Simon for Mac OS X adds exclusion and difference analysis...
Dejal Systems has announced Simon 4.2 (http://www.dejal.com/simon/), an update to their server monitoring tool for Mac OS X.
The software checks web pages, FTP and DNS servers, local or remote ports or volumes, and other kinds of services for changes or failures. HTML reports enable remote viewing of a summary and/or details of Simon monitoring. Version 4.2 includes new exclusion and difference analysis filters, email, preview and reports improvements, and more.
Simon 4.2 requires Mac OS X version 10.10. It’s available for $99. This is a free update for licensed Simon 4 users, with upgrades from version 3 available for $49. A demo is available for download.
Apple posts new OS X, iOS, tvOS, watchOS betas
Apple has released its fourth developer beta of Mac OS X 10.11.4. The new beta seems to be a maintenance upgrade. Previous betas have added support for Live Photos in iMessages and the ability to encrypt individual items in Notes.
Apple has also released the fourth beta of iOS 9.3. The upcoming version of the mobile operating system adds: new features for the Health, Wallet, Notes, and Settings apps; the ability for students to share iPads; an enhanced Managed Apple ID function; and new 3D Touch shortcuts. It also adds a new feature called Night Shift, which is is designed to cut down on the amount of blue light an iOS device is putting out during the evening hours.
The fourth beta of tv OS X 9.2 and watchOS 2.2 are also available. The tvOS 9.2 beta adds support for pairing Bluetooth keyboards, Folders organization for home screen apps a new App Switcher user interface, more Siri dialects, a native Apple Podcasts app. The watchOS 2.2 beta, in conjunction with the new tvOS beta, lets...
CPUG Network announces Fifteenth Annual Las Vegas SuperMeet
The Creative Pro User Group (CPUG) Network have announced that the 15th Annual Las Vegas SuperMeet (http://supermeet.com) will take place on Tuesday, April 19, 2016, in the Pavilion Ballroom at the Rio Hotel in Las Vegas Nevada.
It promises to be the single largest gathering of Final Cut Pro, Adobe, Avid and DaVinci Resolve editors, gurus, digital filmmakers and content creators during the 2016 NAB Show. Doors open at 4:30 p.m. with the "SuperMeet Digital Showcase," featuring over 25 software and hardware developers. Presentations will begin at 7 p.m. and continue until 10 p.m.
“Earlybird” tickets are on sale online only for $10 each plus ticket fee (this pricing ends March 18) and $7 for students and teachers.
Help Crafter for Mac OS X upgraded to version 2.0
Putercraft has announced Help Crafter 2.0, an update to the help content authoring tool for Mac OS X.
It’s a tool for the Mac developer for authoring help content. Style based editing helps to maintain a consistent look across pages. The app's word processor includes support for tables, lists, resizable images and more. Version 2.0 introduces support for headers and footers, tables, user defined text and system variables, anchors and more.
Help Crafter requires Mac OS X 10.7.3 or higher. It costs $49.99 and is available worldwide exclusively through the Mac App Store (http://tinyurl.com/z3jpxum) in the Developer Tools category.
Apple extends MacBook Pro Repair Extension Program
Apple is extending its MacBook Pro Repair Extension Program for Video Issues until Dec. 31, 2016, according to an updated support document on its website (http://www.apple.com/support/macbookpro-videoissues/). The program was previously set to expire on Feb. 27, 2016.
Apparently, only a small percentage of all of the MacBook Pros made during that period are affected with the problem, which manifests itself as distorted or missing video and random restarts. The devices include 15-inch and 17-inch MacBook Pros manufactured in 2011, and 15-inch Retina MacBook Pros from mid 2012 to early 2013.
App for WhatsApp brings WhatsApp Messenger to the Mac
coldX Software Development has announced App for WhatsApp 3.0.0 (https://www.appforwhatsapp.com), an update to the messenger app for OS X.
App for WhatsApp allows anyone to chat via the WhatsApp Messenger service directly from their Macs. The app lets users send and receive WhatsApp Messages and Media directly from a Mac.
Version 3.0.0 lets you record videos up to 30s and take photos using your Mac's built-in FaceTime camera, then share them. You can also add filters to the pictures taken with App for WhatsApp before sending them to your friends
App for WhatsApp 3.0.0 for Mac costs $1.99 and is available worldwide through the Mac App Store (http://tinyurl.com/grvq33b) in the Social Networking Category.
Maintain serves up Cocktail 9.2.2 (El Capitan Edition)
Maintain has served up Cocktail 9.2.2 (El Capitan Edition), the latest maintenance update for users running OS X El Capitan 10.11.
Cocktail is a general purpose utility for OS X that lets users clean, repair and optimize their Macs. This version adds ability to hide the Dock and OS X 10.11.3 compatibility. It also contains improvements on the "Clear audio component caches" procedure, overall performance improvements and updated Automator actions.
Cocktail 9.2.2 (El Capitan Edition) requires OS X El Capitan 10.11 to run. Cocktail (Yosemite Edition) for OS X 10.10, Cocktail (Mavericks Edition) for OS X 10.9, Cocktail (Mountain Lion Edition) for OS X 10.8 and Cocktail (Lion Edition) for OS X 10.7 are available for download from Maintain website.
Cocktail costs $19 for a single user license and available for purchase from the Maintain website (http://www.maintain.se/cocktail). When unregistered, Cocktail runs in demo mode and will expire after the tenth launch.
The F.B.I. caused Tim Cook to go into ‘bunker mode’
As everyone doubtless knows, Apple CEO Tim Cook has posted (http://www.apple.com/customer-letter/) saying the company will oppose an order from the U.S. government to unlock a shooter’s iPhone. Now the “New York Times” reports (http://tinyurl.com/hrcwkkl) that Cupertino, California-based company had asked the FBI to make its court application under seal, meaning that the legal arguments could be heard in private.
However, the FBI chose instead to make it a public battle prompting Cook to “go into bunker mode,” the article adds. After December’s San Bernardino attack, Apple worked with the F.B.I. to gather data that had been backed up to the cloud from a work iPhone issued to one of the assailants, according to court filings. When investigators also wanted unspecified information on the phone that had not been backed up, the judge this week granted the order requiring Apple to create a special tool to help investigators more easily crack the phone’s passcode and get into the device.
Scorpion Research releases Scorpion BarCode 2.70 for OS X
Scorpion Research has released Scorpion BarCode 2.70, an update to its barcode creation software for Mac OS X.
The app helps with the creation and printing of all major barcode symbologies in EPS, PDF, PNG, or TIFF file formats. Users can integrate barcodes into database, spreadsheet and word processor applications. A command line version is also provided to build powerful scripted solutions. Version 2.70 is designed for OS X 10.11 El Capitan, but works with OS X 10.6 or later.
A free, 30-day demo is available from Scorpion Research (www.scorpionresearch.com). A single user license for Scorpion BarCode 2.70 costs approximately US$145. Multiple user and educational discounts are available.
Apple updates iOS 9.2.1 to deal with ‘Error 53’ problem
Apple has rolled out an updated version of iOS 9.2.1 that allows users whose iPhones were bricked by “Error 53” to revitalize their iDevices. It caused phones whose home buttons had been replaced by third-party repair shops to fail a security validation.
The updated version of iOS 9.2.1 is a patched version, not a new version of the operating system. Also, the update doesn’t re-enable Touch ID. If you want to retain Touch ID functionality, you can get your home button replaced by Apple. The company has also updated its support document (https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT205628) detailing Error 53 for iPhones.
Apple launches new iPhone Upgrade Program
Apple has unveiled a new iPhone Upgrade Program (http://tinyurl.com/o99oxxf), which gives you an easier way to get a new iPhone every year, and the security and protection of AppleCare+. You’re even free to choose the carrier and rate plan that works for you.
After 12 payments, you can get a new iPhone and start a new iPhone Upgrade Program. You don’t have to wait for your carrier contract to end. Just trade in your current iPhone for a new one, and your new program begins.
When you buy iPhone with the iPhone Upgrade Program, you can choose the carrier you prefer. Once your new iPhone is activated, it remains unlocked, which means you can use it with any carrier that provides service for iPhone.
With the iPhone Upgrade Program, you can spread the cost over 24 months, with the option to get a new iPhone after 12 payments. Pricing per month ranges from $32.41 to $44.91, depending on the smartphone you buy.
Planet Nine added to Star Walk 2 Astronomy Guide
Vito Technology has announced that Planet Nine has been added to Star Walk 2, the company's stargazing guide for iOS and Android devices. The recently discovered ninth planet of the solar system is, for the first time, featured in an interactive space atlas.
Planet Nine is a hypothetical large planet in the far outer Solar System, with an estimated mass of about 10 times that of Earth, a diameter two to four times larger than that of Earth, and a highly elliptical orbit so far away that it could take it 15,000 years to orbit the Sun. Star Walk developers reached out to the scientists behind this discovery, Konstantin Batygin and Michael E. Brown of the California Institute of Technology, to obtain orbit position data necessary for adding this new object to app's database.
All available findings are now included in Star Walk 2 and the planet is visualized similarly to the other planets of the solar system. The position of the object is calculated for any desired time and date, and...
Honeywell’s new Wi-Fi thermostat is HomeKit compatible
Honeywell’s new second generation Lyric Round Wi-Fi Thermostat (http://yourhome.honeywell.com) is now compatible with Apple HomeKit for control using Siri, and easy integration into other current smart home ecosystems.
The second generation Lyric thermostat features the same sleek aesthetic and intuitive features of the original, such as location-based, customized temperature control, says Jeremy Eaton, vice president of Honeywell’s Home Comfort business. It also can be integrated into other current ecosystems, such as Samsung® SmartThings, and can link to many home products and services that customers choose, including those from Honeywell, such as the Lyric security system.
Illogical Games conjures up Fantasy Mage for OS X, iOS devices
Illogical Games (www.illogicalgames.com) has introduced Fantasy Mage 1.0, its new action role-playing hack and slash game for Mac OS X, iOS, Android, and Windows. As the village's only hope, players must defend the village from the invading armies of hell.
In Fantasy Mage, you control the main character, a young mage, as you attempt to defeat an army of skeleton warriors that are attacking the village. Players can acquire loots, equip spells and armor, defeat enemies, and level up to become a powerful mage.
Fantasy Mage 1.0 costs $2.99. It’s available worldwide through the Apple App Store and the Mac App Store for, respectively, iOS and OS X devices.
WD announces My Cloud EX2 Ultra
Western Digital (www.wdc.com) has updated its prosumer solutions with My Cloud EX2 Ultra, a high-performance, two-bay network attached storage (NAS) system. The My Cloud EX2 Ultra NAS is designed from the ground up for creative professionals and prosumers that need to automatically sync content across computers, share files and folders and enjoy multiple backup options.
My Cloud EX2 Ultra has been upgraded with a 1.3GHz dual-core processor. Users also have access to 1 GB of DDR3 memory. Drive management options include RAID 0, RAID 1; JBOD and spanning modes, while data protection options include NAS to NAS, USB, cloud or LAN/WAN backup. The My Cloud EX2 Ultra NAS comes preconfigured in RAID 1 mode.
My Cloud EX2 Ultra is currently available at select U.S. retailers and online at the wdstore.com. The manufacturer’s suggested retail price is $159.99 for the diskless My Cloud EX2 Ultra, $349.99 for the 4TB model, $449.99 for 8TB, and $599.99 for 12TB. The WD My Cloud mobile app...
Fanatic releases Informant for OS X with Weather, Search, and...
Fanatic Software has launched Informant 7 (http://tinyurl.com/hmtv4sz), a new version of the calendar/task app for Mac OS X.
The utility has an interface specifically designed for OS X Yosemite and El Capitan. Version 7 includes weather, search, Google Event attendee support, drag and drop, and more.
Informant 7 requires a Mac running OS X 10.10 or later. It’s being sold for $29.99 for a limited time.
Apple: we oppose the government’s order to unlock a shooter’s...
Apple CEO Tim Cook has posted “A Message to Our Customers” (http://www.apple.com/customer-letter/) saying that Apple opposes an order from the U.S. government to unlock a shooter’s iPhone.
U.S. Magistrate Judge Sheri Pym has ordered Apple to help the FBI break into an iPhone belonging to Syed Farook, one of the shooters in the Dec. 2 attack that killed 14 people. The ruling by Pym requires Apple to supply software the FBI can load onto Farook's county-owned work iPhone to bypass a self-destruct feature that erases the phone's data after too many unsuccessful attempts to unlock it. The FBI wants to be able to try different combinations in rapid sequence until it finds the right one.
The Apple CEO says that “Building a version of iOS that bypasses security in this way would undeniably create a back door” and “while the government may argue that its use would be limited to this case, there is no way to guarantee such control."
CS Odessa releases paid Germany Map Solution
CS Odessa’s newest addition to the ConceptDraw Solution Park is designed to assist individuals who are looking for Germany map content to be represented in maps they draw.
The collection of library objects, templates, and example drawings for ConceptDraw Pro are designed to make short work of drawing maps that contain county information. The ConceptDraw Pro “Germany Map Solution” is available for a $25 charge to users of ConceptDraw PRO v10 and ConceptDraw Office v3, via ConceptDraw Solution Park. ConceptDraw PRO and ConceptDraw Office work with the latest versions of both Mac OS X and Microsoft Windows.
The Germany Map Solution for ConceptDraw PRO offers optional levels of detail, showing sub-divisions of territory and local government areas, along with major cities.
Eve Energy Switch, Power Meter now available in the U.S.
Elgato has released Eve Energy, the latest product in their HomeKit-enabled Eve family. It plugs into any wall socket and instantly gives users access to control connected devices directly from their iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch over Bluetooth Smart.
With Eve Energy, you can switch your devices on or off with a tap. Or, using Siri, you can see how much energy your devices are using and create scenes to control multiple devices in just one step, says Markus Fest, CEO of Elgato.
Eve Energy is the world’s first HomeKit-enabled switch based on Bluetooth Smart technology, which ensures reliable operation without adding to your already crowded WiFi network, he adds. HomeKit allows users to fully customize their setup with scenes to group multiple HomeKit-enabled devices to control them in one step. For instance, request Siri to turn “Entertainment On” to have the living room TV turn on, lights dim, music play, and so on.
Users can also keep track and manage the energy they are consuming via...
Khronos releases Vulkan 1.0 specification
The Khronos Group, an open consortium of leading hardware and software companies, has announced availability of the Vulkan 1.0 royalty-free, open standard API specification.
It’s designed to provide high-efficiency, cross-platform access to graphics and compute on modern GPUs [graphical user interfaces] used in a variety of devices from PCs and consoles to mobile phones and embedded platforms. This ground-up design, complementing the OpenGL and OpenGL ES 3D APIs [application programming interfaces], provides applications direct control over GPU acceleration for maximized performance and predictability with minimized CPU overhead and efficient multi-threaded performance.
Multiple Vulkan 1.0 hardware drivers and SDKs are available immediately for developers to begin creating Vulkan applications and engines. More information on Vulkan is available at https://www.khronos.org/vulkan/.
FileMaker, Inc. offers ‘State of the Custom App 2016 Report’
Seventy-four percent of teams using a custom app have seen an increase in productivity, according to FileMakers “2016 State of the Custom App Report,” which looks at how teams are embracing the power of custom apps to drive output, increase efficiency and streamline workloads.
The report found that custom apps are being used in a wide variety of ways to help teams accomplish their business goals. According to FileMaker, Inc. (www.filemaker.com), key findings of the report include:
° 81% reported custom apps reduced inefficient tasks;
° 74% reported custom apps increased in team productivity;
° 63% reported custom apps improved field and customer service delivery;
° 60% reported custom apps have seen a return on investment (ROI);
° 49% reported using custom apps on iPad or iPhone;
° 52% of custom apps were built in less than three months;
° 82% reported that they developed custom apps internally.
FileMakers State of the App report for 2016 examines what customers are using custom apps...
Seagate shipping new 2TB mobile hard drive
Seagate Technology is shipping what it says is the world’s first 2TB, 7mm hard disk drive (HDD)— the Seagate Mobile HDD (www.seagate.com/mobilehdd). It weighs 3.17 ounces and is 25% lighter than the previous generation of mobile hard drives.
A smaller 7mm drive frees up valuable space in a mobile device to accommodate additional designed-in features, such as bigger batteries, more memory and better air circulation, according to Matt Rutledge, Seagate’s senior vice president, client storage. With up to 2TB of space, the Mobile HDD enables affordable high capacity storage, while supporting over 200,000 photos, 250,000 songs or 124 hours of high definition video. The drive is available in both 1TB and 2TB capacities.
Waves Audio ships Waves Abbey Road Reverb Plates Plugin
Waves Audio (www.wavesaudio.com) is shipping the Waves Abbey Road Reverb Plates plugin. They’re available for $99 for a limited time; the regular price will be $249.
Introduced over half a century ago, plate reverbs have been a fixture of recorded music ever since. Used most prominently in the ‘60s and ‘70s by pioneering bands, including the Beatles and Pink Floyd, Abbey Road Studios’ original reverb plates — four EMT 140 units — were first installed in 1957 to complement the fixed reverberation times of the studios’ echo chambers. These plates, with a variable reverb time of up to six seconds, were then tweaked to perfection by Abbey Road's technical engineers.
To keep noise to a minimum, EMI's Central Research Laboratories designed unique hybrid solid-state drive amps for Plates A, B and C. Plate D remained fully valve-powered on both drive and output stages, allowing a versatile array of sonic characteristics, from warm and dark to lush and smooth.
In each of these original...
Samsung launches high bandwidth memory DRAM
Samsung (www.samsung.com) has started the race to bring the next generation of RAM memory to market, with the iHigh Bandwidth Memory (HBM2) DRAM now coming out of its factories.
The company says uUsers will get data in and out at 256 GBps, and there will be various capacities available. Though the memory modules have already gone into production, the Korean manufacturer isn’t saying when the industry-first 4GB DRAM modules will hit the shelves. However, they’ve guaranteed an 8GB version before the end of 2016.
VidConvert 1.6.4 optimized for OS X El Capitan
Reggie Ashworth has released VidConvert 1.6.4, an update to his video converter for Mac OS X.
It will convert just about any type of video into one of the formats of today. Version 1.6.4 is optimized for OS X El Capitan and fixes a vulnerability in the Sparkle updater.
VidConvert costs $7.99 for a single user license. A demo that creates three-minute samples is available (http://www.reggieashworth.com/vidconvert).
Kanex announces new Aluminum MultiSync Bluetooth Keyboard for...
Kanex (www.kanex.com) has announced a new family of wireless Bluetooth keyboards for Apple devices, including its flagship model, the MultiSync Aluminum Mac Keyboard.
The wireless keyboard features a sleek design with a Mac layout and can connect up to four Mac and iOS devices at once. Kanex is also introducing a new MultiSync Mini Keyboard, and two new EasySync iPad Keyboards with 2-in-1 covers that convert into a smartphone or tablet stand.
The Kanex MultiSync Aluminum Mac Keyboard features a premium aluminum finish, while the MultiSync Mini Keyboard is made of stainless steel, both complementing your Mac and assuring durability for everyday use, according to Andrew Truong of Kanex. Four Bluetooth keys let you switch between four Mac or iOS devices – just pair your devices and start toggling.
You can adjust screen brightness, volume, play and pause with single touch focus keys on the Mac layout you’re familiar with, says Truong. The Kanex MultiSync Aluminum Mac Keyboard features a...
AppDelete for Mac OS X gets tweaked version interface, more
Reggie Ashworth has announced AppDelete 4.2.4 (http://www.reggieashworth.com/appdelete), an update to his application deletion utility for Mac OS X.
Via drag and drop, it will uninstall anything along with all of the associated items. Version 4.2.4 is an El Capitan optimized version with a tweaked user interface, refreshed graphics, and a new app icon. It also includes miscellaneous bug fixes and other optimizations.
AppDelete 4.2.4 is compatible with OS X 10.7 and higher. It costs $7.99 for a single user license. Upgrades from version 2/AppDelete Lite are$3.99. A full-featured demo is available. Version 3 licenses without a serial number are also eligible for the upgrade
Syncro Soft Updates Oxygen XML Web Author To Version 17.1.1
Syncro Soft, the developer of the Oxygen XML suite of products, has announced version 17.1.1 of its Oxygen XML Author.
The upgrade takes advantage of the Oxygen authoring technology to bring XML editing and reviewing to any device that supports modern web browsers. The user interface is designed to allow you to interact with XML content in the most efficient and productive way possible.
Oxygen XML Web Author provides guided authoring with content completion assistance, automatic validation, inline hints, and a variety of common editing actions for each type of document. A review panel provides an overview of all comments and tracked changes, and offers a way of navigating through changes and accessing various review actions.
Oxygen XML Web Author is available as a ready-to-use product, and as part of the Oxygen XML software development kit. For more information, go to www.oxygenxml.com/webauthor .
Remote FileMaker 14 Training Series Course set for April
FileMaker authors John Mark Osborne and Steven Blackwell will teach the FileMaker Training Series for FileMaker Pro 14 remotely in April.
Remote classes offer the FileMaker Training Series at a 50% reduction in price because there’s no training facility to rent or instructor travel expenses. Students also avoid personal travel expenses such as airfare, meals and hotel stay.
The FileMaker Training Series (FTS) is the official training curriculum from FileMaker, Inc. The course offers a series of nine training modules that cover a comprehensive set of topics designed to help you master the essentials of FileMaker solution development. Osborne and Blackwell will customize the training for FileMaker 14 where necessary.
Database Pros offers the FTS modules grouped in eight hour classes as follows: Planning a FileMaker Solution; Developer Skills; Advanced Developer Skills; FileMaker Server; and Security. The first 24 hours of class emphasize development skills like relational design,...
LEGO Star Wars - The Complete Saga for Mac Force-levitates onto...
Feral Interactive (www.feralinteractivecom) says LEGO Star Wars — The Complete Saga for Mac is now available at Steam.
The game lets players experience iconic moments from all six Star Wars movies from podracing on Tatooine to targeting inexplicably unshielded exhaust ports. You solve puzzles through the use of creative thinking, teamwork, and building situations.
LEGO Star Wars — The Complete Saga for Mac has over 120 playable characters, including new characters like Watto, Zam Wessell, Boss Nass. The game sports redesigned levels like the "Mos Espa Podrace" and "Gunship Cavalry,” which take advantage of the the open vehicle gameplay of LEGO Star Wars II.
Bonus levels and missions allow you to take 10 additional Bounty Hunter missions from Jabba the Hutt in the prequel trilogy. Two Player Local Co-Op lets friends and families play together.
Mozart 2 for Mac OS X now available in a pro version
RoGame Software has released Mozart 2 Pro for Mac OS X. It’s designed to help musicians of all levels improve their music reading skills in an entertaining casual game.
The new pro version features an overhauled game engine with five additional instruments, 235 assignable instrument sounds, new game characters, full support for OS X El Capitan, and a polished user interface There are over 25 new features.
Mozart 2 Pro (version 1.0.1) costs $14.99 and requires Mac OS X 10.10 or later. It’s available worldwide exclusively through the Mac App Store (http://tinyurl.com/joo94pc) in the education and music categories. Educational discounts are available.
Pomfort upgrades Silverstack for OS X to version 5
Pomfort has announced Silverstack 5, an update to its media management software for Mac OS X 10.9 or later.
Featuring the automated matching of media and color information in one clip library, it facilitates and accelerates workflows in film productions of all sizes. Version 5 focuses on the evolving role color occupies in today's film production workflows and includes features designed to make it easy to manage and create looks in combination with source media on set and beyond.
A yearly subscription for Silverstack can be purchased for $399, the yearly subscription for Silverstack XT (a higher end version) is $599. Pomfort allows you to rent Silverstack and Silverstack XT for the duration of 14 days/one month/ wo months. Silverstack XT is now also available as a bundle offer with LiveGrade Pro. Silverstack 5 can be acquired at the Pomfort webstore . A 14-day trial demo is available for download.
Output Factory for InDesign 1.5.44 improves Flash SWF and...
Zevrix Solutions has announced Output Factory 1.5.44, a maintenance update to its output automation solution for Adobe InDesign.
Output Factory automates printing, exporting, preflighting and file delivery from InDesign. The software offers an array of time saving options such as batch processing, export as single pages, variable file names, layer versioning, PDF preflight, FTP delivery and more. Version 1.5.44 improves reliability of InDesign file conversion to PostScript and Flash SWF formats.
Output Factory can be purchased from the Zevrix website (www.zevrix.com) for $169.95 (there’s a “lite” version for $120, and a server version for $700). A demo is available for download. BatchOutput users can upgrade to Output Factory for $85. Output Factory requires Mac OS X 10.7-10.11 and Adobe InDesign CS3-CC 2015.
Red Giant announces update to PluralEyes in Shooter Suite 13
Red Giant (www.redgiant.com) has released Shooter Suite 13.0, which features the new PluralEyes 4.0, an update of the audio/video sync tool that’s compatible with any non-linear editor.
Topping the list of new features in PluralEyes 4.0 is the ability to sync with PluralEyes directly in Premiere Pro, without having to leave the host app, Smart Start capabilities, automatic drift correction, vertical track scaling, integration with Red Giant Offload, and more simplicity and automation than ever before. It also sports a completely updated look and additional new features.
Shooter Suite 13.0 is available today and can be purchased for $399 (a $99 upgrade) through Red Giant. Customers can purchase individual products or the entire Shooter Suite 13 (a savings of $197 when compared to the price of the individual products in the suite).
Hue Dada! lets you colorize Finder items
DouWere, s.p.r.l. has introduced Hue Dada ! 1.0 for OS X, an app designed to enhance the user experience with the Mac OS X finder. You can drag and drop any Finder item onto the Hue Dada icon in the color bar to colorize it, according to its tag.
Hue Data! colors your icons according to their tag. The folks at DouWere say the app is “technically secure,” based on Apple’s standards.
Hue Dada! requires Mac OS X 10.10 or higher. It costs $0.99 and is available at the Mac App Store (https://itunes.apple.com/app/id1049662769).
Apple software veteran introduces ‘Internet’ browser
Andrew Kaz, a veteran Apple software developer, has released a new web browser called "Internet." He says it’s a new kind of web browser, unique and unlike anything that has ever come before.”
It introduces a search-based interface in which Search is the Interface. Search results are merged completely with tabs. “Internet” stands for the ideal of Information for this new Information Age, “researching, learning, reading from the vast library that is now the Internet,” says Katz.
It’s available at the Mac App Store (http://tinyurl.com/jmtzy2q) for $4.99. Internet requires Mac OS X 10.10 or higher.
Patriot DDR4 SODIMMs approved for Intel Gen 6 Skylake NUCs
Patriot (www.patriotmemory.com) has announced the qualification of their 4GB and 8GB DDR4 2133MHz SODIMMs for compatibility with Intel’s latest GEN 6 i3 NUC (Next Unit of Computing) and GEN 6 i5 NUC.
The qualification of Patriot’s 4GB and 8GB SODIMMs was completed by CMTL, an independent compatibility testing lab used by Intel to qualify memory for their motherboards and platforms. Each DIMM submitted by Patriot was put through rigorous physical and environmental testing in order to be qualified as compatible with Intel’s GEN 6 NUC, mini PC.
Both the i3 and i5 models of the Intel GEN 6 NUCs have a maximum capacity of 32GB between its two DIMM slots and up to 2133MHz making Patriot a first rate option for a computer memory solution, says Les Henry, Patriots’ vice president of Engineering.
Patriot’s Signature Line DDR4 4GB (PSD44G213381S) and 8GB (PSD48G21332S) 2133MHz SODIMMs both have a CAS 15 latency for minimal delay and optimal computing time. Patriot’s 4GB and 8GB Signature Line...
LifeFlix for Mac OS X revved to version 1.5
LifeFlix (lifeflix.com)— a Mac OS X app for watching, protecting, and sharing your video tape memories — has been revved to version 1.5.
The utility was created to import all your DV, HDV, and Digital Hi8 tapes. Just plug your camera into your computer, and LifeFlix grabs all the videos and organizes them into a catalog. You can watch and share, or you can protect them on a external hard drive or cloud service.
piQtility for OS X updated with enhanced resize picture features
MoonApp has updated piQtility for Mac OS X to version 4.6.2. It’s a picture utility that lets you manage, watermark, preview, sort, edit, convert or rename your pictures. Version 4.6.2 sports enhanced resize pictures features.
A demo version is available for download (http://www.moon-app.com/Downloads/piQtilityDEMO.dmg). Registration is $14.99. piQtility requires Mac OS X 10.6.6 or later.
CacheWarmer 15 for OS X is here
CacheWarmer (https://assetcache.io/cachewarmer/) — which bridges the gap between Apple’s Caching Server and a traditional software update server — has been updated to version 15.
It’s a command line utility for OS X Mavericks and later that warms up (or pre-populates) a Caching Server with iOS and OS X updates rather than waiting for devices to request them. Version 15 introduces a new feature management scheme and reduces CacheWarmer's download footprint. Here are the full release notes:
° Populates ipsw files used by Apple Configurator 2 for restoring iOS – This is a licensed feature and opt-in --enable ipsw
° Populating iOS beta updates is now a licensed feature and is opt-in --enable iosbeta
° Support for the new update feed used in the iOS 9.3 beta
° Opt out of OS X updates --disable mac
° Performance improvements when parsing an iOS update feed
° No longer reports a successful download if the Caching Server returns a 503 or 400 HTTP status code
° No longer downloads updates for...
FileMaker introduces new series of free how-to guides
FileMaker, Inc. (www.filemaker.com) has announced the release of the first in a three-part series of free how-to guides designed to lead teams through the process of building a custom app using the FileMaker Platform.
Custom apps can be developed in virtually any size organization but are very often done by small teams that consist of fewer than 20-25 people, be it entire small businesses or teams within larger companies. FileMaker’s new how-to guides provide a step-by-step process that starts with a comprehensive planning cycle covering goals, requirements, functionality and usability.
“FileMakers Custom App How-to Guides are designed to “demystify the process of building successful apps using the FileMaker Platform. Planning sets the stage for a successful development process,” says Ann Monroe, senior director of marketing, FileMaker. Inc. “A successful plan includes: Evaluating goals, identifying user scenarios and defining requirements, and addressing integration, security and...
KeepSolid launches Roadmap Planner for OS X
KeepSolid has introduced Roadmap Planner 1.3 for OS X, an app oriented towards people who plan their lives or/and businesses.
It was specifically designed to help anyone put together strategy, systematize goals and ideas without piles of papers or huge tables in spreadsheets. Featuring predefined templates with different color and font schemes according to user preferences, the app also includes a presentation mode to present ideas and plans.
Roadmap Planner requires OS X 10.10 or later. It costs $19.99 and is available worldwide through the Mac App Store (http://tinyurl.com/gmr5ct6) in the Productivity category.
Zevrix upgrades Delivery Express for Mac OS X to version 2.5
Zevrix Solutions has delivered Deliver Express 2.5, a maintenance update to its hot folder based solution to automatically send files across the Internet and locally with email notifications.
The utility can serve multiple users on a network and supports FTP, Amazon S3, WebDAV, Google Storage, AFP, SMB and other services. The software offers built-in email delivery notifications, file compression, detailed history and more. The new version dramatically speeds up file transfer on local networks.
Deliver Express can be purchased from the Zevrix website (www.zevrix.com). The license prices are based on the maximum number of allowed destinations and range from $29.95 to $299.95. The update is free for licensed users. A demo is available for download. Deliver Express requires Mac OS X 10.5-10.11.
Apple's Swift benchmark suite is now open source
In a post on its Swift blog (https://swift.org/blog/swift-benchmark-suite/) Apple says Swift’s benchmark suite is now open source. The uite contains source code for benchmarks, libraries, and utilities designed to help track Swift performance and catch performance regressions before they are committed, including:
° 75 benchmarks covering a number of important Swift workloads;
° Libraries providing commonly needed benchmarking functions;
° A driver for running benchmarks and displaying performance metrics;
° A utility for comparing benchmark metrics across Swift versions.
Apple releases third developer betas of OS X 10.11.4, iOS 9.3,...
Apple has released its third developer beat of Mac OS X 10.11.4. The new beta seems to be a maintenance upgrade. Previous betas have added support for Live Photos in iMessages and the ability to encrypt individual items in Notes.
Apple has also released the third beta of iOS 9.3. The upcoming version of the mobile operating system adds: new features for the Health, Wallet, Notes, and Settings apps; the ability for students to share iPads; an enhanced Managed Apple ID function; and new 3D Touch shortcuts. It also adds a new feature called Night Shift, which is is designed to cut down on the amount of blue light an iOS device is putting out during the evening hours.
The third betas of tv OS X 6.2 are also available. The tvOS 6.2 beta adds support for pairing Bluetooth keyboards, Folders organization for home screen apps a new App Switcher user interface, more Siri dialects, a native Apple Podcasts app. The watchOS 2.2 beta, in conjunction with the new tvOS beta, lets you pair multiple...
Dropshare 4 for Mac OS X gets revamped user interface
Timo Josten has announced Dropshare 4 (https://getdropsha.re), an update to his secure file sharing tool developed exclusively for Mac OS X 10.9 and higher.
It’s a menu bar application for drag and dropping to upload files, screenshots and even directories to your own server, Amazon S3 and Rackspace Cloud Files. Version 4 introduces a reworked user interface. Landing pages may now be synchronized with Dropshare Sync. Version 4 also adds support of Amazon S3 API-compliant services.
Dropshare for Mac 4 is a paid upgrade for existing customers and sells for $24.99 for new users. Customers who purchased Dropshare 3 in 2016 will receive the upgrade free of charge; earlier customers may apply for a 50% off upgrade pricing.
MacXDVD Software launches MacX DVD Ripper Pro
MacXDVD Software (www.macxdvd.com) has launched MacX DVD Ripper Pro, an update to its flagship DVD ripping software for Mac OS X and Windows.
With the hyper-threading and multi-core processing, you can backup and rip your DVDs on Mac with the final video and audio file in all sorts of formats, including DVD to MP4, H.264, MOV, M4V, FLV, MPEG4, AVI, QT, MP3 and more. Ripper Pro improves the software’s DVD decryption technology to support the latest released DVDs for legal personal use.
MacX DVD Ripper Pro is normally priced at $59.95 for a single user license. However, for a limited time it’s marked down from $59.95 to $29.95.
XCOM 2 now available on the Mac
2K and Firaxis Games have announced that XCOM 2, the sequel to the Game of the Year award-winning strategy title, is now available worldwide for the Mac via Feral Interactive.
In XCOM 2, humanity lost the war against the alien threat that has established a new world order on Earth. XCOM, formerly a secret paramilitary organization, is largely forgotten and must strike back from the shadows to reclaim Earth from the aliens’ rule and free mankind from their evil plans.
Players who pre-order or pre-purchase XCOM 2 or the XCOM 2 Digital Deluxe Edition will also receive the Resistance Warrior Pack, offering additional soldier customization options such as bonus outfits, headgear, and custom facial war paint. The Resistance Warrior Pack also includes a “Survivor of the Old War,” a new XCOM recruit who will appear in the Avenger’s barracks.
XCOM 2 is rated T for Teen by the ESRB and is now available at http://tinyurl.com/gujbqjs for $59.99.
Apple updates Final Cut Pro X, Compressor, Motion
Apple has released updates for its pro video tools: Final Cut Pro X, Compressor, and Motion.
Final Cut Pro X, video editing software, has been upgraded to version 10.2.3. In addition to bug fixes, its customizable Default Effect lets you choose both a video and audio effect that’s assigned to a keyboard shortcut. There’s now a 4K export preset to create video files for Apple devices. Speed has been improved when opening libraries on a SAN. And there’s now the ability the share video to multiple YouTube accounts.
Final Cut Pro X is available at the Mac App Store and requires Mac OS X 10.10.4 or higher. For new users the cost is $299.99. Version 10.2.3 is a free update for registered users.
Compressor, the digital media encoding and compression tool, has been revved to version 4.2.2. It also adds a 4K export preset to create video files for Apple devices and squishes some bugs.
Compressor is available for $49.99 at the Mac App Store and requires Mac OS X 10.10.4 or later. It’s a free...
DEVONthink 2.8.9 supports folder tags, makes capturing smarter
DEVONtechnologies has updated all editions of its intelligent information and document manager DEVONthink as well as the smart notebook DEVONnote. DEVONthink and DEVONnote help users classify and organize documents effortlessly with artificial intelligence.
Version 2.8.9 supports folders tags when importing or exporting, names captured items smarter, and adds better support for fullscreen window mode. All editions fix a number of issues too.
All editions work with Mac OS X 10.8.5 or later (in the Mac App Store: OS X 10.9 or later). They can be downloaded from www.devontechnologies.com and be test-driven for free before they need to be licensed. DEVONthink Personal and DEVONnote are also available in the App Store; DEVONthink can be purchased in bundles with DEVONagent for a bundle price in DEVONtechnologies' online shop.