LiveCode 6.6 ships with Scaling and High DPI support on desktops
RunRev says LiveCode 6.6, an update of the cross platform app development environment, is now available. The release brings automatic scaling and handling of Retina display screens to desktops.
It also adds open SSL and encryption support for mobile platforms. Additionally, a new assert command has been implemented to help folks who write tests.
LiveCode is available in a free "community" edition and an US$500 commercial edition. It works with Mac, Windows, Linux, iOS, and Android platforms. Go to www.livecode.com for more info.
Cocktail 7.3 (Mavericks Edition) can now clear Icon Services...
Maintain has served up Cocktail 7.3 (Mavericks Edition). It's a maintenance release of the utility that lets users clean, repair and optimize their Macs.
Version 7.3 adds the ability to clear Icon Services caches and saved application states. It also adds an "Allow power button to put the computer to sleep" setting and an Utilities menu that offers quick access to miscellaneous utilities and assistants.
Cocktail 7.3 (Mavericks Edition) requires OS X Mavericks 10.9 to run. Cocktail (Mountain Lion Edition) for OS X 10.8, Cocktail (Lion Edition) for OS X 10.7 and Cocktail (Snow Leopard Edition) for OS X 10.6 are available for download from Maintain website.
Cocktail costs US$19 for a single user license. You can purchase it at the Maintain web site (http://www.maintain.se/cocktail).
Native Instruments introduces Molekular
Native Instruments has released Molekular, a modular multi-effects system for their flagship synthesis studio Reaktor 5 or the free Reaktor 5 Player. It features 35 exclusive creative effects for sound manipulation.
Molekular's modular design allows for "an unprecedented level of routing freedom and its Morphing Field provides inspiring performance possibilities for producers," according to the folks at Native Instruments. It's available now at the NI Online Shop for US$149. Go to www.native-instruments.com/molekular for more info.
Remote FileMaker 13 Training Series course set for May
FileMaker authors John Mark Osborne and Steven Blackwell will teach the FileMaker Training Series for FileMaker Pro 13 remotely in May. They say that remote classes offer students the same benefits of a traditional classes like asking questions and in-class exercises but without the cost of travel and time away from work.
The FileMaker Training Series (FTS) is the official training curriculum from FileMaker, Inc. It offers a series of 13 training modules that cover a set of topics designed to help you master the essentials of FileMaker solution development. Since the FileMaker Training Series for FileMaker 13 has not been announced yet, the curriculum will come from the FileMaker Training Series for FileMaker 12. Osborne and Blackwell will customize the training for FileMaker 13 where necessary.
Class is held twice a week on Tuesday and Wednesday from 1-3 pm (Eastern Standard Time) for 10 straight weeks starting May 6. The remote course is taught via GoToMeeting.
The entire course...
BlinkMail launches as free download for Mac OS X
BlinkMail, a new app form Yam Labs, has launched as a free download for Mac OS X. The app allows you to go through your in-box using only your keyboard's arrow keys.
Just open your email client and you can customize the arrows to do whatever your want. You can set an arrow to delete the mail, archive it, reply to it, send it instantly to Evernote, shoot it over to Dropbox, place a label on the message, and more.
BlinkMail works with Mac OS X 10.9 (Mavericks) and higher. A premium version is coming soon for US$19.99. It will include the ability to aadd multiple accounts, reminders, and Evernote integration. Go to http://www.blinkmailapp.com for more info.
Siteimprove announces PDF document checking tool
iteimprove has unveiled their new PDF document scanning tool that allows users to test PDFs hosted on their websites for broken links, misspellings, and accessibility issues.
The tool also helps ensure that hosted PDF documents are fully accessible to users with disabilities, highlighting issues and making recommendations for fixes, says Siteimprove CEO Torben Rytt. It automatically catalogues all PDF documents hosted on a given website, and tests them every five days for errors. Go to Siteimprove.com for more info and a free demo.
Sonnet announces new rackmount enclosure for the 2013 Mac Pro
Sonnet Technologies has announced the xMac Pro Server Thunderbolt 2-to-PCI Express (PCIe) expansion system and 4U rackmount enclosure for the 2013 Mac Pro.
Along the lines of Sonnet's xMac mini Server for Mac minis, the xMac Pro Server mounts the Mac Pro horizontally inside a specially designed modular enclosure that connects three PCIe 2.0 slots to the computer via Thunderbolt 2. It also provides space to install additional equipment in two 5.25-inch mobile rack bays.
The xMac Pro Server has a suggested retail price of US$1,499 and is due June 2. The basic edition Mobile Rack Device has a suggested retail price of $199 and is available now. Go to www.sonnettech.com for more info.
JAMF Software updates Casper Suite to version 9.3
JAMF Software has revved Casper Suite, its management tool for large-scale enterprise deployments of Apple products, to version 9.3. The app is designed to allow organizations set up Macs, iPads, and iPhones without IT having to touch the devices.
Casper Suite 9.3 adds: hands-free enrollment through the Apple Device Enrollment Program (DEP) and better managed app distribution with the Apple Volume Purchase Program (VPP). It's a free update for all customers. A demo is available for download. Go to http://tinyurl.com/n8fesu6 for more info.
Fragmentation remains an issue for Android developers
A high degree of fragmentation is a problem that Android app developers have had to deal with since day one. KitKat, the latest iteration of Google's dessert-themed Android updates was supposed to change that. It was designed to be more compatible with low-end devices in order to get it to more devices more quickly.
Thus far, it doesn't seem to have worked though: according to Mixpanel less than 10% of Android devices are currently running KitKat, which was released in October 2013. By contrast, iOS 7, released in late September has been adopted by 85% of iOS users and even iOS 7.1, released as late as March, has a significantly higher adoption rate (42.77%) than Android KitKat. Go to http://tinyurl.com/kp4gc2d for more info.
4-bay Drobo storage system gets performance boost
Connected Data has released its latest 4-Bay Drobo smart storage solution, which is company says is up to three times faster than the previous release.
It also sports USB 3.0 support, faster rebuild times, and enhanced support for Apple's Time Machine back-up system on Mac OS X. Finally, Connected Data is introducing a customer loyalty discount program of US$50 off for all first and second generation Drobo customers.
The new 4-Bay Drobo has a new low price of $349 and a new architecture, which makes it speedier than its predecessors. In addition, four times faster rebuild times maximize data availability in case of disk drive failure, according to the folks at Connected Data. Go to www.drobostore.com for more info.
ExactCODE has released ExactScan Pro 2 for Mac OS X
ExactCODE has released ExactScan Pro 2, an update of its scan software for Mac OS X. It sports a new driver, architecture optimizations, improved recognition of various texts, and higher PDF compression.
For example, there are built-in drivers for scanners from Canon and Fujitsu such as the Canon G-1100 and G-1130. The built-in OCR software in ExactScan Pro 2 can recognize the text in images and transform scans into editable, searchable documents.
ExactScan Pro 2 costs EUR 79.90; upgrades from the standard version to the pro version are 49.90 and from previous versions for 69.90. The app is available at the Mac App Store; go to http://exactcode.com for more info.
Parallels survey: Macs now considered for broader corporate...
Parallels, which specializes in cross-platform solutions, has announced results of its commissioned survey of more than 200 IT decision makers about their attitudes toward Macs in the enterprise.
The results are telling: almost half of businesses (45%) currently offer their employees Macs, and more than nine out of 10 businesses (95%) that don’t currently provide Macs would be more likely to offer employees Macs if they had a single central management system for both Windows PCs and Macs. Macs are in high demand – and respondents who already support Macs shared the top reasons why:
° Eight out of 10 businesses (77%) say Macs are more reliable overall than Windows machines.
° Seven out of 10 (65%) say they are easier to support.
° Seven out of 10 (65%) say offering Macs would likely help attract employees (a very important factor given the competition for talent).
However, there are also barriers against bringing Macs onto corporate networks according to survey respondents:
Schedule announced for FileMaker Developer Conference 2014
FileMaker, Inc., has announced schedule highlights of the FileMaker Developer Conference 2014, the largest annual gathering of worldwide FileMaker independent and corporate custom business solution developers, trainers and users.
"Business without Boundaries" is the theme of this 19th annual conference, which features three new tracks, several interactive panels, and a hackathon with FileMaker challenges. DevCon 2014 will be held July 28-31, at the JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort & Spa in San Antonio, Texas, with a projected 1,200 FileMaker enthusiasts and 45 speakers from 27 countries participating.
Attendees will hear about FileMaker Platform futures; exchange tips on developing solutions; learn new skills; network with developers from around the world; and see new products and services. Seven conference tracks are designed to help attendees learn how to remove the boundaries to running their business and create custom solutions with the FileMaker 13 Platform that...
einstein's legacy announces Monochrome 2.0.1 update for Mac...
einstein's legacy has announced Monochrome 2.0.1 for OS X. It's an upgrade of an application for converting batches of color images to grayscale.
Monochrome gives you control over the conversion process and applied effects, so you can create a consistent-looking set of output images. The 2.0.1 update was re-engineered from the ground-up to provide faster GPU-based image rendering, additional conversion methods, 30 new image effects, and new options for previewing, printing and sharing images.
Monochrome 2.0.1 is available for US$19.99 from the Mac App Store in the Photography category. It requires Mac OS X 10.8.5 or higher. Go to http://www.einsteinslegacy.com for more info.
Boris FX announces Boris Continuum Complete 9
Boris FX has announced Boris Continuum Complete 9, an update of the package of visual effects for NLE and compositing platforms for Mac OS X and Windows. It adds over 30 new filters and transitions in key areas such as Image Restoration, Film, Stylize, Keying and Compositing, Lights, and Perspective.
All BCC effects and presets can now be viewed in the new FX Browser window, which is integrated into every BCC filter or transition. The 200 filter collection for Boris Continuum Complete 9 includes 3D Objects, 3D particle effects, image restoration tools, lens flares and lights, keys and mattes, warp and perspective effects, and blurs, glows, and cinematic effects. All filters take advantage of either Open CL, NVIDIA CUDA, multi-threading or OpenGL hardware acceleration for an interactive effects design experience.
Over 1,000 professionally designed presets are included free with every installation of BCC. All presets can be viewed in the new FX Browser window. Custom presets can be...
Unbabel is new online translation service
Unbabel is a new kind of online translation service that "provides human quality translation at one-fifth the going rate."
Unbabel also has released a REST-based API [application programming interface] with which companies can integrate translation directly into their workflow. The service says it currently has nearly 3,000 translators and are translating over 25,000 words per day for over 30 paying customers. Go to http://www.unbabel.com for more info.
SMK-Link Electronics to introduce PadDock
SMK-Link Electronics Corporation has announced the US$169.99 PadDock Pivot Dual Arm Locking Table Stand for the iPad. It will debut at this wrk's Macworld/iWorld Expo.
The PadDock enables the deployment of iPads or other standard size 9 x 11-inch mobile tablets in schools, hospitals, retail stores and professional offices. the locking tablet cradle rotates 360 degrees for viewing in any orientation, while tilting through a 165 degree range to provide your best viewing angle.
The PadDock's special locking C-clamp desk mount is suitable for desktops, countertops and other surfaces 0.8 to 2.3 inch thick. You can lock it without holes, cables or adhesives. Go to http://tinyurl.com/kjkoj6g for more info.
MacAppware updates 1000 OpenType fonts
MacAppware, a division of 128bit Technologies, has added two new fonts to its commercial use 1000 OpenType Fonts collection for creative Mac users.
Each font is in OpenType font format and can be used for any personal and business project on both Mac and PC computers. International character support is standard for nearly every font, though bar code fonts and wingding fonts don't include international character support.
For a limited time, the updated font collection is also available for US$29.99, a discount of 70% from the regular price of $99. Go to http://tinyurl.com/nyhzm74 for more info.
URL Extractor for Mac OS X upgraded to version 4.2.1
Tension Software (http://www.tensionsoftware.com) has revved URL Extractor — the Mac OS X tool for extracting URLs and emails from the web, search engine and local files — to version 4.2.1. The new version boasts an improved web extraction engine and better handling of non-native file formats.
URL Extractor requires Mac OS X 10.8 or higher. It costs US$50 and is available from the Tension Software web site and the Mac App Store.
RE:Vision Effects announces Twixtor 6
RE:Vision Effects has announced Twixtor 6 with GPU support for The Foundry Nuke and Assimilate Scratch. You can now create slow motion shots with Twixtor without the cost of renting a high speed camera.
In order to achieve its unparalleled image quality, Twixtor synthesizes new frames by warping and interpolating frames of the original sequence by employing RE:Vision's proprietary tracking technology that calculates motion for each individual pixel. Speedups up to 4x on GPUs when using Twixtor within Nuke and Scratch have been measured over running Twixtor in CPU mode, according to the folks at RE:Vision.
Users are advised that their specific speedups are dependent on system configuration, specific GPU, and features of Twixtor that are used. Customers who have used Twixtor 5 should test the demo to make sure they will see the speedups they desire before upgrading to Twixtor 6.
° Twixtor v6 for OFX hosts only supports 64-bit host applications.
° Nuke 5.1v2 and up, or...
Output Factory Server update lets users create large format JPEG...
Zevrix Solutions (www.zevrix.com) has rolled out Output Factory Server 10.0.10, a a feature update to its output workflow automation solution for Adobe InDesign.
Output Factory Server automates printing and exporting from InDesign by processing files from watched hot folders. The software offloads output tasks to a central system leaving operator workstations free from the output process. The new version lets users create large format JPEG files and improves color management of exported images.
Output Factory Server can be purchased from Zevrix web site for US$699.95, as well as from authorized resellers. A demo is available for download. BatchOutput Server users can upgrade for $349.97. Output Factory Server runs on Mac OS X 10.6-10.9 and works with Adobe InDesign CS3-CC.
PopChar for Mac OS X gets new custom insertion technique
Ergonis Software has announced PopChar X 6.5, an update to their tool for exploring fonts as well as finding and inserting special characters.
With the tool, you pop up the PopChar window, click the desired character, and the character appears in your current document right away. Version 6.5 introduces a new custom insertion technique, which leads to faster character insertion for many applications, and more.
PopChar X 6.5 requires Mac OS X 10.5.8 or newer. It can be purchased the Ergonis Software website (http://www.ergonis.com/). The upgrade to PopChar 6.5 is free for anyone who owns a valid license for PopChar X 6. Upgrade paths are available for owners of older licenses. For new users the cost is approximately US$41.
Native Instruments introduces Grey Forge Expansion for Maschine
Native Instruments has released Grey Forge, a new Maschine Expansion for dark, monolithic techno productions and live performances utilizing the features introduced in Maschine 2 software.
It's out now for all Maschine hardware units, with a compact version for iMaschine also available as an in-app purchase via the Apple App Store. Grey Forge comes with 45 drum kits and custom-built effect chains that load within a drum kit for fast access to additional atmospheres and textures.
Parameters of some single effects are also pre-mapped to the eight display knobs on the Maschine Studio and Maschine hardware units, for adding live, on-the-fly tweaking while performing a techno set. Grey Forge is also available as an iMaschine Expansion, and features two projects and four kits for instant use in creating slabs of uncompromising techno. Tracks can be exported to Maschine Studio, Maschine or Maschine Mikro for completion.
Grey Forge is available now at the NI Online Shop for US$49. The...
Brotens announces Illuminando 1.0 for OS X
Brotens has announced Illuminando 1.0 for Mac OS X. It's a lighting calculation app.
Illuminando is a OpenGL native Cocoa CAD app designed to perform lighting calculations using 3D interactive tools. CAD tools are used to create the scene to perform the appropriate calculations. Apple the sources, and the set will be complete.
Illuminando requires Mac OS X 10.8 or higher. It's available for US$499.99 at the Mac App Store. Go to http://www.brotens.com for more info.
Bitrix24 takes on Box, OneDrive, Dropbox and Google Drive with...
Bitrix24 has released a new desktop app for its online collaboration service, adding the ability to synchronize and work with group and company files, as well as including the activity stream and collaboration tools in the app.
In addition to sharing, editing and collaborating on documents with colleagues, the Bitrix24 desktop app makes it possible to send instant messages to co-workers, participate in group chat, make telephone calls, and hold video conferences with other Bitrix24 users.
It also includes a number of other Bitrix24 service enhancements, such as call history and bill itemization for telephony, the capability to define your own outbound phone number, a floating window for video calls in the desktop app, and a duplicates search feature in the CRM. The mobile app for Bitrix24 has been updated as well.
Bitrix24 apps are available for Mac, PC, iOS and Android devices. They can be downloaded at http://tinyurl.com/k7pcbb6 .
FoneLab comes to Mac OS X
After releasing the Windows version of Aiseesoft FoneLab, Aiseesoft has now released the Mac version of this data recovery software for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. It's compatible with Mac OS X 10.6 or later.
Mac FoneLab supports the recovery of lost or deleted files from iOS 7 devices. Supported content includes data from Contacts, Messages (MMS, SMS, iMessages), Call History, Calendar, Notes, Reminders and Safari Bookmarks.
Mac FoneLab costs US$35.97. Go to http://tinyurl.com/qezedlz for more info.
Virtual TimeClock for Mac OS X ticks to version 14
Virtual TimeClock 14 has been released by Redcort Software. The upgrade sports a streamlined interface.
Version 14 has been optimized for notebooks, tablets, and touch screens with new administrative features that facilitate monitoring time worked with enhanced timecard editing, integrated configuration options, and more. According to Keith DeLong, CEO of Redcort Software, it also adds a number of customer requested administrative features.
Virtual TimeClock software for Macintosh and Windows PC computers starts at US$99 Annual software maintenance and support as well as discounted upgrade pricing is available. Full pricing details are available at http://www.redcort.com/ . A demo is available for download.
Scannerz Lite for Mac OS X revved to version 1.7
Software and Computer System Company has released Scannerz Lite 1.7 for Mac OS X. The new version shares some of the new features that were integrated into Scannerz 1.7.
Scannerz Lite is an abbreviated, low cost version of the company's main product, Scanners. It can detect bad sectors or blocks on an SSD, weak sectors on a hard drive, and also detect potential timing problems with the system.
Scannerz Lite works with Mac OS X 10.5 and higher. It costs US$21.95. Go to http://tinyurl.com/nehszny for more info.
Muse Templates Pro Company presents new Adobe Muse templates,...
Muse Templates Pro Company has released new Adobe Muse templates and widgets. The templates provide the unique design for websites that are created with Adobe Muse software; widgets even more enhancing of Adobe Muse websites.
Muse Templates has introduced three new Adobe Muse templates (Aesthetic, Stream and Pizza) and three new Muse widgets (Team Panel, Photography Box, and Photography Slideshow). All can be downloaded separately, or purchased all at once as part of Muse Templates Pack.
Adobe Muse templates and widgets are available on the Muse Templates Pro Company's website (http://www.musetemplatespro.com). The Muse Templates Pack is priced at US$19.99. Every template can be purchased separately for $9.99 each. Every widget can be purchased separately for $2.99 each. One template is offered for free. Mac or PC with Adobe Muse software is required to use the templates and widgets.
Digital Anarchy announces new Flicker Free plug-in
Digital Anarchy has announced Flicker Free 1.0 for Adobe After Effects, Premiere Pro, and Apple's Final Cut Pro. It gives video editors and visual effects artists a tool that fixes a wide range of footage affected with flicker or strobing.
Flicker Free analyzes on the fly, renders quickly, and easily produces beautiful flicker free footage, says Jim Tierney, president of Digital Anarchy. There are presets for many different types of flicker, allowing it to fit into any editor's workflow, he adds.
Flicker Free is resolution independent and will work on any sized footage from 30 megapixel image sequences to film, 4K, and HD. Support for Avid, Assimilate Scratch, Davinci Resolve, and Sony Vegas is coming soon.
Flicker Free is regularly priced at US$149, but will be on sale for $99 until March 31. It runs in After Effects CS and above, Premiere Pro CS5 and above, Final Cut Pro 7 and Final Cut Pro X 10.5 and above. The product runs on Mac OS X 10.6 and above, Windows XP and above, and 32...
EA server compromised in effort to steal Apple IDs
Hackers have targeted Electronic Arts (EA), the company behind Titanfall, FIFA 14 and Battlefield 4, to try and steal your Apple ID and credit card details by hacking into an EA server and hosting a phishing site, according to NetCraft, a security company.
In a blog post (http://tinyurl.com/obuv3l4), NetCraft says compromised server is used by two websites in the ea.com domain, and is ordinarily used to host a calendar based on WebCalendar 1.2.0. (Newer versions of the calendar application have fixed the loopholes.) The phishing site attempts to trick a victim into submitting his Apple ID and password.
It then presents a second form which asks the victim to verify his full name, card number, expiration date, verification code, date of birth, phone number, mother's maiden name, plus other details that would be useful to a fraudster. After submitting these details, the victim is redirected to the legitimate Apple ID website (http://tinyurl.com/3ygyw8d).
Kinivo announces WID380 Wireless Enhanced USB Adapter
Kinivo has announced the WID380 Wireless Enhanced USB Adapter, an all-in-one solution for enhancing existing Wi-Fi capabilities or adding the freedom of wireless Internet to your desktop or later laptop models.
It adds dimension, increases speed, improves signal strength and heightens overall wireless Internet performance, establishing a more reliable network between your Internet router and laptop or desktop, according to Kinivio's Andy Karuza. He adds that it provides your signal a boost with speeds up to 300 Mbps.
The WID380 connects by plugging directly into your laptop or desktop’s USB port. Or it can be placed up to three feet away with the included extension cable.
It's available at an introductory price of $19.99 at Amazon.com. Go to www.kinivio.com for more info.
Braveland is new turn-based strategy game for Mac OS X
Tortuga Team has introduced Braveland 1.0, a turn-based game title for Mac OS X. It's inspired by old-school strategies with a hexagonal battlefield.
Here's how the game is described: "You start as a humble warrior's son whose village was cruelly raided by bandits and use your wits and skill to become a commander of your own army. Braveland features 50 battles that will test your tactical skill, 26 unit types to populate the battlefield, intense boss fights, character development, and more."
Braveland requires Mac OS X 10.6.6 or higher. It's available for US$4.99 at the Mac App Store in the Games category. Go to http://www.tortugateam.com/ for more info.
Speech Timer 2.0 for Mac OS X and iOS released
Basil Salad Software has announced Speech Timer 2.0, an update of the free oration timekeeper software for Mac, iDevices, and Android devices. The upgrade includes native support for the Mac and iPad in addition to the iPhone.
Speech Timer is designed to help public speaking enthusiasts orchestrate their regular chapter meetings and send out timer's reports to all participants. It features large colored time indicators, a numerical timer display and graphical progress bar. This second major release of Speech Timer
Speech Timer 2.0 is available for download from the Mac App Store and iTunes App Store. Go to http://basilsadad.com for more info.
Mobile Traffic to hit 200 exabytes in 2019
Mobile Network Operators (MNOs) collect large amounts of data from their network, but the use of the data collected is what really counts. MNOs main use of collecting subscriber and network data is to be able to produce valuable insights on customer experience, customer behavior and network performance. But there is so much more operators can do to make accurate business decisions that generate more revenue, fight competition, and build on customer quality of experience (QoE), according to ABI Research (http://www.abiresearch.com).
Research analyst Sabir Rafiq comments: "MNOs and Communication Service Providers (CSPs) are actively looking into Big data and analytical solutions. They need tools that can impact their businesses and find new ways to reduce costs, improve efficiency of the networks, increase and generate new revenue streams, and increase QoE."
He adds: "Big data analytics are no longer the exclusive province of IT Software, as leading telecom vendors such as Astellia,...
Print Window for Mac OS X updated to version 5.0
Searchware Solutions has revved Print Window, its window printing utility for Mac OS X, to version 5.0. It's now a fully Cocoa-based application.
Version 5.0 also sports a new user interface and faster performance. A drop window has been added so file listings can be initiated via drag and drop. It also adds the ability to save multiple file listing settings.
Print Window 5.0 is available in two versions through Searchware Solutions online (http://www.printwindowapp.com). The standard edition is free. The advanced edition, which provides more features, is US$20 for a single-user license. Upgrade pricing is available. Volume licensing is available as well. Users that purchased a license to Print Window Advanced Edition, version 4, in the last 30 days will automatically receive a free upgrade to version 5.
App Delete for Mac OS X gets revamped user interface, more
Reggie Ashworth has released AppDelete 4.1.2, an update to his application deletion utility for Mac OS X.
Via drag and drop, AppDelete will uninstall anything along with all of the associated items. Version 4.1.2 sports a new user interface and revised workflow. It's also optimized for Mac OS X 10.9 Mavericks.
AppDelete 4.1.2 costs US$7.99 for a single user license. Upgrades from Version 2/AppDelete Lite are $3.99 (USD). A full-featured demo is available. Go to http://www.reggieashworth.com/appdelete for more info.
Autodesk announces 2015 3D animation software
Autodesk has unveiled the 2015 versions of its ]3D animations tools: Autodesk 3ds Max, Maya, MotionBuilder, Mudbox, Softimage, and the newest addition to the lineup, Maya LT, a 3D animation and modeling tool for professional indie game makers. Autodesk also announced the availability of the 2015 Entertainment Creation Suite for 3D animation and visual effects.
According to Chris Bradshaw, senior vice president, Media & Entertainment at Autodesk, highlights of the 2015 releases are:
° Autodesk Maya 2015 software adds new capabilities to the toolset such as the new Bifrost procedural effects platform which provides an extensible, artist-friendly workflow for complex simulation and rendering tasks, initially applied to near photorealistic liquids; XGen Arbitrary Primitive Generator for the easy creation of richly detailed geometry such as hair, fur, and foliage; Geodesic Voxel Binding method for skinning characters; ShaderFX, a new node-based visual interface for shader programing...
FileMaker releases 'FileMaker Training Series: Advanced for...
FileMaker has announced the availability of "FileMaker Training Series: Advanced for FileMaker 13." It completes the company’s official self-paced training curriculum for the recently announced FileMaker 13 platform.
In January, the company unveiled the free "FileMaker Training Series: Basics," available on iBooks and in PDF format. "FileMaker Training Series: Advanced for FileMaker 13" provides in-depth coverage of development practices and techniques to help customers master the essentials of FileMaker 13 solution development. The training series is mainly for intermediate to advanced FileMaker developers, but it will also be useful to anyone who creates solutions and for those developers preparing to become a FileMaker 13 Certified Developer, according to the folks at FileMaker.
"FileMaker Training Series: Advanced for FileMaker 13" is offered in ebook format for use on iPads. Other available formats include a printed book with an accompanying DVD and an electronic download. The...
CalDigit Thunderbolt Station gets added functionality
CalDigit says its CalDigit Thunderbolt Station now has extra functionality. It can now fully charge iOS devices such as iPads and iPhones.
What's more, the CalDigit Thunderbolt Station is now fully capable of powering the Apple SuperDrive CD drive. The majority of other Thunderbolt expansion docks aren't capable of powering this device, says Kosta Panagos of CalDigit. Customers who have already purchased the Thunderbolt Station can add this functionality by installing the driver update for OS X 10.9.2 from the CalDigit website.
The CalDigit Thunderbolt Station is available to purchase now from the CalDigit Online Store (www.caldigit.com) and CalDigit Resellers worldwide. Pricing for the CalDigit Thunderbolt Station is US$199.
UK court grants Samsung's delay appeal
A UK court decision over whether European patents owned by Samsung are valid and have been infringed by Apple has been delayed until other proceedings before the European Patent Office have been concluded, reports "The Register" (http://tinyurl.com/ofkew2h).
The Court of Appeal granted Samsung's application for a stay of the UK proceedings until the EPO [European Patent Office] decides whether the South Korean mobile device manufacturer can amend the claims of its patents. Samsung said it had applied to amend the claims of its patents before the EPO to take account of judgments issued in a number of countries in which Samsung and Apple are in dispute over the patents, which include Germany and France. However, Apple said Samsung should be forced to choose between pursuing its appeal against a previous High Court ruling in their dispute or continuing with its application to amend the patent claims before the EPO.
This is all part of the ongoing, global legal battle. Apple and Samsung...
Apple replaces iPad 2 with $399 iPad with Retina display
Apple has announced that the iPad with Retina display replaces iPad 2 as the most affordable 9.7-inch iPad at US$399 for the 16GB Wi-Fi model and $529 for the Wi-Fi + Cellular model.
The fourth generation iPad features an 9.7-inch Retina display, the Apple-designed A6X chip, Wi-Fi, a 5MP iSight camera which also captures 1080p HD video, a FaceTime HD camera, support for LTE carriers worldwide, and up to 10 hours of battery life. It comes with iOS 7, of course.
Khronos releases OpenGL ES 3.1 specification
The Khronos Group has released the OpenGL ES 3.1 specification, bringing functionality enhancements to the industry-leading, royalty-free 3D graphics API [application programming interface] that is used on nearly all of the world’s mobile devices.
OpenGL ES 3.1 provides access to graphics processing unit (GPU) functionality with portability across diverse mobile and embedded operating systems and platforms. The full specification and reference materials are available for immediate download at http://www.khronos.org/registry/gles/.
Franchise Hockey Manager for Mac OS X revved to version 1.62
OOTP Developments has launched Franchise Hockey Manager version 1.62, a major update to the customizable hockey management game for Mac OS X and Windows.
The new version offers: revamped training, scouting, and staff/personnel systems; four new leagues: two starts for the current season, one with Opening Night rosters and one with post-trading deadline rosters; and more.
FHM costs US$39.99. Go to http://tinyurl.com/m22xm75 for more info.
Boot Camp in 2013 Mac Pros doesn't support Windows 7
Apple's Mac Pro only supports installations of Windows 8 or later with Boot Camp, according to an updated Apple Support document that lists versions of Windows compatible with the 2013 Mac Pro.
Boot Camp is software included with Mac OS X that lets you run compatible versions of Windows on an Intel-based Mac. The 2013 Mac Pro is the first Mac that does not include support for Windows 7 with Boot Camp 5. Read more at http://support.apple.com/kb/HT5634 .
Apple adds ACC Sports Channel to the Apple TV line-up
As noted by AppleInsider.com, Apple has added an ACC [Atlantic Coast Conference] Sports Channel to the Apple TV line-up. It offers game highlights and feature programming related to NCAA March Madness.
The new channel features access to "Campus Insiders," a digital college sports network, as well as the ability to view "Most Recent" content, and a "Search" pane. Content can also be viewed based on schools in the conference, while a list of "Must See Moments" from the ACC are also available through the application.
Microsoft has announced OneNote for Mac
Microsoft has announced OneNote for Mac. It's the first Mac version of the tool to jot down your ideas, capture your collection of web clippings and research, plan your trips and events, check your to-dos and shopping lists and share your notes with friends and co-workers.
OneNote for Mac is compatible with Mac OSX 10.9 and above. You can download it for free from the Mac App Store. You can also visit http://www.onenote.com to access all the different OneNote apps including a few OneNote services available that are designed to enhance your web capturing experience on OneNote for Mac.
For example, along with a Mac version, Microsoft is releasing a OneNote clipper browser plug-in for Safari, Firefox, Chrome, and Internet Explorer that allows users to save clippings from webpages. This feature is being extended to third-party apps via a new cloud API [application programming interface] that provides developers with the ability to integrate OneNote clipping into their apps.
Version 6.8.6 of Cocktail (Mountain Lion Edition) served up
Maintain has released Cocktail 6.8.5 (Mountain Lion Edition), the latest maintenance update for users running OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion. This version adds ability to change OS X's notification banner duration.
It also contains improvements on the "Delete localization files" procedure and addresses compatibility issues with Opera Next. Cocktail is a general purpose utility for OS X that lets users clean, repair and optimize their Mac.
Cocktail 6.8.5 (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).
Transcend releases memory modules for the new Mac Pro
Transcend Information, Inc. has launched 16GB and 32GB DDR3 Registered DIMM (RDIMM) modules aimed at maximizing memory in Apple's Mac Pro 2013 systems.
With four user-upgradeable memory slots available, Transcend’s latest high-performance DDR3 RDIMMs can boost Mac Pro 2013 Intel Xeon E5 3.5GHz 6-Core, 3.0GHz 8-Core, and 2.7GHz 12-Core models to 64GB, 96GB, and even 128GB total memory capacity. Angus Wu, director of Research and Development at Transcend, says the RDIMMs guarantee 100% compatibility with the new Mac Pro, requiring little effort to install in the easy access design and push-up release system of the Mac Pro.
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Security researchers hack Safari and, well, all other browsers
Security researchers demonstrated zero-day exploits against Google Chrome, Microsoft Internet Explorer, Apple Safari, Mozilla Firefox and Adobe Flash Player during the second day of the Pwn2Own hacking competition Thursday, racking up total prizes of $450,000, reports "PC World" (http://tinyurl.com/kvshedy).
For Safari, the team used two different exploit vectors. One vulnerability was a heap overflow in WebKit that enabled arbitrary code execution. The team then used this opening to use another exploit to bypass the application sandbox and run code as if it was user privileged.
A team from French vulnerability research firm Vupen hacked Google Chrome by exploiting a use-after-free vulnerability that affects both the WebKit and Blink rendering engines. The researchers then successfully bypassed Chrome’s sandbox protection to execute arbitrary code on the underlying system. On Wednesday, the first day of the contest that takes place every year at the CanSecWest security conference in...