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Jun 12
Intuit reimagines QuickBooks online ecosystem for Mac users

Intuit Inc. has announced the availability of the new QuickBooks app for Mac. The company says it brings the power and benefits of the QuickBooks Online ecosystem to Mac users.

The QuickBooks app for Mac is the newest addition to the QuickBooks Online ecosystem, the cloud accounting solution for small businesses. Now Mac users have the option to leverage QuickBooks’ design with an app they can access through the Mac menu bar that gives small businesses and accountants access to a robust, open platform that works for them anytime, anywhere, says Dan Wernikoff, senior vice president and general manager of Intuit’s Small Business Group.

The app has the option to not only use the new app but iPhone and iPad apps to ensure businesses always have access to their important business data. Through just one QuickBooks Online account, a business can access and interact with its data from a computer, iPhone, or iPad. The app automatically syncs data between devices and users, so...

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Jun 12
QuickerTek brings 802.11AC Wireless to MacBook Air, MacBook Pro

802.11ac wireless has come to the Apple MacBook Air and Pro laptops thanks to QuickerTek's new US$149 QCard 2, which replaces the stock wireless card.

It goes in the standard wireless card socket, so users don't sacrifice a USB or other external connection port. Any MacBook Pro or Air running MacOS X 10.8.4  and a PCIe bus (which includes most newer MacBook Air and MacBook Pro models) is a candidate. Users without a PCIe bus may substitute the QuickerTek acNano USB external antenna.

The QCard2 package comes with instructions; additional instructions are also available on the QuickerTek website (http://www.quickertek.com/). The QCard2 also comes with all the tools necessary to install the upgrade.

The QCard2 is currently part of a money-saving bundle. For a limited time, the acHex 6-antenna upgraded Apple Base Station or Apple Time Capsule is bundled with the QCard2.

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Jun 12
BatchOutput PDF now available on the Mac App Store

Zevrix Solutions (www.zevrix.com) says BatchOutput PDF, its PDF printing automation solution, is now available on Mac App Store for US$14.99. It requires Mac OS X 10.7 or higher.

The software processes PDF files from watched hot folders eliminating the need to open and print each document manually. Once users drop PDFs into hot folders, the files will be printed automatically using the assigned output settings.

Users can create print presets for selected print settings and assign them to hot folders. For example, they can make hot folders for color and black-and-white printers, specific paper sizes,  duplex modes, various color profiles and other controls.

BatchOutput PDF Server is available for $79.99 from Zevrix and the Mac App Store. A demo is available for download from the Zevrix website.

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Jun 11
Smart Qi Power introduces wireless charger system for iPads

Smart Qi Power (www.smartqipower.com) is introducing the 3DOM iTablet — thin wireless charger kits for the Apple iPad 4, iPad Air or iPad mini.

According to the company, the 3DOM iTablet is the first wireless charger system that adds wireless charging capability to the latest Apple tablets without a special sleeve or extra weight. There are two components: the 3DOM Power sticker and the Triangle charging stand with three coils. Both have matching 1-Amp charging rates.

The 3DOM Power sticker takes a few seconds to plug into the Lightning connector and attach to the back of the iPad and can be unplugged easily if needed. The 1-Amp charging rate is needed to keep up with the larger batteries. It's thinner than a credit card, and stays in place under any non-metallic case (up to 5 mm thick) or smart cover. It connects wirelessly with the matching Triangle charging stand. 

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Jun 11
OKIDOKEYS Smartlocks to integrate with iOS 8

With Apple's recent announcement of the fall 2014 release of iOS 8 and HomeKit to improve the way connected devices can be managed, OKIDOKEYS (www.OKIDOKEYS.com) says its suite of products, including SmartLocks, will seamlessly integrate with new Apple software.

With the HomeKit software platform. Apple is, in essence, making it easier for home automation devices, like OKIDOKEYS, to integrate its apps' functionality with iOS devices like iPhones, iPads and iPods. This improved integration will allow for more efficient control of door locking, light dimming and other home automation functions via iOS devices, says Pascal Metivier, OKIDOKEYS founder and CEO.

OKIDOKEYS provide a way to lock and unlock your home doors, using any Bluetooth-enabled smartphone, with the free OKIDOKEYS app. The SmartLocks can be installed in a few minutes on existing deadbolt, Metivier says.

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Jun 11
The Secret Society-Hidden Mystery comes to the Mac App Store

G5 Entertainment (http://www.g5e.com) and MyTona have released The Secret Society - Hidden Mystery game for free on the Mac App Store.

Here's how the game is described: "In The Secret Society - Hidden Mystery you join the Order of Seekers, a secret society of people with a unique ability to move inside magic worlds. You travel through photographs in search for clues to unravel the mystery behind the disappearance of your missing uncle and remove the dangers threatening the entire Secret Society.

"You will look for myriad of clues in photographs you move within. These clues, if gathered together with others, will expand even further the world you're traveling and serve to help you unravel the mysteries you're tasked with. Some of these puzzles are harder than others."

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Jun 11
Apple: we've received no selective tax treatment from Irish...

The European Commission plans to open a formal investigation into Apple, Starbucks and Fiat in relation to tax arrangements with three EU countries, notes the "BBC" (http://tinyurl.com/qbgfmbd). The firms' respective arrangements with Ireland, the Netherlands and Luxembourg will be investigated.

However, Apple says it's not received any selective tax treatment from the Irish authorities after European Union state aid regulators opened an investigation into the issue.

"We have received no selective treatment from Irish officials. Apple is subject to the same tax laws as scores of other international companies doing business in Ireland," the company told "Reuters" (http://tinyurl.com/prwsksz) in a statement.

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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.

MegaSeg 5...

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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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