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May 29
MacTech, MacNews celebrate Memorial Day
MacTech and MacNews will be “closed” today in honor of Memorial Day, federal holiday in the U.S. for remembering the people who died while serving in the country's armed forces. Remember our veterans on this special day. And be safe
May 26
Troi releases Troi Serial Plug-in 5.0 for FileMaker Pro 16
Troi has released Troi Serial Plug-in 5.0 for FileMaker Pro. The plug-in gives FileMaker Pro access to external devices with a serial interface. Version 5.0 is compatible with FileMaker Pro 16. It also adds a new Serial_GetPortInfo function that retrieves the status and other information of a serial port. A fully functional demo version of Troi Serial Plug-in 5.0 is available for downloading at Troi's website (http://tinyurl.com/y8vv3ahr). A cross platform developer license costs $999. Version 5.0 needs a new registration. The upgrade is free for users who bought a license for Troi Serial Plug-in on or after June 2, 2016. Eligible users will be sent a new registration. Upgrades from a cross platform developer license bought before June 2, 2016 are available from US$ 499.
May 26
Apple upgrades Final Cut Pro and iMovie
Apple has updated Final Cut Pro and iMovie, the (respectively) pro and consumer versions of its video editing software. Both upgrades are available via the Mac App Store. Final Cut Pro 10.3.4 resolves a stability issue when using keyboard shortcuts to trim in Secondary Storylines. It also fixes an issue in which certain editing operations could create an extra audio fade in and fixes an issue in which the Share dialog could incorrectly display a codec warning. For new users the software costs $299. iMovie 10.1.4 improves stability when updating libraries created with earlier versions of the software. It also addresses an issue that would lower the volume of clips after transitions. For new users iMovie costs $14.99.
May 26
Scripting Boot Camp added to CMD-D|Masters of Automation...
Sal Soghoian, host of the CMD-D Conference, has announced a pre-conference Scripting Boot Camp taught by Ray Robertson the day before the first CMD-D|Masters of Automation Conference. Designed for those who are new to automation, the CMD-D Scripting Boot Camp takes place at the Santa Clara Convention Center on Aug. 8, which is the day before the CMD-D Conference (pronounced "Command-D") itself. "Ray Robertson is the perfect person to lead CMD-D's Scripting Boot Camp," said Soghoian, conference co-founder and user-automation expert. "He's patient and gentle, inspiring and simply brilliant. If I were new to automation, he's who I'd want to teach me. I'm very excited to have him on board." The CMD-D Scripting Boot Camp will feature a full day of hands-on instruction on AppleScript and scripting on the macOS. Attendees will come away with an understanding of how the core scripting architecture on macOS works, as well as a fundamental understanding of how to write AppleScript scripts, says...
May 25
IK Multimedia announces Syntronik for Mac/PC
IK Multimedia has introduced Syntronik (www.ikmultimedia.com/syntronik) a virtual synthesizer for Mac/PC that will be available in July 2017 and is now open for pre-order. It includes 17 instruments, available as a collection or separately, with over 2,000 preset sounds covering a selection from 38 multi-sampled vintage synthesizers. Syntronik's synthesis engine is coupled with the new DRIFT technology to accurately reproduce the behavior of oscillators from real hardware synths. There are advanced features like 4-part layers, splits and arpeggiators. Syntronik will be priced at $299.99 with a crossgrade version available for $199.99 (eligible to any registered IK users with a purchase of $99.99 or greater).The 17 instruments comprising Syntronik will also be available separately for $49.99 each upon release. Syntronik can be pre-ordered now at a special 50% discount introductory price of only $149.99 with crossgrade for $99.99.
May 25
Unmarked Software releases TextSoap 8.4 update
Unmarked Software has announced TextSoap 8.4, a feature update to its text processing and editing utility for macOS. The app processes text from endless different formats. TextSoap serves to automate efforts to fix any text formatting issue that users encounter when working with text. Version 8.4 adds new current date expansion, support for literal characters in more actions, and addresses a number of issues reported by customers. TextSoap 8.4 requires macOS 10.10 or later. It has a suggested retail price of $45. However, through May 31, it's available at a 35% discount ($29.24 for individual licenses and $42.24 for family packs). TextSoap 8.4 may be purchased directly from Unmarked Software. Discounted upgrades for existing customers are also available and may be purchased directly from Unmarked Software (www.unmarked.com). Prices for upgrades start at $22.
May 24
Apple launches app development curriculum
Apple has launched a new app development curriculum designed for students who want to pursue careers in the app economy. The curriculum is available as a free download from Apple's iBooks Store. App Development with Swift is a full-year course designed by Apple engineers and educators to teach students elements of app design using its Swift programming language. Students will learn to code and design fully functional apps, gaining critical job skills in software development and information technology. Starting this fall, six community college systems serving nearly 500,000 students across the country will be among the first to offer the innovative curriculum. At many campuses, local businesses will also offer students mentoring and internships. “We’ve seen firsthand the impact that coding has on individuals and the US economy as a whole. The app economy and software development are among the fastest-growing job sectors in America and we’re thrilled to be providing educators and...
May 24
ImageFramer 4.0 adds new features for photographers and artists
Apparent Software has released ImageFramer ImageFramer 4.0, an update to its image framing application for macOS. It packs over 1,000 customizable frames and specialty borders. Version 4.0 introduces dozens of improvements, including an Adobe Photoshop Lightroom plugin, batch processing, integration with Apple Photos, and the capability to export and import frames and design templates. ImageFramer 4.0 is available in three pricing tiers: $29.95 for ImageFramer Lite, $39.95 for ImageFramer Standard, and $69.95 for ImageFramer Pro. All versions require macOS 10.11 or later. Demo versions are available at Apparent Software online (http://www.apparentsoft.com/imageframer).
May 24
QuarkXPress 2017 now available
Quark Software has released QuarkXPress 2017 (http://www.quark.com/Products/QuarkXPress/), the newest version of the company’s graphic design and desktop publishing software for professional print and digital production.   QuarkXPress 2017 introduces new graphics and image editing capabilities, such as non-destructive image editing, and extends text and typography features, such as text stroking and shading. The new version includes a range of the top user-requested features and continues to be sold as a perpetual license. With QuarkXPress 2017, you can edit images by adjusting levels and curves, changing brightness and contrast, applying gamma correction and much more. All adjustments are non-destructive, so original images stay intact. QuarkXPress 2017 supports the rapid conversion of print layouts into digital media or even from one print layout to another. Adaptive conversion lets designers duplicate a layout and automatically resize all design elements, even if the layout is...
May 24
CS Odessa announces ConceptDraw Plan 1.1
CS Odessa (www.conceptdraw.com) has announced ConceptDraw Plan 1.1, new version of its web-based project management tool. It’s designed to help improve a project team's communications. Version 1.1 extends web functionality. It also improves the ability to integrate with ConceptDraw Project 8, a project management tool. ConceptDraw Plan 1.1 retails for $119 for 20 participants. It supports all major web browsers. ConceptDraw Project 8 retails for $299 and is compatible with macOS and Microsoft Windows. ConceptDraw Project 8 is included in ConceptDraw Office 4, which retails for $499.
May 23
OWC ships new version of SoftRAID
OWC Holdings, a division of OWC, has launched SoftRAID 5.6, an upgrade of the RAID software featuring SoftRAID Easy Setup­. The feature is designed to make it easy to create a RAID system (redundant array of independent disks) from scratch to keep your files protected against disk failure and achieve faster data access. SoftRAID’s Easy Setup guides less technical users through the process of creating SoftRAID volumes, automating the process of configuring disks and making recommendations to help users setup their SoftRAID system. All users have to do is decide what the RAID volume will be used for and how much space to use (with hints from the application) -- SoftRAID Easy Setup does the rest.   Additional new features in SoftRAID include the ability to monitor USB and FireWire disks for failure and impending failure and translation to Simplified Chinese (for both the application and documentation), in addition to the 5 other languages SoftRAID already supports: English, French,...
May 23
Belkin releases new Pocket Power portable power bank
Belkin has released the Pocket Power, a compact, portable power bank that comes in 5,000 and 10,000 mAh sizes and in black, rose gold and silver. A 15,000 mAh model will be available in black only. Featuring fast-charging capability and polymer battery cell technology, the new battery packs are lighter, thinner and equipped to charge multiple devices at an affordable price point, according to Marco Peters, vice president of product management. It has built-in safety features, a micro-USB port for charging battery pack, a six-inch micro-USB cable, four LED indicators that display the remaining power level, and a plastic casing. The Pocket Power 5,000 mAh is available today for a manufacturer’s retail price of $29.99 online (http://www.belkin.com/us/p/p-F7U019/) and at Target in the U.S. and Walmart in Canada. The Pocket Power 10,000 mAh and 15,000 mAh will be available this summer.
May 23
Joyoshare rolls out Media Cutter 1.0 for macOS
Joyoshare Software (http://www.joyoshare.com) has introduced Media Cutter 1.0, a smart video splitting tool for Macs and Windows systems. It allows you to cut, edit and convert videos as well as audio in seconds with lossless quality. Media Cutter was specifically developed for cutting and trimming large videos and audio from any popular format to smaller footage without any quality loss. It also allows you convert video footage to any other format, such as M4V, MP4, AVI, MPG, MPEG, MP3, AAC, AC3, WAV, etc., as well as transfer split videos and audio to multiple ready-presets of devices such as the iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, Samsung Galaxy S and other Android devices and game consoles. Media Cutter 1.0 costs $29.95 and requires macOS 10.12 or higher. A free demo is available that provides five opportunities for any user to cut and convert videos and audios for free. On the Mac platform, it’s compatible with macOS 10.8 and higher.
May 23
XwaveSoft introduces SurfPro VPN 1.0 for the Mac
XwaveSoft (www.xwavesoft.com) has introduced SurfPro VPN 1.0, a secure VPN client/service for macOS. It allows Mac users to keep their personal data, identity, location, and other confidential information cloaked from hackers via the app's anonymity tools. SurfPro also allows you access websites and Internet services that are normally blocked in your country. The software routes its protected Internet traffic via any one of over 300 proxy servers, stationed in over 50 locations around the globe. A demo is available for download. If you decide to continue with the SurfPro VPN service, there’s a choice of subscription plans. Options range from $3.99 per month, up to $49.99 for a three-year subscription. All SurfPro VPN subscriptions allow users to access the service on up to five Macs or iOS devices. You can download SurfPro VPN at the Mac App Store. It requires macOS 10.10 or higher.
May 23
Nokia and Apple settle all litigation
Nokia and Apple announced today that they have settled all litigation related to their intellectual property dispute and agreed a multi-year patent license. “This is a meaningful agreement between Nokia and Apple,” said Maria Varsellona, chief legal Officer at Nokia, responsible for Nokia’s patent licensing business. “It moves our relationship with Apple from being adversaries in court to business partners working for the benefit of our customers.” Under a business collaboration agreement, Nokia will be providing certain network infrastructure product and services to Apple. Apple will resume carrying Nokia digital health products (formerly under the Withings brand) in Apple retail and online stores, and Apple and Nokia are exploring future collaboration in digital health initiatives. Regular summits between top Nokia and Apple executives will ensure that the relationship works effectively and to the benefit of both parties and their customers. “We are pleased with this resolution of...
May 22
eMerge Americas 2017 Hackathon starts June 10
The eMerge Americas 2017 Hackathon starts June 10. Leading up to the event, eMerge Americas, the technology conference connecting revolutionary startups, cutting-edge ideas, and global industry leaders and investors from Latin America, North America and Europe, announced that the Hackathon will be back during its fourth edition to highlight some of the brightest tech talent and most promising startups in South Florida. The official eMerge Americas Hackathon runs Saturday, June 10, 8 a.m. until Sunday, June 11, 2 p.m. The event, sponsored by Visa and Celebrity Cruises, attracted more than 125 coders last year and is expected to be even more exciting this year. The Hackathon presents an opportunity for computer programmers and other software development professionals to openly collaborate in a creatively-fueled environment. There will be two types of teams; company organized teams, and team made up of individuals. The top scoring teams will receive up to $6,000 in cash and prizes. The...
May 22
Caboodle personal snippet manager is available in the Mac App...
Before Dawn Solutions (http://www.beforedawnsolutions.com) says Caboodle 2.0.2, the company's personal snippet manager now on the Mac App Store. It requires macOS 10.10 or later and costs $19.99. The app provides a single place to store, organize, and find useful tidbits of text, images, PDFs, and more. Version 2.0.2 sports such new features as multiple document windows, Spotlight search, a new high performance file format, and more.
May 19
Nongünz game now out on the Mac
Sindiecate Arts has released Nongünz on Steam (http://tinyurl.com/jw2pafo) for macOS, Windows and Linux. It's a $6.99 “gothic retro” game. 
Here’s how it's described: “The game is a puzzle in itself, a secret to be discovered. Each run has you fighting through a procedurally-generated dungeon filled with hordes of monsters made from human limbs and giblets. Build up your score by executing stylish combos and spend the rewards on your expanding band of lost souls and death cultists.   “As you advance, fill your graveyard base with praying cultists, self-scourging martyrs and somber gravediggers. Use their special shops including shops, slot machines, dungeon shortcuts and special skills. “Each player can give their interpretation of the game, beyond the reflection that Brainwash Gang invites us on the inherent attractiveness of violence.”
May 19
Comm-Unity Networking Systems releases CNS Barcode 2.5
Comm-Unity Networking Systems has released CNS Barcode 2.5, the second CNS Plug-in to gain Script Steps under FileMaker 16. This version also includes updates from other CNS Plug-ins. Like its sibling product, CNS Barcode for iOS, this plug-in can both scan and generate barcodes. CNS Barcode can scan JPEG or PNG images containing barcodes or it can use an attached webcam to scan any barcodes held up to the camera. Barcode formats you can scan include Codabar, Code 3 of 9 (Code 39), Code 3 of 9 Ext. (Code 39+), Code 93, Code 128, DataBar-14, DataBar-14 Stacked, EAN 2, EAN 5, EAN 8, EAN 13, EAN 14, EAN 128, Interleaved 2 of 5, ISBN, QR Code, UPC A, and UPC E. Barcode formats you can generate include all the formats you can scan plus Data Matrix, HIBC Data Matrix, USPS OneCode, PDF417, and PostNET. CNS Barcode version 2.5 is available immediately at http://cnsbarcode.cnsplug-ins.com/ for both macOS and Windows. A demo is available for download. If you purchased CNS Barcode any time from...
May 19
Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War III coming to the Mac on June 8
Feral Interactive (www.feralinteractive.com) has announced that Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War III, the latest episode in Relic Entertainment’s real-time strategy series, will be released for macOS and Linux on Thursday, June 8. In Dawn of War III's 17-mission campaign, players alternately command the Space Marines, the savage Orks, and the technologically-sophisticated Eldar as the warring factions fight for the Spear of Khaine, a mysterious weapon that will determine the fates of all three. Massive armies and devastating elite units engage in tactical battles where the key to victory lies in taking advantage of each unit’s unique abilities to outwit, then overpower, the enemy.  Dawn of War III’s multiplayer mode features matches in which two teams of up to three players per side battle for supremacy. The macOS and Linux versions of the game on Steam will be cross-platform compatible with each other. Dawn of War III will be available through the Feral Store and Steam for $59.99 and at...
May 18
24U Software releases 24U Toolbox Plug-In 2.0.3
24U Software (http://www.24usoftware.com/), a FileMaker solutions provider, has announced 24U Toolbox Plug-In 2.0.3, an update to their data processing extension for FileMaker Pro. It's designed to help FileMaker developers in their daily work by providing a solid toolbox of the most commonly needed simple but powerful functions. Version 2.0.3 removes limit of number of system scripts performed in single session, offers more precise error code handling, and much more. The plug-in is fully compatible with FileMaker Pro 12, 13, 14 and 15, and with FileMaker Server 12, 13, 14, 15 and 16 on macOS 10.10 or higher. 24U Toolbox Plug-In 2.0.3 is immediately available for download as a free fully functional, 14-day, trial version, which can be activated after purchasing a license code. This update is free of charge for all registered users of 24U Toolbox Plug-In 1.x or 24U FM Bench. A license for one user is $49. A server-side license is available for $499 and covers unlimited server-side...
May 17
Google Assistant for iOS available at the Apple App Store
The Google Assistant for iOS is now available at the Apple App Store for free. To get started, press the mic icon or start typing. Some things your Assistant — a Siri competitor — can help with: Make quick phone calls (e.g. "Call Mom.") Send text messages (e.g. "Text my bestie.") Send emails (e.g. "Email your boss the latest TPS report.") Set reminders (e.g. "Remind me to buy a birthday gift for Sarah.") Set calendar events (e.g. "Set a calendar event for dinner with Charlie tomorrow from 7-9.") Play music (e.g. "Play Jazz music on Youtube.") Navigate to places (e.g. "Get me directions home.") Ask it anything (e.g. "Will I need an umbrella today?”) You can't replace Siri with Google Assistant. And you’ll have to open the app in order to use it.
May 17
Apple releases first public beta of iOS 10.3.3
Apple has posted the first public beta of iOS 10.3.3. It contains, as best I can tell, mostly bug fixes and minor tweaks. 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.
May 17
Sonnet launches SF3Series — CFast 2.0 Pro Card Reader
Sonnet Technologies (www.sonnettech.com) has launched the SF3 Series — CFast 2.0 Pro Card Reader, the first in a new family of professional media readers that feature a 40Gbps Thunderbolt 3 interface. The Sonnet reader employs dual card slots to take advantage of the bandwidth Thunderbolt 3 offers. The CFast 2.0 Pro Reader van ingest files simultaneously from two cards at concurrent data transfer speeds up to 1,000 MB/s — more than double the average ingest speed of USB 3.0 card readers, says Sonnet CEO Robert Farnsworth. Measuring 5.75 x 3.5 x 1 inches, the compact CFast 2.0 Pro Card Reader's shell is made from extruded aluminum. The reader features a user-replaceable, captive 0.5-meter Thunderbolt 3 (40Gbps) cable with USB-C connector. It’s bus-powered so no power adapter is required. Sonnet's SF3 Series — CFast 2.0 Pro Card Reader is expected to be available May 22 with an manufacturer’s suggested retail pride of $199.
May 17
AKVIS releases OilPaint 6.0 for macOS
AKVIS (www.akvis.com) has released AKVIS OilPaint 6.0, and update of the photo-to painting software for macOS and Winows. The new version offers users the freedom to generate abstract style paintings full of shapes and color. On the Mac platform, the software requires macOS 10.7 or higher. The product is available as a standalone application and as a Photoshop plugin filter. AKVIS OilPaint 6.0 Home sells for $49, the Deluxe version for $69, and the Business for $89. One license key allows activating and using the software on two computers. Version 6.0 is a free upgrade for recent buyers, as well for those who bought “1 Year of Updates” during the last 12 months. Users, whose license is not valid for the new version, can get OilPaint 6.0 for $14.95. A demo is available for download.
May 17
ChartIQ introduces an HTML5 desktop framework
ChartIQ (www.chartiq.com), which specializes in HTML5 for capital markets, has launched Finsemble, which it says is the first HTML5 desktop application framework, providing modern user experience (UX) APIs, drop-in components, and the ability to integrate legacy .NET, and Java alongside HTML5. Clients can use Finsemble to deliver proprietary content and data, along with content from ChartIQ and other third-party providers. Built on top of OpenFin’s common operating layer for financial desktops, Finsemble provides the tools for financial institutions and technology providers to assemble new and existing components into bespoke desktop applications. Finsemble provides core desktop functionality such as window and workspace management, snapping and docking, component linking, event routing, storage, authentication, and data feed management. A range of pre-built components including charting, blotters, chat, news, and market data widgets are available from ChartIQ and an ecosystem of...
May 16
Matrox Mura IPX 4K IP Multiviewer available
Matrox Graphics (www.matrox.com/graphics) has announced the immediate availability of the $4,999 Matrox Mura IPX 4K IP decode and display card. The new PCI Express card offers H.264 decoding of two 4Kp60, four 4Kp30, eight 1080p60, sixteen 1080p30 or many more SD streams. It sports four DisplayPort outputs at resolutions up to 4K per display. The standalone card is a uniquely "system-free" card, making for an energy efficient and versatile solution available in all environments a multiviewer is required, says said Fadhl Al-Bayaty, product manager, Matrox Graphics.
May 16
Apple releases four new developer betas
Apple has new developer betas of iOS 10.3.3, watchOS 3.2.3, tvOS 10.2.2, and macOS Sierra 10.12.6. They can be be downloaded from the Apple Developer Center.
May 16
CS Odessa announces Logistic Dashboard addition to ConceptDraw...
CS Odessa (www.conceptdraw.com) has released a new addition to the ConceptDraw Solution Park for ConceptDraw Pro: the Logistic Dashboard Solution, a complement to the Logistics Flow Chart Solution. The Logistic Dashboard solution ($49) extends ConceptDraw PRO functionality to quickly build dashboards that display Key Performance Indicators (KPI) of a company’s products or services. The solution provides a collection of predesigned vector logistic symbols, pictograms, objects, and clipart suitable for creation of Logistics Dashboards that reflect the logistics activities and processes of an enterprise or firm. The solution can depict a company’s supply chain, logistics planning, and the stages of goods movement from the seller to buyer. ConceptDraw Pro 11 is compatible with macOS and Microsoft Windows. It’s included in ConceptDraw Office 4, which retails for $499.
May 16
FontAgent delivers object-based font server
Insider Software (www.insidersoftware.com) has announced FontAgent Server 7, which it says is “the world's only object-based font server and the most advanced solution for organizing, optimizing, distributing and tracking font collections.” 
It's built on FontFlex technology, which brings object-based font management performance, scalability, flexibility, power and simplicity to organizations of any size. It integrates the basic objects of font management--fonts, sets, users, groups, font licenses and directories--into a firm foundation for enterprise font management, according to Insider Software. Admins then invite users, and import and assign fonts. FontAgent Server does the rest, making sure that everyone gets the fonts they're supposed to have, and that the organization stays in compliance. To ease administration, admins can define sets of fonts and organize users into role, team or project-based groups. FontAgent Server 7 is available via cloud subscription or on-premise...
May 16
KeyCue 8.4 offers improved compatibility with macOS Sierra
Ergonis Software (www.ergonis.com) has released KeyCue 8.4, a new version of the company's keyboard shortcut cheat sheet. It displays an instant overview of the currently available keyboard shortcuts; application-specific menu shortcuts as well as system-wide hotkeys and user-defined shortcut descriptions. Version 8.4 improves compatibility with macOS Sierra and offers enhanced compatibility with third-party products and overall stability. KeyCue 8.4 requires macOS 10.6 or newer. The upgrade is free for anyone who owns a license for KeyCue 8 or purchased a license for KeyCue 7 on or after March 1, 2015. Upgrade paths are available for owners of older licenses. For new users, the price is $19.99. A demo is available for download.
May 16
Sal Soghoian to host CMD-D: Masters of Automation Conference
Sal Soghoian has announced the first-ever CMD-D: Masters of Automation Conference (pronounced “Command-D") on Wednesday, Aug 9, in Santa Clara, California. It’s for anyone who uses automation, creates automation or develops software. Registration is now underway (http://www.cmddconf.com). CMD-D is designed for anyone who uses automation, creates automation or develops software. Attendees will learn about powerful automation capabilities hiding in plain sight, user-friendly Automator power-tricks, the latest developments for cutting-edge dual-platform automation for macOS and iOS, and more. For those who are new to automation, a Scripting Boot Camp is also being planned for Aug. 8. "I'm really excited about CMD-D," says Soghoian, conference co-founder and user-automation expert. "For the past twenty years, I've met and taught great people, doing amazing things with Apple's automation technologies. Bringing everyone together can only lead to even more creative solutions and...
May 16
Noodlesoft releases Hazel 4.1 for the Mac
Noodlesoft has rolled out Hazel 4.1 a feature update to their housekeeping utility for macOS. The upgrade features smart date matching, as well as boasts a new user guide to help users to take advantage of Hazel's features. Previewing rules is now enhanced with detachable popovers and highlighting of text matches. Other features include default values for empty attributes, a new "capture date" attribute, the ability to match a file based on others in the same folder, and more. Hazel 4.1 costs $32 and can be purchased from Noodlesoft (www.noodlesoft.com). Version 4.1 is a free update for registered 4.0 users. Users with licenses for version 3 or earlier can upgrade for $10. A demo is available for download.
May 15
macOS Sierra revved to version 10.12.5
Apple has released macOS Sierra10.12.5, a minor update that focuses on bug fixes and speed improvements. According to Apple, the upgrade: ° Fixes an issue where audio may stutter when played through USB headphones; ° Enhances compatibility of the Mac App Store with future software updates; ° Adds support for media-free installation of Windows 10 Creator Update using Boot Camp. macOS Sierra 10.12.5 is a free update for all customers who have a compatible machine. The update can be downloaded using the Software Update function in the Mac App Store.
May 15
Apple announces tvOS 10.2.1
Apple has upgraded tvOS, the operating system for the Apple TV, to version 10.2.1. It offers bug fixes and performance tweaks. To install, launch the System menu and choose Software Update. The operating system was recently revved to version 10.2, which provided an accelerated scrolling feature to the Siri remote so you can scroll through lists of content faster. The update also added the TV app, which is designed to offer a unified experience for discovering and accessing TV shows and movies from multiple apps on the iPhone, iPad, and Apple TV.  It provides one place to access TV shows and movies, as well as a place to discover new content to watch.
May 15
Apple rolls out watchOS 3.2.2
Apple has revved watchOS to 3.2.2. The upgrade focuses on bug fixes and performance improvements to the Apple Watch's operating system. The previous release (watchOS 3.2) added Theater Mode and SiriKit. The former lets Apple Watch owners disable the "rise to wake" function on the watch, but still notify them with haptic feedback of notifications without illuminating the watch display.  SiriKit enables apps to work with Siri, Apple’s “personal digital assistant,” so users can get things done with content and services using just their voice. In addition to extending Siri’s support for messaging, photo search and phone calls to more apps, SiriKit also adds support for new services, including ride booking and personal payments. watchOS 3.2.2 must be performed through the Apple Watch app on a connected iPhone, and the watch must be on the charger, and have over 50% battery remaining.
May 15
Apple releases iOS 10.3.2
Apple has released iOS 10.3.2, which offers bug fixes, security enhancements, and other improvements. iOS 10.3.2 is a free over-the-air update available to all users with a compatible iPad, iPhone or iPod touch. It can also be downloaded and installed on iOS devices using iTunes on a Mac or PC.
May 15
Jumsoft's new Money app for macOS updated to 5.1
Jumsoft (www.jumsoft.com) has announced Money 5.1, an update to their finance management app for macOS. It’s designed to help you keep control of your financial life. 
 With Money, you can oversee your account balances, track your income and spending, keep budgets, and so much more. Version 5.1 brings advanced data encryption and security, with user interface improvements that enable more detailed insights into finance. Money 5.1 requires macOS 10.12 or later. It costs $49.99 and is available worldwide through the Mac App Store in the Finance category.
May 15
Tray Player Lite for macOS upgraded to version 1.7
Neonway ( http://neonway.org) has released Tray Player Lite 1.7, an update of the free music player for macOS. It allows users to play audio files on their Mac. Tray Player Lite sorts through the files that users drag and drop into the app, and plays only the files that contain audio. Featuring three play modes, it supports multiple audio formats, allows users to skip to the exact spot in a track and more. Version 1.7 is a maintenance upgrade. Tray Player requires macOS 10.9 or later. It’s available at the Mac App Store.
May 15
Shaderific adds a side by side display mode
Gryphos has announced Shaderific 4.2 (http://www.shaderific.com), an update of its OpenGL ES shader development application for iOS. Shaderific helps computer science students and experienced developers to get started with OpenGL ES 2.0 and OpenGL ES 3.0 shader development. The app makes it possible to write, compile and test shader programs directly on any iOS device without ever touching a laptop or desktop computer. Version 4.2 introduces a new display mode showing render view and editor side by side. Shaderific costs $9.99. It’s available at the Apple App Store.
May 12
Apple awards Corning first advanced manufacturing fund investment
Apple has announced that Corning Incorporated will receive $200 million from the company’s new Advanced Manufacturing Fund as part of the tech giant’s commitment to foster innovation among American manufacturers. The investment will support Corning’s R&D, capital equipment needs and state-of-the-art glass processing. Corning's 65-year-old Harrodsburg facility has been integral to the 10-year collaboration between these two innovative companies and will be the focus of Apple’s investment.  “Corning is a great example of a supplier that has continued to innovate and they are one of Apple's long-standing suppliers,” Jeff Williams, Apple’s chief operating officer, said in a press release. “This partnership started 10 years ago with the very first iPhone, and today every customer that buys an iPhone or iPad anywhere in the world touches glass that was developed in America. We’re extremely proud of our collaboration over the years and we are investing further with Corning who has such...
May 12
Red Giant releases Universe 2.1 featuring new text effects
Red Giant has unveiled Universe 2.1, an update to its collection of GPU-accelerated plugins for editors and motion graphics artists. The upgrade offers six new tools and updates to two existing plugins. Red Giant Universe offers more than 65 tools (and counting) that run in Apple Final Cut Pro X, Apple Motion, Adobe Premiere Pro CC, Adobe After Effects, Blackmagic DaVinci Resolve, HitFilm and Magix Vegas Pro. Universe is available as an annual subscription ($99/year) or as a monthly subscription ($20/month). New Red Giant Universe customers can purchase a subscription or download a free trial at http://redgiant.com/universe.
May 12
Strata launches Design 3D CX Version 8.2 for macOS, Windows
Strata has rolled out an update to their flagship software, Design 3D CX. The update includes the addition of Publish VR, which allows designers to export their designs from Strata to virtual reality at the touch of a button, and Render VR which lets users take 360° stereoscopic images and share them on VR viewers like Google Cardboard. New users can download a free 30-day demo at Strata.com. Existing users can upgrade for $59.95.
May 11
Apple will offer iTunes on the Windows Store
Microsoft announced today at its Build developer event that Apple will bring its iTunes app to the Windows 10 Store, iTunes, is already available for Windows users, but adding it to the Windows Store will make it easier for Windows users to find the software. Also, Microsoft announced today that, with the new Xamarin Live Player, iOS developers can deploy, run, test and debug iOS apps directly from a Windows PC that runs Visual Studio. Xamarin already allowed you to develop your iOS applications in C# with the help of tools like Xamarin.iOS for Visual Studio. However, now it's not necessary to have a Mac to build and test your apps.
May 11
iMobie rolls out PhoneRescue 3.2
iMobie has announced PhoneRescue 3.2 (https://www.imobie.com/phonerescue/), a feature update to their iOS data recovery software for Mac and Windows. The upgrade offers optimizations to help iPhone and iPad users recover mistakenly deleted or lost SMS, iMessages, MMS, as well as all attachments and images, directly to Messages app of iDevice, even without a backup. PhoneRescue 3.2 is available for both macOS and Windows. A personal license is $49.99, and a family license costs $69.99.
May 11
Default Folder X 5.1.5 adds stability & supports minimized...
St. Clair Software has released Default Folder X 5.1.5 (http://www.stclairsoft.com/DefaultFolderX/index.html), an update to their utility for the Mac. It enhances the file dialogs in all macOS applications. Default Folder provides fast navigation to your files, previews, integrated Spotlight tagging, and more. Its custom keyboard shortcuts put your favorite and recent folders at your fingertips. Version 5.1.5 supports minimized Save dialogs and improves stability. Default Folder X 5.1.5 is a free update for existing users. It requires macOS 10.10 or higher. New licenses are $34.95; upgrades from version 4 and prior are $14.95.
May 11
DEVONtechnologies updates DEVONagent and DEVONsphere Express
DEVONtechnologies (www.devontechnologies.com) has released version 3.9.6 of its internet search and research tool DEVONagent as well as version 1.9 of its smart desktop assistant DEVONsphere Express. DEVONagent gets support for StartPage, better connectivity to DEVONthink, and workflow enhancements. DEVONsphere 1.9 supports new file formats and received a revised results list. All updates are free and recommended to all users. All editions of DEVONagent as well as DEVONsphere Express require macOS 10.9 or higher. Demos are available. Pricing is $49.95 for DEVONagent Pro, and $4.95 for DEVONagent Express. DEVONagent Lite is free, and DEVONsphere costs $ 9.95.
May 10
Microsoft launches Visual Studio 2017 for Mac
Microsoft has released Visual Studio 2017 for Mac (www.visualstudio.com). It’s a new member of the Visual Studio family, enabling developers on macOS (10.11 and higher) to build apps for mobile, web, and cloud with Xamarin and .NET Core, as well as games with Unity. Developers can use Visual Studio 2017 for Mac to develop apps for Android, macOS, iOS, tvOS, watchOS, web, and cloud. It allows users to code, debug, and diagnose. Visual Studio for Mac sports a full-featured source editor, code search and navigation, a powerful debugger, a customizable workspace, Git integration, and a rich extension system. Other features include: Roslyn-based C# IntelliSense, refactoring, analyzers, and code fixes; NuGet-based package management; Visual Studio compatible project format; MSBuild build engine; integrated unit testing; and support for F# out-of-the-box. All of the core Visual Studio for Mac downloads are free; however, professional use requires a paid subscription.
May 10
Sonnet previews the Echo Express SE III
Sonnet Technologies has announced the launch of the Echo Express SE III, the newest member of the company's Echo Express family of Thunderbolt-to-PCI Express (PCIe) expansion systems. With full support for Thunderbolt 3, the Echo Express SE III is a compact desktop device that enables the use of up to three high-performance PCIe cards with Macs equipped with Thunderbolt 3 ports. Users of Macs equipped with 40Gbps Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C) ports, such as the new MacBook Pro, are able to take advantage of Thunderbolt 3's 2750 MB/s of PCIe bandwidth to support the most demanding, highest-performance adapter cards, according to Robert Farnsworth, CEO of Sonnet Technologies. The Echo Express SE III features three x8 PCIe 3.0 slots, accommodates full-height, half-length+ (up to 7.75 inches long) PCIe cards, and connects them to one of the Mac's Thunderbolt 3 ports via the included 0.5-meter Thunderbolt 3 cable. The unit supports nearly every Thunderbolt 3- and Mac-compatible PCIe card...
May 10
Altova launches MobileTogether 3.2
Altova (http://www.altova.com) has launched MobileTogether 3.2, an update of its cross-platform mobile development framework. This release introduces over 18 t new features for building data-centric mobile apps. Features include support for NFC (near field communication), the ability to access mobile device contacts, text-to-speech functionality, numerous enhancements for table and chart creation, and much more. According to Alexander Falk, CEO and president of Altova, are are some highlights: ° NFC is a set of communication protocols that allow two devices to exchange messages when within a few centimeters of proximity. Android Push is now also supported. MobileTogether now supports pushing and receiving NFC messages including text, URI, MIME media, application records, and more. ° Access mobile device contacts: Apps built in MobileTogether can now access information from the user's contacts stored on the device, which is useful, for example, when a user wants to send something via...
 

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