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Feb 17
metroKit is a new metronome app for Mac OS X

Nikolas Konstantakopoulos from Granny's Audio has announced metroKit (http://tinyurl.com/q2l26k9), a flexible metronome for Mac OS X.

Equipped with speed, rhythm trainers and fully customizable beats and accents, the app can help even the most demanding musicians boost their skills, according to Konstantakopoulos. With custom accents, metroKit — which costs approximately US$3.42 — can help you practice paradiddles as well as strumming patterns for the stringed musicians. You can save and recall your settings, and start from where you stopped.

You can use the speed trainer to progressively increase the speed when practicing difficult exercises or riffs. Set the starting and target tempo, how much and after how many bars to increase the speed. When the target tempo is reached you can set metroKit to stop, or continue playing at that tempo.

Konstantakopoulos says you can master the...

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Feb 17
Checkmarx adds support for Grovvy, Python

Checkmarx (www.checkmarx.com), an application security firm, says its source code analysis solution now fully supports code written in the growingly popular Python and Groovy programming languages.

Checkmarx develops software solutions to identify security vulnerabilities in web and mobile applications as they are being created. It's designed to help companies and organizations secure their mobile and web applications by providing a solution that identifies software security flaws at any stage in the development process, ensuring that any flaws that may have been overlooked are caught well before the software is released.

The company’s technology scans un-compiled/un-built source code quickly and effectively, identifying security vulnerabilities and regulatory compliance issues that are then reported to developers and security auditors with guidelines to fix them, says Maty Siman, chief technical...

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Feb 17
Xojo announces Xojo 2015 Release 1

Xojo, Inc. (http://www.xojo.com) has announced the availability of Xojo 2015 Release 1, a new release of their multi-platform rapid development tool.

It now includes the ability to develop both 32-bit and 64-bit native iOS applications. This latest release adds 170 general updates and 4 new features. In addition to the iOS improvements, this release also adds IDE improvements, language improvements and an updated version of SQLite.

Currently serving over 280,000 users worldwide, Xojo is an environment for professional developers, citizen developers and hobbyists. Xojo applications compile to machine code for both web and desktop applications for greater performance and security.

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Feb 17
PSG launches Paragon Disk Wiper 15 for Mac OS X Free

Paragon Software Group (PSG) has launched Paragon Disk Wiper 15 for Mac OS X Free (http://www.paragon-software.com/home/dw-mac/). It's a utility to clean hard disks and SSDs or permanently erase critical data on separate partitions or entire hard disks.

With Disk Wiper for Mac, wiping is not accomplished under Mac OS X, but from a special Linux-based flash stick that can be easily created from the program. After booting the Mac from this device, the Wipe Wizard can irreversibly remove confidential data in just a few easy steps, according to the folks at PSG.

Multiple sanitization methods are available: SSD Trim (recommended for SSDs), selecting a specific algorithm, or a user-created method. Unlike traditional HDD-based wiping methods, SSD Trim works very quickly and is completely safe for SSDs, claims PSG.

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Feb 17
Morningstar: Descent to Deadrock available for the Mac

Phoenix Online Publishing (www.POStudios.com) and Red Herring Labs have released Morningstar: Descent to Deadrock, an US$9.99, science fiction-themed, first-person point-and-click adventure for Mac and PC systems.

Here's how the game is described: "Crash-landed on a desolate, alien planet, what should have been a routine work-for-hire job for Powell has become a deadly mission to save the merchant vessel Morningstar and her crew. With one man dead and the captain gravely injured, Powell is on his own to repair the ship and find a way to escape the strange gravity well of the empty planet they've landed on.

"If the situation weren't dire enough, the only signs of life on the planet are the remains of a much larger and better equipped ship and her crew, all dead, and not by natural means. What—or who—brought down these ships and is killing their crews? Why? And can Powell find a way off-planet before he...

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Feb 17
SavvyDox releases new document management tool

SavvyDox (http://www.savvydox.com) has announced a new HTML5 browser-based reader for Mac OS X (10.8 or later) that allows users to review, suggest changes and approve documents from any browser, at any time, whether on a desktop, laptop, tablet or smartphone.

The solution is designed to enable groups of people to effectively collaborate on writing and reviewing complex documents. Users can post due dates for review and approvals, control printing privileges and create and respond to proposals with multiple contributing authors.

What's more, iPhone users have access to a dedicated app that's free to download from the Apple App Store. SavvyDox's presence on this platform complements its current availability on Mac, PC and iPad readers.

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Feb 17
EarthDesk 6.5 adds screen spanning in Mavericks and Yosemite

Xeric Design (http://www.xericdesign.com) has updated EarthDesk, its real-time dynamic desktop map, to support screen spanning in Mac OS X Mavericks and Yosemite.

The app replaces your static desktop with an image of the Earth showing current sun, moon and city illumination, as well as global cloud coverage. The software operates silently in the background, keeping your desktop updated while you work. EarthDesk's dynamic desktop is continuously displayed as your desktop background.

Single user copies may be purchased for US$24.95. Upgrades are available for $12.95 for licensed users of version 5 and $17.95 for licensed users of versions 1-4. Cloud access is available starting at $9.95 for a single user. A bundle including EarthDesk and high-res cloud access is $32.95.

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Feb 16
Polished Play Releases Core Animator 1.0 for Mac OS X

Polished Play has introduces Core Animator 1.0, an animation tool for Mac OS X. Available at the Mac App Store, the utility was developed to help designers, animators, and developers bring more creativity and interactivity to their apps.

Core Animator allows iOS and Mac developers to create animations and export them to native Objective-C or Swift code. Users can visually create 2D animations based on properties such as translation, scale, rotation and opacity. Several options help to smooth out the animations and give them life.

The interaction of all animations can be seen together in a project preview. Finally, native Objective-C or Swift code is generated for use in Xcode and Interface Builder:

Core Animator will save you time and money requires OS X Yosemite or later. For a limited time, it's on sale for US$79.99 (20% off) and available worldwide through the Mac App Store in the Developer Tools category. A trial version of the tool is available at the...

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Feb 16
AKVIS Magnifier 8.0 adds new print options

AKVIS (www.akvis.com) has announced AKVIS Magnifier 8.0, an update of the image resizing software that can be used both as a standalone application and plugin for Photoshop, on Mac OS X (10.6 and higher) and Windows. The program now lets you print "super high resolution images.

AKVIS Magnifier lets you resize images without loss in quality. It can not only reduce an image, but can also increase a picture by dozens of times with no artifacts or halos.

Version 8.0 offers new print options. Now it's possible to print "super high" resolution images on multiple pages to get professional-quality posters. It adds Dropbox to the list of publishing services and support for more RAW formats to the standalone version.

The plugin version is compatible with Adobe Photoshop and Photoshop Elements. You will find the Magnifier plugin in the Automate menu of Photoshop. The product sells for US$89.

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Feb 16
Graphic Node updates Set for iWork

Graphic Node has again expanded its assortment of iWork templates with a new update of Set for iWork.

The pack for Apple's Pages, Keynote, and Numbers contains over 3,000 templates and images, while the recent update includes a new Graphics category and reduces the size of the download. Set for iWork covers everything from brochures and business cards to vacation planners to photos and newly added flat icons.

Set for iWork includes: over 1,500 designs for Pages documents, 210 spreadsheet templates for Numbers, 93 slideshow themes for Keynote, and 1,100 images for illustrating users' content. They cover everything from brochures and business cards to vacation planners to photos and newly added flat icons.

Set for iWork 2.1 requires Mac OS X 10.6.6 or higher and costs US$49.99. It's available worldwide exclusively through the Mac App Store in the Productivity category. For more information and design samples, users can visit Graphic Node's web site (...

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Feb 16
AppleMacSoft releases MP3 Splitter for Mac OS X

AppleMacSoft ( http://www.applemacsoft.com/ ) has introduced MP3 Splitter for Mac OS X. The utility that enables you to crop and trim MP3, M4A and AAC audio files, or just rapidly split a large MP3 file into many smaller files. or to extract manually selected segments of an audio file to new audio files without reducing quality.  

You can automatically split MP3 files based on silence, which is useful for LP, audiobooks and sound recordings. What's more, MP3 Splitter features a built-in audio player, making pre listening simple and easy.

The app requires requires Mac OS X 10.6 or later. It costs US$9.99.

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Feb 13
Prosoft rolls out Drive Genius 4.0.1

Prosoft Engineering (www.prosofteng.com) has released Drive Genius 4.0.1, an update of its US$99 collection of software tools to speed up, clean up and protect your Mac. It's a maintenance upgrade.

Drive Genius 4 sported a new, enhanced interface that allows for running tools on multiple drives simultaneously.  The DrivePulse tool alerts you to hard drive issues before they become major problems.

Drive Genius 4.0.1 is optimized for Yosemite and works with Mac OS X 10.8.3 and up. The new BootWell tool lets you create a special secondary drive to Defrag or Repair your main hard drive. You can also personalize and organize your Mac’s drive and folder icons with IconGenius.  

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Feb 13
Tropical Software announces Fastspring partnership

Tropical Software has announced a new eCommerce partnership with Fastspring to market and sell Tropical's Mac software.

"Fastspring has helped us design an entirely new app store. It has cleaner, fresher look than our old store, and we feel customers will find it easier to use and easier to enter and complete an order," says James Lee, owner of Tropical Software. "We feel it will offer a great, easy to use, and modern purchasing experience."

Tropical Software's Mac software products TopXNotes, 2Remember and Kitchen timer are now available in its new software store created in partnership with well-known eCommerce expert Fastspring. TopXNotes is a personal note manager. 2Remember is a reminder app with custom icons for different tasks. Kitchen Timer is an app for timing just about anything and allows you to wet multiple overlapping timers.

In conjunction with the new store (http://tinyurl....

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Feb 13
iWork for iCloud apps now available for Windows, Android users

Apple has made its iWork apps — Pages, Numbers and Keynote — available to users of beyond Mac OS X and iOS apps. Yep, that means Windows and Android users.

The apps are accessible to users without an Apple device through the iCloud Beta program. Anyone can sign up for an Apple ID to access Pages, Numbers, and Keynote for free. Each account comes with 1GB of complementary iCloud storage.

Previously, you could only create an Apple ID login on a Mac, iPhone or iPad. In order to register an Apple ID, go to beta.icloud.com and click the link below the sign-in area that allows users to create an account. Users can then create a login with any email address.

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Feb 13
24U Software updates FileMaker plug-ins

24U Software (http://www.24usoftware.com/) has announced an immediate availability of updating custom-developed FileMaker plug-ins and mobile apps for 64-bit architecture.

The new service includes identifying hidden issues, cleaning-up code, creating new builds for FileMaker Server 13 and iOS 8, and more. Owners of FileMaker plug-ins and iOS apps can now hire 24U to update their products for 64-bit versions of FileMaker Server and iOS.

Since Feb. 1, all new apps uploaded to the Apple App Store must support 64-bit architecture and be built for iOS 8. All new iOS devices, such as the new iPad Air or iPhone 6, are using a 64-bit architecture. So any new version of an existing iOS app must be optimized for iOS 8 and 64-bit processors in order to get approved by Apple for distribution on the App Store.

FileMaker started using 64-bit architecture for the web publishing engine in FileMaker...

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Feb 12
Allegorithmic unveils Substance Designer 5

Allegorithmic (www.allegorithmic.com) has launched Substance Designer 5, the new iteration of its node-based texturing hub for the next generation of game artists. It introduces new features dedicated to next-gen procedural art, as well as pipeline enhancements designed to ensure consistency for large-scale teams as they share and reuse assets. Non-linear and non-destructive.

Substance Designer lets you create PBR materials for real-time 3D projects. New features in version 5 include:

° Substance Engine 2.0, the new generation of Allegorithmic's core tech "will push Substance Designer’s power of expression to new heights";

° Pixel processor node: this true image processor allows you to read input images and apply any custom effect or treatment using visual programming;

° Transfer Baker, which lets you transfer textures from one mesh to another without worrying about UV changes;...

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Feb 12
Aluminum Clamp Hub with four USB ports attaches to an iMac

Satechi's new Aluminum Clamp Hub provides an iMac with four additional USB 3.0 ports for charging smartphones, syncing and more.

The plug and play Aluminum Clamp Hub attaches to any iMac (2012 or newer) or PC (less than one inch thick) without any installation required. Simply attach the device directly onto the monitor, tighten the screw to attach, and plug in the included USB extension cable.

Additionally, the Aluminum Clamp Hub features a blue LED light to indicate it is powered on and ready for use. The hub is available now for US$27.99 at Satechi.net and Amazon.com.

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Feb 12
BusyMac introduces BusyContacts for Mac OS X

BusyMac (www.busymac.com) has introduced BusyContacts for Mac OS X (10.9 or higher). The app brings to contact management the same power, flexibility, and sharing capabilities that BusyCal users have enjoyed with their calendars.

What's more, BusyContacts integrates with BusyCal. Features include:

° Customizable views — you can view contacts in a single-column Card View or multi-column List View;

° Tags that can be used for grouping, filtering and coloring contacts;

° Smart Filters for filtering contacts, creating saved searches, and even applying custom view settings in the List View;

° An Activity List that displays activities associated with the selected contact including calendar events, emails, messages, and recent social network posts;

° Syncing with Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn, combining contact information from each of these sources into a unified contact view;

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Feb 12
StarTech releases Travel A/V Adapter

StarTech.com has released the new 2-in-1 Mini DisplayPort to HDMI or VGA adapter, which enables mobile users to connect their Mini DisplayPort-equipped laptop to either an HDMI or VGA display.

Combining two of the most common display interfaces into a single adapter, StarTech.com’s A/V Travel Adapter eliminates having to carry multiple Mini DisplayPort adapters, which provides a portable solution for users to connect their laptop as needed in BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) environments or while traveling, says Karishma Punwani, senior product manager at StarTech.com..

The 2-in-1 Mini DisplayPort to HDMI or VGA adapter supports resolutions up to 1920x1200 or 1080p. It's compatible with Thunderbolt, and is host-powered performance so no additional power adapters are required.
 
The manufacturer's suggested retail price for StarTech.com’s 2-in-1 Mini DisplayPort to HDMI or VGA adapter is US$49.99. The adapter will be available at CDW, Amazon.com, Newegg.com,...

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Feb 12
Flexiglass update is out with OS X 10.10.2 compatibility

Nulana has released Flexiglass 1.6. an update that brings compatibility with Mac OS X 10.10.2 and fixes for such features as Real Zoom and Quick Layouts in multi-monitor configurations.

Flexiglass offers a new way to move, resize, maximize, close and arrange windows on the screen with a mouse, keyboard, trackpad, and graphics tablet. It allows a Mac user to move and resize windows by clicking anywhere on them and arrange multiple windows on the screen.

Move & Resize features add a Linux style Alt-Dragging to manage windows. Quick Layouts option is similar to Aero Snap in Windows and is a solution for working with multiple windows that can be resized to take up halves or quarters of the screen or go full screen. Quick Layout Shortcuts allow users to do the same things using only a keyboard.

Real Zoom improves default behavior of the green Zoom button and expands a window to full screen. Real Close makes the red system button to quit the application.

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Feb 12
Time Logger for Mac OS X upgraded to version 1.0.1

Imre Katai has released Time Logger 1.0.1 (http://timelogger.metapps.eu), a maintenance update to the productivity application for OS X.

Developed specifically to optimize how users spend time on workflow projects, Time Logger manages tasks, organizes projects by client, records pay rates, notes, and time allocated to each assignment. Also, Time Logger generates reports for additional support. Users can easily start and end timers with an overview panel linked to the upper right hand of screen.

Time Logger 1.0.1 costs US$4.99 and is available worldwide exclusively through the Mac App Store in the Productivity category.

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Feb 11
Parallels Desktop offers 'experimental support' for...

Parallels says Parallels Desktop 10 for Mac (parallels.com/desktop) now provides experimental support for Windows 10 Technical Preview and Office Preview for Windows 10, which includes Word, Excel and PowerPoint.

Now users who wish to try the newest OS from Microsoft can do so without the inconvenience of deleting an existing OS or the uncertainty of installing a new and non-final version of Windows 10 directly on their machines. The Parallels Wizard lets you download the Windows 10 Technical Preview directly from within Parallels Desktop, creating a virtual machine to try out everything Windows 10 has to offer, including such features as the new Start menu, Photos, Maps app, Cortana and Windows Store beta which offers Office Preview for Windows 10.

"Parallels Desktop enjoys very strong support among software developers and IT pros. We are happy to deliver all the tools they need to quickly and safely test or run the latest OS and applications, now including the...

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Feb 11
24U Software releases 24U Phone Companion 2.0

24U Software has rolled out 24U Phone Companion 2.0, a new version of their FileMaker plug-in solution for Mac OS X and Windows.

4U Phone Companion allows FileMaker solutions to interact directly with supported PBX (telephone switches). Version 2.0 adds support for call centers by providing called trunk line identification and improving support for complex phone handling workflows thanks to the ability to process unknown messages from and send raw commands back to the connected phone system.

24U Phone Companion requires Mac OS X 10.6 or later and FileMaker Pro 10 or higher. It's available for download (http://www.24usoftware.com/) as a free fully functional 14-days trial version, which can be activated after purchasing a license. The trial version of the ilink TeamCall Lite middleware is limited to three telephone lines.

To implement this product into a working solution, at least one...

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Feb 10
Apple is planning a $850 million solar farm

First Solar (www.firstsolar.com), a provider of comprehensive photovoltaic (PV) solar systems, says Apple has committed $848 million for clean energy from First Solar's California Flats Solar Project in Monterey County, California.

Apple will receive electricity from 130 megawatts (MW) of the solar project under a 25-year power purchase agreement (PPA), the largest agreement in the industry to provide clean energy to a commercial end user.

"Apple is leading the way in addressing climate change by showing how large companies can serve their operations with 100 percent clean, renewable energy," says Joe Kishkill, chief commercial officer for First Solar. "Apple's commitment was instrumental in making this project possible and will significantly increase the supply of solar power in California. Over time, the renewable energy from California Flats will provide cost savings over alternative sources of...

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Feb 10
BBVA Compass cardholders can enroll now in Apple Pay

BBVA Compass cardholders can now put away their plastic and use Apple Pay, the mobile payments solution introduced by Apple.

Those with BBVA Compass Visa consumer credit and BBVA Compass Visa consumer and business check cards are now eligible to add their cards to Apple Pay. Apple Pay lets customers make mobile payments in participating stores from their iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus and, after it debuts, the Apple Watch. It also allows customers to make purchases within apps using an iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3.

"Mobile banking is a must-have for so many of our customers, and innovative new offerings — like this one — are changing what they expect to do with their devices," says BBVA Compass Chief Digital Banking Officer Jeff Dennes. "Our aim, always, is to meet and exceed those expectations and offering Apple Pay to our customers helps us do just that."

Users will continue to receive all of the rewards and benefits offered by their BBVA...

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