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On July 4, 1776, the United States declared its independence from Britain. Today MacTech and MacNews will be running on a limited schedule in honor of Independence Day, the Fourth of July. (Yes, it's actually tomorrow, but it's a "holiday" today.) We hope all our readers have a great day and that peace and freedom will flourish throughout the world.
Apple’s Swift programming language gaining in popularity
A new programming language survey shows Apple’s Swift programming language breaking into the top 20 for the first time, while the future of Microsoft’s Visual Basic (VB) in the top rankings is now "unclear," reports The Register (http://tinyurl.com/nt76be7).
The next version of Swift (version 2), Apple’s programming language, will be open source. (Open source software is software whose source code is available for modification or enhancement by anyone.)
Craig Federighi, Apple’s senior vice president of Software Engineering, said at the recent Apple Worldwide Developer Conference that it will be the “next big programming language” for 20 years to come. Swift...
Logo Pop Free for Mac OS X revved to version 1.2
MacAppware, a division of 128bit Technologies, has released. Logo Pop Free 1.2. It's an update of the free vector-based logo design app for Mac OS X.
The upgrade has various bug fixes and enhancements. There's also a new tutorial about using the app at the MacAppware website (www.macappware.com).
Logo Pop Free requires Mac OS X 10.6.6 or later. It's available exclusively on the Mac App Store.
IK Multimedia announces 96kHz firmware update for iRig PRO and...
IK Multimedia (www.ikmultimedia.com) has announced complementary firmware update that enables high resolution 24-bit/96kHz audio sampling for its iRig PRO and iRig HD mobile audio interfaces.
At double the original 24-bit/48kHz sample rate, it makes these ultra-compact mobile interfaces sound even more clean, nuanced and transparent, the company says. The iRig PRO is a compact audio and MIDI interface for the iPhone, iPad, iPod touch and Mac or PC. The iRig HD is a compact audio interface with a quarter-in instrument input that features an input gain control knob, a multicolor LED and ultra-low-draw power consumption circuitry.
Fileloupe is a new media browser for Mac OS X
Corduroy Code has released Fileloupe 1.0 (http://www.fileloupe.com), a new media browser for Mac OS X Yosemite.
It combines the features of a photo viewer, video player and document browser into a single tool. Harnessing the power of Apple's Quick Look technology, Fileloupe offers users one of the fastest ways to browse, view and share photos, videos, PDFs and documents, according to Kenny Carruthers, founder of Corduroy Code and developer of Fileloupe.
The app offers copy & paste and drag & drop support for inserting images into third-party applications. There's support for most common image formats including RAW photos.
Fileloupe has variable playback rates for video including slow-motion playback along with inverted orientation correction, track scrubbing, frame stepping and frame-to-image exporting support. It packs a PDF viewer for viewing multiple PDF documents side by side and viewing different sections of a single PDF document within the same window.
24U offers Audit Service for existing FileMaker Solutions
24U Software (http://www.24usoftware.com/) has announced its new audit service for FileMaker solutions.
It's a service designed to help managers and business owners to make data-driven decision about further maintenance and development of their FileMaker solutions. Managers and business owners can now order 24U's advice to have their internally developed FileMaker solution audited and prepare a long-term maintenance and development plan.
The audit service consists of analysis customer's existing FileMaker solution, identifying existing and potential issues, and suggesting strategy to keep it working and make it support customer's business evolution and growth. Output of the service is a document with a short term and a long term plan addressing all discovered needs and issues.
The audit service is being offered for a flat price of US$3,777 when auditing a solution with one key user. An extra $377 is charged for each additional key user being interviewed.
Conversion software for 25 languages launched
Translate Your World, developers of across-language communication software, has announced the availability of its new software that enables users to converse in real-time across 25 different languages.
Just go to a webpage and talk. The words of each speaker are instantly translated into the other language to appear as subtitles or be heard as attractive synthesized computer voice. You can try it for free at http://www.TranslateYourWorld.com .
Technically, Translate Your World is a mission control center that unites side-software by the competing giants of technology including Microsoft, Google, Nuance, SDL, ReadSpeaker, SIMS, Yandex, Systran, Android, Baidu, WebRTC, VoIP, and more while empowering the world to bridge the language barrier, says Sue Reager, the company’s CEO, who speaks 10 languages and commutes between Silicon Valley and Atlanta. Translate Your World provides users with access to the best language features of each technology. Many of these side-software are found...
Output Factory Server for Adobe InDesign now supports CC 2015
Zevrix Solutions has released Output Factory Server 1.2.1, a compatibility update to its output workflow automation solution for Adobe InDesign.
Output Factory Server automates printing and exporting from InDesign by processing files from hot folders. The software offloads output tasks to a central system leaving operator workstations free from the output process. Version 1.2.1 makes Output Factory Server compatible with the 2015 release of InDesign CC featured as part of Adobe Creative Cloud.
Output Factory Server can be purchased from the Zevrix web site (www.zevrix.com) for a reduced price of US$299.95 until July 31 (it's $699.95 afterwards), as well as from authorized resellers. A demo is available for download. BatchOutput Server users can upgrade for $350. Output Factory Server requires Mac OS X 10.6-10.10 and works with Adobe InDesign CS3-CC 2015.
PipelineFX’s Qube! now available in one-month installments
PipelineFX has added a subscription licensing option to Qube! render farm management software for visual effects. This new option can be limited to a single one-month installment.
"Sometimes an upfront investment or a long-term commitment is all that holds companies back from bringing efficiency to their farms," says Richard Lewis, CEO of PipelineFX. "Subscription licensing is a simple way to get them there, on their own terms and through a package that doesn’t make them give up the power and support that Qube! is known for."
Subscription is available now online to existing PipelineFX customers at pipelinefx.com. Pricing is US$15/month per worker license for commercial customers and $10.50/month for education customers.
CS Odessa releases USA Mapping Solution for ConceptDraw Pro 10
CS Odessa (www.conceptdraw.com) has announced a new addition to ConceptDraw Solution Park designed to assist individuals who are looking for county outlines to be represented in maps they draw.
The collection of library objects, templates, and example drawings for ConceptDraw Pro are designed to make short work of drawing maps that contain county information. The United States Mapping Solution is available for users of ConceptDraw Pro 10 and ConceptDraw Office 3, via ConceptDraw Solution Park.
ConceptDraw Pro retails for US$199 per end user license. ConceptDraw Office 3 includes ConceptDraw MindMap 8, ConceptDraw Project 7, ConceptDraw Pro 10, and the ConceptDraw Solution Park. It retails for $499.
Apple releases iTunes 12.2 for the Mac, Windows
Apple has released iTunes 12.2 for the Mac,adding support for its new Apple Music service. According to the update description in the Mac App Store — where you can obtain the update in the, well, Updates section, the upgrade includes the following Apple Music features:
° For You music recommendations;
° Radio, including Beats 1;
° New, which highlights new music curated by Apple’s music editors;
° My Music, where you find your purchased music, imported songs, and selections you’ve picked in Apple Music;
° Connect, the venue for artists to reach out to fans.
iTunes 12.2 requires Mac OS X 10.7.5 or later.
GigSky offers cellular data plans for iPad travelers with Apple...
GigSky, a global mobile network designed for travelers, will offer cellular data plans for iPad travelers with Apple SIM in more than 90 countries and territories.
With Apple SIM installed, iPad customers can view and select these short-term data plans directly on their Apple tablet, avoiding the hassle of buying a local SIM when they travel. US and UK customers have the added benefit of choosing from these short-term data plans at home.
iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 Wi-Fi + Cellular models in the US and UK come with Apple SIM pre-installed. Apple SIM is also available at select Apple Retail Stores for individual purchase.
iPad users can choose a GigSky data plan upon arrival right from their iPad Air 2 or iPad mini 3 with Apple SIM installed, and easily connect to family and friends, stay in touch and share their travel, says Ravi Rishy-Maharaj, founder and CEO of GigSky. Apple SIM will also be available for individual purchase at Apple Retail Stores in 10 additional countries over...
Apple releases GarageBand 10.1 for the Mac, Security Updates
Apple has updated GarageBand, its music creation software for the Mac, to version 10.1. It adds 10 new EDM (electronic dance music) and hip hop drummers, 20 new electronic drum kits, 100 new EDM and Hip Hop synthesizer patches, new Morph Pad Smart Control, and 1,000 new loops to support all those new genres.
GarageBand 10.1 is available at the Mac App Store. It's free for existing users and those who've bought a recent Mac. It's US$4.99 for others.
Apple has also posted Security Update 2015-005 Mavericks and Security Update 2015-005 Mountain Lion. They're part of OS X 10.10.4, but have been released as standalone updates for the older versions of OS X. The download installers are available at the Mac App Store.
Tropical Software rolls out iAddressX 3.6 for OS X
Tropical Software has rolled out iAddressX 3.6, an update of the Mac OS X (10.7 or higher) utility.
You can use iAddressX to navigate contacts from a small icon in the system menu, and to initiate various tasks including printing of Dymo labels, dialing regular and Skype calls, sending SMS messages to Skype pals or friend's cell phones, and more. Version 3.6.0 adds an option to show Contacts by Group as a sub-menu, or in the main menu (it's recommended that you enable Contacts by Group if you have many Groups).
It boasts a major rewrite of many parts of the code that was originally designed for OS X 10.5 Leopard and older. iAddressX was a Mac OS X Preference Pane. With version 3.6, it's now an app installed as a status item in the menu bar
A demo is available for download. For a short introductory period, iAddressX will be available for US$19.95 from the Tropical Software web site (http://www.tropic4.com/iaddressx.html).
VidConvert for Mac OS X gets revamped user interface, more
Reggie Ashworth has unveiled VidConvert 1.6 (http://www.reggieashworth.com/vidconvert), a Yosemite (and El Capitan) update to his video converter for Mac OS X.
VidConvert will convert just about any type of video into one of the popular formats of today. It allows you to create videos for your iPhone or iPad, for your Mac or TV, or formats such as DivX and MPEG.
VidConverter 1.6 includes a new icon and refreshed user interface, conversion optimizations for faster operation, bug fixes and under-the-hood improvements.
It requires Mac OS X 10.7 Lion or later. VidConvert 1.6 costs US$7.99 for a single user license. A demo that lets you create three-minute samples is available. Older versions with pre-Lion support are available.
.com Solutions launches FmPro Migrator Platinum Edition 7.47
.com Solutions has launched FmPro Migrator Platinum Edition 7.47 (www.fmpromigrator.com) with 30 improvements for simplifying the transition from FileMaker Pro to a PHP web application.
According to .com Solutions, FileMaker WebDirect to PHP Conversion benefits using FmPro Migrator Platinum Edition include: scaling up beyond 100 concurrent users, owning your application source code, avoiding monthly/annual billing, reusing existing business logic, keeping the existing graphical user interface, and cross platform/device compatibility.
FmPro Migrator Platinum Edition is priced at US$$600 per developer. Users can build an unlimited number of web applications having up to 250 forms/reports/layouts with FmPro Migrator during the term of the license key.
Apple releases Mac OS X 10.10.4 with Mail, Photos improvements,...
Apple has released Mac OS X 10.10.4, which includes improvements for Photos and Mail. It also fixes several bugs (including the "discoveryd" service).
According to Apple, the update:
° Improves networking reliability;
° Improves Migration Assistant reliability;
° Addresses an issue that prevented certain monitors from functioning properly;
° Improves the reliability of upgrading iPhoto and Aperture libraries to Photos;
° Improves reliability when syncing photos and videos to the iCloud Photo Library;
° Addresses and issue that causes Photos to quit unexpectedly after importing some Leica DNG files;
° Resolves an issue that could delay outgoing email messages in Mail;
You can obtain OS X 10.10.4 at the Mac App Store.
Apple Music launches, iOS 8.4 available
Apple Music, Apple's music streaming service, has launched for iOS and Mac OS X devices in over 100 countries. Android is next, and Apple anticipates attracting 100 million paying subscribers.
Apple says Apple Music “combines the best ways to enjoy music — all in one place.” It’s a streaming music service, a worldwide live radio station from Apple broadcasting 24 hours a day and a tool for music fans to connect with their favorite artists.
Apple Music combines the largest and most diverse collection of music on the planet with the expertise of world-class music experts who have programmed playlists for your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac, PC, Apple TV and Android phones, according to Eddy Cue, Apple’s senior vice president of Internet Software and Services. Starting with the music you already know — whether from the iTunes Store or ripped CDs — your music now lives in one place alongside the Apple Music catalog with over 30 million songs, he adds. You can stream any song, album or...
Apple will replace Mac laptop batteries that don't retain...
Apple is now replacing non-removable laptop batteries that retain less than 80% of their original charge under the AppleCare Protection Plan. The change applies to the MacBook, MacBook Air and MacBook Pro.
In a support document (https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT204054), Apple says: "Your Apple One Year Limited Warranty or AppleCare Protection Plan includes replacement coverage for a defective battery. If you purchased an AppleCare Protection Plan for your Mac notebook with a non-removable battery, Apple will replace the notebook battery at no charge if it retains less than 80 percent of its original capacity. If you don't have coverage, you can have the battery replaced for a fee."
Registration is open for annual Apple Camp for kids
Registration is now open for Apple's annual Apple Camp (http://www.applersvp.com) three-day workshops where kids ages 8 to 12 can "bring their imaginations to life" with apps such as iMovie and iBooks.
According to Apple, they'll learn to make movies or create interactive books complete with their own illustrations and sound effects. Kids will storyboard ideas, shoot video, create an original soundtrack in GarageBand on an iPad, and then edit it all together in iMovie on a Mac.
Campers will also create their own interactive books. They'll draw illustrations using an iPad, then add sound effects and Multi-Touch features using iBooks Author on a Mac.
Each workshop ends with the Apple Camp Showcase so campers can share their finished projects. Space is limited so you should sign up today.
Typinator 6.6 for Mac OS X handles smart substitutions even...
With the release of version 6.6, Ergonis Software (www.ergonis.com) celebrates the 10th anniversary of Typinator, their text expander. Along with this release, Ergonis Software has published two new Typinator sets for easy access to the symbols in the new Apple Color Emoji font introduced in OS X Yosemite 10.10.3.
To celebrate the anniversary, Ergonis Software is offering a 25% discount on new purchases before July 15. The offer is good for all Ergonis products, including PopChar and KeyCue.
Typinator 6.6 works with the Pinyin input methods for Chinese and uses less memory when idle. It also includes other enhancements and offers improved compatibility with third-party products like 4th Dimension and MatLab.
The Emoji 3.0 set contains all skin tone variants of all applicable Emoji symbols. In addition to skin tones, the new version contains more consistent names and shows the standard Unicode names of the symbols.
The new Flags set allows you to insert color flags into your text,...
InPreflight for Adobe InDesign now supports Creative Cloud 2015
Zevrix Solutions has launched InPreflight Pro 2.11.17, a compatibility update to its document preparation solution for Adobe InDesign.
InPreflight is an all-in-one solution to check InDesign documents for errors, automatically collect multiple files for output and ship them to final destination. The new version makes InPreflight compatible with the 2015 release of InDesign CC featured as part of Adobe Creative Cloud.
InPreflight Pro can be purchased from the Zevrix website (www.zevrix.com) for US$99.95 (there's a "lite" version for $39.95). A demo is available for download. The 2.11.17 update is free for licensed users of version 2, and $50 from earlier versions. InPreflight requires Mac OS X 10.5 or higher and Adobe InDesign CS3-CC 2015.
Autodesk announces Autodesk Design Academy iTunes U
Autodesk has announced the new Autodesk Design Academy iTunes U course. Developed by educators and industry experts across the globe, the Autodesk Design Academy (http://academy.autodesk.com) provides hundreds of standards-aligned class projects to support design-based disciplines, while using Autodesk’s 3D design, engineering and entertainment software.
iTunes U is the world’s largest catalog of free education content. The Autodesk Design Academy features a growing collection of lessons, projects and courses that help educators support students as they develop technical skills.
A key component of the Autodesk Design Academy iTunes U course is the use of Autodesk Fusion 360, which brings CAD, CAM and CAE together in the cloud. Autodesk is also launching the Autodesk Design Academy Multi-Touch book, which includes Autodesk SketchBook Express, bringing digital art and concept sketching to life.
Both the iTunes U course and Multi-Touch book will be available this fall. The Autodesk...
Soundtrap announces online collaborative music recording studio
Soundtrap has launched what it says is the first online music and audio recording studio where users can find and collaborate with people from all over the world on a multitude of devices across iOS, Android, Chrome OS, Mac OS X,and Windows platforms.
It lets users record a tune or podcast by accessing a browser across multiple platforms. Coming out of beta, Soundtrap has also announced US$1 million in seed funding and the commercial availability of its platform.
Soundtrap is currently in use in 150 U.S. schools and the platform has grown from 20,000 to 120,000 users in 175 countries in just five months, according to CEO Per Emanuelsson. He adds that the platform was developed using only HTML5 technologies and it is fully cloud-based for all devices.
It's written in the Google DART language and utilizes the audio APIs Web Audio, Web MIDI and Web RTC. To use Soundtrap, users simply open a browser and log on. They can choose from over 50 virtual instruments, 1,400 royalty free...
Tablet shipments experience largest decline since 2009 category...
For branded tablets, the year 2015 is off to a rocky start. For the first time since inception, the popular consumer item experienced its largest QoQ [quarter-over-quarter] decline to date of 35%. In addition, tablets experienced its largest YoY [year-over-year] decline of 16%.
According to marketing intelligence firm ABI Research (www.abiresearch.com), there is no denying the market is losing its momentum and leading vendors are feeling the squeeze. Apple and Samsung have been key market players and continue to dominate a significant majority of the tablet market.
"2015 is the pivotal year for smaller, competing vendors to step-up, build their business, and gain market share in advanced and emerging markets," says Senior Practice Director Jeff Orr. "The tablet market lacks a truly competitive playing field needing a strong third even fourth vendor to drive the market out of stagnation."
Acer, ASUS, and Lenovo all show promise for claiming those spots but need to focus on building...
Cale announces Apple Pay enabled pay stations
Cale, which specializes in unattended payment technology for parking and transit operations, will begin offering secure contactless card readers that accept Apple Pay for its Cale WebTerminal pay stations (CWT) in July.
The technology will be demonstrated next week at the International Parking Institute's annual convention and trade show in Las Vegas. Cale's contactless payment option will allow customers to pay using their iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus or Apple Watch.
The new contactless reader selected by Cale is also capable of accepting other NFC mobile wallets and will help Cale's customers prepare for the upcoming shift by card-issuing banks to more secure EMV transactions from the current mag-stripe card technology, says Andreas Jansson, managing director for Cale's largest subsidiary, Cale America. He added that the new Apple Pay enabled readers are a game changer for the parking and transit payment industries.
"With the sudden popularity of mobile wallets like Apple Pay and...
Ableton upgrades its Live music production software to version 9...
Ableton (www.ableton.com) has released Live 9.2, an update of the Mac-compatible music production software.
This free update includes refinements to Live’s audio warping engine, the introduction of latency-compensated automation, a new Tuner device, and more. Owners of Push gain the ability to use all 64 pads to play drums, improved aftertouch, and expanded touchstrip implementation. In addition, Max For Live now includes Max 7, the latest, most powerful version of Max.
Coinciding with the release of Live 9.2, Ableton is also making available a free new Pack specially optimized to make extensive use of Push’s new 64 pad functionality. Assembled by finger-drummer Mad Zach, the 64 Pad Lab contains five Racks’ worth of high-quality drum samples, percussion, loops, and one shots.
For new owners, pricing for Live starts at US$99.
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SmartBackup 3.4 for OS X gets an updated sync engine, more
Solesignal has announced SmartBackup 3.4, an update to their alternative backup and cloning utility for Mac OS X (10.8 or later).
It syncs multiple source items to a destination on an external hard drive, flashdrive or network share. SmartBackup features a 64-bit sync engine built on the latest Apple technologies. Version 3.4 adds an updated sync engine, user interface improvements, bug fixes and more.
A single license is available for US$25 from the Solesignal website (http://solesignal.com). SmartBackup can be downloaded and tried for free for a limited number of backups.
CuteDJ for Mac OS X upgraded to version 4.3.1
CuteDJPro ( www.cutedjpro.com ) has updated CuteDJ for Mac OS X to version 4.3.1.
It's DJ mixing software that lets users mix music, video and karaoke in real time. Version 4.3.1 adds eight hardware controllers: Reloop BeatMix 2, Reloop BeatMix 4, Reloop Terminal Mix8, Akiyama Quattro, Akiyama Quark, Hercules DJ Control Wave, Pioneer DDJ SX and Pioneer DDJ SR. and fully compatible with iTune 12.
CuteDJ requires Mac OS X 10.7 or later and Windows 7/8. A demo is available for download. The update is free for all users. For new users the price is US$129.95.
Recosoft ships PDF2ID v4.5: Convert PDF to InDesign CC, CC 2014...
Recosoft Corp. (www.recosoft.com) is shipping PDF2ID 4.5 the newest PDF-to-InDesign and XPS-to-InDesign conversion plug-in for InDesign Creative Cloud 2015.
It's been enhanced to support Adobe InDesign CC 2015, the latest release of InDesign for both the Mac OS X and Windows platforms. PDF2ID Standard and PDF2ID Professional v4.5 now support batch-converting PDF files to InDesign (indd) format. Additionally, PDF2ID v4.5 natively recognizes Adobe Illustrator files (.ai) files easing Illustrator-to-InDesign file conversion.
PDF2ID converts PDF and Windows XPS files into fully editable InDesign files allowing PDF and XPS file content recovery and reuse within InDesign. PDF2ID is the de-facto PDF conversion plug-in for InDesign, allowing anyone to open, convert and edit PDF and XPS documents in InDesign.
The plug-in requires Mac OS X 10.6.8 and higher. Pricing ranges from US$99 to $299, depending on the configuration.
MCE Ships 1TB PCIe-based Flash storage upgrades for Retina...
MCE Technologies (http://www.mcetech.com) announces a 1TB internal PCIe-based Flash storage upgrade solution for late-2013 through mid-2015 13-inch and 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display.
The 1TB Upgrade Kits are based on the PCIe storage architecture in those machines and includes all tools required to perform the installation, an illustrated installation guide, and drive cloning software. The MCE 1TB Internal PCIe-based Flash Storage upgrade solution costs US$999 and is available for immediate shipment.
The 1TB PCIe-based flash drives feature native Trim support to ensure longevity. They carry a one year warranty.
Apple updates AppleCare+ Protection Plan for the Apple Watch
As noted by MacRumors (http://tinyurl.com/nppcz5z), Apple has updated the terms of its AppleCare+ Protection Plan for the Apple Watch.
It now covers batteries that retain less than 80% of their original capacity within the extended warranty period. Previously, it covered battery depletion of 50% or more from original capacity.
Apple will replace smart watch batteries that don't meet the 80% specification free as long as the device is within its AppleCare+ coverage period. If it's not, the cost is $79.
Also, the Apple Watch, which originally rolled out in nine countries, arrives in seven more today: Italy, Mexico, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, Switzerland and Taiwan. On July 17 the smartwatch is slated on go on sale in the Netherlands, Sweden and Thailand.
Softube announces availability of Heartbeat drum synth software
Softube has released Heartbeat — its first software instrument for Mac OS X 10.8 or newer (VST/VST3/AU/AAX) and Windows 8 or newer (VST/VST3/AAX).
It's drum synth software that draws its inspiration from Eighties-era-defining analog drum synths, HeartBeat does not emulate any existing drum machine. Mostly, its sounds are based on Softube’s own modeled analog synthesis, augmented with selected waveforms. Eight instruments are included — two different bass drums, two different snare drums, two percussion instruments, plus hi-hats and cymbal.
Heartbeat includes an effects section. Softube’s TSAR-1 reverb is included in a slightly modified form alongside the separately available Valley People Dyna-mite compressor/limiter/gate. The third effect, Filter Echo, is a new and characterful delay.
Heartbeat also features the Auto Layer Machine, which can be used to layer the instruments or create flams or small fill patterns. The Chaos slider adds a sense of randomness to the behavior of Auto...
MacPlay Releases Shelter 2 on the Mac App Store
Shelter 2, a game in which you play a powerful Lynx, is now available on the Mac App Store. It costs US$14.99 and requires Mac OS X 10.7 or higher.
Developed by Might and Delight and released on the Mac App Store by MacPlay (www.macplay.com), Shelter 2 follows the life of a mother lynx, starting as a pregnant animal, giving birth and continuing in to a journey of parenthood where nurturing her cubs is paramount for survival. Shelter 2 includes more elaborate gameplay features than its predecessor, such as stamina, different types of movements, jumps and a variety of prey to kill.
Besides hunting there are several maternal and hunting features, such as calling the cubs closer, smell for prey, making sure they drink water from rivers and lifting and carrying your cubs from harm's way. Environments in Shelter 2 are much bigger than its predecessor.
Kwilt photo sharing keyboard for iOS now in beta testing
KwiltKeys, created by Kwilt, is the world's first all-in-one photo sharing keyboard for iOS devices.
KwiltKeys gives iPhone and iPad owners access to their photos from any source, including the camera roll, Instagram, Facebook, Dropbox, Flickr, Photobucket, Google+ and more all in one place right at their fingertips.
"KwiltKeys eliminates the barriers to communicating and sharing photos, while making everyday conversations more lively and fun," says Marc-Antoine Benglia, CEO at Kwilt. "KwiltKeys gives users an intuitive photo sharing experience and removes the hassle of having to navigate between platforms and apps to locate and share a specific image."
KwiltKeys streamlines users’ photo-sharing experience by giving users direct photo access, right on their mobile keyboard without ever having to leave their keyboard or switch between apps. Key features includes:
° Streams photos from over a dozen of the most popular photo and social networking platforms without needing or using...
TinyKeep invades the Mac and iOS devices
Digital Tribe Games' TinyKeep game (http://digitaltribegames.com/tinykeep/) is now available for Mac OS X and iOS at, respectively, the Mac App Store and Apple App Store for $7.99 and $4.99.
Here's how the game is described: "Gamers will assume the role of the hopeless prisoner who must escape TinyKeep. Players lure monsters into traps, knock over torches to set the dungeon alight and free prisoners to help them in their escape. There are many ways to survive the TinyKeep, and many ways to die.
"Use traps and environmental hazards to your advantage - fire, spike pits and rotating crushers hurt your enemies as well as you. Collect coins from fallen foes to purchase random player-altering Buffs that just might give you the advantage you need to make it out alive. Rescue other captives to fight alongside you, but beware as you never know which ones have gone crazy trapped up in the Keep. Experience three separate endings to the game, depending on how you play."
Red Giant to produce new Film Team Experiments each month
Red Giant's film team (www.redgiant.com) will be producing new Film Team Experiments each month.
Packed with visual effects and running at under 60-seconds each, these short films will be accompanied by a behind-the-scenes breakdown that walks viewers through the filmmaking and post-production process. Every Film Team Experiment will feature visual effects techniques — both practical and CGI — that achieve Hollywood-quality results on a small budget, says Aharon Rabinowitz, executive producer at Red Giant Films.
Viewers will learn how to create visuals, such as heat waves off of a bullet, Thor-like lightning effects, dangerous-looking stunt driving, and more. Behind-the-scenes films will explain the techniques used to create each effect, showing novice and experienced filmmakers alike how they can apply the same effect to their films.
Pharrell's 'Freedom' to be Apple Music exclusive
Apple Music is getting its first exclusive song thanks to Pharrell Williams. His new song, "Freedom," will be available on Apple Music when the streaming music service launches on June 30, the artist announced on Twitter.
No word on how long the song will be an Apple Music exclusive — or whether Pharrell's upcoming album might be Apple Music only for a limited time. Apple is reportedly negotiating with other artists for exclusive releases.
Apple’s streaming music service launches June 30 for iOS and Mac OS X devices. Android is next, and Apple anticipates attracting 100 million paying subscribers.
Apple's Lisa jackson takes on new duties
Apple says Lisa Jackson — now vice president of Environment, Policy, and Social Initiatives — will taken on additional duties beyond company related environmental issues. She'll be responsible for all policy initiatives including worldwide government affairs, education, accessibility and social concerns.
In a memo sent out to employees — as noted by The Washington Post (http://wapo.st/1Naz6fx) — CEO Tim Cook explained the broader area of responsibility will see Jackson managing government affairs, a task with which she is familiar given her former role as head of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
"Lisa will apply her passion and her unique skill set to integrate teams across Apple and make our impact even greater. As part of her new role, Lisa will also take over management of our worldwide Government Affairs function," the memo reads.
Apple hired Environmental Protection Agency Chief Lisa Jackson to oversee environmental activities in May 2013. She stepped down as EPA head...
Apple Music strikes deals with independent label organization
Apple has made deals with the independent label's digital rights organization Merlin and with Martin Mills’ indie powerhouse Beggars Group, reports Billboard (http://bit.ly/1Rw1nhW).
In a letter sent to Merlin members, CEO Charles Caldas writes, "I am pleased to say that Apple has made a decision to pay for all usage of Apple Music under the free trials on a per-play basis, as well as to modify a number of other terms that members had been communicating directly with Apple about. With these changes, we are happy to support the deal."
On Tuesday Apple reversed course and said it will pay artists during the free three-month trial of its new Apple Music service. This happened after pop star Taylor Swift threatened to hold back her latest album “1989” from Apple Music. Apple's streaming music service launches June 30 for iOS and Mac OS X devices. Android is next, and Apple anticipates attracting 100 million paying subscribers.
Troi Automatisering updates Troi Dialog Plug-in, Troi File Plug-...
Troi Automatisering (www.troi.com) has rolled out updates for Troi Dialog Plug-in and Troi File Plug-in for FileMaker Pro 14.
Troi Dialog Plug-in is a tool for displaying all sorts of dialogs in FileMaker Pro. The text of the dialog and of the buttons can be created dynamically by using a calculation. Version 6.1.1 is a maintenance release.
A demo is available for download. The upgrade to version 6.1.1 is free for all users of version 6.0 and 6.1. The 6.1.1 version works with the 6.0 version of the registration.
Troi File Plug-in is a tool for manipulating external files and folders directly from FileMaker Pro. Version 8.0.2 fixes a bug in the Reveal function.
A demo is available for download.The upgrade to version 8.0.2 is free for all users of version 8.0 and 8.0.1. The 8.0.2 version works with the 8.0 version of the registration.
Both updated plug-ins work with FileMaker Pro 12, 13 and 14. The plug-ins can also be used with runtimes from FileMaker Pro Advanced 12, 13 and 14. The...
Output Factory for Adobe InDesign now supports Creative Cloud...
Zevrix Solutions (www.zevrix.com) has released Output Factory 1.5.30, a compatibility update to its professional solution to automate printing, exporting and post-processing from Adobe InDesign.
Output Factory automates and simplifies workflows of printers, prepress bureaus, ad agencies and publishing houses worldwide by offering batch processing with powerful and time-saving output options. The new version makes Output Factory compatible with the recently announced 2015 release of InDesign CC, featured as part of Adobe Creative Cloud.
The update is offered free of charge to Output Factory users. The same version of Output Factory can be used with any version of InDesign from CS3 and later.
Output Factory can be purchased from Zevrix for US$169.95 (a "lite" version is available for $119.95), as well as from authorized resellers and Adobe Exchange. Trial is also available for download. BatchOutput users can upgrade to Output Factory for $84.97. Output Factory requires Mac OS X 10.6-...
Maintain serves up Cocktail 8.5 (Yosemite Edition)
Maintain has served up Cocktail 8.5 (Yosemite Edition), the latest maintenance update for users running OS X Yosemite.
Cocktail is a general purpose utility for OS X that lets users clean, repair and optimize their Macs. Version 8.5 adds compatibility with OS X 10.10.4, QuarkXPress 11, Microsoft Office 2016 Preview and the latest versions of supported web browsers. It also contains other improvements and bug fixes.
Cocktail 5 (Yosemite Edition) requires OS X Yosemite 10.10 to run. Cocktail (Mavericks Edition) for OS X 10.9, Cocktail (Mountain Lion Edition) for OS X 10.8 and Cocktail (Lion Edition) for OS X 10.7 are available for download from Maintain website.
Cocktail 8.5 (Yosemite Edition) costs US$19 for a single user license. It's available for purchase from the Maintain website (http://www.maintain.se/cocktail).
Hasten app designed to reduce lags for Mac gamers
If you've played games online you may have suffered from lags and kicks. Hasten (http://www.nspira.com/hasten) is a new, US$5.99 status bar app for Mac OS X designed to reduce your latency to remote servers.
This helps to reduce your lag when playing online games and improve your performance by providing a smoother connection to the server. Hasten does this by optimizing your network performance to send vital data more quickly to the remote server, according to the app developers at Nspira.
"One of the main causes of lag when playing online, is the result of the server waiting for data from your computer," they say. "Delays can be caused by congestion on the internet. If there is a delay in the server receiving data, its causes lag. Hasten helps to prevent this congestion by changing how your Mac transfers data over the Internet."
Magic Flowers app brings timelapse flowers to the Mac
Moving Art, in collaboration with Magic Window, has introduced Magic Flowers 1.0 (movingart.com/magicflowers), an app exclusively for Mac OS X.
Captured by the "master of timelapse," Louie Schwartzberg, Magic Flowers delivers slow-moving timelapse flowers to be used as wallpapers and screen savers. It includes 42 moving flower wallpapers; 22 are built into the app and 20 are downloaded after you install the app.
Magic Flowers is compatible with OS X 10.9 or later. It costs US$4.99 and is available at the Mac App Store.
Apple now a Promoter Member of the Bluetooth SIG
Apple is now a Promoter Member of the Bluetooth Special Interest Group (https://www.bluetooth.org). Founded in 1998, it's a not-for-profit, non-stock corporation. The SIG owns the Bluetooth trademarks and oversees development of the Bluetooth standard.
The Bluetooth SIG’s main tasks are to: publish Bluetooth specifications; administer the qualification program; protect the Bluetooth trademarks; and evangelize Bluetooth wireless technology. Promoter members get voting rights on Bluetooth corporate matters and a guaranteed seat on the board of directors.
Other Promoter Members are Ericsson, Intel, Lenovo, Microsoft, Nokia and Toshiba. Apple will now have even more influence over the tech roadmap for Bluetooth.
LinkOptimizer for Adobe InDesign now supports Creative Cloud 2015
Zevrix Solutions has launched LinkOptimizer 4.9.45, a compatibility update to its workflow automation solution for Adobe InDesign.
The software allows you to reduce the size of InDesign links and speed up processing by eliminating excess image data. It also performs image adjustments, converts file formats and helps repurpose InDesign files for web and mobile devices. The new version makes LinkOptimizer compatible with the 2015 release of InDesign CC featured as part of Adobe Creative Cloud.
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 4.x users and $130 to upgrade from previous versions. LinkOptimizer requires Mac OS X 10.6 or higher and Adobe InDesign and Photoshop CS3-CC 2015.
AppDelete for Mac OS X gets an user interface refresh
Reggie Ashworth (www.reggieashworth.com) has released AppDelete 4.2.1, an update to his application deletion utility for Mac OS X (10.7 or higher).
Via drag and drop, it will uninstall anything along with all of the associated items. Mac users will no longer have to hunt through their system to find and delete these items manually. AppDelete 4.2.1 is a Yosemite optimized version that includes an user interface refresh.
AppDelete 4.2.1 costs US$7.99 for a single user license. Upgrades from version 2/AppDelete Lite are $3.99. A demo is available
Flavours 2 Lite brings themes to Yosemite
Interacto Labs has announced Flavours 2 Lite for OS X Yosemite. It features a hand picked selection of 128 themes and their variants and lets you change the look of OS X.
Flavours 2 Lite was designed and built from the ground up for OS X Yosemite. It features a revamped user interface and introduces a new lightweight, fast theming engine.
Flavours costs US$5 and can be downloaded from the Flavours website (http://flavours.interacto.net/). It requires Mac OS X Yosemite.
Apple says it will pay artists for free three-month trial of...
Apple has changed its policy and now says it will pay artists during the free three-month trial of its new Apple Music service, after pop star Taylor Swift threatened to hold back her latest album "1989" from Apple Music, reports Reuters (http://tinyurl.com/nvfyeqg).
"When I woke up this morning and read Taylor’s note, it really solidified that we need to make a change," Eddy Cue, Apple's senior vice president of Internet software and services, said in an interview with Reuters.
Swift, 25, said in a Tumblr post (bit.ly/1eAa3Ys) on Sunday that she would hold back her album as she found Apple's policy of not paying artists during free trial shocking and disappointing as it would hurt young artists just starting out.
After Apple reversed course, she turned to Twitter to thank both Apple and her supporters, telling her 59 million Twitter followers: "I am elated and relieved. Thank you for your words of support today. They listened to us."
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