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Oct 21
FreeFileSync now supports SFTP and MTP

FreeFileSync has released version 7.5 of its free open source file synchronization utility for all modern versions of Mac OS X, Windows, and Linux. The new version supports the SFTP protocol.

FreeFileSync eliminates the tasks of manually identifying files that have changed on the source computer and moving them to the target computer. It can recognize which files have changed, and move only those files to the target computer. Users can set up a mirror synchronization batch job, and run it each time files or folders need to be changed on the target computer.

FreeFileSync can now detect moved files on the source computer, even for targets with no file-id support (for example, when using SFTP) or with unstable file-id support (when using FAT targets). This new capability delivers a performance boost under NTFS-to-SFTP and NTFS-to-FAT mirror scenarios.

FreeFileSync runs on Windows XP/Vista/7/8/8.1/10, Mac OS X 10.7 and newer, and all major distributions of Linux...

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Oct 21
CSOdessa releases SDL Diagrams solution for ConceptDraw Pro

CS Odessa ( has announced the availability of a new Specification and Description Language (SDL) Solution in ConceptDraw Solution Park for ConceptDraw Pro 10.

The solution, based on ConceptDraw PRO’ s powerful vector drawing features, allows you to build diagram. It’s available for free to current owners of ConceptDraw Pro 10. The new solution turns the software into an tool to diagram the structure of a system. SDL is a hierarchically diagramming language that defines a system using system, block, and process diagrams connected via channels. The Specification and Description Language solution contains a complete set of scalable objects to describe any system state.

ConceptDraw Pro is compatible with Mac OS X and Microsoft Windows. It retails for US$199. ConceptDraw Pro 10 is now included in ConceptDraw Office 3, which retails for $499.

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Oct 20
Xojo 2015 Release 3 available

Xojo, Inc. has announced the availability of Xojo 2015 Release 3. Xojo is a rapid application development tool (RAD) for developing apps for the desktop (OS X, Windows and Linux), web, iOS and now, Raspberry Pi.

The Raspberry Pi is a popular, low cost, credit-card sized computer that programmers typically develop for using console-based Python. With Xojo you can now create Raspberry Pi desktop, web and console apps all from an integrated development environment using an object-oriented programming language. Plus, Xojo is cross-platform and multi-platform, so Raspberry Pi apps can also easily work on Mac OS X, Windows, Linux and the web. Raspberry Pi licenses start at $49.

For general information on pricing and licensing options for Xojo 2015 Release 3, go to

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Oct 20
WaterField Designs releases custom-fit cases for the new ‘Magic...

WaterField Designs ( has unveiled the custom-fit Magic Keyboard Slip, Keyboard Socket and Keyboard Travel Express to hold the new smaller and thinner Apple Magic Keyboard.

Ready for the new Magic TrackPad 2 as well, WaterField announces a new custom fit TrackPad Slip and Socket case. The Magic Keyboard sleeve and Magic TrackPad 2 case protect these redesigned, rechargeable Apple devices from bag contents, dings and spills, and the Travel Express organizes the Magic Keyboard, Magic TrackPad 2 or Magic Mouse 2 and a few other necessities all in one, protective case, says WaterField Designs founder Gary Waterfield,

Three options for the new Apple Magic Keyboard offer mid to light protection for these sensitive keyboards. The Keyboard Slip, in black ballistic nylon or tan waxed canvas is lightly padded, and the Keyboard Socket, a soft pouch, keeps dust and grit from getting into the device. Each...

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Oct 20
Jama Software releases Public REST API

Jama Software –a product-development solution for companies developing complex hardware, software and integrated systems — has announced the availability of a RESTful API [application programming interface]. The modern, API is designed to make it easy for Jama customers and developers to customize extensions to the Jama platform.

Traditionally, systems engineers and business analysts have struggled to coordinate stakeholder input and engineering responses for product definition in one system, as well as manage all the moving parts, changes and impacts as development progress through define, build and test phases. Jama solves this problem with an actionable system of record that gives everyone real-time visibility into the items they are most interested in (a promised feature request from a customer, for example).

The Jama platform is inherently configurable; the company's Integration Hub, powered by Tasktop, makes it easy to integrate with other best-of-breed...

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Oct 20
Studiometry 12 adds over 120 features, improvements

Oranged Software ( has updated Studiometry, its client and project management tool, to version 12. The software is used by small businesses and freelancers around the world.

Studiometry Cloud is a new service that acts as both your syncing backend and your Studiometry licenses. You can synchronize data between any number of machines and iOS devices without having to set up a server or deal with firewall ports. Studiometry Cloud is a subscription-based service that includes syncing capabilities, native Mac, Windows, and iOS access, as well as partial web access.

Studiometry 12 adds features focused on organizing and analyzing your business data. Users can now organize rates into tiered groups. Studiometry can also now show more information including pricing and type when choosing rates throughout the app.

Studiometry 12 is available for download from the Oranged Software website. A demo...

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Oct 20
MacXDVD announces multilingual support for MacX YouTube...

MacXDVD has announced MacX YouTube Downloader (, an update to its video app developed for Mac OS X.

The utility is designed for Mac users to not only download videos from YouTube for free, but also download videos from Facebook, Vimeo, Dailymotion, Vevo, and another 300+ video sharing sites. The new version adds seven additional languages, including Japanese, German, Italian, French, Portuguese, Spanish and Korean.

MacX YouTube Downloader Multilingual Edition, is free. It’s compatible with Mac OS X Leopard and above, including El Capitan.

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Oct 19
NetShred X updated for Firefox and Chrome

Mireth Technology has rolled out version 4.8.5 of NetShred X (, its Internet eraser software that erases internet cache, history and mail. NetShred X runs on Mac OS X.

Version 4.8.5 adds support for Firefox up to version 4.1 and support for Chrome up to version 4.6. It also addresses two outstanding maintenance issues.

NetShred X is available for immediate download, or on CD-ROM, starting at $24.95 for an annual subscription. Educational pricing and volume discounts are available.

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Oct 19
Apple pulls more than 250 apps from the Apple App Store

Researchers at SourceDNA, an analytics service that profiles the Apple and Android app stores, say they've found more than 250 iOS apps that violate Apple's App Store privacy policy forbidding the gathering of e-mail addresses, installed apps, serial numbers, and other personally identifying information that can be used to track users, reports Ars Technica ( However, Apple has noted the problem and taken action.

The apps “are significant because they expose a lapse in Apple's vetting process for admitting titles into its highly curated App Store,” the article adds. They also represent an invasion of privacy to the one million people estimated to have downloaded the apps.

Apple has released the following statement confirming the SourceDNA findings:

"We’ve identified a group of apps that are using a third-party advertising SDK, developed by Youmi, a mobile...

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Oct 19
Apple addresses laptop anti-reflective coating issues

Apple has issued an internal notice about a new Quality Program that addresses anti-reflective coating issues on MacBook and MacBook Pro models with Retina displays, reports MacRumors ( These issues include the anti-reflective coating on displays sometimes wearing off or delaminating.

In a support document (, Apple says it as determined that a small percentage of MacBook Pro systems may exhibit distorted video, no video, or unexpected system restarts. These MacBook Pro systems were sold between February 2011 and December 2013.

An affected MacBook Pro may display one or more of the following symptoms:

Distorted or scrambled video on the computer screen;
No video on the computer screen (or external display) even though the
computer is on;

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Oct 19
CodeSwitch for Mac OS X automatically converts Objective-C code...

Nextep has released CodeSwitch 1.0, a development code converter for Mac OS X. It converts legacy Objective-C code into Apple's Swift programming language.

Converting legacy code to Swift with CodeSwitch is as simple as performing a simple copy-and-paste of the code, says John Stickle, the developer of CodeSwitch. Users need only to highlight the declaration (.h files), statement (.m files), or Type/Operator code they wish to convert, copy it to the Mac's clipboard, and then paste it into The CodeSwitch editor.

Conversion is then as simple as pressing the "Convert" button. Once the code is converted into Swift syntax, all that is then needed is to copy the converted code to the Mac's clipboard, and then paste it into a new Swift-based Xcode project.

CodeSwitch 1.0 costs $8.99 and requires Mac OS X Yosemite or El Capitan. It’s available worldwide exclusively through the Mac App Store (http...

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Oct 19
Tropical Software announces TopXNotes for iOS 1.5

Tropical Software says its TopXNotes for iOS is now a “Freemium Suite” comprised of TopXNotes Free, TopXNotes, and TopXNotes Pro.

TopXNotes 1.5 for iOS features note creation and editing in landscape and portrait modes, emailing a note, backup/restore to the device, clickable hot links, and note synchronization (NoteSync) with TopXNotes for Mac. The TopXNotes family will keep your notes synchronized between TopXNotes for Mac and TopXNotes for iOS.

TopXNotes 1.5 for iOS costs US$1.99. It’s available worldwide exclusively at the Apple App Store ( in the Productivity category.

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Oct 16
DEVONthink, DEVONnote get OS X El Capitan support

DEVONtechnologies has updated all editions of its intelligent information and document manager DEVONthink as well as the smart notebook DEVONnote. Version 2.8.7 brings compatibility changes for OS X El Capitan, a faster and more reliable synchronization, and improved Evernote import. The updates are free and recommended for all users.

In addition the built-in synchronization both between Macs and from Mac to iOS has been overhauled for reliability and speed. Importing or indexing files is up to twice as fast as in previous versions. DEVONthink 2.8.7 improves taking over notes from Evernote by grouping attachments and cross-linking them. It imports all images regardless how they were originally created by Evernote.

Other improvements in DEVONthink 2.8.7 include more comfortable navigation within PDF documents, better PDF printing, and fullscreen support for videos from web views. The extension of text files containing tabular data is no longer changed which increases...

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Oct 15
Johns Hopkins Epilepsy ResearchKit study uses the Apple Watch

Johns Hopkins ( researchers have introduced EpiWatch, designed to use Apple Watch to collect patient data through Apple's open source ResearchKit. The app, which runs on Apple Watch and iPhone, collects data from patients with epilepsy before, during and after their seizures. It's the first to use ResearchKit with Apple's smartwatch.

Over 2.5 million people are living with epilepsy in the United States. The data gathered by the app, including physiological changes, altered responsiveness and other characteristics of recurrent seizures, will be used by researchers to better understand epilepsy and to develop new methods for monitoring and managing the disease and the role of technology, says Gregory Krauss, M.D., professor of neurology at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.

"The app also provides helpful tracking of seizures, prescription medication use...

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Oct 15
Apple announces new ResearchKit Studies

Apple has announced that ResearchKit ( ) is enabling new research studies on autism, epilepsy and melanoma. ResearchKit turns an iPhone into a tool for medical research by helping doctors, scientists and other researchers gather data more frequently and more accurately from participants using iPhone apps.

With ResearchKit, study participants can review an interactive informed consent process, easily complete active tasks or submit survey responses, and choose how their health data is shared with researchers, making contributions to medical research easier than ever. Researchers and developers have already contributed to ResearchKit, with more than 50 researchers adding to the open source framework.

"We’re honored to work with world-class medical institutions and provide them with tools to better understand diseases and ultimately help people lead healthier lives...

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Oct 15
Maintain serves up Cocktail 9.0.2 (El Capitan Edition)

Maintain ( has announced Cocktail 9.0.2 (El Capitan Edition), the latest maintenance update for users running OS X El Capitan 10.11.

Cocktail is a general purpose utility for OS X that lets users clean, repair and optimize their Macs. This version addresses some compatibility issues with System Integrity Protection and contains overall performance improvements.

Cocktail costs US$19 for a single user license and is available for purchase from the Maintain website. When unregistered, Cocktail runs in demo mode and will expire after the tenth launch.

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Oct 15
Business Card Shop 7 for Mac OS X has been redesigned, gets maps...

Chronos has announced Business Card Shop 7, an upgrade to its business card software for Mac OS X (10.11 or later). The new version includes a completely redesigned interface plus maps integration so users can more easily show their customers exactly where their place of business is located.

Business Card Shop supports 700-plus card stocks, including those from Avery, PaperDirect, NEATO, and more. It comes with over 210 pre-designed templates for over 210 different professions. It also comes with a collection of artwork (over 1.4 GB in size) from artists all over the world.
A fully functional, 30-day trial version can be downloaded from Chronos' website ( It costs $39.99 for a single user license and $69.99 for a family pack.

Registered customers of SOHO Business Cards 1.x to 3.x or Business Card Shop 4.x to 6.x can upgrade to version 7 for $25. See the Chronos...

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Oct 15
Video Converter for Mac revved to version 4.2.0

321Soft ( has introduced Video Converter for Mac 4.2.0, an upgrade of the all-in-one video converter, downloader, and editor for Mac OS X 10.6 and higher.

The app allows users to convert any video files to any format with 100 percent lossless quality and 30X faster conversion speed. You can download online videos with one click on 200-plus sites. Video Converter 4.2.0 supports trim video clips, crop video, rotate video, join videos into one. With it you can add subtitles, watermark, and special effects, as well as edit video codecs, bit rate, frame rate, sample rate, channel, video/audio quality and more.

For new users 321Soft Video Converter for Mac costs US$34.95. A demo is available for download. The version 4.2.0 is a free upgrade for all existing users.

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Oct 14
MCE ships 1TB flash drive upgrade for original MB Pro with...

MCE Technologies ( is shipping a 1TB and a 500GB Flash Drive Upgrade Kit for the 13-inch and 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina Display (mid 2012 - early 2013).

Each kit includes a USB 3.0 enclosure for the original flash drive to facilitate data transfer, all tools required to perform the installation, an illustrated installation guide, and drive cloning software. The 1TB Flash Drive Kit retails for US$479 and the 500GB Kit for $279.

The upgrade kits install in place of the existing flash drive in the Mac laptops. They're based on the SATA-III architecture in those machines and can transfer data at speeds of up to 550MB/sec when reading, and 520MB/sec when writing.

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Oct 14
RSS Follower is a new news reader app for OS X

Aperio Lux has introduced RSS Follower, a new Mac OS X app for reading news. It provides instruments to navigate through the news, as well as to download any attachments, podcasts, or other enclosures that you're interested in.

Using the built-in News Browser, users can not only read or share news, which were added through an RSS feed, but also move on to other news posted on the same news site

RSS Follower requires Mac OS X Yosemite. It's free (though it does tout a $4.99 "ultimate package" in-app purchase) and is available at the Mac App Store in the News category.

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Oct 14
Buy FileMaker Pro 14 through Dec. 18, get a second copy free

FileMaker, Inc. ( has announced a Buy One, Get One Free promotion for FileMaker Pro 14 and FileMaker Pro 14 Advanced.

This worldwide limited-time offer allows those who purchase either product to receive a second downloadable copy of the same product for free (valued at US$329 or US$549, respectively) from FileMaker. Now, those who purchase FileMaker software through Dec. 18 can provide a copy of FileMaker Pro 14 or FileMaker Pro 14 Advanced to new staff members and teams or as a gift to a favorite charity.

The offer applies only to FileMaker Pro 14 or FileMaker Pro 14 Advanced and is limited to one gift request per person, household or company. The promotion is valid only for the downloadable versions of the products purchased from the FileMaker Store.

The free versions are fully working, not-for-resale versions of FileMaker Pro 14 or FileMaker Pro 14 Advanced for Windows...

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Oct 14
PDFConverter now compatible with OS X El Capitan

Cisdem has updated PDFConverterOCR for Mac to address compatibility with OS X El Capitan.

Cisdem is the PDF Converter with OCR ability, which can convert both normal and scanned PDF documents or images into other popular documents (including Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Text, Rtfd, ePub, HTML, Keynote, Pages, and Image) while preserves original tables, text, fonts, images, graphics and hyperlinks.

Cisdem PDFConverterOCR is available now through the Cisdem website ( A demo is available. A single user license of PDFConverterOCR is available for US$59.99.

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Oct 14
FastCut RT for Mac OS X dashes to version 3.1.8

Times for Fun has announced FastCut 3.1.8 RT for OS X. The app offers video editing in real-time.

FastCut brings 3D motion and effects keyframe animation, masking and keying, video transition and filter+special effects, an integrated ATSUI live title editor with title effects and more. Version 3.1.8 brings several new enhancements and bug fixes including an El Capitan compatibility issue.

The product is available directly from Times for Fun ( for approximately US$33. It requires OS X 10.5 aka Leopard or later. A demo is available for download. Version 3.1.8 is a free upgrade for registered users.

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Oct 14
Desktop Informant upgraded for OS X El Capitan

Web Information Solutions ( has upgraded Desktop Informant, a calendar/task app for Mac OS X, adding support for El Capitan and a new Stacked Week View.

There are also companion products available on iOS and Android so you can sync your data across myriad devices. Desktop Informant requires Mac OS X Yosemite. It costs US$29.99.

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Oct 13
Dell's buyout of EMC (and VMware) is the largest tech...

Dell is buying EMC, a cloud computing and storage company, for US$67 billion. It's the largest technology industry acquisition to date.

Dell, of course, makes Windows-based personal computers. EMC provides data storage, information security, virtualization, analytics, cloud computing and other products and services that enable businesses to store, manage, protect, and analyze data. VMware, which makes such products as VMmare Fusion (which allows users to run Windows on a Mac without rebooting), is a subsidiary of EMC.

The deal should help privately held Dell diversify from a "stagnant" consumer PC market and give it greater scale in the more profitable and faster-growing market for cloud-based data services, according to Reuters ( By combining Dell's server businesses with EMC's storage and virtualization assets, the new, enlarged company will have a broader range...

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