Adobe announces Camera Raw 8.6 Release Candidate
Adobe has announced the availability of Camera Raw 8.6 Release Candidate on Adobe Labs (http://labs.adobe.com). The release candidate adds bug fixes, lens profiles, and support for new cameras including the recently released Nikon D810.
The release candidate also includes improvements for batch processing and color matching profiles for the Sony DSC-RX100 III, Sony A7S, and Sony Alpha SLT-A77 II. Camera Raw 8.6 is available as a free update for Photoshop customers.
BlackMagic Design announces new ProRes formats for its cameras
Blackmagic Design (http://www.blackmagicdesign.com) has unveiled version 1.8.2 of its Camera software, adding three new Apple ProRes file formats for the Blackmagic Cinema Camera, Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera and Blackmagic Production Camera 4K.
Camera 1.8.2 update is available free of charge from the Blackmagic Design website. Blackmagic Design camera customers have always been able to record in both CinemaDNG RAW or compressed ProRes 422 HQ formats;, however now this new software update adds three additional Apple ProRes file formats: ProRes 422, ProRes 422 LT and ProRes 422 Proxy.
This means customers using Blackmagic Design cameras will be able to get significantly smaller video file sizes allowing much longer recording durations on the same media card, all while preserving full frame 10-bit 4:2:2 quality. Once the update is complete, customers will see these new formats available in the camera menus.
The Apple ProRes 422 formats are designed specifically for multi-stream non...
Sue Wagner joins Apple's Board of Directors
Apple has announced that Susan L. Wagner, founding partner and director of BlackRock, has been elected to Apple's board of directors. Bill Campbell, the board’s longest-serving member, is retiring after 17 years of service.
Wagner co-founded BlackRock in 1988 and helped it become one of the world’s most successful asset-management companies, holding a range of leadership positions including vice chairman until mid-2012. She continues to serve on the boards of BlackRock and DSP BlackRock (India), as well as Swiss Re, Wellesley College and Hackley School.
"Sue is a pioneer in the financial industry and we are excited to welcome her to Apple’s board of directors," says Apple CEO Tim Cook."We believe her strong experience, especially in M&A and building a global business across both developed and emerging markets, will be extremely valuable as Apple continues to grow around the world.”
"We conducted an exhaustive search for someone who would further strengthen our board’s...
Graphic Node launches a scrapbook template set for Pages
Graphic Node (http://graphicnode.com/) has introduced Sketches for Pages 1.0, a new templates collection designed specifically for Apple's page layout program. The set includes 50 customizable templates for creating scrapbooks.
Featuring media placeholders, virtually all objects can be recolored, moved, or removed. Users can also type or paste their own text, add or remove text boxes, and change fonts in any way they wish.
The Sketches for Pages app requires Pages '09 or later and Mac OS X 10.6.6 or higher. It costs US$13.99 and is available worldwide through the Mac App Store in the Graphics & Design category.
Typinator for Mac OS X revved to version 6.1
Ergonis Software (http://www.ergonis.com) has released Typinator 6.1, the latest version of its tool for auto-typing text and auto-correcting typos systemwide across all Mac OS X applications. The upgrade sports over 50 new features and improvements, including a new marker for suppressing the current replacement and a new function for sorting text lines.
With an inclusion mechanism, text expansions can execute external scripts and include their results in the expansion. Typinator supports scripts written in in many different languages like AppleScript, Perl, PHP, Python, Ruby, and arbitrary shell scripting languages.
Typinator requires Mac OS X 10.5.8 or later. Mac OS X 10.7 or higher is recommended.
Typinator can be purchased on the Ergonis Software web site for approximately US$32 for a single user license. A family pack for installation on up to five computers is $49. The upgrade to Typinator 6.1 is free for anyone who bought a license before Oct. 1, 2013.
The latest iOS apps: July 17
Here are the latest iOS apps. You can find them at the Apple App Store.
Shell Curve Ltd. today introduces Follow: Dots And Lines Mania 1.0.0, their new game title developed for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. The premise of the game is simple; slide your finger to connect the colored dots that appear in the same sequence. Sometimes just the simplest of games can be the best of games. Follow: Dots And Lines Mania is one of those simple games that ends up being incredibly addictive and fun to play. The game features Game Center support, with Facebook and Twitter sharing.
The Milken Institute School of Public Health at the George Washington University (Milken Institute SPH) has launched the first of its kind mobile application for students enrolled in MHA@GW. The free app allows MHA@GW students to view course materials and videos, network with professors and peers, and receive notifications for upcoming assignments or events from wherever they are.
Project Build builds CocoaNotes for Mac OS X
Project Build has introduced CocoaNotes 1.0 (http://tinyurl.com/nqbhz65) for Mac OS X. It's a multi-platform rich text editor that stores and manages notes in folders, leveraging iCloud's preferred document based synchronization technology.
You can store all notes and folders using iCloud and access them on all your Apple devices — or you can choose to store notes only on one device without iCloud. CocoaNotes allows users to style documents using formats, which are also synced over iCloud. The app lets you automatically synchronize your notes, folders and formats between all your devices. CocoaNotes supports Mac, iPhone and iPad.
CocoaNotes 1.0 requires mac OS X 10.9 or higher and is available worldwide at the Mac App Store in the Productivity category. The basic app is free, but you'll have to make an US$4.99 in-app purchase to unlock unlimited notes and folders.
Logitech announces protection+ case for iPhone 5/5s
Logitech (http://www.logitech.com) has announced the Logitech protection+ case for iPhone 5/5s and Samsung Galaxy owners. It features a slim, "ultra-protective," outer shell, flex-resistant corners and impact-absorbent channels.
The protection+ case features a hard polycarbonate body with impact-resistant polymers in each corner that mitigate damage from impacts by absorbing shocks and dissipating them across the surface of your case. Additionally, tucked inside its polycarbonate shell, the case has impact channels and a layer of thermoplastic rubber to further absorb vibrations.
For added assurance, Logitech protection+ exceeds the U.S. Military drop-test standard (MIL-STD 810 G) for "rugged" devices, protecting your phone from drops up to 1.8 meters high, says Ariel Fischer, director of smartphone accessories at Logitech. The case also features a hidden metal plate that is compatible with all Logitech smartphone mounts, including +drive and the new +trip.
The +trip clips to any air...
Barcode Basics for the Mac gets new barcode types
Barcode Basics (http://tinyurl.com/kczaefh) for Mac OS X has been revved to version 2.3. The app offers barcode creation features.
The latest version adds additional codes. The software supports pro features such as bar width reduction and truncation.
Barcode Basics 2.3 requires Mac OS X 10.8 or higher and costs US$9.99. It's available at the Mac App Store.
The latest iOS apps: July 16
Here are the latest iOS apps. You can find them at the Apple App Store.
Campbell Tech has rolled out Tank Titans HD 1.0. It's a free battlefield game that simulates tank combat. Tank Titans puts the player into a tank operator role, demanding active control and combat skills in order to win against multiple waves of computer-controlled enemy units.
Breakout Studios has announced Bouncing Soccer Balls - Colorful Soccer Goals Logic Game 1.0. The object of the free one-touch game is to release the soccer balls into the goals without losing any along the way. Drop them into different colored cups and the soccer balls will change to that color. Collect the colored soccer balls for higher points. You can compare your score to others in Game Center.
KVADGroup has released KVAD Photo Studio 1.0 for the iPhone. The app contains basic and precise tools to retouch images as well as a variety of effects, filters, frames and enhancement features. KVAD Photo Studio is free, but does offer in-app...
ConceptDraw Solution Park gets updates to finance, accounting...
A new update to ConceptDraw Pro and ConceptDraw Solution Park of accounting and audit flowcharts provide expanded capabilities to describe processes that relate to a company’s business.
The new solution extends ConceptDraw Pro diagramming and vector drawing software with and design flowcharting tools. The solutions contain samples and libraries of vector stencils for financial flowcharts. These new additions to the ConceptDraw Solution Park are free for current users of ConceptDraw Pro v9.5 or greater.
ConceptDraw Pro (www.conceptdraw.com) is compatible with Mac OS X and Microsoft Windows. It retails for US$199. Version 9 is included in ConceptDraw Office 2, which retails for $499.
Apple, IBM forge global partnership to transform enterprise...
Apple and IBM have announced an exclusive partnership designed to transform enterprise mobility through a new class of business apps — bringing IBM’s big data and analytics capabilities to the iPhone and iPad. The companies say the partnership is grounded in four core capabilities:
° A new class of more than 100 industry-specific enterprise solutions including native apps, developed exclusively from the ground up, for the iPhone and iPad;
° Unique IBM cloud services optimized for iOS, including device management, security, analytics and mobile integration;
° New AppleCare service and support offering tailored to the needs of the enterprise;
° New packaged offerings from IBM for device activation, supply and management.
Apple and IBM say the new IBM MobileFirst for iOS solutions will be built in an exclusive collaboration: IBM’s big data and analytics capabilities, with the power of more than 100,000 IBM industry and domain consultants and software developers behind it, fused with...
Markzware releases Q2ID with InDesign CC 2014 support
Markzware (www.markzware.com) has released Q2ID. The Q2ID Bundle Subscription (1 Year) includes both Mac and Win versions of Q2ID for InDesign CC 2014, CC, CS6, CS5.5 and CS5 (for a total of 10 InDesign plugins).
Q2ID translates many details of the content in a QuarkXPress (QXP) document and recreates it within an Adobe InDesign file (INDD document). Items converted from QuarkXPress include: color models, fonts and styles, text attributes, tables, layers, blends, runarounds, linked text boxes, anchored boxes, and Pantone and other color models.
Q2ID for Mac requires Mac OS X v10.7 or higher and Q2ID for Windows requires Win7 SP1, Win8, or Win8.1. Both platforms require a Licensed copy of Adobe InDesign (Perpetual License or Creative Cloud License) in order to run. Q2ID supports QuarkXPress 3.32 through 10, and runs under InDesign CS5, CS5.5, CS6, CC, or CC 2014. See further details on the Q2ID product page, where you can watch the Q2ID demo video.
Q2ID for InDesign CC 2014 can only...
RE:Vision Effects, WeVideo brings Twixtor slow motion video...
RE:Vision Effects (http://www.revisionfx.com) says Twixtor, the tool for making slow motion video effects, can now be enjoyed by subscribers of WeVideo Personal and WeVideo for Business. WeVideo (www.wevideo.com) offers an online cloud-based video creation solution designed to make it easy to create and share professional-quality videos.
Slowing down dramatic moments with Twixtor adds feeling to video projects, tapping into the emotional elements that help us communicate better, according to Peter Litwinowicz co-founder of RE:Vision Effects. Twixtor helps the content creator control the speed of key moments so everyone has the time to see and experience them more fully, he adds.
WeVideo is an online video creation platform for editing, collaboration, and sharing capabilities across any device — mobile, tablets, laptops and personal computers. Anyone can access WeVideo, from any computer or device at home, work, or on the go to capture, edit, view and share videos with storage...
Bits&Coffee brews BatchPhoto 4.0 for the Mac
Bits&Coffee has released BatchPhoto 4.0, an update of its all-in-one photo manipulation program for Mac and PC that lets photographers, web designers, business people, and families enhance photos. To use you select a group of photographs, and, with a single operation edit, resize, convert, watermark, and rename every image in the group.
New features in version 4.0 include a completely rewritten user interface with a new Dark-theme, one universal version for both Mac and Windows, a Mac version which is fully Retina-ready, drag & drop functionality for the graphical filters, and a new Auto Crop filter for automatically cropping photos to a predefined aspect-ratio.
BatchPhoto comes in three editions: Home, Pro, and Enterprise priced at US$29.95, $49.95, and $129.95, respectively. It can be purchased at http://www.batchphoto.com/. A free trial version can be downloaded from the same web address.
AppGeneration releases myTuner Classical for Mac OS X
AppGeneration Software has launched myTuner Classical (http://www.mytuner.mobi), which lets users listen to the best themes from Tchaikovsky, Vivaldi, Rossini, Bach, Strauss, Mozart and many others, anywhere and anytime they want from a Mac running OS X 10.9 or later.
The app also features more than 200 classical radio stations from all around the globe, allowing users to record their favorite songs from the radio stations. Additionally, users can also check the top selling classical songs in any country.
There are two versions of the app, myTuner Classical (a free version) that features 20 classical themes from a variety of classical composers encoded at 128 Kbps and myTuner Classical Pro with 60 classical themes encoded at 320 Kbps. The later is being offered for US$4.99 (50% off) for a limited time. Both versions are available at the Mac App Store.
PerfectTablePlan for Mac OS X adds multiple seating event support
Oryx Digital has released PerfectTablePlan, its tablet seating app for Mac OS X, to version 5.2. The update adds the ability to plan and report on multiple seating events.
PerfectTablePlan integrates with barcode scanners and can push seat assignments to any device with a web browser. This means that PerfectTablePlan can track the arrival of guests and assign (or reassign) seats in real time. Updates to the seat assignments can then be displayed electronically on large screens and sent to staff iPads and other web enabled devices.
PerfectTablePlan is available for Mac OS X and Windows from US$29.955 at PerfectTablePlan online. It comes with a 14-day, money-back guarantee and you can download a free trial from the website (http://www.perfecttableplan.com/).
Henge Docks releases iPhone case compatible inserts
Henge Docks (www.hengedocks.com) is introducing its new iPhone Case Compatible Inserts for the Gravitas iPhone dock. This new case insert for iPhone 5/5s and 5c allows synching and charging of iPhones without removing the case off the device.
More than 70% of top iPhone cases on the market will fit into the new insert, says Henge Docks CEO Matthew Vroom. The Gravitas lets you connect speakers, charge and sync devices using the included USB cable, and chat with friends and colleagues at a seven-degree angle for FaceTime.
The Lightning version of the Gravitas dock is a certified MFi Program product, an electronic accessory that has been designed to connect specifically to iPhone, or iPad, respectively, and has been certified by the developer to meet Apple performance standards. It's available for US$89.00 through Henge Docks’ online store and now includes the new iPhone Case Compatible insert as well as inserts for the iPhone 5/iPhone 5s, iPhone 5c, iPad Air/Mini, iPad (fourth...
Kanex has introduced a Thunderbolt-to-eSATA adapter
Kanex (www.kanexlive.com) has introduced what it says is the world's first Thunderbolt to eSATA adapter. It lets you connect your Thunderbolt-equipped Mac to an eSATA hard drive.
You can also add an extra USB 3.0 port to your Mac or PC. The US$79.95 Kanex adapter supports both eSATA and USB 3.0 interfaces simultaneously. It's small and compact enough to take it with you when you're on the go.
Boss introduces Waza Craft compact pedals
BOSS (www.BossUS.com) has announced the Waza Craft series, a new line of special edition compact pedals.
The debut of the Waza Craft series includes the SD-1W Super Overdrive, BD-2W Blues Driver, and DM-2W Delay. All three pedals provide the classic sound signatures of the past and present BOSS pedals they’re based on, plus switchable modes for customized tones sought after by discerning guitarists, according to the folks at BOSS.
In continuous production for over 30 years, the BOSS SD-1 Super Overdrive has been in production for over 30 years. The Waza Craft SD-1W hot rods this with a revised circuit design, all-discrete analog components, and switchable Standard and Custom sound modes.
Like the SD-1W, the BD-2W is built with all-discrete analog components and a revised circuit, and features Standard and Custom sound modes. With the Waza Craft DM-2W, the BOSS DM-2 Delay stomp "has been reborn with greater versatility for today’s music styles," according to BOSS.
The DM-2W also...
Mobile Edge introduces new Tech Brief laptop cases
Mobile Edge (mobileedge.com) has unveiled two new slim-line combination laptop and tablet cases. The new Tech Briefs are crafted using durable vegan leather and a tartan cotton-twill lining.
The Tech Brief is designed for daily commutes or quick trips. They feature a separate padded compartment for both a laptop and a tablet. The padded fur-lined pocket will protect an iPad or other tablet from bumps and scratches.
The integrated accessory organizer features pockets for a sSmartphone, flash drives, memory cards, pens and business cards. Two large exterior padded pockets provide storage for travel accessories or personal items.
Dual wrapped handles and an adjustable, removable shoulder strap offer carrying options. The Tech Briefs are available in black and dark brown. Both cases carry a manufacturer's suggested retail price of US$79.99 and are shipping now.
Smarthome expands connected home product line with Honeywell...
Smarthome has expanded its offering of connected home products with the introduction of the US$279.99 Honeywell Lyric (http://www.lyric.honeywell.com) thermostat.
Using smartphone location, the Lyric thermostat knows when you're coming and going. It automatically sets the thermostat in energy saving mode when the house is empty, and when it knows you are coming home it automatically heats or cools the house to your preferred temperature. The Fine Tune feature factors indoor and outdoor temperature, humidity and weather into its algorithm, enabling it to provide the most comfortable temperature in the home, according to Scott Holder of Smarthome.
With the Lyric app (available via the Apple App Store and Google Play app stores), homeowners can adjust their home’s temperature wherever they are. When inside the home, the thermostat can be managed using Honeywell’s familiar round dial control on the thermostat itself.
ZipZapMac updates Periscope Pro for Mac OS X
ZipZapMac (http://zipzapmac.com/) has updated Periscope Pro, an application that turns a Mac into a multi-featured video surveillance system, to version 2. The upgrade includes an all-new interface, an audio-activated recording trigger, support for IP Cameras with the auto-configuration system, and an in-app clip viewer.
The motion-detection algorithm developed for Periscope Pro is user tunable and is purportedly comparable those used in standalone surveillance systems costing thousands of dollars. By automatically uploading clips to a free DropBox account, the user can view clips anytime.
Periscope Pro can be set to shoot only when there's motion, that is, activity going on, capturing exactly what the user is looking for, saving enormous amounts of search time and storage. The user can choose everything from the sensitivity of the motion detection, to clip length, to alternate recording mode, including timed and continuous mode, and even video resolution. It can be set to start...
Sample Logic updates Arpology to version 1.2
Sample Logic (http://tinyurl.com/kyeqsyo) has updated Arpology to version 1.2. It's a virtual instrument and MIDI effect dedicated entirely to arpeggiated/sequenced instruments.
The update enhances the Step Animator by bringing new features for on-the-fly step pattern manipulation. This new update is a free download for current users. If you're new to Arpology, the update comes pre-installed when you purchase Arpology.
For new users the software costs US$399.99. It's compatible with Mac OS X 10.7 or higher and requires Kontact Player (5.3 or later), which is free from Native Instruments (http://tinyurl.com/cq5jqfg).
Public cloud services spending driven by enterprise apps...
For 2013, worldwide public cloud services revenue reached a total of US$45.7 billion and IDC expects this market to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 23% through 2018, according to the IDC research group (www.idc.com).
"Data provides the edge to companies that can leverage their information for competitive advantage, through new products and services or an enriched customer experience. Software for data management, data access, and collaborative information sharing continues to lead the growth in the overall software industry," says Frank Gens, senior vice president and chief analyst at IDC.
Two product groups comprise the total public cloud services market in IDC's software taxonomy: cloud Software and cloud infrastructure. Cloud software spending represented almost 86% of the total public cloud services market in 2013 while Cloud Infrastructure held the remaining 14%. The Cloud Software market includes two product categories: Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) and Platform-...
ClickInstall 4.0 builds Mac software installers
Excel Software (http://tinyurl.com/oaznl3f) has updated ClickInstall, software that lets you create a professional Mac OS X software installer, to version 4.0. You can create installers for any number of products or licenses with a one-time purchase for US$395.
ClickInstall 4.0 adds user choice and option selections during the install process. Users can install the files and features they want or patch an existing installation with new or modified files. To reduce file size and download time, the install process can download optional features on demand.
ClickInstall 4.0 adds new FTP features to the build process You can build one or many installers with a button click and upload them directly to your website in a fully automated build process.
The ClickInstall package includes a printed and PDF manual with a downloadable trial edition and online video demonstration.
Splasm Software introduces Return Labels for Mac OS X
Splasm Software (http://www.splasm.com/returnlabels/) has released Return Labels, software for creating return address labels on your Mac. Features include rich text editing tools, built-in images, and the ability to import a contact from your Mac’s Contacts or Address Book.
You can use any font of any style with Return Labels. The size, style, line spacing, and color are up to you.
You can choose from a collection of images and pick accent and background colors for many of them. You can drag and drop any photo or image to add a personal touch to your labels.
There’s no limit to how many labels you can make. Return Labels saves them so you can print them again any time. The app is available on the Mac App Store for US$4.99.
Apple blocking older versions of Flash Player plug-in for Safari
Apple is blocking (http://support.apple.com/kb/HT5655) all un-updated version of the Flash Player plug-in for Safari due to security reasons. If the version of Adobe Flash plug-in you are using is out of date, you may see the message, "Blocked plug-in", "Flash Security Alert” or "Flash out-of-date" when attempting to view Flash content in Safari.
In order to use Adobe Flash you need to update to a later version:
1. Click the Download Flash button.
2. Safari opens Adobe Flash Player installer page on the Adobe website.
3. Click the Download now button on the Adobe website to download the latest Adobe Flash Player installer.
4. After the download completes, open the downloaded disk image (usually located in your Downloads folder) if it does not open automatically.
5. In the window that appears, open the installer and follow the onscreen instructions.
The latest iOS apps: July 11
Here are the latest iOS apps. You can find them at the Apple App Store.
Ryan Reynolds has announced Space Stack. It's a free, arcade-style game title that tests a player's timing and precision. It features 16 rounds of gameplay and presents you with a neon colored pyramid split into individual "stacks," with a single stack moving across the screen at all times. The game has only one direction: tap the screen to stop the stack.
Pixel Trap has released Might Adventure. The US$2.99 app is a platformer cross with an action adventure runner. Players control three jumping friends across a quest through 40 magical levels and four worlds.
Dim Sum Lab has introduced Sir Tapalot. In the free game, you play as the title character, fighting obese sprouts, sock puppets, alien species, ninjas, and other fear-mongering characters.
Good.Co, has launched Journey, a free app that provides quizzes and assessments "for users to uncover the many different layers of their personalities."
Mail Designer 2 for Mac OS X now supports animated images, more
equinux (http://www.equinux.com) has introduced version 2 of Mail Designer, its Mac OS X app for designing emails and newsletters. The new version adds: support for animated images, support for videos embedded directly within emails, an integrated button designer, and collaborative features for teams.
Mail Designer 2 is available at a special introductory price of US$9.99 for a limited time. The price is normally $29.99. The app is available at the Mac App Store. Existing Mail Designer 1 users can take advantage of this special offer to upgrade to the new version.
SoundSight announces video/audio recording headphones
SoundSight Headphones (SoundSightHeadphones.com) has announced what is says is the world’s first video recording headphones. Developed for iOS and devices, it allows you to record, video, edit, mix your music and video, and share the results.
Features include: patent pending video recording and audio technology; the ability to record in up to1080 HD resolution; Hi-Fi studio sound with noise cancellation; USB audio out; the ability clip and mix your music for video content through the SoundSight app; a ColorTune feature to auto-suggest by matching video colors to music notes with a touch of the hand; and the ability to edit, trim and apply film look filters.
SoundSight will sell a limited run of units priced at US$349 a pair, before the official release in spring of 2015 when the headphones will retail for $499 a pair.
Imagineer Systems releases mocha Plus, mocha Pro 4.0
Imagineer Systems (http://www.imagineersystems.com/) has released mocha Plus (pictured), a planar tracking and roto utility designed for Final Cut Pro, Adobe After Effects, and Premiere Pro users. The company has also released mocha Pro 4.0, a new version of its visual effects solution.
Replacing Imagineer System’s mocha AE product, mocha Plus (US$245) adds professional VFX modules including a 3D camera solver, lens correction tools for After Effects and support for copying and pasting mocha roto masks directly to the Premiere Pro timeline. mocha Plus also supports a multitude of compositing and NLE applications.
mocha Pro 4.0 offers native Stereo 3D (S3D) workflow capabilities and advanced support for Python scripting. The workflow lets users analyze differences between right and left camera streams and apply the solved disparity in 2D tracking, 3D camera solving, object remove module and image stabilization.
mocha Pro 4 is available on Mac OS X, Windows and Linux with nodelocked or...
Apple posts iTunes 11.3 for Mac OS X, Windows
Apple has released iTunes 11.3 for Mac OS X and Window. The update adds support for iTunes Extras in HD movies. With iTunes Extras, viewers can see cast interviews, exclusive clips, behind-the-scenes footage, and photo galleries along with a movie.
HD movie extras are available on the Apple TV set-top box for those who've updated it with Software Update 6.2. HD movie extras support will come to the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch when iOS 8 is released this fall.
iTunes is free and available for download at the Mac App Store. The 11.3 update can be installed via the OS X System Preference's Software Update app.
InDesign CC 2014 PDF Converter, InDesign Converter released
Recosoft Corp. (http://www.recosoft.com) has released InDesign CC 2014 versions of PDF2ID, the PDF to InDesign converter, and ID2Office, an InDesign to Word, PowerPoint and Keynote converter.
PDF2ID and ID2Office are both InDesign plug-ins offering workflow automation. InDesign CC 2014, the latest release of the Creative Cloud edition of InDesign.
PDF2ID v4.0.1 is available immediately in the following configurations from the Recosoft web store (per license):
PDF2ID Standard v4.0.1: US $199.00
PDF2ID Professional v4.0.1: $299.00
PDF2ID Standard v4.0.1 Upgrade: $99.00
PDF2ID Professional v4.0.1: US $149.00
ID2Office v2.0.1 is available immediately in the following configurations from the Recosoft web store (per license):
ID2Office Standard v2.0.1: $199.00
ID2Office Professional v2.0.1: $249.00
PDF2ID v4.0.1 is a free update for all PDF2ID v4.0 licensees. ID2Office v2.0.1 is a free update for all active ID2Office subscription licensees
Conner Productions releases Billow for FCP X
Conner Productions (http://www.connerpro.com) has released Billow, a free Apple Free Final Cut Pro X template that features a billowing smoke effect and organic lights, coming together to make an introduction title.
Using FCP X's customization options, you can customize the color of the smoke, the orientation of the effect, text size, and more. It's also possible to use a custom Drop Zone, allowing users to use images and logos instead of text.
Billow was designed using Apple's Motion 5, and features organic lights, advanced compositing, natural film grain, and coloring effects. Conner Productions is offering Billow as a free download.
It's fully compatible with Final Cut Pro X and Motion 5. There is no watermark and the title template is fully functional and customizable without limitations.
MCE ships Mac compatible Complement
MCE Technologies (http://www.mcetech.com) has begun shipping the Mac compatible MCE Complement, an all-in-one, portable USB 3.0 device comprised of a 2 TB Hard Drive, a Blu-ray, DVD, CD Reader/Recorder, a USB 3.0 Hub, and SD Card Reader.
The MCE Complement's 2 TB hard drive is designed for use as a standard storage device and is compatible with Time Machine. The unit includes Mac Blu-ray Player software for the playback of commercial Blu-ray titles directly on the Mac.
In addition to recording and playing high capacity Blu-ray media, the drive is also a full-fledged SuperDrive and reads and writes all CD and DVD formats. The Complement also boasts an integrated USB 3.0 hub as well as an SD Card Reader. The MCE Complement is portable at 5.5 x 6 x 1.25 inches, weighs in at 19 ounces and includes a carrying case. It retails for US$299 and is available immediately.
The latest iOS apps: July 10
Here are the latest iOS apps. You can find them at the Apple App Store.
Vision Genesis has published Daughters Of Zion Magazine for iPad, a digital Christian magazine that is published monthly on the Apple Newsstand. The magazine — which costs US$3.99 per issue — covers everything from parenting, dietary, health issues, relationship advice, motivational articles, encouraging words, and life transforming messages.
Anuman Interactive has announced a "freemium" version of Gods vs. Humans. In the game, humans build a 10-story tower up to the world of the Gods. You embody one of the 20 gods or goddesses (four of them are hidden) to foil their bold attempt and stop them from getting into your world.
OmNom Apps has released Word Search Master 1.0. It's a free app that offers an "elegant and fun way to search for words."
Acclivity announces the latest release of Checkout Point of Sale
Acclivity has released Checkout Point of Sale v4, an update of the Mac point of sale software used by business around the world. The upgrade sports over 45 new or enhanced features, a faster image processing engine, and Shopify syncing for e-commerce users.
"Checkout 4 includes a number significant technical, under-the-hood enhancements that will deliver increased performance and stability, which is important to retailers of all sizes and types," says Tom Nash, Acclivity co-founder. "But what we're probably most excited about is the tight integration between Checkout and Shopify, providing stores and boutiques a true end-to-end solution for selling their wares on- and off-line.”
Checkout Point of Sale is available immediately from the Checkout website (http://www.checkoutapp.com) and from Apple Specialists around the world. It has a retail price of US$499.
D-Link shipping low cost, 802.11ac wireless access point
D-Link (http://www.dlink.com) has announced the DAP-2660, an US$229.99, 802.11ac wireless access point. Packaged in a low profile white housing, the DAP-2660 is designed for ceiling or wall mount applications in schools, office buildings, hospitals, government facilities, hotels, and more.
The DAP-2660 delivers wireless performance using the latest 802.11ac standard, with maximum wireless signal rates of up to 300 Mbps using the 2.4GHz band, and 867 Mbps using the 5 GHz band.
The DAP-2660 has internal antennas, is easy to install and can be powered using the included AC to DC adapter or directly via the network cable using Power over Ethernet from any switch or midspan injector that supports IEEE 802.3af, according to Steven Olen, director of product marketing, D-Link Systems.
Adobe issues security updates for Flash Player
A vulnerability in Adobe's Flash player that could allow malicious users to steal browser data — including cookies — on Macs, PCs, and Linux machines has been exploited, prompting Adobe to issue a patch and urge users to upgrade their system as soon as possible, reports AppleInsider.com.
Adobe has released security updates for Adobe Flash Player 22.214.171.124 and earlier versions for Windows and Macintosh and Adobe Flash Player 126.96.36.1998 and earlier versions for Linux. These updates address vulnerabilities that could potentially allow an attacker to take control of the affected system. Adobe recommends users update their product installations to the latest versions. For more info go to http://tinyurl.com/mlm7do5 .
Thecus announces OS updates for full NAS lineup
Thecus Technology Corp. has announced firmware enhancements on all consumer and enterprise NAS models. The company says updates to ThecusOS 5 and 6 mean enhanced capability and security across the entire Thecus NAS lineup.
For the N2310, ThecusOS 6 is upgraded to offer multiple RAID volumes and RAID Encryption. Updates for the 2-bay N2520 and N2560 as well as the 4-bay N4520 and N4560 models offer enhanced UPS support and multiple RAID volumes. In addition, OpenSSL updates and bug fixes enhance security and reliability of these consumer and SOHO Thecus NAS models, according to the folks at Thecus.
SMB NAS models such as the 7-bay N7710-G now support even more enterprise-class storage features with this latest firmware for ThecusOS 5. These features include updated OpenSSL for improved security and enhanced compatibility for numerous UPS. In addition, a beta update is available featuring Btrfs Snapshots for better backup capability and ESXi VAAI, enhancing virtualization performance by...
The latest iOS apps: July 9
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Bassem Youssef has announced Light 'em Up. The free puzzle game challenges players to create a path to power the light bulbs before the timer runs out. Players have a set amount of steps to connect the tubes, activate the light and win the level.
Knowledge Poker is a new, US$0.99 knowledge game based on "loosely" Poker rules. The player, learns and ascertains what he knows by placing bets on his knowledge on a specific answer that they think is correct. The asked questions are about various fields of knowledge such as History, Arts, Sports, Science, Human rights.
Fast Pixel Games has released Sticky Soccer. Based on their previous title , StickyBalls Classic, the $0.99 app adds 12 all-new tables and a soccer theme.
FontAgent Pro for Mac OS X revved to version 6.2
Insider Software (http://www.insidersoftware.com) has launched FontAgent Pro 6.2, an update to its USS$99.95, professional font manager for Mac OS X.
FontAgent Pro provides a complete font management system that integrates diagnostics, repair, font selection, font book creation, and design tools in a powerful, yet simple application for creative professionals. New features in version 6.2 include:
° Auto-activation in Adobe Creative Cloud and Suite apps including InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator and InCopy, as well as in QuarkXpress;
° Workflow Center for organizing, launching and updating automatic scripts;
° Smasher 3 software that provides automatic "set and forget" font, print and application cache maintenance;
° 1,350+ downloadable, verified, print and web fonts;
° Keyword-search engine for finding local and Internet fonts simultaneously.
FontAgent Pro 6.2 — which works with Mac OS X 10.7 or higher — is free to all licensed users of FontAgent Pro 6 and FontAgent Pro CloudServer...
The latest iOS apps: July 8
Here are the latest iOS apps. You can find them at the Apple App Store.
Milk Inc. has announced Falls 1.0. It's a free action puzzle game for in which players must long-tap the white ring at the bottom of the screen until it changes to the corresponding color to fire the same colored ball upwards to destroy the descending ball. If the balls are the same color, they will destroy each other. The game is over if the falling ball reaches the ring at the bottom.
Tanner Christensen has released Brainbean for the iPad. The free game (which does tout in-app purchases) is filled with mini-games that last 60 seconds each and which are designed to "challenge your creativity and exercise your brain."
Cowly Owl has introduced Dinosaur Mix. The US$2.99 lets you swap body parts to make your own dinosaur.
Washing Machine for Mac OS X revved to version 10.8.4
Intego, a provider of security products built exclusively for Mac users, has released Washing Machine 10.8.4 for Mac OS X 10.6 or higher. The upgrade enhances the functionality of the Duplicate cycle. Mac Washing Machine version 10.8.4 gives you more options for finding, verifying and selecting duplicate files.
° Seeks out files the user no longer uses or needs and quickly cleans them from their machine, freeing up gigabytes of space and increasing Mac performance. These files include downloads, caches, logs and trash.
° Identifies duplicate files by analyzing the bits, and lets the user select which versions to remove.
° Creates Smart Folders. Smart Folders offer quick access to frequently used files and applications. Smart Folders can be added to Finder favorites.
° Shows what apps are used the most (or least) and allows the user to quickly drag the apps to or from the Dock.
° Moves files on the desktop to the appropriate finder folders or the trash.
Washing Machine 2014 is...
ABBYYFineReader Pro for Mac supports seven more languages
ABBYY has released a new version of ABBYY FineReader Pro for Mac. It's now compatible with seven more languages — Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Thai, Vietnamese, Hebrew and Arabic — bringing the number of supported languages to 180.
The application turns scanned paper documents, PDF files and digital camera images into searchable and editable files, maintaining the original formatting and layout. ABBYY FineReader Express Edition for Mac recognizes text a variety of languages and can distinguish multilingual documents containing up to three languages.
The application intelligently re-creates layout and formatting elements found in the original document including tables, columns, graphics, bullet points and numbering. It also supports the conversion of image-only and scanned PDFs into searchable PDF format.
ABBYY FineReader Pro for Mac is available via both the Mac App Store and ABBYY’s online store (http://tinyurl.com/mlftmo). Customers who have previous releases of the product can...
The latest iOS apps: July 7
Here are the latest iOS apps. You can find them at the Apple App Store.
Peter Fischer has announced ClipUp. Originally developed for "on the go" investigative journalists the US$1.99 app is for anyone in need of organizational help, memory assistance and creative inspiration.
Local Search Corp. has released 411.ca. The fee app lets users get the 411 in their neighborhood and explore popular local businesses, search for businesses via categories, filter searches to refine results, read reviews, access zoom-able maps and get directions, perform a Canada whitepage directory search, see "who called" via the reverse number look-up, and browse their search history.
Mutlu Creative has introduced A Life Worth Dying. In the $2.99 memory game, you're about to die. Your goal is to remember a sequence of cues. If you can recall them correctly, you will trigger short video flashbacks. The videos are part of core gameplay, not just for cinematic effect.
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mophie announces 64GB Space Pack for the iPhone 5/5S
mophie has announced a 64GB version of its Space Pack for iPhone 5/5s. It's available for pre-sale on mophie.com for US$249.95 and is due to ship by end of July.
The folks at mophie claim the Space pack is the world’s first smartphone case with built-in storage for iPhone 5s/5, with 2GB and 16GB models having launched earlier this year. The 64GB model not only doubles the battery of iPhone 5/5s, but increases storage capacity, allowing users to keep more documents, videos (up to 28 hours), music (up to 18,000 songs) and photos (up to 32,000) than ever before.
Available in soft touch black, the 64GB space pack uses a free iOS app — Space )(available at the Apple App Store) to access content within the Space Pack, allowing users to manage all their files via a local file management experience that doesn't depend on network or WiFi access.
Technichor introduces Horcrux Email Backup for the Mac
Technichor has introduced Horcrux Email Backup (http://thehorcrux.com/), a Mac app that lets email users automatically keep their data rather than surrendering it to third party services.
Horcrux takes daily snapshots of email accounts. The app is continuous and in real time, so that as soon as a new email is added it will be transferred. It gives users the option to change email providers without losing prior data. Horcrux will also migrate the emails to another email service.
Horcrux Email Backup requires Mac OS X 10.7 or higher. It costs US$14.99 and is available at the Mac App Store in the Utilities category.