What’s Coming Up Next? – Tom Bluewater Introducing Shaded for Mac OS X

Mac application Shaded






TOKYO (MacHouse) – For the past five weeks, I have sent four desktop applications to Mac App Store. And they have all been submitted to the Graphics & Design category. Bad news is that another one is being sent to Graphics & Design. I myself have had enough. But what can I say? Anyway, the new software title that I submitted to Mac App Store several minutes ago is called Shaded.





Desktop macOS application Shaded

Tom Bluewater
  Desktop macOS application Shaded

Tom Bluewater






Shaded is a simple desktop application that lets you create a beautiful logo out of a mere text string. Basically, all you have to do is set a text string to the input field, selecting a font family and selecting a material. And, voila!  






Features

  1. Store font families that you frequently use in the favorite font list.
  2. Selecting a font family will give you a list of available typefaces that comes with it.
  3. Cast or not cast a shadow around the logo.
  4. Select a material from a list of 40+ materials.
  5. Save the logo appearing over the canvas as an image file (BMP, GIF, JPEG, JPEG 2000, PNG, TIFF) to your disk.
  6. Save current progress as a document file for this application. Choose Open Document to resume progress from a saved file.
  7. Change the background color of the canvas.
  8. Set up the shared folder so that you won’t be prompted to name a file every time you save the logo as an image file to your disk.
  9. Overwrite or not overwrite an existing file in the shared folder. If you turn off the overwrite checkbox, the application will automatically append an underscore + a number to the file name.
  10. The fullScreen mode is supported.
  11. The application supports the retina screen. (tested with 2014 2.6 GHz 13″ MacBook Pro)
  12. Languages: English and Japanese only.
  13. Application file size: 36.9 MB.
  14. The application comes with a built-in 12-page user guide. Click on the Quick tour toolbar button or choose Show Quick Tour under Shaded whenever you need to see it.






System requirements

  1. 10.11 (tested with 10.11.6), 10.12 (tested with 10.12.2 and 10.12.5)
  2. 64-bit system






Limitations

  1. The application is free to use. If you choose to use it as freeware, you will have access to four materials. An in-app purchase will increase the number of materials to 44.
  2. The user cannot double-click on a document file in order to resume progress. That’s because we don’t want them to double-click on a document file while the application is busy doing something.






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Version history

Version 1.3.2 (Released on October 5th, 2019)

  1. The application is now compatible with macOS 10.15.


Version 1.3.1 (Released on November 26th, 2018)

  1. Fixed is an issue where the application did not produce an image compatible with a retina screen.


Version 1.3.0 (Released on November 25th, 2018)

  1. The application is rebuilt from scratch with numerous changes. For existing users who have made in-app purchases, please click on ‘Making in-app purchases at Mac App Store’ to restore your purchases.
  2. Two in-app purchases (Additional materials – Pack 4 and Additional materials – Pack 5) are available, each containing 40 materials.
  3. The user can now drag and drop an application document file directly onto the canvas to open it.


Version 1.2.4 (Released on November 27th, 2017)

  1. Fixed is an issue where the application saved wrong values in its database file when the user opened Preferences and saved changes.


Version 1.2.2 (Released on October 29th, 2017)

  1. A number of code changes are made that makes the application compatible with Swift 4
  2. The user can now adjust space between letters. (See the drop-down menu titled kerning under the properties drawer.)


Version 1.2.0 (Released on September 27th, 2017)

  1. Pack 3 (an in-app purchase) containing additional 40 materials is now available. Purchasing Pack 3 will increase the total number of materials to 124. The user must already have Pack 2 in order to purchase Pack 3.
  2. Fix: After the user purchased Additional Pack 2, the in-app purchased might not have been immediately available to the user.


Version 1.1.3 (Released on September 26th, 2017)

  1. When the user entered a scale value greater than 32.0, the text color of the combo box turned red, indicating the value is invalid.
  2. Fixed is an issue where one or more toolbar buttons can be incorrectly grayed out after a progress sheet closes.
  3. The custom progress sheet could show duplicated dots in circle after the user saved an image to their disk for the second time.


Version 1.1.0 (Released on September 22nd, 2017)

  1. The application will reorder favorite font names alphabetically.
  2. Pack 2 (an in-app purchase) containing additional 40 materials is now available. Purchasing Pack 2 will increase the total number of materials to 84. The user must already have Pack 1 in order to purchase Pack 2.






Trial/Demo version

It will/can be freely downloaded at Mac App Store. So there is no trial or demo version.






There is no video tutorial at this time.






Privacy policy

This application does not collect privacy data from its users. It does not share any type of data with a third party.






Shaded is a product of Tom Bluewater.
Apple and the Apple logo are trademarks of Apple Inc., registered in the U.S. and other countries. Mac App Store is a service mark of Apple Inc.

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12 Responses to What’s Coming Up Next? – Tom Bluewater Introducing Shaded for Mac OS X

  1. Kaz Smith says:

    Hello.
    Can I kern with Shaded?

  2. I can’t promise you with anything because of an existing class that has to do with the document file you create when you choose Save under File. But I’ll take a look tomorrow.

  3. I have submitted Version 1.2.2 to Mac App Store. You will be able to adjust space between letters with it.

  4. Kaz Smith says:

    Thank you for the revision of 1.2.2.
    If I can kern each space of letters individually, it will be perfect.
    But it’s much better than previous version.
    Thank you so much.

  5. Hanzz says:

    How can I do the in app purchases? From within the app it does nothing when I click an option.

  6. Please choose In-App Purchases under Shared and select the top one (40 materials to a total of 44) in the list, clicking on the purchase button to the right.

  7. Hanzz says:

    I am sorry ,but this does nothing. It is even grayed out. I can send you a screenshot if needed.

  8. Hanzz says:

    it even says : “already purchased”. The next options are “not available”

  9. Please send your screenshot to junk913@gmail.com .

  10. Hanzz says:

    Just mailed.Thanks for the quick response.

  11. Please follow the steps below.

    1. Quit the application if it’s running.
    2. Select Finder in the Dock. While holding down the option key, choose Library under Go.
    3. Navigate to Containers > net.mhvt.Shaded > Data > Library > Application Support > Shaded.
    4. Trash the file titled Materials.
    5. Launch the application and choose In-App Purchases under Shaded.

    If that doesn’t help, then, I’m sorry, but I don’t know what else to tell you. Good luck.

  12. Hanzz,

    I have to apologize to you. It isn’t your fault at all. I’ve found a problem that seems to originate from the last software update after the application is made compatible with Swift 4. I’ve already submitted a software update (1.2.3) to Mac App Store. Hopefully, it will be available in 12 hours or so. Thank you for your reporting the problem.

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