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Sep 12
The iPhone X arrives in November
Apple has announced the iPhone X, which is modestly describes as “the future of the smartphone.” It comes in an all-glass design with a 5.8-inch “Super Retina” display, A11 Bionic chip, wireless charging and an improved rear camera with dual optical image stabilization. The iPhone X delivers a new way for customers to unlock, authenticate and pay using Face ID, enabled by the new TrueDepth camera. The smartphone will be available for pre-order beginning Friday, Oct. 27, in more than 55 countries and territories, and in stores beginning Friday, Nov. 3. The iPhone X introduces a design with an all-screen display that follows the curve of the device, clear to the rounded corners. The all-glass front and back feature the most durable glass ever in a smartphone in silver or space gray, while a highly polished, surgical-grade stainless steel band seamlessly wraps around and reinforces iPhone X, according to Phil Schiller, Apple’s vice president of Worldwide Marketing. A seven-layer color...
Sep 12
Apple introduces the iPhone 8, iPhone Plus
Apple has debuted the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus. The new iPhone features a new glass and aluminum design in three colors made out of what Apple claims is the most durable glass ever in a smartphone, Retina HD displays and A11 Bionic chip, and is designed for the ultimate augmented reality experience. The smartphone’s camera gets even better with single and dual cameras featuring Portrait Lighting on iPhone 8 Plus, and wireless charging brings a new capability to the smartphone. Both devices will be available for pre-order beginning Friday, Sept. 15. in more than 25 countries and territories, and in stores beginning Friday, Sept. 22. Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing, says the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus introduce a beautiful glass back design made with the most durable glass ever in a smartphone in three new finishes: space gray, silver and gold. The glass finish is made using a seven-layer color process for precise hue and opacity, delivering a...
Sep 12
The Apple Watch Series 3 adds cellular support
Apple has introduced Apple Watch Series 3, adding built-in cellular. It allows users to stay connected, make calls, receive texts and more, even without an iPhone nearby. The third-generation Apple Watch boasts intelligent coaching features, water resistance to 50 meters and a new barometric altimeter that measures relative elevation. Apple Watch Series 3 comes in two models, one with GPS and cellular, and one with GPS, both featuring a 70% faster dual-core processor and new wireless chip. Soon, the combination of cellular and watchOS 4 will allow Apple Music users to stream 40 million songs right from their wrist, according to Jeff Williams, Apple’s chief operating officer. Beginning Friday, Sept. 15, Apple Watch Series 3 (GPS + Cellular) will be available to order in 10 countries and territories, and Apple Watch Series 3 (GPS) will be available to order in 28 countries and territories. Both models are available in stores starting Friday, Sept. 22. Apple Watch Series 3 (GPS +...
Sep 12
Apple debuts the Apple TV 4K with HDR
Apple has introduced the Apple TV 4K with support for both 4K and High Dynamic Range (HDR. With Apple TV 4K, viewers can enjoy a growing selection of 4K HDR movies on iTunes. In fact, iTunes users will get automatic upgrades of HD titles in their existing iTunes library to 4K HDR versions when they become available. Apple TV 4K will also offer 4K HDR content from popular video services, including Netflix and Amazon Prime Video, coming soon, says Eddy Cue, Apple’s senior vice president of Internet Software and Services. Built on the groundbreaking A10X Fusion chip, the Apple TV 4K offers support for both Dolby Vision and HDR10. A built-in high-performance 4K video scaler makes HD content look better than ever on a 4K TV, says Cue. The Apple TV 4K always outputs to the highest resolution possible allows viewers to get the most out of their TV, whether it’s an older HDTV or the latest 4K Dolby Vision OLED. It also offers automatic detection of a 4K TV’s capabilities that optimizes setup...
Sep 12
QuickerTek announces Solar PV Chargers for USB Type-C 2015-2017...
QuickerTek has announced 30 watt and 60 watt USB Type-C Solar Juicz Chargers (http://tinyurl.com/ycyzf55n). These solar panels feature the USB 3.1 adapter cable necessary to power and charge the 2015-2017 MacBook and MacBook Pro 13-inch and 15-inch laptops. They include a Type-C USB (3.1) cable that utilizes the PD protocol. To use, they can be plugged directly into the MacBook's special USB 3.1 adapter ports. These solar products power the computer battery for use while simultaneously charging the internal battery. The folks at QuickerTek say the Solar Juicz Chargers feature water resistant, foldable and durable photo-voltaic cells. Each panel is light weight for easy travel, weighing in at three pounds, including with accessories. QuickerTek is offering the 30 Watt USB Type-C Solar Juicz Charger for $499 and the 60 Watt USB Type-C Solar Juicz Charger for $999. These solar panels can also be used to charge QuickerTek's Most Powerful eyeBattery and Most Versatile eyeBattery.
Sep 12
WaterField introduces the iPhone Camera Bag
In celebration of the iPhone’s 10-year anniversary, WaterField (https://www.sfbags.com) has introduced a custom iPhone Camera Bag in elegant leather or black ballistic nylon designed to hold detachable lenses, mini tripod, and other photo accessories for the new iPhones expected to debut today. The iPhone Camera Bag allows mobile photographers to stow their iPhone photography gear within easy reach, ready to snap photos on a moment’s notice, says WaterField owner Gary Waterfield. Available in full-grain premium leather or classic black ballistic nylon, the WaterField iPhone Camera Bag attaches to a belt or slings crossbody, keeping the iPhone quickly accessible at the hip. Inside, the bag includes a dedicated, easy-access pocket for the smartphone and battery pack and adjustable padded dividers for up to four smartphone camera lenses. An additional zippered mesh pocket stow cords and lens attachments. Two stretchy straps hold a mini-tripod in place along the bottom of the bag. The...
Sep 12
Output Factory Server 2 for InDesign Released
Zevrix Solutions has rolled out Output Factory Server 2, an upgrade to company's output automation solution for Adobe InDesign. Output Factory Server automates printing and exporting from InDesign by processing files from hot folders, and can serve unlimited users on a network. Version 2 adds new features such as the ability to output InDesign files to multiple formats from a single hot folder, the ability to run custom scripts, the ability to process file aliases instead of originals, and more. Output Factory Server can be purchased from the Zevrix website (www.zevrix.com) for $699.95. A demo is available for download. The upgrade cost is $350 for the licensed users of Output Factory Server 1.x and BatchOutput Server. Output Factory Server requires macOS 10.7 or later and Adobe InDesign CS5-CC 2017.
Sep 11
Information Technology Disaster Resource Center
Recent events such as Hurricanes Harvey and Irma remind us of all kinds of recovery – but often, news doesn’t talk about support related to IT. Fortunately, there are many ways to get help or give help, and organizations ready and willing to step in and give assistance. One of them is the Information Technology Disaster Resource Center (ITDRC), a non-profit group of volunteers from the IT community who provide no-cost telecommunications support to survivors and emergency responders as they begin recovery after a disaster. If you are interested in donating time, money, or equipment you can contact them via their web site. https://itdrc.org Often, organizations like ITDRC get support from vendors. For example, if you are a Ruckus customer or reseller and have old Ruckus WLAN gear that you want to donate, send it to ITDRC and we will make sure it is fully licensed and upgraded at no cost.
Sep 11
OWC ships the Thunderbolt 3 Dock
Other World Computing is now shipping new orders of the $299 Thunderbolt 3 Dock (http://tinyurl.com/y9jmo5hf), which sports 13 ports. It provides connectivity through an included Thunderbolt 3 cable, delivering power to laptops and other devices. The dock takes full advantage of Thunderbolt 3 technology with throughput up to 40Gb/s of bandwidth. The 13 ports offer the capability to charge mobile devices, connect the newest displays, add external storage (including legacy devices such as FireWire drives), import photos and videos from SD cards, access wired networks via Gigabit Ethernet, and connect audio accessories. The OWC Thunderbolt 3 Dock can be the foundation of a custom display setup, providing the ability to drive a latest-generation 5K display, two ultra HD 4K displays or a combination of 4K, HD and other displays with the Mini DisplayPort (mDP) with DisplayPort++ support, and additional Thunderbolt 3 port. For professionals working in the creative industries, there’s a...
Sep 11
YouTube Downloader for Mac upgraded to version 5.0
iFunia has upgraded YouTube Downloader for Mac to version 5.0. The app allows users to download and save YouTube videos right into their Mac. Version 5.0 adds support for downloading YouTube playlist and channels in one go.  iFunia YouTube Downloader for Mac also can download video from Vimeo, Dailymotion, LiveLeak, Break, Metacafe, Facebook, Instagram, Yahoo, BBC, AOL, SoundCloud, and 1000-plus other sites. iFunia YouTube Downloader for Mac costs $19.99 with unlimited video downloading and requires macOS 10.10 or higher. You can download a demo that allows three free downloads at the iFunia website (http://tinyurl.com/y9e7q9om).
Sep 11
AKVIS ArtSuite for macOS revved to version 12
AKVIS (www.akvis.com) has announced AKVIS ArtSuite 12, an update of the photo decoration software for macOS that offers a collection of visual effects and frames for your digital photos. Version 12 offers the new Passe-Partout frame, the Presets panel with ready-to-use AKVIS frame presets, the improved Halftone effect, and some bug fixes. The new version provides more customization options by adding a new gray interface color. A demo of AKVIS ArtSuite is available for download on macOS 10.7 and higher. It’s available as a standalone application and as a plugin to photo editors: AliveColors by AKVIS, Adobe Photoshop, and others. AKVIS ArtSuite 12 Home sells for $39, Deluxe for $49, and Business for $72. One license key allows activating and using the software on two computers. Version 12 is a free upgrade for recent buyers, as well for those who bought “one year of updates” during the last 12 months. Users whose license isn’t valid for the new version can get ArtSuite 12 for $14.95.
Sep 11
iWatermark Pro for macOS updated to version 2.0
Plum Amazing Software has updated iWatermark Pro for Mac to version 2.0. It’s a watermarking app for professional photographers for business and personal use. iWatermark Pro support batch or sequential processing, including relative and absolute scaling. Watermark types include Text, Graphic, Vector, Lines, Border, Text On Arc, Text Banner, QR Code, Signature, Metadata and Steganographic. Version 2.0 provides updated tags in the iWatermark Text editor for GPS (Alt. Speet and Lat.) and Current (date, time, year, total) and File Attributes. It enables rotation and scaling gestures in Text, Graphic and Vector watermarks, Smart Zoom for turning scaling on/off, a Quick Look at preview click smart Zoom on input preview, and more. iWatermark Pro requires macOS 10.6 or higher. It’s available at the Plum Amazing online store (https://plumamazing.com/products/) for $30.
Sep 11
Piano Tuner PT1 1.0 released for macOS
JSplash Studios has released Piano Tuner PT1 1.0, an update to its piano tuning app for macOS. It designed to help professional piano technicians to tune a piano to the highest possible standards. Piano Tuner PT1 sports a pitch recognition algorithm for showing the precise pitch frequency and deviation from the target frequency for any note. The app requires macOS 10.8 and costs $499.99. It’s available at the Mac App Store (http://tinyurl.com/y9j43g3p).
Sep 11
ATTO debuts quad-port version of 32Gb Fibre Channel line of HBAs
ATTO Technology (www.atto.com) has announced the availability of its new quad-port ATTO Celerity 32Gb Gen 6 FC-324E host bus adapters (HBAs). This addition to the ATTO Fibre Channel portfolio will enable companies to capitalize on their existing storage area network (SAN) infrastructure and addresses the growing need for high-performing, scalable and secure storage to support exponential data growth from applications such as 4K/8K editing and high-performance computing and data warehousing, along with the proliferation of virtualized servers and flash arrays, according to ATTO CEO Tim Klein. ATTO 32Gb HBAs support 3,200MB/s per channel data throughput. With x16 PCIe bus connection and four 32Gb/s Fibre Channel ports, the FC-324E eliminates the bottlenecks created by I/O data intensive applications. Four Fibre Channel ports in a single PCIe slot ensures high-density connectivity at the highest available performance for up to 1.2 GB/s throughput making it ideally suited for...
Sep 11
Recosoft Corp. releases PDF2Office for iWork 2017
Recosoft Corp. has released PDF2Office for iWork 2017, the latest version of its PDF to Apple Pages, Keynote and Numbers conversion utility for macOS. PDF2Office for iWork allows you to recover, reuse and re-source the content stored in PDF files. The app converts PDFs to Numbers, Keynote and Pages files by: recreating the layout of the document; forming paragraphs; applying styles; regrouping independent graphic elements; extracting images; and creating tables automatically. PDF2Office for iWork 2017 sports a revamped user interface, the ability to batch convert multiple PDF files to different formats, an area select tool, and PDF to image conversion. It also contains the latest PDF Reconstruction v7.0 engine. PDF2Office for iWork requires macOS 10.9 or higher. It’s available at the Mac App Store (https://itunes.apple.com/app/pdf2office-for-iwork-2017/id1222474788) as an in-app purchase for $29.99 with a limited free-to-use option for 14-days.
Sep 08
iLocker for Mac provides password-controlled app, file security
ProtectStar has announced iLocker for Mac 1.0. It’s a password-protected app and file security utility. iLocker allows users of shared Macs to password protect any app, file, or folder on a hard drive. For example, parents can drag and drop apps or files into the iLocker window, set a password, and their selections are protected from unauthorized access by their offspring. The app also supports the MacBook Pro's Touch ID sensor. iLocker for Mac 1.0 costs $19.90 and requires macOS 10.11 or higher. It’s available exclusively through the ProtectStar website (http://tinyurl.com/y8lkkjl2).
Sep 08
PDFpen 9.2 for macOS improves OCR
Smile (http://smle.us/store) has revved PDFpen, its all-purpose PDF editing tool for macOS (10.11 and higher), to version 9.2. It updates the current optical character recognition (OCR) capabilities, making scans of text turn into selectable text with greater speed and accuracy. PDFpenPro and PDFpen 9 work with PDFpen for iPad and iPhone version 2, allowing editing across devices when used with Dropbox or iCloud. PDFpen retails for $74.95, and PDFpenPro for $124.95. Family pack 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 (five users). Upgrades from earlier single user versions of either application are $30, and free to users who purchased on or after Jan. 1, 2017. Upgrades from previous versions of PDFpen to PDFpenPro 9 are $50.
Sep 07
Avira debuts the Free Security Suite for macOS
Avira has introduced the new Free Security Suite for Mac. It’s “the world’s first free security package for Mac users that combines security and privacy features into a single suite at no cost,” according to Alexander Vukcevic, director of Avira Protection Services. It combines the Avira Free Antivirus for Mac together with the Avira Phantom VPN. As an additional protection layer, the browser extension Avira SafeSearch Plus is also part of the suite. This combo is designed to protect Mac users against incoming malware, secures their privacy anywhere against online spying, unlocks geo-restricted content and delivers secure search results, Vukcevic says. The Avira Free Security Suite for Mac is free to install and use. Functionality on Phantom VPN is limited by a monthly bandwidth ceiling. The Avira Free Security Suite for Mac is available for download (www.avira.com) and requires macOS 10.11 or higher. Avira has also released a new version of Avira Mobile Security for iOS. The app...
Sep 07
Logitech announces HomeKit availability on Circle 2 wired home...
Logitech has announced Circle 2 Wired home security cameras and mounts (logi.com/Circle2) now work with Apple’s HomeKit. HomeKit is a framework that allows control of compatible home automation devices through iOS and Siri. You can set up your Circle 2 Wired camera with the Apple Home app and enjoy access to live camera video on your iPhone and iPad, notifications to your lock screen on iPhone or iPad or right on your Apple Watch, and home automation such as turning on the lights automatically when motion is detected by the camera. The Circle 2 Wired camera, and the camera when attached to the Plug Mount or Window Mount all work with Apple HomeKit. New and existing Circle 2 Wired owners can all take advantage of this new HomeKit integration starting today (existing Circle 2 users should visit here for update instructions). Circle 2 Wired is available now at retailers nationwide, and will be in Apple stores and Apple.com, starting in October in the U.S. and Europe for $179.95. The...
Sep 07
Cisdem releases Cisdem Duplicate Finder
Cisdem (www.cisdem.com) has released Cisdem Duplicate Finder for macOS. The app can can find & delete duplicate photos, documents, music, videos, and more. Cisdem Duplicate Finder is on on sale at 25% off through Sept. 17. You can get a single user license for $29.99; the regular price is $39.99. A demo is available for download. Cisdem Duplicate Finder requires macOS 10.8 or higher.
Sep 07
Mountain Duck 2 for Mac has support for secure Cryptomator...
Mountain Duck 2 has been released for macOS (and Windows), featuring support for client-side encrypted Cryptomator interoperable vaults. The result? “Foolproof” client-side encryption for cloud storage mounted on your desktop. Encryption for data at rest prevents unauthorized access regardless of the server or cloud storage infrastructure. You can create secure vaults on any server or cloud storage available through the the broad protocol support in Mountain Duck – including Amazon S3, Backblaze B2, Microsoft Azure, Google Drive, Dropbox and OneDrive or any OpenStack Swift, WebDAV or FTP interoperable hosting solution. Additionally you can also connect to your local hard disk and browse Cryptomator Vaults you want to save on your computer. Also, all vaults either created by Mountain Duck, Cyberduck or mobile apps from Cryptomator for iOS and Android are fully interoperable. Mountain Duck 2 is available at the Mac App Store (http://tinyurl.com/y974m2zh) for $39.99. It requires macOS 10...
Sep 06
Apple posts new developer, public betas of iOS 11
Apple has released the 10th developer beta and ninth public beta of iOS 11. Developers can download the beta through the Apple Developer Center or the Software Update mechanism in the App Store. End users can download the public beta. If you're not already signed up for the public beta program, you can do so at https://beta.apple.com/sp/betaprogram/. The public beta program is free, but remember: beta software is unfinished software so use with care.
Sep 06
LandingZone unveils a new docking station for the MacBook Pro...
LandingZone (www.landingzone.net) has announced its latest docking station for the MacBook Pro with Touch Bar. It’s equipped with 16 ports and costs $299. Available for the 13-inch and 15-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar, the LandingZone Docking Station's compact size brings the functionality of a full desktop computer, with the ability to stay at a desk or be brought on-the-go during travel, says LandingZone CEO Steven Yang. The additional ports, such as USB 3.1 Type-C, USB 3.1 Type-A, HDMI, Mini DisplayPort and Ethernet, facilitate the connection of a large range of devices to the Apple laptop. The docking station eliminates the need for numerous dongles, as the MacBook Pro with Touch Bar offers only USB-C ports. In addition, the Kensington Security Slot built into the dock allows both the docking station and the MacBook Pro to be secured to a desk or table.
Sep 06
DataShredder for macOS revved to version 1.0.4
ProtectStar has updated Data Shredder for macOS (10.11 or higher) to version 1.0.4. It’s a military grade data deletion tool. Data Shredder for Mac securely deletes data using secure deletion algorithms that purportedly meet and exceed government, military, and industry standards. Users drag ’n drop files, folders, volumes or even external devices to the app. Data Shredder then erases any chance for data reconstruction. Version 1.0.4 is a maintenance release. Data Shredder for Mac Professional uses certified deletion algorithms, including: DoD 5220.22-M ECE, Peter Gutmann, HMG Infosec No.5, German BSI-2011-VS, US Army AR380-19 and more. Data Shredder for Mac Military Edition uses those same algorithms. Plus, it makes use of enhanced military deletion methods like NATO standard, US Navy NAVSO P-5239-26 (MFM & RLL), USAF AFSSI-5020 (United States Air Force), BSI TL-03423 and Canadian CSEC ITSG-06. Each algorithm has been analyzed by independent authorities and organizations to...
Sep 06
AutoMounter 1.5 for macOS adds advanced mount rules, more
Pixeleyes has announced AutoMounter 1.5, an update to their menu item designed to automatically mount your network shares on macOS. The utility will mount your shares from an available server or network-attached storage appliance, and they’ll appear on your Desktop. AutoMounter 1.5 offers advanced mount rules, the ability to mount to custom locations, opening apps and files on mount, and a dark UI theme. AutoMounter 1.5 requires macOS 10.11 or higher and costs $9.99. The “Pro Settings” features require a $3.99 in-app purchase. AutoMounter is available worldwide exclusively through the Mac App Store (http://tinyurl.com/y7h65cbl).
Sep 06
FileMaker, 42 Silicon Valley partner up for software engineer...
FileMaker, Inc. (www.filemaker.com), a subsidiary of Apple, and 42 Silicon Valley have announced a partnership to develop the next generation of custom app developers. The partnership is a strategic move to recruit the area's top tech talent, gain digital and human competitive advantages, and feed recruiting pipelines for FileMaker Business Alliance partners. FileMaker, Inc. will host students and staff from 42 Silicon Valley on Apple's campus as part of the partnership launch. Students will view an introduction to custom app development and to the curriculum of the training the selected 42 Silicon Valley students will receive. Students will then complete six month internships with FileMaker Business Alliance Partners during which they'll be tasked with creating custom apps to solve real business challenges. "By partnering with 42 Silicon Valley, we are able to connect their talented developers with our FileMaker community in what is truly a win-win situation,” says Brad Freitag, vice...
Sep 05
Retrospect 14.5 for Mac is now available
Retrospect 14.5 for Mac is now available. It includes support for the latest operating systems, database protection for MySQL, PostgreSQL, and MongoDB, a new daily backup report email, and cloud integration with Wasabi. Retrospect is now certified for macOS High Sierra with the new Apple File System (APFS), Microsoft Windows Fall Creators Update, and the latest Linux distributions of Ubuntu, Debian, Suse, RHEL, and CentOS. macOS High Sierra is now in beta testing and is due this fall. 
Retrospect now integrates with the three most popular databases: MySQL, PostgreSQL, and MongoDB. System administrators can deploy custom scripts to quiesce these databases into a read-only mode to ensure an application-consistent backup. 
The "Backup Report" its now available as a daily email. Customers can keep tabs on every computer in their environment without leaving their inbox. Wasabi is a cloud storage provider focused on single-tier hot storage with costs at $0.0039/GB a month. It’s now...
Sep 05
IK Multimedia and Ampeg release the Mac compatible Ampeg SVX 2...
IK Multimedia has released Ampeg SVX 2 (http://www.ikmultimedia.com/products/ampegsvx2/), a new collection that brings iconic bass amplifiers and cabinets from the Ampeg Heritage and Classic series to AmpliTube for Mac and PC systems. Ampeg SVX 2 for AmpliTube recreates the sound that defined electric bass in virtual form. IK says its software engineers worked with the Ampeg engineering team to ensure that each amplifier and cabinet model has been created with the same attention to detail and authenticity that goes into their physical counterparts. Ampeg SVX 2 for AmpliTube is available now for $99.99 from the IK Multimedia website, the AmpliTube Custom Shop and participating IK retailers. It’s also available to currently registered Ampeg SVX users for the upgrade price of $49.99. Individual amps are available for $34.99 each and cabs for $4.99 each via the AmpliTube Custom Shop.
Sep 05
TimeTable 3 released for macOS
Steven Riggs has announced TimeTable 3 for macOS (10.10 or later). It’s an update of the app that reads and filters macOS Calendar data and calculates the hours spent in the events. It reads the events directly from the calendars in real-time based on the timeframe selected. TimeTable lets you track and bill for your time without keeping a second record outside of your calendars. You can export macOS Calendar data and analyze and total the number of hours recorded on your calendars. TimeTable 3 is on sale 50% off for a limited time for $9.99 for a single user license. Volume discounts are available. A demo can be downloaded athlete product website (http://www.stevenriggs.com/site/timetable.html).
Sep 05
Pixelmator Pro for the Mac coming this fall
The Pixelmator Team has unveiled the upcoming Pixelmator Pro 1.0, a new image editing app for the Mac. Codenamed Whirlwind, it will include a modern single-window interface, non-destructive, GPU-powered image editing tools, machine learning-enhanced editing features and much more, says Saulius Dailide, one of the founders of the Pixelmator Team. The modern, dark single-window interface of Pixelmator Pro has been created exclusively for working with images. Its streamlined, macOS-inspired design provides a completely native Mac app experience and is fully consistent with the look and feel of macOS, Dailide says. And a reimagined, user-centered workflow design makes the professional editing tools in Pixelmator Pro accessible, even to first-time users, he adds. Completely nondestructive color adjustments, effects, styles, and layouting tools in Pixelmator Pro will allow you to go back and modify or delete individual changes at any point in the editing workflow. Thanks to the new presets...
Sep 05
JixiPix releases new Watercolor Studio app for the Mac
JixiPix Software has introduced Watercolor Studio, an automatic photo-to-watercolor artistic app for the Mac and Windows. It renders any ordinary photo into a watercolor painting. You can customize paintings using an array of sliders, layers, brushes, color washes and artistic finishes. Watercolor Studio uses artificial intelligence and image recognition to render the initial watercolor, then gives you the ability to create variations quickly and easily, according to the folks at JixiPix Software. You can change paintings into an ink wash, add an artistic finish, brush in details, and even spatter it with liquid spots. Watercolor Studio requires macOS 10.7 or higher. It costs $49.99 and is available at the JixiPix website (https://jixipix.com) or the Mac App Store.
Sep 04
Have a great Labor Day
Today is Labor Day here in the U.S. MacTech and Mac News won’t be updating as our crew celebrates the holiday with our families. And we hope all of you have a fantastic day.
Sep 01
Apple seeds ninth developer beta of macOS High Sierra
Apple has rolled out the ninth developer betas of macOS High Sierra. The finished version is due this fall. It can be downloaded from the Apple Developer Center (https://idmsa.apple.com) or through the Software Update mechanism in the Mac App Store.
Sep 01
Maintain serves up Cocktail 10.4.3 (Sierra Edition)
Maintain has served up Cocktail 10.4.3 (Sierra Edition), the latest maintenance update for users running macOS Sierra. Cocktail is a general purpose utility for macOS that lets users clean, repair and optimize their Macs. Version 10.4.3 adds the ability to easily add menu extras (menulets) to the macOS menu bar. It also fixes compatibility issues with Little Snitch 4 and addresses an issue in which Cocktail may fail to disable virtual memory swapping. Cocktail (Sierra Edition) requires macOS Sierra 10.12 to run. Cocktail (El Capitan Edition) for OS X 10.11, Cocktail (Yosemite Edition) for OS X 10.10, Cocktail (Mavericks Edition) for OS X 10.9 are Cocktail (Mountain Lion Edition) for OS X 10.8 are available for download from the Maintain website (ttp://www.maintain.se/cocktail). Cocktail costs $19 for a single user license. A demo is available for download.
Aug 31
Sonnet releases 1TB version of Fusion Thunderbolt 3 PCIe Flash...
Sonnet Technologies has introduced a new version of its FusionThunderbolt 3 PCIe Flash Drive (http://tinyurl.com/yadg8aac), a pocket-size solid-state drive (SSD) storage device with Thunderbolt 3 interface. Equipped with 1TB of NVMe flash storage, the latest Fusion Thunderbolt 3 PCIe Flash Drive is compatible with both Mac and Windows computers. It leverages the 40Gb/s bandwidth of Thunderbolt 3 to deliver data transfer speeds up to 2600 MB/s.   Robert Farnsworth, CEO of Sonnet Technologies, says the Fusion Thunderbolt 3 PCIe Flash Drive was designed for pro users requiring “ultimate performance in a truly portable storage device, unencumbered by the need for a power supply.” The storage device connects to any compatible Mac or Windows computer, or at the end of a Thunderbolt 3 device daisy chain, with its 0.5-meter Thunderbolt 3 (40Gb/s) cable. Based on the latest PCIe Gen 3 flash memory technology, the Fusion Thunderbolt 3 PCIe Flash Drive is more than five times faster than 6Gb/s...
Aug 31
XCOM 2: War of the Chosen comes to the Mac
Feral Interactive has announced that XCOM 2: War of the Chosen, the expansion pack for the 2016 strategy game XCOM 2, is out available on the Mac. Developed by Firaxis Games and published by 2K for PC and consoles, XCOM 2: War of the Chosen adds new content to XCOM 2 and the fight against ADVENT, the human enforcers of the alien regime occupying Earth. When additional resistance factions emerge to eliminate the invaders, a sinister new enemy, the Chosen, arises. They have one goal: to recapture the Commander of XCOM. The expansion includes new Hero classes to counter the “Chosen”, new enemies, missions, even more challenging environments and increased depth in strategic gameplay. War of the Chosen is available now from the Feral Store (www.feralinteractive.com) and Steam for $39.99.
Aug 31
Apple posts new iOS, tvOS developer betas
Apple has released the ninth developer betas of iOS 11 and tvOS 11. They can be downloaded through the Apple Developer Center or through the Software Update mechanism in the Mac App Store.
Aug 31
Apple media event slated for Sept. 12
It’s official: Apple will hold a media event on Tuesday, Sept. 12, at 10 a.m. (Pacific). It’s practically a given that new iPhones will be announced. A new Apple TV and the Apple Watch Series 3 are likely to debut, as ell. The event will be the first held at the Steve Jobs Theater at Apple Park. The press invite says, “Let’s meet at our place.”
Aug 31
Logitech previews its CRAFT advanced keyboard
Logitech (www.logitech.com) has announced the CRAFT, an advanced keyboard with a creative input dial and a new way to access context-specific computing tools with a smart aluminum dial. The touch-sensitive aluminum creative input dial, called the Crown, recognizes the apps you are using and gives instant access to the tools you need, says Art O’Gnimh, global head of keyboards at Logitech. With a slight touch of the Crown you can access context-specific functions -- like brush size, brightness, chart type, font size -- tap to change the function and turn to change the selected function’s value. Installing custom profiles in Logitech Options Software maximizes the creative process when working with Adobe Photoshop CC, Adobe Illustrator CC, Adobe Premiere Pro CC, Adobe InDesign CC and Microsoft PowerPoint, Excel and Word — although Microsoft functionalities work on a PC only at this time. You can also have access to global controls that give you the ability to change desktops, navigate...
Aug 31
Western Digital debuts its daily iPhone backup solution
Western Digital has expanded its line of iPhone mobile storage solutions with the SanDisk iXpand Base, which offers a way to back-up iPhone photos, videos and contacts. You plug your Apple smartphone into the iXpand Base and content is automatically backed up while it’s charging. With up to 256GB of local storage, the SanDisk iXpand Base is designed with a compact form factor, allowing it to sit on a nightstand or desk, has a soft rubber top to place a phone and a wrap-around groove to keep a Lighting cable organized. It’s engineered to quickly charge an iPhone with 15W of power while backing up all of its data via the companion iXpand Base app, says Jim Welsh, senior vice president, Client Solutions, Western Digital. Restoring backed up content to an iPhone is also fast and easy, he adds. Whether restoring to a current phone or a new one, consumers simply plug in, open the iXpand Base app and tap restore to transfer files back to the iPhone. The SanDisk iXpand Base is available now...
Aug 30
Direct Mail for macOS gets tweaked template editor
e3 Software has updated Direct Mail, their email marketing app for macOS, to version 5.0. The app provides tools for designing and sending attractive newsletters, growing and organizing mailing lists, and tracking and reporting email campaign analytics. The upgrade adds a template editor that’s customizable. Version 5 ships with over 50 new, modern templates, Direct Mail requires macOS 10.11 or higher. It’s a free download and is available worldwide through the Direct Mail website (http://directmailmac.com). Users can send up to 50 emails a month free, with no sign-up required. If users need to send more emails, they can sign up for a pricing plan that fits their needs. Pay As You Go email credits are available starting at $30; unlimited plans start at $15 per month.
Aug 30
B-Eng introduces Compare Anything 1.0 for macOS
B-Eng has introduced Compare Anything 1.0 for macOS. It’s a stand-alone utility designed for comparing files of any type. With Compare Anything you can compare two files and check for them for differences. Files to compare can either be selected via the Finder or by entering directly the path in the corresponding entry line. Specifics of the two files are then listed in a split window where the differences are high-lighted. Compare Anything 1.0 requires macOS 10.10 or later and costs $0.99. It’s available at the Mac App Store (http://tinyurl.com/yd3zbd3z).
Aug 30
Quark announces new digital publishing features for App Studio
Quark Software says a collection of new digital publishing features and enhancements have been added to App Studio, the digital publishing solution that allows users to create branded content apps using QuarkXPress, InDesign, HTML5 and XML. The new features in App Studio are designed to make it easier for designers and creative professionals to deliver modern, interactive apps to consumers across a range of digital and mobile devices. In addition to supporting the latest iOS and Android platforms, the new release adds new features and enhances App Studio Web apps so designers can create app-like experiences that run in any modern web browser. New responsive and adaptive layout capabilities are available for any platform. App Studio customers using QuarkXPress who aren’t currently on the newest version, QuarkXPress 2017, can download a fully-functional free trial for Mac and Windows. With QuarkXPress 2017 it’s possible to test all the new App Studio features within an existing app or...
Aug 30
Matias releases Wired Aluminum Keyboard for Mac
Matias has announced the Wired Aluminum Keyboard for Mac, which the company is positioning as a replacement for Apple’s discontinued wired Mac keyboards. The new keyboard sports a built-in USB 2.0 hub and precision volume dial. "When Apple released the Magic Keyboard with Numeric Keypad, they discontinued their original wired model, leaving the Mac community without a suitable replacement, Matias CEO Edgar Matias said in a press release. “Our new Matias Wired Aluminum Keyboard is more than suitable. It captures the essence of the Apple original -- and even improves on it, with the addition of a precision volume dial," said Edgar Matias, CEO of Matias. He adds that the new volume dial is perfect for users with external speakers, providing 4x finer control over the volume. That's 64 volume levels, compared to the 16 levels you get from the volume keys. The keyboard will be available in a wide range of international layouts and will cost $59. It can be pre-ordered now from matias.ca.
Aug 30
ConceptDraw releases Healthcare Management Workflow for...
CS Odessa (www.csodessa.com) has rolled out the newest addition to Solution Park for ConceptDraw Pro: a $49 set of libraries that provides a range of objects to support documentation and graphics that deal with healthcare management workflow. The Healthcare Management Workflow Diagrams solution allows you to assemble any medical process, build medical instructional posters, enhance the medical education experience, and explain complex medical health issues in a straightforward manner, according to the folks at CS Odessa. ConceptDraw Pro is compatible with macOS and Microsoft Windows. It provides a perpetual cross-platform license with no annual fees. ConceptDraw Pro retails for $199 per end user license. It’s included in ConceptDraw Office 4 ($499), the third generation suite of software products that uses InGyre4 integration technology to share data between its applications.
Aug 29
Kensington announces BlackBelt Rugged Case for 9.7-inch iPad
Kensington (www.kensington.com) has announced the $59 BlackBelt Rugged Case for Apple’s 9.7-inch iPad. It’s built with military-grade protection and an integrated hand. A variable kick stand allows you to position the iPad at any given angle. The BlackBelt Rugged Case for iPad 9.7 is drop test certified. The Asset Tagging Area allows users to identify their devices when they get lost or misplaced. It comes wit a screen protector. 
Aug 29
Elgato showcases five new HomeKit accessories
Elgato (https://www.elgato.com/eve/coming-soon) continues to expand itsEve product family of HomeKit enabled accessories with the Eve Lock, Eve Window Guard, Eve Smoke und Eve Aqua. HomeKit is a framework that allows control of compatible home automation devices through iOS and Siri. The company has also introduced its second generation of Eve Thermo, a HomeKit-enabled thermostatic radiator valve. For the door lock Eve Lock, the contact sensor Eve Window Guard and the fire alarm Eve Smoke, Elgato partners with suppliers to combine HomeKit’s security mechanisms with locking and smoke detection technology. Eve Aqua utilizes upcoming irrigation control in iOS to turn any garden hose into a Siri controlled water source. The new generation of Eve Thermo features capacitive touch controls and an integrated temperature display to directly monitor and adjust the target temperature. Like all Eve products, Elgato’s HomeKit enabled thermostatic radiator valve works right out of the box,...
Aug 29
The IGEL OS is now implemented on the Mac
IGEL (www.igel.com), which specializes in endpoint management software for the secure enterprise, is extending the capabilities of the IGEL UD Pocket, and, for the first time, providing IT organizations with a way to leverage the IGEL OS on Macs. The IGEL UD Pocket is a flexible, ut-of-the-box micro thin client solution designed to improve the security of bring-your-own-device (BYOD) initiatives in organizations with remote or mobile workforces. The combination of the IGEL UD Pocket for Mac and the IGEL UMS can also reduce operating expenses due to the already lower total cost of ownership available through the Mac platform, says Matthias Haas, CTO, IGEL. Supporting enterprise-level security standards and protocols, the IGEL UD Pocket features two-factor authentication through external smart card readers or USB tokens, which prevents passwords from being lost, forgotten or intercepted by cybercriminals. Additionally, through the IGEL Cloud Gateway (ICG), which authenticates the...
Aug 29
Apple and Accenture partner to create iOS business solutions
Apple and Accenture are partnering (http://tinyurl.com/yatkn8g5) to help businesses transform how their people engage with customers through business solutions for iOS. Accenture provides services in strategy, consulting, digital, technology and operations. In a press release, Apple CEO Tim Cook says the partnership will take full advantage of the power, simplicity and security of iOS and Accenture’s capabilities as a leader in industry and digital transformation to help companies unlock new revenue streams, increase productivity, improve customer experience and reduce costs. Accenture will create a dedicated iOS practice within Accenture Digital Studios in select locations around the world. Experts from Apple will be co-located with this team. Working together, the two companies will launch a new set of tools and services that help enterprise clients transform how they engage with customers using iPhone and iPad. The experts will include visual and experience designers, programmers...
Aug 29
LinkOptimizer for InDesign gets improved batch processing of...
Zevrix Solutions has announced LinkOptimizer 5.1.6, a maintenance update to company's workflow automation solution for Adobe InDesign. The tool lets users automatically scale and crop images to their InDesign dimensions at specified target resolution, convert image formats, adjust colors and more. Version 5.1.6 improves batch processing of InDesign files with duplicate links in situations where multiple source documents are located in the same folder. LinkOptimizer can be purchased from the 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 5.x users and $130 to upgrade from previous versions. LinkOptimizer requires macOS 10.7-10.12 and Adobe InDesign/Photoshop CS5-CC 2017.
 

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