DjMIXER PRO review

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Version  3.6.9
Developer  DjMixersoft
Website   http://www.djmixersoft.com

 

ABOUT DjMIXER

DJMixerSoft is one of the world’s leading providers of DJ software. At DJMixerSoft.com we create technology rich solutions that enable our customers to maximize their professional performance. All DJMixerSoft products have been developed by video/audio software engineers, in collaboration with professional DJs around the world.

 

INSTALLATION

Installation of the software is dead easy. Drag the application to your applications folder and you’re set. Now it will at first run in demo-mode, and you need to enter the serial to get full control over the software. At first I was checking where to
enter the serial but there is no menu addition for this? As the interface itself is very busy, I noticed very small red typing in the middle of the interface, where I was supposed to enter the serial. Funny place to validate a Mac application, and this should be set somewhere in the menu. Still this is how it is set right now. In the background many new folders are created for storing music creations etc.

INTERFACE

Wow, its an explosion of information to handle. Well for non dj’s like me then. Though I love music and am familiar to many of the used controls it still is a lot to swallow to be honest. it is LOADED !! Just check the features below to give you an idea of its capabilities. The image can be made active / enlarged,  in order to checkout all keys, knobs, controls, sliders etc.

FEATURES

  • Mixing your audio, music, video and karaoke.
  • Instant beat-matching and sync between the 4 DJ decks with one-click.
  • 2 or 4 DJ decks with professional grade mixer and playlists.
  • Waveform display with beats, cue and loops markers and zoom.
  • Precise playback control: play, pause, position, speed (pitch), pitch bend.
  • Mix your favorate video clips (AVI, MPEG, WMV, MP4…) together with audios to have a professional mixing output.
  • Fully compatible with iTunes playlists, Mix your music from iTunes.
  • Vinyl simulation (scratch, reverse play, brake, spin, fine tune cue points) using the interactive waveform display
  • High-quality time stretching and pitch scaling for harmonic, key mixing
  • Seamless beat-aware looping (including snap to beat and loop resizing)
  • Precise automatic BPM counter on the fly (for all genres between 70-155BPM).
  • KeyLock (master-tempo).
  • Time-coded vinyl/CD support and Analog input.
  • +/-4%, 8%, 16%, 24%, 32% pitch control with slow reset
  • Cueing (1 instant cue point)
  • Supports MP3, OGG, WAV, CDA, AIFF, FLAC, AU, WMA*, M4A**, MP4**, MOV, WMV, MKV, AVI, MPEG format.
  • External effects (VST/AU support) that you can add on decks / master / microphone
  • Automatic key detection (perfect for harmonic mixing).
  • Support for Karaoke CDG files (mp3 + cdg files).
  • Crossfader curve
  • VU-meters for decks and master output
  • 3-bands equalizer and gain
  • 8 distinct effects (Reverse, Brake, AutoPan, Flanger, Phaser, Reverb, Echo, Delay)
  • Audio/Video/Karaoke filters
  • Sweep filter (cut frequencies gradually – LowPass & HighPass filter)
  • AutoMix mode (mixes automatically the playlist – with beat-match option)
  • Perceptual automatic-gain
  • Audio limiter for high quality audio even at high volume levels
  • ASIO/CoreAudio with low-latency support
  • High-quality time-stretching
  • Fully Unicode
  • TAG editing
  • Song database with fast search function
  • Ease of use. Simple and intuitive design.
  • Automatic marking of loaded songs in current session
  • Support for distinct audio outputs for speakers and headphones (pfl-mix monitoring and pre-listening) using multi-channel audio cards or SPLIT mode for simple stereo soundcards
  • Browsing system with unlimited lists, disk explorer and database.
  • Wide range of pre-mapped MIDI controllers and the ability to custom.
  • External mixer support
  • Advanced loop controls.
  • Ability to use a microphone (TalkOver + OnAir).
  • Record your mixes to burn them on CDs (WAV/AIFF, MP3 formats)
  • Over 90 DJ controllers supported natively (zero-configure).
  • Support video in Full-screen.
  • Support display your video mixes to an external monitor, TV or projector.
  • Audio CD support (intelligent cd detection/loading).
  • Separate headphones output and song pre-listening.
  • Load the whole song in RAM memory for instant access
  • Fully compatible with the latest macOS 10.13.4 High Sierra and Windows 10.
  • Fully compatible with the latest version of iTunes 12.7.4.


DjMIXER PRO TEST

Now bear in mind that I am not a Dj, and have never worked with anything like this. So I started as a definite knob head using this software and was interested in how quickly one could master an application like this. Well its not easy to be fair.
I guess one needs to start with songs that share the same beat or bass rhythm. Then you need to known your songs and their most interesting parts for use.

I have to be fair and need to mention that I haven’t mastered all possible settings and loops, just played around with the AutoMix / MixNext and Cue loops. I am pleasantly surprised by the workmanship of this product, as it is an application for
beginners and professionals who earn their money entertaining people with their performance.

As many of us have their occasional party’s this DjMIXER Pro can make a huge difference in the level of entertainment of your guests. You can create some great personal mixes and show off your new skills. Beside the main interface an integrated
video playback is a bonus that could just make the difference.
It seems to have unlimited mixing capabilities and your karaoke night might become the best ever. The individual adjustments with the controls is simply done by point to the control en then swipe left or right to adjust the controls . You should not try to
move the controls by dragging round having our mouse pressed, as this will not work or be productive with the small controls in the interface.

Mix audio, video & karaoke

Gives you the ability to mix not only audio tracks, but also video and karaoke, and make song transitions with ease. Video mixing also including reverse, pitch, break, scratch video.

 

Powerful Mixing Engine

DJ Mixer Pro has a cutting-edge mixing engine including support for various audio and video formats, advanced input/output routing, adjustable EQ, timecode vinyl control, gain control, crossfader, KeyLock, and more.

Loops and Cue Points

Advanced looping features let you sets real-time cues, loop in/out points and change loop length. Seamless beat loop and cue functions let you easily remix tracks on the fly.

Interactive Waveform

The Waveform Displays show each track’s frequency band in real-time; displaying each beat & break in advance. and visually align the beats of the tracks with vertical waveforms.

Automated Beat-Matching

Always stay in perfect beat with one-click tempo and beat-matching technology. Load your audio, video or Karaoke tracks, and the DJ Software will change the tempo of your track for pin-point synchronization.

Automatic Harmonic Mixing

For musically perfect mixes the key can be changed or locked to achieve not only beat-matched but also key-matched mixes. It even detects the key of an audio/video to considerably simplify harmonic mixing.

Full iTunes integration

Seamlessly integrates with your iTunes library and makes it easy for you to mix your favorite music from iTunes. Your iTunes library and playlists are right there on the DJ Mixer Pro interface.

Audio Effects

There are many built-in audio effects and filters can be applied to change the sound of the track, and offers support for third party VST plug-ins (effects), AudioUnits, EQs and filters for each deck, microphone or master signal.

Powerful Samplers:

8 individual samplers for looping or jingles where you can load files with beats or jingles, or you can send a loop from any deck to any of the sampler’s 8 banks. The loops will also be in-sync with the other decks.

External display

Support preview the video when you are mixing videos, and display your video mixes to an external monitor, TV or projector. This DJ software has the ability to quickly display or hide your audience video screen with one click.

Hardware integration

Gives you comprehensive hardware control for your DJ mixes. 90+ MIDI controllers supported with Zero configuration. Create your own custom mapping or use one of the many presets for your specific controller.

Powerful Media Library

Sort your video/music the way you want. Powered by a high-performance database, useful realtime song search, Audio/Video/Karaoke filter, Color marker, accessing and organizing your music is easy and intuitive.

 

PREFERENCES

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VERDICT

DjMixer Pro is a full loaded one man band stand. Its a professional application for those who earn their money being a Dj as to the enthousiast aiming for a great karaoke night or pool party. Its one of the most versatile applications providing
NextMix, AutoMix and all BPM settings needed. Once you’ve mastered this application your life will be a continuous Loop. So check out the demo, and see if you’re up for it !

 

M4P to MP3 CONVERTER review

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Version: 2.9.14
Developer: ?
Website: http://www.m4p-to-mp3-converter.com

 

REQUIREMENTS

Mac OS X 10.8 or above system. Fully support macOS High Sierra 10.13  Apple iTunes 10 or later.  To output the highest audio quality, the program now only supports converting M4P at 1X speed under macOS 10.13 High Sierra. M4P to MP3 is able to do 16 speed conversions on lower Mac OS systems. Read on to see why and how to change the High Sierra 10.13 System Integrity Protection (SIP).

 

Want to remove DRM from iTunes M4P, M4B, M4A, M4V, protected AAC, Audible AA and AAX files? Well, look no further as this utility will be your best friend from now on.
MP4 to MP3 Converter is your ‘one trick pony’, to safely convert your iTunes codecs into a desired codec. Initially iTunes have NO DRM codec, but when you download an Apple Music track for offline listening, you get a DRM-protected version. This is where converters come to use.

 

WHAT IS DRM

Digital Rights Management (DRM) systems provide you with the ability to control how people can consume your content. Usually content owners and producers, like all the major Hollywood Studios and TV Stations, force content distributors to use specific DRM systems to protect each piece of content. Depending on the copyright requirements, Hollywood grade DRM protection is not always needed and sometimes it’s enough to provide basic protection through token based secure authentication or simple AES encryption of the video without sophisticated license exchange and policy management. Apple’s iTunes uses this protection in a similar way.

 

INSTALLATION

You might be in for a little surprise as M4P toMP3 Converter is I think the only converter-program needing a separate/additional tool to do the job. The program uses and installs ‘Audiojingle’ a virtual audio driver. The program needs this driver to record iTunes audio tracks in the background.
So what? You may think. Well, it installs itself in your Audio Preferences, and you need to be aware of this! As it is impossible to ‘delete’ or ‘uninstall’ this virtual driver with all known Uninstaller’s.

To perform a real uninstall you need to perform these steps:

1. /Library/Audio/Plug-Ins/HAL/

Audiojingle.driver folder

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2. ~/Library/LaunchAgents/

com.audiojinglex.soundtree.agent file

Delete that folder and file along with it and reboot (as well as the app itself; I suggest using CleanMyMac or AppDelete) your Mac.  Only now you will be able to loose the Audiojingle driver.

Of course you only need to perform these steps if you ever decide to change the converter for something else.

 

PREFERENCES

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To output the highest audio quality, the program now only supports converting M4P at 1X speed under macOS 10.13 High Sierra. This is as stated earlier due to the used Mac OS system SIP.

WORKING WITH M4P to MP3 CONVERTER

So, we’ve covered the technical side of M4P to MP3 Converter and now move on to the use and performance of this utility.  The presented interface is easy and provides all necessary information for the user.
One small critic from me as reviewer are the outdated icons used on the top bar. The visual aspect is just something I focus on, next to allround performance. Its a bit Windows like and being not a big fan of Windows, I truly love the mostly modern looks of Mac apps. The interface does however provide all information  one might need and even more. The status column shows realtime converting status. The overall Output settings and folder are nicely presented.

All in all I absolutely loved working with M4P to MP3 Converter. Alongside I tried programs like Sidify Apple Music and the latter seems to have some difficulties converting some tracks whereas M4P to MP3 never missed a track !!
Converting time was overall the same compared to 2 other utilities, so no dealbreaker here. The converting SPEED from the Preferences mentions 1 to 16, but the latest HighSierra versions will not allow for higher speeds than 1.

As you know that when System Integrity Protection is active, and MacOS 10.13 has introduced new security measures, M4P to MP3 Converter can only convert audio files with 1X conversion speed on Mac 10.13.x.

In order to convert in 16x speed, MacOS 10.13.x users need to turn SIP off. You can follow the next guide to know how to turn SIP off.

Please note that, your machine may be less secure if you do. It is entirely your decision.

METHOD to turn SIP off !!

Step 1: Shut down the Mac.

Step 2: Turn it on but hold down the “Command + R” keys on the keyboard as soon as you hear the startup chime. You can leave the keys when you see Apple logo.

The system will boot into Recovery Mode.

Step 3: When the macOS Utilities menu appears, left-click the “Utilities” and then click the “Terminal”.

Recovery Mac Utilities

Step 4: In the window that opens, type “csrutil enable –without kext” and press return.

csrutil enable --without kext

This turns off the part of SIP that iTunes Converter needs to run, and OS X complains that it is an unsupported configuration.

Step 5: Now write “reboot” to restart your Mac computer.  ( Source www.macsome.com )

 

VERDICT

So time for a final verdict. Did we enjoy working with M4P to MP3 ? Well, there is no question about its performance and lack of converting problems. It never missed a single song-conversion, where the competition is not as perfect. The maximum conversion speed of 1x under the latest MacOs High Sierra 10.13+ is something all conversion programs have to deal with as Apple has a strict SIP program. You may if needed follow our instructions for change in SIP. We feel it’s no big deal and better be safe then sorry.
M4P to MP3 converter delivers high end conversions with all information needed when doing its job. Its versatile in supporting most used codecs,  options and informative interface. Any cons found in this utility? Not really, only change the used ‘Windows like’ icons in the main-bar and you’ve got one of the best converters and I tried them all, so if you’re in for a converter don’t miss out on M4P to MP3 Converter.

 

 

 

 

MACUPDATER 1.2.0 review

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Version 1.2.0
Developer: CoreCode io
Website: https://www.corecode.io/macupdater/

 

ABOUT CORECODE

CoreCode specializes in software development for macOS and iOS. CoreCode sells commercial software alongside offering free applications. CoreCode provides more than a dozen commercial apps as well as over two dozen open-source apps for the Mac and strongly believes in contributing back the community.

PREFERENCES

Preferences are very good for a basic program like this. It offers you ‘Keep Safety Backups”, which could prove useful incase of incompatibility after updating. Notifications and Scan-planning ( daily is minimum ) are also part of preferences.
All obvious and simple.

NO REGISTRATION   Total Privacy

In contrast to competing services, you don’t need to register to use MacUpdater. Just launch it, scan & update. Even more important, everything in MacUpdater is designed with your privacy in mind. They don’t track you and they don’t sell your data – because they don’t even have it. In fact they have an industry-leading Privacy Policy that should keep you all warm & snug. ( This is their claim! )

THE APPLICATION

This is just a small but useful application tracing any available updates for your applications in use. There is not too much to write about it as it’s an small but handy app. After installation ( Free version, allowing 10 updates ), you may choose to buy.


The program initially does a full scan of your applications folder ( fast and secure) and checks their version numbers. We have a very positive experience with the suggested updates which the application will install by itself.

After successful update a popup will appear. The program knows wether an application is only updatable by the App Store or straight from developer.

VERDICT

It is not often we write about small programs as the review might not be very interesting to read. This time however we feel we make an exception and want to share the even existence of this fine utility. I know nearly all programs have a ‘Check for Updates’ option. Macupdater 1.2.0 will check this for you and inform you of updates available. It’s no rocket-science but keeps your Application Folder always up to date. Its handy and cheap, as the lifetime license will keep you from paying again and again for updates.

 

iBOYSOFT DRIVE MANAGER review

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Version 2.8.6
Developer iBoysoft
Website https://iboysoft.com/mac-drive-manager

 

ABOUT iBOYSOFT

iBoysoft is a software company located in Chengdu, China. iBoysoft committes to research in the field of data security, has developed and released iBoysoft Data Recovery for Mac, iBoysoft Data Recovery for Windows, NTFS Assistant, iBoysoft Drive Manager and iBoysoft File Protector.

 

INSTALLATION & PURPOSE

Installation of this application is easy and needs no extra steps. iBoysoft Drive Manager is a handy application for connecting/mounting and unmount your external drives. You can unmount drives through System-Preferences, but not everybody wants to mess with system settings. Drive Manager will make your wishes come true with just a simple click to mount or unmount etc. No need to pull physical connectors and the risk of corrupting your drives. This is just a reliable tool making your life easier. Your physical drives all appear like Folders in your Finders interface. ( see below ).

This application will make it easier and safer to work with any external connection. The Preferences section has some great options like activity depending on the computer status ( sleep or not i.e ), and notifications.

 

 

PREFERENCES

FEATURES

  • Manage an external and/or network drives from the menu bar.
  • Eject and unmount drives without the need of physically removing the connector from your mac.
  • Mount/unmount all external drives in one easy click.
  • Connect/disconnect all network drives in one easy click.
  • Configure automatic ejection and remount of drives dependent on the status of the computer.
  • Configure auto notifications of the status of your drives i.e. unplugged safely, mounted.
  • Mount NTFS drive as a regular drive in read-only mode.
  • Remount USB storages.
  • Map a file share (FTP, SFTP) server storage as a local disk in the Finder, open remote files with any application and work like on a local volume.
  • Supported storage devices-External hard drive, USB flash drive, SD card, CF card, MicroSD, SDHC, memory card, memory stick, micro card ( Encrypted drive is not supported by iBoysoft Drive Manager).

  • System Requirements-Supported OS: macOS 10.13 (High Sierra), 10.12 (Sierra‎) and Mac OS X 10.11 (El Capitan), 10.10 (Yosemite), 10.9 (Mavericks), 10.8 (Mountain Lion), 10.7 (Lion)

 

For me there is one real issue with iBoysoft Drive Manager. It doesn’t store/save your external drives passwords. So when your drives are password protected, you will not be able to mount the drives !! Only the default Mac prompt will ask you to enter your password in order to unlock the drive. So at system start or reboot, you will always have to fill the password(s) yourself. When running your Mac, it works flawless mounting/unmounting. No probs at all.

VERDICT

We found this software easy to configure and use. The preferences section has some nice features for setting up the way we want our drives to be mounted depending on your computer status. A clean menu-bar add-on, adds to the feel and use of iBoysoft Drive Manager. Furthermore, being able to mount/connect or unmount/disconnect all drives in one mouse click is perfect. Check out the trial version if you are interested in this helpful utility. We like it, it works flawlessly.

 

DESIGNEVO LOGO MAKER review

 

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Version:  Online version
Developer: PearlMountain
Website:  https://www.designevo.com

 

ABOUT DESIGNEVO

PearlMountain, has focused on the research and development of graphic design software since 2006. They aim to make professional photo editing and graphic design capability accessible to everyone. Their most popular product, FotoJet, has millions of users spreading over 200 countries and areas. DesignEvo is a free online logo maker with 4000+ templates that anyone can use to bring to life a compelling, unique logo in minutes.

 

WHY USE DESIGNEVO

Starting a new business big or small? Well they all need a name and something to get recognised by like a great ‘logo’. A ‘logo’ is a kind of paper trademark to be used on your website, letters and promotions. You may of course get yourself a paid designer to create a unique logo for you. But do you really need a designer or is it possible to create your own logo? One of your options is to make use of DesignEvo, an excellent online logo maker for creating Free and Paid logo’s.

 

DESIGNEVO FEATURES

 

 

 

 

WHAT DOES DESIGNEVO OFFER

4000+ Pre-made Logo Templates

DesignEvo offers an impressive selection of 4000 great designed logo templates, covering multiple categories. You will always find a template that suits you. You can browse through them for inspiration, or use them to recreate a new logo.
So this all sounds great for you, but is there a catch? Well No to be honest, you may use the templates ‘free’ or ‘paid’. The templates are the same as are the options for creating, only the final download differs in quality and aspects like
copyright ownership, transparent background and filetype output.

 

 

LOGO ICONS AND FONTS

DesignEvo has a built-in graphics search library, providing free access to millions of high-resolution logo icons. Enter some keywords in the search bar and the smart search engine will search for any related icon options. DesignEvo is also packed with 100+ logo fonts to use freely. There are two types of font styles available- classic and art. Also, all the icons and fonts are customizable which gives you full freedom to build your perfect logo.

 

 

HOW IT WORKS

DesignEvo provided a small video, explaining the works. The online workspace is really easy to work with and doesn’t take a learning curve. Its loaded with templates, Fonts and Art to give you ultimate power in creating your unique logo.
For a business its important you get Copyright and ownership over your design, so only you can use the logo. The use of DesignEvo doesn’t need you to register in order to make use of its templates.

DesignEvo supports various logo outputs – normal image formats like JPG and PGN, plus vector formats like PDF and SVG. Logo resolution depends on your own settings, but the maximum logo resolution is 5000 x 5000 pixels.

 

 

 

VERDICT

DesignEvo turns every user into a real designer. No special skills needed, its all magic. DesignEvo is available Free and Paid. Its easy and simple to use interface, makes it truly enjoying creating your own logo. Its versatile and when opted for a Plus subscription really worth every penny. Don’t want to spend money, no problem create your logo for Free ( with limitations).
Our verdict is easy, want to have your own logo? Look no further as this is a great deal Free or Paid.

 

AMOYSHARE ANYMUSIC review

 

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Version. 5.0.0
Developer   Amoyshare
Website https://www.amoyshare.com/anymusic/

 

ABOUT AMOYSHARE

Established in 2014, AmoyShare is constructed with young people who want to share fresh ideas and as well have strong willing to make life better. A dedicated team with whole-heartedness, is looking forward to share the best products and services.

AmoyShare puts customers’ needs to the top priority, right now, they offer:

High-Quality and Easy-to-Use Software on Windows and Mac

  • All products provided aim to make you do more with less – more convenience with fewer clicks, easier operations with less confusion, and more functionality with less money…
    – Photo Collage Maker provide you with massive templates under various styles to easily create stunning photo collages.
    – AnyMusic is an all-in-one music solution for you to discover, download, transfer, play free MP3 anytime and anywhere.

Free Online Music & Video Service

  • The online music & video service is completely free, which includes Free MP3 Finder, Free Video to MP3, and Free Video Downloader.
    – Free MP3 Finder enables you to discover and stream unlimited free music online.
    – Free Video to MP3 empowers you to effortlessly convert video files to MP3 files for free.
    – Free Video Downloader helps you to download free videos from various video sharing sites.

 

ABOUT ANYMUSIC 

AnyMusic is a music & Video downloader for Mac and Windows. There is a number of downloaders available on the internet off which some lacks found resources or are limited. AnyMusic will enable you to find extensive resources for download.

Its so easy to use. Its brilliant really. Just enter the desired album or artist and AnyMusic will start searching in over 1000+ sources !! So you’re always likely to get a number of hits. Now just press Download and a nice layed out screen informs about the different quality downloads available. Pick your quality and the real download starts right away.

Great, your album is downloaded and stored on your local disc in probably the Music folder. AnyMusic is not ONLY a downloader for music or video . It can also convert your downloaded or private music collection. Just check the image below.

There’s number of File formats available like: MP3  –  M4A  –  FLAC. –  OGG. –  WAV. –  WEBM.  Set the Quality to your liking and Convert. Simple and straightforward interface. It works like a dream, it really does.
You may also notice the Start and End Time option in the interface above. This is a true bonus when downloading Full Albums. Many full albums are uploaded to the internet in not a .Zip file, but in a full .MP3 file like in this example.

The full MP3 is 1:17:50 long, so it contains numerous songs. Now if you are happy with this full album and have no songs you want to skip, you’re done. But I rarely like all songs on an album so I want to pick the ones I like.
This is where this ‘option’ comes as a truly nice feature as you will not find many free applications on the internet that can do this same trick so easy. ( I think there’s 3 older utilities available ).

Start play the album in the same interface and check the timer. At the end of the song, make notation of passed time and set this in the Start / End Time above. Now press ‘Start’, and AnyMusic will convert ONLY the selected song.

For Video downloads, there is the same procedure. Only difference is the available File Formats for Video. ( check image below )

AnyMusic up to 10 features

– Support multiple video and audio formats
– Playing before downloading
– No ads, no plugs-in
– Support more than 1000 sources, such as YouTube, Facebook, TED and so on .
– Easy to search music by song name, artist name and video url.
Convert your local media file to the format you need.
– Batch download YouTube playlist
– Easy to Manage Music Library

Official download links for software

Win 64: https://www.amoyshare.com/anymusic/download-win.html

Win 32: https://www.amoyshare.com/anymusic/download-win.html?v=32

Mac: https://www.amoyshare.com/anymusic/download-mac.html

Trial version is available for you to test. https://www.amoyshare.com/anymusic/download-mac.html
For AnyMusic, trial version has all the features of the full featured registered version for a 14- day  period that allows for up to 10 music downloads per day.

 

LEGAL or NOT ?

This needs to be mentioned as laws in many countries forbid these downloads !!  Its up to you to decide, Macsoftreview is not responsible for any use or downloads.

VERDICT

This is a real simple and great working music and video downloader/converter. There is not much to tell besides the fact that I feel all reader should give it a go and try the Free version. If it’s up to your expectation and I guess it definitely will, you may decide to go all the way and buy AnyMusic. It has a great interface and you do not have to be a rocket scientist to figure out what to do. So a well developed utility, worth every penny! Keep in mind that any use of free downloaders deprives artists of income and publicity. Use it for downloads or convert your local media, AnyMusic is your best friend.

 

MAC DVDRIPPER PRO review

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ABOUT DVDSuki Software Inc.

Company information of DVDSuki Software Inc. is limited on the internet. We did find it was established in 2009, and its founder is called Alex.  Well Alex certainly did a good job creating Mac DVDRipper Pro. The name is nearly the same as MacX DVDRipper Pro, but they are two different companies.

Back in 2009, Alex, founder of DVDSuki Software, was travelling through Europe. An experienced Mac developer, he started thinking about video processing software. During his trip he grew convinced that he could build a much simpler way to save a DVD on a Mac than existed at the time, and he got to work. By the end of his European holiday, Mac DVDRipper Pro 1 had been released.

MAC DVDRIPPER PRO

MAC DVDRipper Pro has been around for many years and is a real DVD Ripper tool intended for ripping a whole DVD or just main movies etcetera. The interface is I think the easiest of all DVD rippers. This is also because it doesn’t provide many or any further ripping or output choices.
This is your real WYSIWYG ( What You See Is What You Get ) ripper. No frills just rip a DVD in 64-bit M4V format using H.264 video codec.

WHAT IS H.264

H.264 or MPEG-4 Part 10, Advanced Video Coding (MPEG-4 AVC) is a block-oriented motion-compensation-based video compression standard. As of 2014 it is one of the most commonly used formats for the recording, compression, and distribution of video content.[1]It supports resolutions up to 4096×2304, including 4K UHD.[2]

The intent of the H.264/AVC project was to create a standard capable of providing good video quality at substantially lower bit rates than previous standards (i.e., half or less the bit rate of MPEG-2, H.263, or MPEG-4 Part 2), without increasing the complexity of design so much that it would be impractical or excessively expensive to implement. An additional goal was to provide enough flexibility to allow the standard to be applied to a wide variety of applications on a wide variety of networks and systems, including low and high bit rates, low and high resolution video, broadcast, DVD storage, RTP/IP packet networks, and ITU-T multimedia telephony systems. The H.264 standard can be viewed as a “family of standards” composed of a number of different profiles. A specific decoder decodes at least one, but not necessarily all profiles. The decoder specification describes which profiles can be decoded. H.264 is typically used for lossy compression, although it is also possible to create truly lossless-coded regions within lossy-coded pictures or to support rare use cases for which the entire encoding is lossless.

 

FEATURES

Backup your DVDs
– DVDs can get scratched, broken, or lost. Create a DVD archive with MDRP.

Cut the Crud
– Rip just the movie. Ignore the trailers and ads.

Export to iTunes
– Our high quality M4V files can be dropped right into iTunes.

Soft Subtitles
– Subtitles can now be turned on and off using our next generation OCR engine!

Burn main-movie-only rips
– Make a backup of the main movie on a blank DVD, skipping the commercials

No BlueRay DVD’s
– BluRay’s and I guess the latest Disney DVD’s format are not supported !!

 

PREFERENCES

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HOW DOES IT PERFORM

As mentioned earlier Mac DVDRipper Pro is a basic ripping application. You will not find any different output formats as the integrated M4V format. This application is most suitable for those only interested in a plain ripping tool. No movie Trim or Crop settings. Chapter choices is present, and presented by numbers but it doesn’t show the chapter name or content, so making choices needs to be done with the integrated Player which works well.
Choosing chapters is made into a visual concept that works really well.

Somehow I am unable to capture the movie screen playing, either with Capto or Camtasia or Mac’s Screendump. So the example below is (in realtime ) showing exactly the movie chapter playing. If you want to proceed just hit the next-button as shown in this example.

 

 

 

 

MDRP is not supporting Blu-Rays according to their website. It is wise to contact the developer if you need MDRP for ripping the latest DVD formats like Disney DVD. So MDRP is defenitly not as versatile as MacX DVDRipper Pro.
Mac DVDRipper Pro does have the best subtitles ripping of all. Font is clear nicely merged into the movie.
However it needs another third party application to change the M4V output file, for use on more systems ( Windows ) or hardware needing different movie-format !! The M4V format is mainly a strictly Apple / Mac format.

 

RIP-TIME MDRP vs MACX DVDRIPPER PRO

 

 

M4V FORMAT

The M4V file format is a video container format developed by Apple and is very similar to the MP4 format. The primary difference is that M4V files may optionally be protected by DRM copy protection.

Apple uses M4V to encode video files in its iTunes Store. Unauthorized reproduction of M4V files may be prevented using Apple’s FairPlay copy protection. A FairPlay-protected M4V file can only be played on a computer authorized (using iTunes) with the account that was used to purchase the video. [1] In QuickTime, M4V videos using FairPlay DRM are identified as “AVC0 Media”.

 

VERDICT

So I have come up with some minor points for MDRP ( Mac DVDRipper Pro), but is it not good? If I would just want to use Mac’s and its M4V for a full ( or chapter ) DVD Rip, I would choose Mac DVDRipper Pro. Why you may ask? Because its the easiest ripper in this format and produces great output files with merged subtitles. Ripping speed is 100% slower then MacX DVDRipper Pro however, and its use is limited to just DVD format. Blu-Rays etc are not supported and this is where I feel MDRP is missing out compared to the competition. Blu-Ray is standard DVD format nowadays, so we need an application doing it all. Shame really as I feel MDRP is outstanding in use, video and subtitles quality.

STELLAR PHOENIX MAC DATA RECOVERY 8 PLATINUM review

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Version 8.0.0.1
Developer Stellar Information Technology Ltd.
Website https://www.stellarinfo.com/stellar-phoenix-mac-data-recovery-platinum

 

ABOUT STELLAR Ltd.

Stellar Phoenix Mac Data Recovery[1][2][3][4][5][6] is a data recovery utility for Mac computers developed by Stellar Data Recovery. This data recovery software is used to recover lost files, video, Photos, etc. from storage device, like internal or external hard drive, SD memory cards, Pen drives, Flash Drive etc.[7][8][9][10][11][12] This software supports HFS, HFS+, NTFS, FAT & ExFAT file systems. The software can recover files deleted from Time Machine (macOS) external storage media, BootCamp Partition and Encrypted hard drives.

Founded in 1993 . Three technocrats Sunil Chandna, Manoj Dhingra, and Kuljeet Singh founded Stellar Data Recovery in 1993. The company started its operation with a niche business operation, which was then not very common in the industry; however, thrived to be the leading name among customers and enterprises.

 

INSTALLATION & PREFERENCES

Installation is simple and straightforward. Just drag & Drop the application in your Mac’s Applications and you’re set. No reboot necessary to start using Stellars Data Recovery. For the High Sierra users an important TIP is further down the review, make sure you follow these steps. The new interface of version 8 has improved a lot when comparing version 7. This is the way to go Stellar, well done!  Now do we really NEED recovery software ? Well, you find out when you accidentally deleted or lost your precious files.
Don’t panic, we’ve got Stellar Data Recovery to help us out. Start the application, choose your settings, drive, folder or partition and first try basic scanning. Did it show up in the filelist? Then just click Recover and you’re done. Not in the filelist, then choose Deep Scan.

Deep Scan will take a lot longer to find any lost file or picture. Then again IF you want results, you need to have patience.

Stellar Phoenix Mac Data Recovery – Platinum

RECOVER your Mac DATA and REPAIR Corrupt Volumes

Restore Deleted Files, Photos, Videos, Documents etc. and Repairs Corrupt or Damaged Hard Drive Volumes

  • Restores lost and deleted data from Mac System
  • Restores inaccessible data from a bad hard drive
  • Deep scans a drive to bring back deleted data from the blocks
  • Creates bootable USB to repair Mac boot volume
  • Compatible with macOS High Sierra 10.13 
  • Recovers data from Time Machine and Encrypted drives
  • Recovers data from USB, SSD, SD, CF, HDD etc.
  • Repairs variety of logical hard drive errors
  • Repair corrupt Mac volumes
  • Rebuilds damaged directory structure of the hard drive
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So the preferences are quite extensive and choosing your desired recovery formats, save scanning time and accuracy. Saving your scans is also possible in the menu, good if you lateron wish to proceed with stored scan results.
Deep scanning is of course taking much more time to perform a full scan.

QUICK SCAN and DEEP SCAN on Data Recovery

The presented interface is so simple and easy to use. Click /Select any customization for your scan and step to Next. You will now be presented all connected discs/volumes internal as external. Select your disk which needs scanning and select Scan.
IMPORTANT: This is also the page where the option for DEEP SCAN is located

 Deep Scan: ‘Deep Scan’ is a type of scan that possibly looks through each sector of the storage media to find traces of lost or deleted files.
This type of precision scanning always ends up yielding accurate results. Deep Scan usually runs slower than other scans, since scanning involves checking each sector rigorously.
 Search File: The ‘Search File’ option provides you a set of parameters based on which you can search for the desired files in your scan results. You can search files by name, signature.
            The feature is definite advantage for those who need to save time by recovering only some selected files.

 

SCANTIME QUICK scan vs DEEP scan

QUICK SCAN took 2 minutes

DEEP SCAN took 79 minutes

 

 

 

 

 

 

So scanning Quick vs Deep makes a huge difference in time. Scan-time QUICK Scan: 2 minutes vs Deep Scan: 79 minutes.
The scan-result also differs 5647 files – 7062 files found !

So just scan ‘quick mode’, first time and check if your wanted recovery files are found. If so, just select Recovery and you’re done. If however, your wanted recovery files are nor presented in the list opt for the ‘deep scan‘ at the bottom of the interface and wait for magic to happen.

 

 

 

THIS IS IMPORTANT WHEN USING HIGH SIERRA !!!!

Stellar Phoenix Mac Data Recovery – Professional software recovers deleted files from macOS High Sierra 10.13 startup disk. But to restore deleted files, you need to disable System Integrity Protection (SIP) first and then run the software.

 

 

After System Integrity Protection (SIP) is disabled, launch Stellar Phoenix Mac Data Recovery – Professional to perform Mac data recovery on the startup disk. Once you have recovered your files, enable the System Integrity Protection (SIP) to protect your system files, processes and directories at the root level from being modified.

To enable System Integrity Protection (SIP) just type csrutil enable as mentioned in step-3.

 

Time Machine Backup Drive Recovery

Although a Time Machine Backup is supposed to house your critical data so that you can refer to it in emergencies, the drive on which you store the backup can get structurally damaged. If unfortunately, you’ve faced such a situation, don’t waste your precious time in looking for useless solutions. The software treats a Time Machine drive as a normal hard drive and presents the same user-friendly options to salvage all your crucial data. Alongside Time Machine data recovery, the software now supports Apple Time Capsule on sparse bundle disk images.

Indeed scanning of a 750 Gb Time Machine backup is piece of cake. It really doesn’t take a long time for Quick Recovery to do a full scan. Only a few minutes for the scan, the latter build of directory entries takes a lot longer then the initial scan itself. Still this is an important update of this program as your Time Machine will be your last resort when you’re in trouble. The ability to recover from this in our case external TM-Backups is a true benefit.

Encrypted Disk Recovery

If you have a password protected hard drive that has been damaged / corrupted / file deleted, don’t think you’ve lost the data on it forever. Recovering data from encrypted hard disks is super easy for this brilliant application. Just connect the drive to your Mac and launch the software. It will then ask you to enter the password to unlock the drive. Once you enter the password & unlock it, you can proceed to recover deleted, formatted and inaccessible files. But you should exercise caution to remember your drive password. If you fail to unlock the drive, you won’t be able to scan & recover deleted files from it.

 

RECOVERY PERFORMANCE

In the lost photo test, it recovered 100 percent of the photos. Don’t forget that 1% less recovery result amounts to 10Gb on a 1 TB harddisk, and this 10gb might just be your most precious photo’s or data.
It performs really well recovering lost data, basic scan is fast really fast ! Deep Scan takes a lot longer to complete.

If you’re recovering data on a 1TB HDD drive, the scan takes hours and the recovery as well. Then again, if THIS software will bring back your data, it is well worth spending time and effort in doing so.

Restores Around 120 File Types from any Media

 

STELLAR DISK VOLUME REPAIR

 

Disk repair offers some great repair tools in case your drive needs help.

Restore Mac Data from HDD, SSD, External-HDD

This Mac restoration software supports a wide range of compatible storage devices including internal or external hard drives, Solid-State-Drives, SD Cards, CF and other USB enabled devices.

 

Correcting Disk Permissions & Consistency

Stellar Phoenix Mac Data Recovery Platinum provides an option to verify & repair corrupt disk drive permissions.

An intuitive Mac restoration software that facilitates to restore Mac hard drive by eliminating all the worry generating disk errors. If your Mac drive fails to boot or experiences logical disk errors such as ‘Invalid index key’, ‘Invalid key length’, or ‘Invalid leaf record count’ etc., then the Stellar Phoenix Mac Data Recovery Platinum will recreate the damaged directory leading to resolution of the reported disk issues.

 

 

Scanning the ( OK Disk ) shows no errors.

Retrieve deleted data from a TRIM enabled SSD.

The product has been designed in an innovative manner to restore your lost files from the toughest of data loss scenarios and that also includes Mac deleted file recovery SSD TRIM enabled.

 

VERDICT

STELLAR MAC DATA RECOVERY PLATINUM 8, is what it claims to be, a great data recovery tool which is easy to use and produces high recovery results between 95-100% depending on the format. It’s latest version 8 is really fast and scores well, only the file-building of Time Machine takes some time to present its folders. The overall interface and file management has improved a lot, and now is easy to use due to a guided interface. It is the best Mac Data Recovery application at this moment. Lots of ‘settings’ are available to the user in order to perform the recovery wanted. Even Encrypted volumes are no problem for Stellar Phoenix Data Recovery. All possible angles are covered with version 8.  The software’s additional data management features and extensive compatibility can help your most challenging recovery to be more successful. The latest High Sierra software needs to be prepared for recovery actions, as High Sierra’s System Integrity Protection (SIP) prevents for file access startup disk. We truly enjoyed working with this great application and recommend it to every Mac user. Stellar has taken a huge step in file-recovery solutions.

This version also has a full disk-repair build-in. All main disk errors can be handled from no booting disk to damaged directory or corrupt volumes. Repair and scanning for disk errors is easy and fast. These extra features prove a real bonus to an already great package. All in all, we can only ask you to try Stellar Data Recovery and Disk Repair and see if it fits your needs.

 

MINDNODE 5 review

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Version 5.0.1
Developer   IdeasOnCanvas
Website   https://mindnode.com

 

ABOUT IDEASONCANVAS

IdeasOnCanvas is an independent software company based in Vienna, Austria. It was founded by Markus Müller-Simhofer in 2008 and specializes on designing intuitive and consumer friendly software for the iOS and Mac platform. Its flagship application is MindNode, an easy to use mind mapping application for Mac, iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.

 

WHATS a MIND MAP

A mind map is a diagram used to visually organize information. A mind map is hierarchical and shows relationships among pieces of the whole.[1] It is often created around a single concept, drawn as an image in the center of a blank page, to which associated representations of ideas such as images, words and parts of words are added. Major ideas are connected directly to the central concept, and other ideas branch out from those.

MindNode is one of the first mind mapping apps for Mac and iOS, and this version 5 is a huge update: a streamlined, more intuitive user interface, and the drag and drop support. There’s a lot more to this update as it has been rethought all the way and now may boast on being the leading mind-mapping application for Mac and IOS.

FEATURES

  • NEW LAYOUT
    Adopted a more traditional app layout to improve discoverability.
    Important actions are now in the toolbar and no longer hidden away in the sidebar.
    Customize the toolbar to better suit your needs.
    A new left sidebar hosts the outline and the new theme picker.
  • NEW DESIGN
    Many aspects of the user interface were updated to give the app a fresh new look and feel.
    All UI icons and stickers were updated in an all new style.
  • TOP-DOWN-LAYOUT
    Grow your mind map from top to bottom, or bottom to top. Mix and match layouts on the same canvas.
  • ORTHOGONAL BRANCHES
    Change line type from rounded to orthogonal to give them a more edgy look and feel.
  • PERSONAL THEMES
    Create as many personal themes as you like, sync them to all your devices, and share them with other.
    New built-in themes make your mind maps even more beautiful.

IMPROVED OUTLINE

  • Keep outline and inspector open at the same time
  • Show notes inline
  • Improved display of main nodes without subnodes
  • Always show the entire node title, also when searching content
  • Highlight all found results in the same node during search
  • Resolves flickering text issue when entering text of a node that is shown in a search result

USER INTERFACE

Ever been confused with an application you felt being not properly designed? Well the new MindNode 5 will bring a fresh and clean interface having all buttons and menu’s placed in a logical way. No need to search for a wanted action through all possible buttons. No, this is where MinNode 5 excels. Like all applications it needs getting used too, but it is self-explaining really. Just try and see what happens or check the introduction video to see what is capable of. Even active links can be implemented to take you to a stored webpage or document.

Check the Preset Themes and pick your layout. And to add some visual enhancement to your mind map, icons are provided and images are simply added. Its fully Drag&Drop manageable.

The team at IdeasOnCanvas did a splendid job with their work on MindNode 5, because design-wise it feels like a whole new app. Creating a new mind map, use for opening Quick Entry mode. The Quick Entry option is a new feature: it lets you put your thoughts down in outline form, then when you’re done, it is automatically converted into a new mind map. Depending on what type of project or issue, this option is really helpful.

I would like to have clickable (active) places to expand a tree and go back again, when using for presentation. This would change it from static to full dynamic use at some point. It may be there, but I haven’t found it. This also applies to linked PDF files which could be opened and closed to make this more useful outside the basic idea.

 

Checkout the difference in the overall interface between version 4 and this latest version 5.
( picture macstories.net )

 

 

USING MINDNODE 5 on IOS

This part is not so easy to discuss as working with an application like this workable on a iPad but certainly not on a iPhone ! Well not for me anyway. This video is self-explaining and shows all possibilities on an iPad, which work fine in daily life. Then again I can’t even imagine working on anything lees then 27 “, how things change in life I wonder.

 

DRAG & DROP

The new MindNode 5 is dynamically build. Drag & Drop is one of the easy things its capable off. Choose your image by drag & drop OR choose it from the menubar. The ability to drag content from other apps and drop it into your mind map works fine. A mind map is a an endless canvas, and now that canvas doubles as a landing place for content from other apps. Insert the image for the project you’ve been mapping, just by dropping it in. Have some notes you want to keep close at hand? No problem. MindNode offers support for dropping images, text, and reminders. You can also drop an URL( link ), but only in text fields. A full support support to include the option to drop a URL anywhere, and add common files like PDFs would be a good improvement for future versions.

 

 

 

EXPORT OPTIONS

MindNode 5 has Export options available ( picture below ) which are sufficient

 

VERDICT

MindNode 5 is beautiful designed and is truly a wonderful mind mapping application. MindNode 5, has got plenty to show for. Dynamic behavior and full drag & drop. Quick Entry helps you start your personal mind map with increased flexibility. The export options are
fine but lacks the ability to save for ( steps ) presentations. This application is performing really well overall. It takes care of your creative skills, you only need to drag the nodes or branches to any spot you like. Bob’s your uncle…as they say. Visualization of your thoughts is what it does in a great way. If your looking for a mind map application try MindNode 5 and see if it fits your needs.

MindNode 5 is available on the iOS App Store as a free download, with a one-time In-App Purchase to unlock editing capabilities. The In-App Purchase is $14.99 for new users, or $9.99 for owners of MindNode 4. On the Mac, MindNode 5 is also a free download, and its In-App Purchase is $39.99 for new users, and $14.99 for owners of MindNode 2.

 

 

 

 

PRINTWORKS 2 review

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Version 2.0.1
Developer Belightsoft
Website https://www.belightsoft.com/printworks/

 

ABOUT BELIGHTSOFT

The company was founded in January 2003. Later that year its first Mac software, Business Card Composer was released. Now the company has 11 software products on different platforms.[2]

  • Live Home 3D [[[macOS]]], Windows is home and interior design software (former Live Interior 3D)[4][5][6].
  • Printworks [macOS], all-purpose desktop publishing software for Mac[7][8].
  • Art Text [macOS], graphic design software tuned for lettering, typography, and artistic text effects[9][10][11][12].
  • Swift Publisher [macOS], page layout and desktop publishing software[13][14].
  • Business Card Composer [macOS], software to design and print business cards[15][16][17].
  • Disc Cover [macOS], software for designing CD and DVD discs, booklets and inserts[18]
  • Labels & Addresses [macOS], label and envelope printing software[19].
  • Get Backup [macOS], backup software utility[20][21].
  • Concealer [macOS], software to store information[22].
  • Rails [macOS, iOS, Android], railroad traffic management game[23][24].
  • Image Tricks [macOS], photo editing software that utilizes Apple Core Image Filters.[25]
  • In September 2017, Belight Software announced to launch PrintWorks 2 with variety of new features.[26]

 

INSTALLATION & PREFERENCES

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Installation is like most applications straight forward. So another DTP application in a crowded market. First we may ask ourselves is this an application for professionals or home-users ? This question is easily answered! Its a nice application for home-users in need of an all-in-one well designed and equipped DTP program.
One important aspect for home-users is the learning curve needed to master its potential. Its no use having a great application, but too difficult to master. This is a true ‘drag and drop’ and customize interface needing no special skills. The text boxes are easily set and easy to master with the ‘Word’ like tools from the sidebar. Changing area sizes and make use of the 2D-3D text (Art Text 3 like) samples is a breeze . Drag and drop images, buttons or shapes is easy and fun to use.

This is a similar application like Swift Publisher but adds some extra’s. A nice aspect of this software is the ability to Rotate / Flip images, shapes etc.

Design and Layout

Spread Mode
Spread Mode allows a user to view and edit two pages simultaneously on the same sheet.

New Document Dialog
Printworks 2 now prompts a user to set up a new document on startup.

Customizable Grid
A customizable grid helps enhance the accuracy of work by setting the horizontal and vertical grid spacing.

Guide Positioning
You can set the exact position of a guide by entering a value instead of dragging it manually.

Form Creation
Pica support and a customizable grid make Printworks 2 particularly convenient when working with forms.

Text Box Linking
Text box linking has evolved in Version 2 by allowing the linking of existing text boxes or breaking the links.

 

IMPROVEMENTS PRINTWORKS 2

Printworks 2 being the update not only to suit Apple’s macOS High Sierra, also has some further enhancements:

Support for Touch Bar
Printworks 2 enhances the keyboard experience for those owning a MacBook Pro with Touch Bar.

Interface Enhancements
The user interface has become more stylish and intuitive!

Performance Improvements
Program performance has been significantly improved.

Optimized for macOS High Sierra
Printworks 2 is fully compatible with macOS High Sierra.

 

Useful Add-ons

Artistic Headings
A collection of 2D and 3D artistic heading presets guarantees that documents will stand out.

Art Text 3 Integration
Integration with Art Text 3  helps unleash user’s creativity by giving an ability to create own text effects and artistic lettering.

Integration with Depositphotos
Depositphotos integration provides access to one of the largest picture banks with than 60 million pictures.

Google Maps Integration
Add a street map with driving directions high-resolution satellite imagery on a brochure or a flyer.

New Templates
New professionally designed templates were added to be used as a starting point when creating  documents.

Other Improvements

Improved Layer Management
Layer management was moved to the Inspector, which is much more convenient than the drop-down menu.

Pica and Pixel Units
Printworks 2 enables work with pixel and pica units.

Free Fields
Free fields on the edges of the sheet are suitable for temporary placement of objects used in document creation.

Document Measurements
The units of measure can now be set individually for each document and stored .

Renewed Resize Mode
A user can now resize an object proportionally by dragging its corner handles while pressing the Shift key.

 

TOOLBAR & EXPORT FUNCTION

The toolbar provides most used tools and can be adjusted to your liking. Its functions are like Logoist 2 and will be sufficient for most home-users.

 

 

 

 

 

Finishing your newly made flyer needs to saving, share and export settings which are all available.

The export settings provide :

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CHECK THIS DEMO VIDEO

 

VERDICT

Are you looking for an easy to master DTP application, 2000 build-in clipart’s and fully loaded with most common tools and extra’s ? Printworks 2 should be on your shopping list, as it provides best of both worlds, creativity and design. Its not expensive and will make your creative job a lot easier.