Kool Tools: NuMac Blu-Ray disc burner for the Mac Pro
NuMac Solutions has announced its optical disc burning solution for Apple's new Mac Pro. The NMBDR6x supports reading and writing of Blu-Rays, DVDs, and CDs.
It stands less than two inches tall from top to bottom, and features a round, low-profile aluminum enclosure designed to sit beneath the Mac Pro. The slot load design has no tray to get in the way or break off. To help reduce clutter, both power and data are sent via the single USB cable.
Built with a durable and sleek aluminum enclosure and non-skid base, The NMBDR6x is designed to sit directly beneath the 2013 Mac Pro, so it takes up no additional desk space. With both power and data being transferred via the single USB cable, there is no need for another clunky power adapter or extra cables at your workstation.
The NMBDR6x features Quad Layer burning support for Blu-Ray discs. This technology allows the burning of discs up to 128GB in capacity when using a quad-layer Blu-Ray Disk. The NMBDR6x can burn single and double layer...
Typinator for Mac OS X adds new built-in functions
Ergonis Software (http://www.ergonis.com) has released Typinator 6.2, the latest version of its tool for auto-typing text and auto-correcting typos systemwide across all Mac OS X applications. The upgrade adds new built-in functions (Count, List, Any, Index).
With an inclusion mechanism, text expansions can execute external scripts and include their results in the expansion. Typinator supports scripts written in in many different languages like AppleScript, Perl, PHP, Python, Ruby, and arbitrary shell scripting languages.
Typinator requires Mac OS X 10.5.8 or later. Mac OS X 10.7 or higher is recommended.
Typinator can be purchased on the Ergonis Software web site for approximately US$32 for a single user license. A family pack for installation on up to five computers is $49. The upgrade to Typinator 6.1 is free for anyone who bought a license before Oct. 1, 2013.
HUE Stick is new iOS compatible portable battery
JunoPower has announced the HUE Stick portable battery. It packs 2600 mAh of power in an aluminum casing that weighs six ounces.
The HUE Stick can fully charge a completely dead 5 Volt device (including smart phones, tablets, GPS, camera and more) in two to three hours, according to the folks at JunoPower. It's integrated LED-indicator lets users know exactly how much juice in the left in the power bank and when it's time to recharge. The battery’s built-in LED flashlight can be activated with a single touch and protects users from getting lost in the dark.
The HUE Stick purportedly provides an additional 10 hours of talk time for the iPhone and six hours for the Samsung Galaxy. It's available on JunoPower.com and Amazon.com for US$21.99.
IP Camera Cloud for the Mac is released
DComplex (www.dcomplex.com) has released IP Camera Cloud for Mac. It's video surveillance software for home or small office.
The product lets you record video from up to 20 IP cameras simultaneously on the Mac — or optionally copy the video to the cloud and store it there for 30 days. DComplex's remote access apps for the iPhone, iPad and Mac connect to the video recording Mac automatically, without the need to setup port forwarding or manually opening ports. The apps let you instantly respond to motion events, remotely watch live video, search and playback recorded video effortlessly.
IP Camera Cloud requires Mac OS X 10.9 or higher. A seven-day demo is available for download. Pricing depends on the number of cameras being used and is based on monthly subscription pricing with no upfront costs. The price for each camera is US$3 per month. Optional 30-days video storage in DComplex's cloud servers is an additional $7 per camera per month. The companion iPhone/iPad app is free.
VisionTek launches Four Port USB 3 PCI3 card
VisionTek (www.visiontek.com) has launched the US$32.99 Four Port USB 3 PCI3 card. It offers plug and play operation with Macs running OS X 10.8.2 and later.
According to the folks at VisionTek, it can deliver benchmark test-confirmed 356MB/s Read and 338MB/s Write data transfers. It can also be used to power USB devices or charge them without needing an AC adapter. Each port provides 900mA of power.
Sandvox for Mac OS X gets Vimeo support, more
Karelia Software (www.karelia.com) has updated Sandvox, their web creation software for Mac OS X, to version 2.9. The upgrade introduces a new Vimeo object that makes it super easy to display videos hosted on Vimeo.com. Now, for the first time, website creators using Sandvox can simply choose the Vimeo object to embed Vimeo content on a website.
Sandvox 2.9 also improves publishing performance, and now includes direct support for SSL security for FTP and WebDAV. The specific publishing connection protocols supported by the revamped, faster publishing engine include FTP with Implicit SSL, FTP with TLS/SSL, and WebDAV with HTTPS. Finally, new support for LetsMove, a technology acquired with Potion Factory, makes it even easier to install the app.
Sandvox 2.9 requires Mac OS X 10.6.6 or higher and costs US$79.99. It's available worldwide through the Mac App Store in the Productivity category. It is also available from The Karelia Store (https://secure.karelia.com/buy_now/).
The Sandvox 2...
Cisdem launches Mac PDF management solution
Cisdem (www.cisdem.com) has introduced PDFManagerUltimate for Mac, giving Mac users the ability to read, edit, convert, annotate, protect, merge, split, compress, and sign PDF files.
With it you can read, organize, edit, convert, annotate,protect, merge, split, compress, sign and extract images or text from PDF files. The product uses Optical Character Recognition (OCR) technology to turn PDF files back into editable text documents and turn scanned PDFs into searchable PDF files.
PDFManagerUltimate also enables users to add text, images, and signatures into PDF files; markup, annotate PDF files easily while reading; edit fillable forms; What's more, it can help merge, split and compress PDF files.
PDFManagerUltimate is available now through the Cisdem website. A demo is available for download. A single user license of PDFManagerUltimate is available forUS $69.99. A two-Mac license costs $89.99, while a license for five Macs costs $129.99.
GRID 2 Reloaded Edition drives onto the Mac Sept. 25
Feral Interactive says the racing game GRID 2 Reloaded Edition will be unleashed on the Mac Sept. 25. Developed and published by Codemasters for PC and consoles, it's the successor to GRID.
When released, the game will be available for download from a variety of digital partner sites worldwide including the Feral Store, Steam and the Mac App Store. A Steam account is required to access online multiplayer features.
Here's how the game is described: "GRID 2 Reloaded Edition features ‘World Series Racing’, a disruptive new racing league with big ambitions. Players are challenged to become WSR’s star driver and build it into a top motorsport by facing off against rivals in a selection of electrifying competitions. Nerve-jangling duels on mountain roads, drift events through the city streets of Paris, Miami and Hong Kong and high-speed races on renowned GP circuits are all part of the competition.
"GRID 2 Reloaded...
CompuTech updates its BusinessMan CRM/ERP software
Computech, a FileMaker Platinum partner, has released the latest version of BusinessMan CRM/ERP software. Among other enhancements itSynergize.
The 64-bit plugin allows access from any web browser and alleviates the need for the FileMaker Web API [application programming interface. Performance tests indicate a speed improvement of 2.5 times over the FileMaker Web API, accordingto the folks at Computech.
For more information or to download a free trial, go here (http://www.businessmancrm.com/).
AOC releases new 24-inch gaming monitor
AOC (us.aoc.com) has announced the US$449 AOC 24-inch Gaming Monitor, powered by NVIDIA G-Sync technology and designed for competitive gamers.
G-SYNC technology synchronizes display refresh rates between the monitor and the computer’s GPU to eliminate screen tearing and minimize display stutter and input lag, according to the folks at AOC. The AOC G2460PG display boasts 144Hz w/ 1 ms response time for blur-free images, 1000:1 contrast ratios, NVIDIA 3D Vision ready technology and AOC DialPoint Custom Crosshair function with six custom crosshair settings for lethal speed and deadly precision.
It packs an integrated DisplayPort connector and five USB hubs. The ergonomic stand allows you to adjust the height, tilt and swivel, as well as pivot into portrait mode.
Centrify further extends Apple device management to the Cloud
Centrify Corp. (www.centrify.com) — which specializes in unified identify management across data center, cloud and mobile environments — has launched Centrify for Mac 2014.1, a core component of the Centrify User Suite.
With this new release Centrify says it's easing the burden for Mac administrators by giving them additional cloud-based management options while also enhancing its on-premises Active Directory support for the Mac platform. In addition, Centrify has enhanced its mobile device management capabilities to include support for iOS 8.
Centrify says it's working on integrating with Apple's Touch ID system to ensure the right users have unfettered access to the applications and data they need. In addition, Centrify is leveraging iOS 8 extensions to incorporate a login flow for users accessing company resources via Safari.
First weekend iPhone sales top 10 million
Apple says it sold over 10 million new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus models, a new record, just three days after the launch on Sept. 19.
The new smartphones are available in the US, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Puerto Rico, Singapore and the UK and will be available in more than 20 additional countries on Sept. 26. The new iPhones will be available in 115 countries by the end of the year.
"Sales for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus exceeded our expectations for the launch weekend, and we couldn’t be happier," Apple CEO Tim Cook said in a press release. "We would like to thank all of our customers for making this our best launch ever, shattering all previous sell-through records by a large margin. While our team managed the manufacturing ramp better than ever before, we could have sold many more iPhones with greater supply and we are working hard to fill orders as quickly as possible."
Akvis AirBrush update for Mac OS X adds new Share option
Akvis has released Akvis AirBrush 2.5, available as a standalone program and as a plug-in for graphics editors. Available for Mac OS X and Windows, the software turns photos into airbrush paintings.
Version 2.5 adds a Share option that lets you post your images from the program to the social networks and services such as Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, Tumblr, Google+, and Dropbox. It also enlarged the maximum size of the Quick Preview area which helps to adjust the parameters of the effect. Plus, AirBrush 2.5 adds: the possibility to reverse background and paint colors and a new interface theme.
The plug-in version is compatible with Adobe Photoshop CC. Registered users of AirBrush can upgrade to version 2.5 for free. A full-featured free evaluation download of Akvis AirBrush is available at the product page (http://tinyurl.com/mffy3ek).
The software sells for US$49 for the Home version (either plug-in or standalone, all features except color changing), $69 for the Home Deluxe version (...
Macgo iPhone Cleaner ready for iOS 8, OS X Yosemite
Macgo International (http://www.macblurayplayer.com/) has announced the latest version of Macgo iPhone Cleaner for Mac. The upgrade is compatible with iOS 8 and Mac OS X 10.8 and higher.
Macgo iPhone Cleaner was designed to scan and clean virtually every kind of junk files on your iOS device. was designed to scan and clean almost any kind of junk files on your iOS devices. It digs out all the useless files like temp, cache, cookie, off-line, corrupt and forgotten files, and other kinds of junk files.
Macgo is offering a special iPhone Cleaner discount for a limited time. You can buy it at US$19.99 (50% off) for a limited time.
ET Smart Practice is new ear training practice app for the Mac
Adium Software has unveiled ET Smart Practice, a Mac-based aural practice tool for music students and musicians of all ages. It costs US$24.99, requires Mac OS X 10.9 or later, and is available at the Mac App Store (http://tinyurl.com/ktqbgf5).
It consists of 20 practice areas covering a variety of rhythm, melody, and harmony skills. At the heart of ET Smart Practice is the Intelligent Practice Engine, which tracks users' progress, identifies strengths and weaknesses, and automatically personalizes each practice session.
For example, a user having trouble recognizing certain intervals or chords, need only add "Interval Recognition" and "Chord Recognition" to the practice session. ET Smart Practice takes it from there, selecting questions that focus on these particular interval and chords, until they are no longer problematic.
CryptoEdit For Mac OS X Revved To Version 2.0
Tension Software (http://www.tensionsoftware.com) has revved CrytoEdit, a Mac OS X app for creating/editing "encrypted by default" documents, to version 2.0.1. It's a maintenance upgrade.
CryptoEdit can manage TEXT, RTF and RTFD (with images) formats. It saves documents on disk always as encrypted and is designed as a solution for managing reserved documents with formatted text and images.
CryptoEdit requires Mac OS X 10.8 or higher and costs US$3.99. It's available at the Mac App Store or directly from Tension Software.
Logoist for Mac OS X gets group management feature, more
Synium Software (www.syniumsoftware.com) has updated Logoist, its vector drawing app, to version 2.0. The upgrade comes with a layer group management feature, Boolean operations, a vector export feature, a preset assistant, new filters, new presets and more.
Logoist 2 is designed for both home and professional users. Its interface provides access to features ranging from combined pixel and vector-based effects to group management tools, including arbitrary Boolean operations.
Logoist 2 costs US$14.99 and requires a Mac with OS X 10.9 Mavericks or later. It's compatible with the upcoming OS X 10.10 Yosemite.
Punch-BD is new Mac compatible bass drum virtual instrument
Virtual instrument and effects plug-in developer, Rob Papen Soundware, has released Punch-BD, a bass drum virtual instrument for Mac (OS X 10.6 or higher) and Windows (Vista, 7, and 8). It's based around the BD module of the company's Punch drum synthesis/sampler software instrument and is designed to enable users to create the "biggest-sounding bass drums around."
Punch-BD lets you stack up to six bass drums. Its six sequentially-numbered BD pads can be divided across an external controller keyboard for performance purposes — in 6 Notes PLAY MODE (with the six "notes" repeated over the whole keyboard range) — or "simply" stacked — in Stack or Tuned Stack PLAY MODE (which follows the pitch of the keyboard) — to creatively construct bass drum sounds suited to any style of contemporary music production.
Punch-BD packs four FX processors 31 y FX types with several routing options. It can be purchased as a boxed version from authorized Rob Papen dealers worldwide for $59 directly from...
HoudahGeo is ready for Mac OS X Yosemite
Houdah Software (http://www.houdah.com/) has updated HoudahGeo, a geocoding solution for the Mac, to version 4. The new version adds support for the upcoming Mac OS X Yosemite.
HoudahGeo costs US$29 for a single-user license for new users. Version 4 is a free update for registered users. HoudahGeo requires Mac OS X 10.8 or higher.
IK Multimedia's T-RackS Custom Shop now features three...
IK Multimedia has added the EQ P50A, EQ P50B and EQ P60G to the T-RackS Custom Shop lineup (www.t-racks.com). With them in the mix, the Custom Shop now features over 30 virtual emulations of some of mixing and mastering gear.
The new additions come as a part of the latest version of T-RackS Custom Shop. They're virtual representations that let you take control of three classic modular EQs originally designed for custom mixing consoles that helped to define the bold "American Sound" of the late-'60s and '70s, according to the folks at IK Multimedia. With them, T-RackS Custom Shop continues to expand, offering producers, engineers and musicians 24/7 access to some of the most desirable compressors, EQs, limiters and effects of all time.
The T-RackS Custom Shop for Mac/PC is a free DAW plug-in and standalone app. Once installed, it lets you browse, audition, and purchase from a collection of IK's high-quality processing plug-ins for mixing and mastering. Each model can be tested for free...
MyScript Stack, MyScript Stylus bring handwriting input method...
MyScript, which specializes in handwriting recognition and digital ink management technology, has announced two input panel applications that offer user-friendly alternatives to keyboard entry. Both applications run on any iOS 8 device, regardless of size.
The core technology featured in the apps is also available to developers who want to create note-taking applications, education applications, games and more. The first application available is MyScript Stack, which allows superimposed input (also known as overwriting) in a single character interface. The input panel allows users to continuously write characters on top of each other.
Users can input phone numbers, look up names in address books, compose tweets, and write chat or SMS messages with their fingertips. The handwritten input is instantly recognized and converted to digital text.
The second application is MyScript Stylus, which provides a text entry in natural writing mode, cursive and handprint using a stylus or the user...
Pyle Audio introduces the Bluetooth Blood Pressure Monitor
Pyle Audio (www.PyleAudio.com) has introduced the US$69.99 Bluetooth Blood Pressure Monitor (PHBPB20). This blood pressure monitor and integrated app are designed to provide the most critical data points including pulse rate and systolic and diastolic pressures.
Utilizing Bluetooth Smart technology, the blood pressure monitor wirelessly sends data to your mobile device and syncs with the free Pyle Health app to create user profiles, chart progress and automatically save users' records. Data can be shared online via Facebook and Twitter or kept password-protected for private tracking.
The Pyle Health app is compatible with iOS 5, Android 4.3 and later devices. The monitor can store 99 blood pressure readings for each individual, and the large LCD display shows critical data information of the current user profile selected.
NewerTech announces Wireless Aluminum Keypad
NewerTech has released the Wireless Aluminum Keypad (http://www.newertech.com/keypad/). It's designed to complement the look and feel of Apple keyboards.
The Wireless Aluminum Keypad pairs with your Mac via Bluetooth and reconnects automatically when the computer or device is awakened or restarted. It's designed for finance professionals, including accountants and analysts, as well as students, teachers, administrators, programmers, and more.
You can use this keypad with popular apps, such as Pro Tools, Logic, and Final Cut Pro to be more efficient by taking advantage of shortcuts that are not as easily accessible when using the Apple wireless keyboard alone, according to Larry O’Connor, CEO, NewerTech. The NewerTech Keypad also works as a stand-alone or with a variety of other keyboards.
The NewerTech Keypad with white keys is available for immediate purchase for USS$49. A version with black keys, as well as international versions with illustrative black, or white keys, will be...
Mac OS X updated to version 10.9.5
Apple has released Mac OS X 10.9.5. The company says it improves the stability, compatibility, and security of your Mac. This update:
° Improves the reliability of VPN connections that use USB smart cards for authentication;
° Improves the reliability of accessing files located on an SMB server;
° Includes Safari 7.0.6.
Apple says that, for enterprise content, this update:
° Fixes an issue with group membership in large network groups, that also might prevent administrators from performing some administrative tasks successfully.
° Allows for faster authentication when roaming on 802.1x networks which use EAP-TLS.
Mac OS X 10.9.5 is available at the Mac App Store or via the Software Updates component of the Systems Preferences app.
Swaive announces 'intelligent' Bluetooth thermometer
Swaive Corp. has developed the Swaive Thermometer, an "intelligent" Bluetooth-connected ear thermometer. It communicates with an iPhone and iPad app that analyzes temperatures and provides vital information to monitor the health of the family, and syncs with Apple's HealthKit.
All readings can be instantly shared with physicians, nurses, parents, caretakers, and spouses allowing remote monitoring of critical trends. The Swaive Thermometer automatically connects to iPhones and iPads using Bluetooth to track and monitor an individual's temperature reading in their unique profile. Temperature readings are automatically displayed and logged using the free Swaive Thermometer app to time stamp each temperature reading and chart trends against the normal temperature range for each user's age.
A digital display on the thermometer gives an immediate reading for the user, in addition to relaying the information to the app. The device is accurate to within 0.01C, when used properly. Information...
iOS Guides introduces the 'iPhone 6 Guide'
iOS Guides has introduced the "iPhone 6 Guide" (http://tinyurl.com/kdvfnkw), a new eBook available in the iBookstore and Amazon Kindle Store. It's packed with tips and tutorials for both the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.
Priced at US$3.99, it was written to help readers to become proficient with iOS 8 and the iPhone 6 hardware in next to no time. It's filled with large color images that help to visually explain tips and tutorials.
The Pragmatic Studio redesigns iOS Development course for iOS 8
The Pragmatic Studio (http://pragmaticstudio.com/) has redesigned their iOS Development training course for iOS 8, Xcode 6, and the new Swift programming language.
You can learn how to create full-featured iOS apps from scratch using Swift in this hands-on training course taught by an iOS expert at your location. This four-day course is designed for teams of five or more experienced developers who are new to iOS development and who aren't yet familiar with the Swift Programming Language.
If your group is experienced with Swift, this can also be offered as a three-day course. Go to the Pragmatic Studio website for details.
Booq announces Taipan shock carry case
Booq (www.booqbags.com) has introduces the latest addition to their Taipan collection, the US$95 Tapian shock. It offers a large main compartment with document storage and multiple accessories pockets for smaller items like pens or charging cables.
A separate, thickly padded laptop compartment keeps MacBooks and PCs up to 16.4 inches secure, and the front of the bag provides an easy-access zippered pocket that offers storage for a seven-inch tablet. Side pockets provide quick access to accessories, sunglasses or keys that can be attached to the booq key holder.
The Taipan shock’s exterior features a 1680D tri-weave polyester fabric with water-repellent coating and a monochromatic design. Reflective logos on the shoulder straps and backpack increases visibility, and the adjustable sternum strap and padded shoulder straps are designed to make sure that the Taipan shock is comfortable to carry for long periods of time.
RE:Vision Effects has released RE:Match for Sony Vegas Pro
RE:Vision Effects (http://bit.ly/1p8Sr89) has released RE:Match for Sony Vegas Pro with automatic color matching for multiple shot and multicam shoots.
The software does its work automatically and matches as best it can one sequence's overall color appearance to match that of another. For multicam shoots, or single camera shoots consisting of multiple shots with different lighting or camera settings,
RE:Match assumes that both image sequences are taken roughly at the same location but perhaps were not shot at the same time or from the same point-of-view. What's more, RE:Match for Vegas Pro supports many more features, settings and options than those available with Vegas Pro's built-in Color Match.
RE:Match for Vegas Pro is priced at US$89.95. Volume discounts are available.
CS Odessa Announces New Computer and Network Solutions for...
CS Odessa (www.conceptdraw.com) has rolled out new Computer and Network Solutions for ConceptDraw PRO that has been added to the ConceptDraw Solution Park.
The new solutions provide a toolset for IT and network professionals who use ConceptDraw PRO. The new additions to ConceptDraw PRO empower IT and network professionals with new libraries and objects for AWS Diagrams, Active Directory Diagrams,Cisco Network Diagrams, and Computer Network Diagrams.
All five have been added to ConceptDraw Pro at no charge for our customers. These new additions to the ConceptDraw Solution Park are for current users of ConceptDraw Pro 10, the latest edition of the ConceptDraw PRO software product. ConceptDraw Pro is compatible with Mac OS X and Microsoft Windows. It retails for US$199. ConceptDraw Pro 10 is also included in ConceptDraw Office 2, which retails for $499.
MacUpdate announces its September 2014 Bundle of 10 Mac apps
MacUpdate has announced its September 2014 Bundle (http://deals.macupdate.com/bundle/affil/6603), which packs 10 Mac apps worth US$480 (if bought separately) for $49.99. Some of the tools have never been included in a bundle before.
All apps are fully compatible with Mac OS X Yosemite. Many of them have seen paid upgrades recently. The included apps are
° Toast 12 Titanium (http://tinyurl.com/pbj3t9q), a multimedia toolkit. It's normally $99.99 and works with OS X 10.5.8 and higher.
Description: Enjoy your digital media without limits—on your Mac, on your devices, and online—with Toast 12 Titanium. Capture music and video from multiple sources, and copy and burn CDs, DVDs and even Blu-ray discs. Convert media for viewing on iPad, iPhone, and other devices; share directly to YouTube, Facebook, and Vimeo; and more.
° Ember (http://tinyurl.com/n7suk4w), a digital scrapbooking tool. I's normally $49.99 and works with Mac OS X 10.9 and higher.
Description: Ember is your digital...
Aqua Data Studio gets new features for creating visualizations
AquaFold has introduced Aqua Data Studio 15 (http://www.aquafold.com/aquadatastudio.html), an upgrade to its universal database query and management software. It adds new features to create visualizations that illuminate your underlying data.
Aqua Data Studio 15 can now turn any query into visuals. It can combine pivot tables, charts, graphs, and other visualizations into interactive dashboards and workbooks, which can then be shared with colleagues and customers.
Along with Aqua Data Studio's visualization improvements, the redesigned Visual Query Builder is more powerful and easier to use than ever, according to AquaFold CEO Niels Gron. Users can now generate complex queries visually by dragging and dropping without ever typing a SQL statement. New to this version is a better way to visualize table unions, and support for subqueries. The main query appears in its own tab, while unions and subqueries are built in additional tabs to keep complex queries more organized. Also improved...
Avenza releases Geographic Imager 4.5 for Adobe Photoshop
Avenza Systems (www.avenza.com) has released Geographic Imager 4.5 for Adobe Photoshop. This latest update is compatible with Adobe Photoshop Creative Cloud 2014 for both Mac and Windows. The Geographic Imager panel has also been refreshed to provide easier access to tools, image information and features.
Geographic Imager is software for Adobe Photoshop that leverages the image editing capabilities of the raster-based image editing software and transforms it into a geospatial production tool. Work with satellite imagery, aerial photography, orthophotos, and DEMs in GeoTIFF and other major GIS image formats using Adobe Photoshop features such as transparencies, filters, and image adjustments while maintaining georeferencing and support for hundreds of coordinate systems and projections.
Geographic Imager 4.5 is free to all Geographic Imager Maintenance Program members and at US$319 for non-maintenance upgrades. New fixed licenses start at $699. Geographic Imager Basic licenses start...
Inpaint 6 for Mac OS X packs reworked processing algorithms
TeoreX has released a new version (6.0) of Inpaint, a Mac OS X compatible photo retouching application with a choice of tools for removal of unwanted objects from pictures.
Version 6 holds reworked processing algorithms allowing for faster and more quality elimination of various defects in a photo, as well as smoother removal of extra objects without spoiling the composition. It also adds the support for HiDPI and Retina displays and offers improved stability and increased performance to both Mac and PC users.
The price for a single license of Inpaint is US$19.99. There is a batch-processing version of Inpaint available, as well. For more info go to http://www.theinpaint.com/ .
FotoMagico for Mac OS X now ready for 4K video
Boinx Software has updated FotoMagico (http://boinx.com/fotomagico/), its slideshow creation tool, to version 4.5. The upgrade is optimized for the production of 4K video. FotoMagico 4.5 also takes full advantage of modernized OS X features
FotoMagico 4.5 requires Mac OS 10.8 or higher. Version 4.5 is available now as a free update for existing 4.x users. For new users the cost is US$99.99.
Apple announces record pre-orders for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6...
Apple has announced a record number of first day pre-orders of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, with over four million in the first 24 hours.
Demand for the new iPhones exceeds the initial pre-order supply. While a significant amount will be delivered to customers beginning on Friday and throughout September, many iPhone pre-orders are scheduled to be delivered in October. Additional supply of iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus will be available to walk-in customers on Friday, Sept. 19 at 8 a.m. local time at Apple retail stores.
Customers are encouraged to arrive early or order online from the Apple Online Store (www.apple.com) to pickup in-store or receive an estimated delivery date. Both models will also be available on Friday from AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, Verizon Wireless, additional carriers and select Apple Authorized Resellers.
Image Viewer for Mac OS X revved to version 1.8
Abacus has released Image Viewer 1.8, an upgrade of the Mac OS X app for viewing images and photos for an entire library.
Users can open a file and then view all image files in that folder by clicking the mouse or pressing the keyboard. Version 1.8 fixes a sandbox error that made it difficult for some users to delete images.
Image Viewer requires Mac OX 10.7 or later. It's available at the Mac App Store for US$0.99. Go to http://abacusindustriesinc.com for more info.
G-Tech expands its Studio line of external hard drives
G-Technology (www.g-technology.com) has announced the first extension of its Studio line, the G-SPEED Studio XL.
Expanding on the two–bay G-RAID Studio and four-bay G-SPEED Studio Thunderbolt 2 storage solutions, which launched earlier this year, the G-SPEED Studio XL holds up to eight removable, enterprise-class 7,200 RPM hard drives, offering colossal capacity and performance of up to 1,350 megabytes per second (MB/sec) performance for the most demanding digital content creation applications, says Mike Williams, vice president and general manager, G-Technology.
The G-SPEED Studio XL eight-bay Thunderbolt 2 storage solution comes in a black enclosure with integrated cooling technology. It supports 4k workflows with user-configurable RAID 0, 1, 5, 10, 50 and 60, and impressive transfer rates of up to 1,350MB/sec in RAID 0. Like other products in the Studio line, the G-SPEED Studio XL can be daisy-chained via dual Thunderbolt 2 ports to boost storage speeds and support multi-stream...
Stellar Data Recovery releases Stellar Phoenix Video Repair 1.0...
Stellar Data Recovery has launched Stellar Phoenix Video Repair 1.0 for the Mac. It lets you repair corrupt or damaged video files so that "unplayable" videos are fit for replay.
Stellar Phoenix Video Repair can identify and repair damage in files with MOV, MP4, 3GP, M4V, M4A, 3G2 and F4V extensions. You can repair multiple files of different formats in one go in a matter of minutes, says Sunil Chandna, CEO, Stellar Data Recovery.
Free version of the software — which is compatible with OS X Mavericks and Yosemite — can be downloaded here (http://tinyurl.com/lwasx2d). The free version lets you preview repaired videos; however, to save them you'll have to purchase the software’s lifetime license for US$69.
Privacy Scan ready for Mac OS X Yosemite
SecureMac has released PrivacyScan 1.6, an update of the Mac privacy software. The upgrade adds improved compatibility with future versions of Mac OS X (such as Yosemite) and also adds additional Firefox web browser support and fixes.
PrivacyScan will notify Google Chrome, Chromium and Firefox users when their browser is configured to sync with Google’s servers, which can restore erased data. PrivacyScan will also add the capability to clean open windows in many popular apps.
PrivacyScan acts like a digital private eye, identifying hidden threats that can compromise privacy when accessed by advertisers or snoopers trying to see user activity. Version 1.6 is engineered for Mac OS X 10.6.6 or higher.
It costs US$14.99 and is available at http://www.privacyscan.securemac.com. A 15-day demo version is also available.
eMedia announces Masters of Rock guitar software
eMedia (eMediaMusic.com) has released Media Masters of Rock Guitar, software for learning how to play some of rock’s greatest songs.
It teaches songs made famous by Eric Clapton, Jimi Hendrix, The Who, Carlos Santana, Stevie Ray Vaughn and more. All guitar parts are shown in tab and standard notation with Animated Fretboard, variable-speed playback and looping selections of transcribed material. You can even remove the guitar or bass and jam with the band.
eMedia Masters of Rock Guitar will be available in stores nationwide and online at an estimated retail price of US$29.95 later this month. The CD-ROM will be a hybrid for both Windows and Macintosh platforms, and the software will also be available for download at eMediaMusic.com and through select online retailers.
CS Odessa Announces New Science and Education Solutions for...
CS Odessa (http://www.conceptdraw.com) has announced new additions to ConceptDraw Pro, its cross-platform business graphics and diagramming software. It lets you display, communicate, and present dynamically.
The new additions to ConceptDraw Pro empower the academic and science user with extensive new libraries for language, math, and science. Live Object technology dynamically displays linked data.
These additions to the Science and Education Area of the ConceptDraw Solution Park include collections of templates, samples, and libraries of vector stencils and icons that support science and academic work at any level. ConceptDraw Pro is compatible with Mac OS X and Microsoft Windows. It retails for US$199. ConceptDraw Pro 10 is included in ConceptDraw Office v2, which retails for $499.
Movavi Screen Capture for Mac now supports microphone and...
The update of Movavi’s OS X screencasting app now supports both microphone and speaker recording, enabling users to save online calls. The software also adds a recording timer, keyboard actions capture, new cursor effects, screenshot capture, and a high-speed built-in video converter for fast trimming and encoding of video files in any format.
When saving a recorded screen video, you can choose the optimal preset from among all popular formats like MP4, MOV, AVI, MKV, or custom mobile device presets for Apple iPads, iPhones, and iPods, Android-based devices, Samsung, Nokia, Xbox, PS4, and other devices. The SuperSpeed-supported formats are marked with a special icon in the preset menu.
A seven-day trial version of Movavi Screen Capture for Mac is available for free download from the the company’s website (http://www.movavi.com/mac-screen-capture/). The price for a full license is US$29.95. The program can also be purchased as part of the Movavi Super Video Bundle for Mac, which also...
‘Internet Slowdown’ launches across the web
support for stronger net neutrality protections by adding a spinning icon to their websites, representing a slow-loading Internet.
The symbolic icon links to a series of actions to members of Congress, the White House and the FCC. The event builds on the millions of Americans who have told the government to protect innovation and fairness on the Internet from corporate interference.
"The Internet is united against the FCC's Net Neutrality-killing proposal," says Craig Aaron, president and CEO of the Free Press Action Fund. "Today we'll see the Internet slow down as millions of people rise up against this threat to our rights to connect and communicate. There aren't many issues that could bring together such a diverse array of groups, big platforms and small businesses, senators and everyday citizens, all of them urging the leaders at the FCC to restore real Net Neutrality."
Evan Greer, Campaign Director of Fight for the Future, adds: "Today, we are showing once again not only the...
Cortado's cloud printing solution comes to the Mac
Cortado, maker of the ThinPrint Cloud Print cloud printing solution, has released a version for Mac users. Now Macs are also able to send print jobs from the cloud to any printer that has been designated a Cloud Printer.
The Mac app complements the Cortado apps already available for iPhones, iPads, Android and Windows devices. With the free app, Mac users can print their documents from anywhere via the cloud. For example, they can use their Mac to print while mobile to a home or office printer. One feature of ThinPrint Cloud Printer is that it works with any printer and from any application, regardless of the manufacturer, says Thien Nguyen, product manager, ThinPrint Cloud Printer at Cortado AG.
Private users can download ThinPrint Cloud Printer from the vendor's website at http://tinyurl.com/n9umj4v .
LaCie d2 Thunderbolt 2 features new design, SSD upgrade
LaCie (www.lacie.com) has announced the latest evolution of its d2 desktop storage line. The latest LaCie d2 features a new all-aluminum unibody enclosure, dual Thunderbolt 2, and USB 3.0.
Plus, LaCie designed the d2 Thunderbolt 2 to be upgradable to the fastest SSD on the market, which boosts speeds up to 1150 MB/s. It combines the latest interfaces and a Seagate 6 TB 7200 RPM professional hard disk, resulting in speeds of up to 220 MB/s.
To multiply speeds by a factor of five, users can install the LaCie d2 SSD Upgrade (sold separately). The upgrade increases speeds up to 1150 MB/s and adds 128 GB of PCIe SSD storage. This speed exceeds the performance of even the internal SSD on a late-model Mac or PC.
The LaCie d2 Thunderbolt 2, design by Neil Poulton, will be available this month through Appleand LaCie in 3TB (US$299.00), 4TB ($399.00) and 6 TB ($499.00) capacities. The 128 GB LaCie d2 SSD Upgrade ($299) will be available in October. The LaCie d2 will also be offered in a USB 3...
'I know countries' 1.3 leverages Apple Maps
Grapevine-cottage has given us "I know countries" 1.3 for Mac OS X. The app leverages full Apple Maps support to provide a user experience while navigating.
The map responds to a mouse click and highlights country boundaries and area, drops a pin at the capital location and shows a callout with flag, while speaking the country name and capital name.
The app supports all map types standard, satellite and hybrid, as well as the standard map navigation features for apps, including 3D mode at applicable map and zoom levels. All map details are available to the user, supporting direct drilldown to city street level.
"I know countries" requires Mac OS X 10.9 or higher. It's available for US$1.99 at the Mac App Store.
Pagico for Desktop for OS X revved to version 6.8
NOTES17 has launched Pagico for Desktop 6.8 (http://www.pagico.com/), an update to their information and task manager app for Mac OS X. The upgrade adds the ability to attach files and emails to new tasks and notes. Users can add files or emails to new tasks via a simple drag-and-drop. In addition, the task description fields are enhanced to make the note-taking process more enjoyable.
Pagico for Desktop manages all types of data, including notes, tasks, files, projects and contacts. On top of the project and contact management features, it also has a powerful set of scheduling features, assisting users to keep track of their tasks and appointments among projects and clients.
Pagico requires Mac OS X 10.5 or later. Version 6.8 is a free update for registered users. For new users the cost is US$50, though the app is on sale for $30 through Sept. 15. A demo is available for download.
MOGA unveils Rebel iOS controller
MOGA has unveiled its MOGA Rebel, a full-sized, console-style, premium game controller for iPhone, iPad, iPad air, iPad mini and iPod touch (5th generation) running iOS 7 or 8. It will be available in Apple stores in North America on Sept. 17 for US$79.99.
MOGA Rebel combines the best features of a tablet game controller with the added ability to use it portably with the iPhone or iPod touch, according to the folks at MOGA. They adds that gamers using an iPhone or iPod touch (5th generation) will also be able to transform their phone into a complete mobile gaming system by securing their device to the MOGA Rebel's flip-up MOGA Arm with S.M.R.T. Lock technology. The MOGA arm expands to accommodate even the largest new phones.
The MOGA Rebel includes an extended control set, including dual analog sticks, both L1/R1 and L2/R2 buttons, a D-pad, and four action buttons. The controller is powered by a 680mAh rechargeable battery.
To see which games are controller-enabled for iOS 7, visit...
Seagate unveils new cloud, enterprise solutions
Seagate Technology has announced several product updates that support its mission to lead the world in the storing, sharing and protecting the world’s data.
The company also announced today its new Cloud Systems and Solutions group (CSS), which, in the company's words, "deliver the world’s most scalable, secure, efficient, and cost-effective Cloud service architectures and solutions." Seagate’s CSS product update will include offerings in four focus areas: Integrated High Performance Computing solutions, Scalable, modular components and solutions, Custom systems for OEMs and Cloud Backup/Restore, Disaster Recovery and Rapid Archive Storage solutions. Seagate will drive the industry’s ability to manage hyperscale computing demands, improve energy efficiency, and enhance everywhere availability of data.
Go to www.seagate.com for more info.