QuickerTek releases OS X Yosemite 802.11ac drivers
QuickerTek has posted Mac OS X Yosemite software drivers for its AcNano and AcQuicky USB Wifi devices. This software enables users of older Apple MacBooks to take advantage of the latest wireless technology.
An USB device allows older Macs to have the same quicker 802.11ac networking built into the latest Macs. The Yosemite drivers work with a variety of wireless network equipment, including wireless access points from Dlink, NetGear and others.
The AcNano and AcQuicky USB Wifi device drivers can be freely downloaded from QuickerTek online (www.quickertek.com).
AstoundSound gaming plug-ins for Unity3D released
Astound Holdings (http://tinyurl.com/n6ly7o8) says its new suite of gaming plug-ins are now available on the Unity Asset Store for game developers.
The AstoundSound 3D spatial audio technology software core powers the plug-ins with two solutions: AstoundSound 3D RTI and AstoundSound Expander available for Mac OS X, iOS, Windows, Android, and Linux platforms. The plug-ins provide 3D audio spatialization for all types of games (2D and 3D) including VR, first person shooters, third person shooters, and more.
Robots and Pencils releases Jeff, a GIF creating Mac app
Robots and Pencils has released Jeff (https://robotsandpencils.com/jeff/), a Mac OS X Yosemite app that allows users to record their screen as a GIF and share it anywhere with Dropbox.
You can drag and expand Jeff to any size. After recording, the app will automatically upload a GIF to the user's Dropbox and create a link. The GIF can then be shared by pasting the link.
Jeff requires OS X Yosemite or later. It's available for US$9.99 at the Mac App Store in the Productivity category and is free for not-for-profit organizations.
Twocanoes Labs announces Bleu Station Series 200 beacons
Twocanoes Labs has released their next-generation iBeacon technology, Bleu Station Series 200. Features include over-the-air firmware update capability, LED visual status indicator, encryption and reset button.
Bleu Station beacons include certified AC power adapter, meaning no battery maintenance is required. Bleu Station beacons are fully compliant with Apple's iBeacon performance standard and are available now on the Twocanoes Store.
The Bleu Station Beacon Series 200, Bleu Proximity Starter Kit and free apps are available at Twocanoes Software and Labs online (www.twocanoes.com).
OmniGraffle 6.1 adopts Yosemite's style suggestions
The Omni Group has updated OmniGraffle (http://omnigroup.com/omnigraffle/), its software for creating graphics, to version 6.1. The upgrade improves the app's performance and adopts Mac OS X Yosemite's new style suggestions.
Version 6.1 also improves and expands on the Inspector feature by making it completely customizable. You can switch between the sidebar, floating inspectors, and palettes—where you can snap off and combine groups to create different combinations.
What's more OmniGraffle 6.1 includes new stroke options, fill effects, and blending modes. Blur, pixelate, magnify content behind objects, and add inner or outer strokes to shapes. The stencil sidebar now includes search results from Stenciltown.
The 6.1 update is a free update for registered users. For new users the cost is US$99.99 for the standard version and $199.99 for the pro version. It's available at the Omni Group web site and the Mac App Store.
Apple says it's unaware of any users affected by '...
Apple says it's unaware of any iOS users affected by the so-called "Masque Attack."
Masque Attack was discovered and described by FireEye mobile security researchers (http://tinyurl.com/l96l7yp). This attack purportedly works by luring users to install an app from a source other than the iOS App Store or their organizations’ provisioning system. In order for the attack to succeed, a user must install an untrusted app, such as one delivered through a phishing link.
In a statement to iMore (http://tinyurl.com/pyz6ccg) Apple says: "We designed OS X and iOS with built-in security safeguards to help protect customers and warn them before installing potentially malicious software. We're not aware of any customers that have actually been affected by this attack. We encourage customers to only download from trusted sources like the App Store and to pay attention to any warnings as they download apps. Enterprise users installing custom apps should install apps from their company's secure...
Logo Pop Free for Mac OS X updated to version 1.1
128bit Technologies (www.macappware.com) has introduced Logo Pop Free 1.1, an update of its vector-based logo design app for Mac OS X 10.6.6 or higher. It's available at the Mac App Store for free.
Logo Pop Free 1.1 adds tutorials in the Help menu, and Imperial Grid and Metric Grid options in the View menu. Now drawing on the canvas will automatically select Fill or Stroke in the Edit Inspector to quickly make adjustments.
Logo Pop Free allows you to create a professional looking vector based logo, then use it online or in print with support for all popular image formats including transparent PNGs. You can use your logo on websites, business cards, letterhead, merchandise, social media, product packaging, gravatars, profile pictures, or any other branding or marketing piece.
Kenu launches compact tripod for iPhones
Kenu.com has launched the US$29.95 Stance, a compact tripod for iPhones. It mounts directly into the Apple smartphone's Lightning port using the "MicroMount."
The Stance weighs 1.2 ounces and is smaller than a pack of gum. Non-slip feet and premium zinc-alloy construction create a stable base. A ball-and-pivot joint lets the phone tilt and rotate freely.
With the legs folded flat, the Stance positions your iPhone for watching videos or taking pictures in landscape mode. If you’re ready to unplug, Stance even has a bottle opener built into one of the legs.
Prizmo 3 gets a Yosemite-ready, revamped user interface
Creaceed (www.creaceed.com) has released Prizmo 3, an update of its Mac OS X application for scanning everything thanks to a digital camera. The upgrade adds Mac OS X Yosemite support.
The app's revamped user interface taking advantage of Yosemite's translucency and vibrancy. It supports Handoff so you can switch from editing Prizmo documents on one device to another, with Mac, iPhone, and iPad support.
Prizmo image cropping and cleanup capabilities are now exposed globally to other apps as an image editing extension. The software's OCR capabilities are now made available throughout OS X, as an extension. Textual contents can be retrieved from any image in other apps that support extensions (image viewing action).
Prizmo 3 offers support for third-party exports: it can now invoke third-party export options (cloud storage, email clients, social networks, etc.) that have been installed on the system. It also offers improved image processing, better image clean-up features, and improved...
StarTech announces new Thunderbolt adapters
StarTech has announced the upcoming release of two new Thunderbolt adapters, including a Thunderbolt to Gigabit Ethernet and USB 3.0 Adapter (TB2USB3GE) and a Thunderbolt to eSATA and USB 3.0 Adapter (TB2USB3ES).
The new adapters enable users to harness the speed and reliability of Thunderbolt, to add two essential connection ports to their MacBook or Thunderbolt-equipped laptop through a single host connection, says Carey Cline, senior product manager for StarTech.com. They offer full-speed connections from each of the ports provided, avoiding connection bottlenecks, even when both ports are in use, Cline adds.
The manufacturer's suggested retail price for the Thunderbolt to Gigabit Ethernet and USB 3.0 Adapter and Thunderbolt to eSATA and USB 3.0 Adapter is US$127.99. These products will be available at CDW, Amazon.com, Newegg.com, PC Connection, and Insight and will be distributed by Ingram Micro, SYNNEX, Tech Data, D&H and ASI.
iOS users should beware a 'Masque Attack'
A malware technique labeled "Masque Attack" allows an attacker to substitute malware for a legitimate iOS app under a limited set of circumstances. It affects OS devices running iOS 7.1.1, 7.1.2, 8.0, 8.1, and 8.1.1 beta.
Masque Attack was discovered and described by FireEye mobile security researchers (http://tinyurl.com/l96l7yp). This attack works by luring users to install an app from a source other than the iOS App Store or their organizations’ provisioning system. In order for the attack to succeed, a user must install an untrusted app, such as one delivered through a phishing link.
This technique takes advantage of a security weakness that allows an untrusted app—with the same "bundle identifier" as that of a legitimate app—to replace the legitimate app on an affected device, while keeping all of the user’s data. This vulnerability exists because iOS does not enforce matching certificates for apps with the same bundle identifier. Apple’s own iOS platform apps, such as Mobile...
Apple drops support for third-party SSDs in Yosemite
If you're using running a Mac that uses a third-party SSD, then upgrading to OS X Yosemite "will leave you in a world of hurt as Apple drops support for third-party SSDs," reports ZDNet (http://tinyurl.com/nrxxltm).
According to Cindori Software, makers of the popular utility Trim Enabler, the issue involves a newly introduced security feature called kext signing. A kext is an OS X kernel extension, or a driver. Enabling TRIM is one of the best ways to maximize the life of a solid-state drive, but OS X doesn't support it out-of-the-box except for Apple's own drives, but until now it has been possible to enable it by altering drivers.
"Kext signing basically works by checking if all the drivers in the system are unaltered by a third party, or approved by Apple," Cindori Software writes (http://tinyurl.com/ojmjmc4) on its blog. "If they have been modified, Yosemite will no longer load the driver. This is a means of enforcing security, but also a way for Apple to control what hardware...
Apple stock hits new high
Apple stock jumped nearly 2% to 113.45, a new high, in morning trading on the stock market today, reports Investors.com (http://tinyurl.com/qd7rnvr). In late-morning trading Thursday, Apple stock was trading just below that intraday high.
Apple analysts generally are bullish about the company's prospects for the holiday shopping season, given the company's refreshed lineup of iPhones and iPad, the article adds. This is also the first Christmas with premium headphone maker Beats Electronics under Apple ownership.
SanDisk releases flash drive for the iPhone, iPad
SanDisk Corp. has announced the iXpand Flash Drive, the company's first USB Flash Drive designed specifically for iPhone and iPad.
"According to IDC, nearly three-quarters of all images are now captured on smartphones and tablets," says Dinesh Bahal, vice president, product marketing, SanDisk. "With this significant increase in mobile-generated content, consumers are looking for easy ways to manage it all. In fact, our research shows that 82% of U.S. smartphone users find transferring photos, videos, music and other files to be very important to them2. We created the iXpand Flash Drive to offer consumers a quick and safe way to move their favorite content between devices so it's available when and where they want it."
The iXpand Flash Drive transfers photos and videos from an iPhone or iPad to a Mac or PC without cables, Internet connections, or bandwidth limitations. In addition, it maintains the original photo or video resolution quality.
The iXpand sync app is free at the Apple App...
SuperTab is ready for Mac OS X Yosemite
SpriTec Software has launched SuperTab 1.2 (http://www.supertab.me/SuperTab.html), an upgrade to its Mac OS X (10.8 and higher) utility app that enhances and extends the Mac's built-in Command-Tab Application Switcher. The new version adds a Download Manager and support for Mac OS X Yosemite
Before SuperTab, the App Switcher only gave Mac users access to their currently active apps. The SpriTec utility gives Mac users such instant "Command-Tab" access.
SuperTab is free to download and install and is fully-functional for 30 days. After 30 days, it remains fully-functional but will occasionally ask users to register. To celebrate the release of version 1.2, SuperTab is available at a 50%-off sale price of US$10 through Jan. 15, 2015.
Better Finder Attributes ready for Mac OS X Yosemite
Publicspace.net has updated its A Better Finder Attributes utility (http://tinyurl.com/ana4k) -- which can change Finder attributes, such as creation and modification dates -- to version 5.28. The new version features a major user interface refresh for Mac OS X Yosemite.
A Better Finder Attributes requires Mac OS X 10.7 or higher. It costs US$14.95; business and enterprises licensing is available. The app is also available at the Mac App Store under the name File MultiTool 5.
EditShare announces Flow 3.2
EditShare has announced version 3.2 of Flow, the company’s media asset management platform.
The upgrade boasts a score of new features including support for industry-standard 4K codecs; unique file upload and download capabilities that expand the remote collaboration power of AirFlow, the web-based portal into Flow; and new, fully-automated transcoding and delivery options. Fully integrated with EditShare shared storage (XStream, XStream EFS, Energy, Field and Ultra) and archiving (Ark) products, Flow provides an end-to-end workflow solution, from baseband SDI and file-based ingest with transcoding to asset logging, browsing and retrieval of content on EditShare media spaces and archives.
Its integrated production tools provide fast shot selection, rough cuts and preview of media with associated metadata from standard desktop systems connected to an EditShare network. Go to http://tinyurl.com/l4uyr4l for more information.
CS Odessa introduces ConceptDraw Office 3 for Mac, Windows
CS Odessa has announced ConceptDraw Office 3 (http://tinyurl.com/nsnf9ny), the next generation of its business/productivity suite that features three integrated products: ConceptDraw PRO, ConceptDraw MINDMAP and ConceptDraw PROJECT for, respectively, diagramming, mind mapping, and project management.
ConceptDraw PRO 10 now allows for the import/export of native format Visio 2013 files, new connector-types, and improved performance. ConceptDraw MINDMAP 8 now includes hi-res images, an improved presentation mode, and task/email integration. ConceptDraw PROJECT 7 has had a major makeover that improves functionality and interoperability, imports/exports MS Excel files, and you can even import/export MS Project files, facilitating project collaboration.
ConceptDraw Office 3 is compatible with Mac OS X and Microsoft Windows. It retails for US$499. The three apps are each available individually for $199.
Apple's Beats unveils Bluetooth Solo2 wireless headphones
Beats by Dr. Dre (http://www.beatsbydre.com), the audio brand co-founded by Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine and acquired by Apple in July 2014, says it will be expanding its offering of wireless products with the launch of the new Solo2 Wireless on-ear headphones.
Solo2 Wireless offers the same dynamic sound and streamlined design as Solo2, but with the added benefit of wireless capabilities, according to Beats President Luke Wood. With its Bluetooth technology, Solo2 Wireless can move freely for up to 30 feet from your audio device.
You can take phone calls, skip songs, and change the volume using the "b" button and volume buttons on the ear cup. The Solo2 Wireless' rechargeable battery purportedly allows you to enjoy up to 12 hours of wireless playback. Not charged? Not a problem. Just plug in the provided RemoteTalk cable and enjoy your music.
The Solo2 Wireless retails for US$299.95 and will be available this month at Apple.com and select retailers. Go to BeatsbyDre.com to be notified...
HARMAN announces iOS compatible JBL Horizon clock radio
HARMAN International Industries has announced JBL’s Horizon (www.JBL.com), an US$99.99 clock radio with JBL stereo sound and ambient light. It can also your phone, tablet, or wearable devices.
JBL’s Horizon clock radio delivers stereo sound enriched with the multi-sensory ambient glow of LED lights, says Michael Mauser, president of HARMAN Lifestyle. Two separate alarms, customizable for you or your partner, wake you to one of several original digital alarm tones, the FM station of your choice, or music from your smartphone.
The Horizon sports five programmable FM radio presets and Bluetooth to stream your music wirelessly from any Bluetooth phone or tablet. If you choose, you can even wake up to a traditional buzzer.
The JBL Horizon features a compact design that fits in on any nightstand or kitchen shelf. The LCD clock display has a built-in light sensor to automatically adjust the brightness according to the light in the room. Two USB ports allow you to charge your phones, tablets...
Addonics announces 5-IN-3 Drive Chassis
Addonics Technologies (www.addonics.com) has announced the US$49Addonics 5-IN-3 Drive Chassis, a storage solution that lets you increase the density of storage devices in a small space.
The new product features a drive bracket that enables users to install up to five 3.5-inch drives into many desktop computers, servers or rack mount systems via three standard 5.25-inch drive bays. The 5-IN-3 Drive Chassis increases by 67% the total number of 3.5" storage devices that can be installed into multi-bay storage chassis or systems with three or more 5.25-inch drive bays.
For example, on the Addonics Storage Tower III that has three 5.25-inch drive bays, as many as ten hard drives can be installed by mounting five, instead of three, 2.5-inch Double Snap-In drives into the 5-IN-3 Drive Chassis.
Pixeljam launches Glorkian Warrior in the Mac App Store
Pixeljam Games (http://www.pixeljam.com) has introduced Glorkian Warrior: The Trials of Glork for Mac OS X, a collaboration with comic book artist James Kochalka. It requires Mac OS X 10.6 or later and is available for US$3.99 at the Mac Game Store in the Games category.
Here's how the game is described: "Glorkian Warrior is a unique hybrid of Galaga-style shoot 'em up, simple platforming action and Saturday morning cartoon. Help Glorkian Warrior defend his asteroid against an endless onslaught of alien invaders, and be prepared for somewhat unexpected results! This game offers a wicked arsenal of weapons, powerups and much more."
Grid Connect introduces smart outlet with Apple HomeKit...
A new connected outlet that integrates with Apple HomeKit is now available for pre-order (www.connectsense.com/preorder) from Grid Connect.
The ConnectSense Smart Outlet features two Internet-connected electrical sockets that enable users to control devices plugged into them using an iPhone app, other Apple HomeKit-enabled devices or by voice command via Siri, Apple's voice controlled "personal digital assistant." As part of its iOS 8 SDK [software developer kit], Apple offers HomeKit, which delivers a common protocol, secure pairing and the ability to control individual or groups of devices throughout the house.
The Smart Outlet plugs into any standard North American electrical outlet, and enables users to automate their home by setting up rules, notifications and schedules. It allows users to control and monitor just about any device that plugs in, including lights, heat, fans, air conditioners, televisions, coffee machines, dishwashers, ovens, washing machines/dryers and many...
Prosoft says its Hear sound enhancement software is ready for OS...
Prosoft Engineering says its US$19.99 Hear sound enhancement software is ready for OS X Yosemite. It's also optimized to support more apps.
Hear is an app designed to improve the sound quality of the internal or external speakers on you computer. It offers an array of settings. A 30-day demo is available at the Prosoft website (www.prosofteng.com).
Tidy Up revved for Mac OS X Yosemite
Hyperbolic Software (http://www.hyperbolicsoftware.com/) has announced Tidy Up 4.0, the latest version of the duplicate finder and disk tidying utility. The upgrade features an updated interface and more. It's also ready for Mac OS X Yosemite.
Tidy Up locates duplicate items using a wide range of criteria including owner application, time created or modified, name, label, extension and content. Version 4.0 features include: a search engine completely rewritten using the latest OS X technologies; 64-bit compliance; a new view by duplicate group; a new Quick "Auto check" feature; and new Smart Search methods.
Version 4.0 of Tidy Up requires Mac OS X 10.8 or greater. For a limited time, it's on sale for US$30 (normally it's $39). Upgrades from version 3.x are $20.
Atmosphere intelligence company launches developer program
Cumulonimbus has announced its exclusive Founding Developer program today for its app, PressureNet.
The peer-to-peer weather forecasting and data platform seeks 10 experienced developers to join its exclusive group. PressureNet is an atmosphere data and software intelligence company with a mission to dramatically improve weather and climate forecasting.
"As we further built-out our app, we want to invite just a handful of top-notch developers to work with us on this scientific app," says Jacob Sheehy, CEO and Co-Founder of PressureNet. "Since we will be choosing just 10 people to be part of our Founding Developers program, this will be a great opportunity for developers to showcase their skills and gain recognition in the community."
Utilizing smart phone sensors to garner data and create better forecasts, the PressureNet app developers will build one of the largest live atmosphere observation networks in the world, he adds. Developers will help create an open source iOS PressureNet...
15 new fonts added to the Free Fonts - Christmas Collection
128bit Technologies (http://www.macappware.com) has released Free Fonts - Christmas Collection 2.0, an update to their holiday collection of free fonts available on the Mac App Store.
Fifteen new royalty free fonts have been added to the original collection, bringing the total number of Christmas fonts to 40. All are in OpenType font format, and can be used for any personal and business project.
Free Fonts - Christmas Collection requires Mac OS X 10.6 or later. It's free and available worldwide through the Mac App Store in the Graphics & Design category.
ChapterWork now available in the Mac App Store
einstein's legacy (http://www.einsteinslegacy.com) has released ChapterWork, a Mac OS X utility for working with chapter tracks and markers in your digital movies.
Built on Apple's AVFoundation technology, ChapterWork frees is designed to free users from using labor-intensive text-based tools and provides a simple and effective graphic interface for creating, updating and internationalizing chapter tracks in your movies, according to the folks at einstein's legacy. ChapterWork allows you to share the completed output movie via e-mail or using Internet services.
ChapterWork requires Mac OS X 10.9 or higher. It's available for US$19.99 from the Mac App Store (in the Video category).
Panolapse expands Mac OS X tools for timelapse photographers
Panolapse (http://www.panolapse360.com/) has expanded its timelapse software for Mac OS X and Windows with advanced features to support professional photographers.
Panolapse, a program which simulates camera motion using software-based perspective-correction, has introduced the RAWBlend feature for creating smooth transitions of light and color over time to assist in difficult time-lapse sequences (such as sunrise or sunset time-lapses). The update also introduces tools for deflickering, animating panoramas, and auto-exposure.
The deflicker tool enhances smoothness of a video sequence by analyzing pixel-level brightness of each image, and then averaging out the brightness of each frame over time. Panolapse has also added support for animating 360-degrees equirectangular panoramic image files, enhancing its movement simulation capabilities.
Panolapse is free to download with output support up to 1280x720 HD resolution. The full version supports 4K resolution and higher.
Apple, Alibaba Group may be teaming up for a payment alliance
A payment alliance between Apple and the Alibaba Group Holding, a Chinese e-commerce company, is in the works, according The Wall Street Journal (http://tinyurl.com/p4lwshr). Apple Pay may be embedded in Alipay, Alibab's payment system, to operate in mainland China.
This could help tackle policy issues. In return, Apple may help Alibaba expand its business in the US. Apple and Alibaba are currently discussing the specifics of a possible partnership, says the WSJ.
"One possible scenario is for Alibaba’s financial affiliate, which owns the Alipay electronic-payment business in China, to provide back-end services for Apple’s Apple Pay payment system, allowing iPhone users to pay with Apple Pay using the money from their Alipay accounts," the article adds.
World Clock is ready for Mac OS X Yosemite
Komarov Mobile (http://www.komarov.mobi/) has updated World Clock, their Mac OS X app that lets users convert one or multiple time zones with a simple flick or add events to their calendar with a single tap, to version 1.2.
The update features support for OS X Yosemite. It also provides users with: at-a-glance time data; an interactive widget for "Today's View," an updated look/feel; a faster way to add cities and time zones, an arrow identifying current location, and more.
World Clock works with Mac OS X 10.9 or higher. It costs US$4.99 and is available worldwide through the Mac App Store in the Utilities category.
Yummy Software releases Yummy FTP 1.10.1 for Mac OS X
Yummy Software (http://www.yummysoftware.com/) has released Yummy FTP 1.10.1, an update to their FTP + SFTP + FTPS file transfer client for OS X. It's a maintenance upgrade.
Its multi-connection file transfer engine is coupled with an "intelligent" recovery system to automatically handle most file transfer issues. This is complemented by a dual pane user interface
Yummy FTP requires Mac OS X 10.5.8 or later. It costs US$14.99 and is available directly from Yummy Software, or from the Mac App Store in the Productivity category. Upgrades cost $10. Customers who purchased since Aug. 1, 2014, can obtain a free upgrade.
Accordance Bible software updated to version 11
Accordance Bible Software (http://www.accordancebible.com) has released Accordance 11, a major upgrade of its Bible study software for Mac and Windows computers. David Lang, vice president of development, says it includes the following new features:
° A new Research Tab (replaces Search All) designed to make it easy to see which results are most relevant to your study;
° A new Info Pane that dynamically displays which commentaries from your Accordance Library are most relevant to your passage along with other content.
° A new Quick Entry feature that begins suggesting terms as soon as you start typing in a search field;
° User notes now support Unicode content and can be applied to any title in your Accordance Library;
° Improved library organization brings over 20 distinct categories for organizing your personal Accordance Library;;
° Bookmarks can now be placed on any title in Accordance and are synced to other devices via Dropbox;
° Remember My Place allows you to pick up reading...
Apple selling Nova iPhone flash in its stores
Apple is now officially selling Nova (www.novaphotos.com), the first wireless, Bluetooth flash for the iPhone.The accessory is available online at the Apple Store and will be available at select Apple stores in the U.S. and Canada later this month.
Nova is an US$59 peripheral that fits in a wallet and can go everywhere your iPhone does. It sports a Bluetooth connection and purportedly packs 10 times the number of LEDs as alternative options to provide greater control over photos.
Nova lets you position and angle the light where you need it. It also offers a custom option to select from cool to warm and soft to bright light using 40 LEDs set behind a built in diffuser.
Money ready for Mac OS X Yosemite
Jumsoft (http://www.jumsoft.com) has upgraded Money, its finance and budgeting application for Mac OS X, to version 4.6 features a number of interface and functionality improvements designed for full compatibility with OS X Yosemite.
Money provides small businesses and home users with a tool to track their finances. Version 4.6 includes various fixes of the CSV export functionality, improved data downloads from Bank of America, French localization improvements, and other minor fixes and refinements.
Money requires Mac OS X 10.7 or higher. It costs US$38.99 and is available worldwide through the Mac App Store in the Finance category.
Bare Bones Software has released BBEdit 11.0.1
Bare Bones Software has released BBEdit 11.0.1, a maintenance upgrade to its professional strength HTML and text editor. The update builds on a modernized foundation with newly overhauled systems for Find Differences, Clippings, and syntax coloring. Plus, it adds dozens of enhancements and new features.
In total, BBEdit 11 includes more than 200 additions and refinements to this award-winning HTML and text editor. For example, the new Find Differences workflow provides a more efficient single-window presentation of results for both file and folder comparisons, says Rich Siegel, founder and CEO of Bare Bones Software. A new sidebar for folder comparisons identifies mismatched files and makes easy the process of copying files to bring two differing folders into harmony, he adds.
BBEdit 11.0.1 requires Mac OS X 10.8.5 or later. This update is free
of charge to all BBEdit 11 customers. For more information on BBEdit, or to download a fully functional demo version, go to http://www....
Audio Switcher for OS X gets re-configured preferences...
Spike Software (http://www.spikesoft.net) has launched Audio Switcher 2.0.3, a Mac OS X utility that allows you to switch your audio input and output between different audio devices.
Automatically detecting when your audio devices are connected or disconnected, the tool resides in the Status Bar. Version 2.0.3 introduces a re-configured preferences management system, improved auto-launch support and a few bug fixes.
Audio Switcher requires OS X 10.7 or later and costs US$4.99. It's available at the Mac App Store in the Utilities category. Current users can receive the free 2.0.3 update via the Mac Store.
Imation launches the LINK Power Drive for the iPhone
Imation (www.imation.com) has launched the LINK Power Drive. The new device brings flash storage and battery-charging capabilities together in a single unit for the iPhone and other iOS devices.
The Imation LINK Power Drive offers a charging source for someone on the go. Its 3,000 mAh-rechargeable battery refreshes the iPhone and iPod touch, saving users the hassle of locating power outlets, says Toshi Hokari, executive director, marketing and product development, Imation.
In addition, it provides the added convenience—even while recharging—of streaming photos, videos and music to and from an iPhone and the Imation LINK Power Drive. With its light weight and compact size, the drive fits easily in a bag or purse.
The Imation LINK Power Drive will be available in the U.S. this month in 16GB, 32GB and 64GB capacities for the anticipated retail price of US$99.99 (16GB), $119.99 (32GB) and $149.99( 64GB).
iOS improves in the latest Good Mobility Index Report
Good Technology, which specializes in secure mobility, has announced key findings from the "Q3 2014 Good Mobility Index Report" (http://tinyurl.com/muccoz4). This quarter, the rise in custom app development catapulted this category from the fourth most activated app category to number one on the Good Dynamics Secure Mobility Platform.
This quarter, Apple's iOS reversed its decline in activations from quarter two, picking up two percentage points, representing 69% of all activations. The release of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus accounted for this gain. Additionally, the report findings showed that iPhone 6 outpaced iPhone 6 Plus in its first partial month, representing 85% of these new devices to be activated.
This quarter’s Mobility Index Report confirms enterprises are moving to secure app-to-app workflows, enabling organizations to transform their businesses, while protecting sensitive corporate data with the industry’s most widely deployed secure mobility platform and container...
AppleXsoft File Recovery gets new wizard interface, more
AppleXsoft Software has cooked up a new version of AppleXsoft File Recovery, a do-it-yourself recovery software tool for Mac OS X. Version 188.8.131.52 has a completely new wizard interface.
It also sports a reconstructed recovery engine, plus advanced tools such as SMART, Bad Block Diagnostics, Imaging tools, Disk Copy, E-Mail Recovery, Hex Viewer, and etc. The data recovery can be completely controlled due to flexible parameter settings.
The new version of the software sells for $99.95. It's available at http://tinyurl.com/l5z6xw8 .
Power APP has released Disk Cleaner! with data analysis for Mac...
Power APP (http://www.powerapp.ch) has introduced Disk Cleaner! 1.0 for OS X, a Mac app to clean the hard disk from leftovers and unnecessary files.
It can "intelligently" detect and remove browser cache files for all modern browsers. Disk Cleaner! can remove application, caches, old log files, browser preview images and more.
The app requires Mac OS X 10.10 or later. It costs US$2.99 and is available worldwide exclusively through the Mac App Store in the Utilities category.
Noizio is ambient sound setting utility for Mac OS X
Noizio (http://www.noiz.io) has released its self-titled app for Mac OS X. The software is designed to drown out the noise of the street and allow you to concentrate on the work at hand.
On the other hand, it can also set the mood for a romantic evening or lull you to sleep, according to the folks at Noizio. It sports an ambient sound equalizer for creating a mixture of ambient sounds.
Noizio comes with eight ambient sounds: Coffee Shop, Thunder, Rain, Fire Crackle, Crash of Waved, Gusts of Wind, Sunny Outdoors, and Crickets in the Night. It requires OS X 10.7 or later. Noizio is free and available worldwide exclusively through the Mac App Store in the Music category.
Synology releases DiskStation Manager 5.1
Synology has released DiskStation Manager (DSM) 5.1, the latest version of its NAS operating system. According to CEO Alex Wang, some of the improvemnts include:
° Comprehensive security measures: Security Advisor analyses system settings, password strength, network preferences and removes known malware. In addition, AppArmor blocks malicious programs from accessing unauthorized system resources, while packages can now be digitally signed to avoid any use of tampered executable.
° Increased productivity: Proxy Server speeds up Internet browsing while securing the network thanks to its various caching, filtering, and authentication options. File Station can now connect to a remote FTP or WebDAV server. The new CardDav servers allows contact synchronisation among compatible devices.
° More integrated cloud: Data can be synced with more public cloud including OneDrive, Box and hubiC. Cloud Sync and all Cloud Station’s client software allow users to select which folders, file types and...
IDC confirms that Mac has 13% of U.S. market share
The IDC (www.idc.com) research group has confirmed its preliminary personal computer shipment numbers released last month, confirming that the Mac hit its highest ever share of the U.S. market at 13%.
Apple regained the place in lost to Lenovo in April moving back into third place behind HP at 28% and Dell with 24%. Rounding out the top five are Lenovo and Toshiba.
Ring Menu for Mac touted as a Dock replacement
The Ring Menu application for Mac can now be downloaded from the Mac App Store. It adds a circular menu containing apps, files and folders around the mouse cursor that responds to trackpad gestures and keyboard shortcuts.
Ring Menu also introduces a new gesture to the trackpad of your Mac: the three finger rest. Put three fingers next to each other on the trackpad for a short period of time and the Ring Menu will appear around the mouse cursor. Several other gestures as well as the option to open Ring Menu using keyboard shortcuts are also available.
The menu can be easily customized using drag and drop to add new apps, files and folders or to reorder the current menu items, says its developer, Daniel Schroth. Ring Menu comes in six different colors to match any wallpaper and taste. It features a dynamic item zoom that magnifies the items under your mouse cursor.
Ring Menu requires OS X 10.9 or later. It's free and available at athe Mac App Store in the Utilities category.
CuteDJ for Mac OS X gets over 20 new features
CuteDJPro (http://www.cutedjpro.com/) has rolled the latest version (4.3.0) of CuteDJ, its DJ mixing software. The upgrade boasts over 20 new features.
The software is available for Mac OS X 10.7 or higher. It's being offered at US$99.95 for a limited time.
BatchOutput XLS revved for Mac OS X Yosemite
Zevrix Solutions (www.zevrix.com) has rolled out BatchOutput XLS 2.2.2, an update to its output automation solution for Microsoft Excel on Mac OS X.
In addition to batch printing and exporting, the software lets users carry out automated professional PDF production directly from Excel eliminating the need for time consuming post-processing. The new version is compatible with Mac OS X 10.10 Yosemite and addresses some stability and performance issues.
BatchOutput XLS can be purchased for US$39.95 from the Zevrix website, as well as from authorized resellers. A demo is available for download.
QuartzCode ready for Mac OS X Yosemite
Wan Ahmad Lutfi has introduced QuartzCode 1.1 (http://www.quartzcodeapp.com), an update to its code generator tool for Mac OS X.
It's an animation tool that turns vector drawings and animation into Objective C code. Version 1.1 adds support for Mac OS X Yosemite and Apple's Swift programming language.
With QuartzCode, developers and designers can create new or use existing assets and transform them into complex animations without writing code. Supporting Core Animation and UIView block-based code generation, QuartzCode is readable and can be modified in real-time.
It requires Mac OS X Mavericks or later. It's available at the Mac App Store in the Developer Tools category for US$69.99 for a limited time (it's normally $99).
GhostReader for Mac OS X adds speech tags, automatic language...
ConvenienceWare has developed GhostReader 2.0, an update to the text-to-speech solution to read texts aloud on your Mac. Offering full playback control, zoom, a pronunciation editor and word highlighting, it can be used with a variety of text formats including PDF, Word, plain text and RTF documents and texts can be converted into audio files.
GhostReader is now available in two versions: GhostReader and GhostReader Plus. The Plus version adds speech tags and automatic language detection on top of the GhostReader feature set. Tags can be used to define each word, sentence or paragraph to have its own voice and speech characteristics.
GhostReader can be used with Apple's built-in voices, or with the Infovox iVox voices. Infovox iVox offers natural-sounding voices in over 30 languages, including children's voices and character and specialty voices for fun and humor.
GhostReader requires OS X 10.9 or later. GhostReader 2.0 and GhostReader Plus 2.0 are exclusively available through the...
Markzware releases MarkzTools for InDesign with special...
Markzware (www.markzware.com) has released MarkzTools for InDesign, an InDesign plug-in that allows users to open a higher version of an InDesign document in a lower version.
For instance, an InDesign CS6 user of MarkzTools for InDesign can open an InDesign CC (Creative Cloud) or CC 2014 document. MarkzTools for InDesign takes the guesswork out of working with Adobe InDesign documents created in varying versions and releases. This includes InDesign CS5, CS5.5, CS6, CC, and CC 2014.
MarkzTools for InDesign requires Mac OS X 10.6.8 or higher and one of these Adobe InDesign host applications: Adobe InDesign CS6 Mac, Adobe InDesign CS5.5 Mac, or Adobe InDesign CS5 Mac. A Subscription Bundle is immediately available and entitles users to use MarkzTools for InDesign for a full year from the purchase date. Prior to the end of the year’s subscription, Markzware’s Loyalty Program will prompt users to renew their subscriptions at a discounted rate.