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May 22
Desktop Ghost for Mac OS X floats onto the scene

Writes for All has introduced Desktop Ghost 1.0 (http://tinyurl.com/qdclfpz) for Mac OS X, a utility that lets you hide and show all the files on your desktop with a single click.

It's designed especially for for OS X users who take screencasts and/or screenshots, but who don't want to move all the files on their desktop to another location on their computer. You can choose to run the application as a status bar-only app or as a regular app with a icon in the dock.

Desktop Ghost requires OS X 10.9 or later. It costs US$0.99 and is available worldwide through the Mac App Store in the Utility and Productivity categories.

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May 22
Tasa releases Mineralogy book series on iBooks

Published by Tasa Graphic Arts,, in association with the Mineralogical Society of America, all 24 chapters of The Mineralogy and Optical Mineralogy digital book series (http://tinyurl.com/ox2aou8) for the iPad and Mac are now available on iBooks.

This series is specifically designed to take full advantage of the latest digital media technology to empower students and teachers of mineralogy. The series feature color photographs, illustrations, movies, 3D models that can be rotated, interactive diagrams and review questions.

To view the books, you must have an iPad with iBooks 3 or later and iOS 5.1 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later. Individual chapters are available separately for as low as US$3.99.

You can pick and choose the chapters you need. Additional chapters will be available soon.

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May 22
Pixelmator for Mac OS X goes Sandstone

The Pixelmator Team (http://www.pixelmator.com) has announced Pixelmator 3.2 Sandstone, an update to its image editing app for Mac OS X.The upgrade adds a Repair Tool, 16-bits per channel support, and Lock Layers feature.

Pixelmator 3.2 Sandstone also includes a new Convert Selection into Shape option. This allows you to create all kinds of shapes from any selection.

Pixelmator 3.1 Sandstone requires Mac OS X 10.9.1 or later. It's available from the Mac App Store for US$29.99.

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May 22
FlipHTML5 digital publishing Suite for Mac OS X has been upgraded

FlipHTML5 Software has launched an upgraded Mac OS X version of Flip HTML5 software, allowing customers to make digital content for tablet, desktop, laptop or mobile devices of any kind.

The app lets you create responsive CSS3, jQuery and HTML5 FlipBooks all in real-time without writing a single line of code. Publishers can create custom layouts, optimize advertising and editorial content, distribute editions and maximize the digital publishing workflow.

Those would like to use more advanced levels of FlipHTML5 Digital Publishing Suite For Mac can choose between Pro, Gold, Platinum or Enterprise membership plan. Interested business owners and publishers can visit FlipHTML5 online (http://fliphtml5.com/) to find more information about pricing and availability.

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May 22
Apple acknowledges iMessage problem

Apple has acknowledged a iMessage problem that affects customers who switch away from the iPhone, without disabling iMessage, reports re/code (http://tinyurl.com/qz4tuad).

"We recently fixed a server-side iMessage bug which was causing an issue for some users, and we have an additional bug fix in a future software update," Apple told Re/code in a statement. "For users still experiencing an issue, please contact AppleCare."

The issue arises when an iPhone customer trades in his or her phone for another device, but keeps the same phone number that Apple’s messaging system recognizes as an iPhone. A recent server glitch made the problem worse, "rendering moot one of Apple’s key methods for trying to remedy the issue," according to re/code.

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May 22
ExactCODE updates ExactScan Pro, OCRKit

ExactCODE (http://exactscan.com) has released ExactScan Pro 2.50 and OCRKit 2.5 for Mac OS X 10.5 and higher. The new builds improve OCR speed and accuracy, PDF compression, scan speed, and adds support for the latest scanners from Canon and Fujitsu.

OCRKit and ExactScan provide OCR, PDF compression. EcactScan offers built-in drivers for over 400 document scanners, including devices from Avision, Canon, Kodak, Fujitsu, Oki, Visioneer and Xerox. The drivers built into ExactScan stand allow you to use several PC document scanners on a Mac.

OCRKit is available for approximately US$68, ExactScan 2 is available for $109, and ExactScan 2 Pro for approximately $137. Both are available at the ExactCODE web site and the Mac App Store.

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May 22
Mac X DVD Ripper Pro rips to version 4.5.2

MacXDVD Software (http://www.macxdvd.com) has upgraded Mac X DVD Ripper Pro, its DVD ripping software, to version 4.5.2. The new version offers improvements in dealing with the encryption algorithm of newly released DVD.

By taking advantage of a conversion engine, multi-core CPU and hyper-threading technology, this DVD ripper for Mac can rip DVD movies with no quality loss, according to the folks at MacXDVD Software.

MacX DVD Ripper Pro is priced at US$59.95 for a single-user license. However, the full-license DVD ripper for Mac is being offered for $34.95 for a limited time.

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May 22
SuperTab for Mac adds Dropbox, AppleScript, Meta-Folder support

SpriTec Software has launched SuperTab 1.1 (http://www.supertab.me/SuperTab.html), an upgrade to its Mac OS X (10.8 and higher) utility app that enhances and extends the Mac's built-in Command-Tab Application Switcher. The new version boasts includes over 30 new features, enhancements and fixes such as support for Dropbox, AppleScript, meta-folders, and more.

Before SuperTab, the App Switcher only gave Mac users access to their currently active apps. The SpriTec utility gives Mac users such instant "Command-Tab" access.

SuperTab is free to download and install and is fully-functional for 30 days. After 30 days, it remains fully-functional but will occasionally ask users to register. You can register for US$10. Version 1.1 is a free upgrade for registered users of version 1.0.

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May 21
AfterShot Pro upgraded with 64-bit processing support

Corel's Photo Editing group has introduced AfterShot Pro 2, an update of the RAW converter and photo management software. The upgrade sports 64-bit processing, which results in faster performance.

With AfterShot Pro 2, you can load, edit and adjust thousands of RAW photos/ You can refine an unlimited number of photos while preserving the originals with non-destructive photo adjustment.

Compatible with Mac OS X, Windows, and Linux systems, AfterShot Pro 2 costs US$79.99 for new users. Existing registered users can purchase for the upgrade price of $59.99. For a limited time, AfterShot Pro, PaintShop® Pro X6, Apple Aperture and Adobe Lightroom 5 registered customers may purchase AfterShot Pro 2 at the upgrade price. A demo is available for download at the product web site (www.aftershotpro.com).

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May 21
PhotoScissors for Mac OS X gets new feathering control

TeoreX has announced a new version of PhotoScissors (http://www.photoscissors.com/), an US$19.99 Mac OS X smart tool able to remove unwanted background from photos with literally few mouse gestures. Version 1.1 offers feathering control for maximum smoothness of edges, plus a number of accessibility features.



PhotoScissors detects fore- and background parts of the image and separates one from the other. With version 1.1, feathering radius can be now changed depending on a user´s needs.



Also, a user can select background and foreground areas of the image both on "before" and "after" views. Among other functions featured in the update are the recent file list for instant access to frequently used files, the support for HiDPI and Retina displays, an option to pan the image while holding the Space button and user interface improvements.

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May 21
Apple updates its WWDC keynote app

Apple has updated its Worldwide Developer Conference app, which is a free download at the Apple App Store for iOS devices. The app lets developers:

° Stream videos from current and previous WWDC sessions.



° Start watching on one iOS device, and pick up where they left off on another.



° Browse times, locations, and descriptions for sessions, labs, and special events.

° Mark schedule items as favorites.



° Keep up with the latest news, get important notifications, and see daily photos.



° View maps to find their way around Moscone West (site of WWDC).



° Provide feedback on content and speakers for each session.



° Add a pass to Passbook for faster check-in at WWDC.

WWDC (https://developer.apple.com/wwdc/) will be held June 2-6 at San Francisco’s Moscone West. At the five-day conference, developers from around the world will learn...

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May 21
Power Manager for Mac OS X gets new user interface

DssW (http://www.dssw.co.uk/powermanager/) has announced Power Manager and Power Manager Professional 4.2 for Mac OS X. This release introduces a new user interface and removes the need for restarting to install, update, or remove the scheduler.

Power Manager is an energy saving solution for Mac OS X 10.7 and higher. It enables users to create energy saving schedules and to automate time-consuming tasks. It can power on a Mac, run a series of tasks, and power off the Mac without requiring any interaction.

Power Manager is available through the DssW web site for approximately US$54. Version 4.2 is a free upgrade for users of Power Manager 4.x. Existing users can update using Power Manager's automatic software update. A demo is available at the DssW web site.

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May 21
Concept Draw announces new Soccer Solution for ConceptDraw

CS Odessa (www.conceptdraw.com) has added a new addition to the ConceptDraw Solution Park to enhance ConceptDraw Pro 9.5 and greater. There's a new set of libraries that provide a complete soccer solution.

The Soccer Solution includes libraries tailored for soccer diagrams, play schema, and illustrations. The new addition to ConceptDraw Solution Park is free for current users of ConceptDraw Pro.

The Soccer Solution in the ConceptDraw Solution Park includes a collection of templates, samples, and libraries of vector stencils, icons and clipart that support soccer diagrams. ConceptDraw Pro is compatible with Mac OS X and Microsoft Windows.

It retails for US$199. ConceptDraw Pro 9 is included in ConceptDraw Office 2, which which retails for $499.

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May 20
Apple updates iWork for iCloud

Apple has updated iWork for iCloud. The software is free and can be accessed at iCloud.com. In fact, if you log into the web site you'll see a new splash page announcing that Pages, Keynote, and Numbers can now:

° Edit docs up to 1GB in size;

° Allow you to collaborate with up to 100 people;

°  Create two-dimensional and interactive charts;

° Utilize more color options;

° Insert images up to 10MB in size;

° Handle chart formatting.

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May 20
Apple posts OS X Mavericks Server 3.1.2

Apple has released a new version (3.1.2) of its Mac OS X Mavericks Server suite. It sports stability improvements and enhancements for the Calendar Server, Messages Server, and Profile Manager.

Existing users can update to OS X Server 3.1.2 through the Mac App Store. For others the price is US$19.99.

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May 20
Proavio ships desktop storage solution for 4K video

Proavio (www.proavio.com) has released the EB800MS V2 storage platform for 4K media workflows. It adds a next generation 12G internal disk I/O design and incorporates a choice of PCI-e 3.0 or SAS-to-Thunderbolt 2 RAID adapters with high speed SATA, SAS and SSD disks.

It purportedly provides up to twice the bandwidth of comparable 6G storage solutions. The EB800MS V2 combines a smaller compact form factor, PCI-e 3.0 or Thunderbolt 2 RAID options with 12Gb/s SAS technology.

Proavio says its accelerated 12Gb/s modular I/O hardware effectively doubles the bandwidth between the disk drives and host computer resulting in data rates of up to 2,200MB/s when used with a x16-lane, PCI-e 3.0 equipped workstation.

The EB800MS V2 is now available in capacities starting at 8TB up to 32TB. EB800MS V2 systems include a three-year factory warranty and advance replacement on disk drives and components for the first...

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May 20
AppCode 3.0 offers more complete coding

JetBrains has announced the general availability of AppCode 3.0, a new release of their Objective-C IDE. It's designed to ease the everyday routine for Objective-C developers as they build apps for Apple devices such as the Mac, iPhone and iPad.

To help developers become more productive, AppCode tightly integrates with Apple's Xcode and focuses on code quality, convenient code navigation, smart code completion, on-the-fly code analysis with quick-fix suggestions, and code refactorings. The latest release offers more complete coding and development experience, saving iOS developers from unnecessarily switching between IDEs, according to Anton Makeev, AppCode project manager.

It also adds an integrated UI Designer and a plugin for the Reveal tool (http://revealapp.com) to provide AppCode users with advanced tools for designing and debugging iOS applications. New code generation options for all the...

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May 20
Subtitle Studio is a new subtitling app for Mac OS X

TheKeptPromise has released Subtitle Studio 1.0 (http://tinyurl.com/q5jrxlw), a subtitle adding app for Mac OS X. It costs US$9.99.

To use you drop your movie onto Subtitle Studio. The app will auto-search for missing subtitles. You can sync subtitle with a single button, hit save, and you're done.

Subtitle Studio supports M4V, MOV, AVI, MKV and other files. You can embed your subtitles into a M4V file for the Apple TV, iPhone, iPad and other devices.

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May 20
FirmTek ships the ThunderTek/PX2+2 storage solution

FirmTek (www.firmtek.com) is shipping the ThunderTek/PX2+2, a Thunderbolt storage solution that accommodates two high-speed 2.5-inch SSD, HDD, or SSHDs internally. It also provides two external eSATA ports for connecting external direct-connect and port-multiplier eSATA enclosures.

The ThunderTek/PX2+2 is comprised of the ThunderTek/PX, FirmTek's Thunderbolt PCIe expansion chassis, and the SeriTek/6G2+2, FirmTek's storage adapter. The SeriTek/6G2+2 was designed to meet the needs of customers who wish to add an internal SSD. Up to two HDD, SSD or SSHD drives can be attached to the card, one on each side.

The card provides both power and 6G SATA connections. With each port featuring bandwidth over 500MB/s, the SeriTek/6G2+2 offers an option for adding high-performance 6G SSD to any Thunderbolt-enabled Mac or Windows 8/8.1 computer.

The FirmTek ThunderTek/PX2+2 bundle is available now from FirmTek...

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May 20
WaterField Design announces Mac Pro Go Case

WaterField Design (wwww.sfbags.com) has rolled out the US$129 Go Case for the new Mac Pro. It's designed to protect the pro desktop and its accessories in transit.

The travel case is designed with video editors, traveling gamers, big power users and game developers in mind. The case holds the Mac Pro and Apple wireless keyboard, plus computer accessories such as a mouse, cables and power cord.

Enveloped in ballistic nylon, the Mac Pro Case cradles the computer with internal padding and a plush liner. A plastic plate protects the bottom of the Mac Pro. A removable pocket for accessories fits atop the computer inside the bag.

An Apple wireless keyboard slides into a front, scratch-free pocket. Carrying options include a nylon grab handle and a removable suspension shoulder strap. Two loops at the bottom of the case allow Mac Pro users to remove the computer from its bunker.

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May 20
'Early Bird' discount ends June 3 for FileMaker...

FileMaker says attendees registering for the annual FileMaker Developer Conference (http://tinyurl.com/mbrxrz), themed "Business without Boundaries," have until June 3 to take advantage of the "early bird" discount and save US$300 off registration.  

After June 3, the full conference fee of US$1,595 for the Standard Registration Package and US$2,195 for the Gold Registration Package applies. DevCon 2014, FileMaker’s 19th annual event, will be held July 28-31, 2014, at the JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort & Spa in San Antonio, Texas, with a projected 1,200 FileMaker enthusiasts and 45 speakers from 27 countries participating.

Attendees can choose from a variety of sessions on user-centric design and development for mobile devices, FileMaker WebDirect, performance, security, relational design, in-house development, integration with trending technologies and other new FileMaker 13...

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May 20
Adobe announces Captivate 8

Adobe has announced Adobe Captivate 8 (http://tinyurl.com/npvaw63), the latest version of its eLearning authoring tool. It's compatible with Mac OS X 10.7 or higher.

The software is designed to reduce the learning curve by allowing trainers and educators to author once and deliver multi-screen responsive content without programming. Adobe Captivate 8 includes several new features such as location and gesture support, new customizable interactions, themes and smart shapes to create and deliver impactful mobile eLearning.

Updates from Captivate 7 and Captivate 6 (and earlier) are US$399 and $999, respectively. Captivate 8 is also available for US$19.99 per month for an annual subscription.

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May 20
Network Inventory Advisor for Mac OS X includes over 18 new...

ClearApp has updated Network Inventory Advisor, its agentless network inventory software for Mac OS X, to version 4.2.

The software is designed to bring simplified automated network scanning to the Mac platform without the need of installing agent utilities on the computers you want to build reports for. Version 4.2 includes over 18 new features and improvements.

Network Inventory Advisor for Mac can be downloaded from ClearApp's website (http://tinyurl.com/nvnauq9). Version 4.2 is a free download for all users of version 4.x. For new users the cost is based on the number of nodes you need to audit.

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May 20
Disk Drill for Mac OS X improves Deep Scan feature

CleverFiles (www.cleverfiles.com) has released Disk Drill 2.2.386, an update to its Mac OS X data recovery software.

Disk Drill allows you to save HFS+ metadata, preserve copies of trashed files, monitor internal and external drive S.M.A.R.T. status, and rescue files from almost any type of storage device. Version 2.2.386, a free upgrade to current users, improves Deep Scan with a set of new known file signatures, polishes scanning results management, helps the app better handle Mac's sleep mode, and more.

Disk Drill is available in a free version and pro, expert, and enterprise versions. The last three cost US$89, $169, and $299, respectively.

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May 19
New video training app offered for latest version of Apple'...

The Mac U (http://www.themacu.com/) has launched Learn - Numbers Edition 3.01, a video training application for Mac OS X. It's designed for the latest version of Numbers.

Learn - Numbers Edition contains 90 minutes of video training on how to use all aspects of Numbers software. Users can learn how to add and edit tables, create formulas to do complex calculations, add charts, and much more. The app also reviews Spreadsheets, Objects, and how to Collaborate, Share, and Save.

Learn - Numbers Edition 3.01 requires Mac OS X 10.7 or higher. It costs US$3.99 and is available worldwide through the Mac App Store in the Productivity category.

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