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May 31

Hordes of Orcs
Defend your village from “The Glowing Portal of Really Bad Things”

Normally: $24.95

ZOT Price: $12.49

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Hordes of Orcs is a “Tower Defense” game in which you must build walls and lethal towers to defend your village from the Orcs emerging from, what the village elders call, “The Glowing Portal of Really Bad Things That We Should Have Bricked-Up a Long Time Ago.” Sadly, the Portal is un-bricked and the Orcs are very, very hungry. If 20 Orcs make it to your village, you’re toast.

To kill the Orcs, buy some Towers. Arrow Towers are cheap and weak, Radiation towers are expensive and deadly. Each Tower has its own unique abilities, and each tower can be upgraded to do more damage or to have more range. Click on a tower to see its stats and upgrade cost. Should you build lots of Arrow Towers? Or a few Fire Towers? Well, that’s where the strategy comes in!

Each time you kill an Orc you’ll get some cash… (like pinatas, Orcs are full of candy and money as everybody knows).

Remember, certain Orcs are resistant to certain Towers, (Fire can’t hurt the Orcs in Red for example), so a combination of Towers is your best bet. Clicking on a marching Orc will show you that Orc’s health and special properties.

Don’t forget your Spells! You have four spells from which to choose:



Teleport: Sends the selected Orcs back to the starting Portal.
Fog: Slows all the Orcs down for a short while, giving your Towers more time to knock the candy out of them.
Bait: Creates an irresistible Orcish gift-basket of shitake mushrooms, moose dung, and the blood of innocents. They’ll forget your village and head right for it.

Weaken: Makes the selected Orcs more vulnerable to all of your Towers.

You can only cast a Spell if you have enough Mana. So keep an eye on your Mana stat, and save it for emergencies!

Hordes of Orcs has six different game variations, so once you’ve mastered Open Warfare, you can try to stop the Orcs from making off with your treasure in Capture the Flag or stick to the path in Maze Defense.

Click the “Zoom” button if you’ve built all your Towers and you’re just watching the carnage.

Balance Engine

Hordes of Orcs is proud to use the +7systems Balance Engine to collect game-play information. The more info the Balance Engine collects, the better future versions of Hordes of Orcs can be tweaked, resulting in an awesome game only getting better. Only game-play information is transmitted back while you play Hordes of Orcs. At no time do we access any personal information (unless you count doing 683 damage to an Orc personal). You can opt out of this at any time. Click on Options in the main menu, select Other, and un-check the “*Participate in +7 Balance Engine?*“ option.

System Requirements: Mac OSX 10.3.9 or later.

Intel GMA950 or better video card
384MB of RAM
1.83Ghz CPU (Intel or PowerPC)

Click to Developer’s Site for more info.

An interview with Lydia Heitman | Freeverse

What’s the most unique, useful feature of your product?

In Hordes of Orcs, rich graphics combined with deep, well-polished Tower Defense gameplay.

Why did you create this app? or What need were you trying to satisfy?

To make a tower defense game that went above and beyond less involving Flash games to provide a more compelling and engrossing game experience.

What is most interesting to you about developing SW for the Mac platform?

Game-wise, it’s always been an rather under-served niche in the game development world.

What features should a prospective buyer look into during a trial of
your product?

They should look out for game balance, graphics, and its overall fun-factor.

What’s your favorite Mac app out there from another developer? Why?

Our answers are all over the board, but our developer says probably Galcon for it “manages to be incredibly simple, yet very rich with lots of replay value.”

What features would you like to add to your product that at this
time seem improbable/impossible?

Real-life Orcs! The portal becomes your computer screen!

What would you like a user to ask you?

Anything from “suggestions” to “who are the Orcs modeled after”!

Press!

  • “As Hordes of Orcs proves, there’s a lot you can do with a portal…”

    - Brad Cook, Apple.com

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  • “First things first; this game is freakin’ awesome. No doubt, it’s a winner. As is so often the case simplicity and twisted humour wins the day again…”

    - The Shareware Game Review, Rating: 98%

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  • “As with most everything that comes from the folks at Freeverse, I wasn’t disappointed. Hordes of Orcs puts a new spin on Desktop Tower Defense games with smooth 3D graphics and more features than you’ll find in online versions. “

    - C|Net Review, Jason Parker

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  • “It’s wonderful to see that Freeverse produce these finely crafted games that are detailed and enjoyable. Apologies, this is my shortest review ever – I’m off to play Hordes of Orcs!”

    themacgamer.com

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Click to Developer’s Site for more info.

May 29

ZeusDraw 1.3.3
Oustanding Vector Drawing Program!

Normally: $90.00

ZOT Price: $54.00

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ZeusDraw is a vector drawing program with a fluid, graceful interface, great brushes and a host of other features outlined in detail below.

ZeusDraw’s important controls are easily accessible without hunting. There are two dockable tool palettes, one for viewing and one for creation/editing. An additional palette holds the controls for the current tool. The primary controls are immediately available, and less frequently used ones are easily accessible in fold-up sections of the controls palette. ZeusDraw has a large set of keyboard shortcuts, but it can also work conveniently using only a pressure sensitive pen and tablet.

  • System Requirements – ZeusDraw 1.3.3 requires a minimum of OS X 10.4 and is localized for English, French, Spanish and German.
  • Full Layer System – ZeusDraw has a complete layer system. You can add layers, delete them, rearrange them, make them visible or invisible and lock or unlock them. You can also assign an opacity and a blend mode to a layer.
  • Convert PDF and PostScript to editable objects – ZeusDraw can convert most imported PDF, PS and EPS files into ZeusDraw objects. These objects can then be edited and modified like objects that are directly created in ZeusDraw.
  • CMYK Color – You can choose between the CMYK color model or the RGB color model for your documents.
  • Color Management – You can set the profile (color space) for new documents and control how imported images are matched to the document color space. You can also match an entire document to a new color space (convert RGB to CMYK for example) or assign a different profile to a document.
  • Choose Color Space for Exported Bitmaps – You can choose the color model when exporting bitmaps. (RGB, CMYK or Grayscale for tiff or jpeg, RGB or grayscale for png.) The exported bitmap’s color model does not have to be the same as the document color model.
  • Object Opacities – You can assign an opacity (degree of transparency) to individual objects and to groups.
  • Watch movie

    Download a 30 day trial copy.


    Based on the Modern Mac Graphics System

    Quartz and Cocoa let ZeusDraw show you what you are doing as you do it. When you move or rotate an object you see the object move or rotate, not its bounding box. When you draw with a brush you see a close approximation to the final brush stroke as you draw, not a dotted line that is filled in later.

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    Better Brushes

    ZeusDraw has a selection of vector brushes (Smooth Brush, Shaded Brush, Multi-Hair Brush), and it also has an object brush that allows you to paint with any piece of artwork – vector or bitmap.

    Watch movie

    When the object brush is used with a textured bitmap, you can obtain results similar to those in a pixel based paint program. But the brush strokes remain objects – they can be selected, moved, scaled, rotated, or deleted. The brush’s path may be modified, and its attributes (type, width, color, and randomness) can be edited with a live (as you do it) display of the results. A brush sample window provides a space to try out brushes and see the effects of different settings. ZeusDraw comes with a library of brushes, the means to create and add your own brushes to the library, and a way to save a set of brushes with your design file.

    Watch movie

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    Better Path Tools

    ZeusDraw simplifies Bezier curves. With ZeusDraw’s path tools you enter control points in order along the path (more logical and intuitive, since the shape of the polygon made by the control points is a rough indicator of the shape of the curve). While adding points to a curve you can go back at any time and move any of the points that you have already entered, making it easy to obtain the shape you want.

    Watch movie

    When editing an existing path, all the points are available for editing – there is no confusing secondary selection tool.

    Watch movie



    Better Gradient Tool

    ZeusDraw lets you edit gradients in place, on the the objects they are filling. The live editing lets you change the position, orientation and type of the gradient as well as the number, color and spacing of the gradient colors and see the results as you work. You can also drag and drop colors directly to the gradient.

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    Better Color Picker

    ZeusDraw comes with a version of the Shades Color Picker built in.

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    The Color Chips palette shows all the colors currently used in the design. Changing the color of a chip changes all objects in the design that are that color. The Swatches palette lets you keep colors and gradients with your file, even if they are not currently being used.

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    Better Text

    Using ZeusDraw you enter text directly where you want it, without any “text-box”. The text can then be transformed (moved, scaled, rotated, skewed) and the transformed text can be edited in place with the text tool. The text can be turned into paths for further graphic modification.

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    Bitmaps and Stencil Bitmaps

    In addition to working with normal full-color bitmaps (jpeg, tif, png, gif and bmp), ZeusDraw can use grayscale bitmaps as stencils. The resulting artwork can be re-colored in the same way as normal vector objects – either using the object inspector or by dropping a color chip on them. You can use images from clip art disks, like these frogs, or use bits of scanned texture to make interesting brushes. If you open a full color bitmap as a stencil, ZeusDraw will convert it to a stencil for you.

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    Power Copying

    ZeusDraw’s Duplicate Tool is used to place or stamp copies of your graphics. It can also be used to drag and drop copies of graphics that you select into other programs such as Mail, Pages and Keynote.

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    ZeusDraw also has Multi-Copy Tools that let you place equally spaced multiple copies of an object along a line, an arc, a full circle or a path as you draw.

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    Great Layout and Construction Aids

    ZeusDraw has Snap to Grid, but it also has Snap to Point, Snap to Path for precision drawing, and Snap to Angle for drawing arcs and rotating objects.

    Watch movie

    Automatic alignment guides let you line up your art-work by just dragging objects with your mouse. When you are close to lining up with another object, a line appears, and when you release the dragged object, it snaps into place.

    Watch movie

    Draw by gesture or by the numbers. The Transformation Palette lets you move, rotate, scale or offset by by an amount you chose. With the Geometry Inspector you can directly set the size and position of an object. Measure distance and angle with the Measuring Tools.

    Watch movie


    Better Viewing Tools

    ZeusDraw has a complete set of easily accessible viewing tools including a separate undo for views. You can zoom up to take a look at a detail and then easily return to your original view.

    ZeusDraw also has a tablet and trackball mode that allows two handed operation when using a pressure sensitive tablet – the pen and tablet function as the pointer in the normal way while the trackball scrolls and the trackball buttons zoom in and out.

    Watch movie


    More features

    Blend Modes

    ZeusDraw supports the standard Adobe blend modes.

    Soft Edges

    Even with anti-aliased drawing, thin lines sometimes show artifacts on the screen. ZeusDraw’s new SoftEdges eliminate most of the artifacts making it more pleasant to draw on the screen and prepare artwork meant to be viewed on-screen.

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    Actual Size Viewing

    With ZeusDraw 100% means 100%. If you draw a one inch long line it will be very close to one actual inch long on the screen, rather than about 3/4 inch as with many other programs. This helps in visualizing how your design will look when it is printed.

    No Size Limits

    Designing a banner or billboard? ZeusDraw will work for you. There are no limits on the size of your design.

    Email from Within the Program

    You can e-mail either an area of your design or selected objects from within ZeusDraw. Works with Apple Mail, Eudora, MS Entourage or the AOL mail client.

    Arrows and Dashes

    Use the ones that come with ZeusDraw or create your own.

    Tiled Output

    ZeusDraw gives you tiled printing and tiled pdf/PostScript output of any size area of a design with a tile size that you choose.

    Bitmap and pdf/PostScript Export

    ZeusDraw can create jpeg, png, tiff, gif and bmp bitmaps at any resolution and pdf/PostScript files of any area of your design. You can choose to export the selection, the page bounds, your entire drawing or a specified area.

    Eyedropper Tool

    Copy selected attributes from on object to another.

    Complete Help Book

    ZeusDraw has a standard Macintosh Help Book. You don’t have to be online to read it.

    System Requirements – minimum of OS 10.4

    For more information, visit www.chromaticbytes.com.

    May 28

    TimeSlice
    Proven Time Tracker since 1994
    Weekend ZOT Preview Below

    Normally: $49.00

    ZOT Price: $24.50

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    TimeSlice 4 for Mac OSX 10.5

    Now with Leopard
    Features!

    TimeSlice 4 is a complete rewrite
    using
    Apple’s Cocoa application environment, Core Data, and SQLite database.

    Proven
    TimeSlice has been helping people
    track time since 1994 when it first sold as TimeTracker.

    Intuitive Interface
    Through the years we have listened to
    our customers, what they want, and what they don’t want. As a result we
    have made TimeSlice the most intuitive time and billing software
    package available.

    Feature Packed
    TimeSlice is full of features such as
    OS X Address Book and iCal merging, automatic window tracking, budgets,
    customizable invoices,
    assign categories, clients, projects, tasks, colors, and
    much more. Yet all
    these features are also out of
    your way if you don’t need them.

    Fast
    TimeSlice uses a single SQLite database
    file for fast and efficient data transfer.

    Made for your Profession
    TimeSlice is used by many professionals
    including graphic artists, legal, engineers, architects, medical, and
    many others.

    Not using OS 10.5?
    The developer also sells and supports TimeSlice 3.x for OS 10.4.

    Click to Developer’s Site for more info.

    This weekend’s ZOT?

    May 30th and 31st

    ZeusDraw – An Oustanding Vector Drawing Program!

    ZeusDraw is a vector drawing program with a fluid, graceful interface, great brushes and a host of other features…

    Learn more about ZeusDraw here…

    May 26

    All CartoonSmart Gaming Tutorials!
    Hours of Flash Tutorials to Make Awesome Games!
    A 48hr ZOT – Wed and Thurs until 12 midnight central time.
    ZOT Interview below…

    Normally: $170.00

    ZOT Price: $80.00

    Click to MacZOT Try Now  

    For the first time ever, CartoonSmart has put together a package of ALL our Flash gaming tutorials for one low price. You’ll get lengthy multi-hour tutorials for…

    Basic Gaming (4 Hours)
    Classic Gaming (6 Hours)
    Role Playing Gaming (7 Hours)
    Games of Chance (5 Hours)
    Battleship-Style Games (10 Hours)
    Tank Gaming (4 Hours)
    Darts (3 Hours)
    Tetris / Column Drop Style Games (4 hours)
    Missile War Gaming (3 hours)

    CartoonSmart tutorials are meant for professionals looking to learn Flash, but these courses are equally good for middle or high schoolers that need to occupy themselves now that summer is upon us!

    ZOT Interview with Justin Dike – Creator of CartoonSmart.


    1 What’s the most unique, useful feature of your product?

    Like 99% of CartoonSmart tutorials, these gaming lessons are project-based vs. book-learning which is usually just a few lines of code with an explanation that obviously teaches the code’s function which doesn’t always teach its relevance, or usefullness in a grander scheme. So with a lesson framed around a much bigger project, you get to really see the why’s and how’s of coding. Plus, with this package you get to make a ton of games, which is probably the most fun way to learn Actionscript.

    2 Why did you create this app? or What need were you trying to satisfy?

    There’s about 12 specific games you can create with this package, and most of them were requests that customers made, like “dude, can you make a side-scroller game in Flash”.


    4 What features should a prospective buyer look into during a trial of
    your product?

    We do have the first hour of our gaming course available to download… http://www.cartoonsmart.com/demo_index.html … and I’d hope prospective buyers would notice that the video is high quality, captured at actual size ( and just a hair under what’s considered HD these days). Source files are always included with the lesson, which some tutorial sites make you pay extra for. And I hope that new buyers will like the instructor since in most cases for these Flash tutorial that instructor is yours truly.

    5 What are some interesting experiences you’ve had creating new
    versions of your software when OS is upgraded?

    Well since Flash is pretty universal between the Mac and PC, OS updates don’t really affect us, but thats an interesting point because its something I really don’t have to worry much about. Even when Adobe decides to update their Flash Player, it doesn’t affect past published versions of Flash files. It would be like if the new Quicktime stopped playing older .mov files. That would be a nightmare for anyone with a site full of old files. So thats part of the beauty of developing with Flash. And with Adobe AIR becoming more mainstream, you can create actual Apps now with Flash vs. that cheesy Mac Projector format.


    6 What’s your favorite Mac app out there from another developer? Why?

    Snapz is probably my favorite because I use it so much and its the foundation of my business. Back in the early days of CartoonSmart if I didn’t discover that app, there probably wouldn’t be a CartoonSmart. Yeah there’s other really good capture software but for the price and function, you can’t beat Snapz.

    7 What features would you like to add to your product that at this
    time seem improbable/impossible?

    Well I think myself, and most other video instructors have this “biz” pretty well figured out. We sit in front of a mic and talk for minutes and hours, and record what we do. I think something really drastic would have to change with learning in general to make our jobs any different… Alright, well this will sound like a joke, but remember in Superman’s Fortress of Solitude he had those data crystals or whatever that enabled him to learn from his dead dad. Someday I think e-learning will get to that level, where you can really ask the instructor questions. Obviously with a limited number of responses but I think we’ll see it.

    8 What would you like a user to ask you?

    Anything. My door is always open. There’s a form on the site to email me. That goes to no one else. Plus there’s always the forum, blog, or twitter, and all that feedback goes straight to me. I hire out some other instructors but this is essentially a one-person company when it comes to stuff like that. I do keep a daily blog of anything that interests me in this great big internet, so if I can plug that, its just www.CartoonSmartBlog.com , and the twitter is… twitter.com/cartoonsmart

    9 What should I ask that I’m forgetting?

    Who would win in a theoretical mega fight? Lets try Conan vs. all the buff guys from 300. And I’ll go with Conan on this one. He just needs to find an even narrower passage than they did, squeeze himself in and fight one guy at a time. Easy.

    10 What are the answers to some common questions people have about
    your app before they buy?

    “Do I have to watch online or can I download?” is the most common. And you can download. Our movies are in Quicktime format and if you’re on the Mac thats probably the best format possible. You can view in Quicktime or iTunes which means you can take your training to your iPods or iPhones as well. I can’t imagine watching a coding tutorial on a tiny iPod is that great, but I know plenty of students that do just that.



    Justin points to the spot on his hand were he was struck by lightning when he was 7 yrs old.

    Training videos on macZOT???

    Yes! We’ve teamed up with Justin at CartoonSmart (A fellow Mac-Guy) to bring you a great package of videos at a great price! You will notice when you click BUY that you are buying directly from the developer during this offer.

    Click to CartoonSmart’s Site for ALL the details.

    May 25

    Runes of Avalon 2
    “This is a shockingly solid game… it is an absolute piece of art, and you really should go play it.”
    - Nick Kojima, Casual Review

    Normally: $19.99

    ZOT Price: $8.99

    Click to MacZOT Try Now  

    Match magical runes on a quest through Avalon!

    Take a fantastic journey through a magical world as you match the runes to help Evelyne fulfil her mission and find her way home on the Path of Magic.

    Welcome to the once glorious empire of Avalon, now clouded by the darkness of the evil Morganna’s spells. After defeating Morganna in an intense magical battle, Evelyne, the protector of Avalon, must now cleanse Avalon from the dark curse with her Rune Magic. Help Evelyne to complete her mission and find her way home by matching the runes, encountering new locations, new spells and new challenges along the way. With three game modes and some unexpected twists, Runes of Avalon 2 takes you to an enchanting world of magic and mystery you won’t want to leave.

    Game features:
    – 100 great levels
    – Amulet of Spells with 4 new spells
    – 6 power-ups
    – 10 new enchanting images to reveal
    – Three game modes: Quest, Endless and Time Attack
    – JigSaw mini-game
    – Mystic music & sound effects

    This is a shockingly solid game… it is an absolute piece of art, and you really should go play it.
    Casual Review

    Runes of Avalon offers surprisingly polished gameplay – from a small development company. Reminiscent of such classics as Tetris and Coloris, but much improved. A must have!
    Hooked Gamers

    Runes of Avalon has taken the “match three” concept and spun it in a way that makes it seem both unique and fresh.
    Killer Betties

    Runes of Avalon is an engaging game featuring exceptional music, superb visuals, a pair of interesting mini-games and a good deal of variation from one level to the next. What it sets out to accomplish it does well. That is, provide a Tetris-like twist to the match-three genre.
    GameZebo


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    Read more about ANAWIKI or Runes of Avalon 2.

    May 24

    Labels & Addresses
    Design and print labels and envelopes on your Mac

    Normally: $49.95

    ZOT Price: $24.95

    Click to MacZOT Try Now  

    Click to BeLight’s Site for more info.

    Labels & Addresses (Formerly Mail Factory)
    is a home and office tool for printing all sorts of labels and envelopes.
    The program helps to design and print
    envelopes, postcards and diverse labels, such as address, shipping, file folder and barcode labels. Merge printing
    capability makes the program a great office tool for those who need to print multiple labels and envelopes in one
    go, using data from a print list.

    Labels & Addresses helps you to:

    • Save time when working with mass mailings.
    • Accurately and precisely address parcels and envelopes.
    • Print barcodes, price tags, inventory numbers and more from files and databases.
    • Create neat labels for your file folders and other items.
    • Design Christmas, Birthday or Valentine postcards and party invitations.

    Watch a screencast about Labels & Addresses here…

    Features at a Glance:

    Data Merge
    You can quickly print individual envelopes and labels or batch print addresses from Apple Address Book, MS Entourage,
    MS Excel, Now Contact, FileMaker, vCards or tab-delimited text files. Use the built-in storages of recipient and sender
    addresses to edit and store mailing lists.

    Labels & Addresses prints Intelligent Mail, USPS POSTNET, Canada Post and Royal Mail barcodes on labels and envelopes to ensure fast
    and accurate delivery, and correctly formats addresses for more than 50 countries. The unique Address Recognition feature
    automatically formats addresses pasted in the form of text from other applications. The included 15 address templates
    (corporate, personal, and others) simplify the addressing process.

    Industry-Standard Barcodes
    UPC-A/E, ISBN and Data Matrix barcodes. The barcode data (and price information) can be read from a text file, allowing
    you to efficiently print numerous labels for your entire product inventory.

    Labels & Addresses supports hundreds of label layouts from the most popular vendors, including Avery, APLI,
    A–One, and many other US, European and Asian manufacturers. You can choose the position of the label that you’re
    printing to in order to re-use partially used label sheets. Furthermore, the program supports popular label printers such
    as DYMO LabelWriter, Seiko SLP, Brother QL, Zebra printers, and the entire range of labels.

    System Requirements: Mac OS X 10.4 or later. Leopard compatible.
    Available in: English, German.

    May 22

    Keyword Manager 1.5.1
    Organize your photos faster than ever!
    Developer Interview below
    Special Offers for Voila and Web2 Delight below

    Normally: $20.00

    ZOT Price: $10.00

    Click to MacZOT Try Now  



    Find Photos Faster.

    Keyword Manager introduces a brand new way of assigning keywords to your photos in a simple and efficient way. Keyword Manager expands the functionality of your familiar iPhoto setup, and will greatly enhance your photo management experience.

  • Hierarchical keyword grouping
    For example, you can have the keyword Paris as a subkeyword to France. Every time you assign Paris to a photo, France will also be assigned to that photo.
  • Much faster than any AppleScript based solution
    AppleScript based solutions become excruciatingly slow when assigning and removing keywords from a large amount of photos. Keyword Manager taps directly into iPhoto’s own keywording system, for optimal performance.
  • Intelligent solutions for fast keywording
    Smart auto-completion helps you increase the rate at which you keyword your photos. Non-obtrusive auto-correction suggestions helps you avoid creating similar duplicate keywords.
  • Assign keywords while in full-screen mode
    With Keyword Manager you can still assign keywords to your photos, even when viewing them in full-screen mode.
  • System Requirements

    iPhoto 06 (iLife ’06) or later
    Mac OS X 10.5 or later

    Click to Developer’s Site for more info.

    A ZOT interview with Johan Lindström

    1 What’s the most unique, useful feature of Keyword Manager?

    Keyword Manager adds new features to iPhoto such as the hierarchical keyword system, without sacrificing compatibility with iPhoto’s own keyword system. Even if you choose to stop using Keyword Manager, all keywords still remain in iPhoto. This also means that other plug-ins that use the keywords will function well when Keyword Manager is installed.

    2 Why did you create this plug-in?

    Keyword tagging in iPhoto 6, which was the most recent version when we created Keyword Manager, was quite poor. iPhoto was a good application in many ways, but the lack of a decent way to tag the photos in your photo library made it less useful than it could be. Since we both had large collections of photos we decided that extending iPhoto would be worth putting effort into.

    3 What is most interesting to you about developing SW for the Mac platform.

    The balance between ease of use and power. When it comes to developer tools and the programming environment other systems often sacrifice one or the other. Programming in Objective-C and using the many powerful APIs allows us to quickly create great products. Most of our time goes into making image analysis software, and Mac OS X is uniquely suited for this purpose.

    4 What features should a prospective buyer look into during a trial of your product?

    When using Keyword Manager in iPhoto for the first time we’d recommend bringing up the quick assigner, select a photo album, and just try tagging the photos in that album. Using either the keywords that were already in iPhoto, or creating new ones on the fly, it should be easy to see how much faster it is to use Keyword Manager, rather than iPhoto’s own keyword tools. After becoming familiar with the basic operation of Keyword Manager the user should try arranging the keywords into a hierarchy, which will make it even faster to tag photos.

    5 What are some interesting experiences you’ve had creating new versions of your software when OS is upgraded?

    It is always a challenge to keep Keyword Manager compatible with new versions of the OS and, even more, new versions of iPhoto. Since iPhoto does not have an officially supported plug-in architecture we need to find new ways of loading into iPhoto, as well as keeping up with the internal changes in iPhoto. Each new version iPhoto has required a complete rewrite of the glue between Keyword Manager and iPhoto. It can sometimes seem like a new version of Keyword Manager is very similar to the last version, while in fact it has been major changes to it to keep it compatible with a new version.

    6 What are your favorite Mac apps out there from other developers? Why?

    SubEthaEdit is definitely among our favorite applications, any category. It does not attempt to do everything, and instead focuses on doing a few things right. We believe that is what makes a great Mac application. Other great applications that follow the same formula are Cyberduck, Adium and Papaya. But of course there are many more great applications for Mac OS X, too many to mention.

    7 What features would you like to add to Keyword Manager that at this time seem improbable/impossible?

    We would love to integrate support for Faces and Places in a future version of Keyword Manager. It remains to be seen if this is possible.

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    Voila and Web2 Delight

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    May 20

    Voila And Web2 Delight
    Global Delight Technologies Bundle
    Two great Apps!

    Also available separately at great discounts. Weekend ZOT Preview below.

    Normally: $44.95

    ZOT Price: $26.95

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    Two Great Apps – One Great Price!

    Voila – Your Complete Capturing Solution

    Get a great deal on Voila separately here…



    - Capture any shape including freehand, objects, window, menu, full screen
    - Resize, rotate and switch between capture types before capture
    - Browse & snap full webpage with built-in browser
    - Snap multiple areas, multiple DOM elements within a webpage
    - Snap current Safari webpage by importing the URL
    - Snap from iSight and webcams
    - Save time with multiple capture on your desktop
    - Customize capture shortcuts as per your requirements

    Powerful Image Editing Tools:

    - Vector annotations like Text, Arrow, Line, Shape, Callouts, Blur, Brush and Stamp
    - Add multiple images on a single image as annotation
    - Blur sensitive information
    - Add effects like Edges, Filter and Skew the image
    - Resize, Rotate and Crop in one click
    - All the annotations are selectable and can be easily scaled to any size without compromising on the quality.

    Get Smart, Get Organized:

    - Create Smart Collections and let the app do the house-keeping
    - Build your snaps database with custom collections
    - Tag and describe the snaps

    Instant Share via:

    - Mail and iPhoto
    - FTP and Flickr
    - Print

    Software Requirements:

    Mac OS X 10.5.2 or later, iPhoto v6.0.1 or later (For exporting captured/ annotated images)

    Hardware Requirements:

    Recommended: Intel Core 2 Duo 1.83 GHz and above, 1 GB RAM

    Web2 Delight - Transfer your favorite videos & photos from internet to your iPods & iPhones

    Get a great deal on Web2 Delight separately here…

    Web2 Delight is an entertainment tool to carry your favorite videos/ photos on your iPods & iPhones; watch them on-the-fly or on your big screen. Web2 Delight allows you to locate, view and transfer your favorite videos from YouTube, Dailymotion, Veoh, blip.tv and photos from Flickr, Picasa, Webshots and Photobucket.

    With Web2 Delight you can:

    - Locate your favorite videos & photos from the sharing sites
    - Preview and then download videos
    - Transfer videos and photos to iTunes/ iPhoto
    - Sync with iPhone/ iPod and watch them on-the-fly
    - Export videos to different file formats such as MOV, M4V and 3GP
    - Create slideshows, smart collection folders for videos and photos

    System Requirements:

    Mac OS X 10.4.9 or later, iPhoto 6.0.6, iTunes 7.2 and QuickTime 7.2 or later

    Note: Web2 Delight is intended to be used as a personal entertainment tool only. Please respect the rights of the copyright holders of any material you download.

    Click to Developer’s Site for more info.

    Attention!

    This bundle will be featured on our home page for 48 hrs – May 21st and 22nd. And will remain available as a Special Offer through this weekend – May 23rd and 24th.

    This weekend’s ZOT?
    May 23rd and 24th
    Keyword Manager

    Organize your photos faster than ever! Keyword Manager introduces a brand new way of assigning keywords to your photos in a simple and efficient way. Keyword Manager expands the functionality of your familiar iPhoto setup, and will greatly enhance your photo management experience.

    Learn more about Keyword Manager here…

    May 19

    Mail Stationery
    Make your emails AMAZING!

    Normally: $39.00

    ZOT Price: $19.50

    Click to MacZOT Try Now  

    Add the look of Decorative Stationery to your emails!

    Now it is possible to get artistic, creative elements into your emails with Jumsoft’s Stationery Pack for Mac OS X 10.5 (Leopard) Mail. You’ll get 100 high-quality and exclusive design options for every occasion. All of the stationery themes are categorized – “Family,” “Congratulations,” “Invitations,” “Emotions,” “Vacations,” “Seasons,” “Neutral,” “Happy Day,” and “Sports.” That makes it easy when looking for particular event.

    Why use Mail Stationery?

    Only two or fewer out of every hundred emails display something more than black letters on a white background. Why not illustrate and characterize your emails or notes, giving them a particular mood? Be the one in a thousand who cares about the warmth of emails…And delight your friends and families with unique Mail Stationary!

    Send a thoughtful message quickly and easily.

    The Stationery Pack is great when you want to say something to a person you care about but when you don’t know how to say it. Choose a theme that reveals your feelings, and insert a few lovely words. Sometimes a sweet picture can say more than endless words. By using Stationery Pack to indicate the purpose of your email, you can save time. For example, rather than typing, “I would like to invite you to the movie,” use the cinema theme and insert the title and time only.

    Create your own postcards

    Are you bored with simply attaching photos of a journey or of a new baby to emails to family members, friends, or colleagues? Stationery Pack themes are a new way to share your life. After you choose the necessary theme, simply drag and drop your photo into the photo area.

    Compatible with:

  • Gmail
  • MobileMe
  • Yahoo Mail
  • Mozilla Thunderbird
  • Apple Mail
  • System Requirements: Mac OS X 10.5 Mail or higher.

    Click to Developer’s Site for more info.

    May 18

    TranslateIt! Deluxe 10.0
    Multilingual dictionary that allows you to look up words on the fly!
    Lifetime License!

    Normally: $100.00

    ZOT Price: $35.00

    Click to MacZOT Try Now  

    Would you like to have a Mac OS X dictionary which could translate, on the fly, any word from any language?

    Congratulations! You’ve just found it!


    We are happy to present TranslateIt! Deluxe for Mac!

    Just hover the pointer over an unfamiliar word in any Cocoa Application, and you will see its translation in a pop-up window instantly.

    TranslateIt! for Mac features:

  • Look up words in any applications* by simply moving the pointer over them
  • English, German, French, Spanish and Russian morphology support
  • Many Language Dictionaries available – click here for details.
  • Translation from/to any language**
  • Translation Methods:
  • Translation from clipboard
  • Drag-and-drop translation
  • Manual input of queries in the main window
  • Double-click translation of words in dictionary entries displayed in the main window
  • Spotlight-like ‘search as you type’ input method
  • Searching through all installed dictionaries simultaneously
  • Printing of flash cards
  • Words Quiz (a game for easy learning of new words)
  • Built-in DictBuilder utility for easy creation of custom dictionaries
  • Customizable dictionary display options
  • Multilingual user interface
  • Detachable cards with search results.
  • * Point-and-look-up feature may not work in some Carbon-applications
    ** Corresponding dictionaries must be installed

    What do users say about TranslateIt!?

    I use TranslateIt! for Mac every day and find it excellent. I don’t think there is anything comparable on the market.
    The program is unobtrusive and integrates into Mac OS very well. The dictionaries are extensive, the user interface is well designed, and the software is very stable – hasn’t crashed yet. I’m very happy with TranslateIt!.

    Gleb Dolgich

    Country: Lithuania
    City: Kaunas

    It is a great tool. Very dynamic and the beauty of it is, you can search multiple languages at the same time. I have used so many dictionaries but nothing compares to TranslateIt!

    Abdul Rahman Al Thehaiban

    Country: Saudi Arabia
    City: Riyadh

    I love it really very much. Perfect program. I am using it everyday,
    most interesting thing is ability to translate directly from the text
    (scanning mode) without typing a word. One wish is to have it for Iphone
    also. Again perfect,perfect and perfect.

    Shaishmelashvili Ivane

    Country: United States
    City: Brooklyn

    Read more about what a variety of users have to say about TranslateIt! Here.

    This ZOT gets you a lifetime license to use TranslateIt!

    System Requirements: Mac OSX 10.4 or later.

    Click to Developer’s Site for more info.