Cisdem conjures up OCR Wizard 4.0 for macOS
Cisdem has conjured up version 4.0 of OCR Wizard. The app can convert PDFs, scanned documents, and image files in over 40 languages into searchable and editable files.
Version 4.0 reportedly provides more accurate text recognition and adds business card recognition and new formats. It’s also macOS Sierra compatible.
OCRWizard is available now at the Cisdem website (www.cisdem.com). A demo is available for download. A single license of OCRWizard costs US$59.99; a two Mac license is $79.99; and a five Mac license is $119.99. The app requires macOS 10.1 or higher.
Typinator is ready for macOS Sierra
Ergonis Software (www.ergonis.com) has announced Typinator 6.11, a new version of their text expander for Mac OS X.
It’s a tool for automating the process of inserting frequently used text and auto-correcting typing errors. Version 6.11 is compatible with macOS Sierra.
Typinator requires macOS 10.6 or newer. The upgrade to Typinator 6.11 is free for anyone who owns a valid license for Typinator 6.x. Upgrade paths are available for owners of older licenses. For new users the price is $24.99.
PhatWare WritePad Handwriting Recognition Engine released as...
PhatWare Corp., a professional software and application developer, has announced that the entire source code of its multilingual WritePad handwriting recognition engine is now available under GPL v.3 license.
The company says theWritePad Handwriting Recognition Engine (HWRE) is the first fully functional, self-contained handwriting recognition engine to be released as open source. The engine supports most operating systems and includes build scripts for macOS, iOS, Google Android, Microsoft Windows and Windows Mobile, and various distributions of Linux. Compiled libraries and sample code for the WritePad HWRE are available separately in the WritePad SDK repository at https://github.com/phatware/WritePadSDK.
Apple releases third beta of iOS 10.1
Apple has released the third beta of iOS 10.1, which includes the Portrait feature that applies a DSLR-like blur effect over photos using the dual lens system.
If you're not already signed up for the public beta program, you can do so here (https://beta.apple.com/sp/betaprogram/). The public beta program is free, but remember: beta software is unfinished software so use with care.
MacX DVD Ripper Pro 4.9.5 debuts new user interface for macOS...
MacXDVD (www.macxdvd.com) has announced MacX DVD Ripper Pro 4.9.5, an upgrade to its flagship DVD ripper. The update features a new user interface and increased support for macOS Sierra, the iPhone 7 and Galaxy S7.
The upgrade is available to all current MacX DVD Ripper Pro users at no charge. New users can get all the features and updates at $59.95. The complete full-featured DVD video conversion package with top-level support is offered at $39.95 for a limited time; that’s up to 70% off.
olloclip announces new lens sets for the iPhone 7/7 Plus
olloclip has announced its newly designed mobile photography lens sets for the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus: the Core, Active and Macro Pro lens sets. The updated designs feature new multi-element optics, the new Connect interchangeable lens system and an innovative hinged lens base keeping the lens flush with the camera for improved optical performance while allowing compatibility with most screen protectors.
The new Connect interchangeable lens system maintains all the best features of its award-winning predecessor and is now equipped to quickly configure with other individual iPhone 7 Connect lenses, according to Patrick O'Neill, olloclip founder.
The patent-pending Connect system attaches and aligns instantly to both the front and rear cameras of iPhone with no extra parts required. Similar to the precision fit of over-ear headphones, the hinged lens base of the Connect™ system swivels independently and is designed to be screen protector friendly (up to .5mm), adapting to keep the lens...
24U Promoted to Platinum Level of FBA
FileMaker Platform developer, 24U Software (http://www.24usoftware.com/), has been designated as a Platinum Level FileMaker Business Alliance (FBA) member.
Partners who reach the FBA Platinum level are specifically selected by FileMaker, Inc. for exhibiting the highest level of customer service and technical expertise in creating innovative custom apps with the FileMaker Platform. 24U Software has been a member of the FileMaker Business Alliance (http://www.filemaker.com/fba/ ) since the year 2002 when it used to be called FileMaker Solutions Alliance. The company has six FileMaker 15 Certified developers on staff.
Graphic Inspector Now Supports macOS 10.12 Sierra
Zevrix Solutions has released Graphic Inspector 2.1.6, a compatibility update to its quality control solution for images and vector graphic files.
The tool is designed to solve the problem of quickly locating files with specific resolution, color, spot channels, fonts and other attributes. Graphic Inspector can also search file metadata, report image compression, and save search criteria in workflow specific presets. The new version introduces full support for macOS Sierra.
Graphic Inspector can be purchased from the Zevrix web site (www.zevrix.com) for $19.95, as well as from authorized resellers. It’s free with purchase of PDF Checkpoint or InPreflight Pro for Adobe InDesign. A demo is available for download. Version 2.1.6 is free for users of previous versions. Graphic Inspector requires macOS 10.5 or higher (some features require 10.7 or later).
JustBroadcaster for Facebook 1.7 released for OS X
Mac Broadcaster has announced JustBroadcaster for Facebook 1.7, an update to their powerful Facebook live-streaming app for the Mac.
The app offers individuals and businesses a tool to broadcast live content directly to Facebook, from their Mac. Video streams can include the Mac's desktop, video from individual apps, iOS devices, webcams, and more. Version 1.7 offers text overlays (titling) as well as direct support for professional BlackMagic devices.
JustBroadcaster for Facebook 1.7 costs US$29.99 and requires macOS 10.10 or higher. It’s available worldwide through the Mac App Store in the Video category. A one-year license is also available for $15 at the JustBroadcaster website (http://www.justbroadcaster.com/fb), where a demo is available for download.
Mad Max rolls onto the Mac October 20
Feral Interactive has announced today that the open world, third-person action game Mad Max is coming to Mac and Linux on Oct. 20. Developed by Avalanche Studios and published by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment on console and Windows PC, Mad Max features an original story set within the universe of Mad Max.
Players become Max, the lone warrior who must fight for survival against The Wasteland’s savage factions by engaging in all-out melée combat and vicious vehicular combat. Following the theft of his Interceptor, Max teams up with the gifted mechanic Chumbucket to build the ultimate survival vehicle, the “Magnum Opus.”
Players design, customize and upgrade their vehicle by choosing from different car chassis and a myriad of upgrades including mounted weapons, armor and engines in order to escape to the Plains of Silence. As they navigate The Wasteland, gamers will encounter a huge variety of enemies, in a gigantic post-apocalyptic open-world with a range of immersive...
ExoLens introduces PRO and PRIME iPhone 7 accessory lenses
ExoLens (www.exolens.com) has launched the ExoLens PRO and PRIME ranges of accessory lenses for the iPhone 7. Each line is designed for a specific consumer.
First to market will be the ExoLens PRO Wide-Angle and Telephoto Kits for the iPhone 7. These kits will bring the aspherical lens technology previously reserved for high-end DSLR lenses straight to your iPhone as a compact mobile accessory lens, says John Fellowes, CEO of Fellowes Brands, which acquired ExoLens in 2014. All PRO Kits come with the new machined aluminum ExoLens Edge mount, which features an integrated cold shoe accessory mount (compatible with accessories such as external video light) and key ring loop.
The ExoLens PRO Wide-Angle Kit with Optics by ZEISS features a ZEISS Mutar 0.6x Asph T* Wide-Angle lens, which provides virtually no distortion and exceptional edge-to-edge contrast, Fellowes adds. This Kit is designed to help professionals capture expansive scenery and immerse viewers with frame filling detail,...
Targus announces USB-C laptop docking station
Targus has launched the $199.99 USB-C Universal Docking Station (DOCK410USZ), a compact 4K docking station that supports USB-C technology. It works with the 12-inch Apple MacBook.
The USB-C Universal Docking Station can connect up to two high-definition displays for images at resolutions up to 3840 x 2160. Its ergonomic wedge design supports the laptop for comfortable typing, and its compact size fits in the hot-desking, flexible environments of modern workspaces, according to Ron DeCamp, director of Product Management, Targus.
The Targus USB-C Universal Docking Station has these connectivity ports:
° 1x USB-C DisplayPort Alternate Mode (aka Alt-Mode) host connection;
° 3 x USB 3.0 (USB 3.1 Generation 1) Type-A (for device charging);
° 1x USB 3.0 (USB 3.1 Generation 1) Type-C;
° 2x DisplayPort 1.2a video ports;
° 1x HDMI 2.0 video port;
° 1x DVI-D video port;
° 1x Gigabit Ethernet RJ45 port;
° 1x 3.5mm Combo Audio In/Out po;
° Standard industry lock slot
Along with the USB-C...
PDFpen 8.2 Adds Tabbed Windows on macOS Sierra
Smile has rolled out PDFpen 8.2 (http://smle.us/store), an update to its all-purpose PDF editing tool for the Mac. This version adds iCloud sync for users who purchased from the Smile store, and supports tabbed windows on macOS Sierra.
What’s more, PDFpen and PDFpenPro 8.2 now show the PDFpen section of the user's iCloud Drive in the open dialog for users who purchased from Smile directly. The PDFpen Library now syncs automatically via iCloud for all users. The Library also syncs with PDFpen for iPad & iPhone.
PDFpen retails for US$74.95, PDFpenPro for $124.95. FamilyPpack licenses, which cover up to five computers in one household, are $94.95 for PDFpen and $149.95 for PDFpenPro. Office Pack licenses start at $224.95 for PDFpen (five users) and $349.95 for PDFpenPro (5 users).
Upgrades from earlier single user versions of either application are $30, and free to users who purchased on or after Jan. 1. Upgrades from previous versions of PDFpen to PDFpenPro 8 are $50. Upgrade...
Lemke Software Introduces Automatic Colorist for Professional...
FxFactory has launched EPICOLOR (https://fxfactory.com/info/epicolor/), a digital color processing plug-in for Apple’s Final Cut Pro X and Motion tools. It’s designed to completely automate primary color-correction.
EPICOLOR is an artificial intelligence tool. It creates a natural look by dragging it onto a clip in the timeline. You can then give your film a special look using the app’s interface. EPICOLOR lets you save your own presets as a file to share and it supports the use of third party LUTs.
EPICOLOR costs $99. A demo is available for download.
Quark Releases macOS Sierra Update for QuarkXPress 2016
Quark Software has released the October Update for QuarkXPress 2016, adding macOS Sierra support. It also addresses known issues.
The update is for both Mac and Windows versions of QuarkXPress 2016 and free for all current QuarkXPress 2016 users. It can be downloaded using the built-in Auto Updater in QuarkXPress or downloaded here (http://www.quark.com/Support/Downloads/).
Apple releases new iOS, macOS, watchOS, tvOS developer betas
Apple has released a third beta of macOS Sierra 10.12.1 to the public, plus developer betas of iOS 10.1, watchOS 3.1 and tvOS 10.0.1. Developers can download the betas from the Apple Developer Center (https://idmsa.apple.com).
Maintain serves up Cocktail 10.0.1 (Sierra Edition)
Maintain has served up Cocktail 10.0.1 (Sierra Edition), a new edition of Cocktail for users running macOS Sierra 10.12.
It’s a general purpose utility for macOS that lets users clean, repair and optimize their Macs. The new version addresses an issue in which Cocktail may fail to securely empty the trash or delete locked items.
It also resolves a number of other issues discovered in the previous release, miscellaneous bug fixes, improvements and enhancements as well as updated Automator actions and Help files. Finally, Cocktail 10.0.1 (Sierra Edition) comes with an automatic Pilot mode and more.
Cocktail costs $19 for a single user license and available for purchase from the Maintain website (http://www.maintain.se/cocktail). When unregistered, Cocktail runs in demo mode and will expire after the tenth launch.
Insights revved for macOS Sierra compatibility
KnowledgeMiner Software has released Insights 5.1 for the Mac. It’s an update to its alternative and supplemental tool to established confirmatory science based modeling approaches. Insights is now macOS Sierra compatible.
Following the principle of Occam's razor, the app now develops complexity minimized predictive models from observation data, autonomously, and extracts new knowledge in form of explicit model equations that describe the data, mathematically. And it generates new knowledge in form of explicit model equations that describe the data, mathematically, for further analysis, interpretation, and theory formulation purposes.
Insights for macOS 10.9 or later is available as free, student, advanced, or pro edition exclusively from the KnowledgeMiner Software website (http://www.knowledgeminer.eu). Until Oct. 21, promotional pricing is available. Academic versions can be purchased by contacting KnowledgeMiner Software directly.
SecuritySpy ready for macOS Sierra
Ben Software has rolled out SecuritySpy 4.0.7, an update to the multi-camera CCTV software for the Mac.
With features such as motion detection, flexible video/audio capture, and remote monitoring and configuration, SecuritySpy is designed for demanding video surveillance applications. The new version is macOS Sierra compatible.
Pricing depends on the number of cameras used, ranging from approximately $42 for the single-camera version to $90 for the unlimited-camera version. SecuritySpy supports any Intel Mac running OS X 10.5 or higher. A 30-day fully-featured trial of SecuritySpy is available for download (www.bensoftware.com).
AKVIS introduces Cats Pack photo frames
AKVIS (www.akvis.com) has unleashed a new cat-themed frame collection for AKVIS Frames and AKVIS ArtSuite. The Cats Pack includes 50 horizontal and 50 vertical frame designs.
To use AKVIS frame packs, you need to have installed one of following programs: AKVIS Frames (available for free) or AKVIS ArtSuite. All AKVIS products run on macOS 10.7 or higher. The new Cats pack sells for $17.
Free Halloween Fonts Collection adds five new fonts
MacAppware has updated its free Halloween Fonts Collection with five new fonts. This brings the total number of fonts in Halloween Fonts to 45.
All are royalty free fonts in OpenType font format and are cross-platform compatible. You can install and use them in all applications that support fonts.
The Halloween Fonts Collection require macOS 10.6.6 or later and are available at the MacAppware site (http://tinyurl.com/jpwmkra) and the Mac App Store. If downloading them from the Mac App Store, you can find the fonts as Halloween Fonts - Free Commercial Use Holiday Fonts in the Free section of the Graphics & Design category. If downloading from the MacAppware website, the fonts will download in a zipped folder allowing you to use the fonts on any Mac or Windows computer.
Third developer beta of macOS Sierra 10.12.1 released
Apple has released its third developer beta of macOS Sierra 10.12.1. It can be downloaded from the Apple Developer Center (https://idmsa.apple.com).
BatchOutput PDF is ready for macOS Sierra
Zevrix Solutions has released BatchOutput PDF 2.2.23, a compatibility update to its solution to automate PDF printing with watched hot folders on Mac.
Users only need to drop PDF files into hot folders and they’ll be printed automatically using the linked output preset. Version 2.2.23 makes BatchOutput PDF compatible with the macOS Sierra.
BatchOutput PDF can be purchased from the Zevrix website (www.zevrix.com) for $24.95; there’s a server version for $99.95, as well as from the Mac App Store and authorized resellers. The 2.2.33 update is free for licensed users of version 2. A demo is available for download. BatchOutput PDF supports macOS 10.5 and higher.
Fortuna is new fortune generator for the Mac
SchwanSongs (http://www.schwansongs.com/fortuna/) has launched Ask Fortuna 1.0, a fortune generator for the Mac. It creates almost-random sayings and prescient prognostications.
According to the folks at SchwanSongs, these aren’t plagiarized lists of old quotes, nor are they completely random sentences of computer-speak; They are something in between.
Ask Fortuna requires macOS 10.8 or later and costs $2.99 (with additional in-app purchases available). It’s available at the Mac App Store in the Entertainment category.
MacDraft revved for macOS Sierra
Microspot (www.microspot.com) has announced MacDraft Professional and MacDraft Personal Edition, the latest version of their 2D drafting, design and illustration software for the Mac. Now macOS Sierra compatible, version 6.2 introduces new features including Smart Snapping, Guides, Centred Document, Document Dead Zone, and more.
MacDraft Pro costs approximately $241 for new users, and MacDraft Personal Edition is $62. Demos are available for download.
ConceptDraw Office ready for macOS Sierra
CS Odessa (www.conceptdraw.com) has updated ConceptDraw Pro 10, ConceptDraw MindMap 8, ConceptDraw Project 7 for macOS 10.12 (Sierra). In addition the company has released six free solutions for ConceptDraw Pro.
ConceptDraw Office 3 is a suite of software tools designed to help individuals, teams, and organizations meet their business objectives. ConceptDraw Office consists of a diagramming platform, a mind mapping tool, and a project management tool.
ConceptDraw Office 3 retails for $499. It supports the latest macOS and Windows operating systems.
Package Central for Adobe InDesign Now Supports macOS Sierra
Zevrix Solutions has announced Package Central 1.9.11, a compatibility update to its document packaging automation solution for Adobe InDesign.
Originally developed for a major publisher in the United States, the software automates InDesign document collection by processing files from hot folders. Package Central offloads file packaging to a central system leaving operator workstations free from the collection process. The new version adds support for macOS 10.12 Sierra.
Package Central can be purchased for $149.95 from the Zevrix website (www.zevrix.com), as well as from authorized resellers. A demo is available for download. Package Central requires macOS 10.5-10.12 and Adobe InDesign CS5-CC 2015.
Bix for macOS revved to version 1.3.1
einstein's legacy (http://www.einsteinslegacy.com) has revved Bix, Mac movie playlist tool for fullscreen and multi-screen playback, to version 1.3.1.
Built on Apple's AVFoundation technology, it lets you organize and configure playlists, trimming individual clips as needed, for use in kiosk and digital signage applications. Bix separates your clips from their playback settings, allowing you to make changes to the display location, looping mode and other behaviors without making any changes to your movies.
With version 1.3.1, you can drag and droop segments to position them in the order you desire for final playback. You can also use Watch Folders to dynamically change your playlist without needing to edit your Bix project.
Bix requires macOS 10.11 or higher. It's available for $19.99 at the Mac App Store in the Video category.
Inchwest rolls out Chop Commute 1.61 for the Mac
InchWest has driven out Chop Commute 1.61 (https://inchwest.com/chopcommute/), an update of the Mac app that takes the guess work out of daily commute by showing real-time traffic and drive times right on the Mac menu bar. It’s a maintenance upgrade.
Chop Commute requires macOS 10.10 or later. It costs $4.99 and is available through the Mac App Store in the Travel category.
Default Folder 5.0.7 provides compatibility fixes for macOS...
St. Clair Software has announced Default Folder X 5.0.7 (http://www.stclairsoft.com/DefaultFolderX/index.html), an upgrade to the utility for Mac OS X Yosemite and El Capitan. Default Folder X enhances the file dialogs in all macOS 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.Version 5.0.7 provides several compatibility fixes for macOS 10.12 Sierra.
It’s a free upgrade for registered users. New licenses are $34.95; upgrades from version 4 and prior are $14.95.
Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War II comes to the Mac
Feral Interactive has announced that Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War II (http://tinyurl.com/gv6uuz8) is now available on the Feral Store, Steam, and the Mac App Store.
Here’s how the game is described: “The sinister science fantasy universe of Warhammer 40,000 springs to brutal life in a pitiless war pursued by six rival races across the inhabited worlds of Sub-Sector Aurelia. Fight for the survival of your kind in Dawn of War II, Chaos Rising and Retribution, three outstanding games linked by the relentless combat of implacable enemies.”
Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War II costs US$19.99. It requires macOS 10.11.5 or higher.
Troi Automatisering Releases Troi File Plug-In 8.6 For FileMaker...
Troi Automatisering (www.troi.com) has released Troi File Plug-in 8.6 for FileMaker Pro 14. It’s an update of the plug-in for manipulating external files and folders directly from FileMaker Pro.
The new version has improved compatibility with macOS Sierra. It adds a new TrFile_GetIcon function, which gets the icon of a file. It can create icons in sizes varying from 16x16 to 1024x1024 pixels and with double resolution for retina screens.
Troi File Plug-in 8.6 adds a new switch "-CreatePNG" to the TrFile_CreateThumbnail function; this will give as result a thumbnail in the PNG format, with an alpha channel. This means that the thumbnail will have the same transparent areas as the original image. There’s also improved support for PDF/X files, which enables you to determine if a file confirms to the PDF/X standard.
A fully functional demo version of Troi File Plug-in 8.6 is available for downloading at Troi's website. Licenses cost $99 per user. Developer licenses and multi-user...
Apple and Deloitte are teaming up
Apple and Deloitte have announced a partnership (apple.com/ipad/business/) “to help companies quickly and easily transform the way they work by maximizing the power, ease-of-use and security the iOS platform brings to the workplace through iPhone and iPad.
As part of the joint effort, Deloitte is creating an Apple practice with over 5,000 strategic advisors who are solely focused on helping businesses change the way they work across their entire enterprise, from customer-facing functions such as retail, field services and recruiting, to R&D, inventory management and back-office systems.
Apple and Deloitte will also collaborate on the development of a new service offering from Deloitte Consulting called EnterpriseNext, designed to help clients fully take advantage of the iOS ecosystem of hardware, software and services in the workplace. The new offering will help customers discover the highest impact possibilities within their industries and quickly develop custom solutions...
NeoFinder 6.9.3 is ready for macOS Sierra
Norbert M. Doerner has launched NeoFinder 6.9.3. It’s an update of the macOS app that helps you keep track of your digital files, photos, songs, movies, fonts on hard drives, USB sticks, servers, Blu-ray disks, DVD-ROMs, CDROMs, and any other digital media.
NeoFinder (http://www.cdfinder.de) generates thumbnails and metadata of your files for search possibilities, smart folders, albums, and more. Version 6.9.3 is certified to run in macOS Sierra, and can catalog Affinity Designer files.
The app requires macOS 10.6.8 or higher. NeoFinder 6.9.3 is a paid update to licensed users of CDFinder, update price starting at approximately $21. Cross-grades for users of competing applications (DiskLibrary, FileFinder, CatFinder, Canto Cumulus, Disk Tracker, DiskCatalogMaker, Atomic View, iView Media Pro, and more) are available.
A demo version can be downloaded from the NeoFinder website. The price for new users starts at $32.50. Multiple user packs are available for network users. NeoFinder 6.9....
ChapterWork for macOS gets expanded undo support, more
einstein's legacy (http://www.einsteinslegacy.com) has rolled out ChapterWork 1.5.1, an update of its macOS utility for working with chapter tracks.
It replaces text-based tools with methods for creating, updating and internationalizing your movie's chapter tracks. Version 1.5.1 introduces expanded undo support, swipe-to-delete for chapter and marker entries, and other user interface enhancements.
ChapterWork 1.5.1 requires macOS 10.11 or higher. It costs $19.99 and is available from the Mac App Store in the Video category.
FontAgent 7.1.2 supports macOS Sierra and QuarkXPress 2016
Insider Software has unveiled FontAgent 7.1.2, an update to its professional font manager for the Mac. It integrates diagnostics, repair, font selection, font book creation, and design tools in a single application for creative professionals. The new release includes support for macOS 10.12 Sierra and a new auto-activation XTension for QuarkXPress 2016.
FontAgent 7 is available in a Standard Edition for standalone users and a Sync Edition that features one-click sharing of fonts with others in your workgroup and auto-syncing of fonts across your Macs. Version 7.1.2 is free to all licensed users of FontAgent 7. FontAgent Pro 6 Standard Edition users can upgrade in the Insider online store for $59. Other users can purchase the new release for $99.
Quantity discounts and crossgrades from competitive products are available. The new release runs on macOS Sierra, El Capitan and Yosemite and is available for immediate download from the Insider website (http://insidersoftware.com).
AKVIS releases Sketch Video Classic plug-in.2.0
AKVIS has released AKVIS Sketch Video Classic plug-in.2.0 for Adobe Premiere Pro and After Effects. The new version offers post processing effects, updated presets, multiple bug fixes, and stability improvements.
AKVIS Sketch Video Classic (http://tinyurl.com/hknlvo3) is a plug-in for Adobe Premiere Pro and Adobe After Effects for converting videos into animated cartoons, both black-and-white and color. You can use it to apply various pencil drawing styles to compositions and movies.
On the Mac platform, Sketch Video Classic 2.0 requires macOS 10.7 or higher. A demo is available for download. Registration is $199; one license key allows activating the software on two computers.
Enterprise AR App Revenues to Approach $6 billion By 2021
A new Juniper Research (www.juniperresearch.com) study has found that consumer app revenues from augmented reality (AR) will remain below that of the enterprise sector through to 2021, despite the high visibility of games such as Pokémon GO. Juniper forecasts that revenues from enterprise AR apps will reach $5.7 billion by 2021, rising tenfold from an estimated $515 million in 2016, according to the research group.
The research found that enterprise interest in AR technologies has continued to grow, fueled by improvements in field of vision and latency on HMDs (Head Mounted Displays). Future releases of these units, such as Microsoft HoloLens, are set to drive AR content revenues in the enterprise sector as businesses opt for HMDs over smartphones and tablets, according to Juniper Research.
According to the new study, the bespoke nature of content in the enterprise AR sector, such as DAQRI’s partnerships with Hyperloop and Siemens, will lead to higher app prices. The combination of...
FileMaker Launches FileMaker Cloud
FileMaker, Inc. (ww.filemaker.com) has released its cloud-based platform for managing and running custom apps, FileMaker Cloud. The offering provides the simplicity, performance and reliability of the FileMaker Platform without having to spend time and resources deploying and maintaining a server, according to Ann Monroe, vice president of worldwide marketing, FileMaker, Inc..
FileMaker Cloud will provide organizations looking to develop and manage custom apps with minimal administrative overhead, speedy deployment, low up-front costs and instant scalability, she adds. It enables businesses, both small and large, to deploy custom mobile apps that save time and money while creating efficiencies and better customer experiences.
The company supports business transformation with innovative offerings such as the Idea to iPad Bundle and the free Service Business Toolkit. FileMaker Cloud is currently only available in the United States and Canada. Customers can sign up to be notified when...
Second macOS Sierra 10.12.1 beta for developers available
Apple has released a second beta of an upcoming macOS Sierra update to developers. macOS Sierra 10.12.1 beta 2, build 16B2333a, can be downloaded from the Apple Developer Center and through the Software update mechanism in the Mac App Store.
CS Odessa releases Business Process Modeling Notation Solution 2...
CS Odessa (www.conceptdraw.com) has released its Business Process Modeling Notation Solution 2.0 in the ConceptDraw Solution Park. It utilizes Object Management Group's Business Process Modeling Notation to graphically describe the steps of a business processes.
The updated product extension expands ConceptDraw Pro's drawing features, allowing users to create business process diagrams quickly. It’s available for download at no charge to owners of ConceptDraw Pro 10.
ConceptDraw Pro is compatible with Mac OS X and Microsoft Windows. It’s supported by the business solutions located in ConceptDraw Solution Park, and retails for $199 per end user license. ConceptDraw Pro 10 is included in ConceptDraw Office 3, which retails for $499.
Achroma is new image manipulation tool for the Mac
einstein's legacy (http://www.einsteinslegacy.com) has created Achroma 1.0.1, an image manipulation tool developed exclusively for macOS.
The app lets you removes colors from your images by providing two conversion modes; you can select from a set of preset color ranges or create your own collection of user-defined color ranges for processing. Achroma also lets you export images in a variety of formats, create interactive slideshow presentations and share images using various internet services.
Achroma requires macOS 10.11 or higher. It’s available for $9.99 from the Mac App Store in the Photography category.
New Webfonts added to 1000 OpenType Fonts
128bit Technologies has rolled out 1000 OpenType Fonts 4.0 on its MacAppware website (www.macappware.com) and the Mac App Store. This font collection includes 240 unique font family styles, with a total of 1,000 fonts in all.
Webfont versions and a PDF sample book of the font families were just added to 1000 OpenType Fonts. For a limited time, you can save 70% on Premium Fonts 7.0. You can download the newest creative font designs, each with a 10-computer commercial use license for $29.99.
Each font is in OpenType font format and can be used for any personal and business project on both Mac and PC computers. International character support is standard for nearly every font (bar code fonts and wingding fonts don’t include international character support).
Pixel Film Studios releases ProClone for Final Cut Pro X
Pixel Film Studios has released ProClone (http://tinyurl.com/zhuqok4) for Apple’s Final Cut Pro X. It’s a $29.95 repeating media tool plug-in that allows users to add layers of duplicated footage on top of an original source. You can add some extra stylization to videos using ProClone’s duplicating tools. You can emphasize dynamic shots by adding extra layers of action.
To use ProClone, select a preset and drop it on top of a video or photo in the timeline. Squash, stretch and/or position the the title layer in the timeline to adjust how long the clones appear on screen for as well as when they begin and end.
ProClone gives users the options to add anywhere from one to eight layers of repeated media to footage. You can edit the spread of clone layers to be close together, or far apart and reposition where the clone layers begin using a simple slider. You can adjust the slant slider to change the angle of the clones.
Vertical and horizontal layouts are included for every section of...
LightTable for macOS adds gesture-based manipulation
einstein's legacy has released LightTable 3.0.1 (http://www.einsteinslegacy.com), an update of its unlimited virtual canvas app for macOS X.
It lets users layout, inspect and compare images. Images can be resized, repositioned, layered and aligned allowing users to discover different storytelling perspectives. Version 3.0.1 introduces gesture-based manipulation of canvas items, consolidates the user interface and provides several stability enhancement bug fixes.
LightTable 3.0.1 require macOS 10.11 or higher and costs $19.99. It’s available worldwide from the Mac App Store in the Photography category.
Mac Data Recovery Guru 4.0 Has Ability to Scan Unmountable Disk...
Mac OS X File Recovery has announced Mac Data Recovery Guru 4.0, an update to its data recovery utility for macOS. The app can recover all common file types from any Mac drive or volume.
Mac Data Recovery Guru scans any drive, and displays a list of all recoverable files on the disk. Users then select the files they wish to recover, select a destination drive, and click the "Recover" button. Version 4.0 offers the ability to scan disk images that can't mount for file recovery.
Mac Data Recovery Guru requires macOS 10.7 or higher. It costs $89 and is available directly from the publisher's website (https://macosxfilerecovery.com). A free scan-only download is also available.
ChargeTech launches the PLUG battery pack
ChargeTech has launched its PLUG battery pack, which sports 48,000m Ah battery capacity and 250 watts of power.
“This means users can choose to charge laptops up to three times, tablets up to seven times, smartphones up to 28 times, TVs up to four hours, drones up to three times, DSLR cameras up to 30 times, mini-fridges up to eight hours, hoverboards up to two times, and more,” says Jeffrey Maganis, CEO of ChargeTech. “ The variety of devices that PLUG can power up include all laptops, iPhones and other mobile devices, iPads, CPAP machines, medical devices, desktop computers, printers, flat screen TVs, PS4, Xbox ONE, Wii U, video gaming consoles, mini fridges, cameras, drones, hoverboards, and more.”
PLUG has international worldwide compatible outlets with power outputs of 120V to 240V. Its pass-through capabilities allow both the the charger and other devices to charge simultaneously. PLUG Has an USB-C charging port that works with the 12-inch MacBook and an optional 40 watt solar...
Duplicate Sweeper free for a week to celebrate macOS Sierra’s...
To celebrate the launch of macOS Sierra, Wide Angle Software has announced that its duplicate file finder software, Duplicate Sweeper, is now available for free for a week at the Mac App Store in the Utilities category.
Duplicate Sweeper allows you to find and remove duplicate photos, music, documents and other files on your Mac quick and easy. It’s compatible with macOS Sierra, as well as all 64-Bit Macs running OS X 10.8 or higher. Duplicate Sweeper 1.02 normally retails at $19.9 from Wide Angle Software's website (https://www.wideanglesoftware.com).
Apple releases iOS 10.0.2
Apple has released iOS 10.0.2. It addresses an issue that could prevent headphone audio controls from temporarily not working.
It also resolves an issue that caused Photos to quit for some users when turning on iCloud Photo Library and fixes an issue that prevented enabling some app extensions. iOS 10.0.2 can be installed through Software Update within the iOS Settings app, or by connecting an iPhone or iPad to iTunes on a Mac or PC.
SuperTab for Mac now integrates with Snagit
SpriTec Software has announced SuperTab 2.3 (http://www.supertab.me/SuperTab.html), an update to its utility application for macOS.
SuperTab enhances and extends the Mac's built-in Command-Tab Application Switcher. Version 2.3 now integrates with the Snagit screen capture app. The update also adds an in-app preview of MP4 and .mov videos, enabling Snagit users to preview their video captures, as well as to preview MP4 and .mov files within SuperTab.
SuperTab 2.3 is free to download and install and is fully-functional for 30 days. After 30 days, it remains fully-functional but will occasionally ask users to register. Users can take advantage of a special 50% off sale price of $10 through Oct. 31. SuperTab 2.3 is a free upgrade for SuperTab 2.x users. Users of earlier 1.x versions of SuperTab can upgrade to 2.3 for $2.99.