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Dec 05
Absolute Software expands support for Device Enrollment Program
Absolute Software Corp. (www.absolute.com) has announced full support for Mac OS X Yosemite with Absolute Manage 6.7. This release includes full support for Mac computers within the Apple Device Enrollment Program. This experience enables Absolute customers to remotely provision employer, and employee-owned Macs as part of the standard device setup process, ensuring all new Macs are registered and compliant from the very first moment they're put into use. Absolute Manage 6.7 is available now. The release also includes additional enhancements, as well as compatibility with the newest operating systems. The InstallEase software repackaging tool has also been updated to support the latest Mac and Windows operating systems, available as a free download at Absolute Software online.
Dec 05
Logo Pop Lite for OS X adds pre-designed logo graphics
128bit Technologies has announced Logo Pop Lite 1.1, an update to its vector-based logo design app for Mac OS X. The software allows you to create a professional looking vector based logo, and and then use it online or in print with support for all popular image formats including transparent PNGs. Version 1.1 adds new pre-designed logo graphics and templates, and fixes a bug in the Graphics preview window. Logo Pop Lite 1.1 is available on the MacAppware website (www.macappware.com) and through the Mac App Store in the Graphics & Design category. It's available for US$1.99 for a limited time.
Dec 05
URL Extractor for Mac OS X upgraded to version 4.4
Tension Software has released URL Extractor X 4.4. The Mac OS X app extracts email address and generic URLs from files on the HD or directly from the web using a list of "starting" web addresses and working unattended after the startup. URL Extractor can extract thousands of URLs from the web starting from a single web page and using "cross navigation" and extraction. In version 4.4, each URL is collected with the source URL (the URL from where it was extracted) listed in another column. The new version also adds advanced URL export capabilities, the ability to specify a custom client app name to declare connecting to the server, and layout adjustments. URL Extractor requires Mac OS X 10.9 or higher and costs US$50. It's available at the Tension Software website (www.tensionsoftware.com) and the Mac App Store.
Dec 04
The latest iOS apps for Dec. 4
Deadpan Dodo Art Factory has announced Bands, Singers & Songs Quiz. The goal of the free game is to discover the US or UK singer or music band using five provided song tips as help. The player has to type the missing singer or band using the jumbled letters, and try to work their way through all 30 levels of difficulty. ZealTopia Interactive has released Noda. It's a free combination of a number puzzle game with the swipe-and-connect game mechanics. In Noda, each level comprises of a board with dots on it. Some are empty, while some of them have numbers. Swipe from dots to dots in order to manipulate numbers. Form the correct number on the correct dots, under limited number of moves. Wimlog has introduced vPhotoGrid. The free app lets you convert a short iPhone video into photo grid, then merge the photo grid back to the video. This photo grid can be shown as the thumbnail of the saved video. Also, the photo grid can be further edited; you can draw, write text and put image...
Dec 04
Red Giant Shooter Suite 12.6.1 keeps RED camera media in sync
The Red Giant Universe (www.redgiant.com) is expanding again with the the latest update to the Shooter Suite, a collection of purpose-built applications that give directors of photography, videographers, shooters and filmmakers the automation and workflow capabilities to offload, analyze, touch up and synchronize digital media destined for post. Headlining the Shooter Suite 12.6.1 release is PluralEyes 3.5.5 support for RED camera media. PluralEyes support for RED media ensures users can quickly sync multi-camera and dual-system audio production media shot on RED cameras. The new PluralEyes update even supports sync automation for spanned RED media, treating multiple files as a single logical clip. The update also enhances the overall export workflow and includes a new welcome video tutorial to help new users start using PluralEyes faster than ever before. In addition to the new PluralEyes update, the Red Giant Shooter Suite includes a number of improvements to the Offload,...
Dec 04
LA's Palms Middle School uses crowdfunding to buy new Macs
Palms Middle School in West Los Angeles has a full complement of computers in its library. That's the good news. The bad news is that all of the computers are hopelessly outdated (see photo). "Our current computers are ridiculously slow, and some don't even work," said Keith McKnight, a member of the Friends of Palms, a nonprofit organization that includes parents, friends, and families of children who attend Palms Middle School."It's frustrating for students to try to do class assignments on equipment that takes many minutes to access websites or print documents. Due to budget constraints in our school district, replacing these old, outdated computers will take years, if ever." So McKnight and several other parents are talking the matter into their own hands. They have launched an Indiegogo campaign to raise US$20,437, enough to purchase 13 Apple iMac computers with a speed of 2.7 Ghz. This is the minimum specification required by the Los Angeles Unified School District. The money...
Dec 04
Belkin releases new iPad keyboards
Belkin has released new keyboards for the iPad Air 2: the QODE Ultimate Pro Keyboard (pictured) and the QODE Ultimate Keyboard ($129.99). Both are designed specifically for the iPad Air 2 and are available exclusively at AT&T and Belkin.com. Designed for users who want both a protective case and a keyboard, but not always at the same time, the US$149.99 QODE Ultimate Pro features a detachable back case that makes it simple to remove from the keyboard, says Ana Hory, the director of product management for Belkin’s QODE keyboard business. The case portion is compatible with the Apple Smart Cover for full dual-sided protection when the keyboard isn’t in use. Thanks to its detachable case, the QODE Ultimate Pro also features both portrait or landscape modes for more viewing options than traditional clamshell keyboard cases. Belkin completely redesigned the keyboard layout of the QODE Ultimate Pro, making it an iPad keyboard case on the market with the same number of keys as a laptop...
Dec 04
Cinematica for Mac OS X revved to version 2.3
Xeric Design (www.xericdesign.com) has launched Cinematica 2.3, an upgrade to its video management app for Mac OS X. It lets you manage your video library in detail, keeping track of dozens of properties for each and every file. With Cinematica, you can sort and search by multiple criteria as well as by technical properties. Version 2.3 adds an option to toggle folder file counts and adds an option for an "Extra Large" storyboard frame size. Smart collections can now include "Keyword" and "Path" criteria. The keyword menu is now sorted alphabetically. Unused keywords are now removed from the database and keyword menu. Cinematica 2.3 requires Mac OS X 10.8 or higher. Single user copies may be purchased online for US$24.95. Five user copies are available for $39.95. Upgrades from version 1.x start at $12.95.
Dec 04
SuperSync for Mac OS X gets improved network security
SuperSync (http://www.supersync.com/) -- Mac OS X compatible software that acts as a music collection’s central hub, retrieving, organizing, and syncing all music and movie files across machines and disk drives in order to create one consistent, complete music library -- has been updated to version 6.1. The upgrade adds improved network security and Mac OS X support. Users can now visually compare, access, sync, and merge iTunes libraries including music, audio files, video files, podcasts, and playlists across multiple Macintosh, Windows, NAS, iPhone, iPad, and iPod devices. With SuperSync, users can retrieve a song from a laptop, play or download a song from a home computer while at the office, upload a new album from the road, or back-up an entire music library on a new computer or network drive. It allows visual comparison of two music libraries locally or over the net. With this feature, users can see what music is located in each library. They can select the tracks they want...
Dec 03
The latest iOS apps for Dec. 3
Here are some of the latest apps available at the Apple App Store for the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. FAME has announced D-Cubes. It's a $1.99 puzzle game in which you must swap the colored cubes so that their sum equals the number of a silver cube and complete each face as fast as possible. Residents of greater San Diego are invited to connect with their community through Rocket, a new social network for urban discovery from Team Rocket. With the free app, users can get photographic insights into what's happening in their city and where the best local hotspots are. Liber Primus Games has launched Naborian Saga. It's a free, epic fantasy story that writes itself as you play. It's written by award winning novelist Francis Hora and Dr. Tom Pollak, a professional novelist and former editor of "Dragon," theDungeon’s and Dragon’s role playing game magazine. Dreapp Studio has introduced AnaDraw. It's a free app for drawing anamorphic art. Oleh Yudin has unveiled GeoCon. The US$0.99 app...
Dec 03
PCI Geomatics releases Python Scripts for use in Geomatica 2014 
PCI Geomatics, a developer of remote sensing and photogrammetric software and systems, has released customized Python scripts to be used in conjunction with the company’s latest release of Geomatica. Geomatica 2014 offers support for scripting of processing algorithms in the Python language and is available as an alternative to Geomatica’s proprietary EASI scripting environment. Python Scripting also allows for customizable scripting to combine image processing with other tasks to streamline data management applications, generate intelligent business products, or customize output for a variety of GIS applications. A number of scripts on PCI Geomatics’ GitHub page are specifically designed for use in version 10.2.1 of Esri’s ArcGIS software. The scripts released today support Python 2.7 and are available, free of charge, at http://tinyurl.com/m548okj . 
Dec 03
OWC ships 1TB Aura 6G SSD upgrade for MacBook Pros
Other World Computing (OWC) has announced a new 1TB OWC Aura SSD specifically developed for upgrading the capacity and speed of 2012-Early 2013 MacBook Pros with Retina Display. It delivers peak transfer rates up to 555/530 MB/s read/write for high-speed production, audio, film, photo and graphic workflows, says Larry O'Connor, founder and CEO of OWC. It's engineered for the Mac, so no extra software or hacks is needed. The Aura SSD is built for do-it-yourself installation and comes with step-by-step install videos. Also, you can use your original SSD as a portable USB 3.0 drive. OWC’s Aura SSDs for MacBook Pro with Retina Display (2012-Early 2013) are available in a variety of configurations. Go to http://tinyurl.com/myrw3e3 for more info.
Dec 03
MacMate updates its cloud service packages
MacMate (http://www.macmate.me), a cloud service for Mac users, has announced three major updates and releases to their package: Web Builder Live, Wordpress M3, as well as increasing features across all the packages. Along with the launch of Web Builder Live and Wordpress M3, MacMate have beefed up all three packages with extra features, and more cloud space. Web Builder Live is included free on all MacMate packages. Now everyone can create a free website. MacMate Lite now features: Web Builder Live, Galleries, Cloud disk, Email and Filesharing. MacMate has also added Wordpress M3 to their premium MacMate Pro. WordPress M3 is a fully managed Wordpress solution. MacMate Lite is the new free version. MacMate Classic costs US$5.75 per month, and MacMate Pro is $8.25per month.
Dec 03
Apple working on ways to make the iPhone more shatter-proof
Apple may have invented an app, or at least a preventative measure that may eventually be built into future iPhones to make them more shatter-proof, notes MarketWatch. The company has been granted a patent for a mechanism that will reorient the phone in a freefall, which may keep the glass in your iPhone from shattering or cracking, as well as shielding other electronic components such as the camera lens. Patent number 8,903,519 is for a “protective mechanism for an electronic device." 
It would equip the iOS and OS X devices with a processor and a sensor in communication with the processor and a protective mechanism. The protective mechanism would “talk” with the processor and selectively alter a center of mass of the electronic device. Additionally, the electronic device also includes an enclosure configured to at least partially enclose the processor and the sensor. The patent was initially submitted to the The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office in September 2011 and cites Nicholas...
Dec 03
iPhone 6 sales put Apple on course for a record quarter
The latest smartphone sales data from Kantar Worldpanel ComTech (http://us.kantar.com), for the August, September and October, shows that the iPhone 6 launch has sent Apple’s share of British smartphone sales up 10.4 percentage points. Apple now accounts for 39.5% of British sales, its highest ever level. Across Europe, Android sales still lead at 69.4% despite falling 2.5 percentage points. Apple’s iOS is up 5.7 percentage points to 20.7% thanks to the iPhone 6; Windows stands in third with 8.7% of the market. "Apple has experienced a huge jump in sales share across almost all major markets thanks to the launch of the iPhone 6. In major European economies, the US and Australia, Apple’s share of sales has risen," says Dominic Sunnebo, strategic insight director at Kantar Worldpanel ComTech. "This success is particularly evident in Great Britain where Apple now has its highest ever share of sales with 39.5%. Most of these sales were driven by loyal Apple users. Some 86% of British...
Dec 03
Bluetooth 4.2 specification announced
The Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG) has announced the new Bluetooth 4.2 specification. Key updates in 4.2 improve privacy and increase speed, and a soon-to-be ratified profile will enable IP connectivity. Bluetooth 4.2 opens up new opportunities for developers, OEMs [original equipment manufacturers] and the industry to build a better user experience for consumers while creating use cases never before imagined. "Bluetooth 4.2 is all about continuing to make Bluetooth Smart the best solution to connect all the technology in your life – from personal sensors to your connected home. In addition to the improvements to the specification itself, a new profile known as IPSP enables IPv6 for Bluetooth, opening entirely new doors for device connectivity," says Mark Powell, executive director of the Bluetooth SIG. "Bluetooth Smart is the only technology that can scale with the market, provide developers the flexibility to innovate, and be the foundation for the IoT [Internet of Things...
Dec 03
Boom 2 for OS X ready for Yosemite
Global Delight has released Boom 2, an upgrade of the system-wide Mac audio app. The new version is especially for OS X Yosemite, comes with a smart interface, self-calibrates itself according to the type of Mac, offers hands-on advanced equalizer controls and audio effects. Boom 2 introduces advanced equalizers with Frequency Constrain controls, audio personalization by customizing the sound output according to the Mac type, intelligent file audio boosting and system-wide volume boosting. It can also take advantage of Yosemite's Dark Mode. Boom 2 costs US$14.99 and can be found at the Global Delight store (www.globaldelight.com). Students/educators get a a special discounted price of $9.99 while existing Boom 1.x users can upgrade to the latest Boom 2 at a discount of 50%. A free, seven- day trial and more can be experienced at the Global Delight website.
Dec 03
Arturia rolls out its V Collection 4 reference software...
Music software and hardware developer and manufacturer, Arturia, has launched V Collection 4, a software collection of keyboards and drum machines, updated and expanded to include all of the company’s latest software instruments. All 12 of Arturia’s Analog Classics range of software recreations of classic analogue instruments are now included, including the latest VOX Continental V (Sixties-vintage VOX Continental 300 combo organ), Solina V (Seventies-vintage Solina String Ensemble string machine), and Matrix 12 V (Eighties-vintage Oberheim Matrix-12 polysynth) additions. Also new to V Collection 4 is SPARK 2, Arturia’s sound-sculpting and beat performance software featuring over 170 drum machines and over 5,500 patterns ranging from hip-hop to many of the latest EDM genres. Boxed versions of V Collection 4 are available to purchase for US$399 from any authorized Arturia dealer or online as a boxed version or download directly from Arturia (http://tinyurl.com/ldn4y8w).
Dec 03
CS Odessa announces marketing infographics ConceptDraw Pro...
CS Odessa (www.conceptdraw.com) has announced an infographics addition to ConceptDraw Pro 10, which is now available in the Business Infographics Area of the ConceptDraw Solution Park. The new Marketing Infographics Solution includes collections of templates, samples, and libraries of vector stencils that support many professional ways to show marketing data at a glance. The new section contains design infographics tools to illustrate business documents and presentations. The ConceptDraw Marketing Infographics Solution is a paid add-on to ConceptDraw Pro 10. The cost to purchase the infographics add-on is $25.
Dec 03
Maintain serves up Cocktail 8.1 (Yosemite Edition)
Maintain has served up Cocktail 8.1 (http://cocktail.maintain.se), a new version of its Mac OS X utility that's compatible with Yosemite. It offers improvements on the "Clear Internet caches" procedure, updated Automator actions, and updated Help files. Cocktail 8.1 (Yosemite Edition) also adds compatibility with the latest versions of Safari, Google Chrome, Firefox, OmniWeb and Opera. Finally, it fixes compatibility issues with Boom. Cocktail is a general purpose utility for OS X that lets you clean, repair and optimize your Mac. Its features are arranged into five categories that help you manage various aspects of your computer. Cocktail 8.1 (Yosemite Edition) requires OS X Yosemite 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 the Maintain website. When unregistered, Cocktail runs in demo mode and will expire after the tenth launch. Registration is US$19...
Dec 02
Arturia rolls out its V Collection 4 reference software...
Music software and hardware developer and manufacturer, Arturia, has launched V Collection 4, a software collection of keyboards and drum machines, updated and expanded to include all of the company’s latest software instruments. All 12 of Arturia’s Analog Classics range of software recreations of classic analogue instruments are now included, including the latest VOX Continental V (Sixties-vintage VOX Continental 300 combo organ), Solina V (Seventies-vintage Solina String Ensemble string machine), and Matrix 12 V (Eighties-vintage Oberheim Matrix-12 polysynth) additions. Also new to V Collection 4 is SPARK 2, Arturia’s sound-sculpting and beat performance software featuring over 170 drum machines and over 5,500 patterns ranging from hip-hop to many of the latest EDM genres. Boxed versions of V Collection 4 are available to purchase for US$399 from any authorized Arturia dealer or online as a boxed version or download directly from Arturia (http://tinyurl.com/ldn4y8w).
Dec 02
Arturia launches Arturia Sofware Center
Music software and hardware developer, Arturia, has introduced its all-new Arturia Software Center (ASC), an application designed to make accessing its software simpler. It does away with USB dongle-based software protection and "call-and-response" activation routines for all Arturia software users. ASC allows them to register, activate, download, install, and update all of their instruments — those that they already own and those that they have just purchased — in one place. To register a product, you simply open ASC and click on the Add Product button; it is then added to the main ASC page and automatically synced on up to five computers (with no restrictions). There users can clearly see any Arturia software products that they already own. Conversely, checking out any Arturia products that they have yet to purchase is always an absorbing user experience as well, which is exactly why these are also shown on the main ASC page — providing easy access to demo versions is a surefire...
Dec 02
Apple updates Final Cut Pro, Xcode
Apple has updated Final Cut Pro X, its pro/prosumer video editing app, and Xcode, its integrated development environment (IDE) tool. Final Cut Pro X 10.1.4 offers native MXF import, edit, and export via a Pro Video Formats 2.0 software update. It also adds an option to export AVC-Intra MXF files and support for import and editing with Panasonic AVC-LongG media. Version 10.1.4 is a free update for registered users. For new users the cost is US$299. Final Cut Pro X is available at the Mac App Store. 
Xcode 6.1.1 includes software development kits for Mac OS X Yosemite, Mavericks and iOS 8.1. It's a free download at the Mac App Store.
Dec 02
Plustek launches eScan A150 standalone network scanner
Plustek has launched the eScan A150 (http://escan.plustek.com/), a standalone network scanner priced at US$599. It has a built-in seven inch LCD touchscreen with a smartphone-like Apollo interface.  Once the oversize Apollo button is touched, the scanned thumbnail image shows up for a quick review.  Fast Edit is also available when needed, in order to make some quick tweaks such as crop, rotate and contrast.  When it comes to sending, Apollo’s touchscreen offers a variety of destinations including: cloud providers, email, FTP, mobile device, computer, network folder, USB drive — and even to multiple destinations simultaneously. The Plustek eScan A150 is available from authorized Plustek resellers and value added distributors, NewWave Technologies and Ingram Micro.
Dec 02
Epson introduces 'heavy duty' A3 color workgroup...
Epson America (www.epson.com) has expanded its portfolio of workgroup printers with its two new A3 printing solutions powered by PrecisionCore – the WorkForce Pro WF-8590 and WF-8090. The WorkForce Pro 8000-Series printers are designed to deliver affordable color printing with low intervention for small and medium companies and corporate workgroups, says Larry Trevarthen, director, Business Imaging, Epson Americ. The WorkForce Pro 8000-Series features black and color print speeds up to 24 ppm, a duty cycle of up to 75,000 pages, and cost savings up to 40% lower than printing from color lasers, he adds. With the WorkForce Pro WF-8590 (multifunction) and WF-8090 (single function) color printers, workgroups can take advantage of versatile media handling to print up to 13 x 19 inches on a variety of media, including envelopes and labels. The printers' cartridges allow you to print or copy up to 7,000 color pages. They have a total paper capacity of up to 1,830 sheets with optional paper...
Dec 02
Elgato introduces Thunderbolt 2 Dock with 4K video
Elgato (www.elgato.com) has introduced the Thunderbolt 2 Dock. Featuring 20 Gb/s bandwidth and support for HDMI displays with up to 4K resolution, it provides a leap in performance over the first generation of Thunderbolt docks. What's more, Elgato Thunderbolt 2 Dock offers an improved, amplified audio output as well as stand-alone USB charging. It comes in an aluminum enclosure designed to complement the silver design of Apple's Mac notebooks. It offers two Thunderbolt 2 ports, three USB 3.0 ports, HDMI, Gigabit Ethernet, amplified Audio out and microphone in. The Elgato Thunderbolt 2 Dock has a suggested retail price of US$229.95 and includes an Elgato Thunderbolt Cable. There's a free Elgato Thunderbolt Dock Utility that installs a Status Menu that lets you eject all storage devices at once.The software also enables high-power USB support so your Dock's USB ports will charge any iPad and iPhone, enable you to use your Apple SuperDrive, or connect additional bus-powered devices to...
Dec 02
Sonnet announces new PCI Express SSD card
Sonnet Technologies has announced the Tempo PCIe SSD PCI Express (PCIe) solid state drive (SSD) card with a 512GB SSD module, as the newest member of the Sonnet Tempo family of high-performance storage cards. The Sonnet PCIe SSD card serves as an ultra-fast alternative to traditional storage solutions, mounting a high-performance PCIe SSD on a card that installs into a computer's PCIe expansion card slot, according to Robert Farnsworth, CEO of Sonnet Technologies. It's a low-profile PCIe 2.0 card with an attached M.2 PCIe SSD providing 512GB of storage. Its small form factor allows this card to be installed into any x4 mechanical or larger PCIe slot in a Mac Pro tower or Windows desktop or server computer, or into any Thunderbolt-to-PCIe card expansion system such as Sonnet's Echo Express line, xMac Pro Server, or xMac mini Server. The Tempo PCIe SSD is available now at a suggested retail price of US$799. More information on the Tempo PCIe SSD is available at http://tinyurl.com/...
Dec 02
Periscope Pro updated with Mac OS X Yosemite compatibility
ZipZapMac has released Periscope Pro 2.3, an update of its video surveillance app for Mac OS X. The upgrade is compatible with Mac OS X Yosemite. Periscope Pro works with the Mac’s built-in camera, as well as third party cameras and IP-cameras. Just plug in a video camera, click when and where prompted, and you’re set. Periscope Pro requires Mac OS X 10.8 or higher and costs US$19.99. For more info go to http://zipzapmac.com/PeriscopePro .
Dec 01
The latest iOS apps for Dec. 1
Here are some of the latest apps available at the Apple App Store for the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. DynamicDust has announced Pyro. It's a free augmented reality app that "lets you set the world on fire." Point your iOS device's camera to something you would like to be in flames, draw the fire with a finger on the screen, and you can "burn" everything around you. Simon Peter Media has released Tap That Pic, a flash card app for preschoolers. Children can learn from many levels, including wild animals, vehicles, shapes, fish, and fruit. As well as aiding vocabulary, it's designed to help with memory and hand-eye coordination.Tap That Pic! 1.0 includes two categories. Free comes with four bundles with two more available for in-app purchase. The Animals & Colors Bundle, Fruit & Fish Bundle, Instruments & Vehicles Bundle and Wild Animals & Furniture Bundle are all $0.99 each. Mezmedia Pte has introduced Bamba Farm. Designed for kids aged two and above, the $4.99...
Dec 01
Disk Drill 2.4 for Mac OS X adds disk space virtualization
The CleverFiles Team has released Disk Drill 2.4 for Mac OS X. It adds Yosemite compatibility and disk space visualization to its suite of data recovery features. Now users can rescue lost data, protect data from future loss, and easily identify files that are taking up too much space. In addition to space visualization, Disk Drill 2.4 also brings: full support for Mac OS X Yosemite Core Storage technology, the capability to preview files in a hex (binary data) view, and a new type of scanning algorithm called "Allocate existing file system data". More details on the new release can be found in the official project's knowledge base. Disk Drill 2.4 for Mac is a free upgrade for all Free, Pro, Expert and Enterprise users of Disk Drill 2.x. Users will be prompted to upgrade upon launch of the program. Go to http://tinyurl.com/k6yalft for more info.
Dec 01
PipelineFX’s Qube! to support Autodesk’s VRED
PipelineFX (pipelinefx.com) is bringing VRED batch render support to their flagship product, Qube!. With the ability to leverage real-time clusters for animation rendering, both automotive and industrial design users will experience greater efficiency while creating prototype and marketing materials, says Richard Lewis, CEO of PipelineFX. As the first render management software to support VRED, Qube! offers an optimized path from trusted visualization package to the final frame, he adds. With API [application programming interface] support, users can write pre and post scripts that Qube! will automatically run during jobs. This new capability began with an Autodesk request for VRED batch render support for two of North America’s largest auto manufacturers. Since many of PipelineFX’s automotive clients use VRED for real-time visualization and Qube! to manage Alias AutoStudio renders, an optimized solution for frame-based animations made a lot of sense, says Lewis. Design firms can also...
Dec 01
Worldwide smartphone market forecast to slow from a boil to a...
According to a new mobile phone forecast from the International Data Corporation (IDC), worldwide smartphone shipments will reach a total of nearly 1.3 billion units in 2014, representing an increase of 26.3% over 2013. Looking ahead, IDC (www.idc.com) expects 1.4 billion smartphones to be shipped worldwide in 2015 for a 12.2% year-over-year growth rate. Slower annual growth continues throughout the forecast with unit shipments approaching 1.9 billion units in 2018, resulting in a 9.8% compound annual growth rate (CAGR) for the 2014–2018 forecast period. Smartphone revenues reflect a starker picture, as they will be hard hit by the increasingly cutthroat nature of pricing, resulting in a 4.2% CAGR over the same forecast period. "The impact of upstart Chinese players in the global market will be reflected in a race to the bottom when it comes to price. While premium phones aren't going anywhere, we are seeing increasingly better specs in more affordable smartphones. Consumers no...
Dec 01
Antitrust lawsuit involving iTunes and DRM to go on trial this...
Apple and record labels abandoned digital rights management protection in iTunes Store music purchases years ago. Still, an antitrust lawsuit on the matter first filed in 2005 is set to go to trial this week, reports AppleInsider (http://tinyurl.com/l7vymkw). In October U.S. District Court Judge Yvonne Gonzales Rogers denied Apple’s motion for summary judgment in a case that dates back to 2004 and involves the use of digital rights management for content sold through the iTunes Store, opening the suit to move to the trial phase. The class-action lawsuit was filed nearly a decade ago by Thomas Slattery, who alleged that Apple violated federal antitrust laws and California's unfair competition law by requiring that customers use an iPod to listen to music purchased from the iTunes Music Store. Apple managed to have some claims struck from the complaint in 2005, but wasn't successful in having the lawsuit dismissed.
Dec 01
Illuminado for Mac OS X revved to version 1.3
Brotens has announced Illuminando 1.3 for Mac OS X. It's an update of the lighting calculation app. The new version lets you import drawings photometry from PDF files. There's a new dialogue for managing multiple lighting source selection, dimmable lighting sources, an optimized OpenGL view, and integration of Area Lighting Calc and Lightning Bulb Manager. Illuminando is a OpenGL native Cocoa CAD app designed to perform lighting calculations using 3D interactive tools. CAD tools are used to create the scene to perform the appropriate calculations. Apple the sources, and the set will be complete. Illuminando requires Mac OS X 10.9 or higher. It's available for US$69.99 at the Mac App Store. Go to http://www.brotens.com for more info.
Nov 26
SecuritySpy 3.4.3 for the Mac adds improved motion detection
Bensoftware has announced SecuritySpy 3.4.3, an update to the multi-camera video surveillance software for the Mac. SecuritySpy sports features such as motion detection, real-time compression of multiple camera feeds, and network video and audio streaming. New features in this version include improved motion detection, better network performance and support for more IP cameras. Pricing depends on the number of cameras used with the unlimited camera version costing approximately US$1,090. SecuritySpy requires OS X 10.5 or higher. A 30-day fully-featured trial of SecuritySpy is available at the Bensoftware web site (http://www.bensoftware.com/).
Nov 26
BEVL announces dock tailored for iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus
BEVL (http://bevl.co) has announced their first product: an iPhone dock designed to complement the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. However, it's also compatible with the iPhone 5, 5S and 5C and the iPod touch that utilizes the Lightning connector. All the components of the BEVL dock are machined from materials such as aluminum and Delrin. Its swivel design lets you tilt the phone with your fingers to any desired angle between 10 and 30 degrees. The setup process for the dock, which can accommodate iPhones both with and without a case, is simple. Users need only supply their own Apple Lightning cord. The BEVL dock is compatible with most cases that follow Apple's Case Design guidelines. BEVL is taking pre-orders for the dock with the special price of US$89 off the anticipated manufacturer's suggested retail price of US$129. The dock is slated to ship in January.
Nov 26
iWinSoft Barcode Maker ready for Mac OS X Yosemite
iWinSoft Barcode Maker has been upgraded for compatibility with Mac OS X Yosemite. The software allows users to create any number of individual or sequential barcode labels, and print them as barcode labels in any Mac-compatible printer, or save them as image files in all common image formats. v iWinSoft Barcode Maker requires Mac OS X 10.4 or higher. It's available for a limited-time price of US$49.95. A demo is available for download. For more info go to http://www.iwinsoft.com.
Nov 26
Zevrix Deliver Express ready for Mac OS X Yosemite
Zevrix Solutions (http://www.zevrix.com) has announced Deliver Express 2.4.5, a compatibility update to its solution to automatically send and share files across the Internet and local networks on the Mac. The new version is compatible with Mac OS X Yosemite. Deliver Express processes files from watched hot folders and can serve multiple users on a network while running totally unattended. It offers e-mail notifications, multi-destination delivery, file compression, detailed history and much more. The new version allows users to transfer uncompressed folders to FTP and SFTP servers. Deliver Express can be purchased from the Zevrix website as well as from authorized resellers. The license prices are based on the maximum number of allowed destinations and range from US$29.95 to $299.95. The update is free for licensed customers. A demo is available for download. Deliver Express requires Mac OS X 10.5 or higher.
Nov 26
Troi Automatisering releases Troi File Plug-in 7.5.2 for...
Troi Automatisering has rolled out Troi File Plug-in 7.5.2 for FileMaker Pro 13. It's an update of the tool for getting access to information outside the FileMaker Pro database. Any files or folders stored on the computer can be accessed through the functions of the plug-in. Troi File Plug-in 7.5.2 has several new functionality features, improvements and bug fixes. Details can be found at http://tinyurl.com/q98qmay . A fully functional demo version of Troi File Plug-in 7.5.2 is available for downloading at Troi's Web site (http://tinyurl.com/35alat6). It works with FileMaker Pro 11, 12 and 13. The plug-in can also be used with runtimes from FileMaker Pro Advanced 11, 12 or 13. The plug-in is available for Mac OS X 10.6.x or higher, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 8.1. Licenses cost US$99 per user. Details on developer licenses and multi-user discounts can be found on the Troi web site. Troi File Plug-in 7.5.2 also works with FileMaker Server 11, 12 or 13 as a server...
Nov 25
The latest iOS apps for Nov. 25
Here are some of the latest apps available at the Apple App Store for the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. Fresh Touch Media has announced Bass Drop - Deep House - Electronic music sampler and synthesizer. The free app offers a keyboard and sampler with a sound library, letting fans, DJs and producers perform beats and bass lines. The deep house sound bank includes drums, grooves, effects and melodies, specifically designed for straightforward music creation. Therapy Box has announced SmartHub for the iPad. The US$79.99 app is designed to fill a gap for people with physical disabilities who want to be independently able to control home appliances using their preferred alternative access method. SmartHub allows those with disabilities to do those things most people take for granted by using a switch on a wheelchair or the iPad. Features include compatibility with most Smart TVs, multiple settings to adjust the screen input and more. Ultralab has introduced Ultramask. The $0.99 app is a...
Nov 25
Worldwide Tablet Growth Expected to Slow to 7.2% in 2014
The worldwide tablet market is expected to see a massive deceleration in 2014 with year-over-year growth slowing to 7.2%, down from 52.5% in 2013, according to a new forecast from the IDC research group (www.idc.com). At the core of this slowdown is the expectation that 2014 will represent the first full year of decline in Apple iPad shipments. Both the iPad and the overall market slowdown do not come as a surprise as device life cycles for tablets have continued to lengthen, increasingly resembling those of PCs more than smartphones. "The tablet market continues to be impacted by a few major trends happening in relevant markets," says Ryan Reith, program director with IDC's Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Device Trackers. "In the early stages of the tablet market, device lifecycles were expected to resemble those of smartphones, with replacement occurring every 2-3 years. What has played out instead is that many tablet owners are holding onto their devices for more than 3 years and in...
Nov 25
Enterprise IT reports progress in securing mobile devices
Securing the files on mobile devices and controlling access from devices to enterprise resources and data remain the most important issues for enterprise IT departments trying to manage mobile devices, according to the annual survey of IT professionals conducted by the Enterprise Device Alliance (www.enterprisedevicealliance.com). IT managers, constrained by fixed headcounts, are leveraging established solutions such as Microsoft Exchange and Active Directory as well as mobile device management (MDM) solutions to address the challenge of securing mobile devices according to the September 2014 survey. Along with core control and management, IT departments report more progress establishing and enforcing policies for mobile file management, configuration control, and secure cloud-based solutions. IT management seems to be increasing its control of mobile device issues. Compared to related surveys conducted for the last four years, the respondents report more progress in addressing the...
Nov 25
PopChar for Mac OS X adds 'Shape Finder,' more
Ergonis Software has announced PopChar X 7.0, an update to their tool for exploring fonts as well as finding and inserting special characters. The upgrade introduces a new "Shape Finder," which allows you to draw the shape of a character on the screen to tell PopChar what you are looking for. You just draw the approximate shape and click the Find button and PopChar comes up with all characters that resemble this shape. The Shape Finder can also be used with PopChar's new "Find Similar Shape" context command, which allows you to start with a character in the table, optionally add a few extra strokes, and quickly find characters that look similar. PopChar 7 also adds a new font filter for limiting the font list to fonts that match a given substring. It can export and import the favorite characters to and from a text file, and offers a new window layout with a permanently visible font list. PopChar X 7.0 requires Mac OS X 10.6 or newer. It can be purchased the Ergonis Software website (...
Nov 25
LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham coming to the Mac on Nov. 28
Feral Interactive says LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham for Mac will be available on Nov.28th. Developed by TT Games and published by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment for consoles, PC and handheld, LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham is an all-new DC Comics Super Hero story. Here's how the game is described: "When Brainiac, an extraterrestrial android, threatens to shrink the Earth, Batman and the Justice League leap into action to thwart his evil plans. Teaming up with the Legion of Doom, our Super Heroes venture to the distant Lantern Corps planets to locate the Lantern Rings and harness their enormous energy to save the world! "With the combined powers of more than 150 DC Comics Super Heroes and Super Villains at their disposal, players crack puzzles, fend off bad guys and build impressive LEGO gadgets including laser cannons, spaceships and of course the Batmobile. As they travel between interstellar locations, players will discover the thrills of side-scrolling spaceship battles, mind...
Nov 25
Apple hits $700 billion market capitalization
Apple, already the world’s largest company by market capitalization, has hit a new record value of US$700 billion, reports Bloomberg (http://bloom.bg/11SAqCE). Shares of the Cupertino, California-based company rose 0.8% to $119.59 at 9:35 a.m. in New York, giving it a valuation of more than $701 billion, a milestone that no other U.S. company has ever reached. That puts Apple at 1.7 times the capitalization of the world’s second-biggest company, Exxon Mobile, notes "Bloomberg."
Nov 25
MAZZO Mobile introduces the PowerDrive P1 and PowerDrive Slim
MAZZO Mobile (www.mazzomobile.dcom) has launched its PowerDrive collection, a combination USB storage drive and battery backup that's certified MFi ("Made for iPhone/iPad/iPod") by Apple. The PowerDrive P1 reportedly provides 40 hours of backup battery and up to 128 GB of storage. It's designed for travelers who don’t have the time to plug into a wall outlet or want easy access to all of their files. The PowerDrive Slim sports a sleeker design, but still offers up to 128 GB of storage. The PowerDrive devices work with a 30-pin or Lightning cable. Simply download the PowerDrive app from the iTunes store and plug in the device to get started. The PowerDrive is available in 16 GB, 32 GB, 64 GB and 128 GB capabilities. The PowerDrive P1 model is available online, while the PowerDrive Slim will soon be available for preorder with models starting at US$79.
Nov 25
ArtOptimizer ready for Mac OS X Yosemite
Zevrix Solutions (http://www.zevrix.com) has updated ArtOptimizer, its workflow automation solution for Adobe Illustrator, to version 2.7.6. The new version makes ArtOptimizer compatible with Mac OS X Yosemite. ArtOptimizer eliminates the excess image data of document links and performs image adjustments, reducing the size of an Illustrator job. In order to eliminate excess image data, the app automatically scales the images in Photoshop to match their dimensions in Illustrator, changes resolution according to the target resolution specified, and reimports images to Illustrator at 100%. In addition, ArtOptimizer can automatically convert image colors, apply sharpening filters, merge and delete layers, and run Photoshop Actions during processing. ArtOptimizer can be purchased from the Zevrix Solutions web site for US$119.95, as well as from authorized resellers. A demo is available for download. ArtOptimizer is available for Mac OS X 10.5-10.10 and works with Adobe Illustrator CS3-CC...
Nov 24
The latest iOS apps for Nov. 24
Here are some of the latest apps available at the Apple App Store for the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. FairyTalesBook presents a bookshelf app with 20 illustrated fairy tales with original storylines. It comes with two unlocked stories; more are available as in-app purchases. Apptronics has announced Farm Animal Fun Games. It's a free game that "introduces players into life on the farm, and all the animals that come with it." Game Cognition has released Island of Mu. It's a free mix of city building, creature collection and puzzle combat, set on a 3D animated island. Norway Distributions has introduced Puzzle the Picture. The goal of the free game is to put together an image from a stack of tiles in the shortest amount of time. You can challenge your friends, play against random opponents, or play in single-player mode.
Nov 24
MetaCase releases embeddable version of MetaEdit+
MetaCase has released an embeddable version of its modeling and code generation tool, MetaEdit+.  Now companies can add top class modeling support to their products for a fraction of the time and cost of previous approaches, according to the folks at MetaCase. MetaEdit+ enables companies to improve development productivity and quality by generating full code directly from models. First you design the modeling language with MetaEdit+ Workbench and then other developers model with the language in MetaEdit+ Modeler. The resulting tooling runs on Mac OS X, Windows, and Linux. Embedding MetaEdit+ into a product is made easy with example code in a range of languages and full plug-ins for Visual Studio and Eclipse. The embedded user interface adapts to the company’s modeling language and branding, with a variety of user interface customizations and tool integration mechanisms possible The evaluation version for MetaEdit+ is available along with examples at www.metacase.com/store/oem.html.
Nov 24
Mac OS X-compatible HitFilm 3 Pro released for indie filmmakers
HitFilm 3 Pro, the latest video editing and visual effects software from FXHOME, is available to order from hitfilm.com for US$299.   HitFilm 3 Pro is a post-production revolution, combining editing tools, 3D compositing, 3D object rendering, a particle simulator and an expansive toolkit for advanced color correction and grading. Over 180 customizable visual effects are included plus 130 plug-ins for use in Sony Vegas, After Effects, Premiere Pro, Final Cut Pro X and Motion.   New features in version 3 include a redesigned editor and interface, 3D textures for particles, auto-tracking masks, OpenFX support, 3D fractal particle shapes, 3D camera projection and professional de-noising, along with over 20 new effects, background proxying for complex VFX and a 16-bit OpenEXR pipeline.There's a redesigned editing timeline to give users access to tools for fine control. Filmmakers can craft projects in the fast, non-linear editor and can switch between multiple 3D compositing timelines as...
 
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