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Oct 08
Quark offers 40 percent discount on QuarkXPress Upgrade Plans

Throughout the month of October, Quark Software is offering a 40 percent discount on QuarkXPress Upgrade Plans. With a QuarkXPress Upgrade Plan, users are guaranteed to receive all QuarkXPress upgrades free of charge over the course of the plan, including all new major version updates.

Until Oct. 31, the plan is offered for US$99 for one year and $179 for two years, saving users over 40 percent. To learn more about the special offer contact the Quark Telesales Team ( QuarkXPress users can purchase a QuarkXPress Upgrade Plan within 90 days of upgrading to the newest version or within 90 days of purchasing a new license of QuarkXPress 2015.

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Oct 08
Enhanced editions of Harry Potter books released on iBooks

Apple has announced that enhanced editions of all seven books in J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series are now available exclusively on the iBooks Store for readers around the world to enjoy on their iPhone, iPad, iPod touch and Mac.

Customers can download individual books featuring full original text, interactive animations and elaborate artwork. Harry Potter fans will also find annotations throughout their literary journey, written by the author herself. 
"I’m thrilled to see the Harry Potter books so beautifully realised on iBooks for the digital world; the artwork and animations in these enhanced editions bring the stories alive in a delightful new way," says J.K. Rowling.
Until now, the Harry Potter digital books have only been available for readers to purchase through the Pottermore Shop. Starting today, iBooks users can experience the books with all new exclusive custom covers for each title, and typography including the custom Harry Potter...

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Oct 08
Maintain serves up Cocktail 9.0.1 (El Capitan Edition)

Maintain has announced Cocktail 9.0.1 (El Capitan Edition), the latest maintenance update for users running OS X El Capitan 10.11.

Cocktail is a general purpose utility for OS X that lets users clean, repair and optimize their Macs. This version adds OS X El Capitan 10.11 compatibility and fixes miscellaneous bugs discovered in the previous release. It also contains overall performance improvements. The update is highly recommended for all users of Cocktail (El Capitan Edition).

Cocktail 9.0.1 (El Capitan Edition) requires OS X El Capitan 10.11 to run. Cocktail (Yosemite Edition) for OS X 10.10, Cocktail (Mavericks Edition) for OS X 10.9, Cocktail (Mountain Lion Edition) for OS X 10.8 and Cocktail (Lion Edition) for OS X 10.7 are available for download from Maintain website.

Cocktail costs US$19 for a single user license and is available for purchase from the Maintain website (...

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Oct 08
Marked 2.5 for OS X gets multilingual spelling/grammar checker

Brett Terpstra has announced Marked 2.5 for OS X. It's a live-updating Markdown preview application with a full set of tools for writers.

Users can edit text documents in their favorite editor and Marked will provide the tools needed for previewing, proofreading, and polishing. Version 2.5 adds multilingual spelling and grammar checking, support for new applications, expanded export options, and advanced features for integration in writing workflows.

Marked 2.5 requires OS X Yosemite or higher. It's available on the Mac App Store ( Normally priced at US$13.99, Marked 2.5 is available for $11.99 for a limited time. The update is free to all existing Marked 2 users.

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Oct 07
Parallels Desktop 11 for Mac gets OS X El Capitan support

Parallels ( says both Parallels Desktop 11 for Mac ( and Parallels Mac Management for Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM) fully support OS X El Capitan.

Parallels Desktop 11 for Mac (build 11.0.2) supports El Capitan as both a host and guest, as well as Windows 10 and other operating systems as a guest. In Coherence mode, Parallels Desktop 11 for Mac lets you run OS X El Capitan's Split View feature – the ability to display two different apps on one screen.

In addition, Microsoft’s intelligent personal assistant Cortana can be used on a Mac with both OS X and Windows 10 apps. This is the first time that Parallels Desktop has ever made both Windows and Mac features available across both OS platforms.

"With Windows 10 and OS X El Capitan launching within...

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Oct 07
Apple's antitrust compliance: the company is its own '...

Apple's antitrust compliance program has improved, but the company continues to impede a court-appointed monitor overseeing the program, acting as "its own worst enemy," the monitor told a federal judge in a report made public on Tuesday.

According to Reuters (, Michael Bromwich, who was assigned to monitor Apple’s internal antitrust policies after U.S. District Judge Denise Cote found the company liable for conspiring to raise e-book prices, said Apple persisted in raising objections to his requests for information.

"In this respect, Apple has been its own worst enemy," he said. "This lack of cooperation has cast an unnecessary shadow over meaningful progress in developing a comprehensive and effective antitrust compliance program."

In March a three judge panel in the Second U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New York questioned (...

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Oct 07
Twelve South introduces revamped BookArc for MacBook

Twelve South ( has introduced a redesigned version of their very first product, BookArc for MacBook. Tailored specifically for the newest generation of MacBooks, BookArc holds your MacBook vertically, freeing up valuable workspace.

You can dock your MacBook in BookArc, connect a large external display, keyboard and mouse, and create a more comfortable desktop setup. BookArc for MacBook is compatible with all MacBook models including the new 12-inch MacBook. Like the original in 2009, BookArc is still $49.99 and is available now.

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Oct 07
Typinator for Mac OS X is now scriptable

Ergonis Software has launched Typinator 6.7, a new version of their text expander for Mac OS X 10.6 or newer. The upgrade is scriptable. This means that you can control many aspects of Typinator via AppleScript or JavaScript.

Typinator 6.7 also expands the range of possibilities for using scripts in your expansions. Scripts can now be stored in compiled form. In addition to AppleScript, these scripts can now also be written in JavaScript.

Typinator can be purchased on the Ergonis Software website ( The upgrade to Typinator 6.7 is free for anyone who owns a valid license for Typinator 6. Upgrade paths are available for owners of older licenses.

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Oct 07
Output Factory for Adobe InDesign now supports OS X El Capitan

Zevrix Solutions has announced Output Factory 1.5.39, a compatibility update to its output automation solution from Adobe InDesign.

Output Factory automates printing, exporting and preflighting of InDesign documents, and offers batch output, single page export, variable file names, layer versioning, detailed history and more. The new version makes Output Factory compatible with the recently released Mac OS X 10.11 El Capitan and is offered as a free update to licensed users.

Output Factory can be purchased from the Zevrix website ( for US$169.95 (a "lite" version is available for $120). A demo is available for download. BatchOutput users can upgrade to Output Factory for $84.97. Output Factory requires Mac OS X 10.6-10.11 and works with Adobe InDesign CS3-CC 2015.

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Oct 07
uBar for Mac OS X revved to version 3.0

Brawer Software has introduced uBar 3.0, an update to their app and window manager for Mac OS X 10.9 and higher. The app allows users to quickly launch and manage their apps, all via a convenient visual interface.

Users can create shortcuts, and quickly open files with a simple drag 'n drop of a file or folder onto the bar. Version 3.0 brings the ability to position uBar on any side of the screen, offers custom dial timepieces, and visual window previews.

uBar 3.0 costs $20 and is available exclusively through the Brawer Software website ( Current uBar 2 users can purchase version 3.0 for $10.

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Oct 06
eMedia Music ships Music Theory Tutor

eMedia Music Corp. ( has released the new Music Theory Tutor series of music theory software. Based on the latest technologies, the software incorporates a methodical yet open curriculum designed by Dr. Gregory Simon, Ph.D., and features interactive lessons with real time pitch and rhythmic detection. Students sing, tap and play instruments to answer questions, and easily track their progress with graphs and statistics.

Music Theory Tutor is compatible with the latest Macintosh and Windows operating systems and consists of four products:

Music Theory Tutor Volume 1 includes over 230 lessons cover beginning to intermediate music theory.  Students learn how to read music, basic chord theory, scale theory, and the basic building blocks of music.

Music Theory Tutor Volume 2 delivers over 200 lessons covering intermediate to advanced music theory topics and builds on the lessons found in Music Theory Tutor Volume 1. Subjects covered include the...

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Oct 06
NetSpot for Mac OS X updated with three new features

NetSpot, a wireless network survey app for the Mac, has been revved to version 2.4.

The update includes three new features: AP indicators in three new sizes, option to export only the surveyed part of your map, and the ability to copy network's name MAC-address into clipboard. NetSpot 2.4.623 also has enhanced how you add custom aliases to networks in the sidebar, map calibrations usability, and how the heatmap is generated on Retina displays.

NetSpot is available in free, pro and enterprise editions. The free version is designed for the home user who doesn't need advanced features like report exporting, AP alias management and active scanning. The pro version offers advanced features for network professionals.

The enterprise version is designed for companies that need multiple users and installations. For more information visit NetSpot online (

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Oct 06
Rapid Hue for Mac OS X lets you control Philips Hue lights

Wolfgang Augustin has developed Rapid Hue for Mac OS X (10.8 and higher). The US$3.99 lets you control your Philips Hue Lights from your your Mac.

Developed as a Menu bar app, Rapid Hue is always available. No navigation is required; just one click to set brightness, hue or saturation for each light or group of lights. You can turn all lights off by clicking one button.

Rapid Hue is available at the Mac App Store ( A demo version is available at the product website (

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Oct 06
QuarkXPress 2015 training sessions available

Quark has announced new training sessions that are now available on YouTube. Visit to join Quark’s print and digital publishing expert, Matthias Gunther, as he shares his tips for working with QuarkXPress 2015.

You can learn about special key commands, best practices and other tips that will help designers work faster and smarter. Each webinar is a 30 to 40 minute session created for creative professionals. Three sessions are already available on-demand and three more are coming soon.

Quark most recently released the QuarkXPress 2015 September update for Mac and Windows, which is a free update for users of QuarkXPress 2015. It can be downloaded using the built-in Auto Updater or from

Quark now allows upgrades from...

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Oct 06
ChronoSync Express updated for Mac OS X El Capitan

Econ Technologies has rolled out ChronoSync Express 1.1 ( for Mac OS X. ChronoSync Express is the entry level version of ChronoSync, s synchronization and backup utility for Mac OS X.

ChronoSync Express can synchronize or backup to most anything you can connect to your Mac, including folders on your Mac, other Macs, PC's, and external drives. Version 1.1 offers several of the new features offered in ChronoSync and fixes compatibility issues with El Capitan. ChronoSync Express 1.1.0 costs $29.99 and the standard version of ChronoSync is $49.99.

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Oct 06
New Apple Watch app integrates with Beddit Smart sensor device

Beddit ( has rolled out its first Apple Watch app, which integrates with its US$149.99 sensor device, Beddit Smart, to provide around-the-clock sleep tracking, personalized coaching and convenient glances with information on sleep quality.

Beddit Smart is available in Apple Stores worldwide and through The Apple Watch app is available free at the Apple App Store.

Beddit makes any bed a smart bed by combining an ultra-thin sensor placed under the bed sheet with the Apple Watch and an iOS device (iPhone, iPad or iPod touch). There is nothing to wear and nothing to do but go to sleep. Sleep tracking begins automatically at bedtime, tracking heart rate, respiration, movement, snoring and sleep cycles.

In the morning, a personalized SleepScore indicates overall sleep quality and delivers tailored coaching for better sleep in the future. Tightly integrated with Apple's HealthKit, ...

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Oct 06
FileMaker releases new certification testing for the FileMaker...

FileMaker, Inc. ( has announced the immediate availability of certification testing for the FileMaker 14 Platform, the official credential offered by FileMaker, Inc. FileMaker 14 Certification is the key qualification for developing professional custom apps for iPad, iPhone, Windows, Mac and the web using the FileMaker 14 Platform.  

The English-language version of the FileMaker 14 Certification exam, Developer Essentials for FileMaker 14, is available now at Pearson VUE testing sites ( worldwide.

FileMaker 14 Certified Developers are certified to possess the knowledge and skills for developing and deploying custom mobile business or organizational solutions using the FileMaker 14 Platform. Certification can help developers forge entirely new careers,...

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Oct 06
PhatWare releases Multiplatform WritePad Handwriting Recognition...

PhatWare Corp. has announced WritePad Software Development Kit (SDK) 5.2. It enables third-party application developers and OEMs [original equipment manufacturers] to take advantage of the state-of-the-art handwriting recognition technology on iOS, Android OS, Windows and Windows Phone.

The WritePad SDK can also be used with Xamarin Studio, which simplifies development of handwriting recognition enabled-applications and allows to share business logic across multiple platforms. The new version of the SDK also features improved handwriting recognition quality, updated dictionaries and sample code in Java, C#, Objective-C, and Swift.

WritePad SDK evaluation is free. PhatWare now offers subscription-based and royalty-based commercial pricing options, which are available upon request. To request commercial pricing, and for detailed information about WritePad SDK, visit PhatWare online (

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Oct 06
Noteboom Productions introduces 'Tutor for Mac OS X El...

Noteboom Productions has introduced an iBooks version of "Tutor for Mac OS X El Capitan," their latest video tutorial for the Mac.

It consists of 75 video lessons designed to give users a better understanding of how to effectively use Apple's latest operating system for the Mac. The iBooks version takes advantage of Apple's iBooks features including bookmarks, notes, and search. Users can also view the iBooks version on their Mac, iPad, and iPhone.

Tutor for Mac OS X El Capitan is available in the iBooks store for US$9.99. Go to for more information.

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Oct 06
177 commercial use fonts added to Premium Fonts Collection

128bit Technologies has added 177 new commercial use fonts to its Premium Fonts collection on the Mac App Store, as well as multiple language support for the custom font preview app.

Fourteen new font families have been added, bringing the total number of font families to 161 and the total number of fonts in this collection to 2,018. You can download the newest premium font designs, each with a 10 computer commercial use license..

The Premium Fonts collection requires Mac OS X 10.6 or later. It's available on the Mac App Store, or on the MacAppware website ( for a limited time discount of US$29.99, a savings of 70 percent off the full price of $99. The Premium Fonts subscription includes all current 2,108 fonts and subscribers will receive all future fonts at no extra charge.

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Oct 05
Apple reenables App Slicing in iOS 9

Apple has reenabled iOS 9's App Slicing feature. It had been temporarily unavailable due to a bug in iCloud.

App Slicing (also known as app thinning) tailors app delivery to the capabilities of the user’s particular device, with minimal footprint. This optimization, called app thinning, lets you create apps that use the most device features, occupy minimum disk space, and accommodate future updates that can be applied by Apple.

Starting with iOS 9.0.2, users will have access to updated apps that take advantage of App Thinning.

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Oct 05
Ireland's finance minster: problem into Apple's taxes...

The findings of a probe into Apple’s tax affairs in Ireland won’t hurt the country, according to Finance Minister Michael Noonan, who vowed to go to court to fight any negative ruling from European Union watchdogs, reports Blooomberg Business (

Ireland has an “indication ” the EU will decide before the end of the year whether the nation’s tax dealings with the iPhone maker violate the bloc’s state-aid rules, Noonan told reporters in Luxembourg.

Whatever happens, "we don’t think it will be damaging to us," Noonan said. "If it’s adverse, we think it’s based on very thin legal grounds and we’ll have it before the European Court of Justice.”"

The EU is...

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Oct 05
Adobe announces new mobile apps, desktop tools

At Adobe MAX 2015, Adobe has outlined its vision for Creative Cloud -- a "connected creative canvas" where people create and share their work from anywhere.

Adding to Creative Cloud momentum, the company today shipped two new mobile apps, Photoshop Fix and Capture CC, enabling quick retouching and asset capture on the go and announced new Touch capabilities across Creative Cloud desktop applications including Photoshop CC, Illustrator CC and Premiere Pro CC. Adobe is also highlighting its patented CreativeSync technology, which powers connections between desktop and mobile apps and the assets creatives use every day. In addition, video content is coming soon to Adobe Stock, the company’s royalty-free collection of high-quality photos, illustrations and graphics.

"Creative Cloud has become the de facto platform for all creatives, providing the tools and services to fulfill every creative need. With this latest release, we’re giving our creative customers the freedom...

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Oct 05
Dialog Semiconductor announces Bluetooth support for Apple...

Dialog Semiconductor, a provider of integrated power management, AC/DC power conversion, solid state lighting (SSL) and Bluetooth Smart technology, has announced a Bluetooth Smart development kit, with full support for Apple HomeKit, to accelerate development of smart home accessories.

In a recent report on the connected home, BI Intelligence predicts that the smart home market will grow at an annual rate of 67% between now and 2019, resulting in 1.8 billion accessories being shipped in that year.

"HomeKit is unifying smart home accessories with a common set of controls, user interface elements and end-to-end encryption which is an important step for the home automation market," says Sean McGrath, senior vice president and general manager, Connectivity, Automotive & Industrial Business Group at Dialog. "
Dialog's Bluetooth Smart development kit, based on its SmartBond(TM) DA14580 System-on-Chip (SoC), will help create accessories with the fastest response...

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Oct 05
MediaTek announces two software development kits for Apple...

MediaTek (, a fabless semiconductor company, has released two software development kits (SDKs) that support Apple HomeKit. Apple HomeKit is a framework built into iOS that enables secure home control from iPhone, iPad, iPod touch or Apple Watch and lets home accessories work together in smart ways.

"By adding HomeKit support, MediaTek takes another step in our mission to connect the world's next billion people," says SR Tsai, general manager of MediaTek's Wireless Connectivity and Networking Business Unit. "Customers have been looking for innovative, simple and secure technologies that power their home and our new SDKs with HomeKit support delivers that to them."<

MediaTek's new SDKs support two SoCs, the MT7688 and MT7687. The MT7688, for smart appliances runs on Linux and powers higher performance, more complex use cases, such as wireless speakers and webcams. The MT7687 is a low-...

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