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LinkOptimizer for InDesign Update Supports Preserve Details 2

Zevrix Solutions releases LinkOptimizer 5.4.4, an update to the workflow automation solution for Adobe InDesign. LinkOptimizer automates complex image manipulation tasks and allows to significantly reduce the size of InDesign links, save processing time and reduce production costs.

 

 

This version adds support to the Preserve Details 2.0 resampling method, a brand new upscaling algorithm introduced in Photoshop CC 2018. The new option is the most advanced upscaling technology in Photoshop, which utilizes artificial intelligence to interpolate much more effectively. With this algorithm, image size can increase dramatically with surprisingly little loss of quality. LinkOptimizer users can now select the Preserve Details 2.0 directly in the app.

 

“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 with Photoshop to perform essential image adjustments, convert image formats, and eliminate the excess image data of InDesign links, . For example, users can:

  • Process batches of InDesign files
  • Scale and crop images to match their dimensions in InDesign
  • Change their resolution to 300 dpi
  • Resave PNG files as PSD
  • Convert RGB images to a CMYK profile
  • Merge layers or delete hidden ones

 

At the end, LinkOptimizer reimports images to InDesign at 100% in their precise position. As a result, users can save gigabytes of disk space, accelerate document output, reduce job turnaround and cut costs through faster processing.

 

LinkOptimizer can be purchased from Zevrix website for $259.95  Trial is also available for download.

Digital Game Systems Corp introduces SlotEngine RGS platform

Digital Game Systems Corporation announces the release of SlotEngine, the latest in innovation in remote gaming server platform technology. SlotEngine RGS is a remote gaming server solution, used for the development and operation of internet casino games. It consists of a client-agnostic game API using lightning-fast, flexible framework for server-side game apps, an administrative API for custom platform integration; and an operator portal for back-office administration.

 

 

SlotEngine is ideal for game studios who wish to bring their casino gaming content online now, without a lengthy learning curve, under a modern, open-platform architecture that is adaptable for growth driven by the studio’s own game innovation.

 

SlotEngine can be deployed for social casino gaming anywhere in the world. For regulated casino gaming, separate approval and certification by the gaming jurisdictions’ authorized testing labs will be required. SlotEngine is gaming regulator-ready; it has been certified under the international GLI-19 standard. SlotEngine RNG (random number generator) is certified for UK and other European gaming jurisdictions.

 

SlotEngine innovative micro-services architecture was designed for adaptability and performance. Its infrastructure implementation can scale vertically and horizontally, to accommodate operations of any size. The deployment design is architected for multi-tenanted operations and is cloud-ready. For example, the RGS has been deployed with Amazon’s AWS cloud services, configured for HA (high availability) operations. However, the solution may also be deployed on private servers, with a minimum computing footprint requirement as small as a MacBook Air.

Shadowgun War Games Reaches One Million Players

MADFINGER Games announces that the pre-registration campaign for their upcoming title Shadowgun War Games, has hit one million players. That figure puts the company in a strong position for a positive launch when the game is released worldwide in early 2020.

 

 

Shadowgun War Games has been hotly anticipated since a prototype version thrilled audiences at Gamescom last year, and the studio is currently making the final preparations before the game launches. Players can still pre-register for Shadowgun War Games right now.

 

“One million is a magic number for us. The response we’ve had to pre-registration has been sensational since it launched in mid-November,” said Marek Rabas, CEO of MADFINGER Games. “It makes all the hard work worth it, and the players are going to lose their minds when they get to play the full version!”

 

Made with Unity, Shadowgun War Games is a free-to-play tactical FPS with incredible graphics and intense 5v5 battles. Players choose from a gallery of heroes, each with unique personalities and skills to match their play style. With an emphasis on quick pick-up-and-play action, War Games offers truly console-quality team-based action for everyone with access to a mobile device.

Typinator Update Meets Apple’s Tightened Security

Ergonis Software updates Typinator, an improved version of their highly acclaimed text expander. Starting with February 2020, Apple once again strengthens the requirements for third-party apps, with an intention to ensure the security of end users. Notarized apps are scanned automatically by Apple for security issues and malicious code. Typinator 8.3 complies with all the increased security requirements and will continue to be a first-class citizen on macOS Catalina.

 

 

Version 8.3 also brings a number of improvements and fixes that make Typinator 8 more comfortable to use. It supports the Shuangpin input methods for Chinese and works around a problem with Catalina’s automatic dark mode, where Typinator’s menu icon was not correctly updated after an automatic light/dark change. Verson 8.3 also remembers and restores the width of the abbreviation column, fixes a problem where pictures were cut off or blank in the Quick Search results, and more. Visit Ergonis Software’s website to learn more about the changes in this release and to download and try the new version.

 

Typinator is a powerful, yet elegantly simple solution that boosts your productivity by automating the process of inserting frequently used text and auto-correcting typing errors. Across all applications, it detects specific sequences of typed characters and automatically replaces them with text snippets, graphics, URLs, dates and special characters.

 

Typinator can be purchased securely on the Ergonis Software website. The upgrade to Typinator 8.3 is free for anyone who purchased a license for Typinator on or after January 1st, 2019. Upgrade paths are available for owners of older licenses. For information about purchases, including enterprise licenses, volume discounts, and upgrade pricing offers, see the company’s web site.

Zevrix Holiday Sale Extended on InDesign and PDF Tools

Zevrix Solutions announces that it has extended its holiday sale until January 8. The company offers 50% discount on all products and upgrades. Zevrix makes several prepress automation plug-ins for Adobe InDesign and Illustrator, as well as solutions for graphic files checkup, PDF workflows and automated file delivery.

 

 

LinkOptimizer lets users reduce linked graphics size by eliminating excess image data, perform image adjustments and convert file formats. The software automatically scales and crops the images in Photoshop to match their dimensions in InDesign, changes resolution to the specified target, and reimports images to InDesign at 100%.

 

Output Factory is another InDesign plug-in which lets users eliminate repetitive tasks through automation of printing and exporting. It offers batch output, layer versioning, variable file names, output as single pages, automatic preflighting and much more. A server version of Output Factory can process InDesign files automatically from watched hot folders and serve unlimited users on a network.

 

Zevrix offers two PDF workflow automation tools: PDF Checkpoint and BatchOutput PDF. PDF Checkpoint helps users automate preflight and conversion of multiple PDF files, while BatchOutput PDF allows for hands-free PDF printing from watched hot folders. The company also offers BatchOutput Office, a suite of output automation tools for Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint.

 

The line of Zevrix products also features Deliver – a file transfer program which automates delivery to FTP, SFTP, Amazon S3, WebDAV and other remote and local servers. The software offers hot folder processing, automatic email notifications, file compression and encryption, and detailed delivery history.

 

Zevrix software can be purchased at 50% off until January 8, 2020 from Zevrix website.

WaterField Mezzo Backpack with Buckle Choice and Free Pouch Launches

WaterField Designs kicks off the new year with the new handcrafted Mezzo Backpack. With its tapered shape and small frame, the modern Mezzo Backpack is ideal for carrying a MacBook Pro, an iPad, and other office gear along with after-work gym garb. WaterField will send early adopters through January 10 a complimentary Tech Pocket ($49) and let them choose either a magnetic Fidlock(R) clasp or a performance-grade paragliding buckle to secure the Mezzo’s gorgeous full-grain leather front pocket.

 

 

The 14.5-liter streamlined Mezzo Laptop Backpack includes padded MacBook and iPad compartments, large water-bottle pockets on either side, and a front, pleated pocket for quick access items inspired by old-world saddle pouches. A thick leather bottom enhances durability so the backpack can take a beating, while breathable cushioning on the rear and the shoulder straps ensure that the wearer’s back and shoulders don’t.

 

“I love the Mezzo’s clean lines,” said company owner, Gary Waterfield. “It keeps its great shape whether full or empty but still compresses to fit into a gym locker or under an airline seat. The premium leather accents make it suitable for any office environment.”

 

Mezzo Backpack:

  • Full-grain leather on black ballistic nylon or tan waxed canvas and clean design
  • Plush, padded compartments cushion a 16-inch MacBook Pro and 12.9-inch iPad
  • Interior zippered pocket secures valuables
  • Gold, water-resistant liner lights up the interior for increased visibility
  • Waterproof zipper secures main compartment and maintains clean lines
  • Expandable front saddle pocket includes interior organization pockets and a key clip
  • Pocket closes with a full-grain leather flap secured by either a self-finding magnetic Fidlock(R) clasp or a performance-grade paragliding buckle (Orders received after January 10 will come with the most popular pre-ordered clasp)
  • Two large water-bottle-sized pockets flank the bag
  • Rear panel slides over wheeled-suitcase handle for easy airport navigation
  • Full-grain leather bottom adds extra durability
  • Rear and bottom foam padding prevents sagging and helps bag maintain its shape
  • Ergonomic shoulder straps and rear of bag lined with breathable mesh padding to enhance comfort and airflow
  • Comfortable leather-wrapped handle facilitates an easy grab-and-go

 

Tech Pocket features:

  • Tan waxed canvas or black ballistic nylon removable pouch acts as an additional pocket to stow an Apple Pencil, adapters, cords, dongles, an iPhone, and more
  • Super-soft, almost cashmere-like interior padding
  • Two interior organizational pockets
  • Silent, snap-shut, magnetic closure
  • Exterior pocket stores additional accessories and closes with YKK self-locking zipper
  • Included carabiner hooks to the inside or outside of the Mezzo or other WaterField bag

 

The mid-sized Mezzo Laptop Backpack rounds out WaterField’s diverse line of exceptional backpacks, falling between the Sutter Slim Backpack for just the essentials and the overnight-ready Bolt Backpack and Pro Executive Laptop Backpacks.

 

Colors and materials:

  • Tan waxed canvas with distressed, full-grain chocolate leather panel or black ballistic nylon with full-grain black leather panel
  • One size: 15.5 x 11.25 x 1.5 to 6 (tapered) inches; 14.5-liter capacity; Ballistic”2.4 lbs.; Canvas”2.9 lbs.
  • Padded laptop compartment fits up to a 16-inch MacBook Pro or 15-inch Surface Pro
  • Padded tablet compartment fits up to a 12.9-inch iPad or similarly-sized tablet

The Mezzo Backpack is price at $299 (USD). Pre-order now. Shipping begins January 16, 2020.

AirBeamTV launches MacOS app Bundle Sale

AirBeamTV announces their annual MacOS app Christmas Sale. With AirBeamTV’s Mac app pack you will get 9 different Smart TV screen mirror apps for the price of 3 in the Mac App Store, covering all major brands.

 

 

AirBeamTV’s screen mirroring apps for Mac provide an easy way to stream movies, apps or presentations to almost any Smart TV. With the app you can mirror your MacBook, Mac or iMac on your TV of choice. No need for HDMI cables or additional adapters. The following apps are part of the bundle:

  • Mirror for Samsung TV
  • Mirror for LG TV
  • Mirror for Roku
  • Mirror for Sony TV
  • Mirror for Panasonic TV
  • Mirror for Chromecast
  • Mirror for Philips TV
  • Mirror for Amazon FireTV
  • Mirror for Android TV

 

AirBeamTV screen mirroring apps runs on Mac, MacBook, iMac, Mac Mini & Mac Pro and requires MacOS 10.10 (Yosemite) or newer.
Mac App Bundles on the Mac App Store require MacOS 10.14 (Mojave) or newer.

 

You can buy AirBeamTV’s MacOS bunde in the Mac App Store or the separate apps as free trial directly from their website. A single app costs $9.99 in the Mac App Store. With AirBeamTV’s MacOS app bundle, they offer a staggering 65% discount.

Avalanche for Mac brings Aperture and Lightroom Photo Libraries 

CYME team announces the release of Avalanche 1.0, the new photo migration software for macOS. Avalanche is designed to convert catalogs of photographs from one application to another while keeping the organisational structures intact, ensuring all metadata flows without losses and image adjustments are replicated with the best possible results.

 

 

The first version of Avalanche focused on providing a solution for photographers with photos stuck in Apple Aperture that isn’t supported anymore by Apple. Since the release of Catalina, Aperture users can’t rely on launching Aperture anymore to access their photo libraries. Avalanche allows a smooth transfer of the libraries towards other applications : today towards Lightroom or folders and soon towards other applications like Luminar, CaptureOne and others.

 

“We designed Avalanche because we were not satisfied by the existing solutions – when they existed – to migrate our many photo catalogs out of Aperture.” says Matthieu Kopp, CYME co founder and CTO. “We realized that being able to switch our preferred cataloging/app was important as many great photo edition apps exist in this space. Being able to move all our images with metadata, organisation structure and some edits was opening new perspectives and giving us a much wanted freedom of choice.”

 

But Avalanche does not stop here. “We wanted to ensure that everything that was present in the source catalog was converted even if it looked hard or impossible. Therefore Avalanche converts Faces and recreates them, not as keywords like other solutions do, but as real face detections in the destination catalog. Avalanche not only does a great job at opening and converting those catalogs, but we added some unique Machine Learning capabilities to transfer a number of adjustments. And when Avalanche estimates that a picture has adjustments that are too complex to migrate, it places the image in a dedicated album for the user to review after conversion.”

 

Features:

  • A browser interface to easily find all catalogs on all connected volumes
  • User friendly conversion screen with detailed information about the content to be converted and detailed progress monitoring
  • Detailed reporting screen and a conversion log in the form of a CSV file to easily find out what errors were encountered (missing files, corrupted database situations, …)
  • Aperture Masters and Versions copies are fully converted into masters and virtual copies in Lightroom
  • Videos and video versions are fully converted into master videos and virtual copies in Lightroom
  • Albums: simple albums are recreated in the target catalog. Smart albums are not converted
  • Face definitions and face detections are fully converted in Lightroom
  • All customs annotations, flags, ratings, color labels are converted
  • Keywords are converted with full support for hierarchies
  • All IPTC and EXIF metadata is supported; Avalanche even harvests EXIF data from the master files to enrich the target catalog.
  • Projects, Folders, Stacks are recreated in Lightroom
  • AI powered adjustments: WB temperature and tint, exposure, contrast, vibrancy, saturation, black & white levels, highlights and shadows are converted using Machine Learning (ML)
  • Curves are converted
  • Images converted to black and white are properly migrated and ML is used to infer the proper color mix from color space to Black and White
  • Conversion options letting you decide how to handle referenced files, videos, etc.
  • The choice of folder hierarchy for the copied master files

 

Avalanche for Lightroom is $59 USD and is available exclusively through the developer store. Review codes are available to qualified journalists upon request.