Satechi releases Aluminum Mini Docking Station for the Mac
Satechi has released the Aluminum Mini Docking Station, a compact hub that connects to Mac via USB and expands its functionality by offering four USB 3.0 ports, a gigabit Ethernet port, HDMI and DVI video connections, and a 3.5mm port.
The Aluminum Mini Docking Station allows users to use one centralized docking station to connect multiple peripherals and devices. The docking station features four high-speed USB 3.0 ports, an HDMI port for 4K video output or multiple video out ports to use a computer with multiple monitors at high-speed. Its small form factor, measuring just under 4x4x2 inches, gives users valuable desk space without the hassle of hiding important ports.
The Aluminum Mini Docking Station is available in silver for $149.99 on Satechi.net and Amazon.com.
PDFpen 8 Features Digital Signatures, File & Audio...
Smile has released PDFpen 8, the latest version of its all-purpose PDF editing tool for the Mac. The upgrade features support for digital signatures, file attachments, and, in PDFpenPro, portfolio creation.
PDFpen and PDFpenPro 8 now enable the application of digital signatures, as well as validation of digitally signed documents. This signing option adds to PDFpen 7’s current signing options, which include interactive signature fields, pasting scanned signatures, and a scribble tool.
PDFpenPro and PDFpen 8 work with PDFpen for iPad and iPhone version 2, allowing editing across devices when used with Dropbox storage or iCloud Drive. iCloud storage is available when PDFpen is purchased via the Mac App Store.
PDFpen retails for $74.95, and PDFpenPro for $124.95. Family pack licenses, which cover up to five computers in one household, are $94.95 for PDFpen and $149.95 for PDFpenPro. Office pack licenses for five users start at $224.95 for PDFpen and $349.95 for PDFpenPro.
Seagate shipping the 10TB Helium Enterprise Drive in volume
Seagate Technology is now shipping in volume its 10TB helium enterprise drives— the Seagate Enterprise Capacity 3.5 HDD. Designed to meet the storage needs of top cloud service providers, it features the industry’s lowest power and weight for maximum space efficiency at the lowest energy usage, says Mark Re, chief technical officer at Seagate.
Announced in January in conjunction with partners Huawei and Alibaba, the Enterprise Capacity 3.5 HDD improves performance by using advanced caching algorithms to help cloud data center managers manage the increasing volume of data more quickly, he adds. Featuring Seagate PowerChoice technology, the drive helps businesses manage and reduce the ongoing costs associated with power and cooling during idle time, while Seagate’s PowerBalance feature helps optimize the IOPS/Watt for greater efficiency.
Seagate’s 10TB Enterprise Capacity 3.5 HDD expands Supermicro’s hyperscale server and storage solutions optimized for cloud solution providers. With...
Logitech releases the Logi Base for the iPad Pro
Logitech has announced the $99 Logi BASE Charging Stand with Smart Connector (http://tinyurl.com/zagkqcn) for the iPad Pro. You can type on the screen or access Siri while simultaneously charging your 12.9-inch or 9.7-inch Apple tablet via the Smart Connector.
“Last fall we introduced Logi CREATE – the first third-party keyboard compatible with Apple’s Smart Connector,” says Michele Hermann, vice president of mobility at Logitech. “With the introduction of the new 9.7-inch iPad Pro, we’re excited to continue to deliver innovation – beyond the keyboard – that leverages the Smart Connector and helps you make the most of your iPad Pro, in any room at home or the office.”
Logi BASE is the first device to charge your iPad Pro through the Smart Connector. Magnets in the charging cradle guide your iPad Pro into place to align with the Smart Connector, with no need to search for a charging port; just drop your Apple tablet in, and you’re good to go.
Tension Software announces Geo WPS 1.1.1 for OS X
Tension Software has updated Geo WPS for Mac OS X (10.10 or higher) to version 1.1.1. It’s software that allows you to track your geographic position using OS X wi-fi geo-tracking and other available hardware inside and connected to your Mac to detect your coordinate in the best precise way via Apple core location. Version 1.1.1 is a maintenance upgrade.
Geo WPS shows your position over a zoomable OpenLayers map. The map is updated live from the internet (almost all the world is mapped to a very high level) with possibility to zoom up to 18 levels.
It can work with any Mac with airport turned on (to detect correct location) and an available internet connection (using any kind of connection, not necessarily via the airport, which is required to be ON just to detect the presence of wi-fi stations around, just the presence, it does NOT connect to them). Geo WPS costs $4.99 and is available at the Tension Software website (www.tensionsoftware.com) and the Mac App Store.
Maxel for Mac OS X revved to version 2.0.2
Chris Li has announced Maxel 2.0.2, an update to his download accelerator for Mac OS X.
It’s a downloading solution with drag-and-drop downloading, a built-in browser, and browser extensions for use with popular Mac web browsers. Version 2.0.2 fixes a crash that occurred when the scheduler reloaded a file that was filtered out of the current view.
Maxel 2.0.2 costs $7.99 and is available worldwide exclusively through the Mac App Store (http://tinyurl.com/zsqny3q) in the Utilities category. A free demo version is available for download from the Maxel website (http://maxelapp.com/) that will accelerate only one download at a time.
LinkOptimizer for OS X gets improved image processing, more
Zevrix Solutions (www.zevrix.com) has announced LinkOptimizer 4.9.57, a maintenance update to its workflow automation solution for Adobe InDesign.
The software allows users to reduce the size of InDesign links and speed up processing by automatically eliminating excess image data, performing essential image adjustments and converting colors and file formats. Version 4.9.57 improves the processing of images placed in InDesign document multiple times, and introduces other performance and stability improvements.
LinkOptimizer can be purchased from Zevrix website for $259.95. There’s a “lite” version available for $179.95. A demo is available for download. The update is free for LinkOptimizer 4.x users and $130 to upgrade from previous versions. LinkOptimizer requires Mac OS X 10.6-10.11 and Adobe InDesign/Photoshop CS3-CC 2015.
Syncro Soft rolls out Oxygen XML Web Author
Syncro Soft, the developer of the Oxygen XML suite of products, has released version 18.0 of its XML editing suite of products, Oxygen XML Editor, Author, Developer, and WebHelp. The company has also added a new product, Oxygen XML Web Author.
The new app is designed for XML authoring accessible to everyone by providing browser-based access to XML documents from both desktop and mobile devices. With the new Oxygen XML Web Author and the new version of Oxygen XML Editor suite of products, structured authoring professionals can create, edit, and develop XML content even more effectively, according to the folks at Syncro Soft.
Oxygen XML Web Author provides a web-based structured authoring tool. Its technology and adaptive interface allow you to review, contribute, and edit content from anywhere, on desktops, tablets, or mobile devices. Oxygen XML Editor version 18.0 includes several new features and improvements. Go to the product website (www.oxygenxml.com) for more info, including...
Tension Software announces Precise Screenshot 1.4.2 for OS X
Tension Software (http://www.tensionsoftware.com) has announced Precise Screenshot 1.4.2, an update of the tool for taking screenshots from your Mac screen.
The app can select a resizable portion of the screen with the usual drag method, it can use pre-fixed size area from a customizable pop-up menu, or it can use the full screen area. Version 1.4.2 is a maintenance upgrade.
Precise Screenshot requires OS X Version 10.10 or higher. It costs $5.99 and is available at the Mac App Store.
MacFamilyTree turns 18 with version 8 release
Happy birthday, MacFamilyTree (http://tinyurl.com/2563p63), which celebrates its 18th birthday. In honor of the achievement, Synium Software has announced MacFamilyTree 8.0, an update to the genealogy software for OS X.
The software lets you explore your personal family history and discover your origins, your ancestors and how your family has evolved over the course of time. Version 8 assists you entering your data and researching your family tree, offers dozens of printable and configurable charts and reports, and publishes your family tree as a book or web site with a few clicks.
Both MacFamilyTree 8 for Mac and MobileFamilyTree 8 for iPhone and iPad (available separately at the Apple App Store) have been completely overhauled. MacFamilyTree 8 comes with a redesigned interface, a new Interactive Tree, new "Smart Filters,” and more.
MacFamilyTree 8 requires a Mac with OS X 10.10 Yosemite or El Capitan. MobileFamilyTree 8 requires an iPhone, iPad or iPod touch running iOS 8 or later...
File Cabinet Pro 2.0 for OS X adds global hotkey feature
Writes for All has announced version 2.0 of File Cabinet Pro, a file manager for the OS X menubar that allows you to navigate to important files from a pop-over window that appears from the menubar.
Version 2.0 improves the user experience by introducing a global hotkey feature, allowing you to automatically show and hide the app without using the mouse. The new update also includes performance improvements.
File Cabinet Pro (http://tinyurl.com/jovd2hj) costs $29.99. It requires Mac OS X Yosemite or El Capitan.
OWC previews Thunderbolt 3 products at NAB 2016
OWC Digital (www.macsales.com) previewed a trio of products at this week’s National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) show in Las Vegas, Nevada. These soon-to-be released products will take advantage of the new capabilities found in Thunderbolt 3 technology.
The Thunderbolt 3 Dock will be compatible with Mac OS X and Windows. Its litany of ports is designed for creative professionals seeking to unite a multitude of peripherals. Like the Thunderbolt 2 Dock, the OWC Thunderbolt 3 Dock sports 12 ports — and they now include a USB 3.1 Gen 1 port for fast mobile device charging, a mini DisplayPort with support for a hi-res display up to 4K at 60Hz, and two Thunderbolt 3 ports.
With the introduction of Thunderbolt 3 technology, the new OWC Thunderbolt 3 Dock can support two ultra hi-res 4K displays at 60Hz. What’s more, you can daisy-chain Thunderbolt products.
Concurrent with the Thunderbolt 3 Dock, OWC says the Envoy Pro EX will be one of the first external storage solutions to integrate...
Tension Software announces DB-Text 1.6 for Mac OS X
Tension Software has announced DB-Text 1.6 (http://tinyurl.com/jsradvt) for Mac OS X. DB-Text is a general use tool to open and edit CSV (Comma separated value) and TSV (Tab separated value) documents on OS X.
It can open import, edit and manage text data organized by rows and columns. Data can be manipulated and exported as text (as CSV, TSV, html or custom format selecting separators and other tags) or saved inside a native DB-Text document
DB-Text requires OS X 10.10 or higher. It costs $9.99
Jumsoft presents Infographics Set for Apple's Pages
Jumsoft has introduced Infographics for Pages 2.7, an upgrade of its design app for Pages for OS X. Adapted from one of the company’s visualization tools, Infographics for Page offers over 2,000 diagrams, maps, and other visualization elements.
Although the set is designed for Apple's Pages, the images can also be pasted in Keynote, Numbers, or iBooks Author. All images included in the Infographics set have transparent backgrounds that allow them to be placed on various colored and patterned backgrounds. Most elements are drawn in shapes, which enable resizing and changing colors as well as adding and removing various image components.
Infographics for Pages 2.7 requires OS X 10.10 or later. It’s being offered at the introductory price of $14.99. It’s available through the Mac App Store in the Graphics & Design category. The set is also included in Jumsoft's Toolbox (www.jumsoft.com) for Pages and Toolbox for iWork apps. More information and design samples are available on the...
Retrospect extends hybrid data protection to new cloud storage...
Retrospect, Inc., makers of Retrospect Backup & Recovery software, have announced full certification for Amazon S3 Frankfurt and Seoul and support for Amazon S3 storage classes and Google Cloud Storage classes with Retrospect 13.0.1 for Mac.
This release enables businesses to protect their entire environment offsite on affordable cloud storage in more regions, says Jean-Christian Dumas, Vice President of Worldwide Sales.
For a full list of certified cloud storage providers, visit http://www.retrospect.com/cloudcertified. Retrospect 13.0.1 for Mac is a free upgrade for customers that own Retrospect 13 for Mac. For new users pricing starts a $249.
Arcam MusicBOOST now available for the iPhone 6s
Arcam (http://www.arcam.co.uk) has updated its $189 MusicBOOST with a version for the iPhone 6s (previously, it was available only for the iPhone 6).
The MusicBOOST combines a portable headphone amplifier with a high-precision DAC and battery pack in one protective sleeve case, weighing just 3.5 ounces. It cuts through the noise (literally) on your smartphone by extracting pure digital audio from the iPhone Lightning Port, feeding it via a TI/Burr-Brown DAC and then amplifying it with a headphone amplifier.
If an app can play audio, the MusicBOOST will upgrade it. The performance boost is there for Music App, Spotify, Tidal, SoundCloud, YouTube, Movie Soundtracks, FLAC Player and more. What’s more, the MusicBOOST an double your iPhone’s battery life.
AKVIS ArtWork gets frames with version 9.0
AKVIS (www.akvis.com) has revved AKVIS ArtWork, its photo to painting software for Mac OS X (10.6 and higher) and Windows, to version 9.0.
AKVIS ArtWork is a collection of painting and drawing techniques. It lets you create a piece of art from any picture. The software lets a user apply a variety of artistic effects. Each style comes with a number of adjustable presets.Version 9.0 brings new decoration effects and frames, improved innovative interface, and other changes.
ArtWork 9.0 is a free upgrade for everyone who bought the product in the last 12 months. Users, whose license is older and is not valid for 9.0, can get the new version for $14.95.The product is available as a standalone application and as a plugin filter for Adobe Photoshop, Corel PaintShop Pro, and other image editors. A home license costs $72. A demo is available for download.
Product Builder for OS X gets maintenance update
Tension Software (http://www.tensionsoftware.com) has released version 2.1.1 of Product Builder, a Mac OS X app targeted to developers. It allows users to create packages ready to be transmitted using the Application Loader (by Apple and included with the Developer tools) to the Mac App Store.
Version 2.1.1 is a maintenance upgrade. Product Builder costs $2.99 and is available at the Mac App store. It requires Mac OS X 10.10 or higher.
Connected 8.0 business accounting software gets redesigned user...
Accountek Solutions has upgraded Connected (http://www.accountek.com), its cross platform small business accounting and ERP software for Mac OS X (10.9 and higher) and Windows, to version 8. The upgrade includes a redesigned user interface (UI), over 50 new features, compatibility with the latest Mac and PC operating systems, and integration with the latest versions of Microsoft Office.
Connected 8.0’s UI enhancements include modern screen aesthetics, new screen fonts and icons, new "recent places" navigation sidebar, and Connected's pin transaction feature, says Scott Archer, director of Product Development. Accountek Solutions’ Connected on Demand service allows anytime access from any device via a secure hosted portal. A demo of Connected 8.0 is available for download.
Typinator for OS X gets improved support of TextExpander snippets
Ergonis Software (www.ergonis.com) has announced Typinator 6.9, a new version of their text expander for Mac OS X.
It’s a tool for automating the process of inserting frequently used text and auto-correcting typing errors. Version 6.9 offers improved import of TextExpander snippets, an extended DOuble CAps exceptions set, support for the Sogou input methods for Chinese, and more.
Typinator requires Mac OS X 10.6 or newer. The upgrade to Typinator 6.9 is free for anyone who owns a valid license for Typinator 6.x. Upgrade paths are available for owners of older licenses. For new users the price is $24.99.
Insights for Mac OS X upgraded to version 5.0
KnowledgeMiner Software has released Insights 5.0 for OS X. It’s an update to its alternative and supplemental tool to established confirmatory science based modeling approaches.
Following the principle of Occam's razor, the app now develops complexity minimized predictive models from observation data, autonomously, and extracts new knowledge in form of explicit model equations that describe the data, mathematically. And it generates new knowledge in form of explicit model equations that describe the data, mathematically, for further analysis, interpretation, and theory formulation purposes.
Insights for OS X (10.9 or later) is available as free, student, advanced, or pro edition exclusively from the KnowledgeMiner Software website (http://www.knowledgeminer.eu). Until April 30, 2016, promotional prices with up to 75% discount are provided. Academic versions can be purchased by contacting KnowledgeMiner Software directly.
Tension Software announces release 2.1 of My IP for OS X
Tension Software (www.tensionsoftware.com) has released version 2.1 of My IP for OS X.
It’s a utility app to see with which public IP address you are connected to the net (different from your IP address inside your LAN). MyIP can work also in background and can optionally show the current IP in the menu bar.
Version 2.1 now has a log included in the main window. It also offers an updated log format and bug fixes.
My IP is available from the Tension Software website and the Mac App Store. It costs $0.99.
Network Security Diagrams Solution announced for ConceptDraw Pro...
CS Odessa (www.conceptdraw.com) has announced a new Network Security Diagrams solution in the ConceptDraw Solution Park.
It’s designed to assists organization in diagramming potential security scenarios as well as descriptions of future changes to an organization's IT infrastructure. Network Security Diagrams contains samples, templates, and scalable vector library objects for quickly producing professional results.
The Network Security Diagrams solution is priced at $25. ConceptDraw Office retails for $499 and can be purchased directly from CS Odessa or their resellers. The ConceptDraw Office suite is designed for knowledge workers, project managers, managers, and academics. ConceptDraw Office works with the latest versions of Mac OS X and Microsoft Windows.
Remote Buddy 1.1 for Apple TV lets you control your Mac from...
IOSPIRIT has cooked up Remote Buddy Display 1.1 for Apple TV. It’s an update of the solution for your Mac remote control needs.
Version 1.1 allows users to see, hear and control their Mac from their Apple TV using the Siri Remote with Remote Buddy's free tvOS companion app. Remote Buddy Display also now includes support for audio and Bluetooth keyboards. A new Audio menu inside the app provides users with the ability to select a different system audio output, as well as to control volume.
A demo of Remote Buddy for Mac OS X is available for download (https://www.iospirit.com/products/remotebuddy/); registration is $24.99 for a single user license. Buddy Display is a free app and available on the Apple TV App Store.
Upspace for OS X revved to version 1.0.1
Upspace (http://hello.upspace.co) has announced Upspace 1.0.1 for OS X. It’s an update to their menubar uploader for Dropbox. Using the Dropbox infrastructure, it was built specifically for those who need to share a lot of screenshots and files during the day.
Just choose a file and drag it to the menubar. Ups pace provides you with a short link automatically copied to your clipboard so that you can use to share your upload with co-workers and friends. Version 1.0.1 includes various bug fixes.
Upspace 1.0.1 requires OS X 10.10 or later. It costs $3.99 and is available worldwide through the Mac App Store in the Productivity category.
Western Digital enhances its datacenter portfolio with WD Gold...
Western Digital Corporation (www.wd.com) has expanded its color portfolio with a new line: WD Gold datacenter hard drives.
WD Gold datacenter hard drives are designed for a broad range of applications – including small- to medium-scale enterprise servers and storage, and rack-mount datacenter servers and storage enclosures. They’re now available with a new, high-capacity configuration of up to 8TB that offers HelioSeal helium-technology.
WD Gold datacenter hard drives feature an optimized design with an 8TB option. They also include a premium dedicated support line for customers worldwide.
The new hard drives purportedly enhance power efficiency up to 15% and enables up to 26 percent lower power consumption. They also provide up to 18%sequential performance improvement over previous generation WD Re 4TB datacenter drives, and up to 30% improvement in random write performance over previous generation WD Re 6TB datacenter drives through media-based cache.
Apple updates its MacBook line
Apple has updated its tiny (two pounds and 13.1 mm thin) MacBook (www.apple.com/macbook) with the latest Intel processors, improved graphics performance, faster flash storage and an additional hour of battery life. Plus, its all-metal unibody enclosure is now available in four aluminum finishes — gold, silver, space gray, and for, the first time on a Mac, rose gold.
“MacBook is the thinnest and lightest Mac we have ever made and it’s our vision for the future of the notebook,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing. “Customers are going to love this update to MacBook, with the latest processors, faster graphics, faster flash storage, longer battery life and a beautiful rose gold finish.”
The updated MacBook features sixth-generation dual-core Intel Core M processors up to 1.3GHz, with Turbo Boost speeds up to 3.1GHz, and faster 1866MHz memory. New Intel HD Graphics 515 deliver up to 25% faster graphics performance, and faster PCIe-based flash...
Developers can now apply for tickets for WWDC 2016
Apple will hold its 27th annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) from June 13 through 17 in San Francisco. Monday’s kickoff events, including the keynote address, will be held at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium. The rest of the week’s conference sessions will take place at Moscone West.
“With four innovative operating systems [OS X, iOS, watchOS, and tvOS] and a new, intuitive programming language [Swift] powering over one billion devices worldwide, there has never been a more exciting time to bring our developer community together,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing. “WWDC 2016 is going to be a landmark event for developers who are coding in Swift, and building apps and products for iOS, OS X, watchOS and tvOS. We can’t wait for everyone to join us — in San Francisco or through the live stream.”
Developers can apply for tickets via the WWDC website (developer.apple.com/wwdc/register/) now through Friday, April 22, at 10 a.m. (Pacific...
Comm-Unity Networking Systems updates its CNS Query FileMaker...
Comm-Unity Networking Systems has released CNS Query 2.0 with full, cross-platform, 64-bit GUI support, finalizing the transition to 64-bit FileMaker plug-ins.
This version also brings in CNS Core code updates. CNS Query provides users with functions to work with their data from any calculation and without creating any extraneous relationships.
CNS Query is available immediately at http://cnsplug-ins.com/Plug-ins/cns_query for both Mac OS X and Windows. You can download a demo copy of the plug-in to test it out before purchasing. If you purchased CNS Query or MMQuery any time from April 18, 2015 until now, you can install this latest version free of charge, though if you previously had a MMQuery License Key, you will need to contact Comm-Unity for a new CNS Query License Key.
If you purchased MMQuery any time between April 18, 2014 and April 17, 2015, you can renew your license and upgrade to CNS Query for 50% off the current price. If you purchased MMQuery any time before April 18...
Cronette for OS X revved to version 1.7.1
Tension Software has updated Cronette (http://pomola.com/products_cronette/cronette.html), a Cocoa task launcher for Macs and Mac servers, to version 1.7.1.
The app lets you specify tasks to be launched automatically by the Mac. It 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: daily, weekly, monthly, yearly.
Any task can be specified to launch different type of execution: open applications or documents from disk; open different type of URL; execute different type of actions: restart, shutdown, sleep; sending a message to the log; execute a complex UNIX command. Version 1.7.1 is a maintenance upgrade.
Cronette costs $9.99 for a single user license, though version 1.7.1 is a free update for registered users. A demo is available for download at the Tension Software website. You can purchase Cronette there or at the Mac...
Siri says Apple’s WWDC will be held June 13-17
Been wondering when the 2016 Apple Worldwide Developer Conference will be held? Ask Siri, Apple’s personal digital assistant, and you’ll get an answer.
Siri says that the WWDC will be held June 13-17 in San Francisco. Apple hasn’t officially confirmed this, but we’ll take Siri’s word for it. Keep an eye on the Apple Developer website (https://developer.apple.com) for details.
ATTO announces OS X driver support for FastFrame 40GbE NICs
ATTO Technology (www.attotech.com) has announced Mac OS X driver support for its FastFrame 40GbE Network Interface Cards. General availability for ATTO’s 40GbE OS X driver is expected in the third quarter of the year.
ATTO will highlight the new OS X driver in an extended media workflow demonstration in its booth (SL8511) at the NAB trade show in Las Vegas, April 18-21. The live demo, which will feature ATTO’s FastFrame NQ42 40GbE NIC in a Thunderbolt expansion chassis connected to a Mac mini workstation, will display how ATTO’s 40GbE solutions are Thunderbolt-ready in Mac environments. Unlike competing solutions, this ensures 40GbE support for currently shipping Mac platforms, including Mac Pro workstations, Mac Minis and Mac Pro laptops says Tim Klein, CEO of ATTO Technology.
Available in single and dual-port versions with optional QSFP+s, FastFrame 40 NICs combine near-line speed throughput with best-in-class latency to enable high-performance applications such as uncompressed 4K...
LaCie announces the 12big Thunderbolt 3
LaCie (www.lacie.com) has announced the LaCie 12big Thunderbolt 3, a professional 12-bay desktop RAID storage unit with up to 96TB and the performance of Thunderbolt 3 and RAID 5/6.
It’s designed for video professionals who need to meet the data demands of 4/5/6K cameras. The LaCie 12big features Seagate’s enterprise-class drives with a five-year limited warranty. With its hardware RAID controller and 7200RPM drives, it can reportedly achieve up to 2600MB/s—and 2400MB/s in RAID 5.
With double the video bandwidth of its predecessor, Thunderbolt 3 lets the user daisy chain dual 4K displays or a single 5K display to the LaCie 12big. With two 4K displays, a video pro can spread out his/her workspace by dedicating one display to the timeline and the other to previewing 4K footage. It’s even possible to provide power to a compatible laptop through the Thunderbolt 3 cable.
With up to 96TB of capacity, the LaCie 12big can store 100 hours of 4K ProRes 444 XQ footage in RAID 5. With that...
CalDigit previews Thunderbolt 3 RAID storage system
CalDigit (www.caldigitcom) has announced the T8, a Thunderbolt 3 RAID storage solution with 8-bays featuring capacities up to 48TB. It supports both 3.5-inch HDDs and 2.5-inch SSDs.
The dual Thunderbolt 3 ports offer up to 40Gb/s bandwidth and allow users to integrate a professional Thunderbolt 3 workflow. As the T8 features dual Type-C ports, users have the ability to use the T8 on USB 3.1 Type-C computers for added flexibility.
It also features a full size DisplayPort connector on the back of the unit. This allows users the ability to connect a 4K 60Hz monitor to their storage device in order to simplify their workflow. The T8 features speeds of up to 1440MB/s and includes two fans for keeping the drives at a cool operating temperature.
The T8 can be formatted to RAID 0, 1, 5, 6, and JBOD. For users who need the best performance the T8 can be used in RAID 0, and for users who need outstanding protection for their files RAID 6 provides dual drive redundancy.
The pricing for the T8...
Akitio unveils Thunder3 PCIe SSD
AKITIO (www.akitio.com) has unveiled the Thunder3 PCIe SSD, which it says is the industry's fastest external storage solution. Developed for high-speed transfer of large files, the Thunder3 PCIe SSD combines the full PCIe Gen3 x4 bandwidth of Intel's 750 NVMe SSD with Thunderbolt 3's 40Gbps port, offering performance of 2500MB/s (2.5 Gigabytes per second) with a storage capacity of 1.2TB.
About 8x faster than USB 3.1 Gen 1, the Thunder3 PCIe SSD is designed for consumers and professionals who desire high capacity external storage with unmatched data transfer speeds, says Richard Wright, vice president of Sales & Marketing for Akitio. It features two Thunderbolt 3 Ports as well as a DisplayPort video output to connect the latest 4K displays.
The second Thunderbolt 3 port operates the same as a Thunderbolt 3 computer port by supporting USB 3.1 (up to 10Gb/s), DisplayPort monitor or up to five daisy chained Thunderbolt 3 devices. It gives Sony Vegas, Adobe Premier, Photoshop and...
G-Technology offers new network attached storage solution
G-Technology has announced its new G-RACK 12 network attached storage (NAS) solution – its first NAS-based device that enhances its product portfolio for content creation professionals worldwide.
The G-RACK 12 is designed to streamline demanding media and entertainment video workflows, including 4K and above resolution, with a scalable 12-bay server offering capacities up to 120TB. It’s targeted to small-to-medium size post-production houses, TV/broadcast studios, ad agencies, and in-house creative departments using Adobe Premiere Pro, Apple Final Cut Pro X, Avid Media Composer or other creative applications.
An optional expansion chassis is available for expanding up to another 120TB of storage. The G-RACK 12 utilizes quad 10-gigabit Ethernet connections for high-speed data transfers. The G-RACK 12 incorporates a G-Technology-developed NAS operating system with BTRfs file system with a graphical interface. The 12-bay, expandable units incorporate enterprise hard drives and are...
Kronos releases OpenCL 2.2 provisional spec
The Khronos Group, an open consortium of hardware and software companies, has announced the availability of the OpenCL 2.2, SYCL 2.2 and SPIR-V 1.1 provisional specifications.
OpenCL 2.2 incorporates the OpenCL C++ kernel language for enhanced parallel programming productivity. SYCL 2.2 enables host and device code to be contained in a single source file, while leveraging the full power of OpenCL C++. SPIR-V 1.1 extends the intermediate representation defined by Khronos with native support for shader and compute kernel features to fully support the OpenCL C++ kernel language.
These new specifications can be found at www.khronos.org. They’re released in provisional form to enable developers and implementers to provide feedback before finalization, including at the Khronos forums (https://forums.khronos.org/).
Snippery 1.1 for OS X released; adds Markdown support
Javier Rodríguez (AprendeXojo.com) has released Snippery 1.1 for Mac OS X (10.7 and later).
This release adds Markdown syntax support; PDF, Word, RTF and HTML export support; improves data security and access; expands filtering options; and offers support for Retina Display. Snippery provides features from a snippets manager app mixed with editing features and more.
Slippery 1.1 is a free update for registered users. For new users the cost is $18.
Excel releases QLRT Xcode 3.0
Excel Software (www.excelsoftware.com) has announced QLRT Xcode 3.0 for Objective-C and Swift developers creating Mac OS X software.
QLRT Xcode is a static library containing the QuickLicense runtime software for protection, activation and license management. Xcode programmers can protect their software from piracy and increase revenue by supporting a variety of license types, activation methods and advanced licensing features.
QLRT Xcode is used in conjunction with QuickLicense. The developer configures all aspects of the software license with QuickLicense and outputs a Ticket file. That Ticket file is bound to an application when the QLRT library is dropped into the Xcode project and called with a function in the source code. The programmer can focus on value added customer solutions since the runtime implements the internal protection, activation and licensing features.
QLRT Xcode 3.0 supports all features introduced in the new QuickLicense 8.0. It includes sample code and...
Axure RP for Mac OS X and Windows updated to version 8
Axure Software Solutions (http://www.axure.com) has released Axure RP 8. It’s a solution for Mac OS X and Windows created to help teams design solutions to complex business challenges.
Axure RP 8 gives business and UX professionals new diagramming, prototyping, and specification features that help them create the right solution and align their teams. For large teams and enterprises, new collaboration features—along with an option to install Axure Share on-premises—help streamline modern workflows, whether it's agile, lean, waterfall, or a hybrid.
Perpetual licenses are $495 for the pro version and $895 for the team. Axure Software Solutions has also introduced subscription licensing options—$29 a month for pro, and $49 a month for team. The Enterprise Edition is available only as a subscription and costs $99 a month per user.
Date Time Calc for OS X upgraded to version 2.1
Tension Software (www.tensionsoftware.com) has updated Date Time Calc for Mac OS X to version 2.1. It’s an app to calculate future and past dates by adding a date interval and to calculate date difference between two assigned dates.
You can add or subtract to dates, years, months, and days — or add or subtract days, hours , minutes and seconds to guess future and past date-times. You can also calculate difference between two dates using calendar specification (years, months and days) or using a time precision method specifying date and time and obtaining a difference in days, hours, minutes and seconds.
With version 2.1, the log can collect and save all the calculation you need to record using a command button. Also, at any time you can clean the log by resetting it.
Date Time Calc 2 .1 requires Mac OS X 10.10 or later. It costs $4.99 and is available at the Tension Software website and the Mac App Store (http://tinyurl.com/jxsfc5e).
Maintain Serves Up Cocktail 8.8.2 (Yosemite Edition)
Maintain has announced Cocktail 8.8.2 (Yosemite Edition), the latest maintenance update for users running OS X Yosemite.
Cocktail is a general purpose utility for OS X that lets users clean, repair and optimize their Macs. Version 8.8.2 addresses an issue in which the utility may fail to clear DNS cache.
Cocktail 8.8.2 (Yosemite Edition) requires OS X Yosemite 10.10 to run. 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 8.6 (Yosemite Edition) is $19 for a single user license and available for purchase from the Maintain website (www.maintain.se/cocktail).
BeeSoft releases ProTA 4.1, adding fundamental analysis
BeeSoft (http://www.beesoft.net) has released ProTA 4.1, an update to the stock market charting and technical analysis application for OS X.
The tool empowers casual investors as well as veteran market technicians to chart, analyze and optimize their trading ideas. ProTA provides more than100 indicators, line studies, smartlists, chart templates and trading models are built into ProTA's one-click browser. Version 4.1 now provides fundamental analysis.
ProTA is Mac OS X and requires Mac OS X 10.7 or higher. Version 4.1 is a free upgrade for all ProTA 4 users and is available immediately for download at BeeSoft online. A demo is available for download. Pricing starts at $99 for a one-year activation code.
Email Obfuscator for Mac OS X gets new Refresh command
Tension Software (http://www.tensionsoftware.com) has updated Email Obfuscator, a Mac OS X app for creating and editing web pages, to version 1.3. The upgrade sports a new Refresh command.
Email Obfuscator is a tool for anyone creating and editing web pages. It creates email links using "obfuscated" code. The obfuscated link can be put inside any web page and it is not recognised by Bot surfing the net collecting emails.
Email Obfuscator requires Mac OS X 10.10 or higher. It costs $2.99 and is available at the Mac App Store.
HoudahGeo for OS X 5.0 adds Places, drag and drop geocoding and...
Houdah Software (www.houdah.com) has introduced HoudahGeo 5.0 an upgrade to its one-stop photo geocoding solution for Mac OS X Yosemite and El Capitan.
The app "pins" photos to locations where they were taken. Just like a GPS-enabled camera, HoudahGeo embeds latitude, longitude and altitude information within the image file. It works with Photos, iPhoto, Aperture, and Adobe Lightroom. Version 5.0 introduces Places, drag and drop geocoding, reverse geocoding, camera import, Lightroom integration, a new keywords editor, map search, as well as the ability to publish KML to Dropbox and more.
Licenses can can be purchased from the Houdah Software store. HoudahGeo 5.0 is priced at $39 for a single-user license. A demo is available for download.
USB 3.0 group defines authentication protocol for USB Type-C
The USB 3.0 Promoter Group has announced the USB Type-C Authentication specification, defining cryptographic-based authentication for USB Type-C chargers and devices. USB-C is the port (the only one) on Apple’s 12-inch MacBook.
Using this protocol, host systems can confirm the authenticity of a USB device or USB charger, including such product aspects as the descriptors/capabilities and certification status. All of this happens right at the moment a wired connection is made – before inappropriate power or data can be transferred.
USB Type-C Authentication empowers host systems to protect against non-compliant USB Chargers and to mitigate risks from maliciously embedded hardware or software in USB devices attempting to exploit a USB connection. For a traveler concerned about charging their phone at a public terminal, their phone can implement a policy only allowing charge from certified USB chargers. A company, tasked with protecting corporate assets, can set a policy in its computers...
Better Finder Rename for OS X now lets you move ranges of text
publicspace.net has released A Better Finder Rename 10.06 an update of their batch file renaming solution for Mac OS X. It adds the ability to move ranges of text within the file name, making some file renaming tasks easier.
A Better Finder Rename requires Mac OS X 10.7 or higher. Version 10.06 is a free upgrade for customers who have purchased A Better Finder Rename after Jan. 1, 2015, or who own a forever upgrade. Discounted upgrade prices are available from our web store and start at $12.95 for a single user license.
A Better Finder Rename may be purchased for $19.95. Family, Business and Enterprise licensing is also available. Customers may chose to include a "forever upgrade" with their purchase.
Tension Software announces Password Creator 1.3 for OS X
Tension Software has revved Password Creator, its password creation tool for Mac OS X, to version 1.3.
The app lets you create up to half million random unique passwords in a single click. Password Creator also lets you create a single password or a long list of passwords (up to 500,000), inside an internal table. The list is ready to be saved on disk in plain text format for reuse. Version 1.3 offers a better way to define how many passwords you wish to create.
Password Creator 1.3 requires OS X Yosemite or El Capitan. It costs $2.99 and is available at the Mac App Store (http://tinyurl.com/jhaqvnv).
Adobe unveils ‘breakthroughs’ in video and film production
Ahead of the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) Show next week, Adobe has revealed new features across its Creative Cloud tools for video editing, motion graphics, audio and collaboration. The CC tools are compatible with Mac OS X and Windows systems.
Media and entertainment companies are combining these advanced content creation capabilities with Adobe Primetime to help deliver TV and video content across screens. With Adobe’s digital marketing tools TV networks and pay-TV providers can drive viewer acquisition, engagement and monetization as audiences embrace “over the top” (OTT) content via connected devices such as the Apple TV, Sony PlayStation, Roku and Microsoft Xbox.
In the next release of Creative Cloud – available in early summer – Premiere Pro CC will add new virtual reality capabilities, including “field of view” mode for spherical stitched media. In the upcoming release, Adobe Stock )a collection of mor etham 50 million curated, royalty-free photos, graphics, and...
AutoCrypt for OS X upgraded to version 22
Tension Software has updated AutoCrypt, an encryption/decryption app with a document based approach, to version 2.2. 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 $7 and can be downloaded at the Tension Software web site (http://tinyurl.com/henfhcr) and the Mac App Store (http://tinyurl.com/glazxsw).