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Jun 03
Apple releases iTunes 12.4.1

Apple has released iTunes 12.4.1 for Mac OS X. It fixes, among other things, compatibility issues with the OS X VoiceOver accessibility feature. You can obtain the new version via the UpDates tab of the Mac App Store.

According to Apple, iTunes 12.4.1 also: restores the option to Reset Plays, fixes an issue in which Up Next may have unexpectedly played songs added together in the incorrect order, and resolved an issue in which iTunes was prevented from crossfading between songs.

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Jun 03
Troi Automatisering releases Troi Serial Plug-in 4.5 for...

Troi Automatisering has released Troi Serial Plug-in 4.5 for FileMaker Pro 15. It gives FileMaker Pro users access to external devices with a serial interface.

Troi Serial Plug-in 4.5 has been made compatible with FileMaker 15. It also adds other new functionality features.

A fully functional demo version of Troi Serial Plug-in 4.5 is available for downloading at Troi's website (http://www.troi.com/software/serialplugin.html). it works with FileMaker Pro 12, 13, 14 and 15. The plug-in can also be used with runtimes created by FileMaker Pro Advanced 12 to 15. The plug-in is available for Mac OS X 10.6 or higher and for Windows 7, 8, 8.1 and 10. A cross platform developer license costs $999. Details can be found on our web site. You can order licenses from our web site.

Troi Serial Plug-in 4.5 also works with FileMaker Server 12, 13, 14 and 15 as a...

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Jun 02
Apple releases iOS 9.3.2 for the 9.7-inch iPad Pro

Apple has released iOS 9.3.2 for the 9.7-inch iPad Pro. It addresses an issue with bugs that "bricked" some tablets when users attempted to update them.

iOS 9.3.2 can be downloaded via the Software Update component of the iOS Settings app — or with iTunes on a Mac or PC. Builds are available for both the Wi-Fi-only 9.7-inch iPad Pro, and the LTE-capable model.

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Jun 02
BookMacster, Synkmark, Markster 2.2 now make bookmarks secure...

Sheep Systems (www.sheepsystems.com) has published version 2.2 of its bookmarks management applications: BookMacster, Synkmark and Markster.

Version 2.2 adds three new features for power users to maintain their bookmarks, including Upgrade Insecure Bookmarks, Remove URL Cruft, and Find/Replace Text. Also, this version will be needed for users to continue syncing with Firefox 47, which Mozilla has slated to roll out on June 7.

BookMacster, Synkmark and Markster Version 2.2 require OS X 10.10 or later. BookMacster, priced at $22.95, is the do-it-all application for web browser bookmarks management in OS X. Synkmark and Markster, each priced at $16.95, are simplified builds of BookMacster which are each focused on one specific use case. They thus offer simpler configuration for non-power users. Synkmark is focused on syncing among Safari, Firefox and Google Chrome. Markster is focused on direct...

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Jun 02
Excel Software adds enhancements to MacA&D

Excel Software (www.excelsoftware.com) has added enhancements to MacA&D for requirements management and software design. The companion MacTranslator tool generates design models from source code for procedural, object-oriented and SQL languages.  

Both tools are now Cocoa applications that add design, code generation and reengineering features for the Apple Swift programming language. acA&D 5 supports flow charts, the full 14-diagram UML 2.2 notation for object-oriented design, structured analysis and design, data models, Business Process Models (BPMN 2.0), screen prototypes, system models with simulation and real-time, multi-task design.  The integrated environment includes data dictionary, requirements management, code generation, reengineering, design namespaces and scriptable reports.

MacA&D includes model editors for process, data, class, state, screen, structure, object and task...

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Jun 01
SMTPit Pro 5.0.1 released withFMP 15 function search/description...

Comm-Unity Networking Systems has announced SMTPit Pro 5.0.1, which has been updated to the latest FileMake Plug-in SDK [software development kit], bringing calculation type-ahead and tool-tip description support, among other things.

This version also includes a few bug fixes reported since the last release. SMTPit Pro is available immediately at http://www.smtpitpro.com/ for both Mac OS X and Windows.

Prices range from a 1-User License for $65 to a World License for $,1095 (which includes a free Server License). A Server License of SMTPit Pro for use with FileMaker Pro Server/Server Advanced is $595. A Developer's License of SMTPit Pro is $1,295. For more pricing information and information about educational/non-profit institutions please see our online store at http://www.cnsplug-ins.com/store/

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Jun 01
StarTech debuts Thunderbolt 3 to Thunderbolt adapter

StarTech.com has announced that it says is the first Thunderbolt 3 to Thunderbolt Adapter on the market, which bridges new Thunderbolt 3 computers to Thunderbolt and Thunderbolt 2 peripheral devices. This gives users the ability to connect their Thunderbolt 3 computers to the ecosystem of Thunderbolt and Thunderbolt 2 devices.
 
Thunderbolt 3 technology is different from previous Thunderbolt technologies because it uses the new USB-C connector to combine and deliver power, display and connectivity signals in a single connection. Thunderbolt 3 technology offers transfer speeds of up to 40Gbps, dual 4K display support, power and charging up to 100W, and support for both DisplayPort and PCI Express protocols.

With the new StarTech.com adapter users can connect their existing Thunderbolt and Thunderbolt 2 devices to the Thunderbolt 3 USB-C port on their computer. The Thunderbolt 3 to Thunderbolt Adapter is available at CDW, Amazon.com, Newegg.com, PC Connection, and...

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Jun 01
Akitio announces 4-Bay Thunderbolt 3 storage device

Akitio has announced the $429.99 Akitio Thunder3 Quad (http://tinyurl.com/hlt8m3v), which the company says is the industry’s first 4-bay, Thunderbolt 3 storage device. It offers fast transfers with the added flexibility of a DisplayPort video output in a form factor small enough for a desktop.

The Thunder3 Quad can deliver transfer speeds of up to 1375 MB/s while simultaneously providing two 4K video streams to connected displays. It’s designed for consumers and professionals who desire high speed external storage and/or video streams in one connection, according to Akitio.

The Thunder3 Quad 4-bay enclosure features two Thunderbolt 3 Ports and a DisplayPort video output to connect to the latest 4K 60Hz displays. The second Thunderbolt 3 port on the Thunder3 Quad operates the same as a Thunderbolt 3 computer port by supporting Thunderbolt 3 (up to 5 daisy chained), USB 3.1 (10Gb/s), and...

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Jun 01
Press invites sent out for WWDC keynote

Apple has announced to members of the press that its Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC) keynote will take place on June 13 at 10 a.m. (Pacific) at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco.

WWDC 2016 runs June 13-17 and will spotlight the future of OS X, iOS, watchOS, and tvOS. According to Apple, the Keynote and State of the Union “promise exciting reveals, providing inspiration and new opportunities to continue creating the most innovative apps in the world.” The most remarkable developers of the year will be honored at the Apple Design Awards. Go to https://developer.apple.com/wwdc/schedule/ for more info.

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Jun 01
Tension Software announces Menu Calendar 1.0 for OS X

Tension Software has introduced Menu Calendar 1.0 for Mac OS X. The tool makes a small calendar available under the menu bar in any running app.

Clicking Menu Calendar’s icon under the menu bar not only shows a small standard calendar that you can use to navigate inside any month, it also makes available a small area under the calendar for date calculation. You can add (or subtract) days, months, years and the app will instantly show the resulting day.

You can also optionally select from the menu to have Menu Calendar launched any time you log in to your Mac.

The app requires Mac OS X 10.10 or higher. It costs $1.99 and is available at the Mac App Store and the Tension Software website (www.tensionsoftware.com).

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Jun 01
New ConceptDraw AWS Architecture Diagrams Solution debuts

CS Odessa’s (www.conceptdraw.com) newest addition to ConceptDraw Solution Park, “AWS Architecture Diagrams” updates the previous release with new libraries, samples, and templates.

This collection of library objects, templates, and example drawings for ConceptDraw Pro is designed to make short work of describing any business’ cloud implementation with an updated set of graphic elements. The “AWS Architecture Diagrams” solution is available at no charge to users of ConceptDraw Pro 10 and ConceptDraw Office 3, via Solution Park. ConceptDraw Pro and ConceptDraw Office support the latest versions of both OS X and Microsoft Windows.

ConceptDraw PRO can open and save documents that can be used by Visio users. It’s supported by the business solutions located in ConceptDraw Solution Park, and retails for $199 per end user license.

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Jun 01
Records 1.2 for Mac adds French, Spanish and stability fixes

The Records Team has released Records 1.2 for Mac, an update to their personal database application for OS X.

It allows anyone to collect and organize their information, from favorite movies, to customer invoices, to home inventory, and more. Version 1.2 introduces French and Spanish localizations, as well as stability fixes.

Records requires OS X 10.10 Yosemite or later. It costs $34.99 and is available worldwide through the Mac App Store in the Business category and through the Records Team website (http://records.team).

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May 31
AKVIS SmartMask 8.0 adds support for Ultra HD

AKVIS has released AKVIS SmartMask 8.0, an update to the software for cutting out a subject from a background.

It’s available as a Photoshop compatible plug-in and a standalone application for Mac OS X (10.7 and higher). Version 8.0 brings support for Ultra HD 4K and 5K monitors and other improvements.

AKVIS SmartMask, Home license, sells for $69. One license key allows activating and using the software on two computers. Consult the official website (http://tinyurl.com/j9pb63q) for more details about license types and prices of the software. Version 8.0 is a free upgrade for everyone who bought the product in the last 12 months. Users, whose license is older and is not valid for the new version, can get SmartMask 8.0 for $14.95.

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May 31
Alien Hunters, the second DLC pack for XCOM 2, is out now

Alien Hunters (http://tinyurl.com/zp6l83z), the second DLC pack for XCOM 2, is out now. Available to buy separately, or as part of the Reinforcement Pack, Alien Hunters DLC features a narrative-driven mission, new weapons and armor, a new Hunter’s Lodge facility in the Avenger, plus three new “Ruler” alien units to combat.

Ruler aliens will show up at random during a campaign and they are highly intelligent: each has its own unique behavior and tactics. If you can’t take out a Ruler quick enough, it will escape to fight another day.

There are four new weapons: the Bolt Caster, a high damage single-shot weapon; the Hunter’s Axe, a powerful blade weapon that can be thrown at enemies or used to dispatch foes at close range; the Frost Bomb grenade, which can temporarily freeze targets; and the ShadowKeeper pistol, which grants its user the Shadowfall ability, an ability that guarantees a hit and...

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May 31
Softpress releases Exhibeo 2 for OS X

Softpress has released Exhibeo 2, an update to their photo gallery and slideshow creation tool for the Mac.

Designed exclusively for OS X Yosemite and El Capitan, Exhibeo 2 allows web designers and creatives to quickly and easily generate HTML5 image presentations using a range of beautifully designed and highly customizable themes. Its features include seven customizable gallery designs, fine control while editing images and thumbnails, image metadata, and more.

Version 2’s features include seven customizable gallery designs; even greater control while editing images and thumbnails; a new "metadata view" for adding image metadata; simplified output code for embedding galleries in websites; and much more.

Exhibeo 2 is available to buy on the SoftPress App Store (https://www.softpress.com/exhibeo/) for $30.

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May 31
Vernissage is new vector-based tool for OS X El Capitan

min:60 has launched Vernissage 1.0 (http://vernissageapp.com). It’s a vector-based tool for Mac OS X 10.11 and higher.

It’s design to make it easy for anyone to create great looking app presentations and App Store presentations. Results can be instantly shared, added to documents, presentations or printed. The vector engine makes it possible to create PDF documents with infinite scaling or export to images of any resolution. The app also includes a Macintosh 128k (circa 1984) device.

Vernissage 1.0.0 is available at the Mac App Store for free in the Developer Tools category. The free version lets you explore base functionality, but excludes features which you can find via in-app purchases.

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May 31
Softpress introduces Chroma for Mac

Softpress has introduced Chroma for Mac (https://www.softpress.com/chroma/). The $10 (for a limited time) app generates “well-balanced and complementary color palettes” from images.

Designed exclusively for OS X Yosemite and El Capitan, it emulates the way the human eye perceives color to create natural looking palettes. Individual colors from palettes can be copied or dragged in various formats, or entire palettes can be exported and integrated with most major design applications and the built-in system color picker.

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May 30
MacTech, MacNews celebrate Memorial Day

MacTech and MacNews will be “closed” today to celebrate Memorial Day, federal holiday in the United States for remembering the people who died while serving in the country's armed forces. Have a wonderful, safe holiday.

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May 27
Fox Pro 5.0 for OS X gets new interface, more

Eltima Software has announced Folx Pro 5.0, an update to their download manager for Mac OS X.

It provides download management, smart files organization, and more. Version 5.0 offers a new interface design, supported by reworked features and new options. Downloading from websites requiring authentication has gotten easier with a password manager. Also, the new Folx Smart Speed Adjustment feature became even smarter and more flexible, according to the folks at Eltima.

Folx Pro costs $19.99. It can be downloaded from the developer's website (http://tinyurl.com/6xvuae). All registered users of Folx 4.0 Pro can upgrade to the latest version at a 50% discount.

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May 27
AppDelete Lite for OS X revved to version 4.0.5

Reggie Ashworth (www.reggieashworth.com) has announced AppDelete Lite 4.0.5, an update to his Mac application deletion utility available at the Mac App Store. The new version is a maintenance upgrade.

Via drag and drop, AppDelete Lite will uninstall anything along with all of the associated items. With it you don’t have to hunt through your system to find and delete these items manually.

AppDelete Lite 4.0.5 costs $3.99 at the Mac App Store. AppDelete Lite users to upgrade to AppDelete for an additional $3.99, but only via the AppDelete/AppDelete Lite website.

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May 26
Markzware’s Q2ID adds QuarkXPress 2016 support

Markzware (www.markzware.com) has announced a version version of Q2ID. The Adobe InDesign plug-in now has QuarkXPress 2016 (also known as QXP v12) support. Q2ID is available for Mac and Windows platforms for InDesign CC 2015, 2014, CC, CS6, CS5.5 and CS5.

Q2ID (Quark to InDesign) is an InDesign plugin that allows you to convert QuarkXPress documents to Adobe InDesign. You can open QuarkXPress files within a new InDesign (INDD) document, without rebuilding the QXP document from scratch. File conversion with Q2ID gives you a way to import QuarkXPress content into InDesign, allowing the workflow to move forward.

Q2ID Subscription members can download the new version as part of their annual plan. For more information on system requirements and pricing, please visit the Q2ID page (http://tinyurl.com/juexkuz).

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May 26
Allegorithmic integrates Substance Engine into Houdini 15

Allegorithmic has integrated Substance Engine into Houdini 15. VFX artists can now import, visualize and tweak materials with the same freedom AAA game developers have enjoyed for years.

By employing the same nodal system as Houdini, Substance Engine arrives in a format Houdini artists already understand. Materials can be created, customized and applied to any Houdini asset, including characters and environments. When finished, assets can be exported to the Unity game engine or sent to Mantra, Arnold or RenderMan (with a simple script) for a final render.

Using Houdini Expressions, variables can be attached to Substances, making the process of manipulating textures even more fluid for animated sequences. These expressions can also help artists produce thousands of randomized objects quickly, with all the scale and realism VFX requires, says Sébastien Deguy, founder and CEO of Allegorithmic.

The Substance Engine integration is free, compatible with Houdini 15.5...

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May 26
GraphicConverter 10 Adds Face Recognition, Live Photo, more

Lemke Software has rolled out GraphicConverter 10, an update to its image utility for OS X that offers the ability to convert over 200 different file formats into any of 80 graphic formats. The upgrade brings a number of new features, including face recognition, collage creation, custom brushes, and the ability to work with Apple's new Live Photos file format.

GraphicConverter 10 requires Mac OS X 10.9 or later. It’s available for $25.95 until June 30 at the Mac App Store in the Graphics and Design category. It can also be directly purchased online from the Lemkesoft website (http://www.lemkesoft.com) for $39.95. Users of the current version of GraphicConverter can upgrade at the Lemkesoft website for $25.95.

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May 26
Pixelmator Team releases a major update for Pixelmator for Mac

The Pixelmator Team has announces Pixelmator 3.5 Canyon, a major update to its image editor for Mac OS X.

The app allows you to create, edit, and enhance your images, letting you work seamlessly between a Mac and iPad. Version 3.5 brings a Quick Selection Tool, a Magnetic Selection Tool that automatically snaps to object edges, a Pixelmator Retouch extension for the Photos app, and more.

Pixelmator 3.5 Canyon requires Mac OS X 10.9.5 or later and costs $29.99. It’s available worldwide through the Mac App Store in the Graphics & Design category. It’s a free upgrade to all existing customers who purchased the app from the Mac App Store. More information and a free 30-day trial can be found at Pixelmator online (http://www.pixelmator.com).

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May 26
Malwarebytes EDR platform adds Mac support

Malwarebytes has introduced Malwarebytes Breach Remediation for Mac and new forensics capabilities as part of its Malwarebytes Breach Remediation platform. This Malwarebytes endpoint detection and response (EDR) solution hunts for and is designed to remove advanced threats from Mac OS X and Windows endpoints.

Malwarebytes Breach Remediation is an EDR solution that detects and removes infections and related artifacts simultaneously across all endpoints on a network. Malwarebytes Breach Remediation scans network endpoints looking for suspicious files or anomalies and, when found, pieces together the threat traces and automatically remediates compromised systems. This approach to breach remediation is designed to help eliminate the possibility of new cyber attacks or lateral movements that capitalize on leftover malware traces.

Although Macs have faced nuisance apps like adware and PUPS for years, new threats are materializing, including ransomware (e.g., KeRanger)....

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