Xequte February Newsletter: Our first four updates of 2010

15 February 2010


In this Issue:


  • DVD PixPlay V5.10 Released
  • Updated Enhancement Pack for DVD PixPlay
  • MailList King V9.03 Released
  • Smart Pix Manager and MegaView v11.2
  • Program Tips
  • Removing yourself from this List


Dear Xequte Software User,


OK, so we've got a little behind in the news.  If you will recall when we last spoke in early November as I was about to embark on my biggest holiday in ten years.  My family and I have since spent three weeks touring around China and we had a great time.  My personal favorite was the Great Wall, the grandeur of which exceeded even my lofty expectations (Great Wall Photo).  Of course if you asks the kids they will tell you Hong Kong Disneyland was best, which just goes to show that culture is wasted on the young ;-)


So back to the news, we've released updates of four main products and we've also managed to do a complete revamp of the Xequte.com web site.  Full details below...





Nigel Cross

Xequte Software




P.S.  If you find this newsletter interesting please forward it to your friends :-) 



* DVD PixPlay V5.10 Released


DVD PixPlay allows you to create slideshow discs from your digital photos and videos for playback on DVD players and computers.  V5.10 adds some important features and fixes a number of issues.


Top Five Changes:


1. Print thumbnail sheets of all files in your project

2. When printing a photo the caption, date and description are also output

3. New editing function to add borders and picture frames to your photos

4. Added "Close" function to save and exit the project and display the start-up dialog

5. Improved support for new camera Raw format photos


Complete Change List:  http://www.xequte.com/pixplay/changes.html


It also addresses an issue whereby PixPlay may be unable to delete some temporary files after burning. We therefore recommend all v5 users install this update!  When you first run v5.10 it will check for any undeleted PixPlay temporary files, but you can also use the "Clean Up" function available under View > Options, Folders.


More info and download:  http://www.xequte.com/pixplay/

(Simply install the new version over your old one.  No new key is required if you are already using v5.*).


Upgrades:  http://www.xequte.com/pixplay/upgrade.html




* Updated Enhancement Pack for DVD PixPlay


We have also released an update for the Registered Users' Enhancement Pack.  This pack is for purchasers of DVD PixPlay and adds extra clip art, title page and DVD menu templates, texture files and background music loop sounds.  The v5.10 update adds WMV exporting and extra picture frames.


You can download it from:






* MailList King V9.03 Released


MailList King allows you to manage and communicate with a mailing list from your own computer.  V9.03 adds a number of improvements and fixes.


Top Five Enhancements:


1. New "Checked Members" recipient option for messages to make it easier to make custom selections for a sending task

2. MailList King now differentiates between soft (temporary failure) and hard (permanent failure) bounces and increases users bounce counts by three in the case of a hard bounce

3. Now when creating a new member and the specified contact already exists you are asked if you want to overwrite it

4. Now always shows all member's groups in hover hints

5. Updated help file to improve readability


Complete Change List: http://www.xequte.com/maillistking/changes.html


More Info and Evaluation download: http://www.xequte.com/maillistking/


Registered Users: V9.03 can be downloaded using the same link you were sent when purchasing or upgrading v9.  If you don't have the link go to:






* Smart Pix Manager and MegaView V11.2 Updates


Since November we have released v11.1 and v11.2 updates to address some issues in Smart Pix and MegaView.  The most notable was one best described as "extreme slowness", so if you are still using v11.0 we highly recommend you download the update!


Smart Pix Manager:


More info and download:  http://www.xequte.com/smartpix/

(Simply install the new version over your old one.  No new key is required if you are already using v11).


Upgrades:  http://www.xequte.com/smartpix/upgrade.html





More info and download:  http://www.xequte.com/megaview/

(Simply install the new version over your old one.  No new key is required if you are already using v11).


Upgrades:  http://www.xequte.com/megaview/upgrade.html




* Program Tips


- DVD PixPlay: Adding Picture Frames and Borders to your Photos


In v5.10 we implemented a couple of features to add a little pizzazz to your photos:


- Borders: These can either be a solid color or loaded from a texture file

- Picture Frames: Decorate frames to make your photos resemble those that adorn your walls


You will find these new functions by selecting Edit > Edit Photo and clicking the "Borders" button.



- MailList King: Making a Custom Selection of Recipients for a Sending Task


Sometimes you will find that you want to pick and choose a few recipients for an email.  What is the easiest way to make the selection? 


If there are only a few members then the quickest way is to Shift or Ctrl click the members to build the selection.  Then right-click and choose "New Email to Selection". 


If you are building a more complex selection, use the improved "checked recipients" functionality.  We have outlined the procedure in the following tutorial:





- Smart Pix Manager: Adding Custom Fields to your Media Library Files


Custom media library fields allow you add your own searchable data to your files.  For example, if your pictures are of cars, then you might add fields for, "Color", "Engine", etc.


To specify and edit your fields:


1.  Select your file(s)

2.  Click File > File Information (or Ctrl+Enter)

3.  Select the "Custom Fields" tab

4.  Click "New" to add a new field, or type data into an existing field



To search on your custom fields:


1.  Select Media Library mode

2.  From the selection box, choose "Search for Text"

3.  Set the search field to "Custom Fields" and enter the text to search for



- MegaView (also Smart Pix Manager): Two Quick Multimedia Tips


Videos: You can preview and capture frames from video files by selecting Edit > View Video Frames


Music: You can automatically rename your MP3 and WMA music files using their embedded artist and song fields. Select your music files, click File > Rename and choose "MP3/WMA Auto-Renaming"



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