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SpeakerCue Confidence Monitoring for the Professional Speaking Community

CampSoftware is excited to announce the release of SpeakerCue, a confidence monitor for professional producers and presenters. This handy communications tool is a simple, streamlined way for a presenter or speaker to monitor their time and for an assistant or producer to provide them with invaluable information. SpeakerCue requirements are simple; a Mac or PC for the person who is controlling the time and messaging, and an external display within view of the speaker to receive those messages.

 

 

“SpeakerCue is the only full-featured program countdown clock that integrates the ability to easily communicate with your speaker or moderator while they’re on stage,” said Bill Chapman, Executive Director/Producer at The Richmond Forum, America’s largest non-profit public lecture series. “We’ve used SpeakerCue for speeches by President Barack Obama, actress Glenn Close, former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power, and others. Now, I would never consider producing a program without it.”

 

The most important feature of SpeakerCue is that it provides a configurable clock, customizable in a variety of color and display options. The clock can be configured in hour/minutes or hour/minutes/seconds mode in the current time or as a countdown clock. Based on preference, it can also be set to flash or change color at a pre-set time to inform the speaker to start wrapping up their presentation or at other prearranged times.

 

SpeakerCue also features a one-way message transmitter that will allow an advisor to give speakers of all skill levels the instructions they need to make their presentations better in real time. SpeakerCue is an excellent way for a teacher to send basic instructions to a beginner speaker such as “Speak louder,” “Slow down,” “Look up,” or “Smile.” Seasoned professional producers can send their speaker more advanced cues such as, “Expand on that point,” “Last question,” or “Introduce the next speaker.”

 

Computer Requirements:
* Mac running OS 10.9.5 (Mavericks) or later
* Windows running Windows 7, SP1 Platform Update (64-bit versions only) or later
* Also runs on Linux and Raspberry Pi

 

Visit SpeakerCue online to download a free demo. In demo mode, SpeakerCue will auto-quit after 10 minutes, but it can be relaunched as often as you would like. For more information, please contact Ardith Gumbert.

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Typinator 7.6 is Getting Ready for Mojave and Offers UI Enhancements

Ergonis Software today announced Typinator 7.6, a great new release of their highly acclaimed text expander. Since day one, Ergonis Software has been committed to provide high-quality macOS products that “just work.” To achieve this goal, Ergonis Software puts a lot of effort into their products behind the scenes to make them do their job flawlessly, fast, and unobtrusively. It is therefore no surprise that Ergonis already released an updated version of Typinator that is preparing for compatibility with Mojave – only a few days after Mojave was officially announced by Apple at WWDC18. While there are still some months to come before Mojave will be finally released by Apple, Ergonis is already busy updating their entire product line to offer compatible versions of all their macOS products when the official release of Mojave arrives.

 

 

In particular, Typinator contains built-in helper applications that have now been updated to 64-bit, which is required on Mojave. Furthermore, Typinator 7.6 allows to suppress update checks in full-screen mode, which prevents update messages that kick in during presentations with Keynote, PowerPoint, etc. With many further usability, stability, and compatibility improvements, Typinator 7.6 is a highly recommended upgrade for every Typinator user. 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 7.6 is free for Typinator 7 license owners and for anyone who purchased a license for Typinator 6 in or after January 2016. 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.

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DriveDx 1.8.0 for Mac Protects Users from Data Loss and Downtime

BinaryFruit today is pleased to announce the release and immediate availability of DriveDx 1.8.0, its latest solution for SSD and HDD health diagnostics and monitoring. As macOS does not have a comprehensive drive health indicator, DriveDx fills a critical role in measuring the overall health of both SSD and HDD drives. Because DriveDx tracks more indicators of impending failure than any other product on the market, users will get an advanced warning before their drives fail. This will allow them to take action to avert the failure and save themselves from resulting data loss and downtime.

 

Unlike many other drive health diagnostics utilities that simply check built-in S.M.A.R.T. status, DriveDx performs overall drive health diagnostics using drive health indicators (like SSD wear out / endurance, reallocated bad sectors, offline bad sectors, pending sectors, I/O errors, and more) that most closely correlate with drive failures according to the statistics reported in the latest researches focused on identifying drive failure trends. This gives a user a comprehensive picture of a current drive health status and enables foreseeing potential problems with drive failure and loss of sensitive data. Moreover, DriveDx shows this information on a user-friendly Mac-style interface in an easy-to-understand format.

 

“Here’s a DriveDx triumph. DriveDx showed my just out of AppleCare iMac with two pre-fail conditions for the hard drive. Made appointment and took it to Genius Bar yesterday. Tech looked at DriveDx and was very impressed. Even though out of warranty – they replaced the drive without question,” said Michael Sidoric, CapMac User Group Treasurer, ex-Vice President of CapMac.org. “God knows how many dollars and troubles DriveDx saved me since I had several vital FinalCut projects on it.”

 

DriveDx is a combined drive health analysis and forecasting tool. It monitors and analyzes changes to S.M.A.R.T. attributes in order to continuously evaluate drive health status and predict drive failures. In addition to “Failed” and “OK” drive statutes DriveDx supports “Warning” and “Failing” statuses indicating that a drive is in a pre-failure status and backup of sensitive data is highly recommended.

 

DriveDx performs both SSD and HDD health diagnostics. Moreover, it uses a separate set of indicators for SSD and HDD to monitor drive health status. This is particularly important as SSD works different from HDD, and requires a different algorithm to check its health status. Also, SSDs typically are more dependent on firmware than HDDs, and DriveDx has been programmed to support many versions of firmware (please see our website for a complete list of supported firmware).

 

DriveDx allows configuring the delivery of customized drive status and free space reports by e-mail and therefore does not require user presence to inform about drive status changes. In addition, DriveDx can launch built-in drive diagnostics self-tests. Drive self-tests will help to quickly identify if the drive is faulty.

 

DriveDx is the first utility of its kind to have a real user-friendly Mac-style interface. It is organized in a way that allows a user to view and understand drive status and its performance at a glance. User can switch between different view modes to drill up or down data related to drive health, including S.M.A.R.T. indicators and attributes, drive statistics and errors.

 

What’s New in DriveDx 1.8.0:
* Added support of 110 new SSD models (from Apple, Samsung, Crucial/Micron, Toshiba, SanDisk, Intel, WD, SK Hynix, Plextor, Corsair, OCZ, Transcend, Kingston, ADATA, etc)
* Improved SSD and HDD health diagnostic algorithms and heuristics
* Improved drive temperature monitoring
* Improved SSD and HDD health indicator descriptions
* Improved support of Apple SSDs
* Improved support of Seagate HDDs
* Improved support of OWC SSDs,
* Many stability improvements
* Many cosmetics tweaks and fixes

 

DriveDx feature highlights:
* Support of modern SSDs and HDDs
* SSD lifetime left indicator
* Different routines for SSD and HDD health evaluation and diagnostics
* Real-time SSD & HDD health status monitoring
* User-friendly and intuitive UI
* Multi-tier warning system that will inform the user about deviations from the normal state of drive attributes
* Diagnostic Knowledge Base online auto-updating
* Drive overall health rating
* Drive overall performance rating (if drive supports this subset of indicators)
* Device statistics
* I/O errors monitoring
* Drive free space monitoring
* Support of drive short and full (extended) self-tests
* Sending a warning whenever a problem with a drive firmware exists
* Saving detailed drive status reports to a file
* Warning a user with pop-up notifications about errors and failures
* Displaying drive status on a macOS status bar
* Runs natively on macOS

 

DriveDx 1.8.0 has 4 types of licenses that are currently being offered on promotion:

* Personal License – $19.99 (USD)
* Family License – $39.99
* Business License – starting from $99.99
* IT-Consultant License – starting from $99.99

 

DriveDx can be purchased from the BinaryFruit website. A fully functional 15-day trial version is available for download at our website. Review copies are available upon request.

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ActiveDock – The Dock Killer for The Mac

MacPlus Software today is proud to announce the release and immediate availability of ActiveDock 1.1.1 for macOS. ActiveDock is a replacement for standard Apple Dock. You can change theme, grouping application icons into folders, windows management and much more.

 

ActiveDock was developed specifically to make the work with your Mac more simple and comfortable, primarily due to the addition of features that are not in available in standard Apple Dock like themes, grouping application icons into folders). In the new version we completely redesigned Window Preview Panel for more comfortable work with windows. Also we added ability to create folders and group apps into them. For each folder you can add your own icon for better visualization.

 

Features:
* Window Previews and Window Management
* Customizable Appearance and Custom Icons for Apps and Folders
* Groups and Folders
* Start Menu – Application Launcher
* Hiding and excluding Applications from the Dock
* And much more
Users can try ActiveDock for free for 14 days with all the features available to you during that period. ActiveDock costs $19.99 (USD) for a Standard (1 Year) user license applicable for up to 2 user-owned computers, and $49.99 (USD) for Lifetime license for up to 5 user-owned computers.

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Radiologik Radio Automation Brings Voice Work Management

The most comprehensive radio performance and automation suite on the Mac keeps getting better. Radiologik Scheduler 2018.5.1 introduces Intros and Outros, a tool to create, manage and test your voice work before it airs. Up to 10 varieties of intros or outros can be created per song, per artist or other criteria to give your station seemingly live DJ presence. This new tools allows users to survey and create and test their voice work to be able to make hundreds or thousands of song-specific voice work additions to their station quickly and confidently.

 

 

In the past year, Radiologik has brought many new features such as the ability to schedule and play streams, independently schedules tasks, detect and act on silence with the new silence sensor, and handle the latest affordable mixers from D&R such as the Airlite and the Webstation, and work with the more sophisticated RBDS systems.

 

Radiologik has been time tested as a reliable fully autonomous or semi-automatic radio playout system for over 10 years. There’s no need to do daily or weekly maintenance. It is well suited for the radio broadcasters who want a sophisticated schedule and sound while remaining affordable making it a favorite for LPFM, college and internet broadcasters.

 

As always, Radiologik DJ supports many outputs for audio, on and off-air previewing, several configurable metadata output methods, automatically logoing longer tracks with your station brand with the palette. Radiologik Scheduler Advanced gives you precise to-the-second control with support for scheduling advertising, matching dates, time announcements, multiple DJ voice support for different dayparts, and what many radio pros have called the best automatic tool for audio transitions, Track Prep.

 

Extensive training videos allow new and veteran users to learn how to get the most out of Radiologik. Free trials are available. The latest versions of Radiologik require Yosemite 10.10 or higher while legacy versions for 10.7 and higher are also available for those who wan to repurpose their old Mac as a station.

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Packing Pro 13.0 Adds Great Editing Options to Travel App

QuinnScape announces the release of Packing Pro 13.0, a big summer update that supports automatic sorting by date for packing lists and new options to move and copy list items between lists. In addition, icons and emojis can now also be added to catalog types, in addition to the existing catalog categories. Date-sorted lists, and the ability to expand or collapse the current/future/past groupings, will greatly help to reduce the clutter for users with dozens of lists. Cross-list editing can also speed up the process of leveraging older lists to create and refine newer ones.

 

 

During the nine years that Packing Pro has been on Apple’s App Store, it has been highlighted several times. Currently, it can be found in the “Travel Survival Kit” and “Travel Expenses” promotions. It has also ranked at #1 for iPads and #2 for iPhones in the U.S. App Store’s Travel section. Besides Apple, Packing Pro has also been recognized by CNN, WSJ, BBC, The New York Times, Expedia and Budget Travel, and has earned glowing reviews on major tech and app blogs (Gizmodo, Mashable, Macworld, CNET and iPhone Life, among others).

 

Packing Pro is a mobile travel packing list app that features unlimited, 100% customizable packing lists, an extensive, yet flexible, catalog, handy sample lists, iCloud auto-sync and various list sharing options.

 

Features:

* Multi-item selection from catalog for speedy list building
* Multi-item editing for easy list & catalog management
* Collapsable categories with floating headers & running item tallies
* List sorting & filtering by packing status, priority, need to buy, bag and/or person
* Item, weight and value totals & subtotals
* Item images to eliminate any confusion – never again pack the wrong item
* Item & list alerts for user-set reminders
* Email export for file sharing
* Wireless printing
* Fully customized device support for all sizes of iPhone, iPod touch & iPad
* Full multi-lingual support for English, Spanish, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Russian, Polish, Japanese & Chinese

 

Besides the core features listed above (which are also present in the basic Packing (+TO DO!) app), Packing Pro also gives its users the following Pro-level features:

* iCloud auto-syncing support
* Expert packing list wizard that can “automagically” create a list
* Email, iTunes, AirDrop, Dropbox & Box file sharing, backup & out-of-app editing support
* Customized design (themes, layout, fonts, colors, textures)
* Double-sized Master Catalog with over 800 items and to-do tasks
* Twice as many sample lists
* Smart Search (lists & catalog)

 

Packing Pro is a universal app that is available for purchase worldwide on the iPhone & iPad App Store for $2.99 (USD). [GET IT HERE] The basic Packing (+TO DO!) sells for $0.99.

Retrobatch: A Powerful Node-Based Batch Image Processor

Flying Meat Inc. has announces the release of Retrobatch 1.0. the company’s new batch image processor for macOS. Retrobatch is dramatically different than any batch image processor ever seen. Each operation in Retrobatch has a node, and nodes are linked together on a canvas to create a workflow.

 

 

But why node based? “Every batch image processor I’ve come across is linear.” says Gus Mueller, founder of Flying Meat Inc. “You put images in one end, and out they come on the other side. But that’s so limiting! With Retrobatch it’s possible to take a folder of images and then operate on them multiple times within the same workflow. You can reference separate folders to combine images into a single output. Using nodes opens up unlimited possibilities.”

 

In addition to including the great standard features of any batch processor such as changing file type, cropping, and watermarking, Retrobatch raises the bar by offering machine learning and classification models. Use rules to remove or sort images in a workflow based on attributes such as color profile, file format, size, and orientation. Which images in a workflow contain a hotdog? Or not? Retrobatch also includes the ability to install new domain specific models for precise image classifications. With these features, Retrobatch gives users a powerful means of sorting images for further processing.

 

Feature Highlights:
* Delete all metadata, or just remove GPS
* Set the image DPI, title, author, description, and copyright
* Edit specific metadata such as IPTC, EXIF, PNG, TIFF, and CIFF
* Scriptable: run AppleScript, and shell scripts
* Transform: crop, flip, rotate, scale to resize, trim edges to remove transparency
* Add text or image watermarks with over 20 different blending modes available.
* Use metadata tokens to quickly add metadata values as a watermark or as part of the file name
* Use preloaded templates or create and save customized templates
* Split multilayer and multipage images into individual images
* Combine images to create multipage PDF or multilayer PSD
* PNG compression and optimization
* Change or remove color profiles including RGB, CMYK, grayscale, DP3, and many more
* Color adjustments: saturation, brightness, contrast, exposure, gamma, vibrance, blurs, noise reduction
* Color effects: add a border, drop shadow, matte, sharpening, and over 10 photo filter effects
* Multiscale for web optimization and icon design
* Generate screenshots
* Open RAW file types and any image file supported by macOS
* Read images from the clipboard, Photos library, folders, and subfolders
* Write images to the clipboard, folders, or open in other apps

 

With its unique and user-friendly interface, Retrobatch easily handles both simple and complex image processing needs. Examples of time saving operations in Retrobatch include:

* Photographers can edit and add metadata to their image files, then apply the metadata as a watermark
* Users can remove GPS and other privacy sensitive and identifying information from images before uploading to social sites
* Web developers can optimize images for retina display by creating one workflow branch to resize images to 50%, and another branch to write out PNG files with the @2x suffix added to the file name

 

There are two versions of Retrobatch- Regular and Pro. Pro has all the available nodes, including advanced features such as machine learning, changing bit depths and color profiles, processing with AppleScript and shell scripts, rules, and advanced metadata entry. The Regular version features the basics including cropping, resizing, watermarks, and changing image file formats.

 

System Requirements:
* MacOS 10.12 Sierra or later
* Machine Learning and Classification Node requires MacOS 10.13 High Sierra or later

 

Pricing and Availability:
Retrobatch Pro 1.0 is only $49.99 (USD), and Retrobatch 1.0 with slimmed down features is available for $29.99. Both are available to be directly purchased online from the Flying Meat Inc website. A free 14 day trial with all features included is available for Download.

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Winclone 7 Boot Camp Imaging App for macOS

Twocanoes Software has released Winclone 7, an upgrade to its award-winning Boot Camp imaging and migration software for the Mac. Winclone 7 features incremental imaging, a brand new interface, support for Microsoft MDT/SCCM and automatic configuration of Windows during the imaging process.

 

Winclone 7 for macOS creates an exact clone of the Boot Camp partition for use as a backup or to migrate a Boot Camp partition to a new Mac. If disaster strikes, restore Boot Camp from a Winclone image and instantly be back up and running.

 

Winclone Pro and Winclone Enterprise enables package deployment of Windows on Mac hardware. Using Mac client management suites, deploy Boot Camp partitions as easily as installing a software package.

 

Winclone Pro Enterprise adds in subscription pricing and support for Microsoft MDT/SCCM deployments. Winclone Pro Enterprise uses your IT organizations’ current infrastructure to deploy Windows on Mac hardware.

 

Winclone 7 is available in three editions:

 

Winclone Standard:
Protect all the time and energy you spent getting Windows and all your programs installed and set up in Boot Camp. Create a Winclone image of your Boot Camp partition and snap back to that same setup in minutes. Winclone 7 now features incremental cloning for fast updates to existing images.

 

Winclone Pro:
Winclone Pro saves package installers that create a Boot Camp partition and restore a Winclone image to the new partition. Winclone packages can be deployed using any client management system that can deploy macOS packages. If you can install a package, you can deploy a Boot Camp partition.

 

Winclone Pro Enterprise:
Winclone Enterprise enables you to use your IT organizations’ current infrastructure to deploy Windows on Mac hardware. Run Task Sequences from Microsoft MDT or SCCM to fully image Windows on to the Mac. If your users are remote, Winclone Enterprise supports image customization that will fully configure and setup Windows on the Mac. Winclone Pro Enterprise features the same great software as Winclone Pro and adds Enterprise integration support and subscription pricing.

 

System Requirements:
* Boot Camp Partition
* Mac OS X 10.12 or later including macOS High Sierra
* Windows 10, Windows 8.1
* Windows 7 (64-bit) on supported Mac hardware
* An Internet connection is required to verify your license key

 

Pricing and Availability:
Winclone 7 (all editions) is available worldwide today. Winclone Standard is USD $39.99 and includes licenses for 2 Macs. Winclone Pro is USD $499.99 for 50 clients and includes perpetual licensing and standard support. Winclone Pro Enterprise is $5 per Mac per year and features subscription-based licensing and enterprise integration support (minimum 200 clients).