30 Jul

We’re launching Priority Support Subscriptions!

All users get free support for Ghostotter products. However, we understand that our software is business-critical for some users and they need a faster support response than other users.

If that sounds like you then you might want to consider purchasing a priority support subscription (PSS). A PSS enhances the support options for your product with the following benefits:

A faster response
We always try to respond to support requests as quickly as possible. However, some users need a super-fast response. With a PSS, we will respond to your support request within 1 working day. (Normal response time is within 3 days).

A dedicated support contact
You will have a dedicated member of the Ghostotter development team who will be your first point of contact should you need help. NB. Contact will be via email and in English.

Priority support
Support requests from users with a PSS will be dealt with ahead of other support requests.

Priority development requests
Development requests (e.g. new feature requests) from users with a PSS will be prioritised ahead of other development requests. Be aware that not all development requests will be accepted.

More Info

08 Jan

Barcode Basics for macOS Reviews

Thanks for the reviews!

As a small development company, app reviews from our customers mean an awful lot to us. We’d like to thank those of you who left them, and share the best of them with the rest of you.

Here are some of our favourite Mac App Store for our flagship macOS barcode generator, Barcode Basics:

update if you need to change over from barcode pro this is the best option without having to break the bank. package designer working with this every day. nice layout and it works crating a vector file.
(4/5) from mac-user-101, USA

After trying “less expensive” alternatives I found that this app is worth they price. You get what you pay for. Some paid apps are as much as $300. The free apps either lure you into spending much more to get what you need, give you incorrect codes or produce unscalable bitmaps. Bit maps may develop blured lines that dont scan properly for your customers. This program creates clean eps files that are scalable.
(5/5) from live to learn, learn to live, USA

Affordable and does what I need. Excellent value for money. Pretty much faultless.
(5/5) stars from AJKS, UK

At last a stand alone barcode application which can be used without paying a fortune. It is quick and easy, very user friendly and is (I believe) industry standard, just right for the packaging trade. Good app, good price and versatile!
(5/5) stars from freespeakiain, UK

Great little app, that is affordable, simple and quick to use. The developer is really responsive, he added support for Code 128 barcodes a few days after requesting it!
(5/5) stars from ChrisRichards, UK

If you’re looking for a macOS barcode generator which won’t break the bank then why not give Barcode Basics a try! Click the Mac App Store link below for more information and to get your copy.


Link to Mac App Store to purchase Barcode Basics - Mac barcode software

macOS barcode software screenshot

27 Nov

Barcode Basics now supports Mojave’s Dark Mode

Users of our popular macOS barcode creator, Barcode Basics, can now choose to take advantage of dark mode support in macOS Mojave (10.14) or higher.

Dark mode is a dramatic new look in macOS that’s easy on your eyes and helps you focus on your work. Barcode Basics supports it fully, and we think it looks pretty smart.

As always, the update from the Mac app store is completed free. If you don’t already own a copy then click here for more info.

Let us know what you think!

Barcode Basics fully supports dark mode in macOS Mojave

09 Aug

Ain’t no party like a barcode party…

Barcode Party!

Our macOS barcode creation app “Barcode Basics” hit an important milestone today. Since it’s release in late 2013, it’s now sold over 2,500 copies.

Our vision was to make a barcode app that was affordable to the masses, yet still produced barcodes good enough for packaging, publishing etc.

Five years later and Barcode Basics has matured nicely and is being used on a daily basis by freelance graphic designers, publishers and printers around the world. It’s still the only barcode app we’re aware of that ships with Automator actions as standard.

We’d like to take this opportunity to say a big thank you to every last one of our users, to assure you that we will continue to develop and support the app. Now to figure out what exactly a barcode party entails…

29 Jul

Automate barcode production on macOS

We’re excited to announce the launch of a new version of Barcode Basics which includes support for Apple’s Automator app. This means that you can create barcodes in your own Automator workflows, services and even simple apps – without knowing anything about programming.

Imagine creating batches of barcodes from numbers supplied in a spread sheet. Or creating a barcode directly from text selected in an email. Anything you can do in Barcode Basics, you can now do in an Automator workflow.

Barcode Basics’ Automator workflow is included in every version of Barcode Basics, as standard. There are no hidden extra charges. And Barcode Basics is the cheapest way of automating barcode production by a long shot.

For more information about Barcode Basics, or to pick up your copy head over to the Mac App Store by clicking the link below.


Link to Mac App Store to purchase Barcode Basics - Mac barcode software

15 May

Using Automator to convert Pages to PDF

Recently we were asked how to use Automator to convert Apple Pages documents into PDFs. In the spirit of sharing the knowledge, here’s how we did it.

It’d be great to make an app which we could drop our Pages files on and have them made into PDFs. The obvious way to make such an app is with Automator. Unfortunately, Pages doesn’t ship with Automator actions (although there are some funky third party options)

Luckily, Pages is AppleScriptable so we can make our own action. Let’s look at how to do that.

First, launch Automator (you’ll find it in your Mac’s Applications folder). Select “Application”.

Screen Shot 2016-05-12 at 13.19.38

Next, drag a “Run AppleScript” workflow into your workflow so you have something that looks like this:

Screen Shot 2016-05-12 at 13.20.06

Replace all the purple text in the action with the following AppleScript:

on run {input, parameters}

repeat with theFile in input
tell application "Finder"
set theFilesFolder to (folder of theFile) as text
end tell

tell application "Pages"
set theDoc to open theFile

set theDocName to name of theDoc
set theName to (characters 1 thru -7 of theDocName) as text
export theDoc as PDF to file ((theFilesFolder & theName & ".pdf") as text)

close theDoc

end tell
end repeat
return input
end run

Save the workflow and you should now have an app that you can drop Pages documents on.

Note that it’s up to you to make sure that the documents you drop actually are Pages documents – the script doesn’t check and may error if you drop the wrong type of documents.

On a related note, if you’d rather dodge the AppleScripting all together then you could try out our handy Pages Automator Actions.

While we have your attention… why not check out our macOS apps?

Barcode Basics – macOS barcode generator (including Automator support)
Ai Actions – Automator action pack for Adobe Illustrator
Pages Automator Actions – Automator action pack for Pages

09 May

Backing up a folder on macOS with rsync

Terminal

Quite often we’re asked how to keep a backup folder in sync with a work in progress folder. There are many possible solutions apps and third party solutions out there, but its quite easy to set up a rough, homespun backup solution. All you need is a little command line wizardry using something called rsync.

Syncing with rsync

First, lets imagine we have two folders on our desktop. One is called WIP, which contains all my work in progress. The other is called Backup which is where I’d like to keep a backup of all my WIP.

Open up a Terminal window (you’ll find Terminal in /Applications/Utilities) and type:

rsync -av --delete

Don’t hit return yet! Next, drag the WIP folder onto your Terminal to get the path to your folder. Add a slash to the end of it. You should have something like this:

rsync -av --delete /Users/YourUserName/Desktop/WIP/

Don’t hit return yet! Of course, the path will be different on your Mac – don’t worry about it. Next, drag the Backup folder onto the Terminal. You should now have something like this:

rsync -av --delete /Users/YourUserName/Desktop/WIP/ /Users/YourUserName/Desktop/Backup

Now you can hit return! You should find that the contents of WIP are copied to Backup. If you run the command a second time, nothing will happen. This is the beauty of rsync. It’s smart enough to only copy files from WIP if an identical copy doesn’t already exist in Backup. Our “–delete” option means that anything in in Backup that’s NOT in WIP gets deleted.

Of course, your backup folder can be anywhere – on an external drive or even on a remote server.

Scheduling

There are a number of ways to make this rsync command run a schedule. You could run it via a scheduled Automator action, via cron using something like Cronnix, or (my favourite) using a Launch Agent.

Have fun with your new backup command!

While we have your attention… why not check out our macOS apps?

Barcode Basics – macOS barcode generator (including Automator support)
Ai Actions – Automator action pack for Adobe Illustrator
Pages Automator Actions – Automator action pack for Pages