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Aug 23

Themes for iBooks Author

Express yourself with words and get appreciated.

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Themes for iBooks Author

Themes for iBooks Author is a collection of 115 compelling templates for Apple’s new application for book creation and publishing. Browse the wide range of designs to find the perfect look, add your text and images and publish your own book to iBookstore!

The 115 available templates cover various book categories from business and travel to arts and cooking. Each design is easily customizable and allows you to get the best of the book creation capabilities provided by iBooks Author.

Themes for iBooks Author

The emphasis of Themes for iBook Author is put on entertaining writing, so it is really easy to insert text, graphics or even movies. You can also change colors, font or style thus making your work look precisely the way you want. Add text, charts, tables or images anywhere on the page with a single click.

The luxurious design and wide range of modification possibilities help to bring content to life in ways the printed books never could!

*Requires iBooks Author





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Aug 22

FileChute


Makes sending large files easy
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How many times have you tried to email a large file only to have it bounce?

There is an easier way to send large files and you have just found it.

FileChute makes sending files easy. Just drag a file and drop it on FileChute. FileChute puts the file on your Dropbox (or website) and generates a web link for retrieving the file all in one step. Next drag the generated link into your email and you’re set to go. And since what you’re sending is just a link, your recipients can retrieve the file from a Mac, a PC or any other platform.

You can even drop multiple files or folders at once. FileChute automatically creates an archive in the format of your choice – it supports dmg, zip and tar – and sends the archive file.

FileChute works with Dropbox or your own website that can be accessed using FTP or WebDAV. Perform the one-time set up by following the built-in Help.

Here’s what our users say…

Dan Frakes – “…and if you frequently send larger files to others across the Internet, it’s the easiest solution I’ve seen…”

Mac|Life magazine says, “FileChute makes sharing files online cut-and-paste easy.”

gulliver on VersionTracker:”I just tried this out last night,
and I am so hooked. Rarely have I seen such a perfect little app,
I can’t think of what could be improved.”

sinemacula on VersionTracker:”Very nice little app – does what it says and does it well. I particularly like the built-in ability to get a short download url via snipurl – very cool indeed!”

System Requirements

Mac OS X 10.6 or later;
Dropbox, FTP or WebDAV

Get more info at http://yellowmug.com

A macZOT Developer Interview with Jay Teo – Creator of FileChute and Folder Brander.

Jay Teo at Yellow Mug Software Worldwide Headquarters

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

Drag-n-drop simplicity.

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

Like many indie developers, I created FileChute initially to scratch an itch. I wanted a way to send large files in as few steps as possible. For example, if the “file” is really a folder, I want the app to automatically zip it for me before sending. If the resulting link is long and unwieldy, I want the app to automatically obtain a short redirection link for me. Basically, I wanted to be able to drag-n-drop what I want to send and be done with it.

I didn’t (and still don’t) like web-based solutions or solutions that require my recipients to install special software (who wants to install yet another app just to receive a file from someone? That’s nuts!).

So I created FileChute. It turns out my itch is shared by enough Mac users that FileChute is now one of my best-selling apps.

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

One thing I find interesting is the level of misconception regarding Mac software development. Every now and then, someone would ask me something to the effect of, “Isn’t it hard to develop for the Mac since Apple is so secretive and hates third-party developers?”.

Nothing can be further from the truth. Apple is secretive, but only with regards to future products. As a development platform, the Mac is really very “open” in the sense that the development tools are free and frameworks are well documented. Another neat thing is that, being UNIX based, Mac OS X is able to leverage lots of open technologies. For example, I’m currently working on adding SFTP support to FileChute. And I’m doing so using Ruby, an open source scripting language.

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

FileChute is really simple from the user’s perspective. Drag, drop, send the link. :-)

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

Things broke. Users complained. Developer (yours truly) stayed up all night fixing bugs. New version released. Users happy once again. Profit!

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

I have many favorites. Here are three I use many times a day: Quicksilver, TextExpander and 1Password.

I’d be lost without Quicksilver. I’d still be on question 4 without TextExpander. And without 1Password, my head would hurt from all the random strings (you do use random strings for passwords, don’t you?) I’d need to remember.

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

The “Cure Cancer” button has been on my to-do list forever. I’ll get to that once I’m done implementing the Stop Global Warming feature. Stay tuned.

Thanks Jay!





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Aug 17

JcpSloppy

The Sloppy Border Photoshop Plugin for Professionals.

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“We just installed JcpSloppy, and I have to say, I am hooked! It is so easy, fun, and FAST to use, that it will be hard not to overuse it, especially because the styles match our shooting style so well.”– Dave Camara Camara Photography

Adding sloppy borders to your photos have never been easier. Just start the script, click on the border you want, click apply, and if you like what you see then click ok and poof — you have a sloppy border around your photograph. This script works on both the windows version and the mac version of Adobe Photoshop CS2, CS3, CS4, CS5 or CS6 (64 bit). You must have photoshop CS2, CS3, CS4, CS5 or CS6 (64 bit) for this script to work. It will not work on any other version of Photoshop and does not work on Photoshop Elements.

Let JcpSloppy spice up your photographs with a cool sloppy border effortlessly.

For example, turn this:

into this:

Not only does it come with sloppy borders, it also comes with other cool borders too. Here is a Polariod type border:

And by adding your own borders, the possibilities are endless.

Check out how easy it is to apply a border to your photograph. Click on the image to play the movie.

Learn more about JcpSloppy at the JcpSloppy Photoshop Sloppy Border website.

System Requirements: This script works on both the windows version and the mac version of Adobe Photoshop CS2, CS3, CS4, CS5 or CS6 (64 bit). You must have photoshop CS2, CS3, CS4, CS5 or CS6 (64 bit) for this script to work. It will not work on any other version of Photoshop and does not work on Photoshop Elements.

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Aug 12

Templates for Pages

Pages Templates – A collection of 1000 easy-to-use templates!

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The modern and polished Templates for Pages pack supplies a collection of 1000 easy-to-use templates for creating business and personal content with Apple’s Pages.

The Templates for Pages set gives a large selection of templates from books and invitations to posters and brochures. Some templates consist of up to 6 different sections, so the package provides a variety of around 2000 layouts to meet your most diverse needs. Each and every layout – from the quintessential elegance of text-only pages to the bright mix of pictures and slogans in the poster and brochure templates – features prime design quality, set apart by attention to fine points, high usability and abundant creativity.

Templates for Papes

All templates are available in the popular A4 (210 x 297 mm) and US Letter (8½ x 11 in.) sizes, except for non-standard size documents such as landscape brochures (DL Envelope format – 110 x 220 mm / 4¼ x 8¾ in.).

Nearly all objects in Templates for Pages can be effortlessly recolored, moved or removed. Type or paste your own text, add or remove text boxes and change the font if you wish. Replace stock images with your own photos or pictures. Unleash your imagination!

Templates for Papes

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Aug 09

PulpMotion 71% Off!

Create amazing slideshows using videos, photos and music!

 



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WOW your friends & family in just a few clicks.

Wedding, birthday, travel – just a few of the hundreds of different slideshows that you can create. Now more than 40 themes in PulpMotion. Search by Event to narrow down your choice to suit your needs.

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

Drag & Drop your ideas

Pick one of the incredible PulpMotion themes, drag & drop your pictures or videos, add some of your favorite music… And you're Done!
After just a few clicks you can sit back and enjoy your creation! Screen tips help you along the way at every stage. Looking to unleash your creative talent? No problem – PulpMotion offers further functionalities to fine tune your creation! Filters, Ken Burns, customizable text effects are all available.

 

 

 

 

video export  

Sharing Has Never Been Easier

Our easy to use Export menu allows you to share your creations exactly as you want to on the iPhone, Youtube etc. There are shortcuts for exporting to Mail, iDVD, GarageBand, iWeb, iPod, Apple TV, etc.Create standalone compositions bundled with a player.
You can export in HD with support for anti-aliasing and motion blur for high quality export. There is an Anti-flickering option for super high quality when working with high resolution images.

  • Save your export parameters as a preset to re-use next time.
  • Improved color fidelity.
  • Modify screen size to suit your needs before exporting.

 

 

 

 

 

Zones of interest

PulpMotion add zones of interest to your images using the in-built image editor. Give them a name and some notes and let the "story-telling" themes turn them into stunning animations.

 

 

 

 

All your media at your fingertips and more

 

 

PulpMotion introduces a new way to browse your media. Not only can you access all standard media repositories, such as iPhoto, Aperture, Lightroom, etc, but it lets you navigate trough your media in full screen. A convenient timeline shows on which dates you have images or videos. Select date ranges to quickly access the media by date.
Brand new media options in this version include Ken Burns and animated text effects.

 

 

Themes to suit every occasion

 

 

PulpMotion comes with a rich and extensive set of themes.
Now more than 40 themes in PulpMotion. Search by Event to narrow down your choice to suit your needs. Click the image below to explore the themes…

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Advanced sound capabilities

 

 

Do all your sound editing in PulpMotion. You are no longer restricted to one sound media per slideshow. Instead, drag and drop your sound files in the provided timelines and decide when a given sound effect or music should start. PulpMotion even lets you synchronize your music with your show. You can easily adjust the timing for your images to match the length of the associated sound file. Record audio annotations and associate them to your pictures and movies.

 


System requirements:
1 GHz G4, G5, or Intel processor ; 1 GB of RAM (2 GB recommended) ; Quartz Extreme compatible graphic card with 128 MB of shared memory ; An iSight camera or DV camera (optional) ; Internet connection required for registration ; Requires Mac OS 10.5 or above ; Fully compatible with Lion (Mac OS 10.7).

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Aug 08

AppleGrad ZOT Wrap-up and Giveaway!

Last Day to get the Extremely Popular Aperture Training ZOT from this page.

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The AppleGrad Experience
In about the time it takes to watch a movie, you can learn each Apple topic from AppleGrad Video Tutorials. Our mission is to teach you the important and need-to-know features. This means you can learn quicker, without the fluff that can add hours and confusion to the process. Conveniently download the video tutorial to your Mac or Windows PC. Watch the tutorial in iTunes or QuickTime Player with Chapter Navigation. You can also sync the video tutorial in iTunes to your iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch to learn on the go (see requirements). During the entire learning experience, you don’t have to leave your home! No subscription, expiration, or login required!



Video Tutorial Features
    •    Download and watch on a Mac or Windows PC in iTunes or QuickTime Player.
    •    Presented in 720p High Definition. You can clearly read what is being instructed on screen!
    •    Includes Chapter Navigation. Conveniently replay any section at any time.
    •    No subscription, expiration, or login required. Watch as many times as you want.
    •    Sync via iTunes to watch on the go on your iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch (see requirements).


ZOTBlog giveaway!
AppleGrad creator Steven Price wants to hear The ZOT Community’s feedback. Share your comments about any of these trainings at the bottom of our home page www.maczot.com – questions, kudos, critiques, suggestions, etc… Three commenters will receive their choice of any of the three trainings here after this ZOT ends. Check out the demo videos or Share from experience if you’ve purchased one before and you may be one of the lucky winners! Steven will be around to join in the comments.





Aperture 3 TrainingAperture 3 Training
Make your personal and professional photos look perfect. Using digital techniques to correct exposure, cropping, highlights, shadows, and more.

Runtime: 1h 17m    Download: 808 MB .zip    Video: 720p .m4v

VIEW COURSE OUTLINE + WATCH A PREVIEW →


System Requirements
    •    A Mac or Windows PC to download the video tutorial.
    •    A high speed internet connection is required for downloading, not required for playback.
    •    Watch on a Mac or Windows PC in iTunes or QuickTime Player.
    •    Sync via iTunes to watch on the go on your iPad (gen 1+), iPhone (gen 4+), iPod Touch (gen 4).


Buyer Testimonials
“It was really convenient to download the training video and learn from my home.”Lisa M.
“Terrific! Will do business again, if there is another tutorial I want. Thank you.”Wanda B.
“Love it, the training helped me with my own films with tricks I never knew how to do until I got this.”Luis R.
“Everything from the download to learning Final Cut was just great!”Mary S.
“I will definitely purchase from this company in the future. Great product! Blazing fast service!.”Chris P.
“Purchased and downloaded within 30 minutes! I learned what I wanted to and started working on my own projects afterward. Thank you!”Kaye W.


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Aug 02

DiscoBrickDJ

A cool Visual FX collection for your entertainment

Mountain Lion and Gatekeeper ready!

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A standalone Audio Visualizer that works without plugins and the issues and limitations associated with plugins.

DiscoBrick DJ creates dazzling visual effects by reacting to the audio that is captured by your built-in mic. It can be used in professional settings as well as for personal enjoyment.

Recently Upgraded to 1.0.4: Increased the resolution of all themes! Fixed and improved follow themes: EventHorizon, EventHorizong: CoverArt, Hyperspace and TheVortex. Fixed bug in soundhammer” theme. Complies with OSX10.8



“DiscoBrickDJ”

Amaze your friends with this stellar 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.

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





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Aug 01

AppleGrad ZOT Wrap-up and Giveaway!

Last Day to get the Extremely Popular Aperture Training ZOT from this page.

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The AppleGrad Experience
In about the time it takes to watch a movie, you can learn each Apple topic from AppleGrad Video Tutorials. Our mission is to teach you the important and need-to-know features. This means you can learn quicker, without the fluff that can add hours and confusion to the process. Conveniently download the video tutorial to your Mac or Windows PC. Watch the tutorial in iTunes or QuickTime Player with Chapter Navigation. You can also sync the video tutorial in iTunes to your iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch to learn on the go (see requirements). During the entire learning experience, you don’t have to leave your home! No subscription, expiration, or login required!



Video Tutorial Features
    •    Download and watch on a Mac or Windows PC in iTunes or QuickTime Player.
    •    Presented in 720p High Definition. You can clearly read what is being instructed on screen!
    •    Includes Chapter Navigation. Conveniently replay any section at any time.
    •    No subscription, expiration, or login required. Watch as many times as you want.
    •    Sync via iTunes to watch on the go on your iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch (see requirements).


ZOTBlog giveaway!
AppleGrad creator Steven Price wants to hear The ZOT Community’s feedback. Share your comments about any of these trainings at the bottom of this page – questions, kudos, critiques, suggestions, etc… Three commenters will receive their choice of any of the three trainings here after this ZOT ends. Check out the demo videos or Share from experience if you’ve purchased one before and you may be one of the lucky winners! Steven will be around to join in the comments.





Aperture 3 TrainingAperture 3 Training
Make your personal and professional photos look perfect. Using digital techniques to correct exposure, cropping, highlights, shadows, and more.

Runtime: 1h 17m    Download: 808 MB .zip    Video: 720p .m4v

VIEW COURSE OUTLINE + WATCH A PREVIEW →


System Requirements
    •    A Mac or Windows PC to download the video tutorial.
    •    A high speed internet connection is required for downloading, not required for playback.
    •    Watch on a Mac or Windows PC in iTunes or QuickTime Player.
    •    Sync via iTunes to watch on the go on your iPad (gen 1+), iPhone (gen 4+), iPod Touch (gen 4).


Buyer Testimonials
“It was really convenient to download the training video and learn from my home.”Lisa M.
“Terrific! Will do business again, if there is another tutorial I want. Thank you.”Wanda B.
“Love it, the training helped me with my own films with tricks I never knew how to do until I got this.”Luis R.
“Everything from the download to learning Final Cut was just great!”Mary S.
“I will definitely purchase from this company in the future. Great product! Blazing fast service!.”Chris P.
“Purchased and downloaded within 30 minutes! I learned what I wanted to and started working on my own projects afterward. Thank you!”Kaye W.


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Jul 27

BannerZest 3 PRO

Create animated HTML5 content in a few clicks – 78% Off!

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FOR BLOGGERS, WEBSITE DESIGNERS AND ADVERTISERS

BannerZest 3 for Mac is a popular authoring tool for the creation of amazing banners based
on a wide range of ready-made themes.
In its latest version BannerZest 3 Pro not only supports Flash® banners but also HTML5 (for iOS and Safari) banners
that can be viewed on iPhone and iPad iOS browsers, which do not support Flash®.

Great little program that does what it promises. Saves hours and produces high quality results. – Dale Garrison, Sep 2011

  • Choose from more than 30 Flash® Themes and 14 HTML5
  • Pick one of the HTML themes to generate content that will render on iPhone and iPad.
  • Your banner in Flash® will also look great on iOS thanks to a HTML bannner that can be fully customized.

Simply Drag-and-Drop!





BannerZest Pro is the fastest and easiest way to add punch and movement to your images online and get professional-looking slideshows. Integration with all major web site editors is a breeze! All you have to do is select, drag, and drop the images you want into a designated area. Then choose from BannerZest’s menu of creative ready-made animated themes, click, and you’re done! Edit your media with ease – resize and crop your images. Navigation is fast and simple with the resizable Inspector window.

 

A large choice of themes




Various themes are available to let you visualize your slideshows. You can customize every aspect of every theme. BannerZest 3 comes with a wide range of themes available for Flash® or HTML5 (for iOS and Safari). Choose from more than 30 Flash® Themes and 14 HTML5 (for iOS and Safari) themes in BannerZest Pro (10 themes in HTML5 (for iOS and Safari) are available in Bannerzest Standard). You can customize the theme, change the background, text colors, the timing transitions, and much more. Make the most of your Website with BannerZest and impress your audience.

Create animated Web content




Flash® based animations require zero understanding of Flash®. In fact you don’t even need to own Flash®. Everything has been integrated into BannerZest, allowing you to be up and running – or rather, scrolling, popping and rolling – in no time. It’s the same for HTML5 (for iOS and Safari); you don’t need programming skills in order to create animated Web content. Using BannerZest all of your animated content can now be viewed on iPhone and iPad iOS browsers. You can export animated banners as Flash®, HTML5 (for iOS and Safari), or as a Flash®/HTML5 (for iOS and Safari) hybrid. Move into top gear with your banner creation by using BannerZest’s standard presets. With BannerZest Pro, you can also simply load up a system preset or select one of your own pre-saved sets of parameters and apply it to your new creation! Web banner size and other parameters will be adjusted automatically, saving even more time.

In one word: Professional!

BannerZest Pro helps you to create, animate and present your content with a professional appearance while improving functionality.
Grab the attention of your audience – add music or any other sound to your banner and add some pizazz through BannerZest Pro. BannerZest Pro allows you to reorder the displayed photos, and to assign a link to each picture.

System Requirements: Mac OSX 10.5 or later.

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Jul 25

MovieCaptioner

The Easiest Way to Create Captions and Transcripts For Your Movies
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MovieCaptioner will be available at 50% off via a link from this page until July 26th 10pm PDT.

Need to make your videos accessible, but don’t know how? MovieCaptioner can help you get the job done quickly and easily! You can then export captions for YouTube, your Web site, or to add to your movie for broadcast TV.


MovieCaptioner keeps repeating a segment of the movie until you are done typing what you hear. Just hit the Return key and it will save your caption and automatically advance to the next few seconds of the movie, allowing you to zip through your captioning tasks in no time flat.

Getting Started with MovieCaptioner

More tutorial videos can be found here: MovieCaptioner Tutorial Videos.

You don’t need to be a multimedia guru, either. The caption track is added automatically with the click of a button. And exporting Transcripts compiles all the captions into one concise text file, with or without timecode. If you can type, you can make your movies and YouTube videos accessible!

Make closed captioned movies for YouTube, iPhones, iPods, DVDs, and Broadcasting!

Already have transcripts and just need to add them as captions to your movies? MovieCaptioner will allow you to import the text as captions, making the job a snap! It will also import other caption formats such as SCC, STL, XML, QT Text, SRT, SUB, CART, and Adobe Encore to convert to other supported formats. And now that YouTube offers auto-captioning, let them take a first cut at it, then import their machine-captioned SBV file that you can download from YouTube right into MovieCaptioner, where you can fix the inaccuracies and export to different formats. MovieCaptioner will read all timecode and text from the YouTube captions to make your job easier.

Need to create captions for broadcasting? Now that Final Cut Pro 7 can import SCC files, creating Line 21 captions just got easier as well. Just import the SCC file MovieCaptioner creates into Final Cut Pro when printing to tape and you’re done! Or combine your SCC caption file with an MPEG-2 video in Compressor for broadcasting. Here is how Chris Duke of MOTORZ-TV uses MovieCaptioner to prepare his show: How-To Caption Videos For Broadcasting

Free Upgrades! Previous purchasers will be notified when a new version is available and will be sent a download link to upgrade for free.


Who Is Using MovieCaptioner?

If you choose MovieCaptioner, you’re in good company. MovieCaptioner is being used world-wide by:

  • Independent video producers who need to make their videos accessible for the Web and for broadcasting
  • Colleges such as RIT, Cal Poly, Cal State, Ohio State, the University of Wisconsin, Texas State, University of Texas at Austin, Gallaudet, and the Texas School for the Deaf, just to name a few who need to make their course content and public videos accessible
  • Government agencies such as NASA, NOAA, USDA Forest Service, Natural Resources Conservation Service, NREL, US Coast Guard, Department of Homeland Defense, and the Canadian Air Transport Security Authority are just a few of many world-wide users.


What Our Users Say:


“Thanks so much for your help. I’ve been using MovCaptioner for years and telling folks that you regularly update the software and offer amazingly responsive customer support. You’ve once again demonstrated that commitment, which along with MovCaptioner’s flexibility and ease of use convinced my program to order licenses for one of our teaching labs so that we can more effectively incorporate captioning into our digital media curriculum.”

“…Our crew member who uses the program captions all of our YouTube videos and was just hired by an outside company to caption their educational DVDs. The ability to use this program and to finally have a paying job means all the world to him and me. So thank you again.”


“I was so happy when I discovered MovieCaptioner! I work at Washington School for the Deaf in Vancouver, Washington, and I have been captioning videos since 1983, when we got our first computer and it took nearly 60 hours to caption a 1-hour program! The advances in technology have greatly reduced the captioning process time, and with the option of using MovieCaptioner for captions or subtitles, it makes it an indispensible tool. I also love the feature of being able to export captions for use on YouTube!”


“We found out about MovieCaptioner via YouTube at a point in time when we wanted to increase the accessibility of our videos. We knew we wanted to add captions, and wanted the process to be as simple and streamlined as possible. We’ve been able to repurpose our voiceover text documents and import them straight into MovieCaptioner to quickly get our captions set up, and saved for YouTube use. Even though YouTube offers caption translation, in the future we’ll likely use MovieCaptioner to add translations of our own in additional languages.”


“Thanks for beeing really supportive on your excellent software. It is great to know that if there are any questions, you are right there to help. Thanks to MovieCaptioner I have subtitled all the last productions with German, English and French Captions. It is great. I export them as “.SUB” for YouTube use and “.SCC” for Iphone and Ipod use. The last projects we did here in Frankfurt, Germany, were dealing with sign language and deaf people. It is great to be able to produce barrier free with just simply adding captions. It is really not a big deal, thanks to MovieCaptioner. There is no reason not to create captions for a video – that goes out to everyone!!!”


“I just wanted to say thank you for making such a great piece of software. MovieCaptioner does one thing really well (captions) and has saved me “buttloads” of time in creating captions and translations for our videos.”


“Thank you again for a fantastic solution that my clients love and which saves me considerable effort and time!”


“Thank you for making a great program even better! I love the Nuance Dictate addition [MovieCaptioner works with Nuance Dictate for Mac so you don't even have to type!]. I am running a session for teachers on MovieCaptioner today with teachers and therapists here in Australia this afternoon.”


Requirements

  • MacIntosh OSX 10.5, 10.6, or 10.7
    (Windows version now available as well.)
  • QuickTime Pro 7.6.6 or higher required for embedding caption tracks (not required for creating transcripts, SMIL, or Flash XML files, etc.)
  • Flip4Mac plugin (free) required for loading Windows Media movies to create SAMI captions
  • Perian plugin (free) for QT required for loading FLV movies
  • ClosedCaptionImporter plugin for QT (free from Apple) for creating SCC captions

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A Few Questions for MovieCaptioner’s Developer, Pat Besong


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

MovieCaptioner really streamlines the process of creating captions and transcripts by making the video run in a loop for 4 second intervals (this is adjustable). So, all you have to do is type what you hear, then hit the Return key and it moves on to the next few seconds. It’s almost addicting in a way, because you’ll think, “I’ll do one more,” but maybe it’s mid-sentence, so you think, “I’ll just finish the thought.” Pretty soon you’re halfway through your movie.


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

I created MovieCaptioner out of frustration with some other software created for captioning movies. It was either too clumsy to use, didn’t work on a Mac, or cost hundreds, even thousands of dollars. It’s been quite a popular piece of software for small video companies and universities.


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

I’ve been using a Mac since they first came out (Apple Lisa), so I’m a true Mac guy. I like to be able to create something that other Mac users can use to make their work easier.


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

Ease of use and efficiency is the name of the game in creating captions. Watch the Getting Started With MovieCaptioner video (above) and get a feel for how the process works. It’s really very easy once you see it in action. There are more tutorial videos on my website as well. There is a Help menu that launches the manual, so it should be easy to find what you’re looking for. And of course, I’m always an email away if you have any questions.


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

I’ve had a couple of times when Apple has thrown me a curve. Most notably when Snow Leopard came out I found out that the default version of QuickTime installed with Snow Leopard did not have the QuickTime Pro functionality that QuickTime 7 has, which is necessary for doing embedded QuickTime text captions.


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

I’ve recently completed a Windows version and it can do most things that the Mac version can do. I am also working on adding a Spell Check, but that’s still not done. My suggestion to users for now is to export a Transcripts (with timecode) file and open that in Text Edit or some other application that has a built-in spell check. By using the transcript with timecode, you will be able to easily find the words in your MovieCaptioner project by referencing the timecode.


7 What would you like a user to ask you?

Can I buy more licenses? I’m kidding. While I’ve had many repeat customers and customers that have upgraded to a site license, I really appreciate it when users ask “Hey, can you get it to do this?” Most of the features in MovieCaptioner are a direct result of user feedback and requests. I do listen to what people say and if it makes sense (and I think I can do it), I’ll try to add that feature to the next version. I use MovieCaptioner myself (it’s called “eating your own dogfood”), so I’m open to any suggestions that will make the software better.


8 What should I ask that I’m forgetting?

Maybe how big SynchriMedia is? I’m just one guy who does this in his spare(?) time, believe it or not. I’m not even a programmer by trade. My degree is in Art. I’m not the best programmer in the world, but I do what I can. Somehow I keep finding a way. I think the creativity of an artist lends itself well to programming in this regard.


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

I usually recommend that people copy their movies to their main hard drive before starting a project. This is so the Preview text files can be written to the same folder as the movie, and so that there aren’t any write-permission problems or file path problems that may occur if the movie is on another drive. As I’m not an expert on the broadcast production end of things, I usually point users to the Creative Cow captioning forum, where there are lots of people who do this sort of thing daily.

Using a low resolution (320×240) movie is usually sufficient for creating captions (for better performance) and you can always swap out to a higher resolution version before exporting.

Also, if you want to change the font or size of a previously set caption you need to remember to click either the Change Selected Caption(s) or the Change All Captions button to effect the change.

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