Posts tagged ‘macOS’

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

CADintosh 8.5 2D CAD Program for Mac Updated

Lemke Software GmbH releases CADintosh 8.5, an important update to its popular 2D CAD program for the Mac. It delivers a large variety of CAD tools to Technical Draftsmen, Designers, and other users that create professional technical, mechanical, and architectural drawings.



CADintosh offers a comfortable and simple user interface, providing a large number of usability and workflow advantage over other apps of its kind. The number of CAD elements that can be used in the app is limited only by the available memory in the user’s Mac. The app offers 8 pens with fully definable line widths and colors, 6 different line types, and supports 1,024 layers. Pre-settings are saved with each drawing.


“CADintosh was already the most powerful and easy to use 2D CAD program available on the Mac,” says Thorsten Lemke, president of Lemke Software. “Version 8.5 builds upon that, as the cumulative result of over twenty years of development by our team of industry experts.”


Features Include:

  • Comfortable and simple user interface
  • Number of elements only limited by the Mac’s available memory
  • Pre-settings saved for each drawing
  • Includes 8 pens with freely definable line widths and line colors
  • Includes 6 different line types
  • Offers line widths from 0.0 to 99.99 mm
  • Each element can be designated a different color and width
  • Functions for lines, circles, dimensioning, hatching, X-lines, etc.
  • Allows up to 32,000 groups
  • Supports up to 1,024 layers
  • Offers Complex layer management
  • Easy import and export of DXF, HPGL, IGES and PDF formatted files
  • 64-bit and unicode support
  • Support for symbol libraries for the import and export of symbols
  • Alternative units (i.e. inches)
  • Runs natively on macOS
  • Supports Retina displays
  • Helpful Tutorial


The app’s easy-to-use tools allow anyone to create lines, circles, text, dimensions, X-lines, hatching, and set scale within their drawing. Users can access 8 different pens of variable widths, colors, and styles from the app’s convenient drop-down menus. Available line types include full line, dotted line, chain line, dotted line with two dots, zigzag line, and short dotted line. Adjustable line widths range from 0.0 to 99.99 mm and can be set to different colors and widths.


New Updated features:

  • DWG export
  • Dialog for setting the default unit and scale upon creating a new drawing
  • Localizations
  • Added more drawing data fields (changes document file format)
  • Added identifiers to drawing data dialog
  • Enhanced contrast of thumbnail icon
  • Added font and text height to available set options
  • WYSIWYG font menu with option to disable in the preferences


CADintosh allows easy importing and exporting of several file types, including DXF, HPGL, IGES and PDF. While the app already includes a wide selection of internal symbols, paid versions of the app can also import and export symbol libraries. Created symbols can be saved in an archive. Projects can be created using either imperial or metric units.


We make CADintosh free to try, so that users can run it through its paces before paying,” continues Thorsten. “We know once users see what the app offers, they’ll appreciate its excellent return on investment.”


CADintosh 8.5 is only $33.99 and available worldwide through the Mac App Store in the Graphics & Design category. It can also be directly purchased online from the Lemkesoft website for $32.00.

Secure Password Management for Mac Owners With PasswordWallet

Selznick Scientific Software releases PasswordWallet 4.8.10 for macOS, an important update to their password management solution. This easy-to-use app allows users to easily manage, store automatically and sync all of their passwords and other important information between their Mac and all of their other devices via Dropbox.



PasswordWallet is available for the macOS, iOS, Android, and Windows device platforms. Simple and secure, PasswordWallet encrypts and stores passwords and other private information in one convenient location, all accessible with a single password. All information automatically syncs between the Mac and the other devices, allowing users to automatically keep their password information up to date with no manual syncing needed.



“Let’s face it, with all of the passwords and other important information we need to keep track of today, it’s impossible to keep all that sensitive, personal information in our heads,” shared PasswordWallet creator Sanford Selznick. “You can’t write down the information, as it could fall into the wrong hands. A post-it note in your desk drawer doesn’t equal secure. PasswordWallet allows you to remember one master password to unlock all of your valuable private information, anytime and anywhere.”



Features Include:

  • Retrieve passwords quickly and effortlessly
  • All information kept encrypted for full security
  • Access passwords, usernames, and other private info with a single master password
  • Synchronize passwords from a Mac to an iPhone or iPod touch
  • Share passwords between Mac, Windows and Android compatible devices
  • Fill usernames and passwords with PasswordWallet’s unique “works-anywhere” Auto-Typing technology
  • Backup and restore iPhone data with no special software (no need for iTunes)
  • Enter multiple usernames and passwords across multiple web pages with Auto-Typing
  • Uses fast BlowFish encryption algorithm with 448-bit keys to protect data
  • Passwords copied to the clipboard are automatically deleted after they are pasted
  • The master password can be kept in the macOS keychain
  • Organize passwords into an unlimited number of user-defined categories
  • Compatible with Windows XP through Windows 10
  • Network Synchronization Wizard enables one touch sync between multiple devices
  • Full Dropbox synchronization support via Dropbox Tokens
  • Personalize synchronization preferences
  • Advanced auto-fill of username and password for web sites
  • Integrated Help function is always available


PasswordWallet for macOS features the industry’s most flexible backup and restore functionality, requiring no special software, not even iTunes, All exports are fully encrypted using fast Blowfish encryption using 448-bit keys for full security. The app encrypts and stores passwords, usernames, PIN numbers, combinations, personal notes, and other private information and keeps them safe and always available via Dropbox.


A single master password locks and unlocks access to all password information. Users can save URLS along with usernames and passwords, allowing PasswordWallet to launch the user’s default browser and autofill user login information. The app’s convenient Auto-Typing feature automatically fills in usernames and passwords, allowing quick-and-easy login to any website.


Usernames and passwords are automatically and securely cleared from the macOS clipboard after they are pasted. The Auto-Typing feature works systemwide, so it works anywhere, including security dialogs, keychain, software registration screens, and even in the Terminal app.


PasswordWallet 4.8.10 for Mac is $19.99. Owners of version 4.x can upgrade free.