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Jan 27
Syncro Soft announces new version of Oxygen XML Editor

Syncro Soft, the developer of the Oxygen XML suite of products, has announced the availability of version 15.2 of its Oxygen XML Editor, Oxygen XML Author and Oxygen XML Developer products containing a set of tools supporting all the XML related technologies.

Version 15.2 of oXygen XML Editor improves the support for developing Schematron schemas by adding intelligent search and refactoring actions, working with modules by providing in-context editing and validation, hierarchy/dependencies views, improved error reporting and more. You can experiment with the new XML Schema 1.1 recommendation as oXygen handles the attributes that specify the minimum and maximum XML Schema version directly within the schema document, according to the folks at Syncro Software.

Oxygen 15.2 can be freely evaluated for 30 days; a demo is available at http://tinyurl.com/34bhvw. Oxygen XML Editor is available in three...

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Jan 27
LogTen Pro 6.5 for Mac, iPhone and iPad with iCloud Sync launched

LogTen Pro 6.5, the latest update for Coradine's electronic pilot logbook software, includes over 200 new features, fixes and performance improvements alongside the major addition of free iCloud Sync for current LogTen Pro users. This is true for both the OS X and iOS versions of the app.

Pilots can enter a scheduled flight on their Mac, head to the airport and the flight will be ready to go on their iDevice. They can then log further details enroute and when arriving home all the data will already be updated automatically on all devices.

Another major addition for 6.5 is increased Smart Groups functionality. With LogTen Pro's unique Smart Groups  feature, pilots can create their own custom groups to track virtually any aspect of their flying. Changes to how Smart Groups are programmed behind the scenes enables pilots to create more complex Smart Groups giving them unprecedented ability to manipulate their data. Go to...

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Jan 27
Mac X DVD Ripper Pro rips to version 4.5.0

MacXDVD Software (http://www.macxdvd.com) has upgraded Mac X DVD Ripper Pro, its DVD ripping software, to version 4.5.0. The new version sports several technical improvements.

By taking advantage of a high-quality conversion engine, multi-core CPU and hyper-threading technology, this DVD ripper for Mac is now able to rip the latest DVD movies with no quality loss, according to the folks at MacXDVD Software. It adds: a sync option to solve the A/V sync problem when ripping DVD to MP4 format in Safe Mode; a validity check for the destination folder; and support for the newly published DVD movies, such as "Captain Phillips," "Despicable Me 2," "Fast and Furious 6," "The Wolverine" and more.

MacX DVD Ripper Pro is priced at US$59.95 for a single-user license. However, the full-license DVD ripper for Mac is being offered at a limited time $25 price cut.

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Jan 24
FrostyGlass Effects for Final Cut Pro X released on FxFactory

FxFactory has introduced FrostyGlass to its family of SUGARfx plugins. A set of eight fully customizable plugins for Final Cut Pro X, FrostyGlass simulates the effect of glass distortions on a video.

FrostyGlass comes with a filter effect, a theme and a title generator in one single package. You can use the filter effect to choose either one or two customizable glass panels. The theme can help unify the style, look and feel of your work thanks to several elements that function as Main Title, lower thirds, bumpers or identifiers and title generators. All FrostyGlass title elements provide two layers of frosty glass effect. Effects can be layered with or without text.

SUGARfx FrostyGlass is now available through FxFactory (http://fxfactory.com/info/frostyglass/) for US$49. After downloading, FrostyGlass can be used in Final Cut Pro X by going to the Titles Browser or...

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Jan 24
New tutorial available for AutoCAD 2014

Infinite Skills has released a 10-hour AutoCAD tutorial video series available via instant streaming, download and DVD. Presented by author of CADaBlog and renowned trainer Brian Benton, the tutorial includes 108 lessons on drafting, editing, dimensioning and plotting and more.

Following an introduction to the AutoCAD interface, students begin learning to draw in AutoCAD, picking up fundamentals and learning time-saving techniques developed by experienced practitioners. Infinite Skills offers its Learning AutoCAD 2014 For Mac Training Video as a DVD-ROM or direct download from the company website (http://tinyurl.com/nxxghe6) at a retail price of US$99.95, or through its online learning library that includes streaming access to all courses for $25 per month.

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Jan 24
Transloader for iOS, OS X updated to version 2.0

Eternal Storms Software has released Transloader 2.0 for iOS and Mac OS X. The app is designed to make easy to download URLs from an iOS device via iCloud to a Mac. Version 2.0 has been tweaked for iOS 7 and Apple's Maps app.

On an iOS device, URLs to dmg- or zip- files (for example) are pretty much inaccessible and the files themselves more or less not usable. The "workflow" up until now was to copy-paste that link into an eMail and send it to oneself to remember to download it later on the Mac.

With Transloader, the user can paste that link into the app and it will sync that URL to iCloud. The Mac counterpart of the app will receive that URL and download it to the Downloads folder.

Version 2.0 stores URLs from your clipboard for later use. For better feedback on the progress of downloads on the Mac, the iOS app now shows if a download is still running or finished. URLs can be shared with other users of Transloader via AirDrop (among others).

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Jan 24
Apple posts tributes to the Mac on its 30th birthday

To celebrate the 30th birthday of the Mac, Apple has posted a tribute on its home page (http://www.apple.com).

Apple has also posted a "Thirty Years of Mac" page (http://www.apple.com/30-years/) with tributes to the ground-breaking computer. The same video is also available at YouTube (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xp697DqsbUU).

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Jan 24
Pixelmator 3.1 Marble is fully optimized for the new Mac Pro

The Pixelmator Team (http://www.pixelmator.com) has announced Pixelmator 3.1 Marble, an update to its image editing app for Mac OS X. Version 3.1 adds support for 16-bit per channel images on the new Mac Pro and a new option for ordering prints.

It leverages the full power of the dual workstation-class GPUs built into it, says Saulius Dailide of the Pixelmator Team. Both graphics cards are used simultaneously to accelerate composition rendering and compute demanding tasks.

The Pixelmator Team also partnered with MILK Print on Demand to offer a new Order Prints feature. You can now turn your images into prints. With just a few clicks, you can order Pixelmator images as postcards, notecards, gallery frames, or posters and have them delivered right to your door.

Pixelmator 3.1 Marble requires Mac OS X 10.8.5. It's available from the Mac App Store for US$29.99. Version 3.1 is a free upgrade...

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Jan 24
All editions of DEVONthink DEVONnote get maintenance updates

DEVONtechnologies has releases a maintenance update for all editions of its information and document manager DEVONthink, as well as for its smart notebook app DEVONnote.

Depending on the edition, the new versions bring import from BareBones Yojimbo, faster and more reliable email archiving, performance enhancements, and a few tiny bug fixes. The updates are free and recommended for all users.

Also, all editions of DEVONthink now shorten long document names in menus, better handle database-like file formats such as Scrivener files, and improve the way Quick Look panels are shown. The AppleScript support in DEVONthink Pro and up has been enhanced, too, and all scripts been made more future-proof, according to Eric Bohnisch-Volkmann, president of DEVONtechnologies.

DEVONthink and DEVONnote require an Intel-based Mac and OS X 10.6.8 or later (in the App Store: OS X 10.8.3 or later). They can be downloaded from...

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Jan 23
MCE Ships first internal Blu-ray recordable drive for the...

MCE Technologies (MCE) has begun shipping what it says is the first internal Blu-ray recordable drive for the MacBook Pro. It can record data and high definition video to 25GB, 50GB, and 100GB Blu-ray recordable discs and it can playback commercial Blu-ray movie titles directly on the MacBook Pro with included software.

CD and DVD burning and playing are included. The retail price is US$199; it's available immediately. For more info go to http://tinyurl.com/q256az9 .

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Jan 23
2014 FileMaker Developer Conference registration open

FileMaker, Inc., has opened registration for its 19th annual FileMaker Developer Conference, the worldwide gathering for corporate and independent FileMaker developers.

The 2014 FileMaker Developer Conference (http://tinyurl.com/mbrxrz) takes place July 28-31, 2014, at the JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort and Spa in San Antonio, Texas. The conference is for anyone "who wants to sharpen their professional skills, innovate with the FileMaker Platform, pick up new ideas for their FileMaker solutions, or to grow a FileMaker-based businesses."

Conference attendees can save US$300 off the full price, paying US$1,295 by taking advantage of the "early bird" discount available now through June 3, 2014. Paid attendees will also receive a free Not-for-Resale copy of FileMaker Pro 13 Advanced, a $549 value.

Also available is an "early bird" Gold Registration package for $1,895, which...

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Jan 23
IK Multimedia announces iRig Mic HD for iDevices

IK Multimedia has announced the iRig Mic HD, a digital handheld microphone for iPhone, iPad, iPod touch and Mac.

The iRig Mic HD sports a 24-bit audiophile-grade A/D converter, a 44.1/96 kHz sampling rate, and a low noise/high definition pre-amp. Featuring metal-body construction and a handheld form factor, it's designed for interviewers, broadcasters, presenters, singers and musicians. The iRig Mic HD's standard housing can be mounted on any regular mic stand clip, and its design, featuring detachable cables, keeps its overall size to the minimum for the greatest portability.

It supports a wide range of Apple devices via a series of three detachable cables. It's purportedly the first handheld microphone that includes a Lightning connector cable for the newest iPhone, iPad and iPod touch models, while a USB cable allows for connection to any Mac computer. A 30-pin cable for legacy iOS models is also available.

The iRig Mic HD comes with free apps, so users can...

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Jan 23
Folx Download Manager now available in the Mac App Store

Eltima Software has launched the Folx Download Manager in the Mac App Store under the name Folx GO. It comes with downloads management, neat file organization, search for the files that's been downloaded, and more.


With Folx GO, it's possible to split downloads in threads, renew interrupted downloads, create tagging according to files content, and more. A special browser extension allows you to choose whether to download all or selected.

You can get a free version of the download manager, but can upgrade to the pro version when you wish for US$9.99. Go to http://tinyurl.com/6xvuae for more info.

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Jan 23
Rockstar Consortium drops patent infringement claim against...

Rockstar Consortium — an alliance made up of Apple, Microsoft, BlackBerry, Ericsson, and Sony — has dropped a patent infringement claim against China-based Huawei, a telecom gear maker, reports "FOSS Patents" (http://tinyurl.com/kroh3op).

In a motion filed Tuesday with the US District Court of Northern California, both parties jointly requested dismissal of the lawsuit, which accused the telecom gear maker of violating patents the alliance acquired from Nortel Networks earlier this decade. The filing didn't specify that a settlement had been reached.

"While the motion to dismiss does not explicitly state that the parties have settled, it would be utterly unrealistic to believe that Rockstar would let Huawei use those patents without a royalty-bearing license," Florian Mueller writes for "FOSS Patents. "Whatever the basis of this settlement may be, a 'freebie' it's certainly not."

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Jan 23
The Bureau: XCOM Declassified now available for Steam at Macs

TransGaming ,which initially brought The Bureau: XCOM Declassified, to Mac gamers through the Mac App Store -- says the game is now available for digital download via Steam for Macs. 
 
To commemorate the launch, The Bureau: XCOM Declassified will go on sale for 75% off from Jan. 24-27 at 10 a.m. (Pacific), on both Steam and the Mac App Store. For more info go to http://tinyurl.com/lfbo84p .

Here's how the game is described: "The year is 1962, JFK is President and the Cold War has the nation gripped by fear - but a far more powerful enemy than communism is threatening America. Known only to a select few, a top-secret government unit called The Bureau begins investigating and concealing a series of mysterious attacks by an otherworldly enemy.

"As special agent William Carter, players call the shots, pull the trigger and lead their squad in a gripping third-person tactical shooter...

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Jan 23
Watermark Sense for Mac OS X gets improved watermarking...

VeprIT has releasedWatermark Sense 1.1.0, an update of the batch image watermarking utility for Mac OS X 10.7 and higher.

The update improves watermarking flexibility, allowing to achieve more creative and consistent results for images of different sizes and aspect ratios, according to the folks at VeprIT. Version 1.1.0 also introduces a number of often requested features, fixes issues, provides a PDF user guide and more.

A trial version of Watermark Sense (which adds an additional watermark to the saved images) is freely available for download at the application web page (http://veprit.com/watermarksense). Registration is US$19.99. The license can be purchased at the application web page. Watermark Sense is also available on the Mac App Store.

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Jan 23
PDFpen 6.1.3 adds redaction options, clickable phone links

Smile has released PDFpen 6.1.3, an update to its PDF editing tool for OS X. The update adds new redaction toolbar buttons for Block Selection and Erase Selection and support for clickable telephone numbers. Numerous enhancements and fixes have also been made in this update.

The changes in PDFpen 6.1.3 have also been made in PDFpenPro 6.1.3, the pro version that can also convert websites into PDFs, automatically create fillable PDF forms, and construct document table of contents. In addition, PDFpenPro 6.1.3 can now create clickable telephone links, via support for the "tel:" URI scheme.

PDFpen 6.1.3 works with PDFpen for iPad and PDFpen for iPhone, allowing editing across devices when used with iCloud or Dropbox storage. Users who wish to use iCloud must purchase PDFpen 6 from the Mac App Store. (Apple restricts iCloud access to applications purchased via the Mac App Store.)

PDFpen retails for US$59.95, PDFpenPro for $99.95. Family Pack licenses, which cover...

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Jan 22
Blackguards RPG now available for Mac, Windows

Blackguards, the new turn-based RPG from Daedalic Entertainment, is now available worldwide for Mac OS X and PC on Steam and GOG.

Here's how the game is described: "Blackguards offers strategic combat and combines the studio's high standards of storytelling and unique characters with thrilling action and an elaborate 3D environment. The player takes on the role of a convicted murderer, accompanied by a group of no less dubious characters. Challenging quests lead the player through a dark story of doubt, treachery and loss."

The Standard Edition on Steam is available for US$39.99, and the Blackguards Deluxe Edition for $59.99. The Special Edition on GOG is available for $44.99.Go to http://www.daedalic.de/en/game/Blackguards for more info.

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Jan 22
Apple posts iTunes 11.1.4

Apple has released iTunes 11.1.4. It adds the ability to access your Wish List from the iTunes library, instead of having to go to the iTunes Store or the Apple App Store.


There's also enhanced support for Arabic and Hebrew and stability improvements. iTunes 11.1.4 can be downloaded via the Mac App Store's Update section or Software Update.

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Jan 22
VMware buys AirWatch

VMware (http://www.vmware.com), a virtualization software company that makes products such as VMware fusion and VMWare Workstation, has agreed to buy AirWatch (http://www.air-watch.com) for as much as US$1.54 billion, adding technology to help businesses manage and protect mobile devices.

VMware will pay $1.18 billion in cash and $365 million in installment payments and assumed unvested equity. AirWatch marks the second VMware acquisition of more than $1 billion in 18 months, after the 2012 purchase of Nicira, whose technology helps networks work more efficiently. AirWatch makes mobile device, email, application, content, laptop and browser management solutions.

The AirWatch team will continue to report to founder and chief executive officer John Marshall as part of VMware's End-User Computing group, led by Sanjay Poonen, EVP and...

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Jan 22
DMG Master for Mac OS X gets upgraded internal engine, more

Tension Software has revved DMG Master, its Mac OS X (10.8 and higher) app for creating standard disk image archives, to version 2.5. The new version upgrades the internal engine and improves the source table list.

DMG Master requires Mac OS X 10.8 or higher and costs US$6. It's available at the Tension Software (http://www.tensionsoftware.com) web site.

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Jan 22
WaveMachine Labs releases AAX-compatible version of Drumagog

WaveMachine Labs has released an AAX-compatible version of Drumagog, their drum replacement plug-in. The company has also released 64-bit VST and Audio Units versions for both Mac and PC systems.

With these updates, Drumagog 5 is now compatible with Pro Tools 10/11, and 64-bit Digital Audio Workstations on the Mac and PC such as Logic X, Ableton Live 9, and Cubase 7. It's available now in all plug-in formats and is available in three editions: Basic, Pro and Platinum.

Drumagog requires Mac OS X 10.4.11 on the Mac platform. Available now in all plug-in formats, this is a free update for registered Drumagog 5 users. Go to http://www.drumagog.com for more info.

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Jan 22
Tomb Raider arrives on the Mac Jan. 23

Feral Interactive says Tomb Raider will be released for the Mac on Jan. 23. Developed by Crystal Dynamics and published by Square Enix for PC and consoles, Tomb Raider is the series reboot that tells the story of how a young woman becomes the extraordinary Lara Croft, Tomb Raider.

Here's how the game is described: "Alongside the thrilling single-player adventure, Tomb Raider features an exhilarating online multiplayer mode. A Steam account will be required to access online multiplayer, which supports Mac-to-Mac play only. Online multiplayer will not be available in versions of the game purchased through the Mac App Store."

The game will launch on the Mac App Store on Jan. 23, and will launch on other stores Jan. 30. Tmb Raider for the Mac will retail in North America for US$49.99. It will be available online for direct digital download from a variety of digital partner sites worldwide including the Feral Store (...

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Jan 22
FileMaker introduces FileMaker Training Series: Basics

FileMaker, Inc. has unveiled an all-new free training series for the recently announced FileMaker 13 Platform. FileMaker Training Series: Basics is designed to help everyone learn to build professional custom business solutions that run on Mac OS X, iOS, Windows, Mac and the web.

The new training series is offered in iBook format for easy use on iPads and iPhones. A PDF version is also available. According to Ryan Rosenberg, vice president of marketing and services for FileMaker, Inc., FileMaker 13 users now have a broad range of training options to get started and become productive, while building the skills to make powerful solutions.

The Getting Started Tours guide users through the key features of FileMaker Pro and FileMaker Go. The tours are automatically installed with the software -- simply download a trial of FileMaker Pro 13 or download FileMaker Go 13 for iPhone or iPad from the App Store.

FileMaker Training Series: Basics, a brand new addition to...

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Jan 22
St. Clair revs App Tamer for Mac OS X to version 2.0

St. Clair Software has introduced an upgrade to App Tamer, its Mac utility that manages applications to deliver more efficient CPU usage and increased battery life.

You can now monitor and optimize the performance of your Mac even more quickly and easily with the software's completely revamped user interface, according to the folks at St. Clair. In addition to automatically pausing applications when you switch away from them, App Tamer now offers the option to limit the amount of CPU power used by an application.

App Tamer comes pre-configured to automatically manage Safari, Firefox, Chrome, Spotlight, Time Machine, Word and many other apps when they're in the background. You can customize it for other apps, as well.

App Tamer will operate on any Mac running Mac OS X 10.7 or higher. You can try App Tamer free for 15 days. A license to continue using it after the trial period is US$14.95. Users of App Tamer 1.x that bought their license after July 1, 2013...

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