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Aug 11
Chaos Group’s V-Ray comes to the Foundry’s MODO, NUKE, KATANA

Chaos Group and The Foundry say V-Ray will be available for a number of The Foundry's creative software solutions. The two companies have been working together on the development of V-Ray for three of The Foundry's products: V-Ray for MODO, V-Ray for NUKE and V-Ray for KATANA. T

Starting today, V-Ray for MODO and NUKE are available as a public beta, and the commercial version of V-Ray for KATANA is available for purchase. Built on V-Ray’s latest 3.0 core rendering technology, the integration with The Foundry's tools streamlines the workflow for studios with pipelines built around V-Ray, NUKE, MODO, and KATANA.

For more information on V-Ray for NUKE and V-Ray for MODO products, go to: v-ray.com/NUKE and v-ray.com/MODO. For information on V-Ray for KATANA, contact VFX@chaosgroup.com .

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Aug 11
Blueprint for Mac OS X gets new interface, more

Sproutedapps has announced Blueprint 1.5, an update to their business application for Mac OS X. Created especially for small businesses, Blueprint was developed specifically for managing projects and tracking their progress.

Anyone can track progress using milestones, and see related contacts, linked tasks and notes. Version 1.5 of Blueprint offers a new, simplified interface that's compatible with Retina screens, plus even more contact and event functions.

Blueprint 1.5 requires Mac OS X 10.7.3 or higher and costs US$59.99. Go to www.sproutedapps.com for more info.

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Aug 11
iPhone SMS Backup lets you export or save SMS/iMessages from...

mTouchLabs has introduced iPhone SMS Backup, an application for Mac or PC that allows you to copy text messages (SMS/iMessages) from your iPhone directly to your Mac.

The software is able to convert the SMS database in Excel, CSV and HTML formats, offering the possibility to browse them from your computer using any application like a text editor or Microsoft Excel. You can sort your messages based on multiple criteria, leveraging the sorting feature of a tabular format.

iPhone SMS Backup requires a Mac with 10.6 and above or Windows PC with XP,vista,7 or 8, as well as iTunes. A free demo is available for download (http://iphonesmsbackup.com). Registration is USS$4.99.

iPhone SMS Backup can be downloaded for free of cost. Full version is available at $4.99 (USD).

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Aug 08
CADintosh 8.0 for Mac OS X is rewritten in Cocoa, gets tweaked...

Lemke Software has released CADintosh 8.0, an update to its 2D CAD program for Mac OS X. Designed especially for technical draftsmen and designers, CADintosh includes a variety of tools to develop technical, mechanical, and architectural drawings.

Completely rewritten in Cocoa, version 8.0 includes many enhanced and updated features including support of 64-bit, sandboxing (App Store version only) and complete Unicode support. It also sports a new, one-window interface.

CADintosh 8 requires OS X 10.7 or later. It costs US$33.99 and is available worldwide through the Mac App Store in the Graphics & Design category. It can also be directly purchased online from the Lemkesoft website (http://www.lemkesoft.com/) for $32.

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Aug 08
Mac Mini Vault announces partnership with Watchman Monitoring

Mac Mini Vault (http://tinyurl.com/phc3xnq) has announced a partnership with Watchman Monitoring (http://tinyurl.com/6j93q25), a provider of Mac-based monitoring. This partnership will include integration of advanced and proactive monitoring for Mac Mini Vault customers.

Beginning today, all Mac Mini Vault customers at the Enterprise service level will have free access to the Watchman Monitoring agent and monitoring results. The agent will monitor system details and watch for potential issues.

The Watchman Monitoring agent is a small piece of software that detects physical and operational errors, reports system statistics and data points. It inspects system details, looking for potential issues with memory, disk, software, and backup systems.

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Aug 08
RAIDON releases new external RAID storage device

RAIDON has released the GR3660-B3, a dual bay storage device with RAID 0 (Striping), RAID 1 (Mirroring), and JBOD three application modes and a USB3.0 interface.

The GR3660-B3 has 8TB of storage capacity. It's compatible with all brands of 4TB SATA hard drives. You can install two 4TB hard drives under RAID 0 mode and the system will provide 8TB of access. The independent JBOD mode can offer independent storage areas even if the hard drives are of different capacities. For more info go to www.RAIDON.com.tw .

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Aug 08
Sesame2 is new keyfob, app to lock your Mac

Atama has released Sesame2, a Bluetooth Smart keyfob and companion application to lock your Mac or Windows PC. A second generation update of the original Sesame product, Sesame2 boasts an external redesign in addition to further enhancements such as longer battery life, shorter locking distance and increased Bluetooth signal stability.

The device enables users to lock their computers whenever they walk away from the computer, preventing anyone else from accessing files, programs, the email client or anything else that might be open on the desktop. When the user returns to their desk, their Mac or PC is automatically unlocked.

Thanks to the use of Bluetooth low energy technology, Sesame2 locks your Mac or Windows PC without draining your battery, says Eric Ferraz, CEO of Atama. It's available for pre-order now for US$49 at the Atama website (http://atama.io/sesame2).

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Aug 08
SecuritySpy for Mac OS X gets support for more cameras

Bensoftware (www.bensoftware.com) has announced SecuritySpy 3.4.1, an update to the multi-camera video surveillance software for the Mac. New features in this version include include support for external triggers such as PIR (Passive Infra Red) detectors and door/window sensors, support for more cameras, and bug fixes.

SecuritySpy boasts features such as motion detection, real-time compression of multiple video and audio feeds, and network video and audio streaming, SecuritySpy is designed for demanding video surveillance applications. The software supports a variety of network cameras and video servers, including the popular ACTi, Axis, Panasonic, Sony and Vivotek ranges, as well as FireWire, USB, and PCI video input devices.

SecuritySpy features motion detection, which can be used to trigger recording as well as email alerts and audio alarms. The built-in web server allows remote viewing of live...

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Aug 08
iStat Menus for Mac OS X revved to version 1.2

Bjano has rolled out iStat Menus 5 (http://tinyurl.com/meyfoge), an update of its menubar-based system monitoring tool for Mac OS X. It has eight separate menu extras for monitoring CPU usage, memory, hard disks, networking, temperatures and more.

Version 1.2 includes numerous improvements, including processes monitoring; enhanced Date & Time; enhanced bandwidth monitoring; better temperature and fan support; better support for temperature sensors in G4 PowerBooks, the latest iMacs and Intel based Xserves; disk performance monitor; and much more.

iStats Menus requires Mac OS X 10.4 or higher. It costs US$16 for a single user license or $24 for a family pack. Upgrades from version 3.x or 4.x are $9.99 for a single user license or $14.99 for a family pack.

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Aug 07
Apple updates iTunes to version 11.3.1

Apple has released iTunes 11.3.1. It's a maintenance release that addresses a problem with podcast subscriptions.

In Apple's words, iTunes 11.3.1 addresses a problem where subscribed podcasts may stop updating with new episodes and resolves an issue where iTunes may become unresponsive while browsing your podcast episodes in a list. You can obtain the update via the Mac App Store.

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Aug 07
Softpress announces Freeway 7 with responsive web design

Softpress (www.softpress.com) has released Freeway 7 Pro, an update of its web design software, which now features responsive design for creating websites that automatically adapt to display for any device.  

Now web designers can easily create sites that will adapt as needed to display for the correct devices, from phones and tablets, to laptops and more, says Joe Billings, managing editor at Softpress. Freeway 7 Pro also automatically generates navigation menu, sports improved search engine optimization and social network integration, and offers greater options for table designs. Additional new features include the addition of productivity enhancements such as keyboard shortcuts and complete keyboard navigation around items and pages.

Freeway 7 requires Mac OS X 10.6.8 or later. It costs US$149.99 for new users. Upgrades from Freeway 5+ Express and previous versions of Pro are $75.

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Aug 07
My Family Tree for Mac OS X grows to version 1.3

Miavy Systems (http://tinyurl.com/pdhkcc7) has released version 1.3 of the My Family Tree app. The upgrade comes with major changes to its user interface and a fresh new look.

The new version drops OS X Lion compatibility and requires OS X 10.8 or later. Unlike previous versions of the app, the newly released version comes with a demo which is available for download on its website (http://tinyurl.com/o3362r9) The full version of the app continues to be available on the Mac App Store for US$19.99.

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Aug 07
Graphic Converter for Mac OS X revved to version 9.3

Lemke Software has announced GraphicConverter 9.3, an update to its image utility for Mac OS X. The new version sports a number of new and updated features, and is a free update to all Version 9.x customers.

GraphicConverter is an all-purpose, universal image editing program. It now features image conversion from more than 200 graphic file formats into almost 80 different file formats.

GraphicConverter 9.3 requires Mac OS X 10.7 or higher. It's available from Lemke Software online (http://www.lemkesoft.com/) and at the Mac App Store. The cost is US$39.95 for new users.

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Aug 06
Philips releases 28-inch 4K HD monitor

Available today, the new Philips 28-Inch 4K Ultra HD Display (http://tinyurl.com/mrlra6p), model 288P6LJEB, delivers four times as much detail as 1080p Full HD. The monitor is available now at Amazon.com for a special price of US$599.

The Philips UltraClear Display combines 4K UHD high resolution with a color depth of 1.07 billion colors. It provides UltraClear 3840x2160 pixel images at 60hz and a 1ms response. The 28-inch monitor includes built-in stereo speakers for multimedia, and MHL technology for mobile device connectivity (though iOS devices don't currently support the technology).

The Philips UltraClear Display provides a plethora of connectivity options and comes equipped with HDMI, DisplayPort, Dual-link DVI and VGA SmartConnect ports. It also features MultiView functionality. This technology enables active dual connect and view so that users can work with multiple devices like a...

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Aug 06
Synology encourages users to update due to SynoLocker ransomware

Synology has been investigating and working with users affected by a recent ransomware called "SynoLocker."

Synology has confirmed the ransomware affects Synology NAS servers running older versions of DiskStation Manager, by exploiting a vulnerability that was fixed in December 2013, at which time Synology released patched software and notified users to update via various channels. Affected users may encounter the following symptoms:
 
° When attempting to log in to DSM, a screen appears informing users that data has been encrypted and a fee is required to unlock data.

° Abnormally high CPU usage or a running process called “synosync” (which can be checked at Main Menu > Resource Monitor).

° DSM 4.3-3810 or earlier; DSM 4.2-3236 or earlier; DSM 4.1-2851 or earlier; DSM 4.0-2257 or earlier is installed, but the system says no updates are available at Control Panel > DSM Update.
 
For users who have encountered the above symptoms,...

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Aug 06
Addonics announces drive readers to prevent data tampering,...

Addonics Technologies (www.addonics.com) has announced the Sapphire family of Write-Protect readers that treat hard drive, SSD or flash media as READ only storage to protect against virus contamination or data tampering.

There are two Sapphire Write-Protect readers — a 3.5”/2.5” HDD reader and a 2.5” HDD/Flash reader. Both are equipped with an interface bridge that disables the write function at the hardware level. This allows you to access data on the hard drive or flash media without the risk of accidentally erasing or altering content on the drive.

The interface bridge is a permanent feature and can’t be disabled. It protects users from accidental or intentional erasing or destruction of data, according to Addonics President Bill Kwong. Software hacking can’t be used to circumvent the write protect function, he adds. Forensic investigators can quickly discover if the interface bridge was tampered with...

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Aug 06
Apple, Samsung dropping all lawsuits outside the U.S.

Apple and Samsung, in a joint statement, say they've agreed to abandon all lawsuits against each other in countries outside the U.S., including Australia, Japan, South, Korea, Germany, Netherlands, the U.K., France and Italy, reports Bloomberg (www.bloomberg.com).

In June the two companies agreed to drop their appeals of a patent-infringement case at the U.S. International Trade Commission that resulted in an import ban on some older Samsung phones. Apple and Google, which makes the Android mobile operating system that Samsung uses in many of its handsets, also announced a deal in May to drop lawsuits against one another related to Motorola Mobility. However, Apple and Samsung said in their joint statement that they aren’t ending the legal battles completely, nor have they reached any cross-licensing agreement, notes Bloomberg.

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Aug 06
Edouard biz management system gets new localizations, more

Flying Pig (www.flyingpigcorp.com) has released Edouard 1.6, an update to its business management system for Mac OS X. The upgrade brings new localizations, bug fixes and performance improvements.

Designed for small and medium-sized businesses, Edouard supports classic business needs such as inventory management, contacts, purchases, sales, production, accountancy and more. It runs on Mac OS X and iOS. for a free update. Prior to purchase, Edouard remains available as a time and feature unlimited demo.

Licensing options for Edouard include:
° In-house: at US$1,499 per connection slot, it's a final cost (no recurrent fees) and includes a full and unlimited worldwide support. Discounts for volume licensing are available.

°* Cloud: at $99 per connection slot per month. Cloud servers are available 24/7 worldwide and managed by Flying Pig. This includes all minor and major software...

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Aug 06
HoudahSpot for Mac OS X gets improvements to its results display...

Houdah Software has announced HoudahSpot 3.9 for Mac OS X 10.6 and higher. The new version (a free update for registered users of version 3.x) brings improvements to results display, file tagging and third party workflow integration.

HoudahSpot is a file search tool based on Apple's Spotlight engine. It's designed to help users create detailed queries to pinpoint the exact file they want to get to.

HoudahSpot 3.9 is priced at US$24 for a single-user license. A full-featured demo version is available at the Houdah Software store (www.houdah.com).

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Aug 05
Sheep Systems releases three new apps that work with Safari

Mac users now have three new ways to manage bookmarks in their web browsers. Sheep Systems (sheepsystems.com) has announced three new apps: Smarky, Synkmark and Markster have been spun out of BookMacster, its master bookmarks manager app for the Mac.

The three new apps are each focused on a particular use case. All are compatible with Apples iCloud, and correctly push changes to iOS devices when exporting to Safari.

Smarky (US$11.95)is for organizing and alphabetizing Safari bookmarks. Synkmark ($16.95) lets you organize and keep Safari, Google Chrome and Firefox bookmarks in sync. Markster ($16.95) lets you directly access bookmarks in a Central Store from within any app.

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Aug 05
Seventh Amsterdam SuperMeet to feature editors of 'Star...

The Creative Pro User Group Network (CPUG Network) say the Seventh Annual Amsterdam SuperMeet will take place on Sunday, Sept 14, 2014 at the Hotel Krasnapolsky in the heart of Amsterdam.

Doors open at 4:30 p.m. (6:30) with the SuperMeet Digital Showcase featuring 20 software and hardware developers. SuperMeet Presentations will begin at 7 p.m.(19:00) and continue until 11 p.m. (23:00). Tickets are on sale online for the early bird price of Euro 10 each, plus ticket fee. and Euro 10 for students and Teachers with valid ID. Earlybird sales end Aug. 15.

Film editors Maryann Brandon, ACE and Mary Jo Markey, ACE are scheduled to appear. Both are best known as long time collaborators with director J. J. Abrams. The pair has co-edited all of Abrams' feature films including "Mission Impossible III," "Super 8," "Star Trek: Into Darkness," and the upcoming "Star Wars: Episode VII." Go to http://supermeet.com for...

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Aug 05
OWC releases ThunderBay 4 RAID 5 Edition

OWC has released the ThunderBay 4 RAID 5 Edition, an external storage device that can connect to the newest Mac Pro via single or dual ThunderBolt 2 cables.

It has capacities ranging from 4TB to 20TB, and sustained data rates up to 675 MB/s for RAID 5 performance. OWC offers a BYOD solution with the ThunderBay 4 RAID 5 Edition Enclosure Kit to add up to four drives, SSDs, or a mixture of both hard drives and SSDs for customizable performance to meet specific storage and backup needs. In addition, users can also set up RAID 0, 1, 4, 5, or 1+0 arrays using SoftRAID that also includes drive monitoring, e-mail notification, and rapid rebuild capabilities.
 
OWC’s ThunderBay 4 is available for immediate ordering in configurations ranging from US$649 to $1,769.99. Go to http://tinyurl.com/mo3x2xn for more info.

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Aug 05
iRig Mic HD from IK Multimedia now shipping

IK Multimedia (www.ikmultimedia.com) is shipping the US$129.99 iRig Mic HD, a mobile digital microphone for iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac and PC. The sequel to IK'siRig Mic, iRig Mic HD it's a tool for singers, podcasters, online radio broadcasters, journalists, videographers, home studio enthusiasts and anyone else who needs to record high-definition digital audio on the go.

The iRig Mic HD comes in black and an exclusive silver version is available only from the Apple Store. It delivers digital sound via an electret condenser capsule, a 24-bit audiophile-grade A/D converter (with 44.1/48 kHz sample rate) and a built-in low-noise high-definition preamp.

The iRig Mic HD sports a gain control that allows for audio capture at any sound pressure level. A multi-color LED provides at-a-glance monitoring of sound levels.

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Aug 05
MAXON unveils CINEMA 4D Release 16 (R16)

MAXON has unveiled CINEMA 4A Release 16 (R16), the next generation release of the company’s industry-leading 3D motion graphics, visual effects, visualization, painting, and rendering software application. It's available for Mac OS X and Windows.

In addition to workflow enhancements, CINEMA 4D R16 delivers new features including a modeling PolyPen "super tool," a Motion Tracker for easily integrating 3D content within live footage and a Reflectance material channel that allows for multi-layered reflections and specularity.

CINEMA 4D Release 16 is scheduled to ship in September. Pricing and upgrade information is available at www.maxon.net.

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Aug 05
DEVONtechnologies releases DEVONthink and DEVONnote 2.7.7

DEVONtechnologies (http://www.devontechnologies.com) has updated all editions of its smart document and information manager DEVONthink. as well as of DEVONnote and the freeware menubar launcher XMenu.

The updates are free and recommended for all users. DEVONthink is the document and information manager for the Mac. Version 2.7.7 recognizes Swift source code files as plain text, retains more metadata than before when exporting documents, and prefills the Save panel with tags.

In addition to DEVONthink and DEVONnote, DEVONtechnologies has updated the freeware menubar launcher XMenu with an improved Brasilian Portuguese localization. All updates are free and recommended for all users.

All editions of DEVONthink and DEVONnote require an Intel-based Mac and OS X 10.7.5 or later (on the Mac App Store: OS X 10.8.3 or later), XMenu requires OS X 10.6.8 (App Store: OS X 10.8.3 or...

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