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Jun 11
CPPlay for Mac OS X upgraded to version 1.1

YAWMOO (http://www.yawmoo.com ) has released CPPlay 1.1, an update to its C and C++ interpreted environment for Mac OS X Yosemite.

CPPlay allows developers to enter code and immediately see the results, much like Apple's Swift Playground feature in Xcode. Its environment allows customization of the window layout, with available views that include the Source Code view to create, edit and remove source code files; the Web view to browse the web for tutorials and other documentation without ever leaving CPPlay; the Console view for standard input/output; the Notes view for taking notes about their project; and the OpenGL view for viewing any drawing or animation they create with CPPlay.

CPPlay 1.1 requires Mac OS X Yosemite and costs US$6.99. It's available worldwide exclusively through the Mac App Store in the Developer Tools

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Jun 11
PDF Checkpoint 1.7.9 simplifies PDF color conversion

Zevrix Solutions (www.zevrix.com) has released PDF Checkpoint 1.7.9, a maintenance update to its PDF preflight and conversion solution.

The software automatically preflights, exports as images, splits and optimizes multiple Adobe PDF files. It can also convert the color of PDF document elements, downsample resolution and compress images. The new version recognizes color profiles in user's ColorSync folder, as well as in subfolders of all designated ICC profile locations.

PDF Checkpoint can be purchased on the Mac App Store and Zevrix website for US$39.95. 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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Jun 10
Apple tweaks policy for building, running apps on devices

9to5Mac.com notes that Apple has changed its policy regarding permissions required to build and run apps on devices.

Until now, Apple required users to pay US$99/year to become a member of Apple’s Developer Program in order to run code on physical iPhone and iPads. As part of the new Developer Program (https://developer.apple.com), this is no longer necessary. Apps can be tested on devices, no purchase necessary.

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Jun 10
Sony makes PlayStation Vue TV service available for the iPad

Sony has launched its PlayStation Vue TV service for the iPad. The PlayStation Vue Mobile app — free at the Apple App Store — lets you enjoy live TV, catch up on TV and on-demand programming on your Apple tablet. It's available for those with an active PlayStation Vue subscription with an established home location originating through a PlayStation 4 or PlayStation 3.

The Vue service — costing from US$50 to $70 per month, depending on the channel bundle — is only available in Chicago, New York City, and Philadelphia for now. Also, while it includes access to over 50 channels, some shows and networks are blocked on the iPad due to licensing issues.

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Jun 10
iOS 9 code hints at vastly improved iPhone cameras

Code hidden within iOS 9 files hints that the front-facing camera in upcoming iPhones could sport flash support and support for a FaceTime camera with 1080p video capture. (That's up from the current 720p camera on the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.)

The coding also suggests support for capturing 240fps video at 720p using the front facing FaceTime camera. Other additions to iOS 9 discovered in the code include support for a front-facing camera flash and the ability to capture panoramic selfie photos using the front camera.

"CAMCaptureCapabilities" files in iOS 9 discovered by developer Hamza Sood (http://tinyurl.com/pyzxzhf) —as noted by MacRumors (http://tinyurl.com/nf8vv7b) — have file names like "[CAMCaptureCapabilities isFront1080p120Supported]," which seems to refer to the front-facing camera on the iPhone. At the...

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Jun 10
Rob Papen rolls out Reason RE release

Rob Papen Soundware has announced VECTO, a sound-shaping vector synthesizer for Swedish music software application, interfaces, and technology standards specialist Propellerhead Software’s Reason.

It allows users to draw in VECTOR paths to shape the resultant sound in a variety of ways. It comes with professionally- programmed presets and a range of oscillator waveforms.

VECTO can be purchased and directly downloaded for US$99 from the Propellerhead Shop (http://tinyurl.com/nb9sab2). A demo is available for download.

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Jun 10
Bundle for MS Office for the Mac revved to version 4.0

Theme Inn (http://www.themeinn.com) has announced Bundle for MS Office 4.0, the latest update to their Mac OS X application.

Featuring over 1,600 items with a variety of designs, from letters and brochures to greeting cards and books, Bundle for MS Office contains five collections of customizable designs. Version 4.0 introduces a number of new templates, redesigned interface, and an option to download only selected content rather than the 6GB app in its entirety.

Bundle for MS Office 4 requires Mac OS X 10.6.6 or later and Microsoft Office for Mac. It costs US$39.99 and is available worldwide through the Mac App Store in the Productivity category.

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Jun 10
Apple using a fleet of vehicles to collect street-level imagery...

Apple has confirmed (http://maps.apple.com/vehicles/) what's been suspected: that the company has been using a fleet of vehicles to collect street-level imagery for its Maps app for Mac OS X and iOS.

"Apple is driving vehicles around the world to collect data which will be used to improve Apple Maps," Apple says "Some of this data will be published in future Apple Maps updates. We are committed to protecting your privacy while collecting this data. For example, we will blur faces and license plates on collected images prior to publication."

A new Transit view in an upcoming Maps update includes directions for public transportation like buses, trains, subways, and ferries. Maps can even survey the entrances and exits of a station so you can find the quickest way in and out. Transit in Maps will launch with support for many of the world’s most traveled cities (Baltimore, Berlin,...

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Jun 10
Cisdem launches DataRecovery 3 for Mac OS X

Cisdem (www.cisdem.com) has updated DataRecovery to Version 3.0, offering more powerful features to help in recovering all kinds of file formats and at a much faster recovering speed.

Cisdem Data Recovery is Mac data recovery software that can recover your deleted, formatted, lost and inaccessible data from Mac, USB drive, external hard drive, mobile phone, digital camera, iPod, MP3/ MP4 player, and other storage media. It has four data recovery options (Document Recovery, Media Recovery, Archive File Recovery, Universal Recovery).

One of the biggest improvements of Cisdem DataRecovery 3 for Mac is on the interface, according to Brandon Hancock, manager of DataRecovery project for Cisdem. The app has also been fine-tuned and offers improved stability and faster scanning speed.

After the Data Recovery 3 upgrade, Cisdem DataRecovery now supports file formats up to 280+. The supported file formats have...

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Jun 09
Excel Software releases AppProtect 4

Excel Software (www.excelsoftware.com) has released AppProtect 4.0, an update of the protection software for Mac OS X and Windows.

It applies protection with a human controlled or automated online activation process to a compiled application in minutes without programming, according to the folks at Excel. It supports MAX MSP 5, 6 or 7 music applications or Unity games. AppProtect works with OfficeProtect to generate a protected application from an Excel spreadsheet.

AppProtect can be used to protect a standard Mac OS X application (.app), Windows executable (.exe) or Microsoft Excel spreadsheet (.xlsm).  A single user license is US$295 on either Mac OS X (10.7 or later) Windows (XP, Vista, 7, 8 or 8.1) or Mac OS X 10.7 or later.

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Jun 09
Cadillac announces CarPlay integration for 2016 models

Cadillac’s 2016 model year products will feature enhanced connectivity and control, including the addition of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. These additions are part of a broader enhancement of CUE, Cadillac’s user experience, with new features and a faster, streamlined operation.

Apple CarPlay will debut in 2016 Cadillac models featuring CUE’s 8-in multi-touch screen except the SRX Crossover, a model that will move to an all-new generation in early 2016. Android Auto is expected to be phased into 2016 production at a later date. The 2016 model year will begin this summer.

"Cadillac’s product transformation includes continuing upgrades to connectivity and in-car technology," says David Leone, executive chief engineer, Cadillac. “In 2015 Cadillac became the first luxury brand to feature broad use of wireless charging and 4G LTE Wi-Fi connectivity, and now in 2016 we’re moving quickly to enhance phone integration and overall system performance."

Cadillac CUE...

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Jun 09
Apple announces 2015 Apple Design winners

Apple has announced the 2015 Apple Design Award winners at this week's Worldwide Developer Conference. The award goes to developers whose iOS and OS X apps "combined design and technology in powerful ways."

The iOS and Mac winners are:

• Shadowmatic by TRIADA Studio
• Metamorphabet by Vectorpark.com
• Robinhood by Robinhood Markets, Inc.
• Fantastical by Flexibits Inc.
• Affinity Designer by Serif Labs
• Crossy Road by Hipster Whale
• Workflow by DeskConnect, Inc.
• Does not Commute by Mediocre AB
• Vain Glory by Super Evil Megacorp
• Pacemaker by Pacemaker Music AB

Student winners are:

• Elementary Minute by Klemens Strasser
• jump-O by ByteBrushers

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Jun 09
Output Factory for Adobe InDesign adds new variable file name...

Zevrix Solutions (http://zevrix.com) has announced Output Factory 1.5.26, a feature update to its output automation solution for Adobe InDesign.

Output Factory automates printing, exporting, preflighting and file delivery from InDesign. The software offers batch processing, export as single pages, variable file names, layer versioning, PDF preflight, FTP file delivery, output history and more. Version 1.5.26 lets users insert the current workflow name into the variable name of exported output files.

Output Factory can be purchased from the Zevrix website for US$169.95 (there's a "lite" version for $120 and a server version for $700). A demo is available for download. BatchOutput users can upgrade to Output Factory for $85. Output Factory requires Mac OS X 10.6-10.10 and Adobe InDesign CS3-CC 2014.

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Jun 09
Point in Space announces FileMaker Pro 14 hosting on FileMaker...

Point In Space Internet Solutions has announced availability of FileMaker Pro 14 database hosting on FileMaker Server 14.

"FileMaker Pro 14 provides many updates to the FileMaker product, including new scripting, design and performance features" says John May, Point In Space's President.  "By hosting on FileMaker Server 14, all of these new features are available to our clients."

Point In Space is offering FileMaker Pro 14 hosting, available immediately, at the same price as their other FileMaker accounts. Current Point In Space customers should contact the company directly regarding details on migrating from previous FileMaker versions. Go to http://www.pointinspace.com/filemakerpro14hosting/ for more info.

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Jun 08
OWC announces USB-C Dock

Other World Computing has announced the OWC USB-C Dock. Available for immediate pre-order, it provides a complete connectivity solution for the 2015 Apple MacBook and other computers that utilize USB-C ports.

Available in silver, space gray, and gold, the OWC USB-C Dock provides 11 ports and enables everyday peripheral connectivity.  Users will be able to charge devices, connect a display, add external storage, import photos from an SD card, utilize wired Gigabit Ethernet connections, connect their favorite audio accessories, and even power their MacBook, all through a single USB Type-C cable.

Included with every OWC USB-C Dock is an 80 watt power adapter capable of powering not only the new MacBook but also all of the USB peripherals users will directly attach. As an added benefit, users can keep the original Apple MacBook 29 watt power supply in their bag for when they're on the go.

The OWC USB-C Dock is currently available for pre-order at...

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Jun 08
Apple Pay expands benefits, heads to the UK

Apple says Apple Pay is making everyday payments even better by adding support for rewards programs and store-issued credit and debit cards with iOS 9. It's also heading to the United Kingdom.

Apple Pay in the US is expanding merchant acceptance to over one million locations next month and bringing support for Discover this fall. With this addition, the payment system will accept credit and debit cards across all major card networks, issued by the most popular banks, representing 98% of all credit card purchase volume in the US, says Jennifer Bailey, Apple's vice president of Internet Services,

With the addition of Apple Pay, the Passbook app in iOS has become much more than simply a place for keeping coupons, gift cards, boarding passes and tickets. So, starting this fall with iOS 9, it's been renamed Wallet, bringing additional options at checkout with Apple Pay support for rewards and store-issued credit and debit cards.

To get the most out of purchases,...

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Jun 08
Apple launches News app for the iPhone and iPad

Apple has unveiled an all-new News app that will be available with iOS 9 this fall for the iPhone and iPad. It combines the layout of a magazine with the immediacy and customization of digital media, according to Susan Prescott, Apple's vice president of product marketing, who demoed the app at today's Worldwide Developer Conference keynote.

News follows over a million topics and pulls relevant stories based on your specific interests that can be shared or saved for later — without compromising your privacy, she says. It's powered by the new custom-designed Apple News Format.
 
News collects all the stories you want to read in one place, in a customized newsfeed called For You. Readers can see the publisher channels and topics they’re following in Favorites, and to discover new content, Explore makes suggestions based on what you’ve already read. The more you read, the more personalized the News app becomes, refining the selection of stories delivered to your...

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Jun 08
Apple unveils Apple Music; available June 30

Apple has introduced Apple Music, an app that the company says "combines the best ways to enjoy music — all in one place." It's a streaming music service, a worldwide live radio station from Apple broadcasting 24 hours a day and a tool for music fans to connect with their favorite artists.

Apple Music combines the largest and most diverse collection of music on the planet with the expertise of world-class music experts who have programmed playlists for your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac, PC, Apple TV and Android phones, says Eddy Cue, Apple’s senior vice president of Internet Software and Services. It will be available starting on June 30 in over 100 countries.

Starting with the music you already know — whether from the iTunes Store or ripped CDs — your music now lives in one place alongside the Apple Music catalog with over 30 million songs. You can stream any song, album or playlist you choose — or let Apple Music do the work for you. 

Curation is the soul...

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Jun 08
Apple introduces watchOS 2 for the Apple Watch

Today at its Worldwide Developer Conference, Apple previewed watchOS 2, the first major software update for Apple Watch, giving developers the tools to build apps running natively on the smartwatch.

It allows developers to take advantage of innovative hardware features of Apple Watch including the Digital Crown, Taptic Engine and heart rate sensor, along with software APIs [application programming interfaces] to build new app experiences, says Kevin Lynch, Apple’s vice president of Technology. Available to Apple Watch users this fall, watchOS 2 also includes new watch faces, third-party app information as watch face complications and new communication capabilities in Mail, Friends and Digital Touch.

The new APIs enable audio and video playback and animation, and with the ClockKit framework, developers can represent their data as complications on the watch face. These new tools allow developers to make apps more robust, says Lynch.

For example, Strava can more...

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Jun 08
Apple previews iOS 9 at WWDC

Apple has unveiled iOS 9, giving a preview of new iPhone, iPad and iPod touch software that will be available this fall. In this upcoming release, iOS devices become more intelligent and proactive with powerful search and improved Siri features — all without compromising users’ privacy, according to according to Craig Federighi, Apple’s senior vice president of Software Engineering.

New multitasking features designed specifically for iPad allow you to work with two apps simultaneously, side-by-side or with the new Picture-in-Picture feature, to keep watching a video while browsing the web, composing email or using any other app. Built-in apps become more powerful in iOS 9 with detailed transit information in Maps, a redesigned Notes app with new ways to capture ideas, and an all-new News app for the best news reading experience on any mobile device.

"iOS 9 is packed with more intelligence throughout, and delivers big updates to the apps customers use most — Maps...

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Jun 08
Apple announces OS X El Capitan

Apple has announced OS X El Capitan, a new version of OS X that refines the Mac experience and improves system performance. Building on last year’s release of OS X Yosemite, El Capitan introduces enhancements to window management, built-in apps and Spotlight search, and makes everyday activities — from launching apps to accessing email — faster and more responsive, according to Craig Federighi, Apple’s senior vice president of Software Engineering.

Metal, Apple’s breakthrough graphics technology, is integrated into El Capitan, delivering system-wide performance gains and enabling games and pro apps to tap into the full power of Mac graphics processors, he says.

"OS X delivers unparalleled integration between Mac hardware, iOS devices, apps and online services, and has helped Mac sales outpace the PC industry every year for the last decade," Federighi adds.

"Customers loved last year’s landmark OS X Yosemite release and made it the fastest-adopted PC...

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Jun 08
Troi Encryptor Plug-in for FileMaker 14 updated to version 3.0

Troi Automatisering (www.troi.com) has released Troi Encryptor Plug-in 3.0 for FileMaker Pro 14. It's an update of the tool for for securing your FileMaker data, exporting or emailing your data without risk and importing safely back into FileMaker.

Version 3.0 adds support for 64-bit architecture with FileMaker Pro 14. It also adds AES-256 bit encryption, up from 128-bit in earlier versions.

A fully functional demo version of Troi Encryptor Plug-in 3.0 is available for downloading at Troi's website. Troi Encryptor Plug-in 3.0 works with FileMaker Pro 12, 13 and 14. The plug-in can also be used with runtimes created by FileMaker Advanced 12, 13 and 14. The plug-in is available for OS X 10.6.x or higher, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 8.1.

Licenses cost US$79 per user. Details on developer licenses and multi-user discounts can be found on the Troi web site.

Troi Encryptor Plug-in 3.0...

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Jun 05
ComScore: Apple was top U.S. smartphone manufacturer in April

ComScore (www.comscore.com), a digital media analytics firm, says that, as of April, Apple ranked as the top smartphone manufacturer with 43.1% OEM [original equipment manufacturer] market share, while Google Android led as the #1 smartphone platform with 52.2% platform market share. Facebook ranked as the top individual smartphone app.

ComScore says 188.6 million people in the U.S. owned smartphone during the three months ending in April. Apple ranked as the top OEM of U.S. smartphone subscribers (up 1.8 percentage points from January). Samsung ranked second with 28.6% market share, followed by LG with 8.4% (up 0.4 percentage points), Motorola with 4.9% and HTC with 3.7% (up 0.1 percentage points).

Android ranked as the top smartphone platform in April with 52.2% market share. It was followed by Apple with 43.1% (up 1.8 percentage points from January), Microsoft with 3%, BlackBerry with 1.5%, and Symbian...

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Jun 05
Cities in Motion Collection launches on Mac App Store with 50%...

MacPlay has announced that Colossal Order's hit title, Cities in Motion Collection, is now available on the Mac App Store. It requires Mac OS X 10.6.3 or higher.

Cities in Motion is a city-based mass transportation simulator. Players operate their own transportation company, building a public network with a variety of vehicle types, including buses, trams, and subway trains. By meeting the needs of city residents, the player tries to make as much profit as possible.

To celebrate the release, Cites in Motion Collection is available during the month of June for 50% off the regular price: US$24.99 instead of $49.99. Cities in Motion Collection includes the Cities in Motion and all DLC and cities.

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Jun 05
DayBack Calendar for FileMaker adds multi-day resource scheduling

SeedCode has updated DayBack Calendar, the add-on scheduling calendar for FileMaker Pro databases. It lets users balance their workload with multi-day resource scheduling.

Users can see their workload as a series of columns, each representing the tasks, activities or appointments allocated to each resource. The new multi-day resource scheduling view is delivered as an in-app update, so there's no need for existing calendar users to re-integrate DayBack Calendar with their database.

DayBack Calendar is Completely unlocked and can be added to existing FileMaker databases following simple step-by-step instructions. It can be "linked" to your file in as little as ten minutes, or pasted into your file as a new layout. In addition to Multi-Day Resource Scheduling, DayBack Calendar offers:

Pricing for DayBack Calendar (http://tinyurl.com/nnklmwh) starts at US$219. A 30-day demo is available...

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