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Apr 04
Telestream adds support for IMSC 1.0 timed text subtitling to...
Telestream (www.telestream.net), a provider of digital media tools and workflow solutions, has announced that its entire suite of captioning and subtitling products now supports IMSC 1.0, the new OTT standard for subtitling and captioning. For major networks and content distributors standardizing on the IMF file-based delivery format, such as Netflix, delivering subtitles for streaming content with IMSC 1.0 Timed Text is a requirement. “Whether creating subtitles with our MacCaption or CaptionMaker software, or automating subtitle conversion with the Timed Text Flip module in Vantage, Telestream is the first company to create, edit, extract, and automate with the IMSC 1.0 Timed Text specification,” says Giovanni Galvez, product manager for Telestream Captioning and Subtitling Software. “We also have the only IMSC 1.0 solution that can be integrated with existing transcode workflows.” Government legislation in a growing number of countries requires broadcasters to deliver closed...
Apr 04
ISPs can now officially store and sell user data
President Trump has signed the executive order finalizing the repeal of FCC’s Internet privacy rules that would have stopped intrusive practices of ISPs. Internet Service Providers are now free to collect and share their subscribers’ private data that includes precise geolocation, financial information, health information, children’s information and web browsing history. While ISPs are claiming they won’t sell customer data, now that they are legally allowed to do it, there’s lots of skepticism surrounding this claim.   According to the rights group Electronic Frontier Foundation, “privacy and security are two sides of the same coin: privacy is about controlling who has access to information about you, and security is how you maintain that control.”   Here are the main ways how ISPs can potentially impact online security, given the new rights:   ° Storing large amounts of data could attract hackers. The storage security argument always reappears when discussing the mandatory ISP data...
Apr 03
Apple releases iOS 10.3.1
Apple has posted iOS 10.3.1 It includes bug fixes and performance improvements. iOS 10.3.1 is available as an over-the-air update (Settings > General > Software Update). And iOS 10.3.2 has already been released as a beta to both developers and public beta testers.
Apr 03
FORMULA ONE returning to the Mac with F1 2016
Feral Interactive (www.feralinteractive.com) has announced that F1 2016 will be released for Mac on Thursday, April 6, powered by Apple’s new graphics API (application programming interface), Metal. F1 2016, the official video game of the 2016 FIA FORMULA One World Championship, takes players deeper into the motorsport, both on and off the track. An all-new career mode sits at the heart of the game, allowing players to create their own legend over a lifetime in the sport that can span up to 10 seasons. F1 2016 features extensive online multiplayer, allowing players to compete against up to 21 rivals on any of the 21 GRAND PRIX circuits, according to David Stephen, managing director of Feral Interactive. On Steam, multiplayer is cross-platform between Mac and Windows. On the Mac App Store, multiplayer is Mac-Mac and supported by Feral’s multiplayer matching service, Calico. F1 2016 will be available through the Feral Store and Steam for $59.9. On the Mac App Store, F1 2016 will be...
Apr 03
B-Eng updates Mac SSD Health Check for NVMe
B-Eng (www.b-eng.ch) has released SSD Health Check for MVNe, an update to their solid state hard drive utility for macOS. SSD Health Check for MVNe delivers data and insights for MVNe Solid State Drives that are built in the newest generation of Apple's MacBook Pro. It can alert you when your solid state disk is in a critical state or reaches other critical limits. This update contains minor aesthetic corrections on how data is presented. SSD Health Check costs $4.99. It may run on older versions of macOS, it has only been properly tested on macOS 10.12 or newer.
Apr 03
Barcode Basics for macOS adds Automator support
Ghostotter Software (https://www.ghostotter.com) has announced Barcode Basics 4.16, an update to the barcode generation tool for macOS. The update adds an action for Apple's Automator as standard. Non-technical users can now create their own simple apps, workflows, scripts and services to make barcodes on macOS without writing a single line of code. Anything you can do in the Barcode Basics app, you can do in its Automator action. Barcode Basics requires macOS 10.11 or higher. It costs $15.99 and is available worldwide at the Mac App Store in the Graphics & Design category.
Mar 31
New iPad 9.7-inch 2017 Case available from Gumdrop Cases
The FoamTech case from Gumdrop Cases is now available for Apple's new 9.7-inch iPad. It's lightweight and fits snuggly around the new tablet. The built-in handle can be folded for viewing and typing modes. The FoamTech iPad case is made of a tough, environmentally friendly foam and allows access to all ports, buttons, camera and speakers. It’s available on the Gumdrop Cases website (https://www.gumdropcases.com) in black, blue or lime color for $34.95.
Mar 31
BlipWall launches for macOS
Raaza has introduced BlipWall 1.0 (http://www.blipwall.com), a photography app for macOS. With it you can create desktop wallpaper from a random selection of your Facebook photos. BlipWall sits in the background and creates a new collage of random photos at regular intervals, without any work from you. The macOS desktop is occasionally updated with a new selection of pics. Users of the BlipWall app can choose the update interval, whether it’s one hour or 24, and can also save and share the collages created by the app. BlipWall makes use of all your Facebook photo albums for maximum exposure of old memories. It can also make use of multiple displays if the user has multiple screens. BlipWall requires macOS 10.9 or later. It’s free and available worldwide through the Mac App Store in the Photography category.
Mar 30
Apple seeds first public beta of macOS Sierra 10.12.5
Apple has released the first public beta of its next update (10.12.5) for macOS Sierra. It’s a minor update that focuses on bug fixes and speed improvements. If you're not already signed up for the public beta program, you can do so at https://beta.apple.com/sp/betaprogram/. The public beta program is free, but remember: beta software is unfinished software so use with care.
Mar 30
L-com releases new USB 3.0 Type-C cable assemblies, adapters
L-com Global Connectivity (http://www.L-com.com/) has released a new line of USB 3.0 Type-C cable assemblies and adapters that are ideal for data storage, video transfer and data acquisition applications. L-com’s new USB 3.0 Type-C cable assemblies deliver data transfer rates of 4.8Gbps and feature 360-degrees of shielding with an overall aluminum/polyester shield plus a tinned copper braid shield. Type-C male straight connectors allow for plug-and-play connections with hand held devices and other USB 3.0 Type-C connections. Fully shielded twisted pair data lines provide protection against EMI/RFI, reduce crosstalk and allow for cable flexibility. These cables are available in .3, .5, 1, 2, 3 and 5 meter lengths. L-com’s new USB 3.0 Type-C adapters also feature 360-degree shield termination and provide 4.8Gbps of data transfer speed to meet USB 3.0 requirements. These fully shielded adapters provide protection against EMI/RFI. They’re designed to connect a tablet or smartphone with a...
Mar 30
Jumsoft announces new version of its Money app for macOS, iOS
Jumsoft (www.jumsoft.com) has launched a new version of its Money for macOS and iOS. It brings both apps to version 5, which symbolizes the fact that they were developed simultaneously and work together better than ever. With the new releases, Jumsoft has designed a revamped user interface, 64-bit architecture, and a variety of other new and improved features, 64-bit architecture, and a variety of other new and improved features. Money 5 is now available on the Mac and iOS App Stores with up to 60% early-bird and upgrader discount for a limited time. The macOS version is $24.99, and the iOS version is $1.99. After the initial promotion, the prices will be set to $49.99 (macOS) and $4.99 (iOS).
Mar 29
DEVONthink 2.9.11 declutters web pages with new service, more
DEVONtechnologies has updated all editions of its intelligent information and document manager DEVONthink for Mac. Version 2.9.11 uses DEVONtechnologies’ new web service for decluttering clipped web pages and improves importing notes from Apple Notes and Evernote. HTML and Markdown documents can use relative links for local resources. The updates add several workflow enhancements, too, and fix bugs and glitches. All updates are free and recommended for all users. All editions of DEVONthink require macOS 10.9 or later. They can be downloaded from www.devontechnologies.com and be test-driven for free before they need to be properly licensed.
Mar 29
Output Factory for Adobe InDesign update improves history...
Zevrix Solutions has announced Output Factory 1.5.68, a feature update to the output automation solution for Adobe InDesign. The software automates printing, exporting and preflighting from InDesign and offers batch processing, export as single pages, layer versioning, variable file names and much more. Version 1.5.68 adds an option to clear processing history automatically by purging InDesign jobs older than a specific date. Output Factory can be purchased from the Zevrix website (www.zevrix.com) for $169.95. There’s a “lite” version for $120, and a server version for $700, as well as from authorized resellers and Adobe Exchange. A demo is available for download. BatchOutput users can upgrade to Output Factory for $85. Output Factory requires macOS X 10.7-10.12 and Adobe InDesign CS3-CC 2017.
Mar 29
AKVIS releases AKVIS Refocus 7.0
AKVIS (www.akvis.com) has released AKVIS Refocus 7.0, an upgrade of the tool for improving sharpness of out-of-focus images and applying blur effects to regular photos. The major update brings two new blur modes, Motion Blur and Radial Blur, which allows to create the illusion of movement giving a viewer a sense of speed and action. Also, the new version of AKVIS Refocus increases the maximum blur amount from 100 to 1000. Plus, there are additional ready-to-use presets. On the Mac platform, AKVIS Refocus runs on macOS 10.7 and higher. It’s available as a standalone application and as a plugin filter for Adobe Photoshop, Corel PaintShop Pro, and other popular image editors. And AKVIS Refocus Home license sells for $ 39, a Deluxe license for $ 49, and a Business license for $ 72. One license key allows activating and using the software on two computers. Version 7.0 is a free upgrade for recent buyers, as well for those who bought one year of updates during the last 12 months. Users,...
Mar 29
LinkOptimizer for Adobe InDesign adds new TIFF conversion...
Zevrix Solutions has announced LinkOptimizer 5.0.18, a feature update to company's workflow automation solution for Adobe InDesign. The tool allows users to reduce the size of InDesign links and speed up processing by eliminating excess image data. The software also performs image adjustments, converts formats and helps repurpose files for web and mobile devices. Version 5.0.18 lets users preserve image multi-resolution information and save transparency when converting InDesign links to TIFF. LinkOptimizer can be purchased from the Zevrix website (www.zevrix.com) for $259.95 (there’s a “lite” version for $179.95), as well as from Adobe Exchange and authorized resellers. A demo is available for download. The update is free for LinkOptimizer 5.x users and $130 to upgrade from previous versions. LinkOptimizer requires macOS 10.7-10.12 and Adobe InDesign / Photoshop CS5-CC 2017.
Mar 28
Apple releases first developer betas of macOS Sierra 10.12.5,...
Apple has released the first betas of macOS Sierra 10.12.5 and iOS 10.3.2 to developers, one day after releasing macOS Sierra 10.12.4 and iOS 10.3.2. The new beta versions can be downloaded through the Apple Developer Center or through the Software Update mechanism in the Mac App Store.
Mar 28
Alien Skin Software announces new RAW Photo Editor for...
Alien Skin Software has announced the Advanced Layers Update for Exposure X2, their non-destructive RAW photo editor. From creative effects plugin to award-winning photo editor, Exposure handles the full digital photography workflow. Photographers can use the tool to organize, edit, enhance, and export their photos, while enjoying the speed and ease of a catalog-free workflow. The Exposure X2 Advanced Layers Update is free for owners of Exposure X2. This newest version adds advanced layering tools that enable stacking of effects for added creativity. Layers can be copied and pasted, turned on and off individually, applied to multiple images, and more. The Advanced Layers Update for Exposure X2 will be sent as a free update to owners of Exposure X2. For new users, it’s available at www.alienskin.com for $149. Upgrade pricing is available to owners of previous versions of Exposure for $99. The Advanced Layers Update for Exposure X2 is also available in the Exposure X2 Bundle. This...
Mar 28
CS Odessa announces GHS Hazard Pictograms solution
CS Odessa (www.csodessa.com) has announced a a new hazardous warning solution for ConceptDraw Pro 11, which is now available in the ConceptDraw Solution Park. The GHS Hazard Pictograms Solution is a set of libraries that can be used to label containers, vessels, and work places of potentially dangerous contents. It can be used to construct infographics, diagrams, warnings, and posters to comply with the OSHA HAZCOM Standard. The GHS Hazard Pictograms Solution has been added to ConceptDraw Pro at no charge to users of version 11.
Mar 28
PhotoSweeper 3.0 for macOS adds Touch Bar support
Overmacs (www.overmacs.com) has released PhotoSweeper 3.0, an update of the most duplicate image finder for macOS. Among other new features and improvements, the upgrade brings a “Side-To-Side” compare mode that lets you compare the contents of two folders with each other or find similar photos to a single image. There’s also now Touch Bar support for the 2016 MacBook Pro. PhotoSweeper 3.0 provides a Restoring Session with the latest results saved: you can continue working with your photos right from where you left the app last time PhotoSweeper 3.0 requires macOS 10.10 or later and costs $9.99. It’s available at the Mac App Store in the Photography category.
Mar 28
Corduroy Code launches Videoloupe for the Mac
Corduroy Code has debuted Videoloupe (http://www.videoloupe.com), a video player and editor for macOS. It’s designed to bridge the gap between basic video players and professional editing suites. Videoloupe provides a mix of playback controls, editing tools and export options. Features like track removal, lossless trimming and watermarking can be performed without the need of a complicated timeline editor or the hassle of dealing with projects, according to Kenny Carruthers, founder of Corduroy Code and developer of Videoloupe. Users can adjust the color, tone and creative look of a video as easily as adjusting a photo, he adds. The built-in media browser allows users to play multiple videos side-by-side. For more advanced video analysis, users can synchronize the playback of up to nine videos using a single controller. Videoloupe's exporting options include video resizing, retiming, format conversion and ways to extract video frames as images. Videoloupe requires macOS 10.12 or newer...
Mar 28
MacVideo Promo launches free video editor for macOS
MacVideo Promo — a promotion company that offers exclusive deals on tools for Mac video editors — is giving away Media 100 Suite 2.1.8, the latest version of its video editing software for macOS. It provides output for tape and file-based workflows. Editors can edit in Media 100 and export their Media 100 timeline to Adobe After Effects for finishing. In addition, Boris RED is included for integrated transitions and titling on the Media 100 timeline. Media 100 supports dozens of video standards in 4K, 2K, HD, and SD resolutions at frame rates from 23.98 to 60 frames per second. Acquisition interfaces for AVCHD, AVC-Intra, FireWire, Panasonic P2, and Sony XDCAM are provided, as well as support for AJA and Blackmagic Design video I/O interfaces. The Boris RED plug-in for Media 100 is included free with each Media 100 download. Boris RED is integrated 3D titling and visual effects software that launches a custom interface directly from the Media 100 timeline for title animation and...
Mar 28
B-Eng releases SSD Health Check for MVNe for MacBook Pro
B-Eng has announced SSD Health Check for MVNe, a hard drive utility for macOS. It delivers data and insights for MVNe Solid State Drives that are built in the newest generation of Apple's MacBook Pro. This utility can alert you when your solid state disk is in a critical state or reaches other critical limits, such as operating temperature, unexpected power losses, power cycles and more. According to Christian Schaffner, general manager of B-Eng, SSD Health Check for MVNe is able to deliver statistics that no other app is able to provide. The app requires macOS 10.12 or later. SSD Health Check for MVNe is $4.99 (USD) and can be purchased from B-Eng online (http://www.b-eng.ch).
Mar 27
Apple updates Pages, Numbers, Keynote
Along with iOS 10.3 and macOS Sierra 10.12.4, Apple has posted updates for Pages, Numbers, and Keynote on both the iOS and macOS platforms. The word processor, spreadsheet creator, and presentation tool have received Touch ID support on both platforms, allowing you to quickly open password-protected documents. The Mac versions add support for the Touch Bar introduced with the 2016 MacBook Pro, as well as new leader lines that make pie charts easier to read and a simpler method for replacing fonts through an entire document. Pages on both platform gets the ability to add math equations to documents using either LaTeX or MathML notation. You can add bookmarks to link from one part of a doc to another. You can import and export in Rich Text Format. New stock and currently functions provide up-to-date securities data in tables. Numbers now lets you add current or historical stock information to your spreadsheets. You can use the new My Stocks Template to track your portfolio. While...
Mar 27
Apple rolls out iOS 10.3, macOS Sierra 10.12.4, watchOS 3.2,...
Apple has released iOS 10.3 and macOS Sierra 10.12.4. iOS 10.3 updates the file structure on an iOS device to the Apple File System (APFS). AFPS is optimized for Flash/SSD storage and features “strong encryption, copy-on-write metadata, space sharing, cloning for files and directories, snapshots, fast directory sizing, atomic safe-save primitives, and improved file system fundamentals.” The upgrade also includes a new "Find My AirPods" ability, additions to Siri, CarPlay improvements, and some changes to Maps. Also, developers will be able to respond to customer reviews on the Apple App Store. The iOS 10.3 update can be performed "over the air" through the software update feature on compatible iOS devices. Or you can download it via iTunes, then install it on a connected device. macOS 10.12.4 brings iOS's Night Shift mode to the Mac, allowing users to cut down on blue light exposure. It also includes Shanghainese dictation support, cricket scores for Siri, and PDFKit improvements. The...
Mar 27
ProjectWizards conjure up Merlin Project 4.2
ProjectWizards (https://projectwizards.net/en) has conjured up Merlin Project 4.2, an update to their project management software for macOS. Project managers who use multiple devices, or who work in small working groups, can now keep their projects updated via iCloud Drive or Dropbox — even if they're not running Merlin Server themselves. What’s more, Merlin Project 4.2 synchronizes all changes automatically, making them available to every project participant. Merlin Project 4.2 is free for any licensed Merlin Project 3 or Merlin Project 4 user to update to version 4.2. The latest version of Merlin Project Go will be made available automatically via the Mac App Store. If you're a project manager and you're interested in trying out Merlin Project 4.2 for Mac, you test drive it for 30 days.
Mar 27
WWDC ticket lottery for developers starts today
Registered Apple Developer Program members can toss their names into the ticket lottery for this year’s Apple Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC) today at 10 a.m. (Pacific) at the Apple Developer website (https://developer.apple.com/wwdc/tickets/). The 28th annual WWDC will be held at the McEnery Convention Center in San Jose, California. The conference will run June 5-9 and will focus on the latest versions of macOS, iOS, watchOS, and tvOS. WWDC allows developers from around the world to learn about Apple's platform technologies ranging from programming languages like Swift to developer APIs [application programming interfaces] like SiriKit, HomeKit, HealthKit and CarPlay. Developers will access to more than 1,000 Apple engineers with opportunities to meet and engage with them throughout the conference. In addition to the keynote address, get-togethers, sessions and labs for developers, Apple is working with the city of San Jose and local businesses to celebrate the return of WWDC...
Mar 27
DupeZap for macOS zapped to version 4
Hyperbolic Software (http://www.hyperbolicsoftware.com/) has revved DupeZap, their modern duplicate finder developed exclusively for macOS, to version 4. The update was written specifically to reclaim disk space being taken up by duplicate files and packages. Version 4.0 of DupeZap 4 requires macOS 10.11.0 or later. For a limited time, it’s available for $0.99 instead of the regular $19.99 at the Mac App Store.
Mar 27
FileWave announces support for upcoming Apple OS releases
FileWave (https://www.filewave.com) — which specializes in multi-platform device management, has announced support for Apple's upcoming release of iOS 10.3, macOS Sierra 10.12.4, and tvOS 11.2. 
In addition to supporting the new features available in iOS, macOS, and tvOS, the company says FileWave 12 will build upon FileWave's long-time commitment to multi-platform support by adding Chrome OS to the list of supported operating systems. FileWave administrators can already manage macOS, iOS, Windows, and Android devices, and soon will be able include Chromebook devices – all from one console. Other features coming with the release of FileWave 12 include native UEFI imaging support and numerous improvements to FileWave Admin.
Mar 27
PhoneClean for macOS gets new user interface, more
iMobie has released PhoneClean 5, an update to their Mac utility for to removing all iPhone data permanently. Before giving away or selling your old iPhone, the utility permanently wipes everything in it for absolute safety, including photos, messages, contacts, emails, browsing data, as well as your custom wallpaper, ringtones, and more. It also allows you to selectively eliminate sensitive data. Version 5.0 sports a new user interface and an Erase Clean feature. PhoneClean runs on both macOS and Windows system. There’s a free version for basic cleanup and a pro version for more advanced solutions. The latter costs $29.99 for a personal license and $39.99 for a family license from iMobie's online store (http://www.imobie.com/phoneclean).
Mar 27
Package Central update for Adobe InDesign improves email handling
Zevrix Solutions has announced Package Central 1.9.17, a maintenance update to its packaging workflow automation tool for Adobe InDesign. The app automatically collects InDesign documents along with their fonts and links from watched hot folders and offers customizable workflows, variable folder names, email notifications, preflighting and more. Version 1.9.17 addresses some stability and performance issues related to email delivery, metadata retrieval, and UI updates during error processing. Package Central can be purchased for $149.95 from the Zevrix website (www.zevrix.com), as well as from authorized resellers. A demo is available for download. Package Central requires macOS 10.7-10.12 and Adobe InDesign CS5-CC 2017.
Mar 24
MacX MediaTrans 3.5 gets a tweaked user interface
MacXDVD Software has updated MacX MediaTrans (https://www.macxdvd.com/mediatrans/) to version 3.5. The tool offers extensive data transfer between Macs and iOS devices. The redesigned user interface in version 3.5 provides improved responsiveness, extensive usability and cleaner navigation, empowering users to transfer movies, videos, songs, iTunes purchases and other data between iDevices and Macs quickly and easily, according to the folks at MacXDVD Software. I also supports iTunes 12.6 and iOS 10.3. MacX MediaTrans is normally priced at $59.95 for a single license copy with life time free upgrade. However, it’s being offered for 76% off for a limited time.
Mar 24
Apple’s online store offline until 8:01 a.m. (Pacific)
Apple’s online store is offline until 8:01 a.m. (Pacific), when the (PRODUCT)RED iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus announced earlier this week goes on sale in more than 40 countries and regions around the world. The PRODUCT(RED) iPhone 7 and will be available in 128GB and 256GB models for $749 and $869. The (PRODUCT)RED iPhone 7 Plus will be available for $849 and $969 prices. Apple is also offering a lower priced 9.7-inch iPad to replace the iPad Air 2, as well as rolling out new storage tier options for the iPhone SE and the iPad mini 4.
Mar 23
MegaSeg 6.0.2 for macOS has over 30 improvements, fixes
Fidelity Media has released MegaSeg 6.0.2 (http://www.megaseg.com), an upgrade to the radio automation and DJ mixing system for macOS 10.6 and higher. The update features over 30 improvements and fixes including a new preset for Pioneer’s DDJ-SX2 controller, snappier segues, and many usability and interface optimizations. MegaSeg is available in two editions. The $99 DJ edition focuses on core live mixing features with visual beat syncing via multitouch gestures, multiple outputs for headphone preview, MIDI control, automatic volume, advanced categorization, track logging, and integrated iTunes playlists. MegaSeg Pro ($199) adds video playback with ambient visuals, hot keys for triggering sound effects, automated music scheduling, advertisement messaging events, rules for applying artist separations, request lists with reminder notes, and more advanced features for professional DJs and VJs, radio stations, and hospitality businesses such as restaurants and retail. Older versions of...
Mar 23
Tango Networks enhances iPhone user experience for UC Systems
Tango Networks (www.tango-networks.com), a technology provider extending full-featured enterprise mobility solutions for Unified Communications (UC) and voice applications, has announced iOS Apple CallKit availability for iPhone devices connected to UC systems. Tango Networks’ Kinetic Communications Platform integration with iOS Apple CallKit extends enterprise communications to iPhone devices and works across any UC environment, allowing employees to use their iPhone’s native dialer for business calls. Tango Networks iOS 10 CallKit solution enables: ° The iPhone to be a mobile endpoint of any UC system. ° Users to make and receive business calls from the iPhone’s native dialee. ° Direct access to corporate directory and rich UC features. ° Enterprise enforcement and control over mobile business calls. ° Business calls made through high quality cellular networks.
Mar 23
MacX DVD Ripper Pro revved to version 5.5
MacXDVD (www.macxdvd.com) has released MacX DVD Ripper Pro 5.5, an upgrade to its flagship DVD ripper. The update extends the tool’s reach to non-UDF discs and main title check mechanisms. Plus, it’s faster. The upgrade is available to all current MacX DVD Ripper Pro users at no charge. New users can get all the features and updates for $29.95 (50% off) for a limited time.
Mar 23
PopChar for macOS gets a maintenance upgrade
Ergonis Software (www.ergonis.com) has rolled out PopChar X 7.7, an improved version of the Mac tool for finding and inserting special characters and exploring fonts. Version 7.7 offers metrics adjustments for eight new fonts, in particular some of Google's Noto fonts. This is scheduled to be the last maintenance release for PopChar 7, while Ergonis is already preparing to release the major new version PopChar 8 later this year. PopChar X 7.7 requires macOS 10.6 or newer. It can be purchased on the Ergonis Software website. The upgrade to PopChar X 7.7 is free for anyone who owns a license for PopChar X 7. All PopChar X purchases made in or after September 2016 also include the upgrade to the major new version PopChar X 8.0 and all subsequent 8.x upgrades.
Mar 22
Comm-Unity releases version 2.1 of its CNS Image FileMaker Pro...
Comm-Unity Networking System has updated its CNS Image FileMaker Pro plug-in to version 2.1 which includes bug fixes, more thread-safety, and ] CNS Core updates. It’s available immediately at http://cnsimage.cnsplug-ins.com/ for both macOS and Windows. CNS Image is a FileMaker plug-in for working with images stored in container fields or stored on the hard drive. On the most basic level, you can use CNS Image to import images from the hard drive into FileMaker container fields and Export images from container fields to the hard drive using hard-coded paths or dialogs. However, Importing and Exporting images is only the beginning of CNS Image. The plug-in can do so much more with your images. You can rotate images; you can create small thumbnails in your database of a much larger images on the hard drive. You can split PDFs into multiple images and browse through them all from FileMaker. You can download images from the internet into a container field, and apply filters like...
Mar 22
Lucid Auction Lister for macOS gets improved interface, more
Lucid Sky Software has released Lucid Auction Lister 1.1.0 (http://www.lucidskysoftware.com), an update to the eBay auction manager application for macOS. Users can create listings, sell on eBay and manage sales with this auction lister. You can manage and organize your current and past eBay listings. You can compare listing details, duplicate past listings, re-list auctions that have ended, revise running auctions and end auctions early. Lucid Auction Lister 1.1.0 sports an improved user interface with better list view readability. It also fixes minor bugs with overall enhanced functionality, as well as adds the ability to list, re-list and revise in batch. Users can also download and view eBay order information to help manage sales. Lucid Auction Lister requires macOS 10.7 or later. It costs $7.99 and is available worldwide exclusively through the Mac App Store in the Productivity category.
Mar 22
Agile Tortoise releases Interact Scratchpad for the Mac
Agile Tortoise has announced Interact Scratchpad 1.0 (http://agiletortoise.com/interact/mac ) for the Mac. The menubar app brings the popular natural language contact creation tools of Interact for iOS to macOS. You can type or paste in blocks of text with contact information and let Interact parse names, addresses, phone numbers into a complete contact record in your default Contacts account. This lets you create new contacts, or add information to existing contacts quicker than ever, according to the folks at Agile Tortoise. Interact Scratchpad is available for macOS 10.11 or higher. It’s available exclusively at the Mac App Store. To celebrate the release, it’s on sale for 50% ($1.99) through March 29.
Mar 22
ScaleMaster 2 released for macOS
RoGame Software (www.rogame.com) has announced ScaleMaster 2, an upgrade to the music app for macOS. The software was specifically designed to help with scales in a theoretical and practical context. Serving as a practice environment and reference for over 200 scale types, ScaleMaster 2 includes 9 virtual instruments, a music notation interface, a full GM sound library and much more. Version 1.0.3 has been re-designed from the ground up with a modern interface. ScaleMaster 2 (v1.0.3) costs $19.99 and is available worldwide exclusively through the Mac App Store in the Education and Music categories. Educational discounts are available.
Mar 21
Apple releases iTunes 12.6 for iOS 10.3 and tvOS 10.2
Apple has updated iTunes for iOS and tvOS to version 12.6, which lets you rent videos once and watch them on multiple screens. However, it requires iOS 10.3 and tvOS 10.2, both of which are in beta testing. With the “rent once, watch anywhere” capability, you can rent a movie on one device (iPhone, iPad or Apple TV), then finish watching it on another (iPhone, iPad or Apple TV). Prior to iTunes 12.6 you had to finish watching a film on the device from which you first rented it. To get iTunes 12.6, launch the App Store app and click on the Updates tab at the top. You’ll see the iTunes 12.6 update, which is a free download.
Mar 21
Matrox unveils the Maevex 6150
Matrox Graphics (www.matrox.com) has previewed an all-new multi-4K capable stand-alone encoding appliance: the Maevex 6150 quad 4K encoder appliance. It affords the full feature set of the Maevex 6100 quad encoder PCI Express card, delivering quad 4K capture plus multiple encodes to stream and/or record at low bit rates. Offering four or more channels simultaneously, the Maevex 6150 provides an all-in-one, dual density form factor with the additional IO befitting an appliance. With flexible encoding administration options, the Maevex 6150 can be programmed and controlled with the included Matrox PowerStream Plus software, managed via custom applications using the PowerStream Plus API [application programming interface], or started/stopped directly on-device with designated on-appliance buttons. According to Ron Berty, business development manager, Matrox Graphics, other Maevex 6150 features include: ° The ability to integrate 4K streaming and recording seamlessly into workflow, with...
Mar 21
Swift Playgrounds available in five additional languages
Apple’s Swift Playgrounds for the iPad is now available in five new languages including Simplified Chinese, Japanese, French, German and Latin American Spanish. Playgrounds is designed to teach basic programming concepts like loops and conditionals using an animated character that the budding programmers direct by writing code. The app offers suggestions for code to be used, and Swift Playgrounds also has a special iOS coding keyboard to ease entry of all of those pesky brackets.  The app includes Apple-developed programming lessons, puzzles and challenges that teach core coding concepts, as well as built-in templates to encourage users to express their creativity and create real programs. And it takes full advantage of the power, simplicity and Multi-Touch capabilities of iPad. All programming lessons are now localized across five additional languages and are optimized to look even better and run faster than ever.  Swift Playgrounds is available free in the Apple App Store in...
Mar 21
Apple debuts Clips for iOS
Apple has debuted Clips, a new app that allows iPhone and iPad users to create “expressive videos.” It lets you combine video clips, photos and music into videos to share with friends through the Messages app, or on Instagram, Facebook and other social networks. Clips also introduces Live Titles, a feature that lets users create animated captions and titles using just their voice. Effects including comic book filters, speech bubbles, shapes and full-screen animated posters. Clips lets users create multi-clip videos on iPhone or iPad without timelines, tracks or complicated editing tools, according to Susan Prescott, Apple’s vice president of Apps Product Marketing. Touch and hold a single button to shoot live video and photos, or add them from the Photo Library. Then add artistic filters, speech bubbles, shapes or emoji. Users can also add full-screen posters with animated backgrounds and customizable text. Clips has dozens of music soundtracks to choose from, and they automatically...
Mar 21
Apple updates the 9.7-inch iPad Pro
Apple has updated the 9.7-inch iPad, adding a brighter Retina display and improved performance with prices starting at $329. It’s apparently designed to replace the iPad Air 2. The tablet features a Retina display with over 3.1 million pixels and is enclosed in a thin aluminum unibody enclosure weighing one pound for great portability and durability. It packs an Apple-designed A9 chip with 64‑bit desktop-class architecture. The front- and back-facing cameras offer exceptional low-light performance and HD video recording. The iPad has support for LTE cellular bands. The 9.5-inch iPad comes in silver, gold and space gray and starts at $329 for the 32GB with Wi-Fi model and $459 for the 32GB Wi-Fi + Cellular model at Apple.com and Apple Stores. It also comes in 32GB and 128GB models. You can place an order on Friday, March 24.
Mar 21
Apple debuts iPhone 7 & iPhone 7 Plus (PRODUCT)RED Special...
Apple has announced an iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus (PRODUCT)RED Special Edition in red aluminum finish, in recognition of more than 10 years of partnership between Apple and (RED). Buy one and you contribute to the organization that seeks a cure for AIDS. The special edition  (PRODUCT)RED iPhone will be available to order online worldwide and in stores beginning Friday, March 24. “Since we began working with (RED) 10 years ago, our customers have made a significant impact in fighting the spread of AIDS through the purchase of our products, from the original iPod nano (PRODUCT)RED Special Edition all the way to today’s lineup of Beats products and accessories for iPhone, iPad and Apple Watch,” Apple CEO Tim Cook said in a press release. “The introduction of this special edition iPhone in a gorgeous red finish is our biggest (PRODUCT)RED offering to date in celebration of our partnership with (RED), and we can’t wait to get it into customers’ hands.” (RED)’s work provides access to HIV/...
Mar 20
Urban Armor Gear unveils protective case for 2016 MacBook Pro
Urban Armor Gear (urbanarmorgear.com) has released its latest drop-tested cases for Apple's fourth generation MacBook Pro (13-inch and 15-inch models). The cases are made to fit both versions with and without the new Touch Bar.  Urban Armor Gear's $79.99 MacBook Pro cases feature a translucent design that complements the slimmer, lightweight body and refreshed ports while providing three layers of protection from daily wear and tear and unexpected drops. The company's signature slim design has been independently tested to meet or exceed US military drop test standards (MIL-STD 810G 516.6) and incorporates a tactile grip on the hinge, providing a secure hold for transition from work to play. UAG's new MacBook Pro cases are enhanced with impact-resistant rubber bumpers at the corners and skid pads underneath. They also sport cooling vents and a Dual-Lock secure closure system.
Mar 20
Apple releases eight public, developer betas of macOS Sierra 10....
Apple has released an eight beta of macOS Sierra 10.12.4 for developers and public beta testers. The upgrade brings iOS's Night Shift mode to the Mac, allowing users to cut down on blue light exposure. It also includes Shanghainese dictation support, cricket scores for Siri, and PDFKit improvements. If you're not already signed up for the public beta program, you can do so at https://beta.apple.com/sp/betaprogram/. The public beta program is free, but remember: beta software is unfinished software so use with care. The developer beta can be be downloaded from the Apple Developer Center — if you’re a registered developer, that is.
Mar 20
Screen Commander 1.0 released for macOS
Alien Orb Software has introduced Screen Commander 1.0, a screen blanking utility for macOS. Developed for users with multiple displays, it lives in the menubar as a small icon and provides screen blanking options at the click of the mouse. Screen Commander lets you blank other displays while watching a movie, playing a game, or focusing on some work on a particular screen. You can blank out other screens when they’re not needed and quickly unblank them again on demand. "I wrote Screen Commander to scratch a personal itch," says Brian Christensen, owner of Alien Orb Software. "Having extra displays connected to my iMac is really great for getting work done, but sometimes I just want to watch a movie or play a game without the added distraction of those additional screens." Screen Commander requires macOS 10.12 or later. It’s freeware and is available exclusively through the Mac App Store (http://tinyurl.com/kt78jcg) in the Utilities category.
Mar 20
Mac users can create art with their Photos using GoArt
Everimaging has (http://www.everimaging.com) introduced GoArt 1.0, a photo editor for macOS. It lets you take a photo and apply artistic filters based on the works of art. GoArt offers over 40 different styles of art to choose from. Everimaging sayks it will release more artistic effects on a regular basis. GoArt uses "fine art" presets based on the artistic styles of history's most admired artists, including Van Gogh, Monet, and Picasso. The app can also create works based on various styles of art, such as Impressionism, Pop Art, Expressionism, Structuralism, and more. According to Maggie Wu, marketing manager at Everimaging, GoArt is the world's first AI [artificial intelligence] artistic app that allows anyone to export an HD image and make it possible to print their own works. The app lets you export your images in a high-definition format, up to eight megapixels in size. GoArt doesn’t require an Internet connection to process images. All the work is done on the Mac. GoArt...
 

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