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Jun 12
CNS releases CNS Image 2.5 FileMaker Pro plug-in
CNS has released CNS Image 2.5, an update of the FileMaker Pro plug-in. The upgrade brings in Script Steps and other FileMaker 16 features. As usual, the plug-in also contains updates to the CNS Core code and bug fixes. CNS Image is available immediately at http://cnsimage.cnsplug-ins.com/ for both macOS and Windows. A demo is available for download. If you purchased CNS Image anytime from June 9, 2016, until now, you can install this latest version free of charge without requiring a new license key. If you purchased CNS Image anytime between June 9, 2015, and June 8, 2016, you can renew your license for 50% off the current price. If you purchased CNS Image anytime before June 9, 2015, you can renew your license for 25% off the current price. For new users, CNS Image prices range from a 1-User License for $65 to a World License for $1,095 (which includes a free Server License). A Server License of CNS Image for use with FileMaker Pro Server/Server Advanced is $595. A Developer's...
Jun 09
SyncMate for macOS revved to version 6.7
Eltima Software has released SyncMate 6.7 (http://www.sync-mac.com/), an updated version of the synchronization tool for macOS. It allows syncing Mac computers with iOS and Android devices, other Macs, MTP devices, as well as with online storage accounts such as Google, Dropbox, iCloud and Microsoft Services, including Outlook, Office 365 Home and Business accounts. SyncMate 6.7 offers a more reliable and fast sync mechanism, according to the folks at Eltima. SyncMate requires macOS 10.8.5 or later. Version 6.7 is free for all SyncMate 6.x users. All registered users of previous versions of can upgrade with a 50% discount. For new users the cost is $39.95 for a personal license (for two Macs). A demo is available for download.
Jun 09
Rooster 1.0 is a new wake on LAN solution for the Apple TV
Basil Salad Software has debuted Rooster 1.0 (http://tinyurl.com/yaybajpj), a wake-on-LAN solution for the Apple TV. It brings network devices out of standby for easy access to media servers from the living room. Rooster is best used with a network-attached storage device that serves media files to the Apple TV. Users can now schedule these NAS' up-time to keep them online only on times when they are expected to be in use. On other times, users can wake up the device as needed from the Apple TV using Rooster.
Jun 08
Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War III arrives on the Mac
Feral Interactive has announced that Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War III, the latest episode in Relic Entertainment’s real-time strategy series, has been released for macOS and Linux. In Dawn of War III's 17-mission campaign, players alternately command the Space Marines, the savage Orks, and the technologically-sophisticated Eldar as the warring factions fight for the Spear of Khaine, a mysterious weapon that will determine the fates of all three. Massive armies and devastating elite units engage in tactical battles where the key to victory lies in taking advantage of each unit’s unique abilities to outwit, then overpower, the enemy.  Dawn of War III’s multiplayer mode features matches in which two teams of up to three players per side battle for supremacy. The macOS and Linux versions of the game on Steam will be cross-platform compatible with each other. Dawn of War III will be available through the Feral Store (http://tinyurl.com/ybzpa36m) and Steam for $59.99 and at the Mac App...
Jun 08
InterPromo US releases Combin Tool
InterPromo UG has released the final version of Combin (ex-InstaHeads), a cross-platform tool for managing and growing Instagram accounts for individuals, agencies and brands. Users get a reliable tool for the safe growth of the audience and management of their Instagram accounts. The interface has been completely redesigned and is now more simple and user-friendly, according to the folks at InterPromo US. With Combin (https://www.combin.com), you may perform a geo-targeting based search by locations of commercial objects, hashtags, and by a combination of the activities. It automates such actions as search results refreshing, as well as allowing users to organize followers, likes and comments. Combin is available for macOS, Windows and Linux. There are three pricing plans suitable for all clientele, from individuals to competent Instagram businesses.
Jun 08
myTuner Radio for macOS revved to version 2
AppGeneration has updated its myTuner Radio app for the Mac. It allows you to listen to 40,000 live radio stations from more than 200 countries/territories, as well as over one million podcasts. The new version 2 has a redesigned interface and supports the MacBook Pro with Touch Bar. myTuner Radio 2 requires macOS 10.10 or higher. It’s available for $9.99 in the Mac App Store (https://itunes.apple.com/app/id808285143). There's also a free version with limited features.
Jun 07
Global Delight releases Boom 3D, a surround sound audio app for...
Global Delight has unveiled Boom 3D, a next gen app that builds on Boom 2, its Mac audio enhancement tool.Powered by Global Delight's patent-pending audio engine, it provides a virtual surround audio experience. The app also includes handcrafted Equalizer Presets that can pump up any audio in the Mac, advanced Audio Effects and an Intensity controller to customize audio to suit individual listening tastes. Designed for macOS 10.10.3 and later, Boom 3D self-calibrates to the type of Mac it runs on to offer a personalized experience to the users, according to Jason Foodman, president of Global Delight. It sports a Mini Audio Player and Application Level Volume Control to give users volume control for each app being used. In addition, with the help of an optional Audio Component, Boom 3D can optimize any audio coming out of the Mac on a system-wide basis with equalizers and audio effects. Boom 3D can be purchased for $16.99 from the Global Delight web store (http://www.globaldelight.com...
Jun 07
MacSales announces memory upgrades for new iMacs
MacSales (www.macsales.com) has announced memory upgrades for the newly announced iMacs. The memory upgrades run from $79.99 to bring a factory 8GB iMac to 16GB, up to $579.99 to max out an iMac to 64GB.  OWC 2400Mhz DDR4 memory is available now and will begin shipping to customers immediately. The new iMac delivers visual effects and 3D graphics allowing the editing of multi-cam projects in Final Cut Pro X, with up to five streams of 4K video.
Jun 07
StarTech releases new Dual-Bay 3.5” Drive Enclosure
StarTech has released a new Dual-Bay 3.5” Drive Enclosure that enables a high-performance USB 3.1 Gen 2 (10 Gbps) data storage solution with multiple RAID functions. Users can access, back up and manage files through their USB-C or USB-A equipped laptop. The dual-drive enclosure features multiple RAID modes that can help increase performance add redundancy or combine volumes. The RAID modes supported are: RAID 0, RAID 1, SPAN(BIG) and JBOD. The dual-drive enclosure comes with a USB-C cable and a USB-A cable for connecting the enclosure to a laptop. The new dual-drive enclosure is available at CDW, Amaon, NewEgg, PC Connection, and Insight. It costs $129.99.
Jun 07
WaterField Designs introduces new iPad Pro Gear Case
Waterfield Designs (www.sfbags.com) has announced the $49 iPad Pro Gear Case to store accessories for Apple’s new 10.5-inch or 12.9-inch iPad Pro. The iPad Pro Gear Case is a waxed canvas and leather pouch with customized pockets to organize and protect out-of-the box and extra iPad necessities. “The Apple Pencil and other accessories are critical for iPad Pro users and are easy to misplace,” explained company owner Gary Waterfield. “The compact iPad Pro Gear Case equips you with a consistent, protective place to store them, and it fits easily into any day bag. With your iPad Pro and stocked Gear Case by your side, you’ll have everything you need at your fingertips, whether you’re at your desk, on your commute or working at the local café.” Custom-designed for iPad Pro accessories, the iPad Gear Case main compartment includes two mesh pockets for the Lightning-to-USB cable, Lightning adapters and ear buds, and two padded, scratch-free pockets for a USB flash drive and the Apple Pencil...
Jun 07
CS Odessa Announces Software Engineer Package for ConceptDraw...
CS Odessa (www.conceptdraw.com) has announced the new Software Engineer Package for ConceptDraw Pro 11, now available in ConceptDraw Solution Park. Specifically developed to visually represent software, databases and information systems technical and methodological documentation, the Software Engineer Package is comprised of seven solutions, 35 libraries, 1287 vector object and icons, 87 examples and templates. The included solutions in this bundle are Cloud Computing Diagrams, Network Security Diagrams, and more. The seven solutions individually retail for $247, but are available in a bundle for $150. ConceptDraw Pro 11 is compatible with macOS and Windows. It retails for US$199 and is now included in ConceptDraw Office 4, which retails for $499.
Jun 07
ADATA presents the UC360 and UC370 OTG flash drives   
ADATA Technology, (www.adata.com) has launched the UC360 and UC370 USB OTG flash drives. As “on the go” protocol (OTG) USB drives, both models offer driverless connectivity with devices featuring USB. Both are 2-in-1 products, with the UC360 featuring USB-A and Micro USB and the UC370 combining USB-A and USB-C. Data delivery uses USB 3.1 speeds. Both drives work with macOS Windows and Android operating systems, and other platforms such as game consoles and smart TVs. Consumers can choose from 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB versions of the new drives.
Jun 06
Promise Technology debuts new Pegasus3 desktop RAID storage...
Promise Technology (www.promise.com) has added four new models to its lineup of Pegasus desktop RAID storage systems. The new Pegasus3 R4, R6 and R8 models feature more capacity -- 16, 36 and 64 (and 80) terabytes (TB), respectively -- and bring 40 Gb/s Thunderbolt 3 performance. The addition of new Pegasus3 models also continues Promise's tradition of being in lockstep with the latest from Apple, as they are an ideal storage complement to the new iMac and MacBook Pro offerings, according to Vijay Char, president, Promise Technology USA. Pegasus3 models are tested, performance tuned and ready to go out of the box for Mac users with a 1m 40 Gb/s Active Thunderbolt 3 cable for easy, high-speed connectivity, he adds. Dual Thunderbolt 3 ports provide connectivity and the ability to connect up to six daisy-chained devices on a single port. The new Pegasus3 models will initially be available in North America. Preorders can be made through Amazon.com and select resellers. Availability will...
Jun 06
New 10.5-inch iPad Pro Case coming from Gumdrop Cases
Gumdrop Case’s DropTech Clear case for the new 10.5-inch iPad Pro is now available for pre-order and will ship beginning June 12. It offers drop protection, and a clear polycarbonate back window to show off logos, stickers, asset tags or simply the iconic Apple logo. The DropTech Clear iPad case is made of shock absorbing, dual-layer silicone with reinforced bumpers on the corners and a replaceable screen shield to prevent scratches and repel light splashes. The case allows full access to Apple's touch ID technology, ports, buttons, camera and speaker. The DropTech Clear iPad Pro case is available on the Gumdrop Cases website (https://www.gumdropcases.com) in a black/smoke color combination (black silicone cover with transparent smoke back window) for $59.95.
Jun 06
Artlandia SymmetryMill for macOS gets update
Artlandia has updated Artlandia SymmetryMill, a desktop app that provides tools for creating seamless repeating patterns from any image. Rebuilt from the ground up and based on modern technology, the upgrade brings a range of improvements. Among the enhancements are: a new pattern explorer; dozens of new blend modes; lots of new filters; a new repeat size display; and new keyboard shortcuts. SymmetryMill works with macOS 10.6 and higher. It's a subscription based app, but a demo is available for download.
Jun 06
GarageBand for Mac updated with Touch Bar support, more
Apple has updated GarageBand for Mac with TouchBar support, cross-platform integration, and more. According to Apple, version 10.2 -- available at the Mac App Store -- offers: ° New modern design with improved ease of use; ° Adds Touch Bar support to quickly navigate around your project and perform instruments; ° Three new Drummers who play percussion in the styles of Pop, Songwriter, and Latin; ° Introduces new Drummer loops which can be added to your song and then customized with performance controls; ° Remotely add new tracks to your project using GarageBand on your iPhone or iPad.
Jun 05
Apple posts new developer betas of iOS, macOS, tvOS, watchOS
Apple has released the first beta versions of its next-generation operating systems — iOS 11, macOS 10.13 High Sierra, watchOS 4 and tvOS 11 — to developers for testing. Developers can download the beta through the Apple Developer Center or the Software Update mechanism in the App Store.
Jun 05
Apple's HomePod coming in December
Apple has previewed the HomePod, a wireless speaker for the home that uses spatial awareness to sense its location in a room and automatically adjust the audio. Designed to work with an Apple Music subscription for access to over 40 million songs, HomePod provides deep knowledge of personal music preferences and tastes and helps users discover new music, according to Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing. It sports a large, Apple-designed woofer for deep bass, a custom array of seven beam-forming tweeters that provide pure high frequency acoustics with directional control and technologies built right in to preserve the richness and intent of the original recordings. The HomePod is designed for voice control with an array of six microphones, so users can interact with it from across the room, even while loud music is playing. By saying, “Hey Siri, I like this song,” HomePod and Apple Music become the perfect musicologist, learning preferences from...
Jun 05
Apple introduces 10.5-inch iPad Pro
Apple has introduced an all-new 10.5-inch iPad Pro and a revamped 12.9-inch iPad Pro, featuring an advanced display with ProMotion technology and a new A10X Fusion chip. The new 10.5-inch model reduces the borders by nearly 40% to fit into an compact package that weighs just one pound. Combined with new iPad features in iOS 11 coming this fall, like the all-new Files app, customizable Dock, improved multitasking and deeper integration of Apple Pencil, iPad Pro gives users the ability to be even more productive and creative, according to Greg Joswiak, Apple’s vice president of Product Marketing. The redesigned Retina display in the iPad Pro features ProMotion, a new technology that delivers refresh rates of up to 120Hz for fluid scrolling, greater responsiveness and smoother motion content. With ProMotion, Apple Pencil is even more responsive with an industry-best, 20-millisecond latency for even more fluid and natural drawing. ProMotion also improves display quality and reduces...
Jun 05
Siri Watch Face, Smart Activity Coaching, more coming to watchOS...
Apple today previewed watchOS 4, featuring a proactive Siri watch face that displays the information users need most throughout the day, personalized Activity coaching and a new music experience. The update features an enhanced Workout app and introduces GymKit, a platform that will offer customers connected workouts with cardio equipment. “Apple Watch is the ultimate device for a healthy life and is now more intelligent than ever with watchOS 4,” said Jeff Williams, Apple’s chief operating officer. “We’ve created a truly individualized experience with the smartest Activity and Workout apps, the Siri watch face that shows you the information you need when you need it and we’re seamlessly bringing users their favorite music right on the wrist.” Siri intelligence extends further into Apple Watch with the new Siri watch face. With each raise of the wrist, the information on the display dynamically updates based on the time of day, daily routines and pertinent data from apps such as...
Jun 05
iOS 11 brings new features to the iPhone and iPad
Apple today previewed iOS 11, a major update to its mobile operating system, bringing new experiences and hundreds of features to iPhone and iPad this fall. Craig Federighi, Apple’s senior vice president of Software Engineering, says iOS 11 is the biggest software release ever for the iPad, with multitasking features, a new Files app and more ways to use Apple Pencil. Augmented reality is coming to hundreds of millions of iOS devices with a new platform for developers to build apps that let users place virtual content on top of real-world scenes. CoreML gives developers on-device machine learning capabilities so they can easily make apps that will predict, learn and become more intelligent. Additional features include the ability to pay friends using Apple Pay, Do Not Disturb while driving to help users stay more focused on the road, even more intelligence and a new voice for Siri and new professional capabilities to Photos and Camera. iOS 11 makes multitasking on iPad even more...
Jun 05
Apple previews macOS High Sierra
Apple has previewed macOS High Sierra, the follow-up to macOS Sierra on the Mac. It delivers new core storage, video and graphics technologies that pave the way for future innovation on the Mac. macOS High Sierra offers an all-new file system, support for High-Efficiency Video Coding (HEVC) and an update to Metal, Apple’s advanced graphics technology that powers everything from machine learning to virtual reality content creation. macOS High Sierra also includes a number of refinements to the apps Mac users enjoy every day, including Photos, Safari and Mail. “macOS High Sierra delivers important forward-looking technologies and new opportunities for developers wanting to tap into the power of machine learning and create immersive VR content on the Mac,” said Craig Federighi, Apple’s senior vice president of Software Engineering. “The core technology innovations in macOS High Sierra, combined with our advances in hardware, will continue to push the Mac forward in exciting new ways.”...
Jun 05
Apple's iMac line-up receives a major upgrade
Apple has announced updated iMacs, MacBook Pros and MacBooks. The iMac line has been revved with up to three times more powerful graphics, faster processors, Thunderbolt 3, faster storage options and brighter Retina displays. Apple also added a Retina 4K display and discrete graphics to the $1,299 21.5-inch iMac. The new all-in-ones deliver powerful performance for 3D graphics, video editing and gaming, and, with the upcoming macOS High Sierra, are a great platform for virtual reality content creation, says John Ternus, Apple’s vice president of Hardware Engineering. The updated iMac features faster Kaby Lake processors up to 4.2GHz with Turbo Boost up to 4.5GHz and supports up to twice the memory (32GB or 64GB in 21.5-inch and 27-inch models, respectively) as the previous generation. The Fusion Drive — which combines the large storage capacity of a hard drive with the high performance of flash — is now standard on all 27-inch configurations and the top-end 21.5-inch iMac. SSD storage...
Jun 05
iMac Pro coming this December
Apple today gave a sneak peek of the iMac Pro (apple.com/imac-pro), an entirely new workstation-class product line designed for pro users with the most demanding workflows. The all-new iMac Pro, with its 27-inch Retina 5K display, up to 18-core Xeon processors and up to 22 Teraflops of graphics computation, is the most powerful Mac ever made. It features a new space gray enclosure and support for one billion colors. It's due to ship in December starting at $4,999. In addition to the new iMac Pro, Apple is working on a completely redesigned, next-generation Mac Pro architected for pro customers who need the highest-end, high-throughput system in a modular design, as well as a new high-end pro display, but it won't arrive until next year. “We’re thrilled to give developers and customers a sneak peek at iMac Pro. This will be our fastest and most powerful Mac ever, which brings workstation-class computing to iMac for the first time,” said John Ternus, Apple’s vice president of Hardware...
Jun 05
DEVONtechnologies updates all editions of DEVONthink and...
DEVONtechnologies has updated all editions of DEVONthink and DEVONagent for the Mac. Version 2.9.12 adds a menu command for copying items links for databases as well as support for flat OmniOutliner 5 files. Other documents can be easier referenced from Markdown documents and images zoomed or rotated using gestures. DEVONagent 3.9.7 sends all requests to Google and Bing over secure connections and adds a new options for more precise see-also results. All updates are free and recommended for all users. All editions of DEVONthink and DEVONagent require macOS10.9 or later. They can be downloaded from DEVONtechnologies online (http://www.devontechnologies.com) and be test-driven for free before they need to be properly licensed. DEVONthink Personal as well as all editions of DEVONagent are also available in the Mac App Store; DEVONthink can be purchased in bundles with DEVONagent for bundle prices in DEVONtechnologies' online shop.
Jun 05
BatchOutput for Microsoft Word Improves Default Printer...
Zevrix Solutions has announced BatchOutput DOC 2.5.2, a feature update to company's output automation solution for Microsoft Word. The utility solves the problem of printing and saving of multiple documents to PDF and offers batch processing, PDF security, image compression, variable file names and other options. Version 2.5.2 ensures that BatchOutput DOC restores the system's default printer after the processing of Word files is done if this option is selected in the Mac system preferences. BatchOutput DOC can be purchased for $19.95from the Zevrix Solutions (www.zevrix.com) website. A demo is available for download. The update is free for users of version 2 and $20 from version 1. BatchOutput DOC requires macOS 0.6-10.12 and Microsoft Word 2008, 2011 or 2016.
Jun 02
Paragon NTFS for Mac 15 now available
Paragon Software Group (PSG) has released Paragon NTFS for Mac 15, an update of the multilingual software utility that eliminates the boundaries between macOS and Windows operating systems by delivering full read and write access to Windows-formatted drives under macOS. The 15th edition ships with a new engine that guarantees advanced support of the latest NTFS file systems, such as Windows 10 system compression and provides ever faster, more transparent access to NTFS partitions under macOS, according to the folks at NTFS. All product options and functionality, including information on mounted volumes, system startup, and verification are now accessed conveniently from the Mac menu bar in Finder. The user interface can also be switched between light and dark themes depending upon the user’s preference. Paragon NTFS for Mac 15 supports all operating systems from OS X to macOS 10.12. It’s available for download for $19.95 at https://www.paragon-software.com/home/ntfs-mac/ . For...
Jun 02
AirBeamTV introduces Mirror for Fire TV for macOS
AirBeamTV has introduced Mirror for Fire TV, their new screen mirroring solution for macOS. It allows you to mirror the screen and audio of your Mac to an Amazon Fire TV. Screen mirroring (sometimes called screen casting) allows you to see the screen of your Mac, or any external display connected to your Mac, on your TV. Mirror for Fire TV requires macOS 10.10 or higher. It costs $8.99 and is available at the Mac App Store. To use sound as well as video, Mac App Store users need to install a separate audio driver, which can be downloaded free from the AirBeamTV website (https://www.airbeam.tv).
Jun 02
Version 10.3.4 of Cocktail (Sierra Edition) is served
Maintain has announced Cocktail 10.3.4 (Sierra Edition), the latest maintenance update for users running macOS Sierra. Cocktail is a general purpose utility for macOS that lets users clean, repair and optimize their Macs. This version adds ability to show heat map in Year view in Calendar and ability to disable checking for updates for connected devices in iTunes. It also fixes some compatibility issues with System Integrity Protection and adds macOS Sierra 10.12.5 compatibility. Cocktail (Sierra Edition) requires macOS Sierra 10.12 to run. Cocktail (El Capitan Edition) for OS X 10.11, Cocktail (Yosemite Edition) for OS X 10.10, Cocktail (Mavericks Edition) for OS X 10.9 are Cocktail (Mountain Lion Edition) for OS X 10.8 are available for download from the Maintain website (http://www.maintain.se/cocktail). The price is $19 for a single user license. A demo is available for download.
Jun 02
FreeFileSync 9.1 adds support for FTP, FTPS
FreeFileSync (https://www.freefilesync.org) has rolled out version 9.1 of its free open source file synchronization utility for macOS, Windows and Linux, and macOS. The new version supports synchronization via FTP (File Transfer Protocol) and the encrypted variant FTPS (SSL/TLS). This enhances FreeFileSync's capabilities to not only work with local drives and network shares but also synchronize mobile and cloud storage. On the Mac platform, it works with macOS 10.7 or higher.
Jun 02
ABBYY Business Card Reader launches cloud-based web client
ABBYY (www.abbyy.com) has launched a cloud-based web client for ABBYY Business Card Reader. The web version gives mobile users access to their digitized contacts on a computer, in addition to a smartphone, tablet and Apple Watch. BCR Web makes working with long contact lists comfortable and efficient, while the mobile app digitalizes business cards in 25 languages, enables users to search, sort and group their contacts, exchange digital cards and export them to Excel and Salesforce, according to Ivan Bodyagin, vice president, Head of Text Recognition Products at ABBYY. Due to the cross-platform synchronization, business cards digitized using the mobile app are instantly uploaded to the cloud storage, which is encrypted and protected to guarantee user security and privacy, he adds. To use ABBYY Business Card Reader's web client, open BCR's website, click Login and enter the email and password you used to synchronize your contacts with the cloud in the mobile app. The web client works...
Jun 01
Mac compatible Photomatix Pro revved to version 6
HDRsoft (www.HDRsoft.com) has revved Photomatix Pro to version 6. It's the latest version of their Mac compatible software app that helps photography pros and enthusiasts create HDR (High Dynamic Range) photos in a large range of styles, from realistic to artistic. Version 6 provides: more style choice for realistic results; more control over color; the ability to blend an original photo with the rendered image, either globally or by using a brush to select specific areas; a new distortion correction tool; and a more intuitive workflow. Photomatix Pro 6 is available for $99 for a single-user license. Customers who purchased Photomatix Pro 5 will receive a free upgrade. Earlier versions of Photomatix Pro can be upgraded for $29.
Jun 01
Sonnet launches the eGFX Breakaway Box 
Sonnet Technologies has announced the eGFX Breakaway Box (http://tinyurl.com/y73krnlq), a Thunderbolt 3-to-PCI Express (PCIe) expansion chassis with a single slot for connecting any size Thunderbolt-compatible PCIe card, including high-performance graphics (GPU) cards to a Thunderbolt 3-equipped computer. The eGFX Breakaway Box is designed specifically for gamers and professionals who need to run bandwidth-intensive graphics applications on their eGFX-compatible notebook, all-in-one, or other small-form-factor computers, according to Sonnet CEO Robert Farnsworth. The company’s goal is to provide the quietest GPU card enclosure that is both affordable and supports the most popular graphics cards, he added. Additionally, the eGFX Breakaway Box is Thunderbolt-certified for both Mac and Windows, enabling customers with PCIe cards such as the RED ROCKET-X and Avid Pro Tools | HDX to benefit from using this enclosure. With the eGFX Breakaway Box, smaller and lighter general-purpose...
Jun 01
Swift Playgrounds expands coding education to robots, drones,...
Apple today announced that Swift Playgrounds, a free iPad app to teach kids of any age basic coding skills in Swift, will soon offer a new way to learn to code using robots, drones and musical instruments. 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. Swift Playgrounds is compatible with all iPad Air and iPad Pro models and iPad mini 2 and later running iOS 10 or later. Apple says it's working with device makers to make it easy to connect to Bluetooth-enabled robots within the Swift Playgrounds app, allowing kids to program and control popular devices, including LEGO MINDSTORMS Education EV3, the Sphero SPRK+, Parrot drones and more. The Swift Playgrounds 1.5 update will be available as a free download on the...
Jun 01
Network Speed Tester apps released for all Apple devices
Lakehorn AG has introduced its full suite of Network Speed Tester apps (http://tinyurl.com/ycaqcq45) for all Apple devices. It lets users measure and visualize network and WiFi performance between Macs, iPhones, iPads and Apple TVs on the same network. The Network Speed Tester apps can detect weak spots or bottlenecks on the local WiFi or wired network and can help improve overall network performance, according to the folks at Lakehorn AG. Results are displayed in a graph in realtime, so any change is visible immediately. Network Speed Tester requires any two devices to operate. One device will act as the server using the server app (on iOS or tvOS) or the combined app on macOS. From the second device, the client app will connect to the server via bonjour and visualize the results. Network Speed Tester apps require macOS 10.10 , iOS 9.0, and tvOS 9.0 or higher. Network Speed Tester for Mac is a $3.99 download available worldwide through the Mac App Store in the Utility category. The...
Jun 01
AKVIS releases Extreme Pack of picture frames
AKVIS (www.akvis.com) has released a new Extreme Pack for its Frames and ArtSuite apps that includes picture frames inspired by “adrenaline-charged lifestyle and passionate sportspeople living on the edge.” The collection includes 100 picture frames created by professional artists, 50 vertical and 50 horizontal templates. On the Mac platform, the AKVIS products run on macOS 10.7 and higher. The Extreme Pack sells for $15.
Jun 01
Developer earnings from the App Store top $70 billion
Apple has announced that its global developer community has earned over $70 billion since the App Store launched in 2008. In the past 12 months alone, downloads have grown over 70%. From breakout hits like Pokémon GO and Super Mario Run to other standout launches such as CancerAid, SPACE by THIX, Zones for Training with Exercise Intensity, Vanido, Ace Tennis and Havenly, customers discover and experience new apps and games every day on the App Store. "People everywhere love apps and our customers are downloading them in record numbers," says Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing. “Seventy billion dollars earned by developers is simply mind-blowing. We are amazed at all of the great new apps our developers create and can’t wait to see them again next week at our Worldwide Developers Conference.” He adds that since the release of iOS 10 last fall, iPhone and iPad users have also experienced new engaging and creative ways to connect, such as giving a...
May 31
HoudahSpot for macOS gets a speed boost
Houdah Software has released HoudahSpot 4.3 (https://www.houdah.com/houdahSpot/), a feature update to the file search tool for the Mac. It combines file search features with a flexible results display and previews to help you find the right document, email message, photo or video file. Version 4.3 improves performance, adds easy file tagging from the contextual menu, offers better autocomplete on Finder tags in search and file tagging, as well as improved support for international character sets in text preview. HoudahSpot 4.3 requires macOS 10.10 or higher. It costs $29 for a single user license. Upgrades from previous versions start at $17. HoudahSpot licenses purchased on or after November 1, 2014 remain valid for HoudahSpot 4.x. A demo is available for download.
May 31
SCOSCHE announces MagicMount Dash/Vent
SCOSCHE Industries (pronounced skōsh) has announced the MagicMount Dash/Vent. When combined with other MagicMount products, such as the MagicMount Wall Charger or MagicMount Pro Home/Office, the line offers a tangle-free system for mounting devices while at home, the office or on the road.  The 2-in-1 MagicMount Dash/Vent employs SCOSCHE’s MagicMount technology to mount a mobile device to a vehicle’s dash or most vent types. The MagicMount Dash/Vent base may be mounted to the dash; the MagicMount itself can be left in that position or removed and then moved to the vent by sliding the magnetic head off the base and sliding it onto the slats of the vent. The magnetic head may also be used as a kickstand on a hotel nightstand or airline tray.   MagicMount Dash/Vent base employs StickGrip material to hold the mount to the surface, while its soft touch, rubber lock-nut offers secure positioning and a four-axis adjustable angle to comfortably position a mobile device at any angle. The mount...
May 30
Matrox Mura IPX cards add support for third party graphics cards
Matrox (www.matrox.com) has announced that its Mura IPX line of capture, encode, decode, and display cards has been enhanced to allow even greater interoperability, with added support for third party graphics cards, DirectShow and the Linux operating system. Designed for control rooms, digital signage, AV presentation and other applications requiring high-density capture, streaming, recording, decoding, displaying, and control, Mura IPX cards now fit seamlessly into every video wall system and operator workstation in-use or in design today, according to Fadhl Al-Bayaty, product manager, Matrox Graphics. Able to decode many streams of IP video, Mura IPX IP decoder cards can now process and pass this content directly to any in-system video card, taking advantage of each card’s unique display capabilities to offer users the ability to make the immersive experiences that work for them. The need to capture, decode, process and/or encode video to further distribution is essential to modern...
May 30
Apple releases new developer betas of iOS 10.3.3, macOS 10.12.6...
Apple has released new developer betas of iOS 10.3.3, macOS 10.12.6, watchOS 3.2.3 and tvOS 10.2.2. They can be be downloaded from the Apple Developer Center.
May 30
First of three part video training series for FileMaker 16...
FileMaker author and trainer, John Mark Osborne, has released part one of a three part video training series for FileMaker 16. The videos are created in FileMaker Pro 16 Advanced but can be used with FileMaker Pro 12, 13, 14 and 15 with the exception of a few exercises. The Complete Contact Manager video series covers desktop development concepts relating to relational design, scripting, calculations and reporting at an intermediate level. "I've seen a lot of training material use examples from a variety of solutions and they are difficult to follow", says John Mark Osborne. "I used a single example of a contact manager throughout the three part series in order for students to follow along easier and produce something tangible by the end of the videos". The Complete Contact Manager videos are sold individually for $50 or as a bundle of four for $120. For the next week, a 20% discount will be applied to part 1 for a final price of $40. To watch sample videos or purchase these videos,...
May 30
Brawlerz Nitro drives onto the Mac
Bail Enemy Jet! has rolled out Brawlerz Nitro 1.0 (http://www.brawlerznitro.com), an $14.99 arena combat game for macOS, Windows and Linux. Here's how the game is described: “Brawlerz Nitro puts players in charge of insane nitrous-infused vehicles with everything a car needs, including weapons and explosives! Experience team combat with deathmatch and soccer game modes in high detailed combat arenas. Its standout features include a brilliantly colorful art style with support for split screen in both offline and online game modes.” Designed as an eSports title, it has multiple game modes and is designed for both solo and team play. New features will be added in coming weeks.
May 30
Output Factory Server for Adobe InDesign improves preflight...
Zevrix Solutions has announced Output Factory Server 1.2.28, a feature update to company's output workflow automation tool for Adobe InDesign. The utility automates printing and exporting from InDesign by processing files from hot folders. Output Factory Server can serve unlimited users on a network and offers layer versioning, preflighting, single page export and more. Version 1.2.28 improves handling of email alerts triggered by preflight errors and gives users easier access to the email templates settings. Output Factory Server 1.2.28 can be purchased from the Zevrix website (www.zevrix.com) for $699.95. A demo is available for download. BatchOutput Server users can upgrade for $350. Output Factory Server requires macOS 10.7-10.12 and Adobe InDesign CS5-CC 2017.
May 29
MacTech, MacNews celebrate Memorial Day
MacTech and MacNews will be “closed” today in honor of Memorial Day, federal holiday in the U.S. for remembering the people who died while serving in the country's armed forces. Remember our veterans on this special day. And be safe
May 26
Troi releases Troi Serial Plug-in 5.0 for FileMaker Pro 16
Troi has released Troi Serial Plug-in 5.0 for FileMaker Pro. The plug-in gives FileMaker Pro access to external devices with a serial interface. Version 5.0 is compatible with FileMaker Pro 16. It also adds a new Serial_GetPortInfo function that retrieves the status and other information of a serial port. A fully functional demo version of Troi Serial Plug-in 5.0 is available for downloading at Troi's website (http://tinyurl.com/y8vv3ahr). A cross platform developer license costs $999. Version 5.0 needs a new registration. The upgrade is free for users who bought a license for Troi Serial Plug-in on or after June 2, 2016. Eligible users will be sent a new registration. Upgrades from a cross platform developer license bought before June 2, 2016 are available from US$ 499.
May 26
Apple upgrades Final Cut Pro and iMovie
Apple has updated Final Cut Pro and iMovie, the (respectively) pro and consumer versions of its video editing software. Both upgrades are available via the Mac App Store. Final Cut Pro 10.3.4 resolves a stability issue when using keyboard shortcuts to trim in Secondary Storylines. It also fixes an issue in which certain editing operations could create an extra audio fade in and fixes an issue in which the Share dialog could incorrectly display a codec warning. For new users the software costs $299. iMovie 10.1.4 improves stability when updating libraries created with earlier versions of the software. It also addresses an issue that would lower the volume of clips after transitions. For new users iMovie costs $14.99.
May 26
Scripting Boot Camp added to CMD-D|Masters of Automation...
Sal Soghoian, host of the CMD-D Conference, has announced a pre-conference Scripting Boot Camp taught by Ray Robertson the day before the first CMD-D|Masters of Automation Conference. Designed for those who are new to automation, the CMD-D Scripting Boot Camp takes place at the Santa Clara Convention Center on Aug. 8, which is the day before the CMD-D Conference (pronounced "Command-D") itself. "Ray Robertson is the perfect person to lead CMD-D's Scripting Boot Camp," said Soghoian, conference co-founder and user-automation expert. "He's patient and gentle, inspiring and simply brilliant. If I were new to automation, he's who I'd want to teach me. I'm very excited to have him on board." The CMD-D Scripting Boot Camp will feature a full day of hands-on instruction on AppleScript and scripting on the macOS. Attendees will come away with an understanding of how the core scripting architecture on macOS works, as well as a fundamental understanding of how to write AppleScript scripts, says...
May 25
IK Multimedia announces Syntronik for Mac/PC
IK Multimedia has introduced Syntronik (www.ikmultimedia.com/syntronik) a virtual synthesizer for Mac/PC that will be available in July 2017 and is now open for pre-order. It includes 17 instruments, available as a collection or separately, with over 2,000 preset sounds covering a selection from 38 multi-sampled vintage synthesizers. Syntronik's synthesis engine is coupled with the new DRIFT technology to accurately reproduce the behavior of oscillators from real hardware synths. There are advanced features like 4-part layers, splits and arpeggiators. Syntronik will be priced at $299.99 with a crossgrade version available for $199.99 (eligible to any registered IK users with a purchase of $99.99 or greater).The 17 instruments comprising Syntronik will also be available separately for $49.99 each upon release. Syntronik can be pre-ordered now at a special 50% discount introductory price of only $149.99 with crossgrade for $99.99.
May 25
Unmarked Software releases TextSoap 8.4 update
Unmarked Software has announced TextSoap 8.4, a feature update to its text processing and editing utility for macOS. The app processes text from endless different formats. TextSoap serves to automate efforts to fix any text formatting issue that users encounter when working with text. Version 8.4 adds new current date expansion, support for literal characters in more actions, and addresses a number of issues reported by customers. TextSoap 8.4 requires macOS 10.10 or later. It has a suggested retail price of $45. However, through May 31, it's available at a 35% discount ($29.24 for individual licenses and $42.24 for family packs). TextSoap 8.4 may be purchased directly from Unmarked Software. Discounted upgrades for existing customers are also available and may be purchased directly from Unmarked Software (www.unmarked.com). Prices for upgrades start at $22.
 

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