We are pleased to announce the beta availability of our latest product; Cyotek Palette Editor. This tool allows you to create and maintain color palettes in a variety of formats, and can either be used as a standalone tool, or as companion tool for Cyotek Gif Animator or other image editors.

The editor allows you to work with palettes in JASC, Gimp and Adobe Color File formats to name a few. You can create palettes manually, or use helper tools to import palettes from other files or even generate them from images. You can also use the editor to batch convert palettes from one format to another.

Cyotek Palette Editor is available for free download. If you find any bugs or have any suggestions please feel free to contact us.

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We are pleased to announce the alpha availability of our latest product, Cyotek Gif Animator. This suite of tools is designed to make working with GIF animation's simple, with both a full GUI client, and a powerful command line client.

Using Gif Animator, you can create and modify GIF animations. All the basics such as looping and frame timing are supported. Gif Animator can both import and export in a variety of formats. Colour palette management is available, so high colour images can be optimized to the format required by the GIF specification, and palettes can be imported or exported as required. This alpha also includes some basic image manipulation, with a more fully fledged editor to follow in later updates. Frames can be edited within an external application with the click of a button.

In addition to the GUI client, there is also a command line client, suitable for batch and scripting operations. The command line client can perform many of the options of the GUI client, and we'll be expanding this still further as the alpha progresses.

Below are some screenshots showing some of the different features of the tool, view the feature list for further details.

Easy to use
Easy to use
Optimize images
Optimize images
Built in preview
Built in preview
Frame export
Frame export
Color palette support
Color palette support
Command line client
Command line client

Cyotek Gif Animator is available for free download during alpha, if you find any bugs or have any suggestions please feel free to contact us.

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Updates have been released for Cyotek WebCopy bringing it to 1.0.7.0 and Cyotek Sitemap Creator bringing it to 1.0.4.0.

What originally started out as a minor update to Sitemap Creator to keep it in sync with recent fixes and changes to WebCopy ended up as being a bit more substantial for both Sitemap Creator and WebCopy.

Among the new features added to both products is a new option which simplifies how the sitemap tree view is displayed. Depending on the structure of the website you are scanning, this can have quite a difference in ease of use. Keeping on the theme of ease of use, now enabling or disabling a rule will attempt to run that rule on the current link map, making it much easier to tell how rule changes affect the sitemap. However, this feature can only work at its best if your link map is complete - obviously if you have excluded scanning an entire branch of a website, disabling that rule will not magically populate the missing branch unless the website is rescanned.

The different views that support sorting now use a natural sort order, for example 1, 2, 10 instead of 1, 10, 2, and default sorting has been applied to some views, particularly the Rules list.

Changes have also been made to how rules are executed, again with the intention of making it easier to use rules. This includes better processing of rule expressions when using the Use Full URI flag, and the removal of the confusing and obsolete Use Modified URI flag.

As always, these updates include a number of bug fixes, amongst these fixing a problem where a rule could be left in an invalid state when editing, HTML entities not being decoded from titles and descriptions, and various other minor issues.

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A new update has been released for Cyotek WebCopy bringing it to 1.0.6.0.

This update resolves a number of bugs, including one that can leave a WebCopy project in state where it can be no longer opened. Other bug fixes include problems trying to view the properties of URI's containing spaces, and an issue where a crawl could be cancelled without warning.

A smattering of new functionality is also available, the Additional URL's section now allows relative URI's, and the Website Size dialog now supports additional display options.

Some performance improvements have also been made for when updating the user interface after loading very large projects, but there is more to be done.

A repair tool is available for projects previously left corrupt by duplicate URI's in the crawl map.

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CopyTools is a product we wrote back in mid-2011 to replace a third party product we had been using at the time. For the past two years it has been quietly running in the background of several of our machines and is responsible for backing up all documents, source code and other resources onto various devices, including a server (where it's then backed up online), other computers and an external hard drive. So quietly in fact we forgot about making it public after originally creating product pages for it in 2011!

Better late than never however, and so we've finally updated CopyTools to resolve some of the bugs we'd spotted and making the beta available for download - we hope it is as useful for others as it is for us.

So what it is exactly? At the end of the day, it is a copy program - it will copy files from A to B. Or from A, B and C to E, F and G if that's how you want it to work. Select source folder(s) and have them copied to destination folder(s), with all sorts of options to control what's copied, from doing incremental backups with archive flags, to comparing files after copy, inclusion and exclusion masks.

Each copy job you set up can be run at a given schedule, using various options such as hourly, daily, not-on-a-Tuesday and so on. You can also have jobs run when CopyTools is started, or when the operating system is shutting down or restarting.

There's lots of flexibility and functionality available, check out the feature list for more details.

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