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...
iPhone 5s Complete Guide eBook available
Stopframe has published a new ebook: "iPhone 5s Complete Guide."Available today in the Amazon store, the title is packed with in-depth tutorials and high-resolution imagery about the iPhone 5s.
Beginning with basic tuition through to advanced tips, you'll learn how to film and edit slow motion videos, add and use a fingerprint, use built-in apps and much more. It's written by author, T.A. Rudderham, and brought to you by the team at iOS Guides.
They say that readers will learn the very basics such as syncing with iTunes and setting up emails, through to advanced tips such tweaking photos and seeing your frequent locations. Also included are detailed tutorials related to the latest technologies included with iPhone 5s.
"iPhone 5s Complete Guide is priced at $4.99. You can buy it at http://tinyurl.com/lo3kjgt .
Akitio expands product line to include high capacity SSD storage...
Akitio, a manufacturer of storage solutions, has received certification on what it says is the world’s first 512GB, fully bus-powered Thunderbolt storage solution. In addition to the company’s ever-expanding line of storage solutions, the 512GB model complements the series and is able to reach read speeds of 520GB/second on bus power.
Akitio has developed its own low power, high capacity and high performance SSD’s that can be used in portable storage products, such as the Akitio Neutrino Thunderbolt Edition, says Richard Wright, director of global distribution, Akitio. The new 512GB model with a pre-installed solid-state drive (SSD) is available at a manufacturer's suggested retail price of US$599. The Akitio Thunderbolt series is available at Akitio.com, Amazon.com and several online and retail outlets across the world.
"Video editing and post production professionals have been clamoring for a high capacity, bus-powered Thunderbolt storage solution, and we are confident that our...
Apple assigned DOJ monitor in ebook price fixing case
Judge Denise Cote has assigned former Assistant US Attorney and Justice Department Inspector General Michael Bromwich with the task of monitoring Apple as part of the five-year injunction she hit the Mac, iPhone, and iPad maker with in an ebook price fixing case, reports "The MacObserver" (http://tinyurl.com/lmlsgvp). Bromwich will watch over Apple's business practices for two years, but that could be extended to five.
The legal brouhaha centers on Apple's move to change the way that publishers charged for e-books as it prepared to introduce its first iPad in 2010. Traditionally, publishers sold books to retailers for roughly half of the recommended cover price.
Under that "wholesale model," booksellers were then free to offer those books to customers for less than the cover price if they wished.
DEVONthink 2.7 is ready for Mavericks
DEVONtechnologies has updated all editions of its information and document manager DEVONthink, as well as its smart notebook app DEVONnote. The upgrade brings encryption for remote sync stores improves support for Markdown.
All apps are ready for the soon-to-be-released OS X 10.9 Mavericks. The updates are free and recommended for all users.
All editions of DEVONthink 2.7 now encrypt all metadata and all contents stored on remote sync locations such as Dropbox, WebDAV, or AFP. Sync locations can be cleaned much more easily and for hourly scheduled syncs users can now choose the minute of the hour when the sync should be run.
DEVONthink and DEVONnote require an Intel-based Mac and OS X 10.6.8 or later (in the Mac App Store: OS X 10.8.3 or later). They can be downloaded from DEVONtechnologies online (www.devontechnologies.com ) and be test-driven for free before they need to be properly licensed. DEVONthink Personal and DEVONnote are also available via the Mac App Store. Prices are: US...
Storage and Syncing via Dropbox zdded to Money by Jumsoft
Jumsoft, has updated Money, its financial management and budgeting tool for Mac OS X, to version 4.5. The upgrade includes a number of improvements, including full support for the upcoming OS X Mavericks.
What's more, it features new Dropbox functionality, which allows users to store Money documents on the popular cloud service and access them from a Mac, iPhone, or iPad. The updated app presents the possibility of storing Money documents on Dropbox and viewing, editing, adding, or removing data from any of the three versions of the application.
Money is available for purchase from the Mac App Store. It requires OS X 10.7 or later and costs US$38.99. For more info go to www.jumsoft.com/money/ .
Troi Automatisering releases Troi URL Plug-in 3.5 for FileMaker...
Troi Automatisering has rolled out Troi URL Plug-in 3.5 for FileMaker Pro 12. It's an update of the plugin that can help you fill in forms on the Internet, all from FileMaker Pro. It also retrieves data or images from web sites.
Version 3.5 further improves compatibility with FileMaker Pro 12. A fully functional demo version is available rom Troi's Web site (www.troi.com/software/urlplugin.html).
Troi URL Plug-in 3.5 works with FileMaker Pro 10, 11 and 12. The plug-in can also be used with runtimes created by FileMaker Pro Advanced 10, 11 or 12. The plug-in is available for Mac OS X 10.5.7 or higher, Windows XP Professional, Windows XP Home Edition (SP 3), Windows Vista, Windows 7 or Windows 8. Licenses cost US$79 per user.
Troi URL Plug-in 3.5 also works with FileMaker Server 10, 11 or 12 as a server-side plug-in and as a plug-in used by the web publishing engine. To use this, you need to purchase a special cross-platform Server/Web license that costs $349.
Troi URL Plug-in 3.5...
SoundSoap 3 for Mac OS X gets new interface
Soundness has launched version 3 of their SoundSoap audio noise reduction software. The upgrade sports a new user interface and 64-bit compatibility.
Designed as a companion solution for anyone creating videos, screencasts, podcasts, LP restoration, music, or dialogue, SoundSoap solves audio noise problems like unwanted hiss and background noises, clicks, pops, crackles, electrical hum, and rumble. It works as a standalone application or as an audio software plug-in for use in popular applications like GarageBand, Logic X, Digital Performer, and Final Cut Pro X. The SoundSoap standalone application also works with iMovie, iPhoto, Premiere, Skype, or any other audiovisual software.
SoundSoap 3's new user interface includes an improved high-resolution Wash Window. The Wash Window enables users to visualize the "before" and "after" results of the noise reduction processing. Earlier versions of SoundSoap required 2-3 seconds of isolated material to use the Learn Noise feature. SoundSoap...
iFunia releases update to Video Downloader for the Mac
iFunia Studio has announced Video Downloader for Mac 4.0. The new version sports an optimized interface and offers expanded quality and format options. Also, the video downloading technology has been optimized to deliver greater productivity and efficiency.
iFunia Video Downloader for Mac downloads online video locally on your Mac. Supported online websites include YouTube, Break, DailyMotion, Blip, Veoh, Metacafe, Bing, Flickr and Vimeo.
Video Downloader for Mac v4.0.0 is available now through the iFunia website (www.ifunia.com/). The retail price is US$19.
Smoovie stop motion software for the Mac revved to version 2
Open Planet Software has announced Smoovie 2, an update to their stop motion animation app for the Mac. The upgrade boasts a new look, live effects, time lapse features and more.
Smoovie includes 18 live effects, including chroma key, toon, color splash and more. You can customize each effect and make changes as you build your movie, so that the effects themselves can be animated, too. Effects can also be chained together
Smoovie 2 requires Mac OS X 10.7.5 or later. It's available from the Mac App Store and is on sale at US$29.99 for a limited time. The full price will be $39.99. As a thank you to early adopters, Open Planet Software is offering the upgrade from Smoovie 1 to Smoovie 2 free of charge. A demo is available for download from the Smoovie website (http://www.smoovie.com/).
Monotype enhances its Japanese typeface portfolio
Monotype Imaging Holdings, a provider of typefaces, technology and expertise for creative applications and consumer devices, has engaged with several of Japan’s top typeface foundries and distributors to enhance Monotype’s portfolio of high-quality Japanese fonts.
Typefaces from Iwata, Jiyu Kobo, Motoya, Ricoh and Type Project comprise the latest additions, bringing the total to more than 500 Japanese fonts that can be licensed from Monotype. The latest additions -- several of which are available for the first time outside of Japan -- are licensed through Monotype’s direct sales channels and through the company’s Fonts.com and Linotype.com websites.
In addition to licenses for Web fonts and traditional desktop fonts, licensing options are available for mobile applications, e-publications and Web-enabled services, as well as for OEMs [original equipment manufacturers] and developers of consumer devices.
Monotype’s Japanese collection comprises a wide range of styles, including...
JixiPix Software releases Photoshop plugins for their design...
JixiPix Software has introduced its US$99.99 Premium Pack Plugin bundle of apps for Photoshop, Photoshop Elements, and Lightroom.
The Premium Pack Plugin bundles the Ultimate Photography Suite, the Artista Series and the Creative Collection to give you 15 products. As a special bonus they are also giving you Aquarella and Artoon for free.
The Premium Pack requires: Mac OS X 10.6 or later (64bit) and Adobe Photoshop CS3 (34 or 64bit), Adobe Photoshop Elements 10, or Adobe Lightroom 4. Go to http://www.jixipix.com for more info.
iConnectivity releases iConnectMIDI2+
iConnectivity, developer of interfaces for musicians, has released iConnectMIDI2+, their next generation interface for Mac, PC, and iOS. It's a multi-host interface that features iConnectivity’s multi-hosting and audio passThru technology.
iConnectMIDI2+’s multi-hosting capability allows for more than up to twp computing devices to share the same interface as well as access and share MIDI resources over its two pairs of MIDI DINs and its eight additional user configurable ports. This enables workflow such as, sending MIDI from a controller or synthesizer to DAW and an iOS device simultaneously, setting up redundancy in a live MIDI environment, sending MIDI from multiple computing devices to one another, and more.
As a part of its multi-hosting capabilities iConnectMIDI2+ also features audio passThru. This technology enables two computing devices (Macs, PCs, iOS devices) to not only pass MIDI data but also act as an audio interface between them, bridging each computing device into...
Apple updates HP, Canon printer drivers
Apple has updated printer drivers for Mac OS X. They're for HP printers and Canon laser printers.
Both require Mac OS X 10.6 are higher. You can download them via the Software Updates component of the Mac OS X Systems Preferences app.
Akvis updates photo correction apps
The gang at Akvis has upgraded their three programs: Enhancer 14.0, Noise Buster 9.0, Refocus 4.0. The new versions offer the sharing feature, new compatibilities for the plugins, support for more RAW formats, and other improvements.
Akvis improves detail in a picture, fixes a dark photo, adds contrast and brightness, adjusts tones. Noise Buster is noise suppression software. Refocus improves sharpness of out of focus images.
Registered users of any versions of Noise Buster, Refocus, and the latest versions of Enhancer (10-13.5) are eligible to upgrade their programs for free. Those who have an older version (1-9) of Enhancer will need to pay for an upgrade to the current 14. All programs run on Mac OS X 10.4-10.8, both 32 bit and 64 bit. For a free trial, Akvis offers 10 days of fully functional use. Go to akvis.com for more info.
Seasonality Core for OS X gets mapping interface improvements
Gaucho Software has revved Seasonality Core, their weather app for Mac OS X, to version 2.4. The update has several improvements to the mapping interface.
Gaucho has revamped the Particle Mode wind simulation to show cooler-looking particles (see the screenshot below). The map now wraps around instead of having a hard boundary at 180 degrees.
Gaucho also added a new graph hover mode that’s easier to read. The hover shows up when you mouse-over the graphs to allow you to closely inspect the data being displayed. There’s another handy addition: if you hold down the Option key on your keyboard while hovering over a graph, the app will show you a full array of conditions at that time, not just the condition of the graph you are hovering over.
Seasonality Core costs US$24.99 and is available at the Mac App Store. Updates to version 2.4 are free for current customers. A 30-day free trial can be downloaded from the Seasonality Core website (http://GetSeasonality.com/core/).
Avadon 2: The Corruption Launches Oct 30 on Steam
Spiderweb Software says their newest indie, epic length RPG, Avadon 2: The Corruption, will be released on Oct. 30 for Mac and PC users. An iOS version is scheduled for early next year.
Here's how the game is described: "As a Hand of Avadon, the Black Fortress, you once held unlimited power. Your word was law. Your homeland was united and prospered under the protection of the Black Fortress. Now that fragile alliance has collapsed. Rebellion rages, outside enemies gather, and Avadon lies in ruins. Will you fight to restore your power and bring peace to your realm, or will you join the rebels and forge a new nation? The decision will be yours in Avadon 2: The Corruption.
"Avadon 2: The Corruption is an epic fantasy role-playing adventure in an enormous world. Choose from five different types of characters, including the new Tinkermage class, each with dozens of unique spells or skills. Explore a gigantic world filled with secrets, artifacts, and a rich story. Experience multiple...
Apple announces Oct. 22 media event
Apple has sent out press invitations to a special event to be held on Oct. 22 at 1 p.m. (Eastern).
The invite says "We still have a lot to cover." That could include any and all of the following: new iPads, new MacBook Pros, the new Mac Pro, and OS X Mavericks.
iHome Releases Bluetooth Keyboard with Swivel Case for iPad
The new iHome "Type Pro" Bluetooth Keyboard with Swivel Case gives you the ability to convert your iPad into a working notebook computer, while providing protection. It's Bluetooth-enabled for wireless connectivity.
The swivel functionality allows you to adjust the screen angle 360 degrees. Its case holds and protects both the iPad and keyboard.
The Type Pro is compatible with the iPad 2, 3 and 4. It retails for US$99.99 and is currently available at Office Depot. For more information, go to www.ihomecases.com .
SMK-Link tweaks its Gyration Air Mouse
SMK-Link Electronics Corp. has announced enhancements the wireless performance of its Gyration Air Mouse GO Plus, making it the natural choice for K12 classroom and collegiate amphitheater applications, according to John Blair, general manager of Branded Products for SMK0Link.
The GO Plus -- which costs approximately US$100 -- boasts a patented gesture-based cursor control and 100-foot wireless range. It's a laser-scrolling desktop mouse with user assignable buttons.
The GO Plus is compatible with Mac OS X and Windows. For more info go to www.smklink.com .