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Mar 26
Siteimprove announces PDF document checking tool

iteimprove has unveiled their new PDF document scanning tool that allows users to test PDFs hosted on their websites for broken links, misspellings, and accessibility issues.

The tool also helps ensure that hosted PDF documents are fully accessible to users with disabilities, highlighting issues and making recommendations for fixes, says Siteimprove CEO Torben Rytt. It automatically catalogues all PDF documents hosted on a given website, and tests them every five days for errors. Go to Siteimprove.com for more info and a free demo.

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Mar 26
Sonnet announces new rackmount enclosure for the 2013 Mac Pro

Sonnet Technologies has announced the xMac Pro Server Thunderbolt 2-to-PCI Express (PCIe) expansion system and 4U rackmount enclosure for the 2013 Mac Pro.

Along the lines of Sonnet's xMac mini Server for Mac minis, the xMac Pro Server mounts the Mac Pro horizontally inside a specially designed modular enclosure that connects three PCIe 2.0 slots to the computer via Thunderbolt 2. It also provides space to install additional equipment in two 5.25-inch mobile rack bays.

The xMac Pro Server has a suggested retail price of US$1,499 and is due June 2. The basic edition Mobile Rack Device has a suggested retail price of $199 and is available now. Go to www.sonnettech.com for more info.

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Mar 26
JAMF Software updates Casper Suite to version 9.3

JAMF Software has revved Casper Suite, its management tool for large-scale enterprise deployments of Apple products, to version 9.3. The app is designed to allow organizations set up Macs, iPads, and iPhones without IT having to touch the devices.


Casper Suite 9.3 adds: hands-free enrollment through the Apple Device Enrollment Program (DEP) and better managed app distribution with the Apple Volume Purchase Program (VPP). It's a free update for all customers. A demo is available for download. Go to http://tinyurl.com/n8fesu6 for more info.

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Mar 26
Fragmentation remains an issue for Android developers

A high degree of fragmentation is a problem that Android app developers have had to deal with since day one. KitKat, the latest iteration of Google's dessert-themed Android updates was supposed to change that. It was designed to be more compatible with low-end devices in order to get it to more devices more quickly.

Thus far, it doesn't seem to have worked though: according to Mixpanel less than 10% of Android devices are currently running KitKat, which was released in October 2013. By contrast, iOS 7, released in late September has been adopted by 85% of iOS users and even iOS 7.1, released as late as March, has a significantly higher adoption rate (42.77%) than Android KitKat. Go to http://tinyurl.com/kp4gc2d for more info.

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Mar 26
4-bay Drobo storage system gets performance boost

Connected Data has released its latest 4-Bay Drobo smart storage solution, which is company says is up to three times faster than the previous release.


It also sports USB 3.0 support, faster rebuild times, and enhanced support for Apple's Time Machine back-up system on Mac OS X. Finally, Connected Data is introducing a customer loyalty discount program of US$50 off for all first and second generation Drobo customers.

The new 4-Bay Drobo has a new low price of $349 and a new architecture, which makes it speedier than its predecessors. In addition, four times faster rebuild times maximize data availability in case of disk drive failure, according to the folks at Connected Data. Go to www.drobostore.com for more info.

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Mar 26
ExactCODE has released ExactScan Pro 2 for Mac OS X

ExactCODE has released ExactScan Pro 2, an update of its scan software for Mac OS X. It sports a new driver, architecture optimizations, improved recognition of various texts, and higher PDF compression.

For example, there are built-in drivers for scanners from Canon and Fujitsu such as the Canon G-1100 and G-1130. The built-in OCR software in ExactScan Pro 2 can recognize the text in images and transform scans into editable, searchable documents.


ExactScan Pro 2 costs EUR 79.90; upgrades from the standard version to the pro version are 49.90 and from previous versions for 69.90. The app is available at the Mac App Store; go to http://exactcode.com for more info.

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Mar 25
Parallels survey: Macs now considered for broader corporate...

Parallels, which specializes in cross-platform solutions, has announced results of its commissioned survey of more than 200 IT decision makers about their attitudes toward Macs in the enterprise.

The results are telling: almost half of businesses (45%) currently offer their employees Macs, and more than nine out of 10 businesses (95%) that don’t currently provide Macs would be more likely to offer employees Macs if they had a single central management system for both Windows PCs and Macs. Macs are in high demand – and respondents who already support Macs shared the top reasons why:
 
° Eight out of 10 businesses (77%) say Macs are more reliable overall than Windows machines.

° Seven out of 10 (65%) say they are easier to support.

° Seven out of 10 (65%) say offering Macs would likely help attract employees (a very important factor given the competition for talent).
 
However, there are also barriers against bringing Macs onto corporate...

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Mar 25
Schedule announced for FileMaker Developer Conference 2014

FileMaker, Inc., has announced schedule highlights of the FileMaker Developer Conference 2014, the largest annual gathering of worldwide FileMaker independent and corporate custom business solution developers, trainers and users.

"Business without Boundaries" is the theme of this 19th annual conference, which features three new tracks, several interactive panels, and a hackathon with FileMaker challenges. DevCon 2014 will be held July 28-31, at the JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort & Spa in San Antonio, Texas, with a projected 1,200 FileMaker enthusiasts and 45 speakers from 27 countries participating.

Attendees will hear about FileMaker Platform futures; exchange tips on developing solutions; learn new skills; network with developers from around the world; and see new products and services. Seven conference tracks are designed to help attendees learn how to remove the boundaries to running their business and create custom solutions with the FileMaker 13...

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Mar 25
einstein's legacy announces Monochrome 2.0.1 update for Mac...

einstein's legacy has announced Monochrome 2.0.1 for OS X. It's an upgrade of an application for converting batches of color images to grayscale.

Monochrome gives you control over the conversion process and applied effects, so you can create a consistent-looking set of output images. The 2.0.1 update was re-engineered from the ground-up to provide faster GPU-based image rendering, additional conversion methods, 30 new image effects, and new options for previewing, printing and sharing images.

Monochrome 2.0.1 is available for US$19.99 from the Mac App Store in the Photography category. It requires Mac OS X 10.8.5 or higher. Go to http://www.einsteinslegacy.com for more info.

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Mar 24
Boris FX announces Boris Continuum Complete 9

Boris FX has announced Boris Continuum Complete 9, an update of the package of visual effects for NLE and compositing platforms for Mac OS X and Windows. It adds over 30 new filters and transitions in key areas such as Image Restoration, Film, Stylize, Keying and Compositing, Lights, and Perspective.

All BCC effects and presets can now be viewed in the new FX Browser window, which is integrated into every BCC filter or transition. The 200 filter collection for Boris Continuum Complete 9 includes 3D Objects, 3D particle effects, image restoration tools, lens flares and lights, keys and mattes, warp and perspective effects, and blurs, glows, and cinematic effects. All filters take advantage of either Open CL, NVIDIA CUDA, multi-threading or OpenGL hardware acceleration for an interactive effects design experience.

Over 1,000 professionally designed presets are included free with every installation of BCC. All presets can be viewed in the new FX Browser window. Custom...

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Mar 24
Unbabel is new online translation service

Unbabel is a new kind of online translation service that "provides human quality translation at one-fifth the going rate."

Unbabel also has released a REST-based API [application programming interface] with which companies can integrate translation directly into their workflow. The service says it currently has nearly 3,000 translators and are translating over 25,000 words per day for over 30 paying customers. Go to http://www.unbabel.com for more info.

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Mar 24
SMK-Link Electronics to introduce PadDock

SMK-Link Electronics Corporation has announced the US$169.99 PadDock Pivot Dual Arm Locking Table Stand for the iPad. It will debut at this wrk's Macworld/iWorld Expo.

The PadDock enables the deployment of iPads or other standard size 9 x 11-inch mobile tablets in schools, hospitals, retail stores and professional offices. the locking tablet cradle rotates 360 degrees for viewing in any orientation, while tilting through a 165 degree range to provide your best viewing angle.

The PadDock's special locking C-clamp desk mount is suitable for desktops, countertops and other surfaces 0.8 to 2.3 inch thick. You can lock it without holes, cables or adhesives. Go to http://tinyurl.com/kjkoj6g for more info.

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Mar 24
MacAppware updates 1000 OpenType fonts

MacAppware, a division of 128bit Technologies, has added two new fonts to its commercial use 1000 OpenType Fonts collection for creative Mac users.

Each font is in OpenType font format and can be used for any personal and business project on both Mac and PC computers. International character support is standard for nearly every font, though bar code fonts and wingding fonts don't include international character support.

For a limited time, the updated font collection is also available for US$29.99, a discount of 70% from the regular price of $99. Go to http://tinyurl.com/nyhzm74 for more info.

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Mar 24
URL Extractor for Mac OS X upgraded to version 4.2.1

Tension Software (http://www.tensionsoftware.com) has revved URL Extractor — the Mac OS X tool for extracting URLs and emails from the web, search engine and local files — to version 4.2.1. The new version boasts an improved web extraction engine and better handling of non-native file formats.

URL Extractor requires Mac OS X 10.8 or higher. It costs US$50 and is available from the Tension Software web site and the Mac App Store.

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Mar 21
RE:Vision Effects announces Twixtor 6

RE:Vision Effects has announced Twixtor 6 with GPU support for The Foundry Nuke and Assimilate Scratch. You can now create slow motion shots with Twixtor without the cost of renting a high speed camera.

In order to achieve its unparalleled image quality, Twixtor synthesizes 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. Speedups up to 4x on GPUs when using Twixtor within Nuke and Scratch have been measured over running Twixtor in CPU mode, according to the folks at RE:Vision.

Users are advised that their specific speedups are dependent on system configuration, specific GPU, and features of Twixtor that are used. Customers who have used Twixtor 5 should test the demo to make sure they will see the speedups they desire before upgrading to Twixtor 6.

What's needed?

° Twixtor v6 for OFX hosts only supports 64-bit host...

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Mar 21
Output Factory Server update lets users create large format JPEG...

Zevrix Solutions (www.zevrix.com) has rolled out Output Factory Server 10.0.10, a a feature update to its output workflow automation solution for Adobe InDesign.

Output Factory Server automates printing and exporting from InDesign by processing files from watched hot folders. The software offloads output tasks to a central system leaving operator workstations free from the output process. The new version lets users create large format JPEG files and improves color management of exported images.

Output Factory Server can be purchased from Zevrix web site for US$699.95, as well as from authorized resellers. A demo is available for download. BatchOutput Server users can upgrade for $349.97. Output Factory Server runs on Mac OS X 10.6-10.9 and works with Adobe InDesign CS3-CC.

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Mar 21
PopChar for Mac OS X gets new custom insertion technique

Ergonis Software has announced PopChar X 6.5, an update to their tool for exploring fonts as well as finding and inserting special characters.

With the tool, you pop up the PopChar window, click the desired character, and the character appears in your current document right away. Version 6.5 introduces a new custom insertion technique, which leads to faster character insertion for many applications, and more.

PopChar X 6.5 requires Mac OS X 10.5.8 or newer. It can be purchased the Ergonis Software website (http://www.ergonis.com/). The upgrade to PopChar 6.5 is free for anyone who owns a valid license for PopChar X 6. Upgrade paths are available for owners of older licenses. For new users the cost is approximately US$41.

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Mar 20
Native Instruments introduces Grey Forge Expansion for Maschine

Native Instruments has released Grey Forge, a new Maschine Expansion for dark, monolithic techno productions and live performances utilizing the features introduced in Maschine 2 software.

It's out now for all Maschine hardware units, with a compact version for iMaschine also available as an in-app purchase via the Apple App Store. Grey Forge comes with 45 drum kits and custom-built effect chains that load within a drum kit for fast access to additional atmospheres and textures.

Parameters of some single effects are also pre-mapped to the eight display knobs on the Maschine Studio and Maschine hardware units, for adding live, on-the-fly tweaking while performing a techno set. Grey Forge is also available as an iMaschine Expansion, and features two projects and four kits for instant use in creating slabs of uncompromising techno. Tracks can be exported to Maschine Studio, Maschine or Maschine Mikro for completion.

Grey Forge is available now at the NI Online...

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Mar 20
Brotens announces Illuminando 1.0 for OS X

Brotens has announced Illuminando 1.0 for Mac OS X. It's a lighting calculation app.

Illuminando is a OpenGL native Cocoa CAD app designed to perform lighting calculations using 3D interactive tools. CAD tools are used to create the scene to perform the appropriate calculations. Apple the sources, and the set will be complete.

Illuminando requires Mac OS X 10.8 or higher. It's available for US$499.99 at the Mac App Store. Go to http://www.brotens.com for more info.

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Mar 20
Bitrix24 takes on Box, OneDrive, Dropbox and Google Drive with...

Bitrix24 has released a new desktop app for its online collaboration service, adding the ability to synchronize and work with group and company files, as well as including the activity stream and collaboration tools in the app.
 
In addition to sharing, editing and collaborating on documents with colleagues, the Bitrix24 desktop app makes it possible to send instant messages to co-workers, participate in group chat, make telephone calls, and hold video conferences with other Bitrix24 users.
 
It also includes a number of other Bitrix24 service enhancements, such as call history and bill itemization for telephony, the capability to define your own outbound phone number, a floating window for video calls in the desktop app, and a duplicates search feature in the CRM. The mobile app for Bitrix24 has been updated as well.
 
Bitrix24 apps are available for Mac, PC, iOS and Android devices. They can be downloaded at...

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Mar 20
FoneLab comes to Mac OS X

After releasing the Windows version of Aiseesoft FoneLab, Aiseesoft has now released the Mac version of this data recovery software for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. It's compatible with Mac OS X 10.6 or later.

Mac FoneLab supports the recovery of lost or deleted files from iOS 7 devices. Supported content includes data from Contacts, Messages (MMS, SMS, iMessages), Call History, Calendar, Notes, Reminders and Safari Bookmarks.

Mac FoneLab costs US$35.97. Go to http://tinyurl.com/qezedlz for more info.

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Mar 20
Virtual TimeClock for Mac OS X ticks to version 14

Virtual TimeClock 14 has been released by Redcort Software. The upgrade sports a streamlined interface.

Version 14 has been optimized for notebooks, tablets, and touch screens with new administrative features that facilitate monitoring time worked with enhanced timecard editing, integrated configuration options, and more. According to Keith DeLong, CEO of Redcort Software, it also adds a number of customer requested administrative features.

Virtual TimeClock software for Macintosh and Windows PC computers starts at US$99 Annual software maintenance and support as well as discounted upgrade pricing is available. Full pricing details are available at http://www.redcort.com/ . A demo is available for download.

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Mar 20
Scannerz Lite for Mac OS X revved to version 1.7

Software and Computer System Company has released Scannerz Lite 1.7 for Mac OS X. The new version shares some of the new features that were integrated into Scannerz 1.7.

Scannerz Lite is an abbreviated, low cost version of the company's main product, Scanners. It can detect bad sectors or blocks on an SSD, weak sectors on a hard drive, and also detect potential timing problems with the system.

Scannerz Lite works with Mac OS X 10.5 and higher. It costs US$21.95. Go to http://tinyurl.com/nehszny for more info.

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Mar 20
Muse Templates Pro Company presents new Adobe Muse templates,...

Muse Templates Pro Company has released new Adobe Muse templates and widgets. The templates provide the unique design for websites that are created with Adobe Muse software; widgets even more enhancing of Adobe Muse websites.

Muse Templates has introduced three new Adobe Muse templates (Aesthetic, Stream and Pizza) and three new Muse widgets (Team Panel, Photography Box, and Photography Slideshow). All can be downloaded separately, or purchased all at once as part of Muse Templates Pack.

Adobe Muse templates and widgets are available on the Muse Templates Pro Company's website (http://www.musetemplatespro.com). The Muse Templates Pack is priced at US$19.99. Every template can be purchased separately for $9.99 each. Every widget can be purchased separately for $2.99 each. One template is offered for free. Mac or PC with Adobe Muse software is required to use the templates and widgets...

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Mar 20
Digital Anarchy announces new Flicker Free plug-in

Digital Anarchy has announced Flicker Free 1.0 for Adobe After Effects, Premiere Pro, and Apple's Final Cut Pro. It gives video editors and visual effects artists a tool that fixes a wide range of footage affected with flicker or strobing.

Flicker Free analyzes on the fly, renders quickly, and easily produces beautiful flicker free footage, says Jim Tierney, president of Digital Anarchy. There are presets for many different types of flicker, allowing it to fit into any editor's workflow, he adds.

Flicker Free is resolution independent and will work on any sized footage from 30 megapixel image sequences to film, 4K, and HD. Support for Avid, Assimilate Scratch, Davinci Resolve, and Sony Vegas is coming soon.

Flicker Free is regularly priced at US$149, but will be on sale for $99 until March 31. It runs in After Effects CS and above, Premiere Pro CS5 and above, Final Cut Pro 7 and Final Cut Pro X 10.5 and above. The product runs on Mac OS X 10.6 and above,...

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