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Apr 14
Maintain Serves Up Cocktail 8.8.2 (Yosemite Edition)

Maintain has announced Cocktail 8.8.2 (Yosemite Edition), the latest maintenance update for users running OS X Yosemite.

Cocktail is a general purpose utility for OS X that lets users clean, repair and optimize their Macs. Version 8.8.2 addresses an issue in which the utility may fail to clear DNS cache.

Cocktail 8.8.2 (Yosemite Edition) requires OS X Yosemite 10.10 to run. Cocktail (Mavericks Edition) for OS X 10.9, Cocktail (Mountain Lion Edition) for OS X 10.8 and Cocktail (Lion Edition) for OS X 10.7 are available for download from Maintain website. Cocktail 8.6 (Yosemite Edition) is $19 for a single user license and available for purchase from the Maintain website (www.maintain.se/cocktail).

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Apr 14
BeeSoft releases ProTA 4.1, adding fundamental analysis

BeeSoft (http://www.beesoft.net) has released ProTA 4.1, an update to the stock market charting and technical analysis application for OS X.

The tool empowers casual investors as well as veteran market technicians to chart, analyze and optimize their trading ideas. ProTA provides more than100 indicators, line studies, smartlists, chart templates and trading models are built into ProTA's one-click browser. Version 4.1 now provides fundamental analysis.

ProTA is Mac OS X and requires Mac OS X 10.7 or higher. Version 4.1 is a free upgrade for all ProTA 4 users and is available immediately for download at BeeSoft online. A demo is available for download. Pricing starts at $99 for a one-year activation code.

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Apr 14
Email Obfuscator for Mac OS X gets new Refresh command

Tension Software (http://www.tensionsoftware.com) has updated Email Obfuscator, a Mac OS X app for creating and editing web pages, to version 1.3. The upgrade sports a new Refresh command.

Email Obfuscator is a tool for anyone creating and editing web pages. It creates email links using "obfuscated" code. The obfuscated link can be put inside any web page and it is not recognised by Bot surfing the net collecting emails.

Email Obfuscator requires Mac OS X 10.10 or higher. It costs $2.99 and is available at the Mac App Store.

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Apr 14
HoudahGeo for OS X 5.0 adds Places, drag and drop geocoding and...

Houdah Software (www.houdah.com) has introduced HoudahGeo 5.0 an upgrade to its one-stop photo geocoding solution for Mac OS X Yosemite and El Capitan.

The app "pins" photos to locations where they were taken. Just like a GPS-enabled camera, HoudahGeo embeds latitude, longitude and altitude information within the image file. It works with Photos, iPhoto, Aperture, and Adobe Lightroom. Version 5.0 introduces Places, drag and drop geocoding, reverse geocoding, camera import, Lightroom integration, a new keywords editor, map search, as well as the ability to publish KML to Dropbox and more.

Licenses can can be purchased from the Houdah Software store. HoudahGeo 5.0 is priced at $39 for a single-user license. A demo is available for download.

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Apr 13
USB 3.0 group defines authentication protocol for USB Type-C

The USB 3.0 Promoter Group has announced the USB Type-C Authentication specification, defining cryptographic-based authentication for USB Type-C chargers and devices. USB-C is the port (the only one) on Apple’s 12-inch MacBook.

Using this protocol, host systems can confirm the authenticity of a USB device or USB charger, including such product aspects as the descriptors/capabilities and certification status. All of this happens right at the moment a wired connection is made – before inappropriate power or data can be transferred.

USB Type-C Authentication empowers host systems to protect against non-compliant USB Chargers and to mitigate risks from maliciously embedded hardware or software in USB devices attempting to exploit a USB connection. For a traveler concerned about charging their phone at a public terminal, their phone can implement a policy only allowing charge from certified USB chargers. A company, tasked with protecting corporate assets, can set a policy...

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Apr 13
Better Finder Rename for OS X now lets you move ranges of text

publicspace.net has released A Better Finder Rename 10.06 an update of their batch file renaming solution for Mac OS X. It adds the ability to move ranges of text within the file name, making some file renaming tasks easier.

A Better Finder Rename requires Mac OS X 10.7 or higher. Version 10.06 is a free upgrade for customers who have purchased A Better Finder Rename after Jan. 1, 2015, or who own a forever upgrade. Discounted upgrade prices are available from our web store and start at $12.95 for a single user license.

A Better Finder Rename may be purchased for $19.95. Family, Business and Enterprise licensing is also available. Customers may chose to include a "forever upgrade" with their purchase.

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Apr 13
Tension Software announces Password Creator 1.3 for OS X

Tension Software has revved Password Creator, its password creation tool for Mac OS X, to version 1.3.

The app lets you create up to half million random unique passwords in a single click. Password Creator also lets you create a single password  or a long list of passwords (up to 500,000), inside an internal table. The list is ready to be saved on disk in plain text format for reuse. Version 1.3 offers a better way to define how many passwords you wish to create.

Password Creator 1.3 requires OS X Yosemite or El Capitan. It costs $2.99 and is available at the Mac App Store (http://tinyurl.com/jhaqvnv).

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Apr 13
Adobe unveils ‘breakthroughs’ in video and film production

Ahead of the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) Show next week, Adobe has revealed new features across its Creative Cloud tools for video editing, motion graphics, audio and collaboration. The CC tools are compatible with Mac OS X and Windows systems.

Media and entertainment companies are combining these advanced content creation capabilities with Adobe Primetime to help deliver TV and video content across screens. With Adobe’s digital marketing tools TV networks and pay-TV providers can drive viewer acquisition, engagement and monetization as audiences embrace “over the top” (OTT) content via connected devices such as the Apple TV, Sony PlayStation, Roku and Microsoft Xbox.

In the next release of Creative Cloud – available in early summer – Premiere Pro CC will add new virtual reality capabilities, including “field of view” mode for spherical stitched media. In the upcoming release, Adobe Stock )a collection of mor etham 50 million curated, royalty-free...

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Apr 13
AutoCrypt for OS X upgraded to version 22

Tension Software has updated AutoCrypt, an encryption/decryption app with a document based approach, to version 2.2. It’s a maintenance upgrade

The software lets you save in a document all the settings used to encrypt or decrypt  collections of files using a powerful AES-256 algorithm. Using these documents, AutoCrypt can be used for encryption and decryption batch process of large quantity of files in a single click.

AutoCrypt requires Mac OS X 10.8 or higher. It costs $7 and can be downloaded at the Tension Software web site (http://tinyurl.com/henfhcr) and the Mac App Store (http://tinyurl.com/glazxsw).

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Apr 12
Wibu-Systems joins the Trusted Computing Group

Wibu-Systems (www.wibuusa.com) is joining the Trusted Computing Group (TCG) and offering CodeMeter as a secure licensing platform for all TPM users to monetize their business. CodeMeter, an anti-piracy solution creates and stores licenses either in a hardware device (CmDongle) or in software bound to individual computers (CmAct).

As part of this endeavor, Wibu-Systems is also expanding its hardware compatibility lineup to include support for Trusted Platform Modules (TPM). CodeMeter features growing support on multiple fronts: a range of hardware platforms, including PCs, mobile devices, embedded systems, PLCs, and microcontrollers, a lineup of secure elements that spans across dongles, memory cards, TPMs, cloud, and software-based repositories, and full integration with all major operating systems used in offices and industrial environments.

Attackers often use reverse engineering to find software...

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Apr 12
Panamas introduces DirectFlow for the Mac

Panasas, which specializes in performance scale-out network-attached storage (NAS), has announced DirectFlow for Mac.

Previously only available for Linux, DirectFlow for Mac brings the performance benefits of parallel I/O over Ethernet to the Mac platform and OS X operating system. DirectFlow is the parallel data access protocol designed by Panasas and delivered as part of the integrated ActiveStor storage solution that incorporates the patented PanFS file system as well as NFS and SMB protocols. Currently deployed across a large variety of Linux-based computing environments, the DirectFlow protocol has proven success at delivering more than 10x the performance of workloads using traditional I/O protocols, according to David Sallak, vice president, products and solutions at Panasas.

DirectFlow avoids traditional protocol I/O bottlenecks by allowing compute clients to access Panasas storage directly and in parallel. This results in higher performance than what can be...

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Apr 12
FileMaker publishes ‘Deploy’ ebook

FileMaker, Inc. (www.filemaker.com) has released "Deploy," the last of a three-part series of free how-to eBooks that lead teams through the process of deploying a custom app using the FileMaker Platform.

Custom apps connect team members with each other and with their business, enabling anytime, anywhere collaboration and productivity. With this final installment in the series, FileMaker has provided a step-by-step process to planning, creating and deploying custom apps.

"Organizations of all sizes and from many industries are benefiting from custom apps built with FileMaker,” Ann Monroe, vice president, marketing, FileMaker, Inc., said. “Custom apps are quick and easy to plan, build and deploy, and the potential cost-savings is huge. Together the Plan, Create and Deploy guides will take the guesswork out of the process and empower our customers to deliver custom apps that can centralize information to...

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Apr 12
USB Network Gate 4.0 provides full support for OS X 10.1

Eltima Software has announced USB Network Gate 4.0 (http://www.eltima.com/products/usb-over-network-mac/) for Mac OS X. The utility Network Gate lets you work with remote USB devices from your local computer over Internet/LAN/WAN as if those devices were plugged directly into your machine.

Version 4.0 adds support for OS X El Capitan. It also includes several stability and interface improvements.

USB Network Gate runs on Mac OS X 10.9 and later and costs $89.95 for sharing one USB device. It’s licensed according to the number of shared USB devices. Every server computer (where the device will be shared) requires a separate license. The client module of USB Network Gate is free and unlimited in quantities used.

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Apr 12
SoftRAID 5.5 lets you convert AppleRAID volumes to SoftRAID

OWC Holdings has updated SoftRAID (www.softraid.com) for Mac OS X (10.6.8 and higher) to version 5.5. It’s a free update for all version 5.x users of SoftRAID.

SoftRAID is a disk driver for Mac OS X, and replaces the RAID functionality that was removed from Disk Utility in Mac OS X El Capitan. With version 5.5, users can convert their existing AppleRAID stripe (RAID 0) and mirror (RAID 1) volumes to SoftRAID and preserve all the files on those volumes. This provides a way for existing AppleRAID users to start using the features of SoftRAID.

For $49, users can purchase SoftRAID Lite and convert their AppleRAID volumes to SoftRAID. Not only will they be able to start using the highly optimized SoftRAID driver which has been shipping since 2003, but they can also take advantage of all of SoftRAID's disk health monitoring and logging features.

Users who purchase the normal version of SoftRAID can not...

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Apr 11
reBOOK for OS X offers automatic tagging and cover searching for...

One Geek Army has introduced reBOOK 1.0, its new ePub tagging and cover searching utility developed exclusively for Mac OS X.

The app allows you to find and edit ePub files metadata and cover art. Users can automatically search for proper metadata on the internet. reBOOK offers the ability to apply the cover

reBOOK 1.0 requires Mac OS X Yosemite or El Capitan. It costs $4.99 and is available worldwide exclusively through the Mac App Store (http://tinyurl.com/h5ddt4c).

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Apr 11
MacXDVD unveils H.265/HEVC converter

MacXDVD has launched a H.265/HEVC converter for Mac OS X and Windows to help convert 1080p 4K UHD 8K H.265 to H.264, MP4, AVI, MPEG4, etc. to formats accepted by TV, media player, mobile devices, as well as to convert H.264 to H.265.

MacX Video Converter Pro (http://tinyurl.com/22ujyvx) has built-in 320 video codecs and 50+ audio codecs that provide a wide range of H.265 decode/encode choices. A demo is available for download. MacX Video Converter is on sale for $34.95 for a limited time.

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Apr 11
QuickLicense 8.0 adds enhancements for spreadsheet protection,...

Excel Software (www.excelsoftware.com) has shipped QuickLicense 8.0, an update of the tool for protection and licensing of Mac, Windows and Linux software. The new release adds major enhancements for spreadsheet protection, application usage statistics, end-user interface enhancements and improved developer tools.

QuickLicense is used to define the type of license (Trial, Product, Try/Buy, Subscription or Floating), the licensing features (feature flags, pre-activation message, license release, restore, reset and suspend) and the activation process (manual, online, dongle or floating license server). A license can be applied to any kind of digital product (application, plugin, library, game or spreadsheet) using the AddLicense wrapping tool or programming API (application programming interface).

QuickLicense 8 is $595 for the standard edition or $995 for the pro edition on either Mac OS X or...

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Apr 08
Tension Software announces Private Contact 3.3 for OS X

Tension Software has announced Private Contact 3.3 for OS X. It’s an update of the app for managing an always-encrypted address books.

An Autolock feature has been added. Version 3.3 also offers better startup behavior (if no documents where left opened when you previously quit the app), better management of the toolbar at startup, and various bug fix and improvements.

Private Contact 3.3 requires Mac OS X Yosemite or El Capitan. It costs $4.99 and is available at the product website (http://tinyurl.com/zu28xob) and the Mac App Store (http://tinyurl.com/jsh96gu).

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Apr 08
BrowserHub for OS X gets a new name (BrowserFreedom) and a new...

Guilherme Rambo has introduced BrowserFreedom 1.1.2 for OS X. Due to trademark issues, the app is now rechristened from BrowserHub to BrowserFreedom.

The tool is designed to solve the problem of managing multiple web browsers on OS X. Along with the new name change, version 1.1 introduces bug fixes and a new feature called "URL expander,” which allows the user to copy the original URL from a shortened link.

BrowserFreedom requires OS X Yosemite or El Capitan. BrowserFreedom 1.1.2 is a free update for current users of BrowserHub. For new users, the app costs $9.99 USD and is available its official website () or through the Mac App Store (http://tinyurl.com/zl3ma3g).

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Apr 08
URL Extractor for Mac OS X revved to version 4.5

Tension Software has revved URL Extractor, its tool for extracting emails and other URL from the web and from local files, to version 4.5.

The tool can be used extract thousands of email addresses or other URLs, as example web addresses, in various modes. Version 4.5 adds a ew section with a list of pages obtained by automatic navigation and used to collect URLs and emails. It also adds a lack List section of sites not used for URL collection (with import/export) and an improved interface and usability.

URL Extractor 4.5 requires Mac OS X Yosemite or El Capitan. It costs $50 and is available at the Mac App Store (http://tinyurl.com/gursto3).

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Apr 08
Maintain serves up up Cocktail 9.2.4 (El Capitan Edition)

Maintain has served up Cocktail 9.2.4 (El Capitan Edition), a new edition of Cocktail for users running OS X El Capitan.

Cocktail is a general purpose utility for OS X that lets users clean, repair and optimize their Macs. The new version contains improvements on the "Clear applications caches" procedure and fixes compatibility issues with 1Password. It also adds compatibility with the latest versions of supported web browsers and resolves a number of other issues discovered in the previous release. Cocktail updates are now distributed over HTTPS (HTTP over SSL) for extra security.

Cocktail (Yosemite Edition) for OS X 10.10, Cocktail (Mavericks Edition) for OS X 10.9, Cocktail (Mountain Lion Edition) for OS X 10.8 and Cocktail (Lion Edition) for OS X 10.7 are available for download from the Maintain website (http://tinyurl.com/p5adypq).

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Apr 07
GarageBand for OS X upgraded to version 10.1.1

GarageBand 10.1.1 (https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/garageband/id682658836?mt=12&ign-mpt=uo%3D4) has been released for the Mac. The new version of the music creation software updates compatibility with GarageBand for iOS and Live Loops projects. Features include:

° Opens Music Memos projects’

° Supports Logic Remote for iPhone and iPad Pro;

° Adds over 2,600 new Apple Loops and sounds;

° Improved reliability when downloading additional content;

° Contains multiple enhancements to Accessibility.

GarageBand 10.1.1 for OS X (10.9 or later) is available at the Mac App Store. It’s a free update for registered users and $4.99 for new users.

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Apr 07
Twelve South unveils TimePorter for the Apple Watch

Twelve South has unveiled TimePorter (http://tinyurl.com/h9v5obs), a travel tote and portable charging stand for the Apple Watch.

Resembling a luxury eyeglass case, TimePorter is designed to hold your Apple Watch charging cable, extra Watch bands, USB chargers and more. The case incorporates the Apple Watch Charging Disc and converts into a travel charging and display stand.

It ships next month and costs $49.99. Outside, TimePorter is wrapped in black or white luxury leather. Custom hinges open to a full 180-degrees. A color-contrasting silicone plug covers and protects the charging port when not in use with the Charging Disk. A hidden magnetic closure keeps everything sealed and secure when traveling.

Inside, TimePorter presents a soft silicone-covered built-in storage structure that manages and coils the six-foot long Apple charging cable. With your charging cable inside TimePorter...

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Apr 07
XCOM 2 out now on the Mac App Store

XCOM 2, the critically-acclaimed turn-based strategy game and massive Steam hit, is now available from the Mac App Store (http://tinyurl.com/j5ns7wb). It costs $39.99 and requires Mac OS X 10.11 or higher.

Here’s how the game is described: “Earth has changed and is now under alien rule. Facing impossible odds you must rebuild XCOM, and ignite a global resistance to reclaim our world and save humanity.

“You must take command of the Avenger, an alien supply craft converted to XCOM’s mobile headquarters. Open-ended gameplay lets you decide where to guide your strike team, how to grow popular support, and when to combat enemy counter-operations.”

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Apr 07
Ogg unleashed on the Mac

Flexible Tales has debuted Ogg, a physics-based puzzle game for OS X. Players move and flip caveman clubs to alter the path of Ogg's wheel, rock, vegetable, fruit, and others so it reaches the bottom of the screen.

The puzzles take place over a wide range of illustrated environments. Ogg offers 150 levels with 15 worlds. It has a built-in hint system, complete with solutions.

Ogg requires OS X 10.9 or later. It costs $0.99 and is available worldwide through the Mac App Store (https://itunes.apple.com/app/ogg/id1056920785) in the Games category.

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