VisionTek introduces DriveXpander 2.5" drive expansion slot...
VisionTek (http://www.visiontek.com) has released the DriveXpander 2.5" drive expansion slot adapter. It's compatible with the latest Mac Pro.
Designed to fit any full-sized PCI or PCIe expansion slot, the DriveXpander enables data transfer speeds up to 600MB/s from bare drives with nearly any Mac OS X based 2006-2012 Mac Pro or Windows-based PC desktop. Unlike other hot-swap drive adapter designs that only work with PCI slots, it includes a custom PCIe slot stability adapter for a snug fit on either expansion slot type.To prevent unauthorized removal of an installed drive, the DriveXpander features a special shaped key lock to provide peace-of-mind long-term drive installation.
The US$19.99 DriveXpander includes all data and power cables required for plug and play operation and It's available immediately directly from VisionTek, select e-tailers such as Amazon, Tiger Direct, and Dell.
The Ghost Archives: Haunting of Shady Valley comes to the Mac
G5 has released The Ghost Archives: Haunting of Shadey Valley for Mac OS X. It's available at the Mac App Store for US$4.99 through Feb. 28 and $6.99 afterwards.
Here's how the game is described: "You're an employee of S.O.U.L., the agency that helps ghosts find eternal rest. In this mysterious thriller, you'll have to uncover the many secrets of Shady Valley and fulfill tasks that keep restless souls in this world.
"Upon your arrival in an abandoned mining town you will be greeted by a large, hulking ghost named Norman Macabre,' who will not only care for your safety but also watch every step you take. As the story goes, the villagers who died here with unfinished business have become earthbound souls who cannot cross over. Allegedly, Norman died in an accidental house fire. He asks you to find his wife and beg her for forgiveness for a crime he committed in the past.
"This won't be easy as many more people are involved into this spine-chilling story and desperately need your help...
Apple plans March 9 special event
Apple has announced a special event for Monday, March 9. An invitation send to the press shows a picture of an invitation with the wording "spring forward."
The event will almost certainly offer details on the upcoming Apple Watch, such as a precise release data and pricing. So far Apple has only said the smartwatch would be available in April with prices starting at US$350.
It's also possible that the rumored 12-inch MacBook Air with Retina display could be announced. Apple will hold the special event at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco.
The Apple events page (http://www.apple.com/live/) invites you to come back on March 9 at 10 a.m. Pacific, 1 p.m. Eastern, when live video from the presentation will be available. Live streaming requires Safari 5.1.10 or later on OS X 10.6.8 or later, or Safari on iOS 6 or later.
iOS takes record-high profit share in smartphone operating...
According to the latest research from Strategy Analytics (www.strategyanalytics.com), global smartphone operating profit reached US$21 billion in the fourth quarter (Q4) of 2014. The Android operating system captured a record-low 11% global smartphone profit share during the quarter. In contrast, while Apple's iOS took a record-high 89% profit share.
Global smartphone operating profit grew 31% annually from US$16.2 billion in Q4 2013 to US$21.2 billion in Q4 2014, notes the research group.
"Apple iOS continues to tighten its grip on the smartphone industry," says Neil Mawston, executive director at Strategy Analytics. "Apple's strategy of premium products and lean logistics is proving hugely profitable. Android's weak profitability for its hardware partners will worry Google. If major smartphone manufacturers, like Samsung or Huawei, cannot make decent profits from the Android ecosystem, they may be tempted in the future to look at alternative platforms such as Microsoft, Tizen or...
Tim Cook to deliver George Washington University's...
Apple CEO Tim Cook will deliver George Washington University’s commencement address May 17 and will be awarded an honorary doctorate of public service, the university announced Wednesday night.
"I am delighted that Tim Cook has accepted our invitation to give this year’s commencement address on the National Mall," George Washington President Steven Knapp said. "I know our graduating students will be inspired and enlightened by his reflections on the lessons he has garnered from his distinguished career as a highly effective leader at the forefront of technological innovation."
Cook was the Financial Times' Person of the Year for 2014, and in 2012 was named one of the 100 most influential people in the world by Time magazine. He joined Apple in 1998, and served as chief operating officer prior to being named CEO. Previously, he was an executive at Compaq, now part of Hewlett-Packard Co., Intelligent Electronics and IBM.
Previous GW commencement speakers include award-winning actress...
Movavi Photo Editor adds background removal, more
Movavi Photo Editor (http://www.movavi.com/photosuite), a photo editing toolkit for Mac OS X (10.6 and higher) and Windows, has been revved to version 2.0.
The upgrade adds such new features as background removal, which lets users delete the existing background in a photograph and replace it with solid color fill or even a totally different image. Photos can also be saved with a transparent background in .png format.
The user interface of Movavi Photo Editor has also been enhanced. All the tabs have been moved to the right-side of the application window so users can navigate all the main features - adjustment, rotation and straightening, crop, text, resize, object and background removal, and export.
Using the text addition, users can enter a comment or caption in any size, font, or color above the edited photo. The text addition tab contains all the settings anyone might need: text rotation, opacity, alignment, text and outline color, font, etc., so it’s easy to add comments and...
PCI Geomatics implements support for KazEOSat-1
PCI Geomatics (www.pcigeomatics.com) has implemented support for KazEOSat-1, an Earth Observation satellite owned and operated by the Kazakhstan Gharysh Sapary (KGS), a division of Kazcosmos.
KazEOSat-1 is capable of producing imagery of up to 1-meter panchromatic and 4-meter multispectral. The satellite was launched from the European spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana in April of 2014, and reached operational readiness in July 2014. The sensor will produce imagery for the Kazakstan government to support decision making and policy in critical areas such as resource monitoring, resource management, land-use mapping, and environmental monitoring.
PCI Geomatics has implemented support for KazEOSat’s sensor model, which required modifications to both Geomatica and GXL. KazEOSat-1 was built by Airbus Defense and Space, and provides positional information that can be imported to build geometric models for the imagery. Geomatica and GXL have the capability to build precise satellite geometry...
Altium announces Tasking C Compiler
Altium (www.altium.com) has announced the availability of a new C compiler for the Generic Timer Module (GTM-IP MCS) from the Robert Bosch GmbH.
The GTM IP module forms a generic timer platform for complex applications in the automotive industry like power train, power steering, chassis and transmission control. To serve these different application domains, the GTM provides a wide range of timer functions like counters, multi-action capture/compare, PWM functions, duty-cycle measurement and many more.
The GTM also features internal RISC-like programmable cores for data processing and complex output sequence generation. The IP is designed to run with minimal CPU interaction and to unload the CPU from handling interrupt service requests as much as possible.
The first stable release of the C compiler for the GTM/MCS will be available in March. In the course of the year the new C compiler will be included in and fully integrated into new releases of TASKING’s automotive tool suites for...
Default Folder for Mac OS X upgraded to version 4.6.14
St. Clair Software (http://tinyurl.com/2gm24v) has released Default Folder X 4.6.14, 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 4.6.14 addresses compatibility issues, including fixing a bug that could cause crashes in ArchiCAD, Mathematica and Cubase 8. It also improves its Rebound and tagging features, updates support for QuickSilver, and offers the option to automatically resize file and folder icons as you resize file dialogs.
Default Folder X requires Mac OS X 10.6 and higher. Version 4.6.14 is a free update for existing version 4 users. It costs US$34.95 for new users.
Apple Pay now available for Morgan Stanley Wealth Management...
Morgan Stanley Wealth Management (www.morganstanley.com) says that, using their iPhone 6/6Plus, clients can add their Morgan Stanley Debit Card to Apple Pay to pay for purchases in stores or within apps.
Once the Morgan Stanley Debit Card is securely added to Apple Pay, clients can hold their Apple smartphone near the contactless reader and, with the touch of a finger, the payment is made. When shopping within apps on their iOS device checking out can be as easy as selecting Apple Pay and placing a finger on Touch ID, says Eric Heaton, head of Morgan Stanley’s Private Banking Group.
Morgan Stanley Wealth Management clients’ account security is a key priority for the firm. The Apple Pay feature, which doesn't share the actual debit card number with the merchants or transmit it with payments, supports that goal, Heaton says.
Instead of using the Morgan Stanley Debit Card number, Apple Pay assigns a unique Device Account Number that is encrypted and stored in the secure element on the...
Elmedia Player GO now available on the Mac App Store
Eltima Software has released Elmedia Player GO (http://tinyurl.com/qxpgcfo) on the Mac App Store. This universal media player supports virtually all commonly used audio and video formats and downloads media from the web, including MP4, MOV, DAT, MP3, and MKV.
The application features a 10-band audio equalizer to shape your audio tone, its own volume control, video tuner for adjusting sharpness, contrast, reducing noise, video aspect ratio change to fit image into screen, playback speed adjustment, ability to edit subtitles and more. It features a built-in web browser that allows you to watch online videos directly from the app, while Open URL enables you to do it without ads.
You can watch online videos in full screen mode and pin the player window on top of other running apps so you never miss a moment of your favorite movie. What's Elmedia allows you to grab a still of your video frame and enables you to save online videos (YouTube resources not included) and RTMP streams from the...
iOS, Android have 96.3% of the smartphone operating system market
iOS and Android have inched closer to total domination of the worldwide smartphone market in both the fourth quarter (4Q14) and the calendar year 2014 (CY14).
According to data from the IDC research group (www.idc.com), Android and iOS accounted for 96.3% of all smartphone shipments, up slightly from 95.6% in 4Q13 and from 93.8% in CY13. In terms of year-over-year shipment growth, Android outpaced the overall smartphone market for CY14 (32.0% vs 27.7%, respectively) while iOS beat the market in 4Q14 (46.1% vs 29.2%, respectively).
"Many of the same drivers were in play for Android and iOS to tighten their grip on the market," says Ramon Llamas, research director with IDC's Mobile Phone team. "A combination of strong end-user demand, refreshed product portfolios, and the availability of low-cost devices – particularly for Android – drove volumes higher."
What will bear close observation is how the two operating systems fare in 2015 and beyond, he adds. Meanwhile, Samsung experienced...
ExoLens system released for the iPhone 6
The new ExoLens is designed to transform your iPhone 6 into a professional photography and videography tool. The system includes a 3x telephoto lens and 165º wide-angle lens.
The professional-grade lenses swap in seconds via a compact and functional machined aluminum bracket lined with soft protective foam, says John Willenborg, CEO at ExoLens. He says the ExoLens’ Telephoto 3x Lens is one of the most powerful telephoto lenses available for the iPhone.
With a focal length of 90mm (30mm for an iPhone 6 and 60mm for most competitors), this lens captures distant objects in full optical zoom. In addition to full pixel zoom, the telephoto lens allows the iPhone to auto-adjust exposure.
The 165º Wide-Angle Lens is designed to drastically increase the amount of detail and light you can get into a single image. The ExoLens professional photography system for iPhone 6 is available now for US$129.95 at store.apple.com. The ExoLens system for iPhone 6 Plus will be available starting in May.
WaterField unveils Padded Gear Pouch
WaterField Designs today announces the new Padded Gear Pouch. Available in waxed canvas or ballistic nylon with vegetable-tanned, premium leather accents, this accessory pouch protects and organizes with padded pockets, self-locking zippers and water-resistant textiles.
The Padded Gear Pouch features one main compartment with several padded pockets and one front pocket with two organizational mesh pockets inside. Each compartment closes with self-locking zippers. Both the tan waxed canvas and the black ballistic nylon color choices offer water resistance. According to the folks at WaterField, the Padded Gear Pouch is useful for:
° Tech professionals: iPad mini in large padded pocket, portable mouse and hard-drive in smaller padded pockets, headphones and wallet in main compartment. Front pockets for keys and additional cables.
° Travelers: eyeglasses in large padded pocket, phone, medications and headphones in smaller padded pockets, passport, wallet and boarding pass in main...
Bamboo Paper adds new level of precision for the Bamboo Stylus...
Wacom's (www.wacom.com) latest update of its note-taking app, Bamboo Paper, improves both precision and comfort when working with the Bamboo Stylus fineline and Intuos Creative Stylus 2.
Users of Wacom's smart styli will purportedly feel the difference immediately after installation. When setting up the app and configuring the stylus, users can now choose from six different wrist positions to reflect the most common positions of the hand while writing and sketching. By choosing the position of the wrist that fits best with how users hold the pen, the update will considerably improve the offset correction.
Installing the latest firmware update for the Bamboo fineline and Intuos Creative Stylus 2 will provide the best results for Bamboo Paper users. The "Wacom Stylus Update" app is now available at the Apple App Store. Users simply download the app and pair their Wacom stylus via Bluetooth and the app will guide them through the update.
Output Factory for Adobe InDesign update improves alternate...
Zevrix Solutions (www.zevrix.com) has released Output Factory 1.5.18, a maintenance update to its output automation solution for Adobe InDesign.
Output Factory automates printing, exporting and post-processing from InDesign and offers batch processing, export as single pages, variable file names, layer versioning, preflighting, output history and more. The new version addresses an issue in which a bug in InDesign installation could result in incorrect output results.
Output Factory can be purchased from the Zevrix website for US$169.95. There's a "lite" version for $120 and a server version for $700. A demo is available for download. BatchOutput users can upgrade to Output Factory for $84.97. Output Factory requires Mac OS X 10.6 or higher and Adobe InDesign CS3-CC 2014.
Pomodoro Time is new time, task management tool for OS X
XwaveSoft (http://xwavesoft.com) has introduced Pomodoro Time 1.0, the Mac version of their time management app for the iPhone and iPad.
The app provides a mix of timeboxing, timed rest stops, task management, a goal completion list, and customized productivity analysis. You can view and compare weekly or monthly progress of total time spent on tasks to accurately adjust actions to be more efficient. The app syncs between Macs, iPhones, and iPads.
The Pomodoro Technique is based on the idea that individuals are more likely to produce results and complete activities with a break down of work into intervals of 25 minutes, separated by short breaks. Pomodoro Time allows users to customize task duration outside of the standard timeframe to fit individual needs, from five minutes to 60 minutes with customized breaks in between.
Pomodoro Time requires Mac OS X 10.8 or higher and costs US$2.99. It's available worldwide through the Mac App Store in the Productivity category.
Klevr Furniture offers Storage-Top Desk for Mac
Klevr Furniture has announces their Storage-Top Desk for Mac, a functional design built specifically for iMacs and MacBooks. Each desk is made to order and conveniently stows away cables, power adaptors, and additional clutter.
Table-top notches are strategically placed for MacBook and iMac connectors, and movable panels allow easy access to storage. It's designed to offer plenty of work space for a Mac user and provide storage underneath for printers and accessories.
The desktop has three movable panels, each containing portholes for various devices. The center panel contains a central notch for the iMac's rear plugs, while the two other panels offer notches that line up with the ports on the sides of MacBooks. Additional front and back notches are available for supplementary devices and wires; plus they double as finger-grooves for easy removal of panels.
Panels glide on felt-lined rails and hang aside the desk when accessing the storage compartment. The two side panels are 12...
Dart for Mac lets you crete emails from your menubar
Moople has announced Dart (http://dart.email), a menubar app for the Mac that allows you to create and send emails with predefined answers.
The recipient just has to click a button to reply. According to the folks at Moople, there's no worrying about composing a message, less opportunity for procrastination and no ambiguity.
You can either send a Dart message with answers you define. If you really have to send a short message, you switch to regular mode which supports a whole 200 characters
Dart requires OS X 10.9 or later. It costs US$3.99 and is available worldwide exclusively through the Mac App Store in the Productivity category.
Apple to invest €1.7 billion in new European data centers
Apple has announced a €1.7 billion plan to build and operate two data centers in Europe, each powered by 100% renewable energy.
The facilities, located in County Galway, Ireland, and Denmark’s central Jutland, will power Apple’s online services including the iTunes Store, App Store, iMessage, Maps and Siri for customers across Europe.
"We are grateful for Apple’s continued success in Europe and proud that our investment supports communities across the continent," said CEO Tim Cook in a press release. "This significant new investment represents Apple’s biggest project in Europe to date. We’re thrilled to be expanding our operations, creating hundreds of local jobs and introducing some of our most advanced green building designs yet."
Apple supports nearly 672,000 European jobs, including 530,000 jobs directly related to the development of iOS apps. Since the App Store’s debut in 2008, developers across Europe have earned more than €6.6 billion through the worldwide sale of apps.
uFlysoft Mac Data Recovery for Mac OS X revved to version 1.8.5
uFlysoft Studio has announced uFlysoft Mac Data Recovery 1.8.5 for Mac OS X. The software lets you recover files from various devices such as Mac-based hard drives, external hard drives, iPads, iPod touches, iPods, pen drives, USB drives and more.
Version 1.8.5 offers more features to help in recovering all kinds of file formats. It comes with a stronger capacity for recovering more high quality files with a faster recovering speed, according to the folks at uFlysoft Data Recovery.
uFlysoft Data Recovery works with Mac OS X 10.6 and higher. You can get the free download and free scan version on the uFlysoft website (http://www.uflysoft.com).
DEVONagent 3.9 introduces Inspectors for even better web...
DEVONtechnologies (http://www.devontechnologies.com) has updated all editions of its Internet search and research tool DEVONagent to verson 3.9.
DEVONagent is a research assistant equipped with artificial intelligence. It searches multiple sources for relevant results, and gives you power tools for your research. The new version cleans up the user interface, comes with an improved see-also algorithm, is faster, and fixes some bugs. The updates are free and recommended for all users.
All editions of DEVONagent require an Intel-based Mac and OS X 10.7.5 or later (in the Mac App Store: OS X 10.8.3 or later). They can be downloaded from DEVONtechnologies online and be test-driven for free before they need to be properly licensed.
All editions of DEVONagent are also available in the Mac App Store. DEVONagent Pro and Express can be bought as part of bundles together with DEVONthink in DEVONtechnologies' online shop.
DEVONagent Pro costs US$49.95 ($49.99 in the Mac App Store). DEVONagent...
Apple launches repair program for MacBook Pros with video issues
Apple has launched a MacBook Pro repair extension program for video issues. The company says it's determined that a "small percentage" of MacBook Pro systems may exhibit distorted video, no video, or unexpected system restarts.
These MacBook Pro systems were sold between February 2011 and December 2013. Apple or an Apple Authorized Service Provider will repair affected MacBook Pro systems, free of charge. Go to http://tinyurl.com/lftfdbe for details on affected models and service options.
As of Feb. 20, the repair process will be available in the U.S. and Canada. In other countries, it will be available starting Feb. 27. An affected MacBook Pro may display one or more of the following symptoms:
° Distorted or scrambled video on the computer screen;
° No video on the computer screen (or external display) even though the computer is on;
° Computer restarts unexpectedly
Products affected include:
° 15-inch and 17-inch MacBook Pro models manufactured in 2011;
° 15-inch MacBook Pro with...
VizMac is new Visio Viewer for Mac
Vandaurico has announced VizMac, a Visio viewer for OS X (10.6 or higher) that allows anyone to view, save and print Visio drawings and diagrams on their Mac.
The utility enables users to discover the advantages of using Visio drawings, charts, and illustrations in a Mac environment. Visio files saved as binary (.vsd) files must first be decoded using the VizMac web service before being able to view the drawing or diagram in VizMac. This transaction takes place in the background and is transparent to the end user.
VizMac costs US$3.99. It's available from Vandaurico online (http://www.vizmac.com) or on the Mac App Store.
PhotoVideoCollage is new, free video collage maker for Mac
Bits&Coffee has released PhotoVideoCollage 1.0 (http://photovideocollage.com/), a free Mac app that helps users create photo and video collages enhanced with music, and custom built for sharing on Instagram, Vine, Facebook, and YouTube.
Users can add photos and videos, and mix the soundtracks with their favorite music. You start by selecting a layout template from a multitude of presets. Photos and videos can then be added to the layout, and additional settings like border width, curvature, color, and texture can be set. The placement of the photos and videos inside the collage can be changed with drag and drop.
PhotoVideoCollage allows the user to edit each video by choosing which segment of the video to play. An MP3 or WAV audio file can also be added with the option of selecting the starting position. The audio stream can then be mixed with the soundtracks of previously imported videos.
After the photo and video collage has been completed, the user can preview the collage...
KOAMTAC releases version 3.0 KDC barcode, payment SDK
KOAMTAC (www.KOAMTAC.com) has updated its iOS, Android, and Windows compatible software development kit (SDK).
The upgrade offers APIs (application programming interfaces] s that communicate between all major smart devices, PCs, KOAMTAC KDC Bluetooth barcode scanners, transaction and mobile POS companions. The SDK enables developers to integrate support for all these features into mobile application and provides their customers with full barcode and payment solutions with a single SDK.
KOAMTAC says the SDK doesn't require the developer to have extensive source code knowledge. All programming will refer to the KOAMTAC proprietary developer program known as, KTSimpleDemo. This is a simple source code tool provided within the new software. What's more, developers will not need to change existing application source code, and may simply update the SDK by utilizing these features.
Developers may take advantage of the complimentary version 3.0 SDK, as well as, enjoy the full benefits...
Monotype, Lippincott unveil curated ‘Brands With Heart’...
Monotype Imaging Holdings —a provider of typefaces, technology and expertise for creative applications and consumer devices — and Lippincott, a global branding firm, have introduced the Brands with Heart Collection.
The curated collection features a palette of typefaces selected for their distinct personalities and idiosyncratic tendencies as well as their ability to convey the humanistic elements of a brand’s persona. The collection was inspired by recent work completed by Lippincott and Monotype, while designing a new brand identity and custom typeface for Southwest Airlines.
For more information about the collection, go to www.monotype.com/brandswithheart. To access "Welcome to the Human Era," a Lippincott report on the key characteristics and behaviors of Human Era brands, visit www.humanerabrands.com .
MCE Fovea Extreme 3 is a Mac compatible, Blu-ray drive
MCE Technologies (MCE) is shipping the MCE Fovea Extreme 3, a portable, lightweight, USB 3.0 slot-loading optical drive that allows access to all Blu-ray, DVD, and CD optical disc formats on Macs with no built-in optical drive.
It can read and record data and high definition video to 25GB, 50GB, 100GB, and 128GB Blu-ray recordable discs, as well as M-Disc Blu-ray media. Included with the drive is Mac Blu-ray Player software, allowing the playback of commercial Blu-ray titles in high definition directly on the Mac.
In addition to playing and recording Blu-ray media, the drive plays and records all DVD and CD formats as well. The Fovea Extreme 3 measures only 5.6 x 5.9 x 0.75 inches and weighs in at only 11 ounces. It retails for US$119 and is available immediately at http://tinyurl.com/mby29pg.
QNAP releases Q'center app for managing multiple QNAP NAS...
QNAP (www.qnap.com) has released Q'center, an app that can centrally manage multiple QNAP Network-attached Storage (NAS) units with visualized statistics, allowing IT administrators to check QNAP NAS information and status for troubleshooting.
Q'center provides immediate and complete information to assist IT administrators in making crucial decision, says Jimmy Yang, product manager of QNAP. The dashboard provides a view to monitor the status of QNAP NAS units, including disk volumes, real-time CPU usage, and server log information.
IT administrators can also create specific dashboards based on different scenarios to meet the needs of enterprise IT management. Reports are also available for IT administrators to check current and previous NAS statistics. IT administrators can also check the peak times of NAS network usage for optimizing network allocation.
Q'center provides the ability to create universal and unified NAS settings for managing multiple NAS units efficiently, allowing...
RESCUECOM lists common computer problems in Computer Repair...
RESCUE COM (http://www.rescuecom.com) has released a new Computer Repair Report outlining the top problems technology users experience. This report is a refresh of a previous report on the top computer problems; it covers all technology, including tablets, smart phones and Internet-connected devices. The computer repair report details the top 10 problems that plague technology in 2015.
To create the 2015 Computer Repair Report rankings, RESCUECOM performed a study of the technology and computer repair service calls for the past 12 months. The top problems, explained in full in the 2015 Computer Repair Report: are Internet connection problems (27.7%); viruses (19.3%); a slow computer (16.4%); computer and tablet hardware (8.1%); computer startup problems (7.3%); trouble with e-mail (6%); (tie) data transfer or recovery (4%) and printer setup or troubleshooting (4%); Windows OS troubleshooting (3.9%); application troubleshooting (1.8%); and user-caused problems (1.4%).
The top three...
AutoMailer for Mac OS X revved to version 2.2.2
Tension Software has announced AutoMailer 2.2.2, an update of its Mac OS X app that allows you to send personalized emails to multiple addresses, in text or web format, each merged with data from an internal database. It's been optimized for Mac OS X Yosemite.
AutoMailer lets you prepare and send an unlimited quantity of emails with a single click. Each email can have custom content depending on whom the recipient is. People receiving the emails won't notice any difference compared to standard emails and they will be able to reply to them as usual, according to the folks at Tension Software.
Version 2.2.2 sports: a better diagnostic for missing server parameters; better error messages in log; and better selection of server port. It also has improved, clearer, connection type names.
AutoMailer 2.2.2 requires Mac OS X 10.9 or higher and costs US$40. You can download it at the Mac App Store or the Tension Software website (www.tensionsoftware.com).
BatchOutput PDF 2.2.13 improves file reprinting, job folder...
Zevrix Solutions (www.zevrix.com) has released BatchOutput PDF 2.2.13, a maintenance update to its solution to automate PDF printing with watched hot folders on Mac OS X.
With BatchOutput PDF, users only need to drop PDFs into hot folders and the files will be printed automatically using the assigned output preset. The software saves customers the time and effort of opening and printing each document manually. The new version improves the app's ability to reprint processed files and optimizes job folder handling.
BatchOutput PDF can be purchased from Zevrix for US$24.95 (the server version is $99.95), as well as from authorized resellers and the Mac Apple Store. The update is free for licensed users of version 2. A demo is available for download. BatchOutput PDF requires Mac OS X 10.5 or higher (some features require Mac OS X 10.7 or later).
Records for Mac is a new personal database utility
Push Popcorn (http://pushpopcorn.com) has introduced Records 1.0 for Mac OS X, a personal database tool built around a WYSIWYG [what you see is what you get] Visual Editor.
The app lets users drag and drop form fields and start entering data instantly. No prior database knowledge is required and you don't have to write a single line of code. Records provides pre-filled lists, such as countries, currencies or credit cards, in order to speed up database creation.
Records for Mac 1.0 is available from the Mac App Store for US$49.99 It requires OS X Yosemite or newer.
3D Molecules Edit & Test 1.0 is a new chemistry app for Mac...
Virtual Space OOO has introduced 3D Molecules Edit & Test 1.0 (http://tinyurl.com/nra3ljf), a chemistry app for Mac OS X. It allows anyone to build and manipulate 3D molecular models of organic and inorganic compounds.
The key features are 3D printing support and a "test yourself" mode that allows students to check their knowledge of the 3D structure of molecules. 3D Molecules Edit & Test is designed especially for high school and college chemistry students learning about molecular bonding and orbitals with the aid of 3D visualization.
The molecules can be visualized in 3D using stick, ball and stick and space-filling (CPK) models. Important information about the molecule can be displayed. For example, it's possible to visualize the atomic orbitals, see electronic effects using arrows and identify bond lengths and element symbols.
3D Molecules Edit & Test requires OS X 10.7 or later. It costs US$6.99 and is available worldwide through the Mac App Store in the Education...
metroKit is a new metronome app for Mac OS X
Nikolas Konstantakopoulos from Granny's Audio has announced metroKit (http://tinyurl.com/q2l26k9), a flexible metronome for Mac OS X.
Equipped with speed, rhythm trainers and fully customizable beats and accents, the app can help even the most demanding musicians boost their skills, according to Konstantakopoulos. With custom accents, metroKit — which costs approximately US$3.42 — can help you practice paradiddles as well as strumming patterns for the stringed musicians. You can save and recall your settings, and start from where you stopped.
You can use the speed trainer to progressively increase the speed when practicing difficult exercises or riffs. Set the starting and target tempo, how much and after how many bars to increase the speed. When the target tempo is reached you can set metroKit to stop, or continue playing at that tempo.
Konstantakopoulos says you can master the precision of every rhythm you want with the metroKit's rhythm trainer. See how steady your playing is by...
Checkmarx adds support for Grovvy, Python
Checkmarx (www.checkmarx.com), an application security firm, says its source code analysis solution now fully supports code written in the growingly popular Python and Groovy programming languages.
Checkmarx develops software solutions to identify security vulnerabilities in web and mobile applications as they are being created. It's designed to help companies and organizations secure their mobile and web applications by providing a solution that identifies software security flaws at any stage in the development process, ensuring that any flaws that may have been overlooked are caught well before the software is released.
The company’s technology scans un-compiled/un-built source code quickly and effectively, identifying security vulnerabilities and regulatory compliance issues that are then reported to developers and security auditors with guidelines to fix them, says Maty Siman, chief technical officer of Checkmarx.
Xojo announces Xojo 2015 Release 1
Xojo, Inc. (http://www.xojo.com) has announced the availability of Xojo 2015 Release 1, a new release of their multi-platform rapid development tool.
It now includes the ability to develop both 32-bit and 64-bit native iOS applications. This latest release adds 170 general updates and 4 new features. In addition to the iOS improvements, this release also adds IDE improvements, language improvements and an updated version of SQLite.
Currently serving over 280,000 users worldwide, Xojo is an environment for professional developers, citizen developers and hobbyists. Xojo applications compile to machine code for both web and desktop applications for greater performance and security.
PSG launches Paragon Disk Wiper 15 for Mac OS X Free
Paragon Software Group (PSG) has launched Paragon Disk Wiper 15 for Mac OS X Free (http://www.paragon-software.com/home/dw-mac/). It's a utility to clean hard disks and SSDs or permanently erase critical data on separate partitions or entire hard disks.
With Disk Wiper for Mac, wiping is not accomplished under Mac OS X, but from a special Linux-based flash stick that can be easily created from the program. After booting the Mac from this device, the Wipe Wizard can irreversibly remove confidential data in just a few easy steps, according to the folks at PSG.
Multiple sanitization methods are available: SSD Trim (recommended for SSDs), selecting a specific algorithm, or a user-created method. Unlike traditional HDD-based wiping methods, SSD Trim works very quickly and is completely safe for SSDs, claims PSG.
Paragon Disk Wiper 15 for Mac OS X Free supports OS X 10.6 and higher. Paragon Mac ToolBox portal with additional solutions for dual-boot users is available at the PSG website.
Morningstar: Descent to Deadrock available for the Mac
Phoenix Online Publishing (www.POStudios.com) and Red Herring Labs have released Morningstar: Descent to Deadrock, an US$9.99, science fiction-themed, first-person point-and-click adventure for Mac and PC systems.
Here's how the game is described: "Crash-landed on a desolate, alien planet, what should have been a routine work-for-hire job for Powell has become a deadly mission to save the merchant vessel Morningstar and her crew. With one man dead and the captain gravely injured, Powell is on his own to repair the ship and find a way to escape the strange gravity well of the empty planet they've landed on.
"If the situation weren't dire enough, the only signs of life on the planet are the remains of a much larger and better equipped ship and her crew, all dead, and not by natural means. What—or who—brought down these ships and is killing their crews? Why? And can Powell find a way off-planet before he shares the same fate?"
SavvyDox releases new document management tool
SavvyDox (http://www.savvydox.com) has announced a new HTML5 browser-based reader for Mac OS X (10.8 or later) that allows users to review, suggest changes and approve documents from any browser, at any time, whether on a desktop, laptop, tablet or smartphone.
The solution is designed to enable groups of people to effectively collaborate on writing and reviewing complex documents. Users can post due dates for review and approvals, control printing privileges and create and respond to proposals with multiple contributing authors.
What's more, iPhone users have access to a dedicated app that's free to download from the Apple App Store. SavvyDox's presence on this platform complements its current availability on Mac, PC and iPad readers.
EarthDesk 6.5 adds screen spanning in Mavericks and Yosemite
Xeric Design (http://www.xericdesign.com) has updated EarthDesk, its real-time dynamic desktop map, to support screen spanning in Mac OS X Mavericks and Yosemite.
The app replaces your static desktop with an image of the Earth showing current sun, moon and city illumination, as well as global cloud coverage. The software operates silently in the background, keeping your desktop updated while you work. EarthDesk's dynamic desktop is continuously displayed as your desktop background.
Single user copies may be purchased for US$24.95. Upgrades are available for $12.95 for licensed users of version 5 and $17.95 for licensed users of versions 1-4. Cloud access is available starting at $9.95 for a single user. A bundle including EarthDesk and high-res cloud access is $32.95.
Polished Play Releases Core Animator 1.0 for Mac OS X
Polished Play has introduces Core Animator 1.0, an animation tool for Mac OS X. Available at the Mac App Store, the utility was developed to help designers, animators, and developers bring more creativity and interactivity to their apps.
Core Animator allows iOS and Mac developers to create animations and export them to native Objective-C or Swift code. Users can visually create 2D animations based on properties such as translation, scale, rotation and opacity. Several options help to smooth out the animations and give them life.
The interaction of all animations can be seen together in a project preview. Finally, native Objective-C or Swift code is generated for use in Xcode and Interface Builder:
Core Animator will save you time and money requires OS X Yosemite or later. For a limited time, it's on sale for US$79.99 (20% off) and available worldwide through the Mac App Store in the Developer Tools category. A trial version of the tool is available at the Polished Play website (...
AKVIS Magnifier 8.0 adds new print options
AKVIS (www.akvis.com) has announced AKVIS Magnifier 8.0, an update of the image resizing software that can be used both as a standalone application and plugin for Photoshop, on Mac OS X (10.6 and higher) and Windows. The program now lets you print "super high resolution images.
AKVIS Magnifier lets you resize images without loss in quality. It can not only reduce an image, but can also increase a picture by dozens of times with no artifacts or halos.
Version 8.0 offers new print options. Now it's possible to print "super high" resolution images on multiple pages to get professional-quality posters. It adds Dropbox to the list of publishing services and support for more RAW formats to the standalone version.
The plugin version is compatible with Adobe Photoshop and Photoshop Elements. You will find the Magnifier plugin in the Automate menu of Photoshop. The product sells for US$89.
Graphic Node updates Set for iWork
Graphic Node has again expanded its assortment of iWork templates with a new update of Set for iWork.
The pack for Apple's Pages, Keynote, and Numbers contains over 3,000 templates and images, while the recent update includes a new Graphics category and reduces the size of the download. Set for iWork covers everything from brochures and business cards to vacation planners to photos and newly added flat icons.
Set for iWork includes: over 1,500 designs for Pages documents, 210 spreadsheet templates for Numbers, 93 slideshow themes for Keynote, and 1,100 images for illustrating users' content. They cover everything from brochures and business cards to vacation planners to photos and newly added flat icons.
Set for iWork 2.1 requires Mac OS X 10.6.6 or higher and costs US$49.99. It's available worldwide exclusively through the Mac App Store in the Productivity category. For more information and design samples, users can visit Graphic Node's web site (http://graphicnode.com/).
AppleMacSoft releases MP3 Splitter for Mac OS X
AppleMacSoft ( http://www.applemacsoft.com/ ) has introduced MP3 Splitter for Mac OS X. The utility that enables you to crop and trim MP3, M4A and AAC audio files, or just rapidly split a large MP3 file into many smaller files. or to extract manually selected segments of an audio file to new audio files without reducing quality.
You can automatically split MP3 files based on silence, which is useful for LP, audiobooks and sound recordings. What's more, MP3 Splitter features a built-in audio player, making pre listening simple and easy.
The app requires requires Mac OS X 10.6 or later. It costs US$9.99.
Prosoft rolls out Drive Genius 4.0.1
Prosoft Engineering (www.prosofteng.com) has released Drive Genius 4.0.1, an update of its US$99 collection of software tools to speed up, clean up and protect your Mac. It's a maintenance upgrade.
Drive Genius 4 sported a new, enhanced interface that allows for running tools on multiple drives simultaneously. The DrivePulse tool alerts you to hard drive issues before they become major problems.
Drive Genius 4.0.1 is optimized for Yosemite and works with Mac OS X 10.8.3 and up. The new BootWell tool lets you create a special secondary drive to Defrag or Repair your main hard drive. You can also personalize and organize your Mac’s drive and folder icons with IconGenius.
Tropical Software announces Fastspring partnership
Tropical Software has announced a new eCommerce partnership with Fastspring to market and sell Tropical's Mac software.
"Fastspring has helped us design an entirely new app store. It has cleaner, fresher look than our old store, and we feel customers will find it easier to use and easier to enter and complete an order," says James Lee, owner of Tropical Software. "We feel it will offer a great, easy to use, and modern purchasing experience."
Tropical Software's Mac software products TopXNotes, 2Remember and Kitchen timer are now available in its new software store created in partnership with well-known eCommerce expert Fastspring. TopXNotes is a personal note manager. 2Remember is a reminder app with custom icons for different tasks. Kitchen Timer is an app for timing just about anything and allows you to wet multiple overlapping timers.
In conjunction with the new store (http://tinyurl.com/pulhahu), Tropical Store is offering discounts in our four Mac apps including:
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iWork for iCloud apps now available for Windows, Android users
Apple has made its iWork apps — Pages, Numbers and Keynote — available to users of beyond Mac OS X and iOS apps. Yep, that means Windows and Android users.
The apps are accessible to users without an Apple device through the iCloud Beta program. Anyone can sign up for an Apple ID to access Pages, Numbers, and Keynote for free. Each account comes with 1GB of complementary iCloud storage.
Previously, you could only create an Apple ID login on a Mac, iPhone or iPad. In order to register an Apple ID, go to beta.icloud.com and click the link below the sign-in area that allows users to create an account. Users can then create a login with any email address.
24U Software updates FileMaker plug-ins
24U Software (http://www.24usoftware.com/) has announced an immediate availability of updating custom-developed FileMaker plug-ins and mobile apps for 64-bit architecture.
The new service includes identifying hidden issues, cleaning-up code, creating new builds for FileMaker Server 13 and iOS 8, and more. Owners of FileMaker plug-ins and iOS apps can now hire 24U to update their products for 64-bit versions of FileMaker Server and iOS.
Since Feb. 1, all new apps uploaded to the Apple App Store must support 64-bit architecture and be built for iOS 8. All new iOS devices, such as the new iPad Air or iPhone 6, are using a 64-bit architecture. So any new version of an existing iOS app must be optimized for iOS 8 and 64-bit processors in order to get approved by Apple for distribution on the App Store.
FileMaker started using 64-bit architecture for the web publishing engine in FileMaker Server 12 and made 64-bit architecture mandatory for all components of FileMaker Server with the...
Allegorithmic unveils Substance Designer 5
Allegorithmic (www.allegorithmic.com) has launched Substance Designer 5, the new iteration of its node-based texturing hub for the next generation of game artists. It introduces new features dedicated to next-gen procedural art, as well as pipeline enhancements designed to ensure consistency for large-scale teams as they share and reuse assets. Non-linear and non-destructive.
Substance Designer lets you create PBR materials for real-time 3D projects. New features in version 5 include:
° Substance Engine 2.0, the new generation of Allegorithmic's core tech "will push Substance Designer’s power of expression to new heights";
° Pixel processor node: this true image processor allows you to read input images and apply any custom effect or treatment using visual programming;
° Transfer Baker, which lets you transfer textures from one mesh to another without worrying about UV changes;
° Tri-planar projection: any image can be applied to a mesh with no visible seams, helping to control the...