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Jun 30
VidConvert for Mac OS X gets revamped user interface, more

Reggie Ashworth has unveiled VidConvert 1.6 (http://www.reggieashworth.com/vidconvert), a Yosemite (and El Capitan) update to his video converter for Mac OS X.

VidConvert will convert just about any type of video into one of the popular formats of today. It allows you to create videos for your iPhone or iPad, for your Mac or TV, or formats such as DivX and MPEG.

VidConverter 1.6 includes a new icon and refreshed user interface, conversion optimizations for faster operation, bug fixes and under-the-hood improvements.

It requires Mac OS X 10.7 Lion or later. VidConvert 1.6 costs US$7.99 for a single user license. A demo that lets you create three-minute samples is available. Older versions with pre-Lion support are available.

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Jun 30
.com Solutions launches FmPro Migrator Platinum Edition 7.47

.com Solutions has launched FmPro Migrator Platinum Edition 7.47 (www.fmpromigrator.com) with 30 improvements for simplifying the transition from FileMaker Pro to a PHP web application.

According to .com Solutions, FileMaker WebDirect to PHP Conversion benefits using FmPro Migrator Platinum Edition include: scaling up beyond 100 concurrent users, owning your application source code, avoiding monthly/annual billing, reusing existing business logic, keeping the existing graphical user interface, and cross platform/device compatibility.

FmPro Migrator Platinum Edition is priced at US$$600 per developer. Users can build an unlimited number of web applications having up to 250 forms/reports/layouts with FmPro Migrator during the term of the license key.

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Jun 30
Apple releases Mac OS X 10.10.4 with Mail, Photos improvements,...

Apple has released Mac OS X 10.10.4, which includes improvements for Photos and Mail. It also fixes several bugs (including the "discoveryd" service).

According to Apple, the update:

° Improves networking reliability;

° Improves Migration Assistant reliability;

° Addresses an issue that prevented certain monitors from functioning properly;

° Improves the reliability of upgrading iPhoto and Aperture libraries to Photos;

° Improves reliability when syncing photos and videos to the iCloud Photo Library;

° Addresses and issue that causes Photos to quit unexpectedly after importing some Leica DNG files;

° Resolves an issue that could delay outgoing email messages in Mail;

° Fixes an issue where a website could prevent the user from navigating away by presenting repeated JavaScript alerts in Safari.

You can obtain OS X 10.10.4 at the Mac App Store.

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Jun 30
Apple Music launches, iOS 8.4 available

Apple Music, Apple's music streaming service, has launched for iOS and Mac OS X devices in over 100 countries. Android is next, and Apple anticipates attracting 100 million paying subscribers.

Apple says Apple Music “combines the best ways to enjoy music — all in one place.” It’s a streaming music service, a worldwide live radio station from Apple broadcasting 24 hours a day and a tool for music fans to connect with their favorite artists.

Apple Music combines the largest and most diverse collection of music on the planet with the expertise of world-class music experts who have programmed playlists for your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac, PC, Apple TV and Android phones, according to Eddy Cue, Apple’s senior vice president of Internet Software and Services. Starting with the music you already know — whether from the iTunes Store or ripped CDs — your music now lives in one place alongside the Apple Music catalog with over 30 million songs, he adds. You can stream any...

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Jun 30
Apple will replace Mac laptop batteries that don't retain...

Apple is now replacing non-removable laptop batteries that retain less than 80% of their original charge under the AppleCare Protection Plan. The change applies to the MacBook, MacBook Air and MacBook Pro.

In a support document (https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT204054), Apple says: "Your Apple One Year Limited Warranty or AppleCare Protection Plan includes replacement coverage for a defective battery. If you purchased an AppleCare Protection Plan for your Mac notebook with a non-removable battery, Apple will replace the notebook battery at no charge if it retains less than 80 percent of its original capacity. If you don't have coverage, you can have the battery replaced for a fee."

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Jun 30
Registration is open for annual Apple Camp for kids

Registration is now open for Apple's annual Apple Camp (http://www.applersvp.com) three-day workshops where kids ages 8 to 12 can "bring their imaginations to life" with apps such as iMovie and iBooks.

According to Apple, they'll learn to make movies or create interactive books complete with their own illustrations and sound effects. Kids will storyboard ideas, shoot video, create an original soundtrack in GarageBand on an iPad, and then edit it all together in iMovie on a Mac.

Campers will also create their own interactive books. They'll draw illustrations using an iPad, then add sound effects and Multi-Touch features using iBooks Author on a Mac.

Each workshop ends with the Apple Camp Showcase so campers can share their finished projects. Space is limited so you should sign up today.

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Jun 30
Typinator 6.6 for Mac OS X handles smart substitutions even...

With the release of version 6.6, Ergonis Software (www.ergonis.com) celebrates the 10th anniversary of Typinator, their text expander. Along with this release, Ergonis Software has published two new Typinator sets for easy access to the symbols in the new Apple Color Emoji font introduced in OS X Yosemite 10.10.3.

To celebrate the anniversary, Ergonis Software is offering a 25% discount on new purchases before July 15. The offer is good for all Ergonis products, including PopChar and KeyCue.

Typinator 6.6 works with the Pinyin input methods for Chinese and uses less memory when idle. It also includes other enhancements and offers improved compatibility with third-party products like 4th Dimension and MatLab.

The Emoji 3.0 set contains all skin tone variants of all applicable Emoji symbols. In addition to skin tones, the new version contains more consistent names and shows the standard Unicode names...

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Jun 30
InPreflight for Adobe InDesign now supports Creative Cloud 2015

Zevrix Solutions has launched InPreflight Pro 2.11.17, a compatibility update to its document preparation solution for Adobe InDesign.

InPreflight is an all-in-one solution to check InDesign documents for errors, automatically collect multiple files for output and ship them to final destination. The new version makes InPreflight compatible with the 2015 release of InDesign CC featured as part of Adobe Creative Cloud.

InPreflight Pro can be purchased from the Zevrix website (www.zevrix.com) for US$99.95 (there's a "lite" version for $39.95). A demo is available for download. The 2.11.17 update is free for licensed users of version 2, and $50 from earlier versions. InPreflight requires Mac OS X 10.5 or higher and Adobe InDesign CS3-CC 2015.

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Jun 29
Autodesk announces Autodesk Design Academy iTunes U

Autodesk has announced the new Autodesk Design Academy iTunes U course. Developed by educators and industry experts across the globe, the Autodesk Design Academy (http://academy.autodesk.com) provides hundreds of standards-aligned class projects to support design-based disciplines, while using Autodesk’s 3D design, engineering and entertainment software.

iTunes U is the world’s largest catalog of free education content. The Autodesk Design Academy features a growing collection of lessons, projects and courses that help educators support students as they develop technical skills.

A key component of the Autodesk Design Academy iTunes U course is the use of Autodesk Fusion 360, which brings CAD, CAM and CAE together in the cloud. Autodesk is also launching the Autodesk Design Academy Multi-Touch book, which includes Autodesk SketchBook Express, bringing digital art and concept sketching to life...

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Jun 29
Soundtrap announces online collaborative music recording studio

Soundtrap has launched what it says is the first online music and audio recording studio where users can find and collaborate with people from all over the world on a multitude of devices across iOS, Android, Chrome OS, Mac OS X,and Windows platforms.

It lets users record a tune or podcast by accessing a browser across multiple platforms.  Coming out of beta, Soundtrap has also announced US$1 million in seed funding and the commercial availability of its platform. 

Soundtrap is currently in use in 150 U.S. schools and the platform has grown from 20,000 to 120,000 users in 175 countries in just five months, according to CEO Per Emanuelsson. He adds that the platform was developed using only HTML5 technologies and it is fully cloud-based for all devices.

It's written in the Google DART language and utilizes the audio APIs Web Audio, Web MIDI and Web RTC. To use Soundtrap, users simply open a browser and log on.  They can choose from over 50 virtual instruments...

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Jun 29
Tablet shipments experience largest decline since 2009 category...

For branded tablets, the year 2015 is off to a rocky start. For the first time since inception, the popular consumer item experienced its largest QoQ [quarter-over-quarter] decline to date of 35%. In addition, tablets experienced its largest YoY [year-over-year] decline of 16%.

According to marketing intelligence firm ABI Research (www.abiresearch.com), there is no denying the market is losing its momentum and leading vendors are feeling the squeeze. Apple and Samsung have been key market players and continue to dominate a significant majority of the tablet market.

"2015 is the pivotal year for smaller, competing vendors to step-up, build their business, and gain market share in advanced and emerging markets," says Senior Practice Director Jeff Orr. "The tablet market lacks a truly competitive playing field needing a strong third even fourth vendor to drive the market out of stagnation."

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Jun 29
Cale announces Apple Pay enabled pay stations

Cale, which specializes in unattended payment technology for parking and transit operations, will begin offering secure contactless card readers that accept Apple Pay for its Cale WebTerminal pay stations (CWT) in July.

The technology will be demonstrated next week at the International Parking Institute's annual convention and trade show in Las Vegas. Cale's contactless payment option will allow customers to pay using their iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus or Apple Watch.

The new contactless reader selected by Cale is also capable of accepting other NFC mobile wallets and will help Cale's customers prepare for the upcoming shift by card-issuing banks to more secure EMV transactions from the current mag-stripe card technology, says Andreas Jansson, managing director for Cale's largest subsidiary, Cale America. He added that the new Apple Pay enabled readers are a game changer for the parking and transit payment industries. 

"With the sudden popularity of mobile wallets...

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Jun 29
Ableton upgrades its Live music production software to version 9...

Ableton (www.ableton.com) has released Live 9.2, an update of the Mac-compatible music production software.

This free update includes refinements to Live’s audio warping engine, the introduction of latency-compensated automation, a new Tuner device, and more. Owners of Push gain the ability to use all 64 pads to play drums, improved aftertouch, and expanded touchstrip implementation. In addition, Max For Live now includes Max 7, the latest, most powerful version of Max.

Coinciding with the release of Live 9.2, Ableton is also making available a free new Pack specially optimized to make extensive use of Push’s new 64 pad functionality. Assembled by finger-drummer Mad Zach, the 64 Pad Lab contains five Racks’ worth of high-quality drum samples, percussion, loops, and one shots.

For new owners, pricing for Live starts at US$99.

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Jun 29
SmartBackup 3.4 for OS X gets an updated sync engine, more

Solesignal has announced SmartBackup 3.4, an update to their alternative backup and cloning utility for Mac OS X (10.8 or later).

It syncs multiple source items to a destination on an external hard drive, flashdrive or network share. SmartBackup features a 64-bit sync engine built on the latest Apple technologies. Version 3.4 adds an updated sync engine, user interface improvements, bug fixes and more.

A single license is available for US$25 from the Solesignal website (http://solesignal.com). SmartBackup can be downloaded and tried for free for a limited number of backups.

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Jun 27
CuteDJ for Mac OS X upgraded to version 4.3.1

CuteDJPro ( www.cutedjpro.com ) has updated CuteDJ for Mac OS X to version 4.3.1.

It's DJ mixing software that lets users mix music, video and karaoke in real time. Version 4.3.1 adds eight hardware controllers: Reloop BeatMix 2, Reloop BeatMix 4, Reloop Terminal Mix8, Akiyama Quattro, Akiyama Quark, Hercules DJ Control Wave, Pioneer DDJ SX and Pioneer DDJ SR. and fully compatible with iTune 12.

CuteDJ requires Mac OS X 10.7 or later and Windows 7/8. A demo is available for download. The update is free for all users. For new users the price is US$129.95.

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Jun 26
Recosoft ships PDF2ID v4.5: Convert PDF to InDesign CC, CC 2014...

Recosoft Corp. (www.recosoft.com) is shipping PDF2ID 4.5 the newest PDF-to-InDesign and XPS-to-InDesign conversion plug-in for InDesign Creative Cloud 2015.

It's been enhanced to support Adobe InDesign CC 2015, the latest release of InDesign for both the Mac OS X and Windows platforms. PDF2ID Standard and PDF2ID Professional v4.5 now support batch-converting PDF files to InDesign (indd) format. Additionally, PDF2ID v4.5 natively recognizes Adobe Illustrator files (.ai) files easing Illustrator-to-InDesign file conversion.

PDF2ID converts PDF and Windows XPS files into fully editable InDesign files allowing PDF and XPS file content recovery and reuse within InDesign. PDF2ID is the de-facto PDF conversion plug-in for InDesign, allowing anyone to open, convert and edit PDF and XPS documents in InDesign.

The plug-in requires Mac OS X 10.6.8 and higher. Pricing ranges from US$99 to $299, depending on...

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Jun 26
MCE Ships 1TB PCIe-based Flash storage upgrades for Retina...

MCE Technologies (http://www.mcetech.com) announces a 1TB internal PCIe-based Flash storage upgrade solution for late-2013 through mid-2015 13-inch and 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display.

The 1TB Upgrade Kits are based on the PCIe storage architecture in those machines and includes all tools required to perform the installation, an illustrated installation guide, and drive cloning software. The MCE 1TB Internal PCIe-based Flash Storage upgrade solution costs US$999 and is available for immediate shipment.

The 1TB PCIe-based flash drives feature native Trim support to ensure longevity. They carry a one year warranty.

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Jun 26
Apple updates AppleCare+ Protection Plan for the Apple Watch

As noted by MacRumors (http://tinyurl.com/nppcz5z), Apple has updated the terms of its AppleCare+ Protection Plan for the Apple Watch.

It now covers batteries that retain less than 80% of their original capacity within the extended warranty period. Previously, it covered battery depletion of 50% or more from original capacity.

Apple will replace smart watch batteries that don't meet the 80% specification free as long as the device is within its AppleCare+ coverage period. If it's not, the cost is $79.

Also, the Apple Watch, which originally rolled out in nine countries, arrives in seven more today: Italy, Mexico, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, Switzerland and Taiwan. On July 17 the smartwatch is slated on go on sale in the Netherlands, Sweden and Thailand.

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Jun 26
Softube announces availability of Heartbeat drum synth software

Softube has released Heartbeat — its first software instrument for Mac OS X 10.8 or newer (VST/VST3/AU/AAX) and Windows 8 or newer (VST/VST3/AAX).

It's drum synth software that draws its inspiration from Eighties-era-defining analog drum synths, HeartBeat does not emulate any existing drum machine. Mostly, its sounds are based on Softube’s own modeled analog synthesis, augmented with selected waveforms. Eight instruments are included — two different bass drums, two different snare drums, two percussion instruments, plus hi-hats and cymbal.

Heartbeat includes an effects section. Softube’s TSAR-1 reverb is included in a slightly modified form alongside the separately available Valley People Dyna-mite compressor/limiter/gate. The third effect, Filter Echo, is a new and characterful delay.

Heartbeat also features the Auto Layer Machine, which can be used to layer the instruments or create flams or small fill patterns. The Chaos slider adds a sense of randomness to...

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Jun 25
MacPlay Releases Shelter 2 on the Mac App Store

Shelter 2, a game in which you play a powerful Lynx, is now available on the Mac App Store. It costs US$14.99 and requires Mac OS X 10.7 or higher.

Developed by Might and Delight and released on the Mac App Store by MacPlay (www.macplay.com), Shelter 2 follows the life of a mother lynx, starting as a pregnant animal, giving birth and continuing in to a journey of parenthood where nurturing her cubs is paramount for survival. Shelter 2 includes more elaborate gameplay features than its predecessor, such as stamina, different types of movements, jumps and a variety of prey to kill.

Besides hunting there are several maternal and hunting features, such as calling the cubs closer, smell for prey, making sure they drink water from rivers and lifting and carrying your cubs from harm's way. Environments in Shelter 2 are much bigger than its predecessor.

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Jun 25
Kwilt photo sharing keyboard for iOS now in beta testing

KwiltKeys, created by Kwilt, is the world's first all-in-one photo sharing keyboard for iOS devices.

KwiltKeys gives iPhone and iPad owners access to their photos from any source, including the camera roll, Instagram, Facebook, Dropbox, Flickr, Photobucket, Google+ and more all in one place right at their fingertips.

"KwiltKeys eliminates the barriers to communicating and sharing photos, while making everyday conversations more lively and fun," says Marc-Antoine Benglia, CEO at Kwilt. "KwiltKeys gives users an intuitive photo sharing experience and removes the hassle of having to navigate between platforms and apps to locate and share a specific image."

KwiltKeys streamlines users’ photo-sharing experience by giving users direct photo access, right on their mobile keyboard without ever having to leave their keyboard or switch between apps. Key features includes:

° Streams photos from over a dozen of the most popular photo and social networking platforms...

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Jun 25
TinyKeep invades the Mac and iOS devices

Digital Tribe Games' TinyKeep game (http://digitaltribegames.com/tinykeep/) is now available for Mac OS X and iOS at, respectively, the Mac App Store and Apple App Store for $7.99 and $4.99.

Here's how the game is described: "Gamers will assume the role of the hopeless prisoner who must escape TinyKeep. Players lure monsters into traps, knock over torches to set the dungeon alight and free prisoners to help them in their escape. There are many ways to survive the TinyKeep, and many ways to die.

"Use traps and environmental hazards to your advantage - fire, spike pits and rotating crushers hurt your enemies as well as you. Collect coins from fallen foes to purchase random player-altering Buffs that just might give you the advantage you need to make it out alive. Rescue other captives to fight alongside you, but beware as you never know which ones have gone crazy trapped...

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Jun 25
Red Giant to produce new Film Team Experiments each month

Red Giant's film team (www.redgiant.com) will be producing new Film Team Experiments each month.

Packed with visual effects and running at under 60-seconds each, these short films will be accompanied by a behind-the-scenes breakdown that walks viewers through the filmmaking and post-production process. Every Film Team Experiment will feature visual effects techniques — both practical and CGI — that achieve Hollywood-quality results on a small budget, says Aharon Rabinowitz, executive producer at Red Giant Films.

Viewers will learn how to create visuals, such as heat waves off of a bullet, Thor-like lightning effects, dangerous-looking stunt driving, and more. Behind-the-scenes films will explain the techniques used to create each effect, showing novice and experienced filmmakers alike how they can apply the same effect to their films.

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Jun 24
Pharrell's 'Freedom' to be Apple Music exclusive

Apple Music is getting its first exclusive song thanks to Pharrell Williams. His new song, "Freedom," will be available on Apple Music when the streaming music service launches on June 30, the artist announced on Twitter.

No word on how long the song will be an Apple Music exclusive — or whether Pharrell's upcoming album might be Apple Music only for a limited time. Apple is reportedly negotiating with other artists for exclusive releases.

Apple’s streaming music service launches June 30 for iOS and Mac OS X devices. Android is next, and Apple anticipates attracting 100 million paying subscribers.

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Jun 24
Apple's Lisa jackson takes on new duties

Apple says Lisa Jackson — now vice president of Environment, Policy, and Social Initiatives — will taken on additional duties beyond company related environmental issues. She'll be responsible for all policy initiatives including worldwide government affairs, education, accessibility and social concerns.

In a memo sent out to employees — as noted by The Washington Post (http://wapo.st/1Naz6fx) — CEO Tim Cook explained the broader area of responsibility will see Jackson managing government affairs, a task with which she is familiar given her former role as head of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

"Lisa will apply her passion and her unique skill set to integrate teams across Apple and make our impact even greater. As part of her new role, Lisa will also take over management of our worldwide Government Affairs function," the memo reads.

Apple hired Environmental Protection Agency Chief...

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