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Sep 14

Flying Logic 2.0

The Revolutionary Tool for Proactive Thinkers.

Play “What if…?” with plans, arguments, and ideas.

Normally: $249.00

ZOT Price: $99.00

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The Elevator Pitch

Flying Logic is a revolutionary tool for proactive thinkers, whether you want to change your personal life for the better, or grow a world-class business that impacts thousands or millions of people. Flying Logic is a highly visual, easy to use software application that does for reasoning what spreadsheets do for numbers. Just as you would not do detailed financial projections in your head, you need Flying Logic for all nontrivial planning and reasoning endeavors. Project management software won’t help you when you have no idea what part of a complex system needs improvement, or what that improvement might look like, or how to cause that improvement. Answering these questions is a critical and often-overlooked part of the planning process, and this is where Flying Logic shines. Flying Logic diagrams are not static images— they are working models of your reasoning that you test as you build and that stay “live” as you share your reasoning with others.

Version 2.0 Now Available!

Our first paid upgrade includes a huge number of new features and enhancements including our top request: Incremental Layout! The document window has a completely new design including inspectors that can be shown, hidden, and resized to suit your work style. Also: custom symbols, colored groups, zoom the canvas up as well as down, group hoisting, and too many more to list here! So check out the list of new features, read about the new features in detail in the Flying Logic User’s Guide, and watch for articles, tips, and videos in our blog.

“Flying Logic is a powerful tool for visual support of critical thinking. I have used the diagrams to explain the rigor behind proposed methods for solving customers’ challenges and have enjoyed great feedback. I have successfully used the tool to define inter-related actions and requisite conditions required to effectively mitigate Organizational Conflict of Interest (OCI). Flying Logic elevates my ability to think visually and to rethink with minimal rework in the diagrams. It is a true enabler of constructive thought.”
Rich Petersen – Principal, Capridea, Inc.

Fast, Beautiful, and Truly Compelling Plans

If there is anything in your life, business, or organization that needs improvement? Flying Logic is a highly visual, easy to use software application that does for reasoning what spreadsheets do for numbers. Just as you would not do detailed financial projections in your head, you need Flying Logic for all nontrivial planning and reasoning endeavors.

Critical Thought More Critical Than Ever

Rational thinking, planning, and communication skills are key to every field of human endeavor ranging from personal growth to building viable, competitive businesses. Even the ability to successfully articulate non-rational concepts such as emotion and intuition ultimately depends upon the mind’s power to reason. And anyone from young children, to governments, to the CEOs of multinational corporations can benefit from well-developed reasoning abilities and a common language in which to reason. Flying Logic is a revolutionary tool that fills a widespread need for software that supports, simply and beautifully, the practice of reasoning. However, no software can do your thinking for you, so Flying Logic was inspired by the Theory of Constraints.

The Theory of Constraints (TOC)

The Theory of Constraints is an overall management philosophy founded on the idea that all real-world systems; whether personal, interpersonal, or organizational; have at least one constraint: something that holds the system back from accomplishing more of its primary purpose, or goal. The rate of this accomplishment is called throughput. If a system had absolutely no constraints, it would be capable of infinite throughput. But though infinite throughput is impossible, amazing throughput gains are possible through the careful identification and management of the system’s key constraints. The purpose of the TOC, originally developed by Eliyahu M. (“Eli”) Goldratt and first popularized in his bestselling business novel The Goal, is to give individuals and organizations the tools they need to manage their constraints in the most effective manner possible. Originally applied to manufacturing lines, TOC principles have been successfully adapted for areas as diverse as supply chain, accounting and finance, project management, health care, military planning, and software engineering.

TOC claims that a real-world system with more than three constraints is extremely unlikely, and in fact usually only one constraint is key. Perhaps counter-intuitively, this is because the more complex a system becomes, the more interrelationships are necessary among its parts, which results in fewer overall degrees of freedom.

A major implication of this is that managing a complex system or organization can be made both simpler and more effective by providing managers with few, specific, yet highly influential areas on which to focus — maximizing performance in the areas of key constraints, or elevating the constraint (making it less constraining.)

The Five Focusing Steps

To accomplish this, the developers of TOC developed the Five Focusing Steps, which define a process of ongoing improvement. (Step Zero was later added for additional clarity.)

  1. Articulate the goal of the system. How do we measure the system’s success?
  2. Identify the constraint. What is the resource limiting the system from attaining more of its goal?
  3. Exploit the constraint to its fullest. How can we keep the constraining resource as busy as possible, exclusively on what it does best?
  4. Subordinate all other processes to the decisions made in Step 2. How can we align all processes so they give the constraining resource everything it needs?
  5. Elevate the constraint. If managing the constraining resource more efficiently does not give us all the improvement we need, then how can we acquire more of the resource?
  6. Avoid inertia. Has the constraint moved to some other resource as a result of the previous steps? If so, don’t allow inertia itself to become the constraint: go back to step 1.

The Thinking Processes (TP)

The Thinking Processes emerged as TOC practitioners worked with organizations that needed to identify their core constraints and how to manage or elevate them. They needed the answers to three deceptively simple questions:

  • What to change?
  • To what to change?
  • How to cause the change?

The Thinking Processes are based on the scientific method, to which is added a simple visual language for describing and reasoning about situations, arguments, and plans using the language of cause and effect. There are two basic kinds of reasoning: sufficient cause and necessary condition.

“Flying Logic is easy and intuitive to use. For those of us who use the TOC Thinking Processes, Flying Logic has succeeded where every other tool — whether it’s software, sticky notes, or pencil-and-paper — has failed. First, it eliminates the time spent on drawing and arranging the entities, and leaves us with more time to do the thinking! Second, it enables us to test our assumptions quickly, easily and visually.”

- Lisa Scheinkopf, author, Thinking For A Change: Putting the TOC Thinking Processes to Use

From these, the practitioners developed several methodologies called application tools designed to answer the three questions. The application tools provide the ability to develop a complete picture of a system’s core constraints and how to overcome them.

Current Reality Tree

Used to move from an articulation of the undesirable symptoms (or desirable strengths) present in a system to the core cause that has the most influence over them (i.e., the constraining resource or core issue.)

There are illustrations and explanations for many other “trees” on the Flying Logic website.

The Need for Software Support

Although there are many success stories of organizations that have implemented TOC using the Thinking Processes, so far there have been two problematic approaches to working with the application tools:

  • Groups work with a facilitator in front of a white board to capture their thinking. This has the drawback that as they grow, whiteboard diagrams quickly become disorganized and difficult to understand.
  • Individuals create their own plans or memorialize plans created by other groups using tools such as Visio. The primary drawback to this approach is that the planner often becomes bogged down in diagram layout details: fonts, sizes, colors, placement, styles, etc., that have nothing to do with the actual planning process.
  • Either way, there is no easy way to test the logic inherent in the diagram.

Flying Logic was designed to eliminate all of these constraints by allowing groups or individual planners to create Thinking Process diagrams using an intuitive interface that requires no attention to layout issues, and by producing presentation-quality output as a by-product of the planning process.

By providing a clear, visual language of causes and effects, Flying Logic encourages detached, rational thinking. By removing constraints around re-working the diagram, Flying Logic encourages people to painlessly consider every factor that really matters, and address every blind spot as it comes up. A good analogy is spreadsheet software – before spreadsheets, people still did financial projections, but they were laborious, error-prone, and there was a great deal of resistance to rework. After spreadsheets, people take many more factors into consideration and easily explore many more alternatives in their financial planning.

Just as a spreadsheet allows you to play “What if…?” with numbers, Flying Logic lets you play “What if…?” with plans, arguments, and ideas.

The Flying Logic Interface

Flying Logic uses a simple, gesture-based interface. Drag from the list of entity types on the left to create your diagram. Each time you place an entity, it “snaps into place” with arrows that represent the causal relationships automatically appearing where you want them. Drag from entity to entity to create additional causal relationships as desired, or drag from entity to arrow to combine causes into necessary condition relationships. Relationships representing AND, OR, and NOT are easily created.


System Requirements

  • Mac OS X 10.5 or later • 26MB free disk space
  • Flying Logic runs identically on Mac OS X, Windows® or Linux, and files can be freely exchanged across platforms. Want a license for the Windows or Linux version? Drop us an email at support@macZOT.com

    Click to Developer’s Site for All the info.

  • Jul 19

    Remotix

    The powerful and really fast VNC viewer and Apple Remote Desktop client
    Get the MAC, iOS, and/or Android Versions Today – Choose your flavor below!


    ProTools Training, StoryBoard Quick – Scroll down to visit The ZOTshop!

    Normally: $19.99

    ZOT Price: $4.99

    Click to MacZOT Try Now  

    Find out what all the amazing reviews are about!

    macZOT and Nulana have partnered to bring you the iOS, Mac, and Android versions of this mind bending new way to be in two places at once!

    “Remotix is just absolutley amazing, I use it all the time. It allowed me to log onto my work computer from my personal computer and there was hardly any lag at all, my internet isn’t the best and even apps like this still manage to run with zero problems! I literally just opened it and I was up and running in no time. The next best thing about this app is the ability to have multiple computers connected at once.” – Matt Falconer


    Remotix for Mac – $11.99 (50% Off!)

    Download the Free Mac Demo version…



    System requirements:

    Mac OS X 10.6.0 or better
    Intel Based Mac
    Click to Developer’s Site for more info.



    Remotix for iOS – $9.99 (50% Off!)



    System requirements:

    iPhone, iPad or iPod touch running iOS 4.2 or later

    Click to Developer’s Site for more info.


    Remotix 2.7 for Android – $6.99 (50% Off!)



    System requirements:

    Any Android based device with Android 2.2 or higher

    Click to Developer’s Site for more info.


    it provide the best speed whne I am connecting to my other mac remotely and the best part is it dont put load on your CPU.. like it. – by AppsWillRise

    This app is so great for accessing all my apple devices! its like having all my computers built into one! Great for any business. Highly recomend!!! - by surf10000

    The first time I got this app I knew right away what to do because it made sense to a “normal” person and it came with easy to understand instructions when you first open the app up. - by SLatz18





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    Jul 12

    DreamCatching

    Record, Remember and Catalog your dreams.
    See trends and learn more about yourself.

    AppleGrad Final Cut (PLUS!) Tutorial and maComfort Zots continue… Visit The ZOTshop! Share your DREAMS on our blog! Scroll on down…

    Normally: $2.99

    ZOT Price: $0.99

    Click to MacZOT

    A Dream Catcher is a native American term for a device that keeps bad dreams away while allowing good dreams through.

    DREAMCATCHING IS A NATIVE IPAD APP THAT HELPS YOU REMEMBER YOUR DREAMS.
    It’s 67% off in the App Store during this ZOT!



    DREAMCATCHING JR IS AN IPHONE APP THAT IS A BIT LESS FULLY FEATURED THAN ITS BIGGER SIBLING. It’s always 99 cents.



    Get either App for .99 during this ZOT!

    These apps help people of all ages record their dreams in writing, orally, and even by drawing. Where this technology exceeds a paper notebook is that the apps allow people to see trends in their dreams. For example, what dreams have this person or that place.

    Understanding our dreams is a healthy activity in one’s life. Most of us have dreams every night, yet have difficulty remembering them. The trick is to wake up and immediately try to connect with the dream. THEN WRITE IT OR RECORD IT - just a few notes will do. Most dreams are forgotten in five minutes. So, have your iDevice by your bedside and just be ready and open. Even people who remember their dreams have some difficulty noting trends and dream associations. This is where these apps truly help.

    DreamCatching includes two built-in Books with instructions and resources. Our website includes this information as well as links to appropriate organizations.

    The apps support English, French, Italian, Spanish, German, Greek, Portuguese and Russian. Please forgive my poor translations and send me corrections where necessary. Note that the in-app books are in English only.

    For more information, please visit our website.

    Find DreamCatching on the App Store here…

    Find DreamCatchingJr on the App Store here…

    The word dream stems from the Middle English word, dreme which means “joy and music.”

    Share Your Dreams on The ZOTblog Now. Scroll on down…

    We think Friday the 13th is a good day to begin remembering dreams more fully. Don’t you?





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    Dec 28

    SonicMood v4.9.9.6

    Create The Perfect Mood for the New Year!
    SonicMood is Mood enhancing software that features Natural Sounds with Sensual Harmonies

    Normally: $12.95

    ZOT Price: $6.39

    Click to MacZOT Try Now  



    SonicMood creates a soothing background of melodic tones when you don’t want the distraction of ordinary canned music. Each “Mood” is a blend of polyphonic stereo instrumentals with pleasing harmonies combined with the sounds of nature. Moods have a relaxing effect, the gentle sounds lying just below your consciousness. It features an “iTunes-like” look and familiar operation.

    SonicMood comes with 37 pre-defined Moods AND you can create your own! Each Mood is original and never repeats – you won’t find anything like this on a CD…

    SonicMood includes 21 nature soundtracks like rain, thunder, birds, and more. You can add your own, too. Up to 32 AIFF, MP3, MP4, etc., files can be played together with the sounds in each Mood. The “Mood Editor” allows for complete customization and creation of Moods. It’s “Ambient Music” at its best.





    System Requirements:

  • Mac OS X v10.4.11 thru 10.7 (PPC or Intel; Universal Binary)
  • Quicktime v6 or higher
  • Minimum 1024 x 768 pixel resolution display
  • Speakers or headphones
  • Best results will be achieved with a 700 MHz G4 or faster

  • What people say about SonicMood:

    “Best money I think I’ve ever spent. Wonderful, generous, brilliant and expansive…”

    “As much as I like Pzizz and its approach, I find myself going to SonicMood more and more since it can do so much more.”

    “Only those without a soul will fail to appreciate how this little gem can transform one’s immediate environment into a veritable Garden of Paradise. It’s absolutely breathtaking!

    At $10, it’s an absolute bargain. Definitely worth two or three times that price. Been using it for years, now, and it’s one of the very few software programs that has definitely enhanced the quality of my life.”

    “This outstandingly beautiful creation is a true balm for the soul. It generates soothing, centering, healing soundscapes that will enhance the quality of your life.

    The developer must, indeed, be in touch with the Source of all Creation, for Sonic Moods is a true gift from On High. It glistens like a diamond lotus in the morning sun.

    While Sonic Moods has been with us for a while, if you’ve never come across it before consider yourself blessed, for it is a true find.

    This wonderful developer is always seeking ways to make it better and better, and at the paltry sum of $10, it is priceless. I humbly bow before this very gifted soul.”

    “Truly the best relaxation software around. I’ve used it through a few versions and have never been disappointed that I registered it. I’ve had communications with the author and he’s been responsive and quick to reply. While the software works ‘out of the box’ it has a tremendous ability for customization to one’s personal tastes. Truly a great app and well worth the price!”

    “Rulle Rusk here. Last year I made some comment about this app being pointless. Since then my girlfriend has left me, i lost my job and my dog died. I have moved to Miami Beach and live a quiet, tranquil on the beach with SonicMood running around the clock.

    I was wrong. My apologies.”

    For more information, visit the
    SonicMood Website.

    Dec 16

    Flying Logic

    A revolutionary tool for proactive thinkers.
    EzBudget ZOT continues below…

    Normally: $249.00

    ZOT Price: $99.00

    Click to MacZOT Try Now  

    The Elevator Pitch

    Flying Logic is a revolutionary tool for proactive thinkers, whether you want to change your personal life for the better, or grow a world-class business that impacts thousands or millions of people. Flying Logic is a highly visual, easy to use software application that does for reasoning what spreadsheets do for numbers. Just as you would not do detailed financial projections in your head, you need Flying Logic for all nontrivial planning and reasoning endeavors. Project management software won’t help you when you have no idea what part of a complex system needs improvement, or what that improvement might look like, or how to cause that improvement. Answering these questions is a critical and often-overlooked part of the planning process, and this is where Flying Logic shines. Flying Logic diagrams are not static images— they are working models of your reasoning that you test as you build and that stay “live” as you share your reasoning with others.

    Critical Thought More Critical Than Ever

    Rational thinking, planning, and communication skills are key to every field of human endeavor ranging from personal growth to building viable, competitive businesses. Even the ability to successfully articulate non-rational concepts such as emotion and intuition ultimately depends upon the mind’s power to reason. And anyone from young children, to governments, to the CEOs of multinational corporations can benefit from well-developed reasoning abilities and a common language in which to reason. Flying Logic is a revolutionary tool that fills a widespread need for software that supports, simply and beautifully, the practice of reasoning. However, no software can do your thinking for you, so Flying Logic was inspired by the Theory of Constraints.

    The Theory of Constraints (TOC)

    The Theory of Constraints is an overall management philosophy founded on the idea that all real-world systems; whether personal, interpersonal, or organizational; have at least one constraint: something that holds the system back from accomplishing more of its primary purpose, or goal. The rate of this accomplishment is called throughput. If a system had absolutely no constraints, it would be capable of infinite throughput. But though infinite throughput is impossible, amazing throughput gains are possible through the careful identification and management of the system’s key constraints. The purpose of the TOC, originally developed by Eliyahu M. (“Eli”) Goldratt and first popularized in his bestselling business novel The Goal, is to give individuals and organizations the tools they need to manage their constraints in the most effective manner possible. Originally applied to manufacturing lines, TOC principles have been successfully adapted for areas as diverse as supply chain, accounting and finance, project management, health care, military planning, and software engineering.

    TOC claims that a real-world system with more than three constraints is extremely unlikely, and in fact usually only one constraint is key. Perhaps counter-intuitively, this is because the more complex a system becomes, the more interrelationships are necessary among its parts, which results in fewer overall degrees of freedom.

    A major implication of this is that managing a complex system or organization can be made both simpler and more effective by providing managers with few, specific, yet highly influential areas on which to focus — maximizing performance in the areas of key constraints, or elevating the constraint (making it less constraining.)

    The Five Focusing Steps

    To accomplish this, the developers of TOC developed the Five Focusing Steps, which define a process of ongoing improvement. (Step Zero was later added for additional clarity.)

    1. Articulate the goal of the system. How do we measure the system’s success?
    2. Identify the constraint. What is the resource limiting the system from attaining more of its goal?
    3. Exploit the constraint to its fullest. How can we keep the constraining resource as busy as possible, exclusively on what it does best?
    4. Subordinate all other processes to the decisions made in Step 2. How can we align all processes so they give the constraining resource everything it needs?
    5. Elevate the constraint. If managing the constraining resource more efficiently does not give us all the improvement we need, then how can we acquire more of the resource?
    6. Avoid inertia. Has the constraint moved to some other resource as a result of the previous steps? If so, don’t allow inertia itself to become the constraint: go back to step 1.

    The Thinking Processes (TP)

    The Thinking Processes emerged as TOC practitioners worked with organizations that needed to identify their core constraints and how to manage or elevate them. They needed the answers to three deceptively simple questions:

    • What to change?
    • To what to change?
    • How to cause the change?

    The Thinking Processes are based on the scientific method, to which is added a simple visual language for describing and reasoning about situations, arguments, and plans using the language of cause and effect. There are two basic kinds of reasoning: sufficient cause and necessary condition.

    From these, the practitioners developed several methodologies called application tools designed to answer the three questions. The application tools provide the ability to develop a complete picture of a system’s core constraints and how to overcome them.

    Current Reality Tree

    Used to move from an articulation of the undesirable symptoms (or desirable strengths) present in a system to the core cause that has the most influence over them (i.e., the constraining resource or core issue.)

    There are illustrations and explanations for many other “trees” on the Flying Logic website.

    The Need for Software Support

    Although there are many success stories of organizations that have implemented TOC using the Thinking Processes, so far there have been two problematic approaches to working with the application tools:

    • Groups work with a facilitator in front of a white board to capture their thinking. This has the drawback that as they grow, whiteboard diagrams quickly become disorganized and difficult to understand.
    • Individuals create their own plans or memorialize plans created by other groups using tools such as Visio™. The primary drawback to this approach is that the planner often becomes bogged down in diagram layout details: fonts, sizes, colors, placement, styles, etc., that have nothing to do with the actual planning process.
    • Either way, there is no easy way to test the logic inherent in the diagram.

    Flying Logic was designed to eliminate all of these constraints by allowing groups or individual planners to create Thinking Process diagrams using an intuitive interface that requires no attention to layout issues, and by producing presentation-quality output as a by-product of the planning process.

    By providing a clear, visual language of causes and effects, Flying Logic encourages detached, rational thinking. By removing constraints around re-working the diagram, Flying Logic encourages people to painlessly consider every factor that really matters, and address every blind spot as it comes up. A good analogy is spreadsheet software— before spreadsheets, people still did financial projections, but they were laborious, error-prone, and there was a great deal of resistance to rework. After spreadsheets, people take many more factors into consideration and easily explore many more alternatives in their financial planning.

    Just as a spreadsheet allows you to play “What if…?” with numbers, Flying Logic lets you play “What if…?” with plans, arguments, and ideas.

    The Flying Logic Interface

    Flying Logic uses a simple, gesture-based interface. Drag from the list of entity types on the left to create your diagram. Each time you place an entity, it “snaps into place” with arrows that represent the causal relationships automatically appearing where you want them. Drag from entity to entity to create additional causal relationships as desired, or drag from entity to arrow to combine causes into necessary condition relationships. Relationships representing AND, OR, and NOT are easily created.

    Click to Developer’s Site for All the info.


    Special offer!
    Dec 17th and 18th

    EzBudget

    Budgeting can be hard. Envelope budgeting makes it easier Budgeting software can be complicated. Ez Budget makes it simpler.

    Envelope Budgeting is the method of budgeting taught by Dave Ramsey and your grandmother. It’s easy, and it works. Unfortunately it is a hassle to carry around cash all of the time. That’s why we made Ez Budget. With Ez Budget you will be able to simplify your budgeting and do it without carrying cash.

    Try, Buy, or Learn more about it here…

    Oct 24

    DiscoBrickDJ

    A new App!! A cool Visual FX collection for your entertainment

    Normally: $16.50

    ZOT Price: $8.99

    Click to MacZOT Try Now  



    Nice Price: The App 1.0.1 is available with a promotional price for a
    limited time and today on macZOT you can buy the license with a further discount!

    “DiscoBrickDJ”

    Amaze your friends with this new App! Use disco themes
    and project your photos, live video and Flickr Pics.

    “DJ

    DiscoBrickDJ, a concert quality, highly optimized visualization tool that has the raw rendering power you need to pump out pixels to high-resolution screens for your entertainment! Use your MacBook, an external monitor, or a projector.

    DiscoBrick supports dynamic image mapping onto 3D objects to create a different image every time it plays. Use your own images, LIVE video coming from iSight or other external sources, or still images – Flickr Images too, (no login required) to change any object in the theme!

    RSS Reader: Read your favorite news. Supports all RSS (Really Simple Syndication) text feeds. Simply designate your path as DiscoBrick: a title and text will be displayed.

    “Control

    Control Panel: Using the compact interface is easy and gives you access to all the features.
    Choose your version of the Remote panel – Standard, mini and nano versions available.

    “Skin
    Customize the interface: You can change the background image in the Control Panel – Nine graphics available; simple, classic, hi-thech, transparent etc. Selecting your favorite is quick and fun. Personalize your experience – go to the Showcase!.

    “Themes

    Themes Panel: Selecting your favorite theme is quick and effortless: just click on its preview thumbnail in the themes panel. No boring effect name lists!

    “Effects”
    Lots of themes:
    Who said visualizations are for high-BPM music only ? DiscoBrickDJ has an extensive VFX styles library, with visualizations suitable for every genre, from classical music to trance, techno, house and whatever you love to hear and dance to. VFXs can be grouped easily to form personal collections, so your eyes will always be in sync with your ears.

    For further information read the “features page” and the FAQ.


    • The DiscoBrickDJ license on MacZot
    You will get a Single Licence for private use.
    To get the license please, visit your account in MacZot a few hours later.

    Click to DiscoBrick Site for more info – Click to Multithemes Site for more info.

    Oct 12

    MacBreakZ

    Your Personal Ergonomic Assistant
    Get MacBreakZ at the ZOT price on the The Mac App Store! Link below…

    Normally: $29.95

    ZOT Price: $9.99

    Click to MacZOT Try Now  






    MacBreakZ is a sophisticated Personal Ergonomic Assistant designed to promote healthy and productive computer use.

    Protect & Recover from RSI

    Computer-related health problems ranging from eyestrain, headaches, neck and backache to more serious Repetitive Strain Injuries (RSI), including carpal tunnel syndrome, writer’s cramp, tendonitis, etc. are the result of inappropriate computer use.




    Watch the movie.

    MacBreakZ offers a unique way of acquiring ergonomic skills that can save you a lot of discomfort and shield you from serious health and career-threatening disorders.

    Show & Tell

    MacBreakZ features sophisticated keyboard and mouse monitoring (without invading your privacy*) that allows it to react to the way you are using your computer. What’s more MacBreakZ provides you with instant feedback on how you are doing and thus lets you find out more about your work practices.

    Suggest, Teach & Demonstrate

    Based on your actual keyboard and mouse use and the time you have spent in front of the screen, MacBreakZ suggests rest and microbreaks at appropriate intervals. MacBreakZ includes a set of 42 fully illustrated stretching exercises that are designed to reduce muscular tension, improve posture and strengthen appropriate muscle groups. It also features dozens of great ergonomic tips.

    Adapt

    MacBreakZ adapts to how and where you work. A sophisticated setup assistant makes sure that you start off with a configuration that suits you and your workplace. An extensive array of preferences allow you to customize everything from how activity is measured to the way information is presented on the screen.

    Tactful & Discrete

    MacBreakZ doesn’t rudely interrupt you in the middle of something important. Through its innovative interface using transparency and sound, it keeps you informed without stealing your focus and gives you plenty of warning before a break is due and even then respectfully waits until you have stopped working.

    Serious Fun

    Healthy computing does not have to be beige. MacBreakZ features a “serious fun” interface that uses everything that Mac OS X has to offer from transparency effects to the sound interface. Lead artist, Nick Miller, also supplies a range of laid back stretching illustrations.

    Plain Serious

    MacBreakZ features information displays and an illustration style that suits a more formal open plan office setting. A special “stealth” mode encodes all essential information into a inconspicious menu bar item for those who do not wish to broadcast the fact that they are using the product.

    *Activity Monitor only knows that you are pressing a key, but not which key is pressed and it knows that you are moving your mouse but not where.


    Want a great deal on the MAS version? The developer of today’s app and macZOT have come together to DROP the App Store price especially for YOU during today’s ZOT! The MAS version is called BreakZ.




    System Requirements: Mac OSX 10.4 or later. Mac OS X 10.7 Lion Compatible

    For more information, visit the official MacBreakZ website.


    Jul 29

    Socialite
    All your social networks in one place

    Want a great deal on the MAS version? Link below…

    Normally: $19.99

    ZOT Price: $9.99

    Click to MacZOT Try Now  



    Socialite is your social inbox!

    Socialite is a beautiful Mac OS X application, designed to make it easy to stay in touch with the social networks and services that matter to you.

    From statuses and photos on Facebook and Twitter updates, to Google Reader RSS syncing, photos on Flickr and news on Digg, Socialite keeps all your social networks in one place.

    Facebook Built-In

    Socialite lets you stay in touch with your Facebook friends using status updates and photos. Whether you’re wanting to view your friends’ statuses, photos and conversations – or update your status and post photos, Socialite’s got you covered!

    Twitter – A tweet away

    Everyone loves Twitter, and Socialite allows you to easily share what’s happening right now in your life. There’s full multi-account support, complete with the all-new Retweet and List features – not to mention saved searches, Profile Peeks as well as Image Uploading and URL shortening.

    Google Reader – Feed-reading heaven

    Socialite is designed to be your one-stop shop for news, and the full support for Google Reader (and its sharing services) makes it easy to keep on top of your RSS feeds. Right from within Socialite you can browse your most recent unread articles, share and star articles as you read them.

    RSS – Beyond Google Reader

    If you don’t use Google Reader don’t worry: you can use Socialite’s alternative RSS service. The RSS service allows you to easily subscribe to feeds on your Mac – with options to share items with other services.

    Flickr – Image Paradise

    Browse your friends recent uploads to Flickr, leave comments and favorite images – right from within Socialite. You can also upload images and view Flickr’s Interesting images.

    Digg

    Socialite’s Digg support allows you to easily browse for the latest news: from Technology to Images to Politics, all of Digg’s news streams are at your fingertips.

    Socialite is Lion Ready! and requires Mac OS X 10.5 or later

    Learn more on Socialite site


    Want a deal on the MAS version? Get Socialite at a great discount from the App Store here…




    (Apparent Software has partnered with macZOT to lower their Mac App Store price especially for YOU during this Zot.)


    Jul 22

    Master Key – Typing Tutor
    Take your typing to the speed of thought
    Lion Ready
    Special Offer Below…

    Normally: $18.00

    ZOT Price: $8.00

    Click to MacZOT Try Now  



    Whether you’re keeping up with the social networking, doing school work, writing for a blog or wikipedia, or just working with a lot of email, most communication is still done in writing. And nearly everywhere you enter text, you use a keyboard.

    Typing is a life skill today. When you’re fast and accurate, typing doesn’t have to get in the way of the rest of life.

    Learn to type on the standard QWERTY keyboard, or learn a purportedly more efficient and less stressful key layout such as Dvorak, or Colemak. The French AZERTY and German QWERTZ are all taught in progressive lessons. Improve your typing skills using our drills or any of your own plain text files. Track your mastery progress and then play the ParaTyper game to keep things varied and interesting so you’ll want to go back to the drills and progress well past 40 words per minute.

    Master Key is the real Mac citizen using a standard Mac interface. It allows you to type continuously from line to line just like you need to naturally. You also get to see your typing speed in the heads up display without looking away from what you’re typing.

    • Free updates forever, so far for over a decade
    • Made for schools so it supports Multiple-users very well
    • Do timed or fixed-length drills or play the ParaTyper game
    • Paginates large text files, ebooks (Project Gutenberg) so you can type a book’s worth.
    • Create your own drills for specific key vocabulary with a special filtering paste in the Drill Editor
    • Even small but important details are built-in such as the ability to pause your drills to scratch your nose, drink some coffee, or do whatever you need to do.

    Minimum requirements: Any Mac that can running 10.4 or better, Lion-ready. Legacy versions are also available.

    Click to Developer’s Site for more info.



    ParaTyper Game


    Drill selection and progress overview


    Lots of stats and progress towards mastery in the history window


    Special offer!
    July 23rd and 24th

    Enigmo 2 and Pangea Arcade – Two Great Games – One Smashing Price!

    Enigmo 2 – Construct mechanisms to direct lasers, plasma, and water to toggle switches, deactivate force-fields, and eventually get them to their final destination. Pangea Arcade is a collection of three blisering action games based on arcade classics: Nucleus, Warheads, and Fireworms. All three are action arcade games based on arcade classics that have been beefed up to the extreme with incredible graphics and sound, and have innovative new gameplay elements that make these twitch-games some of the most fun games Pangea Software has ever produced.

    Try, Buy, or Learn more about the games here…

    May 12

    Vidiary
    Video is just better than text
    Weekend ZOT Preview Below…

    Normally: $19.99

    ZOT Price: $9.99

    Click to MacZOT Try Now  

    This cool video diary application does everything You need to record and keep your private journal:

    • Video recording right from Your webcam, external media attachments, video export
    • RichText notes and Tags for every entry
    • QucikSearch by title, texts, tags, dates
    • Diary libraries
    • Individual skins for diaries
    • Per-diary optional password protection

    All those features packed into a lightweight and true Mac-style user interface!

    Webcams

    The diary

    Skins

    Video recording and playback are performed by the QuickTime engine which grows independently – and will improve Vidiary anytime QuickTime gets improved. Video entries, external media attachments, RichTexts and images, Tags. Quick search support and options filtering by date with Calendar control – A simple way to write and read your diary. Vidiary is highly customizable, it supports individual visual settings for every single diary entry plus there are built-in skins available for diary covers and entries. It’s really easy to get things looking like You want them.

    Screenshots

    Here are few screenshots of the app. As You can see, the interface is very light and Mac-styled. This makes Vidiary a great companion for every active diary-writer!

    System Requirements

    Vidiary requires OS X 10.6 (Snow Leopard). No special graphics accelerator needed. Even a basic Mac is great. Every webcam recognized by the QuickTime engine is OK.

    Click to Developer’s Site for more info.


    This weekend’s ZOT?
    May 14th and 15th

    Synk Pro

    Live file sync and backup for the Mac. Synk 7 is designed around live synchronization—changes are synced as they happen. Unlike many other products, you don’t have to manually run syncs, or set up a schedule for when you want syncs to occur.

    Not only is this easier and require less fiddling around with settings, it also means that you won’t be left sitting and watching a progress bar tick along before you can grab your laptop and walk out the door, and that your backups will always be as up-to-date as possible.

    If you’ve ever used products like Dropbox, it’s a similar idea, except that with Synk there’s no middle man, no monthly fees, no practical limit on data size, much more control over what happens, and additional functionality like the ability to make bootable backups.

    Learn more about Synk here…