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Elmedia Player and Folx malware threat Neutralized!

Alex Taylor in Free Software,Help/Support,Mac Software,System Utilities,The Company/Releases
20 Oct 2017, 14:12

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On the 19th of October 2017 we were informed by a malware research company ESET that our servers have been hacked and our apps namely Folx and Elmedia Player DMG files are distributed with a malware.

Our cybersecurity team in close coordination with ESET Team and Apple representatives took all the necessary steps and actions to stop the distribution of this Malware successfully.

We now officially announce that it is absolutely safe to download Elmedia Player, Folx, and other Eltima Software applications by users.

SYSTEM CHECK!!!
If you recently downloaded Elmedia Player or Folx, ESET advises you do a system check to confirm if your system was compromised or not.

Instructions- Scan for the absence of the following file or directory on your system:

/tmp/Updater.app/
/Library/LaunchAgents/com.Eltima.UpdaterAgent.plist
/Library/.rand/
/Library/.rand/updateragent.app/

The presence of any of the files above is an indication that your system may have been infected by the trojanized Elmedia Player or Folx application which means your OSX/Proton is most likely running. If you downloaded Elmedia Player or Folx on the 19th of October 2017, your system is likely affected.

NOTE: Only Elmedia Player and Folx version downloaded from our official Eltima website was infected by this malware. However, the built-in automatic update mechanism is unaffected based on the data available to our cybersecurity experts.

Steps to rid your system of this Malware

  • A total system OS reinstall is the only guaranteed way to totally rid your system of this Malware. This is a standard procedure for any system compromise with the affection of administrator account.

Please, be advised that some other system information may have been affected and take appropriate measures to invalidate them.

And we have PhotoBulk 2.0 for you: more batch image editing conveniences

Alex Taylor in Mac Software
05 Oct 2017, 15:37

We have just released PhotoBulk for Mac, version 2.0. This image editor is capable of handling tons of images at a time and lets you add watermarks, optimize and resize images, convert images to different formats and rename hundreds of pictures. All in a couple of effortless clicks. New version also features useful options added to the stack of previous version, read on to see what we have prepared for you. We believe that PhotoBulk can save you a lot of time and effort with image editing tasks.

PhotoBulk for Mac 2

What’s new in PhotoBulk v2.0:

New Visual Experience: the sleek dark interface helps you concentrate and handle the editing process even more efficiently;
Live Editing: now you can preview images before saving, rotate and resize watermark seeing the result in real time;
Multi-watermarking: you can add multiple watermarks of different types to a photo at once, which helps you personalize your work for the utmost protection;
– Image Metadata: select the metadata to be included in the resulting images.

And of course general improvements all over!

Go to the official website

If you have already worked with PhotoBulk you’ll surely find it is evolving with each release, and if you are going to try it for the first time, we are sure you’ll appreciate how intuitive and efficient the app is.

You can get PhotoBulk from the Mac App Store or download demo version to try here. 
We appreciate your feedback!

New macOS 10.13 High Sierra. What’s new and compatibility

Alex Taylor in Free Software,iOS & iPod software,Mac Software,Multimedia/Flash Software,System Utilities,The Company/Releases
28 Sep 2017, 14:09

After months of beta testing, macOS High Sierra is finally available to public. Of course any of us happily jump in as new version always means refined features of the previous one plus lots of new and exciting stuff.

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New and notable in macOS 10.13 High Sierra:

  • Apple File System (APFS), which is aimed to free up some space on your Mac, speed up certain tasks, and offer easier backups.  
  • Support for HEVC, which replaces the previously used H.264 / AVC standard. According to Apple, HEVC can compress 4K videos to up to 40 percent smaller file sizes than AVC without quality loss.
  • VR is finally supported and compatible with SteamVR and the HTC Vive VR headset.  

High Sierra also brings improvements to native apps like Photos, Safari, Mail, Notes, Siri, and Spotlight.

System requirements

The current models of Mac computers that support both Sierra and High Sierra:

  • MacBook (Late 2009 or later)
  • MacBook Air (2010 or later)
  • MacBook Pro (2010 or later)
  • Mac mini (2010 or later)
  • Mac Pro (2010 or later)
  • iMac (Late 2009 or later)
  • iMac Pro 2017

Our team was testing the Beta version of High Sierra to make sure we are prepared to new release and all our apps support it. Have a look at the list of our products that function perfectly well with macOS High Sierra:

Elmedia Player – multi-format media player and online video downloader. Elmedia Player ensures the smoothest HD videos playback saying no to interruptions or slowdowns.

SyncMate – synchronization app for Mac & Android, Google, Dropbox, iOS, MTP and mounted devices.

Folx – friendly and extremely efficient download manager and torrent client for macOS.

Airy – YouTube video downloader for Mac that can extract MP3 from YouTube videos. Downloads complete playlists and channels from the aforementioned website.

FlexiHub – you can work with any remote USB device from your local Mac. You can invite other remote users to access your local devices.

Commander One – dual-pane file manager for Mac. A bright alternative to Finder and FTP manager for OS X and macOS.

USB Network Gate for Mac – share USB devices over IP Network with any remote computer. Allows you to work with USB devices in virtual environment and RDP sessions.

Let us know if you have any questions, we are happy to help!

Wohoo, it’s already here – SyncMate 7!

Alex Taylor in Free Software,iOS & iPod software,Mac Software,System Utilities,The Company/Releases
26 Sep 2017, 10:42

SyncMate 7 is here!
You can’t even imagine how proud we are to announce this long-awaited release of SyncMate 7!

No matter which device you own – the latest Android or iPhone running the latest iOS – these devices will be synced with your Mac. And the latest macOS is of course supported:)

SyncMate 7 now syncs data on macOS 10.13 (High Sierra) with Android 8 running devices as well as with iOS 11 devices.

And don’t forget about syncing with online accounts (Google, Dropbox, iCloud), Microsoft services (Outlook, Office Business and Home editions), any mounted or MTP devices, and other Macs running any OS X starting from 10.8.5.

All registered users of previous Expert versions can upgrade with 50% discount. Just contact us and we’ll assist.

Those of you, who purchased SyncMate 6 Expert within Grace period (i.e. after August 20, 2017) or own Lifetime Upgrade Guarantee will receive activation codes for free. Didn’t receive your code yet? Contact us and we’ll assist.

Haven’t heard of SyncMate before? Oh, you’re on the way to perfect synchronization then. Just download SyncMate Free edition and check it’s power.

Download SyncMate 7 Free edition

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CloudMounter goes cross-platform: mount your cloud storage accounts on your Windows or Mac computer!

Alex Taylor in The Company/Releases
12 Sep 2017, 16:06

From now on our well-known cloud manager is also available for Windows users. CloudMounter for Windows is fully compatible with Win 7 SP1 and newer, provides an unlimited number of connections to Dropbox, Google Drive, OneDrive accounts directly from Windows Explorer. The app saves the hard disk space by mounting cloud services without synchronization to computer.

CloudMounter for Windows

Top features of CloudMounter Windows users should know about:

– upload to Dropbox from Windows Explorer; use two-step verification for extra Dropbox security;
– mount unlimited OneDrive accounts on your Windows PC;
– move online files from one account to another directly;
– add more space to your Windows HDD by storing your files in Google Drive and working with them online without saving them to hard drive.

Learn more about CloudMounter for Windows

Support for more cloud storages and data encryption will be available soon. Our team is also working on the mobile version of CloudMounter, stay tuned!

…USB Network Gate is the only easy to use and stable solution to choose!

Alex Taylor in Case Studies,Serial Port Communication,System Utilities
04 Sep 2017, 13:10

Hello everyone!

Today we would like to share a case study of Tomasz Jagusz, representative of the YOLO S.A., who describes how USB Network Gate by Eltima Software helps his business.

Company industry: Financial

YOLO S.A. is a 30-person team of creative, innovative and experienced professionals. They are pursuing an ambitious goal of providing consumer loans in a model that still does not exist on the Polish market. They are motivated and determined to build a new, better quality on the non-bank loans market.

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


Tomasz Jagusz: We try to automatize our production as much as possible. This involves bank accounts and transactions monitoring. When connecting to banks we need to use certificates stored on smart cards. They work fine when plugged to the server, but were causing us problems in the VM environment. Because of that, we weren’t able to virtualize all the servers. Thankfully Eltima USB Network Gate solved that issue.


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


Tomasz Jagusz: Using Google. I’ve searched for USB over IP solution and found your

product. I’ve read a couple of reviews and decided to give it a try.

Alex Taylor: Had you tried any similar product(s) before coming across ours?


Tomasz Jagusz: I’ve considered purchasing a hardware solution or even usb device server, but the price was too high ($300+ for 2 USB ports). 
Besides the cost, hardware solutions tend to have system compatibility issues. Some devices support only legacy versions of Windows OS.

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


Tomasz Jagusz: As I wrote earlier, the  main factor I was looking at was users opinion, I have not found
any that would cause me not to try your product . Besides that Eltima has proven itself well since its first appearance on the market in the distant 2000.

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


Tomasz Jagusz: We were able to virtualize our server and automate bank integration.


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


Tomasz Jagusz: Yes! Very happy. The installation required just 4 clicks, all configurations took another 2 clicks. It was that easy. So far I have no problems.


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


Tomasz Jagusz: This is the hardest question. Comparing to hardware solutions your

prices are fine, but comparing to other software solutions they are a bit High. The price could be slightly lower to make the product even more competitive. But apart from that need, this is the only easy to use and stable solution to choose. 

Alex Taylor: Was our customer support service helpful with your inquiries?


Tomasz Jagusz: I didn’t not have a need in any assistance yet, everything works as expected :)

Read about USB Network Gate

Meet our new Cargo VPN – the secure VPN proxy for the most private access to Internet

Alex Taylor in iOS & iPod software,Mac Software
16 Aug 2017, 12:08

Cargo VPN offers so much needed protection and anonymity on the Internet, by blocking away various malicious websites, pop-up ads, and hackers with its DNS Firewall.

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Cargo VPN Features:

*You have the possibility to prevent monitoring tools from seeing your IP address, location and online identity.
*Even if you are using unsecured public wireless networks, you can still keep your data safe with Cargo VPN.
*Access geo-blocked websites easily.
*Prevent government surveillance and monitoring services from watching your online activity, location, and communications.
*Your login details, account numbers, billing address, etc. are protected when accessing web through VPN.
*You can actually get some savings on airfares, accommodation, rental cars by setting up different geographical locations in VPN.
*Enjoy the consistently good coverage with over 70 VPN server locations and more than 1000 high-speed servers in various countries.
*Forget about malicious sites and popping ads.
*Enjoy torrents anonymously.
*Cargo VPN offers protection on Mac OS and iOS devices. You can use the app on up to 5 devices within one account.

Top off your security:

* Get your own Static IP address.
* Get a higher speed and protection with Personal Server.
* Add more devices.

       Download on the Mac App Store                             Download on the App Store

Elmedia Player hits one million user mark! We can’t thank you enough!

Alex Taylor in Free Software,Mac Software,Multimedia/Flash Software,The Company/Releases
11 Aug 2017, 12:34

Hey there, we just can’t hold the excitement! Elmedia Player has just hit a major milestone of 1 million users. Such an achievement could never be possible without you – its incredible users!

Elmedia Player hits one million user mark

Elmedia Player was launched 12 years ago, so it’s not a baby anymore, but still a baby for us. Still feels like we only released it yesterday! We are happy that you love and support Elmedia and the fact that so many people around the world enjoy it means we did something right.

Since the project’s earliest versions, Elmedia team was driven by a simple idea of creating a comprehensive and friendly app that puts on media first, and doesn’t overwhelm its users with a lot of fiddly features you may never even use.

Thank you for constant questions, suggestions, and reports, they all helped Elmedia evolve into a competitive and desired media app with lots of unique possibilities. Today Elmedia Player is in the leading position in the Mac App Store thanks to its amazing users.

Elmedia Player offers an impressive visual experience with its flexible video playback settings: easily adjustable speed, brightness, contrast, and saturation, deinterlacing option. Also one can put any part of a video or audio file in a continuous loop. A smooth HD experience is backed up with the hardware accelerated decoding.

Lots of audio settings, you’ll surely appreciate, as visual experience is never complete without a perfect sound.

Elmedia Player works with AirPlay really well in both directions – as a streamer and as a receiver.

Well, thank you again for your constant support and trust, it means the world to us!

Download on the Mac App Store

It is finally here – Virtual Serial Port Driver 9!

Alex Taylor in Serial Port Communication,System Utilities,The Company/Releases
08 Aug 2017, 13:04

One of the founding products, Virtual Serial Port Driver is going strong!

Our team is constantly working on new ideas to keep VSPD on the top of virtual serial port market. This version brings full support for Windows 10 and Windows Server 2016. More than that, the software is digitally  signed with WHQL for enhanced performance and stability.

Virtual Serial Port Driver

If you are looking into Virtual Serial Port Driver for the first time, this is the software that creates virtual serial port pairs connected with a null-modem cable. If you need to test or debug various applications  or serial port device emulators (fax, GPS, etc.) then VSPD is your perfect solution. Read how others use our product here.

Here is what’s new in Virtual Serial Port Driver 9:

  • full Windows 10 support;
  • Windows Server 2016 support;
  • new software protection system;
  • better compatibility with high-resolution monitors;
  • more details  on each virtual serial port in the device manager;
  • drivers are digitally signed with WHQL;
  • better handling of timeouts during the read operation.

Learn more about Virtual Serial Port Driver

Download now!

How to upgrade


If you own a previous version of Virtual Serial Port Driver you can upgrade with 50% discount – request it here. If you purchased previous version within the grace period or own Lifetime Upgrades, you can upgrade for free.

Thank you and let us know what you think of the new version!

Helpful Elmedia Keyboard Shortcuts for macOS

Alex Taylor in Free Software,Mac Software,Multimedia/Flash Software,Tips & Hints
02 Aug 2017, 11:19

Elmedia Player is one of those essential apps you should have on your computer. This free Mac app supports pretty much all file types you may think of.

While many users already have it on their computers, few actually look into its possibilities beyond just playing videos. Even with a friendly interface it offers there is still a point in navigating through your media with keyboard shortcuts. Let’s talk about the most interesting Elmedia keyboard shortcuts.

Frame by frame

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Elmedia is a great frame-by-frame video player that can play a video one frame at a time for as long as you need. You are fully in control of the frames and can move forward slowly so you don’t miss a thing. Here is how you can view video frame by frame on Mac:
1. Start a video by clicking the Play button in Elmedia Player. Then click Pause.
2. Now start clicking the right arrow on the keyboard to go one frame at a time.

Bookmarks

You can bookmark your favorite parts of video or audio files in order to find them easily in the future. Creating a bookmark is easy: just press ⌘P whenever needed. Use the context menu to access your bookmarks or in main menu of the player: Playback->Bookmarks.

Looping the video continuously

You can loop any part of a video that you need to be playing non-stop. To create an A-B Loop do the following:
1. Start playing the video in Elmedia Player.
2. Use ⇧⌘B to set the starting point.
3. Use ⇧⌘E to set the ending point.
4. To cancel the loop use ⇧⌘C.

Change the speed of a video

You can make a video play slower or faster if needed with the help of the keyboard combination – ⌘] to make it faster, and ⌘[ to decrease speed. For the speed of sound use ⇧⌘] and Audio will go faster, and use ⇧⌘[ for it to go slower.

Open playlist separately

You can also call a separate window for your playlist. Use the ⌘L combo to show/hide playlist.

Make a screenshot from video

It is really easy to capture screenshots of various moments in the movie. Start the playback and press ⌃⌘S. Screenshots can be saved as .tiff, jpg, .png, or .gif.

Switching subtitles

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If a video you are watching has subtitles available in different languages there is no need to go to the menu to switch them. Simply use the S key. In case there is some out-of-sync issues for subtitles you can use ⌃⌘] to increase subtitle delay, or ⌃⌘[ to decrease it, or ⌃⌘\ to reset any delays.

Open Online video

One of the most asked for key combination is Open Online Video. If there is a video you’d like to open and watch in player, simply click ⌘U to call the window where you can paste online video link and start watching it.

Learn more about Elmedia Player

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