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Professional Color Grading Tool is a New Feature in Pixelmator Pro 1.2.4 Update

The Pixelmator Team today updated Pixelmator Pro to version 1.2.4, which adds a redesigned Color Balance adjustment inspired by professional color grading tools, the ability to resize images using different scaling algorithms, two new Automator actions, and more. Pixelmator Pro was also awarded the Mac App of the Year award on Apple’s Best of 2018 list.

 

 Professional Color Grading Tool is a New Feature in Pixelmator Pro 1.2.4 Update

 

The redesigned Color Balance adjustment brings a much more fluid and intuitive way to adjust the color balance of photos, inspired by professional video grading and editing tools. Video professionals need the fastest and easiest way to get exact color looks and the wheel interface is a favorite among them. It lets you easily add a color tint to the shadows, midtones, and highlights of an image, also adjusting the brightness and saturation of colors in each range. And Color Balance can now be improved automatically using a Core ML-powered algorithm trained on 20 million professional photos. Which makes creating beautiful photographs using Pixelmator Pro easier than ever.

 

With this latest update, users can now resize images using scaling algorithms designed for specific uses in image editing. The Lanczos algorithm better preserves small details when downsizing, Nearest Neighbor lets users resize pixel art while keeping the signature blocky look, while Bilinear is useful for resizing photographic images as it’s fast and naturally softens edges. Pixelmator Pro 1.2.4 also includes a range of additional new features, like two new Pixelmator Pro actions for the Automator app, an improved Grain adjustment that adds film-style grain in a more natural and realistic way, as well as other improvements and fixes.

 

On Tuesday, Pixelmator Pro was also honored with the Mac App of the Year award for making “a huge range of pro-level image-editing tools accessible to all.” The award came almost exactly a year after Pixelmator Pro was initially released on the Mac App Store and crowns a busy year for the Pixelmator Team, which included many significant updates to Pixelmator Pro, the unveiling of a new photo editing app for iPad, and updates to the original Pixelmator apps on macOS and iOS.

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Powerful New Calculator Template Features in PowerOne 6.1

Infinity Softworks has released PowerOne 6.1 , a whole new take on mobile-focused, frequently-used calculations. With its combination of a simple interface for using and editing templates, PowerOne ensures that calculations are performed accurately, quickly, and consistently.

 

Powerful New Calculator Template Features in PowerOne 6.1

 

Additionally, PowerOne Premium adds a number of useful features for individuals needing more power out of PowerOne, including the access to a wider variety of pre-created templates and themes, create your own custom templates, as well as the ability to share templates with other PowerOne Premium users. PowerOne Premium is available as an in-app subscription service.

 

Key features of PowerOne Premium include:

* Access to over 300 library templates
* Ability to create and edit templates
* Share templates with other Premium customers
* Share results with more sources
* Customize the look and feel with more themes
* Support future development of PowerOne

PowerOne 6.1 is Free (With In-App Purchases) and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Utilities category. PowerOne Premium is available as an in-app subscription service for $2.99 per month or $19.99 per year. More information can be found at PowerOne online. For more information, please contact Elia Freedman.

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PowerOne 6.1
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Recosoft’s ID2Office 2019 Exports InDesign to Word, PPT and Keynote

Recosoft Corporation has released ID2Office 2019, the newest version of the InDesign to Word, PowerPoint and Keynote formats conversion plug-in for Adobe InDesign(R) CC 2019.

 

Recosoft's ID2Office 2019 Exports InDesign to Word, PPT and Keynote

 

ID2Office 2019 adds support for Adobe InDesign CC 2019, the latest release of InDesign CC for macOS and Windows. Additionally, ID2Office 2019 recognizes the split/span property, resulting in enhanced layout preservation. Finally, ID2Office 2019 now allows converting images to JPEG type, significantly reducing the file size of image-centric documents.

 

ID2Office converts InDesign files to editable Microsoft Word, PowerPoint and Apple Keynote formats; converting the text, associated styles, paragraph structure, corresponding property information, frames linking, tables, graphics and other objects while matching and maintaining the layout fidelity, resulting in enhanced workflow automation for Creative Professionals.

 

Key New Features include:

* Support for InDesign Creative Cloud 2019:
ID2Office 2019 now supports and integrates with InDesign CC 2019. InDesign CC through CC 2018 are supported as well.

* JPEG image export:
You can now specify JPEG as the image type and specify the compression quality of the JPEG images; resulting in smaller file sizes.

* Split/Span property recognition:
ID2Office 2019 includes layout enhancements where span/split column property are recognized, and the layout is preserved as accurately as possible when converting to any of the supported formats.

* Additional InDesign property support:
Tab markers are now processed and replicated accurately. Additionally, grouped objects with text/tables are now editable in the resulting Word, PowerPoint and Keynote file.

ID2Office 2019 is available immediately in the following configurations from the Recosoft web store (per license):

* ID2Office Standard 2019 Annual subscription (macOS/Windows) $199.00 (USD)
* ID2Office Professional 2019 Annual subscription (macOS only) $249.00 (USD)

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Good School Tools Holiday Special Now On

Good School Tools announced today that it will provide an annual subscription promo code for any of its apps in exchange for a positive review in the App Store. Simply go to their website and follow the directions to get your promo code; a $199 value. This promo includes, Seeker for School Emergencies version 1.8.0, School ID Cards and Photos version 3.5.0, Tardy Sweep for Late Students version 1.5.0, Assign Student Detention version 1.1.0, and Detention Room for Schools version 1.0.3. Here’s what people have said about our most popular apps.

 

Heather Miller, AP at P140K in Brooklyn used the School ID app taking advantage of the 60 day free trial and says:
“You definitely addressed my issue. We are a multi-sited school (P140K) and our main site has an ID card maker but we’ve always had to make them ‘by hand’ at our off-sites. Paired with the Polaroid Zip printer, I’m able to print 2×3 IDs from your app and that’s streamlined the process. I tried it for one site and am going to do so for another and see how that goes. New tech that makes life easy is so great. The mugbook feature is wonderful … my school safety agents love it. It allows us to share their names and photos without having to include too much sensitive information. It’s really great.”

 

Melissa Nolan, AP at East Jessamine HS in KY used the Tardy Sweep 60 day free trial subscription and says:
“I’ve already shared the app info with some other principals in other districts! It’s going great here! Teachers are happy with the app….students, not so much. 🙂 Our tardies to class have been reduced by 45% since this time last year. It works!!!!”

 

Wes Merta, AP at Strathcona Secondary School in Canada says:
“We have been using the Tardy Sweep App for two years now and are extremely pleased with it. It is allowed us to minimize the number of tardies that our students have been earning and it is a very efficient way of keeping records. It also has become a very good communication tool with our parents. I would highly recommend it to other schools.”

 

A short list of 8 student identifiers may be entered via the app or imported from a .csv file created by Excel or Numbers or output from your existing SIS. Those eight identifiers include:

* Student ID
* First Name
* Last Name
* Birthday
* Grade
* Gender
* Email
* Phone

 

This short list of identifiers is designed to allow for immediate identification of students. Student photos are entered in a single Zip’d file folder; each picture labeled with the student’s ID number. App information is kept on your phone so you can access your critical information even when wireless networks are down. You may enter a PIN number so that only you know how to access the student information.

Apps are Free (With In-App Subscription Purchase options) and available exclusively through the App Store in the Education category. For more information, please contact Tim Walton.

Good School Tools
Holiday Special
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Australian Psychologist’s App Helps Put Stressed People to Sleep

Stress comes in many forms and from many things, including traumatic events, chronic pain/illness or simply the demands of a busy lifestyle. One of the first things to suffer is sleep. In fact, experts no longer consider insomnia a sleeping disorder, but a stress disorder. Thankfully, a new mobile app called Sleep Restore, released by renowned Australian psychologist Mark Grant, is helping people around the world find rest through its incorporation of bilateral stimulation, a treatment element of EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing), a cutting-edge PTSD therapy.

 

On first use, Sleep Restore evaluates the issues causing a person to suffer from insomnia and then selects a specialized set of audio treatments for them to listen to as they lay down to sleep. In addition, the app will alert you if it suspects some other potential issues are causing sleep disturbances which you can then bring up with your own physician.

 

Other audio sleep solutions tend to focus only on standard meditations or “relaxing sounds€ such as rainfall to attempt to help a user get to sleep. Unfortunately, an anxious brain soon gets used to these and goes back to being tense or worried. Sleep Restore gets around this through its incorporation of bilateral stimulation (bls) which, in effect, creates an auditory illusion that something is moving, a sensation the brain is unlikely to get desensitized to. This captures and holds attention of the brain long enough for its functioning to be altered. Bls has been found to decrease brain activity associated with stress and stimulate brain activity associated with restful sleep.

 

Sleep Restore 1.1.3 is free to download on iTunes and in Google Play for most mobile devices including phones and tablets. The free version comes with the complete sleep evaluation tool and six tracks that are 20 minutes long each. The tracks consist of a blend of music, nature sounds guided meditations and bls. For those who wish to have more options, a premium version is available for around $9.50 USD (price may vary due to currency fluctuations) for a total of 18 tracks (with bonus tracks). Users who complete a sleep evaluation questionnaire in the app three times receive 2 free bonus tracks and their sleep data will anonymously be evaluated in ongoing sleep research.

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PDF Checkpoint Now Supports macOS Mojave Support

Zevrix Solutions today announces PDF Checkpoint 1.8.8, a compatibility update to company’s PDF preflight and conversion automation tool. Remarkably fast, PDF Checkpoint automatically preflights, exports as images, splits and optimizes multiple Adobe PDF files. PDF Checkpoint is an ideal solution for users who need a fast, affordable and easy to use app to check PDF files for errors and convert them to the desired format and color space.

 

The new version adds support for the recently released macOS 10.14 Mojave and is offered as a free update to licensed users. The update also features implementation of the SoftwareKey licensing system, which offers users streamlined registration experience with the ability to manage their activations in a personal online license portal.

 

PDF Checkpoint is designed to automate and simplify PDF workflows of publishers, ad agencies, prepress houses, printers and graphic designers:

* Batch preflighting and conversion of PDF files
* Check PDF fonts, colors, images and metadata for specific attributes
* Convert PDF color mode using ICC profiles
* Split files into single page PDFs
* Route files by preflight results into success and error folders
* Export PDF as images with specific resolution, color and page scale

 

For example, users can preflight a folder of PDF files and convert them to TIFF images at 300 dpi while scaling each page by 50%. Users can also create print-ready PDFs from such apps as Apple Pages and Swift Publisher by converting colors to the recommended CMYK profile.

PDF Checkpoint can be purchased on Mac App Store and Zevrix website for $39.95 (USD), as well as from authorized resellers. The update is free to licensed users. Trial is also available for download. PDF Checkpoint requires macOS 10.7-10.14.

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PDF Checkpoint 1.8.8
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Protect Yourself from Data Loss and Downtime DriveDx 1.8.2 for Mac

BinaryFruit today is pleased to announce the release and immediate availability of DriveDx 1.8.2, 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.

 

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 email 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 1.8.2:
* Fixed disk free space monitoring on Bootcamp volumes
* Improved temperature monitoring of SSDs,
* Improved detection of drives behind some RAIDs and USB/Thunderbolt HUB/multiport docks,
* Improved disk health diagnostic algorithms and heuristics
* 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 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 $49.99

 

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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New Elmedia Player 7.0 Offers Powerful Streaming Possibilities

Eltima Software has released a new version of their well-known media player – Elmedia. Version 7.0 has a lot of improvements with the Chromecast support being the most substantial one. Elmedia Player allows casting local videos and audio files of almost any file format from Mac, Macbook Macbook PRO, etc. to Chromecast. Online videos can be streamed from Mac to Chromecast as well. One can watch YouTube, Vimeo and Dailymotion videos via Chromecast without in-built ads inevitable in a web browser.

 

Elmedia Player, is a free media player for Mac that supports an immense variety of video and audio formats and offers convenient options for ultimate video watching. It has a 10-band equalizer to shape audio tone that you can adjust manually, allows managing subtitles, supports playlists for local files and web videos, internal volume control, internal audio tracks support and more.

 

Those who have Apple TV will appreciate the newly added possibility to stream 4K videos there. When streaming 4K videos from your computer to Apple TV with the help of Elmedia Player you get to enjoy high-quality media content on a large screen.

 

As with this version Elmedia Player becomes DLNA-enabled, you can now easily stream various media wirelessly from your Mac or MacBook to DLNA-compatible devices on your home network. Thanks to the DLNA support you can turn your Mac into a media server gaining quick wireless access to video and audio files on your smart TV’s large screen (Samsung, LG, Sony Smart TV, and the list goes on). This eliminates the need to copy files to USB flash drive or connect your device to your TV with an HDMI cable.

 

Another handy addition to the player is the built-in subtitles search through Open Subtitles, one of the most popular subtitle resources. One can find various subtitle files, download them and use for their videos.

 

The unique Open Online Videos option allows you to open any video on YouTube, Vimeo, or Dailymotion in the player and watch it without ads that you would otherwise have to watch and wait to be able to skip.

 

Such options as downloading of web videos from YouTube, Dailymotion, Vimeo and huge number of other websites, making screenshots or series of screenshots from the videos, streaming music and videos from Elmedia Player to other devices with AirPlay support, playback enhancement options (A-B loop, 10-band audio equalizer with presets, video and image layout adjustments), as well as streaming to smart TV, Chromecast, or Apple TV are available in Elmedia Player PRO.

 

The PRO version can be obtained from developer’s website and ranges from $19.95 to $39.95 (USD) depending on the number of computers it will be installed on.

 

Elmedia Player 7.0
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