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May 19
Apple introduces 15-inch MacBook Pro with Force Touch Trackpad,...

Apple has updated the 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display with the new Force Touch trackpad, faster flash storage, longer battery life and faster discrete graphics. The company also introduced a new $1,999 configuration of the 27-inch iMac with Retina 5K display, quad-core processors and AMD graphics, and lowered the price of the top-end iMac with Retina 5K display to $2,299.

"The response to the new MacBook and updated 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display has been amazing, and today we are thrilled to bring the new Force Touch trackpad, faster flash storage and longer battery life to the 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display," Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing, said in a press release. "Customers love the groundbreaking iMac with Retina 5K display, and now with a new lower starting price, even more people can experience the best desktop we’ve ever made."

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May 19
Audio Switcher for Mac OS X updated to version 2.5.5

Spike Software (www.spikesoft.net) has updated Audio Switcher 2.5.5, a maintenance update to its menubar applet utility for Mac OS X.

Audio Switcher allows you to control your input and output devices from login until shutdown. The app supports a wide range of devices, including USB audio devices, Apple's Thunderbolt monitors, AirPlay devices, along with Firewire devices as well as the built-in audio hardware of your Mac desktop or laptop. Version 2.5.5 sports a resized menu bar icon.

Audio Switcher 2.5.5 requires OS X 10.7 or later. It costs US$4.99 and is available worldwide through the Mac App Store in the Utilities category. Current users can receive the free update via the Mac Store.

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May 19
South River Technologies releases WebDrive for Mac 4.2

South River Technologies, which specializes in secure file transfer, has released a new version of WebDrive for Mac, version 4.2. New features include the ability to share profiles across multiple platforms and devices and availability in Italian. 
 
A file access client, WebDrive for Mac allows users to connect to remote servers and cloud services as a mounted device. This enables access and editing of files on corporate SFTP, WebDAV and SharePoint Servers.
 
Connectivity is based on site profiles within the software which are configured by users to access different servers and services. WebDrive for Mac version 4.2 includes new import and export capabilities for these site profiles between WebDrive for Windows and WebDrive Mobile, allowing Mac users to configure all of their site connections on one platform and import them to others without reconfiguring. 
 
The new version of WebDrive for Mac also includes localization in Italian with the...

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May 18
Twelve South is shipping its HiRise for the Apple Watch

Twelve South (www.twelvesouth.com) is shipping the HiRise for the Apple Watch. It's an US$49.99 stand that showcases the smartwatch while it's charging.

Designed to work with the Apple Watch Magnetic Charging Cable, this metal stand holds Apple Watch at an elevated height and angle. Available in silver or black, this sturdy stand can be used with any style Apple Watch band, including closed-loop metal bands.

To use you simply insert the charging disk into the HiRise support stand and route the cable down and out the back. When it’s time to travel, push the disk out of HiRise, wrap up the cable and go.

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May 18
MacPlay launches StarDrive 2 on the Mac App Store

MacPlay (www.macplay.com) says its 4X strategy game, StarDrive 2, is now available worldwide on the Apple’s Mac App Store for US$29.99. It requires Mac OS X 10.8 or higher.

Here's how the game is described: "Developed by Zero Sum Games and published by Iceberg Interactive, players in StarDrive 2 will reach into the unexplored regions of space fully loaded with options to engage in massive real-time space combat or enter into the all new ground combat, partner with friendly factions, research new technologies, design new ships, and much more. Built on the Unity Engine, StarDrive 2 is highlighted by its impressive new levels of graphic polish and detail, streamlined interfaces, and intense, sophisticated 4X gameplay.

"StarDrive 2 is a turn-based 4X strategy that builds on the premise of the popular original game, StarDrive, with the goal of building an empire to span the stars. Players will explore a vibrant...

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May 18
QuartzCode 1.3 released with multiple animations and shared color

Wan Ahmad Lutfi has announced QuartzCode 1.3 (http://www.quartzcodeapp.com/), an update to his code generation tool for Mac OS X.

It's a lightweight animation tool that turns vector drawing and animation into Objective C and Swift code, bridging the gap between developer, designer and animator. Version 1.3 introduces multiple animations, shared color, new code generation options and new timeline panel and toolbar icon design.

Other than that, timeline panel and toolbar icons has been redesigned. Version 1.3 also offers other improvements and bug fixes.

QuartzCode requires Mac OS X 10.9 or later. Versioin 1.3 is available as a free update to existing QuartzCode customers. New customers can purchase QuartzCode 1.3 on the Mac App Store and Bijokmind store for US$89.99.

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May 18
New 15-inch MacBook Pros, iMacs to ship this week?

According to MacG (http://tinyurl.com/ls6zhtn), a French site, Apple will update its MacBook Pro line and the 27-inch iMac this week. Updates of the pro laptop and best-selling all-in-one weren't anticipated until next month's Apple Worldwide Developer Conference.

However, build-to-order options for the 15-inch MacBook Pro have been unavailable of late, and shipping times for Apple's online inventory have slipped from immediate availability to 2-3 weeks.

A revved pro laptop, whenever it arrives, will doubtless pack the latest high-end Broadwell processors from Intel and the Force Touch trackpad introduced with the MacBook and revved 13-inch MacBook Pro.

As for the iMac, there's no clear indication on what the update might include beyond a faster processor. Apple's 27-inch model with 5K Retina display is still advertised to ship immediately.

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May 18
iSMARTTrain for Mac OS X drives to version 4.0

Yellow Field Technologies has announced iSMARTtrain 4.0, an update to their Mac training journal application for endurance athletes.

iSMARTtrain allows endurance athletes to download training data, such as heart rate, cadence, speed and power, from a variety of heart rate monitors and power meters and analyse it in graph, table and list formats. The latest release contains features such a revamped user interface and support for more devices.

iSMARTtrain 4.0 costs US$49.99 and requires Mac OS X 10.9 or later. It's available at the Mac App Store in the Health and Fitness category. A demo version, limited to 20 entries can be downloaded from iSMARTtrain online (http://www.ismarttrain.com).

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May 15
MCE ships USB 3.0 16X Blu-ray Authoring System for Mac Pro, iMac...

MCE Technologies (http://mcetech.com/) has begun shipping its USB 3.0 16X Blu-ray Authoring System for the Mac. It takes advantage of the powerful high-definition video editing capabilities of the Mac Pro, iMac 5K, and MacBook Pro with Retina Display and is compatible with Final Cut Pro X.

The Blu-ray Authoring System is available with optional Blu-ray authoring software and includes Mac Blu-ray Player for viewing authored titles. The retail price is US$149 — $229 with Toast 12 Titanium Blu-ray Disc authoring software.

The MCE USB 3.0 16X Blu-ray Authoring System is compatible with 25GB through 128GB Blu-ray media, as well as M-Disc media for permanent archiving. It can record to 25GB single-layer and 50GB dual-layer write-once Blu-ray BD-R media at up to 16X (72MB/sec), to 100GB triple-layer and 128GB Quad-Layer write-once Blu-ray BD-R XL media at 6X (27MB/sec), and to 25GB, 50GB, and 100GB rewritable BD-...

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May 15
Apple releases Final Cut Pro X 10.2.1

Apple has released Final Cut Pro X 10.2.1. It's a minor update to the professional video editing software.

The upgrade restores support for Panasonic AVCCAM video at 25p and 30p. It also improves accuracy when dragging to select a range in the timeline.

Version 10.2.1 update is available through the Mac App Store. For new users Final Cut Pro X costs US$299.99. It requires Mac OS X 10.10.2 or higher.

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May 15
Change textures on your images with AKVIS Decorator 4.0

AKVIS (www.akvis.com) has released AKVIS Decorator 4.0 as a standalone application and Photoshop compatible plug-in, in versions for Windows and Mac OS X. The software applies a new texture and color to an object on an image.

Decorator applies a new texture or a color keeping the volume of an object, following its folds and creases. The program is equipped with a Texture Library boasting more than 1,800 textures, from fabrics to stones and metal, from food to nature elements. You can also apply your own textures.

Decorator 4.0 adds a Share option that lets users post pictures from the program to Flickr, Twitter, Google+, and Dropbox. It also adds native support for 64 bit, improves the program performance on 64-bit Windows and Mac OS X sytems, and improves the compatibility of the plug-in with Adobe Photoshop Creative Cloud 2014.

All registered users of Decorator can upgrade to the new version 4.0 for...

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May 14
Apple reportedly delays HomeKit roll-out

According to FORTUNE (http://for.tn/1Fn4PL6), Apple's HomeKit will arrive in August or September instead of early summer as anticipated (though Apple has never actually announced a launch date).

"Sources close to the situation say Apple is planning a smaller announcement around HomeKit in the near term, but not the official launch," per FORTUNE. "Apparently, making it easy to sign in and get your devices (door locks, light blubs, et cetera) online is much harder to do than Apple anticipated. One source says the code base associated with that part of the process 'blew up' and required way too much memory for smaller, battery-powered devices, so Apple is trying to shrink the code back down to size."

However, Apple says this isn’t true. In a statement to the Wall Street Journal (http://tinyurl.com/q4fgh2u), company spokesperson...

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May 14
PROMT provides offline translation into seven languages for Mac...

PROMT (www.prompt.com) has announced PROMT Offline Translator English Pack 1.1.7, an update of the translation app that lets Mac owners translate texts without an Internet connection.

PROMT Offline Translator English Pack translates text right on a source page without switching between program windows or browser tabs. Users only need to highlight a word or a text fragment, use a hotkey, and translation immediately appears in a pop-up window.

The desired hotkey combination can be set by users. Data is stored not on a server, as is the case with online translators, but on your Mac. PROMT Offline Translator English Pack supports translation from English to German, French, Russian, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese and vice versa.

PROMT Offline Translator English Pack 1.1.7 is US$36.99 USD (or equivalent amount in other currencies) and available worldwide through the Mac App Store in the References category....

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May 14
Small tablet vendors gain ground in the first quarter

Pockets of growth in the tablet market was found among smaller vendors like Huawei, TCL-Alcatel, and LG while market leaders Apple and Samsung suffered double-digit shipment declines in the first quarter (Q1) 2015, pushing the total market 8% lower year-on-year, according to Strategy Analytics (www.strategyanalytics.com).

Smaller vendors are picking up steam in this environment, but Apple and Samsung are using 2015 as a rebuilding year for future growth, according to the research group. Huawei had a particularly good Q1 2015, having shipped 1.3 million units, a 147 % year-on-year increase, putting Huawei's total tablet market share at 2.4% and 3.5% in the Android tablet market. North America will account for 28% of global tablet shipment volumes in 2015 and the region’s tablet user penetration will reach 49% in 2015.

"Apple has begun a marketing campaign to revive sales after a five...

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May 14
Cole Haan announces Apple Pay support

Cole Haan (www.colehaan.com), the American lifestyle footwear and accessories brand, has launched Apple Pay within their mobile shopping application, allowing customers to make purchases with one touch.

Cole Haan partnered with leading mobile commerce platform, PredictSpring, to build the Cole Haan iPhone, iPad and Android mobile apps. Features include Shop the Look, allowing consumers to shop directly from the Cole Haan Instagram feed, as well as geo-fencing technology that alerts consumers to nearby Cole Haan stores. The Cole Haan app with Apple Pay is available for free download on the Apple App Store.

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May 14
SMPit Pro ready for Filemaker Pro 14

Comm-Unity Networking Systems has rolled out version 4.6 of its flagship product, SMTPit Pro.

This version includes 64-bit client plug-ins for use with the newly announced FileMaker Pro 14 along with a few minor updates and bug fixes. SMTPit Pro is available immediately at http://www.smtpitpro.com/ for both Mac OS X and Windows.

SMTPit Pro is an email plug-in for FileMakerPro 7 and greater and provides an array of email options. You can send simple text based messages or you can send complex HTML messages. You can send a single message or an entire mail out. The Server Edition of SMTPit Pro allows you to install the plug-in in FileMaker Pro Server/Server Advanced to use with Scheduled Scripts, Instant/Custom Web Publishing, and WebDirect. A demo is available for download.

If you purchased SMTPit Pro after May 13, 2014, you can install this latest version free of charge. If you purchased...

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May 13
24U Software announces a compatibility of plug-ins for FileMaker...

24U Software has announced the compatibility of their plug-ins with the new FileMaker 14.

Almost every single plug-in from 24U is now compatible with FileMaker Pro 14, and some of them even with FileMaker Server 14. All compatible plug-ins can be used with FileMaker Pro 14 in the 32-bit mode, Toolbox Plug-In also in 64-bit mode, 64-bit versions of SimpleFile and SimpleDialog are coming later this month. 64-bit versions of other plug-ins will be announced as they become available.

Every individual plug-in has its own pricing. All 24U plug-ins are available as a shareware and FileMaker developers can try them free of charge for 14 days. More information about plug-ins is available on the 24U website (http://www.24usoftware.com/).

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May 13
equinux releases Mail Designer Pro 2.2 with Apple Watch support

Equinux (www.equinux.com) has updated Mail Designer Pro, its Mac OS X software that lets you create HTML-mails and newsletters with an optimized layout for mobile devices, to version 2.2. It adds five features to help you create emails and newsletters for the Apple Watch.

If you're already using  Mail Designer Pro 2, you can update to version 2.2 for free. Mail Designer Pro 2.2 is available for all users at the reduced upgrade price starting at approximately US$5.70. Mail Designer Pro 2.2 can be downloaded from the equinux Online Store as well as the Mac App Store.

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May 13
Addonics announces M2 SSD controllers/adapters

Addonics Technologies (www.addonics.com) has announced a M2 Hybrid Controller and M2 SSD (Solid State Drive) adapter that gives PCIe-based systems a performance boost over SATA-based SSDs with READ/WRITE speeds up to 1000 MB/s via a PCIe 4-lane slot.

The Addonics Dual Hyper HDD – M2 Hybrid Controller and the M2 PCIe SSD Adapter X100 are solutions for building your own SSD for IO intensive applications such as gaming, video editing, CAD/CAM or workstations.The Dual Hyper HDD - M2 SSD Hybrid Controller (model AD4SAHM2) is a two port SATA III PCI-e 4-lane host controller combined with two M2 (NGFF) SSD slots.

In standard mode, the connected two M2 SSDs and the two SATA hard drives can be set up to operate as four individual drives or combined to form a RAID 0, RAID 1 or RAID 10 group. The two SATA ports are Port Multiplier compatible and SATA III compliant with maximum throughput up to 6Gbps. When set to...

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May 13
Wow!Systems releases Haven for Mac OS X

Wow!Systems has released Haven 1.0 (http://www.placetowrite.com), a new writing tool for Mac OS X designed to help all kinds of amateur and professional writers to get inspired and focused on their writing.

It offers several different locations/themes, as well as such creative writing techniques and tools as a character builder, plot generator, a timer, and more. Regarding themes, you can select from several places to write. From snowy Jutland to mysterious Kyoto or the vibrant Berlin, there are eight different animated themes with corresponding music ambiance included.

The Character Builder suggests appearance, occupation and traits randomly as you click. The Plot Generator puts two characters at a random place, situation and under a given plot. The Random Word feature makes you focus on a random word in a subliminal way. A 3D word appears to float around to help you brainstorm.

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May 13
Output Factory Server for Adobe InDesign adds PDF security...

Zevrix Solutions (www.zevrix.com) has announced Output Factory Server 1.2, a feature update to its output workflow automation solution for Adobe InDesign.

Output Factory Server automates printing and exporting from InDesign by processing files from hot folders. The software offloads output tasks to a central system leaving operator workstations free from the output process. The new version lets users automate creation of secure PDF files with password protection, encryption, print restrictions, and other options.

Output Factory Server can be purchased from the Zevrix web site for US$699.95 A demo is available for download. BatchOutput Server users can upgrade for $350. Output Factory Server runs on Mac OS X 10.6-10.10 and works with Adobe InDesign CS3-CC 2014.

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May 13
Troi Automatisering releases Troi Serial Plug-in 4.0 for...

Troi Automatisering (http://www.troi.com/) has rolled Troi Serial Plug-in 4.0 for FileMaker Pro 14. It's an update of the serial communication plug-in and adds support for 64-bit architecture with FileMaker Pro 14.

It also improves the example file EasyInstallTroiPlugins.fmp12 to support the 64-bit version of FileMaker Pro 14 and adds a new switch -GetRegistrationState to the Serial_Version function.

A fully functional demo version of Troi Serial Plug-in 4.0 is available for downloading at Troi's web site. Troi Serial Plug-in 4.0 works with FileMaker Pro 12, 13 and 14. The plug-in can also be used with runtimes created by FileMaker Pro Advanced 12 to 14. The plug-in is available for Mac OS X 10.6 or higher, Windows Vista and Windows 7 and 8.x.

A cross platform developer license costs US$999. Troi Serial Plug-in 4.0 also works with FileMaker Server 12, 13 and 14 as a server-side plug-in and as a...

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May 12
OTT STB sales like the Apple TV to overtake that of IPTV STBs...

Global shipments of over-the-top (OTT) set-top boxes (STBs) sold at retail -- including Apple TV, Chromecast and Roku boxes -- will overtake shipments of IPTV STBs used for pay TV services in 2015, according to a new report from IHS (www.ihs.com). This year, 31 million retail OTT STBs will be shipped, compared to 30 million IPTV STBs shipped by telcos, according to the research group. 

"OTT STBs were initially written off as a temporary measure for consumers to bring OTT video to TV screens," says Daniel Simmons director of connected home research at IHS Technology. "It was assumed that smart TVs, Blu-Ray disc players and gaming consoles would eventually take the place of STB devices; however, while consumer adoption of smart devices has grown considerably, OTT STBs have still managed to flourish."

Based on the latest information from IHS Technology, the success of OTT STBs can be attributed to the content...

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May 12
BeatGauge is a new music utility for Mac OS X

Tagtraum Industries has introduced BeatGauge (http://tinyurl.com/njyfwvl), a new music utility for Mac OS X. It automatically calculates BPM (beats per minute) for songs stored in iTunes.

You drop songs onto the app window and watch BeatGauge do its magic. Knowing the tempo of songs is important for dancers, DJs, spinning, aerobics, running, and many other beat-oriented activities and workouts.

BeatGauge 1.0.0 requires Mac OS X Yosemite. Music files must be locally stored in iTunes and writable. iCloud songs must be downloaded before analysis. DRM protected songs can't be analyzed. Also, Tagatraum says that BPM detection isn't 100% accurate and that some values may be off by a factor of two.

BeatGauge 1.0.0 is available for US$7.99 on the Mac App Store in the Music category.

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May 12
NeoFinder for Mac OS X gets improved cataloging features

Norbert M. Doerner has released a new version (6.7) of NeoFinder (formerly CDFinder). The new version has improved cataloging of RAW, DPX, and Open Office files, and more.

NeoFinder (www.cdfinder.de) is designed to make it easier to keep track of your digital files, photos, songs, movies, fonts on hard disks, USB sticks, server disks, Blu-ray disks, DVD-ROMs, CDs and other digital media. It generates thumbnails and reads metadata during cataloging for search possibilities.

NeoFinder 6.7 requires Mac OS X 10.6 or higher. It's a paid update to licensed users of CDFinder with update price starting at approximately US$25. For new users the cost is $40. Version 6.7 is a free update to all NeoFinder customers.

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