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Feb 03
Barcode Express now shipping
The Mac Barcode Company has introduced Barcode Express 1.0 (http://www.mac-barcode.com/express/), a software package for creating barcodes for Mac OS X. It costs US$99; a demo is available for download. With Barcode Express, type in your barcode number, set a few options, click save, and -- voila -- instant barcode. The software supports all industry standards, and makes vector EPS files that import into Adobe Illustrator, InDesign, and Photoshop. PNG, TIFF, and JPEG are supported, too. Barcode Express makes UPC, EAN, ISBN, and other barcode types for use on product packages, books, labels, and more. With Instant Preview, it lets you see your barcode as you type it and change the settings, so you always know what you're going to get.
Feb 03
Some publishers wary of Apple's digital subscription service
Apple's plans to funnel more electronic sales of magazines, newspapers and other content through its iTunes store is making some publishers "uneasy," according to the "Wall Street Journal" (http://macte.ch/kKLCZ). Apple wants to popularize subscription sales of digital content for the iPad via an upcoming coming new delivery and billing system (well, actually, it's already here, though only the Daily, which debuted yesterday, is using it). At the same time, Apple is tightening enforcement of a rule governing how some apps for the iPad must handle sales, a shift that affects online books as well as other electronic publications, says the "Journal." "Apple's moves are a hot topic, in part because they could require publishers to share revenue from some content with the Silicon Valley company for the first time," the article says. "The hardware maker also could require that publishers forgo collecting valuable subscriber data they rely on to market their products, an issue that has...
Feb 03
27 individuals busted for fraudulently buying Apple products
Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr., today announced indictments of 27 individuals in connection with “S3,” a credit card forgery and identity theft ring based in Brooklyn that compromised hundreds of bank accounts, and fraudulently purchased Apple products from stores around the country to resell for profit. Charges in the indictments include Grand Larceny in the Second Degree, Grand Larceny in the Third Degree, Grand Larceny in the Fourth Degree, Conspiracy in the Fourth Degree, Forgery in the Second Degree, and Criminal Possession of a Forged Instrument in the Second Degree. The crimes charged in the two indictments total 57 counts on two separate conspiracies: 48 counts on the first conspiracy, which occurred between June 2008 and December 2010, and nine counts on the second conspiracy, which occurred between September 2010 and December 2010. The defendants were the target of a joint investigation by the New York County District Attorney’s Office’s Cybercrime and...
Feb 03
iKit rolls out NuCharge case for the iPhone 4
iKit has announced the NuCharge case available for both AT&T and Verizon iPhone 4. The NuCharge doubles the battery life of your device, providing a charge solution, ensuring your device is always functional. This black lightweight case (6mm thick and weighs two ounces) packs a charge, unleashing 1400 mAh of power. It features a slim elegant design and is crafted to protect your iPhone against drops and scratches. The NuCharge also comes with an on/off switch to cater to conserve power when not in use. The battery life is indicated on the front of the case by a blue LED light to remind you just how much back-up time you have.   A kickstand is also integrated into this case for landscape and video viewing, and full access to all buttons is maintained, providing maximum functionality of your iPhone 4. The NuCharge for AT&T and Verizon iPhone 4 is now available at http://www.iKit.com in a sleek black finish for $64.95.
Feb 03
Quark presents iPad publishing eSeminar
On Wednesday, Feb. 9, Quark will host a free eSeminar to detail how a new module for Quark Publishing System that reduces the creative and technical barriers associated with publishing to the iPad. Quark Publishing System is the editorial workflow system that is the core of Quark’s dynamic and digital publishing solutions for mid-to-large business organizations. With the new module, called App Studio, professional and corporate publishers who use Quark Publishing System can create and publish custom iPad apps and put designers in control of producing compelling digital publications, according to the folks at Quark. 

"Publish Custom Branded iPad Apps with Quark Publishing System" will be held at 9 am (Mountain Time). You can register at https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/298286384 .
Feb 03
Horizon 2.1 released in the Mac App Store
Lucerne Systems has announced Horizon 2.1, exclusively in the Mac App Store. Horizon is a calendar-based personal financial analysis system. It requires Mac OS X 10.6.6 and costs US$29.95. Version 2.1 adds a DayZoom feature, and a special import feature for App Store developers. These additions join a number of bug fixes and enhancements already found in Horizon 2. Horizon 2 builds on the calendar-based analysis concept introduced in Horizon by adding edit-in-place cells, simpler, "infinite" repeats, a "shuttle" control to navigate between months, and animated transitions between months and views. A 30-day, fully functioning trial version is available from the Lucerne Systems home page (http://www.lucernesys.com).
Feb 03
KeynotePro announces Tribeca Theme for Keynote '09
KeynotePro (http://www.keynotepro.com) has introduced Tribeca, a new theme for Keynote '09. Keynote is the presentation component of Apple's US$79 iWork suite. Tribeca was inspired by the New York City neighborhood of the same name. It's especially designed for presentations on architecture, fashion or high-impact corporate themes. The Tribeca theme includes 27 master slides -- a mix of narrative and image-driven styles, including Full Spectrum and Inline slides in the Tribeca signature style. The core layouts encompass a range of general-purpose styles, including new Citation and Compare and Contrast masters. Tribeca HD, available exclusively in the Tribeca Pro and Pro Mobile Editions, expands the style into HD format with aspect-optimized 16:9 and 16:10 versions of the Tribeca design. The Tribeca EP Edition themes -- included in the Tribeca Pro Mobile Edition -- take the Tribeca style to the iPhone/iPod touch or classic-format video-capable iPod in a format optimized for small-...
Feb 03
Vault only at the Mac App Store
Hubapps (http://hubapps.com) has released Vault 1.1 (http://hubapps.com/vault) for Mac OS X, a solution for creating and using encrypted file storage vaults on the Mac. It requires Mac OS X 10.6 or higher and costs US$9.99. It's available exclusively through the Mac App Store in the Utilities category. It sports an animated, point-and-click interface and a set of built-in actions for files contained in vaults. Vault lets anyone create, access, and safeguard "encrypted disk images" -- basically secure folders on the Mac. You create a new vault with a password, and then it can be opened and closed at leisure. Files dropped in the vault will be visible while the vault is open -- and not visible when the vault is closed. Vaults are portable and can be opened with (and only with) the correct password, and are protected with 256-bit AES encryption (superior to Blowfish).
Feb 03
MenuStrip 3.5 exclusively at the Mac App Store
Indeeo has updated MenuStrip (http://www.indeeo.com/menustrip/index.html), their menu bar utility application for Mac OS X, to version 3.5. It's now available exclusively on the Mac App Store. To celebrate the launch of MenuStrip on the Mac App Store, it's currently on sale for US$9.99. MenuStrip allows users to create their own menu items with their most commonly used applications, files, or folders. Users can also create "Action Buttons" that launch, hide, and quit groups of applications at once. MenuStrip's menu items can be displayed in the menu bar, or in a floating collapsable control strip that can be placed anywhere on the screen. Version 3.5 adds support and compatibility for Mac OS X 10.6. It can also be expanded with plug-ins. The currently available plug-ins allow menu bar access to Address Book contacts, an easily browse-able organized Safari history, and iTunes playback controls.
Feb 03
Jumsoft announces Process for the Mac App Store
Jumsoft (http://www.jumsoft.com) has announced Process 3.0.13, an update to its productivity app for Mac OS X, on the Mac App Store. Process is a productivity application that combines outlining, note taking, and project managing. Users can brainstorm, organize, schedule, plan, coordinate, collaborate, and do the work. Process 3.0.13 is available from the Mac App Store in the Productivity category. The introductory price is US$18.99 until March 1; after that, it will cost $38.99. The application works with Mac OS X 10.5 or later.
Feb 03
TimeCache update for Mac OS X improves workgroup support
The PandaWare Company (http://www.pandaware.com) has updated TimeCache -- its time and expense billing app for Mac OS X 10.3.9 and higher -- to version 8.0.12. The update offers improvements to workgroup support and to importing information from iCal, and several bug fixes. TimeCache offers support for timed or manual entries, retainer billing, customizable invoices and reports, printing options, and flexible data entry options. It also offers tracking of all a user's computer activity, the ability to save fine-grained details with time and expense entries, can use Apple Address Book entries for client contact information, can produce charts of billable time and expenses, and can import from and export to iCal calendars. Licenses for TimeCache are US$70 per user. Version 8.0.12 is a free update for registered users of version 8.x. Registered TimeCache 7 users can purchase an upgrade to version 8 for $40. A demo is available for download.
Feb 02
AT&T's Hotspot app coming Feb. 13
Playing catch-up to Verizon, AT&T (http://www.att.com) says select smartphone customers will soon be able to connect multiple devices from their smartphone -- via Wi-Fi -- thanks to the new AT&T Mobile Hotspot application. Bundled with the AT&T Data Pro plan, customers will get 4GB for US$45 per month. Also on Feb. 13, to bring AT&T's smartphone tethering plan in line with the AT&T Mobile Hotspot offer, AT&T will automatically add the additional 2GB of monthly data usage to smartphone customers already on a tethering plan at no extra charge. Customers will incur the same $20 monthly fee they're accustomed to paying, only now they'll receive an extra 2GB of data each month. AT&T Mobile Hotspot details include connectivity for multiple wireless devices to AT&T's mobile broadband network and 2GB of data usage for $20 a month, bundled with AT&T's Data Pro plan ($25/2GB). Customers will receive a text message from AT&T once the additional 2GB has...
Feb 02
The Daily debuts on the iPad
Rupert Murdoch, Chairman and CEO of News Corporation, unveiled The Daily, the industry’s first national daily news publication created from the ground up for the iPad. “New times demand new journalism,” says Murdoch. “So we built The Daily completely from scratch -- on the most innovative device to come about in my time -- the iPad. The magic of great newspapers -- and great blogs -- lies in their serendipity and surprise, and the touch of a good editor. We’re going to bring that magic to The Daily -- to inform people, to make them think, to help them engage in the great issues of the day. And as we continue to improve and evolve, we are going to use the best in new technology to push the boundaries of reporting.” The Daily mixes text, photography, audio, video, information graphics, touch interactivity and real-time data and social feeds. Led by Editor-in-Chief Jesse Angelo and Publisher Greg Clayman, The Daily is the first application made available on the Apple Ap Store as a...
Feb 02
Best Buy to offer iPhone 4 on Verizon Wireless
Best Buy (http://www.bestbuy.com) has announced that the iPhone 4 from Apple on the Verizon Wireless network will be available in Best Buy and Best Buy Mobile specialty stores across the country beginning Feb. 10, the first day the device is available to the public.
 
 “The iPhone 4 is an important device for Best Buy and we are excited to help Apple and Verizon Wireless bring it to even more consumers,” says Shawn Score, president of Best Buy Mobile. “Our customers have come to expect Best Buy and Best Buy Mobile stores to carry the best selection of mobile phones anywhere, and offering the iPhone 4 on Verizon’s network is our latest effort to deliver on that promise.”
 
 The iPhone 4 on Verizon Wireless retails for US$199 for 16GB model and $299 for the 32GB model with a new or qualified upgrade with two-year agreement.
Feb 02
Smartphone market a three-way race
Nielsen Wire (http://blog.nielsen.com/nielsenwire/?p=25901) says that the competition between smartphone operating systems is a heated one. When it comes to the installed base -- that is, U.S. mobile consumers who already own smartphones -- it's three-way tie between Blackberry RIM, the smartphone pioneer, Apple’s IOS, which revolutionized the smartphone and popularized mobile apps, and Android OS, the operating system created by Google which has been taking the market by storm. Analyzing the preferences of those who purchased a smartphone in the past six months paints a different picture, however, one in which Android is clearly in the lead with 43% of recent acquirers purchasing an Android device, compared to 26% for Apple iOS and 20% for Blackberry RIM. Apple’s iOs is the favorite among U.S. smartphone owners who are Asians/Pacific Islanders. Thirty-six percent of Asian/Pacific Islander who own smartphones have iPhones. On the other hand, RIM Blackberry is preferred by 31% of...
Feb 02
iPhone 4 on Verizon available for pre-order tomorrow
Verizon Wireless’ 94 million customers can pre-order the iPhone 4 online beginning on Thursday, Feb. 3, through the Apple Store (http://www.apple.com) and at http://www.verizonwireless.com/iphone . Due to high demand, customer orders will be fulfilled on a first come, first served basis. Beginning on Wednesday, Feb. 9, all qualified customers will be able to order an iPhone 4 on Verizon through the Apple Store for delivery or reserve for in-store pick up beginning Feb. 10. Beginning at 7 a.m. local time on Thursday, February 10, the iPhone 4 on Verizon will be available to all qualified customers at Apple’s retail stores. The iPhone 4 will also be available at more than 2,000 Verizon Wireless Communication Stores nationwide. The iPhone 4 on the Verizon Wireless network will be available for a suggested retail price of US$199 for the 16GB model and $299 for the 32GB model with a new two-year agreement.
Feb 02
Apple looking for iOS photography software engineer
Adding to the mounting evidence that Apple plans to add cameras to its next-generation iPad, the company's digital photography team is hiring a software engineer to create applications for the iPad platform, reports "AppleInsider," which found a new job listing (http://macte.ch/YHQDR) for an iOS photography software engineer. Apple's Digital Photography team is looking for a "dynamic software engineer with the drive and desire to deliver great photography applications for the Mac and iPad platforms. "The Digital Photography team has delivered top applications including iPhoto and Aperture on the Mac platform," says Apple. "As a member of the team, you will help us with text rendering and editing and HTML generation for publishing and viewing photo based content." Preferred skills are Mac OS X and/or iOS programming experience and UIKit, Cocoa and Core Text and CoreAnimation experience. Apple says that image processing experience is also a bonus.
Feb 02
Digital Film Tools rolls out PhotoCopy for Final Cut, Photoshop...
Digital Film Tools, a developer of visual effects software, has released PhotoCopy, software for creating a photographic reproduction of a printed or graphic work made with a process in which a new image is formed by the action of proprietary image analysis, color, texture and light. Whether it's still or moving images, the key attributes are copied from one image and applied to another, says Marco Paolini, founder and president, Digital Film Tools. With Photocopy, you can pick from 94 Academy Award nominated movies, including "Apocalypse Now," "Blade Runner," "Frankenstein," "Gone with the Wind," "King Kong" and "The Lord of the Rings." You can choose from 72 paintings from artists such as Cezanne, Chagall, Greco, Leonardo, Monet, Rembrandt, Renoir and Van Gogh. You can select from 40 photographs by various masters of photography including Abbott, Andreev, Cunningham, Fenton, Nadar, Outerbridge, Stieglitz and Weston. With Photocopy, you can try one of 30 historical processes, some...
Feb 02
Cubetastic is new puzzle game for the Mac
DoPanic Studios has introduced Cubetastic 1.0 (http://www.cubetasticapp.com/) at the Mac App Store. The $1.99 game plays out as a 3D maze where users guide a light from start to finish by combining and recombining the cells on a cube. It requires Mac OS X 10.6.6 and can be found in the Games category. Here's how Cubetastic is described: "Set atop a 3D cube consisting of smaller rotating cubes, users are tasked with navigating a ball of colored light from its starting tile to the designated finishing tile by arranging and rearranging the cube to create a solid path consisting of same colored tiles for the light to cross on. Developed to provide users with a puzzle game that offers boundless challenges and boundless entertainment, Cubetastic is currently available on the Mac App Store on sale for just $1.99 for a limited time only. "This uniquely structured puzzle adventure requires users to think three dimensionally if they hope to successfully advance within the game from one stage to...
Feb 02
Bubble Harp comes to the Mac App Store
Developer Scott Snibbe (http://snibbe.com) says Bubble Harp 1.0, his visual music app is now available in the Mac App Store. With Bubble Harp, it's possible to create music just by moving your mouse or fingers. Because it's algorithmically generated, the song shifts subtly each time it repeats, like a jazz musician might riff on a scale or theme, Snibbe says. It's based on his iOS app of the same name. The Mac version features a new "heads-up" interface that pops up from the bottom of the screen to allow change the musical scale, tempo, drawing speed, and other parameters. Bubble Harp requires Mac OS X 10.6 or later and costs US$1.99.
Feb 02
AutoCrypt is app for batch processing encryption of documents
Pomola (http://www.pomola.com) has released AutoCrypt for batch processing encryption of documents. It lets you save in a document all the settings used to create encrypted archives. Using AutoCrypt, a single click is enough to encrypt hundred of files from a source to another places. Using the blowfish mechanism, all the encrypted files will be totally unreadable by anyone except who knows the correct password, according to the folks at Pomola. The obtained encrypted files can be transmitted or stored in unsafe place without any security problem. All the setting used to encrypt the original files, are saved inside an AutoCrypt document. AutoCrypt Mac OS X requires 10.5 or higher. It's Universal Binary so runs natively on both PowerPC and Intel Macs. AutoCrypt is being offered an introductory price of US$7.
Feb 02
MyService offers 3TB iMac, Mac Pro hard drive upgrade
MyService (http://www.myservice.com) has announced a new 3TB hard drive upgrade for the iMac and Mac Pro. These new 3.5-inch drives by Hitachi are the largest desktop drives available. The upgrades cost US$299, plus shipping. MyService has these drives in stock. The upgrade service includes the new drive, professional installation and data transfer. Most hard drive upgrades are completed the same day. After the service is complete, your Mac is cleaned, tested and returned to you, along with your old drive. Since MyService is an Apple Authorized Service Provider, the 3TB upgrade won't void your Apple warranty. The Hitachi Deskstar 7K3000 3TB hard drive comes with 7200RPM performance, a 64MB data buffer and uses the new 6Gb/s SATA interface. This configuration shows an improvement of up to 27% over previous generation products, according to the folks at MyService.
Feb 02
Stairways Software releases Sight Words 1.0 on the Mac App Store
Stairways Software (http://www.stairways.com) has released Sight Words 1.0 on the Mac App Store. It costs US$9.99 and offers a way for children to learn the most common English words. The program -- which requires Mac OS X 10.6.6 -- can handle multiple children (even an entire class), and tracks each child's progress showing which words that child has mastered and, more frequently, prompting them with words that have not yet been committed to memory. Almost 2,000 words are included, including those in the Dolch Word List. All are internally ordered from easiest to hardest, so that the easier words are offered early. You can also generate a report of the child's current status, showing words they know, words they are still working on, and words that they haven't yet tried.
Feb 02
SIP/H.323 video conferencing now on iPhone 3GS, iPad
After the recent launch of ClearSea Client for the iPhone and fourth generation iPod touch, Mirial says that iPhone 3GS and iPad have been added to the list of certified devices for Mirial ClearSea. ClearSea is a video conferencing software including a client for iOS devices that enables organization to connect every Mac, PC, Android or iOS device and any standards-based H.323/SIP equipment. It allows you to integrate a traditional room based video communication systems or to deploy a new HD desktop and mobile solution without the need to invest in expensive infrastructure. ClearSea for iOS devices is available today. For more info and a free demo go to http://www.mirial.com .
Feb 02
BorisFX releases AAF Transfer 2
BorisFX (http://www.borisfx.com) has released Boris AAF Transfer 2.0, an update of the set of two Apple Final Cut Pro plug-ins for transferring sequences between Final Cut Pro and Avid editing and finishing systems. One of the plug-ins exports Avid-compatible AAF format files from Final Cut Pro to Avid editing and finishing systems. The other plug-in imports AAF format files from Avid editing and finishing systems to Final Cut Pro. Using Boris AAF Transfer, Avid and Final Cut Pro users can exchange projects that include transitions, effects, image and time warps, third party effects, and keyframes. Avid’s AMA (Avid Media Access) architecture gives Avid users direct access to many QuickTime formats, while Final Cut Pro users can access Avid MXF files using Calibrated Software’s Calibrated{Q} MXF Import for OS X. Boris AAF Transfer supports both online and offline workflows. Boris AAF Transfer is available immediately through the Boris FX worldwide reseller channel and direct through...
Feb 02
MarkMyWords for Mac OS X gets new plug-in system
Xelaton Software has released MarkMyWords 1.1.0, an update to the text-editor specially aimed at web authors. Improvements in version 1.1.0 gives writers more control over their articles. MarkMyWords offers ways to format and structure articles for the web while retaining platform-independence by using plain text documents. Version 1.1.0 sports a new plug-in system to enhance the feature set. By using one of the script-languages -- Perl, PHP, Python or Ruby -- plug-ins can be created. The MarkMyWords-Plugin web site offers a collection of plug-ins to download and developer documentation on how to write your own. Also new in version 1.1.0 are refinements and enhancements to existing features. For example, creating Markers, setting Markers and removing Markers are all now possible in just one shortcut. One-Click-Styles have been improved by adding block-markup for lists and Markdown quotes. Another new feature is the use of preselected save-folders. With a single click a folder can...
Feb 02
Apimac Compress Files 5.0 available on the Mac App Store
Apimac's Compress Files 5.0 (http://www.apimac.com/compressfiles/) for Mac OS X (10.4 and higher) is now available on the Mac App Store. It costs US$14.99 and is available in the Utilities category. Compress Files enables Mac users to create Zip compressed and encrypted files, XAR archive files, 7zip and 7zip crypted archives, TAR archives; Gzip compressed archives; Bzip2 compressed archives and compressed and encrypted disk images. Compress Files let you specify if you want omit Finder specific information and Mac specific file attributes when creating Zip archives. What's more Compress Files let you omit Mac-specific invisible files when creating zip files. Invisible Mac-specific files can be annoying when you transfer Zip files to other systems. Windows and Linux make these files visible, and they could create confusion to recipients that receive your files. Compress Files let you specify if you want omit Finder specific information (such as the .DS_Store files) and Mac specific...
Feb 02
TapeDeck for Mac OS X adds channel selection support
SuperMegaUltraGrovvy and toastycode have updated TapeDeck (http://tapedeckapp.com), an audio recorder designed with a quick-capture workflow in mind, to version 1.4. The upgrade adds support for channel selection on professional audio hardware, and audio monitoring for recording line input sources. TapeDeck now allows users to listen to their attached audio sources as they're recording. Recordings from TapeDeck will preserve their full fidelity when dragged into GarageBand, Logic Pro, or any Professional audio application that supports ALAC audio, according to the folks at SuperMegaUltraGroovy. The app was designed to emulate a real cassette tape recorder with a few key differences. Every recording is automatically saved and organized in the searchable "tape box." There's no need to "tape over" anything, because a new recording is always just a click away. TapeDeck requires Mac OS X 10.5 or higher and costs US$24.99. Version 14 is a free upgrade for registered users; a demo is...
Feb 02
Fanurio for Mac OS X gets new interface
Atelier Software has released Fanurio 2.4 (http://www.fanuriotimetracking.com), an update of the Mac OS X time tracking and billing application designed for freelancers. The upgrade sees a a tweaked interface and a dock icon menu to control the timer. Fanurio 2.4 also has a new user manual. You can now export time to an .iif file that can be imported by QuickBooks Pro. Plus, there are other improvements and bug fixes Fanurio costs US$59; version 2.4 is a free upgrade for registered users. A demo is available at the product web site.
Feb 02
Yummy FTP update adds speed, usability enhancements
Yummy Software (http://www.yummysoftware.com) has updated Yummy FTP -- an FTP, FTP SSL/TLS, and SFTP client -- to version 1.8.3. The upgrade offers speed and usability enhancements, as well as some bug fixes. Yummy FTP was designed to deliver speedy file transfers, using a multi-connection file transfer engine coupled with an intelligent recovery system to automatically handle most file transfer issues. It has a dual pane user interface. Yummy FTP is US$28 for a single user license. Multi-user discounts are available beginning at 10 seats. Site licenses and other discounts are available upon request. A free 30-day, fully-functional trial is available.
Feb 02
Power Manager 4.0.4 adds new developer tools
DssW has released Power Manager 4.0.4 for Mac OS X. This release includes new developer tools and bug fixes. Power Manager is an automation and energy saving solution for Mac OS X. It boasts a range of energy saving events, including the ability to run applications and scripts to a schedule. For more information, and to download a 30-day demo version of Power Manager, go to http://www.dssw.co.uk/powermanager/ . Registration is approximately US$53 and $398 for Power Manager Professional. System requirements are Mac OS X 10.4 or later for Power Manager, and Mac OS X 10.6 for Power Manager Professional. Version 4.0.4 is free for users of Power Manager 4.x. Existing users can update using Power Manager's automatic software update.
Feb 02
Zevrix updates BatchOutput for Microsoft Excel
Zevrix Solutions (http://www.zevrix.com) has released BatchOutput XLS 2.0, an upgrade to its output automation solution for Microsoft Excel on Mac OS X. In addition to batch printing, the new version lets users carry out automated professional PDF production directly from Excel. Users can reduce PDF file size, optimize images, assign variable file names and encrypt PDF files. The new version also introduces compatibility with Excel 2011. BatchOutput XLS 2.0 can be purchased for US$39.95 from the Zevrix Solutions web site, as well as from authorized resellers. Licensed users of version 1.x can upgrade for $19.97. A demo is available for download. BatchOutput XLS runs on Mac OS X 10.4.2 and higher, and works with Microsoft Excel 2008 and 2011.
Feb 01
Galaxy Tab return rate is 16% (compared to the iPad's 2%)
Consumers are buying fewer Samsung Galaxy Tabs than previously believed and are returning them more frequently. ITG Investment Research tracked point-of-sale data from nearly 6,000 wireless stores in the U.S. from the Galaxy Tab’s November debut through Jan. 15 and found the device to have an unusually high return rate, as reported by "All Things D" (http://macte.ch/3fqHd). According to ITG estimates, cumulative return rates for the Galaxy Tab through December 2010 were about 13 %. And that percentage is growing as holiday purchases are returned. ITG estimates that cumulative Galaxy Tab return rates through January 15 were 16%. The return rate for the iPad at Verizon since its debut on the carrier is just 2%, notes "All Things D."
Feb 01
NetMarketShare: Mac, Safari, iOS gain market share
Mac, Safari and iOS market share for Internet usage rose from December to January, according to the latest market share survey from NetMarketShare (http://www.netmarketshare.com). According to the report, among operating systems, Mac OS X had 5.25% of the global market share in January compared to 5.02% in December (that's global market share; in the US it's almost 10%). Windows remains dominant with 89.70% as of January. That's down from 90.29% in December. Apple's highest percentage previously was 5.27% in October 2009. When it comes to browsers, Safari had 6.30% in January compared to 5.89% in December, while Internet Explorer had 56% Firefox had 22.75% and Chrome had 10.70%. That compares to, respectively, December percentages of 57.08%, 22.81% and 9.98%, for the browsers. The iOS's market share also rose, according to NetMarketShare. It had 2.05% of the global market share in January compared to 1.69% in December. That's an all time high. If you combine the Mac OS X and iOS...
Feb 01
Two new lawsuits involve iOS devices
Another day, another lawsuit. Well, two actually. One lawsuit is against Apple, accusing the company of privacy violations for the way it shares information collected from iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch users with advertisers. The suit was filed last Thursday on behalf of an Apple user in California and seeks class-action status. According to "PC World" (http://macte.ch/UUTMY), it charges Apple with sharing information about users' browsing history, application use and other personal details without their consent. "Apple's privacy policy is opaque and confusing but one thing is clear: it does not inform mobile device users that by providing application developers with their UDID, Apple enables them to put a name to highly personal and in many cases embarrassing information derived from app downloading activity and usage, and internet browsing history, that would otherwise be anonymous," the suit reads. The tracking is possible because Apple assigns a UDID (Unique Device Identifier) to...
Feb 01
Apple rejects Sony's iPhone app
Apple has nixed Sony’s iPhone application, which would have let people buy and read e-books bought from the Sony Reader Store. For many, it's a disturbing development. What's more, the company has told some applications developers, including Sony, that they can no longer sell content, like e-books, within their apps, or let customers have access to purchases they have made outside the Apple App Store, reports "The New York Times" (http://www.nytimes.com/2011/02/01/technology/01apple.html?_r=1). Apple told Sony that from now on, all in-app purchases would have to go through Apple, said Steve Haber, president of Sony’s digital reading division, told "The Times." The move could affect companies like Amazon.com and others that sell e-book readers that compete with Apple’s iPad tablet and offer free mobile apps so customers can read their e-book purchases on other devices. An iPad owner, for instance, has not needed to own a Kindle to read Kindle books bought from Amazon.That may now...
Feb 01
Beatles' 'LOVE' album, 'All Together Now...
The Beatles' "LOVE" album and "All Together Now," the feature-length documentary about the making of The Beatles LOVE by Cirque du Soleil, will make their worldwide digital debuts this month exclusively on the iTunes Store (http://www.itunes.com).   Both titles are available for pre-order on iTunes starting today in most countries. "LOVE" will be released on iTunes worldwide Feb. 8 and "All Together Now" will follow soon after. The "LOVE" album (US$12.99) includes exclusive, previously-unreleased "LOVE" versions of "The Fool on the Hill" and "Girl," and comes as an iTunes LP featuring an art gallery that blends images of the Beatles with colorful photos from the stage production.  "LOVE" will also be available to purchase and download as individual songs. The "All Together Now" documentary ($12.99 HD) will be offered with iTunes Extras including the 84-minute film, three bonus featurettes and a trailer for the "LOVE" stage production, and is also available to rent. 'LOVE,' a Cirque du...
Feb 01
Comcast, Time Warner's TV Everywhere agreement offers iOS...
Comcast Corp. (http://www.comcast.com) and Time Warner have signed a long-term agreement that provides Comcast digital cable customers with access to top-rated shows and movies from Turner Broadcasting System networks, including TNT, TBS, CNN, HLN, truTV, Turner Classic Movies, Cartoon Network and Adult Swim. The content will appear shortly after initial airing at no additional cost to Comcast’s customers on http://www.XfinityTV.com, Comcast’s On Demand service, applicable Turner web sites and Xfinity and Turner branded iPad, iPhone and Android-based tablet and phone applications with plans for live streaming later this year. Comcast digital cable customers will have access to current and library content from signature Turner shows On Demand and online, such as “The Closer,” “Men of a Certain Age,” “Southland,” “Conan,” “Lopez Tonight,” “The Venture Brothers,” “Ben 10: Ultimate Alien,” “Speeders,” “Glory Daze,” “House of Payne,” “Meet The Browns,” and “Piers Morgan Tonight,” among...
Feb 01
Screen enlarging utility zooms to the Mac App Store
Hubapps (http://hubapps.com) has released Zoom 1.0, a screen enlarging utility for Mac OS X, in the Mac App Store. It costs US$2.99 and is available in the Utilities category. Zoom "goes beyond the essential functionality for improving visibility and legibility of small text and images, providing a superior experience in the form of a unique, hypnotically beautiful zoom mechanism which keeps 100% of the screen visible while also zooming," according to the folks at Hubapps.
Feb 01
TopXNotes now available at the Mac App Store
Tropical Software's TopXNotes (http://www.tropic4.com/) note manager is now available at the Mac App Store. With the latest version (1.7) you can take your notes with you no matter which Apple touch device you're using. TopXNotes now offers improved synchronization with iOS devices. Version 1.7 also includes other minor changes, improvements and enhancements. For example, a new, taller and customizable toolbar makes TopXNotes easier to use by putting the most frequently used tools at the user's fingertips. The NoteOrganizer was also redesigned with a new striped background making it easier to focus on and select individual notes from the list. Note icons have also been redesigned and support for two-finger scrolling has been added. TopXNotes 1.7 requires Mac OS X 10.6.6 or later. It costs US$39.99 and is available worldwide exclusively through the Mac App Store in the Productivity category.
Feb 01
iWebTemplate adds five animated themes
In collaboration with iWebThemesPro and iPresentee, iWebTemplate (http://www.iwebtemplate.com/) has launched five new animated-with-Flash themes for iWeb, Apple's web site creation component of its iLife suite. The new iWeb themes feature eight templates that include Flash animated and static backgrounds to choose from. All themes incorporate backgrounds and can be customized. The new themes require Mac OS X 10.4.3 or later and iWeb 2.0 (iLife '08) or iWeb 3.0 (iLife '09 or iLife '11). Each new iWeb theme is available for US$9.99.
Feb 01
Free public beta of Lo-Fi photo app for Mac OS X available
Wingnut is offering a free public beta test version of Lo-Fi, a retro photo effect application for Mac and Windows systems. It gives pictures the "funky look" of low end, toy cameras. You can download Lo-Fi from http://www.lofiapp.com . It turns digital photos into retro handmade snapshots. You can mix a wide range of effects from the film world, such as grain, colorful cross processing, lens blur, light leaks, and frames. All these happy accidents of film photography combine to give each photo its own quirky personality, says Terence Tay, one of the creators of Lo-Fi. It looks and behaves like a gizmo you are holding and playing with, he adds. Lo-Fi will sell for US$29 and run on Mac OS X 10.5 or higher.
Feb 01
Ntractive announces Elements CRM 3.0
Ntractive (http://www.ntractive.com) has updated Elements CRM, the company's Mac Customer Relationship Management solution, to version 3.0. New features include: °  A revamped user interface; ° Speed improvements throughout the app; ° System workflow enhancements including sales and projects; ° The ability to create rules to filter your data and view what's important; ° Beefed-up credit card processing via improvements to integration with Authorize.net.; ° More integrations like Gowalla, Linkedin and a full Twitter app; ° Marketing workflow enhancements with Mail Merge and MailChimp integrations; ° Improved invoicing look and feel with more custom options; ° Acclivity AccountEdge and Intuit QuickBooks enhancements.  Elements CRM 3.0 is available immediately. Small business pricing starts at US$24.95/user/month, and professional pricing starting at $44.95/user/month.
Feb 01
PuzzleTiles 1.0.1 comes to the Mac App Store
Fat Apps has announced PuzzleTiles 1.0.1 (http://www.fat-apps.com/apps/puzzletiles-mac.html), their 15 tile sliding puzzle game for Mac OS X 10.6 and higher. It's available in the Mac App Store in the Gaming division for US$4.99. Here's how the game is described; "PuzzleTiles is a simple yet addicting puzzle game in which you slide numbered tiles into the correct order, and try to beat your best time. PuzzleTiles features three built-in tile sets, with the ability to make a puzzle from any picture on your computer. It offers multiple difficulty levels, from easy to expert, and much more."
Feb 01
Apress publishes 'Beginning iPhone 4 Development'
"Beginning iPhone 4 Development," the latest book from Apress (http://www.apress.com), offers a soup-to-nuts course in iOS development. The authors of "Beginning iPhone 3 Development" for Cocoa Touch developers are back with the same material completely updated for iOS 4 and written from the ground up using the latest version of Apple’s Xcode 3. Written by Dave Mark, Jack Nutting and Jeff LaMarche, "Beginning iPhone 4 Development" is 680 pages. It costs US$39.99 for the print edition and $27.99 for the ebook version.
Feb 01
Tune-Instructor for Mac OS X updated to version 3.2
Developer Tibor Andre has released Tune-Instructor 3.2 (http://www.tune-instructor.com/) for Mac OS X, an update of the app that provides a variety of options for organizing iTunes files, plus playback controls. The menu bar controller is always present and permits navigation and playback without opening iTunes. Tune-Instructor allows custom editing of the ID3 tag, which contains all the metadata of an MP3 file, so that users can organize their song libraries, lyrics, artwork, files, and folders however they wish. Advanced audio players and ID3 editors are called taggers, and permit batch tagging other utility functions. Tune-Instructor offers Search & Replace functionality across all the following categories: Name, Artist, Album, Album Artist, Composer, Show, Sort Name, Sort Artist, Sort Album, Sort Album Artist, Sort Composer, Sort Show, Genre, Comment, Grouping, Lyrics, and Episode ID. Search parameters include: Tag-Text Contains, Tag-Text Starts With, Tag-Text Ends With, Tag...
Feb 01
QNAP debuts new Turbo NAS family
QNAP (http://www.qnap.com) has announced the TS-x12 line-up of Turbo NAS servers intended for the home and SOHO market segment. The new models utilize the latest Marvell 1.2GHz processor and include 256MB of DDRII memory and Gigabit LAN ports, offering up to 8TB of networked storage. The TS-x12 series includes the 1-drive TS-112, 2-drive TS-212, and 4-drive TS-412. The new TS-x12 models also improve the multimedia experience and capabilities for home users, says Tony Lu, product manager at QNAP. The built-in UPnP media server (TwonkyMedia) feature of the TS-x12 series supports numerous UPnP-compliant media players such as the Sony PS3 and Microsoft Xbox 360 gaming consoles. Users can even use their iPhone and Android phone to stream music and video or view digital photos stored on the NAS in real-time from anywhere with a Wi-Fi or 3G connection. The TS-x12 series will be available starting in February through commercial distributors, resellers, and retailers globally. Pricing hasn't...
Feb 01
URL Extractor update offers internal improvements
Tension Software has released URL Extractor 3.2.2 (http://pomola.com/products_urlextractor/urlextractor.html). The new version offers internal improvements and bug fixes. URL Extractor is a Mac OS X app for extracting emails address and generic URLs from files on the HD or directly from the web using a list of "starting" web addresses and working unattended after the startup. You can retrieve and start search from web pages using keywords from various international Google sites. URL Extractor can extract thousands of URLs from the web starting from a single web page and using "cross navigation" and extraction. It requires Mac OS X 10.4 or higher and costs US$50. It's Universal Binary so runs natively on both PowerPC and Intel Macs. Version 3.2.2 is a free update for registered users of version 3.x.
Jan 31
PayPal hires seven-year Apple veteran
PayPal has hired Sarah Brody, a seven-year veteran of Apple, as vice president of Global Design, reports "All Things D" (http://macte.ch/d2D4r). At PayPal, Brody will focus on improving the PayPal user experience and making sure that its payment platform is easy to use, the article adds. At Apple, Brody worked on the first iPhone and an early version of the iPod Nano. Some of her more recent design work can be seen on the homepages of Final Cut Studio, Logic Studio and Pro, says "All Things D."
Jan 31
26% of apps downloaded in 2010 were used just once
The market for phone and tablet apps is very competitive, with about 400,000 iPhone/iPad and 200,000 Android apps. The good news is that customers seem very willing to give new apps a try; it took only two weeks for 8th grader Robert Nay’s Bubble Ball to unseat Angry Birds. The bad news is that 26% of the time customers never give the app a second try, according to Localytics. The research group studied thousands of iPhone, iPad, Android, BlackBerry and Windows Phone 7 apps using its real-time app analytics service. For all new customers of an app in 2010, Localytics looked for the first time each customer used the app and whether or not there was any follow-on usage through Jan. 26, 2011. All one-time uses of apps were grouped into the quarter they occurred and calculated as a percentage of all new customers in the same quarter. The resulting analysis shows that for customers using an app for the first time between January and March, about 22% of them never open the app again. In...
 
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