Tension Software announces Precise Screenshot 1.4.1 for Mac OS X
Tension Software has announced Precise Screenshot 1.4.1 for Mac OS X. It’s an update of the tool for taking screenshots from your Mac screen.
Precise Screenshot can select a resizable portion of the screen with the usual drag method, it can use pre-fixed size area from a customizable popup menu (with the sizes the user needs), or it can use the full screen area. Version 1.4.1 is optimized for OS X El Capitan and fixes some bugs.
Price for Precise Screenshot works with Yosemite or El Capitan. It costs $5.99 and is available at the Mac App Store (http://tinyurl.com/qb8prz6).
CS Odessa announces new ConceptDraw Pro solution
CS Odessa has announced The Seven Basic Tools of Quality for ConceptDraw Pro 10. It provides techniques focused on analyzing and improving issues of quality within a business setting.
The Seven Basic Tools are common diagrams understood by workers of any experience level. Templates offered include examples of fishbone diagrams, histograms, flowcharts, and Pareto charts, among others.
The collection of icon libraries, samples, and templates included within the Seven Basic Tools of Quality Solution extend ConceptDraw Pro with the ability to manage quality control processes throughout the workplace. The solution is available for US$25 to current owners of ConceptDraw Pro v10.
ConceptDraw Pro is compatible with Mac OS X and Microsoft Windows. It retails for $199. ConceptDraw Pro 10 is included in ConceptDraw Office 3, which retails for $499.
Smith Micro launches Poser Pro 11
Smith Micro has launched Poser Pro 11, an upgrade of the software for creating realistic 3D characters and scenes. In addition to dozens of new features and usability improvements, it comes with an extensive library of pre-loaded characters and content, including human figures, animals and props.
Poser Pro 11 boasts a new SuperFly rendering engine with GPU-assisted rendering, supported by NVIDIA CUDA parallel computing platform that increases performance. Geometric Edge Lines automatically produce “ink lines” around figures in real-time.
The new version allows you to create precise measurements in a Poser scene. An
Actor Selection History allows you to keep track of recently accessed objects with back and forward buttons. Customizable Tools let you add frequently used objects and parameter dials to custom palettes.
Content Creation Export saves partial scenes that have been extracted from complex scenes. High Density Display resizes the entire interface with user-adjustable scale...
CoreMelt gives FCP X users tracked masking tools for free
CoreMelt has announced its SliceX Free product for Final Cut Pro X. It lets you create instant Shape Masks to cut out layers or isolate effects directly in Final Cut Pro X without having to go into Motion or create the masks with an external program.
FCP X editors can now use a version limited to tracking oval and rectangle shapes in their projects freely with no purchase necessary. You can use SliceX Free to: blur a license plate or a log to hide it, or a persons face; color correct a tracked oval section (e.g. a face or other area of interest); remove unwanted objects from frame by cloning areas of the image; or track a glow to a person’s eyes.
SliceX Free requires Mac OS X 10.8 or later and Final Cut Pro X 10.1.4 or later. It’s available from the CoreMelt website (http://www.coremelt.com).
AppsMoment Application Builder revved to version 2.0
AppsMoment has launched version 2.0 of its app builder application. AppsMoment was created to make the process of creating mobile apps straightforward and clear so that people without coding knowledge could use it.
Version 2.0 allows anyone to create apps in more than 10 languages. The new dashboard offers better visualization and makes the process of creating apps even more simple and fast. Users now can create iOS, Android and HTML5 apps simultaneously.
With AppsMoment 2.0, users can choose from 12 types of menu layouts, change backgrounds, fonts and see the results on various operating systems.
AppsMoment's users can publish their apps within their paid plans. Now the process of publishing apps becomes even faster. For more info, including pricing, go to http://appsmoment.com/prices.html .
SuperTab for Mac gains El Capitan support
SpriTec Software (www.supertab.me) has released SuperTab 1.3, an update to their utility application for OS X. The new version adds support for El Capitan.
SuperTab enhances and extends the Mac's built-in Command-Tab Application Switcher by providing users with instant access to more than just their active apps. By the way, SpriTech is offering SuperTab at a 75 percent off sale price of $5 for a limited time. A demo is available for download.
Seagate launches ClusterStor G200 Storage System
Seagate Technology (www.seagate.com) has introduced the Seagate ClusterStor G200 Spectrum Scale, a high performance computing (HPC)-class storage solution designed to help data-driven enterprises manage massive storage growth. The G200 integrates with Seagate’s new 3.5-inch ClusterStor HPC drive specifically designed for the HPC market.
As the first Seagate ClusterStor system supporting the IBM Spectrum Scale file system (formerly known as General Parallel File System - GPFS), the G200 features a wide range of enterprise-class features and tools ideal for helping manage this data growth, according to Ken Claffey, vice president and general manager, Seagate HPC systems business. It also enables high-performance data access critical to industries ranging from life sciences, to automotive and aerospace design, to financial services among a wide range of technical computing applications, he adds.
Leveraging the ClusterStor engineered storage architecture, the G200 has been custom-designed...
IOSPIRIT introduces Remote Buddy Display for the Mac
IOSPIRIT has introduced the Remote Buddy Display (https://www.iospirit.com/products/remotebuddy/display/) for the new Apple TV. It costs US$24.99 and is a companion to the free Remote Buddy app for tvOS that brings your Mac apps onto the new Apple set-top box’s screen through screen sharing .
It also turns the Siri Remote into a trackpad, keyboard and remote for use with your Mac. You can pick from Remote Buddy's library of app-specific actions, launch, switch, and quit apps right from your Apple TV.
According to the folks at IOSPIRIT, the screen sharing engine delivers up to 60 frames per second at a latency of just around 0.1 seconds. In Trackpad mode, you can move the mouse cursor, click and scroll. Integration with Remote Buddy's Mousespot allows highlighting parts of f.ex. a Keynote or PowerPoint presentation. It also helps you find the mouse pointer on screen.
In Keyboard mode, an on-screen keyboard is available to perform text input. In Remote mode, 100-plusMac apps can be...
Sonnet launches Echo 15+ Thunderbolt 2 Dock
Sonnet Technologies has begun volume shipments of its new Echo 15+ Thunderbolt 2 Dock, a 16-port docking station for computers with Thunderbolt ports. Featuring an optical drive and an internal drive bay, it offers users a central hub to connect any Mac or Windows computer with a Thunderbolt port to multiple peripheral devices.
"The Echo 15+ is the ultimate docking station for users to connect every device they need, including current and legacy devices — even the latest Ultra HD 4K displays — and expand their storage for backup or increased capacity in a single desktop device that connects to their computer with a Thunderbolt cable," says Greg LaPorte, vice president of sales and marketing, Sonnet Technologies. "With the option to add internal storage supporting data transfer rates of up to 750 MB/s, as well as the ability to read from and write to optical media including Blu-ray Disc, Sonnet's Echo 15+ Thunderbolt 2 Dock is the go-to station for flexible connectivity.”
VidConvert now ready for OS X El Capitan
Reggie Ashworth has announced VidConvert 1.6.2, an OS X El Capitan update to his video converter for the Mac.
It will convert just about any type of video into one of many popular formats of You can create videos for your iPhone or iPad, for your Mac or TV, or formats such as DivX and MPEG. Version 1.6.2 fixes an issue where trial conversions might not work as expected, fixes an issue with certain alert panels, and includes other minor fixes.
VidConvert 1.6.2 requires Mac OS X 10.7 or later and costs $7.99 for a single user license. A demo is available to order at the product website (www.reggieashworth.com/vidconvert). minute samples is available. Older versions with pre-Lion support are available via the website. A Mac App Store version of VidConvert 1.6.2 is also available.
FoldersSynchronization for Mac OS X revved to version 4.3
Softobe (www.softobe.com) has unveiled FoldersSynchronizer 4.3, an update to their tool to sync and backup on OS X.
It lets you sync and backup files, folders, disks and boot disks. It grants several options like Timers, Multiple Folders, Filters, Exclude Items, Auto-Mount Volumes, AppleScripts, Conflicts Management, File Copy Preview, execute an incremental or an exact copy, include locked files, log files and more.
With FoldersSynchronizer 4.3, you can now properly register the product entering your Serial Number and Email. Once registered you don't longer need the RegistrationFile.txt used in the previous versions. It adds the "Swap Source and Destination folders" button to the Console panel. It works for Single BackUp tasks only.
This version is compatible with OS X 10.9 or higher. FoldersSynchronizer 4.3 costs $40 for a single user license.
Khronos releases OpenCL 2.1 and SPIR-V 1.0 spec
The Khronos Group, an open consortium of leading hardware and software companies, has announced the ratification and public release of the OpenCL 2.1 and SPIR-V 1.0 specifications for heterogeneous parallel computation.
Consumption of the new SPIR-V cross-API intermediate language is guaranteed in the core OpenCL 2.1 specification. Khronos has released open source utilities and extensions to enable use of SPIR-V in OpenCL 1.2 and 2.0, as well as the upcoming Vulkan graphics API, ensuring widespread availability of its powerful runtime capabilities for developers of parallel computation languages and frameworks.
The OpenCL C++ kernel language released in the OpenCL 2.1 provisional specification is being finalized and will be released imminently, also using SPIR-V for run-time execution. The OpenCL 2.1 specification is available for immediate download at www.khronos.org/opencl/ and SPIR-V 1.0 is available at http://www.khronos.org/spir/.
Apple to power all of Singapore operations on renewable energy
Apple has struck a deal to power all of its Singapore operations with renewable energy, reports Reuters (http://tinyurl.com/o926259). It will be the first company in the city to run exclusively on renewable energy.
Starting in January, solar energy developer Sunseap Group will provide Apple with 100 percent renewable electricity from its portfolio of solar energy systems built atop more than 800 buildings in Singapore. The Apple partnership will also give Sunseap financing to complete the solar project, Lisa Jackson, Apple's vice president of Environment, Policy and Social Initiatives, told Reuters.
iPad Pro Guidebook released for iPad Pro, Air, mini
Tap Guides has published the iPad Pro Guidebook (http://tinyurl.com/q4ammhk), an US$2.99, 281-page eBook available in the iBookstore. It's packed with tutorials and tips about the iPad Pro, its apps, user interface and settings.
You'll learn about the history of the iPad, how the Apple Pencil can be used to draw and write, how to stream music via Apple Music, edit photos, troubleshoot common problems and more. Topics include:
° Discover Apple Pencil and the Smart Keyboard;
° Learn how to edit photos and videos;
° Enable and capture 1080p video footage;
° Listen to Apple Music and Beats 1 Radio;
° Read about the history of iPad;
° Hundreds of tips and tricks
iPad Pro Guidebook is available on the iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac. It requires iOS device with iBooks 1.5 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later and/or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.
Output Factory for InDesign update improves batch export...
Zevrix Solutions has announced Output Factory 1.5.40, a maintenance update to its output automation solution for Adobe InDesign.
Output Factory lets users print and export multiple InDesign files with an array of time-saving options. The software offers batch processing, export as single pages, variable file names, layer versioning and more. The new version improves batch processing reliability in situations where large volume of InDesign files or layers are being exported to PDF and other formats.
Output Factory can be purchased from the Zevrix website (www.zevrix.com) for US$169.95. A “lite” version is $120, and the server version is $300). A demo is available for download. BatchOutput users can upgrade to Output Factory for $85. Output Factory requires Mac OS X 10.6-10.11 and Adobe InDesign CS3-CC 2015.
DEVONagent 3.9.3 gets new scripts, updated for El Capitan
DEVONtechnologies has updated all editions of its Internet search and research tool, DEVONagent. Available in three editions, it’s a smart internet search agent.
DEVONagent queries search engines and crawls web sites. It then post-filters the results and presents the results in a multitude of ways. The new version adds new Safari scripts for DEVONagent Pro, plays videos fullscreen, and updates two plugins. The updates are free and recommended for all users.
DEVONagent Pro and Express 3.9.3 bring support for the new App Transport Security. The updates add some compatibility fixes for the latest Mac operating system, too.
Three new scripts for Safari let users download images and other linked items using DEVONagent Pro. Tabs can also be opened with DEVONagent Pro via the global Scripts menu.
In addition, DEVONagent Pro plays videos embedded into web pages fullscreen. Links in PDF reports don't rely on data detectors anymore ,and version 3.9.3 is more compatible to some modern web...
IK Multimedia ships iRig Acoustic
IK Multimedia is shipping iRig Acoustic (www.irigacoustic.com), an US49.99 guitar mobile microphone/interface specifically made for acoustic guitars. Inspired by a documentary on flamenco guitar master Paco de Lucia, it’s a compact, patent-pending clip-on acoustic guitar microphone/interface for iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac and Android devices.
iRig Acoustic features miniature microphone technology. It simply clips onto the rim of a guitar or ukulele's sound hole. iRig Acoustic also features monitoring and line-output capabilities for recording and performing live.
iRig Acoustic is designed to work with the new AmpliTube Acoustic app (available at the Apple App Store), which features a setup and calibration process that optimizes iRig Acoustic to match the response of the miked acoustic guitar. iRig Acoustic is then able to capture and reproduce the true sonic character of the selected guitar with sound comparable to a properly placed, large-condenser studio microphone.
Game Creators release Game Kit 2
The Game Creators have released App Game Kit version 2 (http://www.appgamekit.com/). App Game Kit lets developers use BASIC or C++ to create games for mobile devices. The version 2 release adds new features including animated 3D features, Bullet physics support and Assimp 3D model format importing.
AppGameKit is available for Mac OS X, Windows, and Linux platforms and apps can be deployed cross platform including iOS, Android, Windows, Blackberry, Mac and Linux. The “pay once, royalty free” price has been reduced to US$79.
Alongside this release are four new DLCs that complement the core AppGameKit product. There are two detailed user guides designed and written to take any novice coder and turn them into an expert game developer. Written by educationalist Alistair Stewart, the Guides are available in two versions; the Official AppGameKit Beginners Guide ($29.99) for novice users, and the Official AppGameKit User Guide ($39.99) covering more programming subjects.
To aid developers,...
HoudahSpot for Mac OS X lets upgrade and French localization
Houdah Software (www.houdah.com) has announced HoudahSpot 4.1, an update to the file search utility for OS X.
The tool builds upon Spotlight and adds a criteria editor, customizable results display, search templates, preview of text matches and more. HoudahSpot 4.1 brings new features and a French localization. HoudahSpot is now availble in English, German and French language versions.
Houdah Spot requires OS X Yosemite or El Capitan. It costs US$29 for a single-user license. A demo is available for download. A family license is available for $44. Upgrades are priced $17 and $26, respectively. HoudahSpot licenses purchased on or after Nov. 1, 2014, are valid for both HoudahSpot 3.x and 4.x versions.
AKVIS Neon for Mac OS X gets faster with version 1.5
AKVIS has announced a free update of its Neon software. The program creates glowing lines effects, transforming pictures into shining drawings. The new version (1.5) increases the processing speed and new hi-res printing options.
With Neon, you can create a glowing landscape or an extraordinary portrait, or just slightly outline edges making a picture more interesting and expressive. Version 1.5 now renders images two times faster. It also improves the Print dialog with new options to print super high res images on multiple pages
All registered users of Neon v.1.0 can upgrade to version 1.5 for free. A demo is available for download. On the Mac platform, Neon requires Mac OS X 10.6 or higher. It’s available as an independent standalone application and as a plugin filter for Adobe Photoshop, Photoshop Elements, Corel PaintShop Pro, and other image editors.
The product sells for $39 for Home license (Plugin or Standalone, without Colorize option), $49 for Home Deluxe license (both...
Waves Audio shipping the Greg Wells VoiceCentric Plugin
Waves Audio, a provider of digital signal processing solutions, is now shipping the Waves Greg Wells VoiceCentric plugin, part of the Waves Signature Series. It’s the first in a line of Greg Wells Signature Series plugins, created in collaboration with multiple GRAMMY-nominated producer, songwriter, musician and mixing engineer Greg Wells.
Greg Wells VoiceCentric is a plugin featuring one main control and three additional controls for Wells' customized Delay, Doubler and Reverb settings. The plugin gives you quick access to Greg Wells’ sonic signature.
It normally costs US$149, but is on sale for $99 for a limited time. Go to www.waves.com/plugins/greg-wells-voicecentric for more info.
Logitech unveils accessories specially designed for the iPad Pro
Logitech has unveiled accessories designed in collaboration with Apple for the new iPad Pro: the Logi CREATE Backlit Keyboard Case with Smart Connector and the Logi CREATE Protective Case with Any-angle Stand.
The Logi CREATE Keyboard Case is the first third-party keyboard on the market to leverage Apple’s new Smart Connector, eliminating the need to power on, connect or charge the keyboard, says Michele Hermann, vice president of mobility at Logitech. Both Logi CREATE products offer thin and light front and back protection, and the tightly-woven premium fabric resists accidental bumps, scratches and spills.
Through leveraging the Smart Connector, the $149.99 Logi CREATE Keyboard automatically powers on and securely connects with the super-sized iPad when it’s placed in the typing position; no Bluetooth pairing is necessary. The keyboard is powered by the iPad Pro.
The Logi CREATE Backlit Keyboard Case features full-size 19 mm keys, and adjustable backlighting. The iOS shortcut keys...
Nexmo releases Verify SDK for iOS
Verify SDK is a white-labeled SDK that allows developers to manage user identities across multiple devices and platforms without building a complex user management backend. Complimenting Verify API, Verify SDK adds a new level of security by tying phone numbers to unique device IDs, and introduces a subscription model, complementing the unique pay-per-conversion billing method.
With one line of code, Verify SDK delivers user verification and authentication out of the box and saves development and design resources. Verify SDK offers the UX framework for verification right from the UI to collect a user’s phone number, the UI displayed when a user receives a code, and the UI...
Just Mobile announces AluPlug, a luxury USB wall charger
Just Mobile has introduce the AluPlug (www.just-mobile.com), an US$29.95, luxury aluminum wall charger.With two full-power USB ports, it will plug into any standard wall socket to deliver fast and reliable charging.
The 2-port USB outlet can quickly charge your devices, and the LED indicator “softly lights up your cozy home,” says Nils Gustafsson, co-founder of Just Mobile. The smart IC Auto-Detect technology inside also ensure stable current and the best allocation of the current in order to provide fast-charging, he adds.
Deliver Express now supports Mac OS X El Capitan
Zevrix Solutions has announced Deliver Express 2.5.3, a compatibility update to its automated solution to send and share files across the Internet and local networks.
Deliver Express processes files automatically from watched hot folders and can serve multiple users on a network with a single copy of the program. The software offers email notifications, file compression, detailed history and more. The new version makes Deliver Express compatible with Mac OS X 10.11 El Capitan.
Deliver Express can be purchased from the Zevrix website (www.zevrix.com)The license prices are based on the maximum number of allowed destinations and range from US$29.95 to $299.95. The update is free for licensed customers. A demo is a
Apple plans series of ‘Apple TV Tech Talks’ for developers
Apple is planning a series of “Apple TV Tech Talks” for developers that will be held in various cities starting in December and running through Feb. 3.
According to Apple, the Tech Talks will offer “technical information on building and designing for tvOS” and allow attendees to “learn refined coding techniques, and obtain valuable development instruction from Apple experts.” You’re encouraged to register (https://developer.apple.com/tech-talks/#9to5Mac) by Nov, 13, 10 (Pacific) for an opportunity to attend.
Tech Talks will be held in Toronto, Los Angeles, Austin, Seattle, Cupertino, Berlin, London, New York, Tokyo, and Sydney. Morning sessions will run from 9 a.m. to noon and focus on designing apps for tvOS, implementing focus-driven user interfaces, integrating the Siri Remote and game controllers, leveraging TVML for media apps, and enabling On-Demand Resources. A
Afternoon sessions, from 1-5 pm, will allow attendees to dive deeper into technologies for graphics and gaming,...
NewerTech announces HDMI Headless Video Accelerator for the Mac...
NewerTech has announced the NewerTech HDMI Headless Video Accelerator, a simple adapter that plugs into the Mac mini’s HDMI display port to make display-free “headless” Mac minis used as storage and media servers think that there’s a display attached.
Using the adapter, video drivers are loaded and the GPU (graphics processing unit) is fully activated for 100% full video performance with no more choppy images or mouse lags, according to the folks at NewerTech. Plugging the NewerTech HDMI Headless Video Accelerator into the HDMI port of your mini activates its GPU, even without a display, emulating resolution displays up to 1080p, so your remote interface works exactly how you'd expect.
The NewerTech HDMI Headless Video Accelerator is available for US$19.50 through Other World Computing (http://tinyurl.com/po9mxlk) and major retailers.
ActivePrint Pro designed to let you print from an iPad Pro
Pocket Watch has unveiled ActivePrint Pro (http://tinyurl.com/nbnc9ml) for the iPad Pro, which goes on sale tomorrow. With the $4.99 app installed on an iPad Pro (or iPad Air or iPhone), you can print any document or photo to any printer via cloud printing ((iCloud Drive, Dropbox, Box, Microsoft SkyDrive, etc.).
Apple says that the iPad Pro will be available to order online Wednesday, Nov. 11, from Apple.com and will arrive at Apple’s retail stores, select carriers and Apple Authorized Resellers later this week. The Apple Pencil and Apple’s new Smart Keyboard, will also be available to order.
The iPad Pro starts at $799 for the 32GB with Wi-Fi model and $1,079 for the Wi-Fi + Cellular 128GB model and comes in three metallic finishes including silver, gold and space gray. It can be purchased at Apple.com, Apple’s Retail stores, select carriers and select Apple Authorized Resellers.
TaskCard 2.0 for Mac OS X gets sticky notes support, more
The Alchemist Guild has announced TaskCard 2 for Mac OS X. It’s an update of the app for writing outlines, taking notes, to-do lists and organizing projects.
Version 2.0 offers full support for sticky notes, integration with Mac events, simple bullet lists with row numbering and tabbed cards and more. According to the Alchemists, the new version was designed from the ground up to be a totally unique experience on the Mac while taking full advantage of the latest features OS X.
TaskCard 2 requires Mac OS X Yosemite or El Capitan. A demo is available for download; registration is US$15.
WDLabs enables Internet of Things for app, device developers
WDLabs, a business growth incubator of storage solutions leader Western Digital Corp., is utilizing its WD My Cloud OS3 device in conjunction with the IBM Internet of Things (IoT) Foundation and the ARM mbed IoT Device Platform to provide developers a flexible platform to support advanced analytics and data application services.
At the ARM TechCon conference in Santa Clara, CA, WDLabs will be demonstrating a proof-of-concept on how the WD My Cloud OS 3 SDK provides a platform for developing applications at the edge. In addition, IoT sensor data may be stored and analyzed when integrated with the ARM mbed IoT Device Platform and IBM IoT Foundation.
Together the companies create a viable infrastructure for developers to create better and smarter apps that process IoT and video data at the edge, according to Richard E. Rutledge, SVP of marketing, WDLabs He adds that Western Digital, IBM and ARM play three significant roles to enable the development in an end-to-end IoT infrastructure...
IK Multimedia unveils Miroslav Philharmonik 2
IK Multimedia has announced Miroslav Philharmonik (www.philharmonik.com), its expressive orchestral collection for Mac OS X and Windows.
Made in conjunction with master musician Miroslav Vitous, it comes with over 1,000 new sounds that include strings, woodwinds and brass in both solo and ensemble forms. In total, Miroslav Philharmonik offers a 55GB-plus content library with over 2,500 instruments sampled in high-resolution audio with multiple articulations plus over 30 professional quality effects, three playback engines, a synthesizer section, a built-in mixer and more.
Miroslav Philharmonik 2 can be purchased as a direct digital download from the IK store or select music retailers worldwide, or as a boxed version with a USB flash drive. Current owners of Miroslav Philharmonik can pre-order the upgrade for $199.99 for direct download or $229.99 for a boxed copy.
Users with qualifying IK software can get pre-order crossgrade for $299.99 for a direct download or $329.99 for a boxed...
Martini Storyboarding plug-in available for Premiere Pro CC 2015
PowerProduction Software, a developer of visualization software for film and video production, and MacVideo Promo, a promotion company that offers exclusive deals on tools for video editors, have announced that the Martini 2 storyboarding plug-in now supports Adobe Premiere Pro CC 2015 on Mac OS X and Windows.
It’s a post-production plug-in designed to bring the creativity of visualization into video editing. Rather than breaking the flow of a work-in-progress with "white-text-on-a-black-background" slugs, Martini lets you create shots that look like scenes that have yet to be shot.
Martini is available for purchase from the Martini website (www.martiniquickshot.com) for a limited-time price of $99. The regular price is $200. A 30-day demo is available for download.
iPad Pro available for pre-order on Wednesday
Apple has announced that the iPad Pro will be available to order online Wednesday, Nov. 11, from Apple.com and will arrive at Apple’s retail stores, select carriers and Apple Authorized Resellers starting later this week. The Apple Pencil and Apple’s new Smart Keyboard, will also be available to order.
“The early response to iPad Pro from app developers and our customers has been incredible, and we’re excited to get iPad Pro into the hands of customers around the world this week,” Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing, said in a press release. “iPad Pro is the most powerful iPad we’ve ever made, giving users the ability to be even more creative and more productive with the epic 12.9-inch Retina display, powerful 64-bit A9X chip and groundbreaking Apple Pencil and new Smart Keyboard. We can’t wait to see what they do with iPad Pro.”
The iPad Pro starts at $799 for the 32GB with Wi-Fi model and $1,079 for the Wi-Fi + Cellular 128GB model and comes in...
Knowledge Miner releases Insights 4.0 for OS X
KnowledgeMiner Software has released Insights 4.0, an update to its Mac OS X (10.10 or higher) application that implements original, self-learning modeling algorithms for development of reliable predictive models from data.
With ready-to-use Python and Objective-C source code implementation of developed models into web, iOS, or OS X development projects, Insights 4.0 takes cost and time-to-deploy measures to a new level of applicability and value for academic users and app developers, according to the folks at KnowledgeMiner.
Taking observational data that describe a system or process, the software constructs a working mathematical model of that system by AI-powered, self-organizing knowledge extraction technologies. It implements a set of modeling tools such as self-detection of relevant input factors, cost-optimized and prevalence-sensitive classification, or similar patterns recognition, which is applied to health and life sciences related problems, energy forecasting, sales...
24U rolls out 24U Toolbox Plug-In 2.0
FileMaker solutions provider, 24U Software (http://www.24usoftware.com/), has announced 24U Toolbox Plug-In 2.0, an update to their data processing extension for FileMaker Pro 13. 2
4U Toolbox Plug-In is designed to help FileMaker developers in their daily work by providing a toolbox of the most commonly needed simple but powerful functions. Version 2.0 brings full 64-bit support for FileMaker Pro with improved stability on server, as well as a better registration interface.
24U Toolbox Plug-In is available as shareware. User can install it and try it out for 14 days for free. After this period, 24U Toolbox Plug-In can stop working and require a registration code.
Licenses for 24U Toolbox Plug-In start at US$49 per user and $499 per server. Existing customers can upgrade to the new version at 50 percent off the regular price if placing order within 14 days upon release, and 30 percent off if buying later.
Customers who have bought 24U Toolbox Plug-In within the last 30 days before...
NetShred X updated for El Capitan
Mireth Technology Corp. has released version 4.8.6 of NetShred X, its Internet eraser app that erases browsing data: internet cache, history, mail and more.
Version 4.8.6 includes adds support for OS X 10.11 El Capitan, Thunderbird 38, and Apple Mail 9. NetShred X is designed to run automatically, without user intervention. Since erasing temporary internet files can take some time, its runs in the background.
NetShred X is available for immediate download, or on CD-ROM, starting at US$24.95 for an annual subscription. Educational pricing and volume discounts are available. NetShred X runs on Mac OS X. For more info, go to http://mireth.com/products/netshred/ .
Walgreens launches loyalty program integration with Apple Pay
Walgreens Balance Rewards members can now use their account through Apple Pay without separately scanning a Balance Rewards card or barcode. More than 85 million active Balance Rewards members will have the ability to earn and redeem loyalty points via Apple Pay, the easy, secure and private way to pay, says Sona Chawla, president of digital and chief marketing officer for Walgreens.
Users can simply add the Balance Rewards digital card to the Wallet app in iOS 9 and use it at checkout with Apple Pay. Members hold their iPhone near the contactless reader with a finger on Touch ID and the appropriate rewards information will be sent. With they Apple Watch, you can just double-click the side button, select your Balance Rewards card, and hold the face of Apple Watch up to the reader.
Apple Pay works with the iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus and Apple Watch.
Beamer 3.0 lets you stream video from a Mac to Apple TV and...
Tupil has announced Beamer 3.0, an upgrade to their Mac OS X (Yosemite or El Capitan) video streaming app. It allows users to stream any video file from a Mac to any Apple TV or Chromecast or Google Cast-supported HDTV.
The app streams video directly, so it will be played natively on the streaming devices. Version 3.0 brings support for Chromecast devices, quick selection of playback options, a redesigned interface, improved playlist controls, new sound playback and subtitle options, and more.
Beamer 3.0 costs US$19.99 and is available through the Beamer website (http://beamer-app.com/). Existing Beamer 2 owners can upgrade via Beamer's "Pay What You Want" upgrade program. .
SoftRAID announces SoftRAID Lite
SoftRAID has released SoftRAID Lite, a software RAID utility powered by the SoftRAID 5 engine. SoftRAID Lite replaces Apple RAID, which is no longer supported in Mac OS X El Capitan. It’s designed to make it easy for Mac users to create and manage software RAID 0 and RAID 1 arrays.
RAID functionality was removed from Disk Utility in El Capitan, leaving a gap in functionality for users that want to take advantage of RAID to improve system reliability and performance. SoftRAID Lite restores software mirroring (RAID 1) and striping (RAID 0) to the Mac, while adding the advanced features and disk health monitoring of the SoftRAID engine. SoftRAID Lite volumes are bootable and can be used on any Mac running OS X 10.6.8 (Snow Leopard) or later.
SoftRAID Lite has nearly all the features of the professional version of SoftRAID, except for RAID 4, RAID 5, RAID 1+0 support, Email Notification, and the command line interface.
SoftRAID has also introduced the SoftRAID forum, an online knowledge...
BatchOutput for Microsoft Excel now supports OS X El Capitan
Zevrix Solutions has announced BatchOutput XLS 2.3.1, a compatibility update to its output automation solution for Microsoft Excel on Mac OS X.
In addition to batch printing and PDF exporting, the software lets users carry out automated professional PDF production directly from Excel, eliminating the need for post-processing. The new version makes BatchOutput XLS compatible with Mac OS X 10.11 El Capitan and addresses processing issues with Office 2008/2011.
BatchOutput XLS can be purchased for $39.95 from the Zevrix website (www.zevrix.com). A demo is available for download. BatchOutput XLS requires Mac OS X 10.6 - 10.11 and Microsoft Excel 2008, 2011 or 2016.
Graphic Node revamps its Template Collection for iWork
Graphic Node (http://graphicnode.com) has released Bundle for iWork 4.0 for OS X, a revamped application previously marketed as Set for iWork.
Bundle for iWork packs over 2,000 unique designs for Pages documents, 270 spreadsheet templates for Numbers, 116 slideshow themes for Keynote, and 1,170 images for illustrating users' content. Beside the new name, this version will feature over 400 previously unreleased designs, and full support for OS X El Capitan. There’s also a price drop from $49.99 to $39.99.
After the latest update, Bundle for iWork carries a selection of designs: over 2,000 unique designs for Pages documents, 270 spreadsheet templates for Numbers, 116 slideshow themes for Keynote, and 1,170 images for illustrating users' content. They cover everything from brochures and business cards to vacation planners to photos and 3D objects. All templates are available in the US and international paper sizes.
"This is our key product for iWork, so we pay special attention to...
Maintain serves up Cocktail 9.1 (El Capitan Edition)
Maintain has announced Cocktail 9.1 (El Capitan Edition), the latest maintenance update for users running OS X El Capitan 10.11.
Cocktail is a general purpose utility for OS X that lets users clean, repair and optimize their Macs. This version adds ability to repair disk permissions and ability to reset home directory ACLs. It also contains new "Force Empty Trash" (with ability to securely empty the Trash) Automator action and resolves a number of other issues discovered in the previous release.
Cocktail 9.1 (El Capitan Edition) requires OS X El Capitan 10.11 to run. Cocktail (Yosemite Edition) for OS X 10.10, Cocktail (Mavericks Edition) for OS X 10.9, Cocktail (Mountain Lion Edition) for OS X 10.8 and Cocktail (Lion Edition) for OS X 10.7 are available for download.
Cocktail costs $19 for a single user license and is available for purchase from the Maintain website (http://www.maintain.se/cocktail). A demo is available. When unregistered, Cocktail runs in demo mode and will expire...
Pollen VC, Priori Data announce App Developer Millionaires Index
The app economy is maturing, opening up opportunities for a growing middle-class of app developers and companies to make it big. This is the key finding of The Millionaires Index, a research “snapshot” released as the first phase of a new research program spearheaded by Pollen VC (https://pollen.vc/#/), a FinTech company giving developers quicker access to their app store revenues, together with Priori Data (www.prioridata.com), a data-driven mobile app store intelligence company.
The Index reveals that a total of 1,887 app developers and companies have already generated $1 million in revenues from a mix of app purchases and in-app purchases in the last 12 months. The research draws on recent app store data and a review of “ranked”' apps, defined as apps that have been listed among the top grossing apps in the Apple App Store and Google Play to track growth in the number of Long Tail app developers and map their monthly revenues. Key findings include:
° Games continue to be the...
Fujitsu launches ScanSnap Sync
Fujitsu (www.fujitsu.com) has introduced ScanSnap Sync, which is designed to easier than ever for ScanSnap scanner customers to access and manage their scanned documents across multiple devices.
When scanning to an iOS or Android mobile device with the “ScanSnap Connect” app or launching ScanSnap Organizer on a Mac or PC documents are automatically synchronized with supported cloud services, utilizing the ScanSnap Sync application. Customers can then make edits to the documents and those changes are synchronized back to the mobile device when stored in the preconfigured ScanSnap Sync folder.
ScanSnap Sync is available now, via a free online update, and is compatible with the entire ScanSnap scanner lineup, including the ScanSnap iX500, iX100, SV600, S1300i and S1100i.
XcodeGhost still haunting ‘dozens’ of Apple mobile apps
Dozens of U.S. enterprises are still using Apple mobile apps seeded with malware for a clever hacking scheme revealed last month known as XcodeGhost.
The computer security firm FireEye said it detected that 210 enterprises that are still using infected apps, showing that the XcodeGhost malware "is a persistent security risk," according to computerworld.com. Last month, more than 4,000 applications were found to have been modified with a counterfeit version of Xcode, an application development tool from Apple. The malicious version, dubbed XcodeGhost, adds hidden code to apps, which can collect identifying information about a device or even open URLs.
In October Apple issued a statement in response to the XcodeGhost, saying that it has removed all infected apps it is aware of from the App Store and is working with developers to ensure they are using a legitimate version of Xcode.
"We’ve removed the apps from the App Store that we know have been created with this counterfeit software,"...
TapCommerce is a new mobile SMB solution
TapPublisher has launched TapCommerce, a mobile e-commerce solution for SMB and local businesses aimed to help them grow their sales and build customer loyalty.
It’s an app editor for creating native iPhone apps using a powerful drag-and-drop builder tool. TapPublisher uses 100 percent native iOS API [application programming interface] and Objective-C, says Frederic Aloe, co-founder and CEO.
Users create their app using a tool based on drag and drop. They can either use an app template (food trucks, restaurants, local producers, retailers, etc.) or create their app by adding modules from a comprehensive list (catalog, cart, payment , loyalty card, etc.). Apps can also integrate content from external sources such as Wordpress, YouTube, Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. Each app can then be designed in their own unique style.
Before publishing, they can be previewed and tested in real conditions thanks to TapPlayer a free companion app available on the Apple App Store. Once the app is...
Sound Siphon 2.0.2 brings Free Public API for Mac Audio Capture
Static Z Software (http://staticz.com) has announced Sound Siphon 2.0.2, an update to their audio capture application for Mac OS X.
The $39 app makes your Mac's audio output available as an audio input device. Version 2.0.2 sports a public API (application programming interface) for third party developers, enabling them to access Sound Siphon's application audio capture abilities. Now a developer can add the ability to record application audio to their own Mac app. A demo is available for download.
CS Odessa adds solution for creating SIPOC diagrams
CS Odessa has announced the availability of a new Business Process Mapping solution in the ConceptDraw Solution Park.
The solution, based on ConceptDraw Pro’s vector drawing features, allows you to build diagrams and is available for $25 to current owners of ConceptDraw Pro 10. The new solution turns the software into a way to diagram suppliers, inputs, process, outputs, customers (SIPOC) diagrams. The solution allows users to define the scope of work for a team and helps one to identify at a high level any potential gaps between what a process expects from its suppliers and what customers expect from the process.
A SIPOC diagram maps processes and finds potential gaps between suppliers and inputs specifications. Also the Business Process Mapping solution will identify breaks between outputs specifications and customers’ expectations, thus defining the scope for process improvement activities.The new Business Process Mapping solution is available now for professionals who capture and...
Apple releases new developer betas of OS X 10.11.2, iOS 9.2, tvOS
Apple has made available betas of Mac OS X 10.11.2, iOS 9.2, and tvOS 9.1 to developers. tvOS is only compatible with the new fourth-generation Apple TV with Siri Remote. (By the way, Apple is again warning that devices running iOS 9.2 can’t be restored to earlier versions of iOS.)
The new betas are available through the Software Update section of the Mac App Store and through the Apple Developer Center (https://developer.apple.com).
Package Central for Adobe InDesign now supports El Capitan
Zevrix Solutions has announced Package Central 1.9.3, a compatibility update to its document packaging automation solution for Adobe InDesign.
The software automates InDesign document collection by processing files from hot folders. Package Central offloads file packaging to a central system leaving operator workstations free from the collection process. The new version adds support for the recently released Mac OS X 10.11 El Capitan.
Package Central can be purchased for $149.95 from the Zevrix website (www.zevrixcom). A demo is available for download. Package Central requires Mac OS X 10.5-10.11 and Adobe InDesign CS4-CC 2015.