pdfToolbox revved to version 7.0
Callas Software has updated pdfToolbox, which verifies any PDF and addresses production issues through intelligent corrections, to version 7.0.
This new version is a significant step forward in making PDF quality control and production workflows more accurate, according to the folks at Callas. The core PDF and font libraries in pdfToolbox have received a major update to improve speed and reliability of processing troublesome PDF files.
The more compact and adjustable preflight report improves clear communication with customers, and the operator checkpoints allow manual intervention in automated workflows. For more info, including pricing, go to http://tinyurl.com/pb237fp .
Snapheal for Mac OS X gets enhanced plug-in performance, more
Macphun has released Snapheal 1.1, an update of its photo app for Mac OS X (10.6 or later). The new version brings enhanced plug-in performance, faster erasing and improved retouching.
Snapheal performs complex image edits, object cloning, removals and more in a matter of clicks and minutes, according to the folks at Macphun. Its Erasing tool features three different algorithms; each should be used for specific editing purposes. There's also a Clone&Stamp tool for touch-ups and fixes.
In fact, Snapheal offers 20 different tools, including saturation, gamma, contrast, noise reduction. It also provides: The ability to adjust shadows and highlights; crop and rotate photo; control sharpen; set color temperature; and more.
Snapheal features built in video tutorials. The app handles practically all file formats, including TIFF and RAW; plus, it supports a resolution of up to 32 megapixels. You can import images from Aperture and iPhoto albums plus export the creation to iPhoto, share on...
WeatherSnoop for the Mac breezes to version 3
Tee-Boy has announced WeatherSnoop 3 for Mac OS X Lion and higher. Designed to procure, analyze and publish weather data, the app interfaces with a variety of personal and professional weather stations as well as Internet-based data sources.
With WeatherSnoop, you can watch your weather come to life with rendered instruments and gauges that show temperature, wind, rain, and more. Version 3 includes support for multiple stations through Site Documents, which allow users to obtain data from more than one station at a time.
New reporting features also allow uses to obtain highs and lows for varying periods of time, going all the way back through their weather history. Also, weather station support has been honed and improved.
WeatherSnoop 3 supports a wide range of weather stations, including the Davis Vantage Pro, Davis Vantage Vue, Ambient Weather WS-1080/WS-2080, Peet Brothers ULTIMETER 100/800/2000/2100 and the RainWise CC-3000. It costs US$59.99, with a "lite" version available...
VSD Viewer for Mac OS X updated to version 4.0
Nektony has announced VSD Viewer 4.0 for Mac OS X. The new version adds the ability to display the shape date of the MS Visio objects.
VSD Viewer allows Mac users to open vsd files created with Visio 2000- 2013, a file extension for a vector graphics format developed and owned by MS Visio. Opening a Visio drawing on Mac with VSD Viewer is as simple as drag and dropping the file to its application window.
VSD Viewer requires Mac OS X 10.8 or later. It costs US$14.99 and is available worldwide through the Mac App Store in the Business category. For more info go to http://nektony.com .
WD introduces new My Cloud storage devices
WD has introduced its new My Cloud family of personal cloud solutions. They provide a complete solution for users to organize, centralize and secure the digital content from all of their computers and mobile devices and access those files from any device, from anywhere in the world, says Jim Welsh, executive vice president and general manager of WD's branded products and consumer electronic groups
By simply connecting a My Cloud personal cloud drive to the Internet, consumers get the anywhere, any-device access they can get from the public cloud, without having to pay monthly fees or giving up control of their personal data, he adds. Using the My Cloud drive, which is Mac and Windows compatible, users can share files, stream media and access content anywhere with no monthly fees and feel secure in the knowledge that their cloud resides in their own home under their exclusive control, says Welsh.
My Cloud is available in 2TB, 3TB, and 4TB capacities, providing bountiful storage...
DEVONtechnologies updates its web research assistant to 3.5.2
DEVONtechnologies has released maintenance updates for all editions of DEVONagent, its Internet research assistant for OS X.
DEVONagent is designed to help you search more efficiently on the web. It searches multiple sources for relevant results, and gives you power tools for your research. Both DEVONagent Pro (US$49.95) and Express ($4.95) 3.5.2 come with an updated "Tube" scanner which scans webpages for embedded media. The update also fixes known issues and improves overall performance and reliability.
The update is recommended for all users and can be downloaded free from the DEVONtechnologies website (www.devontechnologies.com) or obtained through the App Store.
All editions of DEVONagent require an Intel-based Mac and OS X 10.6.8 or later. In the Mac App Store DEVONagent Pro and Express require OS X 10.8 or later. All apps can be downloaded from DEVONtechnologies online and, the commercial apps can be test-driven free of charge before they need to be properly licensed. All...
Purchase FileMaker Pro 12 or FM Pro 12 Advanced and get a free...
FileMaker Inc. has announced a "Buy One FileMaker, Give One Free," a limited-time offer that allows those who purchase FileMaker Pro 12 (US$299) or FileMaker Pro 12 Advanced ($499) to receive a second downloadable copy for free.
Participants can use the free copy within their organizations or give it to a friend, colleague, client or charity. FileMaker Pro 12 and FileMaker Pro 12 Advanced let you create and use custom business solutions that run on Macs, iPads, iPhones, Windows systems, and the web. Both products offer built-in themes, Starter Solutions and design tools.
Buyers will also receive the FileMaker Training Series. It offers a way to master the essentials of the FileMaker 12 product line with self-paced learning materials, at no additional cost.
The offer applies only to FileMaker Pro 12 or FileMaker Pro 12 Advanced and is limited to one gift request per person, per household and per company between now and Oct. 23. The promotion is valid for the downloadable versions of...
Maintain serves up Cocktail 6.8.1 (Mountain Lion Edition)
Maintain has released Cocktail 6.8.1 (Mountain Lion Edition), the latest maintenance update for users running OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion. This version contains improvements to the Pilot scheduler, addresses an issue in which Cocktail may crash at startup and fixes compatibility issues with QuarkXPress 10.
Cocktail is a general purpose utility for OS X that lets users clean, repair and optimize their Mac. This version resolves a number of issues discovered in the previous release and addresses minor compatibility issues with OS X 10.8.4 and Safari 6.0.5.
Cocktail 6.8.1 (Mountain Lion Edition) requires OS X Mountain Lion or OS X Mountain Lion Server (10.8). Cocktail (Lion Edition) for OS X 10.7, Cocktail (Snow Leopard Edition) for OS X 10.6 and Cocktail (Leopard Edition) for OS X 10.5 are available for download from the Maintain website.
Cocktail costs US$19 for a single user license and is available for purchase from the Maintain website (http://maintain.se/cocktail). The license is valid...
MergeMill Pro update automates data extraction steps
Cross Culture has released Mergemill Pro 4.6, an update of their app for cleansing and de-duplicating data. The upgrade automates many of the data extraction and processing steps in data mining.
Mergemill Pro takes diverse sources of data -- such as databases, web pages, e-mails and more -- and merges them with templates to produce the desired output, from web pages to customized e-mails. The program features data-processing capabilities such as data filters, multi-level data sorting, BASIC scripting, and multiple search-and-replace actions.
Mergemill Pro supports Unicode and other text encodings, and has project scheduling and auto-run functionality. Users can control output in templates through scripting with tags for content insertion, arithmetic expressions, looping, branching, statistic calculations and for marking text blocks for variable assignment or special output actions.
Mergemill Pro 4.6 is available for Macs running OS X 10.5 or higher. It can be purchased online from...
With version 5.5, Undercover meets Mavericks
Orbicule has released Undercover 5.5, a new version of Undercover that was designed for the OS X Mavericks. The update also adds Debriefings with monthly notifications about the Mac's Undercover status and including tips on how to improve recovery chances.
Version 5.5 has the ability to track a stolen Mac in real-time: the web interface allows users to instantly snap and view mugshots of the thief whenever their stolen Mac is online. The same goes for screenshots and location information, allowing users and law enforcement to follow stolen Macs live.
In addition, Undercover 5.5 has keylogging, revealing everything a thief is typing on the stolen Mac, including his Facebook or Twitter account names, social security numbers, contact information, etc. Orbicule has also introduced Debriefings. These monthly notifications inform the user about the protection status of his Mac and include personalized tips and tricks on how to increase the recovery chances even more. Current recovery rates...
Apple posts firmware updates for the MacBook Pro, MacBook Air
Apple has released Apple released firmware updates for the MacBook Pro (mid 2012) and MacBook Air (mid 2012 and mid 2013).
The updates address an issue with battery performance. You can find them at the Mac App Store under Updates in Mountain Lion, or under Software Update in Lion.
Epson debuts Expression Photo XP-950 wide-format printer
Epson America has announced the Epson Expression Photo XP-950 Small-in-One, which allows you to print photos up to 11 x 17 inches.
It boasts a compact design and users Claria Photo HD six-color inks. What's more you can print from a computer, tablet or smartphone from just about any location thanks to Epson Connect. The Photo XP-950 works with Wi-Fi Direct, Wi-Fi Certified and Ethernet.
The Expression XP-950 prints 4 x 6 inch photos in as fast as 10 seconds. Other features include: direct CD/DVD printing; a dedicated photo tray; a rear paper feed for card stock, envelopes and more; automatic two-sided printing; copying and scanning; a 3.5-inch LCD with gesture navigation; a fold-over scan lid to hold photos and documents in place; and an auto-extend output paper tray.
The Expression Photo XP-950 costs US$349.99. For more information, go to www.epson.com .
eMedia Music to expand its Guitar Lab DVD series
eMedia Music Corp., publisher of a series of music tutorial CD-ROMs and DVDs, in partnership with TrueFire, has released three new titles in the Guitar Lab line of guitar instruction DVDs: The 50 Modal Licks You Must Know, 50 Melodic Rock Licks You Must Know, and 50 Radio Rock Licks You Must Know DVDs.
They will be available at retail stores nationwide and online (www.eMediaMusic.com) at an estimated retail price of US$24.95 each. The Guitar Lab DVD Series includes 24 titles for beginner to advanced guitar and bass instruction. All DVDs feature PIP (Picture in Picture) video, a manual, standard notation, tab, power tab files, practice rhythm tracks, and additional bonus material.
Native Instruments announces Maschine Studio, Maschine 2.0
Native Instruments has announced Maschine Studio and Maschine 2.0, updates of the company's flagship groove production studio and next generation of Maschine software.
Considerably bigger than the original hardware, Maschine Studio provides expanded tactile control and new high resolution color displays. As with the Maschine and Maschine Mikro Maschine Studio is an integrated solution combining the latest software technology with a hardware-based workflow.
Maschine 2.0 features such enhancements as a new mixer page and dynamic drum synth plug-ins. They're designed to deliver more power and speed to all three Maschine production studios.
Maschine Studio (US$999) will be available at the NI Online Shop starting Nov. 1. Maschine 2.0 is included with Maschine Studio and all Maschine and Maschine Mikro products shipping on or after Nov. 1. For more info go to http://tinyurl.com/lueznpl .
MobileMe's 20GB of free storage coming to an end
Users of Apple's former MobileMe service who move to iCloud, Apple's new service, will see, as Apple warned, a downgrade in storage.
Apple is no longer offering 20GB of storage as it did with MobileMe. iCloud only provides 5GB for free. The company does offer extra storage plans: an additional 10GB of storage for US$20/year, 20GB for $40/year, or 50GB for $100/year.
If you're currently over the free 5GB limit, such features as iCloud Backup, Documents in the Cloud, and iCloud Mail will quit working until you bring your account under the 5GB limit.
Chronos announces Business Card Shop 5
Chronos has announced Business Card Shop 5, an update to its business card software for OS X (10.4 or higher). The new version makes it easier to share cards, edit individual faces of double-sided and folding cards, and browse templates, according to the folks at Chronos.
You can now share a business card via Twitter, Facebook, Flickr, email, messaging, or AirDrop. You can use a business card as an email signature; Business Card Shop 5 supports Apple's Mail app. The upgrade adds 10 signature card templates and a Template Chooser for previewing templates or creating a blank card. The Template Chooser shows the back side of double-sided cards
Business Card Shop 5 adds the ability to save a document as a template so it shows up in the Template Chooser. It also adds the ability to edit individual faces/sides of double-sided, folding, and tent cards and adds 36 double-sided templates (22 horizontal and 14 vertical).
Fold lines are now displayed on folding & tent cards when editing....
LinkOptimizer for InDesign Improves ICC Color Profile Handling
Zevrix Solutions (www.zevrix.com) has announced LinkOptimizer 4.8.4, a maintenance update to its workflow automation solution for Adobe InDesign. The new version ensures that all installed ICC profiles are available to the users for automatic color conversion of InDesign image links.
LinkOptimizer allows users to reduce the size of InDesign links and speed up processing by eliminating excess image data. It performs essential image adjustments; converts image formats; and more. LinkOptimizer works automatically with Photoshop to eliminate the excess image data of InDesign links, perform essential image adjustments and convert image formats.
LinkOptimizer can be purchased from the Zevrix website for US$259.95 USD (there's a "lite" version for $179.95) as well as from authorized resellers. A demo is available for download. The update is free for LinkOptimizer 4.x users and $98.78 to upgrade from previous versions. LinkOptimizer is available for Mac OS X 10.5 and higher and works with...
Paragon Software portal designed help with consumer device data...
Paragon Software Group (PSG) has launched a portal hosting a selection of free or inexpensive tools for users of multiple devices seeking to solve incompatibility issues on consumer electronics.
Users of computers, smartphones, audio and video equipment, TV sets, DVD players, digital cameras, and camcorders increasingly need to interchange data content between various incompatible systems. To solve the interoperability issue, Paragon Software has developed eight essential tools (seven drivers and a converter) to guarantee full high-performance read/write access to volumes of the most popular file systems (NTFS, HFS+, Ext2/Ext3/Ext4, etc.) under various platforms (Mac OS X, Android, Windows,Linux) where these file systems normally are not supported.
Paragon Software’s cross-platform tools are based on the company’s Universal File System Driver (UFSD) technology and enable any device to communicate and share files regardless of its operating system. The portal is available at http...
Apple takes top spot in Interbrand Best Global Brands report
For the first time in the history of Interbrand’s Best Global Brands report (www.interbrand.com), there is a new #1 brand: Apple. Interbrand, a brand consultancy, publishes Best Global Brands on an annual basis, identifying and examining the top 100 most valuable global brands.
With Apple claiming the top position this year, Google jumps to #2 and Coca-Cola, the brand that held the #1 position for 13 consecutive years, moves to #3. This year, the total value of all 100 Best Global Brands is USD $1.5 trillion -- an 8.4% record increase over the total value of the 100 Best Global Brands in 2012.
Apple has appeared on Interbrand’s Best Global Brands ranking since 2000, when the ranking debuted. In 2000, Apple ranked #36 and had a brand value of USD $6.6 billion. Today, Apple’s brand value is USD $98.3 billion– almost 15 times the amount of its brand value in 2000. Apple’s meteoric rise in brand value can be attributed to the way it has created a seamless omnichannel experience for...
Apple's Lightning connector could be banned in Europe
A European Parliament's consumer protection committee has voted to standardize smartphone connectors in a move to reduce waste. As a result it;s possible that Apple will have to abandon the Lightning connector at the base of the iPad and iPhone that is used for charging, according to "MacWorld UK" (http://tinyurl.com/n28jktj)
Brussels is attempting to make every mobile use the same charging standard. The microUSB standard seems the most likely winner based on the fact that in 2009 the European standards agency chose it to be the universal port for smartphones, and hence most of Apple's smartphone competition now use microUSB connectors, notes "MacWorld UK."
Patent troll Lodys gets a small win in legal case against Apple...
Patent troll company, Lodsys, has won at least a small court victory. U.S. District Judge Rodeny Gilstrap, the East Texas judge overseeing Lodsys' systematic patent attack on app developers, has refused to even consider Apple's motion in the case, reports "ArsTechnica" (http://tinyurl.com/pxhffe2). Instead, he allowed the patent-holding company to settle all its cases -- and then dismissed Apple's motion as moot.
By doing so, Gilstrap "has enabled Lodsys to threaten developers for months, and perhaps even years, to come," says "ArsTechnica." In 2011 Lodsys sued some iOS developers for using in-app purchasing systems that it claims violates patents it owns. The patent holding firm targeted small iOS developers with notices of patent infringement for providing in-app purchase and/or Apple App Store purchase links within their apps.
Apple's legal department came to the defense of iOS app developers with a letter to Lodsys regarding its patent dispute with app developers. In the letter...
German court rules an Apple iPhone patent invalid
As a result of a difference between jurisdictions in the U.S. and Germany, the Munich-based Bundespatentgericht (Federal Patent Court of Germany) has sided with Samsung and Google's Motorola Mobility in declaring an Apple iPhone patent, EP2059868 on a "portable electronic device for photo management" within Germany's borders, invalid, notes "FOSS Patents."
Why? Because a video of the original January 2007 iPhone presentation already showed the famous bounce-back effect in the photo gallery, which is what this patent is all about. The court also rejected various amended claims proposed by Apple, which were an attempt to distinguish the patent from what was shown in the video, because it found them to be, at best, obvious over the Steve Jobs video, which Google's lawyers from the Quinn Emanuel firm submitted to the court in April 2013, ,the article adds. Read more at http://tinyurl.com/l9ks4x6 .
Marked 2 released for Mac OS X
Brett Terpstra has released Marked 2 for OS X. The utility allows you to preview your Markdown as you write in your favorite text editor.
It tracks your file changes and updates the preview as you go, automatically scrolling to the point in the file where you're currently working. Marked 2 brings Scrivener support and now supports everything from clipboard previews to MarsEdit blog post previews.
Marked 2 is available for US$11.99. For a limited time, Marked is available as part of the "Cheaper By The Dozen" bundle from Paddle. For $34.99 you can get a variety of quality Mac apps, including Marked 2, Raskin, Habits and more. For more info go to http://marked2app.com .
Akvis Artwork for Mac OS X gets new Share feature
Akvis has released Akvis ArtWork 8.0, an update of its photo to painting software for Mac OS X (10.4 and higher) and Windows.
Version 8.0 offers the new Share feature that lets posting pictures from the program to social networks. The plugin is compatible with Photoshop CC and PaintShop Pro X6.
A Home license for Akvis ArtWork costs US $72. A demo is available for download at http://tinyurl.com/2wo2844 .
Drawing with Carl comes to the Mac
Tayasui's children's app, Drawing with Carl, is now available for Mac OS X (10.6 or later). It's available at the Mac App Store (http://tinyurl.com/qctzqx9) and costs US$4.99.
It's a Mac version of the iPad app. With Drawing with Carl's variety of drawing tools you can: write your name with letter stickers; draw mustaches or funny eyes; add stickers of Carl and his friends to your pictures; and share your creations by email. Images are automatically Saved in the Pictures folder.
MacPractice releases 64 bit MacPractice 4.4
MacPractice, a developer of Mac OS and iOS native software for doctors for use on Macs, iPads and iPhones, has released the 64-bit MacPractice 4.4 to all new purchasers of MacPractice MD, DDS, DC and 20/20.
Among other the new capabilities of 4.4, MacPractice is introducing Time Clock, and Inventory tracking. Inventory works with bar code readers and integrates with the practice’s fee schedules and patient ledgers. MacPractice 4.4 provides doctors with new revenue cycle management tools, enhanced insurance verification, supplementary Internet backup, more digital imaging integrations, new third party cloud EMR/EHR options, and expanded Internet connectivity for providers as well as their patients.
MacPractice 4.4 requires Mac OS 10.8 and interoperates with MacPractice Patient Check In, MacPractice Clipboard and MacPractice iEHR apps for iPad and MacPractice Interface for iPhone. For more info go to www.macpractice.com .
Tolis Group serves up Argest solutions for storage, management,...
TOLIS Group has released end-to-end solutions for the media and entertainment industry that provide a single source solution for the ingest, storage, management, and archival of media assets.
Combining connectivity from Sonnet Technologies and ATTO, storage from Seagate and Samsung, asset management from Square Box, tape technologies from HP, and archival from DAX and TOLIS Group, TOLIS Group's ArGest solutions provide a single source for all components required to manage and archive assets -- from standalone videographers to large studios supporting multiple projects and long term archival, says Tim Jones, TOLIS Group president and CTO.
By combining TOLIS Group's existing ArGest disk and tape storage technologies with CatDV and DAX Broadcast Archive, TOLIS Group is able to provide hard drive and SSD storage, LTO standalone and library tape solutions and all of the software required to manage and archive an organization's deluge of digital content, he adds. Solutions range from a...
Apple releases iOS 7.0.2
Apple has released iOS 7.0.2. It's a security and maintenance that fixes a problem with Lock screen issues in which someone could bypass the iOS password protection.
It also reintroduces a Greek keyboard option for passcode entry. iPhone, iPad and iPod touch owners can download it through iTunes or as an over-the-air update. For more info go to http://support.apple.com/kb/HT5957 .
Genius releases Energy Mouse
Genius has announced the Energy Mouse, a device that serves as both a power bank and a fully functional mouse in one package. With this device, business people, travelers and students can recharge their electronic devices, such as smartphones, when on-the-go, and negates the need to carry a separate power bank.
The Energy Mouse is equipped with a 2700mAh battery, and a separate battery reserve is used to power the mouse. The built-in lithium-ion battery can be charged with the included USB cable.
The Energy Mouse's 2.4 Ghz wireless technology has a range of up to 30 feet. The USB pico receiver can be left in the USB port, adding more portability. When not in use the pico receiver can be stored under the mouse.
The Energy Mouse is compatible with Mac OS X 10.4 and higher and is available in metallic blue, metallic red, silver or pink for the suggested retail price of USS$34.99. for more info go to www.geniusnet.com .
Symantec wants MobileMe users to move to Norton Zone
On Monday, Sept. 30, MobileMe members will lose the 20GB bonus iCloud space. Symantec is inviting MobileMe users to move their storage to Norton Zone, Symantec’s cloud file-sharing service to receive 50GB of free storage.
To take advantage of the offer, MobileMe users should complete the following steps:
° Forward Norton the email from MobileMe that informed you the product is being cancelled. Send it to email@example.com, as well as provide the email address to use for your Norton Zone account.
° Sign up for Norton Zone 5GB free account at https://www.nortonzone.com/ .
° In October, Norton will email you an unique activation key URL that will turn your 5GB account into a 55GB account.
Apple raises prices on some Mac mini models
Apple has "quietly raised the price on Mac mini systems in a variety of non-US markets for no clear reason," reports "MacNN." Though the adjustment may possibly be to bring prices in line with currency changes in other countries, the costs have been hiked higher in every region where the changes have taken place, the article says.
Affected countries include Brazil, Malaysia and Australia. The price differences vary, but the listed Mac minis aren't updates of the tiny desktop Mac, but the same models that hav been on sale for months. Read more at http://tinyurl.com/k6mwqjr .
Theme Inn launches a new illustration set for MS Office
Theme Inn, a graphic design company specializing in creating high-quality templates for Microsoft Office for Mac, has expanded its range with the release of Stills for Microsoft Office.
The new pack of clip art items, photos, and 3D images for Office includes a total of 1,633 items. The set contains six image categories: Clipart; Objects 3D; Photos; Photo Items; People Clipart; and Traffic Signs. Their content ranges from cartoons of humans and office stationery to photos of original textures and patterns.
Most of the images have a transparent background, which allows placing images on top of different patterns. The PNG format allows adjusting tint, brightness, and other image parameters. The People Clipart images are also available in PDF and can therefore be resized without losing image quality. Although the app is designed to be used with MS Office for Mac, the images can also be used in iWork and various graphics programs.
The Stills for MS Office set is available on the Mac App...
Enolsoft updates YouTube Converter HD for the Mac
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Bubble Chart Pro for Mac OS X floats to version 5.2
Bubble Chart Pro 5.2 for Mac and Windows introduces 3-dimensional rotating bubble charts, providing business managers and executives with a new way of looking at their data.
3D bubble charts let managers explore and compare project relationships against four different criteria simultaneously, such as cost, resources requirements, risk, and profit, in a single chart. The charts are customizable to allow users to choose any look, including changing colors, gradients, pictures, fonts, and more.
Bubble Chart Pro pricing starts at US$149.97. A free demo version can be downloaded from the application's website (www.bubblechartpro.com).
Native Instruments introduces Kinetic Metal
Native Instruments has introduced Kinetic Metal, a new instrument for creating ethereal sound beds, shifting textures, and tonal percussion. According to the folks at NI, it combines creatively-sampled, unconventional metal objects with artificial waveforms.
Kinetic Metal is aimed primarily at producers and sound designers seeking atmospheric textures, mallet-like lead sounds, and delicate percussion. Two modification wheels allow users to manipulate the sound. An auto-motion feature allows producers to set one or both of these wheels turning on their own.
Kinetic Metal runs in Kontakt 5 and the free Kontakt 5 Player. It's available from the NI Online Shop (http://tinyurl.com/qbw8grx) for US$99.
Nihilumbra has arrived on the Mac
BeautiFun Games has released Nihilumbra for Mac OS X. It costs US$9.99. A demo is available for download.
Here's how the game is described: "Discover the beautiful world of Nihilumbra and join Born on his adventure to find himself whilst trying to escape from his inevitable curse. Born was created from the absolute nothingness: The Void. But somehow he separates himself from the black emptiness and appears in the world. This is where his long odyssey begins, in which he will learn how to use the colors around him to gain powerful abilities and transform the world.
"However, his experiences come at a high price. The Void must be one. It seeks to reclaim him and will never stop chasing him, destroying everything in its path along the way. To survive, Born will have to condemn the earth he walks to it's inevitable obliteration by The Void."
For more info go to www.nihilumbra.com .
newMacgadgets introduces iPad mini Security Kit
newMacgadets has introduced the iPad Mini Security Kit. Constructed from aircraft quality aluminum, it's an US$39.95 anti-theft solution.
The iPad Mini Security Kit sports specially designed aluminum security brackets, with rubber inserts, that secure to the outer-edges of the iPad mini providing a tight grip. In the rear, a Torx T-25 tamper-proof screws connect the brackets and provides an anchor for the 6.5-foot security cable. The assembled weight of the brackets is less than 3 ounces.
In addition to providing security, the mounting brackets also double as a counter-top stand, holding the iPad mini at a 30 degree viewing angle. The security cable can mount to any fixed object or to the mounting plate (included). For more info go to http://newpcgadgets.com .
BatchOuput PDF adds reprint feature
Zevrix Solutions has released BatchOutput PDF 2.0.7, a new version of its solution for printing multiple PDF documents on Mac OS X. The upgrade lets users reprint jobs directly from BatchOutput PDF saving the time of locating the files again on the system.
Designed as a tool for printers, publishers, ad agencies, as well as users of other trades, BatchOutput PDF allows users to batch print PDF files with the click of a button. With version 2.0, users can now define print presets for various output settings and assign a hot folder to each preset.
For example, they can create hot folders for color and black and white printers, specific types and sizes of paper, various color management profiles and so on. Users only need to drop PDF files into hot folders and the files will be printed automatically with the respective preset settings.
BatchOutput PDF can be purchased from the Zevrix website (www.zevrix.com) for US$24.95 (the server version is $99.95), as well as from authorized...
MacPaw - Developer Interview
Recently, TUAW and MacTech Magazine teamed up to speak to developers about how Apple's newly announced technologies (specifically Mavericks and iOS 7) will help them and their customers. In the weeks following the event, we'll bring you those videos on TUAW, MacTech and MacNews.
If you aren't currently a reader of MacTech Magazine, check out the special free MacTech on iPad issues for MacTech Magazine here.
This video features Neil Ticktin and Oleksandr Kosovan of MacPaw. Oleksandr was kind enough to tell us about their thoughts on Apple's announcements, and how it will affect their plans moving forward.
TextExpander for Mac features new predefined snipper group
SmileOnMyMac (http://www.smileonmymac.com) has updated TextExpander, a Mac OS X utility that lets users define abbreviations for frequently-used text strings and images, to version 4.1. The new version features a new predefined snippet group with over 200 popular emoji. It also prepares TextExpander to be compatible with OS X 10.9 ( Mavericks)
The regular cost is US$34.95 for a single user license or $44.95 for a five-pack family license. A 30-day fully functioning demo of TextExpander can be downloaded at the SmileOnMyMac web site. Upgrades to TextExpander 4.1 from earlier versions costs $15, though version 4.1 is a free update for those who bought the app after Jan. 15, 2012.
Yazsoft releases Playback 1.8.15 for Mac OS X
Yazsoft (www.yazsoft.com) has released Playback 1.8.15, an update of their new zero configuration media server for Mac OS X.Playback allows anyone to share their media with any Playstation 3, Xbox 360, or other UPnP compatible device.
Playback can also share media stored in folders or even make entire disks available to a Playstation 3 or Xbox 360. By default, Playback will share almost any content on the users system. No configuration is required.
Playback 1.8.15 is offered at the Introductory price of $15 for three licenses, and can be purchased from the Yazsoft website. A free 7-day demo is available for download. Playback requires Mac OS X 10.6.8 or higher.
MacBreakZ upgraded to version 5.11
publicspace.net has announced MacBreakZ 5.11, an update of the integrated solution designed to address the entire spectrum of computer related health problems, ranging from eyestrain, headaches, neck, wrist, elbow and back pain to more severe Repetitive Strain Injuries (RSI), including carpal tunnel syndrome, writer's cramp, tendonitis, etc.
This latest release adds support for controlling the application via global keyboard shortcuts. Users can start, end, delay or disable breaks using fully customizable keyboard shortcuts.
MacBreakZ requries Mac OS X 10.7 Lion or later. Single user licenses for MacBreakZ cost US$24.99 and are available worldwide through the Mac App store in the Health and Fitness category under the alias "BreakZ 5." Small business, family, business and enterprise licenses are also available from the publicspace.net web store.
Champlain Arts - Developer Interview
Recently, TUAW and MacTech Magazine teamed up to speak to developers about how Apple's newly announced technologies (specifically Mavericks and iOS 7) will help them and their customers. In the weeks following the event, we'll bring you those videos on TUAW, MacTech and MacNews.
If you aren't currently a reader of MacTech Magazine, check out the special free MacTech on iPad issues for MacTech Magazine here.
This video features Neil Ticktin and Jesse Feiler of Champlain Arts Corp. Jesse was kind enough to tell us about their thoughts on Apple's announcements, and how it will affect their plans moving forward.
Markzware announces FlightCheck 7 Mac with Creative Cloud...
Markzware has announce a new version of its preflight solution, FlightCheck 7 Mac. This new version of pre-press software for the Macintosh platform has added support to preflight Adobe documents created with InDesign CC, Illustrator CC, and Photoshop CC graphic software for Adobe Creative Cloud.
FlightCheck 7 Mac is a stand-alone application and a preflight solution for creative professionals, printers, graphic designers, and publishers to ensure print quality control for InDesign CC and other native files. Users can run FlightCheck 7 Mac to preflight Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop, Acrobat, InDesign CC, and a variety of desktop publishing (DTP) file types, without the native applications.
The FlightCheck 7 Mac license can be purchased on a perpetual or subscription basis via the online FlightCheck Store (http://tinyurl.com/mdy4au8). The subscription includes, free of charge, all updates made during the subscription term. The upgrade from FlightCheck 6.90 to FlightCheck 7 Mac is...
OWC announces memory upgrade for new 27-inch iMac
Other World Computing (OWC) has announced the immediate availability of the OWC Memory Upgrade Kits from 8GB to 32GB for the new 2013 iMac 27-inch models that were just announced.
OWC’s kits offer memory configurations not offered by the factory as well as savings of more than US$240 compared to same-size factory options. Like all OWC Memory Upgrade Kits, a "how-to" install video and OWC Lifetime warranty are included.
New iMac owners seeking to max-out the RAM can select the $359, 32GB OWC memory upgrade and save over $240 compared to the 32GB factory cost of $600. For even more savings, iMac owners can trade-in the two factory base 4GB memory modules.
Here are the OWC memory upgrades for the 2013 iMac 27-inch 2.9GHz/3.2GHz i5 Models and 3.4GHz i7 Model:
° 8GB (2 x 4GB) PC3-12800 DDR3L 1600MHz Upgrade Kit with Lifetime Warranty. $97.99
Add to existing 2 x 4GB factory-installed modules for 16GB total memory. Offers over 50 percent savings vs. factory installed 16GB option.
° 12GB (...
Outdoor Tech deploys touch-control wireless headphones
Outdoor Tech has released the Privates wireless headphones that feature a touch-pad interface that allows you to control tunes with the flick of a finger.
The Privates' touchpad interface is located on the right earpiece and allows the user to change tracks and control volume with the swipe of a finger. They also feature a 3.5mm auxiliary jack for a wired connection to kick it old school in situations that don't allow for Bluetooth connectivity, like on an airplane, with a non-Bluetooth device, or if you forget to charge them.
The Privates also project a fuel gauge onto your device that actively tells you how much juice you've got left. Soft ear pads and a canvas wrap around the headband. Finally, they come with a signature ODT carry pouch.
The Privates are available in black, green, mustard and turquoise and may be purchased for US$99.95 at www.outdoortechnology.com .
WD introduces new My Book family of drives
WD, a Western Digital company, has redesigned its My Book and My Book for Mac lines of external desktop drives to provide as much as 4TB storage capacity and enhanced data protection for those who create and collect large volumes of data, video, music and photos.
With USB 3.0 for speed, the new My Book lines are available in 2TB, 3TB and 4TB capacities for the largest content collections. They come with WD SmartWare Pro automatic back-up software with Dropbox integration offers cloud backup capabilities. What's more the WD Edition of Acronis True Image enables users to execute a full system backup and securely delete digital files and programs.
Security measures against unauthorized access to the drive are handled through WD SmartWare Pro automatic backup software with hardware encryption and password protection. To protect files against theft, fire, flood or other natural disaster, My Book integrates Dropbox to store files in the cloud.
For full system backup and secure...
Zoom It for Mac OS X gets a performance boost
Appatit has revved Zoom It (www.zoomitapp.com) for Mac OS X to version 1.2. It's an utility that allows users to view their Mac's screen through a virtual magnifying glass.The new release provides a performance boost, an easily-identifiable black and white icon on the task bar, Retina display support, a loupe-size indicator in the drop-down menu, and the ability to hide the loupe when saving a screenshot, in addition to some minor bug fixes.
Designed especially for artists, designers, engineers, photographers, presenters, project collaborators, laptop users, and those who wear corrective lenses, Zoom It is a Menu item. The app's virtual loupe can magnify from 5-45% of the screen up to 5x.
The on-screen magnifier in Zoom It is always available to provide a closer look at whatever the user is doing on his/her Mac. The magnifier, with a circular or rectangular shape, can be accessed through keyboard shortcuts. Alternatively, the app's magnifying glass icon in the Menu Bar can open to...
Typinator for OS X gets enhanced dynamic input fields
Ergonis Software (http://www.ergonis.com) has given us Typinator 5.7, the latest version of its tool for auto-typing text and auto-correcting typos systemwide across all Mac OS X applications. The upgrade enhances dynamic input fields with optional default values and contains many other enhancements and fixes.
With a simple inclusion mechanism, text expansions can execute external scripts and include their results in the expansion. Typinator supports scripts written in in many different languages like AppleScript, Perl, PHP, Python, Ruby, and arbitrary shell scripting languages.
Typinator requires Mac OS X 10.5.8 or later. Mac OS X 10.6 or higher is recommended. It can be purchased on the Ergonis Software web site for approximately US$32 for a single user license. A family pack for installation on up to five computers is $49. The upgrade to Typinator 5.7 is free for anyone who owns a license to Typinator 5.x.
Default Folder X 4.5.11 offeres fixes for Mavericks, Photoshop,...
St. Clair Software (www.stclairsoft.com) has rolled out Default Folder X 4.5.11, an update to their utility for Mac OS X. Its custom keyboard shortcuts put your favorite and recent folders at your fingertips.
Version 4.5.11 is compatible with the developer release of OS X Mavericks and fixes issues on Mac OS 10.8 and 10.7 as well. Default Folder X 4.5.11 is a free update for existing version 4 users. It costs $34.95 for new users.