Korean portals unhappy with Apple, Google
Korean portals Naver and Daum are considering filing a complaint with the Fair Trade Commission against Apple and Google for allowing only Google and a few other chosen portals on their smartphones, reports "The Korea Herald" (http://macte.ch/tGyFC), quoting industry sources. Spokespeople at Naver and Daum said the complaints would most likely be filed this week.
Currently, Google, Yahoo and Bing are the only search engines carried by smartphones powered by iOS and Android operating systems. Naver and Daum believe the limited choice is unfair and boosted Google’s mobile market share up to 20% in Korea, which sharply contrasts with its 5% share in the online market, says "The Herald."
Harman unveils new JBL On Air Wireless AirPlay speaker dock
Harman International Industries has announced the new JBL On Air Wireless AirPlay speaker dock. With AirPlay technology built in, the JBL On Air Wireless lets you play music from your iTunes library on a Mac or a PC, and from an iPhone, iPad or iPod touch device over your existing Wi-Fi network.
Users will enjoy album artwork and song information on the bright color display, and can use the included remote control to play and pause music, as well as navigate to next and previous tracks, says David Slump, president, Harman Consumer Division. AirPlay requires iTunes 10.1 or later and iPhone, iPad or iPod touch with iOS 4.2 or later.
Three advanced JBL transducers deliver rich, full-spectrum sound uniformly across a wide-listening area, says Slump. Distinct stereo imaging is often less than ideal with desktop sound systems, but the JBL On Air Wireless dock’s unique HALO (horizontal acoustic level optimization) design delivers clean, powerful sound that JBL products are known for, he...
AJA releases 4K Mode for KONA 3G
At this weeks' NAB show in Las Vegas, AJA Video Systems (http://www.aja.com) has announced the new 4K Mode for the KONA 3G capture card. Available with new version 9.0 driver software for KONA 3G, the 4K Mode supports true 4K playout and monitoring.
The KONA 3G is a multi-format SD/HD/Dual Link/3G and 2K video I/O solution for professional video and audio applications. KONA 3G offers 4K playback in both YCbCr and RGB, at resolutions up to 4096x2160. When 4K playout is selected, the four SDI connectors on the KONA 3G are remapped as outputs for driving four quadrants of a 4K display.
4K Mode for KONA 3G is available now via the free version 9.0 driver software for KONA 3G (Mac); a PC supported version will be available at a later date. The manufacturer's suggested retail price for the KONA 3G is US$1,995, and the optional breakout box, the K3G-Box, is $395.
Carbon is new Bluetooth headset made of carbon fiber
Bluetrek (http://www.bluetrek.com) has released the US$69.99 Carbon, which it says is world’s first Bluetooth headset made of carbon fiber.
This new Bluetooth headset is equipped with the best in class audio enhancement technology for both the user and the receiver to assure crystal clear conversations for both parties, according to the folks at Bluetrek. In addition, the patented mechanism embedded in the carbon fiber tube allows extended talk time, yet reduces weight to less than six grams while retaining a slender aesthetic to the ear piece, warranting long time wear with superb comfort, they add.
Bluetrek will showcase this new product during the spring edition of The Hong Kong Electronics and Global Sources Fair from April 12 to 17.
Collins Russian-English Dictionaries available for Mac OS X, iOS
Paragon Software Group, a software developer for mobile devices and desktop computers, and Collins Language, a language learning and dictionary publisher, have announced the availability of Collins Gem Russian Dictionary, Collins Russian Pocket Dictionary and Collins Russian Dictionary for Mac OS X, Windows, iOS, Android and Java ME systems.
The three bilingual Russian-English multifunctional "talking" dictionaries are part of a licensing partnership to bring Collins reference materials to all types of mobile computing platforms. The applications will be available to demo at the London Book Fair, Stand Y750 in the Digital Zone.
Collins Russian dictionary features include:
° A morphology module, which helps users look up words in any grammatical form to assist in regular and irregular verb conjugation, and uses of irregular plurals;
° Accessible definitions, even when a word includes prefixes or suffixes;
° Audio pronunciations recorded by native speakers;
° A flash card quiz, which...
Native Instruments announces Komplete Audio 6
Native Instruments (http://www.native-instruments.com) hasannounced Komplete Audio 6, a six-channel audio interface for studio and live usage. As the successor to the Audio Kontrol 1, it provides more connectivity, increased audio performance and a host of practical new features, complemented by a versatile software package for music production and DJing, according to the folks at Native Instruments.
Based on the latest generation of Native Instruments’ USB Audio interface technology, the Komplete Audio 6 addresses the typical needs of musicians and producers in a portable package. With four balanced analog inputs and outputs, complemented by a digital S/PDIF stereo I/O and an integrated MIDI interface, the unit can be used as the centerpiece for a range of setups.
Due to 24-bit/96kHz Cirrus Logic converters and +11dBu analog output stages, Komplete Audio 6 delivers audio quality for studio and stage, while revised Mac OS X and Windows Audio drivers enable low-latency performance....
AutoDesk ignites Flame Premium 2012
At this week's NAB show in Las Vegas, Autodesk (http://www.autodesk.com) released Autodesk Flame Premium 2012, a new version of the 3D visual effects and finishing software.
Introduced in late 2010, Flame Premium combines the Autodesk Flame visual effects toolset with a timeline workflow for conform and editing, as well as real-time color grading. Flame Premium 2012 features groundbreaking tools for relighting in post, an enhanced stereoscopic 3D (S3D) finishing workflow, and improved integration with Autodesk 3D animation software, says Marc Petit, senior vice president, Autodesk Media & Entertainment.
With the introduction of relighting capabilities in Flame Premium 2012, artists can now take advantage of the real-world 3D information inherent to their images or composites and dramatically change the look of their final scenes, he adds. With relighting, artists can radically adjust and refine the look of their scenes through a variety of lighting, shading, shadows, 3D lens...
Primera announces Bravo 4102 XRP Disc Publishers
Primera Technology (http://www.primera.com) has announced its Bravo 4102 XRP Disc Publisher (DP-4102 XRP in Europe, Scandinavia and Middle East) at the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) show in Las Vegas, Nevada. The NAB Show is being held from April 11-14/
Bravo 4102 XRP Disc Publishers are the newest addition to Primera’s Bravo 4100-Series. These units are purportedly the fastest in their class, printing a full-color, 100% coverage disc in just six seconds each. This compares to 20 to 120 seconds on competitive machines to print discs with comparable print quality.
With built-in high-speed recorders, direct-to-disc printing and fast robotics, Primera’s disc printers and publishers automate the process of burning and printing quantities of CDs, DVDs and Blu-ray Discs. Applications for the Bravo 4102 XRP Disc Publishers include the archival and distribution of video and audio in broadcast television, film, content-on-demand at retail stores, kiosks, video production studios...
SMEStorage now supports Amazon Cloud Drive
SMEStorage has now added support for the Amazon Cloud Drive within it's multi-cloud platform.
This enables the Amazon Cloud Drive to be mapped as a Network Drive in Mac, Windows, Mac and Linux systems.
It also enables the sync tooling that SMEStorage has for each of these desktop operating systems. In addition to desktop support SMEStorage supports the Amazon Cloud Drive on iPhone, iPad, Android and BlackBerry mobile devices, as well as for the SMEStorage browser applications that run in the Chrome and Firefox desktop browsers.
FTP and WebDav are also supported as means of interacting with the Amazon Cloud Drive, even though the Amazon Cloud Drive doesn't support these protocols natively. No special client is needed. Standard FTP and WebDav clients can be used to access the Amazon Cloud Drive once the SMEStorage FTP and WebDav options have been enabled for the users account.
SMEStorage business users can also choose to enable the Amazon Cloud Drive to be mapped to their Cloud File...
BRU Producer's Edition 2.3.0 supports LTSF
The Tolis Group (http://www.tolisgroup.com) has announced the availability of LTO-5 LTFS volume support in BRU Producer's Edition at the 2011 NAB Show. BRU Producer's Edition version 2.3.0 provides native LTFS (Linear Tape Filesystem Support) for Mac OS X users.
LTFS allows the use of LTO-5 media as if it were a disk volume and provides a self-documenting format that is compatible with other platforms supporting the LTFS standard, says Bob Christ, Tolis Group executive vice president.
While LTFS provides an easy-to-access mechanism for writing and reading data on LTO-5 volumes, once a volume is un-mounted for storage, the system has no knowledge of the contents of the offline tape. BRU Producer's Edition extends the usefulness of LTFS by providing the support needed to properly parse and search LTFS volumes, even if the media is currently offline or even offsite by maintaining local catalogs of known LTFS volumes, says Christ.
LTFS makes tape more accessible and provides users with...
Media Excel introduces multi-screen transcoder
Media Excel (http://www.mediaexcel.com/index.php), a provider of adaptive nScreen transcoding, announces its third-generation product, HERO nS, at this week's NAB show in Las Vegas.
HERO nS combines the company’s transcoding software solutions with multi-core DSP processors, allowing HERO nS to surpass the density of any other competing solution while retaining flexibility required for convergence of HD multi-channel, multi-rate and multi-screen video delivery, according to the folks at Media Excel. It offers an 800% improvement in transcoding density, is optimized for the latest greatest embedded multi-core DSP platforms, and uses a fraction of power consumption required by competing solutions, they add.
HERO nS ingests content from a variety of live and file-based sources, from DVB-ASI and uncompressed 1080i to MPEG-2 Transport Streams on both RJ-45 and BNC connections. In a single rack unit of space, it's purportedly capable of up to 512 outputs per 1RU device, eight different...
Dalet unveils enterprise MAM for sports solution
Dalet Digital Media Systems (http://www.dalet.com) has debuted at this week's NAB show the debuted today at NAB 2011 the Dalet Sports Factory, which the company says is the industry's first enterprise MAM (Media Asset Management) workflow solution developed specifically for sports production.
Dalet Sports Factory manages the challenges of fast-paced, live event and post-game coverage by leveraging the MAM capabilities of Dalet Enterprise Edition with purpose-built sports logging, clipping and replay tools. The combination produces a cohesive, high-speed workflow that delivers winning results, says Stephane Schlayen, chief operating officer, Dalet.
"In addition, our enterprise MAM layer natively brings the support of a wide range of video servers or I/O ports, including our Brio but also EVS, K2 or Omneon," he says. "In short, it is now possible to empower an existing sports platform with our MAM framework."
The Media Asset Management platform in Dalet Sports Factory "glues" together...
Blackmagic Design announces support for CS 5.5 Production Premium
Blackmagic Design has announced support for Adobe Creative Suite 5.5 Production Premium software for its entire range of capture and playback video products for Mac OS X and Windows 7 systems.
Blackmagic Desktop Video 8.0 update to support this new Adobe software is available now for download from the Blackmagic Design website (http://www.blackmagic-design.com) free of charge. Blackmagic Design’s DeckLink, Multibridge, Intensity and UltraStudio Pro can now take full advantage of the new features included in CS 5.5 Production Premium, including the Mercury Playback Engine that provide amazing real time effects in any resolution.
Avian Securities expecting 'lower-spec/lower-price iPhone...
The iPhone 5 should go into production in September Avian Securities said in a note to clients -- as reported by "Business Insider" (http://macte.ch/M3Ts3).
This suggests the iPhone won't be on the market until the end of this year, or even early next year possibly, says the research group. Apple may also be developing a lower price/lower spec iPhone model, says Avian.
"Our conversations also indicate the existence of a lower-spec/lower-priced iPhone in Apple's roadmap," the research group told clients. "However, while our contacts have seen the placeholder in the Apple roadmap, they do not yet have insight into specs or production timing. This leads us to believe that any launch is likely a very late 2011 or more likely a 2012 event. As a reminder, Avian has uncovered several data-points in recent months pointing to the existence of a lower-spec/lower-price iPhone. A lower-spec/lower-price iPhone has also been speculated in the press and gadget blogs, though we do not believe...
Sonnet Technologies announces Thunderbolt products
Sonnet Technologies has announced its first products with Thunderbolt technology at the 2011 NAB Show. Developed by Intel and brought to market with technical collaboration from Apple, Thunderbolt technology supports high-performance data services and high-resolution displays through a single, compact port. Thunderbolt appears on the latest MacBook Pros and is expected to expand to the entire Mac line.
Based on PCI Express and DisplayPort technologies, Thunderbolt provides support for two channels on the same connector with 10 Gbps of throughput per channel in both directions.
Sonnet's Fusion storage products with Thunderbolt technology include a portable 2-drive SSD system, a 4-drive RAID 5 unit, and a professional 8-drive video edition RAID storage system. Sonnet's Echo Express PCIe 2.0 Expansion Chassis with Thunderbolt ports enable users to plug in high-performance PCIe 2.0 adapters such as video capture cards, Fibre Channel cards, Sonnet RAID controllers, and more to a computer...
Official Steve Jobs biography coming next year
Apple CEO Steve Jobs has finally agreed to participate in a book about his life, reports "CBS News" (http://macte.ch/BK1Tk).
Simon & Schuster has announced that Walter Isaacson's "iSteve: The Book of Jobs" will be published in early 2012. Isaacson has been working on the long-rumored biography since 2009 and has interviewed Jobs, members of his family, colleagues at Apple and competitors.
Spokeswoman Tracey Guest of Simon & Schuster told "CBS News" that no further details were available and that neither Jobs nor Isaacson would be commenting. You can read more about Issacson at http://tech.fortune.cnn.com/2011/04/10/the-man-who-won-steve-jobs-trust-2/ .
Garner: iOS to dominate tablet market through 2015
Despite mounting competition from other operating systems, Apple’s iOS will continue to own the majority of the worldwide media tablet through 2015, according to Gartner (http://www.gartner.com). Due to the success of Apple’s iPad, iOS will account for 69% of media tablet OSs in 2011, and represent 47% of the media tablet market in 2015, says the research group.
Gartner analysts say the Apple iPad did to the tablet computer market what the iPhone did to the smartphone market: re-invented it. A media tablet is not just a different form factor to perform the same tasks that can be done on a computer, says the research group. Tablets deliver a richer experience around content consumption, thanks to the ecosystem they support. The richer the ecosystem, the stronger the pull for consumers.
“Seeing the response from both consumers and enterprises to the iPad, many vendors are trying to compete by first delivering on hardware and then trying to leverage the platform ecosystem,” says...
Bharti Airtel, Aircel to launch the iPhone 4 in India
Bharti Airtel, India's top mobile phone carrier, and its smaller rival Aircel separately said on Monday they would launch the iPhone 4 in India in the coming months, reports "Reuters" (http://macte.ch/gIc4K).
Both companies gave no specific dates for the planned launch. Bharti and Vodafone Essar already sell earlier models of the iPhone in India.
With nearly 800 million mobile subscribers, India is the world's second-biggest market for mobile phone services and is also the fastest-growing. But smartphones are estimated to account for just over 5% of the mobile handset sales, notes "Reuters."
Bruker's TopSpin SMR available for the Mac
Bruker is welcoming Apple users to its TopSpin NMR software. Mac OS X joins Windows and Linux as supported operating systems for Bruker’s TopSpin processing software, providing NMR scientists in academia and industry with the ability to use the operating environment of their choice.
Entirely programmed in the native Mac OS X environment, the new TopSpin software -- which costs US$99 for a student license -- caters to Mac users’ familiarity with the unique and intuitive characteristics of that operating system, while maintaining the proven capabilities, look and feel of TopSpin, says Bruno Guigas, director for NMR software at Bruker. Incorporating a comprehensive range of NMR data analysis, processing and simulation features, TopSpin includes modules for efficient small molecule characterization and structural biology research, he adds.
"The Bruker NMR Guide offers integrated access to experiment descriptions, literature references, a comprehensive search engine and example spectra,"...
Smoke for Mac OS X billows at NAB
At this week's NAB show in Las Vegas, Autodesk (http://www.autodesk.com) released Autodesk Smoke 2012 for Mac OS X (http://macte.ch/GGaQc). It's a new version of the all-in-one editorial finishing tool with an integrated 3D visual effects toolset.
Smoke combines finishing tools with the familiar workflow of a nonlinear editor (NLE) to reduce complexity and streamline finishing of high-quality content, says Marc Petit, senior vice president, Autodesk Media & Entertainment. Autodesk Smoke 2012 enhancements include:
° A redesigned 3D lighting system in Action that produces cast shadows and realistic 3D lighting artifacts;
° Support for geometry cache animation import from Autodesk animation software via Autodesk FBX software, and Flame FX creative and technical tools for common finishing tasks;
° A stereo 3D (S3D) toolset for editing, monitoring, compositing and delivering S3D projects;
° Integrated tools for color correction, keying and advanced 3D compositing;
° The ability to...
MacTech Boot Camps getting great response
"MacTech Magazine" has had great response to its MacTech Boot Camp and has already sold through the allocation of early bird tickets for the Dallas event on April 27. Early bird pricing for the May 18 Boston event is about to expire, as well.
Early bird pricing is still in place for MacTech Boot Camp Los Angeles (July 27) and Chicago (Aug 31). Attendees can save US$200 by registering early.
MacTech Boot Camp Dallas is being held at the Hyatt Regency DFW. It's a nice hotel, and people from outside driving range can even fly in, take the shuttle and avoid the car rental. Boston is being held in Cambridge at the Royal Sonesta Hotel.
"Our testing center partners, MacAmerica and Future Media Concepts, will be doing a specially scheduled Apple Certification Testing session the day before each event (Dallas and Boston, respectively) to make it convenient for those who want to attend MacTech Boot Camp, but also get their testing out of the way," says Neil Ticktin, publisher/editor-in-chief...
Adobe announces Creative Suite 5.5 product line
Adobe has announced the new Adobe Creative Suite 5.5 product line, enabling designers and developers to target smartphone and tablet platforms.
Adobe says advances to HTML5, Flash authoring, digital publishing and video tools as well as new capabilities that kick-start the integration of tablets into creative workflows, anchor the new Adobe Creative Suite 5.5 product family. The company now plans to have milestone Creative Suite product introductions at 24-month intervals and -- starting with Creative Suite 5.5 -- significant mid-cycle releases designed to keep the worldwide creative community ahead of the latest advances in content authoring, says Shantanu Narayen, president and CEO, Adobe.
Today also sees Adobe debut an affordable and flexible subscription-based pricing plan, attractive to customers that want to get current and stay current on Creative Suite products, have project-based needs, or try the software for the first time. New Subscription Editions ensure customers are...
Media 100 Suite 2 offers support for 4K, 2K video, more
Media 100 (http://www.media100.com) -- a provider of editing systems for the corporate, broadcast, post production, and new media industries -- has announced that Media 100 Suite Version 2 is now available.
The new Version 2 release introduces support for RED Camera workflows including 4K and 2K video formats, RedCode media, and the Red Rocket hardware for accelerated rendering. Other new features include a revamped Motion Editor for Pan and Scan and DVE effects, improved media search capabilities, and a streamlined, modeless ColorFX window for fast access to all ColorFX options. In addition, Media 100 Suite Version 2 integrates the new Boris RED Version 5 plug-in for text, transitions, and advanced composites. Boris RED v5 adds 60+ new filters and a score of user interface and workflow enhancements including ergonomic panels and a curve editor.
Media 100 Suite Version 2 is immediately available through the Media 100 worldwide reseller channel and direct from the Media 100 web site...
Pixeljam Games launches Dino Run SE for the Mac
Independent games development team, Pixeljam Games has introduced Dino Run SE 1.0 (http://www.pixeljam.com/dinorunse), their web-based dinosaur themed racing game on the Mac App Store. It requires Mac OS X 10.6 or higher and costs US$2.99.
Here's how Dino Run SE is described: "Players are invited to enter an immersive prehistoric world of pixels where they must race their dinosaurs to escape the inevitable pyroclastic doom wave of extinction. This single/multiplayer game includes an abundance of new features with its release, including new game modes, new levels, and enhanced gameplay.
"Collect bones, eggs and other hidden items to unlock special features and collectibles to enhance and personalize your dino, including a huge assortment of colors and wearable hats, helmets and masks. Like the original Dino Run, players can choose to race their dinosaurs on their own in the deep single player campaign, or play online with up to three other people in a variety of new multiplayer levels...
iFunia PDF2Text available on the Mac App Store
iFunia has announces PDF2Text 2.0, its PDF conversion solution on the Mac App Store. It's on sale for 90% off. Now the price is $2.99.
PDF2Text is a text extraction tool that facilitates extracting and reusing the unformatted text from PDF document. Users can choose define page or pages of original PDF file to convert to text format. PDF2Text also supports batch conversion and partial conversion.
iFunia PDF2Text for Mac keeps the original page layout when converting PDF to text. You can convert an entire document or only a specific page range. iFunia PDF2Text supports "Thumbnail layout" and "list" layouts. You can download a free trial version at the iFunia website (http://www.ifunia.com).
Photo Privacy introduced for the Mac
CocoaWithChurros has introduced Photo Privacy 1.0 (http://macte.ch/X0lPS), a metadata removal tool on the Mac App Store. It requires Mac OS X 10.6 or higher and costs US$3.99.
Photo Privacy removes the hidden metadata inside photos, which you can y use to upload to your favorite social network or image hosting service. It creates safe copies of your pictures without that private information, which can be safely posted on the Internet or emailed, being confident that your personal information isn't revealed, according to the folks at CocoaWithChurros.
With Photo Privacy, a new image is created without any private information, keeping your original pictures unmodified. It supports RAW, JPEG, PNG, GIF and TIFF image files (RAW support is readonly. RAW files are converted to JPEG files)
Pubblog releases DiskRefresher on the Mac App Store
Pubblog, the makers of MailSteward and FileMyFiles, have released DiskRefresher (http://www.diskrefresher.com/), an utility for refreshing the data on your external disk drives. It requires Mac OS X 10.6 or later, costs US$5.99 and is available in the Mac App Store in the Utilities category.
Hard disk drives are designed to be used regularly, not stored on a shelf for months or years. The magnetic strength of the digital bits recorded on a drive slowly decays when that drive is disconnected from a computer. DiskRefresher makes this time-consuming process simple and safe, according to the folks at Pubblog.
Manufacturers include firmware in their drive mechanisms that counteracts this inevitable bit decay. Every time a bit is accessed, the drive "refreshes" its magnetic imprint on the disk. When a drive is active and connected for an extended time, this refresh cycle runs automatically. But when a drive that has long been powered down is briefly reactivated-- to copy a file or run a...
EditShare unveils tapeless workflow solution
EditShare (http://www.editshare.com) is unveiling a new tapeless workflow solution for multi-camera TV productions at this week's NAB 2011 (Booth SL4728).
Andy Liebman, founder and CEO, EditShare, says that by integrating all its product lines, EditShare has provided an end-to-end production workflow for managing multi-camera productions. Geevs (ingest/playout), Flow (asset management), and Ark (archiving) manage the creation and movement of media across the production workflow with EditShare XStream (shared storage system) at the core managing central storage and content access.
Geevs captures multiple channels of HD video in any codec -- including Apple ProRes, Avid DNxHD, DVCPro HD, AVD-intra or XDCAM -- and records files directly to EditShare's shared storage systems, as well as to local storage for redundancy. Geevs also automatically generates proxy files for viewing in Flow over a standard Gigabit network.
The lighting director, dialogue coach, legal or continuity person,...
ChronoSync revved to version 4.2, ChronoAgent to version 1.2
Econ Technologies (http://www.econtechnologies.com) has updated ChronoSync to version 4.2 and ChronoAgent for Mac to version 1.2.
ChronoSync is an automated synchronization and backup application for Mac OS X and ChronoAgent for Mac is a utility that runs on the destination Mac and communicates directly with ChronoSync, giving you full root access to the destination Mac. New Trial Sync and Scheduling options have been added to both ChronoSync and ChronoAgent. The new versions include several other features and bug fixes.
TheTrial Sync window displays additional file stats and new options for controlling and comparing files on both targets. Further, when a synchronization is run after a Trial Sync, the progress bar will display a time estimate. New scheduling options include "Retry on Errors" and "Sync Limits."
"Retry on errors" enables ChronoSync to automatically run a sync again if the synchronization encountered any error or did not complete. "Sync limits" sets a limit on the...
Entourage Exchange Accounts Optimizer Updated To Version 1.9.0
Softhing has updated Entourage Exchange Accounts Optimizer to version 1.9.0. The upgrade adds a feature to move emails by date range. Also, when auto-run is set, the user has 20 seconds to stop the process before it runs.
With EEAO, you can ensure your on-line Exchange mailbox never gets full. This utility automatically moves old mail from your Exchange account to a replicated structure within Entourage. You select how many days of mail to keep in Exchange and EEAO does the rest. It
can handle multiple accounts and be set to run automatically.
EEAO 1.9.0 works with Mac OS X 10.4.x, 10.5.x or 10.6.x and Microsoft Entourage2004, 2008 or 2008 Web Services Edition. It costs US$30 for a single-user license. However, version 1.9.0 is a free update for registered users.
Zevrix delivers Deliver 2.3.2
Zevrix Solutions (http://www.zevrix.com) has delivered Deliver 2.3.2, an update to its automatic solution to send and share files across the Internet and local networks. The new version improves transfer to HTTP-based destinations.
Deliver lets users send files to remote and local destinations with automatic e-mail notifications, compression, encryption and other capabilities. It supports FTP, SFTP, WebDAV, Amazon S3, MobileMe, AFP, SMB and local servers, and lets users send files to multiple destinations at once.
Deliver 2.0 can be purchased from Zevrix for US$19.95; it's free with the purchase of BatchOutput for InDesign). A demo is available for download. Deliver requires Mac OS X 10.5 or higher.
AJA Ki Pro Mini is recommended ProRes solution for Red Epic
AJA Video Systems (http://www.aja.com) says their Ki Pro Mini is the first recommended Apple Pro Res solution for the new Red Epic camera.
The US$1,999 Ki Pro Mini snaps right onto the back of the Red Epic camera using the AJA Mini Mounting Plate ($74) with a standard V-Lock adapter. The camera comes in a package one third the size of a Red One, includes a 5K Mysterium-X(TM) sensor and a 27 layer ASIC, enabling Epic to capture up to 120 frames per second, each frame at full 14MP resolution.
The JA Ki Pro Mini is a miniature field recorder for creating ready-to-edit professional digital video. It supports an Apple file-based workflow by recording standard Apple ProRes 422 QuickTime files on industry standard Compact Flash (CF) media. Within its portable form factor, Ki Pro Mini offers broadcast quality SD/HD digital I/O including SDI, HD-SDI and HDMI, two channels of balanced analog audio input (2 XLRs) with switch selectable line/mic levels, and LTC timecode input.
Apple lures PR execs from Nintendo, Activision?
Apple has reportedly lured two PR executives from Nintendo and Activision in a continued push to establish iOS as a dominant gaming platform, says "MCV" (http://macte.ch/lJGVH), which says that former Nintendo UK head of communications Robert Saunders will leave his position at the end of April for a "newly created role at Apple." He will reportedly be focused on PR for iPad, iPod and iPhone apps.
"MCV" also says (http://macte.ch/ZBozD) Apple has also lured Activision's Nick Grange to their fold. Grange’s appointment is yet to be officially confirmed, but "MCV" says he will be joining the company in a role focussed on iPad hardware.
Grange has had a stellar career in the games market, the article adds. Following spells at Electronic Arts and Microsoft, he joined Activision in 2007. He is currently the publisher’s European PR director.
Lithium battery legislation will aid Apple, others
The House of Representatives has passed legislation that prevents the United States government from implementing more stringent rules classifying lithium batteries as a hazardous material.
That doesn't mean the batteries lack hazards. The move is based on lobbying and financial interests, rather than environmental or safety concerns, says "PC World" (http://macte.ch/o6HRJ).
A "Bloomberg" report (http://macte.ch/UiWLDl) says that the Department of Transportation, with the backing of pilot unions and congressional Democrats, proposed new restrictions on air shipments of lithium batteries based on concerns that the batteries could overheat and ignite. Apple, Panasonic, Samsung and other companies could save US$1.13 billion under U.S. legislation barring limits on air shipments of lithium batteries that go beyond international standards, says "Bloomberg."
The legislation, approved by the House legislation April 1, prevents President Barack Obama’s administration from enacting a proposed...
Woz: I'd return to Apple if asked
Apple co-founder Steve ("Woz") Wozniak would consider returning to an active role at the company if asked and believes the consumer electronics giant could afford to be more open than it is, he told "Reuters" (http://macte.ch/8gAP1).
"I'd consider it, yeah," he said. Woz founded Apple Computer in 1976 with Steve Jobs and Ronald Wayne, and built the Apple I and Apple II computers. He stopped working for Apple in 1987 but is still on the payroll.
"There's just an awful lot I know about Apple products and competing products that has some relevance, some meaning," Woz told "Reuters." "They're my own feelings, though."
DeckApp Let's You Rediscover Albums On Your Mac
eComposite has published DeckApp (http://deckapp.com), a Mac OS X (10.6.6 or higher) player that leverages your iTunes library and allows you to listen to your albums, one by one. It costs US$14.99 and is available at the Mac App Store in the Music Category.
Deckapp is designed to play without distraction. It replaces the iTunes player and is available by pressing a shortcut. DeckApp reads you iTunes library to find and catalog all your albums. It also connects to the Last.fm service.
You then have a single playlist of albums to play. Once you have finished that playlist, it goes back to the beginning. DeckApp also provides a mini view available at the touch of a keystroke: press it and you get a controller to skip, rewind, change albums.
"I am really looking forward to next sales and feedback from users on DeckApp. I really think that we need a simple, easy way to listen to our music, that's a pleasure to use and see, and DeckApp provides such a great experience. But I want to...
Mac-based Photoshop photography tutorial reveals professional...
Training developer Infinite Skills has released a Photoshop course specializing in photo editing and optimization.
The company has posted 20 free tutorials from the 10.5 hour video course, which covers new features in Adobe Photoshop CS5 while also focusing on fundamental tips that apply to all major editions.
There are 138 tutorials in total, and the videos include sample Photoshop files that viewers can utilize while they follow along with the training. The new Adobe Photoshop course includes lessons on skills such as color correction, how to remove unwanted objects from images, dodging and burning, camera RAW, photo restoration, HDR effects, how to create panoramas, whitening teeth, image sharpening and even tips on creating better shots with a digital camera. While the videos feature Adobe Photoshop CS5, the lessons also explain how the same results can be achieved in older versions. In addition to benefitting beginning photographers and hobbyists, Infinite Skills anticipates...
Cookiza! available in the Mac App Store
ITnovis has cooked up Cookiza! 1.0 (http://www.cookiza.de) for Mac OS X on the Mac App Store. Containing more than 10 categories, Cookiza! is the community cookbook. It requires Mac OS X 10.6 or later, costs US$9.99 and is exclusively through the Mac App Store in the Lifestyle category.
The recipes compiled by the community often show a photo of the finished dishes, level of difficulty and preparation time, the caloric values and author. The recipes from the community are consistently updated by way of an update function, so that the collection becomes more extensive in the course of time.
So far, only users with the iPhone, the iPod touch or the iPad had the opportunity to use the recipes. Now there is the "More than a Cookbook" cookbook, also on the Mac. It means that all Mac users can now at long last also retrieve new culinary ideas. In addition, the Mac App offers a shopping list, a portion calculator and a menu planner.
Apple releases Boot Camp 3.2
Apple released Boot Camp 3.2. It addresses addresses issues with shutdown, Japanese and Korean keyboards on early 2011 MacBook Pro.
Boot Camp 3.2 requires Windows 7. It's a 21.55MB download.
Flexiglass a new Mac OS X windows management tool
Nulana has launched Flexiglass (http://nulana.com/flexiglass), an application for management of Mac OS X windows. It requires an Intel-based Mac running Mac OS X 10.5 or higher and costs US$7.99.
With Flexiglass, windows can be moved, resized, maximized and closed with a mouse, trackpad multi-touch gestures, and keyboard shortcuts. Application settings can be modified to move and resize, real zoom and quick layouts to suit user needs and preferences.
Flexiglass supports English, French, German, Japanese, Russian, and Spanish. A demo is available for download.
Apple won't let Unpleasant Horse run on the Apple App Store
Unpleasant Horse from new studio 4th & Battery was denied release on the Apple App Store because of "mature content," reports "Casual Gaming Biz" (http://macte.ch/ei8sk).
Unpleasant Horse lets players take on the role of a "strikingly unpleasant" horse intent on destroying small birds and landing on more pleasant horses from above. It "looks set to compare to Adult Swim's infamously puerile, witty content," says the "Develop" site (http://macte.ch/k8rxI).
iCab was launched two years ago, and brings many more features to iPhones and iPads than the Safari shipped with the device, the article says. The developer Alexander Clauss says he'll comply with Apple's wishes by disabling third-party code. "But he's puzzled by the Jobsian logic," notes "The Register."
Analyst comments on Apple's anticipated 'Cloud Tunes...
In a note to clients -- as reported by "Barron's" (http://macte.ch/75x21) -- Barclays Capital analyst Ben Reitzes comments on the report that has Apple purchased 12 petabytes worth of storage equipment from Isilon Systems, a division of EMC. This lines up with what expects will be Apples version of iTunes “in the cloud,” a hosted data service, the article adds.
"We believe that Isilon’s capabilities dovetail nicely with our vision for Apple’s upcoming 'Cloud Tunes' -- an extension of iTunes into the cloud that allows easy access to digital content from any Apple device," Reitzes writes. "We believe that Apple will release a new cloud strategy by the fall, likely integrating its MobileMe services and taking advantage of its significant investments in its North Carolina data center. We believe the launch of Apple’s service is much more complex than Amazon’s given its millions of users with years worth of files. Theoretically, a cloud-based content service could allow Apple to offer...
Best Buy holding non-reserved iPad 2s for an upcoming promo
Rumors of an iPad 2 sales freeze that may have gotten Best Buy in hot water with Apple emerged Thursday night and have flitted all over the 'Net. However, "BRG" (http://macte.ch/XEbfy) claims to have the answer in an email from Best Buy:
“Best Buy continues to receive iPad 2 inventory from Apple on a regular basis. As we’ve said previously, we are fulfilling customer reservations first. Our stores have been asked to temporarily hold non-reserved iPad 2 inventory for an upcoming promotion. This is a customary practice for us when there are supply constraints. Best Buy enjoys a great partnership with Apple, and we’re delighted by customer response to iPad 2.”
New EditShare 'Energy' Series to make its official...
EditShare (http://www.editshare.com) will unveil the new Energy shared storage product line at the NAB 2011 exhibition (Booth SL4728) next week.
Designed for small and mid-size production workgroups, the new 'Energy' Series provides outstanding speed and agility with over 700MB per second, read and write performance per server or expansion chassis, says Andy Liebman, founder and CEO of EditShare. The new EditShare Energy Series offers the full range of EditShare innovation including Final Cut Pro and Avid project sharing.
Project sharing lets editors draw on the same central pool of media and work in the same project simultaneously -- sharing raw material, bins and sequences. There's no per-seat license; media-optimized Gigabit and 10-Gigabit Ethernet connections support workgroups and high stream counts with simplicity and cost-effectiveness, says Liebman.
EditShare shared storage systems support a wide range of resolutions from DV25 up to full 2K DPX. Energy facilitates real-time...
Stereo3D CAT for the Mac to prowl in the third quarter
Dashwood Cinema Solutions (http://www.Dashwood3D.com), a developer of stereoscopic software, has revved its line of Mac-based stereoscopic 3D products: Stereo3D CAT. Stereo3D CAT is an on-location calibration and analysis system that's designed to remove all of the complexities associated with stereoscopic 3D camera calibration in production.
Features include an Alignment Tracker, a Stereo3D Visualizer, and a Parallax Inspector to calculate the correct camera alignment points, illustrate the depth of the 3D scene and avoid divergence. Other features include:
° A Sync Checker to confirm appropriate shutter sync between cameras;
° Stereoscopic Preview Modes including anaglyph, difference, side-by-side, line-by-line, and top/bottom;
° Depth analysis tools that include Depth Mapping and Depth Preview modes;
° Discreet or muxed stereoscopic input;
° External output in side-by-side, top/bottom, or anaglyph;
° The ability to transmit slate and disparity data to an iPad for display in...
OWC introduces Mount Pro Drive Sled for Mac Pros
Other World Computing (http://www.macsales.com) has announced the OWC Mount Pro drive sled for adding any 2.5-inch Serial ATA (SATA) hard disk drive or Solid State Drive (SSD) to 2009 and later Apple Mac Pro "Nehalem" and "Westmere" models.
Manufactured with the processes and materials including powder coated aircraft grade aluminum, the US$24.99 bracket comes backed by a lifetime warranty. It comes with four drive mounting screws and replaces an existing 3.5-inch drive tray. The OWC Mount Pro perfectly aligns the SATA connector on the mounted 2.5-inch drive into the back plane SATA ports on the Mac Pro.
MyService offers 750GB, 7200RPM laptop hard drive upgrade
MyService (http://www.myservice.com) has released a new 750GB, 7200rpm hard drive upgrade for the MacBook and MacBook Pro. These new 2.5-inch drives by Seagate are the largest 7200rpm drives available for the Apple laptops.
MyService has these drives in stock. The upgrade service costs US$299 and includes the new drive, round trip shipping, professional installation and data transfer. MyService makes the service process fast and easy. MyService sends a custom laptop shipping container to you. All shipping is insured and can be tracked online.
Your old hard drive is returned to you and can be used for backups. Since MyService is an Apple Authorized Service Provider, the 750GB upgrade will not void your Apple warranty.
FoldersSynchronizer updated to version 4.0.4
SoftoBe (http://www.softobe.com has updated FoldersSynchronizer, its Mac OS X tool for backing up and synchronizing files, folders and disks, to version 4.0.4. The new version adds a new option to the Settings panel: “Create sub-folder within the destination folder” and make this new sub-folder the real destination folder.
Also, the Settings button on the Options Drawer has been moved to an upper position, since it is the most used panel after the Console panel.
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...
GarageSale updated, now available in the Mac App Store
Iwascoding has released GarageSale 6.1, a free update for its listing solution for the Mac. For new users its available for US$39.99 in the Mac App Store.
Version 6.1 adds a toolbar containing text formatting options in preview mode, adds a Batch Find & Replace function and uses a new iMediaBrowser 2 component for accessing iPhoto or Aperture image libraries. Also, handling time can now be set in the auction preview directly.
GarageSale is a client application for the eBay online auction system that lets you compose auctions with a Mac-like interface. GarageSale integrates perfectly with iPhoto, offers WYSIWYG (what you see is what you get) text editing and comes with over 70 free design templates.
Garage Sale is a Universal Binary app, so runs natively on PowerPC and Intel Macs. It requires Mac OS X 10.5 or higher.