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.
MacTech Conference 2011: Special post-event presentation added
MacTech Conference for Apple Developers and IT Pros, Nov, 2-4, 2011 in Los Angeles, has announced both its evening activities as well as a special post-event presentation by Code 42 Software about evaluating and deploying Enterprise backup, and giving the first public look to their next major release.
Keynote speaker Guy Kawasaki will open MacTech Conference 2011: a three-day, information-packed event that will have sessions and newly announced 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 -- as well as see information and products they cannot see elsewhere. Information about the conference is at (http://www.mactech.com/conference)
Right after the close of the conference, codefortytwo software (a Platinum sponsor for MacTech Conference 2011) will be making a special presentation on-site. All conference attendees are...
Apple is planning private celebration of Jobs' life
Apple is planning a private celebration of Steve Jobs' life, according to "MacGeneration" (http://www.macgeneration.com). The site says CEO Tim Cook has sent the following email to Apple employees:
"Like many of you, I have experienced the saddest days of my lifetime and shed many tears during the past week. But I've found some comfort in the extraordinary number of tributes and condolences from people all over the world who were touched by Steve and his genius. And I've found comfort in both telling and listening to stories about Steve.
Although many of our hearts are still heavy, we are planning a celebration of his life for Apple employees to take time to remember the incredible things Steve achieved in his life and the many ways he made our world a better place. The celebration will be held on Wednesday, October 19, at 10am in the outdoor amphitheater on the Infinite Loop campus. We'll have more details on AppleWeb closer to the date, including arrangements for employees outside...
Analyst: iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS selling well
In a note to clients -- as reported by "AppleInsider" (http://www.appleinsider.com) -- Canaccord Genuity analyst T. Michael Walkley says that, based on a series of checkes with US carriers, the iPhone 4 and iPhone 3GS phones are hot sellers despite the iPhone 4S getting all the attention.
When the iPhone 4S was unveiled last week, Apple announced it would sell a new 8GB version of the iPhone 4 for $99, while the iPhone 3GS would be free with a two-year contract. Both AT&T and Verizon lowered the prices of their 16GB and 32GB iPhone 4 models to US$150 and $200, respectively.
iPhone 4S pre-orders top one million in first 24 hours
Chalk up another winner for Apple. The company says pre-orders of its iPhone 4S have topped one million in a single day, surpassing the previous single day pre-order record of 600,000 held by the iPhone 4.
"We are blown away with the incredible customer response to iPhone 4S," says Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing. "The first day pre-orders for iPhone 4S have been the most for any new product that Apple has ever launched and we are thrilled that customers love iPhone 4S as much as we do."
The iPhone 4S will be available at all 245 Apple retail stores in the US beginning at 8 a.m. local time on Friday, Oct.14. Every customer who buys an iPhone 4S at an Apple retail store will be offered free Personal Setup service, helping them customize their iPhone 4S by setting up email, showing them new apps from the Apple App Store and more.
The iPhone 4S comes in either black or white and will be available in the US for a suggested retail price of $199...
Netflix apologies again; won't spin off DVD division
Netflix (http://www.netflix.com) has reversed course and says it won't rename its DVD-by-mail service, as previously announced. Members will continue to go to the Netflix web site for both unlimited streaming and unlimited DVDs.
Netflix said in a Sept. 18 blog post that its DVD-by-mail service would operate at Qwikster.com. Instead, U.S. members will continue to use one website, one account and one password for their movie and TV watching enjoyment under the Netflix brand.
"Consumers value the simplicity Netflix has always offered and we respect that," says Netflix co-founder and CEO Reed Hastings. "There is a difference between moving quickly -- which Netflix has done very well for years -- and moving too fast, which is what we did in this case."
In July Netflix ditched its US$9.99 monthly unlimited DVD-rental and streaming combination plan. The company separated DVD and streaming services into two separate plans, each priced at $7.99. A combo plan was announced, but at an increased...
iPhone 4S looking to break sales records
AT&T sold more than 200,000 the iPhone 4S in the first 12 hours and said it had seen "extraordinary demand," reports "Reuters" (http://macte.ch/XB19N).
The latest version of the smartphone was unveiled Oct. 4 and is available for pre-order only. It officially goes on sale Friday, Oct. 14.
The previous generation of the smartphone, the iPhone 4, was the fastest-selling mobile in Apple's history, with 1.7 million devices selling in the first three days. However, unlike then, the new iPhone 4S is now also available on Verizon and Sprint in the U.S.
Balloon Animals 3D floats onto the Mac App Store
Learn2Make has announced a new Mac OS X app, Balloon Animals (http://learn2make.com/balloon-animals-mac/), and is giving away the first 1,000 copies. Once the 1,000 downloads have been reached, the app will return to its normal price of US$2.99.
Balloon Animals 3D teaches users how to make balloon animals step-by-step with 3D animations. The user can zoom and rotate the balloons at any time. There are easy, medium and difficult shapes.
Balloon Animals 3D includes instructions for twisting 10 different animals and shapes from balloons. It also includes instructions for making the five most basic twists in balloon twisting.
Balloon Animals 3D requires Mac OS X 10.6.6 or later. It's available worldwide exclusively through the Mac App Store in the Education Category.
Manuscript is new writing solution for Mac OS X
Black Mana Studios (http://www.blackmana.com) has introduced Manuscript 1.0, an app that encourages creativity by working through a logical process of steps. It requires Mac OS X 10.6 or later, costs US$39.99, and is aavailable worldwide through the Mac App Store in the Productivity category.
Manuscript is designed to be a complete writing solution that takes you from a story idea to a complete ebook novel, ready to be sold on Apple's iBookstore and Amazon's Kindle stores. Its writing steps take you from pitch to publication.
Manuscript for Mac will help you organize your plot lines, keep track of your characters, and give you the tools to get your thoughts flowing straight to paper, without delay, according to the folks at Black Mana Studios. When your manuscript is complete, it allows you to export your work into a number of formats including Word, PDF, and the popular eBook format ePub.
GarageTunes is new collaborative music app for OS X
Iwascoding has released GarageTunes (http://www.iwascoding.com/GarageTunes/), a collaborative music player application
for Mac OS X 10.6 and higher. It's available at the Mac App Store for an introductory price of US$4.99..
According to the folks at iwascoding, GarageTunes finds all the music files on connected hard drives without the need to maintain a special library or pointing it to a certain directory. Plus, it shows all music files on other Macs running GarageTunes in the same network in a single view. Finally, any Macs on the local network can be instructed to play songs stored on any other Mac running GarageTunes.
Finale 2012 adds new ScoreManager, more
MakeMusic has released Finale 2012 (http://www.finalemusic.com/default.aspx), a new version of the Mac OS X music notation software that lets you create, publish and share music.
The new release introduces ScoreManager, which intelligently controls the way music looks and sounds, according to Karen van Lith, MakeMusic president and CEO. Finale 2012 also includes Unicode font support, additional Garritan sounds, and several advances facilitating greater collaboration.
Finale 2012 costs US$600 for new customers ($350 for academic users). A site license for five or more users is $150 per seat.
Third Rail System available for the iPhone 4S
Now for the iPhone 4 and 4S (and subsequent phones by simply swapping out the Smart Case), the US$89.99 Third Rail System (http://www.ThirdRailMobility.com) is purportedly the world’s thinnest battery-enabled protective case that allows you to add extra power when you need it, and remove it when you don’t.
Initially for the iPhone 4, and compatible with both GSM and CDMA models, the Third Rail System is comprised of a protective case (Slim Case) and a universal, removable battery (Smart Battery). The super lightweight Smart Battery slides on to the Slim Case when power is needed, and can also serve as a stand-alone universal charger for other devices (via micro USB).
Functioning as a protective case, a power case, a portable external charger and a power hub for charging multiple devices at one time, this universal power system replaces all existing charging accessories.
Fantasy Football app kicks onto the Mac App Store
Marvel Apps has introduced Fantasy Football 1.0 (http://www.marvelapps.com/) for Mac OS X (10.6 and higher). It costs US$1.99 and is available worldwide exclusively through the Mac App Store in the Sports category
The sports app provides Pro Football Fantasy trends and is designed to help the user optimize his line-up to win his league. Fantasy Football is designed to be placed adjacent to your web browser to maximize screen real estate and make critical adds and drops from your fantasy team.
You can scroll up and down to help you make decisions. Fantasy Football 1.0 lets you review the top starters, top adds, top owned, top dropped and injuries.
Hydra photography software ready for Lion
Hydra -- Mac OS X software that gives human eye perception to photography by creating high dynamic range (HDR) images from a series of regular photographies -- has been updated to version 3.0. The upgrade is compatible with Mac OS X 10.7 ("Lion").
Hydra 3 also adds an optimized powerful Tone mapper with 12 presets, ghost artifact removal, an image crop feature and the ability to export to Twitter, Facebook, Flickr, Lightroom, Aperture, Mail. The Pro version also adds scope-based image processing (color, brightness, and distance tolerance) and batch processing.
Hydra can create HDR images either from DSLRs or traditional point-and-shoot cameras, according to Raphael Sebbe of Creaceed. The software uses a number of regular photographies with different expositions (darker and lighter photos) to create a superior one which is much closer to what one's eye can see, he adds. This image is also known as a high dynamic range, or HDR, image because a single photography can't represent the...
Apple's Dave Marra to appear at next MacBUS meeting
The next meeting of The Macintosh Business Users Society of Greater Philadelphia (http://www.macbus.org/) will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 25, at 6:30 pm.
This month's meeting will feature Dave Marra, senior systems engineer for Apple. He'll discuss and demo IOS 5, iCloud, new apps, the new iPod touch, the iPhone 4S and Mac OS X 10.7 ("Lion").
A general Mac troubleshooting Q&A session will also be held. Attendees are encouraged to bring questions and invite friends or coworkers who may find the meeting beneficial.
MacBUS was the first user group in the United States to focus on the business and professional uses of the Macintosh operating system. The group of approximately 75 members meets this month at:
Giant Food Store
315 York Road 2nd Floor Conference room
Willow Grove, Pennsylvania 19090
Meetings are usually held on the last Tuesday evening of each calendar month. To inquire about presenting, or to suggest a meeting topic, please contact the MacBUS board at macbusboard@gmail....
'Learn -- Lion Edition' available from TheMacU.com
Now available at TheMacU.com and the Mac App Store, "Learn -- Lion Edition" is an app from with over 80 HD training videos. This course covers all the basics of Mac OS X 10.7 ("Lion") along with some more advanced content.
The course looks at ways to perform basic file and folder navigation to how to best use applications like iCal, Mail, Safari, iTunes and Address Book. Each video is presented in HD video at 1280x720 resolution. Go to http://www.TheMacU.com to learn more and view several free sample lessons. You can download Learn -- Lion Edition for US$6.99.
Taco HTML Edit 3 adds Lion features, more
Taco Software (http://tacosw.com/) has released Taco HTML Edit 3, the latest edition of its HTML and PHP editor for Mac OS X. For Mac OS X 10.7 ("Lion") users, the upgrade adds support for Autosave, Versions, Resume, and Full Screen.
With Autosave, documents are automatically saved while they are edited; it's no longer necessary to manually save documents. Versions complements Autosave by allowing users to view and restore previous versions of a document.
Default Folder for Mac OS X gets Typinator support
St. Clair Software has updated Default Folder (http://www.stclairsoft.com/DefaultFolderX/index.html), its utility for enhancing Open and Save dialogs in Mac OS X, to version 4.6. The upgrade addresses compatibility issues with Mac OS 10.6 and 10.7 and adds support for Typinator.
Default Folder X 4.6 is a free update for registered users of version 4.x. The upgrade is US$14.95 for users who bought their copies before June 1, 2007. Default Folder X costs $34.95 for a new license. Installers are available now in English and German and will be released shortly in Japanese, French, and Danish.
Convert InDesign CS5.5 To Quark 9 with Markzware ID2Q 6
Markzware has announced ID2Q 6, an update to its Quark XTension for Mac OS X and Windows.
ID2Q 6 enables design professionals to convert InDesign CS5.5 to Quark 9 content, while preserving the elements and formatting of the original QuarkXPress document, including page positioning, color models, fonts and styles, images and more. Once installed, to convert InDesign, select "convert InDesign document" from the QuarkXPress Utilities menu.
The software upgrade ID2Q 6 Quark Xtension is available at the ID2Q Store (http://markzware.com/products/id2q/) with pricing for new users starting at US$199 per single-user seat. It requires Mac OS X 10.5.8 or higher.
Marble Arena 2 rolling onto the Mac
Brightside Entertainment has announced the upcoming release of Marble Arena 2 (http://www.marble-arena.com/), their free, physics-based, 3D marble game for Mac, Windows and Linux systems. It will be released on Dec. 13.
Here's how the game is described: "Featuring vibrant HD graphics, fun and addictive gameplay, and an easy-to-use built-in editor for creating custom levels, Marble Arena 2 promises 50 mayhem filled levels. The game will test the player's rolling skills on several types of surfaces and make use of a multitude of physics contraptions in fun and sometimes headache inducing ways.
"Players will be pitted against sneaky A.I. controlled marbles in single player games, bent on getting in your way every chance they get, and against each other in multiplayer games of up to 32 participants. The game will offer players the possibility to upgrade their marble stats, and choose from a multitude of skins to completely personalize the experience. The built-in editor will allow easy...
Jobs laid to rest in private funeral
The funeral for Steve Jobs is taking place Friday, reports "The Wall Street Journal" (http://macte.ch/1eBR7), quoting an unnamed person familiar with the matter.
The funeral is characterized as a small private gathering, this person said. The person wouldn't say where or when the event was taking place, citing respect for Mr. Jobs and his family's privacy, says the "WSJ."
Color Splash Studio splashes onto the Mac
Color Splash Studio (http://www.macphun.com/colorsplash) is a new Mac app designed to offer let you create photos with selective colors. It requires Mac OS X 10.6 or later, costs US$0.99 (for a limited time) and is available at the Mac App Store in the Photography category.
Color Splash Studio offers a variety of adjustable parameters for color layer, including saturation, hues, exposure, brightness, contrast and blur. You can choose between grayscale and sepia for a monochrome layer.
Color Splash Studio has adjustable parameters for the amount of monochrome layer. There's a selective blur for both color and monochrome layers and a customizable brush that lets you adjust diameter, opacity and softness
Color Splash Studio integrates with Aperture and iPhoto albums. It supports most image formats -- including RAW files and resolutions of up to 32 megapixels -- and boasts built-in sharing via Facebook, Flickr, Twitter, Tumblr or email.
Google, Samsung cancel event in respect for Jobs
Google and Samsung have canceled an event planned for next week where the companies were supposed to announce the first smartphone based on Android "Ice Cream Sandwich," reports "AllThingsD" (http://macte.ch/VYvxE). The move was made in response to the death of Steve Jobs.
Sources told "AllThingsD" that the companies felt it was the wrong time to hold a launch event, as the world continues mourning Jobs.
"Samsung and Google have decided to postpone the Samsung Mobile Unpacked event during the CTIA in San Diego, previously scheduled for Oct. 11," Samsung said in a statement. "Under the current circumstances, both parties have agreed that this is not the appropriate time for the announcement of a new product."
Apple University to teach execs to think like Jobs
"The LA Times" (http://macte.ch/506vt) says one closely guarded project at Apple is an executive training program called Apple University that Steve Jobs considered vital to the company's future: teaching Apple executives to think like him.
"Steve was looking to his legacy," a former Apple executive who spoke anonymously told the newspaper. "The idea was to take what is unique about Apple and create a forum that can impart that DNA to future generations of Apple employees. No other company has a university charged with probing so deeply into the roots of what makes the company so successful."
The "Times" quotes "people familiar with the project" who say Jobs personally recruited the dean of Yale's Business School in 2008 to run it. Joel Podolny's assignment: help Apple internalize the thoughts of its visionary founder to prepare for the day when he's not around.
Apple's revenues will exceed $100 billion in five years
Apple's revenues will exceed US$100 billion in five years, according to "The Future of Apple" report from the Research and Markets (http://www.researchandmarkets.com) research group.
Since the turn of the century Apple evolved from a secondary computer company into the most potent force transforming media. It's the premiere digital media innovator as evidenced by the iPod, iPhone and, most recently, the iPad.
Basically each introduction defined a new product category or enabled an incipient one to cross the chasm into mass market acceptance, notes Research and Markets. More of the same is expected in the future, not only from products but also from transactional services, says the research group. Their report says that:
° Merely from existing product lines, Apple's revenues will exceed $100 billion in five years.
° Apple will introduce as yet unannounced products to address huge latent market opportunities in (1) the Digital Living Room and (2) media and transactional online services...
Teens want iPhones, iPads
The Piper Jaffray research group (http://www.piperjaffray.com) has completed its 22nd semi-annual “Taking Stock With Teens” survey, which indicates improving spending at the upper-income level and continued weakness for average-income teens. And it also bodes well for Apple.
Portable device spending continues to accelerate with 83% of teens reporting that they are likely to purchase a smartphone for their next device, up from 75% last fall and 81% in the spring. iOS gained market share on Android and it is the most desired operating system, with 36% of teens reporting that they are likely to buy an iOS device.
Thirty-eight percent of teens plan on buying an iPhone in the next six months, up from 33% one year ago. In the last year, iPhone market share among teens has risen from 14% to 23%. Twenty-nine percent of respondents own a tablet or have one in their household, and 22% expect to buy an iPad in next six months, which should benefit Apple given iPad’s dominant market position....
Tablets have 75% share of US ultra-mobile device shipments in...
Led by media tablets and more specifically Apple’s iPad 2, an estimated 37 million ultra-mobile devices (UMDs) will ship into the United States during 2011, according to ABI Research (http://www.abiresearch.com).
UMDs represent mobile computing devices on a continuum bordered by laptops and smartphones. The UMD category consists of four segments: ultra-mobile personal computers (UMPCs), mobile Internet devices (MIDs), netbooks, and media tablets.
The revenue value from vendor shipments of UMDs into US sales and distribution channels during 2015 is forecast to top US$24 billion, says ABI Research. About 75% of total UMD shipments in the US during 2011 are expected to be media tablets.
"While the near-term opportunity is all about media tablets, no UMD segment type has ever sustained a lead for longer than 36 months in any part of the world," says ABI Research group director Jeff Orr. "Is the next device trend beyond media tablets just around the corner?"
Netbooks continue to be an...
Sprint bringing unlimited data experience to the iPhone
Sprint has announced unlimited data pricing plans for the iPhone on the Sprint network beginning on Friday, Oct. 14.
New and existing customers can pre-order the iPhone 4S beginning on Friday, Oct. 7 at 12:01 am (Pacific). Beginning today, iPhone 4 with iOS 5 is available for US$99.99 through sprint.com/iphone.
'Our unlimited data plans are the perfect fit for iPhone customers," says Sprint CEO Dan Hesse. "Sprint’s unlimited data plans provide more value than metered plans from other carriers. Our customers can take advantage of the innovative features of iPhone without worrying about overage charges or surprises on their bill."
The iPhone 4S will be available from Sprint starting at US$199.99 for the 16GB model, $299.99 for the 32GB model and $399.99 for the 64GB model. The iPhone 4 will cost $99.99 for the 8GB model and is available now. These prices require a new-line activation or eligible upgrade and two-year agreement.
All iPhone models will be available to new and existing...
WD launches new wireless media player
Western Digital (http://www.wd.com) has introduced the next generation of its WD TV Live streaming media player, a Wi-Fi-enabled media player that delivers the Spotify music service.
WD TV Live features WD's newest user interface that delivers movies, TV shows, music and online services from companies like Netflix, Hulu Plus and Blockbuster directly to your TV. The new streaming media player connects to the Internet wirelessly or through an Ethernet connection, with the 802.11n wireless connectivity supporting Full-HD 1080p video resolution.
In addition to premium Internet content, WD TV Live allows users to enjoy personal media such as photos, video and music on their home entertainment systems by supporting a range of file formats for streaming content from any connected USB drive, digital camcorder or camera, network drive such as the My Book Live personal cloud storage, and any networked Mac or PC in the home.
Adding to the WD TV family's current content offerings from Netflix,...
Nuper is new blog subscription app for Mac OS X
Line Thirteen has released Nuper 1.0 (http://www.linethirteen.com/nuper/) for Mac OS X. It requires Mac OS X 10.6 or higher, costs US$4.99, and is available worldwide exclusively through the Mac App Store in the News category.
Nuper lets you subscribe to your favorite blogs and keep tabs on all the latest headlines. A single click on any entry opens a new browser window and loads the chosen site for you. Nuper lists your favorite sites based on the time they were most recently updated.
You can read articles on the original website as was intended by the author, not in the confines of a news reader. To subscribe to a blog, type in the address of the RSS feed and Nuper will automatically subscribe to it. Don't know the address of the RSS feed? Just type in the address of the blog itself and Nuper will figure out the RSS feed for you.
Hercules debuts XPS 2.9 computer speakers
Hercules (http://www.hercules.com), which specializes in digital DJ controllers and a digital audio specialist, has debuted XPS 2.0 30 DJ Club, a pair of compact computer speakers inspired by the professional PA systems used by DJs. It will be available next month for US$59.99.
The wide metal grate protecting the central driver and the speakers' contrasting lacquered and matte finish also highlight their DJ personality. The Hercules XPS 2.0 30 DJ Club offers a "DJ touch" for fans who want to listen to music in the comfort of their bedroom or studio.
To ensure bass restitution, the XPS 2.0 30 DJ Club speakers are fitted with a port on their front face. All connectivity features and controls are located on the right satellite's front face, offering access to volume and tone adjustment buttons. They also feature a headphone output and an auxiliary input to connect an MP3 player. In addition, this amplified speaker system delivers 10 Watt RMS output.
Crazy Machine comes to Macgamestore
Viva Media's Crazy Machine is now available at the Macgamestore (http://www.macgamestore.com) It requires Mac OS X 10.6 or higher and costs US$9.95.
Here's how the game is described: "Turn the crank, rotate the gears, push the levers, Use the catapult, explode it, or fly it. From grilling sausages with a pulley, gears, rubberbands and a candle to firing a cannon with a basketball, these wacky brain-teasers will light up your imagination with creative and addictive fun."
Crazy Machine has over 70 elements and 200-plus challenges. It also boasts 3D graphics and real time shadows.
Alien technology brings Android to Apple
Myriad Group AG (http://www.myriadgroup.com), which specializes in mobile technology, has unveiled Myriad Alien Dalvik 2.0, which will purportedly not only enable Android apps to run across non-Android smartphone platforms, but will now enable the Android ecosystem to be extended across multiple devices and screens such as tablets, e-books, TVs, automotives and even avionics.
Myriad will be showcasing Alien Dalvik 2.0 and its multi-screen strategy, demonstrating Android apps on an iPad for the first time at CTIA Enterprise & Applications 2011 next week.
"We have seen incredible momentum in Android adoption, but we are just scratching the surface," says Myriad Group CEO Simon Wilkinson. "Digital screens such as Internet-enabled TVs and in-vehicle displays, along with other consumer devices like tablets and e-books are proliferating at an astounding rate. Consumers are driving multimedia evolution and are demanding more converged multi-screen services. With Alien Dalvik 2.0, we are...
Wacom adds a splash of color to the Bamboo Stylus
Following the launch of its original Bamboo Stylus in April, Wacom (http://www.wacom.com) has announced its new range of colored pens matching Apple’s iPad Smart Covers.
Available in white, blue, green, orange and pink, the colored Bamboo Styluses are designed for note-taking, annotation, drawing, sketching and visual thinking. With the proven precision nib, Wacom now also offers exchangeable nibs to suit the usage needs of iPad owners.
Beside the soft standard nib, alternatives, such as more solid, robust nibs will soon be available on the market. The pen coating has a shiny, soft-touch finish.
Complementing the Stylus is Wacom’s Bamboo Paper app. The app, which is free of charge, is designed for realistic and intuitive note-taking and sketching. With the launch of Bamboo Paper’s free version, which is designed for desktop use with a Wacom tablet, all Paper notes can now be shared between an iPad, Mac and PC.
Available at Amazon and Wacom’s online store starting the final week of...