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Aug 21
CourseNotes for Mac OS X adds iCloud Syncing support, more
Dear Panda has released version 5.0.2 of their CourseNotes (http://www.coursenotesapp.com) note-taking app for the Mac. The new version introduces support for audio recording, support for iCloud syncing with CourseNotes on Mac and other iOS devices, and a ton of other new features and improvements. Students can add underlined, bold and italicized text throughout their notes as well as change font sizes to emphasize sections of the text. Along with CourseNotes' bullet summary mode, students now have a set of tools with which to structure their notes. CourseNotes 5.0.2 requires Mac OS X 10.9 or higher and sells for US$4.99. It's available worldwide exclusively through the Mac App Store in the Education category. Volume discounts are available for educational institutions through Apple's App Store Volume Purchase Program.
Aug 21
Tidy Up for Mac OS X revved to version 3.0
Hyperbolic Software (www.hyperbolicsoftware.com) has announced Tidy Up 3.0, the latest version of the US$30 duplicate finder and disk tidying utility for Mac OS X 10.6.6 or later. The upgrade features a new interface and more. It's also ready for Mavericks. Tidy Up locates duplicate items using a wide range of criteria including owner application, time created or modified, name, label, extension and content. Version 3.0 features include: the ability to search for duplicate folders by content; a priority option; the ability to compare only the representation data of the images; results shown as a grid or list; pre-definite smart baskets that show the files by kind; and more.
Aug 20
Travelpro introduces National Geographic Explorer Cape Town,...
Travelpro (www.travelpro.com), the inventor of Rollaboard luggage, has partnered with National Geographic, one of the world's largest scientific and educational nonprofit organizations, to introduce the new National Geographic Explorer Cape Town and Leather Brief Collections. The National Geographic Explorer Cape Town Collection features a single and double gusset briefcase (pictured), available in khaki and navy colors. Both briefcases feature comfortably-padded, adjustable shoulder straps, made of sturdy cotton webbing that will stand up to the rigors of world travel, says Scott Applebee, vice president of marketing for the Travelpro family of brands. A removable, padded sleeve holds laptops up to 15.6-inches (such as the MacBook Pro) while the main compartment lets you store a tablet, file folders and power cords.  he front pocket business organizer holds pens, business cards, a phone and other small items.    For adventure or leisure travel, the Cape Town Collection's 21-inch...
Aug 20
Parallels announces Parallels Desktop 10 for Mac with OS X...
Parallels has launched Parallels Desktop 10 for Mac (www.parallels.com/upgradepd10) and Parallels Desktop 10 for Mac Enterprise Edition, upgrades of the software for running Windows applications on Macs. The updates offers new built-in "intelligence" and support for Apple’s latest operating systems – including the upcoming OS X Yosemite. Starting Aug. 20th, current users can upgrade to Parallels Desktop 10 for Mac at www.parallels.com/upgradepd10. For new customers, Parallels Desktop 10 will be available for purchase at retail and online stores worldwide and via the Parallels website starting Aug. 26th. "Millions of Parallels Desktop for Mac customers have come to expect ingenuity, ease of use and speed from Parallels and they will not be disappointed with Parallels Desktop 10," says Parallels President Jack Zubarev. "With Parallels Desktop 10 customers can enjoy new levels of productivity without having to worry about whether the app they need is available on a specific operating...
Aug 20
Preschool University updates Partners in Rhyme for Mac OS X
Preschool University (http://preschoolu.com) has launched Partners in Rhyme 1.4 for Mac OS X. It's an update of the app designed to help build strong phonemic awareness skills and develop foundational reading skills. Four learning games offer different fun ways to practice and learn rhyming for young children. Partners in Rhyme requires Mac OS X 10.7 or higher. It's free and available at the Mac App Store in the Education category.
Aug 20
PopChar X for Mac OS now supports version 7.0 of the Unicode...
Ergonis Software has announced PopChar X 6.6, an update to their tool for exploring fonts as well as finding and inserting special characters. The upgrade supports the version 7.0 of the Unicode standard. With the tool, you pop up the PopChar window, click the desired character, and the character appears in your current document right away. Version 6.5 introduces a new custom insertion technique, which leads to faster character insertion for many applications, and more. PopChar X 6.5 requires Mac OS X 10.5.8 or newer. It can be purchased the Ergonis Software website (http://www.ergonis.com/). The upgrade to PopChar 6.5 is free for anyone who owns a valid license for PopChar X 6. Upgrade paths are available for owners of older licenses. For new users the cost is approximately US$41.
Aug 19
Ephnic releases Ephnic Movie Maker for Mac 2.2.0
Ephnic Software has launched a new version (2.2) of its flagship application, Ephnic Movie Maker, for Mac OS X. The app helps users make home movies out of their favorite photos, video clips and music with transitions and theme effects. The new version comes with a interface and supports 64-bit CPUs. Now users can add two soundtracks and subtitle tracks for their movie and preview the whole project in full-screen mode. Ephnic Movie Maker is now available on Ephnic's website (http://tinyurl.com/lxhc29d) for US$29.99. A demo is available for download.
Aug 19
D-Link now shipping 802.11ac unified wireless access point
D-Link has announced the DWL-8610AP (www.dlink.com/dwl-8610ap), a high power, 802.11ac unified wireless access point. Sporting advanced radio management and security features, the DWL-8610AP is designed to allow IT professionals to get the most of their wireless network and maximize their users’ experience.   The DWL-8610AP — which has a suggested retail price of US$929 — delivers wireless performance using the latest 802.11ac standards with maximum wireless signal rates of up to 450 Mbps using the 2.4 GHz band, and 1300 Mbps using the 5 GHz band. It supports impressive device densities and offers optimal range and coverage over both bands, according to the folks at D-Link.   The DWL-8610AP can be powered using the included AC to DC adapter, or directly through the network cable using Power over Ethernet from any switch or midspan injector that supports IEEE 802.3at. 
Aug 19
CS Odessa announces new software engineering solutions in...
CS Odessa (www.conceptdraw.com) has announced a new enhancement for ConceptDraw Pro 9: a set of libraries that provides a solution for software engineering diagrams. The Software Development Area in the ConceptDraw Solution Park includes the Entity-Relationship Diagrams Solution, Data Flow Diagrams Solution, IDEF0 Diagrams Solution, and the improved Rapid UML Solution. These new additions to the ConceptDraw Solution Park are free for current users of ConceptDraw Pro. The new Solutions in the Software Development Area of the ConceptDraw Solution Park include collections of templates, samples, and libraries of vector stencils and icons that support software engineering diagrams of any level of complexity. ConceptDraw Pro is compatible with Mac OS X and Microsoft Windows. It retails for US$199 USD. ConceptDraw Pro 9 is also included in ConceptDraw Office 2, which retails for $499.
Aug 19
Genius announces new Bluetooth stereo headphones
Genius (http://www.geniusnet.com.tw) has announced a "premium" Bluetooth headset, the HS-920BT, available in five stylish colors and sporting 40mm drivers. It's available at the suggested retail price of US$49.99 With a built-in microphone and Bluetooth AVRCP, users can switch from listening to music to taking phone calls with a touch of a button. A built-in rechargeable lithium ion battery allows for With Bluetooth A2DP and AVRCP, users can access music and take calls whether their phone or tablet is in their hand or across the room. You can control music volume, change tracks, and answer calls by touching the multifunction control pad on the earpiece.
Aug 19
WD introduces new design, limited anniversary edition of My...
To commemorate the 10th anniversary of its My Passport line of portable external hard drives, WD (www.wdc.com) is introducing a new design for its external hard drive lines. The My Passport Ultra - Metal Edition drive and My Passport Ultra - Anniversary Edition drive represent a decade of refinement for WD's portable drive line, according to Tony Tate, vice president and general manager of WD's Content Solutions unit. They feature metal exteriors, up to 2TB capacities in smaller enclosures, content protection, including backup, and cloud integration for anywhere access to personal content. The My Passport Ultra – Metal Edition and Anniversary Edition drives incorporate a unique and innovative radial-spin-design aluminum enclosure, which provides attractive styling and extra protection against the everyday knocks experienced in the hands of today's mobile consumer, says Tate. In addition, the drive offers users hardware encryption and password protection to prevent unauthorized use of...
Aug 19
Flexera Software's InstallAnywhere 2014 simplifies multi-...
Flexera Software, a provider of next-generation software licensing, compliance and installation solutions for application producers and enterprises, announced today the launch of InstallAnywhere 2014 (http://tinyurl.com/lyfryw9). The new release is designed to simplify deployment of multi-tier applications and adds support for the latest versions of Mac OS X, Windows, Linux and virtual applications.  InstallAnywhere 2014 can automatically detect and remove previous versions of an application, and correctly upgrading a previous version on an existing customer's computer. In addition, it's the first multi-platform installation solution to provide out-of-the-box support for the latest versions of MySQL and its supporting user dialogs.  This allows developers to install databases and supporting panels to MySQL locally and remotely in a simplified environment. 
Aug 18
Moshi launches urban inspired bag line
Moshi has released its urban-inspired Venturo and Urbana bags. They're meant to complement the mobile lifestyle and carry your essential accessories. The Venturo is a single-strap laptop backpack influenced by the style and function of messenger bags. The crossbody design features one strap. Its interior boasts cushioned compartments to secure an up to 15-inch laptop and an iPad or tablet. Additional pockets can organize your cables, accessories and other necessities. The Venturo collection is crafted with a combination of high-resilience materials and PU leather, with a splash-repellent outer surface. It's available for $119.95 in charcoal black or steel blue and for $149.95 in titanium gray or navy blue with a special coating for enhanced durability and weather-resistance. Like the Venturo, The Urbana’s ultra-slim profile features an interior large enough to fit up to a 15-inch laptop and iPad or tablet with room to spare. The bag’s proprietary ViscoStrap has a unique weight-...
Aug 18
TYLT introduces USB cable with Lightning, micro-USB connectors
TYLT has introduced the Syncable-Duo a universal cable solution for charging and syncing data to smartphones and tablets. It eliminates the need for multiple cables by incorporating both micro-USB and Apple Lightning connectors into one product. The Syncable-Duo’s micro-USB connector can be instantly transformed into an Apple MFi certified Lightning cable by plugging it into the Lightning extension that comes tethered to the Syncable-Duo. To charge your device, attach it to the appropriate connector and plug the other end into any USB power source. Once connected, the tangle-free flat cable syncs and transfers data such as music and video to and from any Android or Apple Lightning device. The Syncable-Duo is now available for purchase in black, blue, red or neon green at the following price points: one foot (US$24.99), 2 feet ($26.99), 1 meter ($29.99). You can purchase your Syncable-Duo at TYLT’s website (www.tylt.com).
Aug 18
Power Manager get OS X Yosemite support
DssW (http://tinyurl.com/knfa6hf) has announced Power Manager 4.3 for Mac OS X. This release lets users connect to and remotely manage multiple Macs running Power Manager. Also improved is support for Apple's upcoming Mac OS X Yosemite. Power Manager is an energy saving solution for Mac OS X 10.7 and higher. It enables users to create energy saving schedules and to automate time-consuming tasks. It can power on a Mac, run a series of tasks, and power off the Mac without requiring any interaction. Power Manager is available through the DssW web site for approximately US$54. Version 4.3 is a free upgrade for users of Power Manager 4.x. Existing users can update using Power Manager's automatic software update. A demo is available at the DssW web site.
Aug 15
Fri Afternoon Fun Trivia: Name that Sound
Some Friday afternoon tribal fun. Who can identify the sound enclosed? To share your answer, or find out the answer we post: Follow @mactech on Twitter Follow +MacTech on Google Plus Like facebook.com/MacTech on Facebook Join MacTech on LinkedIn (Answer: Handheld Mattel/Coleco Electronic Quarterback game.) .RegisterButtonWithTransparency { margin-top: 20px; margin-bottom: 5px; margin-right: 20px; margin-left: 40px; float:right; } a.no-underline { text-decoration: none; } .indentPar { margin-top: -10px; text-indent:20px; } Have you heard about the upcoming MacTech Conference? Awesome Venue. Expanded Schedule. More Pre-Conference Workshops. Sessions. Labs. Certifications. Vendor Forums. Amazing Peer Networking. This year's event has an expanded schedule with more time for more sessions expanded labs, the best peer networking opportunities around, multiple accreditation options, and optional pre-conference workshops. Our expanded selection of Pre-Conference...
Aug 15
eMedia Music to expand the guitar Lab DVD series with two new...
eMedia Music Corp will release two new titles in the Guitar Lab line of guitar instruction DVDs in September. The Ukulele For Guitar Players and 50 R&B Bass Grooves You Must Know DVDs will be in stores Sept. 19. Hosted by Marcy Marxer, the Ukulele For Guitar Players DVD steps you through a primer covering everything you need to know about different types of ukuleles, tunings and fingerings -- adapting what you likely already know about guitar to the ukulele. Host Andrew Ford will pass on the fretboard genius of master bass players like Louis Johnson, Rocco Prestia, Verdine White, Kenny Burke, Bobby Watson, Marcus Miller, Duck Dunn, Rusty Allen, James Jamerson, Larry Graham, Leroy Hodges, Anthony Jackson, Rod Temperton, Chuck Rainey and many other giants of groove in 50 R&B Bass Grooves You Must Know. Ukulele For Guitar Players and 50 R&B Bass Grooves You Must Know will be available at retail stores nationwide and online at an estimated retail price of US$24.95 each. Go to...
Aug 15
StockXloader ready for Mac OS X Yosemite
BragIt has released version 4.2 of StockXloader (http://stockxloader.com), a native Mac OS X application for fully automated downloading of stock market quotes and indexes to the technical analysis program ProTA or ProTA Gold from BeeSoft, or to MS Excel or Numbers. Or you can drag & drop a text file for import into other applications. StockXloader collects quotes for almost any stock exchange in the world. Version 4.2 brings compatibility with Mac OS X Yosemite. Also, you can now now move the folder that contains your ticker lists and temporary items to a location of your choice. For example, it could be Dropbox if you want to have all files synchronized between two computers. StockXloader is compatible with Mac OS X 10.6 and higher. You can download a 60-day demo version at the product web site. Registration is approximately US$77.
Aug 14
Sanctum 2 comes to the Mac
Coffee Stain Studios (www.coffeestainstudios.com) says Mac and Linux support is finally available for Sanctum 2. Everyone who already owns Sanctum 2 on the PC will also be able to play it on Mac and Linux. Furthermore, the game will be free to play this weekend and 85% off to purchase. Here's how the game is described: "Sanctum revolutionized Tower Defense back in 2011 with the FPS take on the genre. The concept proved a success with Sanctum being one of the most sold indies on Steam that year. In 2013 Coffee Stain launched Sanctum 2 which added further depth, more action, four different playable characters, and more customization."
Aug 14
JMR announces general availability of the BlueStor networked...
JMR Electronics (www.jmr.com) has announced the general availability of the Dual RAID BlueStor Networked Storage server. Targeted to the small-to-medium enterprises (SMB) IT and rich mixed media markets that have need for Ethernet or Fibre based, high-load applications (shared storage) requiring high sustained throughput, it's a storage appliance for file serving, load-balancing and fault-tolerant email/web server/streaming media, digital A/V (Audio/Video) workflow storage, HA cluster and back up storage applications. The BlueStore is available in 16, 32, and 48TB data capacities and can scale beyond 1 PB with a single head unit.  The BlueStor Networked Storage Server is available in three configurations. A basic 16TB NAS dual RAID system starts at US$16,999.
Aug 14
Mac Backup Guru 2.0 adds Snapshot mode
MacDaddy has announced Mac Backup Guru 2.0 for Mac OS X (10.7 and higher), an update of the utility designed to back up files and disks. It adds a Snapshot mode that users system hard links to save space. With a single Start button, the user can sync the contents of any Source with its backup destination with Mac Backup Guru. Disk backups of startup drives are bootable with the app. Mac Backup Guru costs US$29 and is available directly from the publisher's website (http://macdaddy.io).
Aug 13
JMR adds to ProBracket line-up for the Mac Pro
JMR Electronics has announced three new additions to their ProBracket family of mounting hardware for the Apple Mac Pro. The American made mounting brackets allow the pro desktop to be installed under a desk, aside a desk pedestal, to a wall, in a mobile enclosure or into a rack cabinet. The family of mounts allow for mounting of the Mac Pro with its I-O ports readily available or hidden. Each mount includes cable management and secure integrated straps that hold the computer(s) in place, with rubber gasketed surfaces that protect them from vibration and scratches. Each ProBracket is finished in high gloss black baked-on powder coating over 18 gauge galvanized steel. The product family uses interchangeable components. The rack mount products allow for sliding the computer(s) in and out of the cabinet, and the removable holding brackets may also be used for wall/pedestal mounting. For details on all the ProBracket family go to www.jmr.com.
Aug 13
Drobo update combines user data, Time Machine backups
Connected Data, the creator of the Drobo line of smart storage solutions, has announced a new feature for its Drobo Mini and Drobo 5D products that enables Apple Time Machine users to utilize their Drobos for both user and backup data. 
When Mac users add a disk to Time Machine there's no option to choose how much capacity to use for backup. Without the ability to set a limit for Time Machine, users must sacrifice their entire disk for backup leaving no room for user data. The latest enhancement for Drobo solves this challenge by allowing users to keep Time Machine backups as well as their documents, videos and photos on the same device. Drobo customers no longer need to purchase multiple USB devices to protect their data, saving them time, money and the hassle of managing individual drives, says . 
The update is available to download (http://www.drobo.com/start/) for all existing Drobo 5D and Drobo Mini customers and can be implemented without disruption to existing data. 

Aug 13
Arcam announces the UN-Wireless rDock-uni
Arcam has announced the US$299 rDock-uni — The UN-Wireless Digital Lightning Dock DAC for iOS devices (http://tinyurl.com/mnsvlmn). The device allows the highest quality and easiest connection to any AV or Hi-Fi and allows music lovers to listen at a quality level that no other dock can achieve, according to the folks at Arcam. The rDock extracts digital audio from the iDevice and processes the music via an audiophile DAC, the Burr-Brown/TI PCM1502 and a Arcam's de-jittering circuitry. The analogue stereo out goes straight to any form of audio system — or to improve the sound even further, the pure digital signal can be fed to a higher grade DAC such as Arcam's $700 irDAC or $3200 FMJ D33. No Wi-fi or Bluetooth is required. Just drop the device onto the dock and touch play or use the remote control supplied. The device is charged while playing. Arcam uses Apple Certified "Made For" Lightning connectors with the correct authentication chip. The rDock-uni also allows users to connect...
Aug 13
StretchWrite turns any pen or pencil into a stylus
The new StretchWrite from Felix is a grip that adds a soft-feel to your favorite pen or pencil while transforming it into a stylus that can be used with devices such as the iPhone and iPad. Its patent pending design offers a thin, hollow point stylus tip for an enhanced digital experience while the silicone grip brings added comfort to your writing instrument, says Felix CEO Chris Michaud. StretchWrite fits over most writing instruments and works with all touch sensitive screens. Simply pull the grip over a pen or pencil, insert the writing tip though the hole on the top end of the StretchWrite. Each order includes a pair of the grips in two different colors: red/gray and blue/pink. It's available at FelixBrand.com for US$9.99 per two-pack.
Aug 13
ToDo4team launches on Mac, iOS, Windows, Android devices
MacMike has launched ToDo4team (http://www.todo4team.com/), a task management solution available via a web browser and on Mac OS X, iOS, Windows, and Android devices. ToDo4team is designed for small and medium sized companies and organizations. Its main feature is assigning and listing of tasks for individual employees. To use the app on any platform, just enter a task subject via app or send an email to a specific dedicated email address. A 30-day demo is available for download. After this period, you're requested to fill in your company's information and credit card number. A monthly fee will be automatically withdrawn. The mount of monthly fee is calculated according to number of active users. Detailed pricing can be found at the ToDo4team website.
Aug 13
SMS Export Plus lets you back up iMessages from an iOS device to...
mTouchLabs has announced SMS Export Plus 1.5, an update of their productivity app exclusively for the iPhone and iPod touch. SMS Export Plus allows you to backup iMessages and SMS from your device to a Mac in .xls format. Using SMS Export Plus, you can archive and maintain records of all your messages at a single location in Excel file. Browse all backup messages in the .xls file very easily. You can filter messages by sender or sort messages by time and date. SMS Export Plus 1.5 costs US$3.99 and is available at the Apple App Store under the Productivity category. Go to http://mtouchlabs.com for more info.
Aug 13
Studiometry for Mac OS X now supports customizable calendars
Orange Software (http://www.oranged.com) has revved Studiometry, its Mac compatible client and project management tool, to version 11.2. Customizable calendars can now be created in Studiometry. These can be used to color-code and filter items by type, employee, and associated groups. Setting up custom calendars will give you complete control over the content and display of items within Studiometry’s calendar view. For example, you can now color-code calendar items based on teams of employees. Each team will have its own calendar, and any items associated with a team will be displayed in that team’s color. Multiple calendars can now be selected and viewed simultaneously, so team schedules can be compared at a glance. Calendars can also be shared between employees using the new Manage Calendars function. Employees can assign their calendars to others, or subscribe to public calendars with your Studiometry database. Studiometry 11.2 is a free update for registered users of Studiometry...
Aug 12
Red Giant Releases Primatte Keyer Version 5.1
Red Giant (www.redgiant.com) has launched Primatte Keyer 5.1, an update that adds support for Adobe Premiere Pro, Apple Final Cut Pro X (FCP X) and Motion. Primatte Keyer lets users remove a blue- or green-screen background, often with the touch of a button. Version 5.1 brings the same powerful tools to editors, directly within their NLE or motion graphics tool of choice. Features include automatic keying, digital green screen relighting, and compositing and cleanup tools. Red Giant Primatte Keyer 5.1 is a free upgrade for existing version 5 users. Users of older versions can upgrade to version 5.1 for US$99; new users can purchase the software for $499.
Aug 12
HuePro is new external battery for charging multiple devices
JunoPower (www.JunoPower.com) has announced the HuePro, a 10,000 mAh external battery with a brushed aluminum casing. Comprised ofSamsung lithium ion cells the power bank is capable of juicing up two smartphones, tablets, GPS devices or cameras at once. A built-in LCD screen provides further functionality by letting the user know how much power is left in the HuePro and when it's time for a recharge. What's more, a LED flashlight shines through an optic lens to help users find their way at night. The battery’s colors include midnight black, brilliant blue, glamorous gold and sterling silver. The Hue Pro is currently available at JunoPower and Amazon for US$59.99.
Aug 12
JAMF Software upgrades its Casper Suite
 JAMF Software has given us a new version of its flagship solution, the Casper Suite. This latest version gives IT professionals a new, simple way to manage bring-your-own-device (BYOD) programs while respecting employee privacy. It also includes improvements that let users be more self-sufficient, according to the folks at JAMF. Designed specifically for iOS and Android devices, the Casper Suite offers security compliance without changing the native experience on the user’s device or invading their privacy. With the new version users can access corporate resources such as e-mail, contacts, calendars, Wi-Fi, and VPN. Management and security settings are transparent to the user, informing them of anything IT can do on their personal device. IT can only remove corporate data from the device. This protects the user’s personal data, such as photos and documents. The Casper Suite now integrates well with enterprise networks and simplifies user enrollment by automatically prompting the...
Aug 12
WaterField releases the VertiGo 2.0 laptop bag
WaterField Designs (http://www.sfbags.com/) has unveiled the VertiGo 2.0 laptop bag with wWaxed canvas, ballistic nylon and premium leather features. Three size choices are available for the iPad Air, 13-inch Apple laptops, and 15-inch Apple laptops with prices ranging from US$129 to $169. A large main compartment holds laptop sleeves, tablets or travel gear. Two interior open-topped pockets are raised off the bottom of the bag for access and to vertically distribute the weight of bag contents. A hidden security magnet holds a front pocket snug to the bag. Therein, a self-locking zippered pocket keeps items like keys, wallet and tickets secure yet accessible. Users choose from a black ballistic nylon or tan, waxed canvas base. They can then add black or chocolate premium, naturally-tanned leather accents. An all-ballistic nylon or all-waxed canvas option satisfies sophisticated vegan consumers.
Aug 12
vjoon K4 features optimized web clients and workspaces
vjoon (www.vjoon.com/) has released version 6.8 R1 of its vjoon K4 cross-media publishing platform. An optimized user experience and an extended set of automated processes feature in this release. The central web clients K4 Overview and K4 Web Portal now offer streamlined user interfaces and handling, as well as several new features. Added workspace management capability now enables any user of any client to work in the same familiar environment. Workspaces may also be tailored to the needs of a group. Version 6.8 is also compatible with Adobe Creative Cloud. Contact vjoon for pricing.
Aug 12
Khronos Group announces advances in OpenGL ecosystem
The Khronos Group, an open consortium of leading hardware and software companies, has announced growing industry support for the OpenGL family of 3D standards. In July, the first wave of leading GPU vendors, including ARM, Imagination Technologies, Intel, NVIDIA and Vivante, achieved full conformance with the latest version of OpenGL ES. A conformance submission from Qualcomm is currently under review, with more to follow. The OpenGL ES 3.1 specification was released in March 2014 and provides the most desired features of desktop OpenGL, including GPU Compute shaders, in a standard that is suitable for mobile devices, according to the Khronos Group. Khronos launched the OpenGL ES 3.1 Adopters program in June, including a broad set of conformance tests to ensure reliable cross-vendor operation. More information is available at http://tinyurl.com/mtvrdgw .
Aug 11
Smooth Skin plugin released for Final Cut Pro, Premiere Pro, AE...
Noise Industries has released Dashwood Smooth Skin, a plugin for Final Cut Pro, Motion, Adobe After Effects and Premiere Pro. The app can smooth out undesired details in HD or 4K closeups, including freckles, wrinkles, or acne and also tone down shininess, lift dark shadows or warm up the skin. Dashwood Smooth Skin can automatically track and apply virtual makeup to faces without any keyframing or interruption to the background. It can smooth out undesired details in HD or 4K closeups, including freckles, wrinkles, or acne and also tone down shininess, lift dark shadows or warm up the skin, says Tim Dashwood, founder of Dashwood Cinema Solutions. Dashwood Editor Essentials can be purchased from the Noise Industries website (http://tinyurl.com/m24yl4k) for the introductory price of US$79. The regular price will be $99.
Aug 11
Chaos Group’s V-Ray comes to the Foundry’s MODO, NUKE, KATANA
Chaos Group and The Foundry say V-Ray will be available for a number of The Foundry's creative software solutions. The two companies have been working together on the development of V-Ray for three of The Foundry's products: V-Ray for MODO, V-Ray for NUKE and V-Ray for KATANA. T Starting today, V-Ray for MODO and NUKE are available as a public beta, and the commercial version of V-Ray for KATANA is available for purchase. Built on V-Ray’s latest 3.0 core rendering technology, the integration with The Foundry's tools streamlines the workflow for studios with pipelines built around V-Ray, NUKE, MODO, and KATANA. For more information on V-Ray for NUKE and V-Ray for MODO products, go to: v-ray.com/NUKE and v-ray.com/MODO. For information on V-Ray for KATANA, contact VFX@chaosgroup.com .
Aug 11
Blueprint for Mac OS X gets new interface, more
Sproutedapps has announced Blueprint 1.5, an update to their business application for Mac OS X. Created especially for small businesses, Blueprint was developed specifically for managing projects and tracking their progress. Anyone can track progress using milestones, and see related contacts, linked tasks and notes. Version 1.5 of Blueprint offers a new, simplified interface that's compatible with Retina screens, plus even more contact and event functions. Blueprint 1.5 requires Mac OS X 10.7.3 or higher and costs US$59.99. Go to www.sproutedapps.com for more info.
Aug 11
iPhone SMS Backup lets you export or save SMS/iMessages from...
mTouchLabs has introduced iPhone SMS Backup, an application for Mac or PC that allows you to copy text messages (SMS/iMessages) from your iPhone directly to your Mac. The software is able to convert the SMS database in Excel, CSV and HTML formats, offering the possibility to browse them from your computer using any application like a text editor or Microsoft Excel. You can sort your messages based on multiple criteria, leveraging the sorting feature of a tabular format. iPhone SMS Backup requires a Mac with 10.6 and above or Windows PC with XP,vista,7 or 8, as well as iTunes. A free demo is available for download (http://iphonesmsbackup.com). Registration is USS$4.99. iPhone SMS Backup can be downloaded for free of cost. Full version is available at $4.99 (USD).
Aug 08
CADintosh 8.0 for Mac OS X is rewritten in Cocoa, gets tweaked...
Lemke Software has released CADintosh 8.0, an update to its 2D CAD program for Mac OS X. Designed especially for technical draftsmen and designers, CADintosh includes a variety of tools to develop technical, mechanical, and architectural drawings. Completely rewritten in Cocoa, version 8.0 includes many enhanced and updated features including support of 64-bit, sandboxing (App Store version only) and complete Unicode support. It also sports a new, one-window interface. CADintosh 8 requires OS X 10.7 or later. It costs US$33.99 and is available worldwide through the Mac App Store in the Graphics & Design category. It can also be directly purchased online from the Lemkesoft website (http://www.lemkesoft.com/) for $32.
Aug 08
Mac Mini Vault announces partnership with Watchman Monitoring
Mac Mini Vault (http://tinyurl.com/phc3xnq) has announced a partnership with Watchman Monitoring (http://tinyurl.com/6j93q25), a provider of Mac-based monitoring. This partnership will include integration of advanced and proactive monitoring for Mac Mini Vault customers. Beginning today, all Mac Mini Vault customers at the Enterprise service level will have free access to the Watchman Monitoring agent and monitoring results. The agent will monitor system details and watch for potential issues. The Watchman Monitoring agent is a small piece of software that detects physical and operational errors, reports system statistics and data points. It inspects system details, looking for potential issues with memory, disk, software, and backup systems.
Aug 08
RAIDON releases new external RAID storage device
RAIDON has released the GR3660-B3, a dual bay storage device with RAID 0 (Striping), RAID 1 (Mirroring), and JBOD three application modes and a USB3.0 interface. The GR3660-B3 has 8TB of storage capacity. It's compatible with all brands of 4TB SATA hard drives. You can install two 4TB hard drives under RAID 0 mode and the system will provide 8TB of access. The independent JBOD mode can offer independent storage areas even if the hard drives are of different capacities. For more info go to www.RAIDON.com.tw .
Aug 08
Sesame2 is new keyfob, app to lock your Mac
Atama has released Sesame2, a Bluetooth Smart keyfob and companion application to lock your Mac or Windows PC. A second generation update of the original Sesame product, Sesame2 boasts an external redesign in addition to further enhancements such as longer battery life, shorter locking distance and increased Bluetooth signal stability. The device enables users to lock their computers whenever they walk away from the computer, preventing anyone else from accessing files, programs, the email client or anything else that might be open on the desktop. When the user returns to their desk, their Mac or PC is automatically unlocked. Thanks to the use of Bluetooth low energy technology, Sesame2 locks your Mac or Windows PC without draining your battery, says Eric Ferraz, CEO of Atama. It's available for pre-order now for US$49 at the Atama website (http://atama.io/sesame2).
Aug 08
SecuritySpy for Mac OS X gets support for more cameras
Bensoftware (www.bensoftware.com) has announced SecuritySpy 3.4.1, an update to the multi-camera video surveillance software for the Mac. New features in this version include include support for external triggers such as PIR (Passive Infra Red) detectors and door/window sensors, support for more cameras, and bug fixes. SecuritySpy boasts features such as motion detection, real-time compression of multiple video and audio feeds, and network video and audio streaming, SecuritySpy is designed for demanding video surveillance applications. The software supports a variety of network cameras and video servers, including the popular ACTi, Axis, Panasonic, Sony and Vivotek ranges, as well as FireWire, USB, and PCI video input devices. SecuritySpy features motion detection, which can be used to trigger recording as well as email alerts and audio alarms. The built-in web server allows remote viewing of live video and audio, previously captured footage, as well as configuration of the software,...
Aug 08
iStat Menus for Mac OS X revved to version 1.2
Bjano has rolled out iStat Menus 5 (http://tinyurl.com/meyfoge), an update of its menubar-based system monitoring tool for Mac OS X. It has eight separate menu extras for monitoring CPU usage, memory, hard disks, networking, temperatures and more. Version 1.2 includes numerous improvements, including processes monitoring; enhanced Date & Time; enhanced bandwidth monitoring; better temperature and fan support; better support for temperature sensors in G4 PowerBooks, the latest iMacs and Intel based Xserves; disk performance monitor; and much more. iStats Menus requires Mac OS X 10.4 or higher. It costs US$16 for a single user license or $24 for a family pack. Upgrades from version 3.x or 4.x are $9.99 for a single user license or $14.99 for a family pack.
Aug 07
Apple updates iTunes to version 11.3.1
Apple has released iTunes 11.3.1. It's a maintenance release that addresses a problem with podcast subscriptions. In Apple's words, iTunes 11.3.1 addresses a problem where subscribed podcasts may stop updating with new episodes and resolves an issue where iTunes may become unresponsive while browsing your podcast episodes in a list. You can obtain the update via the Mac App Store.
Aug 07
Graphic Node launches new Set for iWork Plus
Graphic Node (http://www.graphicnode.com) has introduced Set for iWork Plus 1.0, a new collection of iWork templates designed to help OS X users make the best of Apple's iWork productivity applications. The new pack for Apple's Pages, Keynote, and Numbers contains over 3,000 templates and images, including Graphic Node's first set of 50 scrapbook templates. All templates are editable and available in the US and international paper sizes. The designs range from traditional and formal to friendly and unconventional. Set for iWork Plus requires Mac OS X 10.6.6 or later, Pages '09 or later, Keynote  '09 or later, and Numbers '09 or later. For a limited time, it's available for US$39.99 at the Mac App Store in the Productivity category.
Aug 07
Softpress announces Freeway 7 with responsive web design
Softpress (www.softpress.com) has released Freeway 7 Pro, an update of its web design software, which now features responsive design for creating websites that automatically adapt to display for any device.   Now web designers can easily create sites that will adapt as needed to display for the correct devices, from phones and tablets, to laptops and more, says Joe Billings, managing editor at Softpress. Freeway 7 Pro also automatically generates navigation menu, sports improved search engine optimization and social network integration, and offers greater options for table designs. Additional new features include the addition of productivity enhancements such as keyboard shortcuts and complete keyboard navigation around items and pages. Freeway 7 requires Mac OS X 10.6.8 or later. It costs US$149.99 for new users. Upgrades from Freeway 5+ Express and previous versions of Pro are $75.
Aug 07
My Family Tree for Mac OS X grows to version 1.3
Miavy Systems (http://tinyurl.com/pdhkcc7) has released version 1.3 of the My Family Tree app. The upgrade comes with major changes to its user interface and a fresh new look. The new version drops OS X Lion compatibility and requires OS X 10.8 or later. Unlike previous versions of the app, the newly released version comes with a demo which is available for download on its website (http://tinyurl.com/o3362r9) The full version of the app continues to be available on the Mac App Store for US$19.99.
Aug 07
Graphic Converter for Mac OS X revved to version 9.3
Lemke Software has announced GraphicConverter 9.3, an update to its image utility for Mac OS X. The new version sports a number of new and updated features, and is a free update to all Version 9.x customers. GraphicConverter is an all-purpose, universal image editing program. It now features image conversion from more than 200 graphic file formats into almost 80 different file formats. GraphicConverter 9.3 requires Mac OS X 10.7 or higher. It's available from Lemke Software online (http://www.lemkesoft.com/) and at the Mac App Store. The cost is US$39.95 for new users.
Aug 06
Philips releases 28-inch 4K HD monitor
Available today, the new Philips 28-Inch 4K Ultra HD Display (http://tinyurl.com/mrlra6p), model 288P6LJEB, delivers four times as much detail as 1080p Full HD. The monitor is available now at Amazon.com for a special price of US$599. The Philips UltraClear Display combines 4K UHD high resolution with a color depth of 1.07 billion colors. It provides UltraClear 3840x2160 pixel images at 60hz and a 1ms response. The 28-inch monitor includes built-in stereo speakers for multimedia, and MHL technology for mobile device connectivity (though iOS devices don't currently support the technology). The Philips UltraClear Display provides a plethora of connectivity options and comes equipped with HDMI, DisplayPort, Dual-link DVI and VGA SmartConnect ports. It also features MultiView functionality. This technology enables active dual connect and view so that users can work with multiple devices like a computer and laptop side-by-side simultaneously. The display's SmartErgoBase allows the monitor...
 
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