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Mar 02
BatchOutput for Microsoft Excel update improves Workbook PDF...

Zevrix Solutions has announced BatchOutput XLS 2.3.6, a maintenance update to its output automation solution for Microsoft Excel on Mac OS.

In addition to batch printing and PDF conversion, the software lets users carry out automated professional PDF production directly from Excel and repurpose Excel spreadsheets for web and mobile devices. The new version ensures that the scaling and orientation settings are applied to all sheets when printing or exporting an entire workbook to PDF.

BatchOutput XLS can be purchased for $39.95 from the Zevrix website (www.zevrix.com), as well as from authorized resellers, Mac App Store and MacUpdate. A demo is available for download. BatchOutput XLS requires Mac OS X 10.6-10.11 and Microsoft Excel 2008, 2011 or 2016.

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Mar 02
FmPro Migrator Platinum Edition gets support for LiveCode 8...

.com Solutions has released FmPro Migrator Platinum Edition 7.81 (http://tinyurl.com/yhzahuk) with support for LiveCode 8 widgets as part of the LiveCode conversion feature.

This feature supports the automated conversion of FileMaker, Microsoft Access and Visual FoxPro database applications into cross platform LiveCode apps. LiveCode is a cross platform development environment supporting seven deployment platforms: Mac OS X, Windows, Linux, Server, iOS, Android and HTML5.

FmPro Migrator Platinum Edition is available immediately and is priced at $600) per developer. You can build an unlimited number of applications having up to 250 forms/reports/layouts with FmPro Migrator during the term of the license key.

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Mar 01
ATTO Tech previews 32Gb Fibre Channel Portfolio

ATTO Technology (www.attotech.com) has announced the availability of its new Gen 6 Fibre Channel product portfolio. The new Gen 6 line includes CelerityTM 32Gb Host Bus Adapters (HBAs) in low-profile single- and dual-port versions and 16Gb HBAs in low-profile single-, dual- and quad-port versions. 

ATTO’s additions to its Fibre Channel portfolio will enable companies to capitalize on their existing SAN infrastructure and address the growing need for high-performing, scalable and secure storage to support exponential data growth from applications such as 4K/8K editing and high-performance computing and data warehousing, along with the proliferation of virtualized servers and flash arrays, says CEOTim Klein. Upgrading an existing Fibre Channel SAN to 32Gb Gen 6 is a logical choice to maximize performance, he adds.

ATTO’s Gen 6 Celerity 32Gb HBAs support 3,200MB/s per channel data throughput, while 16GB HBAs...

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Mar 01
JAMF Software, eSpark announce partnership

JAMF Software (http://www.jamfsoftware.com), which specializes in Apple device management, has announced a partnership with eSpark (http://esparklearning.com), a provider of differentiated learning through curated, education-focused iPad apps.

The move combines eSpark’s unique learning technology with advanced mobile device management capabilities from JAMF Software’s Casper Suite, allowing schools to automate app distribution based on the individualized learning needs of each and every student, says Dean Hager, CEO, JAMF Software. The Casper Suite and eSpark deliver a 1:1 iPad experience, he adds.

By enrolling iPads with the Casper Suite, expertly curated apps are automatically distributed without teacher or IT interaction to individual students based on assessment data. This allows districts to leverage existing...

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Mar 01
Kanex introduces HDMI adapters for Apple TV 4

Kanex (www.kanex.com) has given us two HDMI adapters ($59.95 each) for the fourth generation Apple TV. They offer an easy way to enjoy the features of the latest Apple set-top box, without the hassle of replacing current equipment, according to Andrew Truong of Kanex.


The Digital Audio Adapter provides an optical audio port to connect a surround sound system to the 4th generation Apple TV. Users can stream HD content from the new Apple TV directly to their existing home theater system via HDMI, along with sound via a digital optical port. The Kanex Digital Audio Adapter supports 7.1 and 5.1 surround sound via standard optical audio, or 2.0 surround sound via 3.5mm audio port.


The HDMI to VGA Adapter connects a VGA-ready TV, monitor or projector with audio support. High quality audio is also supported with a 3.5mm port for external speakers. With the Kanex adapter, AirPlay mirroring from an iPad can be used...

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Mar 01
Grovemade rolls out new MacBook Dock

Grovemade (www.grovemade.com), a designer of handcrafted wooden accessories, has introduced the MacBook Dock. Crafted from domestic hardwoods, a portable is held in place by clips made from laser cut resin and soft wool, keeping the laptop scratch-free.

The MacBook Dock rests on a precision-machined aluminum base for balance and is lined with natural cork to protect workspaces from scuffs. It works in unison with Grovemade’s Desk Collection.

The MacBook Dock is available in maple and walnut versions. It’s compatible with the 11-inch MacBook Air, 13-inch MacBook Air, 12-inch MacBook, 13-inch MacBook Pro, and 15-inch MacBook Pro. It retails for $79.

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Mar 01
IK Multimedia releases Lurssen Mastering Console for the Mac, PC

IK Multimedia says its Lurssen Mastering Console for Mac and PC is now available. It’s an audio mastering tool that gives musicians, producers and engineers the ability to master their music, radio and TV commercials, film scores and more utilizing a digital model of the chain and settings used by Gavin Lurssen, Reuben Cohen and the team at multi-Grammy Award-winning Lurssen Mastering in Los Angeles, CA.

Lurssen Mastering Console replicates Lurssen's "whole is greater than the sum of its parts" philosophy, which focuses on the order, connections and interactions between each individual processing component in the chain. With Lurssen Mastering Console for Mac and PC, now anyone can master their music with the tools, secrets and settings of a Grammy Award winning professional studio, according to the folks at IK Multimedia.

It’s available for a limited-time introductory price of $199.99. Users can download and demo Lurssen Mastering Console for Mac/PC unrestricted for...

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Mar 01
Aleyant updates eDocBuilder Variable Data Publishing System

Abeyant has announced the availability of a new version of Aleyant eDocBuilder, its web-based variable data publishing system that runs on iPads, laptops, and desktops.

It’s specifically designed to integrate with Aleyant and third-party web-to-print and MIS systems to bring template-based variable data publishing within reach for users of all skill levels. The latest version of eDocBuilder offers an enhanced user interface and new formatting and layout tools. Aleyant eDocBuilder is immediately available. It’s available in a variety of pricing options. For more information, visit edocbuilder.com.

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Mar 01
FileMaker releases second of its how-to ebooks

FileMaker, Inc. (www.filemaker.com) has released the second in a three-part series of free how-to ebooks that lead teams through the process of creating a custom app using the FileMaker Platform. You can download it at http://tinyurl.com/jmj3qrp .

The steps to creating a custom app for your business team include:

° Organizing your data: One of the first steps in bringing your app to fruition is to examine your data and how you want to organize it to meet your unique needs.

° Design the user interface and workflow: Creating the user experience is an iterative process. You'll start by thinking about the users and the activities they are trying to accomplish.

° Set up security: When your custom app includes confidential information, you'll want to ensure that those who should have access are the only people who can...

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Mar 01
Western Digital expands hard drives, external storage solutions...

Western Digital has expanded its portfolio of performance storage solutions with 8TB capacity drives for NAS, video surveillance and desktop external applications.

Launching throughout the first half of 2016, My Cloud personal storage devices (My Cloud, My Cloud Mirror, My Cloud EX2 Ultra), My Book external hard drives (My Book, My Book for Mac, My Book Duo and My Book Pro), WD Red, WD Red Pro and WD Purple hard drives will all be designed with the new high-capacity configuration. Each storage solution offers “purpose-driven engineering and HelioSeal helium-technology with the new 8 TB drives for maximum and efficient performance in the applications for which each model is designed,” says Brendan Collins, vice president of product marketing, Western Digital

My Book and My Book for Mac 8TB is currently available at select U.S. retailers, distributors and through the WD Store (www.wd.com). The manufacturer's suggested...

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Mar 01
SuperTab for Mac OS X adds drag and drop support, more

SpriTec Software has announced SuperTab 2.0 (http://www.supertab.me/SuperTab.html), an upgrade of its utility application for OS X.

The app enhances and extends the Mac's built-in Command-Tab Application Switcher. SuperTab builds upon the Mac's built-in App Switcher by providing users with instant access to more than just their Active Apps. Version 2.0 adds drag and drop support, multiple clipboard support, enhanced screen shots, and more.

SuperTab 2.0 runs on Mac OS X 10.8 later. Version 2.0 is free to download and install and is fully-functional for 30 days. After 30 days, it remains fully-functional but will occasionally ask you to register. You can register for $5 (50% off the regular price) through April 15.

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Mar 01
Quark previews QuarkXPress 2016

Quark Software has unveiled QuarkXPress 2016, the next major version of the design and layout tool for print and digital publishing. The finished version is due in the second quarter of the year. According to the folks at Quark, feature highlights include:

° Convert PDF, Illustrator and EPS Files to native QuarkXPress Objects;
° Paste as native objects from Illustrator and Microsoft Office;
° Create and export HTML5 publications;
° Multi-gradient color blends;
° Support for OpenType stylistic sets;
° Color Picker ( an eyedropper tool);
° Touchpad support for pinch and zoom on the Mac;
° Search and Replace non-breaking spaces and characters;
° Additional Dynamic Guides for textbox columns;
° Fit Textbox to Text;
° Option to make the Measurement Palette 50% larger;
° The Option to line wrap content variables;
° Support for ICCv4 Profiles

As the plug-in interface is the same between QuarkXPress 2016...

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Mar 01
Retrospect announces Hybrid Data Protection with new cloud...

Retrospect, Inc., makers of Retrospect Backup & Recovery software, have introduced a full hybrid backup solution with the release of Retrospect 13 for Mac and Retrospect 11 for Windows. This latest version supports integrated cloud backup to Amazon S3, Google Cloud Storage, DreamHost, and other Retrospect-certified cloud storage providers.

Cloud backup to third-party cloud storage providers allows Retrospect customers a way to protect their Mac OS X, Windows, and Linux environment off-site. Retrospect is certified for cloud storage with worldwide cloud storage providers Amazon S3 and Google Cloud Storage, as well as regional cloud storage providers DreamHost, Dunkel, ArubaCloud, and Numergy. A full list of certified providers is available at retrospect.com/cloudcertified.

Retrospect Partners are now able to become “Cloud Certified” with our new Cloud Certification Program. Partners can set up their own cloud storage service with Basho Riak CS for new and existing...

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Feb 29
Court overturns Apple’s jury victory against Samsung

A U.S. appeals court has overturned a $120 million jury verdict against Samsung, reports Reuters (http://mobile.reuters.com/article/idUSL2N16510E). The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in Washington, D.C., said Samsung didn’t infringe Apple's "quick links" patent, and that two other patents covering the iPhone's slide-to-unlock and auto-correct features were invalid. 

The court also said Apple was liable for infringing one of Samsung's patents. Apple's "quick links" patent, as the main focus in Samsung's latest effort to overturn major court victories by the Cupertino, California-based company over the past two years. Samsung's attorney Kathleen Sullivan said Samsung didn’t use the same technology as Apple to detect and link to specific data, such as phone numbers, in its phones' Web browser and messenger applications. However, Apple's lawyer,...

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Feb 29
Apple: the FBI asking us to ‘weaken’ the security of all our...

Apple's general counsel says complying with the FBI’s order to break into an iPhone connected to the San Bernardino, California,, massacre will "weaken the security" of its devices.

The comments are part of an opening statement from Bruce Sewell, Apple's senior vice president and general counsel, who will testify before the House Judiciary Committee on Tuesday, reports USA Today (http://tinyurl.com/gnxbk25). In the statement, the lawyer defended Apple's cooperation with the FBI in the San Bernardino investigation, noting the company made engineers available to advise them on "additional investigative options.”

However, Sewell said, ”The FBI is asking Apple to weaken the security of our products. Hackers and cyber criminals could use this to wreak havoc on our privacy and personal safety. It would set a dangerous precedent for government intrusion on the privacy and safety of its citizens."

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Feb 29
Aleratec announces Mac Support for 1:22 Copy Cruiser Mini USB...

Aleratec (www.aleratec.com) has released a software update for the 1:22 Copy Cruiser Mini that now provides Mac OS X compatibility. It clones up to 22 thumb drives simultaneously.

Responding to requests from customers who use MacBooks and iMacs to distribute information via USB thumb drives, the new software will be included with all 1:22 Copy Cruiser Mini duplicators and Upon verification, existing customers who already own an eligible Aleratec USB duplicator can also receive the new software update at no charge by contacting Aleratec customer support at (818) 678-0484. Aleratec's 1:22 USB Copy Cruiser Mini has an estimated retail price of $629 and is available from Aleratec's dedicated resellers and distribution.

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Feb 29
DJ Mixer Express for OS X revved to version 5.8.1

MacDJMixer Studio (http://www.macdjmixer.com) has released DJ Mixer Express 5.8.1, an update of the DJ mixing software for Mac OS X.

The app offers complete automatic mixing, video mixing, KeyLock, beat-matching, looping, and several effects. Version 5.8.1 includes two different user interfaces (skins), a new BPM detection engine, better iTunes integration, karaoke
CDG+MP3 zip files playback, and stability and speed improvements.

DJ Mixer Express 5.8.1 requires Mac OS X 10.7 or higher, and costs $29.95. The price includes the lifetime license with free upgrades and free tech support. A demo is available for download.

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Feb 26
Propellerhead announces Rigs 2 series for Reason

Propellerhead Software has announced the Rigs 2 Series, offering updates to their Rig Series Rack Extension and ReFill bundles for Reason 8.

Backline Rig 2, Mix & Mastering Rig 2, and Synthetic Rig 2 now contain over 60 Rack Extension and ReFills including instruments, effects, and sample packs made by leading developers such as Propellerhead, iZotope, Rob Papen, Cakewalk, Softube, Korg and more. Rigs 2 Series bundles are designed specifically for the style of music you make and include video lessons to help you get the most out of your Rig.

You can save over $1,200 on Rack Extensions and ReFills at $299 each, or upgrade from Rig 1 for $79. All bundles are available as a direct downloads from Propellerhead’s website (http://tinyurl.com/oh2p3kr).

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Feb 26
File Cabinet Pro brings iCloud features to the OS X menubar

Writes for All has introduced File Cabinet Pro, a file manager for the OS X menubar.

File Cabinet Pro allows users to open, move, rename, tag, trash, copy and paste files, all from a popover window that appears from the menubar. It allows users to place files in iCloud Drive without opening windows in Finder.

File Cabinet Pro costs US$29.99. It’s available worldwide exclusively at the App Tyrant website (http://www.apptyrant.com).

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Feb 26
SuperScreenshot for OS X gets Dropbox and Trello integration

SuperApp has launched SuperScreenshot 1.1.2, an update of the Mac OS X screenshot taking app. The new version adds Dropbox and Trello integration for sharing your screenshots.

With SuperScreenshot, you can bind your own hotkeys to take a screenshot. It has capabilities for users to add texts, arrows, circles, rectangles, as well as freehand drawings.

SuperScreenshot require OS X 10.10.0 or later. It costs $2.99 and is available worldwide through the Mac App Store (http://tinyurl.com/plb5fby) in the Utilities category.

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Feb 26
Records for Mac OS X adds a Table view, more

Records, a personal database app for the Mac, has been revved to version 1.1. The update includes requested features like the Table view, CSV data import and export, 30 templates ready to use, German, Italian and Japanese localizations.

With Records you can collect and organize any kind of information, from your movies to your customer invoices. It comes with 30+ templates rand 15+ configurable form fields.

Records 1.1 is available at the Records store (http://pushpopcorn.com) at the introductory price of $29.99 (instead of $39.99) for five days only. It requires OS X 10.10 Yosemite or newer.

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Feb 25
GO-Trust iReader and SDencrypter launching for iOS

GO-Trust (www.go-trust.com), a provider of independent microSD security elements for Android and Windows devices, has launched the GO-Trust iReader and SDencrypter for iOS.

The iReader is an iOS reader that connects to any iPhone or iPad with a Lighting connector. It provides a microSD expansion slot that can support FIPS 140-2 Level 3, FIPS 201, BCTC and FIDO certified microSD secure elements using the GO-Trust SDencrypter (which includes up to 16GB of user flash memory) or 128GB of dedicated memory expansion. The GO-Trust SDK [software developer kit] for the SDencrypter is fully compatible with iOS.

The iReader is multifunctional and can also connect to Windows and Android devices using a supplied USB cable. The iReader will be available for shipment in April. System Integrators can preorder and test security options using the GO-Trust SDencrypter immediately and it will be demonstrated at the RSA...

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Feb 25
Twelve South releases collection three of its dual-screen...

Twelve South has released the third collection of its dual-screen backgrounds (https://www.twelvesouth.com/wallpaper) for the Mac: Sky Lights.

The company partnered with photographer Scott Gordon to capture the San Francisco Bay during the time before sunrise and sunset when the light is perfect for shooting. All of the dual-screen backgrounds are complementary.

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Feb 25
Apple working to make iPhones even harder to crack

Apple engineers have begun developing new security measures that would make it impossible for the government to break into a locked iPhone using methods similar to those now at the center of a court fight in California, report The New York Times (http://tinyurl.com/zvs7anw), quoting unnamed “people close to the company and security experts.”

“If Apple succeeds in upgrading its security — and experts say it almost surely will — the company will create a significant technical challenge for law enforcement agencies, even if the Obama administration wins its fight over access to data stored on an iPhone used by one of the killers in last year’s San Bernardino, Calif., rampage” the article says. “If the Federal Bureau of Investigation wanted to get into a phone in the future, it would need a new way to do so. That would most likely prompt a new cycle of court fights and, yet again, more technical fixes by...

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Feb 25
Kool Tools: Marshall Major II Bluetooth headphones

Marshall’s $150 Major II Bluetooth keeps the music going strong with over 30 hours of play time on a single charge. And its custom 40mm dynamic drivers are tuned for excellent bass response, smooth mids and sizzling highs.

The headphones connect to devices using Bluetooth aptX. Not only can you blast your favorite tunes in CD-like audio quality, aptX also minimizes audio/video syncing issues, allowing you to watch movies without experiencing “lip sync.”

The double-ended coil cord with mic and remote is completely detachable and compatible with any music player that has a 3.5mm jack. When listening to music wirelessly, you can use the empty 3.5mm socket to share audio with someone else.
With the integrated analogue control knob you can play, pause, shuffle and adjust the volume.

Phone functionality is also included so you can answer, reject or end a call with a few simple clicks. The built-in microphone allows you to have conversations or record voice...

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