OWC unleashes external storage solutions with capacities up to...
OWC Digital has announced that four of their proven external storage solutions are now available with up to 40TB of capacity. By adding configurations using 10TB enterprise-class drives to their lineup of 4-bay devices, these products boast 25% more storage than previous models.
The enhanced products include the ThunderBay 4 RAID , Mercury Elite Pro Qx2 Enterprise Edition, OWC Rack Pro mini-SAS Enterprise Edition, and OWC Rack Pro Quad-Interface Enterprise Edition for $3,999.99, $3,799.99, $3,899.99, and $3,899, respectively.
The OWC ThunderBay 4 RAID 5 utilizes Thunderbolt 2 ports and customizable RAID configurations to reach transfer rates up to 1,342 MB/s in RAID 0 and 723 MB/s in RAID 5. The OWC Mercury Elite Pro Qx2 sports an USB 3.1 Gen 1, eSATA and FireWire 800 interface, multiple drive capacities and customizable drive modes.
The OWC Rack Pro Quad-Interface provides USB 3.1 Gen 1, FireWire and eSATA connectivity. The OWC Rack Pro mini-SAS offers speed up to 24 GB/s, which is...
Avira expands Phantom VPN to iOS, macOS
Avira (www.avira.com) is expanding its Avira Phantom VPN (Virtual Private Network) o include devices running on Apple’s iOS and macOS. The Phantom VPN now incorporates all major operating systems for computers and mobile devices: Android, Microsoft’s Windows, and iOS and Mac.
The new Phantom VPN is aimed directly at two significant segments of technology users – people with Apple devices, and even more importantly, mixed households where people have a collection of devices running on a variety of operating systems, said Melanie Weber, head of the VPN project at Avira. Researchers at Strategy Analytics found that up to 28% of homes in Europe and the US have Apple and Android OS devices, with up to 20% of people claiming to use both Apple and Android devices weekly. And, this study just looked at Apple and Android-powered devices and did not include Windows computers.
“There is a growing segment of households that are mixed – there can be a Windows laptop together with an Android...
Remotix 4.0 offers remote access to any computer from the Mac
Nulana LTD has announced Remotix 4.0, an upgrade to their remote control application for macOS. It allows users to quickly connect with and remotely control any Mac or PC, directly from their own Mac desktop.
Remotix offers screen sharing, file transfer, complete SSH tunneling support and more. Version 4.0 brings the ability to view several remote machines at once, RD gateway capabilities, and more.
Remotix requires macOS 10.6.6 or later. It’s compatible with any RDP server, Apple Screen Sharing, RealVNC, x11vnc, UltraVNC, TigerVNC, TightVNC, and VMWare, allowing even more flexibility for any user's remote control requirements. The Remotix Cloud feature offers the ability to access any computer from anywhere, allowing users to manage computers and send messages, all via the handy Remotix Cloud web interface.
Remotix 4.0 costs $39.99 for a personal license, and is available worldwide through the Mac App Store (https://itunes.apple.com/app/remotix-vnc-rdp/id466261145) in the Business...
BusyMac releases BusyCal 3 for macOS and iOS
BusyMac has released BusyCal 3, an upgrade to its calendar app for macOS and iOS. It displays calendars in day, week, month, year and list views and syncs with iCloud, Google Calendar and Exchange.
Version 3 has been completely redesigned. There’s added support for travel time, which allows users to block out the necessary time to travel to an event location. Users can set a fixed amount of travel time or determine it automatically using the integrated support for Apple Maps and Location Services. Users can even receive alerts when it's time to leave as traffic conditions change.
The menu bar app in BusyCal 3 also received a makeover. It now displays a navigable mini-month calendar with colored dots and bars that provide a visual density map of the user's availability. A scrolling list of events is displayed in the menu along with a 10-day weather forecast. Users may click on an event in the menu bar to view its details, and create new events and to dos using natural language. And...
SecuritySpy for macOS gets 64-bit support, more
Ben Software (www.bensoftware.com) has announced SecuritySpy 4.0, an update to the multi-camera video surveillance software for macOS.
The tool offers recording features, remote monitoring and configuration, and optimized code. Version 4.0’s improvements include 64-bit support, speed improvements, new capture features, and a new user interface.
Pricing depends on the number of cameras you’re using SecuritySpy with — ranging from $45 for the single-camera version to $990 for the unlimited-camera version. The app requires macOS 10.7 or higher.
WPS Office implements freemium version of software
WPS Office Software (https://www.wps.com), an office productivity suite for PC and mobile devices, has announced general availability of the company’s new Freemium, or sponsored access, version of its flagship product.
WPS Office had previously allowed free use of of the software, but with restricted functionality. With the Freemium model, users now have full access to all of WPS Office’s features and functionality with no subscription needed.
WPS Office is an office suite solution that includes Writer, Presentation, Spreadsheets and a built in PDF Reader. The software, which has been downloaded by nearly 1.25 billion users, is fully compatible with Microsoft PowerPoint, Excel, and Word.
The WPS Office suite, which is Android for Work integrated, is available for Android and iOS as well as Windows and Linux-based PCs. The software is available through one of several licensing options, including annual, lifetime, or freemium. In terms of annual licensing, WPS Office is half the price...
IK Multimedia releases Orchestral Percussion
IK Multimedia (www.ikmultimedia.com)has released Orchestral Percussion, the master percussion add-on instrument collection for Miroslav Philharmonik 2 and SampleTank 3 that contains over 45 symphonic percussion instruments, 3GB of sample content, more than 400 audio loops and over 100 MIDI files.
Players can work with these files directly in Miroslav Philharmonik 2 or SampleTank 3, or drag them into the DAW timeline for further editing. Orchestral Percussion for Miroslav Philharmonik 2 and SampleTank 3 is available now from the IK online store and the SampleTank 3 Custom Shop for $99.
Propellerhead rolls out Reason 9 music production software
Propellerhead Software has released Reason 9, a new version of the music production software. It builds on the Reason platform by introducing a host of new devices, sounds and creative tools.
Reason 9 introduces three Player devices that instantly transform any MIDI input into “compelling” music. Note Echo creates rhythmic, pitched MIDI delays for melodies, drum rolls and more. Scales & Chords turns simple melodies into harmonies and chords.
Transpose notes to a selected scale and automatically generates chords for your song. Dual Arpeggio transforms chords into intricate rhythms. F
Reason’s new Pitch Edit mode helps users fix out-of-tune notes, adjust vibrato, change timing, create new melodies from a recording, change the dynamics, and more. Audio to MIDI lets you convert your vocals to MIDI notes. Reason 9 also comes with 1000 new sounds to ignite your creativity.
What’s more, the upgrade now includes the Pulsar dual channel LFO – previously available as a Rack Extension ($49...
Aural ships Studio6 Bass Trap
Auralex Acoustics, Inc. is shipping the new Studio6 Bass Trap, which provides broadband control from 40 Hz and up, providing low-frequency control in a 2' x 4' footprint with slim 6" profile.
In order to address a growing need requested by Auralex customers, the Studio6 is stand-mountable, using the optional ProMAX stands, allowing the panels to be used in a number of temporary recording and mixing situations or where a permanent installation is not possible or desired.
The Studio6 also mounts to room walls and corners using Auralex TubeTak Pro Wall and the TubeTak Pro corner mounting option. Go to www.auralex.com/ for more info.
GigSky expands coverage for the iPad with Apple SIM support
GigSky, an international wireless carrier and mobile technology company, will offer cellular data plans for iPad travelers with Apple SIM in over 140 countries, including “all top travel destinations,” as well as Ecuador, Argentina, Jamaica, St. Vincent & the Grenadines, Isle of Man, and The Virgin Islands — up from more than 90 countries and territories.
The recent release of the 9.7-inch iPad Pro, which features an embedded Apple SIM, makes it even easier for customers to access GigSky's short-term data plans directly on an Apple tablet, avoiding the hassle of buying a local SIM when they travel, according to GigSky CEO Ravi Rishy-Maharaj. All data packages are prepaid, with what he terms "no asterisk" pricing.
Customers select the data they need, for just the time they need it. There are extra fees or taxes, and no contracts. For details on enhanced coverage and pricing, go to https://applesim.gigsky.com/pricing .
Customers can purchase GigSky international data plans on the...
ADATA launches SP550M.2 2280 SATA 6Gb/sSSD
ADATA Technology (www.adata.com) has launched the Premier SP550 M.2 2280 SATA 6Gb/s solid state drive for slim laptops and ultrabooks. The former measures just 22x80x3.5mm, but is available in up to 480GB.
Its maximum read/write speeds are 560/510MB per second, with 4K random read at up to 75K IOPS. The latter allows the Premier SP550 M.2 2280 to operate in simulated SLC (single-level cell) mode for a performance boost. DRAM cache buffer functionality (where the SSD uses system RAM as a temporary, ultra-fast cache) also enhances read/write performance by as much as double that of solid state drives that lack a DRAM cache, according to the folks at ADATA.
To improve SSD stability and data integrity, the Premier SP550 M.2 2280 is equipped with RAID engine and data shaping technologies, attaining extended lifespan for better, longer-lasting stability and return on investment. It also supports LDPC (low density parity check) error correction technology to reduce data errors, increase data...
Western Digital introduces the WD Pro Series
Western Digital has introduced the WD Pro Series: My Passport Wireless Pro Wi-Fi mobile storage and My Cloud Pro Series network attached storage (NAS). They’re designed specifically for the creative community,
The products use the My Cloud mobile app. A new version of the app will be launched with the My Passport Wireless Pro and My Cloud Pro Series and be compatible with the Adobe Creative Cloud. In addition, both the My Passport Wireless Pro and My Cloud Pro Series devices are also compatible with the Plex Media Server and My Cloud OS 3 software for editing, streaming and sharing of content.
Using the direct Wi-Fi connection, creators can automatically backup files from compatible cameras, as well as save, edit and transfer work from up to eight other devices connected to the drive. Tethered connections are also available for faster transfers and include a built-in SD card reader as well as a USB 2.0 port.
Available in capacities up to 3TB, the My Passport Wireless Pro device also...
Apple posts firmware update for AirPort Base Stations
Apple has released firmware updates for its wireless AirPort Base Stations. According to release notes (https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT206849) it fixes a vulnerability in which a remote attacker may be able to cause arbitrary code execution.
A memory corruption issue existed in DNS data parsing. This issue was addressed through improved bounds checking, according to Apple.
The firmware update is available for the AirPort Express, AirPort Extreme, and AirPort Time Capsule base stations with 802.11n; AirPort Extreme and AirPort Time Capsule base stations with 802.11ac. You can obtain the update via the AirPort Utility app that’s found in the Utilities folder in the Applications folder on your Mac — or by using Launchpad.
FotoJet photo tool adds Edit mode
PearlMountain Technology has updated its FotoJet (https://www.fotojet.com/) online photo tool to version 3.5 . The upgrade adds a new Edit mode.
FotoJet is an online collage maker, graphic designer and photo editor. It’s designed to help users create collages, photo cards, social media graphics, posters and edit photos with ease. And its free.
VPN Tracker World Connect designed to make Internet connections...
Using public wifi hotspots when you’re on the go with an iPhone, iPad or Mac? equinux VPN Tracker World Connect (www.vpntracker.com/worldconnect) is designed to make any Internet connection secure. Plus, it automatically detects the best VPN destination for your need.
VPN Tracker World Connect allows you to simultaneously connect to your company’s VPN as well as World Connect with its intelligent routing algorithm.
VPN Tracker World Connect for iOS is free to download on the App Store. VPN Tracker for Mac is available for download at www.vpntracker.com. After a free trial period, VPN Tracker Would Connect is available for $49.99 annually for macOS and iOS. All plans include unlimited traffic.
Addonics announces OS-independent 1U RAID racks
Addonics Technologies (www.addonics.com) has announced two 1U RAID Rack chassis with removable drive systems for adding and removing 2.5-inch hard drives or solid state drives.
The new family of products comes bundled with all the connecting cables for attaching to your system. Users can start their RAID Rack with just one drive and expand by adding more drives as their storage requirement grows. Depending on the model, the hard drives can be connected to the system with eSATA, or mini SAS cables and accommodate up to eight 2.5-inch HDDs/SSDs.
There are two models. The R1825SN-2MS allows the attaching of up to eight 2.5-inch SATA hard drives or SSDs with 9-9.5 mm maximum drive height to a computer via two external mini SAS cables. The R1825SN-8ES attaches to the computer via eight eSATA cables.
Drives, which will appear as eight independent drives when attached to any system, can be hot swapped when connecting to an eSATA host that supports such a feature. In addition, eight drives...
Steinway virtual piano plug-in collection now available on flash...
Sound Magic has announced that Mega Steinway Special Edition — a collection of piano plug-ins based on Steinway pianos — is now available on a flash drive.
Mega Steinway Special Edition is available as a custom flash drive featuring eight next-generation modeled virtual piano plug-ins (VST and AU 32- and 64-bit, as well as AAX 64-bit for Mac OS X and Windows) for $399. You can buy it here (http://tinyurl.com/jo67at4).
Ableton and Skinnerbox release update for Time & Timbre
Ableton and the electronic duo Skinnerbox have released a major update for Time & Timbre, the rhythm engine and drum synthesis instrument for Live. Available to buy now, or free for existing Time & Timbre owners, the revamped Max for Live toolkit lets you use the engine’s unique rhythm and swing capabilities throughout your music-making process.
Time & Timbre has been a tool for Live users since its release in 2014. Its five versatile drum synth modules and polymetric groove engine can add ipolyrhythms, swing and subtle variations to drum productions.
Now added to the Pack are a collection of devices that bring a wealth of rhythmic possibilities. Control any MIDI parameter with groove-induced modulations; spark a ton of ideas for leads and basslines, or create rhythmic delays with off-the-grid echoes that fit alongside your offbeat drums.
For owners of the new Push, Time & Timbre can take over Push’s sequencer with a completely customized layout. The setup reimagines...
Life is Strange now out on the Mac App Store
Life is Strange is now available on the Mac App Store (https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/life-is-strange/id1090369664?mt=12). It requires macOS 10.11 or higher and costs $4.99.
Life is Strange is a five-part adventure that explores complex issues withstory-based choice and consequences. It explores real world issues with a different take on story-based choice and consequences.
In the game, you find your way as Max, a teenager struggling to follow the road less travelled and make her mark on the world. You can rewind time to change your choices in a story that twists and turns along different paths towards different endings. Life is Strange offers hand-painted visuals and an indie soundtrack.
Qt Company releases Qt 5.7 with a New Qt 3D Module
The Qt Company has released Qt 5.7, the latest version of its cross-platform application and user interface (UI) development framework.
It offers UI creation, including a new Qt 3D module, as well as new ways to create modern touch-based UIs with Qt Quick Controls 2 and Qt Quick Designer. Qt 5.7 follows the evolution of modern C++, leveraging C++11 in Qt APIs. Qt is the framework for all C++ development and allows developers to harness the power of C++ with the convenience of high-level Qt libraries.
Also, a new “start up” license has also been announced that will help support small businesses who are seeking to utilize Qt in commercial desktop and mobile applications. Details on the new licensing release are available here (http://tinyurl.com/z5c4tla).
Output Factory for Adobe InDesign now supports InCopy Workflow
Zevrix Solutions has announced Output Factory 1.5.55, a feature update to its output automation solution for Adobe InDesign.
Output Factory automates printing, exporting and preflighting from InDesign. The software offers an array of time saving options such batch processing, export as single pages, layer versioning, variable file names, multi-format output and much more. The new version now fully supports the editorial InCopy workflow by allowing to auto-update links in imported InCopy documents.
Output Factory 1.5.55 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 Mac OS X 10.6-10.11 and Adobe InDesign CS3-CC 2015.
PDF Studio for macOS revved to version 11
Qoppa Software has launched PDF Studio 11 (http://www.qoppa.com/pdfstudio/), an update to their PDF editing application for macOS X.
The tool creates PDF documents that are compliant with the Adobe PDF specifications. Version 11 introduces a brand new OCR engine, and adds a number of new features including Spell Check, Non-Latin OCR Languages, Output Preview, and Enhanced Print Dialog.
PDF Studio Standard costs $89, and the Pro version is $129. A demo is available for download.
AKVIS Pastel 2.0 for macOS adds new enhanced pastel effect
AKVIS (www.akvis.com) has released AKVIS Pastel 2.0 for macOS and Windows. The app allows you to transform your photos into pastel pieces.
The new version provides an enhanced pastel effect with new settings and features. It also offers a completely redesigned interface, support for Ultra HD resolution, new decoration effects and stylish frames, as well as other changes.
On the Mac platform, AKVIS Pastel requires mac OS 10.6 or higher. It costs $49.
TopXNotes 1.8.2 for macOS provides performance enhancements
Tropical Software today announces TopXNotes 1.8.2, an update to their award-winning, full-featured personal information manager developed exclusively for macOS.
With TopXNotes, you drag and drop to create notes from any other text application or drag to import text and/or RTF documents. Once the information is created, TopXNotes' category system can be used to create categories that meet your needs or file them in folder-like groups. Version 1.8.2 provides performance enhancements and bug fixes.
TopXNotes 1.8.2 is available for $39.95 from the Tropical Software website (http://www.tropic4.com/topxnotes.html), the Mac App Store, Amazon, and other select Mac software resellers. It's a free update to customers who have already purchased version 1.5 or later. Existing customers with an older version (before 1.5) can upgrade to version 1.8.2 for $19.95 from the Tropical Software website.
Business Process Workflow Diagrams Solution available for...
CS Odessa has released the Business Process Workflow Diagrams Solution in the ConceptDraw Solution Park. It allows users of ConceptDraw Pro to better describe and manage work scenarios by using the business process workflow methodology.
New libraries and samples make it easier to describe the steps related to this popular workflow process. The Business Process Workflow Diagrams Solution retails for $49.
ConceptDraw Pro has the ability to exchange documents with Microsoft Visio. It can open and save documents that can be used by Visio users. It’s supported by the business solutions located in ConceptDraw Solution Park, and retails for $199 per end user license.
ConceptDraw Office 3 includes ConceptDraw MindMap 8, ConceptDraw Project 7, ConceptDraw Pro 10, and the ConceptDraw Solution Park with more than 150 Solutions. It retails for $499 and can be purchased directly from CS Odessa (www.conceptdraw.com).
Troi Automatisering releases Troi Activator Plug-In 4.0
Troi Automatisering has released Troi Activator Plug-in 4.0 for FileMaker Pro 11. The updated cross platform plug-in runs natively in FileMaker Pro 15 and now serves as image upload server.
The Activator Plug-in is a tool for triggering scripts across the network, even over the Internet. A fully functional demo version of Troi Activator Plug-in 4.0 is available for downloading at Troi's web site (http://www.troi.com/software/activatorplugin.html).
Troi Activator Plug-in 4.0 works with FileMaker Pro 12 and higher. The plug-in can also be used with runtimes from FileMaker Pro Advanced 12 and higher. The plug-in is available for Mac OS X 10.6.8 or higher and Windows 7-10.
Licenses cost $89 per user. Details on developer licenses and multi-user discounts can be found on at the Troi Automatisering web site.
DRM Converter for macOS X upgraded to version 4.9.3
AppleMacSoft (www.applemacsoft.com) has upgraded DRM Converter for Mac OS X to version 4.9.3.
It's an app for removing DRM from Apple Music, protected audio files and old iTunes M4P songs. It makes it possible to save them in MP3, M4A, or other audio formats that is playable on either your local computer or your music players. The new version fully compatible with the latest versions of macOS and iTunes. It also supports new Apple Music, audiobook files and much more.
DRM Converter for Mac requires macOS 10.6 or higher. It costs $39.95 and is available from the AppleMacSoft website. A demo version is available for download.
Folx 5.0 for macOS features revised interface
Eltima Software has announced Folx 5.0, an update of the download manager for macOS. It's available in free and paid-for versions.
Version 5.0 features a revised interface with lots of newly added features, including improvements to overall downloading process and its management. Retina displays and the latest macOS versions are supported.
The free version of Folx offers downloaded files organization, fast search for downloaded files, and more. Folx Pro costs $19.95 and provides such features as: splitting the downloads in up to 10 threads for faster downloading; scheduling the download tasks; automatic speed adjustment for equal Internet traffic allocation; sending the downloaded videos and music directly to iTunes playlists. For more info go to http://mac.eltima.com/ .
AAS rolls out a NKS-ready version of the Lounge Lizard EP-4...
Applied Acoustics Systems says its Lounge Lizard EP-4 electric piano (http://tinyurl.com/j5z5fw5) now supports Native Instrument's NKS extended plug-in format.
NKS brings interaction between Lounge Lizard EP-4 and KOMPLETE KONTROL S-Series keyboards and MASCHINE hardware. Lounge Lizard EP-4's key parameters have been mapped in order to provide optimal tactile control of its physical modeling engine, according to Eric Thibeault, marketing director at Applied Acoustics Systems. What’smore, Lounge Lizard EP-4's entire factory preset library now appears in the tag-based browsers of the MASCHINE and KOMPLETE KONTROL software.
This new NKS version of Lounge Lizard EP-4 is free to registered users. To mark this release, until June 27, Lounge Lizard EP-4 is offered at a price of $99 (a 50% discount) to new users.
Lounge Lizard EP-4 runs on both macOS and Windows in 32- and 64-bit host sequencers supporting the VST, Audio Units, RTAS, and AAX Native plug-in formats.
Maintain serves up Cocktail 9.3 (El Capitan Edition)
Maintain has served up Cocktail 9.3.1 (El Capitan Edition), a new edition of Cocktail for users running OS X El Capitan 10.11.
Cocktail is a general purpose utility for OS X that lets users clean, repair and optimize their Macs. The new version adds the ability to change the umber of Recent Places in the Open and Save dialogs. It also provides improvements on the "Clear applications caches" procedure.
Cocktail 9.0 (El Capitan Edition) requires OS X El Capitan 10.11 to run. Cocktail (Yosemite Edition) for OS X 10.10, Cocktail (Mavericks Edition) for OS X 10.9, Cocktail (Mountain Lion Edition) for OS X 10.8 and Cocktail (Lion Edition) for OS X 10.7 are available for download from the Maintain website (http://tinyurl.com/p5adypq).
Cocktail costs $19 for a single user license and is available for purchase from the Maintain website. When unregistered, Cocktail runs in demo mode and will expire after the tenth launch.
Parallels celebrates 10 years of Parallels Desktop for Mac
Parallels has announced that June 14-21 it will celebrate 10 years of innovations and industry firsts in Parallels Desktop for Mac. The online celebration (http://www.parallels.com/products/desktop/) will highlight a decade of features that allow you to run any application – on Windows XP, 7, 8 and 10, Chrome, Linux and Android – on a Mac.
Now through June 21at 11:59 p.m. (Eastern Standard Time), Parallels Desktop or Mac 9 and 10 customers and new customers can save 25% off of the recommended retail price (RRP) of Parallels Desktop 11 for Mac and Parallels Desktop for Mac Pro Edition. The RRP of Parallels Desktop 11 for Mac is $79.99. Upgrades for existing Parallels Desktop 9 or 10 for Mac customers are $49.99, with an introductory offer to upgrade to a Pro Edition subscription for $49.99 per year.
Parallels Desktop for Mac Pro Edition is available to new customers for $99.99 per year. It includes a concurrent Parallels Access subscription (www.parallels.com/access) to remotely...
Soundness announces SoundSoap Solo for macOS
Soundness has announced SoundSoap Solo, a new desktop edition of its audio cleaning software for macOS and Windows
The app was developed specifically to help remove unwanted hiss and background noises, electrical hum, rumble, and low volume in media files, without requiring any audio expertise. It’s designed for anyone creating videos, action camera footage, screencasts, podcasts, music, or dialogue.
SoundSoap Solo requires macOS10.9 or later. It reads all major audio and video file formats, including QuickTime, H.264, CAF, MP4, MP3, FLAC, WAV and AIFF. SoundSoap Solo includes the standalone application and costs $79. It’s available from Soundness online (http://www.soundness-llc.com).
Apple launches free Swift Playgrounds app for the iPad
Apple has introduced Swift Playgrounds, a new iPad app designed to make learning to code fun and easy for anyone.
It brings coding to life with an interactive interface that encourages students and beginners to explore working with Swift, the programming language from Apple. Swift Playgrounds includes Apple-developed programming lessons where students write code to guide onscreen characters through an immersive graphical world, solving puzzles and mastering challenges as they learn core coding concepts. The app also features built-in templates to encourage users to express their creativity and create real programs that can be shared with friends using Mail or Messages or even posted to the web.
“I wish Swift Playgrounds was around when I was first learning to code,” says Craig Federighi, Apple’s senior vice president of Software Engineering. “Swift Playgrounds is the only app of its kind that is both easy enough for students and beginners, yet powerful enough to write real code. It’...
iOS 10 packs new Home app, updates to Messages & Apple Music
Apple today previewed iOS 10, which it says is the biggest release ever of the world’s most advanced mobile operating system, featuring a huge update to Messages that delivers more expressive and animated ways to message friends and family, like stickers and full-screen effects.
iOS 10 introduces the ability for Siri to do more by working with apps, redesigned Maps, Photos, Apple Music and News apps, and the Home app, delivering a way to manage home automation products in one place. iOS 10 opens up incredible opportunities to developers with Siri, Maps, Phone and Messages, says Craig Federighi, Apple’s senior vice president of Software Engineering.
“iOS 10 adds Siri intelligence into QuickType and Photos, automates your home with the new Home app and opens up Siri, Maps, Phone and Messages to developers — while increasing security and privacy with powerful technologies like Differential Privacy,” he adds.
Messages is the most frequently used iOS app, and with iOS 10 it is more...
WWDC: Apple previews watchOS 3
Apple has previewed watchOS 3, promising “significantly” improved performance with the ability to launch favorite apps instantly, enhanced navigation like the new Dock and all-new fitness and health capabilities for Apple Watch.
Available this fall, this software update introduces the Breathe app, designed to encourage users to take a moment in their day to do deep breathing exercises for relaxation and stress reduction. The Activity app now includes the ability to share, compare and compete as well as enabling wheelchair users to close their Activity rings.
“Apple Watch is the ultimate companion for a healthy life and with watchOS 3, there’s now even more to love,” says Jeff Williams, Apple’s chief operating officer. “Favorite apps launch instantly and are simple to access, and the breakthrough new fitness and health features like the Breathe app make it feel like a whole new watch.”
It is easier and faster than ever to perform common tasks with watchOS 3, including replying to a...
Apple previews major update with macOS Sierra
Apple has previewed macOS Sierra, a major update to the desktop operating system. Siri is now on the Mac with brand-new capabilities to help with the things users do every day on their desktop.
With Siri, users can look up information, find documents, pin or drag and drop search results, and even adjust system preferences. Integration with iCloud makes everything from your Desktop and Documents folder available on your iPhone and iPad so you always have access to the files you need.
Universal Clipboard allows you to copy content, including text, images, photos and video from one Apple device and paste it in another. Apple Pay comes to the Mac in Sierra so it’s even easier to shop securely and privately online. And Photos now helps you rediscover your meaningful memories, organize your library and perfect shots like a pro.
“macOS Sierra is a major update that makes your Mac smarter and more helpful than ever with improvements to the apps you know and love and great new features...
New Siri capabilities coming to the Apple TV
Apple has announced powerful new Siri capabilities, single sign-on for Apple TV and many more new features for users. All will be included in the updated tvOS that’s coming this fall.
With expanded Siri capabilities, including searching across even more apps, YouTube search, topic search and tuning right into more live channels, customers can get to their favorite content even faster, according to Eddy Cue, Apple’s senior vice president of Internet Software and Services. The future of TV is apps, and with single sign-on customers can authenticate all the video channels from their pay-TV providers by simply signing in once to enjoy all of their network-TV apps, he adds.
Currently, there are over 6,000 Apple TV apps, including over 1,300 video channels. Since the launch of Apple TV, Siri has gotten more powerful, now searching over 650,000 TV episodes and movies. Siri is available in even more countries with expanded capabilities.
You can now ask Siri for a movie by topic or theme, you...
Leawo Prof. Media Mac for OS X gets improved HD screen...
Leawo Software (www.leawo.org) has released Prof. Media for Mac 7.5.0, an upgrade of its all-in-one Mac media converter suite.
The app handles media conversions between Blu-ray, DVD, video and audio files on Mac. The new version brings full-scale improvements in both program functions and user experience. Key upgrades include: improved HD screen compatibility, fixed video and audio out-of-sync problem, optimized subtitle display and 3D effect applying, promoted video conversion success rate, and more.
Prof. Media for Mac 7.5.0 costs $119.95. A demo is available for download.
LinkOptimizer for InDesign update improves sharpening filter...
Zevrix Solutions has announced LinkOptimizer 4.9.62, a maintenance update to its workflow automation solution for Adobe InDesign.
LinkOptimizer lets users reduce the size of InDesign links by eliminating excess image data according to their final size and target resolution. The app can also perform essential image adjustments and convert colors and file formats. The new version improves the reliability of Photoshop sharpening filters application and addresses some image format conversion issues.
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 authorized resellers. /A demo is available for download. The update is free for LinkOptimizer 4.x users and $130 to upgrade from previous versions. LinkOptimizer requires Mac OS X 10.6-10.11 and Adobe InDesign/Photoshop CS3-CC 2015.
Apple's Logic Pro X revved to version 10.2.3
Apple has updated Logic Pro X — its Mac OS X software for professional songwriting, editing, and mixing — to version 10.2.3. It adds three new Chinese instrument patches: pipa, erhu, and percussion.
Like the recent rev of GarageBand, Logic Pro X also includes more than 300 Chinese instrument loops for dropping into your own mixes. According to Apple, other improvements include:
• Crossfades between comp sections in Take Folders can now be graphically edited
• Improves sound quality for Flex Pitch editing
• 7 additional plug-ins have been redesigned to add Retina support and improve usability
• New Loudness Meter plug-in provides support for LUFS metering
• Nudge controls can now be used to edit the position of selected automation points
• Icons for Drum Machine Designer cells are now user assignable
• All Alchemy presets now include names for Transform Pad snapshots
• Ability to enable click zones for Take Folders to provide simultaneous access to editing and Quick Swipe Comping
Rogue Amoeba Revs Audio Hijack For Mac OS X To Version 3.3
Rogue Amoeba (www.rogueamoeba.com) has updated Audio Hijack, the Mac OS X tool for recording and enhancing audio, to version 3.3. This free update includes several new features, as well as dozens of smaller improvements and fixes to the application.
Audio Hijack's recordings are now more “bullet-proof” than ever, with improvements to how AAC and Apple Lossless files are recorded. These formats now default to saving as so-called “fragmented” MP4s, which have no processing delay at the end of long recordings and ensure that even a power outage won't cause lost audio. We've always worked incredibly hard to enable our users to rely on Audio Hijack for critical recordings, and this update raises the bar once again.
Rogue Amoeba also added a new preference for advanced users. The new Latency slider can be used to reduce the time Audio Hijack takes to process audio, which helps in situations where a slight echo is heard while monitoring live. While Audio Hijack does its best to minimize...
Paragon releases Hard Disk Manager for the Mac
Paragon Software Group (PSG has released Paragon Hard Disk Manager for Mac, a tool to protect, maintain, and manage your OS X system. It’s designed to cover all aspects of a Mac’s life cycle, from drive partitioning and regular backup to system migration, flexible disaster recovery options, and secure wiping of recycled storage.
Sector-level data processing via Snapshot enables users to perform live imaging and migration of an entire Mac — including the operating system, applications, and files — without interrupting your daily work routine. Functionality includes the resizing of partitions, redistribution of free space, and other disk operations. Features include:
° Sector-level backup through Snapshot delivers superior backup and recovery speed, and overall performance. Paragon’s Snapshot performs live imaging of the entire Mac, including OS, applications and files, all without a system restart.
° Incremental imaging is the most efficient backup method for keeping data up-to-date by...
Mail Designer Pro 3 for OS X adds Retina resolution support
Equinux (http://www.equinux.com) has announced Mail Designer Pro 3, an upgrade of the Mac app for the creative design of professional HTML newsletters. It now supports Retina resolution.
Mail Designer Pro 3 packs more than 70 new ready-to-use design ideas that include full surface background art. You can choose from 500+ web fonts with all available font weights, as well as automatic and individual suggested font-fallbacks. For this new launch you can save 20% off Mail Designer Pro 3’s regular price ($39.99 instead of $49.99) for a limited time.
ADATA releases the A10050 Power Bank
ADATA Technology (www.adata.com) has launched the A10050 Power Bank. As the model name suggests, the device is rated for 10050mAh and is purportedly capable of carrying 3.7 full iPhone battery charges.
The A10050 features dual USB ports and synchronous charge/discharge for battery charging of two devices at once. It comes in a body with a hairline-brushed aluminum texture and in a choice of four colors.
The A10050 includes two USB ports, providing a total of 3.1A output (2.1A + 1A).The dual ports allow users to charge two devices simultaneously. The 1A port is designed for smaller devices such as smartphones, while the 2.1A port has been included with tablets in mind. Additionally, the A10050 uses synchronous charge and discharge, meaning it can recharge devices while connected to a power source itself to ensure continuous, safe, and fast operation.
DEVONtechnologies updates all editions of DEVONthink, DEVONnote
DEVONtechnologies has updated all editions of its intelligent information and document manager DEVONthink as well as the smart notebook DEVONnote.
DEVONthink 2.8.11 brings a revised view/edit pane, better compatibility to RSS 1.0 feeds, and user interface improvements. DEVONthink Pro Office also comes with a rewritten OCR metadata entry panel and email archiving enhancements. All editions fix minor bugs and glitches too. The updates are free and recommended for all users.
The revised view/edit pane of DEVONthink and DEVONnote 2.8.11 shows icons for documents that cannot be displayed. Automatically opened panels such as the Activity or Log panels are no longer activated by default.
Adding metadata to PDFs created from scans using text recognition (OCR) becomes much easier with DEVONthink Pro Office 2.8.11. The rewritten entry panel can be resized and allows to browse all pages of the created PDF. Users can select and copy text or use the contextual menu for more options. Also, email...
Shattered Throne comes to the Mac
Checkmark Games has released Shattered Throne, its new fantasy strategy game onto Steam Early Access (http://store.steampowered.com/app/469710) for Mac, Windows, and Linux systems.
In the game you follow the story of the young prince as he leads his forces against dark forces that threaten to tear the realm apart. Brave knights turn on one another, while sylvan armies emerge from the wilds and necromantic magic commands forces of the dead. You test your tactics on the fields of battle. And you master both steel and magic to secure victory.
Web4GUI released for OS X
Stunnix (www.stunnix.com) has released Web4GUI, its tool for developers that allows them to produce apps out of PHP/Python/Java/MySQL websites.
The apps produced with Web4GUI can run directly from CDs/DVDs/USB drives or network shares. They look like usual desktop apps.
Web4GUI works with Mac OS X 10.4 or higher. Pricing starts at $239. A demo is available for download.
ADATA launches the Premier SP580SATA 6Gb/sSSD
ADATA Technology (ADATA launches the Premier SP580SATA 6Gb/sSSD ) has launched the Premier SP580 SATA 6Gb/s solid state drive, built for users who want to upgrade their computers with affordable SSDs and gain access to faster speeds and better efficiency compared to traditional HDDs.
The Premier SP580 is powered by a Marvell controller and supports SLC caching technology, meaning it can operate in SLC (single-level cell) mode for a performance boost. It also boasts LDPC ECC (low density parity check error correcting code), a high TBW (total bytes written) rating, and DEVSLP (device sleep) functionality.
Boinx Software introduces the mimoLive video engine
Boinx Software has announced mimoLive, the multi-in, multi-out live video engine. It’s a complete overhaul of the BoinxTV live video production system.
mimoLive includes a number of new features for optimal live streaming across multiple platforms, such as a new, easier-to-use interface. It’s designed to be a solution for everything from school morning announcements and community TV, to events and conferences, podcasting and webinars, video game streaming and more.
mimoLive requires Mac OS X 10.1. It’s available via the Boinx website (www.boinx.com) and authorized resellers with pricing starting at $19 per month. Users who upgrade from BoinxTV will receive 30% off their purchase.
Fusion 8.1 update adds Fusion Connect for Avid on OS X
Blackmagic Design (www.blackmagic.com) has announced a free Fusion 8.1 update that adds Fusion Connect for Avid as well as compatibility with the latest Avid Artist DNxIO video interface. The Fusion 8.1 update is available now for both Fusion 8 and Fusion Studio customers, and can be downloaded from the Blackmagic Design website.
Previously, Fusion Connect for Avid was only available in Fusion Studio on Windows for $995. Fusion 8.1 now adds Fusion Connect for Avid to the free version of Fusion, and is available to both Mac and Windows customers using Media Composer with the Avid Artist DNxIO video interface.
Fusion Connect for Avid is an AVX plugin that Avid editors can use to round trip single clips, sequences of clips, or even stacks of layers from Media Composer to Fusion for adding visual effects and motion graphics. Once Fusion Connect for Avid is applied to clips in the Media Composer timeline, it will create a Fusion composition with a node tree that is linked to the...