Posts from the ‘macOS’ Category

HistoryHound searches History and Bookmarks in Multi-Browsers

St. Clair Software releases HistoryHound 2.1.1 for macOS. It lets you search the content of all web sites you’ve visited recently, plus all the pages you’ve bookmarked. It’s a “personal web search.” Just type in a few words that you remember reading and HistoryHound will give you a list of pages you’ve viewed recently, ranked by relevance. You don’t have to remember the title of the page, which browser you were using at the time, or when you saw it – HistoryHound will find it for you. With respects to your privacy, indexing and searching is all done locally on your Mac, not in the Cloud.

 

This version adds support for Microsoft’s Edge browser and improves its indexing engine so it scans pages faster and more accurately. For existing users who want to use the recently-added capability to search for exact phrases, this also significantly cuts the time needed to rebuild your search index, a step that is necessary to add the feature. Also, a number of issues and bugs have been corrected.

 

HistoryHound 2.1.1 is a free update for existing HistoryHound users. It costs $14.95 (USD) for new users. Please see the St. Clair Software web site for screenshots, a full change log, and additional feature information.

BatchOutput Now Supports Non-Latin Folder Names

Zevrix Solutions  releases BatchOutput DOC 2.5.18, an update to its output automation solution for Microsoft Word on macOS. The only batch processing tool for Word on the Mac market, the software helps users eliminate repetitive tasks through automation of printing and professional PDF output.

 

 

It now supports for non-Latin output folder names such as Cyrillic, Greek, Korean and other languages. Limitations on special characters in folder names are also removed. Also, the update doesn’t utilize Finder for any file operations anymore, which eliminates the need to authorize Apple Events access on macOS Mojave and later.

 

“BatchOutput does very well what is supposed to do,” 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 DOC lets users carry out professional PDF production directly from Word by bringing advanced PDF creation options right to the user’s fingertips:

  • Print and export multiple Word documents to PDF with a single click
  • Split Word 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 DOC can be purchased for $19.95 (USD) from the Zevrix Solutions website as well as from authorized resellers and Mac App Store. Trial is also available for download. The update is free for users of version 2 and $20 from version 1.

MacFlatplan – Desktop Publication Mapping Solution

Heikki Ohvo announces the release of MacFlatplan 3.0, his desktop publication mapping app for macOS. It allows users to make and view a map of a publication, including all articles and advertisements, easily viewing how they are laid out, and in what order. All page contents can be moved by dragging and dropping the contents to their new location. Color schemas and publication information can be imported from other flat plan documents.

 

This app is an excellent, easy-to-use flat plan solution for small publishing houses and design companies. Publications can be handled as print sections or as a whole. MacFlatplan allows the user to view a color-coded map of their publication and its pages. By doing so, it provides a complete overview of the location, page number, and category of the content of each and every page.

 

“MacFlatplan is a perfect solution for anyone who does magazines or publications,” says developer Heikki Ohvo. “MacFlatplan’s color-coding and drag-and-drop interface keeps design and pagination simple and intuitive. There are no limitations to how many documents or pages can be used; the price is always the same.”

 

MacFlatplan eliminates physical paste-up of a publication, allowing users to make changes on the fly when the need arises to arrange and sequence pages and keep track of advertising pages as they are sold. This eliminates the trial and error approach formerly employed to arrange editorial and advertising pages into a fixed number of smoothly flowing pages free of any gaping content holes or blank pages.

 

With this app, all display and arranging of a publication’s pages are now done on the Mac desktop, using MacFlatplan. Page sizing is adjustable, the print sections of a fixed number of pages may be specified, and page content may be color-coded by 1/4, 1/2, or full pages.

 

Key Features:

  • Create as many MacFlatplan documents as desired
  • Arrange a layout an unlimited number of pages per publication
  • Import colors and the publication information from any other MacFlatplan document
  • Drag-and-drop pages to a new location in the document
  • Handle any publication as individual print sections or as one whole
  • Copy and paste page contents
  • Import pictures on the pages (pdf, tiff, png, and jpg formats)
  • Create a custom page library for use in all publication planning.
  • Freely select the window or printing paper size
  • Publications automatically wrapped up according to the available space
  • One flat registration fee, no other fees are charged

 

While MacFlatplan is not a full-blown magazine desktop publishing program like InDesign or QuarkXPress, it allow users to track the order of their finished pages. It can also act as an invaluable guide to the printer during pre-press planning.

 

This version includes a variety of options for customization, allowing to best suit the current project’s needs. Users can specify specific page dimensions or use a generic size. he programs primary feature – color coding – is quite easy to create. A user selects a color, then assigns a label to it, such as “Advertising.” Any additional number of color codes can be created, such as Art, Photos, Articles, Editorials, etc.

 

MacFlatplan allows a publication  to be worked with as a whole, or print sections containing a fixed number of pages can be specified. There is no limit to the number of pages, print sections, pages in a print section, or color codes.

 

It can display each page as a whole, as two halves, or as four quarters. Using this ability, up to four different color codes per page can be displayed. Re-ordering pages is a simple drag-and-drop operation, and all preferences, specifications, and color codes can be quickly imported from previous projects.

 

MacFlatplan 3.0 is just $59.00 USD (or an equivalent amount in other currencies) and is available worldwide exclusively through the Heikki Ohvo website. A trial download is available.

Grammarian PRO3 v3.1 Released for Mac – 64-Bit

Linguisoft Inc. releases Grammarian PRO3 X v3.1, a major 64-bit Catalina-ready update . Grammarian PRO3 X is a universal interactive spell and grammar checking, dictionary, thesaurus, AutoCorrect, and AutoType tool that works within every program on the Mac. The new version brings many new features, improvements, and fixes that make Grammarian PRO3 much better.

 

 

Features include:

  • New Grammarian feature allows Grammarian to work as a background app – This removes the Grammarian PRO3 menu and dock icon
  • Grammarian’s fast macOS spelling/grammar service underlines spelling (in red) and grammar errors (in green) in the original document while you work
  • New HTML Document Checking for browsers and editors such as Firefox; These export character formatting and graphics only via the HTML format
  • This version also has dozens of bug fixes

 

Grammarian PRO3 is a powerful, yet elegantly simple proofreader that checks grammar, spelling as you type. Grammarian also boosts your productivity by automating inserting frequently used text and auto-correcting typing errors.

 

Grammarian PRO3 X retails for $59.95 USD (or an equivalent amount in other currencies) and is available worldwide through the Grammarian PRO3 X website.

MacDroid – File Transfer between Mac and Android

Electronic Team, Inc. announces MacDroid 1.0, new to the company’s macOS software lineup. MacDroid is a helpful addition to those who own and work with Mac or MacBook computer and an Android phone. The two devices cannot natively have the data transferred between each other, hence there is a need for an interface that will simplify matters.

 

 

With MacDroid one can connect an Android to their Mac and transfer photographs, music, videos as well as entire folders between computer and device. An Android device has to be connected to the computer with a USB cable.

 

Highlights:

  • Allows mounting internal and external Android storages
  • One can edit Android files on Mac without moving them to computer
  • Doesn’t need any additional plugins or extensions
  • Supports all Android and MTP devices

 

MacDroid offers two connection modes to its users – MTP and ADB. ADB mode is recommended by the developers of the app as it offers stability and efficient speed of data transfer. MTP connection is somewhat easier and more versatile. It actually allows connecting other devices, that might not be running Android OS, but as long as they support MTP connection, one can transfer files from them too. Such devices as MP3 players or cameras can connect in MTP mode.

 

MacDroid 1.0 can be obtained from the developer’s website. The free MacDroid allows file transfer from Android to Mac. The PRO version allows file transfer from Android to Mac and from Mac to Android with the possibility to edit Android files on Mac without having to actually save them on computer. Download MacDroid is sold as an annual subscription with auto-renewal and costs $19.99 (USD) per year.

Package Central Improves Modified Image Links

Zevrix Solutions releases Package Central 1.11.14, an update to the document packaging workflow automation solution for Adobe InDesign. It was originally developed for a major publishing house in the United States, the software automates InDesign document collection by processing files from hot folders. Package Central offloads file packaging to a central system leaving operator workstations free from the collection process.

 

 

Version 1.11.14 restores the option to automatically update InDesign links prior to processing on macOS Catalina. The update also improves handling on some rare activation errors now informing the user about incorrect file permissions in the system’s Shared folder.

 

This software saves companies countless hours that are lost each year because operators have to wait for InDesign to package files for service providers, archiving, and other purposes. The software lets prepress operators, production artists, and designers simply submit files to watched hot folders that reside on a network. The app then automatically collects InDesign files along with their fonts and links into the destination folder with dynamically assigned variable name.

 

The software offers the following key features and benefits:

  • Automatically package InDesign files from hot folders
  • Create PDF and IDML files on the fly
  • Update modified links automatically
  • Automatic email notifications on process stages and errors
  • Variable folder names
  • Serves unlimited users on a network
  • Detailed processing history

 

Package Central can be purchased for $149.95 (USD) from Zevrix website as well as from authorized resellers. Trial is also available for download. The update is free for registered users. Package Central requires macOS 10.8-10.15 and Adobe InDesign CS5-2020.

64BitApps Updates Image Crop for macOS

64BitApps announces the release of Image Crop v.1.3.1, an app for Mac that allows users to batch crop, convert and rename their photos with ease.

 

With this version, user’s will be able to crop, convert and rename large batches of images in a single processing session. The crop area can be defined using either pixels or percents and its origin coordinates can be adjusted to be relative to any of the four corners of the photo for greater flexibility and customisation. Image Crop also allows users to automatically crop their pictures to a predefined or custom defined aspect ratio so that they can easily adjust their content to various screen sizes.

 

Users can also convert their cropped images to various image formats including JPG, PNG, GIF, BMP, TIFF and even newer formats like HEIC or HEIF. Image Crop also allows users to rename their photos in batch mode so they can be identified more easily at a later time. Users can also opt to keep the EXIF information of the original image files.

 

This version of Image Crop brings to the table a brand new user interface which now offers support for Dark Mode in macOS Mojave and later, the option to automatically crop your photos to a custom aspect ratio and support for the HEIC and HEIF image formats.

 

Image Crop is priced at $3.99 (USD) and can be purchased from the Mac App Store and from 64BitApps online.

One million Users Noted With New Install Disk Creator

MacDaddy announces a new version of the free utility Install Disk Creator, recently passing the 1 million user, makes it easier to create a clean install of new and old macOS versions, and provides a method to downgrade from macOS Catalina to previous versions – an elusive task which has been made difficult in the latest macOS release.

 

 

“An ever increasing number of people want to have a bootable macOS USB stick installer on hand, for disaster recovery as well as having an easy way to reinstall macOS or make a clean install” said Benedict Slaney, CEO of MacDaddy. “With over a million users now, we are getting a lot of positive feedback from the community about the simplicity of the tool.”

 

macOS Catalina has made it harder to downgrade to an earlier version of macOS. If you download a Mojave version or earlier of the operating system, upon double clicking you are greeted with an error message stating: “This copy of ‘Install macOS’ application is too old to be opened in this version of macOS” and then it quits.

 

Some users  desire to downgrade the operating system. Install Disk Creator can just as easily make a bootable installer out of early macOS versions as later ones. Double click on it, and it will find and automatically select any version of macOS that is present. You can then proceed to boot of the newly created USB stick, and can even downgrade the version of macOS without performing a clean installation. Once booted, the installer allows you to install over the top of the existing operating system, even if it’s to install an earlier version over the top of a later version.

 

Install Disk Creator 1.4.1 is a free app. With one million happy users and positive reviews around the web, it’s worth giving a try to have a bootable USB stick on hand for if disaster strikes, or just to have the flexibility to run the operating system version that you prefer.