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Welcome JustPlay – New Compact Video and Audio Player for macOS

Alex Taylor in Mac Software
07 May 2019, 08:53

It’s small, simple and supports a huge amount of file formats without external codecs or addons. It’s all about JustPlay. It’s all you actually need for a smooth video and audio playback.

JustPlay uses hardware accelerated decoding to make a choppy playback of a high resolution video file smoother. So watching HD and Ultra HD videos without annoying slowdowns and interruptions is not a dream any more.

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JustPlay supports various file formats including MP4, AVI, MOV, SWF, DAT, MKV, MP3, FLAC, M4V, FLV, Blu-ray. Though not overloaded with features, the player presents a full set of options for ultimately comfortable playback, such as adjustable playback speed, fixing video syncing issues with subtitles or soundtracks, as well as multiple video image settings including brightness, saturation, contrast, gamma, hue, noise reduction and sharpness.

What makes you love JustPlay even more is the extended subtitles support – built-in online subtitles search on opensubtitles.org, automatic subtitles load in any language and adjusting subtitles font, size, text color and background.

Other features for brilliant video playback are removing interlaced video content and managing screen settings including adjusting the player window to the video size, entering the full-screen mode and displaying playback controls and current info right on the screen.

What about audio playback? JustPlay will win your heart with its advanced control of audio settings: preferred audio language selection, automatic load of external audio tracks and audio equalizer with multiple smart tools for sound customization and enhancement. Additionally, with JustPlay you can output sound to different audio devices, for example, headphones or speakers. Also, JustPlay supports transmission of audio in AC3 and DTS formats, like movie soundtracks, to home theatres and other digital high-fidelity systems through S/PDIF (Sony/Philips Digital Interface) digital audio output.

When JustPlay is installed on a MacBook, you get access to the Touch Bar intuitive controls and can flick through video thumbnails.

Don’t wait anymore and just try our new video and audio player for macOS!

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USB Network Gate and Remote access to USB license dongles

Alex Taylor in Case Studies
19 Apr 2019, 08:57

Greetings!

Today we’d like to present the next use case from our client at KUKA Systems (China) Co., Ltd. that was looking for a software that would allow using USB license dongles located on another continent, and tell how USB Network Gate helped with that task.

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KUKA Systems is one of the world’s leading specialists in automation. They offer the full range of products and services in various different industries: starting from the robot components to manufacturing cells, turnkey systems and networked production with the aid of cloud-based IT tools.

Company industry: Industrial robots, automation, industrial logistics, other CNC systems

Alex Taylor: What challenges made you search for this kind of software?

Cheng Xu: To finish a large virtual commissioning project for Daimler, we required a special software named “WINMOD”. However, we did not have enough hardware license keys for this software, so we had to “borrow” some from our German parent company that had plenty of licenses for “WINMOD”. For that, we required a reliable software solution that would share these license dongles over the network.

Alex Taylor: How did you get to know about our software?

Cheng Xu: We found out about USB Network Gate from our German colleagues.

Alex Taylor: Did you try any similar product(s) before coming across ours?

Cheng Xu: No, we started using USB Network Gate right away.

Alex Taylor: Why did you choose our product over competitors? What made it stand out for you?

Cheng Xu: USB Network Gate is very convenient to use and the HMI is very nice. We tested the software with our German colleagues and the trial version worked flawlessly. We are sure that your software will help us a lot with the upcoming projects.

Alex Taylor: How did you benefit from using our solution?

Cheng Xu: Thanks to your software we can access some very specific license dongles from our German parent company, and it saves a lot of money for us. If not your software, we would have to purchase lots of additional expensive license dongles.

Alex Taylor: Are you happy with our software at this point? Why or why not?

Cheng Xu: Yes, we were extremely busy with our project and we would not have finished it in time if we didn’t have USB Network Gate.

Alex Taylor: Do you feel our prices are: high – about right – low?

Cheng Xu: The price is about right. It is much lower compared to the licenses that we needed to use.

Alex Taylor: Has our customer support system met your needs?

Cheng Xu: I believe your customer support system is very efficient and the assistance will be provided just in time when needed.

Learn more about USB Network Gate

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We’d like to thank Cheng Xu from KUKA Systems (China) Co., Ltd. who works there as a Virtual Commissioning Robot Leader for finding the time to take part in our questionnaire.

Virtual Serial Port Driver Pro helps save on hardware expenses and increase product line efficiency

Alex Taylor in Case Studies,Serial Port Communication
08 Apr 2019, 13:02

Hello everyone!

This time we will showcase how Vestel White Appliances managed to save on hardware expenses and increase the overall efficiency of the product line of the refrigerator plant by just introducing virtual serial ports created with the help of Virtual Serial Port Driver Pro.

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Vestel White Appliances is the biggest exporting company in Turkey. It has 6 production plants (refrigerator, washing machine, dishwasher, oven, dryer, air condition), and they sell more than 80% of their products all over the world.

Company industry: Household Appliances

Alex Taylor: What challenges made you search for this kind of software?

Özgür Ersöz: On the production line, we are using several barcode scanners for collecting production information (i.e. serial number). The barcode readers send the data through RS-232 serial port. The data is used for the SAP application (ERP software) On the other hand, we need to use the same data for the different application (i.e. quality check software) then we should have another serial port (COM) because of this conflict. Alternatively, we may use an extra barcode reader. Of course, the latter means an increase in expenses and more complexity. Thus, we have decided to create virtual serial ports. Therefore, we could use the same data for all applications by dedicated serial ports.

Alex Taylor: How did you get to know about our software?

Özgür Ersöz: By the means of Google search.

Alex Taylor: Did you try any similar product(s) before coming across ours?

Özgür Ersöz: No, we have only used your software.

Alex Taylor: Why did you choose our product over competitors? What made it stand out for you?

Özgür Ersöz: Your company profile (wide product range, client references, website contents, etc.) proves that we found the right place.

Alex Taylor: How did you benefit from using our solution?

Özgür Ersöz: By creating COM port bundles with the Virtual Serial Port Driver Pro, we can use the same barcode scanner for different applications. Thus, we are saving the hardware expenses and can apply the solution that we plan in an easier way.

Alex Taylor: Are you happy with our software at this point? Why or why not?

Özgür Ersöz: We are absolutely happy. It is user-friendly and easily applicable.

Alex Taylor: Do you feel our prices are: high – about right – low?

Özgür Ersöz: When we think of the benefits by using the Eltima solution, the price seems to be quite reasonable.

Alex Taylor: Has our customer support system met your needs?

Özgür Ersöz: Yes, especially when we ask for the usage and purchase possibilities.

Learn more about Virtual Serial Port Driver Pro

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We’d like to thank Özgür Ersöz who works as a mechanical engineer at Vestel White Appliances and has occupied various positions (production management, process engineering, production planning, quality department, etc) of refrigerator production during the last 20 years, for finding the time to take part in our questionnaire.

Elmedia Player 7.2: Blu-ray, Touch Bar and other innovations for our devoted users

Alex Taylor in Mac Software
14 Mar 2019, 08:56

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The Eltima Team is happy to announce a new release of Elmedia Player 7.2. This time Elmedia will be a pleasant surprise for those who love Blu-ray Discs and have problems with their playback. From now on you don’t need any software tools to play and stream Blu-ray as Elmedia copes with this task excellently. Thanks to the AirPlay, DLNA, and Chromecast support you can cast the Blu-ray media from your Mac to Apple TV, Smart TVs, Chromecast Ultra and other compatible devices. Another update relates to the Open Online Video option. Elmedia Player 7.2 allows you to open 1K, 2K, 4K, 5K and 8K videos right on YouTube, Vimeo, Dailymotion and other sites by simply clicking Open Online Video and providing a link to a file. The ads won’t bother you during the playback, so you can enjoy the pure view without interruptions and irritation.

With the new release you will receive the customizable Touch Bar support in Elmedia app. The only requirements are MacBook Pro supporting the Touch Bar as well as macOS 10.12.2+. To customize it you can add/remove the following elements: the Play/Pause button, Previous and Next buttons, the progress bar, time played and remaining, and the Stop button. Elmedia’s Touch Bar was designed fully adaptive to meet your needs and requirements.

Elmedia Player 7.2 was released a free update. You can download it here. To get more info about the player click here

FlexiHub 3.4 – a new massive update! Log in to a FlexiHub account via Token across all the versions: Windows, Mac, Linux and Android.

Alex Taylor in Remote access,The Company/Releases
07 Feb 2019, 12:05

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Our team has worked really hard recently and we are proud to present FlexiHub 3.4! It is the latest massive update that introduces a brand new feature called Tokens, which is a renewed way of granting access to your account.

If you want to share your account with other users but don’t want to provide them with your email address and password, FlexiHub will let you create a token, a digital key that allows secure access to a FlexiHub account. Now remote users can simply enter a token instead of using your account credentials.

In this way, your confidential information is not shared with others and they are not able to log in to your User Cabinet and make any changes.

To create a token, just log in to your personal FlexiHub account on the official FlexiHub website, navigate to the “Tokens” tab and select “Create token”.

This new function is available across all the versions of FlexiHub: Windows, Mac, Linux and Android.

Update 3.4 also brings lots of other significant functional improvements that will make FlexiHub even more stable and comfortable to work with.

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Hey, video lovers! Are you ready for the new release of VideoDuke? 3…2…1…

Alex Taylor in Free Software,Mac Software,The Company/Releases
30 Jan 2019, 10:49

VideoDuke has quickly headed the lists of the best downloaders on the video software market. You’ve ranked it high, shared your experience and opinions about its work. We thank you for your contribution into the app’s development and improvement.

Today we’d like to inform you good news: its first update, VideoDuke 1.1 is going to be rolled out. What should you expect from it?

VideoDuke 1.1 offers you new features and enhancements to make your download experience better. First of all, you can save 4K and 8K YouTube videos very easily. These high resolutions are not supported by the majority of video players and downloaders but VideoDuke delivers them to Mac computers without any efforts. Moreover, such video types as 2K and 5K are also easy to download.

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In Advanced mode you will see all the resources related to the video, e.g. images, logos, animation, etc., carefully sorted and organized according to their name, format and size. Therefore, you will find the required file even faster than you may expect.

We’ve also improved the download speed and now you’ll get videos of any length within seconds. When a download is complete you’ll receive a notification in Notification Center. Convenient, isn’t it?

About VideoDuke in general

VideoDuke is a handy app that makes downloading videos fast, easy and comfortable for everyone. It doesn’t boast of picturesque but complicated interface that would make you confused of multiple buttons and drop-down menus. Its look is simple and minimalistic, but very good for searching videos right from the user interface.

VideoDuke is an expert downloader that saves video content of any size, length and quality from such websites as YouTube, Dailymotion and Vimeo, as well as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or any other site that hosts videos.

With VideoDuke you can save video files in 2 ways: Simple or Advanced mode. Simple mode is just simple. You copy and paste a link to a video into the search line, choose the video quality and press the Download button.

Advanced mode gives you more options to choose allowing you to find videos by links or search words, browse through multiple results, quickly access YouTube, Vimeo and Dailymotion sites, download resources related to the video, etc.

Check VideoDuke 1.1 and give us your feedback!

Read more about VideoDuke

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Welcome SyncMate 7.3 – better, faster, more stable!

Alex Taylor in Android apps,Free Software,iOS & iPod software,Mac Software,System Utilities,The Company/Releases
21 Dec 2018, 13:30

We are pleased to inform you about SyncMate 7.3 release. We never stop improving our apps so here is an updated version of SyncMate with several errors fixed.

SyncMate 7.3 gives you improved support of macOS 10.14, so now you can be sure all data you have on your Mac, running the latest OS version, will be perfectly synchronized with any supported device or account.

We’ve also updated syncing with Google account. Not sure if you know about this, but Google has implemented new API and our developers did their best to add its support into this release.

We’ve also added several small improvements into video and file conversion processes, displaying texts on iOS 11-12 and syncing events with Microsoft services (Outlook online account, Office 365 Home and Business Editions).

About SyncMate in general

SyncMate is a powerful synchronization tool for Mac that allows syncing numerous data on your macOS computer with Android and iOS devices, online accounts (Google, iCloud, Dropbox), other Mac computers, any mounted or MTP devices and Microsoft services (Outlook online account, Office 365 Home and Business Editions).
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SyncMate allows syncing personal data like contacts and calendar events between Mac and supported devices/online accounts. You can also sync any media files, folders, Safari bookmarks and lots more. Moreover, SyncMate allows mounting any devices as Mac disks and transferring data from Mac to device/account directly in Finder.

Download SyncMate 7.3 Free edition

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USB Network Gate for Android – The long-awaited update

Alex Taylor in Android apps
11 Dec 2018, 14:50

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With each day the smartphones become more and more integrated into our everyday lives, and we could not continue neglecting the fact USB Network Gate for Android just doesn’t keep up with the evolution of the Android operating system.

However, as of today, that is no longer an issue! USB Network Gate for Android got the update that has been anticipated for such a long time. A brand new design and support of the latest Android versions are among the most notable highlights of this update. But the most important part – USB Network Gate for Android does not require the root access anymore!

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Major Eltima’s products have been spotted at one of the world’s largest trade shows of Embedded Technology & IoT Technology!

Alex Taylor in Linux Software,Remote access,System Utilities
03 Dec 2018, 16:31

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Eltima Software showcased FlexiHub and USB Network Gate at Embedded Technology/IoT show held in Yokohama, Japan, earlier in November.

The Embedded Technology 2018 Exhibition has been the global gathering place for all those involved in AI and IoT developments, showcasing solutions in the areas of Sensor/M2M Technologies, Remote Supervision and Control Systems, Wireless Networks, Wearable Devices/AR&VR Technologies, Data Analysis Systems/Measurement Techniques, IoT Platform Design Technologies, IoT Security and more.

Eltima Software was really happy to take part in this major event for the second year in a row and present two of its leading products – FlexiHub and USB Network Gate to all of the participants and guests of the show.

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Considering that FlexiHub and USB Network Gate have already proved to be efficient software solutions for redirecting USB and serial devices over the network, our goal was to demonstrate the new opportunities the apps open to users all over the world.

In the demo, we showed how to simply share a USB camera on a Raspberry Pi device and access it remotely from a client machine over the Internet. This idea aroused great interest among the attendees and guests of the event.

Learn more about FlexiHub

…and USB Network Gate

Welcome new Elmedia Player 7.0 with powerful streaming possibilities!

Alex Taylor in Mac Software,The Company/Releases
28 Nov 2018, 15:06

Elmedia Player 7.0

Hey hey hey, we are happy to announce the long awaited upgrade of our Elmedia Player app. We’ve got numerous new features and updates and pretty sure you’ll like all of them. Are you ready? Keep on reading.

The main feature we’ve added is Chromecast support. So starting from version 7, Elmedia Player allows casting local videos and audio files of almost any file format from Mac, Macbook Macbook PRO, etc. to Chromecast and Chromecast Ultra. Sounds great.

Online videos can now be streamed from Mac to Chromecast as well. You can easily watch YouTube, Vimeo and Dailymotion videos via Chromecast without in-built ads inevitable in a web browser.

Those of you who have Apple TV will be glad to hear about the newly added possibility to stream 4K videos there. So now you can enjoy high-quality media content on a large screen when streaming 4K videos from your computer to Apple TV with the help of Elmedia Player.

Starting with this version Elmedia Player becomes DLNA-enabled. This means you can now easily stream various media wirelessly from your Mac or MacBook to DLNA-compatible devices on your home network.

DLNA support gives you the possibility to turn your Mac into a media server gaining quick wireless access to video and audio files on your smart TV’s large screen (Samsung, LG, Sony Smart TV, or any other not listed here).

This means you do not need to copy files to USB flash drive or connect your device to your TV with an HDMI cable – Elmedia can easily do this for you.

One more handy addition to this release is the built-in subtitles search through one of the most popular subtitle resources – opensubtitles.org. This means you can find various subtitle files, download them and use for your videos.

Upgrade details:

This upgrade is absolutely free for you if you own Elmedia Player PRO Lifetime Upgrades Guarantee. In this case, your new activation code will be sent to the email address you used during the purchase.

Also, if you purchased Elmedia Player PRO license during the Grace period (after October 28, 2018), please, contact our customer service for FREE upgrade.

And if you own a license for Elmedia Player PRO 6.x or any previous version you can upgrade to the latest version with 50% discount.

Pricing and compatibility:

The PRO version can be obtained from our official website and ranges from USD 19.95 to 39.95 depending on the number of computers it will be installed on.

Elmedia Player requires macOS 10.9 and higher.