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Feb 04
Audio Switcher for Mac revved to version 2.5.2
Spike Software (http://www.spikesoft.net) has announced Audio Switcher 2.5.2, an update to its menubar applet utility for Mac OS X. Audio Switcher allows you to switch your audio input and output between different audio devices. It supports a range of devices, as well as the built-in audio hardware of your Mac desktop or laptop. Version 2.5.2 is a maintenance release that fixes a few bugs, including a bug where Audio Switcher would not correctly set the level on the default device on some computers. Audio Switcher requires Mac OS X 10.7 or later. Version 2.5.2 costs US$4.99 and is available worldwide through the Mac App Store in the Utilities category. Current users can receive the free update via the Mac Store.
Feb 04
Outline adds support for OS X Services
Gorillized Corporation has announced Outline 3.2 (http://outline.ws/mac), an update to the smart digital notebook for Mac OS X. The utility includes such features as formatting tools, synchronization options and Microsoft OneNote compatibility for various types of content, including text, images, inks, tags, web content, and more. Version 3.2 introduces support for OS X Services. This feature lets you share content from one app to another without launching additional apps. Share Extensions were recently added into Outline as well. This feature allows you to share content in HTML, image or rich text formats from other apps supporting the transfer of these formats. Outline requires Mac OS X 10.8 or later. It costs US$9.99 and is available through the Mac App Store in the Productivity category.
Feb 03
ProjectWizards releases Merlin Project for OS X
ProjectWizards (http://projectwizards.net/en/) has announced Merlin Project for OS X. It's a tool for planning complex projects. Many actions in Merlin Project are now animated to help customers get a better understanding of what happens in Merlin Project. In addition, there is integration in OS X (iCal, Contacts, and more), open interfaces to other Mac programs, and the possibility to import data from Microsoft software such as Excel and MS Project. Another new feature is the "report" view. With customizable reports, Merlin Project allows any time an overview of the utilization of staff, budget and the state of the project progress. Merlin Project requires Mac OS X 10.9.5 or later. It costs US$299; upgrades from Merlin 2 are $134. Merlin Project can be tested for free for 30 days and offers German, English, French and Spanish as languages. Other languages are in preparation.
Feb 03
Apple's Luca Maestri is most admired Fortune 500 CFO
Model N (http://www.modeln.com), a revenue management solutions provider to the life science and technology industries, has announced the results of its CFO Revenue Management Study, which revealed that Apple Chief Financial Officer Luca Maestri is the most admired CFO from the Fortune 500. Nearly one in four (24%) executives identified Luca Maestri, followed by Walmart CFO Charles Holley (15%) and Ford CFO Bob Shanks (8%). Over half of the respondents (55%) cited the company’s performance as the primary reason for nominating the CFO. Model N surveyed sales and C-level executives from across the country to determine industry perspectives on revenue management and to uncover the role CFOs can play in driving sales and company growth. Nearly all (94%) executives surveyed said that the CFO is one of the most important positions for companies today, with more than half (54%) saying this is because managing financial risks of the corporation is more important than ever before and more...
Feb 03
OWC adds the Mac mini to the OWC Turnkey Upgrade Program
Other World Computing (OWC) has announced the addition of the Apple Mac mini to the OWC Turnkey Upgrade Program, which also includes the iMac and Mac Pro. The program provides customers the option to upgrade their Mac with the latest technology solutions and takes advantage of the expertise of Apple Certified Technicians at OWC. With the OWC Turnkey Upgrade Program, you can upgrade the memory or factory hard drive up to 2.0TB, or SSD up to 1.0TB for larger capacity and better performance. You can even add a second HDD or SSD and further expand your capacity up to a total of 4.0TB. Place your order online and OWC will send you a specially designed protective shipping box complete with pre-paid postage for the transport of your computer. OWC will perform all of your requested upgrades, typically within one to three business days. Visit http://eshop.macsales.com/shop/turnkey/Apple/Mac-mini and select the model of Mac mini you would like to upgrade.
Feb 03
Adelantado Trilogy: Book Two available on the Mac
Realore (http://realore.com/) has introduced Adelantado Trilogy. Book Two 1.0 for Mac OS X, the second part in the series of games that take place in the Age of Discovery. Led by Don Diego de Leon, the game tells a story of a group of explorers traveling through the dangerous South American jungle. Their mission is to save the expedition lost in the deep forest. Every level requires the player to build a safe camp that allows production of food and other resources for the expedition. Adelantado was developed by the team behind the Roads of Rome trilogy. Adelantado Trilogy: Book Two requires OS X 10.7 or later. It costs US$3.99 and is available worldwide through the Mac App Store in the Games category.
Feb 03
Addonics announces Sapphire Combo storage products
Addonics Technologies (www.addonics.com) has announced the Sapphire Combo Blu-ray/HDD and Sapphire Combo DVD-RRW/HDD. These two new products will let users combine optical and hard drive storage into one small package. The product is designed for anyone needing to add optical storage capability or external storage to their computing devices via a single eSATA or USB 3.0 connection. The Blu-ray model, which is equipped with a Blu-ray player/DVD burner adds Blu-ray movie playback capability to desktop, notebook and other computing products. The DVD model is equipped with a DVD burner. Both models will allow you to play movies or access data stored on all popular optical media and allow you to burn video or data onto DVD or CD discs. Both models have an integrated Snap-In Mobile Rack that allows any 3.5-inch SATA hard drive to be added or removed from the Sapphire drive, as you would a tape cassette. They have a built-in eSATA and USB 3.0 interface. The devices support Mac OS X, Windows...
Feb 03
Morningstar: Descent to Deadrock coming to the Mac
Phoenix Online Publishing and Red Herring Labs, have announced that Morningstar: Descent to Deadrock, a sci-fi first-person point-and-click adventure, will make its debut for the Mac and PC on Feb. 17. It will be available for US$9.99 via Steam, the Humble Store, the Phoenix Online Store and other major online retailers. Here's how the game is described: "Crash-landed on a desolate, alien planet, what should have been a routine work-for-hire job for Powell has become a deadly mission to save the merchant vessel Morningstar and her crew. With one man dead and the captain gravely injured, Powell is on his own to repair the ship and find a way to escape the strange gravity well of the empty planet they've landed on. If the situation weren't dire enough, the only signs of life on the planet are the remains of a much larger and better equipped ship and her crew, all dead, and not by natural means. What—or who—brought down these ships and is killing their crews? Why? And can Powell find a...
Feb 02
NewerTech expands line of MacBook batteries
NewerTech (www.newertech.com) has announced NewerTech NuPower high performance laptop batteries for the Apple MacBook Pro 17” Unibody and MacBook 13” Unibody, expanding its line-up of Apple laptop batteries of over 50 models.  NewerTech says that NuPower batteries last up to 50% longer than factory models. They're now available for models made from 2001 to 2014. NuPower batteries match the exact size and fit of the original factory batteries and offer full compatibility with sleep and power saving modes. NuPower batteries include all the necessary tools, installation guides, and full battery recycling info.    The NuPower replacement batteries for MacBook Pro 17” Unibody and MacBook 13” Unibody models are available immediately at the following prices:  ° MacBook 13” Unibody for Late 2009-mid 2010 models: US$99; ° MacBook Pro 17” Unibody for 2011 models: $109.
Feb 02
Apple plans $5 billion debt offering
Apple has filed (http://tinyurl.com/q3euqjw) to sell $5 billion worth of floating rate and fixed-rate notes. The floating-rate notes are due 2020, and the fixed-rate notes due 2020, 2022, 2025, and 2045. Pricing hasn't been set yet. Goldman and Deutsche are underwriting. Given Apple's huge cash balance, and its history with such offerings, buybacks are a likely use of the proceeds, notes Seeking Alpha (www.seekingalpha.com). Apple's cash/marketable securities balance totaled $178 billion at the end of fiscal quarter one of 2015 (much of it offshore), and its debt balance stood at $36.4 billion. The company spent $5 billion. on buybacks during the quarter. Apple has spent $73 billion on them over the history of its $130 billion capital return program.
Feb 02
Tablet shipments experience year-over-year decline
Worldwide tablet shipments recorded a year-over-year decline for the first time since the market's inception in 2010. Overall shipments for tablets and 2-in-1 devices reached 76.1 million in the fourth quarter of 2014 (4Q14) for -3.2% growth, according to preliminary data from the International Data Corporation research group. Although the fourth quarter witnessed a decline in the global market, shipments for the full year 2014 increased 4.4%, totaling 229.6 million units. "The tablet market is still very top heavy in the sense that it relies mostly on Apple and Samsung to carry the market forward each year," says Jitetesh Ubrani, senior research analyst, Worldwide Quarterly Tablet Tracker, IDC (www.idc.com). "Although Apple expanded its iPad lineup by keeping around older models and offering a lower entry price point of $249, it still wasn't enough to spur iPad sales given the excitement around the launch of the new iPhones. Meanwhile, Samsung's struggles continued as low-cost...
Jan 30
WidgeTunes 1.0 released for OS X
Georgios Trigonakis has introduced WidgeTunes 1.0 (http://tinyurl.com/pznjnax), a new Notification Center widget for Mac OS X. WidgeTunes lets you view all your iTunes playlists, create a list with your favorite playlists and choose a playlist to play. With control buttons directly on the widget itself, users can navigate through songs of the current playlist. The widget can also work as a menu bar popup app; just press the WidgeTunes icon on OS X's menu bar to view WidgeTunes in a popup window. WidgeTunes requires Mac OS X 10.10 or later and costs US$0.99. It's available worldwide through the Mac App Store in the Music category.
Jan 30
Apple releases iTunes 12.1 for Mac OS X Yosemite
Apple has released iTunes 12.1 for Mac OS X Yosemite. It introduces a new iTunes widget for the Notification Center that lets you see what song is playing, skip ahead, and favorite. Also, when listening to iTunes Radio, you can purchase the song that's being played within the widget. Additionally, iTunes 12.1 promises performance improvements when syncing an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch. iTunes 12.1 can be downloaded via the Software Update Mechanism in the Mac App Store.
Jan 30
Easy Markdown for Mac OS X revved to version 1.5
Tension Software (www.tensionsoftware.com) has released Easy Markdown 1.5, an update of the Mac OS X tool that lets you create web pages by writing plain text. It's optimized for Mac OS X Yosemite. Version 1.5 let you copy HTML in a click of the body, full page or full page with CSS embedded. It also has improved internal functionalities and various bug fixes. Easy Markdown costs US$4.99. It's available at the MacApp Store only.
Jan 30
All editions of DEVONthink, DEVONnote for Mac OS X get upgrades
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 effortlessly with unique artificial intelligence. Free and recommended for all users, version 2.8.3 now allows users to select and copy text from Quick-Look-based views, and brings even better artificial intelligence accuracy as well as further improvements and bug fixes. DEVONthink 2.8.3 now allows users to select and copy text from Quick-Look-based views. This includes Microsoft Office or OpenOffice documents. OpenOffice documents also open no longer internally but in their default application when being double-clicked. The update adds support for images when converting Markdown to RTF, and improves Wiki-linking, e.g. for Japanese Katakana. Finally, version 2.8.3 fixes synchronization bugs and other more minor issues. The updates bring more optimizations...
Jan 30
InfoLogic releases MathMagic Lite 9.0 for the Mac
 InfoLogic has announces MathMagic Lite 9.0, an update to their free equation editor for Mac OS X. MathMagic Lite was developed specifically to help both mobile, and desktop users write and share mathematical expressions and technical information more easily and quickly. Version 9.0 supports user configurable Vertical Fences, Horizontal Fences, Over and Under Bars, more Frame types, adjustable fence height and width, and more. MathMagic Lite 9.0 requires Mac OS X 10.6. It's available for download from the MathMagic website (www.mathmagic.com).
Jan 30
FoldersSynchronizer for Mac OS X kicked up to version 4.2.1
Softobe (http://www.softobe.com/) has released FoldersSynchronizer 4.2.1, an upgrade of their tool to sync and backup on Mac OS X. FoldersSynchronizer lets you sync and backup files, folders, disks and boot disks. It provides options like Timers, Multiple Folders, Filters, Exclude Items, Auto-Mount local and remote volumes, the ability to launch your own AppleScripts, the ability to set how to resolve conflicts, the ability to execute an incremental or an exact copy, the ability to include locked files, a preview panel, log files, and more. On the Exclude panel in FoldersSynchronizer 4.2.1 you can now click on a row of the list and choose an hidden file or an hidden folder. This will let you exclude folders. FoldersSynchronizer 4.2.1 is compatible with OS X 10.9 or higher, including Yosemite. It costs US$40 for new users.
Jan 29
Maintain has served up Cocktail 8.1.2 (Yosemite Edition)
Maintain has served up Cocktail 8.1.2 (http://cocktail.maintain.se) Yosemite Edition, a new version of its Mac OS X utility that's compatible with Yosemite. This version contains major improvements on the "Clear System caches" procedure, fixes compatibility issues with Safari Cookies cookie manager and adds OS X 10.10.2 Yosemite compatibility. Cocktail is a general purpose utility for OS X that lets you clean, repair and optimize your Mac. Its features are arranged into five categories that help you manage various aspects of your computer. Cocktail 8.1.2 (Yosemite Edition) requires OS X Yosemite to run. Cocktail (Mavericks Edition) for OS X 10.9, Cocktail (Mountain Lion Edition) for OS X 10.8 and Cocktail (Lion Edition) for OS X 10.7 are available for download from the Maintain website. When unregistered, Cocktail runs in demo mode and will expire after the tenth launch. Registration is US$19 for a single user license or $39 for a family license that covers up to five computers.
Jan 29
Graphic Inspector 2 for Mac OS X gets a revamped interface
Zevrix Solutions (www.zevrix.com) has launched Graphic Inspector 2, an upgrade to its quality control solution for images and vector graphic files for Mac OS X 10.7 or higher. Graphic Inspector checks multiple files for potential problems according to user's workflow requirements. The software provides graphic professionals of any trade with the compete info on images and vector graphics, saving the time and hassle of checking them manually. Version 2 introduces revamped user interface, improved previews, faster processing and more. Graphic Inspector 2 can be purchased from the Zevrix website for $39.95, as well as from authorized resellers. The upgrade is $20 for licensed users of version 1 (free if purchased after Sept. 1, 2014). Graphic Inspector 2 is free with purchase of PDF Checkpoint or InPreflight Pro for Adobe InDesign. A demo is available for download. Graphic Inspector requires Mac OS X 10.7-10.10.
Jan 29
Apple refreshes Remote Desktop for Mac OS X
Apple has rolled out Remote Desktop 3.8, an upgrade of the remote Mac administration app. Available for US$79.99 for new users at the Mac App Store the upgrade boasts improved Mac OS X Yosemite compatiblity. It also offers an enhanced user interface, better viewing for multiple clients, sending copies by a "Copy Items" feature, and fixed viewing remote clients in full screen mode. Remote Desktop lets system administrators manage multiple Macs over a network or the Internet, includes remote monitoring and screen viewing, handles activity auditing, and more. Version 3.8 is a free upgrade for registered users.
Jan 29
DiRT 3 Complete Edition powers onto the Mac
Feral Interactive says DiRT 3 Complete Edition, a off-road and rally racing game, is out now on the Mac App Store. A Steam version for the Mac, which includes online multiplayer, will follow shortly. Originally developed and published for PC and consoles, DiRT 3 Complete Edition is the latest of Codemasters’ racing games to be brought to the Mac by Feral. Here's how the game is described: "DiRT 3 Complete Edition draws on the greatest cars from over 50 years of rallying to capture the intense thrill of off-road racing. Players can test their speed, skill and nerve in a globe-trotting series of electrifying events as they race to mud-spattered glory in the hazardous world of all-terrain motorsport. "Featuring six high-octane disciplines including Rally, Rallycross and Gymkhana, a freestyle event hosted by rally star and YouTube phenomenon Ken Block, DiRT 3 Complete Edition comes with all the available add-on content, including 18 additional cars and 12 new routes at two locations set...
Jan 29
Brooklyn Effects releases six new lighting effects for Final...
Brooklyn Effects has released six new lighting plug-ins exclusively for Apple's Final Cut Pro X users. Each product is designed to help users create a distinct lighting effect in their project. These effects include: lens flares, light leaks, stage lights, volumetric lighting, shutter streaks, and anamorphic streaks. You can create a custom lens flare for any scene in Final Cut Pro X with the Skyline Lights plugin. Users can drag and drop the lens flare layer above their footage and use the control point to match the position and angle of the light source in the scene. Editors can create beams of light in their scene with the Times Lights plugin. Users can drag and drop the filter onto their footage in FCPX. Then, use the control points to customize the source and direction of the beams. FCPX editors can also create contemporary-looking flashback scenes that don't rely on aged footage. The Flashback Effect gives film the shutter streaks, color, and glow of flashbacks found in many...
Jan 29
Apple has highest growth of laptop makers
The TrendForce research group (www.trendforce.com) says laptop shipments totaled 175.5 million in 2014, representing a year-on-year growth of 3.6%. HP was the top vendor, but Apple saw the most growth. Apple had the biggest gain in 2014 owing to its price-lowering strategy that made its takeover of the midrange and premium market complete. Apple posted a spectacular year-on-year growth of 46.4% and increased its market share to 9.3%. It shot past Toshiba to become number six worldwide and closing in on Acer in terms of shipments.  HP experienced an improvement in its first quarter notebook shipments, and in the subsequent quarters it posted positive growth, according to TrendForce. Overall, the company increased its shipments by 19.5% compared with 2013 and put itself in the first place with 20.1% of the market share.  Lenovo (excluding its acquired brands) occupied the second place in the 2014 notebook market with a year-on-year growth of 14% and a market share of 17.5%. Dell...
Jan 29
Apple tied with Samsung as world's largest smartphone vendor
According to the latest research from Strategy Analytics (www.strategyanalytics.com), global smartphone shipments grew 31% annually to reach a record 380 million units in the fourth quarter of 2014 [Q4 2014]. Apple tied with Samsung to become the world’s largest smartphone vendor. Global smartphone shipments grew 31% annually from 290.2 million units in Q4 2013 to a record 380.1 million in Q4 2014. An impressive 1.3 billion smartphones were shipped worldwide in 2014, with very strong growth seen last year in emerging markets such as China, India and Africa, says ABI Research. Apple shipped 74.5 million smartphones worldwide and captured a record 20% marketshare in Q4 2014, increasing from 18% a year earlier, notes the research group. Apple’s new iPhone 6 and 6 Plus models are proving wildly popular in China, United States and Europe. Apple tied with Samsung to become the world’s largest smartphone vendor for the first time since Q4 2011. Samsung shipped 74.5 million smartphones...
Jan 29
AKVIS Draw for Mac OS X revved to version 2.0
AKVIS (www.akvis.com) has unveiled AKVIS Draw 2.0, the latest version of its standalone application and Photoshop plugin for Mac OS X (10.6 and higher) and Windows. The software creates hand drawn pencil sketches and line art pictures from photos. The program makes both B&W and color drawings. The new version adds the presets quick preview and other features. A demo is available at the AKVIS website. Registered users of AKVIS Draw can upgrade to the new version for free. A home license costs US$49.
Jan 29
eMedia Music releases Singing For Dummies Level 2
eMedia Music Corp. has released eMedia Singing For Dummies Level 2 and an upgrade to the eMedia Singing For Dummies software. The new Performance Evaluation feature in eMedia Singing For Dummies Level 2 and the upgraded eMedia Singing For Dummies software is designed to make it easier to learn to sing by showing where you sang flat, sharp, or in tune, and grades your performance for an entire piece. Professional singer and voice teacher Ory Brown, M.M., guides you through more than 80 step-by-step voice lessons. eMedia Singing For Dummies also features eMedia’s Interactive Feedback and new Performance Evaluation and over 35 songs including hits from Diana Ross and John Lennon. eMedia Singing For Dummies Level 2 builds on the lessons found in eMedia Singing For Dummies by adding over 90 more singing lessons created by professional voice instructor, Ory Brown, M.M. These lessons are designed to take your singing to a new level by teaching you how to clearly enunciate lyrics, improve...
Jan 28
DearMob releases 5KPlayer for Mac OS X
DearMob has introduced 5KPlayer, a free multipurpose player for Mac OS X. It's designed to let you play high quality videos and music with functional integration of the AirPlay receiver/sender and online audio video downloader. 5KPlayer supports 180-plus video and 60-plus audio formats, 3D videos and radio. According to Houston Xu, product manager of DearMob, the basic features of 5KPlayer include: ° The ability to play video and music in formats such as MKV, AVI, MP4, WMV, FLV, MP3, AAC, APE and FLAC, play DVDs (even with region codes and copy protections), 3D videos and radio. ° The ability to make your Mac perform as an AirPlay sender and AirPlay receiver to stream movies and music from an iPad, iPhone and iPod to a Mac. ° The ability to download any videos and MP3 music from 300  online video sites ,including YouTube, DailyMotion, Vimeo, Vevo and Facebook. ° Support for 5K, 4K, 1080p and 720p videos and features a personal multimedia library to classify and manage video audio...
Jan 28
MovieConverter-Studio Pro for Mac OS X gets new "Easy...
MovieConverter (www.movieconverter-studio.com) has launched MovieConverter-Studio Pro 3.0, an update to their video converter software for Mac OS X. Featuring support for all modern codecs, users can change aspect ratio of any video source from square screen to wide screen, and vice versa. Version 3.0 offers a new "easy mode" for beginners and more. There are also new outputs for non-Apple devices, from mobile devices to your game hub, including a connected TV, and more. For expert users, version 3 adds two new "special effects" with the ability to hide the logo of a television channel, as well as "Selective Crop." MovieConverter-Studio Pro requires Mac OS X 10.7 or later. Version 3.0 costs US$32.99 and is available worldwide through the Mac App Store in the Video category.
Jan 28
ChronoSync for Mac OS X gets maintenance update
Econ Technologies has released ChronoSync to version 4.5.5, an update of the automated synchronization and backup application for Mac OS X that can synchronize, backup, and create bootable backups. This release features performance and behavior improvements on Mac OS X Yosemite, as well as changes that improve stability and reliability. This maintenance release also includes Package File analysis improvements and several minor bug fixes. For new users the cost is US$40. A demo is available for download from the Econ Technologies web site (http://www.econtechnologies.com).
Jan 28
ATTO expands 12Gb ExpressSAS HBA line
ATTO Technology (www.attoteach.com) has expanded its line of 12Gb ExpressSAS Host Bus Adapters (HBAs) with three new models.  Each of these new products provide both internal and external ports for connecting up to 2048 devices while occupying a single PCIe slot. They're designed for high-performance computing environments. These low profile adapters offer the ability to connect JBOD, RAID storage, tape, SSD and HDD on the same adapter. ATTO integrates RAID 0,1, 1e and 10 into select model 12Gb HBAs. For the most complex storage ecosystems, ATTO’s 16-port 12Gb HBAs provide internal and external connectivity to provide the lowest latency, and the highest – density connections, the company claims. The line boasts hundreds of product certifications with dozens of partners for hardware and software applications including, disk storage devices, removable tape, optical storage, hard disk drives, and solid state drives.
Jan 28
FileMaker Developer Conference Early Bird discount registration...
Early early bird discount registration (http://www.filemaker.com/r/devcon) for the 20th anniversary edition of the FileMaker Developer Conference, the worldwide gathering for corporate and independent FileMaker solution developers, is now open. The 2015 FileMaker Developer Conference takes place July 20-23, 2015, at the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, Nevada. The conference is for anyone who wants to acquire new skills, improve current skills or advance their careers by using the FileMaker Platform to build compelling custom business solutions for Mac OS, iOS, Windows and web browsers.   Conference attendees will save US$800 off the full price ($2,095 after May 26), paying $1,295 by taking advantage of the early early bird discount, available now through March 31, 2015; or save $500 off the full price by paying $1,595 by May 26, 2015 with the early bird discount. All paid conference attendees will receive a free, not-for-resale copy of FileMaker Pro Advanced, a $549 value. In addition,...
Jan 28
EditShare ships Geevs 7 Video Server
EditShare (www.editshare.com) has released version 7 of its Geevs range of ingest and playout video servers. Geevs 7 adds such new features as enhanced integration with EditShare’s shared storage and Flow media asset management solutions. Tara Montford, EditShare’s managing director, says Geevs Broadcast Servers have a long history of success within a wide range of demanding workflows including newsroom scheduling, live sports with instant replay, and multi-camera studio ingest. She adds that Geevs 7 provides a host of increased functionality and features for the standard Geevs Client license, including: ° Playback and recording of channels across multiple Geevs servers from a single client; ° Descriptive markers while recording for fast content tagging; ° A Channel Viewer and Administrator interface redesign; ° Local playback of clip files for reduced network bandwidth ° A "Record Local and Push" option that adds recording resilience on slow networks; Application-specific updates...
Jan 28
Tension Software announces AutoMailer 2.2 for Mac OS X
Tension Software has announced AutoMailer 2.2, an update of its Mac OS X app that allows you to send personalized emails to multiple addresses, in text or web format, each merged with data from an internal database. It's been optimized for Mac OS X Yosemite. AutoMailer lets you prepare and  send an unlimited quantity of emails with a single click. Each email can have custom content depending on whom the recipient is. People receiving the emails won't notice any difference compared to standard emails and they will be able to reply to them as usual, according to the folks at Tension Software. Version 2.2 sports: a new connection module with improved mail server connections; the ability select the type of connection (Plain, StartTLS or Plain-StartTLS: functionality to test a mail server connection (without sending); an improved Import-Export module; alternate custom text for Web/Html email; and an upgraded manual. AutoMailer 2.2 requires Mac OS X 10.9 or higher and costs US$40. You can...
Jan 27
Apple reports record first quarter results
Apple has announced financial results for its fiscal 2015 first quarter that ended Dec. 27, 2014. The company posted record quarterly revenue of $74.6 billion and record quarterly net profit of $18 billion, or $3.06 per diluted share. These results compare to revenue of $57.6 billion and net profit of $13.1 billion, or $2.07 per diluted share, in the year-ago quarter. Gross margin was 39.9% compared to 37.9% in the year-ago quarter. International sales accounted for 65 percent of the quarter’s revenue. The results were fueled by all-time record revenue from iPhone and Mac® sales as well as record performance of the App Store. iPhone unit sales of 74.5 million also set a new record. "We’d like to thank our customers for an incredible quarter, which saw demand for Apple products soar to an all-time high," said Apple CEO Tim Cook in a press release. "Our revenue grew 30%over last year to $74.6 billion, and the execution by our teams to achieve these results was simply phenomenal." "Our...
Jan 27
Apple releases Mac OS X 10.10.2, iOS 8.1.3
Apple has released Mac OS X 10.10.2 and iOS 8.1.3. Mac OS X 10.10.2 is a free download at the Mac App Store. According to Apple, the upgrade: ° Resolves an issue that may cause Wi-Fi to disconnect; ° Resolves an issue that may cause web pages to load slowly; ° Fixes an issue that caused Spotlight to load remote email content when the preference was disabled in Mail; ° Improves audio and video sync when using Bluetooth headphones; ° Adds the ability to browse iCloud Drive in Time Machine; ° Improves VoiceOver speech performance; ° Resolves an issue that causes VoiceOver to echo characters when entering text on a web page; ° Addresses an issue that may cause the input method to switch languages unexpectedly. iOS 8.1.3 is available for download through the Software Update section of the native Settings app on your iOS device. According to Apple, the upgrade: ° Reduces the amount of storage required to perform a software update; ° Fixes an issue that prevented some users from entering...
Jan 27
New visual planning software launched for the Mac
Oryx Digital has introduced Hyper Plan 1.0.1, its new planning solution for Mac OS X and Windows. It allows anyone to create cards with user-defined properties, such as status, priority, assigned to and budget. The cards can then be arranged and colored according to these properties. Users can arrange cards in rows by priority, or even colored by who they have been assigned to. Hyper Plan can also arrange cards in a timeline and total numerical properties by row and column. Hyper Plan allows you to create cards with properties such as status, priority, assigned to and budget. The cards can then be arranged and colored according to these properties. For example, you could arrange cards into columns to do, doing, done and waiting with rows for each member of staff, and colored according to priority. Or you could arrange them in rows by priority, colored by who they have been assigned to. You can switch between views with a mouse click. Hyper Plan can also arrange cards in a timeline...
Jan 27
Western Union adds support for Apple Pay
Western Union (www.westernunion.com), which specializes in global payment services, has announced it will offer Apple Pay, Apple's mobile payment solution, at Western Union’s flagship locations, to provide consumers yet another way to fund global money transfers and bill payments in the United States. Consumers making Western Union transactions at kiosks in over 7,600 Walgreens and Duane Reade locations nationwide also have the ability to utilize the Apple Pay service. Odilon Almeida, Western Union president, Americas and European Union, says the company's analysis shows that international money transfer senders, particularly recent immigrants, are as mobile-savvy and digitally motivated as the general population with nearly six out of 10 migrants owning a smartphone, moving it from a luxury device to an irreplaceable everyday necessity. Over two thirds of migrant international money transfer senders and more than 80% of non-migrant international money transfer senders own a...
Jan 27
HYPER Kickstarting the iPin laser pointer for iOS
HYPER has a new Kickstarter project to launch the iPin: "The World's Smallest Laser Pointer and Wireless Presenter" for iPhone/iOS and Android. The Kickstarter project ends in 15 days time on Feb. 9.   HYPER says the iPin is the world’s smallest laser pointer attachment for the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. As the name suggest, it's as tiny as a pin that disappears completely into the audio jack of the iOS device with almost no protruding parts. It turns the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch into a laser pointer and wireless presenter.   The new iPin for Android connects to the micro USB port of compatible Android devices. Like the iPin for iOS, it comes with a free app that can be downloaded from the Google Play store that turns the iPin connected Android device into a powerful laser pointer and wireless presenter. T   The new BTtogo adds another level of convenience to the iPin, according to the folks at HYPEr. Traveling to another office and presenting at another site may mean that WiFi...
Jan 27
FontAgent Pro Server 6 adds usage/license compliance reports,...
Insider Software has released FontAgent Pro Server 6 for Macintosh. The new release of the font server introduces: 
 • Unique, highly detailed font usage and license compliance reports • An all-new browser-based dashboard and admin tools • Architecture, performance and directory services enhancements • Support for Mac OS X 10.10 Yosemite • Customizable web previews of server-based fonts. FontAgent Pro Server 6 also introduces an all-new dashboard that enables admins to: • Create and manage users and groups • Distribute font libraries to users and groups with two clicks • Receive alerts when fonts are distributed beyond their license limits ° Instantly access the Inside Scoop blog. FontAgent Pro Server 6 runs on Mac OS X 10.8 and later. It serves PostScript Type 1, OpenType, dfont, and Mac and Windows TrueType font formats; and supports both Mac and Windows users of FontAgent Pro Connected Edition. FontAgent Pro Server is priced at US$1,695. Each user connecting to the server requires...
Jan 27
AssistiveWare introduces new Mac word processor
AssistiveWare (http://www.assistiveware.com) has released Wrise 1.0, its latest Mac OS X application that will be introduced at this week's ATIA conference in Orlando, Florida. Wrise is a text-to-speech-powered word processor designed to make reading and writing accessible for everyone. Offering word highlighting, zoom and EasyReading mode, texts become more comprehensible and easier on the eyes, says says David Niemeijer, CEO and founder of AssistiveWare. With Speak as you Type, Word Prediction and speech tags, writing effort is significantly reduced, he adds. Wrise is fully customizable and can be used to read selected text aloud in any Mac application. Users can personalize their reading experience by selecting their preferred voice, adjusting its speech rate and even fine-tuning the pronunciation of words. What's more, it allows import of a variety of document types including PDF, Word (doc/docx), plain texts and RTF and with the intuitive formatting features texts are easily...
Jan 27
CADintosh for Mac OS X revved to version 8.1
Lemke Software has announced CADintosh 8.1, an update to its 2D CAD program for Mac OS X (10.6.8 or higher). CADintosh provides a selection of tools to develop technical, mechanical, and architectural drawings. Designed especially for technical draftsmen and designers, version 8.1 includes new and updated features such as improved pen options, the addition of a large crosshair cursor option, and the ability to export the visible drawing as DXF is added. An open/save of sets featured has been added as well. CADintosh 8.1 costs US$33.99 and is available worldwide through the Mac App Store in the Graphics & Design category. It can also be directly purchased online from the Lemkesoft website (http://www.lemkesoft.de/en/lemkesoft/) for $32. Version 8.1 is a free update for all CADintosh 8.x users. The upgrade from 1.x-7.x to 8.x is $19.95 (USD) on the Lemke website.
Jan 26
Digital-Tutors opens up online training library for 72 hours
From Monday, Jan. 26, to Friday, Jan. 30 at 12 p.m. (Eastern) anyone can sign up and start their 72 hour free membership by registering on Digital-Tutors + Pluralsight (http://tinyurl.com/otgsjvj) and/or Code School (http://tinyurl.com/kngdrjg). During a 72-hour window that starts at sign up, registrants can watch over 4,000 creative and tech. courses in VFX, CAD, HTML, and IT. Training options include everything from Photoshop, Maya, Nuke and V-Ray plus various programming languages with Code School’s signature interactive training. "We recognize there are numerous ways to learn and are committed to bringing new learning styles to the Pluralsight family of products," saysAaron Skonnard, CEO and co-founder of Pluralsight. "Together we will continue to help professionals remain relevant and ensure businesses stay on top of the latest trends and technologies. The free access to Digital-Tutors, Pluralsight and Code School offers a chance for all to experience trusted professional...
Jan 26
MasterCard and PGA Tour announce Apple Pay support
MasterCard, the official card of the Waste Management Phoenix Open, and the PGA Tour are bringing the latest payment technology to the spectator experience with the introduction of contactless acceptance, including Apple Pay support. Food and beverage concessions at the 2015 Waste Management Phoenix Open near the16th hole at TPC Scottsdale will be contactless enabled through a partnership with Prom Management Group, which provides catering to 38 professional golf tour events, allowing golf fans to make payments using Apple Pay. This will be the first PGA TOUR stop to accept Apple Pay, when it debuts for fans attending the tournament later this week. "The tournament experience lends itself well to simple, secure payments so fans get through concessions and back to the tournament quickly," says Matt Barr, Group Head, U.S. Emerging Payments, MasterCard. "We’re thrilled to partner with the PGA TOUR to bring contactless acceptance to stops on the 2015 schedule. Through our long-standing...
Jan 26
FileMaker launches the FileMaker Community with five free...
FileMaker has launched the FileMaker Community (www.filemaker.com/r/community) , a free online resource for anyone interested in how to build custom business solutions for iPad, iPhone, Mac, Windows, and the web. Formerly known as the FileMaker Technical Network, or TechNet, the FileMaker Community has been completely redesigned and reorganized to make it easier for people of all skill levels to find information, engage in discussions, and share ideas and interests. All 60,000-plus current members of TechNet automatically get access to the FileMaker Community. Anyone can browse and download resources without the need to register or log in. The FileMaker Community "delivers the resources that people need to succeed in building and deploying FileMaker solutions in a single, searchable and engaging online spot."
Jan 26
Apple App Store to receive AIAS Technical Impact Award
The Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences (AIAS) has named the Apple App Store as the first recipient of its Technical Impact Award. According to the award: "Since launching in 2008, Apple's App Store has risen as a disruptive platform for interactive media that has pushed the technological landscape forward with new apps and experiences for consumers to discover each day. It has been a game changer that has excited and surprised hundreds of millions, and forever changed the way software and games are distributed and sold to much of the world." "When we set out to expand the scope of how the Academy celebrates industry achievement, we made a decision to concentrate on significant contributions in technological innovation," says Martin Rae, president, Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences. "The App Store represents Apple’s commitment to delivering the seamless marriage of devices and services – democratizing content distribution and allowing anyone to become a publisher. The...
Jan 23
Video ASCII Art released by Nuclear Nova Software on Mac App...
Nuclear Nova Software (http://nuclearnova.com) has announced Video ASCII Art 1.0 for Mac OS X. It's a video generator that converts digital movies into text art videos. In addition to processing a variety of video files, Video ASCII Art also processes still photos. It support outputting art to both black/white text and full color, with the ability to export plain mp4, text, html, tif, and rtf files. A user-editable character set adjusts the available characters to be used, while the maximum character width option controls the finished product size. Compatible source videos include, but are not limited to, mp4, m4v, mov, avi, mkv, mpg. Compatible images include jpeg, png, gif, bmp, psd, tif, tga, jpg, tiff, and more. Output quality greatly depends on the input file. Often images such as clip art work better than sources such as digital photos, according to the folks at Nuclear Nova. Video ASCII Art for Mac requires Mac OS X 10.8 or higher. It's available exclusively for US$11.99 at...
Jan 23
Apple rides iPhone 6 and 6 Plus to strong quarter
Consumer Intelligence Research Partners (www.cirpllc.com) has released analysis of the results of its research on mobile phone manufacturers for the calendar quarter that ended Dec. 31. CIRP finds that among the major phone brands, Apple had the largest share of the U.S. market, with half of all phone sales. "The strength of the September 2014 launch of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus fueled Apple’s dominance in US mobile phone sales this quarter," says Josh Lowitz, partner and co-founder of CIRP. "Apple had virtually double the sales of Samsung, and five times that of LG. No other brand accounted for as much as 5% of US sales. The Amazon Fire and Blackberry smartphones registered slight share, which we attribute to random sample fluctuation as much as actual sales." "Because of the iPhone launch, Apple increased its share considerably over the 28% in the July-September quarter," adds Mike Levin, partner and co-founder of CIRP. "For most of the earlier quarter, buyers held off buying Apple...
Jan 23
Mail Designer apps for Mac OS X revved to version 2.5
equinux (http://www.equinux.com) has introduced version 2.5 of Mail Designer and Mail Designer Pro, its Mac OS X apps for designing emails and newsletters. A problem with the Design Delivery service has been fixed. An issue while saving documents has been fixed. With version 2.5, uploads to Campaign Monitor are more reliable.Mail Designer 2 (US$29.99) and Mail Designer Pro 2 ($49.99) are available both in the equinux Online Store and the Mac App Store.
Jan 22
IK Multimedia announces iRig Mic Studio
IK Multimedia has released the iRig Mic Studio, its ultra-portable large-diaphragm digital condenser microphone for iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac, PC and Android devices. It packs a one-inch condenser capsule into a compact enclosure that can be used to make professional recordings anywhere. With iRig Mic Studio, musicians, vocalists, home producers, podcasters, broadcasters, voice-over artists and more have a studio-quality large-diaphragm microphone that fits in the palm of their hand. It comes equipped with a powerful suite of vocal apps. VocaLive is an effects processor and multi-track recording app that features a selection of 12 professional real-time vocal effects. EZ Voice is a sing-along app to help vocalists practice with any song in their music library. iRig Recorder is an utility for field recording, podcasting, note taking and more. All are available at the Apple App Store. The iRig Mic Studio is also fully compatible with a wide variety of third party apps and software,...
Jan 22
Mail Designer apps for Mac OS X revved to version 2.5
equinux (http://www.equinux.com) has introduced version 2.5 of Mail Designer and Mail Designer Pro, its Mac OS X apps for designing emails and newsletters. A problem with the Design Delivery service has been fixed. An issue while saving documents has been fixed. With version 2.5, uploads to Campaign Monitor are more reliable.Mail Designer 2 (US$29.99) and Mail Designer Pro 2 ($49.99) are available both in the equinux Online Store and the Mac App Store.
 

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