Malware infections drop dramatically in the first half of 2016
Malware infections in the United States have dropped 47.3% in the first six months of 2016, according to data released today by Enigma Software Group (www.enigmasoftware.com). However, Enigma warns that computer users should not be lulled into complacency.
The experts at Enigma analyzed infection reports generated by all of the computers in the U.S. that have Enigma's SpyHunter installed and running on them. Looking at more than 30 million infections in the last 18 months, Enigma found that the average number of monthly infections in the first six months of 2016 was 47.3% lower than the average number of monthly infections from all of 2015. In fact, June 2016 had the lowest number of overall infections of any month dating back to April 2013.
"We believe there are a number of factors that are causing a drop in overall infections detected by SpyHunter," said Enigma spokesperson,Ryan Gerding. "First, people are relying more than ever on their mobile devices to do a growing number of...
MailButler for Mac OS X Mail gets improved email signatures, more
MailButler allows you to schedule an email to be sent at a specific date and time. You can compose birthday emails ahead of the actual date. Simply define the exact date when to send the email, and MailButler will make sure that your email arrives just in time. Working late? With MailButler, you can compose emails whenever you like and make sure that they’re not sent before the next working day starts.
Version 6303 has improved email signatures, which are now responsive and can be viewed easily on mobile devices. Also, new information fields and social links have been added to all MailButler signature templates.
MailButler is free, but there’s a catch: You can only use its unique features 30 times per month, but additional “actions” can be obtained through referrals; paid subscription tiers enable unlimited use and premium support.
Apple opens public beta program for iOS 10, macOS Sierra
Apple has opened its public beta program for iOS 10 and macOS Sierra today. Just remember that beta software is unfinished software, so use with care.
The goal of the public beta program is to get feedback on bugs and features from a large number of users. If you're not already signed up for the public beta program, you can do so here (https://beta.apple.com/sp/betaprogram/).
Whisply file transfer service integrates with Boxcryptor
Secomba, the developer of the cloud encryption solution Boxcryptor (www.boxcryptor.com), has debuted Whisply, a web-based file transfer service that allows you to send files end-to-end-encrypted out of Dropbox, Google Drive, and OneDrive. Also, Boxcryptor for Mac OS X and Windows has been upgraded with new features, including Whisply integration.
Starting now, files can be sent out of Dropbox, Google Drive and OneDrive — even to receivers who neither use Boxcryptor nor a cloud storage provider. Since Wispily is a web-based service, there’s no need to download software; files are sent from your browser, protected with AES-256 encryption. Boxcryptor users can use the service right inside the app.
You can give Whisply a whirl with three free file transfers. After that, a free Boxcryptor account is necessary for an unlimited number of file transfers. For users who have a Boxcryptor Unlimited Personal or Unlimited Business account, Whisply is ad-free.
Melee 3.5 for OS X adds text boxes, enhances image options
RedleX has revved Mellel (http://www.mellel.com), its word processor for Mac OS X (10.6 and higher), to version 3.5. It provides a set of features allowing anyone to control how their document looks, including page, section, paragraph, and character styles, auto-titles, lists, footnotes, endnotes and more. Version 3.5 introduces text boxes, key improvements to image handling and smart-snap options for easy layout of items in a document.
Other key new features in Mellel 3.5 include a snap-snap for images and text boxes, allowing you to center, align, and organize images and text boxes on a page. Itl also adds the option to set corner radius for images, an overflow indicator for text boxes, dashed image frames, and more.
Mellel 3.5 is available in a Regular, Educational, a Lite version and in an iPad version. It is released concurrently with Mellel 3.5 for iPad. Mellel for iPad supports display of all the features in Mellel 3.5, including text boxes, with moving back and forth between...
Server Ranger 1.0 Released for OS X
LibertyApp has introduced Server Ranger 1.0 (http://www.serverranger.com), a website and server monitoring solution for OS X. It scales to monitor the performance and uptime of any number of servers, as well as any type of server, including web, mail, file, routers and more.
Server Ranger can send multiple alerts when a server's latency is unacceptable or if the server has gone offline. The app includes an Overview window, a Log window with timestamps and export capability, a detailed view and more.
Server Ranger also includes an Overview window (which can be displayed on a separate screen or “AirPlayed” to an Apple TV), a Single Server mode, a log window with timestamps and export capability and a detailed view, which uses charts to display the server's recent performance at a glance.
The utility requires OS X Yosemite or El Capitan. It’s available for $29.99 at the Mac App Store. It has no in-app purchases and requires no subscriptions or other monthly fees.
Waves Audio ships Waves Infected Mushroom Pusher Plugin
Waves Audio (www.waves.com) is shipping the $29 Waves Infected Mushroom Pusher plugin, created in collaboration with electronic music duo Infected Mushroom.
The Waves Infected Mushroom Pusher plugin is an all-in-one multiband sonic enhancer and limiter/clipper that delivers Infected Mushroom’s “secret mixing sauce.” It provides users with possibilities for boosting frequencies, enhancing sounds and mastering full tracks for any genre or style.
Users can employ Pusher to add grit to drums, add brightness to instruments or push the whole mix to the max . It’s low-latency, so you can freely implement it in the studio or live on stage. Pusher can be used on individual sounds, on busses/groups, or for mastering, using six controls.
Deliver Express now supports Microsoft Exchange Mail Servers
Zevrix Solutions has announced Deliver Express 2.5.13, a feature update its file transfer app that automatically sends files across the Internet and locally from watched hot folders with email notifications.
The utility can serve unlimited users on a network and supports FTP, SFTP, Amazon S3, WebDAV, Google Storage and other services. Version 2.5.13 lets users send automatic email delivery notifications via Microsoft Exchange SMTP servers.
Deliver Express can be purchased from the Zevrix website (www.zevrix.com). The license prices are based on the maximum number of allowed destinations and range from $29.95 to $299.95. The 2.5.13 update is free for licensed users. A demo is available for download. Deliver Express requires OS X 10.5-10.11 (some features require OS X 10.7 and later).
BBEdit 11.6 adds built-in Kite support
Bare Bones Software (www.barebones.com) has released BBEdit 11.6, an update to its text and code editor. It’s the first professional text editor to introduce built-in support for Kite, an "artificial pair programmer" that assesses code as one edits. Kite (https://kite.com/) provides advanced code completion, error correction, and contextual documentation for library and API [application programming interface] calls.
In addition, BBEdit 11.6 introduces more than 100 changes across multiple functional areas of the application, including new features, refinements and fixes to specific reported issues. Beyond overall look-and-feel improvements, the new version integrates more closely with Unix-based tool workflows via a new command-line tool for interpreting Unix script output, the Find Differences command offers new text comparison options, and new “.gitignore” recognition improves efficiency for customers who use Git as part of their everyday workflow.
BBEdit 11.6 also introduces a new...
Encryptor Plug-in 3.5 for FileMaker Pro 15 released
Troi Automatisering has released Troi Encryptor Plug-in 3.5 for FileMaker Pro 15. It’s an update of the tool for securing your FileMaker data, exporting or emailing your data without risk and importing safely back into FileMaker. Version 3.5 is compatible with FileMaker Pro 16.
A fully functional demo version is available for downloading at Troi's website (http://tinyurl.com/z2heuv3). Troi Encryptor Plug-in 3.5 works with FileMaker Pro 12 to 15. The plug-in can also be used with runtimes created by FileMaker Advanced 12 to 15. The plug-in is available for OS X 10.6.8 or higher and Windows 7 to 10.
Licenses cost $79 per user. Details on developer licenses and multi-user discounts can be found on the Troi website. Troi Encryptor Plug-in 3.5 also works with FileMaker Server 12 to 15 as a server-side plug-in and as a plug-in used by the web publishing engine and WebDirect. To use this, you need to purchase a special cross-platform server/web license for $399.
Product updates from earlier...
National Organ Donor registration comes to the iPhone
Apple and Donate Life America have announced that, for the first time ever, iPhone users will be able to sign up to be an organ, eye and tissue donor right from the Health app with the release of iOS 10 this fall.
Through a simple sign-up process, iPhone users can learn more and take action with just a few taps. All registrations submitted from iPhone are sent directly to the National Donate Life Registry managed by Donate Life America.
On average, one person dies every hour in the United States waiting for an organ transplant because the demand for lifesaving transplants far exceeds the available supply of organs — and one donor can save as many as eight lives, according to David Fleming, President & CEO of Donate Life America.
“By working with Apple to bring the National Donate Life Registry to the Health app on iPhone, we’re making it easier for people to find out about organ, eye and tissue donation and quickly register,” he says. “This is a huge step forward that will...
AKVIS releases the Spain Frame Pack
AKVIS (www.akvis.com) has released the Spain Frame Pack for AKVIS Frames and AKVIS ArtSuite. It includes 80 hand-painted frame: 40 horizontal and 40 vertical templates.
The collection is the next addition to the Countries Series. Traveling to Spain? You can use the Spain frame pack to document your adventures in a custom designed travel journal or to create unique invitation cards for a flamenco dance party. All photo frames are listed as thumbnails.
The AKVIS frame packs can only be used with AKVIS Frames Free (available free of charge) and AKVIS ArtSuite. On the Mac platform, the apps requires Mac OS X 10.6 or higher.
Have a great Fourth of July
MacTech and MacNews won’t be updating over the Fourth of July weekend as we take off to spend some time with family and friends. We hope you can do the same. Rejoin us on Tuesday, July 5, as we resume our usual schedule.
Image Converter for Mac upgraded to version 4.2.1
iWinSoft has released Image Converter for Mac 4.2.1, an upgrade to its image converter app for Mac OS X. It converts batches of images and photos.
Image Converter supports source image formats like JPG, EPS, PSD, PNG, TIFF, BMP, GIF, TGA, SVG, SGI, and RAW image types from most DSLR cameras and many more. Version 4.2.1 has been completely redesigned. There's added support for RAW image formats, which allows users to RAW images types to BMP, GIF, JPG, JP2, PDF, PNG, PSD, TIFF and so on.
Image Converter for Mac requires OS X10.6 or later. A demo is available at iWinSoft's website (http://www.iwinsoft.com/). Licenses cost $19.95 per user. Details on multi-user discounts can be found at the iWinSoft website.
Funter for OS X revved to version 2.0
Nektony has announced Funter 2.0, a tool designed specifically to hide and view hidden files and folders on Mac. It provides the ability to switch a file or folder's visibility in two clicks, making them hidden or unhidden.
Funter searches for files in system folders and package contents, even where Spotlight never looks for. Mac users can find, move and delete any file, including system and browser caches.
Hunter requires Mac OS X Yosemite or El Capitan. It’s free and available to download at the Nektony website (www.nektony.com).
Tension Software updates Menu Calendar for OS X to version 1.1
Tension Software (www.tensionsoftware.com) has updated Menu Calendar for OS X to version 1.1. The app makes available under the menu bar, in any Mac app you’re running, a small calendar.
Clicking Menu Calendar’s icon not only shows a small standard calendar that you can use to navigate inside any month, it also makes available a small area under the calendar for date calculation. You can add (or subtract) days, months, years and the tool will instantly show the resulting day. You can also optionally select from the menu to have it launch when you log in.
Menu Calendar 1.1 provides two different date result formats (small and medium). It also includes a PDF user guide.
Menu Calendar works with OS X Yosemite or El Capitan. It costs $1.99.
QuickShift for OS X now allow you to rearrange the grid
GrowthBeats Technologies has updated QuickShift to version 1.0.2. Sitting in the menu bar, it offers a way to clean up file clutter and organize your Mac by providing a series of power features.
You can add your most used folders to QuickShift and access them anytime from anywhere on your Mac with just a hotkey. Version 1.0.2 allows you to rearrange the grid and more.
QuickShift 1.0.2 requires Mac OS X Yosemite or El Capitan. It costs $2.99 and is available at the Mac App Store (https://itunes.apple.com/app/quickshift-because-we-cant/id1087314669).
Industrious One releases Musicality for Mac
Industrious One has created Musicality for Mac (http://getmusicality.com/). The $11 app is designed to “break your music out of the browser” and offer desktop conveniences like keyboard shortcuts, AirPlay streaming, and more to over a dozen of the world's most popular music services.
With it, you can play, pause, skip and rate songs on any supported music service. Musicality for Mac supports 15 music services to 15.
Musicality requires Mac OS X 10.10 or newer and an Internet connection. It may be downloaded as a free 10-day trial from the Musicality website. The demo is full-featured and unlocks in-place when purchased.
Cirrus Logic releases MFi Headset Development Kit
Cirrus Logic has released its MFi Headset Development Kit, a reference platform that is designed to help original equipment manufacturers quickly develop new Lightning-based digital headsets. It provides a complete high-performance, digital-headset solution and a reference iOS application to support the rapid development of these emerging consumer products, according to Carl Alberty, vice president of Audio Products Marketing, Cirrus Logic.
“The MFi Headset Development Kit demonstrates the advantages of Lightning-connected headsets over conventional analog headsets,” he adds. “For example, digital connectivity with an integrated, high-performance DAC and headphone driver delivers high-fidelity audio to the headphone speakers. In addition, Lightning-connected headphones can interact with an iOS app to create a more custom audio experience, such as personalized EQ settings.”
The Cirrus Logic MFi Headset Development Kit includes a form factor reference design and a development board for...
Focus Matrix is new task organizer for OS X
XwaveSoft has announced Focus Matrix 1.0, a smart task organizer app for Mac OS X. Its organizational system is based on the "Eisenhower Box," a productivity strategy created by U.S. President Dwight Eisenhower.
The app provides a priority matrix that breaks tasks down into four groups based on their urgency and importance. This lets you focus on the tasks that really matter, without getting caught up in those that can be delegated, or dealt with later.
Focus Matric requires OS X 10.9 or later. It’s free and is available worldwide exclusively through the Mac App Store (https://itunes.apple.com/app/id1087284172). An upgrade to the Pro version is $4.99 and is available via an in-app purchase. As a special limited-time app launch offer, users can upgrade to Pro at a 30% discount ($2.99)
PhoneRescue 3 allows 'rescues' from an entire iOS...
Mobie has launched PhoneRescue 3 (https://www.imobie.com/phonerescue/), an update to their iOS recovery solution for Mac OS X. The app can help users bring back 25 types of misdeleted, damaged or lost data files on an iPhone and iPad.
With version 3, PhoneRescue has expanded the recovering power from specific data to the whole iOS system. When an iOS device runs into a system crash, it can be fully fixed within a single click, according to the folks at Mobie.
PhoneRescue 3 requires Mac OS X 10.8 or higher . A personal license is $49.99 and a family license costs$69.99.
KeyCue 8.1 integrates with Typinator
Ergonis Software (www.ergonis.com) has rolled out KeyCue 8.1, an update of their keyboard shortcut cheat sheet. The upgrade integrates with Typinator, and allows Typinator users to quickly show snippets in a head-up display and insert them with a click.
KeyCue 8.1 requires Mac OS X 10.6 or later. The upgrade is free for anyone who purchased a license for KeyCue 7 on or after March 1, 2015. Upgrade paths are available for owners of older licenses. For new users the cost is $19.99 for a single user license and $29.95 for a family pack.
Tension Software introduces String Replacer 1.3.2 for Mac OS X
Tension Software has updated String Replacer for Mac OS X to version 1.3.1. The app allows users to find and replace a list of strings inside files and folders directly or in batch mode.
String Replacer lets you work on multiple files using a multiple string couple replacement list. It operates with just a single click or by using drag and drop. Version 1.3.1 is a bug fix release.
String Replacer 1.3.1 requires Mac OS X Yosemite or El Capitan. It costs $14.99 and is available at the Tension Software website (www.tensionsoftware.com) and the Mac App Store.
SuoerTab for OS X adds a Clutter Free Folders feature
SpriTec Software has upgraded SuperTab, its OS X utility, to version 2.1. It’s an app for enhancing and extending the Mac's built-in Command-Tab Application Switcher.
Version 2.1 introduces three new features that focus on the folder, including a "Clutter Free Folders" feature. It requires Mac OS X Yosemite or El Capitan.
A 30-day demo of SuperTab 2.1 is available for download (http://www.supertab.me/SuperTab.html). After 30 days, it remains fully-functional but will occasionally ask you to register. Until Aug. 15, you can take advantage of a special 50% off sale price of $10. SuperTab 2.1 is a free upgrade for SuperTab 2.0 users. Users of earlier 1.x versions of SuperTab can upgrade to 2.1 for $2.99.
AKVIS launches new plug-in for After Effects, Premiere Pro
AKVIS (www.akvis.com) has released AKVIS Sketch Video Classic plug-in 1.0 for Adobe Premiere Pro and After Effects. The new filter comes in versions for Mac OS X and Windows and Mac OS X.
AKVIS Sketch Video Classic helps you convert videos into animated cartoons. You can apply a pencil drawing style to compositions and movies. The filter includes a number of ready to use AKVIS presets and gives a user control over the effects. The settings are fully configurable and can be saved as user presets.
On the Mac platform, AKVIS Sketch Video Classic requires OS X 10.7 or higher. A demo is available for download. AKVIS Sketch Video Classic sells for $199. One license key allows activating the software on two computers.
Red Giant Universe expands with upgrades
Red Giant has launched Red Giant Universe 2.0, an update to the company’s GPU-accelerated plugins for editors and motion graphics artists. It packs more than 60 tools that run in Apple Final Cut Pro X, Apple Motion, Adobe Premiere Pro CC, Adobe After Effects CC, Blackmagic DaVinci Resolve, HitFilm and Sony Vegas.
The upgrade includes four new and 29 updated plugins, plus a new user experience designed to make it easy to preview and apply effects. Universe 2.0 also brings support for Adobe Creative Cloud 2015.3. For pricing options go to the Red Giant website (www.redgiant.com).
UCedge Softphone brings unified communications, mobility to OS X
Toshiba America Information Systems’ Telecommunication Systems Division has announced the availability of its new built-in softphone as part of an update to its UCedge client software available for Mac OS X.
Toshiba's UCedge softphone gives Mac users the ability to use their devices as extensions on their VIPedge, IPedge or Hybrid Cloud business communications solution. Using the softphone enhances the UC benefits, including presence and instant messaging with both internal and external organizations, said Brian Metherell, vice president and general manager of Toshiba’sTelecommunication Systems Division.
UCedge is compatible with Toshiba's VIPedge cloud-based business telephone solution, IPedge on-site Unified Communications system, and Strata CIX systems with an IPedge Application Server, as well as Toshiba's Hybrid Cloud solution.
UCedge client software, including softphone, runs on OS X, Windows, iOS, and Android systems. UCedge, including the new softphone for OS X users, requires...
AdminStudio Suite 2016, Workflow Manager 2016 add Mac support
Flexera Software (www.flexerasoftware.com) has updated AdminStudio Suite, a unified application readiness solution for packaging, virtualisation and management, adding Mac support along with that for Windows and mobile applications.
In addition, the company unveiled the latest release of Workflow Manager, a web-based end-to-end IT process management solution that tracks service-level agreements using out-of-the-box automation for change and asset management. AdminStudio Suite 2016 has added support for preparing Mac applications for reliable deployment to JAMF Software Casper Suite. These new capabilities will help organizations keep up with the increasing use of Mac computers in the enterprise and accelerated update and upgrade cadence.
WD expands storage capacity of several My Passport drive
Western Digital Corporation has launched its My Passport Ultra, and upcoming My Passport for Mac and My Passport Ultra Metal portable hard drives, with up to 4TB capacity.
The drives include WD Backup automatic backup software1 with cloud-ready Dropbox integration and 256-bit AES hardware encryption with password protection to help safeguard against unauthorized drive access. My Passport Ultra 4TB portable hard drives have a three-year limited warranty and are available now from the WD store (http://tinyurl.com/jqr2t57) and at select retailers and distributors. The My Passport Ultra 4TB hard drive has a manufacturer's suggested retail price of $159.99. The My Passport for Mac and My Passport Ultra Metal 4TB hard drives will be available next quarter.
AppDelete 4.2.6 improves the ‘Undo from Folder’ option
Reggie Ashworth has announced AppDelete 4.2.6 (http://tinyurl.com/ngg3ugq), an update to his application deletion utility for Mac OS X (10.7 and higher).
Via drag and drop, it can uninstall anything, along with all of the associated items. Mac users will no longer have to hunt through their system to find and delete these items manually. Version 4.2.6 improves the “Undo from Folder” option, and includes other fixes and improvements.
AppDelete costs $7.99 for a single user license. Upgrades from version 2/AppDelete Lite are $3.99. A demo is available for download. Also, note that version 3 licenses without a serial number are also eligible for the upgrade.
Late Night Software launches Script Debugger 6
Late Night Software has released Script Debugger 6 (http://www.latenightsw.com), the latest version of its AppleScript development software.
The upgrade includes 25 new features and a raft of other tweaks and improvements. It’s designed to make it easier to work on large projects, and to take advantage of new AppleScript features.
Script Debugger 6 requires Mac OS X Yosemite or El Capitan. It retails for $99.99, with upgrades from Script Debugger 5 for $49.99. Volume and educational discounts apply. A demo version is available for download.
MOSO releases Xmplify XML Editor 1.8.0 for Mac OS X
MOSO has announced Xmplify XML Editor 1.8.0 (http://xmplifyapp.com/), an update to their powerful XML editor built specifically for Mac OS X 10.7 and higher.
Xmplify XML Editor provides aXML-aware editing environment with DTD and XML Schema-based auto-completion, automatic document validation, XSLT and XPath support, live HTML preview and much more. Version 1.8.0 adds improved support for auto-completions, plus fixes and other improvements.
Xmplify is available for $59; both volume and educational discounts are available. Version 1.8.0 is a free upgrade for Xmplify 1.x users.
Counter is new counting utility for Mac OS X
Tension Software (www.tensionsoftware.com) has launched Counter 1.0 for Mac OS X. The app does one thing: it allows to count a discrete number of elements.
Using Counter you can solve any kind of situation where you have to computer enumerate a total number of elements (physical or abstract), and you want to be sure the process will be error free. You can add to the total a new unit simply pressing the space bar on your Mac to count it. Counter will keep track of the counting as it progress and will add +1 to the total at any space bar press.
Counter 1.0 requires OS X Yosemite or El Capitan. It costs $0.99 and is available at the Mac App Store.
Mobile Labs testing solutions now support iOS 10
Mobile Labs (http://mobilelabsinc.com) Mobile Labs, a provider of enterprise-grade mobile testing solutions, today announced comprehensive support for Apple’s iOS 10 on the iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad.
The testing solutions include deviceConnect, Mobile Labs Trust and deviceBridge. deviceConnect supports manual and automated mobile app testing behind the security of a corporate firewall by using a private mobile device cloud. iOS 10 support includes the complete set of device access management and testing capabilities already available for Android and prior iOS versions: manual testing, automated testing and device inventory management. In addition, support includes dynamic instrumentation that allows users to test unmodified apps, including iOS 10 apps, without the need to create a special app build or to make source code changes.
Current Mobile Labs customers can gain the ability to test iOS 10 devices by upgrading to the most recent 7.1 patch and installing Xcode. Xcode 8 includes...
LearnQuest is now an Apple Authorized Global Training Provider
LearnQuest (www.learnquest.com), a provider of global IT and business skills, is now an official Apple Authorized Global Training Provider. It will offer new iOS developer and technical courses globally to Apple's enterprise partners and customers around the world over the coming months.
These courses are designed to help developers building transformative business apps with foundational learning and best practice on architecting and creating native Swift apps for enterprise, and app lifecycle management to keep apps up to date with current iOS features and functions. Technical courses will assist enterprise customers and their partners with training on security, large-scale deployment approaches, and the fleet management of iPhone and iPad, according to Dimitri Schneiberg, LearnQuest managing director.
In addition, LearnQuest will offer existing iOS, OS X, and pro apps courses, and the training that supports the Apple Certified Mac Technician (ACMT) and Apple Certified iOS...
EditShare Flow Media Asset Management 3.3 update available
EditShare has released EditShare Flow 184.108.40.206 (http://www.editshare.com/products/flow).
The update features content delivery to Amazon S3, batch sidecar metadata file processing, support for multi-track audio in AirFlow, and user permissions in Flow Templates. Existing Flow users with a valid EditShare maintenance agreement can download the update at http://www2.editshare.com/passprot/.
The new “Send to Amazon S3” feature in EditShare Flow automates migration of content from EditShare shared storage systems to secure offsite cloud storage. Thanks to direct integration with Amazon storage buckets, Flow users can automate delivery of clips, sequences and full packages from their on-premise EditShare storage direct to S3 or Glacier services.
Flow now supports batch import of sidecar metadata from a wide range of third-party solutions including other media asset management solutions. During a Flow Scan session, metadata contained in each of the sidecar files is automatically applied to...
Fonts Manager for the Mac revved to version 3
Match Software has announced Fonts Manager 3 for Mac OS X El Capitan and macOS Sierra. It’s a font management system for users who need to manage large font collections.
Fonts Manager supports instant activation of single fonts or entire folders, support of iCloud Drive, DropBox and Google Drive, and is compatible with Adobe Creative Cloud and QuarkXPress. Each font can be visualized in continuous sizes 8-500 with the user own phrases.
Fonts Manager’s list price is $19.99. It’s available at the Mac App Store, as well as on the Fonts-Manager site (http://fonts-manager.com), where users can download a fully functional 30 days evaluation copy.
Tixeo client designed to provide encryption for OS X group...
Tixeo (www.tixeo.com) has introduced a native Mac client designed to offer a real end-to-end encryption for group videoconferencing with Mac or PC. It provides an architecture enabling end-to-end encryption for group videoconferencing while maintaining a high adaptability to network fluctuations, according to its developers.
This innovation has been made possible by the SVC on Demand (Scalable Video Coding on Demand) technology created by Tixeo's R&D department. The Tixeo Mac app will allow you to simply organize online meetings from any workstation.
During group video conferencing, participants can share their desktop and eventually give control to another participant.
Tixeo is a paid subscription service. However, you can try it for free for 30 days.
AKVIS introduces the Sea Frame Pack
AKVIS has introduced the $17 Sea Frame Pack, which includes 100 frame designs for use with AKVIS Frames and AKVIS ArtSuite. The frames include 50 horizontal and 50 vertical templates.
Using the Sea Frame Pack, you can frame your holiday photos, create a smash book or prepare unique invitation cards for a sea-style party. All the designs are available as thumbnails to preview.
The AKVIS frame packs can only be used with AKVIS Frames Free (available free of charge) and AKVIS ArtSuite ($49 for the plug-in version and $69 for the standalone app). All AKVIS products run on macOS 10.6 and higher.
Troi Text Plug-in 4.0.1 released for FileMaker Pro 15
Troi Automatisering has released Troi Text Plug-in 4.0.1 for FileMaker Pro 15. The update is further optimized for use with FileMaker 15.
In this version Troi Automatisering made description and type-ahead information available for all functions of the plug-in. This extra function description will be shown in FileMaker Pro 15 in the Specify Calculation dialog box when you type a function name and also as a text popup in the functions pane on the right. The type-ahead information is used by the auto complete functionality of FileMaker Pro 15.
A fully functional version of Troi Text Plug-in 4.0.1 is available for downloading at Troi's website (http://tinyurl.com/plzbk5d). Licenses cost $49 per user. Details on developer licenses and multi-user discounts can be found at the Troi Automatisering website.
Upgrading to version 4.0.1 is free for all users of version 4.0: version 4.0.1 works with the same registration as the 4.0 version. Product updates from earlier versions, bought on or...
Comm-Unity Networking Systems updates CNS Image
Comm-Unity Networking Systems has released an update for CNS Image, its FileMaker plug-in for working with images stored in container fields or stored on the hard drive. The new version has full, cross-platform 64-bit support, as well as support for the latest FileMaker Plug-in SDK [software development kit], bringing calculation type-ahead and tool-tip description support, among other things.
This version also includes all the latest CNS Core updates bringing bug fixes and enhancements to the plug-in. CNS Image is available immediately at http://cnsimage.cnsplug-ins.com/ for both Mac OS X and Windows.
If you purchased CNS Image anytime from June 22, 2015, until now, you can install this latest version free of charge without requiring a new license key. If you purchased CNS Image anytime between June 22, 2014, and June 21, 2015, you can renew your license for 50% off the current price. If you purchased CNS Image anytime before June 22, 2014, you can renew your license for 25% off...
OWC unleashes external storage solutions with capacities up to...
OWC Digital has announced that four of their proven external storage solutions are now available with up to 40TB of capacity. By adding configurations using 10TB enterprise-class drives to their lineup of 4-bay devices, these products boast 25% more storage than previous models.
The enhanced products include the ThunderBay 4 RAID , Mercury Elite Pro Qx2 Enterprise Edition, OWC Rack Pro mini-SAS Enterprise Edition, and OWC Rack Pro Quad-Interface Enterprise Edition for $3,999.99, $3,799.99, $3,899.99, and $3,899, respectively.
The OWC ThunderBay 4 RAID 5 utilizes Thunderbolt 2 ports and customizable RAID configurations to reach transfer rates up to 1,342 MB/s in RAID 0 and 723 MB/s in RAID 5. The OWC Mercury Elite Pro Qx2 sports an USB 3.1 Gen 1, eSATA and FireWire 800 interface, multiple drive capacities and customizable drive modes.
The OWC Rack Pro Quad-Interface provides USB 3.1 Gen 1, FireWire and eSATA connectivity. The OWC Rack Pro mini-SAS offers speed up to 24 GB/s, which is...
Avira expands Phantom VPN to iOS, macOS
Avira (www.avira.com) is expanding its Avira Phantom VPN (Virtual Private Network) o include devices running on Apple’s iOS and macOS. The Phantom VPN now incorporates all major operating systems for computers and mobile devices: Android, Microsoft’s Windows, and iOS and Mac.
The new Phantom VPN is aimed directly at two significant segments of technology users – people with Apple devices, and even more importantly, mixed households where people have a collection of devices running on a variety of operating systems, said Melanie Weber, head of the VPN project at Avira. Researchers at Strategy Analytics found that up to 28% of homes in Europe and the US have Apple and Android OS devices, with up to 20% of people claiming to use both Apple and Android devices weekly. And, this study just looked at Apple and Android-powered devices and did not include Windows computers.
“There is a growing segment of households that are mixed – there can be a Windows laptop together with an Android...
Remotix 4.0 offers remote access to any computer from the Mac
Nulana LTD has announced Remotix 4.0, an upgrade to their remote control application for macOS. It allows users to quickly connect with and remotely control any Mac or PC, directly from their own Mac desktop.
Remotix offers screen sharing, file transfer, complete SSH tunneling support and more. Version 4.0 brings the ability to view several remote machines at once, RD gateway capabilities, and more.
Remotix requires macOS 10.6.6 or later. It’s compatible with any RDP server, Apple Screen Sharing, RealVNC, x11vnc, UltraVNC, TigerVNC, TightVNC, and VMWare, allowing even more flexibility for any user's remote control requirements. The Remotix Cloud feature offers the ability to access any computer from anywhere, allowing users to manage computers and send messages, all via the handy Remotix Cloud web interface.
Remotix 4.0 costs $39.99 for a personal license, and is available worldwide through the Mac App Store (https://itunes.apple.com/app/remotix-vnc-rdp/id466261145) in the Business...
BusyMac releases BusyCal 3 for macOS and iOS
BusyMac has released BusyCal 3, an upgrade to its calendar app for macOS and iOS. It displays calendars in day, week, month, year and list views and syncs with iCloud, Google Calendar and Exchange.
Version 3 has been completely redesigned. There’s added support for travel time, which allows users to block out the necessary time to travel to an event location. Users can set a fixed amount of travel time or determine it automatically using the integrated support for Apple Maps and Location Services. Users can even receive alerts when it's time to leave as traffic conditions change.
The menu bar app in BusyCal 3 also received a makeover. It now displays a navigable mini-month calendar with colored dots and bars that provide a visual density map of the user's availability. A scrolling list of events is displayed in the menu along with a 10-day weather forecast. Users may click on an event in the menu bar to view its details, and create new events and to dos using natural language. And...
SecuritySpy for macOS gets 64-bit support, more
Ben Software (www.bensoftware.com) has announced SecuritySpy 4.0, an update to the multi-camera video surveillance software for macOS.
The tool offers recording features, remote monitoring and configuration, and optimized code. Version 4.0’s improvements include 64-bit support, speed improvements, new capture features, and a new user interface.
Pricing depends on the number of cameras you’re using SecuritySpy with — ranging from $45 for the single-camera version to $990 for the unlimited-camera version. The app requires macOS 10.7 or higher.
WPS Office implements freemium version of software
WPS Office Software (https://www.wps.com), an office productivity suite for PC and mobile devices, has announced general availability of the company’s new Freemium, or sponsored access, version of its flagship product.
WPS Office had previously allowed free use of of the software, but with restricted functionality. With the Freemium model, users now have full access to all of WPS Office’s features and functionality with no subscription needed.
WPS Office is an office suite solution that includes Writer, Presentation, Spreadsheets and a built in PDF Reader. The software, which has been downloaded by nearly 1.25 billion users, is fully compatible with Microsoft PowerPoint, Excel, and Word.
The WPS Office suite, which is Android for Work integrated, is available for Android and iOS as well as Windows and Linux-based PCs. The software is available through one of several licensing options, including annual, lifetime, or freemium. In terms of annual licensing, WPS Office is half the price...
IK Multimedia releases Orchestral Percussion
IK Multimedia (www.ikmultimedia.com)has released Orchestral Percussion, the master percussion add-on instrument collection for Miroslav Philharmonik 2 and SampleTank 3 that contains over 45 symphonic percussion instruments, 3GB of sample content, more than 400 audio loops and over 100 MIDI files.
Players can work with these files directly in Miroslav Philharmonik 2 or SampleTank 3, or drag them into the DAW timeline for further editing. Orchestral Percussion for Miroslav Philharmonik 2 and SampleTank 3 is available now from the IK online store and the SampleTank 3 Custom Shop for $99.
Propellerhead rolls out Reason 9 music production software
Propellerhead Software has released Reason 9, a new version of the music production software. It builds on the Reason platform by introducing a host of new devices, sounds and creative tools.
Reason 9 introduces three Player devices that instantly transform any MIDI input into “compelling” music. Note Echo creates rhythmic, pitched MIDI delays for melodies, drum rolls and more. Scales & Chords turns simple melodies into harmonies and chords.
Transpose notes to a selected scale and automatically generates chords for your song. Dual Arpeggio transforms chords into intricate rhythms. F
Reason’s new Pitch Edit mode helps users fix out-of-tune notes, adjust vibrato, change timing, create new melodies from a recording, change the dynamics, and more. Audio to MIDI lets you convert your vocals to MIDI notes. Reason 9 also comes with 1000 new sounds to ignite your creativity.
What’s more, the upgrade now includes the Pulsar dual channel LFO – previously available as a Rack Extension ($49...
Aural ships Studio6 Bass Trap
Auralex Acoustics, Inc. is shipping the new Studio6 Bass Trap, which provides broadband control from 40 Hz and up, providing low-frequency control in a 2' x 4' footprint with slim 6" profile.
In order to address a growing need requested by Auralex customers, the Studio6 is stand-mountable, using the optional ProMAX stands, allowing the panels to be used in a number of temporary recording and mixing situations or where a permanent installation is not possible or desired.
The Studio6 also mounts to room walls and corners using Auralex TubeTak Pro Wall and the TubeTak Pro corner mounting option. Go to www.auralex.com/ for more info.