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Aug 01
iDraw 2.4.1 adds Swift language export and support for plug-ins

Indeeo has released iDraw 2.4.1 (www.indeeo.com/idraw/), an update to the Mac graphic design and illustration application.

A new Swift language export feature can be used to convert app design mockups, buttons, and icons directly into native Swift drawing code, useable in both Mac and iOS projects. Version 2.4.1 also adds the ability to create and run custom plug-in scripts.

iDraw 2.4.1 is available for purchase at the Mac App Store (http://tinyurl.com/pckr9e5) for US$24.99. Version 2.4.1 is a free update for existing users who purchased previous versions of iDraw on the Mac App Store.

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Jul 31
Fireebok Studio floats out iCloud Extractor for the Mac

Fireebok Studio has released iCloud Extractor 1.0.0, a Mac application that allows users to download and extract their photos, videos, contacts, call history, notes, calendar events and reminders, as well as bookmarks from the iCloud backup file.

From iCloud Extractor’s main window you can login using your Apple ID and view a list with all available downloads that is automatically retrieved from your iCloud. Once you’ve selected the desired backup file, the app downloads the data and allows you to browse through your camera roll, photo stream, app photos and videos, text messages, notes, contacts and more.

Thanks to iCloud Extractor, you can extract iCloud backups to your Mac’s hard drive and make your data freely available. Once your backups are stored on your hard disk, you can delete old or unnecessary backups in order to reclaim storage space. Although iCloud Extractor helps you view the thumbnail of the extracted pictures, it doesn't allow you to preview them...

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Jul 31
Adobe announces Lightroom 5.6 and Camera Raw 8.6

Adobe has announced the availability of Lightroom 5.6 and Camera Raw 8.6 as final releases on both Adobe.com and through the update mechanism in Photoshop CC and Photoshop CS6.

This release corrects issues reported in earlier versions of Lightroom 5 and Camera Raw 8. In addition, raw file format support is added for three new cameras: the Nikon D810, Panasonic LUMIX AG-GH4 and Panasonic LUMIX DMC-FZ1000.
 
Lightroom 5.6 is available as a free update for Lightroom 5 customers. Camera Raw 8.6 is available as a free update for both Photoshop CC and Photoshop CS6. Note that Camera Raw 8.6 for CS6 only includes updated camera and lens profile support as part of the recent camera raw policy change.

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Jul 31
Native Instruments releases second 'The Future of DJing...

Native Instruments continues the #futureofdjing discussion started in the first video with MK, aimed at exploring how technological innovation plays a role in shaping the future of DJ culture.

The second in "The Future of DJing" video series features Berlin techno giants Pan-Pot describing how live remixing has transformed their sound and the importance of using technology to develop a personal style. The #futureofdjing discussion continues in the coming weeks over social media with more opinions and topics.

The second video of "The Future of DJing" series featuring Pan-Pot is available at http://tinyurl.com/nf4vkol .

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Jul 31
Barcode Basics for Mac OS X adds support for new codes

Barcode Basics (http://tinyurl.com/kczaefh) for Mac OS X has been revved to version 2/4 . The app offers barcode creation features.Version 2.4 now supports the global standard pharmacode (aka Laetus), two track pharmacodes, Italian pharma codes, PZN7 and PZN8.

Barcode Basics 2.4 requires Mac OS X 10.8 or higher and costs US$9.99. It's available at the Mac App Store

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Jul 31
ChronoSync for Mac OS X gets maintenance release

Econ Technologies has updated ChronoSync to version 4.5.2, an update of the automated synchronization and backup application for Mac OS X (10.6 and higher) that can synchronize, backup, and create bootable backups.

It's a maintenance release that includes enhancements to bootable backups and over 30 features and fixes. For new users the cost is US$40. A demo is available for download from the Econ Technologies web site (http://www.econtechnologies.com).

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Jul 30
oneSql is new Mac compatible, SQL database tool

chol.technology has introduced oneSql 1.0, a standalone, lightweight SQL database tool. It's a MySQL, PostgreSQL, MariaDB and SQLite SQL query and data import/export program for Mac OS X, Windows and Linux.

No install is required. oneSql offers unrestrictive software licensing, putting customers needs first. Four databases and five languages are supported: English, French, Spanish, Italian and German.

oneSql costs US$30 for a single user edition. You can buy it or get more info at http://www.zombielabs.net/stevencholerton/tag/chol-technology/

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Jul 30
Cambridge English Pronouncing Dictionary released for OS X, iOS

Paragon Software Group (www.cambridge.org) has released Cambridge English Pronouncing Dictionary app for Mac OS X and iOS. It's available for US$14.99 at the Mac App Store and Apple App Store, respectively.

The dictionary app is based on the classic version of Daniel Jones's guide to contemporary pronunciation for British and American English, and is designed to meet the needs of English language learners striving to perfect their pronunciation of even the most challenging words, such as "though" and "honour," personal names, company names, technology and science definitions, and more. 

The app includes the full wordlist and sample entries to preview before buying. Cambridge English Pronouncing Dictionary also allows users to navigate through and try out the dictionary, as well as experience the most advanced search and learning features.

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Jul 30
QuarkXPress 10.2 introduces new collaboration, productivity...

Quark Software (http://www.quark.com) has released QuarkXPress 10.2, an update to QuarkXPress 10 that's available free of charge to all users currently on version 10 and available as part of Quark’s Creative Pro bundle offer.

QuarkXPress 10.2 enables users to optimize their environment for onscreen image display and performance. The update also introduces new collaboration and productivity features.

The update is available through the Auto Updater in QuarkXPress 10. A 30-day demo of QuarkXPress 10.2 is available for download.

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Jul 30
CS Odessa announces building plan addition to ConceptDraw...

CS Odessa (www.conceptdraw.com) has released a building plan addition to ConceptDraw Solution Park. The addition to ConceptDraw Pro and ConceptDraw Solution Park vector libraries offers improved building plan and office layout capabilities.

The new solutions in ConceptDraw Solution Park extends ConceptDraw PRO diagramming and vector drawing software with building elements. The solutions contain samples and libraries for drawing reflected ceiling plans, school and training plans, seating plans, office layout plans, and security and access plans. The materials added to the Solution Park make the drawing of plans and layouts a snap. These new additions to the ConceptDraw Solution Park are free for current users of ConceptDraw Pro 9.5 or greater.

The new solution in the ConceptDraw Solution Park includes collections of templates, samples, and libraries of vector stencils and icons that support the...

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Jul 30
LinkOptimizer now supports the Preserve Details image resampling...

Zevrix Solutions (www.zevrix.com) has launched LinkOptimizer 4.9.20, a maintenance update to its workflow automation solution for Adobe InDesign.
The software allows you to reduce the size of InDesign links and speed up processing by eliminating excess image data. It also performs image color conversion and sharpening, converts file formats and more. The new version supports the Preserve Details image resampling method in Photoshop CC and later.

LinkOptimizer can be purchased from the Zevrix website for US$259.95 (there's a "lite" version for $179.95) as well as from authorized resellers. A demo is available for download. The update is free for LinkOptimizer 4.x users and $130 to upgrade from previous versions. LinkOptimizer is available for Mac OS X 10.5-10.9 and works with Adobe InDesign and Photoshop CS3-CC.

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Jul 29
XILS-lab has released the XILS DeeS deesser plug-in

Music software company XILS-lab has released XILS DeeS, a de-esser plug-in for all major Mac (OS X 10.5 or higher) and PC (Windows XP, Vista, 7, and 8) compatible formats for ridding voice recordings of all sibilant-related defects while preserving precious characteristics to produce perfect-sounding results.

XILS DeeS is available to purchase as a straightforward serial number-protected plug-in for an introductory discounted price of approximately US$79. As for Sept. 1, the price will be $119. It can be purchased at the XILS-lab web store (http://tinyurl.com/mrjdh7y). XILS DeeS can be directly downloaded as a 32- and 64-bit-compatible effects plug-in for Mac (AAX, AU, RTAS, and VST) and Windows (AAX, RTAS, and VST) at http://tinyurl.com/m5bhlyt .

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Jul 29
PluralEyes 3.5 released as part of Shooter Suite 12.5 update

Red Giant has released Shooter Suite 12.5, which includes new versions of two Shooter Suite products: PluralEyes 3.5 and Instant 4K. New to the suite is Denoiser II, Red Giant's powerful video noise reduction tool.

Also included are the recently updated BulletProof 1.2, as well as Frames and LUT Buddy. PluralEyes 3.5 brings expanded media support, more accuracy, drift correction and more.

Shooter Suite 12.5 is available for US$399. Existing users of Shooter Suite 12 are eligible for a $99 Upgrade. All Shooter Suite upgrade options can be seen online (www.redgiant.com). PluralEyes 3.5 is available now for $199. Existing users of PluralEyes qualify for a $79 upgrade. Instant 4K is available now for $99. Existing users of Instant HD are eligible for an update to Instant 4K for $29.

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Jul 29
Connected Data launches Drobo Mini with SSD drives

Connected Data, the creator of the Drobo line of smart storage solutions, has launched its Drobo Mini with Solid State Disk (SSD) drives. The company says they deliver as much as 80% more performance compared to a Mini configured with traditional spinning hard drives.

The Drobo Mini connects via Thunderbolt or USB 3.0 and features four 2.5-inch SSD drive bays with an mSATA accelerator option in a package that is rugged, compact and portable, weighing less than three pounds. Like all Drobo products, Drobo Mini protects data without user intervention, even in the event of multiple SSD drive failures.

The Drobo Mini with SSD is available today in three capacity bundles of 1TB, 2TB and 4TB starting at a manufacturer's suggested retail price of US $1,199 through www.drobostore.com and select channel partners.

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Jul 29
Total War: Shogun 2 coming to the Mac on July 31

Feral Interactive says the historical strategy game Total War: Shogun 2 for Mac will be released via Steam on July 31, with the Mac App Store version scheduled for release in early August.

Developed by Creative Assembly and published by SEGA® for Windows, this is the latest installment in the Total War series to be brought to the Mac by Feral, following Rome, Empire and Napoleon. A premium version of the game will be released simultaneously and include all additional content.

Total War: Shogun 2 Collection includes the Rise of the Samurai Campaign pack: a stand-alone campaign which challenges players to establish Japan’s first Shogunate 400 years before the events of the main game. It also includes the Dragon War Battle pack, three additional clans and two unit packs. All additional content will be available separately via Steam to customers who purchase the base game.
The Steam version of Total War: Shogun 2 will also offer Mac-to-Mac online multiplayer...

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Jul 29
WaterField launches 15-inch Solo and 13-inch Indy for new...

WaterField Designs (http://www.sfbags.com/) has unveiled a new 15-inch Outback Solo to fit the larger upgraded MacBook Pro Retina and a new 13-inch Indy leather satchel (pictured) to fit the smaller Retina model.

The Outback Solo sports a rugged look, combining waxed canvas with premium leather. The Indy's soft high-grade leather develops a rich patina over time. Both look professional enough for business meetings and fashionable enough for anywhere else, says WaterField owner, Gary Waterfield.

The 15-inch Outback Solo costs US$119 and has an optional shoulder strap for $19. The 13-inch Indy is priced at $199. Shipping begins no later than Aug. 15.

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Jul 29
Notebooks for Mac released to complement Notebooks on iOS

Alfons Schmid has announced Mac OS X and Windows versions of Notebooks, a productivity app that combines text processing with task management and file organization.

It includes text processing for plain text, formatted text and Markdown, provides space to store and organize files and documents, and also integrates complex task management. The desktop applications are designed to complement the iPad and iPhone versions of Notebooks.

Notebooks 7 (for iPad and iPhone) costs US$12.99 and are available at the Apple App Store in the Productivity category. The Mac OS X version is $19.99 and is available through the Mac App Store in the Productivity category, or $17.99 (USD) from the developer's website (http://www.notebooksapp.com/mac).

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Jul 29
Parliant announces new Mac voice messaging product

Parliant has announced Echoes (http://www.echoes-app.com), a new Mac voice messaging product. It's different from Skype, FaceTime, and other voice chat applications because it eliminates "dialing" or setting up connections with your recipients.

Echoes puts an icon in your menu bar where you just choose "Announce" (or press a keyboard shortcut), speak your announcement, and press return. Echoes lets you:

° Announce to other users running Echoes on your local network;

° Announce to everyone, groups of people you configure, or individuals;

° Reply to the sender of the last received announcement'

° Set keyboard shortcuts for sending and replying;

° Resend last sent announcement without re-recording it;

° Replay last received announcement in case you missed it.

Echoes is available on the Mac App Store for US$9.99 for a limited time.

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Jul 29
iShowU Studio for Mac OS X adds more editing features

shinywhitebox (http://shinywhitebox.com) has launched iShowU Studio 1.1.0, an update to their screen casting solution for Mac OS X.

Aimed at the consumer and beginner prosumer market, iShowU Studio focuses on providing easy post-recording editing and publishing of captured footage. Version 1.1.0 provides more editing features and better text placement and presentation features.

iShow U Studio requires Mac OS X 10.9 or later. It costs US$89.95, though version 1.1.0 is a free update for registered users.

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Jul 29
Roxio Toast 12 offers new Live Screen Capture, HD Video Burning

Roxio has introduced two new additions to its Toast family: Roxio Toast 12 Titanium and Roxio Toast 12 Pro. They provide: support for popular social media platforms and devices; capture, copy, convert and share capabilities; enhanced HD burning options and new Live Screen Capture.

When working with music, photos or video, Roxio Toast 12 offers an interface and built-in tutorials to simplify all your digital media tasks. The new version makes it easier to share to social media (Facebook, YouTube, Vimeo and Twitter), the latest devices, or burn HD content to DVD. Designed especially for educators and trainers, the new Live Screen Capture lets you record directly from your screen with voiceover, then edit, save and share as a movie.

Roxio Toast 12 Titanium and Roxio Toast 12 Pro are available now as electronic downloads directly from www.roxio.com/toast. Roxio Toast 12 Titanium is available at the...

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Jul 29
X-BizTracker for Mac OS X updated to version 4.13

Excelisys has announced The eX-BizTracker 4.13, an update of the eX-File business productivity template for small- to medium-sized businesses.

X-BizTracker maximizes the latest innovations in FileMaker Pro 12, resulting in a leaner customizing tool that's easier to use and extend, says Doug West, product/project manager at Excelisys. It also incorporates a host of elements to enhance usability features and functionality, including CRM to manage both companies and individuals. Version 4.13 takes advantage of FileMaker's aggressive leap into the web and iOS/Mobile platform deployment strategies, according to West.

A demo is available for download at http://tinyurl.com/nj4sdxj . Pricing is on a subscription basis, starting at US$1,550 for 10 hours.

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Jul 29
Sonnet ships new xMac Pro Server 

Sonnet (www.sonnettech.com) is shipping its new xMac Pro Server with a Thunderbolt 2-to-PCI Express (PCIe) expansion system and 4U rackmount enclosure for the latest generation of Mac Pro computers. It securely mounts the computer horizontally inside a specially designed 4U modular enclosure, connects three PCIe 2.0 slots via Thunderbolt 2 technology, and provides space to install additional equipment in two 5.25-inch mobile rack bays.

"The xMac Pro Server builds on the success of our rack-mountable xMac mini Server and Echo Express III-R Thunderbolt 2-to-PCIe expansion products to provide much-needed expansion capabilities for the latest Mac Pro, which on its own lacks storage expansion and PCIe slots," says Greg LaPorte, vice president of sales and marketing, Sonnet Technologies. "By supporting every Thunderbolt-compatible PCIe card available, the xMac Pro Server enables audio-video professionals to fully...

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Jul 29
Apple revs MacBook Pro line with faster Haswell processors

Apple has updated its MacBook Pro with faster Haswell processors but no Broadwell processors. All 13-inch models now come with 8GB of RAM standard, all 15-inch models now feature 16GB of RAM.

The new 13-inch models include:

° $1299: 2.6 GHz dual-core i5 processor, 8 GB RAM, 128 GB flash storage;
° $1499: 2.6 GHz dual-core i5 processor, 8 GB RAM, 256 GB flash storage;
° $1799: 2.8 GHz dual-core i7 processor, 8 GB RAM, 512 GB flash storage;

The new 13-inch models include:

° $1999: 2.2 GHz quad-core i7 processor, 16 GB RAM, 256 GB flash storage;
° $2499: 2.5 GHz quad-core i7 processor, 16 GB RAM, 512 GB flash storage .

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Jul 29
BatchOutput XLS gets an upgraded core engine

Zevrix Solutions (www.zevrix.com) has rolled out BatchOutput XLS 2.2, an update to its output automation solution for Microsoft Excel on Mac OS X.

In addition to batch printing and exporting, the software lets users carry out automated professional PDF production directly from Excel eliminating the need for time consuming post-processing. The new version introduces an upgrade to the app's core engine, which allows BatchOutput XLS to support latest advanced Apple technologies and future system releases.

BatchOutput XLS can be purchased for US$39.95 from the Zevrix website, as well as from authorized resellers. A demo is available for download. BatchOutput XLS runs on Mac OS X 10.5 - 10.9 and works with Microsoft Excel 2008 and 2011.

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Jul 28
SilhouetteFX adds new Crop Node, EXR 2.0 multi-part file support...

SilhouetteFX has released version 5.2 of Silhouette, its stereo roto, paint and keying software. The new Crop Node allows working within a small region of a larger image — using less memory with faster performance.


Silhouette now supports EXR 2.0 multi-part files. When a multi-part file is loaded, all of its parts are loaded into the Project window ready for selection and use in the project.

Extending its Auto Paint tools, you can now play back selected events forward or backward, rebuild paint in stroke order, and duplicate strokes from one stereo view to another. Also, rendered clips can now be sent to Tweak Software’s RV playback software (if installed). 

New licenses for Silhouette V5 are US$1,495. For more info go to http://silhouettefx.com . Silhouette V5 requires Mac OS X 10.7 or higher.

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