Avenza Maps Pro now available to industry pros
Avenza Systems, producers of MAPublisher cartographic software for Adobe Illustrator and Geographic Imager geospatial tools for Adobe Photoshop, has announced that its mobile mapping app, Avenza Maps, will now have a Pro version available immediately.
The utility is based on an annual subscription and is designed to meet the needs of professionals of businesses, government agencies, and educational institutions. Features of the Pro subscription include commercial, government and other professional use rights (not available with other versions), allowing unlimited number of maps to be imported, Shapefile import and export, data collection and management, and enhanced support. The subscription also allows for enterprise-level management of the Avenza Maps app across mobile devices for organizations of any size using a new subscription management system.
The Avenza Maps app is an all-inclusive mapping platform for iOS, Android, and Windows mobile devices. Consumers can download the app...
New photo book tells the story of design at Apple
Apple has announced the release of a new hardbound book chronicling 20 years of Apple’s design, expressed through 450 photographs of past and current Apple products.
"Designed by Apple in California," which covers products from 1998’s iMac to 2015’s Apple Pencil, also documents the materials and techniques used by Apple’s design team over two decades of innovation. The book is dedicated to the memory of Steve Jobs.
“The idea of genuinely trying to make something great for humanity was Steve’s motivation from the beginning, and it remains both our ideal and our goal as Apple looks to the future,” Jony Ive, Apple’s chief design officer, says in a press release. “This archive is intended to be a gentle gathering of many of the products the team has designed over the years. We hope it brings some understanding to how and why they exist, while serving as a resource for students of all design disciplines.”
Shot by photographer Andrew Zuckerman in a deliberately spare style, the book’s 450...
Apple releases third developer beta of macOS Sierra 10.12.2
Apple has released the third beta of an upcoming macOS Sierra 10.12.2 update to public beta testers about a week after releasing the first public beta of 10.12.2 and one day after seeding the second beta to developers.
If you're not already signed up for the public beta program, you can do sign up at .https://beta.apple.com/sp/betaprogram/ . The public beta program is free, but remember: beta software is unfinished software so use with care.
Station for macOS revved to version 1.2
True North Software has released Station 1.2, an update to their multilevel (hierarchical) launcher for macOS. It’s designed to promote a more natural organization of applications and documents into folders.
With nested folders, you can arrange items in Station in a way that fits your workflow with an uncluttered look and feel. When you drag items over a folder icon and hover for a short period of time in version 1.2, the folder will automatically open. This is similar to the Finder's spring-loaded folder feature.
You can now "copy" an item to different launch folders and the original item will remain in place; hold down the Command-Option keys to initiate a copy. Also, a preference was added to allow you to open Station at login.
Station requires macOS 10.11 oar higher. It costs $14.99 and is available on the True North website (http://www.truenorthsoftware.com) through FastSpring or through the Mac App Store in the Productivity category. A demo version is available from the True...
Feral Interactive launches Calico game-matching service
Feral Interactive has launched Calico, an online game-matching service for games purchased through Apple’s Mac App Store. It was developed for the half of Mac gamers who get their games through the Mac App Store, and who have until now often been unable to enjoy the multiplayer features of the games they buy, says David Stephen, managing director at Feral Interactive.
Calico is a custom library built into Feral’s games that allows Mac gamers to play against one another online and enjoy the full multiplayer features of supported games. It currently supports standard multiplayer features, primarily game matching, friends lists and chats, achievements and leaderboards, with more functionality planned for future versions.
Several of Feral’s recent releases such as Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War II , Company of Heroes 2, XCOM 2, Medieval II: Total War and GRID Autosport already include Calico and support online multiplayer for Mac App Store customers.
More information on Calico can be...
TunesKit Studio unveils DRM Removal solution for Audible books
TunesKit Studio has unveiled TunesKit Audible Converter (http://tinyurl.com/zvw4b7k), a DRM cracker for Mac and Windows systems. It can remove DRM from any Audible audio book by converting AA, AAX files to unprotected formats without account authorization.
TunesKit DRM Audible Converter also allows users to choose lossless audio as output by retaining existing parameters like audio codec, channel, bit rate, sample rate, and more. It can strip DRM from audiobooks downloaded from Audible as well as converting existing DRM-locked formats from AA, AAX to common MP3, M4A, M4B, FLAC, AAC, OGG, AIFF, APE, FLAC, WMA, WAV, M4R, MKA, AU, etc. with original metadata, ID3 tags and chapters preserved.
TunesKit Audible Converter is compatible with macOS 10.8 or later. It costs $29.95 for a limited time; a demo is available for download.
NewerTech announces NuPower 60W USB-C Power Adapter
NewerTech has introduced the NuPower 60W USB-C Power Adapter, featuring two USB charging ports. It’s targeted to users who must manage multiple power adapters for their computer and mobile devices.
The NuPower 60W USB-C Power Adapter was designed with travelers in mind, providing power to charge a USB-C laptop and an additional USB mobile device simultaneously. With it, NewerTech has built a solution that conveniently consolidates USB-C and USB Type-A power adapters into a single charger at a time when computer ports are at a premium,” says Larry O’Connor, president, NewerTech.
The NuPower 60W USB-C Power Adapter, priced at $59.99, is now available from MacSales.com and authorized NewerTech resellers.
Maintain serves up Cocktail 10.1.1 (Sierra Edition)
Maintain has served up Cocktail 10.1.1 (Sierra Edition), a new edition of Cocktail for users running macOS Sierra.
It’s a general purpose utility for macOS that lets users clean, repair and optimize their Macs. The new version adds the ability to disable Gatekeeper in macOS.
Cocktail costs $19 for a single user license and available for purchase from the Maintain website (http://www.maintain.se/cocktail). When unregistered, Cocktail runs in demo mode and will expire after the tenth launch.
Pyle unveils the iPhone compatible Portable Instant Photo Printer
Pyle USA has introduced its latest in mobile technology with the Pyle Portable Instant Photo Printer, a wireless digital picture printer for iPhone and Android devices that weighs just one pound and measures 6 x 3 inches.
It features both Wi-Fi and Near Field Communication (NFC) technology. Using Pyle’s free proprietary PicKit app, users can print photos wirelessly.
The Portable Instant Printer prints JPEG and PNG images at a photo size of 2.1 by 3.4 inches. With built-in D2T2 Technology, the images have excellent color reproduction and no unsightly white border lines, according to the folks at Pyle USA. To prevent unwanted fingerprints and hassles with cleaning and maintenance, the portable printer has a 10-piece cartridge that can purportedly be changed in under a minute.
By downloading Pyle’s free PicKit app, smartphone and tablet users can edit and add custom borders to their prints via any iOS, PC or Android device. The app also allows users to adjust color, add filters and...
Parallels Mac Management 5.0 for Microsoft SCCM adds Apple DEP
Parallels has unveiled Parallels Mac Management 5.0 for Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM) (www.parallels.com/mac-management), which extends Microsoft SCCM (www.microsoft.com/sccm) functionality, offering solution to manage and control both PC and Mac computers.
It now supports the Apple Device Enrollment Program (DEP) enabling businesses to set up and provision new Macs for their employees. Apple DEP allows IT managers to configure devices without touching them, while the setup experience is streamlined and simplified for end users, says Jack Zubarev, Parallels president.
Parallels Mac Management 5.0 also features support for macOS Sierra and Microsoft SCCM 1610, and Windows Server 2016 with new Mac admin tools for IT managers,. The latter improves deployment processes and device management. Other new tools to help IT admins include new script commands, a Mac Client push installation and inventory collection.
Parallels Mac Management 5.0 is available for $30...
Beholder game available at Steam for the Mac
Alawar and Warm Lamp Games have announced that their dystopia simulator Beholder is now available on Steam (http://store.steampowered.com/app/475550) for Mac, Windows, and Linux systems. The game puts you in the shoes of Carl, a state-installed Landlord tasked by a totalitarian State to spy on his tenants.
Here’s how the game is described: “As Carl, the landlord of an apartment house employed to serve the state, new tenants are moving in and out, and at first impression, your daily routine is simply to make the property attractive to its tenants. Little do they know that as a servant of the the state you have ulterior motives and will use any means available to observe, whether it's spying, eavesdropping or wiretapping as you build tenant profiles to report any illegal activities to the authorities.”
“Inspired heavily by George Orwell’s groundbreaking 1984 the philosophical narrative of Beholder, opens up questions around issues of social and moral values. If you are given power to...
Adobe to acquire TubeMogul
Adobe (www.adobe.com) has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire TubeMogul (Nasdaq: TUBE) for approximately $540 million net of debt and cash.
Under the terms of the agreement, Adobe will commence a cash tender offer to acquire all of the outstanding common stock of TubeMogul for $14 per share. TubeMogul is a leader in video advertising, with a single platform that enables brands and agencies to plan and buy video advertising across desktops, mobile, streaming devices and TVs.
Adobe Marketing Cloud is an integrated solution for delivering digital experiences. Adobe’s acquisition of TubeMogul will create the first end-to-end independent advertising and data management solution that spans TV and digital formats, simplifying what has been a complex and fragmented process for the world’s biggest brands, according to Brad Rencher, executive vice president and general manager, digital marketing, Adobe.
ROME: Total War comes to the iPad
ROME: Total War is now available for the iPad. A game of epic real-time warfare, it offers players a mix of strategy and tactics to fight battles, while using diplomacy, subterfuge and assassination to pave the road to ultimate victory.
Encompassing three centuries of conflict from the Punic Wars to the death of Augustus, the game captures the excitement and challenge of conquering and ruling the legendary Roman Empire. ROME: Total War is one of the first AAA desktop strategy games to come to iPad and has been heavily optimized for the device, with reworked visuals and a host of features designed specifically for mobile gaming, according to David Stephen, managing director at Feral Interactive.
ROME: Total War for iPad will retail on the Apple App Store (http://tinyurl.com/hvmhcrt) for a one-time purchase of $9.99. There are no in-app purchases.
Apple releases second macOS Sierra 10.12.2 public beta
Apple has released the second beta of an upcoming macOS Sierra 10.12.2 update to public beta testers about a week after releasing the first public beta of 10.12.2 and one day after seeding the second beta to developers.
If you're not already signed up for the public beta program, you can do sign up at .https://beta.apple.com/sp/betaprogram/ . The public beta program is free, but remember: beta software is unfinished software so use with care.
MacStadium establishes European HQ in Dublin
MacStadium (MacStadium.com), the Mac hosting authority and only provider of Mac Pro private cloud infrastructure-as-a-service around the world, has established its first European data center and international headquarters in Dublin, creating 35 information technology jobs over the course of three years.
MacStadium, headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, ranked #44 on the 2016 Inc. 5000. The creation of the company's international headquarters in Dublin will allow for further growth of its EMEA client base. The company is actively recruiting engineers and technical support staff to further growth of the only enterprise-class Mac hosting provider in Europe.
"Ireland was our first choice for global expansion and Dublin is a great location for our international headquarters," said Greg McGraw, CEO of MacStadium. "Partnering with Keppel Data Centres in Dublin has allowed us to quickly ramp up operations to serve the European mobile software development community. Our planned expansion to APAC...
Output Factory for InDesign gets Creative Cloud 2017 support
Zevrix Solutions has announced Output Factory 1.5.60, a compatibility update to its output automation solution for Adobe InDesign.
Output Factory automates printing, exporting and post-processing from InDesign and offers batch processing, export as single pages, variable file names, layer versioning, preflighting, detailed history and more. Version 1.5.60 makes Output Factory compatible with the the recently released InDesign CC 2017 and improves the reliability of TIFF export on network volumes.
Output Factory can be purchased from the Zevrix website (www.zevrix.com) for US$169.95 (there’s a “lite” version for $119.95), as well as from authorized resellers and Adobe Exchange. A demo is available for download. BatchOutput users can upgrade to Output Factory for $84.97. Output Factory requires macOS 10.7-10.12 and Adobe InDesign CS3-CC 2017.
Nisus Software releases Nisus Writer Pro 2.1.6 for macOS
Nisus Software has announced Nisus Writer Pro 2.1.6, an upgrade of their word processor for the Mac. Version 2.1.6 contains a number of fixes that improve compatibility with macOS Sierra.
This release also solves a problem where using the system's Markup feature on an image would incorrectly remove that image. Plus, version 2.1.6 restores LinkBack functionality for OmniGraffle (version 7.1 or later required).
Nisus Writer requires macOS 10.8.5 or above. It’s available from the Nisus website (https://nisus.com/pro) and from the Mac App Store. Nisus Writer Pro costs US$79. An upgrade from Pro 1.x is $49. A three-license family pack is available for $99. An academic version is also available. This is a free update for users of any version of Nisus Writer Pro 2.x.
Logo Pop is new logo design app for macOS
128bit Technologies has introduced Logo Pop, a vector-based logo design app for the Mac. It allows you to create a professional looking vector based logo, then use it online or in print with support for all popular image formats including transparent PNGs, and vector PDF and SVG formats.
Logo Pop also includes a library of pre-designed logo templates and editable graphics to get you started. It sports 500 editable vector logo graphics to use royalty free and includes 150 pre-designed logo templates to quickly edit and make your own.
Logo Pop requires macOS 10.7 or newer. It’s available at the MacAppware website (www.macappware.com) and through the Mac App Store in the Graphics & Design category for the limited time price of $19.99, a savings of 50% off the normal price of $39.99.
VidConvert 1.7 is optimized for macOS Sierra
Reggie Ashworth has announced VidConvert 1.7 (http://www.reggieashworth.com/vidconvert), an update to his video converter for macOS.
It’s a video converter designed to make converting your videos simple and easy. VidConvert will convert just about any type of video into one of many popular formats. You can create videos for your iPhone or iPad, for your Mac or TV, or formats such as DivX and MPEG. Version 1.7 is optimized for macOS Sierra.
VidConvert requires macOS 10.7 or later. It costs $7.99 for a single user license. A demo which creates three-minute samples is available.
Apple posts second iOS 10.2 beta update for developers
Apple has seeded the second beta of an upcoming iOS 10.2 update to developers. It can be downloaded through the Apple Developer Center or the Software Update mechanism in the Mac App Store.
Ohanaware launches Iconographer for macOS
Iconographer is Ohanaware's latest macOS application with the goal of helping app developers (macOS, iOS and Windows), graphic designer and tinkerers, create high quality and beautiful platform styled icons, from a product logo. It provides templates and styles for the following icons:
° macOS; App icons, folder icons, disk icons and document icons;
° iOS app icons;
° Windows; app icons, folder icons, disk icons & document icons;
° Web; favicon.ico, PNG variants and Apple Touch icons;
° Custom icons for in application graphics or without the use of a template.
Iconographer can also be used to design and apply custom icons to folders and disks, either to create a unique user experience or simply to help differentiate folders on a desktop. The editor in Iconographer has been exclusively designed for the task of creating icons.
The app is available from today for the launch special price of US$9.9. A free trial is available from the Ohanaware website (www.ohanaware.com). Iconographer...
Smile has released an update forTextExpander.com
Smile has released an update forTextExpander.com, which provides a way to share snippets across a team and which works with TextExpander 6 for Mac, TextExpander 4 for iPhone and iPad, and the new TextExpander for Windows beta.
This update features Public Groups, a way to discover and share snippet groups with the TextExpander community. Public Groups offer a way to discover ready-made snippet groups, sourced from a variety of authors, in one place. Anyone on the latest version of TextExpander can subscribe to these groups, or publish groups to share with the TextExpander community.
TextExpander keeps your snippets current on all your devices and lets you easily share and manage snippets across whole teams. Sharing options let you share the wealth of knowledge stored in your snippets. For sharing management across a team of users, you can set up a TextExpander Organization.
TextExpander is $3.33 per month for individuals on the Life Hacker plan and $7.96 per month for a Team plan....
Fidelity Media has launched MegaSeg 6 for macOS Sierra
Fidelity Media has released MegaSeg 6 (http://www.megaseg.com), an upgrade to the radio automation and DJ mixing system for macOS Sierra.
Featuring a new interface, the update offers 30 new features and 50 overall improvements, including Retina Display graphics, a resizable current song player, smart volume sensing for automatic segues, an improved playlist browser, full track waveforms with draggable loop in/out points, second-accurate events, and video track info overlays with your logo.
MegaSeg is available in two editions. The $99 DJ edition focuses on core live mixing features with visual beat syncing via multitouch gestures, multiple outputs for headphone preview, MIDI control, automatic volume, advanced categorization, track logging, and integrated iTunes playlists. MegaSeg Pro ($199) adds video playback with ambient visuals, hot keys for triggering sound effects, automated music scheduling, advertisement messaging events, rules for applying artist separations, request lists...
EZQuest adds USB-C/Thunderbolt 3 compatible cables, adapters
EZQuest (www.ezq.com) has announced today the availability of new USB-C cables and adapters. They’re designed to enhance the latest release of MacBook Pros equipped with USB-C/Thunderbolt 3 ports and include the following:
° USB-C to HDMI 4K Cable (US$39.99): The only cable available to the reseller and retailer markets; the six-foot, single-cable solution extends the new MacBook display screen to any HDMI-equipped 4K HD TV or large display. You can stream HDTV or HD display with digital sound. This product is available for shipping now.
° EZQuest USB-C to USB 3.0 Cable ($19.99): Enables charging and transferring data between USB-C-enable devices to older USB ports.
° EZQuest USB-C to USB-A 3.0 Female Adapter ($19.99): The USB-C to USB-A Female Adapter connects USB-C to older USB 3.0 or USB 2.0 devices.
° EZQuest USB-C to USB-A 3.0 Female Mini Adapter ($14.99): The USB-C to USB-A Female Mini Adapter connects older USB 2.0 or 3.0 devices to newer USB-C-enabled devices.
° EZQuest USB-C...
OWC introduces a Thunderbolt 3 dock with 13 ports
OWC has introduced the Thunderbolt 3 Dock (http://tinyurl.com/gv85tzg). Now available for pre-order, it offers 13 ports, up to 40Gbps of bandwidth, and the capability to power the new 2016 MacBook Pro. It will ship in February.
For anyone concerned with the limited port options on new Thunderbolt 3-equipped Macs or PCs , the Thunderbolt 3 Dock is the ideal solution for connecting a wide variety of existing and future devices including external hard drives, webcams, audio interfaces, Ultra HD displays, wired networks, and more, says Larry O’Connor, founder and CEO, OWC.
It sports two Thunderbolt 3 ports, two USB-C ports, five USB 3.1 Gen 1 ports, and two USB Type-A ports for fast mobile device charging, a FireWire 800 port, a Gigabit Ethernet port, a mini DisplayPort, and a SD Card reader. You can daisy chain and power up to five Thunderbolt 3 devices
The OWC Thunderbolt 3 Dock is currently available for pre-order at MacSales.com and other authorized resellers. It’s priced at $279...
File Transfer App deliver now supports macOS Sierra
Zevrix Solutions has announced Deliver 2.5.8, a compatibility update to its automated file transfer solution for remote and local destinations.
Deliver lets users send files to FTP, SFTP, Amazon S3, WebDAV and other servers. The app solves the problem of notifying recipients of file delivery and offers automatic email notifications, multi-destination transfer, file encryption, history and other powerful capabilities. Version 2.5.8 makes Deliver compatible with macOS Sierra.
Deliver can be purchased from the Zevrix website (www.zevrix.com) for US$19.95, as well as from the Mac App Store and authorized resellers. A demo is available for download. The update is free for licensed users of Deliver 2.x. Deliver requires macOS 10.5-10.12 (some features require OS X 10.7 or later).
Elgato rolls out Eve Motion motion sensor
Elgato (www.elgato.com) has rolled out the new Eve Motion, a wireless motion sensor with HomeKit technology. Ready to be placed anywhere inside or outside your home, it enables users to create individual HomeKit automations.
By detecting the user’s presence or absence, it will enable or disable power outlets, HVAC systems, lights or any combination thereof. You don’t even need to open an app or speak a Siri command to set your Good Morning scene, light up the Christmas tree in the evening, or turn on the fan during a hot day.
Eve Motion is the ninth member of the Elgato Eve family of HomeKit-enabled products, all of which communicate directly with iPhone, iPad and Apple TV, without requiring an additional bridge. It’s available for US$49.95.
Parallels Remote Application Server 15.5 launches
Parallels has launched Parallels Remote Application Server version 15.5 (www.parallels.com/ras), providing organizations of all sizes a solution to deliver Windows desktops and applications to employees on any device.
The latest version offers support for Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Azure to help streamline desktop and application delivery, support for Windows Server 2016, as well as an enhanced mobile experience within iOS and Android clients supporting native touch gestures. Additionally, Parallels launched its upgraded Partner Program to provide its partners an all-inclusive service featuring complementary technical and sales training, certification and, enablement materials to simplify product distribution and drive new customer business conversations.
Parallels Remote Application Server (Parallels RAS) offers additional cloud ready deployment options for on premise, hybrid and public clouds, such as Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Azure, giving IT administrators...
Muijo announces limited edition, laptop Wooden Case
It’s Muijo’s fifth anniversary and for the occasion, the company has designed and produced a limited run of 50 Wooden Cases – with 10 representing each year of Mujjo (www.muijo.com).
The case is made by hand in Greece. Muijo used reclaimed American Walnut veneer, taken from the furniture industry. The company says that “it comes to life when the layers of veneer are pressed together to form its iconic silhouette, it then goes through several stages of sanding – all performed by hand – to ensure a smooth finish.”
It's enclosed with a stainless steel door panel, hand-crafted by an experienced metal worker. A MacBook touches nothing but the signature vegetable tanned leather in black.
The Muijo anniversary case is made to securely carry the a 13-inch MacBook Pro (2015 and 2016) and the 12-inch MacBook. It costs €289.17.
SCOSCHE unveils new MagMount Wall Charger
SCOSCHE Industries (www.scosche.com) has unveiled the latest addition to its MagicMount product line: the $29.99 MagicMount Wall Charger. It’s designed to keep consumers’ mobile devices juiced up, propped up and connected.
When combined with other MagicMount products, such as the MagicMount Pro Window/Dash or MagicMount Surface, the line provides users with a complete, cradle-free system for mounting their devices neatly and wirelessly while on the road or at home.
The MagicMount Wall Charger employs SCOSCHE’s MagicMount technology to dock a mobile device to a wall outlet, eliminating tangled cords and cluttered countertops. The 12W (2.4A) Perfect Charge USB port automatically detects and charges phones and tablets at the correct rate to ensure the safest and fastest charge possible each time, according to the folks at SCOSCHE.
The device is built with powerful rare-earth Neodymium magnets, which are designed to not damage a smartphone or tablet even as they securely maintain a...
Moshi unveils protective accessories for new MacBook Pros
Moshi has announced its protective accessory collection for Apple's new MacBook Pro line. The company has updated its four bestselling MacBook accessories for the new devices: the ClearGuard keyboard protector; iGlaze snap-on case; Codex carrying case; and iVisor screen protector.
The ClearGuard keyboard protector is a thin, transparent keyboard protector designed from engineering-grade thermoplastic urethane with high-precision molding for a tactile response while typing. The Codex designer carrying case is a TSA checkpoint-friendly carrying case featuring a soft, weather-resistant vegan leather exterior and a clamshell design that allows you to use your MacBook without removing it from the case.
The iVisor screen protector is a washable, reusable matte screen protector that reduces glare while delivering incredible clarity with 100 percent bubble-free installation. The iGlaze clear snap-on case is a slim, lightweight snap-on hardshell case featuring a scratch-resistant surface...
AKVIS adds Great Britain collection to its Countries Frame Series
AKVIS (www.akvis.com) has expanded its Countries Frame Series with the brand new Great Britain collection. The pack contains 80 picture frames: 40 horizontal and 40 vertical templates, two variants for each design.
To use AKVIS frame packs, you need to have AKVIS Frames (available for free) or AKVIS ArtSuite ($49) and macOS 10.7 or higher. The Great Britain pack sells for $15.
Accountee is a new personal finance management app for the Mac
Inspiring-Life Technologies has released Accountee 1.0 (Accountee 1.0: http://inspiringlife.co/accountee.html), a personal finance management application for the Mac. It lets you keep a close eye on all your bank accounts, personal funds and transactions in one place.
Accountee lets you register various kinds of transfers that you make as payments or transfers that you receive from others. You can add as many banks as you can. After adding a bank, you’ll have to add an opening balance to get started.
With Accountee, you can add a payee or payer names. You can add and save names of people that you frequently pay to or receive payments from. The app also allows you to deal with check management.
Accountee requires macOS 10.10 or later. It’s available exclusively through the Mac App Store in the Category of Finance and costs $9.99. (
ADATA releases range of USB-C adapters and hubs
ADATA Technology (www.adata.com) has launched several products designed to make USB-C adoption easier. They make the reversible USB standard compatible with connectors such as USB-A and HDMI, as well as legacy plugs like VGA (D-sub).
The USB-C OTG Reader combines USB-C, USB-A, and microSD/SDXC/SDHC support in one product. It offers a way to move content and interconnect devices. The USB-C Hub has USB-C, USB-A, and HDMI, with powered ports to charge devices. The HDMI port allows displaying content from devices such as notebooks and smartphones on TVs, and the inclusion of USB-A ensures wide compatibility with numerous products.
New developer betas of iOS, macOS, watchOS, tvOS available
Apple has released the first developer beta versions of iOS 10.2, macOS 10.12.2 Sierra, watchOS 3.1.1 and tvOS 10.1.
They include unspecified bug fixes and performance improvements. The developer beta can be downloaded through the Apple Developer Center or the Software Update mechanism in the Mac App Store.
Apple releases iTunes 12.5.2 for the Mac
Apple has released iTunes 12.3.5 for the Mac.. It offers some bug fixes few bug fixes and minor improvements.
iTunes 12.5.3 is at the Mac App Store and is also available via Apple’s website. The update is compatible with Mac OS X El Capitan and macOS Sierra.
Apple releases iOS 10.1.1
Apple has released iOS 10.1.1. This update fixes bugs including an issue where Health data could not be viewed for some users.
The update is just 64.2MB. iOS 10.1.1 can be downloaded as a free over-the-air update on all iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch models compatible with iOS 10.
AKVIS revs macOS compatible Magnifier to version 9.0
AKVIS (www.akvis.com) has introduced Magnifier 9.0, an update of the tool for increasing image resolution. macOS and Windows compatible, the new version offers more configurability and customization options including the expanded pixel limit, new resolution values, support for Ultra HD, and other improvements.
AKVIS Magnifier automatically removes artifacts and preserves image details and sharpness of edges. Using the Batch Processing feature, it's possible to apply the same settings to all of the images within a directory.
The product is available as a standalone application and as a plugin filter for Photoshop and Photoshop Elements. AKVIS Magnifier, Home license, sells for $89. One license key allows activating the software on two computers. The update is free for users who bought Magnifier in the last 12 months. Otherwise you can upgrade to version 9.0 for $14.95.
OWC introduces the miniStack
OWC has introduced the OWC miniStack, an external hard drive with USB 3.1 Gen 1 connectivity designed to stack perfectly with Mac mini. It offers transfer speeds up to 208MB/s, capacities up to 6.0TB, and at MagLev cooling fan — all in a low-profile aluminum enclosure with a glossy black top designed to complement the look and feel of Macs.
For virtually any Mac user, but especially those with a Mac mini desktop, home media library, or server, the OWC miniStack is an ideal solution to expand their computer’s storage for documents, movies, photos, music, and to perform Time Machine backups, says Jen Soulé, president of OWC.
The OWC miniStack is designed to easily stack together with Mac minis and other miniStack drives, so users can increase external storage without taking additional space on their desktop. It’s available at MacSales.com and authorized OWC resellers in seven stackable configurations:
° 1.0TB (7200RPM) - $139.99
° 2.0TB (7200RPM) - $169.99
° 3.0TB (7200RPM) - $198.99...
Caato Time Tracker+ released for macOS, iOS
CS Software Consultancy has launched Caato Time Tracker+ 1.0 (http://www.caato.de/timetracker+), a new app to track work time & billable hours for macOS and iOS.
It was designed to make time tracking as simple and as fast as possible. Users can track time for new clients and projects with just one click. There’s no need to fill out any fields; details can be added later. An Apple Watch app lets users start or stop tracking while on the move.
Caato Time Tracker+ is free, though there’s a pro version available for $5.99 a month or $29.99 for six months. The macOS app is available at the Mac App Store, and the iOS app is available at the Apple App Store.
LaCie rolls out Thunderbolt 3 portfolio
LaCie (www.lacie.com), the premium brand from Seagate Technolog, has announced its Thunderbolt 3 portfolio of storage solutions aimed at video professionals. They’re described as “ideal companions to Apple’s new MacBook Pro."
First, the LaCie Bolt3 combines Thunderbolt 3 speed with the latest M.2 PCIe SSDs to create what the company says is the world’s fastest desktop drive. In addition, the LaCie 12big Thunderbolt 3 and 6big Thunderbolt 3 are ready to handle massive amounts of content thanks to fast transfer speeds, RAID 5/6 security and enterprise-class drives. These storage solutions have a design by Neil Poulton.
For the Bolt3, LaCie harnessed the breakthrough performance potential of Thunderbolt 3 and paired it with two M.2 PCIe SSDs striped into a 2TB volume. Bolt3 delivers record speeds of up to 2800MB/s and cuts time off of post-production workflows, such as ingesting RAW footage from RED or Blackmagic cinema cameras or transcoding 4/5/6K footage using Adobe Premiere Pro or...
Apple updates iMovie, Pages, GarageBand, Keynote, Numbers, Xcode...
Apple has posted new versions of iMovie, Pages, GarageBand, Keynote, Numbers and Xcode for the new MacBook Pros Touch Bar compatibility. They join Final Cut Pro X with such functionality.
iMovie is Apple’s basic movie editing software. Pages is a word processing/document creation app. GarageBand is a music creation studio. Keynote is a presentation creation app. Numbers is spreadsheet software. Xcode is an integrated development environment (IDE) containing a suite of software development tools for developing software.The updates are available at the Mac App Store.
DEVONthink updates products with PDF fixes for macOS Sierra --...
DEVONtechnologies (www.devontechnologies.com) has updated all editions of its intelligent information and document manager DEVONthink as well as its iOS counterpart DEVONthink To Go.
The new versions address many PDF issues related to macOS Sierra and add workflow improvements. ELO Office users can now easier switch to DEVONthink. On iOS, DEVONthink To Go 2.0.5 adds a PDF thumbnail view, remembers reading positions, and is more responsive. All updates are free and recommended for all users.
Both DEVONthink and DEVONnote add new conditions to smart groups. ELO Office users planning to move to the Mac will like that version 2.9.6 honors metadata, e.g., item names, and skips additional files when importing data. The sharing extension for DEVONthink supports images, e.g., from web browsers, and uses less energy. Finally, formatted notes no longer strip form-related tags and save the state of checkboxes.
DEVONthink To Go 2.0.5 remembers reading and playback positions and, optionally,...
Troi Automatisering releases plug-in for FileMaker Cloud
Troi Automatisering has announced the availability of Troi Text Plug-in 4.1 for FileMaker Cloud. It’s a plug-in that can run in FileMaker Cloud, the cloud-based platform for managing and running custom apps of FileMaker Inc.
Troi Text Plug-in can be installed with a script to FileMaker Cloud, providing access to the power of its text manipulation functions to developers and organizations. In other words, it’s a tool for for dealing efficiently with text in your FileMaker Pro database.
Version 4.1 is compatible with FileMaker Cloud. You can now install Troi Text Plug-in on FileMaker Cloud and run its functions on the FileMaker Cloud server. We have created a new example file, which demonstrates how to perform the functions of the plug-in on FileMaker Cloud.
A fully functional demo version of Troi Text Plug-in 4.1 is available for downloading at Troi's website (http://tinyurl.com/plzbk5d). Licenses cost US$49 per user. Details on other licenses and multi-user discounts can be found on...
Apple updates Final Cut Pro X
Apple has introduced a “significant update” to its professional video editing app, Final Cut Pro X, featuring new editing features for the Magnetic Timeline, support for the revolutionary Touch Bar on the new MacBook Pro and a redesigned interface with full support for wide color workflows.
The Touch Bar replaces the keyboard’s traditional function row with a Retina-quality Multi-Touch display that dynamically adapts to Final Cut Pro X by putting intuitive, context-sensitive controls right at your fingertips. Apple also released updates to Motion and Compressor.
“This is our biggest update to Final Cut Pro X since we completely redesigned it five years ago,” said Susan Prescott, Apple’s vice president of Apps Product Marketing. “The new version features a sleek interface and adds powerful new editing features that go far beyond what’s possible with traditional, track-based video editing apps; and integration with the revolutionary Touch Bar gives professional video editors a whole...
Apple unveils new MacBook Pros
At today’s “hello, again” event, Apple introduced the thinnest and lightest MacBook Pro ever, along with an interface that replaces the traditional row of function keys with a Retina-quality Multi-Touch display called the Touch Bar.
It also sports Apple’s brightest and most colorful Retina display yet, Touch ID support, a more responsive keyboard, a larger Force Touch trackpad and an audio system with double the dynamic range. It’s also the most powerful MacBook Pro ever, featuring sixth-generation quad-core and dual-core processors, up to 2.3 times the graphics performance over the previous generation, SSDs and up to four Thunderbolt 3 ports.
The Touch Bar places controls right at the user’s fingertips and adapts when using the system or apps like Mail, Finder, Calendar, Numbers, GarageBand, Final Cut Pro X and more, including third-party apps. For example, the Touch Bar can show Tabs and Favorites in Safari, enable easy access to emoji in Messages, provide a simple way to edit...
Apple unveils new TV App for Apple TV, iPhone & iPad
Apple has introduced a new TV app that’s designed to offer a unified experience for discovering and accessing TV shows and movies from multiple apps on the fourth generation Apple TV, iPhone and iPad.
The TV app provides one place to access TV shows and movies, as well as a place to discover new content to watch. At today’s “hello, again” event, Apple also introduced a new Siri feature for Apple TV that lets viewers tune in directly to live news and sporting events across their apps.
“Using apps on Apple TV, iPhone and iPad has become the primary way for so many of us to watch television,” said Eddy Cue, Apple’s senior vice president of Internet Software and Services. “The TV app shows you what to watch next and easily discover TV shows and movies from many apps in a single place.”
Features within the TV app include:
° Watch Now: Watch Now is where viewers will see their collection of available shows and movies from iTunes and apps. From Watch Now, viewers can then go to Up Next or...
Stronghold Kingdoms: Heretic available for the Mac
Firefly Studios has released a free expansion for Stronghold Kingdoms — Stronghold Kingdoms: Heretic. Now available as an update for Mac and PC versions, Heretic allows players to build kill streaks by crusading against the forces of evil or “go heretic” and join them. You can ally with fellow players and save medieval Europe or swear allegiance to series antagonist The Wolf and watch the world burn.
Here’s how Stronghold Kingdoms: Heretic is described: “You spend months infiltrating the enemy House and, to your knowledge, no one suspects a thing. Your Trojan faction has their complete trust, you’ve fought countless battles side by side and some even call you friend. Castles have been built together and enemies vanquished, but when the House Marshall reveals his plans for one final attack to take down their great rival you know it is time to strike. You offer to play a major role in the offensive and, at the last moment, you turn. One swift attack from behind enemy lines decimates the...
Incipio launches new Backlit ClamCase+ Keyboard Cases for iPads
Incipio has launched the Incipio ClamCase+ Power keyboard case for the iPad Pro 9.7 and iPad Air 2 featuring a LED powered backlit keyboard and a 6000mAh power bank for charging external devices on-the-go.
The Incipio ClamCase+ keyboard case series feature a LED backlit keyboard with three levels of adjustable brightness to customize visibility for optimal use during the day and at night, available both for the iPad Air 2 and iPad Pro 9.7 devices. Incipio’s ClamCase+ Power series for iPad Pro 9.7 and iPad Air 2 include the customizable backlit keyboard and a built-in 6000mAh power bank to charge iPhones and other external devices on the go.
The Incipio ClamCase + Power for iPad Pro 9.7 and iPad Air 2 are available now in black for US$159.99 each on clamcase.com. The Incipio ClamCase + for iPad Pro 9.7 and iPad Air 2 are available in space gray for $129.99 each at clamcase.com.
FoamTech iPad cases available from Gumdrop Cases
Gumdrop's FoamTech iPad case (http://www.gumdropcases.com) is now available in a carrying case, providing lightweight form-fitting protection for Apple's iPad Pro 9.7, iPad Air 2 and iPad Air.
The case is made of foam; its carrying handle can be folded for viewing and typing modes. The FoamTech case allows access to all ports, buttons, camera and speakers, and is perfect for school and home learning environments. The normal price is $34.95, but it’s on sale for $29.95 for a limited time.