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Aug 09
Putty for macOS updated to version 8.5.1
Wine Reviews (https://winonmacs.com/) has released Putty for Mac 8.5.1. It’s an update of the terminal emulator for macOS. Putty supports different types of network protocols such as SSH, FTP, SCP, Telnet and more. Version 8.5.1 fixes minor bugs and a crash. Putty requires 10.9.5 or higher and costs $15. Anyone who has purchased Putty in the past three months is entitled to a free upgrade. Putty comes with three months of upgrades.
Aug 08
Apple releases fourth public beta of iOS 11
Apple has released the fourth public beta of iOS 11. or iPhone and iPad users. The finished version is due this fall and will be a free software update.  iOS 11 has been in developer beta testing since early June. If you're not already signed up for the public beta program, you can do so at https://beta.apple.com/sp/betaprogram/ . The public beta program is free, but remember: beta software is unfinished software so use with care.
Aug 08
FileMaker opens up the Custom App Academy
FileMaker, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Apple, has launched its Custom App Academy (http://tinyurl.com/yaqp4joj) and FileMaker Developer Conference videos designed to help individuals learn to build custom apps using the FileMaker Platform. It includes video tutorials with step-by-step guidance tailored to the learner's level. Along with the aforementioned video tutorials in the Custom App Academy, the first videos from the FileMaker Developer Conference with multiple tracks designed for different skill levels and needs are now available. The videos from those sessions—from beginner to advanced—become a secondary learning resource after the event, according to Ann Monroe, vice president of worldwide marketing and customer success, FileMaker, Inc..
Aug 08
DriveDx for macOS upgraded to version 1.6.0
BinaryFruit has released DriveDx 1.6.0 (https://binaryfruit.com/drivedx), an update of its macOS solution for SSD and HDD health diagnostics and monitoring. The app performs overall drive health diagnostics using drive health indicators (like SSD wear out / endurance, reallocated bad sectors, offline bad sectors, pending sectors, I/O errors, and more) that most closely correlate with drive failures according to the statistics reported in the latest researches focused on identifying drive failure trends. This provides a picture of a current drive health status and enables foreseeing potential problems with drive failure and loss of data. DriveDx requires macOS 10.6.8 or higher. It has has four types of licenses that are currently being offered on promotion: a personal license for $19.99; a family license for $39.99, a business license starting from $99.99, and an IT-consultant license starting from $49.99. A demo is available for download.
Aug 08
Ghostotter introduces Automator Actions for Apple Pages
Ghostotter Software has introduced Pages Automator Actions (http://tinyurl.com/ycrjxrrf), a $12.50 set of Automator actions to control Apple's Pages on macOS Users can create Automator workflows to open files, convert then to other formats, find/replace text and more, without needing to know any kind of coding. The actions can interact with actions from other applications to build workflows to save users time, including batch converting Pages documents to PDFs, zipping them and uploading them via FTP.
Aug 07
Apple posts new iOS, macOS, tvOS, watchOS betas
Apple has posted the fifth developer betas of iOS 11, macOS 10.13 High Sierra, tvOS 11, and WatchOS 4. Developers can download the beta through the Apple Developer Center or the Software Update mechanism in the App Store.
Aug 07
NetObjex, Brooklyn Library team up for smart mobile charging...
NetObjex has partnered with one of the nation's leading public libraries, Brooklyn Public Library (www.bklynlibrary.org), to offer patrons Smart Mobile Phone Charging Station technology.  They’re free for use to consumers, and allow patrons to charge their mobile devices in secure enclosures with integration to their library cards. In exchange, patrons are required to complete an engagement usually involving watch a short 15-30 second video clip and/or answering a brief survey.  This provides Brooklyn Public Library a tool in collecting valuable data for analytics, with the objective of improving services at the library and the community at large, according to Donnell Perkins, manager of Enterprise Applications at Brooklyn Public Library. Powering these charging stations is the NetObjex IoT-Blockchain platform that enables data collection through sensors, storage and visualization of data in the cloud, marketing campaign management, and optional integration into enterprise systems...
Aug 04
Graphic Inspector Now Can Preview Adobe InDesign Files
Zevrix Solutions has announced Graphic Inspector 2.3.1, a feature update to company's quality control solution for images and vector files. It’s a tool for Mac users that can check both raster images and Illustrator documents for specific resolution, color, spot channels, fonts and other attributes. Version 2.3.1 lets users preview Adobe InDesign documents thus eliminating the need to open them for identification or even have InDesign installed on the user's machine. Graphic Inspector can be purchased from the Zevrix website (www.zevrix.com) for $19.95. It’s free with purchase of PDF Checkpoint or InPreflight Pro for Adobe InDesign. A demo is available for download. The update is free for users of version 2.x and $10 for earlier versions. Graphic Inspector requires macOS 10.5-10.12 (some features require macOS 10.7 or later).
Aug 03
IK Multimedia's ARC System 2.5 with MEMS microphone ships
IK Multimedia (www.ikmultimedia.com) is shipping its ARC System 2.5 with MEMS microphone. Version 2.5 of the Advanced Room Correction System combines a new MEMS measurement microphone, measurement software together with an audio correction plug-in for Mac/PC DAWs (Digital Audio Workstations) and employs Audyssey MultEQ XT32 patented technology to improve the audio monitoring accuracy of speakers in any studio or listening room. The included "Virtual Monitoring" feature lets users select specific templates to deliberately alter the response of the monitoring setup to match devices like LCD TVs, car audio systems, small radios, etc., and listen to how their mixes will translate on other "virtual" band-limited systems. ARC System 2.5 with MEMS microphone is now available for $199.99. Users that have previously purchased any IK product with a minimum value of $99.99 can take advantage of a special crossgrade price of $149.99. Current ARC 2 users can upgrade to software version 2.5 free...
Aug 03
PDF Checkpoint can now open PDF files wth your chosen editor
Zevrix Solutions has announced PDF Checkpoint 1.8, a feature update to company's PDF preflight and conversion solution. The app automatically preflights, saves as images, splits and optimizes multiple PDF files. The software can also convert PDF colors and helps users easily prepare files for print, web and mobile devices. Version1.8 lets users open PDF files with an app of their choice, change the default PDF editor, and improves handling of drag-and-drop processing. PDF Checkpoint can be purchased on the Mac App Store and Zevrix website (www.zevrix.com) for $39.95. The update is free to licensed users. A demo is available for download. PDF Checkpoint requires macOS 10.7 or higher.
Aug 02
SuperTab for macOS revved to version 3.0
SpriTec Software has revved SuperTab (www.supertab.me) , its utility app for macOS, to version 3.0. The tool enhances and extends the Mac's built-in Command-Tab app switcher, providing additional access to files, folders, websites, calendars, windows, clipboards, Dock items and more. Version 3.0 adds item name overlays and calendar events. With SuperTab's ability to display folders, files and many other items in the App Switcher, it had become difficult to easily identify identical looking items. By adding the option to overlay the names of these items directly atop their icons, SuperTab 3.0 has now made identifying and working with these items much more intuitive and simple. SuperTab 3.0 also makes viewing upcoming Calendar Events as easy as activating the App Switcher. Users can configure the Date Range to display, choose which Calendars to include Events from, and can hover the mouse over any Event to see its full details. SuperTab 3.0 is compatible with macOS 10.8 and higher. It’...
Aug 02
AKVIS LightShop updated to version 6.0
AKVIS (www.akvis.com) has released AKVIS LightShop 6.0, an update of its app for adding light effects to images. The new version adds a Sparkle Brush that scatters light spots of different shapes, colors, and sizes. Also, a new gray interface theme is now available. On the Mac platform, AKVIS LightShop 6 runs on macOS 10.7 and higher. It’s available as a standalone application and as a plug-in to photo editors such as AliveColors by AKVIS, Adobe Photoshop, and others. AKVIS LightShop 6.0 Home sells for $72, Deluxe for $99, and Business for $185. One license key allows activating and using the software on two computers. Version 6.0 is a free upgrade for recent buyers as well for those who bought “1 Year of Updates” during the last 12 months. Users whose license isn’t valid for the new version can get LightShop 6.0 for $14.95. A demo is available for download.
Aug 02
Data Shredder for macOS revved to version 1.0.2
ProtectStar has updated Data Shredder for Mac (http://tinyurl.com/yb9s2373), their military grade data deletion tool, to version 1.0.2. The app securely deletes data using secure deletion methods that meet and exceed government, military, and industry standards. Users drag ’n drop files, folders, volumes or even external devices to the app. Data Shredder then eliminates any chance for data reconstruction. Version 1.0.2 is a maintenance upgrade. Data Shredder for Mac is available in two versions. The Professional Edition offers 11 different data shredding methods, completely wiping all free space and overwriting the storage area, to completely erase all of the stored data. The Data Shredder Military Edition offers 18 erasing methods in total, while also offering advanced deletion reports. Data Shredder for Mac Professional uses certified deletion algorithms, including: DoD 5220.22-M ECE, Peter Gutmann, HMG Infosec No.5, German BSI-2011-VS, US Army AR380-19 and more. Data Shredder for...
Aug 01
Apple sees revenue growth of 7% and EPS growth of 17%
Apple has announced financial results for its fiscal 2017 third quarter that ended July 1. The company posted quarterly revenue of $45.4 billion and quarterly earnings per diluted share of $1.67. These results compare to revenue of $42.4 billion and earnings per diluted share of $1.42 in the year-ago quarter. International sales accounted for 61% of the quarter’s revenue. “With revenue up 7% year-over-year, we’re happy to report our third consecutive quarter of accelerating growth and an all-time quarterly record for Services revenue,” said CEO Tim Cook. “We hosted an incredibly successful Worldwide Developers Conference in June, and we’re very excited about the advances in iOS, macOS, watchOS and tvOS coming this fall.” “We reported unit and revenue growth in all our product categories in the June quarter, driving 17 percent growth in earnings per share,” added Chief Financial Officer Luca Maestri. “We also returned $11.7 billion to investors during the quarter, bringing cumulative...
Aug 01
Red Giant rolls out Trapcode Suite 14
Red Giant has released Trapcode Suite 14 (http://www.redgiant.com/products/trapcode-suite/), an update to its set of tools for creating 3D motion graphics and visual effects in Adobe After Effects. With a total of 11 powerful tools for 3D motion graphics and visual effects, release highlights include Trapcode Particular 3.0 and Trapcode Form 3.0, which have both been completely overhauled to offer faster rendering speeds and an intuitive user experience when building particle effects. Also included is a free update for Trapcode Tao, giving users depth of field effects for more realism. Trapcode Suite 14 can be purchased for $999 (Suite 14 is a $199 upgrade from previous editions) through the Red Giant’s online store. Customers can purchase individual products or the entire Trapcode Suite 14.
Aug 01
mophie debuts the powerstation USB-C XXL
mopie has launched the powerstation USB-C XXL, a high capacity universal battery designed to charge MacBooks, MacBook Pros, iPads, iPhones and other mobile devices. It’s available exclusively at Apple stores, Apple.com and mophie.com for $149.95. Equipped with one USB-C and one USB-A output charge port, it includes a 19,500mAh battery for more than one full charge to a MacBook. The powerstation USB-C XXL is also wrapped in soft-touch fabric. The USB-C port features USB-PD technology, allowing it to charge USB-C laptops at rapid charging rates up to 30 Watts and to accept high-speed charging input when connected to USB-PD chargers. Additional features of the powerstation USB-C XXL include: an additional USB-A output port 5V/2.4A; a role switch controlled by status button (USB-C input/USB output); a Cypress CCG2 chipset; and pass-through charging USB-C to USB-A.
Aug 01
FileMaker for iOS tops three million downloads
FileMaker, Inc. (www.filemaker.com) says its FileMaker Go for iPad and iPhone app has exceeded three million downloads from the Apple App Store. FileMaker Go is a free app that runs FileMaker-based custom apps on the iPad and iPhone. Users benefit from the same power and capability of FileMaker desktop custom apps while on the go. They can connect to their data anywhere to check inventory, send orders, create an invoice and perform other productivity-increasing tasks from the field.
Aug 01
Sonnet releases Thunderbolt 3 Upgrade Cards
Sonnet Technologies has released Thunderbolt 3 upgrade cards for existing Thunderbolt 2 Echo Express SE II, III-D, and III-R expansion systems, giving those models greater bandwidth for users' installed PCIe cards, and providing Thunderbolt 3 connectivity to allow use with the latest MacBook Pros and iMacs.  Sonnet's Thunderbolt 3 upgrade cards feature dual 40Gbps Thunderbolt 3 ports that support the daisy-chaining of up to five additional Thunderbolt peripheral devices. They support backward compatibility for 20Gbps Thunderbolt 2- and 10Gbps Thunderbolt-equipped devices when connected via the Apple Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C)-to-Thunderbolt 2 Adapter. As an added benefit, the second Thunderbolt 3 port also supports a variety of displays and a multitude of USB 3.1, USB 3.0, and USB 2.0 devices when connected with the proper cable, and fully supports the DisplayPort 1.2 protocol, which enables streaming to one 4K display at 120Hz, two 4K displays at 60Hz, or one 5K display at 60Hz. Sonnet's...
Jul 31
FileMaker 16 video training bundle available
FileMaker author and trainer, John Mark Osborne, has released a three-part video training series for FileMaker 16 with a price reduction when purchased as a set. The videos were created in FileMaker Pro 16 Advanced, but can be used with FileMaker Pro 12, 13, 14 and 15 with the exception of a few exercises. The Complete Contact Manager video series covers desktop development concepts relating to relational design, scripting, calculations and reporting at an intermediate level. "I've seen a lot of training material use examples from a variety of solutions and they are difficult to follow,” says Osborne. "I used a single example of a contact manager throughout the three part series in order for students to follow along easier and produce something tangible by the end of the videos". The Complete Contact Manager videos are sold individually for $50 or as a bundle of three for $100. To watch sample videos or purchase these videos, go to http://philosophy-of-filemaker.thinkific.com .
Jul 31
LinkOptimizer for InDesign Now Can Batch Process Entire...
Zevrix Solutions has announced LinkOptimizer 5.1.3, a feature update to company's image processing automation solution for Adobe InDesign. LinkOptimizer helps users reduce InDesign link size automatically by scaling and cropping images to their InDesign dimensions while reducing their resolution to the desired target. Version 5.1.3 lets users batch process InDesign files from the entire subfolder tree of the selected folder, and introduces improvements in user experience and performance. LinkOptimizer can be purchased from the Zevrix website (www.zevrix.com) for $259.95 (there’s a “lite” version for $179.95) as well as from Adobe Exchange and authorized resellers. A demo is available for download. The update is free for LinkOptimizer 5.x users and $130 to upgrade from previous versions. LinkOptimizer requires macOS 10.7-10.12 and Adobe InDesign / Photoshop CS5-CC 2017.
Jul 31
LibreOffice 5.4 released with new features for Writer, Calc and...
The Document Foundation has released LibreOffice 5.4 (www.libreoffice.org), an update of the LibreOffice 5.x family for macOS, Windows, Linux and the cloud. The upgrade adds new features in every module, including the usual large number of incremental improvements to Microsoft Office file compatibility. LibreOffice Online is fundamentally a server service, and should be installed and configured by adding a cloud storage and a SSL certificate. It might be considered an enabling technology for the cloud of ISPs or the private cloud of enterprises and large organizations. LibreOffice users, free software advocates and community members can support The Document Foundation with a donation at http://www.libreoffice.org/donate.
Jul 28
Geekbench revved to version 4.1.1
Geekbench 4.1.1 (http://www.geekbench.com) is now available for download, and improves the stability and performance of Geekbench. This update is recommended for all Geekbench 4 users. Geekbench 4.1.1 features the following changes: ° Reduces Memory Latency memory usage on 32-bit devices.; ° Works around an issue where Windows GPU drivers do not include all of the components necessary to run OpenCL; ° Fixes an issue that caused HDR to allocate more memory than needed; ° Fixes an issue that could prevent the Compute Benchmark from running on recent NVIDIA GPUs under macOS; ° Fixes crashes that could occur when loading malformed documents; ° Fixes several crashes in the Android and iOS interfaces. Geekbench 4.1.1 is a free update for all Geekbench 4 users.
Jul 28
myTracks Update Brings Geotagging to the macOS Photos App
Dirk Stichling has announced myTracks 3.1.2 (https://www.mytracks4mac.info/index.php/en/), an update to his photo geotagging app for macOS. The utility is designed to makes it easy to quickly organize GPS tracks from a range of devices, organizing them in a library. GPS tracks can be assigned to photos stored in the JPG or RAW photos formats. Version 3.1.2 offers the ability to geotag photos stored in the macOS Photos app. myTracks requires macOS 10.8 or higher. It costs $14.99 and is available worldwide exclusively through the Mac App Store in the Travel category.
Jul 28
X-naut announces new drone controller bracket
X-naut (www.x-naut.com) has entered into the consumer and commercial drone market with the launch of the Drone Controller Bracket that’s compatible with DJI Phantom and Inspire mobile device holders. The Drone Controller Bracket attaches to the back of X-naut's Active Cooling Mount for iPads and then slides into the mobile device holder. The unit will keep the iPad cool for 15 hours continuously, says X-naut CEO Darren Saravis. The cooling mount is powered by AA batteries or external charging via micro USB). The Active Cooling Mount for the iPad Air and 9.7-inch iPad Pro is $199.99. The iPad mini version is $179.99. Sorry, 12.9-inch iPad Pro owners, no Active Cooling Mount is available for the super-sized tablet. The Active Cooling Mount for iPads was developed from a real-world situation that Saravis, also a pilot, experienced when his iPad overheated and shut off during a mission critical situation while flying. This extreme situation led Saravis to launch X-naut and developed the...
Jul 27
MacPaw acquires Unarchiver file extraction utility
MacPaw (www.macpaw.com), makers of Setapp and developers of a number of macOS apps, has purchased The Unarchiver, a file extraction utility. Oleksandr Kosovan, the CEO and founder of MacPaw, says his company will maintain the Unarchiver, keep it up-to-date, localize into popular languages and implement design improvements. As before, the Unarchiver will be free for all Mac users. All the apps and app-related assets will be transferred to MacPaw’s developer account. The Unarchiver is an built-in archive extraction program on macOS. It’s designed to handle many more formats than Archive Utility, and to better fit in with the design of the Finder, says Kosovan. It can handle file names in foreign character sets, created with non-English versions of other operating systems.
Jul 27
Apple Store app is updated for iPhones and iPads
Apple has updated its Apple Store app (http://tinyurl.com/o47k2cv) for iPhones and iPads to version 4.3. You can use Touch ID to securely and conveniently pay for your order with your Apple ID, as well as make changes to account settings. It’s also now easier than ever to see if the iPhone you want is available at an Apple Store near you. The Apple Store app allows you to, among other things, get recommendations based on the Apple products you already own. You can use it to find out which accessories are compatible with your devices, upgrade to a new iPhone from your current one, keep track of your orders wherever you go, and sign up for hands-on sessions in store. You can even use Apple Pay to check out from your iPhone when you visit a participating Apple Store.
Jul 27
Output Factory for InDesign Now Restores Layer Visibility After...
Zevrix Solutions has released Output Factory 2.0.10, a maintenance update to company's output automation tool for Adobe InDesign. The app automates printing and exporting from InDesign and offers batch processing, layer versioning, variable file names, automatic preflight, and other productivity-enhancing features. Version 2.0.10 restores layer visibility in InDesign files after processing and addresses several issues related to AppleScript and JavaScript scripts performance. Output Factory can be purchased from the Zevrix website (www.zevrix.com) for $169.95 (there’s a “lite” version for $120 and a server version for $700). A demo is available for download. Users of Output Factory 1.x and BatchOutput can upgrade to Output Factory 2 for $85 (or $60 for the lite version). Output Factory requires macOS 10.7-10.12 and Adobe InDesign CS5-CC 2017.
Jul 27
GraphicConverter for macOS revved to version 10.4.3
Lemke Software has announced GraphicConverter 10.4.3, an update to its image utility for the Mac. Described as the equivalent of a "Swiss Army Knife," GraphicConverter is a universal image editing program that features image conversion from more than 200 graphic file formats into almost 80 different file formats. Version 10.4.3 incorporates several new features and functionality improvements. GraphicConverter 10.4.3 requires macOS 10.9 or later. It costs $39.95 and is available worldwide through the Mac App Store in the Photography category. It can also be directly purchased online from the Lemkesoft website (http://tinyurl.com/y7zunebo). GraphicConverter 10.4.3 is a free update for all customers of version 10.x. Upgrades from older versions of GraphicConverter are available for $25.95.
Jul 26
Phiaton debuts BT 390 foldable headphones
Phiaton Corp. (http://www.phiaton.com) has introduced the latest addition to its line of wireless headphones and earphones: the BT 390. Featuring Bluetooth 4.1 and crafted with a “minimalistic exterior and easy-to-carry design,” the new foldable headphones are available for $79 on Amazon. The compact BT 390 wireless headphones purportedly offer a long battery life for 30 hours of non-stop music playing time, while 40mm drivers deliver an optimized vibration system. Oversized Neodymium magnets are designed to provide a rich, commanding bass. The BT 390 boasts padded ear and head pads. The headphones are equipped with multifunction buttons and a microphone on the ear cups for wireless control of music and phone calls. Multipoint technology connects any two Bluetooth enabled devices at the same time, and Everplay-X technology keeps the music going even if the headphones’ battery runs out, or the audio device isn’t Bluetooth compatible.
Jul 26
ProtectStar debuts Data Shredder for Mac 2017
ProtectStar has debuted Data Shredder for Mac 2017, their new military grade data deletion tool for macOS. The app purportedly deletes data using methods that meet and exceed government, military, and industry standards. Users simply drag ’n drop files, folders, or drives to the app and press the "Shred" button. Data Shredder then eliminates any chance for data reconstruction. Data Shredder for Mac Professional uses certified deletion algorithms, including: DoD 5220.22-M ECE, Peter Gutmann, DoD 5220.22-M, HMG Infosec No.5, German BSI-2011-VS, US Army AR380-19 and more. Data Shredder for Mac Military Edition uses those same algorithms. Plus, it makes use of enhanced military deletion methods like NATO standard, US Navy NAVSO P-5239-26 (MFM & RLL), USAF AFSSI-5020, BSI TL-03423 and CSEC ITSG-06. Data Shredder for Mac 2017 requires macOS 10.11 or higher. It costs $19.90; the “military edition” is $29.90.
Jul 26
Mapdiva rolls out Ortelius 2 for macOS
Mapdiva has rolled out Ortelius 2, an update of its creative map design software for the Mac. Serving as a hybrid between a vector drawing program, and a geographic information system, it’s a professional-level vector drawing program for producing publication-quality maps. Ortelius 2 adds tailored functionality for cartography, such as connectable track tools, powerful style engine, library of expert styles and map symbols, robust templates and more. Ortelius 2 is available today from Mapdiva.com for $149.99 per year for an annual license or $399 for a perpetual license. A demo is available for download.
Jul 26
PDFpen 9.1 Adds Bookmark Support, Improves Window Positioning
Smile has released PDFpen 9.1 (https://smilesoftware.com/PDFpen/), an update to its all-purpose PDF editing tool for macOS 10.11 and higher. This version introduces Bookmarks, a special section at the top of the table of contents for linking to pages in the document. Bookmarks can be created in both PDFpen and PDFpenPro, whereas table of contents editing requires PDFpenPro. This version also re-opens any previously-opened documents at the same window size and position as when they were last closed. PDFpen costs $74.95 for a single user license, $94.95 for a family pack (up to five users in one household), and $224.95 (an up, depending on the number of users) for an office pack. PDFpen Pro costs $124.95 for a single user license, $149.95 for a family pack (up to five users in one household), and $349.95 (an up, depending on the number of users) for an office pack.
Jul 26
File Manager Pro Version 1.0.1 by B-Eng now available on Mac App...
B-Eng has announced File Manager Pro 1.0.1, the latest version of their dual panel file manager for macOS. It’s a file managing tool featuring a dual panel layout that allows control and overview when handling and managing files. The capabilities of File Manager Pro range from basic copy/move/delete tasks to compressing and decompressing files as well as comparing and synching directories, complete with an interactive, visual overview of a hard drives usage. Version 1.0.1 is a maintenance upgrade. File Manager Pro 1.0.1 requires macOS 10.11 or higher and costs $18.99. It’s available worldwide exclusively through the Mac App Store (http://tinyurl.com/y7kwm9mf).
Jul 25
USB 3.0 Promoter Group announces USB 3.2 Update
The USB 3.0 Promoter Group (www.usb.org)— of which Apple is a member — has announced the pending release of the USB 3.2 specification, an incremental update that defines multi-lane operation for new USB 3.2 hosts and devices. USB Type-C cables were designed to support multi-lane operation to ensure a path for scalable performance. New USB 3.2 hosts and devices can now be designed as multi-lane solutions, allowing for up to two lanes of 5Gbps or two lanes of 10 Gbps operation. This enables platform developers to continue advancing USB products to fit their customers’ needs by effectively doubling the performance across existing cables. For example, a USB 3.2 host connected to a USB 3.2 storage device will now be capable of realizing over 2 GB/sec data transfer performance over an existing USB Type-C™ cable that is certified for SuperSpeed USB 10 Gbps. For users to obtain the full benefit of this performance increase, a new USB 3.2 host must be used with a new USB 3.2 device and the...
Jul 25
WaterField Designs unveils enhanced TSA-friendly Zip Brief
WaterField Designs (www.sfbags.com) has announced the refined Zip Brief, an “ultra-slim” laptop bag with space for several tech and personal necessities. It unzips around three sides to lie flat for TSA-airport security and slips over a wheeled suitcase handle. Increased depth and a pleated front pocket allow the new Zip laptop bag to hold an array of necessities while maintaining its slim profile, says WaterField Designs owner Gary Waterfield. It’s designed to hold the essentials a professional needs for a day at work—a laptop or tablet, power supply, cables, small hard drive, smartphone, pad of paper and Apple Pencil— all organized and protected in one compact bag, he adds. Inside, a padded laptop compartment with cut-out corners allows users to charge a device while it rests protected inside the sleeve. Two internal mesh pockets hold additional accessories and a slim enclosure stows the Apple Pencil or other writing instrument. A few files or a notebook fit between the laptop...
Jul 25
LinkOptimizer Lite 5 for Adobe InDesign Introduces Batch...
Zevrix Solutions has announced LinkOptimizer Lite 5, an upgrade to the low-cost version of company's image processing solution for Adobe InDesign. LinkOptimizer lets users automatically reduce the size of InDesign links, convert colors, perform essential image adjustments and repurpose files for web and mobile devices. Version 5 introduces batch processing of multiple InDesign files, support for InDesign books, as well as numerous improvements in stability, performance and user interface. LinkOptimizer Lite can be purchased from the Zevrix website (www.zevrix.com) for $179.95. A demo is available for download. The upgrade from previous Lite versions is $89.97. LinkOptimizer requires macOS 10.7 or higher and Adobe InDesign/Photoshop CS5-CC 2017.
Jul 24
Apple posts new iOS, macOS, tvOS, watchOS developer betas
Apple has released the fourth developer betas of iOS 11, macOS 10.13 High Sierra, tvOS 11, and watchOS 4. The new beta versions can be downloaded through the Apple Developer Center or through the Software Update mechanism in the Mac App Store.
Jul 24
Elemental Tools releases Firetask Pro for the Mac, iOS
Elemental Tools has released Firetask Pro, the next generation of Firetask, the project-oriented GTD(R) task management app for Mac, iPhone, iPad and Apple Watch devices. It’s available at Apple’s various app stores. The app provides features such as project portfolios, actions for subdividing tasks, iCloud syncing, a new iOS Today widget, Apple Watch support, and various workflows. The "Today" workflow focuses on tasks that are marked as starred, or are due today (or already overdue). Upcoming due tasks in the next days as well as next tasks per project are summarized in a new "Next" view. "Waiting For" provides a view of your delegated tasks grouped by assignee. The "Collect" area groups “Inbox,” “Someday,” and "Scratchpad" together and supports free reordering of tasks. Portfolios allow users to group projects together in order to provide more order for your active projects. Actions provide a way to subdivide your tasks into individual steps that have to be done before a task can...
Jul 21
Deirdre O’Brien named Apple’s vice president of People
Apple has announced that Deirdre O’Brien, vice president of Worldwide Sales and Operations, has been named vice president of People, reporting to CEO Tim Cook. A nearly 30-year Apple veteran, she will lead all HR functions including talent development, recruiting, benefits, compensation and business support, as well as overseeing Apple University. “As long as I’ve been at Apple, Deirdre has been the glue that bonds our operations, sales, marketing and finance teams to deliver products to our customers,” Cook said in a press release. “Deirdre deeply understands Apple’s unique culture and that people join Apple to do the best work of their lives. She is a superb leader and I’m thrilled she will be bringing her experience and talent to this critical role.” O’Brien joined Apple in 1988 and today runs a global organization dedicated to delivering the world’s best products to customers everywhere. Her role has required exceptional collaboration and leadership across many different parts of...
Jul 21
proDAD brings its Mercalli SAL video stabilizer app to the Mac
proDAD has brought its Mercalli SAL video stabilizer to the Mac after years of being Windows only. Mercalli SAL Mac is a new, full-featured, stand-alone macOS native application. It uses the Mercalli V4 stabilization engine to correct shaky, bent, and warped videos. It’s a native 64-bit macOS app loaded with professional features that include two levels of CMOS distortion correction and fisheye warp removal. Automated batch video analysis speeds your workflow and you can preview, trim, and split clips then export rendered video in a wide range of formats including ProRes 4444 and all flavors of ProRes 422. Mercalli SAL Mac provides intelligent stabilization profiles (presets) that eliminate the need for manual fine-tune adjustment (though you can also tweak the settings if you wish) . Why is Mercalli SAL Mac a stand-alone application and not a Final Cut Pro X plug-in? “We've discovered that editors prefer the simplicity of not being forced to use an NLE system,” says Robert...
Jul 20
Syntronik virtual instrument now shipping for Macs, PC
IK Multimedia (www.ikmultimedia.co) has released Syntronik for Mac and Windows systems. It’s a virtual instrument that packs a collection of vintage synthesizers. Syntronik melds advanced sampling techniques with a hybrid sample and modeling synthesis engine, a large assortment of high-quality modeled effects and innovative instrument features. It provides 17 instruments with over 2,000 sounds covering a wide selection from 38 synthesizers. Users with qualifying IK products can crossgrade for $199.99 via direct download or $229.99 for a boxed copy. New users can get Syntronik for $299.99 via direct download or $329.99 for a boxed copy. Syntronik Free is available as a complimentary download from the IK Multimedia website. It’s expandable with Syntronik Instruments, which are available individually via the built-in "In-App Shop" for $49.99 each.
Jul 20
XEffects 3D Video Walls plugin released for Final Cut Pro X
FxFactory has released a new Final Cut Pro X plugin called XEffects 3D Video Walls (http://tinyurl.com/y99hdrum). Developed by partner Idustrial Revolution, it allows the user to add moving video or still images to striking video walls in 3D space. A choice of pre-programmed moves are included. The plugin allows the user to choose the individual panel shape, the number and layout of panels along with the choice of material, position in 3D space and depth of field. A video editor can use a single panel positioned in 3D space with reflections and depth of field or put together a tumbling panel of 15 cells in three rows. 3D Video walls is launched at a discounted price of $49 for a month.
Jul 20
Videux is new video organizer/player for the Mac
Half8Fish has introduced Videux, an organizer, player, and workflow assistant for macOS. It’s designed for use with video collections. Videux can tag video collections with keywords, ratings, and flags. The software keeps track of model releases, license agreements, metadata, and more with the goal of making it easy to see at a glance the state of your video library. The full version of Videux Pro launches with an introductory offer of $99.99. Its requires macOS or higher and is available at the Mac App Store. A seven-day demo is available at the Half8Fish website (https://videux.com/buydl/). There’s also a “lite” version available. Play LT is different in that it includes primarily only the player portion of Videux, along with the ability to pick/cull, rate and sort video.
Jul 20
AKVIS releases AKVIS Watercolor 2.0
AKVIS (www.akvis.com) has released AKVIS Watercolor 2.0, an update of the Mac compatible software for imitating different watercolor techniques. Version 2.0 adds an Abstract Art tab and new built-in presets. On the Mac platform, AKVIS Watercolor requires macOS 10.7 or higher. The product is available as a standalone application and as a plugin to photo editors such as AliveColors by AKVIS, Adobe Photoshop, and others. The Home sells for $49, the Deluxe for $69, and the Business for $89. One license key allows activating and using the software on two computers. The upgrade is free for all registered users of the program. A demo is available for download.
Jul 19
Apple posts new betas of macOS, iOS, watchOS, tvOS
Apple has posted new public betas of macOS 10.12.6, iOS 10.3.3, watchOS 3.2.3 and tvOS 10.2.2. If you're not already signed up for the public beta program, you can do so at https://beta.apple.com/sp/betaprogram/ . The public beta program is free, but remember: beta software is unfinished software so use with care.
Jul 19
Isabel Ge Mahe named Apple’s managing director of Greater China
Apple has announced that Isabel Ge Mahe, vice president of Wireless Technologies, has been named vice president and managing director of Greater China, reporting to CEO Tim Cook and COO Jeff Williams. In this newly created role, Isabel will provide leadership and coordination across Apple’s China-based team. “Apple is strongly committed to invest and grow in China, and we are thrilled that Isabel will be bringing her experience and leadership to our China team,” Cook says in a press release. “She has dedicated a great deal of her time in recent years to delivering innovation for the benefit of Apple customers in China, and we look forward to making even greater contributions under her leadership.” Ge Mahe has led Apple’s wireless technologies software engineering teams for nine years, focusing on development of cellular, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, NFC, location and motion technologies for nearly every Apple product. She has also overseen the engineering teams developing Apple Pay, HomeKit and...
Jul 19
Cisdom Video Converter for macOS revved to version 3.4.0
Cisdem (www.cisdem.com) has upgraded Cisdem Video Converter, a video conversion tool for macOS, to version 3.4.0. The upgrade adds support for new websites such as Youtube, Sound Cloud, Vimeo, Facebook, mtv, Dramanice, Dailymotion, Yahoo, and more. It also optimizes the download function: more sources are supported and there’s faster downloading speed. Cisdem Video Converter is on sale for 10% off ($29.99) through July 31. A demo is available for download.
Jul 18
Apple upgrades Logic Pro X to version 10.3.2
Apple has updated Logic Pro X — its macOS software for professional songwriting, editing, and mixing — to version 10.3.2. Version 10.3.2 adds three Drummers who play percussion in the styles of pop, songwriter and Latin. New Drummer loops can be added to your song, then customized with performance controls. The pitch of an audio region can now be transposed or fine tuned. Logic Pro X 10.3. improves responsiveness of the graphical user interface. New additive effects in Alchemy expand the options for filtering and modulating sound . The length of individual steps in the Arpeggiator plug-in are now adjustable. And volume automation resets as expected when a cycle returns to the beginning. Logic Pro 10.3.2 is a free upgrade for registered users. For new users the cost is $199.99.
Jul 18
CS Odessa releases Classic Business Process Modeling Solution
CS Odessa (www.conceptdraw.com) has released a Classic Business Process Modeling Solution for ConceptDraw Pro on Mac and PC plaforms in the Business Processes Area of the Solution Park. This new product extension expands ConceptDraw Pro’s drawing features, allowing users to create business process diagrams quickly. It’s available for download at no charge to owners of ConceptDraw Pro 11. The Classic Business Process Modeling Solution utilizes Object Management Group’s Business Process Modeling Notation (BPMN) to graphically describe the steps of a business processes. BPMN is the first standardized visual modeling technique that addresses this level of complexity in modeling of processes. BPMN’s process-oriented approach differs from the object-oriented UML (Universal Modeling Language) approach. ConceptDraw Pro retails for $199. It’s also included in ConceptDraw Office 4, which retails for US$499.
Jul 18
DigiDNA introduces iMazing Mini for macOS
DigiDNA has introduced iMazing Mini, a free macOS utility designed to automatically backup iOS devices over any local Wi-Fi network. The app provides the ability to backup your iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch whenever the device is connected to the same Wi-Fi network as your Mac. Backups can be encrypted for security, and the incremental nature of the backups allows restoring a specific version of the backup. iMazing Mini requires macOS 10.8 or higher and is available exclusively through the iMazing website (https://imazing.com/mini). A Windows version is in the works.
 

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