CleanMyDrive 2 gets redesigned interface, more
MacPaw has released CleanMyDrive 2 (http://macpaw.com/cleanmydrive), a free (though it does offer in-app purchases) tool for reclaiming free space and clean junk off of external drives and flash drives. It requires OS X Yosemite or El Capitan.
CleanMyMac 2 has a completely redesigned user interface. Other new features include: file copying to any disk with drag-and-drop simplicity; detailed storage legend for every drive; mount and unmount notifications; automatic disk eject on system sleep initiation; a keyboard shortcut for mass disk eject; improved hidden service files cleanup; and automatic cleanup on every disk eject. You can also set custom disk icons from MacPaw’s crafted icon sets.
Synchro’s new platform lets developers create mobile apps that...
Enterprises can use Synchro to create apps that install and run on mobile devices, but where all of the application code, including client interaction logic, actually runs in the cloud. The Synchro client-server platform puts client logic on the server.
Developers can write their app once on the server, then deploy it as a branded, native app with native look-and-feel and native performance on iOS, Android, Windows, and Windows Phone. Mobile apps are created, managed, and hosted in the cloud, meaning that they can be modified, tested, and redeployed to their installed base instantly.
The Synchro platform is available for download from the Synchro website. Developers may use Synchro free of charge for development and testing purposes. Applications deployed to end-users...
Sims 4 Get Together ready for the Mac
Electronic Arts says The Sims 4 Get Together Expansion Pack is now available on the Mac in North America. Players can create and play with groups of Sims as they explore the European-inspired world of Windenburg.
Brand new to The Sims 4, players can introduce their Sims to a variety of different Clubs, featuring Sims with distinct interests, personalities, and styles. If players can’t find the perfect Club for their Sims, they can create and customize their own Clubs to play any way they like.
The Sims 4 Get Together is rated “T” for Teen by the ESRB and is available (www.TheSims.com/get-together) for $39.99.
Alien Skin introduces Exposure X for Mac OS X
Alien Skin Software has announced Exposure X for OS X and Windows. It’s a digital imaging app designed to helps photographers quickly organize, edit, and enhance their photos. Exposure X streamlines routine tasks and gives photographers a set of software tools for developing photos.
It can be used as a plug-in for Photoshop and Lightroom, or as a complete photo editor on its own. Exposure X is configurable so photographers can move tools exactly where they want them and hide ones they don't use. Users can browse preset styles visually with a grid of images to see how they will look on their photos. Exposure X edits non-destructively, so a photographer's original photo is never touched and changes can always be undone. Additionally, using proprietary algorithms Exposure X handles RAW images from a range of popular cameras.
Exposure X is available now from www.alienskin.com for US$149. Owners of any version of Exposure may upgrade for $99. Free upgrades will automatically be sent to...
Apple releases iPhone 6s Smart Battery Case
Apple has released the $99 iPhone 6s Smart Battery Case (http://tinyurl.com/oheegnp) in black and white. With it you can reportedly charge your iPhone and battery case simultaneously for increased talk time up to 25 hours, Internet use up to 18 hours on LTE, and even longer audio and video playback.
With the Smart Battery Case on, the intelligent battery status is displayed on the iPhone Lock screen and in the Notification Center, so you know how much charge you have left.The Smart Battery Case is engineered specifically for the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6. The soft microfiber lining on the inside helps protect the smartphone, and the soft elastomer hinge design is designed to make it easy to put the case on and take it off again.
On the outside, “the silky, soft-touch finish of the silicone exterior feels great in your hand,” according to Apple. The battery case supports Lightning accessories, such as the Lightning to USB Cable (included with your iPhone) and works with the iPhone...
Sample Magic updates Magic AB referencing plug-in
Developer Sample Magic has announced an update to its Magic AB instant referencing AB plug-in that allows producers, engineers and mastering engineers to switch between their DAW audio stream and up to nine reference tracks. Version 2 adds:
° A rebuilt one-click referencing engine that loads all professional audio file formats from WAV and AIFF to mp3 and m4a without the need to convert files first;
° New Latch, Sync, and Manual playback modes to suit various workflows (Latch playback to DAW transport; Sync playback to DAW timeline; Manual playback — for freeform referencing);
° Multiple cue and loop points per track; cue point naming as standard;
° Mono-stereo monitoring;
° High-resolution output meters coupled with peak, RMS, and crest monitoring scales;
° A redesigned Mini AB with more options and smaller footprint;
° Dozens of user-flow tweaks, including RAM-saving deactivate tracks mode; drag and drop files; more accurate zoom; all-new preset system.
Magic AB v2 is available as...
The Beatles’ 1+ long form video available at the iTunes Store
After The Beatles stopped touring, and because traveling around the globe to promote new releases was impossible, the band increasingly made what could be described as "mini movies." Available now worldwide on The iTunes Store for $26.99 The Beatles 1+ longform video presents the sight and sound of the Fab Four with restored promo films and videos.
Each hash new stereo and 5.1 Dolby Digital surround audio mixes. 1+ includes restored videos for all 27 of The Beatles' No.1 U.K. and U.S. singles, plus 23 more, including alternate versions and other rarely seen clips.
The new audio mixes were produced from the original analogue tapes by the GRAMMY winning team of Giles Martin with Sam Okell at Abbey Road Studios. Jeff Lynne, the original producer of "Free As A Bird" and "Real Love," remixed the audio for those two videos with engineer Steve Jay. or several videos.
Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr have provided exclusive audio commentary and filmed introductions, respectively. 1+ also...
Card smith lets you make and share greeting cards with OS X
Ohanaware has released Cardsmith (http://www.ohanaware.com/cards/), their latest greetings card program for Mac OS X.
Designed for El Capitan, it offers a modern design and takes advantage of many of the latest OS X technologies to provide an easy-to-use interface, with flexible control for creating greetings cards. It also features the latest iteration of Ohanaware's custom print engine, designed to better handle printers that don't support borderless printing.
Cardsmith is available at a limited special discounted price of $6.99. Normally, it’s$9.99. tax.
Native Union releases DOCK for iPhones, iPads
Native Union (www.nativeunion.com) has added the DOCK for smartphone and tablet to its expanding charging dock range. The US$49.99 dock sits on your desk, nightstand, or any flat surface, providing a stable base for charging your mobile device.
The DOCK pairs premium weighted silicone with precision cut aluminum for a sleek, stable and understated finish, according to Fabien Nauroy, Head of Design at Native Union. It’s designed to elevate your smartphone or tablet, DOCK gives you an optimal viewing angle when charging, and allows you to see messages, calls or emails at a glance.
A solid slice of aluminum supports your device. The DOCK comes equipped with two adaptors, allowing you to connect your device whether it’s wearing a case or not.
The Native Union DOCK is available in two versions: DOCK Lightning (for iPhone and iPad) and DOCK Micro-USB (for Android or tablet). The Micro-USB version is provided with the NATIVE UNION Micro-USB braided BELT Cable at 40 percent off the retail...
SCSC releases ClearTime for Mac OS X
Software and Computer System Company (SCSC) has released ClearTime for Mac OS X (http://scsc-online.com/ClearTime.html). It’s a configurable clock and alarm system designed to provide computer users with a more obvious and configurable alarm and clock monitor than those found with standard Mac apps.
ClearTime features a fully configurable clock with user configurable sizes and colors, and alarms that can be configured to use built in sounds or user selected audio tracks.
ClearTime is available for Intel systems only, but it still supports the older operating system versions like Snow Leopard, right up through the latest version of OS X, El Capitan. It costs US$14.95.
Samsung agrees to pay Apple $548 million in patent infringement...
Samsung has agreed to pay Apple $548 million for the ongoing legal battle involving alleged patent infringement, according to a FOSS Patents (fosspatents.com) report.
In a jointly filed case management statement submitted to the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, Samsung said it "has made arrangements" with Apple to complete a damages payment totaling $548,176,477. Payment will take place 10 days after Apple sends an invoice, which translates to Dec. 14 if the document is delivered by Dec. 4 local Korea time.
However, Samsung says it “continues to reserve all rights to obtain reimbursement from Apple and/or payment by Apple of all amounts required to be paid as taxes” and “reserves all rights to reclaim or obtain reimbursement of any judgment amounts paid by Samsung to any entity in the event the partial judgment is reversed, modified, vacated or set aside on appeal or otherwise, including as a result of any proceedings before the USPTO addressing the...
Duplicates Finder 3.0.6 released for OS X
Nektony has introduced Duplicates Finder 3.0.6 (https://nektony.com), an update of their freeware utility to find any duplicate file on Mac OS X. It’s a maintenance release.
The tool was specifically developed to help anyone find and delete all duplicate files en masse. Files are categorized by types for images, videos, music, archives, documents and all other specific extensions. Every found file is displayed in a corresponding category with its location on the hard drive, a quick link to the Finder, as well with file preview.
Duplicates Finder 3.0.6 is available worldwide through the Mac App Store in the Utilities category. It requires Mac OS X 10.9 or later.
Easy Cut Studio ready for OS X El Capitan
Easy Cut Studio — vinyl cutting software used by professional designers in the sign cutting industry — has been revved to version 4.094. The upgrade adds compatibility with Mac OS X El Capitan.
Easy Cut Studio allows you to cut SVG files and fonts from your computer, and even draw your own shapes directly in Easy Cut Studio. It also allows you to create custom background shadows from any shape.
Version 4.094 adds support for Roland cutting machines, an overcut option for Silhouette, additional fill and stroke options, and drop shadow option when exporting as image. It also squishes some bugs.
Easy Cut Studio 4.094 requires OS X 10.6 and higher. It costs US$55.95. Users of Easy Cut Studio version 4.x can upgrade for free. Go to http://www.easycutstudio.com for details.
Apple’s Swift programming language is now open source
Apple says its Swift programming language is now open source. As an open source language, the broad community of developers -- from app developers to educational institutions to enterprises -- can contribute to new Swift features and optimizations and help bring Swift to new computing platforms.
Introduced in 2014, Swift is the fastest growing programming language in history and combines the performance and efficiency of compiled languages with the simplicity and interactivity of popular scripting languages. Apple today also launched the Swift.org website with detailed information about Swift open source, including technical documentation, community resources and links to download the Swift source code.
"By making Swift open source the entire developer community can contribute to the programming language and help bring it to even more platforms," said Craig Federighi, Apple's senior vice president of Software Engineering. "Swift's power and ease of use will inspire a new generation...
Audiobook Converter ready for OS X El Capitan
AppleMacSoft has announced Audiobook Converter for Mac 4.0.1, an OS X El Capitan update to the audiobook conversion tool for the Mac.
Audiobook Converter is designed to convert all kinds of audiobook such as Audible AA, AAX, M4A, and iTunes M4B to popular MP3 and AAC formats so you can listen in the car, or on any device that doesn't support the audiobook format. You can use it to convert from Audible and iTunes Audiobook to the most popular file formats on your Mac, including MP3, AAC, AC3, AIFF, AU, FLAC, M4A, M4R, and MKA.
Version 4.0.1 makes Audiobook Converter compatible with Mac OS X 10.11 El Capitan and addresses some known issues. Audiobook Converter 4.0.1 requires Mac OS X 10.6 or later and costs US$34.95 for a single user license. A demo is available to order at the product website (www.audiobooktomp3.com/).
MEI’s TruEdit now integrates with 500-plus apps
Managing Editor Inc (MEI) has announced that TruEdit can now integrate and connect to over 500 popular apps.
TruEdit is now equipped to integrate with more than 500 apps on the market such as Basecamp, Gmail, Twitter, Dropbox, Mailchimp and Evernote. For users of SaaS apps, these connections allow for increased productivity in the creation process with TruEdit, says Craig Roth, senior vice president of sales, MEI.
TruEdit users can choose from specific integrations for each app. For example, a user could place a file in a Dropbox folder, which would automatically create a new job in TruEdit. For avid social media users, a tweet could be automatically generated for the creative team each time a job is created or altered.
Other updates in the latest release of TruEdit include export of the TruEdit grid, filter of custom metadata, support for OS X 10.11 (El Capitan), and user interface enhancements in the web client. Go to www.maned.com for more information.
Apple to host ‘Hour of Code’ workshops for kids
Apple will again participating in Code.org's annual "Hour of Code" efforts during iComputer Science Education Week. The company will host an hour-long intro to computer programming for kids ages six and up at Apple Stores this Dec. 10.
Check your local Apple Store for more details. Select events will also be available as podcasts on iTunes. Go to http://www.apple.com/retail/code/ for more info.
Apple has also featured six global special events to be hosted by Code.org co-founder Hadi Partovi, and other developers and organizations, in Brussels, Chicago, New York City, Tokyo, San Francisco and Sydney. Code.org is a non-profit specializing in tools for teaching and learning programming.
Adobe admits (kinda) that HTML, not Flash, is the web platform...
In a blog post (http://tinyurl.com/q5m98t2), Adobe announced that Flash Processional CC will be renamed Animate CC, with a focus on creating HTML 5 content starting in 2016. Adobe writes:
“While standards like HTML5 will be the web platform of the future across all devices, Flash continues to be used in key categories like web gaming and premium video, where new standards have yet to fully mature. Moving forward, Adobe is committed to working with industry partners, as we have with Microsoft and Google, to help ensure the ongoing compatibility and security of Flash content.
“In that spirit, today we are announcing that we are working together with Facebook to help ensure Flash gaming content on Facebook continues to run reliably and securely. As part of this cooperation, Facebook will report security information that helps Adobe improve the Flash Player.
“Looking ahead, we encourage content creators to build with new web standards and will continue to focus on providing the best...
Patina is new drawing app for the Mac
Atek has introduced Patina 1.0, a simple drawing application for Mac OS X. According to its developers, it echoes the simplicity of Microsoft Paint, but goes goes further with a more visually appealing interface and additional functionality.
Patina sports large tool buttons and color controls. It allows you to handle basic operations, such as drawing and manipulating shapes, setting and changing colors, moving and resizing objects, and doing annotations.
Patina is offered for free on promotion in the Mac App Store (https://itunes.apple.com/app/patina/id942568098) in the Graphics & Design category through Dec. 9. After this date, the price will be $2.99. Patina requires OS X 10.8 or later.
DEVONthink 2.8.8 improves Tinderbox integration & more
DEVONtechnologies (www.devontechnologies.com) has updated all editions of its intelligent information and document manager DEVONthink as well as the smart notebook DEVONnote.
DEVONthink 2.8.8 improves integration with Eastgate's Tinderbox and makes working with PDFs more comfortable. All editions fix a number of issues, e.g. with OS X El Capitan. The updates are free and recommended for all users.
Maintain serves up Cocktail 9.2 (El Capitan Edition)
Maintain has served up Cocktail 9.2 (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 ability to clear CoreDuet database and ability to view, rotate and delete archived Authorization, CoreDuet, Security and XPC Activity log files. It also adds OS X 10.11.2 compatibility and contains improvements on the "Clear log files" procedure.
Cocktail 9.2 (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 the Maintain website (http://www.maintain.se/cocktail). It costs US$19 for a single user license. A demo is available for download.
myCharge introduces new line of HUB portable chargers
myCharge has introduced a new anodized aluminum line of HUB portables chargers for powering smartphones and tables on-the-go.
The 3000mAh HUB mini retails at US$69, and come with built-in Apple Lightning and micro-USB charging cables. The 6000mAh HUB Plus retails at $99, and the 9000mAh HUB Max models, retails at $129. The latter two models also feature built-in wall prongs, making recharging as simple as plugging into any outlet.
The 12000mAh HUB Ultra can be fully re-charged in as little as four hours. It retails for $149.99. More information about the Hub chargers and the entire myCharge product line can be found at www.mycharge.com.
IK Multimedia releases T-RackS Mic Room
IK Multimedia has announced the T-RackS Mic Room for Macs and PCs. It’s a microphone-modeling module that allows producers to process and "re-mike" their physical microphones to sound and perform like some of the most popular studio microphones of all time.
T-RackS Mic Room has a collection of over 20 classic and contemporary models to choose from. Its selection covers every microphone type from condensers to dynamics to ribbons and beyond.
Mic Room is a module for T-RackS, and it's available in the Custom Shop. The T-RackS Custom Shop for Mac/PC is a free DAW plug-in and standalone app that gives producers, engineers and musicians 24/7 access to studio production gear. Once installed, its collection of processing plug-ins for mixing and mastering can be browsed, auditioned and purchased. Each model can be tested as a fully functional demo for a period of 14 days.
Mic Room is available via the IK online store (www.ikmultimedia.com/trmicroom0 and T-RackS Custom Shop for $69.99. Mic...
Patriot introduces 128GB compact USB flash drives
Patriot (www.patriotmem.com) has added 128GB capacities to several of their lifestyle USB flash drives. Consistent with the latest USB specifications, the new 128GB capacities will be USB 3.1 Gen 1, backwards compatible with USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 and reach up to 110MB/s and 20MB/s read and write speeds.
“With the growing need for more storage, Patriot is excited to expand the storage capacities of our most popular lifestyle lines,” said Meng J. Choo, Patriot’s Flash product manager. “These new capacities make it possible to carry even the largest HD videos in your pocket, or easily expand the storage on your current device or platform.”
One of Patriot’s top selling USB drives, the Tab’s metal finish makes it virtually undetectable while plugged into any laptop or PC. The Vex is designed for the consumer looking for a pop of color, but minimalist design. The 128GB Vex will be available in a bright green with the signature black plastic top for a better grip while inserting and removing...
Seagate, Newisys demo flash storage architecture capable of 1TB/s
Seagate Technology (www.seagate.com) and Newisys (www.newisys.com) have announced that 21 Newisys NSS-2601 with dual NSS-HWxEA Storage Server Modules deployed with Seagate’s newest SAS 1200.2 SSD drives can be combined in a single 42U rack to achieve block I/O performance of 1TB/s with 5PB of storage.
Each Newisys 2U server with 60 Seagate SSDs is capable of achieving bandwidth of 49GB/s. Newisys is a division of Sanmina Corp. and a provider of data center products for enterprise and cloud applications. Applications that might benefit most from this flash solution include those where microseconds matter in processing massive amounts of data, says Brett Pemble, vice president and general manager of flash products, Seagate. These applications might include metadata caches for large data centers, as well as prediction models for financial markets, oil and gas, and weather that are constantly changing and in need of pushing the performance envelope in a constant race against time, he...
Instant Backup Now Supports Mac OS X El Capitan
Zevrix Solutions has unveiled Instant Backup 1.8, a compatibility update to its solution to manually back up selected data to FTP and locally. The new version is compatible with Mac OS X 10.11 El Capitan.
Instant Backup can be purchased from the Zevrix website (www.zevrix.com) for $9.95. A demo is available for download. Instant Backup requires Mac OS X 10.5 or higher.
Public beta of Apple Music on Sonos coming Dec. 15
Apple and Sonos have announced (http://tinyurl.com/pktffbz) that Apple Music will be available in public beta on Sonos starting Dec. 15. Listeners will have the ability to stream all their favorite aspects of Apple Music, including For You, New, Radio, and My Music, through Sonos smart speakers in any room of their homes.
"Streaming is bringing more music into everyone's lives—and that's a better life. The introduction of Apple Music marks an inflection point for streaming and its mass adoption," said Sonos co-founder and Chief Executive Officer John MacFarlane. "Now that we have access to virtually all the music on Earth, how music lovers listen to it is even more important. We are honored to bring Apple Music to Sonos listeners all over the world.”
The public beta allows many features of Apple Music to be controlled by the Sonos app on an iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac, PC and Android phone, and played in any or multiple rooms in the home. General availability will start in early...
DayMap for Mac OS X revved to version 2.1.1
Whetstone Apps has introduced DayMap 2.1.1 an update to visually oriented organizer app. It offers a way of organizing and scheduling projects and tasks in a visually intuitive Project Outliner and Weekly or Monthly Scheduler.
In version 2.1.1, each occurrence of a recurring task can be sorted in the the Calendar view independently. A graying out scheduled icon appears when a task is completed. And the Hide Completed slider now affects the Calendar view as well as the Outline view.
DayMap 2.1.1 requires OS X Yosemite or El Capitan. It costs and can be purchased at the Mac App Store under the Productivity category (http://tinyurl.com/psscsln).
Appocto introduces Censorate for Mac OS X
Appocto has introduced Censorate for Mac OS X. It allows you to pixelate, blur or hide sensitive or unwanted areas in images.
Censor ate is designed for users who who frequently post on social media like Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.
Censorate is compatible with OS X Yosemite and El Capitan. It sells for $4.99 and is available from Appocto online (http://appocto.com).
PDF Checkpoint 1.7.14 for OS X improves PDF image preflight
Zevrix Solutions has announced PDF Checkpoint 1.7.14, a maintenance update to its PDF preflight and conversion solution.
The software automatically preflights, exports as images, splits and optimizes multiple Adobe PDF files. It can also convert the color mode of PDF documents, assign ICC profiles, downsample resolution and compress images. The new version improves reliability of image preflighting and fixes a stability issue on Mac OS X El Capitan.
PDF Checkpoint can be purchased on the Mac App Store and the Zevrix website (www.zevrix.com) for US$39.95. The update is free to licensed users. A demo is available for download. PDF Checkpoint requires Mac OS X 10.7 or higher.
Times for Fun updates fgrab screen recorder for Mac OS X
Times for Fun has upgraded fgrab, its screen recorder for the Mac, to version 1.5. It’s been partially rewritten for OS X 10.10 Yosemite and 10.11 El Capitan.
With fgrab, capture any action on your screen and save it as a screen movie. After recording you can immediately play it back without an export procedure. fgrab is available from Times for Fun (http://www.timesforfun.de/) for approximately $20.
Orb is a new drag and drop radial contextual menu for OS X
ZoomingCube Interactive (http://zoomingcube.com) has introduced Orb 1.0 for Mac OS X. It’s a $5 drag and drop, radial contextual menu that allows you to open files with various applications without having to drag them all the way to your Dock.
Orb features a special Preview that displays an enlarged preview of image at the center of the menu. A Direction Sensing feature allows default application to be placed in the direction of gesture.
Orb integrates itself with Finder on Mac OS X. It’s compatible with OS X 10.7 and higher, However, although it’s compatible with El Capitan, it requires disabling SIP in order to function.
24U releases 24U Appearance OSAX 4.0.1 for OS X
24U Software has announced 24U Appearance OSAX 4.0.1 for Mac OS X. The scripting addition allows AppleScript script writers to interact with users via dialogs, notifications, alerts, progress indicators, and floating messages without the need to use a complex development tool, such as Xcode.
Version 4.0.1 ensures that scripts created on older OS X will still work, even on the new OS version. It also brings support for OS X 10.8, 10.9, 10.10, and 10.11, improved memory management and more.
24U Appearance OSAX requires Mac OS X 10.6 or higher. It’s available as shareware. You can install 24U Appearance OSAX, and try it out for 14 days for free. After this you’ll need to register. Licenses for 24U Appearance OSAX start at US$49 per user.
Version 4.0.1 is a free update for owners of version 4.0. Existing customers of version 3 can upgrade to the new version at 30 percent off the regular price. Optional Premium Support and Implementation service are available with the purchase of 24U...
Tidy Up! ready for El Capitan
Hyperbolic Software has rolled out Tidy Up 4.1.8, the latest version of its duplicate finder and disk tidying utility for Mac OS X.
It locates duplicate items using a wide range of criteria including owner application,time created or modified, name, label, extension and content. Version 4 introduces full El Capitan compatibility, a new view by duplicate group, a quick “auto-check” feature, and new smart search methods. It also sports a rewritten search engine.
Tidy Up 4.1.8 requires Mac OS X 10.8 or later. It costs US$29.99. Users of Tidy Up version 3.x can upgrade for a special price. Go here (http://tinyurl.com/a3lppc) for details.
BatchOutput for Microsoft PowerPoint now supports El Capitan
Zevrix Solutions has announced BatchOutput PPT 2.2.1, a compatibility update to its output automation solution for Microsoft PowerPoint on Mac OS X.
In addition to batch printing, the software lets users carry out automated professional PDF production directly from PowerPoint eliminating the need for time consuming post-processing. Users can reduce PDF file size, optimize images and encrypt PDF files. The new version makes BatchOutput PPT compatible with Mac OS X 10.11 El Capitan.
BatchOutput PPT can be purchased for US$39.95 from the Zevrix website (www.zevrix.com). A demo is available for download. BatchOutput PPT requires Mac OS X 10.5 - 10.11 and Microsoft PowerPoint 2008, 2011 or 2016.
OWC Drive Dock is a new, two-drive dock with USB, Thunderbolt 2...
Other World Computing (OWC) is shipping the OWC Drive Dock, a new docking station that allows creative professionals and other users of large amounts of data to hot-swap, and quickly access, store and transfer information from bare SATA drives.
The OWC Drive Dock is compatible with both Mac and PC systems, and provides two drive bays that each can accommodate either 2.5-inch or 3.5-inch drives. The two drives can be accessed simultaneously for improved data access and transfer speed, ensuring convenient access to multiple drives.
The OWC Drive Dock sports an aluminum enclosure and quiet, fanless operation. It also has internal universal auto-switching power supply, so no external power brick needed.
The OWC Drive Dock is available now for same-day shipping at http://tinyurl.com/qzsp3lx. The Drive Dock is priced at $247.99, which includes a one meter Thunderbolt cable and a 0.6 meter USB 3.0 cable.
NetShred for Mac OS X adds support for Firefox 42
Mireth Technology Corp. has released version 4.8.7 of NetShred X (http://tinyurl.com/plqvu8s), its Internet eraser app that erases browsing data: internet cache, history, mail and more.
The upgrade adds support for Firefox 42. NetShred X is designed to run automatically, without user intervention. Since erasing temporary internet files can take some time, its runs in the background.
NetShred X is available for immediate download, or on CD-ROM, starting at $24.95 for an annual subscription. Educational pricing and volume discounts are available. NetShred X runs on Mac OS X 10.3 and higher.
Thief steals on to the Mac today
Feral Interactive says Thief is out now for the Mac via Steam, with the Mac App Store version set to arrive in December. Developed by Eidos-Montréal and published by Square Enix for consoles and PC, Thief is the first game in this series to ever come to the Mac.
In Thief, players are challenged to combine stealth, gadgetry and exploration as Garrett, a Master Thief with mysterious skills that make him the most wanted man in a forsaken city. Players will pick locks, crack safes and solve cunning mechanical puzzles to pocket rare treasures, all while keeping clear of The City’s ever-vigilant guards.
Thief: Master Thief Edition retails on Steam for US$32.99. Thief: Shadow Edition will retail on the Mac App Store for $34.99. A minisite dedicated to the game is available now at http://tinyurl.com/pywbwnt.
Minimum system requirements call for a 1.8Ghz Intel Mac with at least 4.0GB RAM, 1GB or better graphics card, and Mac OS 10.10.5 or later. The game supports AMD 5000 series, NVIDIA 600...
2017 Mitsubishi Mirage will support Apple CarPlay
Mitsubishi Motors North America (MMNA) has announced details for the fuel-2017 Mitsubishi Mirage featuring Apple CarPlay support, a new exterior design, improved performance and enhanced interior appeal. The Mitsubishi Mirage hatchback will be available at dealers in spring 2016.
CarPlay gives iPhone users a way to make calls, use Maps, listen to music and access messages with just a word or a touch. Users can control CarPlay from the car’s native interface or just push-and-hold the voice control button on the steering wheel to activate Siri without distraction.
"CarPlay has been designed from the ground up to provide drivers with an incredible experience using their iPhone in the car," says Greg Joswiak, Apple’s vice president of iPhone and iOS Product Marketing. "iPhone users always want their content at their fingertips and CarPlay lets drivers use their iPhone in the car with minimized distraction."
Once an iPhone is connected to a vehicle with CarPlay integration, Siri helps you...
UPPERCASE introduces keyboard protector for the 12-inch MacBook
UPPERCASE Design has introduced the Premium Ultra Thin Keyboard Protector and its Palm Rest Protector Set for the new 12-inch MacBook. The accessories provide protection for the laptop’s keyboard and surface and are styled to perfectly match the new MacBook in fit and appearance.
The Premium Ultra Thin Keyboard Protector guards against spills, dust, other contaminants and accidents. UPPERCASE Designs' Palm Rest Protector Set provides durable shielding against dirt, grease, sweat and abrasion and scratching from watches or jewelry.
The UPPERCASE Designs Premium Ultra Thin Keyboard Protector for the 12-inch MacBook has a suggested retail price of $12.99. The Palm Rest Protector Set carries a suggested retail price of $9.99. Both products are currently available from gouppercase.com and Amazon.com.
Troi Automatisering releases Troi File Plug-in 8.0.5 for...
Troi Automatisering has released Troi File Plug-in 8.0.5 for FileMaker Pro 14/ The updated file management plug-in for FileMaker Pro 14 fixes problems and improves several functions.
Version 8.0.5 is a maintenance update of the plug-in for manipulating external files and folders directly from FileMaker Pro. In this version Troi Automatisering improved the working of the CreateThumbnail, Substitute and CopyFile functions and fixed some problems in the DragAndDrop and the GetDateCreated and GetDateModified functions.
A fully functional demo version of Troi File Plug-in 8.0.5 is available for downloading at Troi’s website (http://tinyurl.com/35alat6). Licenses cost US$ 99 per user. Details on developer licenses and multi-user discounts can be found on the product web site.
Upgrading to version 8.0.5 is free for all users of version 8.0 to 8.0.4: version 8.0.5 works with the same registration as the 8.0 version. Users who bought a license for Troi File Plug-in on or after Nov. 1, 2014 are...
LinkOptimizer for Adobe InDesign gets maintenance upgrade
Zevrix Solutions has announced LinkOptimizer 4.9.51, a maintenance update to its workflow automation solution for Adobe InDesign.
The software allows users to reduce InDesign link size and speed up output by eliminating excess image data. LinkOptimizer also performs image adjustments, converts file formats and helps repurpose InDesign files for web and mobile devices. Version 4.9.51 addresses an issue in which duplicate links in InDesign document weren't processed under certain conditions.
LinkOptimizer can be purchased from the Zevrix website (www.zevrix.com) for US$259.95; there’s a “lite” version 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 and Photoshop CS3-CC 2015.
MoneyWiz 2.2 adds 3D Touch and is iPad Pro ready
SilverWiz has conjured ups MoneyWiz 2.2 (http://moneywizapp.com), an update of the money manager for iOS and Mac OS X.
The app offers reports, worldwide online banking and instant sync between all your devices. For iOS, MoneyWiz 2.2 adds support for 3D Touch, iPad Pro, and iPad Split Screen.
MoneyWiz costs US$4.99. It’s available worldwide exclusively at the Apple App Store (for iOS) and Mac App Store (for OS X) in the Finance category.
Eltima releases newest version of Commander One, an OS X file...
Eltima Software has launched Commander One 1.2, the latest version of their dual-pane file manager for OS X.
Apart from basic file management operations, the app features a built-in FTP client, integrating Dropbox accounts and accessing data on iOS and Android devices, supports multiple archive formats, and more. Version 1.2 migrates to Swift 2.0 and is compatible with El Capitan.
Commander One 1.2 is compatible with OS X 10.9 and higher. The app is available in two editions - free and paid. The latter is known as Pro Pack and costs $29.95. Both editions are available for download from Eltima's website (http://commander-one.tumblr.com/).
Local sellers accepting mobile payments with Square's new...
Starting today, 100 local business owners across the country are the first to accept chip cards and payments like Apple Pay from their customers with Square's new reader, giving their customers a simple, fast, and secure payment experience.
The first group of businesses to use Square's new reader include Honey Butter Fried Chicken in Chicago, Philz Coffee in San Francisco, Sump Coffee in St. Louis, Cafe Grumpy in New York City, and all 20+ merchants in the Urbanspace Vanderbilt food hall in New York.
"We've always wanted to offer our customers the option to pay with Apple Pay and we're thrilled that Square has helped us make this a reality," says Joshua Kulp, Executive Chef of Honey Butter Fried Chicken in Chicago.
"Our customers have been asking about contactless payments. Now it's here -- with one tap, customers at our Grand Central location can grab a coffee right before they jump on the train!" adds Caroline Bell, Owner of Cafe Grumpy in New York City.
Local sellers are also...
Archiware releases one-click archiving tool
Archiware, manufacturer of the data management software suite Archiware P5, is launching its P5 Archive app and version 5.3 of the Archiware P5 Software Suite, including Snapshot support and LTO-7 capability.
The P5 Archive app is designed to simplify the Archiving process by allowing users to archive and restore files directly from Finder via the right-click context menu, without the need to open P5 Archive itself. Final Cut Pro X projects are archived and restored including all media used in the project.
Archived files and folders are represented by a link file which displays metadata and previews on double-click. Metadata can be added during archiving. All jobs are listed in a monitoring window for verification. The P5 Archive App will be available for Mac OS X initially, with more platforms to follow in the future.
Until May 31st, 2016, an introductory offer with a 50 percent discount is available for a package including the P5 Archive App and 5 Workstation licenses....
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.