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DRmare M4V Converter for Mac now works perfectly with iTunes 12.7

DRmare Studio has unveiled M4V Converter for Mac, a new version of its DRM decryption tool.

The app allows anyone running iTunes 12.7 to remove DRM protection from all iTunes M4V video files, such as movies, TV episodes, music videos, and iTunes Extras without any obstacle. This version fixes iTunes 12.7 compatibility issues on macOS 10.12 Sierra or lower.

M4V Converter for Mac requires macOS 10.8 or higher. A demo is available for download (http://www.drmare.com/m4v-converter-for-mac/). Registration is $44.95.



PDF2Office Professional 2017 gets new user interface, more

Recosoft Corp. has launched PDF2Office Professional 2017, the latest release of the macOS tool for converting PDF and Windows XPS to Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OmniGraffle. The upgrade is now a fully optimized 64-bit app with a modernized user interface, a new area select tool, and more.

PDF2Office Professional 2017 requires macOS 10.9 or later. It costs $59.99 and is available at the Mac App Store (http://tinyurl.com/yd9qx4ah).



Graphic Converter 10.5 ready for macOS High Sierra

Lemke Software has rolled out GraphicConverter 10.5, an update to their image editing utility for macOS.

The app offers anyone the ability to convert almost any graphic file format into nearly 80 graphic formats. Version 10.5 brings support for the new features of macOS High Sierra, new browser functions, improved RAW import with libraw, horizon correction for open images, extraction of image objects for open images and in batch, and much more.

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Default Folder X 5.1.6 is ready for High Sierra

St. Clair Software has released Default Folder X 5.1.6 (http://tinyurl.com/2gm24v), an update to their utility for macOS.

Default Folder X enhances the file dialogs in all macOS applications. It provides fast navigation to your files, convenient previews, integrated Spotlight tagging, and more. Default Folder X's custom keyboard shortcuts put your favorite and recent folders at your fingertips. Version 5.1.6 adds support for High Sierra and delivers numerous other improvements.

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LinkOptimizer for Adobe InDesign Now Supports macOS High Sierra

Zevrix Solutions has released LinkOptimizer 5.2, a compatibility update to its workflow automation solution for Adobe InDesign.

LinkOptimizer can automatically resize InDesign links to their final dimensions at specific target resolution. The app can also assign colors profiles, perform image adjustments and convert file formats. The new version makes LinkOptimizer a 64-bit app and introduces support for the upcoming macOS 10.13 High Sierra.

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Paragon Software Group Releases New Edition of Paragon CampTune

Paragon Software Group (PSG) has released a new edition of Paragon CampTune, a utility for redistribution of disk space between HFS+ or APFS (Apple File System) and NTFS partitions on macOS systems.

With just one slider, dual-boot users can instantly allocate more disk space to either macOS or Windows operating systems. Paragon CampTune is the first Paragon macOS product to support Apple’s APFS. The update also offers a host of new features, including System Integrity Protection (SIP) management, which allows users to selectively disable individual parameters for this security option. P

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OWC debuts new USB-C Travel Dock

OWC has announced the OWC USB-C Travel Dock, which lets you connect its integrated USB-C cable to a Mac or PC laptop or other computer to utilize its five ports of mobile connectivity from a dock small enough to fit in a pocket.

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DataShredder for macOS revved to version 1.0.4

ProtectStar (www.protectstar.com) has upgraded Data Shredder, their military grade data deletion tool for macOS (10.11 or higher), to version 1.0.4.

The utility deletes data using secure deletion methods that meet and exceed government, military, and industry standards. Users drag ’n drop files, folders, volumes or even external devices to the app. Data Shredder then erases any chance for data reconstruction.

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Suite for Pixelmator Brings New Brushes, Shapes, Gradients, and Styles

Montibus has announced Suite for Pixelmator 2.0, an update to their add-on suite for the Pixelmator image editor for macOS.

It offers more than 1,800 brushes, shapes and gradients for use in the popular Pixelmator image editor. Version 2.0 brings 112 new brushes, 100 new shapes, 50 new gradients, and 10 new styles. The new additions allow users to apply high-quality effects to their images.

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PDFConverter for macOS revved to version 5.0

Cisdem has upgraded PDFConverterOCR for Mac to version 5.0.

Cisdem is a PDF Converter with OCR ability that can convert both normal and scanned PDF documents or images into other popular documents (including Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Text, Rtfd, ePub, HTML, Keynote, Pages, and Image) while preserves original tables, text, fonts, images, graphics and hyperlinks. Version 5.0 adds the ability to create PDFs and merge files to PDFs.

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ProtectStar iLocker Update available to Password-Control Apps on the Mac

ProtectStar has updated iLocker for Mac to version 1.0.1. The app allows users of shared Macs password protect any app on their computer's hard drive.

Parents can drag and drop apps or files into the iLocker window, set a password, and their selections are protected from unauthorized access by their offspring. The app also supports the MacBook Pro's Touch ID sensor.

iLocker for Mac requires macOS 10.11. It’s available for $19.90 at the ProtectStar website (https://www.protectstar.com/en/).



Promise Technology releases the Apollo Cloud 2 Duo

Promise Technology is shipping its newest personal storage device, Apollo Cloud 2 Duo, which is available in Apple stores. With enhanced iOS 11 features and no monthly or yearly fees, it gives Apple users the ability to store important data off the Internet onto a secure personal cloud, with all transactions encrypted.
 

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PDFpen 3, PDFpen Pro 3 ready for iOS 11

Smile has released PDFpen 3 and PDFpen Pro 3 for macOS (10.11 and higher). They’re PDF editing apps that allow you to sync documents between devices for editing via iCloud Drive, Google Drive, and Microsoft OneNote.

Version 3 is made for iOS 11, using the new Files interface for document management. The upgrade also support drag and drop in iOS 11.

PDFpen is available for $74.95. PDFpenPro is $124.95. Demo versions are available at the Smile website (https://smilesoftware.com/PDFpen).



Apple rolls out Safari 11 for macOS

Along with a plethora of other updates, Apple has rolled out Safari 11, an update of its web browser for macOS (Sierra and the upcoming High Sierra). It’s a free update at the Mac App Store. The update:

° Stops media with audio from automatically playing on most websites.

°Adds the ability to configure Reader, content blockers, page zoom, and auto-play settings on a per-website basis, or for all websites.

° Improves AutoFill accuracy from Contacts cards.

° Includes updated media controls for HTML video and audio.

° Enhances performance and efficiency.



watchOS 4 now available for download

Apple has released watchOS 4, featuring a “proactive” Siri watch face, personalized Activity coaching and a new music experience. The update also sports an enhanced Workout app and introduces GymKit, a technology platform that will offer customers connected workouts with cardio equipment.

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iOS is now available

iPhone and iPad customers around the world can now update their devices to iOS 11, which brings augmented reality to iOS devices and new professional capabilities improve images in Photos and Camera.

Siri is more natural and useful and a redesigned App Store makes it easier to discover apps and games. The all-new Dock provides quick access to favorite and frequently used apps and documents from any screen and makes it easier to work with multiple apps with Split View and now Slide Over.

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Stairways Software releases Keyboard Maestro 8.0

Stairways Software has rolled out Keyboard Maestro 8.0, the new version of its automation tool for the Mac.

With it, you can automate almost any repetitive task you do on your Mac—from opening web pages at a specific time to rating iTunes songs. Version 8.0 enhances the editor, expands MIDI support, adds comprehensive AppleScript support, revamps the clipboard switchers, adds Gesture, Cron and Remote triggers, with lots of new actions and additions to the engine, and more.

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Belkin introduces 3.5mm Audio + Charge RockStar adapter for new iPhones

Belkin has announced the 3.5 mm Audio + Charge RockStar adapter for the iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone X, iPhone 7, and iPhone 7 Plus. It plugs into the Lightning connector, offering a way for users to simultaneously charge their iPhone and listen to music using 3.5 mm headphone jack devices.

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Typinator is ready for macOS High Sierra

Ergonis Software has announced Typinator 7.3, a maintenance update to their text expander.

It’s not only a typing assistant that speeds repetitive typing tasks, but also a system-wide auto-correction tool that automatically fixes typing errors and misspelled words. Version 7.3 comes with more than 40 enhancements and is compatible with the upcoming macOS High Sierra, which is due next week.

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StatGeek announces LineUp, LineUp Pro for the Mac

StatGeek has announced Lineup and Lineup Plus for the Mac. They allow users to produce advanced basketball statistics along with statistics on 5-man groups, 2-man groups and 3-man groups in seconds.

Each program works off play-by-play data produced by any number of statistics programs, including StatGeek’s own iPad app. Lineup produces advanced statistics such as effective field goal percentage, true shooting percentage and efficiency along with five-man lineup data.

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Kool Tools: Elcomsoft Phone Breaker 8.0

Elcomsoft Phone Breaker (https://www.elcomsoft.com/eppb.html), Elcomsoft’s forensic extraction tool. has been updated to version 8.0 with support for local and cloud backups, data and cloud passwords produced by iPhones and iPads running iOS 11 (due this week).

The new version adds the ability to decrypt local backups saved by devices running iOS 11, run GPU-accelerated attacks on passwords protecting encrypted backups, download system backups, photos and media from iCloud Drive and access synced information from iCloud, including access to iCloud Keychain.

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Reinvented Software introduces Keep It 1.0 for the Mac

Reinvented Software has debuted Keep It 1.0 for the Mac. It combines notebook and organizer features.

With Keep It, you can take notes for that idea you need to save, or list you need to make, save web pages as links, and PDFs for offline viewing. The app can be used to edit its own notes, along with rich and plain text files, and can store any kind of file. Keep It will also show summaries, thumbnails and previews for most file formats.

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ChronoSync for macOS upgraded to version 4.8

Econ Technologies (https://www.econtechnologies.com) has upgraded ChronoSync, its backup utility for the Mac, to version 4.8. “Assistants” now guide you through the process of configuring a Synchronizer Task. This lets you run syncs and backups automatically when files are changed

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B-Eng updates File Manager Pro for macOS with added encryption abilities

B-Eng has rolled out File Manager Pro 1.7.1, an update to their dual panel file manager for the Mac.

Along with basic functions like copying and moving files and directories, the tool allows you to compress and uncompress files, compare files and folders, synching files and directories and manipulating content of folders and files from an interactive, graphical overview. Version 1.7. introduces encryption abilities.

File Manager Pro 1.7.1 require macOS 10.11 or higher and costs $18.99. It’s available at the Mac App Store (http://tinyurl.com/y7kwm9mf).



Mail Archiver X for macOS adds support for archiving to Evernote

Moth Software has revved Mail Archiver X, its email companion app for macOS, to version 4.1. The app allows consolidation, archiving, and permanent storage of emails.

Emails may be saved in the application's native database format, or in Evernote, Filemaker, PDF, mbox, or Text. Mail Archiver X 4.1 adds support for directly archiving to Evernote.

Mail Archiver X 4.1 costs $39.95 and and available directly from Moth Software. A free, fully-functional, 12-day trial version can be downloaded (http://www.mothsoftware.com).



TunesKit DRM Media Converter for Mac Now Fully Supports iTunes 12.7

TunesKit Software has announced DRM Media Converter for Mac 3.5.1, an update to its DRM removal product for the Mac. This version adds support for iTunes 12.7 on macOS 10.12 and lower.

DRM Media Converter was designed to losslessly remove DRM encryption from iTunes movie purchases and rentals, TV episodes, and music videos by converting the protected M4V videos to DRM-free formats, including MP4, M4V, MOV, AVI, FLV, MP3, AAC, and more.

DRM Media Converter requires macOS 10.8 or higher. It cost $44.95; a demo is available for download (http://www.tuneskit.com/tuneskit-for-mac.html).



B-Eng introduces Enigma for Mac

B-Eng has introduced Enigma 1.0, a utility to encrypt files on any Mac. According to Christian Schaffner, general manager of B-Eng., it uses military standard and government standard encryption algorithms.

Once a password is set in Eniga, encryption and decryption can tech be done with a single mouse click. It require macOS 10.6 or higher.

Enigma 1.0 costs $2.99. It’s available worldwide exclusively through the Mac App Store (http://tinyurl.com/y7uqssf9).



Satechi releases Vertical Laptop Stand

Satechi has released its Vertical Laptop Stand. It elevates most laptops and tablets, keeping desks and tables clutter-free and safe from water or coffee spills.

Aside from maximizing desk space while storing laptops or tablets in an upright, vertical position, the stand is designed to keep ports exposed for charging, connecting to monitors. Additionally, its aluminum body helps devices stay cool as its bottom chamber regulates air flow and helps to prevent overheating.  

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Fission 2.4 brings revamped support for creating custom ringtones for use on iOS devices

Rogue Amoeba has updated Fission (https://rogueamoeba.com/fission/), its macOS audio editor. Version 2.4 brings revamped support for creating custom ringtones for use on the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

iTunes 12.7 removed several features, including support for managing and syncing custom tones. This feature removal broke functionality in several current apps, including Apple's own GarageBand app, as well as older versions of Fission. However, with Fission 2.4, users can once again save custom tones for use on iOS devices.

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KnowledgeMiner Software releases INSIGHTS 6 for macOS

KnowledgeMiner Software has released INSIGHTS 6 for macOS (10.9 or later). It’s an update of the predictive analytics tool for forecasting macroeconomic development.

INSIGHTS 6 introduces Systems of Equations, a superset of Vector Auto-regressive Models, to allow model development from observation data of linear and non-linear interdependent systems and processes for multi-step ex ante forecasting. there are accompanying examples such as forecasting the U.S., Japanese, or German national economies until 2021.

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Apple seeds golden master of macOS High Sierra to developers, beta testers

Apple has released a golden master (GM) candidate of macOS High Sierra to developers and public beta testers A golden master is a final version of software ready for release to manufacturing.

The macOS High Sierra GM can be downloaded from the Apple Developer Center or over-the-air using the Software Update mechanism in the Mac App Store for those in Apple’s Public Beta Testing Program. The finished version of the operating system update is due Tuesday, September 20. macOS High Sierra will run on all machines that are compatible with macOS Sierra.



DHS tells all federal agencies to shutter user of Kaspersky Lab software

The US Dept. of Homeland Security (DHS) has issued a binding operational directive to all federal agencies, ordering them to shutter use of Kaspersky software within 90 days over concerns with the Russian-based company's ties to the Kremlin, reports “ZDNet” (http://tinyurl.com/ya5eulbk).

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Guide book released for iPhone X and iOS 11

Tap Guides has introduced the “iPhone X Guide,” (https://www.amazon.com/dp/B075M8XMPJ), a book available in the Amazon Kindle Store that covers details of the iPhone X and iOS 11.

Priced at $3.99, it covers features such as Face ID, iOS 11, every built-in app and the iPhone X hardware. It's also packed with large color images that help to visually explain tips and tutorials.



.com Solutions releases FmPro Migrator Platinum Edition 8.34.

.com Solutions has released FmPro Migrator Platinum Edition 8.34. FmPro Migrator is a stand-alone application that migrates FileMaker Pro databases to MySQL, Oracle, Access, SQL Server, Sybase, DB2, OpenBase and more.

Users of Microsoft Access databases can lift the limitations of Microsoft Access with FmPro Migrator 8.34 conversions to FileMaker 16. Table Consolidation processing has also been enhanced.

FmPro Migrator Developer Edition is priced at $600 per developer. A demo is available for download (http://tinyurl.com/yhzahuk).



Mellel word processor for macOS revved to version 4.0

Mellel has released Mellel 4.0, an upgrade of its word processor for the Mac. The new version includes over 200 new and improved features, is built from the ground up and designed “to save writers both time and frustration associated with traditional word processors.”

The folks at Mellel say version 4.0 aims to replace Microsoft Word as the preferred word processor of writers who use Macs. It enables long-form content writers to manage their writing, offers an improved way to create detailed outlines and reduces the time it takes to prepare professional-level documents.

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Apple releases iTunes 12.7 for macOS

Apple has updated iTunes for macOS to version 12.7, removing the App Store items for purchasing iOS apps. It can be downloaded at the Mac App Store for free.

After you install the update, a popup window says “the new iTunes places emphasis on music, movies, TV shows, podcasts, and audiobooks.” Apple notes that, if you previously used iTunes to sync apps or ringtones to your iOS device, use the new App Store or Sounds Settings on iOS to re-download them without your Mac. Version 12.7 also:

° Adds support for iOS device syncing;

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iMobie announces AnyTrans 6.0 with Free iOS Mover

iMobie has announced AnyTrans 6.0 with Free iOS Mover (https://www.imobie.com/anytrans/index.htm). Available for both Mac and Windows, users can transfer most types of Android data to iOS, to iTunes, or even to iCloud, including contacts, messages, photos, music, even settings like wallpapers, brightness and more.

Users select those parts of data or even a single item to transfer. AnyTrans 6.0 with Free iOS Mover is, well, free.



The iPhone X arrives in November

Apple has announced the iPhone X, which is modestly describes as “the future of the smartphone.” It comes in an all-glass design with a 5.8-inch “Super Retina” display, A11 Bionic chip, wireless charging and an improved rear camera with dual optical image stabilization.

The iPhone X delivers a new way for customers to unlock, authenticate and pay using Face ID, enabled by the new TrueDepth camera. The smartphone will be available for pre-order beginning Friday, Oct. 27, in more than 55 countries and territories, and in stores beginning Friday, Nov. 3.

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Apple introduces the iPhone 8, iPhone Plus

Apple has debuted the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus. The new iPhone features a new glass and aluminum design in three colors made out of what Apple claims is the most durable glass ever in a smartphone, Retina HD displays and A11 Bionic chip, and is designed for the ultimate augmented reality experience.

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The Apple Watch Series 3 adds cellular support

Apple has introduced Apple Watch Series 3, adding built-in cellular. It allows users to stay connected, make calls, receive texts and more, even without an iPhone nearby.

The third-generation Apple Watch boasts intelligent coaching features, water resistance to 50 meters and a new barometric altimeter that measures relative elevation. Apple Watch Series 3 comes in two models, one with GPS and cellular, and one with GPS, both featuring a 70% faster dual-core processor and new wireless chip.

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Apple debuts the Apple TV 4K with HDR

Apple has introduced the Apple TV 4K with support for both 4K and High Dynamic Range (HDR. With Apple TV 4K, viewers can enjoy a growing selection of 4K HDR movies on iTunes.

In fact, iTunes users will get automatic upgrades of HD titles in their existing iTunes library to 4K HDR versions when they become available. Apple TV 4K will also offer 4K HDR content from popular video services, including Netflix and Amazon Prime Video, coming soon, says Eddy Cue, Apple’s senior vice president of Internet Software and Services.

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QuickerTek announces Solar PV Chargers for USB Type-C 2015-2017 MacBooks

QuickerTek has announced 30 watt and 60 watt USB Type-C Solar Juicz Chargers (http://tinyurl.com/ycyzf55n). These solar panels feature the USB 3.1 adapter cable necessary to power and charge the 2015-2017 MacBook and MacBook Pro 13-inch and 15-inch laptops.

They include a Type-C USB (3.1) cable that utilizes the PD protocol. To use, they can be plugged directly into the MacBook's special USB 3.1 adapter ports. These solar products power the computer battery for use while simultaneously charging the internal battery.

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WaterField introduces the iPhone Camera Bag

In celebration of the iPhone’s 10-year anniversary, WaterField (https://www.sfbags.com) has introduced a custom iPhone Camera Bag in elegant leather or black ballistic nylon designed to hold detachable lenses, mini tripod, and other photo accessories for the new iPhones expected to debut today.

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Kool Tools: Lycan Powerbox solar powered generator

Renogy’s $1,799 Lycan Powerbox is now available. It’s a personal energy solution that’s solar powered.

Quiet, efficient and pollution-free, the Lycan is ideal for both indoor and outdoor use. The folks at Renogy say it’s the first to feature a swappable lithium-iron phosphate battery.
 

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Output Factory Server 2 for InDesign Released

Zevrix Solutions has rolled out Output Factory Server 2, an upgrade to company's output automation solution for Adobe InDesign.

Output Factory Server automates printing and exporting from InDesign by processing files from hot folders, and can serve unlimited users on a network. Version 2 adds new features such as the ability to output InDesign files to multiple formats from a single hot folder, the ability to run custom scripts, the ability to process file aliases instead of originals, and more.

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Information Technology Disaster Resource Center

Recent events such as Hurricanes Harvey and Irma remind us of all kinds of recovery – but often, news doesn’t talk about support related to IT.

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OWC ships the Thunderbolt 3 Dock

Other World Computing is now shipping new orders of the $299 Thunderbolt 3 Dock (http://tinyurl.com/y9jmo5hf), which sports 13 ports. It provides connectivity through an included Thunderbolt 3 cable, delivering power to laptops and other devices.

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YouTube Downloader for Mac upgraded to version 5.0

iFunia has upgraded YouTube Downloader for Mac to version 5.0. The app allows users to download and save YouTube videos right into their Mac. Version 5.0 adds support for downloading YouTube playlist and channels in one go. 

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AKVIS ArtSuite for macOS revved to version 12

AKVIS (www.akvis.com) has announced AKVIS ArtSuite 12, an update of the photo decoration software for macOS that offers a collection of visual effects and frames for your digital photos.

Version 12 offers the new Passe-Partout frame, the Presets panel with ready-to-use AKVIS frame presets, the improved Halftone effect, and some bug fixes. The new version provides more customization options by adding a new gray interface color.

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iWatermark Pro for macOS updated to version 2.0

Plum Amazing Software has updated iWatermark Pro for Mac to version 2.0. It’s a watermarking app for professional photographers for business and personal use.

iWatermark Pro support batch or sequential processing, including relative and absolute scaling. Watermark types include Text, Graphic, Vector, Lines, Border, Text On Arc, Text Banner, QR Code, Signature, Metadata and Steganographic.

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