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Dejal Time Out 2.5 Now Offers macOS Mojave Dark Mode, More

Dejal Systems, LLC has released Time Out 2.5, an important update to their popular break reminder app for macOS. This free app sits in the background tracking the last time the user took a break. At regular intervals, it reminds users to take a short respite from their current tasks. Users can take the time to stand, stretch, and move around a bit, in order to refresh themselves. They can also schedule both long and short breaks, offering flexibility for the user’s own personal preferences.

 

 

Time Out offers two types of breaks by default. A “Normal” break by default will occur every hour, lasting for 10 minutes each time. This allows users to get up, move about, stretch, and even take a quick restroom break. “Micro” breaks occur every 15 minutes, lasting for a short 15 second period. This gives users the opportunity to adjust their posture, look away from the screen, and relax their focus. Both types of breaks are adjustable, and can be delayed, disabled, or deleted by the user at any time. Users can also add their own custom breaks, of any delay and length, and at any specific time. This feature is handy for reminders about fixed breaks such as lunch, or mid-morning and mid-afternoon breaks.

 

When a break is due, Time Out slowly dims the screen, and displays a customizable break theme. During the break, the app’s progress bar displays the remaining break time, and also offers optional buttons to allow a break to be postponed or skipped, if needed. Once the break is over, the break screen then fades, allowing the user to return to work. Time Out then begins marking off the time until the next scheduled break.

 

Time Out has an option to show the time until the next break in the menu bar. By clicking the timer, users can access the app’s preferences, allowing them to make quick adjustments to the app’s settings if needed.

 

Version 2.5 adds Mojave dark mode support throughout the app. It also includes a new option on the Break Schedule page of the preferences to choose which days of the week a break is available. Using this option, you could indicate that breaks should only occur on weekdays, or only Fridays, or any other combination. The days of the week can combine with a time range, or apply all day on the indicated days.

 

Another new supporter option is on the Advanced preferences page: the ability to disable the app switcher, force quit, and shut down panels during a break. Most people probably don’t need this, but if you need a little extra encouragement to avoid skipping breaks, this might be helpful, when combined with existing options to disable the postpone and skip buttons.

 

The app offers several break themes, which use web standards such as HTML, CSS, and JavaScript, so users can customize the themes as they like. Themes can also make use of local web pages, or even pages from sites on the internet, so the amount of customization available is almost unlimited.

 

Customization doesn’t end with appearance; Time Out can also be set to perform various actions before, during, or after a break. The app can display a notification, speak text, play a sound, or even run an Automator or AppleScript action. All actions can be chained, allowing users to set as many, or as few actions as they prefer. What’s more, these actions can be set to execute at any time, be it just before a break, after a break starts, just before a break ends, or after it’s over. A number of useful scripts are included with the app, and custom scripts created by Time Out users are also available for download from the Time Out website.

 

The Preferences window allows users to view the breaks and their options, and it includes buttons along the top to quickly add a break, pause all breaks, postpone or skip the upcoming break, or get help. Users can also post about the app on Facebook and Twitter, as well as visit the Dejal social media pages.

 

Color-coded labels can be applied to any break to visually indicate which type of break is due next. Users can also view when the break is next due, how long ago the last break was, and also use hover buttons to start, postpone, disable, skip, or delete a break. Users can also apply and edit a global keyboard shortcut to immediately start a specific break. Other options include scheduling features that set the length of a break, how often it occurs, what time of day it occurs, and even the next date and time it is due to occur.

 

One customization option that will be especially useful for corporate users is the ability to add any app to an Exclusions list that tells Time Out to not allow break reminders when any app included in the list is open, or is the frontmost app. This option is particularly handy when users are performing such tasks as FaceTime calls, viewing videos, or making presentations.

 

Time Out keeps users at their best. It reminds them to make better use of their time by taking regular breaks in order to remain mentally sharp, productive, and healthy. Version 2.5’s new features make creating, scheduling, and controlling regular breaks an easy-to-include part of any workday.

Time Out 2.5 is free, and is available worldwide through the Mac App Store in the Health and Fitness category, as well as the Dejal website. Advanced features are available via easy in-app donations. Review codes are available upon request.

 

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Pixelmator Pro Adds AI-Powered Photo Enhancement Tools

The Pixelmator Team today released Pixelmator Pro 1.2 Quicksilver, a major update to the fast and powerful image editor for Mac. The update adds support for macOS Mojave, including an all-new light appearance, Core ML-powered automatic photo enhancement, batch image processing via the Automator app, and much more.

 

 

The new ML Enhance feature in Pixelmator Pro automatically enhances photos – balancing the colors, evening out exposure, and making changes to individual color ranges – to give you the best starting point for making your own creative edits to a photo. Powered by Core ML and developed using a carefully refined set of millions of professional photos, the machine learning algorithm analyzes photos to detect the objects they contain, then enhances their colors and brings out missing details, leaving the final creative touches to the user.

 

The update also brings the option to use a gorgeous light appearance, giving users an entirely new way to experience Pixelmator Pro. In addition, Pixelmator Pro 1.2 Quicksilver includes a refreshed, much more native dark appearance, so the app now adapts seamlessly to the light and dark modes in macOS Mojave. And with automatic switching, Pixelmator Pro instantly updates to match the current appearance of macOS.

 

Automator support and five powerful, versatile actions now makes it possible to batch process images using the professional editing tools available in Pixelmator Pro. The Auto Enhance Images action uses the new ML Enhance feature to automatically improve photos, Auto White Balance Images automatically corrects white balance, Apply Color Adjustments to Images and Apply Effects to Images makes every single color adjustment and effect in Pixelmator Pro available in Automator, and Change Type of Images makes it a breeze to convert batches of images from one file format to another. So now, working with large sets of images and making repetitive edits becomes effortless.

 

Pixelmator Pro 1.2 Quicksilver includes many other improvements, including support for colorful SVG Fonts, the new Continuity Camera, an Eraser Mode for the Pixel Paint tool, as well as a range of additional performance improvements and fixes.

 

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Gmail Users Can Take Back Control of Their Inbox With Mailbutler

Mailbutler GmbH is once again redefining productivity with its latest update for Gmail. The new and improved Mailbutler extension supercharges Gmail with the must-have tools of modern emailing, providing an elegant solution to increase the flexibility and capability of Gmail, ideal for single users to handle both personal and work emails, as well as teams to share and collaborate without leaving the inbox.

 

Gmail Users Can Take Back Control of Their Inbox With Mailbutler

 

Mailbutler 2.2 for Gmail features a polished look with Material Design complimenting Gmail’s new interface. The lightweight plugin packs in a versatile suite of email power-ups, providing the missing features of Gmail to optimize and streamline everyday workflow. Mailbutler’s time-saving features include read receipts, follow up reminders, scheduling, message templates, and more.

 

Key features at a glance:
* Tracking: Read receipts to know if, when and where your email or link has been opened
* Signatures: Professional email signature builder with templates for you and your team
* Send Later: Compose emails ahead of time and schedule for later delivery at any time
* Note & Tasks: Add to-do items and memos with email messages and get reminders on private and shared tasks
* Message Templates: Write better and faster with pre-written messages with personalized placeholder for you and your team
* Integrations: Sync emails to your favorite project manager and productivity tools
* Dashboard: Stats and insights to your email performance and productivity levels

 

Designed in Berlin with its secured servers located in Frankfurt, Germany, Mailbutler’s privacy-by-design rule gives Gmail users a peace of mind with its industry-leading privacy principles: “Email is the no.1 tool for business communication. Germany has one of the strictest data privacy protection laws in the world, and Mailbutler clearly demonstrates professionalism with no compromise to the service we provide.” says Fabian Jager, CTO of Mailbutler.

 

The latest update comes with added integration options to connect Gmail with productivity services. Users can sync their emails with popular task manager tools, such as Trello, Asana, Todoist, MeisterTask, ToodleDo, and more. Its latest integration with Slack allows users to receive notifications of their opened emails and due tasks directly in Slack.

 

Pricing and Availability:
Mailbutler is available as a free Chrome extension for Gmail on Chrome Web Store, or as a plugin for Apple Mail on the macOS app store.

* Essential plan: Free, up to 30 actions for Professional and Business features
* Professional plan: starting 6.50 EUR per month, unlimited Professional features and up to 30 actions for Business features
* Business plan: starting 24.95 EUR per month, unlimited access to all features

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BatchOutput for Microsoft Excel Now Offers macOS Mojave Support

Zevrix Solutions announces BatchOutput XLS 2.5.4, a compatibility update to the company’s output automation solution for Microsoft Excel on macOS. The only batch processing tool for Excel on the Mac market, the software helps users eliminate repetitive tasks through automation of printing and professional PDF output.

 

 

The new version introduces support for the recently released macOS 10.14 Mojave and is offered as a free update to the licensed users. While BatchOutput XLS is fully compatible with the new Dark Mode, the app currently preserves its original appearance. A dark appearance will be introduced in the future.

 

In addition to batch printing, BatchOutput XLS allows to carry out professional PDF production directly from Excel, helping users simplify and streamline the conversion process.

 

BatchOutput XLS is the only app on the market that provides Excel users with advanced PDF creation options:

* Print and export multiple Excel documents to PDF with a click of a button
* Split Excel workbooks into single PDF worksheets
* Variable PDF file names based on user name, date, batch number and other values
* Reduce PDF file size and optimize documents for web, print or mobile devices
* Encrypt and password-protect PDF from unauthorized copying, printing and viewing
* Change PDF color tone, brightness and other qualities

BatchOutput XLS can be purchased for $19.95 (USD) from Zevrix website, as well as from authorized resellers and Mac App Store. Trial is also available for download. BatchOutput XLS requires macOS 10.7-10.14 and Microsoft Excel 2008, 2011, 2016 or 2019.

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BatchOutput XLS 2.5.4
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Output Factory Server for Adobe InDesign Now Offers Support for macOS Mojave

Zevrix Solutions has released Output Factory Server 2.1.6, a compatibility 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 app offloads printing and exporting from InDesign to a central system leaving operator workstations free from the output process.

 

 

The new version introduces support for the recently released macOS 10.14 Mojave and is offered as a free update to licensed users. While Output Factory Server is fully compatible with the new Dark Mode, the app currently preserves its original appearance. A dark appearance will be introduced in the future.

 

Under the Output Factory Server workflow, 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, EPUB files and so on.

 

The software offers the following key features:

* Output InDesign files automatically from hot folders
* Supports print, PDF, PostScript, TIFF, EPUB and other formats
* Output to multiple formats from a single hot folder
* Automatic email notifications on errors and other events
* Layer versioning: output layer combinations as separate files
* Variable output file names
* Automatic preflighting
* PDF security presets for different workflows

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 10.7-10.14 and Adobe InDesign CS5-CC 2018.

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Station 2.0 – Multilevel Dock for macOS Now Available

True North Software today is very proud to announce the release of Station 2.0, the company’s multilevel (hierarchical) launcher for macOS. Station promotes a more natural organization of applications and documents into folders. With nested folders, you can arrange items in Station in a way that fits your workflow with an uncluttered look and feel. Scalability is greatly increased through logical groupings thus increasing the sheer number of items that can be added to Station without having to shrink the launcher size.

 

 

Productivity is increased because related items can be grouped together into a single folder. For example, one folder can contain work related items and another folder gaming items. Another useful feature of Station is the ability to launch, all at once, the items in a launch folder. This is useful when switching between tasks like business and spreadsheets to graphics work. With ten levels of folders available, enough space is provided to spread out even the most diverse set of applications and documents.

 

What’s New for Version 2.0:
* Panel sets
* Keyboard navigation
* Auto hide switch global key
* Gesture scrolling
* Item Separators
* Custom folder icons
* Auto sort panels
* Skip confirmations preference

 

Enhancements:
* Maximum icon size has been increased to 128 points
* You can now delete multiple items from the snap shots list
* Increased the maximum number of snap shots to 200
* Performance optimizations
* Assorted bug fixes
* Cosmetic updates

Station 2.0 is priced at $14.99 (USD) and is available through the Mac App Store in the Productivity category. A demo version is available from the True North Website. For more information, please contact Brendan Murphy.

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Papercraft Hack & Slash Game – Book of Demons Now Available on Mac

Thing Trunk, the studio behind the unique deck-building, papercraft hack & slash, Book of Demons, just announced that the game is now playable on Mac computers. Together with Windows, both versions are now ready for download on Steam. To celebrate this, an updated trailer with new footage from the game has been released.

 

Book of Demons is currently in its last months of Early Access, with the final release expected to happen before the end of the year. Mac support is one of the last milestones on Thing Trunk’s roadmap, just before the planned announcement of the definitive release date.

 

Just like on Windows, Mac version is fully integrated with multiple Steamworks features, such as Stats, Achievements, Leaderboards and full Steam Controller support. Saved games can be moved between the platforms via Steam Cloud. For those who need an introduction to Book of Demons, the video “Book of Demons explained in 2 minutes” is an excellent start.

 

Book of Demons is a single-player, dark fantasy hack & slash, set in a paper world, where players fight the Archdemon’s army of darkness with magical cards instead of weapons. With the added support for the new platform, Mac gamers can now experience all of the signature features that Windows gamers have loved about Book of Demons:

* Flexiscope system to adjust quest length to your liking
* Papercraft visual art-style
* Unique card based hack & slash mechanics

 

Thing Trunk launched Book of Demons on Steam Early Access in July 2016 to very positive reviews and has since continued to support the game and its community with ongoing updates and bug fixes. This allowed the game to reach and hold a very positive overall review rating. A free demo of Book of Demons is available for Mac and PC on Steam.

 

Book of Demons is part of Thing Trunk’s Return 2 Games series, which focuses on creating memorable and engaging titles inspired by the early days of PC gaming. Fans of the series can support Thing Trunk’s future development by purchasing the R2G Supporter’s Pack DLC on Steam.

 

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PDFpen 10.2 No Offers Dark Mode, Smooth Scrolling and 1600% Max Zoom

Smile has released PDFpen and PDFpenPro 10.2, an update to its all-purpose PDF editing tool for Mac.

 

Version 10.2 adds support for dark mode in Mojave. Document scrolling has been improved, introducing a much smoother experience. Scrolling page thumbnails appear faster than before. Documents can be zoomed in by 1600%, aiding architects, engineers and others who deal with PDF plans.

 

PDFpen and PDFpenPro 10 work with PDFpen for iPad & iPhone version 3, allowing seamless editing across devices when used with Dropbox or iCloud.

 

PDFpen retails for US $74.95, PDFpenPro for $124.95. Family Pack licenses, which cover up to five computers in one household, are $94.95 for PDFpen and $149.95 for PDFpenPro. Office Pack licenses start at $224.95 for PDFpen (5 users) and $349.95 for PDFpenPro (5 users). Upgrades from earlier single user versions of either application are US $30, and free to users who purchased on or after January 1, 2018. Upgrades from any previous version of PDFpen to PDFpenPro 10 are $50. Upgrade pricing for Family Packs and Office Packs is found in our web store.

 

PDFpen and PDFpenPro 10 require macOS 10.12 (Sierra) and work great on macOS 10.14 (Mojave). For macOS 10.11 (El Capitan) and earlier, see our website for compatible PDFpen versions. Demo versions are available. Full versions of PDFpen and PDFpenPro are also available for purchase on Apple’s Mac App Store.

 

What’s New in PDFpen 10.2:
* Supports Mojave dark mode
* Smooths scrolling
* Draws thumbnails faster
* Increases maximum zoom to 1600%
* Other fixes and improvements

 

Features Specific to PDFpenPro:
* Export to Microsoft(R) Excel (.xlsx, .xls), Microsoft(R) PowerPoint (.pptx) and PDF Archive (PDF/A) formats (requires Internet connection for .pptx and PDF/A, must be a licensed user)
* Create cross-platform fillable PDF forms including interactive signature fields and email or web submission buttons
* Create and edit Table of Contents
* Convert websites into PDFs
* OCR multiple documents in batch
* Add and edit document permissions
* Automatic form creation makes existing PDF forms fillable
* Gather submitted form data via backend integration
* Add and delete file attachments and annotations
* Create Portfolio documents, combining related files together
* Correct typos in OCR text layer
* OCR horizontal Chinese, Japanese & Korean

 

Features:
* Add text, images and signatures to PDFs
* Correct text in original PDF with editable text blocks
* Fill out interactive PDF forms and sign them
* Redact or erase text, including OCR text
* Search and replace, search and redact, and search and highlight text
* Export in Microsoft(R) Word format, TIFF, JPEG, PNG, and flat PDF
* Scan directly from Image Capture or TWAIN scanners
* Perform OCR (Optical Character Recognition) on scanned documents
* View OCR layer for proofing OCR text from scanned pages, or remove OCR layer
* Edit original images, including adjusting resolution, color depth and contrast, skew, and size of an image or scanned document
* Sign PDF forms via drawing, interactive signature fields, or AATL or self-signed certificates
* Insert and remove pages; re-order pages in a PDF with drag & drop; combine PDFs maintaining Table of Contents entries
* Move, resize, copy and delete images in original PDF
* Save PDFs directly to Evernote
* Preview and extract file attachments and annotations
* Record and playback audio annotations
* Copy and paste rich text; retain fonts and formatting when copying from PDFs, including columns
* Context-sensitive popup-menus enable quick edits
* Add notes and comments, print annotation summary with or without the original text
* Mark up documents with highlighting, underscoring and strikethrough
* Save frequently-used images, signatures, objects and text in the Library; sync Library items with PDFpen for iPad & iPhone via iCloud
* Add page numbers, bookmarks, headers and footers, line numbers and watermarks
* Apply business-related and Sign Here stamps via the Library
* Password protect a document with up to 256-bit AES encryption
* Automate PDF manipulations with AppleScript and JavaScript Automation
* Available in English, Japanese, German, French, Italian, and Spanish

 

PDFpen Pricing:
US $74.95
Family Pack: $94.95 (home use; up to 5 computers in one household)
Office Pack: starts at $224.95 for 5 users
Single user upgrade from earlier versions of PDFpen: $30
(Free upgrades for purchases made on or after January 1, 2018; no free upgrades available on the Mac App Store)

 

PDFpenPro Pricing:
US $124.95
Family Pack: $149.95 (home use; up to 5 computers in one household)
Office Pack: starts at $349.95 for 5 users
Single user upgrade from earlier versions of PDFpenPro: $30
(Free upgrades for purchases made on or after January 1, 2018; no free upgrades available on the Mac App Store)

Single user upgrade from the previous version of PDFpen to PDFpenPro 10: $50

Site licenses: PDFpen $1249.95, PDFpenPro $1624.95
Site license terms: Single contact for support; single physical address or company with fewer than 1,000 employees.

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