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Resource id #62Apple releases new public betas of iOS 11.3, macOS 10.13.4

Apple has released new public betas of iOS 11.3 and macOS 10.13.4. The public betas are available on Apple's Beta Software Program website (https://beta.apple.com/sp/betaprogram/). Just remember that beta software is unfinished software, so proceed with care.

Apple does public betas in order to increase the size of the pool of testers. The tech giant recommends keeping back-ups of your files before installing a public beta.



Developer beta 3 of watchOS 4.3 now available

Apple has posted beta 3 of watchOS 4.3 for developers. Registered developers can download it from Apple's Developer Center — or over-the-air once the proper configuration profile has been installed from the Developer Center.



Sonnet’s 1TB Fusion Thunderbolt 3 PCIe flash drive ships

Sonnet Technologies is shipping the new 1TB version of its Fusion Thunderbolt™ 3 PCIe Flash Drive. A pocket-size solid-state drive (SSD) storage device with a Thunderbolt 3 interface, the drive is equipped with 1TB of NVMe flash storage and leverages the 40Gbps bandwidth of Thunderbolt 3 to deliver data transfer speeds up to 2600 MB/second.

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Apple releases new developer betas of macOS, iOS, tvOS betas for developers

Apple has updated three OS beta releases — macOS High Sierra 10.13.4, iOS 11.3, and tvOS 11.3 — for developers. All can be be downloaded from the Apple Developer Center.



Troi URL Plug-in 9.1 released for FileMaker Pro 16

Troi (www.troi.com) has released Troi URL Plug-in 9.1 for FileMaker Pro 16. It’s an update of the tool designed to help you fill in forms on the Internet, all from FileMaker Pro.

Troi URL Plug-in also retrieves data or images from web sites. Version 9.1 adds new functionality for movie metadata. A fully functional demo version of Troi URL Plug-in 5.0 is available for downloading at: https://www.troi.com/products/urlplugin/

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Paragon Software releases APFS Retrofit Kit for macOS

Paragon Software has released the free APFS Retrofit Kit for macOS (https://tinyurl.com/y9y79gve), a system driver that enables read-only access to APFS (Apple File System) volumes under macOS 10.12 or earlier versions.

For Mac users working on legacy versions of Mac OS X and macOS where APFS isn’t natively supported, the tool allows instant, read-only access to APFS-formatted data stored on hard disk drives, solid-state storage, or flash thumb drives.

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Gro CRM platform for the Mac now includes stripe integration

Gro Software (www.grocrm.com) has announced Gro CRM integration with Stripe. Gro CRM is a remarkably easy-to-use and intelligent business contact management, customer relationship management and enterprise resource management.

With the Gro CRM Stripe integration, it only takes a few minutes to start accepting payments and process credit cards with the Gro CRM platform, according to the folks at Gro Software.

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AKVIS updates eight of its macOS apps

AKVIS (www.akvis.com) has updated eight of its artistic programs available as plugins and standalone applications: AirBrush, Charcoal, Draw, OilPaint, Pastel, Points, Sketch, and Watercolor.

The new versions offer the updated Texture Library, new Random Patterns frame, some interface changes, and other improvements. Each program can be purchased individually or in AKVIS Artistic Bundle at half price for a limited time. They’re compatible with macOS 10.7 or higher.



Apple updates macOS, iOS, watchOS, tvOS

Apple has released updates to macOS, iOS, watchOS and tvOS that resolves an issue of crashing when an Indian language character is received by certain messaging apps.

The bug causes causes app and system crashing on iPhones, iPads, and Macs due to a specific letter in the Indian language Telugu. Apple devices can’t render the Indian character, causing apps or the entire system to crash. If the character is sent in an iMessage, for example, the recipient's Messages app will crash when the conversation is opened. 

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Clearhaus brings Apple Pay to 5,000 Nordic webshops

Mobile payment and digital wallet service, Apple Pay was first introduced to Sweden, Denmark and Finland in the fourth quarter of 2017. Now, in a move to make this new technology available to its 5,000+ Nordic merchants, Danish acquirer Clearhaus has added support for payments made with Apple Pay.

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iDevices announces Instant Switch, a wireless remote wall switch

iDevices (www.iDevicesinc.com) has released the Instant Switch, a $34.95remote wireless wall switch that users can pair with their iDevices products via Bluetooth technology for smart home control. 

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Default Folder X 5.2.2 improves speed, adds features and fixes bugs

St. Clair Software has released Default Folder X 5.2.2 (https://tinyurl.com/2gm24v) an update to their utility for macOS.

It enhances the file dialogs of all Mac applications. Default Folder X provides fast navigation to files, convenient previews, integrated Spotlight tagging and more. Its custom keyboard shortcuts put favorite and recent folders at your fingertips. Version 5.2.2 improves performance and compatibility while adding interface and AppleScript enhancements.

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Rally Racers drives onto the Mac

Rally Racers, a cartoon-based car racing game, is available on Steam (https://tinyurl.com/y9594lgn) for macOS and Windows for $11.99.

It’s a “crash and bash” car racing game where you pick up weapons, boosts and rockets to help you through your quest around seven worlds.

Performing stunts gives you power boost and earns you counts towards your awards. Collect oranges to upgrade your vehicles and unlock new characters and new cars. Compete in 21 different tracks against other AI racers and try to be the first to cross the line to collect gold cups and awards.



Twelve South releases the SurfacePad for iPhone X

Twelve South has released the $49.99 SurfacePad for iPhone X (https://tinyurl.com/zdrx3jd). It protects the front and rear of the smartphone, while providing sleep/wake functionality via magnetized front cover.

The SurfacePad for iPhone X has automatic wake/sleep functionality when opening or closing the front flap. It has a full-grain leather design and is available in black, cognac and deep teal flavors.

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Jamf releases Jamf Pro 10.2, earns Gartner recognition in EMM category

Jamf has released Jamf Pro 10.2 (https://www.jamf.com/products/jamf-pro/), its enterprise mobility management (EMM) solution for Apple devices, which expands on the patch management framework by adding support for external patch sources.

Users can now leverage patch reporting, patch notifications and patch policies for any third-party or in-house software titles hosted on an external source, while keeping all third-party software up to date and secure with both Jamf-managed and external patch sources.
 

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Kool Tools: TRENDnet Powerline adapters

TRENDnet’s (www.TRENDnet.com) Powerline 200 AV PoE+ Adapters, models TPL-331EP ($34.99) and TPL-331EP2K ($64.99), allow you to easily add PoE+ support to your existing Powerline network.

If your home isn’t already prewired with Ethernet cabling, adding it may be very timely — and costly. With TRENDnet’s new Powerline 200 AV PoE+ Adapters, a PoE connection can be made through your existing electrical power outlets. The TPL-331EP and TPL-331EP2K deliver Powerline 200 networking and PoE+ support to connected devices such as IP cameras, wireless access points, and VoIP handsets.

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New Process Flowcharts Solution available for ConceptDraw Pro

CS Odessa (www.conceptdraw.com) has announced a new Process Flowcharts Solution for ConceptDraw Pro. The new samples and library objects expand a set of tools and features for the software to allow users to diagram business process scenarios.

The new edition of Process Flowcharts Solution includes the CH-1 Business Process Modeling Notation to graphically describe the steps of a business process . It’s available in Solution Park at no charge to owners of ConceptDraw Pro 11, which retails for $199 per end user license and is included in ConceptDraw Office 4, which retails for $499.



Jumsoft's finance tracker Money 5 gets Direct Downloads, becomes free

Jumsoft (www.jumsoft.com) has updated Money, their popular personal finance management app for macOS, to version 5.3.

The software offers a system designed to help you keep control of your financial life. You can oversee your account balances, track your income and spending, keep budgets, and so much more. Version 5.3 offers direct downloads, local data backups, cryptocurrency support, and more under-the-hood improvements.

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Karl Traunmueller rolls out Compositor 1.0 for the Mac

Karl Traunmueller has released Compositor 1.0, a new Mac app that brings WYSIWYG [what you see is what you get] features to the LaTeX document preparation system widely used in academia for preparation of scientific and technical publications.

Editing and viewing are fully integrated. The document is typeset with every keystroke the user makes, and the results are displayed immediately, according to Traunmueller.

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Howling Moon releases Verdant Skies for macOS and Windows

Howling Moon Software has announced Verdant Skies (http://verdantskies.com), its latest game title for macOS and Windows. It’s a $19.99 life simulation game in which you can customize artwork, dialogue, items, crafting recipes and more.

In Verdant Skies, you're on Viridus Primus, an alien world filled with wildlife and possibility. As you build a home for yourself, you spend your days fishing, painting and combining genes from various crops so they flourish. You make friends with a cast of colonists, deepening your relationships as you work together in this exotic world.



CPUG Network announces 17th annual Las Vegas SuperMeet

The Creative Pro User Group Network have announced that the 17th Annual Las Vegas SuperMeet will take place on Tuesday, April 10, 2018, in the Brasilia Ballroom at the Rio Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada.

This SuperMeet will celebrate the 17th anniversary of holding SuperMeets in Las Vegas and promises to be the single largest gathering of Adobe, Avid, DaVinci Resolve and FCP X editors, gurus, digital and VR filmmakers and content creators during the 2018 NAB Show. “Early bird” tickets are on sale now.

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Kool Tools: VIA billfold-style wallet

WaterField Designs (www.sfbags.com) has unveiled the VIA Leather Billfold Wallet, its first leather billfold-style wallet. In premium full-grain leather with natural edges, the VIA’s casual elegance looks as stylish with a suit as it does with a nice pair of jeans.

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AKVIS Decorator for macOS upgraded to version 6.0

AKVIS (www.akvis.com) has updated AKVIS Decorator, its smart resurfacing and recoloring tool for macOS (10.7 and higher). Version 6.0 offers new tools, the selection saving feature, full compatibility with Photoshop CC 2018, a number of interface improvements, etc. Also, it’s now possible to apply different textures to the same image.

AKVIS Decorator allows youto alter the surface of any objects such as clothes, furniture, buildings, cars, walls, etc. The built-in library offers more than 1800 textures to suit most needs.

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Cisdem releases iPhone Recovery 4 for the Mac

Cisdem (www.cisdem.com) has updated iPhone Recovery for Mac to version 4.0. The app can recover the photos, messages, contacts, video etc.

According to the folks at Cisdem, the new version enhances the contacts, messages, videos, voice memos, and call history recovery.

Pricing starts at $39.99 for a one-year license. A demo is available for download.



Gro CRM Launches Apple TV 2.0 Update

Gro Software has updated their Gro CRM Apple TV app to version 2.0. Gro CRM is a Mac CRM software platform for small business contact management, customer relationship management and enterprise resource management made exclusively for Apple users and their devices.

The new update for Apple TV includes a new look and updates for tvOS11, streaming history, in/out employee tracking and more. Gro CRM 2.0.1 for AppleTV is available as a free download through the Apple App Store. and on the Gro CRM website. The download is free but requires a monthly or annual subscription.

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DEVONagent 3.10 searches Google Scholar for case law,

DEVONtechnologies (www.devontechnologies.com) has updated all editions of its smart research tool DEVONagent. The update brings a plug-in for searching Google Scholar for case law and supports DuckDuckGo Bangs in its integrated web browser.

It also adds more formats for sending results to DEVONthink. Extended plug-in and AppleScript API [application programming interface] enhance the options for automation. The updates for all three editions of DEVONagent are free and recommended for all users.



StarTech releases new hard drive eraser

StarTech has released a new 4-Bay Hard Drive Eraser for 2.5” or 3.5” SATA Drives (https://tinyurl.com/create.php) that erases four SATA drives simultaneously. It’s designed to offer an efficient way for users to securely erase sensitive data and information from hard drives in batches, ultimately saving time.

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Train Crisis game now available at Steam

U-Play Online has released Train Crisis for Mac and PC systems today. The game's full price on the Steam store (https://tinyurl.com/yabyetg6) is $4.99, but you can get it for 15% off for a limited time.

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iPhone source codes gets leaked online

Source code for “iBoot,” one of the most critical iOS programs, was anonymously posted on GitHub, which could pave the way for hackers and security researchers to find vulnerabilities in iOS and make iPhone jailbreaks easier to achieve, according to Motherboard (https://tinyurl.com/ya4h2hfm).

iBoot is the program that loads iOS, the very first process that runs when you turn on your iPhone or iPad. It loads and verifies the kernel is properly signed by Apple and then executes it.

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Maintain serves up Cocktail 11.3 (High Sierra Edition)

Maintain has served up Cocktail 11.3 (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 ability to thin or delete local Time Machine snapshots and offers some bug fixes and performance improvements.

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.



Open Screen Ltd. releases Archisketch 2.9 for iPad

Open Screen has released Archisketch 2.9 (http://www.archisketch.eu), the latest version of its scale-aware sketching app for the iPad.

With its freehand sketching features and solid line drawing tools, Archisketch provides an early-stage design and development solution with, according to the folks at Open Screen, none of the complications of the CAD and BIM software traditionally used in the design industry.

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Kool Tools: Tidy Up 5 for macOS

Hyperbolic Software’s (www.hyberbolicsoftware.com) Tidy Up 5, an update of the $28.99 duplicate finding and disk tidiness app for macOS 10.12 or later is completely re-engineered and improves efficiency.

Tidy Up employs a customizable search algorithm that scans any mounted drive volume. It also has the capability to scan the databases of popular applications such as Lightroom, Photos and iTunes. Version 5 according to the folks at Hyperbolic Software. Some of the new key features are:

* Modern and efficient interface
* Search in Lightroom
* Search for Hard Links

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ZAGG debuts Rugged Book keyboard/detachable case for the iPad

ZAGG (www.ZAGG.com) has announced the $129.99 Rugged Book, a wireless keyboard and detachable case for the Apple iPad, 9.7-inch iPad Pro, iPad Air, and iPad Air 2.

It boasts four modes (book, keyboard, case, and video), an adjustable cradle hinge for 180 degrees of viewing angles, and a detachable keyboard with reinforced metal plating. The Rugged Book also features four layers of construction that meet military drop-test standards, allowing it to protect the device from drops from up to two meters/6.6 feet, says Charlie Quong, vice president, product development for ZAGG.

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Apple posts new developer betas of macOS 10.13.4, iOS 11.3, tvOS 11.3

Apple has released new developer betas of macOS 10.13.4, iOS 11.3 and tvOS 11.3. Registered developers can download it from Apple's Developer Center — or over-the-air once the proper configuration profile has been installed from the Developer Center.



Graphic Node releases GN Templates for iWork 4.0.2

Graphic Node has rolled out GN Templates for iWork 4.0.2, an update to its package of templates for iWork. Sporting a new interface and anew section for Pictures, the new update adds hundreds of customizable designs.

GN Templates for iWork 4.0.2 is free, but does tout in-app purchases. It’s available exclusively at the Mac App Store (https://tinyurl.com/y9csqz6k).



Bare Bones Software Releases BBEdit 12.1

Bare Bones Software (www.barebones.com) has updated BBEdit, its HTML and text editor, to version 12.1. It can now open significantly larger files and can perform more large-scale operations on big files than was possible in previous versions.

Performance has been improved for opening and saving large files as well. New Touch Bar support provides access to commonly used functions
in the FTP/SFTP browser, Text Factory, "Preview in BBEdit" and editing windows. Version 12.1 also adds enhancements to "Go To Line" and "Preview in BBEdit" features.

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Updated Output Factory for InDesign improves file naming, layer versioning

Zevrix Solutions has released Output Factory 2.2.7, a maintenance update to company's output automation solution for Adobe InDesign.

Output Factory automates printing, exporting and preflighting from InDesign and offers batch processing, export as single pages, layer versioning, custom scripts integration and more. Version 2.2.7 allows users to use specific text from InDesign layout in the variable names of output files when exporting combinations of InDesign layers as separate documents.

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Apple, Cisco, Aon, Allianz team up for cyber risk management solution

Apple, Cisco, Aon and Allianz have announced a new cyber risk management solution for businesses, comprised of cyber resilience evaluation services from Aon, secure technology from Cisco and Apple, and options for enhanced cyber insurance coverage from Allianz.

The new solution is designed to help a wider range of organizations better manage and protect themselves from cyber risk associated with ransomware and other malware-related threats, which are the most common threats faced by organizations today.

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RE:Vision Effects releases RE:Match v2 for After Effects and Premiere Pro

RE:Vision Effects (www.revisionfx.com) has released RE:Match 2 for Adobe After Effects and Adobe Premiere Pro. The upgrade addresses common color problems when using multiple shots and/or multiple cameras. 

For general multicam shoots RE:Match matches, as best it can, one sequence's color appearance to match that of another. For stereo pairs, the software can further refine the overall color match by taking into account that the two views are captured at the same time with a relatively small distance between the views.

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iMobie updates PhoneRescue to recover los data from all Android phones

iMobie has updated PhoneRescue (https://tinyurl.com/ydxegk6q), its Mac-compatible data recovery tool, to version 3.6.0, allowing users to recover data from all Android phones and tablets.

They include Samsung, Huawei, Xiaomi, LG, and Sony brands. PhoneRescue allows you to recover lost messages, photos, contacts, app data and more.

The app costs $49.99 for a single user license and $69.99 for a family license. A demo is available for download.



Mac-Chi launches Enact app for macOS

Mac-Chi has debuted Enact, a macOS productivity app that focuses on simplifying the movement of data. It allows users to format, save, print, or post the clipboard contents to social media.

By dragging text onto the Enact dock icon, users can optionally include a customizable citation when dispatching the text. Users can also directly open a specific tab in Safari by clicking on a status item in the menubar.

Enact requires macOS 10.10 or later. It’s free to download from the Mac App Store (https://tinyurl.com/ybb6gnxk). However, in-app purchases allow you to access “premium” features.



Apple’s revenue and EPS hit all-time records

Apple has announced financial results for its fiscal 2018 first quarter that ended December 30, 2017. The company posted quarterly revenue of $88.3 billion, an increase of 13% from the year-ago quarter and an all-time record, and quarterly earnings per diluted share of $3.89, up 16%, also an all-time record. International sales accounted for 65 percent of the quarter’s revenue.

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RailModeller Pro for macOS rolls to version 6

Isle of the Kakapo has rolled out RailModeller Pro 6.0, an update to their model railroad and slot car layout design solution for macOS (10.10 or later). The new version introduces Community Layouts.

RailModeller Pro offers design tools that enable hobbyists to design model train and slot car track layouts via drag and drop. The app includes a library catalog covering over 200 track systems in all major model scales, as well as scalable accessories, allowing for custom designs of any layout a user can visualize.

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LibreOffice upgraded to version 6.0

The Document Foundation has released LibreOffice 6.0 (https://www.libreoffice.org), an update of the LibreOffice family for macOS, Windows, Linux and the cloud. It adds a large number of significant new features to the core engine and to individual modules (Writer, Calc and Impress/Draw), with the objective of providing users the best in terms of personal productivity, according to the folks at The Document Foundation.

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Kensington introduces a new USB-C, USB 3.0 docking station

Kensington (www.kensington.com) has introduced the $219.99 SD4700P Universal USB-C and USB 3.0 Docking Station, which gives organizations full support for both USB-C and USB 3.0 devices from laptops using both macOS and Windows.

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Tidy Up 5 for macOS is completely re-engineered

Hyperbolic Software (www.hyberbolicsoftware.com) has introduced Tidy Up 5, an update of the duplicate finding and disk tidiness app, developed exclusively for the Mac.

It employs a customizable search algorithm that scans any mounted drive volume. Tidy Up also has the capability to scan the databases of popular applications such as Lightroom, Photos and iTunes. Version 5 is completely re-engineered and was developed focusing on efficiency, according to the folks at Hyperbolic Software.

Tidy Up 5 requires macOS 10.12 or later. It costs $28.99.



Pocket Informant now available on Mac App Store as Informant 1.0

Fanatic Software has announced the availability of Informant for macOS (10.11 or higher) in the Mac App Store (https://tinyurl.com/y8kvv8wl).

It’s a cross-platform day planner app that combines your Calendar, Tasks, Projects, and Notes into a single app. Users can combine multiple personal or work calendars from different sources such as iCloud and Google. Its features include sub-tasks, and start-and-end dates.

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Kool Tools: Air Mouse Presenter

SML-Link Electronics’ (www.smkusa.com) $99.99 Air Mouse Presenter is both a PowerPoint remote control and an “in air” handheld mouse–enabling clickable access to hyperlinks and other interactive elements within your slides.

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Gro Software releases Gro CRM 2.0.1 for the Mac

Gro Software has announced Gro CRM 2.0.1, an update of the Mac CRM for small business.

It’s a software platform for small business contact management, customer relationship management and enterprise resource management. Gro CRM is made exclusively for Mac users. Version 2.0 release includes new features including iOS 11 and iPhone X support.

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Final Cut Pro X 3D sports graphics plugins released by FxFactory

FxFactory has released XEffects 3D Sports Graphics, a Final Cut Pro X plugin suite for macOS.

Developed by partner Idustrial Revolution, the plugins are designed to fulfill the need in sports of displaying, fixtures, teams, in play graphics, results tables and of course, name supers and associated locators, and tags. Although designed for sports coverage, the plugins can also be used in other types of video and television production.

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