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Oct 01
Promise Technology debuts Thunderbolt 2 Storage Solutions at WFX...

At the Worship Facilities Conference & Expo (WFX), Promise Technology (www.promise.com) announced the availability of two new storage solutions for the growing number of houses of worship that are increasingly recording and editing live video streams to more widely broadcast worship services, sermons, and music -- often with multi-camera recordings being delivered live to several locations and branches, or streamed online. 

At WFX, the new Pegasus2 M4 SSD will be featured in demos for multi-camera environments and for high-performance live content delivery. Promise will demo the VTrak A3800 storage appliance with the new SANLink2 10G SFP+ and the VTrak G1100 NAS Gateway.

The Pegasus2 M4 SSD is a 2TB (four x 500GB SSDs) Thunderbolt 2 RAID storage device that fits in the palm of your hand and can be transported to remote locations. The Pegasus2 M4 SSD (picture) maximizes the bandwidth of Thunderbolt 2 at...

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Oct 01
IK Multimedia releases SampleTank 3 SE

IK Multimedia (www.ikmultimedia.com) has released SampleTank 3 SE, an introductory special edition of IK's flagship sound and groove workstation for Mac and PC systems.

Available as a standalone program or as bundled software with iRig KEYS, iRig Keys with Lightning, iRig Keys Pro, iRig MIDI 2, iRig Pads and iRig Pro, it gives users the freedom to experiment with the functional software along with 6.5GB library of 400 instruments, over 250 loops and 150 MIDI patterns that illustrate the sonic versatility of SampleTank 3.

SampleTank 3 SE offers 64-bit compatibility, a completely redesigned user interface, 55 high-quality effects, new loop and groove management and a retooled sample engine. It's available from the IK online store for US$99.99 or as a complementary bundled software download for users of iRig Keys, iRig Keys with Lightning, iRig Keys Pro, iRig MIDI 2, iRig Pads and iRig Pro.

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Oct 01
NI releases Komplete Kontrol S-series keyboards

Native Instruments (www.native-instruments.com) has released the Komplete Kontrol S-Series keyboards, and the latest generation of Komplete and Komplete Ultimate software bundles.

The S-Series keyboards and accompanying Komplete Kontrol software unite all Komplete Instruments under a single, unified playing experience. Komplete Kontrol S-Series debuts several industry innovations never before available in a hardware controller. The release also welcomes the next generation of Native Instruments’ acclaimed Komplete Instruments and Effects suites, including six brand-new instruments, as well as several new additions.

The prices of these bundles remain the same, increasing the saving to almost 90% over the cost of the instruments and effects when bought separately. Komplete Kontrol S-Series keyboards, Komplete 10, and Komplete 10 Ultimate are available now in stores and at the NI Online...

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Oct 01
QuartzCode is new code generator for Mac OS X

Wan Ahmad Lutfi has introduced QuartzCode (http://www.quartzcodeapp.com), a code generator tool for Mac OS X.

It's an animation tool that turns vector drawings and animation into Objective C code. With QuartzCode, developers and designers can create new or use existing assets and transform them into complex animations without writing code. Supporting Core Animation and UIView block-based code generation, QuartzCode is readable and can be modified in real-time.

It requires Mac OS X Mavericks or later. It's available at the Mac App Store in the Developer Tools category for US$79.99 for a limited time (it's normally $99)

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Oct 01
ChronoAgent ready for Yosemite

Econ Technologies (econtechnologies.com) has updated ChronoAgent for Mac to version 1.4.7, which is read for the upcoming Mac OS X Yosemite.

ChronoSync is an application that runs on a Mac that can synchronize, backup, and create bootable backups. ChronoAgent is a utility that runs on a destination Mac and communicates directly with ChronoSync running on another Mac. 

ChronoAgent replaces Apple File Sharing providing a direct connection with full access to the destination Mac. ChronoSync costs US$40 and ChronoAgent is $10; all existing ChronoSync and ChronoAgent users update for free.

ChronoSync runs on the source Mac and ChronoAgent runs on the destination Mac giving you a direct connection between two Macs. With ChronoSync on your Mac, you can synchronize, backup, and create bootable backups to anything you can connect to your Mac. ChronoAgent runs on a Mac and provides a direct connection to ChronoSync on another Mac or InterConneX on an iPhone or iPad....

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Oct 01
Candy Apple for Mac OS X sweetened to version 1.4

28bit Technologies (http://www.macappware.com) has served up an update to Candy Apple, a vector based graphic design and illustration app designed for Mac OS X.

Version 1.4's new features include adding support for finer width strokes; keyboard shortcuts for Zoom In, Zoom Out, Actual Size and Zoom to Fit; and quicker text creation. The upgrade also fixes a saved state bug that shows a saved file as unsaved.

Candy Apple is supported on Mac OS X 10.6 and higher (including OS X Mavericks). It's available exclusively at the Mac App Store and Macappware.com for a limited time, 50% discount of US$29.99.

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Oct 01
CS Odessa announces iPhone user iInterface Solution for...

CS Odessa (www.conceptdraw.com) has announced a new graphical user interface solution for ConceptDraw Pro, which is now available in ConceptDraw Solution Park.

The new User Interface Solution provides a toolset for developers and software product management professionals who use ConceptDraw Pro in their prototyping work. The new solution provides graphical user interface elements, ui patterns, and Apps icons that simplify user interface mockup for iOS applications.

The User Interface Solution has been added to ConceptDraw Pro at no charge. ConceptDraw Pro is compatible with Mac OS X and Microsoft Windows. It retails for US$199. Version 10 is now included in ConceptDraw Office 2, which retails for $499.

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Sep 30
Output Factory for InDesign gets maintenance upgrade

Zevrix Solutions (http://www.zevrix.com) has announced Output Factory 1.510, a maintenance update to its professional solution to automate output from Adobe InDesign.

Output Factory automates printing, exporting and post-processing from InDesign and offers batch output, variable file names, layer versioning, preflighting, detailed history and more. The new version improves handling of variable file names as well as web resources folders created during HTML export.

Output Factory supports printing as well as exporting to PDF, PostScript, EPS, Flash, INX, IDML, EPUB, INDD and several image formats. It costs US$169.95.

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Sep 30
PDFKey Pro for Mac OS X updated to version 4.0

Briksoftware has announced PDFKey Pro 4.0 (http://pdfkey.com) for OS X and Windows.

PDFKey Pro is a utility that locks and unlocks password-protected PDF documents. You can lock PDF files by creating perfect copies. Users may protect with either (or both), a viewing password and a password to restrict usage permissions and more.

PDFKey Pro requires Mac OS X 10.7 or higher It costs $24.99. A demo is available for download.

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Sep 30
VisionTek introduces USB charging hubs for Macs, PCs, iOS devices

VisionTek Products (http://www.visiontek.com) has announced its new line of high power USB charging hubs that enable charging up to seven Apple iPad, iPhone, Android and Windows tablets, and other USB chargeable mobile devices.

The US$19.99 VisionTek High Power USB Four Port Charging Hub features a built-in power adapter and eliminates the “wall wart” common with electronic devices. The $4999 VisionTek High Power USB Seven Port Charging Hub is designed for “road warriors” and traveling families for when power outlets are limited. It offers four 1 amp ports for charging media players and smartphones and three 2.4 amp ports for computers and smartphones that require higher amperage power charging.

The $54.99 VisionTek Charge & Sync USB 3.0 Seven Port Hub (pictured) adds four USB 3.0 ports with 5Gb/s (600MB/s) SuperSpeed data transfer connectivity and 900mA bus power to Macs and PCs with limited...

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Sep 30
Belkin announces Thunderbolt 2 Express Dock HD

Belkin (www.belkin.com) has introduced the Thunderbolt 2 Express Dock HD with cable, a docking solution for both Mac and PC computers.

Equipped with two Thunderbolt 2 ports, it allows users to take full advantage of Thunderbolt 2 technology’s high-speed 20Gbps bandwidth, and provides transfers between laptops and up to eight other devices using one single Thunderbolt cable. It sports eight ports including support for HDMI, USB 3.0, Gigabit Ethernet, audio and Thunderbolt 2.

The Thunderbolt 2 Express Dock HD supports up to eight devices connected directly to the dock, with support for up to four additional (five total) Thunderbolt devices through a daisy-chain setup. You can display a picture through either the HDMI or Thunderbolt 2 port at a resolution of up to 4K. The USB 3.0 ports open the ability to charge smartphones, tablets and other higher amperage devices, even when the host computer is asleep or not...

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Sep 30
iMazing is new iPhone manager Mac, PC

DigiDNA Sarl has released iMazing (http://imazing.com), iPhone management software for Mac and PC systems. Replacing DiskAid, it's compatible with the new iPhone 6 line and iOS 8.

The app adds iOS music transfer both ways and allows users to recover data. iMazing sports a clone feature designed to simplify the upgrade process to a new iPhone. In a couple of clicks all data, apps, contents and settings are transferred to any iOS device. As data is only being transferred locally, the data contained in backup remains on your computer.

iMazing adds iOS music transfer both ways. You can add music tracks to any iPhone by dragging the files to iMazing. iMazing also allows music tracks copy from any iOS device to any computer. It costs US$29.99 for a single-user license.

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Sep 30
MacWise is ready for OS X Yosemite

Carnation Software has released MacWise version 14.2.5, an update to its terminal emulation software for the Mac. The upgrade is compatible with the upcoming Mac OS X Yosemite.

MacWise (www.macwise.com) allows a Mac to be used as a terminal, connected to a host computer directly, by modem, local area network or over the Internet with telnet or ssh secure shell. The app emulates ADDS Viewpoint, Wyse 50, Wyse 60, Wyse 370, Televideo TV 925, DEC VT100, VT220 and Prism terminals.

MacWise works with Mac OS X 10.4 or higher. It costs US$95 per user. Upgrades to version 14 from previous versions are $59 per user.

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Sep 29
Apple posts OS X bash Update 1.0

Apple has released OS X bash Update 1.0 for Mac OS X Mavericks.

This update fixes a security flaw in the bash UNIX shell. For more information on the security content of this update, go tohttp://bit.ly/1vqWdf7 .

The security flaw, known in the media as "Shellshock," was discovered last week. Uncovered by security researchers, the exploit in the bash command shell in OS X and Linux could be used to deploy malicious code.

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Sep 29
Performance Probe for Mac OS X revved to version 2.0

 Software and Computer System Company (http://www.scsc-online.com) has released Performance Probe 2.0 for Mac OS X. It's an upgrade of the operating system tool that allows a user to monitor the current effective loading of their systems. Version 2.0 includes a new heads-up display that can perform loading measurements, dynamically graph drive and network activity, and provide quick snapshots of the systems highest CPU and memory consumers.

There are three indicators on Performance Probe that correspond to I/O, memory, and CPU effectiveness. The displays show, for all practical purposes, the effective computing power that a user may have at a given instant.

The price for the standalone version of Performance Probe is US$14.95. The tool is now a standard part of both the Scannerz with FSE and Scannerz with FSE-Lite packages. Version 2.0 is a free upgrade for registered users.

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Sep 26
Viking Saga: New World released for the Mac

Realore (http://realore.com) has released the second installment of its resource-management series Viking Saga on the Mac.

Viking Saga: New World follows up the events that took place in the first game. Prosperous kingdom of Viking King Ingolf is in grave danger because of the horrible plague. The game features a variety of level goals and several mini-games to freshen-up the resource-management aspect of the game.

Viking Saga: New World requires Mac OS X OS X 10.7 or later. It's free and is available worldwide exclusively through the Mac App Store in the Games category.

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Sep 26
Apple posts iOS 8.0.2

Apple has released iOS 8.0.2, an update designed to fix glitches with iOS 8.0.1. According to Apple, iOS 8.0.2:

° Fixes an issue in iOS 8.0.1 that impacted cellular network connectivity and Touch ID on iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.

° Fixes a bug so HealthKit apps can now be made available on the App Store.

° Addresses an issue where 3rd party keyboards could become deselected when a user enters their passcode.

° Fixes an issue that prevented some apps from accessing photos from the Photo Library.

° Improves the reliability of the Reachability feature on iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.

° Fixes an issue that could cause unexpected cellular data usage when receiving SMS/MMS messages.

° Better support of Ask To Buy for Family Sharing for & Purchases.

° Fixes an issue where ringtones were sometimes not restored from iCloud backups.

° Fixes a bug that prevented uploading photos and videos from Safari

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Sep 26
Remotix for Mac OS X ready for the upcoming Yosemite release

Nulana LTD has released Remotix 3.0, an update of the remote desktop application for Mac OS X. The upgrade features a new interface optimized for OS X Yosemite and Remotix Cloud technology to access computers from anywhere with zero configuration.

Remotix with support for both VNC and RDP provides remote access to Mac OS X, Windows, Linux and doesn't require any additional software installed. Nearby Macs and PCs can be found with network scanners and automatic Bonjour server discovery. Remotix keeps the clipboard in sync across computers.

Remotix 3.0 for Mac costs US$39.99 and is available for purchase on the Mac App Store and Nulana's website (www.nulana.com). The update is free for current users.

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Sep 26
Chronos updates PrintLife for Mac OS X to version 2

Chronos has updated PrintLife, a tool for managing print projects on a Mac, to version 2.

It adds: the ability to create a different design for each label on a page; the ability to create multiple pages of different labels; the ability to copy/paste entire label designs on a page or between pages, 10 new types of labels, 79 templates for new label types; support for new Avery greeting card/envelope stocks; 12 templates for new Avery greeting card/envelope stocks; and much more.

PrintLife has a project for just about every occasion including greeting cards, collages, labels, letterhead, gift tags, contact summaries, certificates, photo pages, CD labels, raffle tickets, fax covers, activity lists, flyers, jewel cases, file folder tabs, invoices, activity summaries, invitations, posters, envelopes, name badges, and contact lists. It requires Mac OS X 10.9 or later.

PrintLife 2 costs US$49.99 and is available directly from Chronos (...

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Sep 25
Aquafadas has announced a new HTML5 web reader format

Aquafadas is now offering publishers the ability to create HTML5 WebReader content by adopting the alternative to Flash. The newest version complements the previous Flash WebReader.

An HTML5 WebReader targets users on other platforms such as Windows PCs and mobile devices, Mac desktop systems and any other device with a web browser. HTML5 makes the content SEO- friendly and easy to optimize for search engines like Google and Bing, according to the folks at Aquafadas.

Publishers can export their publication as a WebReader using an Adobe InDesign plugin and embed it on a website. Publications can be exported to every platform in multiple formats, including ePUB files for eReaders, AVE files for creating native tablet and smartphone apps and now, HTML5 WebReader for browsers.

Go to the Aquafadas website (www.aquafadas.com) for more info.

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Sep 25
Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance comes to the Mac

TransGaming Inc. in partnership with Konami Digital Entertainment, has announced that METAL GEAR will make its debut on the Mac platform, as METAL GEAR RISING: REVENGEANCE is now available for Mac.
 
Here's how the game is described: "METAL GEAR RISING: REVENGEANCE, originally developed by Kojima Productions and Platinum Games, expands the METAL GEAR franchise into exciting new territory with its frenetic action experience. The game seamlessly melds pure action and cinematic storytelling that surrounds Raiden, a child soldier transformed into a half-human, half-cyborg ninja, who uses his high-frequency katana blade to cut through anything that stands in his vengeful path."
 
METAL GEAR RISING: REVENGEANCE is rated "M" for Mature by the ESRB and is now available on the Mac App Store at a retail price of US$29.99. As a promotional launch special offer, gamers will receive a $5 discount available for five days only, expiring on Sept. 30. The game is also...

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Sep 25
Better Finder Rename 9.40 overhauls MP3/AAC/FLAC renaming...

Publicspace.net (http://www.publicspace.net/) has released A Better Finder Rename 9.40, an update of the renaming solution for the Mac. The new release allows users to compose their own music renaming conventions by dragging and dropping tokens from the tag library.

A Better Finder Rename costs US$19.95 and requires Mac OS X 10.7 or higher. Business, family and enterprise licensing is also available. Customers may chose to include a "forever upgrade" with their purchase. The product is also available on the Mac App Store under the name "Better Rename 9."

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Sep 24
Apple releases iOS 8.0.1 -- but beware

Apple has released iOS 8.0.1, an update that brings several bug fixes to iOS 8, which was released last week. However, you need to be careful if you upgrade.

The upgrade fixes an issue with HealthKit that prevented apps that support HealthKit from being allowed in the Apple App Store. According to Apple, iOS 8.0.1 also:

° Addresses an issue where 3rd party keyboards could become deselected when a user enters their passcode;

° Fixes an issue that prevented some apps from accessing photos from the Photo Library;

° Improves the reliability of the Reachability feature on the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus;

° Fixes an issue that could cause unexpected cellular data usage when receiving SMS/MMS messages;

° Better support of Ask To Buy for Family Sharing for In-App Purchases;

° Fixes an issue where ringtones were sometimes not restored from iCloud backups;

° Fixes a bug that prevented uploading photos and videos from Safari.

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Sep 24
4talk increases shared file size limits up to 1GB

4talk (http://bit.ly/1tYXYjo), a cloud communication platform that enables users to interact and share files while syncing them between devices, has increased shared file size limits up to 1GB.

The improvement is currently available on Mac OS X and Windows platforms. However, the folks at 4talk say they're working on support for mobile platforms.

"There are tons of file sharing services and by all means you can share files in messengers, but there are so many problems," says 4talk CEO Sergey Kravtsov. "You have file size limits or you cannot send some kind of files. Plus, if you send it with some service, you cannot get your file on other platforms and devices. We have thrown all these limits out of the window; our users have the right to send big files and have them stored in the cloud."

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Sep 24
ChronoSync Express released on the Mac App Store

Econ Technologies (www.econtechnologies.com) has introduced ChronoSync Express 1.0, the Mac App Store version of ChronoSync, the synchronization and backup utility for Mac OS X (10.8 or higher). It costs US$29.99 and is available in the Utilities category.

ChronoSync Express can synchronize or backup to most anything you can connect to your Mac, including folders on your Mac, other Macs, PC's, and external drives. You can schedule or manually run your syncs or backups, and even run trial synchronizations to see what will happen before it happens. You can even sync to iPhones or iPads using the combination of ChronoSync Express and InterConneX.

ChronoSync Express is fully compatible with ChronoAgent, so you can gain full access to all files and folders stored on remote computers. You can backup your data to a ChronoAgent equipped server or configure ChronoSync Express to function as its own...

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