FxFactory serves up Manifesto plug-in pack
Noise Industries has announced its latest FxFactory freebie plug-in pack, Manifesto. The titling plug-ins provide new and current FxFactory users with a way to generate titles in Apple Final Cut Pro, Final Cut Express, Motion and After Effects. Manifesto comes in two variants: a static title generator and a title roll/crawl generator.
With Manifesto, no keyframes are required for animation. The text of choice is scrolled in and out of frame automatically based on the length of the generator track. This feature also lets users match a title roll (or crawl) to the duration of a different clip.
Manifesto can reference an existing RTF file on disk, allowing users to rely entirely on an external program for text input and layout. Users can create animations at any frame rate with built-in motion blur and the ability to reduce interlacing artifacts. You can use external media to determine which portions of the title are visible, or vice versa.
Manifesto is offered as a free download via...
Linguisoft releases Grammarian PRO2 X
Linguisoft (http://www.linguisoft.com) has announced Grammarian PRO2 X, an update to their advanced grammar, spelling, AutoCorrect, and AutoType proofreading application for Mac OS X.
Grammarian PRO2 X provides an arsenal of professional writing tools to combat embarrassing writing errors. It is a universal interactive grammar checking, smart multilingual spelling checking, dictionary, thesaurus, AutoCorrect, and AutoType tool that virtually works with every program on the Mac computer.
The update has an improved user interface, offers improved performance and faster start-up, and has improved grammar and spell checking accuracy. It also checks for many new classes of grammar and spelling errors with over 250 primary writing rules.
Grammarian PRO2 X retails for US$49.95 and $25 for eligible upgrades. Upgrade and installation instructions are included with the Grammarian PRO2 X download. Grammarian PRO2 X requires Mac OS X 10.5 or later.
ITC says Kodak lawsuit against Apple is invalid
The U.S. International Trade Commission has ruled that the action brought by Kodak against Apple and Research In Motion Limited is invalid and not infringed, reports "24/7 Wall Street" (http://macte.ch/IMayK).
Kodak argued that all the digital cameras in these consumer electronic devices and smartphones were infringing Kodak’s patent and intellectual property for previewing images on digital camera-enabled devices. The Kodak patent covers the technology related to a method for previewing images.
"24/7 Wall Street" says Kodak will continue its fight and noted that the ITC had previously upheld the patent in its case against LG and Samsung. Kodak also noted that Kodak has licensed this patent in question and others to technology companies like LG, Panasonic, Motorola, Nokia, Olympus, Samsung, Sanyo, Sharp, Sony, and Sony Ericsson.
iPhones, iPads to gain NFC payment features?
Apple plans to introduce "Near-Field Communication" services in its next iteration of the iPad 2 and the iPhone for AT&T, enabling the mobile devices to be used in making purchases, according to "Bloomberg Businessweek" (http://macte.ch/v1ods).
The services are based on "Near-Field Communication," a technology that can beam and receive information at a distance of up to four inches, due to be embedded in the next iteration of the iPhone for AT&T Inc. and the iPad 2, said Richard Doherty, director of consulting firm Envisioneering Group, told " Bloomberg Businessweek." Both products are likely to be introduced this year, he said, citing "engineers who are working on hardware for the Apple project."
Apple's service may be able to tap into user information already on file, including credit-card numbers, iTunes gift-card balance and bank data, said Richard Crone, who leads financial industry adviser Crone Consulting LLC in San Carlos, California. That could make it an alternative...
IDC: Android to challenge iPad for developer mindshare
Appcelerator and IDC (http://www.idc.com) surveyed 2,235 Appcelerator Titanium developers from Jan.10-12, 2011 on perceptions surrounding mobile OS priorities, feature priorities, and mobile development plans in 2011. With 85 new, primarily Android tablets announced at CES, developers are pushing these devices to the top of their priority list.
This quarter’s report shows that Google has nearly caught up to Apple in smart phone popularity and is closing the gap in tablets. Microsoft and RIM made solid gains through their product line update, while Google TV and Apple TV interest dropped off.
As these trends unfold, IDC says it's becoming clear that the days of mobile app experimentation are over. This year, developers and businesses expect to triple their app development efforts and the average developer is now building for four different devices, says the research group.
Meanwhile, a dramatic increase in the integration of geo-location, social, and cloud-connectivity services...
Bitstream releases Pageflex Studio ID 2.0
Pageflex, a division of Bitstream (http://www.bitstream.com) has released Studio ID 2.0, a desktop variable data publishing (VDP) plug-in for Adobe InDesign. This new release adds support for Adobe Creative Suite 5 (CS5) on both the Mac and Windows platforms and the patented flex technology that enables design templates to react to variable content in a more sophisticated manner than any other VDP software solution on the market.
Using variable data lets marketers achieve a sophisticated level of personal communication with their audiences, according to Anna Magliocco-Chagnon, president and CEO, Bitstream. But creating the templates used to develop these types of communication can be a time consuming and complex process. Other technologies require graphic designers to create a range of template versions that will look graphically pleasing when different amounts of variable content are used.
Magliocco-Chagnon says flex technology automates this process, letting designers create just...
Panasonic expands ZS range of digital cameras
Panasonic has introduced the LUMIX DMC-ZS10 as the newest member of its LUMIX ZS-Series of digital cameras. It sports a 24mm ultra-wide-angle and 16x optical zoom Leica DC Vario-Elmar and features full-High Definition 1920x1080 video recording capability, a newly-adopted large 3.0-inch, 460,000-dot Smart Touch Intelligent LCD --which allows for Touch Zoom, Touch Auto Focus (AF), Touch Shutter, and Touch Playback.
The LUMIX ZS10 also features a built-in GPS (Global Positioning System) function allowing geotagged images to be pinpointed via online maps and shared with friends and families. The camera also features the new Panasonic 3D Photo mode, which produces a realistic 3D photo by taking 20 consecutive photos and overlaying the two best images that provide a 3D image that can then be played on a Panasonic VIERA 3D HDTV, according to David Briganti, Senior Product Manager, Imaging, Panasonic Consumer Electronics Company.
The format of the 3D image is compatible with MPO, and can...
Macworld: Fujitus to showcase new portable scanner
Fujitsu (http://www.fujitsu.com/us/about/platforms/fcpa/home/) will showcase its new ScanSnap S1100 ultra-portable scanner, one of the world's smallest document scanners, at this week's Macworld 2011 Conference and Expo.
The new Fujitsu ScanSnap S1100, weighing just over 12 ounces and featuring a new sleek style, fits into a briefcase or purse and digitizes your documents. The scanner utilizes its paper path system and fast front-side color scanning functionality to scan anything from contracts and long receipts to business cards and plastic IDs.
The ScanSnap S1100 is powered by a single USB cable, converts scanned data into searchable PDF files and even allows you to transform your paperwork into editable Word and Excel files. Additionally, the ScanSnap S1100 enables you to scan documents directly to Evernote and Google Docs cloud services, making paperwork and photos easy to store, share and access from just about anywhere. Pricing hasn't been announced.
New DiskStation will be iPhone, iPad-ready
Synology America Corp (http://www.synology.com) has released its latest DiskStation for home and small office use: the DS411slim. Using 2.5-inch drives, the compact DiskStation allows for full RAID redundancy while minimizing energy usage and noise.
Utilizing Synology Hybrid RAID (SHR), users can create redundant volumes up to 3TB. The DiskStation consumes fewer than 17 watts in use and 9.6 watts in hibernation. The DS411slim boasts a faster processor than the previous DS409slim and more RAM (now 256MB).
Bundled with Synology's DiskStation Manager (DSM) 3.0, the DS411slim offers numerous tools to home users. In addition to the expected file sharing and backup, DSM 3.0 includes an integrated DLNA-certified media server to stream music and videos to compatible media players.
Surveillance Station 5, Synology's included network video recorder (NVR) software, lets users turn their DiskStation into a surveillance system. Compatible with over 750 models of IP camera, Surveillance Station...
Brother rolls out new mono all-in-ones
Brother International (http://www.brother.com) has announced its newest line-up, the MFC-7000 Series. The new series includes three new mono laser all-in-one models (MFC-7360N, MFC-7460DN and MFC-7860DW) with prices ranging from US$199-$299.
The new models will be available at national office superstores, retailers, dealers and online resellers beginning in March. The new series offers a multitude of exciting value opportunities for small businesses by being the first in the category to offer duplex printing and wireless networking capabilities for under $300, says Jeff Sandler, director of marketing, Laser Products, Brother International. It also offers an optional high-capacity replacement toner cartridge that can help lower operating costs.
The flagship of the product line, the MFC-7860DW, offers a number of step-up features over the other models in the series, such as duplex printing and wireless networking. It also supports Brother iPrint&Scan, a free downloadable app,...
Macworld: MLstate announces iServer for Mac OS X
MLstate -- a start-up which was the Laureate of the French Ministry of Research Innovation Contest three years ago -- says it has rewritten the whole server technology, bringing verifiable security to web applications. The result is described as a breakthrough: all SQL and similar database injections; all buffer overflows are eliminated.
Now, thanks to this One-Pot Application (OPA) technology, creating an Intranet and other web applications is simplified. iServer is the Web 2.0 collaborative portal for Ma from MLstate. iServer features a web site, intra and extranet and a social network, all combined in one. Among its features: workgroups, blogs, forums, wikis, calendars and more.
iServer combines an exclusive technical structure introducing enhanced Administrator Experience (AX). It integrates Web 2.0 tools necessary to collaborate and communicate, and with an ongoing focus on user experience (UX).
A Mac Mini is purportedly sufficient to power a 50-people Intranet, for less than US$...
Sorenson Media releases Sorenson Squeeze 7
Sorenson Media has launched Sorenson Squeeze 7, an upgrade of the company’s video encoding application. Among its key new features are GPU acceleration, adaptive bitrate encoding and myriad new input and output formats.
Peter Csathy, CEO of Sorenson Media, says Sorenson Squeeze 7's new improvements include:
° New GPU acceleration. By utilizing GPUs, the specialized microprocessors that power graphics cards in personal computers, laptops and workstations, Sorenson Squeeze 7 delivers significantly faster encoding times. Sorenson Squeeze 7 automatically recognizes when the user’s primary CPU or GPU may be faster and will use the better resource for the encoding job. The software is optimized for CUDA, the computing architecture created by Nvidia that powers a variety of popular graphics processing units. Internal benchmark tests have shown Sorenson Squeeze 7 is up to three times faster than Sorenson Squeeze 6 when encoding in the H.264 format using GPU acceleration.
° New adaptive...
Flip Boom Classic now includes a sound library
Toon Boom Animation (http://www.toonboom.com) has released Flip Boom Classic 5, an update of the animation software for children. The upgrade includes a sound library of over 100 sounds.
Additionally, over 75 new templates have been added. Flip Boom Classic costs US$39.95 and works with Mac OS X 10.5 and higher.
Analyst offers $550 price target on Apple stock
In a note to clients -- as reported by "Barron's" (http://macte.ch/mYO9R) -- Ticonderoga Securities analyst Brian White reiterated a "buy" rating on Apple shares and an US$550 price target.
He notes that Apple’s shares, backing out $64 in cash per share, trade at just 11 times his pro-forma EPS [earnings per share] number for calendar 2011 of $25.58 this year, and just 10 times his 2012 estimate of $27.75. White says Apple may increase prof-forma earnings 37% this calendar year, but the S&P 500, which is projected to increase EPS only 11%, trades higher, at 14 times.
What's more, the analyst thinks estimates are “conservative” given continued strength in Apple's product line. He estimates cash will increase from $60 billion, roughly, at present, to $74 billion at the end of the September fiscal year, and $126 billion by September of 2013.
Analyst: iPhone just getting started in the enterprise
Chris Whitmore, an analyst at Deutsche Bank, told clients in a note -- as reported by "ZDNet" (http://macte.ch/G1LjQ) -- that the iPhone 4 just seems to be getting started in the enterprise.
"We have been testing iPhone 4 and 3GS hardware running a Good Technologies application for the past 2-3 months to trial enterprise email on iPhone for DB," he writes. "Our experience has been overwhelmingly positive. Email is served using Microsoft exchange through a Good Technologies interface which looks and feels like accessing a Gmail account on the iPhone. We found enterprise email on iPhone was a fantastic experience as it was easier/faster to access data (touch UI) than on the Blackberry. It was also great to only have to carry one device for personal and corporate email access. There were two drawbacks to the enterprise App on iPhone using Good: 1) ‘pull email’ was limiting as it doesn’t fetch emails in the background (other UIs like MobileIron allow ‘push email’), and 2) the hardware...
iPhone sales top two million in South Korea
The number of iPhone users has surpassed two million in South Korea in a little more than one year of its local debut, its distributor said Sunday -- as reported by "Trading Markets" (http://macte.ch/UGKE7).
Two million iPhones were activated in South Korea as of Jan. 20, including 1.03 million units of the iPhone 4, and 977,000 units of the iPhone 3GS, KT Corp. said in a statement. KT, South Korea's second-largest mobile carrier, introduced the smartphone in November 2009.
South Korea's smartphone market is estimated to have reached 6.1 million units in 2010 and is forecast to jump to 16.2 million this year, according to KT.
Mellel 2.8 offers unlimited upgrades, lowers price
RedleX (http://www.mellel.com) has announced Mellel 2.8, an upgrade to its word processor for Mac OS X. Mellel heads in a new direction in preparation to joining the Mac App Store.
Mellel 2.8, introducing Track Changes and advanced Sort, comes with a much lower price tag - 20 percent across the board (US$39 instead of $49 for the regular version, $29 instead of $35 for the educational version) and eliminates for-pay upgrades. All upgrades from now on will be completely free to all Mellel users.
"Apple's Mac App Store, where Mellel is headed, is a game changer -- a revolution in the making, that's going to shake the Mac Software development to the core," says Eyal Redler, RedleX's CTO. "The Mac software market grows in leaps and bounds -- it quadrupled over the last few years and now runs at a pace of more than 16 million new Macs every year. Most of the people who buy those machines are newcomers who were weaned on buying music and applications from within the Apple store -- buying...
Apple iPhone ad says 'two is better than one'
Apple has launched a new ad touting the upcoming Verizon iPhone without criticizing AT&T. In fact, the ad says "two is better than one" when talking about iPhone carriers.
The commercial shows two iPhone 4s side by side with users tapping, scrolling and pinching their way through iPhone apps and features. Existing Verizon customers will be able to begin pre-orders on Feb. 3 with general availability on Feb. 10.
Researcher: iPad won't sport 2048 x 1536 resolution until...
It's been reported that the iPad 2 will sport an astounding resolution of 2048 x 1536. IDC research manager Tom Mainelli thinks the Apple tablet will indeed sport such a high resolution -- but not until generation 3.
"Our sources say Apple has requested that manufacturers begin work on displays with that resolution for the iPad 3," he tells "PC World" (http://macte.ch/xHlHR). "I don't believe anybody is ready to produce that resolution in volumes at this point. And Apple is going to require huge volumes for the iPad 2."
Media tablet shipments will grow from about 17 million units in 2010 to 44.6 million units in 2011, IDC forecasts. Apple iPads made up 90% of the tablet volume in the third quarter of 2010.
"We expect Apple to continue to own the lion's share of that market in 2011," Mainelli told "PC World."
Secrets of Da Vinci available at the Mac App Store
Coladia (http://www.colodia.com) is very pleased to announce The Secrets of Da Vinci: The Forbidden Manuscript is now available on the Mac App Store for Mac OS X 10.5 and higher. It's an US$14.99 game game created about the life and work of Leonardo Da Vinci.
Here's how the game is described: "Players come to discover and delve inside the mysteries surrounding the hidden enigmas of the works of the great genius. The Secrets of Da Vinci: The Forbidden Manuscript is a major investigation and adventure game, a thrilling mystical quest into the heart of the Renaissance.
"Valdo, an ambitious young apprentice working for Da Vinci's disciple Francesco Melzi, is extremely disappointed when the scholar suddenly dismisses him. However, shortly afterwards, he receives a letter from a mysterious patron, asking him to locate one of the great master's missing codices. To access Da Vinci's last residence, the Manoir du Cloux near Ambroise, Valdo tells its new occupant, a courtesan by the name of...
StretchPro is video-guided stretching app for Mac OS X
Fountainhead International has introduced StretchPro 1.0 for Mac OS X (10.5 and higher) and Windows systems. It's a video-guided stretching app.
Users can set reminders to perform simple stretches to help avoid muscle strain, fatigue, stress, and injury. Videos demonstrate the correct way to exercise the eyes, neck, shoulders, back, chest, fingers, wrists, and legs. Users may select any one of 26 videos, focus on one area, or view them all.
The app can be set to provide reminders three ways: fixed interval (e.g., every two hours), specific time (e.g., daily at 3 pm), or keyboard strokes & mouse movements (e.g., every 10,000 keystrokes). StretchPro 1.0 is normally US$10, but is available now at the special introductory price of $5. You can download it from the Fountainhead International Group web site (http://www.fountainheadint.com).
MailShoot 2 for Mac OS X works with iWeb, MobileMe
Rage Software has released MailShoot 2.0 (http://www.ragesw.com/products/mailshoot.html), the new version of the US$69.95 newsletter and mailing list management software for Mac OS X 10.5 and higher. The upgrade lets you instantly create newsletter subscription forms so your visitors can sign up to your mailing list right from your web site.
MailShoot works with iWeb and MobileMe hosted web sites without any additional web site requirements or set-up. With the software, you can instantly publish an online subscription
form that your web site visitors can fill out and sign up to your newsletter.
MailShoot lets you send out personalized email updates and announcements to your entire mailing list -- or to segments of your list. It takes away all the hassle in running a complete mailing list for all your important customers, says the gang at Rage Software.
Fabrix releases the Satchel for the MacBook Air
Fabrix (http://www.fabrixcases.com) has announced the Satchel felt cases for the new Macbook Air 11.6-inch and 13.3-inch notebooks. These old school inspired cases are made using industrial grade 100% wool felt and matched with tanned brown calf leather.
Taking several design cues from the traditional satchel bags, the satchel is a slim remix that's custom-fitted to the for the new Macbook Air models. Its design revolves around a flap that's flanked by two leather straps, riveted with sets of bronze hardware. A specially designed adjustable sling strap comes together with the case and can be attached to the top of the case for full slinging action.
The Satchel is available in two sizes, one for the Macbook Air 11.6-inch and the larger version fitted for the Macbook Air 13.3-inch. The prices are US$79.90 and $89.90, respectively.
Apple iPhone ad says 'two is better than one'
Apple has launched a new ad touting the upcoming Verizon iPhone without criticizing AT&T. In fact, the ad says "two is better than one" when talking about iPhone carriers.
The commercial shows two iPhone 4s side by side with users using various iPhone apps. Existing Verizon customers will be able to place pre-orders on Feb. 3 with general availability on Feb. 10.
Mounties Feedback Trainer comes to Mac App Store
Stairways Software (http://www.stairways.com) has released Mounties Feedback Trainer 1.0 on the Mac App Store for US$9.99. The app was designed to help you learn to correctly identify feedback tone frequencies, a skill needed by budding sound engineers and useful for any musician.
You can use Mounties Feedback Trainer train your ear to detect the various frequencies and then test yourself to see how well you know which frequency is which. It includes includes a built-in equalizer so you can adjust the volume of the tones for the variable output of your particular speakers. Mounties Feedback Trainer requires Mac OS X 10.6.6 or greater.
Apple’s App Store downloads top 10 billion
Apple says more than 10 billion apps have been downloaded from its Apple App Store by the more than 160 million iPhone, iPod touch and iPad users worldwide.
The 10 billionth app downloaded, Paper Glider, was purchased by Gail Davis of Orpington, Kent, UK. As the winner of the App Store Countdown to 10 Billion Apps, Gail Davis will receive an US$10,000 iTunes Gift Card.
“With more than 10 billion apps downloaded in just two and a half years -- a staggering seven billion apps in the last year alone -- the App Store has surpassed our wildest dreams," said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing, in a press release. “The App Store has revolutionized how software is created, distributed, discovered and sold. While others try to copy the App Store, it continues to offer developers and customers the most innovative experience on the planet.”
The Apple App Store offers more than 350,000 apps to iPhone, iPod touch and iPad users in 90 countries around the...
Apple hires new director of global security?
Apple has allegedly named a new director of global security -- David Rice, who's currently a consulting director of policy reform for the U.S. Cyber Consequences Unit, a faculty member at the Institute for Applied Network Security, and director of The Monterey Group, a cyber-security consulting firm, reports "PC Mag" (http://macte.ch/1NbEW).
Apple hasn't confirmed such a hire. Speculation suggests that Rice will be heavily involved in enterprise security surrounding the iPad and iPhone, "an area that Apple's been interested in for some time now," says "PC Mag."
Those who know Rice describe him as a deeply respected name in IT security circles who not only can speak the kind of language that makes CIOs comfortable, but can also back up that language with the skills and knowledge to match, says Arik Hesseldahl at "NewEnterprise" (http://macte.ch/9lVHt).
SilverCocoa serves up Wines 1.0 for Mac OS X
SilverCocoa has served up Wines 1.0 (http://www.silvercocoa.com/wines), offered exclusively on the Mac App Store. Wine lovers, collectors or enthusiasts can add to their collection, take notes, rate it and more.
Wines lets you track a collection, cellar, or simply which wines you tasted recently and enjoyed. By rating, commenting and classifying your wines by country, region, varietal, price, and much more, you can find which wine you are looking for quickly.
Adding new wines is facilitated with the help of the Snooth database. Just enter the name of the wine you are looking for and 90% of the time, it will be found in the database and information will be filled in for you. With the Smart Image Finder you will find bottle or label images for most wines. If you can't find one, use the integrated webcam feature to snap a picture of a bottle and use it in the application.
Wines requires Mac OS X 10.6.6 or higher. For a limited time, it's offered at the discount price of $9.99. Wines can...
Bare Bones updates BBEdit, TextWrangler
Bare Bones Software (http://www.barebones.com) has updated BBEdit and TextWrangler for Mac OS X.
BBEdit 9.6.3, an update to its strength HTML and text editor, is a maintenance release that fixes reported issues and adds several refinements. The update is available free of charge to all registered BBEdit 9 customers. For new users it has a suggested retail price of US$125. Any registered owner of BBEdit prior to version 9.x can upgrade for $30.
TextWrangler 3.5.3 is an update to the text editor. The new version is a maintenance release that fixes reported issues. All Mac OS X users may download TextWrangler 3.5.3 free of charge from the Mac App Store or the Bare Bones Software web site.
MacPractice MD 4.1 is 2011/2012 compliant
MacPractice (http://www.macpractice.com), an Apple developer of practice management and clinical software on Macs and iPhones for medical and dental offices, says its MacPractice MD 4.1 is 2011/2012 compliant and was certified as a Complete EHR on Jan. 5 by the Certification Commission for Health Information Technology (CCHIT), an ONC-ATCB.
This is in accordance with the applicable Eligible Provider certification criteria adopted by the Secretary of Health and Human Services. The 2011/2012 criteria support the Stage 1 meaningful use measures required to qualify eligible providers and hospitals for funding under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), says Mark Hollis, president of MacPractice.
The ONC-ATCB 2011/2012 certification program tests and certifies that Complete EHRs meet all of the 2011/2012 criteria and EHR Modules meet one or more -- but not all -- of the criteria approved by the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) for either eligible provider or...
Mailings for Mac OS X updated to version 2.0.01
Limit Point Software has released Mailings 2.0.01, an update of the application for batch emailing that delivers any web page or plain text document with attachments to multiple recipients for marketing, news announcements, product updates, etc.
Mailings delivers web pages, plain or HTML text documents to multiple recipients for marketing, news announcements, product updates etc. It integrates with mail clients, most common browsers, Address Book and Entourage.
Mailings is Universal Binary so runs natively on both PowerPC and Intel Macs. It requires Mac OS X 10.4.4 or higher. It costs US$19.99 and is available at the Mac App Store. A demo can be downloaded at the product web site, (http://www.limit-point.com/Mailings/Mailings.html).
Launch2net update supports Nokia CS18, CS19 surfsticks
Nova media has updated launch2net Premium (http://www.novamedia.de) its 3G connection manager with the ability to share your Mac's 3G connection with iPads and other devices. Version 2.1.2 offers support for Nokia's high speed surfsticks CS18 and CS19.
Launch2net Premium can replace different connection managers from network operators and modem manufacturers, making a mobile online experience much more enjoyable, says Jan Fuellemann, PR spokesperson at nova media. Using the integrated Mobile Hub, the 3G connection can instantly be shared with iPads, iPod touches and other WLAN capable devices, he adds. Besides the ability to establish a 3G connection with most modems and most network operators, launch2net Premium offers a full fledged SMS text message manager as well as a statistics.
Launch2net Premium 2.1.2 is available today for download at nova media's web site. It's a free update for current users. For new users a single license of launch2net Premium is priced at approximately US...
Verizon iPhone's Personal Hotspot will pause web data when...
Verizon tells "The LA Times" (http://macte.ch/WuCA1) the Verizon iPhone 4's Personal Hotspot feature will pause web data when a call is taken on the handset.
Ken Muche, a Verizon spokesman, said that the company has a policy of pausing any web data on any phone with Wi-Fi hotspot capabilities when a call comes in and is answered, so as to maintain the call's quality.
"If you do two things at once and you do both of them poorly, what's the point?," Muche told the "Times." "That's part of the reason we don't have the same dropped call issues that other carriers do. We really do believe that a phone is only as good as the network it's on and this is the way we have always looked at it and that's why we aren't willing to sacrifice call quality."
While using the Personal Hotspot on the Verizon iPhone, or any other phone with the feature if a call isn't answered web data will go on uninterrupted, he said. If a call is answered, the web data is paused and the Wi-Fi signal returns when the...
Belgium competition minister eyeing 'unfair' Apple...
Apple wrote to European publishers earlier this month outlawing the private exchange when a reader downloads a mag or newspaper from within an app. Apple says subscriptions must use the company's own billing mechanism with Apple getting a 30% cut.
However, Belgium competition minister Vincent van Quickborne doesn't think this is fair and has launched a "rapid" competition investigation into the issue, reports "The Register" (http://macte.ch/DDN5v). On the other hand, Apple doesn't have a monopoly share of the digital reader market, so "it might be hard to make that one stick," the article says.
News Corp's Project Alesia was created with the intention of offering a licensing system to all comers on equitable terms. However, "the print industry didn't have the brains to join in" and the 100-man project was dismantled last autumn, says "The Register."
Analyst: Apple invests in 'tens of millions' of iOS...
The most likely use of Apple's secret US$3.9 billion long-term supply investment is for tens of millions of displays for the iPhones and iPads the company plans to sell in the near future, Morgan Stanley analyst Katy Huberty said in a note to investors, as reported by "AppleInsider" (http://www.appleinsider.com).
She estimated that Apple's $3.9 billion investment could purchase about 136 million iPhone displays, or approximately 60 million iPad displays. If those displays were coupled with touch panels, the money could buy Apple 100 million iPhone panels, or 40 million for the iPad, Huberty adds.
DataMind Srl announces Jade Plugin 3.0 for Apple's Aperture...
DataMind Srl has announced Jade Plugin 3.0, an update of the digital image processing plug-in for Aperture, Apple's professional photographer application.
Based on DataMind's digital image processing applications, Jade and Beryl, Jade Plugin implements algorithms to enhance color, contrast and dynamic range, remove red-eye effect and remove noise. Jade Plugin is an image enhancement tool that will automatically improve digital images directly in Aperture.
Jade will use its proprietary algorithms to enhance color, contrast and dynamics, automatically detect and remove red-eye effect and to reduce noise. In addition, it provides manual controls to fine-tune the intensity value, increase the contrast and apply the color correction for unbalanced images. The red-eye removal can be tuned by setting the threshold level, the intensity of correction and by directly selecting the eye or image area to be corrected.
Jade Plugin requires Mac OS X 10.5.6 or higher and Aperture 2.1 or later. It...
iFunia releases 3DGallery for Mac OS X
iFunia has announced 3DGallery for Macintosh. It's a 3D photo gallery maker that can turn digital photos into a flash image presentation.
Users can view their photos in 3D and upload the 3D flash photo gallery to liven up web sites or blogs. You can add photos and music and choose from a variety of preset 3D flash gallery templates to create personalized flash galleries for sharing.
iFunia 3DGallery for Mac is priced at US$39.95 for a personal license. A commercial license is also available. For more info or a demo go to the iFunia web site (http://www.ifunia.com).
Report: 65% of Apple's sales came from iOS devices
The iPhone and iPad generated US$15 billion of revenue for Apple last quarter. In addition, the iPod touch generated about $2.3 billion, implying that iOS based devices were responsible for sales of $17.3 billion -- or 65% of Apple's revenue, says the asymco research group (http://macte.ch/J7SsG).
Mac OS X powered hardware generated 20% of sales. The sale of Mac OS X software (both the operating system and applications for it) accounted for another $786 million or 3% of total. In addition, asymco suggests the proportion of sales due to apps in the Apple App Store is nearly half, or another $600 million (a bit more than 2%).
Apple adds suppliers for iPhone 5
Apple has added Foxconn Electronics, Foxlink, Gold Circuit Electronics and Epistar as component suppliers for the upcoming iPhone 5, scheduled for launch during the summer (or perhaps the fall), says Chinese-language "Economic Daily News " -- as reported by "DigiTimes" (http://macte.ch/9Ph5X).
Foxconn will become the iPhone 5's new earphone supplier, the article says. With a shortage of HDI boards, Apple has also purportedly added GCE as a supplier, but will continue to source from Compeq Manufacturing and Unimicron Technology. And ED chipmaker Epistar could break into Apple's supply chain after forming a strategic alliance with Japan's Toyoda Gosei, which also provides Epistar access to Toyoda technologies, says "DigiTimes."
FontDoctor 8 is in the house
FontGear has released FontDoctor 8 for Macintosh. It's an update of the font problem diagnosis and repair utility for graphic designers and the publishing industry.
The new version can identify and fix common font related problems that often interrupt creative workflow and production, according to the folks at FontGear. FontDoctor can also optimize workflow by creating a library of manageable font files and folders organized by font foundry name, family name, and more.
Version 8 introduces an updated interface, faster diagnosis and repair, enhanced reporting with charts, updated font cache cleaning, and a new font comparison tool used to contrast the unique properties of separate font files side-by-side.
FontDoctor 8 is available for US$69.99 for a single user license, and $350 for a site license. Version 7.x users can upgrade to version 8 for $19.99.
FontDoctor 8 is compatible with Mac OS X 10.4 and higher. Purchases, upgrades and a demo version are available from the FontGear web...
Apple updates 'Purchase Policies' web page
Apple has updated its “Purchase Policies” web page (http://macte.ch/Ui8ZC) to reflect the end of re-stocking fees on opened Apple products, reports "ifoAppleStore" (http://www.infoapplestore.com).
As previously reported, the change was sparked by the addition of Personal Set-Up services to each purchase of a Mac or iPod, which includes the unboxing of the product. Previously, product returns were accepted within 14 days without a re-stocking fee, but only if the product box was un-opened. Now, since the Specialist or customer opens the product within the store, a re-stocking fee on opened products is no longer appropriate, says "ifoAppleStore."
Apple restates pledge for safe working conditions
Apple restated its pledge to provide safe working conditions for workers assembling of its products after environmental groups in China released a report criticizing the tech company for failing to be transparent about its suppliers, reports "IDG News" (http://macte.ch/JcG1Z).
"Apple is committed to ensuring the highest standards of social responsibility throughout our supply base," Apple spokeswoman Carolyn Wu said in a statement. The company requires all suppliers to sign up to Apple's code of conduct before the contracts are made. Compliance is then monitored through factory audits and measures to correct violations, says IDG.
Apple has recently beenranked last out of 29 global technology companies in terms of responsiveness and transparency to health and environmental concerns in China, according to a Beijing-based nonprofit group -- as reported by "Bloomberg Businessweek" (http://macte.ch/sxl1j).
BT Group Plc and Hewlett-Packard Co. were among the highest ranked companies, Ma...
Apple releases new Brother printer, scanner drivers
Apple has released new Brother printer and scanner drivers for Mac OS X 10.6.
Both require Mac OS X 10.6 or higher. You can find the drivers here (http://support.apple.com/kb/HT3669#brother). Or you can obtain 'em via the Software Updates component of Mac OS X's Systems Preferences app.
Christofle, LaCie reveal Galet USB Key
Christofle and LaCie have introduced Galet, an USB key with design by Christofle, a French luxury brand. It costs US$139 and comes with 4GB of storage.
Here's how it's described: "Hand-crafted in France, each piece is individually plated with precious silver through Christofle’s 150 year-old silvering process. Then it is carefully inspected for a smooth finish and radiant polish, which guarantees its excellence. The Galet is assembled and hand packed in a charming gift box at LaCie’s factory in Paris, ensuring each Galet represents the finest presentation and quality. Once the process is complete, the result is a timeless gift that will bring convenience and luxury to one’s daily life."
The Galet includes LaCie’s Private-Public software with password protection. The Galet is available in Christofle boutiques worldwide, as well as the LaCie Online Store (http://www.lacie.com).
TimeTag is new time sheet app for Mac OS X
Capparsa has debuted TimeTag (http://www.capparsa.com) at the Mac App Store. It's a personal time sheet application that allows you to create and use descriptive tags to track the time spent on your day's activities.
Time Tag avoids the long list of time records and instead automatically and intelligently groups together hours by activity. This allows the user to know where his day went without the need for a calculator and spreadsheet app.
TimeTag, originally an iOS-only app, was completely re-designed for the Mac. You can categorize tags, so a group of tags can be "Being Productive" or "Leisure Time."
TimeTag also features a filter that allows the user to pull up a specific subset of records. There can be combined with the export feature, which lets you export all or some of your records for use in other apps.
Time Tag requires Mac OS X 10.6.6. It costs US$4.99 and is available exclusively through the Mac App Store in the Productivity category.
Akvis NatureArt adds Frost effect
Akvis (http://www.akvis.com) has upgraded Akvis NatureArt -- a tool for "imitating the magnificence of natural phenomena on your digital photos" -- to version 2.0.
In addition to the six nature effects previously offered by NatureArt (Rain, Sun, Water, Lightning, Clouds, and Fire), version 2.0 offers a new nature effect: Frost. The Frost effect allows you to adorn an image with an openwork of frost crystals. Also in the new version is the possibility to save/load selections.
What's more, version 2.0 of NatureArt introduces the ability to create new images. The New Image dialog provides a choice of default presets for creating your own postcards, posters, and other projects. You can create nature scenes from scratch, such as converting a blank background into a sea view or a night sky with scattered, glistening stars. You can even draw a unique picture with the help of NatureArt's effects.
Akvis NatureArt is available in two editions, as an independent program (standalone) and as a...
TinyBooks Pro now a native Mac OS X app
Ken Winograd and Space-Time Associates (http://www.winograd.com) has updated TinyBooks Pro, its Mac accounting and bookkeeping program, to version 7.0.5. It's now a native Mac application and requires an Intel-based Mac running OSX. (Rosetta is no longer required.)
The new TinyBooks Pro also includes Quarterly Bottom Line Reports, TypeAhead Comments, support for keyboard navigation, mouse scroll wheels, easier backups, resizable windows, and more.
TinyBooks Pro is a single-entry bookkeeping and accounting system designed for sole proprietors, home and other small businesses, and family finances. To use you enter your expenses and income, and TinyBooks Pro does the rest. Current and year-to-date on-the-fly totals are continually displayed. Fully automatic bar-charting of all expense and income accounts make the determination of monthly trends intuitively obvious, according to the folks at Space-Time Associates.
TinyBooks Pro 7.0.5 is exclusively for Intel-based Macs and is available...
Sync iTunes across devices and user libraries with SuperSync 4.0
SuperSync 4.0 (http://www.supersync.com) has been rebuilt from the ground up to let users sync iTunes libraries across multiple computers and accounts. Now you can access and merge music and video with another SuperSync library, computer, hard drive, network volume, iPhone, iPad, or iPod.
SuperSync eliminates duplication by allowing merging across user accounts and libraries. Users now have an "all access pass" to their iTunes content, says SuperSync President Brad Lowe.
SuperSync 4.0 is available for purchase online for as US$29 for a two-pack, $39 for a five-pack, and $49 for a 10-pack. SuperSync 4.0 is a free upgrade for all current SuperSync owners.
Troi Automatisering releases URL Plug-in 2.5 for FileMaker Pro...
Troi Automatisering has announced the availability of Troi URL Plug-in 2.5 for FileMaker Pro 11.
Troi URL Plug-in can help you fill in forms on the Internet, all from FileMaker Pro. It also retrieves data or images from web sites. Version 2.5 adds compatibility with Windows 7 and with FileMaker Pro 11. It also adds new features like improved proxy support and image handling and more.
A fully functional demo version of Troi URL Plug-in 2.5 is available for downloading from Troi's web site (http://www.troi.com/software/urlplugin.html).
Troi URL Plug-in 2.5 works with FileMaker Pro 9, 10 and 11. The plug-in can also be used with runtimes created by FileMaker Pro Advanced 9, 10 or 11. The plug-in is available for Mac OS X 10.5.7 or higher, Windows XP Professional, Windows XP Home Edition (SP 3), Windows Vista or Windows 7.
Licenses cost US$69 per user. Details on developer licenses and multi-user discounts can be found on theTroi Automatisering web site.
Troi URL Plug-in 2.5 also works...
MultiMode update fixes text macro related bugs
Black Cat Systems has updated MultiMode (http://www.blackcatsystems.com/software/multimodeOSX.html), a Mac OS X application that lets your Mac decode several different modes of non-voice communication often heard on shortwave, to version 6.2.3. This version corrects some bugs related to text macros.
MultiMode is an US$89 application that lets your Mac decode and transmit several different modes of non-voice communication often heard on shortwave and ham radio. It allows you to decode and display Morse Code, RTTY, FAX, SSTV, ACARS, PSK31 and many other modes on your Mac, without any extra hardware. MultiMode now also allows you to transmit in most of the modes of operation.
MultiMode Lite is also available, which offers reception of CW, RTTY, and FAX modes only. MultiMode Lite is ideal for sailors who need to be able to view weather charts and reports, but don't need the extra modes, or transmit capability.