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Mail Designer Pro 3.1 Update: Gmail is now 100% mobile optimized

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Gmail is one of the most popular email providers in the world and the default email app on many Android phones – that’s a lot of customers reading newsletters in the Gmail app. Until today, Gmail has only supported an ‘optimized’ newsletter view, where it would automatically take the desktop version of your email and tried to re-format it for smartphone screens – usually with mixed results.

iphones-vorher-nachher_enNow Gmail users will see your mobile-optimized layout exactly as you intended it: Google has updated Gmail with full support for mobile-optimized emails. So we’ve released Mail Designer Pro 3.1, an update that takes full advantage of the new Gmail features and lets you create newsletters that will look great in Gmail.

Gmail mobile-responsive facts

So what has Gmail changed exactly? Here are the details for fellow email-HTML nerds out there:

  • Gmail now pays attention to media queries, which allow us to show the mobile version of your newsletter to smartphones
  • There’s still no support for web-fonts, but you can configure fallback-fonts in Mail Designer Pro 3, for the best of both worlds
  • Technical fun fact: Attribute selectors aren’t supported, but CSS class definitions are – Mail Designer Pro takes your design and translates it into HTML and CSS styles that Gmail will display correctly
  • Roll-out status: Gmail’s mobile-responsive changes are already available in Gmail for Android, Gmail on the web and in Google Inbox on iOS. The Litmus team has more details on their blog.

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New mobile design previews: iPhone 7 and Google Pixel

To help you to visualize what your design is going to look like, we’ve added a new smartphone design preview for Google’s new Pixel phone. It gives you an accurate Gmail-preview, complete with the fallback fonts you’ll see.

We’ve also added the new iPhone 7 and 7 Plus (in Black and Jet Black) so you can get a feel for those new models as well.

Time-saving shortcuts

Try out some of the new keyboard shortcuts for a real productivity boost:

  • Command + G groups objects
  • Space + Enter adds a simple line break (instead of starting a new paragraph)
  • Command + N opens a blank design
  • Command + K add a link to the currently selected text

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Version 3.1 also includes further compatibility improvements for Outlook and MailChimp, as well as performance optimizations. And you may have noticed that Mail Designer Pro now displays a notification once your test-email has been sent.

Get early access to upcoming Mail Designer Pro releases

Introducing the Mail Designer Pro Beta program! We love getting feedback from you guys, so experienced users can now activate Beta updates under Preferences > Updates. You’ll get early access to our public betas with new features, fixes and improvements.

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We’re really stoked to support the new and improved mobile-responsive Gmail right from the get go. If you like the latest update, we’d appreciate a short review on the Mac App Store

Mail Designer Pro 3 is available for $49.99. Download your free trial today.

Mail Designer Pro 3.0.6 — new Image-Workflows and Style improvements

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Autumn is a golden time of year. A perfect time to cuddle up with your Macbook and let your creative juices flow. We hope that our newest update for Mail Designer Pro 3.0.6 inspires you to create even more amazing newsletters. We’re happy to announce that as of today you can download the Mail Designer Pro 3.0.6. The new version has a lot of improvements for creative professionals.

NEW: Replace Image

We’ve all been there: You’ve designed a great header image with the perfect font, logos, call-to-action button – everything. Then your clients asks you to change the background photo for something “more fun”. Ugh.

Introducing ‘Replace image’ – simply swap out any image for a “better” one, while keeping the size, position and layout of the original.

It’s easy to replace the original picture with a new one in exactly the same location, with the exact same size as before, and all of the original layout properties of the picture layout block. When you replace a picture, the graphics and fonts remain where and how they were.

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Mini Makeover: Style improvement

It’s easy to lose track of everything when you use a lot of styles. You guys have told us what you like about styles and what needs improving: First off, the lock is gone. Next: we’ve improved the indicator that lets you know which style is currently selected. And we’ve also fixed a few bugs that could occur when switching between styles and ’No style’ text. And we’ve also removed the confusing ‘All emphases’ option – simply select all text and hit ‘Remove’ instead.

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Additional Improvements

  • Shadows are exported correctly
  • The color picker has been improved and we’ve fixed some color profile issues that could lead to colors being slightly off
  • You can now hit Shift+Return to inert a simple line break instead of starting a new paragraph
  • Resizing with modifier keys works like in other apps
  • An issue that could cause exported PDFs to cut off has been fixed
  • Alignment guides are now underneath layout block edges, so they aren’t accidentally selected when you’re trying to adjust your layout

Let us know if you have any comments or thoughts on the new update! Your Mail Designer Pro Team

 

Compatibility overview: macOS Sierra and equinux apps

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Apple’s new operating system, macOS Sierra, is now available and we’ve been testing our apps with the newest system to optimize compatibility. The following equinux apps are ready for the jump to macOS Sierra!

Important: Please make sure you have installed the newest versions of your equinux apps. We’ve included links to the newest versions below.

Enjoy!
Your equinux Team

More power for your plugs

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1.-tizi-Tankstelle-heroThe tizi Tankstelle is here! The newest generation of the German engineered, USB charging station

Can good be made even better? Why not ask our tizi Gadget experts! We’ve pushed the power supply on our 4x USB charger up to maximum and fine-tuned the amenities, making every energy pitstop even more fun!

Here’s what’s NEW

Everything flows – more energy karma!

Your Tankstelle always harmonizes with Apple, Samsung & friends. Stay in flow with the maximum charging current. Your secret: Our Auto Max Power™ technology. Now available on all 4 USB ports.

10% more boost
10% more performance than the previous generation (total 5A).

Already in or what? Great new easy plug-in design
The new plug-and-go easy parallel plug-in design makes it simple to stick your USB cables in even when the tizi Tankstelle is low to the ground.

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Still charging? Optimized, stylish LED status dots for each port
Now you have more control over the charging cycle. Soft, bedroom safe LEDs keep you in the loop.  

Protect your home
German engineers designed the tizi Tankstelle to protect from overloading and overheating – on each port!

New generation, old price – The new tizi Tankstelle is available for a short time only for the launch price of 29.99 EUR.
Slim enough for travel, classy enough for every public socket. Flaunt your power! The tizi Tankstelle is now available for a limited time only, for 29.99 EUR (originally 34.99 EUR).

 

Mail Designer Pro 3.0.3: Set the scene with logos, links, and sales deals

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How the new Mail Designer Pro 3.0.3 update perfects your newsletter Design

The hotter the weather, the hotter the features. With the current Mail Designer Pro update, users can look forward to 3 new productive features.

Brand new layout blocks for headers with logo and navigation menu links

Feature your most important links in the header of your layout as you would on a webpage: It’s easy to do with the new layout blocks. Just add your logo on the left and next to it your important links, such as contact, store, etc…

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Strike! Use strike-through formatting on your text – perfect for sales prices and other eye-catchers

Perfect for sales prices, showing the old price with a strike through it. Just select the desired text, chose the Strike function – done.

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More space for your Design: Paragraph spacing

Set the amount of space to leave before and after your text paragraphs – for nicer formatting and improved readability. You no longer need to work with placeholders before and after your text layout blocks.

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The new Mail Designer Pro 3.0.3 is now available for download.

The Mail Designer Team looks forward to your feedback and suggestions for new features. 

Connect to your Cisco VPN in just 3 minutes

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VPN Tracker expands support for Cisco VPN Small Business Gateways series RV3xx

When it comes to security, it’s always best to remain up-to-date: Our equinux VPN experts constantly put the newest Gateway hardware on the market to the test. VPN Tracker 365 now supports the most effective Cisco Dual Gigibit WAN Cisco VPN Router Small Business RV320 and RV325

The compact Cisco VPN Router is known for its good performance, particularly easy handling and configuration. A very interesting Server Rack option for smaller companies or start-ups. The interaction with current  VPN Tracker version is perfect.

With the help of the VPN configuration profile the Cisco VPN model series was ready for use within only 3 minutes

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The device profile for the RV3xx series from Cisco can be found once the current version of VPN Tracker 365 has been installed (version history).

VPN Tracker is compatible with more than 300 leading Gateways on the market. Our numerous configuration guides help you to setup your Gateway model. You can download the current VPN Tracker 365 here or just update in-app to the new version 3.2.

How to create high quality PDFs with Mail Designer Pro 3.0.2

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PDFs with a click:
We’ve revised the PDF export engine as part of the latest Mail Designer Pro update. Now it’s very easy to export all of your design ideas as high quality, single, full page PDFs. 

Perfect for printing flyers and posters or posting cool news on Facebook. You’d like to use Mail Designer Pro to brainstorm a webpage sketch idea and integrate the results as part of your presentation? With the PDF export, it’s no problem! Now you have even more creative opportunities to make a good impression.

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We’ve also improved performance and have included some surprise, creative inspiration. Here’s what’s new…

  • What could be better than 71 Design Ideas? 72! We’ve added a new Design Idea “Furniture”
  • Set the corner radius for rectangles and number of points on stars in the sidebar
  • HTML export: We now remember your export folder name
  • Hold down the shift key when using the resizing controls to increment in 10px steps
  • Designs sent via MailChimp are more compatible with a range of email apps
  • Rotated objects now have correct shadows
  • Improved cooperation when exporting to Apple Mail

Mail Designer Pro 3 is now available at an introductory price of only 49.99 Euros until 07/01/2016.

Be even more creative with Mail Designer Pro 3! Four essential power tips for creative professionals

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It doesn’t matter if you are designing a newsletter for the latest sales campaign or a cool series of events, our greatly improved creative tools in Mail Designer Pro will give you the inspiration you need for all your mailings. Here are 4 of our favorite new features in Mail Designer Pro 3

1. Stay sharp! How to create Retina optic for your newsletters

Sharpen your senses: Mail Designer Pro keeps it in detail. Now you can create desktop and mobile newsletters which arrive crisp and clear in your recipients inbox.

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Go to File then Design Options and tick the checkboxes, Create retina images and Create retina images for desktop.

Bildschirmfoto 2016-06-17 um 15.04.31You’ll need to use high resolution pictures. Make sure to double the pixel size of picture sizes. So if your mobile design has a width of 320px, the used picture must be at least 640px wide.

2.  Pick up (all) the pixels! Be even more precise with our latest graphic tools

By using refined design elements, your newsletter is bound to make a great impression. Call-to-action buttons, cool layers, or self-made video placeholders – you can create all of these yourself with Mail Designer Pro. The expanded sidebar increases the ease in which you can access layout blocks, shape tools, fonts, and background pictures.

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Just like with professional graphic programs, shapes can be created pixel perfectly and positioned precisely. Once you’ve created a new shape element, the exact pixel measurements are immediately seen on the sidebar.

It’s possible to regulate the desired size, pixel by pixel. Maintaining proportions is also easy by simply ticking a checkbox. Now you’ll also find the rotating and mirroring tools for your shapes, directly under the measurements.

3. How to create newsletters to “involve” your readers: freely position background graphics

Now you can give every newsletter the perfect mood.  It doesn’t matter if it’s an event invitation, a summer sale, or an annual update. Once you’ve found a stylish motif for your background, click the paint-roller icon on the bottom left of your screen to switch into background mode.

backgroundsDrag your desired picture into the middle of your design template. By holding down the mouse button, it’s now possible to move the background into the best possible position.

On the side bar on the right, you’ll find a zoom controller, which you can use to enlarge or minimize the size of your picture. It’s time to explore new horizons!

4. Winning titles: How to give your fonts more style

Web fonts are cool, but you can make them even cooler by adjusting the font weights. Now with Mail Designer Pro 3, it’s even easier to define font weights.

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You can choose between email safe fonts, web fonts, and your own fonts. Add a new fallback font to your main fonts by clicking Add fallback font. This way you’ll be sure that a nice substitute font will be used in case your recipient does not have the chosen font in their system.

For the web fonts, there is a drop-down menu to choose available font weights. For example, It looks great when you choose a very modern, thin font weight. Try it out with the style fonts, Works Sans, Quicksand, or Josefin Slab.

Go for it! Our expanded style refill offers more than 20 brand new newsletter design ideas (in total: 70), making it easy to turn any template into your very own exciting newsletters in only 5 minutes.

The new Mail Designer Pro 3 is now available for a special introductory price of only 49.99 Euros. You can download and test the demo here for free.

Out now! Mail Designer Pro 3 — get ready for Retina-ready newsletters and creativity down to the last pixel

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Your newsletters deserve the highest level of quality possible. Mail Designer Pro 3 refines the professional layout and design tools in Mail Designer Pro with professional designers in mind, adds Apple Mail integration and now includes over 70 Design Ideas.

The newly optimized Mail Designer Pro 3 now works with improved resolution and pixel perfect graphic tools which makes it easy to create desktop newsletters using high definition retina. Whether being viewed on a computer screen or on any mobile display, every one of your designs will remain sharp, down to the last pixel.

With now more than 70 inspirational, ready-to-use design ideas, nearly pays for itself…

That’s new in Mail Designer Pro 3:

Pixel-perfect graphics tools: determine the size and position of design elements with accuracy

Desktop retina: Send gorgeous retina graphics to retina Macs as well as retina smartphones

Streamlined sidebar: All design tools, grouping controls and layer options are now easily accessible via the sidebar

Send desktop Mails directly with Apple Mail: Send your newsletter designs directly from Apple Mail (desktop layout only)

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Flexible Font Weights: Set specific font weights for any text – even works with over 500 web-fonts

Background reposition and zoom: Adjust your newsletter’s background image to show exactly what you want

Desktop email previews: Check out your newsletter in live MacBook, MacBook Air and MacBook Pro previews

Improved HTML export workflow: Set a image URL and custom HTML file name per document

Design Idea Categories: We’ve now organized all newsletter projects into categories: Sales, Announcements, Events & Transactional

Text Styles re-imagined: Now with support for fallback fonts and on-the-fly re-ordering

Updated HTML engine: With improved compatibility for all major email apps and services

Quick tips in the app: Learn to use Mail Designer Pro in minutes with our quick tips documents

Get the Mail Designer Pro 3 now!
(Mac OS X 10.9 or later required).

How Apple is experimenting with tvOS top charts

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Apple changes its Apple TV tvOS Top Charts algorithm

Is Apple trying to give the Apple TV App Store a boost? That might explain why Apple has changed the way the Top Charts algorithms work on tvOS. We noticed this major change last week and have figured out what’s going on.

Where did our apps go?

After we released an update to Live TV (German TV Streams) last week, we were shocked to see it had disappeared from the Top Free charts. Live TV has been one of the most popular apps on the Apple TV in Germany and has been in the Top 10 almost since day 1, so for it to disappear completely was inconceivable.

We checked and double-checked iTunes Connect, refreshed the App Store, checked our crash logs, but nothing stood out.

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The change

In turns out, Apple now hides an app in the charts once you’ve installed it. Give it a try: Go install TV Pro Mediathek (VOD for German TV content) from the App Store (currently #3 Top Grossing in Germany) and then go back in to the App Store: boom – it’s gone from the charts and the next-placed app has moved up.

This tvOS top charts algorithm change even affects featured apps on the start page: TV Pro Mediathek no longer shows up in its featured slot on the start page of the German App Store once you’ve installed it.

Apple’s intention with the change is presumably to make the charts appear ‘fresher’ and users see more apps that they haven’t installed yet.

The downside is that the charts don’t really show an accurate picture of what the ‘Top’ apps are, instead they show ‘Top apps that you haven’t installed yet’.

So maybe this is what Phil Schiller meant when he said:

At equinux, we make apps for Macs, iOS and Apple TV. If you’re an app developer reading this, you need Mail Designer Pro – the best way to create mobile-responsive newsletters that look great in all mail clients and can be sent with all popular newsletter services.