US Uncut to protest at Apple retail stores on June 4
US Uncut, an organization that fights companies that try to avoid taxes, is planning to target Apple retail stores on June 4, protesting the company's support of the Win America Campaign, reports "CNET" (http://macte.ch/CEHo2).
The group seeks to have Apple leave the WAC, which it claims is lobbying Congress for what would end up being a $4 billion tax cut for the company, as well as to cease other lobbying activities relating to "tax loopholes," the article adds.
"Apple plays huge games with their taxes. By disguising profits in the U.S. as foreign earnings in low-tax countries, Apple dodges billions of dollars of taxes they should be paying," the group said in a statement.
The WAC is supported by other technology companies, including Microsoft, Google, and Adobe. The group is currently lobbying for the Freedom to Invest Act of 2011, legislation introduced earlier this month that would temporarily lower taxes on American companies that sell goods and services abroad. That money could...
Alaska Airlines pilots flying with iPads
As part of an ongoing effort to use technology to enhance flight safety, improve efficiency and protect the environment, Alaska Airlines (http://www.alaskaair.com) is issuing iPads to its pilots. The Apple tablets replace up to 25 pounds of paper flight manuals that pilots are required to carry when they fly.
The iPads are being distributed to all Alaska Airlines pilots, a process that will be complete by mid-June. This follows a successful trial by 100 line and instructor pilots and Air Line Pilots Association representatives, who evaluated the feasibility of using iPads as electronic flight bags this past winter and spring. Alaska Airlines is the first major domestic airline to use the iPad to replace paper manuals.
"We've been exploring the idea of an electronic flight bag for several years, but never found a device we really liked," says Gary Beck, Alaska Airlines' vice president of flight operations. "When the iPad hit the market, we took one look at it and said this is the...
Apple, AT&T, US Cellular sued for patent infringement
Another day, still another lawsuit. Visual Interactive Phone Concepts, a non-practicing entity that holds two videophone mailbox patents and has previously instigated patent infringement suits, filed three lawsuits in the Eastern District of Michigan on Wednesday against Apple, AT&T and US Cellular.
In all three complaints, Visual Interactive Phone Concepts claim the companies it's suing violate its patents for "videophone interactive mailbox facility system and method of processing information." However, the alleged infringements differ, which is presumably why the company filed three parallel suits instead of one multi-defendant complaint, reports "FOSS Patents" (http://macte.ch/fZRmg).
Apple is accused of infringement because it makes and sells "mobile communication devices that are videophones." AT&T is being sued for providing "a mobile TV and video service in the United States. US Cellular's alleged infringements relate to "a mobile TV and video service."
Apple sues maker of the 'white iPhone conversion kit'
Another day, another lawsuit. According to "MacRumors (http://www.macrumors.com), Apple has sued New York City teenager Fei Lam and his parents for selling US$130,000 worth of white iPhone 4 parts in the months between Apple's promise of a white iPhone and its actual arrival.
Lam claimed that he had developed a secondhand relationship with someone at Apple's manufacturing partner Foxconn who had been supplying him with parts, notes "MacRumors." At the time, the report noted that Lam had been contacted by a purported private investigator who claimed that Lam was trafficking in stolen goods, and Lam's site (http://www.whiteiphone4now.com) disappeared soon after.
However, Apple also filed a voluntary dismissal of the lawsuit at the same time, suggesting that a settlement has may have been reached, reports "MacRumors." Still, Apple's request for dismissal without prejudice means that the company reserves the right to refile the claim at some point in the future.
Apple eyeing AMOLED screens for the iPad 3?
Senior Apple executives are in discussion with Samsung to secure supplies of Retina Display-like screens for the iPad 3, reports "Computerworld" (http://macte.ch/z4fUa). Chief Operating Officer Tim Cook reportedly flew to South Korea last week to meet with senior level Samung execs, the article adds.
"Apple wants to tap into Samsung's AMOLED technology for an upgraded version of the iPad2, considered as many as the iPad3 that is likely to be launched toward the end of this year," a source is allegedly told "The Korea Herald" on May 25 on condition of anonymity.
Cook offered Samsung an advance payment to secure these supplies, that report says. However, a Samsung Mobile Display spokesperson told OLED-Info that "he had not heard of such discussions with Apple."
AMOLED (active-matrix organic light-emitting diode) is a display technology for use in mobile devices and televisions. OLED describes a specific type of thin film display technology in which organic compounds form the...
MacGameStore celebrates Memorial Day with free Sally's Spa
MacGameStore (http://www.macgamestore.com) has announced special free Sally's Spa weekend to celebrate Memorial Day. Order any game from Friday, May 27 through Monday, May 30 and receive a your very own copy of Sally's Spa absolutely free.
Here's how the game is described: "After a much needed break from life in the hair salon business, Sally and her friend Nell are teaming up to take the Spa world by storm. Visit 10 gorgeous Spa locations spread across the world, on a quest to melt away everyone's stresses by relaxing in your Spa.
"Perform all kinds of Spa services from Facials, Manicures, Bath Bombs, Hot Stones Massages and more. With many personalities, you will see all types of characters from Wedding Brides to High Rollers. As you grow your Spa, earn money to shop for over 65 items including employees to help your Spa business grow!"
Sally's Spa requires Mac OS X 10.5 or later. It regularly sells on MacGameStore for US$9.95.
Amazon launches Mac Software Downloads site
Amazon has launched Mac Software Downloads (http://macte.ch/PQIWC), a selection of approximately 250 downloadable Mac applications and games.
The site offers bestsellers, new releases and software deals. You can also search by categories such as Business & Office, Education & Reference, Home & Hobbies, Money Management, Photo Editing, Tax Prep, Video & Music and Games.
Intel would consider making silicon for rivals
Intel would consider making silicon for rivals, saying that any proposal to use its manufacturing capacity to make chips based on a non-Intel processor core would trigger an "in-depth discussion," according to Reuters (http://macte.ch/LXUUO).
"There are certain customers that would be interesting to us and certain customers that wouldn't," Chief Financial Officer Stacy Smith told journalists after an investor event in London on Thursday. "If Apple or Sony came to us and said 'I want to do a product that involves your IA (Intel architecture) core and put some of my IP around it', I wouldn't blink. That would be fantastic business for us. Then you get into the middle ground of 'I don't want it to be a IA core, I want it to be my own custom designed core,' and then you are only getting the manufacturing margin, (and) that would be a much more in-depth discussion and analysis."
Smith said, however, that such a proposal was "not in the works today," and the prospect of making chips for...
UK school to give iPad 2s to students
Honywood Comprehensive School in Coggleshall, Essex sent out letters to 1,200 parents this week informing them their children will receive a new -- and free -- iPad 2 by the end of the year, reports "T3" (http://macte.ch/HkEi2).
In return, parents are being asked to donate £50 towards insurance. Deputy head teacher Rache McGowan told "T3" that “the focus of our work here at Honywood is on improving learning and one aspect of this is to make use of the best technology we can access.
"T3" contacted Apple, who stated it wasn’t an official deal, but a school in Scotland equipped its pupils with the first generation iPads last year. A school in Maine became the first in the world to give out iPad 2s to its kids earlier this year.
SeeFile introduces another DAM update
SeeFile Software (http://www.seefile.com) has introduced the fifth generation of its Web-based Digital Asset Management (DAM) solution.
The fifth generation of the digital asset management, large file transfer and online collaboration platform offers access to your media bank from any standard Web browser. It provides full usage of HTML5 capabilities. And version 5.0 sports a new user interface and features based on feedback from media industry professionals and partners, including:
° Smart filters based on dates, approval and comments to improve production;
° Easy navigation in different folders and collections;
° Quick annotations on images and multipage PDFs to improve collaboration and reviewing;
° Approval of projects and jobs;
° The ability to invite guests by email to preview content;
° The ability to transfer large files without the need to install a client application.
The software is retail priced from US$699 to $6,795, depending on number of users. For customers who don't...
D-Link announces Wireless N Dual Band MediaBridge
D-Link has announced its new Wireless N Dual Band MediaBridge (DAP-1513), which allows consumers to expand a home network by wirelessly connecting up to four devices.
Equipped with 802.11n technology and a four-port Fast Ethernet switch, the DAP-1513 is designed for connecting a wide range of network-ready devices for streaming HD videos, playing online games and sharing music, photos, movies, and more within a home network. Featuring selectable dual-band, it can bridge a wireless signal from either a 2.4GHz or 5GHz network.
Consumers can choose from the 5GHz band, ensuring smooth video streaming or online gaming with less interference, or the 2.4GHz band, ideal for surfing the Web or sharing photos, says Daniel Kelley, associate vice president of consumer marketing, D-Link North America. In addition, Intelligent Quality of Service (QoS) automatically organizes and prioritizes network traffic according to bandwidth needs to ensure a smooth connection over both wired and wireless...
Spiderweb Software releases Avernum 6 v1
Spiderweb Software has released Avernum 6 v1.1 for the Mac, the final game in the Avernum series.
Here's how the game is described: "Avernum 6 is set in the world of Avernum, an enormous series of caves far below the surface of the world. Travel into the strange subterranean land of Avernum, full of dungeons, labyrinths, and constant warfare. This update moves the game to a newer engine, which should result in better performance and fixes to a number of irritating bugs.
"Avernum is a world underground. It is a nation of people living in an enormous warren of tunnels and caverns, far below the surface of the world. Once a prison colony for rebels and thugs, it is now a wild frontier, full of adventurous souls looking for wealth, fame, and magical power.
"And then the Blight came. Almost overnight, the mushrooms Avernum needed to feed itself withered and died. Then the denizens of the low tunnels, the savage, reptilian Slithzerikai, emerged. Sensing weakness, they struck, destroying...
iDAPT i1 Eco charger available
IIDAPT has released the eco-friendly IDAPT i1 Eco. The company says it's made of recycled materials, meets Energy Star standards, and minimizes the user’s carbon footprint while charging most electronic devices.
The IDAPT i1 Eco charger helps conserve energy through its auto-off system that turns off the charger while not in use and a re-start button to wake it when necessary. The dual charger can refuel mobile devices while at home or the go via a wall outlet or the included car adapter. Additionally, no chemical painting is used during the manufacturing process in order to ease the process of future recycling.
The IDAPT i1 Eco has two points of charge: a USB port and a tip port. The "future-proof," interchangeable tips system makes it compatible with over 4,000 different devices including the iPad, iPhone and iPod, as well as the BlackBerry, Nintendo 3DS, digital cameras, GPS systems and Bluetooth products.
The IDAPT i1 Eco is available now for US$24.99 at http://www.IDAPTweb....
Winter Voices available at the Macgamestore
Beyond the Pillars' Winter Voices is now available at the Macgamestore (http://www.macgamestore.com). It requires an Intel-based Mac running Mac OS X 10.4 or higher.
Winter Voices can be purchased as a bundle for US$18.95. Or you can buy the prologue and three current episodes individually for $4.99 each.
Here's how the game is described: "Winter Voices is a narrative-driven, episodic, role-playing game set in an imaginary and timeless world at the start of the Industrial Revolution. Players control a 24 year-old heroine as she deals with the death of her father. She must journey through the heart of Winter and battle her worst enemies – her own personal demons.
The first season of the Winter Voices series is comprised of seven downloadable episodes, each unraveling new elements of the character's tale. Winter Voices combines 'point and click' real-time gaming with strictly defensive turn-based combat. As the game alternates real-time dialog and world exploration with combat, players...
PhotoArtista -- Haiku now available for the Mac
JixiPix (http://www.jixipix.com) has introduced PhotoArtista -- Haiku 1.0 for Mac OS X (10.6 and higher), their second app in the PhotoArtista series. It costs US$7.99 and is available worldwide through the Mac App Store in the Graphics & Design category.
PhotoArtista -- Haiku is a "creative media that incorporates traditional techniques as well as the non-traditional to create a unique painting filled with movement and meaning," according to the folks at JixiPix. The Mac version adds borders, refined outlines, a simpler user interface, and fast processing of large images.
PhotoArtista -- Haiku incorporates traditional techniques as well as the non-traditional such as digital photography, and vintage papers to create a painting filled with "movement and meaning." It offers control over the outline, color, detail, and paper and includes two painting styles: Abstract and Stylized .
PhotoArtista -- Haiku offers the ability to save presets to replay on separate photo. There's also a...
SQLabs announces cubeSQL
SQLabs (http://www.sqlabs.com/) has announced cubeSQL, a performance relational database management system built on top of the sqlite database engine. It's a database server targeted to both developers who want to convert a single user database solution to a multiuser project and for companies looking for an "easy-to-maintain" database management system.
cubeSQL runs on Mac OS X, Windows and Linux; it can be embedded into any iOS and Cocoa application. It can be accessed with any JSON client, with PHP, with the native C SDK and with an highly optimized REAL Studio plugin.
On the Mac, cubeSQL requires MacOS X 10.5 or higher. cubeSQL Developer Edition is free and enables developers to create an application based on cubeSQL without paying any fees until they're ready to deploy their application. Commercial licenses start at US$299.
Batchoutput update adds InDesign 5.5 support
Zevrix Solutions (http://www.zevrix.com) has released BatchOutput 3.11.4, an update to its professional solution to automate printing and exporting from Adobe InDesign. The update adds support for InDesign CS 5.5.
BatchOutput is designed to automate and simplify InDesign production workflows of service providers, printers, ad agencies and publishers. With BatchOutput, users only need to select the files to output and adjust the settings, and the rest will be done automatically.
BatchOutput 3.11.4 can be purchased for US$129.95. A demo is available for download. Upgrades to BatchOutput 3.11.4 free for licensed users of version 3.x, and $47.98 for the users of earlier versions. Every order includes a free license of File Courier (a $19.95 value). BatchOutput is available for Mac OS X 10.4.2 and higher, a Universal Binary, and works with Adobe InDesign CS-CS5.
Senator Al Franken (D-Minn.) has released a letter calling for the institution of mandatory privacy policies from all apps offered via the official software marketplaces of Apple and Google.
Franken adds: "Although I believe there is a greater need for transparency and disclosure for the collection and sharing of all personal information, at a minimum, I ask that you require all location-aware applications in your app stores to provide privacy policies that clearly specify what kind of location information is gathered from users, how that information is used, and how...
New lawsuit against Apple claims racial discrimination
Another day, another lawsuit. Employees of Apple's Upper West Side store in New York City have filed a suit for discrimination.
Plaintiffs Brian Johnston, 34, and Nile Charles, 25, have accused Apple of discrimination after an incident they claim occurred on Dec. 9, 2010, according to "AppleInsider" (http://www.appleinsider.com). Both Johnston and Charles went to the store at 1981 Broadway when the incident allegedly began with an Apple employee, said to be white and in his 50s.
The lawsuit notes that Charles and Johnston, who are black, went to the Broadway Apple store wearing "baggy jeans and large sweaters with hoods" to purchase headphones. The plaintiffs say the Apple employee, told them they weren't welcome at the store because of their race, notes "AppleInsider."
The lawsuit was filed earlier this year in February in New York Supreme Court. The filing came to light this month after the case was moved to U.S. District Court in the Southern District of New York.
New Mac Defender variant doesn't require a password
Earlier this month, Intego (http://www.intego.com), a Mac security specialist, discovered the Mac Defender fake antivirus, which targets Mac users via SEO poisoning attacks (web sites set up to take advantage of search engine optimization tricks to get malicious sites to appear at the top of search results).
Since then, several variants have appeared: MacDefender, MacProtector and MacSecurity, all of which are the same application using different names. The goal of this fake antivirus software is to trick users into providing their credit card numbers to supposedly clean out infected files on their Macs.
Intego says it's discovered a new variant of this malware that functions slightly differently. It comes in two parts.
The first part is a downloader, a tool that, after installation, downloads a payload from a web server. As with the Mac Defender malware variants, this installation package, called avSetup.pkg, is downloaded automatically when a user visits a specially crafted web...
iPhone coming to India on May 27
Two of India's telecommunication firms -- Bharti Airtel and Aircel --will start selling the iPhone 4 smartphones in the country from May 27, reports "The Wall Street Journal" (http://macte.ch/dc9CL).
Aircel says it will offer the Apple smartphone under both post-paid and pre-paid subscription plans. Bharti Airtel says it will offer similar plans.
Apple laptops excel in Consumer Reports' ranking
Apple's laptops excelled in the latest Consumer Reports' laptop ratings (http://macte.ch/lJRkK). All models of the MacBook Pro, MacBook and MacBook Air received good to great scores.
The latest 15-inch MacBook Pros led their division with 76 to 78 points (out of 100). The 17-inch models garnered 80 and 81 points, topping their category. The 13-inch MacBook Pro and MacBook rated 70 to 72 points. The MacBook Airs tallied 76 points.
Consumer Reports dubbed the 11-inch MacBook Air as the best choice for mobility, and the 13-inch MacBook Air as the best for mobility without sacrificing performance.
Apple's iPad 2 also fared well. In the tablet computer category, Consume Reports ranked Apple’s 32GB iPad 2 with 3G support in first place. The 32GB iPad with Wi-Fi came in second and the first generation, 32GB iPad with 3G came in third.
AT&T lawsuit talks of 'phantom' traffic
A lawsuit filed by an iPhone owner alleges that AT&T makes monitoring data usage more difficult by not only overbilling its customers for data transactions, but also charging for so-called "phantom" traffic -- actions the customer didn't initiate, reports "ABC News" (http://macte.ch/7uIRl).
The lawsuit, filed by AT&T customer Patrick Hendricks in the Northern District of California and seeking class action status, accuses AT&T of breach of contract and fraud for systematically overcharging for data usage.
"AT&T's billing system for iPhone and iPad data transactions is like a rigged gas pump that charges for a full gallon when it pumps only nine-tenths of a gallon into your car's tank," the complaint says, attempting to represent all U.S. AT&T customers with a limited data plan for Apple's iPhone or iPad.
Barry Davis, an attorney with Thornton, Davis & Fein, P.A. in Miami, the firm representing Hendricks, said the suit was filed after an independent computer...
Apple tells how to deal with Mac Defender malware
Apple has posted an article (http://support.apple.com/kb/HT4650) on "how to avoid or remove Mac Defender malware."
A recent phishing scam has targeted Mac users by redirecting them from legitimate websites to fake websites that tell them that their computer is infected with a virus. The user is then offered Mac Defender "anti-virus" software to solve the issue.
This “anti-virus” software is malware (i.e. malicious software). Its ultimate goal is to get the user's credit card information, which may be used for fraudulent purposes. The most common names for this malware are MacDefender, MacProtector and MacSecurity.
Apple says it will deliver a Mac OS X software update soon that will automatically find and remove Mac Defender malware and its known variants. The update will also help protect users by providing an explicit warning if they download this malware.
Twelve South rewrites BookBook for the MacBook Air
Twelve South (http://www.twelvesouth.com) has unveiled the latest chapter in BookBooks: BookBook for MacBook Air, a new version of the company's vintage book-style case.
The new version (US$79.99), designed exclusively for MacBook Air, is made of genuine leather and is hand-distressed to ensure that no two are alike, according to the folks at Twelve South. Weighing as little as 13 ounces, it sports two hardback covers that shield against impact, while extended corners and a padded spine cushion the MacBook Air in the event of a drop.
A soft, chocolate brown, padded interior keeps the Apple laptop nestled in place when traveling. The two designer cornices on the top of the case indicate which side of the case is the top so you always open BookBook right side up.
The can be used as a traditional sleeve, or the two interior soft elastic bands can be slipped around the corners of MacBook Air to work with it inside the case. BookBook for MacBook Air is available for both the 11- and 13-...
Analyst offers three reasons why Apple's stock will go...
In a note to clients -- as reported by "Fortune" (http://macte.ch/M7940) -- Piper Jaffray offered three reasons why he says Apple's stock will soon go even higher:
° "Even if the multiple does not increase or goes down, we believe the stock will move higher based on positive earnings revisions. Apple currently trades at 10.8x our CY12 EPS of $30.78 including cash, 8.5x ex-cash. Assuming Apple does more than $48 in EPS in CY14 (25% EPS growth), at current levels the stock would trade at a 6.9x EPS including cash and 4.4x EPS excluding an estimated $120/share in cash. We believe a mid-teens multiple is warranted given EPS growth rates in the mid-to-high 20s over the next four years."
° "We believe Apple's entrance into a new product category, possibly televisions, will unlock new perceived value in the company, and thus the stock."
° "We expect Apple to announce software features for iPhones, iPads and Macs at WWDC on 6/6 that could serve as a near-term catalyst, as expectations for the...
ANSA releases 'Dragon Dictate: Watch and Learn' video...
Application Systems North America (http://www.applicationsystems.com) has announced "Dragon Dictate for Mac: Watch and Learn," a video training guide by Dan Newman.
This new series of 12 QuickTime video lessons by the speech recognition expert shows you how to get the most from Dragon Dictate. It has lessons on how to get up and running quickly, tips and techniques for accurate dictation, and more.
The 12 video lessons are: Setup and Training, Starting to Dictate, Quick Tour, Punctuation and Capitalization, Spelling and Numbers, Correcting by Keyboard, Correcting by Voice, Adding New Words, Improving Accuracy, Healthy Computing, Tips for Speaking and Dictating and Text Macros.
The "Dragon Dictate for Mac: Watch and Learn" video training guide is available immediately as a download from Application Systems North America. Physical product will be available in June. The suggested retail price is US$49.95.
Recosoft ships ID2Office 1.0 plug-in for InDesign
Recosoft Corp. (http://www.recosoft.com) has released ID2Office, an InDesign plug-in to convert InDesign files to the Microsoft Office file formats.
It converts the text, associated fonts and styles, paragraph structure, corresponding property information, frames linking information, tables, graphics and other InDesign object and document properties to the matching Microsoft Word/PowerPoint object and File properties. It converts every page into an equivalent page in the resulting Word/PowerPoint file.
ID2Office supports InDesign CS4/CS5/CS5.5. It requires an Intel-based Mac running Mac OS X 10.4.11 or higher. An annual subscription license costs US$199.
iWeb Themes Park adds new templates
iWeb Themes Park (http://www.iwebthemespark.com) has introduced new themes for iWeb, Apple's web design application. The new themes are Dice, Lines, Shining Blue, Shreds and World Stage.
All the themes from iWeb Themes Park consist of separate elements, each of which can be modified, replaced or removed. You can also mix the elements among different themes.
To use iWeb themes from iWeb Themes Park requires a Mac with iWeb from iLife '08 or later. The iWeb Themes Box of 125 themes is priced at US$29.99. Each template is available for $11.99 or $12.99. Four iWeb Themes are free for everyone.
Kerio announces Kerio Connect 7.2
Kerio Technologies has announced Kerio Connect 7.2, the latest release of its messaging and collaboration platform that provides email, contacts and calendar management through desktop email clients, web browsers and smart phones.
Intended exclusively for SMB organizations with anywhere from 5-500 employees, Kerio Connect 7.2 is an alternative to Microsoft Exchange with a choice of supported OS platforms. The new Microsoft Outlook 2011 for Mac now works natively with Kerio Connect 7.2, providing email, calendar, contact, and task synchronization with the server.
Mac users also have a choice of Microsoft Entourage 2004 and 2008 or Apple Mail and iCal as clients that also work fully with Kerio Connect. With Kerio Connect 7.2 's web access to administration, email can be configured and users can be added and deleted remotely. When users are deleted, they're automatically removed from all groups. Administrators also have the ability to prevent users from changing passwords for enhanced...
Gene Construction Kit ready for Lion
Textco BioSoftware has released an upgraded version of their DNA plasmid mapping software, Gene Construction Kit (GCK 3.5), for Mac OS X (10.4 and higher) and Windows.
In anticipation of the pending Apple operating system upgrade, this GCK release is compatible with Mac OS 10.7 Lion. Also, version 3.5 takes full advantage of the processors found inside the Intel Macs and is completely updated to Universal Binary, according to the folks at Textco.
A free upgrade is being offered to current GCK 3.0 license holders. To mark the release of GCK 3.5, Textco BioSoftware is offering special "introductory discount' pricing to both new customers -- -and labs-- looking to expand the use of GCK to additional users. For more info, and a free demo, go to http://www.textco.com/resources.php .
Portfolio mobile for Mac gets reporting features
Bare Reef has announced Portfolio mobile 1.0.14 (http://www.portfoliomobile.com), an update to its stock portfolio management application for Mac OS X (10.6 and higher). It's available for US$24.99 in the Finance category of the Mac App Store.
Version 1.0.14 includes new features including reporting and categories. These new tools help users track their investments in more powerful ways and aid in preparation of tax filings, says Bare Reef President Greg Hoover.
Portfolio mobile offers: support for multiple portfolios; support for trading in multiple currencies; technical charting; broker integration using Open Financial Exchange (OFX); portfolio performance comparison and charting; and web-based management and backup.
Inpreflight For Indesign ready for CS 5.5
Zevrix Solutions (http://www.zevrix.com) has updated InPreflight Pro -- its quality control, packaging automation and preflight reporting solution for Adobe InDesign -- to version 2.9.2. The new version adds compatibility with Adobe Creative Suite 5.5.
InPreflight provides a preflight solution for service providers, printers, ad agencies, designers and publishing houses. It gathers information about document fonts, colors and links and lets users locate potential problems according to preflight presets. The software is also a packaging automation solution that allows users to preflight and package multiple documents.
Among other abilities, it can collect all files into one folder, eliminating the need to collect the same links multiple times for each design. In addition, InPreflight lets users print graphic preflight reports and save them as fully searchable interactive PDF files, providing a way to analyze, archive and send reports to service providers.
InPreflight Pro/Studio can be...
Boris XML Transfer 3 introduces support for Avid Media Composer
Boris FX (http://www.borisfx.com) announced Boris XML Transfer 3. New to version 3, the Avid to After Effects workflow allows for direct import and translation of the Avid AAF format file.
Boris XML Transfer is an Adobe After Effects plug-in designed for the transfer of Avid Media Composer and Apple Final Cut Pro program sequences to Adobe After Effects. The plug-in preserves all aspects of an Avid Media Composer or Apple Final Cut Pro project, including edits, cuts, dissolves, and treatments.
In addition, Boris XML Transfer offers the ability to translate Boris Continuum Complete effects used in Avid or Final Cut Pro projects to corresponding Boris Continuum Complete effects in After Effect. Version 3 for Mac OS X is immediately available through the Boris FX worldwide reseller channel and direct from the Boris FX web site for a manufacturer's suggested retail price of US$299.
Version 3 is a free upgrade for all Boris XML Transfer Version users. A fully functioning 14-day trial...
Data Rescue gets support for new file types
Prosoft Engineering has updated Data Rescue (http://www.prosoftengineering.com), the data rescue utility for Mac OS X, to version 3.2. The upgrade has support for many new file types, as well as improvements in overall functionality and results.
Data Rescue is a hard drive and file recovery software for the Mac. It works even when your hard drive fails to mount or boot. The software doesn't attempt any repairs to the drive it's scanning; it focuses on data recovery, not hard drive repair. You will need to save your recovered files to either an internal or external hard drive (USB or FireWire), removable media device (such as a Zip or MO) or a networked drive.
There are two ways to run Data Rescue. You may run it from the Boot DVD or you may run it as an application, depending on your circumstances. Data Rescue costs US$99 for a personal use license and $249 for a professional use license. Version 3.2 is a free update for registered users.
Cheetah3D for Mac gets new Preferences window
Cheetah 3D (http://www.cheetah3d.com/) -- software for modeling, animating and rendering 3D objects -- has been updated to version 5.7. The upgrade adds a new preferences window, extends the hotkey handling, allows the customization of many user interface colors and improves the Collada exporter.
The new transform tool now supports multi-object selections, a gadget mode to arbitrarily align the transform gadget and improved snapping tools for precise modeling. Version 5.6 also introduces post- and pre-rotations. The added support for many video codecs like H.264 or MPEG-4, plus many small workflow enhancements, rounds out the new features.
Cheetah3D costs US$149 for a single user version; however, version 5.7 is a free update for all registered users of version 5.x and is a $69 for an upgrade from versions 1.x, 2.x, 3.x and 4.x. It requires requires at least Mac OS X 10.4. It's a Universal Binary product, which means it will run natively on both PowerPC and Intel Macs.
'MacVoices' looks at helping start-ups start up
On the new "MacVoices" (http://www.macvoices.com), Mark Fuccio is off on a new adventure, helping tech start-ups, well, start up. There are many challenges facing anyone trying to bring a product, hardware or software, to market. M
Fuccio discusses some of those, including determining the right price, finding funding through a variety of sources, and some of the pitfalls that are and are not obvious. He shares his thoughts on the Kickstarter model, and covers how his new company, Tactics will offer consulting on all of this and more.
MacVoices" is an Internet show and podcast that delivers in-depth discussions with the most influential people in the Mac industry, as well as "the individuals who are out there making it happen on the front lines of the global Apple community," according to host Chuck Joiner.
Apple releases Logic Express 9.1.4
Logic has released version 9.1.4 of Logic Express. Apple says the update improves overall stability and addresses a number of minor issues. The update is recommended for all users of Logic Express 9.
You can download Logic Express 9.1.4 at http://support.apple.com/kb/DL1015 or via the Software Update component of Mac OS X's Systems Preferences app. It's a 138.74MB download and requires Mac OS X 10.5.8.
iHS iSuppli: iPad stings computer sales
Rising consumer interest in media tablets like Apple's iPad is beginning to take a toll on the global computer market, with shipments of desktops and notebooks in the first quarter of 2011 declining compared to the same period in 2010, according to new IHS iSuppli (http://www.isuppli.com) research.
Worldwide computer shipments amounted to 81.3 million units in the first quarter of 2011, down 0.3% from 81.6 million during the first quarter of 2010, says the research group. Three out of the world’s top five computer makers suffered year-over-year declines in shipments during the quarter (but, interestingly, not Apple).
No. 3-ranked Acer, which sells a high proportion of netbook-type computers that face a direct competitive threat from media tablets, bore the brunt of the downturn, with its first-quarter shipments plunging by 20.4% to 9.2 million units, down from 11.6 million during the same period in 2010.
“The increasing momentum of the media tablet market, led by the iPad, is...
Objectify for Mac lets you create Objective-C Code from JS
Tigerbears has introduced Objectify 1.0, a new Mac application for Mac and iOS developers that creates Cocoa class implementations based on JSON content.
Objectify saves developers time and effort by building customizable model classes from JSON content, whether from a web service or a local source, according to Bill Kunz, founder of tigerbears and developer of Objectify. These classes can be exported as Objective-C source code, ready to be used in the developer's editor of choice.
JSON is becoming the de facto standard data format for web APIs (application programming interfaces) and is used in thousands of applications on the Mac, iPhone and iPad. Modeling this content in software is a time-consuming chore for iOS and Mac developers that invites bugs and heartache until now, says Kunz.
Objectify saves Cocoa developers time and effort by automatically building customizable model classes from JSON content, he adds. . These classes can be exported as Objective-C source code files,...
Samsung must show cell phones to Apple in legal brouhaha
Samsung Electronics has been ordered to turn over five of its not-yet-released mobile phones to Apple, reports the "Courthouse News Service" (http://macte.ch/YxXXw). Sitting in Federal Court in San Jose, Judge Lucy Koh ruled that Apple deserves the quick production of cell phone samples three months earlier than usual in the litigation process, though she drew the line at requiring testimony from Samsung executives, the article adds.
"Apple has demonstrated good cause for some, limited expedited discovery," Koh said. "While Apple has not yet filed a motion for preliminary injunction, courts have found that expedited discovery may be justified to allow a plaintiff to determine whether to seek an early injunction.
Among other evidence presented by Apple, the judge cited a TV news report that quotes a Samsung executive saying, "We will have to improve the parts [of the Galaxy Tab 10.1] that are inadequate. Apple made [the iPad 2] very thin," notes the "Courthouse News Service." The...
Strategy Analytics: Samsung Galaxy S Overtakes the Apple iPhone...
Galaxy S smartphones from Samsung outsold Apple iPhones in Japan during the first quarter of 2011, which places Samsung in the ranks of the top four handset vendors of Japan for the first time, according to Strategy Analytics (http://www.strategyanalytics.com). Android smartphones are now outselling iOS smartphones in Japan, according to the research group.
“The Japanese market had always been tough to crack for foreign vendors as all previous attempts had failed," says Tom Kang, director of the Handset Country Share Tracker service at Strategy Analytics. "With smartphones, things are changing rapidly. First, Apple shook up the market with the iPhone, and now, for the first time, Samsung, is shipping more handsets than most local vendors, such as NEC, Casio and Kyocera.”
Neil Mawston, Director, Strategy Analytics, adds: “Strategy Analytics believes that the healthy demand for the Android-powered Galaxy S at NTT DoCoMo drove Samsung growth in Japan. Samsung is the main player behind...
Active Tables for Adobe InDesign shipping
DTP Tools has released Active Tables, a plug-in that turns Adobe InDesign into a spreadsheet editor. The plug-in allows users to insert formulas instead of final numbers, having the numbers re-calculated when the source data changes.
Formulas can process text and conditions, such as adjust tax amount on the invoice automatically based on the customer location. Active Tables allows designers to stay in InDesign and not have to go back to Numbers, Excel or other program to edit the source.
Active Tables plug-in is sold for US$79 per license. A 14-day demo version for InDesign CS3-CS5 on Mac OS and Windows is available for download (http://www.dtptools.com/activetables).
DEVONAgent Express is new web search utility
DEVONtechnologies (http://www.devon-technologies.com) has released DEVONAgent Express on the Mac App Store. It requires Mac OS X 10.6.6 and costs US$$4.99.
DEVONagent Express, the latest Mac product from DEVONtechnologies, makes the search technology behind DEVONagent available from any app on the Mac and is easy-to-use, says Eric Böhnisch-Volkmann, president of DEVONtechnologies. Just like Spotlight searches the computer DEVONagent Express searches the web and presents the results directly in its menu.
DEVONagent Express adds a menu to the right hand side of the menu bar that lets the user choose the best search engine for the job, then type a query, and run the search. The app comes with more than 80 pre-fab plug-ins that let it talk to the earch engines and services that people use every day: Google, Bing, Yahoo, YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, Wikipedia, the App Store, and many, many more.
All results are collected and presented directly in the menu, can be previewed when hovering...
Quark, Perseus Books Group partner for digital publishing
Quark and The Perseus Books Group have entered into an agreement to implement Quark’s dynamic publishing software for book production, with a target launch of early fall.
Through its Constellation service, Perseus will use Quark’s dynamic publishing solution to simplify and automate the process of publishing books across formats. A core feature of the Quark solution is the ability to create a single-source document that can be delivered across multiple types of media. The original book file is created in an e-book compatible format that is ready for export to the Web, social media, and mobile devices without further conversion.
Once implemented, all publishers using Constellation will be able to allow their creators to author structured content easily in a Microsoft Word user interface that does not require knowledge of XML, says David Steinberger, CEO and president of The Perseus Books Group. It also minimizes training and increases productivity by leveraging familiar tools, he...
'Early bird' discount for 2011 FileMaker Conference...
Attendees registering for the annual FileMaker Developer Conference have until June 17, 2011 to take advantage of the “early bird” discount and save up to US$300 off the full conference registration price. After June 17, the full conference fee of $1,595 will apply.
The 2011 FileMaker Developer Conference will be Aug. 2-5 at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront Hotel in San Diego, California. This year’s conference features over 60 FileMaker sessions including many that cover the core of FileMaker solution development, including: "FileMaker Calculation and Scripting Essentials," "Practical Techniques for Improving WAN Performance," "Surviving as an In-House Developer" and "Data Modeling in Practice."
Attendees can also learn more about FileMaker Go for iPhone and iPad with sessions that explore design, sync, and integration strategies. For a complete listing of all sessions, go to http://www.filemaker.com/r/dc2011_pr . In addition to increasing their technical expertise, attendees can meet...
Kanex releases mLinq, AirBlue
Kanex (http://www.kanexlive.com) has released two new products: the mLinq and the AirBlue.
The US$99 mLinq is an USB-to-HDMI adapter that supports full 1080p HD. It's designed to enable a simple and cost effective way for extending and connecting your Mac to a second or third display in high-definition. Mac users can now utilize up to three displays showing content from; the notebook screen, a second display via the Mini DisplayPort to your Apple LED Cinema Display and the third from the USB port to your HDTV.
For legacy Macs (2006-2009 models) that don't include a Mini DisplayPort connector, the mLinq lets the computers connect to any HDMI enabled external display such as an HD projector, monitor or an HDTV. The mLinq is USB powered and sports a built-in LED light.
The $49 AirBlue is a portable, Bluetooth music receiver that enables you to wirelessly play, listen and control all your favorite media from your iPod touch, iPhone or MP3 player through your home stereo or speakers. To...
Enhance Technology shipping 3TB HDD storage system
Enhance Technology (http://www.enhance-tech.com) has announced the availability of 3TB SATA drives for its EnhanceRAID workgroup & departmental storage systems. The E400 and E800 Series are purportedly the first desktop storage systems shipping with 3TB SATA drives.
The EnhanceRAID series 3TB offers 24TB in 0.31 cubit feet for the desktop 8-drive E800 Series and 12TB in 0.20 cu ft for desktop 4-drive E400 Series. Its True backplane design lowers latency and increases reliability, according to the folks at Enhance Technology. Multiple host interfaces are available for easy data transfer and sharing between workgroups & departments.
The EnhanceRAID E400 and E800 Series storage systems populated with 3TB HDDs are now available immediately through its worldwide dealer network. For more information, go to the Enhance Technology web site.
Box Shot 3D for Mac OS X gets Collada import feature
Applications for Life (http://www.appsforlife.com/) has announced Box Shot 3D 3.4, an update to their US$60 Mac OS X/Windows compatible utility that renders 3D shapes using provided images. The upgrade brings the support of Collada format and fixes some issues.
Box Shot 3D allows you to render software boxes, book covers, magazines, CD, DVD and Blu-Ray boxes, cans, bottles, mugs, bags and more. No 3D knowledge is required.
Box Shot 3D costs US$80. A demo version is available for download at the Applications for Life web site.
VintageScene for Mac OS X updated to version 2.0
JixiPix has released VintageScene 2.0 (http://www.jixipix.com/vintage-scene/vintage-scene.html), an update of the retro photography application. It requires Mac OS X 10.6 or later and costs US$7.99, though version 2.0 9 is a free update for registered users.
VintageScene is software for converting new photographs into retro, aged, and vintage style effects. With it you can take total control over the age, fade, distress, weathering, and tint of photos, assign paper age and color, choose an overlay or border to accentuate the age of the photo, add details, and more. Version 2.0 adds a new user interface, as well as a new effect called "Faded Time" that recreates a photograph that has been faded and severely weathered.
With VintageScene, you can emulate looks from the early 1800s all the way through current times. You can also: control the age and color of a photo; assign paper age and color; choose an overlay or border to accentuate the age of the photo and add details; save presets...