Graphic Node introduces templates pack for Google Docs
Graphic Node has introduced Bundle for Google Docs 1.0 for OS X, a new suite of templates for Google Docs, Sheets and Slides.
It provides 50 templates for Google Docs, 25 for Google Sheets, and 25 for Google Slides. The app also offers support for those who want to create content on cloud-based productivity tools
Google Docs, Sheets and Slides offer a possibility to access and edit documents from any location as long as you have an Internet connection. Although the designs are marketed for the Google productivity tools, Sheets and Slides, they come in the standard Office formats and are therefore fully compatible with Microsoft Office.
Google Docs, Sheets and Slide require Mac OS X 10.8 or later and costs $9.99. The app is available worldwide through the Mac App Store (http://tinyurl.com/zeaed62) in the Productivity category.
Apple announces ‘let us loop you in’ special event
Apple has announced a special event for Monday, March 21, at 10 a.m. on Monday, March 21. Dubbed “Let us loop you in,” it will be held at the company’s campus at Infinite Loop in Cupertino.
Almost certain to be introduced at the event are a 4-inch “iPhone SE,” a 9.7-inch iPad Pro, and new band options for the Apple Watch. Some analysts are also expecting new MacBook Pros/Airs and the Apple Watch 2.
Econ Technologies updates its entire line of apps
Econ Technologies (www.econtechnologies) has updated its entire product line; ChronoSync, ChronoSync Express, ChronoAgent, ChronoMonitor, and InterConneX. These releases focus on security, performance, and stability with stronger encryption of data transferred between all of the apps.
ChronoSync — the $49.99 Mac backup, bootable backup, and folder synchronizing app — has been revved to version 4.6.6 with over 35 enhancements and fixes, including improved security, performance, and stability. ChronoAgent — an $14.99 “undercover” app that runs in the background of the destination Mac providing a direct connection to ChronoSync running on the source Mac — is now up to version 1.6.
ChronoSync Express, the $29.99, entry level version of ChronoSync, is updated to version 1.1.2 with over 25 enhancements and fixes.
ChronoMonitor — a $3.99 iPhone app that allows you to instantly receive notice of ChronoSync backups and synchronizations and monitor the operational status of any networked Macs...
Lemke introduces Xe8472 color consistency technology
Lemke Software has introduced Xe8472, color constancy technology for professional filmmakers and photographers. It simulates the physiological and psychological processes inside the human brain.
The color constancy algorithm, on which Xe8472 is based, was first released in 2002 under the Xe847 brand for use with still images. Xe8472 represents the world's first application of this algorithm in a commercial product for professional filmmakers.
The Xe8472 Photoshop plug-in for Mac OS X and Windows is available from Lemke Software (http://tinyurl.com/hv36x5f) for $39.95. Customers who have purchased the current Photoshop plug-in will be able to use their license for the software. In addition, Xe8472 will be included free for purchasers of GraphicConverter.
RE:Vision Effects releases RE:Map 3
RE:Vision Effects has released RE:Map 3, an update of its kit of mapping and distortion tools within Adobe After Effects, The Foundry's Nuke, Blackmagic Design Fusion Studio, and Natron. RE:Map 3 adds GPU acceleration.
RE:Map is a set of 5 plugins:
° RE:Map UV takes a UV Map, usually rendered from a 3D system, and renders an image using this mapping.
° RE:Map Inverse UV inversely projects a color image, using a UV Map as a guide, to a rectangular image that may then be used to texture the UV Map with RE:Map UV, or for use as a texture map for a 3D system.
° RE:Map Displace warps an image with a user-supplied displacement ma
° RE:Map Corner Pin maps or inverse maps a perspective plane defined by four points (also known as corner-pinning and inverse-corner-pinning).
° RE:Map Distort takes a color image and automatically distorts the image based on the features for a caricature-like effect.
GUI version licenses are priced at $149.95. Floating licenses are priced at $224.95. Render-only...
Sleeping Dogs: Definitive Edition coming to the Mac on March 31
Feral Interactive says the open-world action-adventure game Sleeping Dogs: Definitive Edition (http://www.feralinteractive.com/x/mac-games/sleepingdogs/) will be released for the Mac on Steam and the Mac App Store on March 31. Players assume the role of undercover cop Wei Shen as he works to take down the Sun On Yee Triad from within.
Here’s how the game is described: “Wei must prove himself by taking part in a series of brutal crimes in order to move up through the ranks of the notorious underworld organization. Torn between his duty to the police department and a criminal code of honor, Wei risks everything to avoid blowing his cover as the lines between truth, loyalty and justice become dangerously blurred.
“Players are set loose in a vividly realized open-world Hong Kong to explore its bustling neighborhoods, cruise its streets in slick rides, and free-run across its rooftops. As they enter illegal street races, gamble the nights away in shady clubs, and take on increasingly...
Magnasonic introduces pocketable, portable DLP projector
Magnasonic has unveiled what it says is the world’s smallest portable DLP projector, the LED Pocket Pico Video Projector (http://magnasonic.com/products/display.php?id=3079). The $169.99 “lightweight, pocketable” device has a rechargeable battery and is designed to display content from laptops, smartphones, and tablets.
The plug-and-play-device projects content up to 60 inches in size through 25 lumen LED light engines powered by Texas Instruments. The LED Pocket Pico Video Projector is embedded with Digital Light Processing technology that enables users to experience sharp and life-like images, according to the folks at Magnasonic.
While small in size (3.9 x 3.0 x 0.5 inches), the Mini Portable Pico Projector features 640 x 360 pixel resolution, 1100:1 high contrast ratio and accepts input up to 1080p. The LED Pocket Pico Video Projector features an adjustable focus wheel, adjustable volume controls and a headphone jack to connect external headphones, earphones, or speakers. The...
Comm-Unity Networking Systems releases SMTPit Pro 5.0
Comm-Unity Networking Systems has released SMTPit Pro 5.0, an update of its FileMaker Pro plug-in. It offers full, cross-platform, 64-bit GUI support, finalizing the transition to 64-bit FileMaker plug-ins.
This version also contains several bug fixes reported by customers. SMTPit Pro is available immediately at http://www.smtpitpro.com/ for both Mac OS X and Windows.
SMTPit Pro provides an array of email options. You can send simple text-based messages or you can send complex HTML messages. You can send a single message or an entire mail out. The Server Edition of SMTPit Pro allows you to install the plug-in in FileMaker Pro Server/Server Advanced to use with Scheduled Scripts, Instant/Custom Web Publishing, and WebDirect.
You can download a full-working demo of the plug-in to test it out before purchasing. If you purchased SMTPit Pro anytime from March 8, 2015, until now, you can install this latest version free of charge. If you purchased SMTPit Pro anytime between March 8, 2014...
OWC rolls out flash storage upgrades for mid-2013 and later Macs
OWC has announced the Aura SSD for mid-2013 and later Mac laptops (http://tinyurl.com/z4bkcnl). It allows users to expand the stock storage that came with their Mac laptops and reuse their original factory drive to transfer data and as an external storage solution.
Available in 480GB and 1.0TB capacities, Aura SSD upgrade kits are PCIe-based flash storage upgrades available for MacBook Pro with Retina display (late 2013 and newer) and MacBook Air (mid02013 and newer) models. Aura SSD upgrade kits come with Envoy Pro, an enclosure designed to “reimagine your Mac’s original flash drive.”
When the factory-installed flash drive is removed during the upgrade process, it fits into the Envoy Pro enclosure so you can transfer all of your data to the new Aura inside your Mac. Once the file transfer is complete, you can use your Mac’s original flash drive as an external USB drive with transfer speeds up to 355 MB/s.
OWC Aura SSD Upgrade Kits (with all tools and the Enjoy Pro enclosure cost: $...
ExxonMobil launches Speedpass+ mobile payment app with Apple Pay
ExxonMobil is now the first major fuel retailer to accept mobile payment at the pump, including Apple Pay, throughout the majority of its U.S. network. The Speedpass+ mobile payment app is now available at more than 6,000 Exxon- and Mobil-branded retail stations across the U.S.
The app enables customers to authorize a pump for payment securely through the use of cloud-based technology. Customers have the option to select Apple’s mobile payment system as a default form of payment from within the app.
The Speedpass+ mobile payment app is available as a free download at the Apple App Store. It may also be linked to checking accounts or other major credit and debit cards, including Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover and ExxonMobil cards—giving customers choice in how to pay. Customers who select Apple Pay, which is secure and easy to set up, will continue to receive all of the rewards and benefits offered by their credit and debit cards.
In addition, customers can obtain...
Vitamin-R Pomodoro time management tool adds AppleScript support
publicspace has introduced Vitamin-R 2.39 for OS X. The app breaks down large, vaguely defined tasks into a series of short time slices of between 10 and 30 minutes, each with specific, actionable objectives.
Vitamin-R features an array of highly configurable visual, audio and speech notifications. Version 2.39 adds support for executing AppleScript at strategic points during the time slices.
Vitamin-R 2.39 requires Mac OS X 10.8 or later. The single user version of Vitamin-R is available for $24.99 from the Mac App Store (http://tinyurl.com/m36n6r9) and for $24.95 from the publicspace web store (http://tinyurl.com/ya6sfya). The web store also offers Family, Business and Enterprise licensing and customers may chose to include a "forever upgrade" with their purchase. Each Vitamin-R web store purchase includes a free license for its companion product, Noise Machine, which is also available separately starting at $4.95
VeprIT offers public preview of Photo Sense for OS X
VeprIT has launched a public preview of the new Photo Sense generation, a batch photo enhancement tool for the Mac.
It’s designed to improve photos automatically, and lets you adjust results and apply creative effects in batch mode. Photo Sense 2 provides control over the automatic processing, offers improved performance, provides a more efficient workflow, sports a tweaked user interface, and adds new tools.
During the final development period Photo Sense 2 Beta is available for free at the product webpage (http://veprit.com/photosense/v2beta). It requires Mac OS X 10.9 or later.
Seagate demos ‘fastest-ever SSD flash drive’
Seagate Technology has unveiled a production-ready unit of what it says is the fastest single solid-state drive (SSD) demonstrated to date, with throughput performance of 10 gigabytes per second (GB/s). The early unit meets Open Compute Project (OCP) specifications, making it ideal for hyperscale data centers looking to adopt the fastest flash technology with the latest and most sustainable standards.
The 10GB/s unit, which is expected to be released this summer, is more than 4GB/s faster than the previous fastest-industry SSD on the market. It also meets the OCP storage specifications being driven by Facebook, which will help reduce the power and cost burdens traditionally associated with operating at this level of performance, says Brett Pemble, Seagate’s general manager and vice president of SSD Products.
The technology would work with any system that supports the Non-Volatile Memory Express (NVMe) protocol, which was developed by Seagate and other consortium vendors to replace...
Output Factory Server for Adobe InDesign update improves JPEG...
Zevrix Solutions has released Output Factory Server 1.5.47, a maintenance update to its solution to automate printing, exporting, preflighting and file delivery from Adobe InDesign.
The software is designed to free up operator computers from outputting InDesign files by automating InDesign workflow with hot folder processing. Version 1.5.47 addresses an issue in which exporting InDesign spreads to JPEG could result in blank pages when working off certain network servers.
Output Factory Server can be purchased from the Zevrix website (www.zevrix.com) for $699.95, as well as from authorized resellers. A demo is available for download. BatchOutput Server users can upgrade for $350. Output Factory Server requires Mac OS X 10.6-10.11 and Adobe InDesign CS3-CC 2015.
Artist's Record Book 1.6 for OS X adds printing support
Martin Walk has rolled out ArtHandler 1.6, a new version of the artist's record book app for OS X.
Built especially for artists who need to remember titles, dimensions and dates of their artwork, the app archives images of each artwork and makes them accessible for future use. You can add metadata and free-form notes to artworks, attach & export images, and much more. Version 1.6 adds printing support.
ArtHandler requires OS X 10.9 or later. It costs $19.99 and is available worldwide exclusively through the Mac App Store (http://tinyurl.com/junkua9) in the Graphics & Design category.
Eltima releases Uplet for OS X
Eltima Software has debuted Uplet 1.0 for OS X, a bulk image uploader for Instagram.
It enables uploading any number of pictures to an Instagram account at once without compromising their quality. The app's photo editor allows you to set captions and crop pictures to fit the square frame or leave the original image dimensions. Captions and emojis help express ideas and emotions behind pictures, while hashtags can help expand their reach.
Uplet requires OS X 10.9 or later. It costs $19.99 and is available worldwide through the Mac App Store (http://tinyurl.com/z2659pc) in the Photography category.
G-Tech launches new USB-C external hard drive
G-Technology (http://www.g-technology.com) has announced the G-DRIVE mobile USB-C, a new portable drive that speeds up and streamlines the storage and backup process using the latest USB Type-C technology. USB Type-C is the next-generation connector tailored to fit into thinner and lighter notebooks, like the 12-inch Apple MacBook.
Bus-powered, it requires no external power brick. The G-DRIVE mobile USB-C is available in gold, space grey, and silver models. It sports a 7200 RPM hard drive for transfer rates up to 136MB/s. The G-Drive ships with one USB Type-C to Type-C cable and one USB Type-C to Type-A cable, allowing for backward compatibility.
Shipping this month, the gold and space gray colors will be available exclusively at Apple Stores, and the silver color will be available at G-Technology resellers. For the 1TB capacity, the manufacturers suggested retail price is $129.95.
TimeOut for Mac OS X ticks to version 2
Dejal Systems has announced Time Out 2, an update to their break reminder app for Mac OS X.
Using a computer for hours on end can lead to eye, back, and neck strain. Time Out 2 offers users gentle reminders to take breaks, allowing them to stretch and relax. This leads to a refreshed, more productive user. Version 2.0 offers a number of new features, including the ability to add custom breaks, customizable break themes, fixed-time breaks, keyboard shortcuts, and more.
TimeOut 2 requires Mac OS X Yosemite or El Capitan. It’s is available worldwide through the Mac App Store (http://tinyurl.com/gl7op88) in the Health and Fitness category, as well as the Dejal website (http://www.dejal.com/timeout/). Advanced features are available via easy in-app donations. Review codes are available upon request.
Attack announces royalty-free dance music sounds subscription...
Online electronic music magazine, “Attack,” has launched Attack Sounds, an online store-based royalty-free sounds subscription service aimed at dance music production.
Starting at £6.90 GBP per month (including VAT) for the “Support” level offering 500 credits towards online purchases, there are different subscription tiers: Gold (offering 1, 500 credits towards online purchases for £19.90 GBP per month, including VAT); Platinum (offering 3,000 credits for £34.90 GBP per month, including VAT); and Diamond (offering 9000 credits for £94.90 GBP per month, including VAT). All are rolling monthly subscriptions, so there’s no minimum term contract.
AppCrypt for Mac OS X revved to version 3
Cisdem has released AppCrypt 3 for Mac (http://tinyurl.com/nmg6vqa), an update of the app encryption tool for Mac OS X. It’s used to safely password protect individual application from prying eyes. The upgrade lets you:
° Set specific encryption time periods for some applications. Users can designate a period of time during which authorized users can access applications when they’re in public places or sharing Mac with their kids, co-workers, friends, etc.
° Intelligently terminate the programs that aren’t currently running in frontmost when your display goes sleep.
° Automatically set passwords to some crucial system applications like Activity Monitor, System Preferences, Console.
° Add kind alerts to remind users to remember their passwords when setting.
° Block Mac apps with one password, including Contacts, Quicken, iPhoto, iTunes, Safari, Mail, etc.
° Keep track of failed attempts to access the blocked apps with date, time, and optional photo.
° Set shortcuts to hide or reveal...
Default X update for OS X improves performance, compatibility
St. Clair Software has released Default Folder X 5.0.2 (http://tinyurl.com/2gm24v), an update to their Mac utility.
The tool enhances the file dialogs in all Mac OS X applications. It provides fast navigation to your files, previews, integrated Spotlight tagging, and more. Default Folder X's custom keyboard shortcuts put your favorite and recent folders at your fingertips. Version 5.0.2 improves both performance and compatibility on El Capitan.
Default Folder X 5.0.2 requires OS X Yosemite or El Capitan and is a free update for existing version 5 users. New licenses are $34.95, and upgrades from version 4 and prior are $14.95.
Xero launches TaxTouch for freelancers
Xero (xero.com), known for its accounting software, has launched Xero TaxTouch, a new app developed specifically for freelance workers who submit a Schedule C form with their tax filings. It provides a way to track earnings and tax liability by automatically downloading and organizing bank and credit card transactions from all major U.S. banks and credit cards.
Users can separate expenses by swiping right for business or left for personal. Xero TaxTouch estimates quarterly tax payments, and continually tracks take-home earnings. It also helps freelancers save money by categorizing expenses according to IRS-approved business deductions.
Xero TaxTouch is priced at $5.99/month, or $29.99 for the first year and is now available for download on iOS from the Apple App Store.
App Camp For Girls expands in 2016
App Camp For Girls, a non-profit organization aimed at correcting the gender imbalance in the software industry, is expanding this summer.
At App Camp For Girls, campers receive a broad introduction to the process of iOS app development, from brainstorming and designing ideas to building and pitching their apps. The girls use Macs and Xcode, Apple's suite of developer tools, to build their apps and run them on iPod touch devices.
An inaugural camp session will be held in Phoenix, Arizona. Camp sessions will also take place in established locations: Portland, Oregon; Seattle, Washington; and Vancouver, British Columbia. The application for Portland, Seattle, Vancouver and Phoenix is now available on the App Camp For Girls website (http://appcamp4girls.com). The deadline for submitting is March 16, midnight (Pacific).
If applications outnumber the available spaces at any location, a random selection will be made and a waitlist will be opened. If a location is not filled by the...
DEVONagent 3.9.4 updates plugins, filters more accurately
DEVONtechnologies has updated all editions of its Internet search and research tool DEVONagent. Available in three editions, DEVONagent is a smart internet search agent.
It queries search engines and crawls web sites. It then post-filters the results and presents the results in a multitude of ways. The new version brings updated plugins and search sets, adds contextual menu options for videos, and more. The updates are free and recommended for all users.
All editions of DEVONagent require an Intel-based Mac and OS X 10.8.5 or later. They can be downloaded from www.devontechnologies.com and be test-driven for free before they need to be properly licensed. All editions of DEVONagent are also available in the Mac App Store; DEVONagent Pro and Express can be bought as part of attractive bundles together with DEVONthink in DEVONtechnologies' online shop.
Pricing is: DEVONagent Pro: $49.95 (Mac App Store: $49.99); DEVONagent Express: $4.95 (Mac App Store: $4.99); and DEVONagent Lite (free...
ATTO, Avid offer certified, single-device Thunderbolt...
ATTO Technology (www.attotech.com) and Avid (www.avid.com) have teamed up to create a new storage solution to improve real-time collaboration.
The ATTO solution, certified by Avid, uses ATTO’s Thunderbolt-enabled devices for integration of desktops and workstations with Ethernet-connected shared storage systems, including Avid’s 7500, 5500, 2500 and 1000 products, all guaranteed to be compatible. It features ATTO’s Advanced Data Streaming to maximize data flow for reliable transfers.
The ATTO solution supports a range of editing software, making it compatible with a variety of tools. This allows multiple contributors to collaborate simultaneously on a project without having to purchase new software.
ATTO and Avid have an over 20-year history of creating collaborative solutions. Avid ISIS shared storage backed by ATTO Thunderbolt enabled 10GbE Desklink devices allows users to work at higher resolutions and utilize more streams of SD, HD and 4K video. Avid’s ISIS family of shared...
SubRosaSoft announces SubRosaSoft Disk Copy Version One
SubRosaSoft.com has launched SubRosaSoft Disk Copy, a backup and cloning system for Mac OS X 10.9 and higher.
It can create bootable copies of a startup drive, manage synchronization of volumes, handle incremental bootable copies, and run backups using a schedule. SubRosaSoft Disk Copy supports multiple backup modes such as Cloning and Synchronization of drives. It can also make incremental snapshots that back up your most recent changes, and retain older versions of files you can retrieve, if needed.
The manufacturer’s suggested retail price for SubRosaSoft Disk Copy is $34.95. It’s available as a download only. A demo is available.
AKVIS MakeUp for OS X now supports Ultra HD 4K, 5K resolution
AKVIS (www.akvis.com) has announced AKVIS MakeUp 4.0, an update of tis portrait retouching software for Mac OS X (10.6 and higher).
The app cleans up the skin and removes blemishes, whitens teeth and fixes the red eye effect. Version 4.0 offers support for Ultra HD 4K and 5K resolution.
Registered users of MakeUp can upgrade to this version for free. For new users the cost is $39. A demo is available for download. MakeUp is available as a standalone application and as a plugin filter for Adobe Photoshop and other image editors.
Audified rolls out second gen Audiotex inValve Effects
Audified has released its second-generation Audiffex inValve Effects, a plug-in suite simulating valve processing hardware with modeling of analogue circuitry and valve characteristics as part of its Hybrid Valve Series.
It’s a software simulation of UK audio product manufacturer TL Audio’s VL-1 valve interface, an eight- channel rack-mountable “rose-tinted” affair designed for use with the eight-track digital recorders of the time. Audiffex inValve Effects for Mac and PC is available to purchase for $49 from Audified’s online shop (http://tinyurl.com/jlc3xe8).
BatchOutput for Microsoft Excel update improves Workbook PDF...
Zevrix Solutions has announced BatchOutput XLS 2.3.6, a maintenance update to its output automation solution for Microsoft Excel on Mac OS.
In addition to batch printing and PDF conversion, the software lets users carry out automated professional PDF production directly from Excel and repurpose Excel spreadsheets for web and mobile devices. The new version ensures that the scaling and orientation settings are applied to all sheets when printing or exporting an entire workbook to PDF.
BatchOutput XLS can be purchased for $39.95 from the Zevrix website (www.zevrix.com), as well as from authorized resellers, Mac App Store and MacUpdate. A demo is available for download. BatchOutput XLS requires Mac OS X 10.6-10.11 and Microsoft Excel 2008, 2011 or 2016.
FmPro Migrator Platinum Edition gets support for LiveCode 8...
.com Solutions has released FmPro Migrator Platinum Edition 7.81 (http://tinyurl.com/yhzahuk) with support for LiveCode 8 widgets as part of the LiveCode conversion feature.
This feature supports the automated conversion of FileMaker, Microsoft Access and Visual FoxPro database applications into cross platform LiveCode apps. LiveCode is a cross platform development environment supporting seven deployment platforms: Mac OS X, Windows, Linux, Server, iOS, Android and HTML5.
FmPro Migrator Platinum Edition is available immediately and is priced at $600) per developer. You can build an unlimited number of applications having up to 250 forms/reports/layouts with FmPro Migrator during the term of the license key.
ATTO Tech previews 32Gb Fibre Channel Portfolio
ATTO Technology (www.attotech.com) has announced the availability of its new Gen 6 Fibre Channel product portfolio. The new Gen 6 line includes CelerityTM 32Gb Host Bus Adapters (HBAs) in low-profile single- and dual-port versions and 16Gb HBAs in low-profile single-, dual- and quad-port versions.
ATTO’s additions to its Fibre Channel portfolio will enable companies to capitalize on their existing SAN infrastructure and address the growing need for high-performing, scalable and secure storage to support exponential data growth from applications such as 4K/8K editing and high-performance computing and data warehousing, along with the proliferation of virtualized servers and flash arrays, says CEOTim Klein. Upgrading an existing Fibre Channel SAN to 32Gb Gen 6 is a logical choice to maximize performance, he adds.
ATTO’s Gen 6 Celerity 32Gb HBAs support 3,200MB/s per channel data throughput, while 16GB HBAs provide 1,600MB/s per-channel speeds. Both versions are backward compatible and...
JAMF Software, eSpark announce partnership
JAMF Software (http://www.jamfsoftware.com), which specializes in Apple device management, has announced a partnership with eSpark (http://esparklearning.com), a provider of differentiated learning through curated, education-focused iPad apps.
The move combines eSpark’s unique learning technology with advanced mobile device management capabilities from JAMF Software’s Casper Suite, allowing schools to automate app distribution based on the individualized learning needs of each and every student, says Dean Hager, CEO, JAMF Software. The Casper Suite and eSpark deliver a 1:1 iPad experience, he adds.
By enrolling iPads with the Casper Suite, expertly curated apps are automatically distributed without teacher or IT interaction to individual students based on assessment data. This allows districts to leverage existing test data to target the area of greatest need for each student.
Students then progress through the interactive content, mastering concepts and creative challenges at...
Kanex introduces HDMI adapters for Apple TV 4
Kanex (www.kanex.com) has given us two HDMI adapters ($59.95 each) for the fourth generation Apple TV. They offer an easy way to enjoy the features of the latest Apple set-top box, without the hassle of replacing current equipment, according to Andrew Truong of Kanex.
The Digital Audio Adapter provides an optical audio port to connect a surround sound system to the 4th generation Apple TV. Users can stream HD content from the new Apple TV directly to their existing home theater system via HDMI, along with sound via a digital optical port. The Kanex Digital Audio Adapter supports 7.1 and 5.1 surround sound via standard optical audio, or 2.0 surround sound via 3.5mm audio port.
The HDMI to VGA Adapter connects a VGA-ready TV, monitor or projector with audio support. High quality audio is also supported with a 3.5mm port for external speakers. With the Kanex adapter, AirPlay mirroring from an iPad can be used with an existing projector, eliminating the need to upgrade to expensive HDMI...
Grovemade rolls out new MacBook Dock
Grovemade (www.grovemade.com), a designer of handcrafted wooden accessories, has introduced the MacBook Dock. Crafted from domestic hardwoods, a portable is held in place by clips made from laser cut resin and soft wool, keeping the laptop scratch-free.
The MacBook Dock rests on a precision-machined aluminum base for balance and is lined with natural cork to protect workspaces from scuffs. It works in unison with Grovemade’s Desk Collection.
The MacBook Dock is available in maple and walnut versions. It’s compatible with the 11-inch MacBook Air, 13-inch MacBook Air, 12-inch MacBook, 13-inch MacBook Pro, and 15-inch MacBook Pro. It retails for $79.
IK Multimedia releases Lurssen Mastering Console for the Mac, PC
IK Multimedia says its Lurssen Mastering Console for Mac and PC is now available. It’s an audio mastering tool that gives musicians, producers and engineers the ability to master their music, radio and TV commercials, film scores and more utilizing a digital model of the chain and settings used by Gavin Lurssen, Reuben Cohen and the team at multi-Grammy Award-winning Lurssen Mastering in Los Angeles, CA.
Lurssen Mastering Console replicates Lurssen's "whole is greater than the sum of its parts" philosophy, which focuses on the order, connections and interactions between each individual processing component in the chain. With Lurssen Mastering Console for Mac and PC, now anyone can master their music with the tools, secrets and settings of a Grammy Award winning professional studio, according to the folks at IK Multimedia.
It’s available for a limited-time introductory price of $199.99. Users can download and demo Lurssen Mastering Console for Mac/PC unrestricted for a full 10 days at...
Aleyant updates eDocBuilder Variable Data Publishing System
Abeyant has announced the availability of a new version of Aleyant eDocBuilder, its web-based variable data publishing system that runs on iPads, laptops, and desktops.
It’s specifically designed to integrate with Aleyant and third-party web-to-print and MIS systems to bring template-based variable data publishing within reach for users of all skill levels. The latest version of eDocBuilder offers an enhanced user interface and new formatting and layout tools. Aleyant eDocBuilder is immediately available. It’s available in a variety of pricing options. For more information, visit edocbuilder.com.
FileMaker releases second of its how-to ebooks
FileMaker, Inc. (www.filemaker.com) has released the second in a three-part series of free how-to ebooks that lead teams through the process of creating a custom app using the FileMaker Platform. You can download it at http://tinyurl.com/jmj3qrp .
The steps to creating a custom app for your business team include:
° Organizing your data: One of the first steps in bringing your app to fruition is to examine your data and how you want to organize it to meet your unique needs.
° Design the user interface and workflow: Creating the user experience is an iterative process. You'll start by thinking about the users and the activities they are trying to accomplish.
° Set up security: When your custom app includes confidential information, you'll want to ensure that those who should have access are the only people who can access this data.
"Once an organization has started the planning process for custom apps, the next step is the creation process. Custom apps are quick and easy to build and...
Western Digital expands hard drives, external storage solutions...
Western Digital has expanded its portfolio of performance storage solutions with 8TB capacity drives for NAS, video surveillance and desktop external applications.
Launching throughout the first half of 2016, My Cloud personal storage devices (My Cloud, My Cloud Mirror, My Cloud EX2 Ultra), My Book external hard drives (My Book, My Book for Mac, My Book Duo and My Book Pro), WD Red, WD Red Pro and WD Purple hard drives will all be designed with the new high-capacity configuration. Each storage solution offers “purpose-driven engineering and HelioSeal helium-technology with the new 8 TB drives for maximum and efficient performance in the applications for which each model is designed,” says Brendan Collins, vice president of product marketing, Western Digital
My Book and My Book for Mac 8TB is currently available at select U.S. retailers, distributors and through the WD Store (www.wd.com). The manufacturer's suggested retail price for the My Book 8 TB and the My Book for Mac is $299.99...
SuperTab for Mac OS X adds drag and drop support, more
SpriTec Software has announced SuperTab 2.0 (http://www.supertab.me/SuperTab.html), an upgrade of its utility application for OS X.
The app enhances and extends the Mac's built-in Command-Tab Application Switcher. SuperTab builds upon the Mac's built-in App Switcher by providing users with instant access to more than just their Active Apps. Version 2.0 adds drag and drop support, multiple clipboard support, enhanced screen shots, and more.
SuperTab 2.0 runs on Mac OS X 10.8 later. Version 2.0 is free to download and install and is fully-functional for 30 days. After 30 days, it remains fully-functional but will occasionally ask you to register. You can register for $5 (50% off the regular price) through April 15.
Quark previews QuarkXPress 2016
Quark Software has unveiled QuarkXPress 2016, the next major version of the design and layout tool for print and digital publishing. The finished version is due in the second quarter of the year. According to the folks at Quark, feature highlights include:
° Convert PDF, Illustrator and EPS Files to native QuarkXPress Objects;
° Paste as native objects from Illustrator and Microsoft Office;
° Create and export HTML5 publications;
° Multi-gradient color blends;
° Support for OpenType stylistic sets;
° Color Picker ( an eyedropper tool);
° Touchpad support for pinch and zoom on the Mac;
° Search and Replace non-breaking spaces and characters;
° Additional Dynamic Guides for textbox columns;
° Fit Textbox to Text;
° Option to make the Measurement Palette 50% larger;
° The Option to line wrap content variables;
° Support for ICCv4 Profiles
As the plug-in interface is the same between QuarkXPress 2016 and QuarkXPress 2015, XTensions, plugins to QuarkXPress, will work in the new version...
Retrospect announces Hybrid Data Protection with new cloud...
Retrospect, Inc., makers of Retrospect Backup & Recovery software, have introduced a full hybrid backup solution with the release of Retrospect 13 for Mac and Retrospect 11 for Windows. This latest version supports integrated cloud backup to Amazon S3, Google Cloud Storage, DreamHost, and other Retrospect-certified cloud storage providers.
Cloud backup to third-party cloud storage providers allows Retrospect customers a way to protect their Mac OS X, Windows, and Linux environment off-site. Retrospect is certified for cloud storage with worldwide cloud storage providers Amazon S3 and Google Cloud Storage, as well as regional cloud storage providers DreamHost, Dunkel, ArubaCloud, and Numergy. A full list of certified providers is available at retrospect.com/cloudcertified.
Retrospect Partners are now able to become “Cloud Certified” with our new Cloud Certification Program. Partners can set up their own cloud storage service with Basho Riak CS for new and existing customers to use...
Court overturns Apple’s jury victory against Samsung
A U.S. appeals court has overturned a $120 million jury verdict against Samsung, reports Reuters (http://mobile.reuters.com/article/idUSL2N16510E). The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in Washington, D.C., said Samsung didn’t infringe Apple's "quick links" patent, and that two other patents covering the iPhone's slide-to-unlock and auto-correct features were invalid.
The court also said Apple was liable for infringing one of Samsung's patents. Apple's "quick links" patent, as the main focus in Samsung's latest effort to overturn major court victories by the Cupertino, California-based company over the past two years. Samsung's attorney Kathleen Sullivan said Samsung didn’t use the same technology as Apple to detect and link to specific data, such as phone numbers, in its phones' Web browser and messenger applications. However, Apple's lawyer, William Lee, told the nation's top court specializing in patent issues, that the jury's verdict was supported by "substantial...
Apple: the FBI asking us to ‘weaken’ the security of all our...
Apple's general counsel says complying with the FBI’s order to break into an iPhone connected to the San Bernardino, California,, massacre will "weaken the security" of its devices.
The comments are part of an opening statement from Bruce Sewell, Apple's senior vice president and general counsel, who will testify before the House Judiciary Committee on Tuesday, reports USA Today (http://tinyurl.com/gnxbk25). In the statement, the lawyer defended Apple's cooperation with the FBI in the San Bernardino investigation, noting the company made engineers available to advise them on "additional investigative options.”
However, Sewell said, ”The FBI is asking Apple to weaken the security of our products. Hackers and cyber criminals could use this to wreak havoc on our privacy and personal safety. It would set a dangerous precedent for government intrusion on the privacy and safety of its citizens."
Aleratec announces Mac Support for 1:22 Copy Cruiser Mini USB...
Aleratec (www.aleratec.com) has released a software update for the 1:22 Copy Cruiser Mini that now provides Mac OS X compatibility. It clones up to 22 thumb drives simultaneously.
Responding to requests from customers who use MacBooks and iMacs to distribute information via USB thumb drives, the new software will be included with all 1:22 Copy Cruiser Mini duplicators and Upon verification, existing customers who already own an eligible Aleratec USB duplicator can also receive the new software update at no charge by contacting Aleratec customer support at (818) 678-0484. Aleratec's 1:22 USB Copy Cruiser Mini has an estimated retail price of $629 and is available from Aleratec's dedicated resellers and distribution.
DJ Mixer Express for OS X revved to version 5.8.1
MacDJMixer Studio (http://www.macdjmixer.com) has released DJ Mixer Express 5.8.1, an update of the DJ mixing software for Mac OS X.
The app offers complete automatic mixing, video mixing, KeyLock, beat-matching, looping, and several effects. Version 5.8.1 includes two different user interfaces (skins), a new BPM detection engine, better iTunes integration, karaoke
CDG+MP3 zip files playback, and stability and speed improvements.
DJ Mixer Express 5.8.1 requires Mac OS X 10.7 or higher, and costs $29.95. The price includes the lifetime license with free upgrades and free tech support. A demo is available for download.
Propellerhead announces Rigs 2 series for Reason
Propellerhead Software has announced the Rigs 2 Series, offering updates to their Rig Series Rack Extension and ReFill bundles for Reason 8.
Backline Rig 2, Mix & Mastering Rig 2, and Synthetic Rig 2 now contain over 60 Rack Extension and ReFills including instruments, effects, and sample packs made by leading developers such as Propellerhead, iZotope, Rob Papen, Cakewalk, Softube, Korg and more. Rigs 2 Series bundles are designed specifically for the style of music you make and include video lessons to help you get the most out of your Rig.
You can save over $1,200 on Rack Extensions and ReFills at $299 each, or upgrade from Rig 1 for $79. All bundles are available as a direct downloads from Propellerhead’s website (http://tinyurl.com/oh2p3kr).
File Cabinet Pro brings iCloud features to the OS X menubar
Writes for All has introduced File Cabinet Pro, a file manager for the OS X menubar.
File Cabinet Pro allows users to open, move, rename, tag, trash, copy and paste files, all from a popover window that appears from the menubar. It allows users to place files in iCloud Drive without opening windows in Finder.
File Cabinet Pro costs US$29.99. It’s available worldwide exclusively at the App Tyrant website (http://www.apptyrant.com).
SuperScreenshot for OS X gets Dropbox and Trello integration
SuperApp has launched SuperScreenshot 1.1.2, an update of the Mac OS X screenshot taking app. The new version adds Dropbox and Trello integration for sharing your screenshots.
With SuperScreenshot, you can bind your own hotkeys to take a screenshot. It has capabilities for users to add texts, arrows, circles, rectangles, as well as freehand drawings.
SuperScreenshot require OS X 10.10.0 or later. It costs $2.99 and is available worldwide through the Mac App Store (http://tinyurl.com/plb5fby) in the Utilities category.
Records for Mac OS X adds a Table view, more
Records, a personal database app for the Mac, has been revved to version 1.1. The update includes requested features like the Table view, CSV data import and export, 30 templates ready to use, German, Italian and Japanese localizations.
With Records you can collect and organize any kind of information, from your movies to your customer invoices. It comes with 30+ templates rand 15+ configurable form fields.
Records 1.1 is available at the Records store (http://pushpopcorn.com) at the introductory price of $29.99 (instead of $39.99) for five days only. It requires OS X 10.10 Yosemite or newer.
GO-Trust iReader and SDencrypter launching for iOS
GO-Trust (www.go-trust.com), a provider of independent microSD security elements for Android and Windows devices, has launched the GO-Trust iReader and SDencrypter for iOS.
The iReader is an iOS reader that connects to any iPhone or iPad with a Lighting connector. It provides a microSD expansion slot that can support FIPS 140-2 Level 3, FIPS 201, BCTC and FIDO certified microSD secure elements using the GO-Trust SDencrypter (which includes up to 16GB of user flash memory) or 128GB of dedicated memory expansion. The GO-Trust SDK [software developer kit] for the SDencrypter is fully compatible with iOS.
The iReader is multifunctional and can also connect to Windows and Android devices using a supplied USB cable. The iReader will be available for shipment in April. System Integrators can preorder and test security options using the GO-Trust SDencrypter immediately and it will be demonstrated at the RSA exhibition in San Francisco next month.