Tension Software announces Precise Screenshot 1.1
Tension Software (www.tensionsoftware.com) has revved Precise Screenshot, a tool for taking screenshots on your Mac, to version 1.1. It's a maintenance upgrade.
Precise Screenshot can select a resizable portion of the screen with the usual drag method or it can use pre-fixed size area from a customizable popup menu (with the sizes the user needs) or also use the full screen area. You can specify a new specific screen size. To take screenshot with high precision is a matter of selecting it from the custom popup (or resizing and dragging it in the traditional way).
Precise Screenshot requires Mac OS X 10.9 Mavericks and costs US$4.99. It's available at the Mac App Store.
L.A. ‘Internet of Things’ Hackathon to build mobile apps
L.A. ‘Internet of Things’ Hackathon to build mobile apps for multiple devices Developer groups, schools and individual participants are invited to participate in the "Internet of Things" hackathon, the last of four regional hackathons to build mobile apps for multiple devices (mobile, desktop, etc.).
Sponsors include AT&T, Intel, Dell, Plantronics, Amazon Web Services, and more. The L.A./Santa Monica hackathon will be held at the ROC Santa Monica, Nov. 15 and 16 and will focus on education and sustainability. Prizes for the best overall app are: 1st place: US$1,000 cash; 2nd place: $500 cash; 3rd place: and $200 cash; Best Education App: $1,000 in gift cards.
First- and second-place finishers will also receive all-expenses-paid trips to the National Accelerator Demo in Las Vegas, Nevada, at the start of the International Consumer Electronics Show from Jan. 3–5, 2014, where they will have the opportunity to pitch their hack and compete for the $20,000 grand prize.
ImogenStudio introduces the +Cam Pro wireless camera
ImogenStudio has announced the availability of the +Cam Pro, a wireless home security camera that lets users monitor their homes, children, or pets from their iOS (iPhone, iPad) or Android (smartphone, tablet) mobile devices. It's launching at a special promotional price of $74.99.
The +Cam Pro is bundled with the consumer video monitoring service, iSecurity+ from Seedonk. As a result, users can wirelessly configure their +Cam Pro in minutes via Seedonk’s free iSecurity+ Live mobile app and begin monitoring their homes using their smartphones, tablets, or computers, wherever they are.
With H.264 video encoding, the camera delivers high-quality video and audio, while consuming significantly less bandwidth than alternate solutions, according to the folks at ImogenStudio. Built-in infrared LEDs also allow for night vision.
The +Cam Pro provides a free trial to the iSecurity + premium service with True Video Recording. This enables the camera to automatically detect and record motion-...
Panasonic announces new portable speaker systems
Panasonic Consumer Electronics Company has announced the SC-NA30 and SC-NA10 Portable Wireless Speaker Systems, which the company says offer the longest playback time currently available on a wireless speaker.
The SC-NA30 and SC-NA10 (pictured) can be purchased online at www.shop.panasonic.com . They cost US$299.99 and $199.99, respectively.
With up to 20 hours of playback, Both the SC-NA30 and SC-NA10 provide up to 20 hours of playback, says David Fisher, product manager, Home Entertainment Panasonic Consumer Electronics Company. Compatible with the Panasonic Music Streaming application, they can connect to a user's smart phone or tablet, enabling instant access to music with the touch of a button.
Near Field Communication (NFC) compatible, the SC-NA series can be synced to a smartphone or tablet: a touch of the smart device to the speaker will enable connection. Additionally, smart devices can be connected via Bluetooth technology.
The SC-NA30 packs two front 2-inch speakers and...
Northern Light makes $50,000 Challenge Grant to the Salvation...
Northern Light (www.northernlight.com) has made an US$50,000 challenge grant to The Salvation Army to help fund this year's annual distribution of Thanksgiving food baskets to needy individuals and families in the Greater Boston area.
Northern Light is hopeful that the $50,000 challenge will encourage other corporate and individual donors to give, as well, so that The Salvation Army can reach its goal of $100,000 for the Thanksgiving meals program. Each year, The Salvation Army provides Thanksgiving food baskets — which include a variety of items such as full turkeys, stuffing and pumpkin pie — to individuals and families in need. Baskets will be distributed on Nov. 23 in a coordinated, city-wide distribution effort at the five Salvation Army locations in Boston.
"The baskets are filled with good food, but the best things in there are a sense of normalcy, dignity, family, and hope," says C. David Seuss, Northern Light's CEO. "In this case, we saw a clear cut opportunity for one-on-...
Update to QuarkXPress 10 Adds Support for OS X Mavericks and...
Quark Software has released QuarkXPress® 10.0.1, a free update to QuarkXPress 10 that addresses a variety of issues reported by customers since the new version was released in mid-September.
QuarkXPress 10 features the new Xenon Graphics Engine, Retina display support, a modern architecture and over 50 new features and enhancements. The update is free to existing QuarkXPress 10 users through Quark Update or via download from www.Quark.com/Support/Downloads .
Beta of iFlicks 2.0 available for Mac OS X
Jendrik Bertram has announced the public beta of iFlicks 2.0, an update of iFlicks for Mac OS X.
iFlicks has integrated video muxing and encoding capabilities for users to choose the best option to quickly import their video files into iTunes and automatically complete them with metadata and beautiful artwork. iFlicks 2.0 features a redesigned and more powerful interface, improved chapter and subtitle support, faster processing, and more powerful rules.
iFlicks 2.0 requires Mac OS X 10.7.4 and is free during the beta period. You can download the beta at http://tinyurl.com/ly8pwnm; just remember that beta software is unfinished software so use with care.
Adobe announces Lightroom 5.3, Camera Raw 8.3
Adobe has announced Lightroom 5.3 and Camera Raw 8.3 Release Candidates on Adobe Labs, which correct issues reported from Lightroom 5.2 and Camera Raw 8.2. Additionally, this release adds raw file format support for a number of cameras, including Nikon D610, Fujifilm X-E2 and Sony Alpha a7.
Lightroom is the a digital photography workflow solution for both amateur and professional photographers. The Photoshop Camera Raw plug-in provides access to raw image formats produced by many leading digital camera.
Lightroom 5.3 release candidate is available as a free update for Lightroom 5 customers. Camera Raw 8.3 is available as a free update for both Photoshop CC and Photoshop CS6. Please note that Camera Raw 8.3 for CS6 only includes updated camera and lens profile support as part of the recent camera raw policy change. For more information, visit http://labs.adobe.com (available for both Mac and Windows).
Enolsoft releases PDF to Word with OCR and Mavericks support
Enolsoft has introduced PDF to Word with OCR, an optical character recognition app for the Mac.
Featuring an OCR engine under the hood, it converts both native PDF files, as well as scanned PDF files, into searchable and editable Microsoft Word documents. You can convert PDF and common image formats to Word while preserving original tables, text, fonts, images, graphics and hyperlinks.
PDF to Word with OCR for Mac supports Word on Mac OS X 10.7 and higher. You can choose multiple languages from 48 OCR recognition languages to convert multilingual PDF files.
Enolsoft PDF to Word with OCR for Mac is available now through the Enolsoft official website (http://www.enolsoft.com/). It has a retail price of US$49.
Movavi Video Converter for Mac adds more format support -
Movavi has unveiled the latest version of Movavi Video Converter for Macintosh. The software lets you open virtually any video or audio file and convert it to the format or device of your choice.
Movavi Video Converter has been completely reworked and now offers a new, faster transcoding engine, an extended list of supported formats, "superspeed, non-re-encoding format conversion with zero quality loss," a new interface, and more. The new conversion engine speeds processing by up to 8000%, according to the folks at Movavi.
A free seven-day trial version of Movavi Video Converter for Mac 4 can be downloaded from the product's official page (http://www.movavi.com). A full license can be purchased for US$39.95. The software will also be available through the Mac App Store soon.
Paragon Camptune X now delivers OS X 10.9 Mavericks support
Paragon Software Group (PSG) has released Paragon Camptune X with with full support for OS X 10.9 Mavericks. In addition, the new update now provides support for Windows 8.1 Boot Camp and uEFI Boot Camp configuration.
Camptune X solves the maintenance problem that Mac Boot Camp users encounter when they run out of free partition space. With Camptune X, Mac users can redistribute available space between Macintosh and Windows partitions without data loss, adding free megabytes to partitions on either operating system.
Paragon Camptune X costs US$19.95. For more info go to http://tinyurl.com/6nt6q7 .
Apple updates Mail for Mavericks
Apple has released Mail Update for Mavericks. The company says it includes improvements to general stability and compatibility with Gmail, including the following:
° Fixes an issue that prevents deleting, moving, and archiving messages for users with custom Gmail settings;
° Addresses an issue that may cause unread counts to be inaccurate;
° Includes additional fixes that improve the compatibility and stability of Mail
To install the update:
You should back up your system before installation. To do this you can use Time Machine. Apple says you may experience unexpected results if you have third-party system software modiﬁcations installed, or if you've modiﬁed the operating system through other means.
Choose Apple menu () > Software Update to check for the latest Apple software via the Mac App Store, including this update.
You can also download the manual update installer. This is a useful option when you need to update multiple computer, but only want to download the update once...
Alliance surveys Enterprise IT Admins about managing mobile...
The Enterprise Device Alliance has opened its third annual survey to learn from IT administrators about the deployment and management of smartphones and tablets in their organizations.
The survey asks about the projected growth in the number of devices, the impact on IT of managing mobile devices, the barriers to broad acceptance, and the challenges of managing these devices. IT administrators are encouraged to contribute to the survey, which can be found at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/EDAfallmobilesurvey2013 . The survey will be online until Nov. 30.
"The rapid adoption of smartphones and tablets is challenging enterprises to deliver secure, mobile access to information while protecting customer data and ensuring the organizations' integrity and productivity," says T. Reid Lewis, president of the Enterprise Device Alliance. "With this annual survey, we want to hear the most urgent priorities and concerns from those dealing directly with the issue to allow us to analyze how the...
FxFactory releases Final Cut Pro X Toolkit
Noise Industries has announced XEffects Toolkit from Idustrial Revolution. Created exclusively for Final Cut Pro X, XEffects Toolkit is a pack of 53 utility plugins and tools.
The toolkit is designed for work such as documentary, news or sport, and serves as the best medium to polish corporate and event productions. The 53 plugins include tools such as Subtitles, Caption Safe Area and Pillarbox Shoulders, as well as plugins for further fine-tuning such as Alpha Adjust, RGB Channel Adjust and Channel Swap.
The Shrinkback series of plugins also includes a Quad Split builder and a completely adjustable Shrinkback with a beginning and end scale, position and individual side crop control. You can purchase FxFactory's XEffects Toolkit now for US$49 for all 53 effects in the pack — or download the watermarked trial to test out the tools on your Final Cut Pro X projects for free. For more info go to http://tinyurl.com/k3s2oym .
SweetP Productions releases Privatus 1.0 for Mac OS X
SweetP Productions has introduced Privatus 1.0, a new cookie management product for Mac OS X. It removes all tracking cookies, and unnecessary cookies, flash cookies, silverlight, and databases from your Mac, automatically.
Privatus is built for ease of use. According to the folks at SweetP Productions, there's nothing to configure, no favorites, no whitelists, and no blacklists
Privatus works in the background, clearing all unwanted data when you close your browser session. All the major Mac OS X browsers are supported: Safari, WebKit, Firefox, Chrome, Chromium, and even Camino.
Privatus works with Mac OS X 10.8.5 or later. It's available at the introductory offer price of US$7.99 USD (or equivalent amount in other currencies) and available worldwide through the SweetP Productions Store. A 14-day trial version can be downloaded from SweetP Productions online (http://sweetpproductions.com).
Blackmagic Design ships DaVinci Resolve 10
Blackmagic Design has released DaVinci Resolve 10, available now for download free of charge for all existing DaVinci Resolve customers. It's an on set, editing and color correction solution for Mac OS X, Windows and Linux
DaVinci Resolve 10 is an upgrade that includes innovative on set tools, new editing features, support for OpenFX plug-ins and more, according to the folks at Blackmagic Design. Also available for download is the free DaVinci Resolve Lite edition for both Mac OS X and Windows. DaVinci Resolve Lite now includes the addition of Ultra HD resolutions and additional GPU support.
DaVinci Resolve 10 has been developed to simplify the integration of different software tools used in the film and television industry, allowing timelines to be moved into and out of DaVinci Resolve and other edit software such as Final Cut Pro, Avid and Premiere Pro. For more info go to www.blackmagicdesign.com .
IK Multimedia announces iLoud wireless portable speaker
IK Multimedia, which specializes in mobile music creation apps and accessories, is says the iLoud, a portable stereo speaker designed for studio monitor quality on the go, is now available from music instrument and consumer electronics retailers worldwide.
The iLoud boasts 40W RMS of power, an onboard DSP processor and a bi-amped 4-driver array of neodymium loudspeakers. About the size of an iPad and only 6cm (2.3 inches) thick, the speaker fits into a laptop bag or backpack.
The iLoud is powered by a Li-ion rechargeable battery with smart power-management features that reduce its power consumption so that it can be used for up to 10 hours without recharging. It's priced at US$299.99 and is available now from the IK network of music and electronic retailers around the world. For more information, go to www.ikmultimedia.com/products/iloud .
Washing Machine for Mac OS X now available in four new languages
Intego, a provider of security products and performance utilities built exclusively for Mac users, has released Washing Machine 2014 in four new languages; German, French, Spanish and Japanese.
The complete product functionality is active in all new languages, with exception of support, which is offered in English, French and Japanese. Designed to optimize Mac efficiency, Washing Machine 2014 seeks out and removes large, unneeded files, frees up hard disk space, speeds up the operating system, organizes the dock and desktop, and lets users create Smart Folders for quick access to frequently used files.
Washing Machine 2014 is compatible with OS X 10.6 or higher including Mavericks. The manufacturer’s suggested retail price for Washing Machine 2014 starts at US$29.99. For more info go to www.macwashingmachine.com .
Apple releases GarageBand 10.0.1 for Mac OS X
Apple has released GarageBand 10.0.1 for Mac OS X. GarageBand is Apple's app for learning, playing, recording, mixing, and sharing music.
Apple says version 10.0. addresses "a number of minor issues" along with minor tweaks and performance enhancements. It's a free download at the Mac App Store.
Samsung HDD Division ships 'world's thinnest' 2TB...
Seagate Technology says its Samsung HDD division is shipping the new 2.5-inch Spinpoint M9T. At 9.5 mm thin, the company says it's the world’s thinnest 2TB hard drive.
Offered in capacities of 1.5TB and 2TB, the Spinpoint M9T mobile drive gives OEMs [original equipment manufacturers], channel system integrators and consumers a thin, high-capacity storage solution ideal for external storage, notebook integration and upgrades, desktop, and gaming system applications, according to Dave Frankovich, senior product line manager, Samsung HDD. The Spinpoint M9T includes a SATA 6Gb/s interface and microactuation to ensure fast, consistent hard drive performance, along with NoiseGuard and SilentSeek technologies to deliver ultra-quiet operation, he adds.
The hard drive is currently available in the Samsung Portable product line, which includes the M3 Portable and P3 Portable external drives, as well as with select partners. Learn more at http://samsunghdd.seagate.com .
Addonics announces WiFi Drive Adapter
Addonics Technologies (www.addonics.com) has released a network device for the wireless sharing of an USB drive or micro SD card or for using as a wireless hot spot for connecting wireless devices to the internet.
The WiFi Drive Adapter is designed for numerous applications, including wireless file sharing on USB drives or micro SD cards, streaming music or video to a tablet, smart phone, MP3 player or notebook. To set up you attach a USB drive or insert a micro SD card into the WiFi Drive Adapter. The data on the USB drive or the micro SD card becomes accessible wirelessly.
The WiFi Drive Adapter can also be used for setting up a shared Internet connection by multiple wireless devices such as notebooks, smart phones or tablets to the Internet in a hotel, office or any place where only one Internet connection is available. To create a wireless hot spot, connect the WiFi Drive Adapter to a Local Area Network with an Internet connection.
The Addonics WiFi Drive Adapter supports the...
Apple: we'll restore some missing iWork features within six...
As noted by "Macworld" (http://tinyurl.com/k2lhvmj), Apple says it will restore features that went missing in the latest iWork apps within six months. Among the biggest complaints regarding the Mac versions of Pages, Number, and Keynote was the lack of AppleScriptability.
“In rewriting these applications, some features from iWork ’09 were not available for the initial release,” says Apple’s support document (http://tinyurl.com/ke6h3fp). “We plan to reintroduce some of these features in the next few releases and will continue to add brand new features on an ongoing basis.”
Browser Care 2 for Mac OS X sports revamped interface
Browser Care, an application that allows you to keep your browsers clean and under control since navigating accumulates files on your Mac, has been updated to version 2. The upgrade sports a complete redesign, revamped interface and speed improvements.
You can see Browser Care 2 in Action www.browsercare.com It's available exclusively from the Mac App Store for US$3.99.
Apparent Corp. says you'll 'flip' over its new...
Apparent Corp. has introduced the Doxie Flip flatbed scanner. It's a battery-powered, cordless scanner that flips over to capture photos, memories, creative ideas, and notebooks.
The Doxie flip is cordless and uses battery power and flash memory. It captures images with the press of a single green button without the need for a computer.
The Doxie Flip features a transparent scanning window that lets you see through to your original as you scan. It's available for US$149. For more info go to www.getdoxie.com .
Dot Hill launches 12Gb SAS arrays, more
Dot Hill Systems, a provider of SAN storage solutions, has released new AssuredSAN 4004 storage models, based on the company’s ninth generation RAID architecture.
The Dot Hill AssuredSAN 4004 Series is available in a variety of configurations for SSD, 2.5-inch HDD and 3.5-inch HDD, including highly versatile AssuredSAN 4824 and AssuredSAN 4834 converged interface models. Each AssuredSAN converged interface storage array includes two four-port controllers and can be easily configured in the field with eight 16Gb Fibre Channel ports, eight 10Gb iSCSI ports, or a combination of four 16Gb Fibre Channel and four 10Gb iSCSI ports. IT managers often use Fibre Channel for the storage network within the data center, and iSCSI for replication and other data management services outside of the data center.
These storage arrays are fully backward-compatible with 8Gb/4Gb Fibre Channel and1Gb iSCSI networking solutions such as switches and host bus adapters. AssuredSAN 4524 and AssuredSAN 4534...
Infinite Peripherals announces an iPad mini-compatible POS...
Mobile point-of-sale (POS) device provider Infinite Peripherals (IPC) has introduced the Infinea Tab M, amobile POS device compatible with the iPad mini. It meets retailer needs for a lightweight, portable solution with ample screen space to transform the customer experience and increase traffic to positively impact conversion rates directly on the sales floor, according to Infinite Peripherals President Andrew Graham.
The Infinea Tab M with Lightning connector adds a 1D or 2D barcode scanner and magnetic stripe reader to the iPad mini, so retail associates can conduct customer checkout from anywhere in the store. It offers Bluetooth and RFID reader options.
In addition to POS, the Infinea Tab M can be used for expediting inventory management, asset tracking, ID verification, lead tracking, inspection/work flow, dispatch, time/labor and lab and healthcare. Software development resources and tools are available for the product so customers can program scanner and reader functions into...
Apple-Tracker web site shuts down
Apple-Tracker, a website that "scraped data from Apple in order to let users know what iPad Air models were in stock near them" has been shut down by the company via a Digital Millennium Copyright Act takedown notice, reports "AppleInsider" (http://tinyurl.com/l4rx5ml).
The letter, sent by the law firm Kilpatrick, Townsend and Stockton LLP, accuses the site of having used "page-scrape" tools to "access, acquire, copy or monitor" data from Apple's website. Prior to its shutdown, the tool gained interest as a means for shoppers to determine which new iPad Air units were in stock at their nearest Apple Store locations.
G-Tech announces two new external storage solutions
G-Technology has announced two new portable external storage solutions. The G-DRIVE slim and G-DRIVE mobile are now available with 7,200 RPM hard disk drives (HDDs).
When compared to 5,400 RPM-based HDD models, these external drives deliver up to 20-40% faster data transfer rates for quicker access to photos, videos, music and documents, says Mike Williams, vice president and general manager, G-Technology.
The US$89.95 G-DRIVE slim is a portable drive designed for the MacBook, MacBook Pro, or MacBook Air. It sports a 7mm z-height, 7,200 RPM, hard drive — the Travelstar Z7K500 — and USB 3.0 interface, the G-DRIVE slim delivers transfer rates of up to 125MB per second, nearly 23 percent faster than other 5,400 RPM-based external drives. The $139.95 G-DRIVE mobile features an USB 3.0 interface and a 1TB, 7,200 RPM HGST Travelstar7K1000 mobile hard drive.
Both drives are Time Machine compatible and are bus-powered so you don't need to add an external AC power supply. For more info go to...
KeyCue 7.1 for Mac OS X adds new attributes for custom themes
Ergonis Software (www.ergonis.com) has released KeyCue 7.1, an update of the company's "keyboard shortcut cheat sheet" for Mac OS X.
KeyCue 7 introduced a new look with customizable themes, column headings for shortcut groups, arbitrary textual descriptions for shortcuts, and further great new features. Version 7.1 continues along this path by adding new attributes for custom themes. What's more, it improves the search feature with a mouseless way to enter the search field.
KeyCue 7.1 requires Mac OS X 10.5.8 or higher and is fully compatible with Mavericks. The upgrade to version 7.1 is free for anyone who owns a license for KeyCue 7 or purchased a license for KeyCue 6 on or after Jan. 1, 2013. Upgrade paths are available for customers who purchased their license before this date. For new users the cost is US$19.99 for a single user license. A demo is available for download.
Apple posts iTunes 11.3, updated AirPort Utility
Apple has released iTunes 11.1.3. It fixes a problem with the equalizer and, "improves performance when switching views in large iTunes libraries." The new version is available via Software Update or at the Mac App Store.
Apple also updated its Airport Utility for iOS. The update of the app that lets users manage their AirPort Extreme Base stations and Time Capsules adds iOS 7 compatibility, and 64-bit support for the iPhone 5s, iPad Air, and unreleased Retina iPad mini. It's available at the Apple App Store.
PlusUS gives us the LifeLink smartphone cable
PlusUs has released the LifeLink, which it says is the world's thinnest, most compact smartphone cable. It's about as thick as two credit cards.
The LifeLink's patent pending design lets it expand from the length of a credit card to more than double the length (seven inches), so you can access your device while charging and synching. Its red cable is toughened with heavy-duty Teflon to offer durability while still allowing 360 degree maneuverability and the ability to open to double its size.
LifeLink is available for all Apple devices (Lightning and 30-pin) and Android / Blackberry devices (Micro USB). It will retail for US$24. For a limited time it's available for pre-order at getlifelink.com for US$14 with the coupon code "getlifelink." The price will continue to rise during the pre-order campaign. The product ships this winter.
Twelve South unveils the BookBook Travel Journal for the iPad
Twelve South has presented the BookBook Travel Journal, an all-in-one leather travel case for an iPad and a variety of accessories that go with it.
Inside this vintage book-style case you will find a soft-lined sleeve to store your iPad, plus a dozen adjustable elastic bands and pockets to organize your power adaptor, cables, stylus, headphones and more. Slide open the dual zippers on this travel case and you'll find four pockets, five elastic bands and a plush-lined compartment for an Apple tablet.
It "disguises" your iPad and accessories as a vintage book, keeping everything inside safely out of sight to those around you. Compatible with iPad Air, iPad mini and all previous iPad models, BookBook Travel Journal is available now for US$99.99 at twelvesouth.com .
Shade 3D for Unity now OS X Mavericks compatible
Mirye Software has introduced its Shade 13 product line of professional 3D modeling, rendering and animation tools. They're now compatible with Mac OS X Mavericks.
Shade 13 offers modeling, animation, rendering and effects. It's designed for 3D artists, designers and film makers. New features include Advanced FBX Support, Vertex and Edge Beveling Tools, Shade Replicators, Render History and more.
Shade 3D for Unity for Mac OS X users can get an US$50 discount on purchasing Shade 3D commercial products by following a specific set of feedback directions on the Mirye Software website (www.mirye.net).
Disk Order revved for Mac OS X Mavericks
LikeMac Group has rolled out Disk Order 3.2.5, the latest version of its dual pane file manager for OS X. The new version is ready for Mavericks.
Specifically designed to be a replacement for the OS X Finder, Disk Order features a dual pane file manager, supports FTP, Dropbox, archives browsing and more. It ships with number of plugins, such as iPhone/iPad Browse, Quick View and others.
Version 3.2.5 also adds such features as Quick Look, selection with right mouse button, and more. Registration is US$24.95. A demo is available for download at the product web site (http://likemac.ru/english).
Parallels announces Parallels Business Solutions
Parallels has announced Parallels Business Solutions. They're designed to provide businesses the tools necessary to succeed in a mixed Mac and Windows world.
Parallels Business Solutions — which include updates to Parallels Management Suite and Parallels Desktop for Mac Enterprise Edition, plus the just-released Parallels Access app for iPad — enables IT departments to maintain compliance and control while still embracing the technology employees need, according to said Kim Johnston, Parallels vice president of marketing. IT professionals can protect their investments in Windows-based applications because now they can deliver them on Macs, leverage existing Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM) infrastructure and skills to fully manage Macs and virtual machines, and unleash productivity by giving employees the freedom to use any Mac or PC app remotely as if it was made for an iPad.
Johnston says that Parallels Desktop for Mac Enterprise Edition features include:
Reggie Ashworth announces VidConvert 1.5.1
Reggie Ashworth has released VidConvert 1.5.1, a Mavericks update to his video converter for Mac OS X. It will convert just about any type of video into one of the many popular formats of today.
Supported formats include iPhone, iPod, iPad, QuickTime, .mp4, MPEG-1 and 2, DivX, Xvid, and audio only formats such as .mp3 and .m4a. VidConvert can add iTunes compatible videos directly to your iTunes library for convenience and for syncing with your iPhone, iPod, or other iDevice.
VidConvert 1.5.1 will run on Lion, Mountain Lion, and Mavericks. It costs US$7.99 for a single user license. A demo is available for download. For more info go to www.reggieashworth.com/vidconvert .
PFiddlesoft PFAssistive and PFEvent Taps framework updated
PFiddlesoft has updated both of the PFiddlesoft Frameworks, the PFAssistive Framework and the PFEventTaps Framework. The PFiddlesoft Frameworks are two Cocoa frameworks for writing assistive applications for persons with disabilities using Apple's Accessibility and Quartz Event Taps APIs [application programming interfaces] on Mac OS X.
The PFAssistive Framework was updated to version 3.3.0 and the PFEventTaps Framework was updated to version 1.3.6. The PFAssistive Framework now supports the new accessibility features added in Mavericks.
PFiddlesoft has also posted two free developer utility projects, Accessibility Testbench and PFAssistive Testbench, complete with source code. Both of these projects show developers how to implement the new security mechanism in OS X 10.9 Mavericks for granting access to assistive applications to monitor and control the computer using accessibility features.
The frameworks are written using Objective-C. They support the Intel 64-bit architecture using...
GT Advanced Tech to supply Apple with advanced sapphire material
GT Advanced Technologies has announced a multi-year, US$578 million contract with Apple to supply advanced sapphire material, reports "AppleInsider" (http://tinyurl.com/nxzugev).
Apple's investment is a prepayment funding the accelerated development of GTAT's "next generation, large capacity" Advanced Sapphire Furnace, which is designed to produce high quality sapphire material at a breakthrough low price, the article adds. Apple's infusion of capital is critical for GT because production from the new ASF equipment is initially expected to generate much lower margins than the company has historically earned.
GTAT (www.gtat.com) specializes in crystal growth equipment solutions for the solar, LED, and consumer electronics industries. The company "produces high quality sapphire material in our Salem, Massachusetts factory for a wide range of markets that demand the highest quality material including LED, industrial, optical and specialty."
Audioengine introduces new desktop speakers
Audioengine has announced the Audioengine 2+ Premium Powered Desktop Speakers. They cost US$249 per pair.
The Audioengine 2+ Premium Powered Desktop Speakers sport a built-in digital-to-analog converter (DAC). They allow you to bypass your computer's headphone output and send music directly through USB for improved sound.
An output to connect a subwoofer is included and you can even go wireless with a W3 adapter. Using a similar analog design as the Audioengine 5+, the A2+ power amplifiers are built inside the left speaker. For more info go to www.audioengineusa.com .
iDevices introduces the iGrill mini
iDevices has announced the release of their compact version of the iGrill: the iGrillmini. It's an US$39.99 Bluetooth Smart meat thermometer.
The newest addition to iDevices’ repertoire of Bluetooth app-enabled products, iGrillmini boasts such new features as Bluetooth Smart technology for food monitoring, a proximity sensor for low energy consumption, and a 150 hour battery life. It's about a quarter the size of the original iGrill and sports a more rugged exterior with a smart LED indicating the "doneness" of food.
Enolsoft rolls out PDF to Word with OCR for Mac
Enolsoft Co has announced a new OCR app: PDF to Word with OCR for Mac, which fully supports Mac OS X 10.9 Mavericks. This new released PDF OCR app — which fully supports Mavericks — is designed to help Mac users convert native and scanned PDF to editable Word.
It offers support for converting PDF 1.0-1.7 to the Word format on Mac OS X 10.7-10.9. You can convert both native PDF and PDF from scanner to searchable and editable Word (*.doc / *.docx) files.
With PDF to Word with OCR for Mac, you can choose from 48 OCR recognition languages to convert multilingual PDF files. You can adjust the three OCR recognition areas (table, text and image) on each PDF page and then preview current page instantly to check the accuracy.
PDF to Word with OCR for Mac lets you convert PDF and common images (jpg/png/tiff/bmp/gif) to Word while preserving original tables, text, fonts, images, graphics and hyperlinks. You can convert multiple PDF documents at a time .
Enolsoft PDF to Word with OCR for Mac is...
Zevrix releases Output Factory Server for Adobe InDesign
Zevrix Solutions has announced Output Factory Server, a new output workflow automation solution for Adobe InDesign.
It automates printing and exporting from InDesign by processing files from watched hot folders and is a major upgrade of the company's program BatchOutput Server. Output Factory Server offloads InDesign's output to a central system leaving operator workstations free from the output process. It offers layer versioning, email notifications, preflighting and more.
Output Factory Server can be purchased from the Zevrix web site (www.zevrix.com) for US$699.95, as well as from authorized resellers. A demo is available for download. BatchOutput Server users can upgrade for $349.97. Output Factory Server runs on Mac OS X 10.6-10.9 and works with Adobe InDesign CS3-CC.
Perceptive Automation delivers WeatherSnoop plugin for Indigo
Perceptive Automation, a provider of Mac-based home automation software, has released version 2 of the WeatherSnoop plugin, an update to the plugin for the company's intelligent home control and automation server for Mac OS X.
With Indigo and data from WeatherSnoop, users can create complex automation scenarios based on environmental data such as adjusting lawn sprinkler run times based on rainfall. WeatherSnoop 3 lets your Mac interface directly to one of many popular weather stations or an Internet-based data source such as Weather Underground.
You can watch your weather come to life with instruments and gauges that show temperature, wind, rain, and more changing in real-time. Once your weather data is obtained from the selected source, it can be published to Internet-based weather services such as Weather Underground and the Citizen Weather Observer Program. Weather data is also available via an HTTP API using WeatherSnoop's built-in web server, so other applications can obtain...
Braven unveils 710 portable HD wireless speaker
Braven has released the Braven 710, a portable water resistant Bluetooth wireless stereo speaker crafted from aircraft-grade aluminum. It incorporates HD audio drivers, TrueWireless Technology and NFC.
TrueWireless Technology allows wireless pairing with a second 710 to create a right and left stereo sound. NFC enables linking with other NFC enabled devices by simply touching them or bringing them into close proximity.
The Braven 710 is equipped with a built-in noise canceling speakerphone and is capable for charging USB devices with its integrated power bank. It's IPX5 water-resistant, enjoys a mute functionality under Bluetooth Bridge to synchronize streaming audio from your device to a stereo system, and supports APTX technology. The 710 can also be daisy chained with additional 710 speakers to create a traditional hi-fi stereo system.
The Braven 710 is now available for US$169.99 in silver, graphite and blue. For more information go to www.braven.com .
MakeMusic releases Finale 2014
MakeMusic has released Finale 2014, the 25th anniversary edition of the music notation software for Mac OS X and Windows. It "represents the next step in assisting musicians to efficiently notate and share their music," says Karen VanDerBosch, CEO of MakeMusic.
Among Finale 2014’s technological investments is a completely new file format, offering great flexibility for the future, and allowing Finale 2014 users to effortlessly share files, back and forth, with users of the previous version of Finale, she adds. Other architecture enhancements include improved Apple OS X support and a new audio engine.
Finale’s Linked Parts feature, which provides a dynamic link between a score and the associated parts, has been enhanced to provide increased flexibility in areas where users may wish selected items to look different in the score than the parts. Dozens of additional world-class Garritan instrument sounds have also been added to Finale’s collection.
Finale 2014 is available at www....
MAXON announces updates to CineWare
MAXON (www.maxon.net) — a developer of 3D modeling, painting, animation, and rendering solutions — has announced upgrades to CineWare, now available in the latest version of Adobe After Effects CC. The upgrades are designed to deliver improved integration and performance between MAXON's 3D app, Cinema 4D, and Adobe's software.
The new updates to the CineWare workflow, available in After Effects CC, are designed to optimize performance and enhance creative capabilities in the video workflow. Last month, MAXON introduced CINEMA 4D Release 15 (R15) marked by enhancements to modeling, text creation, rendering and sculpting. Access to many of the new capabilities in R15 are also available in the latest version of After Effects CC. Additional information is available on the CINEMA 4D Broadcast and CINEMA 4D Studio pages.
Flavours 1.1 brings themes to Mavericks
Interacto Labs has announces Flavours 1.1 (http://flavours.interacto.net), now with OS X Mavericks (10.9) support.
Flavours is a Mac application for changing the appearance of Mac OS X. It allows users to create, apply and share themes. The application features a local theme gallery and an online store where users can download and publish their theme creations. Shipping with an embedded intuitive WYSIWYG editor, it allows users to create their own themes.
Flavours 1.1 also adds several under-the-hood improvements (improved system stability, use less intrusive approach, and additional bug fixes and enhancements) and adds initial internationalization support (added Portuguese, more on the way).
Flavours 1.1 requires Mac OS X 10.7.3 or higher and costs US$19.90. It has full support for Retina displays.
Excel updates a suite of tools
On the heals of recent QuickLicense 7, Windows 8.1 and OS X Mavericks upgrades, Excel Software (www.excelsoftware.com) has updated a suite of protection and licensing tools.
QuickLicense Server 1.1 creates a floating license server for a protected application or document. DocProtect 3.0.2 generates a protected Mac or Windows application from popular document types.
QLRT Xcode 2.0 provides the QuickLicense 7 runtime system in a static library for Xcode developers. PluginFMQLRT 1.0.1 and PluginXojoQLRT 1.0.1 give FileMaker and Xojo developers a plugin with QuickLicense 7 features tested on the latest Mac and Windows operating systems.
QuickLicense Server 1.1 outputs a vendor-branded, floating license server system for protected applications with no programming required. QLRT Xcode 2.0 adds QuickLicense 7 features for Trial, Product, Subscription, Floating or Try/Buy licenses with a human managed or Internet automated activation system.
QuickLicense is used to configure all aspects...
321Soft Studio releases iPhone Data Recovery for the Mac
321Soft Studio has released 321Soft iPhone Data Recovery for Mac. The app works with most common data loss situations: accidentally deleted data, a damaged iPhone or a lost iPhone.
You can recover data from the iOS device and retrieve previous data by extracting it from iTunes backup files. 321 Soft iPhone Data Recovery is iOS 7 friendly.
It requires Mac OS X 10.6 or higher and costs US$79.95. Learn more at http://tinyurl.com/mf8ckg7 .
PDFpen 6.1 Adds Support for Stamps, Pop-up Annotation Notes,...
Smile has released PDFpen 6.1, an update to its all-purpose PDF editing tool for OS X. The update adds support for stamps and includes a library of standard business stamps, including "Confidential" and "Approved" among others.
In PDFpen 6.1, users can now add pop-up notes to PDF annotations such highlighting and drawing objects. Support for the new Evernote Business notebooks has also been added.
The changes in PDFpen 6.1 have also been made in PDFpenPro 6.1, the Pro version that can also convert websites into PDFs, automatically create fillable PDF forms, and construct document table of contents. In addition, PDFpenPro 6.1 adds automatic URL detection and link creation.
PDFpen 6.1 works with PDFpen for iPad and PDFpen for iPhone, allowing seamless editing across devices when used with iCloud or Dropbox storage. Users who wish to use iCloud must purchase PDFpen 6 from the Mac App Store. (Apple restricts iCloud access to applications purchased via the Mac App Store.)