Apple, other tech companies form Financial Innovation Now
Apple, Amazon, Google, PayPal and Intuit have formed Financial Innovation Now (www.financialinnovationnow.org), a financial services lobby a coalition “that will promote policies to help foster greater innovation in financial services.”
“Innovation is coming to financial services, and now is the time for Washington to help enable a modern financial system that is more accessible, affordable, and secure,” Brian Peters, executive director of Financial Innovation Now, said in a press release “This alliance of remarkably innovative companies brings a new voice to Washington’s financial conversations, and we look forward to engaging on a wide range of opportunities. Whether it is protecting consumers, growing small businesses, or promoting financial literacy and savings, Financial Innovation Now wants policymakers to understand how new technologies can help solve today’s policy challenges.”
The organization and its member companies believe that financial innovation will empower consumers...
PopChar X 7.3 supports skin tone variants in Apple Color Emoji
Ergonis Software has announced PopChar X 7.3, an improved version of the tool for finding and inserting special characters and exploring fonts.
With PopChar, thousands of special characters are only a few clicks away. Version 7.3 allows you to select skin tone variants of all applicable symbols of the Apple Color Emoji font. It improves the organization of Unicode blocks and fixes a few user-reported issues and improves compatibility with El Capitan.
PopChar X 7.3 requires Mac OS X 10.6 or later. It can be purchased on the Ergonis Software website (www.ergonis.com) for US$29.99 for new users. The upgrade to PopChar X 7.3 is free for anyone who owns a license for PopChar X 7 or purchased a license for PopChar X 6 on or after March 1, 2014. Upgrade paths are available for customers who purchased their license before that date.
ArtOptimizer for Adobe Illustrator now supports OS X El Capitan
Zevrix Solutions has announced ArtOptimizer 2.7.8, a compatibility update to its workflow automation solution for Adobe Illustrator.
ArtOptimizer allows users to reduce the size of Illustrator links and speed up processing by automatically eliminating excess image data and performing essential image adjustments. The software lets users save gigabytes of disk space, accelerate file output and cut costs through faster processing. The new version makes ArtOptimizer compatible with Mac OS X 10.11 El Capitan.
ArtOptimizer can be purchased from Zevrix website (www.website.com) for US$119.95, as well as from authorized resellers. A demo is available for download. ArtOptimizer requires Mac OS X 10.5-10.11 and Adobe Illustrator/Photoshop CS3-CC 2015.
Vegas Pro 13 Edit now available on Steam
Sony Creative Software has announced the availability of Vegas Pro 13 Edit at Steam, the online game platform.
Since its introduction, the Vegas Pro family of video editing applications has become a favorite with game developers and producers of machinima, according to John Freeborg, vice president Sony Creative Software. This Steam-exclusive version of Vegas Pro 13 Edit offers a professional production environment for all those that create, consume, and enjoy digital content, he adds.
Vegas Pro 13 Edit’s video and audio production capabilities are expanded via Vegas Pro Connect, the Vegas Pro 13 Edit collaboration enhancement app for iPad.
Vegas Pro 13 will be available at Steam for US$259.99 for one week, starting Nov. 2. Thereafter, its regular price will be $399.99. Further, upgrades to Vegas Pro 13 from Vegas Movie Studio Platinum and Suite, Steam-Powered, will be available at 25 percent off the full version price. Go to http://tinyurl.com/om3oth2 for more info.
SoftRAID version 5.1 supports Mac OS X 10.11 El Capitan
OWC Holdings has released SoftRAID 5.1 (www.softraid.com), an update to the disk driver for OS X that replaces the RAID functionality that was removed from Disk Utility in El Capitan.
Version 5.1 supports the enhanced security mechanisms in Mac OS X 10.11 El Capitan. It’s a free update for all version 5.x users of SoftRAID.
For new users the cost is $179. Upgrades from version 4.x users to version 5.1 are $89. A demo is available for download. SoftRAID 5.1 requires Mac OS X 10.6.8 or higher.
InSili.com introduce iSwift 2.0
InSili.com has announced iSwift 2.0 (http://iswift.org), an update of its automated Objective-C to Swift conversion tool, developed exclusively for Mac OS X.
It offers automatic as-you-type conversion of your Objective-C sources to Apple's Swift language, along with a full-featured Objective-C editor. iSwift offers a tool to convert and translate your existing Objective-C files (Cocoa or iOS) to Swift on the fly.
iSwift requires Mac OS X 10.7 or higher. It costs US$13.99.
Paragon NTFS for Mac 14 revved for El Capitan
Paragon Software Group has released Paragon NTFS for Mac 14. an upgrade of the solution to solve incompatibility issues between Mac OS X and Windows.
The new update helps overcome the functional limitations of the latest version of OS X Disk Utility in El Capitan, according to the folks at Paragon Software. Earlier versions of OS X allowed to easily format volumes in Disk Utility by implementing third-party file system drivers, but these functions are no longer available in El Capitan.
Paragon NTFS for Mac 14 makes intuitive data media formatting possible again. What’s more, the product now allows users to check the file system integrity of NTFS volumes and repair them, if necessary. Instead of configuring command-line tools, the volume management functions can now be easily accessed directly through the program’s graphical user interface.
Paragon NTFS for Mac 14 is compatible with Mac OS X 10.8 and higher. It’s available for download (http://tinyurl.com/yp3xgo) and costs $19.95.
App Game Kit upgrade added animated 3D features, more
The Game Creators have released App Game Kit Version 2.0.15 (http://www.appgamekit.com/). The upgrade adds such new features as animated 3D features, Bullet physics support and Assimp 3D model format importing.
AppGameKit is available for Mac OS X, Windows, and Linux platforms . Apps can be deployed cross platform, including on iOS, Mac OS X, Android, Windows, Blackberry, Mac and Linux systems. The pay once, royalty free price also drops down to $79.
Alongside this release are four new DLCs that complement the core AppGameKit product. There are two detailed user guides that are designed and written to take a novice coder and turn him/her 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 many more programming subjects. To aid developers two Giant Asset Packs are also being launched today. They...
IK Multimedia releases AmpliTube 4 for the Mac, PC
IK Multimedia has released AmpliTube 4 (www.amplitube.com/4) for the Mac and PC. It’s an upgrade of the guitar and bass tone studio.
It includes what IK Multimedia says is the most advanced speaker cabinet section ever developed. It also packs a new speaker modeling, five new British amplifiers, a new acoustic simulator pedal, a built-in 8-track DAW and a more.
AmpliTube 4 is available now via the IK Online Store and select music instrument retailers. It costs 149.99 or 150 Gear Credits from the AmpliTube Custom Shop.
Fast Reports releases platform independent tool for visual...
Report generator creators Fast Reports have released a new version of FastReport.NET: 2015.4 The upgrade includes a list of important changes, but the main news is that report designer FastReport Online Designer is now a standalone application.
FastReport Online Designer has joined company´s cross-platform product line. Designer works on devices based on iOS, Android, iOS and Windows operating systems. It uses HTML 5 technology.
FastReport Online Designer’s touch-oriented interface adjusts according to platform specifics (desktop and mobile). The ability to choose and pick only necessary components makes designer lighter and faster and helps integrating it into any business system, according to the folks at Fast Reports.
Online Designer allows users to create, edit and preview the reports not causing any compatibility problems, while helping to conduct fully-featured work on the reports — even offline. The Internet connection is required only for initial loading and saving the...
Apple asks Supreme Court to dismiss ebook antitrust lawsuit
Apple has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn an appellate court decision that found the company conspired with five publishers to increase e-book prices, reports Reuters (http://tinyurl.com/ptvqyv). The Cupertino, California-based company wants the high court to review a June ruling that favored the U.S. Department of Justice, and found the company liable for engaging in a conspiracy that violated federal antitrust laws.
Reuters reports that Apple, in its petition, said the June decision by the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New York contradicted Supreme Court precedent and would "chill innovation and risk taking.” "The Second Circuit's decision will harm competition and the national economy," Apple wrote.
If upheld, the decision would force Apple to pay consumers $450 million under a 2014 settlement with 33 state attorneys general and consumers that was contingent on the company's civil liability being upheld.
Apple’s iPhone has 14 percent worldwide marketshare
According to the latest research from Strategy Analytics (www.strategyanalytics.com), global smartphone shipments grew 10 percent annually to reach 354 million units in the third quarter of 2015. Samsung grew its smartphone shipments six percent and finally returned to positive growth for the first time in over a year.
Global smartphone shipments grew just 10 percent annually from 323.4 million units in the third quarter (Q3) 2014 to 354.2 million in Q3 2015, according to the research. This quarter was the smartphone industry's slowest growth rate for six years, since the depths of the global economic recession back in 2009. Smartphone growth is slowing due to increasing penetration maturity in major markets of the US, Europe and China.
Samsung shipped 83.8 million smartphones worldwide in Q3 2015, growing 6 percent annually from 79.2 million units in Q3 2014. Samsung has finally returned to positive smartphone growth for the first time in six quarters since Q1 2014. Its smartphone...
Olloclip introduces Rose Gold 4-IN-1 iPhone lens
olloclip has announced a new addition to its growing product line — the special-edition rose gold 4-IN-1 Lens to complement the new iPhone 6s &and iPhone 6s Plus. The new rose gold finish joins the 4-IN-1 Lens family, currently available in olloclip’s signature red as well as space gray, silver, and gold to coordinate with the colors of Apple’s iPhone 6 line.
The 4-IN-1 Lens for iPhone 6/6s & iPhone 6/6s Plus features four advanced optic quick-change lenses (Fisheye, Wide-Angle, Macro 10x and 15x) that weigh in at less than an ounce. The Fisheye and Wide-Angle lenses offer a larger field of view to capture more scenery — ideal for photographing panoramic landscapes or snapping a selfie with a group of friends .
The Macro lenses are accessible by unscrewing the Fisheye and Wide-Angle lenses. Macro lenses transform the iPhone into a digital microscope to capture detail that cannot be seen with the naked eye — like patterns in fabric and close-ups of flowers and insects.
DE:Flicker released for Nuke, Fusion, Vegas Pro, Scratch, more
RE:Vision Effects has released DE:Flicker for Nuke, Fusion, Scratch and Nucoda and also on Vegas Pro, Natron and HitFilm. It’s already been available for Apple’s Final Cut Pro, Motion, Adobe After Effects, and Premiere Pro.
DE:Flicker is a tool to help users smooth out annoying flicker and artifacts when shooting high frame rate or time-lapse video. It’s recommended for those using a specialized high-speed camera, a DSLR, a compact action cam or even a phone.
DE:Flicker costs US$249. Go to www.revisionfx.com for more info.
Output Factory Server for Adobe InDesign now supports El Capitan
Zevrix Solutions has announced Output Factory Server 1.2.3, a compatibility update to its output workflow automation solution for Adobe InDesign.
Output Factory Server automates printing and exporting from InDesign by processing files from hot folders. The software offloads output tasks to a central system leaving operator workstations free from the output process. The new version makes Output Factory Server compatible with the recently released Mac OS X 10.11 El Capitan.
Output Factory Server can be purchased from the Zevrix website (www.zevrix.com) for $699.95. A demo is available for download. BatchOutput Server users can upgrade for $350. Output Factory Server requires Mac OS X 10.6-10.11 and Adobe InDesign CS3-CC 2015.
Satechi launches Type-C hub adapter
Satechi has introduced the Type-C Hub Adapter for computers such as the 12-inch MacBook. The adapter expands Type-C USB 3.1 ports into three Type-A USB 3.0 ports, an SD Card slot and a Micro SD Card slot.
Available in gunmetal, silver and gold, the Type-C Hub adapter fits in any purse, backpack or laptop case allowing users the convenience of full-time access to their USB peripherals anytime, anywhere. The Type-C Hub Adapter is available now for $34.99 on Satechi.net and Amazon.com.
MetalGL now supports OS X for low-latency OpenGL ES rendering...
The Brenwill Workshop announced that they’ve added support for OS X to their MetalGL product, which brings the performance of Metal to OpenGL ES games and applications on iOS, and now OS X.
MetalGL is designed to unleash the power of Metal's low-latency rendering to let OpenGL ES games and applications perform up to 3x the number of draw calls, and benefit from the tools available for the Metal development ecosystem, all without changing the way the game or app use OpenGL ES. According to Bill Hollings, president of The Brenwill Workshop (the creators of MetalGL), with MetalGL, OpenGL ES developers get many of the performance benefits and added debugging and performance tuning capabilities of Metal, without having to abandon the proven and familiar OpenGL ES 2.0 API, or rewrite rendering logic and shaders for a different platform.
The addition of OpenGL ES support for OS X means that developers can now port OpenGL ES games and applications from iOS to OS X without having to rewrite...
Red Giant releases Trapcode Suite 13
Red Giant has released Trapcode Suite 13, an upgrade to its set of tools for creating motion graphics and visual effects in Adobe After Effects.
In addition to major updates to Trapcode Particular, Shine and Mir, the release introduces Trapcode Tao, a new plugin for generating 3D geometries along a path. The update also includes new features in Trapcode Form, Sound Keys and Starglow.
Trapcode Particular’s new Effects Builder lets artists drag and drop blocks of particle behaviors and styles, and includes a built-in instant preview window for immediate feedback. In addition to the library of Sprites, users can choose from more than 130 new presets to help kick off any project. You can instantly create flames, spaceflight, fireworks, explosions, smoke and more with tools to customize just about every detail. For existing users who prefer to work with particle effects the old-school way, Trapcode Particular 2.5 includes its standard After Effects user interface.
Trapcode Suite 13 is...
MacPilot flies to version 8
Koingo Software has announced MacPilot 8, an update of its tool for tinkering with Mac OS X. The latest version is for El Capitan only (Mac OS X 10.11) and boasts a number of enhancements, fixes, and new features for Apple's new operating system.
With Mac Pilot,you can do things such as disable the Dashboard, enable debug menus, optimize your system for broadband, change Finder grid spacing, disable Finder animations, prevent Dock modifications, disable Safari PDF support, speed up Safari, schedule power events, customize Apple File Sharing, enhance the Login Window and more.
Upgrades are free for: Utility Package Pro owners, users with a current MacPilot subscription, and traditional license buyers ordering within the past six months. All upgrades can be obtained by logging into Koingo Software web site accounts, clicking "Orders" and then clicking "Renew" or “Upgrade." For new users the cost is $$29.95 for a single user license; a demo is available for download.
Drive Genius 4.2 lets you repartition a hard drive in Yosemite,...
Prosoft Engineering has released Drive Genius 4.2. Among the list of improvements and updates to code in this new version, Drive Genius 4.2 most notably adds the very popular repartitioning tool back into Drive Genius.
"Drive Genius users love the repartition feature that allows you to manage your hard drive space by creating, deleting and resizing volumes without erasing them,” says Presort CEO Greg Brewer. "We're excited to add this powerful tool back into Drive Genius, which now fully supports the latest El Capitan and Yosemite operating systems from Apple."
Drive Genius’s DrivePulse feature alerts you to hard drive issues before they become problems. Top features like Defrag and DriveSlim are designed to help keep your Mac running fast. BootWell lets you create a special bootable secondary drive to Defrag or Repair your main hard drive.
Drive Genius 4.2 is a free update available to download from or update within the application. For new users the cost is US$99.
Ntractive releases Elements CRM 6.0.3 for Mac OS X
Ntractive (www.ntractive.com) has announced Elements CRM 6.0.3, an update of its cloud-based Mac Customer Relationship Management (Mac CRM) Solution for the Mac.
Designed for business and enterprise environments, it enables you to manage your business, automate business processes, make your data more useful and accessible, and improve your team's efficiency. The new Elements CRM 6.0.3 update includes customer feature requests, enhancements and fixes to its recent 6.0 release.
Elements CRM 6.0.3 is available immediately. The download is free but requires a subscription to Elements CRM. Group pricing starts at $24.95/user/month, professional pricing starts at $49.95/user/month, enterprise pricing starts at $69.95/user/month, and performance pricing starts at $99.95 Some features are not available in all of the editions. Elements CRM 6.0.3 is available on the Ntractive Website and the Mac App Store.
Primera Disc Publishers now burn Blu-ray Discs at triple the...
Primera Technology has rolled out Version 2.2.1 of its PT Publisher disc burning software. This new version has a number of updates included.
Most significant is the improved burn time for Blu-ray Disc (BD-R) media. In previous versions, burning a full 25 GB BD-R took about 33 minutes. With version 2.2.1, burning a full 25 GB BD-R disc takes about 11 minutes – about three times as fast, says Mark D. Strobel, Primera’s vice president of Sales and Marketing.
Version 2.2.1 will be included with all Primera BD-R Disc Publishers starting today. Existing owners of Primera’s BD-R disc publishers can download the software at no additional cost at Primera main website under “Support” or at http://bit.ly/1OGIUCo.
QuickerTek announces Wi-Fi, BT upgrades for Unibody Macbook Pro
QuickerTek has announced their new UCard product line upgrades that add 802.11 ac Wi-Fi and Bluetooth capability to Unibody MacBooks. There are three models to match each of the differing physical profiles of the Unibody Macbook Pro, including the non-retina Pro's.
The Ucards use Apple’s built-in drivers in Kexts just as the Airport cards do that Apple supplies in original new MacBooks. The Ucards antenna ports are matched to your Mac's stock configuration.
The Ucards range in price from $99 to $149. Go to http://tinyurl.com/p42tqqp for more info.
Alien: Isolation — the Collection now available for the Mac
Alien: Isolation – The Collection (http://tinyurl.com/ngnpxms) is out now for Mac (OS X 10.10.5 or higher) and Linux systems and available for download from the Feral Store and Steam for $59.99. It will be released on the Mac App Store soon.
Alien: Isolation is a first-person survival horror game with an original story based on the Alien film franchise. It evokes the look and feel of the original 1979 film, Alien, directed by Ridley Scott.
In Alien: Isolation players take the role of Amanda, daughter of Ellen Ripley, the protagonist from Alien. Upon hearing that the flight recorder from her mother’s ship has been recovered, Amanda Ripley journeys to Sevastopol Station to discover her fate. Once on board, it quickly becomes apparent there’s a killer on the loose: a creature of the same alien species that terrorized the crew of the Nostromo 15 years earlier.
Plaaying offers a new way to control and share iTunes, Spotify...
KaL MichaeL has introduced Plaaying 1.0 (http://tinyurl.com/obxd7sm) for Mac OS X. The $3.99 app is designed to make controlling and sharing media on your Mac much better. It has support for iTunes, Spotify, and Rdio.
Plaaying boasts features like "Intermission," automatic and manual sharing to social media, and four designs to choose from. Auto-Share can tell Twitter every song and video that plays without you lifting a finger, or you can manually share just the right ones to Twitter, Facebook and elsewhere.
Playing requires OS X 10.10 or later. It’s available worldwide through the Mac App Store in the Music category.
Power Manger 4.5 for OS X adds new triggers, tasks, more
DssW has released release of Power Manager 4.5 for OS X. This release adds new triggers, Schedule Assistant tasks, and numerous refinements.
Power Manager is an energy saving solution for Mac OS X. It enables users to create sophisticated energy saving schedules and to automate complex tasks. Version 4.5 adds new Schedule Assistant tasks that help users attach AppleScripts, Automator workflows, and shell scripts to computer-wide triggers. The triggers include logging in and out.
A new sleep trigger is now available through the event editor. The sun trigger has been extended to include an optional offset time. This time allows the creation of triggers at times relative to the astronomical event; such as half an hour before sunset or ten minutes after dusk.
A 30-day demo of Power Manager for Mac OS X 10.7 and higher is available for download (http://tinyurl.com/q5f3dkn). Registration is US$49.95.
PDF Checkpoint now supports El Capitan
Zevrix Solutions has announced PDF Checkpoint 1.7.13, a compatibility update to its PDF preflight and conversion solution.
The app automatically preflights, exports as images, splits and optimizes Adobe PDF files. The software can also convert the color of PDF elements to specific ICC profile. For example, users can convert RGB PDF files to CMYK.PDF Checkpoint 1.7.13 makes PDF Checkpoint compatible with the OS X El Capitan.
PDF Checkpoint can be purchased on the Mac App Store and Zevrix website (www.zevrix.com) for $39.95, as well as from authorized resellers. The update is free to licensed users. A demo is available for download. PDF Checkpoint requires Mac OS X 10.7 or higher.
ZAGG launches Power Amp Portable battery line
ZAGG (www.zagg.com) has announced a new line of portable backup batteries for mobile devices. The Zagg Power Amp line features a fast-charging output technology called Quick Charge that instantly recognizes hundreds of devices and automatically delivers the fastest charge to each.
Along with the Quick Charge technology, the Zagg Power Amp line features pass-through charging, which lets users charge their devices quickly, even when the Power Amp itself is plugged in. The Zagg Power Amp line has a slim, sleek design, including a built-in LED flashlight and is available in capacities of 3,000mAh, 6,000mAh, 12,000mAh, and 18,000mAh. With the two larger capacities, users also have the convenience of being able to rapidly charge multiple devices at the same time.
E*TRADE adds Apple Pay functionality
E*TRADE Financial Corp. (www.etrade.com) has added Apple Pay functionality for E*TRADE debit card holders. The payment option caps off an end-to-end experience for E*TRADE customers — from researching investment opportunities all the way through using cash in their accounts for daily purchases.
Customers can now link E*TRADE debit cards directly to Apple Pay and enjoy card-free payment. Apple Pay is currently available using an iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, Apple Watch, iPad Air 2, or iPad mini 3 running iOS 8.1 or later.
E*TRADE’s mobile offerings include investing applications for devices such as the Apple Watch, iPhone, iPad, Android Phone and Tablet, Windows Phone, Kindle Fire Tablet, and Amazon Fire Phone. Investors and traders use E*TRADE Mobile apps to manage their accounts on the go, place stock, option, ETF, and mutual fund trades, as well as access real-time quotes, news, charts, and educational content anywhere.
MC EFCU employees get Apple Watch app technology
Georgia’s Montgomery County Employees Federal Credit Union (MC EFCU), working with Digital Insight, an NCR company, has launched Apple Watch app functionality to further enhance and provide more mobile banking application options.
“We are excited to begin offering services for the Smartwatch, which is the latest addition in our availability of state-of-the-art technologies to benefit our members,” says Jim Norris, President and CEO of MC EFCU. “MC EFCU’s iPhone App, for example, is one of the highest rated mobile banking apps among credit unions in Maryland. It is a priority for us to provide new technologies to our members, as we strive to provide simple and secure ways for them to handle their finances.”
The smartwatch app is accessed through the MC EFCU mobile banking app available for download through the Apple App Store. It’s available to members using an iPhone 5 or higher.
Montgomery County Employees Federal Credit Union (www.mcefcu.org) primarily serves Montgomery County...
Paragon Software announces storage SDKs for iOS, Android
Paragon Software Group (www.paragon-software.com/) has released its UFSD software development kits for iOS and Android. They’re designed to make it easier to develop apps that take advantage of USB storage.
Available for iOS (iPhone 5 and later, iPad 2 and later) and Android (version 3.0 and later), they SDKs abstract and implement support for multiple partitioning schemes (MBR, GPT and APM) and file systems (NTFS, HFS+, FAT32, ExFAT and ExtFS). They’ll be of particular interest to storage vendors, as they can bundle Paragon’s UMS service and other Paragon FS drivers with portable USB storage products to ensure compatibility and interoperability with operating systems such as iOS, Android, Mac OS X, Linux, and Windows. Similarly, ISVs can use the SDKs to simplify the development of Android and iOS apps supporting multiple brands of mobile USB storage.
These new SDKs are based on Paragon Software's cross-platform Universal File System Driver library, which is used around the world...
Apple accepting online orders for the new Apple TV
Apple is taking online orders (http://tinyurl.com/n9q22vc) for the fourth generation Apple TV. It costs US$149.99 for the 32GB model or $199 for the 64GB version.
Order today and it delivers Nov. 2-4 with free shipping. Or you can pay $17-$19 for next day shipping (it ships Oct. 30).
The all-new Apple TV is built from the ground up with a new generation of high-performance hardware and introduces an “intuitive and fun user interface using the Siri Remote,” according to Eddy Cue, Apple’s senior vice president of Internet Software and Services. Apple TV runs the all-new tvOS operating system, based on Apple’s iOS, enabling iOS developers to create new apps and games specifically for the set-top box for delivery via the new Apple TV App Store.
The new Siri Remote is designed to simplify how you select, scroll and navigate through your content by using a glass touch surface that, according to Apple, handles both small, accurate movements as well as big, sweeping ones. Developers can...
Maintain serves up Cocktail 9.0.3 (El Capitan Edition)
Maintain has released Cocktail 9.0.3 (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 compatibility with OS X 10.11.1 and the latest versions of supported web browsers. It also addresses an issue in which Cocktail may fail to retrieve update information and contains other bug fixes.
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.
MacX DVD Ripper Pro 4.6.0 adds support for Mac OS X El Capitan
MacXDVD Software has announced MacX DVD Ripper Pro 4.6.0, an update to their media conversion solution developed for Mac OS X.
It’s a general purpose utility that lets anyone decrypt, copy and rip DVDs to MP4, AVI, H.264, MOV, WMV, MKV and more to all Mac computers and laptops. Version 4.6.0 addresses a compatibility issue with El Capitan, offer performance enhancements and speed boosts.
MacX DVD Ripper Pro costs $59.95 for a single user license and works with OS X 10.5 or later. You can buy it now (http://tinyurl.com/38kzq3r) and get a 50 percent off discount as part of a Halloween promotion.
Syncro Soft rolls out Oxygen XML Editor 17.1
Synchro Soft has released oXygen XML Editor 17.1, which includes updates and improvements to the XML authoring and developing tool.
The performance of many of the integral components has been optimized and numerous features were enhanced and fine-tuned to make oXygen XML Editor even more powerful, dynamic, and easy to use, according to the folks at Synchro Soft. It also features a spectacular new visual design that makes everything look crisp and beautiful, they add.
Various DITA-related operations and dialog boxes have been reorganized and improved to maximize efficiency. Users can now enable experimental editing and publishing support for DITA 1.3, including new file templates, scoped keys, and branch filtering.
Oxygen 17.1 can be freely evaluated for 30 day. To buy it go to the Oxygen XML store (http://www.oxygenxml.com/buy.html).
Griffin announces all-in-charger for the Apple Watch and iPhone
Griffin Technology (www.griffintechnology.com) has announced the WatchStand Powered Charging Station for the Apple Watch and iPhone.
It’s a new, powered version of the company’s WatchStand Charging Dock, which was released earlier this year. Like its predecessor, WatchStand Powered Charging Station is a solution to display and charge an Apple Watch and iPhone while elegantly eliminating cable clutter, now with built-in power.
“Apple Watch was designed to go hand-in-hand with the iPhone. You use them together, so why not keep them charged together,” says James Finney, category manager of Power Accessories at Griffin. “The elegantly designed WatchStand Powered Charging Station sits beautifully on any desktop, tabletop or bedside for a secure and safe place to charge your devices.”
The WatchStand Powered Charging Station displays Apple Watch on a pedestal for daily charging. Its built-in power supply and two dedicated USB ports free up a wall outlet and remove cable clutter. Each USB is...
Mini Metro hits the Mac App Store
Mini Metro, the subway SIM created by Dinosaur Polo Club, is now available on the Mac App Store. It works with OS X 10.7 and higher and costs US$9.99.
In Mini Metro, players take on the task of designing the subway layout for a rapidly expanding city. Draw lines between stations and start your trains running. Keep your lines efficient by redrawing them as new stations open. Each station can only hold a handful of waiting commuters so your subway network will need to be well designed to avoid delays.
Your city starts with three stations. Draw routes between these stations to connect them with subway lines. Commuters travel along your lines to get around the city as fast as they can. Each station can only hold a handful of waiting commuters so your subway network will need to be well-designed to avoid delays.
ShredIt X adds support for OS X El Capitan
Mireth Technology (http://tinyurl.com/pdtqdcj) has released version 6.0.4 of ShredIt X, its file shredder and hard drive cleaner software for Mac OS X. The upgrade adds support for Mac OS X El Capitan and addresses a maintenance issue with shredding CD RWs.
ShredIt X is available for immediate download, or on CD-ROM, starting at US$24.95. Educational pricing and volume discounts are available.
RailModeller Express for OS X rolls to version 5.0
Isle of the Kakapo has rolled out RailModeller Express 5.0, an update of the free model railroad and slot car layout design solution for Mac OS X.
It sports design tools that enable hobbyists to design model train and slot car track layouts via drag and drop. The app includes a library of parts covering over 200 track systems, allowing for custom designs of almost any layout a user can visualize. Layouts can be printed out, in sizes ranging from one page to full size.
RailModeller Express 3.0 requires Mac OS X 10.8 or later. It’s available at the Mac App Store (http://tinyurl.com/prmy7pu) in the Graphics and Design category. As mentioned, it’s free. However, there’s a $34.99 version (RailModeller Pro 5.0.12) that expands the number of track elements that can be used per layout, as well as the number of layers supported, and offers unlimited layout size.
Retina Kit 3 available for Xojo developers, adds 64-Bit...
Ohanaware has announced Retina Kit 3.0, an update to their development utility for Mac OS X.
Retina Kit is a collection of Xojo classes and modules that were designed to make it easier for Xojo developers to create Retina ready applications with the Xojo development tool. Version 3 of the Retina Kit is 64-Bit and 32-Bit compatible and boats several optimizations under the hood.
The Retina Kit requires Xojo 2014r2 or newer. Version 3.0 is available at Ohanaware's website (www.ohanaware.com). A demo is available for download. The full source code is available for $99.99. Existing customers of the Retina Kit can upgrade for 75 percent. The Retina Kit uses Paddle as the payment processor.
Apple launches clean energy programs in China
Apple has announced two new programs aimed at reducing the carbon footprint of its manufacturing partners in China. The programs will avoid over 20 million metric tons of greenhouse gas pollution in the country between now and 2020, equivalent to taking nearly four million passenger vehicles off the road for one year.
Apple also announced that construction on 40 megawatts of solar projects in the Sichuan Province is now complete. These solar installations produce more than the total amount of electricity used by Apple’s offices and retail stores in China, making Apple's operations carbon neutral in China.
“Climate change is one of the great challenges of our time, and the time for action is now,” said Apple CEO Tim Cook. “The transition to a new green economy requires innovation, ambition and purpose. We believe passionately in leaving the world better than we found it and hope that many other suppliers, partners and other companies join us in this important effort.”
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InPreflight for Adobe InDesign now supports OS X El Capitan
Zevrix Solutions has announced InPreflight Pro 2.11.19, a compatibility update to its document preparation solution for Adobe InDesign.
InPreflight is an all-in-one solution to check InDesign documents for errors, automatically collect multiple files for output and ship them to their final destination. The new version makes InPreflight compatible with the recently released Mac OS X 10.11 El Capitan.
InPreflight Pro can be purchased from the Zevrix website (www.zevrix.com) for US$99.95 (there’s a studio version for $39.95), as well as from authorized resellers. A demo is available for download. The update is free for licensed users of version 2, and $50 from earlier versions. InPreflight requires Mac OS X 10.6-10.11 and Adobe InDesign CS3-CC 2015.
AKVIS releases Germany frame collection
AKVIS (www.akvis.com) has released Germany, a new frame collection with 80 frames for use with AKVIS programs such as AKVIS Frames and AKVIS ArtSuite.
With the release of the new set, AKVIS now offers 23 themed packs. They include special event sets, four seasons sets, and more. The price of the Germany frame collection is $15. All 23 AKVIS frame packs are available in the bundle at the discounted price of 30 percent off.
Twocanoes Releases Boot Runner 2.3 with OS X El Capitan...
Twocanoes Software has launched Boot Runner 2.3 with support for OS X El Capitan. It’s a startup solution for dual-boot Macs in classrooms, labs and enterprise workspace. Version 2.3 is a free update for Boot Runner 2 customers.
Boot Runner 2.3 requires Mac OS X 10.9 or higher. It’s available now at the Twocanoes online store (http://tinyurl.com/plkknvt). Volume and educational pricing is available for any number of Macs. Boot Runner 2.3 lab and site licenses now include the first year of premium support and maintenance for free.
Apple releases OS X El Capitan 10.11.1
Apple has updated Mac OS X El Capitan to 10.11.1. The upgrade is available at the Mac App Store under Updates. According to Apple, OS X 10.11.1 “improves the stability, compatibility, and security of your Mac” and also:
° Improves installer reliability when upgrading to OS X El Capitan;
° Improves compatibility with Microsoft Office 2016;
° Fixes an issue where outgoing server information may be missing from Mail;
° Resolves an issue that prevented display of messages and mailboxes in Mail;
° Resolves an issue that prevents certain Audio Unit plug-ins from functioning properly;
° Improves VoiceOver reliability;
° Adds over 150 new emoji characters with full Unicode 7.0 and 8.0 support.
Apple releases iOS 9.1, watchOS 2.0.1
Apple has released iOS 9.1 and watchOS 2.0.1. The former OS 9.1 is available to download through the Settings app on an iPhone, iPad or iPod touch and can also be obtained through iTunes on a Mac or PC. According to Apple, the update includes new features, improvements, and bug fixes, including:
Live Photos now intelligently senses when you raise or lower your iPhone, so that Live Photos will automatically not record these movements;
Over 150 new emoji characters with full support for Unicode 7.0 and 8.0 emojis;
Improved stability with CarPlay, Music, Photos, Safari and Search.
watchOS 2.0.1 can be downloaded via the Apple Watch app on your iPhone. According to Apple, the upgrade contains new emoji characters, performance improvements, and bug fixes, including:
Fixes an issue that could cause software updates to stall;
Fixes issues that were impacting battery performance;
Resolves an issue that prevented a managed iPhone from syncing iOS Calendar events to Apple Watch;
Install Disk Creator is new installer disk utility for OS X
MacDaddy has rolled out Install Disk Creator 1.0, a new installer disk utility for Mac OS X. It’s designed to simplify the process of creating a bootable OS X installer from Mac App Store installation files.
Before you could only do this by using the Terminal app. However, Install Disk Creator makes the process of creating a bootable Mac OS X 10.11 El Capitan install disk simple enough for any experience level user to perform, says MacDaddy CEO Ben Slaney.
Install Disk Creator requires Mac OS X 10.7 or higher. It’s free; more info can be found here (http://tinyurl.com/nmeavdo).
A Better Finder Rename 10 for Mac OS X launches with new features
publicspace.net has released the 10th generation of A Better Finder Rename, their batch file renaming solution for Mac OS X. Version 10 adds improved preview, change highlighting, a new look and a multi-step renaming interface.
A Better Finder Rename requires Mac OS X 10.7 or higher. Version 10 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 U$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.
FreeFileSync now supports SFTP and MTP
FreeFileSync has released version 7.5 of its free open source file synchronization utility for all modern versions of Mac OS X, Windows, and Linux. The new version supports the SFTP protocol.
FreeFileSync eliminates the tasks of manually identifying files that have changed on the source computer and moving them to the target computer. It can recognize which files have changed, and move only those files to the target computer. Users can set up a mirror synchronization batch job, and run it each time files or folders need to be changed on the target computer.
FreeFileSync can now detect moved files on the source computer, even for targets with no file-id support (for example, when using SFTP) or with unstable file-id support (when using FAT targets). This new capability delivers a performance boost under NTFS-to-SFTP and NTFS-to-FAT mirror scenarios.
FreeFileSync runs on Windows XP/Vista/7/8/8.1/10, Mac OS X 10.7 and newer, and all major distributions of Linux. Go to http://www....
CSOdessa releases SDL Diagrams solution for ConceptDraw Pro
CS Odessa (www.conceptdraw.com) has announced the availability of a new Specification and Description Language (SDL) Solution in ConceptDraw Solution Park for ConceptDraw Pro 10.
The solution, based on ConceptDraw PRO’ s powerful vector drawing features, allows you to build diagram. It’s available for free to current owners of ConceptDraw Pro 10. The new solution turns the software into an tool to diagram the structure of a system. SDL is a hierarchically diagramming language that defines a system using system, block, and process diagrams connected via channels. The Specification and Description Language solution contains a complete set of scalable objects to describe any system state.
ConceptDraw Pro is compatible with Mac OS X and Microsoft Windows. It retails for US$199. ConceptDraw Pro 10 is now included in ConceptDraw Office 3, which retails for $499.