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May 11
Corel debuts AfterShot Pro 3

Corel has debuted AfterShot Pro 3 (www.AfterShotPro.com) for Mac OS X, Windows, and Linux. The new version of the photo editing and organization software adds a highlight recovery algorithm, watermarking, layer-based blemish correction, as well as dynamic update abilities that enable new camera RAW profiles to be supported faster than ever. 

AfterShot Pro 3 enables photographers to organize thousands, cull from hundreds, and perfect a single photo, according to Greg Wood, senior director of Photo Products at Corel. The software provides access to a variety of plug-ins and add-ons direct from the community. Suggested retail pricing is $79.99; existing registered users can purchase for the upgrade price of $59.99. A 30-day demo is available for download. 

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May 11
Observer for OS X adds support for more sites

QotoQot (https://qotoqot.com/) has announced Qbserve 1.2, an update to its automatic private time tracker for Mac OS X.

The app “knows” productivity rates for thousands of sites and apps and has the ability to differentiate between chats in Skype, Slack, and Telegram, YouTube videos, and subreddits. All the tracked information is stored privately on the user's machine. Features include flexible tracking settings, dynamic dock & menu bar icons, detailed feedback charts, alerts for goals, and reminders.

Version 1.2 supports over 300 new sites and app bundles for automatic lookup. It also adds support for recognizing Slack teams and Telegram chats as separate activities.

Observe requires Mac OS X Yosemite or El Capitan. It costs $30 (until June 30; after that the price rises to $40).

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May 11
EarthDesk 7 adds earthquakes and other real-time data

Xeric Design (http://www.xericdesign.com) has released EarthDesk 7, an update to its real-time dynamic desktop map for Mac OS X.

The app replaces your static desktop with an image of the Earth showing current sun, moon and city illumination, as well as real-time cloud coverage. A data subscription offers additional real-time information including earthquakes and named storms, allowing you to visualize hurricanes and other real-time events on your Mac.

EarthDesk 7 provides improved support for multiple screens and Retina displays. There are new positioning options including centering on a specific latitude/longitude or real-time data such as the location of the most recent earthquake. City labels now support multiple colors and different screens can show different sets of data. There’s a new city database with support for adding, editing and removing of cities. In version 7 presets are...

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May 11
Gemini for OS X revved to version 2

MacPaw's Gemini, a Mac-only duplicate finder and cleaner, has been upgraded to version 2. According to CEO Oleksandr Kosovan, here’s a list of the changes….

The app spots similar files in addition to identical duplicates: “similiars" aren’t 100% identical files, like duplicates, but they have so little difference that a user might consider some of them redundant.

The app tells the differences between files by more than 10 parameters; it analyzes file names, creation and modification dates, extensions, locations to ensure accuracy and precision in results.

The update works with iTunes and Photos libraries: Gemini 2 helps get rid of unnecessary retakes of the same picture or different formats of the same song.

Version 2 applies Smart Selection algorithm and becomes self-learning from a user. Smart Selection algorithm remembers rules for files removal, learns and applies the experience to next sessions.

Gemini 2 accurately selects duplicates for...

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May 10
Apple updates iWork apps for OS X, iOS

Apple's iWork apps (Pages, Numbers, and Keynote for OS X and iOS have been updated with bug fixes and stability improvements.

Pages for Mac has been updated to version 5.6.2, while Keynote for Mac is 6.6.2, and Numbers for Mac is updated to version 3.6.2. All are available at the Mac App Store.

The iOS versions of Keynote and Numbers are all now at version 2.6.2. They’re available at the Apple App Store.

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May 10
Artboard for OS X gets tabbed interface, more

Mapdiva has updated Artboard, its drawing software for Mac OS X, to version 2.0.

The software allows you to create vector drawings. Version 2 sports a tabbed interface, a Select tool for editing objects, smart drawing tools, a more powerful styles editor, enhanced workflows, editable clip art & styles, and more.

To celebrate its launch, Artboard 2 is on sale through May for 40% off ($29.99 compared to $49.99). A demo version isis available for download at the product website (https://www.mapdiva.com/).

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May 10
FileMake, Inc., launches FileMaker 15 platform

FileMaker, Inc. has released FileMaker 15 (http://www.filemaker.com/products/). The company says the upgraded platform improves upon the fundamentals of custom app development with new features in five key areas: mobility, automation/integration, ease of use, security and performance. 

The FileMaker Platform provides the essentials for creating a custom app that fits an organization’s business needs. It works on Mac OS X, iPads, iPhones, Windows, and the web. According to Ann Monroe of FileMaker, Inc., new features of the FileMaker 15 Platform include: 

Mobility: Touch ID support enables developers to securely access their custom apps with the touch of a finger. 3D Touch support enables quick access to specific apps. New app extensions offer content customization and cloud-based file sharing. iBeacon support offers location-based data from the custom app and FileMaker WebDirect...

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May 10
LinkOptimizer 4.9.60 for InDesign improves image preview handling

Zevrix Solutions has released LinkOptimizer 4.9.60, a maintenance update to its workflow automation solution for Adobe InDesign.

The app allows users to automatically reduce the size of InDesign picture links and speed up processing by eliminating excess image data, performing essential image adjustments and converting image formats. Version 4.9.60 addresses several issues related to image preview handling and link list management.

LinkOptimizer can be purchased from Zevrix website (www.zevrix.com) for $259.95 (there’s a “lite” version for $179.95). A demo is available for download. The update is free for LinkOptimizer 4.x users and $130 to upgrade from previous versions. LinkOptimizer requires Mac OS X 10.6-10.11 and Adobe InDesign and Photoshop CS3-CC 2015.

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May 09
Genius Pack releases a backpack with an integrated suiter

Genius Pack has released the Travel Backpack with Integrated Suiter, which the company says is the world’s first backpack with a place for hanging garments. I
 
Features include an umbrella pop-out, space-saving compartments for personal items and a quick-access side pocket with audio port for smartphones, earbuds and other devices. There are also integrated laptop and tablet compartments and tech organization pockets.
 
The Travel Backpack with Integrated Suiter features Genius Pack’s built-in Laundry Compression Technology (LCT) that’s designed to keep dirty clothes separate from clean clothes.

The Travel Backpack with Integrated Suiter from Genius Pack is available in two-tone matte black. It measures 20” x 11” x 8” with a 25-liter capacity, yet weighs only 2.2 pounds. It retails for $168. It is available at http://tinyurl.com/hohuf2k.

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May 09
HoudahSpot for OS X turns 10, gets grid view refinements

Houdah Software has released HoudahSpot 4.2, an update to the file search tool for Mac OS X.

This release marks the 10th anniversary of HoudahSpot and brings refinements to the grid view, the file tagging interface and filter options. The utility combines file search with a customizable results display, search templates, preview of text matches and more.

HoudahSpot requires Mac OS X Yosemite or El Capitan. It costs $29for a single-user license. A demo is available for download (). Upgrade from previous versions start at $17.

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May 09
Twocanoes Software releases SD Clone 2 for SD card cloning on...

Twocanoes Software has launched SD Clone 2.2 (http://twocanoes.com/products/mac/sd-clone), an update of its tool to clone SD cards on the Mac.

It clones up to eight SD cards simultaneously from a single image file or SD card. SD Clone shrinks and expands the image as needed to fit your data on any size card. The app supports the Raspbian Raspberry Pi operating system, Linux and other operating systems.

SD Clone supports a variety of flash memory cards and formats, including SD and micro SD cards. Version 2.2 offers speed and other improvements.

SD Clone requires Mac OS X 10.9 or higher and costs $99.99. A demo is available for download.

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May 09
VidConvert 1.6.5 for OS X adds H.265 support

Reggie Ashworth has announced VidConvert 1.6.5 (http://www.reggieashworth.com/vidconvert), an update to his video converter for Mac OS X.

It’s a video converter designed to make converting your videos simple and easy. VidConvert will convert just about any type of video into one of many popular formats. You can create videos for your iPhone or iPad, for your Mac or TV, or formats such as DivX and MPEG. Version 1.6.5 introduces H.265 support, a higher max bitrate, and a number of fixes and improvements.

VidConvert requires Mac OS X 10.7 or later. It costs $7.99 for a single user license. A demo which creates three-minute samples is available.

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May 09
Mac Shutdown upgraded to version 4.0

Tension Software (www.tensionsoftware.com) has upgraded Mac Shutdown to version 4.0.

The utility can use “Soft Shutdown” and “Hard Shutdown” to power down your Mac. Soft Shutdown is issued at the Finder level and tells all running apps to quit before shutting down the Mac. The Hard shutdown and can shut down an app that doesn’t want to quit before rebooting the Mac.

Mac Shutdown 4.0 requires Mac OS X 10.10 or higher and costs $12. It’s available at the Tension Software website.

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May 06
Tension Software announces Data Extractor 1.4.2

Tension Software has released Data Extractor 1.4.2 for Mac OS X.

The app allows users to extract data in a sparse format contained inside files and collect them in an internal structured table. Collected data can be exported at any time in various format (CSV, TSV, HTML, Custom).

In version 1.4.2, source files visualization can be switched between full path or file name. The upgrade also sport an improved extraction algorithm.

Data Extractor requires Mac OS X 10.10 or higher. It costs $50 and is available at the Tension Software website and the Mac App Store.

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May 05
Apple, SAP partner to ‘revolutionize work’ on the iPhone and iPad

Apple and SAP (www.sap.com), which specializes in enterprise application software, have announced a partnership to revolutionize the mobile work experience for enterprise customers of all sizes, combining native apps for the iPhone and iPad with the capabilities of the SAP HANA platform. This joint effort will also deliver a new iOS software development kit (SDK) and training academy so that developers, partners and customers can build native iOS apps tailored to their business needs.

“This partnership will transform how iPhone and iPad are used in enterprise by bringing together the innovation and security of iOS with SAP’s deep expertise in business software,” said Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO. “As the leader in enterprise software and with 76% of business transactions touching an SAP system, SAP is the ideal partner to help us truly transform how businesses around the world are run on iPhone and iPad. Through the new SDK, we’...

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May 05
Microsoft’s OneDrive reducing free storage from 15GB to 5GB

Microsoft is making some changes to OneDrive (https://onedrive.live.com/about/en-us/), its file hosting service that allows users to sync files and later access them from a web browser or mobile device.

The amount of free storage that comes with OneDrive will change from 15 GB to 5 GB. Microsoft is also discontinuing the 15 GB camera roll bonus.

As a result of these changes, you will be over your OneDrive storage limit on Aug. 10. To bring your account within the new limits, you can purchase additional storage or choose to remove some files.

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May 05
ETFE solar panels now available to power Apple equipment

Solar Panels New Zealand has announced its new range of ETFE Solar Panels, providing thin, UV resistant panels. The panels support charging of all current generation Apple products either directly from the sun, or via a portable battery.

Charging ports include USB, MagSafe, 30Pin and Lightning. Current generation products include MacBook Pro, MacBook Pro Retina, MacBook, MacBook Air, iPad, iPad Mini, iMad Air, iPad Pro, iPhone 3, iPhone 4, iPhone 5 and iPhone 6.

Solar Panels New Zealand says its not only offers off the shelf sized solar panels but are also able to offer customized solar panels of specific sizes for your project or product. The thin ETFE flexible panels are designed for deployment on boats, cars, RV's, buses, planes and much more. Go to http://solar-panels.nz for more info.

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May 05
QNAP launches 8-bay, quad-core business NAS

QNAP Systems has released its 8-bay business NAS TS-831X that features two built-in 10GbE SFP+ ports to fully support 10GbE high-speed networks as a cost-effective NAS solution.

The TS-831X further supports VJBOD (Virtual JBOD) to introduce an economical way to utilize unused NAS storage space for expanding the storage capacity of other QNAP NAS. It uses an Annapurna Labs Alpine AL-314 quad-core 1.4 GHz ARM Cortex-A15 processor, and features 8GB/16GB DDR3 RAM (upgradable to 16GB), RAID 5/6 support, hardware-accelerated encryption and an SSD cache. It’s 10GbE-ready with two built-in 10GbE SFP+ ports, and allows users to install a third 10GbE port via the extra PCIe slot for flexible high-speed network deployment.

The TS-831X is a comprehensive storage solution for data storage, backup, sharing and centralized management, supporting Mac OS X and Windows desktop/laptop backup, RTRR (Real-Time Remote Replication) with backup versioning, rsync and backup to cloud storage...

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May 05
Tension Software updates String Replacer for OS X to version 1.3

Tension Software (www.tensionsoftware.com) has upgraded String Replacer for Mac OS X to version 1.3.

The app allows users to find and replace a list of strings inside files and folders directly or in batch mode. It works with just a single click or by using drag and drop.

Version 1.3 supports: importing Find/Replace strings with automatic encoding recognition, data preview, field selections, destination selections, and exporting of Find/Replace strings with selection of fields to export and various data format available: TSV, CSV, CSV-S, HTML and even a custom format.

String Replacer requires Mac OS X 10.10 or higher. It costs $14.99 and is available at the Tension Software website and the Mac App Store.

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May 05
Hazel 4 for Mac OS X introduces new preview feature

Noodlesoft has announced Hazel 4, an update to its housekeeping utility for Mac OS X.

The utility watches whatever folders you tell it to, automatically organizing your files according to the rules you create. Using Hazel's rule engine, you can easily create workflows that keep your files organized automatically. The app also features options for managing your Trash and includes an app uninstaller.

Hazel 4 introduces a new live preview of your rule while editing it. With the new preview feature, users can quickly see whether their rules are correct before deploying them. This version also includes syncing rules using any file syncing/sharing service such as Dropbox or iCloud drive. Also new is the ability to have Hazel monitor Smart Folders. Version 4 includes other features such as rule search, an expanded status interface, a toggle extension action, and more.

A 14-day demo version is available for download (...

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May 04
LiveCode 8 adds new plug-in architecture

LiveCode Ltd has unveiled LiveCode 8 (www.livecode.com) , representing the next generation of the highly coding environment for iOS, Android, Mac OS X, Windows, Linux and Server platforms. Rewritten from the ground up, LiveCode 8 brings a new plug-in architecture allowing users to drag-drop widgets.

LiveCode Ltd’s recent acquisition of mergEXT means that LiveCode now also ships with 29 readymade iOS add ons. Many of these will be developed into widgets by LiveCode Ltd and made available across all supported LiveCode platforms. In all LiveCode 8 ships with a grand total of 46 externals, libraries and widgets to extend its functionality.

The new LiveCode Builder language is available for the first time for users to build and add their own widgets and extensions. Extensions to LiveCode are now built in LiveCode instead of in lower level and arguably more difficult languages such as C++ or Objective C....

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May 04
CoreCode teams releases TableEdit spreadsheet for Mac OS X

The CoreCode team has announced TableEdit, a spreadsheet app for Mac OS X. It offers features such as charts with cell styling, formatting options, and comprehensive import/export capabilities.

TableEdit features a “world-class” Excel-compatible formula system that has been tested on more than a million formulae from over 20,000 Excel-files, according to Samuel Vimes of the CoreCode team. The tool is built exclusively for OS X and takes full advantage of its latest features and technologies, he adds.

TableEdit requires Mac OS X 10.8 and is free. It’s available at the product website (http://www.corecode.at/tableedit/) and the Mac App Store.

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May 04
Micromat’s MacCheck is new problem-solving and diagnostic utility

Micromat, the company behind the TechTool Pro line of software, has released a new troubleshooting utility called MacCheck. The new product can perform a series of critical tests on Mac systems running OS X 10.6 or higher, helping to isolate what might be wrong with a particular computer.

MacCheck is being offered free of charge and is available for download immediately (https://www.micromat.com/products/maccheck). The program tests many of the critical systems in a Mac, including RAM, I/O, Volume Structures, Partition Maps, Batteries, RAID systems and more. The program allows users to quickly verify the overall health of their Mac with one click of a button, according to Micromat president Jeff Baudin.

“For many years, we always offered our free TechTool Lite product and it was very a popular way to introduce Macintosh users to troubleshooting,” he says. “We...

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May 04
Tension Software revs TS Calc for the Mac to version 1.5

Tension Software (www.tensionsoftware.com) has updated TS Cal for Mac OS X to version 1.5.

It’s a document based application; its documents can be realized and used as calculation models for specific mathematical technical problems. Version 1.5 provides better import of variables with a Cascade Assignment feature and improved undo support in variables, constants and functions management.

TS Cal requires Mac OS X 10.10 or higher. It costs $14.99 and is available at the Tension Software website and the Mac App Store.

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May 04
CNS Barcode revved to version 2.0

Comm-Unity Networking has released version 2.0 of CNS Barcode for FileMaker Pro.

This version finalizes the transition to 64-bit FileMaker plug-ins with full, cross-platform, 64-bit GUI support. It also includes some important bug fixes. CNS Barcode is available (http://cnsbarcode.cnsplug-ins.com/) for both Mac OS(R) X and Windows.

If you purchased CNS Barcode after May 3, 2015, you can install this latest version free of charge. If you purchased CNS Barcode any time between May 3, 2014, and May 2, 2015, you can renew your license for 50% off the current price. If you purchased CNS Barcode any time before May 3, 2014, you can renew your license for 25% off the current price.

For new users CNS Barcode prices range from a single user license for $85 to a world license for $1,425 (which includes a free server license). A server license of CNS Barcode for use with...

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