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Jul 18
BlackMagic Design announces new ProRes formats for its cameras

Blackmagic Design (http://www.blackmagicdesign.com) has unveiled version 1.8.2 of its Camera software, adding three new Apple ProRes file formats for the Blackmagic Cinema Camera, Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera and Blackmagic Production Camera 4K.

Camera 1.8.2 update is available free of charge from the Blackmagic Design website. Blackmagic Design camera customers have always been able to record in both CinemaDNG RAW or compressed ProRes 422 HQ formats;, however now this new software update adds three additional Apple ProRes file formats: ProRes 422, ProRes 422 LT and ProRes 422 Proxy.

This means customers using Blackmagic Design cameras will be able to get significantly smaller video file sizes allowing much longer recording durations on the same media card, all while preserving full frame 10-bit 4:2:2 quality. Once the update is complete, customers will see these new formats...

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Jul 17
Sue Wagner joins Apple's Board of Directors

Apple has announced that Susan L. Wagner, founding partner and director of BlackRock, has been elected to Apple's board of directors. Bill Campbell, the board’s longest-serving member, is retiring after 17 years of service.
 
Wagner co-founded BlackRock in 1988 and helped it become one of the world’s most successful asset-management companies, holding a range of leadership positions including vice chairman until mid-2012. She continues to serve on the boards of BlackRock and DSP BlackRock (India), as well as Swiss Re, Wellesley College and Hackley School.
 
"Sue is a pioneer in the financial industry and we are excited to welcome her to Apple’s board of directors," says Apple CEO Tim Cook."We believe her strong experience, especially in M&A and building a global business across both developed and emerging markets, will be extremely valuable as Apple continues to grow around the world.”
 
"We conducted an exhaustive search for someone who...

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Jul 17
Graphic Node launches a scrapbook template set for Pages

Graphic Node (http://graphicnode.com/) has introduced Sketches for Pages 1.0, a new templates collection designed specifically for Apple's page layout program. The set includes 50 customizable templates for creating scrapbooks.

Featuring media placeholders, virtually all objects can be recolored, moved, or removed. Users can also type or paste their own text, add or remove text boxes, and change fonts in any way they wish.

The Sketches for Pages app requires Pages '09 or later and Mac OS X 10.6.6 or higher. It costs US$13.99 and is available worldwide through the Mac App Store in the Graphics & Design category.

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Jul 17
Typinator for Mac OS X revved to version 6.1

Ergonis Software (http://www.ergonis.com) has released Typinator 6.1, the latest version of its tool for auto-typing text and auto-correcting typos systemwide across all Mac OS X applications. The upgrade sports over 50 new features and improvements, including a new marker for suppressing the current replacement and a new function for sorting text lines.

With an inclusion mechanism, text expansions can execute external scripts and include their results in the expansion. Typinator supports scripts written in in many different languages like AppleScript, Perl, PHP, Python, Ruby, and arbitrary shell scripting languages.

Typinator requires Mac OS X 10.5.8 or later. Mac OS X 10.7 or higher is recommended.

Typinator can be purchased on the Ergonis Software web site for approximately US$32 for a single user license. A family pack for installation on up to five computers is $49. The upgrade to...

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Jul 17
The latest iOS apps: July 17

Here are the latest iOS apps. You can find them at the Apple App Store.

Shell Curve Ltd. today introduces Follow: Dots And Lines Mania 1.0.0, their new game title developed for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. The premise of the game is simple; slide your finger to connect the colored dots that appear in the same sequence. Sometimes just the simplest of games can be the best of games. Follow: Dots And Lines Mania is one of those simple games that ends up being incredibly addictive and fun to play. The game features Game Center support, with Facebook and Twitter sharing.

The Milken Institute School of Public Health at the George Washington University (Milken Institute SPH) has launched the first of its kind mobile application for students enrolled in MHA@GW. The free app allows MHA@GW students to view course materials and videos, network with professors and peers, and receive notifications for upcoming assignments or events from wherever they are.

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Jul 16
Project Build builds CocoaNotes for Mac OS X

Project Build has introduced CocoaNotes 1.0 (http://tinyurl.com/nqbhz65) for Mac OS X. It's a multi-platform rich text editor that stores and manages notes in folders, leveraging iCloud's preferred document based synchronization technology.

You can store all notes and folders using iCloud and access them on all your Apple devices — or you can choose to store notes only on one device without iCloud. CocoaNotes allows users to style documents using formats, which are also synced over iCloud. The app lets you automatically synchronize your notes, folders and formats between all your devices. CocoaNotes supports Mac, iPhone and iPad.

CocoaNotes 1.0 requires mac OS X 10.9 or higher and is available worldwide at the Mac App Store in the Productivity category. The basic app is free, but you'll have to make an US$4.99 in-app purchase to unlock unlimited notes and folders.

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Jul 16
Logitech announces protection+ case for iPhone 5/5s

Logitech (http://www.logitech.com) has announced the Logitech protection+ case for iPhone 5/5s and Samsung Galaxy owners. It features a slim, "ultra-protective," outer shell, flex-resistant corners and impact-absorbent channels.

The protection+ case features a hard polycarbonate body with impact-resistant polymers in each corner that mitigate damage from impacts by absorbing shocks and dissipating them across the surface of your case. Additionally, tucked inside its polycarbonate shell, the case has impact channels and a layer of thermoplastic rubber to further absorb vibrations.

For added assurance, Logitech protection+ exceeds the U.S. Military drop-test standard (MIL-STD 810 G) for "rugged" devices, protecting your phone from drops up to 1.8 meters high, says Ariel Fischer, director of smartphone accessories at Logitech. The case also features a hidden metal plate that is compatible with all...

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Jul 16
Barcode Basics for the Mac gets new barcode types

Barcode Basics (http://tinyurl.com/kczaefh) for Mac OS X has been revved to version 2.3. The app offers barcode creation features.

The latest version adds additional codes. The software supports pro features such as bar width reduction and truncation.

Barcode Basics 2.3 requires Mac OS X 10.8 or higher and costs US$9.99. It's available at the Mac App Store.

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Jul 16
The latest iOS apps: July 16

Here are the latest iOS apps. You can find them at the Apple App Store.

Campbell Tech has rolled out Tank Titans HD 1.0. It's a free battlefield game that simulates tank combat. Tank Titans puts the player into a tank operator role, demanding active control and combat skills in order to win against multiple waves of computer-controlled enemy units.

Breakout Studios has announced Bouncing Soccer Balls - Colorful Soccer Goals Logic Game 1.0. The object of the free one-touch game is to release the soccer balls into the goals without losing any along the way. Drop them into different colored cups and the soccer balls will change to that color. Collect the colored soccer balls for higher points. You can compare your score to others in Game Center.

KVADGroup has released KVAD Photo Studio 1.0 for the iPhone. The app contains basic and precise tools to retouch images as well as a variety of effects, filters, frames and enhancement features. KVAD Photo Studio is free...

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Jul 16
ConceptDraw Solution Park gets updates to finance, accounting...

A new update to ConceptDraw Pro and ConceptDraw Solution Park of accounting and audit flowcharts provide expanded capabilities to describe processes that relate to a company’s business.

The new solution extends ConceptDraw Pro diagramming and vector drawing software with and design flowcharting tools. The solutions contain samples and libraries of vector stencils for financial flowcharts. These new additions to the ConceptDraw Solution Park are free for current users of ConceptDraw Pro v9.5 or greater.

ConceptDraw Pro (www.conceptdraw.com) is compatible with Mac OS X and Microsoft Windows. It retails for US$199. Version 9 is included in ConceptDraw Office 2, which retails for $499.

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Jul 15
Apple, IBM forge global partnership to transform enterprise...

Apple and IBM have announced an exclusive partnership designed to transform enterprise mobility through a new class of business apps — bringing IBM’s big data and analytics capabilities to the iPhone and iPad. The companies say the partnership is grounded in four core capabilities:

° A new class of more than 100 industry-specific enterprise solutions including native apps, developed exclusively from the ground up, for the iPhone and iPad;

° Unique IBM cloud services optimized for iOS, including device management, security, analytics and mobile integration;

° New AppleCare service and support offering tailored to the needs of the enterprise;

° New packaged offerings from IBM for device activation, supply and management.

Apple and IBM say the new IBM MobileFirst for iOS solutions will be built in an exclusive collaboration: IBM’s big data and analytics capabilities, with the power of more than 100,000 IBM industry and domain consultants and...

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Jul 15
Markzware releases Q2ID with InDesign CC 2014 support

Markzware (www.markzware.com) has released Q2ID. The Q2ID Bundle Subscription (1 Year) includes both Mac and Win versions of Q2ID for InDesign CC 2014, CC, CS6, CS5.5 and CS5 (for a total of 10 InDesign plugins).

Q2ID translates many details of the content in a QuarkXPress (QXP) document and recreates it within an Adobe InDesign file (INDD document). Items converted from QuarkXPress include: color models, fonts and styles, text attributes, tables, layers, blends, runarounds, linked text boxes, anchored boxes, and Pantone and other color models.

Q2ID for Mac requires Mac OS X v10.7 or higher and Q2ID for Windows requires Win7 SP1, Win8, or Win8.1. Both platforms require a Licensed copy of Adobe InDesign (Perpetual License or Creative Cloud License) in order to run. Q2ID supports QuarkXPress 3.32 through 10, and runs under InDesign CS5, CS5.5, CS6, CC, or CC 2014. See further details on the Q2ID product...

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Jul 15
RE:Vision Effects, WeVideo brings Twixtor slow motion video...

RE:Vision Effects (http://www.revisionfx.com) says Twixtor, the tool for making slow motion video effects, can now be enjoyed by subscribers of  WeVideo Personal and WeVideo for Business. WeVideo (www.wevideo.com) offers an online cloud-based video creation solution designed to make it easy to create and share professional-quality videos.   
 
Slowing down dramatic moments with Twixtor adds feeling to video projects, tapping into the emotional elements that help us communicate better, according to Peter Litwinowicz co-founder of RE:Vision Effects. Twixtor helps the content creator control the speed of key moments so everyone has the time to see and experience them more fully, he adds.

WeVideo is an online video creation platform for editing, collaboration, and sharing capabilities across any device — mobile, tablets, laptops and...

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Jul 15
Bits&Coffee brews BatchPhoto 4.0 for the Mac

Bits&Coffee has released BatchPhoto 4.0, an update of its all-in-one photo manipulation program for Mac and PC that lets photographers, web designers, business people, and families enhance photos. To use you select a group of photographs, and, with a single operation edit, resize, convert, watermark, and rename every image in the group.


New features in version 4.0 include a completely rewritten user interface with a new Dark-theme, one universal version for both Mac and Windows, a Mac version which is fully Retina-ready, drag & drop functionality for the graphical filters, and a new Auto Crop filter for automatically cropping photos to a predefined aspect-ratio.

BatchPhoto comes in three editions: Home, Pro, and Enterprise priced at US$29.95, $49.95, and $129.95, respectively. It can be purchased at http://www.batchphoto.com/. A free trial version can be downloaded from the same web address.

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Jul 15
AppGeneration releases myTuner Classical for Mac OS X

AppGeneration Software has launched myTuner Classical (http://www.mytuner.mobi), which lets users listen to the best themes from Tchaikovsky, Vivaldi, Rossini, Bach, Strauss, Mozart and many others, anywhere and anytime they want from a Mac running OS X 10.9 or later.

The app also features more than 200 classical radio stations from all around the globe, allowing users to record their favorite songs from the radio stations. Additionally, users can also check the top selling classical songs in any country.

There are two versions of the app, myTuner Classical (a free version) that features 20 classical themes from a variety of classical composers encoded at 128 Kbps and myTuner Classical Pro with 60 classical themes encoded at 320 Kbps. The later is being offered for US$4.99 (50% off) for a limited time. Both versions are available at the Mac App Store.

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Jul 15
PerfectTablePlan for Mac OS X adds multiple seating event support

Oryx Digital has released PerfectTablePlan, its tablet seating app for Mac OS X, to version 5.2. The update adds the ability to plan and report on multiple seating events.

PerfectTablePlan integrates with barcode scanners and can push seat assignments to any device with a web browser. This means that PerfectTablePlan can track the arrival of guests and assign (or reassign) seats in real time. Updates to the seat assignments can then be displayed electronically on large screens and sent to staff iPads and other web enabled devices.

PerfectTablePlan is available for Mac OS X and Windows from US$29.955 at PerfectTablePlan online. It comes with a 14-day, money-back guarantee and you can download a free trial from the website (http://www.perfecttableplan.com/).

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Jul 15
Henge Docks releases iPhone case compatible inserts

Henge Docks (www.hengedocks.com) is introducing its new iPhone Case Compatible Inserts for the Gravitas iPhone dock. This new case insert for iPhone 5/5s and 5c allows synching and charging of iPhones without removing the case off the device. 

More than 70% of top iPhone cases on the market will fit into the new insert, says Henge Docks CEO Matthew Vroom. The Gravitas lets you connect speakers, charge and sync devices using the included USB cable, and chat with friends and colleagues at a seven-degree angle for FaceTime.
 
The Lightning version of the Gravitas dock is a certified MFi Program product, an electronic accessory that has been designed to connect specifically to iPhone, or iPad, respectively, and has been certified by the developer to meet Apple performance standards. It's available for US$89.00 through Henge Docks’ online store and now includes the new iPhone Case Compatible insert as...

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Jul 15
Kanex has introduced a Thunderbolt-to-eSATA adapter

Kanex (www.kanexlive.com) has introduced what it says is the world's first Thunderbolt to eSATA adapter. It lets you connect your Thunderbolt-equipped Mac to an eSATA hard drive.

You can also add an extra USB 3.0 port to your Mac or PC. The US$79.95 Kanex adapter supports both eSATA and USB 3.0 interfaces simultaneously. It's small and compact enough to take it with you when you're on the go.

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Jul 15
Boss introduces Waza Craft compact pedals

BOSS (www.BossUS.com) has announced the Waza Craft series, a new line of special edition compact pedals.

The debut of the Waza Craft series includes the SD-1W Super Overdrive, BD-2W Blues Driver, and DM-2W Delay. All three pedals provide the classic sound signatures of the past and present BOSS pedals they’re based on, plus switchable modes for customized tones sought after by discerning guitarists, according to the folks at BOSS.

In continuous production for over 30 years, the BOSS SD-1 Super Overdrive has been in production for over 30 years. The Waza Craft SD-1W hot rods this with a revised circuit design, all-discrete analog components, and switchable Standard and Custom sound modes.

Like the SD-1W, the BD-2W is built with all-discrete analog components and a revised circuit, and features Standard and Custom sound modes. With the Waza Craft DM-2W, the BOSS DM-2 Delay stomp "has been reborn with...

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Jul 15
Mobile Edge introduces new Tech Brief laptop cases

Mobile Edge (mobileedge.com) has unveiled two new slim-line combination laptop and tablet cases. The new Tech Briefs are crafted using durable vegan leather and a tartan cotton-twill lining.

The Tech Brief is designed for daily commutes or quick trips. They feature a separate padded compartment for both a laptop and a tablet. The padded fur-lined pocket will protect an iPad or other tablet from bumps and scratches.

The integrated accessory organizer features pockets for a sSmartphone, flash drives, memory cards, pens and business cards. Two large exterior padded pockets provide storage for travel accessories or personal items.

Dual wrapped handles and an adjustable, removable shoulder strap offer carrying options. The Tech Briefs are available in black and dark brown. Both cases carry a manufacturer's suggested retail price of US$79.99 and are shipping now.

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Jul 14
Smarthome expands connected home product line with Honeywell...

Smarthome has expanded its offering of connected home products with the introduction of the US$279.99 Honeywell Lyric (http://www.lyric.honeywell.com) thermostat.

Using smartphone location, the Lyric thermostat knows when you're coming and going. It automatically sets the thermostat in energy saving mode when the house is empty, and when it knows you are coming home it automatically heats or cools the house to your preferred temperature. The Fine Tune feature factors indoor and outdoor temperature, humidity and weather into its algorithm, enabling it to provide the most comfortable temperature in the home, according to Scott Holder of Smarthome.

With the Lyric app (available via the Apple App Store and Google Play app stores), homeowners can adjust their home’s temperature wherever they are. When inside the home, the thermostat can be managed using Honeywell’s familiar round dial...

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Jul 14
ZipZapMac updates Periscope Pro for Mac OS X

ZipZapMac (http://zipzapmac.com/) has updated Periscope Pro, an application that turns a Mac into a multi-featured video surveillance system, to version 2. The upgrade includes an all-new interface, an audio-activated recording trigger, support for IP Cameras with the auto-configuration system, and an in-app clip viewer.

The motion-detection algorithm developed for Periscope Pro is user tunable and is purportedly comparable those used in standalone surveillance systems costing thousands of dollars. By automatically uploading clips to a free DropBox account, the user can view clips anytime.

Periscope Pro can be set to shoot only when there's motion, that is, activity going on, capturing exactly what the user is looking for, saving enormous amounts of search time and storage. The user can choose everything from the sensitivity of the motion detection, to clip length, to alternate recording mode, including...

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Jul 14
Sample Logic updates Arpology to version 1.2

Sample Logic (http://tinyurl.com/kyeqsyo) has updated Arpology to version 1.2. It's a virtual instrument and MIDI effect dedicated entirely to arpeggiated/sequenced instruments.

The update enhances the Step Animator by bringing new features for on-the-fly step pattern manipulation. This new update is a free download for current users. If you're new to Arpology, the update comes pre-installed when you purchase Arpology.

For new users the software costs US$399.99. It's compatible with Mac OS X 10.7 or higher and requires Kontact Player (5.3 or later), which is free from Native Instruments (http://tinyurl.com/cq5jqfg).

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Jul 14
Public cloud services spending driven by enterprise apps...

For 2013, worldwide public cloud services revenue reached a total of US$45.7 billion and IDC expects this market to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 23% through 2018, according to the IDC research group (www.idc.com).

"Data provides the edge to companies that can leverage their information for competitive advantage, through new products and services or an enriched customer experience. Software for data management, data access, and collaborative information sharing continues to lead the growth in the overall software industry," says Frank Gens, senior vice president and chief analyst at IDC.

Two product groups comprise the total public cloud services market in IDC's software taxonomy: cloud Software and cloud infrastructure. Cloud software spending represented almost 86% of the total public cloud services market in 2013 while Cloud Infrastructure held the remaining 14%. The Cloud Software market...

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Jul 11
ClickInstall 4.0 builds Mac software installers

Excel Software (http://tinyurl.com/oaznl3f) has updated ClickInstall, software that lets you create a professional Mac OS X software installer, to version 4.0. You can create installers for any number of products or licenses with a one-time purchase for US$395.

ClickInstall 4.0 adds user choice and option selections during the install process. Users can install the files and features they want or patch an existing installation with new or modified files. To reduce file size and download time, the install process can download optional features on demand.

ClickInstall 4.0 adds new FTP features to the build process You can build one or many installers with a button click and upload them directly to your website in a fully automated build process.

The ClickInstall package includes a printed and PDF manual with a downloadable trial edition and online video demonstration.

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