Apple releases iTunes 12.1.2
Apple has updated iTunes to version 12.1.2, adding support for syncing photos in the new Mac OS X to an iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.
The upgrade also adds several refinements to the Get Info window in the media suite and improves overall stability of iTunes. iTunes 12.1.2 is available at the Mac App Store.
Pillars of Eternity launches on the Mac App Store
MacPlay (http://www.macplay.com) has made Pillars of Eternity 1.0.1, their role-playing game for OS X, available at the Mac App Store for US$44.99. It requires Mac OS X 10.6.3 or higher.
Here's how the game is described: "Pillars of Eternity is an RPG inspired by classic titles such as Baldur's Gate, Icewind Dale, and Planescape: Torment, featuring an original world and game system that evokes and improves upon the traditional computer RPG experience. Funded via Kickstarter in late 2012, raising $4.5 million through both backer pledges on Kickstarter and Obsidian's own website, Pillars of Eternity provides RPG fans with a unique experience, driven by classic aesthetics, modern design, and a deep, engaging world for players to explore."
Brattoo Propaganda Software introduces Duplicate Annihilator for...
Brattoo Propaganda Software has introduced Duplicate Annihilator for Photo. The It's a new edition of their duplicates annihilation software with support for Apple's Photos app for Mac OS X.
Anders Bjarby, CEO of Brattoo Propaganda Software, says syncing photos, iCloud, PhotoStream and various photo editing tools can easily result in unwanted duplicates in your Photos library. Duplicate Annihilator takes on the task of comparing the images in your Photos library, using algorithms to make sure that no duplicates escape.
Duplicate Annihilator or Photos sells for US$7.95 and is available worldwide from Brattoo Propaganda Software online (http://brattoo.com/propaganda/). It requires Mac OS X Yosemite 10.10 or higher and Photos 1.0.
Apple Watch orders will be taken online only starting Friday.
The Apple Watch will be available for preview and pre-order on Friday, April 10. However, pre-orders will only be taken online.
Customers in Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, the UK and the US can try on and experience Apple Watch at their local Apple Store or at Galeries Lafayette in Paris, Isetan in Tokyo, Selfridges in London, and select Apple Authorized Resellers in Japan and China. Customers can pre-order their Apple Watch through the Apple Online Store (www.apple.com) beginning April 10 at 12:01 a.m. (Pacific) for delivery beginning April 24.
“We are excited to welcome customers tomorrow and introduce them to Apple Watch, our most personal device yet. Based on the tremendous interest from people visiting our stores, as well as the number of customers who have gone to the Apple Online Store to mark their favorite Apple Watch ahead of availability, we expect that strong customer demand will exceed our supply at launch,” said Angela Ahrendts, Apple’s...
Audio Switcher for Mac OS X upgraded to version 2.5.4
Spike Software (www.spikesoft.net) has announced Audio Switcher 2.5.4, an update to its menubar applet utility for Mac OS X.
Audio Switcher allows you to switch your audio input and output between different audio devices. It supports a range of devices, as well as the built-in audio hardware of your Mac desktop or laptop. Version 2.5.4 includes a few bug fixes.
Audio Switcher requires Mac OS X 10.7 or later. Version 2.5.4 costs US$4.99 and is available worldwide through the Mac App Store in the Utilities category. Current users can receive the free update via the Mac Store.
EditShare Flow features scan/proxy support for 4K images
EditShare (www.editshare.com) has unveiled version 3.2 of its media asset management platform, EditShare Flow. The upgrade features scan and proxy support for 4K and image sequences, enhanced remote editing options, and new automation capabilities for transcoding and file delivery workflows.
Flow’s expanded format support means facilities like The Product Factory can better manage, preview and archive a variety of 4K formats such as ProRes 4444 XQ, Sony XAVC and RED (.R3D) files as well as "single-file-per-frame" formats including DPX, CinemaDNG, ARRIRAW, PNG and TIFF.
Enhancements to AirFlow, the Flow module that enables facilities to make media accessible through their own private cloud, allow users to batch-download both original media files or Flow proxies via a web browser from anywhere in the world, opening up new possibilities for remote collaboration and proxy workflows.
In addition to the wide-ranging format support and remote collaboration capabilities, Flow 3.2 offers new...
Apple releases iOS 8.3
Apple has released iOS 8.3 for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. It includes performance improvements, bug fixes, and a tweaked emoji keyboard with more than 300 new emoji.
iOS 8.3 allows you to start speaker phone calls via Siri commands. The "personal digital assistant" also now recognizes languages like Portuguese, Russian, Thai, and Turkish.
The operating system update removes the need for account passwords when downloading free content from the iTunes Store and Apple App Store, and adds new filters to Messages. Apple has added filtering to cull unknown numbers in iMessage, and you can report messages as junk to Apple.
Other iOS 8.3 changes include wireless CarPlay (so you can connect an iOS device to a CarPlay systems without a Lightning cable), support for Google two-factor authentication (which lets you add Google accounts with no need for specific passwords), and Apple Pay support for the China UnionPay network. And, of course, there are bug fixes.
iOS 8.3 is available via...
Create Booklet is a new PDF booklet creation tool for Mac OS X
TheKeptPromise has introduced Create Booklet 1.0 (http://tinyurl.com/nyvqmx7), its new PDF booklet creation solution for Mac OS X.
Create Booklet is both an application and PDF Service that allows you to create a booklet "off almost anything from almost anywhere." It puts your pages side by side re-sorted for booklet printing.
Create Booklet requires Mac OS X 10.7 or later. It's being offered at the special introductory price of US$4.99 (50% off) and is available worldwide through the Mac App Store in the Utilities category.
Karelia announces Sandvox hosting and ships Sandvox 2.10
Karelia Software has shipped Sandvox 2.10 and announced a new Sandvox Hosting service.
Sandvox 2.10 now provides access to the new Sandvox Hosting service in this update to the website building software for OS X. New Sandvox Hosting provides fundamental hosting from directly within Sandvox, integrated and optimized for hosting most Sandvox sites.
"Sandvox Hosting makes hosting a Sandvox site easier than ever," said Dan Wood, president of Karelia Software. "We created Sandvox from the idea that anybody should be able to create a website without having to learn HTML. Now, the combination of Sandvox 2.10 and Sandvox Hosting lets you publish a site by just entering your name and email address, and choosing a password. It's that easy."
The combination of Sandvox 2.10 and Sandvox Hosting provides customers an easy mechanism for hosting their site without the complexity of configuring a hosting setup, he adds. Sandvox users simply sign up directly from Sandvox and click the Publish button...
Apple releases Mac OS X 10.10.3 and new Photos app
Mac OS X 10.10.3 Yosemite has arrived and includes the new Photos app. It's a free upgrade via the Mac App Store.
Both Aperture, Apple’s US$79.99 pro photo editing software, and iPhoto, geared more toward non-pro end users, are replaced by the Photos, which Apple debuted during the 2014 Worldwide Developer Conference. The new “grounds-up photo solution” will mirror features of the Photos app in iOS 8. Features of the Photos app, according to Apple, include the ability to:
° Browse photos by time and location in Moments, Collections, and Years views
° Navigate a library using convenient Photos, Shared, Albums, and Projects tabs
° Store all of your photos and videos in iCloud Photo Library in their original format and in full resolution
° Perfect photos with powerful and easy to use editing tools that optimize with a single click or slider, or allow precise adjustments with detailed controls
° Create professional-quality photo books with simplified bookmarking tools, new Apple-...
PlugBug adds USB charging back to the 12-inch MacBook
Apple's 12-inch MacBook, which goes on sale Friday, features a single USB-C port for both power and connectivity. This prevents the laptop from charging your iPhone, iPad or any other standard USB device without additional adapters.
However, you can add Twelve South's (www.twelvesouth.com) PlugBug to the new MacBook USB-C Power Adapter, and gain back a standard USB power port to charge your iOS device and your new MacBook at the same time — all from one plug. PlugBug World even adapts your new MacBook for international travel.
There are two versions. The basic PlugBug (US$34.99) is a 2.1-Amp USB wall charger that attaches to, and converts, any MacBook Power Adapter into a dual charger. With PlugBug, you can charge your new MacBook and iPhone, iPad or Watch simultaneously, from a single outlet.
The PlugBug World ($44.99) is a dual charger. Just like PlugBug, PlugBug World piggybacks onto the MacBook Power Adapter, creating a dual charger for MacBook and iPhone or iPad or Apple Watch....
CleanMyMac revved to version 3, gets a Yosemite makeover
MacPaw has released CleanMyMac 3 for Mac OS X. In the newest version, CleanMyMac 3 is updated to further optimize Macs and improve the quality of cleaning.
The app has gotten a whole new Yosemite makeover and now, not only cleans up disk space, but also monitors Mac performance, maintains Mac health, and provides users with even more advanced cleaning options. Mail and iTunes can be now cleaned with CleanMyMac, including gigabytes of email attachments and downloads in Mail, and broken downloads, outdated iOS updates, and more, in iTunes.
CleanMyMac 3's Maintenance feature lets users repair disk permissions, reindex Spotlight, and speed up Mail, and Privacy cleans up chat logs, browser history, and more. Performance is displayed in real time on the CleanMyMac 3 Dashboard. Alerts inform users on how the hardware is holding up.
CleanMyMac 3 costs US$39.95. Current CleanMyMac users can upgrade to CleanMyMac 3 with a 50% discount. A demo is available here (http://tinyurl.com/jwlbxtu).
WaterField Designs unveils 12-inch Travel Express MacBook Case
WaterField Designs (www.sfbags.com) has refreshed the MacBook Retina Travel Express with new colors and materials in a custom size for the 12-inch MacBook, which is due for release Friday.
The case is designed to protect the laptop and organize everything all in one place. The Travel Express MacBook case protects laptop, power adapter, and accessories on the go. MacBook users can now choose an all-black ballistic nylon, a tan waxed canvas, or a black, blue or red soft perforated nylon case to complement their wardrobe.
The MacBook Travel Express can be stashed inside a bag or worn over the shoulder with the optional strap. It costs US$89, and D-rings are included. Available options include a Simple Strap for $12, and a suspension shoulder strap for $22. The MacBook Travel Express is available for preorder from the WaterField Designs store. It will ship April 17.
LinkOptimizer 4.9.37 for Adobe InDesign improves color profiles...
Zevrix Solutions (www.zevrix.com) has announced LinkOptimizer 4.9.37, a maintenance update to its workflow automation solution for Adobe InDesign.
LinkOptimizer allows you to automatically reduce the size of InDesign picture links and speed up processing by eliminating excess image data, performing essential image adjustments and converting image formats. The new version improves automatic handling of ICC color profiles during image processing in Adobe Photoshop.
LinkOptimizer can be purchased from Zevrix website for US$259.95 (a "lite" version is available for $179.95). A demo is available for download. The update is free for LinkOptimizer 4.x users and $130 to upgrade from previous versions. LinkOptimizer requires Mac OS X 10.6-10.10 and Adobe InDesign and Photoshop CS3-CC 2014.
YouTube Downloader updated to download 4K video
MacXDVD Software (www.macxdvd.com) has released an update (version 4.0) for MacX YouTube Downloader, the app for downloading video content.
Version 4.0 supports 4K video downloads. Customers can download videos from Facebook, Vimeo, Vevo, Dailymotion and another 300-plus online video sites.
MacX YouTube Downloader is free. It requires Mac OS X 10.5 or higher.
MCE releases Aluminum USB 3.0 Blu-ray/DVD/CD Recorder/Player for...
MCE Technologies (http://tinyurl.com/khvlneg) has begun shipping an Aluminum USB 3 Blu-ray/DVD/CD Recorder designed for all Macs with, or without, a built-in optical drive.
The enclosure material is aluminum, the interface is USB 3.0, and it includes Mac Blu-ray Player software in order to watch Blu-ray movies on the Mac. It is compatible with all forms of optical disc media including M-Disc 25GB Blu-ray media.
The retail price of the Aluminum USB 3 Blu-ray/DVD/CD Recorder is US$99.95. It's available immediately.
Default Folder X 4.7 for Mac OS X expands Filename fields
St. Clair Software (http://tinyurl.com/2gm24v) has launched Default Folder X 4.7 today, an update to their utility for Mac OS X.
Default Folder X enhances the file dialogs in all Mac OS X applications. Its custom keyboard shortcuts put your favorite and recent folders at your fingertips. It provides fast navigation to your files, previews, integrated Spotlight tagging, and more. Version 4.7 expands the filename edit field in Save dialogs and fixes several bugs (and un-fixes one).
Default Folder X 4.7 requires Mac OS X 10.6 or higher. It's a free update for version 4 users. It costs US$34.95 for new users.
Reggie Ashworth releases MAS AppDelete Lite 4.0
Reggie Ashworth (www.reggieashworth.com) has announced AppDelete Lite 4.0, an update to his Mac application deletion utility via the Mac App Store.
Via drag and drop, AppDelete Lite will uninstall anything along with all of the associated items. Mac users will no longer have to hunt through their system to find and delete these items manually.
App Delete Lite 4.0 sports a new user interface and a revised workflow. It's optimized for operation on Yosemite (but is still backwards compatible with Lion, Mountain Lion, Mavericks). It's also now sandboxed to meet latest requirements for the Mac App Store.
AppDelete Lite 4.0 costs US$3.99 at the Mac App Store. AppDelete Lite users to upgrade to AppDelete for an additional $3.99, but only via the AppDelete/AppDelete Lite website.
DE:Flicker released with GPU support for Final Cut Pro X
RE:Vision Effects (www.revisionfx.com) has announced DE:Flicker for Apple Final Cut Pro and Motion; the company has also added GPU support to the already-released version of DE:Flicker for Adobe After Effects.
DE:Flicker is designed to smooth out flicker and artifacts when shooting high frame rate or timelapse video. It not only fixes flicker from artificial light sources but also fixes flicker on multiple objects, even when those objects flicker at different rates. DE:Flicker also minimizes problems when shooting directly at light sources, causing them to "breathe" and change size when shot at higher frame rates.
DE:Flicker is a set of three plug-ins: one specially designed for problems within high frame rate footage; one specially designed for timelapse photography; and a third one that analyzes and then stabilizes the color and luminance levels of your footage and can be used before more specific processing with one of the other two plug-ins.
DE:Flicker for Final Cut Pro (10.1.4...
Digital-Tutors releases new 'Introduction to Unity 5"...
Digital Tutors (Digital-Tutors.com), a Pluralsight company and provider of an e-learning resource, has released an "Introduction to Unity" tutorial.
The new Unity training includes over four hours and 30 minutes of training content that teaches the viewer how to create a game that they can share with others. Aspects of using Unity 5 are covered including interface comprehension, project creation, character set-up and the development of materials, terrains, and characters.
For 30 days, Digital-Tutors will release this exclusive tutorial for free (until May 7). Viewers will be able to access every video in the course, as well as all the assets needed for their guided training, taught by an experienced industry professional.
The full "Introduction to Unity 5" is available to all Digital-Tutors and Pluralsight members through their subscription, or free to anyone for the next 30 days when they use the course’s promotional page. Additional game development training is also available for...
Sonnet announces Fusion PCI Flash Drive
Sonnet (www.sonnettech.com) has announced the Fusion PCIe Flash Drive, a rugged, pocket-size solid-state drive (SSD) storage device with 256GB or 512GB storage capacity — and the newest member of Sonnet's growing family of Thunderbolt 2 technology products.
The Sonnet flash drive serves as an alternative to USB thumb drives and portable SATA-based hard disk drive and SSD storage products. It connects to a compatible Mac or Windows computer, or at the end of a Thunderbolt device daisy chain, via an attached 0.5-meter Thunderbolt cable.
Measuring 1.75 inches wide by 4 inches deep by 0.8 inches tall and small enough to fit in a user's pocket, the Fusion PCIe Flash Drive's enclosure is crafted out of aluminum. This is designed to transfer heat from the SSD and allowed Sonnet to design the device without a fan to enable silent operation. The design also enabled the device to be bus-powered and require no power adapter.
Sonnet expects to make the new drive available in June 2015 at an...
LaCie doubles capacity of Rugged Thunderbolt SSD
LaCie (www.lacie.com) has announced that its Rugged Thunderbolt storage solution will be available in a 1TB SSD capacity.
With double the storage, the new LaCie Rugged is just as portable with no size or weight increase compared to the 500GB offering. Plus, it still features the lightning–fast transfer rates of Thunderbolt and is tough in the field with shock, dust and water resistance, according to Erwan Girard, Business Unit manager for LaCie.
The LaCie Rugged delivers speeds of up to 387 MB/second — three times faster than a standard mobile hard drive. It's MIL–compliant, which means that data is protected even during accidental drops of up to 2 meters (6.6 feet). With its cap in place, the LaCie Rugged is also IP 54–rated for superior protection against dust and water splashing — even during operation. Plus, it's resistant to vibration and shock and is tough enough to be shipped for reliable delivery to clients or partners, according to Girard.
With both Thunderbolt and USB 3.0...
T3 Thunderbolt 2 RAID upgraded to support RAID 5
CalDigit (www.caldigit.com) says its T3 Thunderbolt 2 RAID storage solution has now been upgraded to support RAID 5, and is available to pre-order at prices staring at US$499 for a 1.5TB model. It will ship April 20.
The T3’s 3-bay design allows CalDigit to offer RAID 5 in a form-factor traditionally found in larger multi-bay storage towers. In smaller form-factor RAID storage most people use 2-bay RAID 0 storage that does not offer single drive redundancy.
However, the T3 offers RAID 5, which means that in the unlikely event of a drive failure all user data is still available and users can carry on working, says Kosta Panagos of CalDigit. This isn't available on storage solutions that only feature RAID 0. When used in RAID 5 mode the T3 offers the same transfer speeds as a 2-bay RAID 0 device, as well as single-drive redundancy, Panagos says.
The 3-bay design of the T3 with RAID 5 means that users get an extra drive’s worth of storage compared to traditional 2-bay storage. When used...
SoftRAID version 5.0.7 is up to 86% faster
SoftRAID (www.softraid.com) has updated its self-title software to version 5.0.7, which is reportedly up to 86% faster.
With SoftRAID, you can create volumes with several different RAID levels. Any SoftRAID volume can use up to 16 disks.
In version 5.0.7, reads from SoftRAID mirror volumes (RAID 1) are now up to 86% faster than AppleRAID. SoftRAID is now uses all of the disks in a mirror volume for reading data. By spreading the reads over multiple disks, reads from mirror volumes now approach the speed of stripe volumes. SoftRAID mirror volumes with two disks can now read at speeds of up to 270 MB/sec using HDDs (disks with rotating media) and 710 MB/sec using SSDs (disks with solid state media).
SoftRAID has also improved the performance for RAID 1+0 volumes. Reads from RAID 1+0 volumes are now up to 67% faster than AppleRAID. SoftRAID is now uses both disks in each mirror pair of a RAID 1+0 volume. This produces reads speeds which approach that off a RAID 5 volume with the same...
The Mac Support Store launches redesigned web page for Apple...
The Mac Support Store, initially "just" an Apple Certified Repair Shop and reseller in Brooklyn, has launched a redesigned web page for Apple rentals.
Started by Jeffrey Graber and Judith Barr, a married integrate who also reside in Brooklyn, the Mac Support Store has been an Apple business with a one-stop apparatus for out-of-warranty repairs for Macs, iPhones, and iPads. It also sells refurbished Macs, memory upgrades, and accessories.
Now, The Mac Support Store has launched a new Apple renting module that allows business to lease Mac portables, displays, desktops, and accessories. Through the rental store, business can also lease iOS items such as the iPad Air. The company’s newly redesigned webpage for Apple rentals offers a library of accessible rentals, including device information and cost.
"We have a best prices for Apple rentals in New York City," says Mac Support Store Vice President Jeff Graber. "However, if you find a reduced cost in NYC, simply contact us with the...
Apple Watch buyer's guide eBook published
iOS Guides has released Apple Watch Introduction, an US$1.99 eBook available in the iBookstore that reveals "everything you need to know" about the Apple Watch, from its hardware specifications to the in-built apps that you'll be using.
The 84-page eBook is available on the iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac. It runs on an iOS device with iBooks 1.5 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, and a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.
The Apple Watch will be released April 24. There’s quite a large price gap between the lowest-end model, which will cost around US$350, and the highest, which will be nearly $17,000 and encased in gold. Pre-orders will start on April 10.
iFlicks for Mac OS X gets redesigned interface, more
Jendrik Bertram has released iFlicks 2.2 (www.iflicksapp.com), the first major update of iFlicks 2 for Mac OS X.
The utility has integrated video mixing and encoding capabilities for users to choose the best option to quickly import their video files into iTunes and automatically complete them with metadata and artwork. Version 2.2 features a redesigned interface, improved metadata, chapter and subtitle support, faster processing, and more powerful rules.
iFlicks 2.2 requires mac OS X 10.8.3 or higher. Special upgrade pricing is available at the Mac App Store for a limited time: US$18.99 through April 20 (it's $24.99 afterwards).
Drylab R&D has announced Dailies Creator 2.3 for Mac OS X
Drylab R&D (http://drylab.no/products/) has announced Dailies Creator 2.3 for Mac OS X. Creator is part of an integrated system for distributing digital dailies and is used by film and TV drama productions.
Now, the DIT can provide the DP, producer, director, script supervisor, and others with Retina display ready dailies viewable on their own specially configured iPads. Creator ingests QuickTime-compatible files, transcodes to H.264, organizes them into shots, scenes, takes, and adds metadata. Clips and metadata are distributed to authorized iPads on-set or off (via the cloud).
Dailies Creator and Viewer are free downloads but require a paid subscription. Set Report is a paid Apple App Store download. Subscriptions are sold on per-device, per-month basis. The Drylab Dailies system is also available for resellers wishing to provide the service to their customers, with optional white labelling.
PopSockets available for iPhones, iPads
The backside of your iPhone and iPad is prime real estate. PopSockets (http://www.popsockets.com/) are designed to help you make the most of it.
They expand to two levels, tilt in all directions, and collapse tight against the back of your device to fit in your pocket. You can use them for texting and photo grips, headset management, multi-directional stands, and hip clips.
PopSockets can be customized in a variety of designs. A pair of PopSockets starts at US$15, and additional items, such as the Custom iPhone 5/5S Case, is available, as well.
Arturia launches soft synth classics collection
Arturia has released V Collection Classics, which rounds up five of its Analog Classics soft synth emulations of five analogue synthesizers from five bands.
Think ARP 2600 (1970-81), MinimoogTM (1970-81), Synthesizer Expander Module (1974-79), Jupiter-8 (1981-84), and Prophet-5 (1978-82). V Collection Classics is available to purchase as a boxed version for US$229 from any authorized Arturia dealer or online as a boxed version or download directly from Arturia at http://tinyurl.com/mlycubl .
Adobe announces storytelling app for the iPad
Adobe has launched Slate, a new free iPad app that lets you turn words and images into a story that can be published as laid-out Web content, in minutes.
It's made for anyone who wants to communicate with impact. Students, teachers, non-profit organizations, small business owners or corporate communicators can now turn their next report, newsletter or travel adventure into a document that captures attention. Through designed magazine-style layouts with elegant fonts, beautiful colors and eye-catching motion, Slate content automatically adapts to any device for a high-impact reading experience on tablets, smartphones or computers. Slate creations are links that can be shared easily via text message, email, embedded in websites, or posted on social media channels, according to Paul Gubbay, vice president of product development, Adobe.
He says that key features include:
° Professionally designed themes that allow users to simply tap to select from multiple font combinations, colors and...
Sonnet enhances xMac Pro Server with additional PCIe card...
Sonnet ( www.sonnettech.com) has announced the Mobile Rack Device Mounting Kit – Thunderbolt 2-to-PCIe Card Expansion Edition, the latest addition to their line of Thunderbolt 2-to-PCIe card expansion systems.
The new chassis is an accessory for Sonnet's xMac Pro Server and Echo Express III-R rackmount expansion systems, and is itself a self-contained three-slot PCI Express (PCIe) expansion system that mounts inside the xMac Pro's or III-R's enclosure and can connect to a second 20Gbps Thunderbolt 2 bus on a Mac Pro computer.
The PCIe Card Expansion Edition enables the use of a variety of high-performance PCIe cards with the latest Mac Pro computer or any other computer with Thunderbolt or Thunderbolt 2 ports. The new model supposedly supports every low-profile, Thunderbolt-compatible PCIe card on the market.
The Thunderbolt 2-to-PCIe Card Expansion Edition will be demonstrated at the 2015 NAB Show in booth SL10824. It's due to be available this summer at a manufacturer's suggested...
Scholarships announced for FileMaker DevCon 2015
Molly Connolly of Thorsen Consulting and Cris Ippolite of iSolutions have announced a new scholarship opportunity available to FileMaker developers.
The scholarships have been established to encourage FileMaker developers wishing to take advantage of the many professional training and networking opportunities at DevCon (http://www.filemaker.com/learning/devcon/). The scholarship will cover the cost of a full conference pass to DevCon 2015. Connolly and Ippolite will select two developers for the award.
"We understand that when you're first starting out, funding a conference fee, hotel and airfare is not an easy thing to do," says Ippolite. "These two scholarships will make it possible for two developers who would not normally be able to attend DevCon to join us."
Both Connolly and Ippolite have found DevCon sessions and professional networking opportunities add great value to their businesses.
"Coincidentally, both Cris and I attended our first DevCon in Monterrey, California and...
AKVIS announces new Easter Pack for ArtSuite
AKVIS (www.akvis.com) has announced a new frame pack for AKVIS ArtSuite, which lets you decorate their photos with frames and effects.
Extra frame packs can be installed to the program to increase its functionality. The new Easter Pack includes 50 designs. They include eggs, chicks and bunnies, and blooming flowers. You can use these frames to decorate your photos, prepare postcards, and more.
Note that the frame packs can only be used in the AKVIS ArtSuite Standalone program. To add a frame pack to ArtSuite, copy it into a folder selected in the program's preferences.
AKVIS ArtSuite, with all its frame packs, runs on Mac OS X 10.6 and higher. A demo is available for download. The ArtSuite standalone application sells for US$69; the price of the new frame pack is $15.
HoudahSpot 4.0 also available in a German version
Houdah Software (www.houdah.com) has added a German localization to HoudahSpot 4.0, a file search tool for Mac OS X.
The utility builds upon Spotlight and is designed to make it both more powerful and easier to use. You can set up the search criteria, locations, sort order, result display options, etc. and save these settings as defaults for new searches. Version 4.0 has been completely reimagined for OS X Yosemite.
HoudahSpot 4.0 costs US$29 for a single-user license. A family license is available for $44. A full-featured demo is available for download. Upgrades from previous versions are priced at $17 and $26, respectively. HoudahSpot licenses purchased on or after Nov.1, 2014, qualify for a free upgrade.
Yummy FTP update for Mac OS X reduces transfer fimes
Yummy Software has released Yummy FTP 1.10.2, an update to their FTP + SFTP + FTPS file transfer client for Mac OS X.
Yummy FTP focuses on speed, reliability and productivity. Its highly tuned multi-connection file transfer engine is coupled with an intelligent recovery system to automatically handle most all file transfer issues and more. Among other improvements, version 1.10.2 reduces transfer times in tests against popular rivals.
Yummy FTP requires Mac OS X 10.5.8 or later and costs US$24.99. It's available directly from Yummy Software (http://www.yummysoftware.com/) or from the Mac App Store in the Productivity category.
WaterField Designs rolls out Vitesse cycling musette
WaterField Designs (www.sfbags.com) has announced the Vitesse, a cycling musette redesigned for multi-functional use.
Inspired by the classic bike musette, WaterField owner Gary Waterfield says he maintained the bag’s best features and added upgrades: enhanced comfort, improved materials and increased functionality. The resulting Vitesse is the quintessential bag for cyclists, commuters or travelers, he adds.
Crafted from waxed-canvas to give the bag some structure and full-grain leather for style, this lightweight musette bag is built to last. The quickly-adjustable nylon strap is thicker than the standard musette and is sewn at an angle for enhanced comfort.
Like a classic musette, the Vitesse has one main compartment, but WaterField adds a bit of depth to it as well as two interior pockets, leaving space for wallet, phone keys and a few larger items—lunch, books, or a tablet or laptop in a sleeve. The traditional musette is open-topped; WaterField offers this style or one with a...
ChronoSync 4.6 released on World Backup Day
Econ Technologies (www.econtechnologies.com) has released ChronoSync 4.6, an update of the Mac backup, bootable backup, and folder synchronizing app, on World Backup Day.
It works with any device you can connect to a Mac such as external drives, thumb drives, network volumes, remote Macs, or even a PC. A demo is available for download. Registration is US$49.99. Existing users update for free.
ChronoSync 4.6 adds SmartScan, an advanced algorithm for analyzing a volume for changes. File system analysis can often be the most time consuming part of a synchronization or backup. While SmartScan won’t copy your files any faster, detecting which ones need to be copied can see speed improvements. Version 4.6
Ohanaware conjures up Magic for OS X
Ohanaware has released Magic, a photo enhancing application for Mac OS X. It was designed to improve the luminosity and colors of a photo based upon traditional photography techniques.
Complimenting the core functionality, Magic also includes vignette (with corner softness), border and a new stylize selector (which features Ohanaware's third generation Toning engine). Auto Enhancement will attempt to correct exposure, colors and red eye.
Ohanaware's real time effects engine is at the heart of magic, providing direct feedback to the user as options are adjusted and tweaked. Sixteen click syles are included in the app, so you can alter the photo's look with one tap on the trackpad or mouse.
Magic sharing supports Facebook, Flickr, Twitter, Apple Mail, Messages, AirDrop, iPhoto, Aperture and the upcoming Yosemite Photos app. A new split-view preview displays the original and edited image, with a divider down the middle that can be moved.
Magic is available from the Ohanaware website (www...
MacBackup Guru revved to version 4.0
MacDaddy has announced Mac Backup Guru 4.0 for OS X, an update to its utility and which has three main features.
It provides a contextual menu to copy and paste a bootable volume in the Finder It provides incremental Snapshots in OS X. And it provides straightforward clone/sync functionality.
Incremental Snapshots use only a small fraction of the disk space to store daily versioned backups which can be accessed via the Finder and appear to be standard copies. This is done by employing hardlinks to the original files for unaltered files. Mac Backup Guru also offers the more traditional clone and sync functionality, with built in Contextual Menu Items in the Finder to make it easier access its capabilities and streamline the user interface.
Mac Backup Guru requires Mac OS X 10.7 or later. It costs US$39 and is available here (http://macdaddy.io/mac-backup-software).
Freemium apps driving mobile ad growth
A new report from App Annie (http://www.appannie.com), an app market data analysis firm, and the International Data Corporation (www.idc.com) research group says mobile app revenues are beginning to displace other forms of monetization, including mobile browser and PC-based advertising. What's more, freemium and in-app advertising models driving the majority of growth among various business models.
"App Annie has tracked the growth of the mobile economy since its infancy, and we're really starting to see publishers hit their stride with mobile in-app revenue growing 1.7x last year," says App Annie CEO Bertrand Schmitt. "The continued innovation in mobile apps, monetization models and mobile advertising have driven significant growth in freemium and in-app advertising revenues. The space has matured significantly and publishers have the required ‘know-how’ to monetize off the significant app usage they’re generating."
The report says that freemium app revenues grew by over 70%, while...
QuarkXPress 2015 will be available April 28
Quark Software says QuarkXPress 2015, the next major version of Quark’s design and layout tool for print and digital publishing, will be available on April 28.
The company says QuarkXPress 2015 will deliver increased performance with a new 64-bit architecture, efficient print and digital production and many of the most user-requested features. The new version of QuarkXPress will continue to be sold as a perpetual license.
Features include: 64-bit performance; verified PDF/X-4 output; larger page sizes, a dedicated orthogonal line tool;l fixed layout interactive ebooks; custom paper sizes; the ability to relink any picture in the usage dialog; the ability to collect for output for a complete project; user-definable shortcut keys on the Mac; tablet styles; a format painter; automatic footnotes and end notes; a faster table tool for Excel integration with table styles; text variables for automatically populating reoccurring fields – such as running headers; and more.
In anticipation of...
Adobe launches Comp CC for the iPad
Adobe has released Adobe Comp CC, a free iPad app that enables the rapid creation of layout concepts for mobile, Web and print projects. It's available at the Apple App Store.
With Comp CC, designers can start layout-design projects on an Apple tablet, creating concepts that incorporate previously created assets and then move to the desktop where essential Adobe Creative Cloud tools, including Photoshop CC, Illustrator CC and InDesign CC, can be used to create production-quality work.
Comp CC extends the mobile and desktop workflows enabled by Creative Profile and Creative Cloud Libraries. Creative Cloud Libraries consist of design assets — such as images, colors, text styles, brushes and more — that members have created with Creative Cloud tools. And a member’s Creative Profile surfaces their libraries, as they move from app-to-app and desktop-to-device, in the right context — enabling members to effortlessly work across devices and apps.
Thanks to their Creative Profile and...
Fuddruckers serves up Apple Pay
Seventy-two of Fuddruckers (http://www.fuddruckers.com) company-owned fast casual restaurants throughout the country are now accepting Apple Pay, a new category of service that transforms mobile payments with an easy, secure and private way to pay.
According to Peter Tropoli, Chief Operating Officer of Luby's, Inc., "We're excited to provide Apple Pay, a convenience-oriented technology that pairs perfectly with our award-winning, fast casual fare," says Peter Tropoli, chief operating officer of Luby's Inc. Luby's operates restaurants under the brands Luby's Cafeteria, Fuddruckers and Cheeseburger in Paradise and provides food service management through its Luby's Culinary Services division.
Apple announced Apple Pay in September 2014, describing it as “a new category of service designed to transform mobile payments with an easy, secure and private way to pay.” It works with the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus through a NFC antenna design, a dedicated chip called the Secure Element, and...
GoodTask 2 has been updated for Mac OS X Yosemite
Haha Interactive has released GoodTask 2 (http://goodtaskapp.com/mac), an update to their to-do/task manager application for Mac OS X.
GoodTask works on top of Apple's stock Reminders app. Completely re-imagined to fully feature Mac OS X 10.10 Yosemite, GoodTask 2 has been rebuilt from the ground to make it more powerful with better usability, according to the folks at Haha.
GoodTask 2 is a free update for existing users and is now on sale at 25% off for a limited time: US$14.99 instead of $19.99). It's available worldwide through the Mac App Store in the Productivity category. It is a free update for existing users.
Micron, Intel unveil new 3D NAND flash memory advancements
Micron Technology (www.micron.com) and Intel (www.intel.com) have announced the availability of their 3D NAND technology, the world's highest-density flash memory.
This new 3D NAND technology, which was jointly developed by the two companies, stacks layers of data storage cells vertically with "extraordinary precision" to create storage devices with three times higher capacity than competing NAND technologies. This enables more storage in a smaller space, bringing significant cost savings, low power usage and high performance to a range of mobile consumer devices as well as the most demanding enterprise deployments, says Brian Shirley, vice president of Memory Technology and Solutions at Micron Technology.
Planar NAND flash memory is nearing its practical scaling limits, posing significant challenges for the memory industry. 3D NAND technology is poised to make a dramatic impact by keeping flash storage solutions aligned with Moore's Law, the trajectory for continued performance...
Synium Software releases CleanApp 5
Synium Software has announced CleanApp 5 (http://www.syniumsoftware.com/cleanapp/), an update to their uninstaller and system maintenance tool for Mac OS X. Version 5 has been rewritten from scratch and features a new user interface, improved usability and enhanced algorithms to reclaim disk space.
CleanApp 5 requires OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion. It's a free update for customers of CleanApp 4. There's a reduced upgrade pricing of US$4.99 for those using CleanApp 1, 2 or 3. The full version of CleanApp 5 costs US$14.99.
Paragon releases free Paragon Boot Camp Backup
Paragon Software Group has announced Paragon Boot Camp Backup, a free Mac OS X based backup solution for Windows partitions on Mac computers.
It includes incremental imaging, file-level recovery, a scheduler, the ability to restore to a smaller target disk, automatic check of file system for errors, and more. For a 100GB volume and 22 GB of occupied space, it takes only 12 minutes to back up and 15 minutes to restore the entire system, according to the folks at Paragon.
The backup tools delivered with Mac OS X don't support the Windows native file system NTFS and work on the file level only which has a negative effect on computer performance. Paragon Boot Camp Backup backs up NTFS Boot Camp partitions at the sector level. It creates incremental chains, where each new increment describes the changes between the current state of the backup object and the previous state. Paragon says this saves disk space, speeds backups, and allows recovery to a particular point in time.
AudioBooktoMP3.com announces Audiobook Converter 3.8.1 for Mac...
AudioBooktoMP3.com has announced Audiobook Converter for Mac 3.8.1, an update of the audiobook DRM removal software for Mac.
The utility is designed to help users remove DRM protection from iTunes M4B audiobooks and Audible AA, AAX audiobooks while while converting the DRM M4B, M4A, AA, AAX audiobook files to unprotected MP3, AAC, M4A, AIFF, AU, M4R and FLAC. It now supports batch audiobook conversion so that you can convert multiple audiobooks with a single button.
Audiobook Converter requires Mac OS X 10.6 or later. It's priced at US$29.95 for a personal license.
IK Multimedia launches SampleTank 3 sound collections, more
IK Multimedia has revved SampleTank (www.sampletank.com), its sample workstation, to version 3.5 has just received a major update in the form of version 3.5.
The update consists of 11 brand new sound collections, which are now also available in IK's new SampleTank Custom Shop. Also introduced are new features that make browsing SampleTank 3's thousands of sounds and patterns faster.
SampleTank 3 sports a 33GB library of "bread-and-butter" sounds (with over 4,000 instruments from every category), 55 effects, MIDI patterns, groove tools and an enhanced sample engine. The latest update is complimentary for current users of all existing SampleTank 3 versions. SampleTank 3 and SampleTank 3 SE users can purchase the new Beats Series and Elektronika Series sound libraries from the IK online store for $39.99 each or 50 Gear Credits in the IK Custom Shop.
The full version of SampleTank 3 is available now via the IK online store and select music instrument retailers with upgrades starting at...