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Mar 19
RE:Vision Effects releases ReelSmart Motion Blur 5

RE:Vision Effects has released Twixtor v6 and ReelSmart Motion Blur v5 with GPU support for FXHOME HitFilm, Digital Vision Nucoda, and Natron.

What's more ReelSmart Motion Blur is now supported for Blackmagic DaVinci Resolve. Both products continue to be available for Adobe After Effects, Apple Final Cut Pro, Avid Media Composer,, Symphony and Newscutter, The Foundry Nuke, Adobe Premiere Pro, Assimilate Scratch, Blackmagic Fusion Studio, Autodesk Systems, and Sony Vegas® Pro. 

Twixtor creates slow motion shots and synthesizes unique new frames by warping and interpolating frames of the original sequence by employing RE:Vision's proprietary tracking technology that calculates motion for each individual pixel. ReelSmart Motion Blur (RSMB) automatically adds more natural-looking motion blur to a sequence. Go to www.revisionfx.com for details and pricing info.

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Mar 18
Twelve South introduces the BaseLift for Apple's MacBook

Twelve South (www.twelvesouth.com) has introduced a new accessory for the Apple MacBook: the US$39.99 BaseLift, an "utra-thin" folding pad and stand.

It attaches to the bottom of your MacBook and folds into a wedge, elevating your screen. It's designed to bring your keyboard to a much more comfortable typing angle.

Folded flat, BaseLift is a soft pad that protects your lap from the heat or cold of your aluminum MacBook. However, it's also compatible with all Apple laptops, from the 11-inch MacBook Air to the 15-inch MacBook Pro.

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Mar 18
Tumult upgrades its Hype professional design app

Tumult has rolled out Hype 3.0 and Hype Professional, a major update to its HTML5 animation builder for OS X.

Hype supports the latest HTML5/CSS3 features and uses a keyframe-based animation system with a recorder to create motions and transitions. Hype Professional is a new in-app purchase to Hype 3.0, adding features targeted at graphic design pros.

Tumult Hype 3.0 (Standard) is a free upgrade for Hype 2.x owners. This update, the base of Hype Professional, elevates animated web content with more timing functions and web accessibility support. Hype 3 features an user interface redesign tailored for OS X Yosemite.

Tumult Hype 3.0 and Hype Professional are sold on the Mac App Store and the Tumult Store (http://tumult.com/hype/pro/). Tumult Hype 3.0 is available for US$49.99. Hype Professional is offered as a in-app purchase for an additional $49.99 — or the full version can be...

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Mar 18
Digital Film Tools launches EZ Mask 3.0

Digital Film Tools, developer of visual effects software, has launched EZ Mask 3.0 (http://tinyurl.com/yn2dds). It's an update of the interactive image masking tool capable of extracting almost any object in an image.

Version 3.0 adds support for Photoshop and Adobe Lightroom. EZ Mask iteratively estimates the transparency value for every pixel in the image based on a few strokes. There's even a Refine mode where EZ Mask automatically updates the mask or composite as you paint a stroke. In addition, color correction, image transformations, and color contamination removal can all be employed.

EZ Mask 3.0 is available now for US$150. If installed on the same machine, one EZ Mask license will run in the following applications: Adobe Photoshop, Adobe® Photoshop Elements, and Adobe Photoshop Lightroom. Upgrades are available to existing customers for $50.

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Mar 18
TimeTag for Mac OS X revved to version 2.0

Capparsa (http://www.capparsa.com ) has announced TimeTag 2.0, an update to their timesheet application for Mac OS X that organizes and groups your time records so you can quickly see how your time was spent at a glance.

Version 2.0 brings an iPad-like interface to the Mac. Records and timers are always visible, and exporting is just one click away. Managing timers from the menu bar is now faster, so you can start, stop and set activities for timers without clicking into the full app, according to the folks at Capoparsa.

TimeTag requires Mac OS X Yosemite or later. It's free and available worldwide exclusively through the Mac App Store in the Productivity category.

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Mar 18
Program for FileMaker Developer Conference 2015 announced

FileMaker, Inc. (www.filemaker.com) has announced the program for the 20th anniversary edition of the FileMaker Developer Conference (http://www.filemaker.com/r/devcon2015) , the largest annual gathering of worldwide FileMaker independent and corporate custom business solution developers, trainers and users.  

"Experience the Possibilities" is the theme of the event. DevCon 2015 will be held July 20-23, 2015, at the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, Nevada, with a projected 1,200 FileMaker enthusiasts and 50 speakers participating.

Attendees will hear about FileMaker Platform futures; learn how to develop solutions that combine the latest technologies with engaging user experiences; network with developers from around the world; and see new products and services. The 2015 program will include the Developer Cup...

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Mar 18
Nisus Writer Pro for Mac OS X upgraded to version 2.1

Nisus Software has released Nisus Writer Pro 2.1, an update to their word processor for Mac OS X.

Now 640bit and sandboxed, version 2.1 includes iCloud support, autosave, versions, bug fixes, improvements, and macro language enhancements. These join a feature set that includes multilingual text support, powerful find and replace, a style system, and more.

Nisus Writer Pro 2.1 also contains the following fixes and additions:

°Added support for Mac OS X autosave, where changes to all opens documents are saved regularly;

° Added support for Mac OS X document versioning, where a user can browse and revert to older versions of any document.

Nisus Writer Pro can be updated from within the app. Select "Check for Updates" from the "Nisus Writer Pro" menu and follow the instructions. You can also download the update from the Pro update pages (http://nisus.com/pro).

Nisus Writer Pro 2....

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Mar 17
AppDynamics offers Apple Watch apps monitoring, analytics

AppDynamics, an application intelligence company, says its Application Intelligence Platform will support applications designed for the new Apple Watch. This includes real-time monitoring and analytics support for the WatchKit extension that controls the Apple Watch’s user interface and responses to user interactions.

With the tools available in the AppDynamics Application Intelligence Platform, developers and app owners will be able to see and understand the performance of their Apple Watch-enabled apps, the WatchKit extension, and the end-to-end user experience. Key metrics including app latency, crashes, stalls, errors, and other performance measures will be captured.

An arsenal of custom metrics are available as well, providing interaction and performance data, such as how the watch is being used to interact with the app, round trip time for data traveling between the iPhone and watch, timers to measure user behavior, and more. AppDynamics’ gives real-time...

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Mar 17
Mail Designer Pro for Mac OS X revved to version 2.1

Equinux (www.equinux.com) has announced Mail Designer Pro 2.1, an update of the Mac OS X software that lets you create HTML-mails and newsletters with an optimized layout for mobile devices.

Version 2.1 sports mobile-optimized Team and Business designs designed to make it easy to send emails, memos, notes, links, invites and more using incredible mobile-reponsive designs. There are also bug fixes and minor tweaks.

Mail Designer Pro is available for 50% off (US$49.99) for a limited time. It requires Mac OS X 10.7 or higher.

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Mar 17
New Microsoft Accreditation program for Apple techs

MacTech, which publishes MacTech Magazine as well as produces live events such as MacTech Pro and MacTech Conference, has announced that Microsoft's "Microsoft Office for Mac and iOS Accredited Support Professional" accreditation program has been updated for Microsoft Office 2016 for Mac.

This accreditation course and exam is a half day long session, which takes place the day prior to each MacTech event in 2015. The Microsoft accreditation program is training and evaluation focused on the issues every consultant and tech should know when advising on or supporting Microsoft Office for Mac and iOS and Microsoft Office 365 suites, with a focus on Apple users. All registered attendees to MacTech Pro events in 2015 are invited to attend the accreditation course at no additional cost, however, space is limited.

The new accreditation program covers topics such as the new Office 2016 for Mac previews; installation; Microsoft Apps on Mac and iOS; Office 365 and Office Online...

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Mar 16
TripIt adds traveler profile to iOS mobile app

TripIt from Concur, a travel-organizing app, now makes it easier for travelers to keep their travel documents and emergency contacts organized with a new feature, Traveler Profile. With it, ravelers can store their essential travel documents, and the contacts they need the most while traveling, right within their TripIt iOS or Android mobile app.
 
Almost any document or contact can be stored within Traveler Profile, allowing travelers to customize their profile, so they have access to the information they need the most while on-the-go, says  says Jen Moyse, head of product at TripIt from Concur. The feature also comes with nearly 20 preset document and contact types, allowing travelers to store, including:

° Passports and more—Essential travel documents, such as passports, IDs, drivers licenses and Global Entry cards, can be stored within Traveler Profile for instant access to these documents;

° Contacts—From sitters to doctors, Traveler Profile...

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Mar 16
Creature is a new 2D animation tool for the Mac

Kestrel Moon Studios has introduced Creature (http://creature.kestrelmoon.com), a 2D animation software for Mac OS X. It's designed with game developers, digital artists and web designers in mind.

Creature allows you to add animation to your digital content. With it you can automatically generate complex motion like Walk Cycles, Hair + Cloth Dynamics and other forms of secondary motion using the software's built in Physics and Procedural Animation Engine.

Creature also provides advanced features like Motion Capture/Transfer, Path Creation/Following and Soft Body Physics. It exports animations to a variety of image and video formats. It also supports the export of animations to most major Game Engines. Game developers can playback character animations authored with Creature via provided source code runtimes.

Creature requires Mac OS X Yosemite or alter. It costs US$99.99 and...

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Mar 16
Limefuel announces USB-C portable battery charger

Limefuel (www.limefuel.com) has announced a charger specifically designed around the USB-C technology in Apple's new MacBook. The 24,000mAh device is designed to keep the laptop going all day long.

The Limefuel charger will feature two Type C ports and four USB ports for charging other mobile devices. Limefuel's new Macbook charger also features pass-through technology allowing multiple devices to charge at the same time.  The charger will be available in the second quarter of 2015 through Kickstarter at a manufacturer's suggested retail price of US$149.99.

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Mar 13
KeyBank expands digital banking with Apple Pay

Starting March 17, KeyBank (www.Key.com) customers will be able to use Apple Pay to make secure payments at more than 700,000 businesses across the United States and select iOS apps.

"We're thrilled to add Apple Pay to the fast-growing range of digital banking services we offer banking customers," says Matthew D. Lehman, senior vice president and head of digital banking.
Using their iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus mobile devices running iOS 8.1 or later, KeyBank customers can use Apple Pay, a mobile payments solution, to  complete credit or debit card transactions without revealing their card information. Customers simply hold their iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus near a contactless reader with their finger on the Touch ID fingerprint sensor. KeyBank customers can also make in-app purchases with either the iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPad Air 2 or iPad mini 3 mobile devices.

Lehman says that adding Apple Pay to KeyBank's...

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Mar 13
All versions of DEVONthink and DEVONnote get upgraded

DEVONtechnologies has updated all editions of its intelligent information and document manager DEVONthink, as well as the smart notebook DEVONnote.

Version 2.8.4 simplifies moving documents into the database, enhances smart groups, and improves performance and reliability. The updates are free and recommended for all users. The upgrade lets users move new documents to their databases more quickly. Dragging files or folders to the application with the Command modifier key pressed imports the items and trashes their originals in one go.

The release also enhances smart groups with new options for filtering by date. It supports new file types for bookmarks and plain text files. The AppleScript support in DEVONthink Pro and Pro Office features two new commands and runs database queries up to 50 times faster.

DEVONthink and DEVONnote 2.8.4 retain tags when splitting documents. All parts are tagged the same and are no longer placed into the inbox but next to their...

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Mar 12
Arturia ships KeyLab 88 pro-grade 88-note MIDI keyboard...

Music software and hardware company Arturia is shipping KeyLab 88, a professional-grade, 88-note hammer-action hybrid MIDI keyboard controller that comes with the company's Analog Lab software synthesizer solution and more.

It sports two virtual instruments. Grand Piano Model D delivers the sound of the Steinway Model D concert grand piano. Pianoteq 5 Stage is a physical modeling-based virtual instrument that provides acoustic and electric piano recreations as well as chromatic instruments.

KeyLab 88 is available to purchase for US$699 from any authorized Arturia dealer or directly online (http://tinyurl.com/nzjfnqq).

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Mar 12
Paragon Camptune X now resizes Boot Camp partitions

Paragon Software Group (PSG) has released Paragon Camptune X with Core Storage technology support, a tweaked interface based on Mac OS X elements, and the ability to identify and automatically fix an unsynchronized partition layout or any file system errors.
 
Camptune X solves the maintenance problem that Mac Boot Camp users encounter when they run out of free partition space. With the utility, Mac users can redistribute the available space between OS X and Windows partitions without data loss.
 
The new version comes with support for Core Storage – a technology widely used on the latest generation of Macs. This means Camptune X now works efficiently with Fusion Drive equipped Macs, as well as those using FileVault encryption.

CampTune X supports all versions of OS X from Snow Leopard onwards. It's available at http://tinyurl.com/6nt6q7 for US$19.95. 

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Mar 12
Digital-Tutors announces free TurboSquid training

Digital-Tutors (www.Digital-Tutors.com), a Pluralsight company and provider of a creative e-learning resource, has released three new tutorials that teach artists how to prepare their 3D models for TurboSquid's CheckMate Certification process. Available now, the tutorials are free and cover Maya, 3ds Max and CINEMA 4D workflows.

Developed with TurboSquid (www.TurboSquid.com), the Digital-Tutors tutorials use a series videos that reveal how to correct critical mistakes artists can make in the 3D modeling process, says Beau Perschall, vice president, Business Development and CheckMate Evangelist at TurboSquid. Gaining certification for models helps validate model quality and provides artists with the opportunity to make more money on their 3D assets, he adds. Artists can design for two levels – CheckMate Pro and CheckMate Lite.

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Mar 12
Sid Meier’s Starships lands on the Mac, PC, iPad

2K (www.2k.com) and Firaxis Games have announced that Sid Meier’s Starships is now available worldwide for Macs, Windows computers, and iPads.

Developed by Sid Meier, creator of the award-winning Sid Meier’s Civilization series, Sid Meier’s Starships challenges players to command a fleet of starships within the narrative universe of Sid Meier’s Civilization: Beyond Earth while embarking on a series of turn-based missions. Along the journey, players explore the galaxy in search of other civilizations, protect planets and their people and build a federation to achieve intergalactic peace.
 
Sid Meier’s Starships sees players build a planetary federation by exploring the galaxy, expanding its influence and domain, researching futuristic technologies and engaging in deep, turn-based tactical space combat with an armada of uniquely customizable starships. Each campaign features a galactic strategy map of worlds with...

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Mar 12
3D print challenge wants to see Apple Watch accessories created

CGTrader has launched a 3D print challenge to more than 120,000 3D artists to create accessories for the Apple Watch.

The challenge explores the commercial possibilities associated with wearable technology. It's an opportunity for 3D designers to submit /promote their printable accessory designs — from watch stands to buckles and travel pouches — compatible with the new smartwatch. 
 
3D designers won’t want to miss the opportunity to create/promote and win.  You won’t want to miss the creativity that lies behind the unique accessories that anyone can use.  

Designers can submit 3D printable accessory designs compatible with the new smartwatch, such as watch-stands, cases, buckles and straps, travel pouches, and more to win prizes and see your 3D models added to the special Apple Watch Accessories collection. To enter the challenge go to http://tinyurl.com/kcgx3le .

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Mar 12
Tablet growth slowing to single digits in the coming years

Following the first year-over-year decline in worldwide tablet shipments in the fourth quarter of 2014 (4Q14), the IDC research group (www.idc.com) has scaled back its five year forecast for the product category.

Worldwide shipments are expected to reach 234.5 million units in 2015, a modest year-over-year increase of 2.1% from 2014. Although the outlook has been tempered, IDC still expects low but positive growth for the market in the years to come as demand in the commercial sector increases, and as Microsoft slowly gains a foothold.

"Despite the growing popularity of phablets, there still remains a portion of the market that wants to use a larger device so they can tailor their experience to the appropriate screen size," said Jitesh Ubrani, Senior Research Analyst, Worldwide Quarterly Tablet Tracker. "Meanwhile, an increasing number of vendors behind small tablets are reducing prices and adopting features like...

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Mar 12
Fanurio 3.1 released for the Mac

Fanurio Time Tracking (http://www.fanuriotimetracking.com) has announced Fanurio 3.1, a new version of its cross-platform desktop application.

It allows you to track time, manage projects, and invoice their clients, so that they can get paid for their work. Version 3.1 adds new features and improvements, including an import module for iBiz, the time-tracking and billing solution developed by IGG Software that's been discontinued.

Fanurio 3.1 is available from the Fanurio online store for US$59. New users can download a free 15-day trial with all the functionality of the paid version. It runs on Mac OS X 10.5 and higher.

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Mar 11
Flint app for the iPhone now supports American Express, Discover...

You can now use your Flint app for the iPhone to process American Express and Discover card payments in addition to Visa and MasterCard. The free app lets you accept credit card payments on your Apple smartphone.

The transaction fees to process AMEX and Discover cards are the same as Visa and Mastercard. Plus, accepting all major credit types brings you more flexibility and sales. Per transaction fees are 1.95% for debit cards and 2.95% for credit cards, same for card scan, manual entry, invoices or online payments.

Flint's technology securely scans the card number off the credit card. The app doesn't take a photo of the entire card or save an image on the phone. It supports keyed number entry as a backup option.

With the Flint app, you can create, send and track invoices to your customers from the mobile app or online merchant portal. Your customers will receive an emailed invoice with a "Pay Now" link they can use to pay online with a credit card. Reminders...

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Mar 11
Twelve South announces HiRise for the Apple Watch

Twelve South presents its first accessory for the most anticipated timepiece ever. Introducing HiRise for Apple Watch, a stand that showcases the watch while it charges.

Designed to work with the Apple Watch Magnetic Charging Cable, this metal stand holds the smartwatch at an elevated height and angle that lets you interact with it while it charges. Available in silver or black, the stand can be used with any style Apple Watch band, including closed loop metal bands.

The HiRise for Apple Watch costs US$49.99 and will ship in May. More info can be found at www.twelvesouth.com.

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Mar 11
Sonnet expands Thunderbolt 2-to-PCIe expansion chassis product...

Sonnet (www.sonnettech.com) has announced the Echo Express SE I, the latest addition to the Echo Express line of Thunderbolt 2-to-PCIe expansion systems.

Like the other members of the Echo Express family, the SE I enables the use of a wide variety of high-performance PCI Express (PCIe) cards — originally designed for use in desktop computers — with any Mac or Windows computer with a Thunderbolt port. The new single-slot model supports nearly every Thunderbolt-compatible PCIe card on the market, including double-width cards (PCIe card plus daughter card). 

The Echo Express SE I features Thunderbolt 2 technology and incorporates support for the DisplayPort 1.2 protocol, which enables video streaming to a 4K video monitor. It's available now for US$349. The updated Echo Express SEL (part is available now for $329.

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