New version of SkypeKit Beta SDK available
Skype has announced a new version of the SkypeKit Beta SDK (software development kit) that works on Mac OS X and Windows.
Now almost any desktop application can offer Skype conversations -- including video, voice, and text -- without the need for users to separately download Skype software. Interested desktop developers can visit http://developer.skype.com/signup to request an invitation to the beta. Just remember: beta software is unfinished software so use with care.
IMCapture for Yahoo Messenger available for Mac OS X
IMCapture has released IMCapture for Yahoo Messenger (http://www.imcapture.com/IMCapture_for_Yahoo_Messenger/), which expands the standard notion of on-line communication allowing the user to record audio and video calls from Yahoo Messenger in a "double click" way.
Provided with the record feature, IMCapture for Yahoo Messenger features settings to adjust the quality of the video as well. After setting "record audio" and "record video" by default, it captures all calls automatically. This software saves and converts audio and video calls as MP3, WMA or AAC files and QuickTime Movies (MOV), MPEG4, MPEG, VOB, PSP MPEG4, SWF and FLV correspondingly.
IMCarture for Yahoo Messenger works with Mac OS X 10.4 and higher. It costs US$49.95 for a single user license.
Better Finder Rename for Mac OS X updated to version 8.6.2
Publicspace.net (http://www.publicspace.net/) has released A Better Finder Rename 8.62, an update of the renaming solution for the Mac. The upgrade allows users to insert the name of the enclosing folder into file names in a variety of new ways.
A Better Finder Rename costs US$19.95. Business, family and enterprise licensing is also available. Customers may chose to include a "forever upgrade" with their purchase.
A Better Finder Rename requires Mac OS X 10.5 or 10.6. It's Universal Binary so runs natively on both PowerPC and Intel Macs.
FoneSync for LG update supports Samsung phone syncing
Nova media (http://www.novamedia.de) has updated FoneSync for LG, a solution to synchronize LG phones with Mac OS X, to version 1.0.3. The new version allows users to synchronize contacts and calendars with Samsung phones, which could not be synced with the Mac OS X before.
FoneSync can be set to synchronize single address book groups and single calendars. The synchronization of contacts can be restricted to those that include at least one phone number and the time frame in which calendar events are synchronized can be altered as well.
FoneSync for Samsung phones is available for US$19.95. It requires Mac OS X 10.5.8 or higher and a Bluetooth-enabled Mac.
Password Repository for Mac OS X beefs up user interface
Tension Software has updated Password Repository (http://www.pomola.com/products_passwordrepository/passwordrepository.html), a Mac OS X password storage utility, to version 2.12. The upgrade sports a tweaked user interface, the ability to move the search field via keyboard shortcut and menu, and better handling of record creation.
Password Repository lets you save all your passwords in documents protecting them on disk using a single password. Data is encrypted using strong and bullet proof algorithms, and the password protecting a document is not saved in any place. Password Repository costs US$30, though version 2.12 is a free update for registered users of version 2.0.
The software is Universal Binary so runs natively on both PowerPC and Intel Macs. It requires Mac OS X 10.5 or higher.
Chronicle update lets you pay bills from Overview screen
LittleFin Software has released Chronicle 3.3.1 (http://www.littlefin.com/chronicle.html), an update to their home finance and bill paying application for Mac OS X. Now bills can be paid directly from the Overview screen.
Chronicle provides a graphical means to enter and track finances. Features include: automatic bill paying reminder; long-term debt tracking; database of payments and receipts; graphs and reports which analyze trends and averages; and a sortable list of upcoming bills which can be paid on-line from within the app.
In addition, Chronicle analyzes payments by month and year and displays the information graphically. It also averages payments so it is easier to budget for bills that fluctuate, like utilities or credit cards. Finally, the sortable overview screen displays at a glance when each bill is due. Colorful icons indicate when a bill is overdue, due soon, or due in the future. With a couple clicks, the user can log payments or make payments online.
Vitamin-R update plays well with Things list manager
Publicspace.net has announced Vitamin-R 1.18 (http://www.publicspace.net/Vitamin-R/index.htm), an update of its Mac OS X compatible productivity tool for creative professionals. The new version delivers integration with Cultured Code's popular Things to do list manager.
Vitamin-R is a collection of tools and techniques for managing attention and maintaining motivation. According to the folks at publicspace.net, it complements the task capturing and organizing features of modern to-do list managers by forcing you to concentrate fully on one task a time and keeping distractions at bay. It breaks down large, vaguely defined tasks into a series of short "time slices" of between 10 and 30 minutes, each with specific and actionable objectives.
Vitamin-R provides you with the "Now & Later Board," complete with FastType magic, to give you a place to quickly dump all those things that go through your head and allows to get back to the task at hand. It requires Mac OS X 10.5 or higher....
YourHead Software updates Stacks plug-in for RapidWeaver
YourHead Software has released Stacks 1.3 (http://www.yourhead.com/stacks/), an update of the page style plug-in for RapidWeaver, the web site creation tool for Mac OS X.
The new version sport a tweaked user interface for the most commonly used controls, slimmer code for the built-in layout elements, plus lots of under-the-hood changes. Stacks 1.3 also delivers a new application programming interface for developers of custom stacks.
Stacks allows users to build web pages by placing elements from the Stacks Library anywhere onto their web page layout. Elements can be moved, resized, styled, and even nested inside each other. Pages built with Stacks are completely flexible and flow their content to fit the dimensions of any RapidWeaver theme.
Stacks costs US$24.95. Version 1.3 is a free update for registered users.
Pixelmator for Mac OS X gets faster, adds new features
The Pixelmator Team (http://www.pixelmator.com) has updated Pixelmator -- a US$59 GPU-powered image editing tool for creating, editing and enhancing still images -- to version 1.6 (codenamed "Nucleus"). The upgrade, free to registered users, boasts performance improvements, 64-bit support, layer groups, an Import feature, Flickr, Facebook and Picasa support, redesigned transform tools, and more.
Pixelmator is based on Core Image and OpenGL technologies that use Mac's video card for image processing. Core Image and OpenGL utilize the graphics card for image processing operations, freeing the CPU for other tasks. If a high-performance card with increased video memory (VRAM) is present, the user will find real-time responsiveness across a wide variety of Pixelmator operations, including editing tools, color correction tools, and filters, according to Saulius Dailide of the Pixelmator Team.
Pixelmator supports more than 100 different file formats, including Photoshop images with layers,...
SharewarePublisher update tweaks how file sizes are converted
Ergonis Software has updated SharewarePublisher (http://www.ergonis.com/products/sharewarepublisher/), a software submission tool and assistant for Mac OS X, to version 1.4. The upgrade changes the way how file sizes are converted from byte to KB and MB.
Conversion is now based on 1,000 instead of 1024 to be consistent with Mac OS X 10.6 (Snow Leopard). Besides that, the new version incorporates a number of enhancements and fixes.
SharewarePublisher was developed specifically for shareware developers, vendors and media specialists alike. The folks at Ergonis say it was built to make submitting software applications to leading software listing sites and repositories easy. It ships with almost 200 pre-configured shareware sites, with carefully hand-tuned ratings/priorities. Developers can submit to 100-plus sites within just a few hours, which would otherwise take several days, according to Reichenberger.
Other features of SharewarePublisher include: management of listing URLs; an...
Canada Type font collection available from Ascender
Ascender Corp. says that the Canada Type font design studio has come to a font distribution agreement with Ascender.
Rebecca Alaccari and Patrick Griffin founded the Toronto-based Canada Type back in early 2004. Since its establishment, Canada Type has created a variety of typefaces for design professionals and creative enthusiasts. The Canada Type fonts have appeared on everything from large corporate projects to small personal design work.
The Canada Type font collection will add a number of enhanced versions of historical typefaces and expertly-designed original fonts to Ascender’s diverse collection of fonts. This includes a line-up of script fonts and a variety of exclusive psychedelic fonts from the ‘60s and ‘70s. The Canada Type fonts are available in both TrueType and OpenType formats and can be found on the Ascender Fonts website. For more information or to view the fonts visit: http://www.ascenderfonts.com/foundry/canada-type/ .
Cakewalk announces Mac support update for V-Studio 20
Cakewalk (http://www.cakewalk.com) has released a new Mac support update for the V-Studio 20. The free V-Studio 20 Mac Support update is available at the Cakewalk web site.
The V-Studio 20 Mac Support update enables the VS-20 hardware and Effects Editor to be used with all popular Mac-based recording software titles. The update provides Mac users with all the benefits of recording with the V-Studio 20 COSM guitar and vocal effects; and use of the V-Studio 20 hardware as dedicated universal DAW controller.
Additionally, both GarageBand and Logic can be further integrated into the V-Studio 20 system using the included custom control surface plug-in included in this update. The free V-Studio 20 Mac Support update includes: Mac OS X 10.5 and 10.6 drivers for the V-Studio 20 hardware (Mackie Universal Control); Mac OS X 10.5 and 10.6 support for the COSM effects Editor; and a plug-in for GarageBand and Logic to allow control surface support.
Avenza announces Terrain Shader functionality for Photoshop
Avenza Systems (http://www.avenza.com), producers of MAPublisher cartographic software for Adobe Illustrator and Geographic Imager spatial tools for Adobe Photoshop, has announced that the upcoming release of Geographic Imager, version 3.2, will include the ability to dynamically apply terrain shading and colorization to digital elevation models within Adobe Photoshop.
The Geographic Imager Terrain Shader functionality will be included as a standard feature in the upcoming release. For the first time, users will be able to easily and quickly import a DEM, apply colors and shades based on elevation and even apply a specific light source position and intensity to achieve a specific shading effect, all within Adobe Photoshop, according to Avenza President Ted Florence.
Geographic Imager transforms Adobe Photoshop into a spatial imagery editing tool. It works with Mac OS X 10.5 and higher and costs US$699.
Finale NotePad 2011, Reader released early
MakeMusic (http://www.finalemusic.com) has announced the simultaneous release of Finale NotePad 2011 and an updated, free-of-charge Finale Reader. Both music notation software packages support current operating systems and provide compatibility with files created with Finale 2011, MakeMusic’s music notation software program.
Finale NotePad 2011 is available as a download for US$9.95, or purchased on disc for $19.95, It lets you create, play, print, save and share music notation. Notes can be entered with a mouse, a MIDI keyboard, or by opening MIDI files. Music plays back with nuance thanks to a Human Playback feature and can be heard via the 128+ included sounds or through an external MIDI device. NotePad also fosters collaboration as it can edit, play, print and save files created with other Finale music notation products.
In addition to Finale 2011 compatibility, NotePad 2011 includes several new features, including:
° Enhanced lyric spacing -- lyrics, and the notes they’re...
DVDxDV Pro 3.0 features new timeline DVD editing
DVDxDV Pro (http://www.dvdxdv.com/) has been updated to version 3.0. The new version includes a new video timeline similar to the ones in found in iMovie or Final Cut Pro.
It provides instant access to any location in a DVD movie. The new timeline can be expanded by zooming in or contracted by zooming. With the timeline, the exact beginning and ending for movie clips can now be set.
DVDxDV Pro rips unencrypted standard definition DVDs into QuickTime video files. It can convert DVDs into High Definition 1080i video for use in Final Cut Pro, Avid Media Composer, Adobe After Effects, Adobe Premiere and iMovie HD. In addition to editing systems, DVDxDV Pro supports conversion to the MP4 format for use in the iPhone, iPod, iPad, and Apple TV. DVDxDV Pro will convert to any QuicktTme compatible codec, as well.
DVDxDV Pro requires Mac OS X 10.4 or newer and QuickTime 7.03 or higher. It costs US$80.
PCI Geomatics releases upgrade to feature extraction software
PCI Geomatics (http://www.pcigeomatics.com), a developer of geo-imaging software and systems, is pleased to announce the availability of an upgrade to FeatureObjeX, its software tool for the automatic and semi-automatic extraction of visual features in satellite and aerial imagery.
The latest version of FeatureObjeX 1.0.4 includes linear feature extraction that allows users to extract centerlines of polygonal markup using a toolbar command. It also includes shape labeling whereby users can create and edit labels and add text to shape layers.
Additionally version 1.0.4 includes support of MrSID format and feature improvement upgrades to multi-band and vector layer display. FeatureObjeX can be used in multiple areas including urban planning, forestry, environmental monitoring, change detection, and more.
DasBoot now Snow Leopard compatible
SubRosaSoft has updated DasBoot (http://macosg.me/2/is) -- a free tool that can turn devices such as an iPod, a flash drive or portable hard drive into a Mac OS X diagnostic, repair, and maintenance tool -- to version 2.0. The new version is compatible with Mac OS X 10.6 ("Snow Leopard").
DasBoot allows you to take any third party boot CD (such as those shipped by SubRosaSoft.com, Prosoft Engineering, Alsoft or Micromat) and create a bootable diagnostic device that contains any of your own utilities you may wish to install. In addition you can re-configure the device at any time to add new utilities, updated versions of software or newer versions of Mac OS X.
DasBoot has been tested with the following disk utilities and data recovery tools, but will also run many others, according to the folks at SubRosaSoft: CopyCatX, FileSalvage, MacForensicsLab, VolumeWorks, Drive Genius, Data Rescue II, DiskWarrior and TechTool Pro. It's compatible with Mac OS X 10.5 and higher.
LaCie releases Xtremkey USB Flash drive
LaCie (http://www.lacie.com) has announced the LaCie XtremKey, an USB Flash drive with capacities up to 64GB and an "impenetrable shell." Pricing starts at US$49.99 for an 8GB version.
LaCie shields the XtremKey’s premium flash memory modules inside a 2mm metal pipe casing. Sealed with wear-resistant screw threads and a rubber O-ring, it's watertight up to 100 meters. The LaCie XtremKey is also resistant to five-meter drops and extreme heat and cold temperatures (+200°C / -50°C).
The XtremKey is constructed with zamac, a metal alloy composed of zinc, aluminum, magnesium and copper. It's less than three inches tall and sports a USB 2.0 interface.
Smaato Metrics: Android crunches Apple in mobile advertising...
Smaato (http://metrics.smaato.com/), a mobile ad optimizer and mobile advertising company, has revealed its latest data looking at the global mobile advertising market in terms of click-through rates and ad network fill rates for June. The company says the report shows Android making large gains in global click through rates (CTR), as it climbed above rival Apple, to third place.
In the US, Symbian still dominates in terms of CTR, but Android has closed the gap with a CTR Index of 192 (118 in May), while Apple iOS drops down to fifth place in its home market with a CTR Index of 73.
In stark contrast to the global and US stages, Android has the lowest performance in terms of CTR Index (52) in Europe, with Windows Mobile achieving the best (205), almost quadruple Android’s Index. Smaato serves over eight million ad requests in its network of more than 6,000 registered mobile publishers and over 40 mobile ad networks. The Index consists of the average CTR of all devices and this number...
Developers encouraged to submit to Safari Extensions Gallery
Apple has emailed its registered developers encouraging them to submit Safari 5 extensions for consideration for inclusion in the company's Safari Extensions Gallery. Last month Apple released Safari 5, the latest version of their web browser.
For enhanced security and stability, Safari Extensions are sandboxed, signed with a digital certificate from Apple and run solely in the browser. For more info, developers should go to http://developer.apple.com/safari/.
Expo-only registration already underway for Macworld Expo 2011
IDG World Expo has opened up Expo-only registration (http://www.macworldexpo.com/prices) for the 2011 Macworld Conference & Expo. The event will be held Jan. 26-29 in San Francisco.
The expo portion of MWSF will start Jan. 27. If you register before July 26, it's free. Macworld 2010 ended up with more than 20,000 attendees, over 250 exhibitors and more than 150 conference sessions, according to IDG World Expo, owner of Macworld 2010.
Analyst looks at Apple's options in dealing with the iPhone...
The iPhone 4 antenna issue could impact Apple's operating income by 1%, according to Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster. However, he told clients that investors in Apple shouldn't overreact to the problem
"Ultimately we believe this PR black eye takes away from near-term upside potential to our iPhone estimates, but it does not change the long-term trajectory of the iPhone," Munster wrote -- and as reported by "AppleInsider" (http://www.appleinsider.com). "While the issue has gained significant traction in the press, the reality is we estimate this problem periodically affects 25% of iPhone 4 users given the fix is easy (a case for the iPhone), and 75% of customer choose to use a case anyway."
The analyst said Apple could give away free US$29 bumper cases, do nothing (he believes only 25% of the iPhone 4 users are "periodically" affected) or do a recall. However, Munster feels the latter is highly unlikely.
Apple responds to Psystar appeal
Apple has responded to the opening brief of clone maker, Psystar, in the ongoing legal battle.
Based on Apple’s responses to Psystar’s Opening Brief, it appears that the PC maker is hoping it can convince the court to change how copyright law is interpreted. “It seems that Psystar is pinning all its hopes in the 9th Circuit on getting the court to adopt a radical revision of the Copyright Misuse doctrine that would in effect destroy copyright and force all copyrighted works to be licensed,” an attorney familiar with this type of case told "The Mac Observer" (http://www.macobserver.com/tmo/article/apple_responds_to_psystar_appeal_...).
“Because Psystar has no proof that Apple has inhibited competition or suppressed creativity, Psystar urges this Court to abandon long-standing precedent and create a new doctrine of per se copyright misuse,” Apple’s Answer Briefing stated. “Under this doctrine, any license agreement — such as Apple’s SLA -- that restricts the use of copyrighted software...
Study: Nokia lagging even further behind competitors
Nokia seems to have missed the smartphone boat, according to the latest YouGov’s Smartphone Mobile Internet Experience study revealing that the Finnish brand is now lagging even further behind its competitors than six months ago. YouGov (http://www.yougov.co.uk) is a UK measurer of public opinion and consumer behavior.
Of smartphone owners, only a third will consider getting a Nokia as their next handset, compared to 46% in December 2009, according to YouGov. On top of that, only 10% of smartphone owners expect to purchase a Nokia, a drop of nine percent over the last six months.
In contrast, Apple continues to hold onto the lion’s share of the market, with 56% of smartphone owners considering and 41% expecting to get an Apple handset next time round.
Delegate 1.0 released for the Mac, iPhone, iPad
App4mac has introduced Delegate 1.0 (http://www.app4mac.com/delegate.html), a new to-do lists manager designed for the Mac, iPhone and iPad. It allows users to share a to-do list on the internet for remote access from any location.
Delegate has a built in tagging feature, which allows you to tag additional information to your tasks. This information can be anything you find necessary or helpful, such as due dates, priority levels, and contexts. Delegate is compliant to GTD method Getting Things Done.
The Mac version allows users to share a to-do list on the Internet with a free online service powered by app4mac Delegate Server solution. Using this feature requires a user license. As an option, Mac users can use their own Delegate Server. You can access a to-do list shared online from any Mac, iPhone or iPad running the Delegate application. The Mac version requires Mac OS X 10.5 or 10.6 Snow Leopard. It's available in English and French.
The Mac version is available for US$35 until...
ExtremeZ-IP for the Mac now supports ShadowConnect
Group Logic (http://www.grouplogic.com) has released ExtremeZ-IP 7.0, which boasts performance, reliability and usability enhancements.
It also sports a new feature called ShadowConnect. With this new feature, IT administrators can integrate Macs with Microsoft’s Volume Shadow Copy (VSS) Service, so now Mac users can access previously saved versions of their critical data files from a Windows server.
ExtremeZ-IP’s ShadowConnect option affords Mac users access to the Microsoft Volume Shadow Copy Services Windows. So, Mac users now have self-serve access to prior versions of their Windows files, says Group Logic CEO Chris Broderick. With ShadowConnect, Mac users can: restore previous versions of files and folders; restore deleted files; and browse shadow copy files with Cover Flow and Quick Look previews.
A new license for ExtremeZ-IP 7.0 is US$395 for a three-client server and $1,495 for a 10-client server. Upgrade pricing and an enterprise licensing program is also available.
Companies recommend safety measures for iTunes accounts
Following two recent hacks of its iTunes store. iTunes users should now change the password on their iTunes account as well as switching to a prepaid debit card for the service, according to Fortify (http://www.fortify.com), a company that specializes in software security assurance.
Barmak Meftah, Fortify's chief products officer, told "Help Net Security" that, while Apple will almost certainly stomp on this iTunes hacking methodology, the modus operandi is similar to that used by trending malware coders, who continually check online search trends and pump out malware via a range of hastily-registered infected web sites. It boils down to raising the profile of an infected piece of code or Web site until a group of online users sees the code or web site and thinks "ooh -- that looks interesting," and then infects their computer with a trojan or malware, he added.
Meftah says that using a pre-paid debit card such as the Paypal Visa top-up card makes a lot of sense for use on online...
BannerZest for Mac OS X gets jQuery compatibility
With BannerZest you can turn your pictures into a flash slideshow. BannerZest doesn't require you to know or even possess Flash, according to the folks at Aquafadas. It uses the concept of themes, which work like templates.
BannerZest comes in two versions: a standard edition (US$49) and a pro version ($129). The Pro version has all the features of the standard version, plus some advanced editing options, workflow enhancements and specific pro templates. Version 2.2.2 is a free update for registered users of version 2.x.
BannerZest requires Mac OS X 10.5 ("Leopard") or 10.6 ("Snow Leopard").
Apple to open retail store in Hong Kong
Apple will open a retail store in Hong Kong sometime in 2011, reports "CrunchGear" (http://macosg.me/2/im).
The first Shanghai store opened last week, and Apple plans on opening 25 new retail outlets in the country. "CrunchGear" notes that the The retail expansion is a huge strategy shift for Apple. Up until last week’s opening, there was only one Apple Store in all of China -- Beijing, which opened in 2008.
Toshiba releases Canvio for Mac portable hard drive line-up
Toshiba has introduced the Canvio for Mac Portable Hard Drive lineup. It provides Mac owners 500GB, 750G, or 1TB of storage space, with pre-loaded Mac-customized backup software.
According to Manuel Camarena, product manager for consumer storage at Toshiba Storage Device Division the Canvio for Mac line makes data backup simple for everyone, from novice users to the most tech-savvy consumers. The included NTI Shadow 5 for Mac software allows for fully customized backup and synchronization, including the backup of specific folders, certain file types, or even a complete system backup and recovery of everything saved on the Mac.
Selected folders on the Canvio for Mac and the Mac computer can be merged and synchronized, while the frequency of backups can be adjusted to different periods (from weekly to continuously). Complete password-protection with up to 256-bit data encryption prevents unauthorized access to data and a special Drive Space Alert monitor sends an onscreen update when...
Bookends for Mac OS X updated to version 11.0.6
Sonny Software has released Bookends 11.0.6, a Mac-only full-featured bibliography/reference and information management application for professionals and students. You can now attach multiple files to the same reference with one drag and drop.
You can also import multiple text files with one drag and drop. Witih Bookends 11.0.6, you can automatically rename attachments by title. It sports improved author "ignore list" for sorting, drag and drop import of references to a specific group and an attachment indicator displayed in red if a reference has more than one attachment.
A free evaluation copy of Bookends 11.0.6 can be downloaded from the Sonny Software web site (http://www.sonnysoftware.com). All features are enabled in the evaluation copy except that databases are limited to a maximum of 50 references. Once purchased, Sonny Software will supply a registration number that will "unlock" the evaluation version and remove this restriction.
Bookends 11.0.6 retails for US$99 ($69 for...
VueScan 8.6.44 removes 'Input/Scan from Preview' option
Hamrick Software has released Vuescan 8.6.44, a new version of the VueScan software for Mac OS X that's designed to let users produce better digital images from color snapshots, negatives, slides and documents. The new version removes the "'Input/Scan from Preview' option. This is now controlled by preview and scan resolution.
The Standard Edition of VueScan costs US$39.95 and the Professional Edition is $79.95 for a single user license. Multi-user licenses are available. A fully functional, trial copy of VueScan is available for download from the Hamrick web site (http://www.hamrick.com).
Restore lost, deleted files with ReclaiMe
RecialMe (http://www.recialme.com) has released ReclaiMe, a data recovery application that lets computer users to restore folders and files that they've accidentally deleted, or that have become lost.
It runs on Windows, but it can recover files from your Windows, Mac, or UNIX/Linux drives, as well as USB and eSATA drives, and the memory cards used in digital cameras, mobile phones, PDAs, MP3 players, and video recorders. ReclaiMe comes in four editions.
ReclaiMe Multimedia costs US$29.95 and lets you recover more than 50 types of photo, music, and video files. ReclaiMe Windows costs $79.95. In addition to restoring multimedia files, it also recovers all files from Windows disks (FAT, exFAT, and NTFS).
ReclaiMe Universal costs $139.95, processes the multimedia and Windows files described above, and also restores Apple Mac files. Simply attach your Mac storage device to your Windows system, and ReclaiMe can process Standard Mac OS drives (HFS), Mac OS Extended disks (HFS+), and the UFS...
Graphic Inspector for Mac OS X updated to version 1.7.6
Zevrix Solutions (http://www.zevrix.com) has updated Graphic Inspector, which checks entire folders of graphic files for potential problems, to version 1.7.6. In the new version the metadata drawer now remembers its state after relaunching. Also, selecting a photo creating with iPhone doesn't doesn't produce an error anymore.
Graphic Inspector lets graphic professionals et crucial info on multiple graphic files instead of checking them manually. Users automatically get information on multiple raster and vector files. Graphic Inspector will display the file kind, color mode, resolution, compression, color profile, spot colors, fonts, metadata and other attributes.
With its checkup presets, Graphic Inspector lets users create custom control settings and locate files with unwanted attributes. For example, users can make Graphic Inspector warn them about all files whose color mode is RGB, format -- JPEG, resolution is below 200 dpi, ICC profile doesn't contain "USWebCoated" etc.
NoteList for Mac OS X gets some interface changes
Tension Software has updated NoteList (http://pomola.com/products_notelist/notelist.html), a Mac OS X app that allows to store notes in a free form using text and images with full word processing capabilities, to version 2.8.2. The upgrade allows the search field to be selected at startup and makes some small interface changes.
NoteList has a set of tools for formatting and working with text as in a word processor. You can drag and drop images directly inside the document and label categories to help organize all your notes, now with colors.
NoteList costs US$25. It requires Mac OS X 10.4 or later. It's Universal Binary so runs natively on both PowerPC and Intel Macs. Version 2.8.2 is a free update for registered users of version 2.x.
MacCleanse for Mac OS X scrubs up to version 2.0.5
Koingo Software has updated Mac Cleanse (http://www.koingosw.com/products/maccleanse.php), a small Mac OS X application geared towards purifying your system, to version 2.0.5. The upgrade fixes a bug that would prevent you from using the Quit on Cleanse option.
MacCleanse can perform over 50 tasks that would take nearly an hour to perform manually. It erases caches, logs, cookies, histories, and more. You can purify junk from your system, clear personal information, and recover hard drive space. Mac Cleanse is available for US$19.95. Version 2.0.5 is a paid upgrade ($9.99) for customers owning a 1.x license that's more than six months old. However, it's a free upgrade for registered users of version 2.x.
Mac Cleanse also contains enhanced features for specific applications like FireFox (including beta 3), Mozilla, iCab, Adium, AIM, aMSN, Colloquy, Fire, iChat, ICQ, MSN Messenger, Skype, Yahoo Messenger, Internet Explorer, Netscape, OmniWeb, Opera, Safari, Acquisition, Azureus, Bit...
AT&T offering some customers a free 3G MicroCell?
Hey, I want one. Want a what? A free 3G MicroCell from AT&T. According to "AppleInsider" (http://www.appleinsider.com) the telecom is sending out certificates to some customers for the device, which is designed to offer improved reception at home.
AT&T's 3G MicroCell is used to patch dead zones with the carrier's service. Users can plug the device into a broadband Internet connection, and provide local signal for both voice and data. Nationwide rollout of the hardware started in mid-April.
Individual or FamilyTalk subscribers can pay an extra l US$19.99 per month to make unlimited calls through the special femtocell hardware device. The hardware costs $149.99, but comes with a $100 mail-in rebate for customers who select a MicroCell calling plan. Also,, customers who purchase a new line of broadband service with AT&T are also eligible for a $50 mail-in rebate.
STC, Mobily to carry the iPhone 4 in Saudi Arabia
Both Mobily and Saudi Telecom Company (STC) will be official providers for Apple iPhone 4 in Saudi Arabia, reports "SaudiMac" (http://macosg.me/2/ii). The expected launch date for the latest version of the Apple smartphone from STC is expected to be the second week of August during this year’s Ramadan.
"SaudiMac" says Mobily has apparently just renewed their deal with Apple as STC signed a deal of its own. There is no exclusivity deal according to some rumors, both carriers will offer the iPhone 4, the article adds.
InPreflight update improves EPS file handling
Zevrix Solutions (http://www.zevrix.com) has updated InPreflight Pro -- its quality control, packaging automation and preflight reporting solution for Adobe InDesign -- to version 2.8.7. The new version improves EPS file handling and addresses some performance and stability issues.
InPreflight provides a preflight solution for service providers, printers, ad agencies, designers and publishing houses. It gathers information about document fonts, colors and links and lets users locate potential problems according to preflight presets. The software is also a packaging automation solution that allows users to preflight and package multiple documents.
Among other abilities, it can collect all files into one folder, eliminating the need to collect the same links multiple times for each design. In addition, InPreflight lets users print graphic preflight reports and save them as fully searchable interactive PDF files, providing an easy way to analyze, archive and send reports to service...
'Consumer Reports' doesn't recommend the iPhone 4
"Consumer Reports" (http://www.consumerreports.org) says its engineers have completed testing the iPhone 4, and have confirmed that there is a problem with its reception.
"When your finger or hand touches a spot on the phone's lower left side -- an easy thing, especially for lefties -- the signal can significantly degrade enough to cause you to lose your connection altogether if you're in an area with a weak signal," "CR" says. "Due to this problem, we can't recommend the iPhone 4."
"Consumer Reports" tested three of iPhone 4s purchased at three separate retailers in the New York area "in the controlled environment of CU's radio frequency (RF) isolation chamber." "In this room, which is impervious to outside radio signals, our test engineers connected the phones to our base-station emulator, a device that simulates carrier cell towers," "CR" says. "We also tested several other AT&T phones the same way, including the iPhone 3G S and the Palm Pre. None of those phones had the...
Apple repairing, replacing some Time Capsules
Apple is now offering free repairs or replacements for Time Capsules bought between February and June 2008. According to an Apple Knowledge Base article (http://support.apple.com/kb/TS3351), some Time Capsules sold between approximately February 2008 and June 2008 may not power on or may shut down unexpectedly after starting up.
Some Time Capsules with serial numbers in the following range may be affected: XX807XXXXXX - XX814XXXXXX. The serial number is located on a gray strip on the bottom of the device.
If your Time Capsule falls within serial number range above and it does not power on or shuts down unexpectedly after starting up, it may be eligible for repair or replacement. If Apple or an Apple Authorized Service Provider confirms that your Time Capsule is affected, Apple will repair or replace it free of charge.
Secunia: Apple leads in most bugs found in its product
Apple is in the number one spot for the most bugs found in all of its products during the first half of 2010, ahead of Oracle, and Microsoft, according to Secunia (http://secunia.com/gfx/pdf/Secunia_Half_Year_Report_2010.pdf).
Trailing Apple in the top 10 are Oracle, Microsoft, HP, Adobe, IBM, VMWare, Cisco, Google and Mozilla. Secunia says their analysis supports the general perception that a high market share correlates with a high number of vulnerabilities. Apple (iTunes, Quicktime), Microsoft (Windows, Internet Explorer), and Sun Microsystems (Java, now part of Oracle) consistently occupy the top ranks during the last five years, with Adobe (Acrobat Reader, Flash) joining the group in 2008.
Secunia specializes in "vulnerability intelligence." The company provides security advisories and information about patches, and provides software for vulnerability management.
Surgeons use iPhone 4 video calling to help patient
In what may be one of the first known iPhone 4 “video calling” medical consultations since the phone’s release, surgeons at Valley Presbyterian Hospital near Los Angeles and University of Arizona used the advanced technology to successfully collaborate long distance in “real time” on a wound consultation for a patient.
Using the FaceTime feature on the new iPhone 4, Dr. David G. Armstrong, professor of surgery at the University of Arizona's Southern Arizona Limb Salvage Alliance (SALSA), was able to instantly connect with Dr. Lee Rogers, associate director of Valley Presbyterian Hospital’s Amputation Prevention Center (http://www.valleypres.org/apc), near Los Angeles by video calling. What is essentially a simple phone call, turned into a long distance consultation and second opinion for a patient who recently underwent surgery.
“Video consultation over the Internet has been available for a few years, but its utility in the clinical setting has been limited by the necessity of having...
Netgear announces home storage system for multimedia content
Netgear (http://www.netgear.com/ultra) has announced the ReadyNAS Ultra family of 2-bay, 4-bay and 6-bay network storage systems for "power users" who want to "set their digital entertainment content free."
The Ultra family is the first-ever storage with media-shifting capabilities, enabling users to centralize media on a ReadyNAS and consume it in any networked location and on any networked device, according to Drew Meyer, director of storage marketing at Netgear. The Ultra family is more than twice as fast as legacy ReadyNAS systems, he adds.
The ReadyNAS integration with TiVo enables users to stream video programming, music and photos to any TiVo box in the house. ReadyNAS Ultra products are the first storage systems with Skifta media-shifting capabilities, so users can access their private media libraries remotely from any DLNA certified device without worrying about the physical location of their content.
Netgear ReadyNAS Ultra products are also the first network storage systems...
iWebTemplate introduces four new iWeb templates
iWebTemplate (http://www.iwebtemplate.com) has added four new iWeb templates to be used with Apple's web site building app, iWeb. Included in the new release are the widgetized iWeb templates, iTunezSite and iGameSite.
The new release includes four themes for iWeb: Computer Store, WebDesignStudio, iGameSite and iTunezSite, The new release extends iWebTemplate's iWeb themes collection up to 132 iWeb templates. Each iWeb theme incorporates a number of different graphic elements that can be removed, moved and changed in size, opacity or color. All themes incorporates endless background, therefore website can be filled with different amount of information. iWeb themes contains different page layouts to accommodate various information.
The templates require Mac OS X 10.4.3 or later and iWeb 2.0/3.0. Each iWeb theme is available for US$12.99.
The Tube update integrates better with TV Movie Flat Rate EPG...
equinux (http://www.equinux.com) has expanded its TV software The Tube to version 2.9.7. The upgrade offers better intergration of TV Movie Flat Rate EPG service in German-speaking countries only) and improved overall EPG management in preferences.
The Tube 2.9.7 is a free update for all registered users. The Tube is available for US$39.95 to new users. The Hauppauge Nova-S receiver is available with The Tube for the price of approximately $120. The Live TV app can be downloaded at the Apple App Store. Subscription for Tribune's Data Direct TV service is available within the application.
Flux web page creation app gets maintenance update
The Escapers has released Flux 2.48.18 (http://theescapers.com/flux2/), an update of the Mac OS X app that allows drag 'n drop creation of web pages without the need of knowledge of XHTMLICSS (though you can twiddle with the code if you like). It's a maintenance release with bug fixes and performance tweaks.
Now users can work directly off FTP and SFTP sites, so there's no need to repeatedly download and publish your site. But if publishing your site from your local computer suits your workflow, Flux can not only publish to FTP, SFTP, and MobileMe, but Flux can also compress all your images on the fly while publishing. This means that your large PNGs get compressed before they get uploaded.
Flux is Universal Binary so runs natively on both PowerPC and Intel Macs. It requires for Mac...
Trailrunner for Mac OS X runs to version 3.1v541
Trailrunner (http://www.trailrunnerx.com/), a Mac OS X solution for folks doing long distance sports, has been updated to version 3.1v541. The upgrade beefs up GPX and TCX import performance.
With TrailRunner you can plan workout routes on a geographical map, export the route directions as small NanoMaps onto an iPod and import workout data from the Nike + iPod sports kit back into the workout diary. Other features are an exercise plan, .Mac weblog publishing, a GPS, GPX and KML import/export, an integrated map and elevation data download from global mapping services like USGS topo maps.
TrailRunner is donationware. You can download the software, and, if you like it, make a donation to the developer.
Lawsuit against Apple, AT&T granted class action status
A lawsuit alleging that Apple and AT&T secretly formed monopoly with their exclusive iPhone agreement has received class action status, meaning the plaintiffs now represent everybody who’s bought an iPhone in the United States, reports "Wired" (http://www.wired.com/gadgetlab/2010/07/iphone-class-action/).
Judge James Ware of the U.S. District court for the Northern District of California on Thursday granted class certification of plaintiffs’ antitrust claims seeking damages and injunctive relief for the complaint that was originally filed in 2007.
The class-action lawsuit alleges that Apple and AT&T had illegally exerted a monopoly by telling customers their iPhone contract was two years long when in actuality the companies’ exclusivity agreement was for an indefinite, undisclosed amount of time. That means even after iPhone customers’ two-year contracts have expired, they still don’t have the option of switching to another carrier because AT&T is still Apple’s only U.S....
PFiddlesoft Frameworks updated
PFiddlesoft has updated the PFiddlesoft Frameworks, Cocoa frameworks for writing assistive applications for persons with disabilities using Apple's Accessibility and Quartz Event Taps APIs on Mac OS X 10.5 and 10.6. (PFiddlesoft distributes applications and utilities that were formerly distributed by PreFab Software, Inc.)
The PFiddlesoft Frameworks were updated to include the PFAssistive Framework version 3.1.0 and the PFEventTaps Framework 1.3.0. Both frameworks can now be embedded in an application package, as well as installed as shared frameworks. They also add several initializers and factory methods to create new user interfacer elements, observers, and event taps based on the target application's full path, file URL, or bundle identifier.
You can download the PFiddlesoft Frameworks now at pfiddlesoft.com/frameworks/ . The frameworks are written using Objective-C 2.0. They are Universal Binaries supporting 32-bit and 64-bit architectures using reference counted memory...