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Output Factory for InDesign Now Restores Layer Visibility After Output

Zevrix Solutions today announces the release of Output Factory 2.0.10, a maintenance update to company’s output automation plug-in for Adobe InDesign. The software solves the problem of batch printing and exporting from InDesign, eliminates repetitive production tasks and ensures error-free output through automated preflighting.

 

The new version restores the visible status of layers in InDesign documents to its original state after processing with layer versioning enabled. This feature helps avoid situations where users are presented with empty-looking documents due to processing of complex layer combinations, which can result in all layers being disabled after output. The update also solves several errors found when running custom AppleScript and JavaScript scripts, and addresses an issue in which the SWF and FLA formats weren’t available in InDesign CC 2017.

 

“With Output Factory, I’ve got our magazine production down to six minutes from three hours,” says Jeff Middleton, a Toronto, Canada based graphic designer. “Once I set up all my presets, it was insane how fast it was. I load all my InDesign docs into Output Factory, press play, go grab a coffee and come back to my entire magazine.”

 

With Output Factory users only need to select InDesign files, adjust output settings, and the software will do the rest automatically. The plug-in offers the following key features:

* Batch output of InDesign files
* Supports print, PDF, PostScript, EPS, TIFF, EPUB and other formats
* Export InDesign files as single pages
* Layer versioning: export layer combinations as single files
* Variable output file names
* Save PDF security settings in presets
* Run custom scripts during processing
* Output to several formats at once
* Automatic preflight
Output Factory can be purchased from Zevrix website for $169.95 USD (Lite version $120, Server $700), as well as from authorized resellers and Adobe Exchange. Trial is also available for download. The users of Output Factory 1.x and BatchOutput can upgrade to Output Factory 2 for $85 (Lite version – $60). Output Factory requires macOS 10.7-10.12 and Adobe InDesign CS5-CC 2017.

Pubcoder 3 Beta Now Available for Mac

PubCoder 3, a major release of the software, is now available in beta version, available for Mac users only. PubCoder is a desktop application that allows users to design and distribute interactive content for mobile in any digital format, such as iOS and Android Apps, EPUB and KF8 ebooks, as well as HTML5 interactive widgets. PubCoder is a preferred digital publishing tool for creatives and designers. The beta, free to download and test for 30 days, contains a new user interface, presents more than a dozen new features and introduces its companion mobile free app PubReader.

 

“We decided to take a step back and use what we learned in the last 3 years to redesign the software from the ground up,” says Paolo Albert, PubCoder CEO and Founder. “We added many new features, but we also took some bold choices that led to drastically change some of the existing features, simplifying and hiding complexity where necessary. We think that PubCoder 3 will boost designers’ ability to create interactive contents for mobile like never before. We expect feedbacks from the community on this beta for Mac before taking the Windows version to the same level.”

 

PubCoder 3 beta version includes the following key features and improvements:

 

* From Workspaces to Renditions:
Export directly content to all available formats: iOS app, Android app, EPUB, KF8, HTML5, XPUB without having to create a workspace for each format. Use renditions to adapt content for different platforms and languages where needed.

 

* PubReader and XPUB:
Live preview content via Wi-Fi and share it with your colleagues and customers: export your project in XPUB, a new open format for digital publications, and load it on PubReader, the newly free companion app available for free on App Store and Google Play. PubReader fully supports interactivity, multiple renditions and localizations created through PubCoder.

 

* On-stage Text Editor:
Edit text directly on-stage. No more double-clicking to open the text editor in a new window, edit your text and see the result directly on the layout.

 

* Improved Code Editor based on Ace:
Code your own through the newly code editor based on the widely adopted Ace. The editor features syntax highlighting for HTML, XML, Javascript and CSS, powerful find/replace with regular expressions and many other options to manage code at best.

 

* Google Open Images and Unsplash API integration for Creative Commons images:
Browse and use directly in your project thousands of images through Google’s Open Images database, which exploits machine learning technology to search for objects inside those images. In addition, integration with Unsplash APIs allows searching their great catalog of free quality photos to be used in the project.

 

* Google Zopfli integration for improved compression:
Optimize image quality and file size of your output using a new option which takes advantage of Google’s Zopfli lossless compression algorithm.

 

* App-friendly UX:
Preview content fastly as native app iOS or Android without the need to define app code signing identities, provisioning profiles and keystores. At time of submitting your app, PubCoder will help by filtering installed signing identities and profiles and checking that all metadata are correct.

 

* 64-BIT
Takes full advantage of all the RAM memory on your computer and is ready for the future.

 

System Requirements (Pubcoder 3 Beta):
* macOS 10.9 or later

Pricing and Availability:
PubCoder is free to test for 30 days, and is available at a subscription license fee of Euro 99 per year. Discount price (Euro 49 per year) for educators, students and teachers. License can be purchased only via the official Pubcoderwebsite.

 

Get File Manager Pro Version 1.0.1 by B-Eng in the Mac App Store

B-Eng today is proud to announce the release of the latest version of File Manager Pro 1.0.1, their dual panel file manager for Mac Computers. File Manager Pro is a file managing tool for Mac Computers with a dual panel layout that allows easy control and overview when handling and managing files on a Mac computer. The capabilities of File Manager Pro range from basic copy/move/delete tasks to compressing and decompressing files as well as comparing and synching directories, completed with an interactive, visual overview for a drives usage.

Get File Manager Pro Version 1.0.1 by B-Eng in the Mac App Store

Main Features of File Manager:
* One click copy function
* Folder sync
* Folder and file compare
* Interactive, visual disk tools
* Movie posters assignable as file icon
* Direct access for movie info
* Decompress and compress files
* Hex editor

 

“Like many others I find the Finder rather tiring to work with, especially when remembering that even on very old DOS computers where tools that could be used more intuitively. We decided to bring this feeling back and with a dual panel file manager, where you see both source and target directory for better control. Easier to use, we included a bunch of options that are either missing or complicated in the original Finder. Adding all the special functions that our developers are missing, we ended up with a very powerful tool that is easy to use and comes with everything for office workers like me as well as for dedicated developers. When I gave it to my daughter to check it out I was sure we had the right tool for everybody.” as Christian Schaffner, GM of B-Eng, told about File Manager Pro.

 

File Manager Pro 1.0.1 is 18.99 USD (or equivalent amount in other currencies) and available worldwide exclusively through the Mac App Store in the Productivity category.

Get Graphic Inspector in Bundlefox Mac Bundle With 3 Other Apps for $12

Zevrix Solutions today announces that Graphic Inspector, the company’s quality control solution for images and vector graphic files, is available on Bundlefox software bundle. With the Bundlefox Pick Your Own Mac Bundle discount concept, users can select 4 out of 10 Indie Mac apps for only $12.

Graphic Inspector is the only tool on the market that both raster images and vector files for potential problems according to specific workflow requirements. The software provides graphic professionals with the most exhaustive info on multiple images and Adobe Illustrator documents, saving the time and hassle of checking each of them manually.

 

“Graphic Inspector is a surprisingly powerful Mac graphic utility that gives you magic powers,” writes Natalia Nowak on Mac360.com. “It can dig through a whole folder of bitmap images and vector files to pull out the information you need on each file. The app is very powerful, yet instantly understood.”

 

Graphic Inspector is designed to help users of any trade, whether it’s print, prepress, web design, electronic publishing or digital photography. With its ability to quickly locate files with specific attributes users can, for example, flag files whose color mode is CMYK, format – TIFF, resolution is below 300 dpi, ICC profile isn’t “US Web Coated” and so on.

 

The app offers the following key features:

* Check multiple images and vector graphics files
* Customizable checkup presets
* Common checks such as resolution, color mode, ICC profile and file size
* Professional prepress checks: spot colors, fonts in vector files, image compression and more
* Complete EXIF, IPTC and GPS metadata

 

Graphic Inspector can be purchased on Bundlefox as part of a $12 bundle of 4 apps out of 10. Trial version is also available for download. Graphic Inspector requires Mac OS X 10.7-10.12.

Batch Processing Comes to LinkOptimizer Lite 5 for Adobe InDesign

Zevrix Solutions today announces the release of LinkOptimizer Lite 5, a major upgrade to the low-cost version of company’s image processing solution for Adobe InDesign. LinkOptimizer automates complex image manipulation tasks allowing users to significantly reduce the size of InDesign links, reduce production costs, and repurpose InDesign documents for web and mobile devices.

The new version adds a the ability to process multiple InDesign documents with a single click – a major productivity enhancement for publishers, graphic designers and print professionals. The upgrade also adds support for InDesign books and introduces numerous improvements in user interface, stability, memory management and performance.

 

“Today LinkOptimizer batched a huge book project and another magazine project in minutes vs. hours. Now I can take the afternoon off and drink beer,” says Brian Donahue, owner of Bedesign studio in Minneapolis, Minnesota. “Thanks for freeing up my afternoon, rather than doing production work.”

 

LinkOptimizer works automatically with Adobe Photoshop to eliminate the excess image data of InDesign links, perform essential image adjustments and convert image formats.

 

LinkOptimizer Lite offers the following main features:

* Resize images to match their InDesign dimensions at target resolution
* Reduce link size by eliminating excess image data
* Batch process InDesign files
* Convert colors and apply ICC profile
* Merge layers and delete hidden ones
* Optimize files for web and mobile devices

 

The full version of the software also lets users convert image formats, run Photoshop actions and process duplicate links. As a result, users can save gigabytes of disk space, accelerate document output, reduce job turnaround and cut costs through faster processing.

Pricing and Availability:
LinkOptimizer Lite can be purchased from Zevrix website for $179.95 USD (full version: $259.95) as well as from Adobe Exchange and authorized resellers. Trial is also available for download. The upgrade from previous Lite versions is $89.97 (full version: $130). LinkOptimizer requires Mac OS X 10.7-10.12 and Adobe InDesign / Photoshop CS5-CC 2017.

Firetask Pro Takes Get Things Done Task Management To New Levels

Elemental Tools released Firetask Pro, the next generation of Firetask, the leading project-oriented GTD(R) task management app for Mac, iPhone, iPad and Apple Watch. The new app provides tons of new features based on end user feedback including project portfolios, actions for subdividing tasks, iCloud syncing, a new iOS Today widget, and Apple Watch support. Firetask Pro is available immediately from the iTunes and Mac App Store.

 

“With Firetask Pro we are raising the bar for project-oriented task management apps,” said Gerald Aquila, CEO of Elemental Tools. “By keeping what our users love and optimizing the Firetask workflows based on years of end user feedback we strongly believe that we have created an exceptional GTD task management experience.”

 

Enhanced Focus Through Optimized Workflows:
The new app provides significant improvements to the collect and focus workflows. “Today” now focuses really on tasks that are marked as starred, or are due today (or already overdue). Upcoming due tasks in the next days as well as next tasks per project are summarized in a new “Next” view. In addition, “Waiting For” has been moved into the “Focus” area and provides a much improved view of your delegated tasks grouped by assignee.

 

The new “Collect” area groups “Inbox”, “Someday”, and “Scratchpad” together and now supports free reordering of tasks providing you with a more natural way of collecting and organizing thoughts and ideas.

 

More Order via Portfolios and Actions:
Portfolios allow users to group projects together in order to provide more order for your active projects. Actions provide a simple, but powerful way to subdivide your tasks into individual steps that have to be done before a task can be completed.

 

Consistent Experience Across Platforms:
Firetask Pro brings much more functionality from the Mac to iOS as well as from the iPad to the iPhone. For instance, all previously Mac-only overviews such as “Priorities” and “Starred” are now also available on iOS. In addition, the new universal iOS app brings “Kanban” and “Dates” views to the iPhone for the very first time enabling you to perform more effective GTD reviews also on the go.

 

Additional Improvements and Availability:
Additional improvements include a new, improved Today widget on iOS, a very focused Apple Watch app providing quick access to Inbox, Today, Next, and Waiting For lists, Contacts, Calendar and Reminders integrations, and easy to set up syncing via iCloud.

 

Firetask Pro for iOS and macOS are available from the iTunes and Mac App Store respectively and require iOS 10 and macOS Sierra 10.12. For more information or a free 15 day trial of the Mac version please visit the Firetask website.

 

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Firetask Pro on the iTunes App Store
Firetask Pro on the Mac App Store

DEVONtechnologies Releases DEVONthink 2.9.13

DEVONtechnologies today releases version 2.9.13 of all editions of its intelligent information and document manager DEVONthink as well as its smart notebook DEVONnote. They let their users quickly capture data without interrupting their workflow. All documents are stored and can be worked with in a single place with a unique AI assisting users in getting the most out of their information collection.

 

Version 2.9.13 enhances the decluttering service, rearranges a few menu commands for clarity, and improves importing bookmarks from Google Chrome and references from Bookends. The update lets Markdown documents reference scripts with relative or absolute links and improves the overall reliability and performance, too.

 

DEVONthink is DEVONtechnologies’ document and information management solution for the Mac. It supports a large variety of file formats and stores them in a database enhanced by artificial intelligence (AI). Many document formats can be directly viewed and edited, PDFs annotated.

 

Use DEVONthink to:
* Keep your data together in one place
* Scan your paper, archive your email
* Let artificial intelligence help you file your data
* Sync your data to all your devices, fast and secure
* Share your data with anyone, whether they use Mac or PC

 

Sophisticated organization tools, AI-based techniques that handle even the largest collections, and numerous integration options make DEVONthink the work environment of choice for researchers, lawyers, and educators. With its fast, reliable, and secure synchronization users keep their data available on all their Macs. DEVONthink To Go for iPad and iPhone completes the DEVONthink ecosystem.

 

New In DEVONthink and DEVONnote 2.9.13:
Version 2.9.13 of DEVONthink uses an enhanced version of DEVONtechnologies’ decluttering service when clipping articles from web sites as archives or Markdown documents. The service works more reliably with web pages reporting a wrong encoding, uses HTML5 ARTICLE tags and ROLE attributes to detect the main article, and better cleans up unrelated elements.

 

The update also rearranges a few menu commands for clarity and improves importing bookmarks from Google Chrome. Users in the scientific fields can copy references now also from Bookends purchased in the Mac App Store. And when sending notes via the Services menu from the Roccat web browser to DEVONthink the URL of the frontmost browser window is captured, too. Markdown enthusiasts will like that they can now reference scripts with relative or absolute links.

 

Indexing files and folders, contrary to fully importing them into the database, makes it possible to, e.g., keep them on a shared server and synchronize only the database that references them. Version 2.9.13 enhances support for this scenario by marking existing indexed items automatically as not pending and by updating indexed images, PDFs, and audio and video files smarter so that they don’t trigger unnecessary sync runs. DEVONthink 2.9.13 also stronger encrypts local connections for synchronizing between Macs and handles indexed items on currently unmounted servers more reliably.

 

DEVONnote, DEVONthink’s little brother, gets basic support for the Roccat web browser, too, opens links, images, and frames in tabs more reliably, and verifies databases faster. Finally, all updates bring also bug fixes and improve the overall reliability and performance of DEVONthink and DEVONnote.

 

All editions of DEVONthink and DEVONagent require a Mac running Mac OS X 10.9 or later. They can be downloaded from DEVONtechnologies and be test-driven for free before they need to be properly licensed. DEVONthink Personal as well as all editions of DEVONagent are also available in the App Store; DEVONthink can be purchased in bundles with DEVONagent for attractive bundle prices in DEVONtechnologies’ online shop.

* DEVONthink Pro Office: US $149.95
* DEVONthink Pro: US $79.95
* DEVONthink Personal: US $49.95 (App Store: $49.99)
* DEVONnote: US $24.95 (App Store: $24.99)

Logistic Dashboard Addition for ConceptDraw PRO Now Available

CS Odessa has releases a new addition to their ConceptDraw Solution Park for ConceptDraw PRO. CS Odessa new set of libraries provide a wide range of objects to support dashboards and infographics that deal with a company’s logistics. The Logistic Dashboard Solution is a great complement to the Logistics Flow Chart Solution. The new addition to ConceptDraw Solution Park is a paid solution (US$49) for current users of ConceptDraw PRO v11.

 

The Logistic Dashboard solution extends ConceptDraw PRO functionality to quickly build dashboards that display Key Performance Indicators (KPI) of a company’s products or services. The solution provides a large collection of predesigned vector logistic symbols, pictograms, objects, and clip art suitable for creation of Logistics Dashboards that reflect the logistics activities and processes of an enterprise or firm. The Logistic Dashboard solution can depict a company’s supply chain, logistics planning, and the stages of goods movement from the seller to buyer.

 

ConceptDraw PRO is well-known for its ability to exchange documents with Microsoft Visio, the de facto standard in business graphics documents. ConceptDraw PRO can open and save documents that can be used by Visio users. It is supported by the powerful business solutions located in the Solution Park, and retails for only US $199 per end user license.

 

ConceptDraw Office v4 is the fourth generation suite of ConceptDraw products that uses ConceptDraw InGyre4 integration technology to share data between its applications, allowing user to switch gears for different tasks more quickly. ConceptDraw Office v4 includes ConceptDraw MINDMAP v9, ConceptDraw PROJECT v8, ConceptDraw PRO v11, and the ConceptDraw Solution Park with more than 170 Solutions to power user through difficult and time consuming asks. The ConceptDraw Office suite is designed for knowledge workers, project managers, managers, and academics. ConceptDraw Office works with the latest versions of both Apple macOS and Microsoft Windows.