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Packing Pro 13.0 Adds Great Editing Options to Travel App

QuinnScape announces the release of Packing Pro 13.0, a big summer update that supports automatic sorting by date for packing lists and new options to move and copy list items between lists. In addition, icons and emojis can now also be added to catalog types, in addition to the existing catalog categories. Date-sorted lists, and the ability to expand or collapse the current/future/past groupings, will greatly help to reduce the clutter for users with dozens of lists. Cross-list editing can also speed up the process of leveraging older lists to create and refine newer ones.

 

 

During the nine years that Packing Pro has been on Apple’s App Store, it has been highlighted several times. Currently, it can be found in the “Travel Survival Kit” and “Travel Expenses” promotions. It has also ranked at #1 for iPads and #2 for iPhones in the U.S. App Store’s Travel section. Besides Apple, Packing Pro has also been recognized by CNN, WSJ, BBC, The New York Times, Expedia and Budget Travel, and has earned glowing reviews on major tech and app blogs (Gizmodo, Mashable, Macworld, CNET and iPhone Life, among others).

 

Packing Pro is a mobile travel packing list app that features unlimited, 100% customizable packing lists, an extensive, yet flexible, catalog, handy sample lists, iCloud auto-sync and various list sharing options.

 

Features:

* Multi-item selection from catalog for speedy list building
* Multi-item editing for easy list & catalog management
* Collapsable categories with floating headers & running item tallies
* List sorting & filtering by packing status, priority, need to buy, bag and/or person
* Item, weight and value totals & subtotals
* Item images to eliminate any confusion – never again pack the wrong item
* Item & list alerts for user-set reminders
* Email export for file sharing
* Wireless printing
* Fully customized device support for all sizes of iPhone, iPod touch & iPad
* Full multi-lingual support for English, Spanish, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Russian, Polish, Japanese & Chinese

 

Besides the core features listed above (which are also present in the basic Packing (+TO DO!) app), Packing Pro also gives its users the following Pro-level features:

* iCloud auto-syncing support
* Expert packing list wizard that can “automagically” create a list
* Email, iTunes, AirDrop, Dropbox & Box file sharing, backup & out-of-app editing support
* Customized design (themes, layout, fonts, colors, textures)
* Double-sized Master Catalog with over 800 items and to-do tasks
* Twice as many sample lists
* Smart Search (lists & catalog)

 

Packing Pro is a universal app that is available for purchase worldwide on the iPhone & iPad App Store for $2.99 (USD). [GET IT HERE] The basic Packing (+TO DO!) sells for $0.99.

Retrobatch: A Powerful Node-Based Batch Image Processor

Flying Meat Inc. has announces the release of Retrobatch 1.0. the company’s new batch image processor for macOS. Retrobatch is dramatically different than any batch image processor ever seen. Each operation in Retrobatch has a node, and nodes are linked together on a canvas to create a workflow.

 

 

But why node based? “Every batch image processor I’ve come across is linear.” says Gus Mueller, founder of Flying Meat Inc. “You put images in one end, and out they come on the other side. But that’s so limiting! With Retrobatch it’s possible to take a folder of images and then operate on them multiple times within the same workflow. You can reference separate folders to combine images into a single output. Using nodes opens up unlimited possibilities.”

 

In addition to including the great standard features of any batch processor such as changing file type, cropping, and watermarking, Retrobatch raises the bar by offering machine learning and classification models. Use rules to remove or sort images in a workflow based on attributes such as color profile, file format, size, and orientation. Which images in a workflow contain a hotdog? Or not? Retrobatch also includes the ability to install new domain specific models for precise image classifications. With these features, Retrobatch gives users a powerful means of sorting images for further processing.

 

Feature Highlights:
* Delete all metadata, or just remove GPS
* Set the image DPI, title, author, description, and copyright
* Edit specific metadata such as IPTC, EXIF, PNG, TIFF, and CIFF
* Scriptable: run AppleScript, and shell scripts
* Transform: crop, flip, rotate, scale to resize, trim edges to remove transparency
* Add text or image watermarks with over 20 different blending modes available.
* Use metadata tokens to quickly add metadata values as a watermark or as part of the file name
* Use preloaded templates or create and save customized templates
* Split multilayer and multipage images into individual images
* Combine images to create multipage PDF or multilayer PSD
* PNG compression and optimization
* Change or remove color profiles including RGB, CMYK, grayscale, DP3, and many more
* Color adjustments: saturation, brightness, contrast, exposure, gamma, vibrance, blurs, noise reduction
* Color effects: add a border, drop shadow, matte, sharpening, and over 10 photo filter effects
* Multiscale for web optimization and icon design
* Generate screenshots
* Open RAW file types and any image file supported by macOS
* Read images from the clipboard, Photos library, folders, and subfolders
* Write images to the clipboard, folders, or open in other apps

 

With its unique and user-friendly interface, Retrobatch easily handles both simple and complex image processing needs. Examples of time saving operations in Retrobatch include:

* Photographers can edit and add metadata to their image files, then apply the metadata as a watermark
* Users can remove GPS and other privacy sensitive and identifying information from images before uploading to social sites
* Web developers can optimize images for retina display by creating one workflow branch to resize images to 50%, and another branch to write out PNG files with the @2x suffix added to the file name

 

There are two versions of Retrobatch- Regular and Pro. Pro has all the available nodes, including advanced features such as machine learning, changing bit depths and color profiles, processing with AppleScript and shell scripts, rules, and advanced metadata entry. The Regular version features the basics including cropping, resizing, watermarks, and changing image file formats.

 

System Requirements:
* MacOS 10.12 Sierra or later
* Machine Learning and Classification Node requires MacOS 10.13 High Sierra or later

 

Pricing and Availability:
Retrobatch Pro 1.0 is only $49.99 (USD), and Retrobatch 1.0 with slimmed down features is available for $29.99. Both are available to be directly purchased online from the Flying Meat Inc website. A free 14 day trial with all features included is available for Download.

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24U SimpleDialog Plug-In 6.0 for the FileMaker 17 Platform

24U has released 24U SimpleDialog Plug-In 6.0 for the FileMaker 17 Platform. With 24U SimpleDialog Plug-In 6, 24U improved the input dialogs with the possibility of adding Pause/Resume and Cancel buttons and adds support for native iOS apps built with the FileMaker(R) iOS App SDK.

 

What’s new in this version:
* Added support for Native applications built with the FileMaker iOS App SDK
* Input dialogs with buttons
* Fixed minor bugs
* Behaviour of parameter “minlines” documented
* SDialog_SetCalculation example added
24U SimpleDialog Plug-In allows FileMaker solutions to interact with users via professionally looking dialogs to provide excellent user experience with minimum development effort. Since its first release back in 2001 the plug-in has grown to a feature rich user interaction addition for FileMaker solutions, while still retaining its ease of use and offering syntax that’s as simple as the dialog it is supposed to display.

 

Most customers use 24U SimpleDialog primarily to save development time and provide better user experience in their solutions: Vincenzo Menanno, director of FileMaker development at Beezwax, said at FileMaker DevCon 2014: “The biggest value that we get with SimpleDialog is creating solutions that look professional, keep the user informed, and provide us with a great solution for our clients. SimpleDialog is very easy to use and once we use it we use it over and over.”

 

Recommended configuration:
* Mac: Any Intel Mac, 4 GB RAM, macOS High Sierra 10.13, FileMaker Pro 16 Advanced.
* Windows: 1.6 GHz processor, 4 GB RAM, Windows 10 or newer, FileMaker Pro 16 Advanced.

 

Minimum Requirements:
* Mac: Any Intel Mac, 2 GB RAM, Mac OS X 10.10 Yosemite, FileMaker Pro 14 or newer.
Windows: 1 GHz processor, 1 GB RAM, Windows 7 or newer, FileMaker Pro 14 or newer.

 

Pricing and Availability:
24U SimpleDialog Plug-In 6.0 is immediately available for download free of charge as a fully functional 14-days trial version, which can be activated after purchasing a license. Licenses for 24U SimpleDialog Plug-In start at $49 (USD) per user, volume discounts are available for 5 or more users. There is also new license for mobile application. It costs $499 (USD) for 1 app. Existing customers can upgrade to the new version at 50 % off the regular prices if placing order within 14 days upon release, and 30 % off if buying later.

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macOS Guides Launches With Apple Mac Guide & Troubleshooting Website

Tap Guides is proud to announce macOS Guides, a brand new website that delivers in-depth tips, how tos, and secrets about macOS and its built-in apps. Dedicated exclusively to Apple’s desktop operating system, macOS Guides promises to deliver solutions to common troubleshooting problems, reveal helpful tips about built-in apps, and help visitors become familiar with Apple’s most advanced operating system.

 

 

macOS Guides is all about:
* Everything you need to know about Mac & High Sierra
* Troubleshooting tips
* In-depth guides
* Essential settings and configurations

 

Launched today, macOS Guides is the latest website by the expert team at Tap Guides, focusing exclusively on macOS tips, tutorials, and troubleshooting guides. The sister website to iOS Guides, which helps visitors learn how to use their iPhone or iPad, macOS Guides is all about the Mac and its operating system, High Sierra. Visitors will learn how to use their favorite apps, such as Safari, iTunes, and Messages. They will discover tutorials which reveal the Settings app and its common accessibility features; while a dedicated Troubleshooting section promises to solve the most common problems encountered on the Mac, such as mouse cursor issues, Apple Music playback problems, or a short battery life.

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Typinator 7.5 with new scripting features and 20 further enhancements

Ergonis Software today announced Typinator 7.5, a great new version of their highly acclaimed text expander. Since version 6.7, Typinator is scriptable. This means that you can control many aspects of Typinator via OSA-compatible languages like AppleScript and JavaScript. You can pause or resume Typinator, query or modify attributes of rules and sets, trigger an expansion as if the corresponding abbreviation had been typed, and more. Typinator 7.5 extends the scripting possibilities by adding specific scripting functions that enable power users to control the processing of an abbreviation depending on its context.

 

 

With a list of 20 further usability, stability, and compatibility improvements, version 7.5 is a must-have upgrade for every Typinator user. 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.

 

System Requirements:
* Mac OS X 10.6 or newer and is compatible with macOS High Sierra.

 

Availability and Ordering:
Typinator can be purchased securely on the Ergonis Software website. The upgrade to Typinator 7.5 is free for Typinator 7 license owners and for anyone who purchased a license for Typinator 6 in or after January 2016. 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.

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River SRL’s Sparkle 2.5.3 Visual Web Designer for macOS Gets Update

Independent development team, River SRL today is proud to announce the release and immediate availability of Sparkle 2.5.3, an important update to their visual web designer for macOS systems. Sparkle allows anyone to easily build beautiful, custom websites, without being constrained by canned templates or web-based website interfaces.

 

 

Sparkle offers users a fully freeform canvas, making it easy for visual thinkers to design their customer websites without the need to be versed in HTML, CSS, or browser compatibility and web performance details. The app produces fully optimized code, including responsive images, CSS shapes, and other cutting-edge features.

 

Sparkle offers a freeform canvas interface, making it easy to build any website. The interface is designed to be more like a graphic designer app than a webpage layout app. While the app is easy-to-use, it produces fully-optimized code, making use of modern web features and implementing best practices under the hood.

 

 

Features Include:
* Fully freeform canvas – Perfect for visual thinkers
* Drop in images, videos, MP3 music, downloadable files, and more
* Access to hundreds of web fonts
* Visual contact form creator
* Built-in Google Maps generator
* Ability to design for desktop, tablet, and smartphone screens
* Live preview of the site on computers and mobile devices
* Integrates with ecommerce tools such as Shopify, PayPal, and many more
* Advanced SEO
* Analytics and Tag Manager
* Twitter and Facebook sharing
* Site verification, robots.txt, and sitemap.xml all built-in
* Produces fully optimized code
* Built-in incremental FTP capabilities
* Native macOS interface
* Close integration with other Mac apps
* Much more

 

Sparkle allows anyone to create landing pages in just a few minutes. The app is the perfect way to test ideas, focusing fully on content and layout without worrying about arcane HTML and CSS layout code. Sparkle’s freeform layout means anyone can create a website, without being constrained by a template, or worrying about the results looking just like everyone else’s WordPress template-based website.

 

Users love Sparkle:

“We used to create comps in Photoshop for developers. With Sparkle we have our sites up and running in hours rather than weeks.” – Hossein Farmani, Founder and Curator, The Lucie Awards, IPA – International Photography Awards

 

“We use Sparkle to create hundreds of quick landing pages to test our marketing strategies, Sparkle has saved us many hours of development time.” – David Tera, Director of Marketing, IDA – Int’l Design Awards.

 

“I have tried out many different tools to create websites, but none of them can top Sparkle.” – Philip Amour, Product Designer

 

What’s New in 2.5.3:
* Added text wrapping around images
* Significantly improved text layout precision and accuracy
* Added advanced text settings and text shadows
* Added image color filters
* Added per-image links and labels on image galleries
* Added Google Tag Manager support
* Added local business metadata editor
* Added HTML id customization
* Improved file format to reduce system resource usage
* Improved video player compatibility
* Improved publishing compatibility with many web hosts

 

Sparkle Free is a full-featured app, and allows users to publish a single site, consisting of 3 pages, with “Made with Sparkle” branding on the pages. Sparkle One allows publishing of a single site with no page limit or branding. Sparkle Pro allows publishing unlimited sites, the ability to export site to disk with no page limit and no branding. Sparkle One is available as a one-time $44.99 USD purchase. Sparkle Pro is available as a one-time $89.99 USD purchase. Multi-User licenses are also available.

 

System Requirements:
* macOS 10.9 Mavericks or later
* Optimized for macOS 10.13 High Sierra
* 30.7 MB

 

Pricing and Availability:
Sparkle 2.5.3 is free and is available worldwide through the Mac App Store in the Graphics and Design category. The app is also available from the Sparkle website. Expanded capabilities are available as one-time purchases. Redeem codes are available to journalists upon request. [GET IT HERE]

Obvious Matter Releases Fossils for macOS

Obvious Matter has released Fossils 1.1.1 for macOS. Fossils helps you clean up old and unused files from your computer. Quickly browse through your old stuff and preview the file’s contents. Decide if you want to archive or delete using easy to use keyboard shortcuts.

 

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* Take back control of your Documents folder – Is your computer’s storage getting full but you don’t know what to delete anymore? Now you can find old files you don’t need anymore.

* Find, delete or archive your old files – Browse your documents and decide if you want to delete or archive the document. Conveniently, you can choose to archive certain files. These are then stored in a separate folder. This can be useful, for example, for family photos or files that you are not quite sure if you still need them. You can then choose at a later time to further clean these files.

* Quickly preview your files before deleting or archiving them – Fossils uses QuickLook to preview your files. This means that you can also preview files from third-party apps that support QuickLook from within Fossils. We’ve included a QuickLook plugin for zip files that also works in Finder.

 

Fossils supports previewing a large number of file types: image, movies, documents (PDF, Word, Pages, Excel, Numbers, Keynote, and more), zip files, and more.

 

Pricing and Availability:
Fossils 1.1.1 is $4.99 USD (or equivalent amount in other currencies) and available worldwide exclusively through the Mac App Store in the Utilities category.

Dejal Time Out 2.4 Adds Statistics and More Options

Dejal Systems, LLC today is proud to announce the release and immediate availability of Time Out 2.4, an important update to their popular break reminder app for macOS. This free app sits in the background tracking the last time the user took a break. At regular intervals, it reminds users to take a short respite from their current tasks. Users can take the time to stand, stretch, and move around a bit, in order to refresh themselves. They can also schedule both long and short breaks, offering flexibility for the user’s own personal preferences.

 

Dejal Time Out 2.4 Adds Statistics and More Options

 

Time Out offers two types of breaks by default. A “Normal” break by default will occur every hour, lasting for 10 minutes each time. This allows users to get up, move about, stretch, and even take a quick restroom break. “Micro” breaks occur every 15 minutes, lasting for a short 15 second period. This gives users the opportunity to adjust their posture, look away from the screen, and relax their focus. Both types of breaks are adjustable, and can be delayed, disabled, or deleted by the user at any time. Users can also add their own custom breaks, of any delay and length, and at any specific time. This feature is handy for reminders about fixed breaks such as lunch, or mid-morning and mid-afternoon breaks.

 

When a break is due, Time Out slowly dims the screen, and displays a customizable break theme. During the break, the app’s progress bar displays the remaining break time, and also offers optional buttons to allow a break to be postponed or skipped, if needed. Once the break is over, the break screen then fades, allowing the user to return to work. Time Out then begins marking off the time until the next scheduled break.

 

“It’s very easy for users to fall into bad habits when using a computer for hours on end. People strive to complete their tasks on time, pushing themselves to the limit,” says Time Out developer David Sinclair. “The human body just isn’t built to sit in one spot for hours at a time, staring at a monitor and typing at a keyboard. That’s why I created Time Out. It offers a gentle and customizable way to remind users to take much needed breaks, reducing stress and increasing their productivity.”

 

Time Out has an option to show the time until the next break in the menu bar. By clicking the timer, users can access the app’s preferences, allowing them to make quick adjustments to the app’s settings if needed.

 

Version 2.4 further extends the enhancements to the postpone and skip options introduced in version 2.3, including a new option to disable those buttons for a few seconds at the start of each break. You may find this helpful if you are habitually clicking the Postpone or Skip buttons, without taking a moment to decide if you really need to defer the break. It’s common to see the start of the break as an unwelcome interruption… but you installed the app in the first place because you recognized that you need to take regular breaks for your health and wellbeing. You can activate this option to give you a few seconds to make a more mindful decision.

 

Another much-requested change in this release is the ability to customize the time to detect natural breaks, i.e. how long the computer is idle.

 

Something that might help in deciding how you’re doing in taking breaks is a new Statistics feature. This is within the Activity section, and includes the number of times you’ve postponed, skipped, or done breaks, and the total time spent in breaks. These amounts will start being calculated in version 2.4, so take a look after a few days. It also includes a fascinating line chart, for a graphical representation (see below).

 

Plus a number of other enhancements and fixes.

 

The app offers several break themes, which use web standards such as HTML, CSS, and JavaScript, so users can customize the themes as they like. Themes can also make use of local web pages, or even pages from sites on the internet, so the amount of customization available is almost unlimited.

 

Customization doesn’t end with appearance; Time Out can also be set to perform various actions before, during, or after a break. The app can display a notification, speak text, play a sound, or even run an Automator or AppleScript action. All actions can be chained, allowing users to set as many, or as few actions as they prefer. What’s more, these actions can be set to execute at any time, be it just before a break, after a break starts, just before a break ends, or after it’s over. A number of useful scripts are included with the app, and custom scripts created by Time Out users are also available for download from the Time Out website.

 

The Preferences window allows users to view the breaks and their options, and it includes buttons along the top to quickly add a break, pause all breaks, postpone or skip the upcoming break, or get help. Users can also post about the app on Facebook and Twitter, as well as visit the Dejal social media pages.

 

Color-coded labels can be applied to any break to visually indicate which type of break is due next. Users can also view when the break is next due, how long ago the last break was, and also use hover buttons to start, postpone, disable, skip, or delete a break. Users can also apply and edit a global keyboard shortcut to immediately start a specific break. Other options include scheduling features that set the length of a break, how often it occurs, what time of day it occurs, and even the next date and time it is due to occur.

 

One customization option that will be especially useful for corporate users is the ability to add any app to an Exclusions list that tells Time Out to not allow break reminders when any app included in the list is open, or is the frontmost app. This option is particularly handy when users are performing such tasks as FaceTime calls, viewing videos, or making presentations.

 

Time Out keeps users at their best. It reminds them to make better use of their time by taking regular breaks in order to remain mentally sharp, productive, and healthy. Version 2.4’s new features make creating, scheduling, and controlling regular breaks an easy-to-include part of any workday.

 

System Requirements:
* macOS Yosemite (10.10) or later; ready for High Sierra (10.13)
* 64-bit Processor
* 13.8 MB

 

Pricing and Availability:
Time Out 2.4 is free, and is available worldwide through the Mac App Store in the Health and Fitness category, as well as the Dejal website. Advanced features are available via easy in-app donations.