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May 18
Youtubers Life comes out on Steam for the Mac
U-Play Online has announced Youtubers Life, a mixture of two genres, life sim and tycoon. It’s launching simultaneously for the Mac and Windows on Steam (http://store.steampowered.com/app/428690/). The game is in “early access” (think beta). During this period, the game will just include the option of recording videos based on gaming —it reportedly takes more than 10 hours to finish the game— but four extra vertical channels will be added in the near future: music, fitness, cuisine and fashion. Here’s how the game is described: “In Youtubers Life, you can effortfully become the world’s greatest youtuber in history by editing videos, expanding the amount of fans and turning yourself into a wealthy fellow. Create your character and start making your first broadcasts in the cozy room at your parents’ where you have grown up since you were little. Record gameplay sessions, buy new and classic consoles, keep an eye on daily tasks, and socialize yourself to increase your popularity while...
May 18
Note-Icy Apples launches ‘distraction killing’ tool for OS X
Note-Ify Apps has introduced UnDistracted 1.0 for Mac OS X. The app is designed to help solve the problem of distractions and procrastination when working at your Mac. UnDistracted highlights the active application window and shades all other windows, hides Desktop icons, the Dock and Menu, and enables "Do Not Disturb" mode on Skype and in the whole system. It automatically shades and hides the windows of non-active applications, allowing you to completely immerse yourself in your work. UnDistracted requires OS X 10.9 or later and costs $12. It’s available for download from Note-Ify Apps online (http://tinyurl.com/zzezc5e). A demo is also available.
May 18
Tension Software releases Private Contact 3.3.1 for OS X
Tension Software (www.tensionsoftware.com) has updated Private Contact for Mac OS X to version 3.3.1. It’s an app for managing an “always encrypted” address book. Version 3.3.1 is a maintenance update with some bug fixes and performance tweaks. Private Contact requires Mac OS X 10.10 or higher. It costs $4.99 and is available at the Tension Software website and the Mac App Store.
May 18
Apple announces new iOS App Design and Development Accelerator
Apple has announced a new initiative to support engineering talent and accelerate growth in India’s iOS developer community. The company will establish a Design and Development Accelerator in Bengaluru, the home of India’s startup scene. Tens of thousands of developers in India make apps for iOS, and this initiative will provide additional, specialized support for them, says Apple CEO Tim Cook. Apple’s team will work to inspire and instruct developers on best practices, help them hone their skills and transform the design, quality and performance of their apps on the iOS platform, he adds. Each week, Apple experts will lead briefings and provide one-on-one app reviews for developers. The facility will also provide support and guidance on Swift, Apple’s programming language created to build apps for iOS, Mac OS X, tvOS, and watchOS. Bengaluru is now home to more technology startups than any other part of India. Over one million people in the city work in the tech sector, and over 40%...
May 18
CS Odessa releases Scrum Workflow Solution for ConceptDraw Pro 10
CS Odessa (www.conceptdraw.com) has announceda new Scrum Workflow solution in ConceptDraw Solution Park. The Scrum Workflow Solution for ConceptDraw Pro is designed to make it easy for anyone to build any professional Scrum diagram such as a Release burn-down chart, Release velocity chart, Sprint burn-down chart, or a Team velocity chart. The Scrum methodology breaks down the steps needed to reach the final goal by using short Sprints of 1-4 weeks. The Scrum Workflow solution is priced at $25. ConceptDraw Office retails for $499 and can be purchased directly from CS Odessa or their resellers. The ConceptDraw Office suite is designed for knowledge workers, project managers, managers, and academics. ConceptDraw Office works with the latest versions of both Mac OS X and Microsoft Windows.
May 18
Troi Automatisering releases Troi Dialog Plug-in 6.5 for...
Troi Automatisering has released Troi Dialog Plug-in 6.5 for FileMaker Pro 15. It’s a tool for displaying all sorts of dialogs in FileMaker Pro 15. The text of the dialog and of the buttons can be created dynamically by using a calculation. Troi Dialog Plug-in 6.5 has been made compatible with FileMaker 15. In addition, the upgrade has several bug fixes and further improvements. Troi Dialog Plug-in 6.5 works with FileMaker Pro 12, 13, 14 and 15. The plug-in can also be used with runtimes from FileMaker Pro Advanced 12, 13, 14 or 15. The plug-in is available for OS X 10.6.x or higher and for Windows 7, 8, 8.1 and 10. A fully functional demo version of Troi Dialog Plug-in 6.5 is available for downloading at Troi's website (http://tinyurl.com/zcmv2vf). Licenses cost $59 per user. Details on developer licenses and multi-user packs can be found on the product website. Version 6.5 needs a new registration. For users who bought a license on or after March 11, 2015, the upgrade is free....
May 18
Output Factory Server for Adobe InDesign now supports InCopy...
Zevrix Solutions has announced Output Factory Server 1.2.14, a feature update to its output workflow automation solution for Adobe InDesign. Output Factory Server automates printing and exporting from InDesign by processing files from hot folders. The software offers layer versioning, preflighting, variable file name, export as single pages and other powerful features. Version 1.2.14 fully supports the editorial InCopy workflow by allowing to auto-update links in imported InCopy documents. Output Factory Server can be purchased from the Zevrix website (www.zevrix.com) for $699.95, as well as from authorized resellers. A demo is available for download. BatchOutput Server users can upgrade for $350. Output Factory Server runs on Mac OS X 10.7-10.11 and works with Adobe InDesign CS5-CC 2015.
May 17
Maintain serves up Cocktail 9.3 (El Capitan Edition)
Maintain has served up Cocktail 9.0 (El Capitan Edition), a new edition of Cocktail 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. The new adds OS X 10.11.5 compatibility and ability to clear iCloud caches. It also adds ability to disable animation when showing and hiding Launchpad or Mission Control and resolves a number of minor issues discovered in the previous release. Cocktail 9.0 (El Capitan Edition) requires OS X 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 from the Maintain website (http://tinyurl.com/p5adypq). Cocktail costs $19 for a single user license and is available for purchase from the Maintain website. When unregistered, Cocktail runs in demo mode and will expire after the tenth launch.
May 17
Cisdem releases PDFPasswordRemover 3 with PDF password recovery...
Cisdem has released PDFPasswordRemover 3 (http://www.cisdem.com/pdf-password-remover-mac.html) for Mac. It’s a PDF unlocking tool to help you recover and remove both user password and owner password. It supports the ability to “crack” PDFs in any language and any Adobe PDF version (1.0-1.7). PDFPasswordRemover 3 is compatible with Mac OS X 10.7 and higher. It costs $34.99; a “lite” version is available for $19.99. A demo of PDFPasswordRemover 3 is available at at the product website.
May 17
Patina Painting for Mac relaunched with new features as a paid...
Atek has announced Patina 1.1, an update to their painting/drawing app for Mac OS X (10.8 and higher). It’s designed for making simple drawings & sketches, as well as for doing basic image editing tasks. Patina offers basic operations, such as drawing and manipulating shapes, setting & changing colors, moving and resizing objects, and doing annotations. Version 1.1 offers a variety of enhancements, including the addition of retina display support. Patina 1.1 is available at the Mac App Store in the Graphics & Design category for $2.99. A demo is available for download at the product website (http://www.patinaapp.com).
May 17
goPanel for OS X gets added support for Ubuntu 16.04, Debian 7...
Global Web has announced goPanel 1.0.3 (http://gopanel.io/), an update to their remote Unix server management app for Mac OS X. It provides an alternative to the cPanel software normally used to administer Unix-based web servers. Version 1.0.3 offers added support for Ubuntu 16.04 and Debian 7 & 8, improved user authentication support, bug fixes, and more. goPanel, which is available for a one time purchase fee of $19.99 (for a limited time), needs only be installed on one Mac computer. It then allows users to administer an unlimited amount of servers. It requires Mac OS X Yosemite or El Capitan and is available worldwide exclusively through the Mac App Store in the Developer Tools category.
May 17
Broadcaster for YouTube for OS X revved to version 1.1
Mac Broadcaster has released Broadcaster for YouTube 1.1, an update to their YouTube live-streaming app for Mac OS X. The software offers individuals and businesses a tool to broadcast live content directly to YouTube, from their Mac.Video streams can include the Mac's desktop, as well as video from individual apps, iOS devices, webcams, and more. Version 1.1 brings improved screen & app capture, the ability to use a secondary YouTube server, and more. Broadcaster for YouTube requires Mac OS X Yosemite or El Capitan.It costs $9.99 and is available at the Mac App Store. A seven-day demo version can be downloaded from the Mac Broadcaster website (www.macbroadcaster.com).
May 16
Apple celebrates Chinese music with GarageBand update
Apple has announced an update to GarageBand for both OS X and iOS that celebrates the rich history of Chinese music with new instruments and extensive Chinese language localization throughout the app. The upgrades build on GarageBand’s extensive collection of sounds, this update adds traditional Chinese instruments — the pipa, erhu and Chinese percussion — along with 300 Apple-created Chinese musical loops. GarageBand for iOS users also get two new Chinese templates for Live Loops, and new sharing options to popular Chinese social networks, so they can share their music creations with friends and followers across QQ and Youku.  “GarageBand is the most popular music creation app in the world and we’re excited to introduce these new features that incorporate the rich history of traditional Chinese music,” says Susan Prescott, Apple’s vice president of Product Marketing. “By adding classic Chinese instruments and new Live Loop templates, the new GarageBand app makes it fun and easy to ...
May 16
SmartSound launches Sonicfire Pro 6
SmartSound Software (www.SmartSound.com) has debuted Sonicfire Pro 6. It integrates with the company’s Royalty-Free Music Library and brings new technologies to the selection, customization and integration of music tracks for video production. According to Kevin Klingler, president and CEO of SmartSound Software, the software enables the “effortless” selection, customization and integration of music from the company’s music library–exporting tracks for video production that are precisely timed, mixed to mood, contoured to changes in visual content, and royalty free. Version 6 sports such features as: cut-video-to-music export; a next-generation sound engine; a streamlined user interface; and additional content. 

Sonicfire Pro 6 works with Mac OS X and Windows. It costs $199.95 for a one-seat license.
May 16
Apple releases plethora of software updates
Apple has released a plethora of software updates for iTunes, OS X, iOS, watchOS and tvOS. iTunes 12.4 for OS X sports a redesigned interface that’s designed to be simpler. It also hopefully resolves an issue that could cause music stored in iTunes to be deleted. iTunes 12.4 can be downloaded at the Mac App Store. Mac OS X 10.11.5 offers bug fixes and security enhancements. It’s also available at the Mac App Store. iOS 9.3.2 focuses mainly on under-the-hood performance improvements and bug fixes. You can download it at the Apple App Store or via the General/Software Updates component of the Settings app. tvOS 9.2.1 and watchOS 2.2.1 are designed to deal with various bugs. The tvOS update can be found in the fourth-generation Apple TV's settings app. Apple Watch updates are installed through the iOS Watch app on a connected iPhone.
May 16
MixChecker is new mixing assistant plug-in for OS X
Audified has launched MixChecker, a mixing assistant plug-in that transforms studio monitors into classic reference monitors. MixChecker is available to purchase for $149 from Audified’s online shop (http://tinyurl.com/zd6ektv). It’s available as a 32- and 64-bit AAX-, AU-, VST2-, and VST3-compatible plug-in for Mac OS X (10.6 and higher) and Windows (7 and higher).
May 16
Tension Software unveils Copy Fast for OS X
Tension Software (www.tensionsoftware.com) has launched Copy Fast 1.0 for Mac OS X. It’s an app that lets you instantly copy the content of files. Copy Fast resides always in the right part of the menu bar as a status menu icon, ready to be used when other applications are active. After launch it stays always in background. Its. only presence will be in the status menu. Copy Fast requires Mac OS X Yosemite or El Capitan. It costs $4.99 and is available at the Mac App Store.
May 16
Tempo 2.1 for OS X gets improved performance, more
Houdah Software (https://www.houdah.com/) has released Tembo 2.1, an update to the file search utility for Mac OS X. It’s a search tool based upon the Spotlight engine. Tempo is designed to make finding documents, mail messages, bookmarks, images and more easier. Version 2.1 offers improved performance and responsiveness, and much more. Tempo requires Mac OS X Yosemite or El Capitan. A single-user license is priced at $15. A family license is available for $22. Upgrades from previous versions are $6.95 and $9.95, respectively. Tembo licenses purchased on or after March 1, 2015, remain valid for Tembo 2. A demo is available for download.
May 13
iClipboard 6 for OS X gets interface makeover, more
Chronos Inc. has rolled out iClipboard 6, an upgrade to its clipboard manager for Mac OS X (10.11 and later). According to Jerry Halls, vice president of Sales at Chronos, new features include: ° A streamlined interface makeover; ° Support for long (instead of abbreviated) text clippings; ° An overhaul of plain text pasting so it's faster, easier, and not a global setting; ° On-the-fly text transformations instead of global setting; ° Clipping info shown directly in Shelf; ° An overhauled Shelf resizing to be less complicated; ° Improved performance. Also, shortcuts are now shown in the menu bar. iClipboard automatically keeps a history of everything a user copies to the system clipboard in any application. It provides four different ways to paste clippings from the history. Users can organize their clippings into projects. iClipboard features an interface that shows rich previews of each clipping.   A fully functional 30 day trial version can be downloaded from Chronos' website at...
May 13
Itemcycle is new website for selling used Apple devices
Eric Ditmer has launched the website Itemcycle (http://www.itemcycle.com), which is designed to makes it easy for people to sell their used Apple devices. The site aggregates offers from other buyback companies (Gazelle, NextWorth, SellYourMac, etc.) and calculates a larger payout for the device. After accepting an offer, you're given a prepaid shipping label to mail in your device and get paid.
May 13
Apple invests $1 billion in China’s Didi Chuxing
Apple has invested $1 billion in Chinese ride-hailing service Didi Chuxing, a move that Apple CEO Tim Cook said would help the company better understand the critical Chinese market, according to “Reuters” (http://tinyurl.com/gm23k6u). He said in an interview that he saw opportunities for Apple and Didi Chuxing to collaborate in the future. "We are making the investment for a number of strategic reasons, including a chance to learn more about certain segments of the China market," Cook told “Reuters.” "Of course, we believe it will deliver a strong return for our invested capital over time as well.” Didi Chuxing, formerly known as Didi Kuaidi, said in a statement that this was the single largest investment it has ever received. The company, which previously raised several billion dollars, dominates the ride-sharing market in China. The company said it completes more than 11 million rides a day, with more than 87% of the market for private car-hailing in China.
May 13
Stahl Labs releases new AI voice assistant for Mac OS X
Stahl Labs AB (http://stahltechnologies.com) has introduced Awa, a new AI voice assistant for Mac OS X. It’s designed to help you perform tasks like searching the web, opening apps and creating todos as well as more complex tasks using only your voice. According to the folks at Stahl Labs, it’s like Apple’s Siri but for your Mac. Awa is based on a fully automated speech recognition and artificial intelligence engine that analyzes voice input in milliseconds, the company says. "Our goal is to create the most intuitive assistant for Mac that understands what and when you need things done," says Joacim Sthl, founder of Awa. "The first version of Awa featuers the basic commands and integration you could expect from an Mac assistant. We are not stopping there, more features and commands is added daily." Aww requires OS X Yosemite or El Capitan. It costs $0.99 and is available worldwide through the Mac App Store in the Productivity category.
May 13
Default Folder X for OS X sees improvements, bug fixes
St. Clair Software has announced Default Folder X 5.0.4 (http://www.stclairsoft.com/DefaultFolderX/index.html), an upgrade to the utility for Mac OS X. Default Folder X enhances the file dialogs in all Mac OS X applications. It provides fast navigation to your files, convenient previews, integrated Spotlight tagging, and more. Default Folder X's custom keyboard shortcuts put your favorite and recent folders at your fingertips. With version 5.0.4 the toolbar can now be aligned with the top of file dialogs as well as the middle You can now create and manage folder sets directly from Default Folder X's Folder Set menu. There's a new option to sort the menus for subfolders of recent folders by name instead of by date. Default Folder X now supports reduced transparency when it's turned on in System Preferences. Compatibility issues with Magnet, HyperDock and similar system-level utilities have been resolved. And there are bug fixes. Default Folder X 5.0.4 is a free upgrade for registered...
May 13
Booq releases Slimsuit 13 sleeve
Booq (www.booqbags.com) has released the $40 Slimsuit 13, a slim profile sleeve for the 13-inch MacBook Air or 13-inch MacBook Pro. At only 0.6 lbs, Slimsuit 13’s ultra-thin design makes for lightweight carrying with no extra bulk. The sleeve’s polyurethane exterior features a durable, all-welded design. A zipperless magnetic closure allows carriers to quickly slide their laptop in or out of the sleeve. The exterior design protects laptops from everyday bumps and scratches, and the interior’s microfiber offers an added layer of protection, safeguarding MacBooks from scratches.  
May 13
Tension Software announces CryptoEdit 2.1.1 for OS X
Tension Software has announced CryptoEdit 2.1.1 for Mac OS X. 
The app lets you create and edit “encrypted by default” documents. It can manage TEXT, RTF and RTFD (with images) format. Version 2.1.1 is a maintenance upgrade. CryptoEdit 2.1.1 requires Mac OS X 10.10 or higher. It costs $4.99 and is available at the Tension Software website (www.tensionsoftware.com).
May 12
Spot Maps 1.3 for OS X scans your network for smart home devices
With the latest Spot Maps (www.equinux.com/spotmaps) Mac App by equinux, you can create interactive maps of your Smart Home. Version 1.3 scans your network for active Smart Home devices. The network map updates at the click of a button. Spot Maps scans your network for active smart home devices such as Philips Hue Bridge, Apple’s HomeKit, Homeatic or Nest Cam as well as for computers (OS X, Windows und Linux), smartphones, and tablets (iOS, Android). The discovered devices can be positioned via drag-and-drop to create a map of your network plan. Spot Maps also comes with an extra set of device icons for Smart Home devices. It’s even possible to create a map for multistory buildings in a building or house for a clear overview of the entire network. Spot Maps 1.3 is a free update for registered users.The cost is $33.99 for new users. Spot Mails is available at the equinux Online Store (www.equinux.com/spotmaps) and in the Mac App Store.
May 12
IK Multimedia releases VocaLive 3 for iPhone and iPad
IK Multimedia has announced VocaLive 3 (http://tinyurl.com/gqa7zac), an update to its vocal effects and production suite for the iPhone and iPad.  VocaLive 3 features five vocal effects - Pitch Fix, Choir, Morph, De-esser, and Doubler, plus seven utility studio effects - Reverb, Delay, Parametric EQ, Compressor, Chorus, Phazer and Envelope Filter. Users can add up to four effects in the processor chain and use their iPhone or iPad to perform live or record with its integrated, expanded Recorder/DAW. VocaLive is designed for use with IK's extensive iRig line of digital and analog microphones, and audio interfaces, including: iRig Mic Studio, iRig Mic HD, iRig PRO and iRig Pro DUO. New available features in VocaLive 3 include: IK's Mic Room microphone modeling technology, an integrated 4-track looper, and the ability to record up to eight audio tracks simultaneously, plus one additional effects slot in the iPhone version. VocaLive 3 for iPhone and iPad are now available from the Apple...
May 12
SuperHot launches on the Mac App Store
SuperHot, the runaway first-person shooter, is now available on the Mac App Store. Here’s how the game is described: “Blurring the lines between cautious strategy and unbridled mayhem, SuperHot is the FPS in which time moves only when you move. No regenerating health bars. No conveniently placed ammo drops. It's just you, outnumbered and outgunned, grabbing the weapons of fallen enemies to shoot, slice, and maneuver through a hurricane of slow-motion bullets.” SuperHot requires OS X 10.9 or later and is available for $22.99. You can save 10% during launch week on the Mac App Store. The game was developed by the SuperHot Team and published on the Mac App Store (http://tinyurl.com/hvmgbdl) by MacPlay.
May 12
NetShade 7.0 for OS X adds IPv6 compatibility, more
Rayner Software has announced NetShade 7.0, an update to their Proxy and VPN utility app for Mac OS X. The software offers Mac users the ability to change their computer's Internet address by routing through a dependable VPN or Proxy server. The app offers users a number of benefits, including anonymity, security, additional content access, and more. Version 7.0 brings IPv6 compatibility, a new user interface & backend helper tool, better VPN logging, and more. NetShade requires Mac OS X 10.10 or higher. It’s free and is available for download from the Rayner Software website (http://www.raynersw.com). Subscription rates are $19 per year for Proxy Service Only, and $49 per year for Proxy and VPN Service.
May 12
QuarkXPress 2016 will ship May 24
Quark Software says QuarkXPress 2016, the next new version of QuarkXPress, will ship on May 24. Starting on that day, the new version will officially be available to purchase and pre-orders will be fulfilled. QuarkXPress 2016 builds on the performance and stability of version 2015 and adds new such new features as: ° The ability to create and export HTML5 publications. Now designers will be able to create HTML5 Publications within QuarkXPress that can be previewed locally and displayed on all modern desktop, tablet and mobile browsers. ° The ability to convert PDF, Illustrator and EPS Files to native QuarkXPress Objects. Users can import PDF, Illustrator and EPS files and convert them to native, editable objects. ° The ability to copy and paste objects from Illustrator, PowerPoint and other apps to QuarkXPress. If you buy QuarkXPress 2015 now, you can get QuarkXPress 2016 free. Customers who purchase a new full license of QuarkXPress 2015 or upgrade from any previous version to...
May 12
Tension Software updates AutoMailer for OS X to version 2.4
Tension Software (www.tensionsoftware.com) has updated AutoMailer for Mac OS X to version 2.4. 
The app allows you to send personalized emails to multiple addresses, in text or web format, each merged with data from an internal database. You can prepare and send an unlimited quantity of emails with a single click. Version 2.4 provides an improved mail send engine and enhanced asynchronous operations. 
AutoMailer requires Mac OS X 10.10 or higher. It costs $20 and is available at the product website and the Mac App Store.
May 11
Suite for Pixelmatr now available at the Mac App Store
Montibus has rolled out Suite for Pixelmator 1.0 for Mac OS X. It features more than 1,500 new brushes, shapes, gradients and styles for the image editing app. The add-ons support Pixelmator's custom palettes. Categories and subcategories are designed to make it simple to find an item you need from the collection. Suite for Pixelmator 1.0 costs $19.99 and is available worldwide exclusively through the Mac App Store (http://tinyurl.com/hmqucea) in the Graphic & Design category. The app requires Mac OS X 10.9 or later and, of course, Pixelmator.
May 11
Corel debuts AfterShot Pro 3
Corel has debuted AfterShot Pro 3 (www.AfterShotPro.com) for Mac OS X, Windows, and Linux. The new version of the photo editing and organization software adds a highlight recovery algorithm, watermarking, layer-based blemish correction, as well as dynamic update abilities that enable new camera RAW profiles to be supported faster than ever.  AfterShot Pro 3 enables photographers to organize thousands, cull from hundreds, and perfect a single photo, according to Greg Wood, senior director of Photo Products at Corel. The software provides access to a variety of plug-ins and add-ons direct from the community. Suggested retail pricing is $79.99; existing registered users can purchase for the upgrade price of $59.99. A 30-day demo is available for download. 
May 11
Observer for OS X adds support for more sites
QotoQot (https://qotoqot.com/) has announced Qbserve 1.2, an update to its automatic private time tracker for Mac OS X. The app “knows” productivity rates for thousands of sites and apps and has the ability to differentiate between chats in Skype, Slack, and Telegram, YouTube videos, and subreddits. All the tracked information is stored privately on the user's machine. Features include flexible tracking settings, dynamic dock & menu bar icons, detailed feedback charts, alerts for goals, and reminders. Version 1.2 supports over 300 new sites and app bundles for automatic lookup. It also adds support for recognizing Slack teams and Telegram chats as separate activities. Observe requires Mac OS X Yosemite or El Capitan. It costs $30 (until June 30; after that the price rises to $40).
May 11
EarthDesk 7 adds earthquakes and other real-time data
Xeric Design (http://www.xericdesign.com) has released EarthDesk 7, an update to its real-time dynamic desktop map for Mac OS X. The app replaces your static desktop with an image of the Earth showing current sun, moon and city illumination, as well as real-time cloud coverage. A data subscription offers additional real-time information including earthquakes and named storms, allowing you to visualize hurricanes and other real-time events on your Mac. EarthDesk 7 provides improved support for multiple screens and Retina displays. There are new positioning options including centering on a specific latitude/longitude or real-time data such as the location of the most recent earthquake. City labels now support multiple colors and different screens can show different sets of data. There’s a new city database with support for adding, editing and removing of cities. In version 7 presets are exportable to make it easier to move configurations between different Macs. EarthDesk 7 requires Mac...
May 11
Gemini for OS X revved to version 2
MacPaw's Gemini, a Mac-only duplicate finder and cleaner, has been upgraded to version 2. According to CEO Oleksandr Kosovan, here’s a list of the changes…. The app spots similar files in addition to identical duplicates: “similiars" aren’t 100% identical files, like duplicates, but they have so little difference that a user might consider some of them redundant. The app tells the differences between files by more than 10 parameters; it analyzes file names, creation and modification dates, extensions, locations to ensure accuracy and precision in results. The update works with iTunes and Photos libraries: Gemini 2 helps get rid of unnecessary retakes of the same picture or different formats of the same song. Version 2 applies Smart Selection algorithm and becomes self-learning from a user. Smart Selection algorithm remembers rules for files removal, learns and applies the experience to next sessions. Gemini 2 accurately selects duplicates for removal and if it has any doubts, it...
May 10
Apple updates iWork apps for OS X, iOS
Apple's iWork apps (Pages, Numbers, and Keynote for OS X and iOS have been updated with bug fixes and stability improvements. Pages for Mac has been updated to version 5.6.2, while Keynote for Mac is 6.6.2, and Numbers for Mac is updated to version 3.6.2. All are available at the Mac App Store. The iOS versions of Keynote and Numbers are all now at version 2.6.2. They’re available at the Apple App Store.
May 10
Artboard for OS X gets tabbed interface, more
Mapdiva has updated Artboard, its drawing software for Mac OS X, to version 2.0. The software allows you to create vector drawings. Version 2 sports a tabbed interface, a Select tool for editing objects, smart drawing tools, a more powerful styles editor, enhanced workflows, editable clip art & styles, and more. To celebrate its launch, Artboard 2 is on sale through May for 40% off ($29.99 compared to $49.99). A demo version isis available for download at the product website (https://www.mapdiva.com/).
May 10
FileMake, Inc., launches FileMaker 15 platform
FileMaker, Inc. has released FileMaker 15 (http://www.filemaker.com/products/). The company says the upgraded platform improves upon the fundamentals of custom app development with new features in five key areas: mobility, automation/integration, ease of use, security and performance.  The FileMaker Platform provides the essentials for creating a custom app that fits an organization’s business needs. It works on Mac OS X, iPads, iPhones, Windows, and the web. According to Ann Monroe of FileMaker, Inc., new features of the FileMaker 15 Platform include:  Mobility: Touch ID support enables developers to securely access their custom apps with the touch of a finger. 3D Touch support enables quick access to specific apps. New app extensions offer content customization and cloud-based file sharing. iBeacon support offers location-based data from the custom app and FileMaker WebDirect enables customers to use a mobile phone to access FileMaker apps in a Automation and integration:...
May 10
LinkOptimizer 4.9.60 for InDesign improves image preview handling
Zevrix Solutions has released LinkOptimizer 4.9.60, a maintenance update to its workflow automation solution for Adobe InDesign. The app allows users to automatically reduce the size of InDesign picture links and speed up processing by eliminating excess image data, performing essential image adjustments and converting image formats. Version 4.9.60 addresses several issues related to image preview handling and link list management. LinkOptimizer can be purchased from Zevrix website (www.zevrix.com) for $259.95 (there’s a “lite” version for $179.95). A demo is available for download. The update is free for LinkOptimizer 4.x users and $130 to upgrade from previous versions. LinkOptimizer requires Mac OS X 10.6-10.11 and Adobe InDesign and Photoshop CS3-CC 2015.
May 09
Genius Pack releases a backpack with an integrated suiter
Genius Pack has released the Travel Backpack with Integrated Suiter, which the company says is the world’s first backpack with a place for hanging garments. I   Features include an umbrella pop-out, space-saving compartments for personal items and a quick-access side pocket with audio port for smartphones, earbuds and other devices. There are also integrated laptop and tablet compartments and tech organization pockets.   The Travel Backpack with Integrated Suiter features Genius Pack’s built-in Laundry Compression Technology (LCT) that’s designed to keep dirty clothes separate from clean clothes. The Travel Backpack with Integrated Suiter from Genius Pack is available in two-tone matte black. It measures 20” x 11” x 8” with a 25-liter capacity, yet weighs only 2.2 pounds. It retails for $168. It is available at http://tinyurl.com/hohuf2k.
May 09
HoudahSpot for OS X turns 10, gets grid view refinements
Houdah Software has released HoudahSpot 4.2, an update to the file search tool for Mac OS X. This release marks the 10th anniversary of HoudahSpot and brings refinements to the grid view, the file tagging interface and filter options. The utility combines file search with a customizable results display, search templates, preview of text matches and more. HoudahSpot requires Mac OS X Yosemite or El Capitan. It costs $29for a single-user license. A demo is available for download (). Upgrade from previous versions start at $17.
May 09
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Twocanoes Software has launched SD Clone 2.2 (http://twocanoes.com/products/mac/sd-clone), an update of its tool to clone SD cards on the Mac. It clones up to eight SD cards simultaneously from a single image file or SD card. SD Clone shrinks and expands the image as needed to fit your data on any size card. The app supports the Raspbian Raspberry Pi operating system, Linux and other operating systems. SD Clone supports a variety of flash memory cards and formats, including SD and micro SD cards. Version 2.2 offers speed and other improvements. SD Clone requires Mac OS X 10.9 or higher and costs $99.99. A demo is available for download.
May 09
VidConvert 1.6.5 for OS X adds H.265 support
Reggie Ashworth has announced VidConvert 1.6.5 (http://www.reggieashworth.com/vidconvert), an update to his video converter for Mac OS X. It’s a video converter designed to make converting your videos simple and easy. VidConvert will convert just about any type of video into one of many popular formats. You can create videos for your iPhone or iPad, for your Mac or TV, or formats such as DivX and MPEG. Version 1.6.5 introduces H.265 support, a higher max bitrate, and a number of fixes and improvements. VidConvert requires Mac OS X 10.7 or later. It costs $7.99 for a single user license. A demo which creates three-minute samples is available.
May 09
Mac Shutdown upgraded to version 4.0
Tension Software (www.tensionsoftware.com) has upgraded Mac Shutdown to version 4.0. The utility can use “Soft Shutdown” and “Hard Shutdown” to power down your Mac. Soft Shutdown is issued at the Finder level and tells all running apps to quit before shutting down the Mac. The Hard shutdown and can shut down an app that doesn’t want to quit before rebooting the Mac. Mac Shutdown 4.0 requires Mac OS X 10.10 or higher and costs $12. It’s available at the Tension Software website.
May 06
Tension Software announces Data Extractor 1.4.2
Tension Software has released Data Extractor 1.4.2 for Mac OS X. The app allows users to extract data in a sparse format contained inside files and collect them in an internal structured table. Collected data can be exported at any time in various format (CSV, TSV, HTML, Custom). In version 1.4.2, source files visualization can be switched between full path or file name. The upgrade also sport an improved extraction algorithm. Data Extractor requires Mac OS X 10.10 or higher. It costs $50 and is available at the Tension Software website and the Mac App Store.
May 05
Apple, SAP partner to ‘revolutionize work’ on the iPhone and iPad
Apple and SAP (www.sap.com), which specializes in enterprise application software, have announced a partnership to revolutionize the mobile work experience for enterprise customers of all sizes, combining native apps for the iPhone and iPad with the capabilities of the SAP HANA platform. This joint effort will also deliver a new iOS software development kit (SDK) and training academy so that developers, partners and customers can build native iOS apps tailored to their business needs. “This partnership will transform how iPhone and iPad are used in enterprise by bringing together the innovation and security of iOS with SAP’s deep expertise in business software,” said Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO. “As the leader in enterprise software and with 76% of business transactions touching an SAP system, SAP is the ideal partner to help us truly transform how businesses around the world are run on iPhone and iPad. Through the new SDK, we’re empowering SAP’s more than 2.5 million developers to build...
May 05
Microsoft’s OneDrive reducing free storage from 15GB to 5GB
Microsoft is making some changes to OneDrive (https://onedrive.live.com/about/en-us/), its file hosting service that allows users to sync files and later access them from a web browser or mobile device. The amount of free storage that comes with OneDrive will change from 15 GB to 5 GB. Microsoft is also discontinuing the 15 GB camera roll bonus. As a result of these changes, you will be over your OneDrive storage limit on Aug. 10. To bring your account within the new limits, you can purchase additional storage or choose to remove some files.
May 05
ETFE solar panels now available to power Apple equipment
Solar Panels New Zealand has announced its new range of ETFE Solar Panels, providing thin, UV resistant panels. The panels support charging of all current generation Apple products either directly from the sun, or via a portable battery. Charging ports include USB, MagSafe, 30Pin and Lightning. Current generation products include MacBook Pro, MacBook Pro Retina, MacBook, MacBook Air, iPad, iPad Mini, iMad Air, iPad Pro, iPhone 3, iPhone 4, iPhone 5 and iPhone 6. Solar Panels New Zealand says its not only offers off the shelf sized solar panels but are also able to offer customized solar panels of specific sizes for your project or product. The thin ETFE flexible panels are designed for deployment on boats, cars, RV's, buses, planes and much more. Go to http://solar-panels.nz for more info.
May 05
QNAP launches 8-bay, quad-core business NAS
QNAP Systems has released its 8-bay business NAS TS-831X that features two built-in 10GbE SFP+ ports to fully support 10GbE high-speed networks as a cost-effective NAS solution. The TS-831X further supports VJBOD (Virtual JBOD) to introduce an economical way to utilize unused NAS storage space for expanding the storage capacity of other QNAP NAS. It uses an Annapurna Labs Alpine AL-314 quad-core 1.4 GHz ARM Cortex-A15 processor, and features 8GB/16GB DDR3 RAM (upgradable to 16GB), RAID 5/6 support, hardware-accelerated encryption and an SSD cache. It’s 10GbE-ready with two built-in 10GbE SFP+ ports, and allows users to install a third 10GbE port via the extra PCIe slot for flexible high-speed network deployment. The TS-831X is a comprehensive storage solution for data storage, backup, sharing and centralized management, supporting Mac OS X and Windows desktop/laptop backup, RTRR (Real-Time Remote Replication) with backup versioning, rsync and backup to cloud storage (Amazon S3,...
 

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