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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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May 18
Troi Automatisering releases Troi Dialog Plug-in 6.5 for...

Troi Automatisering has released Troi Dialog Plug-in 6.5 for FileMaker Pro 15.

It’s a tool for displaying all sorts of dialogs in FileMaker Pro 15. The text of the dialog and of the buttons can be created dynamically by using a calculation. Troi Dialog Plug-in 6.5 has been made compatible with FileMaker 15. In addition, the upgrade has several bug fixes and further improvements.

Troi Dialog Plug-in 6.5 works with FileMaker Pro 12, 13, 14 and 15. The plug-in can also be used with runtimes from FileMaker Pro Advanced 12, 13, 14 or 15. The plug-in is available for OS X 10.6.x or higher and for Windows 7, 8, 8.1 and 10.

A fully functional demo version of Troi Dialog Plug-in 6.5 is available for downloading at Troi's website (http://tinyurl.com/zcmv2vf). Licenses cost $59 per user. Details on developer licenses and multi-user packs can be found on the product website.

Version 6.5...

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May 18
Output Factory Server for Adobe InDesign now supports InCopy...

Zevrix Solutions has announced Output Factory Server 1.2.14, a feature update to its output workflow automation solution for Adobe InDesign.

Output Factory Server automates printing and exporting from InDesign by processing files from hot folders. The software offers layer versioning, preflighting, variable file name, export as single pages and other powerful features. Version 1.2.14 fully supports the editorial InCopy workflow by allowing to auto-update links in imported InCopy documents.

Output Factory Server can be purchased from the Zevrix website (www.zevrix.com) for $699.95, as well as from authorized resellers. A demo is available for download. BatchOutput Server users can upgrade for $350. Output Factory Server runs on Mac OS X 10.7-10.11 and works with Adobe InDesign CS5-CC 2015.

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May 17
Maintain serves up Cocktail 9.3 (El Capitan Edition)

Maintain has served up Cocktail 9.0 (El Capitan Edition), a new edition of Cocktail for users running OS X El Capitan 10.11.

Cocktail is a general purpose utility for OS X that lets users clean, repair and optimize their Macs. The new adds OS X 10.11.5 compatibility and ability to clear iCloud caches. It also adds ability to disable animation when showing and hiding Launchpad or Mission Control and resolves a number of minor issues discovered in the previous release.

Cocktail 9.0 (El Capitan Edition) requires OS X 10.11 to run. Cocktail (Yosemite Edition) for OS X 10.10, Cocktail (Mavericks Edition) for OS X 10.9, Cocktail (Mountain Lion Edition) for OS X 10.8 and Cocktail (Lion Edition) for OS X 10.7 are available for download from the Maintain website (http://tinyurl.com/p5adypq).

Cocktail costs $19 for a single user license and is available for purchase from the Maintain website....

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May 17
Cisdem releases PDFPasswordRemover 3 with PDF password recovery...

Cisdem has released PDFPasswordRemover 3 (http://www.cisdem.com/pdf-password-remover-mac.html) for Mac. It’s a PDF unlocking tool to help you recover and remove both user password and owner password.

It supports the ability to “crack” PDFs in any language and any Adobe PDF version (1.0-1.7). PDFPasswordRemover 3 is compatible with Mac OS X 10.7 and higher. It costs $34.99; a “lite” version is available for $19.99. A demo of PDFPasswordRemover 3 is available at at the product website.

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May 17
Patina Painting for Mac relaunched with new features as a paid...

Atek has announced Patina 1.1, an update to their painting/drawing app for Mac OS X (10.8 and higher).

It’s designed for making simple drawings & sketches, as well as for doing basic image editing tasks. Patina offers basic operations, such as drawing and manipulating shapes, setting & changing colors, moving and resizing objects, and doing annotations. Version 1.1 offers a variety of enhancements, including the addition of retina display support.

Patina 1.1 is available at the Mac App Store in the Graphics & Design category for $2.99. A demo is available for download at the product website (http://www.patinaapp.com).

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May 17
goPanel for OS X gets added support for Ubuntu 16.04, Debian 7...

Global Web has announced goPanel 1.0.3 (http://gopanel.io/), an update to their remote Unix server management app for Mac OS X.

It provides an alternative to the cPanel software normally used to administer Unix-based web servers. Version 1.0.3 offers added support for Ubuntu 16.04 and Debian 7 & 8, improved user authentication support, bug fixes, and more.

goPanel, which is available for a one time purchase fee of $19.99 (for a limited time), needs only be installed on one Mac computer. It then allows users to administer an unlimited amount of servers. It requires Mac OS X Yosemite or El Capitan and is available worldwide exclusively through the Mac App Store in the Developer Tools category.

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May 17
Broadcaster for YouTube for OS X revved to version 1.1

Mac Broadcaster has released Broadcaster for YouTube 1.1, an update to their YouTube live-streaming app for Mac OS X.

The software offers individuals and businesses a tool to broadcast live content directly to YouTube, from their Mac.Video streams can include the Mac's desktop, as well as video from individual apps, iOS devices, webcams, and more. Version 1.1 brings improved screen & app capture, the ability to use a secondary YouTube server, and more.

Broadcaster for YouTube requires Mac OS X Yosemite or El Capitan.It costs $9.99 and is available at the Mac App Store. A seven-day demo version can be downloaded from the Mac Broadcaster website (www.macbroadcaster.com).

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May 16
Apple celebrates Chinese music with GarageBand update

Apple has announced an update to GarageBand for both OS X and iOS that celebrates the rich history of Chinese music with new instruments and extensive Chinese language localization throughout the app.

The upgrades build on GarageBand’s extensive collection of sounds, this update adds traditional Chinese instruments — the pipa, erhu and Chinese percussion — along with 300 Apple-created Chinese musical loops. GarageBand for iOS users also get two new Chinese templates for Live Loops, and new sharing options to popular Chinese social networks, so they can share their music creations with friends and followers across QQ and Youku. 

“GarageBand is the most popular music creation app in the world and we’re excited to introduce these new features that incorporate the rich history of traditional Chinese music,” says Susan Prescott, Apple’s vice president of Product Marketing. “By adding classic Chinese instruments and new Live Loop templates, the new GarageBand app makes it...

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May 16
SmartSound launches Sonicfire Pro 6

SmartSound Software (www.SmartSound.com) has debuted Sonicfire Pro 6. It integrates with the company’s Royalty-Free Music Library and brings new technologies to the selection, customization and integration of music tracks for video production.

According to Kevin Klingler, president and CEO of SmartSound Software, the software enables the “effortless” selection, customization and integration of music from the company’s music library–exporting tracks for video production that are precisely timed, mixed to mood, contoured to changes in visual content, and royalty free. Version 6 sports such features as: cut-video-to-music export; a next-generation sound engine; a streamlined user interface; and additional content.



Sonicfire Pro 6 works with Mac OS X and Windows. It costs $199.95 for a one-seat license.

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