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Jul 29
Connected Data launches Drobo Mini with SSD drives

Connected Data, the creator of the Drobo line of smart storage solutions, has launched its Drobo Mini with Solid State Disk (SSD) drives. The company says they deliver as much as 80% more performance compared to a Mini configured with traditional spinning hard drives.

The Drobo Mini connects via Thunderbolt or USB 3.0 and features four 2.5-inch SSD drive bays with an mSATA accelerator option in a package that is rugged, compact and portable, weighing less than three pounds. Like all Drobo products, Drobo Mini protects data without user intervention, even in the event of multiple SSD drive failures.

The Drobo Mini with SSD is available today in three capacity bundles of 1TB, 2TB and 4TB starting at a manufacturer's suggested retail price of US $1,199 through www.drobostore.com and select channel partners.

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Jul 29
Total War: Shogun 2 coming to the Mac on July 31

Feral Interactive says the historical strategy game Total War: Shogun 2 for Mac will be released via Steam on July 31, with the Mac App Store version scheduled for release in early August.

Developed by Creative Assembly and published by SEGA® for Windows, this is the latest installment in the Total War series to be brought to the Mac by Feral, following Rome, Empire and Napoleon. A premium version of the game will be released simultaneously and include all additional content.

Total War: Shogun 2 Collection includes the Rise of the Samurai Campaign pack: a stand-alone campaign which challenges players to establish Japan’s first Shogunate 400 years before the events of the main game. It also includes the Dragon War Battle pack, three additional clans and two unit packs. All additional content will be available separately via Steam to customers who purchase the base game.
The Steam version of Total War: Shogun 2 will also offer Mac-to-Mac online multiplayer...

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Jul 29
WaterField launches 15-inch Solo and 13-inch Indy for new...

WaterField Designs (http://www.sfbags.com/) has unveiled a new 15-inch Outback Solo to fit the larger upgraded MacBook Pro Retina and a new 13-inch Indy leather satchel (pictured) to fit the smaller Retina model.

The Outback Solo sports a rugged look, combining waxed canvas with premium leather. The Indy's soft high-grade leather develops a rich patina over time. Both look professional enough for business meetings and fashionable enough for anywhere else, says WaterField owner, Gary Waterfield.

The 15-inch Outback Solo costs US$119 and has an optional shoulder strap for $19. The 13-inch Indy is priced at $199. Shipping begins no later than Aug. 15.

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Jul 29
Notebooks for Mac released to complement Notebooks on iOS

Alfons Schmid has announced Mac OS X and Windows versions of Notebooks, a productivity app that combines text processing with task management and file organization.

It includes text processing for plain text, formatted text and Markdown, provides space to store and organize files and documents, and also integrates complex task management. The desktop applications are designed to complement the iPad and iPhone versions of Notebooks.

Notebooks 7 (for iPad and iPhone) costs US$12.99 and are available at the Apple App Store in the Productivity category. The Mac OS X version is $19.99 and is available through the Mac App Store in the Productivity category, or $17.99 (USD) from the developer's website (http://www.notebooksapp.com/mac).

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Jul 29
Parliant announces new Mac voice messaging product

Parliant has announced Echoes (http://www.echoes-app.com), a new Mac voice messaging product. It's different from Skype, FaceTime, and other voice chat applications because it eliminates "dialing" or setting up connections with your recipients.

Echoes puts an icon in your menu bar where you just choose "Announce" (or press a keyboard shortcut), speak your announcement, and press return. Echoes lets you:

° Announce to other users running Echoes on your local network;

° Announce to everyone, groups of people you configure, or individuals;

° Reply to the sender of the last received announcement'

° Set keyboard shortcuts for sending and replying;

° Resend last sent announcement without re-recording it;

° Replay last received announcement in case you missed it.

Echoes is available on the Mac App Store for US$9.99 for a limited time.

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Jul 29
iShowU Studio for Mac OS X adds more editing features

shinywhitebox (http://shinywhitebox.com) has launched iShowU Studio 1.1.0, an update to their screen casting solution for Mac OS X.

Aimed at the consumer and beginner prosumer market, iShowU Studio focuses on providing easy post-recording editing and publishing of captured footage. Version 1.1.0 provides more editing features and better text placement and presentation features.

iShow U Studio requires Mac OS X 10.9 or later. It costs US$89.95, though version 1.1.0 is a free update for registered users.

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Jul 29
Roxio Toast 12 offers new Live Screen Capture, HD Video Burning

Roxio has introduced two new additions to its Toast family: Roxio Toast 12 Titanium and Roxio Toast 12 Pro. They provide: support for popular social media platforms and devices; capture, copy, convert and share capabilities; enhanced HD burning options and new Live Screen Capture.

When working with music, photos or video, Roxio Toast 12 offers an interface and built-in tutorials to simplify all your digital media tasks. The new version makes it easier to share to social media (Facebook, YouTube, Vimeo and Twitter), the latest devices, or burn HD content to DVD. Designed especially for educators and trainers, the new Live Screen Capture lets you record directly from your screen with voiceover, then edit, save and share as a movie.

Roxio Toast 12 Titanium and Roxio Toast 12 Pro are available now as electronic downloads directly from www.roxio.com/toast. Roxio Toast 12 Titanium is available at the...

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Jul 29
X-BizTracker for Mac OS X updated to version 4.13

Excelisys has announced The eX-BizTracker 4.13, an update of the eX-File business productivity template for small- to medium-sized businesses.

X-BizTracker maximizes the latest innovations in FileMaker Pro 12, resulting in a leaner customizing tool that's easier to use and extend, says Doug West, product/project manager at Excelisys. It also incorporates a host of elements to enhance usability features and functionality, including CRM to manage both companies and individuals. Version 4.13 takes advantage of FileMaker's aggressive leap into the web and iOS/Mobile platform deployment strategies, according to West.

A demo is available for download at http://tinyurl.com/nj4sdxj . Pricing is on a subscription basis, starting at US$1,550 for 10 hours.

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Jul 29
Sonnet ships new xMac Pro Server 

Sonnet (www.sonnettech.com) is shipping its new xMac Pro Server with a Thunderbolt 2-to-PCI Express (PCIe) expansion system and 4U rackmount enclosure for the latest generation of Mac Pro computers. It securely mounts the computer horizontally inside a specially designed 4U modular enclosure, connects three PCIe 2.0 slots via Thunderbolt 2 technology, and provides space to install additional equipment in two 5.25-inch mobile rack bays.

"The xMac Pro Server builds on the success of our rack-mountable xMac mini Server and Echo Express III-R Thunderbolt 2-to-PCIe expansion products to provide much-needed expansion capabilities for the latest Mac Pro, which on its own lacks storage expansion and PCIe slots," says Greg LaPorte, vice president of sales and marketing, Sonnet Technologies. "By supporting every Thunderbolt-compatible PCIe card available, the xMac Pro Server enables audio-video professionals to fully...

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Jul 29
Apple revs MacBook Pro line with faster Haswell processors

Apple has updated its MacBook Pro with faster Haswell processors but no Broadwell processors. All 13-inch models now come with 8GB of RAM standard, all 15-inch models now feature 16GB of RAM.

The new 13-inch models include:

° $1299: 2.6 GHz dual-core i5 processor, 8 GB RAM, 128 GB flash storage;
° $1499: 2.6 GHz dual-core i5 processor, 8 GB RAM, 256 GB flash storage;
° $1799: 2.8 GHz dual-core i7 processor, 8 GB RAM, 512 GB flash storage;

The new 13-inch models include:

° $1999: 2.2 GHz quad-core i7 processor, 16 GB RAM, 256 GB flash storage;
° $2499: 2.5 GHz quad-core i7 processor, 16 GB RAM, 512 GB flash storage .

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Jul 29
BatchOutput XLS gets an upgraded core engine

Zevrix Solutions (www.zevrix.com) has rolled out BatchOutput XLS 2.2, an update to its output automation solution for Microsoft Excel on Mac OS X.

In addition to batch printing and exporting, the software lets users carry out automated professional PDF production directly from Excel eliminating the need for time consuming post-processing. The new version introduces an upgrade to the app's core engine, which allows BatchOutput XLS to support latest advanced Apple technologies and future system releases.

BatchOutput XLS can be purchased for US$39.95 from the Zevrix website, as well as from authorized resellers. A demo is available for download. BatchOutput XLS runs on Mac OS X 10.5 - 10.9 and works with Microsoft Excel 2008 and 2011.

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Jul 28
SilhouetteFX adds new Crop Node, EXR 2.0 multi-part file support...

SilhouetteFX has released version 5.2 of Silhouette, its stereo roto, paint and keying software. The new Crop Node allows working within a small region of a larger image — using less memory with faster performance.


Silhouette now supports EXR 2.0 multi-part files. When a multi-part file is loaded, all of its parts are loaded into the Project window ready for selection and use in the project.

Extending its Auto Paint tools, you can now play back selected events forward or backward, rebuild paint in stroke order, and duplicate strokes from one stereo view to another. Also, rendered clips can now be sent to Tweak Software’s RV playback software (if installed). 

New licenses for Silhouette V5 are US$1,495. For more info go to http://silhouettefx.com . Silhouette V5 requires Mac OS X 10.7 or higher.

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Jul 28
Penclic unleashes next generation mice

Penclic has announced the retail availability of their next generation mice, including the Corded Mouse D3, Wireless Mouse R3 and Bluetooth Mouse B3 on Amazon.com.

Penclic has answered the needs of "South Paw"consumers by creating a mouse ideal for left- and right-handed users. The new symmetrical design mirrors the functionality and design of its predecessor, the Bluetooth Mouse B2.

The D3, R3 and B3 have the scroll wheel located in the middle of the pen’s shaft. The scroll wheel also doubles as the middle click button, which not only eases the transition period when adjusting to this laser-focused alternative but also makes the mouse easier to operate for left-handers, according to the folks at Penclic.

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Jul 28
PageMeUp for Mac OS X gets maintenance upgrade

Softobe has introduced PageMeUp 1.0.3 (http://tinyurl.com/ozgvtyr). an update of the page editor for Mac OS X 10.8 or higher. It's a maintenance upgrade.

With PageMeUp, you create a document, choose its page format, size and background color, set the margins, bleed, custom guides, rows and columns and even apply RGB or CMYK ICC color profiles. Then you can drag, import or paste images and text onto the PageMeUp document and place/resize them on the page.

A snap assistant helps you align the boxes on the page. You can edit and format your text, scale the images (custom, fit, fill), apply shadow, fill or gradient background, border, mask, rotation, opacity, flip, web links, page HTML metadata.

Finally, you can print or export your work in PDF, HTML, TIFF, PNG or JPG formats with custom resolution, compression and ICC profile.

PageMeUp is available as a full-featured demo. A single...

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Jul 28
Sound Siphon for Mac OS X adds app audio caption

Static Z Software has released Sound Siphon 1.1, an update of the tool for capturing application audio on your Mac. The new version brings application audio capture.

Sound Siphon is a software package that makes your Mac's audio output available as an audio input device. It enables you to send audio from one application to another where it can be processed, streamed, or recorded. Using it simply involves selecting a microphone in your favorite app. Sound Siphon works with Core Audio to provide this capability to all of your audio apps.

Sound Siphon (http://staticz.com) requires Mac OS X 10.9 or higher and costs US$29.99. A demo is available for download.

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Jul 28
AppleMacSoft DRM Converter for Mac gets redesigned user interface

AppleMacSoft DRM Converter for Mac, a DRM removal software that designed for easily converts iTunes DRM protected music files to unprotected audio files ready for use on any computers or mobile music devices, has been updated to version 3.8.2.

The new version comes with a totally redesigned user interface, offers 16X faster conversion speed, supports save to many popular audio formats including MP3, AAc, AC3, TIFF, AU, FLAC, M4A, M4R and MKA. supports DRM video and audiobook files and so much more. so the new version is more powerful and even easier to use.

AppleMacSoft DRM Coverter for Mac is compatible with 64-bit Macs running Mac OS X 10.6 and later. A fully functional demo can be downloaded from AppleMacSoft' web site at (www.AppleMacSoft.com).  Registration is $39.95 USD for new users; users of previous versions can upgrade to version 3.8.2 for 50% off.

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Jul 25
Ear Teacher launched for Mac OS X

Adium Software has released Ear Teacher (http://www.earteacher.com), a music education product for the Mac. It provides an integrated, audiovisual course on music theory and aural skill development.

The Ear Teacher curriculum consists of nine progressively challenging grades of rhythm, melody, and harmony material. Hands-on exercises follow each topic, and frequent tests reinforce knowledge. Intelligent Practice automatically selects areas for students to practice on a regular basis.

Ear Teacher requires Mac OS X 10.9 or later. It's available at the Adium Software website and the Mac App Store at an introductory price of US$39.99. A seven-day demo is available for download at the Adium site.

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Jul 25
Flux V for Mac OS X gets new user interface, more

The Escapers have announced Flux V (http://www.theescapers.com/flux/), an update to their flagship web design application for Mac OS X. The software can work with everything from a modern site using HTML5 and CSS3 to legacy sites built on older technologies.

Version 5 comes with a totally redesigned user interface, fully 64-bit, ARC-compliant and multi-threaded, brand new Master Elements system, crowd sourced Code and more. It's also now now fully 64-bit, fully ARC-compliant and multi-threaded.

A 30-day demo is available for download. Registration is US$109 for new users; users of previous versions can upgrade to version 5 for 50% off. Flux V requires Mac OS X Mavericks or the upcoming Yosemite.

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Jul 25
Output Factory for Adobe InDesign now supports EPUB fixed layout

Zevrix Solutions (http://www.zevrix.com) has announced Output Factory 1.5.6, an update to its professional solution to automate output from Adobe InDesign. The new version lets users export documents to fixed layout version of EPUB in InDesign CC 2014.

Output Factory automates printing, exporting and post-processing from InDesign and offers batch output, variable file names, layer versioning, preflighting, detailed history and more. The new version lets users output specific alternate layouts and export them as single pages by including layout names directly in page range string.

Output Factory supports printing as well as exporting to PDF, PostScript, EPS, Flash, INX, IDML, EPUB, INDD and several image formats. It costs US$169.95. There's a "lite" version for $119.95.

BatchOutput users can upgrade to Output Factory for $84.97. Output Factory is available for Mac OS X 10.5-10.9 on Intel-based...

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Jul 24
Wolfram SystemModeler revved to version 4

Wolfram has rolled out Wolfram SystemModeler 4 (http://tinyurl.com/o4swmo4), which expands support for modeling libraries, adds standardized deployment of models to other simulation tools, and deepens integration with Mathematica. The software — available on Mac OS X, Windows, and Linux platforms — is a modeling and simulation environment for cyber-physical systems.

SystemModeler 4 sports a library store with model libraries that are verified to work with SystemModeler. It provides improved modeling features, a new presentation mode for models, and export to FMI for deployment to other tools

SystemModeler 4 offers model creation support from Mathematica, as well as improved workflow in the integration with Mathematica. There's a new Documentation Center with improved documentation.

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Jul 24
New 'heads up display' announced for Blackmagic...

Blackmagic Design has unveiled Camera 1.9 software that includes "heads up display" on screen metering that provides customers with histogram, peak audio meters and recording time remaining for the Blackmagic Production Camera 4K. Camera 1.9 update is available now free of charge from the Blackmagic Design website (www.blackmagicdesign.com).

Using these additional displays for the Blackmagic Production Camera 4K means that customers can check camera settings such as exposure, audio level and the remaining space on their recording disk. Customers can download this update now and install it onto their camera from either Mac or Windows computers using a simple USB cable connection to the camera. Once the update is complete, customers can view the new on screen menus by simply swiping their finger up from the bottom of the capacitative touch screen.

This new heads up display will be released...

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Jul 24
Worldwide tablet market grows 11% in second quarter

The worldwide tablet grew 11.0% year over year in the second quarter of 2014 (2Q14) with shipments reaching 49.3 million units according to preliminary data from the IDC (http://www.idc.com) research group. Although shipments declined sequentially from 1Q14 by -1.5%, IDC believes the market will experience positive but slower growth in 2014 compared to the previous year.

"As we indicated last quarter, the market is still being impacted by the rise of large-screen smartphones and longer than anticipated ownership cycles," says Jean Philippe Bouchard, IDC research director for Tablets. "We can also attribute the market deceleration to slow commercial adoption of tablets. Despite this trend, we believe that stronger commercial demand for tablets in the second half of 2014 will help the market grow and that we will see more enterprise-specific offerings, as illustrated by the Apple and IBM partnership, come to market...

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Jul 24
Labelist for Mac OS X gets major update

Chronos has announced Labelist 8, an upgrade to its label-making software for Mac OS X (10.9 and higher). The folks at Chronos say it include the most requested feature Labelist has had over the years: the ability to create a different custom design for each label on a page.

It also adds:

° The ability to create a different design for each label on a page;

° The ability to create multiple pages of different labels;

° The ability to copy/paste entire label designs on a page or between pages;

° A Template Chooser for previewing templates or creating a blank projects;

° The ability to save a document as a template so it shows up in the Template Chooser;

° The ability to delete custom and included templates;

° The ability to convert text to outlines;

° More than 30 new pre-designed templates for Avery marketing labels.

A fully functional 30 day trial version can be downloaded from Chronos' web site at (...

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Jul 24
Smith Micro unleashes AniMates app for the iPhone

Smith Micro Software (http://animates.smithmicro.com) has unleashed its free AniMates mobile messaging app on iTunes, allowing iPhone users to express themselves with animated characters, colorful backgrounds and dynamic voice effects.

With AniMates, users can select from a wide variety of characters that will lip-synch to a voice message, and then share their messages with anyone via SMS, email or Facebook. Smith Micro unveiled AniMates for Android last month, and users on either platform can communicate app-to-app over any carrier network.

William W. Smith, Jr., CEO at Smith Micro, says AniMates offers a diverse content library offering dozens of characters and backgrounds, with new content added every week. You can use your own photo background from the phone gallery. There are otional voice effects with variable pitch control.

You can see and manage messages from other...

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Jul 24
OS X Yosemite Developer Preview available

Paragon Software Group has released Paragon NTFS for Mac OS X Yosemite Preview, a free 60-day trial of NTFS for Mac OS X Version 12 that will be launched this fall with the release of OS X Yosemite.

Paragon NTFS for Mac OS X Yosemite Preview — which provides full read/write access to NTFS partitions — is available for immediate download (http://tinyurl.com/l78btty), without registration, to all Mac enthusiasts testing the Yosemite Developer Preview. Users of Paragon NTFS for Mac OS X 11 will get a free upgrade when version 12 is released.

Paragon NTFS for Mac OS X Yosemite Preview is the a driver solution for access to NTFS partitions. Once the program is installed, you can get started right away and navigate contents and read, edit, copy or create files and folders. The program guarantees advanced support of NTFS file systems and provides fast and transparent read/write access to any NTFS...

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