We got you covered! No worries for a smooth move with your iTunes library – here’s how…

Posted on 26. February, 2015 in Company, CoverScout

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We all know the problem – Wham bam! The newly installed SSD on your Mac is full to the brim. What’ll you move to the external drive? Normally, video and audio libraries are first in line for emigration. Why not move your iTunes songs to a new home to save some space? If you’ve already assigned covers to your music with CoverScout, you don’t have to worry about losing the artwork during relocation.

 

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Whether top 10, special editions, bootlegs, live recordings, or your own mixes, CoverScout helps you find covers for every song. CoverScout even continues working hard in the background,  saving your covers directly to the ID3 tags of your songs. This means that the picture data is always available in full quality, no matter where you might copy your tracks to in the future. The best thing is, CoverScout does this all automatically so you can just chill out, relax, and enjoy the tunes.

Have you been thinking of a possible alternative to iTunes? As soon as your covers are saved to the ID3 tags, they will show up in other apps, operating systems, or music players such as  Tomahawk,  or Highend-FLAC-Players such as Fidelia. Oh yeah, your high quality covers will even show up in your DJ software too such as, djay or Traktor DJ.

 

Some hints: Outsourcing your iTunes library
Before you make the big move, make sure to run a Time Machine Backup of your system first, and then, open iTunes.

• Go to File > Library > choose Organize-Library
• Choose Consolidate Files
Now close iTunes; You can now copy the complete iTunes folder onto your new hard-drive. Caution: The copying process will take a very long time.

After copying, open iTunes while holding the alt key and choose the iTunes Library data with the data ending >.itl < in your iTunes Folder, found on your external hard-drive.

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Use the plug-in power from Mail Designer! Export newsletter projects to MailChimp

Posted on 13. February, 2015 in Company, Mail Designer

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Is your newsletter distribution list skyrocketing? For a larger target group, it is recommended that newsletters be exported to an email marketing service such as MailChimp. This way it’s much easier to manage recipients as well as review the success of your newsletter campaign. Thanks to Mail Designer Pro’s plug-in power, you can export newsletter directly from Mail Designer Pro to MailChimp.

 

 

Step 1: Create a MailChimp account
To get started, you’ll need to create a MailChimp account. Just go to mailchimp.com to create your account.  For smaller distribution groups, the American email marketing service still offers its services free of charge.

  • Log in with your MailChimp Name and password.
  • On the MailChimp dashboard, you can create your recipient list and manage your campaign.

 

Step 2: Generate a MailChimp API Key
In order to upload your Designer template directly from the app, you’ll need an appropriate API key for your MailChimp accounts.

  • to do this, go to your MailChimp-Account-Settings.
  • And choose Extras from the menu.
  • In this drop-down menu you’ll find API keys
  • Here you can generate your own API-Key.

 

Step 3: Prepare to upload
You’ll definitely need an unsubscribe link in your Mail Designer newsletter, so that recipients can easily unsubscribe.

Here’s how to create an Unsubscribe link…

  • Add a simple layout block with text
  • select the text
  • and choose Insert from the Menu
  •  MailChimp -> Unsubscribe Link

Mail Designer creates the unsubscribe link for you in this layout block.

Hey, still working with the free account of MailChimp?
In this case, you’ll aslo need to add a Rewards Button which is a MailChimp logo linked to their website.  To do this, just choose Rewards from the menu. If  you see rewards in your layout then you’ve done everything right.

 

Step 4: Upload your design
To upload your newsletter, click the Export button and choose MailChimp template. Now Mail Designer asks you for your API key.

  • Copy the key into the field
  • Dave the API key in your keychain for further projects.
  • Now click Export

Now you can view your design directly via MailChimp. Review your newsletter and send a testmail. Don’t worry, your rewards mailchimp logo first appears once the actual campaign has been sent.  With your new MailChimp account, you can now save your Mail Designer template under Save Templates. Now you’re ready to send. Happy trails!

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How to increase the click-through-rate (CTR) of emails

Posted on 6. February, 2015 in Mail Designer

“Users of Mail Chimp and Campaign Monitor know that creating quality emails is difficult and time consuming”, says Wesley Dyson of killerappreview.com and highly recommends Mail Designer Pro 2. Especially Mail Designer’s mobile preview “is fantastic for previewing your email on various devices and resolutions in realtime” according to Wesley.

But one of the most important things: He compared the performance of a newsletter created with Mail Designer Pro 2 with an online editor resulting in a much higher clickthrough rate (CTR).

Verdict: Mail Designer Pro 2 helped to ‘create a better email’ with a CTR 3.0% compared to just a CTR of 2.2%.

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First look: Outlook for iOS email standards support

Posted on 29. January, 2015 in Mail Designer

Microsoft has just released Outlook for iOS, a brand new iOS version of their combined email, calendar and contact management app. Outlook for Windows and Mac is still hugely popular in many enterprise environments, so the iOS version is sure to appeal to a lot of those users.

Since Mail Designer Pro is designed to create mail-optimized emails, we checked out the new version of Outlook right away, to figure out which email features it supports. Our initial findings are very positive: Outlook for iOS supports the latest email techniques, including responsive design, gifs and web-fonts.

 

Outlook for iOS - Mail Designer Pro responsive email

Inline video playback isn’t supported, but the fallback link to your video file will open just fine in Safari.

Mobile email with video

Outlook for iOS also has full iPhone 6 Plus support, including a split-view landscape layout, so users will really benefit from Mail Designer Pro’s mobile-optimized email width.

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If you look closer, it turns out that Outlook for iOS is actually a rebranded version of Accompli — the email app Microsoft acquired in December. Still, it’s great to see a version of Outlook embrace modern email design standards.

Check out Outlook for iOS on the App Store.

Check out Mail Designer Pro on the Mac App Store.

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VPN Tracker 8.1: convenience and security for Fritz!Box users

Posted on 28. January, 2015 in VPN Tracker

VPN Tracker 8, makes it easy and convenient to connect a Mac remotely with a home network via a Fritz!Box. A new device profile for the Fritz!Box router is included with the newest VPN Tracker 8.1 update.

In order to setup a VPN connection via a Fritz!Box, it’s necessary to have at least the firmware version 6.05 (or newer). The VPN connection can then be setup over a web-interface. A new device profile for the Fritz!Box router is included with the newest VPN Tracker 8.1 update which is easy to configure.

Those who wish to use “LAN over VPN” via their Fritz!Box, can configure this option using our free VPN Tracker Wizard App. The app sets up configuration data for VPN Tracker and the Fritz!Box. Once set-up, either all internet traffic will be allowed over the VPN or only LAN traffic over the VPN tunnel. With the VPN Tracker Wizard, both iPhones and iPads can also be configured.
Further information for configuration of a VPN via a Fritz!Box can be found in our current handbook.

VPN Tracker is the market leading IPsec based VPN client for the Mac which was developed for professional use. VPN Tracker 8 is optimized for OS X Yosemite and offers many tools and features appropriate for daily business use. For years, VPN Tracker has been deemed a standard for secure VPN connections on Mac and is used on a regular bases by leading Mac consultants.

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Mail Designer & Mail Designer Pro 2.0.5

Posted on 22. January, 2015 in Mail Designer

We’ve just released an important update for Mail Designer 2 & Mail Designer Pro 2 that fixes an issue with our design delivery service, as well as a few other bugs. Make sure to update before starting your next project.

 

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Here’s the full list of improvements:

· A problem with the Design Delivery service has been fixed
· An issue while saving documents has been fixed
· Uploads to Campaign Monitor are more reliable
· We’ve fixed an issue with PDF export
· A few visual glitches have been de-glitched

We’ve got a lot planned for Mail Designer this year, so expect to see a few announcements and updates in the coming months!

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5 creative mail design tips for a perfect start in the New Year – Get your newsletter design up to speed for 2015

Posted on 16. January, 2015 in Company, Mail Designer

MD2_DesignA new year is a new chance to introduce new ideas and workflows to up-coming projects. The following 5 Mail Designer tips are your kickstart helping your newsletter styles perform optimally in every mailbox.

 

Tip #1: Make 2015 smarter and crisper

Meanwhile, there are more than 1 billion smartphones in use worldwide and the new larger phablet displays are becoming more popular. This means that people are increasingly utilizing their smartphones to complete desktop tasks.
Without a user-friendly design, newsletters fail to reach an important target group, since more than half of all users access their email with their smartphones.
With the help of Mail Designer Pro 2, your desktop design can easily be optimized for the newest flagship phone generation such as; iPhone 6 Plus or the Nexus 6. What’s really important is that all graphics remain crisp and in high definition for both desktop and mobile varieties.

 

Tip #2: Attract attention with full screen backgrounds

Have some great pictures? Why not use one as a full screen background for your next newsletter campaign? Just paste your picture into the background of your Mail Designer project and delete the background of the text blocks. This style of newsletter is particularly inspirational and acts as a real inbox eye-catcher for every promotions, specials, or event announcements.

 

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Tip #3: Keep it moving -  Animate your recipients

GIF animations have had a real come-back in the social media world. Why not include these into your newsletters, creating a fun, lively header to surprise and delight the readers?
200With tools such as the Image GIF Generator, you can create little GIF sequences from your YouTube videos or upload individual pictures and create your own GIF animations. When using this format, you only have 256 colors and a strong compression, which is fine for a cute little animation, but does not offer a higher quality picture. If you need a higher quality animation, use a simple animation, such as those found in the Mail Designer animation palette. You can also embed a YouTube or Vimeo video into your newsletter.

 

Tip #4: Show your style with cool fonts

Stand out from the crowd by using cool fonts for your newsletter headlines. With more than 500 web fonts (Mail Designer Pro 2 only) to choose from, the doors are open to a world of typographic highlights. If you’re having trouble deciding, search for tipps from design geeks/bloggers such as Katelyn Brooke who have mostly postings of web fonts which are always a hit.

Fonts

 

Tip #5: Homemade flat-style

Keep it simple, flat, and transparent: pretentious 3D effects have been out of style for a long time. With the Shape Tool, you can easily design and create your own call-to-action buttons and overlays with a hip but flat design.

Colors: For some cool ideas and codes for flat color design, check out flatuicolors.com.
Shapes: The Shape Tool has what you need for any shape design
Fonts: For labeling, it’s best to use a classic design such as: Helvetica (bold) to name your buttons
Transparency: The opacity of your objects can be edited below in the Color Palette where you can produce transparent overlays.

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