Bare Bones Software Releases macOS High Sierra Ready BBEdit 12.0 With 100+ New Features and Improvements

Bare Bones Software has announced the release and immediate availability of BBEdit 12.0, a significant upgrade to its professional strength text and code editor.

BBEdit 12 introduces a new foundation featuring much greater overall integration with macOS, specific improvements for compatibility with macOS High Sierra, and more than one hundred new features, changes, and refinements, including fixes for specific reported issues.

BBEdit 12 also introduces completely rewritten user experiences for its FTP/SFTP, Text Factory, and Preview in BBEdit features. In addition, BBEdit now presents a unified appearance when using a dark editor color scheme, and a wide range of improvements to appearance and behavior resulting from its increased OS integration.

New menu commands include a “Canonize” command on the Text menu for performing batch text transformations, “Paste Using Filter” on the Edit menu for transforming text obtained from other applications, and a new “Columns” submenu of commands on the Edit menu for working efficiently with text in column-delimited formats.

“BBEdit 12 is High Sierra ready, and lays a solid foundation for the next generation of advances,” said Rich Siegel, founder and CEO of Bare Bones Software, Inc. “The improved integration with the OS, along with the new features we’ve added, will immediately make all of our customers more productive.”

The all-new Columns editing commands speed the processing of text in column-delimited formats, including cutting, copying, and removing entire columns of text, as well as a “Rearrange” command for easily changing the order of columns in a file.

The new Canonize command uses a customer-supplied data file to describe spelling changes from one word to another, and can be used to batch a large quantity of such changes for one document, or, via the use of a Text Factory, to many files.

The “Extract” command introduced in BBEdit 11 gains additional power by the optional use of Grep (regular expression) replacement patterns to transform extracted lines during the process.

The built-in FTP/SFTP browser window includes many enhancements, including an outline presentation of files on the remote server, and drag-and-drop uploading of local files.

The “Preview in BBEdit” live preview window for Markdown and HTML has been rewritten, and now features an inspector for visibility into the behavior of HTML documents and scripts as they are previewed.

BBEdit maintains the recently introduced evaluation model in which the full, complete feature set is available for the first 30 days of use. At the end of the 30-day evaluation period, the permanently functional feature set changes to include BBEdit’s powerful editing capabilities, but not its web authoring tools or other exclusive features. BBEdit’s exclusive features may be re-enabled at any time with a purchased license.

BBEdit 12.0 requires Mac OS X 10.11.6 or later. Detailed information on all of the changes in BBEdit 12.0 can be found at:

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BBEdit 12 has a suggested retail price of US$49.99. Owners of BBEdit 11 can upgrade for US$29.99. Owners of BBEdit 10 or earlier (including customers who purchased BBEdit in the Mac App Store) can upgrade for US$39.99.

Anyone who purchased BBEdit on or after March 1, 2017 is eligible to receive a free upgrade, while all eligible customers who purchased directly from Bare Bones Software will be notified automatically via email.

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Yale Announces Availability of Apple HomeKit-Enabled Smart Locks

Yale Locks & Hardware has announced that Apple HomeKit support for its Assure Lock family is available this month. The new Yale iM1 Network Module, which provides support for the Apple Home app and Siri, will be available for purchase as of October 16 in major retail stores in the U.S. and Canada.

When used with a compatible Assure Lock, the Yale iM1 Network Module allows homeowners to lock and unlock their home using the Apple Home app or Siri on an iPhone, iPad or Apple Watch. With the Yale Secure app, the user is also able to easily check battery status, manage up to 25 PIN codes, see current lock status, customize lock settings, name a lock and add a new lock. Locking and unlocking automatically and away from home requires an Apple TV 4th generation or iPad with iOS 10.3 or later set up as a home hub.

Siri voice support adds an entirely new level of convenience for homeowners by allowing them to check a doors current lock status or lock/unlock with a simple voice command. For example, “Hey Siri, is my front door locked?” and “Hey Siri, lock my front door.”

Apple HomeKit also provides homeowners with the ability to create scenes to generate a sequence of actions based on a certain command or event. For example, Hey Siri, Im going to bed, might cause the front door to lock, the thermostat to turn down and the kitchen lights to turn off.

“We strive to constantly develop products that enhance our users everyday lives and we are extremely excited to continue this with the launch of our iM1 Network Module and to offer iPhone users the ability to integrate Yale locks into their connected home,” said Jason Williams, President, ASSA ABLOY U.S. Residential Group, which includes Yale Residential.

Yale offers an extensive line of electronic deadbolts that can be used as standalone products or upgraded with a Yale Network Module to work with a variety of alarm and home automation systems. In addition to the iM1 Network Module, Yale offers Z-Wave Plus and Zigbee modules that can be inserted into push button, touchscreen and key free deadbolts. Once a module is inserted into the lock, it can be enrolled into a home alarm or automation system with the push of a button.

The new Yale iM1 Network Module will initially be compatible with two Yale Assure locks the new Assure Lock SL (YRD256) and the Assure Lock Key Free Touchscreen (YRD246). The module is available to purchase at Best Buy, Lowes SmartSpot Powered by B8ta stores, and P.C. Richard & Son. The Assure Lock SL and Assure Lock Key Free Touchscreen with the iM1 Network Module installed are available on

The suggested retail price for an Assure Lock with the iM1 Network Module is $219.99. The module is available separately for $49.99.

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iOS 11: Not A Happy Camper – The ‘Book Mystique

I ended up installing the iOS 11 upgrade sooner than I had planned, and thus far I dislike it intensely. My iPad Air 2 feels clunkier and less responsive with the new OS, especially to gesture input, and none of the new features so far have enchanted me.

The reason I took the plunge was that Dropbox stopped syncing with my iPad running iOS 10. I tried restarting the device and trashing and reinstalling the Dropbox app twice, but no joy.

As I’ve related here before, an excellent little app called PlainText, has been my anchor writing and Dropbox Folder access and organization tool since I got my first iPad in 2011. It’s no hassle support of Dropbox has made working with the same file on both the iPad and my Macs easy and virtually effortless, automatically synching documents back and forth from my Dropbox Folder with a dedicated searchable directory that listed files in order of most recent modification whether on the iPad or one of the Macs.

Unfortunately 32 bit PlainText was orphaned by its developers years ago and is thus not supported by 64 bit only iOS 11. I was aware that termination of support for 32 bit apps was coming (Apple gave notice in 2013), but had hoped to keep using PlainText, which was also an excellent text editor, for a while yet in iOS 10. However the Dropbox sync problem had me stymied. I should mention that Dropbox has continued to work just fine on the Macs.

So bowing to what appeared to be the inevitable, I hit the Install Upgrade button in hope that the new Files app feature in iOS 11 would live up to its billing and provide a satisfactory Dropbox document directory function, or perhaps even better an interface similar to the macOS Finder that documents could be exported from iOS apps to as individual text files that could be dragged and dropped to the Dropbox Folder and accessed by the Macs.

Apple claimed that the Files app would allow us to browse, search, and organize all of our files in one place with dedicated space for our recent files on our iPads as well as in app on our other iOS devices, and our Macs or PCs in iCloud Drive, as well as across other services like Box and Dropbox. That all sounded very promising.

Unhappily, the Files app turned out to be a major disappointment, and I have yet to discover a satisfactory way to restore the functionality I’ve lost. There are several iOS text apps that can link to Dropbox, but none that I’ve tried has come close to matching the elegant simplicity of PlainText, which set the bar very high. iCloud? I’m not a fan of Apple’s iCloud service, with its relentless demands for password sign-ins, and it doesn’t provide the functionality I need anyway, which is is a plain text editor that can synch with Dropbox and provide a searchable directory of the apps in the Dropbox Folders on my Macs listed from most recently modified. Such an app may exist, but so far I haven’t found it. The Files app, which feels beta-ish, will likely improve with time but whether I’ll find a satisfactory replacement for the way I used the PlainText app remains to be seen.

In the meantime, iOS 11 and the demise of PlainText have transformed my iPad from a highly functional and useful production tool to essentially a Web surfing and email device.

A couple more observations about iOS 11. The new Dock is sort of OK as long as the app you want, but I miss quick access to the Control Center for quickly switching WiFi, Bluetooth, and Airplane Mode on and off They’re now harder to get at in iOS 11 and make matters worse, these radio functions and Airplane Mode now work differently in ways that are less convenient and that the Electronic Frontier Foundation has criticized as a user security risk. In short, connectivity that you turn off doesn’t stay turned off and is only partly disabled anyway in order to maintain communication with Apple Pencil and Watch. Nice move, Apple.

Maybe iOS 11 will grow on me, but I’m skeptical.

Apple In 5th Place Globally, 3rd Place in U.S., As Worldwide PC Shipments Decline 3.6 Percent in Third Quarter of 2017 – Gartner

Worldwide PC shipments totaled 67 million units in the third quarter of 2017, a 3.6 percent decline from the third quarter of 2016, according to preliminary results by Gartner, Inc. This is the 12th consecutive quarter of declining PC shipments. Apple shipments were down 5.6 percent globally, and its market share down slightly to 6.9 percent from 7 percent year-over-year in the quarter, but it maintained its 5th place in global PC shipments.

“While there were signs of stabilization in the PC industry in key regions, including EMEA, Japan and Latin America, the relatively stable results were offset by the U.S. market, which saw a 10 percent year-over-year decline in part because of a very weak back-to-school sales season,” said Mika Kitagawa, principal analyst at Gartner. Apple was down 7.6 percent year-over-year but still held on to 3rd place in U.S. PC shipments in the quarter and increased its market share to 12.8 percent from 12.4 percent.

“Business PC demand, led by Windows 10 upgrades, continued to drive PC shipments across all regions, but its refresh schedule varies by region. The countries with stable economies, such as the U.S., have created a positive sentiment among businesses, especially for small and midsized businesses (SMBs), which are more vulnerable to external events, such as economic or political.”

There are ongoing component shortages, with DRAM shortages getting particularly worse during the third quarter of the year compared with the first half of 2017. “The component price hike impacted the consumer PC market as most vendors generally pass the price hike on to consumers, rather than absorbing the cost themselves,” Ms. Kitagawa said. “We expect the DRAM shortage to continue to the end of 2018, but it will not be reflected in the final PC prices immediately.”

In the third quarter of 2017, HP Inc. and Lenovo were in a virtual tie for the top spot in the PC market based on shipments (see Table 1). However, HP Inc. is in an upward trend, as it has experienced five consecutive quarters of global PC growth, while Lenovo is in a downward trend with declining shipments in eight of the last 10 quarters.

Notes: Data includes desk-based PCs, notebook PCs and ultramobile premiums (such as Microsoft Surface), but not Chromebooks or iPads. All data is estimated based on a preliminary study. Final estimates will be subject to change. The statistics are based on shipments selling into channels. Numbers may not add up to totals shown due to rounding.
Source: Gartner (October 2017)

HP Inc. experienced growth in all key regions, except the U.S. market. The company experienced double-digit growth in Latin America, while in Asia/Pacific HP Inc. secured positive growth for the fifth consecutive quarter. Lenovo experienced its steepest year-over-year decline of PC shipments in the U.S. since it acquired the IBM PC business division in 2005. Lenovo continues to face the dilemma of market share gains versus profitability. It appears the company is putting more emphasis on profitability than share gain. Dell’s worldwide PC shipments were slightly down compared with a year ago, as it registered its first year-over-year shipment decline since the first quarter of 2016.

In the U.S., PC shipments totaled 14.7 million units in the third quarter of 2017, a 10.3 percent decline from the third quarter of 2016 (see Table 2). It was the fourth consecutive quarter of declining PC shipments.

“Weak back-to-school sales were further evidence that traditional consumer PC demand drivers for PCs are no longer effective,” Ms. Kitagawa said. “Business PC demand is stable in the U.S., but demand could slow down among SMBs due to PC price increases due to component shortages.”

Notes: Data includes desk-based PCs, notebook PCs and ultramobile premiums (such as Microsoft Surface), but not Chromebooks or iPads. All data is estimated based on a preliminary study. Final estimates will be subject to change. The statistics are based on shipments selling into channels. Numbers may not add up to totals shown due to rounding.
Source: Gartner (October 2017)

PC shipments in EMEA totaled 19 million units in the third quarter of 2017, a 1.1 percent decline year over year. The contraction in the Western European PC market appears to have slowed down, with the potential for stability in the fourth quarter of 2017. Eastern Europe is experiencing flat to small unit declines as demand is not improving, and there is no obvious impact yet from the Windows 10 migration in the business segment.

In Asia/Pacific, PC shipments reached 24 million units in the third quarter of 2017, down 2.1 percent from the same period last year. While consumer demand remained lackluster, PC demand in the business segment remained steady, especially for notebooks. In China, the PC market is estimated to have declined by 5 percent in the third quarter of 2017, with more stability in the business market, particularly in large enterprises, than in the consumer space.

These results are preliminary. Final statistics will be available soon to clients of Gartner’s PC Quarterly Statistics Worldwide by Region program. This program offers a comprehensive and timely picture of the worldwide PC market, allowing product planning, distribution, marketing and sales organizations to keep abreast of key issues and their future implications around the globe.

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Heavy Duty MacBook Air 11 Case Now Available from Gumdrop Cases

Make sure your 11-inch MacBook Air is protected from drops, spills and other accidents with the new DropTech case from Gumdrop Cases. The DropTech case easily snaps onto the MacBook, has a rugged bumper around the edges, and features transparent windows on the top and bottom to show off logos, asset tags, stickers and other personalizations. The 11-inch MacBook Air case is now available on the Gumdrop Cases website for only $69.95.

Gumdrop Cases has announced that its new DropTech MacBook Air 11 case is now available online. The tough, heavy duty case is designed to keep your MacBook looking great and protects it from drops, splashes, backpack or bag abuse, and other accidents around your home or office. The DropTech case is a combination of rugged, easy to grip silicone and transparent Polycarbonate windows to show off logos, asset tags, stickers and other personalizations. Ideal for personal use, classrooms of kids, or protecting company hardware.

Like all portable laptops, it’s easy to drop or ding the MacBook while carrying it around. Any visible damage can void the warranty, since Apple does not cover accidental damage without expensive insurance and deductibles. The new DropTech case from Gumdrop Cases is the best way to prevent damage from everyday accidents and mishaps and will keep your machine in near pristine condition under normal conditions (nothing can help if you drop it off a cliff or dunk it in a lake though).

The DropTech MacBook Air 11 case not only protects from scratches and splashes, but also from disastrous, damaging drops. Gumdrop’s most rugged case design yet, the bumpers in each corner are made from 10mm of silicone to maximize protection without being overly bulky. Beneath the protective bumpers is a transparent Polycarbonate inner top shell. The shell is tough, and lightweight, allowing for lasting protection from general wear-and-tear. Plus, it’s easy to clean and can show off the iconic Apple logo, identification tags and stickers, or anything else you need to add to your MacBook Air.

Installation is a snap. No tools, no sweat. Just slip it into the case, and give it a simple snap and click. It will stay on when you open and close your MacBook Air, allow access to all ports, and provide proper ventilation so your MacBook doesn’t overheat.

Case protection is important for keeping a MacBook Air within warranty, and saves customers from spending a considerable amount of money on repair (or even full replacement cost).

You can settle for a hard shell case, or a sleeve of some kind, but those may only help protect from scratches and splashes. Zippered sleeves can get left behind. Clip-on shells pop-off at the first hint of trouble and don’t always offer adequate protection to the edges. Any decent drop can crack the screen or casing, or damage the insides (including the battery) – even with your MacBook covered in a hard shell or sleeve.

FYI: Apple’s warranty DOES NOT cover damage caused by accidents unless you pay more for its insurance plan (with deductibles). If they see any damage on the outside, it will most likely void your warranty and you will have to pay for repair or full replacement.

In fact, just a single 1-foot drop can dent the casing, so it’s better to protect your MacBook as soon as possible to keep it looking great and free from damage.

Never dropped, or banged up a laptop? You don’t have to be a klutz or walking disaster to worry about your computer hitting the ground or getting scratched up from regular use. You could simply be:

* Someone who uses their MacBook in the field and need something to protect it
* A student who carries their MacBook between home and class
* A commuter who knocks out some work with a MacBook on their lap
* An employee carrying their MacBook around the office and into meetings
* A teacher who stores MacBooks in a cart
* Someone who slips their MacBook into a briefcase or bag often

Whatever the circumstances, if you’re a mobile, on-the-go Mac user a DropTech case can protect your MacBook Air 11. And, if you have a tendency to let your laptop slip your grip, you shouldn’t need any further convincing to protect a computer that cost you a bundle. The DropTech case for the MacBook Air 11 is now available for $69.95 (USD).

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Pixelmator For iOS 2.4 Cobalt Adds Support For iOS 11

The Pixelmator Team has released a major update to its full-featured, powerful, and fast image editor for iPad and iPhone. Pixelmator for iOS 2.4, codenamed Cobalt, brings full support for iOS 11, adds support for Drag and Drop so you can move images and graphics between Pixelmator for iPad and other apps more easily than ever, includes support for importing HEIF images, and more. Pixelmator for iOS 2.4 Cobalt is available now as a free update from the App Store.

“The powerful new multitasking features in iOS 11 go great with Pixelmator for iPad,” said Saulius Dailide, one of the Pixelmator Team’s founders. “Pixelmator for iPad already includes support for Slide Over and Split View and now, with the addition of Drag and Drop, creating, enhancing, and sharing your images on the go becomes easier and more intuitive than ever.”

Pixelmator for iOS 2.4 Cobalt adds full support for iOS 11 and takes advantage of its powerful new multitasking features. With support for Drag and Drop, you can now move images and graphics between Pixelmator for iPad and other apps more easily than ever. You can use Multi-Touch to quickly add multiple images to your composition at once. And you can even move your entire composition into apps like Mail, Messages, and Keynote by simply touching and holding outside the image canvas, then dropping your image into the other app.

With support for HEIF images, Pixelmator for iOS users can now import images shot on the latest iPhone models, including iPhone X. HEIF, the High Efficiency Image File Format, is a new, much more efficient format that reduces file sizes without sacrificing quality and is used as the default on all the latest iPhone models, starting with iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus.

Device Requirements:
* iPhone 7 or later, iPad, and iPod touch
* Requires iOS 9.1 or later
* 138 MB

Pixelmator for iOS 2.4 Cobalt is $4.99 USD (or equivalent amount in other currencies) and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Photo & Video category. It is a free update to all existing customers who purchased the app from the App Store. For more information, visit Pixelmator online.

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Pixelmator 3.7 Mount Whitney Brings Feature Enhancements And macOS High Sierra Support

The Pixelmator Team has released Pixelmator 3.7 Mount Whitney, a major update to its full-featured, powerful, and fast image editing app for macOS. Pixelmator 3.7 Mount Whitney brings full support for macOS High Sierra, adds the ability to launch Pixelmator from the Photos app and save edits back to your original image, features support for importing images in Apple’s new space-saving HEIF fromat, and more.

“People love using Pixelmator on the Mac, and one of the biggest reasons is its extensive integration with macOS,” said Saulius Dailide, one of the founders of the Pixelmator Team. “And with Pixelmator 3.7 Mount Whitney, we think users are really going to love the much more seamless experience of launching Pixelmator right from the Photos app and automatically saving changes back to the same image in the Photos library.”

You can now launch Pixelmator directly from the Photos app – any edits you make will be automatically saved to your original image in the Photos library. In addition, the option to edit with Pixelmator appears automatically in the Photos.

With support for HEIF images, Pixelmator users can import images shot on the latest iPhone models, including iPhone X. HEIF, the High Efficiency Image File Format, is a new, much more efficient format that reduces file sizes without sacrificing quality and is used as the default on all the latest iPhone models, starting with iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus.

Pixelmator 3.7 Mount Whitney also includes improvements to the Repair Tool algorithm, which make it faster and more accurate, improved support for PSD images, and a number of other improvements and fixes.

System Requirements:
* OS X 10.11 or later
* 64-bit processor
* 78.3 MB

Pixelmator 3.7 Mount Whitney is $29.99 USD (or equivalent amount in other currencies) and available worldwide exclusively through the Mac App Store in the Graphics & Design category.

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Lenovo Celebrates a Quarter Century of Flagship Laptop With Limited-Edition ThinkPad Anniversary Edition 25

Lenovo has announced, a limited-edition model of its ThinkPad laptop at an exclusive event at the Yamato Labs in Japan, birthplace of ThinkPad, to celebrate its 25th anniversary. The ThinkPad Anniversary Edition 25 is a modern incarnation of the classic design and includes iconic retro features such as a backlit 7-row ThinkPad Classic keyboard, dedicated volume buttons, multiple status LEDs and a multicolor logo.

The design concept launched on June 25th 2015 using social media as a method to gather feedback and preferences from ThinkPad fans and loyalists from around the world. In addition to the classic features, the ThinkPad Anniversary Edition 25 is a thoroughly modern laptop. Powered by an Intel Core i7-7500U processor with discrete NVIDIA GeForce 940MX graphics and a 14-inch full HD display with touch, the ThinkPad Retro performance is a far cry from the original 700C.

25 Years of Innovation

Designed by Richard Sapper and engineered in the Yamato Labs in Japan, the original ThinkPad 700C announced on October 5th 1992. Inspired by the traditional Japanese bento box, the 700C was the start of an amazing journey. In the space of a couple of months, it won more than three hundred awards and became a status symbol for presidents and CEOs.

130 million unit sales later, ThinkPad is an icon in the IT industry. It has helped explorers reach Earth’s remotest places, supported dozens of missions into space and facilitated countless businesses to grow. In fact, we have looked back over the years and collected a number of stories where ThinkPad has changed the world. So, what makes ThinkPad so special?

“ThinkPad design creates a powerful and synergistic relationship between form and function. It balances sophisticated aesthetics, thoughtfully crafted user experiences and renowned engineering in order to deliver superior products,” said David Hill, former Chief Design Officer, Lenovo. “25 years after the introduction of the original 700C, the latest X1 Carbon is immediately recognizable as a ThinkPad.”

ThinkPad at 50 What Next?

As technology has advanced with exponential speed, the designers and engineers behind ThinkPad have remained purpose-driven in their quest to continually reimagine mobile computing while preserving the original concept. From the ThinkPad 701C with the butterfly keyboard to the 2-in-1 convertible X1 Yoga with rise and fall keyboard, the relentless quest for perfection has made ThinkPad the number one business laptop of all time. Over the next twenty-five years, ThinkPad will continue to develop, innovate and deliver the technologies of tomorrow. Arimasa Naitoh, former head of the Yamato Labs and affectionately known as the father of ThinkPad, firmly believes that the future is in safe hands.

“From the original 700C to the latest X1 Series, ThinkPad has proved it can enable business transformation and offer customers uncompromised mobility,” he says. “Our team of engineers imagine a future world where ThinkPad creates new segments and further enrichens user experiences as technology becomes more embedded in our lives.”

“ThinkPad has helped revolutionize how we do things. Business, education, healthcare, supply chain, transportation and finance are just a few segments that have been transformed by mobile computing over the past twenty-five years,” said Gianfranco Lanci, president and COO, Lenovo. “The next twenty-five years are an opportunity for new generations to discover the wonders of ThinkPad. As long as there are customer pain points, there will be a ThinkPad to fix them.”

“Our collaboration with Lenovo has driven true mobile PC innovation and transformed how businesses get things done,” said Jim Johnson, vice president of the Client Computing Group and general manager of the Client Customer Engineering Group at Intel Corporation. “From the 1992 ThinkPad 700C to today’s ultralight, connect-anywhere X1 series 2in1s, we continue to push boundaries together for commercial-class performance, security and manageability that empowers the modern workforce.”

“It has been a privilege to partner with the ThinkPad team to evolve mobile computing from the first ThinkPad notebook computers running Windows 3.1 to the latest ThinkPad X1 Yoga that lights up modern experiences in Windows 10”, said Peter Han, Vice President, Partner Devices and Solutions, Microsoft. “We look forward to our continued collaboration with Lenovo to deliver new experiences such as mixed reality and AI that will help ThinkPad users achieve even more.”

ThinkPad Anniversary Edition 25 is available in limited quantities in select countries.

The price will be $1899, and the product will be available on and through business partners.

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PDF2Office 2017 Converts PDF to Word, Excel and PowerPoint on macOS

Recosoft Corporation has released PDF2Office 2017, the latest version of its PDF to Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint conversion tool for macOS. PDF2Office 2017 converts PDF files to Microsoft Office files such as Word, Excel and PowerPoint recreating the layout of the document; forming paragraphs; applying styles; regrouping independent graphic elements; extracting images; creating tables automatically. PDF2Office 2017 allows you to recover, reuse and re-source the contents stored in PDF files making it available for use within the Microsoft Office. A major new release, PDF2Office 2017 has been completely re-designed and provides an integrated PDF viewing, navigation and conversion interface.

Key New Features:

* New user interface – The entire user interface has been rebuilt from ground-up using modern macOS technologies providing an integrated PDF viewing, navigation and conversion interface.

* Batch convert multiple PDF files to different formats at once – A conversions pane has been included allowing multiple files to be converted to the Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint file types.

* Area select tool – An Area select tool has been included which allows specifying a particular area in a page to be converted to the target file type.

* PDF to Image conversion – PDF-to-JPEG and PDF-to-PNG conversions are supported when using the Area select tool.

* PDF Reconstruction v7.0 engine – PDF2Office 2017 contains the latest PDF Reconstruction v7.0 engine offering enhanced conversion fidelity and stability.

* Support for latest macOS – PDF2Office 2017 has been enhanced to operate with the latest versions of macOS (including macOS High Sierra).

System Requirements:
* Microsoft Office 2011 and higher to view and edit the converted files
* Mac OS X 10.9.x and higher
* Intel based Mac
* 17.6 MB

PDF2Office 2017 (v7.0.0) ican be downloaded as a 14-day limited free trial with in-app purchase for $24.99 USD and available worldwide through the Mac App Store in the Business category. It is also available from Recosoft online.


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SSD Optimised Cloning And Folder-sync Utility For macOS Now Free

Wellington, New Zealand based Solesignal has released an update to SmartBackup 4, its SSD optimised backup and cloning utility for macOS. The software features a custom SSD optimised multi-thread capable sync engine which can take advantage of the full speed of modern SSD/Flash based storage. When copying between SSD/Flash Volumes, version 4.1.3 is up to twice as fast creating a new bootable clone of macOS compared to other utilities.

* Very easy to set up and configure
* Creates bootable clones of macOS
* Performs folder syncs or backups
* Optionally creates searchable archives of all changed or deleted files
* Built-in scheduling
* Multithread capable 64-bit sync engine, fully leveraging the performance of SSD/Flash
* Supports pre-allocation on Xsan/StorNext volumes
* Commandline mode to be called from your python or shell scripts

Copying only one file at a time is only optimal for spinning harddisks. To achive the best possibe performance on now common Flash or SSD disks, or RAID storage, file copies need to be parallelised. SmartBackup 4’s custom sync engine is multi-thread capable for those disks and will run modern storage at full speed.

System Requirements:
* macOS 10.10 or later

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Wired Keyboards for iPad Make iPads Serious Writing Tools, Apple MFi Certified

Sunrise Hitek’s Wired Keyboard is now Apple MFI Certified. This keyboard is available with 8-pin Lightning or 30-pin dock connector and is 100% compatible with all iOS devices, tested with the latest version of iOS.

This keyboard takes school iPad usage to the next level. When paired with an external keyboard like Sunrise’s, the iPad becomes a serious writing tool. According to http://, there are definitely added benefits to using an external keyboard for iPad. They state: “…Paired with an external keyboard, though, the iPad is an even better writing machine. Just like serious artists may want to invest in stylus for iPad painting, if you’re regularly writing hundreds of words on your iPad, it might be time for a real keyboard. You can still type on-screen when you want, but for longer pieces, the keyboard will help you type your fastest.”

Wired keyboards are recommended over Bluetooth for large deployments and standardized tests due to their superior reliability, reduced interference, and easy management. This keyboard is made from a high grade white polycarbonate frame with white plastic keys and provides the best and smoothest typing experience of any third party keyboard including dedicated short-cut keys for frequently used iOS functions. No batteries are required, the keyboard is solely powered by the iOS device.

As with all Sunrise products, bulk pricing is available on quantity orders. Keyboard dimensions are: 11.25×4.75×0.6875; Weight: 11.4 oz.

Buyers can choose a model compatible with all iOS devices with 8-pin Lightning port, including the iPad Air, Air 2, Mini, Mini with Retina, Mini 3, iPhone 5/5S/5C, 6, 6 Plus, or the 30-pin dock connector, compatible with including iPad, iPhone.

“Overall the wired keyboards have been a huge hit with schools. Sunrise has received a lot of positive feedback such as this: I am happy to offer great feedback on the [iPad wired] keyboards. We ordered only 6 to have a classroom trail test the keyboards on the iPad minis that that classroom has. I was able to set up the iPads with Microsoft Word and set up printing from the iPad to a network printer. Our teachers are interested in getting more keyboards.” ~ Ray W., Charenton, LA

Sunrise’s iPad Wired Keyboard is the perfect companion to their iPad Slim Tough Case. Slim Tough case highlights include a dual-layer rugged design including a protective silicone skin over an inner hard case and a naked frame for the very best touch experience, which is 100% stylus compatible. The Built-in stylus glides smoothly on the glass screen and keeps it clean. Handy magnetic closure keeps the folio cover shut when closed and the strong kickstand with stainless steel pins provides superb stability.

Price: $45.00

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Epson Launches Seven New EcoTank Printers

Epson America, Inc. has announced its newest additions to its Supertank line of cartridge-free EcoTank printers, including three new Expression EcoTank home models and two new WorkForce EcoTank printers for the small medium business market. Additionally, Epson introduced two new printers to its EcoTank portfolio Expression Premium which offer a five-color ink system for improved photo and document print quality. All seven models offer a new industrial design featuring integrated ink tanks with uniquely keyed auto-stop ink bottles for easy filling of each color.

The integrated ink tanks are positioned in the front of each EcoTank printer rather than on the side for a simpler user experience and improved design, delivering cartridge-free printing with easy-to-fill, supersized ink tanks. The new auto-stop ink bottles feature a unique spout and inlet design for each color to prevent misfiling, and stops automatically when the tank is full. The EcoTank printers include up to two years of ink in the box , equivalent to about 30 ink cartridge sets.

“Supertank Printers revolutionized the printing experience when we first introduced the concept two years ago,” said Nils Madden, marketing director, Consumer Marketing, Epson America. “We have taken customer feedback into account and improved the hardware design, and added new features such as the uniquely keyed auto-stop ink bottles and the option for borderless printing to our new EcoTank printers. By enhancing performance and improving the customer experience, Epson continues to innovate and provide hassle-free printing at home and in the workplace.”

EcoTank printers can print thousands of pages of documents or photos before running out of ink3. Plus, low-cost replacement ink bottles provide savings of up to 80 percent on ink4. The more you print, the more you save.

The Expression ET-2750 ($299.99 MSRP), Expression ET-3700 ($370.00 MSRP), WorkForce ET-3750 ($399.99 MSRP), WorkForce ET-4750 ($499.99 MSRP), Expression Premium ET-7700 ($599.99), and Expression Premium ET-7750 ($699.99 MSRP) are now available through major computer, office and electronic retailers, and on the Epson store ( The Expression ET-2700 ($279.99 MSRP) will be available online only.

All seven printers feature a two-year limited warranty with registration8. For more information and availability, visit

Source: Epson