Ring Menu for Mac touted as a Dock replacement
The Ring Menu application for Mac can now be downloaded from the Mac App Store. It adds a circular menu containing apps, files and folders around the mouse cursor that responds to trackpad gestures and keyboard shortcuts.
Ring Menu also introduces a new gesture to the trackpad of your Mac: the three finger rest. Put three fingers next to each other on the trackpad for a short period of time and the Ring Menu will appear around the mouse cursor. Several other gestures as well as the option to open Ring Menu using keyboard shortcuts are also available.
The menu can be easily customized using drag and drop to add new apps, files and folders or to reorder the current menu items, says its developer, Daniel Schroth. Ring Menu comes in six different colors to match any wallpaper and taste. It features a dynamic item zoom that magnifies the items under your mouse cursor.
Ring Menu requires OS X 10.9 or later. It's free and available at athe Mac App Store in the Utilities category.
CuteDJ for Mac OS X gets over 20 new features
CuteDJPro (http://www.cutedjpro.com/) has rolled the latest version (4.3.0) of CuteDJ, its DJ mixing software. The upgrade boasts over 20 new features.
The software is available for Mac OS X 10.7 or higher. It's being offered at US$99.95 for a limited time.
BatchOutput XLS revved for Mac OS X Yosemite
Zevrix Solutions (www.zevrix.com) has rolled out BatchOutput XLS 2.2.2, an update to its output automation solution for Microsoft Excel on Mac OS X.
In addition to batch printing and exporting, the software lets users carry out automated professional PDF production directly from Excel eliminating the need for time consuming post-processing. The new version is compatible with Mac OS X 10.10 Yosemite and addresses some stability and performance issues.
BatchOutput XLS can be purchased for US$39.95 from the Zevrix website, as well as from authorized resellers. A demo is available for download.
QuartzCode ready for Mac OS X Yosemite
Wan Ahmad Lutfi has introduced QuartzCode 1.1 (http://www.quartzcodeapp.com), an update to its code generator tool for Mac OS X.
It's an animation tool that turns vector drawings and animation into Objective C code. Version 1.1 adds support for Mac OS X Yosemite and Apple's Swift programming language.
With QuartzCode, developers and designers can create new or use existing assets and transform them into complex animations without writing code. Supporting Core Animation and UIView block-based code generation, QuartzCode is readable and can be modified in real-time.
It requires Mac OS X Mavericks or later. It's available at the Mac App Store in the Developer Tools category for US$69.99 for a limited time (it's normally $99).
GhostReader for Mac OS X adds speech tags, automatic language...
ConvenienceWare has developed GhostReader 2.0, an update to the text-to-speech solution to read texts aloud on your Mac. Offering full playback control, zoom, a pronunciation editor and word highlighting, it can be used with a variety of text formats including PDF, Word, plain text and RTF documents and texts can be converted into audio files.
GhostReader is now available in two versions: GhostReader and GhostReader Plus. The Plus version adds speech tags and automatic language detection on top of the GhostReader feature set. Tags can be used to define each word, sentence or paragraph to have its own voice and speech characteristics.
GhostReader can be used with Apple's built-in voices, or with the Infovox iVox voices. Infovox iVox offers natural-sounding voices in over 30 languages, including children's voices and character and specialty voices for fun and humor.
GhostReader requires OS X 10.9 or later. GhostReader 2.0 and GhostReader Plus 2.0 are exclusively available through the...
Markzware releases MarkzTools for InDesign with special...
Markzware (www.markzware.com) has released MarkzTools for InDesign, an InDesign plug-in that allows users to open a higher version of an InDesign document in a lower version.
For instance, an InDesign CS6 user of MarkzTools for InDesign can open an InDesign CC (Creative Cloud) or CC 2014 document. MarkzTools for InDesign takes the guesswork out of working with Adobe InDesign documents created in varying versions and releases. This includes InDesign CS5, CS5.5, CS6, CC, and CC 2014.
MarkzTools for InDesign requires Mac OS X 10.6.8 or higher and one of these Adobe InDesign host applications: Adobe InDesign CS6 Mac, Adobe InDesign CS5.5 Mac, or Adobe InDesign CS5 Mac. A Subscription Bundle is immediately available and entitles users to use MarkzTools for InDesign for a full year from the purchase date. Prior to the end of the year’s subscription, Markzware’s Loyalty Program will prompt users to renew their subscriptions at a discounted rate.
Apple takes action to deal with 'WireLurker' malware
A new malware attack called "WireLurker" has been revealed that affects iOS devices when paired with an infected OS X system. However, Apple has quickly responded to this threat by revoking developer identities for apps identified as being part of this malware scam, notes "MacIssues" (http://tinyurl.com/lfhheu8).
Discovered by security researchers at Palo Alto Networks, WireLurker is a trojan horse malware distributed through Chinese-based online app stores, as well as through re-packaged pirated applications distributed on underground networks, that takes advantage of Apple’s Enterprise Provisioning services for iOS to infect iOS systems. Once run on an OS X system, the malware will monitor any iOS device connected to an infected Mac with a USB cable, and will then install malicious applications onto the device. These programs will then attempt to steal data and sensitive information.
Imagineer Systems releases mocha 4.1
Imagineer Systems (www.imagineersystems.com) has shipped mocha Pro 4.1 and mocha Plus 4.1, updates of its tracking software for video production. A free update for existing mocha 4 users, version 4.1 adds a number of new features, including open spline mask export, spline warp export for NUKE, and support for OpenEXR 2.0.
mocha Pro 4.1 is now available on Mac OS X, Windows and Linux with nodelocked or cross-platform, floating licensing options. The new version supports Adobe After Effects and Premiere Pro, Apple Final Cut Pro and Motion, Avid|DS, Assimilate SCRATCH, Autodesk Flame, Smoke & Maya, Boris FX, Eyeon Fusion, HitFilm, Quantel, Maxon Cinema 4D, Red Giant Warp and The Foundry’s Nuke.
mocha Pro 4.1 is a free update for existing mocha Pro 4 users. Upgrades to mocha Pro 4 from previous versions are available starting at US$495. New users can purchase mocha Pro 4.1 on the Imagineer Systems website for $1,495.
mocha Plus 4.1 is now available on Mac OS X and Windows. mocha Plus...
Microsoft announces new Office apps for the iPhone
Microsoft has announced new Office apps and experiences for the iPhone and iPad and the ability for customers using these devices to create and edit Office content without a subscription.
Starting today, iPhone (and Android tablet) customers can tap into the same experience that people with Office for iPad have enjoyed, says John Case, corporate vice president, Office, Microsoft. The company has announced new Word, Excel and PowerPoint apps for the iPhone and updated Office for iPad apps.
What's more, customers on iPhone, iPad and Android can create and edit Office content without a subscription. The new Office for iPad and Office for iPhone apps are available in 29 languages and 136 countries. The apps require an iPad or iPhone running iOS 7.0 or later. More information can be found at http://tinyurl.com/mr7gnl6 .
Max Secure updates its Mac Anti-Virus for WireLurker malware
Max Secure Software (http://maxmobisecure.com) has released a live update for its Mac AntiVirus to detect and clean the new WireLurker malware.
WireLurker infects iOS devices through trojanized Mac OS X apps and also infects non-jail broken iOS devices. Max Secure Malware research team has added multiple checks to detect the WireLurker malware. At Max Secure the AntiVirus apps for Mac and iOS are equipped to check and clean the WireLurker.
AntiVirus 1.0.9 is available worldwide exclusively through the Mac App Store in the Utilities category. It requires Mac OS X 10.8 or higher.
Pixelmator Limestone is ready for OS Yosemite
The Pixelmator Team (http://www.pixelmator.com) has announced Pixelmator 3.3 Limestone, an update to its image editing app for Mac OS X.The upgrade offers complete OS X Yosemite feature and technology support and embraces new Continuity features as well as iCloud Drive support.
Support for OS X Extensions offers an advanced-technology Repair Tool in apps like Mail or TextEdit. You can now remove objects and repair images right in the app you are using, without even having to open Pixelmator. Just add your picture to the message or document and use the extension tool to enhance it.
Pixelmator 3.3 Sandstone requires Mac OS X 10.9.5 or later. It's available from the Mac App Store for US$29.99 for new users and is a free update for registered users.
Precious Disk is new hard drive utility for Mac OS X
The Sovapps team has introduced Precious Disk 1.0 (http://tinyurl.com/lltnnbq), a hard drive utility for Mac OS X. It scans your disks and folders and allows you to get more space by tracking and reviewing all your file content.
You can locate all your hidden files thanks to special filters. Before moving them to the trash, you can view them in the Finder or Quick Look.
Precious Disk requires OS X 10.8 or later and costs US$9.99. It's available at the Mac App Store in the Utilities category.
Star Walk widget brings up-to-the-minute astronomy to iOS 8
Vito Technology (http://vitotechnology.com/) has announced Star Walk - 5 Stars Astronomy Guide 7.0.4 for iOS. It's an upgrade to their augmented reality stargazing guide for spotting over 200,000 stars, planets, constellations, satellites and galaxies in the night sky.
Real time motion tracking tells you what stars are above you in the sky. The new version adds support for iOS 8 and a new widget that tells users about the upcoming visible celestial events, moon phase, time of sunset and more.
Star Walk - 5 Stars Astronomy Guide requires iOS 6.0 or later. It costs US$2.99 and is available worldwide exclusively through the Apple App Store in the Education category. Star Walk for iPad - 5 Stars Astronomy Guide is also available for $2.99.
MacMate puts Time Machine in the cloud
MacMate (http://www.macmate.me) has announced the addition of Time Machine backup to its cloud disk solution to enable cloud-based backup of entire Macs.
Users can use the cloud space using traditional methods and apps that support FTP, SFTP, WebDav and native AFP, allowing the customer to use the disk from a variety of their favorite apps. It's the only cloud backup solution that allows this and brings enterprise-level offsite backup capability to consumer and small businesses, says Gary Hall, CEO of MacMate.
Time Machine allows you to select multiple disks as your backup locations and incrementally backs up changed data every hour, alternating between the disks. Traditionally these needed to be either physically connected to the Mac or as AppleShares on the network. MacMate bridges this gap by creating a mounted disk that the OS sees as a physical disk.
MacMate recommends that users have a local backup, via their iMac or Mac Mini at home - perhaps with an external hard drive or...
Sonnet announces Thunderbolt Pro P2 Memory Card Reader
Sonnet Technologies (www.sonnettech.com) has announced its US$299, single-slot P2 memory card reader with a Thunderbolt interface. The Thunderbolt Pro P2 Card Reader is a pocket-size device for videographers using Panasonic P2 HD and P2 VariCam camcorders.
It can ingest footage from individual P2 memory cards at up to 70 MB/second, according to Robert Farnsworth, CEO of Sonnet Technologies. The Thunderbolt Pro P2 Card Reader connects to the computer through a single Thunderbolt cable. The device is powered over the same connection.
Measuring 3.6 inches wide by 1 inch high by 4.5 inches deep, the Thunderbolt Pro P2 Card Reader is the smallest P2 reader available, Farnsworth says. The reader's shell is made from extruded aluminum, making it lightweight yet rugged enough to be transported in an equipment bag without fear of cracking the case, he adds.
The Thunderbolt Pro P2 Card Reader includes a Thunderbolt cable for directly connecting the card reader to any Mac with a Thunderbolt...
iWorm malware could still be a problem for some Macs
Apple's security technologies for Mac OS X may still miss iWorm, a piece of malware discovered in late September that infected thousands of computers, according to the IDG News Service (http://tinyurl.com/qxuhav8).
Apple released an update for its XProtect antivirus engine to detect iWorm, but the update only detects when iWorm's installer is launched, which is a one-time operation, according to Patrick Wardle, director of research with Synack, a computer security company based in Redwood City, California. It means that computers already infected with iWorm before the update would still be compromised, notes IDG.
iWorm, which is a backdoor that can steal data from a computer, infected more than 18,000 machines, according to security company Dr. Web (http://tinyurl.com/k42z9kh). It does not exploit any vulnerabilities on Mac OS X but instead relies on tricking people to install it.
Telestream Wirecast 6.0 available for Mac OS X, Windows
Telestream has released Wirecast 6.0, the latest version of its live streaming software for Mac OS X and Windows that enables capture, live production and encoding of live streams for broadcast to multiple servers and platforms simultaneously.
Version 6.0 "offers the capabilities of more expensive hardware solutions with the flexibility and affordability of a software application," says Barbara DeHart, vice president of Desktop Business at Telestream. The software is designed for broadcasting professional-looking live web shows, news, online gaming, sporting events, concerts, church services, corporate meetings, lectures and much more. With Wirecast, users can stream multiple live cameras while dynamically mixing in other media such as movies, images and sounds, and adding production features such as transitions, built-in titles, chroma key, virtual sets and live scoreboards.
The new Replay function in version 6.0 enables the capture and replay of clips during live production,...
Magic Window brings views from Yosemite Park to your Mac
Magic Window - Yosemite National Park is a new app that brings timelapse views of Yosemite to your Mac desktop as motion wallpaper. It features 18 views from the park.
The views were all captured by the Jetson Creative team (http://jetsoncreative.com) over two weeks of hiking through the park specifically for this app. Views range from Half Dome to El Capitan.
Each wallpaper is made from over 1,000 individual images that are blended together and replayed slowly on the desktop. This creates the effect of the image slowly changing over time, as you'd experience looking out a window. The speed of playback can be adjusted.
For a limited time, Magic Window - Yosemite National Park requires Mac OS X 10.9 or higher and is offered at the introductory price of US$2.99 at the Mac App Store in the Entertainment category.
Digital Film Tools releases Composite Suite Pro 2.0 and zMatte 4...
Digital Film Tools (http://www.digitalfilmtools.com/) says its Composite Suite Pro 2.0 and zMatte 4.0 plug-ins now support the OFX plug-in format. The Foundry’s Nuke visual effects software and Sony Vegas editing systems are qualified hosts.
Composite Suite Pro (pictured) features a collection of visual effects plug-ins that were previously only available in-house at a Hollywood feature film effects facility. It can be used to combine multiple images by using compositing tricks and techniques, color correction, blur, grain, matte manipulation, lens distortion, lighting effects and edge blending.
zMatte is a full-featured keyer that's the result of Digital Film Tools’ experience in creating hundreds of blue and green screen composites. Using proprietary matte extraction techniques, zMatte lets you create mattes with minimal parameters, even when dealing with fine hair detail, smoke or reflections.
Composite Suite Pro and zMatte are both available now for US$395 each. If installed on...
Law firm investigating retail pharmacies for blocking Apple Pay
The law firm of Schubert Jonckheer & Kolbe (www.schubertlawfirm.com) has launched an investigation into the conduct of retail pharmacies CVS and Rite Aid over their decision to block contactless payments, including Apple Pay and Google Wallet, in their retail stores.
The firm is currently considering a potential class action to restore Apple Pay service at CVS and Rite Aid stores. CVS and Rite Aid have long allowed contactless payments at their retail stores, but less than one week after Apple deployed Apple Pay, the large retail pharmacy chains disabled those system to prohibit the payment method.
According to the New York Times, this decision was predicated on CVS and Rite Aid’s membership in the so-called Merchant Customer Exchange (“MCX”), which includes retail big-box stores like Walmart and Best Buy. Instead of allowing Apple Pay or Google Wallet, the MCX has developed its own payment system to get around the fees charged by the credit-card companies.
But unlike Apple Pay,...
Swedish hacker claims to have found 'serious' security...
A white-hat hacker from Sweden says he's found a "serious" security hole in Mac OS X Yosemite that could allow an attacker to take control of your Mac, reports Macworld UK (http://tinyurl.com/m5etd52).
Emil Kvarnhammar, a hacker at Swedish security firm Truesec, calls the vulnerability "rootpipe." He says it's a "privilege escalation vulnerability," which means that even without a password an attacker could gain the highest level of access on a machine, known as root access. From there, the attacker has full control of the system.
Apple hasn't fixed the flaw yet, Kvarnhammar says, so Truesec won't provide details of how it works.
SoundSoap 4 for Mac OS X gets new cleaning capabilities
Soundness (http://www.soundness-llc.com) has debuted SoundSoap 4, an update to their audio noise reduction software for Mac and Windows.
The software helps solve audio noise problems like unwanted hiss and background noises, clicks, pops, crackles, electrical hum, rumble, clipping, and low volume. Version 4's new Declipping feature automatically fixes distortion on audio that was recorded too loud, using an advanced digital signal processing algorithm to detect and restore clipped audio signals. SoundSoap 4 now features an advanced loudness maximizer to intelligently boost the volume of audio tracks that are too quiet. SoundSoap's digital signal processing algorithms increase the loudness of the audio without introducing distortion.
SoundSoap 4 also includes a new feature called Track that automatically reduces the amount of noise reduction on louder sections of the audio material, effectively increasing the amount of noise reduction that can be applied. The software now saves WAVE...
Troi Automatisering releases Troi Dialog Plug-in 5.5.8 for...
Troi Automatisering (www.troi.com) has released Troi Dialog Plug-in 5.5.8 for FileMaker Pro 13. It's an update of the tool for displaying all sorts of dialogs in FileMaker Pro 13.
The text of the dialog and of the buttons can be created dynamically by using a calculation. Version 5.5.8 is compatible with Mac OS X Yosemite and works with FileMaker Pro 10, 11, 12 and 13. The plug-in can also be used with runtimes from FileMaker Pro Advanced 10, 11, 12 or 13. The plug-in is available for Mac OS X and Windows.
On Mac OS X the plug-in runs in 10.6.8 (Snow Leopard), 10.7 (Lion), 10.8 (Mountain Lion), 10.9 (Mavericks) or 10.10 (Yosemite). The plug-in also runs on Windows XP, Vista, Windows 7 or 8.x. QuickTime 7 or later is needed for the Dial_PresentImage() function.
Licenses cost US$59 per user. Details on developer licenses, multi-user packs and upgrades can be found on the Troi web site.
BackOutput DOC upgraded for Mac OS X Yosemite
Zevrix Solutions (www.zevrix.com) has unveiled BatchOutput DOC 2.3.2, a compatibility update to its output automation solution for Microsoft Word on OS X.
BatchOutput automates printing of multiple documents and allows to carry out powerful professional PDF production directly from Word, eliminating the need for time consuming post-processing. The new version is compatible with Mac OS X Yosemite.
BatchOutput DOC can be purchased for US$39.95. A demo is available for download.
CS Odessa Updates ConceptDraw Applications to Support OS X...
CS Odessa (www.conceptdraw.com) has introduced updates for its ConceptDraw productivity programs for Mac OS X Yosemite.
ConceptDraw Pro 10, CS Odessa's equivalent of Microsoft Visio, also includes the ability to import and export Visio 2013 native file format (.VSDX). The new version allows users to export graphic content to Microsoft PowerPoint 2013.
ConceptDraw Project 6, which is a competitor to Microsoft's Project software, and ConceptDraw MindMap 7, a productivity tool, have been revved to support Yosemite.
Cocktail (Maverick Edition) shaken to version 7.6.2
Maintain has served up Cocktail 7.6.2 (Mavericks Edition), the latest maintenance update for users running OS X Mavericks. The update contains improvements on the "Clear Adobe Flash Player cookies"procedure and fixes compatibility issues with EtreCheck.
Cocktail is a general purpose utility for OS X that lets users clean, repair and optimize their Macs. Cocktail's features are arranged into five categories that helps you manage various aspects of your computer. Version 7.6.2 addresses compatibility issues with OS X Mavericks 10.9.5. The software is now also signed with v2 signature to conform with the latest version of Apple's Gatekeeper.
Cocktail 7.6.2 (Mavericks Edition) requires OS X Mavericks 10.9 to run. Cocktail (Mountain Lion Edition) for OS X 10.8, Cocktail (Lion Edition) for OS X 10.7 and Cocktail (Snow Leopard Edition) for OS X 10.6 are available for download from Maintain website (http://www.maintain.se). Cocktail costs US $19 for a single user license.
Kodak Alaris releases Mac drivers for 13 scanners
Kodak Alaris (www.kodakalaris.com) has released Mac drivers for 13 of its document and photo scanners. The company is also including Newsoft's Presto! PageManager 9 software for scanning, organizing and share information in a business scanning environment.
Individuals or businesses interested in scanners that are Mac compatible can access the free MAC drivers and applications for Kodak ScanMate i940, i1150 and i1180 Scanners and the KODAK i2400, i2600, i2800, i2900, i3200, i3250, i3400, and i3450.
Paragon Software Group releases new NTFS for Mac OS X Yosemite
Paragon Software Group (http://www.paragon-software.com) has released NTFS for Mac 12, adding support for Mac OS X Yosemite. It delivers full read and write support for NTFS-formatted drives
Eliminating boundaries between Mac and Windows operating systems, Paragon NTFS for Mac 12 achieves the speed of native drivers with test results 120 MB/sec during read and write operations on USB3.0 external media, according to the folks at Paragon. With version 12, Mac users are provided full read and write access to Microsoft NTFS volumes, allowing for the transfer of existing files back and forth between Mac and Windows.
Users of Paragon NTFS for Mac OS X 11 get a free upgrade to NTFS for Mac 12. For new users the cost is US$19.95.
MetaEdit+ 5.1 brings graphical DSLs for collaborative development
MetaCase has released a new version of its Domain-Specific Modeling and code generation tool, MetaEdit+. MetaEdit+ 5.1 is aimed at expert developers who want to empower their team to generate efficient, complete code directly from domain-specific models, says Dr. Juha-Pekka Tolvanen, CEO of MetaCase.
MetaEdit+ lets language engineers create graphical domain-specific languages and code generators. The new version offers collaboration for both language creation and use: multiple team members can define domain-specific modeling languages together and share them instantly to the whole team. In this way, domain-specific languages created by different language engineers can be integrated, tested and shared.
The new version provides updates to editors making modeling faster with in-place editing, hierarchical property sheets, movable ports, and reconnecting existing model elements. Language engineers also get new features, such as read-only and hidden model elements, new constraints and...
NetShred X is ready for Mac OS X Yosemite
Mireth Technology Corp. has released version 4.8 of NetShred X, its Internet eraser that erases internet cache, history and mail on Mac OS X. The new version adds support for Mac OS X Yosemite, Safari 8, Apple Mail 8, Firefox 32, and Chrome 38.
NetShred X is designed to run automatically, without user intervention. Since erasing temporary internet files can take some time, it runs in the background.
NetShred X is available for immediate download, or on CD-ROM, starting at US$24.95. Educational pricing and volume discounts are available. For more info go to www.mireth.com/pub/nxme.html .
Cartographer is the first GeoJSON editor on the Mac App Store
False Victories has announced Cartographer 1.0 (http://tinyurl.com/m7gu5vb), a new maps app for Mac OS X (10.9 or later). It's available at the Mac App Store in the Developer Tools Section for US$13.99.
Cartographer allows developers to add annotations to maps without the need to enter coordinates by hand. The app has been designed to work with Apple's MapKit framework on both OS X and iOS.
The Cartographer file format supports all the features of Cartographer. Developers can use the free CocoaPod CartographerKit to integrate it into their own applications.
Patriot launches Supersonic Bolt XT offering
Patriot (www.patriotmem.com) has launched the Supersonic Bolt XT, which users built-in FIPS 197 compliant hardware-based 256-bit AES security.
The drive locks down and reformats after 10 consecutive failed password attempts. A ruggedized, rubber housing protects your data from common day drops and bumps. The Supersonic Bolt XT boasts transfer speeds up to 150MB/second anad USB 3.0 connectivity.
The Supersonic Bolt XT is available in 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB versions with pricing starting at US$49.99. It's compatible with Mac and Windows systems.
Ohanaware releases App Wrapper 3.0 for OS X
Ohanaware has released version 3.0 of App Wrapper, an app store preparation tool designed to simplify the process of preparing applications for submission to the Mac App Store and deploying on web sites.
App Wrapper features a GUI [graphical user interface] for adding the required App Store properties, creating high resolution icons, code signing an application (and it's components), correcting the permissions of files within the bundle, placing an app into a App Sandbox and packaging it in a signed installer or creating a zip file.
App Wrapper 3 requires Mac OS X Yosemite anda is available from the Ohanaware web site (www.ohanaware.com). There are three pricing options:
° US$49.99 — 1-Year Update Plan (discounted to $29.99 until the end of November);
° $9.99 — 30-Day Pay As You Go;
° $199.99 - 1-Year Small Team Update Plan.
Seagate unveils object-based storage drive
Seagate has unveiled its object-based storage drive— the Seagate Kinetic HDD. Based on the Seagate Kinetic Open Storage platform, Kinetic HDD combines an open source object storage protocol with Ethernet connectivity to eliminate multiple layers of legacy software and hardware infrastructure.
Scott Horn, Seagate vice president of marketing at Seagate, says this simplifies cloud storage architectures. Fewer number of storage servers also reduces power consumption and headcount expenses associated with managing storage, resulting in lower operating costs, for a combined savings of up to 50%, he adds.
The platform enables servers and storage to be scaled independently and developed more rapidly. Cloud data centers can add servers and storage at entirely different rates, matching each precisely to their needs. In addition, HDD innovation can progress more rapidly as servers and operating systems are shielded from device changes through the Kinetic open source API. (application...
Brainwaves for Mac OS X revved to version 1.3
Brainwaves (www.unexplainablestore.com) for Mac OS X has been revved to version 1.3. It's an audio brain stimulation app that uses Isochronic Tones and Binaural Beats "to bring the user into altered states of mind."
The tones and audio recordings in the Brainwaves app have been created at 320 kbps. Brainwaves is designed to be used as a sleep aid, dream inducer, creativity booster, and more.
Brainwaves requires Mac OS X 10.9 or higher. It's free, but does offer in-app purchases.
New Outlook for Mac available to Office 365 customers
Microsoft has announced the new Outlook for the Mac, which the company says delivers improved performance and reliability and a fresh look and feel "that is unmistakably Microsoft Office." According to Microsoft, the new Outlook for Mac includes:
° Better performance and reliability as a result of a new threading model and database improvements.
° A new modern user interface with improved scrolling and agility when switching between Ribbon tabs.
° Online archive support for searching Exchange (online or on-premises) archived mail.
° Master Category List support and enhancements delivering access to category lists (name and color) and sync between Mac, Windows and OWA clients.
° Office 365 push email support for real-time email delivery.
° Faster first-run and email download experience with improved Exchange Web Services syncing.
The new Outlook for Mac is available to Office 365 commercial customers and Office 365 Home, Office 365 Personal and Office 365 University subscribers. Office...
Business Card Shop 6 for Mac OS X adds over 15 new features
Chronos has announced Business Card Shop 6, an upgrade to its business card software for OS X. The new version requires Mac OS X Yosemite and includes 3D headlines and QR Codes to increase the impact and effectiveness of cards. In all, over 15 new features have been added.
Business Card Shop supports 700+ card stocks including those from Avery, PaperDirect, NEATO, and more. It comes with over 195 pre-designed templates for over 195 different professions. It also comes with a collection of artwork (over 1.4 GB in size) from artists all over the world.
A fully functional 30 day trial version can be downloaded from Chronos' website (www.chronosnet.com). Business Card Shop costs US$39.99 for a single user license and $69.99 for a family pac.
Registered customers of SOHO Business Cards 1.x to 3.x or Business Card Shop 4.x to 5.x can upgrade to version 6 for $25. See the Chronos website for family pack upgrade pricing. Customers who purchased Business Card Shop 5.x after Aug. 25, 2014,...
LinkOptimizer optimized for Mac OS X Yosemite
Zevrix Solutions (www.zevrix.com) has announced LinkOptimizer 4.9.28, a maintenance update to its workflow automation solution for Adobe InDesign.
LinkOptimizer lets you reduce the size of InDesign links and speed up processing by eliminating excess image data, performing essential image adjustments and converting file formats. The new version delivers Mac OS X Yosemite compatibility.
LinkOptimizer can be purchased from the Zevrix website for US$259.95 (there's a "lite" version for $179.95) as well as from authorized resellers. A demo is available for download. The update is free for LinkOptimizer 4.x users and $130 to upgrade from previous versions. LinkOptimizer is available for Mac OS X 10.6-10.9 and works with Adobe InDesign and Photoshop CS3-CC.
Cocktail (Yosemite Edition) revved to version 8.0.1
Maintain has served up Cocktail 8.0.1 (http://cocktail.maintain.se), a new version of its Mac OS X utility that's compatible with Yosemite. It addresses an issue in which Cocktail may fail to clear DNS cache, fixes compatibility issues with EtreCheck and contains other bug fixes and improvements.
Cocktail is a general purpose utility for OS X that lets you clean, repair and optimize your Mac. Its features are arranged into five categories that help you manage various aspects of your computer.
Cocktail 8.0.1 (Yosemite Edition) requires OS X Yosemite 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 the Maintain website.
When unregistered, Cocktail runs in demo mode and will expire after the tenth launch. Registration is US$19 for a single user license or $39 for a family license that covers up to five computers.
Seth Rogen to play Steve 'Woz' Wozniak
Seth Rogen will play Steve Wozniak alongside Christian Bale, who has been cast in the role of Steve Jobs in Sony’s upcoming Steve Jobs biopic, reports "Variety" (http://bit.ly/1vltQvl).
The film is based on Walter Isaacson’s book and adapted by Aaron Sorkin, writer of "West Wing," "The Social Network," and more. Steve Jobs will be the second film based on the life of the late Apple co-founder and CEO. Open Road’s 2011 film, "Jobs," starring Ashton Kutcher in the title role, was critically drubbed and made only US$35 million worldwide.
Native Instruments releases Traktor Kontrol S8 all-in-one DJ...
Native Instruments (www.native-instruments.com) has released Traktor Kontrol S8, an US$1,199, all-in-one DJ system with touch-sensitive controls and full-color displays.
The S8, designed for use with a laptop, also features a 4-channel standalone mixer, extensive audio interface, and enhanced performance decks for integration of Trakator Pro 2’s Remix Decks. Performance tools such as Freeze Mode take a snapshot of a running track and enable detailed slicing for instant live improvisation and an element of spontaneity.
The dedicated Remix Deck View provides hands-on control of Remix Sets, samples, and loops while monitoring a deck in full-view on the S8’s displays. Digital DJs can fine-tune mixes with two wide touch strips for precise track seeking and pitch-bending directly on the unit. Standalone mixer functionality offers connectivity for up to four turntables or CDJs.
OWC unveils new 2TB option for the Mercury On-the-Go Pro
Other World Computing (www.macsales.com) has announced a new 2TB option today offering 33% more capacity for the OWC Mercury On-The-Go Pro, a bus-powered, portable storage solution.
Designed for mobile users, the OWC Mercury On-The-Go Pro is compact in size, measuring 3.5 x 5.5 x 1 inches. It's engineered in an impact-resistant acrylic enclosure and sports the latest FireWire and USB interfaces.
Mac and PC compatible, the portable drive even works with digital cameras and camcorders equipped with FireWire and/or USB data ports. The Mercury On-the-Go Pro ranges in price from US$97.99 to $349.99, depending on the configuration.
Worldwide tablet market grows 11.5% in the third quarter
The worldwide tablet grew 11.5% year over year in the third quarter of 2014 (3Q14) with shipments reaching 53.8 million units according to preliminary data from the IDC research group (www.idc.com). Apple remains the number one tablet vendor.
Marked by back-to-school promotions and US appetite for connected tablets, the third quarter also saw shipments grow sequentially by 11.2% compared to 2Q14.
"Not only is the US market one of the largest for tablets, but third quarter results also indicate that this is where the growth is," says Jean Philippe Bouchard, IDC Research Director for tablets. "We saw Verizon continuing to sell connected tablets at a fast pace, a strategy that we believe other carriers will replicate in following quarters. We also saw RCA enter the top 5, impacting the entire US market and worldwide ranking with one large deal linked to back-to-school and channel fill ahead of Black Friday. Those two elements resulted in the US tablet market growing at 18.5% year-over-...
Apple smartphone shipments grow 16.1% year-over-year
New smartphone releases and an increased emphasis on emerging markets drove global smartphone shipments above 300 million units for the second consecutive quarter, according to the IDC research group (www.idc.com). With the introduction of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, Apple posted its largest third quarter volume ever and saw its smartphone shipments rise 16.1% year-over-year.
According to preliminary data from IDC, vendors shipped a total of 327.6 million units during the third quarter of 2014 (3Q14), resulting in 25.2% growth when compared to the 261.7 million units shipped in 3Q13 and 8.7% sequential growth above the 301.3 million units shipped in 2Q14.
A driving force behind the record smartphone volume was the combined effort of the vendors trailing market leaders Samsung and Apple. Samsung remained the leader in the worldwide smartphone market, but was the only company among the top five to see its shipment volume decline year over year.
Although Apple posted strong results...
Scannerz ready for Mac OS X Yosemite
Software and Computer System Company (SCSC) has released a new version (1.9) of Scannerz (http://www.scsc-online.com) for Mac OS X. It's a hard drive, SSD, and system analysis tool.
The new version of Scannerz now includes the new Performance Probe 2 as well as Phoenix and FSE. This new release is Yosemite compatible and remains compatible with previous Mac OS X down through Mac OS X10.5.
Current users of the product will be notified by the company in the next few days for update instructions. The update will be free for all current users of fully featured versions of Scannerz. Version 1.9 for Mac OS X is fully supported by SCSC in the U.S. for registered users. For new users the price ranges from US$21.95 to $49.95, depending on the package.
DEVONsphere Express, PhotoStickies, XMenu revved for Mac OS X...
DEVONtechnologies (www.devontechnologies.com) has updated its smart desktop assistant, DEVONsphere Express, with performance improvements and fixes for OS X Yosemite.
PhotoStickies 5.6.7 and XMenu 1.9.8 bring Yosemite adjustment and bug fixes, too. hows photos and web cams on the desktop. XMenu lets the user access documents, apps, and text snippets from the menu bar. The updates are free and recommended for all users.
Privacy Scan 1.7 optimized for Mac OS X Yosemite
SecureMac has released PrivacyScan 1.7 (http://tinyurl.com/p2azzyg), an update of the Mac privacy software. The upgrade is optimized for Mac OS X Yosemite and also adds additional Firefox web browser support and fixes.
PrivacyScan will notify Google Chrome, Chromium and Firefox users when their browser is configured to sync with Google’s servers, which can restore erased data. PrivacyScan will also add the capability to clean open windows in many popular apps.
PrivacyScan acts like a digital private eye, identifying hidden threats that can compromise privacy when accessed by advertisers or snoopers trying to see user activity. Version 1.7 is engineered for Mac OS X 10.6.6 and higher. It costs US$14.99; a 15-day demo version is also available.
Perfect Photo Suite for Mac OS X, Windows updated to version 1.7
onOne Software (www.ononesoftware.com/) has announced Perfect Photo Suite 9.5, an updated version of its photo editing and effects app for Mac OS X and Microsoft Windows. The new version features:
° An overhauled Browse module that adds fast previews of RAW files; new rating, ranking and keyword tools; and sophisticated filtering capabilities;
° A new Smart Photo feature, which lets you re-edit your photos with previous settings intact after saving and closing them;
° Improved masking and selection tools that have been improved and integrated throughout the Suites modules;
° A new Quick Mask brush: run it over an area that you want to select (or remove), and a detailed mask is automatically created;
° The ability to reduce noise in your photos while maintaining important details;
° A new Lens Flare filter in Perfect Effects;
° Faster processing; the Suite is now up to 2x faster than Suite 8 in many instances.
Perfect Photo Suite 9 is available in two versions: Premium and Basic. The...
CaptureSync is new, multi-camera capture software for Mac OS X
Bensoftware has released CaptureSync 1.0, a new multi-camera software product for the Mac.
It takes video and audio streams and records them to a single file, synchronizing all the streams together. CaptureSync is designed for recording interviews, scientific experiments, psychological research, musical performances and sporting events.
A 30-day demo of CaptureSync is available for download at the Bensoftware website (http://www.bensoftware.com/). Registration is US$320 for a single-user license or $2,400 for a site license. CaptureSync is compatible with Mac OS X 10.7 or higher.
TwelveSouth has launched the BookArc stand for the Mac Pro
Twelve South has released the BookArc Pro, a chrome-plated desktop stand designed exclusively for Apple's Mac Pro.
The arc-shaped stand holds a Mac Pro horizontally, cutting the vertical height requirement in half. A lower height increases the number of places you can park the most powerful Mac available, including inside professional gear racks and studio shelves. BookArc Pro is available at twelvesouth.com for US$59.99.