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Jun 09
Autodesk acquires Bitsquid

Autodesk (www.autodesk.com) has acquired Stockholm-based Bitsquid AB, the creator of the Bitsquid game engine.

The acquisition brings to Autodesk expertise in 3D game development and proven technology that will enable Autodesk to supercharge its portfolio of tools for game makers through the development of a new 3D game engine, according to Chris Bradshaw, senior vice president, Autodesk Media & Entertainment. Multiple game developers have used the modern and flexible Bitsquid engine to create 3D games for next-generation consoles and PCs, and Autodesk will continue to work with many of these companies to develop the new 3D game engine. Terms of the acquisition were not disclosed, he adds.

In addition to acquiring the Bitsquid game engine, the acquisition of the Bitsquid team and technology will enable Autodesk to create new tools for real-time 3D visualization for architects and designers. The new...

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Jun 09
Deque Systems offers free beta of WorldSpace Xcode plugin

Deque Systems (www.deque.com) is releasing a beta version of WorldSpace Xcode Plugin for the iOS application development community. This tool automatically analyzes source code to validate that all accessibility attributes have been specified correctly.

It integrates into the Xcode development environment and displays Accessibility issues in the source code to aid in quick remediation. Developers can also learn about how to address Accessibility issues with the provided context sensitive help.

Apple's VoiceOver accessibility infrastructure is a comprehensive platform that can be used to deliver accessible applications, if used properly. The WorldSpace Xcode Plugin aids developers in validating that the iOS Accessibility infrastructure is used properly, so good accessibility becomes part of the normal methodology.  

The tool can also be integrated into a Continuous Integration testing framework so that...

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Jun 09
GhostControl game for the Mac goes to version 2.0

Application Systems and bumblebee have conjured up GhostControl Inc. 2.0 for the Mac. The upgrade allows your ghost hunters to access bigger weapons and better traps.

There's a new inventory system of your equipment and a "Spookipedia" that holds all your information from ghostscans. There's also an equipment guide, achievement list, and more.

In the game you manage a team of ghosthunters. Your goal is to free London from paranormal terror in turn-based battles. Take on the ghosts, follow the map, and take in the lovely sites and stunning landmarks of London.

GhostControl Inc. costs US$7.49 and requires Mac OS X 10.6 or higher. It's available at the game website (http://www.application-systems.co.uk/) and also via the Steam gaming service.

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Jun 09
SMART Utility for Mac OS X gets new email system, more

Volitans software has announced SMART Utility 3.1.2, an update to the hard drive diagnostic application. The new version features a new email system, better drive support, and bug fixes.

SMART Utility is an application to scan the internal hardware diagnostics system of hard drives. SMART is a system built into hard drives by their manufacturers to report on various measurements of a hard drive's operation.

SMART Utility is available in a variety of licenses including a personal license for US$25 and a family license for $40. It can be purchased online (http://www.volitans-software.com/) or within the SMART Utility itself through its embedded web store.

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Jun 08
Dev Interview: Wil Shipley, Delicious Monster

WWDC 2014 Developer InterviewsTUAW and MacTech are once again teaming up to interview developers surrounding Apple's announcements at WWDC. Hear what they have to say.

Introduction

We'd like to welcome our guest, Wil Shipley, Chief Monster at Delicious Monster. Delicious Monster develops products for Mac, iOS, and Wil took some time to tell us about WWDC and how it impacts the company.

What were you most excited about hearing in Apple's recent announcements?

iCloud Drive is something I want to use all the time. I like the improvements in Mail and Safari a lot, and I appreciate that they're concentrating on making those apps solid instead of doing crazy new stuff and letting their old apps rot.

Continuity is a...

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Jun 06
Dance Party coming to Apple TV

Rolocule Games has announced the development of Dance Party, a multiplayer rhythm game where users mimic the movements of onscreen dancers using their iPhone or iPod touch.

Dance Party allows users to connect multiple iOS devices together and dance simultaneously in front of big screens. The game streams to an HDTV using AirPlay mirroring. Dance Party will also feature turn based multiplayer for local dance tournaments.

The game is due to be released on the Apple App Store in July. Rolocule Games plans to give early access of the game to those signing up at the website (http://www.dancepartygame.com) starting today.

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Jun 06
Native Instruments launches The Future of DJing video series

Native Instruments has kicked off The Future of DJing – a new video series featuring international artists and how new technologies found on Traktor products inspires creativity. Throughout the summer of 2014, The Future of DJing series will highlight the artist, and how technological innovation plays a role in their performance.

The first video features Marc Kinchen (aka MK) whose musical career has given rise to some of dance music’s most iconic tunes. In the video, he talks about how technology has always inspired his DJing and fuels his concept of the ideal live DJ performance — creating a track from start to finish live while DJing. MK also shares his vision where a future generation of talented DJ/producers will be setting the new standards of DJ culture without ever touching vinyl or playing an instrument.

The Future of DJing video series aims to kick-start discussions with artists, labels, and the media about, well, the future of DJing. As an added bonus,...

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Jun 06
SmoothReviews introduces new service

SmoothReviews has introduced a brand new service that allows any app developer to get "unlimited, free, honest app reviews on the App Store or Google Play."

"The review for review system helps your app build credibility and gives it more exposure, meaning more downloads," says founder Jay Van Buiten. "All of these things help developers to move the app up in the rankings and generate more revenue. Developers give and receive reviews from each other using a point system to get honest reviews as often as they'd like."

SmoothReviews supports iOS or Android, free or paid, tablet or phone apps. Any app can receive reviews.

Here's how it works: you give a review, you get a review. For each review you give, you earn a point on your SmoothReviews account. Your app will then appear for another developer to review, and you'll have spent the point. Go to http://smoothreviews.com for more info.

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Jun 06
Flipbuilder releases Flip PDF Pro for the Mac

Flipbuilder has released Flip PDF Professional for Mac (http://www.flipbuilder.com/), a tool for creating page flip catalogs from PDFs.

With Flip PDF Pro, Mac users can create catalogs, brochures and other marketing collaterals from PDF files. It allows users to drag and drop a variety of objects for creating presentations. You can also embed YouTube Videos, animated text, flash files, and other pre-designed objects for creating page flip e-books.

Flip PDF Pro costs US$299 and requires Mac OS X 10.5 or higher. A demo is available for download.

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Jun 06
Cocktail for Mavericks now lets you tweak fonts in Safari

Maintain has served up Cocktail 7.5.1 (Mavericks Edition), the latest maintenance update for users running OS X Mavericks.

Cocktail is a general purpose utility for OS X that lets users clean, repair and optimize their Macs. Cocktail's features are arranged into five categories that helps you manage various aspects of your computer. This version adds ability to set proportional and fixed-width font family and font size in Safari. It also fixes compatibility issues with Firefox 29 and contains other minor bug fixes and improvements.

Cocktail 7.5 (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 (http://www.maintain.se). Cocktail costs US $19 for a single user license.

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Jun 06
TaskInsight for Mac OS X gets new speech commands module

Imaja has updated TaskInsight (http://www.imaja.com/taskinsight/), its productivity and business task management tool, to version 3.3. The update debuts a new speech commands module to control TaskInsight, and a new function to create speakable text from the task list.

TaskInsight includes priorities, labels, color coding, manual and automatic sorting, drag and drop, copy and paste, undo and redo, import and export, customizable views, text-to-speech for selected tasks, and several optional fields. A number of new commands let users set the priority or status for the selected tasks. The Shift Time menu can be used to shift selected tasks in time in various increments. A number of simple and combination sorts can be selected from the new Sort menu or with keyboard shortcuts.

TaskInsight provides standard Mac OS X functions such as searching, drag and drop prioritization, drag and...

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Jun 06
Instant 3.0 lets you use your Mac's built-in camera

ThinkTime Creations has announced Instant 3.0 (http://instanttheapp.com), an update to its Polaroid photo app for Mac OS X. You can now take a shot using the built-in camera on your Mac.

Instant lets user "re-shoot" their digital photo by drag-and-dropping it on to its "camera body." It requiers Mac OS X 10.6 or later,. It costs US$4.99 and is available worldwide exclusively through the Mac App Store in the Photography category.

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Jun 05
Big Ass Fans introduces a 'smart' ceiling fan

Big Ass Fans has unveiled what it says is the world’s first smart ceiling fan designed with an on-board computer and array of sensors. SenseME technology (www.bigassfans.com/senseme), available exclusively on the Haiku ceiling fan, revolutionizes a home fixture that hadn’t changed for decades, according to Carey Smith, founder and Chief Big Ass of Big Ass Fans.

He says that SenseME knows when you enter or leave a room and turns Haiku on and off automatically. The technology monitors the room’s temperature and humidity, adjusting Haiku’s speed when conditions change. SenseME "learns" your comfort preferences, tailoring those speed adjustments to what you find comfortable.


Haiku with SenseME, which begins shipping later this summer, is the first fan controllable by a smartphone app. You can use the app to set schedules for both the fan and light or select from several control modes. ...

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Jun 05
LaCie upgrades the Rugged hard drive

LaCie (http://www.lacie.com) says its latest Rugged hard drive features faster speeds, a tougher design, and an integrated interface cable. It's purportedly tougher than ever before with improved shock, dust and water resistance. Plus, the integrated Thunderbolt cable stows away when you're not using it.

The Rugged is MIL-compliant, which means that data is protected even during accidental drops of up to 6.6 feet. During transit, users can attach the removable cover to provide IP 54-level protection against dust and water.

The SSD version goes a step further with resilience against vibration and shock. Both versions are tough enough to be shipped for reliable delivery to clients or partners, according to LaCie. Included software protects files from prying eyes with AES 256-bit encryption.

The LaCie Rugged, design by Neil Poulton, will be broadly available mid-June through LaCie resellers in 1TB (...

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Jun 05
Virtual City Playground for the Mac sports new graphics, content

G5 Entertainment's city builder for Mac OS X, Virtual City Playground, has been revved to version 1.14. It sports new graphics and content.

Virtual City Playground is a sim-social that lets you create a metropolis. Your goal is to please your inhabitants by providing them with tons of business opportunities and true-to-life neighborhoods, and entertainment facilities, among other amenities. Master trade, resources and balance between the booming development and the traffic that is a subsequent effect of the former.

Virtual City Playground requires Mac OS X 10.7.4 or higher. It's available for free at the Mac App Store.

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Jun 05
Kingston Digital releases second generation MobileLite Wireless...

Kingston Digital (www.kingston.com) has announced the MobileLite Wireless G2. Shipping later this month, it allows smartphone and tablet users to extend onboard device storage and stream and share content with multiple users.

Additionally, the ultra-portable MobileLite Wireless G2 has a 4640 mAh 3.8v battery for mobile charging and a direct Ethernet port for wireless Internet routing, Wi-Fi bridging. The USB port also allows 3G dongle support.

Fully charged, the internal battery of the MobileLite Wireless G2 is capable of charging most smartphones twice, according to Andrew Ewing, Flash memory business manager, Kingston. To enable users to stay constantly connected, the device supports a direct connection from a 3G wireless Internet dongle and also has a direct Ethernet connection thus allowing MobileLite Wireless G2 to serve both as a portable router or shared network (NAS) drive.

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Jun 05
G-Tech to demo new storage solutions for 2K/4K workflow

At this week's Cine Gear conference (http://www.cinegearexpo.com/83/) in Los Angeles, G-Technology (www.g-technology.com) is demonstrating new storage solutions for audio/video production, photography, and the creative professional market — including the new G-RAID with removable drives, the Studio Line (G-Speed Studio and G-RAID Studio) and Evolution Series with the new G-Drive ev-220 external storage module.

The US$349.99, 2TB G-DRIVE ev 220 is a USB 3.0 hard drive with transfer rates up to 220MB/s. You can use it alone or with the Evolution Series G-DOCK.

The G-RAID with Removable Drives (pictured) is a removable dual-drive storage system with transfer rates of up to 330MB/. The G-RAID is configurable in RAID 0, RAID 1, or JBOD, and features USB 3.0, eSATA, along with FireWire. The G-RAID ships with two...

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Jun 05
SecuritySpy 3.4 for Mac OS X adds HTTPS, more

Bensoftware has announced SecuritySpy 3.4, an update to the multi-camera video surveillance software for the Mac.

SecuritySpy sports features such as motion detection, real-time compression of multiple camera feeds, and network video and audio streaming. New features in this version include web server encryption (HTTPS), support for relay interfaces to control external devices, support for new IP cameras, and bug fixes.

Pricing depends on the number of cameras used with the unlimited camera version costing US$1,100. SecuritySpy requires OS X 10.5 or higher. A 30-day fully-featured trial of SecuritySpy is available at the Bensoftware web site (http://www.bensoftware.com/).

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Jun 04
Apple's Eddy Cue to be honored with Spirit of Life award

City of Hope’s Music, Film and Entertainment Industry group (http://tinyurl.com/lmpowg6) will honor Eddy Cue, senior vice president of Apple’s Internet Software and Services, with its 2014 Spirit of Life Award.

The award is City of Hope’s highest honor, and each year recognizes an individual whose work has fundamentally impacted the music, film and entertainment industries. Cue will be the first honoree from the technology sector. The award will be presented at a dinner in Los Angeles on Oct. 23.

"We couldn’t be more excited to be recognizing Eddy Cue with City of Hope’s highest honor," says Jason Morey, president of City of Hope’s Music, Film and Entertainment Industry Group. "City of Hope and Apple are both renowned for their passionate embrace of innovation and change. Eddy embodies that same passion. He has played a hugely important role for Apple as it has revolutionized the way...

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Jun 04
Adaptxt Keyboard soon to be available on iOS 8

KeyPoint Technologies says its Adaptxt smart keyboard app will be coming to iOS this fall. With the unveiling of iOS 8 and Apple opening its doors to third party keyboard apps, KeyPoint readied its internal team in anticipation for this opportunity, says Sumit Goswami, CEO at KeyPoint Technologies.

He adds that the company also plans to unveil specialized dictionaries for legal, health, finances and other professionals. The Adaptxt specialized dictionaries for iOS will reportedly predict words and phrases applicable to various professional industries.

Goswami says that Adaptxt is the only keyboard to offer over 100 languages and 30 specialized dictionaries. Go to http://www.keypoint-tech.com for more info.

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Jun 04
CS Odessa announces additions to Marketing Area in ConceptDraw...

CS Odessa (www.conceptdraw.com) has announced a new ConceptDraw Solution Park addition for ConceptDraw PRO 9.5 and greater. The company has introduced a new set of libraries that provides a range of graph and chart types to support documentation and graphics that deal with marketing information and data.

The new addition to ConceptDraw Solution Park is a free item for current users of ConceptDraw PRO 9. The Marketing Area of ConceptDraw Solution Park now includes a collection of templates, samples, and libraries of vector stencils, icons and clipart that support many professional ways to show data at a glance. The new area contains marketing diagrams, matrices diagrams, pyramid diagrams, sales dashboard, and target/circular diagrams to illustrate documents and presentations.

ConceptDraw PRO is compatible with Mac OS X and Microsoft Windows. It retails for US$199 USD. ConceptDraw PRO 9 is included...

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Jun 04
Subtitle Studio for OS X gets faster editing

TheKeptPromise has released Subtitle Studio 1.0.1 (http://tinyurl.com/q5jrxlw), an update to its US$9.99 subtitle adding app for Mac OS X. The upgrade offers faster editing, the ability to edit subtitles without having a movie open, and the ability to load pure text files and spread them over a movie's duration.

To use the app, you drop your movie onto Subtitle Studio. The software will auto-search for missing subtitles. You can sync subtitle with a single button, hit save, and you're done.

Subtitle Studio supports M4V, MOV, AVI, MKV and other files. You can embed your subtitles into a M4V file for the Apple TV, iPhone, iPad and other devices. A demo is available for download at the product web site

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Jun 03
Adobe serves up ACR 8.5 Release Candidate

Adobe has announced the availability of ACR 8.5 Release Candidate on Adobe Labs (http://tinyurl.com/oqc43tg).

The release candidate adds support for these six cameras: Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark II; Fuji FinePix S1; Nikon 1 J4; Nikon 1 V3; Olympus OM-D E-M10; and Panasonic LUMIX DMC-GH4. Additionally, this release adds support for six new lens profiles, including Fuji, Canon and Nikon.

Camera Raw 8.5 is available as a free update for both Photoshop CC and Photoshop CS6 on Mac OS X and Windows. Note that Camera Raw 8.5 for CS6 only includes updated camera and lens profile support as part of the recent camera raw policy change.

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Jun 03
Epson announces new WorkForce printers

Epson (www.epson.com) has announced its new WorkForce business printing solutions featuring 11 models powered by PrecisionCore, the company’s next generation printing technology. Prices range from US$149.99.

These WorkForce models produce print-shop quality color prints, laser-sharp black and color text, and fast print speeds at up to half the printing cost of color laser for a range of business environments, says Nils Madden, marketing director, Desktop Imaging and Printing, Epson America. The new line of printers includes the WorkForce series for SOHO users; WorkForce Pro printers for SMBs and workgroups; and WorkForce wide format for larger paper and scanning sizes typically used by architects, engineers and designers.

Madden says that all WorkForce printers offer several advantages over color laser, such as true-to-life color for consistent tones and colors on all paper types – plain, matte and glossy, as...

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Jun 03
Folding Text for Mac OS X gets improved editor, more

Hog Bay Software has introduced FoldingText 2.0 (www.foldingtext.com), a text productivity tool for Mac OS X. The upgrade offers an improved editor, expanded syntax highlighting, and a new software development kit.

With Folding Text, you can organize with plain text outlines and use modes to embed specialized behavior such as todos and timers. As users type, FoldingText auto-formats the document into sections, lists, and paragraphs using Markdown-based formatting. Users can fold away sections to get a clear overview of their work, expand them to see the details, and focus in on a section to hide everything else.

For example, you can add ".todo" into your outline and list items transform into todo's items with clickable checkboxes. Click a checkbox and the item is marked "@done" with strikethrough formatting. You can add ".timer" in your outline to create a live multi-step timer. Enter times in plain...

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