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Adobe InDesign Plug-Ins and PDF Tools on Sale

Zevrix Solutions announces a spring sale until April 3. Zevrix offers 50% discount on everything in its online store, which  include product upgrades. It offers several popular plug-ins for Adobe InDesign and Illustrator, which help professionals automate document output, automate repetitive tasks, save disk space, and cut production costs.

 

 

“Zevrix software its the best kept secret out there for the Graphic Design industry,” says Darren Rath of eponymous design studio in Melbourne, Australia. “It rocks and continues to impress and improve at a scary rate… Thanks to Zevrix products, every piece of artwork that flies out of here requires no intervention by the prepress departments.”

 

Included in sale:

  • LinkOptimizer for InDesign, a plug-in that reduces link size by eliminating excess image data, performs essential picture adjustments, and converts file formats. LinkOptimizer lets users save gigabytes of disk space, cut down on processing time, and reduce production costs.
  • Output Factory for InDesign, a document printing and exporting automation solution that offers batch output, layer versioning, export as single pages, preflighting, variable file names, and more. A server version that processes files from watched hot folders is also available.
  • Package Central for InDesign, a server-grade tool that automates packaging of InDesign documents from hot folders. The app automatically collects InDesign documents along with their links and fonts with the ability to include PDF and IDML files, send email notifications, assign variable folder names and more.
  • Zevrix tools for PDF workflows let users batch print PDF files and automate preflighting, color conversion and format exchange. The company also offers batch output solutions for Microsoft Office, file delivery automation tools, and quality control software for images and vector graphic files.

 

Zevrix software can be purchased at 50% off until April 3, 2020 from Zevrix website. For details, please visit the website. Product trials are also available for download. All Zevrix products require macOS 10.8-10.15; InDesign and Illustrator solutions require Adobe Creative Cloud CS5-2020 software.

 

LinkOptimizer Update Adds New Duplicate Image Name Options

Zevrix Solutions releases LinkOptimizer 5.4.15, an update to image processing automation tool for Adobe InDesign. LinkOptimizer automates complex image manipulation tasks and allows users to reduce the size of InDesign links, save processing time, and decrease production costs.

 

 

Version 5.4.15 adds advanced options for the naming of duplicate InDesign links during processing. Users can now assign unique names to duplicates by using a random number or by appending a serial number to the variable file name. With this update, it also improves memory management and addresses a bug in InDesign that caused an error when updating links during analyzing on macOS Catalina.

 

“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 automatically with Adobe Photoshop to eliminate the excess image data of InDesign links, perform essential image adjustments and convert various image formats.

For example:

  • Scale and crop images to match their dimensions in InDesign
  • Change their resolution to 300 ppi
  • Convert all RGB images to CMYK
  • Resave all JPEG images as TIFF
  • Run a Photoshop Action on each image

 

At the end of processing, LinkOptimizer will reimport images to InDesign at 100% in their precise position. The resulting savings of disk space, time and resources can be dramatic:

  • Save gigabytes of disk space
  • Accelerate document output
  • Save endless hours – and even days – of manually optimizing image size, resolution and formats
  • Reduce job turnaround drastically and cut costs through faster processing

 

LinkOptimizer can be purchased from Zevrix website for $259.95 USD (Light version: $179.95) as well as from Adobe Exchange and authorized resellers. Trial is also available for download. The update is free for LinkOptimizer 5.x users and $130 to upgrade from previous versions. LinkOptimizer requires macOS 10.8-10.15 and Adobe InDesign / Photoshop CS5-2020.

WaterField Introduces Hitch Crossbody Laptop Brief for MacBook and iPad

WaterField Designs announces the new Hitch Crossbody Laptop Brief in two sizes: the “Compact” to fit Apple’s newly-announced 13-inch MacBook Air, the anticipated 14-inch MacBook Pro, or the 13-inch Surface Pro, and the “Full” to fit the 16-inch Apple MacBook Pro or the 15-inch Surface Pro.

 

This bag’s clean lines keep the look compact even as subtle expanders add depth and capacity to the bag’s front pockets. Each bag includes two padded interior compartments: one for a laptop and another for Apple’s new 12.9-inch iPad Pro with Magic Keyboard.

 

“The Hitch is so comfortable even when it’s packed, and it keeps all my gear easy to access,” said company owner Gary Waterfield. “The vertical design keeps the weight distributed. It holds a lot but stays really sleek looking”it’s sharp enough to serve as an office briefcase. The adjustable shoulder strap can be worn crossbody or off one shoulder.”

 

Every detail is carefully devised for ease of use and esthetic appeal. A spacious main compartment, accessed from either side, features a padded laptop and padded tablet sleeve. Two sizes suit laptops as large as the upcoming 14-inch and the 16-inch MacBook Pro and tablets up to 12.9 inches. Gold rip-stop lining lights up the interior making it easy to find everything else needed for a day’s work, even at the bottom of the bag. Interior open-topped pockets, pen slots, and a quick-retrieval key tether are all raised off the bottom for convenient access and balanced weight distribution.

 

The zippered front pocket is larger than it appears thanks to subtle, cleverly-designed expanders, so it can hold bulky items like a power brick or mouse without bulging. Inside the front pocket, more organizational pockets keep quick-access items easy to locate. Flexible carry options include a removable suspension shoulder strap, two briefcase-style handles, and a convenient wheeled suitcase passthrough. A full-grain leather base and front panel reinforce the bag and add a bit of luxury to this handsome laptop bag.

 

Users choose from a durable black ballistic nylon or rugged tan waxed canvas base. They can then opt for accents in one of two premium, full-grain leather colors. The Hitch Crossbody Brief joins an extensive line of WaterField tech-friendly messenger bags, briefcases, backpacks, and duffel bags designed for commuting, for supporting professionals at the office, and for improving the travel experience.

 

Dimensions and Weight:

  • Compact; 10.375 x 13.25 x 3.75 inches; Canvas”1.8 lbs. Ballistic 1.5 lbs. (Fits new 13-inch MacBook Air, anticipated 14-inch MacBook Pro & Surface Pro 13-inch.)
  • Long; 11.75 x 15 x 3.75 inches; Canvas; 2.2 lbs. Ballistic; 1.8 lbs. (Fits MacBook Pro 16-inch and Surface Pro 15-inch.)

 

The Hitch Crossbody Brief is priced: (Compact $249). and Full $259 (USD). Pre-order now. First production run ships as soon as we are back in our San Fransico sewing studio.

Graphic Inspector Update Addresses macOS Catalina Memory Bug

Zevrix Solutions releases Graphic Inspector 2.4.6, a security update to  quality control solution for images and vector graphic files. The software can check entire folders of documents for potential problems according to specific workflow requirements. This is the only tool on the market that lets the graphics industry professionals inspect both raster images and Adobe Illustrator documents.

 

 

Graphic Inspector new version addresses an issue that made it hang when retrieving icon previews for large batches of files on macOS Catalina. The problem was eventually traced to a memory bug introduced on macOS 10.15. The new update restores uninterrupted file processing of large image folders by Graphic Inspector. In the meantime, the display of icon previews on Catalina is temporarily suspended even if this option is checked in the app’s preferences. Until a workaround is found, Graphic Inspector will always display generic icons for all files.

 

“Graphic Inspector displays every bit of useful information about vector or raster graphic files and flags the ones that match rules you define,” writes Jay Nelson in Layers magazine. “With its combination of price, utility, and thoughtful design, Graphic Inspector is a rare gem.”

 

This app is designed to help users of any trade, whether it’s print, prepress, web design, or digital photography. For example, users can quickly locate files whose color mode is CMYK, format – TIFF, resolution is below 300 dpi, ICC profile isn’t “US Web Coated” and so on.

 

Key features:

  • Check multiple images and vector files for potential problems
  • Customizable checkup presets
  • Common checks such as resolution, color mode, ICC profile
  • Professional prepress checks: spot colors, fonts in vector files, image compression and more
  • Search image EXIF, IPTC and GPS metadata

 

Graphic Inspector can be purchased from the Zevrix web site for $19.95 (USD), as well as from authorized resellers. Trial is also available for download. The update is free for users of version 2 ($10 to upgrade from version 1). Graphic Inspector requires macOS 10.8-10.15.

SideNotes for Mac – Multiple New Features to Note-Taking App

Apptorium announces the release of SideNotes 1.1, an update to their note-taking solution for macOS. The app is totally non-distracting, as it hides on the side of the monitor when not being used, and appears instantly when the need arises.

 

 

It allows Mac users to quickly take notes by appearing with a single click of the mouse, by pressing a keyboard shortcut, or by moving the mouse cursor. SideNotes allows users to keep handy notes, graphics, task lists, and more without being distracted from their main workflow, all thanks to the app’s clean and minimalistic user interface.

 

“Have you ever had a thought that came to your mind and all you wanted was to write it down quickly? Meet SideNotes!” says Apptorium CEO Marcin Krzywonos. “It’s an app for note-taking where you put all your busy thoughts into a neat, quick and organized way. Enjoy its non-distractive workflow. With SideNotes you can save your ideas, pictures, task lists and many more.”

 

There’s no searching under windows on your Mac desktop looking for your notes with SideNotes . The app instantly appears, sliding over the other open windows with the click of a mouse or a quick keyboard combo. The app is completely controllable with the keyboard, allowing users to keep their fingers on the keys.

 

Features:

  • Smoothly pull out notes from outside your monitor and easily hide them again
  • Mark notes with colors and group them into folders
  • Drag and drop pictures directly from a web browser
  • Save links, code snippets or even colors
  • Create task lists and mark items done
  • Create notes directly from the pasteboard
  • Drop any file or folder
  • Three text formatting modes are available: Markdown, Plain Text and Code

 

SideNotes text formatting takes advantage of both Markdown and plain text formatting. Using Markdown syntax, users can format text quickly. Formatting is rendered on the fly, allowing users to format text without knowing complicated syntax. The app also offers a Text Formatting button that displays a menu of various text formatting options.

 

Markdown formatting can be disabled by choosing from Plain Text, or Code mode. Developers will appreciate Code mode, as it allows them to store short code snippets, only to retrieve them with just a click. SideNotes also allows users to drop images into notes from saved images or drag-and-drop them directly from a web browser. The image size is automatically adjusted to the note’s width. SideNotes also stores the original image, so when a user double-clicks it, the original image opens.

 

Version 1.1 brings new and improved features:

  • Search for notes and folders
  • Share Extension
  • New option to show and hide the app – by clicking on a menubar icon
  • Ability to move notes to other folders
  • Dropping any file on the app will create a shortcut to that file with a preview
  • Run app on startup
  • New keyboard shortcut to pin the app window
  • New keyboard shortcut to move notes up and down
  • New keyboard shortcut to create a new note from pasteboard
  • Ability to set dark and light appearance manually
  • AppleScript: ability to get current folder and selected note
  • New empty note placeholders
  • Fixed: On clickable elements in notes that were on screen bottom
  • Fixed: URLs with a dash weren’t working
  • Fixed: Escape key didn’t work properly during editing folder name
  • Fixed: Other application scrollbars were not working
  • Small bug fixes and performance enhancements

 

The app offers users an accessible task list. Users can add a task by clicking the text formatting button or by using the key combo “CMD-T.” This creates a line with a checkmark, which can be marked as complete with a single mouse click. The app can also group notes into folders, each note can have one of six pre-set colors.

 

“SideNotes is the answer to messy desktop,” continues Marcin. “If users tend to make a short text files on the desktop, they can now simply Drag & Drop them on the application window. It will copy content of all these files to the application.”

 

SideNotes 1.1 is $19.99 USD (or an equivalent amount in other currencies) and is available worldwide through the Mac App Store in the Productivity Category. The app is also available through the Apptorium website. A trial download version of the app is also available. Setapp subscribers also get access to SideNotes.

iMazing 2.11 Adds New Way to Manage iOS Photo Library

DigiDNA announces the release of iMazing 2.11 for macOS. iMazing allows transferring of messages, music, files, and other types of data from any iPhone, iPad or iPod touch device. iMazing is the tool for iOS devices, allowing users to create local backups, transfer photos, music and any files between their device and Macs or Windows PCs, print text messages, and so much more. This version brings a new way to manage and transfer photos from an iOS or iPadOS device.

 

 

iMazing 2.11 debuts a new way for users to manage and transfer iPhone and iPad photos from their Mac. After connecting their iOS device and their computer via USB or Wi-FI, the entire photo library becomes available within seconds, streamed straight from the device. The new feature enables previewing high resolution images before actually importing them. Users can view all photo metadata, including location, detailed camera settings, number of views, last shared date and more.

 

“Photographers will appreciate the attention to detail and raw power on display,” says DigiDNA’s Gregorio Zanon. “More casual snappers will enjoy being able to browse their library seamlessly and export just the photos they need.”

 

Additional information is also listed for each photo. That information includes original versions of edited photos, both the video and image elements of Live Photos, and pre-bokeh effect versions of photos taken using the device’s Portrait Camera app feature.

 

Features Include:

 

Browsing & Filtering:

  • 3 different views: Moments, Grid and List
  • Browse by media type, album or smart album
  • All available metadata displayed
  • Browse hidden assets like originals of edited photos
  • Full screen mode (just double click the image, hit esc to exit)
  • Open location in Google Maps (double-click the map)
  • Date filters, text search, sort by any field

 

Export Options:

  • Include pre-portrait effect versions of Portrait mode photos
  • Include all frames of bursts
  • Include originals of edited items
  • Include video component of Live Photos
  • Automatically organize exports in a folder hierarchy, by moment and media type
  • Recover photos from albums synced with iTunes or the Finder
  • HEIC to JPEG conversion, adjustable quality

 

Mac Import Options:

  • Create From my Mac albums on iPhone or iPad
  • Add photos to albums via drag and drop (no sync)

 

Delete Options:

  • Bulk delete photos from the Camera Roll (not available if iCloud Photo Library is enabled)
  • Remove photos or entire albums from synced albums

 

Backup Options:

  • Browse and recover from any iMazing backup snapshot
  • Browse and recover from iTunes or Finder backups
  • Encrypted backups are fully supported, if backup password is known

 

When used in combination with iMazing’s Time Machine-like automatic iOS backups, the new Photos tool enables users to recover deleted photos, even if they’ve been fully removed from both the device and from iCloud. The entire Photo library of any Apple mobile touch device can be archived, making it always browsable in high resolution at blazingly fast speeds.

 

“Users can also create and manage iOS Photo albums by dropping photos in iMazing, and delete items from the Camera Roll in bulk,” continues Gregorio. “The new Photos tool is currently available only in the macOS version of iMazing. The Windows PC version is scheduled for release this Summer.”

 

iMazing 2.11 for macOS is free to download and available through the iMazing website. Browsing photos and data is entirely free. Premium features require the purchase of a license. A Single License (1 computer) is $44.99 USD, Universal license (2 computers) is $49.99, Family license (5 computers) is $69.99. The 2.11 (macOS) update is free for all iMazing 2 license owners.

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.