Output Factory for Adobe InDesign update improves alternate...
Zevrix Solutions (www.zevrix.com) has released Output Factory 1.5.18, a maintenance update to its output automation solution for Adobe InDesign.
Output Factory automates printing, exporting and post-processing from InDesign and offers batch processing, export as single pages, variable file names, layer versioning, preflighting, output history and more. The new version addresses an issue in which a bug in InDesign installation could result in incorrect output results.
Output Factory can be purchased from the Zevrix website for US$169.95. There's a "lite" version for $120 and a server version for $700. A demo is available for download. BatchOutput users can upgrade to Output Factory for $84.97. Output Factory requires Mac OS X 10.6 or higher and Adobe InDesign CS3-CC 2014.
Pomodoro Time is new time, task management tool for OS X
XwaveSoft (http://xwavesoft.com) has introduced Pomodoro Time 1.0, the Mac version of their time management app for the iPhone and iPad.
The app provides a mix of timeboxing, timed rest stops, task management, a goal completion list, and customized productivity analysis. You can view and compare weekly or monthly progress of total time spent on tasks to accurately adjust actions to be more efficient. The app syncs between Macs, iPhones, and iPads.
The Pomodoro Technique is based on the idea that individuals are more likely to produce results and complete activities with a break down of work into intervals of 25 minutes, separated by short breaks. Pomodoro Time allows users to customize task duration outside of the standard timeframe to fit individual needs, from five minutes to 60 minutes with customized breaks in between.
Pomodoro Time requires Mac OS X 10.8 or higher and costs US$2.99. It's available worldwide through the Mac App Store in the Productivity category.
Klevr Furniture offers Storage-Top Desk for Mac
Klevr Furniture has announces their Storage-Top Desk for Mac, a functional design built specifically for iMacs and MacBooks. Each desk is made to order and conveniently stows away cables, power adaptors, and additional clutter.
Table-top notches are strategically placed for MacBook and iMac connectors, and movable panels allow easy access to storage. It's designed to offer plenty of work space for a Mac user and provide storage underneath for printers and accessories.
The desktop has three movable panels, each containing portholes for various devices. The center panel contains a central notch for the iMac's rear plugs, while the two other panels offer notches that line up with the ports on the sides of MacBooks. Additional front and back notches are available for supplementary devices and wires; plus they double as finger-grooves for easy removal of panels.
Panels glide on felt-lined rails and hang aside the desk when accessing the storage compartment. The two side panels are 12...
Dart for Mac lets you crete emails from your menubar
Moople has announced Dart (http://dart.email), a menubar app for the Mac that allows you to create and send emails with predefined answers.
The recipient just has to click a button to reply. According to the folks at Moople, there's no worrying about composing a message, less opportunity for procrastination and no ambiguity.
You can either send a Dart message with answers you define. If you really have to send a short message, you switch to regular mode which supports a whole 200 characters
Dart requires OS X 10.9 or later. It costs US$3.99 and is available worldwide exclusively through the Mac App Store in the Productivity category.
Apple to invest €1.7 billion in new European data centers
Apple has announced a €1.7 billion plan to build and operate two data centers in Europe, each powered by 100% renewable energy.
The facilities, located in County Galway, Ireland, and Denmark’s central Jutland, will power Apple’s online services including the iTunes Store, App Store, iMessage, Maps and Siri for customers across Europe.
"We are grateful for Apple’s continued success in Europe and proud that our investment supports communities across the continent," said CEO Tim Cook in a press release. "This significant new investment represents Apple’s biggest project in Europe to date. We’re thrilled to be expanding our operations, creating hundreds of local jobs and introducing some of our most advanced green building designs yet."
Apple supports nearly 672,000 European jobs, including 530,000 jobs directly related to the development of iOS apps. Since the App Store’s debut in 2008, developers across Europe have earned more than €6.6 billion through the worldwide sale of apps.
uFlysoft Mac Data Recovery for Mac OS X revved to version 1.8.5
uFlysoft Studio has announced uFlysoft Mac Data Recovery 1.8.5 for Mac OS X. The software lets you recover files from various devices such as Mac-based hard drives, external hard drives, iPads, iPod touches, iPods, pen drives, USB drives and more.
Version 1.8.5 offers more features to help in recovering all kinds of file formats. It comes with a stronger capacity for recovering more high quality files with a faster recovering speed, according to the folks at uFlysoft Data Recovery.
uFlysoft Data Recovery works with Mac OS X 10.6 and higher. You can get the free download and free scan version on the uFlysoft website (http://www.uflysoft.com).
DEVONagent 3.9 introduces Inspectors for even better web...
DEVONtechnologies (http://www.devontechnologies.com) has updated all editions of its Internet search and research tool DEVONagent to verson 3.9.
DEVONagent is a research assistant equipped with artificial intelligence. It searches multiple sources for relevant results, and gives you power tools for your research. The new version cleans up the user interface, comes with an improved see-also algorithm, is faster, and fixes some bugs. The updates are free and recommended for all users.
All editions of DEVONagent require an Intel-based Mac and OS X 10.7.5 or later (in the Mac App Store: OS X 10.8.3 or later). They can be downloaded from DEVONtechnologies online and be test-driven for free before they need to be properly licensed.
All editions of DEVONagent are also available in the Mac App Store. DEVONagent Pro and Express can be bought as part of bundles together with DEVONthink in DEVONtechnologies' online shop.
DEVONagent Pro costs US$49.95 ($49.99 in the Mac App Store). DEVONagent...
Apple launches repair program for MacBook Pros with video issues
Apple has launched a MacBook Pro repair extension program for video issues. The company says it's determined that a "small percentage" of MacBook Pro systems may exhibit distorted video, no video, or unexpected system restarts.
These MacBook Pro systems were sold between February 2011 and December 2013. Apple or an Apple Authorized Service Provider will repair affected MacBook Pro systems, free of charge. Go to http://tinyurl.com/lftfdbe for details on affected models and service options.
As of Feb. 20, the repair process will be available in the U.S. and Canada. In other countries, it will be available starting Feb. 27. An affected MacBook Pro may display one or more of the following symptoms:
° Distorted or scrambled video on the computer screen;
° No video on the computer screen (or external display) even though the computer is on;
° Computer restarts unexpectedly
Products affected include:
° 15-inch and 17-inch MacBook Pro models manufactured in 2011;
° 15-inch MacBook Pro with...
VizMac is new Visio Viewer for Mac
Vandaurico has announced VizMac, a Visio viewer for OS X (10.6 or higher) that allows anyone to view, save and print Visio drawings and diagrams on their Mac.
The utility enables users to discover the advantages of using Visio drawings, charts, and illustrations in a Mac environment. Visio files saved as binary (.vsd) files must first be decoded using the VizMac web service before being able to view the drawing or diagram in VizMac. This transaction takes place in the background and is transparent to the end user.
VizMac costs US$3.99. It's available from Vandaurico online (http://www.vizmac.com) or on the Mac App Store.
PhotoVideoCollage is new, free video collage maker for Mac
Bits&Coffee has released PhotoVideoCollage 1.0 (http://photovideocollage.com/), a free Mac app that helps users create photo and video collages enhanced with music, and custom built for sharing on Instagram, Vine, Facebook, and YouTube.
Users can add photos and videos, and mix the soundtracks with their favorite music. You start by selecting a layout template from a multitude of presets. Photos and videos can then be added to the layout, and additional settings like border width, curvature, color, and texture can be set. The placement of the photos and videos inside the collage can be changed with drag and drop.
PhotoVideoCollage allows the user to edit each video by choosing which segment of the video to play. An MP3 or WAV audio file can also be added with the option of selecting the starting position. The audio stream can then be mixed with the soundtracks of previously imported videos.
After the photo and video collage has been completed, the user can preview the collage...
KOAMTAC releases version 3.0 KDC barcode, payment SDK
KOAMTAC (www.KOAMTAC.com) has updated its iOS, Android, and Windows compatible software development kit (SDK).
The upgrade offers APIs (application programming interfaces] s that communicate between all major smart devices, PCs, KOAMTAC KDC Bluetooth barcode scanners, transaction and mobile POS companions. The SDK enables developers to integrate support for all these features into mobile application and provides their customers with full barcode and payment solutions with a single SDK.
KOAMTAC says the SDK doesn't require the developer to have extensive source code knowledge. All programming will refer to the KOAMTAC proprietary developer program known as, KTSimpleDemo. This is a simple source code tool provided within the new software. What's more, developers will not need to change existing application source code, and may simply update the SDK by utilizing these features.
Developers may take advantage of the complimentary version 3.0 SDK, as well as, enjoy the full benefits...
Monotype, Lippincott unveil curated ‘Brands With Heart’...
Monotype Imaging Holdings —a provider of typefaces, technology and expertise for creative applications and consumer devices — and Lippincott, a global branding firm, have introduced the Brands with Heart Collection.
The curated collection features a palette of typefaces selected for their distinct personalities and idiosyncratic tendencies as well as their ability to convey the humanistic elements of a brand’s persona. The collection was inspired by recent work completed by Lippincott and Monotype, while designing a new brand identity and custom typeface for Southwest Airlines.
For more information about the collection, go to www.monotype.com/brandswithheart. To access "Welcome to the Human Era," a Lippincott report on the key characteristics and behaviors of Human Era brands, visit www.humanerabrands.com .
MCE Fovea Extreme 3 is a Mac compatible, Blu-ray drive
MCE Technologies (MCE) is shipping the MCE Fovea Extreme 3, a portable, lightweight, USB 3.0 slot-loading optical drive that allows access to all Blu-ray, DVD, and CD optical disc formats on Macs with no built-in optical drive.
It can read and record data and high definition video to 25GB, 50GB, 100GB, and 128GB Blu-ray recordable discs, as well as M-Disc Blu-ray media. Included with the drive is Mac Blu-ray Player software, allowing the playback of commercial Blu-ray titles in high definition directly on the Mac.
In addition to playing and recording Blu-ray media, the drive plays and records all DVD and CD formats as well. The Fovea Extreme 3 measures only 5.6 x 5.9 x 0.75 inches and weighs in at only 11 ounces. It retails for US$119 and is available immediately at http://tinyurl.com/mby29pg.
QNAP releases Q'center app for managing multiple QNAP NAS...
QNAP (www.qnap.com) has released Q'center, an app that can centrally manage multiple QNAP Network-attached Storage (NAS) units with visualized statistics, allowing IT administrators to check QNAP NAS information and status for troubleshooting.
Q'center provides immediate and complete information to assist IT administrators in making crucial decision, says Jimmy Yang, product manager of QNAP. The dashboard provides a view to monitor the status of QNAP NAS units, including disk volumes, real-time CPU usage, and server log information.
IT administrators can also create specific dashboards based on different scenarios to meet the needs of enterprise IT management. Reports are also available for IT administrators to check current and previous NAS statistics. IT administrators can also check the peak times of NAS network usage for optimizing network allocation.
Q'center provides the ability to create universal and unified NAS settings for managing multiple NAS units efficiently, allowing...
RESCUECOM lists common computer problems in Computer Repair...
RESCUE COM (http://www.rescuecom.com) has released a new Computer Repair Report outlining the top problems technology users experience. This report is a refresh of a previous report on the top computer problems; it covers all technology, including tablets, smart phones and Internet-connected devices. The computer repair report details the top 10 problems that plague technology in 2015.
To create the 2015 Computer Repair Report rankings, RESCUECOM performed a study of the technology and computer repair service calls for the past 12 months. The top problems, explained in full in the 2015 Computer Repair Report: are Internet connection problems (27.7%); viruses (19.3%); a slow computer (16.4%); computer and tablet hardware (8.1%); computer startup problems (7.3%); trouble with e-mail (6%); (tie) data transfer or recovery (4%) and printer setup or troubleshooting (4%); Windows OS troubleshooting (3.9%); application troubleshooting (1.8%); and user-caused problems (1.4%).
The top three...
AutoMailer for Mac OS X revved to version 2.2.2
Tension Software has announced AutoMailer 2.2.2, an update of its Mac OS X app that allows you to send personalized emails to multiple addresses, in text or web format, each merged with data from an internal database. It's been optimized for Mac OS X Yosemite.
AutoMailer lets you prepare and send an unlimited quantity of emails with a single click. Each email can have custom content depending on whom the recipient is. People receiving the emails won't notice any difference compared to standard emails and they will be able to reply to them as usual, according to the folks at Tension Software.
Version 2.2.2 sports: a better diagnostic for missing server parameters; better error messages in log; and better selection of server port. It also has improved, clearer, connection type names.
AutoMailer 2.2.2 requires Mac OS X 10.9 or higher and costs US$40. You can download it at the Mac App Store or the Tension Software website (www.tensionsoftware.com).
BatchOutput PDF 2.2.13 improves file reprinting, job folder...
Zevrix Solutions (www.zevrix.com) has released BatchOutput PDF 2.2.13, a maintenance update to its solution to automate PDF printing with watched hot folders on Mac OS X.
With BatchOutput PDF, users only need to drop PDFs into hot folders and the files will be printed automatically using the assigned output preset. The software saves customers the time and effort of opening and printing each document manually. The new version improves the app's ability to reprint processed files and optimizes job folder handling.
BatchOutput PDF can be purchased from Zevrix for US$24.95 (the server version is $99.95), as well as from authorized resellers and the Mac Apple Store. The update is free for licensed users of version 2. A demo is available for download. BatchOutput PDF requires Mac OS X 10.5 or higher (some features require Mac OS X 10.7 or later).
Records for Mac is a new personal database utility
Push Popcorn (http://pushpopcorn.com) has introduced Records 1.0 for Mac OS X, a personal database tool built around a WYSIWYG [what you see is what you get] Visual Editor.
The app lets users drag and drop form fields and start entering data instantly. No prior database knowledge is required and you don't have to write a single line of code. Records provides pre-filled lists, such as countries, currencies or credit cards, in order to speed up database creation.
Records for Mac 1.0 is available from the Mac App Store for US$49.99 It requires OS X Yosemite or newer.
3D Molecules Edit & Test 1.0 is a new chemistry app for Mac...
Virtual Space OOO has introduced 3D Molecules Edit & Test 1.0 (http://tinyurl.com/nra3ljf), a chemistry app for Mac OS X. It allows anyone to build and manipulate 3D molecular models of organic and inorganic compounds.
The key features are 3D printing support and a "test yourself" mode that allows students to check their knowledge of the 3D structure of molecules. 3D Molecules Edit & Test is designed especially for high school and college chemistry students learning about molecular bonding and orbitals with the aid of 3D visualization.
The molecules can be visualized in 3D using stick, ball and stick and space-filling (CPK) models. Important information about the molecule can be displayed. For example, it's possible to visualize the atomic orbitals, see electronic effects using arrows and identify bond lengths and element symbols.
3D Molecules Edit & Test requires OS X 10.7 or later. It costs US$6.99 and is available worldwide through the Mac App Store in the Education...
metroKit is a new metronome app for Mac OS X
Nikolas Konstantakopoulos from Granny's Audio has announced metroKit (http://tinyurl.com/q2l26k9), a flexible metronome for Mac OS X.
Equipped with speed, rhythm trainers and fully customizable beats and accents, the app can help even the most demanding musicians boost their skills, according to Konstantakopoulos. With custom accents, metroKit — which costs approximately US$3.42 — can help you practice paradiddles as well as strumming patterns for the stringed musicians. You can save and recall your settings, and start from where you stopped.
You can use the speed trainer to progressively increase the speed when practicing difficult exercises or riffs. Set the starting and target tempo, how much and after how many bars to increase the speed. When the target tempo is reached you can set metroKit to stop, or continue playing at that tempo.
Konstantakopoulos says you can master the precision of every rhythm you want with the metroKit's rhythm trainer. See how steady your playing is by...
Checkmarx adds support for Grovvy, Python
Checkmarx (www.checkmarx.com), an application security firm, says its source code analysis solution now fully supports code written in the growingly popular Python and Groovy programming languages.
Checkmarx develops software solutions to identify security vulnerabilities in web and mobile applications as they are being created. It's designed to help companies and organizations secure their mobile and web applications by providing a solution that identifies software security flaws at any stage in the development process, ensuring that any flaws that may have been overlooked are caught well before the software is released.
The company’s technology scans un-compiled/un-built source code quickly and effectively, identifying security vulnerabilities and regulatory compliance issues that are then reported to developers and security auditors with guidelines to fix them, says Maty Siman, chief technical officer of Checkmarx.
Xojo announces Xojo 2015 Release 1
Xojo, Inc. (http://www.xojo.com) has announced the availability of Xojo 2015 Release 1, a new release of their multi-platform rapid development tool.
It now includes the ability to develop both 32-bit and 64-bit native iOS applications. This latest release adds 170 general updates and 4 new features. In addition to the iOS improvements, this release also adds IDE improvements, language improvements and an updated version of SQLite.
Currently serving over 280,000 users worldwide, Xojo is an environment for professional developers, citizen developers and hobbyists. Xojo applications compile to machine code for both web and desktop applications for greater performance and security.
PSG launches Paragon Disk Wiper 15 for Mac OS X Free
Paragon Software Group (PSG) has launched Paragon Disk Wiper 15 for Mac OS X Free (http://www.paragon-software.com/home/dw-mac/). It's a utility to clean hard disks and SSDs or permanently erase critical data on separate partitions or entire hard disks.
With Disk Wiper for Mac, wiping is not accomplished under Mac OS X, but from a special Linux-based flash stick that can be easily created from the program. After booting the Mac from this device, the Wipe Wizard can irreversibly remove confidential data in just a few easy steps, according to the folks at PSG.
Multiple sanitization methods are available: SSD Trim (recommended for SSDs), selecting a specific algorithm, or a user-created method. Unlike traditional HDD-based wiping methods, SSD Trim works very quickly and is completely safe for SSDs, claims PSG.
Paragon Disk Wiper 15 for Mac OS X Free supports OS X 10.6 and higher. Paragon Mac ToolBox portal with additional solutions for dual-boot users is available at the PSG website.
Morningstar: Descent to Deadrock available for the Mac
Phoenix Online Publishing (www.POStudios.com) and Red Herring Labs have released Morningstar: Descent to Deadrock, an US$9.99, science fiction-themed, first-person point-and-click adventure for Mac and PC systems.
Here's how the game is described: "Crash-landed on a desolate, alien planet, what should have been a routine work-for-hire job for Powell has become a deadly mission to save the merchant vessel Morningstar and her crew. With one man dead and the captain gravely injured, Powell is on his own to repair the ship and find a way to escape the strange gravity well of the empty planet they've landed on.
"If the situation weren't dire enough, the only signs of life on the planet are the remains of a much larger and better equipped ship and her crew, all dead, and not by natural means. What—or who—brought down these ships and is killing their crews? Why? And can Powell find a way off-planet before he shares the same fate?"
SavvyDox releases new document management tool
SavvyDox (http://www.savvydox.com) has announced a new HTML5 browser-based reader for Mac OS X (10.8 or later) that allows users to review, suggest changes and approve documents from any browser, at any time, whether on a desktop, laptop, tablet or smartphone.
The solution is designed to enable groups of people to effectively collaborate on writing and reviewing complex documents. Users can post due dates for review and approvals, control printing privileges and create and respond to proposals with multiple contributing authors.
What's more, iPhone users have access to a dedicated app that's free to download from the Apple App Store. SavvyDox's presence on this platform complements its current availability on Mac, PC and iPad readers.
EarthDesk 6.5 adds screen spanning in Mavericks and Yosemite
Xeric Design (http://www.xericdesign.com) has updated EarthDesk, its real-time dynamic desktop map, to support screen spanning in Mac OS X Mavericks and Yosemite.
The app replaces your static desktop with an image of the Earth showing current sun, moon and city illumination, as well as global cloud coverage. The software operates silently in the background, keeping your desktop updated while you work. EarthDesk's dynamic desktop is continuously displayed as your desktop background.
Single user copies may be purchased for US$24.95. Upgrades are available for $12.95 for licensed users of version 5 and $17.95 for licensed users of versions 1-4. Cloud access is available starting at $9.95 for a single user. A bundle including EarthDesk and high-res cloud access is $32.95.
Polished Play Releases Core Animator 1.0 for Mac OS X
Polished Play has introduces Core Animator 1.0, an animation tool for Mac OS X. Available at the Mac App Store, the utility was developed to help designers, animators, and developers bring more creativity and interactivity to their apps.
Core Animator allows iOS and Mac developers to create animations and export them to native Objective-C or Swift code. Users can visually create 2D animations based on properties such as translation, scale, rotation and opacity. Several options help to smooth out the animations and give them life.
The interaction of all animations can be seen together in a project preview. Finally, native Objective-C or Swift code is generated for use in Xcode and Interface Builder:
Core Animator will save you time and money requires OS X Yosemite or later. For a limited time, it's on sale for US$79.99 (20% off) and available worldwide through the Mac App Store in the Developer Tools category. A trial version of the tool is available at the Polished Play website (...
AKVIS Magnifier 8.0 adds new print options
AKVIS (www.akvis.com) has announced AKVIS Magnifier 8.0, an update of the image resizing software that can be used both as a standalone application and plugin for Photoshop, on Mac OS X (10.6 and higher) and Windows. The program now lets you print "super high resolution images.
AKVIS Magnifier lets you resize images without loss in quality. It can not only reduce an image, but can also increase a picture by dozens of times with no artifacts or halos.
Version 8.0 offers new print options. Now it's possible to print "super high" resolution images on multiple pages to get professional-quality posters. It adds Dropbox to the list of publishing services and support for more RAW formats to the standalone version.
The plugin version is compatible with Adobe Photoshop and Photoshop Elements. You will find the Magnifier plugin in the Automate menu of Photoshop. The product sells for US$89.
Graphic Node updates Set for iWork
Graphic Node has again expanded its assortment of iWork templates with a new update of Set for iWork.
The pack for Apple's Pages, Keynote, and Numbers contains over 3,000 templates and images, while the recent update includes a new Graphics category and reduces the size of the download. Set for iWork covers everything from brochures and business cards to vacation planners to photos and newly added flat icons.
Set for iWork includes: over 1,500 designs for Pages documents, 210 spreadsheet templates for Numbers, 93 slideshow themes for Keynote, and 1,100 images for illustrating users' content. They cover everything from brochures and business cards to vacation planners to photos and newly added flat icons.
Set for iWork 2.1 requires Mac OS X 10.6.6 or higher and costs US$49.99. It's available worldwide exclusively through the Mac App Store in the Productivity category. For more information and design samples, users can visit Graphic Node's web site (http://graphicnode.com/).
AppleMacSoft releases MP3 Splitter for Mac OS X
AppleMacSoft ( http://www.applemacsoft.com/ ) has introduced MP3 Splitter for Mac OS X. The utility that enables you to crop and trim MP3, M4A and AAC audio files, or just rapidly split a large MP3 file into many smaller files. or to extract manually selected segments of an audio file to new audio files without reducing quality.
You can automatically split MP3 files based on silence, which is useful for LP, audiobooks and sound recordings. What's more, MP3 Splitter features a built-in audio player, making pre listening simple and easy.
The app requires requires Mac OS X 10.6 or later. It costs US$9.99.
Prosoft rolls out Drive Genius 4.0.1
Prosoft Engineering (www.prosofteng.com) has released Drive Genius 4.0.1, an update of its US$99 collection of software tools to speed up, clean up and protect your Mac. It's a maintenance upgrade.
Drive Genius 4 sported a new, enhanced interface that allows for running tools on multiple drives simultaneously. The DrivePulse tool alerts you to hard drive issues before they become major problems.
Drive Genius 4.0.1 is optimized for Yosemite and works with Mac OS X 10.8.3 and up. The new BootWell tool lets you create a special secondary drive to Defrag or Repair your main hard drive. You can also personalize and organize your Mac’s drive and folder icons with IconGenius.
Tropical Software announces Fastspring partnership
Tropical Software has announced a new eCommerce partnership with Fastspring to market and sell Tropical's Mac software.
"Fastspring has helped us design an entirely new app store. It has cleaner, fresher look than our old store, and we feel customers will find it easier to use and easier to enter and complete an order," says James Lee, owner of Tropical Software. "We feel it will offer a great, easy to use, and modern purchasing experience."
Tropical Software's Mac software products TopXNotes, 2Remember and Kitchen timer are now available in its new software store created in partnership with well-known eCommerce expert Fastspring. TopXNotes is a personal note manager. 2Remember is a reminder app with custom icons for different tasks. Kitchen Timer is an app for timing just about anything and allows you to wet multiple overlapping timers.
In conjunction with the new store (http://tinyurl.com/pulhahu), Tropical Store is offering discounts in our four Mac apps including:
° February 9-14...
iWork for iCloud apps now available for Windows, Android users
Apple has made its iWork apps — Pages, Numbers and Keynote — available to users of beyond Mac OS X and iOS apps. Yep, that means Windows and Android users.
The apps are accessible to users without an Apple device through the iCloud Beta program. Anyone can sign up for an Apple ID to access Pages, Numbers, and Keynote for free. Each account comes with 1GB of complementary iCloud storage.
Previously, you could only create an Apple ID login on a Mac, iPhone or iPad. In order to register an Apple ID, go to beta.icloud.com and click the link below the sign-in area that allows users to create an account. Users can then create a login with any email address.
24U Software updates FileMaker plug-ins
24U Software (http://www.24usoftware.com/) has announced an immediate availability of updating custom-developed FileMaker plug-ins and mobile apps for 64-bit architecture.
The new service includes identifying hidden issues, cleaning-up code, creating new builds for FileMaker Server 13 and iOS 8, and more. Owners of FileMaker plug-ins and iOS apps can now hire 24U to update their products for 64-bit versions of FileMaker Server and iOS.
Since Feb. 1, all new apps uploaded to the Apple App Store must support 64-bit architecture and be built for iOS 8. All new iOS devices, such as the new iPad Air or iPhone 6, are using a 64-bit architecture. So any new version of an existing iOS app must be optimized for iOS 8 and 64-bit processors in order to get approved by Apple for distribution on the App Store.
FileMaker started using 64-bit architecture for the web publishing engine in FileMaker Server 12 and made 64-bit architecture mandatory for all components of FileMaker Server with the...
Allegorithmic unveils Substance Designer 5
Allegorithmic (www.allegorithmic.com) has launched Substance Designer 5, the new iteration of its node-based texturing hub for the next generation of game artists. It introduces new features dedicated to next-gen procedural art, as well as pipeline enhancements designed to ensure consistency for large-scale teams as they share and reuse assets. Non-linear and non-destructive.
Substance Designer lets you create PBR materials for real-time 3D projects. New features in version 5 include:
° Substance Engine 2.0, the new generation of Allegorithmic's core tech "will push Substance Designer’s power of expression to new heights";
° Pixel processor node: this true image processor allows you to read input images and apply any custom effect or treatment using visual programming;
° Transfer Baker, which lets you transfer textures from one mesh to another without worrying about UV changes;
° Tri-planar projection: any image can be applied to a mesh with no visible seams, helping to control the...
Aluminum Clamp Hub with four USB ports attaches to an iMac
Satechi's new Aluminum Clamp Hub provides an iMac with four additional USB 3.0 ports for charging smartphones, syncing and more.
The plug and play Aluminum Clamp Hub attaches to any iMac (2012 or newer) or PC (less than one inch thick) without any installation required. Simply attach the device directly onto the monitor, tighten the screw to attach, and plug in the included USB extension cable.
Additionally, the Aluminum Clamp Hub features a blue LED light to indicate it is powered on and ready for use. The hub is available now for US$27.99 at Satechi.net and Amazon.com.
BusyMac introduces BusyContacts for Mac OS X
BusyMac (www.busymac.com) has introduced BusyContacts for Mac OS X (10.9 or higher). The app brings to contact management the same power, flexibility, and sharing capabilities that BusyCal users have enjoyed with their calendars.
What's more, BusyContacts integrates with BusyCal. Features include:
° Customizable views — you can view contacts in a single-column Card View or multi-column List View;
° Tags that can be used for grouping, filtering and coloring contacts;
° Smart Filters for filtering contacts, creating saved searches, and even applying custom view settings in the List View;
° An Activity List that displays activities associated with the selected contact including calendar events, emails, messages, and recent social network posts;
° Syncing with Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn, combining contact information from each of these sources into a unified contact view;
° Syncing with the built-in Contacts app on OS X and iOS through cloud services including iCloud, Google,...
StarTech releases Travel A/V Adapter
StarTech.com has released the new 2-in-1 Mini DisplayPort to HDMI or VGA adapter, which enables mobile users to connect their Mini DisplayPort-equipped laptop to either an HDMI or VGA display.
Combining two of the most common display interfaces into a single adapter, StarTech.com’s A/V Travel Adapter eliminates having to carry multiple Mini DisplayPort adapters, which provides a portable solution for users to connect their laptop as needed in BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) environments or while traveling, says Karishma Punwani, senior product manager at StarTech.com..
The 2-in-1 Mini DisplayPort to HDMI or VGA adapter supports resolutions up to 1920x1200 or 1080p. It's compatible with Thunderbolt, and is host-powered performance so no additional power adapters are required.
The manufacturer's suggested retail price for StarTech.com’s 2-in-1 Mini DisplayPort to HDMI or VGA adapter is US$49.99. The adapter will be available at CDW, Amazon.com, Newegg.com, PC Connection, and Insight and...
Flexiglass update is out with OS X 10.10.2 compatibility
Nulana has released Flexiglass 1.6. an update that brings compatibility with Mac OS X 10.10.2 and fixes for such features as Real Zoom and Quick Layouts in multi-monitor configurations.
Flexiglass offers a new way to move, resize, maximize, close and arrange windows on the screen with a mouse, keyboard, trackpad, and graphics tablet. It allows a Mac user to move and resize windows by clicking anywhere on them and arrange multiple windows on the screen.
Move & Resize features add a Linux style Alt-Dragging to manage windows. Quick Layouts option is similar to Aero Snap in Windows and is a solution for working with multiple windows that can be resized to take up halves or quarters of the screen or go full screen. Quick Layout Shortcuts allow users to do the same things using only a keyboard.
Real Zoom improves default behavior of the green Zoom button and expands a window to full screen. Real Close makes the red system button to quit the application.
Flexiglass is compatible with...
Time Logger for Mac OS X upgraded to version 1.0.1
Imre Katai has released Time Logger 1.0.1 (http://timelogger.metapps.eu), a maintenance update to the productivity application for OS X.
Developed specifically to optimize how users spend time on workflow projects, Time Logger manages tasks, organizes projects by client, records pay rates, notes, and time allocated to each assignment. Also, Time Logger generates reports for additional support. Users can easily start and end timers with an overview panel linked to the upper right hand of screen.
Time Logger 1.0.1 costs US$4.99 and is available worldwide exclusively through the Mac App Store in the Productivity category.
Parallels Desktop offers 'experimental support' for...
Parallels says Parallels Desktop 10 for Mac (parallels.com/desktop) now provides experimental support for Windows 10 Technical Preview and Office Preview for Windows 10, which includes Word, Excel and PowerPoint.
Now users who wish to try the newest OS from Microsoft can do so without the inconvenience of deleting an existing OS or the uncertainty of installing a new and non-final version of Windows 10 directly on their machines. The Parallels Wizard lets you download the Windows 10 Technical Preview directly from within Parallels Desktop, creating a virtual machine to try out everything Windows 10 has to offer, including such features as the new Start menu, Photos, Maps app, Cortana and Windows Store beta which offers Office Preview for Windows 10.
"Parallels Desktop enjoys very strong support among software developers and IT pros. We are happy to deliver all the tools they need to quickly and safely test or run the latest OS and applications, now including the Windows 10...
24U Software releases 24U Phone Companion 2.0
24U Software has rolled out 24U Phone Companion 2.0, a new version of their FileMaker plug-in solution for Mac OS X and Windows.
4U Phone Companion allows FileMaker solutions to interact directly with supported PBX (telephone switches). Version 2.0 adds support for call centers by providing called trunk line identification and improving support for complex phone handling workflows thanks to the ability to process unknown messages from and send raw commands back to the connected phone system.
24U Phone Companion requires Mac OS X 10.6 or later and FileMaker Pro 10 or higher. It's available for download (http://www.24usoftware.com/) as a free fully functional 14-days trial version, which can be activated after purchasing a license. The trial version of the ilink TeamCall Lite middleware is limited to three telephone lines.
To implement this product into a working solution, at least one PBX license and one user license is necessary. 24U Phone Companion comes with a middleware ilink...
Apple is planning a $850 million solar farm
First Solar (www.firstsolar.com), a provider of comprehensive photovoltaic (PV) solar systems, says Apple has committed $848 million for clean energy from First Solar's California Flats Solar Project in Monterey County, California.
Apple will receive electricity from 130 megawatts (MW) of the solar project under a 25-year power purchase agreement (PPA), the largest agreement in the industry to provide clean energy to a commercial end user.
"Apple is leading the way in addressing climate change by showing how large companies can serve their operations with 100 percent clean, renewable energy," says Joe Kishkill, chief commercial officer for First Solar. "Apple's commitment was instrumental in making this project possible and will significantly increase the supply of solar power in California. Over time, the renewable energy from California Flats will provide cost savings over alternative sources of energy as well as substantially lower environmental impact."
The 2,900-acre California...
BBVA Compass cardholders can enroll now in Apple Pay
BBVA Compass cardholders can now put away their plastic and use Apple Pay, the mobile payments solution introduced by Apple.
Those with BBVA Compass Visa consumer credit and BBVA Compass Visa consumer and business check cards are now eligible to add their cards to Apple Pay. Apple Pay lets customers make mobile payments in participating stores from their iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus and, after it debuts, the Apple Watch. It also allows customers to make purchases within apps using an iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3.
"Mobile banking is a must-have for so many of our customers, and innovative new offerings — like this one — are changing what they expect to do with their devices," says BBVA Compass Chief Digital Banking Officer Jeff Dennes. "Our aim, always, is to meet and exceed those expectations and offering Apple Pay to our customers helps us do just that."
Users will continue to receive all of the rewards and beneﬁts offered by their BBVA Compass credit and debit...
Kinesis introduces Bluetooth Freestyle2 fully-splittable...
Kinesis Corp. (www.kinesis.com) has introduced the Freestyle2 Blue, Bluetooth keyboards for Macs and PCs. It includes a Multichannel feature that allows switching between the keyboard and up to three Bluetooth-enabled devices.
The Freestyle2 Blue is the first fully-adjustable, fully-splittable ergonomic keyboard to incorporate a Multichannel Bluetooth capability, according to Jon Biggs, Kinesis’ director of Sales and Marketing points out. It features simple, sturdy adjustment mechanisms and is intuitive to configure and use, he adds.
The keyboard itself offers adjustable front splay and complete separation, and the interchangeable accessories provide adjustable tenting with or without integrated palm supports. The optional Freestyle2 accessory packages include the VIP3, V3, and Ascent Multi-Tent. This range of optional accessories allow organizations to precisely meet the needs of each employee while standardizing on a single keyboard, says Biggs.
The Mac version is compatible with...
Datamate Numeric Data Processor released for Mac OS X
Procypher Corp. (http://www.procypher.com/) has introduced Datamate Numeric Processor 1.0 for Mac OS X 10.8 and higher. It's a data processor for "number crunching."
Datamate Numeric Processor comes complete with descriptive statistics, reporting, and configurable data output formatting. It's designed to help normalize, standardize, scale, and manage missing data and data outliers.
Datamate Numeric Processor 1.0 costs US$29.99. It's available worldwide through the Mac App Store in the Productivity category.
Revision Buddies launch GCSE Science Suite
Revision Buddies has now completed its GCSE Science Suite of revision apps. In addition to the Maths, History, French, RS & Geography apps, students can test their knowledge, further their understanding and monitor their progress in the lead up to their Biology, Physics & Chemistry GCSE exams using this personalized learning apparatus.
Featuring 1000s of original, syllabus specific questions, students may repeat difficult questions or select new questions at random. As with all Revision Buddies apps, these are written in accordance with the OCR, Edexcel and AQA GCSE exam boards.
Given the nature of the Science syllabus, Revision Buddies say they've ensured that each student can mould their app specifically to their exam board requirements; they can pick and choose their board, whether they are studying the Additional or Core topics, and then differentiate between higher and foundation tiers within that.
Revision Buddies has a provision for direct links to past papers and...
Altium announces new PCB design tool for SolidWorks integration
Altium Limited has announced PCBWorks, a new PCB design tool created to enhance workflow collaboration between electrical and mechanical designers. Created in direct response to the divide between electrical and mechanical workflows, PCBWorks provides a set of collaboration tools to integrate design data with the industry-leading mechanical design software, SolidWorks.
At the core of PCBWorks is a set of schematic capture and PCB layout tools along with an easy-to-use interface that works in tandem with existing mechanical workflows in SolidWorks, according to Jason Hingston, chief technical officer at Altium. Design data between components and mechanical enclosures are linked between electrical and mechanical workflows, with the world’s first-ever managed Engineering Change Orders (ECO) process delivering changes in design data from SolidWorks to PCBWorks using native SolidWorks files.
Hingston says PCBWorks empowers mechanical designers with the ability to manage design changes in...
Backblaze Reliability data set for 41,000 hard drives now open...
Backblaze Online Backup has released raw data collected from the more than 41,000 disk drives in its data center to correlate drive failures with drive model numbers, with SMART statistics, and other variables.
The data that collected is in two files, one containing the 2013 data and one containing the 2014 data. Backblaze says they will add data for 2015 and so on in a similar fashion. You’ll find links to download the data files at http://tinyurl.com/nqffmvz. You’ll also find instructions on how to create your own sqlite database for the data, and other information related to the files you can download.
Every day, the software that runs the Backblaze data center takes a snapshot of the state of every drive in the data center, including the drive’s serial number, model number, and all of its SMART data. The SMART data includes the number of hours the drive has been running, the temperature of the drive, whether sectors have gone bad, and many more things.
Each day, all of the drive...
Maintain serves up Cocktail 7.7.1 Mavericks Edition
Maintain has served up Cocktail 7.7.1 (http://cocktail.maintain.se) Maverick Edition, a new version of its Mac OS X utility that's compatible with Yosemite. This version improvements on the "Clear System caches" procedure and fixes compatibility issues with Safari Cookies cookie manager.
Cocktail is a general purpose utility for OS X that lets you clean, repair and optimize your Mac. Its features are arranged into five categories that help you manage various aspects of your computer.
Cocktail 7.7.1 Mavericks Edition) requires OS X Mavericks to run. When unregistered, Cocktail runs in demo mode and will expire after the tenth launch. Registration is US$19 for a single user license or $39 for a family license that covers up to five computers.