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Sep 08
PDFpen 9.2 for macOS improves OCR
Smile (http://smle.us/store) has revved PDFpen, its all-purpose PDF editing tool for macOS (10.11 and higher), to version 9.2. It updates the current optical character recognition (OCR) capabilities, making scans of text turn into selectable text with greater speed and accuracy. PDFpenPro and PDFpen 9 work with PDFpen for iPad and iPhone version 2, allowing editing across devices when used with Dropbox or iCloud. PDFpen retails for $74.95, and PDFpenPro for $124.95. Family pack licenses, which cover up to five computers in one household, are $94.95 for PDFpen and $149.95 for PDFpenPro. Office pack licenses start at $224.95 for PDFpen (five users) and $349.95 for PDFpenPro (five users). Upgrades from earlier single user versions of either application are $30, and free to users who purchased on or after Jan. 1, 2017. Upgrades from previous versions of PDFpen to PDFpenPro 9 are $50.
Sep 07
Avira debuts the Free Security Suite for macOS
Avira has introduced the new Free Security Suite for Mac. It’s “the world’s first free security package for Mac users that combines security and privacy features into a single suite at no cost,” according to Alexander Vukcevic, director of Avira Protection Services. It combines the Avira Free Antivirus for Mac together with the Avira Phantom VPN. As an additional protection layer, the browser extension Avira SafeSearch Plus is also part of the suite. This combo is designed to protect Mac users against incoming malware, secures their privacy anywhere against online spying, unlocks geo-restricted content and delivers secure search results, Vukcevic says. The Avira Free Security Suite for Mac is free to install and use. Functionality on Phantom VPN is limited by a monthly bandwidth ceiling. The Avira Free Security Suite for Mac is available for download (www.avira.com) and requires macOS 10.11 or higher. Avira has also released a new version of Avira Mobile Security for iOS. The app...
Sep 07
Logitech announces HomeKit availability on Circle 2 wired home...
Logitech has announced Circle 2 Wired home security cameras and mounts (logi.com/Circle2) now work with Apple’s HomeKit. HomeKit is a framework that allows control of compatible home automation devices through iOS and Siri. You can set up your Circle 2 Wired camera with the Apple Home app and enjoy access to live camera video on your iPhone and iPad, notifications to your lock screen on iPhone or iPad or right on your Apple Watch, and home automation such as turning on the lights automatically when motion is detected by the camera. The Circle 2 Wired camera, and the camera when attached to the Plug Mount or Window Mount all work with Apple HomeKit. New and existing Circle 2 Wired owners can all take advantage of this new HomeKit integration starting today (existing Circle 2 users should visit here for update instructions). Circle 2 Wired is available now at retailers nationwide, and will be in Apple stores and Apple.com, starting in October in the U.S. and Europe for $179.95. The...
Sep 07
Cisdem releases Cisdem Duplicate Finder
Cisdem (www.cisdem.com) has released Cisdem Duplicate Finder for macOS. The app can can find & delete duplicate photos, documents, music, videos, and more. Cisdem Duplicate Finder is on on sale at 25% off through Sept. 17. You can get a single user license for $29.99; the regular price is $39.99. A demo is available for download. Cisdem Duplicate Finder requires macOS 10.8 or higher.
Sep 07
Mountain Duck 2 for Mac has support for secure Cryptomator...
Mountain Duck 2 has been released for macOS (and Windows), featuring support for client-side encrypted Cryptomator interoperable vaults. The result? “Foolproof” client-side encryption for cloud storage mounted on your desktop. Encryption for data at rest prevents unauthorized access regardless of the server or cloud storage infrastructure. You can create secure vaults on any server or cloud storage available through the the broad protocol support in Mountain Duck – including Amazon S3, Backblaze B2, Microsoft Azure, Google Drive, Dropbox and OneDrive or any OpenStack Swift, WebDAV or FTP interoperable hosting solution. Additionally you can also connect to your local hard disk and browse Cryptomator Vaults you want to save on your computer. Also, all vaults either created by Mountain Duck, Cyberduck or mobile apps from Cryptomator for iOS and Android are fully interoperable. Mountain Duck 2 is available at the Mac App Store (http://tinyurl.com/y974m2zh) for $39.99. It requires macOS 10...
Sep 06
Apple posts new developer, public betas of iOS 11
Apple has released the 10th developer beta and ninth public beta of iOS 11. Developers can download the beta through the Apple Developer Center or the Software Update mechanism in the App Store. End users can download the public beta. 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.
Sep 06
LandingZone unveils a new docking station for the MacBook Pro...
LandingZone (www.landingzone.net) has announced its latest docking station for the MacBook Pro with Touch Bar. It’s equipped with 16 ports and costs $299. Available for the 13-inch and 15-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar, the LandingZone Docking Station's compact size brings the functionality of a full desktop computer, with the ability to stay at a desk or be brought on-the-go during travel, says LandingZone CEO Steven Yang. The additional ports, such as USB 3.1 Type-C, USB 3.1 Type-A, HDMI, Mini DisplayPort and Ethernet, facilitate the connection of a large range of devices to the Apple laptop. The docking station eliminates the need for numerous dongles, as the MacBook Pro with Touch Bar offers only USB-C ports. In addition, the Kensington Security Slot built into the dock allows both the docking station and the MacBook Pro to be secured to a desk or table.
Sep 06
DataShredder for macOS revved to version 1.0.4
ProtectStar has updated Data Shredder for macOS (10.11 or higher) to version 1.0.4. It’s a military grade data deletion tool. Data Shredder for Mac securely deletes data using secure deletion algorithms that purportedly 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 erases any chance for data reconstruction. Version 1.0.4 is a maintenance release. 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 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 (United States Air Force), BSI TL-03423 and Canadian CSEC ITSG-06. Each algorithm has been analyzed by independent authorities and organizations to...
Sep 06
AutoMounter 1.5 for macOS adds advanced mount rules, more
Pixeleyes has announced AutoMounter 1.5, an update to their menu item designed to automatically mount your network shares on macOS. The utility will mount your shares from an available server or network-attached storage appliance, and they’ll appear on your Desktop. AutoMounter 1.5 offers advanced mount rules, the ability to mount to custom locations, opening apps and files on mount, and a dark UI theme. AutoMounter 1.5 requires macOS 10.11 or higher and costs $9.99. The “Pro Settings” features require a $3.99 in-app purchase. AutoMounter is available worldwide exclusively through the Mac App Store (http://tinyurl.com/y7h65cbl).
Sep 06
FileMaker, 42 Silicon Valley partner up for software engineer...
FileMaker, Inc. (www.filemaker.com), a subsidiary of Apple, and 42 Silicon Valley have announced a partnership to develop the next generation of custom app developers. The partnership is a strategic move to recruit the area's top tech talent, gain digital and human competitive advantages, and feed recruiting pipelines for FileMaker Business Alliance partners. FileMaker, Inc. will host students and staff from 42 Silicon Valley on Apple's campus as part of the partnership launch. Students will view an introduction to custom app development and to the curriculum of the training the selected 42 Silicon Valley students will receive. Students will then complete six month internships with FileMaker Business Alliance Partners during which they'll be tasked with creating custom apps to solve real business challenges. "By partnering with 42 Silicon Valley, we are able to connect their talented developers with our FileMaker community in what is truly a win-win situation,” says Brad Freitag, vice...
Sep 05
Retrospect 14.5 for Mac is now available
Retrospect 14.5 for Mac is now available. It includes support for the latest operating systems, database protection for MySQL, PostgreSQL, and MongoDB, a new daily backup report email, and cloud integration with Wasabi. Retrospect is now certified for macOS High Sierra with the new Apple File System (APFS), Microsoft Windows Fall Creators Update, and the latest Linux distributions of Ubuntu, Debian, Suse, RHEL, and CentOS. macOS High Sierra is now in beta testing and is due this fall. 
Retrospect now integrates with the three most popular databases: MySQL, PostgreSQL, and MongoDB. System administrators can deploy custom scripts to quiesce these databases into a read-only mode to ensure an application-consistent backup. 
The "Backup Report" its now available as a daily email. Customers can keep tabs on every computer in their environment without leaving their inbox. Wasabi is a cloud storage provider focused on single-tier hot storage with costs at $0.0039/GB a month. It’s now...
Sep 05
IK Multimedia and Ampeg release the Mac compatible Ampeg SVX 2...
IK Multimedia has released Ampeg SVX 2 (http://www.ikmultimedia.com/products/ampegsvx2/), a new collection that brings iconic bass amplifiers and cabinets from the Ampeg Heritage and Classic series to AmpliTube for Mac and PC systems. Ampeg SVX 2 for AmpliTube recreates the sound that defined electric bass in virtual form. IK says its software engineers worked with the Ampeg engineering team to ensure that each amplifier and cabinet model has been created with the same attention to detail and authenticity that goes into their physical counterparts. Ampeg SVX 2 for AmpliTube is available now for $99.99 from the IK Multimedia website, the AmpliTube Custom Shop and participating IK retailers. It’s also available to currently registered Ampeg SVX users for the upgrade price of $49.99. Individual amps are available for $34.99 each and cabs for $4.99 each via the AmpliTube Custom Shop.
Sep 05
TimeTable 3 released for macOS
Steven Riggs has announced TimeTable 3 for macOS (10.10 or later). It’s an update of the app that reads and filters macOS Calendar data and calculates the hours spent in the events. It reads the events directly from the calendars in real-time based on the timeframe selected. TimeTable lets you track and bill for your time without keeping a second record outside of your calendars. You can export macOS Calendar data and analyze and total the number of hours recorded on your calendars. TimeTable 3 is on sale 50% off for a limited time for $9.99 for a single user license. Volume discounts are available. A demo can be downloaded athlete product website (http://www.stevenriggs.com/site/timetable.html).
Sep 05
Pixelmator Pro for the Mac coming this fall
The Pixelmator Team has unveiled the upcoming Pixelmator Pro 1.0, a new image editing app for the Mac. Codenamed Whirlwind, it will include a modern single-window interface, non-destructive, GPU-powered image editing tools, machine learning-enhanced editing features and much more, says Saulius Dailide, one of the founders of the Pixelmator Team. The modern, dark single-window interface of Pixelmator Pro has been created exclusively for working with images. Its streamlined, macOS-inspired design provides a completely native Mac app experience and is fully consistent with the look and feel of macOS, Dailide says. And a reimagined, user-centered workflow design makes the professional editing tools in Pixelmator Pro accessible, even to first-time users, he adds. Completely nondestructive color adjustments, effects, styles, and layouting tools in Pixelmator Pro will allow you to go back and modify or delete individual changes at any point in the editing workflow. Thanks to the new presets...
Sep 05
JixiPix releases new Watercolor Studio app for the Mac
JixiPix Software has introduced Watercolor Studio, an automatic photo-to-watercolor artistic app for the Mac and Windows. It renders any ordinary photo into a watercolor painting. You can customize paintings using an array of sliders, layers, brushes, color washes and artistic finishes. Watercolor Studio uses artificial intelligence and image recognition to render the initial watercolor, then gives you the ability to create variations quickly and easily, according to the folks at JixiPix Software. You can change paintings into an ink wash, add an artistic finish, brush in details, and even spatter it with liquid spots. Watercolor Studio requires macOS 10.7 or higher. It costs $49.99 and is available at the JixiPix website (https://jixipix.com) or the Mac App Store.
Sep 03
Have a great Labor Day
Today is Labor Day here in the U.S. MacTech and Mac News won’t be updating as our crew celebrates the holiday with our families. And we hope all of you have a fantastic day.
Sep 01
Apple seeds ninth developer beta of macOS High Sierra
Apple has rolled out the ninth developer betas of macOS High Sierra. The finished version is due this fall. It can be downloaded from the Apple Developer Center (https://idmsa.apple.com) or through the Software Update mechanism in the Mac App Store.
Sep 01
Maintain serves up Cocktail 10.4.3 (Sierra Edition)
Maintain has served up Cocktail 10.4.3 (Sierra Edition), the latest maintenance update for users running macOS Sierra. Cocktail is a general purpose utility for macOS that lets users clean, repair and optimize their Macs. Version 10.4.3 adds the ability to easily add menu extras (menulets) to the macOS menu bar. It also fixes compatibility issues with Little Snitch 4 and addresses an issue in which Cocktail may fail to disable virtual memory swapping. Cocktail (Sierra Edition) requires macOS Sierra 10.12 to run. Cocktail (El Capitan Edition) for OS X 10.11, Cocktail (Yosemite Edition) for OS X 10.10, Cocktail (Mavericks Edition) for OS X 10.9 are Cocktail (Mountain Lion Edition) for OS X 10.8 are available for download from the Maintain website (ttp://www.maintain.se/cocktail). Cocktail costs $19 for a single user license. A demo is available for download.
Aug 31
Sonnet releases 1TB version of Fusion Thunderbolt 3 PCIe Flash...
Sonnet Technologies has introduced a new version of its FusionThunderbolt 3 PCIe Flash Drive (http://tinyurl.com/yadg8aac), a pocket-size solid-state drive (SSD) storage device with Thunderbolt 3 interface. Equipped with 1TB of NVMe flash storage, the latest Fusion Thunderbolt 3 PCIe Flash Drive is compatible with both Mac and Windows computers. It leverages the 40Gb/s bandwidth of Thunderbolt 3 to deliver data transfer speeds up to 2600 MB/s.   Robert Farnsworth, CEO of Sonnet Technologies, says the Fusion Thunderbolt 3 PCIe Flash Drive was designed for pro users requiring “ultimate performance in a truly portable storage device, unencumbered by the need for a power supply.” The storage device connects to any compatible Mac or Windows computer, or at the end of a Thunderbolt 3 device daisy chain, with its 0.5-meter Thunderbolt 3 (40Gb/s) cable. Based on the latest PCIe Gen 3 flash memory technology, the Fusion Thunderbolt 3 PCIe Flash Drive is more than five times faster than 6Gb/s...
Aug 31
XCOM 2: War of the Chosen comes to the Mac
Feral Interactive has announced that XCOM 2: War of the Chosen, the expansion pack for the 2016 strategy game XCOM 2, is out available on the Mac. Developed by Firaxis Games and published by 2K for PC and consoles, XCOM 2: War of the Chosen adds new content to XCOM 2 and the fight against ADVENT, the human enforcers of the alien regime occupying Earth. When additional resistance factions emerge to eliminate the invaders, a sinister new enemy, the Chosen, arises. They have one goal: to recapture the Commander of XCOM. The expansion includes new Hero classes to counter the “Chosen”, new enemies, missions, even more challenging environments and increased depth in strategic gameplay. War of the Chosen is available now from the Feral Store (www.feralinteractive.com) and Steam for $39.99.
Aug 31
Apple posts new iOS, tvOS developer betas
Apple has released the ninth developer betas of iOS 11 and tvOS 11. They can be downloaded through the Apple Developer Center or through the Software Update mechanism in the Mac App Store.
Aug 31
Apple media event slated for Sept. 12
It’s official: Apple will hold a media event on Tuesday, Sept. 12, at 10 a.m. (Pacific). It’s practically a given that new iPhones will be announced. A new Apple TV and the Apple Watch Series 3 are likely to debut, as ell. The event will be the first held at the Steve Jobs Theater at Apple Park. The press invite says, “Let’s meet at our place.”
Aug 31
Logitech previews its CRAFT advanced keyboard
Logitech (www.logitech.com) has announced the CRAFT, an advanced keyboard with a creative input dial and a new way to access context-specific computing tools with a smart aluminum dial. The touch-sensitive aluminum creative input dial, called the Crown, recognizes the apps you are using and gives instant access to the tools you need, says Art O’Gnimh, global head of keyboards at Logitech. With a slight touch of the Crown you can access context-specific functions -- like brush size, brightness, chart type, font size -- tap to change the function and turn to change the selected function’s value. Installing custom profiles in Logitech Options Software maximizes the creative process when working with Adobe Photoshop CC, Adobe Illustrator CC, Adobe Premiere Pro CC, Adobe InDesign CC and Microsoft PowerPoint, Excel and Word — although Microsoft functionalities work on a PC only at this time. You can also have access to global controls that give you the ability to change desktops, navigate...
Aug 31
Western Digital debuts its daily iPhone backup solution
Western Digital has expanded its line of iPhone mobile storage solutions with the SanDisk iXpand Base, which offers a way to back-up iPhone photos, videos and contacts. You plug your Apple smartphone into the iXpand Base and content is automatically backed up while it’s charging. With up to 256GB of local storage, the SanDisk iXpand Base is designed with a compact form factor, allowing it to sit on a nightstand or desk, has a soft rubber top to place a phone and a wrap-around groove to keep a Lighting cable organized. It’s engineered to quickly charge an iPhone with 15W of power while backing up all of its data via the companion iXpand Base app, says Jim Welsh, senior vice president, Client Solutions, Western Digital. Restoring backed up content to an iPhone is also fast and easy, he adds. Whether restoring to a current phone or a new one, consumers simply plug in, open the iXpand Base app and tap restore to transfer files back to the iPhone. The SanDisk iXpand Base is available now...
Aug 30
Direct Mail for macOS gets tweaked template editor
e3 Software has updated Direct Mail, their email marketing app for macOS, to version 5.0. The app provides tools for designing and sending attractive newsletters, growing and organizing mailing lists, and tracking and reporting email campaign analytics. The upgrade adds a template editor that’s customizable. Version 5 ships with over 50 new, modern templates, Direct Mail requires macOS 10.11 or higher. It’s a free download and is available worldwide through the Direct Mail website (http://directmailmac.com). Users can send up to 50 emails a month free, with no sign-up required. If users need to send more emails, they can sign up for a pricing plan that fits their needs. Pay As You Go email credits are available starting at $30; unlimited plans start at $15 per month.
Aug 30
B-Eng introduces Compare Anything 1.0 for macOS
B-Eng has introduced Compare Anything 1.0 for macOS. It’s a stand-alone utility designed for comparing files of any type. With Compare Anything you can compare two files and check for them for differences. Files to compare can either be selected via the Finder or by entering directly the path in the corresponding entry line. Specifics of the two files are then listed in a split window where the differences are high-lighted. Compare Anything 1.0 requires macOS 10.10 or later and costs $0.99. It’s available at the Mac App Store (http://tinyurl.com/yd3zbd3z).
Aug 30
Quark announces new digital publishing features for App Studio
Quark Software says a collection of new digital publishing features and enhancements have been added to App Studio, the digital publishing solution that allows users to create branded content apps using QuarkXPress, InDesign, HTML5 and XML. The new features in App Studio are designed to make it easier for designers and creative professionals to deliver modern, interactive apps to consumers across a range of digital and mobile devices. In addition to supporting the latest iOS and Android platforms, the new release adds new features and enhances App Studio Web apps so designers can create app-like experiences that run in any modern web browser. New responsive and adaptive layout capabilities are available for any platform. App Studio customers using QuarkXPress who aren’t currently on the newest version, QuarkXPress 2017, can download a fully-functional free trial for Mac and Windows. With QuarkXPress 2017 it’s possible to test all the new App Studio features within an existing app or...
Aug 30
Matias releases Wired Aluminum Keyboard for Mac
Matias has announced the Wired Aluminum Keyboard for Mac, which the company is positioning as a replacement for Apple’s discontinued wired Mac keyboards. The new keyboard sports a built-in USB 2.0 hub and precision volume dial. "When Apple released the Magic Keyboard with Numeric Keypad, they discontinued their original wired model, leaving the Mac community without a suitable replacement, Matias CEO Edgar Matias said in a press release. “Our new Matias Wired Aluminum Keyboard is more than suitable. It captures the essence of the Apple original -- and even improves on it, with the addition of a precision volume dial," said Edgar Matias, CEO of Matias. He adds that the new volume dial is perfect for users with external speakers, providing 4x finer control over the volume. That's 64 volume levels, compared to the 16 levels you get from the volume keys. The keyboard will be available in a wide range of international layouts and will cost $59. It can be pre-ordered now from matias.ca.
Aug 30
ConceptDraw releases Healthcare Management Workflow for...
CS Odessa (www.csodessa.com) has rolled out the newest addition to Solution Park for ConceptDraw Pro: a $49 set of libraries that provides a range of objects to support documentation and graphics that deal with healthcare management workflow. The Healthcare Management Workflow Diagrams solution allows you to assemble any medical process, build medical instructional posters, enhance the medical education experience, and explain complex medical health issues in a straightforward manner, according to the folks at CS Odessa. ConceptDraw Pro is compatible with macOS and Microsoft Windows. It provides a perpetual cross-platform license with no annual fees. ConceptDraw Pro retails for $199 per end user license. It’s included in ConceptDraw Office 4 ($499), the third generation suite of software products that uses InGyre4 integration technology to share data between its applications.
Aug 29
Kensington announces BlackBelt Rugged Case for 9.7-inch iPad
Kensington (www.kensington.com) has announced the $59 BlackBelt Rugged Case for Apple’s 9.7-inch iPad. It’s built with military-grade protection and an integrated hand. A variable kick stand allows you to position the iPad at any given angle. The BlackBelt Rugged Case for iPad 9.7 is drop test certified. The Asset Tagging Area allows users to identify their devices when they get lost or misplaced. It comes wit a screen protector. 
Aug 29
Elgato showcases five new HomeKit accessories
Elgato (https://www.elgato.com/eve/coming-soon) continues to expand itsEve product family of HomeKit enabled accessories with the Eve Lock, Eve Window Guard, Eve Smoke und Eve Aqua. HomeKit is a framework that allows control of compatible home automation devices through iOS and Siri. The company has also introduced its second generation of Eve Thermo, a HomeKit-enabled thermostatic radiator valve. For the door lock Eve Lock, the contact sensor Eve Window Guard and the fire alarm Eve Smoke, Elgato partners with suppliers to combine HomeKit’s security mechanisms with locking and smoke detection technology. Eve Aqua utilizes upcoming irrigation control in iOS to turn any garden hose into a Siri controlled water source. The new generation of Eve Thermo features capacitive touch controls and an integrated temperature display to directly monitor and adjust the target temperature. Like all Eve products, Elgato’s HomeKit enabled thermostatic radiator valve works right out of the box,...
Aug 29
The IGEL OS is now implemented on the Mac
IGEL (www.igel.com), which specializes in endpoint management software for the secure enterprise, is extending the capabilities of the IGEL UD Pocket, and, for the first time, providing IT organizations with a way to leverage the IGEL OS on Macs. The IGEL UD Pocket is a flexible, ut-of-the-box micro thin client solution designed to improve the security of bring-your-own-device (BYOD) initiatives in organizations with remote or mobile workforces. The combination of the IGEL UD Pocket for Mac and the IGEL UMS can also reduce operating expenses due to the already lower total cost of ownership available through the Mac platform, says Matthias Haas, CTO, IGEL. Supporting enterprise-level security standards and protocols, the IGEL UD Pocket features two-factor authentication through external smart card readers or USB tokens, which prevents passwords from being lost, forgotten or intercepted by cybercriminals. Additionally, through the IGEL Cloud Gateway (ICG), which authenticates the...
Aug 29
Apple and Accenture partner to create iOS business solutions
Apple and Accenture are partnering (http://tinyurl.com/yatkn8g5) to help businesses transform how their people engage with customers through business solutions for iOS. Accenture provides services in strategy, consulting, digital, technology and operations. In a press release, Apple CEO Tim Cook says the partnership will take full advantage of the power, simplicity and security of iOS and Accenture’s capabilities as a leader in industry and digital transformation to help companies unlock new revenue streams, increase productivity, improve customer experience and reduce costs. Accenture will create a dedicated iOS practice within Accenture Digital Studios in select locations around the world. Experts from Apple will be co-located with this team. Working together, the two companies will launch a new set of tools and services that help enterprise clients transform how they engage with customers using iPhone and iPad. The experts will include visual and experience designers, programmers...
Aug 29
LinkOptimizer for InDesign gets improved batch processing of...
Zevrix Solutions has announced LinkOptimizer 5.1.6, a maintenance update to company's workflow automation solution for Adobe InDesign. The tool lets users automatically scale and crop images to their InDesign dimensions at specified target resolution, convert image formats, adjust colors and more. Version 5.1.6 improves batch processing of InDesign files with duplicate links in situations where multiple source documents are located in the same folder. LinkOptimizer can be purchased from the Zevrix website (www.zevrix.com) for $259.95; there’s a “lite” version for $179.95). A demo is available for download. The update is free for LinkOptimizer 5.x users and $130 to upgrade from previous versions. LinkOptimizer requires macOS 10.7-10.12 and Adobe InDesign/Photoshop CS5-CC 2017.
Aug 28
Apple releases new developer betas of MacOS, iOS, tvOS, watchOS
Apple has released the eighth developer betas of macOS High Sierra, iOS 11, tvOS 11 and watchOS 4. They can be downloaded through the Apple Developer Center or through the Software Update mechanism in the Mac App Store.
Aug 28
DEVONthink 2.9.15 brings new PDF sidebar and High Sierra...
DEVONtechnologies (www.devontechnologies.com) has updated all editions of its intelligent information and document manager DEVONthink for Mac with a rewritten PDF sidebar and a new URL command for creating groups. Version 2.9.15 also further improves referencing materials from HTML and Markdown documents, extends drag-and-drop for Tinderbox, and lists available sync stores for sync locations. Finally, the update improves compatibility to the upcoming macOS High Sierra. All editions can be downloaded and test-driven for free before they need to be licensed. DEVONthink Personal as well as all editions of DEVONagent are also available in the Mac App Store; DEVONthink can be purchased in bundles with DEVONagent at bundle prices in DEVONtechnologies' online shop.
Aug 28
Property Manager of macOS revved to version 2.2
Orion Transfer has updated Property Manage, their property management solution for macOS, to version 2.2. The utility is designed to help landlords and tenants track rental costs, property expenses and room availability. It provides tables and reports that show how properties are performing by tracking both incoming rent and expenses. Version 2.2 fixes window restoration and other minor user interface fixes. It also introduces comprehensive expense tracking, along with improved reporting. Property Manager 2.2 requires macOS 10.10 or higher rand costs $29.99. It’s available at the Mac App Store (https://itunes.apple.com/app/property-manager/id499833186). Also, a demo is available at the product website (http://tinyurl.com/y86pqpnu).
Aug 25
Micromat introduces Drive Scope for the Mac
Micromat has announced a new macOS drive utility called Drive Scope. The software utilizes Self-Monitoring, Analysis and Reporting Technology (also known as S.M.A.R.T.) — which is built into most hard drives — to report on the health of internal and external hard drives connected to Macs. The program displays a wide variety of information about supported hard drives, including critical health information, and is able to warn of impending drive failures prior to data loss. According to Micromat product manager Christian Pickman. Drive Scope provides an extension to the already-capable SMART check in the company’s Techtool Pro. “We've added a wide variety of information for any connected SMART enabled drive, the ability to trigger internal SMART tests in the drive, and overall just provide more information about the internals of your Mac's hard drive,” he says. “And it's all pulled straight from the drive using tools built in to the macOS, compared to other utilities that use a third-...
Aug 25
Leading US community colleges adding App Development with Swift...
Apple says the App Development with Swift curriculum (http://tinyurl.com/yalowmoa) will now be offered in more than 30 community college systems across the country in the 2017-2018 school year, providing opportunities to millions of students to build apps that will prepare them for careers in software development and information technology. The Austin Community College District (ACC), one of the nation’s largest higher learning institutions, will begin offering the course to its 74,000 students this fall. Created by engineers and educators at Apple, the full-year App Development with Swift course teaches students how to build apps using Swift, an open source programming language that emphasizes safety, performance and modern software design patterns. The course is designed to take students with no programming experience and enables them to build fully-functional apps of their own design. “We’ve seen firsthand how Apple’s app ecosystem has transformed the global economy, creating...
Aug 24
Apple’s next U.S. data center will be built in Iowa
It’s official: Apple’s next U.S. data center will be built in Iowa. The tech giant has announced plans to build a 400,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art data center in Waukee, Iowa, to better serve North American users of iMessage, Siri, the App Store and other Apple services. Like all Apple data centers, the new facility will run entirely on renewable energy from day one. Apple’s investment of $1.3 billion will create over 550 construction and operations jobs in the Des Moines area, and the company is contributing up to $100 million to a newly created Public Improvement Fund dedicated to community development and infrastructure around Waukee. “At Apple, we’re always looking at ways to deliver even better experiences for our customers. Our new data center in Iowa will help serve millions of people across North America who use Siri, iMessage, Apple Music and other Apple services — all powered by renewable energy,” CEO Tim Cook said in a press release. “Apple is responsible for 2 million...
Aug 24
Sonnet launches Dual-Slot SxS Pro Card Reader
Sonnet Technologies that launched the SxS Pro Card Reader (http://tinyurl.com/y9dd6t45), the second in a new family of professional media readers that feature a 40Gbps Thunderbolt 3 interface. It will be available Aug. 28 at a manufacturer’s suggested retail price of $399. The Sonnet reader employs dual card slots to take advantage of the 2,750 MB/s bandwidth Thunderbolt 3 offers. Sonnet's latest Pro Card Reader, the industry's first SxS card reader with Thunderbolt 3, can ingest files simultaneously from two cards at their maximum speeds, and is also compatible with SD and XQD media cards when used with Sonnet SDHC Adapters and Sony XQD ExpressCard Adapters, respectively. Compatible with Mac and Windows computers with Thunderbolt 3 ports, the Sonnet reader is also compatible with Mac computers with Thunderbolt 2 or Thunderbolt ports when used with the Apple Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C) to Thunderbolt 2 Adapter. Measuring 5.75 inches wide by 5.1 inches deep by 1 inch (2.5 centimeters)...
Aug 24
ATTO ThunderLink devices achieve VMware Ready status for ESXi
ATTO Technology say their 16Gb and 8Gb Fibre Channel ThunderLink Thunderbolt devices have achieved VMware Ready status for ESXi. ATTO ThunderLink devices are purpose-built Thunderbolt products designed to connect virtualized Mac hardware to 16GB and 8GB Fibre Channel storage solutions within VMware VSphere environments. This provides a new and efficient solution for Apple technologies application development and testing environments, virtual desktop infrastructure and cloud hosting or shared private cloud, says Tom Kolniak, Senior director of Marketing, ATTO Technology. ThunderLink devices with the certified ESXi driver can fit into new or existing VSphere environments. They’re enabled by the same technology base and can cohabit the same rack as other ATTO I/O solutions. A suite of VMware ready product information pertaining to ATTO, collateral and other resources are listed within the online VMware Solution Exchange (http://tinyurl.com/y8npjut9). The VMware Ready program is a co-...
Aug 24
Western Digital releases My Book Duo with up to 20GB of storage
Western Digital Corporation has unveiled the My Book Duo storage system that comes in a high end version with 20TB of storage. It comes with RAID-optimized WD Red hard drives inside to deliver high-speeds of up to 360 MB/s sequential reads, and RAID-optimized firmware that’s designed for two-disk array systems with auto management of drive operations to help ensure read/write cycle data integrity. The My Book Duo storage system features a USB Type-C port, so it’s a fine fit for 2016/2017 MacBook Pros and MacBooks and the 2017 iMac. The storage system also has two additional USB Type-A hub ports to allow for additional accessories, including drones, action cameras, card readers, keyboards, mice, USB drives or phone syncing and charging. The My Book Duo storage system is available in 20TB, 16TB, 12TB, 8TB, 6TB and 4TB capacities. It also comes with password protection and 256-bit AES hardware encryption with WD Security software built in to help keep private content secure. The My Book...
Aug 24
AKVIS releases Japan & China pack
AKVIS (www.akvis.com) has released a new Japan & China pack that includes 80 picture frames created by professional artists. The $15 frame pack, for use with for AKVIS Frames and AKVIS ArtSuite, is designed especially for those interested in Asian cultures and traditions. The Japan & China set includes 80 picture frames: 40 vertical and 40 horizontal templates inspired by the charm of Japan and China. On the Mac platform, it requires macOS 10.17 or higher.
Aug 24
Jumsoft releases Flat Icons Lab for the Mac
Jumsoft (www.jumsoft.com) has introduced Flat Icons Lab 1.0, a multipurpose productivity assistant app for macOS that features nearly 300 original icon designs, presented in 13 categories. Flat Icons Lab offers icons in a high-resolution PNG format, so they’re usable with the tools available on any Mac right out of the box. What’s more, they’re adaptable across many forms of media: presentations, documents, print, websites and more. Flat Icons Lab requires macOS10.11 or later. Available as a standalone product, it’s offered at the introductory price of $9.99 and is available at the Mac App Store (http://tinyurl.com/y9pmelqq) in the Graphics & Design category. It’s also available as a new product pack for the owners of Jumsoft's Toolbox for Keynote and Toolbox for iWork.
Aug 23
Akitio to release a new four-bay, Thunderbolt 3 storage solution
Akitio (https://www.akitio.com) will release a new four bay, Thunderbolt 3 storage solution for Mac and Windows at the upcoming BIRTV Show in Beijing, China. The Thunder3 Quad X, while similar to the Thunder3 Quad, features an all-new design and is now compatible with both macOS and Windows computers. It also supplies 27 watts of power delivery to help charge a connected Thunderbolt 3 laptop. The Quad X holds four drives and can accommodate either 3.5-inch hard drives, 2.5-inch hard drives or solid state drives (SSD's). The Quad X was designed for use with the 2016/2017 Apple MacBook Pro line-up as well as Thunderbolt 3 Windows PCs. It offers fast transfers with the added flexibility of a DisplayPort video output and the aforementioned 27 watts of power delivery, according to Richard Wright, vice president of Sales & Marketing for Akitio.. The built-in power supply adds the convenience of portability and saves the space for the external power supply compared with its earlier...
Aug 22
Parallels Desktop 13 for Mac launches
Parallels (www.parallels.com/about) has launched Parallels Desktop 13 for Mac (www.parallels.com/desktop), which provides macOS High Sierra readiness and support for upcoming Windows 10 features. What’s more, it makes it simple for MacBook Pro users to add Windows applications to the Touch Bar, and use Touch Bar within Windows applications, according to Jack Zubarev, Parallels president. It is also the first solution to bring the upcoming Windows 10 People Bar feature to the Mac – including integration with the Mac Dock and Spotlight. The new version also features up-to 100% performance improvements for completing certain tasks, says Zubarev, Parallels president. “This new release delivers our best-ever Windows on Mac. With a mouse click, the Parallels Installation Assistant will automatically install Windows 10 into a virtual machine (VM), which can be purchased at a later date without losing data or installed applications. It also enables users to purchase and automatically...
Aug 22
Kensington announces SecureBack Rugged Case for Square Reader...
Kensington has announced the $99.99 SecureBack Rugged Case for Square Reader (http://tinyurl.com/y8onrp6u), which is compatible with 9.7-inch iPad, iPad Air, and iPad Air 2.   Designed to protect the Apple tablet in a mobile point-of-sale environment, it provides integrated protection for the Square Contactless & Chip Reader, and the Square Magstripe Reader. The dual layer construction offers drop protection while the raised bezel edging guards against screen scratches. The rotating hand strap and shoulder strap are designed to make it easy to carry. A built-in anchor lets the user quickly attach a ClickSafe lock to deter any theft attempts when the user is away from the tablet.
Aug 22
VMware debuts Fusion 10
VMware has announced new versions of VMware Fusion solutions that provide Windows virtualization on Mac. VMware Fusion 10 Pro, designed for technical professionals that want to build, test and demonstrate Mac, Windows and Linux applications on a Mac, will include advanced capabilities that continue to evolve the solution to support technical professionals and developers, according to Dave Grant, vice president, Product Marketing, End-User Computing, VMware. VMware Fusion 10 designed for personal use, will offer Touch Bar support, enhanced GPU and 3D graphics performance, and an updated user interface (UI) to leverage the latest innovations in Mac, he adds. It enables multi-operating system development, multi-operating system testing, and integration into DevOps/agile development workflows. Fusion enables IT professionals and developers to run virtual machines that are compatible with corporate data centers from a Mac to perform tasks such as data center design and testing, data...
Aug 22
Chronos debuts Notelife for macOS and iOS
Chronos has released Notelife for macOS and iOS. It’s a note manager that uses iCloud to sync notes across all of a user’s devices. According to Jerry Halls, vice president of Sales at Chronos, you don’t have to remember any formatting codes, like Markdown, to format notes. Plus, Notelife offers features not found in Apple’s standard Notes app like the ability to access your notes from the menu bar while using any application, he adds. It also boasts three-phase encryption: on device, in transit to/from cloud, and in cloud. There features include: menu bar access to notes from any application; geotagging records location where notes are created; unlimited hierarchical folders for organizing notes; tags for categorizing and filtering notes; import/export in standard rich text format; dark or light interface style in macOS; multiple window support in macOS; and more. A fully functional 30 day trial version of the macOS app can be downloaded from Chronos' website (www.chronosnet.com)....
 

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