Apple posts new watchOS 3.2, tvOS 10.2 developer betas
Apple has seeded new builds of watchOS 3.2 and tvOS 10.2 to developers for testing. They’re available for download at the Apple Developer Center.
Time Out 2.2 for the Mac adds ability to optionally track breaks...
Dejal has released Time Out 2.2 (http://www.dejal.com/timeout/), an update to their break reminder app for macOS.
Using a computer for hours on end can lead to eye, back, and neck strain. Time Out offers users gentle reminders to take breaks, allowing them to stretch and relax. Version 2.2 adds the ability to optionally track breaks and app activity in a chart.
Time Out 2.2 requires macOS 10.10 or later. It’s free, and is available worldwide through the Mac App Store in the Health and Fitness category, as well as the Dejal website. Advanced features are available via in-app donations.
MailSteward 11.4.2 for macOS supports AWS Relational Database...
Pubblog has announced MailSteward 11.4.2 (http://mailsteward.com), an update to their email archiving solution for the Mac.
The app archives email in a relational database for easy access and safe backup of all your email. Version 11.4.2 fixes a minor bug, and supports Amazon Web Services (AWS) Relational Database Service. Easily create a MySQL or Amazon Aurora MySQL database instance on your AWS account using the RDS service and connect to it with MailSteward Pro.
MailSteward 11.4.2 costs $49.95. There’s a “lite” version for $24.95, and a “pro” version for $99.95. A demo is available for download.
Apple releases new iOS, macOS developer betas
Apple has released the sixth developer betas of iOS 10.3 and macOS 10.12.4. Developers can download the beta through the Apple Developer Center or the Software Update mechanism in the App Store.
Intel to acquire Mobile for $15.3 billion
Intel (www.intel.com) has announced a $15.3 billion acquisition of Israeli automotive technology company Mobileye N.V. The $63.54-per-share deal will bring Mobileye’s leadership in the development of computer vision and machine to Intel.
The deal is expected to close within the next nine months, Intel said. Shares of Mobileye jumped nearly 32% on the news.
Intel says self-driving cars will represent a $70 billion market by the year 2030. Each self-driving car on the road will generate 4 terabytes of data per hour by the year 2020, the company estimates.
“This massive amount of data requires all of Intel’s assets to provide the cost-effective high performance solutions our customers need,” CEO Brian Krzanich wrote in a memo to employees. “The addition of Mobileye to our family provides the data path to our computing solutions becoming the intelligent set of eyes that will allow a vehicle to see and define the world around it.”
Flyer works with Apple’s Messages app
A company called Flyr (www.flyrtv.com) has launched what it says is the first interactive storytelling platform, enabling instant hypermedia content creation through automated design and video editing. It works with Apple’s Messages app, as well as Snapchat, Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.
Using Flyr's "Tinder for Graphic Design" creation tools, Snapchat Discover-style videos can be designed with tap-and-swipe gestures. According to co-founder Hassan Uriostegui, Flyr’s artificial intelligence-powered story creation works in two ways: it algorithmically generates unlimited combinations of layouts, colors and designs, while also suggesting millions of photos, videos and GIFs based upon your story.
The stories are played through Flyr's proprietary rendering/game engine, making videos interactive, editable and able to link to anywhere on the Internet. Users can find and insert almost any online media asset. You can add hyperlinks with the ability for users to go to any website, article...
Swift among the 10 most popular programming languages
Apple’s Swift is now among the 10 most popular programming languages, according to the Tiobe Index (http://www.tiobe.com/), which measures the popularity of programming languages on a monthly basis. It’s the first time it’s made the list. About three years ago Apple announced that it would replace its "ancient" native mobile app development language Objective-C by its newborn language called Swift.
“The expectations were high right from the start, but adoption took off slowly. That is for good reasons by the way because the installed base of Objective-C code is quite large,” note the folks behind the Tiobe Index. “New applications are written in Swift, whereas old apps that are written in Objective-C are not actively migrated to Swift. This is also what we observe at customer sites. Since Swift is mainly intended to write applications in Apple's ecosystem, it is expected that it won't rise much further.
Innovation Project 2017 welcomes ‘iPod Godfather’ Tony Fadell
Tony Fadell — the founder and former CEO of Nest, creator of the Nest learning thermostat and one of the creators of the iPod and iPhone — will challenge Innovation Project 2017 (http://www.innovationproject.com) delegates, to think differently about the potential that “connected devices” and “internet of things” offer to payments and commerce innovators.
His opening fireside chat with PYMNTS CEO Karen Webster will share insights drawn from his experiences with Apple and Nest to refocus the conversations about connected devices and Internet of things to how the potential to connect any device to the internet and capture data can become a commerce enabler. Fadell and Webster will be joined by Visa EVP, Jim McCarthy, to discuss the role of the payments network in igniting and scaling those opportunities.
Innovation Project convenes on March 15-16. This is the fifth annual Innovation Project, an event that gathers the most influential players in payments, commerce, and retail for two...
PDF Expert for macOS revved to version 2.2
Readdle has updated its PDF Expert app (https://pdfexpert.com) for macOS to version 2.2. The upgrade sports a redesigned user interface, better search features, and more.
PDF Expert lets you read, annotate and edit PDFs, change text and images, fill forms, and sign contracts. A demo is avaiable for download. Registration is $59.99
Fifth developers betas of iOS 10.3, watchOS 3.2, tvOS 10.2...
Apple has seeded the fifth betas of iOS 10.3, watchOS 3.2, and tvOS 10.2 for developers to download and test. They can be be downloaded from the Apple Developer Center.
Comm-Unity Networking Systems updates CNS Query FileMaker
Comm-Unity Networking Systems has released CNS Query 2.1, which includes a CNS Core updates like FileMaker 15 support and better thread safety, especially under FileMaker Server.
CNS Query is available immediately at http://tinyurl.com/q96xmx2 for both macOS and Windows. You can download a demo copy of the plug-in to test it out before purchasing. If you purchased CNS Query or MMQuery any time from March 8, 2015, until now, you can install this latest version free of charge.
If you purchased MMQuery any time before March 8, 2015, you can renew your license and upgrade to CNS Query for 25% off the current price. For new users, CNS Query prices range from a single user license for $35 to a world license for $585 (which includes a free server license). A server license Query for use with FileMaker Pro Server/Server Advanced is $325. A developer's license of CNS Query is $685.
FileMaker Cloud is now available in EMEA
FileMaker, Inc. (www.filemaker.com), a wholly owned subsidiary of Apple, has announced that its cloud platform for managing and running custom apps, FileMaker Cloud, is now available in Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA).
In addition to the U.S.-based data centers in Oregon and N. Virginia, customers may select from the Amazon Web Services (AWS) Regions of Ireland and Frankfurt. FileMaker Cloud provides the simplicity, performance and reliability of the FileMaker Platform without having to spend time and resources deploying and maintaining a server, according to Ann Monroe, vice president of worldwide marketing, FileMaker, Inc.
FileMaker Cloud provides organizations looking to develop and manage custom mobile apps with minimal administrative overhead, speedy deployment, low up-front costs and instant scalability, she adds. This builds on FileMaker's commitment to empower organizations of all sizes to improve business operations through custom app solutions.
ChronoSync 4.7.4 for macOS offers performance, efficiency...
Econ Technologies (www.econtechnologies.com) has released ChronoSync 4.7.4 for macOS. It’s a sync, backup, and bootable back-up app.
ChronoSync can back up and sync to anything you can connect to a Mac: external drives, thumb drives, NAS drives, remote Macs, PC's and cloud services. Version 4.7.4 offers performance and efficiency improvements, including fixes for a handful of bugs.
ChronoSync works with macOS 10.8 and higher. A demo is available for download; registration is $49.99.
Apple releases fifth developer beta Of MacOS 10.12.4
Apple has released the fifth developer beta of macOS 10.12.4. It can be be downloaded from the Apple Developer Center.
macOS Sierra 10.12.4 brings iOS's Night Shift mode to the Mac, allowing users to cut down on blue light exposure. It also includes Shanghainese dictation support, cricket scores for Siri, and PDFKit improvements.
App Camp For Girls registration opens for 2017 summer sessions
App Camp For Girls, a non-profit organization aimed at correcting the gender imbalance in the software industry, has opened 2017 registration for its summer program that teaches girls how to make mobile apps in one week. This year, the aspiring developers will use Apple's new educational tool, Swift Playgrounds, a new app for iPad that teaches Swift code in a fun and interactive way.
At App Camp for Girls, aspiring software developers receive a broad introduction to the process of iOS app development, from brainstorming and designing ideas to building and pitching their apps. The participants use Macs and Apple's suite of developer tools to build their apps and run them on iPod touch devices.
Camp tuition is $400 for the week. In addition to launching a new location in Chicago, the program will again take place in Portland, Seattle, and Phoenix. Parents can register for 2017 sessions on the App Camp For Girls website (http://appcamp4girls.com). All sessions will be held in July....
Apple to start taking WWDC scholarship applications on March 27
Apple will start taking scholarship applications for the 2017 World Wide Developer's Conference (WWDC) on March 27.
To be eligible for a WWDC Scholarship (https://developer.apple.com/wwdc/scholarships/), applicants must be registered with the program either with a free or paid membership, be 13 years of age or older, and must be actively involved in schooling or be STEM organization alumni. Applicants must provide Apple with proof of enrollment in an educational institution.
Applicants must also create a visually interactive scene in a Swift playground that can be experienced within three minutes. They can use Swift Playgrounds on an iPad or Xcode on a Mac. Templates are available in Swift Playgrounds for a head start on more advanced creations.
Applicants must also describe their Swift playground, telling about the features and technologies in 500 words or less. Finally, they must also tell how they’ve considered sharing their coding knowledge and enthusiasm for computer science...
AKVIS releases new picture frames collection
AKVIS (www.akvis.com) has released a new picture frames collection inspired by the awakening nature, florals and blooms: the Flower Pack, which has 100 designs — 50 horizontal and 50 vertical variants for each design.
AKVIS picture frames are decorated with roses, tulips, peonies, hydrangeas, and other herbs and flowers. The company offers a diverse range of themed frame collections: countries, holidays and events, seasons, hobbies and interests, etc.
To use AKVIS frame packs, you need to have installed one of following programs: AKVIS Frames (available for free) or AKVIS ArtSuite (starting at $49). On he Mac platform, the products run on macOS 10.7 and higher.
FmPro Script Diff 1.72 adds FileMaker 15, PDF, Unicode Diff...
.com Solutions has announced FmPro Script Diff 1.72 (http://tinyurl.com/z2rlkk3), a feature-enhanced release adding compatibility with FileMaker Pro 15, Save as PDF and Unicode search features.
FmPro Script Diff compares, edits, searches and stores FileMaker ScriptMaker scripts outside the FileMaker database. Changed scripts are compared on a line-by-line basis and displayed with color coded tags to the left of each modified line. Copy & Paste scripts are available via the clipboard with no DDR Export required.
FmPro Script Diff is priced at $100 per developer and includes a copy of FmPro Script Diff for both macOS [64-bit] and Windows platforms. Existing FmPro Script Diff customers may upgrade to FmPro Script Diff 1.72 at no charge by selecting the Help -> Check for Updates menu. The single-user licensing includes a copy of FmPro Script Diff for both macOS and Windows platforms.
Transport Sleeve available for Mac laptops, iPads
Triple Aught Design has debuted the Transport Sleeve (http://tinyurl.com/jl2x6u9) for the Apple MacBook and iPad Pro. The main compartment is accessed via an L-shaped zipper in both vertical or horizontal orientations.
The front of the Transport Sleeve features a pleated, weather-resistant pocket that expands to fit additional accessories such as cables and chargers, and lays flat when not in use. The back of the sleeve contains a document sleeve that can hold paper or other flat, thin items.
Transport Sleeves sport semi-rigid padding on all sides to help protect against impact and are constructed of lightweight, weather-resistant, and VX-03 and VX-21RS. A slim profile allows the Transport Sleeve to slide in and out of packs.
The back of the Transport Sleeve features Helix attachment points along the perimeter to allow mounting in any Triple Aught Design pack or bag. Additionally, these attachment points allow Triple Aught Design’s smaller accessories such as the Admin Panel 1 or...
Zevrix Deliver now supports FTP-SSL for secure file transfers
Zevrix Solutions has announced Deliver 2.6, a feature update to the company's file transfer solution with automatic email notifications.
The tool lets users send files to FTP, SFTP, Amazon S3, WebDAV and other remote and local servers. Deliver notifies recipients about delivered files automatically, eliminating the need to compose and send confirmation emails for each transfer. Version 2.6 introduces support for FTP over SSL (FTPS) connection for secure encrypted file transfers to FTP servers.
Deliver can be purchased from the Zevrix website (www.zevrix.com) for $19.95, as well as from Mac App Store and authorized resellers. A demo is available for download. Version 2.6 is free for licensed users of Deliver 2.x. Deliver requires macOS 10.5 or higher (some features require macOS 10.7 or later).
iFinance for macOS upgraded to version 4.2.1
Synium Software has released iFinance 4.2.1, an update of the financial tracking app for macOS (10.10 and higher). It’s a maintenance update.
iFinance supports several different banking file formats like CSV, QIF, OFX, or mt940. You can import your data by using one of these formats or retrieve your bank account transactions via OFX direct connect. (Note that not all banks support OFX direct connect).
iFinance 4.2.1 is available for $29.99, a 25% discount, until March 19. A demo is available at the Synium Software website (http://tinyurl.com/nobsrjd).
Bare Bones to retire TextWrangler
Bare Bones (www.barebones.com), the company behind the BBEdit and TextWrangler text editors, will retire the latter and make BBEdit free for basic features.
In a note to customers (http://tinyurl.com/gv848lv) the company has this to say: “What you may not know is that last July, we released BBEdit 11.6. You can use this version unlicensed, forever, for free. Without a license, BBEdit now includes all of the features that TextWrangler offers, plus quite a few others. That’s right. You no longer have to pick between them.”
Troi Automatisering Releases Troi Serial Plug-In 4.5.1 For...
Troi Automatisering (http://www.troi.com/) has rolled Troi Serial Plug-in 4.5.1 for FileMaker Pro 14. It's an update of the serial communication plug-in.
Version 4.5.1 is a maintenance update that fixes a bug in the Serial_Receive function, where in some cases not all data would be returned directly. Troi also updated the code in several places to make the plug-in more robust and made several small improvements to the example files.
A fully functional demo version of Troi Serial Plug-in 4.5.1 is available for downloading at Troi's website. Troi Serial Plug-in 4.5.1 works with FileMaker Pro 12-15. The plug-in can also be used with runtimes created by FileMaker Pro Advanced 12-15. The plug-in is available for macOS 10.6 or higher and Windows 7-8. A cross platform developer license costs $999.
MCE ships 1TB PCIe-based SSD upgrade for the Mac Pro
MCE Technologies (MCE) is shipping what it says is the world's fastest 1TB Internal PCIe-based SSD Upgrade for the Mac Pro (late 2013). Based on 4-Lane PCIe bandwidth, the MCE 1TB SSD Upgrade features read speeds of up to 1400MB/sec and write speeds of up to 1150MB/s.
All necessary tools to perform the installation, an illustrated installation guide, and drive cloning software are included. The MCE 1TB Internal SSD upgrade (http://tinyurl.com/jk52wo7_)costs $699 and is available for immediate shipment.
Chas Group announces V-Ray 3.5 for NUKE
Chaos Group announces V-Ray 3.5 for NUKE (http://tinyurl.com/z6y7qtw), an update to its ray traced renderer used on films like “Spectre” and “The Revenant.” New support for volumetric rendering and deep compositing workflows have greatly expanded V-Ray for NUKE’s core capabilities, adding flexibility to film and TV productions.
NUKE artists can use the V-Ray Volume Grid node to import and render fire, smoke and other fluid simulations as OpenVDB files from applications like Houdini. This gives compositors direct control over lighting and the final look of volumetric effects for better integration. For even more control, volumes rendered in V-Ray for NUKE are fully compatible with deep compositing.
Deep rendering capabilities have also been improved in this update, allowing artists to fully adopt deep compositing workflows. With V-Ray for NUKE deep data can be generated directly in NUKE, helping artists save disk space and file load times.
V-Ray 3.5 for NUKE is available now and...
Maintain serves up Cocktail 10.3 (Sierra Edition)
Maintain has served up Cocktail 10.3 (Sierra Edition), a new edition of Cocktail for users running macOS Sierra. It’s a general purpose utility that lets users clean, repair and optimize their Macs.
The new version adds macOS Sierra 10.12.4 compatibility, the ability to change default page zoom for Safari, ability to disable animation when hiding or showing Dock and ability to quit Finder. It also contains improvements on the "Delete localization files" procedure.
Cocktail costs $19 for a single user license and available for purchase from the Maintain website (http://www.maintain.se/cocktail). When unregistered, Cocktail runs in demo mode and will expire after the tenth launch.
CPUG Network announces 16th annual Las Vegas SuperMeet
The Creative Pro User Group Network says the 16th Annual Las Vegas SuperMeet (http://supermeet.com) will take place on Tuesday, April 25, 2017, in the Pavilion Ballroom at the Rio Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada.
This SuperMeet will celebrate the 16th anniversary of holding SuperMeets in Las Vegas and promises to be the single largest gathering of Adobe, Avid, DaVinci Resolve and FCP X editors, gurus, digital filmmakers and content creators during the 2017 NAB Show.
The SuperMeet agenda hasn’t been announced, but will feature user driven presentations from Blackmagic Design, Adobe, HP|NVIDIA, Other World Computing, FCPWORKS and more. Rounding out the evening will be the"World Famous Raffle" where tens of thousands of dollars worth of valuable prizes will be handed out. Earlybird tickets are on sale online through March 27 for $10 each, plus a ticket fee, and $7 for students and teachers with a valid student ID.
Forklift 3.0 for macOS completely rewritten in Swift
BinaryNights has released Forklift 3.0, an update to their file manager and file transfer utility for macOS (10.11 and higher). The tool allows Mac users to connect and manage their files via FTP, SFTP, WebDAV and more.
Forklift offers a way to remotely sync, preview, and edit files. Version 3.0 has been completely rewritten in Swift. The new version offers two-way sync, dark mode, remote editing, improved search functionality, and more.
Forklift 3.0 is usually $29.95 for a single-user license; however, for a limited time, BinaryNights (http://binarynights.com/forklift/) is offering it for $19.95. A family license is available for $29.95 (usually $49.95) and a small business license is available for $49.95 (usually $99.95) during the promotion. Discounted upgrades are also available to owners of previous versions of Forklift. A demo is available for download.
Quark introduces QuarkXPress 2017
Quark has announced QuarkXPress 2017 (www.quark.com/2017), the next major release of the company’s graphic design and layout software for professional print and digital production. It’s due in the second quarter of this year.
Designers can look forward to the addition of even more wish list features, enhanced text and typography functionality, new graphics and image editing capabilities, continued digital publishing innovation, and Quark’s lifetime licensing model, according to Matthias Guenther, director of the QuarkXPress Business Unit. The new features and functionality designers will find in QuarkXPress 2017 fall into four major categories: images and vectors, typography and text, customer wish list items, and digital publishing.
QuarkXPress 2016 and 2017 support the newest three operating systems from both macOS and Windows. On the Mac platform, it supports macOS 10.10 and higher.
QuarkXPress 2017 is officially available, and Quark is offering special pre-order offers. With the...
Apple releases fourth developer beta of tvOS 10.2
Apple has posted the fourth tvOS 10.2 developer beta for testing on Apple TV. tvOS 10.2 — available at the Apple Developer Center — focuses on “new features, bug fixes, and improvements in the OS and SDK [software development kit.”
The tvOS 10.2 beta provides an accelerated scrolling feature to the Siri remote so you can scroll through lists of content faster. The OS update also adds the TV app, which is designed to offer a unified experience for discovering and accessing TV shows and movies from multiple apps on the iPhone, iPad, and Apple TV. It provides one place to access TV shows and movies, as well as a place to discover new content to watch.
What’s more, the tvOS 10.2 beta adds support for the Device Enrollment Program and support for the VideoToolbox framework, which lets people tap directly into hardware-accelerated encoding and decoding functions.
Sound Control 2 for the Mac adds per-app audio EQ, more
Static Z Software has updated Sound Control, a sound volume mixer for the Mac, to version 2. The app enables users to quickly change app volumes, as well as selectively apply a system-wide EQ to app audio.
Sound Control does this by adding a software mixer to the menu bar of your Mac. In addition to the volume mixer, Sound Control also adds a software EQ to your audio output allowing you to tailor the sound of your Mac's audio to their specific taste or to properly calibrate to the frequency response of their speakers.
New in Sound Control 2 is per-app audio EQ. This feature allows users to independently tweak the sound of their apps. Sound Control 2 also adds customizable audio routing. You can use it to reroute audio from any app to any audio device on your Mac.
A demo of Sound Control requires macOS 10.9 or higher, and costs $10. A demo can be found at Static Z Software online (http://staticz.com/soundcontrol).
CS Odessa announces free update for ConceptDraw
CS Odessa has announced a new macOS Sierra graphical user interface addition for ConceptDraw Pro. Available now in the Solution Park, the macOS solution features a tool set for developers and software product management professionals who use ConceptDraw Pro in their prototyping work.
The solution provides graphical user interface elements, user interface patterns, and application icons designed to simplify user interface likeness studies for Mac applications. ConceptDraw Office 4 is the fourth generation suite of ConceptDraw products that uses ConceptDraw InGyre4 integration technology to share data between its applications, allowing user to switch gears for different tasks more quickly.
ConceptDraw Office 4 includes ConceptDraw MindMap 9, ConceptDraw Project 8, ConceptDraw Pro 11, and the ConceptDraw Solution Park with more than 170 solutions. It works with macOS10.10 and higher.
The macOS User Interface can be downloaded from Solution Park at no charge to users of ConceptDraw Pro...
RE:Vision Effects announces RE:Lens for Nuke and Fusion Studio
RE:Vision Effects (www.revisionfx.com) has released RE:Lens, a set of tools for projection conversion and lens distortion correction. It’s designed for super-wide, fisheye, spherical, and 360 panorama workflows.
RE:Lens is available for The Foundry's Nuke, Blackmagic Design's Fusion Studio, Adobe After Effects and Adobe Premiere Pro. It straightens curved video captured with wide-angle and fisheye lenses. RE:Lens costs $189.95 for a node-locked version and $284.93 for a floating version.
Davka Corp. announces Alef Bet Schoolhouse for macOS
The Davka Corp. (www.davka.com) has announced Alef Bet Schoolhouse for the Mac. It’s an app that introduces Hebrew letter basics to children ages three and up.
Alef Bet Schoolhouse features four activities that teach pronunciation of Hebrew letters, recognition of letter shapes, the order of the Hebrew alphabet, and the differences between letters of similar appearance. The Meet the Alef Bet section displays each Hebrew letter with a picture of a word that begins with that letter, accompanied with delightful animation and audio pronunciation of the letter and word.
The Magical Alef Bet Game presents a sequence of Hebrew letters that need to be placed in their proper order. The Unscrambulator requires players to reassemble scrambled Hebrew letters into their correct shapes, while Name that Letter places different letters of similar appearance on the screen that must be identified and distinguished from one another.
Alef Bet Schoolhouse requires macOS 10.12 or higher. It costs $5.99...
New developer betas of iOS 10.3, macOS Sierra 10.12.4, watchOS 3...
Apple has released new developer betas of iOS 10.3, macOS Sierra 10.12.4, and watchOS 3.2. Developers can download the beta through the Apple Developer Center or the Software Update mechanism in the App Store.
SAP Cloud Platform SDK for iOS coming next month
SAP SE plans to deliver the SAP Cloud Platform SDK [software developer kit] for iOS on March 30, giving developers the tools for building enterprise apps for the iPhone and iPad.
Developers can now register for the SAP Academy for iOS to get the necessary training to create their own native apps. Early adopter customers have already seen improvements in their business with iOS built on SAP's platforms, according to Bernd Leukert, member of the Executive Board, SAP SE, Products & Innovation. “
"When we set out on this partnership with SAP, we knew we had an incredible opportunity to transform how people around the world work by combining the innovation and security of iOS with SAP's leadership in enterprise software,” Susan Prescott, vice president of Product Marketing, Apple, says. “We're already seeing the impact that the combination of iOS and SAP brings to businesses to enable better, more efficient and effective processes across industries. Now even more developers will be...
PDF Checkpoint can now preflight PDF document font names
Zevrix Solutions has introduced PDF Checkpoint 1.7.19, a feature update to its PDF preflight and conversion solution.
The tool automatically preflights, exports as images, splits and optimizes multiple Adobe PDF files. PDF Checkpoint can also convert the PDF document colors to specific ICC profile and helps users easily prepare their files for print, web and mobile devices. Version 1.7.19 lets users check PDF files for specific font names and adds case-insensitive keyword search.
PDF Checkpoint can be purchased on Mac App Store and Zevrix website (www.zevrix.com) for $39.95. The update is free to licensed users. A demo is available for download. PDF Checkpoint requires macOS 10.7 or higher.
VidConvert upgrade for macOS brings notifications and badges
Reggie Ashworth has announced VidConvert 1.7.2 (http://www.reggieashworth.com/vidconvert), an update to his video converter for macOS. The upgrade brings notifications and badges.
VidConvert is a video converter designed to make converting your videos simple and easy. The software will convert just about any type of video into one of many popular formats. You can create videos for your iPhone or iPad, for your Mac or TV, or formats such as DivX and MPEG. VidConvert requires macOS 10.7 or later. It costs $7.99 for a single user license. A demo which creates three-minute samples is available.
AKVIS releases macOS compatible Points 3.0
AKVIS (www.akvis.com) has released AKVIS Points 3.0., an update of the macOS-compatible software that turns digital photographs into paintings using the technique of pointillism. The new version offers an enhanced photo-to-paintings effect, updated AKVIS presets, two user interface modes, compatibility with CC 2017, and other changes.
AKVIS Points 3.0 is compatible with macOS 10.7 and higher.The product is available as a standalone application and as a plugin filter for Adobe Photoshop, Corel PaintShop Pro, and other image editors.
A Home license costs $49, a Deluxe license is $69, and a Business license is $89. One license key allows activating and using the software on two computers. AKVIS Points 3.0 is a free upgrade for recent buyers, as well for those who bought one year of updates during the last 12 months. Users, whose license isn’t valid for the new version, can get Points 3.0 for $14.95.
AppCrypt for macOS upgraded to version 3.5.0
Cisdem has updated AppCrypt for Mac, an app that gives users the ability to password protect their apps, to version 3.5.0.
It can password protect iPhoto, iTunes, Contacts, Facebook or any other applications on your Mac. To use it, you set a password and add the apps to the lock list. No one can access the protected apps unless they have the correct password. Version 3.5.0 adds a new function for blocking websites and customizing shortcuts
AppCrypt is available now at the Cisdem website (www.cisdem.com). A single license of AppCrypt costs $24.99. A license for two Macs costs $39.99 and one for five is $59.99. A demo is available for download.
MacMate revs Web Builder to version 3.1
MacMate (http://macmate.me) has launched Web Builder 3.1, an update of its macOS-compatible online app for creating websites. Users can now choose from a selection of over 3000 theme and palette combinations and add features like maps, contact forms and even a shop module with just a few clicks and no extra charges.
MacMate costs $5.99 per month. A demo is available for download.
iTunes Remote app adds support for two-factor authentication
Apple has updated the iTunes Remote app for iPhones and iPads with support for two-factor authentication when signing in for Home Sharing. It’s a free app available at the Apple App Store.
iTunes Remote lets you control iTunes from anywhere in your home. With it you can use your iOS device to connect to iTunes on your Mac or PC as if you’re in front of your computer.
Silicon Studio releases the Xenko Game Engine
Silicon Studio Corporation has announced the commercial release of its Xenko game engine (http://xenko.com), an open source engine designed for development teams of all size, from indies working on mobile games to full studios working on AAA virtual reality titles. The engine will be on display at GDC 2017 in Silicon Studio’s booth #624, and available for purchase April 2017.
Xenko was created and refined by a group of international developers working under the oversight of the Japanese studio known to game creators for its industry-standard middleware, and to gaming fans for development of the 3DS Bravely Default RPG series for Square Enix Co., said Terada Takehiko, CEO of Silicon Studio. While the engine is accessible to users of all skill levels, it’s created by developers for developers, he added.
Xenko supports the latest C#. Along with a development streamlining scene editor, a built-in prefab system and scene streaming system that allows developers to store, reuse, and review...
B-Eng gives away free Password Manager tool for Mac
B-Eng has introduced Password Manager, a free new password managing tool for macOS. It lets your organize passwords in groups with individual lists for each group, the creation of templates for both groups and entries and protection with either master password or fingerprint for Macs that support Touch ID.
Password Manager supports multi users, and lists can be exported and imported as xml-files. It also includes a customizable password generator and strong encryption. Password Manager for Mac is available on the homepage of B-Eng (http://tinyurl.com/hn3ejrg)after registering with a user name and a valid e-mail.
Comm-Unity releases CNS Barcode 2.1
CNS Plug-ins presents a new version of CNS Barcode that includes five new barcode formats that can be generated, as well as 15 new or updated file functions.
The plug-in also includes CNS Core updates like FileMaker 15 support and better thread safety, especially under FileMaker Server. CNS Barcode version 2.1 is available immediately (http://tinyurl.com/hbu642h) for both macOS and Windows.
If you purchased CNS Barcode any time after Feb. 22, 2016, you can install this latest version free of charge. If you purchased CNS Barcode any time between Feb. 22, 2015 and Feb. 21, 2016, you can renew your license for 50% off the current price. If you purchased CNS Barcode any time before Feb. 22, 2015, you can renew your license for 25% off the current price.
For new users, CNS Barcode prices range from a single-user license for $85 to a world license for $1,425 (which includes a free Server License). A server license of CNS Barcode for use with FileMaker Pro Server/Server Advanced is $775. A...
IOGEAR launches portable USB-C Dual DisplayPort Monitor Dock
IOGEAR (www.iogear.com) has launched the $99.95 USB-C Dual DisplayPort Monitor Portable Dock, which enables users to connect two DisplayPort monitors to a USB-C or Thunderbolt 3 laptop such as the 2016 MacBook Pros and MacBooks to create a dual-monitor workstation.
The plug-and-play dock connects to the USB-C port on a laptop to extend the desktop to a single 4K monitor or dual HD monitors. It’s bus-powered and features a wrap-around cable organizer for portability.
The USB-C Dual DisplayPort Monitor Portable Dock has two DisplayPort outputs to create a dual-monitor workstation. One is a USB type-A port for connecting additional peripherals such as keyboards, mice, hard drives or printers. You can also extend a MacBook or USB-C Apple laptop to one additional monitor. The USB-C Dual DisplayPort Monitor Portable Dock supports one 4K Ultra HD monitor or dual HD video monitors at full 1080p HD quality.
Jumsoft introduces the Social Media Lab
Jumsoft (http://www.jumsoft.com) has introduced Social Media Lab 1.0, its new template app for Apple’s Pages app. It offers items in four major categories.
Each category is a collection of both brand new and time-tested designs, spanning across many different styles and themes. This collection is optimized for the most popular social platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, and some of the most popular blogging services.
Social Media Lab requires macOS 10.11 or later. It costs $19.99 and is available worldwide through the Mac App Store in the Graphics & Design category
Synology releases DSM 6.1
Synology (www.synology.com) has released DiskStation Manager (DSM) 6.1 and comprehensive packages, delivering a “more secure, productive, and unified NAS experience.”
The DSM update delivers better IT efficiency with Active Directory Server, enhances performance with instant SMB server-side copy, ensures reliability with file self-healing, provides stability and security enhancements, and more. Key features of version 6.1 include: a next generation file system; active directory server, shared folder encryption, integration with Seagate’s IronWolf Health Management tool, universal search, the ability to back up files to or from a Synology NAS by simply plugging in a USB storage device, and more.
Synology DSM 6.1 is available for users who own a DiskStation, RackStation, FlashStation, or Embedded DataStation 11-series and onward.
SecuritySpy for macOS adds new PTZ controls, more
Ben Software has rolled out SecuritySpy 4.1, an update to the multi-camera CCTV software for the Mac.
With features such as motion detection, flexible video/audio capture, and remote monitoring and configuration, SecuritySpy is designed for demanding video surveillance applications. The new version — a free upgrade for 4.x license holders — provides new, joystick-like PTZ controls, a new email relay service, UPnP support for automatic router configuration, higher-resolution thumbnails for captured footage, improved ONVIF auto-discovery, and more.
Pricing depends on the number of cameras used, ranging from approximately $42 for the single-camera version to $90 for the unlimited-camera version. SecuritySpy supports macOS 10.5 or higher. A 30-day fully-featured trial of SecuritySpy is available for download (www.bensoftware.com).
Apple Park to open in April
Apple says that Apple Park, the company’s new 175-acre campus, will be ready for employees to begin occupying in April. The process of moving more than 12,000 people will take over six months, and construction of the buildings and parklands is scheduled to continue through the summer.
Envisioned by Steve Jobs as a center for creativity and collaboration, Apple Park is transforming miles of asphalt sprawl into a haven of green space in the heart of the Santa Clara Valley, according to CEO Tim Cook. The campus’ ring-shaped, 2.8 million-square-foot main building is clad entirely in the world’s largest panels of curved glass.
Jobs would have turned 62 this Friday, Feb. 24. To honor his memory and his enduring influence on Apple and the world, the theater at Apple Park will be named the Steve Jobs Theater. Opening later this year, the entrance to the 1,000-seat auditorium is a 20-foot-tall glass cylinder, 165 feet in diameter, supporting a metallic carbon-fiber roof. The Steve Jobs Theater...