Flux V for Mac OS X gets new user interface, more
The Escapers have announced Flux V (http://www.theescapers.com/flux/), an update to their flagship web design application for Mac OS X. The software can work with everything from a modern site using HTML5 and CSS3 to legacy sites built on older technologies.
Version 5 comes with a totally redesigned user interface, fully 64-bit, ARC-compliant and multi-threaded, brand new Master Elements system, crowd sourced Code and more. It's also now now fully 64-bit, fully ARC-compliant and multi-threaded.
A 30-day demo is available for download. Registration is US$109 for new users; users of previous versions can upgrade to version 5 for 50% off. Flux V requires Mac OS X Mavericks or the upcoming Yosemite.
Output Factory for Adobe InDesign now supports EPUB fixed layout
Zevrix Solutions (http://www.zevrix.com) has announced Output Factory 1.5.6, an update to its professional solution to automate output from Adobe InDesign. The new version lets users export documents to fixed layout version of EPUB in InDesign CC 2014.
Output Factory automates printing, exporting and post-processing from InDesign and offers batch output, variable file names, layer versioning, preflighting, detailed history and more. The new version lets users output specific alternate layouts and export them as single pages by including layout names directly in page range string.
Output Factory supports printing as well as exporting to PDF, PostScript, EPS, Flash, INX, IDML, EPUB, INDD and several image formats. It costs US$169.95. There's a "lite" version for $119.95.
BatchOutput users can upgrade to Output Factory for $84.97. Output Factory is available for Mac OS X 10.5-10.9 on Intel-based Macs and works with Adobe InDesign CS3-CC 2014.
Wolfram SystemModeler revved to version 4
Wolfram has rolled out Wolfram SystemModeler 4 (http://tinyurl.com/o4swmo4), which expands support for modeling libraries, adds standardized deployment of models to other simulation tools, and deepens integration with Mathematica. The software — available on Mac OS X, Windows, and Linux platforms — is a modeling and simulation environment for cyber-physical systems.
SystemModeler 4 sports a library store with model libraries that are verified to work with SystemModeler. It provides improved modeling features, a new presentation mode for models, and export to FMI for deployment to other tools
SystemModeler 4 offers model creation support from Mathematica, as well as improved workflow in the integration with Mathematica. There's a new Documentation Center with improved documentation.
New 'heads up display' announced for Blackmagic...
Blackmagic Design has unveiled Camera 1.9 software that includes "heads up display" on screen metering that provides customers with histogram, peak audio meters and recording time remaining for the Blackmagic Production Camera 4K. Camera 1.9 update is available now free of charge from the Blackmagic Design website (www.blackmagicdesign.com).
Using these additional displays for the Blackmagic Production Camera 4K means that customers can check camera settings such as exposure, audio level and the remaining space on their recording disk. Customers can download this update now and install it onto their camera from either Mac or Windows computers using a simple USB cable connection to the camera. Once the update is complete, customers can view the new on screen menus by simply swiping their finger up from the bottom of the capacitative touch screen.
This new heads up display will be released for other models of Blackmagic Design cameras over the coming weeks, so an even wider range of...
Worldwide tablet market grows 11% in second quarter
The worldwide tablet grew 11.0% year over year in the second quarter of 2014 (2Q14) with shipments reaching 49.3 million units according to preliminary data from the IDC (http://www.idc.com) research group. Although shipments declined sequentially from 1Q14 by -1.5%, IDC believes the market will experience positive but slower growth in 2014 compared to the previous year.
"As we indicated last quarter, the market is still being impacted by the rise of large-screen smartphones and longer than anticipated ownership cycles," says Jean Philippe Bouchard, IDC research director for Tablets. "We can also attribute the market deceleration to slow commercial adoption of tablets. Despite this trend, we believe that stronger commercial demand for tablets in the second half of 2014 will help the market grow and that we will see more enterprise-specific offerings, as illustrated by the Apple and IBM partnership, come to market."
Despite declining shipments of its iPad product line, Apple managed to...
Labelist for Mac OS X gets major update
Chronos has announced Labelist 8, an upgrade to its label-making software for Mac OS X (10.9 and higher). The folks at Chronos say it include the most requested feature Labelist has had over the years: the ability to create a different custom design for each label on a page.
It also adds:
° The ability to create a different design for each label on a page;
° The ability to create multiple pages of different labels;
° The ability to copy/paste entire label designs on a page or between pages;
° A Template Chooser for previewing templates or creating a blank projects;
° The ability to save a document as a template so it shows up in the Template Chooser;
° The ability to delete custom and included templates;
° The ability to convert text to outlines;
° More than 30 new pre-designed templates for Avery marketing labels.
A fully functional 30 day trial version can be downloaded from Chronos' web site at (www.chronosnet.com). Registraton is US$39.99 and is available directly from Chronos...
Smith Micro unleashes AniMates app for the iPhone
Smith Micro Software (http://animates.smithmicro.com) has unleashed its free AniMates mobile messaging app on iTunes, allowing iPhone users to express themselves with animated characters, colorful backgrounds and dynamic voice effects.
With AniMates, users can select from a wide variety of characters that will lip-synch to a voice message, and then share their messages with anyone via SMS, email or Facebook. Smith Micro unveiled AniMates for Android last month, and users on either platform can communicate app-to-app over any carrier network.
William W. Smith, Jr., CEO at Smith Micro, says AniMates offers a diverse content library offering dozens of characters and backgrounds, with new content added every week. You can use your own photo background from the phone gallery. There are otional voice effects with variable pitch control.
You can see and manage messages from other AniMates users through an inbox view. The app lets you share messages with anyone via email, SMS or Facebook.
OS X Yosemite Developer Preview available
Paragon Software Group has released Paragon NTFS for Mac OS X Yosemite Preview, a free 60-day trial of NTFS for Mac OS X Version 12 that will be launched this fall with the release of OS X Yosemite.
Paragon NTFS for Mac OS X Yosemite Preview — which provides full read/write access to NTFS partitions — is available for immediate download (http://tinyurl.com/l78btty), without registration, to all Mac enthusiasts testing the Yosemite Developer Preview. Users of Paragon NTFS for Mac OS X 11 will get a free upgrade when version 12 is released.
Paragon NTFS for Mac OS X Yosemite Preview is the a driver solution for access to NTFS partitions. Once the program is installed, you can get started right away and navigate contents and read, edit, copy or create files and folders. The program guarantees advanced support of NTFS file systems and provides fast and transparent read/write access to any NTFS partition under Yosemite, according to the folks at Paragon.
PrintList Pro revved to version 5.2
PrintList Pro (http://www.e-node.net/plp), a Mac OS X compatible tool for printing and arrays and records on 4th Dimension layouts, has been updated to version 5.2. The upgrade includes an Unicode mode and compatibility with AreaList Pro v9, 4D v11, v12, v13, v14 and above.
As with AreaList Pro, PrintList Pro provides capabilities not available in native 4D, such as automatic column sizing, custom formatting, robust break level processing, calculated columns and more. It's designed as a complement to the AreaList Pro plugin. You can use PrintList Pro for any standard columnar output (arrays or fields, calculated columns) and it be configured to print an AreaList Pro object while retaining all formatting features.
FlightCheck 7.5 Mac released with Adobe Creative Cloud 2014...
Markzware (http://www.markzware.com) has released FlightCheck 7.5, an update of its preflight solution. This new version of the prepress software for the Mac platform (OS X 10.6 and higher) has added support to Preflight Adobe documents created with new Adobe Creative Cloud 2014 programs, including InDesign.
FlightCheck 7.5 is a stand-alone application targeted to creative professionals, printers, graphic designers, and publishers to ensure print quality control for Adobe and other native files. Users can run FlightCheck 7.5 Mac to preflight InDesign CC and a wide variety of desktop publishing (DTP) file types, without the native applications.
The FlightCheck 7.5 Mac license can be purchased as a subscription or on a perpetual basis. The subscription includes, free of charge, all updates made during the subscription term. This gives you one year of use of FlightCheck (including all updates and upgrades). After the year is over, you can renew your subscription, to continue using...
RE:Vision Effects announces RE:Flex 5 with GPU support for After...
RE:Vision Effects has released RE:Flex 5 with GPU support for Adobe After Effects. The app supplies morphing and warping for After Effects.
RE:Flex uses both open and closed splines for its free-form interface rather than a mesh-based solution. It combines hand feature-matching with automatic image registration. After aligning the hand matched shapes, RE:Flex uses the tracking found in Twixtor to automatically align the non-handmatched parts of the image; so in many cases less handwork is required.
RE:Flex 5 requires Adobe After Effects CS5, CS5.5, CS6, CC and CC (2014) and, on the Mac, OS X 10.7 or higher. RE:Flex is priced at $595.Upgrade and lower-priced render farm pricing can be found at http://tinyurl.com/lhbsjvb .
TunesKit for Mac is iTunes DRM removal software
TunesKit Studio has released TunesKit for Mac. It's iTunes DRM removal software that works with Mac OS X 10.8 or higher.
According to the folks at TunesKit Sutdio, the app can crack Apple's Fairplay DRM protection from iTunes purchased and rented movies/TV shows. TunesKit for Mac is built to allow iTunes users to strip DRM protection off movies and TV shows rented or purchased from the iTunes Store and convert those M4V videos to DRM-free MP4 format on Mac OS X.
According to TunesKit Studio, by converting DRM locked iTunes movies with TunesKit DRM Media Converter, movie fans are free to enjoy any iTunes movie rentals and purchases on various popular mobile devices and media players such as Samsung Galaxy Note, HTC, Nokia, Nexus, iPhone, iPad, VCL, WMP and more.
TunesKit for Mac costs US$45.95 and is available at the TunesKit Studio website (http://tinyurl.com/kehukkh). A Windows version of TunesKit iTunes DRM Converter is in the works.
Keylogger for Mac adds automatic update notification
WideStep Security Software (http://www.widestep.com) has announced Elite Keylogger for Mac 1.3.036, an update to the keystroke recorder software. Elite It allows invisible recording of most keystrokes, email, chats and websites visited, along with screen captures.
Version 1.3.036 adds automatic update notification and enhanced logs sent via email. Users will be automatically notified when the program is unhidden.
Elite Keylogger for Mac is compatible with 64-bit Macs running Mac OS X 10.6.8 and later. There are two versions available: Free and Pro. The difference between the two is that the free version isn't invisible, and its logs don't display passwords and chat conversations.
Elite Keylogger Pro licensing is US$49 for one monitored Mac, $99 for five monitored d Macs, and $99 for 25 monitored Macs $199. An unlimited license is $299. Version 1.3 is a free update to all users of Elite Keylogger Pro.
Apple reports third quarter fiscal results
Apple has announced the financial results for its fiscal 2014 third quarter that ended June 28. The company posted quarterly revenue of US$37.4 billion and quarterly net profit of $7.7 billion, or $1.28 per diluted share.
These results compare to revenue of $35.3 billion and net profit of $6.9 billion, or $1.07 per diluted share, in the year-ago quarter. Gross margin was 39.4% compared to 36.9% in the year-ago quarter. International sales accounted for 59% of the quarter’s revenue.
Apple’s board of directors has declared a cash dividend of $.47 per share of the Company’s common stock. The dividend is payable on August 14, 2014, to shareholders of record as of the close of business on August 11, 2014.
"Our record June quarter revenue was fueled by strong sales of iPhone and Mac and the continued growth of revenue from the Apple ecosystem, driving our highest EPS growth rate in seven quarters," says CEO Tim Cook. "We are incredibly excited about the upcoming releases of iOS 8 and OS X...
mLogic ships mTape backup and archiving solution
mLogic is shipping its mTape backup and archiving solution. The company says it's the industry’s first LTO-6 tape drive to feature Thunderbolt connectivity and the first tape drive system to receive Thunderbolt certification from Apple and Intel.
It supports LTFS for drag and drop functionality and has two Thunderbolt ports for daisy-chaining. The mTape's SAS expansion port enables writing to two or more LTO drives simultaneously. It's compatible with backup/archive software from Archiware, Imagine Products, StorageDNA, YoYotta and others
The mTape is available now from mLogic’s global network of authorized resellers and distributors and direct from mLogic at http://tinyurl.com/m5nex73. It has a manufacturer's suggested retail price of US$3,599.
Castle of Illusion coming to the Mac on July 24
Feral Interactive says the fairytale platforming game Castle of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse, a re-imagining of the SEGA Genesis/Mega Drive game of the same name, will be released for the Mac on Thursday, July 24.
Here's how the game is described: "When Minnie Mouse is kidnapped by the evil witch Mizrabel, it’s up to Mickey to rescue her from Mizrabel’s castle, a magical stronghold where ingeniously challenging levels await the intrepid mouse behind every door. As he ventures deeper into this whimsical world, Mickey discovers that Mizrabel’s powerful illusions make for very real danger.
"As Mickey, players will run, jump, swing and swim through a haunted forest, a maze of living books and even a milkshake-flooded candy world as they solve puzzles and confront a series of increasingly tricky tasks and spellbound adversaries in the quest to save Minnie.Brought to life with sparkling graphics inspired by Disney's signature animation style and completely rebuilt from the ground up,...
IK Multimedia releases VocaLive 2 for iOS
IK Multimedia has released version 2 of its VocaLive app for the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. It adds a flexible new multitrack studio with digital audio workstation features.
Now singers, songwriters and musicians can benefit from advanced editing features like timeline audio editing, waveform visualization, touch-and-drag looping and more. VocaLive can be used with the IK Multimedia iRig line of microphones and mic interfaces, VocaLive provides an all-in-one solution - with superb sound quality, recording flexibility and ease-of-use - for the professional singer on the go.
The newest feature in VocaLive 2 is its Studio section. Designed to complement VocaLive's Recorder section, it allows for a full degree of editing and composing flexibility with recorded tracks. Musicians can see and manipulate their audio tracks (up to four on an iPhone and eight on an iPad) as waveforms on a timeline grid, just like on a computer digital audio workstation.
Clips can be moved and adjusted with a...
Troi Activator Plug-In for Filemaker Pro 13 revved to version 3....
Troi Automatisering (http://tinyurl.com/mq4s7k9) has updated its Troi Activator plug-in for FileMaker Pro to version 3.5.3. It's a maintenance upgrade that fixes some problems with registering.
Troi Activator Plug-in 3.5.3 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 and 13. The plug-in is available for Mac OS X 10.5.7 or higher.
Licenses cost US$89 per user. Details on developer licenses and multi-user discounts can be found on the Troi web site.
Troi Activator Plug-in 3.5.3 also works with FileMaker Server 10, 11, 12 or 13 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 $299.
WD expands NAS storage offerings
WD has expanded its WD Red line of SATA hard drives for home and small office NAS (network attached storage) systems with the release of a 5TB and first-to-market 6TB capacity for NAS-specific storage and the introduction of WD Red Pro hard drives that address the medium to large business NAS market.
WD Red 3.5-inch hard drives are now shipping in 1TB to 6TB capacities. The new WD Red Pro 3.5-inch hard drives are available in 2TB to 4TB capacities.
Available now at select U.S. retailers and distributors, WD Red and WD Red Pro have three- and five-year limited regional warranties, respectively. Manufacturer's suggested retail price (MSRP) for the WD Red 5TB is $249, and $299 for the 6TB version. Pricing for the WD Red Pro 2TB is $159, $199 for the 3TB model, and $259 for the 4TB version. More information about WD Red hard drives can be found at http://tinyurl.com/q2egopd .
Apple announces eighth annual iTunes Festival in London
Apple has announced that Maroon 5, Pharrell Williams, Beck, Sam Smith, Blondie, Kylie, David Guetta, 5 Seconds of Summer, Calvin Harris, Chrissie Hynde and many more of the world’s biggest artists will be headlining this year’s iTunes Festival.
Returning to the UK for an eighth year — following a week of live performances in March at SXSW — the iTunes Festival will feature over 60 acts throughout September at the Roundhouse. iTunes performances can be watched live or on-demand by iOS users around the world on their iPhone, iPad or iPod touch and iTunes on their Mac or Windows computer or in HD with Apple TV. Tickets are free for competition winners only.
"The iTunes Festival in London is back with another stunning line-up of world class performers and tremendous new acts," says Eddy Cue, Apple’s senior vice president of Internet Software and Services. "These live shows capture the heart and soul of iTunes and we love bringing them to our customers in the Roundhouse, as well as to...
Insider Software revs FontAgent Pro to version 6.2
Insider Software (http://www.insidersoftware.com) has announced FontAgent Pro 6.2 for Macintosh, an update to its professional font manager that delivers auto-activation plug-ins for QuarkXPress 10 and Adobe Creative Cloud 2014 applications Photoshop, InDesign, InCopy and Illustrator.
The new release also supports Insider's line of font server products, including TeamServer for workgroups, FontAgent Pro Enterprise Server with replicatiofail-over and FontAgent Pro CloudServer.
Version 6.2 of FontAgent Pro packs features for testing, diagnosing, selecting and managing font collections and streamlining creative workflow, including:
° New plugins that support Auto-activation in Adobe Creative Cloud and Suite apps including InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator and InCopy, as well as in QuarkXpress;
° Workflow Center for organizing, launching and updating automatic scripts
° Smasher 3 software that provides automatic font, print and application cache maintenance;
° 1,350-plus downloadable,...
Adobe announces Camera Raw 8.6 Release Candidate
Adobe has announced the availability of Camera Raw 8.6 Release Candidate on Adobe Labs (http://labs.adobe.com). The release candidate adds bug fixes, lens profiles, and support for new cameras including the recently released Nikon D810.
The release candidate also includes improvements for batch processing and color matching profiles for the Sony DSC-RX100 III, Sony A7S, and Sony Alpha SLT-A77 II. Camera Raw 8.6 is available as a free update for Photoshop customers.
BlackMagic Design announces new ProRes formats for its cameras
Blackmagic Design (http://www.blackmagicdesign.com) has unveiled version 1.8.2 of its Camera software, adding three new Apple ProRes file formats for the Blackmagic Cinema Camera, Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera and Blackmagic Production Camera 4K.
Camera 1.8.2 update is available free of charge from the Blackmagic Design website. Blackmagic Design camera customers have always been able to record in both CinemaDNG RAW or compressed ProRes 422 HQ formats;, however now this new software update adds three additional Apple ProRes file formats: ProRes 422, ProRes 422 LT and ProRes 422 Proxy.
This means customers using Blackmagic Design cameras will be able to get significantly smaller video file sizes allowing much longer recording durations on the same media card, all while preserving full frame 10-bit 4:2:2 quality. Once the update is complete, customers will see these new formats available in the camera menus.
The Apple ProRes 422 formats are designed specifically for multi-stream non...
Sue Wagner joins Apple's Board of Directors
Apple has announced that Susan L. Wagner, founding partner and director of BlackRock, has been elected to Apple's board of directors. Bill Campbell, the board’s longest-serving member, is retiring after 17 years of service.
Wagner co-founded BlackRock in 1988 and helped it become one of the world’s most successful asset-management companies, holding a range of leadership positions including vice chairman until mid-2012. She continues to serve on the boards of BlackRock and DSP BlackRock (India), as well as Swiss Re, Wellesley College and Hackley School.
"Sue is a pioneer in the financial industry and we are excited to welcome her to Apple’s board of directors," says Apple CEO Tim Cook."We believe her strong experience, especially in M&A and building a global business across both developed and emerging markets, will be extremely valuable as Apple continues to grow around the world.”
"We conducted an exhaustive search for someone who would further strengthen our board’s...
Graphic Node launches a scrapbook template set for Pages
Graphic Node (http://graphicnode.com/) has introduced Sketches for Pages 1.0, a new templates collection designed specifically for Apple's page layout program. The set includes 50 customizable templates for creating scrapbooks.
Featuring media placeholders, virtually all objects can be recolored, moved, or removed. Users can also type or paste their own text, add or remove text boxes, and change fonts in any way they wish.
The Sketches for Pages app requires Pages '09 or later and Mac OS X 10.6.6 or higher. It costs US$13.99 and is available worldwide through the Mac App Store in the Graphics & Design category.
Typinator for Mac OS X revved to version 6.1
Ergonis Software (http://www.ergonis.com) has released Typinator 6.1, the latest version of its tool for auto-typing text and auto-correcting typos systemwide across all Mac OS X applications. The upgrade sports over 50 new features and improvements, including a new marker for suppressing the current replacement and a new function for sorting text lines.
With an inclusion mechanism, text expansions can execute external scripts and include their results in the expansion. Typinator supports scripts written in in many different languages like AppleScript, Perl, PHP, Python, Ruby, and arbitrary shell scripting languages.
Typinator requires Mac OS X 10.5.8 or later. Mac OS X 10.7 or higher is recommended.
Typinator can be purchased on the Ergonis Software web site for approximately US$32 for a single user license. A family pack for installation on up to five computers is $49. The upgrade to Typinator 6.1 is free for anyone who bought a license before Oct. 1, 2013.
The latest iOS apps: July 17
Here are the latest iOS apps. You can find them at the Apple App Store.
Shell Curve Ltd. today introduces Follow: Dots And Lines Mania 1.0.0, their new game title developed for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. The premise of the game is simple; slide your finger to connect the colored dots that appear in the same sequence. Sometimes just the simplest of games can be the best of games. Follow: Dots And Lines Mania is one of those simple games that ends up being incredibly addictive and fun to play. The game features Game Center support, with Facebook and Twitter sharing.
The Milken Institute School of Public Health at the George Washington University (Milken Institute SPH) has launched the first of its kind mobile application for students enrolled in MHA@GW. The free app allows MHA@GW students to view course materials and videos, network with professors and peers, and receive notifications for upcoming assignments or events from wherever they are.
Project Build builds CocoaNotes for Mac OS X
Project Build has introduced CocoaNotes 1.0 (http://tinyurl.com/nqbhz65) for Mac OS X. It's a multi-platform rich text editor that stores and manages notes in folders, leveraging iCloud's preferred document based synchronization technology.
You can store all notes and folders using iCloud and access them on all your Apple devices — or you can choose to store notes only on one device without iCloud. CocoaNotes allows users to style documents using formats, which are also synced over iCloud. The app lets you automatically synchronize your notes, folders and formats between all your devices. CocoaNotes supports Mac, iPhone and iPad.
CocoaNotes 1.0 requires mac OS X 10.9 or higher and is available worldwide at the Mac App Store in the Productivity category. The basic app is free, but you'll have to make an US$4.99 in-app purchase to unlock unlimited notes and folders.
Logitech announces protection+ case for iPhone 5/5s
Logitech (http://www.logitech.com) has announced the Logitech protection+ case for iPhone 5/5s and Samsung Galaxy owners. It features a slim, "ultra-protective," outer shell, flex-resistant corners and impact-absorbent channels.
The protection+ case features a hard polycarbonate body with impact-resistant polymers in each corner that mitigate damage from impacts by absorbing shocks and dissipating them across the surface of your case. Additionally, tucked inside its polycarbonate shell, the case has impact channels and a layer of thermoplastic rubber to further absorb vibrations.
For added assurance, Logitech protection+ exceeds the U.S. Military drop-test standard (MIL-STD 810 G) for "rugged" devices, protecting your phone from drops up to 1.8 meters high, says Ariel Fischer, director of smartphone accessories at Logitech. The case also features a hidden metal plate that is compatible with all Logitech smartphone mounts, including +drive and the new +trip.
The +trip clips to any air...
Barcode Basics for the Mac gets new barcode types
Barcode Basics (http://tinyurl.com/kczaefh) for Mac OS X has been revved to version 2.3. The app offers barcode creation features.
The latest version adds additional codes. The software supports pro features such as bar width reduction and truncation.
Barcode Basics 2.3 requires Mac OS X 10.8 or higher and costs US$9.99. It's available at the Mac App Store.
The latest iOS apps: July 16
Here are the latest iOS apps. You can find them at the Apple App Store.
Campbell Tech has rolled out Tank Titans HD 1.0. It's a free battlefield game that simulates tank combat. Tank Titans puts the player into a tank operator role, demanding active control and combat skills in order to win against multiple waves of computer-controlled enemy units.
Breakout Studios has announced Bouncing Soccer Balls - Colorful Soccer Goals Logic Game 1.0. The object of the free one-touch game is to release the soccer balls into the goals without losing any along the way. Drop them into different colored cups and the soccer balls will change to that color. Collect the colored soccer balls for higher points. You can compare your score to others in Game Center.
KVADGroup has released KVAD Photo Studio 1.0 for the iPhone. The app contains basic and precise tools to retouch images as well as a variety of effects, filters, frames and enhancement features. KVAD Photo Studio is free, but does offer in-app...
ConceptDraw Solution Park gets updates to finance, accounting...
A new update to ConceptDraw Pro and ConceptDraw Solution Park of accounting and audit flowcharts provide expanded capabilities to describe processes that relate to a company’s business.
The new solution extends ConceptDraw Pro diagramming and vector drawing software with and design flowcharting tools. The solutions contain samples and libraries of vector stencils for financial flowcharts. These new additions to the ConceptDraw Solution Park are free for current users of ConceptDraw Pro v9.5 or greater.
ConceptDraw Pro (www.conceptdraw.com) is compatible with Mac OS X and Microsoft Windows. It retails for US$199. Version 9 is included in ConceptDraw Office 2, which retails for $499.
Apple, IBM forge global partnership to transform enterprise...
Apple and IBM have announced an exclusive partnership designed to transform enterprise mobility through a new class of business apps — bringing IBM’s big data and analytics capabilities to the iPhone and iPad. The companies say the partnership is grounded in four core capabilities:
° A new class of more than 100 industry-specific enterprise solutions including native apps, developed exclusively from the ground up, for the iPhone and iPad;
° Unique IBM cloud services optimized for iOS, including device management, security, analytics and mobile integration;
° New AppleCare service and support offering tailored to the needs of the enterprise;
° New packaged offerings from IBM for device activation, supply and management.
Apple and IBM say the new IBM MobileFirst for iOS solutions will be built in an exclusive collaboration: IBM’s big data and analytics capabilities, with the power of more than 100,000 IBM industry and domain consultants and software developers behind it, fused with...
Markzware releases Q2ID with InDesign CC 2014 support
Markzware (www.markzware.com) has released Q2ID. The Q2ID Bundle Subscription (1 Year) includes both Mac and Win versions of Q2ID for InDesign CC 2014, CC, CS6, CS5.5 and CS5 (for a total of 10 InDesign plugins).
Q2ID translates many details of the content in a QuarkXPress (QXP) document and recreates it within an Adobe InDesign file (INDD document). Items converted from QuarkXPress include: color models, fonts and styles, text attributes, tables, layers, blends, runarounds, linked text boxes, anchored boxes, and Pantone and other color models.
Q2ID for Mac requires Mac OS X v10.7 or higher and Q2ID for Windows requires Win7 SP1, Win8, or Win8.1. Both platforms require a Licensed copy of Adobe InDesign (Perpetual License or Creative Cloud License) in order to run. Q2ID supports QuarkXPress 3.32 through 10, and runs under InDesign CS5, CS5.5, CS6, CC, or CC 2014. See further details on the Q2ID product page, where you can watch the Q2ID demo video.
Q2ID for InDesign CC 2014 can only...
RE:Vision Effects, WeVideo brings Twixtor slow motion video...
RE:Vision Effects (http://www.revisionfx.com) says Twixtor, the tool for making slow motion video effects, can now be enjoyed by subscribers of WeVideo Personal and WeVideo for Business. WeVideo (www.wevideo.com) offers an online cloud-based video creation solution designed to make it easy to create and share professional-quality videos.
Slowing down dramatic moments with Twixtor adds feeling to video projects, tapping into the emotional elements that help us communicate better, according to Peter Litwinowicz co-founder of RE:Vision Effects. Twixtor helps the content creator control the speed of key moments so everyone has the time to see and experience them more fully, he adds.
WeVideo is an online video creation platform for editing, collaboration, and sharing capabilities across any device — mobile, tablets, laptops and personal computers. Anyone can access WeVideo, from any computer or device at home, work, or on the go to capture, edit, view and share videos with storage...
Bits&Coffee brews BatchPhoto 4.0 for the Mac
Bits&Coffee has released BatchPhoto 4.0, an update of its all-in-one photo manipulation program for Mac and PC that lets photographers, web designers, business people, and families enhance photos. To use you select a group of photographs, and, with a single operation edit, resize, convert, watermark, and rename every image in the group.
New features in version 4.0 include a completely rewritten user interface with a new Dark-theme, one universal version for both Mac and Windows, a Mac version which is fully Retina-ready, drag & drop functionality for the graphical filters, and a new Auto Crop filter for automatically cropping photos to a predefined aspect-ratio.
BatchPhoto comes in three editions: Home, Pro, and Enterprise priced at US$29.95, $49.95, and $129.95, respectively. It can be purchased at http://www.batchphoto.com/. A free trial version can be downloaded from the same web address.
AppGeneration releases myTuner Classical for Mac OS X
AppGeneration Software has launched myTuner Classical (http://www.mytuner.mobi), which lets users listen to the best themes from Tchaikovsky, Vivaldi, Rossini, Bach, Strauss, Mozart and many others, anywhere and anytime they want from a Mac running OS X 10.9 or later.
The app also features more than 200 classical radio stations from all around the globe, allowing users to record their favorite songs from the radio stations. Additionally, users can also check the top selling classical songs in any country.
There are two versions of the app, myTuner Classical (a free version) that features 20 classical themes from a variety of classical composers encoded at 128 Kbps and myTuner Classical Pro with 60 classical themes encoded at 320 Kbps. The later is being offered for US$4.99 (50% off) for a limited time. Both versions are available at the Mac App Store.
PerfectTablePlan for Mac OS X adds multiple seating event support
Oryx Digital has released PerfectTablePlan, its tablet seating app for Mac OS X, to version 5.2. The update adds the ability to plan and report on multiple seating events.
PerfectTablePlan integrates with barcode scanners and can push seat assignments to any device with a web browser. This means that PerfectTablePlan can track the arrival of guests and assign (or reassign) seats in real time. Updates to the seat assignments can then be displayed electronically on large screens and sent to staff iPads and other web enabled devices.
PerfectTablePlan is available for Mac OS X and Windows from US$29.955 at PerfectTablePlan online. It comes with a 14-day, money-back guarantee and you can download a free trial from the website (http://www.perfecttableplan.com/).
Henge Docks releases iPhone case compatible inserts
Henge Docks (www.hengedocks.com) is introducing its new iPhone Case Compatible Inserts for the Gravitas iPhone dock. This new case insert for iPhone 5/5s and 5c allows synching and charging of iPhones without removing the case off the device.
More than 70% of top iPhone cases on the market will fit into the new insert, says Henge Docks CEO Matthew Vroom. The Gravitas lets you connect speakers, charge and sync devices using the included USB cable, and chat with friends and colleagues at a seven-degree angle for FaceTime.
The Lightning version of the Gravitas dock is a certified MFi Program product, an electronic accessory that has been designed to connect specifically to iPhone, or iPad, respectively, and has been certified by the developer to meet Apple performance standards. It's available for US$89.00 through Henge Docks’ online store and now includes the new iPhone Case Compatible insert as well as inserts for the iPhone 5/iPhone 5s, iPhone 5c, iPad Air/Mini, iPad (fourth...
Kanex has introduced a Thunderbolt-to-eSATA adapter
Kanex (www.kanexlive.com) has introduced what it says is the world's first Thunderbolt to eSATA adapter. It lets you connect your Thunderbolt-equipped Mac to an eSATA hard drive.
You can also add an extra USB 3.0 port to your Mac or PC. The US$79.95 Kanex adapter supports both eSATA and USB 3.0 interfaces simultaneously. It's small and compact enough to take it with you when you're on the go.
Boss introduces Waza Craft compact pedals
BOSS (www.BossUS.com) has announced the Waza Craft series, a new line of special edition compact pedals.
The debut of the Waza Craft series includes the SD-1W Super Overdrive, BD-2W Blues Driver, and DM-2W Delay. All three pedals provide the classic sound signatures of the past and present BOSS pedals they’re based on, plus switchable modes for customized tones sought after by discerning guitarists, according to the folks at BOSS.
In continuous production for over 30 years, the BOSS SD-1 Super Overdrive has been in production for over 30 years. The Waza Craft SD-1W hot rods this with a revised circuit design, all-discrete analog components, and switchable Standard and Custom sound modes.
Like the SD-1W, the BD-2W is built with all-discrete analog components and a revised circuit, and features Standard and Custom sound modes. With the Waza Craft DM-2W, the BOSS DM-2 Delay stomp "has been reborn with greater versatility for today’s music styles," according to BOSS.
The DM-2W also...
Mobile Edge introduces new Tech Brief laptop cases
Mobile Edge (mobileedge.com) has unveiled two new slim-line combination laptop and tablet cases. The new Tech Briefs are crafted using durable vegan leather and a tartan cotton-twill lining.
The Tech Brief is designed for daily commutes or quick trips. They feature a separate padded compartment for both a laptop and a tablet. The padded fur-lined pocket will protect an iPad or other tablet from bumps and scratches.
The integrated accessory organizer features pockets for a sSmartphone, flash drives, memory cards, pens and business cards. Two large exterior padded pockets provide storage for travel accessories or personal items.
Dual wrapped handles and an adjustable, removable shoulder strap offer carrying options. The Tech Briefs are available in black and dark brown. Both cases carry a manufacturer's suggested retail price of US$79.99 and are shipping now.
Smarthome expands connected home product line with Honeywell...
Smarthome has expanded its offering of connected home products with the introduction of the US$279.99 Honeywell Lyric (http://www.lyric.honeywell.com) thermostat.
Using smartphone location, the Lyric thermostat knows when you're coming and going. It automatically sets the thermostat in energy saving mode when the house is empty, and when it knows you are coming home it automatically heats or cools the house to your preferred temperature. The Fine Tune feature factors indoor and outdoor temperature, humidity and weather into its algorithm, enabling it to provide the most comfortable temperature in the home, according to Scott Holder of Smarthome.
With the Lyric app (available via the Apple App Store and Google Play app stores), homeowners can adjust their home’s temperature wherever they are. When inside the home, the thermostat can be managed using Honeywell’s familiar round dial control on the thermostat itself.
ZipZapMac updates Periscope Pro for Mac OS X
ZipZapMac (http://zipzapmac.com/) has updated Periscope Pro, an application that turns a Mac into a multi-featured video surveillance system, to version 2. The upgrade includes an all-new interface, an audio-activated recording trigger, support for IP Cameras with the auto-configuration system, and an in-app clip viewer.
The motion-detection algorithm developed for Periscope Pro is user tunable and is purportedly comparable those used in standalone surveillance systems costing thousands of dollars. By automatically uploading clips to a free DropBox account, the user can view clips anytime.
Periscope Pro can be set to shoot only when there's motion, that is, activity going on, capturing exactly what the user is looking for, saving enormous amounts of search time and storage. The user can choose everything from the sensitivity of the motion detection, to clip length, to alternate recording mode, including timed and continuous mode, and even video resolution. It can be set to start...
Sample Logic updates Arpology to version 1.2
Sample Logic (http://tinyurl.com/kyeqsyo) has updated Arpology to version 1.2. It's a virtual instrument and MIDI effect dedicated entirely to arpeggiated/sequenced instruments.
The update enhances the Step Animator by bringing new features for on-the-fly step pattern manipulation. This new update is a free download for current users. If you're new to Arpology, the update comes pre-installed when you purchase Arpology.
For new users the software costs US$399.99. It's compatible with Mac OS X 10.7 or higher and requires Kontact Player (5.3 or later), which is free from Native Instruments (http://tinyurl.com/cq5jqfg).
Public cloud services spending driven by enterprise apps...
For 2013, worldwide public cloud services revenue reached a total of US$45.7 billion and IDC expects this market to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 23% through 2018, according to the IDC research group (www.idc.com).
"Data provides the edge to companies that can leverage their information for competitive advantage, through new products and services or an enriched customer experience. Software for data management, data access, and collaborative information sharing continues to lead the growth in the overall software industry," says Frank Gens, senior vice president and chief analyst at IDC.
Two product groups comprise the total public cloud services market in IDC's software taxonomy: cloud Software and cloud infrastructure. Cloud software spending represented almost 86% of the total public cloud services market in 2013 while Cloud Infrastructure held the remaining 14%. The Cloud Software market includes two product categories: Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) and Platform-...
ClickInstall 4.0 builds Mac software installers
Excel Software (http://tinyurl.com/oaznl3f) has updated ClickInstall, software that lets you create a professional Mac OS X software installer, to version 4.0. You can create installers for any number of products or licenses with a one-time purchase for US$395.
ClickInstall 4.0 adds user choice and option selections during the install process. Users can install the files and features they want or patch an existing installation with new or modified files. To reduce file size and download time, the install process can download optional features on demand.
ClickInstall 4.0 adds new FTP features to the build process You can build one or many installers with a button click and upload them directly to your website in a fully automated build process.
The ClickInstall package includes a printed and PDF manual with a downloadable trial edition and online video demonstration.
Splasm Software introduces Return Labels for Mac OS X
Splasm Software (http://www.splasm.com/returnlabels/) has released Return Labels, software for creating return address labels on your Mac. Features include rich text editing tools, built-in images, and the ability to import a contact from your Mac’s Contacts or Address Book.
You can use any font of any style with Return Labels. The size, style, line spacing, and color are up to you.
You can choose from a collection of images and pick accent and background colors for many of them. You can drag and drop any photo or image to add a personal touch to your labels.
There’s no limit to how many labels you can make. Return Labels saves them so you can print them again any time. The app is available on the Mac App Store for US$4.99.
Apple blocking older versions of Flash Player plug-in for Safari
Apple is blocking (http://support.apple.com/kb/HT5655) all un-updated version of the Flash Player plug-in for Safari due to security reasons. If the version of Adobe Flash plug-in you are using is out of date, you may see the message, "Blocked plug-in", "Flash Security Alert” or "Flash out-of-date" when attempting to view Flash content in Safari.
In order to use Adobe Flash you need to update to a later version:
1. Click the Download Flash button.
2. Safari opens Adobe Flash Player installer page on the Adobe website.
3. Click the Download now button on the Adobe website to download the latest Adobe Flash Player installer.
4. After the download completes, open the downloaded disk image (usually located in your Downloads folder) if it does not open automatically.
5. In the window that appears, open the installer and follow the onscreen instructions.
The latest iOS apps: July 11
Here are the latest iOS apps. You can find them at the Apple App Store.
Ryan Reynolds has announced Space Stack. It's a free, arcade-style game title that tests a player's timing and precision. It features 16 rounds of gameplay and presents you with a neon colored pyramid split into individual "stacks," with a single stack moving across the screen at all times. The game has only one direction: tap the screen to stop the stack.
Pixel Trap has released Might Adventure. The US$2.99 app is a platformer cross with an action adventure runner. Players control three jumping friends across a quest through 40 magical levels and four worlds.
Dim Sum Lab has introduced Sir Tapalot. In the free game, you play as the title character, fighting obese sprouts, sock puppets, alien species, ninjas, and other fear-mongering characters.
Good.Co, has launched Journey, a free app that provides quizzes and assessments "for users to uncover the many different layers of their personalities."