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Sep 05
Pixelmator Pro for the Mac coming this fall
The Pixelmator Team has unveiled the upcoming Pixelmator Pro 1.0, a new image editing app for the Mac. Codenamed Whirlwind, it will include a modern single-window interface, non-destructive, GPU-powered image editing tools, machine learning-enhanced editing features and much more, says Saulius Dailide, one of the founders of the Pixelmator Team. The modern, dark single-window interface of Pixelmator Pro has been created exclusively for working with images. Its streamlined, macOS-inspired design provides a completely native Mac app experience and is fully consistent with the look and feel of macOS, Dailide says. And a reimagined, user-centered workflow design makes the professional editing tools in Pixelmator Pro accessible, even to first-time users, he adds. Completely nondestructive color adjustments, effects, styles, and layouting tools in Pixelmator Pro will allow you to go back and modify or delete individual changes at any point in the editing workflow. Thanks to the new presets...
Sep 05
JixiPix releases new Watercolor Studio app for the Mac
JixiPix Software has introduced Watercolor Studio, an automatic photo-to-watercolor artistic app for the Mac and Windows. It renders any ordinary photo into a watercolor painting. You can customize paintings using an array of sliders, layers, brushes, color washes and artistic finishes. Watercolor Studio uses artificial intelligence and image recognition to render the initial watercolor, then gives you the ability to create variations quickly and easily, according to the folks at JixiPix Software. You can change paintings into an ink wash, add an artistic finish, brush in details, and even spatter it with liquid spots. Watercolor Studio requires macOS 10.7 or higher. It costs $49.99 and is available at the JixiPix website (https://jixipix.com) or the Mac App Store.
Sep 03
Have a great Labor Day
Today is Labor Day here in the U.S. MacTech and Mac News won’t be updating as our crew celebrates the holiday with our families. And we hope all of you have a fantastic day.
Sep 01
Apple seeds ninth developer beta of macOS High Sierra
Apple has rolled out the ninth developer betas of macOS High Sierra. The finished version is due this fall. It can be downloaded from the Apple Developer Center (https://idmsa.apple.com) or through the Software Update mechanism in the Mac App Store.
Sep 01
Maintain serves up Cocktail 10.4.3 (Sierra Edition)
Maintain has served up Cocktail 10.4.3 (Sierra Edition), the latest maintenance update for users running macOS Sierra. Cocktail is a general purpose utility for macOS that lets users clean, repair and optimize their Macs. Version 10.4.3 adds the ability to easily add menu extras (menulets) to the macOS menu bar. It also fixes compatibility issues with Little Snitch 4 and addresses an issue in which Cocktail may fail to disable virtual memory swapping. Cocktail (Sierra Edition) requires macOS Sierra 10.12 to run. Cocktail (El Capitan Edition) for OS X 10.11, Cocktail (Yosemite Edition) for OS X 10.10, Cocktail (Mavericks Edition) for OS X 10.9 are Cocktail (Mountain Lion Edition) for OS X 10.8 are available for download from the Maintain website (ttp://www.maintain.se/cocktail). Cocktail costs $19 for a single user license. A demo is available for download.
Aug 31
Sonnet releases 1TB version of Fusion Thunderbolt 3 PCIe Flash...
Sonnet Technologies has introduced a new version of its FusionThunderbolt 3 PCIe Flash Drive (http://tinyurl.com/yadg8aac), a pocket-size solid-state drive (SSD) storage device with Thunderbolt 3 interface. Equipped with 1TB of NVMe flash storage, the latest Fusion Thunderbolt 3 PCIe Flash Drive is compatible with both Mac and Windows computers. It leverages the 40Gb/s bandwidth of Thunderbolt 3 to deliver data transfer speeds up to 2600 MB/s.   Robert Farnsworth, CEO of Sonnet Technologies, says the Fusion Thunderbolt 3 PCIe Flash Drive was designed for pro users requiring “ultimate performance in a truly portable storage device, unencumbered by the need for a power supply.” The storage device connects to any compatible Mac or Windows computer, or at the end of a Thunderbolt 3 device daisy chain, with its 0.5-meter Thunderbolt 3 (40Gb/s) cable. Based on the latest PCIe Gen 3 flash memory technology, the Fusion Thunderbolt 3 PCIe Flash Drive is more than five times faster than 6Gb/s...
Aug 31
XCOM 2: War of the Chosen comes to the Mac
Feral Interactive has announced that XCOM 2: War of the Chosen, the expansion pack for the 2016 strategy game XCOM 2, is out available on the Mac. Developed by Firaxis Games and published by 2K for PC and consoles, XCOM 2: War of the Chosen adds new content to XCOM 2 and the fight against ADVENT, the human enforcers of the alien regime occupying Earth. When additional resistance factions emerge to eliminate the invaders, a sinister new enemy, the Chosen, arises. They have one goal: to recapture the Commander of XCOM. The expansion includes new Hero classes to counter the “Chosen”, new enemies, missions, even more challenging environments and increased depth in strategic gameplay. War of the Chosen is available now from the Feral Store (www.feralinteractive.com) and Steam for $39.99.
Aug 31
Apple posts new iOS, tvOS developer betas
Apple has released the ninth developer betas of iOS 11 and tvOS 11. They can be downloaded through the Apple Developer Center or through the Software Update mechanism in the Mac App Store.
Aug 31
Apple media event slated for Sept. 12
It’s official: Apple will hold a media event on Tuesday, Sept. 12, at 10 a.m. (Pacific). It’s practically a given that new iPhones will be announced. A new Apple TV and the Apple Watch Series 3 are likely to debut, as ell. The event will be the first held at the Steve Jobs Theater at Apple Park. The press invite says, “Let’s meet at our place.”
Aug 31
Logitech previews its CRAFT advanced keyboard
Logitech (www.logitech.com) has announced the CRAFT, an advanced keyboard with a creative input dial and a new way to access context-specific computing tools with a smart aluminum dial. The touch-sensitive aluminum creative input dial, called the Crown, recognizes the apps you are using and gives instant access to the tools you need, says Art O’Gnimh, global head of keyboards at Logitech. With a slight touch of the Crown you can access context-specific functions -- like brush size, brightness, chart type, font size -- tap to change the function and turn to change the selected function’s value. Installing custom profiles in Logitech Options Software maximizes the creative process when working with Adobe Photoshop CC, Adobe Illustrator CC, Adobe Premiere Pro CC, Adobe InDesign CC and Microsoft PowerPoint, Excel and Word — although Microsoft functionalities work on a PC only at this time. You can also have access to global controls that give you the ability to change desktops, navigate...
Aug 31
Western Digital debuts its daily iPhone backup solution
Western Digital has expanded its line of iPhone mobile storage solutions with the SanDisk iXpand Base, which offers a way to back-up iPhone photos, videos and contacts. You plug your Apple smartphone into the iXpand Base and content is automatically backed up while it’s charging. With up to 256GB of local storage, the SanDisk iXpand Base is designed with a compact form factor, allowing it to sit on a nightstand or desk, has a soft rubber top to place a phone and a wrap-around groove to keep a Lighting cable organized. It’s engineered to quickly charge an iPhone with 15W of power while backing up all of its data via the companion iXpand Base app, says Jim Welsh, senior vice president, Client Solutions, Western Digital. Restoring backed up content to an iPhone is also fast and easy, he adds. Whether restoring to a current phone or a new one, consumers simply plug in, open the iXpand Base app and tap restore to transfer files back to the iPhone. The SanDisk iXpand Base is available now...
Aug 30
Direct Mail for macOS gets tweaked template editor
e3 Software has updated Direct Mail, their email marketing app for macOS, to version 5.0. The app provides tools for designing and sending attractive newsletters, growing and organizing mailing lists, and tracking and reporting email campaign analytics. The upgrade adds a template editor that’s customizable. Version 5 ships with over 50 new, modern templates, Direct Mail requires macOS 10.11 or higher. It’s a free download and is available worldwide through the Direct Mail website (http://directmailmac.com). Users can send up to 50 emails a month free, with no sign-up required. If users need to send more emails, they can sign up for a pricing plan that fits their needs. Pay As You Go email credits are available starting at $30; unlimited plans start at $15 per month.
Aug 30
B-Eng introduces Compare Anything 1.0 for macOS
B-Eng has introduced Compare Anything 1.0 for macOS. It’s a stand-alone utility designed for comparing files of any type. With Compare Anything you can compare two files and check for them for differences. Files to compare can either be selected via the Finder or by entering directly the path in the corresponding entry line. Specifics of the two files are then listed in a split window where the differences are high-lighted. Compare Anything 1.0 requires macOS 10.10 or later and costs $0.99. It’s available at the Mac App Store (http://tinyurl.com/yd3zbd3z).
Aug 30
Quark announces new digital publishing features for App Studio
Quark Software says a collection of new digital publishing features and enhancements have been added to App Studio, the digital publishing solution that allows users to create branded content apps using QuarkXPress, InDesign, HTML5 and XML. The new features in App Studio are designed to make it easier for designers and creative professionals to deliver modern, interactive apps to consumers across a range of digital and mobile devices. In addition to supporting the latest iOS and Android platforms, the new release adds new features and enhances App Studio Web apps so designers can create app-like experiences that run in any modern web browser. New responsive and adaptive layout capabilities are available for any platform. App Studio customers using QuarkXPress who aren’t currently on the newest version, QuarkXPress 2017, can download a fully-functional free trial for Mac and Windows. With QuarkXPress 2017 it’s possible to test all the new App Studio features within an existing app or...
Aug 30
Matias releases Wired Aluminum Keyboard for Mac
Matias has announced the Wired Aluminum Keyboard for Mac, which the company is positioning as a replacement for Apple’s discontinued wired Mac keyboards. The new keyboard sports a built-in USB 2.0 hub and precision volume dial. "When Apple released the Magic Keyboard with Numeric Keypad, they discontinued their original wired model, leaving the Mac community without a suitable replacement, Matias CEO Edgar Matias said in a press release. “Our new Matias Wired Aluminum Keyboard is more than suitable. It captures the essence of the Apple original -- and even improves on it, with the addition of a precision volume dial," said Edgar Matias, CEO of Matias. He adds that the new volume dial is perfect for users with external speakers, providing 4x finer control over the volume. That's 64 volume levels, compared to the 16 levels you get from the volume keys. The keyboard will be available in a wide range of international layouts and will cost $59. It can be pre-ordered now from matias.ca.
Aug 30
ConceptDraw releases Healthcare Management Workflow for...
CS Odessa (www.csodessa.com) has rolled out the newest addition to Solution Park for ConceptDraw Pro: a $49 set of libraries that provides a range of objects to support documentation and graphics that deal with healthcare management workflow. The Healthcare Management Workflow Diagrams solution allows you to assemble any medical process, build medical instructional posters, enhance the medical education experience, and explain complex medical health issues in a straightforward manner, according to the folks at CS Odessa. ConceptDraw Pro is compatible with macOS and Microsoft Windows. It provides a perpetual cross-platform license with no annual fees. ConceptDraw Pro retails for $199 per end user license. It’s included in ConceptDraw Office 4 ($499), the third generation suite of software products that uses InGyre4 integration technology to share data between its applications.
Aug 29
Kensington announces BlackBelt Rugged Case for 9.7-inch iPad
Kensington (www.kensington.com) has announced the $59 BlackBelt Rugged Case for Apple’s 9.7-inch iPad. It’s built with military-grade protection and an integrated hand. A variable kick stand allows you to position the iPad at any given angle. The BlackBelt Rugged Case for iPad 9.7 is drop test certified. The Asset Tagging Area allows users to identify their devices when they get lost or misplaced. It comes wit a screen protector. 
Aug 29
Elgato showcases five new HomeKit accessories
Elgato (https://www.elgato.com/eve/coming-soon) continues to expand itsEve product family of HomeKit enabled accessories with the Eve Lock, Eve Window Guard, Eve Smoke und Eve Aqua. HomeKit is a framework that allows control of compatible home automation devices through iOS and Siri. The company has also introduced its second generation of Eve Thermo, a HomeKit-enabled thermostatic radiator valve. For the door lock Eve Lock, the contact sensor Eve Window Guard and the fire alarm Eve Smoke, Elgato partners with suppliers to combine HomeKit’s security mechanisms with locking and smoke detection technology. Eve Aqua utilizes upcoming irrigation control in iOS to turn any garden hose into a Siri controlled water source. The new generation of Eve Thermo features capacitive touch controls and an integrated temperature display to directly monitor and adjust the target temperature. Like all Eve products, Elgato’s HomeKit enabled thermostatic radiator valve works right out of the box,...
Aug 29
The IGEL OS is now implemented on the Mac
IGEL (www.igel.com), which specializes in endpoint management software for the secure enterprise, is extending the capabilities of the IGEL UD Pocket, and, for the first time, providing IT organizations with a way to leverage the IGEL OS on Macs. The IGEL UD Pocket is a flexible, ut-of-the-box micro thin client solution designed to improve the security of bring-your-own-device (BYOD) initiatives in organizations with remote or mobile workforces. The combination of the IGEL UD Pocket for Mac and the IGEL UMS can also reduce operating expenses due to the already lower total cost of ownership available through the Mac platform, says Matthias Haas, CTO, IGEL. Supporting enterprise-level security standards and protocols, the IGEL UD Pocket features two-factor authentication through external smart card readers or USB tokens, which prevents passwords from being lost, forgotten or intercepted by cybercriminals. Additionally, through the IGEL Cloud Gateway (ICG), which authenticates the...
Aug 29
Apple and Accenture partner to create iOS business solutions
Apple and Accenture are partnering (http://tinyurl.com/yatkn8g5) to help businesses transform how their people engage with customers through business solutions for iOS. Accenture provides services in strategy, consulting, digital, technology and operations. In a press release, Apple CEO Tim Cook says the partnership will take full advantage of the power, simplicity and security of iOS and Accenture’s capabilities as a leader in industry and digital transformation to help companies unlock new revenue streams, increase productivity, improve customer experience and reduce costs. Accenture will create a dedicated iOS practice within Accenture Digital Studios in select locations around the world. Experts from Apple will be co-located with this team. Working together, the two companies will launch a new set of tools and services that help enterprise clients transform how they engage with customers using iPhone and iPad. The experts will include visual and experience designers, programmers...
Aug 29
LinkOptimizer for InDesign gets improved batch processing of...
Zevrix Solutions has announced LinkOptimizer 5.1.6, a maintenance update to company's workflow automation solution for Adobe InDesign. The tool lets users automatically scale and crop images to their InDesign dimensions at specified target resolution, convert image formats, adjust colors and more. Version 5.1.6 improves batch processing of InDesign files with duplicate links in situations where multiple source documents are located in the same folder. LinkOptimizer can be purchased from the Zevrix website (www.zevrix.com) for $259.95; there’s a “lite” version for $179.95). A demo is available for download. The update is free for LinkOptimizer 5.x users and $130 to upgrade from previous versions. LinkOptimizer requires macOS 10.7-10.12 and Adobe InDesign/Photoshop CS5-CC 2017.
Aug 28
Apple releases new developer betas of MacOS, iOS, tvOS, watchOS
Apple has released the eighth developer betas of macOS High Sierra, iOS 11, tvOS 11 and watchOS 4. They can be downloaded through the Apple Developer Center or through the Software Update mechanism in the Mac App Store.
Aug 28
DEVONthink 2.9.15 brings new PDF sidebar and High Sierra...
DEVONtechnologies (www.devontechnologies.com) has updated all editions of its intelligent information and document manager DEVONthink for Mac with a rewritten PDF sidebar and a new URL command for creating groups. Version 2.9.15 also further improves referencing materials from HTML and Markdown documents, extends drag-and-drop for Tinderbox, and lists available sync stores for sync locations. Finally, the update improves compatibility to the upcoming macOS High Sierra. All editions can be downloaded and test-driven for free before they need to be licensed. DEVONthink Personal as well as all editions of DEVONagent are also available in the Mac App Store; DEVONthink can be purchased in bundles with DEVONagent at bundle prices in DEVONtechnologies' online shop.
Aug 28
Property Manager of macOS revved to version 2.2
Orion Transfer has updated Property Manage, their property management solution for macOS, to version 2.2. The utility is designed to help landlords and tenants track rental costs, property expenses and room availability. It provides tables and reports that show how properties are performing by tracking both incoming rent and expenses. Version 2.2 fixes window restoration and other minor user interface fixes. It also introduces comprehensive expense tracking, along with improved reporting. Property Manager 2.2 requires macOS 10.10 or higher rand costs $29.99. It’s available at the Mac App Store (https://itunes.apple.com/app/property-manager/id499833186). Also, a demo is available at the product website (http://tinyurl.com/y86pqpnu).
Aug 25
Micromat introduces Drive Scope for the Mac
Micromat has announced a new macOS drive utility called Drive Scope. The software utilizes Self-Monitoring, Analysis and Reporting Technology (also known as S.M.A.R.T.) — which is built into most hard drives — to report on the health of internal and external hard drives connected to Macs. The program displays a wide variety of information about supported hard drives, including critical health information, and is able to warn of impending drive failures prior to data loss. According to Micromat product manager Christian Pickman. Drive Scope provides an extension to the already-capable SMART check in the company’s Techtool Pro. “We've added a wide variety of information for any connected SMART enabled drive, the ability to trigger internal SMART tests in the drive, and overall just provide more information about the internals of your Mac's hard drive,” he says. “And it's all pulled straight from the drive using tools built in to the macOS, compared to other utilities that use a third-...
Aug 25
Leading US community colleges adding App Development with Swift...
Apple says the App Development with Swift curriculum (http://tinyurl.com/yalowmoa) will now be offered in more than 30 community college systems across the country in the 2017-2018 school year, providing opportunities to millions of students to build apps that will prepare them for careers in software development and information technology. The Austin Community College District (ACC), one of the nation’s largest higher learning institutions, will begin offering the course to its 74,000 students this fall. Created by engineers and educators at Apple, the full-year App Development with Swift course teaches students how to build apps using Swift, an open source programming language that emphasizes safety, performance and modern software design patterns. The course is designed to take students with no programming experience and enables them to build fully-functional apps of their own design. “We’ve seen firsthand how Apple’s app ecosystem has transformed the global economy, creating...
Aug 24
Apple’s next U.S. data center will be built in Iowa
It’s official: Apple’s next U.S. data center will be built in Iowa. The tech giant has announced plans to build a 400,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art data center in Waukee, Iowa, to better serve North American users of iMessage, Siri, the App Store and other Apple services. Like all Apple data centers, the new facility will run entirely on renewable energy from day one. Apple’s investment of $1.3 billion will create over 550 construction and operations jobs in the Des Moines area, and the company is contributing up to $100 million to a newly created Public Improvement Fund dedicated to community development and infrastructure around Waukee. “At Apple, we’re always looking at ways to deliver even better experiences for our customers. Our new data center in Iowa will help serve millions of people across North America who use Siri, iMessage, Apple Music and other Apple services — all powered by renewable energy,” CEO Tim Cook said in a press release. “Apple is responsible for 2 million...
Aug 24
Sonnet launches Dual-Slot SxS Pro Card Reader
Sonnet Technologies that launched the SxS Pro Card Reader (http://tinyurl.com/y9dd6t45), the second in a new family of professional media readers that feature a 40Gbps Thunderbolt 3 interface. It will be available Aug. 28 at a manufacturer’s suggested retail price of $399. The Sonnet reader employs dual card slots to take advantage of the 2,750 MB/s bandwidth Thunderbolt 3 offers. Sonnet's latest Pro Card Reader, the industry's first SxS card reader with Thunderbolt 3, can ingest files simultaneously from two cards at their maximum speeds, and is also compatible with SD and XQD media cards when used with Sonnet SDHC Adapters and Sony XQD ExpressCard Adapters, respectively. Compatible with Mac and Windows computers with Thunderbolt 3 ports, the Sonnet reader is also compatible with Mac computers with Thunderbolt 2 or Thunderbolt ports when used with the Apple Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C) to Thunderbolt 2 Adapter. Measuring 5.75 inches wide by 5.1 inches deep by 1 inch (2.5 centimeters)...
Aug 24
ATTO ThunderLink devices achieve VMware Ready status for ESXi
ATTO Technology say their 16Gb and 8Gb Fibre Channel ThunderLink Thunderbolt devices have achieved VMware Ready status for ESXi. ATTO ThunderLink devices are purpose-built Thunderbolt products designed to connect virtualized Mac hardware to 16GB and 8GB Fibre Channel storage solutions within VMware VSphere environments. This provides a new and efficient solution for Apple technologies application development and testing environments, virtual desktop infrastructure and cloud hosting or shared private cloud, says Tom Kolniak, Senior director of Marketing, ATTO Technology. ThunderLink devices with the certified ESXi driver can fit into new or existing VSphere environments. They’re enabled by the same technology base and can cohabit the same rack as other ATTO I/O solutions. A suite of VMware ready product information pertaining to ATTO, collateral and other resources are listed within the online VMware Solution Exchange (http://tinyurl.com/y8npjut9). The VMware Ready program is a co-...
Aug 24
Western Digital releases My Book Duo with up to 20GB of storage
Western Digital Corporation has unveiled the My Book Duo storage system that comes in a high end version with 20TB of storage. It comes with RAID-optimized WD Red hard drives inside to deliver high-speeds of up to 360 MB/s sequential reads, and RAID-optimized firmware that’s designed for two-disk array systems with auto management of drive operations to help ensure read/write cycle data integrity. The My Book Duo storage system features a USB Type-C port, so it’s a fine fit for 2016/2017 MacBook Pros and MacBooks and the 2017 iMac. The storage system also has two additional USB Type-A hub ports to allow for additional accessories, including drones, action cameras, card readers, keyboards, mice, USB drives or phone syncing and charging. The My Book Duo storage system is available in 20TB, 16TB, 12TB, 8TB, 6TB and 4TB capacities. It also comes with password protection and 256-bit AES hardware encryption with WD Security software built in to help keep private content secure. The My Book...
Aug 24
AKVIS releases Japan & China pack
AKVIS (www.akvis.com) has released a new Japan & China pack that includes 80 picture frames created by professional artists. The $15 frame pack, for use with for AKVIS Frames and AKVIS ArtSuite, is designed especially for those interested in Asian cultures and traditions. The Japan & China set includes 80 picture frames: 40 vertical and 40 horizontal templates inspired by the charm of Japan and China. On the Mac platform, it requires macOS 10.17 or higher.
Aug 24
Jumsoft releases Flat Icons Lab for the Mac
Jumsoft (www.jumsoft.com) has introduced Flat Icons Lab 1.0, a multipurpose productivity assistant app for macOS that features nearly 300 original icon designs, presented in 13 categories. Flat Icons Lab offers icons in a high-resolution PNG format, so they’re usable with the tools available on any Mac right out of the box. What’s more, they’re adaptable across many forms of media: presentations, documents, print, websites and more. Flat Icons Lab requires macOS10.11 or later. Available as a standalone product, it’s offered at the introductory price of $9.99 and is available at the Mac App Store (http://tinyurl.com/y9pmelqq) in the Graphics & Design category. It’s also available as a new product pack for the owners of Jumsoft's Toolbox for Keynote and Toolbox for iWork.
Aug 23
Akitio to release a new four-bay, Thunderbolt 3 storage solution
Akitio (https://www.akitio.com) will release a new four bay, Thunderbolt 3 storage solution for Mac and Windows at the upcoming BIRTV Show in Beijing, China. The Thunder3 Quad X, while similar to the Thunder3 Quad, features an all-new design and is now compatible with both macOS and Windows computers. It also supplies 27 watts of power delivery to help charge a connected Thunderbolt 3 laptop. The Quad X holds four drives and can accommodate either 3.5-inch hard drives, 2.5-inch hard drives or solid state drives (SSD's). The Quad X was designed for use with the 2016/2017 Apple MacBook Pro line-up as well as Thunderbolt 3 Windows PCs. It offers fast transfers with the added flexibility of a DisplayPort video output and the aforementioned 27 watts of power delivery, according to Richard Wright, vice president of Sales & Marketing for Akitio.. The built-in power supply adds the convenience of portability and saves the space for the external power supply compared with its earlier...
Aug 22
Parallels Desktop 13 for Mac launches
Parallels (www.parallels.com/about) has launched Parallels Desktop 13 for Mac (www.parallels.com/desktop), which provides macOS High Sierra readiness and support for upcoming Windows 10 features. What’s more, it makes it simple for MacBook Pro users to add Windows applications to the Touch Bar, and use Touch Bar within Windows applications, according to Jack Zubarev, Parallels president. It is also the first solution to bring the upcoming Windows 10 People Bar feature to the Mac – including integration with the Mac Dock and Spotlight. The new version also features up-to 100% performance improvements for completing certain tasks, says Zubarev, Parallels president. “This new release delivers our best-ever Windows on Mac. With a mouse click, the Parallels Installation Assistant will automatically install Windows 10 into a virtual machine (VM), which can be purchased at a later date without losing data or installed applications. It also enables users to purchase and automatically...
Aug 22
Kensington announces SecureBack Rugged Case for Square Reader...
Kensington has announced the $99.99 SecureBack Rugged Case for Square Reader (http://tinyurl.com/y8onrp6u), which is compatible with 9.7-inch iPad, iPad Air, and iPad Air 2.   Designed to protect the Apple tablet in a mobile point-of-sale environment, it provides integrated protection for the Square Contactless & Chip Reader, and the Square Magstripe Reader. The dual layer construction offers drop protection while the raised bezel edging guards against screen scratches. The rotating hand strap and shoulder strap are designed to make it easy to carry. A built-in anchor lets the user quickly attach a ClickSafe lock to deter any theft attempts when the user is away from the tablet.
Aug 22
VMware debuts Fusion 10
VMware has announced new versions of VMware Fusion solutions that provide Windows virtualization on Mac. VMware Fusion 10 Pro, designed for technical professionals that want to build, test and demonstrate Mac, Windows and Linux applications on a Mac, will include advanced capabilities that continue to evolve the solution to support technical professionals and developers, according to Dave Grant, vice president, Product Marketing, End-User Computing, VMware. VMware Fusion 10 designed for personal use, will offer Touch Bar support, enhanced GPU and 3D graphics performance, and an updated user interface (UI) to leverage the latest innovations in Mac, he adds. It enables multi-operating system development, multi-operating system testing, and integration into DevOps/agile development workflows. Fusion enables IT professionals and developers to run virtual machines that are compatible with corporate data centers from a Mac to perform tasks such as data center design and testing, data...
Aug 22
Chronos debuts Notelife for macOS and iOS
Chronos has released Notelife for macOS and iOS. It’s a note manager that uses iCloud to sync notes across all of a user’s devices. According to Jerry Halls, vice president of Sales at Chronos, you don’t have to remember any formatting codes, like Markdown, to format notes. Plus, Notelife offers features not found in Apple’s standard Notes app like the ability to access your notes from the menu bar while using any application, he adds. It also boasts three-phase encryption: on device, in transit to/from cloud, and in cloud. There features include: menu bar access to notes from any application; geotagging records location where notes are created; unlimited hierarchical folders for organizing notes; tags for categorizing and filtering notes; import/export in standard rich text format; dark or light interface style in macOS; multiple window support in macOS; and more. A fully functional 30 day trial version of the macOS app can be downloaded from Chronos' website (www.chronosnet.com)....
Aug 21
Apple releases new developer betas of macOS, iOS, tvOS, watchOS
Apple has released the seventh developer betas of macOS High Sierra, iOS 11, tvOS 11 and watchOS 4. They can be downloaded through the Apple Developer Center or through the Software Update mechanism in the Mac App Store.
Aug 21
Kalypso Media releases Sudden Strike 4 for macOS
Kalypso Media has released Sudden Strike 4, a World Ware II strategy title for macOS. It sends you off on three extensive campaigns set amongst the battlefields of the second world war. Commanding the British and American, German or Soviet armies, you will lead over 100 different units into battle, including the German Heinkel He111 bomber, the Russian T-34 tank, the British Hawker Typhoon fighter plane and even the notorious German Panzerkampfwagen VI Tiger. In a first for the Sudden Strike series, you can now choose from one of nine individual commanders, such as George Patton or Bernard Montgomery, whose unique military doctrines unlock valuable command and combat abilities for your troops. You’re tasked to prove your tactical expertise in over 20 single player scenarios, the challenge-focused skirmish mode, and the competitive multiplayer mode. A reward system awards the player for clever play with skill points and bonus unlockable content. Sudden Strike 4 is available now...
Aug 21
Apple accepting donations for the SPLC
Apple is now accepting donations to the Southern Poverty Law Center (https://www.splcenter.org), an Alabama-based non-profit organization. iTunes users in the U.S. can donate $5, $10, $25, $50, $100, or $200 with a credit card tied to their account. Apple will transfer 100% of the proceeds to the SPLC, a U.S. non-profit organization monitoring the activities of domestic hate groups and other extremists.
Aug 21
Just Broadcaster for Periscope upgraded to version 1.1.1
Mac Broadcaster has upgraded JustBroadcaster for Periscope, their Periscope live-streaming app for macOS, to version 1.1.1 The utility allows you to quickly stream live content directly to Periscope with just a mouse clicks. Video streams can include video from apps, the Mac Desktop, webcams, iOS devices, and other sources. JustBroadcaster also offers "lower thirds" information capabilities and green screen effects. JustBroadcaster for Periscope requires macOS 10.10 or later. It’s available for a special limited time promotional price of $9.99 for a one-year license and is available worldwide exclusively through the JustBroadcaster website (http://www.justbroadcaster.com/tw). A demo is available for download.
Aug 18
FORMULA ONE returns to macOS on August 25
Feral Interactive (www.feralinteractive.com) says F1 2017, the official videogame of the current 2017 FIA FORMULA ONE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP, will be released for macOS on Aug. 25. System requirementshaven’t been announced. Developed and published by Codemasters for Windows and consoles, F1 2017 grants players access to not only the on-track excitement of F1, but also the off-track dealings and vehicle development that goes along with it. The ten-year Career Mode includes practice programs to help players hone their skills, a research and development tree to provide greater control over the development of their car, and the ability to tune engines and gearboxes over the course of the season. F1 2017 for macOS will be available from the Feral Store and Steam for $59.99 on Aug. 25. The Mac App Store version will be released shortly afterwards, priced at $49.99.
Aug 18
B-Eng releases File Manager Pro 1.4 for macOS
B-Eng has announced File Manager Pro 1.4, an update to the dual panel file manager for macOS. The utility sports extra functions like interactive disk overview, compress/uncompress tool, and more. Users can copy/move/delete files and folders as well as compressing/decompressing files, synching directories and more. Version 1.4 introduces tag infos along with a fix for bid PGF files, as well as performance improvements. File Manager Pro 1.4 requires macOS 1011 or higher and costs $18.99. It’s available worldwide exclusively through the Mac App Store (http://tinyurl.com/y7kwm9mf).
Aug 17
Beat The Game coming to the Mac on Sept. 27
Worm Animation says their debut title, point-and-click music adventure—Beat The Game (http://tinyurl.com/yal9lhs5) — will launch Sept. 7 on Steam for Mac, PC, and Linux systems. Here’s how the game is described: “Players go on a journey with Mistik, the hero of Beat The Game, to uncover the mysterious, abstract universe he finds himself in after a motorbike crash. Mistik, though, is no ordinary hero—he’s a music producer. With the help of his trusty recorder, Mistik must collect the samples scattered around Beat The Game’s beautiful, dream-like environments in order to create the ultimate track.” House and techno producer, Marc Houle, is scoring the soundtrack. Pricing and system requirements haven’t yet been announced.
Aug 17
Asteroid: Space Defense blasts onto the Mac
FreneticGamez has launched Asteroid: Space Defense 1.0 for the Mac. It’s a retro arcade space shooter in which you control your space ship to avoid asteroids and other enemies in this retro shooter. Collect stars to buy new ships and upgrades and try to survive wave after wave. The game consists of 80 waves. Players are faced with different asteroids size, dealing with shooting and chasing enemies, and more. Asteroid: Space Defense 1.0 requires macOS 10.7 or later. It costs $1.99 and is available at the Mac App Store (http://tinyurl.com/ydx8kq93).
Aug 17
Cargo VPN is new private, secure VPN proxy
Cargo VPN is a new private and secure VPN proxy for macOS (http://tinyurl.com/y7hnjgzb) and iOS (http://tinyurl.com/y8huwecu). It provides you with anonymous unlimited access to the web. With Cargo VPN, you can block malicious websites, ads, and all sorts of snoopers with the help of the DNS Firewall. Dedicated IP address and servers are also available.
Aug 17
CS Odessa announces Plan-Do-Check-Act (PDCA) addition
CS Odessa (www.conceptdraw.com) has announced a new enhancement for ConceptDraw Pro. This new addition, Plan-Do-Check-Act, introduces a new set of libraries that provides a solution for PDCA diagrams. It includes a collection of samples, and library of vector stencils and icons that support “continuous quality improvement of products of any level of complexity,” according to the folks at CS Odessa. This new addition to the Solution Park is free for current users of ConceptDraw Pro 11, which is compatible with macOS and Microsoft Windows. ConceptDraw Pro 11 costs $199; a demo is available for download.
Aug 16
Jumsoft bring new features to its Toolbox and Templates apps
Jumsoft (www.jumsoft.com) is updating itsToolbox apps and standalone template products to include new features. The 40,000-plus templates can be used for themes, infographics, and other design elements for documents and presentations. The most recent update from Jumsoft brings the new Customer Center feature, which is designed to make reaching out to developers easier than before. It resides within a button by the search bar and clicking it opens up four options: rate the app on the App Store, request template, report a problem, and send me news. In addition to the Customer Center, the update modifies the content handling system within the apps so they’re quicker and more resource-efficient for everyone. The update also brings Touch Bar support for MacBook Pros with Touch Bar.
Aug 16
Digital Stationery Consortium offers free membership for start-...
The Digital Stationery Consortium, Inc. (DSC) has announced that the organization is accepting Promoter member applications for a free, one-year membership from digital stationery-focused developers within technology start-ups as well as academic entities exclusively. This initiative allows these young and developing companies to participate in the DSC’s technical and educational efforts via the consortium’s work groups. Once approved, the Promoter membership fee is waived for the first year. Promoter membership benefits include the ability to participate in DSC meetings as well as participate in one of three work groups, according to said Masahiko Yamada, DSC chairman. As part of the DSC, members will work to establish digital ink as universal, open and smart content format based on the Wacom Ink Layer Language (WILL). WILL’s digital ink technology ensures cross-compatibility of ink data, allowing businesses and consumers to freely communicate and collaborate across digital devices...
Aug 16
Troi Automatisering releases Troi Encryptor Plug-in 4.0
Troi Automatisering has released Troi Encryptor Plug-in 4.0 for FileMaker Pro 16. It’s an update of the tool for securing your FileMaker data, exporting or emailing your data without risk and importing safely back into FileMaker. Version 4.0 adds new features when running FileMaker Pro 16. A fully functional demo version is available for downloading at Troi's website (http://tinyurl.com/z2heuv3). Troi Encryptor Plug-in 4.0 works with FileMaker Pro 12 to 16. The plug-in can also be used with runtimes created by FileMaker Advanced 12 to 16. The plug-in is available for macOS 10.6.8 or higher and Windows 7 to 10. Licenses cost $79 per user. Details on developer licenses and multi-user discounts can be found on the Troi website. Troi Encryptor Plug-in 4.0 also works with FileMaker Server 12 to 16 as a server-side plug-in and as a plug-in used by the web publishing engine and WebDirect. To use this, you need to purchase a special cross-platform server/web license for $399. Product updates...
 

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