EditShare qualifies Mac OS X 10.9 for products
EditShare, which specializes in shared media storage and end-to-end tapeless workflow solutions, has announced Mac OS X 10.9 compatibility for all EditShare shared storage, Flow media asset management and Ark archiving and backup products.
EditShare customers using Mavericks with Avid Media Composer 7.0.3 and 188.8.131.52, Final Cut Pro X 10.1, and Pro Tools 11.1 can connect to EditShare shared storage systems via Thursby’s DAVE 11 SMB client, or via AFP for optimal performance. Avid Media Composer 7.0.3 editors who connect to EditShare shared storage via AFP and 10GB Ethernet will see marked performance improvements even when editing multiple streams of 10-bit uncompressed HD, according to the folks at EditShare. Go to http://www.editshare.com for more info.
Apple gets temporary break from court-appointed monitor
The United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit has issued an order that temporarily halts compliance monitor Michael Bromwich's oversight while the appeal awaits a ruling, reports "AppleInsider" (http://tinyurl.com/kxu5lo8).
"It is hereby ordered that the motion for a stay pending appeal is referred to a three-judge motions panel and shall be heard as soon as possible," the order reads. "It is further ordered that an administrative stay of the district court's order is granted until the motion for stay pending appeal is determined by the motions panel."
The order, handed down by Circuit Judge Raymond J. Lohier, Jr., comes five days after Apple told the court that it planned to appeal Judge Denise Cote's imposition of an external compliance monitor.
Dot Hill rolls out Ultra48 AssuredSAN storage arrays
Dot Hill Systems has announced a suite of high-performance, ultra-density Ultra48 AssuredSAN storage arrays. Targeted at customers with throughput-intensive applications, the arrays use a patent pending enclosure developed by Dot Hill to maximize storage processing power in a minimal rack footprint.
This ultra-density solution delivers twice the performance and twice the capacity per rack unit compared to traditional arrays while maintaining easy serviceability, according to Brad Painter, vice president of channel sales, Dot Hill. The company's ultra-density chassis houses nearly 58 terabytes of data on small form factor 2.5-inch hard disk drives (HDD), while utilizing 23% less power in an efficient 2U footprint, he adds.
For high performance transaction workloads, the array can support any combination of solid state drives (SSD) and HDD drives in the same enclosure. This footprint also purportedly reduces weight by 25%. For more info go to http://www.dothill.com .
Apple expands worldwide access to educational content
Apple says iBooks Textbooks and iTunes U Course Manager are expanding into new markets across Asia, Latin America, Europe and elsewhere around the world.
iBooks Textbooks bring Multi-Touch textbooks with dynamic, current and interactive content to teachers and students in 51 countries now including Brazil, Italy and Japan. iTunes U Course Manager, available in 70 countries now including Russia, Thailand and Malaysia, allows educators to create and distribute courses for their own classrooms, or share them publicly, on the iTunes U app.
iBooks Textbooks offer iPad users fullscreen textbooks with interactive animations, rotating 3D diagrams, flick-through photo galleries and tap-to-play videos. iBooks Textbooks don’t weigh down a backpack, can be updated as events unfold and don’t need to be returned, says Eddy Cue, Apple’s senior vice president of Internet Software and Services. With nearly 25,000 educational titles created by independent publishers, teachers and leading education...
Noteboom Productions introduces Tutor for iPhoto
Noteboom Productions has released Tutor for iPhoto, their latest video tutorial, now available on the Mac App Store for US$4.99.
With Tutor for iPhoto, the user watches videos to learn how to use Apple's latest version of iPhoto for the Mac. The video tutorial consists of 50 video chapters on various subjects. Go to http://www.noteboomproductions.com for more info.
WiQiQi introduces Wireless Charging Solution for the iPhone
WiQiQi, a designer of wireless chargers for Samsung Galaxy phones, is introducing the i5 thin wireless receiver for Apple iPhone 5/5S/5C, and iPod touch.
It's a more powerful (700 mAh) version of the WiQiQi Samsung receiver, with a thin ribbon and iPhone 5 compatible connector at the end. It attaches to the outside of the iPhone 5 and purportedly takes only seconds to plug the i5 to the charging port. It's smaller and thinner than a credit card and will fit under any soft case.
You place the phone on top of any Qi standard compatible charging pad, and it will wirelessly connect and start charging. The WiQiQi i5 wireless receiver will be available in late February at a suggested retail price of US$30.
WiQiQi is offering discounted prices for "early bird" orders placed directly on www.wiqiqi.com before Feb, 29. The i5 wireless receiver will cost $5 when ordered with any WiQiQi charging pad, or $15 by itself.
HOYO introduces waterproof pocket for smartphones, music players
The new HOYO waterproof pocket allows users to take their phones with them virtually anywhere. It's made of 100% waterproof and dustproof plastic, HOYO protects electronics in humid and dirty environments while preserving touch-screen sensitivity. HOYO comes in a variety of primary and secondary colors.
Supporters of the Kickstarter campaign ending March 16 will be the first to receive their HOYOs. The HOYO is designed for use in the shower, the kitchen, and the garden. Go to http://www.gethoyo.com for more info.
Photo Sense for Mac OS X revved to version 1.12.0
VeprIT has released Photo Sense 1.12.0, an update of the non-destructive batch photo enhancement solution for Mac OS X 10.7 and higher. The upgrade introduces a number features, such as the original directory structure replication when exporting results, the ability to use IPTC/EXIF metadata in output filenames, and more.
° Photo Sense enhances photos automatically, and allows users to customize results to their liking. It ensures that the users get great results very quickly by supporting batch processing and image settings synchronization. In addition, it offers various creative effects.
Photo Sense (US$33.99) has a "lite" version, Photo Sense Lite (free), and an iPhone/iPad/iPod touch version ($1.99) with a native iPad interface. Photo Sense Lite and the mobile version implement the same automatic photo enhancement algorithm as the full Mac version. They also provide similar semi-automatic processing tools. However, they only work with a single image at a time, and don't allow...
Raildale releases a railway building game for Mac OS X, iOS
Anton Zherdev has released Raildale, a new railroad building and management game for Mac OS X and iOS.
The rules of the game are simple: the gamer connects multicolor cities with railways and has to send trains to the same color cities. Your task is to maintain the positive balance during the allotted time avoiding crashes and delays. In the case of a crash you will have to fix rails calling a service train.
Raildale is currently available at the Mac App Store (for OS X) and the Apple App Store (for iOS) at the discounted rate of US$1.99instead of $3.99. The discount will only be available during the launch period. Go to http://www.raildale.com for more info.
Default Folder X 4.6.3 fixes Open and Save locations
St. Clair Software has released Default Folder X 4.6.3, an update to their Mac OS X utility. The software enhances the file dialogs in all Mac OS X applications. Its custom keyboard shortcuts put your favorite and recent folders at your fingertips. It provides fast navigation to your files, convenient previews, integrated Spotlight tagging, and more.
Version 4.6.3 changes the behavior of last-used-folder tracking so that Pro Tools, Pages, InDesign, Microsoft Word and other applications will default to the correct folder. It also fixes some bugs and changes the SetSaveName AppleScript command so it works with UTF-8 encoded text
Default Folder X requires Mac OS X 10.5 or higher. Version 4.6.3 is a free update for existing version 4 users. It's $34.95 for new users. Go to the St. Clair Software web site (http://tinyurl.com/2gm24v) for more info.
International Space Station app for Mac OS X orbits to version 1...
Tension Software (http://www.tensionsoftware.com) has revved International Space Station, Mac OS X (10.8 or higher) software that lets you see the exact position of the ISS over the Earth, to version 1.2.
The route path is visualized over the map to evaluate if the station is coming near your position (when meteorological and light condition are adequate you can see it without any instruments). The interactive map (OpenMap) allows 11 level of zoom. The future route of the ISS over the Earth can be displayed up to the next eight hours.
International Space Station 1.2 sports an extended orbit track prevision (from one to eight hours), better internal management of NASA orbit data, and more. It costs US$2.99 and is available at the Mac App Store.
Blackmagic Design announces DaVinci Resolve 10.1
Blackmagic Design has rolled out DaVinci Resolve 10.1, an update of the on-set editing and color correction solution, that adds new editing and 3D stereoscopic features, as well as support for Final Cut Pro™ X 10.1.
The upgrade adds editing features that includes allowing users to preview and align multiple camera takes while editing, so they can switch between takes to show their clients shot options live from the timeline. Editors can now copy individual clips in the editing timeline with a simple drag and drop, making it easier to use the same footage in different parts of the edit.
The enhanced editing tools also include support for trimming frame based clips such as DNG and DPX that reduces time in transferring clips for even faster workflows, as well as Rich Text title support that allows every character’s size, position and color to be adjusted individually directly from the Edit page.
Also featured in DaVinci Resolve 10.1 are XML import enhancements for both FCP X 10.1 and...
My Voice Karoke comes to the Mac
eMedia Music Corp., in partnership with France’s IPE Music, has announced the North American release of IPE’s My Voice Karaoke, vocal removal and karaoke software for Mac OS X and Windows. The software lets you create custom karaoke mixes using your own music library.
My Voice Karaoke is available at the retail price of US$29.95. The My Voice Karaoke software is a hybrid for both Mac and Windows platforms, and will also be available for download at eMediaMusic.com and through select online retailers.
Apowersoft releases Screen Recorder 2.0 for Mac OS X
Apowersoft has released Mac Screen Recorder 2.0, an update to the screen recording tool for Mac OS X 10.5 or later.
The software enables anyone to record screen activity easily. Users may also convert video files at high speed in batch, covering an array of popular formats. Aside from making general improvements to the basic recording functions, version 2.0 offers new features, including picture-in-picture effects, task scheduler, video conversion, merger and more.
Apowersoft Mac Screen Recorder costs US$39.95 for a personal license. Users can try the free trial for a certain period to check the overall performance. What's more, users who have previous versions can upgrade to the latest version for $10. Go to http://www.apowersoft.com/ for more info.
Simon for Mac OS X revved to version 3.6
Dejal Systems has announced Simon 3.6, an update of the server monitoring tool for Mac OS X 10.6 or higher.
Simon checks web pages, FTP and DNS servers, local or remote ports or volumes, and many other kinds of services for changes or failures, with lots of notification and reporting options. Version 3.6 includes new Notification Center and History plug-ins, a rewritten Twitter plug-in, several report enhancements, and other improvements.
Dejal Simon costs US$49. Version 3.6 is a free update for licensed Simon 3 users, with upgrades from version 2 starting at $19. Go to http://www.dejal.com/simon/ for more info.
Sonnet shipping Echo Express III-D, III-R, and SE II Expansion...
Sonnet Technologies says its Echo Express III-D (desktop), Echo Express III-R (rackmount), and Echo Express SE II (desktop) Thunderbolt -to-PCI Express (PCIe) card expansion chassis are the first devices of their kind to ship with 20 Gb/sec Thunderbolt 2 interfaces.
These models, which are now shipping, are the newest members of Sonnet's award-winning Echo Express family of expansion products that enable any Mac equipped with Thunderbolt 2 or Thunderbolt ports to interface with a wide variety of high-performance PCIe cards originally designed only for use in desktop computers.
The Echo Express III-D (pictured), Echo Express III-R, and Echo Express SE II incorporate Thunderbolt 2 technology, which delivers twice the throughput of 10 Gb/sec Thunderbolt. The new expansion chassis support every kind of Thunderbolt-compatible PCIe card available — enabling the use of professional video capture, audio interface, 16Gb and 8Gb Fibre Channel, 10 Gigabit Ethernet, SAS and SATA HBA, and RAID...
Brotens announces Lighting Source Manager 1.0 for OS X
Brotens has released Lighting Source Manager, a Mac application for managing photometric files. It's designed for architects, engineers and any Mac user involved in lighting calculation and who needs to manage technical photometries.
Lighting Source Manager allows you to import, display, edit and format IESNA LM-63 (ASCII text files normally used by manufacturers of lighting fixtures-North Americans), EULUMDAT (formed by European standards) and even DXF data files.
Photometric solids are summarized in 36 azimithal C-curves and 180 zenithal gamma-angles, while the color of the lamps is given by the color temperature or real color. Lighting Source Manager can export to PDF a complete report for each photometric measurement.
Lighting Source Manager requires Mac OS X 10.8 or higher and costs US$29. It's available both from the Mac App Store and the Broten web site (http://www.brotens.com).
Code Pilot goes open source, adds Xcode 5 support
Macoscope has announced an open source release of Code Pilot, an Xcode plugin that allows smart navigation through source code. It's designed to speed up the development process.
This release also includes support for latest version of the Xcode 5 IDE (integrated development environment.) Xcode is an IDE containing a suite of software development tools for developing Mac OS X and iOS software.
Code Pilot is free and available now from Macoscope online (http://macoscope.com/). Macoscope says it "hopes this release will give birth to implementation of many ideas of improving Xcode and making Objective-C development a much more pleasant and satisfying experience for the whole community."
Thecus announces new enterprise NAS devices
Network attached storage company Thecus has announced its newest NAS units, the N7710-G (pictured) and N8810U-G, for SMB and enterprise users.
These latest additions to the Thecus line offer improvements in performance thanks to the Intel Pentium G850 Dual Core CPUs, and 10GbE technology. 10GbE networking delivers speeds up to 10x faster than regular gigabit connections, says Florence Shih, general manager of Thecus. Along with the 75% faster (but cooler running) processor, newly incorporated multimedia ports (HDMI and VGA), and the inclusion of USB 3.0 ports, the new 7-bay N7710-G and 8-bay N8810U-G also bring the wealth of the Thecus App Center to SMB businesses, she adds.
The NAS units make RAID 0, 1, 5, 6, 10, and JBOD available. The User Quota feature and iSCSI Thin Provisioning ensure that storage resources are shared efficiently., Shih says. Both new NAS products also have VMware V5.5 certification, for compatibility with the latest virtualization technologies.
The N7710-G and...
The latest version of K4 adds Lucene-based, full-text search...
vjoon GmbH, which specializes in software for professional digital content management, has released version 6.7 of the cross-media publishing platform vjoon K4.
This latest version boosts the software's integrated DAM capabilities with a high-performance search engine and "lazy loading" so that extensive search results are ranked by relevance and displayed on the fly, says vjoon GmbH CEO Andreas Schrader. It searches all publishing content — layouts, images, text objects and metadata — in a matter of seconds, he adds.
What's more, hits are ranked according to a relevance criterion as of this version. Content containing more frequent mentions of the keywords are presented first to the user. In addition, a stemming algorithm extends the query to encompass all variations on the root of the keyword used in the search. These root morpheme-based searches can also be employed for language-specific purposes.
The manner in which search results are displayed has also been revised. As of this...
Monotype now exclusive provider of Foundry Collection typefaces
Monotype Imaging Holdings — a provider of typefaces, technology and expertise for creative applications and consumer devices — is now the exclusive provider of more than 100 typefaces from The Foundry, a U.K.-based typeface design company owned and operated by typeface designers, David Quay and Freda Sack.
The agreement also marks the first time that all the fonts from The Foundry are available as Web fonts and for licensing beyond traditional desktop applications.
The Foundry fonts are available as Web fonts from Monotype through Fonts.com Web Fonts or as a self-hosted option. Extended licenses are also available to use fonts in e-publications, mobile apps, server-based applications, consumer devices and other products.
Fonts from The Foundry are available at Fonts.com and Linotype.com as desktop and Web fonts. Linotype.com also offers the fonts for e-publications, mobile apps and server-based applications.
Excel Software announced three self-hosted license servers
Excel Software has announced three self-hosted License Server products: Desktop License Server, Web License Server and Cloud License Server. These servers provide a license activation and management solution for any company that sells digital products including applications, libraries, plugins, ebooks, videos, PDFs, spreadsheets or games.
Each server product consists of an executable and data files that can be placed on a Linux or Windows web server and an Admin application that is installed on a Mac or Windows computer. The Admin application is used to configure licenses, generate serial numbers and manage customer records on the online server.
Desktop License Server supports software or documents used on Mac, Windows or Android OS protected with QuickLicense, AppProtect or DocProtect. The server automates the activation process of a protected product by collecting a Serial Number and other customer data in an Activation dialog. The server supports Trial, Product, Subscription,...
OmniOutliner for OS X gets new architecture, more
The Omni Group has released OmniOutliner 4 for Mac OS X. The upgrade of the outliner sports a new architecture, a fresh design, and more. You can use it to write a novel, take notes at school, keep your scratchpad updated, develop a monthly budget, inventory a collection, even record and store audio from an interview or lecture.
OmniOutliner 4 requires Mac OS X 10.9. It's a free update for those who've purchased the app within the past three years. For new users the price is USs$49.99. For more info go to http://tinyurl.com/mxzow93 .
Apple settles complaint regarding kids' in-app purchases
Apple has agreed to provide full refunds to consumers, paying a minimum of US$32.5 million, to settle a Federal Trade Commission complaint that the company billed consumers for millions of dollars of charges incurred by children in kids’ mobile apps without their parents’ consent.
Under the terms of the settlement with the FTC, Apple also will be required to change its billing practices to ensure that it has obtained express, informed consent from consumers before charging them for items sold in mobile apps. The FTC’s complaint alleges that Apple violated the FTC Act by failing to tell parents that by entering a password they were approving a single in-app purchase and also 15 minutes of additional unlimited purchases their children could make without further action by the parent.
The complaint also alleges that Apple doesn't inform account holders that entering their password will open a 15-minute window in which children can incur unlimited charges with no further action from the...
The CPUG Network announces the Las Vegas SuperMeet
The Creative Pro User Group (CPUG) Network has announced that the Thirteenth Annual Las Vegas SuperMeet will take place on Tuesday, April 8 in the Royale Ballroom at the Riviera Hotel in Las Vegas Nevada.
Doors will open at 4:30 p.m., and presentations will begin at 7 p.m.. The Las Vegas SuperMeet promises to be the single largest gathering of Final Cut, Adobe, Avid and Autodesk editors, gurus and digital filmmakers during the 2014 Nab Show. Early bird tickets go on sale online on Feb. 4 for US$10.
The event's SuperMeet Digital Showcase will feature over 30 software and hardware developers. Presentations will begin at 7 p.m. on April 8 and continue until 11 p.m. For more info go to http://supermeet.com .
Judge: 'anti-poaching' lawsuit may continue
Approximately 60,000 Silicon Valley workers to the thumbs up to pursue a lawsuit accusing Apple and other tech companies of conspiring to drive down pay by not poaching each other's staff, after a federal appeals court refused to let the defendants appeal a class certification order, reports "Reuters" (http://tinyurl.com/md6m8en).
The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has let stand an order by U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh in San Jose, California, to let the workers sue as a group, and pursue what the defendants said could exceed $9 billion of damages, the article adds. The case began in 2011 when five software engineers sued Apple, Google, Adobe, Intel and other firms over an alleged "overarching conspiracy" to suppress pay by agreeing not to recruit or hire each other's employees.
IGC Software rings up version 5.0.4 of iBank for Mac OS X
IGC Software (http://www.iggsoftware.com) has released released iBank 5.0.4, a new version of its financial management application for Mac OS X. It's an incremental update with bug fixes and stability improvements.
iBank 5.0.4 costs USS$59.95. It's a free update for registered users of version 5.x. It's available at the IGC Software web site and the Mac App Store.
CineText Final Cut Pro X Titles released on FxFactory
FxFactory has introduced CineFlare CineText to its family of plugins. It's designed exclusively for use in Apple's Final Cut Pro X.
CineText is a tool for adding professional, animated text titles, The plugin comes with 20 different custom-made animated titles, each with its own quick-choose, drop down menu for selection between six screen positions.
CineText is located in the Titles browser of the program after download. Just drag and drop a chosen title onto your timeline and begin altering to suit your needs. CineText is now available through FxFactory (http://fxfactory.com/info/cinetext/) for US$49.
The latest in patent battles involving Apple
A new patent infringement lawsuit has been filed against Apple, while a second company is seeking to supplement a previous lawsuit.
Rembrandt IP Management affiliates Rembrandt Patent Innovations and Rembrandt Secure Computing have filed a patent infringement lawsuit against Apple in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas, the lawsuit capital of the world.
The patent in question (US Patent 6,185,678) covers systems and methods for secure booting and recovery in an electronic device. The Rembrandt companies claim Apple uses the technology in many of its products — including the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch — without permission.
Meanwhile, VirnetX Holding Corp., an Internet security software and technology company, has filed a motion with the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas seeking to supplement its infringement contentions against Apple, the defendant in its currently-pending patent infringement lawsuit.
The motion alleges that newly released...
PrivacyScan for Mac OS X revved to version 1.5
SecureMac has released PrivacyScan 1.5, an update of the Mac privacy software. New features have been added to increase users privacy and make them aware of potential privacy threats that exist on their Mac.
PrivacyScan will notify Google Chrome and Chromium users when their browser is configured to sync with Google’s servers, which can restore erased data. PrivacyScan will also add the capability to clean open windows in many popular apps.
PrivacyScan acts like a digital private eye, identifying hidden threats that can compromise privacy when accessed by advertisers or snoopers trying to see user activity. Version 1.5 is engineered for Mac OS X 10.9 Mavericks.
It costs US$14.99 and is available at http://www.privacyscan.securemac.com. A 15-day demo version is also available.
MySQL/SQLite SQL Query and Data Export Component available
Steven Cholerton has announced MySQL/SQLite SQL Query and Data Export Component for Xojo and REALStudio Developers to use within their own applications.
He says it allows developers to give their customers sophisticated data query functionality built into their application without having to write it themselves. With it users can connect to any SQLite or MySQL database. The Results Grid can be customized for font, size and line type. Export Results Data in Tab Delimited, CSV or JSON Formats.
The standard edition of DataViewer costs 50 GBP with the full source code edition available for 150 GBP. Email support is available for both editions of DataViewer. To download it click on http://tinyurl.com/kqhjlqj .
Typinator 5.8 suggests matching snippets as you type
Ergonis Software has released Typinator 5.8, a new version of their text expander. The upgrade lets you define a hotkey to instantly search for matching snippets while you're typing.
Typinator is a solution that boosts your productivity by automating the process of inserting frequently used text and auto-correcting typing errors. Version 5.8 offers new AppleEvents to enable third-party utilities to define new snippets, and offers improvements in the Registration window to avoid misunderstandings with correctly registered licenses.
Typinator 5.8 requires Mac OS X 10.5.8 or newer. It can be ordered at the Ergonis Software website (http://www.ergonis.com). The upgrade to Typinator 5.8 is free for anyone who owns a valid license for Typinator 5. Upgrade paths are available for owners of older licenses.
See the Ergonis web site for information about purchases, including enterprise licenses, volume discounts, and upgrade pricing offers. Instead of purchasing Typinator by itself, customers...
Troi Activator plug-in ready for FileMaker Pro 13
Here are the latest incremental updates for Mac OS X apps:
° Troi Automatisering has updated its Troi Activator plug-in for FileMaker Pro to version 3.5.2. It adds compatibility with FileMaker Pro 13 and now runs in 64-bit.
Troi Activator Plug-in is a tool for triggering scripts across the network, even over the Internet. A fully functional demo version is available for downloading at Troi's web site (http://tinyurl.com/mq4s7k9).
Troi Activator Plug-in 3.5.2 works with FileMaker Pro 10, 11, 12 and 13. The plug-in can also be used with runtimes from FileMaker Pro Advanced 10, 11, 12 and 13. The plug-in is available for Mac OS X 10.5.7 or higher.
Licenses cost US$89 per user. Details on developer licenses and multi-user discounts can be found on the Troi web site.
Troi Activator Plug-in 3.5.2 also works with FileMaker Server 10, 11, 12 or 13 as a server-side plug-in and as a plug-in used by the web publishing engine. To use this, you need to purchase a special cross-platform Server/...
TrackX Powered by mocha available for Final Cut Pro X
Imagineer Systems has released TrackX powered by mocha. The latest Apple Final Cut Pro X (FCP X) plug-in to come out of the strategic partnership between Imagineer Systems and CoreMelt, TrackX powered by mocha leverages the Academy Award-winning Planar Tracking technology to track camera motion, objects and people for seamless visual effects and screen composites.
It lets FCP X editors track and replace objects within a video, such as an image on a cell phone, TV screen or sign, as well as add graphics and text, including lower-thirds, to follow objects in motion. TrackX’s customizable parameters provide FCP X editors with controls to fine-tune translation, scale, rotation and perspective motion of text and video, eliminating the need to do manual keyframing. Designed to manage the most difficult tracking challenges, mocha technology stays locked on through shaky, grainy and motion-blurred video.
TrackX powered by mocha is available now and priced at US$99. Users who have purchased...
ShopKeep, Griffin announce Mobile POS for small businesses
ShopKeep POS, a cloud-based point of sale platform designed by retailers for retailers, has announced ShopKeep Mobile, a handheld point of sale device that will use Griffin Olli hardware with the ShopKeep POS app.
Designed for the iPod touch, ShopKeep Mobile features an encrypted credit card swiper and high speed laser barcode scanner to ring-up sales right from the showroom floor. Stores from clothing boutiques to specialty retailers can maximize revenue per square footage by removing their counter and providing customers with a better shopping experience, says Jason Richelson, founder and CEO, ShopKeep POS.
ShopKeep Mobile is in production beta. You can register your interest at www.shopkeep.com/mobile-pos .
POP3it Pro plug-in for FileMaker Pro revved to version 4.1.14
Comm-Unity Networking Systems has presented an update (version 4.1.14) for POP3it Pro to fix a couple of bugs and bring in FileMaker Pro 13 compatibility.
POP3it Pro allows you to connect to a POP3 Email Server and download email directly into your FileMaker Pro database. The plug-in also allows you to import email directly from the mailbox storage files of popular email clients like Thunderbird, Eudora, and Apple Mail. With the advanced plug-in architecture of FileMaker Pro 7 and above,
POP3it Pro is available immediately at http://www.pop3itpro.com/ for both Mac OS X and Windows. For new users a single-user license costs US$65. A demo is available for download, and version 4.1.14 is a free update for registered users.
To use the Server Edition of POP3it Pro, you'll need to purchase at least a 10-user license. A 10-user license is $319.
MoneyWiz upgrade adds Mavericks support
SilverWiz Ltd. has announced MoneyWiz 1.5.2 for Mac OS X. The update to this personal finance software introduces more than 50 improvements and is free for all existing customers.
Most notably, the update introduces Mac OS X 10.9 Mavericks support and new cloud sync (via SYNCbits) which boosts performance and security. MoneyWiz is a complete personal finance software that allows people to manage accounts, budgets and bills, generate reports and more.
It requires Mac OS X 10.6 or later and costs US$24.99. It's available at the Mac App Store. Go to http://moneywizapp.com/mac/ for more info.
Geo WPS for Mac OS X updated with new Refresh command
Tension Software (http://www.tensionsoftware.com) has revved Geo WPS, a Mac OS X geo-tracking app, to version 1.1. The upgrade sports a new Refresh command and a faster refresh at high zoom levels.
Geo WPS lets you track your geographic position using OS X Wi-Fi geo-tracking. It shows your position over a zoomable OpenLayers map that's updated live from the Internet.
Geo WPS can work with any Mac with Airport turned on (to detect correct location) and an available Internet connection (using any kind of connection). It requires Mac OS X 10.8 or higher, costs US$2, and is available at the Mac App Store.
OWC expands Helios PCIe Thunderbolt expansion chassis lineup
Other World Computing has debuted the addition of the OWC Mercury Helios 2 PCIe Thunderbolt Expansion Chassis to its Helios line. It's a solution for using two single-width, or one single-width and one double-width, PCIe 2.0 adapter cards with the all new Mac Pro, Mac mini, iMac, MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, and other Thunderbolt-equipped computers that do not have PCIe slots due to size and/or design limitations.
Desktop workstations used to be the only way computer users could access high-performance PCIe cards made for video capture/editing, media transcoding, audio processing, and data storage. Now, with Mercury Helios or Helios 2, users of portable, all-in-one computers, and the new Thunderbolt 2 equipped Mac Pro 2013 can enjoy the functionality and productivity gains of these PCIe cards.
The original Mercury Helios is fast and flexible with throughput up to 10Gb/s, while the Helios 2 handles throughputs of up to 20Gb/s, and is the perfect solution to massively boost workflow...
Appeals court: Apple didn't violate Google patent
"Reuters" reports (http://tinyurl.com/meb9sr5) that an appeals court has ruled that Apple doesn't use use patented technology owned by Motorola Mobility, a Google unit, in making its iPhones.
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit upheld a decision by the International Trade Commission in April that Apple didn't violate a Google patent to make their smartphone. In 2010 Motorola Mobility accused Apple of infringing on six of its patents covering technology such as reducing signal noise and programming the device's touch screen so a user's head does not accidentally activate it while talking on the phone.
The ITC ruled in April 2013 that Apple did not violate any of the six. The appeals court addressed just one of the six patents.
PDF Checkpoint improves PDF conversion to images with...
Zevrix Solutions (http://www.zevrix.com) has announced PDF Checkpoint 1.6.1, a maintenance update to its PDF preflight and conversion solution for Mac OS X.
The software automatically preflights, exports as images, splits and optimizes Adobe PDF files. The program is equally suitable to process hundreds of files as well as single PDF documents. The new version improves PDF conversion to TIFF and PNG images with preserved transparency and addresses some issues related to output image resolution and size.
PDF Checkpoint can be purchased from the Zevrix Solutions website for US$49.95, as well as from authorized resellers. It's bundled with free Graphic Inspector software (a $40 value). The 1.6.1 update is free to licensed users. A demo is available for download. PDF Checkpoint requires Mac OS X 10.5 or higher (some features require Mac OS X 10.7 or later).
CES: Eye Tribe announces Eye Tracker for Mac OS X
The Eye Tribe announced The Eye Tracker for Mac OS X, the first eye tracker and SDK [software development kit] for the operating system, at this week's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. It's eye-tracking software that enables people to interact with technology just by looking at it.
Previously only available for Windows-based computers and tablets, the US$99 software is targeted at developers. The SDK allows for integration into applications and games for tablets, laptops and computers — and eventually smartphones.
The Eye Tribe software enables eye control on mobile devices and computers, allowing hands-free control of websites and apps, eye-activated login, enhanced gaming experiences, and cloud-based user engagement analytics, says Sune Alstrup Johansen, CEO and co-founder of The Eye Tribe. With the Tracker, users can manipulate their device purely with eye movement, or with a combination of eye tracking and other inputs like touch, responding to natural eye movements as...
Prosoft Engineering releases Picture Rescue 2 for Mac, PC
Prosoft Engineering has released Picture Rescue 2 for Mac and PC systems. It's digital picture and video recovery software.
Picture Rescue 2, previously named Klix, has a new user interface designed to make it easy to recover digital photos and videos from accidental reformatting, deleting or card corruption. Enhanced previewing and displaying options as well as improvements to speed and performance have been made, says Greg Brewer, CEO at Prosoft Engineering.
Picture Rescue 2 is available for purchase online directly from Prosoft Engineering (www.prosofteng.com).
CES: Matias launches ergonomic mechanical keyboard
Matias today announced the forthcoming release of its Ergo Pro Keyboard at this week's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. It will be available in Mac and PC versions for US$200.
"Equipped with our premium Quiet Click mechanical keyswitches, it delivers both comfort and speed, yet is quiet enough to use within earshot of other people," says Edgar Matias, CEO of Matias. "These switches are MUCH quieter than the Cherry ones used in lesser mechanical keyboards," said Matias.
Featuring padded integrated palm supports, the keyboard can be used center tented nine degrees, negatively tilted 4.5 degrees, or flat. The two halves can also be spaced apart, up to a distance of 12 inches.
The Ergo Pro also sports an integrated 3-port USB 2.0 hub, media controls, and dedicated keys for Cut, Copy, Paste, and Undo. You can pre-order now from matias.ca ; delivery is expect by August.
New Citrix DesktopPlayer extends XenDesktop to MacBook users
Citrix has announced the availability of Citrix DesktopPlayer for Mac, a client virtualization solution, which extends the benefits of the market-leading Citrix XenDesktop solution to mobile MacBook users.
It gives users the ability to work on their Windows virtual desktops in any network scenario — including over low-quality connections, congested Wi-Fi hotspots, and even when no connection is available. Using DesktopPlayer with XenDesktop enables users to switch between local and hosted virtual desktops with ongoing synchronization of personal profiles and data.
This allows users to work on their MacBook laptop, then switch to any other device to access their cloud-hosted virtual desktop. According to the folks at Citrix, end users gain freedom to work anywhere, independent of network conditions, and IT gains control with the ability to centrally-manage Windows virtual desktops delivered to either corporate or personally-owned "bring your own" (BYO) MacBooks.
Apple, Samsung agree to mediation in smartphone patent battle
Apple, Samsung CEOs agree to mediation in U.S. patent fight: Apple and Samsung have have agreed to attend a mediation session to be held on or before Feb. 19 in their ongoing battle over smartphone patents, reports "Reuters" (http://tinyurl.com/k559kh8).
The article says that Apple CEO Time Cook and Samsung CEO CEO Oh-Hyun Kwon will attend the session with in-house lawyers only, according to a Wednesday court filing. Their legal teams had met on Jan. 6 to "discuss settlement opportunities," the filing read.
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.
RE:Vision Effects announces DE:Flicker for Adobe After Effects
RE:Vision Effects has announced DE:Flicker for Adobe After Effects. The software is designed to smooth out flicker and artifacts when shooting high frame rate or timelapse video.
DE:Flicker not only fixes flicker from artificial light sources but also fixes flicker on multiple objects, even when those objects flicker at different rates, according to the folks at RE:Vision Effects. Plus, it minimizes problems when shooting directly at light sources, causing them to "breathe" and change size when shot at higher frame rates.
DE:Flicker for Adobe After Effects normally costs US$249.95. However, it's being offered at a special introductory price of US$199.95 through Jan. 31. Go to http://www.revisionfx.com/products/deflicker/ for more info.
Date Time Calc for Mac OS X revved to version 2.0
Tension Software (http://www.tensionsoftware.com) has updated Date Time Calc, a Mac OS X time calculation app, to version 2.0.
Date Time Calc is an application for calculating future and past dates by adding a date interval and calculating date difference between two assigned date. With version 2.0, the log can collect and save all the calculation you need to record using a command button. At any time you can clean the log, resetting it.
Date Time Calc requires Mac OS X 10.8 or higher and costs US$4.99. It's available at the Mac App Store.
Mac task list app Taskdeck adds Cloud sync, iOS companion app
Karl Traunmueller has released an update to Taskdeck for Mac, the Mac task and to-do list app. It adds, among other improvements, cloud syncing.
At the same time, an iOS companion app, Taskdeck for iOS, has been launched to bring the Taskdeck experience to mobile devices. Syncing between desktop and mobile is handled by a new Cloud sync platform called Taskdeck Cloud.
Taskdeck 1.1 can be purchased for US$2.99 at Traunmueller's online store (http://taskdeckapp.com). A fully functional 30-day trial is available for download. Users who prefer to purchase the app in the Mac App Store can do so, as well.
Point in Space announces FileMaker Pro 13 hosting on FileMaker...
Point In Space Internet Solutions has announced thee availability of FileMaker Pro 13 database hosting on FileMaker Server 13.
"FileMaker Pro 13 provides many new features and updates to the FileMaker product, including new design and security features" says John May, Point In Space's President. "By hosting on FileMaker Server 13, all of these new features are available to our clients. In addition, we are continuing to make FileMaker Go connections available on our shared hosting plans for no additional charge, despite the change in FileMaker's license pricing."
Point In Space is offering FileMaker Pro 13 hosting, available immediately, at the same price as their other FileMaker accounts. Current Point In Space clients should contact the company directly regarding details on migrating from previous FileMaker versions. For more info got to http://www.pointinspace.com/filemakerpro13hosting/ .