DEVONthink and DEVONnote 2.8.6 ready for OS X El Capitan
DEVONtechnologies has updated all editions of its intelligent information and document manager, DEVONthink, as well as the smart notebook, DEVONnote.
DEVONthink and DEVONnote are designed to help users classify and organize documents with artificial intelligence. Version 2.8.6 improves compatibility to the public beta of OS X El Capitan and brings further usability enhancements and bug fixes. The updates are free and recommended for all users.
All editions of DEVONthink as well as DEVONnote require an Intel-based Mac and OS X 10.7.5 or later (in the Mac App Store: OS X 10.9 or later). Demos are available at the DEVONtechnologies website (www.devontechnologies.com ). DEVONthink Personal and DEVONnote are also available in the Mac App Store; DEVONthink can be purchased in bundles with DEVONagent for a bundle price in DEVONtechnologies' online shop.
LightTable 2.2.1 is now available at the Mac App Store
einstein's legacy (http://www.einsteinslegacy.com) has announced LightTable 2.2.1 for Mac OS X.
It's an image cataloging application that lets users perform image comparisons and inspections on a virtual canvas. Users can move image items around just like actual prints on a physical light table. The 2.2.1 update improves user interface responsiveness, adds a histogram tool along with additional GPU-based image effects, and provides full screen and high-resolution drawing support.
LightTable 2.2.1 requires Mac OS X 10.10 Yosemite or higher. It's available for US$19.99 at the Mac App Store in the Photography category.
Apple introduces a new iPod touch
Apple has introduced a new iPod touch and unveiled a new lineup of colors for all iPod models, including space gray, silver, gold, pink and blue.
The revamped iPod touch features a new 8-megapixel iSight camera for photos, an improved FaceTime HD camera, the Apple-designed A8 chip with 10 times faster graphics performance for a more immersive gaming experience, and even better fitness tracking with the M8 motion coprocessor, says Greg Joswiak, Apple’s vice president of iPhone, iPod and iOS Product Marketing.
With the A8 chip, the same used in the iPhone 6, users can play even more immersive games for hours at a time, all the while with great battery life, he adds. Three times faster Wi-Fi lets customers stay in touch with friends and family through FaceTime calls, and download movies and TV shows with ease, Joswiak adds. The iPod touch comes with a 4-inch Retina display, iOS 8 and a collection of built-in apps.
The new iPod touch starts at US$199 for the 16GB model, $249 for the...
Maclocks debuts Apple Pay iPad enclosure
To display an iPad in public, it has to be locked properly. Maclocks (http://www.maclocks.com) has debuted the US$139.99 Rokku, an iPad enclosure with dual locks and a "rock solid" frame.
It sports a recessed frame for a full tamper proof enclosure. Made of industrial strength aluminum, it is extremely lightweight yet durable and allows for full cable management, according to the folks at Maclock. It's designed to, among other things, help secure retail enclosure for Apple Pay, Apple's new payment system. Crucial for that environment is the blocked access to the On/Off and volume buttons and limited audio port access while still allowing for charging.
Designed to be installed on any flat surface, the Rokku iPad enclosure can be mounted to walls and counters. The rear frame has the standard VESA pattern that can be attached to Maclocks' full line of mounts. As with all tablet kiosks from Maclocks, the unit can be docked in either portrait or landscape mode.
Seagate launches hybrid cloud data protection solutions
Seagate Technology has announced new and updated Hybrid Cloud Data Protection solutions that enable customers to manage explosive data growth and increasingly complex security.
The new and updated hybrid cloud solutions in Seagate’s portfolio include: Seagate Backup and Recovery Software, Seagate Cloud Backup and Recovery Services, Seagate Backup and Recovery Private Cloud, and Seagate Data Management Services. These solutions will be delivered by Seagate, its value added resellers (VARs) and managed service providers (MSPs) to customers from small and medium sized businesses up through large enterprises for private, public and hybrid cloud deployments.
Seagate’s Backup and Recovery Software and Cloud Backup and Recovery Services now deliver up to 400% performance improvement in the speed of backup, restore and replication than the previous Seagate EVault offering, making it possible for organizations of all sizes to protect large and growing datasets within their standard backup...
Malwarebytes releases Mac product, acquires AdwareMedic
Malwarebytes has released Malwarebytes Anti-Malware for Mac (http://tinyurl.com/p3e3r7z), its first product dedicated to the Mac. The product is designed to detect and remove malware, adware, and PUPs (potentially unwanted programs), capabilities that have been repeatedly requested by customers.
Additionally, Malwarebytes has announced the acquisition of AdwareMedic by The Safe Mac. AdwareMedic creator and owner, Thomas Reed, will join the company as Director of Mac Offerings, leading a growing team of Mac developers and researchers at Malwarebytes.
Traditionally, Mac users have been viewed as safe from malware, even as new threats have been publicized. According to a June 2015 OPSWAT report, only half of Mac users have antivirus protection, and that protection doesn't typically detect adware.
Chad Bacher, vice president of Products for Malwarebytes, says that, in the last two years, there has been a proliferation of new adware—including Genieo, Conduit, and VSearch—that inject...
Image2icon 2.0 released for OS X
Shiny Frog (http://www.img2icnsapp.com) has launched Image2icon 2.0, an update to its r icon creation tool for Mac OS X.
Image2icon lets users create their own Mac icons, as well as customize folders and files. Version 2.0 introduces new features such as icon templates, background removal, image tuning, icon restoration and nine different export options.
Image2icon is available on the Mac App Store for free. Howevr, it does offer in-app purchases.
Parallels Mac Manger revved to version 4.0
Parallels has unveiled Parallels Mac Management 4.0 for Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM) (www.parallels.com/mac-management), which extends Microsoft SCCM functionality to manage and control Macs.
The new version of Parallels Mac Management adds the capability for IT administrators to create lightweight OS X images that can be customized via Microsoft SCCM task sequence steps based on the end-user’s needs, or deploy a single "monolithic" OS X image to all users. Additionally, Parallels Mac Management enables IT admins to gather hardware and software inventory of all Mac machines on the network.
The update also enhances the plug-in that streamlines enrollment and control of Mac, simplifies rollouts of Mac software, provides features for planning hardware refresh cycles accurately, and empowers IT administrators to make their Mac computers more secure using advanced encryption techniques.
Parallels Mac Management 4.0 will be available on July 24 and starts at US$30...
Apple Pay launches today in the UK
Apple Pay, Apple's mobile payment service, will launch in the U.K. today, marking the first time it will be available outside the U.S.
Many major brands and most big banks have signed up to support the offering, with more than 250,000 locations — ranging from subway stations to supermarkets — ready to accept the service. Now Apple is reportedly working on extending Apple Pay to China, South Korea and Canada.
ArtOptimizer for Adobe Illustrator now supports Creative Cloud...
Zevrix Solutions has announced ArtOptimizer 2.7.7, a compatibility update to its workflow automation solution for Adobe Illustrator.
ArtOptimizer allows users to reduce Illustrator link size and speed up processing by automatically eliminating excess image data and performing essential image adjustments. The new version is compatible with the 2015 release of Illustrator CC.
ArtOptimizer can be purchased from the Zevrix website (www.zevrix.com) for US$119.95. A demo is available for download. ArtOptimizer requires Mac OS X 10.5-10.10 and Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop CS3-CC 2015.
Apple has 92% of operating profit of the world's eight...
Apple collected 92% of the operating profit of the world's top eight smartphone companies in the first quarter of the year, reports the Canaccord Genuity financial firm — as noted by the Wall Street Journal (on.wsj.com/1SjEjmY). That's up from 65% a year earlier.
Samsung took 15% in this year's period. The reason why Apple and Samsung earned over 100% combined is because some rivals only broke even or lost money.
Apple's dominance of profit share comes despite the company selling under 20% of smartphones and because its devices are much more expensive than those of its competitors.
Apple releases iTunes 12.2.1 for Mac OS X
Apple has released iTunes 12.2.1 for Mac OS X. Apple says that if songs that were matched by iTunes Match show up as Apple Music songs in iTunes, you should install this update.
If you join Apple Music and are a current iTunes Match subscriber, you might notice that some previously matched songs appear as Apple Music songs after you add Apple Music playlists. Apple says to update to the latest version of iTunes to correct the information automatically. After you update, you can remove and download again any songs that were incorrectly downloaded as Apple Music. If needed, remove and download songs again.
If needed, follow these steps to remove and download again songs that were incorrectly saved as Apple Music songs:
° Open iTunes 12.2.1.
° In the upper-left corner of iTunes, click the Music icon.
° Click My Music.
° Control-click the songs that were incorrectly downloaded as Apple Music, then choose Remove Download.
° Control-click the same songs, then choose Make Available Offline...
Bix now available at the Mac App Store
einstein's legacy (http://www.einsteinslegacy.com) has introduced Bix for OS X, a movie playlist tool for fullscreen and multi-screen playback.
Built on Apple's AVFoundation technology, it lets you organize and configure playlists, trimming individual clips as needed, for use in kiosk and digital signage applications. Bix separates your clips from their playback settings, allowing you to make changes to the display location, looping mode and other behaviors without making any changes to your movies.
Bix requires Mac OS X Yosemite. It's available for US$19.99 at the Mac App Store in the Video category.
GlaxoSmithKline and Purdue Pharma considering use of Apple'...
Pharmaceutical giants like GlaxoSmithKline and Purdue Pharma want to use Apple’s open source ResearchKit platform for gathering medical research data via the iPhone, according to BuzzFeed News (http://tinyurl.com/qj2pttv).
GlaxoSmithKline, one of the world’s largest drug developers, told the publication that it's "currently working on integrating (ResearchKit) into clinical trials and planning to start in coming months." Purdue Pharma — a privately held, multibillion-dollar drug developer best known for OxyContin painkillers — told BuzzFeed News that it’s in the early stages of exploring whether Apple’s new tool for research data collection can be used as part of its own drug R&D efforts.
ResearchKit is a software framework designed for medical and health research that helps doctors, scientists and other researchers gather data more frequently and more accurately from participants using mobile devices. The open source framework allows any medical researcher to take advantage of...
IDC: PC market continues to decline (but not the Mac)
Worldwide PC shipments totaled 66.1 million units in the second quarter of 2015 (2Q15), according to the International Data Corp. (IDC). This represented a year-on-year decline of -11.8%, about 1% below projections for the quarter — although Apple's Mac continues to do well.
The slow PC shipments were largely anticipated as a result of stronger year-ago shipments relating to end of support for windows XP as well as channels reducing inventory ahead of the release of Windows 10, according to IDC (www.idc.com). In addition, weaker or changing exchange rates for foreign currencies have effectively increased PC prices in many markets, thereby reducing purchasing power and also complicating investment planning, adds the research group.
"Although the second quarter decline in PC shipments was significant, and slightly more than expected, the overall trend fits with expectations," says Loren Loverde, vice president, Worldwide PC Trackers & Forecasting. "We continue to expect low to mid-...
Screenium 3 lets you record your screen at 60 fps
Synium Software (www.screeniumsoftware.com) has announced Screenium 3, an update to the screen recording tool for Mac OS X.
The utility now lets you record at 60 fps, offering optimum performance for tutorials, gameplay recordings or any other screen content. Screenium's video editor in version 3.0 comes with a more comprehensive tool kit.
Screenium 3.0 is available for 50% (US$24.99) off until Aug. 31. It requires Mac OS X Yosemite or higher.
Office 2016 for the Mac has been released
Microsoft Office 2016 for Mac is now available in 139 countries and 16 languages.
The new versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook and OneNote "provide the best of both worlds for Mac users—the familiar Office experience paired with the best of Mac," says Kirk Koenigsbauer, corporate vice president for the Office Client Applications and Services team at Microsoft.
If you already use Office on a PC or iPad, you may be familiar with the new (for the Mac) ribbon interface and powerful panes. Office 2015 integrates Mac capabilities like Full Screen view and Multi-Touch gestures. It also offers full Retina display support.
Office for Mac is cloud-connected. New, built-in document sharing tools lets you invite teammates to work on a document together. Office for Mac offers compatibility with Office on PCs, tablets, phones and online.
Word’s new Design tab lets you apply designer-quality layouts, colors and fonts throughout your document. You can work on the same document simultaneously...
IBM Research Alliance produces industry’s first 7nm node test...
An alliance led by IBM Research (www.ibm.com) says it has made working versions of ultradense computer chips, with roughly four times the capacity of today’s most powerful chips.
The industry’s first 7nm (nanometer) node test chips with functioning transistors was accomplished in partnership with Global Foundries and Samsung at SUNY Polytechnic Institute’s Colleges of Nanoscale Science and Engineering. The development could result in the ability to place more than 20 billion tiny switches -- transistors -- on the fingernail-sized chips that power everything from smartphones to spacecraft.
To achieve the higher performance, lower power and scaling benefits promised by 7nm technology, researchers had to bypass conventional semiconductor manufacturing approaches. Among the novel processes and techniques pioneered by the IBM Research alliance were a number of industry-first innovations, most notably Silicon Germanium (SiGe) channel transistors and Extreme Ultraviolet (EUV) lithography...
SCSC releases Scannerz 22.214.171.124 with Phoenix for Mac OS X
Software and Computer System Company (http://scsc-online.com) has released Scannerz 126.96.36.199 for Mac OS X.
The utility employs hard drive and SSD analysis algorithms. The upgrade includes the new Phoenix Version 2.0, as well as Performance Probe and FSE. It also improves the graphical user interface of Scannerz making it easier for users to navigate more complicated Apple RAID and Core Storage drive configurations.
Scannerz 188.8.131.52 is fully Yosemite compatible and remains compatible with previous Mac OS X down through Snow Leopard (MacOS 10.6). The update is be free for all current users. For new users pricing starts at US$39.95 (there's a "lite" version for $21.95.)
iPhones account for a 35.6% of all browser-based mobile...
Adyen (www.adyen.com), a global payments technology company, has published its quarterly Mobile Payments Index (MPI), which tracks mobile payment data from web-based transactions across Adyen’s customer base. The Index reveals that iPhones account for a massive 35.6% of all browser-based transactions made using mobile devices.
What's more, Apple smartphones are now used for 10.2% of all global online transactions, up from 8.6% at the turn of the year. Conversely, having once dominated the mobile payment scene with almost 50% market share in March 2013, iPad transactions now account for just 28.5% of all browser-based mobile transactions.
Browser-based payments on Android smartphones have been growing roughly in parallel with the iPhone since September 2014, according to Adyen. Mobile’s total share of online payments is up from 27.2% in the first quarter of 2015 to 28.7% in quarter two.
"The continued rise in popularity of the iPhone for making online purchases, coupled with the...
Sticky Password offers new browser extensions
Sticky Password (www.stickypassword.com), a password management software provider, has announced new browser extensions on Safari for Mac OS X, Safari and Chrome for Mac OS X and iOS, and Firefox for Android.
Sticky Password is expanding its features across more platforms so users benefit from more comprehensive online security for all of their accounts, says Petr Bilek, CEO of Sticky Password. Users can take advantage of Sticky Password’s proven password management software and exceptional auto-filling capabilities on more Web browser platforms starting this month, he adds.
With the new extensions, Mac users now have direct integration of Sticky Password with Safari and Chrome Web browsers. This allows them to save their passwords from these extensions directly to their password vault protected by military-grade AES-256 encryption algorithm. Firefox for Android – next to Dolphin and UCWeb that is already being supported – and Safari for iOS allow more advanced form-filling...
Apple updates Pages, Numbers, and Keynote for iOS devices
Apple has updated all its iOS iWork apps —Pages, Numbers, and Keynote — to version 2.5.4. All resolve bugs that stopped some accessibility features from working as they should.
All three app updates fixes an issue preventing proper navigation and editing with VoiceOver. Pages 2.4.5 also fixes a problem with blurred text when activating Speak Screen on certain iOS devices.
The updates are free downloads for existing users. New customers can purchase the apps for US$9.99 each. Upgrades and new versions are available at the Apple App Store.
PDFpen 7.2 adds cloud tool, advanced search options and More
Smile has released PDFpen 7.2, an update to its all-purpose PDF editing tool for Mac OS X. This update includes a new Cloud annotation tool as well as an option for case-sensitive searches.
There's a new Editing preference that allows for optional automatic switching between the Edit and Select Text tools. The popup notes on highlights and stamps now offer a Delete note button and the context menu offers Edit and Delete note options. The sidebar's annotation list offers icons for easy identification of annotation type, wrapped text for improved readability, and date, author, and location when available.
PDFpen users will notice a new Inspector tab for viewing document permissions. Editing document permissions is still PDFpenPro only.
PDFpenPro and PDFpen 7 work with PDFpen for iPad and iPhone v.2, allowing editing across devices when used with Dropbox storage or iCloud Drive.
PDFpen retails for US$74.95, and PDFpenPro for $124.95. Family Pack licenses, which cover up to five computers...
NewerTech introduces the Kitchen Kit for the iPad
NewerTech has introduced the US$24 Kitchen Kit (http://tinyurl.com/o8lohq9) iPad stand and stylus bundle that lets you safely use your Apple tablet in the kitchen for viewing recipes, videos, web browsing, listening to music, IM’ing and Skype video casts -- all while cooking.
The Kitchen Kit includes the NewerTech NuStand 360 iPad holder that rotates 360 degrees and pivots up and down and the NewerTech NuScribe Stylus, a digital and traditional writing tool that functions as both a capacitive stylus and twist-barrel ballpoint pen. The stand features a soft touch, scratch-resistant rubberized black aluminum finish and a weighted, anti-skid rubber base with removable silicone blocks to keep your iPad stationary.
The stand has a rear cutout for clean cable routing and works with all full-sized iPads (original to fourth generation). You can clip the tablet in for a full 360-degree range of motion and precise positioning.
To keep messy hands from touching the iPad screen, the Kitchen Kit...
Apple TV adds the Showtime streaming channel
Apple continues to add new channels to the Apple TV set-top box. The latest is Showtime's streaming service.
The Showtime streaming channel costs US$10.99 per month, although there's a 30-day, free trial period. The channel offers full access to Showtime’s catalog of TV shows, movies, documentaries, specials, and sports programming. It also includes access to Showtime’s live TV feed on either the east coast or the west coast.
The new Showtime streaming channel is available automatically on all second- and third-generation Apple TV units.
In June Apple added the NatGeo TV station from the National Geographic Channel and Nat Geo Wild channel. In May the Apple TV added CBS Sports and USA Now. In April the line-up expanded with NBC Sports Live Extra to the Apple TV line-up. In March, Apple added Young Hollywood, Tastemade, TED, and CNNGo channels.
Tim Cook named to Duke University Board of Trustees
Apple CEO Tim Cook is among eight people named as trustees to the Duke University Board of Trustees.
In addition to cook, the new trustees are the Coca-Cola Foundation Chairwoman Lisa Borders, PRM Advisors founder Patricia Morton, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver and ValueAct Capital CEO Jeff Ubben. They will each serve six-year terms.
Additionally, three observing members also joined the board -- Jack Boyd, Trinity ’85; recent Duke graduate Anna Knight and Ben Shellhorn, a JD/MBA candidate at Duke. As the university's governing body, the Board of Trustees is responsible for the school's educational mission and fiscal policies. There are 37 members on the board.
ecobee3 HomeKit-enabled Smart Thermostat available at Apple...
ecobee's ecobee3, the first smart thermostat to support Apple HomeKit, is now available at Apple Stores across North America for US$249.
The ecobee3 thermostat comes with one free wireless remote sensor and supports up to 32 sensors total. Additional remote sensors can be purchased in a package of two for $79.
"The new ecobee3 plays an integral role in the connected and energy-efficient home by allowing users to remotely control temperature in the rooms that matter most with simple commands using Siri," says Stuart Lombard, president and CEO of ecobee.
Designed for homes with more than one room, the ecobee3 smarter Wi-Fi thermostat and remote sensors measure temperature and occupancy in multiple locations, resulting in increased comfort when you’re home and energy savings when you’re away, he adds.
It addresses hot and cold spots in the home and conserves energy to deliver savings immediately after installation. The ecobee3 saves homeowners an average of 23 percent on their heating...
RESTfm Goes Open Source
Australian FileMaker solutions provider, Goya Pty Ltd (http://www.goya.com.au/) has open sourced their RESTful Web Services product (http://www.RESTfm.com/) for FileMaker Server.
RESTfm allows you to share your FileMaker Server based data over a RESTful Web Service API [application programming interface] and allow access to read, create, edit and delete records from any application that has web access. Previously a paid product, RESTfm is now free and open source, with a paid support model so everyone has the ability to try it and see the benefits for themselves. The RESTfm source code is now available under an MIT licence from GitHub.
Goya offers a paid annual sponsorship model for RESTfm that allows access to a dedicated support channel and code samples, for US$199 for individuals or $399 for companies. The sample code included with the sponsorship option also includes a complete syncing solution, that lets you sync FileMaker Pro and Go to FileMaker Server over RESTfm.
Package Central for Adobe InDesign now supports Creative Cloud...
Zevrix Solutions (www.zevrix.com) has launched Package Central 1.9.1, a compatibility update to its file packaging workflow automation solution for Adobe InDesign.
The software automates InDesign packaging by processing files from hot folders. Package Central offloads file packaging to a central system leaving operator machines free from the document collection process. The new version adds support for InDesign CC featured as part of Creative Cloud.
Package Central 1.9.1 can be purchased for US$149.95 from the Zevrix website, as well as from authorized resellers. A demo is available for download. The update is free for registered users. Package Central requires Mac OS X 10.6-10.10 and Adobe InDesign CS4-CC 2015.
AirBeam for Mac OS X, iOS beams up to version 2
Appologics (http://appologics.com/airbeam) has announced AirBeam 2, a remake of its app-suite that turns iPhones, iPads and Macs into flexible remote cameras.
The tool streams live video and audio from the cameras and microphones of of iPhones, iPods or iPads. The stream can be followed and controlled remotely on another device with the app or a web browser.
To celebrate the release of AirBeam 2, the iOS app is available at the Apple App Store at a promotional price of US$0.99. The Mac OS X version is available at the Mac App Store in a free and US$3.99 "pro" version.
Cocktail 7.9 (Mavericks Edition) adds support for QuarkXPress 11
Maintain has served up Cocktail 7.9 (Mavericks Edition), the latest maintenance update for users running OS X Mavericks.
Cocktail is a general purpose utility for OS X that lets users clean, repair and optimize their Macs. Version 7.9 adds compatibility with QuarkXPress 11 and the latest versions of supported web browsers. It also contains other improvements and bug fixes.
Cocktail 7.9 (Mavericks Edition) requires OS X Yosemite 10.9 to run. Cocktail (Yosemite Edition) for OS X 10.10, Cocktail (Mountain Lion Edition) for OS X 10.8 and Cocktail (Lion Edition) for OS X 10.7 are available for download from Maintain website.
Cocktail 8.5 (Yosemite Edition) costs US$19 for a single user license. It's available for purchase from the Maintain website (http://www.maintain.se/cocktail).
IK releases Future Synths, Hugh Padgham Drums
IK Multimedia (www.ikmultimedia.com) has launched two new sound libraries for SampleTank 3 for Mac and PC systems.
Exclusively made for the sound and groove workstation, these collections are: Future Synths, a collection of synthesizer leads, pads, basses and more; and Hugh Padgham Drums, a library of drum kits and MIDI patterns that give producers adjustable control of Hugh Padgham's unique "stone room" sound. These synth sounds have been designed to give SampleTank 3 users access to the same ultra-futuristic sound palette used by today's most famous electronic dance music producers, according to the folks at IK Multimedia.
The Future Synths and Hugh Padgham Drums sound libraries for SampleTank 3 are available now via the IK online store (www.ikmultimedia.com) and the SampleTank 3 Custom Shop for a special introductory price of US$79.99 each.
Manpower for Mac OS X gets refreshed user interface, more
Code by Kevin has introduced Manpower 6.0 (http://tinyurl.com/4yaxes), an upgrade of the program that provides a three-pane interface for reading Unix documentation pages on Mac OS X.
The new version sports a refreshed user interface and smoother overall performance. To install Manpower, download the latest version. It can be installed anywhere on your Mac.
The download is a 30-day demo; you can purchase a license for US$29.99 to use the program past the 30-day trial period. Manpower 6.0 requires Mac OS X 10.6 or higher.
ArtHandler for Mac OS X revved to version 1.5
Martin Walk has released ArtHandler 1.5 (http://arthandlerapp.com), a new version of the Artists Record Book application for Mac OS X.
It's built for artists who need to remember titles, dimensions and dates of their artworks. ArtHandler archives images of each artwork and makes them accessible for future use. Version 1.5 updates the user interface and improves sharing features.
ArtHandler 1.5 requires OS X 10.9 or later. It costs US$17.99 and is available exclusively through the Mac App Store in the Graphics & Design category.
Apple’s Swift programming language gaining in popularity
A new programming language survey shows Apple’s Swift programming language breaking into the top 20 for the first time, while the future of Microsoft’s Visual Basic (VB) in the top rankings is now "unclear," reports The Register (http://tinyurl.com/nt76be7).
The next version of Swift (version 2), Apple’s programming language, will be open source. (Open source software is software whose source code is available for modification or enhancement by anyone.)
Craig Federighi, Apple’s senior vice president of Software Engineering, said at the recent Apple Worldwide Developer Conference that it will be the “next big programming language” for 20 years to come. Swift...
Logo Pop Free for Mac OS X revved to version 1.2
MacAppware, a division of 128bit Technologies, has released. Logo Pop Free 1.2. It's an update of the free vector-based logo design app for Mac OS X.
The upgrade has various bug fixes and enhancements. There's also a new tutorial about using the app at the MacAppware website (www.macappware.com).
Logo Pop Free requires Mac OS X 10.6.6 or later. It's available exclusively on the Mac App Store.
IK Multimedia announces 96kHz firmware update for iRig PRO and...
IK Multimedia (www.ikmultimedia.com) has announced complementary firmware update that enables high resolution 24-bit/96kHz audio sampling for its iRig PRO and iRig HD mobile audio interfaces.
At double the original 24-bit/48kHz sample rate, it makes these ultra-compact mobile interfaces sound even more clean, nuanced and transparent, the company says. The iRig PRO is a compact audio and MIDI interface for the iPhone, iPad, iPod touch and Mac or PC. The iRig HD is a compact audio interface with a quarter-in instrument input that features an input gain control knob, a multicolor LED and ultra-low-draw power consumption circuitry.
Fileloupe is a new media browser for Mac OS X
Corduroy Code has released Fileloupe 1.0 (http://www.fileloupe.com), a new media browser for Mac OS X Yosemite.
It combines the features of a photo viewer, video player and document browser into a single tool. Harnessing the power of Apple's Quick Look technology, Fileloupe offers users one of the fastest ways to browse, view and share photos, videos, PDFs and documents, according to Kenny Carruthers, founder of Corduroy Code and developer of Fileloupe.
The app offers copy & paste and drag & drop support for inserting images into third-party applications. There's support for most common image formats including RAW photos.
Fileloupe has variable playback rates for video including slow-motion playback along with inverted orientation correction, track scrubbing, frame stepping and frame-to-image exporting support. It packs a PDF viewer for viewing multiple PDF documents side by side and viewing different sections of a single PDF document within the same window.
24U offers Audit Service for existing FileMaker Solutions
24U Software (http://www.24usoftware.com/) has announced its new audit service for FileMaker solutions.
It's a service designed to help managers and business owners to make data-driven decision about further maintenance and development of their FileMaker solutions. Managers and business owners can now order 24U's advice to have their internally developed FileMaker solution audited and prepare a long-term maintenance and development plan.
The audit service consists of analysis customer's existing FileMaker solution, identifying existing and potential issues, and suggesting strategy to keep it working and make it support customer's business evolution and growth. Output of the service is a document with a short term and a long term plan addressing all discovered needs and issues.
The audit service is being offered for a flat price of US$3,777 when auditing a solution with one key user. An extra $377 is charged for each additional key user being interviewed.
Conversion software for 25 languages launched
Translate Your World, developers of across-language communication software, has announced the availability of its new software that enables users to converse in real-time across 25 different languages.
Just go to a webpage and talk. The words of each speaker are instantly translated into the other language to appear as subtitles or be heard as attractive synthesized computer voice. You can try it for free at http://www.TranslateYourWorld.com .
Technically, Translate Your World is a mission control center that unites side-software by the competing giants of technology including Microsoft, Google, Nuance, SDL, ReadSpeaker, SIMS, Yandex, Systran, Android, Baidu, WebRTC, VoIP, and more while empowering the world to bridge the language barrier, says Sue Reager, the company’s CEO, who speaks 10 languages and commutes between Silicon Valley and Atlanta. Translate Your World provides users with access to the best language features of each technology. Many of these side-software are found...
Output Factory Server for Adobe InDesign now supports CC 2015
Zevrix Solutions has released Output Factory Server 1.2.1, a compatibility 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 offloads output tasks to a central system leaving operator workstations free from the output process. Version 1.2.1 makes Output Factory Server compatible with the 2015 release of InDesign CC featured as part of Adobe Creative Cloud.
Output Factory Server can be purchased from the Zevrix web site (www.zevrix.com) for a reduced price of US$299.95 until July 31 (it's $699.95 afterwards), as well as from authorized resellers. A demo is available for download. BatchOutput Server users can upgrade for $350. Output Factory Server requires Mac OS X 10.6-10.10 and works with Adobe InDesign CS3-CC 2015.
PipelineFX’s Qube! now available in one-month installments
PipelineFX has added a subscription licensing option to Qube! render farm management software for visual effects. This new option can be limited to a single one-month installment.
"Sometimes an upfront investment or a long-term commitment is all that holds companies back from bringing efficiency to their farms," says Richard Lewis, CEO of PipelineFX. "Subscription licensing is a simple way to get them there, on their own terms and through a package that doesn’t make them give up the power and support that Qube! is known for."
Subscription is available now online to existing PipelineFX customers at pipelinefx.com. Pricing is US$15/month per worker license for commercial customers and $10.50/month for education customers.
CS Odessa releases USA Mapping Solution for ConceptDraw Pro 10
CS Odessa (www.conceptdraw.com) has announced a new addition to ConceptDraw Solution Park designed to assist individuals who are looking for county outlines to be represented in maps they draw.
The collection of library objects, templates, and example drawings for ConceptDraw Pro are designed to make short work of drawing maps that contain county information. The United States Mapping Solution is available for users of ConceptDraw Pro 10 and ConceptDraw Office 3, via ConceptDraw Solution Park.
ConceptDraw Pro retails for US$199 per end user license. ConceptDraw Office 3 includes ConceptDraw MindMap 8, ConceptDraw Project 7, ConceptDraw Pro 10, and the ConceptDraw Solution Park. It retails for $499.
Apple releases iTunes 12.2 for the Mac, Windows
Apple has released iTunes 12.2 for the Mac,adding support for its new Apple Music service. According to the update description in the Mac App Store — where you can obtain the update in the, well, Updates section, the upgrade includes the following Apple Music features:
° For You music recommendations;
° Radio, including Beats 1;
° New, which highlights new music curated by Apple’s music editors;
° My Music, where you find your purchased music, imported songs, and selections you’ve picked in Apple Music;
° Connect, the venue for artists to reach out to fans.
iTunes 12.2 requires Mac OS X 10.7.5 or later.
GigSky offers cellular data plans for iPad travelers with Apple...
GigSky, a global mobile network designed for travelers, will offer cellular data plans for iPad travelers with Apple SIM in more than 90 countries and territories.
With Apple SIM installed, iPad customers can view and select these short-term data plans directly on their Apple tablet, avoiding the hassle of buying a local SIM when they travel. US and UK customers have the added benefit of choosing from these short-term data plans at home.
iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 Wi-Fi + Cellular models in the US and UK come with Apple SIM pre-installed. Apple SIM is also available at select Apple Retail Stores for individual purchase.
iPad users can choose a GigSky data plan upon arrival right from their iPad Air 2 or iPad mini 3 with Apple SIM installed, and easily connect to family and friends, stay in touch and share their travel, says Ravi Rishy-Maharaj, founder and CEO of GigSky. Apple SIM will also be available for individual purchase at Apple Retail Stores in 10 additional countries over...
Apple releases GarageBand 10.1 for the Mac, Security Updates
Apple has updated GarageBand, its music creation software for the Mac, to version 10.1. It adds 10 new EDM (electronic dance music) and hip hop drummers, 20 new electronic drum kits, 100 new EDM and Hip Hop synthesizer patches, new Morph Pad Smart Control, and 1,000 new loops to support all those new genres.
GarageBand 10.1 is available at the Mac App Store. It's free for existing users and those who've bought a recent Mac. It's US$4.99 for others.
Apple has also posted Security Update 2015-005 Mavericks and Security Update 2015-005 Mountain Lion. They're part of OS X 10.10.4, but have been released as standalone updates for the older versions of OS X. The download installers are available at the Mac App Store.
Tropical Software rolls out iAddressX 3.6 for OS X
Tropical Software has rolled out iAddressX 3.6, an update of the Mac OS X (10.7 or higher) utility.
You can use iAddressX to navigate contacts from a small icon in the system menu, and to initiate various tasks including printing of Dymo labels, dialing regular and Skype calls, sending SMS messages to Skype pals or friend's cell phones, and more. Version 3.6.0 adds an option to show Contacts by Group as a sub-menu, or in the main menu (it's recommended that you enable Contacts by Group if you have many Groups).
It boasts a major rewrite of many parts of the code that was originally designed for OS X 10.5 Leopard and older. iAddressX was a Mac OS X Preference Pane. With version 3.6, it's now an app installed as a status item in the menu bar
A demo is available for download. For a short introductory period, iAddressX will be available for US$19.95 from the Tropical Software web site (http://www.tropic4.com/iaddressx.html).
VidConvert for Mac OS X gets revamped user interface, more
Reggie Ashworth has unveiled VidConvert 1.6 (http://www.reggieashworth.com/vidconvert), a Yosemite (and El Capitan) update to his video converter for Mac OS X.
VidConvert will convert just about any type of video into one of the popular formats of today. It allows you to create videos for your iPhone or iPad, for your Mac or TV, or formats such as DivX and MPEG.
VidConverter 1.6 includes a new icon and refreshed user interface, conversion optimizations for faster operation, bug fixes and under-the-hood improvements.
It requires Mac OS X 10.7 Lion or later. VidConvert 1.6 costs US$7.99 for a single user license. A demo that lets you create three-minute samples is available. Older versions with pre-Lion support are available.
.com Solutions launches FmPro Migrator Platinum Edition 7.47
.com Solutions has launched FmPro Migrator Platinum Edition 7.47 (www.fmpromigrator.com) with 30 improvements for simplifying the transition from FileMaker Pro to a PHP web application.
According to .com Solutions, FileMaker WebDirect to PHP Conversion benefits using FmPro Migrator Platinum Edition include: scaling up beyond 100 concurrent users, owning your application source code, avoiding monthly/annual billing, reusing existing business logic, keeping the existing graphical user interface, and cross platform/device compatibility.
FmPro Migrator Platinum Edition is priced at US$$600 per developer. Users can build an unlimited number of web applications having up to 250 forms/reports/layouts with FmPro Migrator during the term of the license key.
Apple releases Mac OS X 10.10.4 with Mail, Photos improvements,...
Apple has released Mac OS X 10.10.4, which includes improvements for Photos and Mail. It also fixes several bugs (including the "discoveryd" service).
According to Apple, the update:
° Improves networking reliability;
° Improves Migration Assistant reliability;
° Addresses an issue that prevented certain monitors from functioning properly;
° Improves the reliability of upgrading iPhoto and Aperture libraries to Photos;
° Improves reliability when syncing photos and videos to the iCloud Photo Library;
° Addresses and issue that causes Photos to quit unexpectedly after importing some Leica DNG files;
° Resolves an issue that could delay outgoing email messages in Mail;
You can obtain OS X 10.10.4 at the Mac App Store.