Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War II for Mac and Linux — Feral Interactive announced the release of Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War II for Mac and Linux. This real-time strategy powerhouse is set in the Warhammer 40,000 universe where you are a Force Commander of the Blood Ravens Chapter defending the Imperium of Man. This game has very high system requirements — Feral Interactive specifies a number of video cards that aren’t supported. Make sure your Mac can cut it before buying this game.
• Minimum System Requirements: Processor: 1.8GHz Intel, RAM: 4.0GB, Graphics: 512MB, Free Space: 18.0GB.
• The following graphics cards are not supported: ATI HD2xxx series, ATI X1xxx series, Intel HD3000, Intel HD5300, Intel GMA series, NVIDIA 9xxx series, NVIDIA 7xxx series, NVIDIA 8xxx series, NVIDIA 3xx series.
• The following graphics cards require 8GB of system RAM: Intel HD 515, Intel HD4000.
The video at this link shows some game-play. There’s a theatrical trailer on the game’s site, too. It’s available on the Mac App Store, Steam, and directly from Feral for NZ$29.99 (US19.99 ).
MacBook Pro rumours — According to MacRumors, Apple is putting the final touches on the version of macOS Sierra it plans to load onto the new hardware, with a beta version on track to roll out next week. The MacBook Pro is on track to launch in the latter half of October. Another rumours says they’ll be running ARM chips. ARM-based processors offer lower cost, better power dissipation, natural integration with the rest of the machine compared to x86 devices. All iOS devices already use ARM chips. [As long as it’s fast with good battery life, I’m cool with that.]
Future watch: new Ethernet standard to bring 2.5 and 5 Gbit/sec speeds to existing cabling — The group responsible for the Ethernet specifications have unveiled a new pair of standards, bringing faster speeds to existing Cat-5e and Cat-6 cable runs, eliminating networking bottlenecks, and potentially saving organizations with large deployments a great deal. The new 802.3bz standard, also called NBase-T, brings 2.5 Gbit/sec and 5 Gbit/sec speeds to older cabling and has been ratified by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE).
8 Mac utilities free — Stack Commerce has put together a collection of eight Mac utilities, including: CommandQ, Export for iTunes, UnDistracted, SuperTab SE 1.4, Screenie, Total Video Player for Mac, iFotosoft Photo Viewer, and SQLPro for Postgres. And they’re all free.
New Webfonts added to 1000 OpenType Fonts — 128bit Technologies has rolled out 1000 OpenType Fonts 4.0 on the MacAppware website and the Mac App Store. This font collection includes 240 unique font family styles, with a total of 1000 fonts in all. Webfont versions and a PDF sample book of the font families were just added to 1000 OpenType Fonts. For a limited time, you can save 70% on Premium Fonts 7.0. You can download the newest creative font designs, each with a 10-computer commercial use license for US$29.99.
Pixel Film Studios releases ProClone for Final Cut Pro X — Pixel Film Studios has released ProClone for Apple’s Final Cut Pro X. It’s a US$29.95 repeating media tool plug-in that allows users to add layers of duplicated footage on top of an original source.