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Apr 01
Scholarships announced for FileMaker DevCon 2015

Molly Connolly of Thorsen Consulting and Cris Ippolite of iSolutions have announced a new scholarship opportunity available to FileMaker developers.

The scholarships have been established to encourage FileMaker developers wishing to take advantage of the many professional training and networking opportunities at DevCon (http://www.filemaker.com/learning/devcon/). The scholarship will cover the cost of a full conference pass to DevCon 2015. Connolly and Ippolite will select two developers for the award.

"We understand that when you're first starting out, funding a conference fee, hotel and airfare is not an easy thing to do," says Ippolite. "These two scholarships will make it possible for two  developers who would not normally be able to attend DevCon to join us."

Both Connolly and Ippolite have found DevCon sessions and professional networking...

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Apr 01
AKVIS announces new Easter Pack for ArtSuite

AKVIS (www.akvis.com) has announced a new frame pack for AKVIS ArtSuite, which lets you decorate their photos with frames and effects.

Extra frame packs can be installed to the program to increase its functionality. The new Easter Pack includes 50 designs. They include eggs, chicks and bunnies, and blooming flowers. You can use these frames to decorate your photos, prepare postcards, and more.

Note that the frame packs can only be used in the AKVIS ArtSuite Standalone program. To add a frame pack to ArtSuite, copy it into a folder selected in the program's preferences.

AKVIS ArtSuite, with all its frame packs, runs on Mac OS X 10.6 and higher. A demo is available for download. The ArtSuite standalone application sells for US$69; the price of the new frame pack is $15.

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Apr 01
HoudahSpot 4.0 also available in a German version

Houdah Software (www.houdah.com) has added a German localization to HoudahSpot 4.0, a file search tool for Mac OS X.

The utility builds upon Spotlight and is designed to make it both more powerful and easier to use. You can set up the search criteria, locations, sort order, result display options, etc. and save these settings as defaults for new searches. Version 4.0 has been completely reimagined for OS X Yosemite.

HoudahSpot 4.0 costs US$29 for a single-user license. A family license is available for $44. A full-featured demo is available for download. Upgrades from previous versions are priced at $17 and $26, respectively. HoudahSpot licenses purchased on or after Nov.1, 2014, qualify for a free upgrade.

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Apr 01
Yummy FTP update for Mac OS X reduces transfer fimes

Yummy Software has released Yummy FTP 1.10.2, an update to their FTP + SFTP + FTPS file transfer client for Mac OS X.

Yummy FTP focuses on speed, reliability and productivity. Its highly tuned multi-connection file transfer engine is coupled with an intelligent recovery system to automatically handle most all file transfer issues and more. Among other improvements, version 1.10.2 reduces transfer times in tests against popular rivals.

Yummy FTP requires Mac OS X 10.5.8 or later and costs US$24.99. It's available directly from Yummy Software (http://www.yummysoftware.com/) or from the Mac App Store in the Productivity category.

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Mar 31
WaterField Designs rolls out Vitesse cycling musette

WaterField Designs (www.sfbags.com) has announced the Vitesse, a cycling musette redesigned for multi-functional use.

Inspired by the classic bike musette, WaterField owner Gary Waterfield says he maintained the bag’s best features and added upgrades: enhanced comfort, improved materials and increased functionality. The resulting Vitesse is the quintessential bag for cyclists, commuters or travelers, he adds.

Crafted from waxed-canvas to give the bag some structure and full-grain leather for style, this lightweight musette bag is built to last. The quickly-adjustable nylon strap is thicker than the standard musette and is sewn at an angle for enhanced comfort.

Like a classic musette, the Vitesse has one main compartment, but WaterField adds a bit of depth to it as well as two interior pockets, leaving space for wallet, phone keys and a few larger items—lunch, books, or a tablet or laptop in a sleeve....

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Mar 31
ChronoSync 4.6 released on World Backup Day

Econ Technologies (www.econtechnologies.com) has released ChronoSync 4.6, an update of the Mac backup, bootable backup, and folder synchronizing app, on World Backup Day.

It works with any device you can connect to a Mac such as external drives, thumb drives, network volumes, remote Macs, or even a PC. A demo is available for download. Registration is US$49.99. Existing users update for free.

ChronoSync 4.6 adds SmartScan, an advanced algorithm for analyzing a volume for changes. File system analysis can often be the most time consuming part of a synchronization or backup. While SmartScan won’t copy your files any faster, detecting which ones need to be copied can see speed improvements. Version 4.6

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Mar 31
Ohanaware conjures up Magic for OS X

Ohanaware has released Magic, a photo enhancing application for Mac OS X. It was designed to improve the luminosity and colors of a photo based upon traditional photography techniques.

Complimenting the core functionality, Magic also includes vignette (with corner softness), border and a new stylize selector (which features Ohanaware's third generation Toning engine). Auto Enhancement will attempt to correct exposure, colors and red eye.

Ohanaware's real time effects engine is at the heart of magic, providing direct feedback to the user as options are adjusted and tweaked. Sixteen click syles are included in the app, so you can alter the photo's look with one tap on the trackpad or mouse.

Magic sharing supports Facebook, Flickr, Twitter, Apple Mail, Messages, AirDrop, iPhoto, Aperture and the upcoming Yosemite Photos app. A new split-view preview displays the original and edited image, with a divider down the middle that can be moved.

Magic is available...

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Mar 31
MacBackup Guru revved to version 4.0

MacDaddy has announced Mac Backup Guru 4.0 for OS X, an update to its utility and which has three main features.

It provides a contextual menu to copy and paste a bootable volume in the Finder It provides incremental Snapshots in OS X. And it provides straightforward clone/sync functionality.

Incremental Snapshots use only a small fraction of the disk space to store daily versioned backups which can be accessed via the Finder and appear to be standard copies. This is done by employing hardlinks to the original files for unaltered files. Mac Backup Guru  also offers the more traditional clone and sync functionality, with built in Contextual Menu Items in the Finder to make it easier access its capabilities and streamline the user interface.

Mac Backup Guru requires Mac OS X 10.7 or later. It costs US$39 and is available here (http://macdaddy.io/mac-backup-software...

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Mar 31
Freemium apps driving mobile ad growth

A new report from App Annie (http://www.appannie.com), an app market data analysis firm, and the International Data Corporation (www.idc.com) research group says mobile app revenues are beginning to displace other forms of monetization, including mobile browser and PC-based advertising. What's more, freemium and in-app advertising models driving the majority of growth among various business models.

"App Annie has tracked the growth of the mobile economy since its infancy, and we're really starting to see publishers hit their stride with mobile in-app revenue growing 1.7x last year," says App Annie CEO Bertrand Schmitt. "The continued innovation in mobile apps, monetization models and mobile advertising have driven significant growth in freemium and in-app advertising revenues. The space has matured significantly and publishers have the required ‘know-how...

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Mar 31
QuarkXPress 2015 will be available April 28

Quark Software says QuarkXPress 2015, the next major version of Quark’s design and layout tool for print and digital publishing, will be available on April 28.

The company says QuarkXPress 2015 will deliver increased performance with a new 64-bit architecture, efficient print and digital production and many of the most user-requested features. The new version of QuarkXPress will continue to be sold as a perpetual license.

Features include: 64-bit performance; verified PDF/X-4 output; larger page sizes, a dedicated orthogonal line tool;l fixed layout interactive ebooks; custom paper sizes; the ability to relink any picture in the usage dialog; the ability to collect for output for a complete project; user-definable shortcut keys on the Mac; tablet styles; a format painter; automatic footnotes and end notes; a faster table tool for Excel integration with table styles; text variables for automatically populating reoccurring fields – such as running headers; and more....

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Mar 30
Adobe launches Comp CC for the iPad

Adobe has released Adobe Comp CC, a free iPad app that enables the rapid creation of layout concepts for mobile, Web and print projects. It's available at the Apple App Store.

With Comp CC, designers can start layout-design projects on an Apple tablet, creating concepts that incorporate previously created assets and then move to the desktop where essential Adobe Creative Cloud tools, including Photoshop CC, Illustrator CC and InDesign CC, can be used to create production-quality work.

Comp CC extends the mobile and desktop workflows enabled by Creative Profile and Creative Cloud Libraries. Creative Cloud Libraries consist of design assets — such as images, colors, text styles, brushes and more — that members have created with Creative Cloud tools. And a member’s Creative Profile surfaces their libraries, as they move from app-to-app and desktop-to-device, in the right context — enabling members to effortlessly work across devices and apps.

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Mar 30
Fuddruckers serves up Apple Pay

Seventy-two of Fuddruckers (http://www.fuddruckers.com) company-owned fast casual restaurants throughout the country are now accepting Apple Pay, a new category of service that transforms mobile payments with an easy, secure and private way to pay.

According to Peter Tropoli, Chief Operating Officer of Luby's, Inc., "We're excited to provide Apple Pay, a convenience-oriented technology that pairs perfectly with our award-winning, fast casual fare," says Peter Tropoli, chief operating officer of Luby's Inc. Luby's operates restaurants under the brands Luby's Cafeteria, Fuddruckers and Cheeseburger in Paradise and provides food service management through its Luby's Culinary Services division.

Apple announced Apple Pay in September 2014, describing it as “a new category of service designed to transform mobile payments with an easy, secure and private way to pay.” It works with the iPhone 6 and...

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Mar 30
GoodTask 2 has been updated for Mac OS X Yosemite

Haha Interactive has released GoodTask 2 (http://goodtaskapp.com/mac), an update to their to-do/task manager application for Mac OS X.

GoodTask works on top of Apple's stock Reminders app. Completely re-imagined to fully feature Mac OS X 10.10 Yosemite, GoodTask 2 has been rebuilt from the ground to make it more powerful with better usability, according to the folks at Haha.

GoodTask 2 is a free update for existing users and is now on sale at 25% off for a limited time: US$14.99 instead of $19.99). It's available worldwide through the Mac App Store in the Productivity category. It is a free update for existing users.

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Mar 27
Micron, Intel unveil new 3D NAND flash memory advancements

Micron Technology (www.micron.com) and Intel (www.intel.com) have announced the availability of their 3D NAND technology, the world's highest-density flash memory.
 
This new 3D NAND technology, which was jointly developed by the two companies, stacks layers of data storage cells vertically with "extraordinary precision" to create storage devices with three times higher capacity than competing NAND technologies. This enables more storage in a smaller space, bringing significant cost savings, low power usage and high performance to a range of mobile consumer devices as well as the most demanding enterprise deployments, says Brian Shirley, vice president of Memory Technology and Solutions at Micron Technology.
 
Planar NAND flash memory is nearing its practical scaling limits, posing significant challenges for the memory industry. 3D NAND...

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Mar 27
Synium Software releases CleanApp 5

Synium Software has announced CleanApp 5 (http://www.syniumsoftware.com/cleanapp/), an update to their uninstaller and system maintenance tool for Mac OS X. Version 5 has been rewritten from scratch and features a new user interface, improved usability and enhanced algorithms to reclaim disk space.

CleanApp 5 requires OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion. It's a free update for customers of CleanApp 4. There's a reduced upgrade pricing of US$4.99 for those using CleanApp 1, 2 or 3. The full version of CleanApp 5 costs US$14.99.

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Mar 27
Paragon releases free Paragon Boot Camp Backup

Paragon Software Group has announced Paragon Boot Camp Backup, a free Mac OS X based backup solution for Windows partitions on Mac computers.

It includes incremental imaging, file-level recovery, a scheduler, the ability to restore to a smaller target disk, automatic check of file system for errors, and more. For a 100GB volume and 22 GB of occupied space, it takes only 12 minutes to back up and 15 minutes to restore the entire system, according to the folks at Paragon.

The backup tools delivered with Mac OS X don't support the Windows native file system NTFS and work on the file level only which has a negative effect on computer performance. Paragon Boot Camp Backup backs up NTFS Boot Camp partitions at the sector level. It creates incremental chains, where each new increment describes the changes between the current state of the backup object and the previous state. Paragon says this saves disk space, speeds backups, and allows recovery to a particular point in...

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Mar 27
AudioBooktoMP3.com announces Audiobook Converter 3.8.1 for Mac...

AudioBooktoMP3.com has announced Audiobook Converter for Mac 3.8.1, an update of the audiobook DRM removal software for Mac.

The utility is designed to help users remove DRM protection from iTunes M4B audiobooks and Audible AA, AAX audiobooks while while converting the DRM M4B, M4A, AA, AAX audiobook files to unprotected MP3, AAC, M4A, AIFF, AU, M4R and FLAC. It now supports batch audiobook conversion so that you can convert multiple audiobooks with a single button.

Audiobook Converter requires Mac OS X 10.6 or later. It's priced at US$29.95 for a personal license.

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Mar 27
IK Multimedia launches SampleTank 3 sound collections, more

IK Multimedia has revved SampleTank (www.sampletank.com), its sample workstation, to version 3.5 has just received a major update in the form of version 3.5.

The update consists of 11 brand new sound collections, which are now also available in IK's new SampleTank Custom Shop. Also introduced are new features that make browsing SampleTank 3's thousands of sounds and patterns faster.

SampleTank 3 sports a 33GB library of "bread-and-butter" sounds (with over 4,000 instruments from every category), 55 effects, MIDI patterns, groove tools and an enhanced sample engine. The latest update is complimentary for current users of all existing SampleTank 3 versions. SampleTank 3 and SampleTank 3 SE users can purchase the new Beats Series and Elektronika Series sound libraries from the IK online store for $39.99 each or 50 Gear Credits in the IK Custom Shop.

The full version of SampleTank 3 is available...

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Mar 26
New Earth science educational app is available for Mac OS X

Tasa Graphic Arts (http://www.tasagraphicarts.com) has announced Earth's Rocks and the Rock Cycle, a new Earth science app available for Mac OS X.

It provides teachers, students, and parents with Earth science content about rocks and the rock cycle. Photographs of rocks and their environments plus animations are designed to help students visualize the processes that change Earth over time. Scored quizzes and essay questions are included to encourage exploration, independent study, and written communication.

Users can use what they've learned about composition, texture, and color to identify rocks. Animations show the geologic processes in action: volcanic eruptions, flowing lava, weathering of rocks, streams transporting sediment, glaciers moving, caverns being formed by water, rocks being deformed by intense heat and pressure deep underground.

Earth's Rocks and the Rock Cycle...

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Mar 26
Passware exposes suspects' Photo Stream to computer...

Investigators now have a unique tool that leverages Passware's research in live-memory analysis for over-the-air acquisition of Apple Photo Stream contents without an Apple ID or password.

Passware — a provider of password recovery, decryption, and electronic evidence discovery software for computer forensics, law enforcement organizations, government agencies, and private investigators — has announced version 2 of its flagship encrypted electronic evidence discovery product, Passware Kit Forensic 2015. This new release now acquires suspects' iPhone and iPad photos without Apple ID or password, provided the physical access to the computer with iCloud application installed.

According to Apple, "Your new photos appear automatically on the iOS devices, computers, and Apple TV you set up with My Photo Stream, no matter which iOS device or computer you use to take or import new photos." This also concerns shared photo stream where photos and videos of trusted contacts are...

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Mar 26
PhotoScissors 2.0 for Mac OS X removes image backgrounds faster

TeoreX has announced PhotoScissors 2.0 (http://www.photoscissors.com/download.html). The cross-platform application removes unwanted backgrounds from photos.

Version 2.0 provides improvements to further enhance results and reduce time required to obtain them. In particular, the improved edge feathering algorithm plus the "Offset Boundary" option allow for neater and more precise contours of the cut out object. The "Shadow" option applies a transparent shadow to the picture. A new interactive processing mode optionally allows applying all changes to the image in real time.



The price for a single license of PhotoScissors is US$19.99. PhotoScissors is available both for Mac OS X and Windows users.

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Mar 26
Splice 2.3.1 is now available in the Mac App Store

Einstein's legacy (http://www.einsteinslegacy.com) has released Splice 2.3.1, an update to their movie management utility for Mac OS X.

Splice is designed for professional and amateur video content creators who need a simple tool for organizing and joining a collection of video clips together into a single movie. Version 2.3.1 introduces enhanced full screen support, tighter integration with the User Notification Center, improved progress reporting and better error handling.

Splice 2.3.1 is available for US$9.99 from the Mac App Store (in the Video category). It requires Mac OS X 10.10 Yosemite or higher.

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Mar 26
App Tamer for Mac OS X revved to version 2.0.5

St. Clair Software (http://www.stclairsoft.com/) has introduced an update for App Tamer, its Mac utility that manages applications to deliver more efficient CPU usage, increased battery life and quieter operation.

App Tamer's AutoStop capability automatically slows down or pauses applications when you switch away from them, and then restarts them when you click back to them. Version 2.0.5 fixes a compatibility issue with Safari and improves its user interface and usability.

App Tamer now offers its CPU history graph with a logarithmic scale. This mode shows much more detail when CPU usage is a lower percentage of total capacity, a common occurrence on 8- and 16-core Macs

App Tamer comes pre-configured to automatically manage Safari, Firefox, Chrome, Spotlight, Time Machine, Word and other apps when they're in the background. Customizing it for other applications is just a mouse click...

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Mar 25
CircleIcons lets developers create icons for iOS, Mac, WatchKit...

Bayhoff Software (http://www.bayhoff.com) has introduced CircleIcons 1.0 for OS X, a new app designed to make it easy for developers to create "circle icons" for their iPhone, iPad, Mac, and WatchKit apps without the need to hire a graphic designer.

Developers can choose between three icon types, including App, Document and Folder, as well as numerous color collections or even resize pre-existing icons. They can export an icon as a Xcode asset catalog, favicon, App Store icon and more.

CircleIcons 1.0 requires OS X 10.10 Yosemite or later. It costs US$9.99 and is available exclusively through the Mac App Store in the Developer Tools category.

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Mar 25
Apowersoft Mac Screenshot unveiled for Mac OS X

Apowersoft (http://www.apowersoft.com/) has announced Apowersoft Mac Screenshot, a screenshot utility for Mac OS X.

It's designed for those who want to take snapshots of anything displayed on their Mac. The screen capture tool can be used to make quick edits, upload screenshot to free cloud space and share image online. It provides image annotation, allowing you to add arrows, line, circle, text, highlight and more based on their needs.

Additionally, Apowersoft Mac Screenshot allows you to upload the screenshot to free cloud space provided by screenshot.net. Once it's uploaded, four image links are provided for sharing. Aside from the image uploading feature, it also supports saving as an image file to local disk in PNG, JPG, GIF, TIFF and BMP formats.

Apowersoft Mac Screenshot requires Mac OS 10.6 or above. It's priced at US$39.95 for a personal license and $99.95 for a commercial...

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