News from WWDC17- ‘High Sierra’, how will this benefit AVA users?

On the 5th of June at Apple’s Worldwide Developer Conference in San Jose, California,  a new version of macOS was announced, with the release name of ‘High Sierra’.

This new release should be a great upgrade for AVA users, as it contains many beneficial features such as Metal 2 for 3D graphics (highly beneficial for AVA’s new release of Structure Simulation) , a new file system (APFS) and new compression technologies, to name just a few. To see more details and a full list of features for High Sierra, please click here. There’s more good news as High Sierra will run on all hardware that currently runs macOS Sierra. To read more on AVA’s operating system requirements, please click here.

Further great news for AVA users, is the introduction of a new range of more powerful iMacs and Mac Book Pro’s. These feature a new and faster CPU line, expanded memory, faster I/O and enhanced graphics computation. With these available to order now, perhaps now is the time for you to upgrade some of your hardware?

But that’s not all… as part of the conference they also previewed an iMac Pro, which will ship in December 2017. The iMac Pro features up to 18 CPU cores, which AVA software will take full advantage of due to our extensive multi threading utilisation. This machine looks to be a super, high power beast, but looks like it will also have an impressive price tag!

Another technology features AR Kit which stands for augmented reality. This looks like a very exciting new area for the future which AVA look forward to exploring!

News from WWDC17- 'High Sierra', how will this benefit AVA users?News from WWDC17- 'High Sierra', how will this benefit AVA users?News from WWDC17- 'High Sierra', how will this benefit AVA users?

Coming soon – AVA 4.16!

AVA 4.16 is feature packed, containing many enhancements which are expected to benefit all users due to our integrated module design. As with every release we focus on performance so you can be assured that this latest version is highly optimised and our best release to date.

Click the icon below to watch our short introduction movie.


Thank you for visiting AVA at Interzum

We’d like to thank everyone who took the time to come and visit us at Interzum, Cologne 2017.

We hope you enjoyed seeing the software demonstrations and our newest developments: AVA4.15, New Productivity Manager and Structure Simulation.



If you have any questions about AVA or wish to find out more information, please contact us and a member of our team will be happy to help.

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We look forward to seeing you again!

Cyber Attacks and the potential impact on you…

You will probably have noticed the recent cyber attack. It was in the form of Ransomware which is a type of malware that encrypts a user’s data, then demands payment in exchange for unlocking the data. It was titled ‘WannaCry’ and targeted Window’s XP machines. Friday’s cyber-attack has affected more than 200,000 victims in 150 countries.

There was a leaked set of “Cyber Weapons” (hacking tools) reportedly from the NSA (National Security Agency) in April and it has been suggested that ‘WannaCry’ may have been written utilising this information.

Windows XP was introduced in 2001 so in computing terms is ancient history, there was a patch update available for XP but users infected by WannaCry had be negligent in updating so left them self vunerable.

Clearly any computer Operation Systems can have holes, errors and back doors which allows hackers to exploit them. While the Macintosh has so far avoided such problems, the leaked Cyber Weapons” did not exclude our platform, and lets face it that the holes existed before the information was leaked…

So what can you do to avoid such problems hitting you?

Please ensure that you keep up to date with the latest Apple macOS and ensure that you install any system updates as soon as they’re available. There are teams of people (the good guys) monitoring world wide security issues and they make them available whenever possible, just as Microsoft did with XP. Its up to you to install the updates!

For help or advice on running mac OS updates please do not hesitate to contact the AVA support team who will be happy to help.

Cyber Attacks and the potential impact on you…
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