Apple celebrates one billion iPhones
At an employee meeting in Cupertino this morning, CEO Tim Cook announced that Apple recently sold the billionth iPhone.
"iPhone has become one of the most important, world-changing and successful products in history. It's become more than a constant companion. iPhone is truly an essential part of our daily life and enables much of what we do throughout the day," said Cook. “Last week we passed another major milestone when we sold the billionth iPhone. We never set out to make the most, but we’ve always set out to make the best products that make a difference. Thank you to everyone at Apple for helping change the world every day."
Red Giant revs PluralEyes to version 4.1
Red Giant has updated its Mac compatible audio/video syncing plugin PluralEyes to version 4.1, which includes a number of new features designed for filmmakers and content producers where they need it the most. This update is free to current PluralEyes users.
To celebrate this release, Red Giant is offering 25% off PluralEyes 4.1 in the redgiant.com store for 24 hours only. The sale includes full licenses, upgrades and academic store purchases (which are already 50% off), and will run until tomorrow, July 28, 10 a.m. (Pacific).
PluralEyes 4.1 is available as a standalone tool for $299 and as a part of the Red Giant Shooter Suite for $399. New features in PluralEyes 4.1 include:
° EDIUS Pro support. You can start a project in PluralEyes 4.1 and export the synced project as an FCP 7 XML file into EDIUS Pro 7.5 and 8.
° A new music video workflow. Music videos are often shot with the track playing in the background, over multiple takes and in multiple locations. PluralEyes 4.1...
Duplicacy for Mac is a new deduplication cloud backup tool
Acrosync has launched Duplicacy 1.0, a cross-platform cloud backup tool that’s compatible with Mac OS X Yosemite and El Capitan.
The utility uses a lock-free deduplication method, so it can backup multiple clients to most popular cloud-based storage services without the need for any file locks. The app also offers the ability to perform backups to local hard drives, SFTP servers, and NAS boxes. Duplicity’s graphical user interface features one-page backup configuration.
Duplicacy 1.0 is free for personal use, and is available worldwide exclusively through the Duplicacy website (http://duplicacy.com). Commercial users pay $2.00 per month per computer. A Windows version is also available for download from the Duplicity website.
AKVIS updates all its artistic plug-ins and apps
AKVIS (www.akvis.com) has announced updates of their artistic plug-ins and standalone applications: Sketch, OilPaint, AirBrush, Draw, Charcoal, and Points. The new versions bring frames for artworks, new effect presets, an innovative user interface with support for Ultra HD displays, and other changes.
The programs are available to purchase separately as well as in the AKVIS Artistic Bundle for 50% off. They’re compatible with Mac OS X 10.6 and higher.
Apple’s services revenue grows 19%; App Store hits all-time...
Apple has announced financial results for its fiscal 2016 third quarter that ended June 25. The company posted quarterly revenue of $42.4 billion and quarterly net income of $7.8 billion, or $1.42 per diluted share.
These results compare to revenue of $49.6 billion and net income of $10.7 billion, or $1.85 per diluted share, in the year-ago quarter. Gross margin was 38% compared to 39.7% in the year-ago quarter. International sales accounted for 63 percent of the quarter’s revenue.
“We are pleased to report third quarter results that reflect stronger customer demand and business performance than we anticipated at the start of the quarter,” said CEO Tim Cook. “We had a very successful launch of iPhone SE and we’re thrilled by customers’ and developers’ response to software and services we previewed at WWDC in June.”
Apple sold 40.4 million iPhones (a 15% decrease from the year-ago period), almost 10 million iPads (a 9% increase in sales year-over-year), and 4.3 million Macs (down 11%...
Bare Bones Software Releases TextWrangler 5.5
Bare Bones Software has released TextWrangler 5.5, an update to its general purpose text editor for Mac OS X.
The upgrade offers performance improvements, refinements to fit and finish, and changes to streamline workflow in specific areas, such as Find Differences. In all, this new version includes more than 250 new features, changes to existing features, and fixes for specific reported issues.
TextWrangler 5.5 requires Mac OS X 10.9.5 or later. You can download it free of charge from the Mac App Store or from the Bare Bones Software web site (http://tinyurl.com/ctwmby).
Tower for Mac adds Visual Studio Team Services support
Fournova has announced Tower 2.4 (http://www.git-tower.com), an update to the company's Git client for Mac.
Tower provides the user with an interface that combines all the important features that Git has to offer. The new version comes with support for Microsoft's Visual Studio Team Services, as well as Team Foundation Server.
Tower 2.4 is a free upgrade for Tower 2 users. New licenses are available for $79.
SIGGRAPH 2016 brings new Autodesk Design animation
At the SIGGRAPH conference in Anaheim, Aalifornia, Autodesk is showcasing the latest design animation solutions for Maya 2017 and an update to 3ds Max.
Maya 2017 features integrated rendering with Arnold, new motion graphics tools and numerous features and enhancements designed to help artists work faster and easier than ever. Autodesk is also announcing that Solid Angle’s Arnold renderer will support 3ds Max with a plugin called MAXtoA.
Maya 2017 now includes Arnold as its default renderer. This integration of Arnold into Maya 2017 builds on the MAXtoA Arnold plugin and brings advanced rendering capabilities within Maya.
Autodesk is also announcing a new MAXtoA plugin allowing 3ds Max users to take advantage of Arnold's rendering capabilities. The plugin will be available from Solid Angle's website (http://tinyurl.com/hlpab3s) where 3ds Max users can also find details on capabilities of the new plugin.
Maya 2017 (www.autodesk.com/maya) includes a full set of 3D tools for creating...
LOGICcards support added to the MAX Remote Management iOS app
LOGICnow (www.logicnow.com), a part of SolarWinds MSP and a global market leader in integrated cloud-based IT Service Management (ITSM) solutions, has added LOGICcards to the MAX Remote Management mobile app, a feature allowing managed service providers to receive actionable, data-driven insights into their customers’ IT environment on their iOS and Android® mobile devices.
LOGICcards is a key element of the MAX Remote Management platform, bringing the power of big data and collective intelligence to IT professionals. The solution provides real-time insights derived from billions of data points collected from millions of devices, enabling IT professionals to drive more value from their MAX RM dashboard.
The LOGICcards feature on the MAX RM app allows managed service providers to view relevant customer insights on the move and on site. The cards are automatically filtered and users can snooze, dismiss and assign cards directly from the app, with the ability to search across the...
MAXON announces Cinema 4D Release 18
MAXON has announced Cinema 4D Release 18 (R18), the next generation of its 3D animation, graphics, VFX, visualization, and rendering software application for OS X, Windows, and Linux systems. Feature highlights include:
° Voronoi Fracture Object – a native feature in the MoGraph toolset in Cinema 4D that works with Dynamics, allows users to tear down walls and create artistic procedural geometry using spline or polygon objects to define the fractured shape;
° Interactive Knife Tools – this enables users to draw lines across a model and tweak the cut with an interactive preview, then lock in new edges or split based on the cut; knife tools are available as separate commands for access to the desired mode via shortcut or Commander;
° Object Motion Tracking – this is the next step in MAXON’s effort to give artists accessibility to dynamic VFX and visualization workflows with expanded tools for integrating Cinema 4D creations into real-world footage.;
° Shaders and Surface Effects – they...
Tasky is a new task scheduler for Mac OS X
Inspiring-Life Technologies has introduced Tasky 1.0 (http://www.inspiringlife.co/tasky/), a task management app for Mac OS X Yosemite and El Capitan. It’s been designed to give you dedicated sections for adding tasks for Today, Tomorrow and Next Week with a built-in calendar to add or browse tasks.
You can mark tasks as complete one by one as you accomplish them. You can also add task categories and sort them in one place.
Tasky 1.0 is available exclusively through the Mac App Store. It costs $3.99 with a 60% discount for a limited time.
Maintain Serves Up Cocktail 9.3.3 (El Capitan Edition)
Maintain has served up Cocktail 9.3.3 (El Capitan Edition), a new edition of Cocktail 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. Version 9.3.3 is a maintenance release with various bug fixes and enhancements.
Cocktail 9.3.3 (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://tinyurl.com/p5adypq).
Cocktail costs $19 for a single user license and is available for purchase from the Maintain website. When unregistered, Cocktail runs in demo mode and will expire after the tenth launch.
MailButler for Mac OS X adds a 'Snooze' feature
MailButler, the Apple Mail assistant by Feingeist Software G(https://www.feingeist.io/), has added a new feature: ”Snooze,” which allows users to better control their inbox by temporarily making selected emails disappear for a scheduled amount of time.
MailButler allows you to schedule an email to be sent at a specific date and time. For example, you can compose birthday emails ahead of the actual date. You just define the exact date when you want to send the email, and MailButler takes care of the rest.
MailButler also allows you to convert your emails into notes. This includes formatting, file attachments, tags, reminder date and other meta information. Notes contain a direct reference to the source email from which it was created.
MailButler requires Mac OS X Yosemite or El Capitan. A demo is available for download; registration is $8.95
DEVONtechnologies enhances all editions of DEVONthink and...
DEVONtechnologies has enhanced all editions of its intelligent information and document manager with a completely rewritten synchronization. The new system is build for speed, robustness and flexibility.
It works both on the local network and with internet-based services. Strong encryption protects the users' privacy. In addition, the release fixes fix minor bugs and glitches in all editions of DEVONthink and DEVONnote. The update is free and recommended for all users.
DEVONthink 2.9 allows to keep databases synchronized using many means of transport. It transmits them between Macs on the local network or stores them in a syncable form on removable hard drives, USB sticks, or SD cards. If it is necessary to keep them in sync also from or with remote locations, it can create sync stores on Dropbox, any WebDAV server, or in the watched folders of for example iCloud Drive, One Drive, or Google Drive.
DEVONthink 2.9 supports both self-hosted WebDAV servers and internet-based services...
JMR unveils SiloStor NVMe Solid State Drive Plug-in Card
JMR Electronics (http://www.jmr.com) has announced the general availability of their latest SSD plug-in offering, SiloStor.
It’s a NVMe (Non-Volatile Memory Express) SSD plug-in card that’s a full-length, half-height PCIe 3.0 x8 drive that adds 2TB or more of high-availability, high performance solid stage storage to any server, computer or work station using the latest flash NAND technology. The card occupies a x8 PCIe slot and can also be connected via Thunderbolt PCIe expansion to those computers offering this capability.
In addition, the plug-in card is designed for long-life and touts an MTBF of 1.5 million hours and an endurance rating of 200 Terabytes Written (TBW). Typical random 4K read speed is 90,000 IOPS (sequential read speed of 2,150 MB/s) with a write speed of 70,000 IOPS (sequential write speed of 1,500 MB/s). Pricing for SiloStor starts at $2,599 for the 2TB card.
ADATA announces SE730, SC660, and SV620 external solid state...
ADATA (www.adata.com) has unveiled the SE730, SC660, and SV620 external SSDs. They’re Mac and Windows compatible are designed for use in notebooks, ultrabooks, desktops, and even media boxes and game consoles.
ADATA says the SE730 is the “most compact USB Type-C external SSD in the world.” It offers read/write performance up to 500MB/s and has a reversible USB Type-C connector.
The SC660 boasts a shock resistant build and runs at up to 410MB/s (read/write). Its stylish, super-slim metallic enclosure is just 9.6mm thick. The shock resistant SV620 delivers identical performance, wrapped in an enclosure with raised edges to protect surfaces against scratching. It features a bright blue LED activity indicator to keep users always informed.
FileGenius announces its unlimited storage option
FileGenius (http://www.filegenius.com), a cloud-based secure file transfer and management exclusively for business, has announced unlimited storage and unlimited user accounts options.
Keith Bumgarner, senior principal of FileGenius, says there’s no installation or IT management required. Unlimited email and phone support is included. Online individual training for each customer is provided free of charge. A demo is available for download.
Zevrix unveils LinkOptimizer 5 public beta for Adobe InDesign
Zevrix Solutions has announced the public beta release of LinkOptimizer 5, an upgrade to company's workflow automation solution for Adobe InDesign.
LinkOptimizer lets users reduce the size of InDesign links by eliminating excess image data, perform essential image adjustments and convert colors and file formats. The new beta version introduces batch processing of multiple InDesign files, support for InDesign books, as well as numerous improvements of user interface, stability and performance.
The LinkOptimizer 5 public beta can be downloaded from the Zevrix website (www.zevrix.com). Qualified beta testers will receive a discount on LinkOptimizer 5 (upgrade or new license). Detailed info is included with the beta download. The current stable release, LinkOptimizer 4, can be purchased for $259.95; there’s also a “lite” version available for $179.95). A demo is available for download. LinkOptimizer requires Mac OS X 10.6-10.11 and Adobe InDesign and Photoshop CS3-CC 2015.
Solar Fusion rolls out Plumeria Smart Creator 3 for Mac
Solar Fusion Software (http://www.solarfusionsoftware.com) has debuted Plumeria Smart Creator 3 for Mac. It uses an artificial intelligence algorithm and a visual interface to stop the top three problems in programming languages: crashing, freezing, and syntax errors.
The interface uses a simulator and a project browser all in one window. PlumeriaSC 3 gives you the ability to drag sliders, change values of popup buttons, and modify 3D graphics all in realtime. It takes the simple interface of an IDE (Integrated Developer Environment) like Xcode and the interaction of a 3D modeling program together.
The download and tutorials are free, but those who would like to save and open files can upgrade to the pro version for $29.95.
Apple releases second public betas of macOS Sierra, iOS 10
Apple has released the second public betas of macOS Sierra and iOS 10 to public beta testers. The finished versions of the operating system updates are due this fall.
If you're not already signed up for the public beta program, you can sign up at https://beta.apple.com/sp/betaprogram/. The public beta program is free, but remember: beta software is unfinished software so use with care.
Game Creators launch AppGameKit Education Bundle
The Game Creators has launched the AppGameKit Education Bundle. The special pack, specifically developed for the Education market, includes AppGameKit, Giant Asset Packs 1 & 2, Games Pack1 and a 3D Asset Pack.
The free Educational Materials Pack, which compliments the Education Bundle, includes an “Instructors Guide,”written specifically for teachers and tutors, and enables them to develop AppGameKit courses and classes to teach programming and app development. The simple guide includes code exercises with commands, loops, variables, images and sprites.
“Educational establishments considering which engine to use should give serious consideration to this specialist education pack,” Lee Bamber, CEO of The Game Creators, said. “While products like Unity and Unreal are free, they arrive with almost no game assets, requiring the schools, colleges and universities to purchase additional graphics and sound for their class. The AppGameKit Education Pack includes everything a teacher or...
iPhoneRecovery for Mac revved to version 3
Cisdem has released iPhoneRecovery 3 for Mac. It’s an upgrade of the iPhone data recovery software for retrieving lost or deleted iOS data.
iPhoneRecovery can help recover multiple files, including lost photos, videos, messages, contacts, call history, Safari bookmarks, notes, calendar, and more. Version 3.0 offers performance improvements and a revamped user interface.
Cisdem iPhoneRecovery 3 is available here: http://tinyurl.com/hmpvacu. The price for a single user license is $49.99. Discounts are offered for approved schools, churches, government entities and charitable organizations.
JustBroadcaster for Facebook offers live stream broadcasting for...
Mac Broadcaster has announced JustBroadcaster for Facebook 1.5.3, an update to the Facebook live-streaming app for Mac OS X.
It provides a tool to broadcast live content directly to Facebook from a Mac. Video streams can include the Mac's desktop, video from individual apps, iOS devices, webcams, and more. Version 1.5.3 brings Facebook reactions info, and a fix for an audio/video sync issue for external devices.
Mac Broadcaster requires OS X Yosemite or El Capitan. It costs $19.99 and is available at the Mac App Store. A one-year license is also available for $10 through the JustBroadcaster website (http://www.justbroadcaster.com/fb), where a demo is available for download.
NeoFinder for OS X upgraded to version 6.9.1
Norbert M. Doerner has released NeoFinder 6.9.1. It’s an update of the app that helps you keep track of your digital files, photos, songs, movies, fonts on hard drives, USB sticks, servers, Blu-ray disks, DVD-ROMs, CDROMs, and any other digital media.
NeoFinder (http://www.cdfinder.de) generates thumbnails and metadata of your files, for powerful search possibilities, smart folders, albums, and more. Version 6.9.1offers numerous improvements and bug fixes. Users can now select multiple movies for the Video Contact Sheet, a new Global Find menu bar, and so much more.
The app requires Mac OS X 10.6.8 or higher. NeoFinder 6.x is a paid update to licensed users of CDFinder, update price starting at approximately US$21. Cross-grades for users of competing applications (DiskLibrary, FileFinder, CatFinder, Canto Cumulus, Disk Tracker, DiskCatalogMaker, Atomic View, iView Media Pro, and more) are available.
A demo version can be downloaded from the NeoFinder website. The price for new users...
G-Technology enhances its storage solutions
Western Digital Corp. has announced that its G-Technology product lines (http://www.g-technology.com) are getting more capacity and increased performance to keep up with the growing needs of creative professionals and consumers capturing vast amounts of high-resolution content, including video and digital photography.
“By 2020, industry experts predict that the media and entertainment industry’s storage requirements will grow by nearly five times, and the average consumer will need an enormous 5.2TB of storage,” says Mike Williams, vice president of G-Technology. “G-Technology is dedicated to providing reliable, fast, stylish and easy-to-use storage solutions that fit the current and future needs of professionals and consumers alike.”
With high-resolution capture proliferating, consumers and content creation professionals will need greater storage capacities. For example, anyone with an iPhone 6s can capture 4k video, and just 30 minutes of footage will take up to 11GB of space....
Avira launches Mac Antivirus Pro
Avira, a security software company, has launched Mac Antivirus Pro, a channel-optimized version of its AV security software for OS X devices.
Avira’s Mac Antivirus Pro was designed for channel resellers to serve business customers with mixed-OS environments. The new Pro version features simplified cross-platform software installation and a new product licensing model that allows resellers to use the same paid license across any combination of OS X and Windows devices, according to Anja Zimmermann, director of Global Channel Sales at Avira.
Avira Mac Antivirus Pro is compatible with Mac OS X Yosemite or higher. It’s available through Avira’s partner network and on Avira.com for $44.99 for a one-year license.
PopChar for OS X adds support for Unicode 9.0
Ergonis Software has announced PopChar X 7.6, 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 7.6 .6 supports Unicode 9.0, the most recent major update to the Unicode Standard. Unicode 9.0 adds 7,500 characters, for a total of 128,172 characters. PopChar X 7.6 also adds further improvements and enhancements and improves overall stability and compatibility with third-party applications like MS Word.
The software 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.
Sound Control is new sound volume mixer for the Mac
Static Z Software has released Sound Control, a sound volume mixer for the Mac. It enables users to quickly change app volumes, as well as selectively apply a system-wide EQ to app audio.
Sound Control does this by adding a software mixer to the menu bar of your Mac. In addition to the volume mixer, Sound Control also adds a software EQ to your audio output allowing you to tailor the sound of your Mac's audio to their specific taste or to properly calibrate to the frequency response of their speakers.
A demo of Sound Control requires Mac OS X 10.9 or higher, and costs $9. A demo can be found at Static Z Software online (http://staticz.com/soundcontrol).
App Wrapper 3.6 for OS X updates legacy frameworks
Ohanaware has released App Wrapper 3.6, an update to their App Store preparation tool. It was designed to simplify the process of preparing applications for submission to the Mac App Store and deploying on web sites.
Once configured App Wrapper can perform the following actions either at the click of a button or when an application is built within the Xojo development environment. Version 3.6 updates many legacy frameworks within the app.
App Wrapper requires OS X 10.9 or later and Xcode 6 or higher. Version 3.6 is macOS Sierra compatible. DMG code signing requires Mac OS X El Capitan 10.11.5 or newer. App Wrapper is available from the Ohanaware website (www.ohanaware.com). There are three pricing options starting at $49.99.
Apple releases OS X 10.11.6, iOS 9.3.3, tvOS 9.2.2, watchOS 2.2.2
Apple has released finished (that is, non-beta) versions of OS X 10.11.6, iOS 9.3.3, tvOS 9.2.2, and watchOS 2.2.2. All are basically maintenance releases with bug fixes and performance tweaks.
You can grab OS X 10.11.6 at the Updates section of the Mac App Store. iOS 9.3.3 can be downloaded as an over-the-air update or via iTunes. watchOS 2.2.2 can be downloaded and installed through the Apple Watch app on an iPhone. tvOS can be downloaded through the System section of the Settings app on an Apple TV.
New macOS, iOS, watchOS, and tvOS betas available for developers
Apple has released a plethora of new betas to developers for testing purposes. They include new betas of macOS Sierra, iOS 10, watchOS 3, and tvOS 10. They can downloaded from the Apple Developer Center.
Members of the public can also get in on the beta testing fun via Apple’s public beta program. Finished versions of macOS Sierra, iOS 10, watchOS 3, and tvOS 10 are slated for release this fall.
Waves Audio ships Scheps Parallel Particles Plugin
Waves Audio (www.wavesaudio.com) is shipping the $59 Waves Scheps Parallel Particles plugin, part of the Waves Signature Series. It was created in collaboration with GRAMMY-winning producer/mixing engineer Andrew Scheps (Adele, Metallica, Jay Z, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Black Sabbath, Lana Del Rey). Features of the plugin include:
° Sub, a harmonic generator that creates lows and adds sub frequencies that were never there before;
° Air, which focuses on those elusive air frequencies and brings them to the forefront;
° Bite, which is designed to create sonic vitality and emotion;
° Thick, which adds solid body to the signal, evening out the lower mids and midrange, creating a feeling similar to that of a microphone being a little bit closer, or the room ambience being darker.
FontAgent for Mac OS X revved to version 7
Insider Software has announced FontAgent 7, an upgrade to its professional font manager for Mac OS X. The update sports a modern user interface with new and updated versions of its popular slide show, compare, glyph, waterfall, character set, paragraph, metadata and custom text viewers.
FontAgent 7 is available in a standalone edition and in a cloud-based sync subscription that shares fonts across users, machines and projects. Perpetual licenses for FontAgent 7 are also available for $99 per user.
FontAgent 6 users can purchase version 7 upgrades or opt for a FontAgent Sync subscription for $59. For more information about FontAgent 7 and Sync, visit Insider Software online (www.insidersoftware.com). Free 30-day trials are available for download.
TunesKit DRM Media Converter for Mac now supports more output...
TunesKit Studio has released TunesKit DRM Converter for Mac 3.0.1, an update to their popular DRM removal solution for OS X (10.8 and higher).
With version 3.0.1, users can remove the DRM lock from iTunes videos while converting the protected M4V files to unprotected videos, including MP4, MOV, M4V, AVI, MKV, FLV, as well as MP3, M4A, AAC and other audio formats. The upgrade also sports a re-designed user interface.
A demo is available for download (http://tinyurl.com/kehukkh). Registration is $44.95.
US Ignite forms Advanced Wireless Industry Consortium
US Ignite, a non-profit organization “that fosters the creation of next-generation Internet applications that provide transformative public benefit,” has announced a new advanced wireless industry consortium (advancedwireless.org) to support the Platforms for Advanced Wireless Research (PAWR) program.
This partnership has been created to advance development of next generation wireless technologies and services, according to William Wallace, executive director of US Ignite. The program has the potential to result in up to 1000x improvement in throughput over current wireless networks, he adds.
This new consortium comes at a time when the federal government is also working to advance research and clear hurdles to advanced wireless technologies. Participating in the announcement of the consortium are: The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, the National Science Foundation, and the Federal Communications Commission, DARPA, NTIA, and NIST.
Participating companies will...
24U releases 24U Phidgets Plug-In 2.0 for FileMaker Pro 15
24U Software (www.24usoftware.com)has released 24U Phidgets Plug-In version 2.0, an update to their hardware integration plug-in for FileMaker development.
This plug-in enables FileMaker Pro to interact with various Phidgets boards to let a database solution control physical devices and physical devices to control the solution. Version 2.0 brings 64-bit compatibility, the ability to control Phidgets over the network, and support for additional boards.
24U Phidgets Plug-In 2.0 requires OS X 10.8 or newer and and FileMaker Pro 12 or higher. It’s available for download free of charge as a fully functional, 14-day trial version, which can be activated after purchasing a license code. Licenses for 24U Phidgets Plug-In start at $79 per user, and volume discounts are available for 5 or more users.
Existing customers can upgrade to the new version at 50 % off the regular prices if placing order within 14 days upon release, and 30 % off if buying later. Customers who have bought 24U Phidgets...
StarTech ships USB-C Multifunction Adapter
StarTech has released its USB-C Multifunction Adapter (http://tinyurl.com/h2jrqpv), which is designed to enable mobile professionals to add crucial functionality to port-limited laptops such as Apple’s 12-inch MacBook.
According to the folks at StarTech, the adapter “can instantly turn a USB-C laptop into a convenient workstation, in the office or on the go.” Through a single USB Type-C connection, users can expand their laptop with HDMI and VGA output ports, a Gigabit Ethernet network port and a USB 3.0 port. The adapter is ideal for mobile professionals who work on their laptops in random locations such as hotels, airports, meeting rooms or in small office workspaces.
The USB-C Multifunction Adapter is bus-powered, so doesn’t require an additional power supply. It’s available at CDW, Amazon.com, Newegg.com, PC Connection, and Insight for $95.
Ableton and Sonic Faction roll out Tricky Traps
Ableton and software instrument specialists Sonic Faction have teamed up for Tricky Traps, a new set of creative Max for Live devices. The collection of 16 quirky sequencers, instruments and MIDI effects blends experimentation with serious sounds.
Eight MIDI and audio contraptions offer ways of working with MIDI and modulations. The Pack also offers eight tweakable instruments.
There are also new options for Push owners. Sonic Faction has added custom controls that are new to the unit, like the multi-playhead and circular MIDI sequencers, and contraptions that trigger or step-sequence modulations from Push’s grid. Tricky Traps is available now on the Ableton website (http://tinyurl.com/h48gem2) for $59.
Package Central for InDesign now supports Exchange email servers
Zevrix Solutions has announced Package Central 1.9.8, a maintenance update to its solution to automatically collect Adobe InDesign documents from watched hot folders.
The utility automatically packages InDesign files along with their fonts and links and offers customizable workflows, variable folder names, email notifications, preflighting and more. Version 1.9.8 lets users send automatic email notifications via Microsoft Exchange SMTP servers, and addresses several email processing issues.
Package Central can be purchased for $149.95 from the Zevrix website (www.zevrix.com). A demo is available for download. Package Central requires Mac OS X 10.6-10.11 and Adobe InDesign CS5-CC 2015.
IEC formally adopts USB Type-C
The IEC (International Electrotechnical Commission) and USB Implementers Forum (USB-IF) has formally adopted the latest USB-IF specifications for high-speed data delivery and enhanced usages for device charging. In particular, the USB Type-C Cable and Connector, USB Power Delivery and USB 3.1 (SuperSpeed USB 10 Gbps) specifications. These specifications define a truly single-cable solution for audio/video, data and power delivery.
These standards are expected to advance global action on reducing e-waste and improving re-usability of power supplies with a range of electronic devices, said Frans Vreeswijk, General Secretary and CEO of the IEC. The IEC approach for ongoing standardization work in this space is driven by the ultimate goals of increasing external power supply re-usability, supporting consumer convenience, maintaining product reliability and safety, and providing for future technology innovations, he adds.
The USB Type-C specification defines the physical USB Type-C cable...
AKVIS Refocus for OS X gets batch processing feature, more
AKVIS (www.akvis.com) has released AKVIS Refocus 6.0 for Mac OS X and Windows. The utility improves sharpness of out-of-focus images and adds blur effects to photos.
You can process the entire image or only selected parts. Version 6.0 offers a batch processing feature, a modernized user interface with support for Ultra HD displays, advanced print options, and other improvements.
On the Mac platform, AKVIS Refocus 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.
AKVIS Refocus, Home License, sells for $39. Version 6.0 is a free upgrade for those who bought or upgraded the software during the last 12 months. If your license isn’t valid for the latest version, you can get the new version for $14.95.
Xoxo 2016 release 2 adds new features for iOS, web targets
Xojo, Inc. (www.xojo.com) has released Xojo 2016 Release 2, the latest version of the application development tool for making apps for OS X, Windows and Linux, web, iOS, and Raspberry Pi.
The upgrade adds new features for iOS and web, along with 150 improvements overall. In addition, it continues with HiDPI (Retina) support by adding HiDPI for web apps and dramatic improvements for Windows HiDPI. Xojo for iOS now has significantly improved support for tables.
Xojo 2016 Release 2 also makes it easier to create toolbars with an all-new visual toolbar editor and simplifies app deployment by removing the need for launch images. It costs $99 for a single desktop.
CloudMounter allows you to mount cloud storages as local Mac...
Eltima has released CloudMounter for Mac OS X (http://tinyurl.com/h7zn3uy). It allows you to mount different cloud storages and web servers to your Mac as local disks. You can connect to Microsoft OneDrive, Google Drive, Amazon S3, Dropbox, FTP and WebDAV servers in Finder, as if they are located on your machine.
The main window of CloudMounter is basically a connections manager with corresponding buttons for each supported service and protocol. Just choose what you want to connect, enter your login credentials and enjoy managing your online files on a mounted drive in the Finder.
CloudMounter doesn’t store your login details. Access to cloud services is performed through their developers' API [application programming interface], and FTP\WebDAV passwords are securely kept in Mac OS X Keychain and sent directly to the servers via SSL-encrypted channels, according to the folks at Eltima.
CloudMounter costs $29.95 for a single user license. It requires Mac OS X Yosemite or El Capitan.
QuarkXPress 2016 Essential Training available from Lynda.com
Quark Software announced today the availability of new QuarkXPress 2016 online training from Lynda.com. QuarkXPress 2016 is the newest version of QuarkXPress, one of the original page layout applications for creative professionals.
In the new five hour and 44 minute video training series, expert Mike Rankin teaches the essential QuarkXPress skills needed to create professional publishing projects, both print and digital. The series features training on the QuarkXPress interface and preferences, and the basics of working with documents, master pages, layers, and items (the design elements of a QuarkXPress layout).
Rankin also covers how to import text, format it, and control alignment, leading, and spacing around paragraph and text boxes. There are chapters dedicated to tables, images, and interactivity, as well as the output and publishing options in QuarkXPress, including EPUB and HTML5.
MacXDVD launches MacX MediaTrans
MacXDVD has released MacX MediaTrans (http://www.macxdvd.com/mediatrans/?pr), an iPad/iPhone content management solution for Mac OS X. It integrates with photo backup, music manager, video transfer and USB drive on demand and is designed to free up the space on an iPhone and iPad.
MacX MediaTrans supports two-way transfer between iOS devices and Macs. You can: create, delete and edit playlists; transfer video back and forth; back up photos; and even use an iDevice as a USB flash drive.
MacX MediaTrans requires Mac OS X 10.7 or above (including macOS Sierra), iOS 7 or above (including the latest iOS10), and iTunes 11.2 or above. It costs $29.95 for one Mac with a one-year free upgrade.
Studiometry 12.6 for OS X adds file sharing, more
Studiometry and Studiometry Cloud for Mac OS X and Windows have been upgraded to version 12.6. You can now upload files to share with your team and access from Studiometry on any machine.
You can even let your clients submit files via the web using Forms, and they'll appear in Studiometry, automatically linked to the associated Client, Project, and Form. There’s no maximum storage capacity for your Studiometry Cloud File Sharing account. However, there is a per-file size limit, which is based on the add-on plan you select. The lowest level, Free, is included with all Studiometry Cloud accounts.
If you'd like to upload larger files, you can log in to your Studiometry Cloud account Admin page, click Manage Plan, and then select an upgraded File Sharing option for an additional fee.
Studiometry 12.6 is now available (http://tinyurl.com/zgfd5qm). If you have a previous version of Studiometry you can upgrade for a discounted price to 12.x and receive all of the new features available in...
ADATA releases the AI910 Lightning Card Reader Plus
ADATA Technology’s (www.adata.com) AI910 Lightning Card Reader Plus features SD and Micro SD slots with support for up to 256GB capacity, it’s a “three-way” device, allowing users to backup, read, and share content across iOS, Android, and Windows.
The AI910 costs $37.99, carries Apple MFi certification, and has been designed to bridge the gap between platforms. Thanks to the inclusion of USB cables and tested compatibility, it works with iOS, Android, and Windows. Data transfer speeds through the Lightning connector to iOS devices are up to 30MB/s read and 20MB/s write. The three-way connectivity of the AI910 offers users a way to read and write data across the most popular operating systems and devices available, including smartphones, tablets, notebooks, and desktops.
Available from the Apple App Store, i-Memory offers a simple but complete way to manage content and sharing. It also works with the AI910 to ensure wide compatibility with nearly 40 document, audio, video, contact...
Waves Audio ships Waves Electric 88 Piano
Waves Audio (www.waves.com) is shipping the $39 Waves Electric 88 piano, a plug-in and standalone virtual instrument. In creating the Electric 88 piano, Waves sampled a “road-worn” electric piano, carefully capturing the non-linearity of the individual keys.
Electric 88 gives you the tools to create a variety of diverse sounds. You can use the mix section to control the level of the internal mechanics, tines and key-up sound, or the Formant control to shift the samples upward or downwards for an interesting new dimension of tone and character. Also included are high-quality tremolo, autopan, phaser, chorus and reverb effects, as well as controls for boosting bass, mid and treble frequencies.
Maclocks introduces the MacBook Lock
Maclocks has announced the Ledge MacBook Lock, which it says is the world's smallest security solution for the Apple laptop. With a single replacement screw, the MacBook is fully secured while completely protected from daily wear and tear, the company says.
Maclocks is now running a special $69.95 "Back to School" Ledge promotion (http://tinyurl.com/zf9lql5). The “MacBook Lock Bundle” includes a protective MacBook case for a full security solution. The "3 in 1 MacBook Ledge Kit" includes two Ledge Lock Slot Adapters (one for MacBook Air & one for MacBook Pro) and a Combination cable lock.
MG announces the Novi, a Multi-Device Portable charging station
MG has launched its $285 Novi Portable Charging Station (http://www.mm-goi.com/). The new device utilizes LunaPulse technology to charge up to eight portable battery pods in 2.5 hours.
The Novi Portable Charging Station consists of the Novi Dock and portable Novi Pods. The Novi Dock is powered by an internal AC adapter with a removable 2-prong cable that can be retrofitted for use in any country. Each dock can hold up to eight pods. MG's LunaPulse Technology means that the Novi Dock charges each one of the Novi Pods on contact, without the need for any additional cables.
Charging is conducted at high speeds, and each portable battery fully charges a phone of the same batter size in only 1.5 hours. Once charged, each lightweight pod can be removed and taken anywhere consumers need to charge their mobile device.
Each Novi Pod houses a built in Lightning and Micro-USB charging cables. The Novi Pods hold 2,600 MAH of charge.