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Jun 25
Autodesk to acquire Shotgun Software

Autodesk (http://www.autodesk.com) has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Shotgun Software, a developer of scalable, cloud-based production tracking, review and asset management software for the film, television and games industries.

Shotgun's tools for production management are used by some of the world's leading production studios and are tightly integrated with many of the most widely used tools in the industry including Autodesk 3ds Max and Autodesk Maya software, according to CEO Don Parker. Terms of the acquisition were not disclosed.

"The acquisition of Shotgun will accelerate Autodesk's efforts to deliver solutions that help our creative customers solve the critical problem of operating more efficiently by collaborating globally to deliver increasingly complex productions on time and budget," says Chris Bradshaw, senior vice president, Autodesk Media & Entertainment. "Shotgun...

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Jun 25
Apple updates iWork for iCloud apps

Apple has updated its iWork apps — Pages, Numbers, and Keynote — for iCloud. Both the Mac OS X and iOS versions have been upgraded.

Pages for iCloud, the document creation app; Numbers for iCloud; and Keynote for iCloud, the presentation application, all now now remember your last used document settings. The web version of the iWork apps also now boast contextual tips on using keyboard shortcuts. All can be used with a registered iCloud.com account.

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Jun 24
Install and update your Mac apps with MacUpdate Desktop 6

MacUpdate has introduced MacUpdate Desktop 6 (http://www.macupdate.com/desktop), a Mac app that leverages the MacUpdate app directory to provide one-click Mac app installs and updates.

The app also features a scanning engine that notifies you of updates to your installed apps. It requires a free MacUpdate account and provides access to titles not available in the Mac App Store.

MacUpdate Desktop 6 is available now as a free download. Users can take advantage of unlimited one-click installs of apps at MacUpdate.com, and one-click updates for up to 5 apps on the Mac per month. For US$20/year, an unlimited number of apps can be updated in addition to other premium membership benefits.

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Jun 24
CS Odessa announces new software engineering solutions

CS Odessa (www.conceptdraw.com) has announced a new enhancement for ConceptDraw Pro 9. The compaany has introduced a new set of libraries that provides a complete solution for software engineering diagrams.

The Software Development Area in the ConceptDraw Solution Park includes the Entity-Relationship Diagrams Solution, Data Flow Diagrams Solution, IDEF0 Diagrams Solution, and the new-and-improved Rapid UML Solution. These new additions to the ConceptDraw Solution Park are free for current users of ConceptDraw Pro.

The new Solutions in the Software Development Area of the ConceptDraw Solution Park include collections of templates, samples, and libraries of vector stencils and icons that support software engineering diagrams of any level of complexity. ConceptDraw Pro is compatible with Mac OS X and Microsoft Windows. ConceptDraw Pro retails for US$199. Version 9 is included in ConceptDraw Office 2,...

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Jun 24
Troi Automatisering releases Troi URL Plug-In 4.0 For FileMaker...

Troi Automatisering has rolled out Troi URL Plug-in 4.0 for FileMaker Pro 12. It's an update of the plugin that can help you fill in forms on the Internet, all from FileMaker Pro. It also retrieves data or images from web sites.

Version 4.0 adds support for 64bit architecture on FileMaker Server 13 and WebDirect. A fully functional demo version is available rom Troi's Web site (www.troi.com/software/urlplugin.html).

Troi URL Plug-in 4.0 works with FileMaker Pro 11, 12, and 13. The plug-in can also be used with runtimes created by FileMaker Pro Advanced 11, 12 or 13. The plug-in is available for Mac OS X 10.6 or higher,.

Troi URL Plug-in 4.0 also works with FileMaker Server 11, 12 or 13 as a server-side plug-in and as a plug-in used by the web publishing engine. To use this, you need to purchase a special cross-platform Server/Web license that costs $349.

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Jun 24
Jettison for Ma OS X adds new hot keys, more

St. Clair Software has released Jettison 1.4 (http://tinyurl.com/kvonedl), an update to their Mac OS X application that automatically ejects external drives before your Mac goes to sleep. It eliminates the hassle of manually ejecting Time Machine backup drives, network server volumes and flash drives.

Just close the lid of your MacBook and Jettison does it for you. Version 1.4 adds hot keys to eject and remount disks, remounting of flash drives, and more robust operation.

Jettison 1.4 requires Mac OS X 10.6 or higher. It's a free update for registered users. For new users the cost is US$4.95.

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Jun 24
Kaspersky Lab discovers new iOS, Android mobile malware

Kaspersky Lab (http://tinyurl.com/chy5pnk) has published a new research report mapping a massive international infrastructure used to control "Remote Control System" (RCS) malware implants, and identifying previously undiscovered mobile Trojans that work on both iOS and Android/

These Trojans are part of the allegedly "legal" spyware tool, RCS, aka Galileo, developed by the Italian company, HackingTeam. The list of victims indicated in the new research, conducted by Kaspersky Lab together with its partner Citizen Lab, includes activists and human rights advocates, as well as journalists and politicians.

The operators behind the Galileo RCS built a specific malicious implant for every concrete target. According to Kaspersky Lab, once the sample is ready, the attacker delivers it to the mobile device of the victim. Some of the known infection vectors include spearphishing via social engineering...

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Jun 24
Apple number 22 on Best Global Green Brands Report

Interbrand (http://www.interbrand.com), a brand consultancy firm, has released its fourth annual Best Global Green Brands report, which examines the gap that exists between a brand’s environmental performance and consumers’ perceptions of that performance. Apple is number 22 on the list, down one spot from 2013.

Topping the list is Ford. Toyota, which had held the top spot since the report debuted in 2011, falls to #2 with Honda (#3), Nissan (#4) and Panasonic (#5) rounding out the top five and maintaining each of their 2013 positions.

Sony (#7) and Adidas (#8) enter into the top 10 for the first time, while Johnson & Johnson falls six places to #12 and Volkswagen falls nine places to #16. The top rise is IKEA, which climbed 14 spots to secure the #19 position, while Zara also climbed 14 places to claim the #34 position. Philips moved up nine places to take the #14 spot and adidas jumped up...

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Jun 24
Tropical Software releases TopXNotes 1.8

Tropical Software has released TopXNotes 1.8 (http://tinyurl.com/kumt88t), which sports performance enhancements, bug fixes, and a completely rewritten NoteSync process.

TopXNotes 1.8 keeps your notes synchronized between TopXNotes for Mac and TopXNotes iOS devices. Version 1.8 includes improvements to the solution's Wi-Fi based NoteSync process. You can use TopXNotes' drag and drop to create notes from any other text application, or to drag import text and/or RTF documents. Or you can use cut and paste from other applications.

Once the information is created, you can use TopXNotes' category system to create categories that meet your needs, or file in folder-like groups. You can have one for home, one for office, and one for school, or a car project, or recipes, etc,

TopXNotes 1.8 is available for US$39.95 from the Tropical Software web site, the Mac App store, Amazon, and other...

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Jun 24
Remote Buddy for Mac OS X adds support for the Harmony Smart...

Iospirit has updated Remote Buddy (http://www.iospirit.com/products/remotebuddy/), Mac OS X software for controlling Macs remotely, to version 1.25. The upgrade introduces support for the Harmony Smart Control, which can now be connected via Bluetooth.

More than 100 popular Mac apps supported by Remote Buddy (including Plex, EyeTV, iTunes, Rdio, Spotify, DVD Player, Mac Blu-Ray Player, iPhoto, Lightroom, XBMC, Movist and VLC) can then be controlled with the same Harmony Smart Remote that already controls other devices like TV sets, beamers, game consoles, the Apple TV and even Philips Hue lights. A new how-to (available as a post on the Iospirit Blog) shows the entire setup process and also includes an overview over all needed parts and system requirements.

Remote Buddy 1.25 requires Mac OS X 10.7 or later and costs approximately US$27. A 30-day trial...

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Jun 23
Plum Amazing rolls out PhotoMatte for the Mac

Plum Amazing has PhotoMatte, a new theme based app for Mac OS X that focuses on photo layout. To use, you pick a theme, drop in your photos, and export.

PhotoMatte comes with 48 templates, 39 backgrounds, 171 objects (like sunglasses, baseballs, etc.) to enhance your creations, over 25 frames, 17 effects (from blur to over masks to gradient maps), and 15 video tutorials. It provides multiple export and sharing options.

PhotoMatte requires Mac OS X 10.8 or higher. It costs US$30 can be downloaded at http://plumamazing.com/mac/photomatte.

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Jun 23
Bollingen Software releases password management app for the Mac

Bollingen Software has introduced Password Brain (http://www.PasswordBrain.com), its latest software product for Mac OS X (10.8 and higher) and Windows. It allows users to manage a collection of passwords and makes use of a local and secure password container.

The U$14.99 application provides a way to search for a given password, employs 128-bit AES encryption, affords complete backups of all data, and allows you to automatically create unique, randomly generated passwords. Password Brain encrypts passwords locally on your computer. You're the only one who can access the passwords.

Password Brain stores passwords in a searchable list, so you can find the one you're looking for. Along with passwords, user can also store account names, associated email addresses, user names, notes and other information.

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Jun 23
SC Card Recovery for OS X can now recover RAW, HD videos

AppleXsoft (http://www.applexsoft.com) has updated their SD Card Recovery app for the Mac to version 3.5.6. The new version expands the recoverable file types. Now SD Card Recovery can recover RAW and HD videos.

The US$49.95 software supports data recovery from SD Card manufactured by SanDisk, Kingston, PNY, Lexar, Transcent, PQI, Transcend, Sony, Integral, Panasonic, Toshiba, Olympus, just to name a few.

SD Card Recovery has support for -- but not limited to -- SD Card, mini-SD, micro-SD, microSDHC, SDHC, Memory Stick Duo, Memory Stick Pro, Memory Stick Pro Duo, MMC, SmartMedia, xD Picture Card. SD Card Recovery recovers formatted, deleted, erased, lost and corrupted pictures, photos or any files from your SD cards. A demo is available for download.

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Jun 20
AAS releases the Frontier sound bank

Applied Acoustics Systems has released the Frontier sound bank (http://tinyurl.com/lzw3qom) by artist and sound designer Daniel Stawczyk for the String Studio VS-2 string modeling synthesizer and AAS Player plug-ins.

Frontier is Daniel Stawczyk’s third sound bank with AAS following the Starlight and Cinémathèque. Frontier is a collection of 130 sounds coming straight out of deep-space exploration. They are split up in the arpeggiator, gated, lead, keys, plucked, effects, and synths categories.

The Frontier sound bank is available now; its regular price is US$39. However, until July 1, it's being offered at the special introductory price of $29 and is included with a all purchases of the String Studio VS-2 string modeling synthesizer.

The instant download delivery package includes both a String Studio VS-2 bank file and the free AAS Player plug-in. The AAS Player plug-in runs on both...

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Jun 20
Power APP updates their QR Reader with latest version of Xcode

Power APP (http://www.powerapp.ch ) has optimized their multifunctional QR Reader for iOS with the latest version of Apple's Xcode, making it run smoother and and giving it a better overall performance.

The app also allows users to create their own QR-codes with a logo in the middle. The advantages are better compatibility with the newest iOS and a more complete and smoother testing of the finished app before releasing it, according to the folks at Power APP> Features of QR Reader include AirPrint support and direct access to URL.

QR Reader for iOS requires iOS 6.0 or later. It costs US$0.99 and is available at the Apple App Store in the Utilities category.

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Jun 20
Crazy Belts game launches on Mac, PS, iOS, Android platforms

Immanitas Entertainment (www.immanitas.com/) has released Crazy Belts on the Mac, PC, iOS, and Android platforms. The casual puzzle game costs USS$3.99 for the Mac and Windows versions; the iOS and Android versions are free (though they offer in-app purchases).

Here's how the game is described: "Players control Loui The Bag on his trip across five exciting countries on a quest to help his friends and discover his way home. The better you perform, and the father you progress, the more challenging and frantic the action becomes. Surprises and obstacles will quickly appear, but thankfully superpowers and really cool upgrades become available to help you out.
 
"Suitable to players of all ages and experience levels, Crazy Belts invites you on a journey across the world from London to Madrid, to the majestic Statue of Liberty and even the Great Wall of China. With its great graphics, compelling...

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Jun 19
Qbeh-1: The Atlas Cube launches on the Mac App Store

Digital Tribe Games (http://digitaltribegames.com) has introduced Qbeh-1: The Atlas Cube, a first person puzzle platformer for Mac OS X (10.6 and higher). It costs US$4.99 for a limited time (the regular price is $9.99) and is available at the Mac App Store.

Here's how the game is described: "Qbeh-1 takes players on an inspired quest through a variety of divergent worlds, each filled with new mysteries and secrets to uncover. In each world, players find special cubes that must be collected and used to navigate to the next portal.

"Players will be taken on a quest through a variety of divergent worlds, each filled with new mysteries and secrets to uncover. In each world, players find special cubes that must be collected and used to navigate to the next portal. Some cubes will simply be used as stepping stones to new areas while others are imbued with magical properties such as gravity and...

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Jun 19
D-Link extends connected home offerings

D-Link is now shipping its US$39.99 Wi-Fi Motion Sensor (http://tinyurl.com/pnnltfa), the company’s latest addition to its line of Connected Home products designed to make ones’ home smarter and safer. The compact motion sensor plugs into an open power outlet and alerts users of activity at home with a push or text notification as soon as it detects motion.

D-Link also announced the mydlink Home mobile app for iOS and Android smartphones and tablets, providing instant control over D-Link smart devices from anywhere, anytime. In addition to transforming a mobile device into a remote control for D-Link smart products, the free mobile app can also be used to pair D-Link smart devices together to automate a home.

For example, you can pair a D-Link Smart Plug with a Wi-Fi Motion Sensor to make home electronics immediately react to motion, such as setting an action for the lights to turn on as you...

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Jun 19
Karelia Software releases first update to Tangerine

Karelia's first update to Tangerine! (http://tinyurl.com/q986mgr) since acquiring Potion factory is available. Tangerine! lets you create the "perfect playlist" from your iTunes library.

The app analyzes the Beats Per Minute (BPM) and the beat intensity of your music, and applies the range you set to the pattern you choose. Version 1.4.2 sports some improved localizations and fixes some bugs.

Tangerine! is available at the Karelia website or the Mac App Store. It costs US$24.99

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Jun 18
Adobe announces 2014 release of Creative Cloud

Adobe has announced 14 new versions of CC desktop applications, including tools such as Adobe Photoshop CC, Adobe Illustrator CC, Adobe Dreamweaver CC and Adobe Premiere Pro CC.

The biggest Adobe software release since CS6, it also includes four new mobile apps, the immediate availability of creative hardware, updates to Creative Cloud services and new offerings for enterprise, education and photography customers. Adobe says there are now over 2.3 million Creative Cloud subscription.

The company has launched three new mobile apps for iPad — Adobe Sketch, Adobe Line, and Adobe Photoshop Mix; and began shipping new creative hardware called Adobe Ink, a new digital pen, and Adobe Slide, a new digital ruler. The mobile apps were developed using a new Adobe Creative SDK [software development kit] that unlocks over 30 years of Adobe innovation and makes it available on mobile devices for the first time, says David Wadhwani, senior vice president, Digital Media, Adobe....

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Jun 18
Apple introduces an $1,099, 21.5-inch iMac

Apple has updated its iMac line-up and reduced pricing. A base model, 21-inch all-in-one costs US$1,099.

The 21.5-inch model has an i5-4260U processor running at 1.4GHz with a "turbo" speed of 2.7GHz, a 500GB 5400RPM hard drive, 8GB of RAM, 802.11ac Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth 4.0. Build-to-order options include a 1TB hard drive, a 1TB Fusion Drive. The other 21.5-inch and 27-inch models remain in the line-up at the previous prices.

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Jun 18
PDG to JPEG Converter released for Mac OS X

PDFtoJPGConverterForMac has announced PDF To JPG Converter For Mac, a free converter tool that can convert PDF documents to image files on Mac OS X.

With this tool users can export PDF files to five popular image formats, including JPG, PNG, GIF, BMP and TIFF. PDF To JPG Converter For Mac allows the conversion of PDF files in bulk, and has the capability to output images from each PDF file to separate folders. Users can also select the DPI value on converted images.

PDF To JPG Converter For Mac is available for free, and requires Mac OS X 10.8 or later. Go to http://www.pdftojpgconverterformac.com for more info.

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Jun 18
SeedCode Calendar for FileMaker gets speed boost

 SeedCode (http://www.seedcode.com) has introduced new upgrade of Pro Calendar, which now works on the web via WebDirect. The update also adds an option to use Perform Script on Server (PSOS).

Pro Calendar is especially tuned for folks working with a calendar from outside their local network. It now runs in a browser through FileMaker WebDirect and runs scripts on the server when possible, making the calendar faster.

The WebDirect side of SeedCode calendar is expressed in a separate set of scripts and layouts optimized for WebDirect. These use the same data mapping developers wire up for their desktop calendars so WebDirect support can be pasted into existing calendar deployments (providing they're up-to-date).

The "Perform Script on Server" script step (PSOS) was introduced in FileMaker Server 13 to let clients of a hosted file run scripts on the server. Using PSOS can result in performance...

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Jun 18
CS Odessa adds to management area in ConceptDraw Solution Park

CS Odessa (www.conceptdraw.com) has announced a new ConceptDraw Solution Park addition for ConceptDraw Pro 9.5 and greater. The addition is a set of libraries that provide a range of graph and chart types to support documentation and graphics that deal with management information and data.

The new addition to ConceptDraw Solution Park is a free item for current users of ConceptDraw Pro 9.x. The Management Area of ConceptDraw Solution Park now includes a collection of templates, samples, and libraries of vector stencils, icons and clipart that support many professional ways to show data at a glance. The new area contains management and planning tools, calendars, enterprise architecture diagrams, fishbone diagrams, organization charts, SWOT, and timeline diagrams to illustrate documents and presentations.

ConceptDraw Pro is compatible with Mac OS X and Microsoft Windows. It retails for US$199. It's...

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Jun 17
AAS advances string modeling with String Studio VS-2 plug-in

Applied Acoustics Systems (AAS) has released String Studio VS-2 for Mac OS X (10.6 or later) and Windows (XP, Vista, 7, or 8). It's an updated 64-bit (AAX-, AU-, and VST-compatible) version of its original String Studio VS-1 string modeling synthesizer plug-in.

A new interface now divides String Studio VS-2 into three panels. Play presents shortcuts to the performance and effects parameters, including bypass switches for quick edits, as well as an Arpeggiator. Edit lets users tweak and create sounds by combining innovative acoustic modeling parameters and classic synth features. FX adds new Equalizer and Compressor modules.

String Studio VS-2 also simplifies structured organization, backup, and sharing of sounds. The factory library has l over 600 production-ready sounds across 11 categories.

String Studio VS-2 is available to buy for instant download delivery directly from Applied Acoustics Systems (...

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