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Jan 28
Brotens announces Room Lighting Calc 1.0 for OS X

Brotens has released Room Lighting Calc for Mac OS X. It can generate morphologically defined parametric objects (vaults, quadric, domes, etc..) or generate primitives (cubes, spheres, cones, etc.).

The light sources, calculated as volumetric sources, are managed entirely by Room Lighting Calc, which allows you to import, display, edit and format IESNA LM-63, EULUMDAT, and DXF formats. Photometric solids are summarized in 36 azimuthal C-curves and 180 zenithal gamma-angles, while the color of the lamps is given by the color temperature or real color. Room Lighting Calc can export to RTF a complete list, formatted according to user needs, of the installed products and special items, full of economic computing and electrical power.

Room Lighting Calc works both in metric or imperial units, runs on Apple computers running OS X 10.8 or higher and uses OpenGL for rendering. It's available at both the Mac App Store and the Broton web site (...

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Jan 28
iEasyRecorder is new audio recording software for the Mac

321Soft has released iEasyRecorder, audio recording software for Mac OS X 10.6 and higher.

The app was developed to make it easier than ever to records sound from applications like iTunes, QuickTime, Safari, Firefox, Chrome, Skype or DVD Player. It also records from microphones and other hardware on your Mac.

Whether you're looking at a YouTube music video or listening to a podcast, click on the record button to capture sound and save it into MP3, AAC, M4R or M4A audio files with a range of selected codec and compression options. A built-in audio editor allows you to edit the clips you want to too.

To get more information, to purchase or obtain a free trial version of the iEasyRecorder audio recorder for Mac, go to http://tinyurl.com/krsjgux . Registration is US$29.95.

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Jan 28
Smartphone market hit one billion units last year

The worldwide smartphone market reached yet another milestone, having shipped one billion units in a single year for the first time, according to the International (IDC) Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker. Vendors shipped a total of 1,004.2 million smartphones worldwide, up 38.4% from the 725.3 million units in 2012.

This aligns with IDC's most recent forecast of 1,010.4 million units, making for a difference of less than 1%. Smartphones accounted for 55.1% of all mobile phone shipments in 2013, up from the 41.7% of all mobile phone shipments in 2012. In the fourth quarter of 2013 (4Q13), vendors shipped a total of 284.4 million smartphones worldwide, up 24.2% from the 229.0 million units shipped in 4Q12.

According to IDC (http://www.idc.com), Samsung ended the quarter the same way it began the year: as the leader in worldwide smartphone shipments. However, even with sustained demand for its Galaxy S...

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Jan 28
Parallels Access for iPad now offers support for Windows PC

Parallels announced an significant update to Parallels Access (www.parallels.com/access) for iPad, the product that “applifies” Windows and Mac applications and lets customers remotely access and experience those applications as if they were made for an iPad.

New features and improvements include Windows support, which is now out of beta, support for 11 languages, and a new single port connection designed to make it easier for users to work within certain corporate networks. Now Parallels offers a two-week free trial and the choice of a $4.99 monthly or $49.99 annual Parallels Access subscription that lets subscribers access up to 10 PC or Mac computers.

New Parallels Access updates and features include the following:

° Full support for remote computers running Windows 7 Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 as well as Macs running Mavericks, Mountain Lion and Lion

° Localization in 11...

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Jan 28
Insights 3.0 for Mac OS X adds forecasting

KnowledgeMiner Software has rolled out Insights 3.0, an update to their self-organizing, predictive modeling application for Mac OS X 10.7 or higher. With Similar Patterns technology Insights 3.0 adds forecasting to its adaptively learning modeling methods.

Users in nearly any field can analyze data sets and build models designed to help gain new insights into complex phenomena, predict future behavior, simulate "what if" questions, and identify methods of controlling processes. Insights is used for predicting sales, production and demand, engineering problems, climate change, health or life sciences-related questions, or mining collections of data from government agencies.

Insights 3.0 is available as a free version exclusively from the KnowledgeMiner Software website (http://www.knowledgeminer.eu). Insights 3.0 Advanced and Pro, as well as academic versions, can be purchased by...

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Jan 28
Infovox iVox 4.0 adds 31 new TTS voices for your Mac

AssistiveWare and Acapela Group have released Infovox iVox 4.0, which brings to Mac OS X a total of 31 new text-to-speech voices.

These include the first ever genuine, natural-sounding bilingual American Spanish-English children's voices, a male bilingual American Spanish-English voice, 16 expressive voices to speak with more emotion, four new specialty voices, a new Polish voice and our first Japanese, Korean and Chinese voices. The text-to-speech voices are based on recordings by real children speaking in their natural language.

Infovox iVox now provides a total of 107 voices in 31 languages to Mac OS X. Voices can be purchased a la carte and cost 15 Euro per voice per computer. A 30-day full-function trial of each voice can be downloaded from within the Infovox iVox Voice Manager.

Infovox iVox 4.0 is a free update for existing customers. For more info go to http://tinyurl.com/k6ydg7d...

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Jan 28
VOX 2 for Mac OS X gets new interface

Coppertino has updated VOX, its free Mac OS X audio player, to version 2.0. It now sports a redesigned smart interface that displays album art and tucks away controls until they're needed.

Additionally, VOX 2.0 now features gapless playback that eliminates pauses between audio tracks. There's also smarter searching across all devices and file locations and improved multi-device support via the Audio MIDI. For more info go to http://www.coppertino.com .

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Jan 28
ChronoSync, ChronoAgent get updated

Econ Technologies has revved ChronoSync to version 4.4.4 and ChronoAgent to version 1.4.5. These updates include several fixes to ChronoSync and ChronoAgent.

ChronoSync is the automated synchronization and backup application for Mac OS X that can synchronize, backup, and create bootable backups. It's designed to work on Mac OS X 10.6 and higher. Full working trial versions are available online; registration is US$40.

ChronoAgent runs on a Mac and provides a direct connection to ChronoSync on another Mac or InterConneX on an iPhone or iPad. ChronoAgent for Mac runs on Macintosh computers and is designed to work on Mac OS X 10.5 and higher. Full working trial versions are available online; registration is $10.

InterConneX brings file sharing and file management to the iPhone and iPad. You can share files between any iOS device running InterConneX, access files from a Mac running ChronoAgent, or synchronize files from a Mac running ChronoSync. InterConneX for the...

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Jan 28
Output Factory for InDesign improves alternate layouts output

 Zevrix Solutions (http://www.zevrix.com) has announced Output Factory 1.4.21, a maintenance update to its professional solution to automate output from Adobe InDesign.

Output Factory automates printing, exporting and post-processing from InDesign and offers batch output, variable file names, layer versioning, preflighting, detailed history and more. The new version lets users output specific alternate layouts and export them as single pages by including layout names directly in page range string.

Output Factory supports printing as well as exporting to PDF, PostScript, EPS, Flash, INX, IDML, EPUB, INDD and several image formats. It costs US$159.95.

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Jan 28
Photo Recovery for Mac gets new interface

AppleXsoft (http://www.applexsoft.com) has released version 5.0.8,0 of Photo Recovery for Mac, an app for recovering photos, videos or other files from digital cameras, memory card, and other storage devices.

The most important improvement of the new update version is the new interface, which sports a redesigned step-by-step wizard. The enhanced data recovery wizard guides users through the search and restoration process.

A free trial version can be downloaded from the AppleXsoft web site; registration is US$49.95. AppleXsoft Photo Recovery for Mac 5.0.8.0 is compatible with Mac OS X 10.4 and higher.

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Jan 27
Apple retail stores generate $7 billion last quarter

Peter Oppenheimer, Apple's chief technical offer, in discussing Apple's financial results for its fiscal 2014 first quarter that ended Dec. 28, 2013, said revenue was up 9% from the year-ago quarter to US$7 billion, thanks to record iPhone and iPad sales and strong Mac sales.

Apple remodeled six stores and opened four new ones. Apple now has 420 brick-and-mortar stores.

With an average of 418 stores, $16.7 million average revenue per store. There were almost 21,000 visitors per store per week last quarter, Oppenheimer said.

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Jan 27
Apple reports record quarterly revenue

Apple has announced financial results for its fiscal 2014 first quarter that ended Dec. 28, 2013. The company posted record quarterly revenue of US$57.6 billion and quarterly net profit of $13.1 billion, or $14.50 per diluted share.

These results compare to revenue of $54.5 billion and net profit of $13.1 billion, or $13.81 per diluted share, in the year-ago quarter. Gross margin was 37.9% compared to 38.6% in the year-ago quarter. International sales accounted for 63% of the quarter’s revenue.

The company sold 51 million iPhones, an all-time quarterly record, compared to 47.8 million in the year-ago quarter. Apple also sold 26 million iPads during the quarter, also an all-time quarterly record, compared to 22.9 million in the year-ago quarter. The company sold 4.8 million Macs, compared to 4.1 million in the year-ago quarter.

Apple’s Board of Directors has declared a cash dividend of $3.05 per share of the company’s common stock. The dividend is payable on...

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Jan 27
Priority Matrix adds new 'Tags' feature

Appfluence has revved Priority Matrix to version 2.3, adding a new feature for project management called "Tags." The feature is designed to give project managers visibility across all their responsibilities and projects.

Combined with Priority Matrix's Master List, project managers can zoom in and out of responsibilities to get important things done, according to the folks at Appfluence. The software is available for Mac OS X, Windows and iOS.

On the Mac it requires Mac OS X 10.7 or higher. It's available under a personal or business license. Go to http://www.appfluence.com/?pr_mac for more info .

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Jan 27
Rasty Pelican flies to Mac OS X

baKno Games has introduced Rasty Pelican 1.0.1 for Mac OS X. In the game, players control Rasty the Pelican by flying and swimming around the Caribbean sea.

In addition to avoiding different obstacles like fishing boats and palm tree islands, Rasty must avoid natural dangers like sharks and whales while maintaining his energy and oxygen levels. Collecting as many coins as possible, players can help Rasty restore his energy with by capturing fish.

Rasty Pelican requires MacOS X 10.6.6 or later. It costs US$4.99 (USD) and available worldwide through the baKno website and the Mac App Store in the Games category. A free trial version is available from the baKno website (http://www.bakno.com).

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Jan 27
Synalyze It! Pro for Mac OS X revved to version 1.7

Synalysis (http://www.synalysis.net) has released Synalyze It! Pro 1.7, an update to their hex editor for Mac OS X 10.5 and later.

Synalyze It! Pro allows users to edit and analyze binary files of any size. Featuring enhanced support for many character encodings, Synalyze It! Pro allows users to interactively define grammars for various file formats. Used as a modeling tool, Synalyze It! Pro can be useful for users to modify saved games or other unknown binary file formats and actively supports reverse engineering.

Version 1.7 contains several new features and fixes to the grammar directory and toolbar. Installed grammars are displayed now in the toolbar, results of custom elements are read-only, and the grammar window has been resized for smaller screens. The update also allows pascal strings to have size 0, includes a debugLog ("text") method, and has addressed 10.9 related issues.

For a...

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Jan 27
Syncro Soft announces new version of Oxygen XML Editor

Syncro Soft, the developer of the Oxygen XML suite of products, has announced the availability of version 15.2 of its Oxygen XML Editor, Oxygen XML Author and Oxygen XML Developer products containing a set of tools supporting all the XML related technologies.

Version 15.2 of oXygen XML Editor improves the support for developing Schematron schemas by adding intelligent search and refactoring actions, working with modules by providing in-context editing and validation, hierarchy/dependencies views, improved error reporting and more. You can experiment with the new XML Schema 1.1 recommendation as oXygen handles the attributes that specify the minimum and maximum XML Schema version directly within the schema document, according to the folks at Syncro Software.

Oxygen 15.2 can be freely evaluated for 30 days; a demo is available at http://tinyurl.com/34bhvw. Oxygen XML Editor is available in three...

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Jan 27
LogTen Pro 6.5 for Mac, iPhone and iPad with iCloud Sync launched

LogTen Pro 6.5, the latest update for Coradine's electronic pilot logbook software, includes over 200 new features, fixes and performance improvements alongside the major addition of free iCloud Sync for current LogTen Pro users. This is true for both the OS X and iOS versions of the app.

Pilots can enter a scheduled flight on their Mac, head to the airport and the flight will be ready to go on their iDevice. They can then log further details enroute and when arriving home all the data will already be updated automatically on all devices.

Another major addition for 6.5 is increased Smart Groups functionality. With LogTen Pro's unique Smart Groups  feature, pilots can create their own custom groups to track virtually any aspect of their flying. Changes to how Smart Groups are programmed behind the scenes enables pilots to create more complex Smart Groups giving them unprecedented ability to manipulate their data. Go to...

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Jan 27
Mac X DVD Ripper Pro rips to version 4.5.0

MacXDVD Software (http://www.macxdvd.com) has upgraded Mac X DVD Ripper Pro, its DVD ripping software, to version 4.5.0. The new version sports several technical improvements.

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. It adds: a sync option to solve the A/V sync problem when ripping DVD to MP4 format in Safe Mode; a validity check for the destination folder; and support for the newly published DVD movies, such as "Captain Phillips," "Despicable Me 2," "Fast and Furious 6," "The Wolverine" and more.

MacX DVD Ripper Pro is priced at US$59.95 for a single-user license. However, the full-license DVD ripper for Mac is being offered at a limited time $25 price cut.

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Jan 24
FrostyGlass Effects for Final Cut Pro X released on FxFactory

FxFactory has introduced FrostyGlass to its family of SUGARfx plugins. A set of eight fully customizable plugins for Final Cut Pro X, FrostyGlass simulates the effect of glass distortions on a video.

FrostyGlass comes with a filter effect, a theme and a title generator in one single package. You can use the filter effect to choose either one or two customizable glass panels. The theme can help unify the style, look and feel of your work thanks to several elements that function as Main Title, lower thirds, bumpers or identifiers and title generators. All FrostyGlass title elements provide two layers of frosty glass effect. Effects can be layered with or without text.

SUGARfx FrostyGlass is now available through FxFactory (http://fxfactory.com/info/frostyglass/) for US$49. After downloading, FrostyGlass can be used in Final Cut Pro X by going to the Titles Browser or...

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Jan 24
New tutorial available for AutoCAD 2014

Infinite Skills has released a 10-hour AutoCAD tutorial video series available via instant streaming, download and DVD. Presented by author of CADaBlog and renowned trainer Brian Benton, the tutorial includes 108 lessons on drafting, editing, dimensioning and plotting and more.

Following an introduction to the AutoCAD interface, students begin learning to draw in AutoCAD, picking up fundamentals and learning time-saving techniques developed by experienced practitioners. Infinite Skills offers its Learning AutoCAD 2014 For Mac Training Video as a DVD-ROM or direct download from the company website (http://tinyurl.com/nxxghe6) at a retail price of US$99.95, or through its online learning library that includes streaming access to all courses for $25 per month.

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Jan 24
Transloader for iOS, OS X updated to version 2.0

Eternal Storms Software has released Transloader 2.0 for iOS and Mac OS X. The app is designed to make easy to download URLs from an iOS device via iCloud to a Mac. Version 2.0 has been tweaked for iOS 7 and Apple's Maps app.

On an iOS device, URLs to dmg- or zip- files (for example) are pretty much inaccessible and the files themselves more or less not usable. The "workflow" up until now was to copy-paste that link into an eMail and send it to oneself to remember to download it later on the Mac.

With Transloader, the user can paste that link into the app and it will sync that URL to iCloud. The Mac counterpart of the app will receive that URL and download it to the Downloads folder.

Version 2.0 stores URLs from your clipboard for later use. For better feedback on the progress of downloads on the Mac, the iOS app now shows if a download is still running or finished. URLs can be shared with other users of Transloader via AirDrop (among others).

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Jan 24
Apple posts tributes to the Mac on its 30th birthday

To celebrate the 30th birthday of the Mac, Apple has posted a tribute on its home page (http://www.apple.com).

Apple has also posted a "Thirty Years of Mac" page (http://www.apple.com/30-years/) with tributes to the ground-breaking computer. The same video is also available at YouTube (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xp697DqsbUU).

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Jan 24
Pixelmator 3.1 Marble is fully optimized for the new Mac Pro

The Pixelmator Team (http://www.pixelmator.com) has announced Pixelmator 3.1 Marble, an update to its image editing app for Mac OS X. Version 3.1 adds support for 16-bit per channel images on the new Mac Pro and a new option for ordering prints.

It leverages the full power of the dual workstation-class GPUs built into it, says Saulius Dailide of the Pixelmator Team. Both graphics cards are used simultaneously to accelerate composition rendering and compute demanding tasks.

The Pixelmator Team also partnered with MILK Print on Demand to offer a new Order Prints feature. You can now turn your images into prints. With just a few clicks, you can order Pixelmator images as postcards, notecards, gallery frames, or posters and have them delivered right to your door.

Pixelmator 3.1 Marble requires Mac OS X 10.8.5. It's available from the Mac App Store for US$29.99. Version 3.1 is a free upgrade...

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Jan 24
All editions of DEVONthink DEVONnote get maintenance updates

DEVONtechnologies has releases a maintenance update for all editions of its information and document manager DEVONthink, as well as for its smart notebook app DEVONnote.

Depending on the edition, the new versions bring import from BareBones Yojimbo, faster and more reliable email archiving, performance enhancements, and a few tiny bug fixes. The updates are free and recommended for all users.

Also, all editions of DEVONthink now shorten long document names in menus, better handle database-like file formats such as Scrivener files, and improve the way Quick Look panels are shown. The AppleScript support in DEVONthink Pro and up has been enhanced, too, and all scripts been made more future-proof, according to Eric Bohnisch-Volkmann, president of DEVONtechnologies.

DEVONthink and DEVONnote require an Intel-based Mac and OS X 10.6.8 or later (in the App Store: OS X 10.8.3 or later). They can be downloaded from...

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Jan 23
MCE Ships first internal Blu-ray recordable drive for the...

MCE Technologies (MCE) has begun shipping what it says is the first internal Blu-ray recordable drive for the MacBook Pro. It can record data and high definition video to 25GB, 50GB, and 100GB Blu-ray recordable discs and it can playback commercial Blu-ray movie titles directly on the MacBook Pro with included software.

CD and DVD burning and playing are included. The retail price is US$199; it's available immediately. For more info go to http://tinyurl.com/q256az9 .

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