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…
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.
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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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.
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
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.
Go to File then Design Options and tick the checkboxes, Create retina images and Create retina images for desktop.
You’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.
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.
Drag 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.
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.
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)
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
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.
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.
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VPN Tracker is the market-leading VPN client for OS X. Our team hears from customers every day who rely on VPN Tracker to get work done remotely on their Mac. Last year, we launched VPN Tracker 365, our first service-based version of VPN Tracker. With VPN Tracker 365, customers benefit from ongoing improvements and service-based features such as Remote Connection Wipe, as well as free major upgrades and security updates.
After launching VPN Tracker 365, we received feedback from some customers who told us they prefer a traditional license-based model, or that subscription purchases are tricky within their company or organization.
Today we’re introducing VPN Tracker 9: a brand new version of VPN Tracker designed for OS X El Capitan that can be purchased as a one-time license:
VPN Tracker 9
VPN Tracker 9 supports the latest IPSec VPN security encryption standards and convenient productivity features, including VPN Shortcuts, Automatic Connection Actions, Quick launch menu bar and location triggers.
Teams, Enterprises and Workgroups will love new Team Management and Deployment options included with VPN Tracker 9 that make it super simple to deploy VPN Tracker to everyone on staff.
Here are the main differences:
The Future Roadmap
Going forward we’ll continue to offer both models: VPN Tracker 9 customers will have the option of upgrading to future major versions for a low upgrade price, and VPN Tracker 365 customers will receive all upgrades free of charge for the lifetime of their plan.
VPN Tracker 9 is available immediately from the equinux Online Store as a one-time purchase. It supports OS X 10.9 – OS X 10.11. Existing VPN Tracker customers can purchase a discounted upgrade. Future upgrades will also be available to existing customers with a discounted upgrade price.
VPN Tracker is also available as VPN Tracker 365 – a service offering the same great connectivity features, plus ongoing major upgrades for all OS X versions and additional service-based features including SecureDrop encrypted file sharing and Remote Connection Wipe – now included with all VPN Tracker 365 plans.
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We’re excited to launch Mail Designer Pro 2.6 – it’s got some great new features and a lot of improvements we hope you’re going to love. Let’s dive in:
iPad Pro and iPhone SE Device Previews
We’ve added three new mobile device previews for the latest iOS devices: Make sure your newsletters look great on the 12.9” iPad Pro, 9.7” iPad Pro as well as on the iPhone SE.
Scaling option for Mobile Previews on your MacBook
Mail Designer Pro 2.6 introduces a new scaling option, so you can fit any iOS device on your Mac’s screen. Want to check out your design on the 12.9” iPad, but using an 11” MacBook Air? No problem.
Smart Link Checking with the preflight feature
The built-in preflight feature goes through your design and checks things like image size, retina image and all links. We’ve made the link checking much smarter and fixed a few cases where custom URL types weren’t checked correctly.
Improved HTML engine
A lot of work has gone into the new HTML engine in Mail Designer Pro 2.6: We’ve redesigned the way our layout is built and fixed a number of alignment issues, such as those that you could occasionally see in Outlook. In our Mail Designer Pro What’s new section you will find more details about the engine improvements.
Flashback – Close your eyes. Can you remember the smartphone you had 5-6 years ago? You know, those times when you strolled around the city while surfing the web on your iPhone with 3GS? Back then, an iPhone had a measly resolution of only 480×320 pixels. Now hop back into the time machine! In the meantime, the iPhone 6s Plus has reached a whopping resolution of 1920×1080 pixels! Smartphone screens have become so much sharper, quicker, and more sensitive. Whether you’re carrying an iPhone 6s, a Nexus 6 or a Galaxy 7, the pixel density is so high that you’ll hardly believe your eyes.
This is even more reason why your mobile friendly newsletters need to stay crisp and sharp, down to the last detail. Here are 3 Mail Designer Pro tips to help you achieve just that:
1. Totally broad: Find the right width for your mobile newsletters
In order to display as much as possible on mobile screens, the width of your newsletter can easily be adjusted in Mail Designer Pro. You can find the settings File > Mobile Options. Based on our experience, an average width of 375 is usually best. This covers smaller displays and the iPhone 6s pixel-perfectly. Your newsletter will come across crisp and clear on the iphone 6s, with its higher resolution, yet an outer white border remains. In settings, you’ll need to check the box, Create Retina images.
2. Export high resolution pictures for your mobile version
When creating pictures for the mobile versions of your newsletters, you must always use the double width of the picture which you previously adjusted under Mobile Options. For a mobile newsletter with a width of 375px, you’ll have to use a picture with at least 750px. It can also be larger, leaving room for scaling.
Using Pixelmator, Adobe Photoshop, or Affinity Photo, you can export your pictures as a PNG with a screen resolution of 150 dpi (bzw. 144dpi in Photoshop). Now you can take your PNG picture and drag it into the picture place holder of a mobile layout block.
When you select the picture, you can view the original resolution by right clicking and choosing Original Size. A red “2x” symbol warns you in case pictures happen to be too small for a Retina presentation.
3. Individually adjust image compression in mobile newsletters
Using lots of high resolution pictures can cause the data volume of your newsletter to add up quickly. If you’d like to minimize the data for individual pictures, you can adjust the compression by going to Menu > Edit > Optimize Image. Switch the tab Format from automatic to JPEG. Then you can adjust the quality down to a value of 75%. Now you’ve definitely reduced the amount of data.