Saving time with Trickster and Scanner Pro

Learn how you can easily share scans from your iPhone to your Mac and have them appear automatically in Trickster for for there processing. In this how-to video we demonstrate how to watch iCloud Drive folders for specific apps in Trickster, using Scanner Pro by Readdle as an example.

You can use similar approach with other apps on your iPhone that share data through iCloud Drive. Of course you can also do the same when sharing files between your Macs.

New Celebration frames in ImageFramer

Celebration FramesWe’ve added about 60 new celebration frame designs. They can be found in “Holiday and Celebrations” Collection, in “Celebration” Set.

They are part of the Standard frames and are available for free to all the customers.

To see the list of all the frames in this set, take a look at our “Celebration Frames” page.

ImageFramer should alert you about the additions in the library when it launches, if you have the options enabled. If not, you can force to check it manually from the ImageFramer menu.

Enjoy the new designs!

 

Framed cupcakes

Aspect ratio locking in ImageFramer 3.4

Latest ImageFramer update brings time-saving improvements to some workflows and some user-interface changes.

Perhaps the most visible change is that “Watermarks” were renamed to “Overlays”. The origin of the name “watermark” was in the initial intended use for these layers — adding copyright signs or artist names on the framed images. Over time, though, we’ve found that the name was confusing because “watermarks” have a more specific meaning, so we decided that “overlays” is a clearer name for these special layers.

Another addition to the interface is the lock button on the right side of the bottom bar, near the aspect ratio button.

Lock Button

One of the repeating support questions that we receive is people taking an image that is, for example, in a 3:2 aspect ratio (think of a 6″ by 4″ photograph), then adding a frame on the outside and then expecting the framed result to also be in a 3:2 ratio for printing.

Of course, adding an outside frame makes the result more square, closer to 1:1 aspect ratio. The solution to getting output in a specific aspect ratio is to crop the image layer in such a way that the result becomes in the desired ratio. ImageFramer already provided some help with this by displaying the current aspect ratio. But manual cropping is too time-consuming, hard to get exact and needs to be repeated after every change to the frame size, which is annoying.

Luckily, computers are quick at math, if you teach them how. So that’s what we did. We programmed an algorithm for ImageFramer to automatically crop the image to get desired final aspect ratio. The “lock” button enabled this behaviour. When the lock is locked, ImageFramer will apply the minimal crop that will keep the framed result in the target aspect ratio.

But what is this target? That’s where the two-arrows button comes into play.

Aspect ratio drop down

Without a lock, it behaves as previously, as a hint to the aspect ratio value that’s displayed to its right. With the lock, though, it selects the aspect ratio that ImageFramer will keep locked. You can use any of the presets, select the new option “Same as Image” that will keep the output in the same aspect ratio as the input image (before cropping), and the top options, “Automatic”, will lock to the current aspect ratio, which can be handy sometimes.

So ImageFramer will crop the image but by default it will crop to the center of the image. What if you want to change which part of the cropped image to show. With ImageFramer 3.4, cropped images can now be repositioned when dragged with the mouse.

This will automatically adjust the crop parameters for the image layer. This works not only when the lock is enabled but also when you crop manually. But when the lock is enabled, the automatic cropping will keep the visible portion of the image the same, instead of cropping to original center of the image.

Watch this short video to see it in action (full-screen viewing recommended):

Hoarfrost photo with a little ImageFramer touch

This morning’s beautiful hoarfrost needed just a little touchup from ImageFramer to add some more of the frosty mood.

The frame is called Chaos (can be found in Artistic collection, Oval set). It’s a monochrome frame that was colourized to a purplish colour and made half transparent to make it blend better with the rest of the photo.

Speaking of ImageFramer, a new update is in the works with some nice improvements to workflow and some new frames as well. Stay tuned.

Hoarfrost

Have a warm day, everyone!

Trickster 2.4 improves cloud services support

Trickster 2.4 screenshot

Trickster 2.4 improves support for cloud services including iCloud Drive, Google Docs.

Files in iCloud, Dropbox and Google Drive will now display associated icons in their paths in the file list to make the paths shorter and easier to identify.

We added two icons for filters, one for Google Drive and a generic cloud icon that could be used for iCloud.

We simplified selection of iCloud Drive folder in File Tracking and Filter configurations with a dedicated button that opens the correct location. Note: adding iCloud Drive as instructed only adds the folders that you create and move there manually. For app-specific folders in iCloud, select them and add separately.

Google Drive document changes are now detected after they’re changed on the web, if Google Drive application is running.

We’ve also fixed a number of bugs, including some crashes.

Black Friday sale 2015

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

Until the end of November, 2015, prices on all our apps are at 50% only.

The offer is valid both on our web site and in the Mac App Store.

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

Using Trickster with LaunchBar

Trickster now integrates with LaunchBar

We’ve happy to announce that we’ve worked with the people at Objective Development, who make the fantastic application LaunchBar, to create an action for it for a better integration with it than we previously had.

Version 2.3.4 of Trickster added AppleScript (or Javascript which can be used instead of it) support for Trickster filters, which gives more control for this and other possible integrations.

How to use the action

The action is called “Trickster Files”, so you can invoke by typing starting letters, such as tf or even shorter after Launcher learns it. We suggest adding a shortcut for the action (such as the letter t). Long press on t will show all the latest files which you further use like any other file list in LaunchBar.

Trickster Launchbar All files

Another option is to show the action and press Command-Right when it’s selected to show the list of filters enabled in Trickster, then navigate the filters.

Trickster-Launchbar-2

 

Installing the Action

Click on the icon below to download the action. After it downloads, double-click on it. LaunchBar will prompt you install it. It’s that easy.

Trickster Launchbar Action Icon. Click to Download

Another integration option

You can use LaunchBar’s “Instant Send” shortcut to send the selected file in Trickster’s own window to LaunchBar immediately, like you’d do from Finder. Very handy.

New frames in ImageFramer

Today we’ve added 94 new frames to the Standard set. Most of the frame graphics was contributed by one of our long-time customers, Glen Dahlman, whom we’d like to thank for his continuing help and contributions over many years. Both images were created using two layers, each of them is new. All the new frames are moulding-type frames — resizable borders.

Two of the frames in “Real” Collection/”Wooden” Set, “Light wood” and “Light wood relief”, were copied from the Pro frames because the Standard set lacked simple light wood frames.

ImageFramer usually checks the library for updates on every launch. But if you disabled it in Preferences, you can force library update check from the menu.

The full list of frames, sorted by “Collection/Set” is below the images.

framed flowers framed bycicle

· Bricks · Cora · Maze · Orange Drops · Pastel · VL · Whole Woods · Yellow Pattern · Zebra 1 · Zebra 2 · Zig
· Linengold 2 · Rough Liner
· Fine Leaves
· Arya · Classic Gold · Tempest
· Antique Carved · Antique Wood · Black & Gold 4 · Black 4 · Blackmore · Carved 1 · Carved 2 · Carved 3 · Carved 4 · Carved Silver Wood 1 · Carved Silver Wood 2 · Chronicle · Composite Wood · Dark Wood · Deggial · Dragon · Duo · Engraving · Faria · Fence · Flint · Flora · Flowers · Framed Wood · Golden Flowers · Golden Wood 2 · Golden Wood 3 · Light wood · Light wood relief · Red laquer 3 · Red laquer 4 · Red’n’black · Red’n’gold 2 · Rough wood 3 · Rough wood 4 · Rough wood 5 · Rough wood 6 · Strict · Stripes · Tempest · Temple · Venice · Waves 1 · Waves 2 · Waves 3 · Wavy · Wooden Handcraft · Worn Wood
· Antiquity · Belt · Black Cobra · Black Leather 1 · Black Leather 2 · Chess · Cold Iron · Country · Elegy · Fabric & Leather · Fabric & Wood · Gold & Linen 2 · Gold on Black 1 · Gold on Black 2 · Gold on Black 3 · Gold on Black 4 · Hamsa · Maya · Metal · Multitude · Red Cobra · Snake · Solarius · Tormund · Woven 1 · Woven 2 · Zigmund

 

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