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Oct 22
RailModeller Express for OS X rolls to version 5.0

Isle of the Kakapo has rolled out RailModeller Express 5.0, an update of the free model railroad and slot car layout design solution for Mac OS X.

It sports design tools that enable hobbyists to design model train and slot car track layouts via drag and drop. The app includes a library of parts covering over 200 track systems, allowing for custom designs of almost any layout a user can visualize. Layouts can be printed out, in sizes ranging from one page to full size.

RailModeller Express 3.0 requires Mac OS X 10.8 or later. It’s available at the Mac App Store (http://tinyurl.com/prmy7pu) in the Graphics and Design category. As mentioned, it’s free. However, there’s a $34.99 version (RailModeller Pro 5.0.12) that expands the number of track elements that can be used per layout, as well as the number of layers supported, and offers unlimited layout size.

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Oct 22
Retina Kit 3 available for Xojo developers, adds 64-Bit...

Ohanaware has announced Retina Kit 3.0, an update to their development utility for Mac OS X.

Retina Kit is a collection of Xojo classes and modules that were designed to make it easier for Xojo developers to create Retina ready applications with the Xojo development tool. Version 3 of the Retina Kit is 64-Bit and 32-Bit compatible and boats several optimizations under the hood.

The Retina Kit requires Xojo 2014r2 or newer. Version 3.0 is available at Ohanaware's website (www.ohanaware.com). A demo is available for download. The full source code is available for $99.99. Existing customers of the Retina Kit can upgrade for 75 percent. The Retina Kit uses Paddle as the payment processor.

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Oct 22
Apple launches clean energy programs in China

Apple has announced two new programs aimed at reducing the carbon footprint of its manufacturing partners in China. The programs will avoid over 20 million metric tons of greenhouse gas pollution in the country between now and 2020, equivalent to taking nearly four million passenger vehicles off the road for one year.

Apple also announced that construction on 40 megawatts of solar projects in the Sichuan Province is now complete. These solar installations produce more than the total amount of electricity used by Apple’s offices and retail stores in China, making Apple's operations carbon neutral in China.

“Climate change is one of the great challenges of our time, and the time for action is now,” said Apple CEO Tim Cook. “The transition to a new green economy requires innovation, ambition and purpose. We believe passionately in leaving the world better than we found it and hope that many other suppliers, partners and other companies join us in this important effort...

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Oct 22
InPreflight for Adobe InDesign now supports OS X El Capitan

Zevrix Solutions has announced InPreflight Pro 2.11.19, 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 their final destination. The new version makes InPreflight compatible with the recently released Mac OS X 10.11 El Capitan.

InPreflight Pro can be purchased from the Zevrix website (www.zevrix.com) for US$99.95 (there’s a studio version for $39.95), as well as from authorized resellers. A demo is available for download. The update is free for licensed users of version 2, and $50 from earlier versions. InPreflight requires Mac OS X 10.6-10.11 and Adobe InDesign CS3-CC 2015.

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Oct 22
AKVIS releases Germany frame collection

AKVIS (www.akvis.com) has released Germany, a new frame collection with 80 frames for use with AKVIS programs such as AKVIS Frames and AKVIS ArtSuite.

With the release of the new set, AKVIS now offers 23 themed packs. They include special event sets, four seasons sets, and more. The price of the Germany frame collection is $15. All 23 AKVIS frame packs are available in the bundle at the discounted price of 30 percent off.

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Oct 22
Twocanoes Releases Boot Runner 2.3 with OS X El Capitan...

Twocanoes Software has launched Boot Runner 2.3 with support for OS X El Capitan. It’s a startup solution for dual-boot Macs in classrooms, labs and enterprise workspace. Version 2.3 is a free update for Boot Runner 2 customers.

Boot Runner 2.3 requires Mac OS X 10.9 or higher. It’s available now at the Twocanoes online store (http://tinyurl.com/plkknvt). Volume and educational pricing is available for any number of Macs. Boot Runner 2.3 lab and site licenses now include the first year of premium support and maintenance for free.

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Oct 21
Apple releases OS X El Capitan 10.11.1

Apple has updated Mac OS X El Capitan to 10.11.1. The upgrade is available at the Mac App Store under Updates. According to Apple, OS X 10.11.1 “improves the stability, compatibility, and security of your Mac” and also:

° Improves installer reliability when upgrading to OS X El Capitan;

° Improves compatibility with Microsoft Office 2016;

° Fixes an issue where outgoing server information may be missing from Mail;

° Resolves an issue that prevented display of messages and mailboxes in Mail;

° Resolves an issue that prevents certain Audio Unit plug-ins from functioning properly;

° Improves VoiceOver reliability;

° Adds over 150 new emoji characters with full Unicode 7.0 and 8.0 support.

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Oct 21
Apple releases iOS 9.1, watchOS 2.0.1

Apple has released iOS 9.1 and watchOS 2.0.1. The former OS 9.1 is available to download through the Settings app on an iPhone, iPad or iPod touch and can also be obtained through iTunes on a Mac or PC. According to Apple, the update includes new features, improvements, and bug fixes, including:

Live Photos now intelligently senses when you raise or lower your iPhone, so that Live Photos will automatically not record these movements;

Over 150 new emoji characters with full support for Unicode 7.0 and 8.0 emojis;

Improved stability with CarPlay, Music, Photos, Safari and Search.

watchOS 2.0.1 can be downloaded via the Apple Watch app on your iPhone. According to Apple, the upgrade contains new emoji characters, performance improvements, and bug fixes, including:

Fixes an issue that could cause software updates to stall;

Fixes issues that were impacting battery performance;

Resolves an issue that prevented a managed iPhone from...

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Oct 21
Install Disk Creator is new installer disk utility for OS X

MacDaddy has rolled out Install Disk Creator 1.0, a new installer disk utility for Mac OS X. It’s designed to simplify the process of creating a bootable OS X installer from Mac App Store installation files.

Before you could only do this by using the Terminal app. However, Install Disk Creator makes the process of creating a bootable Mac OS X 10.11 El Capitan install disk simple enough for any experience level user to perform, says MacDaddy CEO Ben Slaney.

Install Disk Creator requires Mac OS X 10.7 or higher. It’s free; more info can be found here (http://tinyurl.com/nmeavdo).

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Oct 21
A Better Finder Rename 10 for Mac OS X launches with new features

publicspace.net has released the 10th generation of A Better Finder Rename, their batch file renaming solution for Mac OS X. Version 10 adds improved preview, change highlighting, a new look and a multi-step renaming interface.

A Better Finder Rename requires Mac OS X 10.7 or higher. Version 10 is a free upgrade for customers who have purchased A Better Finder Rename after Jan. 1, 2015, or who own a forever upgrade. Discounted upgrade prices are available from our web store and start at U$12.95 for a single user license.

A Better Finder Rename may be purchased for $19.95. Family, Business and Enterprise licensing is also available. Customers may chose to include a "forever upgrade" with their purchase.

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Oct 21
FreeFileSync now supports SFTP and MTP


FreeFileSync has released version 7.5 of its free open source file synchronization utility for all modern versions of Mac OS X, Windows, and Linux. The new version supports the SFTP protocol.



FreeFileSync eliminates the tasks of manually identifying files that have changed on the source computer and moving them to the target computer. It can recognize which files have changed, and move only those files to the target computer. Users can set up a mirror synchronization batch job, and run it each time files or folders need to be changed on the target computer.

FreeFileSync can now detect moved files on the source computer, even for targets with no file-id support (for example, when using SFTP) or with unstable file-id support (when using FAT targets). This new capability delivers a performance boost under NTFS-to-SFTP and NTFS-to-FAT mirror scenarios.

FreeFileSync runs on Windows XP/Vista/7/8/8.1/10, Mac OS X 10.7 and newer, and all major distributions of Linux...

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Oct 21
CSOdessa releases SDL Diagrams solution for ConceptDraw Pro

CS Odessa (www.conceptdraw.com) has announced the availability of a new Specification and Description Language (SDL) Solution in ConceptDraw Solution Park for ConceptDraw Pro 10.

The solution, based on ConceptDraw PRO’ s powerful vector drawing features, allows you to build diagram. It’s available for free to current owners of ConceptDraw Pro 10. The new solution turns the software into an tool to diagram the structure of a system. SDL is a hierarchically diagramming language that defines a system using system, block, and process diagrams connected via channels. The Specification and Description Language solution contains a complete set of scalable objects to describe any system state.

ConceptDraw Pro is compatible with Mac OS X and Microsoft Windows. It retails for US$199. ConceptDraw Pro 10 is now included in ConceptDraw Office 3, which retails for $499.

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Oct 20
Xojo 2015 Release 3 available

Xojo, Inc. has announced the availability of Xojo 2015 Release 3. Xojo is a rapid application development tool (RAD) for developing apps for the desktop (OS X, Windows and Linux), web, iOS and now, Raspberry Pi.

The Raspberry Pi is a popular, low cost, credit-card sized computer that programmers typically develop for using console-based Python. With Xojo you can now create Raspberry Pi desktop, web and console apps all from an integrated development environment using an object-oriented programming language. Plus, Xojo is cross-platform and multi-platform, so Raspberry Pi apps can also easily work on Mac OS X, Windows, Linux and the web. Raspberry Pi licenses start at $49.

For general information on pricing and licensing options for Xojo 2015 Release 3, go to http://www.xojo.com/store.

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Oct 20
WaterField Designs releases custom-fit cases for the new ‘Magic...

WaterField Designs (www.sfbags.com) has unveiled the custom-fit Magic Keyboard Slip, Keyboard Socket and Keyboard Travel Express to hold the new smaller and thinner Apple Magic Keyboard.

Ready for the new Magic TrackPad 2 as well, WaterField announces a new custom fit TrackPad Slip and Socket case. The Magic Keyboard sleeve and Magic TrackPad 2 case protect these redesigned, rechargeable Apple devices from bag contents, dings and spills, and the Travel Express organizes the Magic Keyboard, Magic TrackPad 2 or Magic Mouse 2 and a few other necessities all in one, protective case, says WaterField Designs founder Gary Waterfield,

Three options for the new Apple Magic Keyboard offer mid to light protection for these sensitive keyboards. The Keyboard Slip, in black ballistic nylon or tan waxed canvas is lightly padded, and the Keyboard Socket, a soft pouch, keeps dust and grit from getting into the device. Each...

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Oct 20
Jama Software releases Public REST API

Jama Software –a product-development solution for companies developing complex hardware, software and integrated systems — has announced the availability of a RESTful API [application programming interface]. The modern, API is designed to make it easy for Jama customers and developers to customize extensions to the Jama platform.

Traditionally, systems engineers and business analysts have struggled to coordinate stakeholder input and engineering responses for product definition in one system, as well as manage all the moving parts, changes and impacts as development progress through define, build and test phases. Jama solves this problem with an actionable system of record that gives everyone real-time visibility into the items they are most interested in (a promised feature request from a customer, for example).

The Jama platform is inherently configurable; the company's Integration Hub, powered by Tasktop, makes it easy to integrate with other best-of-breed...

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Oct 20
Studiometry 12 adds over 120 features, improvements

Oranged Software (www.oranged.com) has updated Studiometry, its client and project management tool, to version 12. The software is used by small businesses and freelancers around the world.

Studiometry Cloud is a new service that acts as both your syncing backend and your Studiometry licenses. You can synchronize data between any number of machines and iOS devices without having to set up a server or deal with firewall ports. Studiometry Cloud is a subscription-based service that includes syncing capabilities, native Mac, Windows, and iOS access, as well as partial web access.

Studiometry 12 adds features focused on organizing and analyzing your business data. Users can now organize rates into tiered groups. Studiometry can also now show more information including pricing and type when choosing rates throughout the app.

Studiometry 12 is available for download from the Oranged Software website. A demo...

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Oct 20
MacXDVD announces multilingual support for MacX YouTube...

MacXDVD has announced MacX YouTube Downloader (http://tinyurl.com/8s3r9l5), an update to its video app developed for Mac OS X.

The utility is designed for Mac users to not only download videos from YouTube for free, but also download videos from Facebook, Vimeo, Dailymotion, Vevo, and another 300+ video sharing sites. The new version adds seven additional languages, including Japanese, German, Italian, French, Portuguese, Spanish and Korean.

MacX YouTube Downloader Multilingual Edition, is free. It’s compatible with Mac OS X Leopard and above, including El Capitan.

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Oct 19
NetShred X updated for Firefox and Chrome

Mireth Technology has rolled out version 4.8.5 of NetShred X (http://tinyurl.com/plqvu8s), its Internet eraser software that erases internet cache, history and mail. NetShred X runs on Mac OS X.

Version 4.8.5 adds support for Firefox up to version 4.1 and support for Chrome up to version 4.6. It also addresses two outstanding maintenance issues.

NetShred X is available for immediate download, or on CD-ROM, starting at $24.95 for an annual subscription. Educational pricing and volume discounts are available.

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Oct 19
Apple pulls more than 250 apps from the Apple App Store

Researchers at SourceDNA, an analytics service that profiles the Apple and Android app stores, say they've found more than 250 iOS apps that violate Apple's App Store privacy policy forbidding the gathering of e-mail addresses, installed apps, serial numbers, and other personally identifying information that can be used to track users, reports Ars Technica (http://tinyurl.com/op75nc9). However, Apple has noted the problem and taken action.

The apps “are significant because they expose a lapse in Apple's vetting process for admitting titles into its highly curated App Store,” the article adds. They also represent an invasion of privacy to the one million people estimated to have downloaded the apps.

Apple has released the following statement confirming the SourceDNA findings:

"We’ve identified a group of apps that are using a third-party advertising SDK, developed by Youmi, a mobile...

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Oct 19
Apple addresses laptop anti-reflective coating issues

Apple has issued an internal notice about a new Quality Program that addresses anti-reflective coating issues on MacBook and MacBook Pro models with Retina displays, reports MacRumors (http://tinyurl.com/ooqqg3z). These issues include the anti-reflective coating on displays sometimes wearing off or delaminating.

In a support document (http://tinyurl.com/q57fdnt), Apple says it as determined that a small percentage of MacBook Pro systems may exhibit distorted video, no video, or unexpected system restarts. These MacBook Pro systems were sold between February 2011 and December 2013.

An affected MacBook Pro may display one or more of the following symptoms:

Distorted or scrambled video on the computer screen;
No video on the computer screen (or external display) even though the
computer is on;
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Oct 19
CodeSwitch for Mac OS X automatically converts Objective-C code...

Nextep has released CodeSwitch 1.0, a development code converter for Mac OS X. It converts legacy Objective-C code into Apple's Swift programming language.

Converting legacy code to Swift with CodeSwitch is as simple as performing a simple copy-and-paste of the code, says John Stickle, the developer of CodeSwitch. Users need only to highlight the declaration (.h files), statement (.m files), or Type/Operator code they wish to convert, copy it to the Mac's clipboard, and then paste it into The CodeSwitch editor.

Conversion is then as simple as pressing the "Convert" button. Once the code is converted into Swift syntax, all that is then needed is to copy the converted code to the Mac's clipboard, and then paste it into a new Swift-based Xcode project.

CodeSwitch 1.0 costs $8.99 and requires Mac OS X Yosemite or El Capitan. It’s available worldwide exclusively through the Mac App Store (http...

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Oct 19
Tropical Software announces TopXNotes for iOS 1.5

Tropical Software says its TopXNotes for iOS is now a “Freemium Suite” comprised of TopXNotes Free, TopXNotes, and TopXNotes Pro.

TopXNotes 1.5 for iOS features note creation and editing in landscape and portrait modes, emailing a note, backup/restore to the device, clickable hot links, and note synchronization (NoteSync) with TopXNotes for Mac. The TopXNotes family will keep your notes synchronized between TopXNotes for Mac and TopXNotes for iOS.

TopXNotes 1.5 for iOS costs US$1.99. It’s available worldwide exclusively at the Apple App Store (http://tinyurl.com/peevs8h) in the Productivity category.

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Oct 16
DEVONthink, DEVONnote get OS X El Capitan support

DEVONtechnologies has updated all editions of its intelligent information and document manager DEVONthink as well as the smart notebook DEVONnote. Version 2.8.7 brings compatibility changes for OS X El Capitan, a faster and more reliable synchronization, and improved Evernote import. The updates are free and recommended for all users.

In addition the built-in synchronization both between Macs and from Mac to iOS has been overhauled for reliability and speed. Importing or indexing files is up to twice as fast as in previous versions. DEVONthink 2.8.7 improves taking over notes from Evernote by grouping attachments and cross-linking them. It imports all images regardless how they were originally created by Evernote.

Other improvements in DEVONthink 2.8.7 include more comfortable navigation within PDF documents, better PDF printing, and fullscreen support for videos from web views. The extension of text files containing tabular data is no longer changed which increases...

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Oct 15
Johns Hopkins Epilepsy ResearchKit study uses the Apple Watch

Johns Hopkins (www.hopkinsmedicine.org) researchers have introduced EpiWatch, designed to use Apple Watch to collect patient data through Apple's open source ResearchKit. The app, which runs on Apple Watch and iPhone, collects data from patients with epilepsy before, during and after their seizures. It's the first to use ResearchKit with Apple's smartwatch.

Over 2.5 million people are living with epilepsy in the United States. The data gathered by the app, including physiological changes, altered responsiveness and other characteristics of recurrent seizures, will be used by researchers to better understand epilepsy and to develop new methods for monitoring and managing the disease and the role of technology, says Gregory Krauss, M.D., professor of neurology at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.

"The app also provides helpful tracking of seizures, prescription medication use...

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Oct 15
Apple announces new ResearchKit Studies

Apple has announced that ResearchKit (www.apple.com/researchkit ) is enabling new research studies on autism, epilepsy and melanoma. ResearchKit turns an iPhone into a tool for medical research by helping doctors, scientists and other researchers gather data more frequently and more accurately from participants using iPhone apps.

With ResearchKit, study participants can review an interactive informed consent process, easily complete active tasks or submit survey responses, and choose how their health data is shared with researchers, making contributions to medical research easier than ever. Researchers and developers have already contributed to ResearchKit, with more than 50 researchers adding to the open source framework.

"We’re honored to work with world-class medical institutions and provide them with tools to better understand diseases and ultimately help people lead healthier lives...

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