StretchWrite turns any pen or pencil into a stylus
The new StretchWrite from Felix is a grip that adds a soft-feel to your favorite pen or pencil while transforming it into a stylus that can be used with devices such as the iPhone and iPad.
Its patent pending design offers a thin, hollow point stylus tip for an enhanced digital experience while the silicone grip brings added comfort to your writing instrument, says Felix CEO Chris Michaud. StretchWrite fits over most writing instruments and works with all touch sensitive screens. Simply pull the grip over a pen or pencil, insert the writing tip though the hole on the top end of the StretchWrite.
Each order includes a pair of the grips in two different colors: red/gray and blue/pink. It's available at FelixBrand.com for US$9.99 per two-pack.
ToDo4team launches on Mac, iOS, Windows, Android devices
MacMike has launched ToDo4team (http://www.todo4team.com/), a task management solution available via a web browser and on Mac OS X, iOS, Windows, and Android devices.
ToDo4team is designed for small and medium sized companies and organizations. Its main feature is assigning and listing of tasks for individual employees. To use the app on any platform, just enter a task subject via app or send an email to a specific dedicated email address.
A 30-day demo is available for download. After this period, you're requested to fill in your company's information and credit card number. A monthly fee will be automatically withdrawn. The mount of monthly fee is calculated according to number of active users. Detailed pricing can be found at the ToDo4team website.
SMS Export Plus lets you back up iMessages from an iOS device to...
mTouchLabs has announced SMS Export Plus 1.5, an update of their productivity app exclusively for the iPhone and iPod touch. SMS Export Plus allows you to backup iMessages and SMS from your device to a Mac in .xls format.
Using SMS Export Plus, you can archive and maintain records of all your messages at a single location in Excel file. Browse all backup messages in the .xls file very easily. You can filter messages by sender or sort messages by time and date.
SMS Export Plus 1.5 costs US$3.99 and is available at the Apple App Store under the Productivity category. Go to http://mtouchlabs.com for more info.
Studiometry for Mac OS X now supports customizable calendars
Orange Software (http://www.oranged.com) has revved Studiometry, its Mac compatible client and project management tool, to version 11.2. Customizable calendars can now be created in Studiometry. These can be used to color-code and filter items by type, employee, and associated groups. Setting up custom calendars will give you complete control over the content and display of items within Studiometry’s calendar view.
For example, you can now color-code calendar items based on teams of employees. Each team will have its own calendar, and any items associated with a team will be displayed in that team’s color. Multiple calendars can now be selected and viewed simultaneously, so team schedules can be compared at a glance.
Calendars can also be shared between employees using the new Manage Calendars function. Employees can assign their calendars to others, or subscribe to public calendars with your Studiometry database.
Studiometry 11.2 is a free update for registered users of Studiometry...
Red Giant Releases Primatte Keyer Version 5.1
Red Giant (www.redgiant.com) has launched Primatte Keyer 5.1, an update that adds support for Adobe Premiere Pro, Apple Final Cut Pro X (FCP X) and Motion. Primatte Keyer lets users remove a blue- or green-screen background, often with the touch of a button.
Version 5.1 brings the same powerful tools to editors, directly within their NLE or motion graphics tool of choice. Features include automatic keying, digital green screen relighting, and compositing and cleanup tools.
Red Giant Primatte Keyer 5.1 is a free upgrade for existing version 5 users. Users of older versions can upgrade to version 5.1 for US$99; new users can purchase the software for $499.
HuePro is new external battery for charging multiple devices
JunoPower (www.JunoPower.com) has announced the HuePro, a 10,000 mAh external battery with a brushed aluminum casing. Comprised ofSamsung lithium ion cells the power bank is capable of juicing up two smartphones, tablets, GPS devices or cameras at once.
A built-in LCD screen provides further functionality by letting the user know how much power is left in the HuePro and when it's time for a recharge. What's more, a LED flashlight shines through an optic lens to help users find their way at night.
The battery’s colors include midnight black, brilliant blue, glamorous gold and sterling silver. The Hue Pro is currently available at JunoPower and Amazon for US$59.99.
JAMF Software upgrades its Casper Suite
JAMF Software has given us a new version of its flagship solution, the Casper Suite. This latest version gives IT professionals a new, simple way to manage bring-your-own-device (BYOD) programs while respecting employee privacy.
It also includes improvements that let users be more self-sufficient, according to the folks at JAMF. Designed specifically for iOS and Android devices, the Casper Suite offers security compliance without changing the native experience on the user’s device or invading their privacy.
With the new version users can access corporate resources such as e-mail, contacts, calendars, Wi-Fi, and VPN. Management and security settings are transparent to the user, informing them of anything IT can do on their personal device.
IT can only remove corporate data from the device. This protects the user’s personal data, such as photos and documents.
The Casper Suite now integrates well with enterprise networks and simplifies user enrollment by automatically prompting the...
WaterField releases the VertiGo 2.0 laptop bag
WaterField Designs (http://www.sfbags.com/) has unveiled the VertiGo 2.0 laptop bag with wWaxed canvas, ballistic nylon and premium leather features. Three size choices are available for the iPad Air, 13-inch Apple laptops, and 15-inch Apple laptops with prices ranging from US$129 to $169.
A large main compartment holds laptop sleeves, tablets or travel gear. Two interior open-topped pockets are raised off the bottom of the bag for access and to vertically distribute the weight of bag contents. A hidden security magnet holds a front pocket snug to the bag. Therein, a self-locking zippered pocket keeps items like keys, wallet and tickets secure yet accessible.
Users choose from a black ballistic nylon or tan, waxed canvas base. They can then add black or chocolate premium, naturally-tanned leather accents. An all-ballistic nylon or all-waxed canvas option satisfies sophisticated vegan consumers.
vjoon K4 features optimized web clients and workspaces
vjoon (www.vjoon.com/) has released version 6.8 R1 of its vjoon K4 cross-media publishing platform. An optimized user experience and an extended set of automated processes feature in this release.
The central web clients K4 Overview and K4 Web Portal now offer streamlined user interfaces and handling, as well as several new features. Added workspace management capability now enables any user of any client to work in the same familiar environment.
Workspaces may also be tailored to the needs of a group. Version 6.8 is also compatible with Adobe Creative Cloud. Contact vjoon for pricing.
Khronos Group announces advances in OpenGL ecosystem
The Khronos Group, an open consortium of leading hardware and software companies, has announced growing industry support for the OpenGL family of 3D standards.
In July, the first wave of leading GPU vendors, including ARM, Imagination Technologies, Intel, NVIDIA and Vivante, achieved full conformance with the latest version of OpenGL ES. A conformance submission from Qualcomm is currently under review, with more to follow. The OpenGL ES 3.1 specification was released in March 2014 and provides the most desired features of desktop OpenGL, including GPU Compute shaders, in a standard that is suitable for mobile devices, according to the Khronos Group.
Khronos launched the OpenGL ES 3.1 Adopters program in June, including a broad set of conformance tests to ensure reliable cross-vendor operation. More information is available at http://tinyurl.com/mtvrdgw .
Smooth Skin plugin released for Final Cut Pro, Premiere Pro, AE...
Noise Industries has released Dashwood Smooth Skin, a plugin for Final Cut Pro, Motion, Adobe After Effects and Premiere Pro. The app can smooth out undesired details in HD or 4K closeups, including freckles, wrinkles, or acne and also tone down shininess, lift dark shadows or warm up the skin.
Dashwood Smooth Skin can automatically track and apply virtual makeup to faces without any keyframing or interruption to the background. It can smooth out undesired details in HD or 4K closeups, including freckles, wrinkles, or acne and also tone down shininess, lift dark shadows or warm up the skin, says Tim Dashwood, founder of Dashwood Cinema Solutions.
Dashwood Editor Essentials can be purchased from the Noise Industries website (http://tinyurl.com/m24yl4k) for the introductory price of US$79. The regular price will be $99.
Chaos Group’s V-Ray comes to the Foundry’s MODO, NUKE, KATANA
Chaos Group and The Foundry say V-Ray will be available for a number of The Foundry's creative software solutions. The two companies have been working together on the development of V-Ray for three of The Foundry's products: V-Ray for MODO, V-Ray for NUKE and V-Ray for KATANA. T
Starting today, V-Ray for MODO and NUKE are available as a public beta, and the commercial version of V-Ray for KATANA is available for purchase. Built on V-Ray’s latest 3.0 core rendering technology, the integration with The Foundry's tools streamlines the workflow for studios with pipelines built around V-Ray, NUKE, MODO, and KATANA.
For more information on V-Ray for NUKE and V-Ray for MODO products, go to: v-ray.com/NUKE and v-ray.com/MODO. For information on V-Ray for KATANA, contact VFX@chaosgroup.com .
Blueprint for Mac OS X gets new interface, more
Sproutedapps has announced Blueprint 1.5, an update to their business application for Mac OS X. Created especially for small businesses, Blueprint was developed specifically for managing projects and tracking their progress.
Anyone can track progress using milestones, and see related contacts, linked tasks and notes. Version 1.5 of Blueprint offers a new, simplified interface that's compatible with Retina screens, plus even more contact and event functions.
Blueprint 1.5 requires Mac OS X 10.7.3 or higher and costs US$59.99. Go to www.sproutedapps.com for more info.
iPhone SMS Backup lets you export or save SMS/iMessages from...
mTouchLabs has introduced iPhone SMS Backup, an application for Mac or PC that allows you to copy text messages (SMS/iMessages) from your iPhone directly to your Mac.
The software is able to convert the SMS database in Excel, CSV and HTML formats, offering the possibility to browse them from your computer using any application like a text editor or Microsoft Excel. You can sort your messages based on multiple criteria, leveraging the sorting feature of a tabular format.
iPhone SMS Backup requires a Mac with 10.6 and above or Windows PC with XP,vista,7 or 8, as well as iTunes. A free demo is available for download (http://iphonesmsbackup.com). Registration is USS$4.99.
iPhone SMS Backup can be downloaded for free of cost. Full version is available at $4.99 (USD).
CADintosh 8.0 for Mac OS X is rewritten in Cocoa, gets tweaked...
Lemke Software has released CADintosh 8.0, an update to its 2D CAD program for Mac OS X. Designed especially for technical draftsmen and designers, CADintosh includes a variety of tools to develop technical, mechanical, and architectural drawings.
Completely rewritten in Cocoa, version 8.0 includes many enhanced and updated features including support of 64-bit, sandboxing (App Store version only) and complete Unicode support. It also sports a new, one-window interface.
CADintosh 8 requires OS X 10.7 or later. It costs US$33.99 and is available worldwide through the Mac App Store in the Graphics & Design category. It can also be directly purchased online from the Lemkesoft website (http://www.lemkesoft.com/) for $32.
Mac Mini Vault announces partnership with Watchman Monitoring
Mac Mini Vault (http://tinyurl.com/phc3xnq) has announced a partnership with Watchman Monitoring (http://tinyurl.com/6j93q25), a provider of Mac-based monitoring. This partnership will include integration of advanced and proactive monitoring for Mac Mini Vault customers.
Beginning today, all Mac Mini Vault customers at the Enterprise service level will have free access to the Watchman Monitoring agent and monitoring results. The agent will monitor system details and watch for potential issues.
The Watchman Monitoring agent is a small piece of software that detects physical and operational errors, reports system statistics and data points. It inspects system details, looking for potential issues with memory, disk, software, and backup systems.
RAIDON releases new external RAID storage device
RAIDON has released the GR3660-B3, a dual bay storage device with RAID 0 (Striping), RAID 1 (Mirroring), and JBOD three application modes and a USB3.0 interface.
The GR3660-B3 has 8TB of storage capacity. It's compatible with all brands of 4TB SATA hard drives. You can install two 4TB hard drives under RAID 0 mode and the system will provide 8TB of access. The independent JBOD mode can offer independent storage areas even if the hard drives are of different capacities. For more info go to www.RAIDON.com.tw .
Sesame2 is new keyfob, app to lock your Mac
Atama has released Sesame2, a Bluetooth Smart keyfob and companion application to lock your Mac or Windows PC. A second generation update of the original Sesame product, Sesame2 boasts an external redesign in addition to further enhancements such as longer battery life, shorter locking distance and increased Bluetooth signal stability.
The device enables users to lock their computers whenever they walk away from the computer, preventing anyone else from accessing files, programs, the email client or anything else that might be open on the desktop. When the user returns to their desk, their Mac or PC is automatically unlocked.
Thanks to the use of Bluetooth low energy technology, Sesame2 locks your Mac or Windows PC without draining your battery, says Eric Ferraz, CEO of Atama. It's available for pre-order now for US$49 at the Atama website (http://atama.io/sesame2).
SecuritySpy for Mac OS X gets support for more cameras
Bensoftware (www.bensoftware.com) has announced SecuritySpy 3.4.1, an update to the multi-camera video surveillance software for the Mac. New features in this version include include support for external triggers such as PIR (Passive Infra Red) detectors and door/window sensors, support for more cameras, and bug fixes.
SecuritySpy boasts features such as motion detection, real-time compression of multiple video and audio feeds, and network video and audio streaming, SecuritySpy is designed for demanding video surveillance applications. The software supports a variety of network cameras and video servers, including the popular ACTi, Axis, Panasonic, Sony and Vivotek ranges, as well as FireWire, USB, and PCI video input devices.
SecuritySpy features motion detection, which can be used to trigger recording as well as email alerts and audio alarms. The built-in web server allows remote viewing of live video and audio, previously captured footage, as well as configuration of the software,...
iStat Menus for Mac OS X revved to version 1.2
Bjano has rolled out iStat Menus 5 (http://tinyurl.com/meyfoge), an update of its menubar-based system monitoring tool for Mac OS X. It has eight separate menu extras for monitoring CPU usage, memory, hard disks, networking, temperatures and more.
Version 1.2 includes numerous improvements, including processes monitoring; enhanced Date & Time; enhanced bandwidth monitoring; better temperature and fan support; better support for temperature sensors in G4 PowerBooks, the latest iMacs and Intel based Xserves; disk performance monitor; and much more.
iStats Menus requires Mac OS X 10.4 or higher. It costs US$16 for a single user license or $24 for a family pack. Upgrades from version 3.x or 4.x are $9.99 for a single user license or $14.99 for a family pack.
Apple updates iTunes to version 11.3.1
Apple has released iTunes 11.3.1. It's a maintenance release that addresses a problem with podcast subscriptions.
In Apple's words, iTunes 11.3.1 addresses a problem where subscribed podcasts may stop updating with new episodes and resolves an issue where iTunes may become unresponsive while browsing your podcast episodes in a list. You can obtain the update via the Mac App Store.
Graphic Node launches new Set for iWork Plus
Graphic Node (http://www.graphicnode.com) has introduced Set for iWork Plus 1.0, a new collection of iWork templates designed to help OS X users make the best of Apple's iWork productivity applications.
The new pack for Apple's Pages, Keynote, and Numbers contains over 3,000 templates and images, including Graphic Node's first set of 50 scrapbook templates. All templates are editable and available in the US and international paper sizes. The designs range from traditional and formal to friendly and unconventional.
Set for iWork Plus requires Mac OS X 10.6.6 or later, Pages '09 or later, Keynote '09 or later, and Numbers '09 or later. For a limited time, it's available for US$39.99 at the Mac App Store in the Productivity category.
Softpress announces Freeway 7 with responsive web design
Softpress (www.softpress.com) has released Freeway 7 Pro, an update of its web design software, which now features responsive design for creating websites that automatically adapt to display for any device.
Now web designers can easily create sites that will adapt as needed to display for the correct devices, from phones and tablets, to laptops and more, says Joe Billings, managing editor at Softpress. Freeway 7 Pro also automatically generates navigation menu, sports improved search engine optimization and social network integration, and offers greater options for table designs. Additional new features include the addition of productivity enhancements such as keyboard shortcuts and complete keyboard navigation around items and pages.
Freeway 7 requires Mac OS X 10.6.8 or later. It costs US$149.99 for new users. Upgrades from Freeway 5+ Express and previous versions of Pro are $75.
My Family Tree for Mac OS X grows to version 1.3
Miavy Systems (http://tinyurl.com/pdhkcc7) has released version 1.3 of the My Family Tree app. The upgrade comes with major changes to its user interface and a fresh new look.
The new version drops OS X Lion compatibility and requires OS X 10.8 or later. Unlike previous versions of the app, the newly released version comes with a demo which is available for download on its website (http://tinyurl.com/o3362r9) The full version of the app continues to be available on the Mac App Store for US$19.99.
Graphic Converter for Mac OS X revved to version 9.3
Lemke Software has announced GraphicConverter 9.3, an update to its image utility for Mac OS X. The new version sports a number of new and updated features, and is a free update to all Version 9.x customers.
GraphicConverter is an all-purpose, universal image editing program. It now features image conversion from more than 200 graphic file formats into almost 80 different file formats.
GraphicConverter 9.3 requires Mac OS X 10.7 or higher. It's available from Lemke Software online (http://www.lemkesoft.com/) and at the Mac App Store. The cost is US$39.95 for new users.
Philips releases 28-inch 4K HD monitor
Available today, the new Philips 28-Inch 4K Ultra HD Display (http://tinyurl.com/mrlra6p), model 288P6LJEB, delivers four times as much detail as 1080p Full HD. The monitor is available now at Amazon.com for a special price of US$599.
The Philips UltraClear Display combines 4K UHD high resolution with a color depth of 1.07 billion colors. It provides UltraClear 3840x2160 pixel images at 60hz and a 1ms response. The 28-inch monitor includes built-in stereo speakers for multimedia, and MHL technology for mobile device connectivity (though iOS devices don't currently support the technology).
The Philips UltraClear Display provides a plethora of connectivity options and comes equipped with HDMI, DisplayPort, Dual-link DVI and VGA SmartConnect ports. It also features MultiView functionality. This technology enables active dual connect and view so that users can work with multiple devices like a computer and laptop side-by-side simultaneously.
The display's SmartErgoBase allows the monitor...
Synology encourages users to update due to SynoLocker ransomware
Synology has been investigating and working with users affected by a recent ransomware called "SynoLocker."
Synology has confirmed the ransomware affects Synology NAS servers running older versions of DiskStation Manager, by exploiting a vulnerability that was fixed in December 2013, at which time Synology released patched software and notified users to update via various channels. Affected users may encounter the following symptoms:
° When attempting to log in to DSM, a screen appears informing users that data has been encrypted and a fee is required to unlock data.
° Abnormally high CPU usage or a running process called “synosync” (which can be checked at Main Menu > Resource Monitor).
° DSM 4.3-3810 or earlier; DSM 4.2-3236 or earlier; DSM 4.1-2851 or earlier; DSM 4.0-2257 or earlier is installed, but the system says no updates are available at Control Panel > DSM Update.
For users who have encountered the above symptoms, shutdown the system immediately to avoid more...
Addonics announces drive readers to prevent data tampering,...
Addonics Technologies (www.addonics.com) has announced the Sapphire family of Write-Protect readers that treat hard drive, SSD or flash media as READ only storage to protect against virus contamination or data tampering.
There are two Sapphire Write-Protect readers — a 3.5”/2.5” HDD reader and a 2.5” HDD/Flash reader. Both are equipped with an interface bridge that disables the write function at the hardware level. This allows you to access data on the hard drive or flash media without the risk of accidentally erasing or altering content on the drive.
The interface bridge is a permanent feature and can’t be disabled. It protects users from accidental or intentional erasing or destruction of data, according to Addonics President Bill Kwong. Software hacking can’t be used to circumvent the write protect function, he adds. Forensic investigators can quickly discover if the interface bridge was tampered with and replaced with a read/write enabled board.
Both models come with built-in...
Apple, Samsung dropping all lawsuits outside the U.S.
Apple and Samsung, in a joint statement, say they've agreed to abandon all lawsuits against each other in countries outside the U.S., including Australia, Japan, South, Korea, Germany, Netherlands, the U.K., France and Italy, reports Bloomberg (www.bloomberg.com).
In June the two companies agreed to drop their appeals of a patent-infringement case at the U.S. International Trade Commission that resulted in an import ban on some older Samsung phones. Apple and Google, which makes the Android mobile operating system that Samsung uses in many of its handsets, also announced a deal in May to drop lawsuits against one another related to Motorola Mobility. However, Apple and Samsung said in their joint statement that they aren’t ending the legal battles completely, nor have they reached any cross-licensing agreement, notes Bloomberg.
Edouard biz management system gets new localizations, more
Flying Pig (www.flyingpigcorp.com) has released Edouard 1.6, an update to its business management system for Mac OS X. The upgrade brings new localizations, bug fixes and performance improvements.
Designed for small and medium-sized businesses, Edouard supports classic business needs such as inventory management, contacts, purchases, sales, production, accountancy and more. It runs on Mac OS X and iOS. for a free update. Prior to purchase, Edouard remains available as a time and feature unlimited demo.
Licensing options for Edouard include:
° In-house: at US$1,499 per connection slot, it's a final cost (no recurrent fees) and includes a full and unlimited worldwide support. Discounts for volume licensing are available.
°* Cloud: at $99 per connection slot per month. Cloud servers are available 24/7 worldwide and managed by Flying Pig. This includes all minor and major software updates. Licenses can be purchased at any time using Flying Pig's online store.
HoudahSpot for Mac OS X gets improvements to its results display...
Houdah Software has announced HoudahSpot 3.9 for Mac OS X 10.6 and higher. The new version (a free update for registered users of version 3.x) brings improvements to results display, file tagging and third party workflow integration.
HoudahSpot is a file search tool based on Apple's Spotlight engine. It's designed to help users create detailed queries to pinpoint the exact file they want to get to.
HoudahSpot 3.9 is priced at US$24 for a single-user license. A full-featured demo version is available at the Houdah Software store (www.houdah.com).
Sheep Systems releases three new apps that work with Safari
Mac users now have three new ways to manage bookmarks in their web browsers. Sheep Systems (sheepsystems.com) has announced three new apps: Smarky, Synkmark and Markster have been spun out of BookMacster, its master bookmarks manager app for the Mac.
The three new apps are each focused on a particular use case. All are compatible with Apples iCloud, and correctly push changes to iOS devices when exporting to Safari.
Smarky (US$11.95)is for organizing and alphabetizing Safari bookmarks. Synkmark ($16.95) lets you organize and keep Safari, Google Chrome and Firefox bookmarks in sync. Markster ($16.95) lets you directly access bookmarks in a Central Store from within any app.
Seventh Amsterdam SuperMeet to feature editors of 'Star...
The Creative Pro User Group Network (CPUG Network) say the Seventh Annual Amsterdam SuperMeet will take place on Sunday, Sept 14, 2014 at the Hotel Krasnapolsky in the heart of Amsterdam.
Doors open at 4:30 p.m. (6:30) with the SuperMeet Digital Showcase featuring 20 software and hardware developers. SuperMeet Presentations will begin at 7 p.m.(19:00) and continue until 11 p.m. (23:00). Tickets are on sale online for the early bird price of Euro 10 each, plus ticket fee. and Euro 10 for students and Teachers with valid ID. Earlybird sales end Aug. 15.
Film editors Maryann Brandon, ACE and Mary Jo Markey, ACE are scheduled to appear. Both are best known as long time collaborators with director J. J. Abrams. The pair has co-edited all of Abrams' feature films including "Mission Impossible III," "Super 8," "Star Trek: Into Darkness," and the upcoming "Star Wars: Episode VII." Go to http://supermeet.com for more info.
OWC releases ThunderBay 4 RAID 5 Edition
OWC has released the ThunderBay 4 RAID 5 Edition, an external storage device that can connect to the newest Mac Pro via single or dual ThunderBolt 2 cables.
It has capacities ranging from 4TB to 20TB, and sustained data rates up to 675 MB/s for RAID 5 performance. OWC offers a BYOD solution with the ThunderBay 4 RAID 5 Edition Enclosure Kit to add up to four drives, SSDs, or a mixture of both hard drives and SSDs for customizable performance to meet specific storage and backup needs. In addition, users can also set up RAID 0, 1, 4, 5, or 1+0 arrays using SoftRAID that also includes drive monitoring, e-mail notification, and rapid rebuild capabilities.
OWC’s ThunderBay 4 is available for immediate ordering in configurations ranging from US$649 to $1,769.99. Go to http://tinyurl.com/mo3x2xn for more info.
iRig Mic HD from IK Multimedia now shipping
IK Multimedia (www.ikmultimedia.com) is shipping the US$129.99 iRig Mic HD, a mobile digital microphone for iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac and PC. The sequel to IK'siRig Mic, iRig Mic HD it's a tool for singers, podcasters, online radio broadcasters, journalists, videographers, home studio enthusiasts and anyone else who needs to record high-definition digital audio on the go.
The iRig Mic HD comes in black and an exclusive silver version is available only from the Apple Store. It delivers digital sound via an electret condenser capsule, a 24-bit audiophile-grade A/D converter (with 44.1/48 kHz sample rate) and a built-in low-noise high-definition preamp.
The iRig Mic HD sports a gain control that allows for audio capture at any sound pressure level. A multi-color LED provides at-a-glance monitoring of sound levels.
MAXON unveils CINEMA 4D Release 16 (R16)
MAXON has unveiled CINEMA 4A Release 16 (R16), the next generation release of the company’s industry-leading 3D motion graphics, visual effects, visualization, painting, and rendering software application. It's available for Mac OS X and Windows.
In addition to workflow enhancements, CINEMA 4D R16 delivers new features including a modeling PolyPen "super tool," a Motion Tracker for easily integrating 3D content within live footage and a Reflectance material channel that allows for multi-layered reflections and specularity.
CINEMA 4D Release 16 is scheduled to ship in September. Pricing and upgrade information is available at www.maxon.net.
DEVONtechnologies releases DEVONthink and DEVONnote 2.7.7
DEVONtechnologies (http://www.devontechnologies.com) has updated all editions of its smart document and information manager DEVONthink. as well as of DEVONnote and the freeware menubar launcher XMenu.
The updates are free and recommended for all users. DEVONthink is the document and information manager for the Mac. Version 2.7.7 recognizes Swift source code files as plain text, retains more metadata than before when exporting documents, and prefills the Save panel with tags.
In addition to DEVONthink and DEVONnote, DEVONtechnologies has updated the freeware menubar launcher XMenu with an improved Brasilian Portuguese localization. All updates are free and recommended for all users.
All editions of DEVONthink and DEVONnote require an Intel-based Mac and OS X 10.7.5 or later (on the Mac App Store: OS X 10.8.3 or later), XMenu requires OS X 10.6.8 (App Store: OS X 10.8.3 or later). DEVONthink and DEVONnote be test-driven for free before they need to be properly licensed. DEVONthink,...
Adobe posts guide for moving from Aperture to Lightroom
Last month, Apple announced it would no longer develop Aperture, its software for professional and prosumer photographers. Adobe wants Aperture users to move to its own Lightroom software and has created a guide for those who are interested in transitioning from Aperture to Lightroom.
It's available for download at http://tinyurl.com/mulcpee. Additionally, Adobe has other resources (http://tinyurl.com/kz8dtvj) to help you learn Lightroom. Lightroom is a cornerstone of the new Creative Cloud Photography plan which gives users Photoshop, Lightroom and Lightroom mobile for $9.99/month.
VOX audio player for Mac OS X adds Collections feature
Coppertino has updated VOX, its free Mac OS X audio player, to version 2.1. It brings SoundCloud integration and a number of new features to the app, including Collections, a fresh way to organize your music within the app.
Additionally, VOX 2.1 now features a revamped interface, simplified access to all playlists, including those in iTunes. For more info go to http://www.coppertino.com .
Fokus for Mac OS X designed to help you focus on the task at hand
Didstopia has announced Fokus for Mac OS X. The US$4.99 app is designed to keep you focused on your current task by dimming all other windows except the currently active one.
The folks at Didstopia says this helps to reduce eye strain and headaches. Fokus also lets you choose the best brightness for background windows. The software works with most applications and windows.
Fokus 1.0.0 is available worldwide through the Fokus website (http://didstopia.com) and through Didstopia Shop. It requires Mac OS X 10.9 or higher.
SoftRAID 5 lets users create RAID 4, 5, 1+0 volumes
SoftRAID (http://www.softraid.com) has released SoftRAID 5. The software replaces the functionality of Apple's RAID driver. With version 5, users can create RAID 4, RAID 5 and RAID 1+0 volumes. SoftRAID supports TRIM for all RAID volumes under Mac OS X, including TRIM support for RAID 1+0, RAID 4 and RAID 5 volumes.
SoftRAID 5 requires an Intel-based Mac running Mac OS X 10.6.8 or later. Support for TRIM commands on SSDs requires 10.7.5 or later. The software is available for US$129 for the electronic download version and includes one year of free technical support via email. It can be purchased via the SoftRAID website, through your Apple Certified Consultant, and via retail outlets worldwide.
Users of SoftRAID 4 can purchase an upgrade to version 4 for $69. A 30-day demos is available for download.
fScanX for Mac OS X adds support for more scanners
ESD (http://www.elevated-dev.com/) has announced fScanX 1.8.4 for Mac OS X, an update to their scanning application. It adds support for the Fujitsu fi-7160, fi-7260, fi-7180 &and fi-7280 document scanners.
fScanX provides the ability to scan single or double-sided documents in color, grayscale or monochrome at up to 135 pages per minute. In addition, the package includes an Automator action for workflow development, and a command-line utility for complete scripted control of scanning functions.
fScanX is licensed on a per-scanner basis: US$149-$1,999, depending on the model. It's compatible with 64-bit Intel Macs running OS X 10.7 and later.
AKVIS Chameleon 8.5 gets new Share feature, more
AKVIS has updated AKVIS Chameleon, its collage creation software, to version 8.5, which provides a new Share feature, compatibility with Photoshop CC 2014, and support for 64 bit.
The software (http://tinyurl.com/kpu39qp) is available as a standalone program and as a Photoshop plugin, in versions for Windows and Mac. Version 8.5 also fixes minor bugs.
A demo of AKVIS Chameleon 8.5 is available for download. Users who own versions 5.0-8.0 of the software can upgrade to version 8.5 for free. For new users the costs is US$75. AKVIS Chameleon 8.5 runs on Mac OS X 10.4 and higher.
Pocket Watch releases ActivePrint Cloud Server
Pocket Watch has released the ActivePrint Cloud Server. The standalone box makes almost any USB printer or available network printer compatible with iPhones, iPads, and Android devices.
This is done by making each printer available through AirPrint, ActivePrint Cloud Print, and Google Cloud Print services simultaneously. You simply plug the ActivePrint Cloud Server in to an Internet connected router or a cable/DSL modem, and it's ready to go.
The ActivePrint Cloud Server is about the size of a couple of iPhones stacked together. It's compatible with network and USB printers from many popular printer manufacturers including HP, Canon, Brother, Xerox, Epson, Lexmark, and more.
The ActivePrint Cloud Server is available for pre-order (http://tinyurl.com/p35bh85) for US$149.95. All pre-orders will be shipped by Aug. 18.
Taxonomy 2 for Mac OS X adds multiple file operation support,...
Vostok has launched Taxonomy 2, an update of the tool for file sorting on Mac OS X. The app allows sorting of folders and storing them in order. Version 2 contains number of new features like multiple files operations, undo, file renaming and more.
File arrangement options allows the user to order files by name, type, size, creation and modification dates. The Grid preview helps to move or copy multiple files at a time. It shows file thumbnails and allows to choose thumbnail size and list. Also, now it's possible to undo actions.
Taxonomy 2 may be purchased on the Mac App Store and on the Taxonomy website for US$4.99. A 15-day trial version is available for download. Taxonomy 2 requires Mac OS X10.7 or higher.
Apple reportedly rolls out its own content delivery system
Apple’s own CDN (content delivery network) has gone live in the U.S. and Europe, reports Seeking Alpha (http://tinyurl.com/ls3z3hg). The company is now delivering some of their own content such as new releases of Mac OS X and iOS directly to consumers.
What's more, Apple has interconnect deals in place with multiple ISPs, including Comcast and others, and has paid to get direct access to their networks, says Seeking Alpha. As a result the company has more than 10x the capacity it had previously.
“With Apple planning to release the beta version of their next desktop OS today, Yosemite (10.10), and with iOS 8 expected to come out this fall, Apple’s putting in place a lot of capacity to support upcoming software releases. Apple is still using Akamai and Level 3′s CDN services for iTunes (Akamai), Radio (Level 3) and app downloads, but over time, much of that traffic will be brought over to Apple’s CDN,” Dan Rayburn, an expert on the streaming media industry, writes for Seeking Alpha. “...
iDraw 2.4.1 adds Swift language export and support for plug-ins
Indeeo has released iDraw 2.4.1 (www.indeeo.com/idraw/), an update to the Mac graphic design and illustration application.
A new Swift language export feature can be used to convert app design mockups, buttons, and icons directly into native Swift drawing code, useable in both Mac and iOS projects. Version 2.4.1 also adds the ability to create and run custom plug-in scripts.
iDraw 2.4.1 is available for purchase at the Mac App Store (http://tinyurl.com/pckr9e5) for US$24.99. Version 2.4.1 is a free update for existing users who purchased previous versions of iDraw on the Mac App Store.
Fireebok Studio floats out iCloud Extractor for the Mac
Fireebok Studio has released iCloud Extractor 1.0.0, a Mac application that allows users to download and extract their photos, videos, contacts, call history, notes, calendar events and reminders, as well as bookmarks from the iCloud backup file.
From iCloud Extractor’s main window you can login using your Apple ID and view a list with all available downloads that is automatically retrieved from your iCloud. Once you’ve selected the desired backup file, the app downloads the data and allows you to browse through your camera roll, photo stream, app photos and videos, text messages, notes, contacts and more.
Thanks to iCloud Extractor, you can extract iCloud backups to your Mac’s hard drive and make your data freely available. Once your backups are stored on your hard disk, you can delete old or unnecessary backups in order to reclaim storage space. Although iCloud Extractor helps you view the thumbnail of the extracted pictures, it doesn't allow you to preview them directly from within...
Adobe announces Lightroom 5.6 and Camera Raw 8.6
Adobe has announced the availability of Lightroom 5.6 and Camera Raw 8.6 as final releases on both Adobe.com and through the update mechanism in Photoshop CC and Photoshop CS6.
This release corrects issues reported in earlier versions of Lightroom 5 and Camera Raw 8. In addition, raw file format support is added for three new cameras: the Nikon D810, Panasonic LUMIX AG-GH4 and Panasonic LUMIX DMC-FZ1000.
Lightroom 5.6 is available as a free update for Lightroom 5 customers. Camera Raw 8.6 is available as a free update for both Photoshop CC and Photoshop CS6. Note that Camera Raw 8.6 for CS6 only includes updated camera and lens profile support as part of the recent camera raw policy change.
Native Instruments releases second 'The Future of DJing...
Native Instruments continues the #futureofdjing discussion started in the first video with MK, aimed at exploring how technological innovation plays a role in shaping the future of DJ culture.
The second in "The Future of DJing" video series features Berlin techno giants Pan-Pot describing how live remixing has transformed their sound and the importance of using technology to develop a personal style. The #futureofdjing discussion continues in the coming weeks over social media with more opinions and topics.
The second video of "The Future of DJing" series featuring Pan-Pot is available at http://tinyurl.com/nf4vkol .