Watch out! Mail Designer Pro 2.2 is here!

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

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Are your newsletters really ready for Apple Watch? With the Mail Designer 2.2 update, you can optimize your design ideas for the newest Wearables. The following five new features give you even more control of your text workflows, design creations and inspiration. Here we go…

 

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You can create responsive designs for desktop, the newest smartphones, and now also for the Apple Watch: with an intuitive Plain Text Design Tool, your newsletter messages come across just as they should, even on Apple’s newest wearable trend. Optimize your message layouts for easy reading on the Apple Watch.

 

Look & Feel: Smart Apple Watch preview
Don’t have an Apple Watch? No problem, our nifty Apple Watch Preview shows you exactly how your newsletter message will look in real time! Virtually scroll through and edit your text and layout to create the coolest newsletters any wrist has ever seen!

 

Increase opening rates: Brand new Inbox Optimizing Tool
It only takes a few seconds for the recipient to decide whether or not to open your email.  It’s advisable to avoid email faux pas such as, “If you are unable to read this email, please click here” – totally lame! The Inbox Optimizing Tool transforms you into a true communications professional with the ability to tune your opening rate easily.

 

 

Spice up your subject lines and include creative text snippets which make your recipients more inclined to click and open your newsletter. Our Inbox Optimizer shows you everything as a preview as well.

 

Improved Picture Workflow: Support of Apple Photos App 
Do you have a huge collection of photos? Put them to use! Access your new OS X Photos library right within Mail Designer Pro. Just drag and drop your coolest photos from the newest Photos App from OS X 10.10.3 into your newsletter.

 

Force TouchThe Pressure’s on: Now you can design with Force Touch
Mail Designer Pro 2.2 is in perfect tune with the newest generation of MacBook tools. Increase your design productivity with Force Touch shortcuts on the latest trackpads. You’ll be surprised how easy you can force click to jump into background edit mode.

 

You’d like to get on board the creative train and download Mail Designer Pro 2.2? The app is still available for a short time at a upgrade price of only 49.99 EUR. Mail Designer Pro 2.2 is available for download in the equinux Online Store as well as in the Mac App Store.

 

 

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Thin, light and dented – our 12″ Retina MacBook unboxing

Posted on 11. May, 2015 in tizi

Our brand new 12″ MacBook just arrived and it’s thin, light and… dented? Right out of the box we noticed two large dents on the bottom case!

We make tizi accessories & gadgets for iPhone, iPad and Mac (including chargers and flip-cables), so we asked our tizi packaging and product engineering team to investigate with their years of experience in product-packaging design.

Our tizi engineers discovered that the European power supply must have been jostled during transport, causing the rear edge of the power adapter and the front end of the plug to push up into the underside of the MacBook.
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This won’t be an issue in the US, where the power adapter has prongs that fold up into the power brick – which is probably why the engineers in Cupertino didn’t catch it.

When you line up the power supply with the dents, you can see they line up perfectly. The little instruction booklet included with the MacBook also has marking on it, confirming the theory:

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We’ve contacted Apple about the issue and they’ll replace our Macbook — so if you’ve ordered a new 12″ MacBook in Europe, be sure to check the underside of your new machine for dents once you get it!


equinux make apps and the tizi line gadgets for iPhone, iPad and Mac. Check out the new tizi line of products — now available in the US from Amazon.com:

· tizi flip: The awesome, flippable lightning charging cable for your iPhone & iPad
· tizi Schlingel: The handy lightning charging cable that clips to your bag or keychain
· tizi Turbolader 3x Mega: The V12 turbo for your gadgets: charge 3 devices in your car

If you have Apple Watch, check out our free tizi Calc design calculator!

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Calculated Design. The missing calculator for Apple Watch: tizi Calc

Posted on 24. April, 2015 in Company, tizi

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Apple Watch + tizi Calc = Your Style: You can count on tizi to turn your brand new Apple Watch into a hip, yet practical trend-setter. Introducing the new tizi Calc, the incredibly cool calculator app for the Apple Watch. 20 stylish number-crunching designs that complement your Watch and strap perfectly.

 

You can really count on tizi Calc
Each of the awesome tizi Calc designs allow you to change the colors to match your armband or your current mood. Whether pulsating, magical, or totally posh, you’ll get inspired by the variety of styles which are sure to turn your Apple watch display into a mighty eye-catcher.

Oh yeah, and besides the typical plus, minus, multiplication, and division possibilities, we’ve thrown in a handy tipping calculator. Your tizi Calc automatically throws out some tipping percentages as suggestions.

 

Find your own pocket calculator look

  • Impress your nerdy friends with an 80’s LCD retro Tokio design or your science fiction buddies with a Starship style like Farpoint.
  • Amaze your stylish BFFs as you calculate your shopping purchases on a glamorous leopard skin design – Meow!
  • Crunch those numbers Wall St. style over a cup of joe, with the chromatic München display
  • Or dive into the bubbly world of numbers with the playful Barcelona design. It’s up to you!

 

 

tizi Calc is available immediately as a free app in the App Store. With an in-app purchase, you can unlock the multitude of great calculator design themes.

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tizi Survival Guide for a stress-free trip – Here are the 5 tizi gadgets you’ll need…

Posted on 2. April, 2015 in Company, tizi

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Tip 1: Don’t get lost…
Whether exploring  a new town or hiking in the mountains,  navigation apps such as, Google Maps, drain an awful lot of your smartphone battery. The tizi Flachmann and tizi Kraftprotz are there to keep your phone charged and ready so you can safely reach your destination. Just click the tizi Schlingel onto your backpack so you’ll always have a travel Lighting cable with you.

 

Tip 2: No speed limit for charging
Oh no! The kids forgot to charge their devices before the trip. No problem! With the tizi Turbolader 3x Mega, there’s enough power for everyone to re-charge their batteries while on the road.

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Tip 3: Check in with a 4 star charger
These days, you’re likely to find an outlet in most hotels. But what if there’s really only ONE? Your solution is the tizi Tankstelle. Just plug it in and charge up to four gadgets at once! Need more room? Upgrade to 5 stars for only 10€ more with tizi Tankstation Mega.

 

 

Tip 4: It’s like an energy bar for your gadgetspowersnack

Is that a lighter or a charger? Even MacGyver would be jealous of this cool little charger. A perfect addition to any battery survival kit. The tizi PowerSnack uses 2 AA batteries to supply enough power for your devices so that they may also enjoy dessert.

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Stop digging around the bottom of your bag to find SD cards and cables. tidy-up your gadget mess and maintain an overview. Use the snazzy tizi Köfferchen, a nifty little suitcase for your gadgets and accessories. And hey, you can even attach it to your belt!

 

 

 

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MEGA P.O.W.E.R. — Tips to make your battery last longer!

Posted on 23. March, 2015 in tizi

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Who doesn’t love their smartphone, right? This love-affair is a world-wide phenomenon. More than one billion people around the globe are swiping and typing as you read this. The performance values of modern devices are shooting up to new heights: Whether Apple’s A8 chips or the newest  Snapdragons – Apple, Samsung, Nvidia and Qualcomm are constantly pushing the limits of performance for their mobile processors so that we can enjoy HD gaming, super high speed internet, and slow motion videos while out and about.

 

Find ways to keep your batteries fit

But the problem with this constant boost of performance is that batteries are being pushed to their limits. Despite the fact that the leading smartphones have actually doubled their battery capacity in the last couple of years (the iPhone 6 Plus now uses a 2.915 mAh battery), most smartphones batteries don’t even last a day.  This is truly cumbersome for businesses or anyone else who counts on their devices functioning throughout the day. The good news is, that with the right amount of care, it’s possible to extend the life of your batteries.

We’ll get you up-to-date with the leading myths revolving around batteries, since things have greatly changed over the years. Most batteries used in mobile devices today are either lithium-ion (Li-Ion) or Lithium-Polymer (Li-Po).

 

iphone_enThe best time to charge

Here is the most gentle way to re-charge: don’t let your battery get under 30% before plugging it in. You don’t have to wait till the battery is almost empty, it’s safe to start re-charging from 70% on.

 

The life of battery is longer than you think 

Here’s the truth about your battery’s life: As a rule, batteries can manage around 1,000 full charges (cycles).  If you charge your battery while it’s at 50% then you only use a half cycle. If you charge your smartphone battery daily, it should last up to 3 years before it loses capacity.
In fact, frequent charging might actually extend your battery’s life. And the idea that one needs to “train” their battery is also a thing of the past. Li-ion batteries are intelligent and don’t memorize the last charging status like their predecessors, the NiMH batteries. While out and about, you can use the tizi Fachmann or tizi Kraftprotz  to rejuvenate your smartphone or tablet.

 

More SPEED — Charge your batteries faster

Of course there’s no risk involved with charging your iPhone with the Apple charging device. However, there are ways to charge your devices faster and more gently. The new iPhone 6 comes with a 5 watt charging cable which “only” delivers up to 1A power despite the fact that the new iPhone 6, just like the ipad, can be charged with higher power, up to 2.1 A. With their high power ports, specialized charging devices, such as the tizi Tankstelle, tizi Tankstation, and tizi Turbolader, can charge your iPhone double as fast as the included Apple charging cable.

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Charge every device gently and with the right level of power 

Is this really possible? Yes it is! Our tizi Tankstation, as well as the tizi 3x Turbolader MEGA, is equipped with Auto Max Power technology. This dynamically recognizes the appropriate charging power for each USB device. Whether an iPhone, iPad, Samsung, Kindle, or Nexus, every family of devices receives exactly the right amount of amperage. As soon as you plug it in, the tizi Tankstelle “assesses” what is needed. The “charging monitor” then recognizes your device and what level of power it requires.
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Note: The management of this procedure weighs heavily on the individual manufacturer of the device. The “charging monitor” then takes care that the battery remains in a “safe zone” so that it doesn’t get too warm, over charge, or under charge. In general, it can be said that Apple uses high quality power controllers and power management ICs. The life expectancy of a battery (also known as cycle stability), as stated in the points above, can also be influenced by the user.

 

Be aware of high quality charging cables 

flipRule #1 The best charging cable is the one you have with you. A little tip: our tizi Schlingel Lighting cable easily attaches to your keychain so you never leave home without it!
Rule #2Try to find charging cables which are Apple certified (MFI – Made for iPhone, iPad and iPod), such as the tizi Flip or the tizi Schlingel, to be sure that the Apple specifications are upheld. Apple has very strict guidelines for certifying accessories and monitors  their compliance meticulously.
For example, Apple  has set a maximum resistance in order to deliver enough power to devices and sets limits for the crosstalk and signal quality for USB data cables. Generic or cheap merchandise from Asia is much less likely to hold true to these safety standards. Using these products could result in an early demise of the lifecycle of your battery.
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Team & Business Communication Collection for Mail Designer Pro – Now available as an add-on

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

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Invite your creative team to a brainstorming session, introduce a new employee, prepare participants via email for an up-coming company workshop: There are dozens of email related office tasks to organize each day.

The Team & Business Communication Collection comes packed with more than 40 stylish and professional email templates, making your work day more efficient and even a little more fun. And the best thing is, they look great both on a desktop computer and any mobile device!

 

You’re the boss
Every template can be creatively arranged and edited with Mail Designer Pro 2: Add your company logo, choose colors which fit your CI, use check boxes and picture placeholders, add a link to your product videos, etc…Within minutes, you’ve created completely original business email stationery for correspondence, team motivation, or for events and invitations. The 40+ designs are sure to inspire your creative soul.

With the current  Mail Designer Pro version (Download Mail Designer Pro), you can unlock the Team & Business Communication add-on for only $19.99.

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Max it out! Create newsletter layouts with a full surface backgrounds

Posted on 9. March, 2015 in Mail Designer

Full surface backgrounds leave lasting impressions in any inbox. Mail Designer includes Design ideas incorporating this style, giving you a taste of how affective they can work. With Mail Designer and Mail Designer Pro, it’s easy to create this newsletter style. Here’s how…

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