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Jan 21
Three new plug-ins available for UAD hardware, Apollo interfaces

Universal Audio (www.uadio.com) has announced three new direct developer plug-ins for UAD hardware and Apollo interfaces  — the Brainworx bx_digital V3 EQ Collection, Sonnox Oxford Envolution, and the exclusive Marshall JMP 2203 Guitar Amplifier, developed by Softube. All three will be released as part of UAD Software 8.5 in early February.

Developed by Softube exclusively for UAD-2 and Apollo interfaces, the $199 Marshall JMP 2203 Guitar Amplifier Plug-In is an emulation of the 100-watt amplifier used by everyone from Iron Maiden and Slayer, to Jeff Beck and My Bloody Valentine. All Marshall plug-ins include UA’s Unison technology; Apollo user’s guitar pickups will see the exact impedance load as if they’re plugged into a vintage Marshall amp, according to the folks at Softube.

Developed by Sonnox, the $249 Oxford Envolution is a frequency-dependent envelope shaper that can add presence/distance to drums, piano...

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Jan 21
Fuel3D deploys new 3D algorithm to boost performance

Fuel3D (www.fuel-3d.co), a 3D capture and imaging innovator, has launched Fuel3D Studio 2.1, the latest version of its software for processing and manipulating 3D scan data captured by the company’s $1,490 SCANIFY handheld 3D scanner system.

Key developments include improved Z-axis precision and the ability to process scan data in the cloud; both of these key developments originated from the company’s engagement with enterprise partner/customers. Fuel3D’s Cat Bird algorithm improves Z-axis precision on scans, which means that scans are processed with improved depth accuracy

Improved Z-axis cloud processing can be applied to previous scan files without the need to re-scan the subject. Users simply open any file previously captured by SCANIFY and re-process via the new cloud option in Fuel3D Studio.

The introduction of cloud processing (currently running in beta) helps to remove the burden of 3D scan...

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Jan 21
Badia Software announces IDML Import 1.0 for QuarkXPress 2015

Badia Software has announced IDML Import 1.0 for QuarkXPress 2015, an XTension for importing Adobe InDesign's IDML files into QuarkXPress.

IDML Import can convert the contents of IDML files, including text and picture boxes, pages and spreads, graphics, styles, stories, layers, and colors, into fully-editable QuarkXPress objects. It supports any IDML file created with InDesign CC 2015 or older, and includes many handy tools for unparalleled flexibility.

IDML Import will retain the look and feel of the original InDesign document, and by importing all styles sheets and master pages, users can make global changes once the file is recreated in QuarkXPress. IDML Import can also import the contents of IDML files into existing QuarkXPress documents, or create brand new projects and layouts. It also permits importing certain spreads of the IDML file, for added flexibility.

IDML Import requires QuarkXPress 2015 and Mac OS X 10.9 or newer. Single licenses of IDML Import...

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Jan 21
Apple opening iOS App Development Center in Italy

Apple has announced the creation of Europe’s first iOS App Development Center in Italy, which is designed to give students practical skills and training on developing iOS apps.

The iOS App Development Center will be located at a partner institution in Naples. Apple CEO Tim Cook says it will support teachers and provide a specialized curriculum preparing thousands of future developers to be part of Apple’s thriving developer community. In addition, the Cupertino, California-based company will work with partners around Italy who deliver developer training to complement this curriculum and create additional opportunities for students. Apple expects to expand this program to other countries around the world, says Cook.

“Europe is home to some of the most creative developers in the world and we’re thrilled to be helping the next generation of entrepreneurs in Italy get the skills they need for success,” he adds. “The phenomenal success of the App Store is one of the...

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Jan 21
PFAssistive Framework revved to version 3.6.2

PFiddlesoft has released version 3.6.2 of PFAssistive Framework. The frameworks help developers write assistive Mac applications for persons with disabilities using Apple's Accessibility and Quartz Event Taps APIs [application programming interfaces] on OS X. Version 3.6.2 offers bug fixes.

The PFAssistive Framework was created in 2003 as the engine driving PFiddlesoft’s UI Browser application for developers and for users of Apple’s AppleScript GUI Scripting technology. The framework supports and enhances Apple's Accessibility API. The PFEventTaps Framework was created in 2007 as the engine underlying PFiddlesoft’s free Event Taps Testbench utility for developers. The framework supports and enhances Apple's Quartz Event Taps API.

The frameworks are written using Objective-C. They support the Intel 64-bit architecture using reference counted memory management or ARC, and they support client applications written in Objective-C or Swift. Developers can license the...

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Jan 20
Logic Pro X updated to version 10.2.1

Apple has updated Logic Pro X, its pro level music software for Mac OS X, to version 10.2.1. According to Apple, the upgrade contains fixes and enhancements including:

° New multi-threading feature improves performance when processing multiple live channels;

° Faster playback responsiveness when previewing Apple Loops and performing region edits;

° Flex Pitch editing can be performed within the Tracks area using a Piano Roll interface;

° A collection of 30 plug-ins have been redesigned to add Retina support and improve usability;

° Numerous improvements to Alchemy including Apple Loops support and 11 new spectral effects

° Improved reliability when downloading additional content;

° Additional content can be downloaded directly from the Sound Library and Apple Loops browsers;

° Drum Machine Designer supports drag and drop of multiple audio files;

° The Step Editor can automatically create lanes to display all MIDI events...

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Jan 20
U.S. Bank adds Apple Pay to its FlexPerks American Express cards

Apple Pay is now available to customers who use U.S. Bank FlexPerks American Express Cards.

“Enabling Apple Pay for our U.S. Bank FlexPerks American Express Cardmembers continues our efforts to give customers choices in how they manage payments, as well as providing them an easy, secure and private way to pay,” said Cliff Cook, senior vice president for the U.S. Bank retail credit-card division.

Apple Pay is now available with the: U.S. Bank FlexPerks Reserve American Express Card; U.S. Bank FlexPerks Travel Rewards American Express Card; and U.S. Bank FlexPerks Select+ American Express Card. With this announcement, all U.S. Bank credit and debit cards (consumer and small business) work with Apple Pay.

With Apple’s mobile payment service, card numbers aren’t stored on the iOS device; instead, a unique Device Account Number is assigned, encrypted and securely stored in the Secure Element. If the device is lost or stolen, you can suspend the device and stop the...

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Jan 20
iPad Pro and iPhone support added to Logic Remote

Apple has upgraded its Logic Remote app to version 1.3 adding iPad Pro and iPhone support.

Available at the Apple App Store (http://tinyurl.com/hcqjgtu), Logic Remote is a companion app for Logic Pro X on the Mac. It provides a way to extend the power of Logic by using your iPhone or iPad.

Designed to take advantage of Multi-Touch, Logic Remote offers ways to record, mix and even perform instruments in Logic Pro X. It’s a free download and requires iOS 9.1 or later.

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Jan 20
Apple releases, updates music apps for iOS devices

Apple has announced a new addition and a major update to its family of music-making apps for iOS to let folks tap into their musical potential and create incredible music no matter where they are.

An all-new app called Music Memos lets musicians and songwriters capture, organize and develop their musical ideas right on their iPhone. And a major update to GarageBand for iOS introduces multiple new features, including Live Loops, a fun way for anyone to make music like a DJ using only their iPhone or iPad.

“Musicians around the world, from the biggest artists to aspiring students, use Apple devices to create amazing music; the innovative new Music Memos app will help them quickly capture their ideas on iPhone and iPad whenever inspiration strikes,” says Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing. “GarageBand is the most popular music creation app in the world, and this update helps everyone easily tap into their musical talent with the...

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Jan 20
BestiPhoneCleaner releases iPhone Cleaner for Mac

BestiPhoneCleaner has introduced iPhone Cleaner for Mac, an utility designed specifically to keep iOS devices clean.

Smartphones can store different unnecessary data, such as cookies and remnants of applications. This is where iPhone Cleaner for Mac can be incredibly useful, and has proven itself capable of freeing a good amount of space in iOS devices. iPhone Cleaner for Mac was specifically designed for its purpose.

iPhone Cleaner for Mac is completely free, and can be downloaded from BestiPhoneCleaner online (http://tinyurl.com/gl33q4c).

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Jan 20
OWC announces Mercury Electra MAX6G 2TB SSD

OWC has announced announced the Mercury Electra MAX 6G 2.0TB SSD, the highest capacity 2.5-inch solid state drive the company has ever offered.

It delivers “exceptional speeds and offers reliable, consistent high performance” via the 6G SATA interface, according to OWC. Sequential read performance reaches up to 490MB/s, with write performance up to 471 MB/s.  Read performance for incompressible data is up to 466 MB/s with write speeds of up to 447 MB/s.

The Mercury Electra MAX 6G 2.0TB SSD provides RAID-like data protection and reliability. Shipping this month, it will be available at OWC authorized resellers and MacSales.com at a manufacturer’s suggested retail price of $799.99. Go to http://tinyurl.com/jabjaoo for more info.

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Jan 20
Led by the iPhone 6s, the sensor hub market is growing fast

The demand for sensor hubs, dedicated processing elements used for low-power sensor processing tasks, is booming.

In fact due to “always on” sensor processing trends and the limitations of battery technology, the overall market for all types of sensor hubs will exceed 1.0 billion units in 2015, rising to nearly 2.0 billion in 2018, according to IHS Inc. (www.ihs.com). Samsung, Apple and Motorola have already been using sensor hubs in their smartphones for a number of years, and Apple, Motorola and Microsoft explicitly advertise their use of sensor hubs or sensor cores in certain smartphones, notes the research group.
 
“The sensor hub market is incredibly dynamic, changing rapidly over the last two years, due in large part to Apple’s iPhones,” said Marwan Boustany, senior analyst for IHS Technology. “When Apple shifted from a discrete microcontroller to an integrated application-processor-based solution for...

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Jan 20
GeekSuit announces beta test of Client Folder Maker 4.5 for OS X

GeekSuit has announced open beta testing of Client Folder Maker 4.5, an t update to their folder creation and management utility for Mac OS X.

Client Folder Maker offers a folder creation and management tool and is targeted to the busy web developer, graphic designer, app developer, desktop publisher, or prepress operator. GeekSuit is offering users the chance to beta test version 4.5 of the app in order to test drive the new features before it goes public.

Mac users who are running Mac OS X 10.8 or later on their machine are invited to participate in the Client Folder Maker 4.5 beta at the MacDeveloper website (http://macdeveloper.net/). Users simply need visit the website and login if they're already registered as a user, or become a tester by filling out a form.

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Jan 20
CS Odessa releases UK map solution for ConceptDraw Pro 10

CS Odessa (www.conceptdraw.com) has announced a new UK Map Solution in ConceptDraw Solution Park. It’s designed to assist individuals who are looking for UK map content to be represented in maps they draw.

The collection of library objects, templates, and example drawings for ConceptDraw Pro simplifies the job of drawing maps that contain county information. The UK Map Solution offers optional levels of detail, showing sub-divisions of territory and local government areas, along with major cities.

It’s available for a $25 charge to users of ConceptDraw Pro10 and ConceptDraw Office 3, via ConceptDraw Solution Park. ConceptDraw Pro and ConceptDraw Office work with the latest versions of both Mac OS X and Microsoft Windows.

ConceptDraw Pro 10 costs $199 per end user license. Or you can obtain it by purchasing the $499 ConceptDraw Office 3 which also includes ConceptDraw MindMap 8, ConceptDraw...

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Jan 19
iMovie for Mac revved to version 10.1.1

iMovie for Mac has been revved to version 10.1.1. It’s available via the Updates tab in the Mac App Store. According to Apple, the upgrade:

° Resolves an issue with YouTube sharing that could prevent sign-ins for users with multiple accounts;

° Fixes a problem that could prevent white balance adjustments from being applied to clips;

° Correctly plays Sony XAVC S clips captured at 100 or 120 frames per second;

° Resolves an issue that could lead to the incorrect display of images.

Clips are now copied when dragged from the Project Media container to events in the Library list. iMovie 10.1.1 also sees stability improvements.

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Jan 19
PipelineFX releases Qube! 6.8 

PipelineFX has launched released Qube! 6.8 (http://www.pipelinefx.com/features/), an update to the render farm management software for visual effects. The new version expands the capabilities of ArtistView bringing job submissions, a simpler configuration process and tabbed navigation into a new user interface.

ArtistView was designed to streamline WranglerView, so artists only have to focus on creative elements like queue control, project updates, and render previews. Qube! 6.8 kickstarts that process by taking submission elements from WranglerView and presenting them in a way that speaks to the workflow needs of top studios. The update also adds: centralized preferences; OS X El Capitan support; Harmony 12 support; and VRED Sequencer support.

Customers currently on maintenance and support can download version 6.8 immediately from the PipelineFX ftp site. Monthly ...

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Jan 19
Just Mobile introduces its first iPad Pro accessories

Just Mobile (www.just-mobile.com) has released its first iPad Pro accessories -- Just Mobile AutoHeal and TENC for Apple’s iPad Pro.

The $44.95 AutoHeal self-healing full-coverage screen protectors protecting the super-sized iPad screen from minor scratches. The naturalist “wanting the true beauty of their iPad Pro to shine” will love the TENC self-healing, ultra-slim transparent cases, says Nils Gustafsson, co-founder of Just Mobile. 

Crafted from auto-healing smart material and tailored to the iPad's curved edges, the $49.95 TENC (pictured) is designed to complement Apple’s Smart Cover or Smart Keyboard.

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Jan 19
Screenium for OS X now lets you record from iOS devices

Synium Software has served up Screenium 3.1, an update to their screen recording tool for OS X.

The app lets you record at 60 fps. Version 3.1 lets you record the contents of your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch and tvOS devices.

Screenium requires a OS X 10.9 or later. Recording iOS devices requires iOS 8 and OS X 10.10 or later as well as an iOS device with a Lightning connector.
Until January 19, Screenium is offered with a 50% discount. After that, the regular price of $49.99 will apply.

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Jan 19
iTaskX for OS X revved to version 3

Techno-Grafit has released iTaskX 3 (http://tinyurl.com/zlvmdvd) for Mac OS X. It’s an update of the Microsoft Project compatible, pro project management software.

The update sports a revamped user interface inspired by OS X El Capitan. It also boasts: new usage views; cost rate tables; recurring tasks; advanced work calendars; effort-driven scheduling; and more.

iTaskX 3 requires Mac OS X Yosemite or El Capitan. Pricing starts at US$140 for a single-user license.

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Jan 18
Apple’s home page honors Martin Luther King Jr.

Apple has again dedicated its home page (www.apple.com) to honor Marin Luther King Jr on the day that honors him.

There’s a black-and-white picture of the civil rights leader. It also lists one of his many famous quotes: “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?’ “

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is an American federal holiday marking the birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr. It’s observed on the third Monday of January each year, which is close to King's birthday (Jan. 15).

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Jan 18
Miko Mole goes gem hunting in new Mac arcade puzzler

EnsenaSoft has released Miko Mole 1.0.3 (https://itunes.apple.com/app/miko-mole/id1057333338), a stealth-action gem collecting title for Mac OS X.

Here’s how the game is described: “Miko Mole is a great arcade puzzler suitable to players of all ages and experience levels. Featuring the charismatic Miko with a passion for shiny gems, this game is a lot of fun with its stealth-action gameplay and mind-bending puzzles. The ability to grab and move objects, and the ability to blow-up stuff is not just insanely cool it is a recipe for success.”

Miko Mole 1.0.3 costs $6.99 and is available worldwide through the Mac App Store in the Games category. It requires Mac OS X 10.6.6 or higher.

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Jan 15
SCSC launches Performance Probe 2.1 for Mac OS X

Software and Computer System Company has announced Performance Probe 2.1 for Mac OS X (http://tinyurl.com/zjjec3g).

The tool is designed to help users find the sources of bottlenecks and performance problems with their systems. Version 2.1 includes a heads-up display that can perform loading measurements, dynamically graph drive and network activity, provide quick snapshots of the systems highest CPU and memory consumers. And it’s fully El Capitan capable.

The price for the standalone version of Performance Probe is $14.95. The tool is now a standard part of both the Scannerz with FSE and Scannerz with FSE-Lite packages.

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Jan 15
PFiddlesoft ships version 3.6.1 of its PFAssistive Framework

PFiddlesoft (http://pfiddlesoft.com/frameworks/) has released version 3.6.1 of PFAssistive Framework. The PFiddlesoft Frameworks help developers write assistive Mac applications for persons with disabilities using Apple's Accessibility and Quartz Event Taps APIs [application programming interfaces] on OS X.

It was updated to complete the implementation of full support for subclassing by client applications that need special or additional features. The PFAssistive Framework was created in 2003 as the engine driving PFiddlesoft’s UI Browser application for developers and for users of Apple’s AppleScript GUI Scripting technology.

The framework supports and enhances Apple's Accessibility API. The PFEventTaps Framework was created in 2007 as the engine underlying PFiddlesoft’s free Event Taps Testbench utility for developers. The framework supports and enhances Apple's Quartz Event...

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Jan 14
Public betas of iOS 9.3 and OS X 10.11.4 available

Apple has released the first public betas of iOS 9.3 and OS X 10.11.4. Corresponding developer betas were released earlier this week. They’re available to those registered in Apple's Beta Software Program (https://beta.apple.com/sp/betaprogram/).

The first beta of iOS 9.3 adds: new features for the Health, Wallet, Notes, and Settings apps; the ability for students to share iPads; an enhanced Managed Apple ID function; and new 3D Touch shortcuts. It also adds a new feature called Night Shift, which is is designed to cut down on the amount of blue light an iOS device is putting out during the evening hours.

Mac OS X El Capitan 10.11.4 beta (and the Server version) are the fourth updates to the El Capitan OS. We can find no notes on what the updates entail.

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Jan 14
Medieval II: Total War now out on Steam for the Mac

Feral Interactive says Medieval II: Total War Collection (http://tinyurl.com/z6halef) is now available on Steam for both Mac and Linux. Developed by Creative Assembly, it was published by SEGA for Windows in 2006.

Here’s how Medieval II: Total War is described: “The Medieval II: Total War Collection combines thrilling real-time battles and sophisticated turn-based strategy in a vast campaign that spans five centuries and encompasses the Crusades, the spread of plague and the proliferation of gunpowder. As a warrior king, players will lead one of 17 factions to supremacy in the medieval world with an artful mix of diplomacy, commerce and war.

“On the campaign map, players will build their empire’s infrastructure, cities and trade routes, then master the art of diplomacy to disarm enemies, empower allies and gain the favour of the Pope. On the battlefield, they will conduct siege warfare,...

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