The Pixelmator Team releases Pixelmator Pro 1.6, codenamed Magenta, an update to the award-winning Mac image editor designed to make powerful professional tools accessible to everyday users. It adds an all-new, beautiful, and easy-to-use color picker, includes the ability to quickly choose colors using hex color codes, makes it possible to select multiple objects by simply dragging over them, improves performance and a whole lot more.
“Combining powerful image editing tools with unmatched ease of use is at the core of everything we do,” said Monika Perlikovskiene, the lead designer of Pixelmator Pro. “And this update to Pixelmator Pro stays true to that goal with the beautiful new color picker, which makes it easier than ever to choose and manage colors.”
The color picker in this app has everything you need for choosing colors, whether you’re working on a photo, illustration, digital painting, or graphic design. With the most important tools and features – hue, saturation, and lightness controls, hex and RGB color codes, and color swatches – all in one place, the new color picker is incredibly easy to use, no matter if you’re just starting out with image editing or you’re a seasoned pro.
This update adds a number of new features to make image editing more convenient and fun. It is now possible to quickly select multiple objects by dragging over them on the canvas, making it much easier to move and place layers in all kinds of designs and illustrations. And thanks to the Replace Fonts feature, any time you open an image that contains fonts that are not available on your Mac, you’ll be able to identify and replace those fonts in a snap.
Along with these changes, Pixelmator Pro 1.6 Magenta brings some significant performance improvements, adds the ability to more easily see RGB color codes, includes a way to view recently used fonts, and features many other improvements and fixes.
Pixelmator Pro 1.6 Magenta is available today from the Mac App Store. It is free for existing users and $39.99 (USD) for new customers. Pixelmator Pro requires macOS High Sierra or later and a Metal-compatible graphics card. Full system requirements and more information on Pixelmator Pro can be found online.
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.”
Convert & modify: function rasterize PDF
Preferences convert/export IPTC
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
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
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
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.
Zevrix Solutions releases LinkOptimizer 5.4.10, an update to workflow 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 reduce production costs.
This version can sharpen all image layers in Photoshop automatically without having to merge layers first in order to sharpen the entire image. It will only sharpen the relevant pixel layers while ignoring adjustment and fill layers. In addition, the update fixes an error that could happen when analyzing InDesign documents with Illustrator and PDF links, improves memory management, and removed the redundant option to run the app in full screen mode.
“This is the best extension I ever purchased for any design app,” says Wayne Guy of Edge Graphics in Van Nuys, California. “It saves hours of time, tediously replacing linked images, resizing and batch processing. If you’re a designer or production artist that works with large inDesign files with lots of images, like catalogs or magazines, you need this.”
LinkOptimizer works with Photoshop to reduce InDesign link size, convert image formats, and perform essential image adjustments.
Optimize batches of InDesign files and books
Scale and crop images to match their dimensions in InDesign
Convert RGB images to CMYK
Change their resolution to 300 dpi
Resave PSD files as TIFF
Run a Photoshop action on each image
At the end of processing, it reimports images to InDesign at 100% in their precise position. As a result, users can save gigabytes of disk space, accelerate document output, reduce job turnaround 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.
64BitApps announces the release of Image Crop v.1.3.1, an app for Mac that allows users to batch crop, convert and rename their photos with ease.
With this version, user’s will be able to crop, convert and rename large batches of images in a single processing session. The crop area can be defined using either pixels or percents and its origin coordinates can be adjusted to be relative to any of the four corners of the photo for greater flexibility and customisation. Image Crop also allows users to automatically crop their pictures to a predefined or custom defined aspect ratio so that they can easily adjust their content to various screen sizes.
Users can also convert their cropped images to various image formats including JPG, PNG, GIF, BMP, TIFF and even newer formats like HEIC or HEIF. Image Crop also allows users to rename their photos in batch mode so they can be identified more easily at a later time. Users can also opt to keep the EXIF information of the original image files.
This version of Image Crop brings to the table a brand new user interface which now offers support for Dark Mode in macOS Mojave and later, the option to automatically crop your photos to a custom aspect ratio and support for the HEIC and HEIF image formats.
Image Crop is priced at $3.99 (USD) and can be purchased from the Mac App Store and from 64BitApps online.
64BitApps announces the release of Image Cleaner v.1.2, a Mac app that allows users to remove the duplicate or similar images from their hard drive in order to free up space. It can scan a set of user selected folders or the Photos library for duplicate or similar image files. The user can adjust the similarity of the images that will be considered duplicates and the image formats which will be included in the scan.
Image Cleaner uses an advanced detection algorithm that will find all the similar image files from the chosen locations quickly and with a high degree of accuracy. After all the similar images are found they are displayed in groups so you can easily preview them and select the ones that need to be removed. The user can automatically select the image files that will be deleted based on their file size.
Image Cleaner’s new version brings to the table a brand new user interface which now offers resizable windows, larger previews and support for Dark Mode in macOS Mojave and later and a more user-friendly and streamlined experience when removing duplicate images from the Photos library.
Image Cleaner is priced at $4.99 (USD) and can be purchased from the Mac App Store and from 64BitApps online. More information about this app and the features it offers can be found at 64BitApps.
Zevrix Solutions announces ArtOptimizer 3.0.5 for Adobe Illustrator, an upgrade to image workflow automation solution. ArtOptimizer eliminates the excess image data of Illustrator picture links and performs essential image adjustments. The software helps users save disk space as well as cut production time and reduce operational costs through automation of complex image manipulation tasks.
This version adds the recently released macOS 10.15 Catalina, and is offered free of charge to licensed users of ArtOptimizer 3. The update also addresses an issue in which Illustrator files could not be open in Creative Cloud 2020. In addition, the new version introduces several UI fixes and improves the action of the Reveal in Finder command.
ArtOptimizer is a powerful automation solution for users in the print, prepress, and web design industries.
For example, with just a click of a button users can:
Process multiple Illustrator files
Scale images in Photoshop to match their dimensions in Illustrator
Change image resolution to 300 dpi
Convert RGB images to CMYK profile
Resave JPEG files as PSD
Merge layers and delete unused ones
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. Trial is also available for download. ArtOptimizer requires macOS 10.8-10.15 and Adobe Illustrator/Photoshop CS6-2020.
Twocanoes Software releases Winclone 8, an upgrade to its imaging and migration software for Mac. Winclone 8 features a Catalina support, new security features, a new scheduler for incremental imaging, package signing, and more.
Winclone 8 for macOS creates an exact image of the Boot Camp partition for a backup or to migrate a Boot Camp partition to a new Mac. If disaster strikes, restore Boot Camp from a Winclone image and instantly be back up and running.
Winclone 8 is available in three editions:
Protect all the time and energy you spent getting Windows and all your applications installed and set up in Boot Camp. Create a Winclone image of your Boot Camp partition and snap back to that same setup in minutes. Winclone 8 features incremental cloning for fast updates to existing images.
Winclone Pro creates package installers that create a Boot Camp partition and restore a Winclone image to the new partition. Winclone packages can be deployed using any client management system that can deploy macOS packages. If you can install a package, you can deploy a Boot Camp partition.
Winclone Pro Enterprise:
Winclone Enterprise enables you to use your IT organizations’ current infrastructure to deploy Windows on Mac hardware. Run Task Sequences from Microsoft MDT to fully image Windows on to the Mac. If your users are remote, Winclone Enterprise supports image customization that will fully configure and setup Windows on the Mac. Winclone Pro Enterprise features the same great software as Winclone Pro and adds Enterprise integration support and subscription pricing.
Winclone New Features:
More scheduling options for incremental imaging
Incremental imaging runs in background
New logging window
Copy and paste log from logging window for easy support
Winclone log now shows up in console
Incremental icon flashes when incremental running
Looks great in both dark and light modes
Winclone incremental moved to menu item for background imaging
Help selecting File-based or Block-based imaging for rotational media drives
Better Volume to Volume imaging
Better Windows legacy booting support
New and updated Videos
Updated open source tools (NTFSProgs, WIMLib)
Refreshed interface with new interface colors and updated graphics
Boot Camp Partition
Mac OS X 10.14 or later including macOS Catalina
Windows 10, Windows 8.1
Windows 7 (64-bit) on supported Mac hardware
An Internet connection is required to verify your license key
Winclone 8 is available worldwide. Winclone Standard is $39.99. Winclone Pro is $499.99 for 50 clients and includes perpetual licensing and standard support. Winclone Pro Enterprise is $5 per Mac per year and features subscription-based licensing and enterprise integration support (minimum 200 clients).
Zevrix Solutions releases ArtOptimizer 3 for Adobe Illustrator upgrade for its image workflow automation solution. ArtOptimizer eliminates the excess image data of Illustrator picture links and performs essential image adjustments. The app helps users save disk space cut production time and costs through automation of complex image manipulation tasks.
ArtOptimizer works with Photoshop to helps users reduce Illustrator link size according to the image scale in Illustrator document at a specific target resolution. The upgraded ArtOptimizer 3 adds a long list of new features and improvements. In fact, every single feature in the new version is either a new solution or a dramatically improved component or quality.
New options include:
New user interface
Batch processing of Illustrator files
Save processing settings in presets
Process duplicate links
Convert formats of Illustrator image link
Specify Photoshop resampling methods for optimized resolution
Process monochrome (bitmap) images
Convert colors to specific ICC profile
Duplicate original Illustrator document before processing
Many other new options for backup, relinking, image naming and other areas
Improved performance and stability
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, accelerate document output, reduce job turnaround and cut costs through faster processing.
ArtOptimizer can be purchased from Zevrix web site for $120 USD and requires macOS 10.8-10.15, and Adobe Illustrator/Photoshop CS6-CC 2019.
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