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Apr 20
iBarcoder upgrade for Mac OS X features added codes, other...

Cristallight Software has launched iBarcoder 3.7.4, an update to their barcode generator for Mac OS X (10.7 and higher).

With the app, users can create any number of customized, colorful barcode labels in their own style, in any size, or shape. The app can create Datamatrix and QR Codes. Version 3.7.4 features added codes and other enhancements.

iBarcoder 3.7.4 costs US$49.95 and is available directly from the Cristallight website (www.cristallight.com) or through the Mac App Store in the Business category. Full versions include a lifetime license with complimentary upgrades and tech support. A demo is available from Cristallight Software

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Apr 20
Boot Runner 2 for Mac OS X adds more customization support

Twocanoes Software (www.twocanoes.com) has trotted out Boot Runner 2, an update to the OS startup manager for Macs.

It provides complete start up control and management of dual-boot Macs. Boot Runner 2 adds support for native and virtual operating systems in any combination of OS X, Windows, Chrome OS, Linux and more. Version 2.0 includes new and improved customization features to make it easier for users to find and start the OS environment that they need.

Boot Runner 2 requires Mac OS X 10.8 or higher and a Boot Camp partition, virtual machine operating system with a supported OS installed, such as Windows 7, Windows 8, Chrome OS, and Linux

Version 2 is free to customers who purchased Boot Runner after Jan. 1, 2015, or with active Support and Maintenance agreements. Volume and educational pricing is available for any number of Macs. Boot Runner 2 lab and site licenses now include free the first...

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Apr 20
AKVIS NatureArt gets new Transform tool, more

AKVIS (www.akvis.com) has released AKVIS NatureArt 7.0, an update of its collection of nature effects for images. The software can be used as a standalone application and/or Photoshop plugin, on Mac OS X and Windows.

Version 7.0 adds a Transform tool that allows the transforming of selections and direction lines. It improves the Sun effect with a new algorithm. The upgrade also adds: the Reverse Colors option to the Rainbow effect; the Line Sets (ready-to-use lightning layouts) to the Lightning effect; the ability to import/export user presets; and a History States parameter to the program's Preferences.

A demo of AKVIS NatureArt 7.0 is available for download. Registration for the Home license costs US$72.

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Apr 17
Maintain releases Cocktail 8.3 (Yosemite Edition)

Maintain has served Cocktail 8.3 (Yosemite Edition), the latest maintenance update for users running OS X Yosemite.

Cocktail is a general purpose utility for OS X that lets users clean, repair and optimize their Macs. Version 8.3 adds the ability to clear clear Dictation & Speech, Help, Spotlight and VoiceOver caches. It also resolves some minor compatibility issues with OS X Yosemite 10.10.3.

Cocktail 8.3 (Yosemite Edition) requires OS X Yosemite 10.10 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 Maintain website.

Cocktail 8.3 (Yosemite Edition) costs US$19 for a single user license. It's available for purchase from the Maintain website (http://www.maintain.se/cocktail).

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Apr 17
Strata announces Design 3D CX 8.0 for Mac

Strata has announced the latest version of its Strata Design 3D CX app (http://tinyurl.com/lw7t9ln) for creative professionals. Version 8.0 introduces features designed to enhance the design workflow; also, it leverages some of the latest technology in Mac OS X to provide access to more memory and faster rendering.
 
Some of the new features in Strata Design 3D CX 8 include: 64-bit rendering enhancements. LiveRay, Strata’s interactive photo-real renderer, that let’s users quickly interact with their models to perfect their textures and lighting. Publish 3D makes it easy to output to Augment (leading virtual reality application), Sketchfab (online interactive 3D visualization) and i.materialise (3D printing platform).

Soft shadows are now available from all light sources, including global lights. New anti-alias filters and HDRI image adjustments provide more control over final renders....

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Apr 16
Apple posts supplemental update to Mac OS X 10.10.3

Apple has posted a supplemental update to the recently-released Mac OS X 10.10.3. It addresses a video driver glitch that caused some Mac users to experience startup trouble.

In Apple's words, "OS X Yosemite 10.10.3 Supplemental Update 10.10.3" "fixes a video driver issue that may prevent your Mac from starting up when running certain apps that capture video." It's available for all OS X Yosemite 10.10.3 users at the Mac App Store.

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Apr 16
iConnectivity releases iConnectAUDIO4+

iConnectivity (www.iConnectivity.com) has released iConnectAUDIO4+, their next-generation audio and MIDI interface for Mac OS X, Windows, and iOS systems. It has a manufacturer's suggested retail price of US$349.99.

iConnectAUDIO4+ is a multi-host audio and MIDI interface. Its Multi-Host technology supports multiple audio and MIDI peripherals, and also multiple computing devices simultaneously. It can handle any combination of up to two Macs, PCs, and iOS devices as well as up to nine connected MIDI peripherals.

You can control a virtual instrument (or any music program) on one computer device from another one. Audio and MIDI flow back and forth without extra cables, and with no audio degradation. All the computer devices act like a single integrated machine.

Many peripherals use USB for MIDI I/O, but an iOS device can only access one of them with its single port. The iConnnectAUDIO4+ Host...

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Apr 16
Conservation Fund partners with Apple to protect U.S. working...

The Conservation Fund (http://www.conservationfund.org/) is partnering with Apple to help protect working forests in the United States. The Apple initiative will conserve more than 36,000 acres of working forestland in Maine and North Carolina, ensuring these forests stay forests and any timber on the land is harvested sustainably.

"Apple is clearly leading by example—one that we hope others will follow," says Larry Selzer, president and CEO of The Conservation Fund. "By all accounts, the loss of America’s working forests is one of our nation’s greatest environmental challenges. The initiative announced today is precedent-setting.”"

The forests that Apple and The Conservation Fund are protecting are larger than the land area of the city of San Francisco. Through its commitment, Apple can ensure a steady supply of sustainably harvested timber to paper and pulp mills.

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Apr 16
Apple, SunPower to build two solar power projects in China

SunPower Corp. (www.sunpower.com), a company that makes solar panels, says it plans to partner with Apple to build two solar power projects totaling 40 megawatts (MW) in ABA Tibetan and Qiang Autonomous Prefectures, Sichuan Province of the Peoples Republic of China (PRC).

When complete, the two projects will be co-owned by Sichuan Shengtian New Energy Development Co., SunPower's project development joint venture, and Apple. The projects include Hongyuan Huanju Ecological Energy Co., Ltd., (Hongyuan) located in Hongyuan County and Ruoergai Huanju Ecological Energy Co., Ltd., (Zioge) located in Ruoergai County. Both are in the ABA Prefecture and will be 20 MW each.

The projects are currently being constructed, and the Hongyuan project already has 2 MW connected to the grid utilizing SunPower's LCPV tracker. The technology combines single-axis tracking technology with rows of parabolic mirrors, reflecting...

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Apr 16
Prosoft Engineering announces CleanExit for the Mac

Prosoft Engineering has released CleanExit, a secure hard drive wiping software for Mac OS X and Windows that erases your computer hard drive "so your files are completely and permanently unrecoverable, protecting you from identity theft," says CEO Greg Brewer.
 
"Let’s face it, your computer holds everything that’s important to you. Your financial information and passwords, personal files, family pictures and other files that you don’t ever want to have end up in the wrong hands. It’s important you completely wipe all of those files from your computer or hard drive before you sell, donate or recycle it.," he says. "As the developer of the top-selling Data Rescue recovery software, we know exactly what it takes to securely delete your files so no one can ever steal them from your old hard drive or computer."

CleanExit deletes all files from any type of hard drive, flash-based drive or camera media card. The utility writes over all sectors of your hard drive. It...

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Apr 15
Space Hulk: Ascension for Mac available on Stream

Full Control says the third expansion for Space Hulk: Ascension is live for Mac OS X, Windows and Linux on Steam. The Dark Angels Expansion "Bringer of Sorrow" unlocks the Deathwing of the Dark Angels Chapter and includes a further 20 story missions, and 20 flash missions for players to conquer.
 
Here's how it's described: "Plasma Cannons shoot out huge fireballs of glowing plasma that splash across large areas, causing insane amounts of damage. They can be overcharged for additional splash damage. The Apothecary is a support class that complements players command slot in their squad, and bolsters the resolve of nearby Terminators and supports defensive play styles.
 
"Based on the best-selling board game set within the Warhammer 40,000 universe, Space Hulk: Ascension, is a 3D digital turn based strategy game, that features reworked mechanics and a host of new features, including RPG progression mechanics, new Genestealer variations, new rules, and mission...

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Apr 15
Universal Audio announces next-gen Thunderbolt 2 interfaces

Universal Audio (www.uaudio.com) has introduced a new line of Apollo audio interfaces for Mac Thunderbolt users.

They sport A/D and D/A conversion, new monitoring functions, Thunderbolt cascading of up to four interfaces, and realtime UAD processing, all housed within a sleek, black aluminum package. Now shipping, the Apollo 8 (US$1,999 with UAD-2 Duo processing; $2,499 with UAD-2 Quad Processing) features four Unison-enabled mic preamps and Hi-Z inputs for tracking through classic preamp emulations from Neve, API, and Universal Audio. Also included are new front panel monitoring functions such as Alt Speakers, Dim, and Mono.

Shipping in the second quarter, the Apollo 8p ($2,999 with UAD-2 Quad processing) features eight Unison-enabled mic preamps and Hi-Z inputs, allowing recordists to track larger projects through classic preamp emulations from Neve, API, and Universal Audio. Apollo 8p also includes new...

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Apr 15
PaintCode 2.3 adds over 15 new features, including SVG export

PixelCut has launched PaintCode 2.3 (www.paintcodeapp.com), an update of its painting app for Mac OS X. The upgrade adds over 15 new features.

PaintCode 2.3 adds support for exporting SVG documents, introduces a completely rebuilt image export module, improves compatibility with other drawing apps and adds support for importing PDF, AI and EPS documents. For "power users," it boasts a brand new multi-threaded renderer that significantly improves performance in many scenarios.

PaintCode 2.3 is available immediately as a free update. For new users the cost is US$99.99. PaintCode is available at the product website and the Mac App Store.

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Apr 15
DVDBurner for Mac OS X redesigned for speed and ease of use

Cisdem (www.cisdem.com) has released DVDBurner 3.0, an update of the $39.99 DVD authoring software that provides a way to enhance, share and burn videos to DVD with drag and drop simplicity.

Cisdem DVDBurner allows users to burn various videos including MP4, AVI, VOB, FLV, M2TS, MTS, SWF, MKV, MPG, MPEG, TS, MOV, QT, RMVB, etc. to high quality DVD Disc, DVD Folder, or DVD ISO file with fast speed. Users can easily select a DVD menu from dozens of DVD menu templates and personalize the output DVD with audio tracks and subtitles.

Version 3.0 has been completely redesigned for speed and ease of use, according to the folks at Cisdem.

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Apr 15
Power Manager for Mac OS X gets new triggers, conditions, actions

DssW has announced Power Manager 4.4 for Mac OS X. This release adds new triggers, conditions, and actions.

Power Manager is an energy saving solution for Mac OS X 10.7 and higher. It enables users to create energy saving schedules and to automate time-consuming tasks. It can power on a Mac, run a series of tasks, and power off the Mac without requiring any interaction.

Power Manager is available through the DssW web site (https://www.dssw.co.uk/powermanager/) for US$49.95. Version 4.4 is a free upgrade for users of Power Manager 4.x. Existing users can update using Power Manager's automatic software update. A demo is available at the DssW web site.

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Apr 14
MacTech Benchmarks: Outlook, Email Account Types, Server Impact

Last month Microsoft announced the Office 2016 Mac Preview. Naturally, it includes new versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote and Outlook 2016.

The new Outlook sports a complete overhaul of the innards of the free email service built to keep you connected across your devices with organizational tools and a suite of Microsoft apps and services. So how much faster is Outlook 2016 when compared to Outlook 2011?”

To answer that question, MacTech put Outlook 2016 (version 15.8) through its paces on Mac OS X Yosemite 10.10.2 on a variety of Macs — including iMacs and MacBook Pros — to see how things perform on a variety of system set-ups. MacTech conducted about 3,000 tests.

The test bench included configurations of Mac OS X Yosemite 10.10.2, with Office for Mac 2011, and Outlook 2016 for Mac version 15.8 installed, each with the most up-to-date patches. All installations were completely clean installations of both OS X and Microsoft Office.

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Apr 14
HoudahGeo adds support for the new Mac OS X Photos app

Houdah Software (www.houdah.com) has introduced HoudahGeo 4.1, an upgrade to its one-stop photo geocoding solution for Mac OS X (10.8 and higher).

The app "pins" photos to locations where they were taken. Just like a GPS-enabled camera, HoudahGeo embeds latitude, longitude and altitude information within the image file. The app can load images from iPhoto, Aperture and Lightroom libraries. HoudahGeo 4.1 can now also use photos from the new Apple Photos media library.

A full-featured trial version is available. Licenses can can be purchased from the Houdah Software store. HoudahGeo 4.1 is priced at US$29 for a single-user license and $44 for a family license.

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Apr 14
OWC Envoy Pro mini is now available

OWC World Computing (www.macsales.com) has announced the Envoy Pro mini, an aluminum, pocket-sized thumb drive with the capability of a full-sized desktop-class SSD.
It's available now in 120GB and 240GB capacities for US$119 and $199, respectively. A 480GB is in the works and will cost $599.

The Envoy Pro mini achieves sustained transfer speeds up to 433MB/second, making it the perfect portable storage solution for demanding creative production workflows, says Larry O'Connor, founder and CEO of OWC World Computing. For comparison, FireWire 800 transfers at approximately 84MB/second and USB 2.0 at 37MB/second. For more information go to http://tinyurl.com/nkjbyco .

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Apr 14
Apple's ResearchKit is now available to medical researchers.

Apple says its ResearchKit is now available to medical researchers. It's a software framework designed for medical and health research that helps doctors, scientists and other researchers gather data more frequently and more accurately from participants using mobile devices, is now available to researchers and developers.

The first research apps developed using ResearchKit study asthma, breast cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes and Parkinson’s disease, and have enrolled over 60,000 iPhone users in just the first few weeks of being available on the Apple App App Store, says Jeff Williams, Apple’s senior vice president of Operations. Now medical researchers all over the world will be able to use ResearchKit to develop their own apps and developers can also contribute new research modules to the open source framework.

"We are delighted and encouraged by the response to ResearchKit from the medical and research community and the participants contributing to medical...

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Apr 14
Apple’s WWDC kicks off June 8 at San Francisco’s Moscone West

Apple will hold its 26th annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) June 8 through June 12 at San Francisco’s Moscone West, with more sessions than ever before streamed to developers.

WWDC will feature more than 100 technical sessions, over 1,000 Apple engineers, hands-on labs to help developers integrate new technologies and fine tune their apps, as well as the Apple Design Awards which showcase the best new apps in the last year.

"We’ve got incredible new technologies for iOS and OS X to share with developers at WWDC and around the world, and can’t wait to see the next generation of apps they create," says Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing.

Developers can apply for tickets via the WWDC website (developer.apple.com/wwdc/tickets) now through Friday, April 17 at 10 a.m. (Pacific). Tickets will be issued to attendees through a random selection process, and developers will know the status of their application by Monday,...

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Apr 14
Absolute adds third-party patching capabilities

Absolute Software Corp. has added third-party patching capabilities for software applications with the release of Absolute Manage 6.8.

IT administrators can manage operating system patches for Mac and Windows devices, along with a wide range of third-party applications in a fully automated system that detects and downloads missing patches. Once each update receives administrator approval, Absolute Manage deploys and reports on the status of each patch.

The integration of an automated patch engine provides comprehensive coverage and updates for the most prevalent and at-risk third-party applications, Peter Frankl, vice president and general manager, client management solutions, at Absolute Software. With Absolute Manage 6.8, IT administrators can manage operating system patches for Mac and Windows devices, along with a wide range of third-party applications in a fully automated system that detects and downloads missing patches. Once each update receives administrator...

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Apr 14
Troi Serial Plug-in upgraded to version 3.2

Troi Automatisering has announced Troi Serial Plug-in 3.2 for FileMaker Pro 12 and 13. The tool gives FileMaker Pro access to external devices with a serial interface:

The new version (3.2.0.1) contains updated example files in the .fmp12 format for FileMaker 12 and 13. Variables are used to make the scripts more portable. Troi Serial Plug-in itself is still at version 3

The new 3.2.0.1 download can be obtained from http://tinyurl.com/8b7mu. The download contains the new example files. A demo is available for downloading.

Troi Serial Plug-in 3.2 works with FileMaker Pro 8 to 13. The plug-in can also be used with runtimes created by FileMaker Pro Advanced 8 to 13. The plug-in is available for Mac OS X 10.4.5 or higher, Windows XP (SP 2), Windows Vista and Windows 7 and 8.x.

Troi Serial Plug-in 3.2 also works with FileMaker Server 9 to 12 as a server-side plug-in and as a plug-in used...

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Apr 13
IBM, Apple expand partnership to help transform medical research

IBM says its Health Cloud and Watson cognitive computing capabilities will support health data entered by customers in iOS apps using Apple's ResearchKit and HealthKit frameworks. The move, which complements IBM’s new Watson Health business unit, will arm medical researchers with a secure, open data storage solution, as well as access to IBM’s most sophisticated data analytics capabilities.
 
Mobile devices capture vast amounts of valuable health data from today’s consumers. HealthKit and ResearchKit harness that data so it can be used to improve health and accelerate medical research.

Apple's HealthKit enables developers to create consumer health apps designed to give users a more comprehensive way to manage their health and fitness, and ResearchKit is an open source software framework that gives medical researchers the tools to accelerate medical studies. HealthKit can be used to create apps that monitor health behaviors and help encourage users to adhere to...

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Apr 13
OWC Viper Pro Thunderbolt External SSD premieres 

Other World Computing (www.macsales.com) has announced the arrival of the Viper Pro Thunderbolt external SSD. It features dual Thunderbolt 2 ports and delivers sustained speeds up to 1350MB/second. 

The Viper Pro Thunderbolt SSD will be available in two capacity options, 4TB and 8TB at prices of US$2.999 and $4,799, respectively. Both offer daisy-chain support for additional Thunderbolt devices, an aluminum design with a variable speed fan for quiet cooling, and a three-year limited warranty.

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Apr 13
WiPowerBand designed to extend the Apple Watch's battery...

WiPowerBand.com has introduced a wearable battery extender for the Apple Watch. A compact battery and wireless power transmitter is embedded in a sleek molded unit that fits under the Apple smartwatch, providing extended battery life and protection, says Dr. Thomas Fiannulli, inventor of the device.

Current estimates show the wiPowerBand can nearly double the battery life of the Apple Watch through its unique patent pending design, he adds.The wiPowerBand device itself is charged using the Apple Lightning power cable, the same cable used to charge the iPhone. This helps eliminate the need to travel with multiple chargers and cables. 

The wiPowerBand is available in 38 and 42 mm sizes and in several colors to accessorize the Apple Watch. iPowerBand.com is accepting orders via its website with planned delivery to customers in May-June. The manufacturer's suggested retail price starts at US$89.

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