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Mar 16
TripIt adds traveler profile to iOS mobile app

TripIt from Concur, a travel-organizing app, now makes it easier for travelers to keep their travel documents and emergency contacts organized with a new feature, Traveler Profile. With it, ravelers can store their essential travel documents, and the contacts they need the most while traveling, right within their TripIt iOS or Android mobile app.
 
Almost any document or contact can be stored within Traveler Profile, allowing travelers to customize their profile, so they have access to the information they need the most while on-the-go, says  says Jen Moyse, head of product at TripIt from Concur. The feature also comes with nearly 20 preset document and contact types, allowing travelers to store, including:

° Passports and more—Essential travel documents, such as passports, IDs, drivers licenses and Global Entry cards, can be stored within Traveler Profile for instant access to these documents;

° Contacts—From sitters to doctors, Traveler Profile...

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Mar 16
Creature is a new 2D animation tool for the Mac

Kestrel Moon Studios has introduced Creature (http://creature.kestrelmoon.com), a 2D animation software for Mac OS X. It's designed with game developers, digital artists and web designers in mind.

Creature allows you to add animation to your digital content. With it you can automatically generate complex motion like Walk Cycles, Hair + Cloth Dynamics and other forms of secondary motion using the software's built in Physics and Procedural Animation Engine.

Creature also provides advanced features like Motion Capture/Transfer, Path Creation/Following and Soft Body Physics. It exports animations to a variety of image and video formats. It also supports the export of animations to most major Game Engines. Game developers can playback character animations authored with Creature via provided source code runtimes.

Creature requires Mac OS X Yosemite or alter. It costs US$99.99 and...

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Mar 16
Limefuel announces USB-C portable battery charger

Limefuel (www.limefuel.com) has announced a charger specifically designed around the USB-C technology in Apple's new MacBook. The 24,000mAh device is designed to keep the laptop going all day long.

The Limefuel charger will feature two Type C ports and four USB ports for charging other mobile devices. Limefuel's new Macbook charger also features pass-through technology allowing multiple devices to charge at the same time.  The charger will be available in the second quarter of 2015 through Kickstarter at a manufacturer's suggested retail price of US$149.99.

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Mar 13
KeyBank expands digital banking with Apple Pay

Starting March 17, KeyBank (www.Key.com) customers will be able to use Apple Pay to make secure payments at more than 700,000 businesses across the United States and select iOS apps.

"We're thrilled to add Apple Pay to the fast-growing range of digital banking services we offer banking customers," says Matthew D. Lehman, senior vice president and head of digital banking.
Using their iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus mobile devices running iOS 8.1 or later, KeyBank customers can use Apple Pay, a mobile payments solution, to  complete credit or debit card transactions without revealing their card information. Customers simply hold their iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus near a contactless reader with their finger on the Touch ID fingerprint sensor. KeyBank customers can also make in-app purchases with either the iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPad Air 2 or iPad mini 3 mobile devices.

Lehman says that adding Apple Pay to KeyBank's...

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Mar 13
All versions of DEVONthink and DEVONnote get upgraded

DEVONtechnologies has updated all editions of its intelligent information and document manager DEVONthink, as well as the smart notebook DEVONnote.

Version 2.8.4 simplifies moving documents into the database, enhances smart groups, and improves performance and reliability. The updates are free and recommended for all users. The upgrade lets users move new documents to their databases more quickly. Dragging files or folders to the application with the Command modifier key pressed imports the items and trashes their originals in one go.

The release also enhances smart groups with new options for filtering by date. It supports new file types for bookmarks and plain text files. The AppleScript support in DEVONthink Pro and Pro Office features two new commands and runs database queries up to 50 times faster.

DEVONthink and DEVONnote 2.8.4 retain tags when splitting documents. All parts are tagged the same and are no longer placed into the inbox but next to their...

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Mar 12
Arturia ships KeyLab 88 pro-grade 88-note MIDI keyboard...

Music software and hardware company Arturia is shipping KeyLab 88, a professional-grade, 88-note hammer-action hybrid MIDI keyboard controller that comes with the company's Analog Lab software synthesizer solution and more.

It sports two virtual instruments. Grand Piano Model D delivers the sound of the Steinway Model D concert grand piano. Pianoteq 5 Stage is a physical modeling-based virtual instrument that provides acoustic and electric piano recreations as well as chromatic instruments.

KeyLab 88 is available to purchase for US$699 from any authorized Arturia dealer or directly online (http://tinyurl.com/nzjfnqq).

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Mar 12
Paragon Camptune X now resizes Boot Camp partitions

Paragon Software Group (PSG) has released Paragon Camptune X with Core Storage technology support, a tweaked interface based on Mac OS X elements, and the ability to identify and automatically fix an unsynchronized partition layout or any file system errors.
 
Camptune X solves the maintenance problem that Mac Boot Camp users encounter when they run out of free partition space. With the utility, Mac users can redistribute the available space between OS X and Windows partitions without data loss.
 
The new version comes with support for Core Storage – a technology widely used on the latest generation of Macs. This means Camptune X now works efficiently with Fusion Drive equipped Macs, as well as those using FileVault encryption.

CampTune X supports all versions of OS X from Snow Leopard onwards. It's available at http://tinyurl.com/6nt6q7 for US$19.95. 

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Mar 12
Digital-Tutors announces free TurboSquid training

Digital-Tutors (www.Digital-Tutors.com), a Pluralsight company and provider of a creative e-learning resource, has released three new tutorials that teach artists how to prepare their 3D models for TurboSquid's CheckMate Certification process. Available now, the tutorials are free and cover Maya, 3ds Max and CINEMA 4D workflows.

Developed with TurboSquid (www.TurboSquid.com), the Digital-Tutors tutorials use a series videos that reveal how to correct critical mistakes artists can make in the 3D modeling process, says Beau Perschall, vice president, Business Development and CheckMate Evangelist at TurboSquid. Gaining certification for models helps validate model quality and provides artists with the opportunity to make more money on their 3D assets, he adds. Artists can design for two levels – CheckMate Pro and CheckMate Lite.

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Mar 12
Sid Meier’s Starships lands on the Mac, PC, iPad

2K (www.2k.com) and Firaxis Games have announced that Sid Meier’s Starships is now available worldwide for Macs, Windows computers, and iPads.

Developed by Sid Meier, creator of the award-winning Sid Meier’s Civilization series, Sid Meier’s Starships challenges players to command a fleet of starships within the narrative universe of Sid Meier’s Civilization: Beyond Earth while embarking on a series of turn-based missions. Along the journey, players explore the galaxy in search of other civilizations, protect planets and their people and build a federation to achieve intergalactic peace.
 
Sid Meier’s Starships sees players build a planetary federation by exploring the galaxy, expanding its influence and domain, researching futuristic technologies and engaging in deep, turn-based tactical space combat with an armada of uniquely customizable starships. Each campaign features a galactic strategy map of worlds with...

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Mar 12
3D print challenge wants to see Apple Watch accessories created

CGTrader has launched a 3D print challenge to more than 120,000 3D artists to create accessories for the Apple Watch.

The challenge explores the commercial possibilities associated with wearable technology. It's an opportunity for 3D designers to submit /promote their printable accessory designs — from watch stands to buckles and travel pouches — compatible with the new smartwatch. 
 
3D designers won’t want to miss the opportunity to create/promote and win.  You won’t want to miss the creativity that lies behind the unique accessories that anyone can use.  

Designers can submit 3D printable accessory designs compatible with the new smartwatch, such as watch-stands, cases, buckles and straps, travel pouches, and more to win prizes and see your 3D models added to the special Apple Watch Accessories collection. To enter the challenge go to http://tinyurl.com/kcgx3le .

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Mar 12
Tablet growth slowing to single digits in the coming years

Following the first year-over-year decline in worldwide tablet shipments in the fourth quarter of 2014 (4Q14), the IDC research group (www.idc.com) has scaled back its five year forecast for the product category.

Worldwide shipments are expected to reach 234.5 million units in 2015, a modest year-over-year increase of 2.1% from 2014. Although the outlook has been tempered, IDC still expects low but positive growth for the market in the years to come as demand in the commercial sector increases, and as Microsoft slowly gains a foothold.

"Despite the growing popularity of phablets, there still remains a portion of the market that wants to use a larger device so they can tailor their experience to the appropriate screen size," said Jitesh Ubrani, Senior Research Analyst, Worldwide Quarterly Tablet Tracker. "Meanwhile, an increasing number of vendors behind small tablets are reducing prices and adopting features like...

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Mar 12
Fanurio 3.1 released for the Mac

Fanurio Time Tracking (http://www.fanuriotimetracking.com) has announced Fanurio 3.1, a new version of its cross-platform desktop application.

It allows you to track time, manage projects, and invoice their clients, so that they can get paid for their work. Version 3.1 adds new features and improvements, including an import module for iBiz, the time-tracking and billing solution developed by IGG Software that's been discontinued.

Fanurio 3.1 is available from the Fanurio online store for US$59. New users can download a free 15-day trial with all the functionality of the paid version. It runs on Mac OS X 10.5 and higher.

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Mar 11
Flint app for the iPhone now supports American Express, Discover...

You can now use your Flint app for the iPhone to process American Express and Discover card payments in addition to Visa and MasterCard. The free app lets you accept credit card payments on your Apple smartphone.

The transaction fees to process AMEX and Discover cards are the same as Visa and Mastercard. Plus, accepting all major credit types brings you more flexibility and sales. Per transaction fees are 1.95% for debit cards and 2.95% for credit cards, same for card scan, manual entry, invoices or online payments.

Flint's technology securely scans the card number off the credit card. The app doesn't take a photo of the entire card or save an image on the phone. It supports keyed number entry as a backup option.

With the Flint app, you can create, send and track invoices to your customers from the mobile app or online merchant portal. Your customers will receive an emailed invoice with a "Pay Now" link they can use to pay online with a credit card. Reminders...

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Mar 11
Twelve South announces HiRise for the Apple Watch

Twelve South presents its first accessory for the most anticipated timepiece ever. Introducing HiRise for Apple Watch, a stand that showcases the watch while it charges.

Designed to work with the Apple Watch Magnetic Charging Cable, this metal stand holds the smartwatch at an elevated height and angle that lets you interact with it while it charges. Available in silver or black, the stand can be used with any style Apple Watch band, including closed loop metal bands.

The HiRise for Apple Watch costs US$49.99 and will ship in May. More info can be found at www.twelvesouth.com.

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Mar 11
Sonnet expands Thunderbolt 2-to-PCIe expansion chassis product...

Sonnet (www.sonnettech.com) has announced the Echo Express SE I, the latest addition to the Echo Express line of Thunderbolt 2-to-PCIe expansion systems.

Like the other members of the Echo Express family, the SE I enables the use of a wide variety of high-performance PCI Express (PCIe) cards — originally designed for use in desktop computers — with any Mac or Windows computer with a Thunderbolt port. The new single-slot model supports nearly every Thunderbolt-compatible PCIe card on the market, including double-width cards (PCIe card plus daughter card). 

The Echo Express SE I features Thunderbolt 2 technology and incorporates support for the DisplayPort 1.2 protocol, which enables video streaming to a 4K video monitor. It's available now for US$349. The updated Echo Express SEL (part is available now for $329.

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Mar 11
PhatWare releases WritePad Handwriting Recognition SDK 5.0

PhatWare Corp. (www.phatware.com) has announced its WritePad Software Development Kit (SDK), a new version of the multiplatform, multilingual handwriting recognition.

Version 5.0 enables third-party app developers to leverage state-of-the-art handwriting recognition software for Apple's iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch devices. WritePad SDK now supports 12 languages in a single library, features improved recognition quality, and support for iOS 8.

WritePad SDK includes handwriting recognition engine static libraries for all supported CPUs, dictionaries for all supported languages, API header files, documentation, and sample code in Objective-C, allowing integration with new or existing iOS applications or devices.

WritePad SDK evaluation is free, while commercial redistribution is royalty-based. For more information about the WritePad SDK and to request an SDK evaluation and commercial pricing, please...

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Mar 11
MacClean is new 'cleaner app' for Mac OS X

iMobie (http://www.imobie.com/) has released MacClean, a new and free cleaner app made to keep Mac computers running "right and light."

The utility is designed to allow you to free up disk space, enhance your browsing experience, and more. MacClean is compatible with all generations of Mac OS X and all models of Mac computer ever made, according to Frank Kong, the founder and CEO of iMobie.

Whether users want to remove junk files from Safari, Firefox or Google chrome, MacClean offers a one-stop solution without heading over to various browsers to clean cookies, history, caches and more one by one, he adds. The app also helps users remove useless files from their Mac, Kong says.

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Mar 11
GraphicConverter for Mac OS X revved to version 9.6

Lemke Software has rolled out GraphicConverter 9.6, a powerful update to its image utility for OS X that offers the ability to export in almost 80 different formats.

GraphicConverter is a universal image editing program that features image conversion from more than 200 graphic file formats. Version 9.6 includes several new and updated features such as imports from various photo editing programs.

GraphicConverter 9.6 requires Mac OS X 10.7 or later. It costs US$39.95 and is available worldwide through the Mac App Store in the Photography category. It can also be directly purchased online from the Lemkesoft website (http://www.lemkesoft.com/). GraphicConverter 9.6 is a free update for all customers of version 9.x. Upgrades from older versions of GraphicConverter are available for $25.95 (USD).

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Mar 11
BatchOutput for Microsoft Word update addresses issues with...

Zevrix Solutions has announced BatchOutput DOC 2.3.4, a maintenance update to its output automation solution for Microsoft Word.

BatchOutput automates printing and exporting of multiple documents to PDF, and allows to carry out powerful professional PDF production directly from Word eliminating the need for time consuming post-processing. The new version addresses some issues that prevented BatchOutput DOC from working after installation of the recently released Microsoft Office 2016 Preview.

BatchOutput DOC can be purchased for US$39.95 from the Zevrix Solutions website (www.zevrix.com), as well as from authorized resellers and Mac App Store. A demo is available for download. The update is free for users of version 2 and $20 from version 1. BatchOutput DOC requires Mac OS X 10.6 or higher and Microsoft Word 2008 and 2011.

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Mar 10
Micromat revamps Techtool Pro 8 for Mac OS X

Micromat (www.micromat.com) has announced a new version of Techtool Pro. The company calls the new version Techtool Pro 8 and says the new version offers a number of significant new features.

"Techtool Pro 8 is a major leap forward compared to our prior versions," says Jeff Baudin, president of Micromat. "Version 8 brings us to the level of ASD (Apple Service Diagnostics). Added with Techtool's legacy battery of tests and repair functions, it takes us quite a bit further." 

Of the new features included in version 8, he says the most significant is the component tests. Depending on the model of Macintosh, it can now check up to 150 new components, sensors and voltage levels "of which we previously could not test," Baudin says.

What's more, Micromat has integrated its Protogo product into this version of Techtool. Protogo allows users to create bootable diagnostic devices out of external hard drives...

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Mar 10
Creative Pro User Group Network announces Las Vegas SuperMeet

The Creative Pro User Group (CPUG) Network says the 14th Annual Las Vegas SuperMeet will take place on Tuesday, April 14, in the Royale Ballroom at the Riviera Hotel in Las Vegas Nevada.

The SuperMeet promises to be the single largest gathering of Final Cut Pro, Adobe, Avid and DaVinci Resolve editors, gurus, digital filmmakers and content creators during the 2015 NAB Show. Early bird tickets are on sale for US$10 ($7 for students) through March 11.

Doors open at 4:30 p.m. with the "SuperMeet Digital Showcase," featuring over 30 software and hardware developers. Presentations will begin at 7 p.m. and continue until 11 p.m.

The SuperMeet agenda hasn't been announced and will not until shortly before the event. However, it will feature user-driven presentations from Blackmagic Design, Adobe, Ripple Training, iZotope, Genarts, HP, Other World Computing and more.

Those who would like to attend the 2015 NAB Show can register for a free exhibits-only pass...

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Mar 10
Landscape and Garden Solution comes to ConceptDraw Pro

CS Odessa (http://www.conceptdraw.com) has announced the Landscape and Garden Solution, a new Solution for ConceptDraw Pro 10. The Solution contains professionally-drawn samples of garden elements to allow users to visualize your landscape plans using templates and libraries.

These include topiary, flowers, water features, pathways and plots, hedges and recreational equipment. The Landscape and Garden solution is designed for any green-fingered gardener wondering how to design a garden. It contains 14 libraries containing 420 vector graphics shapes.

The Landscape and Gardens Solution is an add-on for ConceptDraw Pro 10, available in the Solution Park for US$49. ConceptDraw Pro is compatible with Mac OS X and Microsoft Windows. It retails for $199. ConceptDraw Pro 10 is included in ConceptDraw Office 3, which retails for $499.

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Mar 10
Red Giant Universe gets more visual effects and transitions

Red Giant has updated and expanded the Red Giant Universe to version 1.4, adding more visual effects options.

Version 1.4 introduces eight new tools to Universe, growing the library to include 89 visual effects and transitions. The update also offers new host support for FXHome HitFilm 3 Pro, allowing users to work across multiple host apps – Adobe After Effects, Adobe Premiere Pro, Apple Final Cut Pro X, Apple Motion, Sony Vegas and Blackmagic DaVinci Resolve – with the same effects.

Editors and motion graphics artists can run all 89 Red Giant effects on the GPU for lightning-fast rendering, often even producing results in real-time. Existing Red Giant Universe users can download version 1.4’s new tools and updates from the Red Giant website. For new users, Universe is available in a variety of options. Go to www.redgiant.com/store/universe/pricing for more...

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Mar 10
Anchorium 1.0 introduced for Mac OS X

SitePenalise (https://www.sitepenalise.fr ) has introduced Anchorium 1.0, a free SEO app for Mac OS X.

The key in strengthening the position of websites is understanding how search engine bots analyzes them. Anchorium is designed to demystify the world of search engine optimization by looking at and analyzing inbound linking on websites.

Like many of the search engine bots, Anchorium looks at and analyzes inbound linking on websites. However, engines like Google and Yahoo don't reveal their findings. This means that Anchorium will help website owners understand how the web pages are linked together, which is important in how Google determines how much power and exposure a website receives, according to the folks at SitePenalize.

Anchorium aims to help anyone with a website be searched and be found, they add. It explains in plain English what is happening within the infrastructure of...

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Mar 10
Marriott announces Apple Pay support

Marriott International will become the first global hospitality company to offer Apple Pay. The phased introduction this summer in the U.S. will include brands in locations, such as The Ritz-Carlton, EDITION, Renaissance Hotels, and Marriott Hotels.

Guests using Apple Pay at check-in will simply bring their iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus or Apple Watch near the contactless reader at the front desk. When their device responds with a subtle vibration and beep, the payment information has been securely captured. There will be no need to provide a credit card upon check-in.

"Approximately 75% of our guests travel with one or more mobile devices, and it is even higher among 25-35 year olds – a group that will make up a much larger proportion of our guests over the next three years," says George Corbin, senior vice president, Marriott Digital. "Millions of customers already use Marriott Mobile to quickly book a hotel, check-in, or check out. Now, Apple Pay can make it virtually...

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