Asustor launches AS 3 series NAS
Asustor has launched the AS 3 Series Network Attached Storage (NAS). The devices feature multimedia applications including support for 1080p high definition video playback.
They're the first devices in their class to come equipped with Intel Atom 1.6GHz dual-core processors along with 1GB of DDR3 memory. The devices in this new series consist of the 2-bay AS-302T model and the 4-bay AS-304T model. All devices boast a wealth of power saving features including internal and external disk hibernation, Night Mode and System Sleep Mode (S3). During System Sleep Mode, only 0.8 watts of power is consumed.
The AS 3 Series was designed with multimedia and home cloud server applications in mind. In addition to its HDMI interface inherited from Asustor’s AS 6 Series, the AS 3 Series features a receiver and 3.5 mm audio jack.
After installing the XBMC multimedia player app from ASUSTOR’s App Central, users will be able to use the HDMI interface to play audio and video from the NAS directly to any...
Akvis LightShop 4.0 gets new interface, more
Akvis has released LightShop 4.0 (http://akvis.com/en/lightshop/), an update of the software lets you create light effects. Version 4.0 provides a new interface design, new 138 ready-to-use effects, new elements for creating natural-looking light effects, a Star Brush, compatibility with Photoshop CC, and other changes.
The software is available as a standalone application as well as a plug-in for Photoshop and other graphics editors. It's available for Mac OS X (10.4 or higher) and Windows. The product sells for US$72. Akvis offers licenses with lifetime free support.
ZipZapMac Releases Periscope Pro for the Mac
ZipZapMac has introduced Periscope Pro 1.0, an application that turns a Mac into a multi-featured video surveillance system.
The motion-detection algorithm developed for Periscope Pro is user tunable and is purportedly comparable those used in standalone surveillance systems costing thousands of dollars. By automatically uploading clips to a free DropBox account, the user can view clips anytime.
Periscope Pro can be set to shoot only when there's motion, that is, activity going on, capturing exactly what the user is looking for, saving enormous amounts of search time and storage. The user can choose everything from the sensitivity of the motion detection, to clip length, to alternate recording mode, including timed and continuous mode, and even video resolution. It can be set to start recording at login, at launch, or it can be started manually from its control panel.
Periscope Pro requires OS X 10.6 or later. It costs US$19.99 and is available worldwide through the Mac App Store in...
Apple releases AirPort Utility 6.3 for Mac
Apple has released AirPort Utility 6.3 for Mac (http://tinyurl.com/m69fen7). It's a 21.43MB download and requires Mac OS X 10.7.5 or later.
Use AirPort Utility to set up and manage your 802.11n and 802.11ac AirPort base stations, including AirPort Express, Extreme, and Time Capsule. AirPort Utility 6.3 allows you to configure and manage the new AirPort Extreme and AirPort Time Capsule with 802.11ac Wi-Fi, and includes enhanced remote management capabilities.
Jumsoft presents update to Toolbox for Keynote
Jumsoft (www.jumsoft.com) has rolled out Toolbox for Keynote 1.2.3 for Mac OS X. The collection contains dozens of Keynote themes and hundreds of clipart images, doodles, badges, maps, flags, and many more items.
The update includes a total of 10 new themes, 13 sets of visualization elements, and 40 clipart images for Apple's presentation software. There are designs for creating and decorating slideshows, project proposals, business reports, and other types of content.
Toolbox for Keynote is a free download that offers a convenient way to view and purchase Jumsoft's product sets for Keynote. It requires Mac OS X 10.7 or later
and Keynote 5.0 or later. You can obtainToolbox for Keynote at the Mac App Store (http://tinyurl.com/ks6nga9).
Aquafadas revs its Digital Publishing System to version 3.0
Aquafadas has released version 3.0 of its Digital Publishing System. The upgrade provides an even easier way to publish digital content across multiple platforms.
In addition to iOS, the upgraded Aquafadas solution now lets publishers create interactive and graphics-rich content that can be published straight to the web, Android OS, Kobo’s Arc tablet and Amazon’s Kindle Fire.
The standard version of Aquafadas’s Digital Publishing System is available as a free download at avepublishing.aquafadas.com. A one-time publication fee applies only at the time of publishing.
DEVONthink and DEVONnote 2.6 optimized for Mavericks
DEVONtechnologies has released an update for all editions of its information and document manager DEVONthink as well as for its smart notebook app DEVONnote.
The apps have been optimized for OS X 10.9 Mavericks and bring new features such as HTML-based formatted notes and support for Markdown. The updates are free and recommended for all users. In addition DEVONtechnologies cleaned up many menus of both DEVONthink and DEVONnote up for clarity, made synchronizing DEVONthink databases more reliable, and enhanced the integration with the Open With mechanism of OS X. Finally, this release also improves many other areas of the application and brings important bug fixes.
DEVONthink and DEVONnote require an Intel-based Mac and OS X 10.6.8 or later. They can be downloaded from www.devontechnologies.com and be test-driven for free before they need to be properly licensed. DEVONthink Personal and DEVONnote are also available via the Mac App Store.
Planon announces ScanStik SK600V scanner
PlanOn System Solutions has announced the US$249.99 ScanStik SK600V, which it says is the world’s smallest full page color scanner. With VoiceNotes and Bluetooth connectivity, it can send scans with voice recordings to Bluetooth phones and tablets or computers with the included USB cable.
The ScanStik SK600V is unlike other pen-sized scanners that only scan a line at a time, scanning the whole page at once just like a flat-bed scanner, but without the bulk, according to the folks at PlanOn. It also features a MicroSD memory slot that holds thousands of image scans with up to 600 dpi resolution in color or black and white. For more info go to www.planon.com .
Jason Fuerstenberg introduces Momiji for the Mac
Jason Fuerstenberg has introduced Momiji 1.0 for OS X, which lets you manage bookmarks across devices and browsers. A bookmark added from your Mac is directly synced to your iPhone/iPad so your bookmarks are always with you no matter what device you are using, even offline.
Momiji's interface autofills the title and keywords it detects on a given page. This makes it not only easier to classify but to find for later on, according to Fuerstenberg. To make pages visually recognizable, favicons and preview snapshots are displayed.
In addition to the direct Wi-Fi syncing between local devices, you can also sync all of your bookmarks with the Pinboard bookmarking service, even over 3G/LTE networks. Pages worth bookmarking are often also worth sharing, so Momiji supports posting to Twitter, Facebook and Google, as well as sending by e-mail. To reduce effort in adding new bookmarks from Macs, browser plugins for Safari and Chrome are available for free. Support for Firefox and Opera is...
Verizon may owe Apple $14 billion
Verizon must sell US$23.5 billion worth of iPhones this year to meet a commitment it made to Apple in 2010, according to an investment research firm’s analysis of SEC filings, reports "The Los Angeles Times" (http://tinyurl.com/n6jckbl).
Because of slower-than-expected sales, Verizon now must double its iPhone sales of last year. If it falls short, the company could be on the hook for as much as $14 billion, Moffett Research said in a report.
"It is likely that Apple would be reluctant to simply ignore these commitments, since many other carriers around the world are probably in a similar situation, and a simple amnesty would set an unwanted precedent," the research firm wrote. "It is therefore unrealistic to think that Apple won’t extract some consideration for renegotiating these shortfalls."
VidConvert for OS X adds Dutch localization, more
Reggie Ashworth has announced VidConvert 1.4.4, an update to his video converter for Mac OS X. The upgrade adds Dutch localization, improves speed in which files are added, and has better handling of videos that might be inverted or flipped. It also adds a warning when quitting during an active conversion, and other localization edits, miscellaneous fixes, and optimizations.
VidConvert is a video converter designed to make converting your videos simple and easy. The software will convert just about any type of video into one of the many popular formats of today.
VidConvert requires Mac OS X 10.5 or higher. It costs US$7.99 for a single user license. A demo is available for download at the product web site (http://www.reggieashworth.com/vidconvert).
Jumsoft's Inspiration Set updated with 22 new templates for...
Jumsoft (www.jumsoft.com) has announced Inspiration Set 2.6, an update to its range of templates for Apple's Pages.
The latest version of the Inspiration Set application includes 22 new designs, adding up to 250 templates for a variety of document types. Some designs include up to 28 inner sections, and the Catalog template contains as many as 51 different sections. The update will be also available to users of the Toolbox for Pages bundle.
The Inspiration Set requires Mac OS X 10.6.6 or later and Pages 4.0 or higher. It costs US$19.99 and is available worldwide through the Mac App Store in the Graphics & Design category (http://tinyurl.com/lmom7mq).
StatCounter: Samsung passes the iPhone in global smartphone Web...
A new study by StatCounter (http://tinyurl.com/n2ruq4w) has found that more folks worldwide are using Samsung-made smartphones to access the Internet than are using the iPhone, reports "AppleInsider" (www.appleinsider.com).
This is the first time this has happened. StatCounter says that, in June, Samsung devices accounted for 25.43%of smartphone Internet usage, compared to 25.09% for Apple's smartphones. Samsung's share has grown from 19.46 percent just 12 months ago.
Apple's share over the same period has shrunk from 25.43%. However, in the U.S. and the United Kingdom, StatCounter says Apple is still the clear leader in smartphone web usage.
Twocanoes Software floats out Winclone 4.1
Twocanoes Software has announced Winclone 4.1, an update to the application that lets Mac users image and migrate Windows installed in Boot Camp. The new version lets you install Boot Camp from a self-contained package.
Winclone 4.1 costs US$29.99 for an individual license (up to two computers), $99.99 for the pro version (unlimited computers by a single administrator), and $499.99 for a site license (unlimited computers by any employee or contractor). Winclone Pro with Support and Winclone Site License with Support are also available. All software editions are available through the Twocanoes website (http://twocanoes.com). Version 4.1 is a free update for registered users of version 4.0.
Twocanoes offers a support package that includes two years of technical support and maintenance, including access to priority technical support and all minor and major upgrades. Winclone requires Mac OS X 10.7 or higher, Windows 7 or higher, and a Boot Camp partition.
Green Jelly comes to the Mac
Green Jelly is a new physics challenge game for Mac OS X (10.6.6 or higher). It's available for US$1.99 at the Mac App Store (https://itunes.apple.com/app/id625428320?mt=12).
Here's how the game is described: "Green Jelly is a deceptively sweet physics-based puzzler that starts out innocently enough and soon will drive you crazy with its diabolical challenges. Green Jelly likes candy. And you need to help it collect three candies on each level to get a bowl of sweet rewards. Join this cute creature in a challenging adventure to curb his sweet tooth.
"Stretch Jelly and rocket it to its gingerbread house so that it hits all the candies on the way. Collecting candies is not as easy as you might think. Dangerous traps and tricky obstacles make it hairy yet entertaining. Avoid wrong trajectories, sharp propellers and electric wires to get home safe. Paddy puddings and teleporting donuts will help you pass the traps easier. Proceed carefully and you'll be rewarded with tasty treats and...
Sennheiser releases Momentum On-ear headphones
Sennheiser has released the Momentum On-ear. The headphones are available in blue, green, pink and ivory.
The ear pads and headband have been finished in Alcantara, a high-tech material produced in Italy. Equipped with 18-ohm transducers, the Momentum On-Ear guarantees full stereo sound with a slight bass emphasis in a frequency range from 16 to 22,000 Hz, says Katrin Huss, director of Customer Relationship Management at Sennheiser. Thanks to their closed, on-ear design, these headphones isolate the listener from external noise.
The Momentum On-Ear headphones -- which cost approximately US$218 -- feature a single-sided detachable cable with in-line remote and microphone for Apple iDevices. For more info go to http://en-us.sennheiser.com/momentum-on-ear .
Judge: Apple colluded with publishers to fix ebook prices
U.S. District Judge Denise Cote has handed down her ruling in the case between the Department of Justice and Apple over ebook price-fixing, saying that Apple conspired with the five major publishers to raise rates, reports "Macworld" (http://tinyurl.com/jvtj5er). A trial on damages will be held to decide how much relief the U.S. government and a coalition of U.S. states are entitled to.
The five major publishers -- Hachette, Macmillan, HarperCollins, Simon & Schuster, and Penguin -- all chose to settle the case with the government and states before the trial kicked off last month. As part of the settlement, they're required to submit for approval any ventures undertaken in collaboration with other publishers, says "Macworld."
Apple was the only defendant to go to trial. However, the company maintained that it had done nothing wrong.
ArtOptimizer ready for Illustrator CC, Photoshop CC
Zevrix (http://www.zevrix.com) has updated ArtOptimizer, its workflow automation solution for Adobe Illustrator, to version 2.7. The new version makes ArtOptimizer compatible with Illustrator and Photoshop CC.
The software eliminates the excess image data of document links and performs image adjustments, reducing the size of an Illustrator job. In order to eliminate excess image data, the app automatically scales the images in Photoshop to match their dimensions in Illustrator, changes resolution according to the target resolution specified, and reimports images to Illustrator at 100%.
ArtOptimizer is available for Mac OS X 10.5 and higher and Adobe Illustrator and Adobe Photoshop CS-CS3. It costs US$119.95; a demo is available for download.
Adobe launches Adobe Anywhere for video
Adobe has announced the immediate availability of Adobe Anywhere for video. It's a collaborative solution for broadcasters and large enterprises that enables users to work together using centralized media and assets across virtually any network.
Anywhere allows teams to shoot, log, edit, share and finish video productions on standard systems without heavy file transfers and duplicate media, according to the folks at Adobe. It supports the latest versions of Adobe Premiere Pro CC and Adobe Prelude CC, available as part of Adobe Creative Cloud.
Adobe Anywhere support for Adobe After Effects is expected later in 2013. For more info go to http://tinyurl.com/d7yo334 .
PDFpen for Mac OS X revved to version 6.0.4
Smile (www.smilesoftware.com) has announced PDFpen 6.0.4, the latest version of its all-purpose PDF editing tool. The update improves opening, editing, and saving for numerous edge cases and lots of fixes under the hood.
The changes in PDFpen 6.0.4 have also been made in PDFpenPro 6.0.4, the pro version that can also convert websites into PDFs, create fillable PDF forms, automatically create form fields in non-interactive PDF forms, construct document table of contents, and set document permission settings that restrict saving, printing, and copying.
PDFpen 6.0.4 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 6.0.4 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...
Desktop Repainter 1.0 released for Mac OS X
Park Bench Software has announced the return of Desktop Repainter, reborn in modern form for Mac OS X. Desktop Repainter enhances your desktop/background with customizable settings for variably changing colors.
The colors can stand alone, or transparently overlay any other background picture you choose. Black and white drawings and photos work particularly well, and are nicely augmented with a splash of color, according to the folks at Park Bench Software.
Features include the ability to: control when and how the colors change; transition between colors; adjust the opacity level of the color; create, store and switch between customized sets of colors; import/export color sets to share with others; and share your currently active color via Twitter, and have your color change when friends Tweet theirs.
Desktop Painter reviews an Intel Mac running Mac OS X 10.6.6 or higher. It costs US$0.99 and is available worldwide exclusively through the Mac App Store in the Utilities category (http...
Fanurio for Mac OS X gets new sidebar, more
Atelier Software has released Fanurio 2.7 (www.fanuriotimetracking.com), an update of the Mac OS X time tracking and billing application designed for freelancers. The upgrade has a new sidebar, improved table columns, and much more.
Fanurio has features for billing contracted work. It can record services and expenses, round time, apply discounts, handle subcontracted work, use multiple currencies, apply taxes, record partial payments and more.
Fanurio uses a l template language that can be used to create great looking invoices. Using a customizable template, invoices can be exported to HTML, PDF, Microsoft Word 2007, OpenOffice OpenDocument and other formats so they can be printed or e-mailed.
Fanurio costs US$59; version 2.7 is a free upgrade for registered users. A demo is available at the product web site.
FormalAddress for Mac OS X doubles number of supported countries
Fultz Creative System Design has rolled out FormalAddress 3.1 (www.formal-address.com), an update to its Mac OS X application that converts free-form contact information obtained from web pages, word processing documents, or other text sources to VCF, CSV, and tabbed-text formats readable by address books, spreadsheets, and databases.
This release doubles the number of supported countries. Addresses in all of North America, South America, Western Europe, and most of the Caribbean can now be added to an address book in a few clicks.
With FormalAddress, you can bring in up to 10 contacts at a time, convert the text with the one-click Formalize function, slide information around if needed, then add the addresses to a contact manager. A direct link to Apple Contacts is provided and export to applications such as Microsoft Entourage, Outlook, Marketcircle Daylite, as well as spreadsheets & databases is easy.
FormalAddress costs US$8.99 and requires Mac OS X 10.6.6 and up. The Pro...
Apple, Amazon 'app store' battle comes to an end
Apple and Amazon have ended their lawsuit over who has the right to use the "app store" name, clearing the way for both companies to use it, reports "Reuters" (http://tinyurl.com/lhvbems).
U.S. District Judge Phyllis Hamilton in Oakland, California, has ordered that the case be dismissed at the companies' request, averting a trial that had been scheduled for Aug. 19. This came after Apple issued to Amazon a covenant not to sue over the online retailer's use of the term, eliminating the need for Amazon to pursue a counterclaim seeking permission.
Last year Apple sued Amazon, saying the online retailer is using Apple’s “App Store” trademark for a mobile-software developer program. In a complaint filed March 18, 2011, in federal court in northern California, Apple accused Amazon.com of trademark infringement and unfair competition and asked for a judge’s order to prevent the company from using the "App Store" name, as well as for unspecified damages.
Apple registered for a trademark on...
Braven 850 speakers now available
Braven has launched the Braven 850 portable Bluetooth speakers. In addition to providing audio, it also charges mobile devices and wirelessly pairs with a second 850 speaker for a true left and right wireless stereo experience.
The Braven 850 is less than 10 inches long and four inches tall. According to Braven CEO Warren Osborne it utilizes "class-leading extended-range aluminum cone drivers and dual passive radiators for a powerful and rich sound,:
The Braven 850 purportedly has a play time of up to 20 hours and is available for $299.99. For more info go to www.braven.com .
Flashcard Hero brings virtual flash cards to the Mac
Kitestack Software has introduces Flashcard Hero 1.0 for Mac OS X. It's designed to allow students to memorize factual information using stylish, customized, virtual flash cards.
Flashcard Hero looks and works like a word processing app. Cards can contain numbered or bulleted lists, bold, underline, and italic text. The app features color-coded grouping of cards, the ability to import of existing decks, a difficulty rating for each card, expandable & editable text, and a progress summary.
Flashcard Hero requires OS X 10.7 or later. It's available at the special introductory price of US$6.99 (the regular price will be $14.99) through the Mac App Store (http://tinyurl.com/n5qv3l3) in the Education category.
eMedia Music releases Singing Method software
eMedia Music has released eMedia Singing Method, software designed to help you improve your singing -- or learn to sing.
eMedia’s new Interactive Feedback technology is more accurate and sensitive than ever before, according to Singing Method instructor Ory Brown. It actually listens as you sing and tells you whether you are singing too high, too low, or right in tune.
The built-in Performance Evaluation of eMedia iSinging Method will listen to you sing and give you specific feedback on mistakes, with an overall score for your performance. Over 230 step-by-step lessons start with basics such as proper singing technique, singing in time, and in tune. Further lessons cover projecting your voice, increasing your range, vocal agility, expression, and sight-reading.
The eMedia Singing Method DVD-ROM has an estimated retail price of US$59.95. It's a hybrid DVD for both Mac OS X and Windows platforms. For more info go to eMediaMusic.com .
ConceptDraw Solution Park gets Nature Solution additions
CS Odessa (www.conceptdraw.com) has announced a new addition to ConceptDraw Solution Park for ConceptDraw PRO 9. The new libraries provide a wide range nature objects that can be used to augment documentation and graphics that deal with the illustration of geography, weather, and animals.
The new addition to ConceptDraw Solution Park is a free item for current users of ConceptDraw PRO. ConceptDraw PRO is compatible with Mac OS X and Microsoft Windows and retails for US$199.
Eye Candy 7 plug-in now compatible with Photoshop Creative Cloud
Alien Skin Software has announced an update to its Eye Candy 7 graphic design effects plug-in. The update adds the capability to store presets in a cloud storage folder so that they can be synchronized between multiple computers. It also adds compatibility with the new Adobe Photoshop Creative Cloud.
Cloud preset sharing is available to all users of Eye Candy 7, not just users of Photoshop CC, says Terence Tay, the designer of Eye Candy. It works with multiple cloud storage services, including Dropbox.
Alien Skin's Eye Candy 7 plug-in renders realistic effects that are difficult or impossible to achieve in Photoshop alone, such as the appearance of Fire, Chrome, and Lightning. Effects like Animal Fur, Smoke, and Reptile Skin are rendered in exquisite detail down to individual hairs, turbulent wisps, and shiny scales, says Tay.
Current owners of Eye Candy 7 can download the update for free. Eye Candy 7 is available through www.alienskin.com for US$199. Owners of any previous version...
SanDisk announces new USB flash drives
SanDisk Corp. (www.sandisk.com) has announced three USB flash drives: the SanDisk Ultra USB 3.0, Cruzer Orbit and Cruzer Force USB flash drives.
The SanDisk Ultra USB 3.0 flash drive allows users to transfer, store and share large files with speeds of up to 80 MB/second. It's available now in 16GB to 64GB capacities with prices ranging from US$39.99 to $139.99.
The Cruzer Orbit USB flash drive (pictured) offers a way to store, transfer, and share data in a 360-degree swivel design. This pocket-sized versatile flash drive features a protective cover that rotates to shield the USB connector from damage when it's not in use. The Cruzer Orbit is available in 8GB to 32GB capacities with prices ranging from $19.99 to $69.99.
The Cruzer Force USB has a thin design and comes with password protection software. It's available in 8GB to 32GB capacities with prices ranging from $29.99 to $79.99.
iTunes sues Apple because he overpaid for an HD film on iTunes
An U.S. Apple iTunes customer is taking the company to court after he paid US$4.99 for an HD film without realizing a better suited SD version was available, reports "Macworld UK" (http://tinyurl.com/kdzckm7).
The customer, from Florida, claims that consumer protection laws have been violated. He argues that he was unaware that a standard-definition version of the film, "Big Daddy," which he purchased, was available. The HD version he bought at $4.99 cost $1 more than the SD version and the customer is now convinced Apple should be compensating the "millions" of customers who he thinks must have run into the same problem as him, reports "Macworld UK."
Extensis releases Suitcase Fusion 5
Extensis has released Suitcase Fusion 5, the latest version of the professional-grade font manager that integrates fonts directly into the creative workflow. The new version delivers features such as font auto-activation plug-ins for Adobe Creative Cloud and QuickComp for fast font mock-ups.
Suitcase Fusion 5 delivers new auto-activation plug-ins for the recently debuted Adobe Creative Cloud applications, including InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator and InCopy. Integrated font panels allow designers to preview and activate any font right from Creative Cloud and Creative Suite apps, without switching between applications. Designers can use Suitcase Fusion 5 on more than one machine, as they can with their Creative Cloud subscriptions.
Suitcase Fusion 5, compatible with Mac OS X and Windows, is available through distribution with Ingram Micro (US) and Synnex (Canada), through North American resellers and retailers (CDW), and direct from the Extensis website (www.extensis.com). The...
AppDelete optimized for Mountain Lion
Reggie Ashworth (www.reggieashworth.com) has announced AppDelete 4.0.9, a new version of his application deletion utility. The upgrade has been optimized for Mac OS X 10.8, sports a new user interface and a revised workflow.
You can drag any item that can be uninstalled onto AppDelete: spplications, widgets, preference panes, plugins, screensavers, etc. You can also activate AppDelete in many ways: dragging items onto main window, onto dock icon, selecting in menu, right-clicking using AppDelete workflow, dragging from Launchpad, and throwing items in the trash. When the preview screen appears you can uncheck any items you would like to exclude.
You also have several choices: delete the items, log only the items, or archive (copy) the items to a .zip file for safekeeping or reinstall at a later date. The items you delete will be moved to the trash and arranged in a folder so that you can see exactly what was deleted and you know exactly where it came from. The items will not be...
TinyBooks Pro for Mac OS X updated to version 8.0.5
Ken Winograd and Space-Time Associates (www.winograd.com) has updated TinyBooks Pro, its Mac accounting and bookkeeping program, to version 8.0.5. The upgrade sports enhanced multi-item invoice printing (B&W, grayscale or color), professional check printing, complete mileage support (business, charitable, and/or medical), enhanced interim form printing, extended transaction limits, monthly color-coding, reconciliation checkmarks, and more.
TinyBooks Pro is a single-entry bookkeeping and accounting system designed for sole proprietors, home and other small businesses, and family finances. To use you enter your expenses and income, and TinyBooks Pro does the rest. Current and year-to-date on-the-fly totals are continually displayed. Fully automatic bar-charting of all expense and income accounts make the determination of monthly trends intuitively obvious, according to the folks at Space-Time Associates.
TinyBooks Pro 8.0.5 costs US$79.99 for a single user license. It requires Mac...
Hyperbolic Software launches Quick Print for the Mac
Hyperbolic Software has introduced Quick Print 1.0, an utility that allows you to print without opening the native application. The utility also provides a range of printing options.
With Quick Print, you can apply filters and effects to images, or print a text file with a different font size, without modifying the original file. The tool also allows you to print any image or formatted text copied to the clipboard and, if an item is selected, the information of the file.
Other features include the ability to print applications' recently opened files, directly accessible from the Quick Print window, and to print a folder as a list of contents. Quick Print also allows to print any image or formatted text copied to the clipboard and, if an item is selected, the information of the file (date created and modified, location path, etc.). When an unsupported item is selected, the application shows the Quick Look preview, which can be printed.
Quick Print requires OSX 10.7.0 or higher. It's...
Code Line releases Art View for Creative Cloud users
Code Line has released Art View, a Quick Look enhancement for Creative Cloud and Creative Suite users. It offers quick answers to common questions.
Art View allows graphic designers to preview, inspect, and reveal dependent font and image files from within Apple's Quick Look preview feature. The utility works independent of other applications, so users that don't have graphics applications installed are still able to take advantage of its features.
Art View is available as a free, 15-day demo and is available for purchase online. A single-user license costs US$24.95. Art View requires Mac OS X 10.7 or later. For more information visit Code Line's website (www.code-line.com/).
Delineato Pro for Mac OS X now supports OPML importing
Wow!Systems and Fapptory have rolled out version 1.2 of Delineato (www.delineato.com), the mind-mapping and brainstorming tool for Mac OS X. The new version supports OPML importing, adds an edit shape feature and keyboard shortcuts.
Delineato 1.2 also fixes some minor bugs and offers more themes to apply. The app is designed for creating simple diagrams, mind maps, brainstorming, to-do lists and architectural diagrams.
Delineato Pro 1.2 costs US$6.99 and requires Mac OS X 10.6 or higher. It's available worldwide exclusively through the Mac App Store (http://tinyurl.com/k6ourgl) in the Productivity category.
Stixta.com announces global expansion
Cologne (Germany) based start-up company stixta has announced the global expansion of their product. Stixta produces customized MacBook decals for businesses, artists or any other individuals.
After over a year of working with pre-designed decals for MacBooks, late last year, the company began to offer a tailored product to customers who can choose and design their own customized MacBook decals. For more info go to http://stixta.com .
Maintain serves up Cocktail 6.5 (Mountain Lion Edition)
Maintain has released Cocktail 6.5 (Mountain Lion Edition), the latest maintenance update for users running OS X Mountain Lion. It adds compatibility with Mac OS X 10.8.5 and more.
Cocktail is a general purpose utility for OS X that lets users clean, repair and optimize their Mac. This version adds ability to change standby delay and ability to disable shadow in window captures. It also adds compatibility with the latest versions of supported web browsers and contains improvements on the clear system caches procedure.
Cocktail 6.5 (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$14 for a single user license and is available for purchase from the Maintain website (http://maintain.se/cocktail). The license is valid for Mountain Lion, Lion and Snow...
Runware introduces new armbands for the iPod nano
The iPod nano 7G is compatible with the Runalyzer blue heart rate monitor. Now Runware, its designer, is offering a choice of armbands for this lightweight iPod.
The Runalyzer blue chest strap connects directly to your iPod nano 7G and is compatible with the Nike Fitness application included in the device. The app is designed to allow you to better manage your activity. Knowing your heart rate zones and your ideal effort, you can keep control to optimize your effort.
The blue chest strap also works with the iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPod touch 5G and iPad from the third generation. The Runware heartrate chest strap connects directly to your Apple accessory with Bluetooth Smart technology, purportedly giving it a range of up to 18 months for daily use.
The Armband for iPod nano 7G is available at a suggested retail price of US$19.99. The Runalyzer Blue chest strap costs $69. For more info go to http://www.runalyzer.com .
Edifier releases MP260 Extreme Connect portable speaker
Edifier has released the MP260 Extreme Connect portable speaker. It's ran all-in-one portable solution for audio applications and hands-free phone conferencing.
The system wirelessly connects to any Bluetooth-enabled device including smartphones, tablets and computers to stream music, movies, games and phone calls. The Extreme Connect packs a built-in rechargeable battery that purportedly lasts up to 12 long hours. Additional connectivity includes MicroSD port (32GB max), USB streaming and 3.5 auxiliary.
"Soft-touch" adjustments on the top of the unit allow for one touch connection and playback. The rubber trim on the top and base panels provide extra protection from bumps and scratches.
The Extreme Connect is available in black, blue, red, yellow and gray. It costs US$99.99 and is available at www.Edifier.US.com/shop-edifier .
Chronos ships PrintLife for Mac OS X
Chronos has released PrintLife for Mac OS X. The tool offers a way to create print projects on Mac OS X.
"PrintLife is nothing like other printing software products of the past," says Robert McCullough, vice president of Sales at Chronos. "Gone are the cheesy clipart graphics and corny templates. PrintLife makes it easy to create stunning projects with the beautiful included artwork and templates."
He says PrintLife has a project for every occasion including greeting cards, collages, labels, letterhead, gift tags, contact summaries, certificates, photo pages, CD labels, raffle tickets, fax covers, activity lists, flyers, postcards, jewel cases, file folder tabs, invoices, activity summaries, invitations, posters, envelopes, name badges, contact lists, and menus. The artwork collection is over 7.6 GB in size . The collection includes 145 kits (called “iScrapKits”) containing over 5,100 graphics. All of the artwork has a resolution of 300 dpi.
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World Clock Deluxe for Mac OS X ticks to version 4.10.1
MaBaSoft (http://www.mabasoft.net) has released World Clock Deluxe 4.10.1, an update of its Mac OS X tool for companies and organizations regularly communicating with people across the world, for frequent travelers, and for home users having family or friends in other countries or time zones. It's a maintenance upgrade.
With World Clock Deluxe you can display multiple clocks in a configurable horizontal or vertical palette, in the menu bar, and in the Dock, and show the time in over 1,600 cities and 200 time zones, including Greenwich Mean Time and Coordinated Universal Time. The app also lets you calculate time conversions between different cities or time zones and show the current weather all over the world.
World Clock Deluxe requires Mac OS X 10.4 or later. It costs US$10 for registered users of version 3.x and higher and $19 for new users. Family, site and worldwide licenses are available. Version 4.10.1 is a free upgrade for registered users of version 4.x.
Lesabel is new 'hack 'n slash' game for the Mac
Lesabel is a new "hack 'n' slash" action RPG for Mac OS X. It costs US$4.99 and is available at the Mac Game Store (http://tinyurl.com/ku8gvzl)
Here's how the game is described: "The king of Yeroh was bewitched by a gorgeous foreign princess. Her bad influences spawned darkness and corruption on the kingdom. Only you, a hero against your will, can save the world.
"You can unfold the story in an action-packed single player, or in co-op mode with up to 7 of your friends. The multiplayer mode has a very uncommon feature. You can play with your friends who have other gaming platforms--- on iOS, Linux, PCs, Android and of course OS X without a problem. For example. 4 Friends one with a PC, one with an iPad, one with Macbook Air and one with Galaxy S IV can join their forces in co-op mode."
Enolsoft rolls out new PDF products for Mac OS X
Enolsoft has released three PDF creating apps, listed as Enolsoft DjVu to PDF for Mac, Enolsoft WPD to PDF for Mac and Enolsoft WPS to PDF for Mac.
Each app is available at a price of US$19. For more info go to www.enolsoft.com .
NimbleHost announces RapidSearch Pro 2
NimbleHost has announced RapidSearch Pro 2, an upgrade to the professional search plug-in for RapidWeaver, web design software for Mac OS X.
The plug-in provides up-to-date search to any RapidWeaver website without relying on third party services. Version 2 brings support for multiple site map files, search statistics, more intelligent search indexing, and a complete redesign to the online management console.
RapidSearch Pro 2 requires Mac OS X 10.5.2 or higher, and Intel-based Mac, and RapidWeaver 5.x. It's available for US$19.97 from the NimbleHost RapidWeaver website (www.nimblehost.com/). A stack version is also available, which requires the Stacks plugin from Yourhead Software, available for $39.95. Review copies are available upon request.
Just Mobile releases Gum++ backup battery
Just Mobile has launched the Just Mobile Gum++, a high-capacity backup battery for smartphones, tablets and USB-powered devices. It has a suggested retail price of US$89.95.
Available in a range of colors, the Gum++ is clad in a glossy, hard-wearing shell. Inside, a 6000mAh battery has enough capacity to recharge a smartphone up to three times, says Erich Huang, co-founder of Just Mobile. Its high- power USB output keeps charge times to a minimum.
You can refill the Gum++ from USB using the supplied cable. Its five LED indicators help you keep track of the remaining charge. For more info go to www.just-mobile.com .
Package Central now supports InDesign CC
Zevrix Solutions has announced updated Package Central (http://zevrix.com/PackageCentral.php), a document packaging workflow automation solution for Adobe InDesign, to version 1.7. The new version adds support for InDesign CC featured as part of Creative Cloud.
Originally developed for a publisher in the United States, the software automates InDesign packaging by processing files from hotfolders. Package Central offloads packaging to a central system, leaving operator workstations free from the output process. The software offers font auto-activation, e-mail notifications, detailed logs and more.
Package Central can be purchased for US$299.95 from the Zevrix Solutions website, as well as from authorized resellers. A demo is available for download. Package Central runs on Mac OS X 10.5 or higher, is a Universal Binary, and works with Adobe InDesign CS3-CS5.5.
PDF Nomad adds more than 60 languages to its OCR engine
SintraWorks has updated PDF Nomad, a PDF editor for Mac OS X (10.7 and higher), to version 2.1. The upgrade adds more than 60 languages to its OCR engine, extends its PDF form creation widgets, makes text in annotations searchable and more.
PDF Nomad's features include simple text search and extraction, file merging, page splitting, form creation, markup and annotation, booklet/magazine creation and more. You can create and fill out PDF forms, mark-up text and annotate pages with rectangles, ovals, arrows, lines and more.
With PDF Nomad, you can resize whole documents to a different page size with a single command, or resize individual pages with drag and drop, shifting page contents as needed. You can export individual pages as bitmaps (jpg, png etc.) or create spoken audio files from the document's text.
PDF Nomad 2.1 is available as a single-user license for US$49.99 from the SintraWorks website today, the SintraWorks website (http://tinyurl.com/otysszw).
IP Camera Recorder for Mac 1.58 is released
DComplex has announced IP Camera Recorder 1.58, an update to its video surveillance software for Mac/iPhone users. The main addition in this version is support for more H.264 IP Camera models.
IP Camera Recorder allows users to monitor up to 20 IP cameras simultaneously on a Mac (running OS X 10.6 or higher), record video from the cameras, detect motion and more. The companion (free) iPhone/iPad app allows users to instantly review motion events, remotely watch live video, search and playback recorded video.
IP Camera Recorder 1.58 adds support for more H.264 IP camera models, including Acti, Avtech, Basler, Toshiba, Truen, Y-CAM and more. Existing IP Camera Recorder customers can upgrade their software to version 1.58 for free.
IP Camera Recorder 1.58 software for Mac OS X comes with free 30-day trial. It can be downloaded for free from the DComplex website (http://kb.dcomplex.com). Pricing depends on number of cameras. The price for one camera is US$39.99.