LaCie ships new dual-disk RAID solution
LaCie (www.lacie.com) has announced the availability of what it says is the fastest dual-disk RAID solution on the market — the LaCie 2big. Now with Thunderbolt 2 technology, the LaCie 2big delivers speeds of up to 420MB/second.
The LaCie 2big also offers up to 12TB of capacity and hardware RAID. Itfeatures front-loading disks, disk status LEDs, near-silent heat dissipation, a "secret" door for cable management, and hardware RAID protection — all enclosed in a Neil Poulton design.
The LaCie 2big is the first dual-disk product to ship with Thunderbolt 2 and USB 3.0. It's available in 6, 8 or 12TB capacities through LaCie Resellers starting at US$599.
NEC adds flagship, 30-inch display to its line-up
NEC Display Solutions of America has announced the MultiSync EA 304WMi (http://tinyurl.com/qz26jhq), a 30-inch monitor addition to its premium business desktop portfolio. It sports WQXGA (2560 x 1600) resolution LED-backlit model and built-in speakers.
The widescreen model features IPS panel technology with wide viewing angles (178° horizontal/vertical), touch-sensitive menu controls and ergonomic adjustability. The LED backlighting of the 16:10 aspect ratio EA304WMi allows for a slimmer profile, lighter weight and increased power savings compared to previous generation models, according to Art Marshall, product manager for Professional and Medical Displays at NEC.
For workstations with multiple displays, ControlSync technology lets users control the settings for up to six MultiSync EA Series displays. Users are able to adjust power, brightness, volume and many other settings of the multi-monitor setup in unison through the master monitor.
The MultiSync EA304WMi ships with a...
Munin, a Norse mythology-based puzzle game, launches on the Mac
Munin, Odin's faithful raven, starts its journey through the nine realms of Yggdrasil to find its lost wings in a new 2D puzzle platformer (http://tinyurl.com/pfr5qmq) for Mac OS X, Windows, and Linux systems. It costs US$9.99.
Here's how the game is described: "In Munin, players enter a fantastic world of the legends of the Norse gods, because the raven Munin is one of the two loyal messengers of Odin, the father of the gods. But due to a capricious prank by Loki, he has been transformed into a little human girl, and its feathers have been scattered across the nine worlds of Yggdrasil. The players’ task is to find the feathers and restore the raven to his true form."
Jumsoft's Inspiration Set updated with 43 new templates for...
Jumsoft (http://www.jumsoft.com) has updated its range of templates for Apple's Pages. The latest version of the Inspiration Set application includes 43 new designs, adding up to 350 templates for a variety of document types.
Most elements in the Inspiration Set can be edited. Stock images can be replaced with users' own photos or pictures. All templates are available in both paper size A4 and U.S. Letter.
The Jumsoft templates require Mac OS X 10.6.6 or later and Pages 5.0 or higher. Inspiration Set 2.9 costs US$19.99 and is available worldwide through the Mac App Store in the Graphics & Design category. The app is also available on the Jumsoft website with more information and design samples.
PDFpen for Mac OS X gets Text-to-Speech support, more
Smile (http://www.smilesoftware.com) has rolled out PDFpen 6.1.3, an update to its all-purpose PDF editing tool for OS X. The update adds Text-to-Speech support and improves support for VoiceOver and Accessibility in several areas.
The changes in PDFpen 6.1.3 have also been made in PDFpenPro 6.1.3, the pro version that can also convert websites into PDFs, automatically create fillable PDF forms, and construct document table of contents. PDFpen 6.1.3 works with PDFpen for iPad and PDFpen for iPhone, allowing editing across devices when used with iCloud or Dropbox storage. Users who wish to use iCloud must purchase PDFpen 6 from the Mac App Store. (Apple restricts iCloud access to applications purchased via the Mac App Store.)
PDFpen retails for US$59.95, and PDFpenPro for $99.95. Family pack licenses, which cover up to five computers in one household, are $74.95 for PDFpen and $119.95 for PDFpenPro. Office pack licenses, which cover up to five users in an office, are $179.95 for PDFpen...
EverWeb for Mac OS X gets enhancements to Image Gallery, more
RAGE Software has revved EverWeb, a website designer for the Mac, to version 1.4. The new version adds enhancements to the Image Gallery, Navigation Menu, Image Slider, Facebook, and HTML Snippet widgets.
EverWeb builds on the ease of use of Apple's discontinued iWeb website tool. Using modern HTML5 and CSS3, EverWeb websites are faster, leaner and compatible with all major desktop and mobile web browsers, according to the folks at RAGE Software.
With EverWeb, you can use one of the professionally designed templates or start a website from scratch. Built-in widgets let you add design shapes, social media integration, image galleries, image slideshows, contact forms and more. The built-in HTML Snippet widget lets you add just about anything to your EverWeb site.
EverWeb comes in two versions. A standalone version that can be used with any web hosting service costs US$79.95 USD. EverWeb can also be purchased with one-click publishing that includes the software, web hosting, and custom...
CS Odessa announces new basketball solution in ConceptDraw...
CS Odessa (http://www.conceptdraw.com) has added to the ConceptDraw Solution Park to enhance ConceptDraw Pro 9.5 and greater. Introduced is a new set of libraries that provides a complete basketball sport solution.
The Basketball Solution includes libraries tailored for basketball diagrams, play schema, and illustrations. The new addition to ConceptDraw Solution Park is free for current users of ConceptDraw Pro 9.
The Basketball Solution in the ConceptDraw Solution Park includes a collection of templates, samples, and libraries of vector stencils, icons and clipart that support basketball diagrams with any level of complexity. ConceptDraw Pro is compatible with Mac OS X and Microsoft Windows. It retails for US$199. Also, it's included in ConceptDraw Office 2, which retails for $499.
PhatWare releases improved WritePad handwriting recognition SDK
PhatWare Corp. has WritePad SDK 4.2, an update to their handwriting recognition SDK (software development kit) for iOS 7.0.
WritePad SDK enables third-party app developers and OEMs [original equipment manufacturers] to leverage handwriting recognition software for iOS 7. The new version of the SDK features improved handwriting recognition engine, updated APIs supporting UNICODE (UTF-16) text encoding for better compatibility, enhanced documentation and sample code.
WritePad SDK sample code and documentation have been also updated.
The WritePad SDK evaluation is free, while commercial redistribution is royalty-based. Go to http://tinyurl.com/kg5bamu for more info.
Amsys announces Swift iOS development course
Amsys has announced their first "Beginning Swift Development" course for July. Announced at last week's Apple WWDC keynote, Swift has been created to make app development an easier, more accessible skill to acquire.
The two-day course by Amsys will be available at both the company's Manchester and Soho based Apple Authorised Training Centres. Throughout the course, delegates will learn key skills and tools such as: how Swift handles values, strings and characters, what classes are and how to use them, experiment with playground, plus an introduction to Xcode and how to manage and compile all your code.
For delegates familiar with Objective-C, the course also includes a module on combining Swift into existing apps that are written in Objective-C. Go to http://www.amsys.co.uk/training/ for more info.
Apple releases MacBook Air SMC Update 2.0
Apple has released MacBook Air SMC Update 2.0 for mid-2013 MacBook Air models.
This update addresses an issue which may cause the battery to drain faster than expected when the lid is closed. It requires Mac O X 10.8.5 or later and is available via the Software Update component of OS X's Systems Preferences app.
Akvis MakeUp for Mac OS X tetra new Share button, more
Akvis (http://www.akvis.com) has released Akvis MakeUp 3.5 for Mac OS X (10.4 and higher) and Windows. Akvis MakeUp automatically smoothes small defects on the skin, making it radiant, beautiful, pure and even, as you can see on artistic images, according to the folks at Akvis.
In version 3.5, a new Share button allows you to quickly publish images from the program in Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, Tumblr, Google+. With improved RAW files processing, the list of supported formats has been extended.
The software is designed for tasks such as processing marriage photographs or graduation party photos. Thanks to the Batch Processing feature, you won't need to process every picture, but can apply the chosen settings to a whole folder with the event shooting. The program is available in plug-in and standalone versions. The plug-in version is compatible with Adobe Photoshop CS5 64-bit.
Akvis MakeUp sells for US$39 for the Home version (either plug-in or standalone), $49 for Home Deluxe (plug-...
Dev Interview: Larry O'Connor, Other World Computing
TUAW and MacTech are once again teaming up to interview developers surrounding Apple's announcements at WWDC. Hear what they have to say.
We'd like to welcome our guest, Larry O'Connor, Founder & CEO at Other World Computing. Other World Computing develops products for Mac, iOS, and Larry took some time to tell us about WWDC and how it impacts the company.
What were you most excited about hearing in Apple's recent announcements?
The new iOS development environment is very exciting to us as is what Yosemite brings next to the Mac platform. In terms of the iOS side - it's perfect timing with respect to entries we have planned to enhance the customer experience with our product. With respect to 10.10 [aka Yosemite] - the new OS offers a lot of user benefit without, so far, the kind of drastic changes that 10.9 introduced on the developer impact side. The open, public beta aspect also should mean far less being addressed pre release - wider range of scenarios addressed...
Autodesk acquires Bitsquid
Autodesk (www.autodesk.com) has acquired Stockholm-based Bitsquid AB, the creator of the Bitsquid game engine.
The acquisition brings to Autodesk expertise in 3D game development and proven technology that will enable Autodesk to supercharge its portfolio of tools for game makers through the development of a new 3D game engine, according to Chris Bradshaw, senior vice president, Autodesk Media & Entertainment. Multiple game developers have used the modern and flexible Bitsquid engine to create 3D games for next-generation consoles and PCs, and Autodesk will continue to work with many of these companies to develop the new 3D game engine. Terms of the acquisition were not disclosed, he adds.
In addition to acquiring the Bitsquid game engine, the acquisition of the Bitsquid team and technology will enable Autodesk to create new tools for real-time 3D visualization for architects and designers. The new technology will also be incorporated into solutions for customers outside of the...
Deque Systems offers free beta of WorldSpace Xcode plugin
Deque Systems (www.deque.com) is releasing a beta version of WorldSpace Xcode Plugin for the iOS application development community. This tool automatically analyzes source code to validate that all accessibility attributes have been specified correctly.
It integrates into the Xcode development environment and displays Accessibility issues in the source code to aid in quick remediation. Developers can also learn about how to address Accessibility issues with the provided context sensitive help.
Apple's VoiceOver accessibility infrastructure is a comprehensive platform that can be used to deliver accessible applications, if used properly. The WorldSpace Xcode Plugin aids developers in validating that the iOS Accessibility infrastructure is used properly, so good accessibility becomes part of the normal methodology.
The tool can also be integrated into a Continuous Integration testing framework so that Accessibility issues can be validated by a Quality Assurance team as the code is...
GhostControl game for the Mac goes to version 2.0
Application Systems and bumblebee have conjured up GhostControl Inc. 2.0 for the Mac. The upgrade allows your ghost hunters to access bigger weapons and better traps.
There's a new inventory system of your equipment and a "Spookipedia" that holds all your information from ghostscans. There's also an equipment guide, achievement list, and more.
In the game you manage a team of ghosthunters. Your goal is to free London from paranormal terror in turn-based battles. Take on the ghosts, follow the map, and take in the lovely sites and stunning landmarks of London.
GhostControl Inc. costs US$7.49 and requires Mac OS X 10.6 or higher. It's available at the game website (http://www.application-systems.co.uk/) and also via the Steam gaming service.
SMART Utility for Mac OS X gets new email system, more
Volitans software has announced SMART Utility 3.1.2, an update to the hard drive diagnostic application. The new version features a new email system, better drive support, and bug fixes.
SMART Utility is an application to scan the internal hardware diagnostics system of hard drives. SMART is a system built into hard drives by their manufacturers to report on various measurements of a hard drive's operation.
SMART Utility is available in a variety of licenses including a personal license for US$25 and a family license for $40. It can be purchased online (http://www.volitans-software.com/) or within the SMART Utility itself through its embedded web store.
Dev Interview: Wil Shipley, Delicious Monster
TUAW and MacTech are once again teaming up to interview developers surrounding Apple's announcements at WWDC. Hear what they have to say.
We'd like to welcome our guest, Wil Shipley, Chief Monster at Delicious Monster. Delicious Monster develops products for Mac, iOS, and Wil took some time to tell us about WWDC and how it impacts the company.
What were you most excited about hearing in Apple's recent announcements?
iCloud Drive is something I want to use all the time. I like the improvements in Mail and Safari a lot, and I appreciate that they're concentrating on making those apps solid instead of doing crazy new stuff and letting their old apps rot.
Continuity is a technology I've wished for every time I go to a website on my Mac. I end up texting a lot of stuff to myself, this is SO much nicer. And we used to have caller ID and dialing our phones from our Macs back in 2004 with iSync and our Moto RAZRs, it's nice to see it's finally back with the iPhone.
Dance Party coming to Apple TV
Rolocule Games has announced the development of Dance Party, a multiplayer rhythm game where users mimic the movements of onscreen dancers using their iPhone or iPod touch.
Dance Party allows users to connect multiple iOS devices together and dance simultaneously in front of big screens. The game streams to an HDTV using AirPlay mirroring. Dance Party will also feature turn based multiplayer for local dance tournaments.
The game is due to be released on the Apple App Store in July. Rolocule Games plans to give early access of the game to those signing up at the website (http://www.dancepartygame.com) starting today.
Native Instruments launches The Future of DJing video series
Native Instruments has kicked off The Future of DJing – a new video series featuring international artists and how new technologies found on Traktor products inspires creativity. Throughout the summer of 2014, The Future of DJing series will highlight the artist, and how technological innovation plays a role in their performance.
The first video features Marc Kinchen (aka MK) whose musical career has given rise to some of dance music’s most iconic tunes. In the video, he talks about how technology has always inspired his DJing and fuels his concept of the ideal live DJ performance — creating a track from start to finish live while DJing. MK also shares his vision where a future generation of talented DJ/producers will be setting the new standards of DJ culture without ever touching vinyl or playing an instrument.
The Future of DJing video series aims to kick-start discussions with artists, labels, and the media about, well, the future of DJing. As an added bonus, Native Instruments is...
SmoothReviews introduces new service
SmoothReviews has introduced a brand new service that allows any app developer to get "unlimited, free, honest app reviews on the App Store or Google Play."
"The review for review system helps your app build credibility and gives it more exposure, meaning more downloads," says founder Jay Van Buiten. "All of these things help developers to move the app up in the rankings and generate more revenue. Developers give and receive reviews from each other using a point system to get honest reviews as often as they'd like."
SmoothReviews supports iOS or Android, free or paid, tablet or phone apps. Any app can receive reviews.
Here's how it works: you give a review, you get a review. For each review you give, you earn a point on your SmoothReviews account. Your app will then appear for another developer to review, and you'll have spent the point. Go to http://smoothreviews.com for more info.
Flipbuilder releases Flip PDF Pro for the Mac
Flipbuilder has released Flip PDF Professional for Mac (http://www.flipbuilder.com/), a tool for creating page flip catalogs from PDFs.
With Flip PDF Pro, Mac users can create catalogs, brochures and other marketing collaterals from PDF files. It allows users to drag and drop a variety of objects for creating presentations. You can also embed YouTube Videos, animated text, flash files, and other pre-designed objects for creating page flip e-books.
Flip PDF Pro costs US$299 and requires Mac OS X 10.5 or higher. A demo is available for download.
Cocktail for Mavericks now lets you tweak fonts in Safari
Maintain has served up Cocktail 7.5.1 (Mavericks Edition), the latest maintenance update for users running OS X Mavericks.
Cocktail is a general purpose utility for OS X that lets users clean, repair and optimize their Macs. Cocktail's features are arranged into five categories that helps you manage various aspects of your computer. This version adds ability to set proportional and fixed-width font family and font size in Safari. It also fixes compatibility issues with Firefox 29 and contains other minor bug fixes and improvements.
Cocktail 7.5 (Mavericks Edition) requires OS X Mavericks 10.9 to run. Cocktail (Mountain Lion Edition) for OS X 10.8, Cocktail (Lion Edition) for OS X 10.7 and Cocktail (Snow Leopard Edition) for OS X 10.6 are available for download from Maintain website (http://www.maintain.se). Cocktail costs US $19 for a single user license.
TaskInsight for Mac OS X gets new speech commands module
Imaja has updated TaskInsight (http://www.imaja.com/taskinsight/), its productivity and business task management tool, to version 3.3. The update debuts a new speech commands module to control TaskInsight, and a new function to create speakable text from the task list.
TaskInsight includes priorities, labels, color coding, manual and automatic sorting, drag and drop, copy and paste, undo and redo, import and export, customizable views, text-to-speech for selected tasks, and several optional fields. A number of new commands let users set the priority or status for the selected tasks. The Shift Time menu can be used to shift selected tasks in time in various increments. A number of simple and combination sorts can be selected from the new Sort menu or with keyboard shortcuts.
TaskInsight provides standard Mac OS X functions such as searching, drag and drop prioritization, drag and drop text in and out of TaskInsight, and includes extension features such as: copy items as tab-delimited...
Instant 3.0 lets you use your Mac's built-in camera
ThinkTime Creations has announced Instant 3.0 (http://instanttheapp.com), an update to its Polaroid photo app for Mac OS X. You can now take a shot using the built-in camera on your Mac.
Instant lets user "re-shoot" their digital photo by drag-and-dropping it on to its "camera body." It requiers Mac OS X 10.6 or later,. It costs US$4.99 and is available worldwide exclusively through the Mac App Store in the Photography category.
Big Ass Fans introduces a 'smart' ceiling fan
Big Ass Fans has unveiled what it says is the world’s first smart ceiling fan designed with an on-board computer and array of sensors. SenseME technology (www.bigassfans.com/senseme), available exclusively on the Haiku ceiling fan, revolutionizes a home fixture that hadn’t changed for decades, according to Carey Smith, founder and Chief Big Ass of Big Ass Fans.
He says that SenseME knows when you enter or leave a room and turns Haiku on and off automatically. The technology monitors the room’s temperature and humidity, adjusting Haiku’s speed when conditions change. SenseME "learns" your comfort preferences, tailoring those speed adjustments to what you find comfortable.
Haiku with SenseME, which begins shipping later this summer, is the first fan controllable by a smartphone app. You can use the app to set schedules for both the fan and light or select from several control modes. Among them is Gradual Awake, which gently increases the fan’s speed and light for a more pleasant wakeup...
LaCie upgrades the Rugged hard drive
LaCie (http://www.lacie.com) says its latest Rugged hard drive features faster speeds, a tougher design, and an integrated interface cable. It's purportedly tougher than ever before with improved shock, dust and water resistance. Plus, the integrated Thunderbolt cable stows away when you're not using it.
The Rugged is MIL-compliant, which means that data is protected even during accidental drops of up to 6.6 feet. During transit, users can attach the removable cover to provide IP 54-level protection against dust and water.
The SSD version goes a step further with resilience against vibration and shock. Both versions are tough enough to be shipped for reliable delivery to clients or partners, according to LaCie. Included software protects files from prying eyes with AES 256-bit encryption.
The LaCie Rugged, design by Neil Poulton, will be broadly available mid-June through LaCie resellers in 1TB (US$219.99) and 2TB ($299.99) capacities. The 250GB SSD ($299.99) and 500GB SSD ($499.99...
Virtual City Playground for the Mac sports new graphics, content
G5 Entertainment's city builder for Mac OS X, Virtual City Playground, has been revved to version 1.14. It sports new graphics and content.
Virtual City Playground is a sim-social that lets you create a metropolis. Your goal is to please your inhabitants by providing them with tons of business opportunities and true-to-life neighborhoods, and entertainment facilities, among other amenities. Master trade, resources and balance between the booming development and the traffic that is a subsequent effect of the former.
Virtual City Playground requires Mac OS X 10.7.4 or higher. It's available for free at the Mac App Store.
Kingston Digital releases second generation MobileLite Wireless...
Kingston Digital (www.kingston.com) has announced the MobileLite Wireless G2. Shipping later this month, it allows smartphone and tablet users to extend onboard device storage and stream and share content with multiple users.
Additionally, the ultra-portable MobileLite Wireless G2 has a 4640 mAh 3.8v battery for mobile charging and a direct Ethernet port for wireless Internet routing, Wi-Fi bridging. The USB port also allows 3G dongle support.
Fully charged, the internal battery of the MobileLite Wireless G2 is capable of charging most smartphones twice, according to Andrew Ewing, Flash memory business manager, Kingston. To enable users to stay constantly connected, the device supports a direct connection from a 3G wireless Internet dongle and also has a direct Ethernet connection thus allowing MobileLite Wireless G2 to serve both as a portable router or shared network (NAS) drive.
G-Tech to demo new storage solutions for 2K/4K workflow
At this week's Cine Gear conference (http://www.cinegearexpo.com/83/) in Los Angeles, G-Technology (www.g-technology.com) is demonstrating new storage solutions for audio/video production, photography, and the creative professional market — including the new G-RAID with removable drives, the Studio Line (G-Speed Studio and G-RAID Studio) and Evolution Series with the new G-Drive ev-220 external storage module.
The US$349.99, 2TB G-DRIVE ev 220 is a USB 3.0 hard drive with transfer rates up to 220MB/s. You can use it alone or with the Evolution Series G-DOCK.
The G-RAID with Removable Drives (pictured) is a removable dual-drive storage system with transfer rates of up to 330MB/. The G-RAID is configurable in RAID 0, RAID 1, or JBOD, and features USB 3.0, eSATA, along with FireWire. The G-RAID ships with two removable 7,200RPM hard drives, complete in an all-aluminum enclosure. Pricing starts at US$449.95 for a 4TB model.
In addition to showcasing the G-RAID Studio, G-Technology is also...
SecuritySpy 3.4 for Mac OS X adds HTTPS, more
Bensoftware has announced SecuritySpy 3.4, an update to the multi-camera video surveillance software for the Mac.
SecuritySpy sports features such as motion detection, real-time compression of multiple camera feeds, and network video and audio streaming. New features in this version include web server encryption (HTTPS), support for relay interfaces to control external devices, support for new IP cameras, and bug fixes.
Pricing depends on the number of cameras used with the unlimited camera version costing US$1,100. SecuritySpy requires OS X 10.5 or higher. A 30-day fully-featured trial of SecuritySpy is available at the Bensoftware web site (http://www.bensoftware.com/).
Apple's Eddy Cue to be honored with Spirit of Life award
City of Hope’s Music, Film and Entertainment Industry group (http://tinyurl.com/lmpowg6) will honor Eddy Cue, senior vice president of Apple’s Internet Software and Services, with its 2014 Spirit of Life Award.
The award is City of Hope’s highest honor, and each year recognizes an individual whose work has fundamentally impacted the music, film and entertainment industries. Cue will be the first honoree from the technology sector. The award will be presented at a dinner in Los Angeles on Oct. 23.
"We couldn’t be more excited to be recognizing Eddy Cue with City of Hope’s highest honor," says Jason Morey, president of City of Hope’s Music, Film and Entertainment Industry Group. "City of Hope and Apple are both renowned for their passionate embrace of innovation and change. Eddy embodies that same passion. He has played a hugely important role for Apple as it has revolutionized the way consumers enjoy everything from music to films to TV to books to apps. He is an extraordinarily...
Adaptxt Keyboard soon to be available on iOS 8
KeyPoint Technologies says its Adaptxt smart keyboard app will be coming to iOS this fall. With the unveiling of iOS 8 and Apple opening its doors to third party keyboard apps, KeyPoint readied its internal team in anticipation for this opportunity, says Sumit Goswami, CEO at KeyPoint Technologies.
He adds that the company also plans to unveil specialized dictionaries for legal, health, finances and other professionals. The Adaptxt specialized dictionaries for iOS will reportedly predict words and phrases applicable to various professional industries.
Goswami says that Adaptxt is the only keyboard to offer over 100 languages and 30 specialized dictionaries. Go to http://www.keypoint-tech.com for more info.
CS Odessa announces additions to Marketing Area in ConceptDraw...
CS Odessa (www.conceptdraw.com) has announced a new ConceptDraw Solution Park addition for ConceptDraw PRO 9.5 and greater. The company has introduced a new set of libraries that provides a range of graph and chart types to support documentation and graphics that deal with marketing information and data.
The new addition to ConceptDraw Solution Park is a free item for current users of ConceptDraw PRO 9. The Marketing Area of ConceptDraw Solution Park now includes a collection of templates, samples, and libraries of vector stencils, icons and clipart that support many professional ways to show data at a glance. The new area contains marketing diagrams, matrices diagrams, pyramid diagrams, sales dashboard, and target/circular diagrams to illustrate documents and presentations.
ConceptDraw PRO is compatible with Mac OS X and Microsoft Windows. It retails for US$199 USD. ConceptDraw PRO 9 is included in ConceptDraw Office 2, which retails for $499
Subtitle Studio for OS X gets faster editing
TheKeptPromise has released Subtitle Studio 1.0.1 (http://tinyurl.com/q5jrxlw), an update to its US$9.99 subtitle adding app for Mac OS X. The upgrade offers faster editing, the ability to edit subtitles without having a movie open, and the ability to load pure text files and spread them over a movie's duration.
To use the app, you drop your movie onto Subtitle Studio. The software will auto-search for missing subtitles. You can sync subtitle with a single button, hit save, and you're done.
Subtitle Studio supports M4V, MOV, AVI, MKV and other files. You can embed your subtitles into a M4V file for the Apple TV, iPhone, iPad and other devices. A demo is available for download at the product web site
Adobe serves up ACR 8.5 Release Candidate
Adobe has announced the availability of ACR 8.5 Release Candidate on Adobe Labs (http://tinyurl.com/oqc43tg).
The release candidate adds support for these six cameras: Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark II; Fuji FinePix S1; Nikon 1 J4; Nikon 1 V3; Olympus OM-D E-M10; and Panasonic LUMIX DMC-GH4. Additionally, this release adds support for six new lens profiles, including Fuji, Canon and Nikon.
Camera Raw 8.5 is available as a free update for both Photoshop CC and Photoshop CS6 on Mac OS X and Windows. Note that Camera Raw 8.5 for CS6 only includes updated camera and lens profile support as part of the recent camera raw policy change.
Epson announces new WorkForce printers
Epson (www.epson.com) has announced its new WorkForce business printing solutions featuring 11 models powered by PrecisionCore, the company’s next generation printing technology. Prices range from US$149.99.
These WorkForce models produce print-shop quality color prints, laser-sharp black and color text, and fast print speeds at up to half the printing cost of color laser for a range of business environments, says Nils Madden, marketing director, Desktop Imaging and Printing, Epson America. The new line of printers includes the WorkForce series for SOHO users; WorkForce Pro printers for SMBs and workgroups; and WorkForce wide format for larger paper and scanning sizes typically used by architects, engineers and designers.
Madden says that all WorkForce printers offer several advantages over color laser, such as true-to-life color for consistent tones and colors on all paper types – plain, matte and glossy, as well as faster first page out speed with no warm-up time and without...
Folding Text for Mac OS X gets improved editor, more
Hog Bay Software has introduced FoldingText 2.0 (www.foldingtext.com), a text productivity tool for Mac OS X. The upgrade offers an improved editor, expanded syntax highlighting, and a new software development kit.
With Folding Text, you can organize with plain text outlines and use modes to embed specialized behavior such as todos and timers. As users type, FoldingText auto-formats the document into sections, lists, and paragraphs using Markdown-based formatting. Users can fold away sections to get a clear overview of their work, expand them to see the details, and focus in on a section to hide everything else.
For example, you can add ".todo" into your outline and list items transform into todo's items with clickable checkboxes. Click a checkbox and the item is marked "@done" with strikethrough formatting. You can add ".timer" in your outline to create a live multi-step timer. Enter times in plain text and use FoldingText to stay on-task and on-time throughout the day.
Razer announces Junglecat gamepad for iOS devices
Razer has announced the Junglecat gamepad for iOS devices. The company says it offers a combination of gaming-grade control and customizability with phone access.
The Razer Junglecat will be available in July for US$99. It sports a slider that reveals or hides the gamepad as desired. It sports a full set of gaming functions resident in the Razer Junglecat’s AXBY pressure-sensitive buttons, D-pad and bumpers. Users can leave the Razer Junglecat attached, as all buttons and ports remain available in its pocket-ready compact form. At only 20 mm thin, the controller feels like a standard protective case.
The Razer Junglecat comes with a downloadable iOS app that lets users remap and define all of its button functions, as well as adjust pressure sensitivity according to preference. Up to 20 personalized profiles can be stored on the app, allowing users to select a corresponding profile for their favorite games.
The software keeps gamers up-to-date on the latest titles optimized for...
Mac Support Store now offers even faster data recovery
The Mac Support Store says it's offering even faster data recovery for Mac owners with the launch of their own Certified ISO 5 (Class 100) clean room.
The company offers onsite, lightning fast data recovery for Mac owners, without the risk of voiding original warranty. Today's announcement extends the benefits offered by The Mac Support Store, whose services include Mac, iPhone and iPad repair, Mac and iPad rentals, data recovery, onsite calls, and cyber security.
Until now, all drives had to be sent out of the store causing further wait times for Mac owners, but with today's announcement, businesses and local residents will now have a faster option for getting their valuable data recovered, says Jeff Graber, owner of The Mac Support Store. Go to http://tinyurl.com/p8ocydv for more info.
DuckDuckGo to be included as built-in option in Safari on iOS,...
Apple says DuckDuckGo (https://duckduckgo.com), the search engine that doesn't track its users, will be included in the future versions of Safari on iOS and OS X.
"DuckDuckGo is thrilled to be included in Safari," says Gabriel Weinberg, DuckDuckGo’s CEO and founder. "It’s great to see Apple making it easy for Safari users to access our anonymous search option."
He adds that DuckDuckGo recently launched a reimagined and redesigned version that showcases a more powerful way to interact with their "instant answers" — information that appears above links and ads for recipes, videos, and hundreds of other topics. DuckDuckGo’s instant answers are open-source, allowing anyone to contribute ideas and code to them. In 2013, DuckDuckGo received over one billion searches.
Hyperbolic Software updates Tidy Up! for Mac OS X
Hyperbolic Software (http://www.hyperbolicsoftware.com/) has announced Tidy Up 3.0, the latest version of the duplicate finder and disk tidying utility. The upgrade features a new interface and more.
Tidy Up locates duplicate items using a wide range of criteria including owner application, time created or modified, name, label, extension and content. Version 3.0 features include: the ability to search for duplicate folders by content; a priority option; the ability to compare only the representation data of the images; results shown as a grid or list; pre-definite smart baskets that show the files by kind; and more.
Tidy Up 3.0 requires Mac OS X 10.6.6 or greater. It costs US$30.
Apple releases iOS 8 SDK with over 4,000 new APIs
Apple has released its iOS 8 SDK [software developer kit], which it says is the biggest developer release ever with more than 4,000 new APIs [application programming interfaces].
iOS 8 allows developers to further customize the user experience with major extensibility features like Notification Center widgets and third-party keyboards; and introduces frameworks such as HealthKit and HomeKit. iOS 8 also includes Metal, a new graphics technology that maximizes the performance of the A7 chip and Swift, a powerful new programming language, says Craig Federighi, Apple’s senior vice president of Software Engineering.
iOS 8 offers developers frameworks including HealthKit APIs that provide the ability for health and fitness apps to communicate with each other. With your permission, each app can use specific information from other apps to provide a more comprehensive way to manage your health and fitness. For example, your blood pressure app could share its data with a physician app, such as...
Apple unveils iOS 8
Apple has unveiled iOS 8, which the company says is the biggest release since the launch of the App Apple App Store,
New features include: iCloud Photo Library, allowing you to enjoy your photos and videos more easily across your devices; new Messages features to share voice, video or photos with just a swipe; and a new Health app that gives you am overview of your health and fitness data all in one place. iOS 8 also includes: predictive typing for Apple’s QuickType keyboard; Family Sharing, a way to share purchases, photos and calendars within the same household; and iCloud Drive, so you can store files and access them from anywhere.
"iOS 8 offers simpler, faster and more intuitive ways to use your device with incredible new features like iCloud Photo Library, a new Messages app, the QuickType keyboard and an entirely new Health app," says Craig Federighi, Apple’s senior vice president of Software Engineering. "We’re also giving developers amazing new tools to make managing your...
Apple announces OS X Yosemite
Apple has announced OS X Yosemite, a new version of OS X redesigned with a new look, new apps and new continuity features that make working across your Mac and iOS devices more fluid .
The new Today view in Notification Center gives you a quick look at everything you need to know, all in one place. iCloud Drive is located within the Finder and can store files of any type. Safari has a new streamlined design that puts the most important controls at your fingertips. Mail sports new editing and sending attachments features.
Handoff lets you start an activity on one device and pass it to the other. Instant Hotspot makes using your iPhone’s hotspot as easy as connecting to a Wi-Fi network. Yosemite even gives you the ability to make iPhone calls on your Mac.
"Yosemite is the future of OS X with its incredible new design and amazing new apps, all engineered to work beautifully with iOS," says Craig Federighi, Apple’s senior vice president of Software Engineering. "We engineer our platforms...
Pixar Animation Studios announces upcoming version of RenderMan
Pixar Animation Studios has announced a series of innovations in the latest version of its upcoming Academy Award-winning RenderMan software.
The company says it will offer a generational shift in RenderMan that "establishes an entirely new modular rendering architecture called RIS that provides highly optimized methods for simulating the transport of light through multiple state of the art algorithms, including an advanced Unidirectional Path Tracer and a Bidirectional Path Tracer with Progressive Photon Mapping (also known as VCM)." Along with major feature and performance enhancements, physically-based, artist-friendly workflows, progressive re-rendering, and the established advantages of RenderMan’s traditional REYES architecture, RenderMan now offers two rendering modes within one unified environment, providing the most advanced, versatile, and flexible rendering system available.
Pixar Animation Studio says that RIS represents a forward-looking framework through that Pixar can...
ABI Research: enterprise wearables market to reach US$18 billion...
Growing at a CAGR [compound annual growth rate] value of 56.1% over the next five years, wearable device technologies will become an integral part of enterprise mobile enablement strategies.
As expected, the North American region will be the largest and grow at a CAGR value of 39% over the next five years. More interestingly, the Asia-Pacific region will become the second largest market outpacing Europe by 2019 with a CAGR of 90%.
"There are cases being made for wearables in the enterprise despite the relative newness of the technology," says ABI Research Senior Enterprise Analyst Jason McNicol. "However, which wearables are primed for enterprise usage and adoption is a more important question. Wearable technology such as smart glasses and those used for healthcare are better suited for the enterprise as corporate-liable devices. Smart watches, on the other hand, will most likely follow the trend of BYOD into the enterprise.”
ABI Research has identified six kinds of wearable devices...
Iris 1.0 is new screen recording software for the Mac
Static Z Software (http://staticz.com) has introduced Iris 1.0 for Mac OS X. It's a screen recorder that offers users the option to record directly to h.264, Apple ProRes — or to record and encode later.
Capture performance is maximized with GPU-accelerated processing and encoding on supported Macs. Additional features include application audio capture, color matching, advanced naming and tagging, presets, "talking head," timed recordings, and sharing of recordings.
The free-to-try watermarked version of Iris 1.0 is available worldwide through the Mac App Store in the Video category. The full version of Iris can be obtained for US$39.99 via an in-app purchase.
OfficeTime now simplifies time tracking easier for small business
OfficeTime (http://www.officetime.net) now makes it easier for freelancers and business owners to track time on the Mac, PC, iPhone and iPad. The new version for the Mac and PC (US$47) features a new interface and over 150 improvements.
The mobile version for the iPhone and iPad ($7.99) has also been updated with over 100 improvements. It's also optimized to work even better with iOS 7.
Both the desktop and mobile versions of OfficeTime are designed to enable users to track exactly what they do each day and how much they spend. It supports professionals who invoice on an hourly fee schedule.
Tanmay Sonawane introduces Write for Mac
Tanmay Sonawane has introduced Write for Mac (http://writeapp.net/mac), a note taking and markdown writing app for Mac OS X. It sports an iOS 7 inspired design with a minimalistic interface.
Write for Mac offers full library management for notes across your Mac and cloud services. All your notes and tags sync with Write for iOS via iCloud or Dropbox. The software will organize and present them in a single place. The app also provides full in-content search and tags
Write for Mac requires Mac OS X 10.8 or later. It costs US$6.99 and is available worldwide through the Mac App Store in the Productivity category.
TextExpander update for Mac OS X I'mproves search...
Smile has rolled out TextExpander 4.3 (http://www.smilesoftware.com/TextExpander/), an update to the typing shortcut tool. The update improves search performance and allows the expansion or collapse of all groups in the TextExpander window by option-clicking to expand or collapse one group.
TextExpander retails for US$34.95. Family pack licenses, for home use, are $44.95. Office pack licenses, which cover five users in an office, are $99.95. Upgrades from earlier versions of TextExpander are $15 and free to users who purchased after Jan. 15, 2012.
Because TextExpander 4 can't be "sandboxed," it is not available on the Mac App Store. However, it's signed with a Developer ID from Apple to meet the requirements of Gatekeeper in OS X 10.8 (Mountain Lion) and later. TextExpander 4.x requires Mac OS X 10.7 or later.