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ImageFramer newsletter #3

Greetings from Apparent Software!

In this release:

ImageFramer version 2.4.3 is released
Two useful tips for using ImageFramer.

ImageFramer 2.4.3 release

The new ImageFramer version has the following changes, some of which were much requested by you:

NEW: Now supports dragging from iPhoto.
NEW: Added a warning on export if file exists when dragging and when saving on batches.
FIX: Saving a JPEG no longer produces black border. Now uses background color.
FIX: No more frame artifacts on Snow Leopard on high size exports.
FIX: When automatic startup settings file doesn't exist, ignore the setting. This prevents a bug where users report that they can't add mats.
CHANGE: Now doesn't lock Finder while saving large images.
CHANGE: Reduced shadow blur radius for faster operation.

Tip 1: Drag and drop images from iPhoto to ImageFramer.

In the previous newsletter we've written that you can drag and drop images from Finder into ImageFramer and from ImageFramer to Finder (Cmd-Drag). Newly released version 2.4.3 of ImageFramer now also allows dropping images dragged straight from iPhoto. This elimates the previous unconvenient way of moving the image through Desktop. This ability was asked by several people in the forums and in private mail and we're happy to support this now.

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Tip 2: Making images with shadows look well on any website

If you enable shadows and lighting for the frames, ImageFramer will export the images with the external shadow. Obviously you want the shadow to look well on your background.

If your target background is a solid color, you can (starting with ImageFramer 2.4.3) set the background color in Image tab to the target color and export the image in JPG. The resulting image will have its shadow on your selected background color. Remember, you can pick the color with the colorpicker tool in the Color paletter (it looks like a mignifying glass).

If your background is not a solid color or you want your image to be able to fit any background, you should export the image in PNG or TIFF formats. These formats are saved with transparency information, so the shadow is really partially transparent and can be dropped onto any surface. JPG image format doesn't allow transparency at all, that's why it's now saved with selected background color.

Sincerely,
Jacob and Kosta
Apparent Software.

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