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Jan 27
AssistiveWare introduces new Mac word processor

AssistiveWare (http://www.assistiveware.com) has released Wrise 1.0, its latest Mac OS X application that will be introduced at this week's ATIA conference in Orlando, Florida.

Wrise is a text-to-speech-powered word processor designed to make reading and writing accessible for everyone. Offering word highlighting, zoom and EasyReading mode, texts become more comprehensible and easier on the eyes, says says David Niemeijer, CEO and founder of AssistiveWare. With Speak as you Type, Word Prediction and speech tags, writing effort is significantly reduced, he adds.

Wrise is fully customizable and can be used to read selected text aloud in any Mac application. Users can personalize their reading experience by selecting their preferred voice, adjusting its speech rate and even fine-tuning the pronunciation of words. What's more, it allows import of a variety of document types including PDF,...

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Jan 27
CADintosh for Mac OS X revved to version 8.1

Lemke Software has announced CADintosh 8.1, an update to its 2D CAD program for Mac OS X (10.6.8 or higher).

CADintosh provides a selection of tools to develop technical, mechanical, and architectural drawings. Designed especially for technical draftsmen and designers, version 8.1 includes new and updated features such as improved pen options, the addition of a large crosshair cursor option, and the ability to export the visible drawing as DXF is added. An open/save of sets featured has been added as well.

CADintosh 8.1 costs US$33.99 and is available worldwide through the Mac App Store in the Graphics & Design category. It can also be directly purchased online from the Lemkesoft website (http://www.lemkesoft.de/en/lemkesoft/) for $32. Version 8.1 is a free update for all CADintosh 8.x users. The upgrade from 1.x-7.x to 8.x is $19.95 (USD) on the Lemke website.

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Jan 26
Digital-Tutors opens up online training library for 72 hours

From Monday, Jan. 26, to Friday, Jan. 30 at 12 p.m. (Eastern) anyone can sign up and start their 72 hour free membership by registering on Digital-Tutors + Pluralsight (http://tinyurl.com/otgsjvj) and/or Code School (http://tinyurl.com/kngdrjg).

During a 72-hour window that starts at sign up, registrants can watch over 4,000 creative and tech. courses in VFX, CAD, HTML, and IT. Training options include everything from Photoshop, Maya, Nuke and V-Ray plus various programming languages with Code School’s signature interactive training.

"We recognize there are numerous ways to learn and are committed to bringing new learning styles to the Pluralsight family of products," saysAaron Skonnard, CEO and co-founder of Pluralsight. "Together we will continue to help professionals remain relevant and ensure businesses stay on...

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Jan 26
MasterCard and PGA Tour announce Apple Pay support

MasterCard, the official card of the Waste Management Phoenix Open, and the PGA Tour are bringing the latest payment technology to the spectator experience with the introduction of contactless acceptance, including Apple Pay support.

Food and beverage concessions at the 2015 Waste Management Phoenix Open near the16th hole at TPC Scottsdale will be contactless enabled through a partnership with Prom Management Group, which provides catering to 38 professional golf tour events, allowing golf fans to make payments using Apple Pay. This will be the first PGA TOUR stop to accept Apple Pay, when it debuts for fans attending the tournament later this week.

"The tournament experience lends itself well to simple, secure payments so fans get through concessions and back to the tournament quickly," says Matt Barr, Group Head, U.S. Emerging Payments, MasterCard. "We’re thrilled to partner with the PGA TOUR to bring contactless acceptance to stops on the 2015 schedule. Through our...

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Jan 26
FileMaker launches the FileMaker Community with five free...

FileMaker has launched the FileMaker Community (www.filemaker.com/r/community) , a free online resource for anyone interested in how to build custom business solutions for iPad, iPhone, Mac, Windows, and the web.

Formerly known as the FileMaker Technical Network, or TechNet, the FileMaker Community has been completely redesigned and reorganized to make it easier for people of all skill levels to find information, engage in discussions, and share ideas and interests. All 60,000-plus current members of TechNet automatically get access to the FileMaker Community.

Anyone can browse and download resources without the need to register or log in. The FileMaker Community "delivers the resources that people need to succeed in building and deploying FileMaker solutions in a single, searchable and engaging online spot."

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Jan 26
Apple App Store to receive AIAS Technical Impact Award

The Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences (AIAS) has named the Apple App Store as the first recipient of its Technical Impact Award.

According to the award: "Since launching in 2008, Apple's App Store has risen as a disruptive platform for interactive media that has pushed the technological landscape forward with new apps and experiences for consumers to discover each day. It has been a game changer that has excited and surprised hundreds of millions, and forever changed the way software and games are distributed and sold to much of the world."

"When we set out to expand the scope of how the Academy celebrates industry achievement, we made a decision to concentrate on significant contributions in technological innovation," says Martin Rae, president, Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences. "The App Store represents Apple’s commitment to delivering the seamless marriage of devices and services – democratizing content distribution and allowing anyone to become...

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Jan 23
Video ASCII Art released by Nuclear Nova Software on Mac App...

Nuclear Nova Software (http://nuclearnova.com) has announced Video ASCII Art 1.0 for Mac OS X. It's a video generator that converts digital movies into text art videos.

In addition to processing a variety of video files, Video ASCII Art also processes still photos. It support outputting art to both black/white text and full color, with the ability to export plain mp4, text, html, tif, and rtf files. A user-editable character set adjusts the available characters to be used, while the maximum character width option controls the finished product size.

Compatible source videos include, but are not limited to, mp4, m4v, mov, avi, mkv, mpg. Compatible images include jpeg, png, gif, bmp, psd, tif, tga, jpg, tiff, and more. Output quality greatly depends on the input file. Often images such as clip art work better than sources such as digital photos, according to the folks at Nuclear Nova.

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Jan 23
Apple rides iPhone 6 and 6 Plus to strong quarter

Consumer Intelligence Research Partners (www.cirpllc.com) has released analysis of the results of its research on mobile phone manufacturers for the calendar quarter that ended Dec. 31. CIRP finds that among the major phone brands, Apple had the largest share of the U.S. market, with half of all phone sales.

"The strength of the September 2014 launch of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus fueled Apple’s dominance in US mobile phone sales this quarter," says Josh Lowitz, partner and co-founder of CIRP. "Apple had virtually double the sales of Samsung, and five times that of LG. No other brand accounted for as much as 5% of US sales. The Amazon Fire and Blackberry smartphones registered slight share, which we attribute to random sample fluctuation as much as actual sales."

"Because of the iPhone launch, Apple increased its share considerably over the 28% in the July-September quarter," adds Mike Levin, partner and co-...

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Jan 23
Mail Designer apps for Mac OS X revved to version 2.5

equinux (http://www.equinux.com) has introduced version 2.5 of Mail Designer and Mail Designer Pro, its Mac OS X apps for designing emails and newsletters.

A problem with the Design Delivery service has been fixed. An issue while saving documents has been fixed. With version 2.5, uploads to Campaign Monitor are more reliable.Mail Designer 2 (US$29.99) and Mail Designer Pro 2 ($49.99) are available both in the equinux Online Store and the Mac App Store.

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Jan 22
IK Multimedia announces iRig Mic Studio

IK Multimedia has released the iRig Mic Studio, its ultra-portable large-diaphragm digital condenser microphone for iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac, PC and Android devices.

It packs a one-inch condenser capsule into a compact enclosure that can be used to make professional recordings anywhere. With iRig Mic Studio, musicians, vocalists, home producers, podcasters, broadcasters, voice-over artists and more have a studio-quality large-diaphragm microphone that fits in the palm of their hand.

It comes equipped with a powerful suite of vocal apps. VocaLive is an effects processor and multi-track recording app that features a selection of 12 professional real-time vocal effects. EZ Voice is a sing-along app to help vocalists practice with any song in their music library. iRig Recorder is an utility for field recording, podcasting, note taking and more. All are available at the Apple App Store.

The iRig Mic Studio is also fully compatible with a wide variety of third...

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Jan 22
Mail Designer apps for Mac OS X revved to version 2.5

equinux (http://www.equinux.com) has introduced version 2.5 of Mail Designer and Mail Designer Pro, its Mac OS X apps for designing emails and newsletters.

A problem with the Design Delivery service has been fixed. An issue while saving documents has been fixed. With version 2.5, uploads to Campaign Monitor are more reliable.Mail Designer 2 (US$29.99) and Mail Designer Pro 2 ($49.99) are available both in the equinux Online Store and the Mac App Store.

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Jan 22
QNAP announces TX-x31+ Turbo NAS series

QNAP Systems (www.qnap.com) has announced the TS-x31+ series Turbo NAS for small and home offices. Embedded with a dual-core 1.4 GHz ARM Cortex®-A15 CPU, the TS-x31+ series provides a powerful yet energy-efficient solution for file storage, sharing and data backup with hardware-accelerated encryption, coupled with the easy-to-use cloud-based Notes Station 2.0, various multimedia applications and more, says Jason Hsu, product manager of QNAP. ]

Powered by an energy-efficient ARM Cortex-A15 dual-core 1.4GHz processor, new VFPv4 floating point unit, and 1GB DDR3 RAM with native support for SATA 6Gb/s drives, the TS-x31+ series purportedly delivers transfer and multitasking performance of up to 200MB/s throughput. The enhanced hardware encryption engine provides transfer speeds of over 150 MB/s with AES-256 bit Full NAS Volume Encryption, boosting system performance & security while ensuring the safety of sensitive data...

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Jan 22
MacA&D adds Screen Models

Excel Software (www.excelsoftware.com) has announced a new Screen edition of MacA&D 4.2 with screen modeling capabilities.

You can draw screen prototypes of desktop applications, mobile apps or websites. You can click the Browse tool and bring your prototypes to life with editable fields, navigation buttons, selectable menu commands, tabbed panels, dynamic dialogs, calculations, timer controlled events, embedded video, sound, live web pages and scriptable user interactions.

The new Screen modeling capabilities are fully integrated into the Desktop and Developer editions. MacA&D support sflow charts, the full 14-diagram UML 2.2 notation for object-oriented design, structured analysis and design, data modeling, Business Process Models (BPMN 2.0), system models with simulation and real-time, multi-task design.  The integrated environment includes data dictionary, requirements management,...

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Jan 21
Apple updates Logic Pro X

Apple has updated Logic Pro X, its professional audio software, to version 10.1. It adds support for Mail Drop and Air Drop in OS X Yosemite for sharing your projects. Other new features and enhancements include:

• 10 new Drummers that produce beats in a variety of electronic and hip hop styles including Techno, House, Trap, Dubstep and more
• Drummer provides specialized sound and performance controls for dialing in electronic or hip hop drum grooves
• New Drum Machine Designer plug-in offers new sounds and features for customizing electronic drum kits in a variety of styles
• Create a sequence of notes with a single mouse gesture using the new Brush Tool in the Piano Roll Editor
• New view options in the Piano Roll Editor let you see more notes in less vertical space and help identify drum sounds by name
• Easily compress or expand the timing of selected notes with new time handles in the Piano Roll Editor
• Note Repeat and Spot Erase...

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Jan 21
Veenix TypeBookCreator ready for Mac OS X Yosemite

Veenix (http://www.veenix.com) has released Mac OS X Yosemite updates for both of its font software titles, TypeBook Creator and TypeWise.

Recent updates for TypeBook Creator include a modern user interface (UI) makeover — plus the original UI version is now also included. TypeWise features a fast-scrolling WYSIWYG font list, plus Veenix's GlyphLogicEngine technology.

During Veenix's "Deep Discount Week," users can save up to 60% on single user licenses of both products. TypeBook Creator is also specially priced during Deep Discount Week at US$29.95, a $40 savings.

TypeWise is a smart font viewer and manager that helps users find and view fonts and characters. It boasts a fast-scrolling WYSIWYG font list, repertoire and character set layouts, plus Veenix's GlyphLogicEngine technology which analyzes font characteristics and automatically organizes fonts by visual energy as well as into 16...

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Jan 21
MacTech Pro: a new event series for Apple professionals

MacTech Magazine, the oldest Apple market publication, has announced today MacTech Pro Events -- a new series of one day, regional events that are specifically designed for professional Apple techs, consultants, and support staff.  

MacTech Pro Events are single-track, hotel-based seminars that are specifically geared to serve the needs of professional consultants, IT Pros and techs who support others on OS X and iOS.  The first MacTech Pro will take place on March 4, 2015, in Seattle.

MacTech Pro will take place in nine U.S. cities in 2015 including:

• March 4, 2015 : MacTech Pro, Seattle
• March 25, 2015 : MacTech Pro, San Francisco
• April 15, 2015 : MacTech Pro, Boston
• May 6, 2015 : MacTech Pro, Atlanta
• June 24, 2015 : MacTech Pro, Washington DC
• July 22, 2015 : MacTech Pro, Chicago
• August 12, 2015 : MacTech Pro, New York
• September 2, 2015 : MacTech Pro, Dallas
• September 30, 2015 : MacTech...

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Jan 21
Apple records highest-ever iPhone market share in Japan and Korea

According to Counterpoint Research’s Monthly Market Pulse report (www.counterpointresearch.com), global Apple iPhone sales grew a healthy 26% annually crossing 20 million unit monthly sales mark for the first time ever in November 2014.

Apple’s iPhone volumes grew across key countries with the roll-out of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus models. It was also helped by relatively lower priced iPhone 5s and 5c models, targeting prepaid users in emerging markets. Japan, Korea and China were the bright spots where Apple registered a higher than expected demand for its newer and bigger display sporting iPhone 6 and 6 Plus models.

Apple’s iPhone market share soared and reached record levels in Japan and Korea markets. In Japan, one of the most premium smartphone markets in the world, Apple captured more than half of the smartphone sales in October as well as November.

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Jan 21
Troi Automatisering releases Troi File Plug-in 7.6 for FileMaker...

Troi Automatisering (www.troi.com) has released Troi File Plug-in 7.6 for FileMaker Pro 13. It's an update of the tool for getting access to information outside the FileMaker Pro database. Any files or folders stored on the computer can be accessed through the functions of the plug-in.

Troi File Plug-in 7.6 adds a new inplementation for the Search function on Mac OS X. The Search function is used to find files and folders on disk. The new implementation uses modern technology and reportedly results in a more accurate list of found items. This new method can be used by adding the switch -Exhaustive to the TrFile_Search function.

A fully functional demo version of Troi File Plug-in 7.6 is available for downloading at Troi's website. It works with FileMaker Pro 11, 12 and 13. The plug-in can also be used with runtimes from FileMaker Pro Advanced 11, 12 or 13. The plug-in is available for Mac OS X 10.6.x or higher,...

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Jan 20
Chronos announces iScrapbook 5 for Mac OS X

Chronos has released iScrapbook 5, a major upgrade to its digital scrapbooking software for Mac OS X (10.10 and higher). According to Robert McCullough, vice president of Development at Chronos, it sports 25 new features including:

°   3D headlines (control lighting, perspective, materials, reflections, more);

°   Paper texture overlays for photos (33 overlays in six categories: folded, crumpled, canvas, linen, textured, paint);

°   Glass texture overlays for photos (eight overlays);

°   "Old film look" overlays for photos (eight overlays in three categories: dust & scratches, dust, crackle);

°   Auto Enhance for one-click corrections to photos;

°   Eight vintage photo effects: B&W, B/W High Contrast, B/W Low Contrast, Fade, Warm, Cool, Bold, Instant;

°   Vibrance photo effect;

°   Line Art photo effect;

°   The ability to straighten photos;

°   Draggable special effects: sunburst, sparkle, lenticular...

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Jan 20
Audio Hijack for Mac OS X revved to version 3

Rogue Amoeba (www.rogueamoeba.com) has updated Audio Hijack, the Mac OS X tool for recording and enhancing audio, to version 3.

With the utility, audio from individual applications like Safari or Skype, hardware audio devices like microphones and mixers, and even the entire system audio output, can all be saved. The most visible change in version 3 is Audio Hijack's new audio capture interface. The pipeline-style view of exactly how audio flows makes Audio Hijack 3 a snap to learn for veteran and rookie users alike.

Different types of Blocks bring in audio from application and hardware sources (Source Blocks), adjust it with audio effects (Effects Blocks), then record it and send it out to speakers (Output Blocks). The fully customizable layout means users can configure the exact pipeline they need to get the audio results they want.

Audio Hijack 3 requires Mac OS X 10.9 or higher. A free...

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Jan 20
Twelve South debuts ParcSlope for Mac laptops

Twelve South (www.twelvesouth.com) has introduced the Parcslope, a new hybrid stand made exclusively for the MacBook Air and MacBook Pro.

The sleek metal wedge elevates your MacBook screen while tilting your keyboard at desk level for comfortable typing. With ParcSlope, your laptop sits at a more ergonomic viewing height without requiring an external keyboard.

The ParcSlope can create a comfortable stand-alone workstation, or be used as part of a dual-screen setup, according to the folks at Twelve South. It's available now for US$49.99.

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Jan 20
LastPass for OS X lets you store passwords, notes, more

LastPass has released a self-titled Mac app that's available at the Mac App Store for free. The app — which requires Mac OS X 10.8 or higher — provides a "home" for passwords, notes, and personal information.

LastPass Mac App provides a Mini Vault, a full-featured vault for storing logins, passwords, IDs, credit cards, and other important data. With its Quick Search feature, users can search for a website or keyword to retrieve their logins, launch a site, and be logged in to one of their online accounts.

LastPass also offers a Live Security Challenge. This feature gives users up-to-the-minute status on the strength of their passwords to eliminate the question, "Are all my passwords strong enough?"

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Jan 20
vjoon K4 (version 6.9 R1) embeds table editor in the browser

The latest version (6.9 R1) of the vjoon K4 cross-media publishing platform extends vjoon K4's capabilities in the browser and plug-ins.

New features include a versatile table editor for one of vjoon K4's browser clients, K4 Web Editor ICML. The application's workspace management functions have been ported to the K4 Edit and K4 Layout plug-ins so that they are now available throughout the publishing platform. Added XMP image metadata management capabilities are designed to make it easier to archive and retrieve pictures. With the addition of a direct link to Twitter, this cross-media publishing platform can now disseminate text and images via social media networks.

Legacy functions have also been refined to boost K4 Web Editor ICML's performance as a browser client. A case in point is the improved search in K4 Web Editor ICML. It now indicates that the target text has been scanned and that the search will begin anew. Go to...

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Jan 20
TImeline 3D redesigned for Mac OS X Yosemite

BeeDocs (https://www.beedocs.com) has announced Timeline 3D for Mac (version 5), an update to their timeline software. Completely redesigned for Yosemite, Timeline 3D provides a new interface to support the creation of larger, more complex timelines that can be presented in full screen and with a 3D perspective.

Users can create timeline charts of world history, family trees, business deadlines, or other multimedia projects with Timeline 3D by entering the event and adding media. Users can include an embedded image, movie, or PDF file by using drag-and-drop. Additional media is automatically resized based on the presentation medium. Timeline 3D also supports the inclusion of notes and web links to timelines and allows users to categorize events with colors codes and tags.

Timeline 3D for Mac is free and available worldwide through the Mac App Store in the Productivity category. The complete set of...

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Jan 20
Adesso launches NuScan 6000 omnidirectional barcode scanner

Adesso has released the US$279.99 NuScan 6000 Omnidirectional Barcode Scanner (http://tinyurl.com/pm5q7gy), which allows users to rapidly scan various barcoded items with a scan speed up to 2000 scans per second. 

The 650 nm laser diode allows users to scan with precision and accuracy at an operating distance of up to 8.5 inches from the barcode while its omnidirectional 24-line scanning engine allows reliable readings while swiping or presenting items over the scan area in many different angles, according to the folks at Adesso. It's purportedly sturdy enough to withstand one-meter drops.

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