Verizon Wireless testing 4G networks across U.S.
Verizon Wireless says it's the first wireless company in the world to broadly deploy a large-scale 4G LTE network, which is the fastest and most reliable 4G network in the U.S.
From CTIA Enterprise and Applications 2011, Verizon Wireless announced this week that the company's fleet of test vehicles is being equipped with 4G testing and monitoring equipment to encompass all of the major operating networks in the U.S. today. Verizon Wireless test men and women will utilize the 4G testing equipment to monitor the company's 4G LTE network as well as the high-speed data networks of competitors that use LTE and other technologies.
Using testing equipment from Ascom, a global technology company, Verizon Wireless test men and women are performing mobile data tests on the Verizon Wireless 4G LTE network as it continues to roll out across the country. The collected data will be used to measure network performance, benchmark against competitors, and assist Verizon Wireless network engineers who...
Clarify is new Mac-compatible communications tool
Blue Mango Learning Systems has introduced Clarify 1.0, their new image-based communications tool for Mac OS X and Windows systems.
Blue Mango CEO Greg DeVore says Clarify helps people create clearer communications through the combined use of multiple screenshots and text. Users capture screenshots turn them into documents, add text and image annotations and then share their documents as a PDF, as an email, via Dropbox or through Blue Mango's free Clarify-it service.
"Too many screen capture applications focus on just taking picture," he says. "A picture isn't a communication. It's a single thought, a single example. In our experience a single picture or screenshot isn't enough to communicate most thoughts clearly. But the tools that have existed up until now haven't made visual communication easy. Clarify solves that problem."
Clarify is now available for Mac or Windows for US$29.99. A cross-platform license can be purchased for $39.99. Licenses can be purchased through the Blue...
Runware launches heart rate monitor for iOS devices
Runware has released the US$69 Runalyzer (http://www.runalyzer.com/en/), a patented heart rate monitor made for the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch, compatible with all analog chest straps and integrated with several apps in the Apple App Store.
The Runalyzer is aimed at both beginners and experienced athletes who want to measure the impact of their training and monitor their progress. It's also designed for casual runners and anyone who would like to start again a physical activity.
The Runalyzer is a small electronic receiver weighing just four grams. It plugs to iOS device, removing the need for a watch while remaining compatible with existing chest straps.
This makes it possible to correlate the heart rate transmitted directly to the application with the other measurements provided by the iDevice: altitude, three-dimensional acceleration and orientation, GPS location, average, maximum and instantaneous speed, number of steps, duration of the exercise, etc. Combining these data, it is...
Target offers in-store price lock for iPhone trade-ins through...
Target is expanding its trade-in program through NextWorth (http://www.NextWorth.com), which specializes in consumer electronics upgrades and trade-ins, to offer a price lock guarantee for iPhone trade-ins to 1,470 retail locations nationwide.
Customers can go to a nearby Target store to lock in a trade-in value for their old iPhone model and receive the quoted value when they pick up their new iPhone 4S starting on Friday, Oct. 14. This is the first time Target has locked in trade-in values prior to product availability. Trade-in values are based on used iPhones in good working order, rather than phones in excellent or flawless condition, as follows:
° iPhone 4 (16GB & 32GB): US$200;
° iPhone 3GS (32GB): $120;
° iPhone 3GS (16GB): $110;
° iPhone 3GS (8GB): $101.
In addition to essentially providing a free iPhone 4S upgrade, in-store trade-ins provide instant gratification to those looking to trade up to the new iPhone. Rather than mailing their old phone and waiting for a check...
AquaFold releases new application server
AquaFold has introduced Aqua Data Server 1.0, the first release of a new product designed to help organizations simplify and lower the cost of their business intelligence and data warehousing environments by streamlining the development and production deployment of ETL (Extract Transform Load) tasks, data migrations, reporting, dashboards and form-based web applications.
Aqua Data Server provides a an open API (application programming interface) for accessing, manipulating and visualizing data from many data sources. It's a cross-DBMS and cross-platform application server, fully integrated with the universal desktop database administration tool, Aqua Data Studio.
Aqua Data Server works with Mac OS X, Windows and Linux on the Java 1.6 platform. It's based on the Apache Tomcat application server and MySQL database for application metadata. The web-based interface is supported by modern web browsers, including Safari, Firefox, Chrome, Internet Explorer and Opera.
Aqua Data Server...
iPresentee debuts new RapidWeaver themes
iPresentee (http://www.ipresentee.com/) has debuted 10 new themes for the RapidWeaver web site creation tool. Each theme include different built-in styles, page styles and snippets.
All the user needs to do is to add content. Each theme can be previewed before purchasing.
The themes require Mac OS X 10.4 or higher and RapidWeaver 4.0 or later. Each individual theme is available for US$12.99. The set of 10 RapidWeaver Themes may be purchased for $29.99.
Casper Suite 8.3 released for iOS 5, Lion
JAMF Software, developers of the Casper Suite (an enterprise client management solution for Mac OS X computers and iOS mobile devices such as iPads and iPhones) has announced the release of Casper Suite version 8.3. The upgrade features full compatibility with iOS 5 and iPhone 4S.
In addition to the new capabilities for managing iOS devices, this new release incorporates significant enhancements to the OS X management capabilities in the Casper Suite, according to Chip Pearson, managing partner at JAMF Software. He says a few highlights of the new features include:
° Administrators can now manage even more settings for iOS devices including settings related to iCloud.
° The Casper Suite is now able to automatically deploy App Store apps to iOS 5 devices using push notifications. Paid apps may also be distributed using Volume Purchase Program (VPP) codes. Additionally, App Store apps may be distributed as managed apps allowing administrators to configure security settings for apps and...
Free X-PDF 10, Crossroads workflow solutions guides released
XChange UK and ThePowerXChange have announced the availability of the free X-PDF 10 & Crossroads Workflow Solutions Guide, providing product details and system requirements for time-saving and productivity tools available for PDF creation, correction, preflight and delivery.
The X-PDF Guide is available in interactive, page-flippable eMag format for online viewing or downloadable in PDF format. Its' available as a PDF download or viewable online as an interactive eMag version at either the XChange UK (http://www.xchangeuk.com/pdf_resources/X-PDF_10_Guide_XChange_UK.pdf) or at ThePowerXChange (http://download.thepowerxchange.com/pdf/X-PDF_10_Guide_PowerXChange.pdf) websites.
Karelia Software's Sandvox now in the Mac App Store
Karelia Software says that Sandvox (http://www.karelia.com/sandvox), its web development tool, is now available in the Mac App Store. Through Oct. 31, it's available at a special introductory price of US$$49.99 (it's regularly $79.99) and requires Mac OS X 10.5 or higher.
The new Sandvox 2.1.10 adds a new Blueprint design, and builds on the new SFTP publishing system recently introduced with new WebDAV and MobileMe publishing subsystems. Sandvox lets you drag and drop content, add modern features in a few clicks, and see exactly what it looks like right on the screen before hitting publish.
Sites created using Sandvox automatically comply with the latest HTML5 web standard, and can be seen on modern mobile devices, according to the folks at Karelia Software. Once finished, users can upload their site to their favorite host directly from within Sandvox.
Adobe runs new Creative Suite promotion
Adobe is running a promotion giving Creative Suite users on older versions of the design software a special opportunity to upgrade from their individual or suite product to the latest version -- including Creative Suite 5.5, Photoshop CS5 or Illustrator CS5 -- with a 20% discount.
The offer runs through Dec. 31. This limited offer will be honored by all Adobe Resellers and adobe.com for customers with a valid license to one of these qualifying CS2, CS3 or CS4 products:
° Design Premium; Design Standard; Web Premium; Web Standard; Production Premium; or Master Collection;
° Production Studio Premium or Standard; Design Bundle, Web Bundle; Video Bundle; or Macromedia Studio 8;
° Adobe After Effects; Adobe Flash Professional; Adobe Illustrator; Adobe Audition; Adobe Dreamweaver; Adobe Fireworks; Adobe InDesign; Adobe Photoshop; Adobe Photoshop Extended; Adobe Premiere Pro
Additional information about the promotion can be found at http://store.adobe.com/store/en_us/popup/offer/...
Apple updates Aperture, Xcode
Apple has released Aperture 3.2 and Xcode 4.2. The former, an update of the software for photographers, supports compatibility with iCloud and iOS 5.
This update also addresses minor stability, performance and compatibility issues. Aperture 3.2 requires Mac OS X 10.6.8 and is a 635.76MB download.
Xcode, an update of the app creation tool, includes software development kits for Mac OS X 10.7 ("Lion") and iOS 5. Storyboards let you design multiple iOS screens, and define the segues among them. And Automatic Reference Counting (ARC) saves developers from manually managing retain/release. Xcode 4.2 requires Mac OS X 10.7 or higher and is a 1.68GB download.
Apple releases OS X 10.7.2, Lion Recovery Update 1.0
Apple has released Mac OS X 10.7.2, which includes support for iCloud as well as some general fixes.
Apple says the 10.7.2 update is recommended for all OS X Lion users and includes general operating system fixes that improve the stability, compatibility, and security of your Mac. It also includes support for iCloud, a breakthrough set of free cloud services that automatically and wirelessly store your content on iCloud and push it to all of your devices.
iCloud on OS X Lion includes the following features:
° iCloud stores your email, calendars, contacts, Safari bookmarks, and Safari Reading List, and automatically pushes them to all your devices.
° Back to My Mac provides remote access to your Mac from another Mac anywhere on the Internet.
° Find My Mac helps find a missing Mac by locating it on a map and allows you to remotely lock the Mac or wipe all its data.
Getting started with iCloud is easy. After installing the update, OS X will automatically present an iCloud setup panel....
Apple releases iCloud, iOS 5
Apple has floated out iCloud (http://www.apple.com/icloud), a set of free cloud services, including iTunes in the Cloud, Photo Stream and Documents in the Cloud, that work with your Mac, iPhone, iPad, iPod touch and PC to automatically and wirelessly store your content and push it to all your devices.
iCloud stores your music, photos, apps, contacts, calendars, documents and more, keeping them up to date across all your devices. When content changes on one device, all your other devices are updated automatically and wirelessly.
"iCloud is the easiest way to manage your content, because iCloud does it all for you and goes far beyond anything available today," says Eddy Cue, Apple’s senior vice president of Internet Software and Services. "You don't have to think about syncing your devices, because it happens automatically, and it is free."
iTunes in the Cloud lets you automatically download new music purchases to all your devices, so you can buy a song on your iPad and find it waiting...
Apple posts Apple TV 4.4 update
Apple has released Apple TV 4.4, which adds support for iCloud's Photo Stream (see separate story) and new content. The update also sports AirPlay Mirroring, which lets you wirelessly mirror the contents of your iPad 2 or iPhone 4S’s screen on your TV via the Apple TV.
New content includes info from the National Hockey League, news and business commentary from "The Wall Street Journal," and a new Trailer area for movie trailers. Apple TV also sports new slideshow themes and support for Netflix subtitles.
Analyst expecting an 'iPad mini' in 2012
Take this one with a grain of salt, but Ticonderoga Securities analyst Brian White tells clients -- as reported by "AppleInsider" (http://www.appleinsider.com) -- that Apple is planning an "iPad mini" for 2012 to compete with the Amazon Kindle Fire.
The "mini" name doesn't necessarily refer to the size of the device, he said, but a lower entry-level price. White says such a device would allow Apple to tap into a "more price sensitive consumer segment," and also fend off the Amazon Kindle Fire, the retailer's first entrance into the touchscreen tablet market.
"We believe this lower priced iPad could be priced in the mid-to-high-$200 range," White the analyst in a note to investors. "We expect this will be followed by a much more powerful, feature rich standard-priced iPad 3 in (the second quarter of 2012)."
-- Dennis Sellers
Apple is most valuable global brand
Apple is the most valuable global brand, beating Coca-Cola, according to the European Brand Institute (http://www.eurobrand.cc) latest eurobrand report.
The Eurobrand 2011 report lists the top 10 most valuable brands (in descending order) as Apple, Coca-Cola, Microsoft, Google, IBM, McDonalds, AT&T, P&G, Pepsico and Philip Morris. All these companies are US-based.
Apple has a brand value of 69.7 billion euros ($96 billion) in the study of more than 3,000 companies in 24 countries. Apple also overtook Google in brand value in a separate report in May by WPP Plc’s Millward Brown unit.
Samsung may tweak their technology in ongoing battle with Apple
Samsung Electronics plans to sidestep a sales ban on its smartphones in the Netherlands by tweaking their technology to avoid violating Apple patents, in a move that could help break a deadlock in the companies' ongoing legal battle, according to the "Wall Street Journal" (http://macte.ch/ehjHM).
The article says a Samsung spokesman hinted that the company might take a similar approach in other markets where Apple is seeking or has already obtained a ban on Samsung's smartphones and tablet computers. The company plans to start selling the modified phones in the Dutch market this month.
Analyst: upgrades to iPhone 4S could drive Apple sales
In a note to clients -- as reported by "eWeek" (http://macte.ch/PvDcb) -- Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster says upgrades to the iPhone 4S could drive Apple's overall sales numbers.
"We estimate 18.8 [million] users of the iPhone 3GS are likely to upgrade to the iPhone 4S," he says. "Given our survey work suggests 94% of iPhone users expect to buy another iPhone, it appears Apple has built in an annuity of smartphone buyers."
The iPhone 4S managed to presell some one million units in its first 24 hours of availability. The analyst feels the original iPhone 3GS, now free with contract, will also continue to attract users.
Apple releases AirPort Utility for iOS devices
Apple has released AirPort Utility for the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. The free app -- available at the Apple App Store -- lets you manager your AirPort Extreme, AirPort Express and Time Capsule base stations without requiring a desktop or laptop computer.
With AirPort Utility, you can see a graphical overview of your Wi-Fi network and devices. You can change base station and network settings, or manage advanced features such as security modes, wireless channels, and more. AirPort Utility works with all Apple 802.11n Wi-Fi base stations.
Qumu: 88% of Americans believe release of new smartphone matters
Qumu (http://www.qumu.com), a business video platform provider, today announced the findings of its September 2011 survey of 2,361 Americans aged 18 and older, conducted online by Harris Interactive.
The survey, which was drafted based on Qumu’s experience in mobile and tablet use in the workplace, found that 88% of Americans believe the release of a new smart phone (e.g., iPhone 4S, Android, Blackberry) would matter to anyone. When asked which groups of people the release of a new smartphone would matter to the most, Americans selected the following groups of people: 69% - Tech Geeks; 58% - Business People; 56% - Teenagers; 26% - Creative Types; 15% - Working Moms; 14% - Parents; 8% - People who are promiscuous; 5% - Prostitutes; 5% - People who can’t get dates; and 5% - Other.
An overwhelming percentage of Americans (91%) believe smartphones or tablets are at least somewhat influential in their owner’s tendency to misbehave at work (By "misbehave at work" Qumu means performing...
Planito is aerial imagery app for Mac OS X
Vitaliy Pronkin has introduced Planito 1.0 for Mac OS X. It's an online and offline multi-layered viewer for aerial imagery, maps, placemarks and other geospatial data layers for the Earth, Moon and other planets from various data sources.
In its simplest form, Planito can be used as online and offline viewer for OpenStreetMap-family maps. However, there are more layers available with data for travelers, students, teachers, and scientists, including Wikimapia objects, Booking.com hotels, current temperature from weather stations all over the world, US Topo Maps, UNESCO World Heritage sites.
Planito requires Mac OS X 10.7 ("Lion") and costs US$2.99. It's available on the Mac App Store in the Travel category.
Epson expands WorkForce line with new all-in-ones
Epson (http://www.epson.com) has announced a new line of all-in-one devices for small and home-based businesses -- the WorkForce 435, 545, 645 and 845. The company claims they deliver the world’s fastest print speeds and mobile printing capabilities through Epson Connect to ensure easy, hassle-free printing.
The WorkForce 845 delivers one-sided print speeds of 15 ISO ppm (black) and 9.3 ISO ppm (color) and two-sided print speeds of 7.4 ISO ppm (black) and 5.4 ISO ppm color. It also offers a 500-sheet input capacity. The WorkForce 845 boasts such features as automatic double-sided printing, copying and a 7.8-inch Smart Touch panel.
The WorkForce 645 has 15 ISO ppm (black) and 7.2 ISO ppm (color) one-sided, and. 7.5 ISO ppm (black) and 4.6 ISO ppm (color) two-sided. It has a two-sided Auto Document Feeder for copying and scanning two-sided originals. The WorkForce 545 features a 250-sheet paper tray and ISO print speed of 15 ppm black, as well a 2.5-inch color LCD for photo viewing...
Landscaper's Companion grows on the Mac
InfiniteNIL Software has released Landscaper's Companion for Mac OS X 10.7 ("Lion") and costs US$9.99. It's available worldwide through the Mac App Store in the Reference or Lifestyle category.
Landscaper's Companion was first introduced as an iOS app by Stevenson Software. Stevenson Software commissioned infiniteNIL to bring the app to the Mac. The Mac app has all the same features as the iOS version, such as a database of over 8,500 plants and over 9,000 images.
Plants can be browsed by 16 categories, marked as favorites, and searched for based on their name, color, type, sun, water, grow rate, size, and other characteristics. Most plants include cultivation information, common uses, and potential problems they may have. Users can add their own notes and images to each plant. The Mac version also takes advantage of the larger screen real estate and features of Mac OS X 10.7 ("Lion"), such as full-screen mode, and gestures for scrolling through images.
MacMost produces Video Guide To Lion
MacMost has published The Video Guide to Lion. Instead of a traditional book or a set of tutorials on a DVD, it is an application that can be purchased in the Mac App Store. It requires Mac OS X 10.7 ("Lion") and costs US$9.99.
Targeted at new Mac users, or users who have just upgraded to Lion and are looking to learn about its new features, the Video Guide to Lion is a series of 21 video tutorials that can be watched right on a Mac inside the application.
Gary Rosenzweig, the producer of MacMost, says the guide's two hours-plus of instruction includes topics like manipulating files, using Finder windows, learning about Mission Control, file sharing, browsing the web, using Mail, and accessing system preferences.
Once a user has purchased the Video Guide to Lion, it will download to their Mac and can be run at any time. They can jump around between the videos, pause them, and resume them later. Mac users can also run the Mac App Store from their Dock and then search for it.
FMClips is new FileMaker database development tool
CampSoftware (http://campsoftware.com/) has announced FMClips to help FileMaker developers copy and paste reusable script steps, layout objects, fields, and more into FileMaker databases.
FMClips is an US$19, unlocked FileMaker database that uses the free Clipboard Explorer plugin from Dracoventions. These clips server to save any busy FileMaker developer countless hours finding text in their FileMaker database scripts, tables and fields, according to Hal Gumbert of CampSoftware.
DataTale Crystal is new USB 3.0 external storage solution
Data Watch Technologies DataTale RAID family of data management solutions has added the Crystal USB 3.0 3.5-Inch hard drive enclosure with USB 2.0 and USB 3.0.
Created with the SuperSpeed USB 3.0 application, the new Crystal USB 3.0 hard drive enclosure is backward-compatible with all present USB 2.0 hosts -- which is good for Mac users as Apple isn't yet officially supporting USB 3.0. The new Crystal USB 3.0 enclosure comes with a "hidden" LED that shines downward onto the surface for instant monitoring. Curved rubber feet on its bottom panel stabilize the unit.
The Crystal enclosure provides an ozone-friendly housing environment for any 3.5-inch SATA hard drive. It has a white, heat-resistant casing and a vertical design that allows hot air to naturally flow through the top panel ventilation holes for better heat dissipation.
A hard drive spin up/down feature stops the drive when the host is idle. There's no power switch; when the host is off, the enclosure is powered off and...
Quark introduces special upgrade program
QuarkXPress customers using any version of QuarkXPress can upgrade to QuarkXPress 9 for US$299.
From now until Dec. 31, 2011, all current and prior users on QuarkXPress versions 3 through 6 can upgrade to the newest version of QuarkXPress for the standard upgrade price, which is typically applied to upgrades from versions 7 and 8.
To take advantage of the special offer, users must have a valid, registered, and activated serial number for any version of QuarkXPress. Upgrades can be purchased through Quark Authorized Resellers, the Quark Store, and Quark Customer Service. Visit http://www.quark.com/promotion to upgrade and for further information.
Elven Legacy comes to the Mac
Virtual Programming (http://www.vpltd.com) has released the Mac version of Elven Legacy, an epic fantasy strategy game that takes place in a world populated by five races -- elves, orcs, humans, undead, and dwarves -- vying for control. It requires Mac OS X 10.6.8 or later and costs US$29.99.
Here's how the game is described: "Players lead the elves or orcs in the single-player campaign or choose one of the five races when heading online for multiplayer combat. Elven Legacy's storyline, which involves the elves trying to stop forbidden knowledge linked to their distant past from being used and threatening Illis, takes players on a magic-filled epic quest featuring over 100 types of units and five unique heroes.
"Players' choices dictate which of the various endings are used when the campaign concludes. A powerful built-in game editor lets players create new missions while multiplayer combat offers 16 scenarios where five playable factions vie for victory."
GraphicConverter update adds support for 3D file formats
Lemke Software has updated Graphic Converter (http://www.lemkesoft.com/index.html), an image editing tool for Mac OS X, to version 7.4. The new version adds support for 3D image file formats like MPO, JPS and PNS. Also, it does enhance the Lion support.
GraphicConverter converts pictures to different formats and has tools for picture manipulation. With it you can import about 200 graphic file formats and export approximately 80 graphic file formats. It's a Universal Binary product, so runs natively on both PowerPC and Intel Macs.
GraphicConverter costs US$39.95 Site licenses are also available. It requires Mac OS 10.5 or later. Version 7.4 is a free update for registered users of version 7.x.
Learn -- Lion Edition video app updated to version 2.2
The Mac U has released Learn -- Lion Edition 2.2, an update of their video training app for Mac OS X. It requires Mac OS X 10.6 or higher and costs US$3.99.
With over 80 HD training videos, this course covers the basics of Mac OS X Lion along with some more advanced content. It offers info on ways to perform basic file and folder navigation to how to best use applications like iCal, Mail, Safari, iTunes, Address Book and more. Each video is presented in HD video at 1280x720 resolution:
Learn -- Lion Edition 2.2 is available worldwide through the Mac App Store in the Productivity category. To learn more and view several free sample lessons visit The Mac U online (http://www.themacu.com/).
Art Licensing Manager for the Mac, iOS revved to version 2.0
CampSoftware (http://campsoftware.com/) has released version 2 of Art Licensing Manager. The software can be used on Mac, iOS and Windows platforms.
The software has been designed for artists in the art licensing industry to help them track all aspects of their business. The Art Licensing Manager Software connects art, collections, contacts, licensees, licenses, and contracts data so information can be found quickly. Version 2.0 was rewritten from the ground up to make data entry simple and accessible from several perspectives.
The goal of the Art Licensing Manager is to allow artists to spend more time making art than managing their data. Every feature included in the Art Licensing Manager has come from the need of an artist, according to the folks at CampSoftware.
The software is available for US$299 as a single user application, including a bundled version of FileMaker for either Mac or Windows at no additional cost. A limited use demo can be downloaded and tested before...
Ubermask for Mac OS X updated to version 2.1
Nova Media has updated UberMask (http://www.novamedia.de/index_e.html) for Mac OS X (10.6 and higher) to version 2.1. The upgrade adds compatibility with Mac OS X 10.7.2 and fixes some bugs.
UberMask hides files and folders with a keystroke from curious eyes and inadvertent discovery. Even Spotlight can't find the files hidden by UberMask.
Version 2.1 now supports hiding files and folders on multiple volumes and partitions as well. It's a free update for all current owners of a UberMask 1.x license. For new users the cost is approximately US$14. A demo version is available for download.
SweetP bakes Cookie 2.1.2 for Mac OS X
SweetP Productions has announced Cookie 2.1.2 (http://www.sweetpproductions.com), an update to their cookie and browser history management utility for Mac OS X (10.6.6 and higher). It's available at the Mac App Store for US$14.99.
Cookie is designed to help you to manage exactly who can access information about your online activities. It scans your computer for all types of cookies, from all the top browsers, and can be configured to remove all unwanted tracking-advertising cookies.
Data can be stored on your computer without you even knowing in a multitude of different formats: cookies, Flash cookies, databases and local storage. Cookie scans your computer for all types of cookies. Version 2.1.2 is a maintenance update with some bug fixes and better memory management.
Troi Dialog Plug-in updated for FileMaker Pro 11
Troi Automatisering today announced the immediate availability of Troi Dialog Plug-in 5.5.4 for FileMaker Pro 11. It's amaintenance release, but also adds a few enhancements.
Troi Dialog Plug-in is a tool for displaying all sorts of dialogs in FileMaker Pro 11. The text of the dialog and of the buttons can be created dynamically by using a calculation
A fully functional demo version of Troi Dialog Plug-in 5.5.4 is available for downloading at Troi's web site (http://www.troi.com/software/dialogplugin.html). Version 5.5.4 works with FileMaker Pro 9, 10 and 11. The plug-in can also be used with runtimes from FileMaker Pro Advanced 9, 10 or FileMaker Pro Advanced 11. The plug-in is available for Mac OS X and Windows.
On Mac OS X the plug-in runs in Mac OS X 10.5.7 or higher. Licenses cost US$59 per user. Upgrading to version 5.5.4 is free for all users of version 5.5.x. Troi Dialog Plug-in 5.5.4 works with the same 5.5 registration string.
Users who bought a license for Troi Dialog Plug-...
FileMaker’s Bento Template Exchange sees over a million...
FileMaker, Inc. (http://www.filemaker.com)-- a wholly owned subsidiary of Apple -- says more than one million templates have been downloaded from the Bento Template Exchange, since its launch in June 2009.
The templates, available in 10 languages, are free to download and give people real-world examples of the many uses of FileMaker’s personal databases: Bento for Mac, iPad and iPhone. Over 1,070 templates -- most created by actual Bento users -- are available on the Exchange for everything from templates for small businesses designed to make it easy to managing contacts, projects and events to templates for coin collecting and managing a Cub Scout pack to beer lists, pet info, exercise logs and job-hunting. Among the most popular templates are contact and customer manager, bill tracking, project manager, family organizer, and lecture notes.
Bento 4 for Mac is required to download and import templates, but once added on the Mac, templates can be synchronized with Bento 1.1 for iPhone...
The iPad has changed how we interact with computers
Multitouch on the iPad and other media tablets has liberated users from the hardware keyboard and pointing device (aka the mouse), and as media tablets become more commonplace, users will expect the convenience and simplicity of multitouch user interfaces when they interact with other computing devices, according to a new report by the Gartner research group (http://www.gartner.com).
In the Gartner Special Report "iPad and Beyond: What the Future of Computing Holds," Gartner analysts examine how the iPad has impacted the hardware industry, and how media tablets are changing what users will expect out of their computing devices.
"During the next five to 10 years, media tablets will instigate change in computing form factors; modular designs will enable tablets to take on new functions, becoming the cross-platform controller and brain for hybrid consumer electronics and computers," says Angela McIntyre, research director at Gartner. "Tablets will be substitutes for several of the...
Smartphones, tablets drive nearly 7% of US digital traffic
ComScore (http://www.comscore.com), a company that "measures the digital world," has released its report," Digital Omnivores: How Tablets, Smartphones and Connected Devices are Changing U.S. Digital Media Consumption Habits." The report found that smartphones such as the iPhone and tablets such as the iPad drive almost 7% of total US digital traffic.
The comScore report analyzes how cross-platform consumption has created a vastly different landscape as consumers utilize a growing number of devices to consume digital content. The report also analyzes the impact these shifting consumption habits have on online visitation and engagement across the Internet. To download a complimentary copy of the report, Digital Omnivores, got to http://www.comScore.com/DigitalOmnivores .
"The popularization of smartphones and the introduction of tablets and other web-enabled devices -- collectively termed 'connected devices' -- have contributed to an explosion in digital media consumption. As these...
FaceBook app announced for the iPad
FaceBook says that now, in addition to your smartphone or feature phone apps, there’s a new way to experience Facebook -- the iPad app.
"Now you can enjoy your favorite parts of Facebook, combined with the best of the iPad," the company says. To get Facebook for iPad today, visit http://www.facebook.com/ipad .
MAGI comes to Mac OS X
MAGI, MoaCube's indie strategy game about wizard duels, has come to Mac OS X and is available (http://moacube.com/games/magi/) at a discounted price of US$5.95 (down from $15.95).
Here's how the game is described: "It's an unique strategy game, where the player takes their chosen wizard through a series of magic battles, in order to gain more power and spells to devise a winning tactic for the inevitable final battle with the Death.
"Instead of relying on cutting-edge 3D graphics and hours of cutscenes, MAGI uses simple and focused design, careful balance, and more than a pinch of good old challenge. The game is hard. In order to win, players need to make the best use of the available spells, character skills and their strategic wit. The final battle with the Death is particularly hard, and if you haven't gained enough power in the preceding duels, it might be nigh impossible to win. It's harsh, but it also makes MAGI an intense and very addictive experience, with that certain "just...
Clickto builds on Mac OS X's Copy & Paste features
Clickto (http://www.clicktoapp.com) is a new, free Mac OS X app designed to help simplfy your digital life by taking thousands of repeated steps and replacing them with a few clicks to bring desktop and web services closer together.
Clickto builds on an action that many Mac users perform several times a day: Copy & Paste. The app breaks this idea down even further; instead of moving data from one desktop application to another, that copied content can be transferred with a click to the target application.
Clickto works in any place where you can select and copy something. There are already more than 25 quick clickto actions for Twitter, Wikipedia, Flickr, Outlook, Youtube, Excel and more; you’re also able to select a text and generate a PDF with just one click. Clickto works with Mac OS X 10.6 and higher.
BerryMover lets you move Blackberry data to an iPhone
BlackBerry to iPhone switchers can now sync contacts, calendars, text messages, email messages and more with BerryMover, a new app.
The need for this app seems huge. In a 2011 United Sample survey, over 66% of Verizon-based BlackBerry users said they would switch to an iPhone when it became available.
"Until BerryMover, when these folks moved to the iPhone they left a good chunk of their data on their BlackBerry," says Tim Goggin, co-owner Of PocketMac. "But that’s no longer a problem with BerryMover. Now, all you need is a recent BlackBerry backup, iTunes and BerryMover. And you’re all set to transfer all of your data."
BerryMover works by reading backup files. It then gives the user the option of choosing which data they want to import.
Every copy of BerryMover comes with a complete video tutorial on how to import BlackBerry data to your iPhone. The app also includes the ability to import data from more than one backup file. This means that you can pull data from several backup...
Native Instruments announces Damage by Heavyocity
Native Instruments has announced Damage (www.native-instruments.com/Damage), a new instrument that provides cinematic percussion for movie scoring and music production. It will be available next month for US$339.
Created by by Heavyocity sound design house, Damage is powered by the latest Kontakt 5 engine and combines industrial sounds and orchestral percussion to add wide-screen character to any dramatic piece of music.
As the successor of Heavyocity's Evolve series, Damage is based on over 25,000 individual samples recorded in 24bit/96Kz, resulting in 30 GB of source material. Sounds were captured in a variety of locations ranging from various high-end studios to a Connecticut junkyard, and comprise types of percussion from traditional instruments to exploding cars and cranes dropping objects from great heights.
Damage contains over 700 beat-sliced percussive loops, as well as 58 multi-sampled kits, including an arsenal of "Damage Hits" for distinctive stings and transitions. Loop...
Luxology ships modo 501 Rigging Master Course
In the first installment of a new professional training series from Luxology, instructor Rich Hurrey teaches users the skills necessary to create production-ready animation rigs in modo 501.
The modo 501 Rigging Master Course consists of 26 hours of video training housed in an interactive framework. Hurrey gives viewers a foundation for getting the most from modo's deep animation toolset. The course starts with solid fundamentals and progresses to tutorials that explain how to rig models with increasingly complex behaviors. The course is ideal for anyone who wishes to deepen their understanding of modo and learn valuable techniques for rigging and animation.
The modo 501 Rigging Master Course is priced at US$199, and Luxology is offering special introductory pricing of $149 for the first two weeks. To purchase, go to http://www.luxology.com/store/riggingmastercourse/ .
Propellerhead releases Reason 6, Reason Essentials, Balance
Propellerhead Software has released Reason 6, an update of its music software; Reason Essentials, the successor to Record, that offers recording, editing, effects, instruments, mixing and mastering features; and Balance with Reason Essentials, an audio interface for Mac and Windows integrated with Reason Essentials software.
Combining all the features from Record, Reason 6 (US$449) adds audio recording and editing, along with Propellerhead's mixing console with EQ and dynamics on every channel, multiple parallel racks, Line 6 amp models, new effect devices, time/tempo stretch plus additional features. New creative effects designed for using directly with instruments or inserting into tracks include: Pulveriser, sound crushing effect with crunchy compression, dirty distortion and flexible modulation; The Echo, advanced stereo echo with modern delay and analog tape echo emulation; and Alligator, a three band pattern gate for complex rhythmic texturing. Interface enhancements, high...
TeamViewer for Mac beefs up remote control features
TeamViewer GmbH (http://www.teamviewer.com), a provider of solutions for online communication and collaboration, has announced a new version of its TeamViewer for Mac software. The update allows TeamViewer to start upon system boot, letting users control unattended Mac OS X computers from devices running any other major OS, including Mac, Linux, Windows, iPhone, iPad or Android.
The update also offers a variety of key features which make it an attractive solution for home office workers who need access to their work Mac. When used for remote system administration in helpdesk environments, TeamViewer enables administration of computers that currently have no users logged on.
TeamViewer has been available for the Mac, offering cross-platform communication. What's new is that TeamViewer starts automatically with system boot and runs in the background. With TeamViewer installed, users can establish an immediate connection by entering the ID number and password of the unattended computer...
FoldersSynchronizer ready for Lion
SoftoBe (http://www.softobe.com has updated FoldersSynchronizer, its Mac OS X tool for backing up and synchronizing files, folders and disks, to version 4.1. It now runs on 65-bit Intel machines on Mac OS X 10.7 ("Lion").
There's still a 32-bit version available for Power PC and Intel Macs running Mac OS X 10.5 and 10.6. FoldersSynchronizer is an US$40 app for Mac OS X and Mac OS 9 that synchronizes and backs-up files, folders and disks. The user can choose one or more pairs of files, folders or disks and then they will be synchronized or backed-up.
FoldersSynchronizer lets you organize your sync and backup in several sessions to save to a file for a later reuse. On each session you can apply special options like Timers, Multiple Folders, Filters, Exclude Items, Auto-Mount local and remote volumes, launch your own AppleScripts, set how to resolve conflicts, execute an incremental or an exact copy, and include locked files.
FoldersSynchronizer lets you specify global settings like...
Shortcuts for Mac OS X gets built-in AppleScript editor
Nulana has released Shortcuts 1.4 (http://nulana.com/shortcuts), an update to its productivity application for Mac OS X. The upgrade adds a built-in editor for AppleScript and Shell script shortcuts. What's more, the application user interface is now available in eight languages, including Chinese and Italian.
Shortcuts allows users to create, manage, and see their favorite shortcuts in one location. You can reconfigure shortcuts and choose other apps or keyboard keys.
Shortcuts can be set for: applications, folders and files; system actions, shell scripts, AppleScripts, and web site. If a new shortcut conflicts with a system one, application asks you either to choose another combination or to override the system shortcut.
Shortcuts requires an Intel-based Mac running Mac OS X 10.6 or higher. It costs US$9.99 and is available worldwide through the Mac App Store in the Product
Disk Alarm for Mac OS X adds detailed menu bar
Pomcast.biz has announces Disk Alarm 1.2.1 (http://diskalarm.com), an update to its disk monitoring utility for Mac OS X. The upgrade offers a detailed menu bar that shows you at a glance the space left on your volumes. It also adds support for Japanese and Brazilan Portuguese.
Disk Alarm will let you know in advance how much free space is available for your Mac to run smoothly. It alerts you whenever any of the volumes reaches the space left you specified. The menu bar item now allows you to display the sum of the available free space.
Disk Alarm requires Mac OS X 10.6.6 or higher and is compatible with Lion. Disk Alarm 1.2.1 normally US$3.99, but is being offered (for a limited time) at 50% of the price. Disk Alarm is available worldwide exclusively through the Mac App Store in the Utilities category.
AppDelete optimized for Lion, 64-bit performance
Reggie Ashworth has updated AppDelete (http://reggie.ashworth.googlepages.com/appdelete), an application deleting app for Mac OS X, to version 3.2.2. It's been optimized for Mac OS X 10.7 ("Lion") and offers 64-bit performance.
Via drag 'n drop, AppDelete will delete any chosen app with all of its associated items that belong to that application. You'll no longer have to hunt through their system to find and delete these items manually.
You can drag any item that can be uninstalled onto AppDelete: applications, widgets, preference panes, plug-ins, screensavers, etc. You can also activate AppDelete in many ways: dragging items onto main window, onto dock icon, selecting in menu, right-clicking using AppDelete workflow, and throwing items in the trash.
When the preview screen appears you can uncheck any items you would like to exclude. You also have several choices: delete the items, log only the items, or archive (copy) the items to a .zip file for safekeeping or reinstall at a later...
Official cause of Jobs' death: respiratory arrest caused by...
"Bloomberg" is reporting (http://macte.ch/CkxMH) that Steve Jobs died at home in Palo Alto, California, of respiratory arrest caused by a pancreatic tumor at about 3 p.m. on Oct. 5, according to his death certificate. The Santa Clara County Public Health Department in San Jose, California, issued the document Monday.
Respiratory arrest was listed as the immediate cause of death, with "metastatic pancreas neuroendocrine tumor" listed as the underlying cause, according to the certificate. Jobs’s death occurred five years after the onset of the tumor, according to the certificate.
"Bloomberg" notes that no autopsy was performed. Jobs was buried at a non- denominational cemetery in Santa Clara County on Oct. 7.