Aqua Data Studio 16 released with enhanced visual analytics
AquaFold has announced Aqua Data Studio 16, an upgrade to its universal database management and analytics software that gives users more charts, features, capabilities, and options.
With support for newer versions of natively supported database vendors, the latest version introduces new chart types, and more options to current charts, making it quicker and easier for users to understand and execute on their underlying data, says AquaFold's CEO, Niels Gron. Along with enhancements to the Query Analyzer, Visual Explain, FluidShell, and support for newer versions of natively supported database vendors, version 16 is the most streamlined and efficient Aqua Data Studio to date, he adds.
Database support has also been upgraded for Sybase ASE 16.0, Sybase Anywhere 16.0, SQL Server 2014, MongoDB 3.0, VoltDB 4.9, Greenplum 4.3, Vertica 7.1, Hortonworks 2.2, Cloudera 5.2, Teradata 15, Netezza 7.1, ParAccel 5.1, Informix 12.10, MySQL 5.6, and Apache Derby 10.11.
Aqua Data Studio 16 is localized...
Mac version of Toy Defense 3: Fantasy is out now
Melesta Games (http://www.melesta-games.com) has launched the Mac version of its tower defense game, Toy Defense 3: Fantasy. It's requires Mac OS X 10.7 or higher.
Here's how the game is described: "Mac users can now enjoy a magical world where they must summon the bravest warriors of the kingdom to do battle with frightful goblins and ferocious dragons. Toy Defense 3: Fantasy introduces a magical new world where players must summon the bravest warriors of the kingdom to do battle with frightful goblins, ferocious dragons, and other fantastical enemies in detailed medieval environments. To be successful, players must perfect the skills of their warriors, build defensive fortresses, and develop the best strategies to defeat the armies of their foes and take the first places in Weekly Tournaments."
Toy Defense 3: Fantasy Premium 1.0 costs US$4.99 and is available worldwide exclusively through the Mac App Store in the Games category. There's also a free version available.
MakeDongle protects Mac software with a USB dongle
Excel Software has announced MakeDongle 1.0, which runs on Mac OS X, Windows or Linux computers. It generates a secure USB dongle that grants a license to run protected software on the attached computers and complements a suite of protection and licensing tools.
Protected software can be stored on the computer or dongle itself. When launched, the dongle is validated before the software is allowed to run. When building dongles, MakeDongle can copy multiple licenses, applications or installers to the USB drive.
MakeDongle can be used standalone or with the QuickLicense, AppProtect or DocProtect products. It also works with licensing plug-ins for FileMaker and Xojo. To use MakeDongle alone, add a programming command to Mac or Windows software. Several coding interfaces are supported with sample code provided for popular programming languages.
MakeDongle 1.0 costs US$395 for a single user license. Go to www.excelsoftware.com for more info.
Mach Software Design announces an iCloud Note Taker
Mach Software Design (http://www.machsoftwaredesign.com) has released Mach Note, an iCloud PDF note taker, audio note taker, and RTF word processor. It's available for both Mac OS X and iOS.
Mach Note uses iCloud to keep your documents in sync across all your devices. You can access your files from any device with iCloud Drive. It supports iCloud HandOff/Continuity features so you can transfer files between devices. What's more, you can record audio in M4A format with a 3D visualize and more.
Word processing on Mach Note is done in in RTF format. Using the PDF format, Freehand Notes are synced across all your devices (via iCloud) so you always have the latest version of your Notes with you. Since Mach Note uses the PDF format, you can annotate PDFs .
The app is free for iOS and US$4.99 for OS X. It's available at, respectively, the Apple App Store and the Mac App Store.
SCSC releases Scannerz 220.127.116.11 for Mac OS X
Software and Computer System Company (SCSC) has released Scannerz 18.104.22.168 (http://scsc-online.com) for Mac OS X.
The Scannerz package is a set of hard drive, SSD, and system analysis tools designed to help users isolate hardware, system, and performance problems. The package consists of Scannerz, Performance Probe 2, Phoenix, and FSE or FSE-lite. With the release of Mac OS Yosemite Apple is placing more emphasis on Core Storage technology, and SCSC has responded by expanding the products handing of both Core Storage and Apple RAID components.
This new release is fully Yosemite compatible and can be used on any systems running Mac OS 10.5 with Intel or PowerPC processors. Prices for the package begin at US$39.9; however updates for users with fully licensed copies of earlier versions are free of charge.
Sponsored Data to expand mobile connectivity to consumers, cars...
Sponsored data provides a useful business model for bringing mobile data to new users in emerging markets and to new device types —according to a new report from Strategy Analytics (www.strategyanalytics.com).
With sponsored data business models, third party companies like consumer brands, web stores or enterprises can pay the mobile operator for data used by consumers or employees to access their content in a toll-free model, or can offer data rewards like loyalty points. Key findings from the research group's report:
° Sponsored data use cases gaining traction today in emerging markets like Brazil, China, India, Indonesia and Nigeria range from advertising, free access to online commerce apps, games and app stores, free access for banking apps, to support for bring-your-own-device (BYOD) by enterprises, education and healthcare.
° Opera Software, which recently won an award for its web pass and sponsored web pass in the category Best Mobile Product, Initiative or Service in...
Apple releases iPhoto 9.6.1 for Mac OS X
Apple has released iPhoto 9.6.1, which improves compatibility when migrating iPhoto libraries to the new Photos app in Mac OS X Yosemite 10.10.3 — which will be available this spring.
It also fixes an issue that caused iPhoto to display only the first 25 images in a Facebook album, as well as an issue that could cause iPhoto to become unresponsive when printing an image. You can download the updates from the Mac App Store under Updates.
Apple releases two security updates for Yosemite
Apple has released two security updates for Mac OS X Yosemite.
What do they do? Hard to say. Apple's notes only say that they're "recommended for all users and improves the security of OS X,"
You can download the updates from the Mac App Store under Updates.
Winclone 5 adds backup for Boot Camp
Twocanoes Software (www.twocanoes.com) has rolled out Winclone 5, a new version of the Boot Camp cloning and migration solution for the Mac.
Winclone is designed to help everyone who uses dual boot Macs with Boot Camp more easily create snapshots, clone partitions or migrate Boot Camp systems and more. New in Winclone 5 is Winclone Backup, a utility for backing up mission-critical Boot Camp user files and a new consumer edition, Winclone Basic for no-frills Boot Camp backup.
Winclone requires Mac OS X 10.8 or higher, Windows 7 (64-bit) or higher, and Boot Camp partition. Version 5 is a free upgrade for current licenses with an active support contract. For new users pricing starts at US$19.99 for the Standard Edition.
Typinator 6.5 handles smart substitutions even smarter
Ergonis Software (www.ergonis.com) has annnounced Typinator 6.5, a new version of their text expander for Mac OS X.
The new version adds a helpful new feature that lets you define the way how the system-wide "smart substitutions" settings for quotes, dashes, etc. are handled within Typinator. French speaking Typinator users will be glad to hear that Typinator now also accepts French quoting style (with double angle quotation marks and non-breaking spaces) in the marker for nested abbreviations.
Typinator 6.5 also works around a crash when expanding text in Yosemite's sharing window with the "quick expansion" option enabled. It further improves compatibility with OS X Yosemite and third-party applications.
Typinator 6.5 requires Mac OS X 10.6 or newer. The upgrade to Typinator 6.5 is free for anyone who owns a valid license for Typinator 6. Upgrade paths are available for owners of older licenses. For new users the price is approximately US$37.
Print Window gets full Mac OS X Yosemite support
Searchware Solutions has announced Print Window 5.2, an update to their window printing utility for Mac OS X.
Integrated with the Mac OS X Finder, it allows users to print a file listing of folders with a simple key command (or other methods of triggering a file listing). In addition to adding full Mac OS X Yosemite support, version 5.2 adds the ability to export File Listings as a CSV file and sports an updated application icon.
Users have complete control over what gets included in the file listings and what does not. Print Window can also print subfolder contents of a specified folder manually selected by the user. Print Window also allows complete autonomy in the sorting process. Users can sort file listings by a variety of different criteria (including ascending and descending order) and even determine the files' icons and size.
There are two different versions of Print Window: Standard Edition and Advanced Edition. The free Standard Edition includes basic features such as the...
RE:Vision Effects releases ReelSmart Motion Blur 5
RE:Vision Effects has released Twixtor v6 and ReelSmart Motion Blur v5 with GPU support for FXHOME HitFilm, Digital Vision Nucoda, and Natron.
What's more ReelSmart Motion Blur is now supported for Blackmagic DaVinci Resolve. Both products continue to be available for Adobe After Effects, Apple Final Cut Pro, Avid Media Composer,, Symphony and Newscutter, The Foundry Nuke, Adobe Premiere Pro, Assimilate Scratch, Blackmagic Fusion Studio, Autodesk Systems, and Sony Vegas® Pro.
Twixtor creates slow motion shots and synthesizes unique new frames by warping and interpolating frames of the original sequence by employing RE:Vision's proprietary tracking technology that calculates motion for each individual pixel. ReelSmart Motion Blur (RSMB) automatically adds more natural-looking motion blur to a sequence. Go to www.revisionfx.com for details and pricing info.
Twelve South introduces the BaseLift for Apple's MacBook
Twelve South (www.twelvesouth.com) has introduced a new accessory for the Apple MacBook: the US$39.99 BaseLift, an "utra-thin" folding pad and stand.
It attaches to the bottom of your MacBook and folds into a wedge, elevating your screen. It's designed to bring your keyboard to a much more comfortable typing angle.
Folded flat, BaseLift is a soft pad that protects your lap from the heat or cold of your aluminum MacBook. However, it's also compatible with all Apple laptops, from the 11-inch MacBook Air to the 15-inch MacBook Pro.
Tumult upgrades its Hype professional design app
Tumult has rolled out Hype 3.0 and Hype Professional, a major update to its HTML5 animation builder for OS X.
Hype supports the latest HTML5/CSS3 features and uses a keyframe-based animation system with a recorder to create motions and transitions. Hype Professional is a new in-app purchase to Hype 3.0, adding features targeted at graphic design pros.
Tumult Hype 3.0 (Standard) is a free upgrade for Hype 2.x owners. This update, the base of Hype Professional, elevates animated web content with more timing functions and web accessibility support. Hype 3 features an user interface redesign tailored for OS X Yosemite.
Tumult Hype 3.0 and Hype Professional are sold on the Mac App Store and the Tumult Store (http://tumult.com/hype/pro/). Tumult Hype 3.0 is available for US$49.99. Hype Professional is offered as a in-app purchase for an additional $49.99 — or the full version can be purchased for $99.99. A demo is available for download at the Tumult site.
Digital Film Tools launches EZ Mask 3.0
Digital Film Tools, developer of visual effects software, has launched EZ Mask 3.0 (http://tinyurl.com/yn2dds). It's an update of the interactive image masking tool capable of extracting almost any object in an image.
Version 3.0 adds support for Photoshop and Adobe Lightroom. EZ Mask iteratively estimates the transparency value for every pixel in the image based on a few strokes. There's even a Refine mode where EZ Mask automatically updates the mask or composite as you paint a stroke. In addition, color correction, image transformations, and color contamination removal can all be employed.
EZ Mask 3.0 is available now for US$150. If installed on the same machine, one EZ Mask license will run in the following applications: Adobe Photoshop, Adobe® Photoshop Elements, and Adobe Photoshop Lightroom. Upgrades are available to existing customers for $50.
TimeTag for Mac OS X revved to version 2.0
Capparsa (http://www.capparsa.com ) has announced TimeTag 2.0, an update to their timesheet application for Mac OS X that organizes and groups your time records so you can quickly see how your time was spent at a glance.
Version 2.0 brings an iPad-like interface to the Mac. Records and timers are always visible, and exporting is just one click away. Managing timers from the menu bar is now faster, so you can start, stop and set activities for timers without clicking into the full app, according to the folks at Capoparsa.
TimeTag requires Mac OS X Yosemite or later. It's free and available worldwide exclusively through the Mac App Store in the Productivity category.
Program for FileMaker Developer Conference 2015 announced
FileMaker, Inc. (www.filemaker.com) has announced the program for the 20th anniversary edition of the FileMaker Developer Conference (http://www.filemaker.com/r/devcon2015) , the largest annual gathering of worldwide FileMaker independent and corporate custom business solution developers, trainers and users.
"Experience the Possibilities" is the theme of the event. DevCon 2015 will be held July 20-23, 2015, at the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, Nevada, with a projected 1,200 FileMaker enthusiasts and 50 speakers participating.
Attendees will hear about FileMaker Platform futures; learn how to develop solutions that combine the latest technologies with engaging user experiences; network with developers from around the world; and see new products and services. The 2015 program will include the Developer Cup competition, the annual Women of FileMaker luncheon and a special 20th anniversary attendee party.
Seven conference tracks are designed to help attendees learn the techniques needed...
Nisus Writer Pro for Mac OS X upgraded to version 2.1
Nisus Software has released Nisus Writer Pro 2.1, an update to their word processor for Mac OS X.
Now 640bit and sandboxed, version 2.1 includes iCloud support, autosave, versions, bug fixes, improvements, and macro language enhancements. These join a feature set that includes multilingual text support, powerful find and replace, a style system, and more.
Nisus Writer Pro 2.1 also contains the following fixes and additions:
°Added support for Mac OS X autosave, where changes to all opens documents are saved regularly;
° Added support for Mac OS X document versioning, where a user can browse and revert to older versions of any document.
Nisus Writer Pro can be updated from within the app. Select "Check for Updates" from the "Nisus Writer Pro" menu and follow the instructions. You can also download the update from the Pro update pages (http://nisus.com/pro).
Nisus Writer Pro 2.1 requires OS X 10.7.5 or above. It's available now from the Nisus website and soon from the Mac App Store....
AppDynamics offers Apple Watch apps monitoring, analytics
AppDynamics, an application intelligence company, says its Application Intelligence Platform will support applications designed for the new Apple Watch. This includes real-time monitoring and analytics support for the WatchKit extension that controls the Apple Watch’s user interface and responses to user interactions.
With the tools available in the AppDynamics Application Intelligence Platform, developers and app owners will be able to see and understand the performance of their Apple Watch-enabled apps, the WatchKit extension, and the end-to-end user experience. Key metrics including app latency, crashes, stalls, errors, and other performance measures will be captured.
An arsenal of custom metrics are available as well, providing interaction and performance data, such as how the watch is being used to interact with the app, round trip time for data traveling between the iPhone and watch, timers to measure user behavior, and more. AppDynamics’ gives real-time visibility not just...
Mail Designer Pro for Mac OS X revved to version 2.1
Equinux (www.equinux.com) has announced Mail Designer Pro 2.1, an update of the Mac OS X software that lets you create HTML-mails and newsletters with an optimized layout for mobile devices.
Version 2.1 sports mobile-optimized Team and Business designs designed to make it easy to send emails, memos, notes, links, invites and more using incredible mobile-reponsive designs. There are also bug fixes and minor tweaks.
Mail Designer Pro is available for 50% off (US$49.99) for a limited time. It requires Mac OS X 10.7 or higher.
New Microsoft Accreditation program for Apple techs
MacTech, which publishes MacTech Magazine as well as produces live events such as MacTech Pro and MacTech Conference, has announced that Microsoft's "Microsoft Office for Mac and iOS Accredited Support Professional" accreditation program has been updated for Microsoft Office 2016 for Mac.
This accreditation course and exam is a half day long session, which takes place the day prior to each MacTech event in 2015. The Microsoft accreditation program is training and evaluation focused on the issues every consultant and tech should know when advising on or supporting Microsoft Office for Mac and iOS and Microsoft Office 365 suites, with a focus on Apple users. All registered attendees to MacTech Pro events in 2015 are invited to attend the accreditation course at no additional cost, however, space is limited.
The new accreditation program covers topics such as the new Office 2016 for Mac previews; installation; Microsoft Apps on Mac and iOS; Office 365 and Office Online; best practices...
TripIt adds traveler profile to iOS mobile app
TripIt from Concur, a travel-organizing app, now makes it easier for travelers to keep their travel documents and emergency contacts organized with a new feature, Traveler Profile. With it, ravelers can store their essential travel documents, and the contacts they need the most while traveling, right within their TripIt iOS or Android mobile app.
Almost any document or contact can be stored within Traveler Profile, allowing travelers to customize their profile, so they have access to the information they need the most while on-the-go, says says Jen Moyse, head of product at TripIt from Concur. The feature also comes with nearly 20 preset document and contact types, allowing travelers to store, including:
° Passports and more—Essential travel documents, such as passports, IDs, drivers licenses and Global Entry cards, can be stored within Traveler Profile for instant access to these documents;
° Contacts—From sitters to doctors, Traveler Profile centralizes the contacts people need...
Creature is a new 2D animation tool for the Mac
Kestrel Moon Studios has introduced Creature (http://creature.kestrelmoon.com), a 2D animation software for Mac OS X. It's designed with game developers, digital artists and web designers in mind.
Creature allows you to add animation to your digital content. With it you can automatically generate complex motion like Walk Cycles, Hair + Cloth Dynamics and other forms of secondary motion using the software's built in Physics and Procedural Animation Engine.
Creature also provides advanced features like Motion Capture/Transfer, Path Creation/Following and Soft Body Physics. It exports animations to a variety of image and video formats. It also supports the export of animations to most major Game Engines. Game developers can playback character animations authored with Creature via provided source code runtimes.
Creature requires Mac OS X Yosemite or alter. It costs US$99.99 and is available worldwide through the Mac App Store in the Graphics & Design category.
Limefuel announces USB-C portable battery charger
Limefuel (www.limefuel.com) has announced a charger specifically designed around the USB-C technology in Apple's new MacBook. The 24,000mAh device is designed to keep the laptop going all day long.
The Limefuel charger will feature two Type C ports and four USB ports for charging other mobile devices. Limefuel's new Macbook charger also features pass-through technology allowing multiple devices to charge at the same time. The charger will be available in the second quarter of 2015 through Kickstarter at a manufacturer's suggested retail price of US$149.99.
KeyBank expands digital banking with Apple Pay
Starting March 17, KeyBank (www.Key.com) customers will be able to use Apple Pay to make secure payments at more than 700,000 businesses across the United States and select iOS apps.
"We're thrilled to add Apple Pay to the fast-growing range of digital banking services we offer banking customers," says Matthew D. Lehman, senior vice president and head of digital banking.
Using their iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus mobile devices running iOS 8.1 or later, KeyBank customers can use Apple Pay, a mobile payments solution, to complete credit or debit card transactions without revealing their card information. Customers simply hold their iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus near a contactless reader with their finger on the Touch ID fingerprint sensor. KeyBank customers can also make in-app purchases with either the iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPad Air 2 or iPad mini 3 mobile devices.
Lehman says that adding Apple Pay to KeyBank's digital banking program is part of a customer-focused plan that" redefines the...
All versions of DEVONthink and DEVONnote get upgraded
DEVONtechnologies has updated all editions of its intelligent information and document manager DEVONthink, as well as the smart notebook DEVONnote.
Version 2.8.4 simplifies moving documents into the database, enhances smart groups, and improves performance and reliability. The updates are free and recommended for all users. The upgrade lets users move new documents to their databases more quickly. Dragging files or folders to the application with the Command modifier key pressed imports the items and trashes their originals in one go.
The release also enhances smart groups with new options for filtering by date. It supports new file types for bookmarks and plain text files. The AppleScript support in DEVONthink Pro and Pro Office features two new commands and runs database queries up to 50 times faster.
DEVONthink and DEVONnote 2.8.4 retain tags when splitting documents. All parts are tagged the same and are no longer placed into the inbox but next to their original. The Activity...
Arturia ships KeyLab 88 pro-grade 88-note MIDI keyboard...
Music software and hardware company Arturia is shipping KeyLab 88, a professional-grade, 88-note hammer-action hybrid MIDI keyboard controller that comes with the company's Analog Lab software synthesizer solution and more.
It sports two virtual instruments. Grand Piano Model D delivers the sound of the Steinway Model D concert grand piano. Pianoteq 5 Stage is a physical modeling-based virtual instrument that provides acoustic and electric piano recreations as well as chromatic instruments.
KeyLab 88 is available to purchase for US$699 from any authorized Arturia dealer or directly online (http://tinyurl.com/nzjfnqq).
Paragon Camptune X now resizes Boot Camp partitions
Paragon Software Group (PSG) has released Paragon Camptune X with Core Storage technology support, a tweaked interface based on Mac OS X elements, and the ability to identify and automatically fix an unsynchronized partition layout or any file system errors.
Camptune X solves the maintenance problem that Mac Boot Camp users encounter when they run out of free partition space. With the utility, Mac users can redistribute the available space between OS X and Windows partitions without data loss.
The new version comes with support for Core Storage – a technology widely used on the latest generation of Macs. This means Camptune X now works efficiently with Fusion Drive equipped Macs, as well as those using FileVault encryption.
CampTune X supports all versions of OS X from Snow Leopard onwards. It's available at http://tinyurl.com/6nt6q7 for US$19.95.
Digital-Tutors announces free TurboSquid training
Digital-Tutors (www.Digital-Tutors.com), a Pluralsight company and provider of a creative e-learning resource, has released three new tutorials that teach artists how to prepare their 3D models for TurboSquid's CheckMate Certification process. Available now, the tutorials are free and cover Maya, 3ds Max and CINEMA 4D workflows.
Developed with TurboSquid (www.TurboSquid.com), the Digital-Tutors tutorials use a series videos that reveal how to correct critical mistakes artists can make in the 3D modeling process, says Beau Perschall, vice president, Business Development and CheckMate Evangelist at TurboSquid. Gaining certification for models helps validate model quality and provides artists with the opportunity to make more money on their 3D assets, he adds. Artists can design for two levels – CheckMate Pro and CheckMate Lite.
Sid Meier’s Starships lands on the Mac, PC, iPad
2K (www.2k.com) and Firaxis Games have announced that Sid Meier’s Starships is now available worldwide for Macs, Windows computers, and iPads.
Developed by Sid Meier, creator of the award-winning Sid Meier’s Civilization series, Sid Meier’s Starships challenges players to command a fleet of starships within the narrative universe of Sid Meier’s Civilization: Beyond Earth while embarking on a series of turn-based missions. Along the journey, players explore the galaxy in search of other civilizations, protect planets and their people and build a federation to achieve intergalactic peace.
Sid Meier’s Starships sees players build a planetary federation by exploring the galaxy, expanding its influence and domain, researching futuristic technologies and engaging in deep, turn-based tactical space combat with an armada of uniquely customizable starships. Each campaign features a galactic strategy map of worlds with dynamically generated tactical combat missions. In addition, Sid Meier’s...
3D print challenge wants to see Apple Watch accessories created
CGTrader has launched a 3D print challenge to more than 120,000 3D artists to create accessories for the Apple Watch.
The challenge explores the commercial possibilities associated with wearable technology. It's an opportunity for 3D designers to submit /promote their printable accessory designs — from watch stands to buckles and travel pouches — compatible with the new smartwatch.
3D designers won’t want to miss the opportunity to create/promote and win. You won’t want to miss the creativity that lies behind the unique accessories that anyone can use.
Designers can submit 3D printable accessory designs compatible with the new smartwatch, such as watch-stands, cases, buckles and straps, travel pouches, and more to win prizes and see your 3D models added to the special Apple Watch Accessories collection. To enter the challenge go to http://tinyurl.com/kcgx3le .
Tablet growth slowing to single digits in the coming years
Following the first year-over-year decline in worldwide tablet shipments in the fourth quarter of 2014 (4Q14), the IDC research group (www.idc.com) has scaled back its five year forecast for the product category.
Worldwide shipments are expected to reach 234.5 million units in 2015, a modest year-over-year increase of 2.1% from 2014. Although the outlook has been tempered, IDC still expects low but positive growth for the market in the years to come as demand in the commercial sector increases, and as Microsoft slowly gains a foothold.
"Despite the growing popularity of phablets, there still remains a portion of the market that wants to use a larger device so they can tailor their experience to the appropriate screen size," said Jitesh Ubrani, Senior Research Analyst, Worldwide Quarterly Tablet Tracker. "Meanwhile, an increasing number of vendors behind small tablets are reducing prices and adopting features like voice calling to entice consumers to purchase their products over...
Fanurio 3.1 released for the Mac
Fanurio Time Tracking (http://www.fanuriotimetracking.com) has announced Fanurio 3.1, a new version of its cross-platform desktop application.
It allows you to track time, manage projects, and invoice their clients, so that they can get paid for their work. Version 3.1 adds new features and improvements, including an import module for iBiz, the time-tracking and billing solution developed by IGG Software that's been discontinued.
Fanurio 3.1 is available from the Fanurio online store for US$59. New users can download a free 15-day trial with all the functionality of the paid version. It runs on Mac OS X 10.5 and higher.
Flint app for the iPhone now supports American Express, Discover...
You can now use your Flint app for the iPhone to process American Express and Discover card payments in addition to Visa and MasterCard. The free app lets you accept credit card payments on your Apple smartphone.
The transaction fees to process AMEX and Discover cards are the same as Visa and Mastercard. Plus, accepting all major credit types brings you more flexibility and sales. Per transaction fees are 1.95% for debit cards and 2.95% for credit cards, same for card scan, manual entry, invoices or online payments.
Flint's technology securely scans the card number off the credit card. The app doesn't take a photo of the entire card or save an image on the phone. It supports keyed number entry as a backup option.
With the Flint app, you can create, send and track invoices to your customers from the mobile app or online merchant portal. Your customers will receive an emailed invoice with a "Pay Now" link they can use to pay online with a credit card. Reminders are sent automatically...
Twelve South announces HiRise for the Apple Watch
Twelve South presents its first accessory for the most anticipated timepiece ever. Introducing HiRise for Apple Watch, a stand that showcases the watch while it charges.
Designed to work with the Apple Watch Magnetic Charging Cable, this metal stand holds the smartwatch at an elevated height and angle that lets you interact with it while it charges. Available in silver or black, the stand can be used with any style Apple Watch band, including closed loop metal bands.
The HiRise for Apple Watch costs US$49.99 and will ship in May. More info can be found at www.twelvesouth.com.
Sonnet expands Thunderbolt 2-to-PCIe expansion chassis product...
Sonnet (www.sonnettech.com) has announced the Echo Express SE I, the latest addition to the Echo Express line of Thunderbolt 2-to-PCIe expansion systems.
Like the other members of the Echo Express family, the SE I enables the use of a wide variety of high-performance PCI Express (PCIe) cards — originally designed for use in desktop computers — with any Mac or Windows computer with a Thunderbolt port. The new single-slot model supports nearly every Thunderbolt-compatible PCIe card on the market, including double-width cards (PCIe card plus daughter card).
The Echo Express SE I features Thunderbolt 2 technology and incorporates support for the DisplayPort 1.2 protocol, which enables video streaming to a 4K video monitor. It's available now for US$349. The updated Echo Express SEL (part is available now for $329.
PhatWare releases WritePad Handwriting Recognition SDK 5.0
PhatWare Corp. (www.phatware.com) has announced its WritePad Software Development Kit (SDK), a new version of the multiplatform, multilingual handwriting recognition.
Version 5.0 enables third-party app developers to leverage state-of-the-art handwriting recognition software for Apple's iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch devices. WritePad SDK now supports 12 languages in a single library, features improved recognition quality, and support for iOS 8.
WritePad SDK includes handwriting recognition engine static libraries for all supported CPUs, dictionaries for all supported languages, API header files, documentation, and sample code in Objective-C, allowing integration with new or existing iOS applications or devices.
WritePad SDK evaluation is free, while commercial redistribution is royalty-based. For more information about the WritePad SDK and to request an SDK evaluation and commercial pricing, please visit PhatWare's website.
MacClean is new 'cleaner app' for Mac OS X
iMobie (http://www.imobie.com/) has released MacClean, a new and free cleaner app made to keep Mac computers running "right and light."
The utility is designed to allow you to free up disk space, enhance your browsing experience, and more. MacClean is compatible with all generations of Mac OS X and all models of Mac computer ever made, according to Frank Kong, the founder and CEO of iMobie.
Whether users want to remove junk files from Safari, Firefox or Google chrome, MacClean offers a one-stop solution without heading over to various browsers to clean cookies, history, caches and more one by one, he adds. The app also helps users remove useless files from their Mac, Kong says.
iPhoneCleaner for Mac OS X upgraded to version 2.0
Cisdem has released iPhoneCleaner 2.0 for Mac OS X. It's an update of its US$29.99 iOS clean-up and back-up solution.
Cisdem iPhoneCleaner is a Mac application that allows users to clean unnecessary files such as temporary files, cookies, script files, cached and offline files, and more from the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch, and allows users to boost performance and regain storage space. Other features include the ability to delete large, forgotten files, backs up the important things such as photo library, camera roll, contacts, music, reminders, notes, and other important data on iOS device.
Cisdem iPhoneCleaner is available through the Cisdem website (www.cisdem.com). A demo version available on the site also allows any user without a license to have a try with the App. A single license of iPhoneCleaner is available for $29.99; a license for two Macs costs $49.99; while a five-Mac license is priced at $69.99.
GraphicConverter for Mac OS X revved to version 9.6
Lemke Software has rolled out GraphicConverter 9.6, a powerful update to its image utility for OS X that offers the ability to export in almost 80 different formats.
GraphicConverter is a universal image editing program that features image conversion from more than 200 graphic file formats. Version 9.6 includes several new and updated features such as imports from various photo editing programs.
GraphicConverter 9.6 requires Mac OS X 10.7 or later. It costs US$39.95 and is available worldwide through the Mac App Store in the Photography category. It can also be directly purchased online from the Lemkesoft website (http://www.lemkesoft.com/). GraphicConverter 9.6 is a free update for all customers of version 9.x. Upgrades from older versions of GraphicConverter are available for $25.95 (USD).
BatchOutput for Microsoft Word update addresses issues with...
Zevrix Solutions has announced BatchOutput DOC 2.3.4, a maintenance update to its output automation solution for Microsoft Word.
BatchOutput automates printing and exporting of multiple documents to PDF, and allows to carry out powerful professional PDF production directly from Word eliminating the need for time consuming post-processing. The new version addresses some issues that prevented BatchOutput DOC from working after installation of the recently released Microsoft Office 2016 Preview.
BatchOutput DOC can be purchased for US$39.95 from the Zevrix Solutions website (www.zevrix.com), as well as from authorized resellers and Mac App Store. A demo is available for download. The update is free for users of version 2 and $20 from version 1. BatchOutput DOC requires Mac OS X 10.6 or higher and Microsoft Word 2008 and 2011.
Micromat revamps Techtool Pro 8 for Mac OS X
Micromat (www.micromat.com) has announced a new version of Techtool Pro. The company calls the new version Techtool Pro 8 and says the new version offers a number of significant new features.
"Techtool Pro 8 is a major leap forward compared to our prior versions," says Jeff Baudin, president of Micromat. "Version 8 brings us to the level of ASD (Apple Service Diagnostics). Added with Techtool's legacy battery of tests and repair functions, it takes us quite a bit further."
Of the new features included in version 8, he says the most significant is the component tests. Depending on the model of Macintosh, it can now check up to 150 new components, sensors and voltage levels "of which we previously could not test," Baudin says.
What's more, Micromat has integrated its Protogo product into this version of Techtool. Protogo allows users to create bootable diagnostic devices out of external hard drives or flash drives.
Techtool Pro 8 can be ordered through select dealers and resellers...
WaterField Designs announces Zip Brief for the 12-inch MacBook
WaterField Designs has announced the US$179 Zip Brief (http://tinyurl.com/p87vryj), created to protect and showcase the new 12-inch MacBook. Lined with soft material, the Zip's internal pockets cradle the MacBook on one side and accessories on the other.
The TSA-friendly Zip combines leather with waxed canvas or ballistic nylon for a comfortable yet sophisticated look, according to Gary Waterfield, owner of WaterField Designs. It's available in tan waxed canvas or black ballistic nylon with full-grain, naturally-tanned leather trim.
Inside, padding cushions the 12-inch Apple MacBook in a custom-sized pocket and an additional two pockets protect and stow a hard drive, power supply or other accessories. A few files or a notebook fit into the center main compartment. For quick access items, an angled front pocket keeps items safe yet accessible, says Waterfield.
Waterproof zippers extend around three sides of the Zip, allowing travelers to lay the MacBook bag flat and leave contents...
Creative Pro User Group Network announces Las Vegas SuperMeet
The Creative Pro User Group (CPUG) Network says the 14th Annual Las Vegas SuperMeet will take place on Tuesday, April 14, in the Royale Ballroom at the Riviera Hotel in Las Vegas Nevada.
The SuperMeet promises to be the single largest gathering of Final Cut Pro, Adobe, Avid and DaVinci Resolve editors, gurus, digital filmmakers and content creators during the 2015 NAB Show. Early bird tickets are on sale for US$10 ($7 for students) through March 11.
Doors open at 4:30 p.m. with the "SuperMeet Digital Showcase," featuring over 30 software and hardware developers. Presentations will begin at 7 p.m. and continue until 11 p.m.
The SuperMeet agenda hasn't been announced and will not until shortly before the event. However, it will feature user-driven presentations from Blackmagic Design, Adobe, Ripple Training, iZotope, Genarts, HP, Other World Computing and more.
Those who would like to attend the 2015 NAB Show can register for a free exhibits-only pass via SuperMeet promo code DF121 on...
Landscape and Garden Solution comes to ConceptDraw Pro
CS Odessa (http://www.conceptdraw.com) has announced the Landscape and Garden Solution, a new Solution for ConceptDraw Pro 10. The Solution contains professionally-drawn samples of garden elements to allow users to visualize your landscape plans using templates and libraries.
These include topiary, flowers, water features, pathways and plots, hedges and recreational equipment. The Landscape and Garden solution is designed for any green-fingered gardener wondering how to design a garden. It contains 14 libraries containing 420 vector graphics shapes.
The Landscape and Gardens Solution is an add-on for ConceptDraw Pro 10, available in the Solution Park for US$49. ConceptDraw Pro is compatible with Mac OS X and Microsoft Windows. It retails for $199. ConceptDraw Pro 10 is included in ConceptDraw Office 3, which retails for $499.
Red Giant Universe gets more visual effects and transitions
Red Giant has updated and expanded the Red Giant Universe to version 1.4, adding more visual effects options.
Version 1.4 introduces eight new tools to Universe, growing the library to include 89 visual effects and transitions. The update also offers new host support for FXHome HitFilm 3 Pro, allowing users to work across multiple host apps – Adobe After Effects, Adobe Premiere Pro, Apple Final Cut Pro X, Apple Motion, Sony Vegas and Blackmagic DaVinci Resolve – with the same effects.
Editors and motion graphics artists can run all 89 Red Giant effects on the GPU for lightning-fast rendering, often even producing results in real-time. Existing Red Giant Universe users can download version 1.4’s new tools and updates from the Red Giant website. For new users, Universe is available in a variety of options. Go to www.redgiant.com/store/universe/pricing for more info.
Anchorium 1.0 introduced for Mac OS X
SitePenalise (https://www.sitepenalise.fr ) has introduced Anchorium 1.0, a free SEO app for Mac OS X.
The key in strengthening the position of websites is understanding how search engine bots analyzes them. Anchorium is designed to demystify the world of search engine optimization by looking at and analyzing inbound linking on websites.
Like many of the search engine bots, Anchorium looks at and analyzes inbound linking on websites. However, engines like Google and Yahoo don't reveal their findings. This means that Anchorium will help website owners understand how the web pages are linked together, which is important in how Google determines how much power and exposure a website receives, according to the folks at SitePenalize.
Anchorium aims to help anyone with a website be searched and be found, they add. It explains in plain English what is happening within the infrastructure of websites and offers suggestions for improvement.
Anchorium 1.0 is free and available worldwide...
Marriott announces Apple Pay support
Marriott International will become the first global hospitality company to offer Apple Pay. The phased introduction this summer in the U.S. will include brands in locations, such as The Ritz-Carlton, EDITION, Renaissance Hotels, and Marriott Hotels.
Guests using Apple Pay at check-in will simply bring their iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus or Apple Watch near the contactless reader at the front desk. When their device responds with a subtle vibration and beep, the payment information has been securely captured. There will be no need to provide a credit card upon check-in.
"Approximately 75% of our guests travel with one or more mobile devices, and it is even higher among 25-35 year olds – a group that will make up a much larger proportion of our guests over the next three years," says George Corbin, senior vice president, Marriott Digital. "Millions of customers already use Marriott Mobile to quickly book a hotel, check-in, or check out. Now, Apple Pay can make it virtually effortless."
Apple releases Security Update 2015-002 for the Mac
Apple has released Security Update 2015-002 for the Mac. It patches the FREAK security flaw on Mac OS X 10.8 and higher.
"FREAK" (Factoring Attack on RSA-EXPORT Keys) that leaves devices vulnerable to hacking when they visit hundreds of thousands of supposedly secure Web sites, including Whitehouse.gov, NSA.gov and FBI.gov., reports the Washington Post. You can install Security Update 2015-002 on OS X Yosemite by choosing Apple menu > App Store, then selecting the Updates tab.
LaCie announces hard drive targeted to Apple's new MacBook
LaCie (www.lacie.com) has announced what it says is the world's first external hard drive with USB–C technology. The new LaCie Porsche Design Mobile drive supports USB–C devices including the MacBook that Apple introduced yesterday.
The drive's USB 3.0 interface delivers up to 100 MB/s. The LaCie Mobile Drive also features an enclosure made from 3 mm–thick solid aluminum.
The drive was designed especially for Mac users. It features the same aluminum finish as the latest MacBook. Plus, it's Time Machine compatible, so Mac users can use the LaCie Mobile Drive to back up files using built-in software. Thanks to the included adapter cable, it's even compatible with standard USB 3.0 (Type–A) or USB 2.0 ports.
LaCie Porsche Design Mobile is available in 500GB, 1TB, and 2TB versions. Pricing and availability haven't been announced.