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.
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.
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):
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
We’ve created a workflow that integrates Trickster‘s latest files list into the fabulous productivity tool for the Mac –Alfred.
If you’re using both Trickster and Alfred, you should appreciate it. A hotkey, ⌘⌥Z, will show 30 most recent files from Trickster in Alfred’s own list, so you can use your familiar Alfred interface for opening, browsing or other actions that you like to do in Alfred.
If you continue typing text, the query will be used to filter the latest 100 entries in Trickster for files that include the query in their path or file name. This is similar to how Trickster’s own filtering works.
Default action for the workflow is opening the file and the Command key modifier will switch to Browsing it in Alfred, which is handy for folders.
The selected frame is called Straight from Artistic collection, Various set. We color matched it to Pluto’s heart and made it a bit darker so it didn’t draw the eyes too much. The width is set to 8%. The main feature of the photo is Pluto of course, so frame should try to only add to it and not distract too much.
Summer is a busy time for everyone, and for many of us that means lots of birthdays, parties, family get-togethers and the like where gifts are exchanged.
One of the most meaningful gifts that you can give to someone is a nicely-framed photo of themselves or their child, but just because you’re printing out a photo and putting it into a frame doesn’t mean that it has to be boring.
Today we’ll look at a few options that ImageFramer offers you to make photo gifts much more memorable!
Here’s a really cute photo of a little girl blowing on a dandelion puff. This is nice, but how can we make it really memorable?
To start, I’ve added a mat around the photo to give it some padding – this is because I want to use a fancy frame, but I don’t want the design to obscure any of the actual photo. I’ve picked the French Buff mat and increased the width by 16.46% by using the slider on the right, in the Layer Settings tab.
Now it’s time to add our fun frame!
To keep the floral theme in the photo I’ve selected the Sunflower frame. As we can see, it really makes the photo stand out by adding interesting, fun visual elements and a bit of extra colour. Now this regular photo makes an interesting and memorable gift!
Let’s try something a bit different. Here we have a photo taken of a couple at a wedding celebration, so how can we make this photo stand out even more?
Since there are already a lot of strong colours in this photo -the red of the woman’s nails and dress, and the grey and black of the man’s suit- I’ve decided to tone it down a bit by adding a very muted being frame. As you can see, this is a “wedding” frame and because of the way that the frame “cinches” in the middle it pulls the focus of the photo to the champagne glasses instead of the strong colours. This frame also helps tell a story about what the photo is from – because of the “wedding” theme of the frame it’s easy to tell that this is a photo from a wedding.
I’m sure now you’re getting the hang of things, but let’s do one more together to see how ImageFramer can help you customize photos for your loved ones!
This photo is super cute – a couple, obviously kidding, with the girl giving the token “foot pop” as she embraces her beau. There’s no way we can make this more special, right? Of course there is! With ImageFramer there are so many ways that we can make our photos even more special.
For this photo I’ve kept it pretty simple – I’ve selected the ‘Valentine Letter’ option. Even though Valentine’s Day is far away, this super-cute frame helps amplify the love that we see in this photo. By adding this ImageFramer frame we’ve made this photo into the perfect gift for the lovebirds in your life!
By adding personal touches to photos in ImageFramer we can make photos even more unique and special when we give them to people that we care about.