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December 04, 2007 - New versions of Übercaster & ShowMacster at Macworld Expo '08!

New versions of both applications, Übercaster and ShowMacster will be introduced at the Macworld Expo 2008 San Francisco on January 15th, 2008.

Pleasant Software attends Macworld Expo 2008 (January 15-18,2008) and shows its software products at booth # S-1338.

Pleasant Software offers free Exhibit Hall Passes for Macworld Expo 2008 for the first 100 subscribers. Further information on ticket reservation and details on the updates can be found on Pleasant Software's blog at:

http://pleasantsoftware.com/blog

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Übercaster is a complete production suite for podcasting on the Macintosh.
It lets podcasters prepare, record, cut and release their shows the way they'd expect it. The days of overloaded and bulky recording environments are over.

ShowMacster is an extension to Apple's iChat which enables users to stream pictures, movies and live screen captures during a video conference.
ShowMacster runs on Mac OS 10.3.9 and newer.

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Pleasant Software has been developing and selling high quality software products for the Macintosh since 1989. "Übercaster" (http://www.ubercaster.com) is the most advanced podcast production suite for the Macintosh. "ShowMacster" (http://www.showmacster.com) revolutionizes the way of video conferencing by seamlessly extending Apples iChat application. "PiP" (http://www.pleasantsoftware.com/pip) is a free tool to present video from any webcam on the desktop.



September 25, 2007 - Pleasant Software releases Leopard-ready Übercaster v1.2.

With Übercaster v1.2 Pleasant Software takes the next step and releases a major update for its now Leopard-ready podcast production suite. The new version also includes dramatical performance improvements as well as new features.

Übercaster is a complete production suite for podcasting on the Macintosh.
It lets podcasters prepare, record, cut and release their shows the way they'd expect it. The days of overloaded and bulky recording environments are over.
Übercaster v1.2 costs US$ 79.95, registered users can download as a free update. A demo version is available at http://www.pleasantsoftware.com


Version 1.2 delivers some major improvements and new functions:

- Übercaster is now Leopard-ready.
- Dramatical performance improvements on the Cut layer (We really mean it!).
- Selectable launching actions: a new preference lets the user choose between several options (e.g. open template or open last project).
- Several interface refinements.
- Tons of other fixes and improvements.

See http://www.ubercaster.com/revisionhistory.shtml for a full list of changes.



Made for podcasting

Leave your garage and feel at home. Übercaster has been made with podcaster's needs in mind. With its versatile options podcasters may record their show the way they're used to and profit from Übercaster's advanced cut and release tools. One may also take advantage of Übercaster's groundberaking live audio recording. Auto ducking, effects, chapters for enhanced podcasts, ID3 tags, album cover art, mp3/AAC/AIFF encoding - you name it. It's all there. Seamlessly integrated.


Appealingly easy

Übercaster bundles its awesome features in an eye-inpiring, innovative and easy to use software. Thanks to a clear and smooth interface, podcasters can jump right in and record their episode. All the goodies are waiting unintrusively in the corner and are there when you need them.
This makes Übercaster perfectly suitable for both, newbies and advanced users.


Pure bred Mac application

Übercaster uses the Cocoa framework and is completely written in OS X's native language Objective-C . So its look and feel are pretty familiar. Moreover it benefits from powerful technologies like CoreAudio, CoreImage, Accellerated Framework and multi threading.


Other main features of Übercaster:

- Thanks to templates you don't have to start from scratch. Just use a previous project and you are ready to record.
- Define multiple microphones and a special input panel for iChat, Skype and Gizmo recording.
- Import and play soundclips, pre-recorded material and sound effects live.
- Optional "Stealth mode" enables you to start and stop audio clips or change volumes without clicking the mouse.
- Edit your show in a full featured and easy to use multi track editing environment.
- Encode podcasts as MP3, (enhanced) AAC or AIFF and upload them to web servers (via FTP, .Mac, etc.) at once with a single click.
- Save your project as an archive which contains all audio you've used in your episode.
- And much more...

Übercaster v1.2 requires a Macintosh with a G4, G5 or Intel CPU and Mac OS X v10.4.4 or later.

For more information, screenshots and tutorial movies visit http://www.pleasantsoftware.com


Pleasant Software has been developing and selling high quality software products for the Macintosh since 1989. "Übercaster" (http://www.ubercaster.com) is the most advanced podcast production suite for the Macintosh. "ShowMacster" (http://www.showmacster.com) revolutionizes the way of video conferencing by seamlessly extending Apples iChat application. "PiP" (http://pleasantsoftware.com/pip/index.html) is a free tool to present video from any webcam on the desktop.



Offenburg, Germany - June 07, 2007 - E.R.S "Pleasant software for the people" releases Übercaster v1.1.
With Übercaster v1.1 "Pleasant software for the people" releases a major update for its complete podcast production suite.

Übercaster is a complete production suite for podcasting on the Macintosh.
It lets podcasters prepare, record, cut and release their shows the way they'd expect it. The days of overloaded and bulky recording environments are over.
Übercaster v1.1 costs US$ 79.95, registered users can download as a free update. A demo version is available at http://www.ubercaster.com


Version 1.1 delivers some major improvements and new functions:

- Improved input device routines. Dramatically lower latency!
- New "select and cut" function in "Track Edit" subview on cut layer: To move events, click and drag in the upper fourth of the Track edit subview (option-drag for copy). It's also possible to drag selections to other tracks in the cut view.
- New option "Reset Playhead on Stop" in the "Mark" menu. If switched on, the playhead resets to it's start position after playback or record.
- New version of PleasantConnect (v1.1) for recording iChat, Skype or any other chat application.
- It's now possible to choose a single channel from a multichannel input device.
- Added a progress bar to the dock icon, showing the release progress.
- Zoom tracks vertically on cut layer.
- Several interface refinements.
- Tons of other fixes and improvements.

See http://www.ubercaster.com/revisionhistory.shtml for a full list of changes.



Made for podcasting

Leave your garage and feel at home. Übercaster has been made with podcaster's needs in mind. With its versatile options podcasters may record their show the way they're used to and profit from Übercaster's advanced cut and release tools. One may also take advantage of Übercaster's groundberaking live audio recording. Auto ducking, effects, chapters for enhanced podcasts, ID3 tags, album cover art, mp3/AAC/AIFF encoding - you name it. It's all there. Seamlessly integrated.


Appealingly easy

Übercaster bundles its awesome features in an eye-inpiring, innovative and easy to use software. Thanks to a clear and smooth interface, podcasters can jump right in and record their episode. All the goodies are waiting unintrusively in the corner and are there when you need them.
This makes Übercaster perfectly suitable for both, newbies and advanced users.


Pure bred Mac application

Übercaster uses the Cocoa framework and is completely written in OS X's native language Objective-C . So its look and feel are pretty familiar. Moreover it benefits from powerful technologies like CoreAudio, CoreImage, Accellerated Framework and multi threading.


Other main features of Übercaster:

- Thanks to templates you don't have to start from scratch. Just use a previous project and you are ready to record.
- Define multiple microphones and a special input panel for iChat, Skype and Gizmo recording.
- Import and play soundclips, pre-recorded material and sound effects live.
- Optional "Stealth mode" enables you to start and stop audio clips or change volumes without clicking the mouse.
- Edit your show in a full featured and easy to use multi track editing environment.
- Encode podcasts as MP3, (enhanced) AAC or AIFF and upload them to web servers (via FTP, .Mac, etc.) at once with a single click.
- Save your project as an archive which contains all audio you've used in your episode.
- And much more...

Übercaster v1.1 requires a Macintosh with a G4, G5 or Intel CPU and Mac OS X v10.4.4 or later.

For more information, screenshots and tutorial movies visit Übercaster's homepage at http://www.ubercaster.com


E.R.S "Pleasant software for the people" has been developing and selling high quality software products for the Macintosh since 1989. Its last product ShowMacster (http://www.showmacster.com) revolutionizes the way of video conferencing by seamlessly extending Apples iChat application. For more information, please visit http://www.pleasantsoftware.com


Offenburg, Germany - April 04, 2007 - E.R.S "Pleasant software for the people" releases Übercaster v1.0.

Podcast production application Übercaster hits version 1.0 today. This follows a significant period of private and public beta testing, during which time the application has already built a reputation as a powerful yet intuitive application for recording and producing podcasts.

Übercaster is a complete production suite for podcasting on the Macintosh.
It lets podcasters prepare, record, cut and release their shows the way they'd expect it. The days of overloaded and bulky recording environments are over.


Made for podcasting

Leave your garage and feel at home. Übercaster has been made with podcaster's needs in mind. With its versatile options podcasters may record their show the way they're used to and profit from Übercaster's advanced cut and release tools. One may also take advantage of Übercaster's groundberaking live audio recording. Auto ducking, effects, chapters for enhanced podcasts, ID3 tags, album cover art, mp3/AAC/AIFF encoding - you name it. It's all there. Seamlessly integrated.


Appealingly easy

Übercaster bundles its awesome features in an eye-inpiring, innovative and easy to use software. Thanks to a clear and smooth interface, podcasters can jump right in and record their episode. All the goodies are waiting unintrusively in the corner and are there when you need them.
This makes Übercaster perfectly suitable for both, newbies and advanced users.


Pure bred Mac application

Übercaster uses the Cocoa framework and is completely written in OS X's native language Objective-C . So its look and feel are pretty familiar. Moreover it benefits from powerful technologies like CoreAudio, CoreImage, Accellerated Framework and multi threading.


Other main features of Übercaster v1.0:

- Thanks to templates you don't have to start from scratch. Just use a previous project and you are ready to record.
- Define multiple microphones and a special input panel for iChat, Skype and Gizmo recording.
- Import and play soundclips, pre-recorded material and sound effects live.
- Optional "Stealth mode" enables you to start and stop audio clips or change volumes without clicking the mouse.
- Edit your show in a full featured and easy to use multi track editing environment.
- Encode podcasts as MP3, (enhanced) AAC or AIFF and upload them to web servers (via FTP, .Mac, etc.) at once with a single click.
- Save your project as an archive which contains all audio you've used in your episode.
- And much more...

Übercaster v1.0 requires a Macintosh with a G4, G5 or Intel CPU and Mac OS X v10.4.4 or later.

For more information, screenshots and tutorial movies visit Übercaster's completely redesigned homepage at http://www.ubercaster.com


In addition to Übercaster's v1.0 release, Pleasant Software for the People and Reinvented Software (http://reinventedsoftware.com/) proudly announce a promising collaboration:
As of today you can purchase Übercaster and Feeder together as part of a special bundle. Übercaster is normally $79.95 and Feeder $29.95, but these two great applications can be purchased together for only $95, saving around 15%.

The bundle is available from the Übercaster store (http://www.ubercaster.com/store.shtml) and links are available on Feeder’s product pages too (http://reinventedsoftware.com/feeder/).


E.R.S "Pleasant software for the people" has been developing and selling high quality software products for the Macintosh since 1989. Its last product ShowMacster (http://www.showmacster.com) revolutionizes the way of video conferencing by seamlessly extending Apples iChat application.
For more information, please visit http://www.pleasantsoftware.com

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Eberhard Rensch
Pleasant software for the people
Offenburg, Germany
email: mail@pleasantsoftware.com
http://www.pleasantsoftware.com



Offenburg, Germany - March 17, 2007 - E.R.S "Pleasant software for the people" announces the final release of Übercaster.

E.R.S "Pleasant software for the people" announces the final release date of Übercaster v1.0. The Mac's first complete podcast production suite will be available at April 4th, 2007.

For the remaining 2 weeks until the end of Übercaster's beta phase, users get the chance to pre-order a license key for only US $69 which is more than US $10 (15%) off the regular retail price (US $79.95).

Übercaster is a complete production suite for podcasting on the Macintosh.
It lets podcasters prepare, record, cut and release their shows the way they'd expect it. The days of overloaded and bulky recording environments are over.


Made for podcasting

Leave your garage and feel at home. Übercaster has been made with podcaster's needs in mind. With its versatile options podcasters may record their show the way they're used to and profit from Übercaster's advanced cut and release tools. One may also take advantage of Übercaster's groundberaking live audio recording. Auto ducking, effects, chapters for enhanced podcasts, ID3 tags, album cover art, mp3/AAC/AIFF encoding - you name it. It's all there. Seamlessly integrated.


Appealingly easy

Übercaster bundles its awesome features in an eye-inpiring, innovative and easy to use software. Thanks to a clear and smooth interface, podcasters can jump right in and record their episode. All the goodies are waiting unintrusively in the corner and are there when you need them.
This makes Übercaster perfectly suitable for both, newbies and advanced users.


Pure bred Mac application

Übercaster uses the Cocoa framework and is completely written in OS X's native language Objective-C . So its look and feel are pretty familiar. Moreover it benefits from powerful technologies like CoreAudio, CoreImage, Accellerated Framework and multi threading.


Other main features of Übercaster v1.0:

- Thanks to templates you don't have to start from scratch. Just use a previous project and you are ready to record.
- Define multiple microphones and a special input panel for iChat, Skype and Gizmo recording.
- Import and play soundclips, pre-recorded material and sound effects live.
- Optional "Stealth mode" enables you to start and stop audio clips or change volumes without clicking the mouse.
- Edit your show in a full featured and easy to use multi track editing environment.
- Encode podcasts as MP3, (enhanced) AAC or AIFF and upload them to web servers (via FTP, .Mac, etc.) at once with a single click.
- Save your project as an archive which contains all audio you've used in your episode.
- And much more...

Übercaster v1.0 requires a Macintosh with a G4, G5 or Intel CPU and Mac OS X v10.4.4 or later.

For more information, screenshots and tutorial movies visit Übercaster's completely redesigned homepage at http://www.ubercaster.com

E.R.S "Pleasant software for the people" has been developing and selling high quality software products for the Macintosh since 1989. Its last product ShowMacster (http://www.showmacster.com) revolutionizes the way of video conferencing by seamlessly extending Apples iChat application.
For more information, please visit http://www.pleasantsoftware.com

--
Eberhard Rensch
Pleasant software for the people
Offenburg, Germany
email: mail@pleasantsoftware.com
http://www.pleasantsoftware.com



Offenburg, Germany - November 04, 2006 - E.R.S "Pleasant software for the people" accepts pre-orders for Übercaster.

E.R.S "Pleasant software for the people" announces the final retail price of Übercaster. The complete podcast production suite for the Mac will be priced at $79.95 (US).

Until the end of Übercaster's beta phase, users get the chance to pre-order a license key for only $69 which is more than $10 (15%) off the regular retail price.

Übercaster's pre-order phase will start today and ends with the introduction of Übercaster's final release.
Podcasters are still invited to join the free beta test.

Ordered license keys will be sent immediately.

Benefits of the purchased license key are:
- No expiration of the program.
- Free updates including v1.x
- Upload feature unlocked (disabled in the free beta).
Users can automatically upload shows during the release process. Several network protocols are supported: in addition to FTP, SFTP, WebDAV and .Mac, Übercaster also supports native upload to XML-RPC services like PodShow.com, including the automatic creation of blog entries.


Übercaster is a complete production suite for podcasting on the Macintosh.
Garageband is for musicians, Übercaster for podcasters. Producing a show on a Mac can be as easy as everything else.
Say goodbye to the laborious combination of programs. Übercaster lets podcasters prepare, record, cut and release their shows the way they'd expect it.

With its podcasting specific features, its intuitive workflow and its über-appealing design Übercaster defines a new standard for integrated podcast production:

- Define multiple microphones and special input panels for iChat, Skype and Gizmo recording.
- Import and play soundclips, pre-recorded material and sound effects in several audio formats.
- Optional "Stealth mode" enables you to start and stop audio clips or change volumes without clicking the mouse.
- Edit your show in a full featured and easy to use multi track editing environment.
- Encode podcasts as MP3, (enhanced) AAC or AIFF in one mouse click.
- Export and upload shows to a web server in one step.

Those features (and much more) are bundled in an easy to use yet powerfull user interface. Therefore Übercaster is suitable for both, newbies and advanced podcasters.

For more information, screenshots and movies visit Übercaster's completely redesigned homepage at http://www.ubercaster.com
You may also subscribe to Übercaster's mailing list for instant notifications on news and updates of Übercaster at http://mailman.pleasantsoftware.com/mailman/listinfo/ucannounce


E.R.S "Pleasant software for the people" has been developing and selling high quality software products for the Macintosh since 1989. Its last product ShowMacster (http://www.showmacster.com) revolutionizes the way of video conferencing by seamlessly extending Apples iChat application.
For more information, please visit http://www.pleasantsoftware.com

--
Eberhard Rensch
Pleasant software for the people
Offenburg, Germany
email: mail@pleasantsoftware.com
http://www.pleasantsoftware.com



Offenburg, Germany - July 24, 2006 - E.R.S "Pleasant software for the people" released Übercaster Beta.

The all-in-one podcast production suite Übercaster has gone beta and can be downloaded for testing at http://www.ubercaster.com

To join the beta test, a beta license key is required which can be requested for free on Übercaster's homepage.

All podcasters are invited to join the beta test. An online forum is provided for discussion.

Übercaster is a complete production suite for podcasting on the Macintosh.

Say goodbye to the laborious combination of programs. Übercaster lets podcasters prepare, record, cut and release their shows in 4 simple steps.
Each step has its own layer which bundles various functions in an easy to use yet powerfull user interface. This makes Übercaster suitable for both, newbies and advanced podcasters.

With its podcasting specific features, its intuitive workflow and its über-appealing design Übercaster defines a new standard for integrated podcast production.

For more information, screenshots and movies of Übercaster visit http://www.ubercaster.com


E.R.S "Pleasant software for the people" has been developing and selling high quality software products for the Macintosh since 1989. Its last product ShowMacster (http://www.showmacster.com) revolutionizes the way of video conferencing by seamlessly extending Apples iChat application.
For more information, please visit http://www.pleasantsoftware.com


--
Eberhard Rensch
Pleasant software for the people
Offenburg, Germany
email: mail@pleasantsoftware.com
http://www.pleasantsoftware.com



Offenburg, Germany - July 15, 2006 - E.R.S "Pleasant software for the people" announces the upcoming beta phase of Übercaster - a new software for podcast production.

The countdown is running!

Übercaster Beta will be available July, 24th 2006. Podcasters are welcome to join the beta phase.

Übercaster is a complete production suite for podcasting on the Macintosh.
Garageband is for musicians, Übercaster for podcasters. Producing a show on a Mac can be as easy as everything else.
Say goodbye to the laborious combination of programs. Übercaster lets podcasters prepare, record, cut and release their shows the way they'd expect it.

With its podcasting specific features, its intuitive workflow and its über-appealing design Übercaster defines a new standard for integrated podcast production:

- Define multiple microphones and special input panels for iChat, Skype and Gizmo recording.
- Optional "Stealth mode" enables you to trigger clip actions by pointing on the panels.
- Edit your show in a full featured and easy to use multi track editing environment.
- Encode podcasts as MP3, (enhanced) AAC or AIFF in one mouse click.

Those features (and much more) are bundled in an easy to use yet powerfull user interface. Therefore Übercaster is suitable for both, newbies and advanced podcasters.

For more information, screenshots and movies of Übercaster visit http://www.ubercaster.com


E.R.S "Pleasant software for the people" has been developing and selling high quality software products for the Macintosh since 1989. Its last product ShowMacster (http://www.showmacster.com) revolutionizes the way of video conferencing by seamlessly extending Apples iChat application.
For more information, please visit http://www.pleasantsoftware.com

--
Eberhard Rensch
Pleasant software for the people
Offenburg, Germany
email: mail@pleasantsoftware.com
http://www.pleasantsoftware.com



Offenburg, Germany - February 25th, 2006 - E.R.S "Pleasant software for the people" releases first feature list for Übercaster.

Pleasant Software for the People releases a preliminary feature list
for the upcoming podcast production suite Übercaster.

Main features:

- Über-appealing user interface, blazingly fast, 100% Cocoa - just
what you'd expect from a true Mac application.
- Play and record audio files live in your show.
- Skype and iChat recording supported.
- Create templates of your podcast projects.
- Save each podcast episode as one single project file.
- Remix or rerelease each episode in different file formats anytime.
- Compose your own workspace. Feel free to colorize and arrange
microphone and clip panels the way you like it.
- Connect more than one microphone or input device to your Mac.
- Real multi track recording and editing.
- Stealth mode enables you to trigger clip actions by pointing on the
panels. Avoiding any disturbing clicks or key hits during recording
can be that easy.
- Add ID3 tags and album cover art to your show (including chapters
in enhanced podcasts).
- Export your show into different formats and upload it to multiple
servers via ftp with one mouse click.

For the full feature list, specific news about the state of
development as well as preview pictures and movies please visit
Übercaster's blog at http://www.ubercaster.com/blog/

Also visit Übercaster's homepage at http://www.ubercaster.com

E.R.S "Pleasant software for the people" has been developing and
selling high quality software products for the Macintosh since 1989.
Its last product ShowMacster (http://www.showmacster.com)
revolutionizes the way of video conferencing by seamlessly extending
Apples iChat application.
For more information, please visit http://www.pleasantsoftware.com

--
Eberhard Rensch
Pleasant software for the people
Offenburg, Germany
email: mail@pleasantsoftware.com
http://www.pleasantsoftware.com



Offenburg, Germany - November 30th, 2005 - E.R.S "Pleasant software for the people" announces the upcoming podcast production suite Übercaster.

Übercaster is a complete production suite for podcasting on the Macintosh.
Garageband is for musicians, Übercaster for podcasters. Producing a show on a Mac can be as easy as everything else.
Say goodbye to the laborious combination of programs. Übercaster let podcasters prepare, record, cut and release their shows the way they'd expect it.

With its podcasting specific features and its über appealing design Übercaster defines a new standard for integrated podcast production.

Übercaster will be available in first half of 2006 and requires a G4 Mac with Mac OS X 10.4 or better.

For more information and first screenshots of Übercaster visit http://www.ubercaster.com


E.R.S "Pleasant software for the people" has been developing and selling high quality software products for the Macintosh since 1989. Its last product ShowMacster (http://www.showmacster.com) revolutionizes the way of video conferencing by seamlessly extending Apples iChat application.
For more information, please visit http://www.pleasantsoftware.com --
Eberhard Rensch
Pleasant software for the people
Offenburg, Germany
email: mail@pleasantsoftware.com
http://www.pleasantsoftware.com


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