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Sep 02
Perfect Photo Suite 9 adds faster Raw previews, more

onOne Software (www.ononesoftware.com/) has announced Perfect Photo Suite 9, an updated version of its photo editing and effects app for Mac OS X and Microsoft Windows. Included in the new release are performance and feature improvements, all designed to help you streamline your photo-editing tasks, so you can spend more time shooting and less time processing your photos.

The new version sports an overhauled Browse module, which adds fast previews of RAW files; new rating, ranking and keyword tools; and sophisticated filtering capabilities; a new Smart Smart Photo feature, which lets you re-edit your photos — with previous settings intact — after saving and closing them; and a new Quick Mask brush: run it over an area that you want to select (or remove), and a detailed mask is automatically created.

Perfect Photo Suite 9 will be available in late October in two versions: Premium and Basic. The...

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Sep 02
Answers released for Mac OS X, Windows

Tim Parnell has introduced Answers for Mac OS X and Windows. It's designed to make creating and organizing help documents simple.

Answers uses a content-based approach to enable users to create documents faster. You can build documents for local software help books, or publish to the web. Answers handles the tricky part of organization and design. By allowing you to focus on your content, not the code, you can create everything from software help books to website FAQs, according to Parnell.

Bundled with Answers are several themes from which to choose. After adding content, select a theme to stylize the help document and prepare it for publishing. At launch Answers includes five themes. Also included is a blank theme specifically for use with the anchor tags output, so the FAQ can be easily dropped into an existing website.

There's a free version and an US$29 Pro version. Go to http://nswrs.com for more...

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Sep 02
SD Card Recovery for Mac OS X updated to version 3.5.6

AppleXsoft (http://www.applexsoft.com) has updated their Mac data recovery software, SD Card Recovery, to 3.5.6. The new version is compatible with OS X Mavericks.

It also expands the recoverable file types. Now it supports the ability to recover RAW and HD videos and provides users with more detailed options to choose. For example, users can choose the accurate manufacturer of digital cameras to perform a better recovery.

SD Card Recovery supports data recovery from SD Card manufactured by SanDisk, Kingston, PNY, Lexar, Transcent, PQI, Transcend, Sony, Integral, Panasonic, Toshiba, Olympus, just to name a few. It has support for -- but not limited to -- SD Card, mini-SD, micro-SD, microSDHC, SDHC, Memory Stick Duo, Memory Stick Pro, Memory Stick Pro Duo, MMC, SmartMedia, xD Picture Card. SD Card Recovery recovers formatted, deleted, erased, lost and corrupted pictures, photos or any files from...

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Sep 02
FriedEGG Touch for Mac OS X scrambles to version 1.7

FriedEgg Limited (http://www.friedegg.com) has released version 1.7 of friedEgg Touch, an interactive data analysis tool for Mac OS X. The upgrade focuses on improving usability and increasing the reliability of the analysis process. In addition, newer technologies have improved performance and support higher resolution displays.

friedEgg Touch 1.7 costs US$14.99 and is available worldwide exclusively through the Mac App Store in the Business category. A sample data table is included with the application to enable users to explore the key features.

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Sep 02
Pagico for Desktop for Mac OS X adds HiDPI support

NOTES17 has announced Pagico for Desktop 6.7 (http://www.pagico.com/), an update to their information and task manager app for Mac OS X. The upgrade adds HiDPI support for computers with high resolution monitors.

Pagico for Desktop manages all types of data, including notes, tasks, files, projects and contacts. On top of the project and contact management features, it also has a powerful set of scheduling features, assisting users to keep track of their tasks and appointments among projects and clients.

Pagico requires Mac OS X 10.5 or later. Version 6.7 is a free update for registered users. For new users the cost is US$50, though the app is on sale for $30 through Sept. 15. A demo is available for download.

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Sep 01
Have a great Labor Day

Today is Labor Day in the U.S., so "MacNews" and "MacTech" will be closed. Have a great day with family and friends and be safe if you're traveling.

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Aug 29
ArtRage for Mac OS X gets 64-bit support

ArtRage (www.artrage.com) is shipping now with faster 64-bit support. The upgrade of the painting software for Mac and Windows features a 64-bit engine for speed improvements, larger projects and canvases, and additional features listed below.  

ArtRage 4.5 costs US$50 for new users. However, it's a free upgrade for ArtRage 4.x users and a $25 upgrade for owners of previous version, including OEM versions that came bundled with Wacom tablets worldwide.

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Aug 29
Jettison is ready for OS X Yosemite's 'dark mode'

 St. Clair Software has released Jettison 1.4.1 (http://tinyurl.com/kvonedl), an update to their Mac OS X application that automatically ejects external drives before your Mac goes to sleep.

Jettison eliminates the hassle of manually ejecting Time Machine backup drives, network server volumes and flash drives. Just close the lid of your MacBook and Jettison does it for you. Version 1.4.1 improves the logic for ejecting and remounting all disks, with specific improvements for SD cards and flash drives. It also delivers user interface refinements and support for Yosemite's "dark mode."

Jettison requires Mac OS X 10.6 or higher. It's a free update for registered users. For new users the cost is US$4.95.

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Aug 28
Billings Pro for Mac OS X, iOS revved to version 1.8

Marketcircle has unveiled Billings Pro 1.8 (http://www.marketcircle.com/billingspro), an update to its time billing and invoicing solution for Mac OS X and iOS devices.

It's a multi-user time tracking and invoicing application for for multi-user businesses, with a web interface for workers to track time. Version 1.8 is designed to maximize the capabilities of the iPhone and iPad to create a one-stop app for freelancers and working professionals to track their time, expenses, and mileage and to send invoices and track payments.

Billings Pro uses Marketcircle's Apple Design Award Winning desktop interface from Billings 3, as well as an iPhone application based heavily off of their Billings Touch app. The synchronization technology is derived from Marketcircle's Daylite software.

New in Billings Pro is the addition of a web interface called Timecard. Timecard...

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Aug 28
FabFilter releases FabFilter Pro-Q 2 equalizer plug-in

FabFilter has released FabFilter Pro-Q 2, an update to the Pro-Q equalizer plug-in. It sports new features such as full screen mode, natural phase processing, Aauto gain, spectrum gGrab, Gain-Q interaction, and slope support for all filter types.

For Pro-Q 2, FabFilter has redesigned the internal filter engine from the ground up. It's also boosted by user interface innovations.

FabFilter Pro-Q 2 is now available for US$199, supporting both Mac OS X and Windows in VST and VST 3, Audio Units, AAX, RTAS and AudioSuite plug-in formats. Bundles with FabFilter Pro-Q 2 and other FabFilter plug-ins are also available at www.fabfilter.com/shop . Existing FabFilter customers can purchase or upgrade to Pro-Q 2 with very attractive discounts by logging in to their online user account.

System requirements on the Mac are Mac OS X 10.5 or higher with Intel processor and an Audio Units host, VST 2/3 host, or Pro Tools. Both 32-bit and 64-bit hosts are supported.

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Aug 28
Apple officially announces Sept. 9 media event

It's official: Apple is planning a media event on Tuesday, Sept. 9, at 10 a.m. (Pacific). The company has sent out invitations to the press dubbed: "9.9.2014. Wish we could say more."

Almost certainly the company will announce the long-rumored iPhone 6, which is expected to be available in 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch versions. Recent rumors have added that Apple will also unveil a smartwatch, the "iWatch," at the event.

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Aug 28
New StuffIt Deluxe 16 lets Mac users store, share compressed...

Smith Micro Software has launched StuffIt Deluxe 16 for Mac with Cloud Services integration, a new cloud-based file transfer feature that lets users send large files without the dealing with email attachments or FTP. 

With the new release, more than 16 million StuffIt users can share photos, videos, music and more using cloud storage services, such as Dropbox, Google Drive, Microsoft OneDrive and SendStuffNow. StuffIt Archive Manager is now more efficient with a new QuickLook search feature; streamlined navigation helps users quickly open, expand, create, verify, and schedule archiving, according to the folks at Smith Micro.

StuffIt Deluxe 16 for Mac is now 64-bit only and the minimum system requirement is Mac OS X 10.8 It costs US$49.99; this includes a six-month subscription to Smith Micro’s SendStuffNow cloud storage service (a $60 value).

Registered users of any previous version of StuffIt Deluxe or StuffIt Standard for Mac can upgrade to the new StuffIt...

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Aug 28
AKVIS Refocus for Mac OS X gets new refocusing algorithm

AKVIS (http://akvis.com) has released AKVIS Refocus 5.0 for Mac OS X and Windows. The software improves sharpness of out of focus images and adds lens blur effects to photos. Version 5.0 provides a new refocusing algorithm.

A 10-day demo is available for download. Registration is US$39.

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Aug 28
myTuner Relax is a new relaxation app for Mac OS X

AppGeneration has introduced myTuner Relax Pro for Mac OS X. It offers more than five hours of relaxing songs encoded at 320 Kbps.

myTuner Relax also allows users to tune the best 85 radio stations that feature relaxing music from all around the globe and to record their favorite songs. Additionally, they can check the top selling relaxing songs in any country.

myTuner Relax requires Mac OS X 10.9 or later. It's available for US$4.99 (for a limited time ) for Mac OS X in the Mac App Store in the Health & Fitness category.

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Aug 28
ConceptDraw Pro revved to version 10

CS Odessa (www.conceptdraw.com) has announced the next generation of thier cross-platform business graphics and diagramming software: ConceptDraw PRO 10.

The new version boasts features inspired by customer feedback, such as native round-trip import and export of Visio 2013 files. Now Mac and Windows users alike can use ConceptDraw PRO 10’s features to open and edit files made with the latest version of Visio.

The object connectors have been revamped and expanded to give a new dimension of connector technology. Presentations and drawings made with ConceptDraw PRO 10 also have the option of exporting to the latest versions of PowerPoint.

ConceptDraw PRO is compatible with Mac OS X and Microsoft Windows. It retails for US$199. ConceptDraw PRO 10 is also included in ConceptDraw Office 2, which retails for $499 USD.

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Aug 27
Maintain serves up Cocktail 7.1 (Mavericks Edition)

Maintain (http://maintain.se/cocktail) has served up Cocktail 7.1 (Mavericks Edition). This version is a maintenance upgrade.

Cocktail is a general purpose utility for OS X that lets users clean, repair and optimize their Mac. Its features are arranged into five categories designed to help you manage various aspects of your computer, including Disk, System, Files, Network and the OS X Interface.

Cocktail (Mavericks Edition) requires OS X Mavericks to run. It costs US$19. A demo is available for download.

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Aug 27
LaCie ships new Thunderbolt 2 storage solution

LaCie (www.lacie.com) is shipping the LaCie 8big Rack Thunderbolt 2 in a 48TB capacity. The company says it's the "fastest, highest–capacity" Thunderbolt 2 storage solution on the market with speeds of up to 1330 MB/s and eight Seagate 6 TB 7200 RPM professional hard disks.

Built with 4K video workflows in mind, it delivers enough bandwidth to support 10–bit, 4K footage. Videographers can work directly from RAW files in Apple Final Cut Pro or Adobe Premiere, get maximum quality from footage and see edits in real time.

The LaCie 8big Rack 48 TB (US$4,999.99) is available now through LaCie and its resellers. The product is also available in four–disk 12 TB ($1,699.99) or eight–disk 24 TB (2,799.99) configurations. Thunderbolt 2 is compatible with the same cables and connectors as first–generation Thunderbolt.

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Aug 27
G5's The Cursed Ship, Collector's Edition comes to the...

G5's The Cursed Ship, Collector's Edition (http://tinyurl.com/nu2s5pp) is now available for the Mac. It's being offered for US$4.99 through Aug. 29; the normal price is $6.99.

Here's how the game is described: "The Ondine, the biggest and most luxurious cruise ship ever built, departed on her maiden voyage long ago. But her enormous pools, ornate casinos and grand ballroom were never seen again. Now the Trident Corporation has sent you to locate the ship and rescue its remains. During this dangerous mission, you lose all forms of contact and collide with the Ondine.

"Very soon you discover that the disappearance has something to do with the odd green fumes that cover the decks and rooms of the vessel as well as the Insanes, its invaders. Moreover, through a mysterious mirror you move to a very odd place, where everything happening around you is somehow occurring in two parallel worlds!

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Aug 27
Brawlerz : Nitro for Mac and PC is now on Steam Greenlight

Bail! Enemy Jet and Rum Theory has announced their new Steam Greenlight project for Brawlers : Nitro. It's compatible with Mac, Windows and Linux systems.

Here's how Brawlers : Nitro is described: "The game offers fast paced retro arcade style gameplay, RPG elements and multiplayer all rolled into one super slick package. Choose the car that suits your strategy: it's a reflection of your inner maniac. This isn't a death race or rally, it's a fight to the death, pure and simple! The game supports Mac, Linux and Windows computers.

"Choose the car that suits your strategy. The fast-paced Buggy for quick attack and fast retreat? The mammoth Truck for crushing your enemies head on? Or perhaps you're someone who enjoys seeing your enemies burn in eternal hellfire (yes, there's a Pyro car!)."

For more updates and information on the progress of Brawlerz : Nitro, go to http://tinyurl.com/pfop5a2...

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Aug 27
GoodTimes update for Mac OS X focuses on weddings

TheKeptPromise (http://thekeptpromise.com/) has revved GoodTimes, its collage and layout app for Mac OS X, to version 1.3. The upgrade is focused exclusively on weddings, offering many wedding specific themes, objects and backgrounds.

With GoodTimes, you can send "Thank You!" cards, post on Facebook and more. It provides tools for tool capture a photo gallery, preparing your frames and test driving your photos in them.

GoodTimes 1.3 costs US$19.99 and is available worldwide through the Mac App Store in the Graphics & Design category. It requires Mac OS X 10.7 or higher.

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Aug 26
STM introduces the Cable Wrap cable management system

STM (www.stmbags.com) has created the US$24.99 Cable Wrap. Designed with a "dedicated space for everything," it's built to offer a way to store flash drives, chargers, cable adapters, headphones, backup batteries and other electronic device accessories.

Made with water resistant fabric, the Cable Wrap unfolds to reveal four storage panels. One end of the wrap features a large mesh pocket for securing small items such as flash drives, adapters for universal chargers, lip balm, even spare change.

The two center panels are divided into three small pouches and three medium pouches with elastic bindings. The center panels are designed for storing a laptop power brick, rolled up charging cables or headphones individually so cords can no longer become tangled together. The smaller pouches can also house an emergency pen for those times when all other writing utensils disappear from a bag.

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Aug 26
BRAVEN colors the audio world with 705 speakers for under $100

BRAVEN (www.braven.com) is shipping the 705 portable Bluetooth speaker, which is available in eight colors. Battery powered, it provides sound for over 12 hours.

The BRAVEN 705 doubles as a portable battery to charge your smartphone and other USB devices. It's clutch-sized and sports a unibody design.
 
BRAVEN 705 speakers are weatherproof and water resistant, with an IPX5 rating capable of surviving accidental splashes, drops, and bumps. They also sport features including an integrated noise-canceling microphone to make and take calls and BRAVEN’s TrueWireless Technology that allows pairing of any two 7-series BRAVEN speakers for left and right channel stereo sound.
 
The BRAVEN 705 is now available in bright cyan, magenta, yellow, purple, and teal as well as bold black, grey, and white color options for US$99.99. 

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Aug 26
SANS Institute announces Apple, Mac, iDevice forensic analysis...

To help digital forensic and incident response (DFIR) professionals take on any Apple case, the SANS Institute today introduced the new FOR518: Mac Forensic Analysis course. This hands-on forensic analysis course is designed to help Windows-based investigators broaden their analysis capabilities and achieve the confidence and knowledge needed to comfortably analyze any Mac or iOS system without hesitation.

SANS will debut the new FOR518: Mac Forensic Analysis course at SANS Crystal City in Virginia, Sept. 8-13. A second run course will be offered at SANS Seattle 2014, Sept. 29- Oct. 6.

"From coffee shops to corporate boardrooms, Apple devices can be found nearly everywhere. As these devices continue to grow in popularity, digital forensic investigators and analysts must start paying more attention to them," says Sarah Edwards, SANS Course Author  and Digital Forensic Analyst. "The goal of the FOR518: Mac Forensic Analysis course is to help form well-rounded...

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Aug 26
Seagate ships world’s first 8TB hard drives

Seagate Technology (www.seagate.com) is shipping the world’s first 8TB hard disk drive. It delivers bulk data storage solutions for online content storage providing customers with the highest capacity density needed to address an ever increasing amount of unstructured data in an industry-standard 3.5-inch HDD, says Scott Horn, Seagate vice president of marketing.

Outfitted with enterprise-class reliability and support for archive workloads, it features multi-drive RV tolerance for consistent enterprise-class performance in high density environments, he adds. The drive also incorporates a SATA 6Gb/s interface for system integration in both private and public data centers. Seagate is shipping drives to select (think enterprise) customers now with wide scale availability next quarter. Pricing hasn't been announced.

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Aug 26
TypeBook Creator for Mac OS X gets new interface

Veenix Software has updated TypeBook Creator (http://tinyurl.com/yjew3jw), professional font cataloging and specimen printing software for the Mac. The new version features a modern, streamlined interface that emphasizes key features of the software and compliments the look of the latest Mac operating systems.

TypeBook Creator features automatic font categorization, 16 specimen page layouts and numerous customization options. It uses a proprietary algorithmic process that can distinguish between 16 font classifications of Western Roman fonts, including: serif and sans serif fonts, picture, script &and thematic fonts, text fonts, mono-spaced fonts, wide and narrow fonts, and more.

Fonts are analyzed as they're added to the database and tagged with appropriate categories. Users can also manually add their own categories, and recategorize fonts as they see fit. The automatic font...

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