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Dec 23
Happy Holidays from MacTech

Happy holiday wishes to all our readers from the MacTech and MacNews gang. We'll be closed Dec. 24 and Dec. 25 for the holidays. News updates will recommence on Friday, Dec. 26.

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Dec 23
FoldersSynchronizer for Mac OS X revved to version 4.2

Softobe (http://www.softobe.com/) has released FoldersSynchronizer 4.2, an upgrade of their tool to sync and backup on Mac OS X.

FoldersSynchronizer lets you sync and backup files, folders, disks and boot disks. It provides options like Timers, Multiple Folders, Filters, Exclude Items, Auto-Mount local and remote volumes, the ability to launch your own AppleScripts, the ability to set how to resolve conflicts, the ability to execute an incremental or an exact copy, the ability to include locked files, a preview panel, log files, and more.

FoldersSynchronizer 4.2 adds a File Versus Folder" option to the Conflict panel (Tab E). You can now set how FS should behave in case of replacing a whole folder by a most recent file with the same filename.

You can set "Replace the folder" (default) or "Skip," and "Ask the user for what to do at running time." Previous versions of FS always skipped and...

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Dec 23
WALTR lets you upload Mac videos, audios to iOS devices

Softorino has released WALTR, a Mac OS X app that uploads any video or audio format from your Mac onto an iPhone or iPad.

The app lets you import and watch MKV, AVI, MP4 videos, or any audio format, on your iDevice without having to convert the files first. Launch WALTR, connect your device, drag a movie or audio onto it, and the app automatically starts uploading into your iPad or iPhone. You can then access the files from your native iOS Music and Videos apps.

WALTR requires Mac OS X 10.9 or higher and any device with iOS 5 and above. You can download (http://www.softorino.com/waltr) a free, 14-day demo. A lifetime single user license is normally US$29.95, but WALTR is available for $14.95 for seven days.

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Dec 23
RPX Corp. purchases Rockstar patents

RPX Corp. (www.rpxcorp.com) says its subsidiary, RPX Clearinghouse LLC, has executed an agreement to purchase the patent assets controlled by Rockstar Consortium LLC. Rockstar is the entity formed in 2011 by Apple, Blackberry, Ericsson, Microsoft, and Sony to purchase approximately 6,000 patent assets from the Nortel bankruptcy estate.

Approximately 2,000 of these patent assets were previously distributed to various Rockstar owners and aren't part of this transaction. RPX Clearinghouse will receive license payments from a syndicate of over 30 companies, including Cisco and Google.

Upon closing, which is subject to regulatory approval and other customary conditions, syndicate participants will receive non-exclusive licenses to the Rockstar patents, and RPX Clearinghouse will make the patents available for license to all other interested companies under fair, reasonable, and non-discriminatory (FRAND) terms...

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Dec 23
XILS-lab launches plug-in inspired by EMS flagship

XILS-lab has announced the XILS Vocoder 5000, which was inspired by the company's EMS Vocoder 5000 hardware (partial) namesake. It's a vocoder plug-in for Mac OS X (10.6 or higher) and PC (32- and 64-bit, AAX, RTAS, and VST for Windows XP, Vista, 7, and 8).

A vocoder is an analysis and synthesis system used to reproduce human speech.  XILS-labs says its software-based vocoder virtually emulates the filtering techniques and circuitry of its analogue predecessor to achieve the same organic sound, precision, and clarity. Just like the EMS Vocoder 5000 before it, XILS Vocoder 5000 can be made to "speak" clearly in English and German.

XILS Vocoder 5000 is available to purchase and download directly from XILS-lab (www.xils-lab.com) as an eLicenser or iLok copy-protected virtual instrument and effects plug-in for an introductory discounted price of approximately US$121 until Jan. 17. After this, the cost will be...

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Dec 23
AppleXsoft File Recovery for Mac now supports e-mail recovery

AppleXsoft Software (www.applexsoft.com) has released a new version (5.5.5.1) of AppleXsoft File Recovery, a do-it-yourself recovery software tool for Mac OS X. The upgrade adds e-mail recovery and more.

Users can now scan and recover deleted or lost emails. AppleXsoft File Recovery supports such e-mail clients as Outlook, Windows Live Mail, Outlook Express, Mozilla, Becky, and Eudora.

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 5.5.5.1 requires Mac OS X 10.4 or higher. It costs US$99.95. A demo may be downloaded from the AppleXsoft website.

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Dec 22
The latest iOS apps for Dec. 22

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

Silen Games has announced Slice Ballz. It's a free slicing game with three game modes.

Zen is a new, US$1.99 minimalistic puzzle game about cubes and numbers. In the game, you swipe right, left, up or down to rotate the cube.

Bob Schlund Studios has released Quizzly for the iPad. The app — available in free and $2.99 versions — offers you the ability to create special quizzes with personalized questions to send as a present to friends and family.

mTouchLabs has introduced Quick Backup Contacts. The $3.99 utility lets you backup and restore your contacts all from your iOS device without needing a computer or synchronization. You can backup all your contacts with a single touch and send them to yourself as a .vcf or .xls attachment via email. And also you can upload to Dropbox directly from within the app.

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Dec 22
Apple releases OS X NTP Security Update

Apple has released security updates for the NTP (network time protocol) service on the the Mountain Lion, Mavericks, and Yosemite versions of Mac OS X. It's available via the Mac App Store.

According to Apple, "This update addresses a critical security issue with the software that provides the Network Time Protocol service on OS X, and is recommended for all users."

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Dec 22
Prep for iMovie teaches iMovie editing on iOS devices

Motion Graphics has introduced Prep for iMovie for iOS 1.0 for Mac OS X. The US$8.99 app is designed to help you learn how to use Apple's iMovie on iOS devices.

Prep for iMovie sports 23 minutes of video lessons. The videos contain subtitles in English, French, Portuguese, Traditional Chinese, Japanese. Prep for iMovie's Window View and text are localized in a total of eight languages. Subtitle selection can be made from the standard QuickTime player controls.

Prep for iMovie for iOS 1.0 is available worldwide exclusively through the Mac App Store in the Photo & Video category. Go to http://tinyurl.com/ngmjbay for more info.

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Dec 22
Voilabits launches PhotoWatermark 3.0 for Mac OS X Yosemite

Voilabits has released PhotoWatermark 3.0 (http://tinyurl.com/kwqfwsd), an update of the Mac OS X app that allows users to batch add a variety of personalized watermark to photos to avoid unauthorized copy, and promote brand identity. The app has been optimized for Mac OS X Yosemite.

PhotoWatermark offers a one-click feature to apply a watermark to several photos at once and to and customize your watermark (text, image, brand logo, etc.). It also lets you save your work to popular image formats and share it via Twitter and

PhotoWatermark is compatible with Mac OS X 10.7 and higher. A single license costs US$19.99; a license for five Macs is $39.99.

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Dec 22
ExactScan Pro ready for Mac OS X Yosemite

ExactCODE (http://exactscan.com) has released ExactScan Pro 2.57 for Mac OS X. The version adds support for new scanners, including the Avision AD125 and AD240.

ExactScan Pro also offers: improved support for ImageCapture scanners; improved compatibility with Mac OS X Yosemite; improved scan speed for some scanners;  improved OCR recognition; and other improvements.

ExactScan 2 is available for approximately US$98 and ExactScan 2 Pro for $123 online, Apple's Mac App Store and several distributors and resellers world-wide. Upgrades to the Pro version are available for $61, and from previous versions for $86.

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Dec 22
Scannerz is ready for Mac OS X Yosemite

Software and Computer System Company (SCSC) has released a new version (1.9) of Scannerz for Mac OS X. The upgrade is compatible with Mac OS X Yosemite.

Scannerz 1.9 also includes the new Performance Probe 2, as well as Phoenix and FSE. This new release can be used on any systems running Mac OS X 10.5 and higher.

All versions of Scannerz come bundled with FSE or FSE-Lite, Phoenix, and Performance Probe. FSE and FSE-Lite are file system event monitors that can track excessive file system activity and identify possibly rogue processes. Phoenix is an operating system extraction tool that can be used to create emergency boot volumes and perform basic cloning operations. Performance Probe monitors system activity, CPU usage, and memory usage, and may be of use isolating processes that are too resource intensive.

SCSC says there's no price change in their product line, with the cost of Scannerz with FSE-Lite being US$39.95 and Scannerz with FSE being $49.95. Scannerz...

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Dec 19
Video Fractal released by Nuclear Nova Software

Nuclear Nova Software (http://nuclearnova.com) has released Video Fractal for the Mac. This is the company's third graphics and media app on OS X, and is on sale during the first week.

Video Fractal is a tool for generating and exploring videos of fractals such as the Mandelbrot and Julia sets. The 2D view allows for surveying and key framing, and the custom script editor can be used to fine tune each video.

With Video Fractal, you can export MPEG-4 videos up to 4096 x 2048 resolution with up to 240 fps and 24 hour lengths using the ffmpeg library. 2D still exports are also available while the 3D view captures spectacular images that can be exported at up to 16-megapixel resolution.

Video Fractal 1.0 costs $11.99 and is available worldwide exclusively through the Mac App Store in the Graphics & Design category. It requires Mac OS X 10.8 or higher.

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Dec 19
The latest iOS apps for Dec. 19

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

Lucky Clan has announced Video Zoom. The US$1.99 app lets anyone apply zoom to videos from their existing iOS Photo Library. You can use Video Zoom to add zoom effects to existing videos, or just crop the video.

JH Solutions has released Save the Princess - 1D Edition. The free game — inspired by One Direction — takes fans of the band on a journey across a mythical land to save the princess who is being held captive.

Reliance Games has introduced Ultimate Robot Fighting. It's a free, single-player action game with 3v3-style gladiatorial brawling among robots.

Taprrific has unveiled UponPixels. The $0.99 device allows anyone to add beautiful typography and design elements to their photos, then share them with family, friends, or the general public.

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Dec 19
Kosada's new visual toolset lets you create live...

Apple introduced Quartz Composer in 2005, creating an impressive platform for interactive media content creators. Now Kosada has introduced Vuo 1.0, an alternative to Quartz Composer.

Media producers and digital artists have enjoyed the simplicity of using Quartz Composer's visual system of patches and cables to create interactive media and use it in their workflow. Designers could mix audio, video, and 2D and 3D effects in creative and innovative ways.

However, with a last major update in 2009, is Quartz Composer in decline? One group is not waiting to find out. The team that developed a set of Kineme plugins and apps for Quartz Composer decided to write their own tool: Vuo 1.0.

Kosada says its goal is to make Vuo useful to all multimedia artists, producers, and media-making non-programmers who want to create mixed, interactive media. To that end, they have worked extensively on user documentation, tutorial videos, and example compositions to make learning it...

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Dec 19
Rob Papen launches RAW soft synth

Rob Papen Soundware has rolled out RAW, a new Mac (32- and 64-bit, AAX, AU, and VST for Mac OS X 10.6 or higher) and PC (32- and 64-bit, AAX and VST for Windows Vista, 7, and 8) compatible soft synth specializing in "distorted" sounds for electronic dance music production (and beyond)

"RAW has a focus on ‘distorted’ sounds, so this means that it has a different signal setup, synthesizer-wise," says Rob Papen. "We have two oscillators and a filter, but what is new when compared to our other synthesizers is that you have an EQ that can be pre- or post-distortion. After that, there is also a waveshaper and dedicated distortion module with several types of distortion, as well as a low FI control. This is new to this synthesizer, and it’s part of the concept that the distortions are on the voice level, so it’s not just a case of a total signal going into the distortions, but rather each voice has its own waveshaper, distortion, and low FI."

In addition to the X/Y fields...

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Dec 19
iMobie rolls out PodTrans and PhoneTrans

iMobie has released PodTrans and PhoneTrans, tools for managing iPod music and iPhone content without iTunes.

With the apps, users can copy all their valued content to any computer. For example, you can transfer iOS content to your Mac for a back-up.

The new versions are combined with Mac OS X Yosemite and Windows 8 interface design. PhoneTrans and PodTrans are free for Mac OS X and Windows and are available at the iMobie website (www.imobie.com).

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Dec 19
Free fix for Minecraft on Yosemite available from SuperSync

SuperSync has announced a freely available download that provides all the files and installer millions of users need to play Minecraft on Mac OS X Yosemite.

The SuperSync announcement comes after months of confusion and frustration for users playing Minecraft on Macs running Yosemite. To date users have been stymied by error notices recommending users install the legacy Java SE 6 runtime. This error message is confusing as Java 6 is no longer supported by Apple.

The SuperSync fix for Minecraft on Yosemite is a DMG file that users can open and install. Gamers can drag the Minecraft application to their Applications directory, and begin playing Minecraft on Yosemite within a matter of minutes.

You can download the SuperSync Fix for Minecraft on Yosemite at http://supersync.com/minecraft.php .

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Dec 19
Stellar PST to MBOX Converter revved to version 2

Stellar Data Recovery (http://www.stellarinfo.com) has announced Stellar PST to MBOX Converter 2 for the Mac. The utility helps you move your emails, contacts and calendar entries from Windows to Mac OS X.

It converts Outlook PST files to Apple Mail files. Stellar PST to MBOX Converter v2 safely converts all emails, including attachments without making any changes to the folder organization. The new version is compatible with Mac OS X Yosemite.

Stellar PST to MBOX Converter saves the converted Outlook PST file in MBOX format for Apple Mail. It supports conversion of mailboxes from MS Outlook 2013, 2010, 2007 and 2003.

Stellar PST to MBOX Converter costs US$29 for a lifetime license. A demo is available for download.

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Dec 19
Piezo releases Skype Call Recorder 1.1.0 for OS X

Piezo has introduced Skype Call Recorder 1.1.0, an update of its utility application for Mac OS X. It's designed to record your Skype conversations in automatic and manual modes.

Skype Call Recorder can record both Skype-to-Skype calls, and calls to mobile phones and land lines. All you have to do is install the application and provide it with access to the Skype client.

Skype Call Recorder can record both Skype to Skype calls, and calls to mobile phones and land lines. When working in automatic mode it doesn't require any actions from users while still allowing them to start and cancel recordings manually. The application records calls with contacts or group of contacts to different files.

Skype Call Recorder 1.1.0 runs on Mac OS X 10.7 or later. It costs US$9.99 and is available worldwide through the Mac App Store in the Utilities category.

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Dec 19
iWinSoft CD Label Maker for Mac adds Epson direct to disk...

iWinSoft (www.iwinsoft.com) has announced CD Label Maker version 2.0.2, an update to its CD label software for Mac OS X. The new version includes several new and updated features such as Epson direct to disk printing functionality, custom you own label formats, image effects and filters, and so on. It's a free update to all customers.

iWinSoft CD Label Maker allows people create their very own CD and DVD labels. The new version offers direct CD/DVD printing capabilities are compatible with many different brands of inkjet printable CDs/DVDs. The software also offers image effects such as image mask and opacity level.

iWinSoft CD Label Maker is on sale at a reduced price of US$19.95) on the iWinSoft website until Wednesday, Dec. 31. It requires Mac OS X 10.6 or newer.

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Dec 18
The latest iOS apps for Dec. 18

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

Riada has announced Glooze. The game — free but offering in-app purchases — requires skill in memory, visual recognition and strategy. Dynamic shapes are generated completely algorithmically from random seeds from the seven included themes. Players swipe matching shapes together to form new higher level shapes.

Tequila Games has introduced Earthcore: Shattered Elements, its free-to-play Card Crafting Game exclusively on the Canadian App Store. Card Crafting enables players to construct decks as well as experience a new kind of strategic gameplay. Gamers can fuse cards together in order to create new cards.

Shelly Data Doodles has released Pyramid Pathways for the iPad. It's a $1.99, Egyptian-themed strategy board game.

ShEk Tech has launched 100 Doors Brain Teasers 2. It's a free escape puzzle game in which the player has to use logic and puzzle...

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Dec 18
Algoriddim unveils djay Pro for Mac

Algoriddim has released djay Pro, the first professional version of its djay for the desktop.

djay Pro boasts Spotify integration, giving DJs access to over 20 million tracks instantly. The all-new music library in djay Pro enables DJs to combine their Spotify tracks from the cloud along with their local iTunes tracks into a single library.

The new music library adds features to help DJs work more efficiently, including persistent history and queue, inline search, instant preview, an innovative song recommendation engine powered by The Echo Nest, and track sorting features. djay Pro works on any Mac running OS X 10.9 or later.

It's available on the Mac App Store for a time-limited, introductory price of US$49.99 (instead of its regular price of $79.99). Go to http://tinyurl.com/ny9hzp9 for more info.

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Dec 18
Dejal revs the Simon server monitoring tool to version 4.0

Dejal Systems (http://www.dejal.com/simon/) has announced Simon 4.0, an update to the server monitoring tool for Mac OS X.

Simon checks web pages, FTP and DNS servers, local or remote ports or volumes, and many other kinds of services for changes or failures. Version 4.0 includes a new design, unifying all of the lists, logs and editors into a single window. It also introduces groups, unlimited tests. email services, a context filter, filter output in the preview, password protection and more.

Dejal Simon 4.0 requires Mac OS X Yosemite. It's available for US$99; a demo is available for download. This is a paid upgrade for licensed Simon 3 users, with upgrades available for $49.

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Dec 18
Cisdem releases AppCrypt for Mac OS X

Cisdem, an innovative Mac applications developer, has announced the recent release of AppCrypt for Mac (http://tinyurl.com/nmg6vqa), an app that gives users the ability to password protect their apps.

It can password protect iPhoto, iTunes, Contacts, Facebook or any other applications on your Mac. To use you set a password and add the apps to the lock list. No one can access the protected apps unless they have the correct password. According to Brandon Hancock, manager of the AppCrypt project for Cisdem, key features include:

° Password protect Mac apps from unauthorized usage;

° Keep tracks of failed attempts to access the protected apps;

° Capture a snapshot of the intruder with the front-facing camera;

° Create a custom hot key to reveal the AppCrypt window;

° Does not modify any system or application files;

° Works as a background process and does not...

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