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14:11
Apple posts new developer betas of iOS, watchOS, tvOS
Apple has released new developer beta versions of iOS 11.2.5, watchOS 4.2.2, and tvOS 11.2.5. 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.
10:33
Apple releases iOS 11.2.1 and tvOS 11.2.1
Apple has released iOS 11.2.1 for the iPhone and iPad, and tvOS 11.2.1 for the Apple TV. Both fix bugs, including an issue that could disable remote access to shared users of the Home app. iOS 11.2.1 is available via the Software Update function in the iOS Settings menu. Fourth generation Apple TV or Apple TV 4K owners can nab the tvOS 11.2.1 update through the Settings menu.
07:18
Eltima Software updates CloudMounter for the Mac to version 3.0
Eltima Software has upgraded CloudMounter (https://cloudmounter.net), its cloud manager for macOS, to version 3.0. The app mounts cloud storages on your Mac saving your disk space and protects your online files with the encryption feature. With version 3.0, it’s now possible to mount your main Dropbox, Google Drive and OneDrive accounts with encryption for free. Support for Box and Backblaze B2 clouds is now available, as well as the connection to Amazon S3-compatible cloud solutions. CloudMounter 3.0 is compatible with macOS 10.10 or later. It costs $44.99; a demo is available for download.
06:23
Joyoshare Introduces HEIC Converter for the Mac
Joyoshare Software has released HEIC Converter (http://www.joyoshare.com/heic-converter-for-mac/), its new multimedia utility for macOS. It was developed to help users convert iOS 11 photos from HEIC to JPG, PNG, GIF, BMP, TIFF, WEBP for use on any computer and device. In addition, the app allows you adjust the output image quality in your own way, including changing resolution, aspect ratio, keeping EXIF metadata info, and more. With HEIC Converter, you can transfer an manage any HEIC/HEIF picture on any platform. Joyoshare HEIC Converter is compatible with macOS 10.8 and higher and costs $9.95 for a single license copy with one-year free support and update. There are other license types available as well, including $19.95 for 2-5 computers and $29.95 for unlimited use. A demo is available for download.
05:49
Apple awards Finisar $390 million from its Advanced...
Apple has announced the latest award from its $1 billion Advanced Manufacturing Fund. Finisar, a manufacturer of optical communications components, will receive $390 million as part of Apple’s commitment to support innovation and job creation by American manufacturers. The award will enable Finisar to exponentially increase its R&D spending and high-volume production of vertical-cavity surface-emitting lasers (VCSELs). VCSELs power some of Apple’s most popular new features, including Face ID, Animoji and Portrait mode selfies made possible with the iPhone X TrueDepth camera, as well as the proximity-sensing capabilities of AirPods. VCSEL technology is a better performing, more compact and cost-efficient solution compared to traditional edge-emitting lasers for many emerging applications. Apple has rapidly adopted depth-sensing technology in recent years, leading to the development and production of the most advanced VCSELs used in the history of consumer electronics. In the fourth...
04:25
PortraitPro Body for macOS revved to version 2
Anthropics Technology has upgraded PortraitPro Body (www.portraitbody.com), a standalone full body retouching software and plugin for Adobe Photoshop, Lightroom, and Elements. Version 2 offers Warp Fixer controls, Photoshop Smart Filter, a Lite Mode, and more. The software is designed to make it quick and easy to retouch full body portraits to industry standards. According to the folks at Anthropics Technology, it requires no painting skills or “tedious selections.” On the Mac platform, PortraitPro Body requires macOS 10.7 or later. It’s available in $39.95 and $59.95 editions. The former is standalone, dedicated software for professional full body retouching. The latter orks as standalone software and as a plugin for Adobe Photoshop, Photoshop Elements and Lightroom, handles camera RAW files, supports conversion between different color spaces, provides JPEG/TIFF embedded color profile support. A demo is available for download.
Dec 12
Deus Ex: Mankind Divided arrives on the Mac
Feral Interactive has released Deus Ex: Mankind Divided for the Mac. It’s available for $59.59 at the Feral website (www.feralinteractive.com) and Stream. The Desperate Measures in-game mission and the Covert Agent pack, which includes various weapons and items, are available for free. In Deus Ex: Mankind Divided, you’re in the damaged world of Adam Jensen, where the decisions you make and the actions you take will play a crucial role in humanity’s future. The game is compatible with: all 15-inch MacBook Pros released since late 2016; all 21.5-inch Retina 4K iMacs released since 2017; all 27-inch Retina 5K iMacs released since late 2014; and all Mac Pros released since late 2013. The 15-inch Retina MacBook Pro released in mid 2015 with an AMD Radeon R9 M370X can run the game but doesn’t consistently meet the standards required for official support.
Dec 12
iMac Pro can be ordered on Dec. 14
Apple’s iMac Pro will be available to order on December 14 with pricing starting at $4,999. Announced in June, with its 27-inch Retina 5K display, next generation Intel Xeon processors up to 18 cores, up to 22 Teraflops of graphics computation, up to 16GB of VRAM, up to 128GB of memory, built-in Ethernet, and support for one billion colors, it’s most powerful Mac ever made. It comes in a new space gray enclosure. The iMac Pro with the Vega GPU delivers up to 11 Teraflops of single-precision compute power for real-time 3D rendering and immersive, high frame rate VR. For half-precision computation, ideal for machine learning, the pro all-in-one delivers up to 22 Teraflops of performance. The iMac Pro also supports up to 4TB of SSD and up to 128GB of ECC memory, and with four Thunderbolt 3 ports can connect to up to two high-performance RAID arrays and two 5K displays at the same time.
Dec 12
Apple, Chicago join forces to bring coding opportunities to city...
Apple announced that it’s working with the city of Chicago to bring coding opportunities to Chicago’s nearly 500,000 students through a citywide expansion of Apple’s Everyone Can Code program. The initiative in Chicago was designed in collaboration with the Mayor’s Office of Chicago, Chicago Public Schools, City Colleges of Chicago, local businesses and non-profit organizations. Together, Apple and local organizations are helping expand opportunities for students to build the skills they need to pursue careers in the app economy by becoming proficient in Swift, Apple’s programming language. “At Apple we believe coding is an essential skill, so we’ve designed Everyone Can Code to give everyone the power to learn, write and teach coding,” said Apple CEO Tim Cook. “We’re thrilled to be working with our friends and partners in the great city of Chicago on this initiative. Together with Mayor Emanuel, Chicago Public Schools and City Colleges, we look forward to helping students learn Swift...
Dec 12
Apple releases developer’s beta of macOS High Sierra 10.13.3
Apple has released the first developer’s beta of macOS High Sierra 10.13.3. 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.
Dec 11
Troi releases Troi Activator Plug-in 4.5.1 for FileMaker Pro 16
Troi has released Troi Activator Plug-in 4.5.1 for FileMaker Pro 16. It’s an update of the tool for triggering scripts remotely. It’s a maintenance update with some bug fixes and performance tweaks. Licences for Troi Activator Plug-in 4.5.1 are $89 per user. A demo is available at https://www.troi.com/products/activatorplugin/ .
Dec 11
Package Central update for Adobe InDesign improves preflight,...
Zevrix Solutions has announced Package Central 1.10.3, a maintenance update to company's file packaging automation solution for Adobe InDesign. The software automatically collects InDesign documents along with their fonts and links from watched hot folders. Package Central can serve unlimited users on a network and offers email notifications, variable folder names, PDF export, and more. Version 1.10.3 improves handling of InDesign files with missing elements and fixes some queue management issues. Package Central can be purchased for $149.95 from the Zevrix website (www.zevrix.com). A demo is available for download. The 1.10.3 update is free for registered users. Package Central requires macOS 10.7-10.13 and Adobe InDesign CS5-CC 2018.
Dec 08
Cheetham3D 7.1 is unleashed on the Mac
MW3D-Solutions has unleashed Cheetah3D 7.1 (www.cheetah3d.com), an update to its 3D modeling solution for macOS. The utility sports features such as polygon reduction, a loft modeling object and a text spline object. Version 7.1 allows even more complex and realistic scenes. Cheetah3D 7.1 requires macOS 10.6.8 or higher. It costs $99 for a single-user license. Customers may upgrade from older version for $59. Those who purchased Cheetah3D 6.x after April 1, 2015, can upgrade for free.
Dec 07
Apple releases 2017’s most popular apps, music, movies, more
Apple has unveiled its 2017 charts and trends, celebrating the most popular apps, music, movies, TV shows, books and podcasts across the App Store, Apple Music, iTunes, iBooks and Apple Podcasts. Editors and curators from Apple Music, App Store and iTunes highlight great content from indie artists and developers from around the globe. You can find the complete list here at https://tinyurl.com/ydhab6dy .
Dec 07
Apple releases iTunes 12.7.2
Apple has released iTunes 12.7.2 for macOS. It’s available via the Updates tab at the Mac App Store. The update includes minor app and performance improvements. It goes along with the macOS High Sierra 10.13.2 upgrade that was released on Wednesday.
Dec 07
Output Factory for InDesign update improves PDF, print workflow...
Zevrix Solutions has announced Output Factory 2.2.3, a maintenance update to company's output automation solution for Adobe InDesign. The utility automates printing, exporting and preflighting from InDesign and offers batch processing, export as single pages, layer versioning, custom scripts integration and more. Version 2.2.3 addresses an issue in which some incompatible PDF and print output settings could be enabled at the same time, which could result in crashes and incorrect file processing. Output Factory 2.2.3 can be purchased from the Zevrix website (www.zevrix.com) for $169.95 (there’s a “lite” version for $119.95). A demo is available for download. The update is free for the users of Output Factory 2.x, and $84.97 to upgrade from Output Factory 1.x and BatchOutput. Output Factory requires macOS 10.7-10.13 and Adobe InDesign CS3-CC 2018.
Dec 06
Apple launches macOS High Sierra 10.13.2
Apple has released macOS High Sierra 10.13.2. Available at the Mac App Store via the Updates tab, it: ° Improves compatibility with third party USB audio devices; ° Improves VoiceOver navigation when viewing PDF documents in Preview; ° Improves compatibility of Braille displays with Mail.
Dec 06
MacX Video Converter Pro released with faster HEVC conversion
MacXDVD Software has rolled out MacX Video Converter Pro (https://tinyurl.com/y84d3sc3), a feature update to their flagship video conversion utility for macOS. MacX Video Converter Pro is a HEVC video converter that can compress and convert 4K/multi-track HD videos to HEVC/H.265 to save storage space and bandwidth consumption. This update extends its profiles for HEVC for playback on newer Macs, and lower-capacity iPhones and iPads, while saving storage space. The usual price of MacX Video Converter Pro (for a lifetime version) is $59.95. However, you can get the fully licensed HEVC video converter at 50% off for a limited time.
Dec 06
DriveDx for macOS rolls to version 1.7.0
BinaryFruit has updated DriveDx (https://binaryfruit.com/drivedx), its Mac solution for SSD and HDD health diagnostics and monitoring, to version 1.7.0. DriveDx performs overall drive health diagnostics using drive health indicators (like SSD wear out / endurance, reallocated bad sectors, offline bad sectors, pending sectors, I/O errors, and more) that most closely correlate with drive failures. It shows this information in an easy-to-understand format. Version 1.7.0 adds support for LaCie hard drives, among other improvements. DriveDx 1.7.0 requires macOS 10.6.8 or higher. It has four types of licenses, the basic being a personal license for $19.99.
Dec 06
AKVIS releases Thailand & South Korea Frame Pack
AKVIS (www.akvis.com) has released a new Thailand & South Korea pack that includes 80 picture frames created by professional artists. Along with the Japan & China frame pack, the new set showcases a wide variety of Asian cultures and traditions. To use AKVIS frame packs, you need to have installed one of following programs: AKVIS Frames (available for free) or AKVIS ArtSuite ($39). The AKVIS products run on macOS 9.0.7 and higher. TheThailand & South Korea frame pack sells for $15.
Dec 06
CS Odessa upgrades its Marketing Diagrams Solution
CS Odessa (www.conceptdraw.com) has released an update to its Marketing Diagrams Solution, which is available for download and use by ConceptDraw Pro users. The marketing libraries have been expanded to include a new funnel diagram object. The updated solution to Solution Park is a free item for current users of ConceptDraw Pro 11. ConceptDraw Pro is compatible with macOS and Microsoft Windows and retails for $199 per end user license. It’s included in ConceptDraw Office 4, which retails for $499.
Dec 05
watchOS 4.2 released with Apple Pay Cash support
Apple has released watchOS 4.2 for the Apple Watch. It adds support for Apple Pay Cash service, as well as other improvements and bug fixes. You can install watchOS 4.2 via the dedicated Apple Watch app on the iPhone by going to General --> Software Update. Your smartwatch needs to have at least 50% battery, be placed on a charger, and it needs to be in range of the iPhone. With Apple Pay Cash, Apple Pay users will be able to make and receive payments with friends and family quickly and securely. They can send money and get paid right in Messages, or tell Siri to pay someone, using the credit and debit cards they already have in Wallet. 
Dec 05
GeekSuit updates MacDeveloper beta testing resource site
GeekSuit has announced an update to MacDeveloper (www.macdeveloper.net), their beta testing networking and management resource for Apple developers and enthusiasts. It connects beta testers and developers, with the aim of aiding developers in testing and improving their products. The update to the service improves the platform's usefulness by enhancing the testing process for developers and testers. MacDeveloper now supports a "Pay-to-Test" model. When a developer opens a Project Channel, they’re walked through entering the basic information about the application, uploading a binary for testing (or supply a download URL), enter the types of tickets that testers will be allowed to submit for the build, and any special instructions for testers. Developers can then enter the amount of funds to be placed into escrow from the developer's PayPal fund. Amounts range from $20 to $200.
Dec 05
TunesKit releases Audio Capture software for macOS
TunesKit Studio has introduced TunesKit Audio Capture (http://www.tuneskit.com/mac-audio-capture.html) for macOS and Windows. The tool allows you to capture any music files from your computer or the Internet automatically and losslessly. With TunesKit Audio Capture, you can record multiple audio tracks at the same time, edit and customize audio parameters such as the size, quality, and more. By default, it connects to many common apps like iTunes, QuickTime, Windows media player, and more. If an app you want to grab music from isn’t on the list, you can add them with a click. TunesKit Audio Capture is on sale for a limited time for $19.95, or 60% off the regular price. A demo is available for download.
Dec 05
Xojo Announces the Availability of Xojo 2017 Release 3
Xojo (www.xojo.com) has announced Xojo 2017 Release 3, a new version of the application development tool for making apps for macOS, iOS, Windows, Linux, web, and Raspberry Pi. It offers built-in support for graphics, database servers, Internet protocol. The latest release adds over 170 changes and improvements. 64-bit improvements continue with the new 64-bit IDE, optimized Code Editor and more. Pricing starts at $299 per year.
Dec 04
Apple releases tvOS 11.2
Apple has released tvOS 11.2 for the fourth generation Apple TV and Apple TV with 4K. It adds a Sports section to the interface, joining the “Watch Now,” Library,” “Store” and “Search” options. The Sports tab provides links to live games and the ability to rewatch games that already occurred. You can also select your favorite teams for a range of sports and leagues. tvOS 11.2 also adds includes new video settings for changing high dynamic range and frame rate dynamically based on content if you hav an Apple TV 4K. If you own one, you can find the new Match Content options in the Settings app under Video and Audio after updating to video 11.2. According to Apple, “We’ll use your selected display format to play content without alteration. We can also switch formats automatically to match the content’s dynamic range and frame rate.” Match Content offers two options. Match Dynamic Range lets you “play content in its original dynamic range.” In other words, HDR movies and TV shows won’t...
Dec 04
VeprIT launches SlideFlow for the Mac
VeprIT has launched SlideFlow, a Mac app for generating animated photo slideshows with background music and playing it on a TV screen. According to VeprIT owner, Demid Borodin, the utility “offers the most natural viewing experience, presenting the full photograph, and then applying Ken Burns effect to zoom on human faces.” The user can export the slideshow as a video file, or play it immediately on a connected TV. SlideFlow works over a local Wi-Fi network with many modern smart TVs, such as Samsung, LG, and Sony TVs. It is also expected to work with other DLNA devices. Support for Google Cast (Chromecast) is coming in future versions, as well as an iOS version. SlideFlow requires macOS 10.12 or higher and available at the Mac App Store (https://tinyurl.com/ya93t4oo). It’s free, but does apply watermarks to generated slideshows until users pay the $2.99 in-app purchase.
Dec 04
NVIDIA GPU Cloud available to AI researchers
NVIDIA has announced that “hundreds of thousands” of AI researchers using desktop GPUs can now tap into the power of NVIDIA GPU Cloud (NGC) as the company has extended NGC support to NVIDIA TITAN. NVIDIA also announced expanded NGC capabilities — adding new software and other key updates to the NGC container registry — to provide researchers a broader, more powerful set of tools to advance their AI and high performance computing research and development efforts. Customers using NVIDIA Pascal architecture-powered TITAN GPUs can sign up immediately for a no-charge NGC account and gain full access to a comprehensive catalog of GPU-optimized deep learning and HPC software and tools. Other supported computing platforms include NVIDIA DGX-1, DGX Station and NVIDIA Volta-enabled instances on Amazon EC2. Software available through NGC’s expanding container registry includes NVIDIA optimized deep learning frameworks such as TensorFlow and PyTorch, third-party managed HPC applications, NVIDIA...
Dec 02
Apple has released iOS 11.2 with support for Apple Pay Cash
Apple has released iOS 11.2 with support for Apple Pay Cash,7.5-watt charging on compatible devices, and various bug fixes and improvements. With Apple Pay Cash, Apple Pay users will be able to make and receive payments with friends and family quickly and securely. They can send money and get paid right in Messages, or tell Siri to pay someone, using the credit and debit cards they already have in Wallet.  You can download iOS 11.2 by going to Settings > General > Software Update. Eligible devices include the iPhone 5s and later, the iPad mini 2 and later, the iPad Air and later, and the 6th gen iPod touch.
Dec 01
Apple releases new developer betas of iOS 11.2, macOS 10.3.2
Apple has released the sixth developer beta versions of iOS 11.2 and macOS 10.13.2 beta 6 is also available for testing. 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.
Dec 01
Liberty App releases Server Ranger 2 for macOS
LibertyApp has announced Server Ranger 2, the latest version of the website and server monitoring solution for macOS. Designed for small to medium businesses, website owners and IT departments alike, Server Ranger monitors the performance and uptime of any number of nodes and can send alerts when things go wrong. Users can monitor any type of server or site:file servers, routers, web servers, email servers and more. Version 2 brings SMS text alerts, Anchor Servers and per-node custom alert policies. Server Ranger 2 requires macOS 10.10 or later and is being offered at a special introductory price of $49.99. It’s available worldwide exclusively at the Mac App Store (https://itunes.apple.com/app/server-ranger/id1123314447).
Dec 01
Recosoft ships ID2Office 2018 for the Mac
Recosoft (www.recosoft.com) has released ID2Office 2018, the latest version of its InDesign to Microsoft Word, PowerPoint and Apple Keynote conversion plug-in for Mac and Windows. ID2Office converts InDesign files to common Office formats such as Microsoft Word, PowerPoint and Apple Keynote while maintaining the layout fidelity. The latest version includes an enhanced layout-processing core, supports Adobe InDesign CC 2018, as well as adds support for macOS High Sierra and the APFS disk and volume format. ID2Office 2018 requires macOS 10.8 or higher. It’s available in the following configurations (per license): ID2Office Standard 2018 Annual subscription (macOS/Windows) $199 and ID2Office Professional 2018 Annual subscription (macOS only) $249.
Nov 30
Apple Heart Study launched to identify irregular heart rhythms
Apple has launched the Apple Heart Study app, which is designed to facilitate research study using Apple Watch’s heart rate sensor to collect data on irregular heart rhythms and notify users who may be experiencing atrial fibrillation (AFib). AFib, the leading cause of stroke, is responsible for approximately 130,000 deaths and 750,000 hospitalizations in the US every year. Many people don’t experience symptoms, so AFib often goes undiagnosed. To calculate heart rate and rhythm, Apple Watch’s sensor uses green LED lights flashing hundreds of times per second and light-sensitive photodiodes to detect the amount of blood flowing through the wrist. The sensor’s unique optical design gathers signals from four distinct points on the wrist, and when combined with powerful software algorithms, Apple Watch isolates heart rhythms from other noise. The Apple Heart Study app uses this technology to identify an irregular heart rhythm. Apple is partnering with Stanford Medicine to perform the...
Nov 30
Apple explains how to fix an issue with Security Update 2017-001...
Apple has released a support document to help you deal with the issue. If you experience issues with authenticating or connecting to file shares on your Mac after you install Security Update 2017-001 for macOS High Sierra 10.13.1, follow these steps to repair file sharing: ° Open the Terminal app, which is in the Utilities folder of your Applications folder. ° Type sudo /usr/libexec/configureLocalKDC and press Return.  ° Enter your administrator password and press Return. ° Quit the Terminal app. 
Nov 30
Apple and (RED) celebrate a record year of giving
Since its creation in 2006, (RED) has worked to help the more than 37 million people living with HIV across the globe. This World AIDS Day, Apple celebrates a record year of giving with over $30 million raised for the Global Fund, equating to 144 million days of ARV medication that prevents the transmission of HIV from mothers to their unborn babies. Over the past 11 years, Apple customers have helped provide an equivalent of 475 million days of lifesaving medication. “Connecting through our products and services helps make it easy for our customers to join us in the effort to create the first AIDS-free generation,” says Lisa Jackson, Apple’s vice president of Environment, Policy and Social Initiatives, in a press release. “By working with (RED) to stop the transmission of HIV from moms to their unborn babies, we’re already seeing a significant impact in areas where help is needed most. We’re committed to continuing the fight and empowering future generations through these vital...
Nov 29
Apple releases Security Update 2017-001 to fix macOS High Sierra...
Apple has released Security Update 2017-001 to fix a vulnerability that enables access to the root superuser with a blank password on any Mac running macOS High Sierra version 10.3.1. Yesterday afternoon Lemi Orhan Ergin set off a firestorm on Twitter when he revealed a glaring security issue in MacOS High Sierra—anyone can login as “root” with no password required. It turns out that the issue in question works with any authentication dialog in High Sierra.
Nov 29
Pixelmator Pro available on the Mac App Store
The Pixelmator Team has released Pixelmator Pro, codenamed Whirlwind, which includes a modern single-window interface, nondestructive, GPU-powered image editing tools, machine learning-enhanced editing features, and more. "Its innovative, user-centered design makes editing images on a Mac simpler than ever, Saulius Dailide, one of the founders of the Pixelmator Team, said. “And with its GPU-powered and machine learning-enhanced editing tools, Pixelmator Pro is built for the future." The dark single-window interface of Pixelmator Pro has been created exclusively for working with images. A streamlined design provides a completely native Mac app experience and is fully consistent with the look and feel of macOS. And a reimagined, user-centered workflow design makes the professional editing tools in Pixelmator Pro especially accessible, even to first-time users, according to Sailide. Completely nondestructive color adjustments, effects, styles, and layouting tools in Pixelmator Pro give...
Nov 29
New version of ABBYY Real-Time Recognition SDK available
ABBYY (www.abbyy.com), a provider of intelligent capture solutions to improve business outcomes, has released a new version of the ABBYY Real-Time Recognition Software Development Kit (RTR SDK) with added data capture functionality on iOS and Android mobile platforms. The Real-Time Recognition technology is capable of pulling text information from on-screen objects and automatically converting it into digital data on the mobile device. Using the live video stream, the new RTR SDK is able to extract text and data even from complex textures and objects set in natural scenes. Delivering high text conversion accuracy, items converted using ABBYY real-time recognition technology require little to no verification by the user, according to Bruce Orcutt, senior vice president of Product Marketing at ABBYY. The “point and capture” technology enables software developers to build customizable apps that allow users to collect information from documents, objects and complex textures. It works...
Nov 28
Apple schedules downtime for iTunes Connect
Apple has scheduled downtime for iTunes Connect from Dec. 23-27, so its employees can celebrate the holidays. iTunes Connect is a suite of web-based tools for managing content sold on iTunes, the iBooks Store, and the various app stores.  New apps and app updates won’t be accepted during those dates, so any releases should be submitted, approved, and scheduled in advance. Other iTunes Connect and developer account features will remain available.
Nov 28
Apple releases new developer betas of iOS 11.2, macOS 10.13.2,...
Apple has released the fifth beta version of iOS 11.2, the fifth beta of macOS 10.13.2, and a tvOS 11.2 beta. Developers can download the betas through the Apple Developer Center or the Software Update mechanism in the Mac App Store.
Nov 28
Jumsoft debuts Toolbox for MS Office for iOS
Jumsoft has debuted Toolbox for MS Office 1.0 (https://tinyurl.com/y7ybcdo3), an addition to their productivity suite for iOS devices. Toolbox for MS Office contains a vast variety of professional and stylish templates of Word documents, PowerPoint presentations, infographics, decorative artwork and icons. The app downloads content on demand to save space on the device, and allows saving templates for later use offline. It also features deep iOS11 support. Toolbox for MS Office 1.0 offers some items in all categories free-of-charge for users to try and use, while the rest can be purchased for $0.99 - $4.99 per item.
Nov 28
Apple celebrates Hour of Code at all its retail stores
Apple has opened registration for thousands of free Hour of Code sessions available at all Apple Stores from Dec. 4-10. The company also introduced a new educational challenge in Swift Playgrounds and added new teacher resources to the Everyone Can Code curriculum to help teach Swift, Apple’s programming language. For the fifth year, Apple Stores will participate in Hour of Code with daily coding sessions in celebration of Computer Science Education Week. Young aspiring coders can learn coding basics during a Kids Hour session, while those age 12 and above can use Swift Playgrounds on iPad to learn coding concepts and even program robots. A new Teacher Tuesdays session helps educators learn how to teach code to students using new resources and discussion topics. A new Hour of Code challenge in the Swift Playgrounds app invites students to build a digital robot and customize it with new parts including cyborg eyes and electric hula hoop arms. Swift Playgrounds is available as a free...
Nov 28
B-Eng introduces Similar Pic Finder 1.0 for macOS
B-Eng has introduced Similar Pic Finder 1.0, a duplicate image discovery utility for macOS. It tracks down duplicates and copies of pictures. The tool leverages three proprietary, dedicated algorithms to locate duplicates of images on a drive, independent of their name. The algorithms are optimized for different tasks. . A contour based algorithm takes care of focus base search, with a second specialized algorithm that traces colors and color gradients, while a fingerprint algorithm is able to ignore different sizes of images that are to be compared. Similar Pic Finder requires macOS 10.10 or later. It costs $1.99 and is available at the Mac App Store (https://tinyurl.com/y8pk5n6g).
Nov 28
Toolfarm releases RenderGarden plug-in for macOS and Windows
Toolfarm, a global distributor and reseller of video, VFX, 3D, and motion graphics software applications and plug-ins, has released the RenderGarden plug-in for Adobe After Effects CC on macOS and Windows. Developed by Mekajiki, it purportedly accelerates render speeds by as much as 3X. It leverages existing system hardware processing power to improve the speed of motion graphics and visual effects workflows. RenderGarden is available from Toolfarm (www.toolfarm.com) at an manufacturer’s suggested retail price of $99.
Nov 27
Default Folder for macOS upgraded to version 5.1.9
St. Clair Software has announced Default Folder X 5.1.9 (https://tinyurl.com/2gm24v), an upgrade to the utility for macOS. The tool enhances the file dialogs in all Mac apps. It provides fast navigation to your files, convenient previews, integrated Spotlight tagging, and more. Default Folder X's custom keyboard shortcuts put your favorite and recent folders at your fingertips.Version 5.1.9 reopens Finder windows, hides file extensions and fixes several bugs. Default Folder X 5.1.9 is a free upgrade for registered 5.x users. New licenses are $34.95; upgrades from version 4 and prior are $14.95.
Nov 27
Brattoo Propaganda Software Introduces Photos Tagger for the Mac
Brattoo Propaganda Software has introduced Photos Tagger, a new addition to their applications suite. Photos Tagger extracts the meta data from the Photos software database, and applies it to your photos as keywords. The app is designed to make it easier to find and organize your pics. Photos Tagger (https://brattoo.com/propaganda/#photostagger) requires macOS 10.9 or later and Photos 2.x or higher. It costs $7.95. A demo is available for download.
Nov 23
Happy Thanksgiving!
MacNN and MacNews will be closed Thursday, Nov. 23, and Friday, Nov. 24, as our staff celebrates Thanksgiving with our families. We hope all our readers and sponsors have a wonderful “Turkey Day” and a great weekend. We’ll be back on our regular schedule Monday, Nov. 27.
Nov 22
iBarcoder for macOS revved to version 3.9.4
Cristallight Software has released iBarcoder 3.9.4, an update to their barcode maker and label generator for macOS. The app allows users to create and customize any style, shape, or size barcode and print them as labels, stickers and tags with just a few mouse clicks. The created barcodes are scannable with any stationary, cabled or wireless scanners. Version 3.9.4 brings functionality improvements to the app. iBarcoder 3.9.4 requires macOS 10.7 or higher. It costs $49.95 and is available at the Cristallight Software website (http://www.cristallight.com/iBarcoder/) or the Mac App Store. A demo is available for download at the Cristallight Software site.
Nov 22
TouchCopy for Mac updated to backup iPhone music and messages...
Wide Angle Software has announced TouchCopy 16 (https://www.wideanglesoftware.com/touchcopy/), an update to the Mac version of their iPod and iPhone transfer software. The new version of the TouchCopy adds support for Apple's new iPhone 8 and iPhone X. It enables users to backup all iPhone data such as music, photos and messages wirelessly from iPhones and other iOS devices to a Mac. TouchCopy — usually priced at $29.99 for a one-year, single user license, or $39.99 (USD) for a lifetime, two-computer license, is now available from only $22.50 — through Tuesday, Nov. 30.
Nov 22
3D4Medical releases Complete Heart for the iPad and Mac
3D4Medical (http://3d4med.com), a developer of 3D medical educational technology, has unveiled the latest addition to its Complete platform with the addition of Complete Heart for the iPad and Mac. It features new graphical technology from 3D4Medical that brings an interactive beating heart to life in 3D, making it possible to cut through multiple layers of the beating heart as it moves. This allows for a dissection through the model while simultaneously viewing the functions of its internal structures. Complete Heart also features ground-breaking AR technology, allowing the user to study the heart in full 3D on a surface in their environment.
 

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