Promise announces Pegasus2, SANLink2 with Thunderbolt 2...
Promise Technology has introduced the Pegasus2 and SANLink2, which it says is the world's first storage solutions with Thunderbolt 2, the technology from Intel that delivers speeds of 20Gbps.
Running bi-directionally at 20Gbps -- twice the 10Gbps bandwidth of Thunderbolt -- Thunderbolt 2 is a breakthrough technology for video creators and multimedia professionals allowing for simultaneous transfer and display of high-bandwidth 3D and 4K video files, which often requires 15Gbps.
Pegasus2, an external RAID storage solution, will be available in 4, 6 and 8-bay enclosures, and maximizes the available line rate of Thunderbolt 2 by providing fast transfer speeds for a growing number of 4K applications. With two Thunderbolt 2 ports, six devices can be attached -- allowing for daisy chaining of Pegasus enclosure units, Apple Thunderbolt Displays, or Mini DisplayPort devices.
The SANLink2 is a portable device bridge that provides dual 8Gbps Fibre Channel ports and dual 20Gbps Thunderbolt 2...
Akvis announces new Halloween frames for ArtSuit
Akvis has announced a new frame pack for AKVIS ArtSuite software for Mac OS X and Windows. The program allows users to decorate their photos with frames and effects.
Extra frame packs can be installed to the program to increase its functionality. The new Halloween Pack includes 50 hand painted frames for US$15.
Akvis ArtSuite is available as a standalone application and plugin for image editors. In the standalone version it's possible to extend the features and enrich the collection of frames by adding extra themed frame packs of hand painted frames created by professional artists.
The standalone version costs US$69 and requires, on the Mac platform, OS 10.4 or higher. For more info go to http://akvis.com .
IconFly 2.0 for OS X gets new user interface
Aperio Lux has announced IconFly 2.0 for OS X, the next generation of its icons creation tool. It's a solution for creating icons from images for Mac apps and folders as well as for iPhone and iPad apps.
Version 2.0 is fully compatible with Apple's Human Interfaces Guideline and sports a new interface. With it users can create Mac retina icons as well as iOS 7 ready icons. You can create Web clip icons for a web site.
IconFly 2.0 is available in three editions: IconFly, IconFly Desktop and IconFly Mobile. Pricing starts at US$3.99; the software requires Mac OS X 10.7.4 or higher. For more info go to http://aperio-lux.com/ .
MaBaSoft rings up Currency Assistant 3.1.11 for Mac OS X
MaBaSoft (http://www.mabasoft.net/) has released version 3.1.11 of Currency Assistant for Mac OS X. It's a maintenance upgrade with some bug fixes and tweaks.
Currency Assistant lets you convert between 175 world currencies (all major circulating currencies plus the 17 Eurozone legacy currencies) and automatically updates exchange rates over the Internet using the rates published by the European Central Bank, the Bank of Canada, the International Monetary Fund, and the Bank of Italy.
With Currency Assistant you can create multiple converters and manage currencies, import and convert series of amounts, calculate and convert the result of expressions, and quickly log, save, export, and print your conversions.
Currency Assistant requires Mac OS X 10.4 or later. It's now 50% off and available for US$8.95 for new users or $4.95 for Euro Assistant Pro registered users. Version 3.1.11 is a free update for registered user of version 3.x.
Bubble Chart Pro adds zoom boxes to 3-D bubble charts
Bubble Chart Pro 5.3 for Mac and Windows adds zoom-boxes to its 3-D bubble charts to let managers isolate and display small selections of bubbles by drawing a rectangle on the chart that contains those bubbles.
Thus, zoom-boxes offer a way to "zoom-in" on a specific area of a bubble chart. This latest release of Bubble Chart Pro also increases the size and resolution of some export charts, and adds some additional preferences for customizing chart displays.
Bubble Chart Pro with 3D bubble charts comes in three editions. Bubble Chart Pro Basic is the basic full-featured bubble charting application. Bubble Chart Pro Plus includes a Smart prioritizer for prioritizing or ranking projects, project bar charts, and an executive dashboard. Bubble Chart Pro Optimal adds a quantitative optimizer for finding an optimized portfolio of projects that will deliver the maximum value when the business doesn't have enough capital, resources, or risk tolerance to do all the projects in its portfolio....
Marvel Entertainment announces Creativity Studio Stylus and App...
Disney Consumer Products (DCP) and Marvel Entertainment has launched the Marvel Creativity Studio Stylus and App, created by eKids, exclusively for the iPad.
The app delivers a creative space for kids to learn to draw, color and animate Marvel super heroes and villains, while the stylus adds special and enhanced play value, says Josh Silverman, executive vice president of global franchise licensing and commercialization at Disney Consumer Products. He says that features include:
° Professionally illustrated coloring pages, where you can add your own flare with drawing tools and an extensive color pallet;
° Use of the stylus to unlock special tools including the " Reveal" tool to color the page;
° An interactive grid system that includes specialty drawing aids such as side-by-side drawing canvas, trace lines and "Drawing Scope" — allowing artists of all levels to successfully learn how to draw these characters;
° The ability to build and animate action scenes with character stickers,...
Harmon rolls out the JBL Pulse
Harman has introduce the US$199. JBL Pulse, a wireless speaker with a "multi-dimensional" light show. It combines "room-filling sound with an eye-catching, programmable LED light show in one portable speaker," says Harman Lifestyle President Michael Mauser.
The JBL Pulse features programmable LED lights that pulse to your music. It has 40 mm drivers and a custom-tuned bass port and Wireless Bluetooth stereo streaming with NFC.
Pre-programmed and custom-programmed light themes control brightness and color, pulsed to your music. The JBL Pulse packs a rechargeable Lithium-ion battery. For more info go to www.JBL.com .
SoftRAID provides compatibility with Mavericks
SoftRAID 4.5.3 provides full compatibility with Mavericks (Mac OS X 10.9). With this release of Mac OS X, Apple has moved the location where third party drivers are installed.
Previous versions of SoftRAID — which allows you to to create and manage disk arrays — didn't search this new location for copies of the SoftRAID driver and will get confused by this new configuration. Version 4.5.3 now checks this new location when running on Mavericks.
SoftRAID version 4.5.3 is available as a fully functional demo version, which allows prospective customers to try SoftRAID for 30 days. For new users it costs US$129 for the electronic download version and includes one year of free technical support via email. It can be purchased via the SoftRAID website (www.softraid.com) and via retail outlets worldwide. Users of SoftRAID 3 can purchase an upgrade to version 4 for $69.
Hazel gets tagging support for Mavericks
Noodlesoft has released Hazel 3.1 for Mavericks with tagging support. Using Hazel's powerful rule engine, you can create workflows that keep your files organized automatically.
Hazel also features options for managing your Trash and includes an intuitive application uninstaller. Hazel 3.2 adds support for Mavericks tags. With these new features, users can now build powerful workflows to manipulate and automatically tag their files.
Hazel 3 is available for download now and features a 14-day free trial. Hazel has a retail price of US$28 and can be purchased from Noodlesoft (www.noodlesoft.com).
Autodesk releases Maya LT Extension 1
Autodesk has launched the first extension for Autodesk Maya LT, the company's recently released 3D modeling and animation tool designed specifically for independent and mobile game developers.
With new features such as improved interoperability with Unity3D, an increased polygon count and more, Maya LT Extension 1 simplifies the export of 3D content into artists' desired game engines and expands 3D modeling capabilities, according to the folks at Autodesk. Extension 1 is availableto as a free download for customers on subscription and pay-as-you-go plans.
More information about Maya LT and a free trial of the software are available via http://www.autodesk.com/mayalt and http://area.autodesk.com/mayalt .
Big Fish brings Android games to Mac, PC players
Big Fish, a producer of casual games, has added the ability to offer any Android game, free-to-play or premium, to its worldwide Mac and PC audience.
Game developers launching games with Big Fish can make their Android games playable on Macs and PCs within the Big Fish PC and Mac app store by simply implementing Big Fish's ecommerce APIs [application programming interfaces], s says Paul Thelen, founder and CEO of Big Fish. For more info go to www.bigfishgames.com .
iPhone 5c Guide eBook available for iPad, iPhone, Mac, Kindle
Stopframe says itss latest eBook, "iPhone 5c Guide," is available today in both the iBookstore and Amazon store. It costs US$3.99.
The new title by the expert team at iOS Guides is packed with tutorials and high-resolution imagery about the iPhone 5c. It's suitable for both beginners and intermediate users alike, says author T.A. Rudderham. For more info go to http://www.stopframe.co.uk/publishing/ .
Details on 2014 Xojo Developer Conference announced
Xojo, Inc. — makers of Xojo, a multi-platform development tool for the desktop and the web/web-mobile — is hosting the 2014 Xojo Developer Conference (XDC) in Las Vegas, March 26-28, 2014, at the Monte Carlo Resort and Casino.
XDC expands next year with 38 technical sessions presented by the company's development staff and leading users from around the world. In addition to a keynote address from Founder and CEO Geoff Perlman, XDC will include numerous opportunities for attendees to interface with the Xojo engineers themselves, network with other Xojo users from the international community, and participate in a gaming code battle.
XDC 2014 features sessions on best practices, special interests and other technical issues, with content for every level of Xojo developer, says Geoff Perlman, Xojo founder and CEO. Educational sessions will cover topics like Xojo iOS, database design, user interface design, debugging techniques, writing secure apps, and more. To view a complete list of...
Companies updating their products for Mavericks compatibility
Lots of software is being updated for OS X Mavericks, which is now available for download. Following are announcements of the latest batch of upgrades.
Zevrix Solutions has announced LinkOptimizer 4.8.7, a compatibility update to its workflow automation solution for Adobe InDesign. It lets you reduce InDesign link size and speed up processing by eliminating excess image data; performs essential image adjustments, converts image formats and more.
The new version makes LinkOptimizer compatible with OS X Mavericks. The software can be purchased from Zevrix (www.zevrix.com) for $259.95 (a "lite" version is $179.95) as well as from authorized resellers. A demo is available for download.
The update is free for LinkOptimizer 4.x users and $98.78 to upgrade from previous versions. LinkOptimizer is available for Mac OS X 10.5-10.8, a Universal Binary, and works with Adobe InDesign and Photoshop CS3-CC.
° Twocanoes Software has rolled out updates to Winclone 4 and Boot Runner with full...
Apple releases plethora of software updates
Apple has released several software updates to go along with the release of OS X Mavericks.
Aperture, Apple's pro image editing app, has been revved to version 3.5. It replaces Google Maps with Apple's own Maps for photo location tagging, adds iCloud photo sharing support, the ability to include video in shared streams, support for multiple contributors for photo streams, SmugMug support, and the ability to recognize filters applied to images in iOS 7.
Apple also released updates for Migration Assistant and Workgroup Manager on Tuesday. The Migration assistant updates are for those migrating to Mavericks from Lion, Snow Leopard, or various versions of Windows. The Workgroup Manager update is Mavericks compatible.
Apple has also upgraded Xcode, OS X Server, and Apple Remote Desktop, all for Mavericks. Xcode has been revved to 5.0.1, with Apple Remote Desktop upgraded to 3.7. OS X Server with the Mavericks core is now version 3.0.
Finally, iBooks Author 2.1 has been released. The...
Free Apple Mac mini offered with purchase of PitStop Server 12
DistributorX has announced a limited-time promotion that offers customers a free Apple Mac mini or Lenovo ThinkCentre with the purchase of a new license of Enfocus PitStop Server 12.
The all new PitStop Server 12 now uses the industry standard Adobe transparency flattening engine. The promotion expires Dec. 31. For more info go to www.distributorx.com/rlist/us/DXC33692 .
Theme Inn updates Bundle for MS Office for Mac
Theme Inn has announced Bundle for MS Office 1.8, an update to its templates for Microsoft Office for Macintosh.
The update adds 50 fresh designs. In total, Bundle for MS Office now contains five collections of customizable designs. It provides a variety of designs ranging from letters and brochures to greeting cards and books. All templates are available in US and international page sizes.
Bundle for MS Office requires Mac OS X 10.6.6 or later and MS Office 2008 for Mac or higher. It costs US$39.99; go to www.themeinn.com for more info.
Output Factory update improves EPS and HTML export
Zevrix Solutions (www.zevrix.com) has announced Output Factory 1.4.14, a maintenance update to its professional solution to automate output from Adobe InDesign.
Output Factory automates printing, exporting and post-processing from InDesign and offers batch output, export as single pages, variable file names, layer versioning, preflighting, detailed history and more. The new version improves the reliability of exporting to EPS and HTML, and addresses certain issue related to file delivery to remote destinations.
Output Factory can be purchased from the Zevrix website for US$169.95 (a "lite" version is available for $119.95), as well as from authorized resellers. A demo is available for download. BatchOutput users can upgrade to Output Factory for $84.97. Output Factory is available for Mac OS X 10.5-10.8 on Intel-based Macs and works with Adobe InDesign CS3-CC.
Blackmagic Design announces support for Mavericks
Blackmagic Design has released new software updates that add full support for Apple’s new OS X Mavericks.
Customers can now download the Blackmagic Design software updates, free of charge, from the Blackmagic Design web site. The new updates include OS X Mavericks compatibility and interface enhancements for the new operating system and are immediately available for DeckLink, UltraStudio and Intensity Desktop Video products.
The software updates are available now free of charge for all DeckLink, UltraStudio, Intensity, Media Express and HDLink customers from the Blackmagic Design web support page at www.blackmagicdesign.com/support .
CS Odessa launches new Audio, Video, Media Solution for...
CS Odessa has launched the ConceptDraw Audio, Video, Media Solution for ConceptDraw Pro 9. It extends the app with samples, templates and vector clipart libraries.
You can use it to make documents, presentations and websites, advertising, project management illustrations, or any design that requires clipart of audio, media, video, and photo equipment. The solution is found in the ConceptDraw Solution Park at ConceptDraw.com .
Winclone 4.2.2 released with Windows 8.1 compatibility
Twocanoes Software has released Winclone 4.2.2, featuring compatibility with Windows 8.1.
Winclone 4 is a solution for cloning, resizing and migrating Boot Camp on the Mac. It creates a clone of the Windows Boot Camp partition for quick recovery or migration to another Mac. With it you can transfer Windows between drives or over the network. Winclone also features the capability to migrate a PC to a Mac Boot Camp volume.
It requires Mac OS X 10.7 or higher. Twocanoes offers a support package that includes two years of technical support and maintenance, including access to priority technical support and all minor and major upgrades. For more info go to http://twocanoes.com .
InPreflight for InDesign gets improved batch file packaging
Zevrix Solutions (www.zevrix.com) has rolled out InPreflight Pro 2.11.2, a maintenance update to its document preparation solution for Adobe InDesign.
InPreflight is an all-in-one solution to check InDesign documents, collect them for output and ship to final destination. The new version improves the font collection reliability during automatic packaging of InDesign documents and ensures that raster EPS resolution is reported in InDesign CS6-CC.
InPreflight Pro can be purchased from Zevrix for US$99.95 (the Studio version is $39.95, as well as from authorized resellers. A demo is available for download. Version 2.11.2 is a free upgrade for licensed users of version 2.x, and $55.98 from earlier versions. InPreflight is available for Mac OS X 10.5 and later, a Universal Binary, and works with Adobe InDesign CS3-CC.
Pixelmator team unveils Pixelmator 3.0 FX
The Pixelmator Team has announced Pixelmator 3.0 FX for Mac OS X. Available as a free upgrade from the Mac App Store, version 3.0 features Layer Styles, Liquify Tools, and support for new features in OS X Maverick.
The upgrade also boasts a new, state-of-the-art image editing engine, says Saulius Dailide, of the Pixelmator Team. Pixelmator 3.0 FX introduces Layer Style, which speeds up the creation of polished compositions. You can apply shadows and inner shadows, beautiful gradients, create outlines, or reflections. Or apply a combination of effects with any of the Layer Styles presets. All of this is done non-destructively.
The new Liquify Tools bring even more ways to shape up and play with your images. You can slightly twist an element, add an artistic detail, or even completely distort the entire image. The new Warp, Bump, Pinch, and Twirl Liquify Tools are fun to play with, whether you want to subtly improve your photos or artistically distort them, according to Dailide.
Apple releases iOS 7.0.3
Apple has released iOS 7.0.3 for the iPad, iPhone and iPod touch. It adds iCloud Keychain password saving integration with OS X Mavericks.
iOS 7.0.3 also fixes a problem where iMessages were failing to send, as well as accelerometer calibration issues. The update is available via the Software Update screen in Settings > General on your iOS device running iOS 7 or later.
Excel Software ships QuickLicense 7.0 for Mac OS X, Windows
Excel Software has shipped QuickLicense 7.0 with new protection and licensing features for Mac or Windows desktop software. Enhancements focus on Excel spreadsheet protection in the AddLicense tool, Trial to Product upgrades, In-App purchasing, license management by email or text message and plugin protection.
AddLicense generates an application EXE or APP from an Excel spreadsheet that can be sold with a computer specific licensing process. After activation on the customer computer, it presents a control panel to manage the protected data files. A user clicks buttons to clone, rename, import, export or share data files on licensed computers. An Update button provides instant spreadsheet enhancements from the vendor by Internet communication.
QuickLicense 7 adds enhancements to provide customer assistance during the activation and licensing process. A Lookup button on the Activation dialog enables the customer to retrieve a recently purchased or forgotten Serial Number from the...
iWork and iLife now free with every new Mac and iOS device
Apple is making its iWork productivity apps -- Pages, Numbers and Keynote -- and iLife creativity apps -- iPhoto, iMovie and GarageBand -- free with all new Mac and iOS devices.
What's more, they've been completely redesigned to take full advantage of OS X Mavericks and iOS 7. And they've all been updated to 64-bit and are integrated with iCloud,
"This is the biggest day for apps in Apple’s history," says Eddy Cue, Apple’s senior vice president of Internet Software and Services. "These new versions deliver seamless experiences across devices that you can’t find anywhere else and are packed with great features like iMovie Theater, Drummer and a new unified file format for iWork documents across all your devices."
An all new iWork for Mac and iOS makes creating, editing and sharing documents easier than ever, he adds. iWork introduces a new, unified file format, delivering perfect document fidelity across Mac, iOS and iCloud, and the iWork for iCloud beta now includes support for real-...
OS X Mavericks is available today
Apple has announced that OS X Mavericks, the 10th major release of Mac OS X, is available for free from the Mac App Store.
With more than 200 new features, OS X Mavericks brings iBooks and Maps to the Mac, includes a new version of Safari, enhances multi-display support, introduces Finder Tabs and Tags and delivers new core technologies for breakthrough power efficiency and performance, says Craig Federighi, Apple’s senior vice president of Software Engineering. He says that Mavericks introduces:
° iBooks, which gives you instant access to your iBooks library, more than two million titles in the iBooks Store, and works across your devices;
° Maps, which brings mapping technology to the desktop and lets you plan a trip from your Mac and send it to your iPhone for voice navigation on the road;
° A streamlined Calendar that estimates travel time between appointments, and provides a map with weather forecast;
° A new version of Safari with Shared Links, which helps you find what’s new on...
Apple updates its MacBook Pro line
Apple has updated the MacBook Pro with Retina display with fourth generation Intel Core processors, the latest graphics, longer battery life, faster flash storage and next generation Wi-Fi.
It starts at a new lower price of US$1,299. Plus,iLife and iWork are now free with the purchase of every new Mac.
The MacBook Pro is now 0.71 inches thin. The 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display features fourth generation dual-core Intel Core i5 processors up to 2.6GHz with Turbo Boost speeds up to 3.1GHz. New integrated Intel Iris graphics deliver up to 90% faster performance than the previous generation MacBook Pro with Retina display, according to Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing. The 13-inch model can be configured with faster dual-core Intel Core i7 processors up to 2.8GHz with Turbo Boost speeds up to 3.3GHz.
The 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display features fourth generation quad-core Intel Core i7 processors up to 2.3GHz with Turbo Boost speeds...
Apple offers details on the new Mac Pro
Apple says the new, radically overhauled Mac Pro will arrive in December. Designed around an innovative unified thermal core, it features the latest Intel Xeon processors with up to 12 cores, dual workstation-class GPUs, six Thunderbolt 2 ports, PCIe-based flash storage and ultra-fast ECC memory.
"The new Mac Pro is our vision for the future of the pro desktop, everything about it has been reimagined and there has never been anything like it," says Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing. "The new Mac Pro packs up to 12-core Xeon CPUs, dual FirePro GPUs, ultra-fast ECC memory, new PCIe flash storage, Thunderbolt 2 expandability and more into a radical new design that is one-eighth the size of the previous generation Mac Pro."
The unified thermal core that allows the system to efficiently share thermal capacity across all the processors. A fan draws in air purportedly makes the new Mac Pro as quiet as a Mac mini. The result is a pro desktop that's just 9....
Apple announces iPad Air, Retina display iPad mini
Apple has announced iPad Air, the latest generation of its full sized tablet that features a 9.7-inch Retina display in a new thinner and lighter design.
Precision-engineered to weigh just one pound, iPad Air is 20% thinner and 28% lighter than the fourth generation iPad, and with a narrower bezel than its predecessor.
Apple today also announced iPad mini with Retina display, bringing all the pixels from the 9.7-inch iPad to its 7.9-inch screen. The new iPads feature the Apple-designed A7 chip with 64-bit desktop-class architecture, ultrafast wireless with faster built-in Wi-Fi and expanded LTE cellular connectivity, and the newly-designed iOS 7.
The A7 chip in the iPad Air allows the battery to be even smaller, helping reduce the overall volume by 24% from the previous generation while doubling its performance and maintaining its up to 10-hour battery life, says Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing.
The new iPad mini with Retina display packs all the...
Synology introduces multimedia-optimized DS214play
Synology America Corp. has announced its first media-centric DiskStation, the DS214play. The play is the first DiskStation to launch with dedicated hardware acceleration, specifically for video transcoding.
The DS214play can stream multiple 1080p video codecs, and is still able to handle a variety of additional processor-heavy tasks, according to Thadd Weil, public relations manager at Synology. It has a 1.6GHz dual-core CPU with integrated floating-point unit (FPU).
At the core of the DS214play is Synology's DiskStation Manager 4.3. With DSM, users have access to a range of utilities, applications, and multimedia packages.
The Synology DS214play is now shipping globally, and will be available in the United States over the next few weeks. It has a manufacturer's suggested retail price of US$369.99. Go to www.synology.com for more info.
Infrascale announces FileLocker for Mac OS X
Infrascale, which specializes in secure software defined infrastructure solutions, has released FileLocker for Mac, with native OS X integration. Mac OS X users now have direct access to File Locker’s Ultrasafe features, as well as Private Cloud deployment options, delivering secure file sharing for the Mac -- and the connected enterprise, says Infrascale CEO Ken Shaw.
FileLocker addresses the primary enterprise file sharing security issues of data leaks, unauthorized access, and data loss prevention, he adds. FileLocker now has endpoint support for OS X, iOS, Windows, Windows Server, Android, and Windows Mobile.
Whereas Mac users could previously use FileLocker via a web interface, the Mac OS X Sync Application now allows users to integrate their daily work into the FileLocker Platform. They can, for example, sync an unlimited number of folders from their Mac to the cloud -- and from the cloud to their Mac or other devices, whether on FileLocker’s public or private cloud deployment...
Final Cut Pro X Plugin PopOut released by FxFactory
Noise Industries, developer of visual effects tools for the post-production and broadcast markets, has released their newest product, PopOut from Cineflare.
PopOut is a solution for creating a 3D environment for images, text, logos, screen shots, and more without having to upload a project to Motion or After Effects. Created exclusively for Final Cut Pro X, Pop Out allows editors to add up to five layers of elements using drop zones.
The plugin also includes a feature where users can customize the 3D space of each individual element in the project, and the camera will automatically create the correct perspective. Whatever element users apply it to will become the center element of the five layers; editors then have the ability to control the parameters of the center element independent of the other layers. For example, this allows editors to use animated titles in Pop Out and still retain control of the title parameters, even after it becomes three-dimensional.
Pop Out comes with...
Halloween Fonts now available for free on the Mac App Store
128bit Technologies LLC announces its Halloween Fonts collection is now available on the Mac App Store. It includes 20 commercial use fonts in OpenType font format.
The fonts are cross-platform compatible. You can install and use them in all apps that support fonts. The Halloween Fonts collection also includes a custom font preview app to see how the fonts look when applied to text before you save and install them.
It requires Mac OS X 10.6 or later. You can download Halloween Fonts at http://tinyurl.com/lpthrve .
Ironic ships Mavericks tagging optimized Yep, Leap and Fresh
Ironic Software has shipped new versions of its entire suite of applications. These applications have been updated to work with the upcoming OS X Mavericks.
The applications are available both at Ironic's store (http://ironicsoftware.com) and the Mac App Store. The tags that the Ironic suite of applications make are, in addition to being first class tags on 10.9, also viewable on 10.7 or 10.8 computers on the same network, Tom Andersen, president of Ironic Software. This allows tagging to be introduced into an office without updating all the computers to Mavericks at once.
Cocktail revved for Mavericks compatibility
Maintain has announced Cocktail 7.0 (Mavericks Edition), a new edition of Cocktail that is fully compatible with the upcoming OS X Mavericks 10.9.
Cocktail is a general purpose utility for OS X that lets users clean, repair and optimize their Mac. Its features are arranged into five categories designed to help you manage various aspects of your computer, including Disk, System, Files, Network and the OS X Interface.
Cocktail (Mavericks Edition) requires OS X Mavericks to run. It costs US$19 and can be downloaded at http://maintain.se/cocktail .
VidConvert is ready for OS X Mavericks
Reggie Ashworth has announced VidConvert 1.5, a OS X Mavericks update to his video converter for Mac OS X.
VidConvert will convert just about any type of video into one of the popular formats. Simply add a file, select a format and a quality, and click convert. Optionally you can change your save folder from the main window. For advanced users you can select the Advanced panel if you choose to allow such options as custom frame rate, bit rate, etc. Supported formats include iPhone, iPod, iPad, QuickTime, .mp4, MPEG-1 and 2, DivX, Xvid, and audio only formats such as .mp3 and .m4a.
VidConvert 1.5 requires Mac OS X 10.7 or higher. It costs US$7.99 and can be purchased at www.reggieashworth.com/vidconvert . A demo is available for download.
Synology presents DiskStation DS414
Synology has launched DiskStation DS414, an addition to the Synology NAS Value Series for small to medium-sized businesses.
The four-bay NAS device boasts a dual core 1.33GHz CPU with floating-point unit, 1GB of RAM, dual LAN, two USB 3.0 ports and tool-less HDD trays. The DS414 is equipped with dual LAN network failover support to maximize system availability, says Michael Wang, product manager at Synology.
The DS414 and DS114 runs on DiskStation Manager (DSM) 4.3, which provides features to boost user-productivity and simplify their tasks. For more info, including pricing, go to www.synology.com .
Chronos announces Greeting Card Shop 1.0 for Mac OS X
Chronos has released Greeting Card Shop, an app that lets you create greeting cards, invitations, and accompanying envelopes on Mac OS X 10.8.4 or later.
Features include: support for double-sided cards/invitations; support for folding cards/invitations: single-fold, double-fold, and tri-fold; support for multiple cards/invitations per page: 2, 3, 4, and 6 copies per page; the ability to edit the inside panels of greeting cards/invitations; and the ability to edit edit a single panel or multiple panels at once (handy for graphics that overlap folds). Greeting Card Shop Greeting Card Shop supports popular holiday and everyday occasions
The artwork collection includes 145 kits (called "iScrapKits") containing over 5,100 graphics. All of the artwork has a resolution of 300 dots per inch. Greeting Card Shop comes with 606 greeting card templates, 93 invitation templates, 94 envelope templates, and 16 photo card templates. Greeting Card Shop supports popular paper and envelope sizes in U...
Chords Notes Player 1.0 released for Mac OS X
Jiri Markalous has introduced Chords Notes Player 1.0, a music app built for Mac OS X.
Chords Notes Player gives musicians the possibility to create chord charts to folk and bluegrass songs. You can replay them or use them as backing tracks for your practice, print them and gain an easy to follow chord patterns to accompany your jamming.
Formatting and noting of chords during composing is easy, says Markalous. It's only necessary to write down the chords' names divided by spacing.
Chords Notes Player 1.0 costs US$9.99 and is available worldwide through the Mac App Store in the Music category (http://tinyurl.com/l7hmt7t). For more info go to www.chordsnotesplayer.com .
Intego launches Washing Machine 2014 for Mac OS X
Intego, a provider of security products built exclusively for Mac users, has released Washing Machine 2014 for Mac OS X 10.6 or higher.
Intego has completely rewritten Washing Machine from the ground up, transforming it from an Internet security tool to a Mac utility. It seeks out and removes large, unneeded files, freeing up valuable hard disk space and speeding up the operating system, says Intego CEO Jeff Erwin. Washing Machine also features tools to organize the dock and desktop, and lets users create Smart Folders for quick access to frequently used files. The app:
° Seeks out files the user no longer uses or needs and quickly cleans them from their machine, freeing up gigabytes of space and increasing Mac performance. These files include downloads, caches, logs and trash.
° Identifies duplicate files by analyzing the bits, and lets the user select which versions to remove.
° Creates Smart Folders. Smart Folders offer quick access to frequently used files and applications....
ReOrient Media has released Infinite PDF
ReOrient Media has released Infinite PDF, a new iPad app that allows professionals to appeal to multiple audiences with a single presentation.
Infinite PDF works by reinventing the traditional static presentation, a medium that's changed little since 1982, according to the folks at ReOrient Media. It does so by creating multiple pathways within a presentation. This allows presenters adapt their presentations. The content they cover based on audience feedback, so they can deliver their presentations as a interactive conversation while still arriving at the same conclusion.
There's no need to create a new presentation for each audience: instead, one PDF will do it all. To get started, users load their presentation into Infinite PDF, where each page becomes a moveable tile.
The user interface allows professionals to create a core spine in their presentation and to build branches above or below any topic in order to give it more depth. These branching pathways help users to prepare for...
ScreenFloat 1.5 for Mac brings timed screenshots, more
Eternal Storms Software has released ScreenFloat 1.5, an update to their screenshot tool for Mac OS X. The update comes with several new features, including timed screenshots and posting to ImageShack.
ScreenFloat lets users create screenshots that float above all windows to keep information visible at all times without having to resize or move windows. Shots can be kept for later use and organized in the app's Shots Browser.
ScreenFloat 1.5 requires Mac OS X Lion or later. It's available at the Mac App Store (http://tinyurl.com/n6cd8zk) for US$6.99. A 15-day demo is available at the Eternal Storms web site (http://www.eternalstorms.at).
LiveCode adds iOS 7 support
RunRev has updated LiveCode, their programming environment, to version 6.1.2. The upgrade adds support for iOS 7.
LiveCode lets users create cross platform apps on Mac OS X, iOS, Android, Windows and Linux systems. For download and pricing options go to www.livecode.com .
Apple announces MB Air drive replacement program
Apple has determined that certain 64GB and 128GB flash storage drives used in the previous generation of MacBook Air systems may fail. These systems were sold between June 2012 through June 2013.
Apple or an Apple Authorized Service Provider (AASP) will replace affected flash storage drives, free of charge. To see if your drive may be affected, go to the Mac App Store, click on Updates and choose the MacBook Air Flash Storage Firmware Update 1.1.
The firmware update will test your drive to see if it is affected. You'll be directed to http://tinyurl.com/o6wp5tb if needed.
BatchOutput PDF 2.1.1 adds option to auto rotate PDF pages at...
Zevrix Solutions (www.zevrix.com) has released BatchOutput PDF 2.1.1, a feature update to its solution to printing multiple PDF files on Mac OS X.
BatchOutput PDF allows users to print PDF automatically from watched hot folders and offers a robust and affordable solution for users of any trade, whether it's print, publishing, education or financial institutions. The new version adds an option to auto rotate PDF pages at print according to the page orientation selected in the printing settings.
BatchOutput PDF 2.1.1 can be purchased from the Zevrix website for US$24.95 (the server version is $99.95), as well as from authorized resellers. A demo is available for download. BatchOutput PDF is a Universal Binary and supports Mac OS X 10.5 and later.
DriveDx for Mac OS X drives to version 1.2
BinaryFruit (http://binaryfruit.com} has announced DriveDx 1.2, an update of its Mac OS X solution for SSD and HDD health diagnostics and monitoring. The upgrade offers improved SSD/HDD health diagnosis algorithms, hints and descriptions for all health indicators (SMART attributes) and support for more drives.
DriveDx measures the overall health of both SSD and HDD drives. Among other things it provides users with advanced warning before their drives fail.
DriveDx performs overall drive health diagnostics using drive health indicators (like SSD wear out/endurance, reallocated bad sectors, offline bad sectors, pending sectors, I/O errors, and more) that most closely correlate with drive failures according to the statistics reported in the latest researches focused on identifying drive failure trends. This gives a user a picture of a current drive health status and enables foreseeing potential problems with drive failure and loss of sensitive data.
DriveDx 1.2 has four types of...
Armoz offers new tempered glass screen protector for smartphones
Armorz, a manufacturer of mobile technology accessories, has unveiled the Stealth Extreme Lite tempered glass screen protector for the iPhone 5S/5C and Samsung Galaxy Note 3. It's 0.2mm thick, and purportedly offers shatterproof protection.
Stealth Extreme Lite with 8H hardness rated processed glass to absorb shock and safeguard your device It's engineered from heavy-duty scratches and abrasions. Additionally, Armorz has developed a product that does not ignore aesthetics for protection, says Morgan Clancy, chief marketing office for Armoz. While the entire surface of the Stealth Extreme Lite is transparent, the underside is covered with strong silicon adhesive for easy installation without bubbling or lifting. The oleophobic coating prevents oil, fingerprints and smudges, making it very easy to clean, Clancy says.
The Stealth Extreme Lite Tempered Glass Screen Protector has a manufacturer's suggested retail price of US$34.95. It's available at www.armorz.com and Amazon.com .
NYC TimeLapse for iMovie and FCPX now in the Mac App Store
Mosa Motion Graphics has introduced NYC TimeLapse for iMovie and FCPX 1.0 for Mac OS X. This stock footage app packs 12 New York City time lapse animations.
All videos are presented as h.264 Mp4 files as 25 Mbps 1080p videos. See a city in motion, accentuating man and nature's hidden rhythms. NYC TimeLapse is compatible with iMovie and Final Cut Pro X.
NYC TimeLapse requires OS X 10.7 or later. It costs US$9.99 and is available worldwide through the Mac App Store in the Video category (http://tinyurl.com/l4v7qte). For more info go to www.mosamotiongraphics.com .
Magma introduces new Thunderbolt capable expansion solution
Magma -- a developer of computer expansion products for servers, desktops and portable platforms -- has introduced the ROBEN-3 (pronounced “robin”) at the 135th Audio Engineers Society Convention (AES) in New York City.
ROBEN-3 is the first set of offerings in Magma’s newest series of Thunderbolt capable expansion computing products. The series is designed to be the "ultimate sidekick" expansion solution for creative professional, according to Magma President Timothy Miller.
The ROBEN-3 is available in three model configurations that include Thunderbolt and native PCI Express host computer connection options. It has the potential to house three-full length, full-height Peripheral Component Interconnect Express (PCIe) cards. Additionally, three different ROBEN-3 models offer features for full customization.
The ROBEN-3 basic model offers the potential of two 5.25-in drive bays, while the ROBEN-3 storage model offers eight 2.5-inch hot swappable bays. The ROBEN-3 Mac Mini version...