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Turn your Mac into a Spotify Alarm Clock With Wakefy

Independent developer, Javier Ramirez today is proud to announce the release of Wakefy 0.2.0 for macOS. Wakefy is a simple, beautiful free app that turns your Mac into a Spotify alarm clock. It forces you to actually get up and walk to turn off the alarm, and allows you to wake up to your favorite Spotify tunes. It works even if your Mac is not awake.


“I have a sleep disorder called DSPS that makes me a really heavy sleeper in the morning,” explained Javi Ramirez, indie developer. “And you know, sleeping next to my phone, as we all do, did not help at all. I subconsciously mastered the ability to turn off that awful alarm without even opening an eye. I became desperate to wake up on time most days. That’s why I decided to put an end to my problem and created Wakefy. I just want people to solve their waking up problems or just enjoy better mornings.”


Some other benefits of using Wakefy are:
* Useful for those nights when you fall asleep watching Netflix and forget to set the alarm on your phone
* It’s a tiny, unobtrusive tool that lives in your menu bar and only pops up when you need it – Set it once, forget about it
* Nice for travelling: it can save you from situations where you ran out of battery on your phone or even left it at home


The fact that you can set a Spotify playlist as the alarm sound implies you can wake up each day with a different song, preventing you from getting used (and ignoring) a single alarm ringtone. It prevents you from hating a single alarm sound, too!


Pricing and Availability:
Wakefy 0.2.0 is freely available, and can be downloaded directly from its official website. macOS 10.12 or later required. For more information about Wakefy, please contact Javier Ramirez.

The Wine Reviews March Madness Mac Software Sale is On

The Wine Reviews Spring Mac software promotion was released today, offering two software bundles and applications from three software developers. Save up to 92% off on 65 essential macOS applications and games.



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Graphic Node’s Runs Flash Sale on Creativity Apps

Graphic Node, developers behind some of the App Store’s popular creativity assistant apps have launched a flash sale on 42 of their applications. All products are available for a limited time for just $1.99 for everyone!


These applications offer creative items for many of the popular productivity and image-editing suites, so it is a great time to jump in as a new user, or for existing users to expand their collections!


The complete list of apps discounted to $1.99 for the flash sale:
* Bundle for Pages by GN
* Bundle for Wedding
* Business Bundle for Word by GN
* DesiGN Brochures Templates
* DesiGN Certificates Templates
* Design Elements – GN Templates
* DesiGN Flyers Templates
* Design for Keynote
* Design for Numbers
* DesiGN Greeting Cards Templates
* DesiGN Invitation Templates
* DesiGN Invoices Templates
* DesiGN Labels Templates
* DesiGN Letters Templates
* DesiGN Menus Templates
* DesiGN Newsletters Templates
* DesiGN Posters Templates
* GN Business Books for iBooks Author
* GN Business Cards Templates
* GN Catalogs for Pages – Templates Bundle
* GN Fax for Pages -Templates Bundle
* GN Food Books for iBooks Author – Templates Bundle
* GN Infographics for Adobe Illustrator
* GN Infographics for Adobe Photoshop
* GN Letters Templates for Pages
* GN Memos for Pages – Templates Bundle
* GN Templates Bundle for iWork
* Graphics
* iArt for MS Excel
* iArt for MS Word
* iArt for Numbers
* iArt Layout Design
* iArt Theme Design
* Inspiration Templates
* Print Templates for Word by GN
* Resume Templates
* Stock Icons – Cliparts by GN
* Templates for MS Excel by GN
* Templates for MS Powerpoint by GN
* Templates for MS Word by GN
* Templates for Photoshop by GN
* Templates for Pixelmator by GN
* Vector Icons – Cliparts by GN


“Users love our creativity products and we are proud to be able to offer one of the most extensive creative items collections on the market. We are launching a one-day flash sale so new users could get their hands on productivity templates and graphics, and discover the amazing opportunities they open up for creativity at home or work” – said Zivile Unguvaityte, CEO of Graphic Node. “Our products are designed to be flexible and adaptable, so users of any skill-level can work with them and achieve amazing results in no time! With 42 diverse products on sale for just $1.99, we’re sure that everyone can find something useful for personal and business needs!”

All Graphic Node applications can be found on the Mac App Store.

Output Factory Server 2.0.13 for InDesign Simplifies Workflow Management

Zevrix Solutions today announces the release of Output Factory Server 2.0.13, a maintenance update to company’s output automation tool for Adobe InDesign. Output Factory Server automates InDesign production workflow by processing files from watched hot folders. The software offloads printing and exporting from InDesign to a central system leaving operator workstations free from the output process.


The new version lets users edit workflow settings during processing without having to restart hot folder watching for the changes to take effect. For example, operators can change their preflight options or enable layer versioning on the fly – and the new settings will be applied automatically to the next InDesign file in the respective hot folder.


“Output Factory Server is an extremely useful utility for a busy production facility or advertising agency”, writes David Creamer in Layers magazine. “The setup process is simple and users experience is very straightforward. It can save lots of time – which equates to money.”


After Output Factory Server is installed on its dedicated machine, production artists, prepress operators and designers simply copy InDesign jobs to hot folders that reside on a network. Users can create hot folders for different output targets such as hi-res PDF, large format printing, Flash files and so on.


Output Factory Server offers the following key features:

* Print and export InDesign files automatically from hot folders
* Supports print, PDF, PostScript, TIFF, EPUB and other formats
* Output to multiple formats at once from a single hot folder
* Export as single pages
* Automatic email notifications
* Layer versioning
* Run custom scripts
* Variable output file names
* Automatic preflighting


Pricing and Availability:
Output Factory Server can be purchased from Zevrix web site for $699.95 (USD), as well as from authorized resellers. Trial is also available for download. The upgrade to version 2 is $350 for the licensed users of Output Factory Server 1.x and BatchOutput Server. Output Factory Server requires macOS 10.7-10.13 and Adobe InDesign CS5-CC 2018.

LinkOptimizer for InDesign Is Now Available on the New Adobe Exchange

Zevrix Solutions today announces that LinkOptimizer for Adobe InDesign is now available on the new and improved Adobe Exchange. Awarded 4 out of 5 stars by Computer Arts magazine, LinkOptimizer automates complex image manipulation tasks and helps users reduce the size of InDesign links, save prepress costs, and easily repurpose InDesign documents for web and mobile devices.


LinkOptimizer for InDesign Is Now Available on the New Adobe Exchange


Adobe Exchange provides a new way to search, discover, and install plug-ins, extensions, and other content for Creative Cloud products.. As a unified destination that brings third-party integrations with Creative Cloud, Document Cloud & Experience Cloud under a single umbrella, Adobe Exchange will make it easier for customers to discover and install integrations that expand and enhance what they can achieve on Adobe’s Clouds.


“We are delighted to have products like LinkOptimizer from Zevrix Solutions available on Adobe Exchange”, says Jonathan Ferman, Adobe Exchange Product Manager. “This provides users with an easy way to install products and see updates as and when they become available.”


LinkOptimizer works automatically with Photoshop to eliminate the excess image data of InDesign links, perform essential image adjustments and convert image formats. For example, with just a click of a button users can:

* Optimize dozens of InDesign files
* Scale and crop images to match their dimensions in InDesign
* Change their resolution to 300 dpi
* Convert RGB images to CMYK
* Resave JPEGs as TIFF
* Run a Photoshop action on each image


As a result users can save gigabytes of disk space and countless hours of optimizing images manually, accelerate document output, reduce job turnaround and cut costs through faster processing.


Pricing and Availability:
LinkOptimizer can be purchased from Adobe Exchange for $259.95 USD (Lite version: $179.95) as well as from Zevrix website and authorized resellers. Trial is also available for download. LinkOptimizer requires macOS 10.7-10.13 and Adobe InDesign / Photoshop CS5-CC 2018.

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Recover Lost iPhone/Android Messages Even Without A Backup With PhoneRescue 3.6.0

iMobie Inc., a leading software company, today introduces data recovery software PhoneRescue 3.6.0 to all the iPhone and Android users that are suffering or worrying about data loss. This powerful software, working on both Mac and Windows systems, can retrieve lost messages and many other important data directly to iPhone and Android phone, even without a backup. With the world’s top success rate, PhoneRescue has successfully saved over 5,700,000 iOS and Android users from data disasters. Under its help, the retrieval of lost data is just a piece of cake.


“Messages are precious memories and losing them unexpectedly can be frustrating,” said Frank Kong, the founder and CEO of iMobie Inc. “That is why we developed PhoneRescue and continually optimize its functions. Now, instead of suffering the pain of deleting precious messages, users can retrieve them back with just a few clicks.”


What you are guaranteed with PhoneRescue:

Recover your messages with or without a backup:
We all know that backing up data regularly is important, but some accidents happen too fast before we can save our data. Fortunately, PhoneRescue is able to find the deleted messages and get them back even without a backup. Armed with the best technologies, PhoneRescue enjoys an extremely high success rate. It is like a “regret medicine” that can fix your mistakes.


Preview and select messages to recover:
PhoneRescue allows users to preview the deleted data and select those that really matter to recover. You don’t have to wait a long time to recover all the deleted messages and then re-delete those useless ones after restore. This is not only timesaving, but can also save a lot of phone storage.


Retrieve messages to iPhone and Android phone directly:
Apart from saving the retrieved messages to computer, PhoneRescue also enables you to restore messages to your iPhone or Android phone directly, without overwriting any original data on the phone. In this way, you will be able to view and reuse all the recovered messages instantly.


Retrieve not just messages, but all the important data:
PhoneRescue is able to recover not just messages, but also many other important iOS and Android data, such as contacts, photos, videos, call logs, calendars and so on. After years of development, it can now retrieve up to 31 types of data; a number that surpasses its competitors. Generally speaking, PhoneRescue can recover almost all the data that you cherish.


Pricing and Availability:
PhoneRescue is available for Mac and Windows: Single License $49.99 and Family License $69.99 (USD). Users can purchase license from iMobie online store. For more information, please contact Judy Luo.

DRM Audio Converter: One-Stop Converter for Apple Music, Audible and More

To help people enjoy streaming music more easily, DRmare Software, the top leader in DRM removal field, officially introduced its all-in-one DRM Audio Converter today with strong ability to strip off DRM from all types of popular online audios, including protected Apple Music songs, iTunes music, audiobooks, Audible files, and many more with a few clicks only on Mac OSX.


DRM Audio Converter: One-Stop Converter for Apple Music, Audible and More


As an one-stop DRM audio solution, DRmare Audio Converter works not only with DRM-protected audio files, but also with common audios, such as MP3, WAV, OGG, WMA, AAC, FLAC, etc. While removing DRM from protected Apple Music, iTunes M4P songs, Audible AA, AAX audibooks, it will convert both DRM-ed and non-DRM audio files to MP3, AAC, WAV, FLAC, M4A and M4B with original quality and ID3 tags preserved, including track title, artist, album, year, publisher, etc. In result, you can freely control and play any DRM-locked music on any device or player, including Apple iPod, iPad, Android phones, PSP, Zune, iRiver, and much more.


To make it even more powerful, DRmare Audio Converter was designed with built-in editor that allows you to edit the output audio files as flexible as you want. Specifically speaking, you can customize the audio parameters like codec, bit rate, file size, sample rate, audio channel, etc. to make the converted audios more personalized. You can also edit the ID3 tags if it lacks the info in original files. In addition, thanks to the built-in splitter, you can easily cut large audio, such as audiobooks to small segments by time or chapters.


Another outstanding feature of this advanced DRM audio converter is its capability to keep 100% lossless quality for Audible AA and AAX audio books. In other words, it provides an option for you to convert Audible audiobooks to lossless audio with chapters, author, book cover, etc. all retained as the same as original books.


Like other DRmare software, the newly released DRM Audio Converter comes with clear user interface that anyone can handle it well without hassle. By adopting a top-leading DRM decrypting method, this smart audio tool is able to proceed at up to 30X faster speed.


Pricing and Availability:
DRmare Audio Converter 1.0 is available for latest macOS 10.13 as well as Windows 10 OS. To convert any DRM-ed music from iTunes or Apple Music Store, users are required to install the latest iTunes on computer with authorization. It’s provided with two different license types, including $39.95 for 1 PC and lifetime upgrade and $54.95 (USD) for 5 PCs with lifetime upgrade.

HoudahGeo 5.2: Photo Geocoding Solution Adds Lightroom Classic Support

Houdah Software announces HoudahGeo 5.2, a major upgrade to the photo geotagging tool for Mac. HoudahGeo tags photos with GPS coordinates and location names. Geotags allow photo cataloging tools to organize and find photos by location.


Location information adds to the “story” of a photo. A photo pinned to a map has context. A series of tagged photos documents the path taken.


That’s why we took a GPS track logger on our trek to the top of Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest peak in Africa. Later on, this allowed us to geotag our photos using HoudahGeo.


Browsing the photos we took during this once-in-a-lifetime vacation, we can retrace our steps through the rainforest, into the heather zone, the mountain desert and finally to the summit. Seeing the photos and track log on a map helps recalling details, understanding the route we took and makes telling our story so much more visual and interactive.


For details on the equipment we used on the Kilimanjaro trek, check out the Houdah Software blog. There you will also find examples of what our photos look like in Google Earth and Google Photos.


HoudahGeo makes it easy to geotag digital photos with GPS location information. It writes future-proof EXIF, XMP, and IPTC tags to JPEG and RAW image files. HoudahGeo also supports XMP sidecar files.


HoudahGeo can load photos from Apple Photos, iPhoto, Aperture, and Adobe Lightroom catalogs. HoudahGeo can then tag original image files and add location information to photos in Apple Photos, iPhoto, and Aperture libraries. This gives the users of Apple’s photo cataloging tools access to the many photo geocoding options HoudahGeo has to offer:

* Automatic geocoding using GPS track logs
* Geocoding using reference photos taken using iPhone, a smartphone, or a GPS-enabled camera
* Geocoding without a GPS. Use the built-in map to double-check, adjust, or assign locations to your photos


How is geotagging different from assigning locations in Apple Photos?
Geotagging writes location information to metadata tags within the original image files. This creates a permanent bond between a photo and the location where it was taken. HoudahGeo writes the same industry-standard EXIF and XMP as used by GPS-enabled cameras. Such geotags can be used by Apple Photos as well as other photo cataloging or publishing tools.


Location information added in Apple Photos exists only within the library database. The original images remain unaltered. Only exported versions of the photo can be set to include geotags.


HoudahGeo feature highlights:
* Supports many methods of geocoding: GPS track logs, built-in maps, Google Earth, etc.
* Writes GPS data, location names, title, description and keywords to EXIF, XMP and IPTC tags
* Works with JPEG as well as a large number of RAW file formats. It also supports XMP sidecar files
* Notifies Apple Photos, iPhoto, and Aperture of changes made to photo location information
* Exports photos and track logs for viewing in Google Earth


New in HoudahGeo 5.2:
* Support for Lightroom Classic CC. Import photos and metadata from Lightroom catalogs
* HoudahGeo now offers autocompletion when editing location, city, province/state, country names
* HoudahGeo now reads and writes the EXIF v2.31 OffsetTimeOriginal tag. This specifies the camera clock time zone
* HoudahGeo now updates the XMP MetadataDate tag when writing EXIF/XMP tags
* Greatly improved performance of bulk changes. E.g. setting the location name on all selected images


Notable additions in previous releases:
* Apple Photos: HoudahGeo can now add locations to photos in the Apple Photos library. Requires Photos 2.0 on macOS Sierra
* Places: Quickly assign photos to favorite places and apply coordinates and location names
* Drag-and-drop geocoding: Drag images to the built-in map and drop them at the location where they were taken
* Reverse geocoding: Look up location names in English, German, Spanish and French
* Camera import: Download photos from your camera. Geotag photos before importing them into your photo library
* Lightroom integration: HoudahGeo reads location metadata directly from the Lightroom catalog
* Keywords editor: The new keywords editor makes it easy to assign keywords in bulk
* Map search: No GPS? No problem! Search for landmarks, cities, as well as your favorite places
* Publish KML to Dropbox: Upload photos and track logs to Dropbox. View in Google Earth and Google My Maps


Pricing and Availability:
HoudahGeo 5.2 is priced at $39 USD (+ tax) for a single-user license. A full-featured demo version is available. Licenses are available from the Houdah Software in-app and web stores.