In this Issue:
Dear Xequte Software User,
Long-time readers amongst you will remember the road trip I took around the USA in 2012 in order to forestall my mid-life crisis. A friend and I landed in Houston and then wound our way up to Detroit covering some 10,000km (6,000 miles) in a month. Now it is time for Part Deux, though on this occasion I will be in the company of my family, so there will be much more Disney and Universal Studios and much fewer tanks and car museums. The distances will be shorter this time too, as we will spend a week soaking up the culture in Los Angeles and finally end up in Las Vegas, though there will be a major dogleg up the Californian coast to visit Hearst Castle, Yosemite National Park and San Francisco, which (along with San Antonio) is one of my favorite American cities. I actually lived there for a short-time back in the heady dot com days, when it did not seem absurd to fly someone half way around the world to write a little code, but I was working so hard last time that I never got to see anything, this time I’ll be sure to visit Alcatraz and ride a cable car.
At our final destination of Las Vegas we will be reuniting with old friends from the USA, UK and Canada who lived on the same Japanese Island as us in the early nineties, some of whom we haven’t seen in twenty years. Yikes, time sure does fly.
Now if I can just remind myself to drive on the right side of the road, I’m sure we’ll have a great vacation.
» MailList King V13.0 Released
MailList King allows you to manage and communicate with a mailing list from your own computer. V13.0 is a major upgrade incorporating numerous enhancements with a particular focus on the top features requested in our recent customer survey.
More Info and Evaluation download: http://www.xequte.com/maillistking/download.html
Top Five Enhancements in v13
1. Picture Toolbar and Image Enhancements
Our new Picture Toolbar offering a wide range of editing functions, including rotation, cropping, alignment and borders and even image effects like soft shadows. MLK also adds support for all common image formats which are automatically converted and resized for faster sending
2. Clip Art
200 Clip art files are now included and available to beautify your messages
3. Background Editor
New background editor allows you to create custom backgrounds for your messages as well as choose from a large selection of texture files
4. Message Tracking
Now offers a variety of methods to track which members respond or "click-thru" to the messages you send, and allows you to visualize and filter with this data
5. Toolbar in Outlook 2013 32 and 64 bit
Our toolbar now works in all versions of Outlook, even 64bit!
Complete Change List: http://www.xequte.com/maillistking/changes.html
» V13.0 Upgrade Information and Offers
V13.0 is a free upgrade to all users who purchased a license or upgrade after February 1, 2014. Everyone who qualifies should already have been emailed a new serial number (e-mail us if not).
Other registered users can upgrade at:
» Text Lightning, Power Tools for Outlook, V3.0 Released
Text Lightning allows you to clear your Outlook Inbox faster than ever before with instant access to the most common replies and text snippets you insert into your emails. It also offers quick searching, auto salutation (“Dear John”) and much more. Text Lightning is freeware and works with all 32bit versions of Outlook (including 2013), but not 64bit versions yet.
More info and download: http://www.xequte.com/textlightning/ (no ads and no payment!)
Top Five Enhancements in v3
1. Now supports Outlook 2013 (32 bit only)
2. Updated graphics
3. Can now change the subject automatically when inserting quick text
4. Paste from Clipboard field
5. When searching in Outlook you can specify whether to create a new search window, use the existing, or maintain a secondary search window
» ImageEn v5.1.1 Released
ImageEn is a photo editing and processing library for Delphi, C++ and .NET developers.
Top Five Enhancements (in v5.1.0 and v5.1.1)
1. Added support for Delphi/C++Builder XE6
2. Now supports Microsoft Media Foundation for video grabbing from web cams, file and URLs
3. TImageEnProc.Previews now allows the addition of a soft shadow
4. Enhanced filtering of TOpenImageEnDialog to display all supported files, including limiting to just images or videos
5. Now includes a built-in set of pan-zoom effects
This is a free update for all purchasers in the past 12 months. You can download the update by completing the following form:
Other users can extend their registration at:
» Program Tips
- MailList King: Auto optimization of Embedded Images
These days with megapixel cameras all the rage it is all easy too easy to embed a huge image into your message and then wonder why it takes so long to send. We have addressed this in v13 with a button on our new imaging toolbar that will “Compress” your images. This process will automatically reduce images to the size they are shown in your message so that they are never any weightier than they need to be. You can do this just prior to sending, but it is probably more convenient to do this automatically.
You will find this and other image optimization setting under File > Options, Sending, Other Sending Options.
I must be one of the most avid users of Text Lightning, because, as much as I love my customers, I get asked the same questions a lot (“How much does it cost to upgrade…” “Where can I download the latest version…”) and if I had to type my queerly-spelt web address one hundred times a day I’d go barking mad. But perhaps one of my favorite features is the most prosaic, Automatic Salutation. If I’m replying to someone whose email address is “John Smith <firstname.lastname@example.org>" then naturally the first two words I am are going to type are “Hi John.” Seems obvious, but Microsoft seems to have missed it. Hopefully soon they will realize their massive oversight and a billion keystrokes will be saved each year worldwide, in the meantime you have Text Lightning!
Why would anyone possibly want to save a slideshow with all its gorgeous transition and pan zoom effects and engaging musical accompaniment as an image only document? I have no idea. But the features was requested by a lot of customers so we added it. We probably should have asked them why they needed it and this tip would have been much more compelling, but I guess that ship has already sailed. Possibly they want to email a copy of the images they have used to their mother-in-law for approval? Your guess is as good as mine.
Anyway the feature is there for you when you need it. Just select File > Burn Slideshow and choose the Adobe Acrobat option, and then save it to a file. You can also output your slideshow as just images. Though only heaven knows why anyone would want to do that.