Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Sharpshooter 2.0.1: Now Available and Lion Compatible

Are you ready for the imminent release of Mac OS X 10.7 Lion? We have just released an update to our screenshot utility Sharpshooter 2 which makes it compatible with the new OS. Be sure to get the latest 2.0.1 version for a seamless transition to Lion.

If you purchased Sharpshooter 2 from the Kerlmax website, just choose "Check for Updates" from within the app to easily download and install the 2.0.1 update.

For those that bought Sharpshooter 2 from the Mac App Store, we are sad to report that the 2.0.1 update is still "In Review" at Apple which means that it may not be released before 10.7 becomes available. Hopefully it won't be too much longer before the update appears on the App Store.

Customers still using Sharpshooter 1.x should be aware that we are no longer releasing updates for that product. There are issues which prevents it from working properly on Lion. It will still work on Mac OS X 10.4 through 10.6; however, we encourage you to try out version 2 if you are running 10.6.6 or later. You can download Sharpshooter 2 from the Kerlmax website and try out the new features with its 30-day trial. Upgrading is only $8 USD and can either be performed with the "Purchase License" button within the app or by visiting our store on the website with your browser.

Monday, June 27, 2011

Kerlmax Releases Sharpshooter 2.0

Austin, Texas - June 27, 2011 - Kerlmax LLC today released Sharpshooter 2.0, a major upgrade to its screenshot utility app which gives you finer control over using Mac OS X's built-in key combinations. If you take screenshots to capture what's showing on your monitor, you owe it to yourself to see how Sharpshooter can save you time. The major new features of Sharpshooter 2 are the automatic processing options. In addition to the previous version's manual features which received a Mac Gem award from Macworld, Sharpshooter now lets you automatically rename screenshots with your own naming scheme, move them to folders, change the image file formats, and open them with other apps. Several other features were added to improve usability and fulfill feature requests.

When Apple released Snow Leopard, they changed the default naming of screenshots from "Picture 1" to a slightly more descriptive format like "Screen shot 2011-04-01 at 12:00:00 PM". Sharpshooter takes this a step further and lets you manipulate and process a screenshot while it is still fresh on your mind. After taking a screenshot, Sharpshooter can present the new image to you in a window where you can quickly file it away into any folder, change the image file format, and rename it to something descriptive and memorable. Don't let a bunch of generically named screenshots collect on your Desktop. Let Sharpshooter help you organize them. After a few days, are you going to remember why you took "Screen shot 2011-06-01 at 11.25.44 AM" or that "Screen shot 2011-06-02 at 3.09.01 PM" is a picture of your upcoming vacation's flight itinerary?

System Requirements:

* Mac OS X 10.6.6 or later

Pricing and Availability:

Sharpshooter 2.0 is priced at $15.00 (USD) and can be downloaded and purchased from the Kerlmax website. The app from the website has a free thirty day fully functional trial period for users to explore before buying. Sharpshooter is also available for purchase from the Mac App Store.

Registered owners of Sharpshooter 1 are eligible to upgrade to the latest version for just $8.00 (USD). Anyone who purchased after April 1, 2011 will receive the upgrade for free and will be notified automatically via email.

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Sharpshooter 2.0
Purchase Sharpshooter from Kerlmax website
Sharpshooter on Mac App Store

Kerlmax LLC is a small software company located in Austin, Texas. Founded in 2008 by Isaac Wankerl, Kerlmax focuses on exciting and intuitive products for the Mac and iPhone platforms. Copyright 2008-2011 Kerlmax LLC. All Rights Reserved. Mac and Mac OS X are registered trademarks of Apple Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries.


Isaac Wankerl

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Sharpshooter 1.2 released

Sharpshooter update
Kerlmax LLC has released an update to the Sharpshooter screenshot tool. This new version 1.2 addresses a couple of issues that were causing the majority of support emails.

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Customized screenshot names on Snow Leopard
Some users have customized their system to use a non-default name for their screenshots. With Snow Leopard, instead of taking one named "Screen shot 2011-02-06 at 12.32.09 PM.png" it might be named something like "Picture 2011-02-06 at 12.32.09 PM.png". Previously, our suggested workaround was to go back to using the default screenshot name and we provided a small application to change the setting. Now users without the default setting will be able to continue using Sharpshooter.

Mysterious UI locking on trial expiration
Users can test out Sharpshooter with its thirty day fully functional trial. Once the trial period expires, certain features become unavailable. Many users wrote in wondering why the user interface was disabled and locked as the application didn't provide an explanation for the change. With the new version, unregistered copies show a button along the bottom of the renaming window that will countdown the remaining days in the trial period. Clicking on the button sends you to the store so you can purchase a license.

Coming soon
This will likely be the last version of Sharpshooter before the next major release. Sharpshooter 2 is being rebuilt from the ground up. The new app will be dropping support for older OS versions and will require Snow Leopard. Our current plan is to have the app available for purchase from the Kerlmax website and through Apple's Mac App Store. Hopefully it won't be long before it's ready for release.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Austin Traffic for iPad in the works

Lately we've been working on an iPad version of our Austin Traffic iPhone app. It's been a lot of fun as the larger screen size and new user interface elements has made us rethink how we can present the traffic information to you. Most of the functionality is in place now so we're fixing bugs and refining the look.

The app will be shipped as a Universal binary so it will work on iPhones, iPads, and iPod touches. It is also just a regular upgrade so if you already bought Austin Traffic, you'll get this new version 3 for free. We also have a brand new icon designed by Trevor Lemoine which looks great.

It will require you to have iPhone OS 3.0 or later installed. Most of our users are already set (our server logs show less than 1% are still using an earlier version). Speaking of server logs, we are collecting anonymous data from your devices to help us make our product better (for more information see section "b. Consent to Use of Data" of the iTunes Store LICENSED APPLICATION END USER LICENSE AGREEMENT). Austin Traffic version 3 will contain our privacy policy for you to read just to make you aware of this.

Based on the past week, quite a lot of Austin Traffic users have the iPhone 3GS model (about 62%) and the majority of the rest have the iPhone 3G (about 32%). There have been some iPad users but not too many yet. Hopefully that will change before too long because the app is amazing on the iPad. One more data point we'd like to share with you is a graph of when people are using the app. Understandably, the peaks are at the morning and evening rush hours.

Monday, December 14, 2009

Interim Austin Traffic Icon

Yesterday we submitted Austin Traffic version 2.3.1 to Apple for review. There are only a few changes; the main one being a new icon. Last week we were notified that the design of the University of Texas Tower, which is depicted in the application's icon, is trademarked. We were disappointed to find this out as the app icon was one of our favorite parts of the app! In order to resolve the infringement, we quickly modified the icon. Without an in-house graphic designer, this new "interim" icon leaves a lot to be desired. Don't worry, we will be working with a trained professional to get a better icon in place in the near future. We want something that is representative of Austin in some way and currently have an idea or two in mind, but you can leave a comment if you have a suggestion.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Kerlmax releases Sharpshooter 1.1 with Snow Leopard support

Austin, Texas - September 15, 2009 - Kerlmax LLC has announced an update to Sharpshooter which adds full support for Snow Leopard. Sharpshooter 1.1 is a background application that displays screenshots as you take them with Mac OS X's built-in key combinations and lets you rename and move them while they are still fresh on your mind. Never again will you have a bunch of generically named pictures cluttering your desktop.

Featured in the Macworld Mac Gems Superguide, Sharpshooter is designed to give you more control over your screenshots. Sharpshooter provides you the opportunity to rename your screenshots with pinpoint accuracy. As you take each one you can decide which folder to save it to, which image format to save it as, what file name to give it, quickly print it, or even trash it if you didn't get exactly what you wanted. Sharpshooter has been described as invaluable by a number of companies in the printing and publishing business.

System Requirements:
* Mac OS X 10.4 or later, including Mac OS X 10.6 (Snow Leopard)
* Mac computer with an Intel or PowerPC processor
* System set to a supported language: English, Catalan, Czech, Danish, German, Spanish, Finnish, French, Greek, Hungarian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian, Dutch, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Swedish, Ukrainian, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese

Pricing and Availability:
* Sharpshooter 1.1 is priced at $15.00 (USD) and can be downloaded and purchased at the Kerlmax website. Users can also take advantage of the free fully functional trial period for thirty days.

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Sharpshooter Product Page
Direct Download Link
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Kerlmax LLC is a small software company located in Austin, Texas. Founded in 2008 by Isaac Wankerl, Kerlmax focuses on exciting and intuitive products for the Mac and iPhone platforms. Copyright 2008-2009 Kerlmax LLC. All Rights Reserved. Apple, the Apple logo, and OS X are registered trademarks of Apple Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries.


Isaac Wankerl
Kerlmax LLC
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Friday, September 11, 2009

Presenting at CapMac in October

Isaac Wankerl demoing Austin Traffic at CapMacIn about a month I will be presenting at Austin's Capitol Macintosh user group October general meeting. Sharpshooter 1.1 will be final shortly and this will give me a great opportunity to show off its features to the group. Lately I've been making a conscious effort to do a better job of marketing my products and CapMac has been a wonderful tool so far in this respect. Back in January I got an email from Michael Sidoric asking if I would like to demo Austin Traffic at their first iPhone Special Interest Group meeting. At the time the app only showed traffic incident listings but enough work had been done to show off a prototype with traffic cameras. The new feature was well received and I got several good ideas from the group. I've since been back to several of the iPhone SIGs.

Photo courtesy of Alex Suarez.