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uMark PDF Watermarker Launched
Presenting our latest product - uMark PDF Watermarker. After photo and video, uMark is now available to watermark your PDF documents.

uMark PDF Watermarker is a batch watermark software for PDF documents and is available on Windows. You can use it to add visible watermarks to multiple PDF documents in one go. uMark for PDF is easy to use and super fast.

You can watermark entire folders full of PDF files including password protected and encrypted PDF documents. You can add a text watermark or an image watermark. Multiple watermarks can be added. You can save the watermarks for repeat use, so you can create your watermark once and use it next time without having to start all over again.

uMark supports encrypted PDF files. You can watermark multiple encrypted PDF files with uMark. You can also password protect non protected files or remove password from encrypted files.

Watermarks that you can add with uMark PDF Watermarker are fully customizable. You can set the font, color, shadow options. You can set custom transparency and rotate the watermark. Watermarks can be placed on one of the 9 predefined positions of custom left and top position.

uMark PDF Watermarker also supports macros so you can enter dynamic watermarks like document name and location, page numbers and total pages. It will come in very handy to add page numbers on existing PDF documents.

Here is a complete feature list of uMark PDF Watermarker

- Batch watermark multiple PDF documents
- Watermark entire folder along with sub folders
- Set watermark text
- Set watermark font, size and other font properties like bold, italics and underline
- Set watermark color
- Add a shadow to watermark to improve visibility
- Set shadow color
- Use watermark macros - document name, folder name, document path, page number, total pages
- Place watermark at one of the 9 predefined positions or set custom X,Y position
- Set custom transparency
- Rotate watermark
- Use an image/logo/signature as watermark
- Resize the image to be used as watermark
- Watermark password protected documents
- Save watermarks for repeat use
- Save watermarked PDF in a specific folder or the original folder
- Choose whether to overwrite original PDF
- Add suffix to watermarked documents
- Add password to watermarked documents
- Remove password from password protected documents

Know more about uMark PDF Watermarker

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PDF Unlock - Batch PDF password removal utility
PDF Unlock - Batch PDF password removal utility We have released a new freeware product today - PDF Unlock.

PDF Unlock is a batch PDF password remover tool for Windows. If you have a bunch of password protected PDF files and you want to remove the password then you can use PDF Unlock to unlock those files.

Using PDF Unlock is super easy. Just select the PDF documents you want to unlock or drag them onto PDF unlock window. Provide the password and hit the Unlock button. The unlocked files will be saved in the folder you have chosen.

PDF Unlock can save the unlocked files in a folder of your choice or it can save it in the original folder with a suffix. You can also choose to overwrite the original PDF files with the unlocked ones.

PDF Unlock is completely free to use. Download it now.
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Protect yourself against ransomware
You might have read about the recent worldwide ransomware attack. Ransomware is a very serious threat. This is a type of malware or virus which encrypts all your files and demands money to decrypt them. If you do not pay within a stipulated period all your files are deleted. The only solution is to either pay or format your computer and lose all your data.

How to protect yourself against ransomware or any kind of virus/malware?

A virus is nothing but an application. It does not execute itself. It needs to be executed by the user. The most common ways a malware gets executed is when it is embedded in another type of file. Most common ways to execute malware are macros in Office documents and auto extracting RAR files.

If you receive an email from an unknown source which says you have received an invoice or a receipt for a payment with a Word document attachment, DO NOT OPEN IT. Delete it immediately. The Word doc is probably containing a macro which will download the malware on your computer and execute it. Similarly, if you get a rar or zip file in attachment, do not open it. Rule of the thumb is if you receive an email from an unknown source with an attachment or a link to download something – DELETE IT. No matter how tempting or threatening it is. The mail may claim to be from your bank, tax authorities or FBI. Don’t open it. Just delete it.

Same precaution must be taken while downloading files from Torrents or file sharing websites. If possible avoid it. Do not insert pen drives or external hard drives from your friends' computer.

Do not keep writable shared folders on your computer. If one computer on network is affected it will scan the entire network and encrypt all the writable shared folders it can find.

Take regular backups. Keep online and offline backups. Do not keep your physical backup media attached to your computer all the time. Take a backup and detach it. The ransomware also encrypts the data on all the attached /mapped drives it can find. If that happens even your backup is gone. If you keep online backup in Google Docs or Dropbox, it will sync your encrypted files as well so even that data is gone, so keep multiple backups.

If your computer gets infected, the first thing you should do is shut it down. Just pull the power cable. Disconnect it from the network. Disconnect all the connected drives. Start the computer in command prompt mode and try to salvage whatever data you can.

There is no cure for ransomware. Prevention is the best option.
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uMark Photo Watermarker Pro for iOS
Introducing uMark Photo Watermarker Pro for iOS. Now you can watermark your photos on your iPad and iPhone. uMark Pro for iOS brings the same feature rich and easy to use experience of watermarking your photos in bulk to your mobile device.

What can you do with uMark Photo Watermarker Pro for iOS?

- Batch watermark photos on your iPhone or iPad
- Add text watermark
- Add your logo or another image as watermark
- Add shape watermark
- Add QR code watermark
- Add EXIF (invisible watermark)
- Add EXIF properties, date and auto numbers as watermarks
- Place watermark anywhere by dragging it around
- Resize and rotate watermark by pinching on it with two fingers
- Add borders and shadow on photos
- Save watermarks for repeat use
- Tile watermarks horizontally and/or vertically to cover entire photo
- Set custom transparency, size and placement of watermark
- Import watermark created from desktop version of watermark
- Resize photos
- Convert photos from one type to another

uMark Photo Watermarker Pro for iOS is a must have for anyone who wants to protect their photos online.

Get uMark Photo Watermarker Pro for iOS now from the App Store.



  
  
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uMark Photo Watermarker Lite now on Android and iOS
uMark Photo Watermarker is now available for your mobile devices - iPhone and iPad as well phones and tablets running Android.

uMark Photo Watermarker Lite for Android and uMark Photo Watermarker Lite for iOS are free apps for watermarking photos on your mobile devices.

With this app you can watermark a photo with text watermark and save the photo on your device gallery or share it on various social media networks.

Full fledged version uMark for Android iOS is coming soon.

Download uMark on your phone and let us know your feedback.



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uMark 6 launched
The latest version of the best photo watermark software for Windows is here. Introducing uMark 6.


uMark 6 adds a lot of processing and memory management optimizations which make the process of watermarking your photos faster and more efficient.

The biggest change you can see is the ability to pause or cancel the watermarking process. You can see the progress of the batch in percentage and pause or cancel it.


Major changes have gone under the hood which makes uMark consume less memory which allows you to batch larger photos and bigger batch sizes.

There have been some changes as well like you can now paste the folder path in the add folder window which will allow you to add folder from network locations easily.

You can now drag and drop photos from Windows Explorer to uMark to add them to watermarking queue.

All the users who have purchased uMark on or after 1 January 2016 can upgrade to uMark 6 for free.

Users who have purchased uMark before 1 January, 2016 can upgrade to the latest version for half the price. You can use your email id as a coupon code to get 50% discount.

If you have not purchased uMark yet, buy now.

Please note this update applies only to uMark for Windows. uMark 6 for Mac is coming soon.

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Introducing uMark Video Watermarker
uMark - the number one batch photo watermarking application was launched back in 2005. Today we are taking the uMark legacy forward with the launch of uMark Video Watermarker - a batch watermarking software for videos.

As more and more people create videos and share them online it has become imperative to add your watermark nd branding on the videos. With uMark Video Watermarker you can add text or image watermarks to multiple videos in one go. As with uMark for photos, you can save your watermarks for repeat use and customize the appearance of the watermark.

uMark Video Watermarker is available as a free download and has a Free and Pro mode. In the Free mode you can use it to watermark one video at a time. The Pro mode gives additional pro features for a price of $29. Either the free or the pro mode does not add any other unwanted watermark unlike some of the other products.

Other than watermarking uMark Video Watermarker can also be used for converting videos from one format to another, resize or compress videos to a specific size.

uMark Video Watermarker is available for computers running Microsoft Windows 8 and later versions.

Download uMark Video Watermarker and start watermarking your videos today.
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Snapcast.in - share photos on multiple platforms at once
We have just launched a new product - Snapcast.in. It is a web app to post photos on multiple platforms at once. You can use it to post photos on Facebook, Twitter, 500px and Flickr simultaneously. What is special about Snapcast.in is that you can select platform specific properties for photos while posting them. So you can set keywords which will be used by 500px and Flickr and select a category for 500px. you can connect a Facebook profile, a Facebook page, a Twitter, 500px and Flickr accounts. Once you have connected your various social profiles with Snapcast.in you can select up to 10 photos and post them at once on the selected platforms.

If you regularly share your photos on various platforms then going to each site individually and uploading photos manually on them becomes a chore. Snapcast.in will come in handy in such situations.

Check out Snapcast.in
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uMark 5.5 for Mac with invisible watermarks
Today we have released a new version of uMark for Mac which incorporates several new features.

IPTC values as watermark

Along with EXIF metadata you can now also insert IPTC properties as watermarks like title, by-line, copyright or whichever other IPTC values you may have set for the photo. The IPTC tags are listed at the end of the watermark macro list after the EXIF tags.

Format date in the macros

You can now tell uMark to enter the date from the macros in the format you want. uMark supports numerous date macros from EXIF data - date the photo was taken, the date it was modified and such. Earlier there was no way to control what kind of date uMark inserted as watermark. Now you can. You can now format the date to be inserted as Day/Month/Year or Month/Day/Year or any other format with the separate of your choice. By using various placeholders you can include various parts of a date.

D - Inserts the day from the date in double digits from 01 to 31
DD - Inserts the name of the day of week in selected language
M - Inserts the month from the date in double digits from 01 to 12
MM - Inserts the month name from the date for the language you have selected
Y - Inserts the full 4 digit year from the date
H - Insert the hours in 24 hour format from 00 to 23
N - Inserts the minutes from 00 to 59
S - Inserts the seconds from 00 to 59

Default format is Y-M-D H:N:S which is entire date string. You can change the format the way you like and can instantly see the preview how the date will look like below. That is only for a preview, the actual date that will be inserted will be according to the macro you have selected in the format you have chosen. uMark will even remember the format for you so you don't have to set the format every time you enter a date based macro.

Today's date in macros

We have added an option to add today's date in the macros. This date can also be formatted in the same way as mentioned above. This will come useful if you wish to add the date you are watermarking the photos as a watermark. You can always enter the today's date manually, but if you just use the macro and save it there's one less thing to worry about.

Macros in the QR code

You can now use macros in QR code watermark as well. So instead of having a static QR code on all photos you can have a different QR code on each photo based on what macros you include in the watermark.

Remove metadata from watermarked photos

In the new version of uMark for Mac, you can control whether to include EXIF, IPTC and other metadata while saving the watermarked photos. By default uMark saves the photos with all the original metadata, now you can choose what sort of metadata to include while saving. You have 3 options -

Include All - This is the default option which copies all metadata from the original photo to the watermark photo.

Copyright Only - This option include only the copyright related EXI tags while removing all other EXIF metadata.

Exclude Geolocation - This option will include all original metadata but remove any geo location info which may be embedded in the photo by your camera. This is a very useful option. If you have taken photos at your home or studio and if your phone camera or DSLR has included GPS coordinates in it, it is better to remove such information before you post the photos online.

Exclude All - This option will not include any metadata while saving your watermarked photo. This also means you can use uMark as EXIF data remover to strip all metadata from your photos. If you do not add any watermark but just use this option to save copies of your photos, you can get rid of all metadata from a photo without affecting your original photos.

Predefined positions for the tiled watermarks

Till now you could only insert tiled watermarks at left most or top most edge of a photo and adjust it with padding, now you can place the tiled watermarks at 3 different positions depending on whether you want to tile horizontally or vertically. If you tile a watermark horizontally you can place it at top, middle or bottom, similarly a vertically tiled watermark can be placed on left, center or right of the photo.
Positioning options for horizontally tiled watermarks

Positioning options for vertically tiled watermarks


Auto loading a saved watermark when uMark starts

You can save your watermark settings for repeat use so you don’t have to recreate them every time. uMark also automatically saves your last watermark so if you forgot to save it you can just reuse your last watermark. Now we are making it even easier - you can actually set a saved watermark to auto load whenever you open uMark. So you just need to select your photos and hit Save Photos button to watermark them.

To set a watermark on auto load you need to save it first. After you save the watermark you need to click on the Add Watermark button and select Add Saved Watermark option. When the Load Settings window opens you can see a new button called Set Auto Load under your list of saved watermarks. Select a saved watermark and click on the button to Auto load the selected watermark when uMark starts. The watermark you have set for auto load will show up in bold in the saved watermarks list. You can choose another watermark setting to auto load by selecting it and clicking the Auto load button.

You can only set one setting to auto load, however within a setting you can have multiple individual watermarks. If you want to remove a watermark from auto loading, just select the watermark and click on the Remove Auto Load button.

Invisible watermark/Copyright metadata

You can now add your copyright as metadata in your photos, which means you can add invisible watermarks to your photos. You can see a new option in the Add Watermark options Add Copyright To Metadata. When you select this type of watermark you can enter your copyright information including your contact details in a new window.

This information will be added to the photos as EXIF and IPTC tags. uMark will save the information you fill in this window so next time you want to add copyright tags to your metadata you don;t have to type it all again.

Watermarked photos in the same resolution as originals

This was a major bug that we have fixed. uMark now saves the photos with the original resolution of the photo so your 300 DPI print quality photo will be saved with 300 DPI.

All the existing users of users of uMark for Mac can upgrade for free. Users of uMark for Windows can buy the Mac version for half the price.

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uMark 5.5 for Windows released with lots of new features
The best watermark software keeps getting better. New version of uMark for Windows is here. Version 5.5 adds several new features and bug fixes. Here's what's new -

Add IPTC values as watermark

For long uMark has supported inserting EXIF metadata as watermark. Now we have also added support for IPTC data in the macros. You can insert IPTC properties like title, by-line, copyright or whichever other IPTC values you may have set for the photo. The IPTC tags are listed at the end of the watermark macro list after the EXIF tags.

Format date in the macros

You can now tell uMark to enter the date from the macros in the format you want. uMark supports numerous date macros from EXIF data - date the photo was taken, the date it was modified and such. Earlier there was no way to control what kind of date uMark inserted as watermark. Now you can. You can now format the date to be inserted as Day/Month/Year or Month/Day/Year or any other format with the separate of your choice. By using various placeholders you can include various parts of a date.

D - Inserts the day from the date in double digits from 01 to 31
DD - Inserts the name of the day of week in selected language
M - Inserts the month from the date in double digits from 01 to 12
MM - Inserts the month name from the date for the language you have selected
Y - Inserts the full 4 digit year from the date
H - Insert the hours in 24 hour format from 00 to 23
N - Inserts the minutes from 00 to 59
S - Inserts the seconds from 00 to 59

Default format is Y-M-D H:N:S which is entire date string. You can change the format the way you like and can instantly see the preview how the date will look like below. That is only for a preview, the actual date that will be inserted will be according to the macro you have selected in the format you have chosen. uMark will even remember the format for you so you don't have to set the format every time you enter a date based macro.

Today's date in macros

We have added an option to add today's date in the macros. This date can also be formatted in the same way as mentioned above. This will come useful if you wish to add the date you are watermarking the photos as a watermark. You can always enter the today's date manually, but if you just use the macro and save it there's one less thing to worry about.

Macros in the QR code

You can now use macros in QR code watermark as well. So instead of having a static QR code on all photos you can have a different QR code on each photo based on what macros you include in the watermark.

Remove metadata from watermarked photos

In the new version of uMark, you can control whether to include EXIF, IPTC and other metadata while saving the watermarked photos. By default uMark saves the photos with all the original metadata, now you can choose what sort of metadata to include while saving. You have 3 options -

Include all metadata - This is the default option which copies all metadata from the original photo to the watermark photo.

Include all except geolocation - This option will include all original metadata but remove any geo location info which may be embedded in the photo by your camera. This is a very useful option. If you have taken photos at your home or studio and if your phone camera or DSLR has included GPS coordinates in it, it is better to remove such information before you post the photos online.

Exclude all metadata - This option will not include any metadata while saving your watermarked photo. This also means you can use uMark as EXIF data remover to strip all metadata from your photos. If you do not add any watermark but just use this option to save copies of your photos, you can get rid of all metadata from a photo without affecting your original photos.

Predefined positions for the tiled watermarks

Till now you could only insert tiled watermarks at left most or top most edge of a photo and adjust it with padding, now you can place the tiled watermarks at 3 different positions depending on whether you want to tile horizontally or vertically. If you tile a watermark horizontally you can place it at top, middle or bottom, similarly a vertically tiled watermark can be placed on left, center or right of the photo.
Positioning options for horizontally tiled watermarks

Positioning options for vertically tiled watermarks


In this sample photo there are two watermarks one tiled horizontally and placed at center and another tiled vertically placed at center.

Auto loading a saved watermark when uMark starts

You can save your watermark settings for repeat use so you don’t have to recreate them every time. uMark also automatically saves your last watermark so if you forgot to save it you can just reuse your last watermark. Now we are making it even easier - you can actually set a saved watermark to auto load whenever you open uMark. So you just need to select your photos and hit Save Photos button to watermark them.

To set a watermark on auto load you need to save it first. After you save the watermark you need to click on the Add Watermark button and select Add Saved Watermark option. When the Load Settings window opens you can see a new button called Set Auto Load under your list of saved watermarks. Select a saved watermark and click on the button to Auto load the selected watermark when uMark starts. The watermark you have set for auto load will show up in bold in the saved watermarks list. You can choose another watermark setting to auto load by selecting it and clicking the Auto load button.

You can only set one setting to auto load, however within a setting you can have multiple individual watermarks. If you want to remove a watermark from auto loading, just select the watermark and click on the Remove Auto Load button.

Watermarked photos in the same resolution as originals

This was a major bug that we have fixed. uMark 5.5 now saves the photos with the original resolution of the photo so your 300 DPI print quality photo will be saved with 300 DPI.

Apart from these features we have fixed some bugs which included a bug while importing settings from older versions of uMark.

All the users of uMark 4 and 5 can upgrade to uMark 5.5 for free. If you have an older version of uMark you can upgrade to the latest version for half the price.

Download uMark 5.5 now.

Please note these changes have been made only to uMark for Windows and are coming to Mac version within the next couple of weeks so Mac users stay tuned.
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