ConceptDraw PRO and ConceptDraw Solution Park get new additions
CS Odessa (www.conceptdraw.com) has announced a new Workflow Diagrams Solution for ConceptDraw PRO v9, the new templates and libraries provide a new set of tools and features for ConceptDraw PRO to allow users to accurately diagram workflow scenarios.
The new Workflow Diagrams solution makes it easy to represent the transferring of data, documents, and tasks during performance of a work process, according to the folks at CS Odessa. A workflow diagram is a specialized type of flowchart.
ConceptDraw PRO is compatible with Mac OS X and Microsoft Windows. It retails for US$199.
Syncro Soft updates Oxygen XML Editor to version 15.0
Syncro Soft, the developer of the Oxygen XML suite of products, has announced the immediate availability of version 15.0 of its Oxygen XML Editor, Oxygen XML Author and Oxygen XML Developer products containing a set of tools supporting all the XML related technologies.
oXygen XML Editor 15.0 streamlines the development of web services with major improvements to its WSDL editing support which now features intelligent search and refactoring actions, hierarchy and dependencies views, context-aware editing assistance and support for generating documentation, according to the folks at Syncro Soft. There are also improvements in working with XML databases and in the validation support. For the complete list of new features go to http://tinyurl.com/58mkop .
Oxygen XML Editor is available immediately in three editions. A 30-day demo version can be downloaded at http://tinyurl.com/mdqhbng ..
Apple announces iTunes Radio
Apple has announced iTunes Radio, a free Internet radio service featuring over 200 stations and a catalog of music from the iTunes Store.
When you tune into iTunes Radio on your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac, PC or Apple TV, you’ll have access to stations inspired by the music you already listen to, Featured Stations curated by Apple and genre-focused stations that are personalized just for you. iTunes Radio evolves based on the music you play and download.
The more you use iTunes Radio and iTunes, the more it knows what you like to listen to and the more personalized your experience becomes. iTunes Radio also gives you access to exclusive “first listen” premieres from top selling artists, Siri® integration, plus the ability to tag or buy anything you hear with just one click.
"iTunes Radio is an incredible way to listen to personalized radio stations which have been created just for you," says Eddy Cue, Apple’s senior vice president of Internet Software and Services. "It’s the music...
Apple unveils iOS 7
Apple today unveiled iOS 7, the most significant iOS update since the original iPhone, featuring a new user interface. iOS 7 is completely redesigned with subtle motion, an elegant color palette and distinct, functional layers that make it feel more alive.
The typography has been refined for a cleaner, simpler look, and the use of translucency and motion makes even simple tasks more engaging. iOS 7 has hundreds of great new features, including Control Center, Notification Center, improved Multitasking, AirDrop, enhanced Photos, Safari, Siri and introduces iTunes Radio, a free Internet radio service based on the music you listen to on iTunes®.
"iOS 7 is the most significant iOS update since the original iPhone," says Craig Federighi, Apple’s senior vice president of Software Engineering. "To create it, we brought together a team with a broad range of expertise from design to engineering. With what we’ve been able to achieve together, we see iOS 7 as an exciting new beginning."
Apple brings all day battery life to the MacBook Air
Apple has updated the MacBook Air with all day battery life, fourth generation Intel Core processors with faster graphics, 802.11ac Wi-Fi and flash storage that is up to 45% faster than the previous generation.
11-inch models featuring double the storage and 13-inch models start at a new lower price of $1,099. Apple today also introduced completely redesigned AirPort Extreme and AirPort Time Capsule base stations featuring 802.11ac Wi-Fi for up to three times faster performance.
"MacBook Air is the industry leader for thin and light notebooks, and now with longer battery life, we’ve set the bar even higher," said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing. "With faster flash, more powerful graphics and up to 12 hours of battery life, the new MacBook Air packs even more performance into the portable and durable design our customers love."
The new MacBook Air features power-efficient fourth generation Intel Core i5 and Core i7 processors that give the 13-inch...
Apple releases Developer Preview of OS X Mavericks
Apple today released a developer preview of OS X Mavericks, the 10th major release of the operating system. With more than 200 new features, OS X Mavericks brings Maps and iBooks to the Mac, introduces Finder Tags and Tabs, enhances multi-display support for power users, delivers new core technologies for breakthrough power efficiency and performance, and includes an all new version of Safari.
The preview release of OS X Mavericks is available to Mac Developer Program members starting today. Mac users will be able to download Mavericks from the Mac App Store this fall.
"The Mac has consistently outpaced the PC industry and OS X continues to be the most innovative and easy to use operating system in the world," says Craig Federighi, Apple’s senior vice president of Software Engineering."OS X Mavericks is our best version yet and features new Maps and iBooks apps, Finder Tags and Tabs, enhanced multi-display support, performance and energy saving features, and an all new Safari."
Apple announces new Mac Pro
Apple today showed a sneak peek into the future of the pro desktop with a first look at the next generation Mac Pro. Designed around a unified thermal core, the Mac Pro introduces a completely new pro desktop architecture and design that is optimized for performance inside and out.
With next generation Xeon processors, dual workstation-class GPUs, Thunderbolt 2, PCIe-based flash storage, and ultra-fast ECC memory, the new 9.9-inch tall Mac Pro packs an amazing amount of power into an incredibly small package.
"With the latest Xeon processors, dual FirePro GPUs, ECC memory, PCIe-based flash and Thunderbolt 2, all built around a revolutionary thermal core, the next generation Mac Pro is the most radical Mac yet," says Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing. "All this performance and expandability is packed into a dramatic new design that’s one-eighth the volume, and best of all, it will be assembled here in the USA."
The next generation Mac Pro is...
Apple to provide live video streaming of WWDC keynote
Apple will broadcast its WWDC 2013 keynote address using HTTP Live Streaming, which is based on open standards.
Viewing requires Safari on iOS 4.2 or later on any iPhone, iPad, iPad mini or iPod touch; Safari 4 or later on Mac OS X 10.6 or later. Streaming via Apple TV requires a second or third generation Apple TV with software 5.0.2 or later. The live webcast will begin at 10 a.m. (Pacific) at www.apple.com.
Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 5 available
Adobe has announced the availability of Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 5 for Mac OS X and Windows. The product is available as an individual license or as part of Adobe Creative Cloud.
Designed for both photography enthusiasts and professionals alike, Lightroom 5 adds critical photo editing capabilities and creates groundbreaking workflows, according to Winston Hendrickson, vice president of products, Creative Media Solutions, Adobe. Lightroom 5 was initially released as a free, public beta in April 2013.
Lightroom 5 adds new editing tools to help photographers create better images faster. The Advanced Healing Brush enables customers to fix irregularly shaped imperfections such as dust spots, splotches, and other distractions with the precision and flexibility of a fine brush, according to Hendrickson. The Upright tool analyzes each image to automatically straighten objects such as buildings and level horizons. Radial Gradients offer customers the control to make photo subjects stand...
CoreCode updates SMARTReporter for Mac OS X to version 3.1
CoreCode has released SMARTReporter 3.1 (http://www.corecode.at/), an update to its flagship offering for Mac users.
SMARTReporter is an application that warns of some hard disk failures before they actually happen. Version 3.1 includes new features like the ability to define arbitrary Self-Monitoring, Analysis and Reporting Technology, or S.M.A.R.T., attribute thresholds as well as bug fixes, performance and usability improvements.
SMARTReporter costs US$4.99, requires Mac OS X 10.6.8 and is available at Mac App Store (http://tinyurl.com/mwfmzjw). Version 3.1 is a free update for registered users.
KnowledgeMiner for Mac OS X renamed Insights
KnowledgeMiner Software (http://www.knowledgeminer.eu) says KnowledgeMiner free for Mac OS X has been renamed Insights and upgraded to version 1.6.
Insights 1.6 takes its new name from the app's ability to bring conventional data mining to a new level of sophistication and applicability, according to Frank Lemke, founder and president of KnowledgeMiner Software. Users in nearly any field can now analyze noisy data sets and build models, which can help predict future behavior, he adds.
Insights 1.6 is free and available worldwide exclusively through the Mac App Store in the Business category (http://tinyurl.com/l9svyy5). It requires Mac OS X 10.8.3 or later.
Blackmagic Design announces new low price for UltraStudio 4K
Blackmagic Design today announced a lower price on its UltraStudio 4K: US$995. UltraStudio 4K is a Thunderbolt capture and playback solution.
It features 6G-SDI and HDMI 4K video connections so it can work in Ultra HD and 4K video formats. UltraStudio 4K is a single rack unit design with a wide range of rear connectors. The front panel is a machined aluminum design that features an integrated color LCD.
UltraStudio 4K is designed for desktop as well as rack mount use. It can take advantage of Thunderbolt cables that can be up to 30 meters away from the host computer.
Arphix Games releases Star Wings 2 for iOS, OS X
Arphix Games says their new game, Star Wings 2, is now available for iOS and OS X devices. And it's free.
Here's how the game is described: "Star Wings 2 is a new interstellar arcade game where the player explores the universe by controlling a spaceship across several missions. In the game, the dark force intend to conquer the entire universe using a starfleet of bugs and players must be ready to confront the enemy power, as well as deal with gravity-based environments."
Star Wings 2 for iOS in the Games category of the Apple App Store (http://tinyurl.com/klh8jnk) and for OS X in the Games Category of the Mac App Store.
Mushkin launches Scorpion Deluxe PCIe SSD drive
Mushkin has launched their Scorpion Deluxe PCIe SSD, which the company says was conceived to offer multimedia designers maximum performance and a scalable 4-way format.
With up to 21000MB/s throughput and 100,000 4K random write IOPS, the Scorpion PCI Express is a natural for the digital effects arena, the company adds. Available worldwide starting mid-June, Scorpion Deluxe PCIe SSDs will come in 240GB, 480GB, 960GB and 1920GB capacities. For more info go to www.mushkin.com .
'The Guardian': NSA has direct access to servers of...
The National Security Agency has obtained direct access to the systems of Apple, Google, Facebook, and other US Internet giants, according to "The Guardian" (http://tinyurl.com/m9hw4dv). The newspaper says it has obtained a NSA secret document that verifies this.
The NSA access is part of a previously undisclosed program called PRISM, which allows officials to collect material including search history, the content of emails, file transfers and live chats, the document says. "The Guardian: says it has verified the authenticity of the document, a 41-slide PowerPoint presentation, "which was apparently used to train intelligence operatives on the capabilities of the program."
The document claims "collection directly from the servers" of major US service providers. Although the presentation claims the program is run with the assistance of the companies, all those who responded to a "Guardian" request for comment denied knowledge of any such program.
iFunia updates free YouTube Downloader for the Mac
iFunia has released iFunia YouTube Downloader 4.0, an update to their freeware app for Mac OS X. For more info go to http://www.ifunia.com .
It supports most common YouTube videos, including 720p, 1080p HD videos and HTML 5 videos on OS X-based Macs. In version 4.0, the interface has been completely redesigned. Users can get the online video from YouTube and choose from any available web video formats.
iFunia YouTube Converter enables users to download and convert YouTube videos to widely used file formats like MKV, AVCHD, M2TS, AVI, FLV, MOV, MP4, WMV, Mp3, and more. It also comes with optimized preset profiles for portable devices like the iPhone, iPod, iPad, Android, PSP, Kindle Fire, etc.
MegaSeg 5.9 for Mac OS X boasts overs 70 improvements
Fidelity Media has updated MegaSeg (www.megaseg.com/), the DJ mixing app and broadcast automation system made especially for Mac, to version 5.9. The upgrade features over 70 improvements including optimized MIDI support and new presets for Pioneer, Numark, and Hercules controllers, a new multi-process A/V mode that increases stability, new AppleScript commands, better keyboard navigation, import options, and many interface refinements throughout.
MegaSeg Pro provides features for pro DJs and VJs, radio and TV stations, and hospitality businesses such as restaurants and hotels. The Pro edition incorporates video playback for ambient visuals, hot keys for instant sound effects, automated music scheduling, ad messaging events, track separation rules, request lists, and more. The DJ edition offers features including visual beat syncing, headphone outputs for preview, MIDI support, automatic volume control, fast category searching, track logging, integrated iTunes playlists and protected...
Mellel 3.2 for Mac OS X adds hyperlink support, more
RedleX (http://www.mellel.com) has released Mellel 3.2, an upgrade to its word processor for Mac OS X (10.5 and higher). The new version introduces hyperlink support, is now offered in a "lite" version, and introduces a host of smaller improvements and a long list of bug fixes.
The new hyperlinking feature allows linking to any file on the disk, making it easy to link to documents, references, and even launch relevant applications from within Mellel, according to the folks at RedleX. Hyperlinks are exported to Word format, RTF, and PDF as live links.
Mellel 3.2 also enhances its language support, allowing one to set a language in a style (mainly for spelling) and allows for switching of spelling dictionaries with or without language synchronization. The new features especially help those who write in different languages that basically use the same character set (e.g., french and English or German and English), according to the folks at RedleX. Mellel 3.2 also introduces full Retina...
MCE ships USB Super-BluDrive for the Mac
MCE Technologies is shipping its USB Super-BluDrive. The USB Super-BluDrive is a lightweight, portable, slot-loading drive that connects via USB and can play and record CDs and DVDs, as well as play commercial Blu-ray movies directly on the Mac with the included software.
It's compatible with all Mac systems. The USB Super-BluDrive retails for US$79 and is available immediately at http://tinyurl.com/mnd28az .
"The USB Super-BluDrive gives Mac users a solid alternative to the Apple USB SuperDrive by providing the same functionality but with the added bonus of giving users the ability to watch Blu-ray movies directly on the Mac," says Arnold Ramirez, president of MCE. "It is truly stunning to watch Blu-ray movies on the ultra high resolution displays of the MacBook Pro with Retina Display and iMac widescreen display."
The MCE USB Super-BluDrive includes Mac Blu-ray Player software for the playback of commercial Blu-ray movies natively on the Mac. Commercial Blu-ray movie playback...
Chronos pre-announces PrintLife
Chronos has announced the forthcoming release of PrintLife, which offers a way to create print projects on Mac OS X.
"PrintLife is nothing like other printing software products of the past," says Robert McCullough, vice president of Sales at Chronos. "Gone are the cheesy clipart graphics and corny templates. PrintLife makes it easy to create stunning projects with the beautiful included artwork and templates."
Through June 13, PrintLife is available for pre-order at a 50% discount. Users simply need to enter "print2013" when checking out to take advantage of this special offer. PrintLife will be released on July 5.
He says PrintLife has a project for every occasion including greeting cards, collages, labels, letterhead, gift tags, contact summaries, certificates, photo pages, CD labels, raffle tickets, fax covers, activity lists, flyers, postcards, jewel cases, file folder tabs, invoices, activity summaries, invitations, posters, envelopes, name badges, contact lists, and menus. The...
Remo Software rolls out Remo Repair MOV for Mac OS X
Remo Software has introduced Remo Repair MOV for Mac OS X. It's a tool to repair corrupt GoPro videos.
GoPro Cameras are widely used by hobbyists and professionals. Extreme sports, racing, surfing and wildlife enthusiasts use them to capture crucial moments. Remo Repair MOV (Mac) comes to rescue and can repair damaged mp4 GoPro files and make then playable again.
Remo Repair MOV (Mac) is available as a free trial version. The full version has a manufacturer's suggested retail price of US$69. For more info go to www.remosoftware.com .
3 Sprockets releases Cubemen 2 for Macs, iDevices
3 Sprockets says Cubeman 2 is now available through the Mac App Store and iOS App Store for Mac OS X and iOS devices. You can buy it for US$1.99 for a limited time.
Here's how the game is described: "Featuring more of the addictive gameplay and unique features that made the original 3D strategy action game a cult smash on its release in 2012, Cubemen 2 is a fast paced, action packed, original 3D Strategy game where you use your little Cubemen units to defend and attack enemies in a range of awesome game modes including CTF, Skirmish, Territory and more.
“Based around the age-old struggle of Good vs. Evil, Blue vs. Red and Little Men vs. Little Men, Cubemen 2 tasks players to use their Cubemen units strategically to defend and attack enemies in a range of game modes. Up to six players can battle in cross-platform, multi-player carnage with nine specialised unit types, including new units such as path blockers, mines and freeze lightning. Gamers can also customize their Cubemen units...
HTML5 powered photo suite launched by Koffeeware
Koffeeware has launched Creator Five, its HTML5 powered suite of online B2B photo products customization services. Creator Five enables photo e-commerce websites with customization and upload features.
Creator Five requires no plug-ins. No Air, no Flash, no Java, no Silverlight -- nothing to download or install. It supports a variety of browsers and touchscreen devices, including iOS and Android products. It also supports a variety of customizable products: photo books, cards, fun products, collages, canvas, calendars, and more.
Creator Five features include: multitouch gestures, creative filters, smart themes, support for all 600-plus Google webfonts, online sharing, the ability to improt pictures from social networks.
The Koffeeware HTML5 photo tools are available in SaaS mode for integration into any third party ordering system. While Koffeeware will integrate these tools into its current set of products, Koffeeware is also open in providing this technology to third party companies...
MacTech, TUAW lining up WWDC interviews
Once again, this year, MacTech Magazine and TUAW are joining forces to do a series of interviews and stories on those attending the 2013 Apple Worldwide Developer Conference. The interviews will explore what they think about the announcements Apple makes on Monday, what they are hearing, as well as what developers have in mind or coming.
MacTech and TUAW be doing a combination of video interviews and written stories, and are currently taking requests for 10-minute appointments on Tuesday, June 11, at a location near Moscone West (easily walking distance). For more info go to http://www.mactech.com/WWDC-2013-Interview-Request .
"Our strong preference is principals from each company rather than public relations personnel," says Neil Ticktin, editor-in-chief and publisher of MacTech. "For this event, we're looking for senior management, technical personnel, developers to talk about their reactions, and what their company has planned, or currently in the works for Apple platforms. This...
Analog for OS gets eight new filters
Realmac Software has updated Analog (www.realmacsoftware.com/analog/), a photo polishing app with filters and borders, to version 1.3. The upgrade includes eight new filters found in Analog Camera for iPhone, bringing the total number of filters to 35.
With Analog you can crop and rotate photos, as well as apply effects and borders.
Once you've finished processing an image, Analog allows you to publish images to Facebook, Flickr, Picasa and CloudApp with just two clicks.
Analog is available for an introductory price of US$7.99. The regular price is $19.99. It requires Mac OS X 10.7.4 or higher and is available at the Mac App Store (http://tinyurl.com/mdwow5x).
Path Finder for Mac OS X finds its way to version 6.2
Cocoatech has released Path Finder 4.5, an enhanced version of
their file browser and management app for Mac OS X 10.7 and 10.8.
"This iteration of Path Finder brings very requested features and improvements, as well as many fixes," says Dragan Millic, Path Finder's lead developer. "I'm particularly fond of the redesigned 'Connect to Server' window. Being able to set the default view type for new windows and tabs is also something I find very useful for myself, and I'm sure other users will as well."
Path Finder 6 is available as a direct download from Cocoatech's website (www.cocoatech.com/) for US$39.95. A free, fully functional, 30-day trial version is also available for download. Owners of Path Finder 5 may upgrade to Path Finder 6 for $19.95.
Plastic 2 plug-in for FileMaker revved to version 2
360Works (http://360works.com) has rolled out Plastic 2. The Plastic 2 plug-in for FileMaker is designed to make it easy to process secure, SSL-encrypted credit card payments from FileMaker Pro, FileMaker Server, and FileMaker Web Publishing.
Plastic 2 can run charges and transactions with credit-card swipe readers, card-not-present accounts, direct check debiting, and more. It also introduces security features, such as profile based payments, to protect customer data.
Plastic 2 is included with the 360Works Portfolio Bundle, which means that current subscribers will receive a Plastic 2 Enterprise License for free. It can be purchased separately as an US$149 single user license, $195 workgroup license for 10 users, or $695.00 enterprise license for unlimited users and FileMaker Server/Web Publishing deployment. Upgrade pricing from version 1.x is also available. For more information, or to download a free, fully featured demo, please visit the Plastics 2 website.
The Data Rescue Center offers discounted services to tornado...
The Data Rescue Center is offering complimentary evaluations and an US$500 discount towards data recovery services for victims of the recent Oklahoma tornadoes.
The Data Rescue Center is a data recovery service based in Northern California. In an effort to help the victims rebuild and recover from the recent tornados in Oklahoma and Kansas. For more info go to www.TheDataRescueCenter.com .
"Our condolences go out to the victims of these powerful and devastating storms. As people discover that their computers were damaged in the storm, we want them to be aware that in many cases we are able to help them recover files from those hard drives," says Brian Crosby, recovery engineer at The Data Rescue Center.
Twocanoes Software rolls out Winclone 4
Twocanoes Software has announced Winclone 4, an update to the application that lets Mac users image and migrate Windows installed in Boot Camp.
Winclone 4 features Real PC migration, network migration of Windows between Macs, direct disk-to-disk imaging of Boot Camp, and faster imaging and restoring. It also introduces features to make Boot Camp cloning faster and more flexible.
Twocanoes offers a support package that includes two years of technical support and maintenance, including access to priority technical support and all minor and major upgrades. Winclone requires Mac OS X 10.7 or higher, Windows 7 or higher, and a Boot Camp partition
Winclone 4 costs US$29.99 for an individual license (up to two computers), $99.99 for the pro version (unlimited computers by a single administrator), and $499.99 for a site license (unlimited computers by any employee or contractor). Winclone Pro with Support and Winclone Site License with Support are also available. All software editions are...
Apple releases Aperture 3.4.5
Apple has released version 3.4.5 of Aperture, its professional/prosumer photography software. It requires Mac OS X 10.7.5.
According to Apple, Aperture 3.4.5, a free update for registered users at the Mac App Store:
° Addresses an issue that could cause Aperture to quit unexpectedly when deleting items from a camera or memory card after import;
° Memory cards are now ejected correctly when using the Delete Items option after import;
° Includes stability improvements.
Apple releases iTunes 11.0.4
Apple has posted Tunes 11.0.4, a free download at the Mac App Store. It requires Mac OS X 10.6.8 or higher (a Windows version is also available). According to Apple, this version of iTunes comes with several new features and improvements, including:
° A new MiniPlayer. MiniPlayer now includes a new view that showcases your album artwork. In addition, a progress bar is now built right into MiniPlayer.
° An improved Songs View. You can now enjoy your album artwork while in Songs view.
° Multi-Disc Albums. Albums with multiple discs now appear as a single album.
iTunes 11.0.4 also fixes a problem that may cause iTunes to quit if you switch between wired and wireless syncing and addresses an issue that may require you to log into the iTunes Store repeatedly.
Personal VPN product adds cross-platform support
iTwin has added Mac OS X (10.7 and higher) compatibility to iTwin Connect, a combination of Private VPN and Public VPN services, built around a plug and play USB device for enhanced security and ease of use.
"We are excited to be able to offer iTwin Connect to OS X users," says Lux Anantharaman, co-founder of iTwin. “Mac support has been the number one request since our launch of iTwin Connect in January and we are confident that Mac users too will be thrilled with the ease and security of VPN access provided by iTwin Connect. We have also improved the popular remote desktop feature."
The improved iTwin Connect is priced at US$199 and is available at iTwin.com and Amazon.com.
AirTurn DIGIT is wireless remote for iTunes, iOS cameras
AirTurn (www.airturn.com) has released the AirTurn DIGIT, which the company says is the world's first wireless remote for iTunes and iOS cameras that combines handheld control with foot pedal compatibility.
A silent, tactile button set on the AirTurn DIGIT provides the ability to turn pages, control teleprompter apps, advance presentation slides, and control iTunes playlists on all iOS devices (iPad, iPhone 3S and above, and the iPod touch), as well as iTunes for Mac and PC. The AirTurn DIGIT also gives users the ability to control iOS cameras for remote video and picture snapshots. For hands free pedal control, two 3.5mm (1/8 inch) stereo ports can connect to momentary, non-latching normally open (NO) pedals and switches that replicate the handset button controls (pedals sold separately).
Within iTunes, AirTurn DIGIT users can use the handheld buttons to play/pause tracks, navigate between songs in a playlist, and control volume remotely. With iOS cameras, users can take snapshots...
Bare Bones updates BBEdit, TextWranger
Bare Bones Software (www.barebones.com) has released BBEdit 10.5.4, an update to its pro HTML and text editor. The upgrade includes various refinements and fixes for specific reported issues.
The BBEdit 10.5.4 update is free of charge to all BBEdit 10 customers. Customers who purchased in the Mac App Store will automatically receive the update, while customers who purchased directly may download the update immediately from the Bare Bones web site.
BBEdit 10 has a suggested retail price of US$49.99. Any registered owner of BBEdit may upgrade for $39.99 directly from the Bare Bones Software online store
Bare Bones Software also released TextWrangler 4.5.2, an update to its free, general purpose text editor for Mac OS X (10.6.8 or higher). The upgrade includes various refinements and fixes for specific reported issues.
QuarkXPress 10 is coming soon
The next version of QuarkXPress, the design and layout tool for print and digital publishing, is coming soon, according to the folks at Quark. In anticipation of version 10, Quark is offering anyone who purchases or upgrades to QuarkXPress 9 between now and June 30 a free upgrade to QuarkXPress 10.
QuarkXPress 10 will be sold as perpetual license software available through Quark sales outlets and authorized resellers. Until June 30, 2013 anyone who purchases or upgrades to QuarkXPress 9 from any previous version will receive version 10 for free.
After June 30, 3 only QuarkXPress 8 users will be eligible to upgrade to QuarkXPress 9 for a free upgrade to QuarkXPress 10. Also after June 30, QuarkXPress 3-7 users will no longer be eligible to upgrade to QuarkXPress 9 or 10 and will to need to purchase new full licenses. For more info go to www.quark.com/10 .
HELIOS announces iPad Document Hub
HELIOS Software has announced the iPad Document Hub, a solution for the enterprise that enables secure corporate file server access from iPads and iPhones. With security, functionality, and performance beyond any cloud-sync app or remote access solutions like VPN or FTP, businesses can now provide a secure, productive, and user-friendly experience to remote mobile users, according to Helmut Tschemernjak, CEO of HELIOS.
"The new HELIOS iPad Document Hub app is the perfect solution for business environments of any scale that want to share files and documents with mobile users in a secure manner," he says. "With powerful Spotlight search capability, auto-syncing, and fast directory browsing, authorized users can find files on their company servers in seconds, while maintaining enterprise grade file server security."
HELIOS iPad Document Hub integrates with the HELIOS WebShare file server application, running on any company file server. Authorized remote users can access the server via...
Data Creator 1.2 for OS X gets two new export formats
Tension Software (www.tensionsoftware.com) has updated Data Creator, a Mac OS X tool that can create sample tables (rows and columns) fill them with pseudo-random proper content (rows of content) with a single click, to version 1.2. The upgrade offers two new export format for web developers: HTML table and HTML full page
With Data Creator, you can select which kind of fields (columns) you like (name of animals, colors, fruits, etc.) and have all the contents filled for how many rows you like in a click. The app can export to comma separated value, tab separated values, HTML tables, even web pages.
Data Creator requires Mac OS X 10.7.3 or higher and costs US7. It's available at the Tension Sofware web site or the Mac App Store (http://tinyurl.com/k4z48jn).
PDF Checkpoint gets new image parsing engine, more
Zevrix (http://www.zevrix.com) has updated PDF Checkpoint, an automated PDF preflighting and conversion solution, to version 1.5. The new version offers improvements such as new image parsing engine, spot color detection, enhanced PDF viewer, detailed page dimensions info, improved reporting and more.
PDF Checkpoint lets users review and analyze preflight results. The program is equally suitable to process hundreds of files as well as single PDF documents.
PDF Checkpoint checks fonts, colors, images and metadata of multiple PDF files and lets users instantly identify potential problems according to user-defined preflight profiles.
Preflight profiles let users check PDF for specific attributes, such as image resolution, color model, PDF/X compliance and others. PDF Checkpoint can also route PDF into success/error folders according to preflight results and generate preflight report for each file.
With PDF Checkpoint, you can export PDF pages into TIFF, JPEG and other formats as RGB,...
PCalc for Mac now syncs with the iOS version via iCloud
TLA Systems has rolled out a new release of PCalc, their 20-year-old scientific calculator for the Mac. Version 3.9 is available now on the Mac App Store, and also as a direct download from pcalc.com.
The biggest change in 3.9 is support for the user constants, conversions, and functions created by the latest version of PCalc on iOS. You can import them from the iOS version, and they will sync across all your devices -- iOS and OS X -- automatically via iCloud. You can also create and edit an unlimited number of user constants using the Mac version, and those will sync across too.
Automatic syncing is currently only available in the Mac App Store version, due to Apple's restrictions on iCloud usage. However, you can still manually import and export in the non-MAS version.
PCalc 3.9 also adds constant functions in algebraic mode. Just press equals again to repeat the last calculation, or enter a new value and then press equals to repeat it on that value.
This is a free update for...
Perfect Photo Suite 7.5 adds Quick View browser, more
onOne Software (www.ononesoftware.com) has released Perfect Photo Suite 7.5 for Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Photoshop Lightroom, Adobe Photoshop Elements, Apple Aperture, and as a standalone application.
The update includes a new Quick View Browser, refinements to the Perfect Brush, tested compatibility with the upcoming Lightroom 5, performance improvements, and general bug fixes. Also included since the initial launch of Perfect Photo Suite 7 are tools that tackle problems commonly encountered in photo editing: Red Eye reduction tools and a Clone Brush that removes distractions.
The software offers continued support for Aperture 2.1 and 3, Photoshop CS6, CS5 and CS4, Lightroom 4, 3, 2 and the upcoming Lightroom 5 and Photoshop CC.
Perfect Photo Suite 7.5 is now available from onOne Software. Existing owners of Perfect Photo Suite 7.x are eligible for the update at no additional cost. For a limited time, new users may purchase the Premium Edition for $199.95 (the regular price is US$249...
Apple releases Mac OS X 10.8.4
Apple has posted Mac OS X 10.8.4, which is available as a free download via the Mac App Store. According to Apple the update is recommended for all OS X Mountain Lion users and includes features and fixes that improve the stability, compatibility, and security of your Mac, including the following:
° Compatibility improvements when connecting to certain enterprise Wi-Fi networks;
° Microsoft Exchange compatibility improvements in Calendar;
° A fix for an issue that prevented FaceTime calls to non-U.S. phone numbers;
° A fix for an issue that may prevent scheduled sleep after using Boot Camp;
° Improves VoiceOver compatibility with text in PDF documents'
° Includes Safari 6.0.5, which improves stability for some websites with chat features and games;
° A fix for an issue that may cause iMessages to display out of order in Messages;
° Resolves an issue in which Calendars Birthdays may appear incorrectly in certain time zones;
° A fix for an issue that may prevent the desktop background...
FxFactory releases Lens Flare plug-ins for Final Cut Pro X
FxFactory, a visual effects architecture powering hundreds of plug-ins for Final Cut Pro, Motion, Premiere Pro and After Effects. The plug-in costs US$49 and is available at http://tinyurl.com/n8a4vum.
What was once an undesired side effect from sunrays filtering through lenses is now a popular look. The Lens Flare plug-in, designed exclusively for use with Final Cut Pro X, lets editors add completely customizable lens flare effects to footage. Users can achieve the desired look by selecting one of the many presets and dropping it onto the clip like any other effect.
Intel introduces Haswell processors
Today at Computex, Intel (www.intel.com) unveiled new processors -- dubbed "Haswell" -- that scale all the way from thinner tablets to touch notebooks to the highest-end workstations. And just in time for Apple's Worldwide Developer Conference, which runs next week. Make of that what you will.
The new line of processors are Intel’s fourth gneration of processors. Their silicon can go as low as six watts, measured by SDP (system design power), "a dramatic decrease," according to "Forbes" (http://tinyurl.com/mx33mug). Haswell also supported "connected standby, where your information will always be fresh three times longer and also improved battery life by up to 50%," the article adds.
Intel also beefed up the graphics performance on its more expensive configurations called "Iris Pro," by adding eDRAM. "Adding discrete graphics memory really helps with performance because you are using dedicated, not shared memory which improves latency and bandwidth," says "Forbes." "This now gives...
Trial gets underway in alleged e-book pricing battle
An U.S. government lawyer says Apple conspired with publishers to raise the price of e-books in a scheme costing consumers "hundreds of millions of dollars,"according to the "Brisbane Times" (http://tinyurl.com/kdeaavu). On Monday a three-week trial got under way before a federal judge in New York in a case pitting the Justice Department against Apple.
"Apple told publishers that Apple - and only Apple - could get prices up in their industry," Lawrence Buterman, a lawyer at the Justice Department, said during opening arguments.
However, Orin Snyder, an attorney for Apple, described the case as "bizarre," notes the "Brisbane Times. "Apple acted in its own business interests in negotiating deals with publishers in the run up to the debut of its iPad in January 2010. What the government wants to do is reverse engineer a conspiracy from a market effect."
The brouhaha centers on Apple's move to change the way that publishers charged for e-books as it prepared to introduce its first iPad...
Real Software changes name to 'Xojo, Inc.'
Real Software, Inc. a provider of cross-platform software development tools, will change its corporate name from Real Software to Xojo, Inc. and the product name will change from Real Studio to Xojo.
Xojo is a cross-platform software development tool that enables developers to create software for OS X, Windows, Linux, the web, and soon, mobile. Xojo, Inc. will continue to offer innovative cross-platform development tools with the goal of enabling ordinary people to create extraordinary apps, according to Geoff Perlman, Xojo’s founder and CEO. To complement this goal, Xojo will now be free to use for learning and development.
Developers can use the Integrated Development Environment (IDE) for free, and will only need to purchase a license once they want to build a distributable version of their application. Licenses are purchased per target platform, including Web, Desktop, Database, Console, and Xojo Pro, which is a bundle license that includes all deployment licenses plus an added...
Oxygene 6.0 adds Oxygene for Cocoa
RemObjects Software has released Oxygene 6.0 (http://www.remobjects.com/oxygene/). The newest version of its Oxygene programming language includes the addition of Oxygene for Cocoa, bringing the modern Oxygene language and development tool chain to developers looking to create truly native Mac and iOS applications.
The Oxygene for Cocoa compiler gives developers direct access to all the great APIs [application programming interfaces] and frameworks that Apple and third party developers are providing for Mac and iOS development.
With the introduction of Oxygene for Cocoa as part of the sixth major release today, Oxygene provides a single language that lets developers natively target all major operating systems in use today -- from Windows and Mac desktop applications, over apps for all major phone platforms (iOS, Android, and even Windows Phone) to cross-platform back-end server applications for Windows, Linux and Mac OS X servers.
Oxygene integrates into and includes Visual Studio...
Vitamin-R 2.0 sports a redesigned user experience
Publicspace.net (http://www.publicspace.net/) has announced Vitamin-R 2.0, an update of its Mac OS X compatible productivity tool for creative professionals. The new version features a redesigned user experience, two finger swipe navigation, an undockable main window and new reporting options.
Vitamin-R is a collection of tools and techniques for managing attention and maintaining motivation. According to the folks at publicspace.net, it complements the task capturing and organizing features of modern to-do list managers by forcing you to concentrate fully on one task a time and keeping distractions at bay. It breaks down large, vaguely defined tasks into a series of short "time slices" of between 10 and 30 minutes, each with specific and actionable objectives.
Vitamin-R provides you with the "Now & Later Board," complete with FastType magic, to give you a place to quickly dump all those things that go through your head and allows to get back to the task at hand. It requires Mac...
AppDelete for Mac OS X gets maintenance upgrade
Reggie Ashworth (www.reggieashworth.com) has announced AppDelete 4.0.8, a new version of his application deletion utility. It's a maintenance release with some bug fixes.
You can drag any item that can be uninstalled onto AppDelete: applications, widgets, preference panes, plugins, screensavers, etc. You can also activate AppDelete in many ways: dragging items onto main window, onto dock icon, selecting in menu, right-clicking using AppDelete workflow, dragging from Launchpad, and throwing items in the trash. When the preview screen appears you can uncheck any items you would like to exclude.
You also have several choices: delete the items, log only the items, or archive (copy) the items to a .zip file for safekeeping or reinstall at a later date. The items you delete will be moved to the trash and arranged in a folder so that you can see exactly what was deleted and you know exactly where it came from. The items will not be removed from your computer until you empty them from your...
TimingApp for Mac OS X ticks to version 1.3
Eurocomp has announced TimingApp 1.3 (http://timingapp.com/), an update ofits automatic time logging solution for Mac OS X. It's being offered for US$3.99 for a limited time in the Mac App Store (http://tinyurl.com/lmw7bv4) and requires Mac OS X 10.6.6 or higher.
TimingApp 1.3 doesn't require users to manually operate timers. Instead, users' activities like editing documents, surfing the web, and playing games are tracked automatically and can be = reviewed at a later time. This avoids inaccurate time logs and the risk of forgetting to start or stop a timer is eliminated.
TimingApp measures the time spent on various projects. It works automatically and doesn't need to be started manually. Individual work may be assigned to specific projects.
A lite version, limited to todays' and yesterdays' data, is now available for a free trial prior to the purchase. You can obtain it at the Mac App Store (http://tinyurl.com/k3bnqb2).
SACEM: Apple owes France $6.5 million in unpaid taxes
SACEM, a French society that controls royalties paid to authors, composers, and publishers, said on Friday that Apple owes 5 million euros ($6.5 million) in royalty taxes from iPads sold in France in 2011, reports "CNET" (http://tinyurl.com/m5hlwm9).
The tax, known in France as a copie privee, is levied against all vendors of digital devices that use copyrighted content. That tax then goes to SACEM, which divvies out the money among the various authors, producers, and other creative folks.
Apple passed on the extra tax to iPad buyers, SACEM said, but failed to pay out the tax itself. As a result, the Grand Instance Court of Paris has issued a judgment against the company asking it to pay up, notes "CNET."