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Jul 10
Apple posts iTunes 11.3 for Mac OS X, Windows

Apple has released iTunes 11.3 for Mac OS X and Window. The update adds support for iTunes Extras in HD movies. With iTunes Extras, viewers can see cast interviews, exclusive clips, behind-the-scenes footage, and photo galleries along with a movie.

HD movie extras are available on the Apple TV set-top box for those who've updated it with Software Update 6.2. HD movie extras support will come to the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch when iOS 8 is released this fall.

iTunes is free and available for download at the Mac App Store. The 11.3 update can be installed via the OS X System Preference's Software Update app.

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Jul 10
InDesign CC 2014 PDF Converter, InDesign Converter released

Recosoft Corp. (http://www.recosoft.com) has released InDesign CC 2014 versions of PDF2ID, the PDF to InDesign converter, and ID2Office, an InDesign to Word, PowerPoint and Keynote converter.

PDF2ID and ID2Office are both InDesign plug-ins offering workflow automation. InDesign CC 2014, the latest release of the Creative Cloud edition of InDesign.

PDF2ID v4.0.1 is available immediately in the following configurations from the Recosoft web store (per license):

PDF2ID Standard v4.0.1: US $199.00
PDF2ID Professional v4.0.1: $299.00
PDF2ID Standard v4.0.1 Upgrade: $99.00
PDF2ID Professional v4.0.1: US $149.00

ID2Office v2.0.1 is available immediately in the following configurations from the Recosoft web store (per license):

ID2Office Standard v2.0.1: $199.00
ID2Office Professional v2.0.1: $249.00

PDF2ID v4.0.1 is a free update for all PDF2ID v4.0...

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Jul 10
Conner Productions releases Billow for FCP X

Conner Productions (http://www.connerpro.com) has released Billow, a free Apple Free Final Cut Pro X template that features a billowing smoke effect and organic lights, coming together to make an introduction title.

Using FCP X's customization options, you can customize the color of the smoke, the orientation of the effect, text size, and more. It's also possible to use a custom Drop Zone, allowing users to use images and logos instead of text.

Billow was designed using Apple's Motion 5, and features organic lights, advanced compositing, natural film grain, and coloring effects. Conner Productions is offering Billow as a free download.

It's fully compatible with Final Cut Pro X and Motion 5. There is no watermark and the title template is fully functional and customizable without limitations.

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Jul 10
MCE ships Mac compatible Complement

MCE Technologies (http://www.mcetech.com) has begun shipping the Mac compatible MCE Complement, an all-in-one, portable USB 3.0 device comprised of a 2 TB Hard Drive, a Blu-ray, DVD, CD Reader/Recorder, a USB 3.0 Hub, and SD Card Reader.

The MCE Complement's 2 TB hard drive is designed for use as a standard storage device and is compatible with Time Machine. The unit includes Mac Blu-ray Player software for the playback of commercial Blu-ray titles directly on the Mac.

In addition to recording and playing high capacity Blu-ray media, the drive is also a full-fledged SuperDrive and reads and writes all CD and DVD formats. The Complement also boasts an integrated USB 3.0 hub as well as an SD Card Reader. The MCE Complement is portable at 5.5 x 6 x 1.25 inches, weighs in at 19 ounces and includes a carrying case. It retails for US$299 and is available immediately.

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Jul 10
The latest iOS apps: July 10

Here are the latest iOS apps. You can find them at the Apple App Store.

Vision Genesis has published Daughters Of Zion Magazine for iPad, a digital Christian magazine that is published monthly on the Apple Newsstand. The magazine — which costs US$3.99 per issue — covers everything from parenting, dietary, health issues, relationship advice, motivational articles, encouraging words, and life transforming messages.

Anuman Interactive has announced a "freemium" version of Gods vs. Humans. In the game, humans build a 10-story tower up to the world of the Gods. You embody one of the 20 gods or goddesses (four of them are hidden) to foil their bold attempt and stop them from getting into your world.

OmNom Apps has released Word Search Master 1.0. It's a free app that offers an "elegant and fun way to search for words."

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Jul 09
Acclivity announces the latest release of Checkout Point of Sale

Acclivity has released Checkout Point of Sale v4, an update of the Mac point of sale software used by business around the world. The upgrade sports over 45 new or enhanced features, a faster image processing engine, and Shopify syncing for e-commerce users.

"Checkout 4 includes a number significant technical, under-the-hood enhancements that will deliver increased performance and stability, which is important to retailers of all sizes and types," says Tom Nash, Acclivity co-founder.  "But what we're probably most excited about is the tight integration between Checkout and Shopify, providing stores and boutiques a true end-to-end solution for selling their wares on- and off-line.”

Checkout Point of Sale is available immediately from the Checkout website (http://www.checkoutapp.com) and from Apple Specialists around the world. It has a retail price of US$499.

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Jul 09
D-Link shipping low cost, 802.11ac wireless access point

D-Link (http://www.dlink.com) has announced the DAP-2660, an US$229.99, 802.11ac wireless access point. Packaged in a low profile white housing, the DAP-2660 is designed for ceiling or wall mount applications in schools, office buildings, hospitals, government facilities, hotels, and more.
 
The DAP-2660 delivers wireless performance using the latest 802.11ac standard, with maximum wireless signal rates of up to 300 Mbps using the 2.4GHz band, and 867 Mbps using the 5 GHz band.
 
The DAP-2660 has internal antennas, is easy to install and can be powered using the included AC to DC adapter or directly via the network cable using Power over Ethernet from any switch or midspan injector that supports IEEE 802.3af, according to Steven Olen, director of product marketing, D-Link Systems. 

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Jul 09
Adobe issues security updates for Flash Player

A vulnerability in Adobe's Flash player that could allow malicious users to steal browser data — including cookies — on Macs, PCs, and Linux machines has been exploited, prompting Adobe to issue a patch and urge users to upgrade their system as soon as possible, reports AppleInsider.com.

Adobe has released security updates for Adobe Flash Player 14.0.0.125 and earlier versions for Windows and Macintosh and Adobe Flash Player 11.2.202.378 and earlier versions for Linux. These updates address vulnerabilities that could potentially allow an attacker to take control of the affected system. Adobe recommends users update their product installations to the latest versions. For more info go to http://tinyurl.com/mlm7do5 .

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Jul 09
Thecus announces OS updates for full NAS lineup

Thecus Technology Corp. has announced firmware enhancements on all consumer and enterprise NAS models. The company says updates to ThecusOS 5 and 6 mean enhanced capability and security across the entire Thecus NAS lineup.

For the N2310, ThecusOS 6 is upgraded to offer multiple RAID volumes and RAID Encryption. Updates for the 2-bay N2520 and N2560 as well as the 4-bay N4520 and N4560 models offer enhanced UPS support and multiple RAID volumes. In addition, OpenSSL updates and bug fixes enhance security and reliability of these consumer and SOHO Thecus NAS models, according to the folks at Thecus.

SMB NAS models such as the 7-bay N7710-G now support even more enterprise-class storage features with this latest firmware for ThecusOS 5. These features include updated OpenSSL for improved security and enhanced compatibility for numerous UPS. In addition, a beta update is available featuring Btrfs Snapshots for better backup capability and ESXi VAAI, enhancing...

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Jul 09
The latest iOS apps: July 9

Here are the latest iOS apps. You can find them at the Apple App Store.

Bassem Youssef has announced Light 'em Up. The free puzzle game challenges players to create a path to power the light bulbs before the timer runs out. Players have a set amount of steps to connect the tubes, activate the light and win the level.

Knowledge Poker is a new, US$0.99 knowledge game based on "loosely" Poker rules. The player, learns and ascertains what he knows by placing bets on his knowledge on a specific answer that they think is correct. The asked questions are about various fields of knowledge such as History, Arts, Sports, Science, Human rights.

Fast Pixel Games has released Sticky Soccer. Based on their previous title , StickyBalls Classic, the $0.99 app adds 12 all-new tables and a soccer theme.

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Jul 08
FontAgent Pro for Mac OS X revved to version 6.2

Insider Software (http://www.insidersoftware.com) has launched FontAgent Pro 6.2, an update to its USS$99.95, professional font manager for Mac OS X.

FontAgent Pro provides a complete font management system that integrates diagnostics, repair, font selection, font book creation, and design tools in a powerful, yet simple application for creative professionals. New features in version 6.2 include:

° Auto-activation in Adobe Creative Cloud and Suite apps including InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator and   InCopy, as well as in QuarkXpress;

° Workflow Center for organizing, launching and updating automatic scripts;

° Smasher 3 software that provides automatic "set and forget" font, print and application cache maintenance;

° 1,350+ downloadable, verified, print and web fonts;

° Keyword-search engine for finding local and Internet fonts simultaneously.

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Jul 08
The latest iOS apps: July 8

Here are the latest iOS apps. You can find them at the Apple App Store.

Milk Inc. has announced Falls 1.0. It's a free action puzzle game for in which players must long-tap the white ring at the bottom of the screen until it changes to the corresponding color to fire the same colored ball upwards to destroy the descending ball. If the balls are the same color, they will destroy each other. The game is over if the falling ball reaches the ring at the bottom.


Tanner Christensen has released Brainbean for the iPad. The free game (which does tout in-app purchases) is filled with mini-games that last 60 seconds each and which are designed to "challenge your creativity and exercise your brain."

Cowly Owl has introduced Dinosaur Mix. The US$2.99 lets you swap body parts to make your own dinosaur.

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Jul 07
Washing Machine for Mac OS X revved to version 10.8.4

Intego, a provider of security products built exclusively for Mac users, has released Washing Machine 10.8.4 for Mac OS X 10.6 or higher. The upgrade enhances the functionality of the Duplicate cycle. Mac Washing Machine version 10.8.4 gives you more options for finding, verifying and selecting duplicate files.

The app:

° Seeks out files the user no longer uses or needs and quickly cleans them from their machine, freeing up gigabytes of space and increasing Mac performance. These files include downloads, caches, logs and trash.

° Identifies duplicate files by analyzing the bits, and lets the user select which versions to remove.

° Creates Smart Folders. Smart Folders offer quick access to frequently used files and applications. Smart Folders can be added to Finder favorites.

° Shows what apps are used the most (or least) and allows the user to quickly drag the apps to or from the Dock.

° Moves files on the desktop to the appropriate finder...

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Jul 07
ABBYYFineReader Pro for Mac supports seven more languages

ABBYY has released a new version of ABBYY FineReader Pro for Mac. It's now compatible with seven more languages — Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Thai, Vietnamese, Hebrew and Arabic — bringing the number of supported languages to 180.


The application turns scanned paper documents, PDF files and digital camera images into searchable and editable files, maintaining the original formatting and layout. ABBYY FineReader Express Edition for Mac recognizes text a variety of languages and can distinguish multilingual documents containing up to three languages.

The application intelligently re-creates layout and formatting elements found in the original document including tables, columns, graphics, bullet points and numbering. It also supports the conversion of image-only and scanned PDFs into searchable PDF format.

ABBYY FineReader Pro for Mac is available via both the Mac App Store and ABBYY’s online store (...

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Jul 07
The latest iOS apps: July 7

Here are the latest iOS apps. You can find them at the Apple App Store.

Peter Fischer has announced ClipUp. Originally developed for "on the go" investigative journalists the US$1.99 app is for anyone in need of organizational help, memory assistance and creative inspiration.

Local Search Corp. has released 411.ca. The fee app lets users get the 411 in their neighborhood and explore popular local businesses, search for businesses via categories, filter searches to refine results, read reviews, access zoom-able maps and get directions, perform a Canada whitepage directory search, see "who called" via the reverse number look-up, and browse their search history.

Mutlu Creative has introduced A Life Worth Dying. In the $2.99 memory game, you're about to die. Your goal is to remember a sequence of cues. If you can recall them correctly, you will trigger short video flashbacks. The videos are part of core gameplay, not just for cinematic effect.

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Jul 04
Have a great Independence Day

To celebrate the Fourth of July holiday here in the U.S., MacTech and MacNews will be closed today. But we'll be back on our regular schedule as of Friday, July 5.

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Jul 03
Technichor introduces Horcrux Email Backup for the Mac

Technichor has introduced Horcrux Email Backup (http://thehorcrux.com/), a Mac app that lets email users automatically keep their data rather than surrendering it to third party services.

Horcrux takes daily snapshots of email accounts. The app is continuous and in real time, so that as soon as a new email is added it will be transferred. It gives users the option to change email providers without losing prior data. Horcrux will also migrate the emails to another email service.

Horcrux Email Backup requires Mac OS X 10.7 or higher. It costs US$14.99 and is available at the Mac App Store in the Utilities category.

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Jul 03
Image Viewer for Mac OS X revved to version 1.7

Abacus has released Image Viewer 1.7, an upgrade of the Mac OS X app for viewing images and photos for an entire library.

Users can open a file and then view all image files in that folder by clicking the mouse or pressing the keyboard. Version 1.7 adds the ability to delete via Move to Trash in menus and via Command-D. It also improvers performance.


Image Viewer require Mac OX 10.7 or later. It's available at the Mac App Store for US$0.99. Go to http://abacusindustriesinc.com for more info.

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Jul 02
This Mac OS X app is designed to Dazzle you

Kallaxa Software has introduced Dazzle, a system cleaner developed exclusively for Mac OS X. Designed for both home and business users, it allows you to uninstall apps, wipe web histories, clean up logs and caches, find duplicate files and more.

Dazzle can be automatically scheduled to run daily, weekly, or monthly and will periodically remind you perform scans.

It uses a complex and safe algorithm to detect junk and flag it for removal, according to the folks at Kallaxa Software. It presents its findings to you for you to confirm erasure, then proceeds to delete the data using military grade security.

Dazzle can be automatically scheduled to run daily, weekly, or monthly and will periodically remind the user to perform scans. Additionally, it will offer to correctly uninstall apps if a user mistakenly drags an app to the Trash and alert the user if the Trash has become full.

Extensions such as Flash Player, login items, preference panes, and screen...

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Jul 02
Apple releases iMovie 10.0.4 for Mac OS X

Apple has updated iMovie for Mac OS X to version 10.0.4. It includes stability improvements and resolves issues that could cause it to quit unexpectedly.

iMovie 10.0.4 is a free update for registered users. For new users the cost is US$14.99. It requires Mac OS X 10.9.2 and higher and is available at the Mac App Store.

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Jul 02
LinkOptimizer now compatible with 2014 InDesign CC

Zevrix Solutions (www.zevrix.com) has released LinkOptimizer 4.9.17, a compatibility update to its workflow automation solution for Adobe InDesign.

LinkOptimizer allows users to reduce the size of InDesign links and speed up processing by eliminating excess image data. It also performs image color conversion and sharpening, converts file formats and more. The new version makes LinkOptimizer compatible with the 2014 release of InDesign CC featured as part of Adobe Creative Cloud.

LinkOptimizer can be purchased from Zevrix for US$259.95 (there's a "lite" version for $179.95) as well as from authorized resellers. A demo isavailable for download. The 4.9.17 update is free for LinkOptimizer 4.x users.

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Jul 02
The latest iOS apps: July 2

Here are the latest iOS apps. You can find them at the Apple App Store.

Fairytale Studios has released Preschool Aquarium. The US$0.99 app incorporates learning games designed bypreschool teachers and early learning psychologists.

Corsegames has announced 2014 Soccer Triva. It's a free game (though it has in-app purchases and upgrades) that offers lots of soccer trivia questions.

AweSoft has introduced AweNote 1.0 for the iPad. It's a $9.99 note taking application with features such as stylus note, text note, audio and video note, plus a range of built-in library of basic figures.

Linkyun Game has launched Find Hidden Money. The free (for a limited time) game lets you "travel the five continents and pick up money in over 50 must-see sites all over the world."

Joerg Piringer has unveiled unimator. It's a $0.99 text and sign animation app that lets you create quick text and sign animations.

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Jul 01
NChart3D comes to Mac OS X

Nulana LTD says NChart3D 1.5, their charting framework for iOS, is now available for Mac OS X (10.7 and higher). It allows developers to make data visualizations in Mac OS X applications.

NChart3D uses hardware-accelerated OpenGL ES based graphics that allows for the rendering of large amounts of data with lighting effects while remaining responsive to user interactions. According to the folks at Nulana, it's easy to use the framework inside the Objective-C Mac application, thanks to NChart3D Cocoa API. NChart3D 1.5 supports various different 2D and 3D chart types covering all the most popular analytical and scientific data visualization cases.

There are two versions of the NChart3D 1.5 for Mac OS X: Standard and Pro. The US$499 standard version is limited to two dimensions, but still enables data processing, animations, high visual quality, flexible axes, interactivity and advanced customizations to develop excellent applications. The $899 pro version sports 3D...

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Jul 01
PageMeUp for Mac OS X gets maintenance upgrade

Softobe has introduced PageMeUp 1.0.2 (http://tinyurl.com/ozgvtyr), an update of its layout editor for Mac OS X 10.8 or higher. It's a maintenance release with bug fixes and improvements.

With PageMeUp, you create a document, choose its page format, size and background color, set the margins, bleed, custom guides, rows and columns and even apply RGB or CMYK ICC color profiles. Then you can drag, import or paste images and text onto the PageMeUp document and place/resize them on the page.

A snap assistant helps you align the boxes on the page. You can edit and format your text, scale the images (custom, fit, fill), apply shadow, fill or gradient background, border, mask, rotation, opacity, flip, web links, page HTML metadata. Finally, you can print or export your work in PDF, HTML, TIFF, PNG or JPG formats with custom resolution, compression and ICC profile.

PageMeUp is available as a...

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Jul 01
Audiffex advances ampLion software guitar processor to version 1...

Audiffex has released ampLion Pro 1.1, an updated 64-bit (AAX-, AU-, RTAS-, and VST3-compatible) version of its software guitar processor for Mac (OS X 10.6 or later) and Windows (Vista, 7, or 8).

It's a software guitar processor providing a simulation of guitar amplifiers, effects, and microphone/cabinet combos with 64-bit Avid Audio eXtension (AAX), Audio Units (AU), Real-Time AudioSuite (RTAS), and Virtual Studio Technology (VST3) versions to enable full compatibility with 64-bit hosts (such as Ableton Live, Cubase, Logic Pro, Pro Tools, and more besides). Version 1.1 can be used as a plug-in for host applications, the standalone application now features a meteronome, track player, and recorder.

ampLion Pro 1.1 is available to buy for instant download delivery directly from Audiffex (http://tinyurl.com/l75hcwk) for US$99. This is a lifelong license for both Mac and Windows.

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