CryptoEdit for Mac OS X revved to version 2.0
Tension Software has updated CrytoEdit, a Mac OS X app for creating/editing "encrypted by default" documents, to version 2.0. It's been optimized for OS X 10.9 Mavericks.
CryptoEdit can manage TEXT, RTF and RTFD (with images) formats. It saves documents on disk always as encrypted and is designed as a solution for managing reserved documents with formatted text and images.
CryptoEdit requires Mac OS X 10.8 or higher and costs US$5. For more info go to http://www.tensionsoftware.com .
olloclip launches the 3-IN-1 lens for the iPhone 5c
olloclip has rolled out the 3-IN-1 clip-on photo lens solution in five colors for iPhone 5c owners who want to take full advantage of iPhone’s 8-megapixel iSight camera.
The olloclip for iPhone 5c combines fisheye, wide-angle and macro lenses in one package. Retailing for US$59.99, the olloclip photo lens can be mixed and matched with the new iPhone 5c and can be purchased at http://www.olloclip.com .
It fits into a pocket and is made from aircraft grade aluminum and ground coated glass optics. For more info go to http://www.olloclip.com.
Everimaging gives us HDR Darkroom 3 for Mac, Windows
The latest version of HDR Darkroom from Everimaging adds a bevy of new features. A new assortment of HDR styles gives users more options. The app also gets real-time processing.
HDR, or high dynamic range, is a photo editing technique whereby three images of the same scene, each with different shutter speeds, are merged together with the help of computer software. The result is an image with more detail in both the lightest and darkest regions.
In HDR Darkroom 3, an improved alignment algorithm corrects problems that arise when the camera moves from one frame to the next. Similarly, the advanced ghost reduction technology detects and removes moving objects from the frame.
Hardware compatibility has also been improved with the release of HDR Darkroom 3. The software now supports more than 150 camera models, including Canon, Nikon, Olympus and Panasonic.
HDR Darkroom 3, in both Mac and Windows versions, is on sale at http://www.everimaging.com with a 33% discount during the holidays....
Hummingz EVO X alights on the Mac
Stefan Preuss has introduced Hummingz EVO X 1.0 for Mac OS X. It's a retro arcade shooter with extras and boss enemies.
Here's how the game is described: "Shoot your way through many different levels filled with nasty bugs, spiders, frogs, bees and more. Hummingz EVO X offers two game modes with fun and fast arcade style action. Fight huge boss enemies and collect extras. The game is easy to control; players can use the mouse to control their bug.
Hummingz EVO X 1.0 requires Mac OS X 10.8 or higher. It costs US$2.99 and is available worldwide exclusively through the Mac App Store in the Games/Arcade category. For more info go to http://preussie.miscstuff.de/iphone/ .
Ambify for Mac integrates with Philips Hues bulbs, lamps
Kai Aras has launched Ambify for Mac OS X. It generates visuals from any audio source including iTunes, Spotify, and YouTube — and even AirPlay devices such as iPhone or iPad.
Ambify captures live audio and applies specially developed algorithms to analyze and visualize audio in real time. It uses Philips Hue bulbs, lamps, lightstrips and more.
What's more, Ambify for Mac supports timing sensitive applications such as music videos, DJ or production tools. It comes with a graphic-driven visualizer that integrates with Hue-based effects.
Ambify for Mac is available through Monday, Dec. 23, a 30% discount for US$14. It requires Mac OS X 10.8 or higher. Go to http://ambifyapp.com/mac.html for more info.
Native Instruments introduces Halcyon Sky Expansion for Maschine...
Native Instruments has released Halcyon Sky, a new Maschine Expansion that delivers the "downtempo rhythms, organic synths, and hazy atmospheres of contemporary ambient electronica."
Designed exclusively for the Maschine 2.0 software, Halcyon Sky is the first Maschine expansion to feature exclusive presets for the Prism synth — included in the Maschine 2.0 software update. Halcyon Sky also includes fresh presets for the Massive synth and drum kits that take advantage of Maschine 2.0's drum synths. Halcyon Sky is available now at the NI Online Shop for US$49. Go to http://www.native-instruments.com/halcyonsky for more info.
Ashlar-Vellum rolls out Graphite 9 for Mac and Windows
Ashlar-Vellum has released Graphite 9, a new version of their 2D/3D wireframe drafting program on both Mac OS X and Windows.
The familiar Graphite interface has been updated to include optionally larger text and new icons that are designed to be easier to read on "super-high resolution" monitors. Also new are tool tips with click-through hyperlinks to documentation.
New functionality in Graphic 9 includes the Stretch tool and the Copy along Path tool. The import/export capabilities have also been enhanced to included the latest DXF/DWG support up to 2013, PDF import and enhanced PDF export. With a new Unicode core, Graphite supports multiple foreign languages and alphabets for both the interface and the drawing document.
Graphite 9 is a paid upgrade for those using Graphite v8 or for Cobalt and Xenon 8 users with a companion license to Graphite. Upgrades are available from previous versions from the past 10 years, with prices varying according to the age of the software. Go to http...
Remotix VNC & RDP for Mac updated with new features and...
Nulana LTD has released Remotix VNC & RDP 2.1, the update of the remote desktop application for Mac OS X.
Remotix with support for both VNC & RDP provides remote access to Mac OS X, Windows, Linux and doesn't require any additional software installed. The updated version includes a new design and some new features like Multi-Touch gestures that go to the remote machine, server categories, and master password.
Remotix 2.1 for Mac costs US$39.99 and is available for purchase on the Mac App Store and Nulana's website (http://nulana.com/remotix-mac/). The update is free for current users.
iStopMotion 3.5 now spports Canon DSLR Live View
Boinx Software has updated iStopMotion, its stop motion animation tool for Mac OS X, to version 3.5. The new version adds support for live view with Canon DSLR cameras, including the Canon EOS 5D Mark II, 5D Mark III, 40D, 60D, 60Da, Rebel XSi (aka the 450D in Europe / Kiss X2 in Japan), Rebel T2i (aka 550D / Kiss X4), and Rebel T5i (aka 700D / Kiss X7i).
It also adds support for animated GIF export; you can save any sequence of up to 200 frames as an animated GIF right to a hard drive. Version 3.5 also adds: the ability to capture anything on your screen and turn it into an animation or time lapse movie; onion skinning; a rotoscope feature, a tilt shift filter, and chroma keying.
iStopMotion 3.5 is available for US$49.99. It's a free update for registered 3.x users. Go to http://www.boinx.com/ for more info.
New Mac Pro available on Thursday
Apple says the all-new Mac Pro will be available to order starting Thursday, Dec. 19. It features the latest Intel Xeon processors, dual workstation-class GPUs, PCIe-based flash storage and ECC memory.
Designed around an unified thermal core, the Mac Pro sports a chassis that's just 9.9-inches tall and one-eighth the volume of the previous generation. It features 4-core, 6-core, 8-core or 12-core Intel Xeon processors running at Turbo Boost speeds up to 3.9GHz and two workstation-class AMD FirePro GPUs that deliver up to eight times the graphics performance of the previous generation Mac Pro.
Apple says PCIe-based flash storage delivers sequential read speeds up to 10 times faster than conventional desktop hard drives, and ECC DDR3 gives the new Mac Pro up to 60GBps of memory bandwidth for tasks such as editing full-resolution 4K video while simultaneously rendering effects in the background. With six Thunderbolt 2 ports, each with up to 20Gbps of bandwidth per device, the new Mac Pro...
Lessonater version 1.0 announced with a free music lesson...
Lessonator has released version 1.0 release of its new music lesson and presentation authoring program for the Mac. Lessonator allows music teachers, students and hobbyists to create their own interactive music lessons without programming.
Sporting a slide interface similar to Apple's Keynote, the app lets users create lessons by adding audio, video, movies, images and notation (standard and tablature) onto a multi-layered canvas. Slides look and operate just like other presentation packages, except each have a animated 3D instrument and music notation.
Each slide is made of three graphical layers: back, 3D instrument and front. Lessonator users can choose among a flexible set of slide templates for guitar, bases or keyboards. 3D guitars, bases and keyboards are generated on the fly from 2D CAD drawings. A visual chord sequencer is designed to help you define a MIDI background track for the duration of a slide.
To celebrate the version 1.0 release Lessonator introduces the "Year Of...
Tap Forms 2.0 is new version of the Mac OS X database app
Tap Zapp Software has announced Tap Forms 2.0, an update of the Mac OS X database app designed to help you keep your info organized.
The two most important new features in version 2.0 are the new layout designer and the Bento template importer. The layout designer gives you the power to create professional form designs using a drag and drop interface. The Bento template lets you import photos, file attachments, related data fields, and other data from the discontinued Bento app.
The Bento template importer also works with the new layout designer to re-create your Bento forms. Further layout customizations can be made by dragging objects around on the page and editing object properties such as font styles, colours, sizes, and text alignments.
Tap Forms Organizer and Secure Database 2.0 costs US$29.99 and is available worldwide through the Mac App Store in the Business category. A demo is available at the Tapp Zapp Software web site (http://www.tapforms.com).
Apple must adopt new refund policy in Australia
The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) says Apple has been lying to consumers about its obligation to replace or repair faulty computers, iPhones, iPads and iPods, but has now promised to retrain staff and reassess claims stretching back two years, reports The Sydney Morning Herald.
The consumer watchdog group says Apple misled customers into thinking they were entitled to less recourse than Australian consumer laws allowed. "The ACCC was concerned that Apple was applying its own warranties and refund policies effectively to the exclusion of the consumer guarantees contained in the Australian Consumer Law," ACCC chairman Rod Sims told The Herald.
The competition watchdog could take Apple to court if it fails to follow proper procedures. Read more at http://tinyurl.com/n322u9f.
New Zealand courts says 'driPhone' doesn't...
Apple has lost a trademark case in New Zealand regarding a waterproof phone case by an inventor named Hayden Crowther, who dubbed his creation the "driPhone."
Apple said the name was too close to that of their iPhone. However, the New Zealand courts essentially told Apple to go away as this didn't impinge upon their trademark, notes Forbes. That the court also told Apple to pay Crowther’s court costs. Read more at http://tinyurl.com/lcrm2xx .
Output Factory Server for Adobe InDesign now a 64-bit application
Zevrix Solutions has introduced Output Factory Server 1.0.4, a maintenance 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 and is a major upgrade of the company's program BatchOutput Server. The new version makes Output Factory Server a fully 64-bit native application, thus improving its performance and reducing the likelihood of memory-related errors.
Output Factory Server can be purchased from the Zevrix web site (http://www.zevrix.com) 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.
Cronette 1.6 optimized for OS X Mavericks
Tension Software (http://www.tensionsoftware.com) has updated Cronette, Mac OS X software designed to specify tasks to be launched unattended by the Mac, to version 1.6. The upgrade is optimized for Mac OS X 10.9 Mavericks.
Cronette can be used on unattended Mac servers or also on regular Mac workstations for tasks to execute during the night or for recurring tasks to be performed on a regular basis. It provides different type of launch tasks; any task can be specified to launch different type of execution.
Cronette 1.6 requires Mac OS X 10.8 or higher. A demo is available for download at the Tension Software web site; registration is US10.
Akitio unveils new Thunderbolt docking station
Akitio has unveiled its newest Thunderbolt solution, the Thunder Dock. The US$269 dock provides users access to data on both legacy and future storage drives by providing multiple host ports for USB 3.0, eSATA and FireWire 800.
In addition, it's also equipped with two Thunderbolt ports for daisy chaining additional Thunderbolt devices and storage. By connecting one Thunderbolt cable from the dock to a computer, users will receive instant access to all of the additional storage drives that are hooked up to the dock.
The Thunderbolt Dock is compatible with Thunderbolt 2. It comes in an aluminum casing. Go to Akitio.com for more info.
iPro Lenses now available for even more devices
Schneider Optics, makers of the iPro Lenses for smartphones, says the system is now compatible with even more devices. The set of fiveiPro lenses can add creative versatility for those using an iPhone 5, 5S, and 4/4S, Samsung Galaxy S4, and iPad mini.
Designed by professional lens and filter maker, Schneider Optics, the iPro Lens System is purpose-built to enable professional quality photographic and video imagery with smartphones and iPads by adding the benefits of interchangeable macro, wide angle, super wide, fisheye, and telephoto lenses.
With a slide-on design, the 2-piece case offers fast installation and removal and a soft touch feel. A quick bayonet mount securely fastens the lenses to the custom iPro case.
The iPro System is available in kits or by individual lenses or components. For more info go to http://www.iprolens.com.
Whitelabel brings finger swipe tech to Bluetooth headphones
Whitelabel has released the RaveTouch Bluetooth Stereo Headphones, the latest addition to their line of wearable technology. Their Touch Control function is designed to recognize movement and allows you to control music playback functions by touching the headphones’ earpiece.
With RaveTouch’s new NFC Pairing (Near Field Communication), you can \pair supported smartphones with your headphones by simply touching them together. Optional Bluetooth functionality for up to 12 hours means the headphones can be used wirelessly or through a wired connection to your audio device.
Using the Touch Control on the left earpiece is simple. The perceptive function recognizes a tap on the earpiece using a single finger to pause music, a swipe up to turn up the volume and a swipe down to minimize sound. To skip to the next track, use two fingers to vertically swipe down or swipe up to play the previous track.
RaveTouch headphones feature voice recognition and automatic shut-off. Collapsible, they can...
New Trent introduces the PowerPak Ultra for USB-based devices
The New Trent PowerPak Ultra is a new outdoor accessory for users who need to keep their USB-based devices juiced in extreme environments. Featuring a rugged exterior and IP-67 rating, the PowerPak Ultra can purportedly survive most drops and can be temporarily submerged in water for up to 30 minutes without damage.
The PowerPak Ultra features 14,000 mAh of power, so it's powerful enough to store 700% of the average smartphone’s battery life. The battery pack features two USB ports able to simultaneously charge any combination of smartphones, tablets or other USB-based device. The New Trent PowerPak Ultra is available now in black or orange for US$69.95 at NewTrent.com and Amazon.com.
Superstring allows you to create lyric videos on your Mac
Simplest Ways has announced Superstring, which lets you create a lyric video. It's available at the Mac App Store in a free or pro (US$29.99) version. The latter lets you use effects, edit or remove the watermark, import Superstring data, or export your lyric video in more sizes than the free version.
With Superstring, you select a song that you want to create a lyric video and find lyrics from ID3 tags. You can align the timing of lyrics by dragging, customize styles, colors, and more.
Superstring requires Mac OS X 10.6 or higher. Go to http://www.simplestways.com/mac for more info.
Sound Siphon is new tool for capturing app audio on your Mac
Static Z Software has released Sound Siphon, a tool for capturing application audio on your Mac. It requires Mac OS X 10.9 Mavericks and costs US$29.99.
Sound Siphon is a software package that makes your Mac's audio output available as an audio input device. It enables you to send audio from one application to another where it can be processed, streamed, or recorded. Using it simply involves selecting a microphone in your favorite app. Sound Siphon works with Core Audio to provide this capability to all of your audio apps.
Sound Siphon is available from the Static Z Software website (http://staticz.com). You can also download a demo there.
PDFpen 6.1.2 improves performance, reduces memory usage
Smile has rolled out PDFpen 6.1.2, an update to its all-purpose PDF editing tool for OS X. The update improves performance and reduces memory usage. PDFpen 6.1.2 also includes a number of minor fixes and improvements.
The changes in PDFpen 6.1.2 have also been made in PDFpenPro 6.1.2, the pro version that can also convert websites into PDFs, automatically create fillable PDF forms, and construct document table of contents. PDFpen 6.1.2 works with PDFpen for iPad and PDFpen for iPhone, allowing editing across devices when used with iCloud or Dropbox storage. Users who wish to use iCloud must purchase PDFpen 6 from the Mac App Store. (Apple restricts iCloud access to applications purchased via the Mac App Store.)
PDFpen retails for US$59.95, and PDFpenPro for $99.95. Family pack licenses, which cover up to five computers in one household, are $74.95 for PDFpen and $119.95 for PDFpenPro. Office pack licenses, which cover up to five users in an office, are $179.95 for PDFpen and $279.95...
Lemke Software releases GraphicConverter 9 for Mac OS X
Lemke Software has announced GraphicConverter 9, an update to its image utility for Mac OS X. The new version is compatible with OS X 10.9 Mavericks and, as well as enhancements to existing functionality, comes with some new features like non-destructive image editing and undo in the browser.
You can also now perform undo via the browser. GraphicConvert 9 sports an improved histogram with an export option of the graph and data.
GraphicConverter 9 is offered at a reduced price of US$25.95 until Dec. 31. It's available from Lemke Software online (http://www.lemkesoft.com/) and at the Mac App Store. Upgrades are available from the Lemke web store.
Xojo announces availability of Xojo 2013 Release 4
Xojo has announced Xojo 2013 Release 4, an update of the development tool for web and desktop apps.
Xojo is a multi-platform object-oriented application development tool that enables people to create applications for the desktop, web, web-mobile, and, soon, native mobile. Release 4 contains over 150 improvements, 14 changes and seven new features, including new framework Crypto functions, new examples and improved debugger functionality to allow for easier debugging of threaded code.
Xojo is compatible with Mac OS X, Windows and Linux systems. Its available in a variety of pricing options, which you can find at https://www.xojo.com/store/index.php .
Canon announces two new compact laser printers
Canon has announced two new compact laser printers — the imageCLASS LBP6200d and Color imageCLASS LBP7110Cw, for personal, home office and small office users. They'll be available in select office superstores in late January at a minimum advertised price of US$169 and $279, respectively
As one of the most compact units in the series, the imageCLASS LBP6200d printer is connected via USB cable and offers a 250-sheet front loading cassette with black-and-white printing capabilities at speeds up to 26 pages-per-minute (ppm). The Color imageCLASS LBP7110Cw printer provides imaging packaged with wireless and mobile connectivity. For more info go to http://www.usa.canon.com.
QuarkXPress 10.0.2 update available
Quark has released QuarkXPress® 10.0.2, an update to its document processing software. QuarkXPress 10 users through Quark Update and is also available to download.
QuarkXPress 10.0.2 addresses performance issues, offers stability improvements, and offers new functionality. For Mac OS X users, it now supports Spotlight and Quick Look so documents can be searched and previewed.
For App Studio users, QuarkXPress 10.0.2 adds a new enrichment – 360° Images – that allows images to rotate completely within an app. The update also optimizes upload speed to my.appstudio.net and uses scalable vector graphics (SVG) for boxes in order to decrease issue file sizes and dynamically adapt to display resolutions. For more info go to www.quark.com/10.
AutoCrypt for Mac OS X revved to version 2.1
Tension Software has updated AutoCrypt, an encryption/decryption app with a document based approach, to version 2.1. It's a maintenance upgrade.
The software lets you save in a document all the settings used to encrypt or decrypt collections of files using a powerful AES-256 algorithm. Using these documents, AutoCrypt can be used for encryption and decryption batch process of large quantity of files in a single click.
AutoCrypt requires Mac OS X 10.8 or higher. It costs US$7 and can be downloaded at the Tension Software web site.
4K Video Downloader gets 'gamification' feature
Open Media has announced 4K Video Downloader, a new version of their most product available for Mac, Windows and Linux systems. 4K Video Downloader allows anyone to download video from YouTube as fast as your computer and connection will allow.
The new version has a "gamification" feature that allows you to download more videos or audio in different modes. This new feature "turns the usual rutina-downloading into engaging social entertainment with levels and quests," according to the folks at Open Media.
Keeping in mind that the gamification helps to learn about new functions of software more easily comparing with traditionals ways like how tos or other guides, Open Media LLC decided to simplify this learning process by implementing achievement badges with small explanations.
4K Video Downloader is a free download. Go to http://tinyurl.com/m2mu83t for more info.
Acclivity announces the release of AccountEdge Pro 2014
Acclivity, which specializes in small business accounting software, has launched AccountEdge 2014, a new version of its small business accounting software for Mac OS X and Windows. According to Scott Davisson, Acclivity co-founder, new features include:
° Departmental accounting — you can set up and track departments, then allocate transaction line items to one department or multiple departments.
° Product variations — you can create variations for an items and then create properties for each variation like sizes, colors, sizes etc., giving you the ability to track and sell your items with much greater detail and precision.
° AccountEdge Cloud — enables employees and sub-contractors to complete a growing list of accounting tasks that sync back to AccountEdge desktop. They can enter sales, invoices, orders and quotes and capture activity slips and time sheets from any web enabled device on any platform including Mac OS X, iOS, Android, or Windows.
° Combine duplicate or similar items...
Dominions 4 fantasy strategy game launches on Steam
Illwinter has brought Dominions 4: Thrones of Ascension to Steam for Mac, Windows, and Linux systems. It costs US$34.99.
Already the best selling Dominions game in the 15-year-old franchise, Dominions 4 brings the race to ascend to godhood to a new level of depth by adding capture objectives, co-op mode, more units, more spells, and more gods to the already overflowing level of detail that Dominions is famous for, according the folks at Illwinter. Find out more at the Steam page at http://store.steampowered.com/app/259060/ .
Here's how the game is described: "Dominions 4 is divided into three playable eras, early, middle, and late. Each era has different, yet connected, nations. Every nation has a variety of historical or mythological troops that are connected to real world history and mythos as well as various other benefits or detriments. Upon selecting a new nation you will also be given an option of would-be gods to select.
"Every god is radically different with different...
Apple posts Mac OS X 10.9.1
Apple has released Mac OS X 10.9.1. You can obtain it via the Mac App Store. According to Apple, the update:
° Improves support for Gmail in OS X Mail, and fixes for users with custom Gmail settings;
° Improves the reliability of Smart Mailboxes and search in Mail;
° Fixes an issue that prevented the contact groups from working properly in Mail;
° Resolves an issue that prevented VoiceOver from speaking sentences that contain emoji;
° Updates shared links periodically when open in the Safari Sidebar.
Apple moves to suspend antitrust monitor
In a series of court filings last week, Apple officially moved to halt the '"unconstitutional" compliance monitoring imposed as part of the government's e-book antitrust lawsuit, while the Department of Justice defended the monitor's actions and urged that the oversight be upheld, reports "AppleInsider."
Michael Bromwich, the third-party monitor assigned to the case by presiding Judge Denise Cote, "is conducting a roving investigation that is interfering with Apple's business operations, risking the public disclosure of privileged and confidential information, and imposing substantial and rapidly escalating costs on Apple that it will never be able to recover," Apple's lead appeals counsel Theodore Boutrous argued in the company's motion. Read more at http://tinyurl.com/kaz7ugf .
Beyonce sells 828,773 albums in three days on the iTunes Store
Apple says Beyonce has become the fastest selling album ever on the iTunes Store worldwide with 828,773 albums sold in just its first three days. She also broke the US first week album sales record with 617,213 sold and proved to be a global success going to number one in 104 countries.
The self-titled, Beyonce, is the fifth solo studio album from Beyonce. It was made available exclusively worldwide on the iTunes Store on Dec.13 by Parkwood Entertainment/Columbia Records. The self-titled set is the artist’s first visual album. Beyonce has 14 new songs and 17 videos shot around the world from Houston to New York City to Paris, and Sydney to Rio de Janeiro.
Entitle launches eBook subscription service
Entitle, an eBook subscription service, has launched. The service, formerly named eReatah, allows members to read two books a month for US$14.99, three books a month for $21.99 and four books a month for $27.99.
Members will own and have permanent access to any books they download regardless of their subscription status with Entitle, and these books can be read on up to six devices. Members can read books on the newly-launched Entitle e-reading app for iPad, iPhone and Android devices.
Entitle members can download from a catalog of over 100,000 titles from over a thousand publishers, including Simon & Schuster, HarperCollins Publishers, Kensington Books, Berrett-Koehler, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Workman Publishing, Sourcebooks, Open Road Media, RosettaBooks and many more. Over 50% of books in Entitle's catalog retail for over US$12.99, and include thousands of bestselling titles and new releases from authors such as Stephen King, Dan Brown, Doris Kearns Goodwin, JA Jance, Brad...
AwoX expands its connected solutions with the StriimLight B-10
AwoX is expanding its collection of connected solutions to the U.S. with the StriimLight B-10. This LED light bulb features an integrated Bluetooth speaker that lets you play digital music throughout your home.
The AwoX StriimLight's bulb screws into existing lamp sockets and connects to Bluetooth-enabled devices such as smartphones, laptops and tablets. Once paired to the StriimLight, you can use your Bluetooth-enabled device, such as an iPhone, to stream music and control your tracks. You can use the included IR remote control to turn the light on and off and adjust the volume of your music.
The AwoX StriimLight will be available in January 2014 for US$99. For more info go to http://www.awox.com .
Enolsoft releases PDF to Text with OCR for Mac OS X
Enolsoft has released Enolsoft PDF to Text with OCR for Mac. It allows users to extract text from PDFs (including native and scanned PDF) or common images to save as plain text files.
Enolsoft PDF to Text with OCR for Mac is available at a retail price of US$39. A demo is available for download. Go to http://tinyurl.com/n9rjkf3 for more info.
AKVIS NatureArt adds new Share option, RAW image support, more
AKVIS has released a new version (5.5) of its AKVIS NatureArt software for Mac OS X and Windows. The app allows you to reproduce natural phenomena on photographs, and can be used as a standalone application as well as a Photoshop plugin filter.
The software includes nine basic effects: rain, sun, water, lightning, clouds, frost, fire, ice, and rainbow. Version 5.5 adds a Share option that lets you post your images from the program to social services: such as Facebook, Twitter, flickr, Tumblr, and Google+. It also adds support for RAW images from various cameras and compatibility with Mac OS X 10.9 Mavericks. What's more, AKVIS NatureArt 5.5 adds compatibility of the plugin with Adobe Photoshop CC, Adobe Photoshop Elements 12, and Corel PaintShop Pro X6.
All registered users of NatureArt can upgrade to version 5.5 for free. A 10-day demo is also available for new users at http://www.akvis.com ; registration is US$72 for the Home version. AKVIS NatureArt 5.5 requires Mac OS X 10.4.
MyIP 2.0 optimized for Mac OS X Mavericks
Tension Software (http://www.tensionsoftware.com) has released version 2.0 of MyIP, a Mac OS X utility that lets you view public IP addresses to which you're connected.
It can work also in background and can optionally show the current IP in the menu bar.
The public IP is the IP address you use to connect to the global net and is the address the rest of the world "sees" you at.
MyIP 2.0 is now optimized for Mac OS X 10.9 Mavericks. It costs US$0.99 and is available at the Mac App Store.
QuickerTek releases 802.11AC USB transceiver for Macs
Quickertek has announced the AC Nano, a 802.11AC USB transceiver, that works with all Apple computers with an USB port.
To use, install then supplied software, then plug the AC Nano into any USB port on your Mac. It will need to be running OS 10.4.x or higher. Your Mac will now be able to connect to any wireless access point, whether made by Apple or any other third party wireless access points.
These wireless networking adaptors use the USB interface, so they can be installed on practically any Mac. They work with all 802.11/b/g/n/ac WiFi equipment including Apple AirPort, AirPort Extreme and the latest 802.11ac version of AirPort Extreme. The acNano suports networks with 64/128-bit WEP, WPA, WPA2, WPS, and IEEE802.1x encryption
The AC Nano costs US$59.95. Quickertek is offering free domestic ground shipping on all orders through Dec. 23. Go to http://tinyurl.com/n4vxj43 for more info.
BearExtender Turbo brings 802.11ac Wi-Fi to Macs
BearExtender, which specializes in Wi-Fi solutions, has released BearExtender Turbo, a high speed 802.11ac USB Wi-Fi adapter for Macs.
It boasts a maximum throughput speed of 867 Mbps on the 5Ghz 802.11ac band when used with 802.11ac standard routers like the 2013 AirPort Extreme or 2013 Time Capsule. That is up to three times faster than previous generation 802.11n equipped Macs, according to Roland Saekow, head of product development at BearExtender. BearExtender Turbo features USB 3.0 SuperSpeed connectivity and twin dual band (2.4Ghz and 5Ghz) upgradable antennas.
"802.11ac is the newest standard in wireless networking and it brings blazing fast Wi-Fi speeds,” said Roland Saekow, head of product development at BearExtender. “But only the newest 2013 MacBook Air, 2013 MacBook Pro and 2013 iMac come equipped with 802.11ac capability today. BearExtender Turbo allows people with other Macs to easily add 802.11ac technology since earlier internal AirPort cards from Apple cannot be...
Cocktail for OS X Mavericks shaken to version 7.1
Maintain has served up Cocktail 7.1 (Mavericks Edition). This version adds the ability to clear App Store, Authorization Daemon, Book Store and Notification Server logs, contains improvements on the "Clear log files" procedure and fixes a number of other bugs discovered in the previous version.
Cocktail is a general purpose utility for OS X that lets users clean, repair and optimize their Mac. Its features are arranged into five categories designed to help you manage various aspects of your computer, including Disk, System, Files, Network and the OS X Interface.
Cocktail (Mavericks Edition) requires OS X Mavericks to run. It costs US$19 and can be downloaded at http://maintain.se/cocktail .
Zevrix Graphic Inspector now supports Mac OS X 10.9 Mavericks
Zevrix Solutions (http://www.zevrix.com) has announced Graphic Inspector 1.7.27, a compatibility update to its quality control solution for images and vector graphic files, which checks batches of files for potential problems according to specific workflow requirements.
The software provides graphic professionals with info on multiple images and vector graphic files, saving the time and hassle of checking them manually. The new version introduces full support for Mac OS X 10.9 Mavericks.
Graphic Inspector can be purchased from the Zevrix web site for US$39.95, as well as from authorized resellers. It's free with purchase of PDF Checkpoint or InPreflight Pro for Adobe InDesign. A demo is available for download. The update is free for users of previous versions. Graphic Inspector requires Mac OS X 10.5-10.9.
Pocket Mariner launches free Boat Watch app for Mac
Pocket Mariner, developer of nautical apps for boating enthusiasts, has launched what it says is the very first ship tracking app for Mac OS X. Boat Watch, which has been a very popular app for users of iPhones and iPads, now enables Mac users to spot boats and ships and follow them on a real-time map. Boat Watch will also provide information about boats being tracked, including their names, types and destinations.
Many boating enthusiasts around the world who enjoy tracking boats have used the free Boat Watch to spot boats and ships and follow their journeys on oceans and other major waterways, according to the folks at Pocket Mariner. For the first time ever, Mac users can also use Boat Watch’s full mapping mode — leveraging the built-in maps from the latest Maverick OSX — to spot boats and ships and follow their journeys, they add.
With an optional paid add-on feature, users who track a particular vessel will receive an alert when the boat sets sail or arrives. This feature is...
FontAgent Pro Upgrade Adds Mavericks and Enhanced TTC Support
Insider Software (http://www.insidersoftware.com) has launched FontAgent Pro 6.1, an update to its professional font manager for Mac OS X.
FontAgent Pro provides a complete font management system that integrates diagnostics, repair, font selection, font book creation, and design tools in a powerful, yet simple application for creative professionals. Version 6.1 delivers support for Mac OS 10.9 Mavericks and extended functionality for importing TrueType Collections. It also supports Insider's line of font server products.
FontAgent Pro 6.1 — which works with Mac OS X 10.6 or higher — is free to all licensed users of FontAgent Pro 6 and FontAgent Pro CloudServer customers. FontAgent Pro 4 and 5 Standard Edition users can upgrade in the Insider online store for US$49.95.
Boinx Software conjures up FotoMagico 4.4
Boinx Software has presented FotoMagico 4.4 (http://www.boinx.com/fotomagico/), an update of slid show creation tool for Mac OS X. Among many enhancements, it now features six-times faster export, better color accuracy, smoother transitions and more.
FotoMagico 4.4 is also compatible with OS X Mavericks. It's available as a free update for existing 4.x users or from the Boinx website for US99.99.
Adobe serves up Lightroom 5.3 and Camera Raw 8.3
Adobe has released Lightroom 5.3 and Camera Raw 8.3 as final releases on both Adobe.com and through the update mechanism in Photoshop CC and Photoshop CS6. This release corrects issues reported in earlier versions of Lightroom 5 and Camera Raw 8. In addition, raw file format support is added for 20 new cameras, including the Nikon Df, Nokia Lumia 1020 and the Sony a7.
Lightroom is a digital photography workflow solution for serious amateur and professional photographers. It allows user to import, manage, enhance and showcase all their images within one application. The Photoshop Camera Raw plug-in provides access to raw image formats produced by many leading digital camera.
Lightroom 5.3 is available as a free update for Lightroom 5 customers. Camera Raw 8.3 is available as a free update for both Photoshop CC and Photoshop CS6. Note: Camera Raw 8.3 for CS6 only includes updated camera and lens profile support as part of the recent camera raw policy change.
South Korea: Samsung loses bid to ban certain Apple products
On Thursday Samsung lost its bid to ban sales of Apple's older iPhone and iPad in South Korea after a court dismissed a lawsuit claiming the U.S. firm had infringed on three of Samsung's mobile patents, reports "Reuters" (http://tinyurl.com/ouuuaae).
A Seoul Central District Court judge said Apple products such as the iPhone 4S, iPhone 5 and iPad 2 didn't violate Samsung patents on short message display methods and messaging grouping features. The court ruled against a sale ban on the products and threw out Samsung's claim for 100 million won ($95,100) in damages.
"We are glad the Korean court joined others around the world in standing up for real innovation and rejecting Samsung's ridiculous claims," Apple Korea spokesman Steve Park told "Reuters."
Apple posts iPhoto 9.5.1
Apple has posted iPhoto 9.5.1. The update of its photo management app resolves a preview issue and squishes some bugs.
You can download the update via the Mac App Store. It requires Mac OS X 10.9 Mavericks.
SYSMIGO releases gps4cam pro 7.3
SYSMIGO has announced gps4cam pro 7.3, an update to their geotagging app for Mac OS X, iOS, and Windows. It's a solution that brings geotagging to every camera.
Version 7.3 is optimized for iOS 7. It also introduces new cloud storage capabilities and minor bug fixes.
gps4cam pro costs US$3.99 and is available at the Mac App Store and the Apple App Store. For more info go to http://gps4cam.com .