Using droplets with Trickster

May 12th, 2015

Did you know that you can add a droplet (such as one created by an FTP application or with AppleScript) to the Favorites sidebar and then drop files over the droplet to execute the droplet with this dropped file? With FTP droplets this will upload the file to the servers, as you’d expect.

In fact, you can add any application the Favorites sidebar and drop files over them to open them in that application.

Dropping files over folders will move them to the folders, by the way.

To add something to the Favorites sidebar, you should first see them in Trickster’s main list and then move from there. To add something to Trickster’s list you don’t have to open the file, you can even manually drag the file over the window and drop there to add it. Then drag it from the list to an empty space on the sidebar.

Here’s a short video of an FTP droplet in action:

How to Frame Animal Prints and Skins

April 24th, 2015

A recent post on The Grumble that caught our attention was “Framing Animal Hides – Help!” In it, OP (the Original Poster) was discussing the best mats and threads to sit it on, and which options are available to frame animal prints and skins.

Textured photos, pieces of actual for or stretched skin, and images with a lot of fine fur-like detail can be quite tricky to frame properly and can often cause a lot of hassle for the artist or framer, as we saw in the Grumble forum discussion. Mostly artists resort to simply stretching the skin with cords over a canvas, but there are so many more interesting options that people don’t always realize are available!

This post got us wondering:

what sorts of frames would look good around animal prints and skins?

Here’s what we came up with:

How to Frame Animal Prints and Skins

Putting a subtle border around a very busy, print-heavy piece of art helps give this it balance.

How to Frame Animal Prints and Skins

On the other hand, this piece of cow hide is pretty plain, so we chose something with a bit more attitude in order to really make it pop. Using a heavier frame to complement a less complicated piece can really make a statement!

How to Frame Animal Prints and Skins

A simple black frame accents this leopard-print piece nicely, and doesn’t detract from the beautiful spots. When selecting a frame for a strong piece like this one, it’s important to try and find one that doesn’t try to compete with the actual art itself.

How to Frame Animal Prints and Skins

Using a two-tone frame and a wood with a similar warmth to the white of the zebra’s stripes, we’re able to help balance out this zebra-skin print really nicely.

As we can see, ImageFramer provides us with lots of opportunities to enhance our photos, and to figure out framing solutions for pictures of all kinds without having to take a trip to a gallery or framing store right away.

What about you? Let’s see your favourite framed animal prints!

MC Escher’s Cat Takes a Walk

April 15th, 2015


Everyone is obsessing over this photo of a cat on the stairs, so we decided to add our (framed) take on it!

Is it going up or down the stairs? What do you think?

Photo frames for Easter with ImageFramer

April 2nd, 2015

For those of you celebrating Easter and taking pictures of your family during the celebrations, ImageFramer has you covered.

Framed easter1

Easter ImageFramer

There’s a variety of Easter-themed frames available in ImageFramer’s Holidays collection. These can add an even more festive mood to your photographs. This is in addition to the large amount of other frames which can also add the need punch to your holiday photographs.

Easter frames in ImageFramer

ImageFramer has themed frames for more holidays and we’re working on additional sets to add to our growing collections.

We’ve created a Facebook page for ImageFramer and you’re all welcome to share your creations there.

ImageFramer for photographers

March 27th, 2015

Users of ImageFramer come from different professions and include traditional painters, digital artists, custom framers or printers. Photographers benefit from ImageFramer as well, and today we’ll see how it can be used to spice up or images and prepare for presentation.

First I dropped this photo of a squirrel onto ImageFramer’s window. I’ve got to tell you, I probably had cat’s reflexes that day — catching a squirrel on a camera is no easy matter.


The photo already has a dark vignette applied to it in Lightroom but I wanted to add some mood there. ImageFramer has some nice monochrome oval frames that can be coloured for desired effect. These are located in the “Artistic” collection, “Oval” set. I’ve chosen the one named “Chaos”, added it and toned it a bit to a bright warm colour.

I think it brings even more focus to the subject of the photo, while adding this frost-like appearance, fitting the snow in the shot.

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From here I’ve added three layers of simple colour mats: a dark one, a white and another wider dark over the top. I made the outer mat wider on the bottom side, because I wanted to add text there.

ImageFramer Squirrel final screenshot

Finally, I added a Text Watermark, placed it over the bottom part of the outer mat, selected a font that I liked, changed its colour to white and here’s the final result:

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In fact, ImageFramer has a preset template for these poster-like looks and a double-clicking on it will create the design below in a second. Change the text and you’re done.

ImageFramer Poster template

There are many more creatives ways you can use ImageFramer to improve the presentation of your photographs. Let your imagination surprise you!

Download ImageFramer and see what you can come up with. Then post your results on ImageFramer Facebook page.

Black Friday Sale 2014

November 25th, 2014

Enjoy amazing Black Friday and Cyber Monday discount on all Apparent Software apps!

Black Friday Sale

Until December 2, 2014, prices on all our apps are cut by 50% off the list prices displayed on the Apparent Software site, both on Mac App Store and in the store on the site!

  • Make your photos stand out with ImageFramer
  • Improve your finances with Cashculator
  • Boost your productivity with Trickster, that brings your files at your fingertips

Trickster 2.2.2 brings support to OS X 10.9.3

May 16th, 2014

Mac OS X 10.9.3 update made a change to the file system, making the /Users folder hidden. This prevented Trickster from tracking any file inside the user’s home folder.

Version 2.2.2 of Trickster (released today) now allows tracking files inside hidden folders. This also allows selecting previously hidden folders, such as the <user home>/Library folder.

Direct customers should update immediately through the application, or by downloading Trickster from our Web site.`

Mac App Store customers need to wait until version 2.2.2 appears in the store or work around the issue in meantime by running the following command in Terminal:

sudo chflags nohidden /Users

Enter your administrator’s password when prompted, then press Return. The /Users folder will be visible again.

ImageFramer 3.2 brings lots of improvements

May 14th, 2014

We’re excited to announce the release of ImageFramer version 3.2. The updated version has a lot of changes but most of them are under the hood. User-visible changes include some improvements to the workflow to save you time performing common tasks. We also released two new sets of vector frames in our Holiday collection, namely Easter and Love. See below for some examples.

Let’s see what’s new in more details:

ImageFramer’s codebase was modernized and it now has new system requirements. Specifically:

  • ImageFramer now requires 10.8 (Mountain Lion) or later
  • ImageFramer is now a 64-bit application
  • ImageFramer is now sandboxed

ImageFramer brings some visible improvements, such as:

  • Retina support for design view
  • Updated design elements for Retina displays
  • Better rendering quality

Workflow improvements include some common requests, such as:

  • Selection of watermark layers by clicking on them
  • ImageFramer remembers the last drop shadow enabled state of moulding frames. Newly added moulding frames will have the same state of shadow. This replaces the previous default of shadows being on.
  • When replacing a layer with a new one (Option-double click on a frame), ImageFramer will apply old one’s settings to the new one. This allows to quickly see which frame fits better without manually adjusting frame width and similar settings every time.

Other notable improvements: – Faster image rendering – Fixes to all known memory leaks and crashes

New frames

We have new vector frames in the Holiday and Celebration collection, available to all licensed customers. The new sets are Easter and Love. Here’s are several examples made with these new frames. Overall, there are almost 60 new frame designs you can play with.

Mac App Store customers should update ImageFramer in the Mac App Store.

Direct customers should choose “Check for new version” in their “ImageFramer” menu or download ImageFramer from our web site.

You can also manually force ImageFramer to check for new frames from its “ImageFramer” menu, but we suggest you keep the preference to keep it check for new frames automatically checked.

Framed easter1

Easter ImageFramer

Framed couple

Framed couple2

Framed paris

Framed red

Trickster 2.2.1 released

January 1st, 2014

Trickster 2.2.1 is an improvements and bug-fix release. Changes:

  • Fixed: Watching a home folder didn’t work in some occasions.
  • Improved: Resizing of window is now more free. Allow large window when Trickster icon is near screen edge.
  • Added: Google Drive icon in icons for filters.

Update through the application or on the Mac App Store.

Black Friday sale

November 27th, 2013

Enjoy amazing Black Friday and Cyber Monday discount on all Apparent Software apps!

Black Friday Sale

Until Monday, prices on all our apps are cut by 50% off the list prices displayed on the Apparent Software site, both on Mac App Store and in the store on the site!

  • Make your photos stand out with ImageFramer
  • Improve your finances with Cashculator
  • Boost your productivity with Trickster, that brings your files at your fingertips
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