CS Odessa announces Crow’s Foot Notation addition
CS Odessa (www.conceptdraw.com) has announced the Crow’s Foot Notation Solution for ConceptDraw Pro 11. The new addition to ConceptDraw Solution Park is a free item for current users of ConceptDraw Pro, and is available immediately.
The entity-relationship model is comprised of a number of 2D representational shapes and some visual conventions to describe data and data structures. CS Odessa has released a free Crow's Foot Notation library and samples that are available for use with ConceptDraw PRO v11. This new Crow's Foot Notation solution can be downloaded from Solution Park located on the ConceptDraw web site. The Crow's Foot notation is widely used in software engineering and database design. With its help, it is easy to create clear and accurate ER diagrams with large number of attributes
ConceptDraw Pro 11 is compatible with macOS and Microsoft Windows. It retails for $199. It’s also included in ConceptDraw Office 4 which retails for $499 and includes ConceptDraw MindMap 9,...
Command-Tab-Plus for macOS gets redesigned interface
Note-Ify Apps has revved Command-Tab Plus (http://commandtab.noteifyapp.com), an alternative for the Mac's built-in Command-Tab app switcher, to version 1.1.0.
With Command-Tab Plus, you use icon numbers to quickly select and switch between apps. To do that, use a shortcut to open the switch window and simply press the app number on the keyboard. Version 1.1.0 features a redesigned interface with improvements to keyboard shortcuts for fast switching, and adds the capability to instantly switch between windows of the selected app.
Command-Tab Plus requires macOS 10.9 or later. It’s free to download and install and is fully-functional for seven days. After this, it remains fully-functional but will occasionally ask you to register. Users can take advantage of an introductory registration price of $7.95 through the end of February Upon registration, Command-Tab Plus will no longer ask users to register.
ChronoSync Express for macOS gets stability improvements
Econ Technologies (www.econtechnologies.com) has updated ChronoSync Express to version 1.0.6. It's the entry-level version of ChronoSync, the complete synchronization and backup utility for macOS.
ChronoSync Express can synchronize or backup to almost anything you can connect to your Mac, including folders on your Mac, other Macs, PC's, and external drives. With ChronoSync Express you can schedule or manually run your syncs or backups, even run trial synchronizations to see what will happen before it happens. ChronoSync Express costs $24.99 and is available exclusively at the Mac App Store. Version 1.0.6 offers stability improvements, including a fix for sending email notifications through Office365 mail servers and more.
The standard version of ChronoSync is $49.99. ChronoSync Express, just like ChronoSync, is fully compatible with ChronoAgent, which gives full access to all files and folders stored on remote Macs. It also enjoys the increased performance and security that...
Apple releases new iOS, macOS, tvOS, watchOS developer betas
Apple has released three new developer betas of iOS 10.3, macOS Sierra 10.12.4, tvOS 10.2, and watchOS 3.2. Developers can download the beta through the Apple Developer Center or the Software Update mechanism in the App Store.
QuickerTek announces Time Capsule performance upgrade
QuickerTek (www.quickertek.com) has announced a new 5TB hard drive upgrade for the Apple AirPort Time Capsule. It also features six external antennas.
Designed as a central backup solution for all of the Mac computers in your home or office, the addition of the 5TB hard drive adds a boost in storage capabilities for those in need of more than the 2TB or 3TB storage offered with the unit alone. To complete this upgrade, QuickerTek first opens the chasis and removes the existing hard drive. Once this is done, the 5TB hard drive is slid into the empty space and plugged into the internal board.
The antenna upgrade not only offers dual-band 2.4GHz and 5.8GHz Wi-Fi, it also triples the range of the Time Capsule. The improved wireless power allows users the ability to arrange and use their Apple wireless anywhere they choose by providing a wider range and blasting through common line of sight objects.
The standard Apple AirPort Time Capsule doesn't have a built-in port to connect these...
Graphic Node launches Universal Kit Mill apps
Graphic Node (http://graphicnode.com/) has introduced Universal Kit Mill for macOS. It’s three separate applications, each specifically designed for Apple's productivity app, as well as Adobe Photoshop and Pixelmator.
Universal Kit Mill provides over 100 templates and textures for creating banners, headers, infographics, and social media items. The collection aims to help Mac users produce modern and polished content without the help of hired designers, says Zivile Unguvaityte, CEO of Graphic Node.
Universal Kit Mill 1.0 requires macOS 10.10 or later and costs $14.99. It’s available worldwide exclusively through the Mac App Store in the Productivity category.
Hyperbolic Software releases DupeZap 4 for macOS
Hyperbolic Software (http://www.hyperbolicsoftware.com/) has released DupeZap 4.0, an update of their duplicate finder for macOS. The utility was written specifically to reclaim disk space being taken up by duplicate files and packages.
DupeZap also offers the capability to scan the databases of popular Apple apps such as Photos and iTunes. Version 4.0.0 is completely rewritten.
DupeZap 4.0 requires macOS 10.11 or higher. For a limited time, it can be purchased for $4.99 instead of the regular price of $19.99. It’s available at the Mac App Store.
Deliver Express now supports FTP-SSL for secure file transfers
Zevrix Solutions has announced Deliver Express 2.6, a feature update to the company's file transfer app that sends files automatically from watched hot folders with email notifications.
Deliver Express can serve unlimited users on a network and supports FTP, SFTP, Amazon S3, WebDAV, Google Storage and other remote and local services. The new version introduces support for FTP over SSL (FTPS) connection for secure encrypted file transfers to FTP servers.
Deliver Express can be purchased from the Zevrix website (www.zevrix.com). The license prices are based on the maximum number of allowed destinations and range from $29.95 to $299.95. The 2.6 update is free for licensed users. A demo is available for download. Deliver Express requires macOS 10.5 or higher.
Peninsula Group launches thermal printer label drivers for the...
The Peninsula Group has released a series (http://tinyurl.com/hhylq8t) of free macOS-compatible drivers that support thermal printer manufacturers including Zebra, Datamax, Honeywell and Brady with the goal of making it easier to print labels.
Using web based shipping services form companies like UPS, FedEx and DHL is now possible; even Amazon FBA is supported. You can print readable barcodes, text and images from any website or application.
AnyTrans now supports Multi-iCloud Syncing
iMobie has updated AnyTrans, their all-in-one iPhone manager for macOS.
The tool was specifically created to clone all types of items, including contacts, photos, music, messages, notes, calendar, even customized settings like wallpaper, iCloud account, sounds, and more. The new version adds Multi-iCloud Sync, so users can integrate contents from multi-iCloud accounts to their daily-used one, or move less necessary files from main account to other spare accounts for more free storage.
Users can download AnyTrans from its official homepage (https://www.imobie.com/anytrans/). It costs $39.99 for a personal license and $59.99 for a family license.
AppDelete for macOS revved to version 4.3.2
Reggie Ashworth has announced AppDelete 4.3.2, an update to his application deletion utility for macOS. Via drag and drop, it will uninstall anything along with all of the associated items. The upgrade has been optimized for macOS Sierra and includes a icon and graphics., a new App Reset tool, a new Clear Logs tool, and more.
AppDelete 4.3.2 requires macOS 10.7 or higher. It costs $7.99 for a single-user license. Upgrades from version 2.x and 3.x are $3.99. A demo is available at the product website (http://www.reggieashworth.com/appdelete).
Proactive Support Professional Certification offered at MacTech...
Watchman Monitoring has announced Proactive Support Professional Certification (https://www.proactiveprofessional.com) at MacTech Pro (http://pro.mactech.com) events. Watchman Monitoring is a Proactive Support Software as a Service (SaaS) tool for IT Professionals.
MacTech Pro are regional events designed specifically for technical professionals that support Apple products. Each certification event takes place the day prior to MacTech Pro in nine cities, with special PSP Certification pricing just for MacTech Pro attendees.
MacTech publishes MacTech Magazine, as well as produces highly-regarded events such as MacTech Pro and MacTech Conference. When you provide Proactive Support, you reduce downtime and data loss. The Proactive Support Professional Certification class and exam is geared at helping define and position proactive methods.
The certification course will cover the Proactive Support methodology. The steps you can take in your proactive support offering. The multifaceted...
PrimoSync releases Primo iPhone Data Recovery
PrimoSync has released Primo iPhone Data Recovery (http://tinyurl.com/jx9ummh), new data recovery software for macOS. Targeted to iOS 10 and iPhone 7/7 Plus users, it helps recover 25 types of deleted, damaged or lost data from an iPhone and iPad.
This utility offers three modes; Recover from iOS Device, iTunes Backup and iCloud Backup. The iOS recovery tool costs $39.99.
Synology releases DSM 6.1
Synology has released DiskStation Manager (DSM) 6.1 (https://www.synology.com/dsm/6.1) and comprehensive packages, delivering a “more secure, productive, and unified NAS experience.”
The upgrade is designed to deliver better IT efficiency with Active Directory Server, enhance performance with instant SMB server-side copy, ensure reliability with file self-healing, provide stability and security enhancements, and more. Synology DSM 6.1 is available for users who own a DiskStation, RackStation, FlashStation, or Embedded DataStation 11-series and onward.
2017 Apple WWDC to be held June 5-9
Apple today announced its 28th annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) will be held at the McEnery Convention Center in San Jose. The conference, kicking off June 5, “will inspire developers from all walks of life to turn their passions into the next great innovations and apps that customers use every day across iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, Apple TV and Mac.
Each year during WWDC, developers around the world learn about Apple's platform technologies ranging from programming languages like Swift to developer APIs [application programming interfaces] like SiriKit, HomeKit, HealthKit and CarPlay. Located just minutes from Apple’s new headquarters in Cupertino, California, WWDC 2017 will give developers access to more than 1,000 Apple engineers with opportunities to meet and engage with them throughout the conference.
In addition to the keynote address, get-togethers, sessions and labs for developers, Apple is working with the city of San Jose and local businesses to celebrate the...
Troi Automatisering releases Troi Dialog Plug-in 6.5.1 for...
Troi Automatisering has released Troi Dialog Plug-in 6.5.1 for FileMaker Pro 15. It’s a maintenance update of the plug-in for showing all sorts of dynamic dialogs in FileMaker Pro.
The upgrade improves the appearance of the ListDialog on high resolution displays. Troi Automatisering added a ‑ExtraLineHeight switch to the ListDialog function, which allows you to give extra height to the list items.
A fully functional demo version of Troi Dialog Plug-in 6.5.1 is available for downloading at Troi's website (http://tinyurl.com/zcmv2vf). Troi Dialog Plug-in 6.5.1 works with FileMaker Pro 12 to 15 and is available for macOS10.6.x and higher.
Licenses cost $59 per user. Developer licenses and multi-user packs are also available.
Upgrading to version 6.5.1 is free and recommended for all users of version 6.5: version 6.5.1 works with the same registration as the 6.5 version. Users who bought a license for Troi Dialog Plug-in on or after March 11, 2015 are entitled to a free upgrade to...
Maintain serves up Cocktail 10.2.2 (Sierra Edition)
Maintain has served up Cocktail 10.2.2 (Sierra Edition), a new edition of Cocktail for users running macOS Sierra.
It’s a general purpose utility for macOS that lets users clean, repair and optimize their Macs. The new version adds the ability to clear WebKit caches and support for additional (en5-en8) network interfaces. It also contains improvements on the "Optimize network" procedure and updated Automator actions as well as updated Help files.
Cocktail costs $19 for a single user license and 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.
AKVIS Pastel for macOS revved to version 3.0
AKVIS (www.akvis.com) has updated AKVIS Pastel to version 3.0. The software turns digital images into lifelike pastel paintings. Version 3.0 enhances its functionality with the new Abstract Art tab, additional built-in presets, and other changes including full compatibility with CC 2017.
AKVIS offers a free 10-day trial version. Pastel is compatible with macOS 10.7 and higher. The product is available as a standalone application and as a plugin filter for Adobe Photoshop, Corel PaintShop Pro, and other popular image editors.
An AKVIS Pastel Home license sells for $49, a Deluxe license for $69, and a Business license for $89. One license key allows activating and using the software on two computers.
FmPro Migrator 8.01 adds FileMaker 15 merge database...
.com Solutions has released FmPro Migrator Developer Edition 8.01 (www.fmpromigrator.com) with support for FileMaker Pro Advanced 15 when using the table conversion feature.
FileMaker developers can use the Merge Database/Table Consolidation process to upgrade older multi-file solutions into easier-to-maintain FileMaker Pro 15 single file solutions. Upgrading to FileMaker Pro 15 also offers developers the opportunity to take advantage of the latest design, development and security features included with FileMaker Pro Advanced 15 and FileMaker Server 15 including WebDirect.
.com Solutions Inc. has also released the FileMaker automation AppleScript code as open source software. In addition to the AppleScript source file, a LiveCode test harness stack is provided. The test harness stack includes AppleScript handler source code embedded within LiveCode handlers.
The code is executed using the LiveCode "do as AppleScript" command. The dynamic compilation of AppleScript code prevents...
PFSOFT release multi-asset trading terminal for macOS
PFSOFT, a developer of multi-asset brokerage and trading solutions, has released a native trading terminal for macOS. The new front end platform will be included in Protrader solutions package as corresponding to Windows desktop terminal.
According to the folks at PFSoOft, Protrader for Mac contains all the functionality needed for trading many asset classes including FX, CFDs, Futures, Equities, Spread Betting, ETFs and Bonds. The platform contains tools such as market depth, time and sales, seven styles of charts, a watchlist, the ability to trade from a chart, and quit positions/orders management. Eventually, it will contain the same functionality as Protrader Windows desktop terminal including even such sophisticated tools as MAM, Fund management and Option Master, according to Roman Nalivayko, global head of Business Development:
Protrader Mac trading terminal will now be available to PFSOFT's partners for open beta tests with plan to be released in production version in the...
Rogue Amoeba releases SoundSource for macOS
Rogue Amoeba has unveiled SoundSource (https://rogueamoeba.com/soundsource/), a new macOS tool that provides access to critical audio settings. With it, users can instantly change the audio devices used for input, output, and sound effects, adjust the volume levels of those devices, and more.
SoundSource can be accessed via its icon in the menu bar. Regardless of what application is in the foreground, users can adjust their global audio settings with just two clicks. SoundSource also provides the ability to do soft play-through of audio from input devices to any output.
SoundSource runs on macOS 0.10 and higher. A free fully-functional trial available for download. While in trial mode, SoundSource's features will disable after 10 minutes of use. The unrestricted full version can be purchased for $10. Owners of any current Rogue Amoeba application for Mac are eligible for a complimentary SoundSource license.
Chen Notation added to ConceptDraw Solutions
CS Odessa has released the new Chen Notation Model Solution for the ConceptDraw Solution Park. The Chen Notation Model is a standard and is used in database and software design.
The CS Odessa add-in offers a library providing a range of samples. It’s a free item for current users of ConceptDraw Pro 11 and is available immediately.
In 1976 Dr. Peter Chen, then a professor at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, proposed a new entity-relationship model for database design. His entity-relationship model objective was designed to leverage the advantages of the three entity-data models (network model, relationship model, entity model) in use at the time. The entity-relationship model proposed by Chen is constructed using a more natural view of how the real world comprises entities and the relationships that exist with these identified entities. Chen's model minimizes the semantic ambiguities present in the data models that were in use at the time.
The entity-relationship model is...
Kanex MultiSync Foldable Travel Keyboard available
Kanex (www.kanex.com) has released the MultiSync Foldable Travel Keyboard, $49.95 universal keyboard is compatible with iOS, Android and Windows devices . It uses Bluetooth to wirelessly connect to and switch between up to four devices.
Its foldable and compact design making it ideal for travel, and its ergonomic V-shape key layout makes for comfortable typing, according to Andrew Truong of Kanex. The MultiSync technology found in the unit provides one-touch switching between devices. The MultiSync Foldable Travel Keyboard has a built-in rechargeable Lithium ion battery. You can power up via the included micro USB cable.
You’ll know when it's time to charge with the integrated LED indicator. Red means it's time to charge soon. Green means its charged. Blue means you're connected via Bluetooth.
Duplicate File FInder & Remover released for the Mac
Cleverfiles (www.cleverfiles.com) has released Duplicate File Finder & Remover for macOS 10.8.5 or higher. It’s available at the Mac App Store for free.
Duplicate File Finder & Remover allows you to scan your Mac for all kinds of duplicates. It also features flexible auto-selection rules, so you won't need to scoop through the duplicates manually.
Phase One, LogicKeyboard offer customized keyboard
Phase One (www.phaseone.com), in cooperation with LogicKeyboard, is now shipping an official new keyboard for Capture One Pro, Mac version. It’s designed based on feedback from the Phase One Certified Professional (POCP) program.
The Capture One Pro keyboard for Mac is now available to support three languages (American and British English and German). Additional language support will be available upon request. The Capture One Pro keyboard is priced at $139.
AutoMounter for macOS gets Bonjour integration
Pixeleyes has released AutoMounter 1.4 (http://tinyurl.com/ju9qqol), an update to their menu item designed to automatically mount your network shares on macOS.
Whenever you change locations, the utility will mount your shares from the available server or Network-attached storage appliance, and they will appear on your Desktop. AutoMounter is secure, uses native macOS frameworks, and doesn't store your credentials. No scripting is required. Version 1.4 adds Bonjour integration, performance enhancements, and bug fixes.
AutoMounter requires macOS 10.11 or later. It costs US$6.99 and is available worldwide exclusively through the Mac App Store in the Utilities category.
Output Factory for Adobe InDesign upgrade improves TIFF image...
Zevrix Solutions has announced Output Factory 1.5.64, a maintenance update to its output automation solution for Adobe InDesign.
The utility automates printing, exporting and preflighting from InDesign. The software offers batch processing, export as single pages, layer versioning and much more. Version 1.5.64 makes Output Factory a 64-bit application and addresses an issue in which blank TIFF images could be created under low memory conditions when exporting oversized InDesign documents.
Output Factory can be purchased from the Zevrix website for $169.95. Theres a “lite” version for $120, and a server version for $700). A demo is available for download. BatchOutput users can upgrade to Output Factory for $85. Output Factory requires macOS 10.6 or higher and Adobe InDesign CS3-CC 2017.
Touch Innovations announces touch tech-driven, ergonomic...
Touch Innovations has released the Kontrol Master, a touch technology-driven desktop design for speeding up workflow with enhanced ergonomic control of unlimited DAW (Digital Audio Workstation) virtual faders and knobs.
It integrates a user’s second hand into the musical mix using a knob to control virtual knobs, faders, and more. Users can hover the mouse pointer over the object to be controlled and immediately start using that knob for a tactile feel.
The Kontrol Master is available for online purchase (http://tinyurl.com/ze558ar) from Touch Innovations for $299. There’s free shipping in the continental U.S.
Boris FX and Imagineer Systems team up for Mocha VR
Boris FX, in collaboration with Imagineer Systems, has announced Mocha VR (http://borisfx.com/pages/mocha-vr), a plug-in for Adobe, Avid, and OFX hosts. It’s designed to bring native 360 degree optimized planar tracking, masking, object removal, and horizon stabilization tools to cinematic VR filmmakers.
With Mocha VR, editors and artists can track, roto, create effects, and insert graphics without worrying about equirectangular seams or distorted pixels. It runs as a plug-in inside industry standard editing and effects applications Adobe Premiere Pro CC, After Effects CC, Avid Media Composer, and NUKE provides an immediate and accessible workflow for 360 degree/VR post tasks. You can render finished shots to your timeline or export tracking and roto data in a variety of formats for flexibility and project sharing.
Mocha VR is available in plug-in ($995) and standalone ($1,995) versions. Upgrades from Mocha Pro 5 are $300. An annual subscription that includes multi-host plug-ins and...
Sonnet announces Dual-Port 10 Gigabit Ethernet (10GbE)...
Sonnet Technologies (www.sonnettech.com) has announced Mac compatible Twin 10G Thunderbolt 3 Edition Thunderbolt 3 to Dual-Port 10GBASE-T 10 Gigabit Ethernet (10GbE) adapter, and the Twin 10G SFP+ Thunderbolt 3 Edition Thunderbolt 3 to Dual-Port SFP+ 10GbE adapter.
Both allow you to add10GbE network connectivity to a Mac with a Thunderbolt 3 port. They also enable users to connect their computers via copper or optical cables to high-speed network infrastructure and storage systems using the 10GbE standard.
The Twin 10G Thunderbolt 3 adapter is equipped with two RJ45 ports, enabling users to connect their computers to a switch or other 10GbE interface via inexpensive CAT-6 or CAT-6A copper cabling at distances up to 55 or 100 meters, respectively.
The Twin 10G SFP+ Thunderbolt 3 adapter is equipped with two SFP+ sockets, allowing users to select either short-range (up to 300 meters) or long-range (up to 10 kilometers) SFP+ transceivers (sold separately), and connect their computers...
Maintain serves up Cocktail 10.2.1 (Sierra Edition)
Maintain has served up Cocktail 10.2.1 (Sierra Edition), a new edition of Cocktail for users running macOS Sierra.
It’s a general purpose utility for macOS that lets users clean, repair and optimize their Macs. The new version adds support for unified logging, macOS Sierra 10.12.3 compatibility, and more.
Cocktail costs $19 for a single user license and 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.
TextSoap for macOS gets a maintenance upgrade
Unmarked Software (www.unmarked.com) has updated TextSoap, its macOS productivity tool designed to automate the tedious task of manually cleaning up text, to version 8.3.1.
The software — compatible with macOS 10.10 or higher — processes text from different formats. Version 8.3.1 is a maintenance release designed to improve stability and address issues reported by customers.
The upgrade is free to all TextSoap 8 customers. Customers may either update from within the app or directly download the update from Unmarked
TextSoap 8.3.1 has a suggested retail price of $44.99 for new users.
LinkOptimizer for Adobe InDesign update improves JPEG Conversion
Zevrix Solutions has announced LinkOptimizer 5.0.15, a maintenance update to company's workflow automation solution for Adobe InDesign. The tool allows uers to reduce the size of InDesign links and speeds up processing by eliminating excess image data.
Link Optimizer also performs image adjustments, converts formats and helps repurpose files for web and mobile devices. Version 5.0.15 addresses an issue in which user defined image quality settings weren't applied when converting InDesign links to JPEG.
LinkOptimizer can be purchased from the Zevrix website (www.zevrix.com) for $259.95 (a “lite” version is available for $179.95). A demo is available for download. The update is free for LinkOptimizer 5.x users and $130 to upgrade from previous versions. LinkOptimizer requires macOS 10.7 and higher and Adobe InDesign/Photoshop CS5-CC 20.
App Tamer 2.3 for macOS detects, controls apps that use too much...
St. Clair Software (http://www.stclairsoft.com/) has released an upgrade (2.3) to App Tamer, its Mac utility that manages applications to deliver more efficient CPU usage and increased battery life. This version detects CPU-hogging applications and helps reduce their CPU usage.
App Tamer comes pre-configured to automatically manage Safari, Firefox, Chrome, Spotlight, Time Machine, Word and many other apps when they're in the background. You can customize it for other apps, as well.
App Tamer will operate on any Mac running macOS 10.8 or higher. You can try the utility free for 15 days. Version 2.3 is free to users who purchased App Tamer 2.x or bought App Tamer 1.x after July 1, 2013. For those that purchased a license before that date, the upgrade is $7.95.
Stunnix releases new version of Web4GUI
Stunnix has released a new version of Web4GUI (http://stunnix.com/prod/aws/), a tool that allows developers tto produce apps out of PHP/Python/Java/MySQL websites. The apps produced with Web4GUI can run directly from CDs/DVDs/USB drives or network shares, and they look like usual desktop apps.
Web4GUI allows developers to convert an already-existing site into an app in several clicks with little or few modifications to server-side and client-side code of the site. Also, Web4GUI allows the production of apps for Windows/Mac/Linux using web technologies like PHP/Python/Java/MySQL.
For example, you can create an app out of your website that includes all posts and comments. You can distribute it on DVD or as .dmg/.exe file, so people can browse or search on your site and read comments without any Internet access. A free evaluation version is available for download.
Apple releases new public beta of iOS 10.3
Apple has released a second public beta of iOS 10.3. If you're not already signed up for the public beta program, you can do so at https://beta.apple.com/sp/betaprogram/ .
iOS 10.3 updates the file structure on an iOS device to the Apple File System (APFS). AFPS is optimized for Flash/SSD storage and features “strong encryption, copy-on-write metadata, space sharing, cloning for files and directories, snapshots, fast directory sizing, atomic safe-save primitives, and improved file system fundamentals.”
The beta also includes a new "Find My AirPods" ability, additions to Siri, CarPlay improvements, and some changes to Maps. What’s more, Apple says that by the time iOS 10.3 is available to customers, developers will be able to respond to customer reviews on the Apple App Store.
Apple releases second developer beta of macOS 10.12.4
Apple has released a second developer beta of macOS 10.12.4. It can be be downloaded from the Apple Developer Center.
macOS Sierra 10.12.4 brings iOS's Night Shift mode to the Mac, allowing users to cut down on blue light exposure. It also includes Shanghainese dictation support, cricket scores for Siri, and PDFKit improvements.
Qwiki for macOS gets Touch Bar support
Christopher Hannah has revved Qwiki, his search app for macOS, to version 1.3 It’s a utility that puts Wikipedia in your Menu Bar.
Qwiki features native searching, article reading in the app, the amity to export links, automation support and more. You can search Wikipedia for articles and display them either in Qwiki or in your web browser. Version 1.3 offers Touch Bar support.
Qwiki 1.3 requires macOS 1010 or higher and costs $3.99. It’s available exclusively through the Mac App Store (http://tinyurl.com/ztckpvg).
AKVIS releases USA Frame Pack
AKVIS (www.akvis.com) has released the USA Frame Pack, the latest addition to its Countries series. The picture frame collection includes 100 templates intended for use exclusively with AKVIS Frames and AKVIS ArtSuite.
The USA Frame Pack includes images of the Statue of Liberty, the Empire State Building, Times Square, the Hollywood sign, the White House, Las Vegas casinos, national parks, the Grand Canyon, and more. Along with the Countries series AKVIS offers a palette of themed frame collections including Holidays and Events, Four Seasons, and Hobbies and Interest.
The AKVIS products run on macOS 10.7 or higher. The new USA Frame Pack sells for $17.
MarginNote Pro for macOS, iOS upgraded to version 2.5.3
MarginNote Pro (https://marginnote.com) for the Mac, iPhone, and iPad has been upgraded to version 2.5.3.
It’s a learning tool for students, educators, researchers, lawyers, business professionals, and other users who want to optimize and streamline the note taking process. Version 2.5.3 offers several major new features, including Anki integration, iCloud Sync, blur recall mode, and automatic flashcard creation.
MarginNote Pro 2.5.3 costs $9.99. It’s available in the Apple App Store for the iPhone and iPad an the Mac App Store for macOS.
Area51 releases a cross platform encryption tool
Area51 Limited have updated R10Cipher (http://www.magiccipher.com) — a cross platform encryption tool for macOS (10.7 and higher), Windows and Linux — and give it a new name: Magic Cipher.
It takes text, files, folder or images and encrypts them using 384 bit Blowfish encryption. Magic Cipher supports batch encryption by “drag and drop.” Since it doesn’t require installation you can, for example, copy the Mac, Windows and Linux versions of Magic Cipher to a USB drive along with your encrypted documents and files. Your documents and files are secure, but available whenever and wherever you require them.
Magic Cipher costs $24.95 for a single user license. Corporate and site licenses are available. As with all Area51 software, Magic Cipher is available at a discount to educational and official charity/voluntary organizations. A demo is available for download.
Existing users of any version of R10Cipher can upgrade to Magic Cipher for $15. If you have a lifetime license for R10Cipher,...
Elmedia Player for macOS gets translated to new languages
Eltima Software (http://mac.eltima.com) has released Elmedia Player 6.7, a new version of its universal media player for macOS.
It supports most commonly used audio and video formats and downloads media from the web. The application features a 10-band audio equalizer, its own volume control, a video tuner for adjusting sharpness, contrast, reducing noise, video aspect ratio change, playback speed adjustment, ability to edit subtitles and much more. Version 6.7 has been translated to new languages, now features VobSub subtitles support for AirPlay streaming and got some necessary improvements.
Elmedia Player requires macOS 10.7 or higher. It costs $9.99 and is available through the Mac App Store in the Video category.
Baccus is a new backup app for the Mac
Factorial has introduced Baccus 1.0, a new backup App for macOS. It’s designed to make it easy to back up your home folder to multiple backup devices, including external drives and NAS.
Once configured, connect your external drive or connect to your network, and Baccus will start backing up your files. You can exclude items from your backups to avoid backing up private or unwanted data to certain destinations. Baccus will even automatically mount your NAS shares.
Baccus requires macOS 10.10 or later. Single user licenses cost $19.99. A free time limited trial is available via the Baccus website (http://baccusapp.com).
RE:Lens 1.2 introduces 360 VR and fisheye stabilization
RE:Vision Effects has announced RE:Lens v1.2 for Adobe After Effects that introduces a spherical stabilization feature for 360 VR and fisheye footage. RE:Lens is a set of tools for projection conversion and lens distortion correction and is vital for super-wide, fisheye, spherical, and 360 panorama workflow.
RE:Lens straightens curved video captured with wide-angle and fisheye lenses. Shoot with a superfish lens on a single camera and convert the video to Latitude-Longitude (LatLong) format suitable for use with all major 360 viewers, plus create new looks with your 4K, 6K and 8K cameras that were not previously possible. You can animate camera rotations and zooms in post, providing greater flexibility when directing the viewer's attention, and even create two separate virtual views using a single camera.
RE:Lens 1.2 adds spherical stabilization to address the problem of shaky or poor quality camera motion making the video hard to watch. This includes hand-held video or video...
Git client Tower adds Touch Bar support
fournova has announced Tower 2.6, an update to the company's Git client for macOS 10.8 and higher. It provides an interface that combines all the features that Git has to offer.
Version 2.6 features various features and improvements, including Touch Bar support for the new MacBooks Pros, extended Git LFS support, and easier OAuth management. There are also speed improvements.
Version 2.6 is a free update for existing customers. New users can test the app and all its features 30 days for free. Licenses are available for $79. Volume discounts and discounts for students and educational institutions are offered as well.
BookArc updated to support the latest MacBook Pros
Twelve South has released a new model of its BookArc — which allows you to run your setup from the power of your Mac laptop while in closed clamshell mode — that supports the 2016 MacBook Pros.
To use you slide your MacBook Pro into the silicone slot, connect it to an external display, add a full-size keyboard and mouse to enjoy the comfort of a desktop setup. Unplug the MacBook, and BookArc’s newly designed cable-catch feature keeps your cables from falling to the floor. The BookArc for 2016 MacBook Pros costs $49.99.
Multiplayer battles come to Empire: Total War on the Mac App...
Feral Interactive has announced that the Mac App Store (http://tinyurl.com/hhas3qz) version of epic strategy game Empire: Total War has been updated to support multiplayer mode.
Players can now enjoy the online features of Empire: Total War by signing up for an account with Calico, Feral’s own multiplayer matching service. Using Calico, players can invite friends to multiplayer battles and co-op campaigns, compare skill ratings, and track achievements.
Empire: Total War requires macOS 10.11.6 or higher. It costs $34.99.
MailRaider 3.0 for macOS adds Touch Bar support
MailRaider 3.0 is now available from 45RPM Software (http://www.45rpmsoftware.com). The app can open email files written by Microsoft Outlook, and extract any attached files. Version 3 adds support for the Touch Bar on the new MacBook Pros.
MailRaider can automatically extract your Outlook files into the most appropriate format. Message files are extracted into Apple Mail format (or your email client of choice), appointments are extracted into Calendar format, and addresses are extracted into Contacts format. What's more, if you have lots of emails to extract then you can choose to extract them in bulk — and save them in bulk for import directly into your Mail client.
MailRaider 3.0 requires macOS 10.10 or later. It’s available for $4.99 at the Mac App Store in the Business category.
Apple has released AirPods firmware 3.5.1
Apple has released AirPods firmware 3.5.1. AppleInsider.com says it’s probably already been downloaded to a synchronized device.
Installation is automatic when the AirPods are in their charging case, the case is plugged into a charger, and the linked iPhone is in close proximity and connected to Wi-Fi. You can check the installed firmware revision in the "General" settings menu, by selecting "About," then “AirPods.” AppleInsider says the update contains "miscellaneous minor bug fixes."
ChronoSync for macOS revved to version 4.7.3
Econ Technologies (www.econtechnologies.com) has released ChronoSync 4.7.3 for macOS with several new features and fixes. It’s a sync, backup, and bootable back-up app.
ChronoSync can back up and sync to anything you can connect to a Mac: external drives, thumb drives, NAS drives, remote Macs, PC's and cloud services. Version 4.7.3 includes several fixes, in addition to the enhancements implemented in ChronoSync 4.7.3.
ChronoSync works with macOS 10.8 and higher. A demo is available for download; registration is $49.99.