Posts tagged ‘macOS’

Customize and Enhance the macOS Mouse Pointer with Pro Mouse

Independent developer, Alec Summers announces Pro Mouse 1.4, an update to his mouse enhancement tool for macOS. Pro Mouse allows users to run demos, presentations, and tutorials like a pro by customizing and enhancing the Mac’s mouse pointer to bring focus to what matters. Pro Mouse allows users to quickly locate the mouse pointer, draw anywhere on the screen, zoom into any location, and highlight portions of the screen.



This app is a standalone macOS utility that runs in the background until needed. Pro Mouse allows users to quickly locate their mouse pointer on-screen, thanks to the app’s customizable mouse halo, which can be customized to change the halo’s color, size, and thickness.


“Pro Mouse helps users make their presentations stand out. Gone are the days of losing your mouse cursor on screen or being unable to easily focus attention on important information,” says Alec Summers, developer of Pro Mouse. “Now users can draw on screen to highlight important areas on the display, zoom in to better show even the smallest details, and customize your Mouse Halo.”



  • Customize the Mouse Halo’s Color, Size & Thickness
  • Draw anywhere on the screen
  • Zoom in on even the smallest of details
  • Highlight part of the screen to bring focus on what matters with Searchlight
  • Customize the pen’s color and thickness
  • Set Hot Keys to enable certain Pro Mouse features
  • Automatically hide Halo after inactivity option
  • Automatically clear drawing(s)
  • Quickly enable/disable Pro Mouse straight from the status bar
  • Works across full screen apps and multiple displays
  • Works with conference call software such as Zoom and Google Hangouts
  • Works with screen capture apps
  • Specify any key combo for shortcuts to turn on/off Pro Mouse features with a keyboard shortcut
  • Preference panels to help navigate all the available settings
  • Users can launch the app with the last on/off states.


This app will have your audience following your every click. It’s easy to highlight what matters in your presentations, tutorials, and demos, even on video conference calls. Using Pro Mouse’s drawing capabilities, you can draw on the screen, then clear the drawings with a click of a button.


Pro Mouse’s live tracking Zoom and Searchlight features allow users to emphasize specific areas of the screen, even over video. No matter if you’re on a video conference call, using a full screen app, or using multiple displays, Pro Mouse works with them all.


You can customized the Mouse Halo’s and the pen’s color, size, and thickness. Users can set custom hot keys to enable certain Mouse Pro features. This app can quickly be enabled or disabled from the Mac’s status bar.


New in Version 1.4:

  • Fixed issue some users were reporting with external displays
  • Adjusted limits on the size of the mouse halo
  • Added option to ‘fill’ the halo to make it a solid color
  • Users can now switch off all Pro Mouse features with 1 click from the menu item
  • Added Portuguese localization


“We don’t collect and/or store your data, period. That’s our one sentence Privacy Policy,” continues Alec. “We don’t track or record our users’ on-screen actions, and never save any identifying information.”


Pro Mouse 1.4 is only $3.99 USD (or an equivalent amount in other currencies) and is available worldwide exclusively through the Mac App Store in the Utilities category. Redeem codes are available to journalists from the developer upon request.

Zevrix InDesign Bundle on Mashable On Sale Until April 14

Zevrix Solutions announces that it has partnered with Mashable to offer InDesign users a highly discounted bundle of company’s four workflow automation plug-ins. Users can get LinkOptimizer, Output Factory, Package Central and InPreflight Pro for $49 only until April 14. This deal saves customers $630. Zevrix tools help users reduce InDesign link size, automate image and output workflows, eliminate repetitive tasks, and streamline document packaging.


The Mashable Shop furthers the company’s mission of informing, inspiring and entertaining the digital generation. Mashable Shop is the leading destination for accessories, gadgets, software packages and other one-of-a-kind products at highly competitive prices.


Mashable carries a bundle of four Zevrix InDesign automation tools:

  • LinkOptimizer, the company’s flagship product, lets users reduce InDesign link 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 a plug-in which automates printing and exporting from InDesign and offers batch output, layer versioning, single page export, preflighting, variable file names and more.
  • InPreflight for InDesign offers advanced preflighting as well as automatic packaging of multiple files. InPreflight helps users eliminate errors, save disk space and collect all linked files into a single location.
  • The last product on sale is Package Central which automates InDesign file packaging by processing files from watched hot folders. The software offloads file packaging from InDesign to a central system leaving operator workstations free from the collection process.


Zevrix InDesign bundle can be purchased on Mashable Shop for $49 (USD) until April 14, 2020. Product trials are also available for download. All products require macOS 10.8-10.15 and Adobe InDesign CS5-CC 2020 software.

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.

FontAgent Adds Catalina Support, Performance and Advanced Tagging 

Insider Software announces FontAgent 9.5 for Mac, which adds support for macOS Catalina. Also included in update is faster activation, faster syncing and more robust tagging to the lengthy list of features. The new features help you organize, categorize, activate and visualize your fonts using FontAgent’s modern, customizable interface.


The new 9.5 release is compatible with Catalina (macOS 10.15) and takes advantage of the latest macOS platform functionality and APIs to optimize application performance, font activation and font rendering. V9.5 and V9 are also compatible with the Mojave and High Sierra releases of macOS, and both releases support Dark Mode.


FontAgent 9.5 widens font auto-activation support, so as you open documents in supported apps, FontAgent auto-activates them in macOS. Auto-activation now works in Adobe Creative Cloud 2019 (InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator, After Effects and InCopy); the Affinity product suite (Designer, Photo and Publisher); and QuarkXpress 2018. Version 9.5 makes font activation two times faster, especially for large font sets and collections.


FontAgent 9.5 include vastly improved keyword tagging. You can tag fonts and sets to classify them by client, project, usage, topic, theme, appearance, job number–however you want. You can also use tags in smart searches and Smart Sets to preview, compare and activate associated fonts easily. And when you share fonts with other users, you share their tags as well. The V9.5 release increases UI responsiveness when updating and sharing server- and user-assigned tags.


Fonts activated in Monotype SkyFonts and Adobe Fonts appear automatically in FontAgent. The Monotype SkyFonts service offers access to over 11,000 industry-leading fonts including the popular Google Fonts library. Adobe offers access to thousands of fonts as part of their Creative Cloud subscription service. Both services are tightly integrated into FontAgent, so you can compare their fonts with each other and with your existing font library.


Version 9.5 improve the performance of its built-in font cache clearing. You have the choice of clearing caches–for the current user or for all users on your Mac–immediately or when you logout, shutdown or restart your computer.


FontAgent 9.5 is priced at $99 per user. FontAgent 9 users can update to V9.5 at no charge.

Ergonis Software’s KeyCue, Typinator, and PopChar are macOS Catalina Supported

Ergonis Software announces PopChar X, Typinator, and KeyCue are ready for macOS Catalina. The newest versions of the individual products also bring new features and improvements. PopChar X 8.7 adds support for Unicode 12.0, including the new Emoji 12 characters, KeyCue 9.5 enhances package detection in folder views, and Typinator 8.2 offers faster Quick Search results when many items match the search term.



Since day one, Ergonis Software has been committed to providing high-quality macOS products that ‘just work’. “To achieve this goal, we put a lot of effort into our products behind the scenes to make them do their job flawlessly, fast, and unobtrusively. It is, therefore, no surprise that we are ready to release updated versions of our products right in time before the official release of macOS Catalina.” said Christoph Reichenberger, founder and CEO of Ergonis Software. “Said that I am also glad to mention that the newest versions of our products still run on older OS versions back to OS X 10.8 (Mountain Lion).”


All new versions also contain fixes and enhancements to improve compatibility and stability on all supported macOS versions and are therefore recommended upgrades for all users, independent from upgrades to Catalina. Visit Ergonis Software’s website to learn more about the changes in this release and to download the new version.


Upgrades and new licenses can be purchased securely at the Ergonis Software online store. The upgrades to the newest versions are free for anyone who owns a valid license for the most recent major version (that is, Typinator 8, PopChar 8, and KeyCue 9).



Instead of purchasing a license for a single product, customers can save money by ordering the Ergonis Productivity Bundle, which includes PopChar, Typinator, and KeyCue at a significant discount.

Nisus Software Updates Nisus Writer Express 4

Nisus Software, Inc. announces the upgrade of Nisus Writer Express 4, its flexible, affordable writing app for the Mac. The features include a significantly updated full screen view, focus mode for the active line and paragraph, typewriter scrolling, a redesigned UI and palette system, cloud sync for almost all settings, icons updated for Retina displays, and hundreds of features, fixes, and enhancements.


“Nisus Writer Express represents the best of Nisus Software in a small, affordable package” said Nisus Software CEO Jerzy Lewak. “The new features will help enable our users’ creativity in new and inspired ways. Even more features are available for those who need them, in our professional version, Nisus Writer Pro.”


Additional features add to an already rich feature set that includes an intuitive interface, multilingual text support, powerful find and replace, live word count, easy to use style system, numerous file formats (PDF, Word formats .doc and .docx), and a native file format (RTF) that almost any word processor can read.


Nisus Writer Express 4 requires macOS 10.11 and is Catalina compatible and is $26.00 on the Nisus App Store.




New Tools Of Advanced Visual Effects For Boris FX Mocha Pro 2020 

Academy Award-winning planar tracking toolset, Boris FX Mocha Pro 2020, introduces major time-saving benefits to visual effects artists tasked with the often complicated set extensions, clean-ups, and object removals needed to bring Hollywood’s biggest blockbusters to life. Mocha Pro 2020 is available as both a standalone application and as a plug-in for Adobe After Effects and Premiere Pro, Avid Media Composer, Autodesk Flame, Foundry Nuke, and many more.



Mocha Pro 2020 helps VFX artists deliver high-end results in less time, and it also offers video editors and colorists simple new workflows for everyday VFX tasks such as isolating effects and replacing screens.


“The Mega Plate feature is an evolution of our planar tracking engine, now developed to generate a stitched panorama effects plate from a moving shot,” says Ross Shain, Chief Product Officer, Boris FX. “This opens up a powerful and unique new workflow for artists to generate a larger-than-raster extended canvas for retouching, set extensions, matte painting, sky replacements, and object removal.”



Mocha Pro 2020 Highlights:

  • New! Mega Plate extracts a seamless larger-than-raster image from moving camera footage to complete advanced VFX tasks including set extensions, clean-ups, removing unwanted objects, and repositioning footage. The unique module builds upon Mocha’s most powerful core technologies – planar track and temporal frame analysis – to create a stitched extended frame.
  • New! Area Brush with Quick Mask mode brings paint-like functionality to Mocha, allowing users to define large tracking search areas with a simple quick gestural stroke. Added and subtracted paint strokes convert to vector splines to speed up tracking and masking tasks.
  • New! OpenColorIO (OCIO) support gives Mocha users consistent and predictable color displays across industry workflows. Compatible with the Academy Color Encoding Specification (ACES) and enables improved color-managed workflows with high-end post-production and VFX applications such as Boris FX Silhouette, Foundry’s NUKE, Autodesk Flame, Avid Media Composer, and more.


Mocha Pro 2020 is available with affordable pricing and subscription options: plug-ins for Adobe After Effects and Premiere Pro, Avid Media Composer, and OFX hosts, including Blackmagic Fusion, Foundry Nuke, VEGAS Pro, and HitFilm (or as a standalone application).


Multi-host option (includes all supported host plug-ins: Adobe, Avid, OFX)
Single license: $995
Upgrades start at $395
Annual subscription: $395
Individual host option (choose one supported host plug-in: Adobe, Avid, OFX)
Single license: $695
Upgrades start at $295
Annual subscription: $295
Multi-host option standalone application
Single license: $1495
Upgrades start at $595
Annual subscription: $595