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Jul 31

Toon Boom Studio 5
All-In-One Animation Software

Normally: $399.99

ZOT Price: $199.99

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Buy 1 item

Toon Boom Studio 5 is ideal for individuals looking for an all-in-one animation software. From drawing digitally, scanning hand-drawn animations or seamlessly importing existing artwork, Studio 5 enables you to lip sync your animation, setup the action in a 3D space and publish your animation projects for print, TV, HDTV, the Web, YouTube and iPod! Covering the entire animation workflow from sketching to final publishing, you will find Toon Boom Studio to be a great tool to create or learn animation.

Create

Developed by animators for animators, Toon Boom Studio offers intuitive and easy-to-use drawing tools. In addition to onion skinning, automatic gap-closing and a full screen rotary light table, Studio 5 can import a wide range of media to create live-action cartoons and rotoscoping.

Animate

Toon Boom Studio offers true animation features designed to facilitate the creation of any styles of animation, including traditional frame-by-frame animation, keyframe animation, cut-out, photo animation and live-action cartoon.

Publish

In addition to printing, Toon Boom Studio creates high quality animation for any media including the web, iPod, YouTube, cell phones and PDAs, TV and HDTV. Studio 5 supports all major industry standards including SWF, QuickTime, AVI, DV, and image sequences.

Check out the Features here…

Macintosh: System Requirements

Recommended Configuration:
Intel® Dual CoreTM processors
Mac OS X 10.5.1 (Leopard)
1 GB Ram
Wacom Tablet (optional)

Minimum Configuration:
Power Macintosh G5
Mac OS X v10.4.7 (Tiger)
512 MB Ram

Mac and Windows versions available this weekend!

Click to Developer’s Site for more info.

Toon Boom Studio Interview with Joan Vogelesang, President and CEO at Toon Boom Animation Inc

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

Toon Boom Studio 5 is ideal for students and hobbyists looking for an
easy-to-use, multi-technique animation software. Covering the entire
animation workflow from sketching to final publishing, Toon Boom Studio is
an ideal tool to learn and create animation.

2 Why did you create this app?

Toon Boom Studio was originally developed to create web animation but
rapidly started to be used to produce short form animation projects, and
most importantly, to teach animation principles in schools.

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

Knowing how creative the Mac community is, Toon Boom has always been
committed to delivering animation technology on that platform.

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

The ease of use, the access to key creative tools and the availability of
practical learning tools make Toon Boom Studio the best option to learn
animation.

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

Toon Boom aims at maximizing the efficiencies and ease of use it can
contribute to the new product versions. With Studio 5, users can now
discover all animation techniques: stop-motion, traditional digital
animation, traditional paper animation, cut-out and rotoscoping.

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

iLife is great as it also caters to the creative minds who combine photos,
music and movies in their home projects.

7 What would you like a user to ask you?

We like it when a user asks about the potential applications of Toon Boom
Studio. These range from animation creation in school, in faith or at home
up to learning languages, science and mathematics as well as developing
creativity and logical skills. In several instances, Toon Boom Studio has
been used as part of a therapy for kids with special needs, such as Asperger
syndrome and autism.

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

Mostly, the questions relate to validating the system requirements
(http://www.toonboom.com/products/toonBoomStudio/systemRequirements.US.html)
and the ability to access more power and special effects in more
professional products such as Toon Boom Animate.

Jul 30

Decompose 1.0.3
Extract objects from images with ease

Weekend ZOT Preview Below, AND a special offer on Oversite – Extended for 24hrs.

Normally: $29.99

ZOT Price: $14.99

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What is Decompose?

Decompose is an application allowing an easy and flawless extraction of elements from pictures in order to use them to make composite images. It is the perfect tool for making images for web pages, newspapers and magazines or simply for your own creations. Extracted objects are saved as a TIFF file with transparency. Decompose also corrects colors to remove all traces of the previous background, thus generating perfect mattes.

Extract objects from images with ease

Extract objects from images with ease

Simply draw a rough outline of the elements to extract and identify the background region. Then all the cumbersome contour refinement is done automatically.

Smooth and spill-free edges

Smooth and spill-free edges

Extracted elements have smooth edges without any traces of the original background color. Hence, you can generate flawless composites.

How does it work?

Decompose allows you to easily extract elements from a picture and use them to make composite images. It is the perfect tool to make images for web pages, newspapers and magazines or simply for your own creations.

Traditional extraction of objects with a lasso tool typically takes time and the results are far from perfect. The extracted objects have rough edges that are often tinted with the color of the previous background. Decompose produces smooth edges and completely removes the background color.

You simply need to draw a rough approximation of the edges of the objects and identify the foreground and the background regions. Decompose then refines the edges, corrects the colors and allows you to save the result as a TIFF image ready to be used in your favorite compositing software.

What are people saying about it?

Greg Healy, Editor at MacApper

Decompose v1.0.2 can produce quite good results depending on how much time you want to spend, and is an application that I will definitely be using in the future.

For the complete review visit MacApper.

Editor’s review on Softpedia

A very nice little program that does this job a lot better than most professional applications out there, who lack such a dedicated tool. It definitely worths a look if you find yourself working on lot of decompositions.

For the complete review visit Softpedia.

Ian Greig, review on MacUpdate

I find that Decompose scores over Photoshop by having a brush to define the transitional edge areas where pixels may be foreground image or background.

A cut-out in PhotoShop relies on performing a very accurate selection, knocking out the background and then doing a lot of smoothing of the edges. In Decompose you make a broad-brush selection of the edge area, covering the whole border between foreground and background, from which the app. calculates which is which, removes the background to transparency and gives a smooth edge.

It seems to work well even if there isn’t a lot of contrast between foreground and background. If you can see it, you can cut it out.

Well worth the money to save time and effort — and if you need to make good quality, foolproof cut-outs in a hurry, you’ll thank the developers.

Review on VersionTracker

What an excellent little program! Works as advertised. So easy to use and efficient…

What are the computer requirements?

Decompose is an universal binary application so it will work on both PPC and Intel based Macs running Mac OS X 10.4 or higher.

Want more information?

For general information about Decompose, simply visit the Decompose product page. We are committed to provide the best customer care. Hence, to get answers to your Decompose questions, visit our FAQ page. To quickly learn to use the product you can consult our tutorial. If you can not find your answers in our FAQ or tutorial pages, feel free to contact us. We we will gladly answer all your questions.

Who are we?

We are Metakine Inc., a Canadian software company located in Montreal. Metakine specializes in the development of software for audio, video and image processing. The founders hold software engineering degrees and are passionate about programming and digital video and hope to translate their passion into useful and usable software.

Our product line includes the widely popular DVDRemaster and Fairmount DVD utilities. In addition to our current products, we have contributed to various projects in the Macintosh community over the years. Namely, we have been involved in the development of the MediaPipe project which was a pioneer in providing DivX, Vorbis and (S)VCD encoding for Macintosh, OpenShiiva to reencode MPEG2 as MPEG4 and SonicBirth.

A Special Offer – Oversite


Easy wireframing and interaction design

We’re extending yesterday’s Oversite ZOT for 24 hrs due to a couple of technical difficulties.

If you design, develop, or architect Websites, then OverSite is the app you’ve been waiting for… even if you didn’t know it!

Try, Buy, And find out more about Oversite here…

Save a heap of cash with this weekend’s ZOT!
August 1st and 2nd

Toon Boom Studio 5

Experience the infinite possibilities of 2D animation.

Toon Boom Studio 5 is ideal for students and hobbyists looking for an easy-to-use, multi-technique animation software.

  • Discover all these animation techniques: stop-motion, traditional digital animation, traditional paper animation, cut-out and rotoscoping
  • Draw digitally, scan in hand-drawn animation, capture live images or import existing artwork… then enhance images using the various paint and camera tools
  • Add audio tracks and lip-sync your animation
  • Publish your animation projects for print, TV, HDTV, the Web, Facebook, YouTube and iPod!
  • Covering the entire animation workflow from sketching to final publishing, Toon Boom Studio is an ideal tool to learn and create animation.

    Learn more about Toon Boom Studio 5 here…

    Jul 29

    OverSite 3.0.3
    Easy wireframing and interaction design

    Normally: $65.00

    ZOT Price: $33.00

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    If you design, develop, or architect Websites, then OverSite is the app you’ve been waiting for… even if you didn’t know it! OverSite makes it simple to mock up and prototype your Website. You can quickly define your site’s overall structure… and OverSite will automatically generate a graphical site map. Creating wireframes of your individual pages—complete with hyperlink navigation between pages—is a breeze. You can attach notes to your wireframes to provide further details. And once you’re done, you can export your site structure to a number of different formats.

    OverSite’s rich feature set includes:

  • An easy-to-use structure editor with drag-and-drop functionality and the new Rapid Structure Creator.
  • A wireframe editor, allowing you to mock up pages and screens of your site.
  • Detailed notes attached to widgets within your wireframes.
  • Reusable wireframe components with OverSite’s composites and templates functionality.
  • Automatic sitemap generation with customizable colors, fonts, and other UI elements.
  • Ability to test site interaction with OverSite’s Clickthru browser.
  • Ability to import pre-existing Web sites, and modify their site structures.
  • Ability to export site structures as folders and HTML files, clickable images, and other formats.
  • Get started quickly

    OverSite’s Rapid Structure Creator lets you simply type in your website’s structure… At the click of a button, OverSite will transform your text into a full-blown site architecture!

    Widgets and wireframes with ease


    OverSite’s rich menu of widgets lets you create wireframes and interactive mockups for your web site and software prototypes, including:

  • Buttons
  • Checkboxes
  • Dividers
  • Images
  • Labels
  • Drop-down Lists
  • Radio Buttons
  • Rectangles and Squares
  • Circles
  • Lines
  • Spreadsheets and Tables
  • HTML Components
  • Scrolling Panels
  • Textareas
  • Paragraphs
  • Textfields
  • Sliders
  • Triangles
  • Stars
  • Polygons
  • Don’t like the default look of the components? Customize them however you want them to; size, colors, border sizes, fonts, and more can all be easily modified. Even the overall painting effect can be set to anywhere from no effect at all, to subtle shading, to glassy Web 2.0 effects. Don’t want to tweak the look and feel of every component individually? Just define your own custom styles and apply them to all of your components with the click of a button.

    But OverSite’s just getting started at that point. Its Composite tool lets you construct your own complex components, based on OverSite’s built-in components, that you can apply over and over again throughout your wireframes. Because let’s face it… repetition sucks! OverSite’s alignment, arrangement, and even-distribution tools let you quickly place components onto a wireframe, then even more quickly lay the out properly. Take advantage of a section’s wireframe canvases to create partial layouts that will appear in all of that section’s pages. Want to create a slight variation on an existing page? Don’t start from scratch with a new page; don’t even start with a cut & paste copy of the existing page! Just create a Version of the page, and make your modifications there!



    Create a page… and then create a Version and make a few tweaks

    Clarify your mockups

    Annotate your wireframes by attaching notes to your widgets. Notes describe the type of each widget, and any other information you need to provide to ensure your mockups are crystal clear.

    And lots more…

    OverSite’s list of features goes on and on and on… From autogenerated—yet fully-customizable—sitemaps,to built-in interaction testing (in regular or full-screen mode), to a plethora of exporting options, there’s a lot of functionality packed into this tiny price!

    What are people saying about OverSite?

    “This is the most full-featured and easy-to-use IA/wireframing/prototyping tool that I’ve come across and frankly I’m amazed that I’ve taken so long to discover it (it’s been around for 3 years).”

    - Christian from SmileyCat web design blog, A Better Way to Create Information Architectures, Wireframes and Prototypes

    “Thank you very much for creating OverSite – from my point of view it’s a blessing.”

    - Tony Cundiff

    “I have been using it for a week in two different projects and I’m impressed. Does what it says very well. Building the wireframes and prototyping the navigation is very fast and painless.”

    - Alexandre

    “I’ve been using this great little program for awhile, and the more I use it, the more useful I find it. The developer is friendly and helpful as well, and has even added bits of functionality that I’d asked for!”

    - Becca

             

    For more information, visit http://www.taubler.com/oversite.

    Jul 28

    Flip Boom Classic
    Fun and easy for kids of all ages!

    Normally: $39.99

    ZOT Price: $19.99

    Click to MacZOT Try Now  

    Flip Boom allows kids to draw and color characters, then bring them to life through the use of traditional animation processes. Kids can simply draw a series of pictures, and when played in sequence, objects drawn start to move. Kids will be amazed that they can create short animations in minutes! Projects can be saved to work on later or exported in various formats to share with others. Conceived specifically for children with kid friendly icons, it is very easy to learn and use.

    Flip Boom Classic is a fun and creative tool designed to animate freely. Based on traditional animation principles, Flip Boom Classic sets the imagination free while teaching notions of timing and motion.

    Powered by Toon Boom Animation, the worldwide leader in animation software solutions.

    “I think Flip Boom is a perfect program for kids to help them get started with animation. My grandchildren have great
    fun with it when they visit. It also works seamlessly with my Wacom tablet and it was very easy to convert files to
    a movie format.”
    Pat Faldetta

    “I love Flip Boom. It is very easy to use and a great way to introduce my kids (and me) to animation. Also, thanks for the
    YouTube referrals. That’s a great idea for Toon Boom. I’m very impressed with your company AND the concept of Flip Boom.”

    Richard W. Roberts

    More testimonials here…

    Mac: System Requirements

    Recommended Configuration
    Intel Dual CoreTM processor
    Mac OS X 10.5.1 (Leopard)
    1 GB Ram
    Wacom Tablet (optional )

    Minimum requirements
    Power Macintosh G5
    Mac OS X v10.4.7 (Tiger)
    512 MB of RAM

    Click to Developer’s Site for more info.

    Toon Boom’s client base ranges from major studios creating Hollywood blockbuster animated films to individual animators creating their first masterpieces. Market-leading studios using Toon Boom’s products include Nelvana, Warner Bros., Mercury Filmworks, China Central Television, to name a few. Some of the prestigious productions done with Toon Boom’s technology include: Looney Tunes: Back in Action, The Rugrats, SpongeBob The Movie, Curious George, and Simpsons The Movie.

    Click to Toon Boom for more info about ALL their Fantastic Products.

    Tell your friends!

    A little more about Today’s ZOT – Flip Boom Classic from Joan Vogelesang, President and CEO at Toon Boom Animation Inc.

    1 What’s the most unique, useful feature of your product?
    The ease of use combined with fun tools to create animation make Flip Boom a must have for anyone looking for a creative activity.

    2 Why did you create this app?
    A lot of Toon Boom community members wanted to have a simple tool that could help their young ones animate easily.

    3 What is most interesting to you about developing SW for the Mac platform?
    Knowing how creative the Mac community is, Toon Boom has always been committed to delivering animation technology on that platform.

    4 What features should a prospective buyer look into during a trial of your product?
    The ease of use and the instant gratification of seeing their drawings move!

    5 What are some interesting experiences you’ve had creating new versions of your software when OS is upgraded?
    With each new upgraded OS, Toon Boom aims at maximizing the efficiencies and ease of use it can contribute to the new product versions.

    6 What’s your favorite Mac app out there from another developer? Why?
    iLife is great as it also caters to the creative minds who combine photos, music and movies in their home projects.

    7 What would you like a user to ask you?
    We like it when a user asks about the potential applications of Flip Boom. These range from animation creation as an activity up to learning languages, science and mathematics as well as developing creativity and logical skills.

    8 What are the answers to some common questions people have about your app before they buy?
    Mostly, the questions relate to validating the system requirements – Click to Developer’s Site for more info, and the ability to add sound in a third party software.

    Click to Developer’s Site for more info.

    Jul 27

    DVDRemaster Pro 5.1.6
    Duplicate or convert DVD for iPod, iPhone or Apple TV

    Normally: $49.99

    ZOT Price: $24.99

    Click to MacZOT Try Now  



    What is DVDRemaster?

    DVDRemaster is an application which recompresses large DVDs so they can be burned on a standard DVD or converts them so they can be watched on your video iPod, iPod Touch, iPhone, Apple TV and many others. DVDRemaster accommodates both novices and experts with its simple but yet powerful interface. It can either copy an entire DVD and keep all tracks, copy only the main feature or copy only selected audio and video tracks.

    DVD backup made easy

    DVD backup made easy

    From viewing your movies to selecting the languages you wish to keep and burning the final backup DVD, everything is built into a simple but yet powerful interface.

    Recompress with ease

    Recompress with ease

    No need to worry about complicated settings; everything is summarized into easy to use presets. Simply select a destination device and you are ready to go.

    Recompress with ease

    Convert for video players

    Watching your favorite movies and shows on the road using your video iPod, iPod Touch and iPhone or enjoying them at home on your Apple TV has never been easier.

    What’s new in 5.x?

    Automatically include movie information

    Easily locate and classify movies in your library using titles, genres and many others. Finding the movie you are looking for is now a piece of cake.

    Prepare and execute multiple conversions

    Never run out of movies to watch again. Prepare several conversion tasks ahead of time and let DVDRemaster execute them without supervision.

    Easily navigate between chapters

    It is easier than ever to find scenes in a movie on your iPod, iPod Touch or iPhone. Thanks to the new chapter markers, you can jump from one chapter to another.

    How does it work?

    Recompressing a DVD

    DVDRemaster can work in two modes. It can either preserve all tracks (including menus, multiangle, commentaries, other languages, etc.) or work in movie only mode where everything but the main feature is discarded, thus leaving more space for the main movie and yielding a better quality of image. Advanced users will appreciate that the Pro version lets them choose exactly which video and audio tracks to keep or to discard.

    DVDRemaster comes with Fairmount which is a free companion tool that allows on-the-fly decryption of DVDs. Once Fairmount is launched, making a backup of a DVD is as simple as dragging and dropping its VIDEO_TS folder somewhere on your hard disk. The resulting copy will be decrypted as it is copied and will be ready for archival.

    Converting to iPod, iPhone, Apple TV and other video players

    DVDRemaster can convert a DVD to a video compatible with your video iPod, iPhone and Apple TV. No need to worry about cumbersome settings, everything is summarized for you in simple presets.

    You can choose the audio track from the DVD, listen to it in the preview and choose to include subtitles.

    Extracting streams

    DVDRemaster also allows you to extract raw data streams from your DVD. You can reuse those streams in another application.

    What are people saying about it?

    Pedro Fardilha, review on MacUpdate

    I believe that for an app to be complete and good in what it does it doesn’t have to need a cumbersome GUI. And so far the only one that does almost all that I need and has a nice and usable GUI is DVDRemaster.

    Metakine’s costumer support is really good and they always listen to what I have to say, even if it’s just a small detail.

    Review on MacUpdate

    DVDRemaster is one of the only programs that I purchased that successfully meets my needs. Two thumbs up…way up!

    Review on Version Tracker

    I’ve been using DVDRemaster for quite some time, specifically the “Pro” version. It’s a remarkable program that does exactly what I ask of it, and it does so with an ease and versatility that make it feel so “Mac-like” I’d almost think this program was commissioned by Steve himself. I’ve tried other competitor’s software, but DVDRemaster performs better, producing a higher quality image by comparison.

    Review on Version Tracker

    I have been using DVDRemaster Pro for almost three years and have been very happy with it. It does exactly what I need it to do.

    Review on Version Tracker

    It is a great piece of software. I’ve been using it since version 1.4.1, and seen it evolve into an awesome app.

    Review on Version Tracker

    All I have to say about the previous feedback is that he hit it right on the nose. Everything he said was correct. This app is great, fast, and just plain works RIGHT. I’ve been using it since version 1.4.

    What are the computer requirements?

    DVDRemaster is an universal binary application which will work on both PPC and Intel based Macs running Mac OS X 10.4 or higher and having QuickTime 7.2 or higher

    Want more information?

    For general information about DVDRemaster, simply visit the DVDRemaster product page. We are committed to provide the best customer care. Hence, to get answers to your DVDRemaster questions, visit our FAQ page. To quickly learn to use the product you can consult our tutorials. If you can not find your answers in our FAQ or tutorial pages, feel free to contact us. We we will gladly answer all your questions.

    Who are we?

    We are Metakine Inc., a Canadian software company located in Montreal. Metakine specializes in the development of software for audio, video and image processing. The founders hold software engineering degrees and are passionate about programming and digital video and hope to translate their passion into useful and usable software.

    Our product line includes the widely popular DVDRemaster and Fairmount DVD utilities. In addition to our current products, we have contributed to various projects in the Macintosh community over the years. Namely, we have been involved in the development of the MediaPipe project which was a pioneer in providing DivX, Vorbis and (S)VCD encoding for Macintosh, OpenShiiva to reencode MPEG2 as MPEG4 and SonicBirth.

    Jul 26

    Mac DVDRipper Pro
    The best way to get movies on your Mac!

    Normally: $9.95

    ZOT Price: $5.95

    Click to MacZOT Try Now  



    Mac DVDRipper Pro

    Mac DVDRipper Pro allows you to copy all your DVDs on your Mac so you can easily
    view them without having to spend your battery on spinning you optical drive. Once ripped, you can then use software such as DVDRemaster, to convert your DVD for your iPod, or to burn them on single layer discs.

    Mac DVDRipper Pro analyzes the DVD and uses intelligent algorithms to ensure proper rips. It is the best at what it does, at an unbeatable price!

    You can try it for free before buying, Mac DVDRipper Pro will work without any limitations for your first 5 rips. Make sure to give it a try!

    Feature Highlights

    • Protect your DVDs from scratches
    • Save your batteries by reading your movies from your hard disk
    • Manage your collection with just a few clicks
    • Time-shift your rental
    • Backup your DVD collection, and much more!

    System Requirements

    • Mac OS X 10.4 or higher (Snow Leopard compatible)
    • A DVD drive

    User comments

    • I always used Ripit – which overall I can’t complain of – to backup my son’s dvd collection but lately it failed (corrupted file) with some Winnie the Pooh dvd. I downloaded Mac DVDRipper Pro and it flawlessy worked. taipan2008
    • Wow! Mac DVDRipper Pro was able to successfully rip a DVD with a really bad scratch that neither RipIt, MTR 3.0 nor Handbrake could rip. The $10 price tag is a bargain compared to RipIt and MTR 3.0, especially given that Mac DVDRipper Pro was to rip a DVD that the others couldn’t. I’m a very happy guy! Drdul
    • Successfully ripped a damaged DVD that MacTheRipper wouldn’t do. It’s worth the modest price tag. brayne
    • OK. So this SW ripped my Click DVD in 43 minutes where FairMount, MacTheRipper3, Handbrake and VideoMonkey failed… I clear “BUY” from me!!!! Toerk_2
    • I was able to rip a scratched DVD with this tool, which MTR and Ripit refused to rip. It also ripped 2 new DVDs (bought yesterday) which were not rippable with MTR or Ripit.
      So far I like this program a lot ! Beamy

    Visit Mac DVDRipper Pro’s website for more info

    Jul 24

    Path Finder
    The Finder, Reinvented

    Normally: $39.95

    ZOT Price: $24.00

    Click to MacZOT Try Now  

    Path Finder is an advanced file browser and management application for Mac OS X. If you’ve ever wished that Apple’s Finder had just feature X or feature Y, Path Finder may be what you’ve been looking for.

    Path Finder is a standalone application that leverages what you already know about working with your files. It takes the Finder’s familiar interface and adds numerous powerful features and interface innnovations to help anyone be more productive on Mac OS X.

    Feature Highlights

    • Snow Leopard improvements – 64 bit build, QuickTime X, Exposé improvements, and more.
    • Dual Pane File Browser – View the contents of two folders or volumes side-by-side in one window.
    • Drop Stack – Freeze drag & drop operations by placing files into a temporary stack.
    • Tabs & Bookmarks – Use the best features of a web browser in your file browser.
    • File List Sorting & Filtering – Sort by folders first, or limit a list of files by name or extension
    • Command-Line Tools – Path Finder puts a terminal right in your file browser, and provides a graphical interface to some popular UNIX utilities.
    • Much, much more – Subversion plugin, Application Launcher, Selection tools, Create and Convert Disk Images

    System Requirements

    • Mac OS X 10.5 or higher (Snow Leopard compatible)
    • 1GB RAM or more recommended

    Visit the Cocoatech website for more info

    At macZOT

    We love bringing you daily deals on great Mac software, and another goal of ours is “Connecting Mac Users with Mac Developers Worldwide.”

    Here’s a mini-interview with Steve Gehrman – Creator of Path Finder.

    So – Tell us about yourself in third person Steve.

    Steve has been programming on Mac OS since 1989. His first job out of school was at Alsoft, makers of Diskwarrior. Next he moved to Los Angeles and wrote the popular screenwriting software “Final Draft”. After a brief stint at a dot com he was soon laid off and decided to go on his own and founded Cocoatech in 2000. He’s now living in San Francisco with his wife and two kids, and working on Path Finder full time. Steve has never used Windows in his life and is very happy about this.

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

    The drop stack has been a favorite of mine and many of my customers. It allows you to drag items in, navigate to a new location and drag them off. It makes it so much easier to drag and drop files around using a single window. There’s also the dual browser and tabs which are very useful and popular.

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

    It started off as a “learn Cocoa” project and just kept growing. I started it when the first Mac OS X Server (Rhapsody) was released back in I think 2000. I kind of figured that Apple would keep the Finder simple for novice users, so there was an opportunity to create a more full featured file browser. Back in 2000 no one except Apple was hiring Cocoa engineers and I didn’t want to get another mac programming job using the old mac toolbox APIs.

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

    I really like Objective C which is only used on Macs. The language is simple and clean and it’s like C++ but with out all the complexity. Previously mac development was mostly C++ using Codewarrior and Powerplant frameworks. I had gotten to a point where I was sick of C++ and Powerplant and it was perfect timing when OS X was released.

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

    There’s lots of features to see. The tabs are cool. The Path navigator bar is very useful. Much of the UI has contextual menus that most people probably don’t notice right away. Dual pane is a newer feature that’s also very useful.

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

    It’s always great when there’s a new OS update. Lots of new features and I am usually able to delete a bunch of code and hacks added to get around limitations of the previous OS. New OS upgrades also usually contain new bugs which isn’t so fun, but for the most part it’s great. It’s fun to update my code to use the latest features.

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

    To tell you the truth, I don’t use much third party software. I probably should and I’ve seen lots of cool apps. I did use ScreenFlow recently for my screencast and it was very nice. I live in XCode and spend most of the day in that. I also obviously use Mail, iChat, Safari and other standard Apple apps.

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

    Some people wonder if they should quit the Finder or remove the Finder or some how replace the Finder. There’s no reason to worry about the Finder. My application is separate but similar to the Finder and they both run side by side just fine.

    (Drop us an email if you’ve got a question you’d like to hear some of our developer/partners answer in future Interviews. )

    Jul 22

    AceReader Pro
    Speed Reading Software
    Electrify Your Mind!
    Two ZOTS for Two days, Scroll down to find the Multi User Edition Special Offer. Also – A Weekend ZOT Preview Below

    Normally: $49.95

    ZOT Price: $24.98

    Click to MacZOT Try Now  


    AceReader Pro is a must for anybody who is serious about improving both their reading speed and their comprehension.

    In today’s fast-paced information age, we’re bombarded with e-mails, Web pages, textbooks, documents, and more. It’s hard to keep up, but there’s a easy solution – AceReader.

    It can be used to:

  • Assess your current reading level.
  • Improve your reading speed and comprehension, both online and offline.
  • Help you read faster while on the computer, by utilizing special display modes.
  • Now it’s more important than ever to be a proficient reader. Everyone from high-powered executives to children just learning to read in grade school can benefit from AceReader.

    Our goal is to help you read faster, while maintaining or even improving your comprehension. When you accomplish this, reading becomes like watching a movie. It becomes fun to read because you’re able to absorb more material in a shorter amount of time. In short, it leads to more success and a better overall quality of life.

    Like anything, it takes practice. AceReader is not designed to teach you how to read, but instead focuses on helping you be more proficient at your reading both on and off the computer.

    AceReader helps you break two major bad habits:

  • Subvocalization (pronouncing the words in your mind while you read)
  • Re-Reading/Regression (letting your eyes wander back to re-read the text)
  • AceReader paces you to read at higher speeds. At these higher speeds, it becomes physically impossible to subvocalize. And because AceReader displays text by flashing word sets, you will be forced to read ahead and will not have the opportunity to regress.

    But that’s only the beginning. AceReader will also help you:

  • Reduce Your Eye Fixation Time (time spent when your eyes are focused on a single point).
  • Expand Your Eye Fixation Zone (ability to read a wider text width when your eyes are focused on a single point).
  • Increase Your Re-Fixation Speed (ability to reposition your eyes at a rapid rate).
  • Double your Reading Speed with AceReader.
    The Industry Leader for over a Decade.

  • PROVEN: Thousands of individuals, schools and learning centers use it successfully.
  • EASY: The Course Mode leads you through a self-adjusting and personalized training process.
  • FUN: Eye Exercise Games improve your reading speed while you’re having fun.
  • GREAT PRICE: We’re committed to keeping our prices affordable for everyone.
  • VERSATILE: The program provides all the content you need (for grades 1 up through adult-level), but our Deluxe versions allow you to incorporate your own material for the Tests, Drills, and Games.
  • DUAL PURPOSE: The program allows you to load text from files and from the clipboard (i.e. Web pages, e-mails, .pdf files, .doc files…) and lets you train with material you need to read anyway.
  • AWARD WINNING: AceReader has won over 50 awards and honors, including rated the Winner out of all the Winners by "Technology & Learning."
  • GREAT SUPPORT: We pride ourselves on providing unsurpassed, rapid support. Call or e-mail us any time.
  • Also – Ace Reader Pro Deluxe – Multi-User Edition.
    50% off this Thursday and Friday
    Normally 79.95…Now 39.98!!

    **SPECIAL OFFER: AceReader Pro Deluxe. The deluxe version allows up to 5 users, and builds in
    a number of extra features including Test, Drill and Game Editors,
    Readability Stats, a Spell Checker, and more.

    Click to learn more about, try and/or buy AceReader Pro Deluxe.


    Easy-to-use technology:

    AceReader uses the following two technologies. (Each can help you learn to take in multiple words at one time.)

  • RAPID SERIAL VISUAL PRESENTATION — When AceReader is in RSVP mode, text is displayed in the center of the text area. RSVP can help you read faster than normal because your eyes do not have to move. The words come to your eyes instead of your eyes going to the words.
  • TACHISTOSCOPIC SCROLL PRESENTATION — When AceReader is in TSP mode, text is displayed in a manner that forces your eyes to move just like they do in normal reading. TSP can train you to read in a normal fashion but at higher speeds.
  • At school, work, or home, use AceReader as:

  • A READING IMPROVEMENT TOOL — Learn to read faster by practicing at configurable speed settings. Track progress by taking the reading/comprehension tests, broken out by grade levels 1-12+. Once you’ve broken two bad habits (Subvocalization and Re-Reading), you will find yourself reading 2X, 3X, or even faster. The more you practice, the better you will get.
  • A PRODUCTIVITY TOOL — Read faster at the computer. Use AceReader to read and skim text rapidly from a variety of documents and from your clipboard. The clipboard allows you to import text from other applications, such as your favorite word processor and text from the Internet (i.e. Web pages, e-mail, news groups). Utilize the “Burst” and “Sentence Search” features to read efficiently while online. Adjust (1) speed of text presentation, (2) font color, (3) font size, (4) background color, (5) number of words or lines, (6) delays, and much more.

  • Targeting specific challenges:

  • Diagnostic Reading Assessment Tool – In addition to improving your reading skills, use AceReader to help assess your current reading level (speed and comprehension).
  • Tachistoscope – Use AceReader as a pacing tool. Some teachers have noted that AceReader is a modern-day software version of the mechanical tachistoscope machines from years ago. Those machines, which would flash text onto a screen at configurable speeds, were used to help many students and teachers learn how to read better by pacing their eye movement. AceReader goes beyond their capabilities, though, by providing many additional options and features, and it includes the ability to track student progress.
  • Warm Up Tool – Use AceReader to warm up your reading skills. It’s the same as picking up several bats and taking a few swings before stepping up to the plate. Then you can switch over to read online or offline, increasing your speed in the process.
  • Low Vision Aid – Read without eye movement. Change the text font and background color to meet your needs.
  • Memorization and Flash Card Tool – Use AceReader Pro’s Flash Card Game to memorize learning material (i.e. state capitals, multiplication tables). You can also use the Burst Forward and Burst Repeat features to rapidly read and re-read text for the purpose of memorizing it.
  • Self-Improvement Programmer – Step up the speed and rapidly display messages to yourself for the purpose of programming your subconscious with positive suggestions.
  • Foreign Languages Trainer – Use AceReader as a computerized flash card system to read and re-read text for the purpose of learning a foreign language. AceReader support s the international ASCII character set (i.e. English, Spanish, German, French, Italian, etc.).
  • ESL Trainer – Use AceReader to help learn English as a Second Language by improving your English reading skills.
  • Dyslexia Aid – Read by viewing one or a few words at a time. Easily adjust the speed to your fit your needs.
  • Eye Tracker – Train your eyes to move left-to-right and top-to-bottom by using the “Eye Trainer Mode.” This mode forces proper eye movement for normal offline reading.
  • PhotoReading Aid – Use AceReader to flash whole pages of text at desired speeds to assist with online PhotoReading techniques.
  • Speed Reading Aid – Use AceReader to assist your eye tracking at configured speeds. This will help break common bad reading habits that slow you down (i.e. subvocalization and regression…).

  • The rewards:

  • Proficient Reading = Proficient Learning. Once you unlock your reading potential, you will unlock your ability to learn everything more proficiently.
  • Better grades in school. Teach your children skills that will pay benefits through high school, college and into the workplace.
  • Better performance on the job where reading skills are more and more important.
  • More hours in your life as your reading speed increases.
  • Better quality of life as your reading, understanding and retention grow year after year.
  • **SPECIAL OFFER: AceReader Pro Deluxe. The deluxe version allows up to 5 users, and builds in
    a number of extra features including Test, Drill and Game Editors,
    Readability Stats, a Spell Checker, and more.

    Click to learn more about, try and/or buy AceReader Pro Deluxe.

    Real Users Say:

  • “As a speed reading instructor for Certified Learning Centers, I have evaluated many software programs over the years. However, once I found AceReader Pro, I knew I didn’t need to look any further. The program is easy to follow, allows the user to adjust a wide variety of parameters, and reinforces all the techniques critical to becoming an efficient reader. In short, AceReader Pro is a must for anybody who is serious about improving both their reading speed and their comprehension. We have selected AceReader Pro as the software to use in our courses.”- Miriam Ruff, Certified Learning Centers, Silver Spring, MD
  • “Dear AceReader Executives: North Park Academy began incorporating AceReader into our curriculum on a weekly basis last year to much success! The students truly enjoy the “competition” to increase their own reading skills while the teachers can see the results, too. Many students have increased their speed and comprehension by 200 – 300%! We will continue to use AceReader because it works for both the younger and older students.”- Jeff Drozda, Indiana State Senator, COO of North Park Academy, Indianapolis, IN
  • “Acereader Pro is a great buy! As a Reading Specialist and Ed Therapist, I am constantly looking for good tools that I can use in my practice and recommend to parents and students for use at home. Acereader Pro is always at the top of my list. It is a fun, easy to use, kid and parent-friendly, customizable, no-nonsense, workhorse that actually helps improve reading speed and comprehension in as little as 10 minutes a day. I have used Acereader as part of the Bernard EASE reading fluency program for the past six years in private practice, clinics, and school settings, and it just keeps getting better. Kids can’t wait to get to the computer and parents are amazed at how easy it is to use. I have recommended Acereader for kindergartners and lawyers alike! Whether you have a child who is just learning to read or need to get through volumes of text more quickly Acereader is worth the money!” – Alison O’Fallon, Los Angeles, CA
  • “I wanted to let you know that your program ACE READER PRO has been a great help to me. I have been able to increase my reading speed from less than 250 WPM to over 650 WPM. I purchased the program when I was in my second year of law school. Reading faster with greater comprehension helped me finish my law school homework in a timely manner and was especially helpful in getting me through the bar exam. I have used other speed reading programs but I like the Ace Reader the most. Some of the other programs have canned reading. I like the Ace Reader better because you can read any material as long as you can get it on your computer’s clipboard. The results from your Program are fantastic. I plan to practice more speed reading, my goal is to read 1500 WPM or more. Thanks again for your great program.”- Jon Dowat, Attorney at Law, Aurora, IL
  • “I wish that everyone knew just how great this program is for children with visual perception, dyslexia, or other problem. Now with the auditory help, even children with audio perception problems will benefit from the program. Now that my daughter has the ability to sound out words, I know that we will be able to use this program to increase her word perception and speed. I purchased the program last year and am very pleased. I am mentioning this program to all of the homeschool groups that I think would love to know about your program. I am most likely going to purchase the voice add on program. I do want to thank you for developing a program that we can use at home. We would not be able to afford the visual perception help at a visual facility. I also plan to contact our county school district to inform them of this program. Keep making these tools, they are needed! A proud mom of a reading dyslexic child!” – Sharon Yarbrough, South Carolina
  • “Interactive Information wrote: “Being in charge of software selection for a school district is a big chore. Our schools reading scores were down very badly and we were searching for a solution through adding software. We found AceReader on the Web and tried the demo version. It took only a few minutes to come to a decision to purchase it. Since using it daily on a computer with 4th-8th grade students, we see a HUGE improvement in only a 2 week period. By using this piece of software we can see immediately by charting the graphs just how each student is doing and this is recorded as actual grades in the Reading Teacher’s grade book. Another nice feature is that you can use this on one stand alone computer and it goes so quickly you can get a lot of students on it and tested in a short period of time.”- Kevin Gallion, Illinois
  • “I am thoroughly pleased with my new tool, and have been outspoken about it to my friends ever since my wife ordered it for me. (yes, I wore out my 30 day demo first….:-) Terrific concept, and adaptable to your own personal reading preferences. Congratulations to the creator’s of the program. In my small opinion, you did a wonderful job.” – David Dundale, Georgia
  • “I find that reading faster is helping in graduate school. Your speed reader is easy to use and allows me to read the materials that I need to study for class. I am sure that using your program will help me get better grades. I liked being able to download the program so that I could get it immediately. Thanks for having a good service.”- Randy
    Hobson, Illinois
  • System Requirements: Mac OSX 10.1 or later.

  • PPC or G3/G4/G5 (recommended) processor
  • 64 MB or more RAM
  • 20 MB free disk space
  • Click to visit Developer’s Site for more info.

    This weekend’s ZOT?
    July 25th and 26th

    Path Finder – The Finder, Reinvented

    Path Finder is an advanced file browser and management application for Mac OS X. If you’ve ever wished that Apple’s Finder had just feature X or feature Y, Path Finder may be what you’ve been looking for.

    Path Finder is a standalone application that leverages what you already know about working with your files. It takes the Finder’s familiar interface and adds numerous powerful features and interface innnovations to help anyone be more productive on Mac OS X.

    Learn more about Path Finder here…

    Jul 21

    Iris
    Expand your iSight!
    Do more cool stuff with your iSight

    Normally: $30.00

    ZOT Price: $15.00

    Click to MacZOT Try Now  

    Do more cool stuff with your iSight!

  • Take Snapshots
  • Make Movies
  • Record TimeLapse Movies
  • Detect unwelcome visitors, with Motion Detection, and Email Alerting
  • Broadcast your video over the web, with Iris’s built in WebCam
  • Browse your snapshots and movies in Iris’s built-in Gallery. Send them by email, upload them to Flickr, or export them to view on your iPod, Apple TV, or iPhone.
  • Minimum System Requirements: Mac OS X Tiger, and an iSight camera (built-in or external). Many other USB and FireWire cameras will also work with Iris. Leopard Compatible.
    Iris is a Universal Binary, and will run on PowerPC (G4 or G5) or Intel Macs. A Quartz Extreme capable video card is recommended.

    Visit the MildMannered Industries Website for a full description of Iris.

    Jul 20

    DVD-Library for Mac
    Build Your Own DVD Library on Your Mac

    Normally: $29.00

    ZOT Price: $14.50

    Click to MacZOT Try Now  

  • Legally backup your DVD to Mac and portable hard disc without any loss.
  • Build your own DVD library on Mac to organize, manage and share.
  • Playback your collected DVDs on Mac without inserting DVD discs.
  • Convert DVD to sorts of video formats for portable players via active associated iSkysoft iMedia Converter for Mac.
  • Backup DVDs

  • Backup commercial DVDs legally without removing the copyright protection.
  • Backup your homemade and commercial DVDs to Mac and portable hard discs with DVD Boxes.
  • “DVD Box” includes DVD cover image, DVD information and ISO images.
  • Back up DVDs with original quality – 1:1. The ISO image preserves audio tracks, subtitle, menu and special features of the original DVD, no more fear of damage or loss.
  • Build your own DVD library on Your Mac

  • Build your own DVD library via “DVD Boxes” to organize your movies just the way you’d like. On Mac OS 10.5 and 10.6, display your movies with the DVD cover images in the cover view and browse them just like you were in a video store.
  • Create box sets and wish lists easily. Sort DVDs to boxes with the same series, actor, period, etc.
  • It lets you retrieve information about your movies from the Internet in real-time. To search, use UPC codes or keyword combinations – movie title, director, actor, studio, etc.
    You can store DVD information to DVD Box about each movie, such as Director, Actor, Subtitle, Audio, Regional Code, Aspect Ratio, Movie Rating, Release Date, Theatrical Debut, Run Time, UPC, Description.
  • You can also check which DVDs you already own and thus avoid duplicate purchases.
  • Playback DVDs

  • Double click the DVD box to mount DVD, then play back movies with multimedia players like VLC player, M player.
  • Watch your collected movies on the go without the hassle of carrying DVD discs around, so you can enjoy your movies on your laptop easily with less battery power consumed.
  • Share DVD with your friends

  • Your movie collection says a lot about you. Share with your friends what you have on your shelves. Share the DVD Boxes with copyright protected ISO images with your friends. In this way, you DVDs will avoid damage caused by lending DVD discs.
  • DVD-Library for Mac is great for:

  • Macbook owners who like to watch movies on the go.
  • Families who often misplace or damage DVDs.
  • Anyone who enjoys simple and brilliant life!
  • System Requirements
    1G Hz or above Intel processor.
    Mac OS X (including Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger and 10.5 X Leopard) on iMac, MacBook, Mac Pro, etc.
    512 MB physical RAM (memory) or more.
    DVD-ROM or rewritable DVD drives for DVD features.
    1024*768 or higher resolution display.