AKVIS releases NatureArt 8.0: Aurora Borealis Effect
AKVIS has released AKVIS NatureArt 8.0, for Mac OS X and Windows. It’s a collection of nature effects for images. Version 8.0 adds the new Aurora effect.
NatureArt 8.0 now includes 10 basic effects: rain, sun, water, lightning, clouds, frost, rainbow, aurora, fire, and ice. Each has a number of presets for creating a variety of natural phenomena.
A demo of NatureArt 8.0 is available for download at the AKVIS website (www.akvis.com). On the Mac platform, it requires Mac OS X 10.6 or higher. The product is available as a standalone application and as a plugin filter for Adobe Photoshop and other image editors.
A home license sells for US$72. Version 8.0 is a free upgrade for recent buyers. Users whose license is not valid for the new version can get NatureArt 8.0 with the Aurora effect for $14.95.
Aura, the Mac app for Gmail, is updated for El Capitan
Crosscoded has announced Aura 1.2.0, an update to the Mac app for Gmail. Aura is the “missing link” between a web app and a native client for Gmail users, with support for up to six accounts, global hotkeys, native notifications, selective notifications for important messages and per-account unread message counts in your menubar.
Version 1.2.0 adds support for Mac OS X El Capitan. It also now gives users global hotkeys for creating new e-mails, open e-mail links in your default e-mail account and more.
Aura 1.2.0 requires Mac OS X Yosemite or El Capitan. It’s free (but does offer in-app purchases) and is and available at the Mac App Store (http://tinyurl.com/pq37d69) in the Productivity category.
Path Finder upgrade adds Saved Searches
Cocoatech has announced Path Finder 7.3, a free update of their file browser for Mac OS X. The update includes a long requested feature: Saved Searches.
Path Finder allows you to view hidden files, compare, merge and synchronize folders, batch rename and batch select files, use Dual Pane and full keyboard navigation to browse your file system and more. With version 7.3, you can save search results and criteria as smart folder. It also has improved discovery of SMB/CIFS shares/volumes in the local network, as well as performance and stability tweaks.
Path Finder 7.3 requires Mac OS X 10.7 or higher. A 30-day demo is available for download. Registration is normally $39.95 for a single user license applicable for up to three user-owned computers. However, to celebrate the software’s 14th anniversary Cocoatech is offering 35 percent OFF the regular price. Use the coupon code ANNIVERSARY at the Cocoatech online store (http://www.cocoatech.com/) to get the discount, which is available...
Candy Apple update for Mac OS X fixes printing issue
128bit Technologies has served up Candy Apple 1.8, an update to their vector based graphic design and illustration app for Mac OS X.
It allows you to create drawings, logos, banners, buttons, icons and more. Version 1.8 fixes a printing issue that would only partially print the design.
Candy Apple requires Mac OS X 10.6.8 or higher available on both the Mac App Store (http://tinyurl.com/nrbhf4o) and the MacAppware website (www.macappware.com) for a limited time discount of $14.99. That’s a savings of 50 percent off the full price of $29.99.
Apple Pay now available to merchants on the GlobalOnePay platform
GlobalOnePay, a provider of omni-channel payment processing technologies and merchant services, now supports Apple Pay. GlobalOnePay merchants will now have another payment method in Canada to offer buyers.
The GlobalOnePay payments processing platform is already accepting Apple Pay in the United States and United Kingdom, where the mobile payment service was already operating. To begin accepting Apple Pay, Canadian GlobalOnePay merchants just need to show buyers that Apple Pay is now an accepted form of payment for American Express cardholders in-store or within apps. Apple Pay transaction processing has been built into the GlobalOnePay payment gateway and requires no additional software development or integration between the merchant and GlobalOnePay.
“Many consumers want additional, convenient payment methods, and GlobalOnePay is committed to ensuring our merchants can meet those demands,” says Philip Fayer, president and chief executive officer of GlobalOnePay. “As of today...
Tropical Software releases TopXNotes 1.8 for Mac OS X
Tropical Software has announced TopXNotes 1.8.1, an update to their note taking app developed exclusively for Mac OS X. It’s been optimized for Mac OS X El Capitan.
It’s a personal information manager that lets you create, view, organize, and instantly access your Mac notes with TopXNotes. Version 1.8.1 offers performance enhancements and bug fixes. TopXNotes 1.8.1 keeps your notes synchronized between TopXNotes for Mac and TopXNotes for iOS.
TopXNotes 1.8.1 adds a new Devices Preference to edit the Synced Devices Table. Editing allows the freeing-up of sync slots allocated to devices that are no longer needs to sync with — such as iPhones you no longer own. The upgrade adds a CMD Shift L command for an Insert Link menu command. There are also tweaks to accommodate new sandboxing changes by Apple.
TopXNotes 1.8.1 is available for $39.95 from the Tropical Software website (http://www.tropic4.com/topxnotes.html), the Mac App store, Amazon, and other select Mac software resellers. It’s...
Filter Forge plug-in for Photoshop upgraded to version 5.0
Filter Forge Inc. has released Filter Forge 5.0, a Photoshop plug-in that allows computer artists to build their own filters in a visual editor or download thousands of user-submitted filters from the online library.
This release introduces Randomization Enhancements, a bunch of new components (Bomber Plus, Map Switch, Modulo, Bricks, Tiles and Pavements Plus) and much more. For more information, visit the Filter Forge website at http://www.filterforge.com or read further.
Randomization Enhancement includes the ability to protect filter settings from randomization, the ability to quickly randomize specific parameters, and a simplified randomization settings menu. New components will give filter authors more freedom in creating new versatile filters and the end-users will benefit from this new feature as well. The first filters for the 5.0 version have already been submitted to the library and the folks at Filter Forge Inc. say they’re expecting much more.
Now there’s the ability to...
Super Screenshot 1.1.2 launches for Mac OS X
Super Screenshot, the screenshot taking tool for Mac OS X Yosemite or El Capitan, has been upgraded to version 1.1.2. The app lets you move, resize, or crop, as well as add text, shapes, or hand-drawing give you more editing options with your screenshots.
Super Screenshot is now integrated with Mail, Trello and Dropbox, offering sharing features that can serve working as well as entertaining demands. You can also bind your own hotkey for taking a screenshot.
Super Screenshot 1.1.2 costs $1.99 and is available worldwide through the Mac App Store (http://tinyurl.com/plb5fby) in the Utilities category. There is also a free, lite version.
Maintain serves up Cocktail 9.0.1 (El Capitan Edition)
Maintain has announced Cocktail 9.1.1 (El Capitan Edition), the latest maintenance update for users running OS X El Capitan 10.11.
Cocktail is a general purpose utility for OS X that lets users clean, repair and optimize their Macs. This version adds the ability to delete locked or inaccessible items using SRM secure delete. It also includes improvements on the "Purge inactive memory" procedure and a number of bug fixes.
Cocktail 9.1.1 (El Capitan Edition) requires OS X El Capitan 10.11 to run. Cocktail (Yosemite Edition) for OS X 10.10, Cocktail (Mavericks Edition) for OS X 10.9, Cocktail (Mountain Lion Edition) for OS X 10.8 and Cocktail (Lion Edition) for OS X 10.7 are available for download from Maintain website.
Cocktail costs US$19 for a single user license and is available for purchase from the Maintain website (http://www.maintain.se/cocktail). When unregistered, Cocktail runs in demo mode and will expire after the tenth launch.
Studiometry 12.1 adds enhanced receipts features
Oranged Software (www.oranged.com) has updated Studiometry, its client and project management tool, to version 12.1. The software is used by small businesses and freelancers around the world.
With version 12.1, receipts can now be branded and completely customized using Studiometry’s built-in template editor. The app can create receipts for incoming payments and have them automatically emailed to your clients. These receipts can display your company logo, branded colors, custom notes, and anything else you want to include.
Studiometry is available for download today with a free 30-day trial. Studiometry Cloud is available for $14 per employee per month, billed annually. Or $17 per employee month-to-month. This price includes your license(s), so there’s no need to purchase a traditional Studiometry license.
Traditional Studiometry licenses never expire and don’t require any type of subscription. New licenses start at $199.95 with multi-user packs, site licenses, and multi-product...
Intuit launches Quicken 2016 for Mac, Windows
Intuit has released Quicken 2016 for Mac and Windows users. The Mac version includes integrated bill pay that lets users pay their bills, transfer money between accounts, see what bills have been paid, and which are coming or are past due so they can manage cash flow.
The Quicken product line for 2016 is available now at Quicken.com and at select retailers. It’s available in a variety of configurations with pricing ranging from $39.99 to $164.99.
Alex4D Animation Transitions is new plug-in pack for Final Cut...
Alex Gollner has introduced Alex4D Animation Transitions (http://alex4d.com/animationtransitions), a plug-in pack for Apple's Final Cut Pro X video editing software. Editors can use it to instantly animate video clips, graphics, pictures and text. Alex4D Animation Transitions allows users to use animation to add character to logos, titles and other story elements in the Final Cut Pro X timeline.
Each of the 120 Alex4D Animation Transitions adds animation to still images, on-screen text and video elements. Clips can be made to fly, bounce, skid, grow, shrink and flip onto the screen — on their own, or overlaid on top of other elements. Alex4D Animation Transitions can also animate clips off the screen in the same ways.
Alex4D Animation Transitions comes with 120 plugins. The transitions range from subtle and straightforward presets for editors who want quick results to complex and fully customisable presets for designers who want instant advanced motion graphics in their Final Cut Pro...
CalDigit releases new USB-C docks, accessories
CalDigit (www.caldigit.com) revealed two new USB Type-C docks at Inter BEE 2015 in Japan. The first is the CalDigit USB-C Dock, and the second is the CalDigit USB-C mini Dock.
Both of these products feature USB 3.1 as well as a host of additional ports to expand USB-C enabled computers such as the 12-inch MacBook.
CalDigit is also announcing two new USB-C adapters. The US$149 CalDigit USB-C Dock (pictured) not only adds extra ports but also simultaneously charges the MacBook. The $99 CalDigit USB-C mini Dock takes the features of the CalDigit USB-C Dock and packs them into a smaller form-factor. The main difference between the CalDigit USB-C Dock and CalDigit USB-C mini Dock is that the USB-C Dock connects to AC mains power, whereas the CalDigit mini Dock draws its power from the computer.
Both are available for pre-order today. They’ll ship in December.
Synology announces DiskStation DS716+ NAS server for growing...
Synology (www.synology.com) has released the DS716+, an encryption-oriented, scalable, two-bay NAS server powered by a quad-core CPU and Btrfs file system. DS716+ is aimed at SMB in need of a reliable, high-efficient storage and application server, according to Franklin Hua, product manager at Sinology.
It comes with 2GB of RAM, two Gigabit LAN ports, and a quad-core 1.6GHz CPU and can clock up to 2.08GHz and AES-NI encryption support. The DS716+ delivers transfer speed up to 218Mb/s reading and 141Mb/s writing. In addition, it allows enthusiast users to perform on the fly H.264 4K to 1080p video transcoding.
The DS716+ comes with tool-less drive bay design, hot-swappable support, and dual Gigabit LAN ports with failover support to ensure continual service. What’s more, it features three USB 3.0 ports for higher data transmission and one eSATA port as an extensive external backup option.
Users can also enable Btrfs, a modern file system designed to address the needs of a higher fault...
New fonts added to the Free Fonts-Christmas Collection
128bit Technologies has released Free Fonts - Christmas Collection 3.0, an update to their holiday collection of free fonts available on the Mac App Store. Ten new royalty free fonts have been added to the original collection, bringing the total number of Christmas fonts to 50.
All are in OpenType font format, and can be used for any personal and business project. They’re designed for use in graphic design, web design, holiday cards, family newsletters, party signs and invitations, banners, promotional material, advertisements, application development and more.
Free Fonts - Christmas Collection 3.0 requires Mac OS X 10.6. They’re a free download.
Tension Software announces Precise Screenshot 1.4.1 for Mac OS X
Tension Software has announced Precise Screenshot 1.4.1 for Mac OS X. It’s an update of the tool for taking screenshots from your Mac screen.
Precise Screenshot can select a resizable portion of the screen with the usual drag method, it can use pre-fixed size area from a customizable popup menu (with the sizes the user needs), or it can use the full screen area. Version 1.4.1 is optimized for OS X El Capitan and fixes some bugs.
Price for Precise Screenshot works with Yosemite or El Capitan. It costs $5.99 and is available at the Mac App Store (http://tinyurl.com/qb8prz6).
CS Odessa announces new ConceptDraw Pro solution
CS Odessa has announced The Seven Basic Tools of Quality for ConceptDraw Pro 10. It provides techniques focused on analyzing and improving issues of quality within a business setting.
The Seven Basic Tools are common diagrams understood by workers of any experience level. Templates offered include examples of fishbone diagrams, histograms, flowcharts, and Pareto charts, among others.
The collection of icon libraries, samples, and templates included within the Seven Basic Tools of Quality Solution extend ConceptDraw Pro with the ability to manage quality control processes throughout the workplace. The solution is available for US$25 to current owners of ConceptDraw Pro v10.
ConceptDraw Pro is compatible with Mac OS X and Microsoft Windows. It retails for $199. ConceptDraw Pro 10 is included in ConceptDraw Office 3, which retails for $499.
Smith Micro launches Poser Pro 11
Smith Micro has launched Poser Pro 11, an upgrade of the software for creating realistic 3D characters and scenes. In addition to dozens of new features and usability improvements, it comes with an extensive library of pre-loaded characters and content, including human figures, animals and props.
Poser Pro 11 boasts a new SuperFly rendering engine with GPU-assisted rendering, supported by NVIDIA CUDA parallel computing platform that increases performance. Geometric Edge Lines automatically produce “ink lines” around figures in real-time.
The new version allows you to create precise measurements in a Poser scene. An
Actor Selection History allows you to keep track of recently accessed objects with back and forward buttons. Customizable Tools let you add frequently used objects and parameter dials to custom palettes.
Content Creation Export saves partial scenes that have been extracted from complex scenes. High Density Display resizes the entire interface with user-adjustable scale...
CoreMelt gives FCP X users tracked masking tools for free
CoreMelt has announced its SliceX Free product for Final Cut Pro X. It lets you create instant Shape Masks to cut out layers or isolate effects directly in Final Cut Pro X without having to go into Motion or create the masks with an external program.
FCP X editors can now use a version limited to tracking oval and rectangle shapes in their projects freely with no purchase necessary. You can use SliceX Free to: blur a license plate or a log to hide it, or a persons face; color correct a tracked oval section (e.g. a face or other area of interest); remove unwanted objects from frame by cloning areas of the image; or track a glow to a person’s eyes.
SliceX Free requires Mac OS X 10.8 or later and Final Cut Pro X 10.1.4 or later. It’s available from the CoreMelt website (http://www.coremelt.com).
AppsMoment Application Builder revved to version 2.0
AppsMoment has launched version 2.0 of its app builder application. AppsMoment was created to make the process of creating mobile apps straightforward and clear so that people without coding knowledge could use it.
Version 2.0 allows anyone to create apps in more than 10 languages. The new dashboard offers better visualization and makes the process of creating apps even more simple and fast. Users now can create iOS, Android and HTML5 apps simultaneously.
With AppsMoment 2.0, users can choose from 12 types of menu layouts, change backgrounds, fonts and see the results on various operating systems.
AppsMoment's users can publish their apps within their paid plans. Now the process of publishing apps becomes even faster. For more info, including pricing, go to http://appsmoment.com/prices.html .
SuperTab for Mac gains El Capitan support
SpriTec Software (www.supertab.me) has released SuperTab 1.3, an update to their utility application for OS X. The new version adds support for El Capitan.
SuperTab enhances and extends the Mac's built-in Command-Tab Application Switcher by providing users with instant access to more than just their active apps. By the way, SpriTech is offering SuperTab at a 75 percent off sale price of $5 for a limited time. A demo is available for download.
Seagate launches ClusterStor G200 Storage System
Seagate Technology (www.seagate.com) has introduced the Seagate ClusterStor G200 Spectrum Scale, a high performance computing (HPC)-class storage solution designed to help data-driven enterprises manage massive storage growth. The G200 integrates with Seagate’s new 3.5-inch ClusterStor HPC drive specifically designed for the HPC market.
As the first Seagate ClusterStor system supporting the IBM Spectrum Scale file system (formerly known as General Parallel File System - GPFS), the G200 features a wide range of enterprise-class features and tools ideal for helping manage this data growth, according to Ken Claffey, vice president and general manager, Seagate HPC systems business. It also enables high-performance data access critical to industries ranging from life sciences, to automotive and aerospace design, to financial services among a wide range of technical computing applications, he adds.
Leveraging the ClusterStor engineered storage architecture, the G200 has been custom-designed...
IOSPIRIT introduces Remote Buddy Display for the Mac
IOSPIRIT has introduced the Remote Buddy Display (https://www.iospirit.com/products/remotebuddy/display/) for the new Apple TV. It costs US$24.99 and is a companion to the free Remote Buddy app for tvOS that brings your Mac apps onto the new Apple set-top box’s screen through screen sharing .
It also turns the Siri Remote into a trackpad, keyboard and remote for use with your Mac. You can pick from Remote Buddy's library of app-specific actions, launch, switch, and quit apps right from your Apple TV.
According to the folks at IOSPIRIT, the screen sharing engine delivers up to 60 frames per second at a latency of just around 0.1 seconds. In Trackpad mode, you can move the mouse cursor, click and scroll. Integration with Remote Buddy's Mousespot allows highlighting parts of f.ex. a Keynote or PowerPoint presentation. It also helps you find the mouse pointer on screen.
In Keyboard mode, an on-screen keyboard is available to perform text input. In Remote mode, 100-plusMac apps can be...
Sonnet launches Echo 15+ Thunderbolt 2 Dock
Sonnet Technologies has begun volume shipments of its new Echo 15+ Thunderbolt 2 Dock, a 16-port docking station for computers with Thunderbolt ports. Featuring an optical drive and an internal drive bay, it offers users a central hub to connect any Mac or Windows computer with a Thunderbolt port to multiple peripheral devices.
"The Echo 15+ is the ultimate docking station for users to connect every device they need, including current and legacy devices — even the latest Ultra HD 4K displays — and expand their storage for backup or increased capacity in a single desktop device that connects to their computer with a Thunderbolt cable," says Greg LaPorte, vice president of sales and marketing, Sonnet Technologies. "With the option to add internal storage supporting data transfer rates of up to 750 MB/s, as well as the ability to read from and write to optical media including Blu-ray Disc, Sonnet's Echo 15+ Thunderbolt 2 Dock is the go-to station for flexible connectivity.”
VidConvert now ready for OS X El Capitan
Reggie Ashworth has announced VidConvert 1.6.2, an OS X El Capitan update to his video converter for the Mac.
It will convert just about any type of video into one of many popular formats of You can create videos for your iPhone or iPad, for your Mac or TV, or formats such as DivX and MPEG. Version 1.6.2 fixes an issue where trial conversions might not work as expected, fixes an issue with certain alert panels, and includes other minor fixes.
VidConvert 1.6.2 requires Mac OS X 10.7 or later and costs $7.99 for a single user license. A demo is available to order at the product website (www.reggieashworth.com/vidconvert). minute samples is available. Older versions with pre-Lion support are available via the website. A Mac App Store version of VidConvert 1.6.2 is also available.
FoldersSynchronization for Mac OS X revved to version 4.3
Softobe (www.softobe.com) has unveiled FoldersSynchronizer 4.3, an update to their tool to sync and backup on OS X.
It lets you sync and backup files, folders, disks and boot disks. It grants several options like Timers, Multiple Folders, Filters, Exclude Items, Auto-Mount Volumes, AppleScripts, Conflicts Management, File Copy Preview, execute an incremental or an exact copy, include locked files, log files and more.
With FoldersSynchronizer 4.3, you can now properly register the product entering your Serial Number and Email. Once registered you don't longer need the RegistrationFile.txt used in the previous versions. It adds the "Swap Source and Destination folders" button to the Console panel. It works for Single BackUp tasks only.
This version is compatible with OS X 10.9 or higher. FoldersSynchronizer 4.3 costs $40 for a single user license.
Khronos releases OpenCL 2.1 and SPIR-V 1.0 spec
The Khronos Group, an open consortium of leading hardware and software companies, has announced the ratification and public release of the OpenCL 2.1 and SPIR-V 1.0 specifications for heterogeneous parallel computation.
Consumption of the new SPIR-V cross-API intermediate language is guaranteed in the core OpenCL 2.1 specification. Khronos has released open source utilities and extensions to enable use of SPIR-V in OpenCL 1.2 and 2.0, as well as the upcoming Vulkan graphics API, ensuring widespread availability of its powerful runtime capabilities for developers of parallel computation languages and frameworks.
The OpenCL C++ kernel language released in the OpenCL 2.1 provisional specification is being finalized and will be released imminently, also using SPIR-V for run-time execution. The OpenCL 2.1 specification is available for immediate download at www.khronos.org/opencl/ and SPIR-V 1.0 is available at http://www.khronos.org/spir/.
Apple to power all of Singapore operations on renewable energy
Apple has struck a deal to power all of its Singapore operations with renewable energy, reports Reuters (http://tinyurl.com/o926259). It will be the first company in the city to run exclusively on renewable energy.
Starting in January, solar energy developer Sunseap Group will provide Apple with 100 percent renewable electricity from its portfolio of solar energy systems built atop more than 800 buildings in Singapore. The Apple partnership will also give Sunseap financing to complete the solar project, Lisa Jackson, Apple's vice president of Environment, Policy and Social Initiatives, told Reuters.
iPad Pro Guidebook released for iPad Pro, Air, mini
Tap Guides has published the iPad Pro Guidebook (http://tinyurl.com/q4ammhk), an US$2.99, 281-page eBook available in the iBookstore. It's packed with tutorials and tips about the iPad Pro, its apps, user interface and settings.
You'll learn about the history of the iPad, how the Apple Pencil can be used to draw and write, how to stream music via Apple Music, edit photos, troubleshoot common problems and more. Topics include:
° Discover Apple Pencil and the Smart Keyboard;
° Learn how to edit photos and videos;
° Enable and capture 1080p video footage;
° Listen to Apple Music and Beats 1 Radio;
° Read about the history of iPad;
° Hundreds of tips and tricks
iPad Pro Guidebook is available on the iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac. It requires iOS device with iBooks 1.5 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later and/or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.
Output Factory for InDesign update improves batch export...
Zevrix Solutions has announced Output Factory 1.5.40, a maintenance update to its output automation solution for Adobe InDesign.
Output Factory lets users print and export multiple InDesign files with an array of time-saving options. The software offers batch processing, export as single pages, variable file names, layer versioning and more. The new version improves batch processing reliability in situations where large volume of InDesign files or layers are being exported to PDF and other formats.
Output Factory can be purchased from the Zevrix website (www.zevrix.com) for US$169.95. A “lite” version is $120, and the server version is $300). A demo is available for download. BatchOutput users can upgrade to Output Factory for $85. Output Factory requires Mac OS X 10.6-10.11 and Adobe InDesign CS3-CC 2015.
DEVONagent 3.9.3 gets new scripts, updated for El Capitan
DEVONtechnologies has updated all editions of its Internet search and research tool, DEVONagent. Available in three editions, it’s a smart internet search agent.
DEVONagent queries search engines and crawls web sites. It then post-filters the results and presents the results in a multitude of ways. The new version adds new Safari scripts for DEVONagent Pro, plays videos fullscreen, and updates two plugins. The updates are free and recommended for all users.
DEVONagent Pro and Express 3.9.3 bring support for the new App Transport Security. The updates add some compatibility fixes for the latest Mac operating system, too.
Three new scripts for Safari let users download images and other linked items using DEVONagent Pro. Tabs can also be opened with DEVONagent Pro via the global Scripts menu.
In addition, DEVONagent Pro plays videos embedded into web pages fullscreen. Links in PDF reports don't rely on data detectors anymore ,and version 3.9.3 is more compatible to some modern web...
IK Multimedia ships iRig Acoustic
IK Multimedia is shipping iRig Acoustic (www.irigacoustic.com), an US49.99 guitar mobile microphone/interface specifically made for acoustic guitars. Inspired by a documentary on flamenco guitar master Paco de Lucia, it’s a compact, patent-pending clip-on acoustic guitar microphone/interface for iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac and Android devices.
iRig Acoustic features miniature microphone technology. It simply clips onto the rim of a guitar or ukulele's sound hole. iRig Acoustic also features monitoring and line-output capabilities for recording and performing live.
iRig Acoustic is designed to work with the new AmpliTube Acoustic app (available at the Apple App Store), which features a setup and calibration process that optimizes iRig Acoustic to match the response of the miked acoustic guitar. iRig Acoustic is then able to capture and reproduce the true sonic character of the selected guitar with sound comparable to a properly placed, large-condenser studio microphone.
Game Creators release Game Kit 2
The Game Creators have released App Game Kit version 2 (http://www.appgamekit.com/). App Game Kit lets developers use BASIC or C++ to create games for mobile devices. The version 2 release adds new features including animated 3D features, Bullet physics support and Assimp 3D model format importing.
AppGameKit is available for Mac OS X, Windows, and Linux platforms and apps can be deployed cross platform including iOS, Android, Windows, Blackberry, Mac and Linux. The “pay once, royalty free” price has been reduced to US$79.
Alongside this release are four new DLCs that complement the core AppGameKit product. There are two detailed user guides designed and written to take any novice coder and turn them into an expert game developer. Written by educationalist Alistair Stewart, the Guides are available in two versions; the Official AppGameKit Beginners Guide ($29.99) for novice users, and the Official AppGameKit User Guide ($39.99) covering more programming subjects.
To aid developers,...
HoudahSpot for Mac OS X lets upgrade and French localization
Houdah Software (www.houdah.com) has announced HoudahSpot 4.1, an update to the file search utility for OS X.
The tool builds upon Spotlight and adds a criteria editor, customizable results display, search templates, preview of text matches and more. HoudahSpot 4.1 brings new features and a French localization. HoudahSpot is now availble in English, German and French language versions.
Houdah Spot requires OS X Yosemite or El Capitan. It costs US$29 for a single-user license. A demo is available for download. A family license is available for $44. Upgrades are priced $17 and $26, respectively. HoudahSpot licenses purchased on or after Nov. 1, 2014, are valid for both HoudahSpot 3.x and 4.x versions.
AKVIS Neon for Mac OS X gets faster with version 1.5
AKVIS has announced a free update of its Neon software. The program creates glowing lines effects, transforming pictures into shining drawings. The new version (1.5) increases the processing speed and new hi-res printing options.
With Neon, you can create a glowing landscape or an extraordinary portrait, or just slightly outline edges making a picture more interesting and expressive. Version 1.5 now renders images two times faster. It also improves the Print dialog with new options to print super high res images on multiple pages
All registered users of Neon v.1.0 can upgrade to version 1.5 for free. A demo is available for download. On the Mac platform, Neon requires Mac OS X 10.6 or higher. It’s available as an independent standalone application and as a plugin filter for Adobe Photoshop, Photoshop Elements, Corel PaintShop Pro, and other image editors.
The product sells for $39 for Home license (Plugin or Standalone, without Colorize option), $49 for Home Deluxe license (both...
Waves Audio shipping the Greg Wells VoiceCentric Plugin
Waves Audio, a provider of digital signal processing solutions, is now shipping the Waves Greg Wells VoiceCentric plugin, part of the Waves Signature Series. It’s the first in a line of Greg Wells Signature Series plugins, created in collaboration with multiple GRAMMY-nominated producer, songwriter, musician and mixing engineer Greg Wells.
Greg Wells VoiceCentric is a plugin featuring one main control and three additional controls for Wells' customized Delay, Doubler and Reverb settings. The plugin gives you quick access to Greg Wells’ sonic signature.
It normally costs US$149, but is on sale for $99 for a limited time. Go to www.waves.com/plugins/greg-wells-voicecentric for more info.
Logitech unveils accessories specially designed for the iPad Pro
Logitech has unveiled accessories designed in collaboration with Apple for the new iPad Pro: the Logi CREATE Backlit Keyboard Case with Smart Connector and the Logi CREATE Protective Case with Any-angle Stand.
The Logi CREATE Keyboard Case is the first third-party keyboard on the market to leverage Apple’s new Smart Connector, eliminating the need to power on, connect or charge the keyboard, says Michele Hermann, vice president of mobility at Logitech. Both Logi CREATE products offer thin and light front and back protection, and the tightly-woven premium fabric resists accidental bumps, scratches and spills.
Through leveraging the Smart Connector, the $149.99 Logi CREATE Keyboard automatically powers on and securely connects with the super-sized iPad when it’s placed in the typing position; no Bluetooth pairing is necessary. The keyboard is powered by the iPad Pro.
The Logi CREATE Backlit Keyboard Case features full-size 19 mm keys, and adjustable backlighting. The iOS shortcut keys...
Nexmo releases Verify SDK for iOS
Verify SDK is a white-labeled SDK that allows developers to manage user identities across multiple devices and platforms without building a complex user management backend. Complimenting Verify API, Verify SDK adds a new level of security by tying phone numbers to unique device IDs, and introduces a subscription model, complementing the unique pay-per-conversion billing method.
With one line of code, Verify SDK delivers user verification and authentication out of the box and saves development and design resources. Verify SDK offers the UX framework for verification right from the UI to collect a user’s phone number, the UI displayed when a user receives a code, and the UI...
Just Mobile announces AluPlug, a luxury USB wall charger
Just Mobile has introduce the AluPlug (www.just-mobile.com), an US$29.95, luxury aluminum wall charger.With two full-power USB ports, it will plug into any standard wall socket to deliver fast and reliable charging.
The 2-port USB outlet can quickly charge your devices, and the LED indicator “softly lights up your cozy home,” says Nils Gustafsson, co-founder of Just Mobile. The smart IC Auto-Detect technology inside also ensure stable current and the best allocation of the current in order to provide fast-charging, he adds.
Deliver Express now supports Mac OS X El Capitan
Zevrix Solutions has announced Deliver Express 2.5.3, a compatibility update to its automated solution to send and share files across the Internet and local networks.
Deliver Express processes files automatically from watched hot folders and can serve multiple users on a network with a single copy of the program. The software offers email notifications, file compression, detailed history and more. The new version makes Deliver Express compatible with Mac OS X 10.11 El Capitan.
Deliver Express can be purchased from the Zevrix website (www.zevrix.com)The license prices are based on the maximum number of allowed destinations and range from US$29.95 to $299.95. The update is free for licensed customers. A demo is a
Apple plans series of ‘Apple TV Tech Talks’ for developers
Apple is planning a series of “Apple TV Tech Talks” for developers that will be held in various cities starting in December and running through Feb. 3.
According to Apple, the Tech Talks will offer “technical information on building and designing for tvOS” and allow attendees to “learn refined coding techniques, and obtain valuable development instruction from Apple experts.” You’re encouraged to register (https://developer.apple.com/tech-talks/#9to5Mac) by Nov, 13, 10 (Pacific) for an opportunity to attend.
Tech Talks will be held in Toronto, Los Angeles, Austin, Seattle, Cupertino, Berlin, London, New York, Tokyo, and Sydney. Morning sessions will run from 9 a.m. to noon and focus on designing apps for tvOS, implementing focus-driven user interfaces, integrating the Siri Remote and game controllers, leveraging TVML for media apps, and enabling On-Demand Resources. A
Afternoon sessions, from 1-5 pm, will allow attendees to dive deeper into technologies for graphics and gaming,...
NewerTech announces HDMI Headless Video Accelerator for the Mac...
NewerTech has announced the NewerTech HDMI Headless Video Accelerator, a simple adapter that plugs into the Mac mini’s HDMI display port to make display-free “headless” Mac minis used as storage and media servers think that there’s a display attached.
Using the adapter, video drivers are loaded and the GPU (graphics processing unit) is fully activated for 100% full video performance with no more choppy images or mouse lags, according to the folks at NewerTech. Plugging the NewerTech HDMI Headless Video Accelerator into the HDMI port of your mini activates its GPU, even without a display, emulating resolution displays up to 1080p, so your remote interface works exactly how you'd expect.
The NewerTech HDMI Headless Video Accelerator is available for US$19.50 through Other World Computing (http://tinyurl.com/po9mxlk) and major retailers.
ActivePrint Pro designed to let you print from an iPad Pro
Pocket Watch has unveiled ActivePrint Pro (http://tinyurl.com/nbnc9ml) for the iPad Pro, which goes on sale tomorrow. With the $4.99 app installed on an iPad Pro (or iPad Air or iPhone), you can print any document or photo to any printer via cloud printing ((iCloud Drive, Dropbox, Box, Microsoft SkyDrive, etc.).
Apple says that the iPad Pro will be available to order online Wednesday, Nov. 11, from Apple.com and will arrive at Apple’s retail stores, select carriers and Apple Authorized Resellers later this week. The Apple Pencil and Apple’s new Smart Keyboard, will also be available to order.
The iPad Pro starts at $799 for the 32GB with Wi-Fi model and $1,079 for the Wi-Fi + Cellular 128GB model and comes in three metallic finishes including silver, gold and space gray. It can be purchased at Apple.com, Apple’s Retail stores, select carriers and select Apple Authorized Resellers.
TaskCard 2.0 for Mac OS X gets sticky notes support, more
The Alchemist Guild has announced TaskCard 2 for Mac OS X. It’s an update of the app for writing outlines, taking notes, to-do lists and organizing projects.
Version 2.0 offers full support for sticky notes, integration with Mac events, simple bullet lists with row numbering and tabbed cards and more. According to the Alchemists, the new version was designed from the ground up to be a totally unique experience on the Mac while taking full advantage of the latest features OS X.
TaskCard 2 requires Mac OS X Yosemite or El Capitan. A demo is available for download; registration is US$15.
WDLabs enables Internet of Things for app, device developers
WDLabs, a business growth incubator of storage solutions leader Western Digital Corp., is utilizing its WD My Cloud OS3 device in conjunction with the IBM Internet of Things (IoT) Foundation and the ARM mbed IoT Device Platform to provide developers a flexible platform to support advanced analytics and data application services.
At the ARM TechCon conference in Santa Clara, CA, WDLabs will be demonstrating a proof-of-concept on how the WD My Cloud OS 3 SDK provides a platform for developing applications at the edge. In addition, IoT sensor data may be stored and analyzed when integrated with the ARM mbed IoT Device Platform and IBM IoT Foundation.
Together the companies create a viable infrastructure for developers to create better and smarter apps that process IoT and video data at the edge, according to Richard E. Rutledge, SVP of marketing, WDLabs He adds that Western Digital, IBM and ARM play three significant roles to enable the development in an end-to-end IoT infrastructure...
IK Multimedia unveils Miroslav Philharmonik 2
IK Multimedia has announced Miroslav Philharmonik (www.philharmonik.com), its expressive orchestral collection for Mac OS X and Windows.
Made in conjunction with master musician Miroslav Vitous, it comes with over 1,000 new sounds that include strings, woodwinds and brass in both solo and ensemble forms. In total, Miroslav Philharmonik offers a 55GB-plus content library with over 2,500 instruments sampled in high-resolution audio with multiple articulations plus over 30 professional quality effects, three playback engines, a synthesizer section, a built-in mixer and more.
Miroslav Philharmonik 2 can be purchased as a direct digital download from the IK store or select music retailers worldwide, or as a boxed version with a USB flash drive. Current owners of Miroslav Philharmonik can pre-order the upgrade for $199.99 for direct download or $229.99 for a boxed copy.
Users with qualifying IK software can get pre-order crossgrade for $299.99 for a direct download or $329.99 for a boxed...
Martini Storyboarding plug-in available for Premiere Pro CC 2015
PowerProduction Software, a developer of visualization software for film and video production, and MacVideo Promo, a promotion company that offers exclusive deals on tools for video editors, have announced that the Martini 2 storyboarding plug-in now supports Adobe Premiere Pro CC 2015 on Mac OS X and Windows.
It’s a post-production plug-in designed to bring the creativity of visualization into video editing. Rather than breaking the flow of a work-in-progress with "white-text-on-a-black-background" slugs, Martini lets you create shots that look like scenes that have yet to be shot.
Martini is available for purchase from the Martini website (www.martiniquickshot.com) for a limited-time price of $99. The regular price is $200. A 30-day demo is available for download.
iPad Pro available for pre-order on Wednesday
Apple has announced that the iPad Pro will be available to order online Wednesday, Nov. 11, from Apple.com and will arrive at Apple’s retail stores, select carriers and Apple Authorized Resellers starting later this week. The Apple Pencil and Apple’s new Smart Keyboard, will also be available to order.
“The early response to iPad Pro from app developers and our customers has been incredible, and we’re excited to get iPad Pro into the hands of customers around the world this week,” Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing, said in a press release. “iPad Pro is the most powerful iPad we’ve ever made, giving users the ability to be even more creative and more productive with the epic 12.9-inch Retina display, powerful 64-bit A9X chip and groundbreaking Apple Pencil and new Smart Keyboard. We can’t wait to see what they do with iPad Pro.”
The iPad Pro starts at $799 for the 32GB with Wi-Fi model and $1,079 for the Wi-Fi + Cellular 128GB model and comes in...
Knowledge Miner releases Insights 4.0 for OS X
KnowledgeMiner Software has released Insights 4.0, an update to its Mac OS X (10.10 or higher) application that implements original, self-learning modeling algorithms for development of reliable predictive models from data.
With ready-to-use Python and Objective-C source code implementation of developed models into web, iOS, or OS X development projects, Insights 4.0 takes cost and time-to-deploy measures to a new level of applicability and value for academic users and app developers, according to the folks at KnowledgeMiner.
Taking observational data that describe a system or process, the software constructs a working mathematical model of that system by AI-powered, self-organizing knowledge extraction technologies. It implements a set of modeling tools such as self-detection of relevant input factors, cost-optimized and prevalence-sensitive classification, or similar patterns recognition, which is applied to health and life sciences related problems, energy forecasting, sales...
24U rolls out 24U Toolbox Plug-In 2.0
FileMaker solutions provider, 24U Software (http://www.24usoftware.com/), has announced 24U Toolbox Plug-In 2.0, an update to their data processing extension for FileMaker Pro 13. 2
4U Toolbox Plug-In is designed to help FileMaker developers in their daily work by providing a toolbox of the most commonly needed simple but powerful functions. Version 2.0 brings full 64-bit support for FileMaker Pro with improved stability on server, as well as a better registration interface.
24U Toolbox Plug-In is available as shareware. User can install it and try it out for 14 days for free. After this period, 24U Toolbox Plug-In can stop working and require a registration code.
Licenses for 24U Toolbox Plug-In start at US$49 per user and $499 per server. Existing customers can upgrade to the new version at 50 percent off the regular price if placing order within 14 days upon release, and 30 percent off if buying later.
Customers who have bought 24U Toolbox Plug-In within the last 30 days before...