A Note on Batch It Ultra

We are in the midst of developing Batch It Ultra v4 which is a major re-write to the current Batch It Ultra v3 which was introduced in 2004. This will put it inline with the current offerings we have for Windows.

We are preserving as many features from the old version to the new version and adding new ones. However, due to several new constraints and other related changes, we are dropping several features. The prominent of which is the Thumbnail Gallery Generator. We would be looking at working on a brand new version of Web It which would be offered to you free of charge when it is ready.

This new version would include a parameter based support which would allow you to run the application as a command line application or as a Windows Scheduler based application. This support would be offered as beta version when the new release of Batch It Ultra v4 is introduced.

We plan to release Batch It Ultra sometime in December 2011 or early January 2012 and any customer who purchase this from September 1st 2011 would get this major upgrade for free.

The partial delay of this update was due to several reasons. One of which was the shifting of some of our resources in developing the Mac and Cross-Platform Applications while we waited for clear directions from Microsoft as to Windows 8. At the offset, it did appear that Windows 8 would only support HTML5 apps which would mean a major rewrite of the application but with the introduction of the Developer Preview version last week, it is clear that they would run native Windows application too on the desktop platform. As such, we would be moving on with the development of Batch It Ultra v4.

Thank you for your patience.

Help File issue with Sandboxing

It appears that with the Sandboxing requirement from Apple, it appears that the PDF Help File can no longer be launched from within the Application Bundle. There appears to be a permission issue with Preview as does not have the permission to view files from within the bundle.

For the time being, You could view or download the PDF Help File from our website at http://www.batchimage.com/support/help-files .

We have updated all our Mac Apps so that it would download the copy of the PDF Help File directly from our website. We hope to get this update to you as soon as they get approved by Apple.

We apologized for the inconvenience caused.

CM Sort List v1.0.3 (Mac) Released

We are pleased to announce the release of CM Sort List v1.0.3 on the Apple’s App Store.

This update contains two issues. One which is a minor rework which improve the performance of sorting of the list. The other issue is the compliance to the Apple’s App Store’s Sandboxing Requirement.

Apple requires all apps to be sandboxed and working in its own exclusive ecosystem by November 2011. We decided it would be best to apply it now and if there is any issues, we can address them before the dateline. As any app updates or new releases would need to be sandboxed before they can be accepted on the app store.

Sandboxing basically means that the application on its own cannot access any files outside of its own ecosystem without the user’s explicit permission to do so. This would be accomplished by doing Dragging and Dropping a list to CM Sort List or by using the Load List and Save List options. This requires some significant reworking within the source code to support this. The good news is that as a user , you would not notice any difference as to how you use the app.

The Sandboxing requirement only applies currently to OS X 10.7 Lion users and would not have any effect on Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard users.

As always if you do encounter any issues or have suggestions on how we could improve the application, feel free to email us at support@batchimage.com

As a side note, we are currently looking into releasing CM Sort List on Windows and are in the stages of testing right now.

CM PDF Page Extractor v1.0.4 Released

We are pleased to announce the release of CM PDF Page Extractor v1.0.4 on the Apple’s App Store.

This update addresses two issues, crashing when handling some PDF files and the Sandboxing Requirement laid down by Apple.

For the first issue, the application was using multi-threading when handling the page extractor and at times, these causes the app to crash when handling complex pdf pages. As such, we have disabled the multi-threading feature which appears to address the issue. You should not experience any significant degrading of performance. The only thing is that you may not have the ability to stop the app while it is doing the processing.

The second issue is a requirement issue which requires all apps sold on the Apple’s App Store to be sandboxed for OS X 10.7 Lion users. The dateline for this is November 2011 but we decided to work on this first and get it out of the way so that we can concentrate on feature enhancement. The sandboxing requirement does require a major rewrite on how files are handled within the app as natively, the app would not have any permission to access any files to read or to write outside of its ecosystem. It cannot handle any files on your computer and the only way for it to handle them is for the user to specify which file or folder where it can access files in, this is done by having the user Drag and Drop files to the application or by using the File Dialogs.

What sandboxing means to the user, the significant change is that as a OS X 10.7 Lion user, you will need to specify the “Save In” folder each time you launch the application so as to grant the application permission to write files to the folder. The permission is only valid until you shut down your computer or the application. As such, we moved the “Save In” settings out of the Preference Tab into the Main Window.

If you do encounter any issues or have a suggestion as to improve the app, feel free to email us at support@batchimage.com .

Thank you very much for your support.

CM Batch Photo Resizer v1.0.9 (Mac) Updated

We are pleased to announce the immediate release of CM Batch Photo Resizer v1.0.9 for Mac on the Apple’s App Store.

This update contains two major changes, improved error checking and compliance to the Apple’s App Store’s Sandboxing requirement.

In the past, if CM Batch Photo Resizer encounter a photo which is malformed or faulty, it would prompt a blank pop up screen and crashes the application. This issue could be caused because of a mismatch file extension, malformed header, corrupted file or encoding which CM Batch Photo Resizer cannot handle. Now the application when it encounters such issues would echo the error messages within the Status Box at the bottom right hand order. This would allow the application to continue processing the rest of the images on the list while skipping those it cannot handle.

As for the Sandboxing requirement, this only applies to OS X 10.7 Lion users. Apple has set the dateline for all apps sold on the App Store to be sandboxed by November for future updates. We decided to comply with the Sandboxing requirement early so that we could on one hand, get that issue out of the way and it also allows us to concentrate on features updates. Sandboxing requires us to rewrite a huge portion of the application to work in its ecosystem. Natively, the application would have no access to any files outside its sandboxed area so it cannot read or write any files. All access to files and folders would need to be explicitly specified by the user by using the Open and Save File Dialogs or by doing a Drag and Drop. That is the only way files can be added to this ecosystem.

What Sandboxing means to you as the user is that now you would have to always specify the “Save In” location each time you launch the application. This is the only way the application will be granted permission to write to that folder. As such, we have moved the “Save In” settings option to the main screen out of the Preference/Settings Page.

If you do encounter any issues or have any suggestions to improve the application, feel free to contact us by emailing us at support@batchimage.com . We would certainly love to here from you.

ComboTIFF v1.0.5 (Mac) Update

We are pleased to announce the immediate release of ComboTIFF v1.0.5.

The is a compliance update for the Apple’s App Store Sandboxing requirement. Although, Apple’s dateline for the Sandboxing requirement is for the beginning of November 2011, we thought it would be best to get that out of the way so that we could actually look into enhancing the application further.

The only significant changes you would see is that the Save Settings option is now on the main screen and that you will need to specify the folder you want to save in each time you launch the app.

What Sandboxing does is that the App would now have to run in its own ecosystem which is distant from the other applications and would have no access to any files outside its ecosystem. This technically means that on its own, it cannot read any files or write any files. As an exception, the user would need to always tell the application which files it can access and where it can write too. This permission is lost each time you close the app or shut down the computer.

This will require us to do some major rewrite within the application to support this requirement.

We apologized if this may cause some inconvenience to you but we do not have much choice in this matter. The Sandboxing requirement is only applicable to OS X 10.7 Lion users.

This update is available on the App Store and if you do encounter any issues or have any suggestions to improve the application, please feel free to contact us at support@batchimage.com

Enjoy!

CM TIFF 2 PDF v1.0.5 Update

We are pleased to announce the immediate availability of CM TIFF 2 PDF v1.0.5 on the Apple App Store.

The Update contains several enhancements which includes

* The inclusion of “Resize to (%)” option which allows you to resize the tiff files before inclusion in the PDF output file

* The inclusion of “Picture Quality” option which allows you to determine the JPEG and PNG image quality that would be saved in the PDF output file.

The above options would substantially reduce the file size of the output file.

One major fundamental internal is the Sandboxing of the Application which is a requirement of the Apple App Store for OS X Lion. So far OS X 10.7 Lion users, what this means for CM TIFF 2 PDF is that each time you launch CM TIFF 2 PDF, you will need to select the folder to save the output PDF in. This is no longer saved for OS X Lion users. This does not affect Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard users.

Thank you once again for your patience and hope you enjoy using CM TIFF 2 PDF. As always, if you do encounter any issues or have any suggestions to improve this app, please feel free to contact us as support@batchimage.com

You can get the free update to CM TIFF 2 PDF from the App Store using the App Store App.