Megaseg Dj ready to roar on Lion
Fidelity Media has updated MegaSeg, the DJ mixing app and broadcast automation system made especially for Mac, to version 5.7.2, featuring full compatibility with OS X Lion. It's available at the Mac App Store.
The new version also delivers over 60 improvements including new Lion-style scrolling and optimizations for Multi-Touch trackpads. Additional refinements throughout the app cover features such as ambient video, category browsing, decks, events, mic play-thru, MIDI, playlists, and the scheduler.
MegaSeg Pro provides advanced features for pro DJs and VJs, radio and TV stations, and hospitality businesses such as restaurants and hotels. The Pro edition incorporates video playback for ambient visuals, hot keys for instant sound effects, automated music scheduling, ad messaging events, track separation rules, request lists, and more. The DJ edition offers features including visual beat syncing, headphone outputs for preview, MIDI support, automatic volume control, fast category...
Design 3D CX 7 ready for Lion
Strata has introduced Strata Design 3D CX 7 for Mac OS X, accompanied by discounted introductory pricing on full and upgrade versions. The new version offers faster rendering, effects advances, a Sun and Sky feature, new texture features, compatibility with Mac OS X 10.7 ("Lion"), and more.
Strata Design 3D CX modeling and animation software is for creative designers. It delivers end-to-end power for the entire 3D workflow, with a simplified learning curve and familiar toolset developed to help 2D designers easily transition into 3D design, according to Strata President Ken Bringhurst. The program also provides tie-ins with the Adobe Creative Suite.
Strata Design 3D 7.0 for Mac is available immediately from the Strata website (http://www.strata.com) or through Strata’s reseller partners for US$545. For a complete list of discounted launch pricing for full and upgrade versions, visit the Strata online store (http://store.strata.com).
AppyDays for Mac OS X
Slappstick (http://www.slappstick.de) has updated AppyDays, a Mac OS X utility for tracking discounted apps, to version 1.4. Users can now filter Mac App Store categories. Also, there are now separate filters for every platform.
With AppDays one click directs you to the Apple App Store or Mac App Store immediately. The small application window can be left open while people work on their computers.
AppDays displays discounted apps in the stores. It sports filters available for price (Mac and iOS) and category (iOS only).
AppyDays for Mac requires Mac OS X 10.6 or later. It's available for free at the Mac App Store in the Reference category.
Apple launches Twitter account for iBookstore
Apple has launched a new Twitter account for its iBookstore to keep followers updated on new releases, special offers, and other details from the store, says "MacRumors" (http://www.macrumors.com). The account was created back in June, but Apple has just started using the account to send out Tweets today, the article adds.
The iBookstore -- for iOS devices -- features books from major and independent publishers. Once you’ve bought a book -- or downloaded a free one -- it’s displayed on your Bookshelf. Just tap it to start reading.
Apple to revise Korean iPhone return policy
Apple has greed with South Korea’s fair trade regulator to revise its customer-service policy for iPhone users in the country to address complaints about the handling of faulty devices, reports "Bloomberg" (http://macte.ch/bS66H).
Consumers who find defects in their Apple smartphones within a month of purchase will receive new devices instead of refurbished ones, the Fair Trade Commission says. South Korea became the first country to convince Apple to change its global customer policy, notes "Bloomberg"
Korean iPhone buyers have complained Apple only gives devices refurbished with used parts when there are problems with the product, even though its service warranty states customers can get refunds, new phones or free repairs, the commission said. Under the revision, consumers have the right to choose between the options.
Intel's 'Ultrabook' plans could affect Apple...
Intel (http://www.intel.com) says its engineers are working on a new class of platform power management for "Ultrabooks" that will aid in the delivery of always-on-always-connected computing. Though targeted to Windows and Android devices, the technology could wind up in Apple laptops.
Intel President and CEO Paul Otellini, made the announcements during the opening keynote of the Intel Developer Forum in San Francisco. He predicted that Ultrabook systems will provide the most satisfying and complete computing experience. The company is working with industry partners to deliver mainstream-priced products beginning this holiday season for this new category of lighter, sleeker compute companions, Otellini said.
Intel's CEO added the company's engineers will further accelerate Ultrabook innovation with Intel's "Ivy Bridge" 22nm technology early next year with the help of the company's 3-D Tri-gate transistors. He also described the new class of platform power management in development...
VMware Fusion 4 Ships
The long awaited VMware Fusion 4 ships today. VMware promises the new version to not only be faster but have a variety of new features that support Mac OS X Lion.
It's available now at http://www.vmware.com/vmwarestore/fusion-for-mac for a promotional price of US$49.99 through the end of 2011 (normally $79.99).
"Enhancements to VMware Fusion 4 make it a breeze to run Windows and Mac Applications side by side on a Mac," says Pat Lee, director, client product management, VMware. "Offering full integration into Apple OS X Lion, VMware Fusion 4 builds on our proven, award winning platform to provide an easy, fast and reliable way to run Windows applications on a Mac."
VM Fusion 4 boasts more than 90 new features and is optimized for multi-core Macs. Using the latest version on Lion, you can choose which Windows programs to add to Launchpad, experience them in Mission Control, view them in full screen or switch between them using Mac gestures. And, you can limit spotlight to the Windows...
Jobs' resignation having little impact on consumer...
The resignation of Steve Jobs as CEO of Apple is having little impact on the demand for Apple products, according to a new survey from ChangeWave Research (http://www.changewaveresearch.com). The Sept. 6-12 survey of 2,297 consumers shows only 4% say Jobs’ resignation makes them "less likely" to buy Apple products in the future, while 89% say it’s having "no effect" on their purchasing of Apple products.
When asked a similar question during Steve Jobs first leave of absence back in 2008, nearly one-in-five respondents (18%) said they would be "less likely" to buy Apple products if Jobs stepped down. Since then ChangeWave has asked this question on several occasions, and over this time period the impact of Steve Jobs stepping down has clearly lessened in the minds of consumers.
The results suggest that Jobs’ previous absences have had an "inoculating" effect that over time has allayed consumer concerns on whether the company could operate at the same level without Jobs at the helm. Two...
Kapeli releases Dash, DashExpander for Mac OS X
Kapeli (http://kapeli.com/dashexpander/) has released Dash and DashExpander, two free Mac applications. Both require Mac OS X 10.7 ("Lion") and are available at the Mac App Store.
DashExpander saves you from typing long strings of text by defining abbreviations that are later expanded whenever you type them. You can collect text snippets that you often reuse.
Dash is a code snippet manager and documentation browser. It builds on top of DashExpander and provides extra functionality for developers. Dash also features Wiki pages for each Cocoa class and method.
Plug Spy is new instant alert system for Mac OS X
Celmaro has introduced Plug Spy 1.0 (http://www.celmaro.com/plugspy/), an instant alert system for the MacBook Pro and MacBook Air running Mac OS X 10.7 ("Lion"). It's available for US$0.99 at the Mac App Store in the Utilities category.
Plug Spy integrates with the OS X security system and needs no additional password or shortcut to remember. It runs inconspicuously in the system menu. Plug Spy auto activates when the screen is locked and starts a high volume alert sound, as well. It also sends a Growl notification if your laptop gets stolen.
When activated, Plug Spy "notices" if the MacBook gets unplugged from the MagSafe power adapter or if someone tries to close the lit. It can also capture a snapshot of the person in front of the laptop.
Plug Spy 1.0 may be purchased for an introductory price of $0.99 USD on
FileAngel is new data recovery tool for Mac OS X
FelixDev has released FileAngel 1.0 for Mac OS X 10.6 and greater. It offers a Finder-like interface for displaying deleted files and the functionality to undelete files in a variety of circumstances.
From basic mistakes such as accidentally emptying the trash to the recovery of erased files from freshly formatted disks, it also provides data recovery from most filesystem types. FileAngel works on digital cameras, phones, and disks formatted for most operating systems. Additionally, it has the option to search only in free space on Macintosh formatted disks.
FileAngel offers an automatic icon preview of the deleted files built in, allowing the user to see the deleted files contents before performing the data recovery. It opens your device in Read Only mode and searches for remnants of file contents.
A free trial of the product is available from the FelixDev web site (http://www.felixdev.com/) that allows previews of the deleted files it finds. FileAngel costs US$99 for the...
Mobile In digital input adapter released for iOS devices
Line 6 (http://line6.com/) has announced the Mobile In digital input adaptor and Mobile POD guitar tone app for iOS devices. The former costs US$79.99 and will ship this fall.
The new hardware and app allow guitarists to connect an electric guitar to their iPhone or iPad, purportedly giving them the same high-quality sounds they’d get if they were playing from a wide variety of famous guitar amplifiers, speakers and effects including distortion, chorus and reverb.
"Mobile In and Mobile POD turn your iPhone or iPad into a fully functioning Line 6 POD multi-effect device complete with tweakable tones, simultaneous effects and legendary Line 6 guitar amp and effect modeling," says Marcus Ryle, Line 6 co-founder and senior vice president of New Business Development.
The free Mobile POD app includes collections of 64 models of modern, vintage and boutique guitar gear including amps, cabinets, stompboxes and rack effects. Users can mix and match the fully adjustable models to build a...
PowerSlice includes iOS compatible charging 'Slice'
fuse (http://www.fuseplusyou.com) has debuted the US$49.99 PowerSlice Charging Station bundle, which includes two iPod/iPhone-compatible charging Slices within the package.
The new bundle allows consumers to charge up to four electronic devices at once (including three iPods and/or iPhones) via the universal charging base and included pie-shaped “Slices,” each of which contains a charging tip. The Slices are interchangeable.
Other Slices can be purchased separately to charge smartphones, digital cameras and handheld gaming systems. The built-in USB 2.0 port on the base station also allows for charging of a fourth device, such as an e-reader or Bluetooth headset.
The PowerSlice includes an on/off switch so users can control when devices are charging, eliminating unneeded energy use. It features a UL-rated plug for added safety and protection, says Ken Eisenbraun, president of fuse parent company, foneGEAR.
Epson announces two projectors for K-12 classrooms
Epson (http://macte.ch/bI9rY) has introduced the PowerLite S11 and X12, two bright projectors targeted to the K-12 market.
The PowerLite S11 and X12 replace the PowerLite S9 and X9 and deliver enhanced connectivity, increased brightness, flexible setup features, and extended lamp life for today's budget conscious schools, says Sara Kim, associate product manager, Epson America. The PowerLite S11 (US$449) offers 2,600 lumens of color and white light output with SVGA resolution, and the PowerLite X12 ($549) delivers 2,800 lumens color and white light output with XGA resolution.
The projectors include RS-232 support for connecting to an AV control device and USB Plug 'n Play for instantly projecting video and audio from a Mac or PC via a USB connection. The projectors also offer setup with horizontal and vertical keystone correction, giving teachers the flexibility to place the projector off-center from the screen if needed, without any image distortion.
The PowerLite X12 offers...
The Marbians come to the Mac App Store
The Marbians have crashed onto the Mac App Store in the Games category. They/it require Mac OS X 10.6 or higher and cost US$4.99.
Here's how the game -- which has over 70 puzzles -- is described: "Won’t you help the Marbians return to their UFOs in this retro-themed off-the-wall marble puzzle game from Nordisk Film Games Publishing? Experience retro-meets-modern themed levels in over 70 challenging puzzles in this physics-based puzzle game."
"Get your angles right and send the Marbians in their marble-encased spacesuits spiraling and smashing off walls to overcome challenging obstacles and find a path back to their UFOs. Bounce the aliens off walls and collect moon rocks to earn more points."
Pinball Tristan available on the Mac App Store
LittleWing has released Pinball Tristan 1.0 (http://www.littlewingpinball.com/doc/en/) on the Mac App Store (in the Games category). It requires Mac OS X 10.6 or higher and costs US$2.99.
Here's how the game is described: "The retro appearance of the toy pinball cabinet includes an old style mechanical score drum, evocative of old-time pinball. The bright three-D playfield, with glittering lights and sounds, draws fond memories and brings the authentic joy and excitement of pinball to the desktop of your Mac. Peaceful and cute, it is suitable for all ages. Thanks to OS X new function, you can enjoy playing Tristan in full screen mode.
"In addition to being the best casual game around, this app can be all about technique -- if you want it to be. Go ahead and experiment with the nudging function, the pass flip, reverse pass flip, return lane transfer, holding lift, dead flipper bounce, alley pass, slide and hit, live catch...do we need to go on? You get the idea. There are tons of...
MergeMill tweaked for Lion
Cross Culture has released Mergemill Pro 4.1, an update of their app for cleansing and de-duplicating data.
Mac OS X 10.7 ("Lion") users can now choose any high-quality voice in a language provided by the OS and use Mergemill Pro to turn web pages and emails to near-natural speech. Also, users can set up an automated voice announcement system that reads some generated text at scheduled times.
Mergemill Pro takes diverse sources of data -- such as databases, web pages, e-mails and more -- and merges them with templates to produce the desired output, from web pages to customized e-mails. The program features data-processing capabilities such as data filters, multi-level data sorting, BASIC scripting, and multiple search-and-replace actions.
Mergemill Pro supports Unicode and other text encodings, and has project scheduling and auto-run functionality. Users can control output in templates through scripting with tags for content insertion, arithmetic expressions, looping, branching,...
FontAgent Pro Server rewritten to add J2EE support
Insider Software (http://www.insidersoftware.com/) has announced FontAgent Pro Server 5, an update to its solution for organizing, optimizing, distributing and tracking an organization's fonts.
The V5 release is a J2EE server application. Additionally, the upgrade includes new license-management, directory services and browser-based real-time usage reports. FontAgent Pro 5's J2EE-based, multi-threaded, multi-processor aware architecture is designed for speed to provide even faster synchronization with networked client users.
FontAgent Pro Server runs on a networked Mac Pro, Mac mini or Xserve with 1GB of memory and 130MB of disk space running Mac OS X 10.5.8 or later. It doesn't require dedicated server hardware and permits administrators to fine-tune performance to compensate for varying speeds on enterprise networks. The new release also includes a one-click installer for server and J2EE software; supports PostScript Type 1, OpenType, dfont, and Mac and Windows TrueType font...
Stellar Mac series of optimization tool now Lion compatible
Stellar Phoenix (http://www.macintosh-software.net/) says its Mac series of system optimization tools are now compatible with Mac OS X 10.7 ("Lion").
Stellar Mac Tools are utilities that help user to maintain, repair, optimize, protect and recover their data from Mac. Stellar Mac tool includes system utilities like Speed up Mac, Drive Clone, Drive Defrag, Partition Manager, Mac Data Recovery, Entourage Repair and Photo Recovery.
iWatermark Pro 1.0, PixelStick 2.2 and KnowledgeMiner (yX) 2.9...
Plum Amazing (http://www.plumamazing.com/) has released three Mac OS X 10.7 ("Lion") applications: iWatermark Pro 1.0, PixelStick 2.2 and KnowledgeMiner (yX) 2.9.
IWatermark Pro 1.0 is a major rewrite of the original iWatermark for the Mac. It's an US$30 watermarking app for photographers that's compatible with iPhoto, Aperture, Lightroom and more.
PixelStick 2.2 ($7) is an universal ruler and eyedropper that measures color, angle and distance in any application on your Mac. KnowledgeMiner is a tool for data mining/modeling. It can be used for classification, modeling, time series forecasting, sequential patterns and more; pricing starts at US$300.
'Going paperless' the focus of next MacBUS meeting
The next meeting of The Macintosh Business Users Society of Greater Philadelphia (http://www.macbus.org/) will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 27, at 6:30 pm.
For this month's meeting, MacBUS member Ben Romney will present "Going Paperless: Drastically Reducing the Amount of Paper." This session will focus on strategies and techniques for moving towards a paperless work environment, or reducing the amount of paper coming in and going out through hardware, software and organizational practices.
A general Mac troubleshooting Q&A session will also be held. Attendees are encouraged to bring questions and invite friends or coworkers who may find the meeting beneficial.
MacBUS was the first user group in the United States to focus on the business and professional uses of the Macintosh operating system. The group of approximately 75 members meets this month at:
University of the Arts
Connelly Auditorium in Tera Hall 8th Floor
211 South Broad Street, Philadelphia
Meetings are usually held on...
Troi Grabber Plug-in 2.2.1 released for FileMaker Pro 11
Troi Automatisering has announced the availability of Troi Grabber Plug-in 2.2.1 for FileMaker Pro 11.
Troi Grabber Plug-in tool for grabbing images from a video camera and putting them directly into a FileMaker container field. Version 2.2.1 is a maintenance release. It's compatible with FileMaker Pro 11 and Mac OS X 10.7 ("Lion").
A fully functional demo version of Troi Grabber Plug-in 2.2.1 is available for downloading at Troi's Web site (http://www.troi.com/software/grabberplugin.html). It works with FileMaker Pro 9, 10 and 11. The plug-in can also be used with runtimes from FileMaker Pro Advanced 9, 10 or 11. The plug-in is available for Mac OS X 10.4.5 or higher, Windows XP (Service Pack 2), Windows Vista and Windows 7.
Licenses cost US$ 999 for a developer license. Troi doesn't offer single licenses at the moment.
Upgrading to version 2.2.1 is free for all users of version 2.x. The 2.2.1 version works with the same 2.0 registration string.
Product upgrades from an earlier...
Apple planning new version of AirPort Express
Apple will soon begin shipping a new version of its AirPort Express portable 802.11n base station, capping a recent series of refreshes to the company's line of WiFi routers ahead of this fall's iCloud launch, says "AppleInsider" (http://www.appleinsider.com).
Although Apple's online store still reflects availability of "AirPort Express Base Station with 802.11n and AirTunes," authorized resellers like DataVision report that the same model (MB321LL/A) is discontinued. Amazon estimates it will have new stock sometime in the next "2 to 5 weeks," notes "AppleInsider."
Analyst ups iPhone, iPad sales estimate
RBC Capital's Mike Abramsky has raised his fourth quarter iPhone and iPad estimates based on the results of a survey of 2,200 potential buyers. The survey, conducted in August by the ChangeWave (http://www.changewave.com) research group, showed what Abramsky called "unprecedented iPhone 5 demand and strong back-to-school iPad buying intentions."
In a note to clients -- as reported by "Fortune" -- he said:
° Thirty-one percent of those surveyed said they were very/somewhat likely to buy the iPhone 5, significantly exceeding pre-launch iPhone 4 demand (25%).
° With the iPhone 4 nearly 15 months old, 66% of existing iPhone users are very/somewhat likely to buy the iPhone 5, pointing to a large pending upgrade cycle.
° Fifty-four percent of surveyed Sprint subscribers and 53% of surveyed T-Mobile subscribers say they are significantly/somewhat more likely to buy the iPhone, if available.
° Survey data also shows strong iPad 2 back-to-school buying indications, with 26% very/somewhat...
Apple files motions regarding Motorola lawsuits
Apple has filed motions to stay in two of its various lawsuits with Motorola, arguing that the pending acquisition of Motorola Mobility (MMI) by Google has resulted in "a fundamental loss of Motorola's patent rights," reports "FOSS Patents."
One of the lawsuits was started by MMI in the Southern District of Florida (with both parties asserting six patents each), and the other one by Apple in the Western District of Wisconsin. Apple is asserting 15 patents and MMI is asserting six.
Under the merger agreement with Google, MMI is severely restricted in its ability to enforce its patents and negotiate settlements, says "FOSS Patents." Apple's lawyers argue that MMI currently lacks standing. Read more at http://macte.ch/DQJJc .
Apple alleges that Motorola infringes 24 of its patents (21 of them with Android-based phones, the remaining 3 with set-top boxes and DVRs), while Motorola previously asserted 18 patents against a variety of Apple products (mostly but not exclusively iPhone, iPad...
Apple-Samsung battle moves to France, China
Samsung has now filed a direct suit against Apple in France, the first time the fight has moved to that country, notes "mocoNews.net" (http://macte.ch/Bp7sp). This follows the news that Apple looks to be opening another front in its patent defense, with 40 new design patents now registered in China, the article adds.
All totaled, Samsung and Apple now have suits against each other in four countries in Europe: Germany, the Netherlands, the UK, and now France Then there's Japan, Korea, the U.S. and Australia.
A little background: on June 17 in the US, Apple amended and expanded its complaint against Samsung, asserting more patents and other intellectual property rights than before against an extended list of allegedly infringing products.
In April Samsung filed patent lawsuits against Apple over the U.S. firm's iPhone and iPad after Apple claimed Samsung's smartphones and tablets "slavishly" copied its products. This followed an Apple lawsuit filed on April 15 in the U.S. that claimed...
Investment bank thinks Apple will return some cash to...
Investment bank Morgan Stanley told investors -- as reported by "AppleInsider" (http://www.appleinsider.com) that Apple may return some of its US$76 billion in cash to shareholders and recommended either share buybacks or dividends as the most favorable options.
Analyst Katy Huberty told investors that this cash pile represents 22% of its market capitalization. Of that amount, roughly $29 billion, as of the second quarter of calendar 2011, is held in the U.S., while $24 billion in foreign cash is believed to be eligible for repatriation without additional tax expenses, says "AppleInsider."
Apple has lately been accruing U.S. income tax on about half of its foreign income, a rare move for corporations, according to Huberty. "We believe Apple is the only company in our coverage to accrue such a significant portion," she told investors.
If the company chooses not to return cash to shareholders, Morgan Stanley predicts Apple's cash balance will grow 58% year-over-year to $94 billion by...
comScore: Apple is number three among EU5 smartphone vendors
comScore (http://www.comscore.com), a company that "measures the digital world," has released data from the comScore MobiLens service analyzing growth trends of the smartphone platforms across the five leading European markets (France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the United Kingdom). In July 2011, nearly one in four smartphone users in EU5 reported using smartphones running on the Google Android platform.
HTC had the highest market share among mobile original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), accounting for 34.6 percent of Android devices used across the region in this period, followed closely by Samsung with 31.7 percent of Android devices.
“Smartphone adoption has seen significant growth from the previous year, driven in large part by the increasing popularity of the Google Android platform,” says Jeremy Copp, comScore Europe vice president for Mobile. “Although Symbian continues to lead the EU5 smartphone market, Android is gaining fast and recently passed Apple to become the second...
Apple readies MacBook Airs for Thunderbolt displays
Apple has released MacBook Air EFI Firmware Update 2.1 for the Thunderbolt-enabled MacBook Air. The update addresses Thunderbolt Display compatibility issues and performance issues for Thunderbolt Target Disk Mode.
You can obtain the upgrade via the Software Updates component of the Mac OS X Systems Preferences app. The firmware update requires Mac OS X 10.7 ("Lion").
Wacom launches Cintiq 24HD interactive pen display
Wacom has released the Cintiq 24HD interactive pen display, which is designed especially for designers, illustrators, animators, video editors and other creative pros.
It joins the Cintiq 21UX and Cintiq 12WX as part of Wacom's complete lineup of interactive pen displays. The new 24-inch HD (1920 x 1200) widescreen display provides realistic color for color-critical work.
The ergonomically designed counter-weighted stand allows users to adjust the incline and height of the Cintiq for multiple working postures, even allowing the What's more, the frame around the screen is designed to be a resting place for the hands and arms, providing access to the Touch Ring and shortcut and modifier Express Keys located on both sides of the Cintiq. The Cintiq 24HD incorporates Wacom's most realistic pen experience, featuring 2048 levels of pressure sensitivity and 40 degrees of tilt control, says Don Varga, Director of Professional Products for Wacom Technology Services Corp.
The Cintiq 24HD pen...
TV studios adding closed captioning to some shows on iTunes
Television studios have "quietly" begun adding closed captioning to a small selection of the TV shows on offer in the iTunes Store, says "AppleInsider" (http://www.appleinsider.com).
Fox, FX, CW and ABC are among the studios that have added closed captions to TV shows on iTunes, the article adds. Specific shows include "Sons of Anarchy," "New Girl," "Switched at Birth" and "The Secret Circle," though, in general, only the current season of these shows carries support for captions.
It's not exactly clear when the first captioned TV shows arrived on the iTunes Store, but as late as last month, reports claimed that no TV shows on Apple's digital storefront offered the feature, says "AppleInsider." Most of the shows providing the closed-captioning are from the fall 2011 TV lineup and have only been added recently, the article adds.
iHome, New Balance team up for NB639 fitness headphones
iHome and New Balance have teamed up to produce the US$99 NB639 Fitness Evolved headphones.
Features include: a chronograph workout timer; pedometer; the ability to track the total number of steps and distance traveled; a heart rate monitor, the ability to measure heart rate beats per minute and calories burned; real-time voiceover feedback; the ability to announces heart rate, caloric burn, steps taken and distance stats without pausing your music or your workout.
HeartPal Graphing software sorts your information by days/weeks/months, and summarizes performance data, allows you to customize your results and set goals. The NB639 also sport eetachable ear cushions fit a variety of ear sizes.
Digital Heaven releases five new transition effects for Final...
Digital Heaven has released the first in a series of Final Cut Pro X effects packages to complement any editor's effects toolkit.
FCPX Transitions Pack 1 features five transitions including DH_Flare, DH_FrameRoll, DH_LightFlash, DH_Shutter and DH_StretchPan. In DH_Flare
the classic lens flare transition gets a makeover with controls for changing the color, angle and a little twist.
DH_FrameRoll brings the retro effect of old-school projectors that kept jumping into the 21st century with controls for bumpiness and stretchiness. DH_LightFlash replicates the organic imperfection of light leaking into an old film camera with controls for light direction and extra leakiness.
DH_Shutter is a "snap-happy" transition that mimics the lens shutter of a camera. You can choose between the classic iris and vertical shutter styles. DH_StretchPan offers a whip pan effect that adds dynamic movement between two shots with adjustable direction.
FCPX Transitions Pack 1 is available for immediate...
Deus Ex: Human Revolution coming to the Mac
Feral Interactive says the action-RPG video game Deus Ex: Human Revolution will be released for the Mac this winter. Developed by Eidos-Montreal and published by Square Enix for game consoles and the PC, Deus Ex: Human Revolution is a prequel to Deus Ex.
Here's how the game is described: "Set in 2027, Deus Ex: Human Revolution immerses players in a world where amoral corporations market biomechanical modifications that blur the boundary between man and machine. The player controls former SWAT commander Adam Jensen who has been forced to undergo cybernetic augmentations after a terrorist attack on Sarif Industries, the biotech company where he works as security chief.
"To find those responsible, the player must explore the full potential of Adam’s augmented body and develop it to suit their playing style. Every situation can be approached in countless different ways, either by focusing on one of the four pillars of gameplay - combat, stealth, hacking and social -- or by deploying an...
mSecure 3.0 password manager released for Mac OS X, iOS
mSeven Software (http://msevensoftware.com/) has launched mSecure 3.0, offering additional security, accessibility and more for Mac OS X, iOS, Windows and Android systems.
The password manager software now supports groups for categorizing records, the ability to mark favorite records for fast access and a new Security Everywhere architecture for improved data security when syncing with cloud services such as Dropbox and Apple's upcoming iCloud. The folks at mSeven say that they're introducing the Security Everywhere sync architecture to accomplish three main goals:
° Sync securely without concern about the security of the cloud system.
° Sync anywhere using a general Internet connection without the hassle of firewall and router settings.
° Sync anytime keeping all mobile and computing devices in sync without a sync server.
mSecure’s Security Everywhere architecture adds additional encryption and compression to its 256-bit Blowfish encryption. Another key feature in the 3.0 release is...
U.S. GameStop stores to accept trades of iOS devices
Got an iPod, iPhone or iPad collecting dust? Now you can trade it for credit toward video games, gaming systems, downloadable content and more at GameStop (http://www.GameStop.com/PCGames), a multichannel retailer of video games.
Trades of the iPod, iPhone or iPad must be in working condition and free from cosmetic defects. For complete details, including devices accepted, visit http://www.GameStop.com/iTrades or a local GameStop store.
VidConvert ready for Lion
Independent software developer Reggie Ashworth has released VidConvert 1.1, an update of his video converter for Mac OS X. It's been optimized for Mac OS X 10.7 ("Lion") and sports a new "logic" to give the best quality and file size at the fastest speed.
VidConvert will convert just about any type of video into one of the a varityof formats, allowing you to create videos for your iPhone, iPad, Mac or Apple TV.
To use you add a file, select a format and a quality, and click convert. Optionally you can change your save folder from the main window.
For advanced users you can select the Advanced quality if you choose to allow such options as custom Frame Rate, Bit Rate, etc. However, for most users simply choosing Normal or High quality should be sufficient. After your conversion is finished simply add more files or quit VidConvert and the job is done.
Supported formats include iPhone, iPod, iPad, QuickTime, .mp4, MPEG-1 and 2, DivX, Xvid, and audio only formats such as .mp4 and .m4a....
CS Odessa updates MindTweet
CS Odessa has announced an updated ConceptDraw MindTweet addition to ConceptDraw MindMap 7.
The new ConceptDraw MindTweet solution is available immediately via download from the ConceptDraw Solution Park located at the Concept Draw website (http://www.conceptdraw.com). ConceptDraw MindTweet adds the capability of being able to publish the image of an entire mind map, or any selected portion of a map. Now ConceptDraw MindMap users won't be able to publish the topic text, but also map images with the push of a button.
ConceptDraw MINDMAP is a mind-mapping application that assists with brainstorming, building business documentation, and constructing presentations. Now it can also be used for communication and social collaboration in online community-oriented environments.
Availability of ConceptDraw MindMap 7 is immediate. ConceptDraw MindMap retails for US$219, competitive upgrades from other paid mind mapping products are available for $109, contact CS Odessa sales for details on...
Mac platform on pace to have best quarter ever
Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster told clients -- as reported by "AppleInsider" (http://www.appleinsider.com) -- that the latest sales figures from the NPD Group (http://www.npd.com) show the Mac platform is set to have its best quarter ever, with sales on pace to hit 4.5 million.
NPD's latest U.S. data tracked Mac sales up 22% in July and August. Munster said August Mac sales benefitted from a full month of Mac OS X 10.7 ("Lion") being available. Plus, Mac sales were also beefed up by sales of the refreshed MacBook Air and Mac mini models.
Munster thinks the MacBook Air will represent between 10 and 20% of total Mac units in the September quarter. Sales of 4.1 million Macs would easily be a record for Apple, notes "AppleInsider." The company's previous best came in the holiday quarter of 2010, when 4.1 million Macs were sold.
Apple ends security updates for five-year-old Macs
"The JoshMeister on Security" site has posted an in-depth article detailing how Apple has stopped issuing security updates for Leopard, and so has finally terminated support for PowerPC-based hardware, some of which Apple was still selling as recently as four years and 11 months ago.
"Until [Sept. 10] Apple had been releasing security updates for Mac OS X v10.5 Leopard, the final version of the Mac operating system that is compatible with G4 and G5 processors," writes the JoshMeister (Joshua Long). Prior to Apple's transition to the Intel architecture in 2006, all Macs had been based on the IBM/Motorola PowerPC G4 and G5 processors."
Apple began converting its entire line of Macs to Intel processors in January 2006 with the MacBook Pro (which replaced the PowerBook G4) and the iMac, followed by the Mac mini in February, the MacBook (which replaced the iBook) in May, the Mac Pro (which replaced the Power Macintosh G5) in August, and finally the Xserve in November 2006.
Analyst: Apple to build 30 million iPhone 5 units this calendar...
Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo tells "AppleInsider" (http://www.appleinsider.com) that Apple's anticipated iPhone 5G will sport the same 512MB of DRAM as the iPhone 4. In addition, the hardware will feature a glass front and back, just like the current iPhone, he adds.
Kuo tells "AppleInsider" that the next rev of the Apple smartphone should have an improved antenna design. Though the antenna will be improved, the analyst thinks that there will be little change to its shape and appearance.
Kuo forecasts that Apple is planning to build 30 million iPhone 5 units by the end of calendar year 2011. If Apple were to meet that goal and sell all of the handsets in the holiday quarter, it would easily best the record 20.34 million iPhones Apple sold in its June 2011 quarter, notes "AppleInsider."
101 Dolphin Pets swims onto the Mac App Store
Selectsoft (http://www2.selectsoft.com/) has introduced 101 Dolphin Pets 1.0, a virtual pet game for Mac OS X 10.6.6 or higher. It's available for US$6.99 in the Games section of the Mac App Store.
101 Dolphin Pets features a3D world, with over 101 accessories, fun tricks, pet shows and more. You can teach your dolphin to jump, dress it in fun clothes, take it to the vet, explore underwater and more.
You can zoom, tilt and rotate in 3D as you visit the aqua park, go underwater and more. In the app, you can unlock new items as you care for your dolphin.
RAGE Software releases iWeb to WordPress conversion tool
RAGE Software (http://www.ragesw.com/) has introduced iWeb to WordPress, a tool for converting an iWeb blog to a WordPress blog.
WordPress, one of the most popular and powerful blogging platforms available today, is a great alternative for iWeb users, according to the folks at RAGE Software. iWeb to WordPress takes all of your blog posts and comments from iWeb and imports them into WordPress.
Translate Tab for Lion translates 57 languages
Alex Izvekov has released Translate Tab 1.0 (http://translate-tab.com) for Mac OS X 10.7 ("Lion"). It's a menu bar utility that provides instant language translation between 57 languages.
It's available at an introductory price of US$1.99 from the Mac App Store in the Utilities category. The regular price is $3.99.
Based on Google Translate, the app is designed for quick, desktop translation. Translate Tab features: automatic recognition of the input language, audible pronunciation of the original and translation, suggested phrases, click-on-word alternate translation, one-button reverse translation, and continuous translation while typing.
Translate Tab can be accessed from the menu bar, while any running application remains in the front of the desktop. Clicking on the Translate Tab status item or icon on the right side of the menu launches a drop-down menu. At the top are two buttons: "Translate From" and "Translate To." Each button has its own drop-down menu with 57 languages...
Macware releases Graphic Design Studio for Mac OS X
Macware has released Graphic Design Studio, an application for creating graphic designs and vector illustrations on your Mac. It requires Mac OS X 10.6 or higher and is compatible with Mac OS X 10.7 ("Lion").
It offers a starting point to your projects by including pre-designed vector artwork, royalty free vector graphics, images and more. You can use Graphic Design Studio to design web buttons, drawings, icons, logos, tattoos, banners, email and website graphics, cartoons, text art, posters, t-shirt designs and more.
The software is targeted to graphic design professionals and newbies alike. it upports SVG, PDF, PNG, JPEG, BMP, TIFF, GIFF, EPS and more.
Graphic Design Studio is now available on the Macware website (http://www.macwareinc.com) at a manufacturer's suggested retail price of US$39.99
AJA introduces Thunderbolt-enabled XT, KONA LHe Plus
AJA Video Systems (http://www.aja.com) is introducing Io XT, the company’s first Thunderbolt-enabled professional video I/O device.
The XT connects to a Thunderbolt enabled Apple computer via a single cable. An additional Thunderbolt port is provided, allowing daisy-chaining to other Thunderbolt peripherals like high bandwidth storage and high-resolution displays through a single interface. In addition to the range of supported capture and playback formats, the Io XT can unify disparate formats via its 10-bit hardware Up/Down/Cross conversion capability.
The Io XT provides compatibility with popular NLE programs, the newest codecs, video formats, stereoscopic 3D workflows and more. It will be available in the fourth quarter of the year at a manufacturer's suggested retail price of US$1,495.
Designed for today’s workflows, Io XT provides compatibility with the most popular NLE programs, the newest codecs, video formats, stereoscopic 3D workflows,
AJA is also debuting the next-...
Black Cat Systems releases Sound Byte 4.1.2
Black Cat Systems (http://www.blackcatsystems.com) has released version 4.1.2 of Sound Byte, which turns your Mac into a" cart machine" for playing sound recordings, such as music and special effects.
This version corrects a problem with the Apple Remote Control not working with all Mac models, as well as custom sound channel mapping not always working.
Sound Byte is designed for DJs, radio stations and audio productions, allowing the user to play a variety of recorded sounds, such as jingles, advertisements, songs, sound effects at sporting events, and more. Sound Byte is available for Mac OS X, as well as for Windows.
It comes in three versions, starting at US$39. Sound Byte Lite supports a single rack of carts, or up to 75 recordings total. Sound Byte supports five racks of carts, or up to 375 recordings total. Sound Byte Pro supports 50 racks of carts, or up to 3750 recordings total.
SweetP Productions has announced Cookie 2.0
SweetP Productions has announced Cookie 2.0 (http://www.sweetpproductions.com), an update to their cookie and browser history management utility for Mac OS X (10.6.6 and higher). It's available at the Mac App Store for US$14.99.
Version 2.0 sports, among other things, a revamped user interface. Cookie is designed to help you to manage exactly who can access information about your online activities. It scans your computer for all types of cookies, from all the top browsers, and can be configured to remove all unwanted tracking-advertising cookies.
Data can be stored on your computer without you even knowing in a multitude of different formats: cookies, Flash cookies, databases and local storage. Cookie scans your computer for all types of cookies.
Music Man for Mac OS X gets maintenance update
Mireth Technology has updated Music Man (http://www.mireth.com/) -- the Mac OS X ripper, converter, burner, player digital music software -- to version 4.0.1. The upgrade is a maintenance release to provide more reliablity when displaying m4a tag artwork on Mac OS X 10.6 and later.
Music Man can rip, convert, burn and play MP3, WMA, WAV, AAC, AIF, Audio CD, MIDI and Ogg Vorbis on Mac OS X. It also has burning features, such as variable burn quality that allows for burning up to four times as much music on a USB Flash Drive as when using standard burn technology, according to the folks at Mireth. Another feature is the mono mixdown feature, which burns all the music to both the right and left track, so one-ear listening lets you hear both tracks.
Music Man is available for download, or on CD-ROM, starting at $24.95. Registered users of Music Man version 3.x can take advantage of this free update. Registered users of previous versions of Music Man can take advantage of this free upgrade...
HighPoint Shipping External 4-Port SAS 6Gb/s PCI-E 2.0 x8 RAID...
HighPoint Technologies, Inc. is now shipping its latest SAS 6Gb/s HBA, the RocketRAID 2711. Designed specifically for Mac Pro platforms, the RocketRAID 2711 is an external 4-port, SAS 6Gb/s PCI-E 2.0 x8 RAID controller, and directly supports up to 4 SAS/SATA devices in a variety of storage configurations.
"The RocketRAID 2711 delivers enterprise management and connectivity features at entry level costs." according to the company. External Mini-SAS port (SFF-8088) and a low-profile design allows the card to be integrated into a variety of rack-mount and chassis designs.
The RocketRAID 2711 can support SAS and SATA devices in a multitude of configurations, including non-RAID JBOD’s, single disks, and RAID arrays including 0, 1, 5, 10 and 50, and includes Highpoint’s Unified Web-Based Management interface, which allows both novices and experts to quickly configure, manage and monitor storage configurations.
The RocketRAID 2711 is fully backwards compatible with SAS/SATA 3Gb/s devices,...