CalDigit previews Thunderbolt 3 RAID storage system
CalDigit (www.caldigitcom) has announced the T8, a Thunderbolt 3 RAID storage solution with 8-bays featuring capacities up to 48TB. It supports both 3.5-inch HDDs and 2.5-inch SSDs.
The dual Thunderbolt 3 ports offer up to 40Gb/s bandwidth and allow users to integrate a professional Thunderbolt 3 workflow. As the T8 features dual Type-C ports, users have the ability to use the T8 on USB 3.1 Type-C computers for added flexibility.
It also features a full size DisplayPort connector on the back of the unit. This allows users the ability to connect a 4K 60Hz monitor to their storage device in order to simplify their workflow. The T8 features speeds of up to 1440MB/s and includes two fans for keeping the drives at a cool operating temperature.
The T8 can be formatted to RAID 0, 1, 5, 6, and JBOD. For users who need the best performance the T8 can be used in RAID 0, and for users who need outstanding protection for their files RAID 6 provides dual drive redundancy.
The pricing for the T8...
Akitio unveils Thunder3 PCIe SSD
AKITIO (www.akitio.com) has unveiled the Thunder3 PCIe SSD, which it says is the industry's fastest external storage solution. Developed for high-speed transfer of large files, the Thunder3 PCIe SSD combines the full PCIe Gen3 x4 bandwidth of Intel's 750 NVMe SSD with Thunderbolt 3's 40Gbps port, offering performance of 2500MB/s (2.5 Gigabytes per second) with a storage capacity of 1.2TB.
About 8x faster than USB 3.1 Gen 1, the Thunder3 PCIe SSD is designed for consumers and professionals who desire high capacity external storage with unmatched data transfer speeds, says Richard Wright, vice president of Sales & Marketing for Akitio. It features two Thunderbolt 3 Ports as well as a DisplayPort video output to connect the latest 4K displays.
The second Thunderbolt 3 port operates the same as a Thunderbolt 3 computer port by supporting USB 3.1 (up to 10Gb/s), DisplayPort monitor or up to five daisy chained Thunderbolt 3 devices. It gives Sony Vegas, Adobe Premier, Photoshop and...
G-Technology offers new network attached storage solution
G-Technology has announced its new G-RACK 12 network attached storage (NAS) solution – its first NAS-based device that enhances its product portfolio for content creation professionals worldwide.
The G-RACK 12 is designed to streamline demanding media and entertainment video workflows, including 4K and above resolution, with a scalable 12-bay server offering capacities up to 120TB. It’s targeted to small-to-medium size post-production houses, TV/broadcast studios, ad agencies, and in-house creative departments using Adobe Premiere Pro, Apple Final Cut Pro X, Avid Media Composer or other creative applications.
An optional expansion chassis is available for expanding up to another 120TB of storage. The G-RACK 12 utilizes quad 10-gigabit Ethernet connections for high-speed data transfers. The G-RACK 12 incorporates a G-Technology-developed NAS operating system with BTRfs file system with a graphical interface. The 12-bay, expandable units incorporate enterprise hard drives and are...
Kronos releases OpenCL 2.2 provisional spec
The Khronos Group, an open consortium of hardware and software companies, has announced the availability of the OpenCL 2.2, SYCL 2.2 and SPIR-V 1.1 provisional specifications.
OpenCL 2.2 incorporates the OpenCL C++ kernel language for enhanced parallel programming productivity. SYCL 2.2 enables host and device code to be contained in a single source file, while leveraging the full power of OpenCL C++. SPIR-V 1.1 extends the intermediate representation defined by Khronos with native support for shader and compute kernel features to fully support the OpenCL C++ kernel language.
These new specifications can be found at www.khronos.org. They’re released in provisional form to enable developers and implementers to provide feedback before finalization, including at the Khronos forums (https://forums.khronos.org/).
Snippery 1.1 for OS X released; adds Markdown support
Javier Rodríguez (AprendeXojo.com) has released Snippery 1.1 for Mac OS X (10.7 and later).
This release adds Markdown syntax support; PDF, Word, RTF and HTML export support; improves data security and access; expands filtering options; and offers support for Retina Display. Snippery provides features from a snippets manager app mixed with editing features and more.
Slippery 1.1 is a free update for registered users. For new users the cost is $18.
Excel releases QLRT Xcode 3.0
Excel Software (www.excelsoftware.com) has announced QLRT Xcode 3.0 for Objective-C and Swift developers creating Mac OS X software.
QLRT Xcode is a static library containing the QuickLicense runtime software for protection, activation and license management. Xcode programmers can protect their software from piracy and increase revenue by supporting a variety of license types, activation methods and advanced licensing features.
QLRT Xcode is used in conjunction with QuickLicense. The developer configures all aspects of the software license with QuickLicense and outputs a Ticket file. That Ticket file is bound to an application when the QLRT library is dropped into the Xcode project and called with a function in the source code. The programmer can focus on value added customer solutions since the runtime implements the internal protection, activation and licensing features.
QLRT Xcode 3.0 supports all features introduced in the new QuickLicense 8.0. It includes sample code and...
Axure RP for Mac OS X and Windows updated to version 8
Axure Software Solutions (http://www.axure.com) has released Axure RP 8. It’s a solution for Mac OS X and Windows created to help teams design solutions to complex business challenges.
Axure RP 8 gives business and UX professionals new diagramming, prototyping, and specification features that help them create the right solution and align their teams. For large teams and enterprises, new collaboration features—along with an option to install Axure Share on-premises—help streamline modern workflows, whether it's agile, lean, waterfall, or a hybrid.
Perpetual licenses are $495 for the pro version and $895 for the team. Axure Software Solutions has also introduced subscription licensing options—$29 a month for pro, and $49 a month for team. The Enterprise Edition is available only as a subscription and costs $99 a month per user.
Date Time Calc for OS X upgraded to version 2.1
Tension Software (www.tensionsoftware.com) has updated Date Time Calc for Mac OS X to version 2.1. It’s an app to calculate future and past dates by adding a date interval and to calculate date difference between two assigned dates.
You can add or subtract to dates, years, months, and days — or add or subtract days, hours , minutes and seconds to guess future and past date-times. You can also calculate difference between two dates using calendar specification (years, months and days) or using a time precision method specifying date and time and obtaining a difference in days, hours, minutes and seconds.
With version 2.1, the log can collect and save all the calculation you need to record using a command button. Also, at any time you can clean the log by resetting it.
Date Time Calc 2 .1 requires Mac OS X 10.10 or later. It costs $4.99 and is available at the Tension Software website and the Mac App Store (http://tinyurl.com/jxsfc5e).
Maintain Serves Up Cocktail 8.8.2 (Yosemite Edition)
Maintain has announced Cocktail 8.8.2 (Yosemite Edition), the latest maintenance update for users running OS X Yosemite.
Cocktail is a general purpose utility for OS X that lets users clean, repair and optimize their Macs. Version 8.8.2 addresses an issue in which the utility may fail to clear DNS cache.
Cocktail 8.8.2 (Yosemite Edition) requires OS X Yosemite 10.10 to run. Cocktail (Mavericks Edition) for OS X 10.9, Cocktail (Mountain Lion Edition) for OS X 10.8 and Cocktail (Lion Edition) for OS X 10.7 are available for download from Maintain website. Cocktail 8.6 (Yosemite Edition) is $19 for a single user license and available for purchase from the Maintain website (www.maintain.se/cocktail).
BeeSoft releases ProTA 4.1, adding fundamental analysis
BeeSoft (http://www.beesoft.net) has released ProTA 4.1, an update to the stock market charting and technical analysis application for OS X.
The tool empowers casual investors as well as veteran market technicians to chart, analyze and optimize their trading ideas. ProTA provides more than100 indicators, line studies, smartlists, chart templates and trading models are built into ProTA's one-click browser. Version 4.1 now provides fundamental analysis.
ProTA is Mac OS X and requires Mac OS X 10.7 or higher. Version 4.1 is a free upgrade for all ProTA 4 users and is available immediately for download at BeeSoft online. A demo is available for download. Pricing starts at $99 for a one-year activation code.
Email Obfuscator for Mac OS X gets new Refresh command
Tension Software (http://www.tensionsoftware.com) has updated Email Obfuscator, a Mac OS X app for creating and editing web pages, to version 1.3. The upgrade sports a new Refresh command.
Email Obfuscator is a tool for anyone creating and editing web pages. It creates email links using "obfuscated" code. The obfuscated link can be put inside any web page and it is not recognised by Bot surfing the net collecting emails.
Email Obfuscator requires Mac OS X 10.10 or higher. It costs $2.99 and is available at the Mac App Store.
HoudahGeo for OS X 5.0 adds Places, drag and drop geocoding and...
Houdah Software (www.houdah.com) has introduced HoudahGeo 5.0 an upgrade to its one-stop photo geocoding solution for Mac OS X Yosemite and El Capitan.
The app "pins" photos to locations where they were taken. Just like a GPS-enabled camera, HoudahGeo embeds latitude, longitude and altitude information within the image file. It works with Photos, iPhoto, Aperture, and Adobe Lightroom. Version 5.0 introduces Places, drag and drop geocoding, reverse geocoding, camera import, Lightroom integration, a new keywords editor, map search, as well as the ability to publish KML to Dropbox and more.
Licenses can can be purchased from the Houdah Software store. HoudahGeo 5.0 is priced at $39 for a single-user license. A demo is available for download.
USB 3.0 group defines authentication protocol for USB Type-C
The USB 3.0 Promoter Group has announced the USB Type-C Authentication specification, defining cryptographic-based authentication for USB Type-C chargers and devices. USB-C is the port (the only one) on Apple’s 12-inch MacBook.
Using this protocol, host systems can confirm the authenticity of a USB device or USB charger, including such product aspects as the descriptors/capabilities and certification status. All of this happens right at the moment a wired connection is made – before inappropriate power or data can be transferred.
USB Type-C Authentication empowers host systems to protect against non-compliant USB Chargers and to mitigate risks from maliciously embedded hardware or software in USB devices attempting to exploit a USB connection. For a traveler concerned about charging their phone at a public terminal, their phone can implement a policy only allowing charge from certified USB chargers. A company, tasked with protecting corporate assets, can set a policy in its computers...
Better Finder Rename for OS X now lets you move ranges of text
publicspace.net has released A Better Finder Rename 10.06 an update of their batch file renaming solution for Mac OS X. It adds the ability to move ranges of text within the file name, making some file renaming tasks easier.
A Better Finder Rename requires Mac OS X 10.7 or higher. Version 10.06 is a free upgrade for customers who have purchased A Better Finder Rename after Jan. 1, 2015, or who own a forever upgrade. Discounted upgrade prices are available from our web store and start at $12.95 for a single user license.
A Better Finder Rename may be purchased for $19.95. Family, Business and Enterprise licensing is also available. Customers may chose to include a "forever upgrade" with their purchase.
Tension Software announces Password Creator 1.3 for OS X
Tension Software has revved Password Creator, its password creation tool for Mac OS X, to version 1.3.
The app lets you create up to half million random unique passwords in a single click. Password Creator also lets you create a single password or a long list of passwords (up to 500,000), inside an internal table. The list is ready to be saved on disk in plain text format for reuse. Version 1.3 offers a better way to define how many passwords you wish to create.
Password Creator 1.3 requires OS X Yosemite or El Capitan. It costs $2.99 and is available at the Mac App Store (http://tinyurl.com/jhaqvnv).
Adobe unveils ‘breakthroughs’ in video and film production
Ahead of the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) Show next week, Adobe has revealed new features across its Creative Cloud tools for video editing, motion graphics, audio and collaboration. The CC tools are compatible with Mac OS X and Windows systems.
Media and entertainment companies are combining these advanced content creation capabilities with Adobe Primetime to help deliver TV and video content across screens. With Adobe’s digital marketing tools TV networks and pay-TV providers can drive viewer acquisition, engagement and monetization as audiences embrace “over the top” (OTT) content via connected devices such as the Apple TV, Sony PlayStation, Roku and Microsoft Xbox.
In the next release of Creative Cloud – available in early summer – Premiere Pro CC will add new virtual reality capabilities, including “field of view” mode for spherical stitched media. In the upcoming release, Adobe Stock )a collection of mor etham 50 million curated, royalty-free photos, graphics, and...
AutoCrypt for OS X upgraded to version 22
Tension Software has updated AutoCrypt, an encryption/decryption app with a document based approach, to version 2.2. It’s a maintenance upgrade
The software lets you save in a document all the settings used to encrypt or decrypt collections of files using a powerful AES-256 algorithm. Using these documents, AutoCrypt can be used for encryption and decryption batch process of large quantity of files in a single click.
AutoCrypt requires Mac OS X 10.8 or higher. It costs $7 and can be downloaded at the Tension Software web site (http://tinyurl.com/henfhcr) and the Mac App Store (http://tinyurl.com/glazxsw).
Wibu-Systems joins the Trusted Computing Group
Wibu-Systems (www.wibuusa.com) is joining the Trusted Computing Group (TCG) and offering CodeMeter as a secure licensing platform for all TPM users to monetize their business. CodeMeter, an anti-piracy solution creates and stores licenses either in a hardware device (CmDongle) or in software bound to individual computers (CmAct).
As part of this endeavor, Wibu-Systems is also expanding its hardware compatibility lineup to include support for Trusted Platform Modules (TPM). CodeMeter features growing support on multiple fronts: a range of hardware platforms, including PCs, mobile devices, embedded systems, PLCs, and microcontrollers, a lineup of secure elements that spans across dongles, memory cards, TPMs, cloud, and software-based repositories, and full integration with all major operating systems used in offices and industrial environments.
Attackers often use reverse engineering to find software vulnerabilities which they can exploit to create counterfeit products and steal...
Panamas introduces DirectFlow for the Mac
Panasas, which specializes in performance scale-out network-attached storage (NAS), has announced DirectFlow for Mac.
Previously only available for Linux, DirectFlow for Mac brings the performance benefits of parallel I/O over Ethernet to the Mac platform and OS X operating system. DirectFlow is the parallel data access protocol designed by Panasas and delivered as part of the integrated ActiveStor storage solution that incorporates the patented PanFS file system as well as NFS and SMB protocols. Currently deployed across a large variety of Linux-based computing environments, the DirectFlow protocol has proven success at delivering more than 10x the performance of workloads using traditional I/O protocols, according to David Sallak, vice president, products and solutions at Panasas.
DirectFlow avoids traditional protocol I/O bottlenecks by allowing compute clients to access Panasas storage directly and in parallel. This results in higher performance than what can be achieved with...
FileMaker publishes ‘Deploy’ ebook
FileMaker, Inc. (www.filemaker.com) has released "Deploy," the last of a three-part series of free how-to eBooks that lead teams through the process of deploying a custom app using the FileMaker Platform.
Custom apps connect team members with each other and with their business, enabling anytime, anywhere collaboration and productivity. With this final installment in the series, FileMaker has provided a step-by-step process to planning, creating and deploying custom apps.
"Organizations of all sizes and from many industries are benefiting from custom apps built with FileMaker,” Ann Monroe, vice president, marketing, FileMaker, Inc., said. “Custom apps are quick and easy to plan, build and deploy, and the potential cost-savings is huge. Together the Plan, Create and Deploy guides will take the guesswork out of the process and empower our customers to deliver custom apps that can centralize information to align with business needs."
USB Network Gate 4.0 provides full support for OS X 10.1
Eltima Software has announced USB Network Gate 4.0 (http://www.eltima.com/products/usb-over-network-mac/) for Mac OS X. The utility Network Gate lets you work with remote USB devices from your local computer over Internet/LAN/WAN as if those devices were plugged directly into your machine.
Version 4.0 adds support for OS X El Capitan. It also includes several stability and interface improvements.
USB Network Gate runs on Mac OS X 10.9 and later and costs $89.95 for sharing one USB device. It’s licensed according to the number of shared USB devices. Every server computer (where the device will be shared) requires a separate license. The client module of USB Network Gate is free and unlimited in quantities used.
SoftRAID 5.5 lets you convert AppleRAID volumes to SoftRAID
OWC Holdings has updated SoftRAID (www.softraid.com) for Mac OS X (10.6.8 and higher) to version 5.5. It’s a free update for all version 5.x users of SoftRAID.
SoftRAID is a disk driver for Mac OS X, and replaces the RAID functionality that was removed from Disk Utility in Mac OS X El Capitan. With version 5.5, users can convert their existing AppleRAID stripe (RAID 0) and mirror (RAID 1) volumes to SoftRAID and preserve all the files on those volumes. This provides a way for existing AppleRAID users to start using the features of SoftRAID.
For $49, users can purchase SoftRAID Lite and convert their AppleRAID volumes to SoftRAID. Not only will they be able to start using the highly optimized SoftRAID driver which has been shipping since 2003, but they can also take advantage of all of SoftRAID's disk health monitoring and logging features.
Users who purchase the normal version of SoftRAID can not only convert their AppleRAID stripe (RAID 0) volumes to SoftRAID but can also convert...
reBOOK for OS X offers automatic tagging and cover searching for...
One Geek Army has introduced reBOOK 1.0, its new ePub tagging and cover searching utility developed exclusively for Mac OS X.
The app allows you to find and edit ePub files metadata and cover art. Users can automatically search for proper metadata on the internet. reBOOK offers the ability to apply the cover
reBOOK 1.0 requires Mac OS X Yosemite or El Capitan. It costs $4.99 and is available worldwide exclusively through the Mac App Store (http://tinyurl.com/h5ddt4c).
MacXDVD unveils H.265/HEVC converter
MacXDVD has launched a H.265/HEVC converter for Mac OS X and Windows to help convert 1080p 4K UHD 8K H.265 to H.264, MP4, AVI, MPEG4, etc. to formats accepted by TV, media player, mobile devices, as well as to convert H.264 to H.265.
MacX Video Converter Pro (http://tinyurl.com/22ujyvx) has built-in 320 video codecs and 50+ audio codecs that provide a wide range of H.265 decode/encode choices. A demo is available for download. MacX Video Converter is on sale for $34.95 for a limited time.
QuickLicense 8.0 adds enhancements for spreadsheet protection,...
Excel Software (www.excelsoftware.com) has shipped QuickLicense 8.0, an update of the tool for protection and licensing of Mac, Windows and Linux software. The new release adds major enhancements for spreadsheet protection, application usage statistics, end-user interface enhancements and improved developer tools.
QuickLicense is used to define the type of license (Trial, Product, Try/Buy, Subscription or Floating), the licensing features (feature flags, pre-activation message, license release, restore, reset and suspend) and the activation process (manual, online, dongle or floating license server). A license can be applied to any kind of digital product (application, plugin, library, game or spreadsheet) using the AddLicense wrapping tool or programming API (application programming interface).
QuickLicense 8 is $595 for the standard edition or $995 for the pro edition on either Mac OS X or Windows. The package includes a PDF and printed User Guide, tutorials, online videos,...
Tension Software announces Private Contact 3.3 for OS X
Tension Software has announced Private Contact 3.3 for OS X. It’s an update of the app for managing an always-encrypted address books.
An Autolock feature has been added. Version 3.3 also offers better startup behavior (if no documents where left opened when you previously quit the app), better management of the toolbar at startup, and various bug fix and improvements.
Private Contact 3.3 requires Mac OS X Yosemite or El Capitan. It costs $4.99 and is available at the product website (http://tinyurl.com/zu28xob) and the Mac App Store (http://tinyurl.com/jsh96gu).
BrowserHub for OS X gets a new name (BrowserFreedom) and a new...
Guilherme Rambo has introduced BrowserFreedom 1.1.2 for OS X. Due to trademark issues, the app is now rechristened from BrowserHub to BrowserFreedom.
The tool is designed to solve the problem of managing multiple web browsers on OS X. Along with the new name change, version 1.1 introduces bug fixes and a new feature called "URL expander,” which allows the user to copy the original URL from a shortened link.
BrowserFreedom requires OS X Yosemite or El Capitan. BrowserFreedom 1.1.2 is a free update for current users of BrowserHub. For new users, the app costs $9.99 USD and is available its official website () or through the Mac App Store (http://tinyurl.com/zl3ma3g).
URL Extractor for Mac OS X revved to version 4.5
Tension Software has revved URL Extractor, its tool for extracting emails and other URL from the web and from local files, to version 4.5.
The tool can be used extract thousands of email addresses or other URLs, as example web addresses, in various modes. Version 4.5 adds a ew section with a list of pages obtained by automatic navigation and used to collect URLs and emails. It also adds a lack List section of sites not used for URL collection (with import/export) and an improved interface and usability.
URL Extractor 4.5 requires Mac OS X Yosemite or El Capitan. It costs $50 and is available at the Mac App Store (http://tinyurl.com/gursto3).
Maintain serves up up Cocktail 9.2.4 (El Capitan Edition)
Maintain has served up Cocktail 9.2.4 (El Capitan Edition), a new edition of Cocktail for users running OS X El Capitan.
Cocktail is a general purpose utility for OS X that lets users clean, repair and optimize their Macs. The new version contains improvements on the "Clear applications caches" procedure and fixes compatibility issues with 1Password. It also adds compatibility with the latest versions of supported web browsers and resolves a number of other issues discovered in the previous release. Cocktail updates are now distributed over HTTPS (HTTP over SSL) for extra security.
Cocktail (Yosemite Edition) for OS X 10.10, Cocktail (Mavericks Edition) for OS X 10.9, Cocktail (Mountain Lion Edition) for OS X 10.8 and Cocktail (Lion Edition) for OS X 10.7 are available for download from the Maintain website (http://tinyurl.com/p5adypq).
GarageBand for OS X upgraded to version 10.1.1
GarageBand 10.1.1 (https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/garageband/id682658836?mt=12&ign-mpt=uo%3D4) has been released for the Mac. The new version of the music creation software updates compatibility with GarageBand for iOS and Live Loops projects. Features include:
° Opens Music Memos projects’
° Supports Logic Remote for iPhone and iPad Pro;
° Adds over 2,600 new Apple Loops and sounds;
° Improved reliability when downloading additional content;
° Contains multiple enhancements to Accessibility.
GarageBand 10.1.1 for OS X (10.9 or later) is available at the Mac App Store. It’s a free update for registered users and $4.99 for new users.
XCOM 2 out now on the Mac App Store
XCOM 2, the critically-acclaimed turn-based strategy game and massive Steam hit, is now available from the Mac App Store (http://tinyurl.com/j5ns7wb). It costs $39.99 and requires Mac OS X 10.11 or higher.
Here’s how the game is described: “Earth has changed and is now under alien rule. Facing impossible odds you must rebuild XCOM, and ignite a global resistance to reclaim our world and save humanity.
“You must take command of the Avenger, an alien supply craft converted to XCOM’s mobile headquarters. Open-ended gameplay lets you decide where to guide your strike team, how to grow popular support, and when to combat enemy counter-operations.”
Ogg unleashed on the Mac
Flexible Tales has debuted Ogg, a physics-based puzzle game for OS X. Players move and flip caveman clubs to alter the path of Ogg's wheel, rock, vegetable, fruit, and others so it reaches the bottom of the screen.
The puzzles take place over a wide range of illustrated environments. Ogg offers 150 levels with 15 worlds. It has a built-in hint system, complete with solutions.
Ogg requires OS X 10.9 or later. It costs $0.99 and is available worldwide through the Mac App Store (https://itunes.apple.com/app/ogg/id1056920785) in the Games category.
CuteDJ for Mac OS X gets stability, performance tweaks
CuteDJPro has announced CuteDJ - DJ Mixing Software 4.3.2, the latest version of their DJ mixing software for Mac OS X.
It’s a DJ mixing solution for mixing digital music as well as video and karaoke. V 4.3.2 is more stable, much faster and has a number of additional features.
CuteDJ 4.3.2 is compatible with OS X 10.7 and higher. It costs $49.95 and is available at the CuteDJPro website (http://www.cutedjpro.com/).
EZQuest introduces six-foot USB-C/Thunderbolt 3-to-HDMI 4 cable
EZQuest has launched the USB-C/Thunderbolt 3-to-HDMI 4K Cable. It’s a six-foot-long cable that extends MacBook display screens to HDMI TV ports.
The EZQuest USB-C/Thunderbolt 3-to-HDMI cable connects to the latest MacBook USB-C Thunderbolt or Chromebook Pixel’s USB Type-C port to any HDMI-based display. The cable supports 4K HDTV or HD display with digital sound on a digital TV. Extend MacBook’s display to large screens or TVs.
The six-foot design provides increased flexibility to extend the computer’s reach to the TV to stream movies or personal videos. The EZQuest USB-C/Thunderbolt 3-to-HDMI 4K Cable is available online at www.ezq.com for $35.99.
AKVIS Neon for OS X adds support for Ultra HD resolution
AKVIS has released AKVIS Neon 2.0 for Mac OS X (106 and higher) and Windows. The new version introduces interface changes, support for Ultra HD resolution, an improved glow effect with new settings and tools, new decoration effects and frames, and more.
AKVIS Neon creates glowing lines effects. The software transforms a photo into a sparkling image that looks like it’s drawn with light or luminescent ink.
A 10-day trial of AKVIS Neon 2.0. For new users the cost is $39. Version 2 is a free upgrade for recent buyers. Users, whose license isn’t valid for the new version, can get Neon 2.0 with the new features and tools for $14.95. Go to http://akvis.com/en/neon/ for details.
Cronette for Mac OS X upgraded to version 1.7
Tension Software has updated Cronette (http://pomola.com/products_cronette/cronette.html), a Cocoa task launcher for Macs and Mac servers, to version 1.7.
Cronette lets you specify tasks to be launched automatically by the Mac. It can be used on unattended Mac Servers or also on regular Mac workstations for tasks to execute during the night or for recurring tasks to be performed on a regular basis. It provides different type of launch tasks: daily, weekly, monthly, yearly.
Any task can be specified to launch different type of execution: open applications or documents from disk; open different type of URL; execute different type of actions: restart, shutdown, sleep; sending a message to the log; execute a complex UNIX command. Version 1.7 offers improved opening of URLs using web secure protocol, enhanced management of task runnable automatically at document opening only for a limited number of times per day, and interface tweaks.
Cronette costs $10 for a single user license, though...
IK Multimedia releases Miroslav Philharmonik 2 CE
IK Multimedia announced today the release of Miroslav Philharmonik 2 CE "Classik Edition" (http://tinyurl.com/zpg3mbu) for Mac/PC. It’s a lower priced, fully featured edition of the recently released Miroslav Philharmonik 2.
Miroslav Philharmonik 2 CE features over 730 instruments, multiple articulations, a 10GB library, over 30 professional quality effects, three playback engines, a synthesizer section, a built-in mixer and a more. It’s being offered at an introductory price of $99.99.
The CE version offers the same engine and features of Miroslav Philharmonik 2. And it provides a 10GB library of orchestral instruments covering all of the instrument categories found in the full version.
Catalyst announces waterproof case family for the iPad and...
Catalyst (CatalystCase.com) has launched a new collection of waterproof cases for Apple iPhone SE, 12.9-inch iPad Pro and iPad mini, available for preorder today.
Catalyst cases for iPad are 100% tested waterproof, designed to meet military-standards for impacts and are precision built for total protection wherever you take your iDevice, says June Lai, CEO of Catalyst Lifestyle. With a grippy rubber bumper, the Catalyst iPad cases feature a clear front and back to showcase the design of the iPad. The cases cost $89.99 for an iPad mini version, $119.95 for a 9.7-inch iPad Pro model, and $149.99 for a 12.9-inch iPad Pro version.
An integrated screen protector provides access to features including Touch ID, Control Center and swipe notifications while generously sized ports accommodate most aftermarket charging cables and headphones. Catalyst's unique air and watertight acoustic membranes allow for clear sound transmission into and out of the case to facilitate video viewing and...
MacStadium acquires Macminicolo
MacStadium, a Mac hosting provider, has received a multi-million dollar line of credit from Silicon Valley Bank, and will acquire Macminicolo , the oldest vendor in the commercial Mac hosting industry.
CEO Greg McGraw says MacStadium's Mac hosting solution is used by more than 1,500 SMB and enterprise businesses worldwide with uses like CI/CD testing and iOS app development. Software developers requiring dedicated Mac hardware rely on MacStadium to provide remote access to thousands of Mac servers in a self-service manner to develop, test, and deploy solutions.
With the acquisition of Macminicolo, MacStadium is able to reach a greater audience on the west coast, supplementing a recent expansion into Dublin, Ireland in Europe. The authority and software expertise at Macminicolo will complement the enterprise-class network engineering and professional support available at MacStadium, says McGraw.
GeekSuit releases Client Folder Maker 4.6.1 for OS X
GeekSuit has announced Client Folder Maker 4.6.1, an update to their folder creation and management utility for Mac OS X.
It’s a folder creation and management tool and is designed with the web developer, graphic designer, app developer, or prepress operator in mind. Version 4.6.1 introduces drag and drop folder hierarchies, a new "Copy To ..." feature, new Finder Extension, Presets Lock and minor file type updates and more.
Client Folder Maker 4.6.1 requires Mac OS X 10.8.5 or later. It costs $4.99 and is available at the Mac App Store (http://tinyurl.com/zvws8pv).
POP3it Pro FileMaker plug-in adds 64-bit GUI support
Comm-Unity Networking Systems has updated POP3it Pro to version 5.0, which brings full, cross-platform, 64-bit GUI support, finalizing its transition to 64-bit FileMaker plug-ins.
This version also includes some important bug fixes for all users. POP3it Pro is available immediately at http://www.pop3itpro.com/ for Mac OS X and Windows. A demo is available.
POP3it Pro allows you to connect to a POP3 Email Server and download email directly into your FileMaker Pro database. It’s possible to add email downloading capabilities to your databases without writing a single script.
If you purchased POP3it Pro after April 5, 2015, you can install version 5.0 free of charge. If you purchased POP3it Pro anytime between April 5, 2014, and April 4, 2015, you can renew your license for 50% off the current price. If you purchased POP3it Pro anytime before April 5, 2014, you can renew your license for 25% off the current price.
For new users, POP3it Pro prices range from a single user license for $...
WaterField Designs celebrates its 18th birthday with Cargo bag...
WaterField Designs (www.sfbags.com), to celebrate its 18th successful year in business, has announced a modern update to its Cargo bag, a messenger-briefcase.
Initially designed to blend the benefits of his bicycle messenger bag with the functionality of a briefcase as he moved into a more professional setting, owner Gary Waterfield’s now upgraded Cargo ($349) reflects a culmination of 18 years of customer feedback; it’s streamlined into one ideal size, more functional with new modern features.
“As a bike messenger, I lived out of my bag, but when I started an office job, I needed the versatility of a messenger bag—but one with more functionality—so I created the Cargo. Even after all this time, our first bag is still one of our best selling,” says Waterfield. “We’ve both been here now for 18 years, but unlike me, the Cargo is getting a handsome new facelift. It’s now more functional and beautiful than ever.”
The new Cargo retains the spirit of the original and improves upon its looks...
Agenda set for Fifteenth Annual Las Vegas SuperMeet
The Creative Pro User Group (CPUG) Network have announced the agenda for the Fifteenth Annual Las Vegas SuperMeet (www.supermeet.com) to take place on Tuesday, April 19, in the Pavilion Ballroom at the Rio Hotel in Las Vegas Nevada.
Doors will open at 4:30 p.m. and presentations will begin at 7 p.m. The Las Vegas SuperMeet promises to be the single largest gathering of Final Cut Pro, Adobe, Avid and DaVinci Resolve editors, gurus, digital filmmakers and content creators during the 2016 NAB Show.
Tickets are on sale online only for $15 each plus ticket fee and $10 for students and teachers with valid student ID.
X-Doria expands its Defense line for the iPhone 6s and Apple...
X-Doria has expanded the Defense Shield for iPhone 6s and Defense Edge for Apple Watch with the introduction of its newest style: Sport. The Defense series merges polycarbonate, soft rubber and anodized aluminum.
X-Doria utilizes machined metal as opposed to plastic to ensure its Defense Shield provides military-level drop protection that has been tested to survive 6.6 foot drops on concrete. The perimeter of the iPhone is protected by machined aluminum while the inside is wrapped with soft rubber, protecting from drops and ensuring the metal never touches the device.
The screen is protected from drops and surface scratches by an oversized raised lip, and the rear is shielded by a clear polycarbonate, protecting the device without covering it up. The snap-on construction requires no tools to assemble.
Defense Edge guards for Apple Watch combine a machined aluminum exterior and functional design, keeping the device protected yet accessible at all times. It sports a co-molded...
Zixi introduces cloud-based video over IP services
Zixi (www.zixi.com) — which specializes in broadcast quality contribution, management, and distribution — has debuted ZixiFY, a new cloud-based content delivery platform for “the highest quality contribution to a content distribution network (CDN).”
ZixiFY is designed to reliably deliver live broadcast quality video from a Zixi enabled origination point including camera, encoder, phone, or tablet at any location to any device leveraging Zixi’s proven protocol, according to Zixi President Israel Drori. Broadcasting and media organizations looking for cost-effective solutions to help engage viewers and generate revenue with high-quality live streaming content now have access to Zixi’s cloud-based software platform, he adds.
As Zixi software is already embedded in thousands of devices around the globe, broadcasters can now ingest video into ZixiFY from any location. By aggregating BW across multiple wired, WiFi, or 4G LTE connections for higher bandwidth delivery, Zixi’s distance...
Smile Launches TextExpander.com with apps for Mac, iPhone,...
Smile, the developer of productivity applications for Mac, iPad and iPhone, has launched TextExpander.com, which provides a way to share snippets across a team, along with new app versions: TextExpander 6 for Mac, TextExpander 4 for iPhone and iPad, and the new TextExpander for Windows beta.
TextExpander keeps your snippets current on all your devices and lets you easily share and manage snippets across whole teams. New sharing options let you share the wealth of knowledge stored in your snippets. For sharing management across a team of users, you can set up a TextExpander Organization.
TextExpander is $4.95 per month for individuals on the Life Hacker plan. Current TextExpander users receive a 50% loyalty discount for their first year. TextExpander is $9.95 per user per month for the Team plan. TextExpander for Mac requires a Mac running OS X 10.10 (Yosemite) or later. TextExpander for iPhone and iPad requires an iPad or iPhone running iOS 9 or later. TextExpander for Windows...
Eltima releases Commander One 1.5 for OS X
Eltima Software (www.eltima.com) has announced Commander One 1.5, the latest version of their dual-panel file manager for Mac OS X.
Apart from file management functionality, the app features a built-in FTP and WebDAV clients, allows mounting Dropbox, Google Drive, OneDrive and Amazon S3 accounts, accessing data on iOS and Android devices, supports multiple archive formats, and more. Version 1.5 is more stable, much faster and has a number of additional features and improvements.
Commander One 1.5 is compatible with OS X 10.9 and higher. The app has two editions - free and paid. The latter is known as Pro Pack and costs $29.95. The additional functionality it offers is available for 15-day trial for free.
Boinx Software conjures up FotoMagico 5
Boinx Software has announced FotoMagico 5 (http://tinyurl.com/hptnokj), an update to its slideshow creation tool for OS X.
The app lets you create customized slideshows, mixing photos with movies and audio. Version 5 features upgraded professional 4K slideshow capabilities, a new audio editing interface and advanced animation features.
FotoMagico 5 requires OS X Yosemite or El Capitan. It costs $49.99. FotoMagico 5 Pro is available for $99.99. Existing customers can upgrade to FotoMagico 5 Pro for $49.99 from FotoMagico 4, and $74.99 from FotoMagico 3. Existing customers who previously purchased FotoMagico 4 in the Mac App Store will be able to upgrade to FotoMagico 5 Pro free of charge once they purchase the basic version of FotoMagico 5 for $49.99.
IHS: the Phone SE is three iPhone generations rolled into one
A preliminary estimate by IHS (www.ihs.com) and its Teardown and Cost Benchmarking Service shows that the iPhone SE smartphone costs about $160 to build.
The U.S. version of an entry-level iPhone SE with 16GB of NAND memory carries a bill of materials (BOM) of $156.20, which rises to $160.00 when the manufacturing cost is added, according to results from the IHS teardown of a phone purchased from the Apple Store on March 31. The retail price of the iPhone SE 16GB model is $399.
“The iPhone SE represents an amalgamation of three iPhone generations -- iPhone 5s, iPhone 6 and iPhone 6s -- rolled into something altogether new,” said Andrew Rassweiler, senior director of cost benchmarking services at IHS. “Despite its physical resemblance to the iPhone 5s, the resulting product is far superior. In fact, the only significant tradeoffs a consumer would make with the iPhone SE against the iPhone 6s is smaller size and lower screen resolution.”
The IHS teardown revealed that the iPhone SE...
Studiometry 12.5 adds forms and more
Oranged Software (www.oranged.com) has updated Studiometry, its client and project management tool, to version 12.5. The software is used by small businesses and freelancers around the world.
The app can create receipts for incoming payments and have them automatically emailed to your clients. These receipts can display your company logo, branded colors, custom notes, and anything else you want to include.
Version 12.5 adds forms. Forms are saved lists of questions and fields that can be sent to your Client for a response, or entered locally in Studiometry. Form responses can be reviewed to create Projects, To Dos, and Logs.
Studiometry is available for download today with a free 30-day trial. Studiometry Cloud is available for $14 per employee per month, billed annually. Or $17 per employee month-to-month. This price includes your license(s), so there’s no need to purchase a traditional Studiometry license.
Traditional Studiometry licenses never expire and don’t require any type of...