Gravity Badgers 1.0 launched for Mac OS X
Wales Interactive has introduced Gravity Badgers 1.0 for Mac OS X (10.6 or later) with a launch discount of 50%. It's available for until Dec. 2 for US$2.99.
Here's how the game is described: "Step into the space suit of valiant Gravity Badger Captain T Bayback as he ventures into the deadly depths of deep space to save his friends, family and the universe itself from the threat of the deadly Evil Honey Badgers, aka the Hellsett. Featuring stunning eye candy HD graphics, a mind blowing 140 challenging levels, five big boss levels and an amazing soundtrack."
Just Mobile launches the AluBolt dock
Just Mobile has launched the US$49.95 Just Mobile AluBolt, a "high-design" dock for the iPhone and iPad mini. It's sports a curved backrest and Lightning connector.
The AluBolt is designed to allow total control of your docked device, even if it’s in a case. It's finished in high-grade aluminium and features an integrated USB cable to keep your iPhone or iPad mini charged, synched and ready to use. For more info go to just-mobile.com .
onOne Software announces availability of Perfect Photo Suite 8
onOneSoftware has released Perfect Photo Suite 8, a new version of the standalone photo editor that also integrates with Apple Aperture, Adobe Photoshop, Lightroom, and Photoshop Elements.
New features include: the Perfect Eraser, with content-aware fill technology; the Perfect Enhance module for essential photo adjustments; a new Browser that streamlines direct access to images wherever they are located; the Perfect Batch engine that applies presets to multiple images with a single click; and a re-engineered Perfect Effects module, with twice as many adjustable filters, customizable presets, and integrated FocalPoint technology.
These new tools and capabilities go along with Perfect Photo Suite’s eight modules, one-click presets, tools for automated enhancements, and more. They allow photographers to enhance, retouch, and stylize images in a layered workflow, replace backgrounds, create high-quality enlargements, and prepare images for output.
Perfect Photo Suite 8 is now...
Christmas Collection available on the Mac App Store
128bit Technologies has introduces Free Fonts - Christmas Collection 1.0, a new holiday collection of 25 free fonts. It's available for free at the Mac App Store in the Graphics & Design category.
Each royalty free font is in OpenType font format, and can be used for any personal and business project. They're cross-platform compatible.
The Free Fonts - Christmas Collection requires Mac OS X 10.6 or later. For more info go to http://www.macappware.com .
SintraWorks Releases PDF Nomad 2.3 for Mac OS X
SintraWorks has announced PDF Nomad 2.3, an update to its PDF editor for Mac OS X 10.7 Lion and up.
It offers an array of features, from simple text search and extraction, to file merging, page splitting, PDF form creation, markup and annotation, booklet creation and much more. Version 2.3 adds dragging selected text to the bookmarks list. Automatically link patterns to web addresses, print annotations only, and more.
PDF Nomad 2.3 is available as a single-user license for US$39.99 from the SintraWorks website; a demo is available. The app will be available soon from the Mac App Store.
World Clock Deluxe for Mac OS X ticks to version 4.11.3
MaBaSoft has revved World Clock Deluxe for Mac OS X (10.6 or later), to version 4.11.3.
It's a time tool for companies and organizations regularly communicating with people across the world, for frequent travelers, and for home users having family or friends in other countries or time zones. In version 4.11.3, 36 cities belonging to 16 different countries have been added to the World Clock Deluxe.
The "Hide World Clock Deluxe icon in the Dock" preference is saved now and new World Clock Deluxe versions will automatically hide the icon in the Dock when they're launched for the first time after having been installed. On Mac OS X 10.9 Mavericks, the icon in the Dock is now hidden or shown without restarting the World Clock Deluxe application.
World Clock Deluxe costs US$19 for new users. Version 4.11.3 is a free upgrade for registered users of version 4.x. For more info go to www.mabasoft.net .
Chronos pre-announces iTriumph for OS X Mavericks
Chronos has announced the forthcoming release of iTriumph, a Mac OS X Mavericks app for organizing your personal and business life.
"iTriumph integrates calendar, contact, and journal management in a single application," says Robert McCullough, vice president of Sales at Chronos. "Not only will iTriumph help users manage their current obligations and relationships, it will help them reflect on their lives and think big picture.”
Through Dec. 4, 2013, iTriumph is available for pre-order at a 50% discount (the regular price is US$49.99 for a single user license and $89.99 for a family pack). Users simply need to enter "preorder2013" when checking out to take advantage of this special offer. iTriumph will be released on Jan. 20, 2014.
The app features: day, week, month, year and list views; contact card and contact list views, a journal, daily notes, a task list, weather, event invitations, attendee availability status, alarms, resource scheduling, calendar sharing, CalDAV and CardDAV...
NS Logic announces 'extreme' wireless tethering system
NS Logic has announced XtremeTether, an "extreme" wireless tethering system for select Nikon and Canon DSLR cameras. It gives photographers complete wireless remote control tethering of their Nikon or Canon DSLR cameras, using a WiFi transmitter and free apps for Macs and iPads.
XtremeTether transmitter generates its own 802.11 WiFi network hot spot, allowing the device to work even in remote areas where no other computer or wireless network is present. The software is free and runs on Mac OS X and iOS 7.
XtremeTether is available now at a special introductory discounted price of US$199. It can be purchased at http://www.xtremetether.com .
Final Cut Pro X HandHeld effect released by FxFactory
FxFactory, a developer of visual effects tools for the post-production and broadcast markets, has introduced CineFlare Handheld to its family of plugins. It's built exclusively for Final Cut Pro X.
CineFlare Handheld allows editors to mimic the look one achieves using a handheld camera, such as whip pans, lens focusing and zooms, and even bumps and jitters. Users can choose from over 30 various tools and presets to add various zoom effects and lens movements as well as layer effects for endless variations.
CineFlare Handheld is available now through FxFactory for US$49. For more info go to http://tinyurl.com/kfy499q .
Candy Apple for Mac OS X sweetened to version 1.1
128bit Technologies has served up an update to Candy Apple, a vector based graphic design and illustration app designed for Mac OS X.
Version 1.1 adds two minor changes. The first now allows the app to support Mac OS X 10.6 with a fix that prohibited running the app on Snow Leopard. The second allows users to save the Help file as a readable PDF on their Mac.
Candy Apple is supported on Mac OS X 10.6 and higher (including OS X 10.9 Mavericks). It's available exclusively on the Mac App Store, for a limited time discount of US$14.99, a savings of 50% off the full price of $29.99. For more info go to http://www.macappware.com .
URL Extractor 4.1 optimized for Mac OS X Mavericks
Tension Software (www.tensionsoftware.com) has released URL Extractor to overs ion 4.1 It's Mac OS X software for extracting emails and URLs from the web and from local files in batch mode.
Version 4.1 sports an improved import engine and enhanced management of an optional startup document. It's also optimized for Mac OS X 10.9 Mavericks.
URL Extractor costs US$50. It's available at http://www.tensionsoftware.com and the Mac App Store.
Judge shoots down company's claim that it invented the...
A federal jury says didn't infringe the patent of a 70-year-old electrical engineer who claims he came up with the idea for the smartphone, reports "Bloomberg" (http://tinyurl.com/pkno2bb).
The jury in Los Angeles has rejected the claim by NetAirus Technologies, the company owned by inventor Richard L. Ditzik, that the iPhone infringes its patent for a handheld device that combines computer and wireless-communication functions over both a Wi-Fi and cellular telephone network.
NetAirus Technologies purportedly filed the patent application in 1997 for a handheld device that combines computer and wireless-communications functions over both a local-area network and a wide-area network. Apple said in court filings that its Newton message pad, with add-on hardware, could perform the same functions as those claimed by NetAirus’s patent as early as 1994.
Judge denies Samsung's emergency motion
Samsung's emergency motion to stay the recent retrial in its ongoing legal battle with Apple has seen another set-back.
According to "FOSS Patents" (http://tinyurl.com/k988atx), U.S. District Court Judge Lucy Koh denied the motion. Apple had argued that Samsung's request "crossed the bounds of reason."
Last week in a retrial the jury awarded Apple US$290 million damages. The total damages awarded to Apple from Samsung so far is $929 million.
Group accuses Apple suppler of violating worker rights
Biel Crystal Manufactory, a Hong-Kong based company that makes screens for Apple is purportedly violating workers' rights at its Chinese factories, reports "Reuters" (http://tinyurl.com/m5rdgt4).
The Students & Scholars Against Corporate Misbehaviour (SACOM) report said Biel Crystal, which makes iPhone screens, requires its employees to work 11-hour shifts, seven days a week, with only one day off each month. SACOM is a a Hong Kong rights group.
Employees are also often injured and not given reasonable compensation and have to sign blank contracts, the group says. Biel Crystal hasn't commented.
Power Manager for Mac OS X gets new authorization capabilities
DssW has announced Power Manager and Power Manager Professional 4.1.7 for Mac OS X. This release adds new authorization capabilities and improves support for OS X 10.9 Mavericks.
Power Manager is an energy saving solution for Mac OS X. It enables users to create energy saving schedules and to automate time-consuming tasks. It can power on a Mac, run a series of tasks, and power off the Mac without requiring any interaction.
Power Manager 4.1.7 adds an authentication object to the scheduling engine. The authentication object provides fine-grained control over who can access specific functionality within Power Manager. This is an administrator-focused feature that allows different capabilities to be provided to groups of users, such as staff, students, or guest users. The authentication object is flexible and based on OS X's authorization rights.
For more information, and to download a 30 day demonstration of Power Manager, go to http://www.dssw.co.uk/powermanager/ . Registration is...
DB-Text revved for OS X Mavericks
Tension Software (www.tensionsoftware.com) has released DB-Text 1.3, an update of the general use tool to open and edit data in text format on OS X. It's now compatible with Mac OS X 10.9 Mavericks.
DB-Text can import data both in CSV (comma separated value) text format or in TSV (tab separated value) text format coming from OS X, Windows, and Unix systems. It can automatically recognize the used format analyzing the content inside. Data can be manipulated and exported as text (as CSV, TSV, html or custom format selecting separators and other tags) or saved inside a native DB-Text document.
DB-Text requires Mac OS X 10.8 or 10.9. It costs US$6.99 and is available at the Mac App Store.
Penclic's Bluetooth B2 Mouse available at Brookstone.com
Penclic, creator of ergonomically functional and sleekly designed computer accessories, has released their Bluetooth B2 Mouse and entire product line at Brookstone.com.
The lightweight Bluetooth mouse functions like a pen for quick, precise movement and places "superior navigation at your fingertips, leading to better results and a more comfortable, relaxed working position, according to the folks at Penclic.
The Penclic Bluetooth B2 Mouse is wireless. Mac and PC compatible, it operates without the need for a mouse pad. The Penclic Bluetooth B2 Mouse is now available for US$89.95.
TeamViewer launches TeamViewer 9
TeamViewer, a provider of remote control and online meeting software, has launched TeamViewer 9 for Mac OS X, Windows, and Linux systems. It's an update of the software for access of remote computers over the Internet.
The latest version includes Wake-on-LAN, which allows users to turn on remote computers over the internet from their current device whether using a desktop, laptop, tablet or smartphone. The wake feature works via a router, or via another computer within the local network.
Additionally, TeamViewer 9 includes Service Queue. This feature provides IT support teams with the ability to manage, share and assign support requests within their team for instant customer support. Users can now also join remote support sessions simply by using a unique session code without the need to exchange an ID and password.
TeamView is free for private user. Business and corporate pricing starts at US$749. For more info go to www.teamviewer.com .
ProgCAD introduces iCADMac 2014
ProgeCAD has unveiled the new version of iCADMac 2014, an AutoCAD alternative for Mac users. The software provides full compatibility with DWG, the CAD standard format recognized worldwide, as well as a range of tools and features to enhance 2D design and 3D modeling.
Drawings created with iCADMac can be visualized and edited on an iPad, iPhone or iPod touch in the DWG and PDF file formats. Version 2014 is the first CAD software for Mac exclusively enabling export from DWG to 3D PDF to obtain an interactive 3D model of a project, displayable and editable simply with Adobe Reader.
For more information about iCADMac 2014, go to www.icadmac.com . A 30-day demo is available for download. Registration is US$795 for a single license (digital delivery).
Zevrix Deliver Express adds Mavericks support
Zevrix Solutions (www.zevrix.com) has released Deliver Express 2.3.18, a compatibility update to its solution to send and share files across the Internet and local networks automatically.
Deliver Express processes files from watched hot folders and can serve multiple users on a network while running unattended. It offers e-mail notifications, multi-destination delivery, file compression, detailed history and much more. The new version makes Deliver Express compatible with Mac OS X 10.9 Mavericks.
Deliver Express can be purchased from the Zevrix website, as well as from authorized resellers. The license prices are based on the maximum number of allowed destinations and range from US$29.95 to $299.95. The 2.3.18 update is free for licensed customers. A demo is available for download. Deliver Express requires Mac OS X 10.5-10.9.
WD introduces SSD+HDD dual drive
WD has released the WD Black dual drive, a storage solution innovation that fuses a 2.5-inch 120 GB solid state drive (SSD) with a 1TB hard disk drive (HDD) to offer a dual drive solution. It’s not yet Mac compatible, but this is planned for a later date, accord ing to WD.
It's designed for consumers and service providers looking to upgrade notebooks, small form factor desktops, and single-slot and all-in-one (AIO) systems with both SSD level performance and HDD capacity. The WD Black dual drive connects through a single cable and fits into a conventional 9.5 mm slot.
Utilizing the benefits of both flash and magnetic disks, WD Black dual drives offload data usage from the SSD to the HDD, which increases endurance and life of the SSD, says aid Matt Rutledge, senior vice president of WD's Storage Technology business unit. Users maintain greater data control, which can eliminate the need and expense of cloud-based storage, he adds.
WD Black is free of caching algorithms and benefits...
Global Delight releases Mac vrsion of Voila 3.6 for OS X...
Global Delight has released version 3.6 of Voila, its screen capture, recording and annotation tool for teachers and students, small business owners, developers and anyone who wants to make and annotate a screen shot, create a presentation, make a webinar or record any video or live streamed content. The upgrade is compatible with Mac OS X 10.9 Mavericks.
Voila sports a set of editing, annotation and effects tools that allows the user to create and add details to screenshots, tutorials, videos and presentations. Version 3.6 adds a revamped Text tool that allows more options for making screenshots better and more detailed.
The software is now localized to support German. Voila 3.6 adds knobs to the Capture and Object tools for easy maneuverability and packs a re-tooled Export panel for videos on Macs running OS X 10.7 and above.
Voila runs on any Intel based Mac with OS X 10.5.8.x or later. A seven day demo is available for download. Version 3.6 is a free upgrade for registered users...
Zevrix File Transfer app now supports Mac OS X 10.9 Mavericks
Zevrix Solutions (www.zevrix.com) has announced Deliver 2.4.6, a compatibility update to its automated file transfer solution for remote and local destinations.
Deliver lets users send files to FTP, SFTP, Amazon S3, WebDAV and other servers and offers automatic e-mail notifications, delivery to multiple destinations, file encryption, delivery history and other powerful capabilities. The new version makes Deliver compatible with recently released Mac OS X 10.9 Mavericks.
Deliver can be purchased from Zevrix website for US$19.95. A demo is aavailable for download. The update is free for licensed users of Deliver 2.x. Deliver requires Mac OS X 10.5 or higher.
iBox bundles utility apps into one package
TopLineSoft Systems has released iBox 1.0 for Mac OS X. It combines several apps into one package.
iDisk shows disk space distribution as interactive pie charts with drill-down capabilities to get space distribution chart for any subfolder. The app shows top list of all files/folders for the selected or highlighted chart sector and also provides in-app file/folder deletion function.
iDouble searches for the duplicates. The app shows summary statistics of the total size of found duplicates for each file type (video, audio, etc). The app also provides an in-app Quick Look view for any duplicate item and implements an auto-select function for duplicate detection.
iWiFi searches for WiFi networks and displays the information as a list of found networks, as well as spectrum and signal strength charts. A network table contains information about each found network and allows sorting, hiding, positioning and column width re-sizing for each list column. The app supports both 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz...
AKVIS revs Magnifier for Mac OS X to version 7
AKVIS has released AKVIS Magnifier 7.0, an update of its software for image resizing. It's available for Mac OS X and Windows as a standalone program and as a Photoshop plugin.
Version 7.0 — which runs on Mac OS X 10.4 and higher — offers native support for 64-bit technology, the Crop tool, the Share feature, compatibility improvements, and other changes. The upgrade is free for registered users. A demo is available for download.
As an automation plugin, Magnifier is compatible with Adobe Photoshop and Photoshop Elements. You'll find the Magnifier plugin in the Automate menu.
The product sells for US$89, downloadable from akvis.com . The functionality of the program depends on the license type. Consult the AKVIS website for more details about license types and versions of the software.
iOS Apple Apps offer a no obligation app design
For a limited time, the development team at iOS Apple Apps are offering a complementary app design for businesses.
To apply for this offer contact iOS Apple Apps (http://www.iosappleapps.com) with your company website. In return you'll see how an iOS Apple App would look and work for your business.
The complementary app design is free. Should you decide to go ahead with the app, iOS Apple Apps apps start as low as 400 GBP — that's a one-off payment with no monthly fees.
Apple updates Pages, Numbers, Keynote for OS X, iOS
Apple has updated the Mac versions of its iWork apps—Pages, Numbers, and Keynote —to version 5.0.1, 3.0.1, and 6.0.1, respectively. The company has also updated the iOS versions of the productivity tools.
The upgrades for the Mac versions of the software restore some of the features left out of the recent revamping of the apps. Among them are the ability to customize your toolbar. Also, the Keynote update restores some missing transitions and other effects. The updates are available at the Mac App Store.
The iOS versions of, Pages and Numbers received bug fixes. The upgrades are available at the Mac App Store and Apple App Store.
Easy Markdown optimized for OS X Mavericks
Tension Software (www.tensionsoftware.com) has updated Easy Markdown, an app that lets you create web pages without coding, to version 1.2. The new version is optimized for Mac OS X 10.9 Mavericks.
Text written in Markdown is a plain text, which looks correctly to humans as text and automatically translates in a correctly web pages coded in HTML, according to the folks at Tension Software. Using the markdown rules the user "can create nice formatted text and automatically have good looking web pages," they add.
Easy Markdown requires Mac OS X 10.8 or higher. It's available for US$5.99 at the Mac App Store.
HeartMath adds Gamification, Lightning iOS sensor
HeartMath has announced the Inner Balance lightning sensor for iOS, as well as HeartCloud, a free online platform with gamification features that allows users to sync devices and stress management data in one location.
Both new technologies are compatible and work with the Inner Balance (http://bit.ly/11HKbzl). The Inner Balance trainer (IBT) provides a digital solution to identify levels of stress and provide a path on how to quickly an effectively negate it. Utilizing the ear sensor and iOS app, IBT visually guides the user on how to sync breathing with heart rhythms, quickly achieving coherence and reducing feelings of stress and anxiety.
HeartCloud (www.HeartCloud.com) can be directly accessed through Inner Balance and other HeartMath products. Charts show session results, daily and average coherence, and achievement scores over time. It allows the hundreds of thousands of HeartMath users to build on progress, earn rewards, learn best practice tips, and have private universal...
Zevrix Graphic Inspector now supports OS X 10.9 Mavericks
Zevrix Solutions presents Graphic Inspector 1.7.27, a compatibility update to its quality control solution for images and vector graphic files. It checks batches of files for potential problems according to specific workflow requirements.
Graphic Inspector provides graphic professionals of any trade with the most exhaustive info on multiple images and vector graphic files, saving the time and hassle of checking them manually. The new version introduces full support for Mac OS X 10.9 Mavericks.
Graphic Inspector can be purchased from the Zevrix web site (www.zevrix.com) for US$39.95, as well as from authorized resellers. It's free with purchase of PDF Checkpoint or InPreflight Pro for Adobe InDesign. A demo is available for download. The 1.7.27 update is free for users of previous versions. Graphic Inspector requires Mac OS X 10.5-10.9.
Graf & Lantz release MacBook Sleeves
Designer Holger Gräf and Daniel Lantz of Gräf & Lantz have announced an exclusive color collection of MacBook Pro and MacBook Air cases hitting Apple stores across the USA and Canada in time for the 2013 holiday gift buying season.
Gräf & Lantz (www.graf-lantz.com) created versions of their best-selling laptop sleeves for the 11- and 13-inch MacBook Air and 13- and 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display (US$59.95). Crafted of Merino wool felt and leather, they're inspired by the intersection of opposites; the most advanced technology protected by the world's oldest textile.
Jury gives more of Samsung's money to Apple in retrial
The jury has reached a verdict in a retrial to determine what additional damages Samsung owes Apple, ruling the Korean company must pay US$290,456,793 more to its rival, reports "CNET" (http://tinyurl.com/nm4z7xq).
That brings Apple's total award to about $900 million.The amount is close to the $380 million more Apple requested but much higher than the $52 million Samsung said it owed.
Last year a jury last year ruled that Samsung had infringed on five Apple patents related to the iPhone's design and functionality. Earlier this year a judge vacated about $450 million of the original award and ordered a new jury to convene to recalculate the damages for patent infringement. Along with the newly awarded money, Samsung also is on the hook for about $600 million in damages from the first trial.
LaCie's Rugged USB 3.0 Thunderbolt series gets double the...
LaCie says its Rugged USB 3.0 Thunderbolt Series hard drive is now available in a 2TB version. With double the storage of its predecessor, the new LaCie Rugged is the highest capacity bus–powered storage solution with Thunderbolt technology on the market, according to Erwan Girard, Lacie's professional business manager.
Plus, the 2TB model achieves speeds up to 127MB/second, a 15% increase from the previous version. It sports USB 3.0 and Thunderbolt ports/
The LaCie Rugged USB 3.0 Thunderbolt Series 2TB HDD, design by Neil Poulton, is available through the LaCie Online Store (www.lacie.com) and LaCie resellers for a manufacturer's suggested retail price of US$299.99. And a Thunderbolt cable is included.
Bryston introduces the BUC-1 Digital to Digital Converter
Bryston has introduced the BUC-1, a special purpose digital to digital converter that enables music enthusiasts to use their computer as a high resolution music source even though their existing Digital to Analog Converter (DAC) doesn't feature asynchronous USB capability.
The converter allows for native 24 bit resolution at sampling rates up to 192 kHz. The BUC-1 takes a standard USB output from the computer and delivers bit-perfect data via either an AES/EBU or S/PDIF output to any DAC, says Bryston’s James Tanner. “
The BUC-1 differentiates itself from competitive USB solutions in several critical ways including a "robust linear" power supply design, he adds. This isn't a device that's bus-powered via the USB cable.
The manufacturer's suggested retail price for the BUC-1 is US$799. It will be available Jan. 1. For more info go to http://www.bryston.com .
Wren Sound Systems introduces Bluetooth platform
Wren Sound Systems has announced the Wren V5BT Bluetooth Speaker. It's designed using old-school audio materials and build quality and engineered to "deliver rich, room-filling sound from any Bluetooth-equipped device and stunning sound performance when paired with a source device powered by CSR aptX," says President and CEO Mike Giffin.
It has a wood finish and works with iOS, Android, Windows and Blackberry smartphones. It sports two custom-designed 3-inch long throw drivers with four layer voice coils. High frequencies are rendered silky and natural by a pair of edge-driven, wide dispersion 19mm soft dome tweeters optimally positioned on the front baffle to create a wide, realistic soundstage that floats high and free above the stereo cabinet, says Giffin. The system is powered by Intersil’s D2 50-watt DSP-controlled class D amplifier, enabling room-filling sound without breakup or distortion.
The Wren V5BT is available and shipping now in rosewood for US$399 at www.wrensound.com...
Maintain serves up Cocktail 6.8.2 (Mountain Lion Edition)
Maintain has served up Cocktail 6.8.2 (Mountain Lion Edition), the latest maintenance update for users running OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion.
Cocktail is a general purpose utility for OS X that lets users clean, repair and optimize their Mac. Version 6.8.2 adds support for Opera Next and fixes a number of other bugs discovered in the previous version.
Cocktail 6.8.2 (Mountain Lion Edition) requires OS X Mountain Lion 10.8. Cocktail (Mavericks Edition) for OS X 10.9, Cocktail (Lion Edition) for OS X 10.7 and Cocktail (Snow Leopard Edition) for OS X 10.6 are available for download from the Maintain website. Cocktail costs US$10 for a single user license and is available for purchase from the Maintain website (http://maintain.se/cocktail).
New Quark App Studio optimized for iOS 7
Quark Software has announced an updated App StudioM for individuals and companies creating apps for iOS devices, including the iPad Air, new iPad mini, iPhone 5S and 5C.
App Studio is digital publishing software that uses HTML5 to transform InDesign and QuarkXPress layouts into interactive mobile and Web apps. It can also automate the production of digital publications with XML.
The updated version of App Studio represents a redesign "that embraces the simplicity, elegance and user experience principles embodied by iOS 7." There's a New Store Page design with customizable banners and more opportunity for promoted content.
Other features of the update include: one touch issue previews; a sliding "Hamburger" menu for quick access to app features, such as table of contents, bookmarks and notes; a full-screen experience; control over the color theme used throughout an app with theming feature; simplified bookmarking and note taking including full screen editing' and more.
iMovie 10.0.1 adds support for older video cards
Apple has released iMovie 10.0.1. The update adds support for "some older video cards," and addresses problems some users have when working with projects created in earlier versions of the software.
The update expands compatibility with older Macs. iMovie 10.0.1 is available at the Mac App Store.
Tension Software announces Password Repository 3.1.1 for OS X
Tension Software (www.tensionsoftware.com) has updated Password Repository for Mac OS X to version 3.1.1. It's an app for managing all your passwords and all the related data in a safe way on your Mac. Version 3.1.1 improves the software's import/export functionalities.
Password Repository is document-based and allows you to manage an unlimited numbers of documents. Any document you create is protected by a "master password" with AES-256 encryption algorithm, using the latest native Cocoa libraries by Apple.
Password Repository requires Mac OS X 10.8 or later. It costs US$20 for new users. Upgrades to version 3.x from previous versions is $10.
ChronoSync and ChronoAgent for Mac OS X updated
Econ Technologies has updated ChronoSync to version 4.4.3 and ChronoAgent for Mac to version 1.4.4. This update includes several fixes to ChronoSync and ChronoAgent including a couple of issues that were introduced by Mavericks.
What's more Econ Technologies has announced their first-ever Thanksgiving-Black Friday-Small Business Saturday-Cyber Monday sale. ChronoSync will be on sale from Nov. 28 through Dec. 2. That's 25% off the regular price.
ChronoSync is the US$40 automated synchronization and backup application for Mac OS X that can synchronize, backup, and create bootable backups. ChronoAgent ($10) runs on a Mac and provides a direct connection to ChronoSync on another Mac or InterConneX on an iPhone or iPad. InterConneX (free) brings file sharing and file management to the iPhone and iPad. For more info go to econtechnologies.com .
Kut is new plugin for Photoshop CS 5.5 and higher
Kwiksher has introduced Kut, a plugin for Adobe Photoshop CS5.5 and higher. Built for designers and illustrators working with developers to create interactive eBooks, games, magazines, and business apps, it simplifies the process of creating content for iOS and Android devices.
The plugin also creates icons and generates a Developer Report. The report can generate image and text data information to any platform or software development kit (SDK) available in the market, says Alex Souza, CEO and founder of Kwiksher.
Kut has an introductory price of US$19.99until end of December. After that, it returns to the regular $24.99 price. For more info go to http://www.kwiksher.com/kut .
Alchemist Guild introduces Desktops for Mac OS X
The Alchemist Guild has announced Desktops for Mac. It's designed to bring the experience of multiple desktops to your Mac with features to help you visually organize and manage your commonly used files in one location.
Desktops provides unlimited customizable multiple desktops. It offers three modes: full screen over the Finder desktop, normal window or as a menu bar app.
Groups is a Desktops feature that can help you save space by merging files into single icon that can be navigated without opening new windows or creating folders in the Finder.
The app's Containers are like groups which arrange files as a list inside the Desktop to save space or visually organize related files. In Desktops a folder can be either a normal folder which opens as a new window in the Finder or as a Stack that you can navigate from a popup window in Desktops.
Desktops is priced at US$4.99 USD and will run on any Mac with 10.8 or higher installed including 10.9 Mavericks. For more info go to http://...
Watch Folders released for Mac OS X
Devulder Software has released Watch Folders for Mac OS X (10.6.6 and higher). It costs US$2.99 and is available at the Mac App Store.
The software keeps track of all events for a selected directory. It informs you of any changes, creation, deletion of files live. You can print or save the list of events at any time. The software is available in English and French. To buy it go to http://tinyurl.com/pv2x7dm .
Motrr ships Bluetooth Galio for the iPhone iPod touch
Motrr is now shipping the Bluetooth version of its Galileo robotic dock. It's compatible with the iPhone 5/5S/5C, iPhone 4S and iPod touch (5th generation).
Using the US$3.99 AirBeam app with Galileo, users can turn an iPhone or iPod touch into a real-time HD video and audio monitoring system, watching the stream on a second smartphone, tablet or web browser. Users can even set up multiple Galileos to view multiple screens simultaneously.
The free Presence app also allows for remote surveillance over Wi-Fi and cellular data so users can monitor their home, garage, office or other areas of interest from anywhere. Settings can be customized to send alerts and short video clips when motion is detected.
The $149.95 Motrr Galileo is available in two versions — Bluetooth (compatible with iPhone 5/5S/5C, iPhone 4S and iPod touch 5th generation) and 30-pin (compatible with iPhone 4/4S, iPhone 3GS and iPod touch 4th generation). Learn more about Motrr at motrr.com ; you can browse the full...
Ableton Live 9.1 update includes dual monitor support
Ableton (www.ableton.com) has given us Live 9.1,- the latest version of the company's flagship music software. This update is free to all users of Live 9 and provides several new features and improvements.
The 9.1 update delivers the ability to open two windows simultaneously on either one or two monitors. You can open Arrangement and Session Views side by side, or view Live's sample display or MIDI note editor in a separate window.
For Push users, the update to Live 9.1 introduces new melodic step sequencing capabilities. Notes may now be entered manually or played by hand in real time via Push's pads. Additionally, all of Live's automatable parameters can now be step-sequenced and edited directly from Push's encoders.
Live 9.1 also introduces a new rendering algorithm for better quality audio when exporting from higher to lower sample rates — for instance, when going from 96kHz to 44.1kHz. The update also brings a host of minor tweaks, bug fixes and improvements. All registered...
IGG Software rings up iBank 5
IGG Software has released iBank 5, a full-version upgrade to its popular money management program for Mac OS X. Among dozens of new features and improvements, iBank 5 delivers improved importing of bank transactions, enhanced budgets, better investment support, and online bill pay.
The app also offers automatic account updates via Direct Access, IGG’s exclusive service for bank connections worldwide. IGG President Ian Gillespie says iBank 5 will connect to most major U.S. banks from within the app, allowing users to schedule and send payments, track those transactions and categorize the expenses, all with easy in-app set-up and a few simple clicks.
An Update Everything button on the iBank 5 toolbar imports all transactions from directly connected accounts, syncs devices, updates securities prices, and downloads current Direct Access data. Even users with many accounts, diverse investments and finances in multiple currencies may never have to enter another transaction manually, says...
Native Instruments introduces Resonate Blaze Expansion for...
Native Instruments has released Resonate Blaze, a bass music Maschine Expansion designed exclusively for the new Maschine 2.0 software.
Infused with booming bass sounds, sharp drum kits, cinematic atmospheres, sound effects and loops, Resonate Blaze is designed for producers of drum and bass, as well as contemporary dubstep and trap styles. Resonate Blaze utilizes sidechaining and plate reverb effects in its sound design.
The 37 sampled drum kits and 250 versatile patterns deliver a variety of sounds and possibilities designed for bass heavy tracks. Many of these drum kits are characterized by sounds designed for the new Maschine Drum-Synth modules.
Resonate Blaze is available now at the NI Online Shop for US$49. For more info go to www.native-instruments.com/resonantblaze .
Seven 2.0 for Mac OS X adds Git support
Dalamser has announces Seven 2.0, a formatted text editor/simple word processor with particular support for Version Control System users and technical writers writing documentation for OS X applications.
Seven offers all the standard features of formatted text editors and more. Version 2.0 contains such enhancements as support for Git in addition to Subversion, interworking with OS X Versions, and more.
Seven 2.0 costs US$4.99 and is available worldwide through the Mac App Store in the Productivity category. For more info go to http://www.dalamser.com/Seven .
PDF Checkpoint Now Supports Mac OS X 10.9 Mavericks
Zevrix Solutions has rolled out PDF Checkpoint 1.5.3, a compatibility update to its PDF preflight and conversion solution.
PDF Checkpoint automatically preflights, exports as images, splits and optimizes Adobe PDF files. The program is equally suitable to process hundreds of files as well as single PDF documents. The new version makes PDF Checkpoint compatible with Mac OS X 10.9 Mavericks.
PDF Checkpoint can be purchased from the Zevrix Solutions website (www.zevrix.com) for US$59.95, as well as from authorized resellers. PDF Checkpoint is bundled with free Graphic Inspector software (a $39.95 value). The 1.5.3 update is free to licensed users. A demo is available for download. PDF Checkpoint requires Mac OS X 10.5-10.9.
iFlicks 2 for OS X sports redesigned interface
Jendrik Bertram has announced iFlicks 2, the first major update of iFlicks for Mac OS X.
iFlicks has integrated video muxing and encoding capabilities for users to choose the best option to import their video files into iTunes and automatically complete them with metadata and artwork. Version 2.0 features a redesigned and more powerful interface, improved chapter and subtitle support, faster processing, and more powerful rules.
iFlicks requires Mac OS X 10.7.4 or later and iTunes 11; the price is US$9.99 for new users. Special pricing is available via the Mac App Store. For more info go to www.iflicksapp.com .