MacFamilyTree, OmniOutliner, Simplify

updated 11:25 am EDT, Wed June 25, 2014 | Posted in Apps

MacFamilyTree 7.2 ($50) - MacFamilyTree is a genealogy program that can help users discover and visualize their family history. The software also features a number of built in reports and charts, and allows users share genealogical data using the GEDCOM standard. Version 7.2 has completely rewritten all reports from the ground up, and includes a wide selection of report style presets for users to chose from. A number of improvements have also been made to the Interactive Tree and to FamilySearch integration. [Download - 287.3MB]

OmniOutliner 4.1 ($50) - OmniOutliner is a tool for collecting, creating, and organizing information. The v4.1 update introduces new colored toolbar icons, as well as the ability to create links to rows for quickly navigating between sections. A number of updates and fixes have also been made to the Microsoft Word export feature, and row numbering support has been significantly improved. [Download - 48.7MB]

Simplify 3.0.4 ($5) - Simplify is a small utility for controlling music playback from Spotify, Rdio, and iTunes. The latest release offers enhanced media key support inside Simplify, along with support for AppleScript, and for storing selected jacket variations for each jacket independently. An issue with the mini-player not resting its screen position in some circumstances has also been fixed. [Download - 3.5MB]

Camtasia 2.8.1 ($100) - Camtasia is a screen recording and production tool that allows users to record onscreen activity, Keynote slides, camera video and microphone or system audio. A number of crashes that could occur after copying effects or while retrying a share to YouTube have been fixed with this update. In addition, a problem where the cursor would not be displayed in recordings on OS X 10.6 has been addressed. [Download - 189.1MB]

OfficeTime 1.7.1 ($47) - OfficeTime can help users to keep track of time spent on different projects. This data can then be added directly to invoices, or converted into a number of different reports. In v1.7.1 newly created sessions can once again be rounded and after restarting OfficeTime you can still resume from the unrounded time. The software will also now consistently bring the "You've been away" window to the front even if waking up from a locked computer [Download - 15.5MB]

Now AAPL Stock: 113.65 ( -0.83 )

Cirrus creates Lightning-headphone dev kit

Apple supplier Cirrus Logic has introduced a MFi-compliant new development kit for companies interested in using Cirrus' chips to create Lightning-based headphones, which -- regardless of whether rumors about Apple dropping the analog headphone jack in its iPhone this fall -- can offer advantages to music-loving iOS device users. The kit mentions some of the advantages of an all-digital headset or headphone connector, including higher-bitrate support, a more customizable experience, and support for power and data transfer into headphone hardware. Several companies already make Lightning headphones, and Apple has supported the concept since June 2014.

Developer  120d

Apple Store app offers Procreate Pocket

The Apple Store app for iPhone, which periodically rewards users with free app gifts, is now offering the iPhone "Pocket" version of drawing app Procreate for those who have the free Apple Store app until July 28. Users who have redeemed the offer by navigating to the "Stores" tab of the app and swiping past the "iPhone Upgrade Program" banner to the "Procreate" banner have noted that only the limited Pocket (iPhone) version of the app is available free, even if the Apple Store app is installed and the offer redeemed on an iPad. The Pocket version currently sells for $3 on the iOS App Store. [32.4MB]


Porsche adds CarPlay to 2017 Panamera

Porsche has added a fifth model of vehicle to its CarPlay-supported lineup, announcing that the 2017 Panamera -- which will arrive in the US in January -- will include Apple's infotainment technology, and be seen on a giant 12.3-inch touchscreen as part of an all-new Porsche Communication Management system. The luxury sedan starts at $99,900 for the 4S model, and scales up to the Panamera Turbo, which sells for $146,900. Other vehicles that currently support CarPlay include the 2016 911 and the 2017 models of Macan, 718 Boxster, and 718 Cayman. The company did not mention support for Google's corresponding Android Auto in its announcement.

Industry  120d

Apple employees testing wheelchair features

New features included in the forthcoming watchOS 3 are being tested by Apple retail store employees, including a new activity-tracking feature that has been designed with wheelchair users in mind. The move is slightly unusual in that, while retail employees have previously been used to test pre-release versions of OS X and iOS, this marks the first time they've been included in the otherwise developer-only watchOS betas. The company is said to have gone to great lengths to modify the activity tracker for wheelchair users, including changing the "time to stand" notification to "time to roll" and including two wheelchair-centric workout apps.

Troubleshooting  121d

SanDisk reveals two 256GB microSDXC cards

SanDisk has introduced two 256GB microSDXC cards. Arriving in August for $150, the Ultra microSDXC UHS-I Premium Edition card offers transfer speeds of up to 95MB/s for reading data. The Extreme microSDXC UHS-I card can read at a fast 100MB/s and write at up to 90MB/s, and will be shipping sometime in the fourth quarter for $200.

Upgrades/storage  121d

Apple's third-quarter results due July 26

Apple has advised it will be issuing its third-quarter results on July 26, with a conference call to answer investor and analyst queries about the earnings set to take place later that day. The stream of the call will go live at 2pm PT (5pm ET) via Apple's investor site, with the results themselves expected to be released roughly 30 minutes before the call commences. Apple's guidance for the quarter put revenue at between $41 billion and $43 billion.

Investor  122d

Twitter stickers slowly roll out to users

Twitter has introduced "stickers," allowing users to add extra graphical elements to their photos before uploading them to the micro-blogging service. A library of hundreds of accessories, props, and emoji will be available to use as stickers, which can be resized, rotated, and placed anywhere on the photograph. Images with stickers will also become searchable with viewers able to select a sticker to see how others use the same graphic in their own posts. Twitter advises stickers will be rolling out to users over the next few weeks, and will work on both the mobile apps and through the browser.

IPhone apps  122d