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Jul 04
Have a great Independence Day

To celebrate the Fourth of July holiday here in the U.S., MacTech and MacNews will be closed today. But we'll be back on our regular schedule as of Friday, July 5.

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Jul 03
Technichor introduces Horcrux Email Backup for the Mac

Technichor has introduced Horcrux Email Backup (http://thehorcrux.com/), a Mac app that lets email users automatically keep their data rather than surrendering it to third party services.

Horcrux takes daily snapshots of email accounts. The app is continuous and in real time, so that as soon as a new email is added it will be transferred. It gives users the option to change email providers without losing prior data. Horcrux will also migrate the emails to another email service.

Horcrux Email Backup requires Mac OS X 10.7 or higher. It costs US$14.99 and is available at the Mac App Store in the Utilities category.

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Jul 03
Image Viewer for Mac OS X revved to version 1.7

Abacus has released Image Viewer 1.7, an upgrade of the Mac OS X app for viewing images and photos for an entire library.

Users can open a file and then view all image files in that folder by clicking the mouse or pressing the keyboard. Version 1.7 adds the ability to delete via Move to Trash in menus and via Command-D. It also improvers performance.


Image Viewer require Mac OX 10.7 or later. It's available at the Mac App Store for US$0.99. Go to http://abacusindustriesinc.com for more info.

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Jul 02
This Mac OS X app is designed to Dazzle you

Kallaxa Software has introduced Dazzle, a system cleaner developed exclusively for Mac OS X. Designed for both home and business users, it allows you to uninstall apps, wipe web histories, clean up logs and caches, find duplicate files and more.

Dazzle can be automatically scheduled to run daily, weekly, or monthly and will periodically remind you perform scans.

It uses a complex and safe algorithm to detect junk and flag it for removal, according to the folks at Kallaxa Software. It presents its findings to you for you to confirm erasure, then proceeds to delete the data using military grade security.

Dazzle can be automatically scheduled to run daily, weekly, or monthly and will periodically remind the user to perform scans. Additionally, it will offer to correctly uninstall apps if a user mistakenly drags an app to the Trash and alert the user if the Trash has become full.

Extensions such as Flash Player, login items, preference panes, and screen...

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Jul 02
Apple releases iMovie 10.0.4 for Mac OS X

Apple has updated iMovie for Mac OS X to version 10.0.4. It includes stability improvements and resolves issues that could cause it to quit unexpectedly.

iMovie 10.0.4 is a free update for registered users. For new users the cost is US$14.99. It requires Mac OS X 10.9.2 and higher and is available at the Mac App Store.

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Jul 02
LinkOptimizer now compatible with 2014 InDesign CC

Zevrix Solutions (www.zevrix.com) has released LinkOptimizer 4.9.17, a compatibility update to its workflow automation solution for Adobe InDesign.

LinkOptimizer allows users to reduce the size of InDesign links and speed up processing by eliminating excess image data. It also performs image color conversion and sharpening, converts file formats and more. The new version makes LinkOptimizer compatible with the 2014 release of InDesign CC featured as part of Adobe Creative Cloud.

LinkOptimizer can be purchased from Zevrix for US$259.95 (there's a "lite" version for $179.95) as well as from authorized resellers. A demo isavailable for download. The 4.9.17 update is free for LinkOptimizer 4.x users.

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Jul 02
The latest iOS apps: July 2

Here are the latest iOS apps. You can find them at the Apple App Store.

Fairytale Studios has released Preschool Aquarium. The US$0.99 app incorporates learning games designed bypreschool teachers and early learning psychologists.

Corsegames has announced 2014 Soccer Triva. It's a free game (though it has in-app purchases and upgrades) that offers lots of soccer trivia questions.

AweSoft has introduced AweNote 1.0 for the iPad. It's a $9.99 note taking application with features such as stylus note, text note, audio and video note, plus a range of built-in library of basic figures.

Linkyun Game has launched Find Hidden Money. The free (for a limited time) game lets you "travel the five continents and pick up money in over 50 must-see sites all over the world."

Joerg Piringer has unveiled unimator. It's a $0.99 text and sign animation app that lets you create quick text and sign animations.

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Jul 01
NChart3D comes to Mac OS X

Nulana LTD says NChart3D 1.5, their charting framework for iOS, is now available for Mac OS X (10.7 and higher). It allows developers to make data visualizations in Mac OS X applications.

NChart3D uses hardware-accelerated OpenGL ES based graphics that allows for the rendering of large amounts of data with lighting effects while remaining responsive to user interactions. According to the folks at Nulana, it's easy to use the framework inside the Objective-C Mac application, thanks to NChart3D Cocoa API. NChart3D 1.5 supports various different 2D and 3D chart types covering all the most popular analytical and scientific data visualization cases.

There are two versions of the NChart3D 1.5 for Mac OS X: Standard and Pro. The US$499 standard version is limited to two dimensions, but still enables data processing, animations, high visual quality, flexible axes, interactivity and advanced customizations to develop excellent applications. The $899 pro version sports 3D...

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Jul 01
PageMeUp for Mac OS X gets maintenance upgrade

Softobe has introduced PageMeUp 1.0.2 (http://tinyurl.com/ozgvtyr), an update of its layout editor for Mac OS X 10.8 or higher. It's a maintenance release with bug fixes and improvements.

With PageMeUp, you create a document, choose its page format, size and background color, set the margins, bleed, custom guides, rows and columns and even apply RGB or CMYK ICC color profiles. Then you can drag, import or paste images and text onto the PageMeUp document and place/resize them on the page.

A snap assistant helps you align the boxes on the page. You can edit and format your text, scale the images (custom, fit, fill), apply shadow, fill or gradient background, border, mask, rotation, opacity, flip, web links, page HTML metadata. Finally, you can print or export your work in PDF, HTML, TIFF, PNG or JPG formats with custom resolution, compression and ICC profile.

PageMeUp is available as a...

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Jul 01
Audiffex advances ampLion software guitar processor to version 1...

Audiffex has released ampLion Pro 1.1, an updated 64-bit (AAX-, AU-, RTAS-, and VST3-compatible) version of its software guitar processor for Mac (OS X 10.6 or later) and Windows (Vista, 7, or 8).

It's a software guitar processor providing a simulation of guitar amplifiers, effects, and microphone/cabinet combos with 64-bit Avid Audio eXtension (AAX), Audio Units (AU), Real-Time AudioSuite (RTAS), and Virtual Studio Technology (VST3) versions to enable full compatibility with 64-bit hosts (such as Ableton Live, Cubase, Logic Pro, Pro Tools, and more besides). Version 1.1 can be used as a plug-in for host applications, the standalone application now features a meteronome, track player, and recorder.

ampLion Pro 1.1 is available to buy for instant download delivery directly from Audiffex (http://tinyurl.com/l75hcwk) for US$99. This is a lifelong license for both Mac and Windows.

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Jul 01
SMA Audio releases new Sports Collection of earphones

50 Cent's audio brand, SMS Audio, has announced availability of its Sports Collection. Endorsed by investor and partner, Carmelo Anthony, each pair features sweat-repelling nano technology to safeguard against moisture and withstand against extreme weather.

The On-Ear Wired Sport (http://bit.ly/1mlZUhE) is foldable with perforated leather memory foam for breathability, a sweat-proof chamber within the ear cup and rubberized coating to resist chipping and scratches. Pictured, It has a manufacturer's suggested retail price of US$179.95.

The $79.95 In-Ear Wired Sport (http://bit.ly/1oS2Pjx) features a stay-put, ear-hook design, tangle-free cord with three-click mic, and extra hooks and sound-isolation ear tips. The $229.95 On-Ear Wireless Sport (http://bit.ly/1xay6B5) has...

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Jul 01
Odessa announces pictorial infographics for ConceptDraw Solution...

Odessa has announced pictorial graphics for the ConceptDraw Solution Park (www.conceptdraw.com). The new solution extends ConceptDraw PRO diagramming and vector drawing software with design pictorial infographics drawing tools.

It contains pictorial infographic samples and libraries of vector stencils containing pictograms. These new additions to the ConceptDraw Solution Park are free for current users of ConceptDraw Pro 9.5 or greater.

The new solution in the ConceptDraw Solution Park includes collections of templates, samples, and libraries of vector stencils and icons that support the use of pictorial infographics. ConceptDraw Pro is compatible with Mac OS X and Microsoft Windows. It retails for US$199. ConceptDraw Pro 9 is included in ConceptDraw Office 2, which retails for $499.

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Jul 01
Default Folder for Mac OS X updated to version 4.6.6

St. Clair Software has delivered Default Folder X 4.6.6, an update to their utility for Mac OS X. The Command-D keyboard shortcut now takes you to the Desktop instead of invoking the Duplicate command.

Default Folder X enhances the file dialogs in all Mac OS X applications. Its custom keyboard shortcuts put your favorite and recent folders at your fingertips. It provides fast navigation to your files, convenient previews, integrated Spotlight tagging, and more.

Default Folder X 4.6.5 is a free update for existing version 4 users. It costs US$34.95 for new users. Go to http://tinyurl.com/l5wtxoj for more info.

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Jul 01
The latest iOS apps: July 1

Here are the latest iOS apps. You can find them at the Apple App Store.

Yacha has announced Yacha 1.0. The free app is a messaging platform, allowing anyone to create truly multimedia messages from audio, text, drawings, photos and video, in any combination, which can be sent as a single message.

Vizoal has released Vizoal Football. The free app provides push notifications of live scores, updated match information, videos, comprehensive statistics, lineups and searchable player profile databases from the world's most popular leagues and competitions.

JH Digital Solutions has introduced Jumpy Dress Up Skateboarding - 1D Parody Edition 1.0. In the free game, players must guide their selected One Direction character. Collect enough coins, and you can unlock a number of new customizations, including new clothes and characters.

Texo Design has launched Tappy Bulbs. In the free game, players must turn as many bulbs off as possible by tapping on them while...

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Jul 01
Times for FUn releases update to FastCut video editor

Times for Fun (www.timesforfun.de) has announced an updated release of FastCut 3.1.2 RT, its video editor for Mac OS X.

The software provides 3D motion & effects keyframe animation, masking and keying, video transition and filter+special effects, an integrated ATSUI live title editor with title effects and more. Version 3.1.2 brings several new enhancements and bug fixes, including an issue with the threshold plugin. It also sports a new app icon.

FastCut RT 3.1.2 requires Mac OS X 10.4 and costs approximately US$33. A demo is available for download. Version is a free update for registered users of FastCut 3 RT.

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Jun 30
Apple updates OS X, iOS

Apple has updated Mac OS X Mavericks to version 10.9.4 and iOS to version 7.1.2.

According to Apple, Mavericks 10.9.4 Update is recommended for all mavericks users. It improves the stability, compatibility, and security of your Mac.
This update:

° Fixes an issue that prevented some Macs from automatically connecting to known Wi-Fi networks;

° Improves the reliability of wake from sleep;

° Includes Safari 7.0.5.

You can download it at the Mac App Store.

According to Apple, iOS 7.1.2 contains bug fixes and security updates, including:

° Improves iBeacon connectivity and stability;

° Fixes a bug with data transfer for some 3rd party accessories, including bar code scanners;

° Corrects an issue with data protection class of Mail attachments.

You can access the OS update by going to the Software Update of the Settings app on your iDevice.

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Jun 30
Addonics announces Internal GigaNAS Adapter

Addonics Technologies has announced the Internal GigaNAS Adapter, a solution for custom building your own high capacity network attached storage system, including private cloud storage. It's compatible with Mac OS X, Windows, and Linux 2.6.x and higher.

The new adapter is designed to mount into a PCI slot of a desktop computer, server or a storage chassis with a centronic 50 connector cutout. With two SATA ports and one USB port, the new adapter  allows you to share up to 16 hard drives over a LAN with as much as 16TB per drive volume and up to 85MB/sec. transfer rate over a 1G network.

The Internal GigaNAS Adapter is priced from $95. Go to http://www.addonics.com/products/nas4rm.php for more info.

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Jun 30
Apple announces update to iTunes U

Apple today announced updates to iTunes U, bringing educators and students great new tools to build and experience educational content on the iPad. Beginning July 8, teachers using the free iTunes U app can create, edit and manage entire courses directly on the Apple tablet for the first time, and students will discover new ways to collaborate including the ability to start class discussions and ask questions right from their iPad.

"Education is at the core of Apple’s DNA and iTunes U is an incredibly valuable resource for teachers and students," says Eddy Cue, Apple’s senior vice president of Internet Software and Services. "iTunes U features an amazing selection of academic materials for everyone around the world. Now, with the ability to better manage and discuss educational content, learning becomes even more personalized on iPad."

The new in-app updates to iTunes U give teachers full course creation capabilities on the iPad, with the ability to directly add...

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Jun 30
Stellar introduces Mail Converter for the Mac

Stellar Data Recovery has released Stellar Mail Converter, an all-in-one email migration utility for Mac OS X. The tool is designed to help users migrate their emails from one platform to another.

You can convert mailboxes from Apple Mail, Thunderbird, PostBox and Outlook 2011 Backup File 2011 to Apple Mail and Outlook 2011. The converted mailboxes can be imported in Apple Mail/Outlook 2011 to view complete mail body, including attachments.

Stellar Mail Converter is available as try-before-you-buy software from Stellar Data Recovery online (http://www.stellarinfo.com/). This version will show you the preview of converted mails. To access all features, you must pay for the full version, which is being offered at an introductory price of US$39.

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Jun 27
The latest iOS apps: June 27

Here are the latest iOS apps. You can find them at the Apple App Store.

AppTron has released Smart Kitchen, a free app that shows cooking in a fun and interactive way. By simply selecting your ingredients, the app filters the recipes you can make from what you have. Start cooking using the step-by-step interactive tutorial.

SkyElla Tech has announced A Temple Invasion - Shoot em Up & Run 1.0. The free app is a mixture of retro game play and the latest social gaming platform.

TrueBlou has introduced Ocular - OCR PDF Scanner. The US$1.99 utility transforms an iDevice into a portable scanning, OCR text recognition and editing solution.

Delicion has cooked up Gluten-Free Interactive 1.0 for the iPad. The $3.99 app is designed to help you cook gluten-free meals.

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Jun 27
Apple upgrades Cut Pro X, Motion, Compressor

Apple has updated three of its professional apps: Final Cut Pro X, Motion, and Compressor. All three updates are free to registered users and can be downloaded at the Mac App Store.

Final Cut Pro X — Apple's software for professional videographers (U$299.99 for new users)— has been revved to version 10.1.2 with the following features:

• Optimized, proxy, and rendered media can be stored at any location outside of the library
• Easily delete optimized, proxy, and rendered media from within Final Cut Pro X
• Used media indicators for Compound clips, Multicam clips, and Synced clips
• Option to show only unused media in the Browser
• Apply a standard (Rec. 709) look in real time to high dynamic range and wide color gamut video from ARRI, Blackmagic Design, Canon, and Sony cameras
• Automatically apply an ARRI embedded 3D LUT from the new AMIRA camera
• Support for Apple ProRes 4444 XQ
• Improved speed and accuracy when...

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Jun 27
iMobie introduces iPhone data recovery solution

iMobie has introduced PhoneRescue, an iPhone data recovery solution for Mac OS X and Windows. It can retrieve the most commonly used personal data and multimedia files directly from an iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

According to the folks at iMobie, the software lets you recover photos, messages, music, playlists and up to 22 types of data on any iDevice or even from an encrypted iTunes backup. You can retrieve lost photos, messages, call history, voicemail, Safari bookmarks, music, videos, books, and more.

iMobie says you can recover iOS data without having your iDevice at hand. PhoneRescue is available for US$49.90 for Mac OS X and Windows users from iMobie (http://www.imobie.com/).

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Jun 27
LocknCharge announces new charging, storage classroom cart

Mobile device management specialist LocknCharge (www.lockncharge.com) has announced a new and more compact Carrier 30 Cart, a solution for storing, charging and protecting mobile devices in schools. 

Expected to ship this fall, steel cart is designed to adapt to a school’s changes in mobile technology. It's compatible with the iPad, Chromebook, tablet and laptop devices of all sizes. The Carrier 30 Cart enables simultaneous charging of up to 30 devices. The large well inside the cart holds up to six baskets of five devices and is designed to enable several people to access it at once.

The Carrier 30 Cart requires one standard power outlet to plug in the cart. The suggested price for one cart, which comes with a lifetime warranty, is US$1,799, and volume discounts are available. Carry Baskets and a secure floor anchor kit to lock the cart in place are optional add-ons sold separately.

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Jun 27
Cocktail 7.5.2 (Mavericks Edition) lets you disable App Napp,...

Maintain has served up Cocktail 7.5.2 (Mavericks Edition), the latest maintenance update for users running OS X Mavericks.

Cocktail is a general purpose utility for OS X that lets users clean, repair and optimize their Macs. Cocktail's features are arranged into five categories that helps you manage various aspects of your computer. This version adds the ability to change tool tip display delay and ability to disable App Napp. It also contains improvements on the "Clear DNS cache procedure" and addresses an issue in which Cocktail may fail to restart Core Audio daemon.

Cocktail 7.5.2 (Mavericks Edition) requires OS X Mavericks 10.9 to run. Cocktail (Mountain Lion Edition) for OS X 10.8, Cocktail (Lion Edition) for OS X 10.7 and Cocktail (Snow Leopard Edition) for OS X 10.6 are available for download from Maintain website (http://www.maintain.se). Cocktail costs US $19 for a single user license.

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Jun 26
The latest iOS apps: June 26

Here are the latest iOS apps. You can find them at the Apple App Store.

Shenandoah Studio has announced Desert Fox: The Battle of El Alamein. It's an US$9.99 WWII turn-based strategy game. Players take control at the turning point of the battle for North Africa; battle across a grand campaign, making key decisions and controlling the final engagement.

AppGeneration has released Ynews. With the $0.99 app you can browse more than 5000 online newspapers in 80 countries. Ynews also allows you to read the news on your native language without needing to leave the app.

iRead Solutions has introduced VisuSurfer for iOS. The $1.99 app lets you automatically browse web addresses from printed text in magazines, posters, business cards, signs, flyers, newspapers.

Cartoon Network Games has unleashed SleepNinja Games’ original title, Monsters Ate My Birthday Cake. The $4.99 game game is crammed full of "monsters, cake, amazing powers, puzzly bits, epic adventure...

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