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Deirdre O’Brien named Apple’s vice president of People
Apple has announced that Deirdre O’Brien, vice president of Worldwide Sales and Operations, has been named vice president of People, reporting to CEO Tim Cook. A nearly 30-year Apple veteran, she will lead all HR functions including talent development, recruiting, benefits, compensation and business support, as well as overseeing Apple University.
proDAD brings its Mercalli SAL video stabilizer app to the Mac
proDAD has brought its Mercalli SAL video stabilizer to the Mac after years of being Windows only. Mercalli SAL Mac is a new, full-featured, stand-alone macOS native application.
Syntronik virtual instrument now shipping for Macs, PC
IK Multimedia (www.ikmultimedia.co) has released Syntronik for Mac and Windows systems. It’s a virtual instrument that packs a collection of vintage synthesizers.
Syntronik melds advanced sampling techniques with a hybrid sample and modeling synthesis engine, a large assortment of high-quality modeled effects and innovative instrument features. It provides 17 instruments with over 2,000 sounds covering a wide selection from 38 synthesizers.
XEffects 3D Video Walls plugin released for Final Cut Pro X
FxFactory has released a new Final Cut Pro X plugin called XEffects 3D Video Walls (http://tinyurl.com/y99hdrum). Developed by partner Idustrial Revolution, it allows the user to add moving video or still images to striking video walls in 3D space.
A choice of pre-programmed moves are included. The plugin allows the user to choose the individual panel shape, the number and layout of panels along with the choice of material, position in 3D space and depth of field.
Videux is new video organizer/player for the Mac
Half8Fish has introduced Videux, an organizer, player, and workflow assistant for macOS. It’s designed for use with video collections.
Videux can tag video collections with keywords, ratings, and flags. The software keeps track of model releases, license agreements, metadata, and more with the goal of making it easy to see at a glance the state of your video library.
Kool Tools: Smile Jamaica Wireless Headphones
House of Marley’s Smile Jamaica Wireless headphones headphones incorporate the same superior sound quality and earth-friendly design of the brand's top-selling Smile Jamaica wired headphones, now with the convenience and portability of Bluetooth connectivity.
AKVIS releases AKVIS Watercolor 2.0
AKVIS (www.akvis.com) has released AKVIS Watercolor 2.0, an update of the Mac compatible software for imitating different watercolor techniques. Version 2.0 adds an Abstract Art tab and new built-in presets.
On the Mac platform, AKVIS Watercolor requires macOS 10.7 or higher. The product is available as a standalone application and as a plugin to photo editors such as AliveColors by AKVIS, Adobe Photoshop, and others. The Home sells for $49, the Deluxe for $69, and the Business for $89.
Apple posts new betas of macOS, iOS, watchOS, tvOS
Apple has posted new public betas of macOS 10.12.6, iOS 10.3.3, watchOS 3.2.3 and tvOS 10.2.2.
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.
Isabel Ge Mahe named Apple’s managing director of Greater China
Apple has announced that Isabel Ge Mahe, vice president of Wireless Technologies, has been named vice president and managing director of Greater China, reporting to CEO Tim Cook and COO Jeff Williams. In this newly created role, Isabel will provide leadership and coordination across Apple’s China-based team.
Cisdom Video Converter for macOS revved to version 3.4.0
Cisdem (www.cisdem.com) has upgraded Cisdem Video Converter, a video conversion tool for macOS, to version 3.4.0. The upgrade adds support for new websites such as Youtube, Sound Cloud, Vimeo, Facebook, mtv, Dramanice, Dailymotion, Yahoo, and more.
It also optimizes the download function: more sources are supported and there’s faster downloading speed. Cisdem Video Converter is on sale for 10% off ($29.99) through July 31. A demo is available for download.
Kool Tools: Focal Sib loudspeakers
Focal’s (www.focal.com) new generation of Sib loudspeakers with Sib Evo line feature Dolby Atmos technology. Easy to install and use, the system is available in 2.0 and 3.0 packs. It can be used to upgrade a 5.1 system to a 5.1.2 system without having to change all your loudspeakers.
This range of loudspeakers comprises a complete Home Cinema system of satellite loudspeakers and an active subwoofer. (The Cub subwoofer became Cub3, which is still available on the market.)
Apple upgrades Logic Pro X to version 10.3.2
Apple has updated Logic Pro X — its macOS software for professional songwriting, editing, and mixing — to version 10.3.2.
Version 10.3.2 adds three Drummers who play percussion in the styles of pop, songwriter and Latin. New Drummer loops can be added to your song, then customized with performance controls. The pitch of an audio region can now be transposed or fine tuned.
CS Odessa releases Classic Business Process Modeling Solution
CS Odessa (www.conceptdraw.com) has released a Classic Business Process Modeling Solution for ConceptDraw Pro on Mac and PC plaforms in the Business Processes Area of the Solution Park.
This new product extension expands ConceptDraw Pro’s drawing features, allowing users to create business process diagrams quickly. It’s available for download at no charge to owners of ConceptDraw Pro 11.
DigiDNA introduces iMazing Mini for macOS
DigiDNA has introduced iMazing Mini, a free macOS utility designed to automatically backup iOS devices over any local Wi-Fi network.
The app provides the ability to backup your iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch whenever the device is connected to the same Wi-Fi network as your Mac. Backups can be encrypted for security, and the incremental nature of the backups allows restoring a specific version of the backup.
iMazing Mini requires macOS 10.8 or higher and is available exclusively through the iMazing website (https://imazing.com/mini). A Windows version is in the works.
Apple announces new customer support role in iTunes Connect
Apple has announced — via its Developer web portal (http://tinyurl.com/y8sz8dd7) — a new iTunes Connect feature that allows developer customer support teams to respond to submitted App Store reviews.
Users with the Admin or Customer Support role have the ability to respond to customer reviews. Apple says that developer custom support teams’ admins may choose to assign only this role to users, or assign this role in combination with other roles.
Kool Tools: L-com cable glands, couplers
L-com Global Connectivity (www.l-com.com) has released a new series of IP68-rated cable glands and couplers. Typical applications for these new products include enclosures, outdoor plants, wired LAN connections and wireless installations.
New ClimateCase protects smartphones from temperature extremes
The $34.99 ClimateCase has been launched to provide protection for smartphones from overheating and freezing. Its multi-layered neoprene insulation provides thermal protection for smartphones.
Subway testing pre-orders using Apple Pay
Subway is testing app pre-orders and a designated pick-up area for mobile payers using Apple Pay.
Subway had previously accepted Apple’s mobile payment service, but iPhone users can now also pre-order food through the company’s website, then pick it up in the particular area to avoid waits. The new tech-friendly “Fresh Forward” focus is testing at a dozen locations around the world currently with some elements of the plan expected to launch wider later this year.
Apple previews new emoji coming later this year
In celebration of World Emoji Day, Apple is sharing (http://tinyurl.com/y8ksmjux) some of the new emoji coming to iOS, macOS and watchOS later this year.
With thousands of emoji available on iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch and Mac, there are many ways to add personality to every message. New emoji include Woman with Headscarf, Bearded Person and Breastfeeding, and food items such as Sandwich and Coconut. More animals and mythical creatures like T-Rex, Zebra, Zombie and Elf are a fun way to describe situations and new Star-Struck and Exploding Head smiley faces make any message more fun.
Moneyspire announces new cloud service for its personal finance software
Moneyspire (https://www.moneyspire.com) has announced Moneyspire Cloud, the company's new service that allows its personal finance software users to share their data between multiple computers and mobile devices.
Along with Moneyspire Cloud, Moneyspire personal finance software brings your entire financial life together on all your computers and devices no matter where you are. You can keep track of your bank accounts, credit cards, set bill reminders, Direct Connect with online bill pay and more.
illumineX releases EyeSpy 2.0.1 on the Mac App Store
illumineX (https://illuminex.com) has released EyeSpy 2.0.1 for macOS (10.12 or higher) on the Mac App Store in the Lifestsyle category. The free app is a new spin on the classic toy in which cartoon eyes watch your mouse cursor as you work.
EyeSpy includes free original cartoon characters developed in cooperation with professional artists as well as new characters available as an in-app purchase. Collections of new characters known as ArtPaX are also available. All characters can be shared with others via Messages, Twitter, Facebook or any sharing platform supported by macOS.
Rixtag for macOS revved to version 2.4
Rixstep (www.rixstep.com) has announced Rixtag 2.4, a feature update to their macOS tag editor. The app allows users to edit macOS-based tags on files of any type, including regular files, directories, and more.
By tagging files with descriptive tags, Rixtag is designed to make easier to search for and find files on a Mac's internal and external hard drives. Version 2.4 is a maintenance upgrade.
Rixtag requires macOS 10.7.5 or higher. It’s part of the $59 Xfile bundle along with over 20 other file management utilities or as part of the $99 ACP subscription.
File Manager for Mac released by B-Eng
B-Eng has released File Manager Pro for Mac. Offered as a powerful replacement for the Finder app, it sports a double window layout.
The main features of File Manager app are its ability to synchronize directories with a single click, compress/un-compress files, advanced search and sorting options, as well as interactive disk space managing tools and more. It also offers interactive disk space managing tools.
File Manager Pro is available now from B-Eng online (http://www.b-eng.ch) and costs $19.99. It requires macOS 10.11 or later.
Apple releases third developer beta of watchOS 4
Apple has issued a third developer beta of watchOS 4.Registered developers can find the update at the Apple Developer Connection (https://developer.apple.com) or via the Mac App Store.
Recommended reading: ‘The Arduino Inventor’s Guide’
School's out for summer, but learning doesn't have to stop at the classroom door. For parents and educators looking to keep their students exploring, tinkering, and creating, No Starch Press has added to its lineup of STEM books.
“The Arduino Inventor's Guide” ($29.95, 336 pages) is a project-packed introduction to building and coding with the Arduino microcontroller. With each hands-on project, total beginners learn useful electronics and coding skills while building an interactive gadget.
Kitcast is a new business app for the Apple TV
Kitcast (http://tinyurl.com/y9aaon9a) has released a self-titled app for the Apple TV that’s targeted to businesses. According to Alex Chirva of Kitcast, it was developed with the integration of artificial intelligence, machine learning, smart algorithms, and innovative technologies, “which will make business processes more smooth, and the solution is simple enough for everyone to use.”
He adds that there are 10 things you can do with Kitcast for Apple TV:
° Increase brand popularity in social networks. Encourage your clients to share photos and positive experiences in social media.
CNS Plug-ins role out POP3it Pro 5.5
CNS Plug-ins has released POP3it Pro 5.5, adding FileMaker 16 Script Steps and fixing several bugs. The update also includes updates to the CNS Core code from other CNS Plug-ins.
POP3it Pro allows you to connect to a POP3 Email Server and download email directly into your FileMaker Pro database. It’s possible to add email downloading capabilities to your databases without writing a single script.
POP3it Pro is available at http://www.pop3itpro.com/ for both macOS and Windows. A demo is available for download.
PopChar X 8.1 supports Unicode 10 and refines the all-new PopChar 8
Ergonis Software has rolled out PopChar X 8.1, an improved version of the company's tool for finding and inserting special characters and exploring fonts.
PopChar X simplifies the typing of unusual characters without having to remember keyboard combinations. Version 8.1 introduces additional search keywords for emoji characters.
Toolfarm offer free storyboarding plug-in for a limited time
Toolfarm.com is offering a limited number of free one-year subscriptions to Martini, PowerProduction Software’s storyboarding plug-in for Apple’s Final Cut Pro X, Adobe Premiere Pro, Avid Media Composer, and Magix VEGAS Pro. The regular price is $49.95.
Flexibits Releases Fantastical 2.4 for Mac
Flexibits has updated Fantastical 2 for Mac to version 2.4, which provides time to leave alerts and travel time support. Users can now receive alerts when they need to leave to get to an event on time or set the amount of travel time needed to aid scheduling.
Attachment support allows users to view, add, and remove attachments on iCloud and Exchange accounts (and other CalDAV servers that support managed attachments). Users can also view attachments on Google accounts.
MacCleanse 6 ready for macOS High Sierra
Koingo Software has released MacCleanse 6, an update of the macOS tool to save disk space while erasing tracks of computer use.
The latest version includes under-the-hood improvements to improve security, performance and compatibility with the latest version of the Mac operating system, as well as the upcoming macOS High Sierra. A free 15-day trial is available for download at koingosw.com.
Quark acquired by Parallax Capital Partners
Quark Software (www.quark.com) has been acquired by Parallax Capital Partners (Parallax), a Southern California-based software-focused private equity firm.
The new owners intend to help Quark accelerate the adoption of its transformational content automation solutions through investment in organic growth and acquisitions, the companies said in a joint statement. Details of the acquisition haven’t been released.
PayPal now available on the App Store, Apple Music, iTunes
Starting today in Canada and Mexico, and rolling out in other countries including the U.S. soon, PayPal customers will be able to pay for App Store, Apple Music, iTunes and iBooks purchases across iPhone, iPad and iPod touch devices using their PayPal account.
Customers with a new or existing Apple ID can select “PayPal” as their payment method from their account settings in the App Store, Apple Music, iTunes and the iBookStore from their iOS device or Mac — or on iTunes from a PC.
Output Factory for InDesign Improves Page Number Handling in File Names
Zevrix Solutions has rolled out. Output Factory 2.0.4, a maintenance update to company's output automation solution for Adobe InDesign.
The software automates printing and exporting from InDesign and offers batch processing, export as single pages, layer versioning, variable file names, and other productivity-enhancing features. Version 2.0.4 ensures that automatic page numbers in text frames on master spreads are correctly parsed for their usage in variable names of output files.
SureCall releases the Fusion2Go 2.0 in-vehicle cellular signal booster
SureCall (www.SureCall.com), a cell phone signal booster manufacturer, has introduced its Fusion2Go 2.0 in-vehicle cellular signal booster. It boosts voice and 4G LTE data signals for all North American cell carriers to reduce dropped and missed calls, and increase data speeds while on the road, according to Hongtao Zhan, CEO of SureCall.
AKVIS releases new Sketch pack
AKVIS (www.akvis.com) has released a new Sketch Pack for AKVIS Frames and AKVIS ArtSuite. The frame collection includes 100 picture frames: 50 vertical and 50 horizontal templates.
The AKVIS products run on macOS 10.7 and higher. The new Sketch Pack sells for $17.
Kool Tools: SLXtreme 7 for the iPhone 7
SnowLizard’s SLXtreme 7 for the iPhone 7 boasts unique combination of features for outdoor adventuring – rugged, waterproof and drop-proof protection, plus a built-in solar charger and integrated battery extender.
FileMaker Cloud comes to Japan and Australia
FileMaker, Inc. (www.filemaker.com), a wholly owned subsidiary of Apple, has announced that FileMaker Cloud is now available in Japan and Australia.
Bill Epling, chief administrative officer and president, FileMaker Japan, says FileMaker Cloud provides the simplicity, performance and reliability of the FileMaker Platform without having to spend time and resources deploying and maintaining a server. The expanded international availability of FileMaker Cloud comes with support for three additional Amazon Web Services (AWS) regional data centers in Tokyo, Sydney and Canada.
Apple releases third developer beta of Xcode 9
Apple has released the third developer beta of Xcode 9, its integrated development environment. Registered developers can find the update at the Apple Developer Connection (https://developer.apple.com) or via the Mac App Store.
Third developer betas of macOS High Sierra, iOS 11 released
Apple has posted the third developer betas of macOS High Sierra and iOS 11. can be be downloaded from the Apple Developer Center.
Antihero launches on Mac, Windows systems
Video game publisher Versus Evil, in partnership with independent developer Tim Conkling, have made the strategic digital board game, Antihero, available on macOS and Windows systems.
Set against the backdrop of a gas-lit Victorian underworld, players assume the role of a Master Thief, and employ underhanded and ruthless tactics to dominate the city and outwit their opponents. The game includes a story-driven single player campaign and a Skirmish-vs-AI mode to help would-be thieves practice their skulduggery skills before going face to face with online opponents.
Kool Tools: Fender Play
Fender Musical Instruments Corporation (FMIC) has launched Fender Play, a first-of-its kind video-based learning platform for the iPhone. It’s designed to change the way beginning players learn how to play guitar through hundreds of easy-to-follow, instructor-guided video lessons utilizing a song-driven, personalized learning path that enables even brand-new players to master chords and riffs in minutes.
DEVONthink 2.9.13 improves decluttering service and Markdown support
DEVONtechnologies has updated all editions of DEVONthink and DEVONagent for the Mac.
Version 2.9.13 enhances the decluttering service, rearranges a few menu commands for clarity, and improves importing bookmarks from Google Chrome and references from Bookends. The update also lets Markdown documents reference scripts with relative or absolute links and improves the overall reliability and performance, too.
Apple releases fifth developer beta of tvOS 10.2.2
Apple has released its fifth developer beta of tvOS 10.2.2. It can be be downloaded from the Apple Developer Center or via the software update feature on properly configured and registered devices.
CNUS updates CNS Menu
Comm-Unity Networking Systems has released a new version of CNS Menu, written from the ground up to support the latest versions of FileMakerPro. This version also adds a new way of defining menus using JSON.
NS Menu allows you to place hierarchical menus anywhere on a FileMaker Pro layout. When a menu item is chosen, the script of your choice is performed. Menus can have any number of sub-menus and can be displayed with a variety of styles and bullet marks.
Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War III gets new map, more
Feral Interactive (www.feralinteractive.com) says Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War III for macOS and Linux, originally developed by Relic Entertainment for Windows PC, has been updated with a free content update. You can take your battle plans to another level with a new map, doctrines, skins and modes for Dawn of War III.
You can update your game for free or buy Dawn of War III from the Feral Store. It requires macOS 10.12 4 or higher and costs $44.99.
Maintain serves up Cocktail 10.4 (Sierra Edition)
Maintain has announced Cocktail 10.4 (Sierra Edition), the latest maintenance update for users running macOS Sierra.
Cocktail is a general purpose utility for macOS that lets users clean, repair and optimize their Macs. Version 10.4 adds the ability to perform essential system maintenance with a click of a button. It also fixes compatibility issues with macOS Sierra 10.12.6 and contains a number of other bug fixes and interface improvements.
PhoneRescue 3.4 users can now download and restore iCloud backups in iOS 10.3 or later
iMobie has rolled out PhoneRescue 3.4, an update to their iOS data recovery software for Mac and Windows users.
Fully supporting the latest iOS 11, users can now download and restore iCloud backups in iOS 10.3 or later. With a tweaked user interface, PhoneRescue 3.4 also offers a choice for users to flexibly download what they want for recovery.
You can can buy PhoneRescue from iMobie online store (http://tinyurl.com/y89jzsxd). A personal license costs $49.99, and a family license is $69.99.
Apple posts new iOS 10.3.3 and macOS 10.12.6 betas
Apple has released the sixth iOS 10.3.3 beta and the sixth macOS 10.12.6 beta. They’re available in both developer and public betas.
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.
The developer version can be downloaded from the Apple Developer Center.
DRM M4V Converter for macOS, Windows revved to version 2.0
DRmare has revved DRM M4V Converter, an iTunes DRM removal tool for macOS (10.8 and higher) and Windows, to version 2.0.
It’s designed to help iTunes users control and enjoy their digital media more easily and freely by completely removing DRM from iTunes videos and converting the M4V movies, TV shows and iTunes Extras to DRM-free formats and popular devices for playback. Version 2.0 reportedly features 30X faster speed in converting iTunes M4V to the lossless MP4 format.