Top 10 reasons – Why it pays to upgrade to Mail Designer Pro 2

Posted on 29. October, 2014 in Company, Mail Designer

 

The waiting is over! Mail Designer Pro 2 is here. Here are the Top 10 reasons why it pays to upgrade…

 

1.

Movie Magic: trade fair interviews, cool show-reels, hysterical viral clips – as a marketing or blog expert, you’ve now got the possibility to link your YouTube and Vimeo videos right in your newsletters. Movies from external video servers can even be embedded directly within the email. However, you’re still responsible for training the dog to sing.

 

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MD2_iPhone6Be ready for the iPhone 6 and big smartphones: Your boss already has an iPhone 6 and your partner is just waiting for the new preordered Nexus 6 in the mail? Well now you can create perfect email designs which look fabulous on any phablet.  The innovative mobile preview gives you a realistic sneak peek as to exactly how your design will look, both in portrait or landscape, on an iPhone 6. So there’s really no rush. As long as you’ve been a good boy or girl, maybe Santa will bring your new iPhone 6 down the chimney this winter.

 

3.

I like to move it, move it! Moving pictures create moving moments. Need some flying snowflakes in your newsletter? No problem. Choose from our library of animated GIFs and graphics or even create your own!

 

4.

Flat is beautiful: You didn’t see it coming, but here it is. You’re in love with the new OS X Yosemite. If that’s so, then you’re sure to love the new Mail Designer Pro, newly designed for OS X 10.10. Brings you to your knees, doesn’t it?

 

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Fabulous fonts: Send Arial and Times Roman into retirement. There are now more than 500 web fonts available for your newsletters. All you have to do is choose which ones you’ll use

 

6.

Just be sharp: your emails deserve it! Revel in mobil-optimized newsletters being viewed in high resolution on the new generations of iPhones.

 

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Style refill for your pool of graphics: Cool new arrivals with just the right look. In your graphics collection,  you’ll find new buttons in flat or 3D look as well as practical social icons. All graphics can be ungrouped and tweaked to fit your particular style.

 

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Mail Designer Pro 2 relaxes your perfectionism: Lean back and rest assure because by request,  Mail Designer Pro 2 will automatically run a quality check warning of problems such as your email size exceeding the limits.

 

9.

MD2_Baer_1New food for thought: Ready for a creativity reboot? Scroll through the newest set of inspiring design ideas created by our visionary team.  Admit it, you’ve always wanted an email template exactly like the new “Impression” one, right?

 

10.

We’ve cut the price of Mail Designer Pro 2 in half making it easier for you to let your creative juices flow. Upgrade or switch now to Mail Designer Pro 2 for only $49.99 Euros; available immediately in the Mac App Store and in the equinux Online Store.

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Mail Designer Pro 2: 50% off for everybody – We love the Mac App Store!

Posted on 24. October, 2014 in Company, Mail Designer

In the past few weeks we’ve seen a lot of app developers turn their back on the Mac App Store, choosing to focus on their own websites and stores instead. With Mail Designer Pro 2, we’ve decided to go a different route and are doubling down on the Mac App Store:

The next generation of Mac users

The Mac App Store is a huge opportunity for every Mac developer: Apple recently smashed another Mac sales record, increasing sales by 21% year over year. So there are a huge number of new Mac users joining the platform. But these users are used to the App Store model of buying apps, so they spend less time researching and finding the perfect app. Instead, the price plays much more important role: if the price is right, they’ll give you a shot.

Mail Designer Pro 2: Upgrade pricing for everyone

We’ve decided to fully commit to the Mac App Store and are pleased to offer 50% off Mail Designer Pro 2 – the upgrade price is for everyone! Instead of only allowing long-time Mac users to enjoy this amazing new price, we’d like to welcome new Mac users by offering them this incredible deal as well. Everyone can get Mail Designer Pro 2 for just $49.99 instead of $99.99!

This is an incredible deal for a professional design tool and newsletter design professionals will recoup the cost in less than an hour. It’s our commitment to great apps on the Mac App Store.

Get the all new Mail Designer Pro 2 today – available on the Mac App Store for just $49.99.

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Yosemite is here! VPN Tracker 8 is ready…

Posted on 17. October, 2014 in Company, VPN Tracker

We’ve prepared VPN Tracker for the future. Our security experts have completely optimized VPN Tracker 8 for Apple’s new OS X Yosemite and have improved VPN and security features. The new VPN Tracker 8 comes equipped with useful functions for use in the professional realm.

New VPN Engine, more control

The all new VPN Tracker 8 was now redesigned from the ground up to perfectly match the features and new streamlined look of Apples next-gen OS. The new Status View clearly reflects what VPN Tracker is doing at each step, and even displays the most current log message right at the top, and takes you to the log if necessary.

VPN Tracker can manage numerous VPN tunnels simultaneously. The new Traffic Control feature makes it possible to in- or exclude entire IP-ranges from VPN tunnels. It’s even more convenient to work on a VPN desktop: You can solve common address conflicts between local subnets and remote networks.

Price and availability: VPN Tracker 8 is now available starting at $99.90 in the equinux Online Store. VPN Tracker 8 requires at least Mac OS X 10.9 Mavericks and has been optimized for OS X Yosemite.

 

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How to setup a secure VPN Connection with OS X Yosemite

Posted on 17. October, 2014 in Company, VPN Tracker

Is your VPN secure and future-proof? Change systems without security concerns.  Our security experts have completely optimized the VPN Tracker 8 for Apple’s newest operating system OS X Yosemite. In order to increase your security level and protect your data transfers it’s important to stay up-to-date.

Secure your company’s data under OS X Yosemite. With the new VPN Tracker 8, you can connect your Mac to the company network, giving you secure, encrypted access to any confidential business data.

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iPhone 6 and 6 Plus charging secrets revealed

Posted on 22. September, 2014 in tizi

tizi Power devices with high-speed charging

The new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus both come with Apple’s regular 5 watt power adapter that charges them with 1A USB power. But our tizi Power engineers have discovered that both new iPhones also support high-speed charging.

Connect either new iPhone to a newer Mac and the system profiler app reveals the following specs:

iPhone 6:
Current Available (mA): 500
Current Required (mA): 500
Extra Operating Current (mA): 1600

iPhone 6 Plus:
Current Available (mA): 500
Current Required (mA): 500
Extra Operating Current (mA): 1600

This means that both new iPhones support Apple’s high-power spec that lets them charge with up to 2,1A — just like the iPad.

 

High-speed charging for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus

 

tizi Tankstelle USB ports

If you connect your new iPhone to a tizi Tankstelle power adapter, tizi Kraftprotz mobile battery or tizi Turbolader car charger, they will be charged at the higher speed:

tizi Tankstelle: 2x High Power (2,1A); 2x Full Power (1A)
tizi Turbolader: 2x High Power (2,1 A); 1x Full Power (1A)
tizi Kraftprotz: 1x High Power (2,1 A); 1x Full Power (1A)

All listed tizi devices support Apple’s official High-Power charging spec (see Apple’s Article on High-Power charging). A lot of 3rd party chargers claim to support higher power rates, but won’t charge your new iPhone at higher speeds, as they don’t correctly support Apple’s standard.

And since this is Apple’s official high-power charging protocol, the devices determine how much power they draw, so your iPhone 6 will only pull in as much power as it can handle, ensuring a safe and battery-friendly fast charge.

 

So how fast will the new iPhones charge?

 

The iPhone 6 battery has 1810mAh, the iPhone 6 Plus has 2915mAh.

In our tests, an iPhone 6 can be completely charged in about 1h 15min, the iPhone 6 Plus needs between 1,5h and 2h. That’s almost twice as fast as Apple’s included power supply, which needs 2 – 2,5h for the iPhone 6 and 3 to 3,5h for the iPhone 6 Plus.

 

Charge your iPhone 6 faster

 

If you need the fastest charger for all your gadgets, tizi Tankstelle offers fast charging for up to four devices (2 high speed, 2 full speed). In the car? No problem, tizi Turbolader can charge up to 3 devices in your car and also supports high-speed charging. And for fast-charging on the go, tizi Kraftprotz has got your back, with enough charging power to fully charge your iPhone 6 3,5 times, or your iPhone 6 Plus 2,5 times.

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Designing emails for the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus

Posted on 15. September, 2014 in Mail Designer

While huge screens are nothing new in the Android world, the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus are the first smartphones that will have mass consumer adoption and also have best-in-class support for responsive emails. So what does this mean for us email designers?

 

Pixels vs. Points

First, it’s important to understand how the new screen’s pixel dimensions affect your email layout:
The original iPhone had a 320px wide display. This gave you 320 ‘points’ of screen space to work with. The iPhone 4 thru 5s all had 640 pixels wide retina displays. Apple used those extra pixels to increase the crispness of text on the display (i.e. “retina”), so the available width for your layout was still just 320 points.

iPhone 6 and 6 Plus

The new ‘Retina HD’ displays on the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus are the first iPhones to offer content more width on the display. The iPhone 6 is 750 pixels wide and the 6 Plus is 1080 pixels wide. This translates to 375 points on the iPhone 6 and 414 points on the the iPhone 6 Plus.

 

Device mode Original iPhone iPhone 5 iPhone 6 iPhone 6 Plus
Portrait (pixels) 320px 640px 750px 1242px
Portrait (points) 320pt 320pt 375pt 414pt
Landscape (pixels) 480px 1136px 750px 2208px
Landscape (points) 480pt 540pt 667pt 440pt (effective)

 

Until today, designing for 320 points has ensured that your mobile layouts will fit perfectly on all iPhones. With the new device sizes, you can start to optimize for the larger size!

Choose a mobile width of 375 points in Mail Designer Pro and your entire message content will fit perfectly on the iPhone 6, be scaled up to fit the iPhone 6 Plus, and will also be displayed in its entirety on older iPhones, as they automatically scale down the message (to approx. 85% of the original size).

Mail Designer Pro makes this easy to do: just pull up the mobile options from the File menu and enter your new mobile layout width:

Mail Designer Pro mobile layout

So why not go even larger and use the iPhone 6 Plus resolution? Well, if you choose 414 points as your default size, your message will shrink down to 75% of their original size on older iPhones, which will make fonts and buttons too small to read for many users.

 

What about landscape?

In landscape, you have two options on the new devices: either continue to display your new mobile variant (375 pixels wide), or switch to showing your full-sized desktop layout. However, despite being the bigger of the two, the iPhone 6 Plus uses its additional screen space to show the user a list of messages on the left hand side of the screen, so the actual space left for displaying your message will be just ~440 points.

iPhone 6 Plus landscape mode

It’s counter-intuitive, but it means that the bigger of the two iPhones will actually have less space to show your email in the regular landscape layout. This means that your mobile layout is probably still the best choice for the iPhone 6 Plus in landscape mode. (Note: it’s possible that you might be able to swipe away the list view, but it doesn’t look as though that is the case at the moment) Update: The iPhone 6 Plus offers a ‘zoom’ button that will make the email fill the entire screen in landscape layout, however the default view is with the sidebar layout.

The regular iPhone 6 does not support the new landscape layout, so your email can take up the entire 667 points of the display – giving it more than enough room to show a desktop email layouts.

 

The bottom line

The new sweet spot for mobile-optimized portrait layouts is the iPhone 6 screen width with 375 points. Your designs will scale up to look great on the 6 Plus in portrait ands still scale down nicely to look great on older iPhones as well.

Set your mobile layout breakpoint to 500 points to show your desktop layout to iPhone 5 and iPhone 6 users in landscape, or to 580 points to only show iPhone 6 users a desktop layout on their new larger screens. And don’t forget to check your mobile layout design on the iPhone 6 Plus as well.

 

P.S. Create iPhone 6 ready layouts today

Mail Designer Pro offers you the flexibility you need to design for a range of mobile devices. Preview iPhone 6 and 6 Plus layouts today using custom device previews — we’ll have more iPhone 6 and iOS 8 news for you in the near future.

Mail Designer on the Mac App Store

 

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tizi.tv 1.3.1 available for download

Posted on 1. September, 2014 in Company, tizi

We released version 1.3.1 of tizi.tv for Mac which is available for download. With the update we have fixed a few bugs with scheduled recordings and prepared tizi.tv for Apple’s next operating system OS X 10.10 Yosemite by fixing an issue here, too.

You can download the latest version of tizi.tv for Mac after logging in to our website my.tizi.tv.

You have a TV receiver from Elgato, iCube or Hauppauge? In this case TV for Mac is perfect for you. Download the latest version of TV for Mac from tvmac.de/en.

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