Seventh Amsterdam SuperMeet to feature editors of 'Star...
The Creative Pro User Group Network (CPUG Network) say the Seventh Annual Amsterdam SuperMeet will take place on Sunday, Sept 14, 2014 at the Hotel Krasnapolsky in the heart of Amsterdam.
Doors open at 4:30 p.m. (6:30) with the SuperMeet Digital Showcase featuring 20 software and hardware developers. SuperMeet Presentations will begin at 7 p.m.(19:00) and continue until 11 p.m. (23:00). Tickets are on sale online for the early bird price of Euro 10 each, plus ticket fee. and Euro 10 for students and Teachers with valid ID. Earlybird sales end Aug. 15.
Film editors Maryann Brandon, ACE and Mary Jo Markey, ACE are scheduled to appear. Both are best known as long time collaborators with director J. J. Abrams. The pair has co-edited all of Abrams' feature films including "Mission Impossible III," "Super 8," "Star Trek: Into Darkness," and the upcoming "Star Wars: Episode VII." Go to http://supermeet.com for more info.
OWC releases ThunderBay 4 RAID 5 Edition
OWC has released the ThunderBay 4 RAID 5 Edition, an external storage device that can connect to the newest Mac Pro via single or dual ThunderBolt 2 cables.
It has capacities ranging from 4TB to 20TB, and sustained data rates up to 675 MB/s for RAID 5 performance. OWC offers a BYOD solution with the ThunderBay 4 RAID 5 Edition Enclosure Kit to add up to four drives, SSDs, or a mixture of both hard drives and SSDs for customizable performance to meet specific storage and backup needs. In addition, users can also set up RAID 0, 1, 4, 5, or 1+0 arrays using SoftRAID that also includes drive monitoring, e-mail notification, and rapid rebuild capabilities.
OWC’s ThunderBay 4 is available for immediate ordering in configurations ranging from US$649 to $1,769.99. Go to http://tinyurl.com/mo3x2xn for more info.
iRig Mic HD from IK Multimedia now shipping
IK Multimedia (www.ikmultimedia.com) is shipping the US$129.99 iRig Mic HD, a mobile digital microphone for iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac and PC. The sequel to IK'siRig Mic, iRig Mic HD it's a tool for singers, podcasters, online radio broadcasters, journalists, videographers, home studio enthusiasts and anyone else who needs to record high-definition digital audio on the go.
The iRig Mic HD comes in black and an exclusive silver version is available only from the Apple Store. It delivers digital sound via an electret condenser capsule, a 24-bit audiophile-grade A/D converter (with 44.1/48 kHz sample rate) and a built-in low-noise high-definition preamp.
The iRig Mic HD sports a gain control that allows for audio capture at any sound pressure level. A multi-color LED provides at-a-glance monitoring of sound levels.
MAXON unveils CINEMA 4D Release 16 (R16)
MAXON has unveiled CINEMA 4A Release 16 (R16), the next generation release of the company’s industry-leading 3D motion graphics, visual effects, visualization, painting, and rendering software application. It's available for Mac OS X and Windows.
In addition to workflow enhancements, CINEMA 4D R16 delivers new features including a modeling PolyPen "super tool," a Motion Tracker for easily integrating 3D content within live footage and a Reflectance material channel that allows for multi-layered reflections and specularity.
CINEMA 4D Release 16 is scheduled to ship in September. Pricing and upgrade information is available at www.maxon.net.
DEVONtechnologies releases DEVONthink and DEVONnote 2.7.7
DEVONtechnologies (http://www.devontechnologies.com) has updated all editions of its smart document and information manager DEVONthink. as well as of DEVONnote and the freeware menubar launcher XMenu.
The updates are free and recommended for all users. DEVONthink is the document and information manager for the Mac. Version 2.7.7 recognizes Swift source code files as plain text, retains more metadata than before when exporting documents, and prefills the Save panel with tags.
In addition to DEVONthink and DEVONnote, DEVONtechnologies has updated the freeware menubar launcher XMenu with an improved Brasilian Portuguese localization. All updates are free and recommended for all users.
All editions of DEVONthink and DEVONnote require an Intel-based Mac and OS X 10.7.5 or later (on the Mac App Store: OS X 10.8.3 or later), XMenu requires OS X 10.6.8 (App Store: OS X 10.8.3 or later). DEVONthink and DEVONnote be test-driven for free before they need to be properly licensed. DEVONthink,...
Adobe posts guide for moving from Aperture to Lightroom
Last month, Apple announced it would no longer develop Aperture, its software for professional and prosumer photographers. Adobe wants Aperture users to move to its own Lightroom software and has created a guide for those who are interested in transitioning from Aperture to Lightroom.
It's available for download at http://tinyurl.com/mulcpee. Additionally, Adobe has other resources (http://tinyurl.com/kz8dtvj) to help you learn Lightroom. Lightroom is a cornerstone of the new Creative Cloud Photography plan which gives users Photoshop, Lightroom and Lightroom mobile for $9.99/month.
VOX audio player for Mac OS X adds Collections feature
Coppertino has updated VOX, its free Mac OS X audio player, to version 2.1. It brings SoundCloud integration and a number of new features to the app, including Collections, a fresh way to organize your music within the app.
Additionally, VOX 2.1 now features a revamped interface, simplified access to all playlists, including those in iTunes. For more info go to http://www.coppertino.com .
Fokus for Mac OS X designed to help you focus on the task at hand
Didstopia has announced Fokus for Mac OS X. The US$4.99 app is designed to keep you focused on your current task by dimming all other windows except the currently active one.
The folks at Didstopia says this helps to reduce eye strain and headaches. Fokus also lets you choose the best brightness for background windows. The software works with most applications and windows.
Fokus 1.0.0 is available worldwide through the Fokus website (http://didstopia.com) and through Didstopia Shop. It requires Mac OS X 10.9 or higher.
SoftRAID 5 lets users create RAID 4, 5, 1+0 volumes
SoftRAID (http://www.softraid.com) has released SoftRAID 5. The software replaces the functionality of Apple's RAID driver. With version 5, users can create RAID 4, RAID 5 and RAID 1+0 volumes. SoftRAID supports TRIM for all RAID volumes under Mac OS X, including TRIM support for RAID 1+0, RAID 4 and RAID 5 volumes.
SoftRAID 5 requires an Intel-based Mac running Mac OS X 10.6.8 or later. Support for TRIM commands on SSDs requires 10.7.5 or later. The software is available for US$129 for the electronic download version and includes one year of free technical support via email. It can be purchased via the SoftRAID website, through your Apple Certified Consultant, and via retail outlets worldwide.
Users of SoftRAID 4 can purchase an upgrade to version 4 for $69. A 30-day demos is available for download.
fScanX for Mac OS X adds support for more scanners
ESD (http://www.elevated-dev.com/) has announced fScanX 1.8.4 for Mac OS X, an update to their scanning application. It adds support for the Fujitsu fi-7160, fi-7260, fi-7180 &and fi-7280 document scanners.
fScanX provides the ability to scan single or double-sided documents in color, grayscale or monochrome at up to 135 pages per minute. In addition, the package includes an Automator action for workflow development, and a command-line utility for complete scripted control of scanning functions.
fScanX is licensed on a per-scanner basis: US$149-$1,999, depending on the model. It's compatible with 64-bit Intel Macs running OS X 10.7 and later.
AKVIS Chameleon 8.5 gets new Share feature, more
AKVIS has updated AKVIS Chameleon, its collage creation software, to version 8.5, which provides a new Share feature, compatibility with Photoshop CC 2014, and support for 64 bit.
The software (http://tinyurl.com/kpu39qp) is available as a standalone program and as a Photoshop plugin, in versions for Windows and Mac. Version 8.5 also fixes minor bugs.
A demo of AKVIS Chameleon 8.5 is available for download. Users who own versions 5.0-8.0 of the software can upgrade to version 8.5 for free. For new users the costs is US$75. AKVIS Chameleon 8.5 runs on Mac OS X 10.4 and higher.
Pocket Watch releases ActivePrint Cloud Server
Pocket Watch has released the ActivePrint Cloud Server. The standalone box makes almost any USB printer or available network printer compatible with iPhones, iPads, and Android devices.
This is done by making each printer available through AirPrint, ActivePrint Cloud Print, and Google Cloud Print services simultaneously. You simply plug the ActivePrint Cloud Server in to an Internet connected router or a cable/DSL modem, and it's ready to go.
The ActivePrint Cloud Server is about the size of a couple of iPhones stacked together. It's compatible with network and USB printers from many popular printer manufacturers including HP, Canon, Brother, Xerox, Epson, Lexmark, and more.
The ActivePrint Cloud Server is available for pre-order (http://tinyurl.com/p35bh85) for US$149.95. All pre-orders will be shipped by Aug. 18.
Taxonomy 2 for Mac OS X adds multiple file operation support,...
Vostok has launched Taxonomy 2, an update of the tool for file sorting on Mac OS X. The app allows sorting of folders and storing them in order. Version 2 contains number of new features like multiple files operations, undo, file renaming and more.
File arrangement options allows the user to order files by name, type, size, creation and modification dates. The Grid preview helps to move or copy multiple files at a time. It shows file thumbnails and allows to choose thumbnail size and list. Also, now it's possible to undo actions.
Taxonomy 2 may be purchased on the Mac App Store and on the Taxonomy website for US$4.99. A 15-day trial version is available for download. Taxonomy 2 requires Mac OS X10.7 or higher.
Apple reportedly rolls out its own content delivery system
Apple’s own CDN (content delivery network) has gone live in the U.S. and Europe, reports Seeking Alpha (http://tinyurl.com/ls3z3hg). The company is now delivering some of their own content such as new releases of Mac OS X and iOS directly to consumers.
What's more, Apple has interconnect deals in place with multiple ISPs, including Comcast and others, and has paid to get direct access to their networks, says Seeking Alpha. As a result the company has more than 10x the capacity it had previously.
“With Apple planning to release the beta version of their next desktop OS today, Yosemite (10.10), and with iOS 8 expected to come out this fall, Apple’s putting in place a lot of capacity to support upcoming software releases. Apple is still using Akamai and Level 3′s CDN services for iTunes (Akamai), Radio (Level 3) and app downloads, but over time, much of that traffic will be brought over to Apple’s CDN,” Dan Rayburn, an expert on the streaming media industry, writes for Seeking Alpha. “...
iDraw 2.4.1 adds Swift language export and support for plug-ins
Indeeo has released iDraw 2.4.1 (www.indeeo.com/idraw/), an update to the Mac graphic design and illustration application.
A new Swift language export feature can be used to convert app design mockups, buttons, and icons directly into native Swift drawing code, useable in both Mac and iOS projects. Version 2.4.1 also adds the ability to create and run custom plug-in scripts.
iDraw 2.4.1 is available for purchase at the Mac App Store (http://tinyurl.com/pckr9e5) for US$24.99. Version 2.4.1 is a free update for existing users who purchased previous versions of iDraw on the Mac App Store.
Fireebok Studio floats out iCloud Extractor for the Mac
Fireebok Studio has released iCloud Extractor 1.0.0, a Mac application that allows users to download and extract their photos, videos, contacts, call history, notes, calendar events and reminders, as well as bookmarks from the iCloud backup file.
From iCloud Extractor’s main window you can login using your Apple ID and view a list with all available downloads that is automatically retrieved from your iCloud. Once you’ve selected the desired backup file, the app downloads the data and allows you to browse through your camera roll, photo stream, app photos and videos, text messages, notes, contacts and more.
Thanks to iCloud Extractor, you can extract iCloud backups to your Mac’s hard drive and make your data freely available. Once your backups are stored on your hard disk, you can delete old or unnecessary backups in order to reclaim storage space. Although iCloud Extractor helps you view the thumbnail of the extracted pictures, it doesn't allow you to preview them directly from within...
Adobe announces Lightroom 5.6 and Camera Raw 8.6
Adobe has announced the availability of Lightroom 5.6 and Camera Raw 8.6 as final releases on both Adobe.com and through the update mechanism in Photoshop CC and Photoshop CS6.
This release corrects issues reported in earlier versions of Lightroom 5 and Camera Raw 8. In addition, raw file format support is added for three new cameras: the Nikon D810, Panasonic LUMIX AG-GH4 and Panasonic LUMIX DMC-FZ1000.
Lightroom 5.6 is available as a free update for Lightroom 5 customers. Camera Raw 8.6 is available as a free update for both Photoshop CC and Photoshop CS6. Note that Camera Raw 8.6 for CS6 only includes updated camera and lens profile support as part of the recent camera raw policy change.
Native Instruments releases second 'The Future of DJing...
Native Instruments continues the #futureofdjing discussion started in the first video with MK, aimed at exploring how technological innovation plays a role in shaping the future of DJ culture.
The second in "The Future of DJing" video series features Berlin techno giants Pan-Pot describing how live remixing has transformed their sound and the importance of using technology to develop a personal style. The #futureofdjing discussion continues in the coming weeks over social media with more opinions and topics.
The second video of "The Future of DJing" series featuring Pan-Pot is available at http://tinyurl.com/nf4vkol .
Barcode Basics for Mac OS X adds support for new codes
Barcode Basics (http://tinyurl.com/kczaefh) for Mac OS X has been revved to version 2/4 . The app offers barcode creation features.Version 2.4 now supports the global standard pharmacode (aka Laetus), two track pharmacodes, Italian pharma codes, PZN7 and PZN8.
Barcode Basics 2.4 requires Mac OS X 10.8 or higher and costs US$9.99. It's available at the Mac App Store
ChronoSync for Mac OS X gets maintenance release
Econ Technologies has updated ChronoSync to version 4.5.2, an update of the automated synchronization and backup application for Mac OS X (10.6 and higher) that can synchronize, backup, and create bootable backups.
It's a maintenance release that includes enhancements to bootable backups and over 30 features and fixes. For new users the cost is US$40. A demo is available for download from the Econ Technologies web site (http://www.econtechnologies.com).
oneSql is new Mac compatible, SQL database tool
chol.technology has introduced oneSql 1.0, a standalone, lightweight SQL database tool. It's a MySQL, PostgreSQL, MariaDB and SQLite SQL query and data import/export program for Mac OS X, Windows and Linux.
No install is required. oneSql offers unrestrictive software licensing, putting customers needs first. Four databases and five languages are supported: English, French, Spanish, Italian and German.
oneSql costs US$30 for a single user edition. You can buy it or get more info at http://www.zombielabs.net/stevencholerton/tag/chol-technology/
Cambridge English Pronouncing Dictionary released for OS X, iOS
Paragon Software Group (www.cambridge.org) has released Cambridge English Pronouncing Dictionary app for Mac OS X and iOS. It's available for US$14.99 at the Mac App Store and Apple App Store, respectively.
The dictionary app is based on the classic version of Daniel Jones's guide to contemporary pronunciation for British and American English, and is designed to meet the needs of English language learners striving to perfect their pronunciation of even the most challenging words, such as "though" and "honour," personal names, company names, technology and science definitions, and more.
The app includes the full wordlist and sample entries to preview before buying. Cambridge English Pronouncing Dictionary also allows users to navigate through and try out the dictionary, as well as experience the most advanced search and learning features.
QuarkXPress 10.2 introduces new collaboration, productivity...
Quark Software (http://www.quark.com) has released QuarkXPress 10.2, an update to QuarkXPress 10 that's available free of charge to all users currently on version 10 and available as part of Quark’s Creative Pro bundle offer.
QuarkXPress 10.2 enables users to optimize their environment for onscreen image display and performance. The update also introduces new collaboration and productivity features.
The update is available through the Auto Updater in QuarkXPress 10. A 30-day demo of QuarkXPress 10.2 is available for download.
CS Odessa announces building plan addition to ConceptDraw...
CS Odessa (www.conceptdraw.com) has released a building plan addition to ConceptDraw Solution Park. The addition to ConceptDraw Pro and ConceptDraw Solution Park vector libraries offers improved building plan and office layout capabilities.
The new solutions in ConceptDraw Solution Park extends ConceptDraw PRO diagramming and vector drawing software with building elements. The solutions contain samples and libraries for drawing reflected ceiling plans, school and training plans, seating plans, office layout plans, and security and access plans. The materials added to the Solution Park make the drawing of plans and layouts a snap. These new additions to the ConceptDraw Solution Park are free for current users of ConceptDraw Pro 9.5 or greater.
The new solution in the ConceptDraw Solution Park includes collections of templates, samples, and libraries of vector stencils and icons that support the drawing of building plans and office layouts. ConceptDraw Pro is compatible with Mac OS X...
LinkOptimizer now supports the Preserve Details image resampling...
Zevrix Solutions (www.zevrix.com) has launched LinkOptimizer 4.9.20, a maintenance update to its workflow automation solution for Adobe InDesign.
The software allows you to reduce the size of InDesign links and speed up processing by eliminating excess image data. It also performs image color conversion and sharpening, converts file formats and more. The new version supports the Preserve Details image resampling method in Photoshop CC and later.
LinkOptimizer can be purchased from the Zevrix website for US$259.95 (there's a "lite" version for $179.95) as well as from authorized resellers. A demo is available for download. The update is free for LinkOptimizer 4.x users and $130 to upgrade from previous versions. LinkOptimizer is available for Mac OS X 10.5-10.9 and works with Adobe InDesign and Photoshop CS3-CC.
XILS-lab has released the XILS DeeS deesser plug-in
Music software company XILS-lab has released XILS DeeS, a de-esser plug-in for all major Mac (OS X 10.5 or higher) and PC (Windows XP, Vista, 7, and 8) compatible formats for ridding voice recordings of all sibilant-related defects while preserving precious characteristics to produce perfect-sounding results.
XILS DeeS is available to purchase as a straightforward serial number-protected plug-in for an introductory discounted price of approximately US$79. As for Sept. 1, the price will be $119. It can be purchased at the XILS-lab web store (http://tinyurl.com/mrjdh7y). XILS DeeS can be directly downloaded as a 32- and 64-bit-compatible effects plug-in for Mac (AAX, AU, RTAS, and VST) and Windows (AAX, RTAS, and VST) at http://tinyurl.com/m5bhlyt .
PluralEyes 3.5 released as part of Shooter Suite 12.5 update
Red Giant has released Shooter Suite 12.5, which includes new versions of two Shooter Suite products: PluralEyes 3.5 and Instant 4K. New to the suite is Denoiser II, Red Giant's powerful video noise reduction tool.
Also included are the recently updated BulletProof 1.2, as well as Frames and LUT Buddy. PluralEyes 3.5 brings expanded media support, more accuracy, drift correction and more.
Shooter Suite 12.5 is available for US$399. Existing users of Shooter Suite 12 are eligible for a $99 Upgrade. All Shooter Suite upgrade options can be seen online (www.redgiant.com). PluralEyes 3.5 is available now for $199. Existing users of PluralEyes qualify for a $79 upgrade. Instant 4K is available now for $99. Existing users of Instant HD are eligible for an update to Instant 4K for $29.
Connected Data launches Drobo Mini with SSD drives
Connected Data, the creator of the Drobo line of smart storage solutions, has launched its Drobo Mini with Solid State Disk (SSD) drives. The company says they deliver as much as 80% more performance compared to a Mini configured with traditional spinning hard drives.
The Drobo Mini connects via Thunderbolt or USB 3.0 and features four 2.5-inch SSD drive bays with an mSATA accelerator option in a package that is rugged, compact and portable, weighing less than three pounds. Like all Drobo products, Drobo Mini protects data without user intervention, even in the event of multiple SSD drive failures.
The Drobo Mini with SSD is available today in three capacity bundles of 1TB, 2TB and 4TB starting at a manufacturer's suggested retail price of US $1,199 through www.drobostore.com and select channel partners.
Total War: Shogun 2 coming to the Mac on July 31
Feral Interactive says the historical strategy game Total War: Shogun 2 for Mac will be released via Steam on July 31, with the Mac App Store version scheduled for release in early August.
Developed by Creative Assembly and published by SEGA® for Windows, this is the latest installment in the Total War series to be brought to the Mac by Feral, following Rome, Empire and Napoleon. A premium version of the game will be released simultaneously and include all additional content.
Total War: Shogun 2 Collection includes the Rise of the Samurai Campaign pack: a stand-alone campaign which challenges players to establish Japan’s first Shogunate 400 years before the events of the main game. It also includes the Dragon War Battle pack, three additional clans and two unit packs. All additional content will be available separately via Steam to customers who purchase the base game.
The Steam version of Total War: Shogun 2 will also offer Mac-to-Mac online multiplayer battles, co-operative...
WaterField launches 15-inch Solo and 13-inch Indy for new...
WaterField Designs (http://www.sfbags.com/) has unveiled a new 15-inch Outback Solo to fit the larger upgraded MacBook Pro Retina and a new 13-inch Indy leather satchel (pictured) to fit the smaller Retina model.
The Outback Solo sports a rugged look, combining waxed canvas with premium leather. The Indy's soft high-grade leather develops a rich patina over time. Both look professional enough for business meetings and fashionable enough for anywhere else, says WaterField owner, Gary Waterfield.
The 15-inch Outback Solo costs US$119 and has an optional shoulder strap for $19. The 13-inch Indy is priced at $199. Shipping begins no later than Aug. 15.
Notebooks for Mac released to complement Notebooks on iOS
Alfons Schmid has announced Mac OS X and Windows versions of Notebooks, a productivity app that combines text processing with task management and file organization.
It includes text processing for plain text, formatted text and Markdown, provides space to store and organize files and documents, and also integrates complex task management. The desktop applications are designed to complement the iPad and iPhone versions of Notebooks.
Notebooks 7 (for iPad and iPhone) costs US$12.99 and are available at the Apple App Store in the Productivity category. The Mac OS X version is $19.99 and is available through the Mac App Store in the Productivity category, or $17.99 (USD) from the developer's website (http://www.notebooksapp.com/mac).
Parliant announces new Mac voice messaging product
Parliant has announced Echoes (http://www.echoes-app.com), a new Mac voice messaging product. It's different from Skype, FaceTime, and other voice chat applications because it eliminates "dialing" or setting up connections with your recipients.
Echoes puts an icon in your menu bar where you just choose "Announce" (or press a keyboard shortcut), speak your announcement, and press return. Echoes lets you:
° Announce to other users running Echoes on your local network;
° Announce to everyone, groups of people you configure, or individuals;
° Reply to the sender of the last received announcement'
° Set keyboard shortcuts for sending and replying;
° Resend last sent announcement without re-recording it;
° Replay last received announcement in case you missed it.
Echoes is available on the Mac App Store for US$9.99 for a limited time.
iShowU Studio for Mac OS X adds more editing features
shinywhitebox (http://shinywhitebox.com) has launched iShowU Studio 1.1.0, an update to their screen casting solution for Mac OS X.
Aimed at the consumer and beginner prosumer market, iShowU Studio focuses on providing easy post-recording editing and publishing of captured footage. Version 1.1.0 provides more editing features and better text placement and presentation features.
iShow U Studio requires Mac OS X 10.9 or later. It costs US$89.95, though version 1.1.0 is a free update for registered users.
Roxio Toast 12 offers new Live Screen Capture, HD Video Burning
Roxio has introduced two new additions to its Toast family: Roxio Toast 12 Titanium and Roxio Toast 12 Pro. They provide: support for popular social media platforms and devices; capture, copy, convert and share capabilities; enhanced HD burning options and new Live Screen Capture.
When working with music, photos or video, Roxio Toast 12 offers an interface and built-in tutorials to simplify all your digital media tasks. The new version makes it easier to share to social media (Facebook, YouTube, Vimeo and Twitter), the latest devices, or burn HD content to DVD. Designed especially for educators and trainers, the new Live Screen Capture lets you record directly from your screen with voiceover, then edit, save and share as a movie.
Roxio Toast 12 Titanium and Roxio Toast 12 Pro are available now as electronic downloads directly from www.roxio.com/toast. Roxio Toast 12 Titanium is available at the suggested retail price of US$99.99. Roxio Toast 12 Pro is available at the suggested...
X-BizTracker for Mac OS X updated to version 4.13
Excelisys has announced The eX-BizTracker 4.13, an update of the eX-File business productivity template for small- to medium-sized businesses.
X-BizTracker maximizes the latest innovations in FileMaker Pro 12, resulting in a leaner customizing tool that's easier to use and extend, says Doug West, product/project manager at Excelisys. It also incorporates a host of elements to enhance usability features and functionality, including CRM to manage both companies and individuals. Version 4.13 takes advantage of FileMaker's aggressive leap into the web and iOS/Mobile platform deployment strategies, according to West.
A demo is available for download at http://tinyurl.com/nj4sdxj . Pricing is on a subscription basis, starting at US$1,550 for 10 hours.
Sonnet ships new xMac Pro Server
Sonnet (www.sonnettech.com) is shipping its new xMac Pro Server with a Thunderbolt 2-to-PCI Express (PCIe) expansion system and 4U rackmount enclosure for the latest generation of Mac Pro computers. It securely mounts the computer horizontally inside a specially designed 4U modular enclosure, connects three PCIe 2.0 slots via Thunderbolt 2 technology, and provides space to install additional equipment in two 5.25-inch mobile rack bays.
"The xMac Pro Server builds on the success of our rack-mountable xMac mini Server and Echo Express III-R Thunderbolt 2-to-PCIe expansion products to provide much-needed expansion capabilities for the latest Mac Pro, which on its own lacks storage expansion and PCIe slots," says Greg LaPorte, vice president of sales and marketing, Sonnet Technologies. "By supporting every Thunderbolt-compatible PCIe card available, the xMac Pro Server enables audio-video professionals to fully leverage their investment in the new Mac Pro and still use the high-...
Apple revs MacBook Pro line with faster Haswell processors
Apple has updated its MacBook Pro with faster Haswell processors but no Broadwell processors. All 13-inch models now come with 8GB of RAM standard, all 15-inch models now feature 16GB of RAM.
The new 13-inch models include:
° $1299: 2.6 GHz dual-core i5 processor, 8 GB RAM, 128 GB flash storage;
° $1499: 2.6 GHz dual-core i5 processor, 8 GB RAM, 256 GB flash storage;
° $1799: 2.8 GHz dual-core i7 processor, 8 GB RAM, 512 GB flash storage;
The new 13-inch models include:
° $1999: 2.2 GHz quad-core i7 processor, 16 GB RAM, 256 GB flash storage;
° $2499: 2.5 GHz quad-core i7 processor, 16 GB RAM, 512 GB flash storage .
BatchOutput XLS gets an upgraded core engine
Zevrix Solutions (www.zevrix.com) has rolled out BatchOutput XLS 2.2, an update to its output automation solution for Microsoft Excel on Mac OS X.
In addition to batch printing and exporting, the software lets users carry out automated professional PDF production directly from Excel eliminating the need for time consuming post-processing. The new version introduces an upgrade to the app's core engine, which allows BatchOutput XLS to support latest advanced Apple technologies and future system releases.
BatchOutput XLS can be purchased for US$39.95 from the Zevrix website, as well as from authorized resellers. A demo is available for download. BatchOutput XLS runs on Mac OS X 10.5 - 10.9 and works with Microsoft Excel 2008 and 2011.
SilhouetteFX adds new Crop Node, EXR 2.0 multi-part file support...
SilhouetteFX has released version 5.2 of Silhouette, its stereo roto, paint and keying software. The new Crop Node allows working within a small region of a larger image — using less memory with faster performance.
Silhouette now supports EXR 2.0 multi-part files. When a multi-part file is loaded, all of its parts are loaded into the Project window ready for selection and use in the project.
Extending its Auto Paint tools, you can now play back selected events forward or backward, rebuild paint in stroke order, and duplicate strokes from one stereo view to another. Also, rendered clips can now be sent to Tweak Software’s RV playback software (if installed).
New licenses for Silhouette V5 are US$1,495. For more info go to http://silhouettefx.com . Silhouette V5 requires Mac OS X 10.7 or higher.
Penclic unleashes next generation mice
Penclic has announced the retail availability of their next generation mice, including the Corded Mouse D3, Wireless Mouse R3 and Bluetooth Mouse B3 on Amazon.com.
Penclic has answered the needs of "South Paw"consumers by creating a mouse ideal for left- and right-handed users. The new symmetrical design mirrors the functionality and design of its predecessor, the Bluetooth Mouse B2.
The D3, R3 and B3 have the scroll wheel located in the middle of the pen’s shaft. The scroll wheel also doubles as the middle click button, which not only eases the transition period when adjusting to this laser-focused alternative but also makes the mouse easier to operate for left-handers, according to the folks at Penclic.
PageMeUp for Mac OS X gets maintenance upgrade
Softobe has introduced PageMeUp 1.0.3 (http://tinyurl.com/ozgvtyr). an update of the page editor for Mac OS X 10.8 or higher. It's a maintenance upgrade.
With PageMeUp, you create a document, choose its page format, size and background color, set the margins, bleed, custom guides, rows and columns and even apply RGB or CMYK ICC color profiles. Then you can drag, import or paste images and text onto the PageMeUp document and place/resize them on the page.
A snap assistant helps you align the boxes on the page. You can edit and format your text, scale the images (custom, fit, fill), apply shadow, fill or gradient background, border, mask, rotation, opacity, flip, web links, page HTML metadata.
Finally, you can print or export your work in PDF, HTML, TIFF, PNG or JPG formats with custom resolution, compression and ICC profile.
PageMeUp is available as a full-featured demo. A single user license costs US$24. Version 1.0.3 is a free update for registered users.
Sound Siphon for Mac OS X adds app audio caption
Static Z Software has released Sound Siphon 1.1, an update of the tool for capturing application audio on your Mac. The new version brings application audio capture.
Sound Siphon is a software package that makes your Mac's audio output available as an audio input device. It enables you to send audio from one application to another where it can be processed, streamed, or recorded. Using it simply involves selecting a microphone in your favorite app. Sound Siphon works with Core Audio to provide this capability to all of your audio apps.
Sound Siphon (http://staticz.com) requires Mac OS X 10.9 or higher and costs US$29.99. A demo is available for download.
AppleMacSoft DRM Converter for Mac gets redesigned user interface
AppleMacSoft DRM Converter for Mac, a DRM removal software that designed for easily converts iTunes DRM protected music files to unprotected audio files ready for use on any computers or mobile music devices, has been updated to version 3.8.2.
The new version comes with a totally redesigned user interface, offers 16X faster conversion speed, supports save to many popular audio formats including MP3, AAc, AC3, TIFF, AU, FLAC, M4A, M4R and MKA. supports DRM video and audiobook files and so much more. so the new version is more powerful and even easier to use.
AppleMacSoft DRM Coverter for Mac is compatible with 64-bit Macs running Mac OS X 10.6 and later. A fully functional demo can be downloaded from AppleMacSoft' web site at (www.AppleMacSoft.com). Registration is $39.95 USD for new users; users of previous versions can upgrade to version 3.8.2 for 50% off.
Ear Teacher launched for Mac OS X
Adium Software has released Ear Teacher (http://www.earteacher.com), a music education product for the Mac. It provides an integrated, audiovisual course on music theory and aural skill development.
The Ear Teacher curriculum consists of nine progressively challenging grades of rhythm, melody, and harmony material. Hands-on exercises follow each topic, and frequent tests reinforce knowledge. Intelligent Practice automatically selects areas for students to practice on a regular basis.
Ear Teacher requires Mac OS X 10.9 or later. It's available at the Adium Software website and the Mac App Store at an introductory price of US$39.99. A seven-day demo is available for download at the Adium site.
Flux V for Mac OS X gets new user interface, more
The Escapers have announced Flux V (http://www.theescapers.com/flux/), an update to their flagship web design application for Mac OS X. The software can work with everything from a modern site using HTML5 and CSS3 to legacy sites built on older technologies.
Version 5 comes with a totally redesigned user interface, fully 64-bit, ARC-compliant and multi-threaded, brand new Master Elements system, crowd sourced Code and more. It's also now now fully 64-bit, fully ARC-compliant and multi-threaded.
A 30-day demo is available for download. Registration is US$109 for new users; users of previous versions can upgrade to version 5 for 50% off. Flux V requires Mac OS X Mavericks or the upcoming Yosemite.
Output Factory for Adobe InDesign now supports EPUB fixed layout
Zevrix Solutions (http://www.zevrix.com) has announced Output Factory 1.5.6, an update to its professional solution to automate output from Adobe InDesign. The new version lets users export documents to fixed layout version of EPUB in InDesign CC 2014.
Output Factory automates printing, exporting and post-processing from InDesign and offers batch output, variable file names, layer versioning, preflighting, detailed history and more. The new version lets users output specific alternate layouts and export them as single pages by including layout names directly in page range string.
Output Factory supports printing as well as exporting to PDF, PostScript, EPS, Flash, INX, IDML, EPUB, INDD and several image formats. It costs US$169.95. There's a "lite" version for $119.95.
BatchOutput users can upgrade to Output Factory for $84.97. Output Factory is available for Mac OS X 10.5-10.9 on Intel-based Macs and works with Adobe InDesign CS3-CC 2014.
Wolfram SystemModeler revved to version 4
Wolfram has rolled out Wolfram SystemModeler 4 (http://tinyurl.com/o4swmo4), which expands support for modeling libraries, adds standardized deployment of models to other simulation tools, and deepens integration with Mathematica. The software — available on Mac OS X, Windows, and Linux platforms — is a modeling and simulation environment for cyber-physical systems.
SystemModeler 4 sports a library store with model libraries that are verified to work with SystemModeler. It provides improved modeling features, a new presentation mode for models, and export to FMI for deployment to other tools
SystemModeler 4 offers model creation support from Mathematica, as well as improved workflow in the integration with Mathematica. There's a new Documentation Center with improved documentation.
New 'heads up display' announced for Blackmagic...
Blackmagic Design has unveiled Camera 1.9 software that includes "heads up display" on screen metering that provides customers with histogram, peak audio meters and recording time remaining for the Blackmagic Production Camera 4K. Camera 1.9 update is available now free of charge from the Blackmagic Design website (www.blackmagicdesign.com).
Using these additional displays for the Blackmagic Production Camera 4K means that customers can check camera settings such as exposure, audio level and the remaining space on their recording disk. Customers can download this update now and install it onto their camera from either Mac or Windows computers using a simple USB cable connection to the camera. Once the update is complete, customers can view the new on screen menus by simply swiping their finger up from the bottom of the capacitative touch screen.
This new heads up display will be released for other models of Blackmagic Design cameras over the coming weeks, so an even wider range of...
Worldwide tablet market grows 11% in second quarter
The worldwide tablet grew 11.0% year over year in the second quarter of 2014 (2Q14) with shipments reaching 49.3 million units according to preliminary data from the IDC (http://www.idc.com) research group. Although shipments declined sequentially from 1Q14 by -1.5%, IDC believes the market will experience positive but slower growth in 2014 compared to the previous year.
"As we indicated last quarter, the market is still being impacted by the rise of large-screen smartphones and longer than anticipated ownership cycles," says Jean Philippe Bouchard, IDC research director for Tablets. "We can also attribute the market deceleration to slow commercial adoption of tablets. Despite this trend, we believe that stronger commercial demand for tablets in the second half of 2014 will help the market grow and that we will see more enterprise-specific offerings, as illustrated by the Apple and IBM partnership, come to market."
Despite declining shipments of its iPad product line, Apple managed to...
Labelist for Mac OS X gets major update
Chronos has announced Labelist 8, an upgrade to its label-making software for Mac OS X (10.9 and higher). The folks at Chronos say it include the most requested feature Labelist has had over the years: the ability to create a different custom design for each label on a page.
It also adds:
° The ability to create a different design for each label on a page;
° The ability to create multiple pages of different labels;
° The ability to copy/paste entire label designs on a page or between pages;
° A Template Chooser for previewing templates or creating a blank projects;
° The ability to save a document as a template so it shows up in the Template Chooser;
° The ability to delete custom and included templates;
° The ability to convert text to outlines;
° More than 30 new pre-designed templates for Avery marketing labels.
A fully functional 30 day trial version can be downloaded from Chronos' web site at (www.chronosnet.com). Registraton is US$39.99 and is available directly from Chronos...