ABBY FineReader Pro now supports OS X native automation tools
ABBYY has released FineReader Pro for Mac, a professional OCR (Optical Character Recognition) software product for document scanning and conversion on Macs.
Newly added support for Mac Automator actions and AppleScript commands now gives customers the ability to create automated document conversion tasks or workflows. Mac users can link document processing steps together to create simple, self-running OCR workflows.
For example, a user could create a "watched folder" function which automatically processes documents, or whole batches of documents, as they are dropped into the folder. Watched folders can be also set to process documents only at scheduled times.
Users can additionally automate frequently used OCR tasks which launch with a simple "drag-and-drop" operation, or create a special task which applies text recognition to screenshots. Automated tasks, or workflows, based on ABBYY FineReader Pro for Mac can be set up to run without the need to launch the FineReader interface....
AKVIS Sketch 16 ready for Mac OS X Yosemite
AKVIS (www.akvis.com) has released AKVIS Sketch 16 for Mac OS X and Windows. The software turns photos into pencil drawings. The new version adds new features and lets a user make a snapshot during processing, add a watermark, erase pencil lines, etc.
AKVIS Sketch comes as a standalone application and as a Photoshop plugin filter. With it you can create color drawings and black-and-white sketches from your photos, imitate the technique of graphite and color pencil. Version 16:
° Adds the Snapshot button to the progress bar for making a shot during the image processing;
° Adds the possibility to pin your favorite snapshots to save them in the Timeline when changing the parameters;
° Adds Pencil and Eraser post-processing tool;
° Adds the smart non-destructive Crop tool to the standalone version;
° Increases the quick preview area (now the default value is 500 px, the maximum value is 1,000 px; the size can be adjusted in the Preferences dialog);
° Improves the Text tab (you can not...
AppleXsoft File Recovery updated for Mac OS X Yosemite
AppleXsoft Software (www.applexsoft.com) has released a new version (184.108.40.206) of AppleXsoft File Recovery, a do-it-yourself recovery software tool for Mac OS X. The upgrade has been visually redesigned, sports a fully rebuild recovery engine and is revved for Yosemite.
File Recovery has been developed to help Mac users to recover accidentally deleted photos from memory cards, CompactFlash, and other storage media. It uses individual scan algorithms for each supported file type and also supports the raw photos of cameras made by Nikon, Sony, Canon, Panasonic, Samsung, Olympus, Kodak, Fuji and others.
AppleXsoft Photo Recovery for Mac 220.127.116.11 requires Mac OS X 10.4 or higher. It costs US$49.95. A demo may be downloaded from the AppleXsoft website.
The latest iOS apps for Nov. 19
Here are some of the latest apps available at the Apple App Store for the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.
Touch Tech Kids has published Messy Mia and the Tale of Ancient Tech. It's an US$3.99 original storybook app about retro technology. Messy Mia tells the story of a young girl learning how her parents survived without modern technology such as laptops, tablets, broadband and mobile phones.
JSV Ventures has announced Alchemy 1000. The puzzle app starts off with the four basic elements: earth, air, fire and water. Users mix elements to create new objects: a beer, a star, an ATM, etc. The object of the game is to find all 1000. Alchemy 1000 is free, but does offer in-app purchases.
Liber Primus Games says its handheld fantasy adventure app, Narborion Saga is available as a free download. It's an epic fantasy story that writes itself as you play.
Bekon has released a free, self-titled app designed to eliminate a dangerous type of texting-and-driving. When you are headed to meet someone...
Tiffen Company releases upgrade to its Tiffen Dfx Digital Filter...
The Tiffen Company has released version 4 of its Tiffen Dfx digital filter suite.
The upgrade delivers more video and still image effects to its package. Version 4 adds OFX plug-in support, making it compatible with digital intermediate programs Blackmagic Design Davinci Resolve and Assimilate Scratch, as well as the high-end Nuke visual effects program from The Foundry.
The Tiffen Dfx 4 upgrade also includes support for Sony Vegas NLEs as well as 12 new visual effects filters, 93 new historical photographic processes, 30 new motion picture film stocks, a dramatic speed increase in GPU acceleration, state-of-the-art floating point precision for a non-destructive workflow, and Retina display support for Mac.
Tiffen Dfx 4 is compatible with Mac OS X 10.7 and higher. It's available at an introductory price of US$129.99. A demo is available for download.
BeLight Software releases Printworks for Mac OS X
BeLight Software has launched a new product called Printworks for Mac (http://tinyurl.com/pe2k9hj). It's a desktop publishing tool to help you design holiday cards, flyers, calendars, brochures, business cards, labels and envelopes.
Printworks comes with over 400 pre-designed templates and 1,000 clipart images. You can up that number to 40,000 with an in-app purchase. To use you simply choose and customize a template — or design a document from scratch.
Printworks costs US$49.95. It's available at the BeLight website or the Mac App Store. A demo is available at BeLight.
Adobe announces Lightroom 5.7 and Camera Raw 8.7
Adobe has announced the availability of Lightroom 5.7, Adobe Camera Raw 8.7 and DNG Converter 8.7 as final releases on Adobe.com and through the update mechanism in Photoshop CC and Photoshop CS6.
This release corrects issues reported in earlier versions of Lightroom 5 and Camera Raw 8. In addition, raw file format support is added for 24 new cameras including the Canon EOS 7D Mark II, Nikon D750, and Sony ILCE-5100. Specifically for Lightroom 5.7, new features include an importer tool for customers migrating from Aperture and iPhoto, as well as the ability to view comments and feedback from shared collections on Lightroom web.
Lightroom is a digital photography workflow solution that helps amateur and professional photographers import, manage, enhance and showcase all their images within one application. The Photoshop Camera Raw plug-in provides access to raw image formats produced by many leading digital cameras.
Lightroom 5.7 is available as a free update for Lightroom 5...
Red Giant Universe expands again
The Red Giant Universe (www.redgiant.com) is expanding once again with the release of Universe 1.3, the latest update to the visual effects environment for Adobe After Effects and Premiere Pro, Apple Final Cut Pro X and Motion, Sony Vegas and Blackmagic’s DaVinci Resolve.
Now with 81 effects, version 1.3 features 13 new tools, seven of which are plug-ins from CrumplePop. The new update also adds support for Blackmagic DaVinci Resolve, along with several updates to existing effects.
Yoink for Mac OS X ready for Yosemite
Matthias Gansrigler has updated his drag and drop "helper" Mac app, Yoink. to version 3.0.
Yoink is designed to simplify drag and drop between windows, spaces and (full screen) apps by providing a "shelf" where dragged files can be placed, to free the mouse for other actions like navigating. Version 3.0 adds some new features, user interface enhancements to complement Mac OS X Yosemite, and a couple of smaller additions.
Yoink's window can now be resized or automatically adjusted in height based on the number of files in it. You can now quickly view files in a file-stack in the app by right-clicking onto it. There are also improvements and bug fixes, like better QuickLook Previews, cleaned-up preferences and better localization of filenames and paths
Yoink is available on the Mac App Store for US$1.99 for a limited time (it's normally $4.99). It requires OS X Lion or newer. A free 15-day trial is available on the product website (http://www.eternalstorms.at).
The latest iOS apps for Nov. 18
Here are some of the latest apps available at the Apple App Store for the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.
Protivasoft has launched Cool Invoice an iPad app for small business owners. The tool — free, but with in-app purchases offered — provides an user interface to store company, product and client data. Users can access these data from the invoice screen to populate the form and create final invoice with minimal typing.
The new, free mobile app NearZone utilizes Bluetooth in smartphones to send instant bursts of data outside of traditional networks, so there is no need for Wi-Fi or cell phone services. The app, created by Ace Innovation Group, keeps allows passengers seated apart from one other in touch.
AlarmClockLabs has announced SleepControl. The $0.99 app monitors the iPhone battery over night and features the "Emergency Battery Alarm." Created especially for optimal readability and great comfort at low light, SleepControl's Fast Sleep feature enables the user to set an alarm...
MacStadium announces Mac-centric hosting, cloud service offering
MacStadium — a provider of Mac hosting, cloud computing and infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) — has launched its Enterprise Solutions Suite, a VMware powered, dedicated Mac server hosting and managed cloud service offering.
The new suite offers cloud hosting and support for large-scale virtualization while complementing MacStadium’s current Mac mini hosting and collocation service designed for single operating system environments, according to CEO Greg McGraw. The company's hosting services are designed to support the growing number of enterprises and businesses that need a world-class infrastructure and rely on Mac hardware and/or MacOS X operating systems as their computing and IT platform of choice.
It also has the ability to support traditional server environments. The foundation is built on Mac Pro servers dedicated exclusively to each customer and connected to a redundant network, power, cooling and secure infrastructure residing within MacStadium’s data center facilities....
FreeFileSync revved for Mac OS X, Windows, Linux
FreeFileSync (http://www.freefilesync.org) has released version 6.11 of its open source file synchronization utility for Mac OS X, Windows, and Linux. The new release runs under all modern versions of these operating systems, including Mac OS X Yosemite and Windows 10.
FreeFileSync 6.11 features a new synchronization progress graph that rounds out a library of graphs and messages that deliver feedback on multiple visual and textual levels. The software also provides context menu (right-click) support that lets users immediately edit FreeFileSync configuration files and launch the program.
Other new features in version 6.11 include the ability to ignore time shifts when making comparisons between files, the ability to preview RAW CR2 image files from digital cameras, and enhanced comparison progress statistics and configuration dialog layouts.
FreeFileSync is available without cost. The software has been optimized for both CPU and File I/O performance, enabling it to scan a hard...
Apple announces availability of WatchKit for the Apple Watch
Apple has announced the availability of WatchKit, software that gives developers a set of tools to create experiences designed specifically for the upcoming Apple Watch. Developers can create WatchKit apps, actionable notifications and Glances, for timely information accessible by a look at the smartwatch.
"With the iOS 8.2 beta SDK [software developer kit], developers can now start using WatchKit to create breakthrough new apps, Glances and actionable notifications designed for the innovative Apple Watch interface and work with new technologies such as Force Touch, Digital Crown and Taptic Engine," says Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing.
Developers can create notifications that allow users to take action or respond from their wrist such as turning the lights off after they've left the house, accessing flight details at the airport, and rerouting their transit when a train or bus is late. Developers can incorporate Glances, which show users...
Yosemite update fails to fix some Wi-Fi problems
Apple's release of Mac OS X 10.10.1, which was intended to — among other things — improve Wi-Fi reliability, hasn't completely resolved the issue.
On Apple's Support Communities, there are still complaints of dropped connections and slow speeds on Macs that were updated to Mac OS X Yosemite. In fact, "ComputerWorld" (http://tinyurl.com/q2fsysm) notes one support thread that contains more than 1,100 posts. Here are a couple of the complaints:
"I upgraded my Macbook Pro Retina 15" (mid 2014 revision) to OS X Yosemite last night and am now having issues when using my home WiFi connection. Whilst it connects to either the 5Ghz or 2.4Ghz network, it is basically unusable. Web pages take minutes to load (if they even load at all), dropbox doesn't sync because it can't get a connection and even trying to get to the router config page is extremely slow and hit/miss."
"The same has happened to me. Never had a problem with Maverick. Making it impossible to do anything more than about 2-3...
Quark Software launches Quark Author
Quark Software has released Quark Author (http://tinyurl.com/ncdzyqt), new Web-based software that allows business users and subject matter experts to create structured content within a word processor-like environment that keeps XML behind the scenes.
With Quark Author writers can create and organize content in components using standard content types such as sections, paragraphs, lists, tables, charts and figures. When created as structured components – or Smart Content – content can be dynamically assembled for output across mobile, digital and print channels. Smart Content is Quark’s name for the next generation of automated, XML-driven publishing.
Quark Author is tightly integrated with Quark Publishing Platform, which is the component content management system from Quark for authored content.
Synology unveils DiskStation DS1515+ and DS1815+
Synology (www.synology.com) has introduced DiskStation DS1515+ and DS1815+, 5-bay and 8-bay NAS servers designed for small and medium-sized businesses to facilitate intensive data exchange, collaboration, and backup among large groups of employees.
Featuring an Intel Atom processor C2000 family 2.4GHz quad-core processor with Intel AES New Instructions (Intel AES-NI) encryption, as well as a RAM module expandable to 6 GB, both models deliver the robust performance required for businesses’ mission-critical tasks, in particular for encrypted file transfers, says Rosiel Lee, senior sales and marketing manager at Synology. The four Gigabit LAN ports supporting Link Aggregation and failover also ensure writing speeds exceeding 410 MB/s for DS1815+ and 390 MB/s for DS1515+ and reading speeds exceeding 450 MB/s, making them capable of handling requests from a great number of users simultaneously.
The DS1515+ and DS1815+ can be scaled up to a raw capacity of 90 and 108 TB respectively by...
Awaken 6 for Mac updated for Yosemite and iTunes 12
Embraceware Software (http://embraceware.com/) has announced Awaken 6.0 for Mac. The update was visually redesigned and updated for Mac OS X Yosemite and iTunes 12.
Awaken turns your Mac into a music alarm clock and sleep timer. The application supports multiple timers with sorting and labeling and can even launch applications or files. Users can select from over a dozen built-in sounds. You can fall asleep to your music as well as gradually fade out the music volume and screen brightness.
Awaken 6.0 costs US$9.99. It's available worldwide exclusively through the Mac App Store in the Productivity category.
BatchOutput for Microsoft PowerPoint now available at the Mac...
Zevrix Solutions (www.zevrix.com) says that BatchOutput PPT, its output automation solution for Microsoft PowerPoint, is now available on Mac App Store in the Productivity category for US$20.
BatchOutput automates printing of multiple documents and allows to carry out professional PDF production directly from PowerPoint, eliminating the need for time consuming post-processing. In addition to batch printing users can optimize PDF files for various target devices, apply variable file names and protect PDF against unauthorized use.
A demo is available for download at the Zevrix website. BatchOutput PPT requires Mac OS X 10.7 or higher and Microsoft Word 2008 or 2011.
The latest iOS apps for Nov. 18
Here are some of the latest apps available at the Apple App Store for the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.
Polwarth Medical has announced Cranial Ultrasound. It's an US$1.99 educational quiz app designed to help medical professionals brush up on their neonatal cranial ultrasound interpretation skills.
Paragon Software Group has released the Oxford Learner's Thesauraus. The $29.99 app is designed to help with understanding the differences between similar words in written and spoken English enabling learners of English to enrich their vocabulary and to find the right words to say exactly what they mean. Each entry has a group of 3-10 synonyms with the meaning clearly explained, together with additional help with, for example, grammar and register.
2camels Publishing has launched Veggoagogo. It's a $2.99 travel translation app for vegetarians. It addresses many of the needs that the traveling vegetarian faces on a daily basis, from locating a restaurant, choosing suitable items from the...
Apple releases OS X, iOS updates
Apple has released Mac OS X Yosemite 10.10.1 and iOS 8.1.1. According to Apple, in addition to improving Wi-Fi reliability, OS X Yosemite 10.10.1 - a free update at the Mac App Store — improves reliability when sending Mail messages with certain email service providers and improves reliability when connecting to a Microsoft Exchange server.
According to Apple's release notes, other fixes include:
° Resolution for an issue where sharing services, Notification Center widgets and Actions may not be available
° Addressed an issue that could cause Notiication Center settings to not be retained after a restart;
° Addressed an issue that might prevent the Mac App Store from displaying certain updates;
° Addressed an issue that could prevent some Mac mini computers from waking from sleep;
° Resolved an issue that might prevent Time Machine from displaying older backups;
° Addressed an issue that might prevent entering text in Japanese.
For enterprise customers, OS X Yosemite 10.10.1
Digital Film Tools releases Film Stocks 2.0, Light 4.0, Rays v2.0
Digital Film Tools (www.digitalfilmtools.com), has released Film Stocks 2.0, Light 4.0, and Rays 2.0.
Film Stocks is a filter that simulates 288 different color and black and white still photographic film stocks, motion picture films stocks and historical photographic processes. As a result of customer requests, Bleach Bypass, Cross Processing, Grunge, Three Strip and Two Strip Processes have been integrated into the Film Stocks 2 workflow.
The Film Stocks user interface has also been upgraded with Retina display support for Mac OS X as well as three new masking types: Path, Snap and Selection. OFX plug-in support has also been added, making Film Stocks compatible with digital intermediate programs Assimilate Scratch and Blackmagic Design Davinci Resolve, the Foundry’s Nuke compositing software and the Sony Vegas non-linear editing system.
With Light, light can be added to a scene where none existed before just as if you were adding light at the time of shooting. Gobos (patterns) are...
OWC releases ThunderBay 4 mini, ThunderBay 4 mini RAID Edition
Other World Computing (www.macsales.com) has released the ThunderBay 4 mini (pictured) and the ThunderBay 4 mini RAID Edition. Pricing for the former starts at US$379; pricing for the latter begins at $479.
Optimized for 2.5-inch drives, the ThunderBay 4 mini is designed for demanding applications, including workflows involving 4K, 2K, uncompressed HD, and multi-stream SD video. It allows you to, among other things, expand production capabilities in creative platforms like Final Cut X, Avid Pro Tools, and Adobe Lightroom.
Key features include: four 2.5-inch drive bays, perfect for SSDs; Thunderbolt 2 performance with sustained speeds of up to 1,284MB/second; up to 4TB of SSD storage (HDD up to 8TB); near-silent operation; the flexibility to combine multiple ThunderBays into a single massive RAID array; regimented multi-hour drive “burn-in." The ThunderBay 4 mini RAID Edition comes with SoftRAID 5, software RAID 5 for the Mac
The Thunderbay 4 mini RAID 5 Edition is preconfigured in...
Patriot introduces two new FUEL + models of charging devices
Patriot (www.patriotmem.com) has introduced two new models to its FUEL+ family of charging devices: the FUEL+ 6000mAh and 12000mAh. They're available for US$49.99 and $79.99, respectively.
FUEL+ devices feature a portable design with two USB charging ports offering the option to simultaneously charge two devices. One port provides a 2.5A power output for fast charging of larger devices such as tablets. The 6000mAh model can purportedly charge a smartphone up to four times before needed to be recharged while the 12000mAh can charge one up to eight times.
To safeguard against under-discharge, over-charge, and short-circuit, FUEL+ devices come with built-in protection. They also boasts pass-through technology that enables the battery and device(s) to be charged simultaneously when plugged into a USB or wall outlet. There's an LED indicator to let the user know how much charge their portable charger contains. Fuel+ includes a micro USB to USB cable and comes charged and ready right out of...
Shairwaves is new HD audio device sharing tool for the Mac
Coolatoola.com has released Shairwaves, a new HD audio device sharing app for the Mac. It provides the ability for Macs to share their connected audio devices.
Just as printers and screens can be shared, so now audio devices can be shared as well. Although its similar to Apple's AirPlay, Shairwaves doesn't use AirPlay's protocols.
The app purportedly replicates all device characteristics — up to eight channels with sample rates up to 192kHz and sample widths up to 32 bits. Encoded audio formats are also shared, making it possible to watch a DVD or iTunes movie on a MacBook and have the 5.1 surround audio come out of a home theatre system with no wires.
Shairwaves supports Mac OS X 10.5 and higher. Pricing starts at US$15. Go to the Coolatoola web site for details.
Apple adds UnionPay payment option for App Store customers in...
Apple says the App Store has added UnionPay, the most popular payment card in China, as a payment option for customers in China. Customers will be able to link their Apple ID with a UnionPay debit or credit card for one-tap purchases.
"The ability to buy apps and make purchases using UnionPay cards has been one of the most requested features from our customers in China," says Eddy Cue, Apple’s senior vice president of Internet Software and Services. "China is already our second largest market for app downloads, and now we’re providing users with an incredibly convenient way to purchase their favorite apps with just one-tap."
As a bankcard network, China UnionPay operates China’s national inter-bank clearing and settlement system, develops the worldwide UnionPay Card acceptance network, promotes the issuance and usage of the UnionPay Card as well as other innovative payment solutions, so as to provide quality, efficient and safe payment services to cardholders. To date, the total...
QuickerTek releases OS X Yosemite 802.11ac drivers
QuickerTek has posted Mac OS X Yosemite software drivers for its AcNano and AcQuicky USB Wifi devices. This software enables users of older Apple MacBooks to take advantage of the latest wireless technology.
An USB device allows older Macs to have the same quicker 802.11ac networking built into the latest Macs. The Yosemite drivers work with a variety of wireless network equipment, including wireless access points from Dlink, NetGear and others.
The AcNano and AcQuicky USB Wifi device drivers can be freely downloaded from QuickerTek online (www.quickertek.com).
AstoundSound gaming plug-ins for Unity3D released
Astound Holdings (http://tinyurl.com/n6ly7o8) says its new suite of gaming plug-ins are now available on the Unity Asset Store for game developers.
The AstoundSound 3D spatial audio technology software core powers the plug-ins with two solutions: AstoundSound 3D RTI and AstoundSound Expander available for Mac OS X, iOS, Windows, Android, and Linux platforms. The plug-ins provide 3D audio spatialization for all types of games (2D and 3D) including VR, first person shooters, third person shooters, and more.
Robots and Pencils releases Jeff, a GIF creating Mac app
Robots and Pencils has released Jeff (https://robotsandpencils.com/jeff/), a Mac OS X Yosemite app that allows users to record their screen as a GIF and share it anywhere with Dropbox.
You can drag and expand Jeff to any size. After recording, the app will automatically upload a GIF to the user's Dropbox and create a link. The GIF can then be shared by pasting the link.
Jeff requires OS X Yosemite or later. It's available for US$9.99 at the Mac App Store in the Productivity category and is free for not-for-profit organizations.
Twocanoes Labs announces Bleu Station Series 200 beacons
Twocanoes Labs has released their next-generation iBeacon technology, Bleu Station Series 200. Features include over-the-air firmware update capability, LED visual status indicator, encryption and reset button.
Bleu Station beacons include certified AC power adapter, meaning no battery maintenance is required. Bleu Station beacons are fully compliant with Apple's iBeacon performance standard and are available now on the Twocanoes Store.
The Bleu Station Beacon Series 200, Bleu Proximity Starter Kit and free apps are available at Twocanoes Software and Labs online (www.twocanoes.com).
OmniGraffle 6.1 adopts Yosemite's style suggestions
The Omni Group has updated OmniGraffle (http://omnigroup.com/omnigraffle/), its software for creating graphics, to version 6.1. The upgrade improves the app's performance and adopts Mac OS X Yosemite's new style suggestions.
Version 6.1 also improves and expands on the Inspector feature by making it completely customizable. You can switch between the sidebar, floating inspectors, and palettes—where you can snap off and combine groups to create different combinations.
What's more OmniGraffle 6.1 includes new stroke options, fill effects, and blending modes. Blur, pixelate, magnify content behind objects, and add inner or outer strokes to shapes. The stencil sidebar now includes search results from Stenciltown.
The 6.1 update is a free update for registered users. For new users the cost is US$99.99 for the standard version and $199.99 for the pro version. It's available at the Omni Group web site and the Mac App Store.
Apple says it's unaware of any users affected by '...
Apple says it's unaware of any iOS users affected by the so-called "Masque Attack."
Masque Attack was discovered and described by FireEye mobile security researchers (http://tinyurl.com/l96l7yp). This attack purportedly works by luring users to install an app from a source other than the iOS App Store or their organizations’ provisioning system. In order for the attack to succeed, a user must install an untrusted app, such as one delivered through a phishing link.
In a statement to iMore (http://tinyurl.com/pyz6ccg) Apple says: "We designed OS X and iOS with built-in security safeguards to help protect customers and warn them before installing potentially malicious software. We're not aware of any customers that have actually been affected by this attack. We encourage customers to only download from trusted sources like the App Store and to pay attention to any warnings as they download apps. Enterprise users installing custom apps should install apps from their company's secure...
Logo Pop Free for Mac OS X updated to version 1.1
128bit Technologies (www.macappware.com) has introduced Logo Pop Free 1.1, an update of its vector-based logo design app for Mac OS X 10.6.6 or higher. It's available at the Mac App Store for free.
Logo Pop Free 1.1 adds tutorials in the Help menu, and Imperial Grid and Metric Grid options in the View menu. Now drawing on the canvas will automatically select Fill or Stroke in the Edit Inspector to quickly make adjustments.
Logo Pop Free allows you to create a professional looking vector based logo, then use it online or in print with support for all popular image formats including transparent PNGs. You can use your logo on websites, business cards, letterhead, merchandise, social media, product packaging, gravatars, profile pictures, or any other branding or marketing piece.
Kenu launches compact tripod for iPhones
Kenu.com has launched the US$29.95 Stance, a compact tripod for iPhones. It mounts directly into the Apple smartphone's Lightning port using the "MicroMount."
The Stance weighs 1.2 ounces and is smaller than a pack of gum. Non-slip feet and premium zinc-alloy construction create a stable base. A ball-and-pivot joint lets the phone tilt and rotate freely.
With the legs folded flat, the Stance positions your iPhone for watching videos or taking pictures in landscape mode. If you’re ready to unplug, Stance even has a bottle opener built into one of the legs.
Prizmo 3 gets a Yosemite-ready, revamped user interface
Creaceed (www.creaceed.com) has released Prizmo 3, an update of its Mac OS X application for scanning everything thanks to a digital camera. The upgrade adds Mac OS X Yosemite support.
The app's revamped user interface taking advantage of Yosemite's translucency and vibrancy. It supports Handoff so you can switch from editing Prizmo documents on one device to another, with Mac, iPhone, and iPad support.
Prizmo image cropping and cleanup capabilities are now exposed globally to other apps as an image editing extension. The software's OCR capabilities are now made available throughout OS X, as an extension. Textual contents can be retrieved from any image in other apps that support extensions (image viewing action).
Prizmo 3 offers support for third-party exports: it can now invoke third-party export options (cloud storage, email clients, social networks, etc.) that have been installed on the system. It also offers improved image processing, better image clean-up features, and improved...
StarTech announces new Thunderbolt adapters
StarTech has announced the upcoming release of two new Thunderbolt adapters, including a Thunderbolt to Gigabit Ethernet and USB 3.0 Adapter (TB2USB3GE) and a Thunderbolt to eSATA and USB 3.0 Adapter (TB2USB3ES).
The new adapters enable users to harness the speed and reliability of Thunderbolt, to add two essential connection ports to their MacBook or Thunderbolt-equipped laptop through a single host connection, says Carey Cline, senior product manager for StarTech.com. They offer full-speed connections from each of the ports provided, avoiding connection bottlenecks, even when both ports are in use, Cline adds.
The manufacturer's suggested retail price for the Thunderbolt to Gigabit Ethernet and USB 3.0 Adapter and Thunderbolt to eSATA and USB 3.0 Adapter is US$127.99. These products will be available at CDW, Amazon.com, Newegg.com, PC Connection, and Insight and will be distributed by Ingram Micro, SYNNEX, Tech Data, D&H and ASI.
iOS users should beware a 'Masque Attack'
A malware technique labeled "Masque Attack" allows an attacker to substitute malware for a legitimate iOS app under a limited set of circumstances. It affects OS devices running iOS 7.1.1, 7.1.2, 8.0, 8.1, and 8.1.1 beta.
Masque Attack was discovered and described by FireEye mobile security researchers (http://tinyurl.com/l96l7yp). This attack works by luring users to install an app from a source other than the iOS App Store or their organizations’ provisioning system. In order for the attack to succeed, a user must install an untrusted app, such as one delivered through a phishing link.
This technique takes advantage of a security weakness that allows an untrusted app—with the same "bundle identifier" as that of a legitimate app—to replace the legitimate app on an affected device, while keeping all of the user’s data. This vulnerability exists because iOS does not enforce matching certificates for apps with the same bundle identifier. Apple’s own iOS platform apps, such as Mobile...
Apple drops support for third-party SSDs in Yosemite
If you're using running a Mac that uses a third-party SSD, then upgrading to OS X Yosemite "will leave you in a world of hurt as Apple drops support for third-party SSDs," reports ZDNet (http://tinyurl.com/nrxxltm).
According to Cindori Software, makers of the popular utility Trim Enabler, the issue involves a newly introduced security feature called kext signing. A kext is an OS X kernel extension, or a driver. Enabling TRIM is one of the best ways to maximize the life of a solid-state drive, but OS X doesn't support it out-of-the-box except for Apple's own drives, but until now it has been possible to enable it by altering drivers.
"Kext signing basically works by checking if all the drivers in the system are unaltered by a third party, or approved by Apple," Cindori Software writes (http://tinyurl.com/ojmjmc4) on its blog. "If they have been modified, Yosemite will no longer load the driver. This is a means of enforcing security, but also a way for Apple to control what hardware...
Apple stock hits new high
Apple stock jumped nearly 2% to 113.45, a new high, in morning trading on the stock market today, reports Investors.com (http://tinyurl.com/qd7rnvr). In late-morning trading Thursday, Apple stock was trading just below that intraday high.
Apple analysts generally are bullish about the company's prospects for the holiday shopping season, given the company's refreshed lineup of iPhones and iPad, the article adds. This is also the first Christmas with premium headphone maker Beats Electronics under Apple ownership.
SanDisk releases flash drive for the iPhone, iPad
SanDisk Corp. has announced the iXpand Flash Drive, the company's first USB Flash Drive designed specifically for iPhone and iPad.
"According to IDC, nearly three-quarters of all images are now captured on smartphones and tablets," says Dinesh Bahal, vice president, product marketing, SanDisk. "With this significant increase in mobile-generated content, consumers are looking for easy ways to manage it all. In fact, our research shows that 82% of U.S. smartphone users find transferring photos, videos, music and other files to be very important to them2. We created the iXpand Flash Drive to offer consumers a quick and safe way to move their favorite content between devices so it's available when and where they want it."
The iXpand Flash Drive transfers photos and videos from an iPhone or iPad to a Mac or PC without cables, Internet connections, or bandwidth limitations. In addition, it maintains the original photo or video resolution quality.
The iXpand sync app is free at the Apple App...
SuperTab is ready for Mac OS X Yosemite
SpriTec Software has launched SuperTab 1.2 (http://www.supertab.me/SuperTab.html), an upgrade to its Mac OS X (10.8 and higher) utility app that enhances and extends the Mac's built-in Command-Tab Application Switcher. The new version adds a Download Manager and support for Mac OS X Yosemite
Before SuperTab, the App Switcher only gave Mac users access to their currently active apps. The SpriTec utility gives Mac users such instant "Command-Tab" access.
SuperTab is free to download and install and is fully-functional for 30 days. After 30 days, it remains fully-functional but will occasionally ask users to register. To celebrate the release of version 1.2, SuperTab is available at a 50%-off sale price of US$10 through Jan. 15, 2015.
Better Finder Attributes ready for Mac OS X Yosemite
Publicspace.net has updated its A Better Finder Attributes utility (http://tinyurl.com/ana4k) -- which can change Finder attributes, such as creation and modification dates -- to version 5.28. The new version features a major user interface refresh for Mac OS X Yosemite.
A Better Finder Attributes requires Mac OS X 10.7 or higher. It costs US$14.95; business and enterprises licensing is available. The app is also available at the Mac App Store under the name File MultiTool 5.
EditShare announces Flow 3.2
EditShare has announced version 3.2 of Flow, the company’s media asset management platform.
The upgrade boasts a score of new features including support for industry-standard 4K codecs; unique file upload and download capabilities that expand the remote collaboration power of AirFlow, the web-based portal into Flow; and new, fully-automated transcoding and delivery options. Fully integrated with EditShare shared storage (XStream, XStream EFS, Energy, Field and Ultra) and archiving (Ark) products, Flow provides an end-to-end workflow solution, from baseband SDI and file-based ingest with transcoding to asset logging, browsing and retrieval of content on EditShare media spaces and archives.
Its integrated production tools provide fast shot selection, rough cuts and preview of media with associated metadata from standard desktop systems connected to an EditShare network. Go to http://tinyurl.com/l4uyr4l for more information.
CS Odessa introduces ConceptDraw Office 3 for Mac, Windows
CS Odessa has announced ConceptDraw Office 3 (http://tinyurl.com/nsnf9ny), the next generation of its business/productivity suite that features three integrated products: ConceptDraw PRO, ConceptDraw MINDMAP and ConceptDraw PROJECT for, respectively, diagramming, mind mapping, and project management.
ConceptDraw PRO 10 now allows for the import/export of native format Visio 2013 files, new connector-types, and improved performance. ConceptDraw MINDMAP 8 now includes hi-res images, an improved presentation mode, and task/email integration. ConceptDraw PROJECT 7 has had a major makeover that improves functionality and interoperability, imports/exports MS Excel files, and you can even import/export MS Project files, facilitating project collaboration.
ConceptDraw Office 3 is compatible with Mac OS X and Microsoft Windows. It retails for US$499. The three apps are each available individually for $199.
Apple's Beats unveils Bluetooth Solo2 wireless headphones
Beats by Dr. Dre (http://www.beatsbydre.com), the audio brand co-founded by Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine and acquired by Apple in July 2014, says it will be expanding its offering of wireless products with the launch of the new Solo2 Wireless on-ear headphones.
Solo2 Wireless offers the same dynamic sound and streamlined design as Solo2, but with the added benefit of wireless capabilities, according to Beats President Luke Wood. With its Bluetooth technology, Solo2 Wireless can move freely for up to 30 feet from your audio device.
You can take phone calls, skip songs, and change the volume using the "b" button and volume buttons on the ear cup. The Solo2 Wireless' rechargeable battery purportedly allows you to enjoy up to 12 hours of wireless playback. Not charged? Not a problem. Just plug in the provided RemoteTalk cable and enjoy your music.
The Solo2 Wireless retails for US$299.95 and will be available this month at Apple.com and select retailers. Go to BeatsbyDre.com to be notified...
HARMAN announces iOS compatible JBL Horizon clock radio
HARMAN International Industries has announced JBL’s Horizon (www.JBL.com), an US$99.99 clock radio with JBL stereo sound and ambient light. It can also your phone, tablet, or wearable devices.
JBL’s Horizon clock radio delivers stereo sound enriched with the multi-sensory ambient glow of LED lights, says Michael Mauser, president of HARMAN Lifestyle. Two separate alarms, customizable for you or your partner, wake you to one of several original digital alarm tones, the FM station of your choice, or music from your smartphone.
The Horizon sports five programmable FM radio presets and Bluetooth to stream your music wirelessly from any Bluetooth phone or tablet. If you choose, you can even wake up to a traditional buzzer.
The JBL Horizon features a compact design that fits in on any nightstand or kitchen shelf. The LCD clock display has a built-in light sensor to automatically adjust the brightness according to the light in the room. Two USB ports allow you to charge your phones, tablets...
Addonics announces 5-IN-3 Drive Chassis
Addonics Technologies (www.addonics.com) has announced the US$49Addonics 5-IN-3 Drive Chassis, a storage solution that lets you increase the density of storage devices in a small space.
The new product features a drive bracket that enables users to install up to five 3.5-inch drives into many desktop computers, servers or rack mount systems via three standard 5.25-inch drive bays. The 5-IN-3 Drive Chassis increases by 67% the total number of 3.5" storage devices that can be installed into multi-bay storage chassis or systems with three or more 5.25-inch drive bays.
For example, on the Addonics Storage Tower III that has three 5.25-inch drive bays, as many as ten hard drives can be installed by mounting five, instead of three, 2.5-inch Double Snap-In drives into the 5-IN-3 Drive Chassis.
Pixeljam launches Glorkian Warrior in the Mac App Store
Pixeljam Games (http://www.pixeljam.com) has introduced Glorkian Warrior: The Trials of Glork for Mac OS X, a collaboration with comic book artist James Kochalka. It requires Mac OS X 10.6 or later and is available for US$3.99 at the Mac Game Store in the Games category.
Here's how the game is described: "Glorkian Warrior is a unique hybrid of Galaga-style shoot 'em up, simple platforming action and Saturday morning cartoon. Help Glorkian Warrior defend his asteroid against an endless onslaught of alien invaders, and be prepared for somewhat unexpected results! This game offers a wicked arsenal of weapons, powerups and much more."
Grid Connect introduces smart outlet with Apple HomeKit...
A new connected outlet that integrates with Apple HomeKit is now available for pre-order (www.connectsense.com/preorder) from Grid Connect.
The ConnectSense Smart Outlet features two Internet-connected electrical sockets that enable users to control devices plugged into them using an iPhone app, other Apple HomeKit-enabled devices or by voice command via Siri, Apple's voice controlled "personal digital assistant." As part of its iOS 8 SDK [software developer kit], Apple offers HomeKit, which delivers a common protocol, secure pairing and the ability to control individual or groups of devices throughout the house.
The Smart Outlet plugs into any standard North American electrical outlet, and enables users to automate their home by setting up rules, notifications and schedules. It allows users to control and monitor just about any device that plugs in, including lights, heat, fans, air conditioners, televisions, coffee machines, dishwashers, ovens, washing machines/dryers and many...
Prosoft says its Hear sound enhancement software is ready for OS...
Prosoft Engineering says its US$19.99 Hear sound enhancement software is ready for OS X Yosemite. It's also optimized to support more apps.
Hear is an app designed to improve the sound quality of the internal or external speakers on you computer. It offers an array of settings. A 30-day demo is available at the Prosoft website (www.prosofteng.com).
Tidy Up revved for Mac OS X Yosemite
Hyperbolic Software (http://www.hyperbolicsoftware.com/) has announced Tidy Up 4.0, the latest version of the duplicate finder and disk tidying utility. The upgrade features an updated interface and more. It's also ready for Mac OS X Yosemite.
Tidy Up locates duplicate items using a wide range of criteria including owner application, time created or modified, name, label, extension and content. Version 4.0 features include: a search engine completely rewritten using the latest OS X technologies; 64-bit compliance; a new view by duplicate group; a new Quick "Auto check" feature; and new Smart Search methods.
Version 4.0 of Tidy Up requires Mac OS X 10.8 or greater. For a limited time, it's on sale for US$30 (normally it's $39). Upgrades from version 3.x are $20.