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Mar 03
SmartBear launches software developer network

SmartBear Software has created the SmartBear Developer Network (SDN) for its community of users and partners to freely build integrations and plugins to further extend the functionality of the company’s software quality tools.

Customers and partners can build plugins and extensions for most SmartBear products, starting with any of the Ready! API [application programming interface] family of tools, to meet their specific needs. The SDN provides an opportunity for the SmartBear community to collaborate on projects, share ideas and the plugins themselves, says Lorinda Brandon, technical evangelist, API Products at SmartBear.

SmartBear has already collaborated with several API product companies, including 3scale, Apiary, IBM, Mashery, an Intel Company, MuleSoft and Swagger, among others, and expects to add more. Various plugins are currently available on the SDN including RAML, Groovy Console, SSL Workaround for REST Discovery, Apiary's API Blueprint, APIs from 3scale,...

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Mar 03
Package Central update for Adobe InDesign improves email...

Zevrix Solutions (www.zevrix.com) has announced Package Central 1.9, a feature update to its file packaging automation solution for Adobe InDesign.

Package Central automates InDesign document collection by processing files from hot folders. The software offloads file packaging to a central system leaving operator workstations free from the collection process. Version 1.9 introduces a new email notification engine with support for SSL connection security and improved performance on OS X Yosemite.

Package Central can be purchased for US$299.95 from the Zevrix website, as well as from authorized resellers. A demo is available for download. Package Central requires Mac OS X 10.6-10.10 and Adobe InDesign CS4-CC 2014.

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Mar 02
Allegorithmic goes 'rent-to-own' with Substance Live

Allegorithmic is offering a "rent-to-own" plan for Substance Live. U users can now get the complete Substance toolset for US$19.90 a month with no feature limitation.

Each payment goes towards a full license and the plan can be paused at any time. The latest versions of Substance Designer 5, Substance Painter 1.3 and Bitmap2Materials 3 can be purchased individually or as part of a full set. Substance Live will also give users access to special offers, exclusive services and beta builds, even after they’ve paid off their license.

As the months go on, payment status as well as new product updates will be available on the Substance Live dashboard, accessible anywhere there’s a browser. Bigger payments can be made at any time, so artists always have the freedom to treat their account as they wish, says Dr. Sébastien Deguy, founder and CEO of Allegorithmic.

Substance Live is available now and can be accessed on allegorithmic.com, Steam or the Unity asset store....

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Mar 02
Autodesk adds more tools to Game Development Suite

Autodesk is previewing its new Stingray Game Engine this week at the Game Developers Conference (GDC) in San Francisco. The company is also launching Autodesk Maya LT 2016, the latest release of its 3D animation and modeling software for professional indie game developers.

Built using the core technology behind the Bitsquid engine acquired last summer, Stingray is currently in development and comprises intuitive, powerful tools that make it easier for professional and novice developers to bring graphically advanced games to market on a wide range of platforms, says Martin Wahlund, CEO of Fatshark, which is using the new Stingray engine to build their upcoming Warhammer: End Times - Vermintide game.

The technical preview at GDC will highlight several core areas of focus that make it easier for game makers of every level create the next generation of blockbusters., according to the folks at Autodesk. The company will give a live demonstration of several key advances...

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Mar 02
Flying Pig releases Edouard Universe version 2.0 for OS X

Flying Pig (http://flyingpigcorp.com) has released an update of the whole Edouard Universe. Edouard 2.0, Edouard Warehouse 2.0 and Edouard POS 2.0 are now available and 100% cloud based solutions.

The 2.0 version brings major changes to the Edouard universe. Following a registration from the OS X app, users can quickly access their dedicated cloud. These instances are reportedly accessed securely and remotely from anywhere in the world from all of your Edouard client applications.

Edouard is also now cheaper. Subscriptions start at US$29) per slot per month compared to $99 previously. The previously used metric of the connection slot is preserved. As a reminder, connection slots are active connections to the server regardless of the number of user accounts.

Edouard 2.0 also brings other improvements. Among those, users will enjoy new import schemes, new inventory management tools, a new...

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Mar 02
Latest version of MASA LIFE to be showcased at Game Developers...

MASA Group (www.masagroup.com), providers of Artificial Intelligence, will use the annual Game Developers Conference (GDC) to demonstrate version 1.10 of its AI technology, LIFE.
 
LIFE enables the authoring and execution of a range of autonomous behaviors for NPCs (Non-Player Characters) in any games or simulations, leveraging decision, spatial reasoning and navigation modules, extensively validated in military 3D simulations.

 LIFE is designed for both designers and developers. It's available as a pre-integrated plug-in for Unity 5 and VBS3, the simulation version of ArmA III.
 
The integration of LIFE with other game engines is done via a software development kit included in the design to ensure optimal ease of use. It has an editor designed for teamwork and created behaviors that can be handled as any other assets.

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Mar 02
Audio Switcher for Mac OS X revved to version 2.5.3

Spike Software (http://www.spikesoft.net) has announced Audio Switcher 2.5.3, an update to its menubar applet utility for Mac OS X.

Audio Switcher allows you to switch your audio input and output between different audio devices. It supports a range of devices, as well as the built-in audio hardware of your Mac desktop or laptop. Version 2.5.3 adds a preference where the audio device's manufacturer's name can appear in the menu.

Audio Switcher requires Mac OS X 10.7 or later. Version 2.5.3 costs US$4.99 and is available worldwide through the Mac App Store in the Utilities category. Current users can receive the free update via the Mac Store.

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Mar 02
Remarkable is a new CMS built for the post-PC era

Entropy, a mobile innovations company based in the United Kingdom, used the 2015 Mobile World Congress in Barcelona to announce the launch of the new free-to-use mobile app CMS, Remarkable.

As “the first CMS built specifically for the post-PC era,” Remarkable enables anyone with a native mobile app to take full creative control of their product, according to Entropy CEO Eddie Vassallo. He introduced the full beta launch of the Remarkable mobile management solution at the Mobile World Congress. Anyone can sign up and manage their first app for free.

"Since our soft-launch in October, we have been absolutely inundated with demo requests for the Remarkable system," says Vassallo. "At Mobile World Congress, we were extremely excited to formally announce the release of our new free-to-use Tier - allowing people to not only demo Remarkable, but to begin using it in their live native mobile apps for free. We’re confident that once developers and content owners see how easy...

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Mar 02
Deliver Express 2.4.6 for Mac OS X improves file transfer to...

Zevrix Solutions (www.zevrix.com) has announced Deliver Express 2.4.6, a maintenance update to its solution to automatically send files across the Internet and locally from watched hot folders.

Deliver Express can serve multiple users on a network, offers automatic variable email notifications, and supports FTP, Amazon S3, WebDAV, Google Storage, AFP, SMB and other services. The new version fixes an issue in which automatic date-based subfolders could not be created on SFTP servers.

Deliver Express' license prices are based on the maximum number of allowed destinations and range from US$29.95 to $299.95. The update is free for licensed users. A demo is available for download. Deliver Express requires Mac OS X 10.5 or higher.

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Feb 27
Wordaux is new data mining app for Mac OS X

Mac-Chi has released Wordaux 1.0 (http://www.wordaux.com), a data extraction tool for Mac OS X with integrated one-click user actions.

The app recognizes selected text, Clipboard, files, and webpages as data sources. From these sources it extracts seven data types for names, email addresses, phone numbers, postal addresses, urls, dates, and a user supplied custom regex. Designed to empower Mac users to leverage data as they encounter it, Wordaux can be used by sales executives, students doing research, or just the generally curious.

Examples of usage include: creating contacts from spreadsheet data, augmenting existing spreadsheets with web data, building a note base for research papers, and following up on interesting articles found while surfing the web.The extracted data is presented in standard OS X tables and Wordaux provides immediate drag-ability. With the exception of the Clipboard, all data...

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Feb 27
RealVNC releases Mac compatible VNC product

RealVNC (www.realvnc.com) has released its flagship VNC product for the Raspberry Pi, enabling users to connect to their Pi from any Mac, Windows, or Linux computer.

Once VNC has been downloaded to the Pi users can apply a free license or, for an enhanced set of features, a personal or enterprise license. Raspberry Pi users will also be able to connect to their Pi from an iPad, iPhone, Android or Chrome device by downloading RealVNC’s free VNC Viewer app, which is available in the Apple App Store, Google Play or the Chrome web store.

VNC can be used with Raspberry Pi in two ways. If the Raspberry Pi is connected to a monitor or TV and is running a graphical desktop, the connected user can see exactly what a user sitting in front of the Pi would see. If the Pi isn't running a graphical desktop, then graphical remote access can still be obtained by creating a virtual desktop instead.

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Feb 27
QuartzCode 1.2 for OS X adds unified timeline panel, improved...

Wan Ahmad Lutfi has released QuartzCode 1.2, an update to his code generation tool for Mac OS X.

It's a lightweight animation tool that turns vector drawing and animation into Objective C and Swift code, bridging the gap between developer, designer and animator. Version 1.2 introduces a new unified timeline panel, which now show animations from all layers, instead of only one layer.

QuartzCode requires OS X 10.9 or later. Version 1.2 is available as a free update to existing QuartzCode customers. New customers can purchase QuartzCode 1.2 on the Mac App Store and Bijokmind store (http://www.quartzcodeapp.com) for US$89.99.

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Feb 26
A-Shirt launches with Apple-inspired t-shirts

Following a successful launch on the French speaking market, A-Shirt (https://a-shirt.club/) is launching in the English speaking market and is inviting all Apple fans to join the club, which specializes in Apple inspired t-shirts.

"Following the successful launch in the French speaking market last December, we are happy to invite all Apple addicts out there to join the A-Shirt Club," says co-founder Cyril Pavillard. "Its aim is to unite Apple fans from around the world on one platform and allow them to show their love for Apple products in a unique, sleek and stylish way."

A-shirt releases six series of t-shirts every year. Each series is created once and rolled out to A-Shirt members every two months.

A-Shirt offers two packages: "The Just Addicted Plan" and "The Mega Addicted Plan." The former is the regular package plan where members receive six t-shirts...

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Feb 26
A Druid's Duel for OS X launches on Steam

Surprise Attack Games and ThoughtShelter Games have announced that A Druid's Duel is now available on Steam ( http://store.steampowered.com/app/333970/) for Mac OS X, Windows and Linux systems. It's being offered at 20% off for a limited time: US$7.99 instead of the $9.99.

Here's how the game is described: "Welcome to the Realm of Six Seasons, where the predictable cycle of nature's seasons has turned constantly since time began. But now, something is wrong. Something (or someone) is tampering with the precious Seasons, making a complete mess of the Realm.

"The Druids of the Esoteric Orders have long fostered this fertile landscape and tended to this delicate mystical balance. And it is up to Warren, a young druid fresh from his Esoteric Training, to discover what is causing this disastrous mixing of Seasons."

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Feb 26
AKVIS announces Pets Frame Pack for ArtSuite

AKVIS (www.akvis.com) has announced a new frame pack for AKVIS ArtSuite. The program allows users to decorate their photos with frames and effects.

Extra frame packs can be installed to the program to increase its functionality. The new Pets Pack includes 60 frames targeted to animal lovers. You can frame photos of your pet with nature decorations, surround it by furry and feathered friends, by its favorite toys, food and treats.

The frame packs can only be used in the AKVIS ArtSuite Standalone program (with Home Standalone, Home Deluxe, Business licenses). A frame pack can be added to ArtSuite by placing the archive into a folder specified in the program's preferences.

AKVIS ArtSuite, with all its frame packs, runs on Mac OS X 10.6 and higher and Windows. It sells for US$69 (a demo is available for download); the price of the new frame pack is $15.

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Feb 26
VisionTek introduces DriveXpander 2.5" drive expansion slot...

VisionTek (http://www.visiontek.com) has released the DriveXpander 2.5" drive expansion slot adapter. It's compatible with the latest Mac Pro.

Designed to fit any full-sized PCI or PCIe expansion slot, the DriveXpander enables data transfer speeds up to 600MB/s from bare drives with nearly any Mac OS X based 2006-2012 Mac Pro or Windows-based PC desktop. Unlike other hot-swap drive adapter designs that only work with PCI slots, it includes a custom  PCIe slot stability adapter for a snug fit on either expansion slot type.To prevent unauthorized removal of an installed drive, the DriveXpander features a special shaped key lock to provide peace-of-mind long-term drive installation.

The US$19.99 DriveXpander includes all data and power cables required for plug and play operation and It's available immediately directly from VisionTek, select e-tailers such as Amazon, Tiger Direct, and Dell.

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Feb 26
The Ghost Archives: Haunting of Shady Valley comes to the Mac

G5 has released The Ghost Archives: Haunting of Shadey Valley for Mac OS X. It's available at the Mac App Store for US$4.99 through Feb. 28 and $6.99 afterwards.

Here's how the game is described: "You're an employee of S.O.U.L., the agency that helps ghosts find eternal rest. In this mysterious thriller, you'll have to uncover the many secrets of Shady Valley and fulfill tasks that keep restless souls in this world.

"Upon your arrival in an abandoned mining town you will be greeted by a large, hulking ghost named Norman Macabre,' who will not only care for your safety but also watch every step you take. As the story goes, the villagers who died here with unfinished business have become earthbound souls who cannot cross over. Allegedly, Norman died in an accidental house fire. He asks you to find his wife and beg her for forgiveness for a crime he committed in the past.

"This won't be easy as many more people are involved into this spine-chilling story and...

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Feb 26
Apple plans March 9 special event

Apple has announced a special event for Monday, March 9. An invitation send to the press shows a picture of an invitation with the wording "spring forward."

The event will almost certainly offer details on the upcoming Apple Watch, such as a precise release data and pricing. So far Apple has only said the smartwatch would be available in April with prices starting at US$350.

It's also possible that the rumored 12-inch MacBook Air with Retina display could be announced. Apple will hold the special event at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco.

The Apple events page (http://www.apple.com/live/) invites you to come back on March 9 at 10 a.m. Pacific, 1 p.m. Eastern, when live video from the presentation will be available. Live streaming requires Safari 5.1.10 or later on OS X 10.6.8 or later, or Safari on iOS 6 or later.

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Feb 26
iOS takes record-high profit share in smartphone operating...

According to the latest research from Strategy Analytics (www.strategyanalytics.com), global smartphone operating profit reached US$21 billion in the fourth quarter (Q4) of 2014. The Android operating system captured a record-low 11% global smartphone profit share during the quarter. In contrast, while Apple's iOS took a record-high 89% profit share.

Global smartphone operating profit grew 31% annually from US$16.2 billion in Q4 2013 to US$21.2 billion in Q4 2014, notes the research group.

"Apple iOS continues to tighten its grip on the smartphone industry," says Neil Mawston, executive director at Strategy Analytics. "Apple's strategy of premium products and lean logistics is proving hugely profitable. Android's weak profitability for its hardware partners will worry Google. If major smartphone manufacturers, like Samsung or Huawei, cannot make decent profits from the Android ecosystem,...

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Feb 26
Tim Cook to deliver George Washington University's...

Apple CEO Tim Cook will deliver George Washington University’s commencement address May 17 and will be awarded an honorary doctorate of public service, the university announced Wednesday night.

"I am delighted that Tim Cook has accepted our invitation to give this year’s commencement address on the National Mall," George Washington President Steven Knapp said. "I know our graduating students will be inspired and enlightened by his reflections on the lessons he has garnered from his distinguished career as a highly effective leader at the forefront of technological innovation."

Cook was the Financial Times' Person of the Year for 2014, and in 2012 was named one of the 100 most influential people in the world by Time magazine. He joined Apple in 1998, and served as chief operating officer prior to being named CEO. Previously, he was an executive at Compaq, now part of Hewlett-Packard Co., Intelligent Electronics and IBM.

Previous GW commencement speakers include...

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Feb 26
Movavi Photo Editor adds background removal, more

Movavi Photo Editor (http://www.movavi.com/photosuite), a photo editing toolkit for Mac OS X (10.6 and higher) and Windows, has been revved to version 2.0.

The upgrade adds such new features as background removal, which lets users delete the existing background in a photograph and replace it with solid color fill or even a totally different image. Photos can also be saved with a transparent background in .png format.

The user interface of Movavi Photo Editor has also been enhanced. All the tabs have been moved to the right-side of the application window so users can navigate all the main features - adjustment, rotation and straightening, crop, text, resize, object and background removal, and export.

Using the text addition, users can enter a comment or caption in any size, font, or color above the edited photo. The text addition tab contains all the settings anyone might...

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Feb 25
PCI Geomatics implements support for KazEOSat-1

PCI Geomatics (www.pcigeomatics.com) has implemented support for KazEOSat-1, an Earth Observation satellite owned and operated by the Kazakhstan Gharysh Sapary (KGS), a division of Kazcosmos.

KazEOSat-1 is capable of producing imagery of up to 1-meter panchromatic and 4-meter multispectral. The satellite was launched from the European spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana in April of 2014, and reached operational readiness in July 2014. The sensor will produce imagery for the Kazakstan government to support decision making and policy in critical areas such as resource monitoring, resource management, land-use mapping, and environmental monitoring.

PCI Geomatics has implemented support for KazEOSat’s sensor model, which required modifications to both Geomatica and GXL. KazEOSat-1 was built by Airbus Defense and Space, and provides positional information that can be imported to build geometric models...

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Feb 25
Altium announces Tasking C Compiler

Altium (www.altium.com) has announced the availability of a new C compiler for the Generic Timer Module (GTM-IP MCS) from the Robert Bosch GmbH.

The GTM IP module forms a generic timer platform for complex applications in the automotive industry like power train, power steering, chassis and transmission control. To serve these different application domains, the GTM provides a wide range of timer functions like counters, multi-action capture/compare, PWM functions, duty-cycle measurement and many more.

The GTM also features internal RISC-like programmable cores for data processing and complex output sequence generation. The IP is designed to run with minimal CPU interaction and to unload the CPU from handling interrupt service requests as much as possible.

The first stable release of the C compiler for the GTM/MCS will be available in March. In the course of the year the new C compiler will be included...

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Feb 25
Default Folder for Mac OS X upgraded to version 4.6.14

St. Clair Software (http://tinyurl.com/2gm24v) has released Default Folder X 4.6.14, an update to their utility for Mac OS X.

Default Folder X enhances the file dialogs in all Mac OS X applications. Its custom keyboard shortcuts put your favorite and recent folders at your fingertips. It provides fast navigation to your files, previews, integrated Spotlight tagging, and more.

Version 4.6.14 addresses compatibility issues, including fixing a bug that could cause crashes in ArchiCAD, Mathematica and Cubase 8. It also improves its Rebound and tagging features, updates support for QuickSilver, and offers the option to automatically resize file and folder icons as you resize file dialogs.

Default Folder X requires Mac OS X 10.6 and higher. Version 4.6.14 is a free update for existing version 4 users. It costs US$34.95 for new users.

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Feb 25
Apple Pay now available for Morgan Stanley Wealth Management...

Morgan Stanley Wealth Management (www.morganstanley.com) says that, using their iPhone 6/6Plus, clients can add their Morgan Stanley Debit Card to Apple Pay to pay for purchases in stores or within apps.

Once the Morgan Stanley Debit Card is securely added to Apple Pay, clients can hold their Apple smartphone near the contactless reader and, with the touch of a finger, the payment is made. When shopping within apps on their iOS device checking out can be as easy as selecting Apple Pay and placing a finger on Touch ID, says Eric Heaton, head of Morgan Stanley’s Private Banking Group.

Morgan Stanley Wealth Management clients’ account security is a key priority for the firm. The Apple Pay feature, which doesn't share the actual debit card number with the merchants or transmit it with payments, supports that goal, Heaton says.

Instead of using the Morgan Stanley Debit Card number, Apple Pay...

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