Apple, Samsung headed to court (again) on March 31
Unless Apple and Samsung reach an agreement on "anti-cloning" and other key terms of a patent cross-license agreement, an outcome, they'll start another legal battle at the San Jose federal courthouse March 31, when their second two-way lawsuit (in which the parties originally asserted eight patents each) will go to trial, reports "FOSS Patents" (http://tinyurl.com/m6wsw4g).
The parties notified the court and each other of their final narrowing proposals. In April 2013, Judge Lucy Koh, the federal judge presiding over their two California litigations, had ordered a narrowing of the case in several steps so as to limit the number of patents and products the jury will have to look at, Florian Mueller writes for "FOSS Patents."
This is all part of the ongoing, global legal battle. Apple and Samsung have filed more than 30 lawsuits against each other across four continents. For example, Apple alleges that Samsung copied the slide-to-unlock technology of its iPhone and iPad devices.
Moxa releases new wireless AP/Bridge/Client
Moxa has released the AWK-5232 Industrial a/b/g/n Wireless AP/Bridge/Client that delivers high-speed wireless connectivity with up to 300 Mbps data rate and plug-and-play scalability.
Engineered for industrial environments, it's a drop-in solution for hard-to-wire deployments and for virtually any type of mobile device connected over a TCP/IP network since it supports not only 802.11n wireless connectivity but legacy a/b/g equipment. Integrated WEP/WPA/WPA2/802.11X security and powerful filters prevent unauthorized access to the network.
The AWK-5232 is compliant with the essential sections of EN 50155 covering an extended operating temperature range, power input voltage, surge, ESD and vibration. Its redundant dual DC power inputs increase power supply reliability. In addition, it can be powered via PoE+ for easier deployment. Go to www.moxa.com for more info, including pricing options.
Apple plans first retail store in Turkey
The Turkish government has officially confirmed that Apple CEO Tim Cook has met with President Abdullah Gül at the Çankaya Presidential Compound in Ankara to discuss a potential US$4.5 billion iPad deal and other major initiatives and incentives in country, reports "iDownloadBlog."
The official website of the Turkish government on Tuesday published details of the meeting. According to the website, Apple CEO Tim Cook has confirmed that the company will open the first retail store in Turkey in April. The store should be located in Istanbul’s new Zorlu Center and will be “unique in many respects." Read more at http://tinyurl.com/q9m2dqa .
Apple snapping up massive amounts of bandwidth for an 'iTV...
"The Wall Street Journal" says that Apple is buying bandwidth in such bulk that some in the industry believe that the company is laying the groundwork for an upgraded video delivery service and perhaps the rumored "iTV."
The report says that Apple is implementing an Internet infrastructure capable of delivering large amounts of data to customers. "Regardless of its TV plans, the company’s needs for Internet infrastructure continue to grow," notes the "Journal" (http://tinyurl.com/o49su3a). "The expansion of its iCloud service and growing demand for content from its iTunes and Apps stores are also driving its needs for greater bandwidth."
DistributorX announces new MadeToBundle for Adobe InDesign
DistributorX, a technology channel source, has released its new MadeToBundle. The MadeToBundle offers the power of axaio software's plug-ins that are designed to provide optimized output, PDF tagging and efficient layer management.
MadeToPrint's latest version includes the new Imposition function, so users can print fully imposed PDF files from their InDesign documents. It's available exclusively through DistributorX for channel partners in the United Kingdom, Ireland and North America. Go to https://www.distributorx.com for more info.
Create infographics in Final Cut Pro X with Data Pop from...
FxFactory, developer of visual effects tools for the post-production and broadcast markets, has introduced Data Pop, a set of 16 customizable infographic HD titles,. Designed exclusively for Final Cut Pro X by developer Stupid Raisins, Data Pop (US$49) is a tool for adding fully customizable infographics to any project.
It includes 11 categories of customizable charts and graphics. You can choose from titles, charts and numerous graphs. For more info go to http://fxfactory.com/info/datapop/ .
Resize Sense for Mac OS X revved to version 2.0.0
VeprIT has announced Resize Sense 2.0.0, an update of their batch image processing solution for Mac OS X.
The app allows users to resize, crop, rotate, edit metadata, and rename many images at a time. Version 2 includes a redesigned processing engine that offers more flexibility and the ability to perform more tasks in a single batch operation. It has also added requested features, an improved graphical user interface and more.
The 2.0.0 upgrade is free for registered users. For new users the cost is U$19.99. Resize Sense requires Mac OS X 10.7 or later and is available Mac App Store in the Graphics & Design category. Go to http://veprit.com for more info.
Apple may face $840 million in ebook case fines
Apple faces as much as US$840 million in state and consumer antitrust claims related to ebook deals with publishers that led to a U.S. lawsuit and court-ordered monitor, reports "Bloomberg" (http://tinyurl.com/oohnadt)
State attorneys general and consumers who sued Apple over its e-book pricing are seeking $280 million in damages and want that amount tripled, a lawyer representing them said in a Jan. 30 filing with the federal judge who presided over the U.S. case against Apple.
The plaintiffs say they’re entitled to triple damages under antitrust law because the U.S. had already “conclusively proven” at a trial last year that Apple orchestrated a conspiracy to fix prices. The amount sought is 0.5% of the $158.8 billion in cash that Apple reported that it had as of the end of 2013.
Calcline for Mac OS X revved to version 4.0
Tension Software has updated Calcine a modern version of the desktop calculator, to version 4.0. The company doesn't say what changes are in the upgrade.
Calcline starts as a small window utility. Insert a mathematical expression to evaluate, and the software will do the work.
Calcline costs US$1.99 and is available at the Mac App Store. Go to http://tinyurl.com/lojcner for more info.
MacX YouTube Downloader gets update
MacXDVD Software has updated MacX YouTube Downloader, its free program for downloading YouTube videos on the Macs.
The video downloader is a tool for online video enthusiasts to download videos and save them into personal collections. The upgrade has resolved the video downloading issues caused by certain changes of YouTube, and optimized the YouTube Video Download Engine for a faster and more efficient HD video downloading.
MacX YouTube Downloader is compatible with Mac OS X 10. and higher. For more info go to http://tinyurl.com/8s3r9l5 .
PDF Viewer Pro for Mac OS X revved to version 1.2
Bridge Comm has released PDF Viewer Pro 1.2, an update of their PDF document viewer and annotator for Mac OS X 10.7 or later. It's also a maintenance upgrade.
Specifically designed for students and those who work extensively with PDF documentation, PDF Viewer Pro allows users to annotate and export highlights and notes (including images) for further processing. Users can choose to view their PDF documents in the traditional vertical scrolling mode or in book mode. All PDF documents can be shared via iCloud.
PDF Viewer Pro 1.2 costs US$9.99 and is available exclusively on the Mac App Store in the Education category. Go to http://macpdfviewer.com/wp/ for more info.
GhostControl game for the Mac revved to version 1.0.7
Application Systems has introduced GhostControl Inc. 1.0.7, an update of its turn- based strategy game for Mac/PC/Linux. It's a maintenance release.
In the game you manage a team of ghosthunters and free London from paranormal terror in turn-based battles. You develop your own strategy and build your business.
GhostControl costs approximately US$14 and requires Mac OS X 10.6 or higher. Go to http://tinyurl.com/kbr7326 for more info.
Output Factory Server for Adobe InDesign improves image export
Zevrix Solutions (http://www.zevrix.com) has announced Output Factory Server 1.0.8, a maintenance update to its output workflow automation solution for Adobe InDesign.
Output Factory Server automates printing and exporting from InDesign by processing files from watched hot folders. The software offloads output tasks to a central system leaving operator workstations free from the output process. The new version improves export of InDesign documents as TIFF images by using intermediate PDF files as the image source.
Output Factory Server can be purchased from the Zevrix web site for US$699.95, as well as from authorized resellers. A demo is available for download. BatchOutput Server users can upgrade for $349.97. Output Factory Server runs on Mac OS X 10.6-10.9 and works with Adobe InDesign CS3-CC.
CHIL releases Notchbook for the iPad Air
CHIL has unveiled the US$39.99 Notchbook for iPad Air. Its patent-pending “Notch” design is built to open up the case to allow room for the user’s hand to slide into the case and nestle around the tablet, providing a secure grip.
The Notchbook also features a platform that rotates 360° and doubles as a folio case and iPad stand. Available in five colors — black, English tan, teal, violet and merlot — the Notchbook is constructed with padded leather with a microsuede interior delivers a smooth finish that keeps your iPad scratch-free. It's available for purchase at Amazon.com, InMotion Stores, CHIL.com, and other retailers.
Pylon offers a way for guests to connect to Wi-Fi
A Kickstarter campaign is underway for Pylon, a three-square-inch plaque that lives on the wall near a person’s home entrance. The plaque is pre-linked to a Wi-Fi base station and when a user waves their mobile device over Pylon as they enter a home, they're automatically connected to the host’s Wi-Fi network without entering a password.
The connection works with Near Field Communication (NFC) on Android, and by bumping the Pylon with iOS, Windows and BlackBerry devices. Chris Henseler, founder of Pylon, says it was created to streamline the process of connecting to a person’s Wi-Fi while bypassing the tedious task of entering an intricate or unknown password, all while security remains intact.
When a guest connects to a home network, the owner is notified via the Pylon app, where they can control the degree of access of each of their guests. Close friends can be granted access indefinitely when they’re in Wi-Fi range, while acquaintances may be granted access for only a few hours...
Court doesn't sanction Samsung for patent licensing...
A U.S. district court says Samsung won't be sanctioned for the disclosure of confidential Apple-Nokia patent licensing. It blames on the Korean tech giant's counsel Quinn Emmanuel, reports "AppleInsider" (http://tinyurl.com/pozeuq3).
The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California ruled in favor of an Apple order to grant sanctions over the inadvertently leaked information. However, U.S. Magistrate Judge Paul S. Grewal wrote in the order that the dissemination of confidential information was inadvertent and was a "simple error in redaction," says "AppleInsider."
This is all part of the ongoing, global legal battle. Apple and Samsung have filed more than 30 lawsuits against each other across four continents. For example, Apple alleges that Samsung copied the slide-to-unlock technology of its iPhone and iPad devices.
Mac Data Recovery gets new user interface
uFlysoft studio has rolled out Mac Data Recovery 1.8.3 (http://tinyurl.com/kkk7o6b), an upgrade of its data recovery software for Mac OS X 10.6 and higher. The new version sports a new user interface.
The app is designed to help users rescue their precious data lost due to accidental deletion, formatting, computer crash, partition lost, virus infection, unexpected power off or other unknown reasons. Mac Data Recovery costs US$84.95.
Tumult Hype 2.5 for Mac OS X adds Responsive Web Design features
Tumult has released Hype 2.5 (http://tumult.com/hype/), an update to its HTML5 animation builder for OS X. Hype supports the latest HTML5/CSS3 features and uses a keyframe-based animation system with a recorder to create motions and transitions.
The new version of Tumult Hype adds features supporting Responsive Web Design. It's available as a free upgrade for customers of version 2.0.
Tumult Hype 2.5 is available at the Mac App Store and the Tumult Store for US$29.99. More product information, a 14-day free trial, and a store link can be found on the Tumult website.
Proavio releases SSD-powered DS240 storage solutions for 4K video
Proavio, which specializes in professional storage solutions for content creation, has released new DS240 dual-active storage platform and "ultra dense" JBOD systems. The DS240 series expands Proavio’s professional DS platform with 2.5-inch Enterprise SAS SSD and 10K SAS drive solutions specifically designed to meet the demands of 4K cinema production.
The DS240 is available in capacities starting at 19TB up to 38TB, expandable up to 190TB using affordable DS240 SAS JBOD enclosures. DS240 storage systems feature a 3-year factory warranty and include free advance replacement of disk drives and components for the first year of ownership, with the option to purchase an additional two year advance replacement warranty. The DS240 is recommended for use with Davinci Resolve, Filmlight, Assimilate Scratch, Autodesk and Digital Vision workflows. Go to www.proavio.com for more info.
Apple could be fined over iPhone 4G blocking
The Belgian Council of Ministers has ruled that mobile phone makers can no longer block 4G for certain carriers, reports "ZDNet" (http://tinyurl.com/nlmr5wa).
Though the ruling applies to all phone manufacturers, the decision is mainly targeted at Apple, "which has been consistently blocking iPhone users' access to the 4G networks of Belgian telcos Proximus and Base," the article adds.
"ZDNet" says the reason for the block is that Apple has made 4G access available to iPhones on Mobistart, its preferred partner first in Belgium. However, Mobistar doesn't have a 4G network yet, whereas competitors Proximus and Base both do.
EditShare releases Flow 3 media asset management solution
EditShare has released a new version of its Flow media asset management solution. Version offers new features such as AirFlow for web-based remote access and Flow Automation for designing templates that automate repetitive tasks like file copying, deleting, transcoding and archiving.
Flow 3 release also features significant UI enhancements, including vastly improved cuts-only editing, enhanced drag-and-drop facilities, and support for third-party storage. Fully integrated with EditShare shared storage (XStream, Energy, Field and Ultra) and archiving (Ark) products, Flow 3 is an end-to-end workflow solution, from baseband SDI and file-based ingest with transcode to asset logging, browsing and retrieval of content on EditShare media spaces and archives.
For more information on EditShare Flow 3, go to http://tinyurl.com/l4uyr4l .
Xmplify XML Editor for Mac OS X adds support for external XSLT...
MOSO has announced the release of version 1.4.0 of the Xmplify XML Editor (http://xmplifyapp.com) for Mac OS X 10.6 or later. The upgrade adds support for external XSLT processors, plus fixes and other improvements.
Xmplify is a XML editor built specifically for Mac OS X and provides a fully XML-aware editing environment with DTD and XML Schema-based auto-completion, automatic document validation, XSLT and XPath support, live HTML preview and much more. It's a 64-bit native Mac app.
Xmplify is available for US$59; both volume and educational discounts are available. Version 1.4.0 is a free upgrade for Xmplify 1.x users.
Mergemill Pro for Mac OS X revved to version 4.6.1
Cross Culture has announced Mergemill Pro 4.6.1 (http://www.mergemill.com), an update to their data processing and static website generation tool for Mac OS X (10.5 or higher). The new version sports various bug fixes and performance tweaks.
Mergemill Pro lets you extract data from many sources, transform them into desired formats, integrate them into a centralized data store, then analyze and summarize them into useful information. Along with version 4.6.1, Cross Culture is providing new training videos online.
Mergemill Pro 4.6.1can be purchased online from the Mergemill website for the retail price of US$79. The update is free for registered users of all previous versions.
American Megatrends launches new StorTrends 3500i SSD array
American Megatrends Inc. (AMI) has released StorTrends 3500i SSD Array, a storage area network (SAN) that combines solid state drive (SSD) caching and SSD tiering into a single storage appliance. Optimized to support VMware, Microsoft Hyper-V, Citrix and RHEV enterprises of all sizes, it's available as a hybrid or full flash array.
The new StorTrends 3500i SSD Array features an embedded storage architecture, StorTrends iTX, to offer a set of features including SSD Caching, SSD Tiering, Automatically Tiered Volumes (ATV), Automated Data Tiering, and replication with WAN optimization. These features, together with the combination of SSD and HDD technology in a 3U configuration, deliver up to 56TB of torage capacity within the 3U and expansion capacity of up to 256TB. The SAN storage solution features hot-swappable dual controllers with Active/Active or Active/Passive high availability and redundant, hot-swappable power supply units.
To flexibly support SSD growth to match the...
Brotens announces Room Lighting Calc 1.0 for OS X
Brotens has released Room Lighting Calc for Mac OS X. It can generate morphologically defined parametric objects (vaults, quadric, domes, etc..) or generate primitives (cubes, spheres, cones, etc.).
The light sources, calculated as volumetric sources, are managed entirely by Room Lighting Calc, which allows you to import, display, edit and format IESNA LM-63, EULUMDAT, and DXF formats. Photometric solids are summarized in 36 azimuthal C-curves and 180 zenithal gamma-angles, while the color of the lamps is given by the color temperature or real color. Room Lighting Calc can export to RTF a complete list, formatted according to user needs, of the installed products and special items, full of economic computing and electrical power.
Room Lighting Calc works both in metric or imperial units, runs on Apple computers running OS X 10.8 or higher and uses OpenGL for rendering. It's available at both the Mac App Store and the Broton web site (http://www.brotens.com). It's priced at US$48.99...
iEasyRecorder is new audio recording software for the Mac
321Soft has released iEasyRecorder, audio recording software for Mac OS X 10.6 and higher.
The app was developed to make it easier than ever to records sound from applications like iTunes, QuickTime, Safari, Firefox, Chrome, Skype or DVD Player. It also records from microphones and other hardware on your Mac.
Whether you're looking at a YouTube music video or listening to a podcast, click on the record button to capture sound and save it into MP3, AAC, M4R or M4A audio files with a range of selected codec and compression options. A built-in audio editor allows you to edit the clips you want to too.
To get more information, to purchase or obtain a free trial version of the iEasyRecorder audio recorder for Mac, go to http://tinyurl.com/krsjgux . Registration is US$29.95.
Smartphone market hit one billion units last year
The worldwide smartphone market reached yet another milestone, having shipped one billion units in a single year for the first time, according to the International (IDC) Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker. Vendors shipped a total of 1,004.2 million smartphones worldwide, up 38.4% from the 725.3 million units in 2012.
This aligns with IDC's most recent forecast of 1,010.4 million units, making for a difference of less than 1%. Smartphones accounted for 55.1% of all mobile phone shipments in 2013, up from the 41.7% of all mobile phone shipments in 2012. In the fourth quarter of 2013 (4Q13), vendors shipped a total of 284.4 million smartphones worldwide, up 24.2% from the 229.0 million units shipped in 4Q12.
According to IDC (http://www.idc.com), Samsung ended the quarter the same way it began the year: as the leader in worldwide smartphone shipments. However, even with sustained demand for its Galaxy S III, S4, and Note models, as well as its deep selection of mid-range and entry...
Parallels Access for iPad now offers support for Windows PC
Parallels announced an significant update to Parallels Access (www.parallels.com/access) for iPad, the product that “applifies” Windows and Mac applications and lets customers remotely access and experience those applications as if they were made for an iPad.
New features and improvements include Windows support, which is now out of beta, support for 11 languages, and a new single port connection designed to make it easier for users to work within certain corporate networks. Now Parallels offers a two-week free trial and the choice of a $4.99 monthly or $49.99 annual Parallels Access subscription that lets subscribers access up to 10 PC or Mac computers.
New Parallels Access updates and features include the following:
° Full support for remote computers running Windows 7 Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 as well as Macs running Mavericks, Mountain Lion and Lion
° Localization in 11 languages — in addition to English and German, Parallels Access now supports Spanish, French, Italian, Japanese...
Insights 3.0 for Mac OS X adds forecasting
KnowledgeMiner Software has rolled out Insights 3.0, an update to their self-organizing, predictive modeling application for Mac OS X 10.7 or higher. With Similar Patterns technology Insights 3.0 adds forecasting to its adaptively learning modeling methods.
Users in nearly any field can analyze data sets and build models designed to help gain new insights into complex phenomena, predict future behavior, simulate "what if" questions, and identify methods of controlling processes. Insights is used for predicting sales, production and demand, engineering problems, climate change, health or life sciences-related questions, or mining collections of data from government agencies.
Insights 3.0 is available as a free version exclusively from the KnowledgeMiner Software website (http://www.knowledgeminer.eu). Insights 3.0 Advanced and Pro, as well as academic versions, can be purchased by contacting KnowledgeMiner Software directly.
Infovox iVox 4.0 adds 31 new TTS voices for your Mac
AssistiveWare and Acapela Group have released Infovox iVox 4.0, which brings to Mac OS X a total of 31 new text-to-speech voices.
These include the first ever genuine, natural-sounding bilingual American Spanish-English children's voices, a male bilingual American Spanish-English voice, 16 expressive voices to speak with more emotion, four new specialty voices, a new Polish voice and our first Japanese, Korean and Chinese voices. The text-to-speech voices are based on recordings by real children speaking in their natural language.
Infovox iVox now provides a total of 107 voices in 31 languages to Mac OS X. Voices can be purchased a la carte and cost 15 Euro per voice per computer. A 30-day full-function trial of each voice can be downloaded from within the Infovox iVox Voice Manager.
Infovox iVox 4.0 is a free update for existing customers. For more info go to http://tinyurl.com/k6ydg7d .
VOX 2 for Mac OS X gets new interface
Coppertino has updated VOX, its free Mac OS X audio player, to version 2.0. It now sports a redesigned smart interface that displays album art and tucks away controls until they're needed.
Additionally, VOX 2.0 now features gapless playback that eliminates pauses between audio tracks. There's also smarter searching across all devices and file locations and improved multi-device support via the Audio MIDI. For more info go to http://www.coppertino.com .
ChronoSync, ChronoAgent get updated
Econ Technologies has revved ChronoSync to version 4.4.4 and ChronoAgent to version 1.4.5. These updates include several fixes to ChronoSync and ChronoAgent.
ChronoSync is the automated synchronization and backup application for Mac OS X that can synchronize, backup, and create bootable backups. It's designed to work on Mac OS X 10.6 and higher. Full working trial versions are available online; registration is US$40.
ChronoAgent runs on a Mac and provides a direct connection to ChronoSync on another Mac or InterConneX on an iPhone or iPad. ChronoAgent for Mac runs on Macintosh computers and is designed to work on Mac OS X 10.5 and higher. Full working trial versions are available online; registration is $10.
InterConneX brings file sharing and file management to the iPhone and iPad. You can share files between any iOS device running InterConneX, access files from a Mac running ChronoAgent, or synchronize files from a Mac running ChronoSync. InterConneX for the iPhone and iPad will...
Output Factory for InDesign improves alternate layouts output
Zevrix Solutions (http://www.zevrix.com) has announced Output Factory 1.4.21, a maintenance update to its professional solution to automate output from Adobe InDesign.
Output Factory automates printing, exporting and post-processing from InDesign and offers batch output, variable file names, layer versioning, preflighting, detailed history and more. The new version lets users output specific alternate layouts and export them as single pages by including layout names directly in page range string.
Output Factory supports printing as well as exporting to PDF, PostScript, EPS, Flash, INX, IDML, EPUB, INDD and several image formats. It costs US$159.95.
Photo Recovery for Mac gets new interface
AppleXsoft (http://www.applexsoft.com) has released version 5.0.8,0 of Photo Recovery for Mac, an app for recovering photos, videos or other files from digital cameras, memory card, and other storage devices.
The most important improvement of the new update version is the new interface, which sports a redesigned step-by-step wizard. The enhanced data recovery wizard guides users through the search and restoration process.
A free trial version can be downloaded from the AppleXsoft web site; registration is US$49.95. AppleXsoft Photo Recovery for Mac 220.127.116.11 is compatible with Mac OS X 10.4 and higher.
Apple retail stores generate $7 billion last quarter
Peter Oppenheimer, Apple's chief technical offer, in discussing Apple's financial results for its fiscal 2014 first quarter that ended Dec. 28, 2013, said revenue was up 9% from the year-ago quarter to US$7 billion, thanks to record iPhone and iPad sales and strong Mac sales.
Apple remodeled six stores and opened four new ones. Apple now has 420 brick-and-mortar stores.
With an average of 418 stores, $16.7 million average revenue per store. There were almost 21,000 visitors per store per week last quarter, Oppenheimer said.
Apple reports record quarterly revenue
Apple has announced financial results for its fiscal 2014 first quarter that ended Dec. 28, 2013. The company posted record quarterly revenue of US$57.6 billion and quarterly net profit of $13.1 billion, or $14.50 per diluted share.
These results compare to revenue of $54.5 billion and net profit of $13.1 billion, or $13.81 per diluted share, in the year-ago quarter. Gross margin was 37.9% compared to 38.6% in the year-ago quarter. International sales accounted for 63% of the quarter’s revenue.
The company sold 51 million iPhones, an all-time quarterly record, compared to 47.8 million in the year-ago quarter. Apple also sold 26 million iPads during the quarter, also an all-time quarterly record, compared to 22.9 million in the year-ago quarter. The company sold 4.8 million Macs, compared to 4.1 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 Feb. 13, 2014, to...
Priority Matrix adds new 'Tags' feature
Appfluence has revved Priority Matrix to version 2.3, adding a new feature for project management called "Tags." The feature is designed to give project managers visibility across all their responsibilities and projects.
Combined with Priority Matrix's Master List, project managers can zoom in and out of responsibilities to get important things done, according to the folks at Appfluence. The software is available for Mac OS X, Windows and iOS.
On the Mac it requires Mac OS X 10.7 or higher. It's available under a personal or business license. Go to http://www.appfluence.com/?pr_mac for more info .
Rasty Pelican flies to Mac OS X
baKno Games has introduced Rasty Pelican 1.0.1 for Mac OS X. In the game, players control Rasty the Pelican by flying and swimming around the Caribbean sea.
In addition to avoiding different obstacles like fishing boats and palm tree islands, Rasty must avoid natural dangers like sharks and whales while maintaining his energy and oxygen levels. Collecting as many coins as possible, players can help Rasty restore his energy with by capturing fish.
Rasty Pelican requires MacOS X 10.6.6 or later. It costs US$4.99 (USD) and available worldwide through the baKno website and the Mac App Store in the Games category. A free trial version is available from the baKno website (http://www.bakno.com).
Synalyze It! Pro for Mac OS X revved to version 1.7
Synalysis (http://www.synalysis.net) has released Synalyze It! Pro 1.7, an update to their hex editor for Mac OS X 10.5 and later.
Synalyze It! Pro allows users to edit and analyze binary files of any size. Featuring enhanced support for many character encodings, Synalyze It! Pro allows users to interactively define grammars for various file formats. Used as a modeling tool, Synalyze It! Pro can be useful for users to modify saved games or other unknown binary file formats and actively supports reverse engineering.
Version 1.7 contains several new features and fixes to the grammar directory and toolbar. Installed grammars are displayed now in the toolbar, results of custom elements are read-only, and the grammar window has been resized for smaller screens. The update also allows pascal strings to have size 0, includes a debugLog ("text") method, and has addressed 10.9 related issues.
For a limited time, Synalyze It! Pro 1.7 is US$29.99 and available worldwide through the Mac App...
Syncro Soft announces new version of Oxygen XML Editor
Syncro Soft, the developer of the Oxygen XML suite of products, has announced the availability of version 15.2 of its Oxygen XML Editor, Oxygen XML Author and Oxygen XML Developer products containing a set of tools supporting all the XML related technologies.
Version 15.2 of oXygen XML Editor improves the support for developing Schematron schemas by adding intelligent search and refactoring actions, working with modules by providing in-context editing and validation, hierarchy/dependencies views, improved error reporting and more. You can experiment with the new XML Schema 1.1 recommendation as oXygen handles the attributes that specify the minimum and maximum XML Schema version directly within the schema document, according to the folks at Syncro Software.
Oxygen 15.2 can be freely evaluated for 30 days; a demo is available at http://tinyurl.com/34bhvw. Oxygen XML Editor is available in three editions. Go to http://tinyurl.com/d6c2d for more info.
LogTen Pro 6.5 for Mac, iPhone and iPad with iCloud Sync launched
LogTen Pro 6.5, the latest update for Coradine's electronic pilot logbook software, includes over 200 new features, fixes and performance improvements alongside the major addition of free iCloud Sync for current LogTen Pro users. This is true for both the OS X and iOS versions of the app.
Pilots can enter a scheduled flight on their Mac, head to the airport and the flight will be ready to go on their iDevice. They can then log further details enroute and when arriving home all the data will already be updated automatically on all devices.
Another major addition for 6.5 is increased Smart Groups functionality. With LogTen Pro's unique Smart Groups feature, pilots can create their own custom groups to track virtually any aspect of their flying. Changes to how Smart Groups are programmed behind the scenes enables pilots to create more complex Smart Groups giving them unprecedented ability to manipulate their data. Go to http://coradine.com for more info.
Mac X DVD Ripper Pro rips to version 4.5.0
MacXDVD Software (http://www.macxdvd.com) has upgraded Mac X DVD Ripper Pro, its DVD ripping software, to version 4.5.0. The new version sports several technical improvements.
By taking advantage of a high-quality conversion engine, multi-core CPU and hyper-threading technology, this DVD ripper for Mac is now able to rip the latest DVD movies with no quality loss, according to the folks at MacXDVD Software. It adds: a sync option to solve the A/V sync problem when ripping DVD to MP4 format in Safe Mode; a validity check for the destination folder; and support for the newly published DVD movies, such as "Captain Phillips," "Despicable Me 2," "Fast and Furious 6," "The Wolverine" and more.
MacX DVD Ripper Pro is priced at US$59.95 for a single-user license. However, the full-license DVD ripper for Mac is being offered at a limited time $25 price cut.
FrostyGlass Effects for Final Cut Pro X released on FxFactory
FxFactory has introduced FrostyGlass to its family of SUGARfx plugins. A set of eight fully customizable plugins for Final Cut Pro X, FrostyGlass simulates the effect of glass distortions on a video.
FrostyGlass comes with a filter effect, a theme and a title generator in one single package. You can use the filter effect to choose either one or two customizable glass panels. The theme can help unify the style, look and feel of your work thanks to several elements that function as Main Title, lower thirds, bumpers or identifiers and title generators. All FrostyGlass title elements provide two layers of frosty glass effect. Effects can be layered with or without text.
SUGARfx FrostyGlass is now available through FxFactory (http://fxfactory.com/info/frostyglass/) for US$49. After downloading, FrostyGlass can be used in Final Cut Pro X by going to the Titles Browser or Theme Browser under the FrostyGlass category.
New tutorial available for AutoCAD 2014
Infinite Skills has released a 10-hour AutoCAD tutorial video series available via instant streaming, download and DVD. Presented by author of CADaBlog and renowned trainer Brian Benton, the tutorial includes 108 lessons on drafting, editing, dimensioning and plotting and more.
Following an introduction to the AutoCAD interface, students begin learning to draw in AutoCAD, picking up fundamentals and learning time-saving techniques developed by experienced practitioners. Infinite Skills offers its Learning AutoCAD 2014 For Mac Training Video as a DVD-ROM or direct download from the company website (http://tinyurl.com/nxxghe6) at a retail price of US$99.95, or through its online learning library that includes streaming access to all courses for $25 per month.
Transloader for iOS, OS X updated to version 2.0
Eternal Storms Software has released Transloader 2.0 for iOS and Mac OS X. The app is designed to make easy to download URLs from an iOS device via iCloud to a Mac. Version 2.0 has been tweaked for iOS 7 and Apple's Maps app.
On an iOS device, URLs to dmg- or zip- files (for example) are pretty much inaccessible and the files themselves more or less not usable. The "workflow" up until now was to copy-paste that link into an eMail and send it to oneself to remember to download it later on the Mac.
With Transloader, the user can paste that link into the app and it will sync that URL to iCloud. The Mac counterpart of the app will receive that URL and download it to the Downloads folder.
Version 2.0 stores URLs from your clipboard for later use. For better feedback on the progress of downloads on the Mac, the iOS app now shows if a download is still running or finished. URLs can be shared with other users of Transloader via AirDrop (among others).
Transloader for Mac is available...
Apple posts tributes to the Mac on its 30th birthday
To celebrate the 30th birthday of the Mac, Apple has posted a tribute on its home page (http://www.apple.com).
Apple has also posted a "Thirty Years of Mac" page (http://www.apple.com/30-years/) with tributes to the ground-breaking computer. The same video is also available at YouTube (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xp697DqsbUU).
Pixelmator 3.1 Marble is fully optimized for the new Mac Pro
The Pixelmator Team (http://www.pixelmator.com) has announced Pixelmator 3.1 Marble, an update to its image editing app for Mac OS X. Version 3.1 adds support for 16-bit per channel images on the new Mac Pro and a new option for ordering prints.
It leverages the full power of the dual workstation-class GPUs built into it, says Saulius Dailide of the Pixelmator Team. Both graphics cards are used simultaneously to accelerate composition rendering and compute demanding tasks.
The Pixelmator Team also partnered with MILK Print on Demand to offer a new Order Prints feature. You can now turn your images into prints. With just a few clicks, you can order Pixelmator images as postcards, notecards, gallery frames, or posters and have them delivered right to your door.
Pixelmator 3.1 Marble requires Mac OS X 10.8.5. It's available from the Mac App Store for US$29.99. Version 3.1 is a free upgrade for all existing customers who purchased the app from the Mac App Store.
All editions of DEVONthink DEVONnote get maintenance updates
DEVONtechnologies has releases a maintenance update for all editions of its information and document manager DEVONthink, as well as for its smart notebook app DEVONnote.
Depending on the edition, the new versions bring import from BareBones Yojimbo, faster and more reliable email archiving, performance enhancements, and a few tiny bug fixes. The updates are free and recommended for all users.
Also, all editions of DEVONthink now shorten long document names in menus, better handle database-like file formats such as Scrivener files, and improve the way Quick Look panels are shown. The AppleScript support in DEVONthink Pro and up has been enhanced, too, and all scripts been made more future-proof, according to Eric Bohnisch-Volkmann, president of DEVONtechnologies.
DEVONthink and DEVONnote require an Intel-based Mac and OS X 10.6.8 or later (in the App Store: OS X 10.8.3 or later). They can be downloaded from www.devontechnologies.com and be test-driven for free before they need to be...
MCE Ships first internal Blu-ray recordable drive for the...
MCE Technologies (MCE) has begun shipping what it says is the first internal Blu-ray recordable drive for the MacBook Pro. It can record data and high definition video to 25GB, 50GB, and 100GB Blu-ray recordable discs and it can playback commercial Blu-ray movie titles directly on the MacBook Pro with included software.
CD and DVD burning and playing are included. The retail price is US$199; it's available immediately. For more info go to http://tinyurl.com/q256az9 .
2014 FileMaker Developer Conference registration open
FileMaker, Inc., has opened registration for its 19th annual FileMaker Developer Conference, the worldwide gathering for corporate and independent FileMaker developers.
The 2014 FileMaker Developer Conference (http://tinyurl.com/mbrxrz) takes place July 28-31, 2014, at the JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort and Spa in San Antonio, Texas. The conference is for anyone "who wants to sharpen their professional skills, innovate with the FileMaker Platform, pick up new ideas for their FileMaker solutions, or to grow a FileMaker-based businesses."
Conference attendees can save US$300 off the full price, paying US$1,295 by taking advantage of the "early bird" discount available now through June 3, 2014. Paid attendees will also receive a free Not-for-Resale copy of FileMaker Pro 13 Advanced, a $549 value.
Also available is an "early bird" Gold Registration package for $1,895, which includes admission to a full day of three two-hour pre-conference sessions on July 28 as well as all...