DEVONthink 2.9.11 declutters web pages with new service, more
DEVONtechnologies has updated all editions of its intelligent information and document manager DEVONthink for Mac. Version 2.9.11 uses DEVONtechnologies’ new web service for decluttering clipped web pages and improves importing notes from Apple Notes and Evernote. HTML and Markdown documents can use relative links for local resources.
The updates add several workflow enhancements, too, and fix bugs and glitches. All updates are free and recommended for all users. All editions of DEVONthink require macOS 10.9 or later. They can be downloaded from www.devontechnologies.com and be test-driven for free before they need to be properly licensed.
Output Factory for Adobe InDesign update improves history...
Zevrix Solutions has announced Output Factory 1.5.68, a feature update to the output automation solution for Adobe InDesign.
The software automates printing, exporting and preflighting from InDesign and offers batch processing, export as single pages, layer versioning, variable file names and much more. Version 1.5.68 adds an option to clear processing history automatically by purging InDesign jobs older than a specific date.
Output Factory can be purchased from the Zevrix website (www.zevrix.com) for $169.95. There’s a “lite” version for $120, and a server version for $700, as well as from authorized resellers and Adobe Exchange. A demo is available for download. BatchOutput users can upgrade to Output Factory for $85. Output Factory requires macOS X 10.7-10.12 and Adobe InDesign CS3-CC 2017.
AKVIS releases AKVIS Refocus 7.0
AKVIS (www.akvis.com) has released AKVIS Refocus 7.0, an upgrade of the tool for improving sharpness of out-of-focus images and applying blur effects to regular photos. The major update brings two new blur modes, Motion Blur and Radial Blur, which allows to create the illusion of movement giving a viewer a sense of speed and action.
Also, the new version of AKVIS Refocus increases the maximum blur amount from 100 to 1000. Plus, there are additional ready-to-use presets.
On the Mac platform, AKVIS Refocus runs on macOS 10.7 and higher. It’s available as a standalone application and as a plugin filter for Adobe Photoshop, Corel PaintShop Pro, and other popular image editors.
And AKVIS Refocus Home license sells for $ 39, a Deluxe license for $ 49, and a Business license for $ 72. One license key allows activating and using the software on two computers. Version 7.0 is a free upgrade for recent buyers, as well for those who bought one year of updates during the last 12 months. Users,...
LinkOptimizer for Adobe InDesign adds new TIFF conversion...
Zevrix Solutions has announced LinkOptimizer 5.0.18, a feature update to company's workflow automation solution for Adobe InDesign.
The tool allows users to reduce the size of InDesign links and speed up processing by eliminating excess image data. The software also performs image adjustments, converts formats and helps repurpose files for web and mobile devices. Version 5.0.18 lets users preserve image multi-resolution information and save transparency when converting InDesign links to TIFF.
LinkOptimizer can be purchased from the Zevrix website (www.zevrix.com) for $259.95 (there’s a “lite” version for $179.95), as well as from Adobe Exchange and authorized resellers. 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.
Apple releases first developer betas of macOS Sierra 10.12.5,...
Apple has released the first betas of macOS Sierra 10.12.5 and iOS 10.3.2 to developers, one day after releasing macOS Sierra 10.12.4 and iOS 10.3.2.
The new beta versions can be downloaded through the Apple Developer Center or through the Software Update mechanism in the Mac App Store.
Alien Skin Software announces new RAW Photo Editor for...
Alien Skin Software has announced the Advanced Layers Update for Exposure X2, their non-destructive RAW photo editor.
From creative effects plugin to award-winning photo editor, Exposure handles the full digital photography workflow. Photographers can use the tool to organize, edit, enhance, and export their photos, while enjoying the speed and ease of a catalog-free workflow.
The Exposure X2 Advanced Layers Update is free for owners of Exposure X2. This newest version adds advanced layering tools that enable stacking of effects for added creativity. Layers can be copied and pasted, turned on and off individually, applied to multiple images, and more.
The Advanced Layers Update for Exposure X2 will be sent as a free update to owners of Exposure X2. For new users, it’s available at www.alienskin.com for $149. Upgrade pricing is available to owners of previous versions of Exposure for $99.
The Advanced Layers Update for Exposure X2 is also available in the Exposure X2 Bundle. This...
CS Odessa announces GHS Hazard Pictograms solution
CS Odessa (www.csodessa.com) has announced a a new hazardous warning solution for ConceptDraw Pro 11, which is now available in the ConceptDraw Solution Park.
The GHS Hazard Pictograms Solution is a set of libraries that can be used to label containers, vessels, and work places of potentially dangerous contents. It can be used to construct infographics, diagrams, warnings, and posters to comply with the OSHA HAZCOM Standard. The GHS Hazard Pictograms Solution has been added to ConceptDraw Pro at no charge to users of version 11.
PhotoSweeper 3.0 for macOS adds Touch Bar support
Overmacs (www.overmacs.com) has released PhotoSweeper 3.0, an update of the most duplicate image finder for macOS. Among other new features and improvements, the upgrade brings a “Side-To-Side” compare mode that lets you compare the contents of two folders with each other or find similar photos to a single image.
There’s also now Touch Bar support for the 2016 MacBook Pro. PhotoSweeper 3.0 provides a Restoring Session with the latest results saved: you can continue working with your photos right from where you left the app last time
PhotoSweeper 3.0 requires macOS 10.10 or later and costs $9.99. It’s available at the Mac App Store in the Photography category.
Corduroy Code launches Videoloupe for the Mac
Corduroy Code has debuted Videoloupe (http://www.videoloupe.com), a video player and editor for macOS. It’s designed to bridge the gap between basic video players and professional editing suites.
Videoloupe provides a mix of playback controls, editing tools and export options. Features like track removal, lossless trimming and watermarking can be performed without the need of a complicated timeline editor or the hassle of dealing with projects, according to Kenny Carruthers, founder of Corduroy Code and developer of Videoloupe.
Users can adjust the color, tone and creative look of a video as easily as adjusting a photo, he adds. The built-in media browser allows users to play multiple videos side-by-side. For more advanced video analysis, users can synchronize the playback of up to nine videos using a single controller. Videoloupe's exporting options include video resizing, retiming, format conversion and ways to extract video frames as images.
Videoloupe requires macOS 10.12 or newer...
MacVideo Promo launches free video editor for macOS
MacVideo Promo — a promotion company that offers exclusive deals on tools for Mac video editors — is giving away Media 100 Suite 2.1.8, the latest version of its video editing software for macOS.
It provides output for tape and file-based workflows. Editors can edit in Media 100 and export their Media 100 timeline to Adobe After Effects for finishing. In addition, Boris RED is included for integrated transitions and titling on the Media 100 timeline.
Media 100 supports dozens of video standards in 4K, 2K, HD, and SD resolutions at frame rates from 23.98 to 60 frames per second. Acquisition interfaces for AVCHD, AVC-Intra, FireWire, Panasonic P2, and Sony XDCAM are provided, as well as support for AJA and Blackmagic Design video I/O interfaces.
The Boris RED plug-in for Media 100 is included free with each Media 100 download. Boris RED is integrated 3D titling and visual effects software that launches a custom interface directly from the Media 100 timeline for title animation and...
B-Eng releases SSD Health Check for MVNe for MacBook Pro
B-Eng has announced SSD Health Check for MVNe, a hard drive utility for macOS. It delivers data and insights for MVNe Solid State Drives that are built in the newest generation of Apple's MacBook Pro.
This utility can alert you when your solid state disk is in a critical state or reaches other critical limits, such as operating temperature, unexpected power losses, power cycles and more. According to Christian Schaffner, general manager of B-Eng, SSD Health Check for MVNe is able to deliver statistics that no other app is able to provide.
The app requires macOS 10.12 or later. SSD Health Check for MVNe is $4.99 (USD) and can be purchased from B-Eng online (http://www.b-eng.ch).
Apple updates Pages, Numbers, Keynote
Along with iOS 10.3 and macOS Sierra 10.12.4, Apple has posted updates for Pages, Numbers, and Keynote on both the iOS and macOS platforms.
The word processor, spreadsheet creator, and presentation tool have received Touch ID support on both platforms, allowing you to quickly open password-protected documents.
The Mac versions add support for the Touch Bar introduced with the 2016 MacBook Pro, as well as new leader lines that make pie charts easier to read and a simpler method for replacing fonts through an entire document.
Pages on both platform gets the ability to add math equations to documents using either LaTeX or MathML notation. You can add bookmarks to link from one part of a doc to another. You can import and export in Rich Text Format. New stock and currently functions provide up-to-date securities data in tables.
Numbers now lets you add current or historical stock information to your spreadsheets. You can use the new My Stocks Template to track your portfolio. While...
Apple rolls out iOS 10.3, macOS Sierra 10.12.4, watchOS 3.2,...
Apple has released iOS 10.3 and macOS Sierra 10.12.4.
iOS 10.3 updates the file structure on an iOS device to the Apple File System (APFS). AFPS is optimized for Flash/SSD storage and features “strong encryption, copy-on-write metadata, space sharing, cloning for files and directories, snapshots, fast directory sizing, atomic safe-save primitives, and improved file system fundamentals.”
The upgrade also includes a new "Find My AirPods" ability, additions to Siri, CarPlay improvements, and some changes to Maps. Also, developers will be able to respond to customer reviews on the Apple App Store.
The iOS 10.3 update can be performed "over the air" through the software update feature on compatible iOS devices. Or you can download it via iTunes, then install it on a connected device.
macOS 10.12.4 brings iOS's Night Shift mode to the Mac, allowing users to cut down on blue light exposure. It also includes Shanghainese dictation support, cricket scores for Siri, and PDFKit improvements. The...
ProjectWizards conjure up Merlin Project 4.2
ProjectWizards (https://projectwizards.net/en) has conjured up Merlin Project 4.2, an update to their project management software for macOS.
Project managers who use multiple devices, or who work in small working groups, can now keep their projects updated via iCloud Drive or Dropbox — even if they're not running Merlin Server themselves. What’s more, Merlin Project 4.2 synchronizes all changes automatically, making them available to every project participant.
Merlin Project 4.2 is free for any licensed Merlin Project 3 or Merlin Project 4 user to update to version 4.2. The latest version of Merlin Project Go will be made available automatically via the Mac App Store. If you're a project manager and you're interested in trying out Merlin Project 4.2 for Mac, you test drive it for 30 days.
WWDC ticket lottery for developers starts today
Registered Apple Developer Program members can toss their names into the ticket lottery for this year’s Apple Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC) today at 10 a.m. (Pacific) at the Apple Developer website (https://developer.apple.com/wwdc/tickets/).
The 28th annual WWDC will be held at the McEnery Convention Center in San Jose, California. The conference will run June 5-9 and will focus on the latest versions of macOS, iOS, watchOS, and tvOS.
WWDC allows developers from around the world to learn about Apple's platform technologies ranging from programming languages like Swift to developer APIs [application programming interfaces] like SiriKit, HomeKit, HealthKit and CarPlay. Developers will access to more than 1,000 Apple engineers with opportunities to meet and engage with them throughout the conference.
In addition to the keynote address, get-togethers, sessions and labs for developers, Apple is working with the city of San Jose and local businesses to celebrate the return of WWDC...
DupeZap for macOS zapped to version 4
Hyperbolic Software (http://www.hyperbolicsoftware.com/) has revved DupeZap, their modern duplicate finder developed exclusively for macOS, to version 4. The update was written specifically to reclaim disk space being taken up by duplicate files and packages.
Version 4.0 of DupeZap 4 requires macOS 10.11.0 or later. For a limited time, it’s available for $0.99 instead of the regular $19.99 at the Mac App Store.
FileWave announces support for upcoming Apple OS releases
FileWave (https://www.filewave.com) — which specializes in multi-platform device management, has announced support for Apple's upcoming release of iOS 10.3, macOS Sierra 10.12.4, and tvOS 11.2.
In addition to supporting the new features available in iOS, macOS, and tvOS, the company says FileWave 12 will build upon FileWave's long-time commitment to multi-platform support by adding Chrome OS to the list of supported operating systems. FileWave administrators can already manage macOS, iOS, Windows, and Android devices, and soon will be able include Chromebook devices – all from one console. Other features coming with the release of FileWave 12 include native UEFI imaging support and numerous improvements to FileWave Admin.
PhoneClean for macOS gets new user interface, more
iMobie has released PhoneClean 5, an update to their Mac utility for to removing all iPhone data permanently.
Before giving away or selling your old iPhone, the utility permanently wipes everything in it for absolute safety, including photos, messages, contacts, emails, browsing data, as well as your custom wallpaper, ringtones, and more. It also allows you to selectively eliminate sensitive data. Version 5.0 sports a new user interface and an Erase Clean feature.
PhoneClean runs on both macOS and Windows system. There’s a free version for basic cleanup and a pro version for more advanced solutions. The latter costs $29.99 for a personal license and $39.99 for a family license from iMobie's online store (http://www.imobie.com/phoneclean).
Package Central update for Adobe InDesign improves email handling
Zevrix Solutions has announced Package Central 1.9.17, a maintenance update to its packaging workflow automation tool for Adobe InDesign.
The app automatically collects InDesign documents along with their fonts and links from watched hot folders and offers customizable workflows, variable folder names, email notifications, preflighting and more. Version 1.9.17 addresses some stability and performance issues related to email delivery, metadata retrieval, and UI updates during error processing.
Package Central can be purchased for $149.95 from the Zevrix website (www.zevrix.com), as well as from authorized resellers. A demo is available for download. Package Central requires macOS 10.7-10.12 and Adobe InDesign CS5-CC 2017.
MacX MediaTrans 3.5 gets a tweaked user interface
MacXDVD Software has updated MacX MediaTrans (https://www.macxdvd.com/mediatrans/) to version 3.5. The tool offers extensive data transfer between Macs and iOS devices.
The redesigned user interface in version 3.5 provides improved responsiveness, extensive usability and cleaner navigation, empowering users to transfer movies, videos, songs, iTunes purchases and other data between iDevices and Macs quickly and easily, according to the folks at MacXDVD Software. I also supports iTunes 12.6 and iOS 10.3.
MacX MediaTrans is normally priced at $59.95 for a single license copy with life time free upgrade. However, it’s being offered for 76% off for a limited time.
Apple’s online store offline until 8:01 a.m. (Pacific)
Apple’s online store is offline until 8:01 a.m. (Pacific), when the (PRODUCT)RED iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus announced earlier this week goes on sale in more than 40 countries and regions around the world.
The PRODUCT(RED) iPhone 7 and will be available in 128GB and 256GB models for $749 and $869. The (PRODUCT)RED iPhone 7 Plus will be available for $849 and $969 prices.
Apple is also offering a lower priced 9.7-inch iPad to replace the iPad Air 2, as well as rolling out new storage tier options for the iPhone SE and the iPad mini 4.
MegaSeg 6.0.2 for macOS has over 30 improvements, fixes
Fidelity Media has released MegaSeg 6.0.2 (http://www.megaseg.com), an upgrade to the radio automation and DJ mixing system for macOS 10.6 and higher. The update features over 30 improvements and fixes including a new preset for Pioneer’s DDJ-SX2 controller, snappier segues, and many usability and interface optimizations.
MegaSeg is available in two editions. The $99 DJ edition focuses on core live mixing features with visual beat syncing via multitouch gestures, multiple outputs for headphone preview, MIDI control, automatic volume, advanced categorization, track logging, and integrated iTunes playlists. MegaSeg Pro ($199) adds video playback with ambient visuals, hot keys for triggering sound effects, automated music scheduling, advertisement messaging events, rules for applying artist separations, request lists with reminder notes, and more advanced features for professional DJs and VJs, radio stations, and hospitality businesses such as restaurants and retail.
Older versions of...
Tango Networks enhances iPhone user experience for UC Systems
Tango Networks (www.tango-networks.com), a technology provider extending full-featured enterprise mobility solutions for Unified Communications (UC) and voice applications, has announced iOS Apple CallKit availability for iPhone devices connected to UC systems.
Tango Networks’ Kinetic Communications Platform integration with iOS Apple CallKit extends enterprise communications to iPhone devices and works across any UC environment, allowing employees to use their iPhone’s native dialer for business calls. Tango Networks iOS 10 CallKit solution enables:
° The iPhone to be a mobile endpoint of any UC system.
° Users to make and receive business calls from the iPhone’s native dialee.
° Direct access to corporate directory and rich UC features.
° Enterprise enforcement and control over mobile business calls.
° Business calls made through high quality cellular networks.
MacX DVD Ripper Pro revved to version 5.5
MacXDVD (www.macxdvd.com) has released MacX DVD Ripper Pro 5.5, an upgrade to its flagship DVD ripper. The update extends the tool’s reach to non-UDF discs and main title check mechanisms. Plus, it’s faster.
The upgrade is available to all current MacX DVD Ripper Pro users at no charge. New users can get all the features and updates for $29.95 (50% off) for a limited time.
PopChar for macOS gets a maintenance upgrade
Ergonis Software (www.ergonis.com) has rolled out PopChar X 7.7, an improved version of the Mac tool for finding and inserting special characters and exploring fonts.
Version 7.7 offers metrics adjustments for eight new fonts, in particular some of Google's Noto fonts. This is scheduled to be the last maintenance release for PopChar 7, while Ergonis is already preparing to release the major new version PopChar 8 later this year.
PopChar X 7.7 requires macOS 10.6 or newer. It can be purchased on the Ergonis Software website. The upgrade to PopChar X 7.7 is free for anyone who owns a license for PopChar X 7. All PopChar X purchases made in or after September 2016 also include the upgrade to the major new version PopChar X 8.0 and all subsequent 8.x upgrades.
Comm-Unity releases version 2.1 of its CNS Image FileMaker Pro...
Comm-Unity Networking System has updated its CNS Image FileMaker Pro plug-in to version 2.1 which includes bug fixes, more thread-safety, and ] CNS Core updates. It’s available immediately at http://cnsimage.cnsplug-ins.com/ for both macOS and Windows.
CNS Image is a FileMaker plug-in for working with images stored in container fields or stored on the hard drive. On the most basic level, you can use CNS Image to import images from the hard drive into FileMaker container fields and Export images from container fields to the hard drive using hard-coded paths or dialogs.
However, Importing and Exporting images is only the beginning of CNS Image. The plug-in can do so much more with your images. You can rotate images; you can create small thumbnails in your database of a much larger images on the hard drive. You can split PDFs into multiple images and browse through them all from FileMaker. You can download images from the internet into a container field, and apply filters like...
Lucid Auction Lister for macOS gets improved interface, more
Lucid Sky Software has released Lucid Auction Lister 1.1.0 (http://www.lucidskysoftware.com), an update to the eBay auction manager application for macOS. Users can create listings, sell on eBay and manage sales with this auction lister.
You can manage and organize your current and past eBay listings. You can compare listing details, duplicate past listings, re-list auctions that have ended, revise running auctions and end auctions early. Lucid Auction Lister 1.1.0 sports an improved user interface with better list view readability. It also fixes minor bugs with overall enhanced functionality, as well as adds the ability to list, re-list and revise in batch. Users can also download and view eBay order information to help manage sales.
Lucid Auction Lister requires macOS 10.7 or later. It costs $7.99 and is available worldwide exclusively through the Mac App Store in the Productivity category.
Agile Tortoise releases Interact Scratchpad for the Mac
Agile Tortoise has announced Interact Scratchpad 1.0 (http://agiletortoise.com/interact/mac ) for the Mac. The menubar app brings the popular natural language contact creation tools of Interact for iOS to macOS.
You can type or paste in blocks of text with contact information and let Interact parse names, addresses, phone numbers into a complete contact record in your default Contacts account. This lets you create new contacts, or add information to existing contacts quicker than ever, according to the folks at Agile Tortoise.
Interact Scratchpad is available for macOS 10.11 or higher. It’s available exclusively at the Mac App Store. To celebrate the release, it’s on sale for 50% ($1.99) through March 29.
ScaleMaster 2 released for macOS
RoGame Software (www.rogame.com) has announced ScaleMaster 2, an upgrade to the music app for macOS. The software was specifically designed to help with scales in a theoretical and practical context.
Serving as a practice environment and reference for over 200 scale types, ScaleMaster 2 includes 9 virtual instruments, a music notation interface, a full GM sound library and much more. Version 1.0.3 has been re-designed from the ground up with a modern interface.
ScaleMaster 2 (v1.0.3) costs $19.99 and is available worldwide exclusively through the Mac App Store in the Education and Music categories. Educational discounts are available.
Apple releases iTunes 12.6 for iOS 10.3 and tvOS 10.2
Apple has updated iTunes for iOS and tvOS to version 12.6, which lets you rent videos once and watch them on multiple screens. However, it requires iOS 10.3 and tvOS 10.2, both of which are in beta testing.
With the “rent once, watch anywhere” capability, you can rent a movie on one device (iPhone, iPad or Apple TV), then finish watching it on another (iPhone, iPad or Apple TV). Prior to iTunes 12.6 you had to finish watching a film on the device from which you first rented it.
To get iTunes 12.6, launch the App Store app and click on the Updates tab at the top. You’ll see the iTunes 12.6 update, which is a free download.
Matrox unveils the Maevex 6150
Matrox Graphics (www.matrox.com) has previewed an all-new multi-4K capable stand-alone encoding appliance: the Maevex 6150 quad 4K encoder appliance. It affords the full feature set of the Maevex 6100 quad encoder PCI Express card, delivering quad 4K capture plus multiple encodes to stream and/or record at low bit rates.
Offering four or more channels simultaneously, the Maevex 6150 provides an all-in-one, dual density form factor with the additional IO befitting an appliance.
With flexible encoding administration options, the Maevex 6150 can be programmed and controlled with the included Matrox PowerStream Plus software, managed via custom applications using the PowerStream Plus API [application programming interface], or started/stopped directly on-device with designated on-appliance buttons.
According to Ron Berty, business development manager, Matrox Graphics, other Maevex 6150 features include:
° The ability to integrate 4K streaming and recording seamlessly into workflow, with...
Swift Playgrounds available in five additional languages
Apple’s Swift Playgrounds for the iPad is now available in five new languages including Simplified Chinese, Japanese, French, German and Latin American Spanish.
Playgrounds is designed to teach basic programming concepts like loops and conditionals using an animated character that the budding programmers direct by writing code. The app offers suggestions for code to be used, and Swift Playgrounds also has a special iOS coding keyboard to ease entry of all of those pesky brackets.
The app includes Apple-developed programming lessons, puzzles and challenges that teach core coding concepts, as well as built-in templates to encourage users to express their creativity and create real programs. And it takes full advantage of the power, simplicity and Multi-Touch capabilities of iPad. All programming lessons are now localized across five additional languages and are optimized to look even better and run faster than ever.
Swift Playgrounds is available free in the Apple App Store in...
Apple debuts Clips for iOS
Apple has debuted Clips, a new app that allows iPhone and iPad users to create “expressive videos.” It lets you combine video clips, photos and music into videos to share with friends through the Messages app, or on Instagram, Facebook and other social networks.
Clips also introduces Live Titles, a feature that lets users create animated captions and titles using just their voice. Effects including comic book filters, speech bubbles, shapes and full-screen animated posters.
Clips lets users create multi-clip videos on iPhone or iPad without timelines, tracks or complicated editing tools, according to Susan Prescott, Apple’s vice president of Apps Product Marketing. Touch and hold a single button to shoot live video and photos, or add them from the Photo Library. Then add artistic filters, speech bubbles, shapes or emoji. Users can also add full-screen posters with animated backgrounds and customizable text. Clips has dozens of music soundtracks to choose from, and they automatically...
Apple updates the 9.7-inch iPad Pro
Apple has updated the 9.7-inch iPad, adding a brighter Retina display and improved performance with prices starting at $329. It’s apparently designed to replace the iPad Air 2.
The tablet features a Retina display with over 3.1 million pixels and is enclosed in a thin aluminum unibody enclosure weighing one pound for great portability and durability. It packs an Apple-designed A9 chip with 64‑bit desktop-class architecture. The front- and back-facing cameras offer exceptional low-light performance and HD video recording. The iPad has support for LTE cellular bands.
The 9.5-inch iPad comes in silver, gold and space gray and starts at $329 for the 32GB with Wi-Fi model and $459 for the 32GB Wi-Fi + Cellular model at Apple.com and Apple Stores. It also comes in 32GB and 128GB models. You can place an order on Friday, March 24.
Apple debuts iPhone 7 & iPhone 7 Plus (PRODUCT)RED Special...
Apple has announced an iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus (PRODUCT)RED Special Edition in red aluminum finish, in recognition of more than 10 years of partnership between Apple and (RED). Buy one and you contribute to the organization that seeks a cure for AIDS. The special edition (PRODUCT)RED iPhone will be available to order online worldwide and in stores beginning Friday, March 24.
“Since we began working with (RED) 10 years ago, our customers have made a significant impact in fighting the spread of AIDS through the purchase of our products, from the original iPod nano (PRODUCT)RED Special Edition all the way to today’s lineup of Beats products and accessories for iPhone, iPad and Apple Watch,” Apple CEO Tim Cook said in a press release. “The introduction of this special edition iPhone in a gorgeous red finish is our biggest (PRODUCT)RED offering to date in celebration of our partnership with (RED), and we can’t wait to get it into customers’ hands.”
(RED)’s work provides access to HIV/...
Urban Armor Gear unveils protective case for 2016 MacBook Pro
Urban Armor Gear (urbanarmorgear.com) has released its latest drop-tested cases for Apple's fourth generation MacBook Pro (13-inch and 15-inch models). The cases are made to fit both versions with and without the new Touch Bar.
Urban Armor Gear's $79.99 MacBook Pro cases feature a translucent design that complements the slimmer, lightweight body and refreshed ports while providing three layers of protection from daily wear and tear and unexpected drops. The company's signature slim design has been independently tested to meet or exceed US military drop test standards (MIL-STD 810G 516.6) and incorporates a tactile grip on the hinge, providing a secure hold for transition from work to play.
UAG's new MacBook Pro cases are enhanced with impact-resistant rubber bumpers at the corners and skid pads underneath. They also sport cooling vents and a Dual-Lock secure closure system.
Apple releases eight public, developer betas of macOS Sierra 10....
Apple has released an eight beta of macOS Sierra 10.12.4 for developers and public beta testers.
The upgrade brings iOS's Night Shift mode to the Mac, allowing users to cut down on blue light exposure. It also includes Shanghainese dictation support, cricket scores for Siri, and PDFKit improvements.
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.
The developer beta can be be downloaded from the Apple Developer Center — if you’re a registered developer, that is.
Screen Commander 1.0 released for macOS
Alien Orb Software has introduced Screen Commander 1.0, a screen blanking utility for macOS. Developed for users with multiple displays, it lives in the menubar as a small icon and provides screen blanking options at the click of the mouse.
Screen Commander lets you blank other displays while watching a movie, playing a game, or focusing on some work on a particular screen. You can blank out other screens when they’re not needed and quickly unblank them again on demand.
"I wrote Screen Commander to scratch a personal itch," says Brian Christensen, owner of Alien Orb Software. "Having extra displays connected to my iMac is really great for getting work done, but sometimes I just want to watch a movie or play a game without the added distraction of those additional screens."
Screen Commander requires macOS 10.12 or later. It’s freeware and is available exclusively through the Mac App Store (http://tinyurl.com/kt78jcg) in the Utilities category.
Mac users can create art with their Photos using GoArt
Everimaging has (http://www.everimaging.com) introduced GoArt 1.0, a photo editor for macOS. It lets you take a photo and apply artistic filters based on the works of art.
GoArt offers over 40 different styles of art to choose from. Everimaging sayks it will release more artistic effects on a regular basis.
GoArt uses "fine art" presets based on the artistic styles of history's most admired artists, including Van Gogh, Monet, and Picasso. The app can also create works based on various styles of art, such as Impressionism, Pop Art, Expressionism, Structuralism, and more.
According to Maggie Wu, marketing manager at Everimaging, GoArt is the world's first AI [artificial intelligence] artistic app that allows anyone to export an HD image and make it possible to print their own works. The app lets you export your images in a high-definition format, up to eight megapixels in size.
GoArt doesn’t require an Internet connection to process images. All the work is done on the Mac.
Apple to open two new R&D centers in China
Apple has announced plans to set up two new R&D centers in China. The hubs will be located in Shanghai and Suzhou, following previous plans to open two centers in Beijing and Shenzhen.
Apple has committed to invest more than 3.5B yuan (approximately $507.1 million) in Chinese research. Beijing’s R&D center — expected to be completed this year — has a registered capital of approximately $14.994 million and will hire a total of 500 employees. It will be located in the Zhongguancun Science Park, a technology hub in the Haidian District of Beijing, China.
MacPractice to develop and release MacPractice EDU
MacPractice, Inc. has announced plans to develop and release MacPractice EDU next generation dental school software and invited dental educators to participate in a North America Advisory Council.
The company is the developer of macOS native MacPractice DDS, MacPractice MD, MacPractice DC, and MacPractice 20/20 multi-discipline and multispecialty software and interoperating iOS native MacPractice Patient Check In, Clipboard and iEHR Apps for Apple's iPad.
MacPractice will demonstrate MacPractice DDS at the American Dental Association (ADEA) Annual Session in Long Beach, CA in Booth 240 on March 19-20. MacPractice invites educators to see MacPractice and speak with Mark Hollis CEO about MacPractice EDU. The company has also invited their partner Aqua Connect to demonstrate their ability to run MacPractice in a macOS terminal session in Windows, a capability that will be required by schools that adopt MacPractice while they transition from Windows to Macs, as 61% of companies of all...
Apple Watch Mac CRM App available for small business users
Gro Software (https://www.grocrm.com) has introduced Gro CRM for Apple Watch. It’s a Mac CRM Sales Platform designed exclusively for the iPhone, iPad and the Apple small business market.
According to the folks at Pro Softwre, it lets you “monitor the pulse of your small business with a simple turn of the wrist.” Gro CRM for iPhone and Apple Watch work together with minute-to-minute updates on the the health of your business. You can use the Gro CRM Apple Watch app to monitor daily, monthly and yearly revenue statistics, monitor new leads and more in real time.
Gro CRM includes both customer relationship management (CRM) and enterprise resource management (ERP) features and functionality. Features include a real-time dashboard, the ability to track contacts and accounts, manage leads and opportunities, communicate with clients, schedule followups and tasks, create quotes and invoices, create purchase orders and manage inventory. Additional features include email integration, receipt...
Apple releases new developer betas of iOS 10.3, macOS Sierra 10....
Apple has released the seventh developer betas of iOS 10.3, macOS Sierra 10.12.4, and watchOS 3.2. Developers can download the beta through the Apple Developer Center or the Software Update mechanism in the App Store.
IK Multimedia debuts Fulltone guitar & bass effects...
IK Multimedia has launched the Fulltone Collection for AmpliTube for Mac/PC, which offers guitarists and all musicians a palette of sounds that span from classic to contemporary tones.
Guitarist and composer Michael Fuller founded Fulltone back in 1991, with the aim of building stompboxes that sounded as good as vintage pedals, but that were more rugged and reliable than the old, often fragile classics. IK Multimedia's Fulltone Collection includes three processors. Guitarists, keyboard players, composers, producers, sound designers and mixing engineers can now take advantage of all the mojo and feel of the original Fulltone hardware but with all the practicality of AmpliTube's ease of use.
The Fulltone Collection is available from the IK Online store (www.amplitube.com/fulltone) and from within AmpliTube Custom Shop for $59.99. The TERC and SSTE can be purchased as single processors for $34.99 each. The OCD is available as a single pedal for $24.99.
Nearly half of iPhone users are uncomfortable storing personal...
Nearly half of iPhone users have little or no confidence in storing their personal information on iCloud, according to a survey of 1,001 iPhone users conducted by Clutch (https://clutch.co/), a business-to-business (B2B) ratings and reviews firm. Forty-seven percent (47%) of iPhone users said they are only "slightly" or "not at all" comfortable with storing personal information on iCloud. Meanwhile, 44% of respondents said they are "very" or "somewhat" comfortable with doing so.
iCloud, Apple's cloud storage and computing service for iOS devices, has at least 782 million users, and is one of the most popular cloud storage services in the United States.
Clutch's survey asked respondents whether they know iCloud's function and found a correlation between knowledge of the function and comfort with storing personal information on iCloud. Users unfamiliar with iCloud's function are less likely to be comfortable storing personal information on the service. Industry experts suggested that...
WePay doubles down on Apple Pay, Android Pay
WePay (www.wepay.com) — a provider of integrated payments for online platforms including Constant Contact, GoFundMe, and Zoho — has announced that its customers can now use Apple Pay on the Web and Google's Android Pay on the Web to generate more revenue on their sites.
WePay's launch of the Apple Pay and Android Pay products means platform customers can now pay for goods and services with just a single touch. Gone are the days of having to manually enter payment and shipping information at checkout, said Bill Clerico, CEO of WePay. Customers can choose to pay with Apple Pay using the Safari browser on their supported iPhone, iPad, or MacBook. Those who opt for Android Pay can pay using the Chrome browser on their supported Android device.
Apple Pay, Android Pay, and Payment Request API [application programming interface] are available to current and new WePay platform partners.
FiLMic announces log video recording for iPhones
FiLMiC Inc. (www.filmicpro.com), which specializes in high-end mobile video technology, has announced general availability of the “first true logarithmic (Log) recording capability ever for mobile devices.”
This feature will be available as an optional purchase for iPhone 7 and 7 Plus. With Log shooting, a cinematographer is able to capture more useful dynamic range from the image and increase the flexibility for post-production editing and color grading.
"For my new feature film (‘The Florida Project’), using the Log capability in FiLMiC Pro enabled us to shoot iPhone footage and edit it back to back with 35mm footage, knowing that it's going to hold up after color grading and CGI are added,” said Sean Baker, co-writer and director of the Sundance hit ‘Tangerine.’ “Not only did this open up new shooting opportunities but it allowed for narrative experimentation and as a storyteller that's exactly what you want.”
FiLMiC Pro v6 includes a range of new features including a suite of...
Winclone 6 for Mac released by Twocanoes Software
Twocanoes Software has released Winclone 6, an upgrade to its Boot Camp cloning and migration software for the Mac.
The software lets you clone Windows on a Mac Boot Camp partition. The update features support for migrating Boot Camp to new MacBook Pro models, an updated interface, a new toolbar, in-app purchasing, file-based cloning, read/write mounting of NTFS volumes and support for Windows WIM format for package-based deployments.
Winclone 6 requires macOS 10.11 or higher, Windows 7 64-bit (on supported Mac hardware) or higher including Windows 10, and a Boot Camp partition.
A basic license (non-commercial, one license per computer) costs $19.9. A standard license (commercial and personal, one license for up to two computers) is $39.99. A pro license (commercial, one license for up to 50 Mac client endpoints): costs $249.99. Educational and Institutional Pricing is available
All volume license customers that are currently enrolled in Twocanoes’ “Support and Maintenance program”...
ConceptDraw Website Wireframe Solution gets a free update
CS Odessa (www.conceptdraw.com) has announced a new Website Wireframe solution for ConceptDraw Pro, which is now available in ConceptDraw Solution Park.
The solution — compatible with macOS 10.10 and higher — provides a toolset for website designers and developers, visual designers, and business analysts who use ConceptDraw Pro in their prototyping work. Website Wireframe provides graphical user interface elements, predesigned icons, symbols, buttons, graphics, forms, boxes, and many other vector elements that greatly simplify user interface studies for web site construction.
Apple posts new watchOS 3.2, tvOS 10.2 developer betas
Apple has seeded new builds of watchOS 3.2 and tvOS 10.2 to developers for testing. They’re available for download at the Apple Developer Center.