DEVONagent 3.9.3 gets new scripts, updated for El Capitan
DEVONtechnologies has updated all editions of its Internet search and research tool, DEVONagent. Available in three editions, it’s a smart internet search agent.
DEVONagent queries search engines and crawls web sites. It then post-filters the results and presents the results in a multitude of ways. The new version adds new Safari scripts for DEVONagent Pro, plays videos fullscreen, and updates two plugins. The updates are free and recommended for all users.
DEVONagent Pro and Express 3.9.3 bring support for the new App Transport Security. The updates add some compatibility fixes for the latest Mac operating system, too.
Three new scripts for Safari let users download images and other linked items using DEVONagent Pro. Tabs can also be opened with DEVONagent Pro via the global Scripts menu.
In addition, DEVONagent Pro plays videos embedded into web pages fullscreen. Links in PDF reports don't rely on data detectors anymore ,and version 3.9.3 is more compatible to some modern web...
IK Multimedia ships iRig Acoustic
IK Multimedia is shipping iRig Acoustic (www.irigacoustic.com), an US49.99 guitar mobile microphone/interface specifically made for acoustic guitars. Inspired by a documentary on flamenco guitar master Paco de Lucia, it’s a compact, patent-pending clip-on acoustic guitar microphone/interface for iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac and Android devices.
iRig Acoustic features miniature microphone technology. It simply clips onto the rim of a guitar or ukulele's sound hole. iRig Acoustic also features monitoring and line-output capabilities for recording and performing live.
iRig Acoustic is designed to work with the new AmpliTube Acoustic app (available at the Apple App Store), which features a setup and calibration process that optimizes iRig Acoustic to match the response of the miked acoustic guitar. iRig Acoustic is then able to capture and reproduce the true sonic character of the selected guitar with sound comparable to a properly placed, large-condenser studio microphone.
Game Creators release Game Kit 2
The Game Creators have released App Game Kit version 2 (http://www.appgamekit.com/). App Game Kit lets developers use BASIC or C++ to create games for mobile devices. The version 2 release adds new features including animated 3D features, Bullet physics support and Assimp 3D model format importing.
AppGameKit is available for Mac OS X, Windows, and Linux platforms and apps can be deployed cross platform including iOS, Android, Windows, Blackberry, Mac and Linux. The “pay once, royalty free” price has been reduced to US$79.
Alongside this release are four new DLCs that complement the core AppGameKit product. There are two detailed user guides designed and written to take any novice coder and turn them into an expert game developer. Written by educationalist Alistair Stewart, the Guides are available in two versions; the Official AppGameKit Beginners Guide ($29.99) for novice users, and the Official AppGameKit User Guide ($39.99) covering more programming subjects.
To aid developers,...
HoudahSpot for Mac OS X lets upgrade and French localization
Houdah Software (www.houdah.com) has announced HoudahSpot 4.1, an update to the file search utility for OS X.
The tool builds upon Spotlight and adds a criteria editor, customizable results display, search templates, preview of text matches and more. HoudahSpot 4.1 brings new features and a French localization. HoudahSpot is now availble in English, German and French language versions.
Houdah Spot requires OS X Yosemite or El Capitan. It costs US$29 for a single-user license. A demo is available for download. A family license is available for $44. Upgrades are priced $17 and $26, respectively. HoudahSpot licenses purchased on or after Nov. 1, 2014, are valid for both HoudahSpot 3.x and 4.x versions.
AKVIS Neon for Mac OS X gets faster with version 1.5
AKVIS has announced a free update of its Neon software. The program creates glowing lines effects, transforming pictures into shining drawings. The new version (1.5) increases the processing speed and new hi-res printing options.
With Neon, you can create a glowing landscape or an extraordinary portrait, or just slightly outline edges making a picture more interesting and expressive. Version 1.5 now renders images two times faster. It also improves the Print dialog with new options to print super high res images on multiple pages
All registered users of Neon v.1.0 can upgrade to version 1.5 for free. A demo is available for download. On the Mac platform, Neon requires Mac OS X 10.6 or higher. It’s available as an independent standalone application and as a plugin filter for Adobe Photoshop, Photoshop Elements, Corel PaintShop Pro, and other image editors.
The product sells for $39 for Home license (Plugin or Standalone, without Colorize option), $49 for Home Deluxe license (both...
Waves Audio shipping the Greg Wells VoiceCentric Plugin
Waves Audio, a provider of digital signal processing solutions, is now shipping the Waves Greg Wells VoiceCentric plugin, part of the Waves Signature Series. It’s the first in a line of Greg Wells Signature Series plugins, created in collaboration with multiple GRAMMY-nominated producer, songwriter, musician and mixing engineer Greg Wells.
Greg Wells VoiceCentric is a plugin featuring one main control and three additional controls for Wells' customized Delay, Doubler and Reverb settings. The plugin gives you quick access to Greg Wells’ sonic signature.
It normally costs US$149, but is on sale for $99 for a limited time. Go to www.waves.com/plugins/greg-wells-voicecentric for more info.
Logitech unveils accessories specially designed for the iPad Pro
Logitech has unveiled accessories designed in collaboration with Apple for the new iPad Pro: the Logi CREATE Backlit Keyboard Case with Smart Connector and the Logi CREATE Protective Case with Any-angle Stand.
The Logi CREATE Keyboard Case is the first third-party keyboard on the market to leverage Apple’s new Smart Connector, eliminating the need to power on, connect or charge the keyboard, says Michele Hermann, vice president of mobility at Logitech. Both Logi CREATE products offer thin and light front and back protection, and the tightly-woven premium fabric resists accidental bumps, scratches and spills.
Through leveraging the Smart Connector, the $149.99 Logi CREATE Keyboard automatically powers on and securely connects with the super-sized iPad when it’s placed in the typing position; no Bluetooth pairing is necessary. The keyboard is powered by the iPad Pro.
The Logi CREATE Backlit Keyboard Case features full-size 19 mm keys, and adjustable backlighting. The iOS shortcut keys...
Nexmo releases Verify SDK for iOS
Verify SDK is a white-labeled SDK that allows developers to manage user identities across multiple devices and platforms without building a complex user management backend. Complimenting Verify API, Verify SDK adds a new level of security by tying phone numbers to unique device IDs, and introduces a subscription model, complementing the unique pay-per-conversion billing method.
With one line of code, Verify SDK delivers user verification and authentication out of the box and saves development and design resources. Verify SDK offers the UX framework for verification right from the UI to collect a user’s phone number, the UI displayed when a user receives a code, and the UI...
Just Mobile announces AluPlug, a luxury USB wall charger
Just Mobile has introduce the AluPlug (www.just-mobile.com), an US$29.95, luxury aluminum wall charger.With two full-power USB ports, it will plug into any standard wall socket to deliver fast and reliable charging.
The 2-port USB outlet can quickly charge your devices, and the LED indicator “softly lights up your cozy home,” says Nils Gustafsson, co-founder of Just Mobile. The smart IC Auto-Detect technology inside also ensure stable current and the best allocation of the current in order to provide fast-charging, he adds.
Deliver Express now supports Mac OS X El Capitan
Zevrix Solutions has announced Deliver Express 2.5.3, a compatibility update to its automated solution to send and share files across the Internet and local networks.
Deliver Express processes files automatically from watched hot folders and can serve multiple users on a network with a single copy of the program. The software offers email notifications, file compression, detailed history and more. The new version makes Deliver Express compatible with Mac OS X 10.11 El Capitan.
Deliver Express can be purchased from the Zevrix website (www.zevrix.com)The license prices are based on the maximum number of allowed destinations and range from US$29.95 to $299.95. The update is free for licensed customers. A demo is a
Apple plans series of ‘Apple TV Tech Talks’ for developers
Apple is planning a series of “Apple TV Tech Talks” for developers that will be held in various cities starting in December and running through Feb. 3.
According to Apple, the Tech Talks will offer “technical information on building and designing for tvOS” and allow attendees to “learn refined coding techniques, and obtain valuable development instruction from Apple experts.” You’re encouraged to register (https://developer.apple.com/tech-talks/#9to5Mac) by Nov, 13, 10 (Pacific) for an opportunity to attend.
Tech Talks will be held in Toronto, Los Angeles, Austin, Seattle, Cupertino, Berlin, London, New York, Tokyo, and Sydney. Morning sessions will run from 9 a.m. to noon and focus on designing apps for tvOS, implementing focus-driven user interfaces, integrating the Siri Remote and game controllers, leveraging TVML for media apps, and enabling On-Demand Resources. A
Afternoon sessions, from 1-5 pm, will allow attendees to dive deeper into technologies for graphics and gaming,...
NewerTech announces HDMI Headless Video Accelerator for the Mac...
NewerTech has announced the NewerTech HDMI Headless Video Accelerator, a simple adapter that plugs into the Mac mini’s HDMI display port to make display-free “headless” Mac minis used as storage and media servers think that there’s a display attached.
Using the adapter, video drivers are loaded and the GPU (graphics processing unit) is fully activated for 100% full video performance with no more choppy images or mouse lags, according to the folks at NewerTech. Plugging the NewerTech HDMI Headless Video Accelerator into the HDMI port of your mini activates its GPU, even without a display, emulating resolution displays up to 1080p, so your remote interface works exactly how you'd expect.
The NewerTech HDMI Headless Video Accelerator is available for US$19.50 through Other World Computing (http://tinyurl.com/po9mxlk) and major retailers.
ActivePrint Pro designed to let you print from an iPad Pro
Pocket Watch has unveiled ActivePrint Pro (http://tinyurl.com/nbnc9ml) for the iPad Pro, which goes on sale tomorrow. With the $4.99 app installed on an iPad Pro (or iPad Air or iPhone), you can print any document or photo to any printer via cloud printing ((iCloud Drive, Dropbox, Box, Microsoft SkyDrive, etc.).
Apple says that the iPad Pro will be available to order online Wednesday, Nov. 11, from Apple.com and will arrive at Apple’s retail stores, select carriers and Apple Authorized Resellers later this week. The Apple Pencil and Apple’s new Smart Keyboard, will also be available to order.
The iPad Pro starts at $799 for the 32GB with Wi-Fi model and $1,079 for the Wi-Fi + Cellular 128GB model and comes in three metallic finishes including silver, gold and space gray. It can be purchased at Apple.com, Apple’s Retail stores, select carriers and select Apple Authorized Resellers.
TaskCard 2.0 for Mac OS X gets sticky notes support, more
The Alchemist Guild has announced TaskCard 2 for Mac OS X. It’s an update of the app for writing outlines, taking notes, to-do lists and organizing projects.
Version 2.0 offers full support for sticky notes, integration with Mac events, simple bullet lists with row numbering and tabbed cards and more. According to the Alchemists, the new version was designed from the ground up to be a totally unique experience on the Mac while taking full advantage of the latest features OS X.
TaskCard 2 requires Mac OS X Yosemite or El Capitan. A demo is available for download; registration is US$15.
WDLabs enables Internet of Things for app, device developers
WDLabs, a business growth incubator of storage solutions leader Western Digital Corp., is utilizing its WD My Cloud OS3 device in conjunction with the IBM Internet of Things (IoT) Foundation and the ARM mbed IoT Device Platform to provide developers a flexible platform to support advanced analytics and data application services.
At the ARM TechCon conference in Santa Clara, CA, WDLabs will be demonstrating a proof-of-concept on how the WD My Cloud OS 3 SDK provides a platform for developing applications at the edge. In addition, IoT sensor data may be stored and analyzed when integrated with the ARM mbed IoT Device Platform and IBM IoT Foundation.
Together the companies create a viable infrastructure for developers to create better and smarter apps that process IoT and video data at the edge, according to Richard E. Rutledge, SVP of marketing, WDLabs He adds that Western Digital, IBM and ARM play three significant roles to enable the development in an end-to-end IoT infrastructure...
IK Multimedia unveils Miroslav Philharmonik 2
IK Multimedia has announced Miroslav Philharmonik (www.philharmonik.com), its expressive orchestral collection for Mac OS X and Windows.
Made in conjunction with master musician Miroslav Vitous, it comes with over 1,000 new sounds that include strings, woodwinds and brass in both solo and ensemble forms. In total, Miroslav Philharmonik offers a 55GB-plus content library with over 2,500 instruments sampled in high-resolution audio with multiple articulations plus over 30 professional quality effects, three playback engines, a synthesizer section, a built-in mixer and more.
Miroslav Philharmonik 2 can be purchased as a direct digital download from the IK store or select music retailers worldwide, or as a boxed version with a USB flash drive. Current owners of Miroslav Philharmonik can pre-order the upgrade for $199.99 for direct download or $229.99 for a boxed copy.
Users with qualifying IK software can get pre-order crossgrade for $299.99 for a direct download or $329.99 for a boxed...
Martini Storyboarding plug-in available for Premiere Pro CC 2015
PowerProduction Software, a developer of visualization software for film and video production, and MacVideo Promo, a promotion company that offers exclusive deals on tools for video editors, have announced that the Martini 2 storyboarding plug-in now supports Adobe Premiere Pro CC 2015 on Mac OS X and Windows.
It’s a post-production plug-in designed to bring the creativity of visualization into video editing. Rather than breaking the flow of a work-in-progress with "white-text-on-a-black-background" slugs, Martini lets you create shots that look like scenes that have yet to be shot.
Martini is available for purchase from the Martini website (www.martiniquickshot.com) for a limited-time price of $99. The regular price is $200. A 30-day demo is available for download.
iPad Pro available for pre-order on Wednesday
Apple has announced that the iPad Pro will be available to order online Wednesday, Nov. 11, from Apple.com and will arrive at Apple’s retail stores, select carriers and Apple Authorized Resellers starting later this week. The Apple Pencil and Apple’s new Smart Keyboard, will also be available to order.
“The early response to iPad Pro from app developers and our customers has been incredible, and we’re excited to get iPad Pro into the hands of customers around the world this week,” Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing, said in a press release. “iPad Pro is the most powerful iPad we’ve ever made, giving users the ability to be even more creative and more productive with the epic 12.9-inch Retina display, powerful 64-bit A9X chip and groundbreaking Apple Pencil and new Smart Keyboard. We can’t wait to see what they do with iPad Pro.”
The iPad Pro starts at $799 for the 32GB with Wi-Fi model and $1,079 for the Wi-Fi + Cellular 128GB model and comes in...
Knowledge Miner releases Insights 4.0 for OS X
KnowledgeMiner Software has released Insights 4.0, an update to its Mac OS X (10.10 or higher) application that implements original, self-learning modeling algorithms for development of reliable predictive models from data.
With ready-to-use Python and Objective-C source code implementation of developed models into web, iOS, or OS X development projects, Insights 4.0 takes cost and time-to-deploy measures to a new level of applicability and value for academic users and app developers, according to the folks at KnowledgeMiner.
Taking observational data that describe a system or process, the software constructs a working mathematical model of that system by AI-powered, self-organizing knowledge extraction technologies. It implements a set of modeling tools such as self-detection of relevant input factors, cost-optimized and prevalence-sensitive classification, or similar patterns recognition, which is applied to health and life sciences related problems, energy forecasting, sales...
24U rolls out 24U Toolbox Plug-In 2.0
FileMaker solutions provider, 24U Software (http://www.24usoftware.com/), has announced 24U Toolbox Plug-In 2.0, an update to their data processing extension for FileMaker Pro 13. 2
4U Toolbox Plug-In is designed to help FileMaker developers in their daily work by providing a toolbox of the most commonly needed simple but powerful functions. Version 2.0 brings full 64-bit support for FileMaker Pro with improved stability on server, as well as a better registration interface.
24U Toolbox Plug-In is available as shareware. User can install it and try it out for 14 days for free. After this period, 24U Toolbox Plug-In can stop working and require a registration code.
Licenses for 24U Toolbox Plug-In start at US$49 per user and $499 per server. Existing customers can upgrade to the new version at 50 percent off the regular price if placing order within 14 days upon release, and 30 percent off if buying later.
Customers who have bought 24U Toolbox Plug-In within the last 30 days before...
NetShred X updated for El Capitan
Mireth Technology Corp. has released version 4.8.6 of NetShred X, its Internet eraser app that erases browsing data: internet cache, history, mail and more.
Version 4.8.6 includes adds support for OS X 10.11 El Capitan, Thunderbird 38, and Apple Mail 9. NetShred X is designed to run automatically, without user intervention. Since erasing temporary internet files can take some time, its runs in the background.
NetShred X is available for immediate download, or on CD-ROM, starting at US$24.95 for an annual subscription. Educational pricing and volume discounts are available. NetShred X runs on Mac OS X. For more info, go to http://mireth.com/products/netshred/ .
Walgreens launches loyalty program integration with Apple Pay
Walgreens Balance Rewards members can now use their account through Apple Pay without separately scanning a Balance Rewards card or barcode. More than 85 million active Balance Rewards members will have the ability to earn and redeem loyalty points via Apple Pay, the easy, secure and private way to pay, says Sona Chawla, president of digital and chief marketing officer for Walgreens.
Users can simply add the Balance Rewards digital card to the Wallet app in iOS 9 and use it at checkout with Apple Pay. Members hold their iPhone near the contactless reader with a finger on Touch ID and the appropriate rewards information will be sent. With they Apple Watch, you can just double-click the side button, select your Balance Rewards card, and hold the face of Apple Watch up to the reader.
Apple Pay works with the iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus and Apple Watch.
Beamer 3.0 lets you stream video from a Mac to Apple TV and...
Tupil has announced Beamer 3.0, an upgrade to their Mac OS X (Yosemite or El Capitan) video streaming app. It allows users to stream any video file from a Mac to any Apple TV or Chromecast or Google Cast-supported HDTV.
The app streams video directly, so it will be played natively on the streaming devices. Version 3.0 brings support for Chromecast devices, quick selection of playback options, a redesigned interface, improved playlist controls, new sound playback and subtitle options, and more.
Beamer 3.0 costs US$19.99 and is available through the Beamer website (http://beamer-app.com/). Existing Beamer 2 owners can upgrade via Beamer's "Pay What You Want" upgrade program. .
SoftRAID announces SoftRAID Lite
SoftRAID has released SoftRAID Lite, a software RAID utility powered by the SoftRAID 5 engine. SoftRAID Lite replaces Apple RAID, which is no longer supported in Mac OS X El Capitan. It’s designed to make it easy for Mac users to create and manage software RAID 0 and RAID 1 arrays.
RAID functionality was removed from Disk Utility in El Capitan, leaving a gap in functionality for users that want to take advantage of RAID to improve system reliability and performance. SoftRAID Lite restores software mirroring (RAID 1) and striping (RAID 0) to the Mac, while adding the advanced features and disk health monitoring of the SoftRAID engine. SoftRAID Lite volumes are bootable and can be used on any Mac running OS X 10.6.8 (Snow Leopard) or later.
SoftRAID Lite has nearly all the features of the professional version of SoftRAID, except for RAID 4, RAID 5, RAID 1+0 support, Email Notification, and the command line interface.
SoftRAID has also introduced the SoftRAID forum, an online knowledge...
BatchOutput for Microsoft Excel now supports OS X El Capitan
Zevrix Solutions has announced BatchOutput XLS 2.3.1, a compatibility update to its 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 the need for post-processing. The new version makes BatchOutput XLS compatible with Mac OS X 10.11 El Capitan and addresses processing issues with Office 2008/2011.
BatchOutput XLS can be purchased for $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.
Graphic Node revamps its Template Collection for iWork
Graphic Node (http://graphicnode.com) has released Bundle for iWork 4.0 for OS X, a revamped application previously marketed as Set for iWork.
Bundle for iWork packs over 2,000 unique designs for Pages documents, 270 spreadsheet templates for Numbers, 116 slideshow themes for Keynote, and 1,170 images for illustrating users' content. Beside the new name, this version will feature over 400 previously unreleased designs, and full support for OS X El Capitan. There’s also a price drop from $49.99 to $39.99.
After the latest update, Bundle for iWork carries a selection of designs: over 2,000 unique designs for Pages documents, 270 spreadsheet templates for Numbers, 116 slideshow themes for Keynote, and 1,170 images for illustrating users' content. They cover everything from brochures and business cards to vacation planners to photos and 3D objects. All templates are available in the US and international paper sizes.
"This is our key product for iWork, so we pay special attention to...
Maintain serves up Cocktail 9.1 (El Capitan Edition)
Maintain has announced Cocktail 9.1 (El Capitan Edition), the latest maintenance update 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. This version adds ability to repair disk permissions and ability to reset home directory ACLs. It also contains new "Force Empty Trash" (with ability to securely empty the Trash) Automator action and resolves a number of other issues discovered in the previous release.
Cocktail 9.1 (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.
Cocktail costs $19 for a single user license and is available for purchase from the Maintain website (http://www.maintain.se/cocktail). A demo is available. When unregistered, Cocktail runs in demo mode and will expire...
Pollen VC, Priori Data announce App Developer Millionaires Index
The app economy is maturing, opening up opportunities for a growing middle-class of app developers and companies to make it big. This is the key finding of The Millionaires Index, a research “snapshot” released as the first phase of a new research program spearheaded by Pollen VC (https://pollen.vc/#/), a FinTech company giving developers quicker access to their app store revenues, together with Priori Data (www.prioridata.com), a data-driven mobile app store intelligence company.
The Index reveals that a total of 1,887 app developers and companies have already generated $1 million in revenues from a mix of app purchases and in-app purchases in the last 12 months. The research draws on recent app store data and a review of “ranked”' apps, defined as apps that have been listed among the top grossing apps in the Apple App Store and Google Play to track growth in the number of Long Tail app developers and map their monthly revenues. Key findings include:
° Games continue to be the...
Fujitsu launches ScanSnap Sync
Fujitsu (www.fujitsu.com) has introduced ScanSnap Sync, which is designed to easier than ever for ScanSnap scanner customers to access and manage their scanned documents across multiple devices.
When scanning to an iOS or Android mobile device with the “ScanSnap Connect” app or launching ScanSnap Organizer on a Mac or PC documents are automatically synchronized with supported cloud services, utilizing the ScanSnap Sync application. Customers can then make edits to the documents and those changes are synchronized back to the mobile device when stored in the preconfigured ScanSnap Sync folder.
ScanSnap Sync is available now, via a free online update, and is compatible with the entire ScanSnap scanner lineup, including the ScanSnap iX500, iX100, SV600, S1300i and S1100i.
XcodeGhost still haunting ‘dozens’ of Apple mobile apps
Dozens of U.S. enterprises are still using Apple mobile apps seeded with malware for a clever hacking scheme revealed last month known as XcodeGhost.
The computer security firm FireEye said it detected that 210 enterprises that are still using infected apps, showing that the XcodeGhost malware "is a persistent security risk," according to computerworld.com. Last month, more than 4,000 applications were found to have been modified with a counterfeit version of Xcode, an application development tool from Apple. The malicious version, dubbed XcodeGhost, adds hidden code to apps, which can collect identifying information about a device or even open URLs.
In October Apple 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,"...
TapCommerce is a new mobile SMB solution
TapPublisher has launched TapCommerce, a mobile e-commerce solution for SMB and local businesses aimed to help them grow their sales and build customer loyalty.
It’s an app editor for creating native iPhone apps using a powerful drag-and-drop builder tool. TapPublisher uses 100 percent native iOS API [application programming interface] and Objective-C, says Frederic Aloe, co-founder and CEO.
Users create their app using a tool based on drag and drop. They can either use an app template (food trucks, restaurants, local producers, retailers, etc.) or create their app by adding modules from a comprehensive list (catalog, cart, payment , loyalty card, etc.). Apps can also integrate content from external sources such as Wordpress, YouTube, Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. Each app can then be designed in their own unique style.
Before publishing, they can be previewed and tested in real conditions thanks to TapPlayer a free companion app available on the Apple App Store. Once the app is...
Sound Siphon 2.0.2 brings Free Public API for Mac Audio Capture
Static Z Software (http://staticz.com) has announced Sound Siphon 2.0.2, an update to their audio capture application for Mac OS X.
The $39 app makes your Mac's audio output available as an audio input device. Version 2.0.2 sports a public API (application programming interface) for third party developers, enabling them to access Sound Siphon's application audio capture abilities. Now a developer can add the ability to record application audio to their own Mac app. A demo is available for download.
CS Odessa adds solution for creating SIPOC diagrams
CS Odessa has announced the availability of a new Business Process Mapping solution in the ConceptDraw Solution Park.
The solution, based on ConceptDraw Pro’s vector drawing features, allows you to build diagrams and is available for $25 to current owners of ConceptDraw Pro 10. The new solution turns the software into a way to diagram suppliers, inputs, process, outputs, customers (SIPOC) diagrams. The solution allows users to define the scope of work for a team and helps one to identify at a high level any potential gaps between what a process expects from its suppliers and what customers expect from the process.
A SIPOC diagram maps processes and finds potential gaps between suppliers and inputs specifications. Also the Business Process Mapping solution will identify breaks between outputs specifications and customers’ expectations, thus defining the scope for process improvement activities.The new Business Process Mapping solution is available now for professionals who capture and...
Apple releases new developer betas of OS X 10.11.2, iOS 9.2, tvOS
Apple has made available betas of Mac OS X 10.11.2, iOS 9.2, and tvOS 9.1 to developers. tvOS is only compatible with the new fourth-generation Apple TV with Siri Remote. (By the way, Apple is again warning that devices running iOS 9.2 can’t be restored to earlier versions of iOS.)
The new betas are available through the Software Update section of the Mac App Store and through the Apple Developer Center (https://developer.apple.com).
Package Central for Adobe InDesign now supports El Capitan
Zevrix Solutions has announced Package Central 1.9.3, a compatibility update to its document packaging automation solution for Adobe InDesign.
The software automates InDesign document collection by processing files from hot folders. Package Central offloads file packaging to a central system leaving operator workstations free from the collection process. The new version adds support for the recently released Mac OS X 10.11 El Capitan.
Package Central can be purchased for $149.95 from the Zevrix website (www.zevrixcom). A demo is available for download. Package Central requires Mac OS X 10.5-10.11 and Adobe InDesign CS4-CC 2015.
Boris FX releases Boris Continuum Complete 10 for Avid
Boris FX has announced Boris Continuum Complete 10, brand new plug-in tools designed for Avid Media Composer, Symphony and NewsCutter.
New features include integrated mocha technology for planar motion tracking and masking, BCC Beauty Studio, a skin smoothing and retouching plug-in and BCC Title Studio, Boris FX's next generation 3D titling and motion graphics tool. It includes new filters, new transitions, and a new subscription/rental option.
"BCC 10 builds on our company history of developing advanced and accelerated 3D titling, effects, and finishing tools," explains Boris Yamnitsky, president and founder of Boris FX. "The addition of Title Studio, Beauty Studio, mocha, new filters, and new transitions makes this our largest release to date and we are excited about early customer response. Beta testers from the Avid editing community have given us excellent feedback and we next look forward to delivering BCC 10 for Adobe, Apple, Resolve, and more hosts very soon."
BCC 10 for...
Mosaiscope launches news aggregation platform
Mosaiscope has launched its web-based platform, which allows news to be extracted from both sources and topics pre-selected by the user, as well as being able to add their own sources.
Founded by an early Tesla Motors employee, John Rokos, it’s the first product born from Enemy Tree, a Silicon Valley-based technology company. Mosaiscope allows consumers “to keep up with news and interests in an innovatively designed, user friendly, and constantly updating platform that ensures all the latest topics and sources, along with the most cutting edge and useful tools available, all working together to create a seamless experience,” says Rokos.
Mosaiscope is a free platform available on any device online at www.Mosaiscope.com. More features and function available with a Mosaiscope Premium subscription.
Flexera Software App Portal adds Mac support
Flexera Software (http://www.flexerasoftware.com/) — a provider of next-generation software licensing, compliance, security and installation solutions for application producers and enterprises — announced the latest release of its universal enterprise app store, App Portal.
The new release provides support for the growing number of enterprises who want to deliver cloud apps to their employees, support Mac environments, and track time and cost savings associated with implementing a self-service enterprise app store, according to Maureen Polte, vice president of Product Management for Flexera Software. He adds that it’s the only universal enterprise app store that also delivers back-end governance, like software license management, approvals and workflow, which can be implemented stand-alone or within an organization’s IT Service Management system such as ServiceNow or BMC Remedy.
App Portal now offers self-service provisioning of Salesforce.com, Microsoft Office 365, Box, and other...
Quark’s special software bundle runs through Nov. 30
Quark Software (www.quark.com) has announced a new special bundle offer for users who upgrade to or purchase QuarkXPress 2015 in November.
Throughout the month, all eligible purchases of QuarkXPress 2015 will include a free copy of AutoCorrectXT, a QuarkXPress XTension worth $50 from AthenaSoft. AutoCorrectXT is the professional choice when it comes to "as-you-type" spell checking and auto corrections in QuarkXPress 2015 documents.
It provides language-based spelling dictionaries and custom support for correcting misspelled words for more than 10 languages, including US English, International English, French, German, Dutch, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Russian, and Norwegian. AutoCorrectXT also offers customized support for correcting misspelled words in real time as they are typed, enabling editors and typographers at every skill level to create accurate QuarkXPress documents quickly.
Apple, other tech companies form Financial Innovation Now
Apple, Amazon, Google, PayPal and Intuit have formed Financial Innovation Now (www.financialinnovationnow.org), a financial services lobby a coalition “that will promote policies to help foster greater innovation in financial services.”
“Innovation is coming to financial services, and now is the time for Washington to help enable a modern financial system that is more accessible, affordable, and secure,” Brian Peters, executive director of Financial Innovation Now, said in a press release “This alliance of remarkably innovative companies brings a new voice to Washington’s financial conversations, and we look forward to engaging on a wide range of opportunities. Whether it is protecting consumers, growing small businesses, or promoting financial literacy and savings, Financial Innovation Now wants policymakers to understand how new technologies can help solve today’s policy challenges.”
The organization and its member companies believe that financial innovation will empower consumers...
PopChar X 7.3 supports skin tone variants in Apple Color Emoji
Ergonis Software has announced PopChar X 7.3, an improved version of the tool for finding and inserting special characters and exploring fonts.
With PopChar, thousands of special characters are only a few clicks away. Version 7.3 allows you to select skin tone variants of all applicable symbols of the Apple Color Emoji font. It improves the organization of Unicode blocks and fixes a few user-reported issues and improves compatibility with El Capitan.
PopChar X 7.3 requires Mac OS X 10.6 or later. It can be purchased on the Ergonis Software website (www.ergonis.com) for US$29.99 for new users. The upgrade to PopChar X 7.3 is free for anyone who owns a license for PopChar X 7 or purchased a license for PopChar X 6 on or after March 1, 2014. Upgrade paths are available for customers who purchased their license before that date.
ArtOptimizer for Adobe Illustrator now supports OS X El Capitan
Zevrix Solutions has announced ArtOptimizer 2.7.8, a compatibility update to its workflow automation solution for Adobe Illustrator.
ArtOptimizer allows users to reduce the size of Illustrator links and speed up processing by automatically eliminating excess image data and performing essential image adjustments. The software lets users save gigabytes of disk space, accelerate file output and cut costs through faster processing. The new version makes ArtOptimizer compatible with Mac OS X 10.11 El Capitan.
ArtOptimizer can be purchased from Zevrix website (www.website.com) for US$119.95, as well as from authorized resellers. A demo is available for download. ArtOptimizer requires Mac OS X 10.5-10.11 and Adobe Illustrator/Photoshop CS3-CC 2015.
Vegas Pro 13 Edit now available on Steam
Sony Creative Software has announced the availability of Vegas Pro 13 Edit at Steam, the online game platform.
Since its introduction, the Vegas Pro family of video editing applications has become a favorite with game developers and producers of machinima, according to John Freeborg, vice president Sony Creative Software. This Steam-exclusive version of Vegas Pro 13 Edit offers a professional production environment for all those that create, consume, and enjoy digital content, he adds.
Vegas Pro 13 Edit’s video and audio production capabilities are expanded via Vegas Pro Connect, the Vegas Pro 13 Edit collaboration enhancement app for iPad.
Vegas Pro 13 will be available at Steam for US$259.99 for one week, starting Nov. 2. Thereafter, its regular price will be $399.99. Further, upgrades to Vegas Pro 13 from Vegas Movie Studio Platinum and Suite, Steam-Powered, will be available at 25 percent off the full version price. Go to http://tinyurl.com/om3oth2 for more info.
SoftRAID version 5.1 supports Mac OS X 10.11 El Capitan
OWC Holdings has released SoftRAID 5.1 (www.softraid.com), an update to the disk driver for OS X that replaces the RAID functionality that was removed from Disk Utility in El Capitan.
Version 5.1 supports the enhanced security mechanisms in Mac OS X 10.11 El Capitan. It’s a free update for all version 5.x users of SoftRAID.
For new users the cost is $179. Upgrades from version 4.x users to version 5.1 are $89. A demo is available for download. SoftRAID 5.1 requires Mac OS X 10.6.8 or higher.
InSili.com introduce iSwift 2.0
InSili.com has announced iSwift 2.0 (http://iswift.org), an update of its automated Objective-C to Swift conversion tool, developed exclusively for Mac OS X.
It offers automatic as-you-type conversion of your Objective-C sources to Apple's Swift language, along with a full-featured Objective-C editor. iSwift offers a tool to convert and translate your existing Objective-C files (Cocoa or iOS) to Swift on the fly.
iSwift requires Mac OS X 10.7 or higher. It costs US$13.99.
Paragon NTFS for Mac 14 revved for El Capitan
Paragon Software Group has released Paragon NTFS for Mac 14. an upgrade of the solution to solve incompatibility issues between Mac OS X and Windows.
The new update helps overcome the functional limitations of the latest version of OS X Disk Utility in El Capitan, according to the folks at Paragon Software. Earlier versions of OS X allowed to easily format volumes in Disk Utility by implementing third-party file system drivers, but these functions are no longer available in El Capitan.
Paragon NTFS for Mac 14 makes intuitive data media formatting possible again. What’s more, the product now allows users to check the file system integrity of NTFS volumes and repair them, if necessary. Instead of configuring command-line tools, the volume management functions can now be easily accessed directly through the program’s graphical user interface.
Paragon NTFS for Mac 14 is compatible with Mac OS X 10.8 and higher. It’s available for download (http://tinyurl.com/yp3xgo) and costs $19.95.
App Game Kit upgrade added animated 3D features, more
The Game Creators have released App Game Kit Version 2.0.15 (http://www.appgamekit.com/). The upgrade adds such new features as animated 3D features, Bullet physics support and Assimp 3D model format importing.
AppGameKit is available for Mac OS X, Windows, and Linux platforms . Apps can be deployed cross platform, including on iOS, Mac OS X, Android, Windows, Blackberry, Mac and Linux systems. The pay once, royalty free price also drops down to $79.
Alongside this release are four new DLCs that complement the core AppGameKit product. There are two detailed user guides that are designed and written to take a novice coder and turn him/her into an expert game developer .
Written by educationalist Alistair Stewart, the Guides are available in two versions; the Official AppGameKit Beginners Guide ($29.99) for novice users, and the Official AppGameKit User Guide ($39.99) covering many more programming subjects. To aid developers two Giant Asset Packs are also being launched today. They...
IK Multimedia releases AmpliTube 4 for the Mac, PC
IK Multimedia has released AmpliTube 4 (www.amplitube.com/4) for the Mac and PC. It’s an upgrade of the guitar and bass tone studio.
It includes what IK Multimedia says is the most advanced speaker cabinet section ever developed. It also packs a new speaker modeling, five new British amplifiers, a new acoustic simulator pedal, a built-in 8-track DAW and a more.
AmpliTube 4 is available now via the IK Online Store and select music instrument retailers. It costs 149.99 or 150 Gear Credits from the AmpliTube Custom Shop.
Fast Reports releases platform independent tool for visual...
Report generator creators Fast Reports have released a new version of FastReport.NET: 2015.4 The upgrade includes a list of important changes, but the main news is that report designer FastReport Online Designer is now a standalone application.
FastReport Online Designer has joined company´s cross-platform product line. Designer works on devices based on iOS, Android, iOS and Windows operating systems. It uses HTML 5 technology.
FastReport Online Designer’s touch-oriented interface adjusts according to platform specifics (desktop and mobile). The ability to choose and pick only necessary components makes designer lighter and faster and helps integrating it into any business system, according to the folks at Fast Reports.
Online Designer allows users to create, edit and preview the reports not causing any compatibility problems, while helping to conduct fully-featured work on the reports — even offline. The Internet connection is required only for initial loading and saving the...
Apple asks Supreme Court to dismiss ebook antitrust lawsuit
Apple has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn an appellate court decision that found the company conspired with five publishers to increase e-book prices, reports Reuters (http://tinyurl.com/ptvqyv). The Cupertino, California-based company wants the high court to review a June ruling that favored the U.S. Department of Justice, and found the company liable for engaging in a conspiracy that violated federal antitrust laws.
Reuters reports that Apple, in its petition, said the June decision by the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New York contradicted Supreme Court precedent and would "chill innovation and risk taking.” "The Second Circuit's decision will harm competition and the national economy," Apple wrote.
If upheld, the decision would force Apple to pay consumers $450 million under a 2014 settlement with 33 state attorneys general and consumers that was contingent on the company's civil liability being upheld.