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Resource id #62Troi releases Troi Serial Plug-in 5.0 for FileMaker Pro 16

Troi has released Troi Serial Plug-in 5.0 for FileMaker Pro. The plug-in gives FileMaker Pro access to external devices with a serial interface.

Version 5.0 is compatible with FileMaker Pro 16. It also adds a new Serial_GetPortInfo function that retrieves the status and other information of a serial port.

A fully functional demo version of Troi Serial Plug-in 5.0 is available for downloading at Troi's website (http://tinyurl.com/y8vv3ahr). A cross platform developer license costs $999.

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Apple upgrades Final Cut Pro and iMovie

Apple has updated Final Cut Pro and iMovie, the (respectively) pro and consumer versions of its video editing software. Both upgrades are available via the Mac App Store.

Final Cut Pro 10.3.4 resolves a stability issue when using keyboard shortcuts to trim in Secondary Storylines. It also fixes an issue in which certain editing operations could create an extra audio fade in and fixes an issue in which the Share dialog could incorrectly display a codec warning. For new users the software costs $299.

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Scripting Boot Camp added to CMD-D|Masters of Automation Conference

Sal Soghoian, host of the CMD-D Conference, has announced a pre-conference Scripting Boot Camp taught by Ray Robertson the day before the first CMD-D|Masters of Automation Conference.

Designed for those who are new to automation, the CMD-D Scripting Boot Camp takes place at the Santa Clara Convention Center on Aug. 8, which is the day before the CMD-D Conference (pronounced "Command-D") itself.

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Kool Tools: AC1200 Plug-In Wi-Fi Range Extender

Amped Wireless (www.ampedwireless.com) is introducing two new plug-in range extender options that deliver an extra bump of coverage without a flurry of extra, unnecessary features. The Amped Wireless AC750 Plug-In Wi-Fi Range Extender and the AC1200 Plug-In Wi-Fi Range Extender can be up and running in minutes in homes that already have most Wi-Fi needs covered by their router, but could use a boost in coverage.

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IK Multimedia announces Syntronik for Mac/PC

IK Multimedia has introduced Syntronik (www.ikmultimedia.com/syntronik) a virtual synthesizer for Mac/PC that will be available in July 2017 and is now open for pre-order.

It includes 17 instruments, available as a collection or separately, with over 2,000 preset sounds covering a selection from 38 multi-sampled vintage synthesizers. Syntronik's synthesis engine is coupled with the new DRIFT technology to accurately reproduce the behavior of oscillators from real hardware synths. There are advanced features like 4-part layers, splits and arpeggiators.

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Kool Tools: BusyKid

Generation after generation parents face many of the same challenges when it comes to raising children. Gregg Murset, a father of six, is no exception. When his search for a simple solution to keep track of his kids chores, reward a weekly allowance and teach them the basic financial principles of earning, saving, sharing and spending money wisely failed he created My Job Chart (MJC). Now, one of the most popular online tools for children to learn about work ethics and money has evolved into BusyKid (http://www.busykid.com).

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Unmarked Software releases TextSoap 8.4 update

Unmarked Software has announced TextSoap 8.4, a feature update to its text processing and editing utility for macOS. The app processes text from endless different formats.

TextSoap serves to automate efforts to fix any text formatting issue that users encounter when working with text. Version 8.4 adds new current date expansion, support for literal characters in more actions, and addresses a number of issues reported by customers.

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Apple launches app development curriculum

Apple has launched a new app development curriculum designed for students who want to pursue careers in the app economy. The curriculum is available as a free download from Apple's iBooks Store.

App Development with Swift is a full-year course designed by Apple engineers and educators to teach students elements of app design using its Swift programming language. Students will learn to code and design fully functional apps, gaining critical job skills in software development and information technology.

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ImageFramer 4.0 adds new features for photographers and artists

Apparent Software has released ImageFramer ImageFramer 4.0, an update to its image framing application for macOS. It packs over 1,000 customizable frames and specialty borders.

Version 4.0 introduces dozens of improvements, including an Adobe Photoshop Lightroom plugin, batch processing, integration with Apple Photos, and the capability to export and import frames and design templates.

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QuarkXPress 2017 now available

Quark Software has released QuarkXPress 2017 (http://www.quark.com/Products/QuarkXPress/), the newest version of the company’s graphic design and desktop publishing software for professional print and digital production.
 
QuarkXPress 2017 introduces new graphics and image editing capabilities, such as non-destructive image editing, and extends text and typography features, such as text stroking and shading. The new version includes a range of the top user-requested features and continues to be sold as a perpetual license.

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Kool Tools: Polar A370 Fitness Tracker

The Polar A370 is a new fitness tracker with 24/7 continuous wrist-based heart rate and Polar Sleep Plus analytics. By combining daily activity goal guidance with Polar Sleep Plus, it delivers a complete picture of the user’s fitness based on the intersection of activity, rest and recovery.

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CS Odessa announces ConceptDraw Plan 1.1

CS Odessa (www.conceptdraw.com) has announced ConceptDraw Plan 1.1, new version of its web-based project management tool. It’s designed to help improve a project team's communications.

Version 1.1 extends web functionality. It also improves the ability to integrate with ConceptDraw Project 8, a project management tool.

ConceptDraw Plan 1.1 retails for $119 for 20 participants. It supports all major web browsers. ConceptDraw Project 8 retails for $299 and is compatible with macOS and Microsoft Windows. ConceptDraw Project 8 is included in ConceptDraw Office 4, which retails for $499.



OWC ships new version of SoftRAID

OWC Holdings, a division of OWC, has launched SoftRAID 5.6, an upgrade of the RAID software featuring SoftRAID Easy Setup­. The feature is designed to make it easy to create a RAID system (redundant array of independent disks) from scratch to keep your files protected against disk failure and achieve faster data access.

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Belkin releases new Pocket Power portable power bank

Belkin has released the Pocket Power, a compact, portable power bank that comes in 5,000 and 10,000 mAh sizes and in black, rose gold and silver. A 15,000 mAh model will be available in black only.

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Joyoshare rolls out Media Cutter 1.0 for macOS

Joyoshare Software (http://www.joyoshare.com) has introduced Media Cutter 1.0, a smart video splitting tool for Macs and Windows systems. It allows you to cut, edit and convert videos as well as audio in seconds with lossless quality.

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XwaveSoft introduces SurfPro VPN 1.0 for the Mac

XwaveSoft (www.xwavesoft.com) has introduced SurfPro VPN 1.0, a secure VPN client/service for macOS. It allows Mac users to keep their personal data, identity, location, and other confidential information cloaked from hackers via the app's anonymity tools.

SurfPro also allows you access websites and Internet services that are normally blocked in your country. The software routes its protected Internet traffic via any one of over 300 proxy servers, stationed in over 50 locations around the globe.

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Nokia and Apple settle all litigation

Nokia and Apple announced today that they have settled all litigation related to their intellectual property dispute and agreed a multi-year patent license.

“This is a meaningful agreement between Nokia and Apple,” said Maria Varsellona, chief legal Officer at Nokia, responsible for Nokia’s patent licensing business. “It moves our relationship with Apple from being adversaries in court to business partners working for the benefit of our customers.”

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Kool Tools: Zipbuds’ 26

Zipbuds’ 26 are newBluetooth, sweat and waterproof sport earbuds, specifically created to solve the common frustrations in sport headphones. They allow users to push harder and go farther, allowing athletes to focus on the long run or extensive sweat session ahead of them, instead of worrying if their earbuds can keep up.

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eMerge Americas 2017 Hackathon starts June 10

The eMerge Americas 2017 Hackathon starts June 10. Leading up to the event, eMerge Americas, the technology conference connecting revolutionary startups, cutting-edge ideas, and global industry leaders and investors from Latin America, North America and Europe, announced that the Hackathon will be back during its fourth edition to highlight some of the brightest tech talent and most promising startups in South Florida.

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Caboodle personal snippet manager is available in the Mac App Store

Before Dawn Solutions (http://www.beforedawnsolutions.com) says Caboodle 2.0.2, the company's personal snippet manager now on the Mac App Store. It requires macOS 10.10 or later and costs $19.99.

The app provides a single place to store, organize, and find useful tidbits of text, images, PDFs, and more. Version 2.0.2 sports such new features as multiple document windows, Spotlight search, a new high performance file format, and more.



Kool Tools: QNAP’s Thunderbolt 3 NAS

QNAP’s (www.qnap.com) new TVS-882ST3 is a 2.5-inch, 8-bay Thunderbolt 3 NAS powered by a sixth generation Intel 14nm Core i7/i5 quad-core processor with AES-NI encryption.

It includes dual Thunderbolt 3 connectivity, 10GbE 10GBASE-T dual networking ports, USB 3.1 10Gbps Type-C/Type-A ports, and 4K HDMI output to exclusively provide a Thunderbolt/NAS/iSCSI SAN triple solution. The TVS-882ST3 is a compact NAS that can greatly boost workflow collaboration between Thunderbolt 3-enabled Macs and Windows systems. It’s also ideal for an all-SSD configuration to provide the utmost performance.

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Nongünz game now out on the Mac

Sindiecate Arts has released Nongünz on Steam (http://tinyurl.com/jw2pafo) for macOS, Windows and Linux. It's a $6.99 “gothic retro” game.


Here’s how it's described: “The game is a puzzle in itself, a secret to be discovered. Each run has you fighting through a procedurally-generated dungeon filled with hordes of monsters made from human limbs and giblets. Build up your score by executing stylish combos and spend the rewards on your expanding band of lost souls and death cultists.
 

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Comm-Unity Networking Systems releases CNS Barcode 2.5

Comm-Unity Networking Systems has released CNS Barcode 2.5, the second CNS Plug-in to gain Script Steps under FileMaker 16.

This version also includes updates from other CNS Plug-ins. Like its sibling product, CNS Barcode for iOS, this plug-in can both scan and generate barcodes. CNS Barcode can scan JPEG or PNG images containing barcodes or it can use an attached webcam to scan any barcodes held up to the camera.

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Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War III coming to the Mac on June 8

Feral Interactive (www.feralinteractive.com) has announced that Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War III, the latest episode in Relic Entertainment’s real-time strategy series, will be released for macOS and Linux on Thursday, June 8.

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24U Software releases 24U Toolbox Plug-In 2.0.3

24U Software (http://www.24usoftware.com/), a FileMaker solutions provider, has announced 24U Toolbox Plug-In 2.0.3, an update to their data processing extension for FileMaker Pro.

It's designed to help FileMaker developers in their daily work by providing a solid toolbox of the most commonly needed simple but powerful functions. Version 2.0.3 removes limit of number of system scripts performed in single session, offers more precise error code handling, and much more.

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Google Assistant for iOS available at the Apple App Store

The Google Assistant for iOS is now available at the Apple App Store for free. To get started, press the mic icon or start typing. Some things your Assistant — a Siri competitor — can help with:

Make quick phone calls (e.g. "Call Mom.")
Send text messages (e.g. "Text my bestie.")
Send emails (e.g. "Email your boss the latest TPS report.")
Set reminders (e.g. "Remind me to buy a birthday gift for Sarah.")
Set calendar events (e.g. "Set a calendar event for dinner with Charlie tomorrow from 7-9.")
Play music (e.g. "Play Jazz music on Youtube.")

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Apple releases first public beta of iOS 10.3.3

Apple has posted the first public beta of iOS 10.3.3. It contains, as best I can tell, mostly bug fixes and minor tweaks.

If you're not already signed up for the public beta program, you can do so at https://beta.apple.com/sp/betaprogram/ . The public beta program is free, but remember: beta software is unfinished software so use with care.



Sonnet launches SF3Series — CFast 2.0 Pro Card Reader

Sonnet Technologies (www.sonnettech.com) has launched the SF3 Series — CFast 2.0 Pro Card Reader, the first in a new family of professional media readers that feature a 40Gbps Thunderbolt 3 interface.

The Sonnet reader employs dual card slots to take advantage of the bandwidth Thunderbolt 3 offers. The CFast 2.0 Pro Reader van ingest files simultaneously from two cards at concurrent data transfer speeds up to 1,000 MB/s — more than double the average ingest speed of USB 3.0 card readers, says Sonnet CEO Robert Farnsworth.

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AKVIS releases OilPaint 6.0 for macOS

AKVIS (www.akvis.com) has released AKVIS OilPaint 6.0, and update of the photo-to painting software for macOS and Winows. The new version offers users the freedom to generate abstract style paintings full of shapes and color.

On the Mac platform, the software requires macOS 10.7 or higher. The product is available as a standalone application and as a Photoshop plugin filter.

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ChartIQ introduces an HTML5 desktop framework

ChartIQ (www.chartiq.com), which specializes in HTML5 for capital markets, has launched Finsemble, which it says is the first HTML5 desktop application framework, providing modern user experience (UX) APIs, drop-in components, and the ability to integrate legacy .NET, and Java alongside HTML5.

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Matrox Mura IPX 4K IP Multiviewer available

Matrox Graphics (www.matrox.com/graphics) has announced the immediate availability of the $4,999 Matrox Mura IPX 4K IP decode and display card.

The new PCI Express card offers H.264 decoding of two 4Kp60, four 4Kp30, eight 1080p60, sixteen 1080p30 or many more SD streams. It sports four DisplayPort outputs at resolutions up to 4K per display. The standalone card is a uniquely "system-free" card, making for an energy efficient and versatile solution available in all environments a multiviewer is required, says said Fadhl Al-Bayaty, product manager, Matrox Graphics.



Apple releases four new developer betas

Apple has new developer betas of iOS 10.3.3, watchOS 3.2.3, tvOS 10.2.2, and macOS Sierra 10.12.6. They can be be downloaded from the Apple Developer Center.



CS Odessa announces Logistic Dashboard addition to ConceptDraw Solution Park

CS Odessa (www.conceptdraw.com) has released a new addition to the ConceptDraw Solution Park for ConceptDraw Pro: the Logistic Dashboard Solution, a complement to the Logistics Flow Chart Solution.

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FontAgent delivers object-based font server

Insider Software (www.insidersoftware.com) has announced FontAgent Server 7, which it says is “the world's only object-based font server and the most advanced solution for organizing, optimizing, distributing and tracking font collections.”

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KeyCue 8.4 offers improved compatibility with macOS Sierra

Ergonis Software (www.ergonis.com) has released KeyCue 8.4, a new version of the company's keyboard shortcut cheat sheet.

It displays an instant overview of the currently available keyboard shortcuts; application-specific menu shortcuts as well as system-wide hotkeys and user-defined shortcut descriptions. Version 8.4 improves compatibility with macOS Sierra and offers enhanced compatibility with third-party products and overall stability.

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Sal Soghoian to host CMD-D: Masters of Automation Conference

Sal Soghoian has announced the first-ever CMD-D: Masters of Automation Conference (pronounced “Command-D") on Wednesday, Aug 9, in Santa Clara, California. It’s for anyone who uses automation, creates automation or develops software. Registration is now underway (http://www.cmddconf.com).

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Noodlesoft releases Hazel 4.1 for the Mac

Noodlesoft has rolled out Hazel 4.1 a feature update to their housekeeping utility for macOS. The upgrade features smart date matching, as well as boasts a new user guide to help users to take advantage of Hazel's features.

Previewing rules is now enhanced with detachable popovers and highlighting of text matches. Other features include default values for empty attributes, a new "capture date" attribute, the ability to match a file based on others in the same folder, and more.

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Kool Tools: Linksys Tri-Band MU-MIMO Wi-Fi router

Linksys's Linksys Max-Stream EA9300 is an AC4000 MU-MIMO Tri-Band router delivering wireless speeds up to 4Gbps for simultaneous downloading, streaming, gaming and surfing.

Offering MU-MIMO (Multi-User, Multiple-Input, Multiple Output), the next generation Wi-Fi 802.11ac Wave 2 technology, helps improve overall performance and efficiency of a Wi-Fi network while providing dedicated bandwidth to MU-MIMO capable client devices as if they have their own dedicated router. 

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macOS Sierra revved to version 10.12.5

Apple has released macOS Sierra10.12.5, a minor update that focuses on bug fixes and speed improvements. According to Apple, the upgrade:

° Fixes an issue where audio may stutter when played through USB headphones;

° Enhances compatibility of the Mac App Store with future software updates;

° Adds support for media-free installation of Windows 10 Creator Update using Boot Camp.

macOS Sierra 10.12.5 is a free update for all customers who have a compatible machine. The update can be downloaded using the Software Update function in the Mac App Store.



Apple announces tvOS 10.2.1

Apple has upgraded tvOS, the operating system for the Apple TV, to version 10.2.1. It offers bug fixes and performance tweaks. To install, launch the System menu and choose Software Update.

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Apple rolls out watchOS 3.2.2

Apple has revved watchOS to 3.2.2. The upgrade focuses on bug fixes and performance improvements to the Apple Watch's operating system.

The previous release (watchOS 3.2) added Theater Mode and SiriKit. The former lets Apple Watch owners disable the "rise to wake" function on the watch, but still notify them with haptic feedback of notifications without illuminating the watch display. 

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Apple releases iOS 10.3.2

Apple has released iOS 10.3.2, which offers bug fixes, security enhancements, and other improvements.

iOS 10.3.2 is a free over-the-air update available to all users with a compatible iPad, iPhone or iPod touch. It can also be downloaded and installed on iOS devices using iTunes on a Mac or PC.



Jumsoft's new Money app for macOS updated to 5.1

Jumsoft (www.jumsoft.com) has announced Money 5.1, an update to their finance management app for macOS. It’s designed to help you keep control of your financial life. 


With Money, you can oversee your account balances, track your income and spending, keep budgets, and so much more. Version 5.1 brings advanced data encryption and security, with user interface improvements that enable more detailed insights into finance.

Money 5.1 requires macOS 10.12 or later. It costs $49.99 and is available worldwide through the Mac App Store in the Finance category.



Tray Player Lite for macOS upgraded to version 1.7

Neonway ( http://neonway.org) has released Tray Player Lite 1.7, an update of the free music player for macOS. It allows users to play audio files on their Mac.

Tray Player Lite sorts through the files that users drag and drop into the app, and plays only the files that contain audio. Featuring three play modes, it supports multiple audio formats, allows users to skip to the exact spot in a track and more. Version 1.7 is a maintenance upgrade.

Tray Player requires macOS 10.9 or later. It’s available at the Mac App Store.



Shaderific adds a side by side display mode

Gryphos has announced Shaderific 4.2 (http://www.shaderific.com), an update of its OpenGL ES shader development application for iOS.

Shaderific helps computer science students and experienced developers to get started with OpenGL ES 2.0 and OpenGL ES 3.0 shader development. The app makes it possible to write, compile and test shader programs directly on any iOS device without ever touching a laptop or desktop computer. Version 4.2 introduces a new display mode showing render view and editor side by side.

Shaderific costs $9.99. It’s available at the Apple App Store.



Apple awards Corning first advanced manufacturing fund investment

Apple has announced that Corning Incorporated will receive $200 million from the company’s new Advanced Manufacturing Fund as part of the tech giant’s commitment to foster innovation among American manufacturers.

The investment will support Corning’s R&D, capital equipment needs and state-of-the-art glass processing. Corning's 65-year-old Harrodsburg facility has been integral to the 10-year collaboration between these two innovative companies and will be the focus of Apple’s investment. 

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Red Giant releases Universe 2.1 featuring new text effects

Red Giant has unveiled Universe 2.1, an update to its collection of GPU-accelerated plugins for editors and motion graphics artists. The upgrade offers six new tools and updates to two existing plugins.

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Strata launches Design 3D CX Version 8.2 for macOS, Windows

Strata has rolled out an update to their flagship software, Design 3D CX. The update includes the addition of Publish VR, which allows designers to export their designs from Strata to virtual reality at the touch of a button, and Render VR which lets users take 360° stereoscopic images and share them on VR viewers like Google Cardboard.

New users can download a free 30-day demo at Strata.com. Existing users can upgrade for $59.95.



Apple will offer iTunes on the Windows Store

Microsoft announced today at its Build developer event that Apple will bring its iTunes app to the Windows 10 Store, iTunes, is already available for Windows users, but adding it to the Windows Store will make it easier for Windows users to find the software.

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iMobie rolls out PhoneRescue 3.2

iMobie has announced PhoneRescue 3.2 (https://www.imobie.com/phonerescue/), a feature update to their iOS data recovery software for Mac and Windows. The upgrade offers optimizations to help iPhone and iPad users recover mistakenly deleted or lost SMS, iMessages, MMS, as well as all attachments and images, directly to Messages app of iDevice, even without a backup.

PhoneRescue 3.2 is available for both macOS and Windows. A personal license is $49.99, and a family license costs $69.99.




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