Posts from the ‘macOS’ Category

Default Folder Update Improves Performance, Previews and Fixes Bugs

St. Clair Software announces Default Folder X 5.4.3. This release of its award-winning utility for enhancing Open and Save dialogs delivers better performance when interacting with the Finder, ForkLift and Path Finder, as well as when saving files over slow networks. It also refines Default Folder X’s on-the-fly previews, which are available as you browse files using its menus and in Open dialogs. The new enhancements and AppleScript commands speed up user workflows, and more than a dozen issues and bugs have been addressed.

 

 

The custom keyboard shortcuts put your favorite and recent folders at your fingertips. Pop-up menus let you navigate your folders and open Finder windows. Previews, file information, Spotlight tagging and comments are there when you need them. Open, save, and get back to work: Default Folder X speeds your workflow by making file management fast and efficient.

 

Changes include:

  • Faster interaction with the Finder, ForkLift and Path Finder
  • Improved speed when saving files over slow networks
  • Refined preview capabilities
  • Additional AppleScript commands to manage Default Folder X’s drawer in the Finder and to display its menus
  • Fixes for a number of compatibility issues, including problems with Pro Tools, Fission, TotalFinder and macOS’s screen capture

 

Default Folder X 5.4.3 is a free update for existing version 5 users. New licenses are $34.95 (USD) and upgrades from version 4 and prior are $14.95. Please see the St. Clair Software website for screencasts, screenshots, a full change log, and additional feature information.

Output Factory Server Adds Hot Folder Watching Interval

Zevrix Solutions releases Output Factory Server 2.2.13, an update to output automation solution for Adobe InDesign. The software automates InDesign production workflow by processing files from hot folders. It offloads printing and exporting from InDesign to a central system leaving operator workstations free from the output process.

 

 

Version 2.2.13 introduces an option to change the hot folder watching interval in app’s preferences. The watching interval specifies the regularity Output Factory Server scans hot folders for updates and changes. Increasing the interval can help users eliminate premature processing of large files on slow networks.

 

“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.”

 

Under the Output Factory Server workflow, production artists, prepress operators and designers copy InDesign jobs to hot folders that reside on a network. It then will process the files automatically on its dedication Mac station. Users can create hot folders for different output targets such as hi-res PDF, large format printing, JPEG files and so on.

 

Key features:

  • Output InDesign files automatically from watched hot folders
  • Output to multiple formats from a single hot folder
  • Supports PDF, PostScript, print, TIFF, EPUB and other formats
  • Variable output file names
  • Automatic email notifications
  • Run custom scripts
  • 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 10.8-10.15 and Adobe InDesign CS5-CC 2020.

GraphicConverter Update Adds Image Editing Features

Lemke Software GmbH announces the release of GraphicConverter 11.1.3, an update to their popular image editing utility for macOS. The utility, considered by many as the “Swiss Army Knife” of image editing applications, can convert any of over 200 graphic file formats into any of over 90 other graphic formats.

 

 

This version 11.1.3 includes native 64 bit pcd import, plus code support, menu item for showing embedded sub images and as well as a selection of bug fixes and performance improvements.

 

“GraphicConverter 11.1.3 continues our tradition of continual improvement of GraphicConverter, as we work to add new features and make performance improvements that both new and long-time users will appreciate and find useful,” says Thorsten Lemke, founder of Lemke Software GmbH. “While we continue to work to improve the application, we also strive to keep things simple enough for even novice users.”

 

New Features:

  • Convert & modify: function rasterize PDF
  • Preferences convert/export IPTC
  • Preferences open/dds
  • Native 64 bit PCD import without usage of a helper application
  • Copy video dates to matching videos in destination folder
  • Batch action: add/remove margin with percentage
  • Browser: export of summary as CSV
  • Menu edit/copy/copy GPS as plus code
  • Menu file/new/items to create a new image from Exif preview, FLIR data and depth data (if that data exists)

 

Updated Features Include:

  • Prefs open/metadata: sorting of keywords, persons, categories can be enabled/disabled
  • Browser drop area context menu: show in browser
  • Enhanced xpm import and export (support of more colors)
  • Prefs browser/library: option for choosing original or modified images in the media library
  • Save as options tiff: option for disabling multipage support
  • Icon set export supports new iOS sizes
  • Updated localizations
  • Map display remembers display kind
  • Improved Exif export
  • Reverse geocoding sets the xmp location to the complete result
  • Equalizer dialog supports storage of settings
  • Notification dialog before saving password protected PDFs
  • Support for move folders in drop area
  • Browser: gps support for pdf documents
  • Find duplicates: added delete both button
  • ExifTool, libDynaPDF
  • Added plus code support to summary tab in the browser
  • Resample pdf convert and modify function
  • Tiff import supports float16 encoding
  • Slideshow: shorten filename option
  • Convert & modify:concat supports selected of color mode
  • Bug fixes

 

GraphicConverter offer users the best method of editing images on the Mac. The app’s editing features can be used to capture, import, convert, and export images. In addition, the app offers powerful slideshow capabilities, the ability to import images directly from cameras (even in the RAW format). GraphicConverter also offers powerful batch processing features, support for AppleScript, catalog generation, and much more.

 

GraphicConverter 11.1.3’s new enhancements provide even more powerful image editing and enhancement features than ever before. However, the app continues to be simple enough to use for even new users to dive right in, quickly and efficiently editing their images.

 

“We encourage Mac users to download the trial version of GraphicConverter and give it a try. We’re sure once they try the app that they’ll find out that it’s perfect for any graphic editor’s needs,” continues Thorsten. “We also look forward to hearing how photographers, both pro and amateur use our app. If they have any suggestions for the app, we urge them to email us and share them.”

 

GraphicConverter 11.1.3 is only $39.95 USD (or an equivalent amount in other currencies) and is available worldwide through the Mac App Store in the Photography category. It can also be directly purchased online from the Lemkesoft website. Upgrades from older versions of GraphicConverter are available for $25.95 USD.

ArtOptimizer Can Now Sharpen All Layers In Photoshop

Zevrix Solutions announces ArtOptimizer 3.1.1 for Adobe Illustrator, an update to  image workflow automation solution. The only tool of its kind on the Mac market, ArtOptimizer eliminates the excess image data of Illustrator links and performs essential image adjustments. The software helps users save disk space as well as cut production time through automation of complex image manipulation tasks.

 

 

This version can automatically sharpen all image layers in Photoshop automatically without having to merge layers first in order to sharpen the entire image. ArtOptimizer will only sharpen the relevant pixel layers while ignoring adjustment and fill layers. In addition, the update allows users to use images with forward slashes in their file path, improves memory management, and removes the redundant option to run the app in full screen mode.

 

ArtOptimizer is a powerful automation solution in the print, prepress, and web design industries.

 

For example, users can:

  • Batch-process Illustrator files
  • Scale images in Photoshop to match their dimensions in Illustrator
  • Change image resolution to the desired target
  • Convert RGB images to CMYK profile
  • Resave JPEG files as TIFF
  • Merge layers and delete unused ones
  • Run Photoshop action on each image

 

In the end of processing ArtOptimizer reimports images to Illustrator at 100% in their precise position. As a result users can save gigabytes of disk space and countless hours of optimizing images manually. In addition, ArtOptimizer helps users accelerate document printing and exporting to PDF, speed up file transfer to service providers, reduce job turnaround, and cut costs through faster processing.

ArtOptimizer can be purchased from Zevrix web site for $120 (USD), as well as from authorized resellers and Adobe Exchange. Licensed users of earlier versions can upgrade to ArtOptimizer 3 for $60. Trial is also available for download. ArtOptimizer requires macOS 10.8-10.15 and Adobe Illustrator/Photoshop CS6-2020.

Duplicacy: The lock-free Deduplication Backup Tool Has a New Web Interface

Acrosync LLC today announces Duplicacy Web Edition 1.2.1, a web interface for the open-source backup tool Duplicacy. Duplicacy is the most advanced backup tool, offering 3 unparalleled features that can’t be found in any other backup tools.

 

Duplicacy takes a unique database-less approach where every chunk is saved independently using its hash as the file name to facilitate quick lookups. The removal of a centralized chunk database means Duplicacy is more robust and less error-prone, and this design makes implementing advanced features much easier.

 

Duplicacy is the only deduplication backup tool that allows multiple computers to back up to the same cloud storage, taking advantage of cross-computer deduplication without direct communication between them. In a large-scale deployment, this feature is essential for minimizing the cost of network bandwidth and storage, as well as maximizing backup speeds.

 

Duplicacy is a novel technology called Lock-Free Deduplication, which works by relying on the basic file system API to manage deduplicated chunks without using any locks. A two-step fossil collection algorithm is devised to solve the fundamental problem of deleting unreferenced chunks under the lock-free condition, making the deletion of old backups possible. Lock-Free Deduplication not only enables the data-baseless approach and cross-computer deduplication, but also brings other important benefits, such as allowing a prune job to run in parallel with multiple backup jobs.

 

In addition, Duplicacy users can now effortlessly set up backup, copy, check, and prune jobs that will reliably protect important data while making the most efficient use of local or cloud storage space. The intuitive dashboard presents several statistical charts providing insights into the overall health of backups and storages.

 

A personal license for Duplicacy Web Edition costs $20.00 (USD) for one computer for the first year and $5.00 (USD) per year afterwards. The commercial costs $50.00 per computer per year.

FmPro Migrator Update Adds FileMaker 18 Table Consolidation on Catalina

.com Solutions Inc. announces FmPro Migrator Developer Edition 8.87, a maintenance update adding support for FileMaker 18 table consolidation projects on macOS Catalina. This supports FileMaker Pro Advanced 11 – 18 on macOS.

 

Improvements in FmPro Migrator 8.87 includes:

  • Added compatibility with macOS 10.15 Catalina when creating TOs and Relationships
  • Fixed an issue updating TO base table names having Unicode characters
  • Improved the data import scripts by specifying the source database filename; Scripts will still need to be slightly modified to map the fields from the correct source table to the destination table in situations where there are multiple tables in a source file
  • Added a new feature to the layout creation Pass #2 processing to allow restarting layout processing starting at the currently selected layout when holding the Shift key while clicking this button
  • The individual Custom Functions creation feature for FileMaker databases checks for whether FileMaker 15 versions are being used and prompts for using the newer and improved Clipboard XML creation feature instead
  • Added a new Table Consolidation Layout Troubleshooter app; This tool uses the new FileMaker 18 XML file to help troubleshoot issues with missing layouts during the automated Pass#1 layout creation process

 

VFP:

  • Fixed an issue with Field IDs = 0 being created within FileMaker databases from VFP DBF files. This problem resulted in the fields being “invisible” to the FileMaker database and not allowing importing or deletion of the fields.
  • Fixed an issue with VFP PRG code script steps not being properly commented when pasting into FileMaker.

 

PHP: Fixed the database connection info for PostgreSQL database connections in the app/Config/database.php file.

 

FmPro Migrator is now notarized by Apple to prevent warnings when launching the app on macOS 10.15 Catalina.

 

FmPro Migrator Developer Edition is priced at $199 (USD) per developer, FmPro Migrator Platinum Edition is priced at $599 per developer, and both versions are available immediately. A functional demo version of FmPro Migrator may be downloaded online.

Moth Software Updates Mail Archiver X 5.2 With More Languages

Moth Software announces Mail Archiver X 5.2 for macOS. This update serves as a companion to the user’s current email client, allowing consolidation, archiving, and permanent storage of emails. Emails may be saved in the application’s native database format, Evernote, Filemaker, or PDF.

 

 

When archiving emails from a variety of email applications into a single database, the app prevents accidental deletions, facilitates quick searches, and eliminates the storage size limits. By saving emails in a single, standardized format, users are ensured that they can read all their emails, even those from legacy applications, from which they have subsequently migrated. Following the archiving process, users may browse or search from the Mail Archiver X viewer.

 

New Features:

  • French, Italian and Spanish localisations have been added
  • Archiving Gmail emails from AppleMail is much faster
  • The interface has been modernised
  • Archiving from IMAP accounts with a date range is much faster
  • Emails can be coloured for AppleMail instead of moving them to the trash
  • Mail Archiver no longer needs to stay in front when archiving to Filemaker

Feature Highlights:

  • An ideal email management and archive solution
  • Protect and save all emails in a single archive folder
  • Archives emails from the following formats: Mail, Outlook, Postbox, Powermail, Thunderbird, and standard mbox
  • Exports emails to the following formats: Internal Database, Evernote, Filemaker, PDF, mbox, or Text
  • Built-in email database browser
  • Filemaker support, when using the Filemaker Version 18 or higher archive

 

Mail Archiver X 5.2 costs $44.95 (USD) and is available directly from Moth Software. A free, fully-functional, 10-day trial version can be downloaded. Mail Archiver X 5.2 comes with a 30-day, money back guarantee.

Output Factory for Improves Print Queue Job Managing

Zevrix Solutions releases Output Factory 2.4.23, an update to  batch output automation solution for Adobe InDesign. Awarded 5 stars by InDesign Magazine, Output Factory lets printers, ad agencies, and publishing houses worldwide automate and simplify their output workflow and repurpose InDesign files for the web and mobile devices.

 

 

This version fixes an issue that could prevent users from renaming InDesign jobs in printing queue on macOS Mojave and later. This feature lets users split print jobs into multiple pages while automatically naming each of them using variable tokens. Print professionals harness this option to better describe output jobs with user-defined names in order simplify and streamline the print queue management.

 

“Output Factory has been the single biggest time-saver I’ve encountered in ten years of print production,” says Mike Agate, Head of Production of Which?, Europe’s largest consumer rights organization. “Easily saves hours a week, producing bullet-proof documents over and over… With the reduction in head count and efficiency savings, it must have paid for itself 500 times over.”

 

Output Factory users only need to select InDesign files, adjust workflow settings, and the software will do the rest. Built-in preflighting ensures that no output errors will be left unnoticed. The program supports all popular output formats.

 

Key features:

  • Output multiple InDesign files with a single click
    Supports print, PDF, PostScript, EPS, TIFF, HTML and other formats
    Export as single pages
    Layer versioning
    Output to several formats at once
    Variable output file names
    Automatic preflight
    Send output files to FTP and other servers

 

Output Factory can be purchased from Zevrix website for $170 USD (Lite version $120), as well as from authorized resellers and Adobe Exchange. Trial is also available for download. The update is free for the users of Output Factory 2.x, and $85 to upgrade from Output Factory 1.x and BatchOutput.