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New Serial to Ethernet Connector for Linux that does not require DBUS and Qt dependencies!

Alex Taylor in Linux Software
23 Aug 2019, 10:31

Yes, that’s right! After a pretty significant period of time when Serial to Ethernet Connector for Linux was overshined by its Windows counterpart, we are rolling out an important update that brings a significant improvement to the table — there is no longer need for DBUS and Qt dependencies when installing the software!

Learn more about Serial to Ethernet Connector

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All current users can download a new version of SEC for Linux at no additional costs!

Serial to Ethernet Connector Helps With Stabilizing Work Processes

Alex Taylor in Case Studies
20 Aug 2019, 11:35

Hello everyone!

Today we would like to share feedback from ISMA Microsolutions INC, Montreal, Canada that was looking for a solution for creating and sharing COM ports that would work autonomously even after the restart of the computer, and tell how Serial to Ethernet Connector helped them to solve that problem after being incorporated into their work process.
ISMA Microsolutions INC is a company which specializes in an IT automation special project manager and provides GYM Membership software and hardware to many facilities.

Company industry: IT

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

Ismael Morrissette: We are using USR-IOT controller along with their VCOM application. VCOM creates virtual com port that connects with their TCP serial interface. VCOM doesn’t work as a service. It’s limited to the desktop and users can accidentally shut them down.

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

Ismael Morrissette: We were looking for a much more stable solution that works as a service to connect our TCP Controllers.

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

Ismael Morrissette: No, Serial to Ethernet Connector was our first choice.

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

Ismael Morrissette: The product is just simple and well designed.

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

Ismael Morrissette: We can reboot the computer and the virtual COM port works like any other COM port.

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

Ismael Morrissette: Yes, because there is no maintenance and unexpected shutdown.

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

Ismael Morrissette: I would say that the price is rather high

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

Ismael Morrissette: We did not need to contact customer support, everything is working as it should.

Learn more about Serial to Ethernet Connector

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We’d like to thank Ismael Morrissette, a CEO of ISMA Microsolutions INC for participating in our survey and giving us an opportunity to share this use case with our readers.

News for those who bought VideoDuke after June 15

Alex Taylor in Mac Software
16 Jul 2019, 13:05


Starting from June 15 our app VideoDuke, like the rest of apps which support downloading from YouTube, faced the issue with the impossibility to download certain kinds of videos from YouTube due to the changes in the algorithm made by the mentioned above hosting.


          We are terribly sorry for the temporary inconveniences. This issue is of a great concern to us and we are doing our best in order to fix it as soon as possible.

          As for now, we offer the following workaround for the users who’ve bought VideoDuke starting from June 15,  2019:

          1. We automatically add Lifetime Upgrade Guarantee to all the purchases of the mentioned above app made within the specified period of time. This Guarantee allows the users to avoid paying for new major upgrades in the future, so in other words, they will get all versions of the software product for free for the life-time period. 
          1. We provide the users with a free activation code for Airy (a specialized app for downloading content from YouTube where we’ve managed to cope with the problem of downloading videos faster than with other applications). In order to get it, please, contact our support team.

          Once again, please, take our sincerest apologies. We hope for your understanding in this matter and thanks for staying with us.


          Commander One 2 is here! Meet the advanced file manager for macOS!

          Alex Taylor in Mac Software
          26 Jun 2019, 13:02

          Commander One 2.0

          A lot’s changed since the first release of Commander One and we are proud that every year the amount of active users is constantly rising. For all those who’ve been missing a famous dual-panel file manager for Windows PC, we tried to keep the best of what the classic solution offered, and did it with all the affection to macOS users.

          There are different reasons why people choose our file manager: someone searched for Total Commander for Mac, someone for native Finder alternative, others wanted to get the stable Android file transfer software, or looked for a reliable FTP client for macOS. And this list could be longer thanks to a lot of Commander One features that make this application an advanced tool for file management and document sharing between Mac, clouds and mobile gadgets.

          We appreciate your choice and our developers prepared even more features and improvements for Commander One v2.0 for faster, more stable and simply better experience on macOS. So, let’s see what we can offer with this major update:


          • ability to open and edit files stored on online connections
          • ability to open and edit files in archives (except for RAR)
          • ability to open and edit files on MTP and iOS devices
          • support for
          • support for
          • a new type of connection for OpenStack Swift (Object Storage), with Keystone authentication services v.1 and v.2
          • ability to choose server endpoint for Amazon S3
          • support for new regions in Amazon S3: cn-north-1 Beijing, eu-north-1 Stockholm
          • SSO support for OneDrive
          • Microsoft Cloud Germany ( support for OneDrive
          • ability to work with “Shared with me” folder on Google Drive
          • ability to mount to WebDAV servers with untrusted HTTPS certificate
          • support for encryption on online connections
          • support for Dropbox Business
          • support for Google Team Drives
          • support for Finder Extensions (Dropbox, Google Backup and Sync, etc.)
          • support for Finder Tags
          • support for dark mode on macOS 10.14
          • Italian and Portuguese localizations
          • support for OpenSSH keys for SFTP connections
          • ability to select a UI language in preferences
          • ability to configure the appearance of the built-in preview
          • ability to configure the appearance of the built-in Terminal


          • functionality of operations queue
          • operation speed of WebDAV connection
          • icons size changes when adjusting the font size
          • functionality of built-in Terminal
          • work with MTP devices
          • support for UTF-8 for FTP connections


          • support for Cyrillic characters for FTP connections
          • the display of symbolic link icons
          • support for AZERTY keyboard

          Lots of other minor fixes and improvements (thank you for your continued feedback!).

          Download Commander One v2

          Hope you will enjoy Commander One 2 and find something special that would make your work on Mac more efficient, doesn’t matter if you use our file manager as an Archiver for Mac, Terminal emulator, Cloud manager or provide another scenario with our multitool-manager.

          We are open to any question or suggestion concerning Commander One and, as always, will appreciate your feedback at

          Also, subscribe to our social networks to stay tuned to the Commander One latest news.

          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.


          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, 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!

          Read more about JustPlay


          USB Network Gate and Remote access to USB license dongles

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


          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.


          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

          Download USB Network Gate

          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.


          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

          Download VSPD Pro

          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


          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


          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.

          Download FlexiHub

          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.


          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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