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Mar 31
PluralEyes to feature improved support for AVCHD cameras

Red Giant has previewed PluralEyes 3.5, an update to its Shooter Suite’s automated audio/video sync tool. The software analyzes the audio from all devices and automatically syncs them with the touch of a button.

Version 2.5 features improved support for AVCHD cameras, including support for spanned clips. In addition, PluralEyes’ Replace Audio feature now supports many more media types than before.

PluralEyes 3.5 beta will be available soon, with a release in the second quarter for $199. Existing users of PluralEyes qualify for a $79 upgrade. Customers who buy PluralEyes are eligible for a free PluralEyes 3.5 upgrade when it ships. Learn more at http://www.redgiant.com/products/all/pluraleyes/.

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Mar 31
NeoFinder for Mac OS X gets a speed boost, more

Norbert M. Doerner has released a new version (6.5) of NeoFinder (formerly CDFinder) with a speed boost, the ability to catalog more media formats, native support for App Nap in Mac OS X 10.9 Mavericks, the addition of catalog thumbnails for RED video files, and more.

NeoFinder 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 6.4 requires Mac OS X 10.6 or higher. Version 6.x is a paid update to licensed users of CDFinder with update price starting at approximately US$25. For new users the cost is $40. Version 6.4 is a free update to all NeoFinder customers. For more info go to www.cdfinder.de .

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Mar 31
Shade 3D 14.1.1 fixes, improves 3D printing, 3D Modeling

Mirye Software has given us Shade 3D 14.1.1, an update of the professional 3D modeling, rendering, animation and 3D printing tool software. The upgrade introduces a 3D Printing Assistant, 3D printing diagnostic and analysis tools, new Poser 3D options for character animation, and more options for 3D game developers.

Shade 3D 14.1.1 is available in Professional (US$499), Standard ($249) and Basic ($99) releases on Mac OS X and Windows. A "sidegrade" is available for Autodesk Softimage users to Shade 3D Professional for $199 from the now discontinued Softimage 3D modeling, rendering and animation tool set.

Shade 3D 14.1.1 is available through the Mirye Software website (http://www.mirye.net). The update is a free upgrade to existing Shade 3D 14 customers.

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Mar 31
New Adobe Muse templates available

Muse Templates Pro Company has rolled out new Adobe Muse Templates with parallax scroll effects. The templates provide designs for websites that are created with Adobe Muse software.

Parallax scroll effects let you add moving different elements of the website into different directions while scrolling through the pages. The new templates are Midnight, Motion and Traveling.

Adobe Muse templates and widgets are available on Muse Templates Pro Company's website (http://www.musetemplatespro.com). The Muse Templates Pack costs US$19.99. Every single template can be purchased separately for $9.99 each. One template is offered for free. Mac or PC with Adobe Muse software is required to use the templates.

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Mar 31
MyThoughts for Mac OS X gets revamped interface

Mode de Vie Software has released MyThoughts 1.4, an upgrade of their mind mapping software for Mac OS X. The new version sports an updated user interface for Retina displays, better searching, custom keyboard shortcuts, sharing techniques, and more.

MyThoughts lets you create "brain friendly" mind maps. It comes with a media browser containing over 3,000 images and icons. iPhoto is integrated into the media browser and lets you drag and drop images from your photos into MyThoughts.


The app requires Mac OS X 10.7 or higher. it costs US$49 for a single-user license and $69.90 for a five-license family pack. Educational pricing is also offered. Go to www.mythoughtsformac.com for more info.

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Mar 28
RE:Vision Effects releases ReelSmart Motion Blur 5

RE:Vision Effects has released ReelSmart Motion Blur 5 with GPU support for Apple Final Cut Pro, Adobe After Effects, Adobe Premiere Pro, Avid Media Composer/Symphony/Newscutter, The Foundry Nuke, Assimilate Scratch, and Sony Vegas Pro.

ReelSmart Motion adds more natural looking blur to a sequence. You can add as little or as much blurring as you need, or even remove motion blur. Also included in some RSMB versions is a feature that allows you to blur with user-supplied motion vectors that, most likely, come from a 3D animation system.

Demo versions of ReelSmart Motion Blur 5 are available for download. Pricing depends on which software you use with with. Go to  www.revisionfx.com/products/ for more info.

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Mar 28
Streaming music adds fuel to digital music growth

Global digital music revenues reached an all-time high of $5.9 billion last year as revenues from streaming services, both ad-supported (+17.6%) and subscription-based (+51.3%), saw strong growth that outweighed a slight decline in download sales (-2.1%), according to Statistica (http://tinyurl.com/n8mp662).

Looking at the past five years, downloads are still up by more than 50%, however, the recent slowdown suggests that the download market may have peaked, while streaming services such as Pandora, Spotify and iTunes Radio are just taking off. Considering the slowdown in download sales, it makes perfect sense that Apple is reportedly thinking about launching an on-demand streaming service that goes beyond iTunes Radio.

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Mar 28
URL Extractor for Mac OS X upgraded to version 4.2.2

Tension Software (http://www.tensionsoftware.com) has revved URL Extractor — the Mac OS X tool for extracting URLs and emails from the web, search engine and local files — to version 4.2.2. The new version boasts an improved refresh of the extracted URL list and better "Stop Extraction" in long extraction operations.

URL Extractor requires Mac OS X 10.8 or higher. It costs US$50 and is available from the Tension Software web site and the Mac App Store.

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Mar 28
Scratch, Scratch Lab software upgraded to version 8

Assimilate has rolled out version 8 of its Scratch and Scratch Lab software to allow encoding of Apple ProRes files on Microsoft Windows 7/8-based PCs.

The Scratch data-centric DI system is an end-to-end cinema and broadcast imaging tool. Artists on-set or in post production can now use both the OS X and Windows versions of the software. It supports most popular digital workflows, including, RED, ARRI, Sony F65 and F55, Canon 5D, Phantom, GoPro and more.

Assimilate offers pricing options for individual artists or studios: annual subscription, daily/monthly rental, site license, or purchase. Scratcj is priced from US$20,995 and Scratch Lab from $5,990 for an annual subscription and from $150 and $50, respectively, for daily rental. Go to http://www.assimilateinc.com for more info.

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Mar 27
ATTO Tech launches Thunderbolt 2-enabled Desklink devices

ATTO Technology has announced an extension of its Desklink Device family, adding Thunderbolt 2 support. Desklink Devices now sport transfer speeds of up to 20Gbps, according to the folks at ATTO.

The ThunderLink Deskline Devices are designed to enable reliable access to data intensive applications such as 2K, 4K, and 3D stereoscopic film, multiple layers of uncompressed, real time effects and high-definition video and audio editing. To ensure cross compatibility, ATTO Thunderbolt 2 products have multiple operating system support, port and driver options, and more.

ATTO’s Thunderboldt 2 ThunderLink series includes: ThunderLink FC 2162 Thunderbolt 2 to 16Gb Fibre Channel Desklink Device; ThunderLink NS 2102; Thunderbolt 2 to 10GbE (SFP+ LC optical) Desklink Device; ThunderLink NT 2102 Thunderbolt 2 to 10GBASE-T (RJ45 copper) Desklink Device. Go to www.attotech.com/thunderbolt for...

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Mar 27
Song Buddy is a free, 'intelligent' music player for...

Wide Angle Software has given us Song Buddy, a free Mac version of its "intelligent" music player. Using digital fingerprinting technology, it lets you get more info on artists you're currently listening to and suggested similar artists that may appeal to you.

Song Buddy also lets you search for an artist by name. The app provides information about the artist's releases, including current and upcoming music, as well as concert dates and locations. The dat is updated daily.


Song Buddy is free and available at the Mac App Store. It requires Mac OS X 10.8 or higher. Go to www.wideanglesoftware.com for more info.

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Mar 27
Microsoft Office comes to the iPad

Microsoft has announced Microsoft Office for the iPad. They're free downloads at the Apple App Store — IF you have an Office 365 account.

Such subscribers — and more on Office 365, in a moment — can add an iPad as one of their selected devices included in the subscription benefits. Once done, they can use Word, PowerPoint, and Excel for the Apple tablet.

Microsoft says that Office for iPad brings full file fidelity across Office on PC, Mac, tablet and phone. The apps "have a familiar look and feel that are unmistakably Office but are built from the ground up for iPad, according to Microsoft. You can find more info at http://tinyurl.com/l5y9b49 .

Office 365 (http://tinyurl.com/kcktwbx) costs: US$5 per user/month for small businesses (up to 25 users) and $15 per user/month for midsize businesses (up to 300 users...

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Mar 27
WD introduces Thunderbolt-powered, portable dual drive

Western Digital (WD) has unveiled the My Passport Pro. The company says it's the first portable, Thunderbolt-powered, dual drive solution.

It sports user-selectable RAID functionality without the need for power adapters or cables. My Passport Pro is available in 2TB or 4TB models with prices of, respectively, US$299.99 and $429.99.

Directly powered by the integrated Thunderbolt cable, the drive clocks in at speeds u to 233 MB/second. The user-selectable RAID function lets you choose data striping (RAID 0) for better performance or mirroring (RAID 1) for data redundancy. Go to www.wd.com for more info.

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Mar 27
MCE ships 2TB internal hard drive upgrade for some Macs

MCE Technologies (MCE) is shipping its 2TB internal hard drive upgrade kit for the MacBook Pro, MacBook, and Mac mini.

The US$199 upgrade kit consists of a 2TB, 5400 RPM, 2.5-inch SATA hard drive designed to replace the computer's internal drive. An illustrated installation guide and a toolkit are included.

What's more, the MCE upgrade kit includes a portable, external USB 3.0 external enclosure to house the original internal hard drive, along with cloning software to ease the transition of your data to the new drive. Go to http://www.mcetech.com for more info.

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Mar 27
GX Gaming headset is now available in North America

GX Gaming has launched the US$99 Zabius gaming headset in North America. It's compatible with Mac, PC, Xbox 360, and PlayStation 3.

The Zabius sports 40mm drivers and a 10-foot long anti-tangle cable. An in-line controller allows gamers to switch between a Mac, PC, Xbox 360, and PlayStation 3, as well as adjust chat and volume settings.

The Zabius boasts a lightweight framing that the folks at GX Gaming say lowers its center of gravity to evenly distribute headset weight. The ear cup and headband cushions are lined with dynamic fibers designed for active head and sweat dissipation. Go to http://www.gx-gaming.com for more info.

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Mar 27
DEVONtechnologies revs all versions of DEVONthink, DEVONnote

 DEVONtechnologies has updated all editions of its information and document manager DEVONthink as well as its smart notebook app DEVONnote and bumps their version number to 2.7.4. The update brings interface, usability, and performance enhancements as well as bug fixes.

The upgrades are free and recommended for all users. All editions of DEVONthink also allow you to annotate PDFs with lines and arrows. Creation date and user name are automatically added to new annotations. If you need to share documents with friends by email, AirMail is now supported, too. Importing notebooks from Evernote skips already imported items. Copy still images from movies using the contextual menu.

DEVONthink and DEVONnote require an Intel-based Mac and OS X 10.6.8 or later (in the Mac App Store: OS X 10.8.3 or later). They can be downloaded from www.devontechnologies.com and be test-driven for free before they...

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Mar 27
PDF Converter for the Mac gets an update

Enolsoft has updated PDF Converter with OCR for Mac. This new version PDF converter enables users to convert PDF and images to Pages and Keynote on Mac.

It’s now a 15-in-1 PDF converting program that can transfer both native and scanned PDF to Word, Excel, PPT, Html, Pages, Keynote, Text, Epub, Rtfd and image formats.

PDF Converter requires Mac OS X 10.7 or higher. It's available at the Enolsoft website (www.enolsoft.com) for US$79. A demo is available for download

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Mar 27
Waterfield releases CitySlicker case for the Jawbone Mini Jambox

WaterField Designs has introduced the CitySlicker Mini Jambox speaker case. It houses the Jawbone Mini Jambox and its cables in one pocket-sized case.

The interior is custom-sized with a soft, padded liner that cushions the Mini Jambox. A stretchable, semi-opaque back pocket holds the connector cable and charger, and a self-locking zipper keeps them secure.

The CitySlicker’s ballistic nylon exterior is designed to protect the Mini Jambox from accidental scuffs and keep the speaker looking new. At the bottom of the case, a loop lets users slide the Mini Jambox out of its cushioned cocoon.

The CitySlicker Mini Jambox Case is available exclusively from SFbags.com. 
It costs US$49 and is available in black ballistic nylon with a naturally-tanned leather flap in chocolate or grizzly brown.

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Mar 27
LiveCode 6.6 ships with Scaling and High DPI support on desktops

RunRev says LiveCode 6.6, an update of the cross platform app development environment, is now available. The release brings automatic scaling and handling of Retina display screens to desktops.

It also adds open SSL and encryption support for mobile platforms. Additionally, a new assert command has been implemented to help folks who write tests.

LiveCode is available in a free "community" edition and an US$500 commercial edition. It works with Mac, Windows, Linux, iOS, and Android platforms. Go to www.livecode.com for more info.

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Mar 27
Cocktail 7.3 (Mavericks Edition) can now clear Icon Services...

Maintain has served up Cocktail 7.3 (Mavericks Edition). It's a maintenance release of the utility that lets users clean, repair and optimize their Macs.

Version 7.3 adds the ability to clear Icon Services caches and saved application states. It also adds an "Allow power button to put the computer to sleep" setting and an Utilities menu that offers quick access to miscellaneous utilities and assistants.

Cocktail 7.3 (Mavericks Edition) requires OS X Mavericks 10.9 to run. Cocktail (Mountain Lion Edition) for OS X 10.8, Cocktail (Lion Edition) for OS X 10.7 and Cocktail (Snow Leopard Edition) for OS X 10.6 are available for download from Maintain website.

Cocktail costs US$19 for a single user license. You can purchase it at the Maintain web site (http://www.maintain.se/cocktail).

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Mar 27
Native Instruments introduces Molekular

Native Instruments has released Molekular, a modular multi-effects system for their flagship synthesis studio Reaktor 5 or the free Reaktor 5 Player. It features 35 exclusive creative effects for sound manipulation.

Molekular's modular design allows for "an unprecedented level of routing freedom and its Morphing Field provides inspiring performance possibilities for producers," according to the folks at Native Instruments. It's available now at the NI Online Shop for US$149. Go to www.native-instruments.com/molekular for more info.

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Mar 26
Remote FileMaker 13 Training Series course set for May

FileMaker authors John Mark Osborne and Steven Blackwell will teach the FileMaker Training Series for FileMaker Pro 13 remotely in May. They say that remote classes offer students the same benefits of a traditional classes like asking questions and in-class exercises but without the cost of travel and time away from work.

The FileMaker Training Series (FTS) is the official training curriculum from FileMaker, Inc. It offers a series of 13 training modules that cover a set of topics designed to help you master the essentials of FileMaker solution development. Since the FileMaker Training Series for FileMaker 13 has not been announced yet, the curriculum will come from the FileMaker Training Series for FileMaker 12. Osborne and Blackwell will customize the training for FileMaker 13 where necessary.

Class is held twice a week on Tuesday and Wednesday from 1-3 pm (Eastern Standard Time) for 10 straight weeks starting May 6. The remote course is taught via GoToMeeting....

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Mar 26
BlinkMail launches as free download for Mac OS X

BlinkMail, a new app form Yam Labs, has launched as a free download for Mac OS X. The app allows you to go through your in-box using only your keyboard's arrow keys.

Just open your email client and you can customize the arrows to do whatever your want. You can set an arrow to delete the mail, archive it, reply to it, send it instantly to Evernote, shoot it over to Dropbox, place a label on the message, and more.

BlinkMail works with Mac OS X 10.9 (Mavericks) and higher. A premium version is coming soon for US$19.99. It will include the ability to aadd multiple accounts, reminders, and Evernote integration. Go to http://www.blinkmailapp.com for more info.

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Mar 26
Siteimprove announces PDF document checking tool

iteimprove has unveiled their new PDF document scanning tool that allows users to test PDFs hosted on their websites for broken links, misspellings, and accessibility issues.

The tool also helps ensure that hosted PDF documents are fully accessible to users with disabilities, highlighting issues and making recommendations for fixes, says Siteimprove CEO Torben Rytt. It automatically catalogues all PDF documents hosted on a given website, and tests them every five days for errors. Go to Siteimprove.com for more info and a free demo.

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Mar 26
Sonnet announces new rackmount enclosure for the 2013 Mac Pro

Sonnet Technologies has announced the xMac Pro Server Thunderbolt 2-to-PCI Express (PCIe) expansion system and 4U rackmount enclosure for the 2013 Mac Pro.

Along the lines of Sonnet's xMac mini Server for Mac minis, the xMac Pro Server mounts the Mac Pro horizontally inside a specially designed modular enclosure that connects three PCIe 2.0 slots to the computer via Thunderbolt 2. It also provides space to install additional equipment in two 5.25-inch mobile rack bays.

The xMac Pro Server has a suggested retail price of US$1,499 and is due June 2. The basic edition Mobile Rack Device has a suggested retail price of $199 and is available now. Go to www.sonnettech.com for more info.

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