Monday, April 25, 2011

Mail Designer from Equinux...

(Full disclosure, Equinux has provided me a demo copy of the software to use for my review. I have not been paid any compensation for anything that I have written below and all opinions are my own).

Now, on to the review...

Mail Designer for the Mac. Want great looking stationery for your email? Look no further. Not only do you get great looking templates that can be modified, but you can also easily create your own using guides which make it truly easy for you to achieve great results in a short amount of time.

The 28 page PDF manual that comes with the program includes links to videos which will show you step by step how to do things in the program.
If you're a Mac user who's been around the platform for a while, you'll be impressed with the level of intuitiveness in the application. You can truly "create the emails you've always wanted" with this app.

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At the start you're presented with this screen where you can actually see the app in action to see how easy it is to use and to get you confident right away that you'll achieve some great results.

Once you're past this screen you're presented with the Design Ideas window. Here you can select some of the pre-designed templates to work from including a blank one which you can use as a basis of creating your own stationery. When you find one you like, click the button in the right corner that says "Edit a Copy", or simply double-click on the template to open a copy on your screen.

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in this case I am picking one called "Sports" as you'll see below. It opens into an Untitled window and allows me to edit various areas of the page as you would in a high-end Page Layout program like Indesign or PageMaker for those of us from the "Old School".

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Once the template is open, I can change things like color, text, pictures. As you can see below, I took the perfectly good layout and created my own custom version of this. I can then save it and simply add it to my email program, and have this go out to my list easily.

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After I have finished customizing things, I simply save the stationery into the Design Chooser area, and then right click it to install it into Apple Mail. To install it, I simply select New Email from the menu as below...

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I am then presented with this dialog box which I would select "Install" if I wanted to do that. In this case I did and you can see from the image I am including after this one that the stationery shows up in a Custom area.

and when I then select that Custom Stationery to be used in a new email, the window looks like this:

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And the best part of this is, that if I want to change something in here now, I can still edit some things. As you'll see below I swapped a couple of pictures and some text:

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Once all of your changes are made, simply click send to send the email off. What's fun is when it arrives, the resulting email looks AMAZING!!! AND, on a PC when it comes in, it does not show up with a bunch of attachments. It shows up as just the email message like you see below:

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This is important as a lot of people don't like extra attachments in their emails and when they see a message show up with a bunch of them, they might be less likely to open the message. This way the message comes through clear and precise. Nice job Equinux!

The example I used above was in the case of sending off a newsletter or quick announcement to someone or a group of people in your contact list. You can also use the basic template and create your very own personalized stationery from scratch easily.

There are other stationery solutions on the market. Some depend on other servers to pass images out, others will use a plugin that may or may not work, and still others include all sorts of attachments that other email readers never seem to assemble correctly. This app appears to do everything in the right order to produce amazing results. I can't say enough good things about it in the short time we have here, so I'll leave it to you to form your own opinion. Those who know me will say "If he doesn't like something, he'll tell you. If he does like it, he'll tell the world!". It's time to tell the world I LIKE THIS PRODUCT!

My suggestion right now is stop reading and simply go to the website and purchase this product!!
http://www.equinux.com is the site and the product is priced quite fairly at $69.95. You can license it for 1 or more Macs, and there are also additional Stationery packs available.

Once you do, they'll get you the software, the great pdf manual (28 pages worth) and you'll be off and creating your first stationery in minutes.

I'd like to throw out a big DOCMURDOCK APPROVED stamp for this product as it's really quite fun to use, intuitive, and produces great results. Impressive to say the least, amazing is more like it.

Have fun!

Michael Murdock, CEO
DocMurdock.com

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Thursday, April 21, 2011

Al Franken, Ed Markey Press Steve Jobs On iPhone Tracking


Senators..­.stop worrying about the iPhone tracking you while you cheat on your wives. FIX THE BUDGET, Get the country on track or pack your bags and GO HOME. Sheesh
Read the Article at HuffingtonPost

Thursday, April 14, 2011

CoPilot Live® debuts on the Amazon Appstore at #1!

CoPilot Live® debuts on the Amazon Appstore as the #1 Paid Navigation App 

Best-selling offline GPS navigation app for Android smartphones and tablets is now available
to purchase from the Amazon Appstore for Android


Princeton, NJ – April 14, 2011 –
 ALK Technologies today announced their CoPilot Live voice-guided, GPS navigation app for Android-powered smartphones and tablets has launched on the Amazon Android Appstore, debuting at #1 in the paid navigation category.

"The launch of CoPilot Live on the Amazon Appstore is great news for consumers," said Michael Kornhauser, Managing Director, CoPilot Solutions, ALK Technologies. "Amazon.com is the largest online retailer in the United States and the preferred channel to purchase and research computer software and electronics for many consumers. We're thrilled with the interest they've taken in the Android app marketplace and seeing CoPilot Live debut at #1 further demonstrates the appetite for on-board navigation among smartphone and tablet users."

Already a popular choice on Google's Android Market, CoPilot Live North America provides easy to follow, turn-by-turn navigation with clear 3D guidance views and voice directions throughout the U.S and Canada. Detailed street-level maps are stored directly on the Android device, not downloaded each trip, so drivers don't need to rely on a mobile internet connection for navigation.

In addition to door-to-door navigation, CoPilot Live North America uses a phone's mobile internet connection to provide access to useful real-time information including Local Internet Search and location-specific weather forecasts. A real-time traffic service, ActiveTraffic™, calculates routes and ETAs based on current traffic conditions and is available to purchase as a premium feature.

CoPilot Live North America is immediately available to purchase from the Appstore for Android for a one-time fee of $19.99 for unlimited use. Twelve months use of the ActiveTraffic real-time traffic service is available as an option for $9.99. Learn more at www.copilotlive.com or view the feature video.

About ALK Technologies
ALK Technologies has been developing innovative mobile navigation and transportation technology solutions since 1979. For more information on ALK Technologies, visit: www.alk.com orwww.alk.eu.com.

You can also follow CoPilot Live online: TwitterCoPilot Live BlogFacebookYouTube, and Flickr.

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Wednesday, April 06, 2011

Something really original...

So the call went out,

"When was the last time you wrote something truly original on your blog?"

How about now?

Something really original...what could that be... E=Mc2...nope that's not original and with all the down talk on Nuclear now, who knows what might happen to my blog. It might actually get famous. Never can tell.

I suppose I could just dash out a few simple thoughts before bedtime...is that original enough? Depends on what the thoughts or musings entail.

I could pitch some products here like www.businesscreditspot.com or www.socialtimesaver.com or tell people to go to:

www.docmurdock.com/time.htm and sign in to learn how to create time from thin air, but those would not be original. Been there done that.

I could ask if anyone went out and got me the Blu-ray Combo Pack with Digital copy of TRON LEGACY, but that might be considered self-serving in some way.

I could share that I got a really good deal at Starbucks today on a 1lb bag of coffee and a nice looking logo'd container to store it in. I suppose I could brag on that, and that the Starbucks that I purchased it from on Beach Blvd & Garfield Ave in Huntington Beach has much better service and customer interactions than the store over on Golden West & Yorktown in Huntington Beach.

and of course I could brag that today while others were toiling at a desk that we went to the beach for a walk with the dog, talked about business, and actually made money while that was going on as that's what folks who are in internet marketing do.

Or I could simply say words which come to me through that group known as The Many who simply say:

"Thanks for taking the time from your moment to read this and appreciate the depth at which it seeks to connect with you. The depth of your heart which is in turn connected to the next heart and so on as we all beat in this life as one musical note. We're here to serve the greater good, to teach many, to connect with same and to allow all to achieve all the desire to achieve in this lifetime so long as they choose to do so. Life is truly meant to be fun and when it ceases to be so, it becomes that thing called work that so many fear and that's not why we're here in these human shells. We're here to have universal fun, promote universal truth, love, and the exploration of all we desire to explore from this place known as Earth. But we get to choose this as the one who is called God deemed it to be so.

And so it is.

Much love to all.

Michael & The Many

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