What’s new in ImageFramer 4.0

We’re happy to announce the release of ImageFramer 4.0. We’ve worked long and hard to make it happen. We also have big plans going forward.

ImageFramer 4.0 release focus

ImageFramer 4.0’s main focus is in these areas:

  • Better workflows for photographers
  • Exporting and importing of both frames and whole design templates for better collaboration and workflows for everyone
  • Usability improvements

Better workflows and integrations

To better suit professional and amateur photographers, ImageFramer 4.0 introduces the following additions:

  • Batch Processing. Available in the Pro version, the built-in Batch Processor can apply a Template to multiple images. You have control over the format and size of the exported photos.
  • Adobe Photoshop Lightroom Plug-in. This plugin integrates with the Export flow in Adobe Lightroom. It allows to post-process exported photos with an ImageFramer template. We have detailed instruction for Installing the Adobe Lightroom Plugin and for using it.
  • Apple Photos.app Editing Extension. You can now invoke ImageFramer right from Photos app on your Mac. We’ve written instructions on how to enable and use ImageFramer’s Photos extension.

Importing and Exporting of Frames and Templates

With these improvements, we open ImageFramer for better collaboration between all our customers and for more robust workflows in professional environments.

Exporting and Importing of frames

  • Export individual or multiple frames, Frame Sets or entire Frame Collections. These stand-alone files can be shared, sold, or backed up.
  • Export is available in the Frame Editor (requires Pro license). Import of frames is available to all.

This opens the door to true collaboration between ImageFramer customers and between you and Apparent Software! Note: Apparent Software’s frames can’t be exported.

Exporting and Importing of Design Templates

  • Current design can be exported to a file. An exported design can optionally include the actual image being framed. This provides a one-stop solution to load an editing session back. These saved designs can be shared between ImageFramer installation s. Make sure the other ImageFramer installation has in its Library all the frames that are used by the Template.
  • Designs can also be exported from the Templates sidebar. These will not include any image but will include all the keywords assign to the template.
  • Template files can be opened from Finder to immediately apply them to the current open design.
  • Template files can also be imported into the Templates sidebar for reuse.

These two features make sharing and collaborations easier. You can design your own frames and designs that go with them and share them with others, free or not. To make sure you don’t miss new frames and templates from Apparent Software, subscribe to ImageFramer Newsletter or follow our Facebook page.

Usability improvements

This is a longer list of individual changes in version 4.0 that are either new features, improvements or bug fixes.

New Features

  • Snapping of text and image Overlays to the edge or the center of the design with ease.
  • New “Scale” control to full-frame frame types. This allows some frames, like those with a small opening in the middle, to be more useful.
  • Design option to save framed images with their external shadow intact.
  • ImageFramer Library panel adds a “Recent” tab, which lists frames that were either recently used by design, or edited in Frame Editor, or imported. A real time-saver.
  • ImageFramer “Recent” and “Favorite” tabs in the Library panel now contain a “Show in Library” pop-up menu item to quickly navigate to the frame in the “All” tab. Another time-saver!
  • ImageFramer “Library” panel can now filter frames in the current list by their name. Saving you time, once again!
  • ImageFramer “View” menu saves preferred presentation settings (background colors and zoom). These settings will be used for all new windows and be quickly restored.
  • Sharing extension to open images in ImageFramer from any application that allows sharing. Should be enabled first, from a More… action of a Share panel or from Extensions System Preference.
  • A “Welcome to ImageFramer” screen.
  • A new set of default frames.
  • A new set of default templates.
  • Added “Duplicate As Mask” command in Frame Editor.
  • Added A4 and Letter paper sizes to Aspect Ratio list.

Improvements

  • Allow saving opened images in-place with Save. Helps with editing from external tools like Lightroom and is more conforming to the expected behavior for macOS applications.
  • Support saving to PSD (Adobe Photoshop) images. Saves a simple PSD image, no layers or effects. (Please take necessary precautions if you open a PSD image in ImageFramer and save over it.)
  • In Text Overlays, background color automatically adjusts based on the color of the text to keep it visible. No need to manually toggle between light and dark backgrounds now.
  • Changing the text color is now simpler, with a new dedicated Color button right by the text field.
  • We’ve added “Page Size” and “Copies” to the Print dialog.
  • The images used in image overlays are now embedded within their design templates. No need to keep the original image.
  • Templates in the Templates panel are now sorted by name. This allows you to find them easily and better manage their order by adding prefixes to names.
  • Removing, adding and renaming of Templates in the Templates panel can now be undone via the Edit menu (or Command-Z).
  • Layer-strip icon for text layer will now use the same background color as the text field, providing better contrast.
  • Mouse Scroll-wheel (or two-finger up/down swipe) resizing of frame layers will now work for the currently selected layer in the strip, (instead of the layer under the cursor) making scrolling work more predictably.
  • Molding frame layers now add a new attribute in Frame Editor called “Mirror images.” This allows for easier creation of repeatable frame patterns by “mirroring” the image of the frame on each subsequent repetition, forcing the edges to align. For some frame types (like wooden and other textures) it saves you from having to spend a lot of extra time in a graphics editor working out the frame graphics by hand. Mirror images can also keep the graphics file size smaller, saving space and memory.
  • Color Mat layers will display actual colors of the mat in the filmstrip, instead of their original color in the Library, if the latter was modified.
  • Cancel eye-dropper with Escape key.
  • UI refreshments.

Availability

We want everyone to enjoy the benefits of the new ImageFramer. ImageFramer 4.0 is a free upgrade for ImageFramer 3 customers. Note that it requires macOS 10.11 (El Capitan) or later.

That being said, if you appreciate our work and would like to support ImageFramer’s further development, we now have some options to help us, and get some special benefits as a result. Read the details in this article on our blog. Please take a look.


Download ImageFramer from http://www.apparentsoft.com/imageframer.

Lastly, enjoy this short 1-minute video of ImageFramer in action.

Sincerely,
Your ImageFramer Team

Educational articles on framing and matting

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…
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Announcing Socialite end of life

History

Ever since we acquired Socialite from Realmac Software in December 2010, we have been planning on releasing a faster, more stable version 2. Months of work had gone into making Socialite 1 better. Then we shifted our focus to the development of Socialite 2. Since then, including some unsuccessful attempts, we’ve invested tens of thousands of dollars into its development and months of our time.

In June 2012 Twitter announced API changes and made it clear that traditional Twitter clients, such as Socialite, should not be developed. Some of these new rules made developing Twitter support in Socialite 2 impossible, so after much deliberations we had decided to stop the development of Socialite 2, but to continue the support of current version of Socialite.

Since then, keeping Socialite users in mind, we have tried to find a buyer for Socialite. A buyer that could give it a new home, invigorate it and create a new roadmap. But our efforts have been in vain. No such buyer was found, and we decided to continue supporting Socialite in its current form, mainly for its users’ sake.

Recent end-of-life of Google Reader was the last nail in the coffin of Socialite, as without it Socialite loses much of its appeal.

The announcement

The increasing amount of work that updating Socialite required, prevented us from giving proper attention to the development of our other applications and stopped us from creating new exciting applications. At the same time, declining sales and lack of a feasible roadmap made little sense to invest even more resources into Socialite.

Following these developments, we regretfully have to announce the end-of-life of Socialite application starting today. We are deeply sorry that Socialite came to this bitter end, and we understand the frustration of loyal Socialite users. We did our best to make it work, but to all things there is a beginning and an end, and this is the end of Socialite. Hopefully, it will also be a beginning of something else.

Logistics

What will change:

  • We will stop selling Socialite both on our website and on the Mac App Store
  • We will not release new versions of Socialite
  • We will not keep Socialite up-to-date with API changes of supported services, so going forward some services may stop working
  • We will not provide technical support to Socialite starting November 2013
  • Users who have purchased Socialite from our website starting June 1st 2013 are entitled to a refund. Contact us at http://apparentsoft.tenderapp.com/ and we will process your refund immediately. Unfortunately, Apple does not let us provide refunds to customers who purchased Socialite from Mac App Store.

What will stay the same:

  • The latest version will continue to be available for download from our website
  • We will continue to provide limited licensing support for existing users
  • We will provide limited technical support for existing users until end of October 2013, to give them time to migrate to alternative solutions, like:
    • Hootsuite for power users of Facebook and Twitter
    • Tweetbot for Twitter
    • Feedly or ReadKit for RSS
    • Facebook website for Facebook
    • Flickery for Flickr

It’s been a long ride, and it has been a pleasure to have such enthusiastic users.

Jacob and Kosta Apparent Software

Trickster — your productivity secret on the Mac

We are glad to announce that we have released a major upgrade to our productivity application Blast. As part of the upgrade we’ve decided to change its name. So please welcome Trickster.

Trickster takes the best ideas of Blast, wraps them in a new shiny package, adds the most requested features from our customers and add some tricks of its own.

Specifically, Trickster improves over Blast with more control over the files and folders that you track, greatly improves performance, adds the much requested ability to quickly find the files by typing their name, all this in an improved, slicker UI. You can get more details about how Trickster improves over Blast here.

You can take a look at the video below to see some of the changes.

Trickster is available both on the Mac App Store and directly from us. Until June 18 it is also available as part of the Productive Macs bundle, which should also check out.

You can also download a 14 day trial from our website. We’re sure you’re going to love it.

Also, don’t forget to follow @tricksterapp on Twitter where we will publish tips about how to get the most out of Trickster.

Black Friday discounts

In the spirit of Thanksgiving and upcoming “Black Friday” we are glad to give to our users an amazing 40% discount on Cashculator (Mac and iPhone versions) and ImageFramer applications.

Cashculator will enable you to track your expenses on Black Friday sales and keep you from getting broke and ImageFramer will allow you to frame holiday photos of your family 🙂

The discount lasts until November 29th. To get the discount, use the coupon code FRIDAY on our site or purchase directly on the App Store at the same special price!

Welcome Mike Glass

It’s a big day today in Apparent Software land! We would like you all to welcome Mike Glass into our little company. Mike is an experienced Mac and iOS developer with several years behind his belt at Pocket Sevens, developing his own applications and helping numerous clients with their projects.

Mike will join us full time and his first mission will be to help us bring Socialite 2 to fruition, ripe and tasty, to everyone’s delight. This second version of Socialite is challenging us on many levels and I’m sure with Mike’s expertise we’ll be able to deliver it much faster and with fabulous quality, as our customers expect it.

Following Socialite for Mac, Mike’s experience with iOS development will play a pivotal role in bringing Socialite to the iPad. We are really excited about the possibilities that an iPad version, synchronized with its Mac counterpart will present.

You can read more about Mike on our company’s About page.

Excited,
Jacob.

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