US Ignite forms Advanced Wireless Industry Consortium
US Ignite, a non-profit organization “that fosters the creation of next-generation Internet applications that provide transformative public benefit,” has announced a new advanced wireless industry consortium (advancedwireless.org) to support the Platforms for Advanced Wireless Research (PAWR) program.
This partnership has been created to advance development of next generation wireless technologies and services, according to William Wallace, executive director of US Ignite. The program has the potential to result in up to 1000x improvement in throughput over current wireless networks, he adds.
This new consortium comes at a time when the federal government is also working to advance research and clear hurdles to advanced wireless technologies. Participating in the announcement of the consortium are: The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, the National Science Foundation, and the Federal Communications Commission, DARPA, NTIA, and NIST.
Participating companies will...
24U releases 24U Phidgets Plug-In 2.0 for FileMaker Pro 15
24U Software (www.24usoftware.com)has released 24U Phidgets Plug-In version 2.0, an update to their hardware integration plug-in for FileMaker development.
This plug-in enables FileMaker Pro to interact with various Phidgets boards to let a database solution control physical devices and physical devices to control the solution. Version 2.0 brings 64-bit compatibility, the ability to control Phidgets over the network, and support for additional boards.
24U Phidgets Plug-In 2.0 requires OS X 10.8 or newer and and FileMaker Pro 12 or higher. It’s available for download free of charge as a fully functional, 14-day trial version, which can be activated after purchasing a license code. Licenses for 24U Phidgets Plug-In start at $79 per user, and volume discounts are available for 5 or more users.
Existing customers can upgrade to the new version at 50 % off the regular prices if placing order within 14 days upon release, and 30 % off if buying later. Customers who have bought 24U Phidgets...
StarTech ships USB-C Multifunction Adapter
StarTech has released its USB-C Multifunction Adapter (http://tinyurl.com/h2jrqpv), which is designed to enable mobile professionals to add crucial functionality to port-limited laptops such as Apple’s 12-inch MacBook.
According to the folks at StarTech, the adapter “can instantly turn a USB-C laptop into a convenient workstation, in the office or on the go.” Through a single USB Type-C connection, users can expand their laptop with HDMI and VGA output ports, a Gigabit Ethernet network port and a USB 3.0 port. The adapter is ideal for mobile professionals who work on their laptops in random locations such as hotels, airports, meeting rooms or in small office workspaces.
The USB-C Multifunction Adapter is bus-powered, so doesn’t require an additional power supply. It’s available at CDW, Amazon.com, Newegg.com, PC Connection, and Insight for $95.
Ableton and Sonic Faction roll out Tricky Traps
Ableton and software instrument specialists Sonic Faction have teamed up for Tricky Traps, a new set of creative Max for Live devices. The collection of 16 quirky sequencers, instruments and MIDI effects blends experimentation with serious sounds.
Eight MIDI and audio contraptions offer ways of working with MIDI and modulations. The Pack also offers eight tweakable instruments.
There are also new options for Push owners. Sonic Faction has added custom controls that are new to the unit, like the multi-playhead and circular MIDI sequencers, and contraptions that trigger or step-sequence modulations from Push’s grid. Tricky Traps is available now on the Ableton website (http://tinyurl.com/h48gem2) for $59.
Package Central for InDesign now supports Exchange email servers
Zevrix Solutions has announced Package Central 1.9.8, a maintenance update to its solution to automatically collect Adobe InDesign documents from watched hot folders.
The utility automatically packages InDesign files along with their fonts and links and offers customizable workflows, variable folder names, email notifications, preflighting and more. Version 1.9.8 lets users send automatic email notifications via Microsoft Exchange SMTP servers, and addresses several email processing issues.
Package Central can be purchased for $149.95 from the Zevrix website (www.zevrix.com). A demo is available for download. Package Central requires Mac OS X 10.6-10.11 and Adobe InDesign CS5-CC 2015.
IEC formally adopts USB Type-C
The IEC (International Electrotechnical Commission) and USB Implementers Forum (USB-IF) has formally adopted the latest USB-IF specifications for high-speed data delivery and enhanced usages for device charging. In particular, the USB Type-C Cable and Connector, USB Power Delivery and USB 3.1 (SuperSpeed USB 10 Gbps) specifications. These specifications define a truly single-cable solution for audio/video, data and power delivery.
These standards are expected to advance global action on reducing e-waste and improving re-usability of power supplies with a range of electronic devices, said Frans Vreeswijk, General Secretary and CEO of the IEC. The IEC approach for ongoing standardization work in this space is driven by the ultimate goals of increasing external power supply re-usability, supporting consumer convenience, maintaining product reliability and safety, and providing for future technology innovations, he adds.
The USB Type-C specification defines the physical USB Type-C cable...
AKVIS Refocus for OS X gets batch processing feature, more
AKVIS (www.akvis.com) has released AKVIS Refocus 6.0 for Mac OS X and Windows. The utility improves sharpness of out-of-focus images and adds blur effects to photos.
You can process the entire image or only selected parts. Version 6.0 offers a batch processing feature, a modernized user interface with support for Ultra HD displays, advanced print options, and other improvements.
On the Mac platform, AKVIS Refocus requires Mac OS X 10.6 or higher. The product is available as a standalone application and as a plugin filter for Adobe Photoshop and other image editors.
AKVIS Refocus, Home License, sells for $39. Version 6.0 is a free upgrade for those who bought or upgraded the software during the last 12 months. If your license isn’t valid for the latest version, you can get the new version for $14.95.
Xoxo 2016 release 2 adds new features for iOS, web targets
Xojo, Inc. (www.xojo.com) has released Xojo 2016 Release 2, the latest version of the application development tool for making apps for OS X, Windows and Linux, web, iOS, and Raspberry Pi.
The upgrade adds new features for iOS and web, along with 150 improvements overall. In addition, it continues with HiDPI (Retina) support by adding HiDPI for web apps and dramatic improvements for Windows HiDPI. Xojo for iOS now has significantly improved support for tables.
Xojo 2016 Release 2 also makes it easier to create toolbars with an all-new visual toolbar editor and simplifies app deployment by removing the need for launch images. It costs $99 for a single desktop.
CloudMounter allows you to mount cloud storages as local Mac...
Eltima has released CloudMounter for Mac OS X (http://tinyurl.com/h7zn3uy). It allows you to mount different cloud storages and web servers to your Mac as local disks. You can connect to Microsoft OneDrive, Google Drive, Amazon S3, Dropbox, FTP and WebDAV servers in Finder, as if they are located on your machine.
The main window of CloudMounter is basically a connections manager with corresponding buttons for each supported service and protocol. Just choose what you want to connect, enter your login credentials and enjoy managing your online files on a mounted drive in the Finder.
CloudMounter doesn’t store your login details. Access to cloud services is performed through their developers' API [application programming interface], and FTP\WebDAV passwords are securely kept in Mac OS X Keychain and sent directly to the servers via SSL-encrypted channels, according to the folks at Eltima.
CloudMounter costs $29.95 for a single user license. It requires Mac OS X Yosemite or El Capitan.
QuarkXPress 2016 Essential Training available from Lynda.com
Quark Software announced today the availability of new QuarkXPress 2016 online training from Lynda.com. QuarkXPress 2016 is the newest version of QuarkXPress, one of the original page layout applications for creative professionals.
In the new five hour and 44 minute video training series, expert Mike Rankin teaches the essential QuarkXPress skills needed to create professional publishing projects, both print and digital. The series features training on the QuarkXPress interface and preferences, and the basics of working with documents, master pages, layers, and items (the design elements of a QuarkXPress layout).
Rankin also covers how to import text, format it, and control alignment, leading, and spacing around paragraph and text boxes. There are chapters dedicated to tables, images, and interactivity, as well as the output and publishing options in QuarkXPress, including EPUB and HTML5.
MacXDVD launches MacX MediaTrans
MacXDVD has released MacX MediaTrans (http://www.macxdvd.com/mediatrans/?pr), an iPad/iPhone content management solution for Mac OS X. It integrates with photo backup, music manager, video transfer and USB drive on demand and is designed to free up the space on an iPhone and iPad.
MacX MediaTrans supports two-way transfer between iOS devices and Macs. You can: create, delete and edit playlists; transfer video back and forth; back up photos; and even use an iDevice as a USB flash drive.
MacX MediaTrans requires Mac OS X 10.7 or above (including macOS Sierra), iOS 7 or above (including the latest iOS10), and iTunes 11.2 or above. It costs $29.95 for one Mac with a one-year free upgrade.
Studiometry 12.6 for OS X adds file sharing, more
Studiometry and Studiometry Cloud for Mac OS X and Windows have been upgraded to version 12.6. You can now upload files to share with your team and access from Studiometry on any machine.
You can even let your clients submit files via the web using Forms, and they'll appear in Studiometry, automatically linked to the associated Client, Project, and Form. There’s no maximum storage capacity for your Studiometry Cloud File Sharing account. However, there is a per-file size limit, which is based on the add-on plan you select. The lowest level, Free, is included with all Studiometry Cloud accounts.
If you'd like to upload larger files, you can log in to your Studiometry Cloud account Admin page, click Manage Plan, and then select an upgraded File Sharing option for an additional fee.
Studiometry 12.6 is now available (http://tinyurl.com/zgfd5qm). If you have a previous version of Studiometry you can upgrade for a discounted price to 12.x and receive all of the new features available in...
ADATA releases the AI910 Lightning Card Reader Plus
ADATA Technology’s (www.adata.com) AI910 Lightning Card Reader Plus features SD and Micro SD slots with support for up to 256GB capacity, it’s a “three-way” device, allowing users to backup, read, and share content across iOS, Android, and Windows.
The AI910 costs $37.99, carries Apple MFi certification, and has been designed to bridge the gap between platforms. Thanks to the inclusion of USB cables and tested compatibility, it works with iOS, Android, and Windows. Data transfer speeds through the Lightning connector to iOS devices are up to 30MB/s read and 20MB/s write. The three-way connectivity of the AI910 offers users a way to read and write data across the most popular operating systems and devices available, including smartphones, tablets, notebooks, and desktops.
Available from the Apple App Store, i-Memory offers a simple but complete way to manage content and sharing. It also works with the AI910 to ensure wide compatibility with nearly 40 document, audio, video, contact...
Waves Audio ships Waves Electric 88 Piano
Waves Audio (www.waves.com) is shipping the $39 Waves Electric 88 piano, a plug-in and standalone virtual instrument. In creating the Electric 88 piano, Waves sampled a “road-worn” electric piano, carefully capturing the non-linearity of the individual keys.
Electric 88 gives you the tools to create a variety of diverse sounds. You can use the mix section to control the level of the internal mechanics, tines and key-up sound, or the Formant control to shift the samples upward or downwards for an interesting new dimension of tone and character. Also included are high-quality tremolo, autopan, phaser, chorus and reverb effects, as well as controls for boosting bass, mid and treble frequencies.
Maclocks introduces the MacBook Lock
Maclocks has announced the Ledge MacBook Lock, which it says is the world's smallest security solution for the Apple laptop. With a single replacement screw, the MacBook is fully secured while completely protected from daily wear and tear, the company says.
Maclocks is now running a special $69.95 "Back to School" Ledge promotion (http://tinyurl.com/zf9lql5). The “MacBook Lock Bundle” includes a protective MacBook case for a full security solution. The "3 in 1 MacBook Ledge Kit" includes two Ledge Lock Slot Adapters (one for MacBook Air & one for MacBook Pro) and a Combination cable lock.
MG announces the Novi, a Multi-Device Portable charging station
MG has launched its $285 Novi Portable Charging Station (http://www.mm-goi.com/). The new device utilizes LunaPulse technology to charge up to eight portable battery pods in 2.5 hours.
The Novi Portable Charging Station consists of the Novi Dock and portable Novi Pods. The Novi Dock is powered by an internal AC adapter with a removable 2-prong cable that can be retrofitted for use in any country. Each dock can hold up to eight pods. MG's LunaPulse Technology means that the Novi Dock charges each one of the Novi Pods on contact, without the need for any additional cables.
Charging is conducted at high speeds, and each portable battery fully charges a phone of the same batter size in only 1.5 hours. Once charged, each lightweight pod can be removed and taken anywhere consumers need to charge their mobile device.
Each Novi Pod houses a built in Lightning and Micro-USB charging cables. The Novi Pods hold 2,600 MAH of charge.
AppDelete Lite for Mac OS X revved to version 4.2.7
Reggie Ashworth (http://www.reggieashworth.com/appdeletelite) has announced AppDelete Lite 4.2.7, an update to his Mac deletion utility.
Via drag and drop, AppDelete Lite will uninstall anything along with all of the associated items. Version 4.2.7 improves the search algorithm to handle special cases.
App Delete Lite requires OS X 10.7.3 or later. It costs $3.99 and is available at the Mac App Store. AppDelete Lite users can upgrade to AppDelete for an additional $3.99, but only via the AppDelete/AppDelete Lite website.
Malware infections drop dramatically in the first half of 2016
Malware infections in the United States have dropped 47.3% in the first six months of 2016, according to data released today by Enigma Software Group (www.enigmasoftware.com). However, Enigma warns that computer users should not be lulled into complacency.
The experts at Enigma analyzed infection reports generated by all of the computers in the U.S. that have Enigma's SpyHunter installed and running on them. Looking at more than 30 million infections in the last 18 months, Enigma found that the average number of monthly infections in the first six months of 2016 was 47.3% lower than the average number of monthly infections from all of 2015. In fact, June 2016 had the lowest number of overall infections of any month dating back to April 2013.
"We believe there are a number of factors that are causing a drop in overall infections detected by SpyHunter," said Enigma spokesperson,Ryan Gerding. "First, people are relying more than ever on their mobile devices to do a growing number of...
MailButler for Mac OS X Mail gets improved email signatures, more
MailButler allows you to schedule an email to be sent at a specific date and time. You can compose birthday emails ahead of the actual date. Simply define the exact date when to send the email, and MailButler will make sure that your email arrives just in time. Working late? With MailButler, you can compose emails whenever you like and make sure that they’re not sent before the next working day starts.
Version 6303 has improved email signatures, which are now responsive and can be viewed easily on mobile devices. Also, new information fields and social links have been added to all MailButler signature templates.
MailButler is free, but there’s a catch: You can only use its unique features 30 times per month, but additional “actions” can be obtained through referrals; paid subscription tiers enable unlimited use and premium support.
Apple opens public beta program for iOS 10, macOS Sierra
Apple has opened its public beta program for iOS 10 and macOS Sierra today. Just remember that beta software is unfinished software, so use with care.
The goal of the public beta program is to get feedback on bugs and features from a large number of users. If you're not already signed up for the public beta program, you can do so here (https://beta.apple.com/sp/betaprogram/).
Whisply file transfer service integrates with Boxcryptor
Secomba, the developer of the cloud encryption solution Boxcryptor (www.boxcryptor.com), has debuted Whisply, a web-based file transfer service that allows you to send files end-to-end-encrypted out of Dropbox, Google Drive, and OneDrive. Also, Boxcryptor for Mac OS X and Windows has been upgraded with new features, including Whisply integration.
Starting now, files can be sent out of Dropbox, Google Drive and OneDrive — even to receivers who neither use Boxcryptor nor a cloud storage provider. Since Wispily is a web-based service, there’s no need to download software; files are sent from your browser, protected with AES-256 encryption. Boxcryptor users can use the service right inside the app.
You can give Whisply a whirl with three free file transfers. After that, a free Boxcryptor account is necessary for an unlimited number of file transfers. For users who have a Boxcryptor Unlimited Personal or Unlimited Business account, Whisply is ad-free.
Melee 3.5 for OS X adds text boxes, enhances image options
RedleX has revved Mellel (http://www.mellel.com), its word processor for Mac OS X (10.6 and higher), to version 3.5. It provides a set of features allowing anyone to control how their document looks, including page, section, paragraph, and character styles, auto-titles, lists, footnotes, endnotes and more. Version 3.5 introduces text boxes, key improvements to image handling and smart-snap options for easy layout of items in a document.
Other key new features in Mellel 3.5 include a snap-snap for images and text boxes, allowing you to center, align, and organize images and text boxes on a page. Itl also adds the option to set corner radius for images, an overflow indicator for text boxes, dashed image frames, and more.
Mellel 3.5 is available in a Regular, Educational, a Lite version and in an iPad version. It is released concurrently with Mellel 3.5 for iPad. Mellel for iPad supports display of all the features in Mellel 3.5, including text boxes, with moving back and forth between...
Server Ranger 1.0 Released for OS X
LibertyApp has introduced Server Ranger 1.0 (http://www.serverranger.com), a website and server monitoring solution for OS X. It scales to monitor the performance and uptime of any number of servers, as well as any type of server, including web, mail, file, routers and more.
Server Ranger can send multiple alerts when a server's latency is unacceptable or if the server has gone offline. The app includes an Overview window, a Log window with timestamps and export capability, a detailed view and more.
Server Ranger also includes an Overview window (which can be displayed on a separate screen or “AirPlayed” to an Apple TV), a Single Server mode, a log window with timestamps and export capability and a detailed view, which uses charts to display the server's recent performance at a glance.
The utility requires OS X Yosemite or El Capitan. It’s available for $29.99 at the Mac App Store. It has no in-app purchases and requires no subscriptions or other monthly fees.
Waves Audio ships Waves Infected Mushroom Pusher Plugin
Waves Audio (www.waves.com) is shipping the $29 Waves Infected Mushroom Pusher plugin, created in collaboration with electronic music duo Infected Mushroom.
The Waves Infected Mushroom Pusher plugin is an all-in-one multiband sonic enhancer and limiter/clipper that delivers Infected Mushroom’s “secret mixing sauce.” It provides users with possibilities for boosting frequencies, enhancing sounds and mastering full tracks for any genre or style.
Users can employ Pusher to add grit to drums, add brightness to instruments or push the whole mix to the max . It’s low-latency, so you can freely implement it in the studio or live on stage. Pusher can be used on individual sounds, on busses/groups, or for mastering, using six controls.
Deliver Express now supports Microsoft Exchange Mail Servers
Zevrix Solutions has announced Deliver Express 2.5.13, a feature update its file transfer app that automatically sends files across the Internet and locally from watched hot folders with email notifications.
The utility can serve unlimited users on a network and supports FTP, SFTP, Amazon S3, WebDAV, Google Storage and other services. Version 2.5.13 lets users send automatic email delivery notifications via Microsoft Exchange SMTP servers.
Deliver Express can be purchased from the Zevrix website (www.zevrix.com). The license prices are based on the maximum number of allowed destinations and range from $29.95 to $299.95. The 2.5.13 update is free for licensed users. A demo is available for download. Deliver Express requires OS X 10.5-10.11 (some features require OS X 10.7 and later).
BBEdit 11.6 adds built-in Kite support
Bare Bones Software (www.barebones.com) has released BBEdit 11.6, an update to its text and code editor. It’s the first professional text editor to introduce built-in support for Kite, an "artificial pair programmer" that assesses code as one edits. Kite (https://kite.com/) provides advanced code completion, error correction, and contextual documentation for library and API [application programming interface] calls.
In addition, BBEdit 11.6 introduces more than 100 changes across multiple functional areas of the application, including new features, refinements and fixes to specific reported issues. Beyond overall look-and-feel improvements, the new version integrates more closely with Unix-based tool workflows via a new command-line tool for interpreting Unix script output, the Find Differences command offers new text comparison options, and new “.gitignore” recognition improves efficiency for customers who use Git as part of their everyday workflow.
BBEdit 11.6 also introduces a new...
Encryptor Plug-in 3.5 for FileMaker Pro 15 released
Troi Automatisering has released Troi Encryptor Plug-in 3.5 for FileMaker Pro 15. It’s an update of the tool for securing your FileMaker data, exporting or emailing your data without risk and importing safely back into FileMaker. Version 3.5 is compatible with FileMaker Pro 16.
A fully functional demo version is available for downloading at Troi's website (http://tinyurl.com/z2heuv3). Troi Encryptor Plug-in 3.5 works with FileMaker Pro 12 to 15. The plug-in can also be used with runtimes created by FileMaker Advanced 12 to 15. The plug-in is available for OS X 10.6.8 or higher and Windows 7 to 10.
Licenses cost $79 per user. Details on developer licenses and multi-user discounts can be found on the Troi website. Troi Encryptor Plug-in 3.5 also works with FileMaker Server 12 to 15 as a server-side plug-in and as a plug-in used by the web publishing engine and WebDirect. To use this, you need to purchase a special cross-platform server/web license for $399.
Product updates from earlier...
National Organ Donor registration comes to the iPhone
Apple and Donate Life America have announced that, for the first time ever, iPhone users will be able to sign up to be an organ, eye and tissue donor right from the Health app with the release of iOS 10 this fall.
Through a simple sign-up process, iPhone users can learn more and take action with just a few taps. All registrations submitted from iPhone are sent directly to the National Donate Life Registry managed by Donate Life America.
On average, one person dies every hour in the United States waiting for an organ transplant because the demand for lifesaving transplants far exceeds the available supply of organs — and one donor can save as many as eight lives, according to David Fleming, President & CEO of Donate Life America.
“By working with Apple to bring the National Donate Life Registry to the Health app on iPhone, we’re making it easier for people to find out about organ, eye and tissue donation and quickly register,” he says. “This is a huge step forward that will...
AKVIS releases the Spain Frame Pack
AKVIS (www.akvis.com) has released the Spain Frame Pack for AKVIS Frames and AKVIS ArtSuite. It includes 80 hand-painted frame: 40 horizontal and 40 vertical templates.
The collection is the next addition to the Countries Series. Traveling to Spain? You can use the Spain frame pack to document your adventures in a custom designed travel journal or to create unique invitation cards for a flamenco dance party. All photo frames are listed as thumbnails.
The AKVIS frame packs can only be used with AKVIS Frames Free (available free of charge) and AKVIS ArtSuite. On the Mac platform, the apps requires Mac OS X 10.6 or higher.
Have a great Fourth of July
MacTech and MacNews won’t be updating over the Fourth of July weekend as we take off to spend some time with family and friends. We hope you can do the same. Rejoin us on Tuesday, July 5, as we resume our usual schedule.
Image Converter for Mac upgraded to version 4.2.1
iWinSoft has released Image Converter for Mac 4.2.1, an upgrade to its image converter app for Mac OS X. It converts batches of images and photos.
Image Converter supports source image formats like JPG, EPS, PSD, PNG, TIFF, BMP, GIF, TGA, SVG, SGI, and RAW image types from most DSLR cameras and many more. Version 4.2.1 has been completely redesigned. There's added support for RAW image formats, which allows users to RAW images types to BMP, GIF, JPG, JP2, PDF, PNG, PSD, TIFF and so on.
Image Converter for Mac requires OS X10.6 or later. A demo is available at iWinSoft's website (http://www.iwinsoft.com/). Licenses cost $19.95 per user. Details on multi-user discounts can be found at the iWinSoft website.
Funter for OS X revved to version 2.0
Nektony has announced Funter 2.0, a tool designed specifically to hide and view hidden files and folders on Mac. It provides the ability to switch a file or folder's visibility in two clicks, making them hidden or unhidden.
Funter searches for files in system folders and package contents, even where Spotlight never looks for. Mac users can find, move and delete any file, including system and browser caches.
Hunter requires Mac OS X Yosemite or El Capitan. It’s free and available to download at the Nektony website (www.nektony.com).
Tension Software updates Menu Calendar for OS X to version 1.1
Tension Software (www.tensionsoftware.com) has updated Menu Calendar for OS X to version 1.1. The app makes available under the menu bar, in any Mac app you’re running, a small calendar.
Clicking Menu Calendar’s icon not only shows a small standard calendar that you can use to navigate inside any month, it also makes available a small area under the calendar for date calculation. You can add (or subtract) days, months, years and the tool will instantly show the resulting day. You can also optionally select from the menu to have it launch when you log in.
Menu Calendar 1.1 provides two different date result formats (small and medium). It also includes a PDF user guide.
Menu Calendar works with OS X Yosemite or El Capitan. It costs $1.99.
QuickShift for OS X now allow you to rearrange the grid
GrowthBeats Technologies has updated QuickShift to version 1.0.2. Sitting in the menu bar, it offers a way to clean up file clutter and organize your Mac by providing a series of power features.
You can add your most used folders to QuickShift and access them anytime from anywhere on your Mac with just a hotkey. Version 1.0.2 allows you to rearrange the grid and more.
QuickShift 1.0.2 requires Mac OS X Yosemite or El Capitan. It costs $2.99 and is available at the Mac App Store (https://itunes.apple.com/app/quickshift-because-we-cant/id1087314669).
Industrious One releases Musicality for Mac
Industrious One has created Musicality for Mac (http://getmusicality.com/). The $11 app is designed to “break your music out of the browser” and offer desktop conveniences like keyboard shortcuts, AirPlay streaming, and more to over a dozen of the world's most popular music services.
With it, you can play, pause, skip and rate songs on any supported music service. Musicality for Mac supports 15 music services to 15.
Musicality requires Mac OS X 10.10 or newer and an Internet connection. It may be downloaded as a free 10-day trial from the Musicality website. The demo is full-featured and unlocks in-place when purchased.
Cirrus Logic releases MFi Headset Development Kit
Cirrus Logic has released its MFi Headset Development Kit, a reference platform that is designed to help original equipment manufacturers quickly develop new Lightning-based digital headsets. It provides a complete high-performance, digital-headset solution and a reference iOS application to support the rapid development of these emerging consumer products, according to Carl Alberty, vice president of Audio Products Marketing, Cirrus Logic.
“The MFi Headset Development Kit demonstrates the advantages of Lightning-connected headsets over conventional analog headsets,” he adds. “For example, digital connectivity with an integrated, high-performance DAC and headphone driver delivers high-fidelity audio to the headphone speakers. In addition, Lightning-connected headphones can interact with an iOS app to create a more custom audio experience, such as personalized EQ settings.”
The Cirrus Logic MFi Headset Development Kit includes a form factor reference design and a development board for...
Focus Matrix is new task organizer for OS X
XwaveSoft has announced Focus Matrix 1.0, a smart task organizer app for Mac OS X. Its organizational system is based on the "Eisenhower Box," a productivity strategy created by U.S. President Dwight Eisenhower.
The app provides a priority matrix that breaks tasks down into four groups based on their urgency and importance. This lets you focus on the tasks that really matter, without getting caught up in those that can be delegated, or dealt with later.
Focus Matric requires OS X 10.9 or later. It’s free and is available worldwide exclusively through the Mac App Store (https://itunes.apple.com/app/id1087284172). An upgrade to the Pro version is $4.99 and is available via an in-app purchase. As a special limited-time app launch offer, users can upgrade to Pro at a 30% discount ($2.99)
PhoneRescue 3 allows 'rescues' from an entire iOS...
Mobie has launched PhoneRescue 3 (https://www.imobie.com/phonerescue/), an update to their iOS recovery solution for Mac OS X. The app can help users bring back 25 types of misdeleted, damaged or lost data files on an iPhone and iPad.
With version 3, PhoneRescue has expanded the recovering power from specific data to the whole iOS system. When an iOS device runs into a system crash, it can be fully fixed within a single click, according to the folks at Mobie.
PhoneRescue 3 requires Mac OS X 10.8 or higher . A personal license is $49.99 and a family license costs$69.99.
KeyCue 8.1 integrates with Typinator
Ergonis Software (www.ergonis.com) has rolled out KeyCue 8.1, an update of their keyboard shortcut cheat sheet. The upgrade integrates with Typinator, and allows Typinator users to quickly show snippets in a head-up display and insert them with a click.
KeyCue 8.1 requires Mac OS X 10.6 or later. The upgrade is free for anyone who purchased a license for KeyCue 7 on or after March 1, 2015. Upgrade paths are available for owners of older licenses. For new users the cost is $19.99 for a single user license and $29.95 for a family pack.
Tension Software introduces String Replacer 1.3.2 for Mac OS X
Tension Software has updated String Replacer for Mac OS X to version 1.3.1. The app allows users to find and replace a list of strings inside files and folders directly or in batch mode.
String Replacer lets you work on multiple files using a multiple string couple replacement list. It operates with just a single click or by using drag and drop. Version 1.3.1 is a bug fix release.
String Replacer 1.3.1 requires Mac OS X Yosemite or El Capitan. It costs $14.99 and is available at the Tension Software website (www.tensionsoftware.com) and the Mac App Store.
SuoerTab for OS X adds a Clutter Free Folders feature
SpriTec Software has upgraded SuperTab, its OS X utility, to version 2.1. It’s an app for enhancing and extending the Mac's built-in Command-Tab Application Switcher.
Version 2.1 introduces three new features that focus on the folder, including a "Clutter Free Folders" feature. It requires Mac OS X Yosemite or El Capitan.
A 30-day demo of SuperTab 2.1 is available for download (http://www.supertab.me/SuperTab.html). After 30 days, it remains fully-functional but will occasionally ask you to register. Until Aug. 15, you can take advantage of a special 50% off sale price of $10. SuperTab 2.1 is a free upgrade for SuperTab 2.0 users. Users of earlier 1.x versions of SuperTab can upgrade to 2.1 for $2.99.
AKVIS launches new plug-in for After Effects, Premiere Pro
AKVIS (www.akvis.com) has released AKVIS Sketch Video Classic plug-in 1.0 for Adobe Premiere Pro and After Effects. The new filter comes in versions for Mac OS X and Windows and Mac OS X.
AKVIS Sketch Video Classic helps you convert videos into animated cartoons. You can apply a pencil drawing style to compositions and movies. The filter includes a number of ready to use AKVIS presets and gives a user control over the effects. The settings are fully configurable and can be saved as user presets.
On the Mac platform, AKVIS Sketch Video Classic requires OS X 10.7 or higher. A demo is available for download. AKVIS Sketch Video Classic sells for $199. One license key allows activating the software on two computers.
Red Giant Universe expands with upgrades
Red Giant has launched Red Giant Universe 2.0, an update to the company’s GPU-accelerated plugins for editors and motion graphics artists. It packs more than 60 tools that run in Apple Final Cut Pro X, Apple Motion, Adobe Premiere Pro CC, Adobe After Effects CC, Blackmagic DaVinci Resolve, HitFilm and Sony Vegas.
The upgrade includes four new and 29 updated plugins, plus a new user experience designed to make it easy to preview and apply effects. Universe 2.0 also brings support for Adobe Creative Cloud 2015.3. For pricing options go to the Red Giant website (www.redgiant.com).
UCedge Softphone brings unified communications, mobility to OS X
Toshiba America Information Systems’ Telecommunication Systems Division has announced the availability of its new built-in softphone as part of an update to its UCedge client software available for Mac OS X.
Toshiba's UCedge softphone gives Mac users the ability to use their devices as extensions on their VIPedge, IPedge or Hybrid Cloud business communications solution. Using the softphone enhances the UC benefits, including presence and instant messaging with both internal and external organizations, said Brian Metherell, vice president and general manager of Toshiba’sTelecommunication Systems Division.
UCedge is compatible with Toshiba's VIPedge cloud-based business telephone solution, IPedge on-site Unified Communications system, and Strata CIX systems with an IPedge Application Server, as well as Toshiba's Hybrid Cloud solution.
UCedge client software, including softphone, runs on OS X, Windows, iOS, and Android systems. UCedge, including the new softphone for OS X users, requires...
AdminStudio Suite 2016, Workflow Manager 2016 add Mac support
Flexera Software (www.flexerasoftware.com) has updated AdminStudio Suite, a unified application readiness solution for packaging, virtualisation and management, adding Mac support along with that for Windows and mobile applications.
In addition, the company unveiled the latest release of Workflow Manager, a web-based end-to-end IT process management solution that tracks service-level agreements using out-of-the-box automation for change and asset management. AdminStudio Suite 2016 has added support for preparing Mac applications for reliable deployment to JAMF Software Casper Suite. These new capabilities will help organizations keep up with the increasing use of Mac computers in the enterprise and accelerated update and upgrade cadence.
WD expands storage capacity of several My Passport drive
Western Digital Corporation has launched its My Passport Ultra, and upcoming My Passport for Mac and My Passport Ultra Metal portable hard drives, with up to 4TB capacity.
The drives include WD Backup automatic backup software1 with cloud-ready Dropbox integration and 256-bit AES hardware encryption with password protection to help safeguard against unauthorized drive access. My Passport Ultra 4TB portable hard drives have a three-year limited warranty and are available now from the WD store (http://tinyurl.com/jqr2t57) and at select retailers and distributors. The My Passport Ultra 4TB hard drive has a manufacturer's suggested retail price of $159.99. The My Passport for Mac and My Passport Ultra Metal 4TB hard drives will be available next quarter.
AppDelete 4.2.6 improves the ‘Undo from Folder’ option
Reggie Ashworth has announced AppDelete 4.2.6 (http://tinyurl.com/ngg3ugq), an update to his application deletion utility for Mac OS X (10.7 and higher).
Via drag and drop, it can uninstall anything, along with all of the associated items. Mac users will no longer have to hunt through their system to find and delete these items manually. Version 4.2.6 improves the “Undo from Folder” option, and includes other fixes and improvements.
AppDelete costs $7.99 for a single user license. Upgrades from version 2/AppDelete Lite are $3.99. A demo is available for download. Also, note that version 3 licenses without a serial number are also eligible for the upgrade.
Late Night Software launches Script Debugger 6
Late Night Software has released Script Debugger 6 (http://www.latenightsw.com), the latest version of its AppleScript development software.
The upgrade includes 25 new features and a raft of other tweaks and improvements. It’s designed to make it easier to work on large projects, and to take advantage of new AppleScript features.
Script Debugger 6 requires Mac OS X Yosemite or El Capitan. It retails for $99.99, with upgrades from Script Debugger 5 for $49.99. Volume and educational discounts apply. A demo version is available for download.
MOSO releases Xmplify XML Editor 1.8.0 for Mac OS X
MOSO has announced Xmplify XML Editor 1.8.0 (http://xmplifyapp.com/), an update to their powerful XML editor built specifically for Mac OS X 10.7 and higher.
Xmplify XML Editor provides aXML-aware editing environment with DTD and XML Schema-based auto-completion, automatic document validation, XSLT and XPath support, live HTML preview and much more. Version 1.8.0 adds improved support for auto-completions, plus fixes and other improvements.
Xmplify is available for $59; both volume and educational discounts are available. Version 1.8.0 is a free upgrade for Xmplify 1.x users.
Counter is new counting utility for Mac OS X
Tension Software (www.tensionsoftware.com) has launched Counter 1.0 for Mac OS X. The app does one thing: it allows to count a discrete number of elements.
Using Counter you can solve any kind of situation where you have to computer enumerate a total number of elements (physical or abstract), and you want to be sure the process will be error free. You can add to the total a new unit simply pressing the space bar on your Mac to count it. Counter will keep track of the counting as it progress and will add +1 to the total at any space bar press.
Counter 1.0 requires OS X Yosemite or El Capitan. It costs $0.99 and is available at the Mac App Store.