Transitioning to Xcode 4 screencasts available
The Pragmatic Studio (http://pragmaticstudio.com/) has released six free screencasts to help developers transition from Xcode 3 to Xcode 4 and learn new time-saving keyboard shortcuts.
This initial round of screencasts is geared toward developers familiar with Xcode 3 who want to make the jump over to Xcode 4. Many of the concepts will be familiar to iOS developers, but the screencasts will help guide you around the new user interface. There is also a handy Xcode 4 Shortcuts Cheat Sheet available for download.
In their upcoming hands-on iPhone/iPad Programming courses the Pragmatic Studio will be teaching Xcode 4. It will be held April 18-21 in Denver, Colorado, and July 18-21 in Reston, Virginia.
Desktop search engine supports Adobe, Quark, Microsoft
Markzware (http://www.markzware.com) has announced PageZephyr 2.11, a free update of the desktop search and content extraction engine for InDesign and other formats on the Mac.
PageZephyr desktop search converts InDesign, QuarkXPress and Publisher documents to the Internet. Version 2.11 supports InDesign CS5 plus extracts and exports text to your WordPress Blog, Scribd, Google Docs, and Box.net accounts.
PageZephyr searches documents within InDesign, Publisher and QuarkXPress and extracts and finds content within specific areas across file types. It's a semi-automatic content creator, providing ability to merge, edit and combine content.
This search engine finds content in multiple documents in different formats and highlights search criteria. You can customize discovered text by editing font styles, size, colors, etc., to optimize for output options.
PageZephyr costs US$99. It runs on Mac OS X 10.5.8 or higher.
BaseElements FileMaker plug-in is free, open source
Goya (http://www.goya.com.au/) has announced BaseElements, a free and open source plug-in for FileMaker. It's a cross platform developer tool for analyzing, documenting and completely cross-referencing every element in FileMaker Pro database systems.
This plug-in is not only available for unlimited free use to end users and workgroups, but also available under an open source license. FileMaker developers can extend their FileMaker solutions without extra cost or licensing issues.
The BaseElements plug-in allows users to add to and enhance their FileMaker solutions via the plugin interface. By adding options to perform File, XSLT, Dialog, Clipboard and more functions, FileMaker developers can work on extending and improving their FileMaker solutions without extra cost or licensing issues, says Nicholas Orr, owner of Goya. The source code for the plug-in is available from github (https://github.com/nickorr/BaseElements-Plugin) and the downloads are linked directly from the plug-in...
Adobe updates Lightroom, Camera Raw
Adobe has announced the Lightroom 3.4 and Camera Raw 6.4 Release Candidates are available for immediate download on Adobe Labs.
The Release Candidates bring raw file support to seven popular camera models including Canon EOS Rebel T3i and Olympus E-PL1s, improve on lens correction profiles introduced in the Lightroom 3.3 and Camera Raw 6.3 releases, and add over 10 new lens profiles to help photographers automatically correct unwanted distortion and chromatic aberration.
In addition, the Lightroom 3.4 and Camera Raw 6.4 Release Candidates address a number of issues reported by customers on the previous releases. Lightroom is a digital photography workflow solution designed to help serious amateur and professional photographers import, manage, enhance and showcase all their images within one application. The Photoshop Camera Raw plug-in provides access to raw image formats produced by many leading digital cameras.
The Lightroom 3.4 Release Candidate is available as a free download...
BatchOutput for InDesign adds Deliver Express support
Zevrix Solutions (http://www.zevrix.com) has released BatchOutput 3.11, an update to its professional solution to automate printing and exporting from Adobe InDesign. The upgrade adds support of Deliver Express for automated delivery of output files.
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 can be purchased for US$129.95. A demo is available for download. Upgrades to BatchOutput 3.11 are 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.
Jobs ties for 110th ranking on world's billionaires list
"Forbes" has released its list of the world's billionaires (http://www.forbes.com/wealth/billionaires). Apple CEO Steve Jobs ties for 110th place with a net worth of US$5.5 billion. He ranked 136 last year (though he comes in at 34th among US billionaires)>
Here's what "Forbes" has to say about Jobs:
"In March the Apple founder made a surprise appearance at the unveiling of his iPad 2, after taking medical leave in January. Insanely creative Apple chief transforms a multibillion-dollar industry every few years. First, personal computers with Apple II, Macintosh; then film with Pixar; music (iTunes), mobile (iPhone). Now iPad is treated as messiah tablet, savior for publishing industry. Apple still sells computers, but twice as much revenue now comes from music distribution and hand-held devices. Shot past long-time rival Microsoft as world's most valuable tech company in May. Shares of Apple surged more than 80% over the last year. Still, the majority of Job's fortune comes from...
Xcode available at the Mac App Store
Apple's Xcode is now available on the Mac App Store for US$4.99 (and still free for Apple developers who pay the annual membership fee).
Xcode is a toolset for building Mac OS X and iOS applications. According to Apple, with Xcode 4, the tools have been redesigned to be faster, easier to use, and more helpful. The Xcode IDE purportedly understands your project’s details, identifies mistakes in both syntax and logic, and will even fix your code for you.
Xcode 4 also has a brand new user interface, built upon technologies that Apple itself uses to build Mac OS X and iOS, and that have produced over a quarter million Mac OS X and iOS apps.
Mobile app downloads approached eight billion in 2010
2010 saw considerable growth in the mobile applications market, and more competition is expected in 2011. Despite more proactive involvement in app store development from other platform providers, Apple’s iTunes is still the market leader after having such a successful head start, according to ABI Research (http://www.abiresearch.com).
The research group says the iPhone interface had notched up more than 5.6 billion accumulated downloads by the end of 2010, compared to nearly 7.9 billion total downloads from all stores during that year. However, Apple is set to face more intensive competition in 2011.
“The iTunes App Store only targets iOS users; that leaves more room for other platform application stores to step up and focus on ‘non-Apple’ clientele,” says research associate Fei Feng Seet. “Android smartphone quarterly shipments now exceed Apple’s. There is still a long way to go, but accumulated downloads from both Android Market and third-party platforms surpassed 1.9 billion by...
iPad 2 hits the stores Friday
Just in case you somehow missed it, the iPad 2 be available tomorrow at 5 p.m. local time at all 236 Apple retail stores in the US and through the Apple Store (http://www.apple.com) beginning at 1 a.m. (Pacific).
Every customer who buys an iPad 2 at an Apple retail store will be offered free Personal Setup service, helping them customize their iPad 2 by setting up email, loading new apps from the App Store and more. The iPad 2 will also be available beginning at 5 p.m. local time at AT&T, Best Buy, Target, Verizon Wireless, Walmart and select Apple Authorized Resellers.
The iPad 2 has a suggested retail price of US$499 for the 16GB model, $599 for the 32GB model, $699 for the 64GB model. The iPad 2 with Wi-Fi + 3G will be available for a suggested retail price of $629 for the 16GB model, $729 for the 32GB model and $829 for the 64GB model. iPad 2 with Wi-Fi + 3G -- compatible with the Verizon network -- will be available in the US only for a suggested retail price of $629 for the...
Apple to open up 'popup store' for SXSW
Apple will open a temporary store Friday in Austin, Texas, in the Scarbrough Building on Congress Avenue downtown, timed to the start of South by Southwest Interactive Conference and the release of the iPad 2 , reports the "American-Statesman" (http://macte.ch/al3hn).
Popup stores are a trend for retailers that want to unveil products or test a new location without committing to a permanent space. SXSW (http://sxsw.com/) features five days of presentations from experts in emerging technology, networking events hosted by industry leaders, the SXSW Trade Show and a line-up of special programs "showcasing the best new digital works, video games and innovative ideas the international community has to offer."
On Wednesday, construction workers were busy retrofitting the 5,000-square-foot space in the building, at Congress and West Sixth Street, that Apple will lease for two weeks, says the "American-Statesman." Black vinyl sheeting covered the windows fronting Congress. Apple has full-...
New Apple shop opening at Virgin Megastore Mall of the Emirates
Virgin Megastore is opening the first Apple shop in the United Arab Emirates at the Virgin Megastore, Mall of The Emirates, Dubai. The Apple shop will open on Wednesday, March 16 at 5 p.m.
The new Apple shop carry the full range of Apple desktops and notebooks, including the award-winning MacBook, MacBook Air, MacBook Pro and iMac, along with a range of Mac-compatible software and accessories with the support of Mac Solutions Consultants.
"Since 2005, the Virgin Megastore has been one of the best places to test drive and explore Apple products in Dubai," says Nisreen Shocair, president of Virgin Megastore in the Middle East. "With the opening of the first Apple shop in the United Arab Emirates at the Virgin Megastore, we're really excited to build on this and offer our customers a first class shopping experience for everything Mac. Customers who want to learn more will be able to watch the various daily product demos showing the different types of projects you can create with a Mac...
Apple had 83% of tablet market in 2010
According to the International Data Corporation (IDC) "Worldwide Quarterly Media Tablet and eReader Tracker" (http://www.idc.com), 10.1 million media tablets were shipped in the fourth quarter of 2010 (4Q10) -- more than double the 4.5 million shipped in the third quarter.
Apple's share came down from 93% in 3Q10 to 73% in 4Q10, but still reflected Apple's strong leadership position. Samsung's Galaxy Tab was the primary competitor in the holiday season, beating other players to market and capturing more than 17% share, while a number of smaller regional players also participated.
"Strong holiday sales of media tablets were in line with IDC projections and strong consumer interest in the category while device vendors scrambled to offer products competitive with Apple's iPad and now iPad 2," says Loren Loverde, vice president, Consumer Device Trackers. "Media Tablets are on pace to reach shipments of roughly 50 million units in 2011."
According to IDC, media tablets are tablet form...
Safari, IE go down first at hacking contest
Safari and Internet Explorer were successfully hacked on the first day at the annual Pwn2Own hacking contest in Vancouver, BC, reports "The Inquirer" (http://macte.ch/qu5pb).
"Safari goes down first at Pwn2Own!" tweeted Aaron Portnoy, manager of the security research team at Pwn2Own sponsor Tipping Point. Insecurity research company Vupen broke into the Safari browser, running on a fully patched version of Mac OS X, by successfully exploiting a zero-day flaw, says "The Inquirer."
The hack happened even though Apple issued a last-minute security patch for Safari. Apple is supposedly adding more focus on security for the upcoming Mac OS X Lion.
Six iPad 2 cases available from WaterField Designs
WaterField Designs (http://www.sfbags.com) has announced new custom-sized iPad 2 cases: the Smart Case (pictured) Slip Case, Ultimate SleeveCase and Suede Jacket.
For carrying the iPad 2 with the Apple Cover or another slim case, WaterField offers the EXO SleeveCase. For toting the iPad along with the wireless keyboard and accessories, WaterField Designs recommends the iPad Wallet.
"We have re-designed our iPad line creating new custom sizes for the lighter, thinner iPad 2," says WaterField Designs owner, Gary Waterfield. "The EXO and iPad Wallet remain great choices for carrying the iPad 2 within another case and the iPad 2 with its mobile accessories."
The Smart Case (US$59) has an Ultrasued, scratch-free liner with an impact-resistant, screen-protecting insert and is enveloped by a water-resistant exterior. The Slip Case ($29) has a water-resistant fabric exterior that surrounds a plush interior and includes an impact-resistant, screen-protecting insert.
The Suede Jacket ($19...
FileMaker launches new podcast series
FileMaker Inc. has announced “Business and Database Solutions for iPhone and iPad,” a new podcast and Facebook Fan Page.
Aimed at iPad and iPhone users interested in database solutions for business, both the podcast series and fan page feature real companies and business owners who are managing their data on-the-go using Apple’s iOS devices. Hosted by Molly Connolly of Thorsen Consulting and Matt Navarre of MSN Media, the first three podcasts are available today on iTunes.
FileMaker plans to add new episodes, so stay tuned to the Business and Database Solutions for iPhone and iPad on iTunes. You can go to FileMaker’s new “Business and Database Solutions for iPhone and iPad” Facebook Fan page for more info.
The site offers customer stories, YouTube videos offering how-to advice and more. Visitors can also see screens with examples of how to mobilize inventory management, contacts, and events.
Wrapsol introduces screen protection for the iPad 2
Wrapsol has announced the availability of Wrapsol ultra and fingerprint-fighting Wrapsol clean screen protector lines for the Apple iPad 2.
Using the company’s patent-pending adhesive films, they're designed to protect the screen of the Apple tablet. Wrapsol for iPad 2 is fully compatible with Apple’s SmartCovers and is available for pre-order at http://www.wrapsol.com for US$29.95. Shipping is expected to begin next week.
Wrapsol ultra and clean screen protectors for the iPad 2 are applied with three steps: align the film, tack it down, smooth it on. Purportedly, the proprietary adhesive formula actively releases air bubbles over time for the smoothest application possible, and delivers a high level of protection against impact damage, scratches, cracks, dents, dings and scuffs from foreign objects, abrasive grit or damaging surfaces.
iWeb Themes Park releases new templates
iWeb Themes Park (http://www.iwebthemespark.com) has introduced new iWeb themes for iWeb, the web creation component of the iLife suite. The new themes are Break Dance, Hunting Club, Lighted, Perspective and Writing.
To use iWeb themes from iWeb Themes Park you'll need a Mac with iWeb from iLife '08 or later. The iWeb Themes Box of 105 themes is priced at US$47.77. Ten iWeb themes in a Combo Package can be purchased for $29.99.
Each template is available for $11.99 or $12.99. Using the coupon code “iWebThemesTrio” 3 iWeb Themes of Your choice can be obtained with $12.99 discount. Four iWeb Themes are free for everyone.
iPresentee expands iWeb templates for Business collection
iPresentee (http://www.ipresentee.com) has released iWeb Themes for Business 8.0 to be used with Apple's website building application.
iWeb Themes for Business includes five new themes: Bakery, Herbs, Hair Stylist, Movie and Clothes. Designed for casual and business use, the new release extends iPresentee's iWeb themes collection up to 115 themes. All themes incorporate a series of layered images that are customizable, replaceable, or removable.
The themes require Mac OS X 10.4.3 or higher and iWeb 2.0 (iLife '08) or later. Each iWeb Theme for Business is available for US$10. The set of five new iWeb Themes for Business 8.0 may be purchased for $30. The iWeb Suite Bundle may be purchased for $70.
Bundle includes 75 iWeb Themes, 40 iWeb Themes for Business, 15 iWeb Intros, 75 iWeb Animations and 181 Keynote 3D Stuff objects. Samples and more information about iWeb Themes for Business 7.0 are available at the iPresentee website.
Flashcards for Mac updated, gets price reduction
Independent software developer Christian Kienle has released Flashcards 3.4 (http://christian-kienle.de/Flashcards/) for Mac OS X (10.6 and higher). The new version boasts some refinements and performance improvements.
Flashcards is a flash card application with an iTunes-like user interface. You can organize your cards in decks, folders and smart decks. Decks can be exported and saved in any place on your hard disk. Each card has a progress indicator so that you see your overall performance at a glance.
Smart decks allow you to specify a set of rules that determine which cards the deck will contain. For example, you could have a smart deck that always contains cards you recently studied and answered wrong.
Flashcards comes with a formula editor. The formula editor lets you create graphical formulas by typing in a LaTeX style text. For example, you can then drop the formula on any card.
What's more, Flashcards lets you export decks as a series of images directly to iPhoto. You can...
Lagente releases PinPoint 3.6 for Mac
Lagente Software has releases PinPoint 3.6.1 (http://www.lagentesoft.com), an update of their mouse enhancement tool for Mac OS X. It's available at the Mac App Store for US$2.99.
Used by screencast professionals and presenters to help their audience locate the mouse on screen, PinPoint provides the user with a series of animated graphics that are displayed around the mouse pointer. It's designed to help audiences follow along with presentations and demos and also serves to help the visually disabled use their computers more effectively.
PinPoint provides the user with a series of animated graphics that are displayed around the mouse pointer. Many shapes, behaviors and animations are available, including a Full Screen Crosshair mode, and pointers with visual click indicators.
Codeminion releases Phantasmat Collector's Edition on the...
Codeminion has released Phantasmat Collector's Edition 1.11 (http://phantasmat.com/), the latest version of their horror-adventure game on the Mac App Store. It costs US$19.99 and requires Mac OS X 10.6 or later.
Here's how the game is described: "Combining compelling plot with hidden-object and match-3 mechanics, this game follows up with beautifully hand drawn art and AAA production values. The game immerses the player in the dark story of a sunken city and mysterious hotel still inhabited by its former citizens. Phantasmat marks the evolution of the adventure-horror genre in casual games."
The Collector's Edition features extra game content such as an additional hour of gameplay incorporated into the Epilogue. Players also get access to development materials, like concept art, character profiles and the official soundtrack by Rob Westwood. There are over 100 locations and puzzles.
Vitamin-R update for Mac OS X is more customizable
Publicspace.net has announced Vitamin-R 1.54 (http://www.publicspace.net/Vitamin-R/index.html), an update of its Mac OS X compatible productivity tool for creative professionals. The new version allows customers to tailor the product's workflow to suit their own requirements and preferences.
Vitamin-R is a collection of tools and techniques for managing attention and maintaining motivation. According to the folks at publicspace.net, it complements the task capturing and organizing features of modern to-do list managers by forcing you to concentrate fully on one task a time and keeping distractions at bay. It breaks down large, vaguely defined tasks into a series of short "time slices" of between 10 and 30 minutes, each with specific and actionable objectives.
Vitamin-R provides you with the "Now & Later Board," complete with FastType magic, to give you a place to quickly dump all those things that go through your head and allows to get back to the task at hand. It requires Mac OS...
Unblunder for Mac OS X gets maintenance update
Yazsoft has released Unblunder 1.0.2 (http://yazsoft.com/products/unblunder/), an update of its recovery solution for Mac OS X. It's a maintenance update with some performance tweaks and bug fixes.
The Yazsoft says Unblunder was developed specifically to help protect against accidental data loss by offering Mac OS X a "Recently Deleted" feature, giving you time to recover files before they're gone forever. It uses Mac OS X's UNIX underpinnings to hang on to files after the Trash has been emptied.
When started, it runs quietly in the background and stays out of your way, according to the folks at Yazsoft. For optimal file recovery and peace of mind, Unblunder needs to be running before an accident happens.
By default, trashed files over 250 MB in size linger for five minutes and smaller files are kept for a day. Of course, you can tweak all these settings to match your work style.
Unblunder requires Mac OS X 10.5 or later. It costs US$10 for a single-user license, though it's...
Apple updates software for the Apple TV
Apple has updated the software for the US$99, streaming-only Apple TV to version 4.2 It adds support for AirPlay in iOS 4.3, support for Dolby Digital 5.1 surround sound when playing Netflix videos and the ability to access MLB.TV and NBA League Pass Broadband content
There are also new slideshow themes; you can view photos with the new Scrapbook, Photo Mobile, and Holiday Mobile slideshow themes. Apple TV 4.2 also improves the on-screen keyboard, letting you search and enter names and passwords more easily, according to Apple.
You can update the Apple TV software via iTunes.
Apple updates Safari to version 5.0.4
Apple has released version 5.0.4 of its Safari web browser. The new version offers:
° Improved stability for webpages with multiple instances of plug-in content;
° Improved compatibility with webpages with image reflections and transition effects;
° Improved compatibility with VoiceOver on webpages with text input areas and lists with selectable items;
° Improved stability when using VoiceOver;
° A fix for an issue that could cause some webpages to print with incorrect layouts;
° A fix for an issue that could cause content to display incorrectly on webpages with plug-ins;
° A fix for an issue that could cause a Screen Saver to appear while video is playing in Safari.
You can obtain the update via the Software Updates component of the Mac OS X Systems Preferences app.
Apple releases iOS 4.3
Apple has released iOS 4.3. The update is available via Apple’s iTunes application.
New iTunes Home Sharing allows iOS 4.3 users to play music, movies and TV shows on an iPad, iPhone or iPod touch from their iTunes library on a Mac or PC over a local Wi-Fi network. With a tap you can enjoy all the...
OWC announces 16GB RAM update for new MacBook Pros
OWC announces 16GB RAM update for new MacBook Pros
Other World Computing (http://www.macsales.com) has announced PC3-10600 DDR3 1333MHz 8GB memory modules that provide 12GB and 16GB memory configurations for the 2011 MacBook Pro models. With these OWC Upgrades, new MacBook Pro model owners can add up to twice the factory maximum installed memory.
Available configuration options are:
° OWC 4GB DDR3 1333MHz Memory Module -- US$59.99 (or $46.99 after OWC offered factory memory trade-in rebate.) This replaces an existing 2GB module for 6GB of total memory.
° OWC 8GB DDR3 1333MHz Memory Upgrade Kit (2 x 4GB) -- $112.99 (or $86.99 after OWC offered factory memory trade-in rebate.) This replaces both existing 2GB modules for 8GB of total memory. Up to $113 less vs. factory 8GB option.
° OWC 12GB DDR3 1333MHz Memory Upgrade Kit (8GB + 4GB) -- $879.99 (or $853.99 after OWC offered factory memory trade-in rebate.) This replaces both existing 2GB modules for 12GB of total memory.
° OWC 16GB...
iPad sales hurting PCs -- but not Macs
Although surging tablet sales are eating into sales of more expensive computers and netbooks, the Mac market share continues to throw, thanks to products like the best-selling MacBook Air.
In fact, the Mac line of products accounts for 17% of the $420 price estimate for Apple stock by "Seeking Alpha" (http://macte.ch/fRw7q), while iPads represent an additional 7%. The price estimate by the "website for actionable stock market opinion and analysis, and vibrant, intelligent finance discussion" stands about 15% ahead of market price.
"Seeking Alpha" says its report revised 2011 computer growth rate expectations from 15.9% to 10.5% for 2011, as the iPad and other tablets continue to cannibalize computer sales. However, SA expects Apple to offset this trend with notable market share gains in both notebooks and desktops. Apple’s share in the notebook market has increased from around 3.5% in 2005 to 4.8% in 2010, and SA anticipates further gains beyond 6% by the end of their forecast period...
Analyst: Apple may sell 29 million iPads this year
Analyst Mark Moskowitz of J.P. Morgan Research has warned investors in a note -- as reported by "AppleInsider" (http://www.appleinsider.com) -- that build plans for iPad shipments from Apple's rivals may be too high, presenting "increasing risk of a bubble burst" in the second half of 2011. He estimates that Apple could see nearly 100% sales growth year over year, resulting in more than 29 million iPads sold worldwide in 2011.
"In our view, the technical and form factor improvements of the iPad 2 stand to make it tougher for the first generation of competitive offerings to play catch-up, meaning actual shipments could fall well short of plan," Moskowitz wrote.
Using discounted build plan estimates to project tablet shipments for the year, the analyst claims that tablet makers will build approximately 65.1 million tablets this year. When compared against J.P. Morgan's estimates of 47.9 million tablets sold this year, companies could find themselves with as much as 51% oversupply in a...
Micromat releases TechTool Pro 6 for Mac OS X
Micromat (http://www.micromat.com) has released Tool Pro 6 for Mac OS X. The new version of the diagnostics, maintenance and drive repair tool adds features to help Mac users diagnose hardware problems and make it easier to fix issues on their hard drives.
Volume Cloning has been added for creating duplicates of volumes or disk images for volume recovery, archiving or for upgrading. TechTool Pro 6 can create an emergency start-up volume on the active hard drive using its eDrive technology, eliminating the need for using a boot DVD for most users or having to burn an eDrive on a secondary source to repair a Mac's internal drive. Plus, TechTool Pro's upgraded eDrive technology no longer requires Apple's boot disk updates to keep the software current, says Christian Pickman, Micromat's product manager for TechTool Pro.
TechTool Pro 6 features a new Local Network Tool, which shows the active services and ports on each selected Mac or Bonjour supported device on the local area network....
SK Telecom to carry the iPhone in Korea starting March 16
Korean carrier, SK Telecom (http://www.sktelecom.com), says it will offer the iPhone 4 in Korea on March 16 with a range of tariff plans tailored for customers of the Apple smartphone.
iP"SK Telecom is proud to offer iPhone 4 on the nation's top network," says So Jin-Woo, president of Platform Business and co-CEO of SK Telecom. "Our customers will benefit from flexible tariff plans tailored to their unique usage needs along with a high level of customer care."
Customers may pre-register for iPhone 4 beginning March 9 at 7 a.m. at SK Telecom's official online store, T Smart Shop (http://www.tsmartshop.co.kr), or at one of 1,500 authorized SK Telecom T World retail stores. Full pricing and availability details for iPhone 4 in Korea will be available soon.
JixiPix announces a photo to painting app for Mac
JixiPix (http://www.jixipix.com) has introduced PhotoArtista Oil 1.0, a photo-to-oil painting application, now available on the Mac App Store. It costs US$9.99, requires Mac OS X 10.6 or higher and can be found in the Graphics & Design category.
PhotoArtista -- Oil was developed specifically for converting photographs into works of oil painted art. It includes six art styles that range from realistic to expressionistic: portrait, landscape, realism, impressionism, expressionism and tone painting.
OWC intros New Mercury Rack Pro 1U RAID
Other World Computing (http://www.macsales.com) has announced new OWC Mercury Rack Pro “Quad Interface” 4-Bay 1U solutions with: FireWire 800, FireWire 400, USB 3 and eSATA interface ports; selectable Hardware RAID 0/1/3/5/10/Span and non-RAID Independent Drive modes, and storage/backup capacity up to 12TB.
The Mercury Rack Pro is immediately available in 15 pre-configured solutions, from 2TB to 12TB, priced starting at US$549.99. The Mercury Rack Pro is compatible with Mac OS X 10.2 and higher and Windows Windows XP and later operating systems.
It comes complete with all interface connecting cables, a $100 retail value disk utility software bundle, and up to a five-year solution warranty. For more info go to
Secret of the Lost Cavern comes to the Mac App Store
Coladia (http://www.coladia.com) says Secret of the Lost Cavern is now available on the Mac App Store. It requires Mac OS X 10.6.6 or higher and normally costs US$19.99. However, it's being offered for a limited time for $9.90.
Here's how Secret of the Lost Cavern is described: "It's a point and click adventure game, that plunges the player into an inspiring adventure that takes place during the Paleolithic period in prehistoric time, 15,000 years B.C. Delve into a world of exploration and intrigue as you embark on a Stone Age quest filled with puzzles and mystery.
"Experience your adventure through the eyes of Arok and meet many fascinating characters. Contend with the wild world where fishing, hunting, gathering, and mysterious shaman ceremonies are all part of the struggle for survival as you follow the path of your mentor and work with him to recreate the paintings of the renowned Lascaux Cave.
"Also featured is an integrated encyclopedia filled with historically accurate data on...
DaisyDisk 2 available in the Mac App Store
DaisyDisk Team has released the final version of DaisyDisk 2.0, an update to the disk analyzer utility for Mac OS X. It requires Mac OS X 10.5 or later and costs US$19.95.
DaisyDisk displays disk contents as an interactive color-coded sunburst map, revealing large files that may no longer be needed, and allowing you to delete them. Version 2.0 features built-in file deletion, can scan several disks at a time, has a new user interface based on Core Animation, and more.
DaisyDisk represents disk content as an interactive color-coded sunburst map. The map can be navigated to preview deeper levels of data. When the application is launched an overview of all mounted disks is displayed, with graphical indicators of how full each is.
A demo is available at the DaisyDisk web site (http://www.daisydiskapp.com/). Existing DaisyDisk customers can upgrade to version 2.0 for $9.95. Free upgrades are available to early supporters and recent purchasers.
Tekkeon’s Dual Port Power Pack charges two devices at once
Tekkeon (http://www.tekkeon.com) has introduced the newest member of its mobile power product family: the US$69.95 TekCharge MP1860A, a dual port power pack with two USB outputs, to simultaneously charge and power an iPad, iPhone, iPod nano or iPod touch, and a second small portable device
It connects to devices in three ways: to an iPad, iPhone, iPod nano or iPod touch using the included Dock Connector/USB cable, or to any compatible device using the USB device cable or an adapter tip. An Apple Dock Connector to USB cable is included for charging and syncing iOS devices, with Mini USB and Micro USB adapter tips included for connection to current models of BlackBerry, HTC, LG, Motorola, Nokia, Samsung, and Sony Ericsson mobile phones.
The included USB adapter tips can be used to charge Kindle2, Nook, MP3 players, PDAs, portable media players, pocket video cameras, portable routers, GPS, MP3 players, and other 5V devices that use a Micro or Mini USB cable to charge. Additional...
Mondo Solitaire is new solitaire game for the Mac
Ambrosia Software (http://www.AmbrosiaSW.com) has released Mondo Solitaire, an US$9.99 solitaire game for the Mac. It requires Mac OS X 10.6 or higher, and a demo is available for download.
Mondo Solitaire has over 300 game variants and an user interface that's been designed especially with the Mac in mind. In addition to having every solitaire game under the sun, Mondo Solitaire also offers some unique variants such as additional suits, additional decks, and alternate rules, according to the folks at Ambrosia.
Brunhilda and the Dark Crystal come to the Mac App Store
Codeminion and Twin Bottles say Brunhilda and the Dark Crystal 1.28 (http://brunhildathegame.com/), their casual adventure game for Mac OS X, is now at the Mac App Store. It costs US$9.99 and can be found in the Games section.
The story focuses on an ancient prophecy and makes Brunhilda personally responsible for solving the great mystery. The story is packed with twists and turns and humorous dialogues. The gameplay is a mixture of hidden object mechanic, puzzles and point-and-click quest solving.
Brunhilda and the Dark Crystal boasts over six hours of gameplay. There are 10 different lands to visit with multiple locations and NPC characters and three arcane mini-games.
Faber Acoustical brings SignalScope Pro 3 to the Mac App Store
Faber Acoustical has announced SignalScope Pro 3.0, an update to their acoustical test and measurement toolset for the Mac. It's now available in the Mac App Store for US$199.99 and requires Mac OS X 10.6 or later.
SignalScope Pro offers a suite of tools on the Mac for dynamic and real-time signal analysis, data acquisition, and automated testing. Version 3 features an enhanced user interface, better control over audio device configurations, and more comprehensive user preferences.
New functionality in SignalScope Pro includes the option to perform arithmetic operations, such as addition, subtraction, and multiplication, on two arbitrary input channels of an audio input device. Users can also specify arbitrary FFT lengths and view live spectrogram data in 3D with a logarithmic frequency scale. Two of each type of analysis tool can be opened and operated simultaneously.
A 30-day demo version is available for download at the from Faber Acoustical website (http://www.faberacoustical.com...
Cristallight Software releases iBarcoder 3.3.3
Cristallight and Don Kurt have released iBarcoder 3.3.3 (http://www.cristallight.com/iBarcoder/), the latest Mac barcode software for Mac OS X 10.4 or later.
iBarcoder (US$39.95) supports multiple symbologies including the Japanpost customer Mac barcode, three types of FIM codes, Postnet, Several UPC, EAN and IBSN codes, QR code, and more. With the app you can individualize the coding to identify location sold, style, and other tracking information.
A Counter Mode automatically creates the next barcode in a sequence from the defined parameters you have specified. You can use starting numbers and postix parts using the increment value established.
World Clock Deluxe ticks to version 4.7.4
MaBaSoft (http://www.mabasoft.net) has updated its World Clock Deluxe time tool to version 4.7.4. In the new version, Daylight-Saving time information for Chile and Cuba has been updated.
This year, Chile has extended Daylight-Saving time (which was originally planned to end on March 13) to continue until April 3 to face water shortage in reservoirs and avoid a possible energy crisis.Cuba decided to postpone the start of DST from the second to the third Sunday in March.
With World Clock Deluxe you can display multiple clocks in a horizontal or vertical palette, in the menu bar and in the Dock, show Coordinated Universal Time and Internet Time, assign labels and colors to clocks, calculate date and time conversions across different time zones and show the current weather all over the world. The software is Universal Binary and runs in English, German, Dutch, French and Italian.
World Clock Deluxe requires Mac OS X 10.3.9 or later and runs natively on both PowerPC-based and Intel-based...
Booxter for Mac OS X revved to version 2.7
Deep Prose Software (http://www.deepprose.com) has released Booxter 2.7 for Mac OS X. With Booxter users can create multiple libraries and smart lists to organize books, music, movies and comic books.
Version 2.7 improves on the free companion iPhone app, available from the Apple App Store. Customers can now scan barcodes and have them sent directly into Booxter, wirelessly. If you have an iPhone or iPod touch, you now have a scanner. Other improvements include adding Amazon Italy as a search site for books, music and movies, improving online searches, and enhancing the user interface.
Booxter supports both handheld and wireless barcode scanners and iSight video cameras to add large numbers of items to a collection. It requires Mac OS 10.4 or later. A downloadable demo version has a limit of 30 items for each library.
The full version costs US$29.99; there's a free version with a limit of 30 items for each library. Version 2.7 is a free update for registered users of version 2.x....
Volitans Software announces SMART Utility 2.2
Volitans software has announced SMART Utility 2.2, an update to the hard drive diagnostic application. The new version includes a menu icon to run in the background, a better user interface for single partitions, and better support for SSDs, as well as bug fixes.
SMART Utility is an application to scan the internal hardware diagnostics system of hard drives. SMART is a system built into hard drives by their manufacturers to report on various measurements of a hard drive's operation.
SMART Utility is available in a variety of licenses including a personal license for US$25 and a family license for $40. It can be purchased online (http://www.volitans-software.com/) or within the SMART Utility itself through its embedded web store.
MegaSeg update includes over 70 improvements, new features
Fidelity Media has released MegaSeg 5.6. The new version encompasses over 70 improvements and new features including:
° iTunes Sound Check volume support;
° A new BPM Tapper with improved accuracy;
° Intro countdown timers accurate to a tenth of a second;
° (Pro) A built-in FTP upload feature to send "Now Playing" data;
° Printing directly from the Logs and Show History reports;
° (Pro) Voice Over tracks are now automatically back-timed into track intros;
° Playlist menu commands to sort by Category, Date Added, and Time;
° A MIDI preset for the Numark DJ2GO controller;
° MIDI controller jog wheels can now scrub the Wave Viewer for analog style cueing;
° (Pro) New Events to start Ambient Playlists and toggle Rules on and off;
° Font and color options for the Category and Playlist Browsers, Logs, Ambient Playlists, and hot keys;
° (Pro) Option to toggle events on/off automatically with the playlist stop/start button;
° (Pro) A Rules On/Off button on the main screen.
The MegaSeg DJ...
InPreFlight for InDesign updated to version 2.8.14
Zevrix Solutions (http://www.zevrix.com) has updated InPreflight Pro -- its quality control, packaging automation and preflight reporting solution for Adobe InDesign -- to version 2.8.14. The new version improves reliability of automated packaging of multiple files.
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 an easy way to analyze, archive and send reports to service providers....
Apple releases iTunes 10.2.1, Java updates
Apple has released iTunes 10.2.1 and a Java update.
iTunes 10.2.1 is designed to let you sync with your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch with iOS 4.3. Apple says it also offers improved Home Sharing.
Apple has also updated Java for Mac OS X 10.5.8 and 10.6.6, including server versions for both. They're security updates.
You can obtain the updates via the Software Updates component of Mac OS X's Systems Preferences app.
ASK Video offers downloadable video tutorials
ASK Video Interactive Media (http://www.askvideo.com), a creator of software tutorials on DVD, is now offering their entire catalog of music software tutorial videos as digital downloads in addition to the original DVD format.
The move to download has been made possible by AVP, or Ask Video Player. AVP is built upon the company's instruction delivery system and takes advantage of the latest technologies to give the user the best video experience possible, says Steve Kostrey, president of ASK Video. AVP has both product authorization and built-in online product registration to ensure ease of use and provide a secure method of distributing videos instantly to customers, he adds.
This new distribution method gives both customers and online retailers an advantage. Retailers no longer have to ship and stock physical product, while having the entire ASK Video catalog available for sale. This also means that customers can instantly purchase and begin using any title as well. They simply...
iPad 2 launch will see higher sales but shorter lines
When the iPad 2 launches Friday, it should see even higher sales than when the first iPad debuted, but shorter lines, Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster tells clients in a note, as reported by "AppleInsider" (http://www.appleinsider.com).
The original iPad launched at 221 U.S. Apple retail stores and most of Best Buy's 1,000-plus American stores in 2010. Munster says the iPad 2 will debut at more than 10,000 stores of retail partners in addition to 236 current Apple retail stores. The second generation tablet will also go on sale in the U.S. Friday at Walmart, Target, and AT&T and Verizon stores.
Munster expects the new model to outsell its predecessor, which reached a million sales in just 28 days. "Generally, the length of the lines at Apple retail stores on launch day have been a helpful early indication of demand," he says. "However, factors like online pre-orders, simultaneous international launches, weather, timing in the day and the day of the week can all impact a...
Apple planning the 'next generation' online store
Apple has posted a job opening (http://macte.ch/KFTgo) for a "senior software engineer -- core services" to "help build the next-generation Apple Online Store."
"Do you enjoy building highly scalable, distributed web applications?" Apple asks in the job posting. "Do you get excited about performance tuning java applications at the limits of memory and CPU? Do you enjoy working with other high output engineers? If so, then join our team and make a difference."
Apple is looking for "senior-level engineers with demonstrated experience delivering advanced solutions in a multi-tier, distributed environment." A BS in Computer Science, Mathematics, or EE, or relevant industry experience is required. An MS in Computer Science or related technical field is desired.
-- Dennis Sellers
Adobe releases experimental Flash to HTML5 conversion tool
Adobe has released an experimental Flash to HTML5 conversion tool on Adobe Labs, codenamed Wallaby. Wallaby is an AIR application that allows designers and developers to convert Adobe Flash Professional (FLA) files into HTML5 via drag and drop, expanding the distribution of creative content across platforms, including iOS devices like the iPad and iPhone.
Wallaby is being released on Labs in response to the tremendous amount of customer interest after Wallaby was first demoed at MAX last October, according to Adobe. The company invites customers to download this tool, try out the code it generates and provide feedback on how they are using it.
"User response to the Wallaby technology preview will enable Adobe to better understand what types of innovations are needed in our long-term investments in both Flash and HTML5 technology," Adobe says.
Users can access the Wallaby preview technology and more information for free at labs.adobe.com .