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Jun 18
SeedCode Calendar for FileMaker gets speed boost

 SeedCode (http://www.seedcode.com) has introduced new upgrade of Pro Calendar, which now works on the web via WebDirect. The update also adds an option to use Perform Script on Server (PSOS).

Pro Calendar is especially tuned for folks working with a calendar from outside their local network. It now runs in a browser through FileMaker WebDirect and runs scripts on the server when possible, making the calendar faster.

The WebDirect side of SeedCode calendar is expressed in a separate set of scripts and layouts optimized for WebDirect. These use the same data mapping developers wire up for their desktop calendars so WebDirect support can be pasted into existing calendar deployments (providing they're up-to-date).

The "Perform Script on Server" script step (PSOS) was introduced in FileMaker Server 13 to let clients of a hosted file run scripts on the server. Using PSOS can result in performance...

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Jun 18
CS Odessa adds to management area in ConceptDraw Solution Park

CS Odessa (www.conceptdraw.com) has announced a new ConceptDraw Solution Park addition for ConceptDraw Pro 9.5 and greater. The addition is a set of libraries that provide a range of graph and chart types to support documentation and graphics that deal with management information and data.

The new addition to ConceptDraw Solution Park is a free item for current users of ConceptDraw Pro 9.x. The Management Area of ConceptDraw Solution Park now includes a collection of templates, samples, and libraries of vector stencils, icons and clipart that support many professional ways to show data at a glance. The new area contains management and planning tools, calendars, enterprise architecture diagrams, fishbone diagrams, organization charts, SWOT, and timeline diagrams to illustrate documents and presentations.

ConceptDraw Pro is compatible with Mac OS X and Microsoft Windows. It retails for US$199. It's...

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Jun 17
AAS advances string modeling with String Studio VS-2 plug-in

Applied Acoustics Systems (AAS) has released String Studio VS-2 for Mac OS X (10.6 or later) and Windows (XP, Vista, 7, or 8). It's an updated 64-bit (AAX-, AU-, and VST-compatible) version of its original String Studio VS-1 string modeling synthesizer plug-in.

A new interface now divides String Studio VS-2 into three panels. Play presents shortcuts to the performance and effects parameters, including bypass switches for quick edits, as well as an Arpeggiator. Edit lets users tweak and create sounds by combining innovative acoustic modeling parameters and classic synth features. FX adds new Equalizer and Compressor modules.

String Studio VS-2 also simplifies structured organization, backup, and sharing of sounds. The factory library has l over 600 production-ready sounds across 11 categories.

String Studio VS-2 is available to buy for instant download delivery directly from Applied Acoustics Systems (...

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Jun 17
FlipBuilder rolls out Flip Book PDF for Mac OS X

FlipBuilder has announced Flip PDF for Mac (http://tinyurl.com/kc644v5), software for creating animated flipbooks for reading on mobile devices. It also lets you customize your flip brochure by adding company logos or website for branding.

With Flip PDF you can publish ebooks, online magazines, corporate reports, newspapers, event leaflets or flyers, business brochures, annual reports, educational books and more. It utilizes HMTL5 technology.

Flip PDF for Mac requires Mac OS X 10.5 or higher. It costs US$99.

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Jun 17
Hapa Games unleashes Ascendant on Mac OS X, Windows, Linux

Hapa Games has released Ascendant on Mac OS X (10.5 and higher), Windows, and Linux platforms. It's available at Steam (http://tinyurl.com/orvyx8n) for US$9.99.

Here's how the game is described: "Ascendanat is a hard side-scrolling brawler! Created with a passion for beautiful art styles and fluid engaging mechanics, the game introduces players to a brand new world each time they play. Using modern rogue like elements such as permadeath and procedurally generated environments, you play the role of a demigod who invades a plane controlled by your rivals. They will stop at nothing to eliminate you, and only the best of warriors will triumph over their armies of zealots and beasts."

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Jun 17
Typinator 6 gets over 50 new features, improvements

Ergonis Software (http://www.ergonis.com) has released Typinator 6, the latest version of its tool for auto-typing text and auto-correcting typos systemwide across all Mac OS X applications. The upgrade sports over 50 new features and improvements.

With an inclusion mechanism, text expansions can execute external scripts and include their results in the expansion. Typinator supports scripts written in in many different languages like AppleScript, Perl, PHP, Python, Ruby, and arbitrary shell scripting languages.

The biggest innovation in Typinator 6 is the possibility to create expansions based on regular expressions. Also, new HTML expansions are not just text expansions that happen to contain HTML code, but rather a distinct expansion format that can be described in HTML.

Typinator requires Mac OS X 10.5.8 or later. Mac OS X 10.6 or higher is recommended.

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Jun 17
Apple reaches agreement to settle e-book pricing lawsuit

"Re/code" (http://tinyurl.com/lbdcqq5) reports that Apple has reached an agreement to settle a civil class action suit related to e-book pricing, according to court documents filed on Monday.

Apple faced as much as US$840 million in state and consumer antitrust claims related to ebook deals with publishers that led to a U.S. lawsuit and court-ordered monitor. In April 2012 the United States Department of Justice filed an antitrust lawsuit against Apple, Hachette SA, HarperCollins, Macmillan, Penguin and Simon & Schuster in New York district court, claiming collusion over ebook pricing.

No details are yet available as to the terms of the settlement. Although the parties have come to some sort of agreement, Apple is still appealing the court’s ruling from last year that Apple was liable for violating both federal and state antitrust rules; the letter to the court says "any payment to be made...

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Jun 17
Mobile Viewpoint previews live video transmission app for Mac OS...

Mobile Viewpoint (www.mobileviewpoint.com/), an European company involved in video transmission over bonded IP networks, has announced a Mac OS X solution to its growing family of encoders.

The newest member of the family is a software-only, live transmission solution for Mac laptops and desktop computers. All available network connections on the computer can be used for bonding, while ingesting live video is handled by BlackMagic Design Thunderbolt capture devices.

Like all other Mobile Viewpoint portable and fixed encoders, this new example of creative use of technology for live video and file transfers integrates completely in the Mobile Viewpoint family. It can be monitored from the WMT VideoManager and routed to one or more HD SDI Playout devices for total flexibility and footage exchange options, says Mobile Viewpoint CEO Michel Bais.

It's due in August and will run on Mac OS...

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Jun 17
Parallels Access comes to the iPhone

Parallels has introduced an update to its Parallels Access app (www.parallels.com/access) for remote access to Macs and PCs. Originally available only on iPad, this release adds support for the iPhone and Android phones and tablets.


It also delivers new features for even better remote experience, and introduces Parallels Access for Business (www.parallels.com/access-business), which lets companies centrally assign, manage, and secure remote access to their computers, according to Zack Zubarev, president of Parallels. In addition to new platforms, new features include:
 
° Facebook login lets users log in quickly.

° There's the ability to launch desktop applications with a single tap right from the home screen of an Android device.

° A new file browser lets iOS users browse...

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Jun 17
LinkOptimizer for InDesign revved to version 4.9.14

Zevrix Solutions (www.zevrix.com) has launched LinkOptimizer 4.9.14, a maintenance update to its workflow automation solution for Adobe InDesign.

The software allows you to reduce the size of InDesign links and speed up processing by eliminating excess image data. It also performs image color conversion and sharpening, converts file formats and more. The new version lets users define target image resolution in pixels per centimeter in addition to the pixels per inch standard.

LinkOptimizer can be purchased from the Zevrix website for US$259.95 (there's a "lite" version for $179.95) as well as from authorized resellers. A demo is available for download. The update is free for LinkOptimizer 4.x users and $130 to upgrade from previous versions. LinkOptimizer is available for Mac OS X 10.5-10.9 and works with Adobe InDesign and Photoshop CS3-CC.

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Jun 16
SMS Backup for iPhone lets you export SMS to Excel files

mTouchLabs (http://mtouchlabs.com) has announced SMS Export Plus 1.5, an update of their productivity app exclusively for iPhone and iPod touch. SMS Export Plus allows you to backup iMessages and SMS from your device to a Mac in .xls format.

Using SMS Export Plus, you can archive and maintain records of all your messages at a single location in Excel file. You can browse all backup messages in the .xls file. And you can filter messages by sender or sort messages by time and date.

SMS Export Plus 1.5 costs US$2.99 and is available at the Apple App Store under the Productivity category. It requires iOS 6 or higher.

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Jun 16
PageMeUp 1.0 released for OS X

Softobe has introduced PageMeUp 1.0 (http://tinyurl.com/ozgvtyr). It's a layout editor for Mac OS X 10.8 or higher.

With PageMeUp, you create a document, choose its page format, size and background color, set the margins, bleed, custom guides, rows and columns and even apply RGB or CMYK ICC color profiles. Then you can drag, import or paste images and text onto the PageMeUp document and place/resize them on the page.

A snap assistant helps you align the boxes on the page. You can edit and format your text, scale the images (custom, fit, fill), apply shadow, fill or gradient background, border, mask, rotation, opacity, flip, web links, page HTML metadata. Finally, you can print or export your work in PDF, HTML, TIFF, PNG or JPG formats with custom resolution, compression and ICC profile.

PageMeUp 1.0 is available as a full-featured demo. A single user license costs US$24.

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Jun 16
DF Mixer Pro for Mac gets advanced search function, more

DJMixersoft (http://www.DJMixersoft.com) -- which specializes in DJ
mixing and digital music technologies -- has released version 3.6.5 of DJ Mixer
Professional for Mac, an US$99.95 DJ solution for amateur and
 professional DJs alike.

The new version has an advanced search function, with BPM, year and key filters allowing for easier mixing. It also supports keys in Circle of Fifths or compatible formats and the MIDI buffering has been re-implemented with a major stability improvement. With 20 new controllers in this version.

DJ Mixer Pro enables you to mix digital music in various formats such as MP3, M4A, WMA, AAC, OGG, WAV or AIFF in real time. You can also mix video clips together with audios. The program has BPM detection that will help you synchronize your tracks.

DJ Mixer Professional integrates with your iTunes library. It's compatible with Mac OS X 10.9 or higher. A 30-day demo...

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Jun 13
App Tamer for Mac OS X gets a refined user interface

St. Clair Software (http://www.stclairsoft.com/) has introduced an upgrade (2.0.3) to App Tamer, its Mac utility that manages applications to deliver more efficient CPU usage and increased battery life. This version addresses several performance issues, as well as refining App Tamer's user interface.

App Tamer comes pre-configured to automatically manage Safari, Firefox, Chrome, Spotlight, Time Machine, Word and many other apps when they're in the background. You can customize it for other apps, as well.

App Tamer will operate on any Mac running Mac OS X 10.7 or higher. You can try App Tamer free for 15 days. A license to continue using it after the trial period is US$14.95. Users of App Tamer 2.x can upgrade to version 2.0.3 for free. Users of earlier versions can upgrade for $7.95.

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Jun 13
Deliver Express for Mac OS X gets maintenance upgrade

Zevrix Solutions (http://www.zevrix.com) has announced Deliver Express 2.4.4, a maintenance update to its solution to automatically send and share files across the Internet and local networks on the Mac. The new version addresses an issue that could prevent email from being sent via certain SMTP servers.

Deliver Express processes files from watched hot folders and can serve multiple users on a network while running totally unattended. It offers e-mail notifications, multi-destination delivery, file compression, detailed history and much more. The new version allows users to transfer uncompressed folders to FTP and SFTP servers.

Deliver Express can be purchased from the Zevrix website as well as from authorized resellers. The license prices are based on the maximum number of allowed destinations and range from US$29.95 to $299.95. The update is free for licensed customers. A demo is available for...

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Jun 13
SubEthaEdit anticipates Yosemite's translucent interface...

The Coding Monkeys have updated SubEthaEdit
(http://www.codingmonkeys.de/subethaedit/), a text editor for Mac OS
X, to version 4.0.1. The upgrade anticipates some of OS X Yosemite's translucent user interface features.

SubEthaEdit 4.0.1 — available at the Mac App Store, as well as from The Coding Monkeys — also a fixes some bugs.

SubEthaEdit's tabbed window interface helps to reduce window clutter
by grouping documents in a single window with a tab bar, according to
the Coding Monkeys. Tabs include keyboard access, and support
drag-and-drop to tear off, recombine and sort individual tabs.
However, the traditional multi window interface is still fully
supported.

SubEtha 4.0.1 is a free update for registered users of version 4.x. For new users the cost is US$29.99. It requires Mac OS X 10.9 or higher.

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Jun 12
Black Box introduces stackable locker system for mobile devices

Black Box Corp. has expanded its portfolio of storage and charging solutions for mobile devices with a new "pay as you grow" stackable locker system. Called the iPad, Chromebook, Tablet, and Laptop Lockers, these configurable, stackable lockers feature the company’s signature IT cabinet design.

They can accommodate standard 19-inch rack IT equipment in addition to all sizes of tablets and other mobile devices. The Black Box stackable locker system allows customers to purchase what they need today with the flexibility to stack additional lockers up as they add devices, according to the folks at Black box. The stackable configuration ensures that the footprint remains small.

The system is designed for any environment where mobile or e-learning devices are stored: K-12 institutions, training environments, restaurants for wait staff to place wireless orders, airlines for digital flight and maintenance manuals, and medical professionals who use devices at the point of care...

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Jun 12
ZooGue announces three new iPad cases

ZooGue has announced three new iPad cases, including a redesigned Case Prodigy made for iPad Air and iPad mini. The redesigned cases are approximately 40% thinner, 25% lighter and have an additional angle added for extra convenience.

The Thin iPad mini and Air Case Prodigy Elite (pictured) are designed to provide enhanced protection by encompassing the tablet in a plastic shell protecting the corners from harm. With the addition of the shell, the tablet is also free of any obstruction to the bezel of the tablets. Considering the redesigned cases will still provide the same stable and secure use of the magnetic kickstand, and allow access to all buttons and ports, ZooGue believes these cases will offer unsurpassed benefits that competitor cases do not provide, says Tim Angel, owner of ZooGue.


In keeping with the idea of updating designs, the company will also offer a three-ring binder case for the iPad Air. This case sports a nylon exterior with microfiber interior...

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Jun 12
iHealth blood glucose monitor works with iPhones

iHealth Lab Inc. has launched the iHealth Align, a FDA-approved mobile blood glucose monitor. The meter plugs directly into a smart phone such as the iPhone and displays and stores readings using the iHealth Gluco-Smart app.

By displaying readings directly on the phone screen, iHealth was able to shrink the device size to just slightly larger than the circumference of a quarter. The compact size and mobile sync capability make iHealth Align a small and powerful new tool for diabetes management, says Adam Lin, president of iHealth Lab. The iHealth Align plugs directly into the headphone jack of a user's smart phone and works with both iPhone and Android phones.  

The readings are automatically displayed and logged using the free iHealth Gluco-Smart mobile application. Through the app, users can manage their readings, track insulin and easily share info with caregivers and supporters. Since all the data is automatically sent to the cloud, users can view their...

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Jun 12
AlertBoot integrates OS X FileVault 2 to its service

AlertBoot Data Security (http://www.alertboot.com) has integrated into its cloud-based laptop disk encryption and smart device management console the ability to deploy and control FileVault 2 full disk encryption on Macs.

With this latest addition, clients of the managed encryption provider are able to protect and manage, via a single web-based console, Windows-based computers, Macs, iPhones, iPads, and Android OS-based smart phones and tablets, says Tim Maliyil, founder and CEO of AlertBoot. The latest AlertBoot addition makes use of FileVault 2, Apple's FIPS 140-2 compliant FDE software included with OS X versions Lion (10.7) and upwards. 

Using the encryption software native to all modern Macs, AlertBoot is able to:

° Remotely wipe encrypted machines.

° Back up encryption keys to the AlertBoot cloud, preventing the loss of data and preparing for other contingencies.

° ...

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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. 

The Triangle charging...

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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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