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Apr 07
Cronette for Mac OS X upgraded to version 1.7

Tension Software has updated Cronette (http://pomola.com/products_cronette/cronette.html), a Cocoa task launcher for Macs and Mac servers, to version 1.7.

Cronette lets you specify tasks to be launched automatically by the Mac. It can be used on unattended Mac Servers or also on regular Mac workstations for tasks to execute during the night or for recurring tasks to be performed on a regular basis. It provides different type of launch tasks: daily, weekly, monthly, yearly.

Any task can be specified to launch different type of execution: open applications or documents from disk; open different type of URL; execute different type of actions: restart, shutdown, sleep; sending a message to the log; execute a complex UNIX command. Version 1.7 offers improved opening of URLs using web secure protocol, enhanced management of task runnable automatically...

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Apr 06
IK Multimedia releases Miroslav Philharmonik 2 CE

IK Multimedia announced today the release of Miroslav Philharmonik 2 CE "Classik Edition" (http://tinyurl.com/zpg3mbu) for Mac/PC. It’s a lower priced, fully featured edition of the recently released Miroslav Philharmonik 2.

Miroslav Philharmonik 2 CE features over 730 instruments, multiple articulations, a 10GB library, over 30 professional quality effects, three playback engines, a synthesizer section, a built-in mixer and a more. It’s being offered at an introductory price of $99.99.

The CE version offers the same engine and features of Miroslav Philharmonik 2. And it provides a 10GB library of orchestral instruments covering all of the instrument categories found in the full version.

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Apr 06
Catalyst announces waterproof case family for the iPad and...

Catalyst (CatalystCase.com) has launched a new collection of waterproof cases for Apple iPhone SE, 12.9-inch iPad Pro and iPad mini, available for preorder today. 

Catalyst cases for iPad are 100% tested waterproof, designed to meet military-standards for impacts and are precision built for total protection wherever you take your iDevice, says June Lai, CEO of Catalyst Lifestyle. With a grippy rubber bumper, the Catalyst iPad cases feature a clear front and back to showcase the design of the iPad. The cases cost $89.99 for an iPad mini version, $119.95 for a 9.7-inch iPad Pro model, and $149.99 for a 12.9-inch iPad Pro version.

An integrated screen protector provides access to features including Touch ID, Control Center and swipe notifications while generously sized ports accommodate most aftermarket charging cables and headphones. Catalyst's unique air and watertight acoustic membranes allow for clear sound transmission into and out of the case to facilitate video...

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Apr 06
MacStadium acquires Macminicolo

MacStadium, a Mac hosting provider, has received a multi-million dollar line of credit from Silicon Valley Bank, and will acquire Macminicolo , the oldest vendor in the commercial Mac hosting industry.

CEO Greg McGraw says MacStadium's Mac hosting solution is used by more than 1,500 SMB and enterprise businesses worldwide with uses like CI/CD testing and iOS app development. Software developers requiring dedicated Mac hardware rely on MacStadium to provide remote access to thousands of Mac servers in a self-service manner to develop, test, and deploy solutions.

With the acquisition of Macminicolo, MacStadium is able to reach a greater audience on the west coast, supplementing a recent expansion into Dublin, Ireland in Europe. The authority and software expertise at Macminicolo will complement the enterprise-class network engineering and professional support available at MacStadium, says McGraw.

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Apr 06
GeekSuit releases Client Folder Maker 4.6.1 for OS X

GeekSuit has announced Client Folder Maker 4.6.1, an update to their folder creation and management utility for Mac OS X.

It’s a folder creation and management tool and is designed with the web developer, graphic designer, app developer, or prepress operator in mind. Version 4.6.1 introduces drag and drop folder hierarchies, a new "Copy To ..." feature, new Finder Extension, Presets Lock and minor file type updates and more.

Client Folder Maker 4.6.1 requires Mac OS X 10.8.5 or later. It costs $4.99 and is available at the Mac App Store (http://tinyurl.com/zvws8pv).

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Apr 06
POP3it Pro FileMaker plug-in adds 64-bit GUI support

Comm-Unity Networking Systems has updated POP3it Pro to version 5.0, which brings full, cross-platform, 64-bit GUI support, finalizing its transition to 64-bit FileMaker plug-ins.

This version also includes some important bug fixes for all users. POP3it Pro is available immediately at http://www.pop3itpro.com/ for Mac OS X and Windows. A demo is available.

POP3it Pro allows you to connect to a POP3 Email Server and download email directly into your FileMaker Pro database. It’s possible to add email downloading capabilities to your databases without writing a single script.

If you purchased POP3it Pro after April 5, 2015, you can install version 5.0 free of charge. If you purchased POP3it Pro anytime between April 5, 2014, and April 4, 2015, you can renew your license for 50% off the current price. If you purchased POP3it Pro anytime before April 5, 2014, you can renew your license for 25...

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Apr 05
WaterField Designs celebrates its 18th birthday with Cargo bag...

WaterField Designs (www.sfbags.com), to celebrate its 18th successful year in business, has announced a modern update to its Cargo bag, a messenger-briefcase.

Initially designed to blend the benefits of his bicycle messenger bag with the functionality of a briefcase as he moved into a more professional setting, owner Gary Waterfield’s now upgraded Cargo ($349) reflects a culmination of 18 years of customer feedback; it’s streamlined into one ideal size, more functional with new modern features.

“As a bike messenger, I lived out of my bag, but when I started an office job, I needed the versatility of a messenger bag—but one with more functionality—so I created the Cargo. Even after all this time, our first bag is still one of our best selling,” says Waterfield. “We’ve both been here now for 18 years, but unlike me, the Cargo is getting a handsome new facelift. It’s now more functional and beautiful than ever...

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Apr 05
Agenda set for Fifteenth Annual Las Vegas SuperMeet

The Creative Pro User Group (CPUG) Network have announced the agenda for the Fifteenth Annual Las Vegas SuperMeet (www.supermeet.com) to take place on Tuesday, April 19, in the Pavilion Ballroom at the Rio Hotel in Las Vegas Nevada.

Doors will open at 4:30 p.m. and presentations will begin at 7 p.m. The Las Vegas SuperMeet promises to be the single largest gathering of Final Cut Pro, Adobe, Avid and DaVinci Resolve editors, gurus, digital filmmakers and content creators during the 2016 NAB Show.

Tickets are on sale online only for $15 each plus ticket fee and $10 for students and teachers with valid student ID.

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Apr 05
X-Doria expands its Defense line for the iPhone 6s and Apple...

X-Doria has expanded the Defense Shield for iPhone 6s and Defense Edge for Apple Watch with the introduction of its newest style: Sport. The Defense series merges polycarbonate, soft rubber and anodized aluminum.

X-Doria utilizes machined metal as opposed to plastic to ensure its Defense Shield provides military-level drop protection that has been tested to survive 6.6 foot drops on concrete. The perimeter of the iPhone is protected by machined aluminum while the inside is wrapped with soft rubber, protecting from drops and ensuring the metal never touches the device.

The screen is protected from drops and surface scratches by an oversized raised lip, and the rear is shielded by a clear polycarbonate, protecting the device without covering it up. The snap-on construction requires no tools to assemble.

Defense Edge guards for Apple Watch combine a machined aluminum exterior and functional design, keeping the device protected yet accessible at all times. It...

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Apr 05
Zixi introduces cloud-based video over IP services

Zixi (www.zixi.com) — which specializes in broadcast quality contribution, management, and distribution — has debuted ZixiFY, a new cloud-based content delivery platform for “the highest quality contribution to a content distribution network (CDN).”

ZixiFY is designed to reliably deliver live broadcast quality video from a Zixi enabled origination point including camera, encoder, phone, or tablet at any location to any device leveraging Zixi’s proven protocol, according to Zixi President Israel Drori. Broadcasting and media organizations looking for cost-effective solutions to help engage viewers and generate revenue with high-quality live streaming content now have access to Zixi’s cloud-based software platform, he adds.

As Zixi software is already embedded in thousands of devices around the globe, broadcasters can now ingest video into ZixiFY from any location. By aggregating BW across multiple wired, WiFi, or...

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Apr 05
Smile Launches TextExpander.com with apps for Mac, iPhone,...

Smile, the developer of productivity applications for Mac, iPad and iPhone, has launched TextExpander.com, which provides a way to share snippets across a team, along with new app versions: TextExpander 6 for Mac, TextExpander 4 for iPhone and iPad, and the new TextExpander for Windows beta.

TextExpander keeps your snippets current on all your devices and lets you easily share and manage snippets across whole teams. New sharing options let you share the wealth of knowledge stored in your snippets. For sharing management across a team of users, you can set up a TextExpander Organization.

TextExpander is $4.95 per month for individuals on the Life Hacker plan. Current TextExpander users receive a 50% loyalty discount for their first year. TextExpander is $9.95 per user per month for the Team plan. TextExpander for Mac requires a Mac running OS X 10.10 (Yosemite) or later. TextExpander for iPhone and iPad requires an iPad or iPhone running iOS 9 or later. TextExpander...

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Apr 05
Eltima releases Commander One 1.5 for OS X

Eltima Software (www.eltima.com) has announced Commander One 1.5, the latest version of their dual-panel file manager for Mac OS X.

Apart from file management functionality, the app features a built-in FTP and WebDAV clients, allows mounting Dropbox, Google Drive, OneDrive and Amazon S3 accounts, accessing data on iOS and Android devices, supports multiple archive formats, and more. Version 1.5 is more stable, much faster and has a number of additional features and improvements.

Commander One 1.5 is compatible with OS X 10.9 and higher. The app has two editions - free and paid. The latter is known as Pro Pack and costs $29.95. The additional functionality it offers is available for 15-day trial for free.

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Apr 04
Boinx Software conjures up FotoMagico 5

Boinx Software has announced FotoMagico 5 (http://tinyurl.com/hptnokj), an update to its slideshow creation tool for OS X.

The app lets you create customized slideshows, mixing photos with movies and audio. Version 5 features upgraded professional 4K slideshow capabilities, a new audio editing interface and advanced animation features.

FotoMagico 5 requires OS X Yosemite or El Capitan. It costs $49.99. FotoMagico 5 Pro is available for $99.99. Existing customers can upgrade to FotoMagico 5 Pro for $49.99 from FotoMagico 4, and $74.99 from FotoMagico 3. Existing customers who previously purchased FotoMagico 4 in the Mac App Store will be able to upgrade to FotoMagico 5 Pro free of charge once they purchase the basic version of FotoMagico 5 for $49.99.

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Apr 04
IHS: the Phone SE is three iPhone generations rolled into one

A preliminary estimate by IHS (www.ihs.com) and its Teardown and Cost Benchmarking Service shows that the iPhone SE smartphone costs about $160 to build.

The U.S. version of an entry-level iPhone SE with 16GB of NAND memory carries a bill of materials (BOM) of $156.20, which rises to $160.00 when the manufacturing cost is added, according to results from the IHS teardown of a phone purchased from the Apple Store on March 31. The retail price of the iPhone SE 16GB model is $399.

“The iPhone SE represents an amalgamation of three iPhone generations -- iPhone 5s, iPhone 6 and iPhone 6s -- rolled into something altogether new,” said Andrew Rassweiler, senior director of cost benchmarking services at IHS. “Despite its physical resemblance to the iPhone 5s, the resulting product is far superior. In fact, the only significant tradeoffs a consumer would make with the iPhone SE against the iPhone 6s is smaller size and...

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Apr 04
Studiometry 12.5 adds forms and more

Oranged Software (www.oranged.com) has updated Studiometry, its client and project management tool, to version 12.5. The software is used by small businesses and freelancers around the world.

The app can create receipts for incoming payments and have them automatically emailed to your clients. These receipts can display your company logo, branded colors, custom notes, and anything else you want to include. 

Version 12.5 adds forms. Forms are saved lists of questions and fields that can be sent to your Client for a response, or entered locally in Studiometry. Form responses can be reviewed to create Projects, To Dos, and Logs.

Studiometry is available for download today with a free 30-day trial. Studiometry Cloud is available for $14 per employee per month, billed annually. Or $17 per employee month-to-month. This price includes your license(s), so there’s no need to purchase a traditional Studiometry...

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Apr 04
App Delete for OS X upgraded to version 4.2.5

Reggie Ashworth has announced AppDelete 4.2.5, an update to his application deletion utility for Mac OS X.

Via drag and drop, it will uninstall anything along with all of the associated items. The latest version has been optimized for OS X El Capitan.

AppDelete 4.2.5 requires Mac OS X 10.7 or higher. It costs $7.99 for a single-user license. Upgrades from version 2.x and 3.x are $3.99. A demo is available at the product website (http://www.reggieashworth.com/appdelete).

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Apr 01
Fusion 8 and Fusion 8 Studio are now shipping

Blackmagic Design (www.blackmagicdesign.com) has announced that both Fusion 8 and Fusion 8 Studio, the world’s most advanced visual effects and motion graphics software, is now shipping and is available for download from the Blackmagic Design website for both Mac OS X and Windows.
 
The release of Fusion 8 is the first ever Mac compatible release of Fusion, which was previously a Windows only product. Fusion 8 Studio is now also available in 10, 20 or 50 multi user licenses. The multi user licenses feature a single USB dongle programmed with multiple licenses that plug into a machine running Fusion Server, which is installed by default with Fusion Studio.

Fusion Server manages the licenses across the Ethernet network. That means licenses can be floating and aren’t tied to any single machine, making it easy to administer in large facilities with lots of users. In addition, projects can...

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Apr 01
Gartner: double digit growth for smartphones has come to an end

Gartner, Inc. (www.gartner.com) says global smartphone sales will for the first time exhibit single-digit growth in 2016. Global smartphone sales are estimated to reach 1.5 billion units in 2016, a 7% growth from 2015. The total mobile phone market is forecast to reach 1.9 billion units in 2016.

Worldwide combined shipments for devices (personal computers, tablets, ultramobiles and mobile phones) are expected to reach 2.4 billion units in 2016, a 0.65% increase from 2015, according to the research group. End-user spending in constant US dollars is estimated to decline by 1.6% year-on-year.

"The double-digit growth era for the global smartphone market has come to an end," says Ranjit Atwal, research director at Gartner. "Historically, worsening economic conditions had negligible impact on smartphone sales and spend, but this is no longer the case. China and North America smartphone sales are on pace to be...

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Apr 01
Apple celebrates 40th birthday

Apple has hung a pirate flag at its Cupertino, California headquarters — as noted by 9to5Mac.com — to celebrate its 40th birthday. The skull and crossbones flag, which has a rainbow Apple logo as one eye, is a nod to the late Steve Jobs who is quoted as saying: “It’s better to be a pirate than to join the navy.”

On Apple 1, 1976, Apple Computer was born. Their first product: the Apple I, cooked up by Steve Jobs and Steven “Woz” Wozniak. From there it’s been a great ride with products such as the Mac, iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch.

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Apr 01
Tension Software announces Password Repository 3.3

Tension Software has released Password Repository 3.3, an update of the Mac OS X app for managing all your passwords and all the related data in a safe way.

It’s compatible with the similar version for iOS on iTunes; any document created with Password Repository 3 on a Mac, can be transferred via iTunes and used on the iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad without any changes. Version 3.3 is a maintenance upgrade.

Password Repository 3.3 requires Mac OS X Yosemite or El Capitan. It costs $20 and is available at the Mac App Store (http://tinyurl.com/jmm8yc9).

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Apr 01
DEVONthink 2.8.10 provides workflow enhancements and bug fixes

DEVONtechnologies has updated all editions of its intelligent information and document manager DEVONthink as well as the smart notebook DEVONnote. DEVONthink help its users classify and organize documents effortlessly with unique artificial intelligence.

Version 2.8.10 adds contextual menu options to HTML 5 videos, supports Airmail 2, and accepts videos sent via the sharing extension. All editions fix minor bugs and glitches too. The updates are free and recommended for all users.

All editions of DEVONthink as well as DEVONnote require an Intel-based Mac and OS X 10.8.5 or later (the Mac App Store versions require OS X 10.9 or later). They can be downloaded from DEVONtechnologies online (http://www.devontechnologies.com) and be test-driven for free before they need to be properly licensed.

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Mar 31
JAMF Software releases new version of Casper Suite

JAMF Software (http://www.jamfsoftware.com), which specializes in Apple device management, has announced a new release of Casper Suite, offering businesses and schools the ability to leverage all new iOS 9.3 features the moment they update their devices. The latest version of Casper Suite unlocks key functionality, such as Apple’s new Classroom app and Managed Lost Mode.

“iOS is more than a mobile operating system—it serves as a gateway to education and industry transformation,” says Dean Hager, CEO, JAMF Software. “Through the new features introduced in iOS 9.3, it is even easier for IT to set up and manage iOS devices for individuals who may have little experience with mobility. For example, with the new managed Home Screen Layout, IT professionals can deploy iPads configured for students, hospital patients, or retail employees, organized specifically for their roles.”

He adds that the...

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Mar 31
Apple releases iOS 9.3.1

Apple has released iOS 9.3.1 for the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. It’s available to download through Software Update or at iTunes.

The bug fix update to iOS 9.3 fixes a problem in which apps (and sometimes iOS itself) would crash or hang when links were tapped. iOS 9.3 also featured an Activation Lock bug that affected older devices, including the iPad Air and earlier and iPhone 5s and earlier.

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Mar 31
RE:Vision Effects announces RE:Lens for Adobe After Effects CC

RE:Vision Effects has announced RE:Lens, a new set of tools for projection conversion and lens distortion correction. It’s available for Adobe After Effects CC.

RE:Lens straightens curved video captured with wide-angle and fisheye lenses. It works when shooting with action cameras such as a GoPro in ultra-wide mode. You can shoot with a superfish lens on a single camera and convert the video to Latitude-Longitude (LatLong) format suitable for use with all major 360 viewers.

RE:Lens is being offered for an introductory price of $139.95 through May 1. You can buy licenses, including render-only and floating, from the RE:Vision website (http://tinyurl.com/zk6ok5w).

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Mar 31
ContactsMate for OS X revved to version 3

Cisdem has given us ContactsMate 3 for Mac (http://tinyurl.com/hfay7j8). It’s an update of the contact management software that will analyze, report, and fix issues with OS X Contacts.

It will also and export the Mac Address Book to different formats for contacts back-up or syncing. With version 3, you can make groups respectively for your family, friends, colleagues, clients or work contacts, etc. Also, when problematic contacts are found out and sorted, you can perform bulk modifications on the similar questionable Contacts or neglect these problems as you will.

A demo of ContactsMate 3 is available for download. Registration is $15.99. The app requires Mac OS X 10.7 or higher.

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