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Power Prompter 2.3 Adds Support for MS Word Documents

We’re happy to announce that we added support for MS Word documents to Power Prompter. This feature has been a popular request so we spent the last few weeks working on it and now it’s available to all our users.

Though the support is pretty stable some limitations apply:

  • Unless you explicitly set a background color for your document in MS Word, Power Prompter will set the background color to white to prevent displaying black/dark text (MS Word default) on a dark background (Power Prompter default). You can prevent this by setting a custom background color in MS Word. Alternatively you can change the background and text color in Power Prompter after importing your Word document.
  • Power Prompter will overwrite custom text alignment settings. If you set a paragraph to be centered and another one to be left aligned then Power Prompter will overwrite both settings with its default (usually center). This is because Power Prompter doesn’t support text alignment on a per paragraph basis. While working in MS Word simply disregard any text alignment changes. You can set them later individually for each teleprompter window in Power Prompter.
  • While the support for MS Word files is pretty stable we can’t guarantee that more complex documents will be displayed properly. This includes embedded spreadsheets, movies, images, etc. Don’t go overboard with advanced MS Word functionality as Power Prompter is optimized for straight forward text documents. Adding anything “fancy” will most likely break your script or lead to performance issues. It’s best you limit the styling to italic/bold/underline and different text colors.
  • The update is available now via the Mac App Store or via our direct update functionality in Power Prompter!


    Power Prompter is a modern teleprompter application for the Mac. Specially designed for contemporary small team and solo content creators.

    Suborbital Reports 1.4 introduces log window

    If you ever wondered why exactly there’s no reports available yet then you’ll love the new log window in Suborbital Reports. You can open it via the “Help” menu and by selecting “Show Log Window” there.

    Suborbital Reports logs all important events to this window so you’ll be able to find out the reason for when Apple’s reports are delayed again. Login and database errors will show up there, too. So it’s a fantastic trouble shooting tool.

    Enjoy!

    Suborbital Reports is FREE now!

    It’s finally here. Suborbital Reports 1.3! The big change in this version? It’s freeware now! That’s right – we don’t charge you anything. You can use Suborbital Reports for free. No hidden costs, no subscriptions, nothing. Just good honest Freeware.

    Head over to our Suborbital Reports page and download it now!

    Upcoming Changes

    Dear customers, we hope you had a great holidays season and a wonderful new year.

    In the short term future we’re going to implement some changes to our products.

    Power Prompter
    Power Prompter will be getting a UI overhaul. We’re working on modernizing the user interface. Nothing workflow changing – mostly cosmetics and little quality of life improvements. So no reason for anyone to worry.

    Color Squid
    Color Squid will become App Store only for the foreseeable future. Our licensing provider changed their API/system in a way that makes it mostly incompatible with Color Squid. So we’ll be distributing the app exclusively via Apple’s Mac App Store. Your existing licenses will continue to work and we plan to re-introduce a direct purchase version of Color Squid very soon.

    If Color Squid stops working for you please let us know and we’ll send you an unlocked version: support@suborbital.io

    Suborbital Reports
    We’re making Suborbital Reports free. If you’re running a software business that distributes software via the Apple App Store (both Mac and iOS) you will find Suborbital Reports very useful. And very free of charge 😉

    We’re doing this because it’s a highly niche software that didn’t have the commercial success we expected it to have. And because we’re using the software for our own business we’ve decided to make the app freeware. It will continue to get maintenance updates for as long as the App Store exists. But we will be adding only the features we personally need and customer support on this one will be very limited.

    If you bought Suborbital Reports in the last 6 months and would like to have a refund just let us know: support@suborbital.io

    Power Prompter 2.0 is here!

    Power Prompter 2.0

    Today we released the 2.0 update of Power Prompter. It’s available now from the Mac App Store or directly from our update servers.

    If your copy of Power Prompter hasn’t noticed the update yet just go to the “Power Prompter” menu and click the “Check for updates…” menu item. This will trigger the update process manually. Mac App Store users can go to the “Updates” tab and click on the “Update” button next to the Power Prompter entry.

    The update brings many under the hood improvements and custom user key bindings as a new feature. Not only does this version run more smoothly on older Macs – it’s now also possible to add the most exotic hardware controllers (provided they are recognized as USB keyboards by macOS) to your teleprompter installation.

    Oh, before we forget to mention it: This update is FREE for all our current customers! We felt a little bad for not adding many new features so we decided to make this major update free for all existing customers. 🙂


    Power Prompter is a modern teleprompter application for the Mac. Specially designed for contemporary small team and solo content creators.

    Upcoming Licensing Changes in Power Prompter 2.0

    With the upcoming 2.0 release of Power Prompter there’s going to be a licensing change implemented. Don’t worry – the price stays the same. We’re just switching our licensing scheme.

    Power Prompter 2.0

    Our current licensing system works great but has the drawback that it requires an active internet connection to check the license every few weeks. Which means that Power Prompter installations which are not connected directly to the internet will ask the user to re-activate the app regurarly. Which is annoying and can waste a lot of productive time.

    That’s why we’re switching to a system that will work completely offline. Your license key will work even if your Mac is not connected to the internet. All license validation and activation is now performed locally within the app. Though this brings the risk of increased piracy we chose to implement this change as we think it’s in the best interest of our users.

    The switch should be completely transparent to you. In the best (and expected) case you won’t really notice anything happening. Power Prompter will just continue to work. In the worst case, which we’ve tested against for the last few months, you’ll have to contact us and we’ll issue you a new license key. But the chances of this happening are very very small.

    If you’re reading this blog post because you’re experiencing any licensing issues please contact us under support@suborbital.io!


    Power Prompter is a modern teleprompter application for the Mac. Specially designed for contemporary small team and solo content creators.

    Power Prompter 2.0

    Dear Users,

    Power Prompter 2.0

    for the last 6 months we’ve been working on the 2.0 update to Power Prompter. Initially we had planned to add many new features. But as it came to be we did mainly “under the hood” work, improving performance + stability and fixing bugs. Features got the short end of the stick, so to speak.

    Now, as users tend to expect new features in exchange for their hard earned money we felt that making 2.0 a paid upgrade wouldn’t be right. So we decided to make it a free upgrade for all our customers – extending support and our free update guarantee for at least another year.

    We’re going to release Power Prompter 2.0 shortly after Apple releases macOS High Sierra and once we have tested Power Prompter with the latest Mac operating system.

    Btw. we didn’t forget to add features completely! One much requested feature made it into 2.0: User defined custom key bindings. Now you will be able to turn even the most exotic input devices into a remote control for Power Prompter.


    Power Prompter is a modern teleprompter application for the Mac. Specially designed for contemporary small team and solo content creators.

    Suborbital Reports 1.2

    We just pushed Suborbital Reports 1.2 to our servers.

    This update deprecates support for username/password credentials and introduces support for the new iTunes Connect Authentication Token scheme.

    Please refer to the following blog post to find out more about the new iTunes token: https://suborbital.io/blog/reports-itunes-connect-authentication-token-support/


    Suborbital Reports is an iTunes Connect report aggregation and analytics application for the Mac

    Reports: iTunes Connect Authentication Token Support

    As you probably know Apple is going to retire the use of username and password for their report ingestion APIs by August 2017. That’s why Suborbital Reports is going to remove support for username/password in the next update.

    When we release the upcoming update of Suborbital Reports you won’t be able to change or set your account’s username and password. You will be required to generate an authentication token on Apple’s website and use that.

    Note that your existing login credentials will continue to work until Apple’s server start rejecting that login method. We just removed the possibility of setting or changing the username and password in Suborbital Reports.

    We suggest you generate an Authentication Token for your accounts as soon as possible and start using this token. It’s more secure than having your iTunes Connect login credentials accessible to other applications.

    To generate a token follow Apple’s guide: https://help.apple.com/itc/appsreporterguide/#/apd2f1f1cfa3

    (It’s really simple: Log into iTunes Connect, go to the Sales and Trends tab, make sure you’re in the Reports submenu and there click on the little question mark button in the upper right corner next to About Reports. From the popup select Generate Aceess Token.)


    Suborbital Reports is an iTunes Connect report aggregation and analytics application for the Mac

    Power Prompter 1.5.4 Adds Speed Lock

    Recently (yesterday) we got a support request. A new Power Prompter user had habit to accidentally change the scrolling speed from time to time and wondered if there’s a way to lock the scroll speed once a good setting was found.

    Well, there was no way. So we got to work and spent our Saturday evening adding that feature.

    The result is Power Prompter 1.5.4 – which is a small update adding this one feature:

    Once you press this little button the scroll speed can not be changed anymore. (This affects only one window – other unlocked teleprompter windows can still change the speed. Which is great if you’re working in a team and the talent shouldn’t be fiddling around with speed settings).

    The update has been uploaded to our servers and Power Prompter’s update feature should find it soon. As usual: Sorry to Mac App Store users – you will have to wait a little longer for the update. Apple’s review team seems swamped with work before the upcoming WWDC.


    Power Prompter is a modern teleprompter application for the Mac. Specially designed for contemporary small team and solo content creators.

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