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May 25
X-Doria introduces Bump Gear Plus case for the iPhone

X-Doria is introducing the Bump Gear Plus case collection for the iPhone 6s, 6s Plus and SE. The Bump Gear Plus case collection was designed for slim-fitting protection with a style to match the elegant, minimalistic finish of the iPhone.

This new bumper case collection features a metal exterior design with an interior rubber lining. Volume and lock buttons are protected by machined metal button covers. The Bump Gear Plus for iPhone 6s/6s plus/SE is available now in silver, space gray, gold or rose gold for $29.99- $34.99 at XDorialife.com.

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May 25
PDF Decrypter Pro 1.0 for Mac OS X decryption of PDF files

Adeptshare has announced PDF Decrypter Pro 1.0 for Mac OS X. It’s a utility designed to instantly decrypt password protected PDF files.

Once decrypted, the PDF file can be edited, printed, and have text and graphics selected and copied into other documents. Users can also edit any annotations and form fields. The decrypted PDF file can be edited in any PDF editor. All versions of Adobe Acrobat are supported, but Acrobat isn’t required for its operation.

PDF Decrypter Pro offers easy drag and drop file selection — or users can select multiple files via the cleanly designed file selection interface. Once files have been selected for decryption, a click of the button immediately begins the decryption process. Users can track the decryption process, which is displayed in the Results Column.

PDF Decrypter Pro requires OS X 10.6.6 or later. It costs $29.99 and is available worldwide through the Mac App Store in the Utilities category. It is also available through...

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May 25
Apple updates firmware for its 802.11n AirPort Base Stations

Apple has released firmware 7.6.7 for all of its 802.11n AirPort Base Stations. This includes the AirPort Express, AirPort Extreme, and AirPort Time Capsule.

According to Apple's release notes, it improves stability and performance for its AirPort Base Stations. It also fixes an issue which may prevent communication between clients.

Apple has also released firmware 7.7.7 for the 802.11ac AirPort Extreme, and AirPort Time Capsule. The updates can be applied by using the AirPort Utility app on iOS or OS X.

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May 25
Virtual TimeClock for OS X ticks to version 16

Redcort Software (www.redcort.com) has rolled out Virtual TimeClock 16, an update to the timecard management app for Mac OS X.

The utility records the exact time as it occurs, removing any guessing or estimating of arrivals, departures, breaks and lunches. Version 16 helps companies eliminate unwanted overtime and reduce labor costs by ensuring that worker start, stop, and meal break times are properly observed, according to the folks at Redcort.

One time license pricing starts at $99 for the Basic Edition and $195 for Virtual TimeClock Pro. Annual software maintenance and support enrollment and discounted upgrade pricing is available upon request or online at the Redcort Software store.

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May 25
Output Factory for InDesign adds variable file name options

Zevrix Solutions has announced Output Factory 1.5.54, a feature update to its output automation solution for Adobe InDesign.

Output Factory automates printing, exporting and  preflighting from InDesign. The software offers batch processing, export as single pages, layer versioning and much more. The new version adds an option to ignore hidden layers when using the script label feature which lets users insert contents of selected text frames in InDesign document into variable output file names.

Output Factory 1.5.54 can be purchased from the Zevrix website (www.zevrix.com) for $169.95. There’s a “lite” version for $120, and a server $700. a demo is available for download. BatchOutput users can upgrade to Output Factory for $85. Output Factory requires Mac OS X 10.6-10.11 and Adobe InDesign CS3-CC 2015.

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May 24
olloclip partners with OtterBox to expand mobile universe

olloclip has announced a partnership with OtterBox to offer olloclip’s 4-in-1 Lens as a module compatible with the new OtterBox uniVERSE Case System (http://tinyurl.com/j879mzg).
 
This variation of olloclip’s 4-in-1 Lens for iPhone 6/6s & iPhone 6/6s Plus was built exclusively for and attaches over the top of the OtterBox uniVERSE Case System. It features four optic quick-change lenses (fisheye, wide-angle, macro 10x & 15x) that weigh in at less than an ounce.  Its pocket-sized, award-winning design works on both front and rear-facing camera and comes with two wearable pendants to keep the lenses instantly accessible, says Patrick O’Neill, founder of olloclip. 
 
olloclip’s 4-in-1 lens for iPhone 6/6s & iPhone 6/6s feature fisheye and wide-angle lenses. You access the Macro lenses by unscrewing the fisheye and wide-angle lenses to photograph close-ups and detail beyond...

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May 24
QuarkXPress 2016 offers Built-in HTML5 Publishing

Quark has released QuarkXPress 2016 (http://tinyurl.com/zj38wvk) the new version of the graphic design and page layout software. Among many new features, QuarkXPress 2016 brings designers the ability to create HTML5 publications within QuarkXPress that can be previewed locally and displayed on all modern desktop, tablet, and mobile browsers.

Called HTML5 Publications, the new feature frees users to create app-like Web experiences without needing to rely on or pay for digital publishing solutions. QuarkXPress 2016 is sold as a perpetual license, which means users can use the software as long as it remains compatible with supported operating systems. With HTML5 Publications designers can create their projects – such as ePapers, eMagazines, Webapps, and flipbooks – store them locally, and distribute when and how they choose using their own Webserver and domain.

QuarkXPress 2016 costs $849 for new...

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May 24
Parallels Access adds support for the iPad Pro

The latest version of Parallel Access adds a much-requested feature: support for the 12.9-inch iPad Pro. Parallels Access provides a way to control your desktop applications from a tablet or smartphone.

The new version (3.1) of Parallels Access still has the three resolution choices for
your mobile device: Best for your Device, More Space, and Same as Computer. However, now those choices make use of the full resolution of the iPad Pro.

Parallels Access 3.1 also adds support for 3D Touch on the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus. Not enough? There’s also:

° Support for the Apple Pencil with iPad Pro and other common styluses with all iPad and iPhone devices;

° Support for cursor movement using the on-screen keyboard as a trackpad;

° Support for Split View in iOS 9.

Parallels Access also enables you to access your remote computer(s) from any com
puter or device with a current web browser (HTML5); simply log in to your Parallels...

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May 24
RailModellers Pro for OS X adds tunnel sections and layer...

Isle of the Kakapo (http://www.isleofthekakapo.com/) has released RailModeller Pro 5.1, an update to their model railroad and slot car layout design solution for Mac OS X.

RailModeller Pro offers design tools that enable hobbyists to design model train and slot car track layouts via drag and drop. The app includes a library catalog covering over 200 track systems in all major model scales, allowing for custom designs of almost any layout a user can visualize.

Version 5.1 adds native support for tunnel sections, including the automatic creation of tunnel portals between plain and tunnel tracks. This is designed to make it easy to distinguish visible track sections from tracks running underground. The update also adds Layer-Defaults that optionally provide default values for elements newly inserted into a layer.

RailModeller Pro 5.1 is available for $39.99 exclusively through...

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May 23
New OS X, iOS, tvOS betas released

Apple has released new beta versions of OS X, iOS, and tvOS. They are, respectively, OS X 10.11.6, iOS 9.3.3., and tvOS 9.2.2.

All are available to registered developers via the Apple Developer Center. There’s no press info on what’s available in the upgrades.

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May 23
iMyfone Umate released, helps reclaim iOS device storage space

iMyfone has released iMyfone Umate. It’s a tool that cleans up Apple mobile devices (iPhones and iPads) to improve and speed up their performance.

It’s easy to fill up your iPhone or iPad with apps, photos, etc. Slow performance and hanging games could result. iMyfone Umate is designed to help iOS users rectify the situation.

It allows you to remove redundant junk files like crashed/temp/user storage files. iMyfone Umate also lets you delete the camera roll, Photo Stream items, and the photo library cache.

Both Mac OS X and Windows versions of iMyfone Umate are available. A demo is available for download (https://www.imyfone.com/iphone-space-saver-mac/). Registration is $19.95.

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May 23
Stunnix C/C++ Obfuscator revved to version 4.5

Stunnix C/C++ Obfuscator (http://stunnix.com/prod/cxxo/), a tool that allows developers to make C/C++ source code unreadable, has been revved to version 4.5. It works on Mac OS X, Linux and Windows systems.

Stunnix C/C++ Obfuscator supports any C/C++ compiler, has support for renaming of files and directories, and, as of version 4.5, correctly supports code that uses a C preprocessor. It also packs several tools for extracting API symbols that shouldn’t change the name. Pricing starts at $449 for a single developer edition, although a demo/evaluation version is available for free.

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May 23
Tension Software updates Mac Restart to version 2.0

Tension Software (www.tensionsoftware.com) has revved Mac Restart to version 2.0. The app is used for “soft” and “hard” restarts.

A soft restart is issued at the Finder level and quits all running apps before restarting the Mac. A hard restart is issued at the system level and offers a low level of probability of having the restart interrupted by an app refusing to quit.

Mac Restart 2.0 can be used as a status menu only app that’s always available from the menu. It also uses the latest Apple XPC technology to provide admin right actions.

Mac Restart 2.0 requires Mac OS X 10.10 or higher. it costs $12 and is available at the Tension Software website.

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May 20
FXpansion introduces Geist2 beat production system

FXpansion has launched Geist2 (http://tinyurl.com/jsakrgb), an update of its $199 sound-sculpting and beat production system with streamlined sample manipulation, arrangement, and modulation capabilities for intuitive and accelerated workflow.

It’s available for Mac OS X (10.9 or higher) and Windows (7 SP1 or higher), as 64-bit only AAX, 32- and 64-bit AU and VST — and as standalone versions. Geist2 is a step-sequencer and sample-based drum machine realized in software. It offers a way to build beats. Grooves and rhythms can be performed and programmed faster in version 2.

For slicing longer loops, the refined Slicer in the upgrade combined with up to 64 pads allows for fast, non-destructive chopping of beats with automatic pattern extraction. This makes it quicker to create custom loops. Existing Geist owners can upgrade to Geist2 for $99.

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May 19
Apple previews new Union Square store in San Francisco

Apple has revealed its new store on San Francisco’s Union Square, offering many new features and services rolling out to Apple retail stores worldwide. The new store will open its signature 42-foot tall sliding glass doors to customers on Saturday, May 21 at 10 a.m. 

“Fifteen years ago today Apple opened its first two stores and we’re thrilled to mark the occasion with the opening of Apple Union Square in San Francisco,” said Angela Ahrendts, Apple’s senior vice president of Retail and Online Stores. “We are not just evolving our store design, but its purpose and greater role in the community as we educate and entertain visitors and serve our network of local entrepreneurs." 

Apple Union Square’s glass doors open the store to Post Street and Union Square. The building’s position connects San Francisco’s most famous square to a rejuvenated plaza to the north, creating a gathering place for the community. The art-filled plaza offers seating, public Wi-Fi, a 50-foot tall...

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May 19
MACSpoof 1.0 designed to help change MAC address to network...

Tension Software (www.tensionsoftware.com) has released Mac MACSpoof, a Mac utility that allows the user to change the MAC address of the network interfaces of your Mac (Ethernet, Wi-Fi and so on) with any custom value.

The $4.99 utility displays a list of all the network interfaces of a Mac. By selecting one, the user is able to assign the value from one created at the moment or using a list of pre-defined values reusable over time.

The application uses XPC Apple technology for a safe escalation privilege to change the requested Mac address. It’s Apple Developer-signed and Gatekeeper enabled. Mac MACSpoof includes a PDF User guide; it requires OS X 10.10 or higher.

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May 19
Adobe Launches Spark visual storytelling apps

Adobe has served up Adobe Spark, an integrated web and mobile solution for creating and sharing visual stories. The free service — part of Creative Cloud — lets you create visual content that engages audiences across multiple channels and looks great on any device, says Bryan Lamkin, executive vice president and general manager, Digital Media at Adobe.

The Adobe Spark web app syncs with Spark Post, Spark Page and Spark Video iOS mobile apps, allowing users to create, edit and share their story from wherever they are. The integrated solution consists of:

° The Adobe Spark web app, a browser-based web experience for creating social posts and graphics, web stories and animated videos;

° Spark Post, an iOS mobile app that allows you to create social posts and graphics;

° Spark Page, an iOS mobile app that helps users create web stories;

° Spark Video, an iOS mobile app that enables users to create animated videos.

Adobe Spark is available for...

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May 19
Apple opens development office in Hyderabad, India

Apple has announced the opening of a new office in Hyderabad, India, that will focus on development of Maps for the Mac, iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch. This investment will accelerate Maps development and create up to 4,000 jobs.

“Apple is focused on making the best products and services in the world and we are thrilled to open this new office in Hyderabad which will focus on Maps development,” said Apple CEO Tim Cook. “The talent here in the local area is incredible and we are looking forward to expanding our relationships and introducing more universities and partners to our platforms as we scale our operations.”

Apple has been continually updating and adding new features to Maps, including 3D views, the Flyover feature and tools to help customers find places to shop, eat and explore nearby areas. With iOS 9 Apple added Transit, offering a combination of trains, subways, buses and walking, which is already available for more than 300 cities around the world.

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May 19
Mapdiva releases Artboard 2.0 on the Mac App Store

Mapdiva has announced Artboard 2.0 for the Mac. The drawing software allows you to create vector graphics, logos, icons and illustrations.

Artboard features a style generator and built-in library of over 1900 editable vector styles and clip art. as well as templates. Version 2 sports a new tabbed interface, smart shapes, a more powerful styles editor, and more.

To celebrate its launch, Artboard 2 is on sale through May for 40% ($29.99 instead of $49.99) directly from Mapdiva (https://www.mapdiva.com/artboard) and on the Mac App Store. A demo is also available from the Mapdiva website.

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May 18
Emojis for Apple Mail now available on MailButler

Feingeist Software has updated MailButler (https://www.feingeist.io/mailbutler), its personal assistant add-on for Apple Mail on the Mac.

With its various functions, it simplifies, optimizes and streamlines working with emails. Now users can include emojis into their emails. This can be done with just one click: the emojis button has been added right into the utility bar in the email window.

MailButler requires Mac OS X Yosemite or El Capitan. You can test MailButler as long as you want with the free plan for one user and a limited amount of use per month. You can upgrade (or downgrade) your plan whenever you want. There’s a pro version (one user, unlimited use) for about $6.80 per month and a corporate version (10 users, unlimited use) for approximately $5.35 per month.

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May 18
Youtubers Life comes out on Steam for the Mac

U-Play Online has announced Youtubers Life, a mixture of two genres, life sim and tycoon. It’s launching simultaneously for the Mac and Windows on Steam (http://store.steampowered.com/app/428690/).

The game is in “early access” (think beta). During this period, the game will just include the option of recording videos based on gaming —it reportedly takes more than 10 hours to finish the game— but four extra vertical channels will be added in the near future: music, fitness, cuisine and fashion.

Here’s how the game is described: “In Youtubers Life, you can effortfully become the world’s greatest youtuber in history by editing videos, expanding the amount of fans and turning yourself into a wealthy fellow. Create your character and start making your first broadcasts in the cozy room at your parents’ where you have grown up since you were little. Record gameplay...

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May 18
Note-Icy Apples launches ‘distraction killing’ tool for OS X

Note-Ify Apps has introduced UnDistracted 1.0 for Mac OS X. The app is designed to help solve the problem of distractions and procrastination when working at your Mac.

UnDistracted highlights the active application window and shades all other windows, hides Desktop icons, the Dock and Menu, and enables "Do Not Disturb" mode on Skype and in the whole system. It automatically shades and hides the windows of non-active applications, allowing you to completely immerse yourself in your work.

UnDistracted requires OS X 10.9 or later and costs $12. It’s available for download from Note-Ify Apps online (http://tinyurl.com/zzezc5e). A demo is also available.

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May 18
Tension Software releases Private Contact 3.3.1 for OS X

Tension Software (www.tensionsoftware.com) has updated Private Contact for Mac OS X to version 3.3.1.

It’s an app for managing an “always encrypted” address book. Version 3.3.1 is a maintenance update with some bug fixes and performance tweaks.

Private Contact requires Mac OS X 10.10 or higher. It costs $4.99 and is available at the Tension Software website and the Mac App Store.

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May 18
Apple announces new iOS App Design and Development Accelerator

Apple has announced a new initiative to support engineering talent and accelerate growth in India’s iOS developer community.

The company will establish a Design and Development Accelerator in Bengaluru, the home of India’s startup scene. Tens of thousands of developers in India make apps for iOS, and this initiative will provide additional, specialized support for them, says Apple CEO Tim Cook. Apple’s team will work to inspire and instruct developers on best practices, help them hone their skills and transform the design, quality and performance of their apps on the iOS platform, he adds.

Each week, Apple experts will lead briefings and provide one-on-one app reviews for developers. The facility will also provide support and guidance on Swift, Apple’s programming language created to build apps for iOS, Mac OS X, tvOS, and watchOS.

Bengaluru is now home to more technology startups than any other part of India. Over one million people in the city work in the...

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May 18
CS Odessa releases Scrum Workflow Solution for ConceptDraw Pro 10

CS Odessa (www.conceptdraw.com) has announceda new Scrum Workflow solution in ConceptDraw Solution Park.

The Scrum Workflow Solution for ConceptDraw Pro is designed to make it easy for anyone to build any professional Scrum diagram such as a Release burn-down chart, Release velocity chart, Sprint burn-down chart, or a Team velocity chart. The Scrum methodology breaks down the steps needed to reach the final goal by using short Sprints of 1-4 weeks.

The Scrum Workflow solution is priced at $25. ConceptDraw Office retails for $499 and can be purchased directly from CS Odessa or their resellers. The ConceptDraw Office suite is designed for knowledge workers, project managers, managers, and academics. ConceptDraw Office works with the latest versions of both Mac OS X and Microsoft Windows.

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