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Add Random Numbers to Image Names With LinkOptimizer for InDesign Now

LinkOptimizer 5.3.8 from Zevrix Solutions is a feature update to company’s image processing automation solution for Adobe InDesign. inkOptimizer automates complex image manipulation tasks and helps users reduce the size of InDesign links, save prepress costs, and easily repurpose InDesign documents for web and mobile devices.

 

 

The new version introduces the Random Number variable token for the optimized image name with the option to specify the number of digits for each random number. The new token is indispensable for the users who need to apply a unique identifier to each image link without breaking their links to InDesign. In addition, the update fixes an issue in which some sharpening and layer merge settings were not honored under some rare conditions when processing multiple files.

 

LinkOptimizer works automatically with Photoshop to eliminate the excess image data of InDesign links, perform essential image adjustments and convert image formats. For example, with just a click of a button users can:

* Optimize dozens of InDesign files
* Scale and crop images to match their dimensions in InDesign
* Change their resolution to 300 dpi
* Convert RGB images to CMYK
* Resave JPEGs as TIFF
* Run a Photoshop action on each image

LinkOptimizer can be purchased from the Zevrix website for $259.95 USD (Lite version: $179.95) as well as from Adobe Exchange and authorized resellers. A free 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-CC 2019.

MyArtTools Offers Precision Artistic Tools for iPads

Independent developer, Pirate’s Moon today is proud to announce the release and immediate availability of MyArtTools 2.7, an important update to their popular drawing app. The app is precision-optimized for any iPad that supports the Apple Pencil. MyArtTools is the digital creative equivalent of an artist’s painting canvas or drawing pad.

 

 

General Info:
MyArtTools is created to be user-friendly and versatile for any skill level from the novice to the professional. All ages can use it for plain-old-fun, fast conceptual sketches or fully finished serious artistic work. Creativity starts with an idea. When inspiration strikes, this app provides fast easy access to creative sketching tools.

 

Using MyArtTools can be as simple as opening the app, choosing a drawing tool and beginning to draw. As an easy-to-use application with extensive help files built into the program, MyArtTools is the creative onscreen equivalent of a drawing pad or painting on canvas. From realistic to abstract, finger painting to complex drawing, MyArtTools is developed to emulate real-life artistic media including pastel, brush, pencil, pen, conte, and other artistic mediums. The tools respond perfectly to the precision of the Apple Pencil/iPad combination. Using MyArtTools, users can create beautiful sketches and paintings anywhere. Works-in-progress can be saved and reopened. Finished works can be sent out as high resolution files to iCloud and other storage options. Finished works can also be shared with clients, co-workers, friends and family via email, messaging or directly with any of the popular social sharing networks.

 

Users can create their drawings from scratch, or they can import images or capture live images using the iPad’s camera. Take live camera images or import photos directly where they can be modified or used as templates.

 

To see examples of what can be accomplished using MyArtTools and the Apple Pencil, visit the Art Fusion blog ( link is below: http://mats.piratesmoon.com/af/index.php) which has over forty example images created during field-testing for this release version.

 

Features include:
* Optimized for any iPad that supports the Apple Pencil
* Emulates real-life artistic media
* Intuitive interface
* Multiple layers for precise composition control
* Captures images from the iPad cameras
* Imports images from the iPad Photos Library
* Crop and share creations with all your social networking accounts
* Save high resolution PNG images to iCloud, the Files app, DropBox, etc.
* Within the app, save layered files of works-in-progress
* Reopen saved layered files
* Use clipping paths to extract images from layers
* Combine layers into one image
* Extensive help files
* Help files are localized for English, Spanish, Russian, and Chinese
* Fully supports retina screens
* Privacy: MyArtTools collects no information from the user. Zero.

 

Bitmap Drawing:
* Highly responsive 64bit drawing engine
* Exceptional 64-bit color
* 12 Tools emulating real-life artistic media
* Each tool is a separate layer
* Adjustable layer hierarchy
* Adjustable properties for each tool
* Over 30 GPU accelerated artistic filters
* Save and reopen working files
* Multiple color palettes (fixed or custom)
* Eyedropper color selection
* Convert images to drawing tools

 

Vector Drawing:
* 64bit vector drawing engine
* Pre-defined and custom shape creation
* Vector clipping paths
* Vector based text tool
* Save and reopen custom gradients

 

What’s New in 2.7:
* Conversion to swift 5
* Filters migrated to Apple’s Metal technology
* Optimizations for the Brush, Splatter Spots, and Paint Bucket
* Eye Dropper modifies the color picker to improve color precision
* Bezier Line tool supports creating vertical and horizontal lines
* New Drop Shadow filter adds drop shadows to bitmap image layers
* Image import has been reorganized for image placement using either:
1. the iPad screen resolution which maintains image DPI across different screen resolutions
2. or the iPad screen dimensions which adjusts an image to fit the screen width height dimensions
(See the help files for an explanation of this process)
* Clipping paths support feathering the clipped image’s edges
* Help files are updated for all supported language localizations

 

Pricing and Availability:
MyArtTools 2.7 is only $4.99 and is available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Entertainment category.

Drive the Zamboni in Zamboni Challenge – Updated for iOS 13 & New Devices

Zamboni Challenge allows iOS gamers to see what it’s like to drive the Zamboni ice resurfacer. Players lean and turn their iPhone in landscape to speed up, slow down, and steer. Drive carefully to clean the ice as efficiently as possible.

 

 

Get as close to the boards as you can without hitting them. Don’t lift the cleaner prematurely and leave snow piles. Don’t over water the ice by driving over the same areas too many times.

 

Players start out on an early morning practice rink and work their way up through five arenas with increasing difficulty. The final challenge is cleaning the ice between periods of a professional hockey game.

 

Pricing and Availability:
Zamboni Challenge is $2.99 and available worldwide through the App Store. An Apple TV version is available. An Android version is available worldwide from both Google Play and Amazon AppStore. A Windows PC and Xbox version is available from the Windows Store.

LogTen Pro Dakota for iOS Offers Calendar View, New Menus, More

Developer Coradine has released the third major update this year for its pilot logbook software for iPhone, iPad, and Mac. LogTen Pro Dakota introduces a highly requested new logbook calendar view, new contextual menus for instant access to the tools most used by pilots, and the ability for long-haul/multi-crew pilots to instantly calculate and update their logbook for relief time.

 

 

Additions in LogTen Pro Dakota for iOS include:
* Calendar. This new logbook calendar view makes it easy to see at a glance which days are in the air and which days are at home. Just tap the calendar icon.

* Contextual Menus. These menus save time by helping quickly perform actions without having to tap into the item on the list. For example, press and hold on a flight on the Logbook tab to create a return trip, or on a place in the Places tab to view a map of all flights to or from that place.

* Relief Time. This much requested feature for long haul and multi-crew pilots enables them to instantly include common relief time splits which, if the pilot so chooses, will also automatically deduct from total time. No need to do math, just tap.

 

Additional Features and Improvements:
* Native iOS dark mode support
* Improved Jeppesen Pro Pilot log reports
* Improved AirlineApps report
* Improved New Zealand report
* Improved Summary reports
* Improvements to sharing flights with a digital signature
* Improved performance and reliability

 

LogTen Pro 2019.3 is free and is available from the App Store.

Manipulate Images on Your iPhone With MyArtToolsLite

MyArtToolsLite 1.0 for iPhone is created to be user-friendly and versatile for any skill level from the novice to the professional. All ages can use it for plain-old-fun, fast conceptual sketches or fully finished serious artistic work. Creativity starts with an idea. When inspiration strikes, this tool provides fast easy access to creative sketching tools.

 

 

Using MyArtToolsLite can be as simple as opening the app, choosing a drawing tool and beginning to draw. As an easy-to-use application with extensive help files built into the program, MyArtToolsLite is the creative onscreen equivalent of your drawing pad.

 

From realistic to abstract, finger painting to complex drawing, MyArtToolsLite is developed to emulate real-life artistic media using the pencil, pen, brush, laser, image-import or text tools. Using MyArtToolsLite, users can create beautiful sketches and paintings anywhere. Works-in-progress can be saved and reopened.

 

Finished works can be sent out as high resolution files to iCloud and other storage options. Finished works can also be shared with clients, co-workers, friends and family via email, messaging or directly with any of the popular social sharing networks available on the user’s iPhone.

Users can create their drawings from scratch, or they can import images from the Photos Library where they can be modified, drawn over, filtered or used as templates.

 

Features include:
* Emulates real-life artistic media
* Intuitive interface
* Multiple layers for precise composition control
* Imports images from the iPhone Photos app
* Crop and share creations with all your social networking accounts
* Save high resolution PNG images to iCloud, the Files app, DropBox, etc.
* Within the app, save layered files of works-in-progress
* Reopen saved layered files
* Extensive help files
* Help files are localized for English, Spanish, Russian, and Chinese
* Privacy: MyArtToolsLite collects no information from the user – Zero
* Fully supports retina screens

 

Drawing:
* Highly responsive 64bit drawing engine
* Exceptional 64-bit color
* Each tool is a separate layer
* Adjustable layer hierarchy
* Adjustable properties for each tool
* Over 30 GPU accelerated artistic filters
* Save and reopen working files
* Eyedropper color selection
* Convert images to drawing tools

 

Text:
* Vector based text tool
* Modify text, stroke and fill colors
* Add dimensionality using drop-shadows

 

Pricing and Availability:
MyArtToolsLite 1.0 is only $1.99 and is available worldwide exclusively through the App Store.

File Transfer Automation App ‘Deliver’ Receives Apple Notarization

Zevrix Solutions’ Deliver 2.6.13 – a security update to the company’s file transfer solution for remote and local destinations –  has received the seal of approval issued by the Apple notary service.

 

 

Deliver allows users to send files over the Internet and local networks with automatic email notifications, file compression, delivery history and other powerful capabilities. The app supports FTP, SFTP, Amazon S3, WebDAV and other remote and local services and allows to send files to multiple destinations at once.

 

Deliver was updated to satisfy the new security introduced in the recently released macOS 10.15 Catalina. The app has now received the seal of approval issued by the Apple notary service. According to Apple, notarization gives users more confidence that the Developer ID-signed software developers distribute has been checked by Apple for malicious components. Beginning in the macOS 10.15, notarization is required by default for all Mac software.

 

Deliver solves the problem of notifying recipients about file deliveries automatically by eliminating the need to compose and send confirmations for each transfer. Users only need to drop files on the program’s icon and they will be uploaded automatically to the desired destinations with customizable email confirmations issued upon delivery. Recipients can download the file using a link in the notification email.

 

Deliver offers the following key features:
* Transfer files to FTP, SFTP, Amazon S3 and other servers
* Automatic email notifications
* Hyperlink to file for instant download by recipients
* Compress files automatically (zip/dmg)
* Encrypt disk images with passwords
* Create lo-res PDF on the fly and attach to e-mail
* Upload history

Deliver can be purchased from Zevrix website for $19.95 (USD), as well as from Apple Mac App Store and authorized resellers. Trial is also available for download. The update is free for licensed users of Deliver 2.x. Deliver requires macOS 10.8-10.15.

Hyperbolic Software’s Umbrella Helps Mac Users Deal With Duplicate Files

Hyperbolic Software’s Umbrella reports file duplicates the moment they are created. This helps to forget the boring job of dealing with huge results when using a standard duplicate tool. Umbrella is the only duplicate-prevention tool available on the market. It is unobtrusive, easy to use, and powerful.

 

Hyperbolic Software's Umbrella Helps Mac Users Deal With Duplicate Files

 

Once a source is added, Umbrella monitors the folder content and reports the duplicates the moment they are created. The duplicates are automatically marked for fast removal. Umbrella is a perfect Tidy Up 5 complement, and used together they will keep the Mac clean and efficient.

 

Some of the new key features are:
* Modern and efficient interface
* Search by files
* Search in iTunes database
* Search Photos image files
* Monitors any folder of your hard drives
* Customize criteria to determine the duplicates
* Automatic mark for removal
* Replaces the files with hard links
* Restore the removed (or moved) items if a mistake was made
* Multiple files preview
* Full integration with Tidy Up 5
* Plus many more

 

Umbrella requires macOS 10.14 or later, and can be purchased starting from $19.99 (USD). Currently, Umbrella is available on the Company website. A free trial is available.

New, Innovative Tables Feature Now Available in Mellel 4.2

The leading word processor for Mac OS and iPad, Mellel 4.2, now includes a completely re-written and innovative tables feature. Using styles, tables in Mellel now offer advanced features alongside the ability to maintain consistency in table design throughout the manuscript and from one document to the other.

 

 

The new table feature was completely re-written to suit the changing needs of users. Mellel, a long time favorite among writers of long-documents, who need to maintain consistency throughout the document and across documents, now offers an innovative Table Styles feature. This feature allows users to set every table option within a style, changes to which will be applied to every table using this style. Furthermore, templates within the style allow for adding text, and setting the size and positioning of variants to the basic style.

 

Tables now support table headers and footers (and leading and trailing columns), repeating headers, color alternation, outer padding, corner radius, smart vertical alignment, and much more.

 

Formulas can be entered to any cell, calculating sum, average, standard deviation, and more, and can mix within the same cell with text and other formulas – which is the complete opposite of the “spreadsheet as a table” concept.

 

Positioning and resizing options allow users to resize a table easily, with the columns and rows being resized proportionally. Users can also set the table width proportionally, so it can change dynamically when the width available to it changes. You can also position a table anyway you like (at centre, right or plainly 15% from the left).

 

Finally, there are numerous but-of-course features, allowing users to add columns and rows easily, set the width of columns and rows in exact measurements, equalise width with a click, and much more.

 

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