Tim Cook drops from the top spot of top-rated CEOs
Career website Glassdoor (www.glassdoor.com) released its latest report highlighting this year’s top 50 highest-rated CEOs. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has unseated Apple CEO Tim Cook from the number one spot he held last year, notes "TNW" (http://tinyurl.com/cbbexpu).
Glassdoor compiled its figures based on more than half a million company reviews submitted by employees between Feb. 25, 2012 and Feb. 24, 2013. During the past year, Zuckerberg saw his CEO approval rating climb 14 percentage points to 99%, while Apple CEO Tim Cook fell to the 18th spot this year as he saw a decrease of four percentage points to 93%.
Apple sued over 'shoddy' retina display screens
An Apple laptop owner lodged a putative class action in California federal court on Wednesday accusing the company of tricking consumers into paying premium prices for MacBook Pro computers with "shoddy" retina display screens manufactured by LG Corp., reports "Law 360" (http://tinyurl.com/anaj9ck).
Although Apple advertises the MacBook Pro's liquid crystal display screens as the best of its kind, some of the computers contain LG screens that suffer from brightness, color and image display flaws while others feature better screens made by Samsung Corp., according to the suit. The suit says Apple has "tricked" some customers into buying MacBook Pros not having Samsung screens.
2K announces Sid Meier’s Civilization V: Brave New World...
2K and Firaxis Games have announced that Sid Meier's Civilization V: Brave New World, the second expansion pack for the Civilization V, is currently in development and will be released this summer for Windows-based PC and brought to the Mac by Aspyr Media.
Sid Meier's Civilization V: Brave New World brings a massive amount of new gameplay to the Civilization V experience, providing gamers with even more rewarding ways to achieve world domination, says Sarah Anderson, senior vice president of marketing for 2K. Sid Meier’s Civilization V: Brave New World provides new depth and replayability through the introduction of international trade and a focus on culture and diplomacy, she adds.
The player’s influence around the world will be impacted by creating a number of Great Works across a variety of crafts, choosing an ideology for their civilization, and proposing global resolutions in the new World Congress. As players move through the ages of history, they will make critical decisions...
PCI Geomatics software now supports SPOT-6 sensor
PCI Geomatics, a developer of remote sensing and photogrammetric software and systems, says it now supports SPOT-6 imagery within its software suite.
SPOT-6, a new satellite built and operated by Astrium was launched on Sept. 9, 2012, from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in India. SPOT-6 is an optical imaging satellite capable of imaging the Earth with a resolution of 1.5 m Panchromatic and 6 m Multispectral (Blue, Green, Red, Near-IR).
"We have worked closely with Astrium and the European Commissions’ Joint Research Centre (JRC) to validate our software’s support for SPOT-6 imagery," says Dr. Philip Cheng, senior scientist at PCI Geomatics. "PCI’s customers rely on us to provide support when new sensors are launched. Adding support for SPOT-6 was relatively straightforward as the data format is very similar to other PCI supported sensors that have been recently launched by Astrium, such as the Pleiades Constellation."
The support for SPOT-6 will be available in the Geomatica 2013 SP2...
Syncro Soft revs Syncro SVN Client to version 8.1
Syncro Soft, the producer of Syncro SVN Client, has announced the availability of version 8.1 of its Subversion (SVN) client.
The upgrade offers support for committing changes to multiple repositories at once. Also, the functionality of the commit operation was enhanced and further improvements were added regarding the representation and deletion of working copy items.
Syncro SVN Client 8.1 can be freely evaluated for 30 days. You can download a copy at http://tinyurl.com/bv72vwl . It's compatible with Mac OS X, Windows, Linux and Solaris systems.
Syncro SVN Client with One Year Maintenance Pack costs US$59. Syncro SVN Client Site License with One Year Maintenance Pack costs $2,970. Volume discount rates are available starting with 5 licenses.
VueScan adds support for 339 Brother scanners
Hamrick Software, the developer of the VueScan scanning software, has released its latest version 9.2.10. It adds native support for 339 Brother scanners to VueScan Desktop.
Of these, 204 are network capable which means they will also work with VueScan Mobile. VueScan Desktop will work on Brother scanners directly for Mac OS X and Linux, which means that no Brother drivers are required. In addition, VueScan no longer needs a WIA driver on Windows or an ICA driver on Mac OS X.
VueScan Desktop now supports more than 2,100 scanners, and is available for Mac OS X, Windows and Linux. Ed Hamrick, the developer of VueScan, says the software offers a full range of advanced features; including options for scanning faded slides and prints and automatically adjusting images to optimum color balance that reduces the need to manually do it in Photoshop. It includes built-in IT8 color calibration of scanners, producing colors that look true to life, batch scanning and other advanced and powerful...
Accounting Flowcharts offered for ConceptDraw PRO users
The new Accounting Flowcharts Solution extends ConceptDraw PRO 9 giving users the ability to draw flowcharts that represent accounting process that need to be described in an organization.
The accounting flowchart samples that are provided by this new solution illustrate a receiving process, purchasing process, payment process, and voucher payable process. ConceptDraw PRO runs on both Mac OS X and Microsoft Windows systems.
It retails for US$199; competitive upgrade pricing is available upon request. For more info go to http://tinyurl.com/cqeu3rn .
Apple releases Mac OS X 10.8.3
Apple has released version 10.8.3 of Mac OS X Mountain Lion. Apple says it's is recommended for all Mountain Lion users and includes new features and fixes, including:
° The ability to redeem iTunes gift cards in the Mac App Store using your Mac's built-in camera;
° Boot Camp support for installing Windows 8;
° Boot Camp support for Macs with a 3 TB hard drive;
° A fix for an issue that could cause a file URL to quit apps unexpectedly;
° A fix for an issue that may cause Logic Pro to become unresponsive when using certain plug-ins;
° A fix for an issue that may cause audio to stutter on 2011 iMacs;
° A fix for an issue in Contacts that may cause cards to print out of order;
° A fix for an issue that may cause the desktop picture to change after logging out or restarting;
° A fix for an issue in Messages that may cause messages to appear out of order after waking from sleep;
° A fix for an issue that may cause the screen to display incorrectly after waking from sleep;
Remo Software launches PSD Repair Tool for Mac
Remo Software has launched a new repair tool to repair damaged PSD files. The Remo Repair PSD for Mac tool is for users who would like to repair corrupt Adobe Photoshop files.
It has a built-in engine to repair severely damaged PSD files on Mac and make them reusable again. The software recovers data, layers and formatting from any damaged Photoshop PSD.
Remo Repair PSD for Mac OS X and Windows is available for US$69 from the Remo Software website (www.remosoftware.com). A trial version is available for download.
Apple releases MacBook Pro Retina SMC Update 1.0
Apple has posted MacBook Pro Retina SMC Update 1.0 (http://tinyurl.com/c6gg9e8). It resolves a rare issue where users may experience slow frame rates when playing graphics-intensive games on the 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina Display.
It also includes bug fixes for Power Nap, wake from sleep and fan control. MacBook Pro Retina SMC Update 1.0 is a 504KB download and requires Mac OS X 10.7.5 or later.
Free update enhances App Studio support in QuarkXPress 9
Quark has announced an update to QuarkXPress that's available free of charge to all version 9 users. The update optimizes App Studio for QuarkXPress with improvements made to file size, font compatibility, and interactive features.
App Studio is the digital publishing solution that allows designers to create HTML5 apps for iPhone, iPad, Kindle Fire and Android devices with the page layout software they already know. The updates to QuarkXPress to enhance app creation with App Studio include:
° Issue file size optimization to create even smaller App Studio downloads;
° Option to embed any TrueType or OpenType font into App Studio layouts;
° New horizontal scroll box interactive enrichment;
° Scroll support for web views;
° The ability to add interactivity to anchored boxes;
° New “Open File” action for embedding additional media within HTML5 content
You can download QuarkXPress 9.5.1 at http://tinyurl.com/3rmaqwm .
Deploymate helps developers detect unavailable API calls
A new tool for iOS and Mac app developers has been released. Deploymate helps developers identify unavailable, deprecated and obsolete API [application program interface] usage in their Xcode projects.
Unavailable API usage will often crash iOS and Mac apps and the only way to find these crashes was manual testing. Deploymate aims to solve this problem by statically analyzing Xcode projects and source files to find such API usage and warn the developer before it's too late. Deploymate is available for all Macs running OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion or later for an introductory price of US$9.99 at http://tinyurl.com/c8or6h9 .
Deploymate is based on Clang/LLVM compiler and utilizes this technology to detect Cocoa and Cocoa Touch API usage in Xcode projects. With its scanner, developers can run analysis on their code and find API usage that may cause problems in their apps.
ITC delays ruling in Apple-Samsung patent fight
The U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) on Wednesday announced that it will delay final judgment of assertions that Apple infringed on certain FRAND patents owned by Samsung when it made the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch, reports "Reuters" (http://tinyurl.com/c8pra2j).
In September an ITC administrative law judge said in a preliminary ruling in September that Apple didn't infringe the patents. The full ITC said it would review the matter. If the full ITC reversed its internal judge and found Apple guilty of infringement, the ITC could order its products banned from the U.S. market.
The ITC now says it will issue a decision on May 31. And it's requested filings on questions related to the effect of banning the Apple products on the public interest and whether there were acceptable substitutes for the Apple products if they were to be banned.
This is all part of the ongoing, global legal battle. Apple and Samsung have filed more than 30 lawsuits against each other across four...
iMac now offered with VESA Mount Adapter
Apple is offering its iMac all-in-one with a built-in VESA Mount Adapter that allows users to attach the desktop Mac to walls or other vertical surfaces.
The mount is available with all configurations of the iMac. Pricing is US$1,339, $1,539, $1,839 and $2,039 for the 21.5-inch, 2.7GHz, 21.5-inch, 2.99GHz, 27-inch, 2.9GHz and 27-inch, 3.2GHz models, respectively.
That compares to $1,299, $1,499, $1,799 and $1.99 for the non-VESA models. Note that this is a build-to-order option only; the VESA mount can't be added to a 2012 iMac you already own.
Air Login lets you access Mac files from an iPad or iPhone
Avatron (http://avatron.com) has revved Air Login, a wireless remote log-in app, to version 1.0.2. With the software, you can access all of your files on your Mac from your iPad or iPhone.
Air Login requires Mac OS X 10.6 or higher and costs US$1.99. It's available at the Apple App Store in the Business category (http://tinyurl.com/a2yryff).
Excel Software announces AppProtect 3.0
Excel Software (www.excelsoftware.com) has announced AppProtect 3.0, an update of the Mac OS X compatible application that applies protection with a human controlled or automated online activation process to a compiled application without programming. Version 3.0 works with OfficeProtect 2.0 to generate a protected application from an Excel spreadsheet.
AppProtect 3.0 is LicenseCard-enabled for drag and drop activation. The software wraps a Mac (or Windows) application with an activation process that requires a computer unique password or serial number on first launch. The software vendor can generate passwords from AppProtect or automate the process with an online activation server. Excel Software offers vendor accounts on the Safe Activation service or a vendor can self-host an activation server using WebActivation.
AppProtect on Mac or Windows supplements the standard protection available to all applications with additional, optional layers of protection. Each protection layer...
Phoenix JPEG Repair for Mac OS X upgraded to version 2.0
Stellar Data Recovery has revved Stellar Phoenix JPEG Repair, an app for repairing damaged JPEG/JPG image files, to version 2.0. The new version is faster and sports some user interface tweaks.
The new version has a scanning and recovery engine that is up to 30% faster than the previous version and has a better user experience, says Sunil Chandna, CEO of Stellar Data Recovery. This new version is also more functional and capable of extracting thumbnails from completely unusable or corrupt JPEG files, he adds. The file repair process is completely automated now and is able to provide a distinction between thumbnails and repaired images.
A free version of the software can be downloaded from http://www.stellarinfo.com/mac-software/jpeg-repair-mac.php. A full version of Phoenix JPEG Repair is available for US $39.
LightTable is a virtual canvas application for Mac OS X
Einstein's legacy (www.einsteinslegacy.com) has released LightTable 1.0.2, an update to its virtual canvas application for Mac OS X. It requires Mac OS X 10.7 or higher and is available for US$39.99 at the Mac App Store in the Photography category (http://tinyurl.com/bx3c8ar).
Designed for photographers, graphic designers and other creative professionals alike, it allows anyone to move, resize, stretch, stack and align images just like they would on a physical light table. The app is designed to make it easier to identify the visual dynamics created when images are aligned in a two-dimensional space.
Lightable's dynamic canvas sizing allows users to change the canvas size to fit any content they are working with. Its flexible lets users move, resize, stretch, stack and align one of more images anywhere on the canvas.
Lightable's multiple resolution support provides control over the pixel density used to display the canvas. Sharing enables users to drag'n drop items from image...
Adobe to quit selling boxed copies of Creative Suite software
Adobe will stop boxed sales of its Creative Suite software, making its packages for creative pros available online or by subscription only, reports "TechHive" (http://tinyurl.com/a8vp32o).
"As Adobe continues to focus on delivering world-class innovation through Creative Cloud and digital fulfillment, we will be phasing out shrink-wrapped, boxed versions of Creative Suite and Acrobat products," an Adobe spokesperson told the publication in an email. The company continued, "Electronic downloads for Creative Suite and Acrobat products will continue to be available -- as they are today -- from both Adobe.com, as well as reseller and retail partners. We are in the process of notifying our channel partners and customers, as plans solidify in each region."
Cook to be deposed in ebook legal brouhaha
A judge has ruled that Apple CEO Tim Cook must sit for a deposition in the U.S. government's lawsuit against the company over alleged price-fixing in the ebook market, reports "Reuters" (http://tinyurl.com/d5888dg).
U.S. District Judge Denise Cote in Manhattan granted the Justice Department's request to compel Cook to testify for four hours in the lawsuit, which accuses Apple of conspiring with five publishers to raise e-book prices. The government had argued that Cook likely had relevant information about Apple's entry into the e-books market.
Apple fought the request, saying Cook's testimony would be "cumulative and duplicative" since the government had already deposed 11 other executives at the iPad maker, notes "Reuters."
Matrox announces Avio F125 dual video KVM extenders
Matrox Graphics (www.matrox.com) has announced the Matrox Avio F125, a fiber-optic KVM extender, which separates dual HD video, keyboard, mouse, stereo analog audio and USB 2.0 devices from a workstation.
The Avio F125 features flexible connectivity options. Its transmitter/receiver pair extends two single-link DVI (2x1920x1200) or one dual-link DVI (2560x1600 or 4096x2160) video, and multiple high-speed USB 2.0 compliant devices from the host computer by up to 1,312 feet over multimode cable and 2.5 miles over single-mode cable.
The Avio F125 stands out for its ability to transmit all signals with zero compression and zero latency on a single duplex LC-LC fiber-optic cable, according to Caroline Injoyan, business development manager at Matrox Graphics. Designed for high-performance environments, Avio F125 delivers fluid graphics and video playback making it ideal for broadcast, post production, Pro A/V, industrial process control, oil and gas, 3D design and visualization, and...
'Old Clockmaker's Riddle' comes to the Mac, iOS
Old Clockmaker's Riddle, from G5 Entertainment & Dava, is now available for Mac OS X -- and iOS users can enjoy the match-three puzzle game in a full version, as well.
Here's how the game is described: "Life changes instantly in a small country village when the town's massive clock tower suddenly stops working. The place suddenly falls into decay. Intrigued by the riddle of the dying town, you head on an adventure to help the city. You'll play over 50 tantalizing levels to remove the curse and return the town to its former glory. Mr. Ryan, who lives in the only intact house, will help you unfold the story and make useful tools for you to progress in the game.
"You need to drag and swap shining gems to make a match of at least three in a row and reveal a proper number of clock hands to restore one of the destroyed buildings. There are obstacles and bonus gems aplenty, as you'll encounter pieces that can be swapped by frozen pieces. Frozen parts will simply fall to the bottom of the...
Small wireless providers backing bills to unlock mobile phones
Regional and rural wireless providers are backing several bills in Congress that would let consumers unlock mobile phones and tablet computers -- such as the iPhone and iPad -- without carriers’ permission, reports "Bloomberg" (http://tinyurl.com/bb9z33g). Big phone companies such as AT&T and Verizon often land exclusive rights to offer the hottest devices, and U.S. rules currently prohibit altering software to let new phones from one carrier to work on other networks, the article notes.
"Smaller carriers have a very difficult time getting access to smartphones and handsets," Steven Berry, president of the Competitive Carriers Association, which represents such companies as U.S. Cellular and Bluegrass Cellular, told "Bloomberg." "The unlocking is one way the consumer can make the decision that I can try someone else who has better coverage in the area where I live or play."
The Washington-based trade group is seeking to undo a Library of Congress decision, backed by largest U.S....
Panel Pop Transitions released for Final Cut Pro X
Noise Industries is bringing 26 panel transitions with Panel Pop from Stupid Raisins. It allows editors to drag and drop effects in Final Cut Pro X for fluidity throughout their entire show.
Panel Pop offers the ability to change direction, timing, and motion for each transition. Features include 348 animated presets and customizable panel direction, motion, and timing.
Panel Pop is available for US$49 from the Noise Industries website (http://tinyurl.com/d62k2o4). It comes with a 30-day money back guarantee.
Researchers: Macs aren't immune to malware
Mac computers aren't immune to malware, despite popular opinion to the contrary, Zheng Bu, senior researcher for FireEye (a company that makes anti-malware products), tells the "San Jose Mercury News" (http://tinyurl.com/afvpq8k).
Some Mac users have this perception that the Mac is free from hacks "and that is completely wrong, he says. Kevin Haley, Symantec director of product management for security response, told the "Mercury News" that some Mac users "have let their guard down."
The article says that the Mac is becoming a more attractive target for hackers. Last year, the Flashback Trojan malware infected an estimated 600,000 Macs by appearing to be a browser plug-in but actually stole personal information. In February, Apple said Macs operated by Apple employees were infected with Java-related malware when they visited a software development website.
"Both Apple and Windows need to work closely with third-party (software makers) to make safer software," Haley told the "Mercury...
AKVS HDRFactory for Mac OS X gets new Crop tool
AKVIS has released AKVIS HDRFactory 3.5 for Mac OS X and Windows. The new version adds a new Crop tool, which helps to remove unwanted areas and reduce image size.
HDRFactory creates HDR images from a series of photographs taken at different exposures. It can also imitate the HDR effect on any single photo.
AKVIS HDRFactory can be used as a standalone program and as a plugin to image editors. It sells for US$69 for the Home version, $99 for the Home Deluxe, and $189 for the Business version. For more info go to http://akvis.com .
Simon 3.5 includes Mountain Lion improvements
Dejal Systems (www.dejal.com/simon) has released version 3.5 of Simon, its server monitoring tool for Mac OS X. It checks websites and many other kinds of services for changes or failures, with lots of notification and reporting options.
Version 3.5 includes a number of improvements and fixes for OS X 10.8 (Mountain Lion) support. It also includes improvements to the Web (HTTP) Twitter, Calendar, Script, Email and Speech plug-ins.
Dejal Simon 3.5 costs US$49 for new users; a full-featured demo is available for download. This is a free update for licensed Simon 3 users; upgrades from version 2 start at $19.
Voila for Mac OS X gets beefed up recording features
Global Delight (www.globaldelight.com) has rolled out the latest version of Voila, their productivity utility software tool for Mac OS X 10.5.8 or later. The free update contains improvements to the video recording capabilities with pause/resume option, menu only icon for capture/record features when the program is quit from running and more.
Voila is a screen-capture, recording and annotation tool designed as a replacement for Mac OS X's screen-capture and screen-recording capabilities. It has a large set of editing, organizing, annotation and effects tools that allows the user to create and add details to screenshots, tutorials, videos and presentations.
Voila is priced at US$29.99 and is available for immediate download on the Mac App Store (http://tinyurl.com/bk2ffqe) and the Global Delight web site. A demo is available for download at the Global Design site.
MoneyWiz 1.4 for Mac updated with more than 50 new features
SilverWiz (http://silverwiz.com) has released MoneyWiz 1.4 for Mac OS X 10.6 and higher. The update to this personal finance software, adds more than 50 new features and is free for all existing customers.
MoneyWiz is a complete personal finance software that allows people to manage accounts, budgets and bills, generate reports and much more. It features a custom made cloud syncing solution that allows people to automatically synchronize their financial data across multiple devices.
MoneyWiz costs US$24.99 and is and available through the Mac App Store in the Finance category (http://tinyurl.com/a49v5ok). iPad and iPhone versions are also available.
SCSC adds how-to section to their web site
Software and Computer Systems Company has created a new how-to section for their web site, with its first entry titled "Analyzing Mountain Lion Performance Problems with Activity Monitor."
The document describes some of the performance problems in Mountain Lion that currently plague some of the OS users, and gives examples of how to identify them using Activity Monitor. The article also includes a list of common problems and even a bug or two that many people may run across. For more info go to http://scsc-online.com/How-To.html .
Excel Software releases OfficeProtect 2.0
Excel Software (www.excelsoftware.com) has announced OfficeProtect 2.0 to protect Microsoft Office documents with a secure software license. Using OfficeProtect with either QuickLicense or AppProtect, a user-editable Excel spreadsheet is converted into a protected application.
OfficeProtect now supports two protection models: the VBA Bound License and Encrypted XLSM. A VBA Bound License uses password protected VBA code to bind an Office document to the QuickLicense runtime file. The Encrypted XLSM approach allows an Excel spreadsheet to be distributed as an application that's activated for a specific computer, but allows editing changes to be saved as encrypted documents.
The VBA Bound License supports Excel spreadsheets, Macros or Add-Ins for Excel, Word or PowerPoint. OfficeProtect includes ready-to-paste Visual Basic code and step-by-step instructions to bind a document to a license configured with the QuickLicense protection and licensing system. OfficeProtect supports documents...
GRID for Mac arrives March 28
Feral Interactive says that BAFTA award-winning racing game GRID will be released for the Mac on March 28. Developed and published by Codemasters for PC and consoles, GRID is part of the celebrated TOCA Touring Car series and comes to the Mac under the Feral Legends label.
Here's how the game is described: "Style meets substance in GRID, an exhilarating mix of sublime handling, dazzling visuals and extreme speed that puts players behind the wheel of massively race-tuned road cars by manufacturers such as Porsche, Lamborghini and Aston Martin. With a sophisticated damage model, adjustable difficulty settings and a handy 'Flashback' feature, GRID rides the sweet spot between sim realism and full-on arcade racing.
"GRID World is an extensive career mode that sees players race their way around the world from the US to Europe to Japan on spectacular tracks ranging from city streets to mountain roads to famous circuits such as Spa and Le Mans. Players are challenged to advance from rookie...
Satchi ships 10-port USB 3.0 hub
Satechi has released the 10-port USB 3.0 Hub, a Mac/PC accessory that allows users to connect an array of devices including digital cameras, printers, external hard drives, keyboards, flash drives, smartphones and tablets in one easy solution.
It features nine USB 3.0 ports compatible with most USB-based devices and one 2.1 Amp charging port that's powerful enough to charge iOS and Android tablets. The nine USB 3.0 ports are divided in sets of three, each with an on/off switch and blue status indicator lights for each connected device to maximize efficiency. The 2.1A charging port also has an on/off switch to distribute the additional power to other ports when not in use.
Additionally, the hub is equipped with its own power supply. The Satechi 10-Port USB 3.0 Hub is available for an introductory price of US$49.99 at Satechi.net and Amazon.com .
FileMaker announces Developer Conference schedule highlights
FileMaker, Inc. has announced schedule highlights for the FileMaker Developer Conference 2013, the largest annual gathering of worldwide FileMaker independent and corporate database developers, trainers and users.
"Platform for Innovation" is the theme of the 18th annual conference, which features two new tracks and will be at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront hotel in San Diego, Calif., Aug. 12-15. Attendees will see live demonstrations by FileMaker staff and exhibitors and learn the ins and outs of creating custom solutions using the FileMaker Platform.
In addition to increasing their technical expertise, developers can network, get ideas, and exchange tips with over 1,200 FileMaker enthusiasts, from more than 36 countries during the four-day event. Developers can set their own agendas to focus on their most pressing interests and needs. Concurrent tracks include:
° New Design Track (11 sessions): "Discover the business benefits of great design and learn how to create eye-catching and...
App Studio pricing for InDesign users now starts at $99
App Studio (www.AppStudio.net) has announced new pricing plans for InDesign users. Now, for US$99 per month, designers who work with InDesign can create multi-issue native iOS apps for iPad and iPhone, or can create single issue apps for a one-time charge of $199.95 per app.
With App Studio designers use the layout tools they already know to create interactive content for tablet and smartphones with no coding required, according to App Studio. Designers only need InDesign and an App Studio account to get started. App Studio works with InDesign CS5, CS5.5 and CS6.
Interactive content can be previewed and tested in-full on iOS and Android devices using the free App Studio Issue Previewer app. InDesign layouts can be enhanced with slideshows, video, audio, native animation, 360º photography, hot buttons, cross-linking, swiping, scrubbing, pinching, tilting and more
Learn more about App Studio pricing plans at http://www.appstudio.net/Plans/ .
Skycure: iOS feature 'could' pose a security problem
Researchers from security company Skycure say they’re concerned about a feature of iOS that could be used by malicious actors to read information, passwords and even encrypted data from devices without customers knowledge, reports "The Next Web" (http://tinyurl.com/d297f5k).
Provisioning Profiles (mobileconfigs) are small files installed with a single tap on iOS devices. Their use is officially approved by Apple and there is nothing innately malicious about any given profile.
"But, if put to the right uses, they do open up the ability to read usernames and passwords right off of a screen, transmit data that would normally be secure (over HTTPS) to a malicious server where it can be read and a lot more," notes "The Next Web."
You can read more about Skycure's findings at http://blog.skycure.com/2013/03/malicious-profiles-sleeping-giant-of.html .
Qantas provides passengers with iPad
Passengers flying Australian carrier Qantas will now be provided with individual iPads which can stream more than 200 hours of movies, TV shows and music, reports "Hindustan Times" (http://tinyurl.com/bwmhtbd).
The new service will supply an iPad for use during the flight and is being offered in all classes on flights between Sydney and Honolulu on the airline's Boeing 767 aircraft. Entertainment programs are streamed directly to the Apple tablets using the aircraft’s inflight entertainment technology, Q Streaming, which taps into the plane’s onboard WiFi. Over the next few months, new interactive games, travel and business-related apps, as well as digital newspapers and magazines will be added, according to Qantas.
RAM Electronics announces new Apple-compatible cables
RAM Electronics (http://www.ramelectronics.net/) -- a manufacturer and distributor of home theater, audio and video cabling and connecting equipment -- has created a new series of high performance cables. The iPRO2 Series is a high performance docking cable for Apple devices.
The cables are made in the U.S. and will soon be available through the RAM Electronics website. The USB-compatible connection option allows continuous charging while playing when used with a standard 12VDC or 120VAC 1-amp to USB accessories adapter. Users looking for the highest quality sound can use these audio cables to connect their iPad, iPhone and iPod to their guitar amplifiers, radio and TV equipment, studio or PA mixing boards, car stereos, mobile device recorders, boating units and other audio equipment, says Steve Misbin , president of RAM Electronics.
Different iPRO2 series cable connectors are compatible with various input and output plugs. Choices include 30-pin dock connector with Lightening...
PCI Geomatics, GeoImage to offer free workshops in Australia
PCI Geomatics, a developer of remote sensing and photogrammetric software and systems, has announced that, together with its Australian Reseller, GeoImage, will offer a series of free workshops in Perth (March 22), Brisbane (March 26) and Canberra (March 28).
The workshops are designed to provide a better understanding of the variety of offerings from PCI Geomatics and how you can use the software to gain operational efficiencies. Informative sessions will be delivered on: PCI’s Desktop Image Processing software and Geomatica Discover, a new, standalone software tool for automated data discovery on local or network storage devices.
To attend the free workshops, you must RSVP. For more info go to http://tinyurl.com/b6f6xmb .
CNS Barcode plug-in for FileMaker Pro revved to version 1.4
Comm-Unity Networking Systems has released version 1.4 of CNS Barcode, the FileMaker Pro plug-in that provides scanning and generating barcodes.
This version fixes a few bugs and modifies how the plug-in handles Number data from FileMaker when generating barcodes. CNS Barcode is available immediately at http://cnsbarcode.cnsplug-ins.com/ for both Mac OS X and Windows
A single-user license for the client version of CNS Barcode is US$85. To use the Server Edition of CNS Barcode, you will need to purchase at least a 10-User License for $417. There are several other price points and information for educational/non-profit institutions on the purchase page for the plug-in.
If you already own a license for the plug-in, the update to 1.4 is completely free. All you need to do is download and install the latest version of the plug-in. A demo is available for download.
Native Instruments announces Komplete 9, Komplete 9 Ultimate
Native Instruments has announced the latest generation of its two industry-standard Komplete software bundles.
Komplete 9 includes 33 instruments and effects with six new additions, including the new Monark monosynth, plus the completely redesigned Battery 4 drum sampler. Komplete 9 Ultimate includes all 65 current Komplete Instruments and Effects at the time of release and over 370GB of content.
Each bundle now also features studio effects. And Komplete 9 and Komplete 9 Ultimate are available for the same prices as their predecessors Komplete 9 is available for pre-order at a suggested retail price of US$559. Komplete 9 Ultimate is available for a suggested retail price of $1,099. Updates for owners of Komplete 2 through 8 are available from $149. For more info go to www.native-instruments.com/Komplete .
CPUG Network announces the Las Vegas SuperMeet on April 9
The CPUG Network says the Twelfth Annual Las Vegas SuperMeet will take place on Tuesday, April 9, at the Rio Hotel and Convention Center's Amazon Ballroom in Las Vegas Nevada.
Doors open at 4:30 pm and presentations will begin at 7. The Las Vegas SuperMeet promises to be the single largest gathering of Final Cut, Adobe, Avid and Autodesk editors, gurus and digital filmmakers during the 2013 Nab Show.
Tickets are on sale online for the "early bird" price of US$10 each, plus ticket fee and $10 for students with valid student ID. It is expected this SuperMeet will sell out as historically every Las Vegas SuperMeet sells out. Early bird pricing ends March 12.
The SuperMeet agenda has not been announced and will not until shortly before the event, but will feature user driven presentations from the likes of Blackmagic Design, Adobe, Avid, Autodesk and Red Giant Software. In addition there will a featured industry guest and much more.
Rounding out the evening will be the "World Famous...
Second Apple-Samsung case gets the green light
Judge Lucy H. Koh of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, San Jose division, has ruled that a patent infringement lawsuit between Apple and Samsung may continue, reports "AllThingsD" (http://tinyurl.com/b6lnwax). Last Friday she had said she might consider putting the case on hold pending resolution of an appeal in another lawsuit.
Evidently, Koh decided there’s little to gain by postponing Apple’s second suit against Samsung until an appeals court renders a decision on the first, notes "AllThingsD." However, she decided that the case would benefit from a little streamlining, and Koh told both companies to "significantly" reduce the scope of the case by trimming down its claims and expert witness testimony.
This is all part of the ongoing, global legal battle. Apple and Samsung have filed more than 30 lawsuits against each other across four continents. For example, Apple alleges that Samsung copied the slide-to-unlock technology of its iPhone and iPad...
World Clock Deluxe for Mac OS X ticks to version 4.9.2
MaBaSoft (http://www.mabasoft.net) has released World Clock Deluxe 4.9.2, an update of its Mac OS X tool for companies and organizations regularly communicating with people across the world, for frequent travelers, and for home users having family or friends in other countries or time zones. Daylight-saving time information for Cuba and Paraguay has been updated. For more info go to www.mabasoft.cnet .
With World Clock Deluxe you can display multiple clocks in a configurable horizontal or vertical palette, in the menu bar, and in the Dock, and show the time in over 1,600 cities and 200 time zones, including Greenwich Mean Time and Coordinated Universal Time. The app also lets you calculate time conversions between different cities or time zones and show the current weather all over the world.
World Clock Deluxe requires Mac OS X 10.4 or later. It costs US$19.
Microsoft changes licensing agreement for Office
Microsoft has changed the license agreement for Office for Mac 2011, Office Home & Student 2013, Office Home & Business 2013 and Office Professional 2013 and standalone applications purchased through retail/resellers.
Based "on feedback from our customers who asked for additional flexibility," the company says the changes allow customers who have already purchased, or newly purchase, the WinOffice 2013 or MacOffice 2011 suites to transfer the software from one computer to another, effective immediately, says Microsoft. For the last several months, users were previously able to install on one computer, but not transfer to another.
Customers can now transfer their license and activate it on a new or different computer as many times as they want but not more than once every 90 days. In the event of a computer failure within 90-day period, the customer should call Microsoft customer support. Also, Office can be reinstalled on the same computer, as needed.
To transfer a Office...
Jumsoft updates Toolboxes for Pages, Keynote
Jumsoft (www.jumsoft.com) has released the first batch of new designs for Toolbox for Pages 1.1 and Toolbox for Keynote 1.1 apps.
The two updates feature a total of 74 new templates and 55 sets of illustrations. The designs are built for creating and illustrating brochures, newsletters, slide presentations, and various other types of content.
MoneyWiz 1.4 adds more than 50 new features
SilverWiz (http://silverwiz.com), creator of the personal finance software, MoneyWiz for iPhone, iPad and Mac, has announced update 1.4, which adds than 50 new features and is a free upgrade for existing customers.
MoneyWiz allows people to manage accounts, budgets and bills, generate reports and more. It also features a custom made cloud syncing solution that allows people to automatically synchronize their financial data across multiple devices. Among the new features in version 1.4 is the:
° Ability to auto-pay scheduled transactions;
° Ability to convert normal transaction to a scheduled transaction;
° Ability to split income transactions;
° Ability to make Scheduled split transactions (expenses & incomes);
° Ability to duplicate scheduled transactions;
° Ability to hide an account from the list of accounts;
° Ability to set the language of MoneyWiz within the app itself.
For new users MoneyWiz costs US$4.99. It's available in the Apple App Store (for iOS) and the Mac App...
Service release of Capture One adds new support for legacy...
Phase One (http://www.phaseone.com) has updated its Capture One 6 software with the release of Capture One 6.4.5. While the company has recently introduced Capture One 7, this release is in response to the needs of its legacy software customers.
Capture One 6.4.5 update provides several key bug fixes including support for Canon tethering on Mac OSX 10.8 and better support for Samsung EX2F files. This update is free to existing owners of all versions of Capture One 6, including Capture One Pro 6, Capture One Express 6, and Capture One DB 6 (digital back) software.
ATTO Technology to showcase latest products at NAB 2013
ATTO Technology will showcase its line of high-performance storage and network connectivity products in interactive workflow demonstrations at the 2013 NAB Show in Las Vegas, Nevada, April 8 through April 11.
Wayne Arvidson, vice president of marketing at ATTO Technology, says ATTO’s booth will feature the industry’s only complete line of 16Gb/s Fibre Channel solutions, including Celerity Host Bus Adapters (HBAs), FastStream RAID Storage Controllers, and FibreConnect Switches. Also on display will be ATTO’s ExpressSAS/SATA HBA and RAID Adapter family, including exciting next-generation SAS technology.
Additionally, ATTO will exhibit their FastFrame line of Network Interface Cards (NICs) and Converged Network Adapters (CNAs) that leverage ATTO’s expertise in FibreChannel and Ethernet technologies to support the increasing demands of network and storage bandwidth. ATTO is also showcasing their Thunderbolt technology-enabled Desklink devices, ThunderLink and ThunderStream, that enable...
iOS continues to consolidate its grip on the enterprise
As noted by "TechCrunch" (http://tinyurl.com/botllys), Apple’s iOS is consolidating its grip on the enterprise market and taking share from Android, according to customer data Egnyte, an enterprise file sharing and hybrid cloud storage company that offers cloud back-up and storage services.
In 2012, iOS marketshare rose to 69% (the iPhone and 42%; the iPad, 27%) compared to 30% for Android phones and tablets. Early 2013 data from Egnyte shows that for this year so far, the iOS has 78% marketshare (48% for the iPhone and 30% for the iPad) compared to 22% for Android phones and tablets.
"Apple seems to have at least temporarily won the hearts and minds of business users with its products accounting for about 70 percent of our traffic," Egnyte told "TechCrunch."