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True North Software Releases Station 3.0 – Multilevel Dock for macOS

True North Software releases Station 3.0, the multilevel (hierarchical) launcher for macOS. It promotes a more natural organization of applications and documents into folders. With nested folders, you can arrange items in Station in a way that fits your workflow with an uncluttered look and feel. Scalability is greatly increased through logical groupings thus increasing the sheer number of items that can be added to Station without having to shrink the launcher size.

 

 

Related items can be grouped together into a single folder. For example, one folder can contain work related items and another folder gaming items. Another useful feature of Station is the ability to launch, all at once, the items in a launch folder. This is useful when switching between tasks like business and spreadsheets to graphics work. With ten levels of folders available, enough space is provided to spread out even the most diverse set of applications and documents.

 

Version 3.0 offers many new features:

  • The contents of Finder folders stored within Station can now be browsed through a live list menu
  • A favorites window was added that is sourced from a designated Station folder
  • Weblinks can now be renamed in the same manner as folder items
  • Added a Station Keyboard Summary file that shows the key combinations that are used in Station
  • Added a utility to identify panels containing broken links

 

New Preferences:

  • A preference was added to choose the default action for Finder folders (“Open Finder Folder” or “Show List View”)
  • A preference was added to set the volume level for sounds within Station
  • A preference was add to customize spacing between items
  • A global key preference was added to show the Favorites window
  • A global key preference was added to collapse all open panels
  • A global key preference was added to open the Favorites window

 

Enhancements:

  • User interface refinements
  • Some speed optimizations
  • Other enhancements

 

Station 3.0 is priced at $14.99 (USD) and is available through the Mac App Store in the Productivity category. A demo version is available from the True North Website. For more information, please contact Brendan Murphy.

360Works Scribe 4 Released For FileMaker OCR

360Works announces 360Works plug-in, introducing Scribe 4! 360Works Scribe is the ultimate document automation plug-in for FileMaker; it allows integration with Word, Excel, and PDF documents.

 

 

We are taking it to the next level by adding in the ability to read your scanned documents, such as receipts, forms, or contract PDF files, with OCR (Optical Character Recognition) functionality. Additionally, we added features to allow you to merge PDFs and get meta-data from them, plus multiple fixes for existing functionality in Scribe.

 

Scribe 4 ships with new OCR functionality to read your scanned documents and extract text to be added into FileMaker. As an example, a law firm can scan in loads of paper legal contracts and have the text extracted and imported into the appropriate FileMaker records!Scribe leverages the technology of Amazon Textract which goes beyond simple OCR by not only extracting text but also identifying key information like the contents of fields in forms.

 

We added two new functions to merge and manipulate PDFs with Scribe. As an example, if you have a couple of PDFs stored in container fields, the new function ScribePDFMerge allows the two PDFs to be merged together. The new ScribePDFSplice function allows a multi-page PDF to be split up into smaller PDFs. This is beneficial if you have containers with multi-page PDFs, and only need to utilize a specific part of the entire PDF file.

 

Now get meta-data about a PDF, such as the name of the author and page count. The new ScribeGetPDFAttributes function will return various meta-data about a PDF. This can be helpful if you want to have FileMaker manage PDF files according to the author or number of pages specified in the meta-data.

 

We also made upgrades to the existing Scribe functionality. When using Excel with Scribe, the Excel cell reading and writing images to Excel cells has been greatly improved. We also made fixes for the ScribeDocSubstitute function for replacing a value.

 

Scribe 4 is available now.  For new license purchases, we have several license types available based on number of users, client-side or server-side usage, and a solution bundle license for developers with a vertical market solution. A free, fully functional demo is available to test Scribe. While in demo mode, Scribe will run for 2 hours every time you launch FileMaker (or FileMaker Server, for server deployment). Full pricing, license type information, and the demo version can be accessed at the Scribe product page.

ArtOptimizer Update Preserve Details 2 Upscale Method

Zevrix Solutions announces release of ArtOptimizer 3.0.8 for Adobe Illustrator, an update 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.

 

 

ArtOptimizer adds support for the Preserve Details 2.0 resampling method, a new upscaling algorithm introduced in Photoshop CC 2018. The new option is the most advanced upscaling technology in Photoshop, which utilizes artificial intelligence to interpolate much more effectively. With this algorithm, image size can increase dramatically with surprisingly little loss of quality. Users now can select the Preserve Details 2.0 method directly in the app in order to apply it automatically to Illustrator links that require upscaling.

 

It 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:

  • Batch-process 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 TIFF
  • Merge layers and delete unused ones

 

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. Licensed users of earlier versions can upgrade to ArtOptimizer 3 for $60. Trial is also available for download.

LinkOptimizer for InDesign Update Supports Preserve Details 2

Zevrix Solutions releases LinkOptimizer 5.4.4, an update to the workflow automation solution for Adobe InDesign. LinkOptimizer automates complex image manipulation tasks and allows to significantly reduce the size of InDesign links, save processing time and reduce production costs.

 

 

This version adds support to the Preserve Details 2.0 resampling method, a brand new upscaling algorithm introduced in Photoshop CC 2018. The new option is the most advanced upscaling technology in Photoshop, which utilizes artificial intelligence to interpolate much more effectively. With this algorithm, image size can increase dramatically with surprisingly little loss of quality. LinkOptimizer users can now select the Preserve Details 2.0 directly in the app.

 

“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 with Photoshop to perform essential image adjustments, convert image formats, and eliminate the excess image data of InDesign links, . For example, users can:

  • Process batches of InDesign files
  • Scale and crop images to match their dimensions in InDesign
  • Change their resolution to 300 dpi
  • Resave PNG files as PSD
  • Convert RGB images to a CMYK profile
  • Merge layers or delete hidden ones

 

At the end, LinkOptimizer 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  Trial is also available for download.

Digital Game Systems Corp introduces SlotEngine RGS platform

Digital Game Systems Corporation announces the release of SlotEngine, the latest in innovation in remote gaming server platform technology. SlotEngine RGS is a remote gaming server solution, used for the development and operation of internet casino games. It consists of a client-agnostic game API using lightning-fast, flexible framework for server-side game apps, an administrative API for custom platform integration; and an operator portal for back-office administration.

 

 

SlotEngine is ideal for game studios who wish to bring their casino gaming content online now, without a lengthy learning curve, under a modern, open-platform architecture that is adaptable for growth driven by the studio’s own game innovation.

 

SlotEngine can be deployed for social casino gaming anywhere in the world. For regulated casino gaming, separate approval and certification by the gaming jurisdictions’ authorized testing labs will be required. SlotEngine is gaming regulator-ready; it has been certified under the international GLI-19 standard. SlotEngine RNG (random number generator) is certified for UK and other European gaming jurisdictions.

 

SlotEngine innovative micro-services architecture was designed for adaptability and performance. Its infrastructure implementation can scale vertically and horizontally, to accommodate operations of any size. The deployment design is architected for multi-tenanted operations and is cloud-ready. For example, the RGS has been deployed with Amazon’s AWS cloud services, configured for HA (high availability) operations. However, the solution may also be deployed on private servers, with a minimum computing footprint requirement as small as a MacBook Air.

Shadowgun War Games Reaches One Million Players

MADFINGER Games announces that the pre-registration campaign for their upcoming title Shadowgun War Games, has hit one million players. That figure puts the company in a strong position for a positive launch when the game is released worldwide in early 2020.

 

 

Shadowgun War Games has been hotly anticipated since a prototype version thrilled audiences at Gamescom last year, and the studio is currently making the final preparations before the game launches. Players can still pre-register for Shadowgun War Games right now.

 

“One million is a magic number for us. The response we’ve had to pre-registration has been sensational since it launched in mid-November,” said Marek Rabas, CEO of MADFINGER Games. “It makes all the hard work worth it, and the players are going to lose their minds when they get to play the full version!”

 

Made with Unity, Shadowgun War Games is a free-to-play tactical FPS with incredible graphics and intense 5v5 battles. Players choose from a gallery of heroes, each with unique personalities and skills to match their play style. With an emphasis on quick pick-up-and-play action, War Games offers truly console-quality team-based action for everyone with access to a mobile device.

Typinator Update Meets Apple’s Tightened Security

Ergonis Software updates Typinator, an improved version of their highly acclaimed text expander. Starting with February 2020, Apple once again strengthens the requirements for third-party apps, with an intention to ensure the security of end users. Notarized apps are scanned automatically by Apple for security issues and malicious code. Typinator 8.3 complies with all the increased security requirements and will continue to be a first-class citizen on macOS Catalina.

 

 

Version 8.3 also brings a number of improvements and fixes that make Typinator 8 more comfortable to use. It supports the Shuangpin input methods for Chinese and works around a problem with Catalina’s automatic dark mode, where Typinator’s menu icon was not correctly updated after an automatic light/dark change. Verson 8.3 also remembers and restores the width of the abbreviation column, fixes a problem where pictures were cut off or blank in the Quick Search results, and more. Visit Ergonis Software’s website to learn more about the changes in this release and to download and try the new version.

 

Typinator is a powerful, yet elegantly simple solution that boosts your productivity by automating the process of inserting frequently used text and auto-correcting typing errors. Across all applications, it detects specific sequences of typed characters and automatically replaces them with text snippets, graphics, URLs, dates and special characters.

 

Typinator can be purchased securely on the Ergonis Software website. The upgrade to Typinator 8.3 is free for anyone who purchased a license for Typinator on or after January 1st, 2019. Upgrade paths are available for owners of older licenses. For information about purchases, including enterprise licenses, volume discounts, and upgrade pricing offers, see the company’s web site.

Zevrix Holiday Sale Extended on InDesign and PDF Tools

Zevrix Solutions announces that it has extended its holiday sale until January 8. The company offers 50% discount on all products and upgrades. Zevrix makes several prepress automation plug-ins for Adobe InDesign and Illustrator, as well as solutions for graphic files checkup, PDF workflows and automated file delivery.

 

 

LinkOptimizer lets users reduce linked graphics size by eliminating excess image data, perform image adjustments and convert file formats. The software automatically scales and crops the images in Photoshop to match their dimensions in InDesign, changes resolution to the specified target, and reimports images to InDesign at 100%.

 

Output Factory is another InDesign plug-in which lets users eliminate repetitive tasks through automation of printing and exporting. It offers batch output, layer versioning, variable file names, output as single pages, automatic preflighting and much more. A server version of Output Factory can process InDesign files automatically from watched hot folders and serve unlimited users on a network.

 

Zevrix offers two PDF workflow automation tools: PDF Checkpoint and BatchOutput PDF. PDF Checkpoint helps users automate preflight and conversion of multiple PDF files, while BatchOutput PDF allows for hands-free PDF printing from watched hot folders. The company also offers BatchOutput Office, a suite of output automation tools for Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint.

 

The line of Zevrix products also features Deliver – a file transfer program which automates delivery to FTP, SFTP, Amazon S3, WebDAV and other remote and local servers. The software offers hot folder processing, automatic email notifications, file compression and encryption, and detailed delivery history.

 

Zevrix software can be purchased at 50% off until January 8, 2020 from Zevrix website.