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Mar 15
StarTech debuts new Thunderbolt 3 Docking Station 
StarTech.com has released the $405 Thunderbolt 3 Dual-4K Docking Station with SD Card Slot that provides 85W of USB power delivery, support for two 4K DisplayPort displays, a SD card slot, and six USB 3.0 ports.    The docking station comes equipped with a DisplayPort video output and USB-C to DisplayPort cable for connecting the Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C) port to an additional DisplayPort display. Users can also connect to more devices and peripherals with the dock’s five USB-A ports, one USB-C port, and card reader slot. The dock allows MacBook Pro and Windows PC users direct access to the content on their SD or microSD Flash cards. The SD card slot could also be used for additional storage and backup through macOS X Time Machine or Windows File History. 
Mar 15
Paragon Software debuts new version of Hard Disk Manager for Mac
Paragon Software, has released a new version of Paragon Hard Disk Manager for Mac, software to protect and manage your macOS system. It now provides macOS High Sierra 10.13 and APFS (Apple File System) support. This utility covers all aspects of Mac’s life cycle from drive partitioning and regular backup to system migration, flexible disaster recovery options, and secure wiping of recycled storage. The new edition allows users to bypass System Integrity Protection (SIP) limitations, so Hard Disk Manager operations are no longer inhibited by it. Any operation with a system disk can be performed, even when SIP is enabled. The current release doesn’t yet include APFS backup functionality, which is anticipated in the next product update. Paragon Hard Disk Manager for Mac requires macOS 10.7 or later. It costs $39.95. A demo is available for download at https://tinyurl.com/y929vxbp .
Mar 15
IK Multimedia announces Total Studio 2 MAX
IK Multimedia (www.ikmultimedia.com) has released the Total Studio 2 MAX bundle, a studio collection of software instruments and FX. It brings together 94 products in one single suite for macOS and Windows systems. Total Studio 2 MAX is designed for composers as well as engineers, creative sound designers, producers, performers, multimedia artists, broadcast professionals, and others. Features include full orchestral arrangements for TV, cinema and video games, as well as full-blown tracks in any style and genre. Total Studio 2 MAX and its entry-level version, Total Studio 2 DELUXE, are now available. They cost $999.99 and $499.99, respectively.
Mar 15
Art Institutes, Woz U to offer tech curriculum
The Art Institutes system of schools (Ai) and technology-based education start-up, Woz U, have announced a new partnership “that serves as the intersection of technology and creativity in education.” The Art Institutes is a system of non-profit schools through the U.S. Inspired by Steve Wozniak, co-founder of Apple, Woz U specializes in technology and career-based programs designed to get people into the workforce quickly and affordably. “For more than 80 years, The Art Institutes have served as an important source for design, culinary, fashion and media arts professionals,” said Claude Brown, president of the non-profit Art Institutes system of schools. “Traditionally, our programs focused on the intersection of technology and creativity. With careers combining creativity and technology growing in demand, we are excited to meet the need for qualified technology professionals with The Art Institutes’ Woz U Academy.” The Art Institutes’ Woz U Academy is designed to change the way...
Mar 14
Xojo Pi licenses are now free 
Xojo, Inc. (www.xojo.com) — the company that makes Xojo, a cross-platform development tool for developing native apps for the desktop, web, iOS and Raspberry Pi — has announced that in honor of Pi Day 2018, Xojo Pi licenses will be free, today and every day. Xojo Pi licenses allow you to build console apps for Linux ARM for use with Raspberry Pi 2 and Raspberry Pi 3. "Back in 2015 at the Xojo Developer Conference when we announced Xojo would be adding support for the Raspberry Pi, we thought it was a fun extra for Xojo users," says Geoff Perlman, Xojo founder and CEO. "We were not expecting the overwhelming excitement and interest from the Xojo community and makers around the world! To celebrate Pi Day we're making Xojo Pi licenses free from Pi Day forward!"
Mar 14
OWC introduces the Mercury Elite Pro Quad
OWC (www.MacSales.com) has introduced the OWC Mercury Elite Pro Quad, an external storage solution that offers four drive bays to provide massive amounts of storage from a single USB-C connection, with the flexibility to be utilized in Mac, PC and mixed Mac/PC environments. It’s designed for users who require high capacity storage with fast transfer speeds, such as those in post- production firms, photographers, creative agencies, higher education programs, and small businesses. The Mercury Elite Pro Quad's USB 3.1 Gen 2 interface and USB-C port work universally with any USB-C or Thunderbolt 3 equipped Mac or Windows PC. The included USB-C to USB-A adapter cable provides the ability to connect to any USB equipped computer. And it packs a heat-dissipating aluminum enclosure, quiet fan and vibration-absorbing feet. The Mercury Elite Pro Quad is available in two versions of the SoftRAID engine for Mac users, one with RAID 0 and RAID 1 modes along with disk certification and drive...
Mar 14
Wakefy turns your Mac into a Spotify alarm clock
Javier Ramirez has introduced Wakefy (https://wakefy.com) for macOS 10.12 or later. It’s a free app that turns your Mac into a Spotify alarm clock. Wakefy forces you to actually get up and walk to turn off the alarm, and allows you to wake up to your favorite Spotify tunes. It works even if your Mac isn’t awake. The utility lives in your menu bar and only pops up when you need it. You can set it once, then forget about it.
Mar 13
Early, Early Bird discount for FileMaker conference ends Thursday
The $200 Early, Early Bird discount for the FileMaker Developer Conference 2018 (https://tinyurl.com/ydaek9lw) expires this Thursday, March 15. This year FileMaker DevCon takes place Aug.6-9, 2018 in Dallas Texas. Attendees can choose from more than 80 sessions ranging from beginner topics to advanced level sessions.
Mar 13
Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference kicks off June 4
Apple will host its 29th annual Worldwide Developers Conference at the McEnery Convention Center in San Jose, California, June 4-8. WWDC provides an opportunity for developers to learn more about how to create new experiences across Apple's platforms for the Mac, iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, Apple TV, and HomePod. A range of developer application programming interfaces (APIs) — including SiriKit, HomeKit, HealthKit, GymKit, MusicKit, ResearchKit, and Core ML — give developers ways to help users take command of everything from their health and homes, to how they get around, shop and learn. Developers and Apple enthusiasts everywhere can livestream the conference on the WWDC app for iPhone, iPad and Apple TV, as well as through the Apple Developer website. Developers can apply for tickets now through March 22 at 10 a.m. PDT via the WWDC website (https://developer.apple.com/wwdc/register/). Tickets are issued through a random selection process, and developers will be notified of...
Mar 13
AKVIS releases Sketch Video 4.0
AKVIS (www.akvis.com) has released AKVIS Sketch Video 4.0, an update of the After Effects and Premiere Pro plugin for converting videos into animated cartoons. Version 4.0 offers the Esquisse style with a number of ready-to-use presets for popular video formats. The Sketch Video plugin is a tool for creating unique animation effects. Just load a video file and select one of built-in presets. The program now offers three drawing styles: Classic, Artistic, and Esquisse. Version 4.0 also comes with a number of artists-designed presets for 4K, HD, and SD video formats. On the Mac platform, AKVIS Sketch Video 4.0 requires macOS 10.7 or higher. There's a plugin version only, compatible with After Effects, Premiere Pro, and Premiere Elements. AKVIS Sketch Video Home (includes Classic style) sells for $ 69. The Pro version (with Classic, Artistic and Esquisse) is $99. One license key allows activating the software on two computers. A demo is available for download. The 4.0 update is free for...
Mar 13
Output Factory Server for InDesign revved to version 2.0.13
Zevrix Solutions has announced Output Factory Server 2.0.13, a maintenance update to the company's output workflow automation solution for Adobe InDesign. Output Factory automates printing and exporting from InDesign by processing files from hot folders. The app can serve unlimited users and offers single page export, layer versioning, preflighting and more. The new version lets users edit workflow settings during processing without having to restart hot folder watching for the changes to take effect. Output Factory Server can be purchased from the Zevrix website (www.zevrix.com) for $699.95. A demo is available for download. The upgrade to version 2 is $350 for licensed users of Output Factory Server 1.x and BatchOutput Server. Output Factory Server requires macOS 10.7-10.13 and Adobe InDesign CS5-CC 2018.
Mar 12
Apple posts three new developer betas
Apple has released the fifth developer beta versions of macOS High Sierra 10.13.4, iOS 11.3, and tvOS 11.3. Registered developers can download them from Apple's Developer Center — or over-the-air once the proper configuration profile has been installed from the Developer Center.
Mar 12
Apple to acquire digital magazine service Texture
Apple has signed an agreement to acquire Texture, the digital magazine subscription service by Next Issue Media LLC. Texture offers access to over 200 magazines for $9.99 per month.. With Texture, users enjoy the magazines they know and love, while discovering new content that fits their passions and interests. “We’re excited Texture will join Apple, along with an impressive catalog of magazines from many of the world’s leading publishers,” said Eddy Cue, Apple’s senior vice president of Internet Software and Services. “We are committed to quality journalism from trusted sources and allowing magazines to keep producing beautifully designed and engaging stories for users.” “I’m thrilled that Next Issue Media, and its award-winning Texture app, are being acquired by Apple,” said John Loughlin, CEO of Next Issue Media / Texture. “The Texture team and its current owners, Condé Nast, Hearst, Meredith, Rogers Media and KKR, could not be more pleased or excited with this development. We...
Mar 12
LinkOptimizer for InDesign Is Now Available on the New Adobe...
Zevrix Solutions says LinkOptimizer for Adobe InDesign is now available on Adobe Exchange, a new and improved Creative Cloud marketplace. Adobe Exchange makes it easier for customers to discover and install third party plug-ins for Creative Cloud. LinkOptimizer is a workflow automation solution InDesign that lets users automatically scale and crop images to their InDesign dimensions at specified target resolution, perform color conversion, convert image formats, run actions and more. LinkOptimizer can be purchased from the Adobe Exchange (https://tinyurl.com/yd7aqmsd) for $259.95 (there's a "lite" version for $179.95), as well as from the Zevrix website (www.zevrix.com) A demo is available for download. LinkOptimizer requires macOS 10.7-10.13 and Adobe InDesign / Photoshop CS5-CC 2018.
Mar 09
PhoneRescue for macOS updated to version 3.6.0
iMobie has released PhoneRescue 3.6.0, a maintenance update to their data recovery software for macOS and Windows. Developed exclusively for iPhone and Android users suffering from data loss, it’s a tool that can retrieve lost messages and other important data directly from iPhone and Android phones, even without a backup. The app allows users to preview the deleted data and select those that really matter to recover. A single user license for PhoneRescue is $49.99 and a family license is $69.99. You can purchase a license at the iMobie online store (www.imobie.com).
Mar 09
DRmare launches Audio Converter for Apple Music, Audible, more
DRmare Studio has introduced Audio Converter 1.0 (https://tinyurl.com/ya8yqqlr) for macOS and Windows. The app lets you remove DRM from any protected audio, including Apple Music, iTunes M4P songs and Audible audiobooks. You can also convert both DRM-ed and non-DRM audios for any device. DRmare Audio Converter works not only with DRM-protected audio files, but also with common audios, such as MP3, WAV, OGG, WMA, AAC, FLAC, and more. On the Mac platform, DRmare Audio Converter 1.0 requires macOS 10.8 or higher. To convert any DRM-ed music from iTunes or Apple Music Store, users are required to install the latest iTunes on computer with authorization. DRmare Audio Converter is provided with two different license types, including $39.95 for one computer and a lifetime upgrade and $54.95 for five computers with a lifetime upgrade.
Mar 08
Malwarebytes Endpoint Protection extended to macOS
Malwarebytes, a malware prevention and remediation solution, has announced the extension of its visionary endpoint protection to support on Macs. Businesses with Mac computers can benefit from Malwarebytes Endpoint Protection powered by the Malwarebytes Cloud Platform, according to CEO Marcin Kleczynski.  Based on Malwarebytes telemetry, malware targeting Mac operating systems more than doubled from 2016 to 2017. In the year 2017 alone, Mac threats increased more than 270 percent. New threats identified in the first two months of 2018 indicate a similar pace of malware development, says Kleczynski.   With Mac Endpoint Protection, a single dashboard unites Endpoint Protection for both macOS and Windows Windows and Mac computers for use by the system administrator. Mac EP doesn’t require a constant connection to the cloud platform, meaning users are still protected when they’re not connected. Enterprise compliance programs may safely incorporate Macs with Malwarebytes Endpoint...
Mar 08
Apple updates its Workflow app for iOS
Apple has updated its Workflow app for iOS to version 1.7.8. The upgrade: ° Added a new Mask Image action; ° Added new fields to the Add Things To-Do action; ° Dictionary items are now reorderable in the Dictionary action; ° The URL scheme now supports opening workflows; ° Improved the PDF to text coercion; extracting text from PDFs now works much better; ° Improved drag and drop handling; you can now drop content onto a workflow in My Workflows without waiting for spring-loading. Workflow allows you to automate items on your iPhone or iPad by connecting apps and actions. You can create complex workflows that you can start with a single tap. Workflow contains over 200 actions, including those for Contacts, Calendar, Maps, Music, Photos, Camera, Reminders, Safari, AirDrop, Twitter, Facebook, Dropbox, Evernote, iCloud Drive, and Health, to name a few. Workflow is a free 113MB download from the Apple App Store.
Mar 08
Apple releases 12th annual Supplier Responsibility Progress...
Apple’s has released its 12th annual Supplier Responsibility Progress Report, which details progress the company is making to improve working conditions at supplier facilities, protect the planet and ensure responsible sourcing. The tech giant says that, since 2007, almost 15 million supplier employees have been trained on their rights, including three million last year. Constantly raising the bar, finding problems and fixing them, providing advancement opportunities and reporting transparently are fundamental to Apple’s supplier responsibility efforts, according to Chief Operating Officer Jeff Williams. He says that the company’s efforts to create a greener supply chain resulted in significant progress in 2017. All iPhone final assembly sites around the world have now been certified as zero waste to landfill. More of Apple’s products were made using renewable energy, while also reducing overall energy usage and carbon emissions. Suppliers working with Apple implemented energy...
Mar 08
BatchOutput for Microsoft Excel Now Can Save Single Sheet PDFs
Zevrix Solutions has announced BatchOutput XLS 2.5.3, a feature update to its output automation solution for Microsoft Excel. In addition to batch printing and PDF conversion, the software lets users carry out professional PDF production directly from Excel and effortlessly repurpose Office spreadsheets for web and mobile devices. Version 2.5.3 lets users split Excel workbooks into single sheet PDF files while preserving the multi-page sheet structure in exported documents. BatchOutput XLS can be purchased for $19.95 from the Zevrix website (www.zevrix.com), as well as from authorized resellers and Mac App Store. A demo is available for download. BatchOutput XLS requires macOS 10.7 - 10.13 and Microsoft Excel 2008, 2011 or 2016.
Mar 07
Khronos Group releases Vulkan 1.1
The Khronos Group, an open consortium of leading hardware and software companies creating advanced acceleration standards, has released the Vulkan 1.1 and SPIR-V 1.3 specifications. Version 1.1 expands Vulkan's core functionality with developer-requested features, such as subgroup operations, while integrating a range of proven extensions from Vulkan 1.0. Khronos will also release full Vulkan 1.1 conformance tests into open source. AMD, Arm, Imagination, Intel Corp., NVIDIA and Qualcomm have implemented conformant Vulkan 1.1 drivers. Find more information on the Vulkan 1.1 specification and associated tests and tools at Khronos's Vulkan Resource Page (https://www.khronos.org/vulkan/).
Mar 07
Jumsoft updates its Toolbox apps with more languages
Jumsoft (www.jumsoft.com) has updated its Toolbox apps with more languages. The upgrade brings five new localizations to the productivity companion apps Toolbox for Pages, Toolbox for Keynote, Toolbox for iWork, and Toolbox for Office for Mac and Toolbox for Pages and Toolbox for Keynote for iOS. Jumsoft Toolbox applications provide productivity templates and designs and include everything from individual decorative items such as doodles, badges, and clipart, to completely formatted document and presentation themes and layouts. They’re now available in 14 languages total: English, Danish, Dutch, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, Simplified Chinese, Spanish, Swedish, and Thai, with more planned in the future.
Mar 07
HoudahGeo 5.2 for macOS adds Lightroom Classic support
Houdah Software has introduced HoudahGeo 5.2, an upgrade to its photo geocoding solution for macOS. The app "pins" photos to locations where they were taken. Just like a GPS-enabled camera, HoudahGeo embeds latitude, longitude and altitude information within the image file. It works with Photos, iPhoto, Aperture, and Adobe Lightroom. Version 5.2 adds support for Lightroom Classic, brings enhancements to the geocoding workflow, and adds support for newer EXIF tags. Licenses can can be purchased from the Houdah Software store. HoudahGeo 5.2 is priced at $39 for a single-user license. A demo is available for download.
Mar 07
Maintain serves up Cocktail 11.4 (High Sierra Edition)
Maintain has served up Cocktail 11.4 (High Sierra Edition), a new edition of Cocktail for users running macOS High Sierra. It’s a general purpose utility for macOS that lets users clean, repair and optimize their Macs. The new version adds the ability to clear macOS content cache and adds the ability to thin or delete local Time Machine Snapshots. Cocktail costs $19 for a single user license and available for purchase from the Maintain website (http://www.maintain.se/cocktail/). When unregistered, Cocktail runs in demo mode and will expire after the tenth launch.
Mar 06
Twelve South updates its BookArc mod MacBook stand
Twelve South has announced an update to its BookArc mod MacBook stand (https://tinyurl.com/km9hbjo) with a wood focused design. It works with most Mac laptops, including the MacBook Pro with Thunderbolt 3. The folks at Twelve South say the revved BookArc is inspired by mid-century modern furniture design with a birch finish designed to complement to most decors and MacBook colors. The stand holds your MacBook vertically, minimizing desk clutter. BookArc möd comes with soft, interchangeable silicone inserts to fit current MacBooks (Thuderbolt 3 / USB-C), MacBook Air and MacBook Pro Retina. Twelve South is launching it with a $10 discount for $49.99. This will be a temporary deal that will last for the next two weeks when the price will jump back up to $59.99.
Mar 06
Apple releases new developer beta of watchOS 4.3
Apple has released watchOS 4.3 developer beta 4. Registered developers can download them from Apple's Developer Center — or over-the-air once the proper configuration profile has been installed from the Developer Center.
Mar 06
StarTech launches Thunderbolt 3 PCI Expansion Chassis with...
StarTech.com has released the $316.99, a turnkey solution for those looking to extend their laptop expansion options. The chassis enables users to add their choice of external PCI Express (PCIe) card to their MacBook or Windows laptop, and features a dedicated port for connecting a DisplayPort monitor. For additional scalability, the chassis also supports Thunderbolt 3 daisy chaining. The expansion chassis is available for purchase individually, or bundled with one of a variety of StarTech.com PCIe cards. The bundles available include 10 Gigabit networking, USB 3.1, FireWire, and m.2 SSD connections. The Thunderbolt 3 expansion chassis supports business and creative professionals’ use of many external add-on peripherals and storage media, according to Carey Cline, senior product manager, StarTech.com. Also, by adding this expansion chassis, users won’t lose their investment in previously purchased PCIe cards and the devices connected to them when upgrading to a Thunderbolt 3 laptop.
Mar 06
Infinea X launched for the iPhone
Infinite Peripherals, which specializes in enterprise mobility solutions, has launched the Infinea X for the iPhone 6S, 7 and 8. It’s an all-in-one healthcare solution, mobilizing nursing staff, practitioners and healthcare workers to handle multiple workflows and increase patient satisfaction. Both employees and healthcare organizations prefer iOS solutions as compared to other platforms. To meet this preference, the Infinea X transforms the iPhone 6S, 7, or 8, into an operational tool for healthcare professionals, ensuring accurate administration of medication, automating data capture and managing inventory. Currently, the Infinea X is utilized by some of the top U.S. hospitals with thousands of units in use. “The Infinea X is the ‘go-to’ choice for our healthcare customers looking for innovative, Apple-based mobile solutions,” says Greg Werchowski, vice president, Healthcare Division, Paragon Development Systems, an Infinite Peripherals partner. “We work with hundreds of...
Mar 05
Apple releases three new developer betas
Apple has released the fourth developer betas of macOS High Sierra 10.13.4, iOS 11.3, and tvOS 11.3. Registered developers can download them from Apple's Developer Center — or over-the-air once the proper configuration profile has been installed from the Developer Center.
Mar 05
Late Night Software Launches Script Debugger 7
Late Night Software (www.latenightsoftware.com) has released Script Debugger 7, the latest version of its AppleScript IDE. Script Debugger is an integrated development environment focused entirely on AppleScript. Version 7 introduces Script Debugger Lite, several new features, and other tweaks and improvements. Script Debugger 7 requires macOS 10.11 (El Capitan) or later. It retails for $99.99, with upgrades from Script Debugger 6 for $49.99.
Mar 05
Output Factory Server for InDesign Update Improves Preflight...
Zevrix Solutions has announced Output Factory Server 2.0.12, a maintenance update to company's output workflow automation tool for Adobe InDesign. Output Factory automates printing and exporting from InDesign by processing files from hot folders. The app can serve unlimited users on a network and offers layer versioning, preflighting, single page export and more. Version 2.0.12 improves handling of email alerts triggered by preflight errors and addresses issues related to corrupted workflow files. Output Factory Server can be purchased from the Zevrix website (www.zevrix.com) for $699.95. A demo is aavailable for download. The upgrade to version 2 is $350 for the licensed users of Output Factory Server 1.x and BatchOutput Server. Output Factory Server requires macOS 10.7-10.13 and Adobe InDesign CS5-CC 2018.
Mar 05
FmPro Migrator 8.48 Creates FileMaker 16 Custom Apps from Visual...
.com Solutions has released FmPro Migrator Platinum Edition 8.48. FmPro Migrator is a stand-alone app that migrates FileMaker Pro databases to MySQL, Oracle, Access, SQL Server, Sybase, DB2, OpenBase and more. Version 8.48 has been enhanced to perform automated Visual FoxPro to FileMaker 16 conversions. FileMaker database files can be shared using FileMaker Server or FileMaker Cloud with macOS, iOS, and Windows devices. FmPro Migrator Developer Edition is priced at $600 per developer. A demo is available from .com Solutions online (https://tinyurl.com/yhzahuk).
Mar 02
Case-Mate launches Power Pad wireless charger
Case-Mate has announced a new category with the launch of the Power Pad, a fast wireless charger with an optional stand included. CEO Steve Marzio says it engages Qi-enabled devices at the highest charging speeds possible, including 7.5W of power for the latest Apple iPhones (iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone X) and 9W of power for the latest Samsung devices. The Power Pad also includes a sturdy stand designed to be used on a table, desk, or countertop, displaying your device in either portrait or landscape views. Check incoming texts or emails, answer the phone, follow a recipe, utilize as an alarm clock, or stream the latest series, all while your phone is charging. There’s also a “soft” LED light indicator that confirms charge initiation upon contact, so you can place and go with assurance that your device is indeed charging. The "iPhone shaped" charging pad is separate from the stand, so if you prefer to simply lay flat, you can easily do that as well. There’s a slip resistant...
Mar 01
Apple releases Logic Pro X 10.4.1
Apple has updated Logic Pro X — its macOS software for professional songwriting, editing, and mixing — to version 10.4.1. The maintenance release: ° Fixes an issue that could cause the app to quit when opening projects created in an earlier version; ° Plug-in settings are properly installed for Step FX, Phat FX, ChromaVerb and the Vintage EQ collection; ° Logic no longer quits unexpectedly when pressing play after automation has been copied to another track; ° Resolves an issue where ChromaVerb could cause unexpected spikes in CPU usage; ° Zoom key commands now work as expected in the Audio File Editor; ° Control-clicking on a note in the Piano Roll Editor no longer causes other notes to deselect. Logic Pro 10.3.2 is a free upgrade for registered users and is available at the Mac App Store. For new users the cost is $199.99.
Mar 01
QuarkXPress 2018 is coming May 16
Quark has announced the upcoming availability of QuarkXPress 2018 (https://tinyurl.com/y9cznolc), the next new full version of Quark’s graphic design and page layout software. Coming on May 16, 2018, QuarkXPress 2018 will bring designers and creative professionals “new powerful typography, print and digital publishing features necessary to meet daily creative and productivity demands.” If you buy or upgrade to QuarkXPress 2017 now, you’ll receive QuarkXPress 2018 free when it arrives on May 16.All QuarkXPress users on versions 3-10, 2015 and 2016 as well as those purchasing the Competitive Upgrade are eligible for the Buy QuarkXPress 2017, Get QuarkXPress 2018 promotion. Customers who already own QuarkXPress 2017 can pre-order the QuarkXPress 2018 upgrade and save 15% in March, 10% in April, and 5% in May until QuarkXPress 2018 arrives. All pre-order customers will be among the first to receive the new release a few days before it is publicly available.   QuarkXPress 2017 and the...
Mar 01
AKVIS releases Steampunk Pack set of picture frames
AKVIS (www.akvis.com) has announced the $17 Steampunk Pack set of picture frames. The collection is inspired by the steampunk world and includes 100 ready-to-use picture frames, 50 horizontal and 50 vertical templates. To use AKVIS frame packs, you need to have installed one of following programs: AKVIS Frames (available for free) or AKVIS ArtSuite (a demo is available for download). On the Mac platform, the products run on macOS 10.12 or higher.
Mar 01
New survey looks at the frustrations, workloads of games...
Games PR and marketing agency Big Games Machine has published its first-ever survey of games journalists, giving an insight into their daily frustrations and ever-increasing workload. With thousands of games across PC, console and mobile being launched every year, journalists are inundated with pitches from PRs and developers like never before. While this was seen as a nice problem to have, the strongest feedback from reviewers was that developers and PRs could be doing a lot more to help journalists do their job, and give their own games the best chance of being covered. The report, “Overworked, underpaid and passionate: a survey of games journalists,” is based on responses from 217 games journalists from across Europe and the US, including some of the best-known sites like Game Informer, PC Gamer, n3rdabl3, Recombu, Forbes, Eurogamer, IGN, VG247, Engadget, Gizmodo and 148 Apps. It’s free to download at https://tinyurl.com/yavsohzn. Games journalists told Big Games Machine that...
Mar 01
Flexible electronics market projected to see CAGR of 11% now...
The flexible electronics market is expected to grow from $23.92 billion in 2018 to reach $40.37 billion by 2023, at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 11% between 2018 and 2023, according to ReportLinker (www.reportlinker.com). Flexible electronic devices are easy to assemble being light in weight and portable, adds the research group. This has resulted in the growing adoption of flexible electronic devices for solar power harnessing, healthcare, and consumer electronics application, which collectively drive market growth. The widespread use of rigid electronic devices is hindering the growth of the flexible electronics market to a large extent. Samsung Group (South Korea), LG Group (South Korea), and Solar Frontier (Japan) are some of the prominent players in the flexible electronics market OLED lighting and flexible batteries are expected to demonstrate rapid growth in the flexible electronics market during the forecast period, says ReportLinker. Flexible OLED lighting...
Feb 28
First text to speech voices launched for Dutch children
Acapela Group, Dutch charity Nederlandse Stichting voor het Gehandicapte Kind (NSGK) and AssistiveWare have launched the first Dutch text to speech children's voices. They’ll benefit children who cannot speak and rely on Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) systems. The voices will be available to download exclusively in Proloquo2Go (https://tinyurl.com/ycgfx49v), the $249.99 iOS app that gives a voice to over 175,000 children, teens and adults around the world. The Dutch voices, named Thijs and Merel were recorded by and for children. They will benefit children who cannot speak and rely on Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) systems.
Feb 28
F-Secure debuts partner-driven service to stop cyber attacks
Via its growing network of channel partners, F-Secure, which specializes in security solutions, is introducing a new purpose-built managed endpoint detection and response (EDR) service to protect companies from targeted cyber attacks and advanced threats. Co-created with partners, the service offers partners a chance to get in on the surging opportunity around managed EDR services. “Companies are demanding managed services and advanced threat protection, requiring more human participation and expertise than is offered by standard security products,” said Thomas Zeller, managing director at BWG Informationssysteme GmbH. “F-Secure offers us new managed service opportunities and we have access to their threat analysts in case needed.” Fifty-five percent of incidents investigated by F-Secure’s incident response services are caused by targeted attacks, while only 45% are opportunistic. And more than ever, attackers are employing methods designed to evade traditional endpoint protection...
Feb 28
Apple Watch Series 3 now tracks skiing, snowboarding activities
Skiers and snowboarders can now use Apple Watch Series 3 to track their activities via new updates to apps available in the App Store. Watch users can now record runs, see vertical descent and other stats, and contribute active calorie measurements directly to the Apple Watch Activity app. Developers are taking advantage of the built-in GPS and altimeter in Apple Watch Series 3 as well as custom workout APIs released in watchOS 4.2 to enable tracking of specialized metrics. App updates for snoww, Slopes, Squaw Alpine, Snocru and Ski Tracks now track new metrics on the slopes including: total vertical descent and horizontal distance; number of runs; average and maximum speeds; total time spent; and calories burned. Apps can auto pause and resume and users will get credit towards their Activity rings; workout information will also be recorded to the Health app on iPhone with user permission. Using Siri, users can start Slopes and snoww to track their runs using just their voice. “Having...
Feb 27
TheKeptPromise releases Create Booklet 2 for the Mac
TheKeptPromise has released Create Booklet 2 for the Mac, which allows anyone to create a booklet from almost any file from within almost any software. Create Booklet 2 can place pages side by side re-sorted for booklet printing, no matter what printer is used. Its onboarding gets customers up to speed before they run into any surprises, according to the folks at TheKeptPromise. To satisfy the pro users, Create Booklet 2 makes use of PDF boxes, allowing custom impositions and more. The software is compatible with macOS 10.10 or higher. It costs $19.99 and is available at the Mac App Store (https://tinyurl.com/y9dunduy).
Feb 27
Joyoshare releases Screen Recorder for macOS
Joyoshare (www.joyoshare.com) has announced Screen Recorder for Mac, a video capture tool that can record screen videos with audio simultaneously on macOS. It allows users to record all screen activities, including desktop videos, audio, streaming music, games, webcams, online chats, video calls, lectures, and more. You can then save recordings in media formats such as MP4, MOV, WMV, FLV, and more. Joyoshare Screen Recorder for Mac is sold with three different license types, including: $29.95 for a single license copy with lifetime free software update;$59.95 for 2-5 Macs with lifetime free update; and $79.95 for unlimited use. The software is compatible with macOS 10.8 and later. A demo is available for download.
Feb 27
LinkOptimizer for Adobe InDesign Improves Alpha Channels...
Zevrix Solutions has rolled out LinkOptimizer 5.2.5, a maintenance update to the company's workflow automation solution for Adobe InDesign. LinkOptimizer lets users automatically scale and crop images to their InDesign dimensions at specified target resolution, convert image formats, adjust colors and more. The new version addresses an issue in which alpha channels in PSD and TIFF files could be deleted during processing. Version 5.2.5 also recognizes color profile in additional designated system locations. LinkOptimizer can be purchased from the Zevrix website (www.zevrix.com) for $259.95; there’s also a “lite” version for $179.95. A demo is available for download. The update is free for LinkOptimizer 5.x users and $130 to upgrade from previous versions. LinkOptimizer requires macOS 10.7-10.13 and Adobe InDesign / Photoshop CS5-CC 2018.
Feb 26
NeoFinder for macOS revved to version 7.2.1
Norbert M. Doerner has released NeoFinder 7.2.1 (https://www.cdfinder.de), an update of its media asset management tool for the Mac. Among other things, you can now generate thumbnails and metadata from Luminar 2018 files (".lmnr" file suffix) NeoFinder 7.2.1 is a free update to all NeoFinder 7.x users. NeoFinder 7.x is a paid upgrade to licensed users of NeoFinder 6.x and the old CDFinder, upgrade price starting at $22.47 New licenses start at $34.30 for a NeoFinder Private License.
Feb 26
Yummy FTO Pro for macOS gets revamped user interface, more
Yummy Software has announced Yummy FTP Pro 2.0, an upgrade to their flagship file transfer app. Yummy FTP Pro is a Mac file transfer app. Version 2.0 introduces a new, Retina-focused user interface overhaul with streamlined local/remote file browser design, new navigation path bar, drag ’n drop-enabled with integrated favorites, history, and more. Yummy FTP Pro 2.0 requires macOS 10.8 or higher. It costs $29.99 and is available directly from Yummy Software (www.yummysoftware.com) Upgrades cost $15. Customers who purchased version 1.0 since Dec. 1, 2017, can obtain a free upgrade.
Feb 26
Yummy FTO Pro for macOS gets revamped user interface, more
Yummy Software has announced Yummy FTP Pro 2.0, an upgrade to their flagship file transfer app. Yummy FTP Pro is a Mac file transfer app. Version 2.0 introduces a new, Retina-focused user interface overhaul with streamlined local/remote file browser design, new navigation path bar, drag ’n drop-enabled with integrated favorites, history, and more. Yummy FTP Pro 2.0 requires macOS 10.8 or higher. It costs $29.99 and is available directly from Yummy Software (www.yummysoftware.com) Upgrades cost $15. Customers who purchased version 1.0 since Dec. 1, 2017, can obtain a free upgrade.
Feb 26
ATTO ships FastFrame 3 25/40/50/100GbE NICs
ATTO Technology has released the ATTO FastFrame 3 25/40/50/100GbE network interface controllers. Supporting speeds up to 100GbE and latency as low as 1µs, they’re designed for for IT applications such as data analytics, high performance computing (HPC) clusters, hyper converged servers and large database analysis. FastFrame 3 NICs have built-in hardware offload engines, including CPU transport layer offloading and NVMe over Fabric target offloading to accelerate data and reduce server overhead. Installations relying on SSDs will realize improvements in storage operations thanks to native NVMe support, according to ATTO CEO Tim Klein. The FastFrame NICs sport ATTO’s Advanced Data Streaming (ADS) technology , which manages latency right on the card.  In addition to FastFrame 3, ATTO offers a full line of legacy FastFrame NIC products providing end-to-end connectivity options for the most cost-effective and flexible network solutions. Go to https://www.atto.com for more info.
Feb 26
Vulkan applications enabled on Apple platforms
The Khronos Group (www.khronos.org), an open consortium of leading hardware and software companies creating advanced acceleration standards, has announcesd that the Vulkan Working Group’s Portability Initiative has been working with Khronos members Valve, LunarG, and The Brenwill Workshop to enable Vulkan applications to be ported to Apple platforms. The Vulkan Portability resource page links to a collection of free and open source set of tools, software development kits (SDKs), and runtime libraries to enable Vulkan development on macOS and deployment on macOS and iOS platforms. Valve is extending Dota 2 using the Vulkan tools on macOS to achieve y higher performance than native OpenGL drivers. Vulkan support for Dota 2 on macOS will be released in the coming months as a free update.   “We have been running substantial production loads through the Vulkan tools on Mac, including Dota 2 which is now running faster than the native OpenGL version,” says Pierre-Loup Griffais at Valve. “...
Feb 23
FxFactory releases XEffects Rips plug-ins for Final Cut Pro X
FxFactory has released XEffects Rips (https://fxfactory.com/info/xeffectsrips/), a new set of Final Cut Pro X plug-ins. Developed by partner Idustrial Revolution, they emulate the ripping of paper, separating the media into two halves with a photorealistic edge. The rip has onscreen controls for direction and rotation; the rip itself can be positioned using X and Y controls and rotated to any angle. Each plug-in comes loaded with a choice of 10 different edges which can be adjusted for edge width, color, and offset. XEffects Rips is distributed through FxFactory online. It’s being launched at a discounted price of $39 for one week (until March 1). The normal price is $49.
 

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