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Jul 19

CueType

Normally: $20.00

ZOT Price: $9.95

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Visual Touch-Typing Cues
The reason CueType was designed in the first place! Tinted, raised-or-lowered, slanted, and outlined drill text indicates exactly how to type the key for each individual character, reducing the temptation to look down at the keyboard.
On-Demand Drills
While CueType‘s drills are progressive and intended to be attempted in order, there’s no requirement to try them in sequence. Want to jump ahead and challenge yourself? Want to go back and brush up on some troublesome letters? Want to keep trying a drill until your speed is through the roof and your accuracy is perfect? You can easily load any drill at any time, and attempt it as often or as seldom as you like.
Auto-Restarting Options
Do-over! Set speed and accuracy thresholds, and if a drill attempt is falling short of these standards, CueType immediately interrupts that attempt and lets you start again. Auto-Restarting helps you strive for greater performance by not letting you settle for lesser performance.
Error and Previous Error Marking
Make an error and CueType marks it in red, letting you review your mistakes when a drill attempt is over; try the drill again and the red marks turn blue to warn you of trouble spots in your previous attempt.
QWERTY & Dvorak Layout Support
Learn the U.S. Standard “QWERTY” or Dvorak keyboards, or learn them both! CueType maintains performance records for drills in each layout individually, so you can switch between them at will.

Note: Your physical keyboard doesn’t have to match the chosen layout. You can, e.g., learn Dvorak on a QWERTY keyboard (or any other keyboard with the same basic shape). After all, the goal of learning to touch-type is to avoid looking at the keyboard anyway, right?

Keyboard panel, with Ghost-Typing
During a drill the available Keyboard panel highlights the next character to be typed, and indicates keys pressed in error. The Ghost-Type feature runs through a full drill automatically, illustrating any helpful patterns.
Printable Performance Reports
CueType‘s straightforward Performance Report panel compiles comprehensive drill statistics, including overall average speed and accuracy. The Report shows the “Best Score”, “Average Score”, and “Number of Attempts” for each drill, and lists the accuracy ratings for each typed character.
Automatic Update Checking
Thanks to Andy Matuschak’s Sparkle, CueType checks for and installs program updates effortlessly.

Streamlined, Uncomplicated, Mac-friendly Interface
CueType is a small, single-window program that launches and quits in a flash so that you can do some keyboarding practice when you only have a few minutes to spare. While feature-packed, CueType remains easy to use, with the familiar Mac look-and-feel: you’ll find the drills in a drawer, important options in a customizable toolbar, and information in retractable sheets.

Visit the Day Late & Dollar Short Software web site for more information.

Jul 18

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A Better Finder Rename 7

Normally: $19.95

ZOT Price: $12.95

A Better Finder Rename is the most comprehensive file renaming solution for the Macintosh and transforms the tedious and time-consuming task of renaming multiple files into a simple matter of seconds.

The new version 7 is the result of 10 years of listening to our customers in the digital photography, content creation and post-production domains.

The simple, easy-to-use interface makes it accessible to anyone, but hides an abundance of powerful renaming options.

Comprehensive renaming options

add, remove, insert and replace characters and text;
add, format, change and insert sequence numbers, create numbered lists;
add file date and time, rename to date;
convert file names to Windows NTFS, SMB, DOS, Mac OS 9;
perform case conversions;
and much, much more..

Work the way that suits you best

You can use A Better Finder Rename as a stand-alone application, dragging & dropping files onto the application icon or directly into the preview window. Alternatively you can use it straight from the Finder using either the context menu or the command-control-R hot key combination. You can leave it open or close it automatically after each rename.

What you see is what you get

See the results of your renaming options while you are typing. The instant preview can be attached to the main dialog or detached into a separate resizable window for extra space.

When you use the separate preview window, you can dock it to the right, top or bottom of the main dialog so that it will move along with the main window. You can add and remove files conveniently via drag & drop.

Highly configurable processing

Separate processing for file names and file extensions;
Process files, folders and subfolders;
Choose to confirm each file name or process them all automatically;
Uses different renaming mechanisms for situations where remote or external file systems are not 100% mac compatible;

Combine multiple rename steps

You can combine several rename actions into a single multi-step rename. This allows you to perform even the most complex renaming jobs in a single pass.

A Better Finder Rename allows you to create as many rename steps as you require and lets you edit and re-arrange them at will.

Digital PhotographyEXIF

A Better Finder Rename is the preferred renaming tool of many professional and ambitious amateur photographers and has over time grown an impressive array of features dedicated to manipulating sequence numbers (create sequence number lists, add and insert sequence numbers, pad them with 0s, add & subtract from the existing numbers) and adding shooting dates & times to picture names.

In these operations you can exploit the shooting date & time extracted from the industry-standard EXIF digital camera meta-data stored in your JPEG, CRW (Canon), CR2 (Canon), THM (Canon), NEF (Nikon), TIFF, RAJ (Fuji), ORF (Olympus), MRW (Minolta), DNG (Abobe), Pentax (PEF) or SRF (Sony) pictures.

Installation à la carte

Simply drag & drop the application icon to your hard disk to install it.

You can choose which optional components you wish to install, the first time you launch the tool. You may naturally change the configuration at any time from the preferences menu. The optional components include the context menu plug-in, the Finder hot key and the System Preferences pane. Uninstall simply by removing the components using the preferences menu and trashing the application.

MP3/AAC Renaming

Music collections can quickly get very large and more than a little messy. Using consistent music file naming is a great help in organizing your collection. A Better Finder Rename can read the track, album and artist information embedded in your MP3, AAC and iTunes Music Store files and create new, homogenous, file names.

Pro Workflow Support

Save recurring renaming options to self-contained "droplet" applications. Drag & drop files and folders onto these droplets to apply the stored settings. This allows you to automate the renaming part of your workflow.

Webmasters and system administrators alike will appreciate the ability to rename files to legal Windows NTFS/ SMB file names before uploading them to a Windows server.

Another unique advanced feature of A Better Finder Rename is its ability to import names from BBEdit, Microsoft Excel and any other application that exports plain or tab-delimited text files. This ability allows A Better Finder Rename to be integrated into many custom workflows.

Features for power users

For those that need even more advanced features, we provide regular expression substitution support. This advanced string manipulation technique was popularized by UNIX and PERL geeks and is best known on the Mac through BBEdit’s search and replace support. Definitely not for the faint of heart, regular expressions are none the less an excellent tool for finding, replacing and swapping text fragments.

Visit the A Better Finder Rename home page for more details.

Jul 17

Doppelgänger 1.0

Normally: $24.99

ZOT Price: $14.99

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Doppelgänger creates installer packages from any software which can be installed on Mac OS X.

If you have a factory installer for a program you can use Doppelgänger.

Key Features:
  • Build installer packages for any program without leaving Doppelgänger
  • Highly accurate
  • Works with any local volume
  • Does not disturb original files
  • Preserves original ownership, permissions, and metadata
  • Create packages for network distribution via Apple Remote Desktop
  • Re-bundle software with license information
  • Use as a backup tool by determining filesystem changes
  • Copy application bits into separate directories while retaining original relative paths

© Kurt Frymire, golgi-body.com 2007

Jul 16

ShowMacster v1.8.1

Normally: $20.00

ZOT Price: $9.95

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A picture is worth a thousand words…

As an iChat user you’re well aware of that. The advantages of a video based chat to a normal phone call are numerous and once having video chats with your friends, relatives or colleagues has become your all day life you don’t want to miss it any more.

Now ShowMacster takes this experience to a whole new level. It not only allows you to present pictures in your opponents iChat window, it also lets you play movies and live captures of your actual screen! Ever had the problem of explaining something on the computer to someone who’s miles away…?

As an extension of iChat AV it’s completely integrated right into your favorite chat application. And due to the fact that ShowMacster is written completely in OS X’s native language Objective-C and the Cocoa framework, its look and feel are pretty familiar.


Had a nice holiday? Now you’d like to share your pictures with a friend but he’s just sitting on the other side of the world?

No problem with ShowMacster! All you have to do is drag your photos into the drawer and boom – you’re ready to start your slideshow. As ShowMacster only changes the video stream it lets you continue to chat and comment on your pics.

Did your friend enjoy the photos? Just drag one out of the drawer and drop it onto his/her face. Guess what? ShowMacster lets iChat send your files immediately.

Have you collected a bunch of cool icons but you don’t really know what to do with them? Just import them into ShowMacster, apply any hotkey and with the press of a key you’re able to express yourself in hundreds of ways…


Got a few funny movies on your hard disk? Let your friends enjoy them too. ShowMacster plays your favorite clips and animations – sound included. The little frame within the chat window lets you see what you’re sending – next to the stunned face of your buddy…


Speaking of movies… Even if you want to present your favourite music or sound clip: ShowMacster is the way to go!

ShowMacster supports all common sound formats like AIFF, MP3, WAV, AAC and more.

Playing a sound clip doesn’t interrupt the video chat or any current streaming photo or movie clip. It is even possible to play several sound clips at the same time.


Have you ever caught yourself at plugging your iSight out of its stand in order to point it on the screen…? Your iSight is clicking, the angle is never right and coordinating you’re actions on the screen isn’t fun at all… Let your iSight in its stand and allow Showmacster to do the job.

Sending live captures of your screen couldn’t be easier. Just drag a frame with your mouse and ShowMacster will present everything within this frame to your opponent – mouse pointer included!
And again – just drag a frame setting out of your drawer and drop it onto the chat window. Your buddy will receive a picture file of your screen within a second!

For more information, a full feature description and screencasts of ShowMacster in action, please visit:
http://www.showmacster.com

System Requirements

Requires Mac OS X v. 10.3 or later
G4, G5 or Intel CPU (G3 may work, please try demo)
iChat AV
iChat enabled Firewire webcam
or a DV camcorder
(iSight recommended)

Reactions
“This pleasant Mac software increases iChat’s features and beefs up your chatting experience.”

macgamesandmore.com

“ShowMacster might just be the answer.”

macilife.com

“ShowMacster es novador y revolucionario…”

softonic.com


ShowMacster
Chat different.

Jul 15

Avenir

Normally: $29.99

ZOT Price: $17.99

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Avenir is a new kind of software for writers.

Part word processor, part database, completely focused on the creative process. Whether you are brainstorming for your first short story or putting the finishing touches on your latest best-seller Avenir provides the tools you need to manage the creative process from inception to publication.

Built for Fiction
Avenir enables you to manage the creative process like never before. You can track, tag and filter characters, scenes, locations, research and more with the unique dynamic outline. It even provides special tools for fiction writers like word frequency counting and a progress meter to help you meet your daily writing goal.

Annotations
No more Post-It notes and cramped scrawl in the margins of pages. Avenir lets you annotate and bookmark any text in your chapters. You can even add pictures to your annotations!

Intuitive Aqua Interface
Avenir sports a beautiful native Aqua interface that is both intuitive and powerful, applying a familiar three-pane design to create a revolutionary approach to novel writing.

Smart Views
Simple, meet powerful. You can filter any view in Avenir using a comprehensive set of built-in properties or apply your own tags for maximum flexibility. Instead of deleting scenes, just tag them to save for later. Keep multiple versions of scenes or entire chapters. The possibilities are limited only by your imagination.

From Inception to Publication
Avenir is a complete solution for fiction writers, with powerful features to help you manage your project from the initial brainstorming session through the process of finding an agent.

Built Exclusively for the Mac
Avenir is built from the ground up for OS X using Apple’s Cocoa framework so it can take advantage of the world’s most advanced operating system. Avenir integrates with Apple Backup, Spotlight and more.

For more information, visit the Avenir website.

“I really cannot recommend Avenir strongly enough. If you write fiction, you owe it to yourself to give this software a try, and if you have any questions about it please stop by the forums and find out for yourself how helpful the developer can be.”
- Review on MacUpdate

Jul 13

Fizzball

Normally: $19.95

ZOT Price: $10.95

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Why has everyone fled the islands? There’s not a person in sight! Who will feed the animals and find out what scared the people away? Professor Fizzwizzle, of course!

Bounce bubbles, rescue hungry animals, and solve a mystery, all at the same time! Over 180 levels of thrilling brick-busting action, and over 60 animal species to rescue! Download FizzBall now, and get playing!

Features:

Over 180 levels of brick-busting, animal-rescuing mayhem!
Over 60 adorable animal species to rescue
Collect coins to help buy food for the animals
Compete for high scores and unlock dozens of trophies
Special kids’ mode with fun animal quizzes

System Requirements:

Mac OS X (Universal Binary)
400 MHz
128 MB RAM
35 MB hard drive space

People just rave about Fizzball!

“Fizzball is a much more engrossing game than any other breakout we’ve played.” “It was the clear winner of our 2006 Arkanoid Game of the Year award as well as the Kid’s Game of the Year award.”
GameTunnel.com

Fizzball is a joy to play. It’s involving and engaging without demanding a ton of energy to play. It makes me laugh, and I find myself booting it up an awful lot for a game that’s as inexpensive as it is.”
GamersInfo.net

“The graphics of Fizzball are absolutely amazing” “Would you like a week or more of quality entertainment or a couple pizzas? The choice is yours, but I would definitely take Fizzball over food.”
Inside Mac Games

FizzBall has been chosen as an Independent Games Festival Finalist out of a field of 141 games!
- IGF.com

For more information, visit www.macgamestore.com.

Jul 12

Email Backup Pro

Normally: $9.95

ZOT Price: $4.95

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Email Backup Pro

Scheduled Backups

Once configured, Email Backup Pro will automatically backup up your email email data to the specified destination. The destination can be any mountable volume.

Major Email Applications

Email Backup Pro has built in support for the major email applications – Apple Mail, Microsoft Entourage v.X and 2004, Eudora, Thunderbird, GyazMail and Mailsmith. Email Backup backs up all files needed for restoration in the event of an email corruption.

Easy Restoration

Email Backup Pro allows for easy restoration from an email backup. With a few simple clicks the entire email database can be replaced with one from a backup.

Configurable Scheduling

Email Backup Pro allows for scheduling of the backup to happen on any combination of the days of the week and allowing any number of previous backups to be kept.

Compressed Backups

Email Backup Pro automatically compresses the backup file so that it takes up less room. Allowing you to keep more backups.

Email Backup Pro is a Universal application, which means it runs natively on both PowerPC- and Intel-based Mac computers.

For more information, visit the Email Backup Pro website.

Jul 11

Bandwagon (FTP & S3 editions)

Normally: $24.00

ZOT Price: $12.00

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Do you have unused web hosting storage?

Do you backup your music to S3?

Do you have multiple iTunes libraries on different Macs?

What is Bandwagon?

bandwagon is an iTunes backup / restore / sync (future) / access (future) service for Mac users.

bandwagon backs up to your existing storage cloud (S3, DreamHost, 1&1, Media Temple, etc.).

Who is Bandwagon for?

bandwagon is for music geeks who use rsync, ftp, homegrown scripts or cds + dvds to backup their music library but want something easier.

bandwagon is for smart people that have an irreplaceable music library that has never been backed up.

bandwagon is for busy people who want to sync their music across multiple Macs.

bandwagon is for people that have multiple iTunes collections on different Macs.

Features

  • * iTunes backup & restore across Macs
  • * iTunes syncing across Macs (future feature)
  • * iTunes web listening (future feature)
  • * iTunes track grabbing across Macs (future feature)
  • * a bring-your-own-storage service (Amazon S3, FTP, omnidrive, dreamhost etc.)

Bandwagon = iTunes love

For more information, visit the Bandwagon website.

Jul 10

Sounds4Fun

Normally: $14.00

ZOT Price: $7.00

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How about a drum roll when you open Safari?

Sounds4Fun X is a background application that “watches” for various system or user events to occur, such as a CD being inserted, a window opening, the Trash being filled or emptied, and many more. Sounds4Fun allows you to assign any sound to any of up to 60 events.

Once it “sees” an event go by, it plays a sound as specified by you. The sound can be either fixed or chosen at random in a folder full of many sounds to add variety.

  • Hear a sound every time you hit CAPSLOCK or when power to your Macbook is interrupted.
  • Be alerted by a sound when the Finder has finished that long copy.
  • Amuse your friends by having the Mac yawn when it goes to sleep or wakes up.
  • Have HAL ask you if you are sure you made the right decision when you shut your Mac down and many, many more!
  • Assign a sound to any number of short phrases of up to 3 words and hear it play when the phrase is typed – fun for pranks, but possibly useful to correct your bad typing habits?
  • Have Sounds4Fun read out the name of the currently playing song and artist when iTunes starts playing a track.
  • It requires OS X 10.4 (Tiger) or higher.

    For more information, visit the Sounds4Fun website.

    Jul 09

    Call Recorder for Skype

    Normally: $14.95

    ZOT Price: $8.95

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    Record Skype Calls

    Finally, an easy way to record Skype calls and podcast interviews. Call Recorder is an add-on for Skype which automatically transforms your audio or video calls into QuickTime movies.

    Call Recorder is great for lessons, interviews or just having fun.

    The Call Recorder window allows you to start and stop the recording, as well as adjust recording options.

    Features:

    • Manually start/stop/pause, or automatically record all calls.
    • Now records Skype Video!
    • Record and save your voicemail messages.
    • Control file size and quality.
    • State-of-the-art H.264 and AAC file formats saves space.
    • Convert your calls to MP3 format.
    • Add time indexed notes to recordings.
    • Uncompressed audio option for highest quality.

    Simply Simple

    Ecamm puts ease of use first. The recording window and settings integrate seamlessly into Skype. Use the Record and Stop buttons to control recording, or activate Call Recorder’s automatic recording feature.

    Create a Podcast Interview

    Let your imagination run wild. Recorded calls sound even better than regular phone calls and are great for interviews and remote reporting. Calls are recorded with each side of the conversation isolated on a separate sound track for easy editing.

    Record Video Calls

    Skype makes video conferencing easy and fun. Now you can use Call Recorder to record your video sessions exactly as you see them.

    Easy Sharing

    Call Recorder makes it easy convert your QuickTime movies into MP3 files. Simply drag a recorded QuickTime movie to the “Convert to MP3″ icon and it will create an instant MP3 file out of your movie, which can then be emailed or posted to a website.

    On The Record

    You can configure Call Recorder to carefully record and save all internet phone correspondences, ensuring accountability and fulfilling corporate audit-trail needs.

    Get more info here