Tumult releases Hype 2.0, Hype Reflect for iOS
Tumult has released Hype 2.0, an update to its HTML5 animation builder for OS X, as well as a new companion iOS app, Hype Reflect.
Hype features s keyframe-based animation system. Paired with Hype Reflect, the two offer a solution for creating mobile HTML5 content.
Along with instant iOS previews, Tumult Hype 2.0 adds such new features as audio actions, curved motion paths, web fonts, swipe and touch events, mobile export options.
Tumult Hype 2.0 is sold on the Mac App...
Radical.FM (http://radical.fm/) is a new music-streaming service. Launched by a Swedish start-up, it looks to offer a holistic broadcasting platform.
Radical.FM is a personal broadcasting service (TALK and RadCasting for deejays and Talk Show hosts) with curated radio (like Pandora), on-demand playlists (like Spotify) and a distribution channel for indie artists. It offers unlimited on-demand streaming with music from all major recording labels and independent artists. It's live and ad-free, at least to all users in Sweden.
What's more, Radical.FM offers artists the ability to upload and broadcast their own independently created material worldwide, to access each other’s live streams, and to complement their transmissions with their own live voice and video feed. Less active users can tune in to these transmissions, or simply create their own playlists and/or personal stations.
These independent radio transmissions are known as RadCasts, with Radical.FM providing every user with a...
Wacom announces the Intuos Creative Stylus for the iPad
Wacom has introduced the Intuos Creative Stylus, a pressure-sensitive digital pen for sketching, drawing and painting on an iPad. It provides a "realistic pen-on-paper feel and an intelligent design so you can rest your palm naturally on the iPad when using compatible creative apps," according to the folks at Wacom.
The Intuos Creative Stylus boasts pressure sensitivity of 2048 pressure levels. This means that it can reproduce the feel and artistic control of traditional brushes and markers, which makes it suitable for sketching, illustrating and image editing. It's also highly responsive, even reacting to light strokes, while rejecting unintentional touches when used with compatible apps. It connects with iPads via Bluetooth 4.0 (it's designed for the iPad 3, 4 and mini and apps such as Autodesk SketchBook Pro for iPad, ArtRage (by Ambient Design), Bamboo Paper, ProCreate (by Savage Interactive) and Psykopaint.
The Intuos Creative Stylus is designed with a brushed aluminum housing...
Ecamm rolls out Printopia Pro for Mac OS X
Ecamm (http://www.ecamm.com) has released Printopia Pro, a redesign of Printopia, a Mac app that lets you share your Mac's printers with any "capable" iPhone, iPod touch or iPad. It will also add a virtual printer, allowing you to save print-outs to your Mac as PDF files.
Printopia Pro adds: the ability to print across subnets; centralized access control and directory integration; remote management, and scalability (one server running Printopia Pro can often handle an entire company). And it offers the ability to print to any printer the Mac can print to -- providing AirPrint capability even if a printer doesn't natively support it, and whether it's attached via the network, USB, or even on a Windows print server.
Printopia Pro requires Mac OS X 10.7 or higher. It costs US$79.99 for a "team" version (up to five printers, Web folders), $249 for an "office" model (up to 20 printers wide area printing, Web folders), and $499 for the "enterprise" edition (unlimited printers, wide area...
Output Factory now lets you assign different EPS export settings
Zevrix Solutions (http://zevrix.com) has announced Output Factory 1.4.8, an update to its professional output automation solution for Adobe InDesign. The new version lets users assign different EPS export settings to individual output workflows, as opposite to the global mode available in previous versions.
With Output Factory, users can output hundreds of documents or just single files with full control over batch printing, layer versioning, automatic preflighting, file delivery, and more. All they need to do is select the desired InDesign files and adjust workflow settings.
Output Factory can be purchased from the Zevrix website for US$169.95; a "lite" version costs $119.95), as well as from authorized resellers and Adobe Exchange. A demo is available for download. BatchOutput users can upgrade to Output Factory for 4.97. Output Factory is available for Mac OS X 10.5-10.8 on Intel-based Macs and works with Adobe InDesign CS3-CS6.
Amped Wireless brings 802.11ac range extender to market
Amped Wireless has introduced the US$199 REA20 High Power 700mW Dual Band AC Wi-Fi Range Extender. It's the company's new flagship Wi-Fi range extender and is reportedly the first in the industry to be available with 802.11ac technology.
A universal range extender, the REA20 is capable of expanding any wireless network by repeating, amplifying and rebroadcasting signals from any Wi-Fi router. The industry-pioneering technology built into the REA20 will allow multiple users to download and stream HD or 4K media to different devices simultaneously without buffering delays. The REA20 delivers speeds up to three times faster than range extenders operating on the previous 802.11n Wi-Fi standard.
"By combining our award-winning high power technology and range extender software with the horsepower of 802.11ac, we are able to provide ultra-fast Wi-Fi speeds over great distances," says Jason Owen, CEO of Amped Wireless. "The problem with 802.11ac is it operates on the 5GHz Wi-Fi band which has...
Logitech introduces two new iPad mini folios
Logitech has introduced two new folios to its lineup of products for the iPad mini: the Logitech Ultrathin Keyboard Folio (pictured) and Logitech Folio Protective Case. The former features -- as you might guess from the name -- a built-in keyboard for a fast and fluid typing experience.
The Logitech Ultrathin Keyboard Folio for iPad mini includes a Bluetooth keyboard. Its layout maximizes its key size for fast and fluid typing, despite its smaller size, according to Mike Culver, vice president and general manager of mobility at Logitech. Couple that with iOS shortcut keys, such as cut, copy and paste, and you can type on your iPad mini as fast as you would on a full-size keyboard, he adds.
On a full charge, you can purportedly get up to three months of battery life. The Ultrathin Keyboard Folio's instant on/off wakes your iPad mini when you open the cover and puts it to sleep when you close it.
The Logitech Folio Protective Case for iPad mini is the company's thinnest protective case...
Maintain serves up Cocktail (Mountain Lion Edition)
Maintain has released Cocktail 6.7 (Mountain Lion Edition), the latest maintenance update for users running OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion.
Cocktail is a general purpose utility for OS X that lets users clean, repair and optimize their Mac. This version contains improvements on the "Clear System caches" and the "Clear User caches" procedures. It also adds OS X 10.8.5 compatibility.
Cocktail 6.7 (Mountain Lion Edition) requires OS X Mountain Lion or OS X Mountain Lion Server (10.8). Cocktail (Lion Edition) for OS X 10.7, Cocktail (Snow Leopard Edition) for OS X 10.6 and Cocktail (Leopard Edition) for OS X 10.5 are available for download from the Maintain website.
Cocktail costs US$14 for a single user license and is available for purchase from the Maintain website (http://maintain.se/cocktail). The license is valid for Mountain Lion, Lion and Snow Leopard and editions of Cocktail. Cocktail (Leopard Edition) is distributed as freeware and doesn't require a license.
Phlo for iOS launched; Mac version gets update
Phlo for iOS and Phlo 2.0 for Mac has launched. It's a tool for searching your favorite websites.
With a few keystrokes, it lets you jump right to the search results for anything that you need to lookup on a site of your choice. Phlo also lets you customize preferred sites or search engines from which to search.
On the Mac, Phlo can be summoned with a configurable global hotkey. To search, a user has to type the search phrase and then hit Tab to choose the website that he'd like to search in. Phlo filters the websites and search engines as the user types and automatically bubbles up the most used sites. For example, a user can type "The Hobbit" and then choose the site "IMDb" to search from and the results will be displayed on their default web browser.
Phlo for Mac syncs with the new iOS version using the free Phlo Sync service. Your search history and saved sites will always be available on all your devices. Phlo for Mac can now suggest searches from your history, as well as from...
Akvis SmartMask 4.5 compatible with Adobe Photoshop CC
Akvis Software has released SmartMask 4.5 (http://akvis.com/en/smartmask/), an update of the image selection and masking plug-in for the Mac and Windows platforms. The upgrade is compatible with Adobe Photoshop CC.
SmartMask is a masking tool designed to save time on complex selections. With the app, there are two pencils, red and blue. Draw a line with the blue pencil inside the object being selected (for example, yourself in a group photo) and then outline the same object with the red pencil to define the areas that should be cut out. The
selection algorithm analyzes the image and your drawing, and creates the selection you want. Akvis SmartMask features three selection modes are tailored to different types of selection: Sharp, Soft, and Complex.
On the Mac platform, SmartMask requires Mac OS X 10.4 or higher. The product sells for $90, downloadable from http://akvis.com. The functionality of the program depends on the license type. During the trial period you can try all options...
Jolly Rummager game for Mac OS X updated to version 1.2
Allwards Laboratory (www.allwards.com) has released Jolly Rummager 1.2 for OS X, an update to its arcade game that was designed as a tribute to the 1983 classic, Digger.
The game features full-screen, Retina display graphics, cartoon animation, stereo music and sound effects. Players four years of age or older use simple keyboard controls to guide the small green caterpillar, Jolly Rummager, as he digs free form mazes underground.
Jolly Rummager 1.2 requires Mac OS X 10.8 or higher. It costs $0.99 (USD) and is available worldwide exclusively through the Mac App Store in the Games category (http://tinyurl.com/ktz9bxh).
Final Cut Pro X AutoGrade released by FxFactory
Noise Industries is now selling Hawaiki AutoGrade through its FCP X plugin marketplace FxFactory.
Developed by Tokyo Productions and Lawn Road exclusively for Final Cut Pro X, AutoGrade is the new automatic image correction plug-in. Designed as an automatic white balance correction tool for when a camera's white balance was incorrectly set in the field, AutoGrade also offers additional image control, making it a grading suite as well.
Hawaiki AutoGrade is available now through FxFactory for US$29. For more info go to http://tinyurl.com/ljh3xok .
Magician Software conjures up version 1.4.8 of its Magician tool
Magician Software has conjured up version 1.4.8 of Magician, a free system maintenance tool for Mac OS X. The new version offers enhanced detection in app uninstalling.
It also provides optimized memory usage. Additionally, version 1.4.8 lets you display fan speed in a floating window even if Fan Control is closed.
Magican helps clean up, optimize and secure your Mac. It provides a Mac app uninstaller, duplicate file finder, temperature monitor, network monitor and more.
Apimac releases free version of Strip HTML for Mac
Apimac has released a free version of Strip HTML 2.0. The new version is called Strip HTML Lite and is the free version, with limitations, of Strip HTML.
Strip HTML is designed for bloggers, web editors, designers and programmers who work daily with tens of .html files. Strip HTML makes it possible to get text from any webpage cleaned up from any code tags. Just drag and drop on the application’s window a .html file, a portion of code or, even a web address directly from Safari or other browsers. Strip HTML will restore the page’s text free from any HTML tags and will place it in order, on a list with all links and media present.
In addition, thanks to the Strip Clipboard function, it's now possible to clean up from HTML tags any code portion which has been copied to the Notes. Pasting it will result in text already cleaned up.
In the free version text processing is limited to five pages per day, sessions are limited to 30 minutes, and you can only open one new window per session....
BusyMac releases BusyCal 2.5 with Exchange support
BusyMac has announced BusyCal 2.5, an update to their their calendar app for Mac OS X.
Its features include customizable calendar views, scrolling month and week views, an integrated info panel, integrated to-dos, custom font sizes and styles, graphics, live weather feeds and moon phases, and more. BusyCal 2.5 users can now sync and share calendars with other Exchange users in large organizations and educational institutions.
BusyCal 2.5 requires Mac OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion or later and an iCloud, Google, or Exchange account. It costs US$29.99 per user and is available on the Mac App Store (http://tinyurl.com/mmeb2je), and is available now. BusyCal 2.5 is a free update for existing BusyCal 2.0 customers. A full functioning 30-day trial is available for download from BusyMac online (http://www.busymac.com).
Apple posts iTunes 11.0.5
Apple has released iTunes 11.0.5. This update corrects an issue with iTunes in the Cloud, where some purchases may download or play unexpected items.
It's a 187.46MB download. It requires Mac OS X 10.6.8 or later.
Voila for Mac OS X revved to version 3.5
Global Delight (www.globaldelight.com) has rolled out the latest version (3.5) of Voila, their productivity utility software tool for Mac OS X 10.6 or later. The free update contains improvements to the video recording capabilities with pause/resume option, menu only icon for capture/record features when the program is quit from running and more.
Voila is a screen-capture, recording and annotation tool designed as a replacement for Mac OS X's screen-capture and screen-recording capabilities. It has a large set of editing, organizing, annotation and effects tools that allows the user to create and add details to screenshots, tutorials, videos and presentations.
Voila is normally priced US$29.99 and is available for immediate download at Global Delight web site and the Mac App Store. However, it's available for $14.99 until Sept. 15. A demo is available for download at the Global Design site.
iSkin releases the ProTouch TITAN High-Impact Screen Shield
iSkin has released the ProTouch TITAN Screen Shield. Originally introduced as part of the company’s fuze 360 and revo 360 iPhone 5 cases, it's now available as a separately packaged product for the iPhone 5, iPod touch and Samsung GS4.
The clear and touch responsive ProTouch TITAN utilizes a patented multi-layering manufacturing technology process that results in a screen overlay that provides effective protection against hard impacts, scratches and damage caused by sharp contact, according to the folks at iSkin. In addition, a specially formulated adhesive allows trapped air bubbles to dissipate shortly after application to provide a smooth, unobstructive finish with ultra-clear viewing qualities, they add.
The ProTouch TITAN High-Impact package comes with two front screen films and is available at iskin.com/products/titan/ . You can save $5 on the product now (it's normally $24.99) through Sunday, Aug. 18.
Judge dismisses antitrust lawsuit against Apple
U.S. District Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers dismissed a lawsuit against Apple on Thursday that claimed the iPhone and iPad maker was violating antitrust laws by limiting iOS app sales to the Apple App Store and iTunes Store, reports "The MacObserver"(http://tinyurl.com/n44czoj).
The judge tossed out the case because the plaintiffs hadn't actually bought any of the apps mentioned in filing, or shown that they had personally suffered from Apple's policies, the article adds. The case can, however, be amended to address the issues the judge listed, so the lawsuit isn't dead yet.
Apple hiring more workers in China?
Apple is apparently beefing up its workforce in China. Among the 200-plus openings in China on professional network site LinkedIn, some include an environmental affairs program manager, a security specialist and a store specialist, reports "The Wall Street Journal" (http://tinyurl.com/maem9cf).
The environmental affairs program manager will be based in China’s capital Beijing, the center of political power. According to the job description, the candidate has to “ensure that Apple’s products and processes meet and surpass regional and national environmental regulatory requirements.”
The hiring activity comes amid growing expectations that a China Mobile/iPhone deal is on the way. Also, as noted by the "WSJ," it’s not a surprise that Apple is trying to strengthen its environmental affairs team. A Chinese activist named Ma Jun accused earlier this month the company’s major supplier Foxconn of alleged environmental violations. Foxconn, also known as Hon Hai Precision Industry, said at...
CuteDJPro now offering Mac software
With over five years’ experience in creating DJ mixing software, CuteDJPro has finally branched out to offer Mac DJ software in addition to their PC version. CuteDJPro for the Mac offers;
° MIDI controller support -- Over 50 DJ MIDI/HID controllers are supported natively out-of-the-box;
° iTunes integration -- the software integrates with your iTunes library and lets you mix your favorite music from iTunes;
° A mixing engine with adjustable EQ shelves, timecode vinyl control, and advanced auto-mixing, including mix-in/mix-out points.
The software also comes with a flexible sampler where beats and jingles can be added into the mix. A 30-day trial version of CuteDJ for Mac is available at www.cutedjpro.com . Registration is US$129.95.
Objective-Cologne 2013 coming in September
The International Cocoa Conference in Cologne Germany, happening in less than five weeks has not only announced new speakers but has brought back the early bird price and is offering videos of the 2012 videos.
Bringing together noted speakers and attendees from around the world, the Cocoa/Objective -C conference will happen in Cologne's "Old Auction House." Ticket holders will also be entitled to the conference dinner. The event is slated for Sept. 17 and 18.
The price is 229 Euro for one day or 399 Euro for both days. The price includes lunch on both days and dinner on the first day. For more info go to http://objcgn.com .
SniperSpy for Mac gets Stealth Webcam, Microphone Recording...
Retina-X Studios has released SniperSpy Mac (www.sniperspymac.com) 8.0. Using the remote monitoring technology, parents and employers can now silently watch the entire screen of their child or employee's Mac instantaneously from any location.
New features added into version 8.0 include Stealth Webcam and Microphone Recording to allow parents to hear and see the environment around their child's Mac. Another feature added is the ability to restrict applications and websites with the ability to restrict during a specific time period. Historic screenshots can now be viewed in the slideshow mode. Email reports can now be sent instantly or upon a schedule the user creates.
The hybrid surveillance system also displays full activity logs of keystrokes, chat conversations and other activities. SniperSpy Mac runs in extreme stealth mode and no mentions of the program are shown within the computer. The software runs in the background behind all other applications. After the software is setup on...
iWALK ships charging solutions for the iPhone 5
iWALK is now offering its charging solutions with the Lightning connector for the iPhone 5 in the form of the Apple-Certified Link Series and the ultra-thin Chameleon power case. Apple-Certified charging solutions with an integrated Lightning connector include the Link 1000i5, Link 1700i5 and Link 2500i5.
The Link Series is an Apple-certified, pocket-sized docking backup battery with three power levels. All models available in black or white and feature an LED power indicator, overcharge protection and pass-through charging that allows the backup battery and iPhone 5 to charge simultaneously.
The Chameleon is a slim, high capacity power case with 2000mAh of power for up to nine hours of extra talk time. Available in steel gray or white with an LED power indicator, overcharge protection, pass-through charging and on/off switch to save power when not needed.
iWALK’s new line of charging solutions is available at www.iwalkusa.com, select Sprint stores and retailers nationwide.
Razer introduces new membrane gaming keypad
Razer has released the Razer Tartarus, a membrane gaming keypad created with ergonomic comfort and customization options in mind, according to Min-Liang Tan, Razer co-founder. It's compatible with PCs and Macs running Mac OS X 10.6 and higher.
The successor to the Razer Nostromo, the Razer features 25 programmable keys including an eight-way directional thumb pad. The thumb pad is designed to allow gamers to move with more precision, while also acting as modifier keys, multiplying the keyset count by eight, providing 128 different command options.
With unlimited macro lengths and unlimited game profiles, the Razer Tartarus also provides users instantaneous switching between eight key maps, according ot Nostromo. The Razer Tartarus features full anti-ghosting, with backlit keys that give users total control in dark conditions.
The Razer Tartarus is enabled to be configured with Razer Synapse 2.0, the proprietary software that functions as the brain of the keypad. Razer Synapse 2....
Keizus announces Quadrapod + Clamp for smartphones, tablets
The Keizus Quadrapod + Clamp is a new, multi-functional tripod mount, stand and holder for smartphones and tablets.
The skeleton-like design resembles a crazy action figure and is made of two detachable parts, including the universal tripod clamp, and jointed mount that be configured in a variety of positions. The clamp fits any standard tripod that has a 1/4" - 20 head mount thread size. It can be used separately from the clamp for
smaller photo equipment.
The Quadrapod arms and legs are connected with flexible
ball joints, which are completely detachable from the body.The Keizus
clamp can be adjusted to accommodate different devices, and includes a
protection mechanism to prevent any damage to your phone/tablet.
The Keizus Quadrapod + Clamp is made from engineering plastic that is purportedly stronger than steel. You can see the toughness test vs. the GorillaPod in action at http://tinyurl.com/ms84hg9 .
The Quadrapod + Clamp combo is available in a snow-white and grey
Wahoo Fitness introduces the PROTKT for the iPhone
Wahoo Fitness has rolled out the PROTKT, a weatherproof and shockproof Phone bike case. It's designed to provide users with a simple and secure solution to accessing their Apple smartphone through rain, dirt, snow and sweat. The
"Our new iPhone mounting system allows you to bring your iPhone 5 with you on any ride, in any conditions," says Chip Hawkins, CEO of Wahoo Fitness. "The PROTKT caters to all riders -- the cyclist dedicated to progress monitoring, the safety conscious adventurist who’s not afraid to stray from the beaten path, to the rider that doesn’t want to miss a beat by disconnecting from the world."
The PROTKT also comes bundled with the Wahoo Fitness app for cycling. which you can combine with fitness sensors to wirelessly monitor all your vitals. Pair your PROTKT’ed iPhone with the Wahoo Blue HR Heart Rate Strap to connect to your iPhone 5 and receive real-time heart rate data through the Wahoo Fitness app.
In addition, you can use the Wahoo Blue SC Speed and...
Booq expands its Boa collection
Booq has expanded their Boa collection to include the Boa brief laptop bag. Its water-repellent ballistic nylon exterior is designed to protect it from everyday hardships.
A padded laptop sleeve lined in genuine quilted nylon, shields any 15-17-inch Mac or 16.4-inch PC from unwelcome moisture and accidental scratches. A split-opening design and mid-size fit includes interior and exterior pockets for items such as iPad, iPhone, and other professional tools. The Boa brief is now available on www.booqbags.com for US$149.95.
Judge to bring Apple back into court on ebook price fixing case
Judge Denise Cote plans to bring Apple back into court in May, 2014, to determine what damages should be imposed on the iPad and iPhone maker in its ebook price fixing case.
She found Apple guilty of conspiring with book publishers to artificially raise book prices and is considering imposing harsh restrictions on Apple's contracts with publishers as well as limiting how the company can negotiate for new deals, reports "The MacObserver" (http://tinyurl.com/m3x4ggb). Naturally, Apple plans to fight the ruling.
Earlier this month the Department of Justice and 33 state attorneys general submitted to the court a proposed remedy to address Apple's illegal conduct, following the July 10, 2013, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York decision finding that Apple conspired to fix the prices of e-books in the United States. The proposed relief "is intended to halt Apple’s anticompetitive conduct, restore lost competition and prevent a recurrence of the illegal activities."
Passwarden 2.0 adds auto-login, in-app iOS browser
DAR Software has its brought password manager for iOS and Mac to a new level by implementing in-app browser, auto-login and auto-save capabilities with Passwarden 2.0.
The Mac version now features a series of extensions for popular Mac browsers. Passwarden is a digital wallet for different types of personal information, keeping all information encrypted and under protection of the master password.
What's more, the tabbed browser, embedded into Passwarden iPhone and iPad apps offers web-surfing experience, which eliminates the need to switch over to the native Safari browser, once the user is done with security sites.
Passwarden apps are distributed free of charge, provide certain evaluation options and offer pay-as-you-go pricing model that allows users with different needs to pay for the services they use when they need them. They're available at the Apple App Store for iOS and the Mac App Store for OS X.
They come pre-packed with one month of free synchronization and 10 slots...
Yojimbo for OS X gets new sync service support
Bare Bones Software (http://www.barebones.com) has released Yojimbo 4.0, an upgrade to the information organizer for Mac OS X. It introduces support for a new sync service that provides silent, transparent data synchronization across multiple Macs for service subscribers.
This feature grants data portability, making irrelevant which computer was used to access, add or modify any item stored in Yojimbo. Any Yojimbo customer who wishes to use this sync service may subscribe directly within the application. In addition, Yojimbo 4.0 adds full screen support for the main Yojimbo window and
for information item windows, along with updates for improved appearance on Retina displays.
Yojimbo 4.0 is available at a suggested retail price of US$30 for an individual license; $60 for a family-pack license for up to five people in a single household. All licenses provide for synchronization of multiple computers.
Subscription-based synchronization accounts are available for $2.99/month, with the...
Diagrammix for Mac OS X adds Vector Drawing Tools
Deep IT (www.deepitpro.com) has updated Diagrammix, a Mac OS X diagramming tool for building attractive diagrams with minimal effort, to version 2.6.0. The upgrade introduces an additional component, Vector Drawing Tools, that allows you to create your own shapes and lines and use them along with predefined shapes.
You can use Diagrammix as a fast business tool for illustration purposes. It offers several art elements and different connectors that let users prepare elements in vector drawing editors. Diagrammix has several palettes with elements specially designed for this release.
Once elements are connected by a line, they stay connected no matter how much you change them or move them around. That means the logical integrity of your diagram is preserved regardless of how you choose to position the elements. There are several connector styles: thin, thick, solid, dashed, dotted, with different arrows and colors, all with predefined styles. Work can be saved in a number of formats...
MaBaSoft rings up Currency Assistant 3.1.9 for Mac OS X
MaBaSoft (http://www.mabasoft.net/) has released version 3.1.9 of Currency Assistant for Mac OS X. In the new version of the conversion calculator, a new currency, the South Sudanese pound (SSP), has been added and he Croatian kuna has been moved to the European Union group after Croatia became the 28th European Union member on July 1.
Currency Assistant lets you convert between 175 world currencies (all major circulating currencies plus the 17 Eurozone legacy currencies) and automatically updates exchange rates over the Internet using the rates published by the European Central Bank, the Bank of Canada, the International Monetary Fund, and the Bank of Italy.
With Currency Assistant you can create multiple converters and manage currencies, import and convert series of amounts, calculate and convert the result of expressions, and quickly log, save, export, and print your conversions.
Currency Assistant requires Mac OS X 10.4 or later. It's now 50% off and available for US$8.95 for new...
Better Finder Rename can now display invisible/ non-printing...
PublicSpace.net (http://www.publicspace.net) has released A Better Finder Rename 9.24, the latest version of its contextual menu plug-in that allows users to rename multiple files. The new version adds the ability to display invisible/ non-printing characters.
Better Finder Rename's renaming engine leverages all the latest Mac OS X technologies by using a 64-bit multi-threaded garbage collected architecture based around Leopard's Core Data database system. A Better Finder Rename sports an instant preview feature.
The tool features capture time and date extraction (EXIF JPEG and most RAW formats) for digital photographers, ID3 tag extraction for music lovers, regular expression support, plain-text file import for renaming from databases and many other features.
A Better Finder Rename is US$19.95 shareware for a single user license. Family, business and enterprise licensing is also available. Customers may chose to include a "forever upgrade" with their purchase. A Better Finder Rename...
QuickerTek doubles wireless speeds of older MacBooks
QuickerTek has created an upgrade for older MacBooks -- the US$149 Quicky -- to take advantage of the latest wireless technology: 802.11ac. An USB device allows older PowerBooks to have the quicker 802.11ac networking built into the latest MacBooks, the company says.
The reason for the effectiveness of the 802.11 AC Wi-Fi technology in the latest MacBook Air is that it uses wider RF bandwidth - 5GHz spectrum, higher modulation and a number of other technologies to boost wireless speeds. The 802.11a/b/g/n ac specification has an expected multi-station WLAN throughput of at least 1 gigabit per second and a single link throughput of at least 500 megabits per second (500 Mbps). Consequently, 802.11n is now half as fast as the new AC networking standard.
The AC Quicky uses the same chipset as Apple so users may know that their upgraded MacBooks, Pros and Airs maintain all of the compatibility that a new MacBook Air offers, according to QuickerTek CEO Rick Estes.. Networking drivers are...
Kinivo launches BTM440 mono headset
Kinivo has introduced their newest personal audio solution: the US$24.99 BTM440, a wireless Bluetooth-connected mono headset. Features include advanced noise cancellation through an optimized microphone and a lightweight, comfortable fit for extended wear.
Kinivo’s BTM440 integrated rechargeable lithium-ion battery purportedly delivers more than four hours of active talk time or 150 hours while in standby mode. To recharge Kinivo’s BTM440, simply plug the headset into the included micro-USB charging cable and connect to your computer or wall outlet
This sleek in-ear headset with a thin wraparound style is designed for extended wear, allowing users to stay comfortably connected for long periods of time, says Kinivo Vice President of Operations Neeraj Srivastava. BTM440’s microphone placement provides crystal clear phone calls, he adds.
Kinivo’s BTM440 is available now at Amazon.com and Kinivo.com.
TuneUp for Mac OS X gets a little Automagic
TuneUp 3.0 (www.tuneupmedia.com) for Mac and PC is now available for download. This updated version of the software that corrects track information and more is a stability release that tackles issues with crashing, hanging and freezing.
It also introduces Automagic, a new concept of how to organize digital music. Instead of dragging and dropping tracks you think are dirty or have the wrong metadata, it offers a fully automated process that will find and fix all the problems (mislabeled songs, missing album art, duplicates, etc.) in any music library -- at the same time.
TuneUp 3.0 also sports a revamped user interface. A free demo is available for download. It costs US$49.95 or $39.95 for an annual subscription and requires Mac OS X10.6 or later. The annual subscription license is valid for one year, but can be renewed. The one-time purchase license doesn't have an expiration date. Both licenses are issued per-computer and can be transferred up to five times.
VidConvert for Mac OS X revved to version 1.4.5
Reggie Ashworth has announced VidConvert 1.4.5, an update to his video converter for Mac OS X. The upgrade fixes various bugs in the Info panel and fixes various bugs in the Dutch localization. It also updates compatibility with the latest FFmpeg release (version 2.0 ), and can now convert from Apple Intermediate Codec (FFmpeg version 2.0 ).
VidConvert is a video converter designed to make converting your videos simple and easy. The software will convert just about any type of video into one of the many popular formats of today.
VidConvert requires Mac OS X 10.5 or higher. It costs US$7.99 for a single user license. A demo is available for download at the product web site (http://www.reggieashworth.com/vidconvert).
Merriam-Webster’s Dictionaries available for Mac OS X
Paragon Software Group, a software developer for mobile devices and desktop computers, in partnership with Merriam-Webster, Inc., which specializes in language reference publishing in the U.S., has released 11monolingual and bilingual reference classics from Merriam-Webster for Mac OS X.
The apps are combined in a single Merriam-Webster’s Dictionaries in-app catalog app, allowing the user to immediately find the right dictionary, download it, and test it for free, before making the purchasing decision. The new app comes with a full version of Merriam-Webster’s Pocket Dictionary at a special price of US$0.99 for a limited time (the regular price $19.99 USD).
The apps require Mac OS X 10.7 or higher. For more info go to www.Merriam-Webster.com .
Markzware announces Q2ID for InDesign CC
Markzware has released Q2ID for InDesign CC on Mac and Windows platforms. It's an InDesign plug-in that supports the new Adobe InDesign CC version for the Creative Cloud.
The Q2ID for InDesign CC plug-in can convert QuarkXPress to InDesign CC, the new Adobe InDesign Creative Cloud version. Data conversion with the plug-in is enabled with a single click and re-creates QuarkXPress QXP content within a new InDesign CC (Creative Cloud) document. The Q2ID Adobe CC plug-in will convert QuarkXPress to InDesign CC, including such items as page positioning, fonts, styles, images, text attributes, tables, layers, blends, runarounds, linked text boxes, anchored boxes, Pantone colors, and color models.
The price of a 1-year subscription for this Adobe CC plug-in is US$199 and includes any upgrades, updates and bug fixes that occur within that 12-month time frame. For more info go to www.markzware.com .
Apple allegedly purchases Matcha.tv
Apple has purchased Matcha.tv, which makes a second-screen TV/video app, reports "VentureBeat" (http://tinyurl.com/mkxyo4y), quoting unnamed sources. Allegedly, Apple paid US$1 to $1.5 billion for the company.
Matcha.tv was an iOS app that provided a comprehensive overview of everything that’s available to watch via cable TV providers (Comcast), streaming video services (Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime), and digital video stores (iTunes, Amazon). Additionally, you could manage what you watched from a universal queue, get video recommendations, and connect with social networks to see what your friends were watching/liking. However, the service shut down back in May with little explanation, notes "VentureBeat."
Apple releases AirPort Base Station Firmware Update 7.6.4
Apple has released AirPort Base Station Firmware Update 7.6.4 (http://tinyurl.com/l4mrhwd). It's available for all Apple 802.11n Wi-Fi base stations including AirPort Express, AirPort Extreme, and AirPort Time Capsule. It contains fixes that:
° Resolve an issue that may cause AirPort Time Capsule to report that the backup disk is in use;
° Resolve an issue that may cause an IPv6 Tunnel error;
° Resolve an issue that may intermittently cause a loss in Wi-Fi connectivity with iOS devices.
Perceptive Automation revs its Mac home automation server
Perceptive Automation has introduced Indigo 6, an update to the company's intelligent home control server for Mac OS X. New with this release is support for many Z-Wave devices.
Indigo now has built-in support for three of the most popular home automation protocols: Z-Wave, INSTEON, and X10. Also new to this version are several usability, UI and server security improvements, as well as new plug-in APIs (application programming interfaces).
Indigo 6 Pro is available now for $199.95 and Indigo 6 Lite for $99.95 (USD), both through the Perceptive Automation website (www.perceptiveautomation.com). Owners of some previous versions of Indigo can get an upgrade discount to Indigo 6. Also available online is a 30-day trial copy of Indigo 6 Pro. Indigo runs on Mac OS X 10.5 or greater.
Pubblog releases PixSteward
Pubblog has released PixSteward (http://pixsteward.com) 1.0.7, an update of the Flickr backup and database for the Mac. It's a maintenance upgrade.
PixSteward lets users download their Flickr photostreams to their Mac, along with any titles, tags, descriptions, geographic info and EXIF data they've entered online. With the software's relational database, users can find, sort, and export single images or multi-picture sets from their Flickr archive even when they aren't connected to the Internet.
According to the folks at Pubblog, PixSteward is especially helpful for Flickr Pro users or those who need to manage multiple Flickr accounts. With Flickr Pro accounts, PixSteward downloads and stores the original images from Flickr -- JPEGs, GIFs and PNGs -- so artwork containing transparency or vector paths (Photoshop JPEG) is preserved. It requires Mac OS X 10.6 or higher and costs US$24.95. There's a $9.99 "lite" version available at the Mac App Store.
Daylite gets new record duplication on Mac OS X
Marketcircle has announced Daylite 4.3, an update to the suite for managing and growing business. Now, for the first time, Forms and Attachments are available on iOS devices using Daylite, expanding workflow possibilities beyond the desktop.
In addition, Daylite 4.3 on Mac OS X introduces a new Duplicate command for record duplication, saving time entering similar forms, projects, opportunities, tasks, appointments, notes and groups. The upgrade introduces smartlists for birthdays, anniversaries and age, which are of particular interest to financial planners. Not enough? The update provides more reporting options, more layout options, more calendar view options, more options for multi-column sorting, plus an enhanced mail assistant for Mail.app.
Additional, detailed information on all of the changes in Daylite 4.3, Daylite for iOS 4.3, Daylite Mail Assistant 4.3 and Daylite Server 4.3 can be found at http://www.marketcircle.com/daylite/fullreleasenotes/ .
Chronos announces PrintLife 1.1 with 30% discount
Chronos has announced the release of PrintLife 1.1, an app for creating print projects on OS X. What's more, today through Aug. 15, PrintLife is available at a 30% discount. Users simply need to enter "summer2013" when checking out to take advantage of this special offer.
PrintLife 1.1 adds:
° Support for greeting cards and invitations with multiple copies per page (2, 3, 4, and 6);
° Support for double-sided greeting cards and invitations;
° Support for folding documents (single-fold, double-fold, and tri-fold);
° The ability to edit the inside faces of greeting cards and invitations;
° The ability to edit a single face or multiple faces at once;
° The ability to save a document as a template so it shows up in the Template Chooser;
° Over 300 new templates for 2, 3, 4, and 6 per page variations.
PrintLife is regularly priced at US $49.99 and is available directly from Chronos (www.chronosnet.com). A family pack is also available for $89.99.
New iOS app helps consumers stay on top of their documents
FileThis, a Marin, California-based startup, has announced the availability of an iOS app for its FileThis Fetch service that lets consumers go paperless. The free FileThis Fetch app for iPhone and iPad fetches and delivers financial statements, bills and documents from banks, retirement funds, credit card and utility companies.
With the FileThis Fetch app, consumers can go paperless within minutes, according to Brian Berson, founder and CEO of FileThis. After signing up, users simply link their financial and household accounts with FileThis Fetch. All connections are setup with bank-level security.
FileThis Fetch automatically delivers documents as searchable PDF files to the user’s destination of choice including Evernote, Personal, Dropbox, Google Drive and Box. It also organizes them. Users are notified via email whenever new documents are available.
FileThis Fetch is available as a free App Store download on iTunes (http://bit.ly/19ZISRI). The free version lets users connect up...
Native Instruments introduces Traktor DJ Cable
Native Instruments has released Traktor DJ Cable, a compact audio splitter designed to complement mobile DJ setups on iPhone, iPad or laptops via the Traktor DJ app.
Traktor DJ Cable offers DJs a solution that splits audio from Traktor's virtual decks into two outputs. When used with Traktor DJ or Traktor Pro 2, this allows headphone track cueing.
Traktor DJ Cable is now available at retailers worldwide and at the NI Online Shop for US$19.99. For more info go to www.native-instruments.com/TraktordjCable .
Soundcast ships Melody wireless speaker system
Soundcast Systems is shipping its Melody wireless speaker system. It's a Bluetooth gadget in a 360-degree enclosure.
The Melody boasts a battery life of up to 20 hours and built-in Apt-X codec technology. It weighs in at nine pounds so, along with its built-in handle, is portable.
In addition to its wireless Bluetooth capabilities, Melody also includes a 3.5 mm input port for added convenience. It includes an A/C adapter, 12-Vvolt automotive adapter and USB charging cable, providing an array of charging options while at home or on the road. Melody, which retails for $449, is available now at select U.S.- based retailers. For more info go to www.FollowMelody.com .
WD founds Storage Products Association
WD has founded the Storage Products Association (SPA) with other hard drive companies to promote the merits and value of rotating magnetic storage technologies, as well as to make consumers and professionals aware of how critical hard disk drives (HDDs) and solid-state hybrid drives (SSHDs) are to their digital lives.
SPA members include HGST, Seagate, Toshiba and WD. The organization was founded to help storage manufacturers and users understand and support current and future storage needs, including the key role of hard disk drives (HDDs) and solid state hybrid drives, in an effective storage mix for all consumer and business environments. SPA will provide education to its customers, partners, members and users of HDDs and SSHDs. SPA will also participate in industry and user events, and will publish materials about end users' storage needs and effective usage of a mix of storage technologies, says Tim Leyden, WD president.
"Every user of smart phones, tablets and personal computers...