Virtual TimeClock for Mac OS X ticks to version 14
Virtual TimeClock 14 has been released by Redcort Software. The upgrade sports a streamlined interface.
Version 14 has been optimized for notebooks, tablets, and touch screens with new administrative features that facilitate monitoring time worked with enhanced timecard editing, integrated configuration options, and more. According to Keith DeLong, CEO of Redcort Software, it also adds a number of customer requested administrative features.
Virtual TimeClock software for Macintosh and Windows PC computers starts at US$99 Annual software maintenance and support as well as discounted upgrade pricing is available. Full pricing details are available at http://www.redcort.com/ . A demo is available for download.
Scannerz Lite for Mac OS X revved to version 1.7
Software and Computer System Company has released Scannerz Lite 1.7 for Mac OS X. The new version shares some of the new features that were integrated into Scannerz 1.7.
Scannerz Lite is an abbreviated, low cost version of the company's main product, Scanners. It can detect bad sectors or blocks on an SSD, weak sectors on a hard drive, and also detect potential timing problems with the system.
Scannerz Lite works with Mac OS X 10.5 and higher. It costs US$21.95. Go to http://tinyurl.com/nehszny for more info.
Muse Templates Pro Company presents new Adobe Muse templates,...
Muse Templates Pro Company has released new Adobe Muse templates and widgets. The templates provide the unique design for websites that are created with Adobe Muse software; widgets even more enhancing of Adobe Muse websites.
Muse Templates has introduced three new Adobe Muse templates (Aesthetic, Stream and Pizza) and three new Muse widgets (Team Panel, Photography Box, and Photography Slideshow). All can be downloaded separately, or purchased all at once as part of Muse Templates Pack.
Adobe Muse templates and widgets are available on the Muse Templates Pro Company's website (http://www.musetemplatespro.com). The Muse Templates Pack is priced at US$19.99. Every template can be purchased separately for $9.99 each. Every widget can be purchased separately for $2.99 each. One template is offered for free. Mac or PC with Adobe Muse software is required to use the templates and widgets.
Digital Anarchy announces new Flicker Free plug-in
Digital Anarchy has announced Flicker Free 1.0 for Adobe After Effects, Premiere Pro, and Apple's Final Cut Pro. It gives video editors and visual effects artists a tool that fixes a wide range of footage affected with flicker or strobing.
Flicker Free analyzes on the fly, renders quickly, and easily produces beautiful flicker free footage, says Jim Tierney, president of Digital Anarchy. There are presets for many different types of flicker, allowing it to fit into any editor's workflow, he adds.
Flicker Free is resolution independent and will work on any sized footage from 30 megapixel image sequences to film, 4K, and HD. Support for Avid, Assimilate Scratch, Davinci Resolve, and Sony Vegas is coming soon.
Flicker Free is regularly priced at US$149, but will be on sale for $99 until March 31. It runs in After Effects CS and above, Premiere Pro CS5 and above, Final Cut Pro 7 and Final Cut Pro X 10.5 and above. The product runs on Mac OS X 10.6 and above, Windows XP and above, and 32...
EA server compromised in effort to steal Apple IDs
Hackers have targeted Electronic Arts (EA), the company behind Titanfall, FIFA 14 and Battlefield 4, to try and steal your Apple ID and credit card details by hacking into an EA server and hosting a phishing site, according to NetCraft, a security company.
In a blog post (http://tinyurl.com/obuv3l4), NetCraft says compromised server is used by two websites in the ea.com domain, and is ordinarily used to host a calendar based on WebCalendar 1.2.0. (Newer versions of the calendar application have fixed the loopholes.) The phishing site attempts to trick a victim into submitting his Apple ID and password.
It then presents a second form which asks the victim to verify his full name, card number, expiration date, verification code, date of birth, phone number, mother's maiden name, plus other details that would be useful to a fraudster. After submitting these details, the victim is redirected to the legitimate Apple ID website (http://tinyurl.com/3ygyw8d).
Kinivo announces WID380 Wireless Enhanced USB Adapter
Kinivo has announced the WID380 Wireless Enhanced USB Adapter, an all-in-one solution for enhancing existing Wi-Fi capabilities or adding the freedom of wireless Internet to your desktop or later laptop models.
It adds dimension, increases speed, improves signal strength and heightens overall wireless Internet performance, establishing a more reliable network between your Internet router and laptop or desktop, according to Kinivio's Andy Karuza. He adds that it provides your signal a boost with speeds up to 300 Mbps.
The WID380 connects by plugging directly into your laptop or desktop’s USB port. Or it can be placed up to three feet away with the included extension cable.
It's available at an introductory price of $19.99 at Amazon.com. Go to www.kinivio.com for more info.
Braveland is new turn-based strategy game for Mac OS X
Tortuga Team has introduced Braveland 1.0, a turn-based game title for Mac OS X. It's inspired by old-school strategies with a hexagonal battlefield.
Here's how the game is described: "You start as a humble warrior's son whose village was cruelly raided by bandits and use your wits and skill to become a commander of your own army. Braveland features 50 battles that will test your tactical skill, 26 unit types to populate the battlefield, intense boss fights, character development, and more."
Braveland requires Mac OS X 10.6.6 or higher. It's available for US$4.99 at the Mac App Store in the Games category. Go to http://www.tortugateam.com/ for more info.
Speech Timer 2.0 for Mac OS X and iOS released
Basil Salad Software has announced Speech Timer 2.0, an update of the free oration timekeeper software for Mac, iDevices, and Android devices. The upgrade includes native support for the Mac and iPad in addition to the iPhone.
Speech Timer is designed to help public speaking enthusiasts orchestrate their regular chapter meetings and send out timer's reports to all participants. It features large colored time indicators, a numerical timer display and graphical progress bar. This second major release of Speech Timer
Speech Timer 2.0 is available for download from the Mac App Store and iTunes App Store. Go to http://basilsadad.com for more info.
Mobile Traffic to hit 200 exabytes in 2019
Mobile Network Operators (MNOs) collect large amounts of data from their network, but the use of the data collected is what really counts. MNOs main use of collecting subscriber and network data is to be able to produce valuable insights on customer experience, customer behavior and network performance. But there is so much more operators can do to make accurate business decisions that generate more revenue, fight competition, and build on customer quality of experience (QoE), according to ABI Research (http://www.abiresearch.com).
Research analyst Sabir Rafiq comments: "MNOs and Communication Service Providers (CSPs) are actively looking into Big data and analytical solutions. They need tools that can impact their businesses and find new ways to reduce costs, improve efficiency of the networks, increase and generate new revenue streams, and increase QoE."
He adds: "Big data analytics are no longer the exclusive province of IT Software, as leading telecom vendors such as Astellia,...
Print Window for Mac OS X updated to version 5.0
Searchware Solutions has revved Print Window, its window printing utility for Mac OS X, to version 5.0. It's now a fully Cocoa-based application.
Version 5.0 also sports a new user interface and faster performance. A drop window has been added so file listings can be initiated via drag and drop. It also adds the ability to save multiple file listing settings.
Print Window 5.0 is available in two versions through Searchware Solutions online (http://www.printwindowapp.com). The standard edition is free. The advanced edition, which provides more features, is US$20 for a single-user license. Upgrade pricing is available. Volume licensing is available as well. Users that purchased a license to Print Window Advanced Edition, version 4, in the last 30 days will automatically receive a free upgrade to version 5.
App Delete for Mac OS X gets revamped user interface, more
Reggie Ashworth has released AppDelete 4.1.2, an update to his application deletion utility for Mac OS X.
Via drag and drop, AppDelete will uninstall anything along with all of the associated items. Version 4.1.2 sports a new user interface and revised workflow. It's also optimized for Mac OS X 10.9 Mavericks.
AppDelete 4.1.2 costs US$7.99 for a single user license. Upgrades from Version 2/AppDelete Lite are $3.99 (USD). A full-featured demo is available. Go to http://www.reggieashworth.com/appdelete for more info.
Autodesk announces 2015 3D animation software
Autodesk has unveiled the 2015 versions of its ]3D animations tools: Autodesk 3ds Max, Maya, MotionBuilder, Mudbox, Softimage, and the newest addition to the lineup, Maya LT, a 3D animation and modeling tool for professional indie game makers. Autodesk also announced the availability of the 2015 Entertainment Creation Suite for 3D animation and visual effects.
According to Chris Bradshaw, senior vice president, Media & Entertainment at Autodesk, highlights of the 2015 releases are:
° Autodesk Maya 2015 software adds new capabilities to the toolset such as the new Bifrost procedural effects platform which provides an extensible, artist-friendly workflow for complex simulation and rendering tasks, initially applied to near photorealistic liquids; XGen Arbitrary Primitive Generator for the easy creation of richly detailed geometry such as hair, fur, and foliage; Geodesic Voxel Binding method for skinning characters; ShaderFX, a new node-based visual interface for shader programing...
FileMaker releases 'FileMaker Training Series: Advanced for...
FileMaker has announced the availability of "FileMaker Training Series: Advanced for FileMaker 13." It completes the company’s official self-paced training curriculum for the recently announced FileMaker 13 platform.
In January, the company unveiled the free "FileMaker Training Series: Basics," available on iBooks and in PDF format. "FileMaker Training Series: Advanced for FileMaker 13" provides in-depth coverage of development practices and techniques to help customers master the essentials of FileMaker 13 solution development. The training series is mainly for intermediate to advanced FileMaker developers, but it will also be useful to anyone who creates solutions and for those developers preparing to become a FileMaker 13 Certified Developer, according to the folks at FileMaker.
"FileMaker Training Series: Advanced for FileMaker 13" is offered in ebook format for use on iPads. Other available formats include a printed book with an accompanying DVD and an electronic download. The...
CalDigit Thunderbolt Station gets added functionality
CalDigit says its CalDigit Thunderbolt Station now has extra functionality. It can now fully charge iOS devices such as iPads and iPhones.
What's more, the CalDigit Thunderbolt Station is now fully capable of powering the Apple SuperDrive CD drive. The majority of other Thunderbolt expansion docks aren't capable of powering this device, says Kosta Panagos of CalDigit. Customers who have already purchased the Thunderbolt Station can add this functionality by installing the driver update for OS X 10.9.2 from the CalDigit website.
The CalDigit Thunderbolt Station is available to purchase now from the CalDigit Online Store (www.caldigit.com) and CalDigit Resellers worldwide. Pricing for the CalDigit Thunderbolt Station is US$199.
UK court grants Samsung's delay appeal
A UK court decision over whether European patents owned by Samsung are valid and have been infringed by Apple has been delayed until other proceedings before the European Patent Office have been concluded, reports "The Register" (http://tinyurl.com/ofkew2h).
The Court of Appeal granted Samsung's application for a stay of the UK proceedings until the EPO [European Patent Office] decides whether the South Korean mobile device manufacturer can amend the claims of its patents. Samsung said it had applied to amend the claims of its patents before the EPO to take account of judgments issued in a number of countries in which Samsung and Apple are in dispute over the patents, which include Germany and France. However, Apple said Samsung should be forced to choose between pursuing its appeal against a previous High Court ruling in their dispute or continuing with its application to amend the patent claims before the EPO.
This is all part of the ongoing, global legal battle. Apple and Samsung...
Apple replaces iPad 2 with $399 iPad with Retina display
Apple has announced that the iPad with Retina display replaces iPad 2 as the most affordable 9.7-inch iPad at US$399 for the 16GB Wi-Fi model and $529 for the Wi-Fi + Cellular model.
The fourth generation iPad features an 9.7-inch Retina display, the Apple-designed A6X chip, Wi-Fi, a 5MP iSight camera which also captures 1080p HD video, a FaceTime HD camera, support for LTE carriers worldwide, and up to 10 hours of battery life. It comes with iOS 7, of course.
Khronos releases OpenGL ES 3.1 specification
The Khronos Group has released the OpenGL ES 3.1 specification, bringing functionality enhancements to the industry-leading, royalty-free 3D graphics API [application programming interface] that is used on nearly all of the world’s mobile devices.
OpenGL ES 3.1 provides access to graphics processing unit (GPU) functionality with portability across diverse mobile and embedded operating systems and platforms. The full specification and reference materials are available for immediate download at http://www.khronos.org/registry/gles/.
Franchise Hockey Manager for Mac OS X revved to version 1.62
OOTP Developments has launched Franchise Hockey Manager version 1.62, a major update to the customizable hockey management game for Mac OS X and Windows.
The new version offers: revamped training, scouting, and staff/personnel systems; four new leagues: two starts for the current season, one with Opening Night rosters and one with post-trading deadline rosters; and more.
FHM costs US$39.99. Go to http://tinyurl.com/m22xm75 for more info.
Boot Camp in 2013 Mac Pros doesn't support Windows 7
Apple's Mac Pro only supports installations of Windows 8 or later with Boot Camp, according to an updated Apple Support document that lists versions of Windows compatible with the 2013 Mac Pro.
Boot Camp is software included with Mac OS X that lets you run compatible versions of Windows on an Intel-based Mac. The 2013 Mac Pro is the first Mac that does not include support for Windows 7 with Boot Camp 5. Read more at http://support.apple.com/kb/HT5634 .
Apple adds ACC Sports Channel to the Apple TV line-up
As noted by AppleInsider.com, Apple has added an ACC [Atlantic Coast Conference] Sports Channel to the Apple TV line-up. It offers game highlights and feature programming related to NCAA March Madness.
The new channel features access to "Campus Insiders," a digital college sports network, as well as the ability to view "Most Recent" content, and a "Search" pane. Content can also be viewed based on schools in the conference, while a list of "Must See Moments" from the ACC are also available through the application.
Microsoft has announced OneNote for Mac
Microsoft has announced OneNote for Mac. It's the first Mac version of the tool to jot down your ideas, capture your collection of web clippings and research, plan your trips and events, check your to-dos and shopping lists and share your notes with friends and co-workers.
OneNote for Mac is compatible with Mac OSX 10.9 and above. You can download it for free from the Mac App Store. You can also visit http://www.onenote.com to access all the different OneNote apps including a few OneNote services available that are designed to enhance your web capturing experience on OneNote for Mac.
For example, along with a Mac version, Microsoft is releasing a OneNote clipper browser plug-in for Safari, Firefox, Chrome, and Internet Explorer that allows users to save clippings from webpages. This feature is being extended to third-party apps via a new cloud API [application programming interface] that provides developers with the ability to integrate OneNote clipping into their apps.
Version 6.8.6 of Cocktail (Mountain Lion Edition) served up
Maintain has released Cocktail 6.8.5 (Mountain Lion Edition), the latest maintenance update for users running OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion. This version adds ability to change OS X's notification banner duration.
It also contains improvements on the "Delete localization files" procedure and addresses compatibility issues with Opera Next. Cocktail is a general purpose utility for OS X that lets users clean, repair and optimize their Mac.
Cocktail 6.8.5 (Mountain Lion Edition) requires OS X Mountain Lion or OS X Mountain Lion Server (10.8). Cocktail (Lion Edition) for OS X 10.7, Cocktail (Snow Leopard Edition) for OS X 10.6 and Cocktail (Leopard Edition) for OS X 10.5 are available for download from the Maintain website.
Cocktail costs US$19 for a single user license and is available for purchase from the Maintain website (http://maintain.se/cocktail).
Transcend releases memory modules for the new Mac Pro
Transcend Information, Inc. has launched 16GB and 32GB DDR3 Registered DIMM (RDIMM) modules aimed at maximizing memory in Apple's Mac Pro 2013 systems.
With four user-upgradeable memory slots available, Transcend’s latest high-performance DDR3 RDIMMs can boost Mac Pro 2013 Intel Xeon E5 3.5GHz 6-Core, 3.0GHz 8-Core, and 2.7GHz 12-Core models to 64GB, 96GB, and even 128GB total memory capacity. Angus Wu, director of Research and Development at Transcend, says the RDIMMs guarantee 100% compatibility with the new Mac Pro, requiring little effort to install in the easy access design and push-up release system of the Mac Pro.
Go to http://tinyurl.com/ldwapg7 for more info.
Security researchers hack Safari and, well, all other browsers
Security researchers demonstrated zero-day exploits against Google Chrome, Microsoft Internet Explorer, Apple Safari, Mozilla Firefox and Adobe Flash Player during the second day of the Pwn2Own hacking competition Thursday, racking up total prizes of $450,000, reports "PC World" (http://tinyurl.com/kvshedy).
For Safari, the team used two different exploit vectors. One vulnerability was a heap overflow in WebKit that enabled arbitrary code execution. The team then used this opening to use another exploit to bypass the application sandbox and run code as if it was user privileged.
A team from French vulnerability research firm Vupen hacked Google Chrome by exploiting a use-after-free vulnerability that affects both the WebKit and Blink rendering engines. The researchers then successfully bypassed Chrome’s sandbox protection to execute arbitrary code on the underlying system. On Wednesday, the first day of the contest that takes place every year at the CanSecWest security conference in...
Eclipse announces TD-M1 speaker system
Eclipse has announced the TD-M1 speaker system, which the company says "delivers ultra-fidelity sound in a system designed for today’s connected lifestyle." It's due to ship March 31 and will be available in black and white.
The U$1,300 TD-M1 uses the same award-winning technology employed in Eclipse’s US$10,000 TD-712 speaker, while combining wireless convenience and connectivity with compact size. Its Class-D digital amp that powers the special, crossover-less driver mounted in the Eclipse’s enclosure.
The Eclipse TD-M1 is designed to work with high-resolution sound sources. A built-in 192kHz/24 bit input interface is capable of handling 6.5 times the amount of data on a CD. Eclipse engineers developed a 192kHz/24 bit-compatible, non-oversampling D-to-A converter (NOS-DAC) for clearer sound.
The TD-M1 uses Apple's AirPlay for wireless playback. CD-quality (44.1kHz/16 bit) lossless audio can be streamed through Apple devices like the iPhone, iPad and Mac, directly connected without...
Default Folder 4.6.4 for Mac OS X delivers compatibility fixes...
St. Clair Software has released Default Folder X 4.6.4, an update to their Mac OS X utility.
The software enhances the file dialogs in all Mac OS X applications. Its custom keyboard shortcuts put your favorite and recent folders at your fingertips. It provides fast navigation to your files, convenient previews, integrated Spotlight tagging, and more. Version 4.6.4 delivers compatibility fixes for a number of popular applications.
Default Folder X requires Mac OS X 10.6 or higher. Version 4.6.4 is a free update for existing version 4 users. Go to the St. Clair Software web site (http://tinyurl.com/2gm24v) for more info.
1Password for Mac OS X revved to version 4.2
Agile Web Solutions has updated 1Password (http://1password.com), a password manager for Mac OS X, to version 4.2. The upgrade offers improved URL matching for more reliable auto-filling of forms on websites and added support for viewing secure notes in 1Password mini.
It provides improved autosave, adds the ability to choose which vault to use when saving new logins, lets users resume editing items after 1Password locks or is quit, added support for renaming tags in the sidebar. Not enough? It also give you improved data syncing and the ability to restore from a backup on first launch,.
1Password 4.2 is compatible with Mac OS X 10.6 and higher. It's a free upgrade for users of version 4.x. For new users the cost is US$49.95 for a single-user license. The app is available at the Agile web site and the Mac App Store.
Titanfall may be coming to the Mac
Respawn Entertainment (www.respawn.com) may be bringing its Titanfall game to the Mac, reports "iMore" (http://tinyurl.com/mvc4xup). It's now available for Windows, the Xbox, and Xbox One.
Titanfall is a first-person action gameplay centered on the dynamic between elite assault pilots and agile, heavily-armored, 24-foot titans. The action is varied, featuring parkour-style wall running, double jumps and the ability to hijack titans. The freedom to shift back and forth between pilot and titan allows players to change tactics on the fly, attacking or escaping depending on the situation and extending the action vertically to new heights.
Workspaces designed to help your organize your Mac OS X Desktop
Workspaces is a new, US$7.50 Mac OS X app designed to help you better organize files and folders in a visual manner on your Mac Desktop. It works as another layer on top of the regular OS X Desktop/Spaces paradigm.
SaneDesk allows you to assign specific icons to be visible and positioned when a workspace is selected. Each SaneDesk workspace can have a separate background.
The app supposedly doesn't modify, move or copy your desktop files and folders. As soon as you exit SaneDesk, all files and folders will be visible again, no matter to what workspace they were assigned. Go to http://www.sanedeskapp.com/ for more info.
Twelve South introduces the Rutledge BookBook for the MacBook
Twelve South has unveiled its first MacBook case in almost three years: the Rutledge BookBook Case. It's a premium genuine-leather case.
Each cover is hand-finished with a new color layering technique that makes every Rutledge truly a one-of-a-kind work of art. It also shelters the MacBook between two hardback book covers and a rigid spine.
The Rutledge fits all current MacBooks, including a version made just for the 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina Display. The new Rutledge BookBook is available for US $99.99 at twelvesouth.com.
United Airlines offers new personal device entertainment system
Starting this April, United Airlines is rolling out a new personal device entertainment system onboard select aircraft.
With this new service, sponsored by the MileagePlus Explorer Card, you can choose from over 150 movies and nearly 200 TV shows and watch them free of charge on your personal device such as an iPhone or iPad. The free entertainment will be made available through the airlines' own iOS app, which can be downloaded for free.
Most planes will be equipped with the new system soon. United says it have it installed on most domestic aircraft by the end of 2014. The airline will begin on Airbus A319, Airbus A320, Boeing 747-400 and select 777-200 aircraft, followed by additional fleets. In the end, all United-operated flights will have some form of entertainment.
Petition launched to stop use of hazardous chemicals in making...
Green America, a D.C.-based non-profit group, and "The Nation" magazine launched a campaign Wednesday intended to persuade consumers to boycott Apple products unless the company makes changes in its production and supply chain operations, reports "PC World" (ttp://tinyurl.com/k9xua7g).
You can find their petition at http://www.bad-apple.org. It protests the use of benzene and n-hexane in the production of iPhones.
The petition says it would would cost just US$1 per smartphone for Apple to substitute out the chemicals. Green America and "The Nation" also wants the company to create a healthcare fund to pay for the care of workers who have fallen sick working on its products, allegedly due to poisoning from those two chemicals, and to generally improve working conditions.
Apple files appeals in patent trial judgement
Apple has filed a notice of cross-appeal in regards to the final judgement in the first Apple vs. Samsung patent trial held in California, according to "AppleInsider" (http://tinyurl.com/m2cpkoj).
Its a response to California District Court Judge Lucy Koh's final judgment of 2012's Apple v. Samsung trial, which was handed down last week,.Apple is appealing all interlocutory orders and decisions having to do with the case.
Apple's appeal applies to the Aug. 24, 2012 trial decision, Judge Koh's order on the retrial for vacated damages and the court's order denying a renewed motion for a permanent injunction against 23 Samsung devices, among other rulings.
Apple changes the iPhone return window from 30 days to 14 days
Apple has reduced the return window for the iPhone from 30 days to 14 days, as noted by "electronista" (http://tinyurl.com/nr9etxm).
"For iPhone returns, you may return your undamaged iPhone with its included accessories within 14 days of purchase for a full refund," according to Apple.
The change brings the company's iPhone policies in line with its other products, as well as the iPhone policies of US carriers. You can read more at http://tinyurl.com/ol4kn6q .
Kool Tools: PortraitPro 12 for Mac OS X
Anthropics Technology has launched PortraitPro 12, an update of the retouching software with face relighting technology for "truly natural enhancement." It runs on Mac OS X and Windows.
PortraitPro 12 includes new face relighting technology, so you can now literally show your subject in their best light. It has an enhanced capability to slim faces and take off the weight off that the camera puts on.
Version 12 incorporates Anthropics' latest skin enhancer that retains natural skin texture when removing blemishes. The brush also detects edges automatically making it fast to use.
What's more, PortraitPro can improve the appearance of hair. Hair can be thickened and made smooth. It can be recolored, or highlights added, all by moving sliders.
PortraitPro 12 can detect the age and gender of faces in the photograph so that the the most appropriate enhancements can automatically be applied to men, women and children. The latest version is also four times faster than its predecessor....
PortraitPro 12 released for Mac, Windows
Anthropics Technology has launched PortraitPro 12, an update of the retouching software with face relighting technology for "truly natural enhancement." It runs on Mac OS X and Windows.
PortraitPro 12 includes new face relighting technology. It has an enhanced ability to slim faces. Version 12 incorporates Anthropic's latest skin enhancer that retains natural skin texture when removing blemishes. The new version can also purportedly uniquely detect the age and gender of faces in the photograph so that the the most appropriate enhancements can automatically be applied to men, women and children.
PortraitPro 12 on the Mac requires Mac OS X 10.6 or higher. The normal price is $159.90; however, it's being offered for $79.95 for a limited time. Go to http://www.portraitprofessional.com for more info.
Bridge Comm releases PDF Assistant 1.4 for Mac OS X
Bridge Comm has released PDF Assistant 1.4, an update of their PDF document viewer and annotator for Mac OS X 10.7 or later. It's also a maintenance upgrade.
Specifically designed for students and those who work y with PDF documentation, PDF Assistant allows users to annotate and export highlights and notes (including images) for further processing. Users can choose to view their PDF documents in the traditional vertical scrolling mode or in book mode. All PDF documents can be shared via iCloud.
PDF Assistant 1.4 costs US$9.99. A demo is available at http://macpdfviewer.com/wp/
Xojo announces Xojo Cloud for deployment of web apps
Xojo, Inc. has announced the availability of their one-click cloud deployment solution for web applications, Xojo Cloud. Xojo Cloud is available for exclusive use with apps developed in Xojo, the multi-platform development environment.
Once ready to deploy, developers click a button in Xojo that automatically connects to Xojo Cloud and launches their web browser with the application running. What's more, Xojo Cloud comes with industrial-strength security .
To offer this solution, Xojo has worked with Rackspace, the open cloud company, which delivers hybrid cloud services to customers worldwide. With nine data centers across four continents, Rackspace is able to provide service to Xojo developers in different parts of the world.
Xojo Cloud is now available from the Xojo store. Xojo 2014 Release 1, also shipping today, is required for Xojo Cloud deployment and is available for download at http://www.xojo.com/download. Xojo Cloud Hosting plans start at US$49/month for 512MB...
Echo Express SEL delivers Thunderbolt 2 for low profile PCI...
Sonnet has announced the Echo Express SEL, the latest addition to the Echo Express line of Thunderbolt 2-to-PCIe expansion systems. It enables the use of a variety of high-performance PCI Express (PCIe) cards — originally designed for use in desktop computers — with any Mac with a Thunderbolt port.
The new model is the smallest and quietest Echo chassis yet, and supports one low-profile PCIe card, according to the folks at Sonnet. The Echo Express SEL incorporates ultra-fast Thunderbolt 2 technology, which delivers twice the bandwidth of Thunderbolt and provides sufficient throughput to support many of the most demanding PCIe cards.
The new expansion chassis is suited for use with high-bandwidth networking cards, host bus adapters, and storage interface cards, allowing them to connect with Thunderbolt-enabled iMac, Mac mini, MacBook Air, and MacBook Pro computers, as well as Mac Pro computers that lack PCIe expansion slots. Plus, the Echo Express SEL's dual Thunderbolt 2 ports not...
LaCie ships new portable external storage solution
LaCie has released what it says is the fastest portable external storage solution ever: the LaCie Little Big Disk, featuring Thunderbolt 2. It delivers speeds up to 1,375 MB/s and fits in a laptop bag.
Thanks to its two Thunderbolt 2 ports, the LaCie Little Big Disk can be daisy chained with other devices. Professionals can daisy chain up to five LaCie Little Big Disks plus a 4K display, and connect them to a computer via a single cable.
The new Little Big Disk, featuring Thunderbolt 2, is available in 1TB SSD capacity through the LaCie Online Store and LaCie Resellers starting at US$1,299. Thunderbolt 2 is compatible with the same cables and connectors as first–generation Thunderbolt. Go to www.lacie.com for more info.
Hitman: Absolution — Elite Edition coming to the Mac this spring
Feral Interactive says the stealth-action game Hitman: Absolution - Elite Edition will be released on the Mac this spring. Developed by Io-Interactive and published by Square Enix for PC and consoles, Hitman: Absolution — Elite Edition brings Hitman’s Agent 47 to the Mac platform for the first time.
Here's how the game is described: "Agent 47, a genetically-engineered contract killer, has taken on a very personal assignment: protecting a vulnerable girl with whom he shares an unhappy connection. Hunted by the police, marked for death by his former employers and locked in conflict with a ruthless arms dealer, 47 must use his enhanced instincts and deadly skills to eliminate his enemies and save the girl.
"As Agent 47, players will become the ultimate assassin as they master superhuman reflexes, creative stealth techniques and a powerful arsenal of weapons to pull off both clean kills and dramatic executions. While using disguises and distractions to remain undetected, resourceful...
Noteboom Productions introduces Tutor for Keynote
Noteboom Productions has introduced Tutor for Keynote, their latest video tutorial, now available on the Mac App Store for US$4.99.
With Tutor for Keynote, the user watches videos to learn how to use Apple's latest version of Keynote for the Mac. The video tutorial consists of 67 video chapters on various subjects. Each video chapter covers a specific feature and averages five minutes in length for easy comprehension.
Tutor for Keynote is at an introductory price of $4.99 USD (or equivalent amount in other currencies) and available worldwide through the Mac App Store in the Reference category. Go to http://tinyurl.com/ky34bxl for more info.
Samsung appeals California district court's judgement
Samsung has appealed a California district court's final judgment of the original Apple vs. Samsung patent trial and dropped declared standard-essential patents from a second upcoming case slated to begin at the end of the month, reports "FOSS Patents" (http://tinyurl.com/qx83tbf).
The company is appealing presiding Judge Lucy Koh's ruling that awarded Apple $929 million as a result of Samsung's infringement of multiple patents. Florian Mueller of "FOSS Patents" says the ruling is now ripe for appeal after the conclusion of a November retrial over vacated damages due to juror error and a December appeal from Apple over a denied injunction against 23 Samsung devices. And "presumably it won't take long before Apple will also appeal the unfavorable parts of that ruling," he adds.
This is all part of the ongoing, global legal battle. Apple and Samsung have filed more than 30 lawsuits against each other across four continents. For example, Apple alleges that Samsung copied the slide-to-...
LinkOptimizer for Adobe InDesign improves transparency handling...
Zevrix Solutions has announced LinkOptimizer 4.8.11, a maintenance update to its workflow automation solution for Adobe InDesign. LinkOptimizer allows to reduce the size of InDesign links and speed up processing by eliminating excess image data.
It also performs image adjustments such as color conversion and sharpening, converts file formats and more. The new version preserve transparency when converting image formats to TIFF and addresses some monochrome image issues on German systems.
LinkOptimizer can be purchased from the Zevrix website (http://www.zevrix.com) for US$259.95, as well as from authorized resellers. A demo is available for download. The update is free for LinkOptimizer 4.x users and $130 to upgrade from previous versions. LinkOptimizer is available for Mac OS X 10.5-10.9 and works with Adobe InDesign and Photoshop CS3-CC.
DiskStation Manger gets revamped interface
Synology has introduced DiskStation Manager (DSM) 5.0, the latest NAS operating system that runs on DiskStations and RackStations. It sports a new interface and several new features.
Synology DSM 5.0 is free to download for users who own a DiskStation or RackStation x10 series and onward. Go to www.synology.com for more info.
Meadows Publishing Solutions releases AutoPrice software for...
Meadows Publishing Solutions has releasedAutoPrice for Adobe InDesign CS7 Creative Cloud, supporting both Mac and Windows-based platforms. It's a tool for linking text and graphics in any type of database to Adobe InDesign documents.
As the name implies, AutoPrice is engineered to automate the process of inserting, updating and versioning prices for catalogs, retail flyers and similar publications. It is also designed for updating timetables, phone lists or any other type of information that can be referenced from a database or spreadsheet file.
AutoPrice is now available for InDesign Creative Cloud, as well as previous versions of the application. For more information go to http://www.meadowsps.com .
Apple releases firmware update for the Apple TV
Apple has posted a firmware update for the Apple TV. It allows users to hide some of the channels directly from the home screen.
After updating, users can hide icons by holding the select button, causing icons on the screen to "jiggle." Once activated, users can press the play/pause button on their remote to bring up a menu that allows users to hide the icon. After a channel has been hidden, users can reactivate it through the Settings application.
Before, it was only possible to change visible apps by blocking them through the Parental Controls menu. The new firmware can be downloaded via the Apple TV Software Update system.
Apple posts iOS 7.1
Apple has released iOS 7.1, which adds, among other things, support for CarPlay, an automobile-oriented interface gives iDevice users a way to make calls, use Maps, listen to music and access messages with just a word or a touch.
You can also now control how long Siri listens to you. There are also improvements to Touch ID fingerprint recognition, bug fixes, and more.
To download the update, go to Settings on your iDevice. Select General and tap Software Update.
shinywhitebox announces upcoming iShowU Studio 1.0 for Mac OS X
shinywhitebox says iShowU Studio 1.0 for OS X has been scheduled for release late this month. The screen casting solution is designed to provide easy post-recording editing and publishing of captured footage.
Aimed at the consumer and beginner prosumer market, iShowU Studio shares several of the same features of the popular iShowU HD and iShowU Pro, including ease-of-use, camera capture, keyboard/mouse compositing, and upload services, according to the folks at shinywhitebox. It also includes a color correction pipeline from import through to export, hardware accelerated H264 recording for Mavericks and other tools.
iShowU Studio will be available in late March for $89.95 and work with Mac OS X 10.9 or higher. Go to http://tinyurl.com/lozmqsh for more info.
GlucoAide is new Mac software for diabetics
ToThePoint Software has announced GlucoAide, an application built especially for Mac users with diabetics. With GlucoAide, you can track your meter readings in either mmol/L or mg/dL.
Data entry has been designed to be quick and easy. Results can be graphed by separate test time intervals and as a daily average over any span of days. Because GlucoAide isn't restricted to any proprietary brand of meter it can be used regardless of the type of meter you have.
Results can be graphed by separate test time intervals and as a daily average over any span of days. Users can select which days to graph and print the results out to share with health professionals. Data can be also be printed in table form for sharing with health professionals. In addition data can be saved in PDF format.
The program allows people with diabetes to keep food and exercise logs along with a journal. GlucoAide can store links to diabetes related resources such as websites, documents, folders, email addresses, etc....