SMTPit Pro 5.0.1 released withFMP 15 function search/description...
Comm-Unity Networking Systems has announced SMTPit Pro 5.0.1, which has been updated to the latest FileMake Plug-in SDK [software development kit], bringing calculation type-ahead and tool-tip description support, among other things.
This version also includes a few bug fixes reported since the last release. SMTPit Pro is available immediately at http://www.smtpitpro.com/ for both Mac OS X and Windows.
Prices range from a 1-User License for $65 to a World License for $,1095 (which includes a free Server License). A Server License of SMTPit Pro for use with FileMaker Pro Server/Server Advanced is $595. A Developer's License of SMTPit Pro is $1,295. For more pricing information and information about educational/non-profit institutions please see our online store at http://www.cnsplug-ins.com/store/
StarTech debuts Thunderbolt 3 to Thunderbolt adapter
StarTech.com has announced that it says is the first Thunderbolt 3 to Thunderbolt Adapter on the market, which bridges new Thunderbolt 3 computers to Thunderbolt and Thunderbolt 2 peripheral devices. This gives users the ability to connect their Thunderbolt 3 computers to the ecosystem of Thunderbolt and Thunderbolt 2 devices.
Thunderbolt 3 technology is different from previous Thunderbolt technologies because it uses the new USB-C connector to combine and deliver power, display and connectivity signals in a single connection. Thunderbolt 3 technology offers transfer speeds of up to 40Gbps, dual 4K display support, power and charging up to 100W, and support for both DisplayPort and PCI Express protocols.
With the new StarTech.com adapter users can connect their existing Thunderbolt and Thunderbolt 2 devices to the Thunderbolt 3 USB-C port on their computer. The Thunderbolt 3 to Thunderbolt Adapter is available at CDW, Amazon.com, Newegg.com, PC Connection, and Insight.
Akitio announces 4-Bay Thunderbolt 3 storage device
Akitio has announced the $429.99 Akitio Thunder3 Quad (http://tinyurl.com/hlt8m3v), which the company says is the industry’s first 4-bay, Thunderbolt 3 storage device. It offers fast transfers with the added flexibility of a DisplayPort video output in a form factor small enough for a desktop.
The Thunder3 Quad can deliver transfer speeds of up to 1375 MB/s while simultaneously providing two 4K video streams to connected displays. It’s designed for consumers and professionals who desire high speed external storage and/or video streams in one connection, according to Akitio.
The Thunder3 Quad 4-bay enclosure features two Thunderbolt 3 Ports and a DisplayPort video output to connect to the latest 4K 60Hz displays. The second Thunderbolt 3 port on the Thunder3 Quad operates the same as a Thunderbolt 3 computer port by supporting Thunderbolt 3 (up to 5 daisy chained), USB 3.1 (10Gb/s), and DisplayPort devices.
The four trays in the Thunder3 Quad are completely flexible in accommodating...
Press invites sent out for WWDC keynote
Apple has announced to members of the press that its Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC) keynote will take place on June 13 at 10 a.m. (Pacific) at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco.
WWDC 2016 runs June 13-17 and will spotlight the future of OS X, iOS, watchOS, and tvOS. According to Apple, the Keynote and State of the Union “promise exciting reveals, providing inspiration and new opportunities to continue creating the most innovative apps in the world.” The most remarkable developers of the year will be honored at the Apple Design Awards. Go to https://developer.apple.com/wwdc/schedule/ for more info.
Tension Software announces Menu Calendar 1.0 for OS X
Tension Software has introduced Menu Calendar 1.0 for Mac OS X. The tool makes a small calendar available under the menu bar in any running app.
Clicking Menu Calendar’s icon under the menu bar not only shows a small standard calendar that you can use to navigate inside any month, it also makes available a small area under the calendar for date calculation. You can add (or subtract) days, months, years and the app will instantly show the resulting day.
You can also optionally select from the menu to have Menu Calendar launched any time you log in to your Mac.
The app requires Mac OS X 10.10 or higher. It costs $1.99 and is available at the Mac App Store and the Tension Software website (www.tensionsoftware.com).
New ConceptDraw AWS Architecture Diagrams Solution debuts
CS Odessa’s (www.conceptdraw.com) newest addition to ConceptDraw Solution Park, “AWS Architecture Diagrams” updates the previous release with new libraries, samples, and templates.
This collection of library objects, templates, and example drawings for ConceptDraw Pro is designed to make short work of describing any business’ cloud implementation with an updated set of graphic elements. The “AWS Architecture Diagrams” solution is available at no charge to users of ConceptDraw Pro 10 and ConceptDraw Office 3, via Solution Park. ConceptDraw Pro and ConceptDraw Office support the latest versions of both OS X and Microsoft Windows.
ConceptDraw PRO can open and save documents that can be used by Visio users. It’s supported by the business solutions located in ConceptDraw Solution Park, and retails for $199 per end user license.
Records 1.2 for Mac adds French, Spanish and stability fixes
The Records Team has released Records 1.2 for Mac, an update to their personal database application for OS X.
It allows anyone to collect and organize their information, from favorite movies, to customer invoices, to home inventory, and more. Version 1.2 introduces French and Spanish localizations, as well as stability fixes.
Records requires OS X 10.10 Yosemite or later. It costs $34.99 and is available worldwide through the Mac App Store in the Business category and through the Records Team website (http://records.team).
AKVIS SmartMask 8.0 adds support for Ultra HD
AKVIS has released AKVIS SmartMask 8.0, an update to the software for cutting out a subject from a background.
It’s available as a Photoshop compatible plug-in and a standalone application for Mac OS X (10.7 and higher). Version 8.0 brings support for Ultra HD 4K and 5K monitors and other improvements.
AKVIS SmartMask, Home license, sells for $69. One license key allows activating and using the software on two computers. Consult the official website (http://tinyurl.com/j9pb63q) for more details about license types and prices of the software. Version 8.0 is a free upgrade for everyone who bought the product in the last 12 months. Users, whose license is older and is not valid for the new version, can get SmartMask 8.0 for $14.95.
Alien Hunters, the second DLC pack for XCOM 2, is out now
Alien Hunters (http://tinyurl.com/zp6l83z), the second DLC pack for XCOM 2, is out now. Available to buy separately, or as part of the Reinforcement Pack, Alien Hunters DLC features a narrative-driven mission, new weapons and armor, a new Hunter’s Lodge facility in the Avenger, plus three new “Ruler” alien units to combat.
Ruler aliens will show up at random during a campaign and they are highly intelligent: each has its own unique behavior and tactics. If you can’t take out a Ruler quick enough, it will escape to fight another day.
There are four new weapons: the Bolt Caster, a high damage single-shot weapon; the Hunter’s Axe, a powerful blade weapon that can be thrown at enemies or used to dispatch foes at close range; the Frost Bomb grenade, which can temporarily freeze targets; and the ShadowKeeper pistol, which grants its user the Shadowfall ability, an ability that guarantees a hit and places its user in concealment if the target is killed.
Three new suits of armor can also be...
Softpress releases Exhibeo 2 for OS X
Softpress has released Exhibeo 2, an update to their photo gallery and slideshow creation tool for the Mac.
Designed exclusively for OS X Yosemite and El Capitan, Exhibeo 2 allows web designers and creatives to quickly and easily generate HTML5 image presentations using a range of beautifully designed and highly customizable themes. Its features include seven customizable gallery designs, fine control while editing images and thumbnails, image metadata, and more.
Version 2’s features include seven customizable gallery designs; even greater control while editing images and thumbnails; a new "metadata view" for adding image metadata; simplified output code for embedding galleries in websites; and much more.
Exhibeo 2 is available to buy on the SoftPress App Store (https://www.softpress.com/exhibeo/) for $30.
Vernissage is new vector-based tool for OS X El Capitan
min:60 has launched Vernissage 1.0 (http://vernissageapp.com). It’s a vector-based tool for Mac OS X 10.11 and higher.
It’s design to make it easy for anyone to create great looking app presentations and App Store presentations. Results can be instantly shared, added to documents, presentations or printed. The vector engine makes it possible to create PDF documents with infinite scaling or export to images of any resolution. The app also includes a Macintosh 128k (circa 1984) device.
Vernissage 1.0.0 is available at the Mac App Store for free in the Developer Tools category. The free version lets you explore base functionality, but excludes features which you can find via in-app purchases.
Softpress introduces Chroma for Mac
Softpress has introduced Chroma for Mac (https://www.softpress.com/chroma/). The $10 (for a limited time) app generates “well-balanced and complementary color palettes” from images.
Designed exclusively for OS X Yosemite and El Capitan, it emulates the way the human eye perceives color to create natural looking palettes. Individual colors from palettes can be copied or dragged in various formats, or entire palettes can be exported and integrated with most major design applications and the built-in system color picker.
MacTech, MacNews celebrate Memorial Day
MacTech and MacNews will be “closed” today to celebrate Memorial Day, federal holiday in the United States for remembering the people who died while serving in the country's armed forces. Have a wonderful, safe holiday.
Fox Pro 5.0 for OS X gets new interface, more
Eltima Software has announced Folx Pro 5.0, an update to their download manager for Mac OS X.
It provides download management, smart files organization, and more. Version 5.0 offers a new interface design, supported by reworked features and new options. Downloading from websites requiring authentication has gotten easier with a password manager. Also, the new Folx Smart Speed Adjustment feature became even smarter and more flexible, according to the folks at Eltima.
Folx Pro costs $19.99. It can be downloaded from the developer's website (http://tinyurl.com/6xvuae). All registered users of Folx 4.0 Pro can upgrade to the latest version at a 50% discount.
AppDelete Lite for OS X revved to version 4.0.5
Reggie Ashworth (www.reggieashworth.com) has announced AppDelete Lite 4.0.5, an update to his Mac application deletion utility available at the Mac App Store. The new version is a maintenance upgrade.
Via drag and drop, AppDelete Lite will uninstall anything along with all of the associated items. With it you don’t have to hunt through your system to find and delete these items manually.
AppDelete Lite 4.0.5 costs $3.99 at the Mac App Store. AppDelete Lite users to upgrade to AppDelete for an additional $3.99, but only via the AppDelete/AppDelete Lite website.
Markzware’s Q2ID adds QuarkXPress 2016 support
Markzware (www.markzware.com) has announced a version version of Q2ID. The Adobe InDesign plug-in now has QuarkXPress 2016 (also known as QXP v12) support. Q2ID is available for Mac and Windows platforms for InDesign CC 2015, 2014, CC, CS6, CS5.5 and CS5.
Q2ID (Quark to InDesign) is an InDesign plugin that allows you to convert QuarkXPress documents to Adobe InDesign. You can open QuarkXPress files within a new InDesign (INDD) document, without rebuilding the QXP document from scratch. File conversion with Q2ID gives you a way to import QuarkXPress content into InDesign, allowing the workflow to move forward.
Q2ID Subscription members can download the new version as part of their annual plan. For more information on system requirements and pricing, please visit the Q2ID page (http://tinyurl.com/juexkuz).
Allegorithmic integrates Substance Engine into Houdini 15
Allegorithmic has integrated Substance Engine into Houdini 15. VFX artists can now import, visualize and tweak materials with the same freedom AAA game developers have enjoyed for years.
By employing the same nodal system as Houdini, Substance Engine arrives in a format Houdini artists already understand. Materials can be created, customized and applied to any Houdini asset, including characters and environments. When finished, assets can be exported to the Unity game engine or sent to Mantra, Arnold or RenderMan (with a simple script) for a final render.
Using Houdini Expressions, variables can be attached to Substances, making the process of manipulating textures even more fluid for animated sequences. These expressions can also help artists produce thousands of randomized objects quickly, with all the scale and realism VFX requires, says Sébastien Deguy, founder and CEO of Allegorithmic.
The Substance Engine integration is free, compatible with Houdini 15.5 and available for...
GraphicConverter 10 Adds Face Recognition, Live Photo, more
Lemke Software has rolled out GraphicConverter 10, an update to its image utility for OS X that offers the ability to convert over 200 different file formats into any of 80 graphic formats. The upgrade brings a number of new features, including face recognition, collage creation, custom brushes, and the ability to work with Apple's new Live Photos file format.
GraphicConverter 10 requires Mac OS X 10.9 or later. It’s available for $25.95 until June 30 at the Mac App Store in the Graphics and Design category. It can also be directly purchased online from the Lemkesoft website (http://www.lemkesoft.com) for $39.95. Users of the current version of GraphicConverter can upgrade at the Lemkesoft website for $25.95.
Pixelmator Team releases a major update for Pixelmator for Mac
The Pixelmator Team has announces Pixelmator 3.5 Canyon, a major update to its image editor for Mac OS X.
The app allows you to create, edit, and enhance your images, letting you work seamlessly between a Mac and iPad. Version 3.5 brings a Quick Selection Tool, a Magnetic Selection Tool that automatically snaps to object edges, a Pixelmator Retouch extension for the Photos app, and more.
Pixelmator 3.5 Canyon requires Mac OS X 10.9.5 or later and costs $29.99. It’s available worldwide through the Mac App Store in the Graphics & Design category. It’s a free upgrade to all existing customers who purchased the app from the Mac App Store. More information and a free 30-day trial can be found at Pixelmator online (http://www.pixelmator.com).
Malwarebytes EDR platform adds Mac support
Malwarebytes has introduced Malwarebytes Breach Remediation for Mac and new forensics capabilities as part of its Malwarebytes Breach Remediation platform. This Malwarebytes endpoint detection and response (EDR) solution hunts for and is designed to remove advanced threats from Mac OS X and Windows endpoints.
Malwarebytes Breach Remediation is an EDR solution that detects and removes infections and related artifacts simultaneously across all endpoints on a network. Malwarebytes Breach Remediation scans network endpoints looking for suspicious files or anomalies and, when found, pieces together the threat traces and automatically remediates compromised systems. This approach to breach remediation is designed to help eliminate the possibility of new cyber attacks or lateral movements that capitalize on leftover malware traces.
Although Macs have faced nuisance apps like adware and PUPS for years, new threats are materializing, including ransomware (e.g., KeRanger). Many experts believe...
PopChar X 7.5 for OS X supports insertion of combined emoji...
Ergonis Software has released PopChar X 7.5, an improved version of the OS X (10.6 or newer) tool for finding and inserting special characters and exploring fonts.
With PopChar, thousands of special characters are only a few clicks away. Version X 7.5 adds support for the combined emoji characters, comes with an improved font info view, and offers further enhancements to make insertion of special characters easier than ever.
PopChar X can be purchased at the Ergonis Software website (www.ergonis.com). The upgrade to PopChar X 7.5 is free for anyone who owns a license for PopChar X 7 or purchased a license for PopChar X 6 on or after March 1, 2014. Upgrade paths are available for customers who purchased their license before that date. For information about purchases, including enterprise licenses, volume discounts, and upgrade pricing offers, see the company's web site.
M4P Converter for Mac OS X upgraded to version 2.1.4
M4P Converter for Mac OS X has been revved to version 2.1.4. It’s a DRM copy-protected audio and music converter designed for converting DRM protected music to unprotected MP3, AAC, AIFF, or M4A files ready for use on any player.
The upgrade adds compatibility with Mac OS X 10.11.5 and iTunes 12.4. M4P Converter for Mac version 2.1.4 requires OS X 10.6 or later. It costs $39.95 and is available at the product website (http://www.m4p-to-mp3-converter.com/).
ATTO launches Fibre Channel SAN upgrade kits
ATTO Technology has announced the availability of a range of Fibre Channel SAN Kits providing all the components needed to update existing direct-attached storage to a high-performance, low-latency storage area network.
The kits are available now through Ingram Micro's network of resellers, telecommunications companies, carriers, hosting companies, MSPs, system integrators and other IT suppliers. ATTO Fibre Channel SAN Kits enable SysAdmins to increase the ROI and lifespan of existing storage by quickly and cost-effectively converting direct-attached SAS RAID, JBOD or JBOF storage to SAN technology, according to James U’Ren, storage controller product manager at ATTO Technology..
The solution allows for storage to be scaled with little effort and will benefit any environment experiencing slow host-to-host data transfers. It also provides a faster method to perform live migrations in virtual environments such as VMware vSphere, along with redundancy for rapid virtual machine restarts...
X-Doria introduces Bump Gear Plus case for the iPhone
X-Doria is introducing the Bump Gear Plus case collection for the iPhone 6s, 6s Plus and SE. The Bump Gear Plus case collection was designed for slim-fitting protection with a style to match the elegant, minimalistic finish of the iPhone.
This new bumper case collection features a metal exterior design with an interior rubber lining. Volume and lock buttons are protected by machined metal button covers. The Bump Gear Plus for iPhone 6s/6s plus/SE is available now in silver, space gray, gold or rose gold for $29.99- $34.99 at XDorialife.com.
PDF Decrypter Pro 1.0 for Mac OS X decryption of PDF files
Adeptshare has announced PDF Decrypter Pro 1.0 for Mac OS X. It’s a utility designed to instantly decrypt password protected PDF files.
Once decrypted, the PDF file can be edited, printed, and have text and graphics selected and copied into other documents. Users can also edit any annotations and form fields. The decrypted PDF file can be edited in any PDF editor. All versions of Adobe Acrobat are supported, but Acrobat isn’t required for its operation.
PDF Decrypter Pro offers easy drag and drop file selection — or users can select multiple files via the cleanly designed file selection interface. Once files have been selected for decryption, a click of the button immediately begins the decryption process. Users can track the decryption process, which is displayed in the Results Column.
PDF Decrypter Pro requires OS X 10.6.6 or later. It costs $29.99 and is available worldwide through the Mac App Store in the Utilities category. It is also available through the PDF Decrypter website...
Apple updates firmware for its 802.11n AirPort Base Stations
Apple has released firmware 7.6.7 for all of its 802.11n AirPort Base Stations. This includes the AirPort Express, AirPort Extreme, and AirPort Time Capsule.
According to Apple's release notes, it improves stability and performance for its AirPort Base Stations. It also fixes an issue which may prevent communication between clients.
Apple has also released firmware 7.7.7 for the 802.11ac AirPort Extreme, and AirPort Time Capsule. The updates can be applied by using the AirPort Utility app on iOS or OS X.
Virtual TimeClock for OS X ticks to version 16
Redcort Software (www.redcort.com) has rolled out Virtual TimeClock 16, an update to the timecard management app for Mac OS X.
The utility records the exact time as it occurs, removing any guessing or estimating of arrivals, departures, breaks and lunches. Version 16 helps companies eliminate unwanted overtime and reduce labor costs by ensuring that worker start, stop, and meal break times are properly observed, according to the folks at Redcort.
One time license pricing starts at $99 for the Basic Edition and $195 for Virtual TimeClock Pro. Annual software maintenance and support enrollment and discounted upgrade pricing is available upon request or online at the Redcort Software store.
Output Factory for InDesign adds variable file name options
Zevrix Solutions has announced Output Factory 1.5.54, a feature update to its output automation solution for Adobe InDesign.
Output Factory automates printing, exporting and preflighting from InDesign. The software offers batch processing, export as single pages, layer versioning and much more. The new version adds an option to ignore hidden layers when using the script label feature which lets users insert contents of selected text frames in InDesign document into variable output file names.
Output Factory 1.5.54 can be purchased from the Zevrix website (www.zevrix.com) for $169.95. There’s a “lite” version for $120, and a server $700. a demo is available for download. BatchOutput users can upgrade to Output Factory for $85. Output Factory requires Mac OS X 10.6-10.11 and Adobe InDesign CS3-CC 2015.
olloclip partners with OtterBox to expand mobile universe
olloclip has announced a partnership with OtterBox to offer olloclip’s 4-in-1 Lens as a module compatible with the new OtterBox uniVERSE Case System (http://tinyurl.com/j879mzg).
This variation of olloclip’s 4-in-1 Lens for iPhone 6/6s & iPhone 6/6s Plus was built exclusively for and attaches over the top of the OtterBox uniVERSE Case System. It features four optic quick-change lenses (fisheye, wide-angle, macro 10x & 15x) that weigh in at less than an ounce. Its pocket-sized, award-winning design works on both front and rear-facing camera and comes with two wearable pendants to keep the lenses instantly accessible, says Patrick O’Neill, founder of olloclip.
olloclip’s 4-in-1 lens for iPhone 6/6s & iPhone 6/6s feature fisheye and wide-angle lenses. You access the Macro lenses by unscrewing the fisheye and wide-angle lenses to photograph close-ups and detail beyond the naked eye. You can switch between lenses in seconds with no extra parts needed, according to O’Neill...
QuarkXPress 2016 offers Built-in HTML5 Publishing
Quark has released QuarkXPress 2016 (http://tinyurl.com/zj38wvk) the new version of the graphic design and page layout software. Among many new features, QuarkXPress 2016 brings designers the ability to create HTML5 publications within QuarkXPress that can be previewed locally and displayed on all modern desktop, tablet, and mobile browsers.
Called HTML5 Publications, the new feature frees users to create app-like Web experiences without needing to rely on or pay for digital publishing solutions. QuarkXPress 2016 is sold as a perpetual license, which means users can use the software as long as it remains compatible with supported operating systems. With HTML5 Publications designers can create their projects – such as ePapers, eMagazines, Webapps, and flipbooks – store them locally, and distribute when and how they choose using their own Webserver and domain.
QuarkXPress 2016 costs $849 for new users. There are discounted upgrades for owners of previous versions. A demo is also...
Parallels Access adds support for the iPad Pro
The latest version of Parallel Access adds a much-requested feature: support for the 12.9-inch iPad Pro. Parallels Access provides a way to control your desktop applications from a tablet or smartphone.
The new version (3.1) of Parallels Access still has the three resolution choices for
your mobile device: Best for your Device, More Space, and Same as Computer. However, now those choices make use of the full resolution of the iPad Pro.
Parallels Access 3.1 also adds support for 3D Touch on the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus. Not enough? There’s also:
° Support for the Apple Pencil with iPad Pro and other common styluses with all iPad and iPhone devices;
° Support for cursor movement using the on-screen keyboard as a trackpad;
° Support for Split View in iOS 9.
Parallels Access also enables you to access your remote computer(s) from any com
puter or device with a current web browser (HTML5); simply log in to your Parallels account to select and access your computer without having to...
RailModellers Pro for OS X adds tunnel sections and layer...
Isle of the Kakapo (http://www.isleofthekakapo.com/) has released RailModeller Pro 5.1, an update to their model railroad and slot car layout design solution for Mac OS X.
RailModeller Pro offers design tools that enable hobbyists to design model train and slot car track layouts via drag and drop. The app includes a library catalog covering over 200 track systems in all major model scales, allowing for custom designs of almost any layout a user can visualize.
Version 5.1 adds native support for tunnel sections, including the automatic creation of tunnel portals between plain and tunnel tracks. This is designed to make it easy to distinguish visible track sections from tracks running underground. The update also adds Layer-Defaults that optionally provide default values for elements newly inserted into a layer.
RailModeller Pro 5.1 is available for $39.99 exclusively through the Mac App Store in the Graphics and Design category. A free version, RailModeller Express, which is suitable...
New OS X, iOS, tvOS betas released
Apple has released new beta versions of OS X, iOS, and tvOS. They are, respectively, OS X 10.11.6, iOS 9.3.3., and tvOS 9.2.2.
All are available to registered developers via the Apple Developer Center. There’s no press info on what’s available in the upgrades.
iMyfone Umate released, helps reclaim iOS device storage space
iMyfone has released iMyfone Umate. It’s a tool that cleans up Apple mobile devices (iPhones and iPads) to improve and speed up their performance.
It’s easy to fill up your iPhone or iPad with apps, photos, etc. Slow performance and hanging games could result. iMyfone Umate is designed to help iOS users rectify the situation.
It allows you to remove redundant junk files like crashed/temp/user storage files. iMyfone Umate also lets you delete the camera roll, Photo Stream items, and the photo library cache.
Both Mac OS X and Windows versions of iMyfone Umate are available. A demo is available for download (https://www.imyfone.com/iphone-space-saver-mac/). Registration is $19.95.
Stunnix C/C++ Obfuscator revved to version 4.5
Stunnix C/C++ Obfuscator (http://stunnix.com/prod/cxxo/), a tool that allows developers to make C/C++ source code unreadable, has been revved to version 4.5. It works on Mac OS X, Linux and Windows systems.
Stunnix C/C++ Obfuscator supports any C/C++ compiler, has support for renaming of files and directories, and, as of version 4.5, correctly supports code that uses a C preprocessor. It also packs several tools for extracting API symbols that shouldn’t change the name. Pricing starts at $449 for a single developer edition, although a demo/evaluation version is available for free.
Tension Software updates Mac Restart to version 2.0
Tension Software (www.tensionsoftware.com) has revved Mac Restart to version 2.0. The app is used for “soft” and “hard” restarts.
A soft restart is issued at the Finder level and quits all running apps before restarting the Mac. A hard restart is issued at the system level and offers a low level of probability of having the restart interrupted by an app refusing to quit.
Mac Restart 2.0 can be used as a status menu only app that’s always available from the menu. It also uses the latest Apple XPC technology to provide admin right actions.
Mac Restart 2.0 requires Mac OS X 10.10 or higher. it costs $12 and is available at the Tension Software website.
FXpansion introduces Geist2 beat production system
FXpansion has launched Geist2 (http://tinyurl.com/jsakrgb), an update of its $199 sound-sculpting and beat production system with streamlined sample manipulation, arrangement, and modulation capabilities for intuitive and accelerated workflow.
It’s available for Mac OS X (10.9 or higher) and Windows (7 SP1 or higher), as 64-bit only AAX, 32- and 64-bit AU and VST — and as standalone versions. Geist2 is a step-sequencer and sample-based drum machine realized in software. It offers a way to build beats. Grooves and rhythms can be performed and programmed faster in version 2.
For slicing longer loops, the refined Slicer in the upgrade combined with up to 64 pads allows for fast, non-destructive chopping of beats with automatic pattern extraction. This makes it quicker to create custom loops. Existing Geist owners can upgrade to Geist2 for $99.
Apple previews new Union Square store in San Francisco
Apple has revealed its new store on San Francisco’s Union Square, offering many new features and services rolling out to Apple retail stores worldwide. The new store will open its signature 42-foot tall sliding glass doors to customers on Saturday, May 21 at 10 a.m.
“Fifteen years ago today Apple opened its first two stores and we’re thrilled to mark the occasion with the opening of Apple Union Square in San Francisco,” said Angela Ahrendts, Apple’s senior vice president of Retail and Online Stores. “We are not just evolving our store design, but its purpose and greater role in the community as we educate and entertain visitors and serve our network of local entrepreneurs."
Apple Union Square’s glass doors open the store to Post Street and Union Square. The building’s position connects San Francisco’s most famous square to a rejuvenated plaza to the north, creating a gathering place for the community. The art-filled plaza offers seating, public Wi-Fi, a 50-foot tall “green wall” and...
MACSpoof 1.0 designed to help change MAC address to network...
Tension Software (www.tensionsoftware.com) has released Mac MACSpoof, a Mac utility that allows the user to change the MAC address of the network interfaces of your Mac (Ethernet, Wi-Fi and so on) with any custom value.
The $4.99 utility displays a list of all the network interfaces of a Mac. By selecting one, the user is able to assign the value from one created at the moment or using a list of pre-defined values reusable over time.
The application uses XPC Apple technology for a safe escalation privilege to change the requested Mac address. It’s Apple Developer-signed and Gatekeeper enabled. Mac MACSpoof includes a PDF User guide; it requires OS X 10.10 or higher.
Adobe Launches Spark visual storytelling apps
Adobe has served up Adobe Spark, an integrated web and mobile solution for creating and sharing visual stories. The free service — part of Creative Cloud — lets you create visual content that engages audiences across multiple channels and looks great on any device, says Bryan Lamkin, executive vice president and general manager, Digital Media at Adobe.
The Adobe Spark web app syncs with Spark Post, Spark Page and Spark Video iOS mobile apps, allowing users to create, edit and share their story from wherever they are. The integrated solution consists of:
° The Adobe Spark web app, a browser-based web experience for creating social posts and graphics, web stories and animated videos;
° Spark Post, an iOS mobile app that allows you to create social posts and graphics;
° Spark Page, an iOS mobile app that helps users create web stories;
° Spark Video, an iOS mobile app that enables users to create animated videos.
Adobe Spark is available for free at spark.adobe.com. An Adobe ID, Google...
Apple opens development office in Hyderabad, India
Apple has announced the opening of a new office in Hyderabad, India, that will focus on development of Maps for the Mac, iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch. This investment will accelerate Maps development and create up to 4,000 jobs.
“Apple is focused on making the best products and services in the world and we are thrilled to open this new office in Hyderabad which will focus on Maps development,” said Apple CEO Tim Cook. “The talent here in the local area is incredible and we are looking forward to expanding our relationships and introducing more universities and partners to our platforms as we scale our operations.”
Apple has been continually updating and adding new features to Maps, including 3D views, the Flyover feature and tools to help customers find places to shop, eat and explore nearby areas. With iOS 9 Apple added Transit, offering a combination of trains, subways, buses and walking, which is already available for more than 300 cities around the world.
The new facility,...
Mapdiva releases Artboard 2.0 on the Mac App Store
Mapdiva has announced Artboard 2.0 for the Mac. The drawing software allows you to create vector graphics, logos, icons and illustrations.
Artboard features a style generator and built-in library of over 1900 editable vector styles and clip art. as well as templates. Version 2 sports a new tabbed interface, smart shapes, a more powerful styles editor, and more.
To celebrate its launch, Artboard 2 is on sale through May for 40% ($29.99 instead of $49.99) directly from Mapdiva (https://www.mapdiva.com/artboard) and on the Mac App Store. A demo is also available from the Mapdiva website.
Emojis for Apple Mail now available on MailButler
Feingeist Software has updated MailButler (https://www.feingeist.io/mailbutler), its personal assistant add-on for Apple Mail on the Mac.
With its various functions, it simplifies, optimizes and streamlines working with emails. Now users can include emojis into their emails. This can be done with just one click: the emojis button has been added right into the utility bar in the email window.
MailButler requires Mac OS X Yosemite or El Capitan. You can test MailButler as long as you want with the free plan for one user and a limited amount of use per month. You can upgrade (or downgrade) your plan whenever you want. There’s a pro version (one user, unlimited use) for about $6.80 per month and a corporate version (10 users, unlimited use) for approximately $5.35 per month.
Youtubers Life comes out on Steam for the Mac
U-Play Online has announced Youtubers Life, a mixture of two genres, life sim and tycoon. It’s launching simultaneously for the Mac and Windows on Steam (http://store.steampowered.com/app/428690/).
The game is in “early access” (think beta). During this period, the game will just include the option of recording videos based on gaming —it reportedly takes more than 10 hours to finish the game— but four extra vertical channels will be added in the near future: music, fitness, cuisine and fashion.
Here’s how the game is described: “In Youtubers Life, you can effortfully become the world’s greatest youtuber in history by editing videos, expanding the amount of fans and turning yourself into a wealthy fellow. Create your character and start making your first broadcasts in the cozy room at your parents’ where you have grown up since you were little. Record gameplay sessions, buy new and classic consoles, keep an eye on daily tasks, and socialize yourself to increase your popularity while...
Note-Icy Apples launches ‘distraction killing’ tool for OS X
Note-Ify Apps has introduced UnDistracted 1.0 for Mac OS X. The app is designed to help solve the problem of distractions and procrastination when working at your Mac.
UnDistracted highlights the active application window and shades all other windows, hides Desktop icons, the Dock and Menu, and enables "Do Not Disturb" mode on Skype and in the whole system. It automatically shades and hides the windows of non-active applications, allowing you to completely immerse yourself in your work.
UnDistracted requires OS X 10.9 or later and costs $12. It’s available for download from Note-Ify Apps online (http://tinyurl.com/zzezc5e). A demo is also available.
Tension Software releases Private Contact 3.3.1 for OS X
Tension Software (www.tensionsoftware.com) has updated Private Contact for Mac OS X to version 3.3.1.
It’s an app for managing an “always encrypted” address book. Version 3.3.1 is a maintenance update with some bug fixes and performance tweaks.
Private Contact 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.
Apple announces new iOS App Design and Development Accelerator
Apple has announced a new initiative to support engineering talent and accelerate growth in India’s iOS developer community.
The company will establish a Design and Development Accelerator in Bengaluru, the home of India’s startup scene. Tens of thousands of developers in India make apps for iOS, and this initiative will provide additional, specialized support for them, says Apple CEO Tim Cook. Apple’s team will work to inspire and instruct developers on best practices, help them hone their skills and transform the design, quality and performance of their apps on the iOS platform, he adds.
Each week, Apple experts will lead briefings and provide one-on-one app reviews for developers. The facility will also provide support and guidance on Swift, Apple’s programming language created to build apps for iOS, Mac OS X, tvOS, and watchOS.
Bengaluru is now home to more technology startups than any other part of India. Over one million people in the city work in the tech sector, and over 40%...
CS Odessa releases Scrum Workflow Solution for ConceptDraw Pro 10
CS Odessa (www.conceptdraw.com) has announceda new Scrum Workflow solution in ConceptDraw Solution Park.
The Scrum Workflow Solution for ConceptDraw Pro is designed to make it easy for anyone to build any professional Scrum diagram such as a Release burn-down chart, Release velocity chart, Sprint burn-down chart, or a Team velocity chart. The Scrum methodology breaks down the steps needed to reach the final goal by using short Sprints of 1-4 weeks.
The Scrum Workflow solution is priced at $25. ConceptDraw Office retails for $499 and can be purchased directly from CS Odessa or their resellers. The ConceptDraw Office suite is designed for knowledge workers, project managers, managers, and academics. ConceptDraw Office works with the latest versions of both Mac OS X and Microsoft Windows.
Troi Automatisering releases Troi Dialog Plug-in 6.5 for...
Troi Automatisering has released Troi Dialog Plug-in 6.5 for FileMaker Pro 15.
It’s a tool for displaying all sorts of dialogs in FileMaker Pro 15. The text of the dialog and of the buttons can be created dynamically by using a calculation. Troi Dialog Plug-in 6.5 has been made compatible with FileMaker 15. In addition, the upgrade has several bug fixes and further improvements.
Troi Dialog Plug-in 6.5 works with FileMaker Pro 12, 13, 14 and 15. The plug-in can also be used with runtimes from FileMaker Pro Advanced 12, 13, 14 or 15. The plug-in is available for OS X 10.6.x or higher and for Windows 7, 8, 8.1 and 10.
A fully functional demo version of Troi Dialog Plug-in 6.5 is available for downloading at Troi's website (http://tinyurl.com/zcmv2vf). Licenses cost $59 per user. Details on developer licenses and multi-user packs can be found on the product website.
Version 6.5 needs a new registration. For users who bought a license on or after March 11, 2015, the upgrade is free....
Output Factory Server for Adobe InDesign now supports InCopy...
Zevrix Solutions has announced Output Factory Server 1.2.14, a feature update to its output workflow automation solution for Adobe InDesign.
Output Factory Server automates printing and exporting from InDesign by processing files from hot folders. The software offers layer versioning, preflighting, variable file name, export as single pages and other powerful features. Version 1.2.14 fully supports the editorial InCopy workflow by allowing to auto-update links in imported InCopy documents.
Output Factory Server can be purchased from the Zevrix website (www.zevrix.com) for $699.95, as well as from authorized resellers. A demo is available for download. BatchOutput Server users can upgrade for $350. Output Factory Server runs on Mac OS X 10.7-10.11 and works with Adobe InDesign CS5-CC 2015.