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May 17
Maintain serves up Cocktail 9.3 (El Capitan Edition)

Maintain has served up Cocktail 9.0 (El Capitan Edition), a new edition of Cocktail 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. The new adds OS X 10.11.5 compatibility and ability to clear iCloud caches. It also adds ability to disable animation when showing and hiding Launchpad or Mission Control and resolves a number of minor issues discovered in the previous release.

Cocktail 9.0 (El Capitan Edition) requires OS X 10.11 to run. Cocktail (Yosemite Edition) for OS X 10.10, Cocktail (Mavericks Edition) for OS X 10.9, Cocktail (Mountain Lion Edition) for OS X 10.8 and Cocktail (Lion Edition) for OS X 10.7 are available for download from the Maintain website (http://tinyurl.com/p5adypq).

Cocktail costs $19 for a single user license and is available for purchase from the Maintain website....

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May 17
Cisdem releases PDFPasswordRemover 3 with PDF password recovery...

Cisdem has released PDFPasswordRemover 3 (http://www.cisdem.com/pdf-password-remover-mac.html) for Mac. It’s a PDF unlocking tool to help you recover and remove both user password and owner password.

It supports the ability to “crack” PDFs in any language and any Adobe PDF version (1.0-1.7). PDFPasswordRemover 3 is compatible with Mac OS X 10.7 and higher. It costs $34.99; a “lite” version is available for $19.99. A demo of PDFPasswordRemover 3 is available at at the product website.

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May 17
Patina Painting for Mac relaunched with new features as a paid...

Atek has announced Patina 1.1, an update to their painting/drawing app for Mac OS X (10.8 and higher).

It’s designed for making simple drawings & sketches, as well as for doing basic image editing tasks. Patina offers basic operations, such as drawing and manipulating shapes, setting & changing colors, moving and resizing objects, and doing annotations. Version 1.1 offers a variety of enhancements, including the addition of retina display support.

Patina 1.1 is available at the Mac App Store in the Graphics & Design category for $2.99. A demo is available for download at the product website (http://www.patinaapp.com).

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May 17
goPanel for OS X gets added support for Ubuntu 16.04, Debian 7...

Global Web has announced goPanel 1.0.3 (http://gopanel.io/), an update to their remote Unix server management app for Mac OS X.

It provides an alternative to the cPanel software normally used to administer Unix-based web servers. Version 1.0.3 offers added support for Ubuntu 16.04 and Debian 7 & 8, improved user authentication support, bug fixes, and more.

goPanel, which is available for a one time purchase fee of $19.99 (for a limited time), needs only be installed on one Mac computer. It then allows users to administer an unlimited amount of servers. It requires Mac OS X Yosemite or El Capitan and is available worldwide exclusively through the Mac App Store in the Developer Tools category.

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May 17
Broadcaster for YouTube for OS X revved to version 1.1

Mac Broadcaster has released Broadcaster for YouTube 1.1, an update to their YouTube live-streaming app for Mac OS X.

The software offers individuals and businesses a tool to broadcast live content directly to YouTube, from their Mac.Video streams can include the Mac's desktop, as well as video from individual apps, iOS devices, webcams, and more. Version 1.1 brings improved screen & app capture, the ability to use a secondary YouTube server, and more.

Broadcaster for YouTube requires Mac OS X Yosemite or El Capitan.It costs $9.99 and is available at the Mac App Store. A seven-day demo version can be downloaded from the Mac Broadcaster website (www.macbroadcaster.com).

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May 16
Apple celebrates Chinese music with GarageBand update

Apple has announced an update to GarageBand for both OS X and iOS that celebrates the rich history of Chinese music with new instruments and extensive Chinese language localization throughout the app.

The upgrades build on GarageBand’s extensive collection of sounds, this update adds traditional Chinese instruments — the pipa, erhu and Chinese percussion — along with 300 Apple-created Chinese musical loops. GarageBand for iOS users also get two new Chinese templates for Live Loops, and new sharing options to popular Chinese social networks, so they can share their music creations with friends and followers across QQ and Youku. 

“GarageBand is the most popular music creation app in the world and we’re excited to introduce these new features that incorporate the rich history of traditional Chinese music,” says Susan Prescott, Apple’s vice president of Product Marketing. “By adding classic Chinese instruments and new Live Loop templates, the new GarageBand app makes it...

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May 16
SmartSound launches Sonicfire Pro 6

SmartSound Software (www.SmartSound.com) has debuted Sonicfire Pro 6. It integrates with the company’s Royalty-Free Music Library and brings new technologies to the selection, customization and integration of music tracks for video production.

According to Kevin Klingler, president and CEO of SmartSound Software, the software enables the “effortless” selection, customization and integration of music from the company’s music library–exporting tracks for video production that are precisely timed, mixed to mood, contoured to changes in visual content, and royalty free. Version 6 sports such features as: cut-video-to-music export; a next-generation sound engine; a streamlined user interface; and additional content.



Sonicfire Pro 6 works with Mac OS X and Windows. It costs $199.95 for a one-seat license.

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May 16
Apple releases plethora of software updates

Apple has released a plethora of software updates for iTunes, OS X, iOS, watchOS and tvOS.

iTunes 12.4 for OS X sports a redesigned interface that’s designed to be simpler. It also hopefully resolves an issue that could cause music stored in iTunes to be deleted. iTunes 12.4 can be downloaded at the Mac App Store.

Mac OS X 10.11.5 offers bug fixes and security enhancements. It’s also available at the Mac App Store.

iOS 9.3.2 focuses mainly on under-the-hood performance improvements and bug fixes. You can download it at the Apple App Store or via the General/Software Updates component of the Settings app.

tvOS 9.2.1 and watchOS 2.2.1 are designed to deal with various bugs. The tvOS update can be found in the fourth-generation Apple TV's settings app. Apple Watch updates are installed through the iOS Watch app on a connected iPhone.

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May 16
MixChecker is new mixing assistant plug-in for OS X

Audified has launched MixChecker, a mixing assistant plug-in that transforms studio monitors into classic reference monitors.

MixChecker is available to purchase for $149 from Audified’s online shop (http://tinyurl.com/zd6ektv). It’s available as a 32- and 64-bit AAX-, AU-, VST2-, and VST3-compatible plug-in for Mac OS X (10.6 and higher) and Windows (7 and higher).

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May 16
Tension Software unveils Copy Fast for OS X

Tension Software (www.tensionsoftware.com) has launched Copy Fast 1.0 for Mac OS X. It’s an app that lets you instantly copy the content of files.

Copy Fast resides always in the right part of the menu bar as a status menu icon, ready to be used when other applications are active. After launch it stays always in background. Its. only presence will be in the status menu.

Copy Fast requires Mac OS X Yosemite or El Capitan. It costs $4.99 and is available at the Mac App Store.

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May 16
Tempo 2.1 for OS X gets improved performance, more

Houdah Software (https://www.houdah.com/) has released Tembo 2.1, an update to the file search utility for Mac OS X.

It’s a search tool based upon the Spotlight engine. Tempo is designed to make finding documents, mail messages, bookmarks, images and more easier. Version 2.1 offers improved performance and responsiveness, and much more.

Tempo requires Mac OS X Yosemite or El Capitan. A single-user license is priced at $15. A family license is available for $22. Upgrades from previous versions are $6.95 and $9.95, respectively. Tembo licenses purchased on or after March 1, 2015, remain valid for Tembo 2. A demo is available for download.

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May 13
iClipboard 6 for OS X gets interface makeover, more

Chronos Inc. has rolled out iClipboard 6, an upgrade to its clipboard manager for Mac OS X (10.11 and later). According to Jerry Halls, vice president of Sales at Chronos, new features include:

° A streamlined interface makeover;

° Support for long (instead of abbreviated) text clippings;

° An overhaul of plain text pasting so it's faster, easier, and not a global setting;

° On-the-fly text transformations instead of global setting;

° Clipping info shown directly in Shelf;

° An overhauled Shelf resizing to be less complicated;

° Improved performance.

Also, shortcuts are now shown in the menu bar. iClipboard automatically keeps a history of everything a user copies to the system clipboard in any application. It provides four different ways to paste clippings from the history. Users can organize their clippings into projects. iClipboard features an interface that shows rich previews of each clipping.
 
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May 13
Itemcycle is new website for selling used Apple devices

Eric Ditmer has launched the website Itemcycle (http://www.itemcycle.com), which is designed to makes it easy for people to sell their used Apple devices.

The site aggregates offers from other buyback companies (Gazelle, NextWorth, SellYourMac, etc.) and calculates a larger payout for the device. After accepting an offer, you're given a prepaid shipping label to mail in your device and get paid.

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May 13
Apple invests $1 billion in China’s Didi Chuxing

Apple has invested $1 billion in Chinese ride-hailing service Didi Chuxing, a move that Apple CEO Tim Cook said would help the company better understand the critical Chinese market, according to “Reuters” (http://tinyurl.com/gm23k6u). He said in an interview that he saw opportunities for Apple and Didi Chuxing to collaborate in the future.

"We are making the investment for a number of strategic reasons, including a chance to learn more about certain segments of the China market," Cook told “Reuters.” "Of course, we believe it will deliver a strong return for our invested capital over time as well.”

Didi Chuxing, formerly known as Didi Kuaidi, said in a statement that this was the single largest investment it has ever received. The company, which previously raised several billion dollars, dominates the ride-sharing market in China. The company said it completes more than 11 million rides a day...

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May 13
Stahl Labs releases new AI voice assistant for Mac OS X

Stahl Labs AB (http://stahltechnologies.com) has introduced Awa, a new AI voice assistant for Mac OS X. It’s designed to help you perform tasks like searching the web, opening apps and creating todos as well as more complex tasks using only your voice.

According to the folks at Stahl Labs, it’s like Apple’s Siri but for your Mac. Awa is based on a fully automated speech recognition and artificial intelligence engine that analyzes voice input in milliseconds, the company says.

"Our goal is to create the most intuitive assistant for Mac that understands what and when you need things done," says Joacim Sthl, founder of Awa. "The first version of Awa featuers the basic commands and integration you could expect from an Mac assistant. We are not stopping there, more features and commands is added daily."

Aww requires OS X Yosemite or El Capitan. It costs $0.99 and is available worldwide...

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May 13
Default Folder X for OS X sees improvements, bug fixes

St. Clair Software has announced Default Folder X 5.0.4 (http://www.stclairsoft.com/DefaultFolderX/index.html), an upgrade to the utility for Mac OS X. Default Folder X enhances the file dialogs in all Mac OS X applications.

It provides fast navigation to your files, convenient previews, integrated Spotlight tagging, and more. Default Folder X's custom keyboard shortcuts put your favorite and recent folders at your fingertips. With version 5.0.4 the toolbar can now be aligned with the top of file dialogs as well as the middle

You can now create and manage folder sets directly from Default Folder X's Folder Set menu. There's a new option to sort the menus for subfolders of recent folders by name instead of by date. Default Folder X now supports reduced transparency when it's turned on in System Preferences.

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May 13
Booq releases Slimsuit 13 sleeve

Booq (www.booqbags.com) has released the $40 Slimsuit 13, a slim profile sleeve for the 13-inch MacBook Air or 13-inch MacBook Pro.

At only 0.6 lbs, Slimsuit 13’s ultra-thin design makes for lightweight carrying with no extra bulk. The sleeve’s polyurethane exterior features a durable, all-welded design.

A zipperless magnetic closure allows carriers to quickly slide their laptop in or out of the sleeve. The exterior design protects laptops from everyday bumps and scratches, and the interior’s microfiber offers an added layer of protection, safeguarding MacBooks from scratches.  

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May 13
Tension Software announces CryptoEdit 2.1.1 for OS X

Tension Software has announced CryptoEdit 2.1.1 for Mac OS X.


The app lets you create and edit “encrypted by default” documents. It can manage TEXT, RTF and RTFD (with images) format. Version 2.1.1 is a maintenance upgrade.

CryptoEdit 2.1.1 requires Mac OS X 10.10 or higher. It costs $4.99 and is available at the Tension Software website (www.tensionsoftware.com).

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May 12
Spot Maps 1.3 for OS X scans your network for smart home devices

With the latest Spot Maps (www.equinux.com/spotmaps) Mac App by equinux, you can create interactive maps of your Smart Home. Version 1.3 scans your network for active Smart Home devices. The network map updates at the click of a button.

Spot Maps scans your network for active smart home devices such as Philips Hue Bridge, Apple’s HomeKit, Homeatic or Nest Cam as well as for computers (OS X, Windows und Linux), smartphones, and tablets (iOS, Android). The discovered devices can be positioned via drag-and-drop to create a map of your network plan. Spot Maps also comes with an extra set of device icons for Smart Home devices. It’s even possible to create a map for multistory buildings in a building or house for a clear overview of the entire network.

Spot Maps 1.3 is a free update for registered users.The cost is $33.99 for new users. Spot Mails is available at the equinux Online Store (...

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May 12
IK Multimedia releases VocaLive 3 for iPhone and iPad

IK Multimedia has announced VocaLive 3 (http://tinyurl.com/gqa7zac), an update to its vocal effects and production suite for the iPhone and iPad. 

VocaLive 3 features five vocal effects - Pitch Fix, Choir, Morph, De-esser, and Doubler, plus seven utility studio effects - Reverb, Delay, Parametric EQ, Compressor, Chorus, Phazer and Envelope Filter. Users can add up to four effects in the processor chain and use their iPhone or iPad to perform live or record with its integrated, expanded Recorder/DAW. VocaLive is designed for use with IK's extensive iRig line of digital and analog microphones, and audio interfaces, including: iRig Mic Studio, iRig Mic HD, iRig PRO and iRig Pro DUO.

New available features in VocaLive 3 include: IK's Mic Room microphone modeling technology, an integrated 4-track looper, and the ability to record up to eight audio tracks simultaneously, plus one additional effects...

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May 12
SuperHot launches on the Mac App Store

SuperHot, the runaway first-person shooter, is now available on the Mac App Store.

Here’s how the game is described: “Blurring the lines between cautious strategy and unbridled mayhem, SuperHot is the FPS in which time moves only when you move. No regenerating health bars. No conveniently placed ammo drops. It's just you, outnumbered and outgunned, grabbing the weapons of fallen enemies to shoot, slice, and maneuver through a hurricane of slow-motion bullets.”

SuperHot requires OS X 10.9 or later and is available for $22.99. You can save 10% during launch week on the Mac App Store. The game was developed by the SuperHot Team and published on the Mac App Store (http://tinyurl.com/hvmgbdl) by MacPlay.

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May 12
NetShade 7.0 for OS X adds IPv6 compatibility, more

Rayner Software has announced NetShade 7.0, an update to their Proxy and VPN utility app for Mac OS X.

The software offers Mac users the ability to change their computer's Internet address by routing through a dependable VPN or Proxy server. The app offers users a number of benefits, including anonymity, security, additional content access, and more. Version 7.0 brings IPv6 compatibility, a new user interface & backend helper tool, better VPN logging, and more.

NetShade requires Mac OS X 10.10 or higher. It’s free and is available for download from the Rayner Software website (http://www.raynersw.com). Subscription rates are $19 per year for Proxy Service Only, and $49 per year for Proxy and VPN Service.

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May 12
QuarkXPress 2016 will ship May 24

Quark Software says QuarkXPress 2016, the next new version of QuarkXPress, will ship on May 24. Starting on that day, the new version will officially be available to purchase and pre-orders will be fulfilled.

QuarkXPress 2016 builds on the performance and stability of version 2015 and adds new such new features as:

° The ability to create and export HTML5 publications. Now designers will be able to create HTML5 Publications within QuarkXPress that can be previewed locally and displayed on all modern desktop, tablet and mobile browsers.

° The ability to convert PDF, Illustrator and EPS Files to native QuarkXPress Objects. Users can import PDF, Illustrator and EPS files and convert them to native, editable objects.

° The ability to copy and paste objects from Illustrator, PowerPoint and other apps to QuarkXPress.

If you buy QuarkXPress 2015 now, you can get QuarkXPress 2016 free. Customers who purchase a new full license of QuarkXPress 2015 or...

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May 12
Tension Software updates AutoMailer for OS X to version 2.4

Tension Software (www.tensionsoftware.com) has updated AutoMailer for Mac OS X to version 2.4.


The app allows you to send personalized emails to multiple addresses, in text or web format, each merged with data from an internal database. You can prepare and send an unlimited quantity of emails with a single click. Version 2.4 provides an improved mail send engine and enhanced asynchronous operations.


AutoMailer requires Mac OS X 10.10 or higher. It costs $20 and is available at the product website and the Mac App Store.

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May 11
Suite for Pixelmatr now available at the Mac App Store

Montibus has rolled out Suite for Pixelmator 1.0 for Mac OS X. It features more than 1,500 new brushes, shapes, gradients and styles for the image editing app.

The add-ons support Pixelmator's custom palettes. Categories and subcategories are designed to make it simple to find an item you need from the collection.

Suite for Pixelmator 1.0 costs $19.99 and is available worldwide exclusively through the Mac App Store (http://tinyurl.com/hmqucea) in the Graphic & Design category. The app requires Mac OS X 10.9 or later and, of course, Pixelmator.

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