Apple releases sixth beta of macOS Sierra 10.12.2
Apple has released the sixth beta of an upcoming macOS Sierra 10.12.2 update to developers and public beta testers. Developers can download the beta through the Apple Developer Center or the Software Update mechanism in the App Store.
If you're not already signed up for the public beta program, you can do 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.
AppDelete 4.3.1 optimized for macOS Sierra
Reggie Ashworth has announced AppDelete 4.3.1 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 latest version has been optimized for macOS Sierra. It also adds a new icon and graphics, a new App Reset Tool, and a new Clear Logs too.
AppDelete 4.3.1 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).
AppYogi introduces Wifi Signal Strength Status for macOS
AppYogi Software has introduced Wifi Signal Strength Status 1.0 (http://tinyurl.com/hhrt4y8), its new utility developed exclusively for macOS. The app = displays the wireless signal strength with network name, "neat icon" or "percentage" on the menu bar.
Wifi Signal Strength Status lets users know and monitor wireless signal strength at all times with RSSI, Noise, Transmit Rate, Channel details and more. The app also allows the user to see their public IP with Mac address on the Menu Bar.
Wifi Signal Strength Status requires macOS 10.10 or later. It costs US$4.99 and is available worldwide exclusively through the Mac App Store in the Utilities category.
FileMaker 15 Tips & Tricks training videos available
FileMaker author John Mark Osborne has released his student requested Tips & Tricks training videos for FileMaker Pro 15.
The videos are created in FileMaker Pro 15 Advanced but can be used with FileMaker Pro or Advanced 12, 13 and 14 with the exception of a few exercises. The videos cover intermediate, advanced and expert topics in the areas of scripting, calculations, reporting and relational design.
As a reward for current students and as an introductory holiday sale for FileMaker enthusiasts who haven’t purchased his Philosophy of FileMaker videos, Osborne is offering this four-hour long course for US$20 or at a 20% discount for the rest of 2016. On Jan. 1st, 2017, the price will increase to $25.00.
To find out more information or purchase these videos, visit the Database Pros web site (http://philosophy-of-filemaker.thinkific.com/).
Apple releases seventh beta of upcoming iOS 10.2 update
Apple has released the seventh beta of an upcoming iOS 10.2 update to developers and public beta testers. For developers, the beta update can be downloaded through the Apple Developer Center or the Software Update mechanism in the Mac App Store.
Non-developers can sign up for the public beta program https://beta.apple.com/sp/betaprogram/ . The public beta program is free, but remember: beta software is unfinished software so use with care.
Matrox announces update for the Monarch LCS
Matrox Video has announced a firmware update for the H.264 based Matrox Monarch LCS lecture capture appliance (http://tinyurl.com/hgflzpn). Through the new scheduler function, the Monarch LCS can now be set to start automatically before an event (e.g. lectures, corporate presentations, religious services) without any human intervention required.
The Monarch LCS scheduler supports the iCalendar (.ics) standard, which can be generated by a variety of scheduling applications including Google Calendar and Microsoft Outlook. Allowing identification of multiple devices on a single master calendar, when the schedule is imported to a Monarch LCS appliance, it will automatically start and stop streaming and recording events at times corresponding to that individual device.
The Monarch LCS’s updated ability allows it to record files locally to an SD card or attached USB drive, and then transfer the data to network-mapped drives at a later time. Transfers can be triggered manually or...
PDFpen for macOS gets Touch Bar support
Smile (http://smle.us/store) has upgraded PDFpen, its all-purpose PDF editing tool for the Mac, to version 8.3. This version includes Touch Bar support for both editing tools and PDFpenPro’s Table of Contents editing tools.
PDFpen and PDFpenPro 8.1 add “snap to guides” that allows images, shapes, and other objects to snap into alignment with the center and edges of existing objects. Guides are visible when dragging. Special consideration is given to text boxes, which can now snap to the same baseline as existing text.
PDFpenPro and PDFpen 8 work with PDFpen for iPad and iPhone version 2, allowing editing across devices when used with Dropbox storage or iCloud Drive. iCloud storage is available when PDFpen is purchased via the Mac App Store.
PDFpen retails for $74.95, PDFpenPro for $124.95. Family pack licenses, which cover up to five computers in one household, are $94.95 for PDFpen and $149.95 for PDFpenPro. Office pack licenses start at $224.95 for PDFpen (for five users) and $349....
NeoFinder 7 for macOS adds tweaked interface and more
Norbert M. Doerner has announced NeoFinder 7.0. It’s an update of the macOS 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 search possibilities, smart folders, albums, and more. Version 7 offers a new user interface, integrated Adobe XMP (IPTC) editing (including keywords from a controlled vocabulary), audio thumbnails for songs, improved cataloging and database engines for better performance, web galleries, and much more.
NeoFinder 7 requires macOS 10.7or higher. It’s a paid update to licensed users of CDFinder, update price starting at approximately $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...
Day Planner is a new to-do app for the Mac
Inspiring-Life Technologies has introduced Day Planner 1.0 (http://inspiringlife.co/1179749655.html), a “to-do” application for macOS. Its interface is sub divided into dedicated sections for entering specific information for a given day.
These are to-dos, appointments, people to call, things to buy, etc. Users can jump to any date by using the built-in calendar and fill out different sections on days to come.
Day Planner requires macOS 10.10 or later and costs US$2.99. It’s available exclusively through the Mac App Store in the Lifestyle category.
Maintain serves up Cocktail 9.4.1 (El Capitan Edition)
Maintain has served up Cocktail 9.4.1 (El Capitan Edition), a new edition of Cocktail for users running OS X El Capitan 10.11.
Cocktail (http://cocktail.maintain.se) is a general purpose utility for OS X that lets users clean, repair and optimize their Macs. Version 9.4.1:
° Adds the ability to customize the layout;
° Addresses an issue in which Cocktail may fail to display a Time Machine log;
° Addresses an issue in which Cocktail may fail to delete items from encrypted disk images;
° Resolves a number of other issues discovered in the previous release.
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.
KeyQue update improves PopChar X, Typinator integration
Ergonis Software (www.ergonis.com) has rolled out KeyCue 8.3, an update of their keyboard shortcut cheat sheet. The upgrade improves PopChar X and Typinator integration, includes some stability improvements, fixes user-reported issues, and improves compatibility with FileMaker Pro 14 and 15.
KeyCue 8.3 requires macOS 10.6 or later. The upgrade is free for anyone who owns KeyQue 8 or how purchased a license for KeyCue 7 on or after March 1, 2015. Upgrade paths are available for owners of older licenses. For new users the cost is $19.99 for a single user license and $29.95 for a family pack.
Apple posts new tvOS 10.1 developer beta
Apple has seeded the fifth tvOS 10.1 developer beta for the fourth generation Apple TV.
The software update so far has included Apple’s new single sign-on feature which lets you authenticate with your cable provider to unlock all compatible paid video apps. Developers can download the beta through the Apple Developer Center.
Kanex introduces the GoPower Plus
Kanex has announced the GoPower Plus (www.kanex.com/gopowerplus), a portable power solution featuring built-in micro USB with a Lightning adapter for use with both Apple and Android devices.
Packed with 8,000 mAh of power, it can purportedly deliver two full charges to your smartphones, while an extra USB port allows an additional device to charge simultaneously. The GoPower Plus features an aluminum finish and fits into a pocket or bag.
GoPower Plus is Apple MFi Certified, which means it’s specifically made to fit with your Apple devices. The Kanex GoPower Plus premium portable batteries will be available mid-December for US$49.95.
PDF Converter for the Mac revved to version 6
Nuance Communications has released PDF Converter for Mac 6, an update of the solution that empowers Apple users to convert, edit and securely collaborate with industry-standard PDF files.
Version 6 allows users to assemble PDF documents from a variety of sources, convert PDFs into editable formats for repurposing, create searchable files from scanned documents, and create and fill out PDF forms. What’s more, the streamlined user interface running on OS X Yosemite or El Capitan enables users to work more efficiently and effectively, according to Chris Strammiello, vice president, Global Alliances & Strategic Marketing at Nuance.
Nuance PDF Converter for Mac is available for $99.99. The software is offered through Nuance’s retail e-commerce and corporate reseller channels. Go to http://tinyurl.com/hzykd5t for more info.
Together 3.7 for macOS adds Touch Bar and improves Evernote...
Reinvented Software has announced Together 3.7 for Mac (http://reinventedsoftware.com/together/). The app is for collecting, organizing and searching all kinds of files.
Just about anything can be added to Together for safe-keeping, tagged, previewed, collected together in different ways and found again instantly. With iCloud, Together libraries can be seamlessly shared with other Macs and iOS devices. Version 3.7 adds support for the MacBook Pro Touch Bar and improves Evernote import.
Together 3.7 for Mac costs US$49.99, is a free upgrade for Together 3 users and requires macOS Sierra. A 15-day trial is available for download from the Reinvented Software website. Together's Evernote Importer is a free download that works with both the version of Together for Mac from the Reinvented Software site and the Mac App Store version. Together for iPad and iPhone is also available for $9.99 from the App Store, and requires iOS 10.
PDF Checkpoint now supports macOS Sierra
Zevrix Solutions has announced PDF Checkpoint 1.7.17, a compatibility update to company's PDF preflight and conversion solution.
The utility automatically preflights, exports as images, splits and optimizes Adobe PDF files. PDF Checkpoint can also convert the color of PDF documents to a specific ICC profile to help users prepare their files for print, web and mobile devices. Version 1.7.17 is compatible with macOS 10.12 Sierra.
PDF Checkpoint can be purchased at the Mac App Store and Zevrix website (www.zevrix.com) for $39.95. The update is free to licensed users. A demo is available for download. PDF Checkpoint requires macOS 10.7 or higher.
New iOS, macOS and watchOS betas released
Apple has introduced a sixth beta version of iOS 10.2, and fifth beta of macOS 10.12.2 Sierra to developers and public beta tester. A fourth watchOS 3.1.1 developer beta has also been released.
All of the updates include unspecified bug fixes and performance improvements. Developers can download the beta through the Apple Developer Center or the Software Update mechanism in the App Store. If you're not already signed up for the public beta program, you can do sign up at http://tinyurl.com/pffuwnz. The public beta program is free, but remember: beta software is unfinished software so use with care.
OWC introduces redesigned Mercury Elite Pro Dual
OWC has introduced the OWC Mercury Elite Pro Dual with Thunderbolt 2 Technology. Designed in Austin, Texas, by the OWC new product development team, it offers speeds up to 474 MB/s, capacities up to 20TB, and RAID modes 0 and 1.
A newly engineered aluminum enclosure features a larger, quieter fan and an advanced airflow design for drive health and longevity, says OWC CEO Larry O‘Connor. For professionals who need the additional performance of RAID 0 (two disks working together to create one very fast volume), or the peace of mind provided by RAID 1 (two disks mirrored to create instant redundancy), the “Mercury Elite Pro Dual with Thunderbolt 2 Technology packs serious connectivity in a versatile package,” he adds.
Configurable in RAID 0, 1, span, or independent modes are accessed via a selector switch. The Mercury Elite Pro Dual packs two Thunderbolt 2 ports and a USB 3.1 Gen 1 port.
The OWC Mercury Elite Pro Dual Thunderbolt 2 is now available at MacSales.com in a variety of...
Tales of Cosmos is a new open world adventure game
Red Dwarf Games has debuted Tales of Cosmos, a point-and-click adventure game for Mac and Windows computers. The player assumes the roles of Perseus and Gagayev, animal astronauts who become stranded on an unknown planet, and helps them get to the bottom of a cosmic mystery.
Tales of Cosmos combines point-and-click gameplay with space flight mechanics. It also offers humorous characters, hand-drawn environments, ambient music, and more.
Tales of Cosmos requires macOS 10.6 or higher. It’s available on the Steam network (http://store.steampowered.com/app/350480).
AKVIS releases Watercolor 1.0 for macOS
AKVIS (www.akvis.com) has released AKVIS Watercolor for macOS and Windows. It’s an app designed to make a photo look like a watercolor painting.
You only need to adjust the settings to your taste and run the processing. Any ordinary image will turn into an aquarelle piece of art. Watercolor lets you experiment with a range of painting genres: from marine paintings and atmospheric landscapes up to human or animal portraits and still lifes. The app offers a number of ready-to-use presets that can be used to imitate different watercolor techniques.
A demo is available for download. A Home license for activating Watercolor on two computers costs $49. On the Mac platform, macOS 10.7 or higher is recommended.
Apple seeds fifth beta of iOS 10.2 to developers
Apple has seeded the fifth beta of an upcoming iOS 10.2 update to developers. It can be downloaded through the Apple Developer Center or the Software Update mechanism in the Mac App Store.
MacFamilyTree grows to version 8.1
Synium Software (http://www.syniumsoftware.com/macfamilytree) has debuted MacFamilyTree 8.1, an update to their genealogy app for macOS. The software offers ways to explore your personal family history, discover your origins, and how your family has evolved over the course of time.
MacFamilyTree's new CloudTree Sync&Share creates a revolution in digital genealogy. It’s now possible for the first time to work on the same family tree with any number of users and in real time, without any additional cost.
Until Dec. 4, MacFamilyTree as well as MobileFamilyTree (for iOS devices) are offered with a 50% discount. This means that you can purchase MacFamilyTree 8.1 for US$29.99 and MobileFamilyTree 8.1 for $9.99. If you own MacFamilyTree 8 or MobileFamilyTree 8, the upgrade to Version 8.1 is available at the Apple App Store and Mac App Store free of charge.
MacFamilyTree 8.1 and MobileFamilyTree 8.1 are available exclusively at the Mac App Store and Apple App Store. MacFamilyTree 8.1...
AirBeamTV now supports screen mirroring for Philips TVs
AirBeamTV has rolled out Mirror for Philips TV 1.3.2, the latest in a family of screen mirroring apps for mac OS.
The latest update provides a way to mirror you Mac screen to your Philips Smart TV without cables or additional hardware. The application works on any Philips Smart TV from the 2012 models onward.
Mirror for Philips TV requires macOS 10.10 or later. It costs $9.99 and is available worldwide through the Mac App Store in the Video category. Users who would like to test Mirror for Philips TV to see if their TV is supported and their local network is fast enough, can download a free two-minute trial version (http://www.airbeam.tv).
Buy or Upgrade to QuarkXPress 2016, get one new, full license...
Quark has announced a new “buy one, get one” offer (http://content.quark.com/bogof2016-us.html) on QuarkXPress 2016. Between Dec. 1 and Dec. 22 everyone who purchases or upgrades to QuarkXPress 2016 will receive a second license of QuarkXPress 2016, worth $849, completely free.
QuarkXPress 2016 is the current version of Quark’s design and page layout software for creative professionals. The free copy of QuarkXPress 2016 will be a fully functional, not for resale (NFR), upgradeable, downloadable license and must be registered to the same company/person as the paid software. (Site and volume licenses, as well as educational and non-profit licenses are excluded from this offer.)
DEVONtechnologies updates all editions of DEVONthink
DEVONtechnologies has updated all editions of its intelligent information and document manager DEVONthink.
The new version brings a revamped Media preferences pane with enhancements for Markdown document handling. In addition, version 2.9.8 improves auto-saving, makes scanning multiple pages more comfortable, and fixes more issues with PDF support on macOS Sierra. All updates are free and recommended for all users.
All editions of DEVONthink require an Intel-based Mac and Mac OS X 10.9 or later. They can be downloaded from www.devontechnologies.com and be test-driven for free before they need to be properly licensed. DEVONthink Personal is also available in the App Store; DEVONthink can be purchased in bundles with DEVONagent for a bundle price in DEVONtechnologies' online shop (www.devontechnologies.com).
IK Multimedia, Fender team up for Fender Collection 2
IK Multimedia has announced the Fender Collection 2 for AmpliTube for macOS and Windows. It brings seven of Fender’s vintage amplifiers and reissues to the virtual world of digital guitar and bass recording systems, providing spot-on recreations of tone machines from the ‘50s and ‘60s.
Included in the collection are five amps from the ’57 Custom series; the ’57 Custom Champ, ’57 Custom Deluxe, ’57 Custom Twin, ’57 Custom Pro and the ’57 Custom Bandmaster, plus models of an original ’53 Fender Bassman and the iconic ’65 Fender Super Reverb. The Fender Collection 2 will be available as an add-on collection inside AmpliTube from the Custom Shop.
AmpliTube 4 users can take full advantage of all of the advanced tone-crafting features with Fender Collection 2 including the post amp “effects loop,” 3D mic placement, room selection and room mic adjustment, the cabinet room mixer and more. It will be available in December 2016 for $/€149.99, and is now open for preorder at a special price of...
OWC ships the Mercury Elite Pro Dual mini
OWC has introduced the new OWC Mercury Elite Pro Dual mini (http://tinyurl.com/hcrtrl2), an “ultra-portable” dual-drive RAID solution. It boasts speeds up to 738MB/s, capacities up to 4TB, and user-configurable options for RAID 0, RAID 1, spanning, and independent drive modes.
The OWC Mercury Elite Pro Dual mini was designed for professionals in music production, video production, and photography, and for anyone who needs the convenience of portable storage without sacrificing production-grade performance. It's among the first in its class to offer the USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-C interface, which supports transfer rates up to 10Gb/s, according to OWC CEO Larry O’Connor. Additionally, the Mercury Elite Pro Dual mini is bus-power capable, so there's no need to be tied to a power outlet.
OWC Mercury Elite Pro Dual mini is now available at MacSales.com and authorized OWC resellers in eight portable configurations with pricing starting at $228.99.
Jumsoft apps learn new languages
Jumsoft (www.jumsoft.com) has announced new versions of their apps on the Mac App Store.
The company has added eight new user interface languages to enhance the experience for users in some of their key markets, including Toolbox for Keynote, Toolbox for Pages, Toolbox for iWork, Toolbox for MS Office, Bundle for MS Office, Suite for Word, Suite for Excel, Suite for MS PowerPoint, Infographics, Infographics for Pages and Layouts for Keynote.
Recosoft releases PDF2ID v4.6 - PDF to InDesign CC 2017...
Recosoft Corp. (www.recosoft.com) has announced PDF2ID Standard and PDF2ID Professional 4.6, the latest PDF to InDesign conversion plug-ins for InDesign CC 2017.
The new versions include support for Adobe InDesign CC 2017 for both the Mac and Windows platforms. Additionally, PDF2ID v4.6 contains improvements in reconstructing PDF tables as InDesign tables. The new version also adds several stability improvements and an enhanced PDF graphics to InDesign graphics conversion.
PDF2ID 4.6 is a free release for all PDF2ID 4.5 Standard/Professional licensees. PDF2ID v4.6 is available immediately in the following configurations from the Recosoft web store (per license): PDF2ID Standard v4.6. US$199; PDF2ID Professional v4.6, $299; PDF2ID Standard v4.6 Upgrade, $99; and PDF2ID Professional v4.6 Upgrade, $149.
Parallels Toolbox 1.3 for Mac now offers 25 single-purpose tools
Parallels has launched Parallels Toolbox 1.3 for Mac, an upgrade that adds five new utilities to the stand-alone application which was released in August, and its quarterly updates of new tools, is also included with subscriptions to Parallels Desktop for Mac. The five new utilities are:
° Block Camera: Protect your privacy. Block or unblock all applications from accessing the built-in camera on a Mac in one click;
° Eject Volumes: This allows users to eject all volumes, including external hard drives, memory cards, network volumes and mounted disk images with one click;
° Launch: Users can configure the Launch tool to open any applications, folders, links, or other files, with just one click.;
° Take Photo: Enables users to take photos immediately using the built in Mac camera;
° Take Video: Users can record video immediately with the click of a button.
Parallels Toolbox for Mac is available online exclusively at www.parallels.com/toolbox for US$9.99 per year.
Apple releases new tvOS 10.1 beta to developers
Apple has seeded the fourth beta of an upcoming tvOS 10.1 update to developers for testing purposes. The developer beta can be downloaded through the Apple Developer Center or the Software Update mechanism in the Mac App Store.
PowerProduction Software releases Martini v3 storyboarding plug-...
PowerProduction Software and MacVideo have teamed up for version 3 of Martini, PowerProduction Software’s storyboarding plug-in for Apple’s Final Cut Pro X, Adobe Premiere Pro, Avid Media Composer, and VEGAS Pro.
It’s a post-production plug-in. Version 3 includes new props, a resizable interface, hundreds of new backgrounds, add-on characters, props, locations, and more.
Martini is available for purchase from www.martiniquickshot.com for US$99. Owners of previous versions of Martini can upgrade for $29.95. A demo is available for download.
IK Multimedia releases MODO BASS for the Mac
IK Multimedia (http://www.ikmultimedia.com) has released MODO BASS, a customizable physically modeled virtual bass instrument that recreates the sound of the electric bass and how it's played in real time — from all of the physical instrument components, the human technique of how the instrument is played, to the entire sound signal chain with effects and amplifiers.
Unlike traditional sample-based virtual instruments, MODO BASS — which macOS and Windows compatible — utilizes modal synthesis technology and an ultra-optimized sound engine to model each string as a nonlinear resonator. The string’s acoustic behavior is determined by its physical parameters as well as by the interaction of the string with fretboard, body and pick-ups of the instrument.
The action of the player is then modeled as a nonlinear physical interaction with specific areas on the string surface. Then using IK's cutting edge analog modeling expertise, the amp and effects rig of the electric bass is added to the...
Modernizing Medicine unveils Apple Watch app
Specialty-specific health information technology company Modernizing Medicine has announced technological advancements to its intuitive suite of products and services at the company’s third annual user conference, MOMENTUM.
An enhancement to the company’s specialty-specific electronic health record (EHR) system, EMA, and Practice Management system, Analytics is designed to give physicians near real-time population health data to help support the transition to value-based healthcare. In addition, with the announcement of the general availability of Modernizing Medicine’s Apple Watch technology, users will be able to view scheduling to provide insight into the day’s agenda, including which patients are coming in, what time the appointments are and which rooms patients are in; Intramail; viewing Notes; and more.
Apple Watch application functionality is facilitated through modmed Pocket Practice, a native iOS smartphone application. For more information about Modernizing Medicine and...
Apple expands its (RED) efforts
In honor of World AIDS Day, Apple is offering more ways for customers to join (RED) in its mission to create an AIDS-free generation. This is the company’s 10th year supporting the effort.
(RED)’s work addresses the disparity in access to life-saving medication in sub-Saharan Africa, which has the highest prevalence of AIDS on the planet. The money raised by (RED) funds programs that offer counseling, testing, prevention and, most crucially, the life-saving ARV medication that prevents the transmission of HIV from mothers to their unborn babies.
“The gift of life is the most important gift that anyone can give,” said Apple CEO Tim Cook in a press release. “Thanks to the vision and dedication of (RED), an AIDS-free generation is within our reach. We want to leave the world better than we found it, and that’s why our longtime partnership with (RED) remains so important to us.”
This year, Apple customers can support the fight while playing the games they love, shopping for the...
Maintain serves up Cocktail 10.1.2 (Sierra Edition)
Maintain has served up Cocktail 10.1.2 (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 customize the layout; addresses an issue in which Cocktail may fail to delete items from encrypted disk images; 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.
MyScript’s new handwriting recognition SDK introduces multimodal...
MyScript (http://myscript.com) has announced the availability of the latest Software Development Kit, SDK8, for use by software developers and OEMs [original equipment manufacturers] alike.
Created within MyScript Labs, it provides building blocks to develop Multimodal Input (MMI) solutions that combine superimposed handwriting together with a versatile keyboard input facility. Users can now independently write character, cursive or words on top of each other, all without changing device input modes. A predictive virtual keyboard is also provided enabling consistent user feedback in all input modes.
The new SDK8 introduces more flexibility to MyScript’s superimposed handwriting style; it now supports not only characters written on top of each other but part of words, or complete words and manages auto-spacing between words. Users benefit from consistent text in all input modes, providing an improved content creation experience, says Thomas Penin, product manager, MyScript. This is of...
Silicon Labs’s new SDK supports Apple HomeKit
Silicon Labs has introduced a Bluetooth software solution that enables developers to create Apple HomeKit-enabled accessories. Available as a library with clean, easy-to-use APIs, the Bluetooth 4.2-compliant software is pre-tested and certified by Apple.
Silicon Labs supports Apple HomeKit development projects with a large portfolio of Wireless Gecko SoCs and modules, easy-to-use Simplicity Studio development tools, plugins for Bluetooth Developer Studio, example accessory applications and source code, an iOS app with source code, extensive documentation and technical support. You can get the details on developing Apple HomeKit-enabled accessories with Silicon Labs’ Bluetooth software, tools, and Wireless Gecko SoCs and modules at www.silabs.com/homekit.
In addition to implementing the capabilities required to develop Apple HomeKit accessories, Silicon Labs’ Bluetooth 4.2-compliant protocol stack supports key features such as LE secure connections for secure Bluetooth pairing, LE...
Version 5.4 of the Archiware P5 product suite integrates cloud...
Archiware has launched version 5.4 of the Archiware P5 product suite, including archiving to Amazon S3 cloud services and integrated preview creation using professional converter tools. Cloud services are integrated, with additional services to be added in future releases.
A second feature of Archiware P5 version 5.4 is the integration of FFmpeg and ImageMagick into the user interface. These converter tools for video and image files respectively are now configurable within Archiware P5. During the archiving process, a preview is created of video and image files in the specified format, bit rate, etc. and stored with the metadata.
Additional functionalities include support for operating systems macOS 10.12 Sierra and Windows Server 2016 and various checksum tests for verification of archived data. To facilitate cooperative workflows, archived assets can be sent as a link via e-mail for restore, approval or editing. Lastly, the user interfaces and the display of running...
Cascable AB introduces Cascable Transfer for macOS
Cascable AB (http://cascable.se/) has introduced Cascable Transfer for macOS. It’s a tool for wirelessly importing photos from your WiFi-enabled Canon, Nikon, Olympus or Sony camera directly into your Photos library, Lightroom catalog, or anywhere else on your Mac.
For advanced users, Cascable Transfer provides controls for customizing how photos are sorted on disk as they're copied, and how RAW JPEG photos are handled.
Cascable Transfer is available to get started with for free from the Cascable website, and will cost $14.99 once it comes out of beta later this year. If you purchase during the public beta period, an “early bird discount” of 50% will be applied. Please visit Cascable online for more information on Cascable Transfer, including screenshots, photographs and detailed user guides.
Apple posts new developer betas of iOS 10.2, macOS Sierra 10.12....
Apple has served up new pre-release builds of iOS 10.2, macOS Sierra 10.12.2 and watchOS 3.1.1 to registered developers. The betas can be downloaded through the Apple Developer Center or the Software Update mechanism in the Mac App Store.
LinkOptimizer for Adobe InDesign now supports Creative Cloud...
Zevrix Solutions has announced LinkOptimizer 5.0.12, a compatibility update to its workflow automation solution for Adobe InDesign.
LinkOptimizer allows users to reduce the size of InDesign links and speed up processing by eliminating excess image data. The software also performs image adjustments, converts file formats and helps repurpose InDesign files for web and mobile devices. Version 5.0.12 makes LinkOptimizer compatible with the 2017 release of InDesign CC featured as part of Adobe Creative Cloud.
LinkOptimizer can be purchased from the Zevrix website (www.zevrix.com) for US$259.95 (there’s a “lite” version $179.95), as well as from Adobe Exchange and authorized resellers. A demo is available for download. The update is free for LinkOptimizer 4.x users and $130 to upgrade from previous versions. LinkOptimizer requires Mac OS X 10.7-10.12 and Adobe InDesign / Photoshop CS3-CC 2017.
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24U Software releases 24U Phone Companion 2.1
24U Software (http://www.24usoftware.com/) has released 24U Phone Companion 2.1, an update to their cross-platform telephony integration for FileMaker Pro.
It’s a plug-in allowing FileMaker solutions to interact directly with supported telephone switches. Version 2.1 adds full support for 64-bit architecture of FileMaker Pro 14 and FileMaker Pro 15. This new version of the plug-in now correctly handles phone numbers beginning with zero and includes other minor improvements.
24U Phone Companion has been integrated with the following phone systems:Panasonic KX-TDA 30, Aastra 800, Asterisk Open Source, Avaya IP Office 500, Cisco CallManager, Siemens HiPath 3350, Ascotel IntelliGate 300. Many other phone systems are supported but have not yet been tested by our own implementation of Phone Companion. Full list of supported phone systems is available.
24U Phone Companion 2.1 requires macOS10.8 or newer and FileMaker Pro 12 or later. It’s available for download as a free, fully functional,...
AppleMacSoft DRM Converter for Mac ready for macOS Sierra
AppleMacSoft DRM Converter for Mac, a DRM removal software that designed for easily converts iTunes DRM protected music files to unprotected audio files ready for use on any computers or mobile music devices, has been updated to with macOS Sierra compatibility.
AppleMacSoft DRM Coverter for Mac is compatible with 64-bit Macs running macOS 10.6 and later. A fully functional demo can be downloaded from AppleMacSoft' web site at (www.AppleMacSoft.com). Registration is $39.95 for new users.
Satechi releases new Smart Charging Stand
Satechi has introduced the Smart Charging Stand, a multifunctional four-port USB charger. It sports one internal USB charging port and three USB ports on the base of the stand.
The stand includes three adapters for the Apple Watch, Fitbit Blaze and smartphones. To use, you choose choose the required adapter, fasten it to the station lid, then you can juice up your devices.
When charging the Apple Watch, the Smart Charging Stand’s flat upper surface allows for Nightstand Mode so you can access and use the watch while charging.
Equipped with smart charging technology, power and voltage boost combine to charge up to 5V/2.4A max per port, for a total of six amps. The stand automatically detects each port’s plugged in device, providing the fastest and most efficient charge possible for each device, without delay, according to the folks at Satechi.
The inner space of the Smart Charging Stand is designed for storing smaller gadgets, such as USB adapters and card readers. It also helps...
OWC announces 40TB ThunderBay 4 mini
OWC (www.macsales.com) has introduced 10, 20, 30, and 40TB SSD models of its ThunderBay 4 mini RAID. The new high-capacity SSD configurations are powered by a SoftRAID engine, which delivers disk-health monitoring, RAID rebuilds, and transfer speeds up to 1,314MB/s via a Thunderbolt 2 connection.
All this comes in a compact aluminum enclosure. The ThunderBay 4 mini now offers the highest capacity and fastest SSD configurations in its class. SoftRAID for ThunderBay supports RAID 0, 1, 4, 5, and 1+0, giving users the flexibility to create multiple arrays to suit the specific demands of their workflow. Users will also benefit from always-on real-time disk-health monitoring via the SoftRAID application, or email notifications when working remotely, according to OWC CEO Larry O’Connor.
Unlike traditional software RAID solutions, SoftRAID’s revolutionary volume optimization allows users to quickly configure their ThunderBay 4 mini for specific workflows, he adds. ThunderBay 4 mini RAID with...
Gridsutra rolls out Gridsura for macOS
Macubes has introduced Gridsutra 1.0 (http://www.gridsutra.com) for macOS. It’s a $2.99 tool that allows you to work in different windows at the same time. Gridsutra re-sizes and arranges windows using multiple layout options that can be predefined by users.
Gridsutra boasts a minimalist status bar menu. It includes a Launcher panel that delivers multiple layout profiles at the stoke of a key. Shortcut keys can be assigned from the menu to facilitate the activation of preset layout profile. For those who prefer to use a mouse, Gridsutra allows windows to be arranged in three clicks.
Protectstar has released Data Shredder for iOS 2017
Protectstar has released Data Shredder for iOS 2017. By connecting their iPhone or iPad to any Mac and running the tool, you can delete and overwrite all used space on your iDevice, ensuring all personal data, including passwords, videos, photos, and more can never be recovered.
The app is handy for use before donating or selling a used iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch. Data Shredder for iOS 2017 is available in two versions. The Professional Edition offers 10 different data shredding methods, completely wiping all free space and overwriting the storage area, to completely shred all of the stored data. Data Shredder Military Edition offers 17 erasing methods in total, while also offering an integrated file explorer.
Data Shredder for iOS 2017 Professional Edition requires macOS 10.11 or later. It costs US$29.90 and is available through the ProtectStar website (http://www.protectstar.com). Data Shredder for iOS 2017 Military Edition is $49.90.
Akvis releases Christmas Pack II
AKVIS (www.akvis.com) has introduced a new Christmas frame collection, Christmas Pack II, including 100 frame designs of excellent quality.
To use AKVIS frame packs, you need to have installed one of following programs: AKVIS Frames (available for free) or AKVIS ArtSuite (10-day free trial download). All the products run on macOS 10.7-10.12. The new Christmas Pack II sells for $17.