Perceptive Automation delivers WeatherSnoop plugin for Indigo
Perceptive Automation, a provider of Mac-based home automation software, has released version 2 of the WeatherSnoop plugin, an update to the plugin for the company's intelligent home control and automation server for Mac OS X.
With Indigo and data from WeatherSnoop, users can create complex automation scenarios based on environmental data such as adjusting lawn sprinkler run times based on rainfall. WeatherSnoop 3 lets your Mac interface directly to one of many popular weather stations or an Internet-based data source such as Weather Underground.
You can watch your weather come to life with instruments and gauges that show temperature, wind, rain, and more changing in real-time. Once your weather data is obtained from the selected source, it can be published to Internet-based weather services such as Weather Underground and the Citizen Weather Observer Program. Weather data is also available via an HTTP API using WeatherSnoop's built-in web server, so other applications can obtain...
Braven unveils 710 portable HD wireless speaker
Braven has released the Braven 710, a portable water resistant Bluetooth wireless stereo speaker crafted from aircraft-grade aluminum. It incorporates HD audio drivers, TrueWireless Technology and NFC.
TrueWireless Technology allows wireless pairing with a second 710 to create a right and left stereo sound. NFC enables linking with other NFC enabled devices by simply touching them or bringing them into close proximity.
The Braven 710 is equipped with a built-in noise canceling speakerphone and is capable for charging USB devices with its integrated power bank. It's IPX5 water-resistant, enjoys a mute functionality under Bluetooth Bridge to synchronize streaming audio from your device to a stereo system, and supports APTX technology. The 710 can also be daisy chained with additional 710 speakers to create a traditional hi-fi stereo system.
The Braven 710 is now available for US$169.99 in silver, graphite and blue. For more information go to www.braven.com .
MakeMusic releases Finale 2014
MakeMusic has released Finale 2014, the 25th anniversary edition of the music notation software for Mac OS X and Windows. It "represents the next step in assisting musicians to efficiently notate and share their music," says Karen VanDerBosch, CEO of MakeMusic.
Among Finale 2014’s technological investments is a completely new file format, offering great flexibility for the future, and allowing Finale 2014 users to effortlessly share files, back and forth, with users of the previous version of Finale, she adds. Other architecture enhancements include improved Apple OS X support and a new audio engine.
Finale’s Linked Parts feature, which provides a dynamic link between a score and the associated parts, has been enhanced to provide increased flexibility in areas where users may wish selected items to look different in the score than the parts. Dozens of additional world-class Garritan instrument sounds have also been added to Finale’s collection.
Finale 2014 is available at www....
MAXON announces updates to CineWare
MAXON (www.maxon.net) — a developer of 3D modeling, painting, animation, and rendering solutions — has announced upgrades to CineWare, now available in the latest version of Adobe After Effects CC. The upgrades are designed to deliver improved integration and performance between MAXON's 3D app, Cinema 4D, and Adobe's software.
The new updates to the CineWare workflow, available in After Effects CC, are designed to optimize performance and enhance creative capabilities in the video workflow. Last month, MAXON introduced CINEMA 4D Release 15 (R15) marked by enhancements to modeling, text creation, rendering and sculpting. Access to many of the new capabilities in R15 are also available in the latest version of After Effects CC. Additional information is available on the CINEMA 4D Broadcast and CINEMA 4D Studio pages.
Flavours 1.1 brings themes to Mavericks
Interacto Labs has announces Flavours 1.1 (http://flavours.interacto.net), now with OS X Mavericks (10.9) support.
Flavours is a Mac application for changing the appearance of Mac OS X. It allows users to create, apply and share themes. The application features a local theme gallery and an online store where users can download and publish their theme creations. Shipping with an embedded intuitive WYSIWYG editor, it allows users to create their own themes.
Flavours 1.1 also adds several under-the-hood improvements (improved system stability, use less intrusive approach, and additional bug fixes and enhancements) and adds initial internationalization support (added Portuguese, more on the way).
Flavours 1.1 requires Mac OS X 10.7.3 or higher and costs US$19.90. It has full support for Retina displays.
Excel updates a suite of tools
On the heals of recent QuickLicense 7, Windows 8.1 and OS X Mavericks upgrades, Excel Software (www.excelsoftware.com) has updated a suite of protection and licensing tools.
QuickLicense Server 1.1 creates a floating license server for a protected application or document. DocProtect 3.0.2 generates a protected Mac or Windows application from popular document types.
QLRT Xcode 2.0 provides the QuickLicense 7 runtime system in a static library for Xcode developers. PluginFMQLRT 1.0.1 and PluginXojoQLRT 1.0.1 give FileMaker and Xojo developers a plugin with QuickLicense 7 features tested on the latest Mac and Windows operating systems.
QuickLicense Server 1.1 outputs a vendor-branded, floating license server system for protected applications with no programming required. QLRT Xcode 2.0 adds QuickLicense 7 features for Trial, Product, Subscription, Floating or Try/Buy licenses with a human managed or Internet automated activation system.
QuickLicense is used to configure all aspects...
321Soft Studio releases iPhone Data Recovery for the Mac
321Soft Studio has released 321Soft iPhone Data Recovery for Mac. The app works with most common data loss situations: accidentally deleted data, a damaged iPhone or a lost iPhone.
You can recover data from the iOS device and retrieve previous data by extracting it from iTunes backup files. 321 Soft iPhone Data Recovery is iOS 7 friendly.
It requires Mac OS X 10.6 or higher and costs US$79.95. Learn more at http://tinyurl.com/mf8ckg7 .
PDFpen 6.1 Adds Support for Stamps, Pop-up Annotation Notes,...
Smile has released PDFpen 6.1, an update to its all-purpose PDF editing tool for OS X. The update adds support for stamps and includes a library of standard business stamps, including "Confidential" and "Approved" among others.
In PDFpen 6.1, users can now add pop-up notes to PDF annotations such highlighting and drawing objects. Support for the new Evernote Business notebooks has also been added.
The changes in PDFpen 6.1 have also been made in PDFpenPro 6.1, the Pro version that can also convert websites into PDFs, automatically create fillable PDF forms, and construct document table of contents. In addition, PDFpenPro 6.1 adds automatic URL detection and link creation.
PDFpen 6.1 works with PDFpen for iPad and PDFpen for iPhone, allowing seamless editing across devices when used with iCloud or Dropbox storage. Users who wish to use iCloud must purchase PDFpen 6 from the Mac App Store. (Apple restricts iCloud access to applications purchased via the Mac App Store.)
'Talking' dictionaries exploit Mavericks'...
Paragon Software Group has rolled out an upgraded, but still free, version of their Sloved app for Mac OS X. The new version takes advantage of the enhance Dictation feature of Mavericks.
The upgrade offers access to 169 newly upgraded Slovoed dictionaries for 35 world languages. Multiple reference tools and languages can be used in the same shell, with easy switching between them. The dictation feature works both online and offline.
Sloved is available for free at https://itunes.apple.com/app/id524941905 . Dictionaries start at US$9.99.
Rapoo rolls out the E6300 wireless keyboard for the iPad
Rapoo has released the E6300 for the iPad, an "ultra-slim keyboard" with tactile keys. It pairs wirelessly with an Apple tablet via Bluetooth 3.0.
The compact keyboard is small enough to slide into your pocket or briefcase, says Bob Blankert, Global sales director of Rapoo. With full-size alpha-numeric keys, the E6300 allows the user to comfortably and quickly type for longer periods of time, he adds.
Each key has its own spring mechanism, and it’s arranged in a scissor key structure for a practical layout. The slim keyboard offers 80 keys including 15 iPad hot keys such as Homepage, Search, Picture Frame Mode, Play/Pause, Mute, Lock/Unlock, Copy, Paste and more.
The battery on the E6300 lasts up to one month before it needs to be recharged with the included cable. The Rapoo E6300 has a manufacturer's suggested retail price of US$49.99. It's available at walmart.com. and is available in black or white.
For more info go to www.rapoo.com .
Monotype partners with Google to offer new design tool to Web...
Monotype Imaging Holdings, a provider of typefaces, technology and expertise for creative applications and consumer devices, has teamed up with Google. A new, free public version of Monotype’s Typecast application can now be accessed through Google Fonts.
The goal is to help users create better quality Web typography, says Chris Roberts, vice president and general manager of Monotype’s e-commerce group. The premium version of the Typecast application enables typographic experimentation. In this new public version, users are able to select any font on the Google Fonts website and then follow the link to the Typecast application.
From there, designers can work with that font (and the complete Google Fonts library) on text of any length and use a wide range of type controls to build readable type systems through adjustments such as font size, weight and line spacing. Designers can also work with Web fonts side-by-side to see at a glance what’s working and what’s not. For more info go...
Realore Studios releases Northern Tale for the Mac
Realore Studios has released Northern Tale for the Mac. It requires Mac OS X 10.7 or higher and is available in the Mac Game Store for US$6.99.
Here's how the game is described: "Players' mission is to travel with Ragnar and his two assistants - a wise Druid and a powerful Exorcist — and help them save three sorcerer-princesses. Along the way players will revive the lifeless lands and fight off the dark servants of the evil witch. In Northern Tale players will discover the world rich in mythology, where they can control three different characters and color the black and white world. They will experience the story set in three season-themed episodes full of magical adventures and supported by detailed graphics and visual effects.
"The game features 47 beautifully crafted levels, including three bonus levels which users can unlock. In Northern Tale, there are several difficulty modes: normal mode (for experienced players who enjoy a good challenge), multiclick mode and a relaxed mode (...
Enolsoft PDF Converter for Mac OS X gets more accurate conversion
Enolsoft Co., a professional multimedia software developer, has upgraded PDF Converter with OCR for Mac to version 3, which adds support for adjusting three recognition areas (text, table and picture) in PDF files or common images with Optical Character Recognition technology.
Enolsoft PDF Converter with OCR for Mac is an 8-in-1 PDF converting program. It's designed to help Mac OS X users to convert both native and scanned PDF files into other popular documents (including Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Text, Rtfd, ePub, HTML and Image) while preserving original tables, text, fonts, images, graphics and hyperlinks, as well as convert common images to editable document formats.
Enolsoft PDF Converter with OCR for Mac is available now through the Enolsoft website (http://tinyurl.com/n5jgy3y) with a retail price of US$79. A demo is available for download.
Reference Tracker for Mac OS X revved to version 2
Malkinware has announced Reference Tracker 2, an update to their academic reference manager and research tool for Mac OS X. The upgrade adds features such as Journal Article Search, Publication Lookup by DOI, the latest versions of the most popular styles like Harvard, APA, Chicago, MLA, and Vancouver, a styles editor to create custom styles, or modify any existing styles.
Reference Tracker is designed to help users keep track of publications they cite or make reference to in a writing or research project. With its Publication Lookup, all users need is an ISBN or DOI to create a full reference in their documents. If they don't have the ISBN or DOI to hand, Reference Tracker's Publication Search will find books and articles by title, author and other key terms. The app also has the latest versions of the most popular styles, including Harvard, APA, Chicago, MLA, and Vancouver.
The app creates formatted reference lists and bibliographies with a click. Formatted lists are fully editable...
AKVIS updates HDRFactory to version 4.0
AKVIS has released AKVIS HDRFactory 4.0 for Mac OS X and Windows. The software provides a workshop for the production of High Dynamic Range images.
In version 4.0 — a free upgrade for registered users — you can publish HDR images to the social services. The software creates HDR photos by combining several images of the same object taken with different exposure values.
For new users AKVIS HDRFactory 4.0 costs US$69. Go to http://akvis.com/en/hdrfactory/comparison.php for more info.
Star Walk 7.0 released For iOS 7
Vito Technology has released Star Walk 7.0, an update to their augmented reality app for spotting over 200,000 stars, planets, constellations, satellites and galaxies in the night sky.
The new version was specially designed for iOS 7 running devices and offers improved user interface and faster graphics. The app is useful for those looking forward to the ISON comet.
Star Walk is an interactive astronomy guide that shows celestial objects (stars, constellations, satellites, etc.) in the exact positions on the sky above you, providing comprehensive information about them. It helps anyone even remotely interested in astronomy find their way across the sky, determine where to look for any object, rewind or fast-forward time to see how celestial bodies move. It inspires curiosity about the Universe and helps understand amazing cosmic phenomena.
Star Walk provides users with a list of significant astronomy events for the nearest future. Tapping on event, you can read more on what you are...
Tidy Up ready for Mavericks
Hyperbolic Software (http://www.hyperbolicsoftware.com/) has announced Tidy Up 3.0, the latest version of the duplicate finder and disk tidying utility. The upgrade features a new interface and more. It's also ready for Mavericks.
Tidy Up locates duplicate items using a wide range of criteria including owner application, time created or modified, name, label, extension and content. Version 3.0 features include: the ability to search for duplicate folders by content; a priority option; the ability to compare only the representation data of the images; results shown as a grid or list; pre-definite smart baskets that show the files by kind; and more.
Version 3.0 of Tidy Up requires Mac OS X 10.6.6 or greater. For a limited time, it's on sale for 23% off its regular price of $39.
St. Clair Software revs Jettison for Mac OS X to version 1.3
St. Clair Software has released Jettison 1.3, an update to their Mac OS X application that automatically ejects external drives before your Mac goes to sleep. It 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 1.3 now remounts SD cards as well as other drives when you wake your Mac back up and helps you figure out why some drives can't be ejected.
Jettison 1.3 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. For more info go to http://www.stclairsoft.com/Jettison/index.html .
Next Issue for the iPhone is here
Next Issue Media, the first company to provide unlimited access to premium digital magazine content in the U.S., has announced the availability of its Next Issue app for the iPhone and iPod touch.
The app allows you to download issues of 120 magazines on your tablet, PC, and now, smartphone. Whether you’re on a Wi-Fi or 3G/4G connection, you can start reading articles immediately with Next Issue's progressive downloading. All files have been optimized for the iPhone.
You can share one subscription across five devices. You can download the app at the Apple App Store. For more info go to www.nextissue.com .
Avadon 2: The Corruption now available on Steam
Spiderweb Software says Avadon 2: The Corruption is now available for PC and Mac on Steam, GOG.com, and directly from the Spiderweb Software website.
Avadon 2 is an epic, indie fantasy role-playing adventure. As your people come apart in rebellion and civil war, outsiders are eager to take advantage of your weakness. Unless you act quickly, your homeland will fall.
You can find the game on Steam at http://store.steampowered.com/app/233310/ or GOG at http://www.gog.com/game/avadon_2_the_corruption . The price is US$9.99.
Cambridge Audio unveils the DacMagic XS USB DAC
Cambridge Audio has introduced the DacMagic XS, a pint-sized Digital to Analog Converter, which is designed to provide and instant upgrade to any computer’s sound output.
It connects to any USB port and "delivers the bass, clarity and power you've been missing from your digital audio, anywhere and everywhere," according to the folks at Cambridge Audio. What's more, the built-in headphone amp increases the punch of your headphones, purportedly delivering 10 times more power than most laptop soundcards can manage.
The DacMagic XS also features a volume control that can be adjusted at the tap of a finger. A LED shows current sample rate, so you always know if you're getting the right level of detail.
The DacMagic XS is available for US$189. For more info go to http://www.cambridgeaudio.com/dealers .
Atama announces Sesame key fob for the Mac
Atama has announced Sesame, a Bluetooth keyfob and companion application to secure your Mac. It lets you secure your Mac by starting the system screensaver whenever you walk away, using the small Bluetooth 4.0 keyfob in your pocket
This prevents anyone else from accessing files, Facebook and Twitter accounts, e-mail clients, and anything else that might be open. When you return to your desk, Sesame automatically unlocks the Mac.
It also supports Two-factor authentication — the combination of something the user knows with something the user has). This enables the unlocking of a Mac only through the combination of a button press and the system password.
Sesame is available for pre-order now for US$39.99 and will ship in late November. For more info go to http://www.atama.io/sesame .
Apowersoft's Audio Recorder now available for the Mac
Apowersoft Studio has released Apowersoft Audio Recorder, a recorder software especially designed for Mac OS X users. It allows you to record audio from any external or internal audio source.
Audio Recorder covers streaming audio, including your computer media sound, microphone sound and more. You can use it to grab an audio copy of whatever you want from Youtube, Skype, iTunes, Spotify, QuickTime player and other channels.
What's more, with the built-in recording scheduler, you can create schedule tasks so that it can complete recording even when you're not on the seat. While processing a soundtrack, Audio Recorder can even identify the information of it and tag the resulted audio files with title, artist, year, and album automatically.
The software is compatible with Mac OS X 10.6 or higher. It costs US$39.95 for a single user license. A demo is available for download at http://www.apowersoft.com/ .
Berbie Software releases BigHairyGoal for Mac OS X
Berbie Software has released BigHairyGoal for Mac OS X. It's a tool for creatives and software developers for getting ideas and concepts down, and to arrange them in a way that gives more insight.
The app functions like a whiteboard letting users attach note cards to, connecting them with lines and to reorder them. Users can visualize alternative approaches and reason possible decisions, while keeping the big picture as an information radar of progress and success.
BigHairyGoal 1.1 is US$13.99 and is available worldwide through the Mac App Store in the Business category. (http://tinyurl.com/lj8mcc6). It requires Mac OS X 10.8 or higher. For more info go to www.bighairygoal.com .
JAC revved for Mavericks
Dalamser has announced JAC and JAC Digital 3.0 for Mac OS X. The upgrade is ready for OS X Mavericks.
JAC provides one or more resizable traditional analog clocks showing the time in different locations around the world. JAC Digital does the same with digital clocks. Version 3.0 also introduces a new map picker, enhanced support for multiple screens and more.
Both apps are available at the Mac App Store for US$1.99 each. For more info go to www.dalamser.com .
Digital Treasures unveils the 3600mAh Power Bank
Digital Treasures has announced the 3600mAh Power Bank. It's a charging station designed to keep all your devices juiced up anytime, anywhere with 3600mAh of power while eliminating the need to carry around bulky chargers and cables.
It comes with MicroUSB, 30-pin and 8-pin Apple connectors attached to the unit. LED lights indicate how much power is left in the 3600mAh Power Bank.
You can recharge the unit by plugging in the included standard USB connector The 3600mAh Power Bank is available for US$49.95 at www.digitaltreasures.com .
HoudahSpot ready for OS X Mavericks
Houdah Software has announced HoudahSpot 3.8 for Mac OS X 10.6 and higher. The new version adds support for Mavericks file tags.
HoudahSpot is a file search tool based on Apple's Spotlight engine. It's designed to help users create detailed queries to pinpoint the exact file they want to get to.
HoudahSpot 3.8 is priced at US$29 for a single-user license. A full-featured demo version is available at the Houdah Software store (www.houdah.com).
Mobile ad spending to approach $40 billion annually by 2018
A new report from Juniper Research (www.juniperresearch.com) has found that increased utilization of analytics platforms, allied to the introduction of innovative ad formats and purchasing mechanisms, will push global mobile ad spend beyond US$39 billion in 2018, up from $13 billion this year.
Mobile now contributes 41% to its overall advertising revenue. Facebook recently announced that it is going to begin rolling out video ads, a move illustrative of the wider industry trend for interactive rich media ads, away from underperforming mobile banner adverts.
What's more, the Juniper report observed that the growth of Real-Time Bidding (RTB), a mechanism which lets advertisers buy impressions in real-time, means that publishers will be able to more easily sell their advertising inventory, which will thereby boost overall mobile ad spend. However the research group also pointed out that some brands still remain wary of the mobile channel due to concerns that mobile advertisements may be...
Worldwide smartphone market grows 38.8% year-over-year in third...
The worldwide smartphone market grew 38.8% year-over-year in the third quarter of 2013 (3Q13), according to the IDC research group (www.idc.com).
Vendors shipped a total of 258.4 million smartphones in 3Q13, establishing a new record for units shipped in a single quarter by more than 9.0%. The previous high was 237.0 million units shipped in the second quarter of 2013.
In the worldwide mobile phone market (inclusive of smartphones), vendors shipped 467.9 million units in 3Q13 compared to the 442.7 million units shipped in 3Q12, representing 5.7% year-over-year growth. Third quarter shipments were up 7.0% when compared to the 437.4 million units shipped in 2Q13.
Samsung maintained its leadership position, shipping more units than the next four vendors combined, according to IDC. Samsung's flagship models received the lion's share of attention during 3Q13, with more carriers adding the Galaxy S4, continued demand for the Galaxy S III, and the introduction of the Galaxy Note 3. Despite...
Miraizon releases Cinematize Pro HD
Miraizon has released Cinematize Pro HD. Cinematize Pro HD, a HD clip extractor for Blu-ray and AVCHD on the Mac. According to Miraizon founder and CEO, David Salamon, it can extract clips of any length, from any part of even complex Blu-Ray or AVCHD media, and decode them into editable formats while preserving the full original HD quality with little or no degradation.
Cinematize Pro HD includes H.264 hardware acceleration to speed up decoding and Miraizon’s DNxHD VC-3 compression component with full Avid compatibility. The software also can preserve full audio quality by extracting out all available audio channels for up to 32 bit 7.1 multichannel audio. Alternatively, Cinematize Pro HD can do high-quality downmixes of multichannel audio tracks to stereo or stereo surround.
The extracted clips produced by Cinematize Pro HD have broad compatibility with popular video editing programs, mobile devices, and the web. This includes video editing software such as Final Cut, Avid, Premiere...
Amazon Cloud Desktop Player comes to the Mac
Amazon has announced the availability of Amazon Cloud Player for The Mac. The new app provides Mac users with a way to manage their music library —whether saved on their computer or in the cloud — and shop from the Amazon MP3 Store with a catalog of more than 25 million songs.
Cloud Player automatically detects and adds new music to your library even if you bought it from iTunes or ripped a CD. You can buy an AutoRip CD or vinyl record from Amazon and a free MP3 version of the album will be added to your Cloud Player for Mac library.
With Cloud Player, you can download your MP3 purchases automatically or with one click. You can export your music to other music players. You can create and manage playlists using simple drag-and-drop.
Amazon Cloud Player for Mac is available today for free at amazon.com/getcloudplayer .
Movavi gives us Split Movie for Mac OS X
Movavi has introduced Movavi Split Movie for Mac 1.0. It enables Mac-users to split, trim, and join video files in popular formats without re-encoding.
This preserves the original quality and makes the whole process faster, according to the folks at Movavi. The new video splitter supports AVI, MOV, WMV, MP4, FLV, MKV, MPG, and more.
A free trial version with 12 interface languages including English, German, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Japanese, Russian, etc. and support for Mac OS X 10.9 Mavericks is available for download from Movavi's website (www.movavi.com). The full version of Movavi Split Movie for Mac is available for US$19.95 from the Movavi website and will be released on the Mac App Store soon.
CalDigit Thunderbolt Station available Nov. 4
CalDigit (www.caldigit.com) says it will ship its Thunderbolt Station will be shipping on Nov. 4. It will have a manufacturer's suggested retail price of US$199.
As laptops are becoming more portable and lightweight they are losing many of their interface options. The CalDigit Thunderbolt Station brings back those connections, and streamlines them into a portable aluminum device. By connecting the CalDigit Thunderbolt Station to a Mac you can add three USB 3.0 ports, HDMI, Gigabit Ethernet, and Audio In/Out.
Power Practical introduces the Lithium 4400 for portable devices
Power Practical has announced the Lithium 4400. It's a dual-utility lithium ion rechargeable battery that doubles as a lantern.
According to the folks at Power Practical, it can charge your smartphone up to three times at maximum speed. A 3-in-1 charging cable is included with the Lithium 4400 and is compatible with iOS devices, micro and mini USB.
The Lithium 4400 can be recharged via any computer and USB port, as well as PowerPot V. It’s available for US$59.00 at www.powerpractical.com .
Output Factory upgraded for Mavericks
Zevrix Solutions (www.zevrix.com) has released Output Factory 1.4.15, a compatibility update to its professional solution to automate output from Adobe InDesign. The new version is compatible with OS X Mavericks.
Output Factory automates printing, exporting and post-processing from InDesign and offers batch output, single page export, variable file names, layer versioning, preflighting, detailed history and more. Version 1.4.15 is a free update to current users.
For new users Output Factory can be purchased from Zevrix website for US$169.95 (there's also a "lite" version for $119.95). A demo is available for download. BatchOutput users can upgrade to Output Factory for $84.97. Output Factory is available for Mac OS X 10.5-10.9 on Intel-based Macs and works with Adobe InDesign CS3-CC.
128bit Technologies releases Candy Apple on the Mac App Store
128bit Technologies has introduced Candy Apple, a vector-based graphic design and illustration app designed for Mac OS X. It's available, for a limited time, for US$14.99 at the Mac App Store. The normal price is $29.99.
Candy Apple lets anyone create drawings, logos, banners, buttons, icons and more. You can also edit and enhance photos, or convert images to draw-able vector paths. Available exclusively on the Mac App Store, Candy Apple is offered at the special launch discount of 50% off for a limited time. For more info go to www.macappware.com .
Studiometry gets new user interface
Orange Software has updated Studiometry, its client and project management tool, to version 11. The upgrade sports a new user interface and more.
Studiometry runs on Mac OS X, Windows and iOS. Version 11 adds over 120 features and improvements and transitioning to Cocoa on Mac interface was completely redesigned and rebuilt to be cleaner and more intuitive.
Studiometry licenses never expire and don't require any type of subscription. New licenses start at US$199.95 with multi-user packs, site licenses, and multi-product bundles available on the Oranged Software store (http://www.oranged.net/store/). Upgrades from Studiometry 10.x are $59.95 per license. Discounted upgrades from all older versions are also available.
All licenses include free updates until the next optional major upgrade. A demo is available for download.
Wondershare Dr.Fone updated for Mavericks, iOS 7
Wondershare Dr.Fone for iOS, an iOS data recovery software for OS X Mavericks. The update allows you to recover lost data from your iDevice on a Mac where you’ve already installed Mavericks.
Another new feature of Wondershare Dr.Fone for iOS is that it’s supported the latest iOS 7 (including iOS 7.0.3). All existing users of Wondershare Dr.Fone for iOS can update it to the latest version 3.6.0 for free. For new users the cost is US$99.95. For more info go to http://tinyurl.com/d83hbb8 .
Batch Output DOC gets Mavericks support
Zevrix Solutions (www.zevrix.com) has announced BatchOutput DOC 2.2.4, a compatibility update to its output automation solution for Microsoft Word on OS X.
BatchOutput automates printing of multiple documents and allows to carry out powerful professional PDF production directly from Word, eliminating the need for time consuming post-processing. The new version makes BatchOutput DOC compatible with Mavericks and addresses some stability and performance issues.
BatchOutput DOC can be purchased for US$39.95 from Zevrix Solutions website as well as from authorized resellers. Trial is also available for download. The update is free for users of version 2.x and $19.97 from version 1.x. BatchOutput DOC runs on Mac OS X 10.5 - 10.9, is a Universal Binary, and works with Microsoft Word 2008 and 2011.
Apple reports fourth quarter results
Apple has announced financial results for its fiscal 2013 fourth quarter that ended Sept. 28. The company posted quarterly revenue of US$37.5 billion and quarterly net profit of $7.5 billion, or $8.26 per diluted share.
These results compare to revenue of $36 billion and net profit of $8.2 billion, or $8.67 per diluted share, in the year-ago quarter. Gross margin was 37 percent compared to 40 percent in the year-ago quarter. International sales accounted for 60 percent of the quarter’s revenue.
Apple sold 33.8 million iPhones, a record for the September quarter, compared to 26.9 million in the year-ago quarter. The company also sold 14.1 million iPads during the quarter, compared to 14 million in the year-ago quarter. Apple sold 4.6 million Macs, compared to 4.9 million in the year-ago quarter.
Apple’s Board of Directors has declared a cash dividend of $3.05 per share of the company’s common stock. The dividend is payable on Nov. 14 to shareholders of record as of the close of...
Acronis announces Mavericks support for ExtremeZ-IP 8.1
Acronis says Acronis ExtremeZ-IP 8.1 now supports Mac OS X 10.9 Mavericks. ExtremeZ-IP is software for harmonizing Mac use on Windows servers. New support improves enterprise IT and Mac user productivity for 8,000 customers by resolving compatibility and performance issues related to Windows file, print, and NAS server access, according to the folks at Acronis.
ExtremeZ-IP 8.1 is available as a free upgrade to existing customers under a maintenance contract. It can also be downloaded as a free trial and purchased by new customers via the Acronis web store, which offers two pricing options for enterprises: enterprise subscription licensing (ESL) and perpetual licensing. For more info go to http://www.grouplogic.com/ .
Logitech announces new peripherals for the iPad Air
Logitech has announced four new tablet accessories designed specifically for the new, iPad Air, which goes on sale Friday.
The FabricSkin Keyboard Folio, Ultrathin Keyboard Cover, Ultrathin Keyboard Bolio, and Folio Protective Case are available in prices ranging from US$49.99 to $149.99. The tablet keyboards connect using Bluetooth. The folios also double as a stand. Go to www.logitech.com for more info.
Together 3.1 integrates with Finder tags in Mavericks
Reinvented Software (http://www.reinventedsoftware.com) has released Together 3.1 for Mac. The new version integrates with Finder tags on OS X Mavericks, improves iCloud libraries, adds a Quick Open feature and includes many other new features and improvements.
Together for Mac is an app for collecting, organizing and searching all kinds of files. Just about anything can be dragged to Together for safe keeping, tagged, previewed, collected together in different ways and found again instantly.
Version 3.1 is a free upgrade for all 3.0 owners and a paid upgrade for all earlier versions of Together. A full license costs US$39.99, and an upgrade is $19.99.
IObit releases MacBooster for Mac OS X
IObit, which specializes in system utilities software, has launched its first utility software for Mac OS X: MacBooster. This system utility incorporatestechnologies that empower users to increase the performance of the OS X, including optimization for Mavericks, according to Antonio Zhang of IObit.
According to the research conducted by the company, Mac users have certain outstanding system issues on their operating system, he says. Over 50% of the users they interviewed complained that their Mac operating system slowed down over time.
"Thirty-eight percent of the interviewees recognized that hard drive space was their biggest problem," Zhang says. "Other concerns included personal data being stolen by spyware, viruses, and other malware, and in addition to getting rid of some unwanted apps. MacBooster is designed to offer a simple yet effective solution to maintain Macs and address all of these issues."
For slow Macs, MacBooster can release RAM to increase the processing speed, he...
Blu-ray Copy for Mac updated to version 1.2.0
Leawo has updated Blu-ray Copy for Mac (http://www.leawo.org/blu-ray-copy-mac/) to version 1.2.0.This program allow users to copy and backup Blu-ray Movies in any entertainment purpose.
Version 1.2.0 optimizes VC-1 decoding system, improves the bug reporting feature, enhances stability, and adds support to decrypt more discs. Leawo Blu-ray Copy for Mac is normally priced at US$44.95. However, Leawo is offering it 30% discounts for celebrating Halloween holiday until Nov.5. A demo is available for download.
CyberDuck waddles to version 4.4
Cyberduck, the libre client to access FTP/SFTP/WebDAV file servers and cloud storage on Mac OS X and Windows, has been revved to version 4.4. It features a complete refactoring for improved performance and testability.
Cyberduck 4.4 continues to embrace to the latest developments in cloud storage, adding support for multipart uploads, bucket lifecycle configuration in Amazon S3 to archive objects in Amazon Glacier and multi-region support for OpenStack Swift.
File transfer reliability has been improved for higher throughput and the option to continue or cancel on failure transferring multiple files. On the Mac, the application is now self contained with no Java Runtime installation requirement.
This release includes over 100 bug fixes. The full changelog is available at http://cyberduck.ch/changelog. Cyberduck is available from http://cyberduck.ch and the Mac App Store. Mac OS X 10.6 or later required.
Spot Maps lets you network diagrams in real-time
equinux has released Spot Maps for Mac OS X. It allows you to find networked devices and localize them on an interactive map via drag and drop.
With Live Monitoring, Spot Maps retrieves the current status of all devices in real time, and displays this interactively on the map. This way, you’ll know immediately when a device has gone offline.
Spot Maps is available for US$33.99 in the equinux Online Store (www.equinux.com). IT administrators and consultants can purchase the Spot Maps Consultant Pack for $159.99, which offers five licenses for distributing network maps to your team.
Apple posts updates for latest iMacs
Apple has posted two updates for the latest iMacs: iMac SMC Firmware Update 1.1 and iMac 10.8.5 Supplemental Update 1.0.
The first addresses an issue with Power Nap, The second deals an external drive issue and a problem with some USB Bluetooth adapters. You can obtain the updates via the Mac App Store.
iOS developers getting free OS X Mavericks Server
Apple is giving iOS developers free copies of OSX Server Mavericks "in the hopes of encouraging the use of Xcode bots.
According to Apple: "As an iOS developer, you can now take advantage of continuous integration in Xcode by creating bots with OS X Server for Mavericks that automate the process of building, analyzing, testing and achieving your apps. As the bots do their work on the remote Mac, Xcode on your development team displays the build and test reports. Bots can generate a regular release for your QA team, be configured to execute on every check-in, and even test your apps on connected iOS devices."
Go to developer.apple.com for more info.
Noteboom Productions introduces Tutor for OS X Mavericks
Noteboom Productions has released Tutor for OS X Mavericks on the Mac App Store.
It's a video that shows how to use the latest version of the Mac operating system. The video tutorial consists of 59 video chapters on various subjects. These video chapters include an overview of Mavericks' new apps, Maps and iBooks, as well videos on how to use Mavericks' new tagging and tab feature in the Finder.
The tutorial also includes videos on how to add parental controls, accessibility options, the importance of backing up your computer and how to use Time Machine to back it up. The tutorial ends with troubleshooting tips on OS X, iPhoto, and more.
Tutor for OS X Mavericks costs US$9.99 and requires Mac OS X 10.6 or higher. You can purchase it at http://tinyurl.com/kflepbq .