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Mar 26
New Earth science educational app is available for Mac OS X

Tasa Graphic Arts (http://www.tasagraphicarts.com) has announced Earth's Rocks and the Rock Cycle, a new Earth science app available for Mac OS X.

It provides teachers, students, and parents with Earth science content about rocks and the rock cycle. Photographs of rocks and their environments plus animations are designed to help students visualize the processes that change Earth over time. Scored quizzes and essay questions are included to encourage exploration, independent study, and written communication.

Users can use what they've learned about composition, texture, and color to identify rocks. Animations show the geologic processes in action: volcanic eruptions, flowing lava, weathering of rocks, streams transporting sediment, glaciers moving, caverns being formed by water, rocks being deformed by intense heat and pressure deep underground.

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Mar 26
Passware exposes suspects' Photo Stream to computer...

Investigators now have a unique tool that leverages Passware's research in live-memory analysis for over-the-air acquisition of Apple Photo Stream contents without an Apple ID or password.

Passware — a provider of password recovery, decryption, and electronic evidence discovery software for computer forensics, law enforcement organizations, government agencies, and private investigators — has announced version 2 of its flagship encrypted electronic evidence discovery product, Passware Kit Forensic 2015. This new release now acquires suspects' iPhone and iPad photos without Apple ID or password, provided the physical access to the computer with iCloud application installed.

According to Apple, "Your new photos appear automatically on the iOS devices, computers, and Apple TV you set up with My Photo Stream, no matter which iOS device or computer you use to take or import new photos." This also concerns shared photo stream where photos and videos of trusted contacts are...

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Mar 26
PhotoScissors 2.0 for Mac OS X removes image backgrounds faster

TeoreX has announced PhotoScissors 2.0 (http://www.photoscissors.com/download.html). The cross-platform application removes unwanted backgrounds from photos.

Version 2.0 provides improvements to further enhance results and reduce time required to obtain them. In particular, the improved edge feathering algorithm plus the "Offset Boundary" option allow for neater and more precise contours of the cut out object. The "Shadow" option applies a transparent shadow to the picture. A new interactive processing mode optionally allows applying all changes to the image in real time.



The price for a single license of PhotoScissors is US$19.99. PhotoScissors is available both for Mac OS X and Windows users.

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Mar 26
Splice 2.3.1 is now available in the Mac App Store

Einstein's legacy (http://www.einsteinslegacy.com) has released Splice 2.3.1, an update to their movie management utility for Mac OS X.

Splice is designed for professional and amateur video content creators who need a simple tool for organizing and joining a collection of video clips together into a single movie. Version 2.3.1 introduces enhanced full screen support, tighter integration with the User Notification Center, improved progress reporting and better error handling.

Splice 2.3.1 is available for US$9.99 from the Mac App Store (in the Video category). It requires Mac OS X 10.10 Yosemite or higher.

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Mar 26
App Tamer for Mac OS X revved to version 2.0.5

St. Clair Software (http://www.stclairsoft.com/) has introduced an update for App Tamer, its Mac utility that manages applications to deliver more efficient CPU usage, increased battery life and quieter operation.

App Tamer's AutoStop capability automatically slows down or pauses applications when you switch away from them, and then restarts them when you click back to them. Version 2.0.5 fixes a compatibility issue with Safari and improves its user interface and usability.

App Tamer now offers its CPU history graph with a logarithmic scale. This mode shows much more detail when CPU usage is a lower percentage of total capacity, a common occurrence on 8- and 16-core Macs

App Tamer comes pre-configured to automatically manage Safari, Firefox, Chrome, Spotlight, Time Machine, Word and other apps when they're in the background. Customizing it for other applications is just a mouse click...

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Mar 25
CircleIcons lets developers create icons for iOS, Mac, WatchKit...

Bayhoff Software (http://www.bayhoff.com) has introduced CircleIcons 1.0 for OS X, a new app designed to make it easy for developers to create "circle icons" for their iPhone, iPad, Mac, and WatchKit apps without the need to hire a graphic designer.

Developers can choose between three icon types, including App, Document and Folder, as well as numerous color collections or even resize pre-existing icons. They can export an icon as a Xcode asset catalog, favicon, App Store icon and more.

CircleIcons 1.0 requires OS X 10.10 Yosemite or later. It costs US$9.99 and is available exclusively through the Mac App Store in the Developer Tools category.

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Mar 25
Apowersoft Mac Screenshot unveiled for Mac OS X

Apowersoft (http://www.apowersoft.com/) has announced Apowersoft Mac Screenshot, a screenshot utility for Mac OS X.

It's designed for those who want to take snapshots of anything displayed on their Mac. The screen capture tool can be used to make quick edits, upload screenshot to free cloud space and share image online. It provides image annotation, allowing you to add arrows, line, circle, text, highlight and more based on their needs.

Additionally, Apowersoft Mac Screenshot allows you to upload the screenshot to free cloud space provided by screenshot.net. Once it's uploaded, four image links are provided for sharing. Aside from the image uploading feature, it also supports saving as an image file to local disk in PNG, JPG, GIF, TIFF and BMP formats.

Apowersoft Mac Screenshot requires Mac OS 10.6 or above. It's priced at US$39.95 for a personal license and $99.95 for a commercial...

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Mar 25
4DX Games releases Weasel Woodpecker for OS X, iOS devices

4DX Games has unleashed Weasel Woodpecker, their newest game title on Mac OS X, iOS, Android, PC, and Facebook platforms.

You can play the game for free on each platform. You've seen the already iconic photo of a weasel riding on a woodpeckers back. Now you can re-enact the photo by becoming a weasel, trying to hitch a ride from the unsuspecting woodpecker. You soar through the skies, dodging trees and collecting acorns.

Weasel Woodpecker consists of randomly generated levels. The gameplay follows the "simple to control, hard to master" ideology. You start by controlling the weasel. By timing your jump correctly, the weasel lands on the woodpecker's back. Once you've managed to hitch a ride, you control the woodpecker, avoiding obstacles and collecting acorns along the way. When you see a ledge at the end of the level, you will need to jump off. Be careful not to miss the platform.

Weasel Woodpecker is available at the Mac App Store and the Apple App Store....

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Mar 25
Beezwax announces InspectorPro 5 for FileMaker

Beezwax Datatools (http://www.beezwax.net) has rolled out InspectorPro 5, an update of its developer tool for FileMaker solution analysis.

InspectorPro works to identify hard-to-find issues, compare database versions for changes, and identify all dependencies, unreferenced items and more. Version 5 offers 64-bit DDR parsing, detailed version comparison highlighting, three new interactive visualization tools, WebDirect compatibility reports and a streamlined user interface.

InspectorPro 5 analyzes solutions built on the FileMaker Platform 12 or 13, and is available now for Mac OS X 10.7 or later, and Windows 7, 8 or later. FileMaker Pro Advanced is required for a developer to generate the DDR (Database Design Report) to be used for analysis.

InspectorPro 5 is priced at US$495 for new customers, and is available for purchase and immediate download from Beezwax online. A Team License (for up to...

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Mar 25
AKVIS Points 1.0 lets you apply pointillism effects to your...

AKVIS has released AKVIS Points 1.0 for Mac OS X and Windows. It turns images into pointillism paintings. This painting technique is characterized by applying of separate brush strokes in the form of dots or spots.

A complex hue is decomposed into individual colors, which are displayed on the canvas as dotted strokes, small dabs of paint of pure color. The optical mixing of these dots provides a visual perception of an entire painting.

The software runs on Mac OS X 10.6 and higher Windows XP/Vista/Win7/Win 8 and on Mac OS X 10.6-10.10. It is available as a standalone program and as a plugin filter for Adobe Photoshop, Corel PaintShop Pro, and other image editors.

AKVIS Points, Home license, sells for US$49. The functionality of the program depends on the license type. Consult the official website (http://akvis.com/en/points/index.php) for more details about license...

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Mar 25
Fantastical 2 is reimagined for Yosemite

Flexibits has introduced Fantastical 2 (http://flexibits.com/fantastical), an update of the OS X calendar app.

Designed exclusively for OS X Yosemite, Fantastical 2 for Mac includes features such as a full calendar window (with day, week, month, and year views), an intuitive parsing engine, iCloud reminders support, light theme, time zone support, birthday reminders, and more. The upgrade sports a new design and includes OS X Yosemite features, including a Today Widget, Action & Share Extensions, plus Handoff support to provide continuity between Fantastical 2 for Mac, Fantastical 2 for iPhone, and Fantastical 2 for iPad.

iCloud Reminders are even better as users can now see their events and dated reminders together in the main list. Reminders can be quickly created by starting sentences with "reminder", "todo", "task", or "remind me to." Users can also add dates, times, and...

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Mar 25
Sky Battles launches on Steam for Macs, PCs

Peter Lacalamita has launched Sky Battles (http://store.steampowered.com/app/346670), his new indie air combat game on Steam, the online store for Mac and PC games.

Sky Battles features bi-planes and giant titan bosses like krakens, sea monsters and fire breathing dragons to name a few. It also includes a multiplayer mode allowing players to engage in online dogfights.

Sky Battles includes a multiplayer mode allowing players to engage in online dogfights. Steam achievements and leader boards have been implemented to complement the gaming experience.

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Mar 25
RESCUECOM releases 2015 Computer Reliability Report

RESCUECOM’s 2015 Computer Reliability Report brings some interesting shifts among the big names in computer and tablet manufacturers.

Most noteworthy in the 2015 report is the lead Amazon has claimed over the competition. With a higher reliability score than the rest of the manufacturers combined, Amazon holds the top rank. The manufacturer even surpassed well-known names in reliability like Apple and Samsung this year. Amazon’s “A+” grade is due in large part to focusing on one product: the Kindle tablets.

Still, both Samsung and Apple have impressive reliability grades of “A-” for 2015. In fact, these long time contenders for the number one spot almost tied in reliability score. Samsung managed to gain a narrow lead over Apple. The full list of rankings is explained in-depth in the 2015 Computer Reliability Report (http://tinyurl.com/pg4gs2r).

Lenovo and Asus mark the middle ground...

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Mar 25
PDF Checkpoint now supports preflighting of LibreOffice PDF files

Zevrix Solutions (www.zevrix.com) has announced PDF Checkpoint 1.7.7, a maintenance update to their PDF preflight and conversion solution.

The app automatically preflights, exports as images, splits and optimizes Adobe PDF files. The software can also convert the color of PDF colors, downsample resolution and compress images. The new version lets users preflight PDF documents created with LibreOffice as well as files that underwent GhostScript conversion.

PDF Checkpoint 1.7.7 can be purchased on the Mac App Store and Zevrix website for US$39.95, as well as from authorized resellers. The update is free to licensed users. A demo is available for download. PDF Checkpoint requires Mac OS X 10.7 or higher.

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Mar 24
PDFpen 7.1 adds advanced page numbering, custom stamps, more

Smile has released PDFpenPro 7.1 and PDFpen 7.1, the latest version of its all-purpose PDF editing tool for the Mac. This version brings advanced page numbering options, including control over font, color, formatting, and page range.

PDFpen also allows for the creation of custom stamps, including dynamic stamps with the user’s name and the date the document is stamped. There are also a series of new additional stamps to choose from, such as Paid, Faxed, Copied, and more.

OCR is easier with new auto-deskew, which straightens the text of a scanned document, necessary for accurate OCR results. The German localization has been improved in version 7.1, as has VoiceOver support in forms.

PDFpen retails for US$74.95, and PDFpenPro for $124.95. Family pack licenses, which cover up to five computers in one household, are $94.95 for PDFpen and $149.95 for PDFpenPro. Office pack licenses start at $224.95 for PDFpen (five users) and $349.95 for PDFpenPro (five users)....

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Mar 24
FirstBank offers Apple Pay services for customers

FirstBank Holding Company, says it will begin offering Apple Pay mobile payment services for customers. Apple Pay is currently accepted at more than 700,000 businesses and retailers nationwide.

Customers can add their FirstBank debit or credit card by going to settings on their Apple device, opening "Passbook & Apple Pay”" and then selecting "Add Credit or Debit Card." After their debit or credit card information is added, customers can hold their finger on the phone’s Touch ID scan—near the vendor’s contactless reader—to make a purchase.

FirstBank (www.efirstbank.com) serves more than 650,000 customers and operates more than 115 locations in Colorado, Arizona, and California. A majority of its stock is owned by management and employees.

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Mar 24
Three new channels added to the Apple TV

Three new channels have been added to the Apple TV: Young Hollywood, Tastemade, and TED Talks.

Young Hollywood (www.yhworldwide.com), which targets Millennials — has launched celebrity-focused programming. It will premiere seven new original half-hour series this month totaling over 100 episodes. After the initial launch, Young Hollywood will continue to regularly debut new series on Apple TV, including the launch of a new weekly flagship entertainment news show “Young Hollywood Now.”

Tastemade (www.tastemade.com), "a video network built for the connected generation," is also launching on the Apple TV, marking its Apple TV, marks the foray into programming dedicated to food and travel. It provides hundreds of episodes of its original programming to millions of users of Apple's set-top box. Tastemade doesn't require authentication and ...

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Mar 24
Tune-Instructor for Mac OS X updated with 25 workflow options

Tibor Andre has announced Tune-Instructor 3.5 for Mac OS X, an update that provides 25 workflow options for organizing iTunes files, plus playback controls.

An interactive widget permits rating, playback, progress and title information within the notification center. The app allows for custom editing of the ID3-Tag, which contains all metadata of an MP3 file. Users can organize their song libraries, lyrics, artwork, files, and folders however they wish.

Tune-Instructor 3.5 (http://www.tune-instructor.de/en/start.html) requires Mac OS X 10.10 or later and iTunes 8.2 or later. It's donationware .

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Mar 23
Cyberpunk 3776 available on Steam

Peter Hann is releasing Cyberpunk 3776 (http://www.cyberpunk3776.com) on the Steam platform with added features. The original release is currently available for Mac OS X and PC systems.

Here's how the game is described: "Cyberpunk 3776 is a side-scrolling shooter set in a dystopian future world where you are the last of all of humanity. Avarice and indifference have brought about the end of days and an extraterrestrial force has come to declare war in a showdown to the end.

"With gameplay based on the golden-age of arcade shooters, the controls have been simplified and the playthrough streamlined. The driving force behind the game is its dark themes of life and its eventual end, portrayed as monologue by voice actor Nico Uusitalo."

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Mar 23
App Wrapper updated to version 3.5

Ohanaware (www.ohanaware.com) has released App Wrapper 3.3, an update to their App Store preparation tool.

It was designed to simplify the process of preparing applications for submission to the Mac App Store and deploying on web sites. App Wrapper features a graphical user interface for adding the required App Store properties, creating high resolution icons, code signing an application, placing an app into a App Sandbox and packaging it in a signed installer or creating a zip file, and more.

App Wrapper 3.3 adds a UTI control option, either Merge, Replace or Disable for controlling App Wrapper's UTI handling. It also adds code to deal with app icon names not ending with .icns.

There are three pricing options (owners of App Wrapper Mini and App Wrapper 2.x are entitled a discount when upgrading): US$49.99 - 1-Year Update Plan; $9.99 - 30-Day Pay As You Go; and $199.99 - 1-Year Small Team Update...

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Mar 23
Aqua Data Studio 16 released with enhanced visual analytics

AquaFold has announced Aqua Data Studio 16, an upgrade to its universal database management and analytics software that gives users more charts, features, capabilities, and options.

With support for newer versions of natively supported database vendors, the latest version introduces new chart types, and more options to current charts, making it quicker and easier for users to understand and execute on their underlying data, says AquaFold's CEO, Niels Gron. Along with enhancements to the Query Analyzer, Visual Explain, FluidShell, and support for newer versions of natively supported database vendors, version 16 is the most streamlined and efficient Aqua Data Studio to date, he adds.

Database support has also been upgraded for Sybase ASE 16.0, Sybase Anywhere 16.0, SQL Server 2014, MongoDB 3.0, VoltDB 4.9, Greenplum 4.3, Vertica 7.1, Hortonworks 2.2, Cloudera 5.2, Teradata 15, Netezza 7.1, ParAccel 5.1, Informix 12.10, MySQL 5.6, and Apache Derby 10.11.

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Mar 23
Mac version of Toy Defense 3: Fantasy is out now

Melesta Games (http://www.melesta-games.com) has launched the Mac version of its tower defense game, Toy Defense 3: Fantasy. It's requires Mac OS X 10.7 or higher.

Here's how the game is described: "Mac users can now enjoy a magical world where they must summon the bravest warriors of the kingdom to do battle with frightful goblins and ferocious dragons. Toy Defense 3: Fantasy introduces a magical new world where players must summon the bravest warriors of the kingdom to do battle with frightful goblins, ferocious dragons, and other fantastical enemies in detailed medieval environments. To be successful, players must perfect the skills of their warriors, build defensive fortresses, and develop the best strategies to defeat the armies of their foes and take the first places in Weekly Tournaments."

Toy Defense 3: Fantasy Premium 1.0 costs US$4.99 and is available worldwide exclusively...

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Mar 20
MakeDongle protects Mac software with a USB dongle

Excel Software has announced MakeDongle 1.0, which runs on Mac OS X, Windows or Linux computers. It generates a secure USB dongle that grants a license to run protected software on the attached computers and complements a suite of protection and licensing tools.

Protected software can be stored on the computer or dongle itself. When launched, the dongle is validated before the software is allowed to run. When building dongles, MakeDongle can copy multiple licenses, applications or installers to the USB drive.

MakeDongle can be used standalone or with the QuickLicense, AppProtect or DocProtect products.  It also works with licensing plug-ins for FileMaker and Xojo. To use MakeDongle alone, add a programming command to Mac or Windows software. Several coding interfaces are supported with sample code provided for popular programming languages.

MakeDongle 1.0 costs US$395 for a single user license. Go to...

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Mar 20
Mach Software Design announces an iCloud Note Taker

Mach Software Design (http://www.machsoftwaredesign.com) has released Mach Note, an iCloud PDF note taker, audio note taker, and RTF word processor. It's available for both Mac OS X and iOS.

Mach Note uses iCloud to keep your documents in sync across all your devices. You can access your files from any device with iCloud Drive. It supports iCloud HandOff/Continuity features so you can transfer files between devices. What's more, you can record audio in M4A format with a 3D visualize and more.

Word processing on Mach Note is done in in RTF format. Using the PDF format, Freehand Notes are synced across all your devices (via iCloud) so you always have the latest version of your Notes with you. Since Mach Note uses the PDF format, you can annotate PDFs .

The app is free for iOS and US$4.99 for OS X. It's available at, respectively, the Apple App Store and the Mac App Store....

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Mar 20
SCSC releases Scannerz 1.9.9.10 for Mac OS X

Software and Computer System Company (SCSC) has released Scannerz 1.9.9.10 (http://scsc-online.com) for Mac OS X.

The Scannerz package is a set of hard drive, SSD, and system analysis tools designed to help users isolate hardware, system, and performance problems. The package consists of Scannerz, Performance Probe 2, Phoenix, and FSE or FSE-lite. With the release of Mac OS Yosemite Apple is placing more emphasis on Core Storage technology, and SCSC has responded by expanding the products handing of both Core Storage and Apple RAID components.

This new release is fully Yosemite compatible and can be used on any systems running Mac OS 10.5 with Intel or PowerPC processors. Prices for the package begin at US$39.9; however updates for users with fully licensed copies of earlier versions are free of charge.

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