Maintain rolls out Cocktail 9.0 (El Capitan Edition)
Maintain has served up Cocktail 9.0 (El Capitan Edition), a new edition of Cocktail for users running OS X El Capitan 10.11.
Cocktail is a general purpose utility for OS X that lets users clean, repair and optimize their Macs. The new version adds OS X El Capitan 10.11 and addresses compatibility issues with OS X Server 5, Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 6 and Microsoft Office 2016. It also contains many other bug fixes and overall performance improvements.
Cocktail 9.0 (El Capitan Edition) requires OS X El Capitan 10.11 to run. Cocktail (Yosemite Edition) for OS X 10.10, Cocktail (Mavericks Edition) for OS X 10.9, Cocktail (Mountain Lion Edition) for OS X 10.8 and Cocktail (Lion Edition) for OS X 10.7 are available for download from the Maintain website (http://tinyurl.com/p5adypq).
Cocktail costs US$19 for a single user license and is available for purchase from the Maintain website. When unregistered, Cocktail runs in demo mode and will expire after the tenth launch.
Tropical Software Announces TopXNotes Freemium Suite for iOS
Tropical Software says its TopXNotes for iOS is now a Freemium Suite comprised of TopXNotes Free, TopXNotes, and TopXNotes Pro.
TopXNotes Free contains four-way sorting in the NoteOrganizer. The TopXNotes family will keep your notes synchronized between TopXNotes for Mac and TopXNotes Touch for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. TopXNotes Free for iOS offers major improvements to its Wi-Fi based NoteSync process developed for TopXNotes.
This release is the latest advance in a series of companion products Tropical Software plans to release for Apple touch devices. It requires iOS 6.0 or later.
TopXNotes Free for iOS 1.5 is free and available worldwide exclusively through the Apple App Store in the Productivity category. Go to www.tropic4.com for more info.
Apple may set up a manufacturing base in India
India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi invited Apple to set up a manufacturing base in India and CEO Tim Cook responded "positively," reports The Times of India (http://tinyurl.com/o7yv5bq).
"The Prime Minister (in his meeting with Cook) said he would like Apple to start manufacturing in India. He mentioned the huge opportunities India offered," Ministry of external affairs spokesman Vikas Swarup told reporters. ""Cook responded positively. I think India does fits into his long term plans. He particularly was interested in the whole App development economy, which he said could be a very very important factor for entrepreneurship where individual app developers can just become part of the app universe."
Earlier this year it was reported that Foxconn, which is Apple's largest manufactures, is in talks to manufacture iPhone in India. The company plans to develop 10-12 facilities in India, including factories and data centers, by 2020.
"Foxconn is sending a delegation of their officers to...
ArtistInfo Goes Mobile with iOS Release
Metason has rolled out first release of ArtistInfo for iOS along with an update of ArtistInfo for Mac OS X. ArtistInfo is an artist browser and music discovery app.
It provides album credits for music played in iTunes, Apple Music, as well as Spotify by presenting musicians, band members, biographies, played music instruments, discographies, composers, producers, and performed musical genres. My Favorites' can be synchronized via iCloud and shared with friends via Social Media or AirDrop.
Features of the new releases of ArtistInfo for Mac and iOS include:
° Album credits about musicians, composers, and producers;
° Portrait photo, biography, discography, and band relations of artists;
° In sync with iTunes, Apple Music, and Spotify;
° Playback of discovered music via iTunes, Apple Music, Spotify, Rdio, and Youtube;
° Management of favorite artists and albums among OS X and iOS devices via iCloud;
° Sharing of links to artists and albums with friends via email, social media, and...
Rob Papen expands EQ essentials from RAW soft synth
Rob Papen Soundware has released RP-EQ, which expands EQ essentials from its RAW soft synth for "distorted" sounds specifically suited to EDM (electronic dance music) production and beyond.
It creates an EQ effects plug-in for Mac (32- and 64-bit, AAX, AU, and VST for Mac OS X 10.6 or higher) and PC (32- and 64-bit, AAX and VST for Windows Vista, 7, 8, and 10). RP-EQ can be purchased as a boxed version from authorized Rob Papen dealers worldwide or downloaded directly from Rob Papen for US$89 at http://tinyurl.com/paf4xa9 .
Apple announces record iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus sales
Apple has announced it has sold more than 13 million new iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus models, a new record, just three days after launch. iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus will be available in more than 40 additional countries beginning Oct. 9 including Italy, Mexico, Russia, Spain and Taiwan. The new iPhones will be available in over 130 countries by the end of the year.
"Sales for iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus have been phenomenal, blowing past any previous first weekend sales results in Apple’s history," says Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO. "Customers’ feedback is incredible and they are loving 3D Touch and Live Photos, and we can’t wait to bring iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus to customers in even more countries on October 9."
Customers are encouraged to check the Apple Store app or Apple.com to receive updates on availability and estimated delivery dates. Every customer who buys an iPhone 6s or iPhone 6s Plus at an Apple Retail Store will be offered free Personal Setup service, helping them...
Moving winds of Jupiter and space exploration in new Solar...
Vito Technology (http://vitotechnology.com/) has introduced Solar Walk 2, the next generation of the company's 3D solar system guide.
Redesigned from the inside out, the new Solar Walk 2 is an educational tool at the edge of graphic technology that shows wonders of the solar system. Based on real physics and latest photographic data, Solar Walk 2 comes with visual effects of planetary atmospheres, solar flares, auroras, and asteroid belts.
In Solar Walk 2 the life of the solar system is presented as a series of events: celestial (solar eclipses, conjunctions, etc.) and man-made missions. Users can see experience the progress of space exploration and see how the planets moved at the time and how they are going to move in the future.
With the new Calendar users can travel with Voyager 1, see how gravity assists helped Cassini get to the outer edges of the solar system, and explore Hubble. Sixty 3D models of important space missions and satellites are available in high detail and travel...
The latest iOS apps for Sept. 25
Here are some of the latest apps available at the Apple App Store for the iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and/or Apple Watch.
The EatBy Smart Kitchen App is a new, free utility app that saves its users money and reduces food waste. It displays food stored in the kitchen, reminds users to eat food before it expires and includes an intelligent shopping list.
Jutiful has announced AZZL. It's an US$2.99 animation puzzle game featuring almost 100 cartoon stories.
Tap Guides has released Tips & Tricks for Apple Watch. With more than 100 helpful tips and tricks, the $0.99 app is designed to help you to unleash the power of Apple's smartwatch.
Midnight Tea Studio has introduced Numberful. It's a free, math-based game in which the goal is to find the sums that add up to the target in order to progress from #1 to #100 before running out of time.
GAEA Mobile has launched Ace of Arenas. It's a free, multiplayer online battle arena (MOBA) game.
MCE ships 2TB SSD upgrade kits for non-Retina MB Pro, MacBook,...
MCE Technologies (MCE) is now shipping a new lineup of SSD upgrade solutions for pre-retina MacBook Pro, MacBook, and Mac mini named Lightspeed.
The Lightspeed solution replaces the Mac's original internal drive with a high-performance 2.5-inch SATA-III solid state drive (SSD) and is available in 2TB, 1TB, 500GB, 250GB, and 128GB capacities. The Lightspeed upgrade kit includes a portable USB 3.0 enclosure, cloning software, install guide and tools. Prices range from US$99 for 128GB to $799 for 2TB.
The MCE Lightspeed SSD Upgrade Kits feature SATA-III solid state drives with read and write specifications up to 540MB/sec and 520MB/sec, respectively, says Arnold Ramirez, president of MCE. The drives support TRIM if enabled in Mac OS X and have their own built-in garbage collection function to increase longevity.
S.M.A.R.T. status monitoring is also supported and can warn of possible or impending failure long before one actually occurs allowing the user to take early action to keep...
Avecto announces Mac version of its security software
Endpoint security software firm Avecto has announced a Mac version of its Defendpoint software (avecto.com/defendpoint). Go to the product web site for more info, including pricing.
By drawing on Avecto’s least privilege capabilities, organizations can finally achieve least privilege on their OS X devices.Taking this approach, all Mac users operate without admin rights and can still remain productive, while closing a security loophole that has made Macs an increasingly soft target for hackers, says Paul Kenyon, EVP at Avecto.
"It is naive to think that Macs are more secure than Windows devices as that is a totally false perception. With Macs becoming an increasingly popular choice in business, it is no longer possible to ignore the growing risk they present," he says. "In recent weeks we've seen growing evidence of Mac products becoming an increasing target for cyber criminals. The recent XCode Ghost Malware, where cyber criminals planted malware on Apple apps, is a prime example of...
iOS 9's App Slicing feature disabled for now
Apple has temporarily removed iOS 9's App Slicing feature due to a bug in iCloud. The feature will purportedly be reenabled at some point.
In a note to developers (https://developer.apple.com/news/?id=092415a), Apple says: "App slicing is currently unavailable for iOS 9 apps due to an issue affecting iCloud backups created from iOS 9 where some apps from the App Store would only restore to the same model of iOS device.
When a customer downloads your iOS 9 app, they will get the Universal version of your app, rather than the variant specific for their device type. TestFlight will continue to deliver variants for your internal testers. App slicing will be reenabled with a future software update. No action is needed by you at this time."\
App Slicing (also known as app thinning) tailors app delivery to the capabilities of the user’s particular device, with minimal footprint. This optimization, called app thinning, lets you create apps that use the most device features, occupy minimum...
Just Press Record syncs your audio recordings across all your...
Open Planet Software (http://www.openplanetsoftware.com) has introduced Just Press Record, an audio recording app for iOS 9, watchOS 2 and OS X. It instantly syncs your recordings across all your devices using iCloud.
It's designed for capturing ideas, thoughts and memos at home, in the studio or on the go. You can record with a single tap on your iOS device, Apple Watch or Mac and instantly play back high quality audio across all your devices. The app's compatibility with iCloud Drive allows audio recordings to be used anywhere.
You can record on your Apple Watch even when your iPhone isn't around. The next time they connect, recordings made on Apple's smartwatch will transfer to your other devices.
With Just Press Record, you can share to any of the apps and services you have set up on your device (e.g. Dropbox, email, Messages) and into your iTunes library. With unlimited recording time you can record just about anything, so long as you have enough storage on iCloud Drive.
Cisdem PDFtoTextConverter for Mac free on StackSocial
Cisdem says Cisdem PDFtoTextConverter is available free of charge on StackSocial (http://tinyurl.com/o72zqcg).
The utility converts PDF to editable text, while keeping MacFonts, hyperlinks, and tables in their original layout. StackSocial is an e-commerce platform that provides its users with discounts and special offers on software and hardware.
The Mac Freebie bundle will run for three months. Cisdem PDFtoTextConverter normally costs US$29.99.
Guide book released for the iPhone 6s, iPhone 6S Plus
Tap Guides (http://www.tapguides.co.uk ) has published "iPhone 6s Guidebook," a 313-page eBook available in the iBookstore for US$3.99.
It's packed with in-depth tutorials and tips about the things you need to know about the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus, their apps, user interface and settings. You'll learn about the history of the iPhone, how 3D Touch can be used to peek, and pop at content, how to stream songs via Apple Music, capture Live Photos, troubleshoot common problems and more.
"iPhone 6s Guidebook" includes color screenshots. It's available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac. It requires an iOS device with iBooks 1.5 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.
'MacVoices' looks at upgrading to El Capitan
On the new MacVoices TV, host Chuck Joiner talks with author Joe Kissell about his book, "Take Control of Upgrading to El Capitan."
He discusses all the pre-upgrade work you need to do, what software needs to be updated, and why some software won’t function post-upgrade. Kissell also explains why, in spite of your best efforts, there could be a hiccup or two, and how to find out what’s causing them.
It's designed to help IT professionals deploy apps and protect corporate assets in an enterprise or large educational institution setting. With Casper, it doesn’t matter if a user has a company iPhone or iPad or if they're in the bring-your-own-device camp. Wudi talks about Apple’s often un-sung efforts in the enterprise market and their part in helping users enjoy the benefits of a new iOS as soon as they can download it.
You can watch the video here (http://tinyurl.com/noe68l9). Joiner is the producer and host of MacVoices, part of The MacVoices Group.
Troi Automatisering releases Troi File Plug-in 8.0.4 for...
Troi Automatisering has released Troi File Plug-in 8.0.4 for FileMaker Pro 14.
Version 8.0.4 is a maintenance update of our plug-in for manipulating external files and folders directly from FileMaker Pro. In this version Troi added compatibility with Windows 10, fixed some problems in the LaunchFile and DiskInfo functions and improved the working of the FindFolder and Metadata functions.
A fully functional demo version of Troi File Plug-in 8.0.4 is available for downloading at Troi's website (www.troi.com). Licenses cost US$99 per user. Details on developer licenses and multi-user discounts can be found on the web site.
Upgrading to version 8.0.4 is free for all users of version 8.0 to 8.0.3: version 8.0.4 works with the same registration as the 8.0 version. Users who bought a license for Troi File Plug-in on or after Nov. 1, 2014, are entitled to a free upgrade to version 8.0.4. Eligible users have been sent a new 8.0 registration. Contact Troi if you've not received yours....
Construction Estimator mm 1.0 released for OS X
MICOM Software (www.micomsoftware.com) has introduced Construction Estimator mm, an estimating program developed exclusively for Mac OS X.
Designed for professional contractors, homeowners and students alike, Construction Estimator can help anyone estimate materials and the cost of just about any project. Just press the button next to the function that you want to estimate, answer a few questions and the quantities and cost totals are displayed.
Construction Estimator doesn't have a set beginning point; you can start with any function. Each function has inputs that relate to the area to be calculated. After inputting the measurements press the calculate button. This will calculate and display the cost and the materials.
These totals are then displayed in the Totals form. The Totals form is where you can also save and load your estimates. After completing a function you can exit the form and return to the Main Menu to estimate other areas of construction.
The degree of your...
Maintain serves up Cocktail 8.6 (Yosemite Edition)
Maintain has announced Cocktail 8.6 (Yosemite Edition), the latest maintenance update for users running OS X Yosemite.
Cocktail is a general purpose utility for OS X that lets users clean, repair and optimize their Macs. This version addresses compatibility issues with OS X Server 5, Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 6 and Microsoft Office 2016. It also contains many other bug fixes and overall performance improvements.
Cocktail 8.6 (Yosemite Edition) requires OS X Yosemite 10.10 to run. Cocktail (Mavericks Edition) for OS X 10.9, Cocktail (Mountain Lion Edition) for OS X 10.8 and Cocktail (Lion Edition) for OS X 10.7 are available for download from Maintain website. Cocktail 8.6 (Yosemite Edition) is US$19 for a single user license and available for purchase from the Maintain website (www.maintain.se/cocktail).
FmPro Migrator 7.70 adds FileMaker 14 to Microsoft Access...
.com Solutions Inc. has released FmPro Migrator Platinum Edition 7.70 (www.fmpromigrator.com) with an updated FileMaker 14 to Microsoft Access conversion feature.
Enhancements have also been made to the conversion of FileMaker Portals to Access SubForms by adding the LinkMasterFields and LinkChildFields properties to automatically use the relationship between the main form and the SubForm. This release supports FileMaker Pro Advanced 11, 12, 13 and 14.
FmPro Migrator Platinum Edition is available immediately and is priced at US$600 per developer. You can build an unlimited number of web applications having up to 250 forms/reports/layouts with FmPro Migrator during the term of the license key.
New synchronization engine offers data protection For FileMaker
The data synchronization engine SyncDeK is now SyncServer Pro (http://syncserverpro.com/) and offers a completely redesigned wizard based assistant, simplified setup requirements and easy-to-use tools to help recover from disasters.
According to the folks at Linear Blue, SSP has completely reimagined how synchronization solutions are setup, deployed and managed. By answering simple questions about project goals, a user can trigger one of several set-up assistants depending on the complexity of the project, making it ideal for all knowledge levels.
With this new release of SyncServer Pro, there's a free version offering the capability of a re-deployment assistant to roll live data into your offline development version. Because the brand-new SyncServer Pro has been designed to meet both the needs of small businesses and large enterprises, the functionality built-in to it is purposely wide-ranging.
Beyond the free version, there's a three-tier pricing plan. Tier the freebie. Tiers two...
Fantastical 2.1 adds support for Mac OS X El Capitan
Flexibits has introduced Fantastical 2.1 (http://flexibits.com/fantastical) for Mac OS X. It's the first major update for the calendar app and is compatible with El Capitan, due for a Sept. 30 release.
Fantastical 2 for Mac is available now for a limited-time sale price of US$39.99 from the Mac App Store or directly from the Flexibits Store. The standard price will be $49.99 after a few weeks. Fantastical requires OS X Yosemite 10.10 or OS X El Capitan 10.11.
The latest iOS apps for Sept. 24
Here are some of the latest apps available at the Apple App Store for the iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and/or Apple Watch.
Mac Daddy's Legendary Outdoors has announced Brother's Keeper. It's a free app to help you know the relative location of other hunters to help maintain safe separation in the field.
Digital World Studio has released Udaaku: The Destiny of a Charm King. In the US$0.99, 2.5D endless adventure game players save their beloved king Udaaku from notorious birds and kill them to be on the top in the leaderboards.
InRFood is a new, free app for helping individuals manage dietary restrictions. By simply scanning the barcode of a food's packaging or searching for that food on the app a shopper will learn essential information on its sodium and sugar content, as well as that food's carbohydrate and calorie scores.
Ubacoda has launched Spooktacular Creeps. It's a free, physics based puzzle game in which players collect gold by popping spooky monsters to level up characters and...
Records is ready for OS X El Capitan
Push Popcorn (http://pushpopcorn.com) has introduced Records 1.1 for Mac OS X. The upgrade of the personal database tool built around a WYSIWYG [what you see is what you get] visual editor is ready for the upcoming Mac OS X El Capitan release.
Records lets users drag and drop form fields and start entering data instantly. No prior database knowledge is required and you don't have to write a single line of code. Records provides pre-filled lists, such as countries, currencies or credit cards, in order to speed up database creation.
Records for Mac is available from the Mac App Store for US$49.99. It requires OS X Yosemite or El Capitan. Version 1.1 is a free update for registered users.
Magic Bullet Suite 12.1 expands color correction experience
Red Giant has rolled out Magic Bullet Suite 12.1, a free update to the Magic Bullet Suite 12 color correction, finishing and film looks solution. Packed with new features, presets and host support, the Magic Bullet Suite 12.1 update offers a more fluid color correction experience that includes new trackpad controls and real time color correction during video playback.
Magic Bullet Suite 12 includes Magic Bullet Looks, Magic Bullet Colorista III, Magic Bullet Film, Magic Bullet Mojo, Magic Bullet Cosmo, Denoiser II and LUT Buddy. To update an existing Magic Bullet Suite, go to For more information, or to purchase, cruise on over to http://tinyurl.com/o9fnhwh. It costs US$799 for new users.
Apple posts iOS 9.0.1
Apple has released iOS 9.0.1. It's a bug fix release that addresses several issues, including (per Apple):
° Fixes an issue where some users could not complete setup assistant after updating;
° Fixes an issue where sometimes alarms and timers could fail to play;
° Fixes an issue in Safari and Photos where pausing video could cause the paused frame to appear distorted;
° Fixes an issue where some users with a custom APN setup via a profile would lose cellular data.
iOS 9 can be downloaded free via iTunes or as an over-the-air update through the Software Update function in iOS's Settings app. To install it, you'll need to be using (at least) an iPhone 4s, iPad 2, or fifth-generation iPod touch.
Booq unveils the Shadow messenger bag
The team at booq have announced their latest messenger bag: the Shadow. Available in gray and black, the Shadow features a unique profile and sleek exterior.
Compact and lightweight, the Shadow’s interior offers a spacious main compartment, a zippered pocket to store smaller accessories and a padded laptop compartment to keep a 15-inch MacBook or PC safely stored. The Shadow is available now for US$130 (black) and $160 (gray) at www.booqbags.com and various retailers.
The exterior of the gray Shadow features a water resistant jute, custom nylon seatbelt shoulder strap and a front flap that’s secured with aluminum buckles, while the black version features a water resistant 1680D ballistic nylon material, custom nylon seatbelt shoulder strap and a front flap that’s secured with plastic buckles. Both include a large back pocket for exterior storage.
The interior of the gray Shadow is lined with a smooth polyester, while the black Shadow is lined with nylon and offers room for books,...
Pope Francis' US visit could affect new iPhone delivery...
The iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus are due to arrive Friday, Sept. 25. However, deliveries in certain areas, such as New York City, may be delayed due to the security involving Pope Francis' US visit.
According to The Verge (http://tinyurl.com/oyq4k4q), some customers are receiving the following email from Apple: "Thank you for your recent Apple Store purchase.
"Your iPhone 6s 64GB Rose Gold is scheduled for delivery on Friday, September 25th. However, due to traffic restrictions expected for that day in New York City, your delivery may be delayed.
"If we're unable to complete the delivery on Friday, we'll also be making Saturday deliveries at most locations.
"To track your package, please visit UPS with your tracking number: XXXX.
"We know you're looking forward to receiving your new iPhone, and we apologize if your order is affected."
Star Walk 2 for iOS 9 now available
Vito Technology (www.vitotechnology.com) has announced Star Walk 2, an update to the company's stargazing guide for iOS and Android devices.
The app provides a journey through thousands of stars, comets, and constellations. Among new features in version 2 are iOS 9 and Watch OS 2 support, including integrated spotlight search, slide over, new widget, new Apple Watch app, notifications for calendar events, New Horizons mission, Portuguese language, and more.
Star Walk 2 costs US$0.99 (all additional content is $2.99). It's available worldwide through the Apple App Store in the Education category. There's also an Android version available on Google Play.
56 commercial use fonts added to Free Fonts Collection
128bit Technologies has released version 6.0 of their Free Fonts collection on the Mac App Store. It adds over 50 new fonts.
The new fonts for creative Mac users boost the font count from 450 to 500 in the Mac App Stor. All fonts are available in OpenType font format for both personal and commercial use projects. The Free Fonts are also available on the MacAppware website (www.macappware.com)for download outside of the Mac App Store.
Additionally, the custom preview app showing how the fonts look before installing them now supports English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, and Japanese languages. Already have Free Fonts downloaded and installed from the Mac App Store? Just check the Updates section of the Mac App Store to download version 6.0. If you downloaded through the MacAppware website you will receive an email with a download link for the new font additions.
BatchOutput for Microsoft Excel now supports Office 2016
Zevrix Solutions has announced BatchOutput XLS 2.3, a compatibility update to its popular output automation solution for Microsoft Excel on Mac OS X.
In addition to batch printing and PDF exporting, the software lets users carry out automated professional PDF production directly from Excel eliminating time consuming post-processing. The app also helps users effortlessly repurpose Excel spreadsheets for web and mobile devices. The new version makes BatchOutput XLS compatible with Microsoft Office 2016.
BatchOutput XLS can be purchased for US$39.95 from the Zevrix website (www.zevrix.com). A demo is available for download. BatchOutput XLS requires Mac OS X 10.6 - 10.11 and Microsoft Excel 2008, 2011 or 2016.
'iPhone 6s Guide' is a new tips book for the iPhone 6s...
Stopframe (http://www.stopframe.co.uk) has published the "iPhone 6s Guide," an US$3.99 eBook available in the Amazon Kindle Store that's packed with tips and tutorials for both the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus.
It covers iOS 9, 3D Touch, Apple Music, Safari, Photos and the iPhone 6s hardware. The "iPhone 6s Guide" is also packed with large color images that help to visually explain tips and tutorials.
The 201-page "iPhone 6s Guide" is available on the iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac and Kindle Devices. It's available worldwide exclusively through the Kindle Store in the Computers category.
QuarkXPress 2015 users can save over $450 on Fonts.com...
Quark says that until Sept. 30, all QuarkXPress 2015 users are eligible for a full year of the new Fonts.com Desktop Font Subscription of 9,000+ fonts for US$99. The offer saves QuarkXPress 2015 users $451 off the standard retail price.
QuarkXPress 2015 users who take advantage of the offer will have access to the Monotype, Linotype and ITC typeface libraries, which feature signature designs like the Neue Helvetica, Avenir Next, and ITC Franklin Gothic families, as well new releases, including the Metro Nova and Neue Haas Grotesk collections. To learn more about the offer go to http://www.fonts.com/quark.
Designers who don’t have a copy of QuarkXPress 2015 can purchase or upgrade now to take advantage of this special offer. Upgrades to QuarkXPress 2015 are available from all previous versions of QuarkXPress at www.quark.com/2015.
Apple tells developers how to validate their version of Xcode
Apple has issued a statement in response to the XcodeGhost, saying that it has removed all infected apps it is aware of from the App Store and is working with developers to ensure they are using a legitimate version of Xcode.
"We’ve removed the apps from the App Store that we know have been created with this counterfeit software," Apple said in a statement. "We are working with the developers to make sure they’re using the proper version of Xcode to rebuild their apps."
Apple has posted instructions for making sure your version of Xcode is validated. You can find them at http://tinyurl.com/qelbgtk.
Office 2016 for Mac available as a $150 purchase
Microsoft has announced (http://tinyurl.com/ney2yq6) that Office 2016 for Mac is now available as a one-time $149.99 purchase without an Office 365 subscription.
Office Home & Student 2016 includes Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote for home use on one Mac. It requires OS X 10.10 or later.
In July, Office 2016 for Mac was released to Office 365 customers. The new versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook and OneNote "are a significant step forward and provide the best of both worlds for Mac users—a familiar Office experience paired with the best of the Mac platform," according to Microsoft.
Judge: Samsung must pay Apple $548 million
Judge Lucy Koh has ruled that Samsung must now pay US$548 million from the first patent trial between Apple and Samsung has ordered by the Federal Court of Appeals.
Samsung, as expected, is appealing the decision based on a lengthy and ongoing patent invalidation process, saying that because of the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) examination, the order isn't being performed as required by federal procedure, notes MacNN (http://tinyurl.com/pqo4ow2).
This is all part of an ongoing, global legal battle. Apple and Samsung had 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. On May 14, 2014, an U.S. appeals court affirmed a decision by the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) that Apple is innocent of violating three patents owned by Samsung. Earlier that month, a jury handed back a verdict in the latest Apple-Samsung legal battle over patent...
BeLight giving away Get Backup Pro for Mac OS X for a limited...
For a limited time, BeLight Software is giving away (http://tinyurl.com/qe24ba6) Get Backup Pro, the company's backup and disc cloning software, for Mac users preparing to migrate to OS X El Capitan.
The software lets users clone their Mac's HD and SSD to get a backup disk that can be booted up and used in case of a crash or accidental data loss that may happen during migration to the new OS. Get Backup Pro will remain free until Sept. 30, when El Capitan is due for release. The regular price is US$19.95.
3DWeather storms onto the Mac
Idea2Inspire (http://idea2inspire.com) has introduced 3DWeather 1.0, a personal weather assistant developed for Mac OS X. Depending upon the weather condition, the US$2.99 app prepares 3D animated atmospheric scenes in a small widget with basic climate status.
3DWeather comes with three themes featuring different scenes, places and atmosphere. It will change its look with the passing of time. You can change the scenes from the Locations under preferences.
3DWeather requires Mac OS X 10.10 or higher. It's available exclusively through the Mac App Store in the Weather category.
China Unicom offers iPhone 6s mobile service for as low as CNY...
China Unicom, a Chinese state-owned telecommunications operator, will offer a mobile service for Apple’s iPhone 6s handsets for CNY 76-596 (about US$12-94) a month, reports IT168.com reported, citing Internet posting on the prices.
Customers have to sign a 30-month contract for minimum CNY 396 ($62) a month to get a free iPhone 6s with 16 GB, says IT168.com (as noted by BrightWire.com, a global investment newswire). The contract for a free 64-GB iPhone 6s or 16-GB iPhone 6s Plus will cost minimum CNY 596 a month for 24 months.
China Unicom received more than 300,000 pre-orders for iPhone 6s devices on the first day of offer on Sept. 10. Chinese carriers will start selling the new Apple handsets on September 25.
Alien: Isolation-The Collection coming to the Mac on Sept. 30
Feral Interactive says the survival horror game Alien: Isolation – The Collection will be released for Mac and Linux via Steam on Sept. 29, with the Mac App Store version arriving in early October. It's developed by Creative Assembly and published by SEGA Europe Limited for PCs and consoles.
Here's how Alien: Isolation – The Collection is described: "In an original story set fifteen years after the film, players take on the role of Ellen Ripley’s daughter Amanda, who seeks to discover the truth behind her mother’s disappearance. Marooned aboard the stricken space station Sevastopol along with a few desperate survivors, players must stay out of sight, scavenge for resources and use their wits to survive as they are stalked by an ever-present, deadly Alien.
"The labyrinthine Sevastopol is an incredibly detailed world that conceals hundreds of logs and hidden items which provide clues to the mystery behind the station’s catastrophic decline. As they explore, players will crawl through...
Comm-Unity Networking Systems launches CNS Barcode 1.5
Comm-Unity Networking Systems has released CNS Barcode 1.5, which includes 64-bit support for FileMaker Pro 14 and FileMaker Pro Server 12+.
It's available immediately at http://cnsbarcode.cnsplug-ins.com/ for both Mac OS X and Windows. A demo is available for download. Like its sibling product, CNS Barcode for iOS, this plug-in can both scan and generate barcodes.
CNS Barcode can scan JPEG or PNG images containing barcodes or it can use an attached webcam to scan any barcodes held up to the camera. Any of the barcode formats you can scan, you can also create with the plug-in, including Codabar, Code 3 of 9 (Code 39), Code 3 of 9 Ext. (Code 39+), Code 93, Code 128, DataBar-14, DataBar-14 Stacked, EAN 2, EAN 5, EAN 8, EAN 13, EAN 14, EAN 128, Interleaved 2 of 5, ISBN, QR Code, UPC A, and UPC E.
If you purchased CNS Barcode any time after Sept. 21, 2014, you can install this latest version free of charge. If you purchased CNS Barcode any time between Sept. 21, 2013, and Sept. 20, 2014...
AKVIS releases AirBrush 3 for Mac OS X, Windows
AKVIS has released version 3 of AirBrush for Mac OS X and Windows. The software allows you to create airbrush drawings from photos.
Version 3.0 provides an improved photo to drawing effect, a watermark feature, new tools and brushes, advanced print options, and other changes. The program now generates even better results, producing expressive images with the enhanced level of detail in the breathtaking airbrushing technique. New features in the Text tab allow adding watermarks to drawings which can be used to protect creative works or to promote brands and products. AirBrush 3 also adds several new tools.
It's a free upgrade for recent buyers. For new users the cost is US$14.95. A demo is available for download at the product website (http://akvis.com/en/airbrush/.). On the Mac, AirBrush 3 requires Mac OS X 10.6 or higher.
The latest iOS apps for Sept. 22
Here are some of the latest apps available at the Apple App Store for the iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and/or Apple Watch.
Hovik Melikyan has announced Magnetola. Stylized as a vintage compact cassette player, the US$1.99 music player can play tracks either unaltered or, for more sensitive ears, slightly "softened."
Itemtopia has released their free cross-platform app Itemtopia. It instantly notifies consumers if any item they own has been recalled (all vehicles and all consumer items) and allows consumers to attach receipts, warranties, photos and notes to each item at any time during the life of the item's ownership.
Red Bull Media House has introduced Clashem - Video Battles. It's a free competitive mobile video app and online community. All Clashem videos are five seconds long. There's no need to wait passively for likes and views to add up; users know in an instant if their video is a hit or flop.
Armstrong Santiago has launched Your Second Chance. It's a free, GPS-enabled app that...
Apple's watchOS 2 now available
Apple has released watchOS 2, the first major software update for the Apple Watch. It allows developers to take advantage of innovative hardware features of Apple Watch including the Digital Crown, Taptic Engine and heart rate sensor, along with software APIs [application programming interfaces] to build new app experiences, according to Kevin Lynch, Apple’s vice president of Technology.
watchOS 2 also includes new watch faces, third-party app information as watch face complications and new communication capabilities in Mail, Friends and Digital Touch. The new APIs enable audio and video playback and animation, and with the ClockKit framework, developers can represent their data as complications on the watch face. These new tools allow developers to make apps more robust, says Lynch.
For example, Strava can more accurately track your heart rate while on a ride or run using data from the heart rate sensor and accelerometer; Insteon can give customers more precise controls to dim their...
Baso Labs releases Occasions for Mac
Baso Labs has introduced Occasions 1.0, an app that lets you store and combine events, gifts, and people along with notes, photos and more. It offers integration with iCloud contacts.
Occasions supports major holidays in 27 countries including Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom, United States. It's localized in 10 languages, including English, French, Spanish, German, Italian, Portuguese, Japanese, Brazilian, Korean, Turkish.
Occasions requires OS X 10.10 or later and costs US$24.99. It's available worldwide through the Mac App Store in the Utilities category. For more information, go to Occasions' website (http://occasionshq.com).
iPhone 6s, 6s Plus arrive on Friday, Sept. 25
Apple has announced that the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus will be available at 8 a.m. local time on Friday, Sept. 25 at Apple’s retail stores. Stores will have the new iPhones available for walk-in customers who are encouraged to arrive early.
Both models will also be available on Friday from AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, Verizon Wireless, additional carriers and select Apple Authorized Resellers. Apple also announced the fastest iOS adoption ever, with more than 50 percent of devices already using iOS 9.
"Customer response to the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus has been incredibly positive, we can't wait to get our most advanced iPhones ever into customers’ hands starting this Friday," says Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing. "iOS 9 is also off to an amazing start, on pace to be downloaded by more users than any other software release in Apple’s history."
The iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus will be available in gold, silver, space gray and the new rose...
Apple cleaning up App Store after major hack attack
Apple is cleaning up its Apple App Store to remove malicious iPhone and iPad programs following what is being described as the first large-scale attack on the mobile software outlet.
The hackers took aim at popular Chinese apps by convincing developers of legitimate software to use a tainted, counterfeit version of source code known as XcodeGhost, notes Seeking Alpha (www.seekingalpha.com). According to cyber security firm Palo Alto Networks (paloaltonetworks.com), "hundreds of millions" of users are at risk of having their personal data exposed due to the malware.
Nisus Software releases Nisus Writer Express 3.5
Nisus Software has released Nisus Writer Express 3.5, the latest release of their word processor for the Mac.
Nisus Writer Express adapts to your writing environment with a flexible interface. This new version introduces a lower price. It has also been updated with iCloud support, OS X document Auto Save and Versions, and is now 64 bit and sandboxed. There are also bug fixes, improvements, and enhancements.
Nisus Writer Express 3.5 requires OS X 10.7.5 or above. It's available now from the Nisus store (www.nisus.com) and the Mac App Store for $20. Version 3.5 is a free update for Nisus Writer Express 3.x owners.
Mac HD Video Converter updated for iPhone 6s, iPad Pro
Digiarty Software has announced a new version of WinX HD Video Converter (www.winxdvd.com) for Mac. It's a Mac OS X based video compression and converting solution for iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, and iPad Pro.
Designed specifically to convert HD and SD videos, WinX HD Video Converter for Mac simplifies and automates the conversion of 4K UHD, multi-track HD, and camcorder videos on Mac for the target iPhone 6s/6s Plus, iPad Pro, iPad mini 4 devices, Apple TV 4, and more.
WinX HD Video Converter for Mac is designed to convert HD and SD videos. With about 370 built-in video and audio Codecs, it accepts MKV, MPEG4, H.264, H.265 (HEVC), MOV, M2TS, AVI, MPEG, WMV, FLV, VOB, F4V, 3GP, MXF and so on. It facilitates the playback of movie files on different devices and players, and also makes it easier to upload videos to YouTube, Facebook, etc.
It's capable of changing video resolutions from 4K (2160p) to 1080p, 1080p to 720, etc. Users can even use it to download videos and music from over...
The latest iOS apps for Sept. 21
Here are some of the latest apps available at the Apple App Store for the iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and/or Apple Watch.
Didstopia has announced Mutebot. The audio/video utility offers a way to mute and/or remove audio from your videos. Mutebot is free, but does offer in-app purchases.
LITE Games has released iSolitaire. It's a free version of the most famous Solitaire game, Klondike.
Mudpie Studios has introduced Let's Play. It's an US$2.99 app for the creation of videos, game walkthroughs, reaction videos, product reviews and more.
ICNSmini is new bitmap shrinking app for the Mac
Ohanaware (www.ohanaware.com) has introduced ICNSmini 1.0 for Mac OS X. It's a developer utility that slims PNG, ICNS, TIFF and Iconset images down in file size.
Some files can shed up to 85% of their digital fat. Underneath ICNSmini's exterior lies Ohanaware's custom ICNS generator, custom TIFF processor and "pngquant." pngquant is a process for compressing PNG files, and its behind many image compression tools.
ICNSmini converts iconsets into compressed ICNS files, with the same savings as an ICNS file. It compresses PNG files up to 25% of their original size. It can slim TIFF files, on average, down to 30% of their original file size. (Actual compression rates will vary, dependent upon the content of the image.)
ICNSmini requires OS X 10.9 or newer. It's free from the Mac App Store in the Graphics & Design category. Batch processing is available via an in-app purchase; without batch processing images can still be compressed, one at a time.