up with the idea for the app after observing a number of problems her sister was going through while scheduling her tasks. “I always believed that technology can play a strong role in helping everyone improve themselves, every day. I remember observing my sister struggling to schedule her tasks. She would use different platforms to schedule her project list, reminders, personal activities and many others. It was so confusing. I thought, there must be a better way of bringing all these together into one. That is what HibiDo does. Whether you want to schedule an agenda, make memos, create a to-do lists, share shopping lists, collaborate in a team, or even taking note and journal, HibiDo is always here to help you get stuff done and keep life on track”

 

Main features:

  • Enabling you to set task and note taking with a single app instead of using two separate apps to manage both of your task and note
  • Improved collaboration by sharing workload – collaborate on projects by assigning task to others – From family weekend plan to teamwork, share lists and assign task on the go
  • Auto Sync – Syncs seamlessly between multiple devices; All tasks and notes are stored on cloud and accessible across multiple platforms
  • Simple and elegant design – To ensure that there is improved visibility while you schedule your projects
  • Reminder – Get reminded anytime, anywhere; It helps you to remember deadlines with reminders and due dates when creating a new task

 

There is no doubt that the company has gone a long way in resolving a number of productivity challenges that we face. Recent research has indicated that as human beings we spend 45% of our waking hours thinking about multiple tasks at once, hence hindering our productivity. HibiDo resolves all these issues by helping you to track a single activity at a time. HibiDo allows you to have a better clarification of the tasks that you want to carry out beginning from the high priority, medium level priority and the no priority levels.

 

HibiDo 1.0.9 is Free (With In-App Purchases) and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Productivity category. To learn more visit the company’s website.

Cell4pets Offers Biggest Bonus Yet

Due to the CoronaVirus, there will be no disruption of Cell4pets services. They have made all the required adjustments and are following local and state guidance. Cell4pets offers top dollar for iPhones and iPads. Sell an iOS devise today and earn an additional $15.00! Go to Cell4pets and enter the details about an iPhone or iPad. At checkout, enter Coupon Code “StaySafe” for an additional $15.00. Cell4pets offers some of the highest payouts in the industry, typically 30% more than the carriers.

 

Extending the life cycle of electronic devices keeps them out of landfills. It’s estimated there are millions unused cell phones in the US. It is Cell4pets mission to reduce the amount of unused electronic devices that end up in landfills. Cell4pets is helping to save the planet and giving back to no-kill animal shelters.

 

 

Factors for price received for a 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 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 earn significantly more for iPhones or Samsung phones when selling to Cell4pets. Cell4pets has made it really simple to sell iOS devices online. The process is quick and easy, just three simple steps! Cell4pets offers an instant price quote for used Apple iPhones, iPads or Samsung Galaxy smartphones making the entire process seamless. They provide a Priority USPS label and offer different payout options. Even if a device is not listed on the portal, a request can be sent to their team of technicians.

Adobe InDesign Plug-Ins and PDF Tools on Sale

Zevrix Solutions announces a spring sale until April 3. Zevrix offers 50% discount on everything in its online store, which  include product upgrades. It offers several popular plug-ins for Adobe InDesign and Illustrator, which help professionals automate document output, automate repetitive tasks, save disk space, and cut production costs.

 

 

“Zevrix software its the best kept secret out there for the Graphic Design industry,” says Darren Rath of eponymous design studio in Melbourne, Australia. “It rocks and continues to impress and improve at a scary rate… Thanks to Zevrix products, every piece of artwork that flies out of here requires no intervention by the prepress departments.”

 

Included in sale:

  • LinkOptimizer for InDesign, a plug-in that reduces link size by eliminating excess image data, performs essential picture adjustments, and converts file formats. LinkOptimizer lets users save gigabytes of disk space, cut down on processing time, and reduce production costs.
  • Output Factory for InDesign, a document printing and exporting automation solution that offers batch output, layer versioning, export as single pages, preflighting, variable file names, and more. A server version that processes files from watched hot folders is also available.
  • Package Central for InDesign, a server-grade tool that automates packaging of InDesign documents from hot folders. The app automatically collects InDesign documents along with their links and fonts with the ability to include PDF and IDML files, send email notifications, assign variable folder names and more.
  • Zevrix tools for PDF workflows let users batch print PDF files and automate preflighting, color conversion and format exchange. The company also offers batch output solutions for Microsoft Office, file delivery automation tools, and quality control software for images and vector graphic files.

 

Zevrix software can be purchased at 50% off until April 3, 2020 from Zevrix website. For details, please visit the website. Product trials are also available for download. All Zevrix products require macOS 10.8-10.15; InDesign and Illustrator solutions require Adobe Creative Cloud CS5-2020 software.

 

Extreme Bowling Challenge for Multiple Platforms

Magnin & Associates introduces Extreme Bowling Challenge 1.0, their new game for iOS, Android, Apple TV, Windows PC, and Xbox. It’s like having your own bowling alley in your pocket.  Have a lane to yourself or bowl against up to 3 AI players.  Gamer can challenge up to 3 friends online.

 

There are five unique types of gameplay:

  • Normal 10-frame bowling game with automatic scoring
  • Curve ball – pins are positioned on a curve stretching the length of the lane
  • Interception – avoid a sliding triangular block which knocks you off course
  • Ramp – your ball goes airborne off a ramp, landing just before the pins
  • Turbulence – giant blowers from either side push your ball off course

 

Extreme Bowling Challenge is multiplayer and multi-platform, supporting most popular smartphones, tablets, and computers. User can share player accomplishments with Facebook, Twitter, email, or instant messaging. Universal App – supports iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad, including standard, Retina, and iPhone X displays.

 

The game was produced by Ed Magnin, programmed by Willie Johnson, Jr, playtested by game dev student interns from Richland College – Daniel Batts and Lorenzo Torres, along with Dallas ISD, Conrad H-TECH students – David Hayes, Amber Roberson, and Collin Porter. Matt Campana created the sound effects.

 

According to Ed Magnin, “It is like having a bowling alley in your pocket, with traditional as well as extreme gameplay modes, both single player or multiplayer with up to 3 online friends.”

 

Extreme Bowling Challenge 1.0 is $2.99 USD (or an equivalent amount in other currencies) and available worldwide through the App Store in the Games category for iPhone, iPad, and Apple TV. An Android version is available worldwide from both Google Play and the Amazon AppStore. A Windows 10 PC and Xbox version is available from the Windows Store. For more information, please contact Ed Magnin.

LinkOptimizer Update Adds New Duplicate Image Name Options

Zevrix Solutions releases LinkOptimizer 5.4.15, an update to image processing automation tool for Adobe InDesign. LinkOptimizer automates complex image manipulation tasks and allows users to reduce the size of InDesign links, save processing time, and decrease production costs.

 

 

Version 5.4.15 adds advanced options for the naming of duplicate InDesign links during processing. Users can now assign unique names to duplicates by using a random number or by appending a serial number to the variable file name. With this update, it also improves memory management and addresses a bug in InDesign that caused an error when updating links during analyzing on macOS Catalina.

 

“LinkOptimizer has changed my life and saved me days and days of work as a retoucher for an international quarterly magazine,” says Steve Krason of Chicago based SK Design Group. “It’s a lifesaver”.

 

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

For example:

  • Scale and crop images to match their dimensions in InDesign
  • Change their resolution to 300 ppi
  • Convert all RGB images to CMYK
  • Resave all JPEG images as TIFF
  • Run a Photoshop Action on each image

 

At the end of processing, LinkOptimizer will reimport images to InDesign at 100% in their precise position. The resulting savings of disk space, time and resources can be dramatic:

  • Save gigabytes of disk space
  • Accelerate document output
  • Save endless hours – and even days – of manually optimizing image size, resolution and formats
  • Reduce job turnaround drastically and cut costs through faster processing

 

LinkOptimizer can be purchased from Zevrix website for $259.95 USD (Light version: $179.95) as well as from Adobe Exchange and authorized resellers. Trial is also available for download. The update is free for LinkOptimizer 5.x users and $130 to upgrade from previous versions. LinkOptimizer requires macOS 10.8-10.15 and Adobe InDesign / Photoshop CS5-2020.

WaterField Introduces Hitch Crossbody Laptop Brief for MacBook and iPad

WaterField Designs announces the new Hitch Crossbody Laptop Brief in two sizes: the “Compact” to fit Apple’s newly-announced 13-inch MacBook Air, the anticipated 14-inch MacBook Pro, or the 13-inch Surface Pro, and the “Full” to fit the 16-inch Apple MacBook Pro or the 15-inch Surface Pro.

 

This bag’s clean lines keep the look compact even as subtle expanders add depth and capacity to the bag’s front pockets. Each bag includes two padded interior compartments: one for a laptop and another for Apple’s new 12.9-inch iPad Pro with Magic Keyboard.

 

“The Hitch is so comfortable even when it’s packed, and it keeps all my gear easy to access,” said company owner Gary Waterfield. “The vertical design keeps the weight distributed. It holds a lot but stays really sleek looking”it’s sharp enough to serve as an office briefcase. The adjustable shoulder strap can be worn crossbody or off one shoulder.”

 

Every detail is carefully devised for ease of use and esthetic appeal. A spacious main compartment, accessed from either side, features a padded laptop and padded tablet sleeve. Two sizes suit laptops as large as the upcoming 14-inch and the 16-inch MacBook Pro and tablets up to 12.9 inches. Gold rip-stop lining lights up the interior making it easy to find everything else needed for a day’s work, even at the bottom of the bag. Interior open-topped pockets, pen slots, and a quick-retrieval key tether are all raised off the bottom for convenient access and balanced weight distribution.

 

The zippered front pocket is larger than it appears thanks to subtle, cleverly-designed expanders, so it can hold bulky items like a power brick or mouse without bulging. Inside the front pocket, more organizational pockets keep quick-access items easy to locate. Flexible carry options include a removable suspension shoulder strap, two briefcase-style handles, and a convenient wheeled suitcase passthrough. A full-grain leather base and front panel reinforce the bag and add a bit of luxury to this handsome laptop bag.

 

Users choose from a durable black ballistic nylon or rugged tan waxed canvas base. They can then opt for accents in one of two premium, full-grain leather colors. The Hitch Crossbody Brief joins an extensive line of WaterField tech-friendly messenger bags, briefcases, backpacks, and duffel bags designed for commuting, for supporting professionals at the office, and for improving the travel experience.

 

Dimensions and Weight:

  • Compact; 10.375 x 13.25 x 3.75 inches; Canvas”1.8 lbs. Ballistic 1.5 lbs. (Fits new 13-inch MacBook Air, anticipated 14-inch MacBook Pro & Surface Pro 13-inch.)
  • Long; 11.75 x 15 x 3.75 inches; Canvas; 2.2 lbs. Ballistic; 1.8 lbs. (Fits MacBook Pro 16-inch and Surface Pro 15-inch.)

 

The Hitch Crossbody Brief is priced: (Compact $249). and Full $259 (USD). Pre-order now. First production run ships as soon as we are back in our San Fransico sewing studio.