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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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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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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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Learn Japanese and Explore Tokyo on the Go With Tokyo Ride

Sola K.k has released Tokyo Ride, their very first Japanese learning application. The user controls Riku -the manga styled main character- through Tokyo while learning Japanese and exploring the city. There is a dedicated Tokyo Map section in the game, where the user can learn other interesting facts about all of the famous landmarks and places of Tokyo.



Designed with the player in mind, Tokyo Ride is enjoyable for all ages and Japanese levels. “Pick the game mode suitable for your needs and beat high scores. Play according to your schedule, each game can be extended or shortened based on your preferences. Perfect for studying on the go. Tokyo Ride is not only a learning application, but also a fun game to keep you entertained and encouraged to continue studying.”


* Easy and intuitive controls
* Quick, fast paced sessions ideal for studying on the go
* Test your knowledge of Hiragana and Katakana
* Study guide with all the Hiragana and Katakana characters with their pronunciation
* 3 different game modes to suit your needs
* Learn interesting trivia about Tokyo landmarks
* Simple but fun visual design


Tokyo Ride is available for free worldwide on both the App Store and the Google Play Store in the Game category in English.


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VideoDuke is a Video Downloader for Mac

Eltima Software has releasedVideoDuke 1.0, a dedicated video downloader for macOS that supports a multitude of websites and can download various types of videos from them in different resolutions.



Support for streaming videos means one can save live streams of sports events, video games, educational programs, etc. on their computer.


VideoDuke can download videos embedded via HTML5 and those streamed over RTMP. As well as many other popular platforms, YouTube is well supported by VideoDuke. This means one can save videos in a desired quality as well as simply extract audio files from any YouTube video.


VideDuke can operate in two modes: simple and advanced. The names speak for themselves – Simple mode is laconic, only has a handful of controls to allow for quick and easy downloading in the least amount of clicks. In Advanced mode more complex options are available: the app will display all resources fetched from the web page including the video itself, audio, Flash animation, images, etc. If you need to download any of the mentioned above, you can easily do so by clicking the Download button next to each item.


If a video has subtitles or closed captions in different languages, you can save them to your computer along with the video. The subtitles will be downloaded as an SRT file that can be played by the majority of video players or embedded, depends on the original type.


By integrating VideoDuke with your web browser you get to download videos even faster: whenever you see something worth saving on your Mac, click the app bookmark to initiate the download.


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Top Contacts Brings Powerful CRM Features to iOS

Retexlab LLC has released Top Contacts 1.0, their advanced contact manager for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch devices. Top Contacts brings powerful CRM features to a user’s list of contacts. Anyone can log all relevant information for each contact in the app, including information, events, tasks, and files.



A built-in calendar and to-do list help users plan and track all of the activities on their contact list. The pro version of the app automatically syncs all of the information across devices via iCloud.


It’s easy to navigate the contact list and turn those connections into relationships. View contacts in a traditional list view, or switch to table mode to allow viewing and editing contact fields without the need to open the contact card. Top Contacts offers quick access to recent contacts, providing an easy way to call, send an email or a text message with just a few taps on the iPhone’s screen.


Top Contacts makes it easy to add tags, create groups, or color code contacts. Important contacts are easily highlighted to keep them in sight. Customizable filters allow quick access to information. Sorting by any field allows arrange contacts in any way.


Features include:
* Use groups, tags, and color markers for easy access and navigation
* Set up customizable filters to get to needed information
* View contacts in a traditional list, or try the table mode
* Edit contact fields right in the table without opening the contact card
* Link contacts to each other and track relationships
* Customize contact information card to fit all needs
* Plan and track activities via integrated Calendar
* Manage tasks with built-in To-Do list
* Attach documents and other files to your contacts
* Sync the information across devices via iCloud
* Import contacts from the Contacts app or from CSV, XLSX files
* Export contact list to PDF, CSV and XLSX files


Customizing contact cards is a snap. Users can add custom or predefined fields, remove unneeded fields. Fields and sections can be rearranged and organized to provide better structure to all information. Each field knows which type of information it can store, making it more convenient to enter data, while reducing mistakes. Contact cards support Text, Number, Date, Time, Price, Checkbox, Combobox, Phone, Email, and URL fields.


The app’s powerful calendar and to-do list is available for all contacts, providing a separate calendar (with two views), and to-do list for each contact. Reminders can be set for important events or follow up calls, and support for recurring events is available. Users can also assign tasks and events to one or many contacts, and an easy-to-use search function helps users find calendar events.


File management is made easy, as documents and other files can be attached to contacts, documents and files can be previewed directly in the app, as well as be printed or shared. Powerful iCloud features allow syncing across all supported devices, saving your data directly to your iCloud Drive, no third-party services are used. All information can be protected on the device via password, as well as Touch ID or Face ID.


By using the Top Contact app’s advanced filtering features provide customizable filters that can be configured with multiple conditions. Filter templates can be saved and applied with a single tap.


The powerful import features allow anyone to import contacts directly from the iOS Contacts app, or from CSV or XLSX files. The Pro version allows contacts to be exported to PDF, CSV, XLSX files as well as be printed to an AirPrint-compatible printer. Share contacts and documents via email or messages, or simply open them in other apps.


While Top Contacts is available as a free download, pro version features are available via a convenient in-app purchase. Pro features include the ability to sync information across all devices via iCloud, the ability to export contacts to PDF, CSV and XLSX files, and the removal of ads.

Top Contacts 1.0 is free and is available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Productivity category. An upgrade to the Pro version is $9.99 USD (or an equivalent amount in other currencies) and is available via a convenient in-app purchase. As a special limited-time app launch offer, users can upgrade to Pro at a 30% discount, for just $6.99 USD.

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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


* 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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