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Jun 11
Dev Interview: Oleksandr MacPaw, Kosovan

WWDC 2014 Developer InterviewsTUAW and MacTech are once again teaming up to interview developers surrounding Apple's announcements at WWDC. Hear what they have to say.

Introduction

We'd like to welcome our guest, Oleksandr Kosovan, CEO at MacPaw. MacPaw develops products for Mac, iOS, and Oleksandr took some time to tell us about WWDC and how it impacts the company.

What were you most excited about hearing in Apple's recent announcements?

The biggest things we're excited about are Home Kit and iBeacon. Even though they're not directly related to our business, they open a whole new layer of possibilities for smart home devices.

But there are couple of more things which we found pretty exciting:

iCloud drive --...

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Jun 11
ChronoSync 4.5 for Mac OS X adds Document Organizer, more

Econ Technologies has updated ChronoSync to version 4.5, an update of the automated synchronization and backup application for Mac OS X that can synchronize, backup, and create bootable backups. The upgrade includes an all new Document Organizer, support for Apple’s Notification Center, 64-bit performance, and over 100 additional new features.

Along with existing email alerts, you can now choose to have your sync and backup results posted directly to your desktop as Notifications. ChronoSync is now a 64-bit app, allowing access to more memory and the use of more advanced APIs and system technologies. Virtually all icons and supplemental artwork in ChronoSync 4.5 have been optimized for Retina displays giving ChronoSync a new, cleaner look. Version 4.5 also includes performance increases across the board when running bootable backups, scanning files, opening and closing ChronoSync documents, and when communicating with ChronoAgent.

For new users the cost is US$40. A...

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Jun 11
MegaSeg DJ optimized for latest versions of Mac OS X

Fidelity Media has updated MegaSeg (www.megaseg.com/), the DJ mixing app and broadcast automation system made especially for Mac, to version 5.9.3. The upgrade features optimizations for the latest versions of Mac OS X. It also adds support for Numark’s Mixtrack Edge controller, 16 channel audio devices, and improved iTunes playlist subfolders.

MegaSeg Pro provides features for pro DJs and VJs, radio and TV stations, and hospitality businesses such as restaurants and hotels. The Pro edition incorporates video playback for ambient visuals, hot keys for instant sound effects, automated music scheduling, ad messaging events, track separation rules, request lists, and more. The DJ edition offers features including visual beat syncing, headphone outputs for preview, MIDI support, automatic volume control, fast category searching, track logging, integrated iTunes playlists and protected audio playback.

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Jun 10
LaCie ships new dual-disk RAID solution

LaCie (www.lacie.com) has announced the availability of what it says is the fastest dual-disk RAID solution on the market — the LaCie 2big. Now with Thunderbolt 2 technology, the LaCie 2big delivers speeds of up to 420MB/second.

The LaCie 2big also offers up to 12TB of capacity and hardware RAID. Itfeatures front-loading disks, disk status LEDs, near-silent heat dissipation, a "secret" door for cable management, and hardware RAID protection — all enclosed in a Neil Poulton design.

The LaCie 2big is the first dual-disk product to ship with Thunderbolt 2 and USB 3.0. It's available in 6, 8 or 12TB capacities through LaCie Resellers starting at US$599.

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Jun 10
NEC adds flagship, 30-inch display to its line-up

NEC Display Solutions of America has announced the MultiSync EA 304WMi (http://tinyurl.com/qz26jhq), a 30-inch monitor addition to its premium business desktop portfolio. It sports WQXGA (2560 x 1600) resolution LED-backlit model and built-in speakers.
 
The widescreen model features IPS panel technology with wide viewing angles (178° horizontal/vertical), touch-sensitive menu controls and ergonomic adjustability. The LED backlighting of the 16:10 aspect ratio EA304WMi allows for a slimmer profile, lighter weight and increased power savings compared to previous generation models, according to Art Marshall, product manager for Professional and Medical Displays at NEC.

For workstations with multiple displays, ControlSync technology lets users control the settings for up to six MultiSync EA Series displays. Users are able to adjust power, brightness, volume and many other settings of the...

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Jun 10
Munin, a Norse mythology-based puzzle game, launches on the Mac

Munin, Odin's faithful raven, starts its journey through the nine realms of Yggdrasil to find its lost wings in a new 2D puzzle platformer (http://tinyurl.com/pfr5qmq) for Mac OS X, Windows, and Linux systems. It costs US$9.99.

Here's how the game is described: "In Munin, players enter a fantastic world of the legends of the Norse gods, because the raven Munin is one of the two loyal messengers of Odin, the father of the gods. But due to a capricious prank by Loki, he has been transformed into a little human girl, and its feathers have been scattered across the nine worlds of Yggdrasil. The players’ task is to find the feathers and restore the raven to his true form."

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Jun 10
Jumsoft's Inspiration Set updated with 43 new templates for...

Jumsoft (http://www.jumsoft.com) has updated its range of templates for Apple's Pages. The latest version of the Inspiration Set application includes 43 new designs, adding up to 350 templates for a variety of document types.

Most elements in the Inspiration Set can be edited. Stock images can be replaced with users' own photos or pictures. All templates are available in both paper size A4 and U.S. Letter.

The Jumsoft templates require Mac OS X 10.6.6 or later and Pages 5.0 or higher. Inspiration Set 2.9 costs US$19.99 and is available worldwide through the Mac App Store in the Graphics & Design category. The app is also available on the Jumsoft website with more information and design samples.

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Jun 10
PDFpen for Mac OS X gets Text-to-Speech support, more

Smile (http://www.smilesoftware.com) has rolled out PDFpen 6.1.3, an update to its all-purpose PDF editing tool for OS X. The update adds Text-to-Speech support and improves support for VoiceOver and Accessibility in several areas.

The changes in PDFpen 6.1.3 have also been made in PDFpenPro 6.1.3, the pro version that can also convert websites into PDFs, automatically create fillable PDF forms, and construct document table of contents. PDFpen 6.1.3 works with PDFpen for iPad and PDFpen for iPhone, allowing editing across devices when used with iCloud or Dropbox storage. Users who wish to use iCloud must purchase PDFpen 6 from the Mac App Store. (Apple restricts iCloud access to applications purchased via the Mac App Store.)

PDFpen retails for US$59.95, and PDFpenPro for $99.95. Family pack licenses, which cover up to five computers in one household, are $74.95 for PDFpen and $119.95 for...

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Jun 10
EverWeb for Mac OS X gets enhancements to Image Gallery, more

RAGE Software has revved EverWeb, a website designer for the Mac, to version 1.4. The new version adds enhancements to the Image Gallery, Navigation Menu, Image Slider, Facebook, and HTML Snippet widgets.

EverWeb builds on the ease of use of Apple's discontinued iWeb website tool. Using modern HTML5 and CSS3, EverWeb websites are faster, leaner and compatible with all major desktop and mobile web browsers, according to the folks at RAGE Software.

With EverWeb, you can use one of the professionally designed templates or start a website from scratch. Built-in widgets let you add design shapes, social media integration, image galleries, image slideshows, contact forms and more. The built-in HTML Snippet widget lets you add just about anything to your EverWeb site.
EverWeb comes in two versions. A standalone version that can be used with any web hosting service costs US$79.95 USD. EverWeb can also be purchased with one-click publishing that includes the software,...

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Jun 10
CS Odessa announces new basketball solution in ConceptDraw...

CS Odessa (http://www.conceptdraw.com) has added to the ConceptDraw Solution Park to enhance ConceptDraw Pro 9.5 and greater. Introduced is a new set of libraries that provides a complete basketball sport solution.

The Basketball Solution includes libraries tailored for basketball diagrams, play schema, and illustrations. The new addition to ConceptDraw Solution Park is free for current users of ConceptDraw Pro 9.

The Basketball Solution in the ConceptDraw Solution Park includes a collection of templates, samples, and libraries of vector stencils, icons and clipart that support basketball diagrams with any level of complexity. ConceptDraw Pro is compatible with Mac OS X and Microsoft Windows. It retails for US$199. Also, it's included in ConceptDraw Office 2, which retails for $499.

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Jun 10
PhatWare releases improved WritePad handwriting recognition SDK

PhatWare Corp. has WritePad SDK 4.2, an update to their handwriting recognition SDK (software development kit) for iOS 7.0.

WritePad SDK enables third-party app developers and OEMs [original equipment manufacturers] to leverage handwriting recognition software for iOS 7. The new version of the SDK features improved handwriting recognition engine, updated APIs supporting UNICODE (UTF-16) text encoding for better compatibility, enhanced documentation and sample code.
WritePad SDK sample code and documentation have been also updated.

The WritePad SDK evaluation is free, while commercial redistribution is royalty-based. Go to http://tinyurl.com/kg5bamu for more info.

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Jun 10
Amsys announces Swift iOS development course

Amsys has announced their first "Beginning Swift Development" course for July. Announced at last week's Apple WWDC keynote, Swift has been created to make app development an easier, more accessible skill to acquire.

The two-day course by Amsys will be available at both the company's Manchester and Soho based Apple Authorised Training Centres. Throughout the course, delegates will learn key skills and tools such as: how Swift handles values, strings and characters, what classes are and how to use them, experiment with playground, plus an introduction to Xcode and how to manage and compile all your code.

For delegates familiar with Objective-C, the course also includes a module on combining Swift into existing apps that are written in Objective-C. Go to http://www.amsys.co.uk/training/ for more info.

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Jun 10
Apple releases MacBook Air SMC Update 2.0

Apple has released MacBook Air SMC Update 2.0 for mid-2013 MacBook Air models.

This update addresses an issue which may cause the battery to drain faster than expected when the lid is closed. It requires Mac O X 10.8.5 or later and is available via the Software Update component of OS X's Systems Preferences app.

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Jun 10
Akvis MakeUp for Mac OS X tetra new Share button, more

Akvis (http://www.akvis.com) has released Akvis MakeUp 3.5 for Mac OS X (10.4 and higher) and Windows. Akvis MakeUp automatically smoothes small defects on the skin, making it radiant, beautiful, pure and even, as you can see on artistic images, according to the folks at Akvis.

In version 3.5, a new Share button allows you to quickly publish images from the program in Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, Tumblr, Google+. With improved RAW files processing, the list of supported formats has been extended.

The software is designed for tasks such as processing marriage photographs or graduation party photos. Thanks to the Batch Processing feature, you won't need to process every picture, but can apply the chosen settings to a whole folder with the event shooting. The program is available in plug-in and standalone versions. The plug-in version is compatible with Adobe Photoshop CS5 64-bit.
 

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Jun 09
Dev Interview: Larry O'Connor, Other World Computing

WWDC 2014 Developer InterviewsTUAW and MacTech are once again teaming up to interview developers surrounding Apple's announcements at WWDC. Hear what they have to say.

Introduction

We'd like to welcome our guest, Larry O'Connor, Founder & CEO at Other World Computing. Other World Computing develops products for Mac, iOS, and Larry took some time to tell us about WWDC and how it impacts the company.

What were you most excited about hearing in Apple's recent announcements?

The new iOS development environment is very exciting to us as is what Yosemite brings next to the Mac platform. In terms of the iOS side - it's perfect timing with respect to entries we have planned to enhance the customer experience with our product....

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Jun 09
Autodesk acquires Bitsquid

Autodesk (www.autodesk.com) has acquired Stockholm-based Bitsquid AB, the creator of the Bitsquid game engine.

The acquisition brings to Autodesk expertise in 3D game development and proven technology that will enable Autodesk to supercharge its portfolio of tools for game makers through the development of a new 3D game engine, according to Chris Bradshaw, senior vice president, Autodesk Media & Entertainment. Multiple game developers have used the modern and flexible Bitsquid engine to create 3D games for next-generation consoles and PCs, and Autodesk will continue to work with many of these companies to develop the new 3D game engine. Terms of the acquisition were not disclosed, he adds.

In addition to acquiring the Bitsquid game engine, the acquisition of the Bitsquid team and technology will enable Autodesk to create new tools for real-time 3D visualization for architects and designers. The new...

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Jun 09
Deque Systems offers free beta of WorldSpace Xcode plugin

Deque Systems (www.deque.com) is releasing a beta version of WorldSpace Xcode Plugin for the iOS application development community. This tool automatically analyzes source code to validate that all accessibility attributes have been specified correctly.

It integrates into the Xcode development environment and displays Accessibility issues in the source code to aid in quick remediation. Developers can also learn about how to address Accessibility issues with the provided context sensitive help.

Apple's VoiceOver accessibility infrastructure is a comprehensive platform that can be used to deliver accessible applications, if used properly. The WorldSpace Xcode Plugin aids developers in validating that the iOS Accessibility infrastructure is used properly, so good accessibility becomes part of the normal methodology.  

The tool can also be integrated into a Continuous Integration testing framework so that...

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Jun 09
GhostControl game for the Mac goes to version 2.0

Application Systems and bumblebee have conjured up GhostControl Inc. 2.0 for the Mac. The upgrade allows your ghost hunters to access bigger weapons and better traps.

There's a new inventory system of your equipment and a "Spookipedia" that holds all your information from ghostscans. There's also an equipment guide, achievement list, and more.

In the game you manage a team of ghosthunters. Your goal is to free London from paranormal terror in turn-based battles. Take on the ghosts, follow the map, and take in the lovely sites and stunning landmarks of London.

GhostControl Inc. costs US$7.49 and requires Mac OS X 10.6 or higher. It's available at the game website (http://www.application-systems.co.uk/) and also via the Steam gaming service.

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Jun 09
SMART Utility for Mac OS X gets new email system, more

Volitans software has announced SMART Utility 3.1.2, an update to the hard drive diagnostic application. The new version features a new email system, better drive support, and bug fixes.

SMART Utility is an application to scan the internal hardware diagnostics system of hard drives. SMART is a system built into hard drives by their manufacturers to report on various measurements of a hard drive's operation.

SMART Utility is available in a variety of licenses including a personal license for US$25 and a family license for $40. It can be purchased online (http://www.volitans-software.com/) or within the SMART Utility itself through its embedded web store.

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Jun 08
Dev Interview: Wil Shipley, Delicious Monster

WWDC 2014 Developer InterviewsTUAW and MacTech are once again teaming up to interview developers surrounding Apple's announcements at WWDC. Hear what they have to say.

Introduction

We'd like to welcome our guest, Wil Shipley, Chief Monster at Delicious Monster. Delicious Monster develops products for Mac, iOS, and Wil took some time to tell us about WWDC and how it impacts the company.

What were you most excited about hearing in Apple's recent announcements?

iCloud Drive is something I want to use all the time. I like the improvements in Mail and Safari a lot, and I appreciate that they're concentrating on making those apps solid instead of doing crazy new stuff and letting their old apps rot.

Continuity is a...

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Jun 06
Dance Party coming to Apple TV

Rolocule Games has announced the development of Dance Party, a multiplayer rhythm game where users mimic the movements of onscreen dancers using their iPhone or iPod touch.

Dance Party allows users to connect multiple iOS devices together and dance simultaneously in front of big screens. The game streams to an HDTV using AirPlay mirroring. Dance Party will also feature turn based multiplayer for local dance tournaments.

The game is due to be released on the Apple App Store in July. Rolocule Games plans to give early access of the game to those signing up at the website (http://www.dancepartygame.com) starting today.

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Jun 06
Native Instruments launches The Future of DJing video series

Native Instruments has kicked off The Future of DJing – a new video series featuring international artists and how new technologies found on Traktor products inspires creativity. Throughout the summer of 2014, The Future of DJing series will highlight the artist, and how technological innovation plays a role in their performance.

The first video features Marc Kinchen (aka MK) whose musical career has given rise to some of dance music’s most iconic tunes. In the video, he talks about how technology has always inspired his DJing and fuels his concept of the ideal live DJ performance — creating a track from start to finish live while DJing. MK also shares his vision where a future generation of talented DJ/producers will be setting the new standards of DJ culture without ever touching vinyl or playing an instrument.

The Future of DJing video series aims to kick-start discussions with artists, labels, and the media about, well, the future of DJing. As an added bonus,...

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Jun 06
SmoothReviews introduces new service

SmoothReviews has introduced a brand new service that allows any app developer to get "unlimited, free, honest app reviews on the App Store or Google Play."

"The review for review system helps your app build credibility and gives it more exposure, meaning more downloads," says founder Jay Van Buiten. "All of these things help developers to move the app up in the rankings and generate more revenue. Developers give and receive reviews from each other using a point system to get honest reviews as often as they'd like."

SmoothReviews supports iOS or Android, free or paid, tablet or phone apps. Any app can receive reviews.

Here's how it works: you give a review, you get a review. For each review you give, you earn a point on your SmoothReviews account. Your app will then appear for another developer to review, and you'll have spent the point. Go to http://smoothreviews.com for more info.

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Jun 06
Flipbuilder releases Flip PDF Pro for the Mac

Flipbuilder has released Flip PDF Professional for Mac (http://www.flipbuilder.com/), a tool for creating page flip catalogs from PDFs.

With Flip PDF Pro, Mac users can create catalogs, brochures and other marketing collaterals from PDF files. It allows users to drag and drop a variety of objects for creating presentations. You can also embed YouTube Videos, animated text, flash files, and other pre-designed objects for creating page flip e-books.

Flip PDF Pro costs US$299 and requires Mac OS X 10.5 or higher. A demo is available for download.

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Jun 06
Cocktail for Mavericks now lets you tweak fonts in Safari

Maintain has served up Cocktail 7.5.1 (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 ability to set proportional and fixed-width font family and font size in Safari. It also fixes compatibility issues with Firefox 29 and contains other minor bug fixes and improvements.

Cocktail 7.5 (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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