Qumu: 88% of Americans believe release of new smartphone matters
Qumu (http://www.qumu.com), a business video platform provider, today announced the findings of its September 2011 survey of 2,361 Americans aged 18 and older, conducted online by Harris Interactive.
The survey, which was drafted based on Qumu’s experience in mobile and tablet use in the workplace, found that 88% of Americans believe the release of a new smart phone (e.g., iPhone 4S, Android, Blackberry) would matter to anyone. When asked which groups of people the release of a new smartphone would matter to the most, Americans selected the following groups of people: 69% - Tech Geeks; 58% - Business People; 56% - Teenagers; 26% - Creative Types; 15% - Working Moms; 14% - Parents; 8% - People who are promiscuous; 5% - Prostitutes; 5% - People who can’t get dates; and 5% - Other.
An overwhelming percentage of Americans (91%) believe smartphones or tablets are at least somewhat influential in their owner’s tendency to misbehave at work (By "misbehave at work" Qumu means performing...
Planito is aerial imagery app for Mac OS X
Vitaliy Pronkin has introduced Planito 1.0 for Mac OS X. It's an online and offline multi-layered viewer for aerial imagery, maps, placemarks and other geospatial data layers for the Earth, Moon and other planets from various data sources.
In its simplest form, Planito can be used as online and offline viewer for OpenStreetMap-family maps. However, there are more layers available with data for travelers, students, teachers, and scientists, including Wikimapia objects, Booking.com hotels, current temperature from weather stations all over the world, US Topo Maps, UNESCO World Heritage sites.
Planito requires Mac OS X 10.7 ("Lion") and costs US$2.99. It's available on the Mac App Store in the Travel category.
Epson expands WorkForce line with new all-in-ones
Epson (http://www.epson.com) has announced a new line of all-in-one devices for small and home-based businesses -- the WorkForce 435, 545, 645 and 845. The company claims they deliver the world’s fastest print speeds and mobile printing capabilities through Epson Connect to ensure easy, hassle-free printing.
The WorkForce 845 delivers one-sided print speeds of 15 ISO ppm (black) and 9.3 ISO ppm (color) and two-sided print speeds of 7.4 ISO ppm (black) and 5.4 ISO ppm color. It also offers a 500-sheet input capacity. The WorkForce 845 boasts such features as automatic double-sided printing, copying and a 7.8-inch Smart Touch panel.
The WorkForce 645 has 15 ISO ppm (black) and 7.2 ISO ppm (color) one-sided, and. 7.5 ISO ppm (black) and 4.6 ISO ppm (color) two-sided. It has a two-sided Auto Document Feeder for copying and scanning two-sided originals. The WorkForce 545 features a 250-sheet paper tray and ISO print speed of 15 ppm black, as well a 2.5-inch color LCD for photo viewing...
Landscaper's Companion grows on the Mac
InfiniteNIL Software has released Landscaper's Companion for Mac OS X 10.7 ("Lion") and costs US$9.99. It's available worldwide through the Mac App Store in the Reference or Lifestyle category.
Landscaper's Companion was first introduced as an iOS app by Stevenson Software. Stevenson Software commissioned infiniteNIL to bring the app to the Mac. The Mac app has all the same features as the iOS version, such as a database of over 8,500 plants and over 9,000 images.
Plants can be browsed by 16 categories, marked as favorites, and searched for based on their name, color, type, sun, water, grow rate, size, and other characteristics. Most plants include cultivation information, common uses, and potential problems they may have. Users can add their own notes and images to each plant. The Mac version also takes advantage of the larger screen real estate and features of Mac OS X 10.7 ("Lion"), such as full-screen mode, and gestures for scrolling through images.
MacMost produces Video Guide To Lion
MacMost has published The Video Guide to Lion. Instead of a traditional book or a set of tutorials on a DVD, it is an application that can be purchased in the Mac App Store. It requires Mac OS X 10.7 ("Lion") and costs US$9.99.
Targeted at new Mac users, or users who have just upgraded to Lion and are looking to learn about its new features, the Video Guide to Lion is a series of 21 video tutorials that can be watched right on a Mac inside the application.
Gary Rosenzweig, the producer of MacMost, says the guide's two hours-plus of instruction includes topics like manipulating files, using Finder windows, learning about Mission Control, file sharing, browsing the web, using Mail, and accessing system preferences.
Once a user has purchased the Video Guide to Lion, it will download to their Mac and can be run at any time. They can jump around between the videos, pause them, and resume them later. Mac users can also run the Mac App Store from their Dock and then search for it.
FMClips is new FileMaker database development tool
CampSoftware (http://campsoftware.com/) has announced FMClips to help FileMaker developers copy and paste reusable script steps, layout objects, fields, and more into FileMaker databases.
FMClips is an US$19, unlocked FileMaker database that uses the free Clipboard Explorer plugin from Dracoventions. These clips server to save any busy FileMaker developer countless hours finding text in their FileMaker database scripts, tables and fields, according to Hal Gumbert of CampSoftware.
DataTale Crystal is new USB 3.0 external storage solution
Data Watch Technologies DataTale RAID family of data management solutions has added the Crystal USB 3.0 3.5-Inch hard drive enclosure with USB 2.0 and USB 3.0.
Created with the SuperSpeed USB 3.0 application, the new Crystal USB 3.0 hard drive enclosure is backward-compatible with all present USB 2.0 hosts -- which is good for Mac users as Apple isn't yet officially supporting USB 3.0. The new Crystal USB 3.0 enclosure comes with a "hidden" LED that shines downward onto the surface for instant monitoring. Curved rubber feet on its bottom panel stabilize the unit.
The Crystal enclosure provides an ozone-friendly housing environment for any 3.5-inch SATA hard drive. It has a white, heat-resistant casing and a vertical design that allows hot air to naturally flow through the top panel ventilation holes for better heat dissipation.
A hard drive spin up/down feature stops the drive when the host is idle. There's no power switch; when the host is off, the enclosure is powered off and...
Quark introduces special upgrade program
QuarkXPress customers using any version of QuarkXPress can upgrade to QuarkXPress 9 for US$299.
From now until Dec. 31, 2011, all current and prior users on QuarkXPress versions 3 through 6 can upgrade to the newest version of QuarkXPress for the standard upgrade price, which is typically applied to upgrades from versions 7 and 8.
To take advantage of the special offer, users must have a valid, registered, and activated serial number for any version of QuarkXPress. Upgrades can be purchased through Quark Authorized Resellers, the Quark Store, and Quark Customer Service. Visit http://www.quark.com/promotion to upgrade and for further information.
Elven Legacy comes to the Mac
Virtual Programming (http://www.vpltd.com) has released the Mac version of Elven Legacy, an epic fantasy strategy game that takes place in a world populated by five races -- elves, orcs, humans, undead, and dwarves -- vying for control. It requires Mac OS X 10.6.8 or later and costs US$29.99.
Here's how the game is described: "Players lead the elves or orcs in the single-player campaign or choose one of the five races when heading online for multiplayer combat. Elven Legacy's storyline, which involves the elves trying to stop forbidden knowledge linked to their distant past from being used and threatening Illis, takes players on a magic-filled epic quest featuring over 100 types of units and five unique heroes.
"Players' choices dictate which of the various endings are used when the campaign concludes. A powerful built-in game editor lets players create new missions while multiplayer combat offers 16 scenarios where five playable factions vie for victory."
GraphicConverter update adds support for 3D file formats
Lemke Software has updated Graphic Converter (http://www.lemkesoft.com/index.html), an image editing tool for Mac OS X, to version 7.4. The new version adds support for 3D image file formats like MPO, JPS and PNS. Also, it does enhance the Lion support.
GraphicConverter converts pictures to different formats and has tools for picture manipulation. With it you can import about 200 graphic file formats and export approximately 80 graphic file formats. It's a Universal Binary product, so runs natively on both PowerPC and Intel Macs.
GraphicConverter costs US$39.95 Site licenses are also available. It requires Mac OS 10.5 or later. Version 7.4 is a free update for registered users of version 7.x.
Learn -- Lion Edition video app updated to version 2.2
The Mac U has released Learn -- Lion Edition 2.2, an update of their video training app for Mac OS X. It requires Mac OS X 10.6 or higher and costs US$3.99.
With over 80 HD training videos, this course covers the basics of Mac OS X Lion along with some more advanced content. It offers info on ways to perform basic file and folder navigation to how to best use applications like iCal, Mail, Safari, iTunes, Address Book and more. Each video is presented in HD video at 1280x720 resolution:
Learn -- Lion Edition 2.2 is available worldwide through the Mac App Store in the Productivity category. To learn more and view several free sample lessons visit The Mac U online (http://www.themacu.com/).
Art Licensing Manager for the Mac, iOS revved to version 2.0
CampSoftware (http://campsoftware.com/) has released version 2 of Art Licensing Manager. The software can be used on Mac, iOS and Windows platforms.
The software has been designed for artists in the art licensing industry to help them track all aspects of their business. The Art Licensing Manager Software connects art, collections, contacts, licensees, licenses, and contracts data so information can be found quickly. Version 2.0 was rewritten from the ground up to make data entry simple and accessible from several perspectives.
The goal of the Art Licensing Manager is to allow artists to spend more time making art than managing their data. Every feature included in the Art Licensing Manager has come from the need of an artist, according to the folks at CampSoftware.
The software is available for US$299 as a single user application, including a bundled version of FileMaker for either Mac or Windows at no additional cost. A limited use demo can be downloaded and tested before...
Ubermask for Mac OS X updated to version 2.1
Nova Media has updated UberMask (http://www.novamedia.de/index_e.html) for Mac OS X (10.6 and higher) to version 2.1. The upgrade adds compatibility with Mac OS X 10.7.2 and fixes some bugs.
UberMask hides files and folders with a keystroke from curious eyes and inadvertent discovery. Even Spotlight can't find the files hidden by UberMask.
Version 2.1 now supports hiding files and folders on multiple volumes and partitions as well. It's a free update for all current owners of a UberMask 1.x license. For new users the cost is approximately US$14. A demo version is available for download.
SweetP bakes Cookie 2.1.2 for Mac OS X
SweetP Productions has announced Cookie 2.1.2 (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.
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. Version 2.1.2 is a maintenance update with some bug fixes and better memory management.
Troi Dialog Plug-in updated for FileMaker Pro 11
Troi Automatisering today announced the immediate availability of Troi Dialog Plug-in 5.5.4 for FileMaker Pro 11. It's amaintenance release, but also adds a few enhancements.
Troi Dialog Plug-in is a tool for displaying all sorts of dialogs in FileMaker Pro 11. The text of the dialog and of the buttons can be created dynamically by using a calculation
A fully functional demo version of Troi Dialog Plug-in 5.5.4 is available for downloading at Troi's web site (http://www.troi.com/software/dialogplugin.html). Version 5.5.4 works with FileMaker Pro 9, 10 and 11. The plug-in can also be used with runtimes from FileMaker Pro Advanced 9, 10 or FileMaker Pro Advanced 11. The plug-in is available for Mac OS X and Windows.
On Mac OS X the plug-in runs in Mac OS X 10.5.7 or higher. Licenses cost US$59 per user. Upgrading to version 5.5.4 is free for all users of version 5.5.x. Troi Dialog Plug-in 5.5.4 works with the same 5.5 registration string.
Users who bought a license for Troi Dialog Plug-...
FileMaker’s Bento Template Exchange sees over a million...
FileMaker, Inc. (http://www.filemaker.com)-- a wholly owned subsidiary of Apple -- says more than one million templates have been downloaded from the Bento Template Exchange, since its launch in June 2009.
The templates, available in 10 languages, are free to download and give people real-world examples of the many uses of FileMaker’s personal databases: Bento for Mac, iPad and iPhone. Over 1,070 templates -- most created by actual Bento users -- are available on the Exchange for everything from templates for small businesses designed to make it easy to managing contacts, projects and events to templates for coin collecting and managing a Cub Scout pack to beer lists, pet info, exercise logs and job-hunting. Among the most popular templates are contact and customer manager, bill tracking, project manager, family organizer, and lecture notes.
Bento 4 for Mac is required to download and import templates, but once added on the Mac, templates can be synchronized with Bento 1.1 for iPhone...
The iPad has changed how we interact with computers
Multitouch on the iPad and other media tablets has liberated users from the hardware keyboard and pointing device (aka the mouse), and as media tablets become more commonplace, users will expect the convenience and simplicity of multitouch user interfaces when they interact with other computing devices, according to a new report by the Gartner research group (http://www.gartner.com).
In the Gartner Special Report "iPad and Beyond: What the Future of Computing Holds," Gartner analysts examine how the iPad has impacted the hardware industry, and how media tablets are changing what users will expect out of their computing devices.
"During the next five to 10 years, media tablets will instigate change in computing form factors; modular designs will enable tablets to take on new functions, becoming the cross-platform controller and brain for hybrid consumer electronics and computers," says Angela McIntyre, research director at Gartner. "Tablets will be substitutes for several of the...
Smartphones, tablets drive nearly 7% of US digital traffic
ComScore (http://www.comscore.com), a company that "measures the digital world," has released its report," Digital Omnivores: How Tablets, Smartphones and Connected Devices are Changing U.S. Digital Media Consumption Habits." The report found that smartphones such as the iPhone and tablets such as the iPad drive almost 7% of total US digital traffic.
The comScore report analyzes how cross-platform consumption has created a vastly different landscape as consumers utilize a growing number of devices to consume digital content. The report also analyzes the impact these shifting consumption habits have on online visitation and engagement across the Internet. To download a complimentary copy of the report, Digital Omnivores, got to http://www.comScore.com/DigitalOmnivores .
"The popularization of smartphones and the introduction of tablets and other web-enabled devices -- collectively termed 'connected devices' -- have contributed to an explosion in digital media consumption. As these...
FaceBook app announced for the iPad
FaceBook says that now, in addition to your smartphone or feature phone apps, there’s a new way to experience Facebook -- the iPad app.
"Now you can enjoy your favorite parts of Facebook, combined with the best of the iPad," the company says. To get Facebook for iPad today, visit http://www.facebook.com/ipad .
MAGI comes to Mac OS X
MAGI, MoaCube's indie strategy game about wizard duels, has come to Mac OS X and is available (http://moacube.com/games/magi/) at a discounted price of US$5.95 (down from $15.95).
Here's how the game is described: "It's an unique strategy game, where the player takes their chosen wizard through a series of magic battles, in order to gain more power and spells to devise a winning tactic for the inevitable final battle with the Death.
"Instead of relying on cutting-edge 3D graphics and hours of cutscenes, MAGI uses simple and focused design, careful balance, and more than a pinch of good old challenge. The game is hard. In order to win, players need to make the best use of the available spells, character skills and their strategic wit. The final battle with the Death is particularly hard, and if you haven't gained enough power in the preceding duels, it might be nigh impossible to win. It's harsh, but it also makes MAGI an intense and very addictive experience, with that certain "just...
Clickto builds on Mac OS X's Copy & Paste features
Clickto (http://www.clicktoapp.com) is a new, free Mac OS X app designed to help simplfy your digital life by taking thousands of repeated steps and replacing them with a few clicks to bring desktop and web services closer together.
Clickto builds on an action that many Mac users perform several times a day: Copy & Paste. The app breaks this idea down even further; instead of moving data from one desktop application to another, that copied content can be transferred with a click to the target application.
Clickto works in any place where you can select and copy something. There are already more than 25 quick clickto actions for Twitter, Wikipedia, Flickr, Outlook, Youtube, Excel and more; you’re also able to select a text and generate a PDF with just one click. Clickto works with Mac OS X 10.6 and higher.
BerryMover lets you move Blackberry data to an iPhone
BlackBerry to iPhone switchers can now sync contacts, calendars, text messages, email messages and more with BerryMover, a new app.
The need for this app seems huge. In a 2011 United Sample survey, over 66% of Verizon-based BlackBerry users said they would switch to an iPhone when it became available.
"Until BerryMover, when these folks moved to the iPhone they left a good chunk of their data on their BlackBerry," says Tim Goggin, co-owner Of PocketMac. "But that’s no longer a problem with BerryMover. Now, all you need is a recent BlackBerry backup, iTunes and BerryMover. And you’re all set to transfer all of your data."
BerryMover works by reading backup files. It then gives the user the option of choosing which data they want to import.
Every copy of BerryMover comes with a complete video tutorial on how to import BlackBerry data to your iPhone. The app also includes the ability to import data from more than one backup file. This means that you can pull data from several backup...
Native Instruments announces Damage by Heavyocity
Native Instruments has announced Damage (www.native-instruments.com/Damage), a new instrument that provides cinematic percussion for movie scoring and music production. It will be available next month for US$339.
Created by by Heavyocity sound design house, Damage is powered by the latest Kontakt 5 engine and combines industrial sounds and orchestral percussion to add wide-screen character to any dramatic piece of music.
As the successor of Heavyocity's Evolve series, Damage is based on over 25,000 individual samples recorded in 24bit/96Kz, resulting in 30 GB of source material. Sounds were captured in a variety of locations ranging from various high-end studios to a Connecticut junkyard, and comprise types of percussion from traditional instruments to exploding cars and cranes dropping objects from great heights.
Damage contains over 700 beat-sliced percussive loops, as well as 58 multi-sampled kits, including an arsenal of "Damage Hits" for distinctive stings and transitions. Loop...
Luxology ships modo 501 Rigging Master Course
In the first installment of a new professional training series from Luxology, instructor Rich Hurrey teaches users the skills necessary to create production-ready animation rigs in modo 501.
The modo 501 Rigging Master Course consists of 26 hours of video training housed in an interactive framework. Hurrey gives viewers a foundation for getting the most from modo's deep animation toolset. The course starts with solid fundamentals and progresses to tutorials that explain how to rig models with increasingly complex behaviors. The course is ideal for anyone who wishes to deepen their understanding of modo and learn valuable techniques for rigging and animation.
The modo 501 Rigging Master Course is priced at US$199, and Luxology is offering special introductory pricing of $149 for the first two weeks. To purchase, go to http://www.luxology.com/store/riggingmastercourse/ .
Propellerhead releases Reason 6, Reason Essentials, Balance
Propellerhead Software has released Reason 6, an update of its music software; Reason Essentials, the successor to Record, that offers recording, editing, effects, instruments, mixing and mastering features; and Balance with Reason Essentials, an audio interface for Mac and Windows integrated with Reason Essentials software.
Combining all the features from Record, Reason 6 (US$449) adds audio recording and editing, along with Propellerhead's mixing console with EQ and dynamics on every channel, multiple parallel racks, Line 6 amp models, new effect devices, time/tempo stretch plus additional features. New creative effects designed for using directly with instruments or inserting into tracks include: Pulveriser, sound crushing effect with crunchy compression, dirty distortion and flexible modulation; The Echo, advanced stereo echo with modern delay and analog tape echo emulation; and Alligator, a three band pattern gate for complex rhythmic texturing. Interface enhancements, high...
TeamViewer for Mac beefs up remote control features
TeamViewer GmbH (http://www.teamviewer.com), a provider of solutions for online communication and collaboration, has announced a new version of its TeamViewer for Mac software. The update allows TeamViewer to start upon system boot, letting users control unattended Mac OS X computers from devices running any other major OS, including Mac, Linux, Windows, iPhone, iPad or Android.
The update also offers a variety of key features which make it an attractive solution for home office workers who need access to their work Mac. When used for remote system administration in helpdesk environments, TeamViewer enables administration of computers that currently have no users logged on.
TeamViewer has been available for the Mac, offering cross-platform communication. What's new is that TeamViewer starts automatically with system boot and runs in the background. With TeamViewer installed, users can establish an immediate connection by entering the ID number and password of the unattended computer...
FoldersSynchronizer ready for Lion
SoftoBe (http://www.softobe.com has updated FoldersSynchronizer, its Mac OS X tool for backing up and synchronizing files, folders and disks, to version 4.1. It now runs on 65-bit Intel machines on Mac OS X 10.7 ("Lion").
There's still a 32-bit version available for Power PC and Intel Macs running Mac OS X 10.5 and 10.6. FoldersSynchronizer is an US$40 app for Mac OS X and Mac OS 9 that synchronizes and backs-up files, folders and disks. The user can choose one or more pairs of files, folders or disks and then they will be synchronized or backed-up.
FoldersSynchronizer lets you organize your sync and backup in several sessions to save to a file for a later reuse. On each session you can apply special options like Timers, Multiple Folders, Filters, Exclude Items, Auto-Mount local and remote volumes, launch your own AppleScripts, set how to resolve conflicts, execute an incremental or an exact copy, and include locked files.
FoldersSynchronizer lets you specify global settings like...
Shortcuts for Mac OS X gets built-in AppleScript editor
Nulana has released Shortcuts 1.4 (http://nulana.com/shortcuts), an update to its productivity application for Mac OS X. The upgrade adds a built-in editor for AppleScript and Shell script shortcuts. What's more, the application user interface is now available in eight languages, including Chinese and Italian.
Shortcuts allows users to create, manage, and see their favorite shortcuts in one location. You can reconfigure shortcuts and choose other apps or keyboard keys.
Shortcuts can be set for: applications, folders and files; system actions, shell scripts, AppleScripts, and web site. If a new shortcut conflicts with a system one, application asks you either to choose another combination or to override the system shortcut.
Shortcuts requires an Intel-based Mac running Mac OS X 10.6 or higher. It costs US$9.99 and is available worldwide through the Mac App Store in the Product
Disk Alarm for Mac OS X adds detailed menu bar
Pomcast.biz has announces Disk Alarm 1.2.1 (http://diskalarm.com), an update to its disk monitoring utility for Mac OS X. The upgrade offers a detailed menu bar that shows you at a glance the space left on your volumes. It also adds support for Japanese and Brazilan Portuguese.
Disk Alarm will let you know in advance how much free space is available for your Mac to run smoothly. It alerts you whenever any of the volumes reaches the space left you specified. The menu bar item now allows you to display the sum of the available free space.
Disk Alarm requires Mac OS X 10.6.6 or higher and is compatible with Lion. Disk Alarm 1.2.1 normally US$3.99, but is being offered (for a limited time) at 50% of the price. Disk Alarm is available worldwide exclusively through the Mac App Store in the Utilities category.
AppDelete optimized for Lion, 64-bit performance
Reggie Ashworth has updated AppDelete (http://reggie.ashworth.googlepages.com/appdelete), an application deleting app for Mac OS X, to version 3.2.2. It's been optimized for Mac OS X 10.7 ("Lion") and offers 64-bit performance.
Via drag 'n drop, AppDelete will delete any chosen app with all of its associated items that belong to that application. You'll no longer have to hunt through their system to find and delete these items manually.
You can drag any item that can be uninstalled onto AppDelete: applications, widgets, preference panes, plug-ins, screensavers, etc. You can also activate AppDelete in many ways: dragging items onto main window, onto dock icon, selecting in menu, right-clicking using AppDelete workflow, and throwing items in the trash.
When the preview screen appears you can uncheck any items you would like to exclude. You also have several choices: delete the items, log only the items, or archive (copy) the items to a .zip file for safekeeping or reinstall at a later...
Official cause of Jobs' death: respiratory arrest caused by...
"Bloomberg" is reporting (http://macte.ch/CkxMH) that Steve Jobs died at home in Palo Alto, California, of respiratory arrest caused by a pancreatic tumor at about 3 p.m. on Oct. 5, according to his death certificate. The Santa Clara County Public Health Department in San Jose, California, issued the document Monday.
Respiratory arrest was listed as the immediate cause of death, with "metastatic pancreas neuroendocrine tumor" listed as the underlying cause, according to the certificate. Jobs’s death occurred five years after the onset of the tumor, according to the certificate.
"Bloomberg" notes that no autopsy was performed. Jobs was buried at a non- denominational cemetery in Santa Clara County on Oct. 7.
MacTech Conference 2011: Special post-event presentation added
MacTech Conference for Apple Developers and IT Pros, Nov, 2-4, 2011 in Los Angeles, has announced both its evening activities as well as a special post-event presentation by Code 42 Software about evaluating and deploying Enterprise backup, and giving the first public look to their next major release.
Keynote speaker Guy Kawasaki will open MacTech Conference 2011: a three-day, information-packed event that will have sessions and newly announced activities throughout the day and evening. This immersion conference is hotel-based, giving attendees the opportunity to not only learn from the best, but get to meet new people and spend time with their peers -- as well as see information and products they cannot see elsewhere. Information about the conference is at (http://www.mactech.com/conference)
Right after the close of the conference, codefortytwo software (a Platinum sponsor for MacTech Conference 2011) will be making a special presentation on-site. All conference attendees are...
Apple is planning private celebration of Jobs' life
Apple is planning a private celebration of Steve Jobs' life, according to "MacGeneration" (http://www.macgeneration.com). The site says CEO Tim Cook has sent the following email to Apple employees:
"Like many of you, I have experienced the saddest days of my lifetime and shed many tears during the past week. But I've found some comfort in the extraordinary number of tributes and condolences from people all over the world who were touched by Steve and his genius. And I've found comfort in both telling and listening to stories about Steve.
Although many of our hearts are still heavy, we are planning a celebration of his life for Apple employees to take time to remember the incredible things Steve achieved in his life and the many ways he made our world a better place. The celebration will be held on Wednesday, October 19, at 10am in the outdoor amphitheater on the Infinite Loop campus. We'll have more details on AppleWeb closer to the date, including arrangements for employees outside...
Analyst: iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS selling well
In a note to clients -- as reported by "AppleInsider" (http://www.appleinsider.com) -- Canaccord Genuity analyst T. Michael Walkley says that, based on a series of checkes with US carriers, the iPhone 4 and iPhone 3GS phones are hot sellers despite the iPhone 4S getting all the attention.
When the iPhone 4S was unveiled last week, Apple announced it would sell a new 8GB version of the iPhone 4 for $99, while the iPhone 3GS would be free with a two-year contract. Both AT&T and Verizon lowered the prices of their 16GB and 32GB iPhone 4 models to US$150 and $200, respectively.
iPhone 4S pre-orders top one million in first 24 hours
Chalk up another winner for Apple. The company says pre-orders of its iPhone 4S have topped one million in a single day, surpassing the previous single day pre-order record of 600,000 held by the iPhone 4.
"We are blown away with the incredible customer response to iPhone 4S," says Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing. "The first day pre-orders for iPhone 4S have been the most for any new product that Apple has ever launched and we are thrilled that customers love iPhone 4S as much as we do."
The iPhone 4S will be available at all 245 Apple retail stores in the US beginning at 8 a.m. local time on Friday, Oct.14. Every customer who buys an iPhone 4S at an Apple retail store will be offered free Personal Setup service, helping them customize their iPhone 4S by setting up email, showing them new apps from the Apple App Store and more.
The iPhone 4S comes in either black or white and will be available in the US for a suggested retail price of $199...
Netflix apologies again; won't spin off DVD division
Netflix (http://www.netflix.com) has reversed course and says it won't rename its DVD-by-mail service, as previously announced. Members will continue to go to the Netflix web site for both unlimited streaming and unlimited DVDs.
Netflix said in a Sept. 18 blog post that its DVD-by-mail service would operate at Qwikster.com. Instead, U.S. members will continue to use one website, one account and one password for their movie and TV watching enjoyment under the Netflix brand.
"Consumers value the simplicity Netflix has always offered and we respect that," says Netflix co-founder and CEO Reed Hastings. "There is a difference between moving quickly -- which Netflix has done very well for years -- and moving too fast, which is what we did in this case."
In July Netflix ditched its US$9.99 monthly unlimited DVD-rental and streaming combination plan. The company separated DVD and streaming services into two separate plans, each priced at $7.99. A combo plan was announced, but at an increased...
iPhone 4S looking to break sales records
AT&T sold more than 200,000 the iPhone 4S in the first 12 hours and said it had seen "extraordinary demand," reports "Reuters" (http://macte.ch/XB19N).
The latest version of the smartphone was unveiled Oct. 4 and is available for pre-order only. It officially goes on sale Friday, Oct. 14.
The previous generation of the smartphone, the iPhone 4, was the fastest-selling mobile in Apple's history, with 1.7 million devices selling in the first three days. However, unlike then, the new iPhone 4S is now also available on Verizon and Sprint in the U.S.
Balloon Animals 3D floats onto the Mac App Store
Learn2Make has announced a new Mac OS X app, Balloon Animals (http://learn2make.com/balloon-animals-mac/), and is giving away the first 1,000 copies. Once the 1,000 downloads have been reached, the app will return to its normal price of US$2.99.
Balloon Animals 3D teaches users how to make balloon animals step-by-step with 3D animations. The user can zoom and rotate the balloons at any time. There are easy, medium and difficult shapes.
Balloon Animals 3D includes instructions for twisting 10 different animals and shapes from balloons. It also includes instructions for making the five most basic twists in balloon twisting.
Balloon Animals 3D requires Mac OS X 10.6.6 or later. It's available worldwide exclusively through the Mac App Store in the Education Category.
Manuscript is new writing solution for Mac OS X
Black Mana Studios (http://www.blackmana.com) has introduced Manuscript 1.0, an app that encourages creativity by working through a logical process of steps. It requires Mac OS X 10.6 or later, costs US$39.99, and is aavailable worldwide through the Mac App Store in the Productivity category.
Manuscript is designed to be a complete writing solution that takes you from a story idea to a complete ebook novel, ready to be sold on Apple's iBookstore and Amazon's Kindle stores. Its writing steps take you from pitch to publication.
Manuscript for Mac will help you organize your plot lines, keep track of your characters, and give you the tools to get your thoughts flowing straight to paper, without delay, according to the folks at Black Mana Studios. When your manuscript is complete, it allows you to export your work into a number of formats including Word, PDF, and the popular eBook format ePub.
GarageTunes is new collaborative music app for OS X
Iwascoding has released GarageTunes (http://www.iwascoding.com/GarageTunes/), a collaborative music player application
for Mac OS X 10.6 and higher. It's available at the Mac App Store for an introductory price of US$4.99..
According to the folks at iwascoding, GarageTunes finds all the music files on connected hard drives without the need to maintain a special library or pointing it to a certain directory. Plus, it shows all music files on other Macs running GarageTunes in the same network in a single view. Finally, any Macs on the local network can be instructed to play songs stored on any other Mac running GarageTunes.
Finale 2012 adds new ScoreManager, more
MakeMusic has released Finale 2012 (http://www.finalemusic.com/default.aspx), a new version of the Mac OS X music notation software that lets you create, publish and share music.
The new release introduces ScoreManager, which intelligently controls the way music looks and sounds, according to Karen van Lith, MakeMusic president and CEO. Finale 2012 also includes Unicode font support, additional Garritan sounds, and several advances facilitating greater collaboration.
Finale 2012 costs US$600 for new customers ($350 for academic users). A site license for five or more users is $150 per seat.
Third Rail System available for the iPhone 4S
Now for the iPhone 4 and 4S (and subsequent phones by simply swapping out the Smart Case), the US$89.99 Third Rail System (http://www.ThirdRailMobility.com) is purportedly the world’s thinnest battery-enabled protective case that allows you to add extra power when you need it, and remove it when you don’t.
Initially for the iPhone 4, and compatible with both GSM and CDMA models, the Third Rail System is comprised of a protective case (Slim Case) and a universal, removable battery (Smart Battery). The super lightweight Smart Battery slides on to the Slim Case when power is needed, and can also serve as a stand-alone universal charger for other devices (via micro USB).
Functioning as a protective case, a power case, a portable external charger and a power hub for charging multiple devices at one time, this universal power system replaces all existing charging accessories.
Fantasy Football app kicks onto the Mac App Store
Marvel Apps has introduced Fantasy Football 1.0 (http://www.marvelapps.com/) for Mac OS X (10.6 and higher). It costs US$1.99 and is available worldwide exclusively through the Mac App Store in the Sports category
The sports app provides Pro Football Fantasy trends and is designed to help the user optimize his line-up to win his league. Fantasy Football is designed to be placed adjacent to your web browser to maximize screen real estate and make critical adds and drops from your fantasy team.
You can scroll up and down to help you make decisions. Fantasy Football 1.0 lets you review the top starters, top adds, top owned, top dropped and injuries.
Hydra photography software ready for Lion
Hydra -- Mac OS X software that gives human eye perception to photography by creating high dynamic range (HDR) images from a series of regular photographies -- has been updated to version 3.0. The upgrade is compatible with Mac OS X 10.7 ("Lion").
Hydra 3 also adds an optimized powerful Tone mapper with 12 presets, ghost artifact removal, an image crop feature and the ability to export to Twitter, Facebook, Flickr, Lightroom, Aperture, Mail. The Pro version also adds scope-based image processing (color, brightness, and distance tolerance) and batch processing.
Hydra can create HDR images either from DSLRs or traditional point-and-shoot cameras, according to Raphael Sebbe of Creaceed. The software uses a number of regular photographies with different expositions (darker and lighter photos) to create a superior one which is much closer to what one's eye can see, he adds. This image is also known as a high dynamic range, or HDR, image because a single photography can't represent the...
Apple's Dave Marra to appear at next MacBUS meeting
The next meeting of The Macintosh Business Users Society of Greater Philadelphia (http://www.macbus.org/) will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 25, at 6:30 pm.
This month's meeting will feature Dave Marra, senior systems engineer for Apple. He'll discuss and demo IOS 5, iCloud, new apps, the new iPod touch, the iPhone 4S and Mac OS X 10.7 ("Lion").
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:
Giant Food Store
315 York Road 2nd Floor Conference room
Willow Grove, Pennsylvania 19090
Meetings are usually held on the last Tuesday evening of each calendar month. To inquire about presenting, or to suggest a meeting topic, please contact the MacBUS board at macbusboard@gmail....
'Learn -- Lion Edition' available from TheMacU.com
Now available at TheMacU.com and the Mac App Store, "Learn -- Lion Edition" is an app from with over 80 HD training videos. This course covers all the basics of Mac OS X 10.7 ("Lion") along with some more advanced content.
The course looks at ways to perform basic file and folder navigation to how to best use applications like iCal, Mail, Safari, iTunes and Address Book. Each video is presented in HD video at 1280x720 resolution. Go to http://www.TheMacU.com to learn more and view several free sample lessons. You can download Learn -- Lion Edition for US$6.99.
Taco HTML Edit 3 adds Lion features, more
Taco Software (http://tacosw.com/) has released Taco HTML Edit 3, the latest edition of its HTML and PHP editor for Mac OS X. For Mac OS X 10.7 ("Lion") users, the upgrade adds support for Autosave, Versions, Resume, and Full Screen.
With Autosave, documents are automatically saved while they are edited; it's no longer necessary to manually save documents. Versions complements Autosave by allowing users to view and restore previous versions of a document.
Default Folder for Mac OS X gets Typinator support
St. Clair Software has updated Default Folder (http://www.stclairsoft.com/DefaultFolderX/index.html), its utility for enhancing Open and Save dialogs in Mac OS X, to version 4.6. The upgrade addresses compatibility issues with Mac OS 10.6 and 10.7 and adds support for Typinator.
Default Folder X 4.6 is a free update for registered users of version 4.x. The upgrade is US$14.95 for users who bought their copies before June 1, 2007. Default Folder X costs $34.95 for a new license. Installers are available now in English and German and will be released shortly in Japanese, French, and Danish.
Convert InDesign CS5.5 To Quark 9 with Markzware ID2Q 6
Markzware has announced ID2Q 6, an update to its Quark XTension for Mac OS X and Windows.
ID2Q 6 enables design professionals to convert InDesign CS5.5 to Quark 9 content, while preserving the elements and formatting of the original QuarkXPress document, including page positioning, color models, fonts and styles, images and more. Once installed, to convert InDesign, select "convert InDesign document" from the QuarkXPress Utilities menu.
The software upgrade ID2Q 6 Quark Xtension is available at the ID2Q Store (http://markzware.com/products/id2q/) with pricing for new users starting at US$199 per single-user seat. It requires Mac OS X 10.5.8 or higher.
Marble Arena 2 rolling onto the Mac
Brightside Entertainment has announced the upcoming release of Marble Arena 2 (http://www.marble-arena.com/), their free, physics-based, 3D marble game for Mac, Windows and Linux systems. It will be released on Dec. 13.
Here's how the game is described: "Featuring vibrant HD graphics, fun and addictive gameplay, and an easy-to-use built-in editor for creating custom levels, Marble Arena 2 promises 50 mayhem filled levels. The game will test the player's rolling skills on several types of surfaces and make use of a multitude of physics contraptions in fun and sometimes headache inducing ways.
"Players will be pitted against sneaky A.I. controlled marbles in single player games, bent on getting in your way every chance they get, and against each other in multiplayer games of up to 32 participants. The game will offer players the possibility to upgrade their marble stats, and choose from a multitude of skins to completely personalize the experience. The built-in editor will allow easy...