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Jul 19
PopChar for OS X adds support for Unicode 9.0

Ergonis Software has announced PopChar X 7.6, an improved version of the tool for finding and inserting special characters and exploring fonts.

With PopChar, thousands of special characters are only a few clicks away. Version 7.6 .6 supports Unicode 9.0, the most recent major update to the Unicode Standard. Unicode 9.0 adds 7,500 characters, for a total of 128,172 characters. PopChar X 7.6 also adds further improvements and enhancements and improves overall stability and compatibility with third-party applications like MS Word.

The software requires Mac OS X 10.6 or later. It can be purchased on the Ergonis Software website (www.ergonis.com) for US$29.99 for new users. The upgrade to PopChar X 7.3 is free for anyone who owns a license for PopChar X 7 or purchased a license for PopChar X 6 on or after March 1, 2014. Upgrade paths are available for customers who purchased their license before that date.

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Jul 19
Sound Control is new sound volume mixer for the Mac

Static Z Software has released Sound Control, a sound volume mixer for the Mac. It enables users to quickly change app volumes, as well as selectively apply a system-wide EQ to app audio.

Sound Control does this by adding a software mixer to the menu bar of your Mac. In addition to the volume mixer, Sound Control also adds a software EQ to your audio output allowing you to tailor the sound of your Mac's audio to their specific taste or to properly calibrate to the frequency response of their speakers.

A demo of Sound Control requires Mac OS X 10.9 or higher, and costs $9. A demo can be found at Static Z Software online (http://staticz.com/soundcontrol).

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Jul 19
App Wrapper 3.6 for OS X updates legacy frameworks

Ohanaware has released App Wrapper 3.6, an update to their App Store preparation tool. It was designed to simplify the process of preparing applications for submission to the Mac App Store and deploying on web sites.

Once configured App Wrapper can perform the following actions either at the click of a button or when an application is built within the Xojo development environment. Version 3.6 updates many legacy frameworks within the app.

App Wrapper requires OS X 10.9 or later and Xcode 6 or higher. Version 3.6 is macOS Sierra compatible. DMG code signing requires Mac OS X El Capitan 10.11.5 or newer. App Wrapper is available from the Ohanaware website (www.ohanaware.com). There are three pricing options starting at $49.99.

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Jul 18
Apple releases OS X 10.11.6, iOS 9.3.3, tvOS 9.2.2, watchOS 2.2.2

Apple has released finished (that is, non-beta) versions of OS X 10.11.6, iOS 9.3.3, tvOS 9.2.2, and watchOS 2.2.2. All are basically maintenance releases with bug fixes and performance tweaks.

You can grab OS X 10.11.6 at the Updates section of the Mac App Store. iOS 9.3.3 can be downloaded as an over-the-air update or via iTunes. watchOS 2.2.2 can be downloaded and installed through the Apple Watch app on an iPhone. tvOS can be downloaded through the System section of the Settings app on an Apple TV.

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Jul 18
New macOS, iOS, watchOS, and tvOS betas available for developers

Apple has released a plethora of new betas to developers for testing purposes. They include new betas of macOS Sierra, iOS 10, watchOS 3, and tvOS 10. They can downloaded from the Apple Developer Center.

Members of the public can also get in on the beta testing fun via Apple’s public beta program. Finished versions of macOS Sierra, iOS 10, watchOS 3, and tvOS 10 are slated for release this fall.

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Jul 18
Waves Audio ships Scheps Parallel Particles Plugin

Waves Audio (www.wavesaudio.com) is shipping the $59 Waves Scheps Parallel Particles plugin, part of the Waves Signature Series. It was created in collaboration with GRAMMY-winning producer/mixing engineer Andrew Scheps (Adele, Metallica, Jay Z, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Black Sabbath, Lana Del Rey). Features of the plugin include:

° Sub, a harmonic generator that creates lows and adds sub frequencies that were never there before;

° Air, which focuses on those elusive air frequencies and brings them to the forefront;

° Bite, which is designed to create sonic vitality and emotion;

° Thick, which adds solid body to the signal, evening out the lower mids and midrange, creating a feeling similar to that of a microphone being a little bit closer, or the room ambience being darker.  

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Jul 18
Excel 2016 Tips series available for Apple Numbers users

ExcelStories (http://www.excelstories.com) has announced Excel 2016 Tips, a set of multi-touch iBooks designed to help Numbers users to get up to speed in Microsoft Excel 2016.

Released through the Apple iBookStore, the new series consists of six short-video based iBooks recently published by ExcelStories covering six different areas of Excel features like basics, secrets you did't know about, favorite formulas, snazzy charts, mighty pivot tables, and how to record macros, according to the author Anders Nyby.

Each book in the series is a $4.99 download. There’s also a free starter book "Excel 2016 Tips - Learn" available. The Apple TV App "Tips for Excel - Mac Edition" is a $19.99 download on the App Store for the Apple TV.

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Jul 18
FontAgent for Mac OS X revved to version 7

Insider Software has announced FontAgent 7, an upgrade to its professional font manager for Mac OS X. The update sports a modern user interface with new and updated versions of its popular slide show, compare, glyph, waterfall, character set, paragraph, metadata and custom text viewers.

FontAgent 7 is available in a standalone edition and in a cloud-based sync subscription that shares fonts across users, machines and projects. Perpetual licenses for FontAgent 7 are also available for $99 per user.

FontAgent 6 users can purchase version 7 upgrades or opt for a FontAgent Sync subscription for $59. For more information about FontAgent 7 and Sync, visit Insider Software online (www.insidersoftware.com). Free 30-day trials are available for download.

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Jul 15
TunesKit DRM Media Converter for Mac now supports more output...

TunesKit Studio has released TunesKit DRM Converter for Mac 3.0.1, an update to their popular DRM removal solution for OS X (10.8 and higher).

With version 3.0.1, users can remove the DRM lock from iTunes videos while converting the protected M4V files to unprotected videos, including MP4, MOV, M4V, AVI, MKV, FLV, as well as MP3, M4A, AAC and other audio formats. The upgrade also sports a re-designed user interface.

A demo is available for download (http://tinyurl.com/kehukkh). Registration is $44.95.

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Jul 15
US Ignite forms Advanced Wireless Industry Consortium  

US Ignite, a non-profit organization “that fosters the creation of next-generation Internet applications that provide transformative public benefit,” has announced a new advanced wireless industry consortium (advancedwireless.org) to support the Platforms for Advanced Wireless Research (PAWR) program.

This partnership has been created to advance development of next generation wireless technologies and services, according to William Wallace, executive director of US Ignite. The program has the potential to result in up to 1000x improvement in throughput over current wireless networks, he adds.

This new consortium comes at a time when the federal government is also working to advance research and clear hurdles to advanced wireless technologies. Participating in the announcement of the consortium are: The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, the National Science Foundation, and the Federal Communications Commission, DARPA, NTIA, and NIST.
 
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Jul 15
24U releases 24U Phidgets Plug-In 2.0 for FileMaker Pro 15

24U Software (www.24usoftware.com)has released 24U Phidgets Plug-In version 2.0, an update to their hardware integration plug-in for FileMaker development.

This plug-in enables FileMaker Pro to interact with various Phidgets boards to let a database solution control physical devices and physical devices to control the solution. Version 2.0 brings 64-bit compatibility, the ability to control Phidgets over the network, and support for additional boards.

24U Phidgets Plug-In 2.0 requires OS X 10.8 or newer and and FileMaker Pro 12 or higher. It’s available for download free of charge as a fully functional, 14-day trial version, which can be activated after purchasing a license code. Licenses for 24U Phidgets Plug-In start at $79 per user, and volume discounts are available for 5 or more users.

Existing customers can upgrade to the new version at 50 % off the regular prices if placing order...

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Jul 14
StarTech ships USB-C Multifunction Adapter

StarTech has released its USB-C Multifunction Adapter (http://tinyurl.com/h2jrqpv), which is designed to enable mobile professionals to add crucial functionality to port-limited laptops such as Apple’s 12-inch MacBook.

According to the folks at StarTech, the adapter “can instantly turn a USB-C laptop into a convenient workstation, in the office or on the go.” Through a single USB Type-C connection, users can expand their laptop with HDMI and VGA output ports, a Gigabit Ethernet network port and a USB 3.0 port. The adapter is ideal for mobile professionals who work on their laptops in random locations such as hotels, airports, meeting rooms or in small office workspaces.
 
The USB-C Multifunction Adapter is bus-powered, so doesn’t require an additional power supply. It’s available at CDW, Amazon.com, Newegg.com, PC Connection, and Insight for $95.

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Jul 14
Ableton and Sonic Faction roll out Tricky Traps

Ableton and software instrument specialists Sonic Faction have teamed up for Tricky Traps, a new set of creative Max for Live devices. The collection of 16 quirky sequencers, instruments and MIDI effects blends experimentation with serious sounds.

Eight MIDI and audio contraptions offer ways of working with MIDI and modulations. The Pack also offers eight tweakable instruments.

There are also new options for Push owners. Sonic Faction has added custom controls that are new to the unit, like the multi-playhead and circular MIDI sequencers, and contraptions that trigger or step-sequence modulations from Push’s grid. Tricky Traps is available now on the Ableton website (http://tinyurl.com/h48gem2) for $59.

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Jul 14
Package Central for InDesign now supports Exchange email servers

Zevrix Solutions has announced Package Central 1.9.8, a maintenance update to its solution to automatically collect Adobe InDesign documents from watched hot folders.

The utility automatically packages InDesign files along with their fonts and links and offers customizable workflows, variable folder names, email notifications, preflighting and more. Version 1.9.8 lets users send automatic email notifications via Microsoft Exchange SMTP servers, and addresses several email processing issues.

Package Central can be purchased for $149.95 from the Zevrix website (www.zevrix.com). A demo is available for download. Package Central requires Mac OS X 10.6-10.11 and Adobe InDesign CS5-CC 2015.

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Jul 13
IEC formally adopts USB Type-C

The IEC (International Electrotechnical Commission) and USB Implementers Forum (USB-IF) has formally adopted the latest USB-IF specifications for high-speed data delivery and enhanced usages for device charging. In particular, the USB Type-C Cable and Connector, USB Power Delivery and USB 3.1 (SuperSpeed USB 10 Gbps) specifications. These specifications define a truly single-cable solution for audio/video, data and power delivery.

These standards are expected to advance global action on reducing e-waste and improving re-usability of power supplies with a range of electronic devices, said Frans Vreeswijk, General Secretary and CEO of the IEC. The IEC approach for ongoing standardization work in this space is driven by the ultimate goals of increasing external power supply re-usability, supporting consumer convenience, maintaining product reliability and safety, and providing for future technology innovations, he adds.

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Jul 13
AKVIS Refocus for OS X gets batch processing feature, more

AKVIS (www.akvis.com) has released AKVIS Refocus 6.0 for Mac OS X and Windows. The utility improves sharpness of out-of-focus images and adds blur effects to photos.

You can process the entire image or only selected parts. Version 6.0 offers a batch processing feature, a modernized user interface with support for Ultra HD displays, advanced print options, and other improvements.

On the Mac platform, AKVIS Refocus requires Mac OS X 10.6 or higher. The product is available as a standalone application and as a plugin filter for Adobe Photoshop and other image editors.

AKVIS Refocus, Home License, sells for $39. Version 6.0 is a free upgrade for those who bought or upgraded the software during the last 12 months. If your license isn’t valid for the latest version, you can get the new version for $14.95.

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Jul 13
Xoxo 2016 release 2 adds new features for iOS, web targets

Xojo, Inc. (www.xojo.com) has released Xojo 2016 Release 2, the latest version of the application development tool for making apps for OS X, Windows and Linux, web, iOS, and Raspberry Pi.

The upgrade adds new features for iOS and web, along with 150 improvements overall. In addition, it continues with HiDPI (Retina) support by adding HiDPI for web apps and dramatic improvements for Windows HiDPI. Xojo for iOS now has significantly improved support for tables.

Xojo 2016 Release 2 also makes it easier to create toolbars with an all-new visual toolbar editor and simplifies app deployment by removing the need for launch images. It costs $99 for a single desktop.

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Jul 12
CloudMounter allows you to mount cloud storages as local Mac...

Eltima has released CloudMounter for Mac OS X (http://tinyurl.com/h7zn3uy). It allows you to mount different cloud storages and web servers to your Mac as local disks. You can connect to Microsoft OneDrive, Google Drive, Amazon S3, Dropbox, FTP and WebDAV servers in Finder, as if they are located on your machine.

The main window of CloudMounter is basically a connections manager with corresponding buttons for each supported service and protocol. Just choose what you want to connect, enter your login credentials and enjoy managing your online files on a mounted drive in the Finder.

CloudMounter doesn’t store your login details. Access to cloud services is performed through their developers' API [application programming interface], and FTP\WebDAV passwords are securely kept in Mac OS X Keychain and sent directly to the servers via SSL-encrypted channels, according to the folks at Eltima.

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Jul 12
QuarkXPress 2016 Essential Training available from Lynda.com

Quark Software announced today the availability of new QuarkXPress 2016 online training from Lynda.com. QuarkXPress 2016 is the newest version of QuarkXPress, one of the original page layout applications for creative professionals.

In the new five hour and 44 minute video training series, expert Mike Rankin teaches the essential QuarkXPress skills needed to create professional publishing projects, both print and digital. The series features training on the QuarkXPress interface and preferences, and the basics of working with documents, master pages, layers, and items (the design elements of a QuarkXPress layout).

Rankin also covers how to import text, format it, and control alignment, leading, and spacing around paragraph and text boxes. There are chapters dedicated to tables, images, and interactivity, as well as the output and publishing options in QuarkXPress, including EPUB and HTML5.

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Jul 12
MacXDVD launches MacX MediaTrans

MacXDVD has released MacX MediaTrans (http://www.macxdvd.com/mediatrans/?pr), an iPad/iPhone content management solution for Mac OS X. It integrates with photo backup, music manager, video transfer and USB drive on demand and is designed to free up the space on an iPhone and iPad.

MacX MediaTrans supports two-way transfer between iOS devices and Macs. You can: create, delete and edit playlists; transfer video back and forth; back up photos; and even use an iDevice as a USB flash drive.

MacX MediaTrans requires Mac OS X 10.7 or above (including macOS Sierra), iOS 7 or above (including the latest iOS10), and iTunes 11.2 or above. It costs $29.95 for one Mac with a one-year free upgrade.

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Jul 12
Studiometry 12.6 for OS X adds file sharing, more

Studiometry and Studiometry Cloud for Mac OS X and Windows have been upgraded to version 12.6. You can now upload files to share with your team and access from Studiometry on any machine.

You can even let your clients submit files via the web using Forms, and they'll appear in Studiometry, automatically linked to the associated Client, Project, and Form. There’s no maximum storage capacity for your Studiometry Cloud File Sharing account. However, there is a per-file size limit, which is based on the add-on plan you select. The lowest level, Free, is included with all Studiometry Cloud accounts.

If you'd like to upload larger files, you can log in to your Studiometry Cloud account Admin page, click Manage Plan, and then select an upgraded File Sharing option for an additional fee.

Studiometry 12.6 is now available (http://tinyurl.com/zgfd5qm). If you have a previous version of...

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Jul 12
ADATA releases the AI910 Lightning Card Reader Plus

ADATA Technology’s (www.adata.com) AI910 Lightning Card Reader Plus features SD and Micro SD slots with support for up to 256GB capacity, it’s a “three-way” device, allowing users to backup, read, and share content across iOS, Android, and Windows.


The AI910 costs $37.99, carries Apple MFi certification, and has been designed to bridge the gap between platforms. Thanks to the inclusion of USB cables and tested compatibility, it works with iOS, Android, and Windows. Data transfer speeds through the Lightning connector to iOS devices are up to 30MB/s read and 20MB/s write. The three-way connectivity of the AI910 offers users a way to read and write data across the most popular operating systems and devices available, including smartphones, tablets, notebooks, and desktops. 


Available from the Apple App Store, i-Memory offers a simple but complete way to manage content and sharing. It also works with the AI910...

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Jul 11
Waves Audio ships Waves Electric 88 Piano

Waves Audio (www.waves.com) is shipping the $39 Waves Electric 88 piano, a plug-in and standalone virtual instrument. In creating the Electric 88 piano, Waves sampled a “road-worn” electric piano, carefully capturing the non-linearity of the individual keys.

Electric 88 gives you the tools to create a variety of diverse sounds. You can use the mix section to control the level of the internal mechanics, tines and key-up sound, or the Formant control to shift the samples upward or downwards for an interesting new dimension of tone and character. Also included are high-quality tremolo, autopan, phaser, chorus and reverb effects, as well as controls for boosting bass, mid and treble frequencies.

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Jul 11
Maclocks introduces the MacBook Lock

Maclocks has announced the Ledge MacBook Lock, which it says is the world's smallest security solution for the Apple laptop. With a single replacement screw, the MacBook is fully secured while completely protected from daily wear and tear, the company says.

Maclocks is now running a special $69.95 "Back to School" Ledge promotion (http://tinyurl.com/zf9lql5). The “MacBook Lock Bundle” includes a protective MacBook case for a full security solution. The "3 in 1 MacBook Ledge Kit" includes two Ledge Lock Slot Adapters (one for MacBook Air & one for MacBook Pro) and a Combination cable lock.

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Jul 11
MG announces the Novi, a Multi-Device Portable charging station

MG has launched its $285 Novi Portable Charging Station (http://www.mm-goi.com/). The new device utilizes LunaPulse technology to charge up to eight portable battery pods in 2.5 hours.

The Novi Portable Charging Station consists of the Novi Dock and portable Novi Pods. The Novi Dock is powered by an internal AC adapter with a removable 2-prong cable that can be retrofitted for use in any country. Each dock can hold up to eight pods. MG's LunaPulse Technology means that the Novi Dock charges each one of the Novi Pods on contact, without the need for any additional cables.

Charging is conducted at high speeds, and each portable battery fully charges a phone of the same batter size in only 1.5 hours. Once charged, each lightweight pod can be removed and taken anywhere consumers need to charge their mobile device.

Each Novi Pod houses a built in Lightning and Micro-USB charging cables. The Novi...

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