Corel debuts AfterShot Pro 3
Corel has debuted AfterShot Pro 3 (www.AfterShotPro.com) for Mac OS X, Windows, and Linux. The new version of the photo editing and organization software adds a highlight recovery algorithm, watermarking, layer-based blemish correction, as well as dynamic update abilities that enable new camera RAW profiles to be supported faster than ever.
AfterShot Pro 3 enables photographers to organize thousands, cull from hundreds, and perfect a single photo, according to Greg Wood, senior director of Photo Products at Corel. The software provides access to a variety of plug-ins and add-ons direct from the community. Suggested retail pricing is $79.99; existing registered users can purchase for the upgrade price of $59.99. A 30-day demo is available for download.
Observer for OS X adds support for more sites
QotoQot (https://qotoqot.com/) has announced Qbserve 1.2, an update to its automatic private time tracker for Mac OS X.
The app “knows” productivity rates for thousands of sites and apps and has the ability to differentiate between chats in Skype, Slack, and Telegram, YouTube videos, and subreddits. All the tracked information is stored privately on the user's machine. Features include flexible tracking settings, dynamic dock & menu bar icons, detailed feedback charts, alerts for goals, and reminders.
Version 1.2 supports over 300 new sites and app bundles for automatic lookup. It also adds support for recognizing Slack teams and Telegram chats as separate activities.
Observe requires Mac OS X Yosemite or El Capitan. It costs $30 (until June 30; after that the price rises to $40).
EarthDesk 7 adds earthquakes and other real-time data
Xeric Design (http://www.xericdesign.com) has released EarthDesk 7, an update to its real-time dynamic desktop map for Mac OS X.
The app replaces your static desktop with an image of the Earth showing current sun, moon and city illumination, as well as real-time cloud coverage. A data subscription offers additional real-time information including earthquakes and named storms, allowing you to visualize hurricanes and other real-time events on your Mac.
EarthDesk 7 provides improved support for multiple screens and Retina displays. There are new positioning options including centering on a specific latitude/longitude or real-time data such as the location of the most recent earthquake. City labels now support multiple colors and different screens can show different sets of data. There’s a new city database with support for adding, editing and removing of cities. In version 7 presets are exportable to make it easier to move configurations between different Macs.
EarthDesk 7 requires Mac...
Gemini for OS X revved to version 2
MacPaw's Gemini, a Mac-only duplicate finder and cleaner, has been upgraded to version 2. According to CEO Oleksandr Kosovan, here’s a list of the changes….
The app spots similar files in addition to identical duplicates: “similiars" aren’t 100% identical files, like duplicates, but they have so little difference that a user might consider some of them redundant.
The app tells the differences between files by more than 10 parameters; it analyzes file names, creation and modification dates, extensions, locations to ensure accuracy and precision in results.
The update works with iTunes and Photos libraries: Gemini 2 helps get rid of unnecessary retakes of the same picture or different formats of the same song.
Version 2 applies Smart Selection algorithm and becomes self-learning from a user. Smart Selection algorithm remembers rules for files removal, learns and applies the experience to next sessions.
Gemini 2 accurately selects duplicates for removal and if it has any doubts, it...
Apple updates iWork apps for OS X, iOS
Apple's iWork apps (Pages, Numbers, and Keynote for OS X and iOS have been updated with bug fixes and stability improvements.
Pages for Mac has been updated to version 5.6.2, while Keynote for Mac is 6.6.2, and Numbers for Mac is updated to version 3.6.2. All are available at the Mac App Store.
The iOS versions of Keynote and Numbers are all now at version 2.6.2. They’re available at the Apple App Store.
Artboard for OS X gets tabbed interface, more
Mapdiva has updated Artboard, its drawing software for Mac OS X, to version 2.0.
The software allows you to create vector drawings. Version 2 sports a tabbed interface, a Select tool for editing objects, smart drawing tools, a more powerful styles editor, enhanced workflows, editable clip art & styles, and more.
To celebrate its launch, Artboard 2 is on sale through May for 40% off ($29.99 compared to $49.99). A demo version isis available for download at the product website (https://www.mapdiva.com/).
FileMake, Inc., launches FileMaker 15 platform
FileMaker, Inc. has released FileMaker 15 (http://www.filemaker.com/products/). The company says the upgraded platform improves upon the fundamentals of custom app development with new features in five key areas: mobility, automation/integration, ease of use, security and performance.
The FileMaker Platform provides the essentials for creating a custom app that fits an organization’s business needs. It works on Mac OS X, iPads, iPhones, Windows, and the web. According to Ann Monroe of FileMaker, Inc., new features of the FileMaker 15 Platform include:
Mobility: Touch ID support enables developers to securely access their custom apps with the touch of a finger. 3D Touch support enables quick access to specific apps. New app extensions offer content customization and cloud-based file sharing. iBeacon support offers location-based data from the custom app and FileMaker WebDirect enables customers to use a mobile phone to access FileMaker apps in a
Automation and integration:...
LinkOptimizer 4.9.60 for InDesign improves image preview handling
Zevrix Solutions has released LinkOptimizer 4.9.60, a maintenance update to its workflow automation solution for Adobe InDesign.
The app allows users to automatically reduce the size of InDesign picture links and speed up processing by eliminating excess image data, performing essential image adjustments and converting image formats. Version 4.9.60 addresses several issues related to image preview handling and link list management.
LinkOptimizer can be purchased from Zevrix website (www.zevrix.com) for $259.95 (there’s a “lite” version for $179.95). A demo is available for download. The update is free for LinkOptimizer 4.x users and $130 to upgrade from previous versions. LinkOptimizer requires Mac OS X 10.6-10.11 and Adobe InDesign and Photoshop CS3-CC 2015.
Genius Pack releases a backpack with an integrated suiter
Genius Pack has released the Travel Backpack with Integrated Suiter, which the company says is the world’s first backpack with a place for hanging garments. I
Features include an umbrella pop-out, space-saving compartments for personal items and a quick-access side pocket with audio port for smartphones, earbuds and other devices. There are also integrated laptop and tablet compartments and tech organization pockets.
The Travel Backpack with Integrated Suiter features Genius Pack’s built-in Laundry Compression Technology (LCT) that’s designed to keep dirty clothes separate from clean clothes.
The Travel Backpack with Integrated Suiter from Genius Pack is available in two-tone matte black. It measures 20” x 11” x 8” with a 25-liter capacity, yet weighs only 2.2 pounds. It retails for $168. It is available at http://tinyurl.com/hohuf2k.
HoudahSpot for OS X turns 10, gets grid view refinements
Houdah Software has released HoudahSpot 4.2, an update to the file search tool for Mac OS X.
This release marks the 10th anniversary of HoudahSpot and brings refinements to the grid view, the file tagging interface and filter options. The utility combines file search with a customizable results display, search templates, preview of text matches and more.
HoudahSpot requires Mac OS X Yosemite or El Capitan. It costs $29for a single-user license. A demo is available for download (). Upgrade from previous versions start at $17.
Twocanoes Software releases SD Clone 2 for SD card cloning on...
Twocanoes Software has launched SD Clone 2.2 (http://twocanoes.com/products/mac/sd-clone), an update of its tool to clone SD cards on the Mac.
It clones up to eight SD cards simultaneously from a single image file or SD card. SD Clone shrinks and expands the image as needed to fit your data on any size card. The app supports the Raspbian Raspberry Pi operating system, Linux and other operating systems.
SD Clone supports a variety of flash memory cards and formats, including SD and micro SD cards. Version 2.2 offers speed and other improvements.
SD Clone requires Mac OS X 10.9 or higher and costs $99.99. A demo is available for download.
VidConvert 1.6.5 for OS X adds H.265 support
Reggie Ashworth has announced VidConvert 1.6.5 (http://www.reggieashworth.com/vidconvert), an update to his video converter for Mac OS X.
It’s a video converter designed to make converting your videos simple and easy. VidConvert will convert just about any type of video into one of many popular formats. You can create videos for your iPhone or iPad, for your Mac or TV, or formats such as DivX and MPEG. Version 1.6.5 introduces H.265 support, a higher max bitrate, and a number of fixes and improvements.
VidConvert requires Mac OS X 10.7 or later. It costs $7.99 for a single user license. A demo which creates three-minute samples is available.
Mac Shutdown upgraded to version 4.0
Tension Software (www.tensionsoftware.com) has upgraded Mac Shutdown to version 4.0.
The utility can use “Soft Shutdown” and “Hard Shutdown” to power down your Mac. Soft Shutdown is issued at the Finder level and tells all running apps to quit before shutting down the Mac. The Hard shutdown and can shut down an app that doesn’t want to quit before rebooting the Mac.
Mac Shutdown 4.0 requires Mac OS X 10.10 or higher and costs $12. It’s available at the Tension Software website.
Tension Software announces Data Extractor 1.4.2
Tension Software has released Data Extractor 1.4.2 for Mac OS X.
The app allows users to extract data in a sparse format contained inside files and collect them in an internal structured table. Collected data can be exported at any time in various format (CSV, TSV, HTML, Custom).
In version 1.4.2, source files visualization can be switched between full path or file name. The upgrade also sport an improved extraction algorithm.
Data Extractor requires Mac OS X 10.10 or higher. It costs $50 and is available at the Tension Software website and the Mac App Store.
Apple, SAP partner to ‘revolutionize work’ on the iPhone and iPad
Apple and SAP (www.sap.com), which specializes in enterprise application software, have announced a partnership to revolutionize the mobile work experience for enterprise customers of all sizes, combining native apps for the iPhone and iPad with the capabilities of the SAP HANA platform. This joint effort will also deliver a new iOS software development kit (SDK) and training academy so that developers, partners and customers can build native iOS apps tailored to their business needs.
“This partnership will transform how iPhone and iPad are used in enterprise by bringing together the innovation and security of iOS with SAP’s deep expertise in business software,” said Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO. “As the leader in enterprise software and with 76% of business transactions touching an SAP system, SAP is the ideal partner to help us truly transform how businesses around the world are run on iPhone and iPad. Through the new SDK, we’re empowering SAP’s more than 2.5 million developers to build...
Microsoft’s OneDrive reducing free storage from 15GB to 5GB
Microsoft is making some changes to OneDrive (https://onedrive.live.com/about/en-us/), its file hosting service that allows users to sync files and later access them from a web browser or mobile device.
The amount of free storage that comes with OneDrive will change from 15 GB to 5 GB. Microsoft is also discontinuing the 15 GB camera roll bonus.
As a result of these changes, you will be over your OneDrive storage limit on Aug. 10. To bring your account within the new limits, you can purchase additional storage or choose to remove some files.
ETFE solar panels now available to power Apple equipment
Solar Panels New Zealand has announced its new range of ETFE Solar Panels, providing thin, UV resistant panels. The panels support charging of all current generation Apple products either directly from the sun, or via a portable battery.
Charging ports include USB, MagSafe, 30Pin and Lightning. Current generation products include MacBook Pro, MacBook Pro Retina, MacBook, MacBook Air, iPad, iPad Mini, iMad Air, iPad Pro, iPhone 3, iPhone 4, iPhone 5 and iPhone 6.
Solar Panels New Zealand says its not only offers off the shelf sized solar panels but are also able to offer customized solar panels of specific sizes for your project or product. The thin ETFE flexible panels are designed for deployment on boats, cars, RV's, buses, planes and much more. Go to http://solar-panels.nz for more info.
QNAP launches 8-bay, quad-core business NAS
QNAP Systems has released its 8-bay business NAS TS-831X that features two built-in 10GbE SFP+ ports to fully support 10GbE high-speed networks as a cost-effective NAS solution.
The TS-831X further supports VJBOD (Virtual JBOD) to introduce an economical way to utilize unused NAS storage space for expanding the storage capacity of other QNAP NAS. It uses an Annapurna Labs Alpine AL-314 quad-core 1.4 GHz ARM Cortex-A15 processor, and features 8GB/16GB DDR3 RAM (upgradable to 16GB), RAID 5/6 support, hardware-accelerated encryption and an SSD cache. It’s 10GbE-ready with two built-in 10GbE SFP+ ports, and allows users to install a third 10GbE port via the extra PCIe slot for flexible high-speed network deployment.
The TS-831X is a comprehensive storage solution for data storage, backup, sharing and centralized management, supporting Mac OS X and Windows desktop/laptop backup, RTRR (Real-Time Remote Replication) with backup versioning, rsync and backup to cloud storage (Amazon S3,...
Tension Software updates String Replacer for OS X to version 1.3
Tension Software (www.tensionsoftware.com) has upgraded String Replacer for Mac OS X to version 1.3.
The app allows users to find and replace a list of strings inside files and folders directly or in batch mode. It works with just a single click or by using drag and drop.
Version 1.3 supports: importing Find/Replace strings with automatic encoding recognition, data preview, field selections, destination selections, and exporting of Find/Replace strings with selection of fields to export and various data format available: TSV, CSV, CSV-S, HTML and even a custom format.
String Replacer requires Mac OS X 10.10 or higher. It costs $14.99 and is available at the Tension Software website and the Mac App Store.
Hazel 4 for Mac OS X introduces new preview feature
Noodlesoft has announced Hazel 4, an update to its housekeeping utility for Mac OS X.
The utility watches whatever folders you tell it to, automatically organizing your files according to the rules you create. Using Hazel's rule engine, you can easily create workflows that keep your files organized automatically. The app also features options for managing your Trash and includes an app uninstaller.
Hazel 4 introduces a new live preview of your rule while editing it. With the new preview feature, users can quickly see whether their rules are correct before deploying them. This version also includes syncing rules using any file syncing/sharing service such as Dropbox or iCloud drive. Also new is the ability to have Hazel monitor Smart Folders. Version 4 includes other features such as rule search, an expanded status interface, a toggle extension action, and more.
A 14-day demo version is available for download (https://www.noodlesoft.com/kb/). Hazel 4 has a retail price of $32....
LiveCode 8 adds new plug-in architecture
LiveCode Ltd has unveiled LiveCode 8 (www.livecode.com) , representing the next generation of the highly coding environment for iOS, Android, Mac OS X, Windows, Linux and Server platforms. Rewritten from the ground up, LiveCode 8 brings a new plug-in architecture allowing users to drag-drop widgets.
LiveCode Ltd’s recent acquisition of mergEXT means that LiveCode now also ships with 29 readymade iOS add ons. Many of these will be developed into widgets by LiveCode Ltd and made available across all supported LiveCode platforms. In all LiveCode 8 ships with a grand total of 46 externals, libraries and widgets to extend its functionality.
The new LiveCode Builder language is available for the first time for users to build and add their own widgets and extensions. Extensions to LiveCode are now built in LiveCode instead of in lower level and arguably more difficult languages such as C++ or Objective C. LiveCode pricing starts at $599 per year.
CoreCode teams releases TableEdit spreadsheet for Mac OS X
The CoreCode team has announced TableEdit, a spreadsheet app for Mac OS X. It offers features such as charts with cell styling, formatting options, and comprehensive import/export capabilities.
TableEdit features a “world-class” Excel-compatible formula system that has been tested on more than a million formulae from over 20,000 Excel-files, according to Samuel Vimes of the CoreCode team. The tool is built exclusively for OS X and takes full advantage of its latest features and technologies, he adds.
TableEdit requires Mac OS X 10.8 and is free. It’s available at the product website (http://www.corecode.at/tableedit/) and the Mac App Store.
Micromat’s MacCheck is new problem-solving and diagnostic utility
Micromat, the company behind the TechTool Pro line of software, has released a new troubleshooting utility called MacCheck. The new product can perform a series of critical tests on Mac systems running OS X 10.6 or higher, helping to isolate what might be wrong with a particular computer.
MacCheck is being offered free of charge and is available for download immediately (https://www.micromat.com/products/maccheck). The program tests many of the critical systems in a Mac, including RAM, I/O, Volume Structures, Partition Maps, Batteries, RAID systems and more. The program allows users to quickly verify the overall health of their Mac with one click of a button, according to Micromat president Jeff Baudin.
“For many years, we always offered our free TechTool Lite product and it was very a popular way to introduce Macintosh users to troubleshooting,” he says. “We retired that product as most of the functionality became outdated with time. We see MacCheck as the heir apparent to TechTool...
Tension Software revs TS Calc for the Mac to version 1.5
Tension Software (www.tensionsoftware.com) has updated TS Cal for Mac OS X to version 1.5.
It’s a document based application; its documents can be realized and used as calculation models for specific mathematical technical problems. Version 1.5 provides better import of variables with a Cascade Assignment feature and improved undo support in variables, constants and functions management.
TS Cal requires Mac OS X 10.10 or higher. It costs $14.99 and is available at the Tension Software website and the Mac App Store.
CNS Barcode revved to version 2.0
Comm-Unity Networking has released version 2.0 of CNS Barcode for FileMaker Pro.
This version finalizes the transition to 64-bit FileMaker plug-ins with full, cross-platform, 64-bit GUI support. It also includes some important bug fixes. CNS Barcode is available (http://cnsbarcode.cnsplug-ins.com/) for both Mac OS(R) X and Windows.
If you purchased CNS Barcode after May 3, 2015, you can install this latest version free of charge. If you purchased CNS Barcode any time between May 3, 2014, and May 2, 2015, you can renew your license for 50% off the current price. If you purchased CNS Barcode any time before May 3, 2014, you can renew your license for 25% off the current price.
For new users CNS Barcode prices range from a single user license for $85 to a world license for $1,425 (which includes a free server license). A server license of CNS Barcode for use with FileMaker Pro Server/Server Advanced is $775. A developer's license costs $1,625.
ADATA launches line of certified accessories for Apple devices
ADATA Technology has launched its Apple Series in North America. The accessories are designed specifically for iOS and OS X devices, including the iPhone, iPad, iPod, and Mac.
The initial five products are: the Lightning card reader, i-Memory flash drive UE710, i-Memory storage expansion card, USB type-C OTG flash drive, and Lightning cables. Fully Apple MFi certified, the ADATA Lightning card reader gives users convenient interconnectivity, as it’s the first product of its type with two-way data transfer (read and write), enabling users to freely move content to, from or among Apple, Android and digital camera devices, says Robert Chen, managing director of North America at ADATA.
It’s also the first reader to combine SD and microSD on one unit. The Lightning card reader comes bundled with a free interface app for content management and media playback. In addition to its Apple compatibility, it supports other multimedia formats, including RAW, MKV, WMV, AVI, RMVB, and more.
Retrospect: 52% of small businesses have suffered data loss
A new survey sponsored by Retrospect (www.retrospect.com), makes of Retrospect Backup & Recovery software, finds that more than half of small businesses have suffered data loss, through accident, loss, failure, theft, or disaster. The survey was conducted with Google Consumer Surveys across a sample of 1,000 small businesses.
The survey respondents reported accidents to be the most common form of data loss at 36%. Behind that, they reported loss at 21%, theft at 15%, disaster at 7%, and other at 6%. Under “Other,” respondents included "drive failure,”manufacturer erasing the hard drive during a warranty repair” and "employees doing things they shouldn’t.” And with the ability to select more than one form of data loss, 2% reported that they were unlucky enough to suffer from all four types.
According to a Gartner research group study of companies experiencing a "major loss" of computer records, 43% of companies were immediately put out of business, and another 51% permanently...
AAS releases Epicycles sound bank for Chromaphone 2, AAS Player...
Applied Acoustics Systems has released the Epicycles sound bank (www.applied-acoustics.com/epicycles/) for the Chromaphone 2 synthesizer and AAS Player plug-ins in collaboration with artist and sound designer Richard Devine.
After his Microsound Textures compendium, Devine revisits Chromaphone in its second incarnation and presents an opaque collection of new sounds. The 111 Epicycles presets delve into enigmatic and uncertain lands. Nine categories structure the series of patterns and textures: Soundscapes, Basses, Plucked Strings, Keys, Synths, Strings and Pads, Percussions, Arps, and Effects.
The Epicycles sound bank is available through May 31 at the introductory price of $29 (the regular price is $39) and is bundled with every purchase of the new Chromaphone 2 acoustic object synthesizer. The instant download delivery package includes both a Chromaphone 2 bank file and the free AAS Player plug-in. The AAS Player plug-in runs on both Mac OS X and Windows and supports the VST,...
MailButler for OS X Mail gets Follow-Up feature
MailButler (https://www.feingeist.io/mailbutler), the Apple Mail assistant by Feingeist Software GmbH, has added a new feature on its list.
It's called Follow-Up, and it allows users to schedule a follow-up reminder that will notify them when there is no response to a particular email. Once the email is written, the user can just tell MailButler when he wants to be reminded, and the notification will appear on his preferred date and time. MailButler simplifies, optimizes and streamlines working with emails.
The app requires Mac OS X 10.10 or later. A demo is available for download; registration is $8.95.
Mail Designer Pro 2.6 for OS X gets expanded Mobile Preview
equinux has released Mail Designer Pro 2.6 for OS X with expanded Mobile Preview and automatic preflight link check.
The app lets you create and optimize responsive HTML newsletters for the newest Apple devices. The Mobile Preview in Mail Designer Pro simulates in real time how your newsletter appears on a smartphone or tablet. Mail Designer Pro 2.6 now includes a Mobile Preview for the iPhone SE and the iPad Pro (12,9" and 9,7"). In order to view the simulation for the larger sized iPad Pro on a MacBook Air, the Mobile Preview can now be scaled down making it possible to optimize newsletters for all mobile devices.
Current users of Mail Designer Pro 2 can download a free update to version 2.6. For all new users, Mail Designer Pro 2 is now available at a special introductory price of only $49.99 in the equinux Online Store (www.equinux.com/maildesignerpro) and in the Mac App Store.
Calcine for OS X gets improved import dialog
Tension Software (www.tensionsoftware.com) has updated Calcine for Mac OS X to version 4.2.1. The new version has an improved import dialog.
The app allows you to have an algebra solver in small stripe window taking just a small portion of your Mac screen. You can use it for simple additions or for complex formula using and assigning variables and constants
Calcine 4.2.1 requires Mac OS X 10.10 or higher and costs $4.99. It’s available at the Tension Software website and the Mac App Store.
VideoTweet for OS X designed to imply sending videos to Twitter
VideoTweet (http://www.arcticwhiteness.com/videotweet/) is a new app for Mac OS X with one objective – to provide a simple way of sending videos to Twitter.
It’s designed to handle all the details of uploading a video with your tweet. Videos can be dragged to the standalone application. However, it also supports sharing from iPhoto, QuickTime and Final Cut Pro. X
VideoTweets is free; however, tweets will contain a link back to the developers site. Register for approximately $3.45, and the link will disappear.
MOP: Operation Cleanup is new arcade runner for OS X
Ensenasoft (www.ensenasoft.com) has introduced MOP: Operation Cleanup 1.0, an arcade runner for Mac OS X.
To save the world players must sweep the area for trash and run, jump, swim and slide their way through each world, destroying enemies and obstacles blocking their path. You can explore five worlds with 50 missions.
MOP: Operation Cleanup 1.0 requires Mac OS X 10.6.6 or later. It costs $4.99 and is available at the Mac App Store (https://itunes.apple.com/app/mop-operation-cleanup/id1064622094).
App Delete Lite for OS X gets revamped user interface, more
Reggie Ashworth (http://www.reggieashworth.com/appdeletelite) has announced AppDelete Lite 4.0.4, an update to his Mac deletion utility.
Via drag and drop, AppDelete Lite will uninstall anything along with all of the associated items. Version 4.0.4 sports a revamped interface and a revised workflow. It also finds more files than ever before thanks to an improved algorithm.
App Delete Lite requires OS X 10.7.3 or later. It costs $3.99 and is available at the Mac App Store. AppDelete Lite users can upgrade to AppDelete for an additional $3.99, but only via the AppDelete/AppDelete Lite website.
Tension Software announces CryptoEdit 2.1 for OS X
Tension Software (www.tensionsoftware.com) has updated CryptoEdit for Mac OS X to version 2.1.
It’s an application for creating and editing “encrypted by default” documents. It can manage TEXT, RTF and RTFD (with images) format. CryptoEdit saves documents on disk always as encrypted.
It’s designed as a solution to manage reserved documents with formatted text and images. Version 1.1 provides autolock of documents when in background, a better lock of documents, enhanced startup options, and improved working “As a Service” from other applications.
CryptoEdit requires Mac OS X 10.10 or higher. It costs $4.99 and is available at the Tension Software website and the Mac App Store.
Scosche announces MagicMount PowerBank
Scosche Industries has announced the MagicMount PowerBank, which magnetically attaches to Lightning or micro USB-powered smartphones to charge them when users are on the go.
It packs an internal 4000mAh rechargeable lithium-ion battery, capable of fully charging a dead smartphone, such as the iPhone 6/6s or Samsung Galaxy S7/S7 Edge, twice. Its built-in 2.1A output charges these devices safely and at the fastest rate possible, according to the folks at Scosche. The MagicMount PowerBank comes pre-charged and can be used right out of the box. It features four blue LED lights that indicate available battery power level.
The MagicMount PowerBank affixes to smartphones via “100% safe, powerful rare-earth magnets,” while the built-in Lightning or micro USB cable plugs into the device for charging. This connection provides a compact design.
The MagicMount PowerBank works with tablets also. It’s available now at SCOSCHE.com for $49.99 (the micro USB device edition) or $59.99 (the Lightning...
iFlicks for OS X feature automatic chapter and subtitle download...
Jendrik Bertram has released iFlicks 2.4 (www.iflicksapp.com) for Mac OS X.
iFlicks has integrated video muxing and encoding capabilities for users to need to quickly import their video files into iTunes and automatically complete them with metadata and artwork. Version 2.4 features automatic chapter and subtitle download, extended in-place editing, chapter images, improved metadata, extended rules and much more.
iFlicks 2.4 requires Mac OS X 10.10 or higher. It’s available at the Mac App Store at special pricing for awhile: $12.99 until May 8 (50% off), $18.99 until the end of May (25% off), and $24.99 afterwards.
Deliver Express 2.5.12 for OS X improves compatibility across OS...
Zevrix Solutions has announced Deliver Express 2.5.12, a maintenance update to its file transfer solution that automatically sends files across the Internet and locally from watched hot folders.
The app also issues automatic email notifications upon file delivery. Deliver Express can serve unlimited users on a network and supports FTP, SFTP, WebDAV and more. Version 2.5.12 solves a compatibility issue with some older versions of OS X and introduces improvements in memory management and stability.
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. Version 2.5.12 is a free update for licensed users. A demo is available for download. Deliver Express requires OS X 10.5-10.11 (some features require OS X 10.7 and later).
Orders for Mac OS X upgraded to version 1.1
Tension Software (www.tensionsoftware.com) has updated Orders for Mac OS X to version 1.1.
It’s an app for archiving your company sales orders, typically coming in tabled or form orders, after a previous preprocessing or directly from web servers or other sources. Version 1.1 is a maintenance upgrade.
Orders requires Mac OS X Yosemite or El Capitan. It costs $19.99 and is available from the Mac App Store, as well as the Tension Software website.
StarTech launches USB-C adapter line
StarTech.com has released a new USB-C to DVI Adapter that’s available in black and white. The adapter helps users utilize the USB-C port on their laptop and use their existing DVI cables.
The USB-C to DVI Adapter provides the ability to continue using your existing DVI cables to connect a USB-C laptop, such as a MacBook, Chromebook, or Dell XPS laptop to a DVI projector or monitor. The $41.99 adapter is available at CDW, Amazon.com, Newegg.com, PC Connection, and Insight.
Apple’s CareKit tool arrives along with four new apps
Apple has launched its third medical framework, CareKit. Four apps are now available at the Apple App Store.
CareKit is a tool for assisting people in taking an active role in their care. iPhone apps using it make it easier for individuals to keep track of care plans and monitor symptoms and medication; providing insights that help people better understand their own health, says Jeff Williams, Apple’s chief operating officer, Initiatives.
With the ability to share information with doctors, nurses or family members, CareKit apps help people take a more active role in their health, he adds. CareKit has been released as an open source framework, allowing the developer community to continue building on the first four modules designed by Apple.
The first four CareKit apps are: Glow Nurture, a pregnancy tracker; Glow Baby, an app to help you log and time all aspects of your baby’s care; Start, a depression management app; and OneDrop, a diabetes management app.
Create Booklet for OS X gets automated batch processing
TheKeptPromise (www.thekeptpromise.com) has released Create Booklet 1.3.3, an update to its booklet printing app for Mac OS X.
Create Booklet allows anyone to create a booklet from almost any file from within almost any software. Thanks to the manual duplex feature, the user saves money, time and paper when printing many pages. In version 1.3.3, Booklet Factory has been updated with automated batch processing and now supports El Capitan. It's perfect for anyone who quickly needs to create multiple booklets at once.
Create Booklet 1.3.3 requires Mac OS X 10.7 or later. It costs US$9.99 and is available at the Mac App Store in the Utilities category.
Tension Software announces Product Manager 2.1for Mac OS X
Tension Software has updated Product Manager to version 2.1 It’s a Mac OS X application for managing company products from different standpoints.
Product Manager is document based and can manage an unlimited number of documents each with an unlimited number of products, subdivided in families.
Product Manager can be used also for a different typology of products (not only software) to manage the activities associated to the improvements, distributions and marketing of the product.Version 2.1 is a maintenance upgrade.
Product Manager requires OS X 10.10 or higher. It costs $19.99 and is available at the Tension Software website (www.tensionsoftware.com) and from the Mac App Store.
Aleratec releases Mac software for 1:10 USB 3.0 Copy Cruiser...
Aleratec (www.aleratec.com) has announced a software upgrade for 1:10 USB 3.0 Copy Cruiser Mini Duplicator, allowing compatibility with Mac OS X computers and laptops in addition to Windows 10/8/7/Vista platforms.
The 1:10 USB 3.0 Copy Cruiser Mini is a computer-connected USB duplicator that clones up to 10 USB 3.0/2.0 flash drives simultaneously. The new software is now included with the purchase of any new 1:10 USB 3.0 Copy Cruiser Mini duplicator.
Aleratec's 1:10 USB 3.0 Copy Cruiser Mini has an estimated retail price) of $314.99 and is available from Aleratec's dedicated resellers and distribution. Also available with the Mac software is the 1:22 USB Copy Cruiser Mini duplicator with an estimated price of $629.00 and 1:16 USB 3.0 Copy Cruiser Mini duplicator with an estimated price of $499.
Stairways Software releases Keyboard Maestro 7.1 for OS X
Stairways Software has announced Keyboard Maestro 7.1 (https://www.keyboardmaestro.com/main/), the new version of its productivity enhancer for OS X.
New customers can purchase Keyboard Maestro for $36. Those who purchased Keyboard Maestro after Jan. 1, 2015, have been issued a free upgrade to Keyboard Maestro 7. Customers who purchased Keyboard Maestro 6 prior to 2015 or who purchased older versions of Keyboard Maestro can upgrade to Keyboard Maestro 7 for $25. A demo is...
EnsenaSoft introduces Mahjong Deluxe 3 for Mac OS X
EnsenaSoft has introduced Mahjong Deluxe 3 (http://www.mahjongdeluxe3.com), the latest installment in their series of Mahjong games for Mac OS X.
Suitable to players of all ages and experience levels, it offers a modern rendition of the Chinese classic. This game includes eight different worlds containing a total of 640 puzzle layouts in 2D and 3D.
Mahjong Deluxe 3 requires OS X 10.6.6 or later. It costs $4.99 and is available through the Mac App Store in the Games category.
Tension Software announces DMG Master 2.5.1 for OS X
Tension Software (www.tensionsoftware.com) has released DMG Master 2.5.1 for Mac OS X. It’s a maintenance upgrade.
It’s a document based application for creating standard Disk Image Archive with just one click. Disk Image Archive is the universal standard on OS X and is recognized by any Mac. Disk Image Archive (.dmg) files can be opened on any Mac without any software.
DMG Master 2.5.1 requires Mac OS X 10.10 or higher. It costs $6.99.
Apple announces posted quarterly revenue of $50.6 billion
Apple has announced financial results for its fiscal 2016 second quarter that ended March 26. The company posted quarterly revenue of $50.6 billion and quarterly net income of $10.5 billion, or $1.90 per diluted share.
These results compare to revenue of $58 billion and net income of $13.6 billion, or $2.33 per diluted share, in the year-ago quarter. Gross margin was 39.4% compared to 40.8% in the year-ago quarter. International sales accounted for 67%
of the quarter’s revenue.
“Our team executed extremely well in the face of strong macroeconomic headwinds,” said CEO Tim Cook. “We are very happy with the continued strong growth in revenue from Services, thanks to the incredible strength of the Apple ecosystem and our growing base of over one billion active devices.”
The company also announced that its Board of Directors has authorized an increase of $50 billion to its program to return capital to shareholders. Under the expanded program, Apple plans to spend a cumulative total of $...
Satechi releases Aluminum Mini Docking Station for the Mac
Satechi has released the Aluminum Mini Docking Station, a compact hub that connects to Mac via USB and expands its functionality by offering four USB 3.0 ports, a gigabit Ethernet port, HDMI and DVI video connections, and a 3.5mm port.
The Aluminum Mini Docking Station allows users to use one centralized docking station to connect multiple peripherals and devices. The docking station features four high-speed USB 3.0 ports, an HDMI port for 4K video output or multiple video out ports to use a computer with multiple monitors at high-speed. Its small form factor, measuring just under 4x4x2 inches, gives users valuable desk space without the hassle of hiding important ports.
The Aluminum Mini Docking Station is available in silver for $149.99 on Satechi.net and Amazon.com.
PDFpen 8 Features Digital Signatures, File & Audio...
Smile has released PDFpen 8, the latest version of its all-purpose PDF editing tool for the Mac. The upgrade features support for digital signatures, file attachments, and, in PDFpenPro, portfolio creation.
PDFpen and PDFpenPro 8 now enable the application of digital signatures, as well as validation of digitally signed documents. This signing option adds to PDFpen 7’s current signing options, which include interactive signature fields, pasting scanned signatures, and a scribble tool.
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, and 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 for five users start at $224.95 for PDFpen and $349.95 for PDFpenPro.