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Apr 08
CleanMyMac revved to version 3, gets a Yosemite makeover

MacPaw has released CleanMyMac 3 for Mac OS X. In the newest version, CleanMyMac 3 is updated to further optimize Macs and improve the quality of cleaning.

The app has gotten a whole new Yosemite makeover and now, not only cleans up disk space, but also monitors Mac performance, maintains Mac health, and provides users with even more advanced cleaning options. Mail and iTunes can be now cleaned with CleanMyMac, including gigabytes of email attachments and downloads in Mail, and broken downloads, outdated iOS updates, and more, in iTunes.
 
CleanMyMac 3's Maintenance feature lets users repair disk permissions, reindex Spotlight, and speed up Mail, and Privacy cleans up chat logs, browser history, and more. Performance is displayed in real time on the CleanMyMac 3 Dashboard. Alerts inform users on how the hardware is holding up.
 
CleanMyMac 3 costs US$39.95. Current CleanMyMac users can upgrade to CleanMyMac 3 with a 50% discount. A demo is available...

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Apr 08
WaterField Designs unveils 12-inch Travel Express MacBook Case

WaterField Designs (www.sfbags.com) has refreshed the MacBook Retina Travel Express with new colors and materials in a custom size for the 12-inch MacBook, which is due for release Friday.

The case is designed to protect the laptop and organize everything all in one place. The Travel Express MacBook case protects laptop, power adapter, and accessories on the go. MacBook users can now choose an all-black ballistic nylon, a tan waxed canvas, or a black, blue or red soft perforated nylon case to complement their wardrobe.

The MacBook Travel Express can be stashed inside a bag or worn over the shoulder with the optional strap. It costs US$89, and D-rings are included. Available options include a Simple Strap for $12, and a suspension shoulder strap for $22. The MacBook Travel Express is available for preorder from the WaterField Designs store. It will ship April 17.

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Apr 08
LinkOptimizer 4.9.37 for Adobe InDesign improves color profiles...

Zevrix Solutions (www.zevrix.com) has announced LinkOptimizer 4.9.37, a maintenance update to its workflow automation solution for Adobe InDesign.

LinkOptimizer allows you to automatically reduce the size of InDesign picture links and speed up processing by eliminating excess image data, performing essential image adjustments and converting image formats. The new version improves automatic handling of ICC color profiles during image processing in Adobe Photoshop.

LinkOptimizer can be purchased from Zevrix website for US$259.95 (a "lite" version is available for $179.95). A demo is available for download. The update is free for LinkOptimizer 4.x users and $130 to upgrade from previous versions. LinkOptimizer requires Mac OS X 10.6-10.10 and Adobe InDesign and Photoshop CS3-CC 2014.

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Apr 08
YouTube Downloader updated to download 4K video

MacXDVD Software (www.macxdvd.com) has released an update (version 4.0) for MacX YouTube Downloader, the app for downloading video content.

Version 4.0 supports 4K video downloads. Customers can download videos from Facebook, Vimeo, Vevo, Dailymotion and another 300-plus online video sites.

MacX YouTube Downloader is free. It requires Mac OS X 10.5 or higher.

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Apr 07
MCE releases Aluminum USB 3.0 Blu-ray/DVD/CD Recorder/Player for...

MCE Technologies (http://tinyurl.com/khvlneg) has begun shipping an Aluminum USB 3 Blu-ray/DVD/CD Recorder designed for all Macs with, or without, a built-in optical drive.

The enclosure material is aluminum, the interface is USB 3.0, and it includes Mac Blu-ray Player software in order to watch Blu-ray movies on the Mac. It is compatible with all forms of optical disc media including M-Disc 25GB Blu-ray media.

The retail price of the Aluminum USB 3 Blu-ray/DVD/CD Recorder is US$99.95. It's available immediately.

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Apr 07
Default Folder X 4.7 for Mac OS X expands Filename fields

St. Clair Software (http://tinyurl.com/2gm24v) has launched Default Folder X 4.7 today, an update to their utility for Mac OS X.

Default Folder X enhances the file dialogs in all Mac OS X applications. Its custom keyboard shortcuts put your favorite and recent folders at your fingertips. It provides fast navigation to your files, previews, integrated Spotlight tagging, and more. Version 4.7 expands the filename edit field in Save dialogs and fixes several bugs (and un-fixes one).

Default Folder X 4.7 requires Mac OS X 10.6 or higher. It's a free update for version 4 users. It costs US$34.95 for new users.

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Apr 07
Reggie Ashworth releases MAS AppDelete Lite 4.0

Reggie Ashworth (www.reggieashworth.com) has announced AppDelete Lite 4.0, an update to his Mac application deletion utility via the Mac App Store.

Via drag and drop, AppDelete Lite will uninstall anything along with all of the associated items. Mac users will no longer have to hunt through their system to find and delete these items manually.

App Delete Lite 4.0 sports a new user interface and a revised workflow. It's optimized for operation on Yosemite (but is still backwards compatible with Lion, Mountain Lion, Mavericks). It's also now sandboxed to meet latest requirements for the Mac App Store.

AppDelete Lite 4.0 costs US$3.99 at the Mac App Store. AppDelete Lite users to upgrade to AppDelete for an additional $3.99, but only via the AppDelete/AppDelete Lite website.

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Apr 07
DE:Flicker released with GPU support for Final Cut Pro X

RE:Vision Effects (www.revisionfx.com) has announced DE:Flicker for Apple Final Cut Pro and Motion; the company has also added GPU support to the already-released version of DE:Flicker for Adobe After Effects. 

DE:Flicker is designed to smooth out flicker and artifacts when shooting high frame rate or timelapse video. It not only fixes flicker from artificial light sources but also fixes flicker on multiple objects, even when those objects flicker at different rates. DE:Flicker also minimizes problems when shooting directly at light sources, causing them to "breathe" and change size when shot at higher frame rates.

DE:Flicker is a set of three plug-ins: one specially designed for problems within high frame rate footage; one specially designed for timelapse photography; and a third one that analyzes and then stabilizes the color and luminance levels of your footage and can be used before more specific...

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Apr 07
Digital-Tutors releases new 'Introduction to Unity 5"...

Digital Tutors (Digital-Tutors.com), a Pluralsight company and provider of an e-learning resource, has released an "Introduction to Unity" tutorial.

The new Unity training includes over four hours and 30 minutes of training content that teaches the viewer how to create a game that they can share with others. Aspects of using Unity 5 are covered including interface comprehension, project creation, character set-up and the development of materials, terrains, and characters.

For 30 days, Digital-Tutors will release this exclusive tutorial for free (until May 7). Viewers will be able to access every video in the course, as well as all the assets needed for their guided training, taught by an experienced industry professional.

The full "Introduction to Unity 5" is available to all Digital-Tutors and Pluralsight members through their subscription, or free to anyone for the next 30 days when they use the course’s promotional page. Additional game development training...

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Apr 07
Sonnet announces Fusion PCI Flash Drive

Sonnet (www.sonnettech.com) has announced the Fusion PCIe Flash Drive, a rugged, pocket-size solid-state drive (SSD) storage device with 256GB or 512GB storage capacity — and the newest member of Sonnet's growing family of Thunderbolt 2 technology products.

The Sonnet flash drive serves as an alternative to USB thumb drives and portable SATA-based hard disk drive and SSD storage products. It connects to a compatible Mac or Windows computer, or at the end of a Thunderbolt device daisy chain, via an attached 0.5-meter Thunderbolt cable. 

Measuring 1.75 inches wide by 4 inches deep by 0.8 inches tall and small enough to fit in a user's pocket, the Fusion PCIe Flash Drive's enclosure is crafted out of aluminum. This is designed to transfer heat from the SSD and allowed Sonnet to design the device without a fan to enable silent operation. The design also enabled the device to be bus-powered and require no...

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Apr 07
LaCie doubles capacity of Rugged Thunderbolt SSD

LaCie (www.lacie.com) has announced that its Rugged Thunderbolt storage solution will be available in a 1TB SSD capacity.

With double the storage, the new LaCie Rugged is just as portable with no size or weight increase compared to the 500GB offering. Plus, it still features the lightning–fast transfer rates of Thunderbolt and is tough in the field with shock, dust and water resistance, according to Erwan Girard, Business Unit manager for LaCie.

The LaCie Rugged delivers speeds of up to 387 MB/second — three times faster than a standard mobile hard drive. It's MIL–compliant, which means that data is protected even during accidental drops of up to 2 meters (6.6 feet). With its cap in place, the LaCie Rugged is also IP 54–rated for superior protection against dust and water splashing — even during operation. Plus, it's resistant to vibration and shock and is tough enough to be shipped for reliable delivery to...

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Apr 06
T3 Thunderbolt 2 RAID upgraded to support RAID 5

CalDigit (www.caldigit.com) says its T3 Thunderbolt 2 RAID storage solution has now been upgraded to support RAID 5, and is available to pre-order at prices staring at US$499 for a 1.5TB model. It will ship April 20.

The T3’s 3-bay design allows CalDigit to offer RAID 5 in a form-factor traditionally found in larger multi-bay storage towers. In smaller form-factor RAID storage most people use 2-bay RAID 0 storage that does not offer single drive redundancy.

However, the T3 offers RAID 5, which means that in the unlikely event of a drive failure all user data is still available and users can carry on working, says Kosta Panagos of CalDigit. This isn't available on storage solutions that only feature RAID 0. When used in RAID 5 mode the T3 offers the same transfer speeds as a 2-bay RAID 0 device, as well as single-drive redundancy, Panagos says.

The 3-bay design of the T3 with RAID 5 means that users...

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Apr 06
SoftRAID version 5.0.7 is up to 86% faster

SoftRAID (www.softraid.com) has updated its self-title software to version 5.0.7, which is reportedly up to 86% faster.

With SoftRAID, you can create volumes with several different RAID levels. Any SoftRAID volume can use up to 16 disks.

In version 5.0.7, reads from SoftRAID mirror volumes (RAID 1) are now up to 86% faster than AppleRAID. SoftRAID is now uses all of the disks in a mirror volume for reading data. By spreading the reads over multiple disks, reads from mirror volumes now approach the speed of stripe volumes. SoftRAID mirror volumes with two disks can now read at speeds of up to 270 MB/sec using HDDs (disks with rotating media) and 710 MB/sec using SSDs (disks with solid state media).

SoftRAID has also improved the performance for RAID 1+0 volumes. Reads from RAID 1+0 volumes are now up to 67% faster than AppleRAID. SoftRAID is now uses both disks in each mirror pair of a RAID 1+0...

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Apr 06
The Mac Support Store launches redesigned web page for Apple...

The Mac Support Store, initially "just" an Apple Certified Repair Shop and reseller in Brooklyn, has launched a redesigned web page for Apple rentals.

Started by Jeffrey Graber and Judith Barr, a married integrate who also reside in Brooklyn, the Mac Support Store has been an Apple business with a one-stop apparatus for out-of-warranty repairs for Macs, iPhones, and iPads. It also sells refurbished Macs, memory upgrades, and accessories.

Now, The Mac Support Store has launched a new Apple renting module that allows business to lease Mac portables, displays, desktops, and accessories. Through the rental store, business can also lease iOS items such as the iPad Air. The company’s newly redesigned webpage for Apple rentals offers a library of accessible rentals, including device information and cost.

"We have a best prices for Apple rentals in New York City," says Mac Support Store Vice President Jeff Graber. "However, if you find a reduced cost in NYC, simply...

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Apr 03
Apple Watch buyer's guide eBook published

iOS Guides has released Apple Watch Introduction, an US$1.99 eBook available in the iBookstore that reveals "everything you need to know" about the Apple Watch, from its hardware specifications to the in-built apps that you'll be using.

The 84-page eBook is available on the iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac. It runs on an iOS device with iBooks 1.5 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, and a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

The Apple Watch will be released April 24. There’s quite a large price gap between the lowest-end model, which will cost around US$350, and the highest, which will be nearly $17,000 and encased in gold. Pre-orders will start on April 10.

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Apr 03
iFlicks for Mac OS X gets redesigned interface, more

Jendrik Bertram has released iFlicks 2.2 (www.iflicksapp.com), the first major update of iFlicks 2 for Mac OS X.

The utility has integrated video mixing and encoding capabilities for users to choose the best option to quickly import their video files into iTunes and automatically complete them with metadata and artwork. Version 2.2 features a redesigned interface, improved metadata, chapter and subtitle support, faster processing, and more powerful rules.

iFlicks 2.2 requires mac OS X 10.8.3 or higher. Special upgrade pricing is available at the Mac App Store for a limited time: US$18.99 through April 20 (it's $24.99 afterwards).

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Apr 03
Drylab R&D has announced Dailies Creator 2.3 for Mac OS X

Drylab R&D (http://drylab.no/products/) has announced Dailies Creator 2.3 for Mac OS X. Creator is part of an integrated system for distributing digital dailies and is used by film and TV drama productions.

Now, the DIT can provide the DP, producer, director, script supervisor, and others with Retina display ready dailies viewable on their own specially configured iPads. Creator ingests QuickTime-compatible files, transcodes to H.264, organizes them into shots, scenes, takes, and adds metadata. Clips and metadata are distributed to authorized iPads on-set or off (via the cloud).

Dailies Creator and Viewer are free downloads but require a paid subscription. Set Report is a paid Apple App Store download. Subscriptions are sold on per-device, per-month basis. The Drylab Dailies system is also available for resellers wishing to provide the service to their customers, with optional white...

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Apr 02
PopSockets available for iPhones, iPads

The backside of your iPhone and iPad is prime real estate. PopSockets (http://www.popsockets.com/) are designed to help you make the most of it.

They expand to two levels, tilt in all directions, and collapse tight against the back of your device to fit in your pocket. You can use them for texting and photo grips, headset management, multi-directional stands, and hip clips.

PopSockets can be customized in a variety of designs. A pair of PopSockets starts at US$15, and additional items, such as the Custom iPhone 5/5S Case, is available, as well.

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Apr 02
Arturia launches soft synth classics collection

Arturia has released V Collection Classics, which rounds up five of its Analog Classics soft synth emulations of five analogue synthesizers from five bands.

Think ARP 2600 (1970-81), MinimoogTM (1970-81), Synthesizer Expander Module (1974-79), Jupiter-8 (1981-84), and Prophet-5 (1978-82). V Collection Classics is available to purchase as a boxed version for US$229 from any authorized Arturia dealer or online as a boxed version or download directly from Arturia at http://tinyurl.com/mlycubl .

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Apr 02
Adobe announces storytelling app for the iPad

Adobe has launched Slate, a new free iPad app that lets you turn words and images into a story that can be published as laid-out Web content, in minutes.

It's made for anyone who wants to communicate with impact. Students, teachers, non-profit organizations, small business owners or corporate communicators can now turn their next report, newsletter or travel adventure into a document that captures attention. Through designed magazine-style layouts with elegant fonts, beautiful colors and eye-catching motion, Slate content automatically adapts to any device for a high-impact reading experience on tablets, smartphones or computers. Slate creations are links that can be shared easily via text message, email, embedded in websites, or posted on social media channels, according to Paul Gubbay, vice president of product development, Adobe.

He says that key features include:

° Professionally designed themes that allow users to simply tap to select from multiple font...

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Apr 01
Sonnet enhances xMac Pro Server with additional PCIe card...

Sonnet ( www.sonnettech.com) has announced the Mobile Rack Device Mounting Kit – Thunderbolt 2-to-PCIe Card Expansion Edition, the latest addition to their line of Thunderbolt 2-to-PCIe card expansion systems.

The new chassis is an accessory for Sonnet's xMac Pro Server and Echo Express III-R rackmount expansion systems, and is itself a self-contained three-slot PCI Express (PCIe) expansion system that mounts inside the xMac Pro's or III-R's enclosure and can connect to a second 20Gbps Thunderbolt 2 bus on a Mac Pro computer.

The PCIe Card Expansion Edition enables the use of a variety of high-performance PCIe cards with the latest Mac Pro computer or any other computer with Thunderbolt or Thunderbolt 2 ports. The new model supposedly supports every low-profile, Thunderbolt-compatible PCIe card on the market. 

The Thunderbolt 2-to-PCIe Card Expansion Edition will be demonstrated at the 2015...

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Apr 01
Scholarships announced for FileMaker DevCon 2015

Molly Connolly of Thorsen Consulting and Cris Ippolite of iSolutions have announced a new scholarship opportunity available to FileMaker developers.

The scholarships have been established to encourage FileMaker developers wishing to take advantage of the many professional training and networking opportunities at DevCon (http://www.filemaker.com/learning/devcon/). The scholarship will cover the cost of a full conference pass to DevCon 2015. Connolly and Ippolite will select two developers for the award.

"We understand that when you're first starting out, funding a conference fee, hotel and airfare is not an easy thing to do," says Ippolite. "These two scholarships will make it possible for two  developers who would not normally be able to attend DevCon to join us."

Both Connolly and Ippolite have found DevCon sessions and professional networking...

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Apr 01
AKVIS announces new Easter Pack for ArtSuite

AKVIS (www.akvis.com) has announced a new frame pack for AKVIS ArtSuite, which lets you decorate their photos with frames and effects.

Extra frame packs can be installed to the program to increase its functionality. The new Easter Pack includes 50 designs. They include eggs, chicks and bunnies, and blooming flowers. You can use these frames to decorate your photos, prepare postcards, and more.

Note that the frame packs can only be used in the AKVIS ArtSuite Standalone program. To add a frame pack to ArtSuite, copy it into a folder selected in the program's preferences.

AKVIS ArtSuite, with all its frame packs, runs on Mac OS X 10.6 and higher. A demo is available for download. The ArtSuite standalone application sells for US$69; the price of the new frame pack is $15.

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Apr 01
HoudahSpot 4.0 also available in a German version

Houdah Software (www.houdah.com) has added a German localization to HoudahSpot 4.0, a file search tool for Mac OS X.

The utility builds upon Spotlight and is designed to make it both more powerful and easier to use. You can set up the search criteria, locations, sort order, result display options, etc. and save these settings as defaults for new searches. Version 4.0 has been completely reimagined for OS X Yosemite.

HoudahSpot 4.0 costs US$29 for a single-user license. A family license is available for $44. A full-featured demo is available for download. Upgrades from previous versions are priced at $17 and $26, respectively. HoudahSpot licenses purchased on or after Nov.1, 2014, qualify for a free upgrade.

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Apr 01
Yummy FTP update for Mac OS X reduces transfer fimes

Yummy Software has released Yummy FTP 1.10.2, an update to their FTP + SFTP + FTPS file transfer client for Mac OS X.

Yummy FTP focuses on speed, reliability and productivity. Its highly tuned multi-connection file transfer engine is coupled with an intelligent recovery system to automatically handle most all file transfer issues and more. Among other improvements, version 1.10.2 reduces transfer times in tests against popular rivals.

Yummy FTP requires Mac OS X 10.5.8 or later and costs US$24.99. It's available directly from Yummy Software (http://www.yummysoftware.com/) or from the Mac App Store in the Productivity category.

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