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Nov 05
Magic Window brings views from Yosemite Park to your Mac

Magic Window - Yosemite National Park is a new app that brings timelapse views of Yosemite to your Mac desktop as motion wallpaper. It features 18 views from the park.

The views were all captured by the Jetson Creative team (http://jetsoncreative.com) over two weeks of hiking through the park specifically for this app. Views range from Half Dome to El Capitan.

Each wallpaper is made from over 1,000 individual images that are blended together and replayed slowly on the desktop. This creates the effect of the image slowly changing over time, as you'd experience looking out a window. The speed of playback can be adjusted.

For a limited time, Magic Window - Yosemite National Park requires Mac OS X 10.9 or higher and is offered at the introductory price of US$2.99 at the Mac App Store in the Entertainment category.

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Nov 04
Digital Film Tools releases Composite Suite Pro 2.0 and zMatte 4...

Digital Film Tools (http://www.digitalfilmtools.com/) says its Composite Suite Pro 2.0 and zMatte 4.0 plug-ins now support the OFX plug-in format. The Foundry’s Nuke visual effects software and Sony Vegas editing systems are qualified hosts.

Composite Suite Pro (pictured) features a collection of visual effects plug-ins that were previously only available in-house at a Hollywood feature film effects facility. It can be used to combine multiple images by using compositing tricks and techniques, color correction, blur, grain, matte manipulation, lens distortion, lighting effects and edge blending.

zMatte is a full-featured keyer that's the result of Digital Film Tools’ experience in creating hundreds of blue and green screen composites. Using proprietary matte extraction techniques, zMatte lets you create mattes with minimal parameters, even when dealing with fine hair detail, smoke...

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Nov 04
Law firm investigating retail pharmacies for blocking Apple Pay

The law firm of Schubert Jonckheer & Kolbe (www.schubertlawfirm.com) has launched an investigation into the conduct of retail pharmacies CVS and Rite Aid over their decision to block contactless payments, including Apple Pay and Google Wallet, in their retail stores.

The firm is currently considering a potential class action to restore Apple Pay service at CVS and Rite Aid stores. CVS and Rite Aid have long allowed contactless payments at their retail stores, but less than one week after Apple deployed Apple Pay, the large retail pharmacy chains disabled those system to prohibit the payment method.

According to the New York Times, this decision was predicated on CVS and Rite Aid’s membership in the so-called Merchant Customer Exchange (“MCX”), which includes retail big-box stores like Walmart and Best Buy. Instead of allowing Apple Pay or Google Wallet, the MCX has developed its own...

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Nov 04
Swedish hacker claims to have found 'serious' security...

A white-hat hacker from Sweden says he's found a "serious" security hole in Mac OS X Yosemite that could allow an attacker to take control of your Mac, reports Macworld UK (http://tinyurl.com/m5etd52).

Emil Kvarnhammar, a hacker at Swedish security firm Truesec, calls the vulnerability "rootpipe." He says it's a "privilege escalation vulnerability," which means that even without a password an attacker could gain the highest level of access on a machine, known as root access. From there, the attacker has full control of the system.

Apple hasn't fixed the flaw yet, Kvarnhammar says, so Truesec won't provide details of how it works.

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Nov 04
SoundSoap 4 for Mac OS X gets new cleaning capabilities

Soundness (http://www.soundness-llc.com) has debuted SoundSoap 4, an update to their audio noise reduction software for Mac and Windows.


The software helps solve audio noise problems like unwanted hiss and background noises, clicks, pops, crackles, electrical hum, rumble, clipping, and low volume. Version 4's new Declipping feature automatically fixes distortion on audio that was recorded too loud, using an advanced digital signal processing algorithm to detect and restore clipped audio signals. SoundSoap 4 now features an advanced loudness maximizer to intelligently boost the volume of audio tracks that are too quiet. SoundSoap's digital signal processing algorithms increase the loudness of the audio without introducing distortion.

SoundSoap 4 also includes a new feature called Track that automatically reduces the amount of noise reduction on louder sections of the audio material,...

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Nov 04
Troi Automatisering releases Troi Dialog Plug-in 5.5.8 for...

Troi Automatisering (www.troi.com) has released Troi Dialog Plug-in 5.5.8 for FileMaker Pro 13. It's an update of the tool for displaying all sorts of dialogs in FileMaker Pro 13.

The text of the dialog and of the buttons can be created dynamically by using a calculation. Version 5.5.8 is compatible with Mac OS X Yosemite and works with FileMaker Pro 10, 11, 12 and 13. The plug-in can also be used with runtimes from FileMaker Pro Advanced 10, 11, 12 or 13. The plug-in is available for Mac OS X and Windows.

On Mac OS X the plug-in runs in 10.6.8 (Snow Leopard), 10.7 (Lion), 10.8 (Mountain Lion), 10.9 (Mavericks) or 10.10 (Yosemite). The plug-in also runs on Windows XP, Vista, Windows 7 or 8.x. QuickTime 7 or later is needed for the Dial_PresentImage() function.

Licenses cost US$59 per user. Details on developer licenses, multi-user packs and upgrades can be found on the Troi web site.

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Nov 04
BackOutput DOC upgraded for Mac OS X Yosemite

Zevrix Solutions (www.zevrix.com) has unveiled BatchOutput DOC 2.3.2, a compatibility update to its output automation solution for Microsoft Word on OS X.

BatchOutput automates printing of multiple documents and allows to carry out powerful professional PDF production directly from Word, eliminating the need for time consuming post-processing. The new version is compatible with Mac OS X Yosemite.

BatchOutput DOC can be purchased for US$39.95. A demo is available for download.

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Nov 04
CS Odessa Updates ConceptDraw Applications to Support OS X...

CS Odessa (www.conceptdraw.com) has introduced updates for its ConceptDraw productivity programs for Mac OS X Yosemite.

ConceptDraw Pro 10, CS Odessa's equivalent of Microsoft Visio, also includes the ability to import and export Visio 2013 native file format (.VSDX). The new version allows users to export graphic content to Microsoft PowerPoint 2013.

ConceptDraw Project 6, which is a competitor to Microsoft's Project software, and ConceptDraw MindMap 7, a productivity tool, have been revved to support Yosemite.

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Nov 04
Cocktail (Maverick Edition) shaken to version 7.6.2

Maintain has served up Cocktail 7.6.2 (Mavericks Edition), the latest maintenance update for users running OS X Mavericks. The update contains improvements on the "Clear Adobe Flash Player cookies"procedure and fixes compatibility issues with EtreCheck.

Cocktail is a general purpose utility for OS X that lets users clean, repair and optimize their Macs. Cocktail's features are arranged into five categories that helps you manage various aspects of your computer. Version 7.6.2 addresses compatibility issues with OS X Mavericks 10.9.5. The software is now also signed with v2 signature to conform with the latest version of Apple's Gatekeeper.

Cocktail 7.6.2 (Mavericks Edition) requires OS X Mavericks 10.9 to run. Cocktail (Mountain Lion Edition) for OS X 10.8, Cocktail (Lion Edition) for OS X 10.7 and Cocktail (Snow Leopard Edition) for OS X 10.6 are available for download from Maintain website (http://www....

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Nov 04
Kodak Alaris releases Mac drivers for 13 scanners

Kodak Alaris (www.kodakalaris.com) has released Mac drivers for 13 of its document and photo scanners. The company is also including Newsoft's Presto! PageManager 9 software for scanning, organizing and share information in a business scanning environment.

Individuals or businesses interested in scanners that are Mac compatible can access the free MAC drivers and applications for Kodak ScanMate i940, i1150 and i1180 Scanners and the KODAK i2400, i2600, i2800, i2900, i3200, i3250, i3400, and i3450.

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Nov 04
Paragon Software Group releases new NTFS for Mac OS X Yosemite

Paragon Software Group (http://www.paragon-software.com) has released NTFS for Mac 12, adding support for Mac OS X Yosemite. It delivers full read and write support for NTFS-formatted drives

Eliminating boundaries between Mac and Windows operating systems, Paragon NTFS for Mac 12 achieves the speed of native drivers with test results 120 MB/sec during read and write operations on USB3.0 external media, according to the folks at Paragon. With version 12, Mac users are provided full read and write access to Microsoft NTFS volumes, allowing for the transfer of existing files back and forth between Mac and Windows.

Users of Paragon NTFS for Mac OS X 11 get a free upgrade to NTFS for Mac 12. For new users the cost is US$19.95.

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Nov 04
MetaEdit+ 5.1 brings graphical DSLs for collaborative development

MetaCase has released a new version of its Domain-Specific Modeling and code generation tool, MetaEdit+.  MetaEdit+ 5.1 is aimed at expert developers who want to empower their team to generate efficient, complete code directly from domain-specific models, says Dr. Juha-Pekka Tolvanen, CEO of MetaCase.
 
MetaEdit+ lets language engineers create graphical domain-specific languages and code generators. The new version offers collaboration for both language creation and use: multiple team members can define domain-specific modeling languages together and share them instantly to the whole team. In this way, domain-specific languages created by different language engineers can be integrated, tested and shared.
 
The new version provides updates to editors making modeling faster with in-place editing, hierarchical property sheets, movable ports, and reconnecting existing model elements. Language engineers also get new features, such as read-only and hidden model...

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Nov 04
NetShred X is ready for Mac OS X Yosemite

Mireth Technology Corp. has released version 4.8 of NetShred X, its Internet eraser that erases internet cache, history and mail on Mac OS X. The new version adds support for Mac OS X Yosemite, Safari 8, Apple Mail 8, Firefox 32, and Chrome 38.

NetShred X is designed to run automatically, without user intervention. Since erasing temporary internet files can take some time, it runs in the background.

NetShred X is available for immediate download, or on CD-ROM, starting at US$24.95. Educational pricing and volume discounts are available. For more info go to www.mireth.com/pub/nxme.html .

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Nov 03
Cartographer is the first GeoJSON editor on the Mac App Store

False Victories has announced Cartographer 1.0 (http://tinyurl.com/m7gu5vb), a new maps app for Mac OS X (10.9 or later). It's available at the Mac App Store in the Developer Tools Section for US$13.99.

Cartographer allows developers to add annotations to maps without the need to enter coordinates by hand. The app has been designed to work with Apple's MapKit framework on both OS X and iOS.

The Cartographer file format supports all the features of Cartographer. Developers can use the free CocoaPod CartographerKit to integrate it into their own applications.

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Nov 03
Patriot launches Supersonic Bolt XT offering

Patriot (www.patriotmem.com) has launched the Supersonic Bolt XT, which users built-in FIPS 197 compliant hardware-based 256-bit AES security.

The drive locks down and reformats after 10 consecutive failed password attempts. A ruggedized, rubber housing protects your data from common day drops and bumps. The Supersonic Bolt XT boasts transfer speeds up to 150MB/second anad USB 3.0 connectivity.

The Supersonic Bolt XT is available in 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB versions with pricing starting at US$49.99. It's compatible with Mac and Windows systems.

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Nov 03
Ohanaware releases App Wrapper 3.0 for OS X

Ohanaware has released version 3.0 of App Wrapper, an app store preparation tool designed to simplify the process of preparing applications for submission to the Mac App Store and deploying on web sites.

App Wrapper features a GUI [graphical user interface] for adding the required App Store properties, creating high resolution icons, code signing an application (and it's components), correcting the permissions of files within the bundle, placing an app into a App Sandbox and packaging it in a signed installer or creating a zip file.

App Wrapper 3 requires Mac OS X Yosemite anda is available from the Ohanaware web site (www.ohanaware.com). There are three pricing options:

° US$49.99 — 1-Year Update Plan (discounted to $29.99 until the end of November);
° $9.99 — 30-Day Pay As You Go;
° $199.99 - 1-Year Small Team Update Plan.

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Nov 03
Seagate unveils object-based storage drive

Seagate has unveiled its object-based storage drive— the Seagate Kinetic HDD. Based on the Seagate Kinetic Open Storage platform, Kinetic HDD combines an open source object storage protocol with Ethernet connectivity to eliminate multiple layers of legacy software and hardware infrastructure.

Scott Horn, Seagate vice president of marketing at Seagate, says this simplifies cloud storage architectures. Fewer number of storage servers also reduces power consumption and headcount expenses associated with managing storage, resulting in lower operating costs, for a combined savings of up to 50%, he adds.

The platform enables servers and storage to be scaled independently and developed more rapidly. Cloud data centers can add servers and storage at entirely different rates, matching each precisely to their needs. In addition, HDD innovation can progress more rapidly as servers and operating systems are shielded from device changes through the Kinetic open source API. (...

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Nov 03
Brainwaves for Mac OS X revved to version 1.3

Brainwaves (www.unexplainablestore.com) for Mac OS X has been revved to version 1.3. It's an audio brain stimulation app that uses Isochronic Tones and Binaural Beats "to bring the user into altered states of mind."

The tones and audio recordings in the Brainwaves app have been created at 320 kbps. Brainwaves is designed to be used as a sleep aid, dream inducer, creativity booster, and more.

Brainwaves requires Mac OS X 10.9 or higher. It's free, but does offer in-app purchases.

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Oct 31
New Outlook for Mac available to Office 365 customers

Microsoft has announced the new Outlook for the Mac, which the company says delivers improved performance and reliability and a fresh look and feel "that is unmistakably Microsoft Office." According to Microsoft, the new Outlook for Mac includes:

° Better performance and reliability as a result of a new threading model and database improvements.

° A new modern user interface with improved scrolling and agility when switching between Ribbon tabs.
° Online archive support for searching Exchange (online or on-premises) archived mail.

° Master Category List support and enhancements delivering access to category lists (name and color) and sync between Mac, Windows and OWA clients.

° Office 365 push email support for real-time email delivery.

° Faster first-run and email download experience with improved Exchange Web Services syncing.

The new Outlook for Mac is available to Office 365 commercial customers and Office 365 Home, Office 365...

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Oct 31
Business Card Shop 6 for Mac OS X adds over 15 new features

Chronos has announced Business Card Shop 6, an upgrade to its business card software for OS X. The new version requires Mac OS X Yosemite and includes 3D headlines and QR Codes to increase the impact and effectiveness of cards. In all, over 15 new features have been added.

Business Card Shop supports 700+ card stocks including those from Avery, PaperDirect, NEATO, and more. It comes with over 195 pre-designed templates for over 195 different professions. It also comes with a collection of artwork (over 1.4 GB in size) from artists all over the world.
 
A fully functional 30 day trial version can be downloaded from Chronos' website (www.chronosnet.com). Business Card Shop costs US$39.99 for a single user license and $69.99 for a family pac.

Registered customers of SOHO Business Cards 1.x to 3.x or Business Card Shop 4.x to 5.x can upgrade to version 6 for $25. See the Chronos website for...

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Oct 31
LinkOptimizer optimized for Mac OS X Yosemite

Zevrix Solutions (www.zevrix.com) has announced LinkOptimizer 4.9.28, a maintenance update to its workflow automation solution for Adobe InDesign.

LinkOptimizer lets you reduce the size of InDesign links and speed up processing by eliminating excess image data, performing essential image adjustments and converting file formats. The new version delivers Mac OS X Yosemite compatibility.

LinkOptimizer can be purchased from the Zevrix website for US$259.95 (there's a "lite" version for $179.95) as well as from authorized resellers. A demo is available for download. The update is free for LinkOptimizer 4.x users and $130 to upgrade from previous versions. LinkOptimizer is available for Mac OS X 10.6-10.9 and works with Adobe InDesign and Photoshop CS3-CC.

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Oct 31
Cocktail (Yosemite Edition) revved to version 8.0.1

Maintain has served up Cocktail 8.0.1 (http://cocktail.maintain.se), a new version of its Mac OS X utility that's compatible with Yosemite. It addresses an issue in which Cocktail may fail to clear DNS cache, fixes compatibility issues with EtreCheck and contains other bug fixes and improvements.

Cocktail is a general purpose utility for OS X that lets you clean, repair and optimize your Mac. Its features are arranged into five categories that help you manage various aspects of your computer.

Cocktail 8.0.1 (Yosemite Edition) requires OS X Yosemite to run. 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.

When unregistered, Cocktail runs in demo mode and will expire after the tenth launch. Registration is US$19 for a single user license or $39 for a...

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Oct 30
Seth Rogen to play Steve 'Woz' Wozniak

Seth Rogen will play Steve Wozniak alongside Christian Bale, who has been cast in the role of Steve Jobs in Sony’s upcoming Steve Jobs biopic, reports "Variety" (http://bit.ly/1vltQvl).

The film is based on Walter Isaacson’s book and adapted by Aaron Sorkin, writer of "West Wing," "The Social Network," and more.  Steve Jobs will be the second film based on the life of the late Apple co-founder and CEO. Open Road’s 2011 film, "Jobs," starring Ashton Kutcher in the title role, was critically drubbed and made only US$35 million worldwide.

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Oct 30
Native Instruments releases Traktor Kontrol S8 all-in-one DJ...

Native Instruments (www.native-instruments.com) has released Traktor Kontrol S8, an US$1,199, all-in-one DJ system with touch-sensitive controls and full-color displays.

The S8, designed for use with a laptop, also features a 4-channel standalone mixer, extensive audio interface, and enhanced performance decks for integration of Trakator Pro 2’s Remix Decks. Performance tools such as Freeze Mode take a snapshot of a running track and enable detailed slicing for instant live improvisation and an element of spontaneity.

The dedicated Remix Deck View provides hands-on control of Remix Sets, samples, and loops while monitoring a deck in full-view on the S8’s displays. Digital DJs can fine-tune mixes with two wide touch strips for precise track seeking and pitch-bending directly on the unit. Standalone mixer functionality offers connectivity for up to four turntables or CDJs.

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Oct 30
OWC unveils new 2TB option for the Mercury On-the-Go Pro

Other World Computing (www.macsales.com) has announced a new 2TB option today offering 33% more capacity for the OWC Mercury On-The-Go Pro, a bus-powered, portable storage solution.

Designed for mobile users, the OWC Mercury On-The-Go Pro is compact in size, measuring 3.5 x 5.5 x 1 inches. It's engineered in an impact-resistant acrylic enclosure and sports the latest FireWire and USB interfaces.

Mac and PC compatible, the portable drive even works with digital cameras and camcorders equipped with FireWire and/or USB data ports. The Mercury On-the-Go Pro ranges in price from US$97.99 to $349.99, depending on the configuration.

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