Clear for iOS enacts first free download period as part of consolidation
As per Realmac's announcement last week, the company's productivity app Clear is available for free until tomorrow morning. Confusion arose when Realmac upgraded Clear for iOS to now require payment, as well as created separate versions for iPhone-only and "universal" (iPad and iPhone) at different price points. Due to Apple not offering a way to migrate users between copies of an app, the company decided to make Clear free for a 24 hour window (as of 9AM EST), with a second 24-hour free period upcoming so that previous users (along with new users) could get the version they wanted without penalty. Those interested in being notified of the next free download period can be notified by email.
Maschine hardware and software updated
An updated version of DEVONsphere Express featuring indexing support for network servers has been released. The update is also Gatekeeper compliant and makes it possible to copy text directly from Quick Look panels. Other changes include improved results from web sites, better compatibility with HTML and XML encodings, a Retina optimized icon, and minor bug fixes. DEVONsphere Express requires Mac OS X 10.6.6 or later and can be purchased in the Mac App Store for $10.
Native Instruments Maschine Mikro targets entry DJ
Native Instruments picked Monday to roll out both a small, lower-cost option for its digital DJ hardware and an iOS app to complement the set. The Maschine Mikro is about two thirds the size of its larger sibling and has a single display and a master controller that can be reassigned on the spot. It still preserves the 16 drum pads and gets access to the full suite of feature tie-ins with the Maschine desktop app.