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Nov 25
Enterprise IT reports progress in securing mobile devices

Securing the files on mobile devices and controlling access from devices to enterprise resources and data remain the most important issues for enterprise IT departments trying to manage mobile devices, according to the annual survey of IT professionals conducted by the Enterprise Device Alliance (www.enterprisedevicealliance.com).

IT managers, constrained by fixed headcounts, are leveraging established solutions such as Microsoft Exchange and Active Directory as well as mobile device management (MDM) solutions to address the challenge of securing mobile devices according to the September 2014 survey.

Along with core control and management, IT departments report more progress establishing and enforcing policies for mobile file management, configuration control, and secure cloud-based solutions. IT management seems to be increasing its control of mobile device issues....

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Nov 25
PopChar for Mac OS X adds 'Shape Finder,' more

Ergonis Software has announced PopChar X 7.0, an update to their tool for exploring fonts as well as finding and inserting special characters. The upgrade introduces a new "Shape Finder," which allows you to draw the shape of a character on the screen to tell PopChar what you are looking for. You just draw the approximate shape and click the Find button and PopChar comes up with all characters that resemble this shape.

The Shape Finder can also be used with PopChar's new "Find Similar Shape" context command, which allows you to start with a character in the table, optionally add a few extra strokes, and quickly find characters that look similar. PopChar 7 also adds a new font filter for limiting the font list to fonts that match a given substring. It can export and import the favorite characters to and from a text file, and offers a new window layout with a permanently visible font list.

PopChar X 7.0 requires Mac OS X 10.6 or newer. It can be purchased the Ergonis...

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Nov 25
LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham coming to the Mac on Nov. 28

Feral Interactive says LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham for Mac will be available on Nov.28th. Developed by TT Games and published by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment for consoles, PC and handheld, LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham is an all-new DC Comics Super Hero story.

Here's how the game is described: "When Brainiac, an extraterrestrial android, threatens to shrink the Earth, Batman and the Justice League leap into action to thwart his evil plans. Teaming up with the Legion of Doom, our Super Heroes venture to the distant Lantern Corps planets to locate the Lantern Rings and harness their enormous energy to save the world!

"With the combined powers of more than 150 DC Comics Super Heroes and Super Villains at their disposal, players crack puzzles, fend off bad guys and build impressive LEGO gadgets including laser cannons, spaceships and of course the Batmobile. As they travel between interstellar locations, players will discover the thrills of side-scrolling...

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Nov 25
Apple hits $700 billion market capitalization

Apple, already the world’s largest company by market capitalization, has hit a new record value of US$700 billion, reports Bloomberg (http://bloom.bg/11SAqCE).

Shares of the Cupertino, California-based company rose 0.8% to $119.59 at 9:35 a.m. in New York, giving it a valuation of more than $701 billion, a milestone that no other U.S. company has ever reached. That puts Apple at 1.7 times the capitalization of the world’s second-biggest company, Exxon Mobile, notes "Bloomberg."

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Nov 25
MAZZO Mobile introduces the PowerDrive P1 and PowerDrive Slim

MAZZO Mobile (www.mazzomobile.dcom) has launched its PowerDrive collection, a combination USB storage drive and battery backup that's certified MFi ("Made for iPhone/iPad/iPod") by Apple.

The PowerDrive P1 reportedly provides 40 hours of backup battery and up to 128 GB of storage. It's designed for travelers who don’t have the time to plug into a wall outlet or want easy access to all of their files. The PowerDrive Slim sports a sleeker design, but still offers up to 128 GB of storage.

The PowerDrive devices work with a 30-pin or Lightning cable. Simply download the PowerDrive app from the iTunes store and plug in the device to get started.

The PowerDrive is available in 16 GB, 32 GB, 64 GB and 128 GB capabilities. The PowerDrive P1 model is available online, while the PowerDrive Slim will soon be available for preorder with models starting at US$79.

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Nov 25
ArtOptimizer ready for Mac OS X Yosemite

Zevrix Solutions (http://www.zevrix.com) has updated ArtOptimizer, its workflow automation solution for Adobe Illustrator, to version 2.7.6. The new version makes ArtOptimizer compatible with Mac OS X Yosemite.

ArtOptimizer eliminates the excess image data of document links and performs image adjustments, reducing the size of an Illustrator job. In order to eliminate excess image data, the app automatically scales the images in Photoshop to match their dimensions in Illustrator, changes resolution according to the target resolution specified, and reimports images to Illustrator at 100%.

In addition, ArtOptimizer can automatically convert image colors, apply sharpening filters, merge and delete layers, and run Photoshop Actions during processing. ArtOptimizer can be purchased from the Zevrix Solutions web site for US$119.95, as well as from authorized resellers. A demo is available for download....

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Nov 24
The latest iOS apps for Nov. 24

Here are some of the latest apps available at the Apple App Store for the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.

FairyTalesBook presents a bookshelf app with 20 illustrated fairy tales with original storylines. It comes with two unlocked stories; more are available as in-app purchases.

Apptronics has announced Farm Animal Fun Games. It's a free game that "introduces players into life on the farm, and all the animals that come with it."

Game Cognition has released Island of Mu. It's a free mix of city building, creature collection and puzzle combat, set on a 3D animated island.

Norway Distributions has introduced Puzzle the Picture. The goal of the free game is to put together an image from a stack of tiles in the shortest amount of time. You can challenge your friends, play against random opponents, or play in single-player mode.

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Nov 24
MetaCase releases embeddable version of MetaEdit+

MetaCase has released an embeddable version of its modeling and code generation tool, MetaEdit+.  Now companies can add top class modeling support to their products for a fraction of the time and cost of previous approaches, according to the folks at MetaCase.

MetaEdit+ enables companies to improve development productivity and quality by generating full code directly from models. First you design the modeling language with MetaEdit+ Workbench and then other developers model with the language in MetaEdit+ Modeler.

The resulting tooling runs on Mac OS X, Windows, and Linux. Embedding MetaEdit+ into a product is made easy with example code in a range of languages and full plug-ins for Visual Studio and Eclipse. The embedded user interface adapts to the company’s modeling language and branding, with a variety of user interface customizations and tool integration mechanisms possible The evaluation version for MetaEdit+ is available along with examples at...

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Nov 24
Mac OS X-compatible HitFilm 3 Pro released for indie filmmakers

HitFilm 3 Pro, the latest video editing and visual effects software from FXHOME, is available to order from hitfilm.com for US$299.
 
HitFilm 3 Pro is a post-production revolution, combining editing tools, 3D compositing, 3D object rendering, a particle simulator and an expansive toolkit for advanced color correction and grading. Over 180 customizable visual effects are included plus 130 plug-ins for use in Sony Vegas, After Effects, Premiere Pro, Final Cut Pro X and Motion.
 
New features in version 3 include a redesigned editor and interface, 3D textures for particles, auto-tracking masks, OpenFX support, 3D fractal particle shapes, 3D camera projection and professional de-noising, along with over 20 new effects, background proxying for complex VFX and a 16-bit OpenEXR pipeline.There's a redesigned editing timeline to give users access to tools for fine control. Filmmakers can craft projects in the fast, non-linear editor and can switch between multiple 3D...

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Nov 24
Apple announces World AIDS Day 2014 Campaign for (RED)

To mark World AIDS Day 2014, Apple and app developers are inviting customers to help (RED) achieve the goal of an AIDS-free generation.

For the next two weeks, a special section of the App Store called Apps for (RED) will offer 25 apps with exclusive new content where all proceeds will go directly to the Global Fund to fight AIDS. In addition, Apple will donate a portion of sales at Apple’s retail and online stores around the world on two of the biggest shopping days of the year: Friday, Nov. 28, and Monday, Dec. 1.

"Apple is a proud supporter of (RED) because we believe the gift of life is the most important gift anyone can give," says Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO. "For eight years, our customers have been helping fight AIDS in Africa by funding life-saving treatments which are having a profoundly positive impact. This year we are launching our biggest fundraising push yet with the participation of Apple’s retail and online stores, and some of the brightest minds in the...

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Nov 24
Candy Apple for Mac OS X upgraded with video tutorials, more

28bit Technologies (http://www.macappware.com) has served up an update to Candy Apple, a vector based graphic design and illustration app designed for Mac OS X.

Version 1.5's adds new video tutorials, grid view options, enhancements that make it quicker to design, and fixes a bug related to adjusting the dimensions of the canvas.

Candy Apple is supported on Mac OS X 10.6 and higher (including OS X Mavericks). It's available exclusively at the Mac App Store and Macappware.com for a limited time for I$14.99, 50% discount of US$29.99.

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Nov 21
Acrosync announces an rsync client for Mac OS X that supports...

Acrosync has released Acrosync for Mac, a new rsync client with a graphical user interface (GUI) that also supports Dropbox-like automatic upload and Time Machine style incremental backups.

Acrosync for Mac is a folder synchronization tool based on the rsync protocol, so it can sync with any computer or device that has rsync installed, such as Mac and Linux computers, NAS boxes, and VPS or dedicated servers, or even rsync storage providers. Users may connect via SSH or Rsyncd and much more.

Acrosync's interface lets you set up multiple sync or backup profiles. After the first sync, on subsequent syncs only the new and modified files will be transferred, and, for each modified file, only the changed parts will be transferred, thanks to the clever rsync algorithm.

Like Dropbox, Acrosync for Mac also integrates a built-in file system monitor that can constantly watch local folders and automatically start transferring new or modified files once they're detected....

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Nov 21
Chronos updates Greeting Card Shop for Yosemite to version 2.0

Chronos has released Greeting Card Shop 2.0, an update of the app that lets you create greeting cards, invitations, and accompanying envelopes on Mac OS X Yosemite.

Features in version 2.0 include: 3D headlines; the ability to create QR codes for advertising web addresses; adds support for new Avery greeting card/envelope stocks; 12 templates for new Avery greeting card/envelope stocks; the ability to convert a shape or text into a image so special effects can be applied; doughnut smart shape; a tear drop smart shape; two bracket frames smart shapes; five shield smart shapes; Bezier shape Smart Inspector; the ability to close an open Bezier shape after it has been created; mirror a Bezier shape horizontally and/or vertically; and a Label Text feature that doesn't limit text to a bounding box.

There 60-plus templates demonstrate new design features in version 2. Greeting Card Shop costs US$39.99 for a single-user license and is available directly from Chronos (...

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Nov 21
DEVONthink and DEVONnote updated with iCloud Drive support

DEVONtechnologies has updated all editions of its intelligent information and document manager DEVONthink, as well as the smart notebook DEVONnote.

Version 2.8.2 of all editions of DEVONthink fully supports indexing files and folders stored in iCloud Drive. An additional script indexes all user-generated folders on iCloud Drive without manually adding folders or documents to the database. Users can install it with a single click from the built-in Support Assistant.

DEVONthink 2.8.2 now indexes and searches documents created with the application Scapple. New preference options store an author name that the app reuses in various places where the user adds or creates metadata. Users can set a default image zoom and default PDF display modes, too. A new hidden preference option allows to disable the Dock icon badge.

DEVONthink and DEVONnote 2.8.2 come with revised editing preferences. All HUD panels now appear optimized for OS X Yosemite. The new version improves...

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Nov 20
The latest iOS apps for Nov. 20

Here are some of the latest apps available at the Apple App Store for the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.

B-interaktive has announced Full Ahead! It's an US$0.99 deep sea, casual adventure game with a comic steampunk design.

Phoenix Online Publishing has released The Last Door: Collector's Edition, a $3.99, retro-themed horror adventure with puzzles, scenes, and stories.

Microids has rolled out Garfield Kart Fast & Furious. The racing game is free, but does tout in-app purchases.

Distinctive Games has kicked out Rugby Nations 15. The $4.99 game takes your rookie player through the ranks of the sport from bottom tier clubs right through to international rugby stardom. Challenges include Autumn Internationals, 50 teams from around the world and top tournaments with Rugby Nations social integration for plugging into the world of rugby 24/7.

Virtual Space 000 has introduced Lecture racing. In the free app, the teacher asks a question about the slide...

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Nov 20
Satechi releases 10-port USB 3.0 hub

Satechi has released the US$59.99, 10-Port USB 3.0 Aluminum Hub for Mac OS X and Windows systems.

The hub features seven SuperSpeed USB 3.0 ports to connect devices and transfer data to a computer as well as three additional charging ports to provide power to smartphones, tablets and other mobile devices. The additional ports on the hub include one 5V 2.1A port and two 5V 1A ports for charging tablets and smartphones efficiently.

The 10-Port USB 3.0 Premium Aluminum Hub boasts a slim, strip-shape design.
Additionally, the plug and play hub is equipped with a power supply to guarantee electric current stability and effective operation of connected devices without added software installation.

The 10-Port USB 3.0 Premium Aluminum Hub is available now for an introductory price of $59.99 at Satechi.net and Amazon.com.

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Nov 20
Battle Fleet 2 launches on Steam for Mac OS X, Windows

Capital j Media says Battle Fleet 2 for Mac OS X and Windows is now available for purchase on Steam (http://tinyurl.com/p8cwrnr) with a 15% discount to celebrate the launch. You can buy it for US$8.49 for a limited time.

Here's how the game is described: "Battle Fleet 2 is a true naval combat sim set in the WW2 era. Players manually control the weapon loadout of their ships, selecting which guns to bring, setting what the angle and power of their shots are, and determining how the ships move and turn. Additionally carriers bring planes, bombing runs, and interception into battles taking place around island chains, which can help provide cover, blocking line of sight, or forcing enemies to run aground.

"All of this comes together in a fast paced battle in scenarios, campaign mode, or online against other players. Battle Fleet 2 expands the original concept of turn based naval combat where the...

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Nov 20
Landscape is new responsive web page design tool for Mac OS X

ConjureBunny Software (http://conjurebunny.com/) has unveiled a new responsive web page design tool for Mac OS X: Landscape. It's designed to help you build responsive websites that adapt to phone, tablet, and desktop displays.

Landscape sites have automatic Facebook integration, Lightbox support for graphics, and native support for all major graphics formats, including Photoshop files. The tool lets you build web pages by dragging and dropping any type of file (including Photoshop) in a freeform environment to assemble web pages. To add text, just type anywhere. A Desktop/Tablet/Phone switch lets the user change layouts for each page.

Landscape features integrated Google Font support, so if you're using any of over 600 Google Fonts, it will detect them and embed code in your page so the viewer's browser will display it properly. Landscape also automatically builds light boxes if you've...

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Nov 20
ABBY FineReader Pro now supports OS X native automation tools

ABBYY has released FineReader Pro for Mac, a professional OCR (Optical Character Recognition) software product for document scanning and conversion on Macs.

Newly added support for Mac Automator actions and AppleScript commands now gives customers the ability to create automated document conversion tasks or workflows. Mac users can link document processing steps together to create simple, self-running OCR workflows. 

For example, a user could create a "watched folder" function which automatically processes documents, or whole batches of documents, as they are dropped into the folder. Watched folders can be also set to process documents only at scheduled times. 

Users can additionally automate frequently used OCR tasks which launch with a simple "drag-and-drop" operation, or create a special task which applies text recognition to screenshots. Automated tasks, or workflows, based on ABBYY FineReader Pro for Mac can be set up to run without the need to launch the...

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Nov 20
AKVIS Sketch 16 ready for Mac OS X Yosemite

AKVIS (www.akvis.com) has released AKVIS Sketch 16 for Mac OS X and Windows. The software turns photos into pencil drawings. The new version adds new features and lets a user make a snapshot during processing, add a watermark, erase pencil lines, etc.

AKVIS Sketch comes as a standalone application and as a Photoshop plugin filter. With it you can create color drawings and black-and-white sketches from your photos, imitate the technique of graphite and color pencil. Version 16:

° Adds the Snapshot button to the progress bar for making a shot during the image processing;

° Adds the possibility to pin your favorite snapshots to save them in the Timeline when changing the parameters;

° Adds Pencil and Eraser post-processing tool;

° Adds the smart non-destructive Crop tool to the standalone version;

° Increases the quick preview area (now the default value is 500 px, the maximum value is...

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Nov 20
AppleXsoft File Recovery updated for Mac OS X Yosemite

AppleXsoft Software (www.applexsoft.com) has released a new version (5.1.1.3) of AppleXsoft File Recovery, a do-it-yourself recovery software tool for Mac OS X. The upgrade has been visually redesigned, sports a fully rebuild recovery engine and is revved for Yosemite.

File Recovery has been developed to help Mac users to recover accidentally deleted photos from memory cards, CompactFlash, and other storage media. It uses individual scan algorithms for each supported file type and also supports the raw photos of cameras made by Nikon, Sony, Canon, Panasonic, Samsung,  Olympus, Kodak, Fuji and others.

AppleXsoft Photo Recovery for Mac 5.1.1.3 requires Mac OS X 10.4 or higher. It costs US$49.95. A demo may be downloaded from the AppleXsoft website.

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Nov 19
The latest iOS apps for Nov. 19

Here are some of the latest apps available at the Apple App Store for the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.

Touch Tech Kids has published Messy Mia and the Tale of Ancient Tech. It's an US$3.99 original storybook app about retro technology. Messy Mia tells the story of a young girl learning how her parents survived without modern technology such as laptops, tablets, broadband and mobile phones.

JSV Ventures has announced Alchemy 1000. The puzzle app starts off with the four basic elements: earth, air, fire and water. Users mix elements to create new objects: a beer, a star, an ATM, etc. The object of the game is to find all 1000. Alchemy 1000 is free, but does offer in-app purchases.

Liber Primus Games says its handheld fantasy adventure app, Narborion Saga is available as a free download. It's an epic fantasy story that writes itself as you play.

Bekon has released a free, self-titled app designed to eliminate a dangerous type of texting-and-driving. When...

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Nov 19
Tiffen Company releases upgrade to its Tiffen Dfx Digital Filter...

The Tiffen Company has released version 4 of its Tiffen Dfx digital filter suite.

The upgrade delivers more video and still image effects to its package. Version 4 adds OFX plug-in support, making it compatible with digital intermediate programs Blackmagic Design Davinci Resolve and Assimilate Scratch, as well as the high-end Nuke visual effects program from The Foundry.

The Tiffen Dfx 4 upgrade also includes support for Sony Vegas NLEs as well as 12 new visual effects filters, 93 new historical photographic processes, 30 new motion picture film stocks, a dramatic speed increase in GPU acceleration, state-of-the-art floating point precision for a non-destructive workflow, and Retina display support for Mac.

Tiffen Dfx 4 is compatible with Mac OS X 10.7 and higher. It's available at an introductory price of US$129.99. A demo is available for download.

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Nov 19
BeLight Software releases Printworks for Mac OS X

BeLight Software has launched a new product called Printworks for Mac (http://tinyurl.com/pe2k9hj). It's a desktop publishing tool to help you design holiday cards, flyers, calendars, brochures, business cards, labels and envelopes.

Printworks comes with over 400 pre-designed templates and 1,000 clipart images. You can up that number to 40,000 with an in-app purchase. To use you simply choose and customize a template — or design a document from scratch.

Printworks costs US$49.95. It's available at the BeLight website or the Mac App Store. A demo is available at BeLight.

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Nov 19
Adobe announces Lightroom 5.7 and Camera Raw 8.7

Adobe has announced the availability of Lightroom 5.7, Adobe Camera Raw 8.7 and DNG Converter 8.7 as final releases on Adobe.com and through the update mechanism in Photoshop CC and Photoshop CS6.

This release corrects issues reported in earlier versions of Lightroom 5 and Camera Raw 8.  In addition, raw file format support is added for 24 new cameras including the Canon EOS 7D Mark II, Nikon D750, and Sony ILCE-5100. Specifically for Lightroom 5.7, new features include an importer tool for customers migrating from Aperture and iPhoto, as well as the ability to view comments and feedback from shared collections on Lightroom web. 
 
Lightroom is a digital photography workflow solution that helps amateur and professional photographers import, manage, enhance and showcase all their images within one application. The Photoshop Camera Raw plug-in provides access to raw image formats produced by many leading digital cameras.
 

Lightroom 5.7 is available...

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