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,...
Apple posts Security Update 2011-005
Apple has released Security Update 2011-005 for Mac OS X 10.6 ("Snow Leopard") and Mac OS X 10.7 ("Lion"). It addresses an issue with fraudulent certificates issued recently by DigiNotar.
According to "The Mac Security Blog" (http://macte.ch/GNnks): "An attacker with a privileged network position may intercept user credentials or other sensitive information Description: Fraudulent certificates were issued by multiple certificate authorities operated by DigiNotar. This issue is addressed by removing DigiNotar from the list of trusted root certificates, from the list of Extended Validation (EV) certificate authorities, and by configuring default system trust settings so that DigiNotar’s certificates, including those issued by other authorities, are not trusted."
Security Update 2011-005 can be obtained via the Software Updates component of the Mac OS X Systems Preferences app.
Droplets sues Apple, others for patent infringement
Another day, another lawsuit. A company called Droplets (http://www.droplets.com/) has filed a patent infringement lawsuit against Apple, Google, Facebook and Yahoo, reports "Patently Apple" (http://macte.ch/Rt8fs).
Droplets official Complaint, filed with lawsuit friendly Texas Eastern District Court, accuses Apple of violating their patent that covers an object-oriented approach for delivering interactive links to applications and information stored on a network. The complaint claims that Apple's own website along with their movie trailer site, iTunes and "other web applications" violate their patent, notes "Patently Apple."
Droplets -- located in Plano, Texas -- was founded in 2000. According to the company's website its goal is to: ".... meet the needs of enterprises who seek more efficient ways to deliver highly functional and scalable applications over the Internet. Through Droplets and the Universal User Interface, companies can provide dynamic, accessible applications across...
Apple wins Galaxy Tab injunction in Germany -- again
The Düsseldorf Regional Court has again upheld the preliminary injunction against the Galaxy Tab 10.1 based on the alleged infringement of a Community design (a design-related intellectual property right registered with an EU agency) held by Apple.
According to "FOSS Patents" (http://macte.ch/B7ggN), at this stage, the injunction is valid only in Germany with respect to Samsung's Korean parent company. Only the German subsidiary is barred from selling across the border, but that doesn't have any practical consequences, the article says.
Two days ago Samsung pulled the just-unveiled Galaxy Tab 7.7 out of the IFA consumer electronics show in Berlin after a Dusseldorf court on Sept. 2 granted Apple’s request to ban sales and marketing of the product.
Also, last month it was announced that Apple had won an agreement from Samsung that the South Korean company won’t sell the newest version of its tablet computer in Australia until a patent lawsuit in the country is resolved.
mLogic introduces new Mac products
mLogic (http://www.mlogic.com) has launched three products designed for Macs: the mDock, mBack and mLink.
The mDock is a companion product for unibody MacBook Pro (MBP) portable computers. It eliminates the repetitive plugging and unplugging of devices typically attached to these computers while significantly reducing desktop cable clutter. While docked, mDock’s built-in hard drive backs up the MBP system drive via Time Machine. It also features front facing USB and headphone ports. It costs US$219 for the 500GB version and $299 for the 1TB version.
The mBack (pictured) is a zero-footprint backup drive for iMacs. Unlike a typical backup drive that resides on the desktop, mBack mounts securely to the iMac stand (or Apple Cinema/Thunderbolt Display stand) so it’s off the desktop and out of the way. The mBack is $169 for the 1TB model, $209 for the 2TB version and $349 for a 3TB edition.
The $399 mLink is an external chassis that enables PCIe adapter cards (HD video capture cards, RAID...
Apple posts updated Lexmark drivers
Apple has released updated drivers (http://support.apple.com/kb/DL1397) from Lexmark for Mac OS X 10.6 and 10.7. This download includes the latest Lexmark printing and scanning software.
It's a 133.99MB download. You can obtain it via the Software Updates component of the Mac OS X Systems Preferences app.
Gartner: computer shipments to slow to 3.8% growth in 2011
The Mac will doubtless bear the trend, but worldwide personal computer unit growth is on pace to total US352 million units in 2011, a 3.8% increase from 2010, according to the latest preliminary forecast by Gartner (http://www.gartner.com).
Shipments are forecast to see better growth by the end 2012, when units are expected to reach 404 million units, a 10.9% increase from 2011, according to the research group. Computer unit growth for both 2011 and 2012 has been reduced from previous projections: from 9.3% growth for 2011 and from 12.8% growth for 2012.
The notably lower outlook for 2011 personal computer growth is largely due to sharply downgraded forecasts for Western Europe and the United States in the second half of the year. The lower outlook for 2012 is the result of a weaker 2011, and also a slower start to 2012 -- with an expectation for better growth in the second half of next year as economies stabilize and new mobile computer form factors enter the market.
Even so, the...
App piracy hurting Android developers’ bottom lines
App downloads in the U.S. are booming to the tune of 40 apps per user per year, according to Yankee Group’s (http://www.yankeegroup.com) 2011 US Consumer Survey, but not all platforms are participating equally in the frenzy.
Android developers make much less money from paid apps than do Apple iOS developers. A recent survey of 75 Android developers conducted by Skyhook suggests that rampant piracy of Android apps may be the primary culprit. Findings include:
° Piracy is a problem for Android Among the Android developers surveyed, 27% see piracy as a huge problem and another 26 percent see it as somewhat of a problem.
° Google isn’t helping. Fifty-three percent of developer respondents say Google is too lax in its Android market policies.
° Piracy hurts developers’ top and bottom lines. About a third of developers say piracy has cost them in excess of US$10,000 in revenue. Additionally, 32% say it increases their support costs, while another quarter say they see increased server costs...
Enolsoft conjures up PDF Magic for Mac
Enolsoft Corp., a professional multimedia software developer, has released PDF Magic for Mac. It offers an all-in-one solution for Mac users (OS X 10.5 and higher, including Lion) to split, merge, assort, rotate and insert PDF with drag-n-drop.
Users can split multipage PDF to smaller PDF documents, merge several PDF files into one single PDF document, insert PDF pages into another PDF document, create new PDF files from image and pages, and extract pages from PDF files and rotate PDF pages if necessary. The compatibility of Mac OS X Lion with full screen mode supported and zoom-in (zoom-out) function helps Mac users to better preview and manage their PDF files.
Retailing for US$39, the Enolsoft PDF Magic for Mac is available now through the Enolsoft website (http://www.enolsoft.com). Users may download a free trial version through http://www.enolsoft.com/download/enolsoft-pdf-magic.dmg .
iClock for Desktop 1.0 ticks onto Mac OS X
Aperio Lux (http://aperio-lux.com.ua/) has released iClock for Desktop 1.0 for Mac OS X. It displays an unique analog clock that you can place anywhere on your desktop on your main monitor -- or you can move it to a secondary monitor as well.
The picture is enhanced by sound effects creating a realistic environment. If you need to turn the sound effects off, you can do that from the Settings panel. From that same panel, you can select the position for the clock (above all other windows or standard placement). You can also set the clock to show on all spaces as well as in fullscreen regime.
The program offers six clock styles for you to choose from. If the clock is set to the standard placement from the menu "Bring iClock to Front" and "Show Clock," you can always bring it to the forefront. The Run At Login option in your Settings menu lets iClock be launched every time you turn your Mac on.
iClock requires Mac OS X 10.7 ("Lion"). It costs US$0.99 and is available worldwide through...
G-Tech shows 4GB hard drives
Dedicated to serving the Mac and creative professional audio/video (A/V) markets, G-Technology by Hitachi (http://www.g-technology.com/) is demoing its first 4TB hard drives with Thunderbolt technology at IBC 2011 in its two-drive, RAID 0, G-RAID solution.
Not only does the G-RAID Thunderbolt demo showcase the fastest interface you can find with data transfer rates up to 10 Gbps, it shows amazing sustained throughput for handling multi-stream compressed HD workflows including REDCODE, DVCPro HD, XDCAM HD and ProRes 422. At 8TB it is also the highest capacity, two-drive, RAID 0 external storage device in the world for storing hours of clips, composites, digital intermediate (DIs), proofs, effects and more, says Steve Pereira, vice president, Hitachi GST, Europe Middle East and Africa.
What's more, connected to a MacBook Pro, the G-RAID solution enables a portable editing workstation to take on the road, in the studio or even use from the comfort of your own home to complete projects...
Colin McRae: DiRT 2 drives onto the Mac
Feral Interactive has announced the immediate online release of Colin McRae: DiRT 2. The game’s release was delayed from July in order to improve compatibility with Mac OS X 10.7 ("Lion").
Here's how the game is described: "Combining sublime handling, gorgeous visuals and dynamic competition, Colin McRae: DiRT 2 sets a new standard for racing games on the Mac. The game features nine incredible locations around the globe, 41 tracks and over 100 separate racing events, all of which combine to deliver a spectacular, nerve-shattering racing experience.
"Colin McRae: DiRT 2 puts players behind the wheel for a world tour that runs from the mud-soaked Malaysian rainforest to the open desert roads of Morocco and on to the rain-slicked streets of Tokyo. Racers compete in a variety of contemporary sports racing styles, including three special ESPN X Games events. Additionally, the game lets players experience intense multi-car races in head-to-head competitive online play.
"Colin McRae: DiRT...
Adobe showcases advances in broadcast workflows at IBC 2011
At the IBC 2011 Conference and Exhibition, Adobe (http://www.adobe.com) is showcasing new video technologies and initiatives designed to help media professionals to create, deliver and monetize premium video content across a myriad of platforms and devices.
For content delivery, Adobe is announcing a new version of Adobe Flash Media Server that can now deliver Flash technology to Apple iPhone and iPad devices a new version of Adobe Flash Access, a content protection solution that is available for the Android platform and showcasing widespread adoption of Adobe Pass, a TV Everywhere user authentication solution used by broadcasters.
For content creation, Adobe is announcing the acquisition of certain assets of IRIDAS, a specialist in high performance tools for digital color grading and enhancement of professional film and video, accelerated industry adoption of Adobe solutions for video creation, along with an expanded partner ecosystem.
Adobe will demonstrate its new solutions and...
Acme Made offers new messenger bag
Acme Made (http://www.AcmeMade.com) has introduced the US$119.99 Clyde St. Messenger, its answer to the ubiquitous messenger bag.
Crafted with Acme Made’s Bombshell exterior for protection, the Clyde St. Messenger features a fully-padded laptop pocket within a roomy main compartment. The bag also boasts fine-tuned compartments for all stash-able items, easily stowing a 17-inch MacBook Pro alongside sneakers, sketchbooks, chewing gum, show tickets, noise-cancelling head phones, train tokens, jukebox quarters or iPhone.
The Clyde St. Messenger offers a stay-flat document pocket to protect important files. It also comes with a soft-rubber handle and padded adjustable shoulder strap.
Remote Buddy Express available at Mac App Store
Remote Buddy Express (http://www.iospirit.com/products/remotebuddyexpress/ajaxremote/), a version of Remote Buddy with stripped-down hardware support, is now available on the Mac App Store for US$19.99. It requires Mac OS X 10.6.6 or higher and is compatible with Mac OS X 10.7 ("Lion").
The Express version supports only the Apple Remote (via built-in Apple IR Receivers), iPhone and iPod touch, the regular Remote Buddy version supports a wider range of remote controls and receivers. Remote Buddy Express has more than 100 directly supported applications and system functions, real virtual mouse and keyboard, built-in presentation tools and extensive configuration abilities.
NuForce introduces audio conversion, headphone amp for iOS
NuForce (http://www.nuforce.com/) has announced the Icon iDo digital audio converter (DAC) and headphone amplifier for iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch devices. It's available now for US$249 from several online stores and Nuforce dealers.
It delivers audiophile-grade CD quality sound to digital music files stored on Apple mobile digital devices, according to NuForce CEO Jason Lim. iDo is ideal for music enthusiasts and musicians alike who primarily listen to -- and have their digital music libraries stored on -- these devices, he adds.
Users can connect any Apple mobile device to the Icon iDo with the Apple- approved, included 30-pin sync/charging cable, attach the power supply, and then plug the Icon iDo into a home stereo system using RCA cables or a single coaxial. Users can also plug in headphones directly into the Icon iDo for personal high quality sound playback.
Apple uses its own audio codec, Apple Lossless Encoder (ALE), to compress and store music files on its devices in...
Boris FX announces Boris Continuum Complete 8 AE
Boris FX (http://www.borisfx.com) has announced Boris Continuum Complete 8 AE (BCC 8 AE).
It delivers 200-plus VFX filters to Mac and Windows versions of Adobe After Effects and Premiere Pro CS5.5, CS5, CS4, and CS3. New flicker reduction and videoscope tools, OpenGL-accelerated 32-bit float support, and enhanced lens flares, particles, glows, lights, and After Effects integration headline this new release.
BCC 8 AE will be available in October 2011 at a manufacturer's suggested retail price of US$995. Owners of previous versions of BCC AE may upgrade for an MSRP of $295 USD. Customers who purchase BCC 7 AE as of Sept. 8, 2011 will be eligible to receive a free upgrade to BCC 8 AE.
For a limited time, owners of GenArts Sapphire for Adobe After Effects will be eligible to crossgrade to BCC 8 AE for US$295 (limited to two crossgrade licenses per customer). CC 8 AVX for Avid, BCC 8 OFX for Sony Vegas Pro, and BCC 8 FxPlug for Apple Final Cut Pro 7, Final Cut Pro X, and Motion are...
TechTool Protogo 3.0 is Lion compatible
Micromat has announced a Mac OS X 10.7 ("Lion") compatible version of TechTool Protogo 3.0. Protogo ships with the Protogo device configuration application, a collection of standard system and utility configurations, plus TechTool Pro 6.
Custom profiles for specific needs can be created with a few clicks. When profiles are installed on a single USB or FireWire device, Protogo can boot, run diagnostics and perform drive repairs on most Macs operating on Mac OS X 10.4.9 or newer.
In this new version, Protogo has been upgraded to run on Lion, yet preserves the flexibility to more add profiles for diagnosing hardware issues and repairing drives on older Macs, too, according to the folks at Micromat. Now a single portable device, such as a small flash drive, old iPod, SD Card or hard drive, can be used to boot, diagnose hardware and repair drives on a variety of Macs at home or at work.
Protogo 3.0 is available direct by download from Micromat (http://www.micromat.com) for US$129.99 with...
Manhattan Edit Workshop slated for fall
Manhattan Edit Workshop has announced an expanded and heightened training curriculum, taking content creation from start to finish, just in time for fall 2011.
Recently named one of New York's only Autodesk Authorized Training Centers, Mewshop's fall line-up includes brand new courses like Autodesk Smoke classes, a Documentary Filmmaker's Intensive course, Blackmagic DaVinci Resolve demos, and more. For the complete fall 2011 calendar schedule go to http://www.mewshop.com .
Squeeze Server 1.5 touts full adaptive bitrate support
In conjunction with the start of IBC2011, Sorenson Media (http://www.sorensonmedia.com/) has released Sorenson Squeeze Server 1.5, an update of the company’s enterprise transcoding solution that now includes optimized performance for all three leading adaptive bitrate streaming platforms: Apple HTTP Adaptive Streaming, Adobe Dynamic Streaming and Microsoft Smooth Streaming.
With hundreds of intelligent video encoding parameters, known as presets, Squeeze Server 1.5 fully automates the process of transcoding video files to optimize playback with virtually any container or format -- from broadcast standards like MXF, to popular outputs such as Flash, h.264 and WebM -- and on any major device -- from smartphones and tablets to computers, set-top boxes and connected TVs, according to Sorenson Media CEO Peter Csathy.
The unique adaptive bitrate support streamlines enterprise workflows by automatically transcoding each individual video file into multiple, chunked segments in a full array...
Apple launches charitable matching program for employees
Apple has launched a new charitable matching program for its employees, with the company offering to match employees' personal charitable contributions up to US$10,000 per year, reports "MacRumors" (http://www.macrumors.com). The article says the new program was announced in a company-wide email sent by new Apple CEO Tim Cook:
"I am very happy to announce that we are kicking off a matching gift program for charitable donations. We are all really inspired by the generosity of our co-workers who give back to the community and this program is going to help that individual giving go even farther.
"Starting September 15, when you give money to a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, Apple will match your gift dollar-for-dollar, up to $10,000 annually. This program will be for full-time employees in the US at first, and we'll expand it to other parts of the world over time.
"Thank you all for working so hard to make a difference, both here at Apple and in the lives of others. I...
Apple highest in smartphone customer satisfaction
Overall satisfaction with smartphones and traditional mobile phones is considerably higher for devices that are a specific size and weight and are equipped with the latest technological advancements, such as high-quality display screens, faster processing speeds, longer battery life and touch screen capabilities, according to a new J.D. Power and Associates (http://www.JDPower.com study.
For a sixth consecutive time, Apple ranks highest among manufacturers of smartphones in customer satisfaction. Apple achieves a score of 838 and performs well in all factors, particularly in ease of operation and features. HTC (801) follows Apple in the smartphone rankings.
Samsung ranks highest in overall customer satisfaction with traditional handsets with a score of 718. Samsung performs well in three factors: performance, ease of operation and features. LG (717), Sanyo (716) and Sony Ericsson (709) follow Samsung in the traditional handset rankings.
Satisfaction with both smartphones and...
India's CCI investigating Apple
India's competition watchdog CCI has ordered investigations into allegations that Apple is limiting the availability of its products to a few service providers using its dominant market position, reports "The Economic Times" (http://economictimes.indiatimes.com).
The Director General of the Competition Commission of India (CCI) was asked to probe the matter after studying a complaint from a customer that Apple is curbing the customer's choice by limiting the availability of iPhones and iPads in India to a limited number of service providers, besides its signature stores, the article says, quoting unnamed sources. The customer's complaint was admitted under the section 4 of the Competition Act, 2002.
Apple wants to ban some Samsung gadget sales in Japan
Apple wants to ban sales of some Samsung Electronics gadgets in Japan, accusing its rival of violating patents relating to the iPhone and iPad, reports "Reuters" (http://www.reuters.com).
Apple has filed a suit with the Tokyo District Court seeking the suspension of sales of Galaxy S and its sequel S II smartphones and the Galaxy Tab 7 in Japan, says "Reuters," quoting "sources close to the matter." The first hearing was held on Wednesday.
Meanwhile, an Australian court has postponed a hearing due Thursday in which Apple is trying to stop Samsung Electronics Co. selling its Galaxy Tab 10.1 in the country, according to "MarketWatch" (http://www.marketwatch.com/story/australia-court-postpones-apple-samsung...). Apple has taken Samsung to court in Australia to stop the South Korean company from selling its Galaxy Tab 10.1, claiming the device breaches patents related to the iPad, which Samsung Electronics disputes.
A directions hearing was scheduled for 2315 GMT in Sydney's Federal...
Adobe announces Flash Media Server 4.5, Flash Access 3.0
Adobe announced at the IBC 2011 Conference and Exhibition new releases of its streaming video solutions, including Adobe Flash Media Server 4.5 and Flash Access 3.0 software.
Flash Media Server 4.5 adds the ability to deliver video content to Apple’s iPad and iPhone devices. Adobe Flash Access 3.0, a content protection and monetization solution, will enable content owners to deliver on-demand content with massive scale and strict studio-level security across a broad range of devices, following the upcoming release of Flash Player 11 and Adobe AIR 3, according to Pritham Shetty, vice president, Video Solutions, Adobe.
Flash Media Server 4.5 also enables content owners to create HTTP content on the fly to reduce costs brought on by device proliferation. Delivery to iPad and iPhone enables businesses to use the same media and live streams to deliver full adaptive bit-rate experiences to platforms supporting Flash, as well as Apple devices, including the iPad and iPhone.
MacBook Air dominates ultra thin, light notebook market
"Ultrabooks" are set to take the market by storm, gradually taking a piece of the traditional notebook market and providing new momentum for the entire IT industry. According to market research firm TrendForce (http://www.trendforce.com), chip giant Intel is leading the ultrabook revolution in 2011, with the MacBook Air dominating the ultra thin and light notebook market.
Intel, along with the rest of the computer industry chain, aims to produce an ultrabook as thin and light as the MacBook Air, with longer battery life and better computing efficiency than standard notebooks. Computer makers will be introducing different models of ultrabooks between the fourth quarter of 2011 and the second quarter of 2012, according to TrendForce CEO Kevin Lin.
Clox lets you add a clock to your Mac desktop
Eltima Software has introduced Clox 1.0 (http://mac.eltima.com/desktop-clock.html) for Mac OS X (10.6.6 or higher). It costs US$0.99 and is available worldwide exclusively through the Mac App Store in the Lifestyle category.
Clox adds a clock to the desktop with individual settings like opacity, always on top and click-through mode, customizable size, 12/24 hour display and more. Each clock can have its unique name and place on the desktop.
Adobe Digital Publishing Suite to support iOS 5 Newsstand
Adobe says that publishers will be able to use Adobe Digital Publishing Suite to create magazine and newspaper applications that appear in the Apple Newsstand section of the iTunes App Store and the Newsstand folder on the iPad.
With more than 600 titles created to date, the industry-leading Adobe Digital Publishing Suite includes full support for Newsstand subscriptions, which can significantly boost sales and advertising revenue by combining greater content discoverability with flexible payment options required by readers, says Todd Teresi, vice president and general manager, Media Solutions, Adobe. Content owners can use Adobe Digital Publishing Suite to target their new digital editions at iPad, Android tablets and BlackBerry Playbook devices.
Publishers will be able to use Digital Publishing Suite to create files that are detected by Newsstand and automatically downloaded to the Newsstand shelf, eliminating long downloads times which can present a barrier to reading content on...
RackMac mini Xserver designed for a Mac mini With Thunderbolt
Sonnet Technologies (http://www.sonnettech.com/) will will introduce the RackMac mini Xserver rackmount 1U system with a PCIe 2.0 expansion slot for Thunderbolt technology-enabled Mac mini computers at IBC2011.
This system mounts a Mac mini inside a specially designed 1U enclosure, which also contains one PCIe 2.0 x4 slot, a 75W power supply, plus a Thunderbolt daisy-chain port. This system enables users to connect one half-length PCIe 2.0 adapter card to the Mac mini via a Thunderbolt cable, while allowing the connection of additional Thunderbolt peripherals to the daisy-chain Thunderbolt port.
The enclosure also delivers strategic airflow cooling to the computer, provides a front-panel power button and USB port, and can automatically power on/off the PCIe expansion slot in unison with the Mac mini, according to the folks at Sonnet.
The RackMac mini Xserver supports one half-length, x16 (x4 mode), PCIe 2.0 card to enable the use of professional video capture cards, 8Gb Fibre...
Silverstack LT H.264 designed for DSLR movie makers
Pomfort has introduced Silverstack LT H.264, software for professional filmmakers that has been specifically developed to support the entire H.264 clip management of CanonDSLR and GoPro cameras.
Silverstack LT H.264 automatically creates back-ups of film clips and systematically prepares clips for editorial tools such as Final Cut Pro or Avid. Its designed to match the needs for offloading, inspecting, labeling, rating and commenting on produced film clips.
For checking the quality of film clips, Silverstack LT H.264 comes with pixel accurate zoom as well as channel, focus and clipping inspectors. Comments, annotations and ratings can be added directly to film clips. All information is saved within the library and travels with clips when they're transferred to editorial programs like Final Cut Pro or Avid Media Composer.
Silverstack LT H.264 requires an Intel Mac running Mac OS X 10.6 or higher. It costs US$129 and is available at the Pomfort website (http://pomfort.com/).
Seagate announces 4TB GoFlex Desk Drive
Seagate (http://www.seagate.com) is shipping a new 4TB GoFlex Desk external hard drive -- the highest capacity hard drive in the industry. What's more, this latest addition to the GoFlex Family of external hard drives showcases Seagate’s new desktop design.
The streamlined industrial design delivers a smaller footprint and better reflects the aesthetic of today’s modern offices while still providing all the benefits of previous generations of the GoFlex drives, according to Patrick Connolly, vice president and general manager of Retail products for Seagate. The new 4TB GoFlex Desk drive is now available from Seagate and will be available from select online retailers within the month for a manufacturer’s suggested retail price of US$249.99 USD.
The entire line of GoFlex Desk products will also adopt the new industrial design in the coming weeks. The GoFlex Desk for Mac external drive featuring both FireWire 800 and USB 2.0 will be available in Apple stores by the end of the month....
Elizabethan Era comes to the Macgamestore
Red Marble Games' Build-a-Lot Elizabethan Era is now available at the Macgamestore (http://www.macgamestore.com). It costs US$9.95.
Here's how the game is described: "Travel back in time to Queen Elizabeth's kingdom where challenging fun rules the realm! In this exciting new addition to the Build-a-lot series, you'll take on a host of new adventures without the aid of modern conveniences. From a single thatched house you begin your journey through Elizabethan England. With wells and windmills, crops and carpentry, you'll grow your one cob house to a full, flourishing shire! Bestow happiness upon the people as you build gardens, theaters and pubs for their amusement, and prosperity will reign with the services you so kindly provide. With many tasks to tackle and towns to visit, Build-a-lot: The Elizabethan Era is royal entertainment for all the lords and ladies."
ATTO Technology demos Thunderbolt products
ATTO Technology (http://www.attotech.com) has announced its support for Thunderbolt technology, which is included on the latest Macs.
Prosumer and Professional storage providers offering storage for demanding post-production and broadcast applications that require managed latency and data protection while maintaining stream counts can explore Thunderbolt connectivity solutions at ATTO’s stand at IBC 2011 held Sept. 9-13 at the RAI Conference Center in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, Hall 7, stand F41.
For years, typical eSATA, USB 2.0 and FireWire interface performance has maxed out at approximately 200 MB/s. Combining ATTO innovation with Thunderbolt technology gives prosumer and professional editors the ability to achieve performance levels up to 1000 MB/s of bandwidth, says Timothy Klein, president and CEO at ATTO Technology. In addition, performance of this magnitude has been out of reach for laptop and all-in-one users looking to edit multiple streams of uncompressed HD video, he...
eMedia Music announces eMedia Interactive Rock Guitar
eMedia Music Corp. (http://www.emediamusic.com) has released eMedia Interactive Rock Guitar, which has over 100 audio- and video-enhanced guitar lessons and rock gear tips.
The Animated Fretboard shows you all the fingerings. Instant Feedback helps you learn quickly and easily, according to the folks at eMedia Music. eMedia's advanced audio recognition software technology actually listens to your playing melodies and shows you whether the correct notes are played, they add
eMedia Interactive Rock Guitar lessons have full-screen videos and lessons written by Charles McCrone, a graduate of the Guitar Institute of Technology, with over 25 years of playing and teaching experience. It will be available at computer and music retail stores nationwide and online in October at an estimated retail price of US$49.95. The CD-ROM is a hybrid for both Mac OS X (10.5 and higher) and Windows (XP/Vista/Windows 7).
OWC iMac upgrade service adds $249 Solid State Drive option
Other World Computing (http://www.macsales.com) has announced a lower starting cost for installation of a 6Gb/s SSD via the OWC Turnkey Upgrade Installation Program for the mid-2011 iMac.
The program gives mid-2011 iMac owners/buyers the option of having OWC install up to three SandForce Driven OWC Mercury 6G Solid State Drives up to 480GB each. Program options also include a larger capacity hard drive up to 3TB and certified Memory Upgrades up to 32GB. Twenty-seven inch iMac owners also have the option of OWC installing the industry’s only eSATA interface and experience data transfer rates up to 600MB/s.
OWC’s installation service program offers multiple configuration options starting at US$169 with a 48 business hours or less installation turnaround. The Turnkey Upgrade Installation Program for 2011 Apple iMac is available for immediate ordering at http://eshop.macsales.com/shop/turnkey/iMac .
TrendNet offers 450Mbps wireless product family
TrendNet (http://www.trendnet.com) has announced a full line of 450Mbps wireless solutions.
The company says its 450Mbps Concurrent Dual Band Wireless N Router (US$225.99) is the first router to support 450Mbps speeds on both the 2.4GHz and 5GHz bands at the same time. Gigabit Wide Area Network and Local Area Network ports transfer wired data fast, while embedded GreenNet technology reduces power consumption by up to 70%, according to the folks at TrendNet.
The 450Mbps Dual Band Wireless N USB Adapter (pictured) upgrades laptop or desktop connectivity to 450Mbps wireless speeds and costs US$225.99. The 450Mbps Wireless N Gaming Adapter ($82.99) networks gaming consoles, televisions, and NVRs to the Internet with a 450Mbps wireless connection.
MacXDVD updates all products for Lion
MacXDVD Software (http://www.macxdvd.com) has released minor update on all its products to support Mac OS X 7 ("Lion").
This update involves all the DVD rippers, video converters, and multimedia transferring tools in its product line. MacX DVD Ripper Pro (US$49.95) works as an ultimate DVD backup and ripping software on Mac for users to rip homemade and commercial DVDs to nearly any video format such as MP4, H.264, MOV, FLV, AVI, MPEG, M4V and so on for iPad, iPhone, iPod, PSP and more.
MacX Video Converter Pro ($49.95) is an all-in-one video converter that offers conversion, video output and support for input and output formats, including MKV, M2TS, AVCHD, AVI, MPEG, MP4, H.264, MOV, FLV, RM, RMVB, WebM, etc to Mac computer, iMovie, iTunes,iPhone, iPad/iPad 2, iPod, Apple TV, PSP, and more. This video converter also features the capacity to download online videos from YouTube, Myspace, Metacafe, etc., and convert multi-track HD videos for users to choose their preferred audio...