Apple, U2 release 'Songs of Innocence' exclusively for...
Apple, Universal Music Group and rock band U2 has announced the release of the album, "Songs of Innocence," which Apple is gifting to iTunes Store customers around the world, making it the largest album release ever with over half a billion copies distributed.
The album features 11 new songs from the band and charts their earliest influences from 70s rock and punk rock to early 80s electronica and soul. The album is free for iTunes Store account holders in 119 countries and is available exclusively on iTunes for the next five weeks.
iOS 8 to be available Sept. 17
Apple says iOS 8, "the biggest release since the launch of the App Store," will be available starting Wednesday, Sept. 17 to iPhone, iPad and iPod touch users as a free software update.
Apple says it delivers a simpler, faster and more intuitive user experience with new Messages and Photos features, predictive typing for Apple’s QuickType keyboard and Family Sharing. iOS 8 also includes the new Health app, giving you a clear overview of your health and fitness data and iCloud Drive, so you can store files and access them from anywhere. With more than 4,000 new APIs [application programming interfaces], iOS 8 allows developers to further customize the user experience with major extensibility features and robust frameworks such as HealthKit and HomeKit.
"We’re excited for hundreds of millions of users to begin experiencing iOS 8, with incredible features that offer new ways to use your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch," says Craig Federighi, Apple’s senior vice president of Software...
Apple announces Apple Pay
Apple has announced Apple Pay, a new category of service designed to transform mobile payments with an easy, secure and private way to pay. It work with the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus through a NFC antenna design, a dedicated chip called the Secure Element, and Touch ID.
Eddy Cue, Apple's senior vice president of Internet Software and Services, says Apple Pay is easy to set up, so hundreds of millions of users can simply add their credit or debit card on file from their iTunes Store account. Apple Pay will also work with the newly announced Apple Watch, extending Apple Pay to over 200 million owners of iPhone 5, iPhone 5c and iPhone 5s worldwide.
Apple Pay supports credit and debit cards from the three major payment networks, American Express, MasterCard and Visa, issued by the most popular banks including Bank of America, Capital One Bank, Chase, Citi and Wells Fargo, representing 83% of credit card purchase volume in the US. In addition to the 258 Apple retail stores in the US,...
Apple unveils the AppleWatch
Apple has unveiled Apple Watch, which it calls its "most personal device ever." It boasts a specially designed and engineered Digital Crown that provides a way to scroll, zoom and navigate.
Apple CEO Tim Cook says the Digital Crown is Apple’s most revolutionary navigation tool since the iPod Click Wheel and iPhone Multi-Touch. The Apple Watch will enable you to communicate in new ways right from your wrist by sending and receiving messages, answering calls to your iPhone, and with Digital Touch, sending something as personal as your own heartbeat.
Cook says that the smartwatch also introduces comprehensive health and fitness apps that can help people lead healthier lives. Apple Watch is available in three distinct collections: Apple Watch, Apple Watch Sport and Apple Watch Edition.
"Apple introduced the world to several category-defining products, the Mac, iPod, iPhone and iPad," says Cook. "And once again Apple is poised to captivate the world with a revolutionary product that can...
Apple announces the iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus
Apple has announced iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, featuring two new models with 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch Retina HD displays.
The new smartphones feature a precision unibody enclosure of anodized aluminum that conforms with the shaped glass of the display. The iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus are engineered to be the thinnest ever, delivering a bigger display in a design that is still comfortable to hold and easy to use, says Apple CEO Tim Cook.
Features include: the Apple-designed A8 chip with second generation 64-bit desktop-class architecture; advanced iSight and FaceTime HD cameras; "ultrafast" wireless technologies; and Apple Pay, a way to simply and securely make payments with just the touch of a finger. Both models include iOS 8.
The iPhone 6 features a 4.7-inch Retina HD display with 1334 x 750 resolution, providing 38% more viewing area than the iPhone 5s, while the iPhone 6 Plus features an even bigger 5.5-inch Retina HD display with 1920 x 1080 resolution, providing 88% more viewing...
NuMac Solutions announces Blu-Ray disc burner for new 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.
The NMBDR6x is available now for US$169 at NuMac Solutions online (http://www.numac.co). With a three-year warranty, the NMBDR6x features an all aluminum enclosure machined and assembled in the USA.
EditShare unveils XStream EFS enterprise scale-out storage...
EditShare (www.editshare.com) has announced the EditShare XStream EFS, a new enterprise storage solution aimed at media markets. Demonstrated for the first time at IBC2014, it's a distributed scale-out file system designed from the ground up to support large-scale media workgroups requiring high-bandwidth, high-volume media ingest, transcoding, online collaborative editing and multiplatform distribution of HD, 2K, 4K and beyond.
According to Andy Liebman, founder and CEO, EditShare, XStream EFS features include:
° High-performance, low-latency storage;
° The ability to scale to many petabytes and hundreds of millions of files;
° Acceleration of media workflows – ingest, collaborative editing and playout;
° Support for uncompressed 2K, 4K and beyond;
° A "single namespace" file system that expands as storage is added'
° No downtime during expansion;
° Automatic rebalancing of data when new nodes are added;
° Multiple levels of redundancy provide highest levels of data protection;
WD introduces Cold-Data-Storage HDDs optimized for datacenters
WD (www.wd.com) has announced its WD Ae line of hard drives designed for the unique operating characteristics of the emerging archive tier within web-scale datacenters.
Built on a platform to achieve optimal total cost of ownership (TCO), WD Ae hard drives utilize the lowest possible power consumption and a Progressive Capacity model to enable a new tier of storage for large-scale cloud infrastructures, says Matt Rutledge, senior vice president and general manager, storage technology, WD.
Part of the unique attributes of the WD Ae hard drive family includes: a dense five-platter platform, which renders an optimal mix of power, performance, capacity and cost; capacities greater than 6 TB; SATA 6 Gb/s interface; and a workload and reliability rating of 60 TB/yr workload and 500 Khrs Mean Time Before Failure (MTBF). WD Ae hard drives will be sold in box quantities of 20 and available to select distributors and integrators later this year.
Popular contacts list organizer now available for OS X
Demodit GmbH (http://www.demodit.ch) has released GroupsPro 1.0, a contacts and groups organizer for OS X. It allows users to manage their contacts, contact groups, and create mailing lists for mass e-mails.
When GroupsPro is initially launched, it auto-populates the user's existing contacts into the interface. Users can add or modify existing contacts. There are two options to assign contacts into specific groups. With Single Assigning, users assign a single contact to groups. With Fast Assigning, users assign contacts directly in the contacts list to a group.
What's more, all currently existing contacts in the list can be assigned by clicking on mass update button. Users can also search for names, phone numbers, e-mail addresses, postal addresses, departments, and notes within all contacts.
GroupsPro 1.0 costs US$2.99. It's available worldwide exclusively through the Mac App Store in the Business category.
Adobe announces video technology innovations at IBC 2014
Adobe (www.abode.com) has announced plans to update Adobe Creative Cloud video desktop apps and Adobe Anywhere for video.
The company says key updates include new media and project management tools in Adobe Premiere Pro CC; a refreshed user-interface across all Adobe video desktop apps; and more streamlined production workflows empowering video professionals to edit more efficiently. New updates will also be added to Adobe Anywhere, which enables large virtual teams of talent to collaborate and efficiently shoot, log, edit, share and finish video productions together.
Adobe also announced new capabilities to Adobe Primetime, a TV delivery and monetization platform for programmers and pay-TV service providers). Adobe is previewing these major updates at IBC 2014, Europe’s largest professional broadcast show held in Amsterdam.
The company will demonstrate its new solutions at the RAI Convention (Hall 7, Stand 7.G27) Sept. 12-16 and online at www.adobe.com/go/video. Adobe...
VidConvert now ready for Mac OS X Yosemite
Reggie Ashworth has released VidConvert 1.5.3, an Mavericks update to his video converter for Mac OS X. It's optimized for Mac OS X Yosemite.
The app is a video converter that will convert just about any type of video into one of many popular formats. You can use it to create videos for your iPhone or iPad, for your Mac or TV, or in formats such as DivX and MPEG.
In addition to support for Yosemite, VidConvert 1.5.3 offers more supported output and input options. The app costs US$7.99 for a single user license; a demo is available for download. Go to www.reggieashworth.com/vidconvert for more info.
iClipboard for Mac OS X gets new 'flat' style...
Chronos has announced iClipboard 5, an upgrade to its clipboard manager for Mac OS X. iClipboard 5 contains many highly-requested new features. According to Jerry Halls, vice president of sales at Chronos, major new features include:
° A redesigned "flat" style interface;
° Retina display compatibilty;
° The ability to choose text formats directly from the Paste Blaster;
° The ability to click to paste clippings in the Paste Blaster;
° Special formats for pasting text: Uppercase, Lowercase, Capitalized Words, Whitespace Removed, New Lines Removed, Tabs Converted to Spaces;
° An option to clear clippings in an Unfiled project when quitting for security/privacy purposes;
° A font bar when editing clippings for complete control
iClipboard automatically keeps a history of everything a user copies to the system clipboard in any application. It then provides five different ways to paste clippings from the history. It also features an interface that shows rich previews of each clipping.
Prosoft releases Data Rescue 4
Prosoft Engineering has launched Data Rescue 4, an update of the hard drive and deleted file recovery software for Mac. The new version includes a proprietary new BootWell technology that can boot and recover files from any Mac from 2005 or newer.
Data Rescue 4 is available for purchase online directly from Prosoft (www.prosofteng.com). It costs US$99 and requires Mac OS X 10.7.5 or later.
Dell introduces two high-end computer monitors
Dell (www.dell.com) has introduced the 27-inch US$1,049 Dell 55 Monitor, which boasts a widescreen display that delivers Full HD resolution and a 3000:1 contrast. If that's not enough, the company also previewed the Dell UltraSharp 27 Ultra HD 5K Monitor, the world’s first display with Ultra HD 5K resolution (5120 x 2880).
Ultra HD 5K is equivalent to four times the resolution of QHD and seven times the resolution of Full HD. It also delivers immersive acoustics with two 16W integrated Harmon Kardon speakers. The monitor also monitor offers six USB ports and one media card reader. However, be prepared for some serious cash outlay. The Dell UltraSharp 27 Ultra HD 5K Monitor costs US$2,499.99 and will be available in the fourth quarter of this year.
Theme Inn presents a Suite for MS Office
Graphic design company, Theme Inn (http://themeinn.com/), has announced Suite for MS Office - Templates, another special bundle of templates for Microsoft Office for Mac. The new pack contains over 300 selected high-quality templates for Excel, PowerPoint and Word.
It allows users to find designs for just about any business or personal occasion. The new product offers 262 templates for Word, 30 spreadsheets for Excel, and 10 themes for PowerPoint presentations.
Suite for MS Office requires Mac OS X 10.6.6 or later and Microsoft Office for Mac 2011. It normally costs US$19.99, but is available for a limited time at 50% off.
Acronis launches Acronis ExtremeZ-IP 9
Acronis (www.acronis.com) has announced Acronis ExtremeZ-IP 9.0, the latest version of its enterprise software that integrates Macs for use in a Windows based environment.
The upgrade continues to provide access to file servers and NAS via trouble-free Apple Filing Protocol (AFP), now with Spotlight Search full-content searching of NAS volumes. This integration reduces search times to just seconds, increasing employee productivity, according to the folks at Acronis.
Acronis ExtremeZ-IP 9 features:
° A new Acronis Content Indexing option the enables nearly instantaneous Mac OS X Network Spotlight search for file-name and content;
° Enhanced configuration and performance for popular network attached storage (NAS) solutions from EMC, NetApp, Isilon, Western Digital, HP;'
° Updates for the latest versions Mac OS X and Windows Server;
° Support for Network Spotlight search of StorNext file shares.
Acronis ExtremeZ-IP 9 costs US$795. A demo version is available for download.
Agenda set for the Seventh Annual Amsterdam SuperMeet
The agenda has been set for the Seventh Annual Amsterdam SuperMeet (http://supermeet.com), which will take place during IBC2014 on Sunday, Sept. 14, at the Hotel Krasnapolsky in Amsterdam.
The SuperMeet agenda will feature film editors Maryann Brandon and Mary Jo Markey as well as user driven presentations from Blackmagic Design, Adobe, iZotope, Atomos, and HP. This SuperMeet promises to be the single largest gathering of Final Cut, Adobe, and Avid and editors, filmmakers, gurus and users during IBC2014 week.
Tickets to the the Amsterdam SuperMeet can be purchased at the SuperMeet website. Doors open at 16:30, and the SuperMeet stage show begins at 19:00.
Movavi Video Converter for Mac OS X adds 4K support
Movavi has unveiled the latest version (5.0) of Movavi Video Converter for Mac OS X (10.6 and higher).
The software lets you open virtually any video or audio file and convert it to the format or device of your choice. Version 5 offers auto enhance, image conversion, as well as new editing features. Other improvements include 4K Ultra HD video support, SD to HD video conversion, and ready-made presets for the latest mobile devices.
A free seven-day trial version of Movavi Video Converter 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 is also offered as part of the Movavi Super Video Bundle for Mac, which includes Screen Capture, Split Movie, and Media Player and costs $69.95. Owners of older versions of Movavi Video Converter for Mac can upgrade to 5 at a 30% discount.
Backup to Go now Yosemite compatible
Ohanaware (www.ohanaware.com) has released Backup To Go 1.1, an update to their file backup tool for Mac OS X.
The utility was specifically designed to simplify the process of backing up important files and folders to disks that can easily be taken with the user. These include USB sticks, thumb drives, SD Cards and external Hard Disks. Version 1.1 includes 21 changes, to improve the stability and usability of the application, while also adding some "premium" features. It's also ready for OS X Yosemite.
Backup to Go requires Mac OS X 10.7 or higher. Version 1.1 is available in the Mac App Store for free in the Utilities category. Premium features require an in-app purchase of $0.99.
Mass Fidelity introduces The Core wireless speaker system
Mass Fidelity has introduced The Core, a compact wireless speaker that combines "better than stereo" sound with an impressive feature set including, portability, multi-room functionality and crystal-clear audio, according to Ben Webster, CEO and founder of Mass Fidelity.
It uses Wave Field Synthesis (WFS), an audio rendering technique that produces a sonic image that sounds like two widely placed hi-fi speakers, he adds. Users can access and play music wherever they want—streaming straight from a smartphone or tablet or via digital and analog sources using a wired connection.
Without having to download apps or configure networking equipment, users can instantly connect up to nine units to create a multi-room music experience with the touch of a button. The Core boasts 120 watts of digital power, six digital signal processors, and an ARM processing core.
The Core will retail for US$599. However, it will launch on Indiegogo (http://tinyurl.com/njmqaw6) for US$349 for one unit, $698...
Answers for Mac OS X gets a maintenance upgrade
Tim Parnell has rolled out Answers 1.0.2 (http://nswrs.com), an update to his FAQ and Help documentation tool for Mac OS X.
The app was designed to make creating and organizing help documents simple. By allowing users to focus on the content, not the code, anyone can create help documents like software help books or website FAQs. Version 1.0.2 is a maintenance upgrade.
Answers is free to use and build with. Some options and build types are limited to pro users. Upgrading to a pro license costs US$29.
FAVI Entertainment rolls out the MiraStick for iOS, OS X devices
FAVI Entertainment has introduced the MiraStick (http://tinyurl.com/mrydhce). The US$35 media streaming device allows you to stream content directly from any computer, tablet or smartphone to your television.
To use you download and install an app on your device, plug the MiraStick into the HDMI port on your TV or projector, connect it to your wireless network, and you're ready to stream digital movies, shows, and music wirelessly. It works with iOS and Mac OS X devices.
IK Multimedia announces iRig Mic Field
IK Multimedia has announced iRig Mic Field, a pocketable and adjustable stereo digital microphone for audio and video field recording. Now you can capture high-quality sound in the field with your Lightning-compatible iPhone, iPad or iPod touch.
Finally with iRig Mic Field anyone can make mobile audio and video recordings with Hollywood-style stereo sound, says IK Multimedia. Its two cardioid electret condenser capsules, 24-bit audiophile-grade A/D converter (with 44.1/48kHz sample rate), 115 dB maximum SPL rating and built in low-noise, high-definition preamp give you the tools to capture sound no matter whether you're recording a rehearsal or a concert, capturing audio for videography, saving a lecture or speech, acquiring found audio for a music project or recording instruments while on the move.
The iRig Mic Field will cost US$99.99 and will be available next month. Go to www.irigmicfield.com for more info.
Wacom introduces four new styluses for the iPad
Wacom (http://www.wacom.com) has introduced four new styluses for the iPad - two new generations of the Bamboo Stylus solo and duo, Bamboo Stylus fineline, and the second generation of the Intuos Creative Stylus, dubbed Intuos Creative Stylus 2.
The new capacitive styluses, Bamboo solo (US$19.95)and duo ($29.95) have been upgraded with a new carbon fiber nib for a smoother stroke and greater precision over the iPad’s glass.
Bamboo Stylus fineline ($59.95) is a pressure-sensitive pen (1024 levels) using Bluetooth 4.0 geared to creative thinkers who like to take notes and sketch out ideas and concepts on the iPad.
The Intuos Creative Stylus 2 ($79.95), also using Bluetooth, sports a new thin tip (2.9mm) and featuring 2048 levels of pressure. It will be available next month.
Top web companies join Internet Slowdown protest for net...
Some of the world’s largest Internet companies -- including Etsy, Kickstarter, Mozilla, reddit, imgur, Foursquare, Vimeo, and Wordpress -- have announced that they will join Internet users and Battle for the Net activists for a creative action on Sept. 10.
These and other companies have answered activists' calls for a symbolic "Internet Slowdown" protest on Sept. 10 to encourage the FCC to change its current course and take necessary steps to protect net neutrality through Title II reclassification.
Several websites -- including Etsy, Kickstarter, Foursquare, Wordpress, Vimeo, reddit, Mozilla, Imgur, Meetup, Cheezburger,Namecheap, Bittorrent, and Dwolla — announced that they will be joining more than 35 advocacy organizations and hundreds of thousands of activists in a day of action that will give a glimpse into what the Internet might look like if the FCC’s proposed rules go into effect.
The protest comes just five days before the FCC’s next comment deadline on Sept. 15.An...
Realore introduces Viking Saga for Mac OS X
Realore (http://realore.com/) has introduced Viking Saga 1.0, its new resource management game for Mac OS X (10.7 or higher). It costs US$4.99 and is available at the Mac App Store in the Games category.
Here's how Viking Saga is described: "The story of the game starts in the kingdom of old Viking king Arnar. It turns out he was cursed by a vicious dwarf. When Arnar was young he found a magical ring, for some reason the dwarf really wanted to buy the newfound treasure. But Arnar refused to sell it. Many years later, the curse got through to him. Arnar gives his younger son a mission to find a dwarf and return the ring.
"Every level of the game is full of obstacles to overcome and beautiful sights to gaze at. During the course of the game Ingolf will travel to the faraway lands, meet their inhabitants, and search for the wise Druid who might be able to save his father from the curse."
Everdow releases Comburet 2.0 for Mac OS X
Everdow (www.everdow.co.uk) has launched Comburet 2.0, an update of their professional burning app for OS X.
It's an auto-find burning device that blends Everdow's AudioBurner and DiscBurner applications with extra enhanced features. Localized in 74 different languages, Comburet can be used to burn music CDs and data folders as well as erase rewritable discs. Comburet also allows users to create DMG and ISO files as well as burn DMG and ISO image files. Comburet supports CD, DVD, and BD.
Comburet 2.0 costs US$19.99 and is available through the Mac App Store in the Productivity category. A 15-day trial edition of Comburet may be downloaded from the Everdow website. Comburet requires Mac OS X10.8 or later.
Exports Standard can now split QuarkXPress documents into...
Badia Software (www.badiasoftware.com) has announced Exportools Standard 5.0 for QuarkXPress 10, its flagship software for high-end exporting of QuarkXPress documents.
With Exportools Standard, users can export pages, spreads and selections to several popular formats, including PDF, PostScript, EPS, rich text, Microsoft Word, PNG, JPEG and ePub. This new version includes the ability to split QuarkXPress documents into smaller documents, a brand-new interface, and several time-saving features.
Single licenses of Exportools Standard 5.0 are US$69.99 each. Upgrades are available for $34.99 per license. A demo is available for download. Exportools requires Mac OS X 10.7 or higher and QuarkXPress 10.x.
Cocoatech releases Path Finder 7 for Mac OS X
Cocoatech has released Path Finder 7, an update to its file organizer. The new version has been under development for over a year.
Path Finder allows developers, writers, artists, and casual users alike to manage their files according to their own tastes, needs, and workflow. Version 7 introduces an array of new features and improvements. You can find the lengthy list at http://www.cocoatech.com/ . Also new to Path Finder 7 is the logo, as well as the re-branded slogan, "Stay Organized" which turned into a hash-tagged social media hit leading up to Path Finder 7's release.
Path Finder 7 is available as a direct download from Cocoatech's website for US$39.95 or as an upgrade from Path Finder 6 for $19.95. A free, fully functional, 30-day trial version is available for download.
Red Giant upgrades Universe to version 12
As part of its expansion of new tools and host support, Red Giant (www.redgiant.com) has announced Universe 12. The update to the multi-host-app library of GPU-accelerated tools includes nine new effects and transitions.
Universe 1.2 also adds support for Sony Vegas as well as native editing of transitions in Premiere Pro CC and CC 2014. These updates expand the Universe toolset to 68 effects and transitions, more than half of which are free and run in Adobe After Effects and Premiere Pro, Apple Final Cut Pro X and Motion, and now, Sony Vegas.
Epson expands WorkForce printing solutions
Epson America has announced the Epson WorkForce 2600-Series all-in-one printers designed for the home and small office. The WorkForce WF-2660 and WF-2650 leverage Epson’s PreCisionCore printhead technology.
The WorkForce WF-2660, WF-2650 and WF-2630 expand Epson’s existing line of WorkForce printers built for business, and include enhanced connectivity options to make printing from tablets and smartphones easier than ever. The WorkForce WF-2660 supports NFC touch-to-print capabilities, and all printers include wireless and Wi-Fi Direct, which means no router is required for printing and scanning. The WorkForce 2600-Series is also equipped with Epson Connect for the ability to print and scan documents, photos, emails and web pages from a tablet, smartphone or computer from just about anywhere.
The Epson WorkForce WF-2660 (US$149.99) and WF-2630 ($99.99) will be available in late September and the WF-2650 ($129.99) will be available in late October through major computer, office and...
Sonnet announces Dual-Port 10GBase-T Thunderbolt 2 adapter
Sonnet Technologies has announced the Twin 10G Thunderbolt 2 to Dual-Port Copper 10 Gigabit Ethernet (10GbE) Adapter (http://tinyurl.com/kk4hmda), a "near-plug-and-play" solution for adding 10GbE network connectivity to any computer with Thunderbolt 2 or Thunderbolt ports.
Featuring 20Gbps Thunderbolt 2 technology, the Twin 10G enables users to connect to high-speed infrastructure and storage systems using the 10GbE standard — offering up to 10 times the performance of Gigabit Ethernet, the common wired network connection included with most computers today. Support for Wake-on-LAN and other advanced features make this Sonnet adapter suitable for use in a variety of workflows and environments, according to Robert Farnsworth, CEO of Sonnet Technologies.
The Twin 10G can be mounted inside Sonnet's xMac Pro Thunderbolt 2-to-PCIe card expansion system and rackmount enclosure for the new Mac Pro, as well as the RackMac Pro rackmount enclosure for the new Mac Pro. The Sonnet adapter is...
New My Passport Wireless wirelessly connects to smartphones,...
WD has unveiled the My Passport Wireless, a Wi-Fi enabled storage drive that allows consumers to save, access and share stored content wirelessly with any smartphone, tablet, computer or other device. Additionally, when users need to transfer large amounts of data, the My Passport Wireless drive provides the option of using a high speed USB 3.0 connection.
The My Passport Wireless drive broadcasts its own wireless network that allows up to eight devices to connect at the same time and access any content stored on the drive. It's available in 500GB, 1TB or 2TB models.
The My Passport Wireless drive is currently available for advance order online at the wdstore.com and will be available at select U.S. retailers later in September. The manufacturer's suggested retail price is US$129.99 for 500GB, $179.99 USD for 1TB and $219.99 for 2 TB. The WD My Cloud mobile app currently is available for download for free from the Apple App Store.
VMware releases VMware Fusion 7 and VMware Fusion 7 Pro
VMware (www.vwmare.com) has released VMware Fusion 7, an update of its desktop virtualization software that's optimized for the latest Mac hardware and software. VMware is also releasing VMware Fusion 7 Pro with state of the art features for advanced users, developers and Macs in businesses.
“According to a recent Gartner report, Windows still account for over 95% of the operating systems worldwide so we believe many users will likely still need support for Windows applications after moving to a Mac," says Nicolas Rochard, director of product marketing, End-User Computing, VMware. “As the popularity of Macs continue to climb, Fusion 7 and Fusion 7 Pro are a perfect complement to help users bridge the operating system divide when they switch from Windows PCs to Mac systems.”
VMware Fusion lets you run Windows applications on a Mac. New features in version 7 include:
Designed for OS X Yosemite – Adopting Yosemite’s key design cues such as translucency in windows, streamlined toolbars...
Vortex for Mac OS X gets streamlined interface, more customizing...
TastyApps (http://www.tastyapps.com) has launched Vortex 1.3, an update to their productivity app for Mac OS X.
With the tool, dozens of Actions for the things you do most are instantly available via drag 'n drop or shortcut keys. You can convert image or audio files, translate text or emails, add images and files to emails, compress or uncompress archives, and uninstall applications. Version 1.3 introduces a new streamlined stable interface and more customizing options.
A demo of Vortex is available for download. Registration is US$10.
PocketCAS for Mac OS X, iOS gets time series plotting
Daniel Alm has released PocketCAS 3.5 (http://pocketcas.com), an update to his mathematics software for the Mac, iPhone, and iPad.
It's an advanced computer algebra system designed for scientists, engineers, teachers and students. Version 3.5 adds time series plotting, which lets the user see how the graph of a 2D or 3D function evolves over time.
PocketCAS pro 3.5 for iOS is available for US$9.99 at the Apple App Store. The Ma version is available for $19.99 at the Mac App Store.
Sample Logic introduces Cinematic Keys
Sample Logic has announced Cinematic Keys (http://tinyurl.com/pxkl9wv), a collection of collection of 850+ traditional and mutilated Instruments and Multis derived entirely from recordings of keyboard instruments. It will ship Sept. 8; it's available for pre-order now at an introductory price of US$275 (it's normally $349.99)
Weighing in at over 8GBs, Cinematic Keys not only includes ready-to-play, psycho-acoustic sampled melodic and percussive instruments, but uses these instruments to enter into the morphed world of score-ready hybrid sound design. The software is powered by Kontakt Player.
MAXON introduces Cinema 4D Release 16
Maxon has introduced Cinema 4D Release 16 (R16), the next generation release of the 3D software. In addition to workflow enhancements, Cinema 4D R16 delivers new features including a modeling PolyPen "super tool," a Motion Tracker for integrating 3D content within live footage and a Reflectance material channel for multi-layered reflections and specularity.
CINEMA 4D Release 16 is available through MAXON and its authorized dealers. Customers with an active MAXON Service Agreement (MSA) valid through Sept. 2, 2014, will receive an automatic upgrade. Release 16 is available for both Mac OS X and Windows. Go to www.maxon.net for more info.
OWC's ThunderBays now available with up to 24TB of capacity
OWC (http://tinyurl.com/mo3x2xn) says its ThunderBay 4 (pictured) and ThunderBay 4 RAID 5 Edition are now available with up to 24TB of capacity. With their larger capacity option, combined with "ultra-quiet" cooling technology, they're targeted to today’s workstations where having a quiet desktop drive with ample storage is important.
Equipped with dual Thunderbolt 2 ports, the ThunderBay 4 delivers speeds with sustained data rates up to 1,342 MB/s RAID 0 and up to 675 MB/s RAID 5. Capacities range from 4TB to 24TB.
For those wanting more freedom and flexibility, OWC offers a "bring your own drives" solution with the ThunderBay 4 Enclosure Kit, and the ThunderBay 4 RAID 5 Edition Enclosure Kit. You can add up to four hard drives, SSDs, or a mixture of both hard drives and SSDs. OWC’s ThunderBay 4 and ThunderBay 4 RAID 5 Edition are available for immediate ordering in the configurations ranging from US$479 for a bring-your-own device config to a $2,349.99, 24TB (6TB x four 7200 RPM)...
Native Instruments announces Komplete 10, Komplete 10 Ultimate
Native Instruments (http://www.native-instruments.com) has announced the next generation of their production suites. Komplete 10 and Komplete 10 Ultimate come with six brand-new instruments – Rounds, Kontour, Polyplex, and the three new sampled pianos that comprise The Definitive Piano Collection.
Komplete 10 now includes 39 instruments and effects. Komplete 10 Ultimate includes all 75 current Komplete Instruments and Effects at the time of release and over 440 GB of content. The prices of these bundles remain the same.
Komplete 10 and Komplete 10 Ultimate will be released online and in retailers Oct. 1 for US$499 and $999, respectively.
New QuarkXPress 10 XTensions available
Quark Software has announced a variety of new XTensions for QuarkXPress 10. XTensions are software applications from Quark and third-party developers that allow companies to customize QuarkXPress with features that address specific design and workflow needs.
XTensions now available for QuarkXPress 10 include:
° ArabicXT by Layout, which transforms QuarkXPress into an Arabic desktop publishing solution;
° AutoCorrect by AthenaSoft, which enables "as-you-type" spell checking and auto corrections;
° AutoPage by Kytek, which enables batch pagination for paginating complex books, directories and journals;
° Big Picture by Badia Software, which manages graphics and picture links and offers instant access to detailed image information, complete picture lists, a search and relink engine and more;
° ex DBLink by CoDesCo, which automatically updates QuarkXPress documents from a database-generated ASCII file;
° ex Index by CoDesCo, which allows Mac users to create an index of all article numbers...
Perfect Photo Suite 9 adds faster Raw previews, more
onOne Software (www.ononesoftware.com/) has announced Perfect Photo Suite 9, an updated version of its photo editing and effects app for Mac OS X and Microsoft Windows. Included in the new release are performance and feature improvements, all designed to help you streamline your photo-editing tasks, so you can spend more time shooting and less time processing your photos.
The new version sports an overhauled Browse module, which adds fast previews of RAW files; new rating, ranking and keyword tools; and sophisticated filtering capabilities; a new Smart Smart Photo feature, which lets you re-edit your photos — with previous settings intact — after saving and closing them; and a new Quick Mask brush: run it over an area that you want to select (or remove), and a detailed mask is automatically created.
Perfect Photo Suite 9 will be available in late October in two versions: Premium and Basic. The Premium edition supports Photoshop CC, CC 2014, and CS6; Lightroom 5 and 4; Photoshop...
Answers released for Mac OS X, Windows
Tim Parnell has introduced Answers for Mac OS X and Windows. It's designed to make creating and organizing help documents simple.
Answers uses a content-based approach to enable users to create documents faster. You can build documents for local software help books, or publish to the web. Answers handles the tricky part of organization and design. By allowing you to focus on your content, not the code, you can create everything from software help books to website FAQs, according to Parnell.
Bundled with Answers are several themes from which to choose. After adding content, select a theme to stylize the help document and prepare it for publishing. At launch Answers includes five themes. Also included is a blank theme specifically for use with the anchor tags output, so the FAQ can be easily dropped into an existing website.
There's a free version and an US$29 Pro version. Go to http://nswrs.com for more info.
SD Card Recovery for Mac OS X updated to version 3.5.6
AppleXsoft (http://www.applexsoft.com) has updated their Mac data recovery software, SD Card Recovery, to 3.5.6. The new version is compatible with OS X Mavericks.
It also expands the recoverable file types. Now it supports the ability to recover RAW and HD videos and provides users with more detailed options to choose. For example, users can choose the accurate manufacturer of digital cameras to perform a better recovery.
SD Card Recovery supports data recovery from SD Card manufactured by SanDisk, Kingston, PNY, Lexar, Transcent, PQI, Transcend, Sony, Integral, Panasonic, Toshiba, Olympus, just to name a few. It has support for -- but not limited to -- SD Card, mini-SD, micro-SD, microSDHC, SDHC, Memory Stick Duo, Memory Stick Pro, Memory Stick Pro Duo, MMC, SmartMedia, xD Picture Card. SD Card Recovery recovers formatted, deleted, erased, lost and corrupted pictures, photos or any files from your SD cards.
A demo is available for download. Registration is US$49.95.
FriedEGG Touch for Mac OS X scrambles to version 1.7
FriedEgg Limited (http://www.friedegg.com) has released version 1.7 of friedEgg Touch, an interactive data analysis tool for Mac OS X. The upgrade focuses on improving usability and increasing the reliability of the analysis process. In addition, newer technologies have improved performance and support higher resolution displays.
friedEgg Touch 1.7 costs US$14.99 and is available worldwide exclusively through the Mac App Store in the Business category. A sample data table is included with the application to enable users to explore the key features.
Pagico for Desktop for Mac OS X adds HiDPI support
NOTES17 has announced Pagico for Desktop 6.7 (http://www.pagico.com/), an update to their information and task manager app for Mac OS X. The upgrade adds HiDPI support for computers with high resolution monitors.
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 6.7 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.
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ArtRage for Mac OS X gets 64-bit support
ArtRage (www.artrage.com) is shipping now with faster 64-bit support. The upgrade of the painting software for Mac and Windows features a 64-bit engine for speed improvements, larger projects and canvases, and additional features listed below.
ArtRage 4.5 costs US$50 for new users. However, it's a free upgrade for ArtRage 4.x users and a $25 upgrade for owners of previous version, including OEM versions that came bundled with Wacom tablets worldwide.
Jettison is ready for OS X Yosemite's 'dark mode'
St. Clair Software has released Jettison 1.4.1 (http://tinyurl.com/kvonedl), an update to their Mac OS X application that automatically ejects external drives before your Mac goes to sleep.
Jettison eliminates the hassle of manually ejecting Time Machine backup drives, network server volumes and flash drives. Just close the lid of your MacBook and Jettison does it for you. Version 1.4.1 improves the logic for ejecting and remounting all disks, with specific improvements for SD cards and flash drives. It also delivers user interface refinements and support for Yosemite's "dark mode."
Jettison requires Mac OS X 10.6 or higher. It's a free update for registered users. For new users the cost is US$4.95.
Billings Pro for Mac OS X, iOS revved to version 1.8
Marketcircle has unveiled Billings Pro 1.8 (http://www.marketcircle.com/billingspro), an update to its time billing and invoicing solution for Mac OS X and iOS devices.
It's a multi-user time tracking and invoicing application for for multi-user businesses, with a web interface for workers to track time. Version 1.8 is designed to maximize the capabilities of the iPhone and iPad to create a one-stop app for freelancers and working professionals to track their time, expenses, and mileage and to send invoices and track payments.
Billings Pro uses Marketcircle's Apple Design Award Winning desktop interface from Billings 3, as well as an iPhone application based heavily off of their Billings Touch app. The synchronization technology is derived from Marketcircle's Daylite software.
New in Billings Pro is the addition of a web interface called Timecard. Timecard allows staff members to track time, mileage, and expenses from any modern browser. This includes Internet Explorer, Firefox,...