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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.

    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:

    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:

    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!

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

    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.

    Power Prompter 1.5 is available

    We just released version 1.5 of Power Prompter. This update adds an optional timestamp display to the teleprompter window.

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    Video: How to use a teleprompter tips and techniques

    A very interesting video we found on YouTube. It offers a great introduction to using a teleprompter and has some awesome tips for the beginner.

    Power Prompter 1.4.4

    We just pushed the Power Prompter 1.4.4 update to our servers. Customers using the direct download version from our website will receive the update automatically.

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    Using the Griffin PowerMate to Control Your Teleprompter

    In this short Blog post we’re going to show how you can use the Griffin PowerMate USB controller to operate Power Prompter.

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    Power Prompter: Known Issues with macOS Sierra

    Update: We have released Power Prompter 1.4.3 which fixes the issues mentioned below. The update is now available from our website and should be available soon via the App Store.

    Even though our Sierra tests with Power Prompter were all positive some users reported the following issues with macOS Sierra:

  • The document window shows a grey strip above the script editor. The workaround to this is to simply resize the window a little.
  • Scrolling with a touch pad in the script editor can feel “jerky”. We’re working on a patch. But as this seems only to be happening on Macs with integrated NVidia GPUs our guess is that Sierra’s graphics drivers are a little wonky still.
  • So far these are the only issues reported. If you find something not on this list please let us know!

    We should be releasing fixes to this problems very soon!

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