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Apr 02
Sky Battles launching on Steam Greenlight

Magnetic Studio says its air combat game, Sky Battles, will launch on Stream Greenlight in mid-2014. It will be available for Mac, Windows, iOS, and Android platforms.

Here's how the game is described: "Sky Battles is a game where you battle against large iron beasts with different abilities. Krakens, dragons, robots and helicopters seek you out. Barrel roll, dodge, dive bomb and out wit these hellish behemoths.

"There are two game modes that will keep players entertained. The single player mode involves destroying large mechanical bosses and collecting gems, all within a limited time. Collect gems and destroy big bad bosses before time runs out. The online multiplayer modes allows players to dogfight against human opponents online. Multi-platform in multiplayer is supported, allowing PC players to combat against mobile based players. The games also has upgradable weapons like missiles, air mines and cloaking and fantastic dynamic environments."

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Apr 02
Red Giant announces BulletProof 1.2

Red Giant has announced BulletProof 1.2. The update brings more camera support and other improvements to the footage backup and preparation tool.

In addition to the current support for Canon and Nikon DSLRs and GoPro cameras, BulletProof now includes support for Panasonic and Sony DLSRs, and for the Canon C-series and XF-series cameras. The app is designed to solve several issues such as reliable back-up.

BulletProof 1.2 beta will be available soon, with a release in the second quarter for US$199. It's a free upgrade for existing users of BulletProof 1.0. Learn more at http://redgiant.com/bulletproof.

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Apr 02
Splice 2 for Mac OS X gets new user interface

einstein's legacy has released Splice 2.0.1.  Splice is a movie management utility for Mac OS X. Targeted to professionals and amateur video content creators, it's a tool for organizing and joining a collection of video clips together into a single movie.  

The 2.0.1 update introduces an enhanced user interface, movie segmentation and content sharing via e-mail or popular internet services like Vimeo. Splice 2.0.1 requires Mac OS X 10.8.5 or higher.

It costs US$9.99 and is available at the Mac App Store. Go to http://www.einsteinslegacy.com for more info.

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Apr 01
Apple updates iWork apps, Safari

Apple has updated its iWork apps for the Mac and for iCloud. It's also revved Safari.

Pages 5.2, Keynote 6.2, and Numbers 3.2 sport new templates, new effects and transitions, enhanced AppleScript support, as well as support for the "view only" setting for docs you share on iCloud. The iCloud version of the apps gets Retina display support and the ability to open iWork or Microsoft Office docs directly in iCloud Mail.

Apple has also released Safari 7.0.3. The new version of the web browser lets you turn off push notifications from specific websites and adds support for webpages with generic top-level domains. It also fixes some bugs and improves search functionality.

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Apr 01
Imagineer Systems introduces Mochalmpot+ for Nuke

Imagineer Systems has released Mochalmport+ for Nuke. It allows visual effects artists to work on complex compositing and tracking projects using their "go to" visual effects apps.

Mochalmport+ offers a workflow between mocha and Nuke. NUKE products are compositing tools. You can learn more about them at http://tinyurl.com/otp92el . mocha products combine planar tracking with tools for roto, object removal, lens calibration, stabilization, and more.

MochaImport+ for NUKE is available for purchase through Imagineer Systems or aescripts + aeplugins for US$123. Go to http://tinyurl.com/nj6ua4x for more info.

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Apr 01
Theme Inn launches templates for Microsoft Office for Mac

Theme Inn has unveiled a new suite of templates for use on Microsoft Office for the Mac. It sports 262 templates for Word, 30 spreadsheet templates for Excel, and 10 presentation themes for PowerPoint.

Suite for MS Office costs US$39.99. It's available at the Mac App Store in the Productivity category. Samples can be viewed at Theme Inn's website (www.themeinn.com).

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Apr 01
VisionTek announces memory upgrades for the 2013 Mac Pro

VisionTek Products has announced high-performance Error Correcting Coe 1866MHz, quad-channel matched module memory upgrades up to 64MB for the 2013 Mac Pro. The company says their memory products can save you up to 36% on Apple's factory installed upgrades.

The upgrade options are:

°  16GB (1 x 16GB) PC3-14900 DDR3 1866MHz ECC RDIMM Module US$219.99;

°  32GB (2 x 16GB) PC3-14900 DDR3 1866MHz ECC RDIMM Kit $429.99;

° 48GB (3 x 16GB) PC3-14900 DDR3 1866MHz ECC RDIMM Kit $639.99;

° 64GB (4 x 16GB) PC3-14900 DDR3 1866MHz ECC RDIMM Kit $829.99.

Go to www.visiontek.com for more info.

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Apr 01
iPad Air, iPad mini with LTE available in China

Apple has announced TD-LTE capable models of the iPad Air and iPad mini with Retina display that bring LTE performance to customers in China.

They join TD-LTE also accommodate the TD-SCDMA mobile standard, and join existing iPad Air and iPad mini with Retina display WLAN + Cellular models in support of Personal Hotspot connectivity and other advanced cellular technology (GSM/EDGE, DC-HSDPA, HSPA+) to provide Chinese customers cellular access to whichever iPad model they choose.

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Apr 01
CleverFiles announces Disk Drill 2.2 (plus a special promotion)

CleverFiles (www.cleverfiles.com) has released Disk Drill 2.2, an update to its Mac OS X data recovery software.

Disk Drill allows you to save HFS+ metadata, preserve copies of trashed files, monitor internal and external drive S.M.A.R.T. status, and rescue files from almost any type of storage device. Version 2.2, a free upgrade to current users, adds partition rebuilding and recovery algorithms as well as adds a set of new file signatures to Deep Scan.

CleverFiles is offering a special, limited time promotion: simply mention Disk Drill on your Twitter or Facebook account to get a 30% discount or mention it on both and get 60% off. That brings the price of Disk Drill PRO to just $35.60 (USD). Click the Promotion box at the top of the Disk Drill homepage for more information.

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Apr 01
einstein's legacy introduces MovieBriefs 1.0.1

einstein's legacy has announced MovieBriefs 1.0.1. It's an update of the Mac OS X video utility for creating image contact sheets from your movies by extracting up to 400 images and displaying them in an onscreen grid.  

MovieBriefs, not only prints and exports overview images, but users may also create dynamic slide shows and share images via e-mail or with popular internet services like Facebook and Twitter. Version 1.0.1 contains: contact sheets, a time range slider that gives you control over what portion of the clip will be used to generate the contact sheet; slide show features; and more.

MovieBriefs 1.0.1 is available for US$9.99 from the Mac App Store  (in the Video category). It requires Mac OS X 10.8.5 or higher. Go to http://www.einsteinslegacy.com for more info.

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Apr 01
Red Giant announces upcoming Magic Bullet Looks 2.5

Red Giant has unveiled Magic Bullet Looks 2.5, an upcoming free update for current users of Looks and the Red Giant Color Suite. The free update includes new color correction tools, better previewing of presets, and a major bump in speed.  

Magic Bullet Looks 2.5 will be available in Q2 as a free upgrade for current users of Magic Bullet Looks 2. Learn more about the Magic Bullet Looks 2.5 upgrade at http://redgiant.com/magicbulletupgrade.

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Mar 31
Voxeet 3DHD audio service comes to the Mac

Starting April 2, immersive audio conferencing provider Voxeet will make available for the first time a Mac version of its free 3DHD wide band audio service. It will require Mac OS X 10.9 Mavericks or later.

Originally designed for mobile devices, Voxeet's conference call service has been expanding its audio offering to laptops and desktop softphones. The latest version (2.0) also includes dial-in functionality that lets customers use public switched telephone network (PSTN) numbers in more than 40 countries. You can learn more at Voxeet.com.

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Mar 31
LaCie Fuel for the iPad, Mac doubles storage capacity

LaCie (www.lacie.com) is doubling the capacity of its Fuel wireless drive for the iPad, iPhone or Mac. Next month it will be available in a 2TB model for US$249.99.

The Fuel provides wireless streaming of up to five devices without an Internet connection. It can create its own Wi-Fi network and act as a hotshot when connected to the Internet via Wi-Fi.

The Fuel is Airplay compatible, scan mirror content on a larger screen. It has a 10-hour battery life and works with the Seagate Media app that offers navigation of media libraries and documents on an iPad, iPhone, Android device, or Amazon Kindle.

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Mar 31
30% of U.S. adults get news on Facebook

According to Pew Research's "State of the News Media," the role that social media plays in the spreading of news isn’t as big as many people tend to believe.

The only social network that is really relevant as a news source is Facebook with 30% of U.S. adults at least occasionally using it to get news. Social networks such as Twitter and Facebook are not only used to connect with friends and acquaintances, but also to stay on top of the endless stream of news we are exposed to online. However, not every social network doubles as a news aggregator, notes Statistica (http://tinyurl.com/lub2b7a).

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Mar 31
PluralEyes to feature improved support for AVCHD cameras

Red Giant has previewed PluralEyes 3.5, an update to its Shooter Suite’s automated audio/video sync tool. The software analyzes the audio from all devices and automatically syncs them with the touch of a button.

Version 2.5 features improved support for AVCHD cameras, including support for spanned clips. In addition, PluralEyes’ Replace Audio feature now supports many more media types than before.

PluralEyes 3.5 beta will be available soon, with a release in the second quarter for $199. Existing users of PluralEyes qualify for a $79 upgrade. Customers who buy PluralEyes are eligible for a free PluralEyes 3.5 upgrade when it ships. Learn more at http://www.redgiant.com/products/all/pluraleyes/.

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Mar 31
NeoFinder for Mac OS X gets a speed boost, more

Norbert M. Doerner has released a new version (6.5) of NeoFinder (formerly CDFinder) with a speed boost, the ability to catalog more media formats, native support for App Nap in Mac OS X 10.9 Mavericks, the addition of catalog thumbnails for RED video files, and more.

NeoFinder is designed to make it easier to keep track of your digital files, photos, songs, movies, fonts on hard disks, USB sticks, server disks, Blu-ray disks, DVD-ROMs, CDs and other digital media. It generates thumbnails and reads metadata during cataloging for search possibilities.

NeoFinder 6.4 requires Mac OS X 10.6 or higher. Version 6.x is a paid update to licensed users of CDFinder with update price starting at approximately US$25. For new users the cost is $40. Version 6.4 is a free update to all NeoFinder customers. For more info go to www.cdfinder.de .

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Mar 31
Shade 3D 14.1.1 fixes, improves 3D printing, 3D Modeling

Mirye Software has given us Shade 3D 14.1.1, an update of the professional 3D modeling, rendering, animation and 3D printing tool software. The upgrade introduces a 3D Printing Assistant, 3D printing diagnostic and analysis tools, new Poser 3D options for character animation, and more options for 3D game developers.

Shade 3D 14.1.1 is available in Professional (US$499), Standard ($249) and Basic ($99) releases on Mac OS X and Windows. A "sidegrade" is available for Autodesk Softimage users to Shade 3D Professional for $199 from the now discontinued Softimage 3D modeling, rendering and animation tool set.

Shade 3D 14.1.1 is available through the Mirye Software website (http://www.mirye.net). The update is a free upgrade to existing Shade 3D 14 customers.

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Mar 31
New Adobe Muse templates available

Muse Templates Pro Company has rolled out new Adobe Muse Templates with parallax scroll effects. The templates provide designs for websites that are created with Adobe Muse software.

Parallax scroll effects let you add moving different elements of the website into different directions while scrolling through the pages. The new templates are Midnight, Motion and Traveling.

Adobe Muse templates and widgets are available on Muse Templates Pro Company's website (http://www.musetemplatespro.com). The Muse Templates Pack costs US$19.99. Every single template can be purchased separately for $9.99 each. One template is offered for free. Mac or PC with Adobe Muse software is required to use the templates.

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Mar 31
MyThoughts for Mac OS X gets revamped interface

Mode de Vie Software has released MyThoughts 1.4, an upgrade of their mind mapping software for Mac OS X. The new version sports an updated user interface for Retina displays, better searching, custom keyboard shortcuts, sharing techniques, and more.

MyThoughts lets you create "brain friendly" mind maps. It comes with a media browser containing over 3,000 images and icons. iPhoto is integrated into the media browser and lets you drag and drop images from your photos into MyThoughts.


The app requires Mac OS X 10.7 or higher. it costs US$49 for a single-user license and $69.90 for a five-license family pack. Educational pricing is also offered. Go to www.mythoughtsformac.com for more info.

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Mar 28
RE:Vision Effects releases ReelSmart Motion Blur 5

RE:Vision Effects has released ReelSmart Motion Blur 5 with GPU support for Apple Final Cut Pro, Adobe After Effects, Adobe Premiere Pro, Avid Media Composer/Symphony/Newscutter, The Foundry Nuke, Assimilate Scratch, and Sony Vegas Pro.

ReelSmart Motion adds more natural looking blur to a sequence. You can add as little or as much blurring as you need, or even remove motion blur. Also included in some RSMB versions is a feature that allows you to blur with user-supplied motion vectors that, most likely, come from a 3D animation system.

Demo versions of ReelSmart Motion Blur 5 are available for download. Pricing depends on which software you use with with. Go to  www.revisionfx.com/products/ for more info.

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Mar 28
Streaming music adds fuel to digital music growth

Global digital music revenues reached an all-time high of $5.9 billion last year as revenues from streaming services, both ad-supported (+17.6%) and subscription-based (+51.3%), saw strong growth that outweighed a slight decline in download sales (-2.1%), according to Statistica (http://tinyurl.com/n8mp662).

Looking at the past five years, downloads are still up by more than 50%, however, the recent slowdown suggests that the download market may have peaked, while streaming services such as Pandora, Spotify and iTunes Radio are just taking off. Considering the slowdown in download sales, it makes perfect sense that Apple is reportedly thinking about launching an on-demand streaming service that goes beyond iTunes Radio.

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Mar 28
URL Extractor for Mac OS X upgraded to version 4.2.2

Tension Software (http://www.tensionsoftware.com) has revved URL Extractor — the Mac OS X tool for extracting URLs and emails from the web, search engine and local files — to version 4.2.2. The new version boasts an improved refresh of the extracted URL list and better "Stop Extraction" in long extraction operations.

URL Extractor requires Mac OS X 10.8 or higher. It costs US$50 and is available from the Tension Software web site and the Mac App Store.

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Mar 28
Scratch, Scratch Lab software upgraded to version 8

Assimilate has rolled out version 8 of its Scratch and Scratch Lab software to allow encoding of Apple ProRes files on Microsoft Windows 7/8-based PCs.

The Scratch data-centric DI system is an end-to-end cinema and broadcast imaging tool. Artists on-set or in post production can now use both the OS X and Windows versions of the software. It supports most popular digital workflows, including, RED, ARRI, Sony F65 and F55, Canon 5D, Phantom, GoPro and more.

Assimilate offers pricing options for individual artists or studios: annual subscription, daily/monthly rental, site license, or purchase. Scratcj is priced from US$20,995 and Scratch Lab from $5,990 for an annual subscription and from $150 and $50, respectively, for daily rental. Go to http://www.assimilateinc.com for more info.

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Mar 27
ATTO Tech launches Thunderbolt 2-enabled Desklink devices

ATTO Technology has announced an extension of its Desklink Device family, adding Thunderbolt 2 support. Desklink Devices now sport transfer speeds of up to 20Gbps, according to the folks at ATTO.

The ThunderLink Deskline Devices are designed to enable reliable access to data intensive applications such as 2K, 4K, and 3D stereoscopic film, multiple layers of uncompressed, real time effects and high-definition video and audio editing. To ensure cross compatibility, ATTO Thunderbolt 2 products have multiple operating system support, port and driver options, and more.

ATTO’s Thunderboldt 2 ThunderLink series includes: ThunderLink FC 2162 Thunderbolt 2 to 16Gb Fibre Channel Desklink Device; ThunderLink NS 2102; Thunderbolt 2 to 10GbE (SFP+ LC optical) Desklink Device; ThunderLink NT 2102 Thunderbolt 2 to 10GBASE-T (RJ45 copper) Desklink Device. Go to www.attotech.com/thunderbolt for...

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Mar 27
Song Buddy is a free, 'intelligent' music player for...

Wide Angle Software has given us Song Buddy, a free Mac version of its "intelligent" music player. Using digital fingerprinting technology, it lets you get more info on artists you're currently listening to and suggested similar artists that may appeal to you.

Song Buddy also lets you search for an artist by name. The app provides information about the artist's releases, including current and upcoming music, as well as concert dates and locations. The dat is updated daily.


Song Buddy is free and available at the Mac App Store. It requires Mac OS X 10.8 or higher. Go to www.wideanglesoftware.com for more info.

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