This new release of Trickster brings some of the features that you, our dear customers, have requested. So please keep your requests coming. Visit our Trickster Suggestion forum on the support portal to start public discussions into feature requests and to vote on other people’s suggestions.
We’ve designed a Light theme for the file list. You can select it in Trickster’s Preferences.
Trickster in Light Theme
Show icons or QuickLook preview
Trickster usually shows QuickLook previews of files in the Expanded row mode. With a new option added in this release, Trickster can now only display generic file icons. This behavior can be useful when you’re more concerned with what application will open the file than with its content. Text files can especially benefit since their preview provides little information about their content.
Did you know you could drag files from Trickster (or from Finder) unto folders in Favorites sidebar and have them moved or copied (by holding the Option key) there? If you didn’t know, try it — we created the sidebar with this use-case in mind.
Previously, though, Trickster silently failed to move or copy when the destination folder already contained a file by that name. Now Trickster will detect this and suggest to overwrite the file, if you want. The original file will be moved to Trash, just in case. Unfortunately, this behavior might fail on macOS Sierra because of increased protection of /Applications folder by the system.
File Tracking and Filter instructions
When you have no entries in a section of the File Tracking Configuration or when editing Filters, Trickster will now display a description of what this section means and how to edit it.
Trickster instructions in Filter Editing panel
Play better with Sandboxing
Trickster will now fail less to monitor folders that you want it to monitor. It now correctly detects when it doesn’t have permission to monitor it. And to help you see when it fails, the File Tracking Configuration panel will mark these watched folders with a yellow exclamation mark.
In the screenshot below, Downloads and Applications are not working anymore, and their permissions need to be refreshed.
Select the folder, Downloads in this example, and a button titled “Refresh permissions” will appear (see screenshot below). Click on it. Trickster will remove Downloads from the list and will present an “Open Dialog” with Downloads folder selected. Just click the “Refresh Permissions” button on the bottom left of this dialog to add Downloads back with the new permissions.
Now you don’t need to wonder if a folder is monitored by Trickster or not, because of Sandboxing permissions.
In this tutorial, I want to show you a few ways to use matting with ImageFramer.
A mat can enhance, or even radically change, the impression of a picture. With a mat, a piece of art can look far more impressive than without it. To show you some matting tips I have chosen a nice autumn photo with a bright accent on blue shoes. Hope you like it.
First of all let’s choose the frame that enhances the picture and doesn’t distract us from our main purpose. The frame I chose is called Legion (can be found in Real collection, Wooden set). The width is set to 8%.
Then I’ve added a mat around the photo. In general, neutral colors are always a safe choice. Playing a background role, they help a picture to dominate the space around it. For this reason I’ve picked the Toasty mat in Beige and Yellow collection. I recommend making the mat twice as wide as the frame. I increased the width to 14% by using the slider on the right, in the Layer Settings tab.
In this variant I want to give the effect of more depth to the picture. For this reason I added Fussil mat from the same collection and put it to the inner side of the photo. The inner mat creates a thin line of a slightly lighter color. Where a double matting is used, the color of the inner mat can enhance the bright accent on the picture or be just slightly darker or lighter than the main mat color.
Choose your own color
But let’s try something different. Don’t forget that you can choose a color of a mat from the picture itself. The picture is full of warm yellow and red colors, so I clicked on the eyedropper and decided to go with a deep orange color from one of the leaves in the photo. To make it even more interesting I did the same thing with the bevel and chose a dark purple color for it.
This makes the photo stand out by adding interesting visual elements and a bit of extra color.
There are many more creatives ways you can use ImageFramer to improve the presentation of your photographs. Let your imagination surprise you!
Version 2.5 of Trickster adopts the new Touch Bar in the 2016 MacBook Pro models.
The Touch will now always display a button to open the “File Tracking Configuration” dialog. In addition, it’ll allow to quickly visually change current filter and, when a file is selected, has a handy button to reveal the file in Finder.
Hopefully, the happy customers of the new MacBook Pros will find this integration handy.
The update is available both from the Mac App Store and from our site. If you already have a direct (non-Mac App Store) version of Trickster, you can use the built-in auto-updater.
Are you interested in the history of picture frame? Or perhaps you need some tips for choosing the perfect frame for your art work? What are the main rules of framing the photo?
We are pleased to inform you that we have started publishing educational articles on framing and matting. Take a look at our Picture Framing Articles page.
Every month we will add articles with interesting facts about framing, as well as sharing tips to mount your artwork.
Let us introduce our first article – Why a picture frame?
Why a picture frame?
A frame for a picture is like a beautiful dress for a woman. It serves to emphasize the important details, hide the disadvantages, and create a complete, perfect image. Many private owners and art galleries exhibit their paintings without frames, but this is a huge mistake. An unframed picture looks far less impressive than it could because the painting itself is rarely self-sufficient and lacks a complete form. In most cases the right framing is necessary to complete the image…
We’re celebrating 10 years of operation with an unprecedented 10-day half-price sale of all our Mac application lineup.
The sale runs until October 15, 2016.
The applications on sale are:
ImageFramer — a professional-grade framing design and visualization software for artists, framers, professional and hobby photographers. Ten years in the making, ImageFramer is the first product that Apparent Software started with. All version upgrades are included in the sale.
Cashculator — a personal finance application geared at families and small business. Cashculator focuses on high-level planning and tracking of finances, and on “what-if” scenarios to evaluate possible financial outcomes.
Trickster — a menu-bar productivity application to access recently used applications, files and folders. Trickster is designed to save time for people who work with files on their Macs.
We’ve updated Trickster with a new feature and some bug fixes.
Specifically, we’ve added a preference that can disable Finder folders from showing in the “All Files” list. Some users don’t like it that folders appear in the main list when they navigate in Finder. Note, Folders will still appear in filters that are set to show folders.
This new option is selected by default:
We removed the dialog that would sometimes appear when Trickster detected potential problems with its watched folders (related to Sandboxing). If you don’t know what it means, don’t worry. Some users experienced a stuck Trickster because of that, and it’s not something we’d want you to experience.
We also fixed the sometimes disappearing text after editing text in filters and in Tracking Settings
Thanks to the customers who gave the suggestions and reported the issues.
Lastly, we’ve added a note that “Watch Folders” also includes all the subfolders of these folders. We’ve added this everywhere it made sense, including in the User Manual.
Not really related to the release, but we’re adding articles sections to our site and one section is about Mac Productivity, where we’ll post some tips related to the topic. Click to read the Mac Productivity articles we have now.
Watch the video below to learn how you can easily share scans from your iPhone to your Mac and have them appear automatically in Trickster for further processing. This workflow is something that we often use ourselves and it can save a lot of time.
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 through iCloud Drive.