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Feb 21
Apple releases iOS 7.0.6

Apple has released iOS 7.0.6. It's a maintenance update.

According to Apple's notes it "provides a fix for SSL connection verification." Go to http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1222 for information on the security content of the update.

iOS 7.0.6 is available via iTunes. It's a 35.4MB download.

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Feb 21
Dropshare for Mac OS X upgraded to version 2.1

Timo Josten has given us Dropshare 2.1 for the Mac. It's a maintenance upgrade.

Dropshare is a menu bar app that enables you to drag and drop files, screenshots and even directories to your own server to share them. For it to work correctly, you have to have a server of your choice and a working SSH user account at your disposal.

Dropshare 2.1 costs US$1.99 and is available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Utilities category. It requires Mac OS X 10.6 or later. Go to http://mkswap.net/dropshare/ for more info.

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Feb 21
RE:Vision Effects announces Twixtor 6

RE:Vision Effects has announced Twixtor 6 with GPU support for the Sony Vegas Pro. Twixtor lets you create slow motion shots without renting a high speed camera.

The software synthesizes unique new frames by warping and interpolating frames of the original sequence by employing RE:Vision's proprietary tracking technology that calculates motion for each individual pixel. Using Twixtor within Vegas Pro is up to 8x faster with the new GPU acceleration over running Twixtor in CPU mode, according to the folks at RE:Vision Effects.

Twixtor 6 for Vegas costs US$329.95. Upgrades from version 5 are $82.49. Version 6 is a free upgrade to users who purchased Twixtor 5 for Vegas on or after Jan 1, 2014. Volume discounts and demos are available. Go to www.revisionfx.com/products/ for more info.

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Feb 21
IK Multimedia rolls out T-RackS CS 4.5

IK Multimedia has announced T-RackS CS 4.5, the newest release of the T-RackS CS (Custom Shop) mixing and mastering plug-in.

The new version includes a model of what can be considered the "holy grail" of mastering EQs plus multiple enhancements of the T-RackS Custom Shop environment aimed at streamlining its usability for both previous and new users, according to the folks at IK Multimedia. It offers a mixing and mastering shell system that allows the user to have up to 26 outboard processors all available in one product for your DAW or desktop, both singularly or together.

The Master EQ 432 is available from the IK Store or from the T-RackS Custom Shop for an introductory price of $149.99. All other T-RackS processors are also available for purchase from the IK Store or directly from within the T-RackS CS "Custom Shop" app. Individual pricing varies.

T-RackS CS is a free application that can be downloaded after registration from IK Multimedia's T-RackS web...

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Feb 21
MacBooster 1.1.4 released to defend against OSX/CoinThief trojan

IObit has announced MacBooster 1.1.4, an update of the malware fighting and hard disk optimizing software for Mac OS X. With this new update, MacBooster will further optimize and protect OS X devices from malware, spyware and malicious attack, especially OSX/CoinThief Trojan.

MacBooster offers a number of features to protect and boost Mac. It releases RAM and re-organizes login items to make OS X run faster. It can clear out unused files to free up hard disk space, protects Macs against the growing number of Mac viruses and malware, and helps get rid of third party applications that can't be uninstalled easily.

MacBooster requires Mac OS X 10.6 or higher. Pricing starts at US$19.95 for the "lite" version. Go to http://www.macbooster.net for more info.

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Feb 21
Ripeware releases Presentation Prompter 5.2 for Mac OS X

Ripeware has released Presentation Prompter 5.2. It's an update of the Mac teleprompter app built for performers, speakers, newscasters, actors, narrators, and anyone else who has ever used cue cards or read from a script.

The new version has a revamped prompting engine that improves scrolling performance on OS X Mavericks and on Macs with Retina displays.  It also adds support for prompting on as many displays as your Mac can support.

Presentation Prompter is available for US$99 at http://presentationprompter.com  and on the Mac App Store. It requires OS X 10.6 or newer. A demo is available for download.

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Feb 20
Autodesk rolls out cloud-based 3D character generator

Autodesk has expanded its cloud offering with the launch of Character Generation, a web-based application that enables user to create customized, rigged and ready-to-animate 3D characters.

Once designed, characters can be exported for a range of applications — from populating game scenes, to learning animation and modeling, generating models for pre-visualization, design visualization and more. Character Generator requires five cloud credits per high-resolution character download for customers on Autodesk subscription or rental plans.

Students and educators receive free access to the product, and a lighter version of the app for creating low-resolution and crowd characters is accessible for anyone to try at no cost. For more info about Character Generator visit charactergenerator.autodesk.com.

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Feb 20
LaCie ships industry's first 5TB drive

LaCie has announced the availability of 5TB, 7200 rpm hard-drive capacities in its 5big Thunderbolt Series, 2big Thunderbolt Series and d2 Thunderbolt Series. The deliver external storage products that range from 5TB single drive systems to 25TB RAID.

LaCie’s 5big Thunderbolt now features a capacity of up to 25TB, which makes it the largest 5-bay storage solution on the market. It also boasts speeds up to 785MB/second.

All products can be purchased at the LaCie Online Store and LaCie Resellers. Pricing starts at US$449.99 for the 5GB 5big Thunderbolt drive. Go to www.lacie.com for more info.

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Feb 20
IK Multimedia rolls out T-RackS CS 4.5

IK Multimedia has announced T-RackS CS 4.5, the newest release of the T-RackS CS (Custom Shop) mixing and mastering plug-in.

The new version includes a model of what can be considered the "holy grail" of mastering EQs plus multiple enhancements of the T-RackS Custom Shop environment aimed at streamlining its usability for both previous and new users, according to the folks at IK Multimedia. It offers a mixing and mastering shell system that allows the user to have up to 26 outboard processors all available in one product for your DAW or desktop, both singularly or together.

The Master EQ 432 is available from the IK Store or from the T-RackS Custom Shop for an introductory price of $149.99. All other T-RackS processors are also available for purchase from the IK Store or directly from within the T-RackS CS "Custom Shop" app. Individual pricing varies.

T-RackS CS is a free application that can be downloaded after registration from IK Multimedia's T-RackS web...

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Feb 20
Moebius: Empire Rising coming to the Mac April 15

Jane Jensen has entered into an agreement with Phoenix Online Publishing, the new independent publishing division of Phoenix Online Studios, to release her upcoming adventure game Moebius: Empire Rising for Mac and PC systems on April 15. Pricing hasn't been announced.

Here's how the game is described "In Moebius: Empire Rising, players will step into the shoes of Malachi Rector, a high-end antiquities dealer with a photographic memory, a genius for history, and an uncanny talent for discerning genuine artifacts from cheap knock-offs. At the request of a secretive government agency, Malachi flies to Venice to determine whether a recently-murdered woman resembles any particular figure in history.

"Why would the U.S. government offer him $50,000 to perform this odd job? Why does a stranger he meets randomly in the desert seem like someone he's known all his life? And how come every time Malachi lets down his guard, someone tries to kill him?
 
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Feb 20
IoT Design Shop announces iBeacon Development Kit

The IoT Design Shop at Finger Food Studios has released their iBeacon Development Kit. The package is aimed developers looking to experiment and establish expertise with Apple's iBeacon and related Bluetooth LE technologies.

Beacon is an indoor positioning system that Apple describes as “a new class of low-powered, low-cost transmitters that can notify nearby iOS 7 devices of their presence.” Using Bluetooth Low Energy(BLE), iBeacon creates a beacon around regions so your app can be alerted when users enter them. Beacons are a small wireless sensors placed inside any physical space that transmit data to your iPhone using Bluetooth Low Energy (also known as Bluetooth 4.0 and Bluetooth Smart).

Fully configurable, the kit includes a AAA-cell powered development beacon as well as access to a series of tutorials and source code for harnessing iBeacon in iOS apps. The kit can be purchased today at iotdesignshop.com for US$49.99 CDN.

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Feb 20
Convert64 for the Mac revved to version 2.1.0

Convert64, a base64 encoder, for Mac OS X has been revved to version 2.1.0. The app lets you determine what type a file is, encode or decode base 64 files, embed image data into the HTML of your website, and more.

Convert64 2.1.0 sports Retina display support as well as performance tweaks and bug fixes. It requires a 64-bit Mac running Mac OS X 10.6 or higher.

Convert64 2.1.0 costs US$2.99 and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Utilities category. Go to http://www.45rpmsoftware.com/convert64.php for more info.

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Feb 20
Recosoft ships ID2Office 2.0

Recosoft Corp. has released ID2Office Standard and ID2Office Professional 2.0, the InDesign-to-Office formats conversion plug-in.

Version 2.0 has been enhanced to operate with InDesign CC and is now a native 64-bit technology for both the Mac and Windows platforms. Additionally, ID2Office has been enhanced to convert InDesign documents to the Apple Keynote format directly. The plugin also exports nested InDesign tables to nested Word tables resulting in even more accurate conversions.

ID2Office requires Mac OS X 10.6.8 and higher and works with InDesign CS5, CS5.5, CS6, CC. It's available immediately in the following configurations from the Recosoft web store (per license): ID2Office Standard v2.0 Annual subscription (Mac/Windows) US$199, and ID2Office Professional v2.0 Annual subscription (Mac only) $249. Go to http://www.recosoft.com for more info.

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Feb 20
New templates and illustrations added to Jumsoft's...

Jumsoft (http://www.jumsoft.com) has again increased its product assortment with the latest update to Toolbox for Pages 1.2.10 for Apple's page layout application.

The update adds 58 fresh Pages themes, 10 pattern sets, seven frame themes, and 20 other sets of design elements to the current selection. The designs can be used for creating and illustrating brochures, catalogs, proposals, and other types of content. The new illustration sets are also available in Toolbox for Keynote.

Toolbox for Pages is a free download at the Mac App Store that offers a way to view and purchase Jumsoft's product sets for Apple's Pages application. In total, the collection contains hundreds of Pages templates as well as clipart images, doodles, patterns, frames, bullets, and other items. Users can purchase these by piece, by category, or by set. In addition, the first item in each category can be downloaded at no charge...

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Feb 19
Satechi introduces monitor stand for laptops, desktops

Satechi has introduced the F1 Smart Monitor Stand for laptops and desktops. It sports a slim design and four USB ports for connecting any USB-based devices underneath the computer, avoiding tangled cords.

Additionally, the stand features two integrated audio ports — one for microphones and another for headphones — and two aluminum alloy legs able to support up to 22 pounds of weight.

The F1 Smart Monitor stand can raise the user’s monitor to one of two preset heights. It also improves the computer’s ventilation while creating additional desk space to organize office supplies, keyboards, computer mice and more.

The F1 Smart Monitor Stand is available at an introductory price of US$29.99 at Satechi.net and Amazon.com.

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Feb 19
Final Cut Pro X Bristol Effect released on FxFactory

FxFactory has introduced Bristol to its family of SUGARfx plugins. An animated 3D theme, it uses 15 animated elements that can be completely customized to fit any project.

With Bristol, you can use main titles, multiple screen bumpers, title generators and transition elements to create anything from a clean, monochromatic look to a design with a wild color combination, according to the folks at FxFactory. The plugin was designed for exclusive use in FCP X.

Bristol is available for US$49. For more info go to http://fxfactory.com/info/bristol/ .

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Feb 19
Muse Templates Pack is a new collection of Adobe Muse website...

Muse Templates Pro Company has released Muse Templates Pack, which allows customers to purchase all of the company's Adobe Muse templates at once.

Adobe Muse templates provide a design for websites that are created with Adobe Muse software. Muse Templates Pack contains 12 templates and lets you create websites by mixing various elements from the different templates.

Adobe Muse templates are available on Muse Templates Pro Company's website (http://www.musetemplatespro.com). The Muse Templates Pack is priced at US$14.99. Every template can be purchased separately for $4.99 each. One template is offered for free. A Mac or PC with Adobe Muse software is required to use the templates.

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Feb 19
Enolsoft releases PDF Toolset for Mac

Enolsoft has released PDF Toolset for Mac. It's a multifunctional PDF tool with an optimized SDK [software development kit] and advanced OCR [optical character recognition] engine embed.

PDF Toolset is equipped with a set of technical tools for manipulating PDF files. Users can manage PDF pages with merging and splitting, compress PDF files with five modes and extract images and text from PDF with OCR on a Mac.

Enolsoft PDF Toolset for Mac is available now through the Enolsoft website (http://www.enolsoft.com). The retail price of Enolsoft PDF Toolset for Mac is US$29. A demo is available for download.

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Feb 19
Apple announces iTunes Festival Coming to SXSW

Apple has announced the first iTunes Festival to be held in the US, running from March 11-15. Taking place at ACL Live at the Moody Theater, home of Austin City Limits, the iTunes Festival at SXSW will feature iTunes chart toppers including Coldplay, Imagine Dragons, Pitbull, Keith Urban, ZEDD and more.

All five nights of the iTunes Festival will be available to enjoy for free as a live and on-demand stream via the iTunes Store on your Mac, iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, or PC. Performances can also be seen in the iTunes Festival app on your iOS device or with Apple TV in HD. 

"The iTunes Festival in London has become an incredible way for Apple to share its love of music with our customers," says Eddy Cue, Apple’s senior vice president of Internet Software and Services. "We're excited about the incredible lineup of artists performing and SXSW is the perfect place to debut the first iTunes Festival in the US."

At the iTunes Festival in London over 400 artists have...

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Feb 19
URL Extractor for Mac OS X gets improved web extraction engine

Tension Software (http://www.tensionsoftware.com) has revved URL Extractor — the Mac OS X tool for extracting URLs and emails from the web, search engine and local files — to version 4.2. The new version boasts an improved web extraction engine.

URL Extractor requires Mac OS X 10.8 or higher. It costs US$50 and is available from the Tension Software web site and the Mac App Store.

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Feb 19
Mac X DVD Ripper Free Edition gets enhanced kernel module

MacXDVD Software (http://www.macxdvd.com) has upgraded Mac X DVD Ripper Free Edition, its DVD ripping software. The updated version now supports loading external subtitles to movie, along with enhanced kernel module to make DVD ripping faster and smoother.

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

MacX DVD Ripper Free Edition is, of course, free. There's also an US$59.95 with more features.

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Feb 19
CS Odessa announces Cisco Network Diagrams solution

CS Odessa has announced a new ConceptDraw Solution Park Solution for ConceptDraw Pro 9: Cisco Network Diagrams. It's a library collection of Cisco routers, switches, and other network devices suitable for drawings, presentations, and web sites.

There are a number of examples that are included with the new Cisco Networks Diagram Solution located in the ConceptDraw Solution Park, found at conceptdraw.com. Examples include Cisco Express Forwarding Network Topology Diagram, Cisco ISG Topology Diagram, LAN Fault-tolerance System Diagram, Network Organization Chart, Roaming Wireless Local Area Network Diagram, and Wireless Mesh Network Diagram.

This new addition to the ConceptDraw Solution Park is a free item for users of the current version of ConceptDraw Pro. The Cisco Network Diagrams Solution is a new addition to the ConceptDraw Solution Park, a collection of templates, samples, and libraries of vector stencils, icons and clipart that help professionally illustrate...

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Feb 18
F1 2013 takes pole position for March 6 release for the Mac

Feral Interactive announced that F1 2013, the Formula 1 racing simulation video game, will be released for the Mac on March 6. It's developed and published by Codemasters for consoles and PCs.

Here's how the game is described: "F1 2013 offers Mac gamers the chance to experience all the thrills of the 2013 FIA Formula One World Championship, snd, for the first time in Codemasters’ award-winning series, race classic cars on iconic circuits in a new game mode called F1 Classics. F1 2013 features all the cars, stars and circuits from the 2013 season and includes all of the new rules, tyre changes and remodeled handling to authentically reflect the challenge and exhilaration of racing 2013’s stunning roster of Formula ONE™ cars.

"Additional content will be available in a premium edition of the video game, F1 2013: Classic Edition, which contains two DLC packs. The 1990s Content pack contains six classic cars, three each from the Ferrari and Williams teams, and lets players...

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Feb 18
Storage Made Easy adds support for Evernote

Storage Made Easy, an unified cloud provider, has added support for the Evernote Cloud service. The SME Evernote implementation indexes the Evernote data and makes data available to be used with the SME Cloud File Manager.

This Cloud File Manager unifies data from private data stores and public clouds and makes this data available in a traditional file manager view where it can be interacted with from either the web or from Mac, Windows and Linux desktop "cloud" drives and more.

For business and enterprise users SME is able to provide tracked audit history of Evernote usage, allow easy copying or backup Evernote files to other clouds, sharing of Evernote data externally using password protected and time expired links, as well as making the data available in a common way throughout and organization, with permissions, without giving direct access to the underlying Evernote account, Jim Liddle, Storage Made Easy CEO Jim Liddle says.

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Feb 18
CalDigit ships FASTA-6GU3 Pro

CalDigit is shipping the CalDigit FASTA-6GU3 Pro. It's the latest version of the company's USB 3.0 and eSATA interface card.

The PCIe card has been revamped with the latest USB 3.0 protocol and SATA 6G chipsets to deliver increased performance, says Kosta Panagos, director of marketing at CalDigit. The FASTA-6GU3 Pro’s USB 3.0 ports are 5Gbps, and feature UASP (USB Attached SCSI Protocol). The two eSATA ports are full 6G eSATA, and fully compatible with previous generations of eSATA.

On the back are two SATA ports that allow computer users to connect two extra HDDs to their workstation. The FASTA-6GU3 Pro is available to purchase now from the CalDigit Online Store, and CalDigit Resellers worldwide. Pricing for the FASTA-6GU3 Pro is US$169. Go to http://www.caldigit.com for more info.

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