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Feb 03
AssistiveWare grows its unique children voices collection with...

AssistiveWare and Acapela Group have introduced what they say is the world's first genuine Swedish text-to-speech children's voices. Available through Infovox iVox both voices can read any text on Mac.

Combined with AssistiveWare's word processor Wrise, the voices can support Swedish children in reading and writing. The children's voices are also available in AssistiveWare's Pictello, a visual storytelling app that's often used in the classroom for social stories and schedules to support children with autism. Free demos of Infovox iVox and Wrise can be download from the AssistiveWare website (www.assistiveware.com).

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Feb 03
CS announces Stakeholder Onion Diagrams for ConceptDraw

CS Odessa (www.conceptdraw.com) has announced a new paid addition, the Stakeholder Onion Diagrams ($25), to the ConceptDraw Solution Park.

The new solution for ConceptDraw Pro 10 is designed for displaying the relationships that exist in a project. The primary difference that separates the onion diagram from other types of project oriented diagrams is the focus on the project goal. Stakeholder Onion Diagrams usually consist of four-plus layers. The center of the diagram represents the product/solution; each subsequent layer has additional project data demonstrating the relationships that exist in a project environment.

There are no hard fast rules on what must or must not be contained in the stakeholder diagram. The key value of the Stakeholder Onion Diagram is to show the relationships that lead to a successful final product or deliverable. The Stakeholder Onion Diagram is intended to map out how...

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Feb 02
ATTO Technology ThunderLink devices certified with Avid Shared...

ATTO Technology (www.attotech.com) has announced that its ThunderLink 10GbE Desklink devices have been certified for use with Avid’s collaborative shared storage solutions.

By enabling Thunderbolt to 10GbE connectivity, ThunderLink provides an option for Mac OS X users seeking data storage for collaborative video, including high-performance 4K and Ultra HD workflows, says Tom Kolniak, director of products at ATTO Technology. ThunderLink 10GbE Desklink devices act as an external Thunderbolt 2 to 10GbE adapter, connecting Thunderbolt technology-enabled desktop and mobile workstations to 10Gb/s Ethernet networks and storage devices. 

ATTO's 10GbE Desklink devices additionally feature Advanced Data Streaming (ADS). Built into every ATTO Desklink, HBA and RAID controller, ADS latency management technology provides aggregate bandwidth and predictable data transfers for high-performance, low-latency applications...

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Feb 02
Graphite 10 for OS X ready for El Capitan

Ashlar-Vellum has announced Graphite 10, the latest release of their 2D/3D CAD wireframe drafting package for Mac OS X and Windows.

The tool offers precision wire-frame drafting. Version 10 offers support for the latest operating systems including Mac OS X El Capitan. Other important enhancements have been added to the software's 2D PDF import and export.

Upgrade pricing is available to Graphite v10 from previous versions of 9, 8 and 7. For a complete list of prices, enhancements and their descriptions, visit Ashlar-Vellum online (http://ashlar.com).

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Feb 02
Twelve South introduces two new iPad BookBooks

Twelve South (www.twelvesouth.com) has introduced two new BookBooks made exclusively for the iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 4. These join the BookBook for iPad family.

They’re handmade leather cases with built-in viewing and typing stands. BookBook allows access to your iPad's connectors, sensors, and camera without having to remove the case. The new editions are available now in Vintage Brown for iPad mini 4 for $69.99 and iPad Air 2 for $79.99.

TwelveSouth has also announced the upcoming BookBook for iPad Pro, which will have features that complete the super-sized tablet, including a display stand, a built-in sketching angle, and an integrated pocket to protect and store your Apple Pencil. It will ship this spring. Pricing hasn’t been announced.

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Feb 02
Today's the last day of the TopXNotes/2Remember Bundle Sale

Today is the last day of the Tropical Software MacZOT, 2-Day Sale of Tropical Software’s TopXNotes bundled with 2Remember, the reminder app that hides offscreen like a tab for easy access.

TopXNotes is a full-featured personal information manager designed to help organize and secure virtually any type of information. The TopXNotes/2Remember bundle is available for 50% off its regular retail price through midnight PDT, Tuesday, Feb. 1. Go to www.maczot.com for details.

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Feb 02
Dreii available now for Mac OS X, iOS

Etter Studio, in collaboration with publisher Bitforge, has released Dreii (http://dreii.com/), a physics conundrum game, on Steam for the Mac, PC, and Linux, the Apple App Store for iOS, and Google Play Store for Android. It’s a puzzle game that connects players in real-time across the world to help each other with logic and skill in a battle against gravity.
 
Dreii is not only cross-platform but cross-cultural with a universal communication tool that allows players to speak to others, wherever they are in the world with simple words that get translated into 19 different languages. Each player also has his or her very own instrument, as avatars work together to form Dreii's unique universal orchestra, creating a unique musical landscape, inspired by archaic instruments and ancient melodies.
 
Dreii will translate player’s communication instantly across 19 languages: Arabic, Chinese, Dutch, English,...

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Feb 02
2016 FileMaker Developer Conference ‘Early, Early Bird’...

Registration for the FileMaker Developer Conference (http://www.filemaker.com/r/devcon), the worldwide gathering for FileMaker app developers, opens today with the “early, early bird” discount option. The 2016 event takes place July 18-21, 2016 at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, Nevada.

The conference is for anyone who wants to acquire new skills, improve current skills or advance their careers by using the FileMaker Platform to build compelling custom apps for iPad, iPhone, Windows, Mac and web browsers.  

Conference attendees will save $800 off the full price ($2,095 after May 26), paying only $1,295 by taking advantage of the Early, early bird discount, available now through March 31, 2016; or save $500 off the full price by paying $1,595 by May 26, 2016 with the early bird discount.

Group discounts are available companies that buy three conference registrations for...

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Feb 02
Paragon Software updates Camptune X for Mac OS X

Paragon Software (www.paragonsoftware.com) has released Paragon Camptune X 10.10, the system utility for easy and fast redistribution of disk space on OS X systems. The updated version comes with a redesigned user interface, and allows owners of the free edition to also work with Boot Camp. 2GB can now be reallocated between OS X and Windows for free.

Paragon Camptune X 10.10 requires Mac OS X 10.6 or higher. It’s a free update for registered users. For new users the cost is $19.95.

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Feb 02
SweetP Productions serves up Cookie 5.0 for Mac OS X

SweetP Productions has served up Cookie 5.0, an update to their cookie management product for Mac OS X.

The app can be configured to automatically remove any security threats including tracking cookies, unnecessary cookies, flash cookies, silverlight, and databases from your Mac. Version 5.0 has been re-written from the ground-up to support El Capitan and supports Safari, Firefox, Chrome, Chromium, and Opera browsers.

Cookie 5.0 requires El Capitan and costs . It can be purchased at the product website (https://cookie5app.com) or the Mac App Store (http://tinyurl.com/zv4esac).

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Feb 01
Global tablet market falls 8% in 2015

The global tablet market ended 2015 with its worst year-on-year performance ever. Shipments fell 11% to 69.9 million units during the fourth quarter and fell 8% to 224.3 million units for the full year of 2015, according to the new "Preliminary Global Tablet Shipments and Market Share by Operating System: Q4 2015" report from Strategy Analytics' Tablet & Touchscreen Strategies (TTS) service.

Bright spots in the tablet market continued to be in the 2-in-1 tablet and Windows tablet segments while traditional slates continued their downward slide.

"Apple suffered big setbacks this year as a lack of innovation during the last several years caught up to iPad sales. Instead, Apple has focused on its MacBooks, iPhone 6/6+, and Apple Watch releases,” says Peter King, research director, Tablet & Touchscreen Strategies. “The launch of the iPad Pro failed to meet expectations during the quarter. While we see real long-term potential for iPad Pro in the enterprise and...

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Feb 01
OTT subscriptions exceeded 60% of U.S. broadband households in...

Parks Associates (www.parksassociates.com) reports that over 60% of U.S. broadband households have at least one OTT video service subscription.

"The growth of OTT subscription services is amazing. Several notable OTT services launched during the past year, and more will be introduced in 2016. We expect to see a variety of new content options to meet all tastes, interests, and languages," said Brett Sappington, director of research, Parks Associates. "Netflix, Amazon, and Hulu will continue to dominate this space in the United States, but the new entrants stand to make huge gains. Consumers are experimenting with different services. The market is very fluid right now, but in 2016, we will better understand the number of subscriptions consumers will be willing to maintain long term.”

Content will be key to attract the new video-centric consumer, and these emerging cloud-based businesses will be...

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Feb 01
AppDelete for OS X now optimized for El Capitan

Reggie Ashworth has announced AppDelete 4.2.3 (http://www.reggieashworth.com/appdelete), 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. Version 4.2.3 is an El Capitan optimized version that adds Cancel buttons to the Genius/Orphans dialogs, has a trash package that now features the AppDelete icon, and includes miscellaneous bug fixes and other optimizations.

AppDelete 4.2.3 is compatible with OS X 10.7 and higher. It costs $7.99 for a single user license. Upgrades from Version 2/AppDelete Lite are$3.99 (USD). A full-featured demo is available. Version 3 licenses without a serial number are also eligible for the upgrade.

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Feb 01
Excel Software announces DocProtect 5

Excel Software has announced DocProtect 5, an update of the software for protecting document types and ensuring that only licensed users on a Mac, Windows or Android device can view the content.

It can be used to protect computer training courses, research reports, confidential information, reference guides, price lists, customer contacts, repair manuals, demonstration videos, games and eBooks. DocProtect 5 can generate an Android application from EPUB, PDF, Video or HTML files.  

It outputs a source folder of Java files that can be compiled into an Android application using Android Studio with no programming required. Other enhancements in version 5 include support for larger documents, improved video playback controls, more flexible PDF support and features to organize, clone or batch build up to 200 protected documents with one command.

DocProtect converts a document into a protected application. Version 5 adds the ability to generate a 32-bit or 64-bit Mac...

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Jan 29
Drawmer S73 Intelligent Master Processor plain added to...

Focusrite (www.focusrite.com) has announced that, beginning Feb. 2, the Focusrite/Softube Time and Tone bundle will be expanded to include the Drawmer S73 Intelligent Master Processor plug-in. The bundle already includes three of Softube’s plug-ins: TSAR-1R Reverb, Tube Delay and Saturation Knob.

All Focusrite Clarett, Scarlett and Saffire owners who registered on or after Septe.1, 2015, are eligible to download the bundle, and it’s available with any new purchase of those interface ranges. The Drawmer plug-in, with a value of $99, brings the total bundle value to $297. 

The Drawmer S73 features an enhanced multi-band compressor sound design, fine-tuned to improve your mix and. Use the Type parameter to switch between ready made mastering processing techniques, featuring multi-band compression, equalization and mid-side (M/S) processing to find the sound that suits your mix the best. Under the hood is...

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Jan 29
MAXON announces update to Cineware for Adobe After Effects CC

MAXON has announced a new update to Cineware (3.0) for the latest version of Adobe After Effects CC, a key component of Adobe Creative Cloud. It’s available at http://tinyurl.com/jllyfv9 .

The Cineware Live 3D pipeline first introduced in After Effects CC offers improved workflow and greater performance. OpenGL rendering is now available within the Cineware effect, providing increased speed and higher quality results than the software render option.

Users can now choose to automatically sync the After Effects and Cinema 4D time sliders. The new Cinema 4D Take System, introduced in R17, the latest Cinema 4D release, is also supported; After Effects artists can now choose to render specific takes in a Cinema 4D project file.

After Effects users who don’t own a commercial license of Cinema 4D but are interested in exploring 3D content creation as a part of their workflow still have...

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Jan 28
Satechi expands its metallic line of workspace solutions

Satechi has added the Aluminum Monitor Stand to its Metallic Line, which already consists of the Type-C Hub, Aluminum Wireless Headphones, and an Aluminum Headset Stand.

All the products in the line are available in three metallic shades, gold, space grey, and silver. The Aluminum Monitor Stand raises larger computer monitors (up to 31 pounds) or laptops for a more comfortable viewing angle that reduces eye and neck strain by promoting good posture. The monitor stand also improves ventilation and creates free workspace, by adding an additional platform to organize a tablet, laptop, charging station, smartphone, office supplies, printers and more.

The Aluminum Monitor Stand, available in space gray, gold or silver, is available now for $39.99 on Satechi.net and Amazon.com.

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Jan 28
Company of Heroes 2 – The Western Front Armies breaks out on...

Feral Interactive says The Western Front Armies game is now available on Stream for Mac OS X and Linux systems, and is coming to the Mac soon

The Western Front Armies expansion pack contains two additional armies: the versatile US Forces and the highly experienced Oberkommando West, as well as eight new maps set in the French and Belgian countryside. The Western Front Armies is available on Steam as a standalone game that offers a great entry point to Company of Heroes 2’s multiplayer. It can also be used with the Company of Heroes 2 base game.

On the Mac App Store, The Western Front Armies will be available as an in-app purchase, requiring the base game Company of Heroes 2 in order to play.
For more information, go to the Company of Heroes 2 mini site (https://www.feralinteractive.com/en/mac-games/...

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Jan 28
Apple announces AC Wall Plug Adapter Exchange Program

Apple has announced the AC Wall Plug Adapter Exchange Program (http://tinyurl.com/z8eotwo). The company says it’s determined that, “in very rare cases,” the two prong Apple AC wall plug adapters designed for use in Continental Europe, Australia, New Zealand, Korea, Argentina and Brazil may break and create a risk of electrical shock if touched.

These wall plug adapters shipped from 2003 to 2015 with Mac and certain iOS devices, and were also included in the Apple World Travel Adapter Kit. Apple says it has voluntarily decided to exchange affected wall plug adapters with a new, redesigned adapter, free of charge. The company encourages customers to exchange any affected parts. Other wall plug adapters, including those designed for Canada, China, Hong Kong, Japan, United Kingdom, and United States and Apple USB power adapters are not affected by this program.

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Jan 28
Green Screen Pro offers 2D, 3D motion effects for iMovie, FCP X

Mosa Motion Graphics has introduced Green Screen Pro 1.0 for OS X. It’s a helper app that brings 3D and 2D motion effects to iMovie and Final Cut Pro users.

You can drag and drop into any video project. With its library of 100+ green screen CGI clips, anyone can create amazing transition animations, knock-off animations of iPhone, YouTube, FaceBook, Instagram and more.

Green Screen Pro 1.0 costs $9.99 and requires Mac OX 10.9 or later. It’s available worldwide through the Mac App Store (http://tinyurl.com/zalkc9r) in the Video category. All clips are royalty free, license prohibits resale.

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Jan 28
Global smartphone shipments hit a record 1.4 billion units in...

According to the latest research from Strategy Analytics (www.strategyanalytics.com), global smartphone shipments grew 12 percent annually to hit a record 1.4 billion units in 2015. Samsung maintained first position and captured 22%global smartphone marketshare.

"Global smartphone shipments grew just 6% annually from 380.1 million units in Q4 2014 to 404.5 million in Q4 2015,” said Linda Sui, director at Strategy Analytics. “This quarter was the smartphone industry's slowest growth rate of all time. Smartphone growth is slowing due to increasing penetration maturity in major markets like China and consumer worries about the future of the world economy. Global smartphone shipments grew 12 percent annually from 1.28 billion in full-year 2014 to a record 1.44 billion in 2015.”

Neil Mawston, executive director at Strategy Analytics, adds: ”Samsung shipped 81.3 million smartphones worldwide in...

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Jan 28
Synology introduces DiskStation DS216+

Synology has launched the DiskStation DS216+ (http://tinyurl.com/guu4p39). The 2-bay NAS server is aimed at home and small office users who want an efficient and secure storage solution to protect and share data, while enjoying on-the-fly video transcoding.

Equipped with an Intel Celeron Processor N3050 and Intel AES New Instructions (Intel AES-NI) encryption, the DS216+ delivers high-speed performance, exceeding 111 MB/s reading and writing, while ensuring encrypted data transmissions at over 113 MB/s reading and 109 MB/s writing, according to Jones Tsai, hardware design director of Synology. Additionally, the DS216+ can perform on-the-fly H.264 4K to 1080p video transcoding, making it possible for high definition enthusiasts to stream their multimedia files, regardless of bandwidth or potential device limitations, he adds.

By implementing the Btrfs file system, the DS216+ offers advanced...

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Jan 27
Apple is planning a massive R&D facility in San Jose

The San Jose City (California) Council Tuesday unanimously approved Apple’s plans to develop up to 4.15 million square feet of office space over 15 years in North San Jose, “fueling hope among some leaders that one day the tech giant will be headquartered there,” reports the SF Gate (http://tinyurl.com/jln3ll9). Apple is currently based in Cupertino, California.

Apple hasn’t revealed its plans for the property or the total number of employees there, but San Jose city officials say the jobs will be related to research and development. Or, as the rumor mill is already speculating, it could be a place to build the rumored “Apple Car.”

According to the SF Gate, Apple has already invested about one- third of a billion dollars in San Jose. The council’s actions allow Apple to add 43 acres of land it acquired last year for $138 million to an existing development agreement approved by the city years...

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Jan 27
BBEdit gets performance boost, interface refinements, more

Bare Bones Software (www.barebones.com) has released BBEdit 11.5, an update to its professional strength HTML and text editor.

BBEdit 11.5 offers a variety of performance improvements, refinements to fit and finish, and changes to streamline workflow in specific areas, such as Find Differences. In all, this new version includes more than one hundred and sixty new features, changes to existing features, and fixes for specific reported issues. Version 11.5requires Mac OS X 10.9.5 or later, and is fully compatible with OS X El Capitan.

BBEdit 11.5 is a recommended update which is free of charge to all BBEdit 11 customers. For new users, the suggested retail price is $49.99. Special upgrade pricing is available to owners of BBEdit 10 for $29.99, and to owners of BBEdit 9 or earlier for US$39.99. Multi-user licenses are also available.

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Jan 27
Output Factory Server for InDesign adds New HTML image export...

Zevrix Solutions has announced Output Factory Server 1.2.10, a feature update to its output workflow automation solution for Adobe InDesign.

Output Factory Server automates printing and exporting from InDesign by processing files from hot folders. The software offers layer versioning, preflighting, variable file name, export as single pages, FTP transfer and many other time saving automation options. Version 1.2.10 adds support for new HTML image export options introduced in InDesign CC 2015.

Output Factory Server can be purchased from the Zevrix website (www.zevrix.com) for $699.95. A demo is available for download. BatchOutput Server users can upgrade for $350. Output Factory Server runs on Mac OS X 10.6-10.11 and works with Adobe InDesign CS5-CC 2015.

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