Miscellaneous / Other
FileMaker Pro—the database application that has a user base ranging from individuals through corporations—has released FMPro 13. While there are the expected improvements to the application, this new release provides a whole new level of opportunities. Part of that includes a new release of FileMaker Go for iPhone, iTouch, and iPad to work with the new features of FMPro 13.
To-do list and productivity apps are sprouting like mushrooms. There’s no excuse anymore for the procrastinators out there, as they can find hundreds of apps to keep them on task, just like Taskdeck for iPhone and Mac. Taskdeck allows you to create tasks and to-do lists instantly, and you can add tags, dates (for deadlines), links, and files with Dropbox and Cloud syncing.
After being tested since May this year, Google has finally made its Chrome Apps available for Mac. Google Chrome Apps was first introduced for Windows and Chromebook users in September. For its Mac iteration, Google Chrome Apps works like your usual native Mac apps. It also works offline, enabling the automatic updating and syncing of apps across any platforms where you use Google Chrome.
Parallels is brining their sense of Mac/Windows harmony to the business world with the announcement of Parallels Business Solutions. Via updates to Parallels Management Suite and Parallels Desktop for Mac Enterprise Edition (plus the just-released Parallels Access app for iPad) IT departments can now maintain compliance and control while still embracing the diverse technology employees need.
Our friends at Global Delight have released v3.5 of Voila, their “all-in-one” screen capture solution for OS X. Voila allows you to capture, edit and share anything on your Mac’s screen, and you can do so for only $14.99 (50% off the normal price) if you buy it on sale by September 15th.
Ukrainian developer Aperio Lux’s uDesktop NEXT for OS X is a desktop wallpaper application that lets users choose from a library of hi-res images in 35 categories that are constantly being updated, so you should be able find several that suit your taste. Wallpapers are available in 16 resolutions for everything from iPhone and iPad to the MacBook Pro with Retina display.
Parallels’ Desktop 8 software suite, which allows you to run virtual Mac, Linux, or Windows machines from within your existing OS X installation, has posted both instructions and an update to help developers interested in running the OS X Mavericks Preview and Parallels Desktop. Available to registered Apple Developers, Mavericks is currently in beta, so a virtual machine provides safety, convenience, and protection against loss/damage resulting from unfinished software.
MacTech’s BootCamp II is a seminar targeted at Apple consultants and support professionals, which these days is becoming just about everyone in IT as BYOD programs import Apple’s logo into businesses everywhere. AppleTell readers can get discounted access to the BootCamp and the newly-launched Microsoft Office accreditation course as well!
Evernote—one of the more popular note-taking apps available for iOS, Mac and the web—has just been updated with a new feature that will certainly make the app even more useful: Evernote Reminders. With Reminders, you’ll be able to enjoy three features in one: in-app and email alarms, quick note based to-do lists, and the ability to pin notes to the top your note list.
Dropbox shared folders let two users (i.e., two accounts) share a folder of files. But sometimes Dropbox Sharing is not what you want, e.g., independent work and home accounts. The Joy of Macs’ new Dropbox Encore enables a second instance of Dropbox to run in a single Mac OS X user account. Each instance of DropBox must have a unique Dropbox account and a separate local Dropbox folder.
In the beginning, there were very expensive and highly brittle home automation systems that relied on programmers to customize code for specific components. Savant’s goal is simple; get rid of the custom programming and provide the most user-friendly and flexible remote control/home automation solution. And best of all? It’s Mac-based.
You need not be at Macworld/iWorld to take advantage of the sales being offered. It helps, of course. I mean most are show only, and some are even cash only, but there are many deals that extend well beyond the confines of the Moscone Center. We’ll continue to post them here as we find them.