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Apr 08
Adobe Lightroom Mobile brings photo tools to the iPad

Adobe has announced the availability of Lightroom mobile, a companion app to Lightroom desktop software, only available as part of Adobe Creative Cloud. The new Lightroom mobile app brings Lightroom tools to the iPad.

It delivers photography essentials – such as non-destructive processing of files – and utilization of new Smart Preview technologies to the Apple tablet. Lightroom mobile is built on a synchronization architecture, designed specifically for photos, and provides the most efficient way to manage and edit images across desktops, mobile devices and the Web.

Lightroom mobile is available as part of the Adobe Creative Cloud Photoshop Photography Program. For USD$9.99 per month, photographers have access to Lightroom 5 and Photoshop CC on the desktop as well as Lightroom mobile on iPad. Go to www.adobe.com/go/lrmobile for more info.

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Apr 08
Zevrix PDF Checkpoint 1.6.5 delivers activation fixes

Zevrix Solutions (www.zevrix.com) has announced PDF Checkpoint 1.6.5, a maintenance update to its PDF preflight and conversion solution for Mac OS X.

The software automatically preflights, converts to images, splits and optimizes Adobe PDF files. The program is equally suitable to process hundreds of files as well as single PDF documents. The new version addresses an issue in which PDF Checkpoint users could not activate their registered software on certain systems.

PDF Checkpoint can be purchased from the Zevrix Solutions website for US$49.95, as well as from authorized resellers. PDF Checkpoint is bundled with free Graphic Inspector software (a $40 value). The update is free to licensed users. A demo is available for download. PDF Checkpoint requires Mac OS X 10.5-10.9 (some features require Mac OS X 10.7 or later).

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Apr 08
EditShare's MAM, Ark solutions now integrate with iAvid...

EditShare says its Flow Media Asset Management (MAM) and Ark archiving/backup solutions now now integrate with the Avid ISIS 5500/5000 and 7500/7000 shared storage families. The new integration lets Avid ISIS facilities add EditShare asset management, ingest and archiving tools to their workflow.

EditShare Flow’s integrated asset management and ingest capabilities turn Avid or EditShare storage systems into end-to-end file-based workflow solutions. Ark Tape provides an integrated solution for customers who want to have a safe copy of their media that can be transported off-site — or for those who want an easy and energy-efficient solution for archiving media and projects from their Avid or EditShare storage systems.

Ark Disk is based on hard disks that are spinning all the time. Go to www.editshare.com for more info.

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Apr 08
VidConvert gets Mavericks update, adds Chinese localizations

Reggie Ashworth has released VidConvert 1.5.2, an Mavericks update to his video converter for Mac OS X.

The app is a video converter that will convert just about any type of video into one of many popular formats. You can use it to create videos for your iPhone or iPad, for your Mac or TV, or in formats such as DivX and MPEG.

In addition to support for Mac OS X 10.9 Mavericks, VidConvert 1.5.2 contains Chinese localization, has been updated to work with the latest FFmpeg release (v2.2), and includes miscellaneous code optimizations and bug fixes. The app costs US$7.99 for a single user license; a demo is available for download. Go to www.reggieashworth.com/vidconvert for more info.

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Apr 07
Intego has launched X8 versions of its Internet security suites

Intego introduced VirusBarrier X8 and NetBarrier X8, new versions of its security and protection software for Mac OS X 10.7 or higher.
 
Alongside an all-new user interface, VirusBarrier X8 has a new low-priority scanning mode for enhanced performance. NetBarrier X8 has enhanced rule functionality for easier configuration and new firewall/application monitoring options.
 
Customers can choose from a range of bundles. Intego’s X8 bundles are available for purchase at www.intego.com . Current users of Intego’s Mac Internet Security can easily upgrade to the X8 product line for free by visiting www.intego.com.


For new customers, the manufacturer’s suggested retail price is US$49.99 for Mac Internet Security, $89.99 for Mac Premium Bundle, $64.99 for Mac Washing Machine Secure X8 and $79.99 for Family Protector Bundle. Customers can also...

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Apr 07
CalDigit debuts Thunderbolt 2 RAID storage solution

CalDigit has announced the CalDigit T4 Thunderbolt 2 RAID storage solution for creative professionals. IT will be available in two versions.

Both versions feature dual Thunderbolt 2 ports for integration into any 4K post-production workflow. The T4 R is a RAID 0, 1, 5 and JBOD solution on the market. The device is predominantly intended to be used as a RAID 5 solution.

The T4 J is a RAID 0, 1 and JBOD solution. The T4 J is intended for users who either need outstanding performance (RAID 0) or a flexible JBOD device.

Both units fully support both 3.5-inch HDDs for up to 16TB of capacity, and SSDs for up to 4TB of capacity. Both units also have hot-swappable drives that can be used with CalDigit’s other storage solutions such as the CalDigit T3 and AV Pro.

The CalDigit T4 will be available in the third quarter of 2014 from the CalDigit Online Store and CalDigit Resellers worldwide. Pricing for the CalDigit T4 J starts at US$699 for 4TB. The T4 R starts at...

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Apr 07
EditShare's MAM, Ark solutions now integrate with iAvid...

EditShare says its Flow Media Asset Management (MAM) and Ark archiving/backup solutions now now integrate with the Avid ISIS 5500/5000 and 7500/7000 shared storage families. The new integration lets Avid ISIS facilities add EditShare asset management, ingest and archiving tools to their workflow.

EditShare Flow’s integrated asset management and ingest capabilities turn Avid or EditShare storage systems into end-to-end file-based workflow solutions. Ark Tape provides an integrated solution for customers who want to have a safe copy of their media that can be transported off-site — or for those who want an easy and energy-efficient solution for archiving media and projects from their Avid or EditShare storage systems.

Ark Disk is based on hard disks that are spinning all the time. Go to www.editshare.com for more info.

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Apr 07
JMR ProBracket for the Mac Pro debuts at NAB

JMR Electronics is debuting its ProBracket family mounting hardware for Apple's 2013 Mac Pro at this week's National Association of Broadcasts (NAB) show. The American-made mourning brackets allow the pro desktop to be securely installed under a desk, aside a desk pedestal, to a wall, or into a rack cabinet.

The mounts let you mount the Mac Pro with its I-O ports available or hidden. Each mount includes cable management and secure integrated straps that hold the computer in place. Rubberized gasketed surfaces protect the Mac Pro from migration and scratches.

Each ProBracket is finished in high gloss, black, baked-on power coating over 18-gauge galvanized steel. Prices start atUS$79. Go to www.jmr.com for more info.

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Apr 07
Seagate ships 'world's fastest' 6TB drive

Seagate is shipping what it says is the "world's fastest" drive for scale-out, cloud-based data centers. It's the 6TB hard disk drive dubbed the Seagate Enterprise Capacity 3.5 HDD v4.

Scott Horn, Seagate's vice president of marketing, says the drive enables faster data transfers by building on an eight-generation platform that lets it deliver up to a 25% increase in performance over competing 6TB drives. The Enterprise Drive utilizes the latest generation of 12Gb/s SAS and is also available in an enterprise-ready SATA 6Gb/s interface for simplified system integration.

The drive is shipping to select Seagate Cloud partners and resellers. It will also be integrated into Seagate's branded storage products later this spring. Go to http://seagate.com/www/6TB_Drive for more info.

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Apr 07
Autodesk unveils Smoke 2015 for the Mac

Autodesk is unveiling Smoke 2015, the latest version of its professional video editing software, at this week's National Association of Broadcasts (NAB) show. In addition to new creative tools and performance enhancements, the software will now be available as a desktop subscription so customers can use it on a pay-as-you-go basis.

Smoke 2015 offers improved workflows with tools such as Final Cut Pro. It features 3D Tracker, a new Timeline FX workflow, added hardware support, and optimization for the new Mac Pro running Mac OS X Mavericks.

Smoke will soon be available via monthly, quarterly, and annual Autodesk desktop subscription plans. Customers who commit for more than a year save more than US$500. Subscription pricing will be available starting May 8 on the Autodesk eStore for $195 SRP/month, $545 SRP/quarter, and $1,750 SRP/year.

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Apr 07
Tension Software announces Precise Screenshot 1.2

Here are some of the latest incremental product updates for Mac OS X.

° Tension Software (www.tensionsoftware.com) has updated Precise Screenshot, its Mac OS X tool for taking screen shots, to version 1.2.

The upgrade's status menu now offers a visual feedback for the timer and for when you're taking screenshots. Also, user-saved shot sizes are now sorted by area.

Precise Screenshot requires Mac OS X 10.8 or higher. It costs US$5 and is available at the Mac App Store.

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Apr 07
FXHome announces HitFilm plug-ins for Final Cut Pro X, After...

FXHome has announced that many of its VFX, compositing, motion graphics, and grading effects will soon be available for the first time for Final Cut Pro X, Adobe After Effects, Adobe Premiere, and Apple Motion. They take the effects present in HitFilm 2 Ultimate to multiple platforms.


The plug-ins range from visual effects and professional green screening to procedural motion graphics and cinematic color grading. They'll be available starting April 16 for US$499. Go to FXHome.com for more info.

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Apr 07
Hyperbolic Software updates Tidy Up! for Mac OS X

Hyperbolic Software (http://www.hyperbolicsoftware.com/) has announced Tidy Up 3.0, the latest version of the duplicate finder and disk tidying utility. The upgrade features a new interface and more.

Tidy Up locates duplicate items using a wide range of criteria including owner application, time created or modified, name, label, extension and content. Version 3.0 features include: the ability to search for duplicate folders by content; a priority option; the ability to compare only the representation data of the images; results shown as a grid or list; pre-definite smart baskets that show the files by kind; and more.

Tidy Up 3.0 requires Mac OS X 10.6.6 or greater. It costs US$30.

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Apr 06
NAB: LaCie announces new Thunderbolt 2 storage solutions

At this week's National Association of Broadcasts (NAB) event, LaCie is announcing three new storage solutions featuring Thunderbolt 2 technology: The LaCie 8big Rack, 5big, and 2big.

The LaCie 8big Rack Thunderbolt 2 is the company’s first Thunderbolt 2 rackmount storage solution. It sports up to eight 6TB 7200RPM hard drives from Seagate for 48TB in an 1U size.

Now featuring Thunderbolt 2 technology, hardware RAID 5 and industry-leading capacity, the new LaCie 5big is nearly two times faster — delivering speeds of up to 1050MB/s. Thanks to Seagate’s new 6TB 7200RPM hard drives, it boasts a 20% capacity increase, which makes it the most compact 30TB storage device on the market. With these advances, the new LaCie 5big gives video professionals huge capacity and ample bandwidth for improving 4K workflows – right on the desktop.

The new LaCie 2big boasts a host of features including Thunderbolt 2 technology, hardware RAID and a new industrial design. It boasts...

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Apr 04
ArtistInfo for Mac visualizes relationships among musicians

Metason has released ArtistInfo for Mac OS X. It's an app that consolidates information on musicians, music groups, producers and composers.

It's designed to enrich music played in iTunes, as well as aiding your search for info on artists and albums. It includes visualizations of networks among musicians.

ArtistInfo features background info formerly found on album covers and in CD booklets. It requires Mac OS X 10.7 or higher. It's available for US$5.99 at the mac App Store. For more info go to http://www.metason.net .

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Apr 04
DRPU releases Bulk SMS for Mac OS X

DRPU has released Bulk SMS for the Mac. It lets you send an unlimited number of text messages from your computer to mobile phones.

Bulk SMS works with all commonly used GSM, Android and Windows-based mobile phones to transmit text messages from anywhere without an Internet connection. It costs US$69.

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Apr 04
Disksomnia 4.0 for Mac OS X gets rewritten menu bar

Digital Heaven has announced Disksomnia 4.0, an upgrade of their Mac OS X utility that stops hard disks from going to sleep. The new version sports a completely rewritten menu bar that works in the background to keep disks awake, even those that ignore Energy Saver preferences.

Disksomnia 4.0 requires Mac OS X 10.7.3 or higher. It costs US$9.99 and is available at the Mac App Store. Go to http://tinyurl.com/nx7ekh for more info.

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Apr 04
PDF Signet for Mac OS X revved to version 1.3

Vaclav Slavik has announced PDF Signet 1.3, an update to his productivity app for OS X. PDF Signet is a tool for digitally signing PDF documents with certificates.

The new version adds compatibility with smartcards and eToken devices, enabling users to sign documents safely and securely. PDF Signet uses OS X technologies such as Keychain, Services, Automator and AppleScript.

PDF Signet 1.3 is US$9.99 and available worldwide exclusively through the Mac App Store in the Productivity category. Go to http://pdfsignet.com for more info.

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Apr 04
Maintain serves up Cocktail 6.8.6 (Mountain Lion Edition)

Maintain has released Cocktail 6.8.1 (Mountain Lion Edition), the latest maintenance update for users running OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion. This version ability to clear saved application states and the "Utilities" menu that allows quick access to miscellaneous utilities and assistants. It also contains improvements on the "Search for corrupted preference files" procedure.

Cocktail is a general purpose utility for OS X that lets users clean, repair and optimize their Mac. It requires OS X Mountain Lion or OS X Mountain Lion Server (10.8). Cocktail (Lion Edition) for OS X 10.7, Cocktail (Snow Leopard Edition) for OS X 10.6 and Cocktail (Leopard Edition) for OS X 10.5 are available for download from the Maintain website.

Cocktail costs US$19 for a single user license and is available for purchase from the Maintain website (http://maintain.se/cocktail). The license is valid for Mountain Lion, Lion...

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Apr 03
The radio trumps online services for music discovery

When it comes to discovering new music nothing beats the good old radio. That's according to the results of an Edison Research survey which finds that 35% of Americans, who try to keep up with the latest music, consider FM/AM radio their number one source to keep up with the latest trends.

Personal recommendations are also popular when it comes to music, with 21% of the respondents mostly relying on their social circle to stay up-to-date. Among the plethora of online music services, surprisingly, YouTube is the most important one for music discovery, 9% of the respondents find new tunes on Google's video portal. The chart is provided by Statistica (http://tinyurl.com/n4eqls8).

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Apr 03
Apple, Microsoft, others partner for PAI group

A diverse group of g companies — including Apple, DuPont, Ford, GE, IBM, Microsoft and Pfizer — have launched the Partnership for American Innovation (PAI) to safeguard America’s position as a global innovation leader. Former U.S. Patent Trademark Office (USPTO) Director David Kappos, now a partner at Cravath, Swaine & Moore, is a senior advisor to the group.

"As director of the USPTO, I saw firsthand the significant role the patent system plays in encouraging inventors, promoting investment in innovation, and creating jobs," Kappos says. "Now is not the time to gamble with America’s innovation engine — once patent protections are eliminated, they cannot be restored."

He adds that the members of the PAI are committed to the following principles:
° The American economy is best served by a strong patent system that protects high-quality innovation in all fields of technology.

° It is critical to our global economy that IP is respected by all...

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Apr 03
Lenmar introduces ChugPlug, an external portable power pack for...

Lenmar Enterprises has released the ChugPlug, a portable power pack and battery charger for the MacBook. It's designed for the MacBook Air and 13-inch MacBook Pro.

Marty Goldberg, president of Lenmar Enterprises, says the ChugPlug provides an additional three hours of power for the 13-inch MacBook Pro and four hours for the MacBook Air. It's designed to be the same height and weight of Apple's 60-watt MagSafe and connects with the MacBook power adapter.

The ChugPlug is available now for pre-order at a retail price of US$159.99 and will begin shipping mid-April. For more info go to www.lenmar.com/chugplug .

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Apr 03
Apple's WWDC 2014 kicks off June 2

Apple will hold its annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) June 2 through June 6 at San Francisco’s Moscone West. At this year’s five-day conference, developers from around the world will learn about the future of iOS and OS X.

Apple says WWDC will feature more than 100 technical sessions, over 1,000 Apple engineers, hands-on labs to help developers integrate new technologies and fine tune their apps, as well as the Apple Design Awards which showcase the best apps from the past year.

Developers can apply for tickets via the WWDC website (developer.apple.com/wwdc) now through Monday, April 7, at 10 a.m. (Pacific), and tickets will be issued to attendees through random selection. Developers will know their status by Monday, April 7 at 5.

There will also be 200 Student Scholarships available, giving students around the world the chance to earn a free ticket (developer.apple.com/wwdc/students). This year the National Center for Women & Information...

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Apr 03
Product Manager for Mac OS X gets redesigned user interface

Tension Software (www.tensionsoftware.com) has launched Product Manager 2.0, an update of its Mac OS X app to manage company products from different standpoints. The new version has a redesigned user interface.

Product Manager is document based and can managed an "unlimited" number of documents, each with an "unlimited" number of products subdivided into families. Version 2.0 also adds a customized layout of values for any product, customizable label descriptions, and more.

Product Manager requires Mac OS X 10.8 or higher and costs US$40. It's available from the Tension Software web site and the Mac App Store.

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Apr 02
Graphic Node unveils a new suite for iWork

Graphic Node has expanded its assortment of iWork templates with the release of Suite for iWork. It features a mixture of 576 templates — from business proposals and newsletters to posters and certificates — for Pages, Keynote, and Numbers.

You can customize the templates to your requirements. Suite for iWork requires Mac OS X 10.7 or higher. It's available on the Mac App Store for US$$9.99. Go to http://graphicnode.com for more info.

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