CourseNotes iPad app comes to the Mac
Dear Panda has introduced CourseNotes 1.0 on the Mac App Store. Formerly available for the iPad, it's a tool designed to help students to take notes and stay organized.
Integrated ToDo items allow students to track homework assignments and other reminders right in their notes. The app is available in the Education category of the Mac App Store and is currently being featured in the "New and Noteworthy" section.
CourseNotes for is designed to help Mac students stay organized by arranging notes by subject and note session, letting users find notes from a particular class meeting. There's the ability to search notes and a "saved search" feature.
As with CourseNotes for the iPad, Dear Panda is offering CourseNotes on the Mac free to qualified educators for evaluation purposes while supplies last. To request a promo code, educators can contact Dear Panda (http://www.coursenotesapp.com) with their title, affiliation and information about how they're using the iPad as an educational tool...
Lock Desktop 1.0 released on the Mac App Store
iZooLu has announced Lock Desktop 1.0 (http://www.izoolu.com/) for Mac OS X (10.6.6 or higher) on the Mac App Store in the Productivity category. The US$0.99 app will secure your Mac and return you to a log-in screen.
It allows you to switch between users from the log-in screen as applications and data continue to run on the other desktops. Once locked, you also have access to the log-in, restart and shutdown buttons.
Additionally, Lock Desktop allows you to switch between users from the log-in screen. Applications and data continue to run in the background.
Intego Washing Machine comes to the Mac App Store
Intego (http://www.intego.com) says Washing Machine, the company’s program that cleans up files left behind by web browsers and other Internet programs, is now available at the Mac App Store. It costs US$9.99 and requires Mac OS X 10.6.6. or higher.
Washing Machine helps Mac users delete files, which take up space or present privacy risks, created by a number of programs that access the Internet. Users can clean files, manually or automatically, and use secure cleaning to ensure that the files can never be recovered.
Washing Machine can clean five types of items: bookmarks, caches, cookies, download histories, and browsing histories. It works with most web browsers, and many utilities or other programs that store information without users being aware. It even cleans up after some programs that users would never think are storing data, according to the folks at Intego.
Washing Machine uses “cleanlists” to store the items users want to clean, and “smart cleanlists” to find items to...
QuickScale 3.8 offers five different options
CodingMammoth has just released a new version of QuickScale, an application designed to batch-scale images without losing quality. The upgrade offers five different options, ranging from scaling methods to custom names.
QuickScale also features Droplets, little applications that work with the settings when you created the droplet. This release has some great features like support for watermarks and a CoreImage export-engine for better quality.
Another feature lets you specify the custom name of saved images with the use of predefined tokens like date, index numbers and sizes. It's also possible to add a watermark to your images, both text and images are supported. QuickScale embraces the latest technology; QuickLook is used to show quick previews of the imported images and CoreImage can be used as export-engine for better scaling results. In the latest update, we increased the performances of QuickScale.
QuickScale is shareware and costs approximately $14. QuickScale is available in...
iFunia AudioConverter available on the Mac App Store
iFunia says AudioConverter is now available on the Mac App Store. It requires Mac OS X 10.5 or higher and costs US$9.99. A demo can be downloaded at the iFunia web site (http://www.ifunia.com).
iFunia AudioConverter is a tool for converting popular videos to common audio formats, including MP3, WAV, WMA, OGG, AAC, and others. The application also offers additional editing functions to join several music clips into a single one. Just set output settings for sample rate, channel, encoder and bit rate.
iFunia AudioConverter supports batch conversion, so users can process multi-conversion at the same time. These output audio formats can be supported by almost all the players like the iPod shuffle, iPod touch, iPod classic, iPod nano, Zune and more.
Wake up to your Mac with the all new Awaken 5
Embraceware Software has announced Awaken 5.0 for Mac. The app turns your Mac into a music alarm clock and sleep timer. Version 5.0 was rewritten from scratch and sports an all new user interface and more.
The application supports multiple timers with sorting and labeling and can even launch applications or files. Users can select from over a dozen built-in sounds. Fall asleep to your music, as well as gradually fade out the music volume and screen brightness.
Awaken 5 is available now in the Mac App Store for US$9.99. It requires Mac OS X 10.6.6. If you'd like Awaken to wake and power on your Mac at alarm time, download the free AwakenHelper app from Embraceware online (http://www.embraceware.com/awaken/).
Adobe's DNG Converter to go Intel Macs only with version 6....
The upcoming version 6.4 of Adobe's DNG Converter will be the last to run on PowerPC Macs, Lightroom product manager Tom Hogarty writes in a blog post (http://macte.ch/GrO5G).
DNG Converter is a free, standalone application that's able to convert over 300 proprietary raw formats to the openly documented DNG file format. When a new proprietary raw file format is released, essentially every new camera model with raw capability, Adobe needs to update the DNG Converter so that it’s able to convert that proprietary format to the DNG format.
"The PowerPC(PPC) Mac systems, commonly referred to as G4 or G5 systems, represent a significantly different platform than the Intel-based solutions Apple started offering in January of 2006," writes Hogarty. "Due to the differences in software development environments, Photoshop CS5 and Lightroom 3 both dropped support for PowerPC systems in 2010. However, we’ve extended PowerPC support for the DNG Converter into 2011 in order to ensure that...
Native Instruments releases Maschine1.6
Native Instruments (http://www.native-Instruments.com) has released Maschine1.6, a free update of its computer-based music production system. With the addition of plug-in hosting for Instruments and effects, the new version expands the scope and functionality of the system.
Maschine1.6 also includes a free download of the new Komplete Elements bundle, and adds a other new features for studio production and live performance. With added support for VST and AU plug-ins, Maschine1.6 widens its creative possibilities, turning the system into a full-featured instrument host, according to the folks at Native Instruments.
Both the whole range of Komplete Instruments as well as all third-party Instruments and effects can now be used directly in Maschine, complementing its integrated sampler and FX features. Due to an "Auto-Mapping" function, plug-in parameters are pre-assigned to the high-resolution knobs on the Maschine controller, allowing for sound tweaking directly from the hardware....
WWDC Sold Out
If you didn't already purchase your ticket for Apple's Worldwide Developer Conference, it's sold out (on the same day as it was announced).
Sprint opposes AT&T's proposed acquisition of T-Mobile
Sprint Nextel (http://www.spring.com), the US’s third largest wireless provider, has announced its opposition to AT&T’s proposed $39 billion takeover of T-Mobile USA.
The transaction, which requires the approval of the Department of Justice and the Federal Communications Commission, and will likely spark a host of hearings in the U.S. Congress, would reverse nearly three decades of actions by the U.S. government and the courts that modernized and opened U.S. communications markets to competition, says Sprint. The wireless industry has sparked unprecedented levels of competition, innovation, job creation and investment for the American economy, all of which could be undone by this transaction, the company adds.
In a statement, Sprint said: "AT&T and Verizon are already by far the largest wireless providers. If approved, the proposed acquisition would create a combined company that would be almost three times the size of Sprint in terms of wireless revenue and would entrench AT...
Apple Worldwide Developers Conference to Kick Off June 6
Apple will hold its annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) June 6 through June 10 at San Francisco’s Moscone West. At this year’s five-day conference Apple will unveil the future of iOS and Mac OS, including demonstrations of the new kinds of apps that developers can build using Apple’s advanced frameworks and more than 100 technical sessions presented by Apple engineers.
In a press release, Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing. said, "If you are an iOS or Mac OS X software developer, this is the event that you do not want to miss.”
Mobile developers will be able to explore the latest innovations and capabilities of iOS and learn how to greatly enhance the functionality, performance and design of their apps. Mac developers will see and learn how to develop Mac OS X Lion applications using its latest technologies and capabilities. Developers can even bring their code to the labs and work with Apple engineers, applying development...
ECS ICT to distribute the iPad in Malaysia
ECS ICT Bhd, a Malaysian distributor of computer-related products, has been awarded distribution rights for the iPad in the Southeast Asian nation, reports the "Business Times" (http://macte.ch/GXomA).
The appointment will start in April, the company said in a statement. ECS currently distributes other Apple products such as the MacBook notebooks and iPod.
iPad 2 in short supply in Britain
The iPad 2 is in short supply in Britain, days after hundreds of folks lined up outside Apple stores across the country to get their hands on the new tablet computer, reports "The Telegraph" (http://macte.ch/6gUkF).
Apple could not confirm that the iPad 2 is out of stock nationwide because there might be limited supplies at certain stores. However, none of the Apple stores that "The Telegraph" called Monday morning had any in stock.
In a statement, Apple said: “Demand for the next generation iPad 2 has been amazing. We are working hard to get iPad 2 into the hands of every customer who wants one as quickly as possible.”
Afflicted Chinese workers say they're still awaiting Apple...
A group of Chinese workers who were poisoned while manufacturing iPhones say Apple and its supplier have yet to provide for the additional medical treatment they need, reports "PC World" (http://macte.ch/JBOnx).
In 2009, 137 workers at an Apple supplier factory in Suzhou, China were exposed to n-hexane, a chemical cleaning agent. Apple has said the workers have been all successfully treated since the incident occurred. But a group of remaining workers at the factory say their health is worsening and that Apple has yet to do anything to help them, according to "PC World."
The workers have even sent an e-mail message to Apple CEO Steve Jobs asking him to intervene, the article adds. It the third e-mail the workers have sent.
Radio Shack to carry the iPad 2
Starting Tuesday, some RadioShack stores in the U.S. will begin selling the iPad 2, reports "AppleInsider" (http://www.appleinsider.com), which says the second gen Apple tablet will be available at 500 RadioShack stores Tuesday.
A corporate memo scarce on details only reveals that the chosen stores have already been informed they will receive the device for sale, the article adds. People "familiar with the matter" told "AppleInsider" that the deal to sell the iPad 2 at RadioShack was only finalized within the last few days.
NCP releases its centrally managed VPN Client Suite for Mac OS X
NCP engineering has released its centrally managed IPsec VPN Client for Mac OS X 10.5 and higher. Mobile employees using Mac OS X are now able to access the company network remotely.
The NCP Secure Enterprise Management System monitors and controls the fully automatic remote access VPN. NCP's VPN client offers an integrated personal firewall and NCP's VPN Path Finder Technology. On top of that, it supports strong authentication as well as "FIPS inside."
The NCP Secure Enterprise Management software is the virtual private network's "single point of administration" -- this means -- combined with NCP’s VPN client suite -- it offers all features and automatisms for rollout, as well as for certificate, change and security management. In addition, various network access control features monitor network access of the end devices.
NCP’s Secure Enterprise Mac client can be managed centrally. The central remote access management also controls the integrated, dynamic personal firewall. "...
Security Camera comes to the Mac App Store
The Alice Dev Team has released Security Camera on the Mac App Store. It requires Mac OS X 10.6 or higher and costs US$2.99.
The application’s purpose is quite simple. It snaps a picture of everyone who wakes the computer up, and archives these photos with a date and time stamp.
Intel announces third-gen SSD series
Intel (http://www.intel.com) has announced its third-generation solid-state drive (SSD): the Intel Solid-State Drive 320 Series (Intel SSD 320 Series). Based on its 25-nanometer (nm) NAND flash memory, the Intel SSD 320 replaces and builds on its Intel X25-M SATA SSD.
The new Intel SSD 320 offers new higher capacity models, while taking advantage of cost benefits from its 25nm process with an up to 30% price reduction over its current generation, says Pete Hazen, director of marketing for the Intel Non-Volatile Memory (NVM) Solutions Group.
The Intel SSD 320 is the next generation of Intel’s client product line for use on desktop and notebook computers. It's targeted for mainstream consumers, corporate IT or computer enthusiasts who would like a substantial performance boost over conventional mechanical hard disk drives (HDDs), says Hazen.
The Intel SSD 320 Series comes in 40GB, 80GB, 120GB, 160GB and new higher capacity 300GB and 600GB versions. It uses the 3 gigabit-per-second (...
Fourth iPhone Developers Conference announced
On April 9-10, Pearson will host the fourth Voices That Matter: iPhone Developers Conference, at Seattle’s Bell Harbor Int’l Conference Center. The conference will be led by industry authors and experts sharing their knowledge and participating in discussions, how-to sessions, and networking opportunities around the topic of application development.
The new iPad 2 will be an integral part of conference activities. Developers will reinforce skills, discover emerging trends, and connect with some of the biggest names in the industry, as they teach attendees how to create effective user interfaces, utilizing exciting design and the latest technology, for the iPhone, iPad, or both.
The conference is designed for: iPhone and iPad developers; long-time Mac developers wanting to leverage their existing skills; GUI designers; UX experts; and mobile application specialists.
Speakers and conference chair members include Pearson authors Erica Sadun, The iPhone Developer’s Cookbook, Second...
Time Bomb blasts onto Mac OS X
iLifeTouch (http://ilifetouch.com/) has introduced Time Bomb 1.0, a new way of keeping time on Mac OS X (10.6.6 or later). It costs US$1.99 and is available at the Mac App Store in the Utilities category.
With Time Bomb, you set an alarm or countdown timer. The app counts down to the last minute and "explodes" to wake you up or notify you of an important event. The app sports several customizable features.
The Mother Bomb that acts as a command central. Up to eight separate "mini bombs" can be set simultaneously; all can be color coded.
eggPlant offs a mobile testing solution
There's a rush in the mobile applications market. The market will reach 17.7 billion downloads in 2011, a 117% increase from an estimated 8.2 billion downloads in 2010.
Worldwide mobile application store revenue is projected to surpass US$15.1 billion in 2011, both from end users buying applications and applications themselves generating advertising revenue for their developers. This is a 190% increase from 2010 revenue of $5.2 billion, according to the Garter research group.
This rapid growth is driven by the concept of instant access to web browsing, email, document viewing, messaging etc. Everything on the fly. Welcome to Generation Facebook.
This growth is bringing with it a massive challenge of releasing stable apps that are robust when accessed from multiple mobile devices, across global telecom networks and locations. If you add multiple releases to this rich Internet applications (RIA) whether they're HTML5/Flash, developers have on their hands a complex, time consuming,...
Email Stats is email monitoring tool for the Mac
JBMJBM has released eMail Stats 1.0 (http://www.jbmjbm.com/emailstats.html) for Mac OS X 10.6 or higher. The app monitors your daily, weekly, monthly, and yearly email usage. It costs US$1.99 and is available through the Mac App Store in the Utilities category.
If you ever wonder how many emails you have been sending or receiving, this app can tell you. As a matter of fact, it has your email statistics for the day, previous day, week, month, and the year and all from your Mac Menu Bar.
Destination: Treasure Island Lite comes to the Mac App Store
Coladia (http://www.coladia.com) says Destination: Treasure Island Lite -- inspired by the Robert Louis Stevenson's novel "Treasure Island" -- is now available on the Mac App Store. It requires Mac OS X 10.6.6 or higher, is free and can be found in the Games category.
Here's how the game is described: "Destination: Treasure Island is a Point and Click adventure game, with pristine photo-realistic graphics and environments, inspired by the Robert Louis Stevenson's novel, Treasure Island. With a unique interactive inventory using object combinations and a new system of knot puzzles, users will have to resolve dozens of fascinating enigmas. In a highly colored varied and exotic environment.
"With a unique interactive inventory using object combinations and a new system of knot puzzles, users will have to resolve dozens of fascinating enigmas. In a highly coloured varied and exotic environment, they'll play Jim Hawkins, the hero, to reach the treasure that Long John Silver hide on Emerald...
Aquafadas starts pre-release of digital publishing software
Aquafadas is making its digital publishing solution publicly available through a pre-release program. Aquafadas digital publishing tools can be requested at www.aquafadas.comen/publishing/tryitforyourself/ .
Aquafadas’ tools enable you to publish interactive documents on the iPad, iPhone, and Android-based tablets and smartphones. It supports magazines, newspapers, book publishers, communication agencies, and corporations as well as individual designers.
Aquafadas’ AVE App Factory allows generating Apps for iPad and Android tablets without requiring programming skills. Plug-ins for Adobe InDesign and QuarkXPress XTensions enable designers to create digital publications without coding.
AVE App Factory as well as the plug-ins and XTensions can be used for free. A fee is applied only when apps and content are published. Aquafadas says its Publisher Portal makes it easy to manage distribution and complements App Stores and publishers own storefronts with sales analytics.
'Take Control of Media on Your iPad, Second Edition'...
Jeff Carlson's new ebook, "Take Control of Media on Your iPad, Second Edition," takes readers way beyond the basics with a full discussion of using media on the iPad or iPad 2.
He covers the basics, so new iPad users can get up to speed quickly. For those who want to go further, Carlson expands their media universe, helping them explore a variety of options, whether they want to read ebooks, enjoy music or audiobooks, watch video, or view photos. The ebook is also designed to help readers integrate their iPad with an Apple TV, and it has tips that will help iPad 2 owners take better photos with that device's cameras.
The 158-page ebook is available in PDF format for US$15 at http://www.takecontrolbooks.com/ipad-media. After purchase, readers can also download the ebook in EPUB format.
ProAnimator 5 adds multiprocessing support, more
ZaxWerks (http://www.zaxwerks.com) has updated ProAnimator, US$649 software for creating 3D animations, to version 5.0. It works with Adobe After Effects CS3 and CS 4.
ProAnimator works as both a standalone app and a plug-in for After Effects. If you're on a Mac, it is not yet compatible with After Effects CS5; however, the standalone version will create movies that CS5 an use, so you’re not really out of the running. Highlights of version 5 include:
° Multiprocessing -- ProAnimator will now use every core on your system to render much faster than before.
° And integrated drawing window -- All 3D objects have to be modeled. As you draw, the 3D model is created for you, on the fly. As you edit the 2D paths the 3D objects are re-built in real time. If you draw one path inside of another path the program knows what to do. The Auto-
° Live text editing -- You can edit the Bezier curves of text characters without having to convert them to paths.
° Warping -- Warping has been built...
Patterno for Mac OS X revved to version 2.0
Applications for Life Company has announced Patterno 2.0 (http://www.appsforlife.com/products/patterno/), an update to the utility that creates background images and tiled patterns for Mac OS X.
Patterno creates stripes, mosaics, tiled patterns and much more. Even the complex bokeh-like effect can be created with just a few mouse clicks, according to the folks at Applications for Life. It's designed for business and post cards design, book covers design and many other graphics areas where the eye-catching image is essential.
Patterno comes with more than 50 templates to start from. It provides "generators" that can be configured to create various effects. All the configuration is done by the small number of sliders.
Patterno features a real-time preview and doesn't require Adobe Photoshop or any other software to run. It costs US$30 and requires Mac OS X 10.6 ("Snow Leopard"). A demo version is available for download.
ShareTool for Mac OS X updated to version 2.2
Yazsoft has updated ShareTool (http://www.yazsoft.com/st/) for Mac OS X, which lets you access all of your Bonjour services from anywhere in the world, to version 2.2. It's a maintenance release with bug fixes and tweaks. Also, the demo period has been reset for all users.
Formerly known as Rendezvous, Bonjour lets you create an instant network of computers and smart devices by getting them connected to each other. ShareTool automatically configures routers supporting NAT-PMP or UPnP. Remote services automatically appear in the Finder, iTunes, and other applications.
ShareTool 2.2 costs US$15 for a single license, $25 for a two-user license and $45 for a family pack (five licenses). Users that purchased ShareTool 1.x from April 13 to May 13, 2010 are entitled to a free 2.x upgrade.
Also, with every ShareTools purchase you get two freebies: the Attachments Menu and Unblunder. The Attachments Menu indexes all Apple Mail messages that contain attachments and puts them in an organized,...
Apple releases iOS 4.3.1
Apple has released iOS 4.3.1. The update contains improvements and other bug fixes including:
° Fixes an occasional graphics glitch on iPod touch (4th generation);
° Resolves bugs related to activating and connecting to some cellular networks;
° Fixes image flicker when using Apple Digital AV Adapter with some TVs;
° Resolves an issue authenticating with some enterprise web services
iOS 4.3.1 is recommended for the GSM iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, iPad 2, iPad, and the third- and fourth-generation iPod touch. No update is available for the CDMA iPhone running on Verizon.
And the winner is ... Apple -- or Kodak?
And the latest victor in the Kodak vs. Apple/RIM battle is Kodak. Or perhaps it's Apple. There are conflicting reports about the latest even in the legal brouhaha.
Eastman Kodak won the latest round in its patent dispute with Apple and Research in Motion, a victory with the potential to generate more than US$1 billion in new licensing revenue for the camera company, reports "Bloomberg" (http://macte.ch/ucKnT).
Kodak rose as much as 21% in late trading after the U.S. International Trade Commission said it will review a judge’s findings from January that Apple’s iPhone and RIM’s BlackBerry don’t violate Kodak’s patent on a way to preview digital images using less processing power and storage space, the article adds. The ITC, which can block imports of products that violate U.S. patents, plans to make a final determination by May 23.
However, "Reuters" (http://macte.ch/IC1em) says that it was Apple that won the victory as the U.S. trade panel ruled that the Apple didn't violate any of...
Hide Files app released on the Mac App Store
JBMJBM has released Hide Files (http://www.jbmjbm.com/hidefiles.html) for Mac OS X 10.6 or higher. It's available for US$2.99 in teh Mac App Store in the Utilities category.
Hide Files is a program for the Mac that protects documents and folders from others viewing, modifying, or y deleting. It's as easy as dragging the file or folder into the app and clicking Hide, instantly those files/folders and all their contents are concealed. There are options to enable password protection of hiding, which ultimately removes access.
This is a standard and simple way to make files/folders on the Mac operating system invisible. If you need advanced levels of protecting your data, there are other ways to accomplish this including Mac OS X FileVault and various other removable media types.
MacTech Conference coming to LA in November
MacTech Magazine will be holding the MacTech Conference for IT Pros and Mac developers, Nov. 2-4, in Los Angeles. Early Bird Registration is now open for the three-day, information-packed event, which will have sessions and activities throughout the day and evening.
This immersion conference is hotel-based, giving attendees the opportunity to not only learn from the best, but get to meet new people and spend time with their peers and industry leaders.
"With the incredible success of MacTech Conference 2010, attendees made it clear to us how much they liked our format, our content, and our hospitality. MacTech has always been here to serve the community, and MacTech Conference and MacTech Boot Camp events extend that concept," says Neil Ticktin, editor-in-chief/publisher, MacTech Magazine. "In both the IT and developer communities, bonding with peers is among the top requests, and the MacTech Conference will be built to serve those wishes from the beginning."
"The whole idea of the...
Analyst thinks Apple is working on a Smart TV
Analyst Katy Huberty of Morgan Stanley told clients in a note -- as reported by "AppleInsider" (http://www.appleinsider.com) that the firm's "checks in Asia suggest Apple is working on a Smart TV prototype."
He speculated that a Smart TV could be an opportunity for Apple to consolidate "TV/Video content, gaming, DVR, as well as other features like apps and FaceTime into one product," much like the company did with its strategy for the iPad. It's a position that Piper Jaffray Gene Munster has also espoused.
However, this seemingly goes against a report that Apple is considering allowing TV makers to build its AirPlay media-sharing protocol into their sets, according to a "Bloomberg" (http://macte.ch/i3UoT) report last week. AirPlay is a feature for streaming music, video and photos wirelessly from an 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...
Kodak CEO: win over Apple, RIM would mean $1 billion in revenue
Eastman Kodak CEO Antonio Perez says a victory for his company in its patent fight with Apple and RIM may add more than US$1 billion in revenue from royalty payments, reports "Bloomberg" (http://macte.ch/3jonI).
Of course, Kodak hasn't won the legal battle yet. Perez just thinks his company "deserves to win."
A decision is scheduled for about 5 p.m. Washington time today on whether the U.S. International Trade Commission will review a judge’s findings from January that Apple’s iPhone and RIM’s BlackBerry don’t violate Kodak’s patent on an image- preview feature in camera phones. Opening a review would revive Kodak’s effort to extract compensation from Apple and RIM, notes "Bloomberg."
However, in January, the U.S. International Trade Commission ruled that the action brought by Kodak against Apple and RIM is invalid and not infringed. Kodak pressed on nevertheless, arguing that all the digital cameras in these consumer electronic devices and smartphones were infringing Kodak’s patent...
Hercules rolls out XPS Diamond 2.0 UBS speakers
Hercules (http://www.hercules.com), a digital audio specialist, is expanding its XPS multimedia speaker line with the XPS Diamond 2.0 USB Speakers, which are designed for women who want to add a touch of “glam” to their computer and who are looking for a compact accessory.
The fully USB connection means that both the power supply and audio signals are carried via the kit’s single USB cable. The XPS Diamond comes with a wired miniature remote for volume control.
The satellites’ compact measurements -- just 3.5 inches in diameter -- and the included black velvet carrying pouch (featuring separate compartments) are designed for portability. The XPS Diamond will be available next month at a suggested retail price of US$39.99.
Product Builder helps developers create apps for the Mac App...
Tension Software has released of Product Builder 1.0 (http://macte.ch/MkLkm), software that allows software developers to create packages ready to be transmitted using the Application Loader (from Apple and included with the Developer tools) to the Mac App Store.
It allows developers to correctly submit application with spaces in the application name (you can't do it directly via XCode). With Product Builder, developers can code sign correctly the application before building.
After inserting the correct setup one time only, to create a package the user just needs to launch Product Builder and drag and drop the application to submit on the Product Builder window. A standard Help and PDF User Guide is included.
Product Builder requires an Intel-based Mac running Mac OS X 10.6.6 or higher. It's available at the Mac App Store for US$5.99.
Price for Product Builder is US$ 5.99 (available only at the Apple Mac App Store at lower launch price at this time)
Macgamestore releases Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell Conviction
Macgamestore (http://www.Macgamestore.com) says UbiSoft's Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell Conviction is now available as a digital download through its web site. It requires Mac OS X 10.6 or higher and costs US$19.99. Or you can get a deluxe edition that includes the standard version plus an Infiltration Mode and three bonus weapons for $24.99.
Here's how Splinter Cell Conviction is described: "An investigation into his daughter's death unwittingly leads former agent Sam Fisher to discover he's been betrayed by his prior agency, the Third Echelon. Now a renegade, Fisher finds himself in a race against time to thwart a deadly terrorist plot that threatens millions.
"Uniting revolutionary gameplay enhancements with a high-octane, no-holds-barred storyline, Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell Conviction arms you to the teeth with all the high-tech weaponry and lethal skills of an elite operative and invites you to enter a dangerous world where justice means making your own rules."
Macware releases Logo Design Studio Pro in the Mac App Store
Macware (http://www.macwareinc.com) has released Logo Design Studio Pro in Apple's Mac App Store. It's being offered for US$39.99 for a limited time; it's normally $59.99.
Logo Design Studio Pro is a full-fledged vector illustration and drawing application that allows you to design and use professional business logos and graphics. It comes with over 1,000 pre-designed logo templates, over 2,800 editable vector graphics, over 500 background textures, over 500 taglines and slogans and 15 commercial use fonts.
Other features include: a knife tool to slice graphics on the canvas; an eraser tool to remove parts of graphics, a blend tool to create 3D tunnel effects and unique shapes, a component Library to save and reuse new graphics you create and an object browser that includes special one-click filters.
Big Bang -- Cinematic Percussion is new virtual instrument
Big Bang -- Cinematic Percussion is new virtual instrument
SoniVox (http://www.SoniVoxmi.com) has released their latest virtual instrument: Big Bang -- Cinematic Percussion (US$299.99) for Mac and PC systems. It features over 12GB of more than 200 instrument presets all designed by SoniVox’s sound designers to deliver explosive sounding drums and percussion.
An integral part of Big Bang -- Cinematic Percussion is a new technology called Intelligent Rhythm Control, or IRC. Intelligent Rhythm Control Technology is a new concept in music production that offers real-time rhythm correction for maximizing in-time musical performance, according to the folks at SoniVox.
I.R.C., intercepts and adjusts MIDI events as they occur, integrating each note into the host timeline and enabling users to create drum and percussion tracks with fluidity and ease, they add. Big Bang is compatible with any MIDI controller.
Other features include: Independent Zone (per-drum) Tempo-Synched Variable Resolution...
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.