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Dec 13
Digital Film Tools releases reFine
Digital Film Tools has released reFine with plug-in support for Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Photoshop® Elements, Adobe Photoshop Lightroom, Apple Aperture, Adobe After Effects CS5 and up, Adobe Premiere Pro CS5 and up, Apple Final Cut Pro 6, 7 and X, Apple Motion 5 and Avid editing systems. reFine offers artists a tool and technique for performing selective sharpening, detail enhancement, edge-aware smoothing, as well as creating cartoon, pencil and pastel effects. It delivers edge-preserving filtering of still and moving images. The reFine photo plug-in is available now for US$50. You can download it at . The reFine video-film plug-in is available now for $99. You can download it at .
Dec 13
CDFinder for OS X gets rewrite, name change to NeoFinder
Norbert M. Doerner has released NeoFinder 6.0 (, a complete rewrite of the CDFinder disk cataloger. It has a new name, new icon, and new user interface. With the new Smart Folders, Albums, Multi-Core Find-Engine, fully integrated Inspector and Map, NeoFinder makes it easier than ever to keep track of your digital files, photos, songs, movies, on hard disks, CDROMs, Blu-ray disks, DVD-ROMs, server disks, and any other digital media, says Doerner. Plus, it now catalogs, displays, and searches OpenMeta keywords. NeoFinder requires Mac OS X 10.5 or higher. Previous CDFinder versions for older Mac OS operating systems are still available. NeoFinder is a paid update to licensed users of CDFinder with pricing starting at approximately US$25. Cross-grades for users of competing applications (DiskLibrary, FileFinder, CatFinder, Canto Cumulus, iView Media Pro, and more) are available. A free demo version can be downloaded from the NeoFinder website; the price for new...
Dec 13
Fumy image tool for Mac OS X gets new rendering engine
Neatberry has updated Fumy, their graphics editor for Mac OS X (10.6 and higher), to version 2.0. The upgrade introduces a new rendering engine with better performance and lower resources consumption, a re-designed user interface and proper layers support. Fumy offers a type of brush that renders graphics with the simplest mouse movements. It's designed to help convert an idea into a painting. You can vary number of params to change the brush behavior, color flow, blending mode, background and brush colors etc. This results in the ability to build abstract backgrounds, lighting texts, art-house drawings and more. A limited demo version of Fumy 2.0 with watermarks only is available at the Neatberry web site ( Registration is US$19.99.
Dec 13
Chronos announces 'biggest upgrade ever' for SOHO...
Chronos has released SOHO Labels 6, which it says is the biggest upgrade ever to the label software for Mac OS X (10.6 and higher). According to Jerry Halls, vice president of Sales at Chronos, major new features include: ° An integrated Layers pane; ° The ability to add customizable reflections to any graphic, shape, or text box; ° Aperture support to the built-in photo browser; ° Support for iPhoto events to the built-in photo browser; ° Support for searching iPhoto photos by name, keyword, date and rating; ° The ability to add Finder folders containing images to the built-in photo browser; ° Support for custom pages sizes for labels; ° Support for label fold lines; ° A new and improved project wizard; ° Support for over 1,000 new label formats; ° Full screen support in Mac OS X 10.7.x ("Lion"). Also, the Project wizard now shows supported printer models for media stocks when available. SOHO Labels is a complete kit and includes everything needed to design and print impressive...
Dec 13
Instalyrics now lets iPhone detect tunes playing on your Mac
Tal Shrestha has released Instalyrics 1.0.2 for Mac users. It's an update of the app that automatically provides lyrics to any song, in any language, with a single click to an icon. Instalyrics works with iTunes, YouTube, Spotify, GrooveShark, Last.FM, Rdio, Radium and text searches. With Instalyrics 1.0.2 open on an iPhone, users can now detect what's playing on their Mac and instantly get the lyrics to that song on their device. Users can do a search for lyrics by typing in a title, artist or words when no song is playing on their Mac -- or they can do an automatic push-button search of a song playing from a playlist on their Mac or while watching YouTube. With a click Safari opens, revealing the lyrics to the song they're listening to. If a user skips to the next or a previous track, the app automatically goes on a search for the words without the user having to do anything further. Instalyrics 1.0.2 for Mac costs US$2.99. It's available worldwide exclusively through the Mac App...
Dec 13
FontGenius for OS X now supports searching WebINk fonts
FontGear (formerly Morrison SoftDesign) has released FontGenius 2.5 for Mac OS X. It's an update of the font identification utility. The upgrade adds support for searching WebINK web fonts by Extensis (, the ability to search your own Mac for matched fonts, and a new Favorites window for storing search results. FontGenius examines pictures and identifies typefaces of any text within a picture. Using advanced recognition technology, FontGenius will produce a list of likely fonts that match selected characters within an image, and will generate character previews of the matched fonts. FontGenius can match both installed fonts and uninstalled fonts using a built-in font profile database. An Internet search can also be performed on the list of results to locate, purchase, and/or download matched fonts. FontGenius requires Mac OS 10.4 or higher. A demo version is available for download at the FontGear web site ( Registration is US$39.99 for a...
Dec 13
You can connect an iPhone/iPad to external sensors with HiJack,...
Now there's a way to connect external devices to the iPhone/iPad using techBASIC and HiJack. TechBASIC is a BASIC programming language that runs right on the iPhone/iPad. It's an A-D converter that plugs into the headphone jack on the same devices. techBASIC lets you manipulate data and plot the results from HiJack, creating a tool to collect information from almost any external device without the need to write software first on a desktop computer. Scientists, engineers, students and hobbyists now have a way to connect the iPhone and iPad to the outside world, collect information and process it right on their iPhone or iPad. The HiJack project from the University of Michigan, with participation from the University of Utah, created a hardware and software platform to do just that. HiJack is designed to create cubic inch peripherals that connect through the headphone jack on an iPhone or iPad. It can even use the audio output from the headphone to provide up to 7.4 mW of power to the...
Dec 13
Avenza releases MAPublisher 8.6 for Adobe Illustrator
Avenza Systems has released MAPublisher 8.6 for Adobe Illustrator. In addition to a large number of new features and enhancements to existing ones, this release is purportedly the first version of MAPublisher to offer support for Safe Software FME Desktop product. With the new MAPublisher FME Auto add-on, users of MAPublisher and FME Desktop can automatically transfer the results of an FME workflow directly to the MAPublisher and Adobe Illustrator environment complete with styling and layout. In addition MAPublisher users can now import the FME FFS file format. MAPublisher 8.6 for Illustrator is available free of charge to all MAPublisher customers with an active maintenance subscription and as an upgrade for non-maintenance users at US$599. New licenses are $1,399. MAPublisher FME Auto is available as an add-on to MAPublisher 8.6 at prices starting at $399 per license. Academic, floating and volume pricing is also available. Prices include one year of full maintenance. Visit http://...
Dec 13
Apple patents involves slot antennas, image processing, more
Apple has won several patents from the US Patent & Trademark Office. Following is a summary of each. Patent number 8077096 is for slot antennas for electronic devices. The slot antennas may have a dielectric-filled slot that is formed in a ground plane element. The ground plane element may be formed from part of a conductive device housing. The slot may have one or more holes at its ends. The holes may affect the impedance characteristics of the slot antennas so that the length of the slot antennas may be reduced. For example, the holes can be used to synthesize the impedance of the slot antennas so that the slot antennas have a resonant frequency that is different from their natural resonant frequency. The holes may affect the impedance of the slot antennas in multiple radio-frequency bands. The inventors are Bing Chiang, Douglas Blake Kough and Enrique Ayala Vazquez. Patent number 8077182 involves user interface controls for managing content attributes. Per the patent, a...
Dec 12
Mac sales predicted to grow 13% in December
In a note to clients -- as reported by "AppleInsider" ( -- Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster says the Mac line-up is demonstrating 13% year-over-year growth in the first two months of the current quarter. 
Basing this on the latest data from the NPD research group (, he says the numbers are "soft" compared to what is expected of Apple for the December quarter. However, that data only represents Apple's Mac sales in the U.S., and doesn't include the platform's worldwide growth. Investors generally expect Apple to sell about 5.2 million Macs in the December quarter, which would translate to year over year growth of 25%. The NPD data showed desktop units up 5%year over year in the month of November, while notebooks were up 9 percent from 2010. Munster projects 5.1 million and 5.3 million Mac sales in the December quarter. That would be a record for the company, notes "AppleInsider." "We believe international Mac sales are likely growing...
Dec 12
Apple posts iTunes 10.5.2
Apple has posted iTunes 10.5.2. It includes improvements for iTunes Match and fixes an audio distortion problem when playing or importing certain CDs. With iTunes Match, even songs you’ve imported from CDs can be stored in Apple's iCloud. And you can play them on any iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac, or PC. According to Apple, here’s how it works: "iTunes determines which songs in your collection are available in the iTunes Store. Any music with a match is automatically added to iCloud for you to listen to anytime, on any device. Since there are more than 20 million songs in the iTunes Store, chances are, your music is already in iCloud. And for the few songs that aren’t, iTunes has to upload only what it can’t match. Which is much faster than starting from scratch. Once your music is in iCloud, you can stream and store it to any of your devices. Even better, all the music iTunes matches plays back from iCloud at 256-Kbps AAC DRM-free quality -- even if your original copy was of lower...
Dec 12
Apple releases Thunderbolt Display firmware update
Apple has released Thunderbolt Display Update 1.1, which addresses ses fan noise affecting a number of displays and improves overall stability. Thunderbolt Display Update 1.1 requires Mac OS X 10.6.8 or higher and is a 942KB download. You can obtain it via the Software Updates component of the Mac OS X Systems Preferences app.
Dec 12
Analyst: MacBook Air will continue to generate huge sales
In a note to clients -- as reported by "CNET," J.P. Morgan analyst Mark Moskowitzsays that MacBook Air will generate huge sales and retain its dominant market share despite the growing onslaught of rival ultrabooks (although Apple doesn't call the Air an ultrabook). "Ultrabooks are not a competitive threat, yet," he said. "In general, we think that Ultrabooks are highly-discretionary devices, and pricing on competitive offerings must fall below $800 before posing a viable threat to Apple's MacBook Air." Moskowitz says the Apple device's features, form factor, and early launch into the ultrabook market will continue to attract Apple enthusiasts and other users. "In contrast, we think that the first round of ultrabook offerings lacks the right blend of features and attractive price points to grab market share from Apple," the analyst added. In previous reports. J.P. Morgan had predicted the MacBook Air as potentially generating sales of US$2 billion to $3 billion. However, in light of...
Dec 12
Mac App Store downloads top 100 million
Apple says that over 100 million apps have been downloaded from the Mac App Store in less than one year. With thousands of free and paid apps, it brings the Apple App Store (for iOS) experience to the Mac so you can find new apps, buy them using your iTunes account, and download and install them in just one step. "In just three years the App Store changed how people get mobile apps, and now the Mac App Store is changing the traditional PC software industry," says Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing. "With more than 100 million downloads in less than a year, the Mac App Store is the largest and fastest growing PC software store in the world." The Mac App Store offers thousands of apps in Education, Games, Graphics & Design, Lifestyle, Productivity, Utilities and other categories. Users can browse new and noteworthy apps, find out what’s hot, see staff favorites, search categories and look up top charts for paid and free apps, as well as user...
Dec 12
New version of vjoon K4 simplifies publishing processes
The new version (6.4 R2) of the Cross-Media Publishing Platform vjoon K4 is out now and designed to boost workflow productivity and efficiency. Its highlights include enhanced multichannel publishing capabilities and standard third-party system integration. To this end, its feature set has been extended with some key components. The company has also added some functions available in version 5.9 but not in version 6, thereby achieving feature parity. "In keeping with the strategy behind the Unified Publishing Process, we are taming the growing complexity in publishing by simplifying management processes. Automated routines, the ability to integrate and manage subprocesses, and standards streamline the workflow, enable lean publishing, and save time and money," says Andreas Schrader, CEO of vjoon ( License pools stand out among the extended feature set’s many highlights, she adds. These pools make it much easier for printing service providers and advertising...
Dec 12
Echoworx offers 1,000 mobile encryption seats free
Echoworx ( -- a provider of credential management and managed encryption services for complete email and data protection -- will be offering its mobile encryption solution, mobilEncrypt, free. This on-the-device encryption solution enables, iPhone, iPad and BlackBerry users to send and receive encrypted messages using their existing email address. mobilEncrypt is an enterprise encryption solution designed especially for administrators and employees.    "At Echoworx we do more than just talk about mobile encryption, our solution is fast becoming a valuable tool for our customers in the healthcare and financial industries, our MDM partners are using it to support encryption on mobile devices, and now you can try it too," says Michael  Ginsberg, CEO, Echoworx. "Of all our encryption solutions on the market today, the most asked for product is mobile encryption."   This no-strings-attached free offer is valid for six months, and is open to the first 1,000...
Dec 12
I'm Away is new, free IM status changer for Mac OS X
Eltima Software has introduced I'm Away 1.0 for Mac OS X. It's a free utility that changes your statuses in in Skype, iChat, and Adium on Mac with one click. To use you choose what messengers I'm Away can change statuses for and customize hotkeys for fast statuses switch. I'm Away supports customizable hotkeys and can be set to open at login. I'm Away requires Mac OS X 10.6.6. It's available worldwide exclusively through the Mac App Store in the Social Networking category.
Dec 12
Pinball Shuffle released through the Mac App Store
Nuclear Nova Software has introduces Pinball Shuffle, its eighth game for Mac OS X. To celebrate the release Pinball Shuffle is on sale 70% off for a limited time. Here's how the game is described: "Pinball Shuffle is the follow up to Pinball Massacre, the first round in the epic pinball battle. Based on the Stabb Gunner Universe, and featuring killer tracks from Chiptune giants Fantomenk and Cheap Dinosaurs... Pinball Shuffle brings unique energy, art, humor, and 8bit culture to the pinball scene. "Like the first table, this is a high octane arcade style pinball game. Table One brought never before seen pinball innovations like Massacre Mode and the addition of the Level Ball. This time around, you're also going to need to ratchet up your game for Boss Battles. "Boss Battles introduce, well bosses, from the Stabb Gunner universe and drop them squarely between your new high score and an early game over. BOSSES actually move around the pinball field and generally try to ruin your day...
Dec 12
Volleyball, Tennis Scoreboard Software released for the Mac
Justin Blackwood of BlackwoodApps has released two additions to the VirtuaScore line of virtual sports scoreboards, Tennis and Volleyball. The Mac OS X apps are targeted to schools and sports organizations. The scoreboards feature various options for customization: the numbers on the displays can be colored from a palette of 25 colors and appear as either digital segments or analog bulbs. Both applications can be controlled in any of three methods: through a simple control panel window, keyboard shortcuts, and menu commands. They feature full undo and redo support to correct accidental changes to the score. VirtuaScore Volleyball and VirtuaScore Tennis require Mac OS X 10.6.6 or higher. They're available at the Mac App Store. They're regularly priced at US$14.99, but are being offered for $4.99 for a limited time.
Dec 12
Satechi releases stand for iPad, other tablets
Sateahi ( has released the US$49.99 R1 stand.  It's an arm hinge stand for 7-10 inch tablets including the iPad/iPad 2, Samsung Galaxy Tab, Motorola Xoom, BlackBerry Playbook, HTC Flyer and more. The R1 stand features a solid aluminum construction and rubber grips to secure the tablet in place. It allows users to place the desired tablet in portrait, landscape or flat-angled orientation.  Users can also adjust the height and angle of the tablet for working with a Bluetooth keyboard, watching movies, video conferencing or FaceTime. Additionally, the ultra-slim 270 degree mount hinge and 190 degree base hinge folds away compactly for easy storing and travel.  
Dec 12
Jettison 1.2 lets you close your MacBook and go
St. Clair Software has released Jettison 1.2, an update to their application that automatically ejects external drives before your Mac goes to sleep. The upgrade allows you to choose which types of drives it ejects, and automatically remounts any drives that are still connected when you reawaken your Mac. Jettison is designed to eliminate the hassle of manually ejecting Time Machine backup drives, network server volumes and flash drives. Just close the lid of your MacBook, and Jettison does it for you. Jettison requires Mac OS X 10.6 or higher. Version 1.2 is a free update if you purchased an earlier version. It's available for US$1.99 for new users in the Mac App Store.
Dec 12
Posterino optimized for Lion
Zykloid Software has updated Posterino (, its "life poster" composing application, to version 2.5. The new version has been optimized for Mac OS X 10.7.x ("Lion"). Posterino lets you create life posters, postcards, greeting cards and contact sheets from your digital pictures. The software supports auto-placement of photos, export of posters or postcards, custom template creation, and various image manipulation routines such as cropping and rotation. You can import images from file system folders. A life poster is a collection of dozens of images of your life onto one single poster. Posterino is made for Mac OS X 10.6 or later. Posterino costs US$29.95 for a single-user license and $39.95 for a household license.
Dec 12
DssW awakens Sleep Monitor 3 for the Mac
DssW has launched Sleep Monitor 3 for Mac OS X. The upgrade has been modernised to take advantage of the latest Mac OS X technologies. Sleep Monitor gathers information over days, weeks, and months tobuild a complete picture of your Mac's energy use. Working in the background, Sleep Monitor records information about battery levels,recharging rates, and periods of sleep, shut down, and use. Sleep Monitor provides both a graphical and list view of a Mac's power and use information. The information gathered includes battery level, charging state, and when the Mac is asleep, awake, and shut down. For more info, or to download a 30-day demo version of Sleep Monitor go to . It's being offered for US$10.99 through Dec. 31. Sleep Monitor requires Mac OS X 10.6.7 or later. Version 3 is a free upgrade for existing customers.
Dec 12
HoudahGeo for OS X gets new interface, more
Houdah Software ( has updated HoudahGeo, a geocoding solution for the Mac, to version 3.0. The upgrade sports a new, all-in-one-window interface, improved performance, and support for more GPS devices. HoudahGeo costs US$30 for a single-user license for new users. Upgrades from HoudahGeo 2.0 start at $12 and are sold in-app. HoudahGeo requires Mac OS X 10.6 or higher.
Dec 12
24U Software Releases 24U Toolbox Plug-In 1.1.2
24U Software ( has announced 24U Toolbox Plug-In 1.1.2, an update to their data processing extension for FileMaker Pro 11. Registration codes of server-side and client-side licenses can now be used on the same computer. And Toolbox_GetTimestamp now correctly returns local time of the computer where it's evaluated. 24U Toolbox Plug-In 1.1.2 requires Mac OS X 10.4 or newer and FileMaker Pro 8.5 or newer. Some features of the plug-in are specifically designed for FileMaker Pro 8.5 and 9 and don't work with newer versions of FileMaker Pro. 24U Toolbox Plug-In is immediately available for download as a free fully, functional 14-days trial version, which can be activated after purchasing a license code. A single user license is US$48; additional users pay $24 or less. Developer licenses start at $349. This price is limited to 20 concurrent users per site, but unlimited to a number of solutions or customers. A server-side license is available for $499 and covers...
Dec 12
Easyenvelopes Widget ready for Lion
Ambrosia Software has updated EasyEnvelopes (, a free Mac OS X widget for Dashboard for envelop printing, to version 1.0.0. The upgrade is compatible with Mac OS X 10.7.x ("Lion"). EasyEnvelopes allows you to create envelopes from the Dashboard. You can use whatever typefaces you choose for your mailing and return addresses, control the color of the text, and even use a graphic for a return address. EasyEnvelopes will also optionally print USPS postal bar codes for both 5 digit and 9 digit zip codes. It works with Mac OS X 10.4 and higher.
Dec 12
DEVONtechnologies releases last maintenance updates before...
DEVONtechnologies has released maintenance updates for all editions of DEVONthink and DEVONagent with minor enhancements and bug fixes. DEVONthink is a database for all digital files. DEVONagent is a research tool that communicates with search engines. DEVONthink and DEVONnote 2.3.2 display empty groups in lighter gray so that they can be easier recognized and make adding new tags to documents more comfortable. DEVONthink also comes with a better Sorter -- an applet that runs independently of DEVONthink and lets you add files to databases even when DEVONthink itself isn't open. The update also improves compatibility of OmniOutliner 3 files, DEVONthink Pro and up come with enhanced scripts for Microsoft Entourage and Outlook, better layout handling for tabular data (sheets), and better AppleScript support. The updates for DEVONagent Pro and Express bring updated plug-ins for Googlism, PubMed, Twitter, Wiktionary, and the DEVONtechnologies user forum as well as improved wallpaper,...
Dec 12
Syncro Svn Client for Mac OS X updated to version 7.1
Syncro Soft has released version 7.1 of its Mac compatible SVN client ( The new version introduces a reworked flexible layout and a redesigned History view, improves the syntax highlight engine of built-in editors and fixes a considerable amount of issues. Syncro SVN client license with a one year maintenance pack costs US$59. A Syncro SVN client site license with a one-year maintenance pack is $2,970. Volume discount rates are available starting with five licenses. Syncro SVN Client can be run on Mac OS X, Windows, Linux and Solaris systems.
Dec 10
Apple CFO temporarily in charge of company's retail...
"9to5Mac" ( says Apple Chief Financial Officer Peter Oppenheimer is running Apple's retail division until a replacement can be found for Ron Johnson, who had the job before departing earlier this year to become CEO of J.C. Penney. The article adds that Apple has been actively searching for a new retail chief has been working with Egon Zehnder International, an executive search firm, to find Johnson's replacement. "Oppenheimer is obviously an interim leader with a lack of retail experience, but his executive leadership experience is enough to give orders to his new troops," says "9to5Mac."
Dec 09
Apple to appeal German ruling against iPhone, iPad sales
As reported earlier (, Motorola Mobility has won an initial ruling in Germany that could allow the company to stop Apple from selling the iPhone and 3G-capable iPad models throughout the European Union. Not surprisingly, Apple has provided a statement ( saying that it will appeal the decision and that any potential injunction would not affect Apple's sales before the holidays. "We’re going to appeal the court’s ruling right away," an Apple spokesperson told "AllThingsD." "Holiday shoppers in Germany should have no problem finding the iPad or iPhone they want."
Dec 09
Acclivity launches AccountEdge Pro 2012 for Mac, Windows
Acclivity has announced AccountEdge Pro 2012, an update to their small business accounting software for Mac and Windows. The latest version for the US market features a redesigned command center, mileage tracking, and the ability to create multiple billing rates. AccountEdge 2012 also contains numerous forms enhancements, more precise sales reporting, and updated company file maintenance capabilities. AccountEdge's command center has been redesigned with an emphasis on usability. While retaining the familiar flow chart layout, the new Side Bar and additional menus, Sync and Lists, are designed to make it easier to read and navigate your company file. AccountEdge Pro 2012 introduces mileage tracking, allowing the user to add vehicles and keep detailed notes about business-related trips. You can track the date, vehicle used, trip notes, apply mileage to a specific job, and add mileage to customer invoices. AccountEdge Pro users can now create a billing rate matrix, setting multiple...
Dec 09
iPhone 3GS production may hit two million units this quarter
Apple has been increasing its penetration into entry-level smartphone markets and the production of iPhone 3GS has continued steadily with the volume likely to reach two million units in the fourth quarter of 2011 and 1.4-1.6 million units in the first quarter of 2012, reports "DigiTimes" (, quoting unnamed "industry sources." Why such high demand for the older iPhone model? Apple has been pushing the sale of its 8GB iPhone 3GS globally and AT&T has also been promoting iPhone 3GS to contract subscribers with zero subscription rates, the article adds. Production of the CDMA version of iPhone 4 is expected to top 800,000 to one million units in the fourth quarter of 2011 and 500,000-600,000 units in the following quarter, adds "DigiTimes."
Dec 09
Motorola Mobility wins German patent suit against Apple
Motorola Mobility has won an initial ruling in Germany that could allow the company to stop Apple from selling the iPhone and 3G-capable iPad models throughout the European Union, reports "FOSS Patents" ( The court found that Apple's products violate a patent related to the GPRS data service used over cellular networks, the article adds. It's an ongoing case of "he said, she said." 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 and iPod). Litigation between the two companies has taken place in several different federal courts -- primarily the Western District of Wisconsin and the Southern District of Florida -- as well as before the US International Trade Commission (ITC). The two lawsuits came after Motorola sued Apple in October 2010 for patent...
Dec 09
Lumio is new wallpaper utility for Mac OS X
Chronos has released Lumio, a wallpaper utility for Mac OS X (10.7 and higher) that helps users personalize their computer. Lumio contains over 250 wallpapers that have been designed by artists from different countries around the world. It also features a swanky art gallery interface. Lumio boasts a full resizable gallery window and a zoom slider for resizing wallpaper previews. It has multiple screen support and more. A free trial version containing a small sampling of available wallpapers can be downloaded from the Chronos web site ( Lumio costs US$4.99 for a single-user license and $8.99 for a family pack.
Dec 09
Replies is new OS X app designed for customer support
Uncomplex has introduced Replies 1.0 for Mac OS X (10.6 or higher), an email app designed especially to assist users in handling customer support emails. You can download it here (; registration is US$79.95. A 30-day demo is available. Replies features reusable text snippets, prioritization of incoming requests, pending and resolved message tracking, threaded email messages and responses, and a 15-second delay on all outgoing emails. It organizes all messages into conversations, and groups all related messages together. Replies incorporates the email browser style found in the iOS Mail app. A thin column on the left holds icons for Inbox, Outbox, Pending, and Resolved, plus folders within each box. The next thin column contains a scrolling list of emails, where each item is displayed in five lines of text, including the sender, subject, date, and beginning text of the message. The third and final column is wide, about two-thirds of the window, and...
Dec 09
Battery-boosting Gaming Skin released for the iPhone, iPod touch
PowerSkin ( has announced the Gaming Skin for the iPhone and iPod touch. It's an protective cover and permanent power supply designed to enhance the gaming experience via built-in-stereo speakers and rumbling vibrations produced during immersive play, says David Becker, executive vice president of PowerSkin. The Gaming Skin for iOS is compatible with an array of devices, including second, third and fourth generation iPod touch, as well as the 3G, 3GS, 4 and 4S iPhone. The Gaming Skin improves grip while gaming and also protects against scratches and short drops, says Becker. It purportedly extends both gaming time and/or video playback up to 10 hours, boasting a power capacity of 2050 mAh. Users can simultaneously charge the Gaming Skin and iOS device by plugging them into a laptop or wall charger; the iOS device will always charge first and drain power last. It's available for pre-order now for a discount of US$10 off. It's normally $99.99.
Dec 09
Winter Wolves releases Winter in Fairbrook
Winter Wolves has released The Flower Shop: Winter In Fairbrook. It's a dating and farming simulation game and takes place after the first Flower Shop game, Summer In Fairbrook. However, you can enjoy the game and the story without the need to play the first episode. Here's how the game is described: "Natalie has barely survived her first semester in college, and all she wants is a break. However, her parents insist that she start acting like a responsible adult and get a job during her school's winter break. In no time at all, Natalie's roommate sets her up with a job, and she's shipped off to the town of Fairbrook for a mundane job in a flower shop. "Play as Natalie and meet some of the characters of the first game like Clara, Susana, Steve, Trent, Jacob plus a 'new entry': Ryan, who runs the general store of the town. You can plan your weeks and who you spend time with using the weekly scheduler. "Customize each week, spend time with who you like, or ignore everyone and work all...
Dec 09
Tick Tock alarm clocks/speakers shipping
Edifer ( is shipping its Tick Tock Dock, Tick Tock Bluetooth and Tick Tock  SD/USB/FM Radio speaker systems. Available in black, white and beige, Edifier says its collection of Tick Tock Alarm clocks combine retro styling with modern features to provide versatile music playback options in an easy to use alarm clock. The Tick Tock collection features a half-round design reminiscent of the classic alarm clocks of the 60‘s; however, the “bells” on either side are actually 1.5-inch omni-directional stereo speakers that deliver 360-degree sound from Tick Tock’s 7-watt speaker drivers. Each Tick Tock model features a round LCD display that shows the time and date, along with alarm input selection. The alarm will either emit an alarm tone or play music from the FM, Dock, Bluetooth or AUX input, and offers a choice of five alarms and a sleep functions that let users wake up or fall asleep to their favorite music. The alarm, volume, track navigation, FM tuner and...
Dec 09
Newer Technology announces NuTouch gloves
Newer Technology ( has announced its NuTouch Gloves, which are designed to keep hands warm while using an iPhone, iPad, or other touch screen device in cold weather. NuTouch Gloves have a special conductive fiber woven into all 10 fingertips so users can enjoy the fastest typing input on full-sized touch keyboards, according to Grant Dahlke, brand Manager, Newer Technology,. They're made from a soft cotton mix and available in four hand sizes -- S/M/L/X. NuTouch Gloves offer maximum comfort and flexibility without diminishing the ability to hold and use a touch screen device, says Dahlke. The classic charcoal color complements any attire from casual to professional, he adds. NuTouch Gloves can be worn by themselves, or as liners with heavier cold weather gloves. The Newer Technology NuTouch Gloves are available for US$11.99 from NewerTech's exclusive distributor, Other World Computing (
Dec 09
Princeton Satellite Systems releases VisualCommander 3.0 for Mac...
Princeton Satellite Systems has announced VIsualCommander 3.0, an update of their Mac OS X application for data acquisition, hardware control, simulation and visualization. VisualCommander provides a flexible, open environment that allows you to integrate all of your software tools and heritage code. "Display plug-ins" are dragged onto your interface window and customized to suit your application. Simulations can be developed and run within the VisualCommander environment, or they can run externally. VisualCommander 3.0 require Mac OS X 10.6 or higher. A free 30-day demo is available for download at the product web site (
Dec 09
FutureDecks DJ pro for OS X gets over 50 new features
Xylio has announced FutureDecks DJ pro 3.0.2, an update of their audio-video DJ mixing app for Mac OS X. The upgrade sports over 50 new features such as being able to connect up to eight hardware MIDI/HID controllers at the same time. The four decks can be completely synchronized with one another, allowing for complex mash-ups and mixing sessions. The software comes with a very powerful and flexible sampler where beats and jingles can be loaded. Loops made in any of the four decks can also be sent to any of the eight sampler's banks. The loops will also be in-sync with the other decks. Loops can also be saved and recalled later on. The key can be changed or locked (master tempo) to achieve not only beatmatched but also key-matched mixes. FutureDecks DJ pro even detects the key of a song/video to simplify harmonic mixing. Color markers in FutureDecks DJ pro 3.0.2 enable the user to assign colors to particular tracks. The Audio, Video and Karaoke buttons help filter the playlist by each...
Dec 09
iOrgsoft releases free Mac iTunes to Kindle Fire converter
iOrgsoft Studio has released iTunes to Kindle Fire converter for the Mac. The free app lets you convert/import/transfer iTunes movies/musics from your Mac to a Kindle Fire. You can convert files in the MP4, MOV, M4V, M4A etc to MP4/H.264/MP3 formats. iTunes to Kindle Fire also offers editing functions such as trimming your movie clips, adjusting contrast, color and brightness, and the ability to splice your clips into a cohesive movie iTunes to Kindle Fire requires Mac OS X 10.5 or above. For more info, or to download the tool, go to .
Dec 09
Simon 3.3 for Mac OS X sports Ping, Growl enhancements
Dejal Systems ( has updated Simon, a server monitoring tool for Mac OS X, to version 3.3. The upgrade includes Ping and Growl enhancements Dejal Simon checks websites and other kinds of services for changes or failures, with notification and reporting options. You can receive notification of changes, failures, and/or recoveries via various Actions and more. Services include Web (HTTP) to check web pages (including secure ones, and supporting POST and cookies), FTP files and directory listings, DNS, Ping servers, see Twitter updates, watch a local application, capture periodic screenshots, watch for System Log Errors, and more. Plus, you can add your own services via custom port connections, AppleScripts, shell scripts, or Perl, PHP, Python, etc. You can use filters to avoid dynamic content and detect changes in the output of the service and other filters. With Simon, you can can look at multiple portions, or the 10th occurrence, find via simple text...
Dec 09
Recosoft ships PDF2ID Enterprise 2012
Recosoft Corp. ( is shipping the PDF2ID Enterprise 2012 release. It's a scalable PDF-to-InDesign and PDF-to-IDML conversion solution allowing PDFs to be converted to the InDesign and IDML formats by simply targeting a folder. PDF2ID Enterprise incorporates workflow automation features in processing a large number of PDFs for conversion to the InDesign and IDML type. It enables recovery and reuse of the contents stored in PDF files. According to the folks at Recosoft, PDF2ID Enterprise has been designed to address the specific needs of converting PDFs to formatted XML files allowing for the content to be used in a wide array of workflow systems. It has built-in notification facilities and conversion server optimization controls. PDF2ID Enterprise requires an Intel-based Mac running Mac OS X 10.5.8 or higher and Adobe InDesign CS4/CS5/CS5.5 Contact Recosoft for pricing options.
Dec 09
LaCie announces 12big Rack Storage Server
LaCie ( has announced the 12big Rack Storage Server, a network storage solution complete with the software and hardware needed for backup or file sharing right out of the box. The 12big Rack Storage Server features the performance of Quad LANs and the power of Windows Storage Server, according to the folks at LaCie. It ships with 6Gb/s Nearline SAS disks, which feature redundant path technology. The 12big Rack Storage Server is available in 9TB, 12TB, 24TB and 36TB capacities with the five-year Gold Protection Plan. The protection plan features warranty on drives and components, as well as fast product replacement. The 12big Rack Storage Server is available through LaCie Online Store, LaCie PROgram+ Partners, and LaCie PROgram+ Resellers starting at US$11,299.
Dec 09
Type2Phone for Mac OS X adds support for more keyboard layouts
Houdah Software has updated Type2Phone for Mac OS X (10.6 or higher) -- an app that turns your Mac into a Bluetooth keyboard for your iPhone, iPod touch or iPad -- to version 1.2. The upgrade adds support for five more keyboard layouts. Every character you type into Type2Phone will appear on the mobile device it's paired with. The app also allows for pasting text from the Mac to the iOS device. Every character that could by typed can also be pasted. Just hit cmd-shift-V. Type2Phone shows every character it has sent to the iOS device. Type2Phone also supports text selection and copy-paste operations on the iOS device. You can navigate text using the arrow key. Hold the shift key while navigating to select text. Use the cmd-C, cmd-V shortcuts to trigger copy-paste operations. Type2Phone supports the following 11 iOS keyboard layouts: U.S American, Dvorak, French, German, Hebrew, Hungarian, Japanese, Korean, Serbian, Slovenian, Swiss-French. On the Mac, Type2Phone shows every character...
Dec 09
InCube Chess updated; a free version is available
InCube Games has presented a free version of its self-titled chess game in a real 3D field (8x8x8), and has updated the basic version of the program. Also, the price for the basic version of the program has been lowered from US$3.99 to $2.99. Here's how the game is described: "InCube Chess is a new stage in evolution of the classic chess game, which is transferred into three-dimensional space. Overcoming limitations of two-dimensional classic chess, Chess InCube saves their traditions and basics, but invests a lot of new possibilities." The game requires Mac OS X 10.6 or later. It's available worldwide exclusively through the Mac App Store in the Games category.
Dec 09
Maintain serves up a new Cocktail (5.1) for Lion users
Maintain has released Cocktail 5.1, the latest version of Cocktail ( for Mac OS X 10.7.2 ("Lion"). The update allows you to disable local snapshots (backups), disable spelling correction and Character Picker, disable the New Window animation in applications, disable reply and send animations in Mail and disable the leather skin in Address Book and iCal. Cocktail is a general purpose utility for Mac OS X that offers a variety of practical features designed to simplify the use of advanced UNIX function. Cocktail 5.0.2 (Lion Edition) requires Mac OS X/Mac OS X Server 10.7 or later and is tested for compatibility with Mac OS X/Mac OS X Server 10.7.2. Cocktail (Snow Leopard Edition) for Mac OS X 10.6 and Cocktail (Leopard Edition) for Mac OS X 10.5 are available for download from the Maintain website. Cocktail is US$19 for a single user license and available for purchase from the Maintain website. The license is valid for both Lion and Snow Leopard editions of...
Dec 08
Apple releases Aperture 3.2.2
Apple has released Aperture 3.2.2, an update of its software for professional photographers. The upgrade resolves an issue that could prevent auto-imported Photo Stream images from being displayed in the library after your Photo Stream hits 1,000 images. Aperture is designed for iPhoto users who want to get more out of their photos. It includes tools for refining images, showcasing your work, and managing massive libraries on your Mac. Aperture costs US$79.99. It requires Mac OS X 10.6.8 or later.
Dec 08
Logic Pro 9, MainStage 2 come to the Mac App Store
Logic Pro 9 and MainStage 2 are now available at the Mac App Store. They're the last of Apple's pro applications to appear there. Logic Pro 9 costs US$199.99 and is a set of creation tools for musicians to write, record, edit and mix music. It comes with a collection of instruments, effects and Apple loops. Logic Pro 9 requires Mac OS X 10.6.8 or later. MainStage 2 costs $29.99 and lets you take your Mac to the stage with a full-screen, live interface, hardware control and a collection of plug-ins and sounds. It also requires Mac OS X 10.6.8 or higher.

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