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Oct 28
Quark previews QuarkXPress 2015

Quark Software has unveiled QuarkXPress 2015 (www.quark.com/2015), the next major version of the design and layout tool for print and digital publishing.

Coming in the first quarter of next year, QuarkXPress 2015 will deliver "increased performance with a new 64-bit architecture, efficient print and digital production and many of the most user-requested features," says Matthias Guenther, director, QuarkXPress Business Unit for Quark. The new version of QuarkXPress will continue to be sold as a perpetual license.

He says new features include: 64-bit performance; larger page sizes; a dedicated orthogonal line tool; fixed layout interactive eBooks; custom paper sizes; the ability to relink any picture in the usage dialog; the ability to collect output for a complete project; user-definable Mac shortcut keys; table styles; a format painter; Mac OS X Yosemite support; and more.

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Oct 28
BatchOutput PDF gets OS X Yosemite support

Zevrix Solutions (www.zevrix.com) has updated BatchOutput PDF, its PDF printing automation solution, to version 2.2.9, which is compatible with Mac OS X Yosemite.

The software allows users to print PDF files from watched hot folders, saving the time and effort of opening and printing each document manually. Documents are printed automatically using the assigned output preset.

BatchOutput PDF is available for $24.95 from Zevrix and the Mac App Store. A demo is available for download from the Zevrix website.

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Oct 27
QuickerTek adds BT 4.0 and 802.11ac to older Macs

QuickerTek. has developed three additional mCards to enable 802.11a,b,g,n,ac WIFi as well as Blue Tooth 4.0 LE for Yosemite Continuity features including Handoff to Work on older Mac's running Mac OS X Yosemite.

mCard works with common wireless networking equipment. Users can also choose to add higher-power antennas, should their needs not be met by the internal stock antenna. mCard is user installable using only a screwdriver and/or Torx driver. Software drivers are supplied.

Using the same chipset that Apple uses in newer laptops and desktops, users of the new mCards can be confident that it works right out of the box — now and in the future, according to the folks at QuickerTek. mCard is user installable using only a screwdriver and/or Torx driver. Software drivers are supplied. Go to http://tinyurl.com/nxvo6sa for more info.

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Oct 27
Alpine Electronics In-Dash Receiver with Apple CarPlay now...

Alpine Electronics of America has announced availability in North American markets of the iLX-007, an aftermarket in-dash receiver dedicated for optimum compatibility with Apple CarPlay.
 
The iLX-007 is a mech-less in-dash receiver with a 7-inch capacitive touch screen with a flat-face design. CarPlay gives iPhone users a way to make calls, use Maps, listen to music and access messages with just a word or a touch. When Apple CarPlay is used on the iLX-007, users can control Apple CarPlay from the 7-inch screen or activate Siri for minimized distraction, says Hirofumi Morioka, Alpine’s senior director and chief technical officer.

Corresponding audio, driving directions and phone calls are played through the vehicle’s speaker system. Apple CarPlay uses a Lightning connector and is compatible with iPhone 5 or later, including iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus and the latest version of iOS. Other features include three (2V) preouts, one aux input, Alpine’s MediaXpander...

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Oct 27
Spike Software launches Audio Switcher 2.0 for Mac OS X

Spike Software (http://www.spikesoft.net) has launched Audio Switcher 2.0, a Mac OS X utility that allows you to switch your audio input and output between different audio devices.

Automatically detecting when your audio devices are connected or disconnected, the tool resides in the Status Bar. Version 2.0 expands support for a wider range of devices.

Audio Switcher requires OS X 10.7 or later and costs US$4.99. It's available at the Mac App Store in the Utilities category.

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Oct 27
A-Audio debuts Icon Wireless headphones

 A-Audio has announced the Icon Wireless Over-Ear Headphones, which the company claims is the first wireless headphone to offer "Three-Stage Listening Technology" that allows listeners to choose between Base Enhancer, Active Noise Cancellation and Audio modes.

The US$379 Icon sports Bluetooth 4.0 technology to connect wirelessly to mobile devices. Inspired by classic auto and luxury timepiece craftsmanship, the Icon incorporates supple leather with diamond-quilted stitching into the headphone band and premium anti-vibration octagonal aluminum bezels on each ear cup, according to the folks at A-Audio. Built-in controls on the ear cup put your music at your fingertips with remote control of track volume and more.

The Icon has a foldable design and comes with a custom tailored carrying case. The rechargeable lithium-ion battery purportedly provides 12 hours of uninterrupted wireless sound. It will be available next month at A-Audio.com and Amazon.com.

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Oct 27
Chaos Group releases V-Ray 3.0 for Maya

Chaos Group has released V-Ray 3.0 for Maya (http://www.v-ray.com/maya/), delivering a new set of features and optimizations focused on speeding up lighting, look development, and rendering workflows.

V-Ray 3.0 for Maya introduces a faster ray tracing core that significantly speeds up a number of calculations for global illumination, lighting, shading and more. For additional speed gains, V-Ray 3.0 also includes an option to enable the Intel Embree ray caster for static and motion-blurred geometry, proxy objects and instances.

V-Ray 3.0 for Maya adds a new Progressive Image Sampler with a range of production features and is compatible with all of V-Ray’s GI algorithms such as irradiance map, light cache, and brute force path tracing. An enhanced V-Ray RT engine renders directly in the Maya Viewport and supports animated sequences as well as final frame rendering.

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Oct 27
Paradigma's Valentina products upgraded to version 5.6

Paradigma Software has rolled out version 5.6 of Valentina Server, Valentina DB ADK and Valentina Studio.

Valentina Core Database technology adds Hash Indexes as a new feature and related commands in its SQL support and high level API. Hash Indexes are high performance indexes for databases. The release also included other database optimizations. Indexes that operate on String/VarChar fields build much faster — up to 10 - 15 times faster than Valentina 5.5.

Valentina DB ADK, allows developers to embed the high speed, object-relational Valentina DB in their applications. Valentina DB ADK is available for every major computing platform and development API, such as Java, Objective-C / Cocoa, .NET / C#, C++, LiveCode, Xojo and more for Linux, Mac OS X and Windows. The databases are scalable to Valentina Server. Valentina DB ADK is available for $199 per platform, includes 12 months of updates and allows royalty free, unlimited deployment.

Valentina Studio 5.6 adds...

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Oct 27
World Deluxe for Mac OS X ticks to version 4.12.1

MaBaSoft (http://www.mabasoft.net) has released World Clock Deluxe 4.12.1, an update of its Mac OS X tool for companies and organizations regularly communicating with people across the world, for frequent travelers, and for home users having family or friends in other countries or time zones. It's now compatible with Mac OS X Yosemite.

With World Clock Deluxe you can display multiple clocks in a configurable horizontal or vertical palette, in the menu bar, and in the Dock, and show the time in over 1,600 cities and 200 time zones, including Greenwich Mean Time and Coordinated Universal Time. The app also lets you calculate time conversions between different cities or time zones and show the current weather all over the world.

World Clock Deluxe costs US$19 for new users. Version 4.12.1 is a free update for registered version 4.x. users. It requires Mac OS X 10.6 or higher.

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Oct 27
PFAssistive Framework revved for Mac OS X Yosemite

PFiddlesoft says it's updated its PFAssistive Framework to version 3.4.0. The PFiddlesoft frameworks are two Cocoa frameworks for writing assistive applications for persons with disabilities using Apple's Accessibility and Quartz Event Taps APIs [application programming interfaces] on Mac OS X.

The PFAssistive Framework was updated to add support for new accessibility features introduced in OS X Yosemite. The frameworks are written using Objective-C. They support the Intel 64-bit architecture using reference counted memory management and ARC.

Developers can now license the PFiddlesoft Frameworks for distribution or use with their own products that use Apple's Accessibility and Quartz Event Taps technologies. The frameworks may be licensed free of charge for personal use or for distribution or use with a free software product. A "modest" license fee is required to distribute or use the frameworks with a product for which payment is requested or required. Source code...

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Oct 27
Xmplify XML Editor for Mac OS X revved to version 1.6.0

MOSO has released version 1.6.0 of the Xmplify XML Editor (http://xmplifyapp.com) for Mac OS X. It's a XML editor built specifically for Mac OS X 10.6 and higher.


Xmplify XML Editor provides a fully XML-aware editing environment with DTD and XML Schema-based auto-completion, automatic document validation, XSLT and XPath support, live HTML preview and much more. Version 1.6.0 adds support for extracting and displaying element specification details from XSDs and DTDs, plus fixes and other improvements.

Xmplify costs US$59; volume and educational discounts are available. Version 1.6.0 is a free upgrade for Xmplify 1.x users.

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Oct 27
Bare Bones Software releases BBEdit 11.0

Bare Bones Software has released BBEdit 11.0, an upgrade to its professional strength HTML and text editor. The update builds on a modernized foundation with newly overhauled systems for Find Differences, Clippings, and syntax coloring. Plus, it adds dozens of enhancements and new features.

In total, BBEdit 11 includes more than 200 additions and refinements to this award-winning HTML and text editor. For example, the new Find Differences workflow provides a more efficient single-window presentation of results for both file and folder comparisons, says Rich Siegel, founder and CEO of Bare Bones Software. A new sidebar for folder comparisons identifies mismatched files and makes easy the process of copying files to bring two differing folders into harmony, he adds.

For more information on BBEdit, or to download a fully functional demo version, go to http://www....

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Oct 27
Mail Designer Pro for Mac OS X updated to version 2

equinux (http://www.equinux.com) has introduced version 2 of Mail Designer Pro, its Mac OS X app for designing emails and newsletters.

The new version adds: design and preview features for the iPhone 6 Plus and iPhone 6; support for 500+ web fonts; Retina display support; and a link to videos for integrating animated GIFs. It works with Mac OS X 10.7 or higher.

Mail Designer Pro 2 is available at a special limited time price of US$49.99 for a limited time. The price is normally $99.99. The app is available at the Mac App Store.

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Oct 27
Zevrix Graphic Inspector now supports OS X Yosemite

Zevrix Solutions (http://www.zevrix.com) has announced Graphic Inspector 1.7.31, a compatibility update to its quality control solution for images and vector graphic files, which checks batches of files for potential problems according to specific workflow requirements.

The software provides graphic professionals with info on multiple images and vector graphic files, saving the time and hassle of checking them manually. The new version introduces full support for Mac OS X Yosemite.

Graphic Inspector can be purchased from the Zevrix web site for US$39.95, as well as from authorized resellers. It's free with purchase of PDF Checkpoint or InPreflight Pro for Adobe InDesign. A demo is available for download. The update is free for users of previous versions. Graphic Inspector requires Mac OS X 10.5 or higher.

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Oct 24
Parallels releases Mac Management for Microsoft SCCM

Parallels has launched an update to Parallels Mac Management (parallels.com/mac-management), the product that extends Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM) functionality to Macs. Parallels Mac Management enables IT departments to discover, enroll and manage Mac machines just as they do existing PCs – all through a single pane of glass.
 
The latest version offers new software distribution capabilities that benefit both IT administrators and end users, including the ability for Mac users to install approved software, features for planning hardware refresh cycles, improvements that empower IT administrators to make their Mac computers more secure using advanced encryption techniques, and a streamlined process for enrolling Mac computers in SCCM on large corporate networks.
 
Parallels tackles the perennial problem of Mac management head-on with Parallels Mac Management 3.1, enabling everyone from IT administrators to system architects to CIOs to...

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Oct 24
Storage Made Easy updates Mac File Sharing Apps for Yosemite

Storage Made Easy, a company that provides a private Enterprise File Share and Sync Solution compatible with most private and public storage clouds, have updated their Mac Cloud Apps to be compatible with Mac OS X Yosemite.

The SME Mac App suite features a cloud drive, folder sync and menu bar. The Storage Made Easy Cloud Solution integrates the cloud directly in the Yosemite desktop and also supports Mavericks, Mountain Lion and Lion operating systems.

Storage Made Easy currently supports more than 45 private and public data clouds such as Amazon S3, OpenStack, EMC Atmos, Cloudian and CleverSafe. SME also covers every mobile Operating System inclusive of iOS, Android Windows Phone, Windows Tablet, and BlackBerry (both OS versions). Go to
http://www.StorageMadeEasy.com for more info.

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Oct 24
MovieBriefs 1.3.1 for Mac OS X beefs up slide show playback, more

einstein's legacy (http://www.einsteinslegacy.com) has announced MovieBriefs 1.3.1. It's an update of the Mac OS X video utility for creating image contact sheets from your movies by extracting up to 400 images and displaying them in an onscreen grid.  

MovieBriefs, not only prints and exports overview images, but users may also create dynamic slide shows and share images via e-mail or with popular internet services like Facebook and Twitter. Version 1.3.1 includes enhancements to slide show playback, improved timing accuracy, a new movie info panel, and adjustable image output sizing.

MovieBriefs 1.3.1 is available for US$9.99 from the Mac App Store  (in the Video category). It requires Mac OS X 10.9 or higher.

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Oct 24
AKVIS introduces Horror Pack for ArtSuite

AKVIS (www.akvis.com) has announced a new collection of frames for its ArtSuite software for Mac OS X and Windows: the Horror Pack with 50 hand painted frame designs.

ArtSuite lets you frame your pictures. Just place a photo into a frame and run processing; the edges will be smoothed and hidden to fit the frame, and you will get a stylish and impressive framed image.

The new Horror Pack includes 50 hand painted frames of vampires, zombies, werewolves, ghosts, demons, witches, and other character. You can buy the new collection for US$15. AKVIS ArtSuite sells for $69; a demo is available for download.

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Oct 24
Ephnic Movie Maker is ready for Yosemite

Ephnic Software has launched a new version (2.2.1) of its flagship application, Ephnic Movie Maker, for Mac OS X. The app helps users make home movies out of their favorite photos, video clips and music with transitions and theme effects.

The new version is compatible with Mac OS X Yosemite. It also sports a streamlined interface.

Ephnic Movie Maker is now available on Ephnic's website (http://tinyurl.com/lxhc29d) for US$29.99. A demo is available for download.

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Oct 23
RunRev rolls out LiveCode 7

RunRev has released LiveCode 7 (http://livecode.com/livecode-7/), a revision of their multi-platform app development environment. Support for creating apps that work in multiple languages has been added to this version.

This means that developers can create international apps which work with all languages including Chinese and Japanese. The ability to render right to left languages such as Arabic has also been added. In addition to the ability to display and edit text, LiveCode’s text and data processing capabilities have been redeveloped so that LiveCode automatically understands how to process text written in any language.

Additional benefits of LiveCode 7 include support for teaching programming using the Raspberry Pi platform, support for Cocoa on Mac OS, a more powerful way to display web pages within apps and enhanced Linux support, including 64-bit Linux. With the addition of...

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Oct 23
NewerTech introduces the Snuglet for MagSafe 2 power connections

NewerTech (www.newertech.com) has introduced the Snuglet, a precision-manufactured ring designed to sit inside your MagSafe 2 connector port and provide a more snug fit to prevent your power cable from unintentional disconnections.

The NewerTech Snuglet purportedly provides a greater magnetic hold, making the MagSafe 2 power connection stronger. It costs US$19 for a box of two Snuglets and one removal tool.

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Oct 23
VisionTek introduces pocket-sized USB 3.0 solid state drives 

VisionTek Products has announced the new VisionTek USB Pocket SSD line of thumb drive-sized solid state drives for creative professionals, IT power users, and "performance enthusiasts." The line is compatible with Mac OS X, Windows, and Linux systems with a USB 3.0/2.0 interface.

While it’s sized like an ordinary thumb drive sporting a USB 3.0 connector, the VisionTek USB Pocket SSD’s aircraft-grade aluminum housing contains a SSD featuring a LSI SandForce controller that purportedly delivers up to 455MB/s reads and up to 440MB/s writes.

Both the 120GB (US$109.99) and 240GB ($174.99) models are designed and built in the US and are available immediately directly from VisionTek, select e-tailers such as Newegg, Tiger Direct, and Dell; and national distributors such as Ingram Micro and D&H. For more information go here: http://tinyurl.com/or667vl .

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Oct 23
PhatWare releases WritePad handwriting recognition SDK for iOS 8

PhatWare Corp. (http://tinyurl.com/k9kq7tb) has announced its WritePad Software Development Kit (SDK), a new version of the multiplatform, multilingual handwriting recognition for iOS 8.

WritePad SDK enables app developers and OEMs [original equipment manufacturers] to leverage state-of-the-art handwriting recognition software updated for iOS 8. The new version of the SDK features improved handwriting recognition engine, updated dictionaries and new sample code that leverages new features found in iOS 8.

The WritePad SDK 4.5 for iOS is now supports arm7, arm7s, and arm64 architectures, and features improved handwriting recognition engine, updated dictionaries, and improved sample code updated for Xcode 6 and iOS 8. WritePad SDK evaluation is free, while commercial redistribution is royalty-based. Developers can download free SDK evaluation by visiting PhatWare's web site.

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Oct 23
iOS Guides launches iPad Air 2 Guide

iOS Guides has introduced its latest eBook, the iPad Air 2 Guide (http://tinyurl.com/nbj9v8l). Available in the iBookstore it covers the technologies of Apple's latest tablet, including the Retina HD display, a camera that can capture video at 120 frames-per-second, and more.

It also covers iOS 8. The iPad Air 2 Guide is 217 pages and costs US$3.99.

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Oct 23
GT Advanced Technologies announces settlement agreement with...

GT Advanced Technologies and Apple have reached a settlement agreement under which GT will wind down its sapphire materials production in the company's Mesa, AZ and Salem, MA locations. The company indicated that it will exit from the market as a producer of sapphire materials and will refocus its business as an equipment supplier, manufacturing and developing sapphire growth systems and processes.

Under the terms of the settlement agreement, which is subject to approval by the Bankruptcy Court, GT will be released from all exclusivity obligations under its various agreements with Apple. GT will retain ownership of all production, ancillary and inventory assets located in Mesa, and Apple is provided with a mechanism for recovering its US$439 million pre-payment made to GT over a period of up to four years without interest, solely from a portion of the proceeds from ASF sales.

The agreement provides for a mutual release of any and all claims by both parties. As a...

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