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14:51
Apple rolls out Safari 11 for macOS
Along with a plethora of other updates, Apple has rolled out Safari 11, an update of its web browser for macOS (Sierra and the upcoming High Sierra). It’s a free update at the Mac App Store. The update: ° Stops media with audio from automatically playing on most websites. °Adds the ability to configure Reader, content blockers, page zoom, and auto-play settings on a per-website basis, or for all websites. ° Improves AutoFill accuracy from Contacts cards. ° Includes updated media controls for HTML video and audio. ° Enhances performance and efficiency.
11:20
watchOS 4 now available for download
Apple has released watchOS 4, featuring a “proactive” Siri watch face, personalized Activity coaching and a new music experience. The update also sports an enhanced Workout app and introduces GymKit, a technology platform that will offer customers connected workouts with cardio equipment. Siri intelligence extends further into Apple Watch with the new Siri watch face. With each raise of the wrist, the information on the display dynamically updates based on the time of day, daily routines and pertinent data from apps such as Activity, Alarms, Breathe, Calendar, Maps, Reminders and Wallet, as well as headlines from the new Apple News app for Apple Watch, according to Jeff Williams, Apple’s chief operating officer. With watchOS 4, the Activity app delivers “intelligent coaching and tailored encouragement” to help close Activity Rings more often and achieve longer success streaks. Every morning, users will receive a personalized notification if they’re close to earning an Achievement, or...
10:42
iOS is now available
iPhone and iPad customers around the world can now update their devices to iOS 11, which brings augmented reality to iOS devices and new professional capabilities improve images in Photos and Camera. Siri is more natural and useful and a redesigned App Store makes it easier to discover apps and games. The all-new Dock provides quick access to favorite and frequently used apps and documents from any screen and makes it easier to work with multiple apps with Split View and now Slide Over. Drag ‘n Drop makes moving images, text and files between apps easier than ever using Multi-Touch. And Apple Pencil is more deeply integrated into iPad Pro with support for inline drawing and a new Instant Notes feature that opens Notes from the Lock Screen by simply tapping Apple Pencil on the display. The all-new Files app provides a central place to access and organize files no matter where they’re located — on iPad or in the cloud with built-in support for iCloud Drive as well as providers, such...
10:37
Stairways Software releases Keyboard Maestro 8.0
Stairways Software has rolled out Keyboard Maestro 8.0, the new version of its automation tool for the Mac. With it, you can automate almost any repetitive task you do on your Mac—from opening web pages at a specific time to rating iTunes songs. Version 8.0 enhances the editor, expands MIDI support, adds comprehensive AppleScript support, revamps the clipboard switchers, adds Gesture, Cron and Remote triggers, with lots of new actions and additions to the engine, and more. New customers can purchase Keyboard Maestro for $36. Customers with five or more users can contact Stairways Software for a volume discount quote. Customers who purchased Keyboard Maestro directly from Stairways Software after March 1, 2017, have been issued a free upgrade to Keyboard Maestro 8. Customers who purchased Keyboard Maestro 7 prior to March 1, 2017 can upgrade to Keyboard Maestro 8 for $18 until Nov. 19 and for $25 after that date. Customers who purchased older versions of Keyboard Maestro can...
10:24
Belkin introduces 3.5mm Audio + Charge RockStar adapter for new...
Belkin has announced the 3.5 mm Audio + Charge RockStar adapter for the iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone X, iPhone 7, and iPhone 7 Plus. It plugs into the Lightning connector, offering a way for users to simultaneously charge their iPhone and listen to music using 3.5 mm headphone jack devices. This adapter also allows for data syncing through the Lightning connector as well as microphone and remote control on the headphone jack. The Belkin 3.5 mm Audio + Charge RockStar is compatible with headphones, speakers and other audio devices that connect via a 3.5 mm headphone jack, and is MFi (“Made for iPhone”) certified. Along with the existing Belkin Lightning Audio + Charge RockStar consumers now have multiple ways to charge and listen at the same time while at work, at home or on the go. The 3.5 mm Audio + Charge RockStar is available at a manufacturer’s suggested retail price of $34.99 on Belkin.com, Apple.com and at Apple retail stores worldwide.
05:38
Typinator is ready for macOS High Sierra
Ergonis Software has announced Typinator 7.3, a maintenance update to their text expander. It’s not only a typing assistant that speeds repetitive typing tasks, but also a system-wide auto-correction tool that automatically fixes typing errors and misspelled words. Version 7.3 comes with more than 40 enhancements and is compatible with the upcoming macOS High Sierra, which is due next week. Typinator 7.3 requires macOS 10.6 or higher. It can be purchased on the Ergonis Software website (www.ergonis.com). The upgrade to Typinator 7.3 is free for Typinator 7 license owners and for anyone who purchased a license for Typinator 6 on or after Jan. 1, 2016. Upgrade paths are available for owners of older licenses.
05:31
StatGeek announces LineUp, LineUp Pro for the Mac
StatGeek has announced Lineup and Lineup Plus for the Mac. They allow users to produce advanced basketball statistics along with statistics on 5-man groups, 2-man groups and 3-man groups in seconds. Each program works off play-by-play data produced by any number of statistics programs, including StatGeek’s own iPad app. Lineup produces advanced statistics such as effective field goal percentage, true shooting percentage and efficiency along with five-man lineup data. Lineup Plus produces everything the Lineup does, along with data on two and three man groups so a coach can identify the pairs and trios that are working best together no matter which five-man group they’re partnered with. Lineup is available via StatGeek online (https://statgeek.com) for $199 for a 12-month subscription, and Lineup Plus is $399 for a 12-month subscription.
Sep 18
Reinvented Software introduces Keep It 1.0 for the Mac
Reinvented Software has debuted Keep It 1.0 for the Mac. It combines notebook and organizer features. With Keep It, you can take notes for that idea you need to save, or list you need to make, save web pages as links, and PDFs for offline viewing. The app can be used to edit its own notes, along with rich and plain text files, and can store any kind of file. Keep It will also show summaries, thumbnails and previews for most file formats. Keep It for Mac 1.0 requires macOS 10.12 Sierra or later, and is available as a 15-day demo (http://reinventedsoftware.com/keepit/) that can be unlocked upon purchase. A license costs $49.99. iOS versions are available at the Apple App Store.
Sep 18
ChronoSync for macOS upgraded to version 4.8
Econ Technologies (https://www.econtechnologies.com) has upgraded ChronoSync, its backup utility for the Mac, to version 4.8. “Assistants” now guide you through the process of configuring a Synchronizer Task. This lets you run syncs and backups automatically when files are changed ChronoSync 4.8 — a free update for registered users — also adds a “Validate” step to check backed up data and verify the integrity not only of the file contents, but all file attributes and metadata associated with the files. You can confirm backups down to every last detail and get a report of anything that might be out-of-sync. ChronoSync costs $49.99. Its $14.99 companion app, ChronoAgent, allows any Mac to accept direct, secure connections from any ChronoSync Mac or any InterConneX iOS device to access or transfer data. Demos are available for download. ChronoMonitor is an iPhone app that monitors Macs running ChronoSync or ChronoAgent. It’s available in the Apple App Store for $3.99.
Sep 18
B-Eng updates File Manager Pro for macOS with added encryption...
B-Eng has rolled out File Manager Pro 1.7.1, an update to their dual panel file manager for the Mac. Along with basic functions like copying and moving files and directories, the tool allows you to compress and uncompress files, compare files and folders, synching files and directories and manipulating content of folders and files from an interactive, graphical overview. Version 1.7. introduces encryption abilities. File Manager Pro 1.7.1 require macOS 10.11 or higher and costs $18.99. It’s available at the Mac App Store (http://tinyurl.com/y7kwm9mf).
Sep 18
Mail Archiver X for macOS adds support for archiving to Evernote
Moth Software has revved Mail Archiver X, its email companion app for macOS, to version 4.1. The app allows consolidation, archiving, and permanent storage of emails. Emails may be saved in the application's native database format, or in Evernote, Filemaker, PDF, mbox, or Text. Mail Archiver X 4.1 adds support for directly archiving to Evernote. Mail Archiver X 4.1 costs $39.95 and and available directly from Moth Software. A free, fully-functional, 12-day trial version can be downloaded (http://www.mothsoftware.com).
Sep 18
TunesKit DRM Media Converter for Mac Now Fully Supports iTunes...
TunesKit Software has announced DRM Media Converter for Mac 3.5.1, an update to its DRM removal product for the Mac. This version adds support for iTunes 12.7 on macOS 10.12 and lower. DRM Media Converter was designed to losslessly remove DRM encryption from iTunes movie purchases and rentals, TV episodes, and music videos by converting the protected M4V videos to DRM-free formats, including MP4, M4V, MOV, AVI, FLV, MP3, AAC, and more. DRM Media Converter requires macOS 10.8 or higher. It cost $44.95; a demo is available for download (http://www.tuneskit.com/tuneskit-for-mac.html).
Sep 18
B-Eng introduces Enigma for Mac
B-Eng has introduced Enigma 1.0, a utility to encrypt files on any Mac. According to Christian Schaffner, general manager of B-Eng., it uses military standard and government standard encryption algorithms. Once a password is set in Eniga, encryption and decryption can tech be done with a single mouse click. It require macOS 10.6 or higher. Enigma 1.0 costs $2.99. It’s available worldwide exclusively through the Mac App Store (http://tinyurl.com/y7uqssf9).
Sep 15
Satechi releases Vertical Laptop Stand
Satechi has released its Vertical Laptop Stand. It elevates most laptops and tablets, keeping desks and tables clutter-free and safe from water or coffee spills. Aside from maximizing desk space while storing laptops or tablets in an upright, vertical position, the stand is designed to keep ports exposed for charging, connecting to monitors. Additionally, its aluminum body helps devices stay cool as its bottom chamber regulates air flow and helps to prevent overheating.   Made with anodized aluminum, the Vertical Laptop Stand is heavy enough to securely hold laptops and tablets without toppling over, according to the folks at Satechi. The Vertical Laptop Stand’s sleek, adjustable design allows it to be universally compatible with laptops and tablets, even with shell cases, with one-half inch to 1.5 inch thickness, including the MacBook, MacBook Pro, Dell XPS, Asus Zenbook, Samsung Notebook and more.  Satechi’s Vertical Laptop Stand is available in now silver, space gray or jet black...
Sep 15
Fission 2.4 brings revamped support for creating custom...
Rogue Amoeba has updated Fission (https://rogueamoeba.com/fission/), its macOS audio editor. Version 2.4 brings revamped support for creating custom ringtones for use on the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. iTunes 12.7 removed several features, including support for managing and syncing custom tones. This feature removal broke functionality in several current apps, including Apple's own GarageBand app, as well as older versions of Fission. However, with Fission 2.4, users can once again save custom tones for use on iOS devices. Fission runs on macOS and higher, with a free fully-functional trial available for download. While in trial mode, the quality of saved files is intentionally degraded via a series of fades in the audio. The unrestricted full version can be purchased for $29.
Sep 15
KnowledgeMiner Software releases INSIGHTS 6 for macOS
KnowledgeMiner Software has released INSIGHTS 6 for macOS (10.9 or later). It’s an update of the predictive analytics tool for forecasting macroeconomic development. INSIGHTS 6 introduces Systems of Equations, a superset of Vector Auto-regressive Models, to allow model development from observation data of linear and non-linear interdependent systems and processes for multi-step ex ante forecasting. there are accompanying examples such as forecasting the U.S., Japanese, or German national economies until 2021. INSIGHTS for macOS is available as either Free, Student, Advanced, Professional, or Ultimate editions. All are available exclusively from the KnowledgeMiner Software website (http://www.knowledgeminer.eu).
Sep 14
Apple seeds golden master of macOS High Sierra to developers,...
Apple has released a golden master (GM) candidate of macOS High Sierra to developers and public beta testers A golden master is a final version of software ready for release to manufacturing. The macOS High Sierra GM can be downloaded from the Apple Developer Center or over-the-air using the Software Update mechanism in the Mac App Store for those in Apple’s Public Beta Testing Program. The finished version of the operating system update is due Tuesday, September 20. macOS High Sierra will run on all machines that are compatible with macOS Sierra.
Sep 14
DHS tells all federal agencies to shutter user of Kaspersky Lab...
The US Dept. of Homeland Security (DHS) has issued a binding operational directive to all federal agencies, ordering them to shutter use of Kaspersky software within 90 days over concerns with the Russian-based company's ties to the Kremlin, reports “ZDNet” (http://tinyurl.com/ya5eulbk). Kaspersky Lab is a Russian multinational cybersecurity and anti-virus provider headquartered in Moscow, Russia, and operated by a holding company in the United Kingdom. It ranks fourth in the global ranking of antivirus vendors by revenue. The company has became the subject of controversy in the United States, over allegations that it has engaged with the Russian Federal Security Service (FSB), in the wake of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. DHS is giving federal agencies 30 days to identify Kaspersky Lab products on their networks and to remove and discontinue present and future use of the products in the next 60 days. The agency says there are requirements under Russian law...
Sep 14
Guide book released for iPhone X and iOS 11
Tap Guides has introduced the “iPhone X Guide,” (https://www.amazon.com/dp/B075M8XMPJ), a book available in the Amazon Kindle Store that covers details of the iPhone X and iOS 11. Priced at $3.99, it covers features such as Face ID, iOS 11, every built-in app and the iPhone X hardware. It's also packed with large color images that help to visually explain tips and tutorials.
Sep 14
.com Solutions releases FmPro Migrator Platinum Edition 8.34.
.com Solutions has released FmPro Migrator Platinum Edition 8.34. FmPro Migrator is a stand-alone application that migrates FileMaker Pro databases to MySQL, Oracle, Access, SQL Server, Sybase, DB2, OpenBase and more. Users of Microsoft Access databases can lift the limitations of Microsoft Access with FmPro Migrator 8.34 conversions to FileMaker 16. Table Consolidation processing has also been enhanced. FmPro Migrator Developer Edition is priced at $600 per developer. A demo is available for download (http://tinyurl.com/yhzahuk).
Sep 13
Mellel word processor for macOS revved to version 4.0
Mellel has released Mellel 4.0, an upgrade of its word processor for the Mac. The new version includes over 200 new and improved features, is built from the ground up and designed “to save writers both time and frustration associated with traditional word processors.” The folks at Mellel say version 4.0 aims to replace Microsoft Word as the preferred word processor of writers who use Macs. It enables long-form content writers to manage their writing, offers an improved way to create detailed outlines and reduces the time it takes to prepare professional-level documents. You can, for instance, create sets of hundreds of actions to change a document from American English to UK English with a press of a button. Mellel 4’s Story: feature enables users to write down (in advanced or with an existing manuscript) the plot or the main events in their story. It also lets writers set what happens in the story/manuscript, who's doing it and where it happens. The upgrade offers improved...
Sep 13
Apple releases iTunes 12.7 for macOS
Apple has updated iTunes for macOS to version 12.7, removing the App Store items for purchasing iOS apps. It can be downloaded at the Mac App Store for free. After you install the update, a popup window says “the new iTunes places emphasis on music, movies, TV shows, podcasts, and audiobooks.” Apple notes that, if you previously used iTunes to sync apps or ringtones to your iOS device, use the new App Store or Sounds Settings on iOS to re-download them without your Mac. Version 12.7 also: ° Adds support for iOS device syncing; ° Allows Apple Music subscribers to create profiles and follow each other online; ° Shows Internet radio stations in the music library sidebar.
Sep 13
iMobie announces AnyTrans 6.0 with Free iOS Mover
iMobie has announced AnyTrans 6.0 with Free iOS Mover (https://www.imobie.com/anytrans/index.htm). Available for both Mac and Windows, users can transfer most types of Android data to iOS, to iTunes, or even to iCloud, including contacts, messages, photos, music, even settings like wallpapers, brightness and more. Users select those parts of data or even a single item to transfer. AnyTrans 6.0 with Free iOS Mover is, well, free.
Sep 12
The iPhone X arrives in November
Apple has announced the iPhone X, which is modestly describes as “the future of the smartphone.” It comes in an all-glass design with a 5.8-inch “Super Retina” display, A11 Bionic chip, wireless charging and an improved rear camera with dual optical image stabilization. The iPhone X delivers a new way for customers to unlock, authenticate and pay using Face ID, enabled by the new TrueDepth camera. The smartphone will be available for pre-order beginning Friday, Oct. 27, in more than 55 countries and territories, and in stores beginning Friday, Nov. 3. The iPhone X introduces a design with an all-screen display that follows the curve of the device, clear to the rounded corners. The all-glass front and back feature the most durable glass ever in a smartphone in silver or space gray, while a highly polished, surgical-grade stainless steel band seamlessly wraps around and reinforces iPhone X, according to Phil Schiller, Apple’s vice president of Worldwide Marketing. A seven-layer color...
Sep 12
Apple introduces the iPhone 8, iPhone Plus
Apple has debuted the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus. The new iPhone features a new glass and aluminum design in three colors made out of what Apple claims is the most durable glass ever in a smartphone, Retina HD displays and A11 Bionic chip, and is designed for the ultimate augmented reality experience. The smartphone’s camera gets even better with single and dual cameras featuring Portrait Lighting on iPhone 8 Plus, and wireless charging brings a new capability to the smartphone. Both devices will be available for pre-order beginning Friday, Sept. 15. in more than 25 countries and territories, and in stores beginning Friday, Sept. 22. Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing, says the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus introduce a beautiful glass back design made with the most durable glass ever in a smartphone in three new finishes: space gray, silver and gold. The glass finish is made using a seven-layer color process for precise hue and opacity, delivering a...
Sep 12
The Apple Watch Series 3 adds cellular support
Apple has introduced Apple Watch Series 3, adding built-in cellular. It allows users to stay connected, make calls, receive texts and more, even without an iPhone nearby. The third-generation Apple Watch boasts intelligent coaching features, water resistance to 50 meters and a new barometric altimeter that measures relative elevation. Apple Watch Series 3 comes in two models, one with GPS and cellular, and one with GPS, both featuring a 70% faster dual-core processor and new wireless chip. Soon, the combination of cellular and watchOS 4 will allow Apple Music users to stream 40 million songs right from their wrist, according to Jeff Williams, Apple’s chief operating officer. Beginning Friday, Sept. 15, Apple Watch Series 3 (GPS + Cellular) will be available to order in 10 countries and territories, and Apple Watch Series 3 (GPS) will be available to order in 28 countries and territories. Both models are available in stores starting Friday, Sept. 22. Apple Watch Series 3 (GPS +...
Sep 12
Apple debuts the Apple TV 4K with HDR
Apple has introduced the Apple TV 4K with support for both 4K and High Dynamic Range (HDR. With Apple TV 4K, viewers can enjoy a growing selection of 4K HDR movies on iTunes. In fact, iTunes users will get automatic upgrades of HD titles in their existing iTunes library to 4K HDR versions when they become available. Apple TV 4K will also offer 4K HDR content from popular video services, including Netflix and Amazon Prime Video, coming soon, says Eddy Cue, Apple’s senior vice president of Internet Software and Services. Built on the groundbreaking A10X Fusion chip, the Apple TV 4K offers support for both Dolby Vision and HDR10. A built-in high-performance 4K video scaler makes HD content look better than ever on a 4K TV, says Cue. The Apple TV 4K always outputs to the highest resolution possible allows viewers to get the most out of their TV, whether it’s an older HDTV or the latest 4K Dolby Vision OLED. It also offers automatic detection of a 4K TV’s capabilities that optimizes setup...
Sep 12
QuickerTek announces Solar PV Chargers for USB Type-C 2015-2017...
QuickerTek has announced 30 watt and 60 watt USB Type-C Solar Juicz Chargers (http://tinyurl.com/ycyzf55n). These solar panels feature the USB 3.1 adapter cable necessary to power and charge the 2015-2017 MacBook and MacBook Pro 13-inch and 15-inch laptops. They include a Type-C USB (3.1) cable that utilizes the PD protocol. To use, they can be plugged directly into the MacBook's special USB 3.1 adapter ports. These solar products power the computer battery for use while simultaneously charging the internal battery. The folks at QuickerTek say the Solar Juicz Chargers feature water resistant, foldable and durable photo-voltaic cells. Each panel is light weight for easy travel, weighing in at three pounds, including with accessories. QuickerTek is offering the 30 Watt USB Type-C Solar Juicz Charger for $499 and the 60 Watt USB Type-C Solar Juicz Charger for $999. These solar panels can also be used to charge QuickerTek's Most Powerful eyeBattery and Most Versatile eyeBattery.
Sep 12
WaterField introduces the iPhone Camera Bag
In celebration of the iPhone’s 10-year anniversary, WaterField (https://www.sfbags.com) has introduced a custom iPhone Camera Bag in elegant leather or black ballistic nylon designed to hold detachable lenses, mini tripod, and other photo accessories for the new iPhones expected to debut today. The iPhone Camera Bag allows mobile photographers to stow their iPhone photography gear within easy reach, ready to snap photos on a moment’s notice, says WaterField owner Gary Waterfield. Available in full-grain premium leather or classic black ballistic nylon, the WaterField iPhone Camera Bag attaches to a belt or slings crossbody, keeping the iPhone quickly accessible at the hip. Inside, the bag includes a dedicated, easy-access pocket for the smartphone and battery pack and adjustable padded dividers for up to four smartphone camera lenses. An additional zippered mesh pocket stow cords and lens attachments. Two stretchy straps hold a mini-tripod in place along the bottom of the bag. The...
Sep 12
Output Factory Server 2 for InDesign Released
Zevrix Solutions has rolled out Output Factory Server 2, an upgrade to company's output automation solution for Adobe InDesign. Output Factory Server automates printing and exporting from InDesign by processing files from hot folders, and can serve unlimited users on a network. Version 2 adds new features such as the ability to output InDesign files to multiple formats from a single hot folder, the ability to run custom scripts, the ability to process file aliases instead of originals, and more. Output Factory Server can be purchased from the Zevrix website (www.zevrix.com) for $699.95. A demo is available for download. The upgrade cost is $350 for the licensed users of Output Factory Server 1.x and BatchOutput Server. Output Factory Server requires macOS 10.7 or later and Adobe InDesign CS5-CC 2017.
Sep 11
Information Technology Disaster Resource Center
Recent events such as Hurricanes Harvey and Irma remind us of all kinds of recovery – but often, news doesn’t talk about support related to IT. Fortunately, there are many ways to get help or give help, and organizations ready and willing to step in and give assistance. One of them is the Information Technology Disaster Resource Center (ITDRC), a non-profit group of volunteers from the IT community who provide no-cost telecommunications support to survivors and emergency responders as they begin recovery after a disaster. If you are interested in donating time, money, or equipment you can contact them via their web site. https://itdrc.org Often, organizations like ITDRC get support from vendors. For example, if you are a Ruckus customer or reseller and have old Ruckus WLAN gear that you want to donate, send it to ITDRC and we will make sure it is fully licensed and upgraded at no cost.
Sep 11
OWC ships the Thunderbolt 3 Dock
Other World Computing is now shipping new orders of the $299 Thunderbolt 3 Dock (http://tinyurl.com/y9jmo5hf), which sports 13 ports. It provides connectivity through an included Thunderbolt 3 cable, delivering power to laptops and other devices. The dock takes full advantage of Thunderbolt 3 technology with throughput up to 40Gb/s of bandwidth. The 13 ports offer the capability to charge mobile devices, connect the newest displays, add external storage (including legacy devices such as FireWire drives), import photos and videos from SD cards, access wired networks via Gigabit Ethernet, and connect audio accessories. The OWC Thunderbolt 3 Dock can be the foundation of a custom display setup, providing the ability to drive a latest-generation 5K display, two ultra HD 4K displays or a combination of 4K, HD and other displays with the Mini DisplayPort (mDP) with DisplayPort++ support, and additional Thunderbolt 3 port. For professionals working in the creative industries, there’s a...
Sep 11
YouTube Downloader for Mac upgraded to version 5.0
iFunia has upgraded YouTube Downloader for Mac to version 5.0. The app allows users to download and save YouTube videos right into their Mac. Version 5.0 adds support for downloading YouTube playlist and channels in one go.  iFunia YouTube Downloader for Mac also can download video from Vimeo, Dailymotion, LiveLeak, Break, Metacafe, Facebook, Instagram, Yahoo, BBC, AOL, SoundCloud, and 1000-plus other sites. iFunia YouTube Downloader for Mac costs $19.99 with unlimited video downloading and requires macOS 10.10 or higher. You can download a demo that allows three free downloads at the iFunia website (http://tinyurl.com/y9e7q9om).
Sep 11
AKVIS ArtSuite for macOS revved to version 12
AKVIS (www.akvis.com) has announced AKVIS ArtSuite 12, an update of the photo decoration software for macOS that offers a collection of visual effects and frames for your digital photos. Version 12 offers the new Passe-Partout frame, the Presets panel with ready-to-use AKVIS frame presets, the improved Halftone effect, and some bug fixes. The new version provides more customization options by adding a new gray interface color. A demo of AKVIS ArtSuite is available for download on macOS 10.7 and higher. It’s available as a standalone application and as a plugin to photo editors: AliveColors by AKVIS, Adobe Photoshop, and others. AKVIS ArtSuite 12 Home sells for $39, Deluxe for $49, and Business for $72. One license key allows activating and using the software on two computers. Version 12 is a free upgrade for recent buyers, as well for those who bought “one year of updates” during the last 12 months. Users whose license isn’t valid for the new version can get ArtSuite 12 for $14.95.
Sep 11
iWatermark Pro for macOS updated to version 2.0
Plum Amazing Software has updated iWatermark Pro for Mac to version 2.0. It’s a watermarking app for professional photographers for business and personal use. iWatermark Pro support batch or sequential processing, including relative and absolute scaling. Watermark types include Text, Graphic, Vector, Lines, Border, Text On Arc, Text Banner, QR Code, Signature, Metadata and Steganographic. Version 2.0 provides updated tags in the iWatermark Text editor for GPS (Alt. Speet and Lat.) and Current (date, time, year, total) and File Attributes. It enables rotation and scaling gestures in Text, Graphic and Vector watermarks, Smart Zoom for turning scaling on/off, a Quick Look at preview click smart Zoom on input preview, and more. iWatermark Pro requires macOS 10.6 or higher. It’s available at the Plum Amazing online store (https://plumamazing.com/products/) for $30.
Sep 11
Piano Tuner PT1 1.0 released for macOS
JSplash Studios has released Piano Tuner PT1 1.0, an update to its piano tuning app for macOS. It designed to help professional piano technicians to tune a piano to the highest possible standards. Piano Tuner PT1 sports a pitch recognition algorithm for showing the precise pitch frequency and deviation from the target frequency for any note. The app requires macOS 10.8 and costs $499.99. It’s available at the Mac App Store (http://tinyurl.com/y9j43g3p).
Sep 11
ATTO debuts quad-port version of 32Gb Fibre Channel line of HBAs
ATTO Technology (www.atto.com) has announced the availability of its new quad-port ATTO Celerity 32Gb Gen 6 FC-324E host bus adapters (HBAs). This addition to the ATTO Fibre Channel portfolio will enable companies to capitalize on their existing storage area network (SAN) infrastructure and addresses the growing need for high-performing, scalable and secure storage to support exponential data growth from applications such as 4K/8K editing and high-performance computing and data warehousing, along with the proliferation of virtualized servers and flash arrays, according to ATTO CEO Tim Klein. ATTO 32Gb HBAs support 3,200MB/s per channel data throughput. With x16 PCIe bus connection and four 32Gb/s Fibre Channel ports, the FC-324E eliminates the bottlenecks created by I/O data intensive applications. Four Fibre Channel ports in a single PCIe slot ensures high-density connectivity at the highest available performance for up to 1.2 GB/s throughput making it ideally suited for...
Sep 11
Recosoft Corp. releases PDF2Office for iWork 2017
Recosoft Corp. has released PDF2Office for iWork 2017, the latest version of its PDF to Apple Pages, Keynote and Numbers conversion utility for macOS. PDF2Office for iWork allows you to recover, reuse and re-source the content stored in PDF files. The app converts PDFs to Numbers, Keynote and Pages files by: recreating the layout of the document; forming paragraphs; applying styles; regrouping independent graphic elements; extracting images; and creating tables automatically. PDF2Office for iWork 2017 sports a revamped user interface, the ability to batch convert multiple PDF files to different formats, an area select tool, and PDF to image conversion. It also contains the latest PDF Reconstruction v7.0 engine. PDF2Office for iWork requires macOS 10.9 or higher. It’s available at the Mac App Store (https://itunes.apple.com/app/pdf2office-for-iwork-2017/id1222474788) as an in-app purchase for $29.99 with a limited free-to-use option for 14-days.
Sep 08
iLocker for Mac provides password-controlled app, file security
ProtectStar has announced iLocker for Mac 1.0. It’s a password-protected app and file security utility. iLocker allows users of shared Macs to password protect any app, file, or folder on a hard drive. For example, parents can drag and drop apps or files into the iLocker window, set a password, and their selections are protected from unauthorized access by their offspring. The app also supports the MacBook Pro's Touch ID sensor. iLocker for Mac 1.0 costs $19.90 and requires macOS 10.11 or higher. It’s available exclusively through the ProtectStar website (http://tinyurl.com/y8lkkjl2).
Sep 08
PDFpen 9.2 for macOS improves OCR
Smile (http://smle.us/store) has revved PDFpen, its all-purpose PDF editing tool for macOS (10.11 and higher), to version 9.2. It updates the current optical character recognition (OCR) capabilities, making scans of text turn into selectable text with greater speed and accuracy. PDFpenPro and PDFpen 9 work with PDFpen for iPad and iPhone version 2, allowing editing across devices when used with Dropbox or iCloud. PDFpen retails for $74.95, and PDFpenPro for $124.95. Family pack licenses, which cover up to five computers in one household, are $94.95 for PDFpen and $149.95 for PDFpenPro. Office pack licenses start at $224.95 for PDFpen (five users) and $349.95 for PDFpenPro (five users). Upgrades from earlier single user versions of either application are $30, and free to users who purchased on or after Jan. 1, 2017. Upgrades from previous versions of PDFpen to PDFpenPro 9 are $50.
Sep 07
Avira debuts the Free Security Suite for macOS
Avira has introduced the new Free Security Suite for Mac. It’s “the world’s first free security package for Mac users that combines security and privacy features into a single suite at no cost,” according to Alexander Vukcevic, director of Avira Protection Services. It combines the Avira Free Antivirus for Mac together with the Avira Phantom VPN. As an additional protection layer, the browser extension Avira SafeSearch Plus is also part of the suite. This combo is designed to protect Mac users against incoming malware, secures their privacy anywhere against online spying, unlocks geo-restricted content and delivers secure search results, Vukcevic says. The Avira Free Security Suite for Mac is free to install and use. Functionality on Phantom VPN is limited by a monthly bandwidth ceiling. The Avira Free Security Suite for Mac is available for download (www.avira.com) and requires macOS 10.11 or higher. Avira has also released a new version of Avira Mobile Security for iOS. The app...
Sep 07
Logitech announces HomeKit availability on Circle 2 wired home...
Logitech has announced Circle 2 Wired home security cameras and mounts (logi.com/Circle2) now work with Apple’s HomeKit. HomeKit is a framework that allows control of compatible home automation devices through iOS and Siri. You can set up your Circle 2 Wired camera with the Apple Home app and enjoy access to live camera video on your iPhone and iPad, notifications to your lock screen on iPhone or iPad or right on your Apple Watch, and home automation such as turning on the lights automatically when motion is detected by the camera. The Circle 2 Wired camera, and the camera when attached to the Plug Mount or Window Mount all work with Apple HomeKit. New and existing Circle 2 Wired owners can all take advantage of this new HomeKit integration starting today (existing Circle 2 users should visit here for update instructions). Circle 2 Wired is available now at retailers nationwide, and will be in Apple stores and Apple.com, starting in October in the U.S. and Europe for $179.95. The...
Sep 07
Cisdem releases Cisdem Duplicate Finder
Cisdem (www.cisdem.com) has released Cisdem Duplicate Finder for macOS. The app can can find & delete duplicate photos, documents, music, videos, and more. Cisdem Duplicate Finder is on on sale at 25% off through Sept. 17. You can get a single user license for $29.99; the regular price is $39.99. A demo is available for download. Cisdem Duplicate Finder requires macOS 10.8 or higher.
Sep 07
Mountain Duck 2 for Mac has support for secure Cryptomator...
Mountain Duck 2 has been released for macOS (and Windows), featuring support for client-side encrypted Cryptomator interoperable vaults. The result? “Foolproof” client-side encryption for cloud storage mounted on your desktop. Encryption for data at rest prevents unauthorized access regardless of the server or cloud storage infrastructure. You can create secure vaults on any server or cloud storage available through the the broad protocol support in Mountain Duck – including Amazon S3, Backblaze B2, Microsoft Azure, Google Drive, Dropbox and OneDrive or any OpenStack Swift, WebDAV or FTP interoperable hosting solution. Additionally you can also connect to your local hard disk and browse Cryptomator Vaults you want to save on your computer. Also, all vaults either created by Mountain Duck, Cyberduck or mobile apps from Cryptomator for iOS and Android are fully interoperable. Mountain Duck 2 is available at the Mac App Store (http://tinyurl.com/y974m2zh) for $39.99. It requires macOS 10...
Sep 06
Apple posts new developer, public betas of iOS 11
Apple has released the 10th developer beta and ninth public beta of iOS 11. Developers can download the beta through the Apple Developer Center or the Software Update mechanism in the App Store. End users can download the public beta. If you're not already signed up for the public beta program, you can do so at https://beta.apple.com/sp/betaprogram/. The public beta program is free, but remember: beta software is unfinished software so use with care.
Sep 06
LandingZone unveils a new docking station for the MacBook Pro...
LandingZone (www.landingzone.net) has announced its latest docking station for the MacBook Pro with Touch Bar. It’s equipped with 16 ports and costs $299. Available for the 13-inch and 15-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar, the LandingZone Docking Station's compact size brings the functionality of a full desktop computer, with the ability to stay at a desk or be brought on-the-go during travel, says LandingZone CEO Steven Yang. The additional ports, such as USB 3.1 Type-C, USB 3.1 Type-A, HDMI, Mini DisplayPort and Ethernet, facilitate the connection of a large range of devices to the Apple laptop. The docking station eliminates the need for numerous dongles, as the MacBook Pro with Touch Bar offers only USB-C ports. In addition, the Kensington Security Slot built into the dock allows both the docking station and the MacBook Pro to be secured to a desk or table.
Sep 06
DataShredder for macOS revved to version 1.0.4
ProtectStar has updated Data Shredder for macOS (10.11 or higher) to version 1.0.4. It’s a military grade data deletion tool. Data Shredder for Mac securely deletes data using secure deletion algorithms that purportedly meet and exceed government, military, and industry standards. Users drag ’n drop files, folders, volumes or even external devices to the app. Data Shredder then erases any chance for data reconstruction. Version 1.0.4 is a maintenance release. Data Shredder for Mac Professional uses certified deletion algorithms, including: DoD 5220.22-M ECE, Peter Gutmann, HMG Infosec No.5, German BSI-2011-VS, US Army AR380-19 and more. Data Shredder for Mac Military Edition uses those same algorithms. Plus, it makes use of enhanced military deletion methods like NATO standard, US Navy NAVSO P-5239-26 (MFM & RLL), USAF AFSSI-5020 (United States Air Force), BSI TL-03423 and Canadian CSEC ITSG-06. Each algorithm has been analyzed by independent authorities and organizations to...
Sep 06
AutoMounter 1.5 for macOS adds advanced mount rules, more
Pixeleyes has announced AutoMounter 1.5, an update to their menu item designed to automatically mount your network shares on macOS. The utility will mount your shares from an available server or network-attached storage appliance, and they’ll appear on your Desktop. AutoMounter 1.5 offers advanced mount rules, the ability to mount to custom locations, opening apps and files on mount, and a dark UI theme. AutoMounter 1.5 requires macOS 10.11 or higher and costs $9.99. The “Pro Settings” features require a $3.99 in-app purchase. AutoMounter is available worldwide exclusively through the Mac App Store (http://tinyurl.com/y7h65cbl).
Sep 06
FileMaker, 42 Silicon Valley partner up for software engineer...
FileMaker, Inc. (www.filemaker.com), a subsidiary of Apple, and 42 Silicon Valley have announced a partnership to develop the next generation of custom app developers. The partnership is a strategic move to recruit the area's top tech talent, gain digital and human competitive advantages, and feed recruiting pipelines for FileMaker Business Alliance partners. FileMaker, Inc. will host students and staff from 42 Silicon Valley on Apple's campus as part of the partnership launch. Students will view an introduction to custom app development and to the curriculum of the training the selected 42 Silicon Valley students will receive. Students will then complete six month internships with FileMaker Business Alliance Partners during which they'll be tasked with creating custom apps to solve real business challenges. "By partnering with 42 Silicon Valley, we are able to connect their talented developers with our FileMaker community in what is truly a win-win situation,” says Brad Freitag, vice...
Sep 05
Retrospect 14.5 for Mac is now available
Retrospect 14.5 for Mac is now available. It includes support for the latest operating systems, database protection for MySQL, PostgreSQL, and MongoDB, a new daily backup report email, and cloud integration with Wasabi. Retrospect is now certified for macOS High Sierra with the new Apple File System (APFS), Microsoft Windows Fall Creators Update, and the latest Linux distributions of Ubuntu, Debian, Suse, RHEL, and CentOS. macOS High Sierra is now in beta testing and is due this fall. 
Retrospect now integrates with the three most popular databases: MySQL, PostgreSQL, and MongoDB. System administrators can deploy custom scripts to quiesce these databases into a read-only mode to ensure an application-consistent backup. 
The "Backup Report" its now available as a daily email. Customers can keep tabs on every computer in their environment without leaving their inbox. Wasabi is a cloud storage provider focused on single-tier hot storage with costs at $0.0039/GB a month. It’s now...
 

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Thimbleweed Park (Games)
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INKS puts a clever new spin on everyone's favorite classic arcade game, pinball. The core mechanics are the same -- keep a little ball pinging around the board for as long as possible without letting it fall into the precarious holes in the board.... | Read more »
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