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Mar 11
BatchOutput for Microsoft Word update addresses issues with...

Zevrix Solutions has announced BatchOutput DOC 2.3.4, a maintenance update to its output automation solution for Microsoft Word.

BatchOutput automates printing and exporting of multiple documents to PDF, and allows to carry out powerful professional PDF production directly from Word eliminating the need for time consuming post-processing. The new version addresses some issues that prevented BatchOutput DOC from working after installation of the recently released Microsoft Office 2016 Preview.

BatchOutput DOC can be purchased for US$39.95 from the Zevrix Solutions website (www.zevrix.com), as well as from authorized resellers and Mac App Store. A demo is available for download. The update is free for users of version 2 and $20 from version 1. BatchOutput DOC requires Mac OS X 10.6 or higher and Microsoft Word 2008 and 2011.

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Mar 10
Micromat revamps Techtool Pro 8 for Mac OS X

Micromat (www.micromat.com) has announced a new version of Techtool Pro. The company calls the new version Techtool Pro 8 and says the new version offers a number of significant new features.

"Techtool Pro 8 is a major leap forward compared to our prior versions," says Jeff Baudin, president of Micromat. "Version 8 brings us to the level of ASD (Apple Service Diagnostics). Added with Techtool's legacy battery of tests and repair functions, it takes us quite a bit further." 

Of the new features included in version 8, he says the most significant is the component tests. Depending on the model of Macintosh, it can now check up to 150 new components, sensors and voltage levels "of which we previously could not test," Baudin says.

What's more, Micromat has integrated its Protogo product into this version of Techtool. Protogo allows users to create bootable diagnostic devices out of external hard drives...

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Mar 10
Creative Pro User Group Network announces Las Vegas SuperMeet

The Creative Pro User Group (CPUG) Network says the 14th Annual Las Vegas SuperMeet will take place on Tuesday, April 14, in the Royale Ballroom at the Riviera Hotel in Las Vegas Nevada.

The SuperMeet promises to be the single largest gathering of Final Cut Pro, Adobe, Avid and DaVinci Resolve editors, gurus, digital filmmakers and content creators during the 2015 NAB Show. Early bird tickets are on sale for US$10 ($7 for students) through March 11.

Doors open at 4:30 p.m. with the "SuperMeet Digital Showcase," featuring over 30 software and hardware developers. Presentations will begin at 7 p.m. and continue until 11 p.m.

The SuperMeet agenda hasn't been announced and will not until shortly before the event. However, it will feature user-driven presentations from Blackmagic Design, Adobe, Ripple Training, iZotope, Genarts, HP, Other World Computing and more.

Those who would like to attend the 2015 NAB Show can register for a free exhibits-only pass...

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Mar 10
Landscape and Garden Solution comes to ConceptDraw Pro

CS Odessa (http://www.conceptdraw.com) has announced the Landscape and Garden Solution, a new Solution for ConceptDraw Pro 10. The Solution contains professionally-drawn samples of garden elements to allow users to visualize your landscape plans using templates and libraries.

These include topiary, flowers, water features, pathways and plots, hedges and recreational equipment. The Landscape and Garden solution is designed for any green-fingered gardener wondering how to design a garden. It contains 14 libraries containing 420 vector graphics shapes.

The Landscape and Gardens Solution is an add-on for ConceptDraw Pro 10, available in the Solution Park for US$49. ConceptDraw Pro is compatible with Mac OS X and Microsoft Windows. It retails for $199. ConceptDraw Pro 10 is included in ConceptDraw Office 3, which retails for $499.

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Mar 10
Red Giant Universe gets more visual effects and transitions

Red Giant has updated and expanded the Red Giant Universe to version 1.4, adding more visual effects options.

Version 1.4 introduces eight new tools to Universe, growing the library to include 89 visual effects and transitions. The update also offers new host support for FXHome HitFilm 3 Pro, allowing users to work across multiple host apps – Adobe After Effects, Adobe Premiere Pro, Apple Final Cut Pro X, Apple Motion, Sony Vegas and Blackmagic DaVinci Resolve – with the same effects.

Editors and motion graphics artists can run all 89 Red Giant effects on the GPU for lightning-fast rendering, often even producing results in real-time. Existing Red Giant Universe users can download version 1.4’s new tools and updates from the Red Giant website. For new users, Universe is available in a variety of options. Go to www.redgiant.com/store/universe/pricing for more...

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Mar 10
Anchorium 1.0 introduced for Mac OS X

SitePenalise (https://www.sitepenalise.fr ) has introduced Anchorium 1.0, a free SEO app for Mac OS X.

The key in strengthening the position of websites is understanding how search engine bots analyzes them. Anchorium is designed to demystify the world of search engine optimization by looking at and analyzing inbound linking on websites.

Like many of the search engine bots, Anchorium looks at and analyzes inbound linking on websites. However, engines like Google and Yahoo don't reveal their findings. This means that Anchorium will help website owners understand how the web pages are linked together, which is important in how Google determines how much power and exposure a website receives, according to the folks at SitePenalize.

Anchorium aims to help anyone with a website be searched and be found, they add. It explains in plain English what is happening within the infrastructure of...

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Mar 10
Marriott announces Apple Pay support

Marriott International will become the first global hospitality company to offer Apple Pay. The phased introduction this summer in the U.S. will include brands in locations, such as The Ritz-Carlton, EDITION, Renaissance Hotels, and Marriott Hotels.

Guests using Apple Pay at check-in will simply bring their iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus or Apple Watch near the contactless reader at the front desk. When their device responds with a subtle vibration and beep, the payment information has been securely captured. There will be no need to provide a credit card upon check-in.

"Approximately 75% of our guests travel with one or more mobile devices, and it is even higher among 25-35 year olds – a group that will make up a much larger proportion of our guests over the next three years," says George Corbin, senior vice president, Marriott Digital. "Millions of customers already use Marriott Mobile to quickly book a hotel, check-in, or check out. Now, Apple Pay can make it virtually...

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Mar 10
Apple releases Security Update 2015-002 for the Mac

Apple has released Security Update 2015-002 for the Mac. It patches the FREAK security flaw on Mac OS X 10.8 and higher.

"FREAK" (Factoring Attack on RSA-EXPORT Keys) that leaves devices vulnerable to hacking when they visit hundreds of thousands of supposedly secure Web sites, including Whitehouse.gov, NSA.gov and FBI.gov., reports the Washington Post. You can install Security Update 2015-002 on OS X Yosemite by choosing Apple menu > App Store, then selecting the Updates tab.

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Mar 10
LaCie announces hard drive targeted to Apple's new MacBook

LaCie (www.lacie.com) has announced what it says is the world's first external hard drive with USB–C technology. The new LaCie Porsche Design Mobile drive supports USB–C devices including the MacBook that Apple introduced yesterday.

The drive's USB 3.0 interface delivers up to 100 MB/s. The LaCie Mobile Drive also features an enclosure made from 3 mm–thick solid aluminum.

The drive was designed especially for Mac users. It features the same aluminum finish as the latest MacBook. Plus, it's Time Machine compatible, so Mac users can use the LaCie Mobile Drive to back up files using built-in software. Thanks to the included adapter cable, it's even compatible with standard USB 3.0 (Type–A) or USB 2.0 ports.

LaCie Porsche Design Mobile is available in 500GB, 1TB, and 2TB versions. Pricing and availability haven't been announced.

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Mar 10
WD delivers 3.5-inch HDD for datacenters

WD (http://www.wdc.com/en/) has introduced new datacenter hard drives that the company says deliver to today's modern datacenter architects the lowest power consumption of any high-capacity 3.5-inch hard drive available today.

The WD Re+ hard drive family is the newest component of WD's tiered portfolio of high-capacity datacenter storage devices. Further expanding that portfolio will be 6TV capacities for WD's WD Re and WD Se datacenter product lines.

The SATA 6 Gb/s WD Re+ hard drive family features a five-platter platform, which renders an optimal mix of low power consumption, high capacity, 24 x 7 x 365-reliability and affordability, says Matt Rutledge, senior vice president of storage technology at WD. Vibration tolerance and Mean Time To Failure (MTTF) are also key considerations in these applications.

WD Re+ hard drives deliver 1.2m hours MTTF, enhanced RAFF technology to increase...

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Mar 09
iMovie for Mac upgraded to version 10.0.7

Apple has upgraded iMovie for Mac to version 10.0.7. It's available at the Mac App Store.

The upgrade adds support for Photos for Yosemite, the app that will replace both iPhoto and Aperture. With the Photos integration in iMovie, iMovie users can browse Moments, Collections, Favorites, and Albums that have been stored in Photos, using the Photos app to insert content into video projects. Also, in iMovie 10.0.7:

° Play/Pause, Prev/Next and Full Screen buttons are always displayed below the Viewer for easier navigation;

° Record Voiceover button available below the Viewer for easier access to controls when adding narration;

° Support has been added for the Sony XAVC-S format;

° Stability and compatibility issues have been addressed.

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Mar 09
Apple releases Xcode 6.2

Along with iOS 8.2, Apple has released Xcode 6.2. Xcode is Apple's integrated development environment (IDE) tool.

The update for the app development environment includes iOS 8.2 support, and WatchKit support for developing Apple Watch apps. Xcode includes software development kits for Mac OS X and iOS. It’s a free download at the Mac App Store.

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Mar 09
Apple introduces ResearchKit

Apple has announced ResearchKit, an open source software framework designed for medical and health research, helping doctors and scientists gather data more frequently and more accurately from participants using iPhone apps.

World-class research institutions have already developed apps with ResearchKit for studies on asthma, breast cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes and Parkinson’s disease, according to Jeff Williams, Apple’s senior vice president of Operations. Users decide if they want to participate in a study and how their data is shared. Apple never sees the data, says Williams.

"iOS apps already help millions of customers track and improve their health. With hundreds of millions of iPhones in use around the world, we saw an opportunity for Apple to have an even greater impact by empowering people to participate in and contribute to medical research," he adds. "ResearchKit gives the scientific community access to a diverse, global population and more ways...

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Mar 09
HBO subscription available directly to Apple customers for the...

Apple and HBO have announced that HBO NOW is premiering next month, making an HBO subscription available directly to Apple customers for the first time ever.

iPhone, iPad, iPod touch and Apple TV users can purchase HBO NOW directly in-app as a standalone service to watch every episode of every season of the best of HBO’s original programming, as well as the biggest and latest Hollywood hit movies, groundbreaking documentaries, sports and exclusive comedy specials for US$14.99 a month.

What's more Apple has cut the price of the Apple TV box from US$99 to $69. The company has sold more than 25 units of the set-top box so far.

"HBO NOW is the next phase of innovation at HBO," says Richard Plepler, Chairman and CEO, HBO. "With this new partnership, a natural evolution for the network, we have access to millions of Apple customers who are used to getting their favorite apps immediately. Now, they can do the same with an HBO subscription."

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Mar 09
Apple Watch available in nine countries on April 24

The Apple Watch will be available on Friday, April 24, to customers in Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, the UK and the US.

It introduces "revolutionary" technologies such as the Digital Crown, a way to scroll, zoom and navigate fluidly without obstructing the display, according to Apple CEO Tim Cook. The Retina display with Force Touch on Apple Watch senses the difference between a tap and a press, providing a new way to quickly access relevant controls. The Taptic Engine "discreetly" delivers a gentle tap on your wrist whenever you receive a notification or message.

The Apple Watch keeps time to within 50 milliseconds of UTC, the universal time standard, according to Cook. It can be personalized with watch faces ranging from traditional analog such as the Chronograph face, to the Modular face, or animated butterflies and jellyfish on the Motion face.

The Apple Watch goes beyond telling time with specialized functions on the watch...

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Mar 09
Apple updates the 13-inch MacBook Pro and the MacBook Air

Apple has updated the 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display with the all-new Force Touch trackpad, fifth generation Intel Core processors and Intel Iris Graphics 6100 for two times faster flash and longer battery life.

Apple has also updated the 11-inch and 13-inch MacBook Air with fifth generation Intel Core processors, Intel HD Graphics 6000, and Thunderbolt 2, and added up to two times faster flash to the 13-inch MacBook Air.

The 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display features the all-new Force Touch trackpad that brings a new dimension of interactivity to the Mac, says Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing. The new trackpad features built-in force sensors that allow you to click anywhere and haptic feedback that provides a responsive and uniform feel.

You can even customize the feel of the trackpad by changing the amount of pressure needed to register each click. The Force Touch trackpad also enables a new gesture called...

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Mar 09
Apple unveils new MacBook

Apple has unveiled the all-new MacBook, a new line of notebooks that weighs just two pounds and is 13.1 mm thin. It boasts a 12-inch Retina display that is the thinnest ever on a Mac, an Apple-designed full-size keyboard which is thinner and more responsive than its predecessor, a new Force Touch trackpad, and a compact USB-C port.

"Apple has reinvented the notebook with the new MacBook, and at just two pounds and 13.1 mm, it’s the thinnest and lightest Mac ever," says Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing. "Every component of the MacBook reveals a new innovation. From its fanless design, ultra-thin Retina display and full-size keyboard that’s 34 percent thinner, to its all-new Force Touch trackpad, versatile USB-C port and breakthrough terraced battery design, the new MacBook is the future of the notebook."

Measuring just 13.1 mm at its thickest point, the new MacBook design is 24% than the 11-inch MacBook Air. With a new precision-...

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Mar 09
Desperados game comes to the Mac App Store

Runesoft (http://www.rune-soft.com) has introduced Desperados: Wanted Dead or Alive 1.0.0, its new game title on the Mac App Store. It requires Mac OS X 10.9 and costs US$19.99.

Here's how the game is described: "Desperados: Wanted Dead or Alive offers a thrilling storyline with breath-taking landscapes in an unmatched Wild West atmosphere. In this real-time tactic-strategy game, your job is to complete 25 missions by using the skills of your up to six Desperados to unveil the secret surrounding recent train robberies.

"Play six Desperados, lead by the hero John Cooper in the hardest and wildest Wild West Game of all times. Guide Cooper and his fearless companions in the exciting pursuit of the mysterious bandit leader El Diabolo. Breath-taking landscapes and a thrilling story create an unmatched Wild West atmosphere."

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Mar 09
ATTO ships storage controller for data centers

ATTO Technology (www.attotech.com) is shipping what it says is the industry’s fastest storage controller – the FibreBridge 7500. Based on the technology introduced with the FibreBridge 6500, it brings enterprise-level Fibre Channel to SAS SSD/HDD storage with less than four microseconds of latency, enabling applications such as shared storage and multi-site clustering, according to Wayne Arvidson, vice president of marketing and channels at ATTO Technology.

The ATTO FibreBridge 7500 Storage Controller is an accelerated platform that allows users to build their own high performance flash, hybrid or high capacity storage using standard SAS SSD Flash or HDD drives and direct attached JBOD storage enclosures. The acceleration architecture of ATTO’s 7500 has dedicated memory modules and data paths so commands won’t have to compete for shared system resources, further allowing more data transfers at faster transfer...

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Mar 09
Dukane announces the Stand-Up Treadmill desk

Dukane (www.dukaneav.com) has announced the US$1,799 Stand-Up Treadmill desktop. It's designed to proved a low-impact workout — and eliminate the excuse that you don't have time to exercise.

It's specifically engineered for walking (0.4-4 mph) and has a shock absorbing suspension system. Stand-Up Treadmill automatically pauses when you step off.

It has built-in Bluetooth, a LED display console with safety key and USB charge port, a 60-inch wide adjustable height stand-up desk, a 14-inch deep top shelf, a 16-inch deep lower shelf, three-inch furniture casters with two locking brakes, and a heavy duty steel frame.

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Mar 06
Media Explorer for iMessage Released for OS X

LostVertex has released Media Explorer for iMessage, an iMessage file explorer application for Mac OS X.

The utility finds pictures, videos, audio and documents that have been previously sent to an iMessage account on a Mac. Media Explorer for iMessage is designed to make it simple to find forgotten pictures, videos or lost documents such as PDFs, spreadsheets and more.

Media Explorer for iMessage requires Mac OS X 10.9 or higher. It's available for US$3.99 exclusively through the LostVertex store (http://lostvertex.co.uk/).

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Mar 06
Paragon Boot Camp Backup gets you back-up Windows under OS X

Paragon Software Group (PSG) has released Paragon Boot Camp Backup (http://www.paragon-software.com/home/bootcamp-backup/), a free Mac OS X-based backup solution for Windows partitions on Macs.

The backup tools that come with Mac OS X don't support the Windows native file system NTFS and work on the file level only which has a negative effect on computer performance. Paragon Boot Camp Backup backs up NTFS Boot Camp partitions at the sector level. It creates incremental chains, where each new increment describes the changes between the current state of the backup object and the previous state.

Paragon Book Camp Backup requires Mac OS X 10.7 or higher. Additional free and commercial tools for Mac users can be found at the Mac ToolBox portal (http://tinyurl.com/msgaap7...

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Mar 06
Nektony introduces Duplicates Finder 2.0 for Mac OS X

Nektony (http://nektony.com/) has introduced Duplicate Expert 2.0, an update of the cleanup utility for Mac OS X.

Duplicates Expert was developed specifically to help anyone find and delete all duplicate content, including hidden files as well as inspect duplicate files and folder - even similar folders. It can scan at a time as many folders and drive as you selected.

Duplicates Expert requires Mac OS X 10.9 or later and costs US$1.99. It's available at the Mac App Store.

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Mar 05
PipelineFX’s Qube! releases Autodesk VRED Job Type

To satisfy growing demand in the automotive and design markets, PipelineFX (https://pipelinefx.com), which specializes in render farm management solutions, is releasing Autodesk VRED (www.autodesk.com) batch render support for Qube!, the scalable render management solution.

Available for free to Qube! subscribers, the VRED job type now includes the ability to use artist workstations as render nodes, a feature developed with US automotive companies during the beta program. With the new VRED job type, Qube!’s customers can leverage real-time clusters and workstations to achieve faster throughput while creating prototype and marketing materials.

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Mar 05
KeynotePro announces MagnetBoard NXT Themes for Keynote 6

KeynotePro has introduced MagnetBoard NXT (http://tinyurl.com/lz9a4pv) for Keynote 6. It's a set of three themes featuring a trio of textured bases: smooth, galvanized steel and distressed, oxidized and perforated metals: show-boxing crisp paper and thumb-worn magnets.   

The MagnetBoard themes each include 40 master slides — a mix of whole-page and mixed-object layouts — along with the Freeform Masters optimized for custom layouts or accent object placement. Along with the basic text and photo layouts present in any Keynote 6 theme, MagnetBoard NXT includes an expanded selection of content-oriented masters, including Percentage Compare & Contrast, Quotation, Numbered Section Header, multi-column and captioned layout/photo slides.

Widescreen (HD) themes are available in the MagnetBoard NXT Pro Edition, expand the style into widescreen format with aspect-optimized HD versions of the...

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