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Dec 04
Easy Cut Studio ready for OS X El Capitan

Easy Cut Studio — vinyl cutting software used by professional designers in the sign cutting industry — has been revved to version 4.094. The upgrade adds compatibility with Mac OS X El Capitan.

Easy Cut Studio allows you to cut SVG files and fonts from your computer, and even draw your own shapes directly in Easy Cut Studio. It also allows you to create custom background shadows from any shape.

Version 4.094 adds support for Roland cutting machines, an overcut option for Silhouette, additional fill and stroke options, and drop shadow option when exporting as image. It also squishes some bugs.

Easy Cut Studio 4.094 requires OS X 10.6 and higher. It costs US$55.95. Users of Easy Cut Studio version 4.x can upgrade for free. Go to http://www.easycutstudio.com for details.

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Dec 03
Apple’s Swift programming language is now open source

Apple says its Swift programming language is now open source. As an open source language, the broad community of developers -- from app developers to educational institutions to enterprises -- can contribute to new Swift features and optimizations and help bring Swift to new computing platforms.

Introduced in 2014, Swift is the fastest growing programming language in history and combines the performance and efficiency of compiled languages with the simplicity and interactivity of popular scripting languages. Apple today also launched the Swift.org website with detailed information about Swift open source, including technical documentation, community resources and links to download the Swift source code.

"By making Swift open source the entire developer community can contribute to the programming language and help bring it to even more platforms," said Craig Federighi, Apple's senior vice president of Software Engineering. "Swift's power and ease of use will inspire a...

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Dec 03
Audiobook Converter ready for OS X El Capitan

AppleMacSoft has announced Audiobook Converter for Mac 4.0.1, an OS X El Capitan update to the audiobook conversion tool for the Mac.

Audiobook Converter is designed to convert all kinds of audiobook such as Audible AA, AAX, M4A, and iTunes M4B to popular MP3 and AAC formats so you can listen in the car, or on any device that doesn't support the audiobook format. You can use it to convert from Audible and iTunes Audiobook to the most popular file formats on your Mac, including MP3, AAC, AC3, AIFF, AU, FLAC, M4A, M4R, and MKA.

Version 4.0.1 makes Audiobook Converter compatible with Mac OS X 10.11 El Capitan and addresses some known issues. Audiobook Converter 4.0.1 requires Mac OS X 10.6 or later and costs US$34.95 for a single user license. A demo is available to order at the product website (www.audiobooktomp3.com/).

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Dec 03
MEI’s TruEdit now integrates with 500-plus apps

Managing Editor Inc (MEI) has announced that TruEdit can now integrate and connect to over 500 popular apps.

TruEdit is now equipped to integrate with more than 500 apps on the market such as Basecamp, Gmail, Twitter, Dropbox, Mailchimp and Evernote. For users of SaaS apps, these connections allow for increased productivity in the creation process with TruEdit, says Craig Roth, senior vice president of sales, MEI.

TruEdit users can choose from specific integrations for each app. For example, a user could place a file in a Dropbox folder, which would automatically create a new job in TruEdit. For avid social media users, a tweet could be automatically generated for the creative team each time a job is created or altered.

Other updates in the latest release of TruEdit include export of the TruEdit grid, filter of custom metadata, support for OS X 10.11 (El Capitan), and user interface enhancements in the web client. Go to...

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Dec 02
Apple to host ‘Hour of Code’ workshops for kids

Apple will again participating in Code.org's annual "Hour of Code" efforts during iComputer Science Education Week. The company will host an hour-long intro to computer programming for kids ages six and up at Apple Stores this Dec. 10.

Check your local Apple Store for more details. Select events will also be available as podcasts on iTunes. Go to http://www.apple.com/retail/code/ for more info.

Apple has also featured six global special events to be hosted by Code.org co-founder Hadi Partovi, and other developers and organizations, in Brussels, Chicago, New York City, Tokyo, San Francisco and Sydney. Code.org is a non-profit specializing in tools for teaching and learning programming.

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Dec 02
Adobe admits (kinda) that HTML, not Flash, is the web platform...

In a blog post (http://tinyurl.com/q5m98t2), Adobe announced that Flash Processional CC will be renamed Animate CC, with a focus on creating HTML 5 content starting in 2016. Adobe writes:

“While standards like HTML5 will be the web platform of the future across all devices, Flash continues to be used in key categories like web gaming and premium video, where new standards have yet to fully mature. Moving forward, Adobe is committed to working with industry partners, as we have with Microsoft and Google, to help ensure the ongoing compatibility and security of Flash content.

“In that spirit, today we are announcing that we are working together with Facebook to help ensure Flash gaming content on Facebook continues to run reliably and securely. As part of this cooperation, Facebook will report security information that helps Adobe improve the Flash Player.

“Looking ahead, we encourage...

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Dec 02
Patina is new drawing app for the Mac

Atek has introduced Patina 1.0, a simple drawing application for Mac OS X. According to its developers, it echoes the simplicity of Microsoft Paint, but goes goes further with a more visually appealing interface and additional functionality.

Patina sports large tool buttons and color controls. It allows you to handle basic operations, such as drawing and manipulating shapes, setting and changing colors, moving and resizing objects, and doing annotations.

Patina is offered for free on promotion in the Mac App Store (https://itunes.apple.com/app/patina/id942568098) in the Graphics & Design category through Dec. 9. After this date, the price will be $2.99. Patina requires OS X 10.8 or later.

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Dec 02
DEVONthink 2.8.8 improves Tinderbox integration & more

DEVONtechnologies (www.devontechnologies.com) has updated all editions of its intelligent information and document manager DEVONthink as well as the smart notebook DEVONnote.

DEVONthink 2.8.8 improves integration with Eastgate's Tinderbox and makes working with PDFs more comfortable. All editions fix a number of issues, e.g. with OS X El Capitan. The updates are free and recommended for all users.

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Dec 02
Maintain serves up Cocktail 9.2 (El Capitan Edition)

Maintain has served up Cocktail 9.2 (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 adds ability to clear CoreDuet database and ability to view, rotate and delete archived Authorization, CoreDuet, Security and XPC Activity log files. It also adds OS X 10.11.2 compatibility and contains improvements on the "Clear log files" procedure.

Cocktail 9.2 (El Capitan Edition) requires OS X El Capitan 10.11 to run. Cocktail (Yosemite Edition) for OS X 10.10, Cocktail (Mavericks Edition) for OS X 10.9, Cocktail (Mountain Lion Edition) for OS X 10.8 and Cocktail (Lion Edition) for OS X 10.7 are available for download from the Maintain website (http://www.maintain.se/cocktail). It costs US$19 for a single user license. A demo is available...

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Dec 01
myCharge introduces new line of HUB portable chargers

myCharge has introduced a new anodized aluminum line of HUB portables chargers for powering smartphones and tables on-the-go.

The 3000mAh HUB mini retails at US$69, and come with built-in Apple Lightning and micro-USB charging cables. The 6000mAh HUB Plus retails at $99, and the 9000mAh HUB Max models, retails at $129. The latter two models also feature built-in wall prongs, making recharging as simple as plugging into any outlet.

The 12000mAh HUB Ultra can be fully re-charged in as little as four hours. It retails for $149.99. More information about the Hub chargers and the entire myCharge product line can be found at www.mycharge.com.

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Dec 01
IK Multimedia releases T-RackS Mic Room

IK Multimedia has announced the T-RackS Mic Room for Macs and PCs. It’s a microphone-modeling module that allows producers to process and "re-mike" their physical microphones to sound and perform like some of the most popular studio microphones of all time.

T-RackS Mic Room has a collection of over 20 classic and contemporary models to choose from. Its selection covers every microphone type from condensers to dynamics to ribbons and beyond.

Mic Room is a module for T-RackS, and it's available in the Custom Shop. The T-RackS Custom Shop for Mac/PC is a free DAW plug-in and standalone app that gives producers, engineers and musicians 24/7 access to studio production gear. Once installed, its collection of processing plug-ins for mixing and mastering can be browsed, auditioned and purchased. Each model can be tested as a fully functional demo for a period of 14 days.

Mic Room is available via the IK online store (...

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Dec 01
Patriot introduces 128GB compact USB flash drives

Patriot (www.patriotmem.com) has added 128GB capacities to several of their lifestyle USB flash drives. Consistent with the latest USB specifications, the new 128GB capacities will be USB 3.1 Gen 1, backwards compatible with USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 and reach up to 110MB/s and 20MB/s read and write speeds.

“With the growing need for more storage, Patriot is excited to expand the storage capacities of our most popular lifestyle lines,” said Meng J. Choo, Patriot’s Flash product manager. “These new capacities make it possible to carry even the largest HD videos in your pocket, or easily expand the storage on your current device or platform.”

One of Patriot’s top selling USB drives, the Tab’s metal finish makes it virtually undetectable while plugged into any laptop or PC. The Vex is designed for the consumer looking for a pop of color, but minimalist design. The 128GB Vex will be available in a bright green...

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Dec 01
Seagate, Newisys demo flash storage architecture capable of 1TB/s

Seagate Technology (www.seagate.com) and Newisys (www.newisys.com) have announced that 21 Newisys NSS-2601 with dual NSS-HWxEA Storage Server Modules deployed with Seagate’s newest SAS 1200.2 SSD drives can be combined in a single 42U rack to achieve block I/O performance of 1TB/s with 5PB of storage.

Each Newisys 2U server with 60 Seagate SSDs is capable of achieving bandwidth of 49GB/s. Newisys is a division of Sanmina Corp. and a provider of data center products for enterprise and cloud applications. Applications that might benefit most from this flash solution include those where microseconds matter in processing massive amounts of data, says Brett Pemble, vice president and general manager of flash products, Seagate. These applications might include metadata caches for large data centers, as well as prediction models for financial markets, oil and...

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Dec 01
Instant Backup Now Supports Mac OS X El Capitan

Zevrix Solutions has unveiled Instant Backup 1.8, a compatibility update to its solution to manually back up selected data to FTP and locally. The new version is compatible with Mac OS X 10.11 El Capitan.

Instant Backup can be purchased from the Zevrix website (www.zevrix.com) for $9.95. A demo is available for download. Instant Backup requires Mac OS X 10.5 or higher.

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Nov 30
Public beta of Apple Music on Sonos coming Dec. 15

Apple and Sonos have announced (http://tinyurl.com/pktffbz) that Apple Music will be available in public beta on Sonos starting Dec. 15. Listeners will have the ability to stream all their favorite aspects of Apple Music, including For You, New, Radio, and My Music, through Sonos smart speakers in any room of their homes.

"Streaming is bringing more music into everyone's lives—and that's a better life. The introduction of Apple Music marks an inflection point for streaming and its mass adoption," said Sonos co-founder and Chief Executive Officer John MacFarlane. "Now that we have access to virtually all the music on Earth, how music lovers listen to it is even more important. We are honored to bring Apple Music to Sonos listeners all over the world.”

The public beta allows many features of Apple Music to be controlled by the Sonos app on an iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac, PC and Android phone,...

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Nov 30
DayMap for Mac OS X revved to version 2.1.1

Whetstone Apps has introduced DayMap 2.1.1 an update to visually oriented organizer app. It offers a way of organizing and scheduling projects and tasks in a visually intuitive Project Outliner and Weekly or Monthly Scheduler.

In version 2.1.1, each occurrence of a recurring task can be sorted in the the Calendar view independently. A graying out scheduled icon appears when a task is completed. And the Hide Completed slider now affects the Calendar view as well as the Outline view.

DayMap 2.1.1 requires OS X Yosemite or El Capitan. It costs and can be purchased at the Mac App Store under the Productivity category (http://tinyurl.com/psscsln).

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Nov 30
Appocto introduces Censorate for Mac OS X

Appocto has introduced Censorate for Mac OS X. It allows you to pixelate, blur or hide sensitive or unwanted areas in images.

Censor ate is designed for users who who frequently post on social media like Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

Censorate is compatible with OS X Yosemite and El Capitan. It sells for $4.99 and is available from Appocto online (http://appocto.com).

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Nov 30
PDF Checkpoint 1.7.14 for OS X improves PDF image preflight

Zevrix Solutions has announced PDF Checkpoint 1.7.14, a maintenance update to its PDF preflight and conversion solution.

The software automatically preflights, exports as images, splits and optimizes multiple Adobe PDF files. It can also convert the color mode of PDF documents, assign ICC profiles, downsample resolution and compress images. The new version improves reliability of image preflighting and fixes a stability issue on Mac OS X El Capitan.

PDF Checkpoint can be purchased on the Mac App Store and the Zevrix website (www.zevrix.com) for US$39.95. The update is free to licensed users. A demo is available for download. PDF Checkpoint requires Mac OS X 10.7 or higher.

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Nov 30
Times for Fun updates fgrab screen recorder for Mac OS X

Times for Fun has upgraded fgrab, its screen recorder for the Mac, to version 1.5. It’s been partially rewritten for OS X 10.10 Yosemite and 10.11 El Capitan.

With fgrab, capture any action on your screen and save it as a screen movie. After recording you can immediately play it back without an export procedure. fgrab is available from Times for Fun (http://www.timesforfun.de/) for approximately $20.

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Nov 27
Orb is a new drag and drop radial contextual menu for OS X

ZoomingCube Interactive (http://zoomingcube.com) has introduced Orb 1.0 for Mac OS X. It’s a $5 drag and drop, radial contextual menu that allows you to open files with various applications without having to drag them all the way to your Dock.

Orb features a special Preview that displays an enlarged preview of image at the center of the menu. A Direction Sensing feature allows default application to be placed in the direction of gesture.

Orb integrates itself with Finder on Mac OS X. It’s compatible with OS X 10.7 and higher, However, although it’s compatible with El Capitan, it requires disabling SIP in order to function.

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Nov 27
24U releases 24U Appearance OSAX 4.0.1 for OS X

24U Software has announced 24U Appearance OSAX 4.0.1 for Mac OS X. The scripting addition allows AppleScript script writers to interact with users via dialogs, notifications, alerts, progress indicators, and floating messages without the need to use a complex development tool, such as Xcode.

Version 4.0.1 ensures that scripts created on older OS X will still work, even on the new OS version. It also brings support for OS X 10.8, 10.9, 10.10, and 10.11, improved memory management and more.

24U Appearance OSAX requires Mac OS X 10.6 or higher. It’s available as shareware. You can install 24U Appearance OSAX, and try it out for 14 days for free. After this you’ll need to register. Licenses for 24U Appearance OSAX start at US$49 per user.

Version 4.0.1 is a free update for owners of version 4.0. Existing customers of version 3 can upgrade to the new version at 30 percent off the regular price. Optional Premium Support and Implementation service are available with...

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Nov 27
Tidy Up! ready for El Capitan

Hyperbolic Software has rolled out Tidy Up 4.1.8, the latest version of its duplicate finder and disk tidying utility for Mac OS X.

It locates duplicate items using a wide range of criteria including owner application,time created or modified, name, label, extension and content. Version 4 introduces full El Capitan compatibility, a new view by duplicate group, a quick “auto-check” feature, and new smart search methods. It also sports a rewritten search engine.

Tidy Up 4.1.8 requires Mac OS X 10.8 or later. It costs US$29.99. Users of Tidy Up version 3.x can upgrade for a special price. Go here (http://tinyurl.com/a3lppc) for details.

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Nov 27
BatchOutput for Microsoft PowerPoint now supports El Capitan

Zevrix Solutions has announced BatchOutput PPT 2.2.1, a compatibility update to its output automation solution for Microsoft PowerPoint on Mac OS X.

In addition to batch printing, the software lets users carry out automated professional PDF production directly from PowerPoint eliminating the need for time consuming post-processing. Users can reduce PDF file size, optimize images and encrypt PDF files. The new version makes BatchOutput PPT compatible with Mac OS X 10.11 El Capitan.

BatchOutput PPT can be purchased for US$39.95 from the Zevrix website (www.zevrix.com). A demo is available for download. BatchOutput PPT requires Mac OS X 10.5 - 10.11 and Microsoft PowerPoint 2008, 2011 or 2016.

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Nov 25
OWC Drive Dock is a new, two-drive dock with USB, Thunderbolt 2...

Other World Computing (OWC) is shipping the OWC Drive Dock, a new docking station that allows creative professionals and other users of large amounts of data to hot-swap, and quickly access, store and transfer information from bare SATA drives.

The OWC Drive Dock is compatible with both Mac and PC systems, and provides two drive bays that each can accommodate either 2.5-inch or 3.5-inch drives.  The two drives can be accessed simultaneously for improved data access and transfer speed, ensuring convenient access to multiple drives.

The OWC Drive Dock sports an aluminum enclosure and quiet, fanless operation. It also has internal universal auto-switching power supply, so no external power brick needed.

The OWC Drive Dock is available now for same-day shipping at http://tinyurl.com/qzsp3lx. The Drive Dock is priced at $247.99, which includes a one meter Thunderbolt cable and a 0.6 meter...

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Nov 25
NetShred for Mac OS X adds support for Firefox 42

Mireth Technology Corp. has released version 4.8.7 of NetShred X (http://tinyurl.com/plqvu8s), its Internet eraser app that erases browsing data: internet cache, history, mail and more.

The upgrade adds support for Firefox 42. NetShred X is designed to run automatically, without user intervention. Since erasing temporary internet files can take some time, its runs in the background.

NetShred X is available for immediate download, or on CD-ROM, starting at $24.95 for an annual subscription. Educational pricing and volume discounts are available. NetShred X runs on Mac OS X 10.3 and higher.

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