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Oct 19
Apple addresses laptop anti-reflective coating issues

Apple has issued an internal notice about a new Quality Program that addresses anti-reflective coating issues on MacBook and MacBook Pro models with Retina displays, reports MacRumors ( These issues include the anti-reflective coating on displays sometimes wearing off or delaminating.

In a support document (, Apple says it as 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.

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;

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Oct 19
CodeSwitch for Mac OS X automatically converts Objective-C code...

Nextep has released CodeSwitch 1.0, a development code converter for Mac OS X. It converts legacy Objective-C code into Apple's Swift programming language.

Converting legacy code to Swift with CodeSwitch is as simple as performing a simple copy-and-paste of the code, says John Stickle, the developer of CodeSwitch. Users need only to highlight the declaration (.h files), statement (.m files), or Type/Operator code they wish to convert, copy it to the Mac's clipboard, and then paste it into The CodeSwitch editor.

Conversion is then as simple as pressing the "Convert" button. Once the code is converted into Swift syntax, all that is then needed is to copy the converted code to the Mac's clipboard, and then paste it into a new Swift-based Xcode project.

CodeSwitch 1.0 costs $8.99 and requires Mac OS X Yosemite or El Capitan. It’s available worldwide exclusively through the Mac App Store (http...

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Oct 19
Tropical Software announces TopXNotes for iOS 1.5

Tropical Software says its TopXNotes for iOS is now a “Freemium Suite” comprised of TopXNotes Free, TopXNotes, and TopXNotes Pro.

TopXNotes 1.5 for iOS features note creation and editing in landscape and portrait modes, emailing a note, backup/restore to the device, clickable hot links, and note synchronization (NoteSync) with TopXNotes for Mac. The TopXNotes family will keep your notes synchronized between TopXNotes for Mac and TopXNotes for iOS.

TopXNotes 1.5 for iOS costs US$1.99. It’s available worldwide exclusively at the Apple App Store ( in the Productivity category.

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Oct 16
DEVONthink, DEVONnote get OS X El Capitan support

DEVONtechnologies has updated all editions of its intelligent information and document manager DEVONthink as well as the smart notebook DEVONnote. Version 2.8.7 brings compatibility changes for OS X El Capitan, a faster and more reliable synchronization, and improved Evernote import. The updates are free and recommended for all users.

In addition the built-in synchronization both between Macs and from Mac to iOS has been overhauled for reliability and speed. Importing or indexing files is up to twice as fast as in previous versions. DEVONthink 2.8.7 improves taking over notes from Evernote by grouping attachments and cross-linking them. It imports all images regardless how they were originally created by Evernote.

Other improvements in DEVONthink 2.8.7 include more comfortable navigation within PDF documents, better PDF printing, and fullscreen support for videos from web views. The extension of text files containing tabular data is no longer changed which increases...

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Oct 15
Johns Hopkins Epilepsy ResearchKit study uses the Apple Watch

Johns Hopkins ( researchers have introduced EpiWatch, designed to use Apple Watch to collect patient data through Apple's open source ResearchKit. The app, which runs on Apple Watch and iPhone, collects data from patients with epilepsy before, during and after their seizures. It's the first to use ResearchKit with Apple's smartwatch.

Over 2.5 million people are living with epilepsy in the United States. The data gathered by the app, including physiological changes, altered responsiveness and other characteristics of recurrent seizures, will be used by researchers to better understand epilepsy and to develop new methods for monitoring and managing the disease and the role of technology, says Gregory Krauss, M.D., professor of neurology at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.

"The app also provides helpful tracking of seizures, prescription medication use...

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Oct 15
Apple announces new ResearchKit Studies

Apple has announced that ResearchKit ( ) is enabling new research studies on autism, epilepsy and melanoma. ResearchKit turns an iPhone into a tool for medical research by helping doctors, scientists and other researchers gather data more frequently and more accurately from participants using iPhone apps.

With ResearchKit, study participants can review an interactive informed consent process, easily complete active tasks or submit survey responses, and choose how their health data is shared with researchers, making contributions to medical research easier than ever. Researchers and developers have already contributed to ResearchKit, with more than 50 researchers adding to the open source framework.

"We’re honored to work with world-class medical institutions and provide them with tools to better understand diseases and ultimately help people lead healthier lives...

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Oct 15
Maintain serves up Cocktail 9.0.2 (El Capitan Edition)

Maintain ( has announced Cocktail 9.0.2 (El Capitan Edition), the latest maintenance update for users running OS X El Capitan 10.11.

Cocktail is a general purpose utility for OS X that lets users clean, repair and optimize their Macs. This version addresses some compatibility issues with System Integrity Protection and contains overall performance improvements.

Cocktail costs US$19 for a single user license and is available for purchase from the Maintain website. When unregistered, Cocktail runs in demo mode and will expire after the tenth launch.

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Oct 15
Business Card Shop 7 for Mac OS X has been redesigned, gets maps...

Chronos has announced Business Card Shop 7, an upgrade to its business card software for Mac OS X (10.11 or later). The new version includes a completely redesigned interface plus maps integration so users can more easily show their customers exactly where their place of business is located.

Business Card Shop supports 700-plus card stocks, including those from Avery, PaperDirect, NEATO, and more. It comes with over 210 pre-designed templates for over 210 different professions. It also comes with a collection of artwork (over 1.4 GB in size) from artists all over the world.
A fully functional, 30-day trial version can be downloaded from Chronos' website ( It costs $39.99 for a single user license and $69.99 for a family pack.

Registered customers of SOHO Business Cards 1.x to 3.x or Business Card Shop 4.x to 6.x can upgrade to version 7 for $25. See the Chronos...

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Oct 15
Video Converter for Mac revved to version 4.2.0

321Soft ( has introduced Video Converter for Mac 4.2.0, an upgrade of the all-in-one video converter, downloader, and editor for Mac OS X 10.6 and higher.

The app allows users to convert any video files to any format with 100 percent lossless quality and 30X faster conversion speed. You can download online videos with one click on 200-plus sites. Video Converter 4.2.0 supports trim video clips, crop video, rotate video, join videos into one. With it you can add subtitles, watermark, and special effects, as well as edit video codecs, bit rate, frame rate, sample rate, channel, video/audio quality and more.

For new users 321Soft Video Converter for Mac costs US$34.95. A demo is available for download. The version 4.2.0 is a free upgrade for all existing users.

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Oct 14
MCE ships 1TB flash drive upgrade for original MB Pro with...

MCE Technologies ( is shipping a 1TB and a 500GB Flash Drive Upgrade Kit for the 13-inch and 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina Display (mid 2012 - early 2013).

Each kit includes a USB 3.0 enclosure for the original flash drive to facilitate data transfer, all tools required to perform the installation, an illustrated installation guide, and drive cloning software. The 1TB Flash Drive Kit retails for US$479 and the 500GB Kit for $279.

The upgrade kits install in place of the existing flash drive in the Mac laptops. They're based on the SATA-III architecture in those machines and can transfer data at speeds of up to 550MB/sec when reading, and 520MB/sec when writing.

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Oct 14
RSS Follower is a new news reader app for OS X

Aperio Lux has introduced RSS Follower, a new Mac OS X app for reading news. It provides instruments to navigate through the news, as well as to download any attachments, podcasts, or other enclosures that you're interested in.

Using the built-in News Browser, users can not only read or share news, which were added through an RSS feed, but also move on to other news posted on the same news site

RSS Follower requires Mac OS X Yosemite. It's free (though it does tout a $4.99 "ultimate package" in-app purchase) and is available at the Mac App Store in the News category.

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Oct 14
Buy FileMaker Pro 14 through Dec. 18, get a second copy free

FileMaker, Inc. ( has announced a Buy One, Get One Free promotion for FileMaker Pro 14 and FileMaker Pro 14 Advanced.

This worldwide limited-time offer allows those who purchase either product to receive a second downloadable copy of the same product for free (valued at US$329 or US$549, respectively) from FileMaker. Now, those who purchase FileMaker software through Dec. 18 can provide a copy of FileMaker Pro 14 or FileMaker Pro 14 Advanced to new staff members and teams or as a gift to a favorite charity.

The offer applies only to FileMaker Pro 14 or FileMaker Pro 14 Advanced and is limited to one gift request per person, household or company. The promotion is valid only for the downloadable versions of the products purchased from the FileMaker Store.

The free versions are fully working, not-for-resale versions of FileMaker Pro 14 or FileMaker Pro 14 Advanced for Windows...

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Oct 14
PDFConverter now compatible with OS X El Capitan

Cisdem has updated PDFConverterOCR for Mac to address compatibility with OS X El Capitan.

Cisdem is the PDF Converter with OCR ability, which can convert both normal and scanned PDF documents or images into other popular documents (including Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Text, Rtfd, ePub, HTML, Keynote, Pages, and Image) while preserves original tables, text, fonts, images, graphics and hyperlinks.

Cisdem PDFConverterOCR is available now through the Cisdem website ( A demo is available. A single user license of PDFConverterOCR is available for US$59.99.

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Oct 14
FastCut RT for Mac OS X dashes to version 3.1.8

Times for Fun has announced FastCut 3.1.8 RT for OS X. The app offers video editing in real-time.

FastCut brings 3D motion and effects keyframe animation, masking and keying, video transition and filter+special effects, an integrated ATSUI live title editor with title effects and more. Version 3.1.8 brings several new enhancements and bug fixes including an El Capitan compatibility issue.

The product is available directly from Times for Fun ( for approximately US$33. It requires OS X 10.5 aka Leopard or later. A demo is available for download. Version 3.1.8 is a free upgrade for registered users.

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Oct 14
Desktop Informant upgraded for OS X El Capitan

Web Information Solutions ( has upgraded Desktop Informant, a calendar/task app for Mac OS X, adding support for El Capitan and a new Stacked Week View.

There are also companion products available on iOS and Android so you can sync your data across myriad devices. Desktop Informant requires Mac OS X Yosemite. It costs US$29.99.

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Oct 13
Dell's buyout of EMC (and VMware) is the largest tech...

Dell is buying EMC, a cloud computing and storage company, for US$67 billion. It's the largest technology industry acquisition to date.

Dell, of course, makes Windows-based personal computers. EMC provides data storage, information security, virtualization, analytics, cloud computing and other products and services that enable businesses to store, manage, protect, and analyze data. VMware, which makes such products as VMmare Fusion (which allows users to run Windows on a Mac without rebooting), is a subsidiary of EMC.

The deal should help privately held Dell diversify from a "stagnant" consumer PC market and give it greater scale in the more profitable and faster-growing market for cloud-based data services, according to Reuters ( By combining Dell's server businesses with EMC's storage and virtualization assets, the new, enlarged company will have a broader range...

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Oct 13
iMovie for Mac OS X adds support for 4K video

Along with revving the iMac line with all Retina displays, Apple has updated iMovie for Mac OS X to version 10.1, adding support for creating, editing, and sharing movies at 4K resolution (3840 x 2160).

You can view pixel-for-pixel 4K video while editing a movie on an iMac with Retina 5K display. (4K export requires a Mac from 2011 or later with at least 4GB of RAM. Full resolution 4K display id supported on an iMac with Retina display or a Mac Pro (2013 or later) when connected to a 4K display.

According to Apple's notes, the upgrade allows you to:

° Create and share movies with 1080p HD video at 60 frames per second;

° Import movies and trailers from iMovie for iOS (version 2.2 and later), so you can start editing on an iOS device and finish on your Mac.

iMovie 10.1 has a redesigned media view that lets you see more of your library while browsing videos and photos. The Projects view has been tweaked to make it easier to find and open your movies...

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Oct 13
Ockham is a new analysis app for Mac OS X

KnowledgeMiner Software has introduced Ockham 1.0 for Mac OS X Yosemite (and higher), an app for performing sensitivity analyses for a number of model parameters.

It's based on self-organizing analysis concepts, and it is designed as a tool in academic research and for industry practitioners across a wide spectrum of disciplines including but not limited to environmental engineers, pharmaceutical scientists, oil and gas reservoir simulation engineers, government agencies and local authorities.

Ockham reads data representing a mathematical model in an open Excel worksheet to perform a global sensitivity analysis of the model. The app's approach to global sensitivity analysis considers both single parameters and interactions between model parameters

Ockham 1.0 pricing starts at US$15 and is available at the KnowledgeMiner Software website ( A demo version is...

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Oct 13
Apple updates its entire iMac family

Apple has updated the entire iMac family, bringing a Retina 4K display to the 21.5-inch iMac for the first time and the Retina 5K display to every 27-inch iMac. The revved all-in-ones also sport more powerful processors and graphics, two Thunderbolt 2 ports and new storage options.

The 21.5-inch iMac is available with the all-new Retina 4K display featuring 4096 x 2304 resolution and 9.4 million pixels, 4.5 times more than the standard 21.5-inch iMac display. Every 27-inch iMac now comes with a Retina 5K display with 14.7 million pixels, seven times more pixels than an HD display.

The new Retina 5K and 4K displays feature a wider P3-based color gamut that provides a 25 percent larger color space, and with more available colors, images are more vivid, reveal even greater detail and appear more lifelike than ever, says Schiller.

The new 27-inch iMac with Retina 5K display now comes with sixth-generation Intel Core processors and the latest AMD high-performance...

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Oct 13
IK Multimedia introduces iRig keys USB

IK Multimedia has announced iRig Keys 25, iRig Keys 37 and iRig Keys 37 PRO. These three new MIDI keyboard controllers are specifically designed with mobile Mac and PC musicians in mind.

Each one offers a different keyboard layout and size: iRig Keys 25 comes with 25 mini-keys, iRig Keys 37 comes with 37 mini-keys and iRig Keys 37 PRO comes with 37 full-sized keys. All three come loaded with all the features and controls required for portable performance.

All three keyboard controllers come bundled with SampleTank 3 SE, a special version of the sound and groove workstation for Mac/PC. It features an expandable 6.5GB sample library with instruments in categories that cover everything from acoustic to electronic and beyond.

When users register their keyboard controller, they'll also get a spread of free instrument collections. These collections include The Grid, a collection of electronic construction kits and drum kits plus five instrument collections of the...

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Oct 13
Apple ebook antitrust monitoring coming to an end

The U.S. Justice Department said it’s satisfied that Apple has implemented reforms to comply with antitrust laws even though it fought with a monitor appointed to oversee its sale of electronic books, reports Bloomberg (

The government has recommended that the monitoring not be extended. In a letter to the Manhattan federal judge who found in 2013 that Apple illegally conspired with publishers to set e-book prices, the U.S. said Apple has “now implemented meaningful antitrust policies, procedures, and training programs that were obviously lacking at the time Apple participated in and facilitated the horizontal price-fixing conspiracy found by this court.”

The Justice Department said Apple “never embraced a cooperative working relationship with the monitor.” Apple acknowledged its relationship with the monitor was “rocky at times,” but disagreed that it wasn’t...

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Oct 13
AKVIS Draw for OS X revved to version 3.0

AKVIS has introduced version 3.0 of AKVIS Draw for Mac OS X and Window. The software creates pencil drawings from photos.

Version 3.0 offers an improved photo to sketch effect, new tools and features. The image to drawing conversion algorithm has been totally reworked. The effect parameters have been changed. 
A new Refined Lines option lets you dynamically change the thickness of the strokes. In version 3.0, contours of the drawing look more accurately and precise. The program gives more control for changing the outlines of the image.

The revamped AKVIS Draw offers advanced color management (Home Deluxe, Business). The program has now three modes to change colors of the drawing: the possibility to choose the pencil and background colors, and the Bright Colors and Natural Colors options for creating a multicolor drawing.

Version 3.0 is a free upgrade for recent buyers. Users, whose license is not valid for the new version, can get Draw 3.0 for US$14.95. A...

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Oct 12
PFiddlesoft updates the PFAssistive Framework

PFiddlesoft has updated its PFAssistive Framework to version 3.5.0. The PFiddlesoft Frameworks are two frameworks that help developers write assistive Macintosh applications for persons with disabilities using Apple's Accessibility and Quartz Event Taps APIs (application programming interfaces) on OS X.

The PFAssistive Framework has been updated to add support for client applications that are written using the new Swift programming language. It also adds support for new accessibility features introduced by Apple late last month in OS X El Capitan, improved power, speed and efficiency, and a few minor bug fixes.

The frameworks are written using Objective-C. They support the Intel 64-bit architecture using reference counted memory management or ARC, and they support client applications written in Objective-C or Swift. Developers can now license the PFiddlesoft Frameworks for distribution or for use with their own products that use Apple's Accessibility and Quartz Event...

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Oct 12
BurningThumb Studios updates Virtual CD RW – Mac

BurningThumb Studios has released a new version of Virtual CD RW, its Mac virtual CD drive App. Version 2.0 of Virtual CD RW adds support for OS X El Capitan

It also fixed a problem where the Show in Finder menu item wasn't showing the bin/cue disk image files for a mounted image. Version 2.0 also improved responsiveness of the menu bar.

Virtual CD RW Mac is virtual CD drive for Mac that uses a disk image, although it appears to Mac OS X as if a CD has been inserted, making it possible to read from and burn to a virtual CD drive, instead of a real one.

Virtual CD RW is available for US$24.95 US. You can download it at .

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Oct 12
LinkOptimizer for Adobe InDesign Now Supports Mac OS X El Capitan

Zevrix Solutions has released LinkOptimizer 4.9.49, a compatibility update to its workflow automation solution for Adobe InDesign.

LinkOptimizer allows to reduce InDesign link size and speed up processing by eliminating excess image data, perform essential image adjustments, convert image formats and more. The new version makes LinkOptimizer compatible with the recently released Mac OS X 10.11 El Capitan.

LinkOptimizer can be purchased from the Zevrix website ( for US$259.95 (there's a "lite" version for $179.95). The update is free for LinkOptimizer 4.x users and $130 to upgrade from previous versions. LinkOptimizer requires Mac OS X 10.6-10.11 and Adobe InDesign and Photoshop CS3-CC 2015.

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