Why creating crisp newsletters with Retina resolution pays – 3 tips to keep your Mails sharp

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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.


iPad Pro Charging Secrets

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With the introduction of new USB-C peripherals for the iPad Pro, our engineers took a closer look at the charging capabilities of the latest iPads. And since we know a lot of you are eager to know what the iPad Pro is capable of, here’s a sneak peek of what we’ve discovered.

iPad Pro 12.9″: Charge twice as fast

The larger iPad Pro supports the very latest USB-C charging technology, also known as USB-C Power Delivery. This means a device can request more voltage from a power supply, allowing it to be charged faster.

The big iPad Pro initially starts charging with at 5 volts and then switches to Power Delivery mode, drawing a massive 12 volts and allowing to to be charged twice as fast as previous iPads.

Interesting note: It looks as though the iPad Pro 12.9″ will charge with 12 volts up to about 90-95%, then it switches back to 5 volts to top off the battery.

If you try to charge the iPad Pro through the new USB 3 camera adapter, it will not charge at 12 volts.

Our tizi hardware engineering team is working on new tizi charging products for the new iPad Pro and other USB 3-capable charging devices – sign up to be the first to know when they’re available.


iPad Pro 12.9″ charging with 12 volts


iPad Pro 9.7″: Charge at full speed

The smaller iPad Pro does not support USB 3 Power Delivery, so with the right power adapter, it’ll charge at 5 volts like previous iPad generations. Given the smaller battery size, that’s still fast enough to charge it pretty quickly.


iPad Pro 9.7″ charging at 5 volts

The future

Fast USB 3 Power Delivery is coming to the tizi lineup soon and will let you charge your giant iPad Pro about twice as fast. Sign up to be the first to know when they’re available.


How to use a USB card reader with your iPad Pro

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Apple sells a USB adapter as well as an SD card reader for iOS devices. The SD card reader isn’t quite as flexible, but has the advantage that it, well – reads SD cards.

The USB adapter can read photos from a camera, but if you plug in a USB card reader, you’ll usually get an error message that the device needs too much power.

But if you have Apple’s new USB 3 adapter, you can get it to work anyway. Here’s how:

  1. Plug your SD card reader into the USB adapter
  2. Connect a Lightning cable to the USB adapter’s lightning port (like our hot pink tizi Flip reversible lightning cable)
  3. Plug in a power adapter, or high-power capable battery (e.g. a tizi Tankstation or tizi Kraftprotz)


Now you can plug the USB adapter into the iPad and it will import your photos just fine.

Happy importing!
Your tizi team

Using wired ethernet networks with an iPad

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tizi USB 3 ethernet adapter using a tizi Tankstation 5x MEGA for power supply

tizi USB 3 ethernet adapter using a tizi Tankstation 5x MEGA for power supply

Internal corporate and networks in educational institutions are often restricted to devices with ethernet access and in many hotels you can often get much faster internet speeds over a wired network connection. But what if you’ve got an iPad or iPad Pro – how can you get on a wired network with that?

Luckily, we’ve been working on a solution to make that possible, here’s how it works: There’s a new Apple USB adapter that  supports USB accessories as well as an additional power source. Combine that with our upcoming tizi ethernet adapter, and you’re all set:

  1. Connect the USB adapter to the Lightning port on your iPad or iPhone
  2. Plug a Lightning cable into the adapter and connect it to a charger
  3. Connect a tizi USB ethernet adapter to Apple adapter


That’s it. Now you just plug in a network cable and you’re ready to go.

Details for the technically inclined :

  • The USB adapter plus ethernet adapter need 1.5A of power – so you’ll need a decent, reliable power source
  • The iPad doesn’t give you any sign or icon to let you know that you’re connected over ethernet – it just magically starts working
  • The tizi USB 3 ethernet adapter supports USB 3 and Gigabit Ethernet speeds – and so does the big iPad Pro
  • This setup works with all iPhones and iPads that have a lightning port – the big 12.9″ iPad Pro will support Gigabit ethernet speeds, all others will support up to 100 mbit


Travel tips: For a more mobile setup, you can also use a tizi Flachmann powerbank as your power source.

The tizi USB 3 ethernet adapter is coming soon and will be available in two versions:

tizi USB 3 ethernet adapter: Suitable for iPad, iPhone and all Macs with a regular USB port

tizi USB C ethernet hub: Designed for the new 12″ MacBook and all devices with a USB-C port.

Sign up and we’ll let you know when it’s available.

Does your Mail have enough attitude? 7 Mail Designer tips to make your newsletter the next top model!

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Digital mailboxes are the catwalk for today’s email marketers. You only have a short time to make an impression for your Spring SALE or your up-coming event. It’s time to get your newsletters into shape! These 7 Mail Designer tips are sure to make your next campaign a hit!


1. Word up  – 3 new Design fonts you absolutely need

Elegant fonts help turn any newsletter into a glamorous performance. With Mail Designer Pro, you can install more than 500 web fonts to use in the text area. Some of our favorite fonts can be seen in this video…

If you’re looking for even more fonts, then check out It’s full of great fonts for styling your newsletter headlines and captions.


Thin, graceful fonts for a slim look on top of a blurred background are still very popular.
Here are a few of our current favorites…


2. Call for Colors – become a master in color matching
Which colors are hip and which fit together? Usually, you just need the right combination. If you’re looking for some good color schemes, check out the Web Color Generator Pull out some cool spring hues and match them with stylish Design colors. So much inspiration!

Do you prefer material Design colors? Then give a whirl.



3. Get the Look: How to create cool picture leads in minutes
Pictures and photographs build a relationship between newsletter and recipient. Dynamic content gives you a greater share in your campaign. Mail Designer gives you many possibilities for how you can put yourself directly into the scene.

Drag your lead picture into an image area. To make it more attractive and easier to see a text, first choose a geometric shape to lay over the picture and adjust the color transparency to around 25%. Then you can integrate your text into the upper most area, making it more visible.



3. Shake your hips – How to create GIF animations in only seconds 
Make a great impression with some hot moves in a GIF animation. If you only need to capture a short bit for a tutorial, then give Record it a go.  Just choose your screen section, record, and a GIF is automatically created. If you already have a video, then the quickest possibility is Drop to GIF. App:  your video in  – GIF comes out – it’s that easy!



5. Layout blocks and make up – This trick gives your newsletter more depth

Bring more depth to your newsletters by connecting pictures from two image areas. With this trick you can create more elegant and interesting transitions. Just copy your chosen picture twice into two image areas arranged above one another.

Now you can move them around and adjust them just the way you want. One very effective way is to use a white background for the lower image area and a mood picture as a background for the upper image area – as seen in the example picture.




06_Buttons_klein6. How to create touchy call-to-actions buttons you have to push

Fact is, more than half of all your recipients will open your newsletter from a mobile device. This makes it even more important to Design enticing call-to-action buttons for the mobile version of your newsletter.
A general rule of thumb is, the width should never be more than 44 px, the diameter of the average finger. The position is also key. Often buttons have a different effect when they are embedded into the context of a picture.



Instead of simply labeling with “Click here!”,  it’s important to use active language to motivate your recipient by giving them clear instructions of why they are clicking. For example: Download the app for free


 Clear, rectangular shapes with large font are the standards for most buttons. However, in some areas, a round Call-to-action button can look very elegant and be super click friendly. Give it a try for for videos, downloads, or sales!


Not only the shape can affect the effectiveness of a of a button, but also the chosen colors. It’s best to test the colors for effectiveness depending on the your own brand or your specific purpose.

RED  has an alarming impact and is energetically charged
BLUE conveys trust and security at first glance
YELLOW arouses interest and has a positive, sunny effect
GREEN stands for relaxation, sustainability, and growth
ORANGE s buoyant, motivating, and conveys motion


7.  Why real text links are still in

Apple introduced 3D Touch along with the new iPhone 6s. If you build text links into your mobile newsletters, iPhone 6s users can catch a preview glimpse of your website with only a short touch. It’s possible to jump directly to map apps with a link or to automatically add dates into your calendar. In the Style Palette from Mail Designer Pro, you’ll find tools to help make your text links more interesting. Find out more about Peek and Pop Design this in this article.

8 must-know facts about Remote Connection Wipe in VPN Tracker 365 (VIP)

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VPN Tracker 365 gains more control and higher security with the new VPN Tracker 9.1 version and Remote Connection Wipe.

You have to give external consultants temporary access to your VPN? Or need to revoke VPN connections from a departing team member? With the new Remote Connection Wipe feature in VPN Tracker 365 VIPyou can now remotely wipe VPN connections assigned to your team with just one click.

equinux Product Manager Adrian Thomas explains the importance and functionality of the new VPN Tracker 365 VIP feature in full detail.

1. What does Remote Connection Wipe do?
VPN Tracker 365 Remote Connection Wipe allows a Team Manager to remotely remove all team connections from a team member’s computer.

2. How much does Remote Connection Wipe cost?
Remote Connection wipe is included with all VPN Tracker 365 VIP plans.

3. What would I need Remote Connection Wipe for?
The majority of VPN users use their Mac out and about on the go. If a MacBook ever gets lost or stolen, there’s a risk that remote access to your network could fall into the wrong hands. With VPN Tracker 365 Remote Connection Wipe, you can prevent unauthorized VPN access by remotely deleting the connection.

4. Why use Remote Connection Wipe? Can’t I just lock a user out on my VPN gateway?
Remote Connection Wipe offers additional security by removing information about your VPN infrastructure. You may also want to use Remote Connection Wipe for compliance purposes or when working with external contractors.

Remote Connection Wipe also has the added benefit of working with any VPN connection, even those that don’t offer user authentication. This lets you to block VPN access for an individual user without having to distribute a new connection to your entire team.

5. How secure is it? What happens if your servers are blocked?
We designed VPN Tracker 365 Remote Connection Wipe to have multiple levels of security: In addition to an active wipe command, there are also multiple fallback mechanisms built into the system to verify a connection can only be used by authorized team members.

6. Can I wipe just one specific connection I have given to a user?
No, VPN Tracker 365 Remote Wipe always wipes all the connections given to the affected team member, rather than individual connections. This is by design, as it allows us to build the system without having any information about your connections. This gives you the convenience of remote access control, without exposing your connection information to cloud servers.

For more fine-grained control, you can take advantage of multiple teams and restrict access to specific connections via team membership.

7. Can I undo Remote Connection Wipe?
No. While you can reinstate a Team member, you’ll need to redistribute your team’s VPN connections to that user before they’ll be able to connect.

8. What are the System Requirements?
You can perform a Remote Connection Wipe on all your VPN Tracker 365 VIP team member plans. Make sure your users have the latest version of VPN Tracker 365 installed (version 9.1 or higher) and be sure to specify your team in the Export settings.

You have to allow external consultants temporarily access to your VPN or need to revoke VPN connections from a leaving colleagure? With the Remore Connection Wipe fucntionality of your VPN Tracker 365 VIP plan you can remotely wipe VPN connections that have been assigned before to a team with just one click.

Use Remote Conenction Wipe that is part of your VPN Tracker 365 VIP plan to enable a complete new level of VPN security. Remotely delete all VPN connections distributed to a team member with just one click. Remote Connection Wipe is your additional level of security for your VPN infrastructure.

Remote Connection Wipe is a new VPN Tracker 365 feature and is now available as part of the VPN Tracker 365 VIP Plan. For current users of older VPN Tracker versions, VPN Tracker 365, is available starting at $49 (€49) per year. New customers can start using VPN Tracker 365 VIP starting at $17.99 (€17.99) per month.

Why it’s better to “refresh” a car battery than to jump start it

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Till Schadde CEO equinux

Interview with CEO Till Schadde about the new tizi Kraftprotz Powerstart

equinux introduces the tizi Kraftprotz Powerstart, with a so called “refreshing” function for weak car batteries. 

Till Schadde: The normal jump start function stresses the external battery so much that cells “die”. Therefore, on average, external jumper batteries only last for between 20 and 30 jumps before the battery cells become so strongly degenerated that the battery is no longer useable for this purpose. You can compare a jumper battery to an ink cartridge from a printer. At some point, the ink is simply all used up and the cartridge no longer works.

For a long time, we have been studying user commentaries from competing products in order to comprehend the market. Many users don’t understand how the external battery works and expect that it will maintain a similar operating life as a regular battery.  We took this opportunity to find an alternative way to “refresh” the car battery without having to jump start. We basically decided on a similar approach to charging iPhones. We gently recharge the car battery with the tizi Kraftprotz in order to preserve the battery. That means, you’ll need to wait 10-15 minutes to give the the car battery enough juice to start. This “refreshing” is very effective and is gentle to the Kraftprotz. This way, it’s also possible to charge a diesel which could not be jump started.

Does the Kraftprotz fully charge my car battery in 10 to 15 minutes?

Till Schadde: No, the car battery clearly can’t completely charge in such a short time. We’re talking about “refreshing”. The Kraftprotz charges the car battery enough that it has a chance to start. 

Does this mean that the tizi Kraftprotz Powerstart doesn’t support the “stressful” jump start you mentioned before?

Till Schadde: On the contrary. It does, and degenerates each time it is used to jump start a car. As I said before, any jumper battery can only be used somewhere from 20 to 30 times to jump start a car. So if you jump a car 5 times in a row, the external battery degenerates by 5 jump start possibilities. Both methods of battery help are clearly explained in the included manual. Those who are in a rush and need to leave immediately, use the jump start. Those who can wait 10 to 15 minutes, use the “refresh” function and recharge their car’s battery.

Can I use the “refresh” function with a diesel car as well as an unleaded?

Till Schadde: Yes. The “refresh” function can be used for all car types. For diesels, we suggest at least 20 minutes.

There are already similar batteries on the market for jump starting cars. Why should  someone choose the tizi Kraftprotz Powerstart over others?

Till Schadde: The Kraftprotz is versatile and can be used for multiple purposes. For example, to charge an iPad: we have a lawyer on his way to to the courthouse. While exiting his vehicle, he reales he forgot to charge his iPad, where all of his files are located. What should he do? With the Powerstart in his glovebox, he can easily charge his iPad. The Kraftprotz has a high quality aluminium design instead of the typical boxy, electrician’s cube look. Because of its stylish look, you can take the Kraftprotz with you without having to hide it.This was really important to us ;-)

How do I re-charge my Kraftprotz and how long does it take?

Till Schadde: It’s best to charge the Kraftprotz overnight for at least 10 hours. If you plan on storing the Kraftprotz for a longer period of time, we suggest withdrawing a bit of capacity by possibly hooking up and charging your iPhone for 10 minutes. This is good for the Kraftprotz since batteries don’t like to be stored on a full stomach.

Find out more power facts regarding the brand new mobile battery “mothership” tizi Kraftprotz Powerstart and the mighty brother tizi Kraftprotz on  

Roadside assistance is a thing of the past – tizi Kraftprotz Powerstart is here!

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A mighty mobile battery for those “Doh!” moments in your life

We asked ourselves: What makes a perfect mobile battery? It has to be strong and transportable – Check! It must charge multiple USB gadgets simultaneously – Check! But what would Q, the James Bond inventor, include in such a device? Eureeka! Ready for the secret, special function?

The new tizi Kraftprotz Powerstart, with the help of the included jumper leads, can recharge or jump-start your car’s battery (your Aston Martin is waiting)! And that’s not all – You’ll never be caught in the dark again because this brilliant life-hack also has a powerful built-in LED torch to help you on your next mission in the dark!

The new tizi Kraftprotz Powerstart is one of the coolest new portable gadgets with a sleek aluminium body: ideal for grilling, camping, or any other outdoor festivities. This elegant cylinder comes with its very own travel bag and can easily be carried in a glove box, car door, or a rucksack.

With 44.4 Wh, the tizi Kraftprotz Powerstart is without a doubt the most powerful mobile battery equinux has to offer. Simultaneously charge two USB devices while on the go. Quickly charge an iPad or iPhone on the High Power USB port (max. 2.4A). The second USB Standard Port delivers up to 1A and is ideal for Android smartphones.

Stylish jumper help straight out of the glove box – here’s how…

In emergency situations, this life-hack battery can pep-up your car’s battery with the included jumper leads (watch the video here). The Powerstart comes with a jumper cable wit the typical red and black jumper clips. First attach the red clip to the positive pole of the car’s battery, then attach the black clip to the negative pole of the car’s battery. Refreshing the battery takes only 15 minutes. Why it’s much better to “refresh” can you read here.

The integrated torch makes the tizi Kraftprotz Powerstart the MacGyver of all external batteries. Stay safe and never be left in the dark again with the handy torch (ChipLED) and its SOS function.


The flashlight can be turned on and off by a longer push on the status button

Price and availability

The new tizi Kraftprotz Powerstart is now available for an introductory price of only 79.99 Euros (regular 89.99 Euros) online at Amazon. equinux also offers the tizi Kraftprotz (37 Wh, without jumper help) for 49.99 EUR.

How much power is possible? The tizi Turbolader 5x MEGA is currently the most powerful USB adapter on the market

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Engineering at its best: Okay, a flux capacitor and a talking K.I.T.T. car still don’t exist, but this one-of-a-kind, futuristic charging device is indeed available to buy!

Our equinux engineers show what’s possible by snagging up to 60 watts of power out of your regular cigarette lighter socket with the tizi Turbolader 5x MEGA. Each port delivers up to 2.4A, which adds up to a total of 12A. Really unbelievable!

Testing the limits of performance and power: “We wanted to know”.
The power provided by the tizi Turbolader is enough to charge up to 5 iPads simultaneously, just as fast as if they were plugged into the wall socket at home. “Why a car USB charger for 5 devices? Simple. We wanted to know if it would work”, explains the equinux CEO Till Schadde. “The tizi Turbolader 5x MEGA is a feasibility study. Our Development Team wanted to take it to the technical limit. This Turbolader is a clear mark of a higher end product as part of the tizi Turbolader family”.

Performs to the limit
Even if your car doesn’t have the most horse power under the hood, you can still put the pedal to the metal with the tizi Turbolader 5x MEGA , the most powerful USB car charger currently available on the market,  and you get first dibs!

Despite the amazing power and speed delivered by the tizi Turbolader 5x MEGA, safety is still number one! The solid aluminum head cools the device and the Turbolader meets all of the stringent regulations and requirements in Germany.

The tizi Turbolader 5x MEGA is available immediately at an introductory price of only 49.99 EUR ($49.99) online at and on Amazon.
Learn more about the entire tizi Turbolader Family here.