XILS-lab has released the XILS DeeS deesser plug-in
Music software company XILS-lab has released XILS DeeS, a de-esser plug-in for all major Mac (OS X 10.5 or higher) and PC (Windows XP, Vista, 7, and 8) compatible formats for ridding voice recordings of all sibilant-related defects while preserving precious characteristics to produce perfect-sounding results.
XILS DeeS is available to purchase as a straightforward serial number-protected plug-in for an introductory discounted price of approximately US$79. As for Sept. 1, the price will be $119. It can be purchased at the XILS-lab web store (http://tinyurl.com/mrjdh7y). XILS DeeS can be directly downloaded as a 32- and 64-bit-compatible effects plug-in for Mac (AAX, AU, RTAS, and VST) and Windows (AAX, RTAS, and VST) at http://tinyurl.com/m5bhlyt .
PluralEyes 3.5 released as part of Shooter Suite 12.5 update
Red Giant has released Shooter Suite 12.5, which includes new versions of two Shooter Suite products: PluralEyes 3.5 and Instant 4K. New to the suite is Denoiser II, Red Giant's powerful video noise reduction tool.
Also included are the recently updated BulletProof 1.2, as well as Frames and LUT Buddy. PluralEyes 3.5 brings expanded media support, more accuracy, drift correction and more.
Shooter Suite 12.5 is available for US$399. Existing users of Shooter Suite 12 are eligible for a $99 Upgrade. All Shooter Suite upgrade options can be seen online (www.redgiant.com). PluralEyes 3.5 is available now for $199. Existing users of PluralEyes qualify for a $79 upgrade. Instant 4K is available now for $99. Existing users of Instant HD are eligible for an update to Instant 4K for $29.
Connected Data launches Drobo Mini with SSD drives
Connected Data, the creator of the Drobo line of smart storage solutions, has launched its Drobo Mini with Solid State Disk (SSD) drives. The company says they deliver as much as 80% more performance compared to a Mini configured with traditional spinning hard drives.
The Drobo Mini connects via Thunderbolt or USB 3.0 and features four 2.5-inch SSD drive bays with an mSATA accelerator option in a package that is rugged, compact and portable, weighing less than three pounds. Like all Drobo products, Drobo Mini protects data without user intervention, even in the event of multiple SSD drive failures.
The Drobo Mini with SSD is available today in three capacity bundles of 1TB, 2TB and 4TB starting at a manufacturer's suggested retail price of US $1,199 through www.drobostore.com and select channel partners.
Total War: Shogun 2 coming to the Mac on July 31
Feral Interactive says the historical strategy game Total War: Shogun 2 for Mac will be released via Steam on July 31, with the Mac App Store version scheduled for release in early August.
Developed by Creative Assembly and published by SEGA® for Windows, this is the latest installment in the Total War series to be brought to the Mac by Feral, following Rome, Empire and Napoleon. A premium version of the game will be released simultaneously and include all additional content.
Total War: Shogun 2 Collection includes the Rise of the Samurai Campaign pack: a stand-alone campaign which challenges players to establish Japan’s first Shogunate 400 years before the events of the main game. It also includes the Dragon War Battle pack, three additional clans and two unit packs. All additional content will be available separately via Steam to customers who purchase the base game.
The Steam version of Total War: Shogun 2 will also offer Mac-to-Mac online multiplayer battles, co-operative...
WaterField launches 15-inch Solo and 13-inch Indy for new...
WaterField Designs (http://www.sfbags.com/) has unveiled a new 15-inch Outback Solo to fit the larger upgraded MacBook Pro Retina and a new 13-inch Indy leather satchel (pictured) to fit the smaller Retina model.
The Outback Solo sports a rugged look, combining waxed canvas with premium leather. The Indy's soft high-grade leather develops a rich patina over time. Both look professional enough for business meetings and fashionable enough for anywhere else, says WaterField owner, Gary Waterfield.
The 15-inch Outback Solo costs US$119 and has an optional shoulder strap for $19. The 13-inch Indy is priced at $199. Shipping begins no later than Aug. 15.
Notebooks for Mac released to complement Notebooks on iOS
Alfons Schmid has announced Mac OS X and Windows versions of Notebooks, a productivity app that combines text processing with task management and file organization.
It includes text processing for plain text, formatted text and Markdown, provides space to store and organize files and documents, and also integrates complex task management. The desktop applications are designed to complement the iPad and iPhone versions of Notebooks.
Notebooks 7 (for iPad and iPhone) costs US$12.99 and are available at the Apple App Store in the Productivity category. The Mac OS X version is $19.99 and is available through the Mac App Store in the Productivity category, or $17.99 (USD) from the developer's website (http://www.notebooksapp.com/mac).
Parliant announces new Mac voice messaging product
Parliant has announced Echoes (http://www.echoes-app.com), a new Mac voice messaging product. It's different from Skype, FaceTime, and other voice chat applications because it eliminates "dialing" or setting up connections with your recipients.
Echoes puts an icon in your menu bar where you just choose "Announce" (or press a keyboard shortcut), speak your announcement, and press return. Echoes lets you:
° Announce to other users running Echoes on your local network;
° Announce to everyone, groups of people you configure, or individuals;
° Reply to the sender of the last received announcement'
° Set keyboard shortcuts for sending and replying;
° Resend last sent announcement without re-recording it;
° Replay last received announcement in case you missed it.
Echoes is available on the Mac App Store for US$9.99 for a limited time.
iShowU Studio for Mac OS X adds more editing features
shinywhitebox (http://shinywhitebox.com) has launched iShowU Studio 1.1.0, an update to their screen casting solution for Mac OS X.
Aimed at the consumer and beginner prosumer market, iShowU Studio focuses on providing easy post-recording editing and publishing of captured footage. Version 1.1.0 provides more editing features and better text placement and presentation features.
iShow U Studio requires Mac OS X 10.9 or later. It costs US$89.95, though version 1.1.0 is a free update for registered users.
Roxio Toast 12 offers new Live Screen Capture, HD Video Burning
Roxio has introduced two new additions to its Toast family: Roxio Toast 12 Titanium and Roxio Toast 12 Pro. They provide: support for popular social media platforms and devices; capture, copy, convert and share capabilities; enhanced HD burning options and new Live Screen Capture.
When working with music, photos or video, Roxio Toast 12 offers an interface and built-in tutorials to simplify all your digital media tasks. The new version makes it easier to share to social media (Facebook, YouTube, Vimeo and Twitter), the latest devices, or burn HD content to DVD. Designed especially for educators and trainers, the new Live Screen Capture lets you record directly from your screen with voiceover, then edit, save and share as a movie.
Roxio Toast 12 Titanium and Roxio Toast 12 Pro are available now as electronic downloads directly from www.roxio.com/toast. Roxio Toast 12 Titanium is available at the suggested retail price of US$99.99. Roxio Toast 12 Pro is available at the suggested...
X-BizTracker for Mac OS X updated to version 4.13
Excelisys has announced The eX-BizTracker 4.13, an update of the eX-File business productivity template for small- to medium-sized businesses.
X-BizTracker maximizes the latest innovations in FileMaker Pro 12, resulting in a leaner customizing tool that's easier to use and extend, says Doug West, product/project manager at Excelisys. It also incorporates a host of elements to enhance usability features and functionality, including CRM to manage both companies and individuals. Version 4.13 takes advantage of FileMaker's aggressive leap into the web and iOS/Mobile platform deployment strategies, according to West.
A demo is available for download at http://tinyurl.com/nj4sdxj . Pricing is on a subscription basis, starting at US$1,550 for 10 hours.
Sonnet ships new xMac Pro Server
Sonnet (www.sonnettech.com) is shipping its new xMac Pro Server with a Thunderbolt 2-to-PCI Express (PCIe) expansion system and 4U rackmount enclosure for the latest generation of Mac Pro computers. It securely mounts the computer horizontally inside a specially designed 4U modular enclosure, connects three PCIe 2.0 slots via Thunderbolt 2 technology, and provides space to install additional equipment in two 5.25-inch mobile rack bays.
"The xMac Pro Server builds on the success of our rack-mountable xMac mini Server and Echo Express III-R Thunderbolt 2-to-PCIe expansion products to provide much-needed expansion capabilities for the latest Mac Pro, which on its own lacks storage expansion and PCIe slots," says Greg LaPorte, vice president of sales and marketing, Sonnet Technologies. "By supporting every Thunderbolt-compatible PCIe card available, the xMac Pro Server enables audio-video professionals to fully leverage their investment in the new Mac Pro and still use the high-...
Apple revs MacBook Pro line with faster Haswell processors
Apple has updated its MacBook Pro with faster Haswell processors but no Broadwell processors. All 13-inch models now come with 8GB of RAM standard, all 15-inch models now feature 16GB of RAM.
The new 13-inch models include:
° $1299: 2.6 GHz dual-core i5 processor, 8 GB RAM, 128 GB flash storage;
° $1499: 2.6 GHz dual-core i5 processor, 8 GB RAM, 256 GB flash storage;
° $1799: 2.8 GHz dual-core i7 processor, 8 GB RAM, 512 GB flash storage;
The new 13-inch models include:
° $1999: 2.2 GHz quad-core i7 processor, 16 GB RAM, 256 GB flash storage;
° $2499: 2.5 GHz quad-core i7 processor, 16 GB RAM, 512 GB flash storage .
BatchOutput XLS gets an upgraded core engine
Zevrix Solutions (www.zevrix.com) has rolled out BatchOutput XLS 2.2, an update to its output automation solution for Microsoft Excel on Mac OS X.
In addition to batch printing and exporting, the software lets users carry out automated professional PDF production directly from Excel eliminating the need for time consuming post-processing. The new version introduces an upgrade to the app's core engine, which allows BatchOutput XLS to support latest advanced Apple technologies and future system releases.
BatchOutput XLS can be purchased for US$39.95 from the Zevrix website, as well as from authorized resellers. A demo is available for download. BatchOutput XLS runs on Mac OS X 10.5 - 10.9 and works with Microsoft Excel 2008 and 2011.
SilhouetteFX adds new Crop Node, EXR 2.0 multi-part file support...
SilhouetteFX has released version 5.2 of Silhouette, its stereo roto, paint and keying software. The new Crop Node allows working within a small region of a larger image — using less memory with faster performance.
Silhouette now supports EXR 2.0 multi-part files. When a multi-part file is loaded, all of its parts are loaded into the Project window ready for selection and use in the project.
Extending its Auto Paint tools, you can now play back selected events forward or backward, rebuild paint in stroke order, and duplicate strokes from one stereo view to another. Also, rendered clips can now be sent to Tweak Software’s RV playback software (if installed).
New licenses for Silhouette V5 are US$1,495. For more info go to http://silhouettefx.com . Silhouette V5 requires Mac OS X 10.7 or higher.
Penclic unleashes next generation mice
Penclic has announced the retail availability of their next generation mice, including the Corded Mouse D3, Wireless Mouse R3 and Bluetooth Mouse B3 on Amazon.com.
Penclic has answered the needs of "South Paw"consumers by creating a mouse ideal for left- and right-handed users. The new symmetrical design mirrors the functionality and design of its predecessor, the Bluetooth Mouse B2.
The D3, R3 and B3 have the scroll wheel located in the middle of the pen’s shaft. The scroll wheel also doubles as the middle click button, which not only eases the transition period when adjusting to this laser-focused alternative but also makes the mouse easier to operate for left-handers, according to the folks at Penclic.
PageMeUp for Mac OS X gets maintenance upgrade
Softobe has introduced PageMeUp 1.0.3 (http://tinyurl.com/ozgvtyr). an update of the page editor for Mac OS X 10.8 or higher. It's a maintenance upgrade.
With PageMeUp, you create a document, choose its page format, size and background color, set the margins, bleed, custom guides, rows and columns and even apply RGB or CMYK ICC color profiles. Then you can drag, import or paste images and text onto the PageMeUp document and place/resize them on the page.
A snap assistant helps you align the boxes on the page. You can edit and format your text, scale the images (custom, fit, fill), apply shadow, fill or gradient background, border, mask, rotation, opacity, flip, web links, page HTML metadata.
Finally, you can print or export your work in PDF, HTML, TIFF, PNG or JPG formats with custom resolution, compression and ICC profile.
PageMeUp is available as a full-featured demo. A single user license costs US$24. Version 1.0.3 is a free update for registered users.
Sound Siphon for Mac OS X adds app audio caption
Static Z Software has released Sound Siphon 1.1, an update of the tool for capturing application audio on your Mac. The new version brings application audio capture.
Sound Siphon is a software package that makes your Mac's audio output available as an audio input device. It enables you to send audio from one application to another where it can be processed, streamed, or recorded. Using it simply involves selecting a microphone in your favorite app. Sound Siphon works with Core Audio to provide this capability to all of your audio apps.
Sound Siphon (http://staticz.com) requires Mac OS X 10.9 or higher and costs US$29.99. A demo is available for download.
AppleMacSoft DRM Converter for Mac gets redesigned user interface
AppleMacSoft DRM Converter for Mac, a DRM removal software that designed for easily converts iTunes DRM protected music files to unprotected audio files ready for use on any computers or mobile music devices, has been updated to version 3.8.2.
The new version comes with a totally redesigned user interface, offers 16X faster conversion speed, supports save to many popular audio formats including MP3, AAc, AC3, TIFF, AU, FLAC, M4A, M4R and MKA. supports DRM video and audiobook files and so much more. so the new version is more powerful and even easier to use.
AppleMacSoft DRM Coverter for Mac is compatible with 64-bit Macs running Mac OS X 10.6 and later. A fully functional demo can be downloaded from AppleMacSoft' web site at (www.AppleMacSoft.com). Registration is $39.95 USD for new users; users of previous versions can upgrade to version 3.8.2 for 50% off.
Ear Teacher launched for Mac OS X
Adium Software has released Ear Teacher (http://www.earteacher.com), a music education product for the Mac. It provides an integrated, audiovisual course on music theory and aural skill development.
The Ear Teacher curriculum consists of nine progressively challenging grades of rhythm, melody, and harmony material. Hands-on exercises follow each topic, and frequent tests reinforce knowledge. Intelligent Practice automatically selects areas for students to practice on a regular basis.
Ear Teacher requires Mac OS X 10.9 or later. It's available at the Adium Software website and the Mac App Store at an introductory price of US$39.99. A seven-day demo is available for download at the Adium site.
Flux V for Mac OS X gets new user interface, more
The Escapers have announced Flux V (http://www.theescapers.com/flux/), an update to their flagship web design application for Mac OS X. The software can work with everything from a modern site using HTML5 and CSS3 to legacy sites built on older technologies.
Version 5 comes with a totally redesigned user interface, fully 64-bit, ARC-compliant and multi-threaded, brand new Master Elements system, crowd sourced Code and more. It's also now now fully 64-bit, fully ARC-compliant and multi-threaded.
A 30-day demo is available for download. Registration is US$109 for new users; users of previous versions can upgrade to version 5 for 50% off. Flux V requires Mac OS X Mavericks or the upcoming Yosemite.
Output Factory for Adobe InDesign now supports EPUB fixed layout
Zevrix Solutions (http://www.zevrix.com) has announced Output Factory 1.5.6, an update to its professional solution to automate output from Adobe InDesign. The new version lets users export documents to fixed layout version of EPUB in InDesign CC 2014.
Output Factory automates printing, exporting and post-processing from InDesign and offers batch output, variable file names, layer versioning, preflighting, detailed history and more. The new version lets users output specific alternate layouts and export them as single pages by including layout names directly in page range string.
Output Factory supports printing as well as exporting to PDF, PostScript, EPS, Flash, INX, IDML, EPUB, INDD and several image formats. It costs US$169.95. There's a "lite" version for $119.95.
BatchOutput users can upgrade to Output Factory for $84.97. Output Factory is available for Mac OS X 10.5-10.9 on Intel-based Macs and works with Adobe InDesign CS3-CC 2014.
Wolfram SystemModeler revved to version 4
Wolfram has rolled out Wolfram SystemModeler 4 (http://tinyurl.com/o4swmo4), which expands support for modeling libraries, adds standardized deployment of models to other simulation tools, and deepens integration with Mathematica. The software — available on Mac OS X, Windows, and Linux platforms — is a modeling and simulation environment for cyber-physical systems.
SystemModeler 4 sports a library store with model libraries that are verified to work with SystemModeler. It provides improved modeling features, a new presentation mode for models, and export to FMI for deployment to other tools
SystemModeler 4 offers model creation support from Mathematica, as well as improved workflow in the integration with Mathematica. There's a new Documentation Center with improved documentation.
New 'heads up display' announced for Blackmagic...
Blackmagic Design has unveiled Camera 1.9 software that includes "heads up display" on screen metering that provides customers with histogram, peak audio meters and recording time remaining for the Blackmagic Production Camera 4K. Camera 1.9 update is available now free of charge from the Blackmagic Design website (www.blackmagicdesign.com).
Using these additional displays for the Blackmagic Production Camera 4K means that customers can check camera settings such as exposure, audio level and the remaining space on their recording disk. Customers can download this update now and install it onto their camera from either Mac or Windows computers using a simple USB cable connection to the camera. Once the update is complete, customers can view the new on screen menus by simply swiping their finger up from the bottom of the capacitative touch screen.
This new heads up display will be released for other models of Blackmagic Design cameras over the coming weeks, so an even wider range of...
Worldwide tablet market grows 11% in second quarter
The worldwide tablet grew 11.0% year over year in the second quarter of 2014 (2Q14) with shipments reaching 49.3 million units according to preliminary data from the IDC (http://www.idc.com) research group. Although shipments declined sequentially from 1Q14 by -1.5%, IDC believes the market will experience positive but slower growth in 2014 compared to the previous year.
"As we indicated last quarter, the market is still being impacted by the rise of large-screen smartphones and longer than anticipated ownership cycles," says Jean Philippe Bouchard, IDC research director for Tablets. "We can also attribute the market deceleration to slow commercial adoption of tablets. Despite this trend, we believe that stronger commercial demand for tablets in the second half of 2014 will help the market grow and that we will see more enterprise-specific offerings, as illustrated by the Apple and IBM partnership, come to market."
Despite declining shipments of its iPad product line, Apple managed to...
Labelist for Mac OS X gets major update
Chronos has announced Labelist 8, an upgrade to its label-making software for Mac OS X (10.9 and higher). The folks at Chronos say it include the most requested feature Labelist has had over the years: the ability to create a different custom design for each label on a page.
It also adds:
° The ability to create a different design for each label on a page;
° The ability to create multiple pages of different labels;
° The ability to copy/paste entire label designs on a page or between pages;
° A Template Chooser for previewing templates or creating a blank projects;
° The ability to save a document as a template so it shows up in the Template Chooser;
° The ability to delete custom and included templates;
° The ability to convert text to outlines;
° More than 30 new pre-designed templates for Avery marketing labels.
A fully functional 30 day trial version can be downloaded from Chronos' web site at (www.chronosnet.com). Registraton is US$39.99 and is available directly from Chronos...
Smith Micro unleashes AniMates app for the iPhone
Smith Micro Software (http://animates.smithmicro.com) has unleashed its free AniMates mobile messaging app on iTunes, allowing iPhone users to express themselves with animated characters, colorful backgrounds and dynamic voice effects.
With AniMates, users can select from a wide variety of characters that will lip-synch to a voice message, and then share their messages with anyone via SMS, email or Facebook. Smith Micro unveiled AniMates for Android last month, and users on either platform can communicate app-to-app over any carrier network.
William W. Smith, Jr., CEO at Smith Micro, says AniMates offers a diverse content library offering dozens of characters and backgrounds, with new content added every week. You can use your own photo background from the phone gallery. There are otional voice effects with variable pitch control.
You can see and manage messages from other AniMates users through an inbox view. The app lets you share messages with anyone via email, SMS or Facebook.
OS X Yosemite Developer Preview available
Paragon Software Group has released Paragon NTFS for Mac OS X Yosemite Preview, a free 60-day trial of NTFS for Mac OS X Version 12 that will be launched this fall with the release of OS X Yosemite.
Paragon NTFS for Mac OS X Yosemite Preview — which provides full read/write access to NTFS partitions — is available for immediate download (http://tinyurl.com/l78btty), without registration, to all Mac enthusiasts testing the Yosemite Developer Preview. Users of Paragon NTFS for Mac OS X 11 will get a free upgrade when version 12 is released.
Paragon NTFS for Mac OS X Yosemite Preview is the a driver solution for access to NTFS partitions. Once the program is installed, you can get started right away and navigate contents and read, edit, copy or create files and folders. The program guarantees advanced support of NTFS file systems and provides fast and transparent read/write access to any NTFS partition under Yosemite, according to the folks at Paragon.
PrintList Pro revved to version 5.2
PrintList Pro (http://www.e-node.net/plp), a Mac OS X compatible tool for printing and arrays and records on 4th Dimension layouts, has been updated to version 5.2. The upgrade includes an Unicode mode and compatibility with AreaList Pro v9, 4D v11, v12, v13, v14 and above.
As with AreaList Pro, PrintList Pro provides capabilities not available in native 4D, such as automatic column sizing, custom formatting, robust break level processing, calculated columns and more. It's designed as a complement to the AreaList Pro plugin. You can use PrintList Pro for any standard columnar output (arrays or fields, calculated columns) and it be configured to print an AreaList Pro object while retaining all formatting features.
FlightCheck 7.5 Mac released with Adobe Creative Cloud 2014...
Markzware (http://www.markzware.com) has released FlightCheck 7.5, an update of its preflight solution. This new version of the prepress software for the Mac platform (OS X 10.6 and higher) has added support to Preflight Adobe documents created with new Adobe Creative Cloud 2014 programs, including InDesign.
FlightCheck 7.5 is a stand-alone application targeted to creative professionals, printers, graphic designers, and publishers to ensure print quality control for Adobe and other native files. Users can run FlightCheck 7.5 Mac to preflight InDesign CC and a wide variety of desktop publishing (DTP) file types, without the native applications.
The FlightCheck 7.5 Mac license can be purchased as a subscription or on a perpetual basis. The subscription includes, free of charge, all updates made during the subscription term. This gives you one year of use of FlightCheck (including all updates and upgrades). After the year is over, you can renew your subscription, to continue using...
RE:Vision Effects announces RE:Flex 5 with GPU support for After...
RE:Vision Effects has released RE:Flex 5 with GPU support for Adobe After Effects. The app supplies morphing and warping for After Effects.
RE:Flex uses both open and closed splines for its free-form interface rather than a mesh-based solution. It combines hand feature-matching with automatic image registration. After aligning the hand matched shapes, RE:Flex uses the tracking found in Twixtor to automatically align the non-handmatched parts of the image; so in many cases less handwork is required.
RE:Flex 5 requires Adobe After Effects CS5, CS5.5, CS6, CC and CC (2014) and, on the Mac, OS X 10.7 or higher. RE:Flex is priced at $595.Upgrade and lower-priced render farm pricing can be found at http://tinyurl.com/lhbsjvb .
TunesKit for Mac is iTunes DRM removal software
TunesKit Studio has released TunesKit for Mac. It's iTunes DRM removal software that works with Mac OS X 10.8 or higher.
According to the folks at TunesKit Sutdio, the app can crack Apple's Fairplay DRM protection from iTunes purchased and rented movies/TV shows. TunesKit for Mac is built to allow iTunes users to strip DRM protection off movies and TV shows rented or purchased from the iTunes Store and convert those M4V videos to DRM-free MP4 format on Mac OS X.
According to TunesKit Studio, by converting DRM locked iTunes movies with TunesKit DRM Media Converter, movie fans are free to enjoy any iTunes movie rentals and purchases on various popular mobile devices and media players such as Samsung Galaxy Note, HTC, Nokia, Nexus, iPhone, iPad, VCL, WMP and more.
TunesKit for Mac costs US$45.95 and is available at the TunesKit Studio website (http://tinyurl.com/kehukkh). A Windows version of TunesKit iTunes DRM Converter is in the works.
Keylogger for Mac adds automatic update notification
WideStep Security Software (http://www.widestep.com) has announced Elite Keylogger for Mac 1.3.036, an update to the keystroke recorder software. Elite It allows invisible recording of most keystrokes, email, chats and websites visited, along with screen captures.
Version 1.3.036 adds automatic update notification and enhanced logs sent via email. Users will be automatically notified when the program is unhidden.
Elite Keylogger for Mac is compatible with 64-bit Macs running Mac OS X 10.6.8 and later. There are two versions available: Free and Pro. The difference between the two is that the free version isn't invisible, and its logs don't display passwords and chat conversations.
Elite Keylogger Pro licensing is US$49 for one monitored Mac, $99 for five monitored d Macs, and $99 for 25 monitored Macs $199. An unlimited license is $299. Version 1.3 is a free update to all users of Elite Keylogger Pro.
Apple reports third quarter fiscal results
Apple has announced the financial results for its fiscal 2014 third quarter that ended June 28. The company posted quarterly revenue of US$37.4 billion and quarterly net profit of $7.7 billion, or $1.28 per diluted share.
These results compare to revenue of $35.3 billion and net profit of $6.9 billion, or $1.07 per diluted share, in the year-ago quarter. Gross margin was 39.4% compared to 36.9% in the year-ago quarter. International sales accounted for 59% of the quarter’s revenue.
Apple’s board of directors has declared a cash dividend of $.47 per share of the Company’s common stock. The dividend is payable on August 14, 2014, to shareholders of record as of the close of business on August 11, 2014.
"Our record June quarter revenue was fueled by strong sales of iPhone and Mac and the continued growth of revenue from the Apple ecosystem, driving our highest EPS growth rate in seven quarters," says CEO Tim Cook. "We are incredibly excited about the upcoming releases of iOS 8 and OS X...
mLogic ships mTape backup and archiving solution
mLogic is shipping its mTape backup and archiving solution. The company says it's the industry’s first LTO-6 tape drive to feature Thunderbolt connectivity and the first tape drive system to receive Thunderbolt certification from Apple and Intel.
It supports LTFS for drag and drop functionality and has two Thunderbolt ports for daisy-chaining. The mTape's SAS expansion port enables writing to two or more LTO drives simultaneously. It's compatible with backup/archive software from Archiware, Imagine Products, StorageDNA, YoYotta and others
The mTape is available now from mLogic’s global network of authorized resellers and distributors and direct from mLogic at http://tinyurl.com/m5nex73. It has a manufacturer's suggested retail price of US$3,599.
Castle of Illusion coming to the Mac on July 24
Feral Interactive says the fairytale platforming game Castle of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse, a re-imagining of the SEGA Genesis/Mega Drive game of the same name, will be released for the Mac on Thursday, July 24.
Here's how the game is described: "When Minnie Mouse is kidnapped by the evil witch Mizrabel, it’s up to Mickey to rescue her from Mizrabel’s castle, a magical stronghold where ingeniously challenging levels await the intrepid mouse behind every door. As he ventures deeper into this whimsical world, Mickey discovers that Mizrabel’s powerful illusions make for very real danger.
"As Mickey, players will run, jump, swing and swim through a haunted forest, a maze of living books and even a milkshake-flooded candy world as they solve puzzles and confront a series of increasingly tricky tasks and spellbound adversaries in the quest to save Minnie.Brought to life with sparkling graphics inspired by Disney's signature animation style and completely rebuilt from the ground up,...
IK Multimedia releases VocaLive 2 for iOS
IK Multimedia has released version 2 of its VocaLive app for the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. It adds a flexible new multitrack studio with digital audio workstation features.
Now singers, songwriters and musicians can benefit from advanced editing features like timeline audio editing, waveform visualization, touch-and-drag looping and more. VocaLive can be used with the IK Multimedia iRig line of microphones and mic interfaces, VocaLive provides an all-in-one solution - with superb sound quality, recording flexibility and ease-of-use - for the professional singer on the go.
The newest feature in VocaLive 2 is its Studio section. Designed to complement VocaLive's Recorder section, it allows for a full degree of editing and composing flexibility with recorded tracks. Musicians can see and manipulate their audio tracks (up to four on an iPhone and eight on an iPad) as waveforms on a timeline grid, just like on a computer digital audio workstation.
Clips can be moved and adjusted with a...
Troi Activator Plug-In for Filemaker Pro 13 revved to version 3....
Troi Automatisering (http://tinyurl.com/mq4s7k9) has updated its Troi Activator plug-in for FileMaker Pro to version 3.5.3. It's a maintenance upgrade that fixes some problems with registering.
Troi Activator Plug-in 3.5.3 works with FileMaker Pro 10, 11, 12 and 13. The plug-in can also be used with runtimes from FileMaker Pro Advanced 10, 11, 12 and 13. The plug-in is available for Mac OS X 10.5.7 or higher.
Licenses cost US$89 per user. Details on developer licenses and multi-user discounts can be found on the Troi web site.
Troi Activator Plug-in 3.5.3 also works with FileMaker Server 10, 11, 12 or 13 as a server-side plug-in and as a plug-in used by the web publishing engine. To use this, you need to purchase a special cross-platform Server/Web license that costs $299.
WD expands NAS storage offerings
WD has expanded its WD Red line of SATA hard drives for home and small office NAS (network attached storage) systems with the release of a 5TB and first-to-market 6TB capacity for NAS-specific storage and the introduction of WD Red Pro hard drives that address the medium to large business NAS market.
WD Red 3.5-inch hard drives are now shipping in 1TB to 6TB capacities. The new WD Red Pro 3.5-inch hard drives are available in 2TB to 4TB capacities.
Available now at select U.S. retailers and distributors, WD Red and WD Red Pro have three- and five-year limited regional warranties, respectively. Manufacturer's suggested retail price (MSRP) for the WD Red 5TB is $249, and $299 for the 6TB version. Pricing for the WD Red Pro 2TB is $159, $199 for the 3TB model, and $259 for the 4TB version. More information about WD Red hard drives can be found at http://tinyurl.com/q2egopd .
Apple announces eighth annual iTunes Festival in London
Apple has announced that Maroon 5, Pharrell Williams, Beck, Sam Smith, Blondie, Kylie, David Guetta, 5 Seconds of Summer, Calvin Harris, Chrissie Hynde and many more of the world’s biggest artists will be headlining this year’s iTunes Festival.
Returning to the UK for an eighth year — following a week of live performances in March at SXSW — the iTunes Festival will feature over 60 acts throughout September at the Roundhouse. iTunes performances can be watched live or on-demand by iOS users around the world on their iPhone, iPad or iPod touch and iTunes on their Mac or Windows computer or in HD with Apple TV. Tickets are free for competition winners only.
"The iTunes Festival in London is back with another stunning line-up of world class performers and tremendous new acts," says Eddy Cue, Apple’s senior vice president of Internet Software and Services. "These live shows capture the heart and soul of iTunes and we love bringing them to our customers in the Roundhouse, as well as to...
Insider Software revs FontAgent Pro to version 6.2
Insider Software (http://www.insidersoftware.com) has announced FontAgent Pro 6.2 for Macintosh, an update to its professional font manager that delivers auto-activation plug-ins for QuarkXPress 10 and Adobe Creative Cloud 2014 applications Photoshop, InDesign, InCopy and Illustrator.
The new release also supports Insider's line of font server products, including TeamServer for workgroups, FontAgent Pro Enterprise Server with replicatiofail-over and FontAgent Pro CloudServer.
Version 6.2 of FontAgent Pro packs features for testing, diagnosing, selecting and managing font collections and streamlining creative workflow, including:
° New plugins that support Auto-activation in Adobe Creative Cloud and Suite apps including InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator and InCopy, as well as in QuarkXpress;
° Workflow Center for organizing, launching and updating automatic scripts
° Smasher 3 software that provides automatic font, print and application cache maintenance;
° 1,350-plus downloadable,...
Adobe announces Camera Raw 8.6 Release Candidate
Adobe has announced the availability of Camera Raw 8.6 Release Candidate on Adobe Labs (http://labs.adobe.com). The release candidate adds bug fixes, lens profiles, and support for new cameras including the recently released Nikon D810.
The release candidate also includes improvements for batch processing and color matching profiles for the Sony DSC-RX100 III, Sony A7S, and Sony Alpha SLT-A77 II. Camera Raw 8.6 is available as a free update for Photoshop customers.
BlackMagic Design announces new ProRes formats for its cameras
Blackmagic Design (http://www.blackmagicdesign.com) has unveiled version 1.8.2 of its Camera software, adding three new Apple ProRes file formats for the Blackmagic Cinema Camera, Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera and Blackmagic Production Camera 4K.
Camera 1.8.2 update is available free of charge from the Blackmagic Design website. Blackmagic Design camera customers have always been able to record in both CinemaDNG RAW or compressed ProRes 422 HQ formats;, however now this new software update adds three additional Apple ProRes file formats: ProRes 422, ProRes 422 LT and ProRes 422 Proxy.
This means customers using Blackmagic Design cameras will be able to get significantly smaller video file sizes allowing much longer recording durations on the same media card, all while preserving full frame 10-bit 4:2:2 quality. Once the update is complete, customers will see these new formats available in the camera menus.
The Apple ProRes 422 formats are designed specifically for multi-stream non...
Sue Wagner joins Apple's Board of Directors
Apple has announced that Susan L. Wagner, founding partner and director of BlackRock, has been elected to Apple's board of directors. Bill Campbell, the board’s longest-serving member, is retiring after 17 years of service.
Wagner co-founded BlackRock in 1988 and helped it become one of the world’s most successful asset-management companies, holding a range of leadership positions including vice chairman until mid-2012. She continues to serve on the boards of BlackRock and DSP BlackRock (India), as well as Swiss Re, Wellesley College and Hackley School.
"Sue is a pioneer in the financial industry and we are excited to welcome her to Apple’s board of directors," says Apple CEO Tim Cook."We believe her strong experience, especially in M&A and building a global business across both developed and emerging markets, will be extremely valuable as Apple continues to grow around the world.”
"We conducted an exhaustive search for someone who would further strengthen our board’s...
Graphic Node launches a scrapbook template set for Pages
Graphic Node (http://graphicnode.com/) has introduced Sketches for Pages 1.0, a new templates collection designed specifically for Apple's page layout program. The set includes 50 customizable templates for creating scrapbooks.
Featuring media placeholders, virtually all objects can be recolored, moved, or removed. Users can also type or paste their own text, add or remove text boxes, and change fonts in any way they wish.
The Sketches for Pages app requires Pages '09 or later and Mac OS X 10.6.6 or higher. It costs US$13.99 and is available worldwide through the Mac App Store in the Graphics & Design category.
Typinator for Mac OS X revved to version 6.1
Ergonis Software (http://www.ergonis.com) has released Typinator 6.1, the latest version of its tool for auto-typing text and auto-correcting typos systemwide across all Mac OS X applications. The upgrade sports over 50 new features and improvements, including a new marker for suppressing the current replacement and a new function for sorting text lines.
With an inclusion mechanism, text expansions can execute external scripts and include their results in the expansion. Typinator supports scripts written in in many different languages like AppleScript, Perl, PHP, Python, Ruby, and arbitrary shell scripting languages.
Typinator requires Mac OS X 10.5.8 or later. Mac OS X 10.7 or higher is recommended.
Typinator can be purchased on the Ergonis Software web site for approximately US$32 for a single user license. A family pack for installation on up to five computers is $49. The upgrade to Typinator 6.1 is free for anyone who bought a license before Oct. 1, 2013.
The latest iOS apps: July 17
Here are the latest iOS apps. You can find them at the Apple App Store.
Shell Curve Ltd. today introduces Follow: Dots And Lines Mania 1.0.0, their new game title developed for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. The premise of the game is simple; slide your finger to connect the colored dots that appear in the same sequence. Sometimes just the simplest of games can be the best of games. Follow: Dots And Lines Mania is one of those simple games that ends up being incredibly addictive and fun to play. The game features Game Center support, with Facebook and Twitter sharing.
The Milken Institute School of Public Health at the George Washington University (Milken Institute SPH) has launched the first of its kind mobile application for students enrolled in MHA@GW. The free app allows MHA@GW students to view course materials and videos, network with professors and peers, and receive notifications for upcoming assignments or events from wherever they are.
Project Build builds CocoaNotes for Mac OS X
Project Build has introduced CocoaNotes 1.0 (http://tinyurl.com/nqbhz65) for Mac OS X. It's a multi-platform rich text editor that stores and manages notes in folders, leveraging iCloud's preferred document based synchronization technology.
You can store all notes and folders using iCloud and access them on all your Apple devices — or you can choose to store notes only on one device without iCloud. CocoaNotes allows users to style documents using formats, which are also synced over iCloud. The app lets you automatically synchronize your notes, folders and formats between all your devices. CocoaNotes supports Mac, iPhone and iPad.
CocoaNotes 1.0 requires mac OS X 10.9 or higher and is available worldwide at the Mac App Store in the Productivity category. The basic app is free, but you'll have to make an US$4.99 in-app purchase to unlock unlimited notes and folders.
Logitech announces protection+ case for iPhone 5/5s
Logitech (http://www.logitech.com) has announced the Logitech protection+ case for iPhone 5/5s and Samsung Galaxy owners. It features a slim, "ultra-protective," outer shell, flex-resistant corners and impact-absorbent channels.
The protection+ case features a hard polycarbonate body with impact-resistant polymers in each corner that mitigate damage from impacts by absorbing shocks and dissipating them across the surface of your case. Additionally, tucked inside its polycarbonate shell, the case has impact channels and a layer of thermoplastic rubber to further absorb vibrations.
For added assurance, Logitech protection+ exceeds the U.S. Military drop-test standard (MIL-STD 810 G) for "rugged" devices, protecting your phone from drops up to 1.8 meters high, says Ariel Fischer, director of smartphone accessories at Logitech. The case also features a hidden metal plate that is compatible with all Logitech smartphone mounts, including +drive and the new +trip.
The +trip clips to any air...
Barcode Basics for the Mac gets new barcode types
Barcode Basics (http://tinyurl.com/kczaefh) for Mac OS X has been revved to version 2.3. The app offers barcode creation features.
The latest version adds additional codes. The software supports pro features such as bar width reduction and truncation.
Barcode Basics 2.3 requires Mac OS X 10.8 or higher and costs US$9.99. It's available at the Mac App Store.
The latest iOS apps: July 16
Here are the latest iOS apps. You can find them at the Apple App Store.
Campbell Tech has rolled out Tank Titans HD 1.0. It's a free battlefield game that simulates tank combat. Tank Titans puts the player into a tank operator role, demanding active control and combat skills in order to win against multiple waves of computer-controlled enemy units.
Breakout Studios has announced Bouncing Soccer Balls - Colorful Soccer Goals Logic Game 1.0. The object of the free one-touch game is to release the soccer balls into the goals without losing any along the way. Drop them into different colored cups and the soccer balls will change to that color. Collect the colored soccer balls for higher points. You can compare your score to others in Game Center.
KVADGroup has released KVAD Photo Studio 1.0 for the iPhone. The app contains basic and precise tools to retouch images as well as a variety of effects, filters, frames and enhancement features. KVAD Photo Studio is free, but does offer in-app...