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May 27
OmniFocus for Mac OS X gets redesigned user interface, more

OmniFocus 2 (http://tinyurl.com/kahgpn5) has shipped. It's an upgrade of the the Omni Group's task management tool for Mac OS X.

Version 2 sports a redesigned user interface. It also adds a Quick Open feature that allows you to jump right into a folder. Finally, it beefs up printing and exporting so that the output is more like a document than a screenshot.

The Pro edition has a feature set equivalent to what was available in OmniFocus 1 (at the same price of US$79.99 price), and there's a simplified standard edition which available at half the price ($39.99). Upgrades from version 1.x to version 2 Pro are available at half price both through the Omni Store and the Mac App Store (as long as you upgrade at the same store as you purchased version 1).

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May 27
Native Instruments introduces ARCANE ATTIC Expansion for MASCHINE

Native Instruments has announced ARCANE ATTIC, a new MASCHINE Expansion featuring "gritty" field recordings. Designed for unconventional beat making across all styles and genres, this Expansion was created, recorded, and designed by BOOM Library.

ARCANE ATTIC also comes with new presets for MASSIVE and MASCHINE’s Drum Synths, with a selection of sounds that complement the sample material. ARCANE ATTIC is available now at the NI Online Shop for US$49 and runs in the MASCHINE 2 software on MASCHINE STUDIO, MASCHINE, or MACHINE MIKRO. A compact version for iMASCHINE is also available for iOS devices for $0.99. Go to http://tinyurl.com/qjofn7x for more info.

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May 27
Western Digital launches the WD TV

Western Digital has unveiled the WD TV – Personal Edition, a Wi-Fi enabled media player that plays virtually any media file stored on USB and network storage devices or any computer on a home network, according to Jim Welsh, executive vice president, WD Content Solutions Business and worldwide sales.

WD TV - Personal Edition allows users to enjoy a wide range of personal media such as photos, video and music on their home entertainment systemsthanks to support for a variety of file formats, including MKV, MP4, AVI, WMV, MOV and more. Files can be streamed from any connected USB drive like the My Passport Ultra and My Book product families, personal cloud and network attached storage drives like WD's My Cloud product family, digital camcorder or cameras, and any networked Mac or PC.

A WD TV Remote app allows WD TV users to turn their iPhone, iPod touch, iPad, or Android compatible mobile device into an advanced feature remote control for their media player. It's a...

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May 27
PDFTool Kit for Mac OS revved to version 2.0

Cisdem has launched PDFToolkit 2.0.0 for Mac OS X. It's an update of the utility to merge, split, compress and extract PDFs.

Cisdem PDFToolkit provides a set of utility functions for working with PDF files. It lets users combine multiple PDF files into one, split one big PDF file into smaller ones, compress entire PDF file into smaller size file, extract images out of the PDF, or extract Text out of the PDF file.

PDFToolkit 2.0.0 is available now through the Cisdem website (http://www.cisdem.com). A demo version is available. A single user license of PDFToolkit costs US$29.99. A license for two Macs is $49.99, while a license for five Macs costs $69.99.

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May 27
ReelSmart Motion Blur 5, Twixtor 6 released

RE:Vision Effects (http://www.revisionfx.com) has released ReelSmart Motion Blur version 5 and Twixtor version 6 with GPU support for eyeon Fusion .

Speedups up to 3x on GPUs when using RSMB and Twixtor, already known for their speed, have been measured over running in CPU mode, according to the folks at RE:Vision Effects. Twixtor creates slow motion shots without the cost of renting a high speed camera. ReelSmart Motion Blur (RSMB) automatically adds more natural-looking motion blur to a sequence.

RE:Vision Effects plug-ins are available for Sony Vegas Pro, Adobe After Effects, Eyeon Fusion, Apple Final Cut Pro and Motion, The Foundry's Nuke, Adobe Premiere Pro, Autodesk 3ds Max/Maya Composite, Avid editing systems, Autodesk Systems (Sparks), Autodesk SoftImage, Quantel genQ and others.

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May 27
Deliver Express for Mac OS X gets maintenance upgrade

Zevrix Solutions (http://www.zevrix.com) has announced Deliver Express 2.4.3, a maintenance update to its solution to automatically send and share files across the Internet and local networks on the Mac. The new version addresses an issue that could prevent the app from creating and deleting directories on some FTP servers.

Deliver Express processes files from watched hot folders and can serve multiple users on a network while running totally unattended. It offers e-mail notifications, multi-destination delivery, file compression, detailed history and much more. The new version allows users to transfer uncompressed folders to FTP and SFTP servers.

Deliver Express can be purchased from the Zevrix website as well as from authorized resellers. The license prices are based on the maximum number of allowed destinations and range from US$29.95 to $299.95. The update is free for licensed customers. A demo is...

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May 26
Remember our soldiers on Memorial Day

MacNews and MacTech will be running a limited update schedule today in honor of Memorial Day. Originally called Decoration Day, is a day to remember those who have died in our nation's service. Remember our soldiers, past and present, and have a safe and wonderful holiday.

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May 23
JetDrive Lite expansion cards released for Apple laptops

Transcend Information (http://tinyurl.com/owzyesd) has launched its JetDrive Lite series of expansion cards aimed at MacBook Pro  with Retina  display and MacBook Air  users. There are four different models offered in 64GB and 128GB capacities.

Transcend’s new JetDrive Lite cards are tailor-made to have a flush profile with each specific model while providing a way to increase available storage. The 128GB card, for instance, can store over 60,000 high-resolution photos, 32,000 MP3 songs, 32 hours of Full HD video, or seemingly limitless number of documents.

When inserted into the card slot of a compatible MacBook Pro with Retina display or MacBook Air, the low-profile JetDrive Lite will not stick out like an SD card and can be left in place for on-the-go storage, according to the folks at Transcend.
Manufactured with MLC NAND flash chips, the expansion cards boast read and write speeds...

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May 23
Apple's iAd Producer adds full screen banner ad support

Apple has updated iAd Producer (http://developer.apple.com/iad/iadproducer/) to version 4/2. It gives developers the ability to display full screen banner ads in iOS apps. It also adds the ability to upload projects to the iAd Workbench campaign management system.

iAd Producer automatically manages the HTML5, CSS3 and JavaScript behind your iAd. It offers JavaScript editing and debugging, along with an extension mechanism that enables them to create and re-use their own page templates and components.

iAd Producer a free download for developers at Apple’s developer web site.

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May 23
Oxygen XML products for Mac OS X upgraded to version 16

Syncro Soft, the developer of the Oxygen XML suite of products, has rolled out version 16 of its Oxygen XML Editor, Oxygen XML Author and Oxygen XML Developer products containing a set of tools supporting all the XML related technologies.

The upgrade adds "Quick Fixes" and improvements to refactoring actions. Saxon-CE specific extensions are supported, and you can apply now XPath queries on multiple files.

If you use Ant to orchestrate build processes then oXygen will support you with an Ant editor featuring validation, content completion, outline view, syntax highlight and search and refactoring actions. Working with conditional content is a purportedly easier now as you can set different colors and styles for each condition or focus exclusively on a specific deliverable by hiding all excluded content.

You can also modify DITA and DocBook tables using the new table properties action. Finally, you can customize the style of the oXygen WebHelp output to look...

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May 23
DEVONtechnologies updates all editions of its DEVON products

DEVONtechnologies has revved all editions of its information and knowledge manager DEVONthink, the notebook app DEVONnote, and the smart desktop assistant DEVONsphere Express.

Users select their file format of choice with a new option in DEVONthink's web browser extension or the bookmarklets. Dragging data from Safari to a database is now more reliable. DEVONsphere Express assists users working with documents by providing related data.The updates are free and recommended for all users.

All editions of DEVONthink as well as DEVONnote and DEVONsphere Express require an Intel-based Mac and OS X 10.6.8 or later (in the App Store: OS X 10.8.3 or later). They can be downloaded from www.devontechnologies.com and be test-driven for free before they need to be properly licensed. DEVONthink Personal and DEVONnote are also available in the App Store; DEVONthink Personal and DEVONsphere Express can...

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May 22
Bare Bones upgrades Yojimbo for Mac OS X to version 4.0.3

Bare Bones Software (www.barebones.com) has introduced Yojimbo 4.0.3, a maintenance update of its Mac OS X information organizer that includes fixes for specific reported issues.

The Yojimbo 4.0.3 update includes: changes to improve sync reliability and application stability; a related change to the display of internally stored Web Archive items improves security and privacy.

Yojimbo 4.0.3 requires Mac OS X 10.8.2 or later. This update is free of charge to all Yojimbo 4 customers. The utility is available at a suggested retail price of US$30 for an individual license or US$60 for a family-pack license (for use by up to five people within a single household).

Synchronization subscriptions are available for US$2.99/month. The first thirty days of the subscription period are free of charge, and a sync subscription may be cancelled at any time. Any registered customer with Yojimbo 1.0 through 3.0.4...

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May 22
Desktop Ghost for Mac OS X floats onto the scene

Writes for All has introduced Desktop Ghost 1.0 (http://tinyurl.com/qdclfpz) for Mac OS X, a utility that lets you hide and show all the files on your desktop with a single click.

It's designed especially for for OS X users who take screencasts and/or screenshots, but who don't want to move all the files on their desktop to another location on their computer. You can choose to run the application as a status bar-only app or as a regular app with a icon in the dock.

Desktop Ghost requires OS X 10.9 or later. It costs US$0.99 and is available worldwide through the Mac App Store in the Utility and Productivity categories.

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May 22
Tasa releases Mineralogy book series on iBooks

Published by Tasa Graphic Arts,, in association with the Mineralogical Society of America, all 24 chapters of The Mineralogy and Optical Mineralogy digital book series (http://tinyurl.com/ox2aou8) for the iPad and Mac are now available on iBooks.

This series is specifically designed to take full advantage of the latest digital media technology to empower students and teachers of mineralogy. The series feature color photographs, illustrations, movies, 3D models that can be rotated, interactive diagrams and review questions.

To view the books, you must have an iPad with iBooks 3 or later and iOS 5.1 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later. Individual chapters are available separately for as low as US$3.99.

You can pick and choose the chapters you need. Additional chapters will be available soon.

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May 22
Pixelmator for Mac OS X goes Sandstone

The Pixelmator Team (http://www.pixelmator.com) has announced Pixelmator 3.2 Sandstone, an update to its image editing app for Mac OS X.The upgrade adds a Repair Tool, 16-bits per channel support, and Lock Layers feature.

Pixelmator 3.2 Sandstone also includes a new Convert Selection into Shape option. This allows you to create all kinds of shapes from any selection.

Pixelmator 3.1 Sandstone requires Mac OS X 10.9.1 or later. It's available from the Mac App Store for US$29.99.

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May 22
FlipHTML5 digital publishing Suite for Mac OS X has been upgraded

FlipHTML5 Software has launched an upgraded Mac OS X version of Flip HTML5 software, allowing customers to make digital content for tablet, desktop, laptop or mobile devices of any kind.

The app lets you create responsive CSS3, jQuery and HTML5 FlipBooks all in real-time without writing a single line of code. Publishers can create custom layouts, optimize advertising and editorial content, distribute editions and maximize the digital publishing workflow.

Those would like to use more advanced levels of FlipHTML5 Digital Publishing Suite For Mac can choose between Pro, Gold, Platinum or Enterprise membership plan. Interested business owners and publishers can visit FlipHTML5 online (http://fliphtml5.com/) to find more information about pricing and availability.

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May 22
Apple acknowledges iMessage problem

Apple has acknowledged a iMessage problem that affects customers who switch away from the iPhone, without disabling iMessage, reports re/code (http://tinyurl.com/qz4tuad).

"We recently fixed a server-side iMessage bug which was causing an issue for some users, and we have an additional bug fix in a future software update," Apple told Re/code in a statement. "For users still experiencing an issue, please contact AppleCare."

The issue arises when an iPhone customer trades in his or her phone for another device, but keeps the same phone number that Apple’s messaging system recognizes as an iPhone. A recent server glitch made the problem worse, "rendering moot one of Apple’s key methods for trying to remedy the issue," according to re/code.

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May 22
ExactCODE updates ExactScan Pro, OCRKit

ExactCODE (http://exactscan.com) has released ExactScan Pro 2.50 and OCRKit 2.5 for Mac OS X 10.5 and higher. The new builds improve OCR speed and accuracy, PDF compression, scan speed, and adds support for the latest scanners from Canon and Fujitsu.

OCRKit and ExactScan provide OCR, PDF compression. EcactScan offers built-in drivers for over 400 document scanners, including devices from Avision, Canon, Kodak, Fujitsu, Oki, Visioneer and Xerox. The drivers built into ExactScan stand allow you to use several PC document scanners on a Mac.

OCRKit is available for approximately US$68, ExactScan 2 is available for $109, and ExactScan 2 Pro for approximately $137. Both are available at the ExactCODE web site and the Mac App Store.

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May 22
Mac X DVD Ripper Pro rips to version 4.5.2

MacXDVD Software (http://www.macxdvd.com) has upgraded Mac X DVD Ripper Pro, its DVD ripping software, to version 4.5.2. The new version offers improvements in dealing with the encryption algorithm of newly released DVD.

By taking advantage of a conversion engine, multi-core CPU and hyper-threading technology, this DVD ripper for Mac can rip DVD movies with no quality loss, according to the folks at MacXDVD Software.

MacX DVD Ripper Pro is priced at US$59.95 for a single-user license. However, the full-license DVD ripper for Mac is being offered for $34.95 for a limited time.

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May 22
SuperTab for Mac adds Dropbox, AppleScript, Meta-Folder support

SpriTec Software has launched SuperTab 1.1 (http://www.supertab.me/SuperTab.html), an upgrade to its Mac OS X (10.8 and higher) utility app that enhances and extends the Mac's built-in Command-Tab Application Switcher. The new version boasts includes over 30 new features, enhancements and fixes such as support for Dropbox, AppleScript, meta-folders, and more.

Before SuperTab, the App Switcher only gave Mac users access to their currently active apps. The SpriTec utility gives Mac users such instant "Command-Tab" access.

SuperTab is free to download and install and is fully-functional for 30 days. After 30 days, it remains fully-functional but will occasionally ask users to register. You can register for US$10. Version 1.1 is a free upgrade for registered users of version 1.0.

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May 21
AfterShot Pro upgraded with 64-bit processing support

Corel's Photo Editing group has introduced AfterShot Pro 2, an update of the RAW converter and photo management software. The upgrade sports 64-bit processing, which results in faster performance.

With AfterShot Pro 2, you can load, edit and adjust thousands of RAW photos/ You can refine an unlimited number of photos while preserving the originals with non-destructive photo adjustment.

Compatible with Mac OS X, Windows, and Linux systems, AfterShot Pro 2 costs US$79.99 for new users. Existing registered users can purchase for the upgrade price of $59.99. For a limited time, AfterShot Pro, PaintShop® Pro X6, Apple Aperture and Adobe Lightroom 5 registered customers may purchase AfterShot Pro 2 at the upgrade price. A demo is available for download at the product web site (www.aftershotpro.com).

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May 21
PhotoScissors for Mac OS X gets new feathering control

TeoreX has announced a new version of PhotoScissors (http://www.photoscissors.com/), an US$19.99 Mac OS X smart tool able to remove unwanted background from photos with literally few mouse gestures. Version 1.1 offers feathering control for maximum smoothness of edges, plus a number of accessibility features.



PhotoScissors detects fore- and background parts of the image and separates one from the other. With version 1.1, feathering radius can be now changed depending on a user´s needs.



Also, a user can select background and foreground areas of the image both on "before" and "after" views. Among other functions featured in the update are the recent file list for instant access to frequently used files, the support for HiDPI and Retina displays, an option to pan the image while holding the Space button and user interface improvements.

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May 21
Apple updates its WWDC keynote app

Apple has updated its Worldwide Developer Conference app, which is a free download at the Apple App Store for iOS devices. The app lets developers:

° Stream videos from current and previous WWDC sessions.



° Start watching on one iOS device, and pick up where they left off on another.



° Browse times, locations, and descriptions for sessions, labs, and special events.

° Mark schedule items as favorites.



° Keep up with the latest news, get important notifications, and see daily photos.



° View maps to find their way around Moscone West (site of WWDC).



° Provide feedback on content and speakers for each session.



° Add a pass to Passbook for faster check-in at WWDC.

WWDC (https://developer.apple.com/wwdc/) will be held June 2-6 at San Francisco’s Moscone West. At the five-day conference, developers from around the world will learn...

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May 21
Power Manager for Mac OS X gets new user interface

DssW (http://www.dssw.co.uk/powermanager/) has announced Power Manager and Power Manager Professional 4.2 for Mac OS X. This release introduces a new user interface and removes the need for restarting to install, update, or remove the scheduler.

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 for approximately US$54. Version 4.2 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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May 21
Concept Draw announces new Soccer Solution for ConceptDraw

CS Odessa (www.conceptdraw.com) has added a new addition to the ConceptDraw Solution Park to enhance ConceptDraw Pro 9.5 and greater. There's a new set of libraries that provide a complete soccer solution.

The Soccer Solution includes libraries tailored for soccer diagrams, play schema, and illustrations. The new addition to ConceptDraw Solution Park is free for current users of ConceptDraw Pro.

The Soccer Solution in the ConceptDraw Solution Park includes a collection of templates, samples, and libraries of vector stencils, icons and clipart that support soccer diagrams. ConceptDraw Pro is compatible with Mac OS X and Microsoft Windows.

It retails for US$199. ConceptDraw Pro 9 is included in ConceptDraw Office 2, which which retails for $499.

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