Samuari II: Vengeance slashes onto the Mac App Store
Madfinger Games (http://www.madfingergames.com) says Samurai II: Vengeance, a hack-and-slash action game, is now available for Mac via the Mac App Store. It costs US$9.99 and can be found in the Games category.
Here's how Samurai II: Vengeance is described: "amurai II's move to Mac brings a wealth of updates. Environments and textures are four times more detailed, while anti-aliasing effects have been cranked up to 16x the mobile version. The game features full HD graphics, running full screen at 60 frames per second even on low-end MacBook laptops. Say goodbye to virtual d-pads and botched combos; Samurai II now supports keyboard and gamepad controllers, offering a new level of precision control.
"After the loss of his beloved, Samurai II’s campaign takes hero Daisuke from a serene village to the Valley of the Damned on his quest for revenge. With tons of enemies on screen, players can chain together huge combo attacks with devastating finishing moves. It also features Dojo mode,...
R10Cipher encryption solution gets North America release
Application Systems North America has announced the North America release of R10Cipher, a encryption solution for Mac, Windows and Linux. It employs 384-bit blowfish encryption to keep your documents, email, and files safe.
These files can be Word files, Excel files, MP3 files -- almost any kind of file. These encrypted files can be copied elsewhere, even to a different operating system and unencrypted by anyone in possession of the shared key that was used for the encryption.
R10Cipher for Mac OS X offers Twitter integration, allows you to send encrypted tweets. Only those knowing the specific shared secret can decrypt and read those tweets.
R10Cipher requires Mac OS X 10.4 or greater. It can be purchased for US$14.99 and is available through Application Systems North America online store (http://www.applicationsystems.com) and other selected retailers.
AcademiX 2011 Conference focuses on mobile devices in education
MacLearning.org, an organization dedicated to promoting the use of Macs and Apple technology in schools of all levels, has announced the third annual hybrid multi-site conference, AcademiX 2011, on April 29.
The focus of the conference this year is on mobility, with leading educators offering a total of eight 20-minute talks on how the iOS-led mobility revolution has impacted schools, teaching methods and students, with additional discussion of the Apple technologies -- particularly the iPad -- that are being employed.
The free conference, presented by Apple, will simultaneously connect four different universities, and will offer a webcast to reach a live global audience. All attendees, whether in person or via webcast, will have an opportunity to ask questions of the presenters during two Q&A panel sessions.
The event will be held "in person" at Northeastern, Emory, Ohio State University's Medical Center and San Diego State. The conference and live webcast runs from 11 a.m. to 4...
AmigoCase is wearable charging holster for the iPhone
The AmigoCase (http://www.concordkeystone.com/ProductDetails.aspx?id=672) is a new, wearable, US$79.99 charging holster for the iPhone that purportedly doubles battery life without "piggy-backing" an extra battery to the phone.
The AmigoCase features an auxiliary battery that's embedded in the holster. Through a swivel action, the iPhone separates from the battery holster when the phone is in use. When the phone rings or the user initiates a call, he simply releases the iPhone from the holster, leaving the auxiliary battery behind in the case.
After the call ends, the iPhone slides back into the AmigoCase and continues charging. The back-up battery stays in the case at all times. An on/off switch allows the user to decide when to recharge. Holsters can be clipped to carry-on bags, handbags, computer cases or waistbands and comes with a translucent protective cover.
Final Print 2.0 enables printing from Final Cut Pro
Digital Heaven has released Final Print 2.0 for browsing and printing Final Cut Pro projects. This release offers new features such as a completely redesigned interface, enhanced performance, direct loading from Final Cut Pro and the ability to view clips inside sequences.
By taking full advantage of Final Cut Pro's XML interchange format, Final Print allows the user to view a list of clips, markers or the content of a bin with up to 10 columns of information. The lists can be printed or saved as a PDF file providing a workflow enhancement when handing off a project to another member of the post production team.
Final Print 2.0 requires an Intel-based Mac. Final Cut Pro 5.1.2 or later is needed for creation of XML files. Final Cut Pro 7 or higher is required for direct opening of projects
Final Print 2.0 is available for immediate purchase from the Digital Heaven online store (http://www.digital-heaven.co.uk) for US$129. Customers who purchased Final Print 1.x on or after Feb. 24 are...
iWeb Themes Park adds new templates
iWeb Themes Park (http://www.iwebthemespark.com) has announced new themes for iWeb, the web creation component of Apple's iLife suite.
The Film Theme is ideal for movie takers or watchers. The Green Fields theme is for people who have hobbies or do sports activities in the nature, and City View theme will bring everyone near to a large city. The Lighted Columns theme creates a light falling effect. The Sprout theme is for growing business or newly introduced organization's website.
All the themes from iWeb Themes Park consist of separate elements each of which can be modified, replaced or removed. To use themes from iWeb Themes Park requires iWeb from iLife '08 or later.
The iWeb Themes Box of 110 themes is priced at US$47.77. Ten iWeb Themes in a Combo Package can be purchased for $29.99. Each template is available for $11.99 or $12.99. Using the coupon code "iWebThemesTrio" three iWeb themes of your choice can be obtained with a $12.99 discount. Four iWeb themes are free for...
Native Instruments introduces Razor software synthesizer
Native Instruments has introduced Razor (http://macte.ch/Tzjpa), an US$79 software synthesizer designed together with electronic artist Errorsmith. For use in Reaktor 5 and in the free Reaktor Player, it utilizes up to 320 partials for its sound shaping algorithms.
The dual oscillator section provides an arsenal of timbres, ranging from typical analog-style waveforms to unconventional models like "Primes," "Sick Pitchbend" and "Hoover Sync". The two filter sections offers 20 different filter types, including formant, vowel and waterbed models.
A further section provides an arsenal of "Dissonance Effects" that further contribute to the sonic footprint of the instrument. Razor even integrates a 34-band vocoder that can also be used to process external audio signals.
Skype for Mac revved to version 5.1
The latest Skype for Mac (http://www.skype.com) -- version 5.1 -- participants in group calls can identify active speakers and you can select recent called numbers stored in the dial pad.
Contact groups are now shown in on the right hand side, allowing more space in the side bar. In addition, Skype 5.1 fixes several bugs and issues, including the iSight Firewire webcam detection problem.
The upgrade is a free download. Also, Skype has started a contest (http://macte.ch/kFahA) asking Mac users to create the chat style for an upcoming version of Skype for Mac. The competition will run over three stages, each lasting three weeks. Two winners will be selected at the end of each stage: a judges' choice winner that will be selected by our panel and a people's choice winner, as voted for by Skype users.
These six winners will go forward as finalists for the grand prize. Prizes include an iPad 2, an 11-inch MacBook Air, an Apple TV and more.
Mewshop to talk DSLR, Art of Filmmaking at NAB SuperMeet
Manhattan Edit Workshop (Mewshop), a authorized digital training destination for post-production and content creators, has announced its sponsorship of the 10th Annual NAB SuperMeet, as well as its participation in the NAB Post Pit: a gathering of users, rock stars, and creators of post-production software.
As official sponsors and presenters, Mewshop (http://www.mewshop.com/) will bring its DSLR and filmmaking training methodology to Las Vegas. Each year, the Las Vegas SuperMeet aggregates well-known Adobe, Apple, and Avid editors, digital content creators, and DSLR filmmakers from around the globe to explore the latest industry trends and innovations.
Mewshop founder, filmmaker and editor, Josh Apter, will be on-hand at the Post Pit to discuss "Recording Great Sound with DSLR and Digital Cinema Cameras." His "Ears-on" presentation will demo the best techniques for recording location sound with today's HD-DSLRs and compact digital cinema cameras, including Panasonic's new AF-100....
PDFPen gets ability to select the destination for a scan
SmileOnMyMac has updated PDFPen (http://www.smileonmymac.com/PDFpen/download.html), its PDF editing and form-filling tool for Mac OS X, to version 5.2.2. The update the ability to select a destination for a scan. It also adds the full Japanese Help, and fixes an OCR-related hang.
The changes in PDFpen 5.2.2 have also been made in PDFpenPro 5.2.2, the pro version that can also convert websites into PDFs, create fillable PDF forms, and construct document table of contents.
PDFpen costs US$59.95, and PDFpenPro is $99.95. Family pack licenses, which cover up to five computers in one household, are $74.95 for PDFpen and $129.95 for PDFpenPro. Upgrades from earlier versions of either application are $25, and free to users who purchased after Feb. 14, 2010. Upgrades from any version of PDFpen to PDFpenPro 5.0 are $40.
PDFpen 5.2.2 and PDFpen Pro 5.2.2 require Mac OS X 10.6 or later. Demo versions are available for download.
EastWest announces Evolution Series World Percussion
EastWest (http://www.soundsonline.com) has announced distribution of the Evolution Series World Percussion Virtual Instrument in the North American market.
Available from April 1, World Percussion is designed for film, TV, game composers and producers. It has a manufacturer's suggested retail price of US$649.
It's a sample library with 220GB of data. World Percussion Virtual Instrument features sounds from Africa, Asia, Europe, Middle East, and South America. It offers up to seven user controllable microphone positions, both stereo and five independent audio channels for creating surround sound mixes, an array of velocities and round robin, and hundreds of MIDI grooves.
Playback Media Server 1.7.3 adds features, boosts performance
Yazsoft has introduced Playback Media Server 1.7.3 (http://www.yazsoft.com/products/playback/information/), an update of their zero configuration media server for Mac OS X 10.5 and higher. The update sports a new high-performance engine.
Also folders can be dragged from Finder to shared folder lists. When streaming, the status menu displays percent complete and Playback Media Server 1.7.3 offers improved navigation for Aperture, Apple's software for professional photographers.
Playback can share media stored in folders or even make entire disks available to a Playstation 3 or Xbox 360. No configuration is required. By default, it will share almost any content on the users system. And Playback automatically integrates with iTunes, iPhoto, and Aperture. Users can share all content from these applications transparently or choose specific playlists and albums.
Those who like to tinker will appreciate Playback's built-in Access Control List (ACL) and bandwidth throttling. The ACL allows...
Capo 2.1gains new MIDI functionality
SuperMegaUltraGroovy has updated Capo for Mac OS X (10.6 and higher) to version 2.1. In this release, Capo gains the ability to export MIDI transcription data, the waveform representation of audio has returned, and playback commands can now be controlled via learned keystrokes or external MIDI hardware.
Capo 2 was the first app to allow users to transcribe their music to a notational representation using tablature, according to the folks at SuperMegaUltraGroovy. Now, in 2.1, users can export their data out of Capo in the standard MIDI format, and use it to incorporate transcribed solos into MIDI sequencers, or import the data into applications that facilitate advanced scoring work.
Capo 2.1 now allows users to set and manipulate their loops with an always-visible waveform. The new version also adds the ability for users to train a set of new keystrokes, or assign MIDI commands, to control Capo's playback.
Capo 2.1 is available now as a free update to all 2.0 customers, and is still a...
Esri ArcGIS 10 now supported by MAPublisher
Avenza Systems has announced updated support for Esri ArcGIS 10 geodatabases and ArcMap document (MXD) files in MAPublisher 8.4.1 for Adobe Illustrator.
The latest version of this mapmaking software used to produce high quality maps from GIS data for both print and electronic distribution can use its import tools to connect to Personal, File and ArcSDE geodatabases as well as MXD files. MAPublisher can make use of a geodatabase's spatial and non-spatial relationships, subtypes and attribute domain information during the import process.
To fully import Esri geodatabases or to fully access an ArcSDE server using MAPublisher import tools, valid Esri software must be installed and licensed; at minimum, ArcGIS Engine Runtime. More commonly, an ArcView, ArcEditor or ArcInfo license may be used. Mac and Windows users without an ArcGIS license can still import data using the Basic Personal Geodatabase Reader in MAPublisher.
MAPublisher for Illustrator is l map production software for...
Is Apple opening up the graphics side of its Mac platform?
A MacBook Pro-specific update to Mac OS X 10.6.7 includes native support for several 5000 and 6000 series AMD Radeon GPUs. Apple doesn't typically include support for GPUs that aren't in shipping products, so the inclusion has some important implications for Mac Pro users and future Sandy Bridge iMacs, says "Ars Technica" (http://macte.ch/E1GAD).
According to hackintosh site tonymacx86 (http://tonymacx86.blogspot.com/), Mac OS X 10.6.7 Update for early 2011 MacBook Pro contains native support for a range of Radeon HD 5xxx and HD 6xxx cards. The support brings full Quartz Extreme and CoreImage acceleration on these GPUs. tonymacx86 notes that for those building "hackintosh" systems -- PCs built to run Mac OS X -- using one of these cards won't require hacks or special kernel extensions such as Chameleon's GraphicsEnabler or ATY_init.
"This development raises some interesting questions," writes tonymax86 & MacMan. "Could this mean the end of the Mac-only graphics card? Could Apple...
Lines forming for global roll-out of iPad 2?
Apple said earlier this week that online sales of the iPad 2 would begin at 1 am Friday in 25 new countries, and the second gen tablet has already gone on sale in New Zealand and Australia.
Apparently, those who want to be among the first to get their hands on the iPad 2 have begun to line up across the globe. "AppleInsider" (http://www.appleinsider.com) reports that it has received reports from readers who have witnessed long lines in Australia, Germany, the U.K. and more.
Meanwhile, Apple has shortened estimates for U.S. iPad 2 orders to 3-4 weeks from the earlier 4-5 week period.
Apple wins American Brand Excellence Award
Apple is the winner of the eighth annual American Brand Excellence Awards (http://macte.ch/bOwHu)as the brand that best meets the needs of small to mid-sized businesses. The award is given each year by The Business Journals, a division of Washington Business Journal parent company American City Business Journals.
“Apple has become the premier business brand, and as the leader of the tablet category with the iPad, Apple is redefining how we work,” says Godfrey Phillips, vice president of research for The Business Journals. “Our study found that 9% of business owners currently use an iPad for business.”
More than 250 brands were rates by more than 2,000 small to mid-sized business owners. Criteria included “forward thinking,” “behaves ethically,” and “has a good price for what you get.”
Angry users of Angry Birds file lawsuit against Apple
Another day, another lawsuit. A class-action lawsuit filed last week in California state court is accusing “Angry Birds” of violating users’ privacy. The lawsuit is directed against Apple for allowing “Angry Birds” to collect user information, reports "Westlaw Insider" (http://macte.ch/jxAbI).
Specifically, the lawsuit alleges that Apple doesn't screen apps available in its App Store to prevent them from obtaining private user data. Plaintiffs’ allege that their data is being collected through the app Angry Birds. According to the complaint, a majority of popular apps on Apple’s App Store collect user information without the users’ knowledge or consent, says "Westlaw Insider."
The apps collect information about a user’s gender, age, location (via GPS), which apps he or she uses and for how long, and to what extent he or she uses the app. The tracking is possible because Apple assigns a UDID (Unique Device Identifier) to each iPhone, iPod touch and iPad, and apps can access that number...
Apple on its way to becoming a $200 billion revenue company
Apple can keep posting sales growth of more than 50% in the next two years as a mobile applications boom fuels demand for devices such as the iPad, says Forrester Research CEO George Colony, as reported by "Bloomberg" (http://macte.ch/q03v6).
Apple sold almost 15 million iPads in its debut year and more than 90 million iPhones in its four-year lifespan. Demand for the devices has spawned a market for downloadable apps that let users shop, work, play games and handle other tasks on the go, Colony says.
“They’ll be bigger than IBM next year, and they’ll be bigger than HP the year after that,” Colony said, citing Apple’s 52 percent sales growth last year. At current growth rates “they’re going to be a $200 billion revenue company."
App scanner rejected from Mac App Store, now offered for free
Chimp Studios says its iOS developer tool, App Scanner is now free after being rejected by Apple for the Mac App Store.
App Scanner is a utility that mimics Apple's automated review process and picks through an apps internal structure to see if a developer has -- intentionally or not -- used a private application programming interface, an offense that warrants an immediate rejection. Chimp Studios originally intended to deploy App Scanner on the Mac App Store; however, Apple denied it due to legal concerns.
"It is a bit disappointing that in the three years that the iOS software development kit has been available to third party developers, Apple hasn't provided any kind of pre-check tool," says developer Andrew Schenk. Apple recently released Xcode 4 on March 9 to the general public on the Mac App Store for $US4.99, with registered developers receiving a free update. Despite a complete redesign of Xcode it did not feature a private application programming interfacescanner."
Enter the Ninja for Apple ProRes
Atomos (http://www.atomos.com) has unleashed the Ninja, an US$999 portable touchscreen HD recorder, monitor and playback device that captures video direct to Apple ProRes from any camera with an HDMI output onto removable 2 1⁄2 inch hard disks.
Ninja is designed to eliminate the need for capture cards and wasted time logging and capturing by avoiding the lossy, time consuming capture to edit process. It bypasses the image-degrading compression needed to squeeze HD onto in-camera flash storage like P2, SxS, SDHC etc..
The Ninja includes all accessories -- batteries, chargers, disk caddies and a Mac/PC docking station -- in one case. Hidden inside its compact design is a hardware implementation of the Apples ProRes codec.
Ninja sports FireWire 800,USB 2 and 3 and e-SATA interfaces built in. Apple ProRes works natively with Final Cut Pro and on any computer with the ProRes codec installed (including suitably configured PCs).
iOS evidence-based clinical OMT app comes to the Mac
Clinically Relevant Technologies, developers of medical applications for smart phones, says their Orthopedic Manipulative Therapy app suite (http://www.clinicallyrelevant.com/) for mobile devices is now optimized for your desktop via the Mac App Store. The suite costs US$99.99 and can be found in the Medical category.
The applications -- which require Mac OS X 10.6 or higher -- are designed for clinicians, teachers, and students who use manual therapy (OMT) to treat musculosketal problems. They boast nearly 140 techniques and video.
The Evidence Based OMT program provides step-by-step illustration of each procedure and indication, using text, videos and supporting medical journal articles, and links to PUBMed references. Everything is covered, from the extremities to the spine, says Dr. Ben Hando, partner and content developer at Clinically Relevant Technologies.
This Sims game will get Medieval on your Mac
Electronic Arts and TransGaming have released The Sims Medieval for the Mac (http://www.ea.com/the-sims-medieval). It requires Mac OS X 10.5.8 or higher and costs US$49.99.
Here's how the game is described: "Set in the Middle Ages, players will find themselves faced with new ways to play with life like never before. As they build up their kingdom, players create Hero Sims in a range of professions including knight, bard, wizard, priest, blacksmith and spy. Playing each Hero Sim is different, as players control the Sim’s professional life as well as take on the varied adventures of the quests. Other new gameplay elements include diplomacy with neighboring territories, and of course medieval punishments.
"The gameplay is framed by quests -- each quest presents a new situation and a fresh opportunity to pick which Hero Sims to control during that adventure. After choosing a quest, players will pick their approach for solving it and choose which Hero Sim will lead the quest. For example...
Boingo releases new Wi-Fi app for Mac, iOS devices
Boingo Wireless (http://www.boingo.com) has released a new version of its Wi-Fi app. The app not only logs customers onto more than 325,000 commercial hotspots around the globe with a single click, it also helps anyone find and connect to hundreds of thousands of free and open Wi-Fi networks worldwide.
The app includes the ability to search for paid or free networks and presents search results on a map. Boingo Wi-Finder is immediately available for Mac and Windows laptops, Android smartphones and iOS devices.
Boingo Wi-Finder is designed to help solve the problem of getting connected to Wi-Fi when there are multiple Wi-Fi signals in one place. Through connection logic, Wi-Finder identifies available networks and automatically connects a user to the best signal. The app’s logic also includes the ability to accept a network’s terms of service on the user’s behalf on a one-time or recurring basis to expedite connections to open networks.
The updated app includes location-mapping...
Graph graphs graphs on Mac OS X, iOS devices
A new, free app for graphing graphics -- appropriately called Graph -- is available from VVI (http://www.vvi.com) for Mac and iOS devices in the Mac App Store and the Apple App Store.
Graph supports several 1D, 2D and 3D graph types including bar, column, pie, line, area, scatter, 3D perspective scatter, trajectory and surface, volumetric, z-sliced cell, user defined maps, linear, semi-log, x-log, log-log, polar, r-log, Gregorian date and many variations. Maps are geographic, schematic, process maps, node graphs, floor plans or any diagram. A map of the United States is included, and users can load an additional 30 maps they construct themselves using the optional Vvidget Builder application.
Thousands of graphic, graph and data attributes -- including customized artwork, autoscaling and many other attributes can be set by using Vvidget Builder -- an optional Mac OS X desktop application, to make a skin document and applying that skin to this Graph application. A few tasks include...
'iPhone Obsessed' is an interactive book
"iPhone Obsessed, Photo Editing Experiments with Apps," just released from Peachpit Press is part how-to and part interactive book. It's filled with coverage of over 47 of the best iPhone photo applications.
Author Dan Marcolina explains his techniques on combining app effects such as blurs and vignettes, high dynamic range, film looks, and painting to turn snapshots into statements. You not only learn some advanced techniques on integrating Adobe Illustrator and Adobe Photoshop but also how to think about image taking on the mobile device.
"iPhone Obsessed" has over 125 creative app recipes for the new generation of mobile image makers using the Apple smartphone. Plus, there's a compendium of over 45 of the "most useful and sometimes unexpected photography app recommendations and reviews." Marcolina says it's the first book of its kind to deeply integrate the use of Microsoft tag and the iPhone to enhance and extend the readers experience.
When scanning one of the 75 tags printed in...
Future Media Concepts announces iTraining Bootcam
Future Media Concepts, an authorized digital media training center, has announced iTraining Bootcamp, a range of Apple-authorized courses and exams to be held May 17-24 in Orlando, Florida. This all-things-Apple event includes not only classes but travel, hotel, meals, and social opportunities in a single package.
Designated an elite, Gold Level training center by Apple, Future Media Concepts offers 13 courses at iTraining Bootcamp, including Mac OS X, Apple Pro Apps, Apple Server, Xsan, iOS Apps Development, Final Cut Pro, iLife and iWork®. All courses are intended to lead to Apple certification, which helps professionals distinguish themselves and their organizations in today's competitive marketplace. The complete iTraining Bootcamp schedule is available at http://www.itrainingbootcamp.com/Courses.htm#schedule.
"The significant growth in demand for Apple certification in our training centers has prompted us to combine our 13 Apple courses into a single, concentrated event," says...
FileWave 5 gets updated user interface, more
FileWave (http://www.filewave.com) has introduced version 5 of its software deployment and management suite, with new features and an updated user interface.
FileWave allows you to take granular control of your software deployments, both pre and post-deployment. Version 5 includes iOS Mobile Device Management (MDM) in the same management console used to control Mac and Windows client systems.
It also introduces the Intelligent Downloader, which gives file level control of existing client software without the need to redeploy it. In addition, FileWave 5 adds the capability to remote wipe Mac, PC, and iOS devices, integrates with LDAP directories, manages MCX preferences, deploys iTunes content to sync stations and includes numerous performance increases. Contact the folks at FileWave for pricing options.
ConceptDraw Project can now exchange data with MS Project
CS Odessa says ConceptDraw Project 6.0 now has the ability to import and export Microsoft Project XML files, with the new Project Exchange. Users have increased flexibility on how to exchange project information with all members of the project team.
ConceptDraw Project 6 has the ability to save to a MS Project XML file format so that ConceptDraw Project files can be shared with users of MS Project (2003, 2007, and 2010) as well as any other project management tools that can accurately import MS Project xml file format. This allows users of ConceptDraw Project 6 and ConceptDraw Office 2 (contains ConceptDraw Project 6) to generate project content that can be shared with all team members.Project participants also have the ability to import MS Project files into ConceptDraw Project 6 and ConceptDraw Office 2.
The ability to exchange data between ConceptDraw Office and MS Project is a big plus for project members because they can then use the other project tools that are part of...
Tidy Up! for Mac OS X gets interface tweak, more
Hyberbolic Software (http://www.hyperbolicsoftware.com) has released Tidy Up! 2.3.3, the latest version of their disk, file and folder processing utility for Mac OS X. The new version improves the interface of the search panes of the Basic mode to present a more clean look. It also adds the possibility to automatically report a list of the iTunes and iPhoto missing files.
Tidy Up! can find duplicate files and packages using any criteria. Version 2.3.3 has the ability to create six new smart baskets. The new option is accessible from the File menu and allows for the creation of the smart baskets using the selected folder and file as a filter. There are also bug fixes.
Tidy Up 2.3.3 requires Mac OS X 10.5 ("Leopard") or higher. Upgrades from version 1.x are $20, and upgrades from version 2.x are free.
Ntractive unveils Elements 2.1 for Mac OS X
Ntractive (http://www.ntractive.com) has announced an upgrade to Elements CRM, the company's Mac Customer Relationship Management Solution. Version 3.1 offers a 100x speed improvement, user interface refinements and is available at the Mac App Store.
Elements CRM 3.1 is one of the first SaaS CRM applications available to Mac business and enterprise users in the store. Small business pricing starts at US$24.95 per user per month, and professional pricing starts at $44.95 per user per month.
EXIF viewer for Mac OS X updated with RAW images support
CocoaWithChurros has announced iExifer 1.2.1 (http://www.cocoawithchurros.com/iexifer.php), an update of the EXIF viewer for Mac OS X. Designed for photography aficionados, it sports an interface that reveals all the EXIF metadata, GPS location and image thumbnails stored inside image files.
iExifer also displays IPTC tags, and more specific EXIF Maker Notes. Version 1.2.1 includes EXIF metadata for major cameras, as well as RAW images support.
To celebrate the release of this new version of iExifer, cocoaWithChurros is currently offering a special, limited-time pricing of US$0.99; it's normally $2.99. It requires Mac OS X 10.6 or higher and is available worldwide exclusively through the Mac App Store in the Photography category.
Leaping Bytes releases Colorplex 1.2 for Mac
Leaping Bytes has updated Colorplex (http://www.leapingbytes.com/products/colorplex), its color calculator app for Mac OS X, to version 1.2. The US$1.99 app allows you to manipulate colors in RGB, HSB, CMYK or Gray Scale colorspace and instantly see results in the large preview area.
Colorplex provides individual controls for foreground and background. You can even replace the background with an image of your choice or use text as a foreground. For serious color gurus, Colorplex provides a handy scrap book that lets you preserve your work and share it with your colleagues and customers.
Version 1.2 can use text as a foreground and can drag the foreground around with a mouse. There's a bigger preview image for sharing, and the app can switch between NSColor and UIColor.
Colorplex requires Mac OS X 10.6. It can be found at the Mac App Store in the Graphics & Design category.
Serif Letter Shapes theme released for iWork apps
Keynote Theme Park (http://www.keynotethemepark.com) has released Serif Letter Shapes in Times Extra Bold Regular and Italic. This US$9.99 add-on product is created specifically for Keynote but can be used with the other iWork applications.
You can use Keynote's advanced fill attributes of graduated colors to make unique drop caps and titles. You can fill the letters of a word with different images or span multiple letters by masking with multiple copies of a single panoramic image.
Serif Letter Shapes in Times Extra Bold Regular and Italic are individual alpa-numeric Keynote shapes (vector) in Times Serif Extra Bold Regular and Italic. Assemble your word with the letters, set fill and stroke or Mask with images, make your letters as tall as the slide then build in with a move action and crawl across the screen.
In fact, you can create professional video sequences with the Keynote export to QuickTime and incorporate into your iMovie or Final Cut Pro projects. Leveraging opacity and...
WebsitePainter 1.4 for Mac OS X adds external CSS style support...
Ambiera has announced WebsitePainter 1.4 (http://www.ambiera.com/websitepainter/index.html), an update to web editor for Macintosh and Windows. Version 1.4 adds support for external CSS styles, Quicktime and Youtube videos, the HTML 5 audio component, improved FTP upload, and german language interface translation. Also included are two new free website templates.
WebsitePainter was developed for creating websites without HTML knowledge and programming. It lets you create webpages with elements like Web 2.0 buttons, gradients, round borders, hover effects, transparencies, continuous text and more. WebsitePainter includes a variety of templates and supports Web standards such as HTML, CSS, PHP and ASP.
WebsitePainter has built-in support for dynamic HTML content to, for example, create a dynamic slideshow with a list of images that will fade in and out at an adjustable speed. The editor supports "layouting," allowing to place all elements of the website exactly where they should be by...
EarthDesk 5 now 64-bit compatible
Xeric Design has updated EarthDesk (http://www.xericdesign.com/earthdesk.php), its real-time dynamic desktop map, to a fully 64-bit application with version 5.7.
EarthDesk replaces your static desktop with an image of the Earth showing current sun, moon and city illumination, as well as real-time global cloud coverage. The software operates silently in the background, keeping your desktop updated while you work. EarthDesk's dynamic desktop is continuously displayed as your desktop background and optionally as a screen saver.
New features along with 64-bit compatibility introduced in EarthDesk 5.7 are:
° Faster rendering, lower processor usage, and a cleaner interface;
° Seasonal maps, with snow and vegetation levels changing month-to-month;
° Support for a higher resolution map and cloud data on large displays;
° Adjustable brightness and background color;
° A starfield background option;
° An updated political map that now displays city lights and/or moonlight;
° Support for dual...
iPhone/iPod touch/iPad apps for March 23
Here are the latest iPhone/iPod touch/iPod/iPad apps. You can find 'em at the Apple App Store (http://www.itunes.com/appstore/).
Towers Watson, a global professional services company, has announced TWGlobal50, a searchable application for the iPad. The free app is designed to provide human resource and benefit professionals with instant access to critical human capital data from around the globe. The TWGlobal50 app is purportedly the HR industry’s first-of-its-kind solution -- providing searchable human capital data for 57 countries.
Office Depot, a provider of office supplies and services, has released the company’s free iPhone app. It's part of the “Office Depot Anywhere” strategy that aims to help customers shop at their convenience through a variety of mobile platforms and m-commerce-enabled sites. Office Depot has also enabled http://www.officedepot.com for mobile commerce and browsing, even if a customer is using a non-iPhone or Android mobile device.
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Apple to expand AirPlay functionality?
Apple is considering expanding its AirPlay audio service to include streaming video from an iPhone or iPad to television sets, reports "Bloomberg" (http://macte.ch/i3UoT), quoting "two people familiar with the project."
AirPlay is a feature for streaming music, video and photos wirelessly from iPad, iPhone and iPod touch to the Apple TV. The wireless technology is being integrated into speaker docks, AV receivers, and stereo systems from companies such as Bowers & Wilkins and Denon.
Under the expanded AirPlay plan, Apple would license its AirPlay software to consumer-electronics makers that could use it in devices for streaming movies, TV shows and other video content, says "Bloomberg." Apple now only licenses AirPlay for streaming audio.
An expanded AirPlay would let users stream programming wirelessly from an Apple mobile device to a TV that carries the technology. That may spur wider use of Apple’s services and devices in consumers’ living rooms, including the Apple TV, says...
Open source suite may Samba off Mac OS X Lion
The upcoming release of Mac OS X 10.7 Lion Server will remove the formerly bundled open source Samba software and replace it with Apple's own tools for Windows file sharing and network directory services, according to "AppleInsider" (http://www.appleinsider.com).
Samba is an open source/free software suite that provides file and print services to SMB/CIFS clients. It's freely available, unlike other SMB/CIFS implementations, and allows for interoperability between Linux/Unix servers and Windows-based clients.
The goal behind the Samba project is one of removing barriers to interoperability. The software was released in 199 and originally developed by Australian Andrew Tridgell of the SMB/CIFS networking protocol. As of version 3, Samba provides file and print services for various Microsoft Windows clients and can integrate with a Windows Server domain, either as a Primary Domain Controller (PDC) or as a domain member. It can also be part of an Active Directory domain.
Jobs re-elected to Disney Board of Directors
Apple CEO Steve Jobs has been re-elected to the Walt Disney Company Board of Directors, rejecting the views of proxy advisers who say health issues may impair his ability to serve, reports "Bloomberg" (http://macte.ch/xXzZm).
Jobs, 56, was re-elected with 12 other nominees at the shareholder meeting today in Salt Lake City, with 74% of the votes cast backing the group, according to a preliminary count. The Apple executive, absent from the meeting, owns 7.3% of Disney and is the largest shareholder.
The AFL-CIO, which holds about 3.8 million Disney shares, opposed Jobs’ reelection. The group said Jobs’ poor health, plus his job as CEO of Apple, make him a bad choice for Disney’s board.
Also, the Institutional Shareholder Services, an institutional investment group, also questioned Jobs’s re-election to the Disney board because of his health. ISS says that Jobs has attended less than 75% of board meetings in the last three years, and wondered if Jobs should be reelected. ISS stopped...
The 'iCar' upgraded with iPad 2s
Mercedes-Benz customizer Brabus has revised their "iCar," adding some iPad 2s to the iBusiness 2.0 (http://macte.ch/2Xxge), reports "Autoevolution" (http://macte.ch/3hgRQ).
Brabus is the first company to develop an advanced car multimedia system based on the the second gen Apple tablet, the article add. The iPad 2 has been integrated in the rear compartment of the Brabus 800, a version of the V12-powered S-Klasse, which offers 800 horsepower. The iPad 2 has been linked to the car’s on-board entertainment system and allows the rear passengers to access all function of the S-Klasse in the rear of the car.
Thanks to its good built-in cameras, the iPad could also provide an excellent platform for video conferences, says "Autoevolution." What's more, Brabus technicians have created a custom table to which the tablet computers can be connected.
Mac mini Mini Mac located in the car's trunk that serves as the central computer. The car also gets a 15.2-inch TFT display, which is mounted on...
Apple wins five 2011 Mobility Awards
MobileTrax (http://www.mobiletrax.com), a mobile and wireless industry analyst firm, has announced the winners of the 2011 Mobility Awards at the Wireless Innovators dinner held during the annual International CTIA Wireless trade show at the Rosen Center. Apple won the most awards with five including Product of the Year for the introduction of the iPad.
The 2011 Mobility Awards were selected by 31 press and analysts who cover the mobile and wireless market. The awards recognize the best mobile computing and wireless data communications products and services introduced to the market during the past year.
“There’s a need to recognize the hard work that the mobile device makers, software vendors and wireless operators are doing to provide subscribers with unique products and services,” says J. Gerry Purdy, principal analyst with MobileTrax. “The Mobility Awards have honored the brightest innovators in mobile computing and wireless data communications products and services for the past 15...
Bertrand Serlet leaving Apple
Apple says that Bertrand Serlet (top photo), Apple’s senior vice president of Mac Software Engineering, will be leaving the company. Craig Federighi (bottom photo), Apple’s vice president of Mac Software Engineering, will assume Serlet’s responsibilities and report to CEO Steve Jobs.
“I’ve worked with Steve for 22 years and have had an incredible time developing products at both NeXT and Apple, but at this point, I want to focus less on products and more on science,” says Serlet. “Craig has done a great job managing the Mac OS team for the past two years, Lion is a great release and the transition should be seamless.”
Federighi is responsible for the development of Mac OS X and has been managing the Mac OS software engineering group for the past two years. He worked at NeXT, followed by Apple, and then spent a decade at Ariba where he held several roles including vice president of Internet Services and chief technology officer. He returned to Apple in 2009 to lead Mac OS X engineering...
QuarkAlliance members to release QuarkXPress 9 XTensions
Quark has announced the upcoming availability of hundreds of XTensions that extend the functionality of QuarkXPress 9, Quark’s graphic design and page-layout software.
The upcoming QuarkXPress 9 XTensions will offer users hundreds of ways to add even more functionality to QuarkXPress. Developed by members of QuarkAlliance, XTensions software cover a wide-range of applications, from advanced spell check, pre-flighting, and exporting solutions to translation applications, image-management software, and more, according to the folks at Quark. The new XTensions will become available when QuarkXPress 9 ships in April 2011.
Quark is currently offering customers who purchase or upgrade to QuarkXPress 8 at the regular price between Jan. 1 and the April ship date a complimentary upgrade to QuarkXPress 9. Those who qualify should complete the QuarkXPress 9 upgrade redemption form located here: http://www.quark.com/buy8get9/ . For specific product information about the XTensions software that...
Analyst offers scenarios for Apple's upcoming, ginormous...
In a note to clients -- as reported by "Barron's (http://macte.ch/VWdxU) -- Sanford Bernstein analyst Toni Sacconaghi mulled over what he considers the most likely prospects for Apple‘s Maiden, North Carolina-based data center, which may go live this spring.
Sacconaghi says the facility, which could end up being the largest such facility in the world, will probably not only be used to increase the iTunes and MobileMe services, but may help the company to offer five other services: a larger advertising platform, for serving up iAds; a digital “locker” in the “cloud” to synchronize content between users’ Apple devices; a music streaming service on a subscription basis; an “aggressively priced video subscription service”; and a service that would support a “voice interface” on Apple devices, taking user requests in spoken natural language and returning answers, similar to Google’s free voice search.
With Limewire shuttered, peer-to-peer music sharing declines
In late October 2010, LimeWire shuttered its file sharing services, months after a federal judge sided with the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) and found the peer-to-peer (P2P) service liable for copyright infringement.
According to The NPD Group (http://www.npd.com), a market research company, the percentage of the U.S. Internet population using a P2P file-sharing service to download music has fallen from a high of 16% in the fourth quarter (Q4) of 2007 to just 9% in Q4 2010 when Limewire ceased its file-sharing operations.
The average number of music files downloaded from P2P networks also declined from 35 tracks per person in Q4 2007 to just 18 tracks in Q4 2010, although some downloaded just one or two tracks, while others took hundreds. NPD estimates there were 16 million P2P users downloading music in Q4 2010, which is 12 million fewer than in Q4 2007.
According to NPD's "Music Acquisition Monitor," Limewire was used by 56%of those using P2P services to...
Apple tells adult app store to ditch the 'app store'...
MiKandi -- which bills itself as “the world’s first app store for adults -- has been hit with a cease-and-desist letter from Apple over its use of the term "App Store," according to "GeekWire" (http://macte.ch/VPnyT).
It’s not MiKandi’s first brush with Apple. The company was pushed in the spotlight last year when Apple’s Steve Jobs referred derisively to the fact that there was a “porn store” on Android -- referring to MiKandi without using its name, says "GeekWire."
For the record, the words “app store” still appear on the MiKandi site. Co-founder Jesse Adams tells "GeekWire" they’ll wait it out, for now, and see how Microsoft’s challenge to Apple’s trademark registration turns out.
MiKandi is the second digital download service targeted by Apple in defense of its trademark application this month, the first being the Amazon App Store for Android. In a complaint filed March 18 in federal court in northern California, Apple accused Amazon.com of trademark infringement and unfair...
Adobe Pass offers 'TV Everywhere'
Adobe has announced the Adobe Pass service, a new authentication solution that enables pay TV subscribers to access premium content from virtually any Internet-connected device.
Leveraging the Flash Platform and HTML5, Adobe Pass allows pay TV providers and content owners alike to deliver a wider range of content on more platforms -- including Mac, Windows, iOS, Blackberry and Google TV systems. Promoted by the broadcast and cable industry as TV Everywhere, Adobe Pass makes it possible for pay TV providers to authenticate their paying subscribers online and provide them with the anytime, anywhere content experiences that audiences crave, taking TV Everywhere from concept to reality, says Pritham Shetty, vice president for Rich Media Solutions, Adobe.
Adobe Pass creates a way for pay TV subscribers to view content across multiple websites with just one sign in and doesn't require any additional downloads. Shetty says this eliminates one of the biggest barriers to TV Everywhere...
Senators want Apple to ban DUI, checkpoint alert apps
Four U.S. Senators are calling for Apple and other purveyors of smartphone software to ban apps -- such as Phantom Alert, Fuzz Alert Pro and Checkpointer -- that would help motorists identify and avoid drunk driving checkpoints, reports "The Huffington Post" (http://macte.ch/lKzSy).
Democrats Chuck Schumer, Frank Lautenberg, Tom Udall and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid on Tuesday issued a letter to Scott Forstall, Apple's senior vice president of iPhone They also sent identical letters to Google and RIM executives.
"We appreciate the technology that has allowed millions of Americans to have information at their fingertips, but giving drunk drivers a free tool to evade checkpoints, putting innocent families and children at risk, is a matter of public concern," the letter said.
'WSJ' to offer single-issue digital sales
"The Wall Street Journal" will start selling single-issue digital versions of its morning paper for US$1.99 in the within the existing free app, according to "paidContent" (http://macte.ch/XQ9PU).
Until now, those who downloaded the free "WSJ" app for the iPad could receive some free content, but to get the full range of the WSJ’s updated news and features, they had to subscribe. There will still be limitations on what the readers who choose the single-issue download can receive, says "paidContent." In essence, they’ll just get what’s in that day’s print edition. But they’ll be able invited to get the full “Now Edition” for $18 a month, which includes regular news updates.
Right now, any current WSJ subscriber with a log-in can get full access -- to the site and all the apps -- and that won’t change. In addition, the WSJ recently began offering a digital bundle offer. Basically, for $3.99 per week, you can get full access to WSJ.com and its suite of digital products (iPad, Android...