Handy Calculator available in the Mac App Store
The Alice Dev Team (http://alicedev.com/) has introduces Handy Calculator 1.0 for Mac OS X (10.6.6 an higher). It's an US$1.99 utility that allows users to input and check entire sequences of arithmetic operations, including parentheses, before pressing the "=" key.
Handy Calculator is available worldwide through the Mac App Store in the Utilities category. Designed as a real-world calculator for use with Mac apps, it features an oversized keypad and display window, white numerals on a black background, single click copying and pasting into and from the display, and 80% transparency when inactive.
Developer Stanislav Kuptsov says Handy Calculator has been designed for simplicity and style. Its oversize keypad and display, nearly half the height of the screen, makes input using a mouse easy, he adds.
Updated Paradise Beach 2 comes to the Mac App Store
Nevosoft (http://nevosoft.com/) has launched a new update for Paradise Beach 2: Around the World for Mac. It requires Mac OS X 10.6 or later and costs US$6.99. Paradise Beach 2 is available at the Mac App Store in the Games category.
Here's how the game is described: "Paradise beach 2 is a building simulation game and a worthy continuation of the first part. Unlike other games of this genre, both parts of Paradise Beach offer new and welcome complexity, which involves strategic and divergent thinking. Once again the goal is to create the perfect beach resort for others, making everybody satisfied and happy. This update includes many improvements game enthusiasts are sure to love.
"Players will help manage a family businesses on eight different islands. After finishing the story mode - which can easy take up to seven hours - one can enjoy the sandbox mode, or try to replay levels for a better rating and obtain all of the awards. Each of the eight islands varies in landscape, each with...
Code Pilot with Xcode 4 support has landed
Macoscope has released the new version of its Xcode plugin, Code Pilot. Now the app is fully integrated with Xcode 4 and sports a new user interface.
Code Pilot is an .xcplugin bundle that integrates with Xcode runtime, gaining access to its internals and interacting with the user as a single application. It enhances IDE and allows programmers browse through files and other parts of projects in a rapid manner, according to the folks at Macoscope.
After a year of development, there are version 1.2.4 for Xcode 3 (Xcode 3 lovers can still buy it) and version 2.0 for Xcode 4. Code Pilot 2.0 is available on the Code Pilot website (http://codepilot.cc) and new users can use it for free for 10 days.
Everyone who bought CP 1.x in 2011 before the 2.0 version's release will get the new version free. Holders of 1.x license from before 2011 get the 2.0 upgrade with a 50% discount. For new users Code Pilot 2.0 will be priced the same as the previous version: $29.95.
Diagrammix for Mac OS X gets maintenance update
Deep IT has updated Diagrammix, a Mac OS X diagramming tool for building attractive diagrams with minimal effort, to version 1.2.1. It's a maintenance update.
You can use Diagrammix as a fast business tool for illustration purposes. It offers several art elements and different connectors that let users prepare elements in vector drawing editors. Diagrammix has several palettes with elements specially designed for this release.
Once elements are connected by a line, they stay connected no matter how much you change them or move them around. That means the logical integrity of your diagram is preserved regardless of how you choose to position the elements. There are several connector styles: thin, thick, solid, dashed, dotted, with different arrows and colors, all with predefined styles. Work can be saved in a number of formats including JPEG, PNG, TIFF, PDF or copied to text processors via a clipboard.
Diagrammix costs US$9.95 and requires Mac OS X 10.5 or later; a demo is available...
AppDelete for Mac OS X updated to version 3.1.4
Reggie Ashworth has updated AppDelete (http://reggie.ashworth.googlepages.com/appdelete), an application deleting app for Mac OS X, to version 3.1.6. It's a maintenance update.
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 date.
The items you delete will be moved to the...
BatchOutput Server now compatible with InDesign CS 5.5
Zevrix Solutions has updated BatchOutput Server (http://zevrix.com/BatchOutputServer.php), an output workflow automation solution for Adobe InDesign, to version 4.7.5. The new version makes BatchOutput Server compatible with the recently released Adobe InDesign CS 5.5.
Under BatchOutput Server workflow, production artists and prepress operators simply submit files to hotfolders that reside on the network. BatchOutput Server automatically outputs the files from its dedicated station using hotfolder settings, and will auto-activate document fonts as well.
BatchOutput 4.7.5 can be purchased from the Zevrix Solutions web site for US$699.95, as well as from authorized resellers. A demo is available for download. BatchOutput 4.2.8 is available for Mac OS X 10.4 and higher, a Universal Binary, and works with Adobe InDesign CS-CS4.
Remember our soldiers on Memorial Day
MacNews and MacTech will be running a limited update schedule today in honor of Memorial Day. Originally called Decoration Day, is a day to remember those who have died in our nation's service. Remember our soldiers, past and present, and have a safe and wonderful holiday.
Take Control books release Mac Fitness trilogy
TidBITS Publishing has announced that author Joe Kissell has completed his Mac Fitness book trilogy with the release of "Take Control of Speeding Up Your Mac," which joins the new second edition of "Take Control of Troubleshooting Your Mac" and the recently revised "Take Control of Maintaining Your Mac."'
The 196-page "Take Control of Speeding Up Your Mac" is a compendium of detailed explanations, specific directions, and tips for testing and tuning a Mac. In it, Kissell explains how each component of a Mac contributes to its performance, and shows where bottlenecks can appear that can cause a previously swift machine to bog down with the dreaded spinning pizza of death cursor. The ebook
version is available for US$15 at http://www.takecontrolbooks.com/speeding-mac .
Kissell also addresses the needs of those whose Macs have problems beyond sluggish performance. Within the 110 pages of his newly revised second edition of "Take Control of Troubleshooting Your Mac," the author provides...
Graphic Node releases 10 new iWeb themes
Graphic Node (http://www.graphicnode.com/) has updated its selection of products for iWeb, Apple's web site creation app, with 10 additional themes. The new themes range from the "warm and cozy" Family Album to the bright Fantasy World to the "modern and bold" Calendar Days.
The set also includes a number of business-oriented themes with more understated styling, such as Plain View and Transparent. Each theme features customization capabilities.
Users can view samples of the themes and purchase iWeb Themes on the Graphic Node website. After the product is downloaded and installed on a computer, the new themes will automatically appear in Themes Chooser.
The themes require Apple iWeb 2.0 or later. The iWeb Themes Bundle costs US$49; each theme is $12.99 if purchased separately.
Aquafadas releases Comic Composer for Mac OS X
Aquafadas (http://www.aquafadas.com) has presented Comic Composer, a software application built for the creation of interactive digital comic books, at Book Expo America. It's designed to complement Aquafadas’ suite of digital publishing tools.
Comic Composer makes it easy to get your comic books to the next level and publish them to iPhone, iPad, Android, Facebook or your blog, according to the folks at Aquafadas. The company already offers plug-ins for Adobe InDesign and QXP to create rich-design interactive apps based on print books, magazines and brochures.
Comic Composer allows you to easily transform your comics into animated comics by adding transition effects, zoom and camera movements. It adds guided reading to comic book.
Creating a digital version of your comic is the first step towards its publication on tablets and smartphones. The second step is to create the iPad or iPhone application with AVE AppFactory, Aquafadas’ application generator. You can create a Comic Book...
Land-a Panda lands at the Mac App Store
Big Pixel Studios has released a Mac version of their iOS game, Land-a-Panda (http://macte.ch/xqng8). It requires Mac OS X 10.6 or higher and costs US$1.99.
Here's how the game is described: "The world's panda population is in decline, and Land-a Panda's mission is to resolve this crisis. Players control a young lovestruck male panda called Yang Guang, whose goal is to meet his dream partner, a female panda called Tian Tian, in this highly innovative puzzle game. Players must use a variety of unique cannons, pickups, and obstacles to blast Yang Guang within reach of the beautiful Tian Tian, although it's important to collect some golden coins along the way or she may not be impressed!
"This clever new title has been fully optimized for Mac OS X, with both mouse and keyboard controls, full screen support, and beautiful High Definition graphics. Featuring a total of one hundred levels spanning five different worlds, and with more planned for future updates, it will keep even the most...
DEVONthink, DEVONnote revved to version 2.1
DEVONtechnologies (http://www.devontechnologies.com) says all editions of its information manager DEVONthink and the intelligent note-taking application DEVONnote are now available in version 2.1.
Version 2.1 includes over 50 new features, enhancements, and bug fixes -- from the rewritten "Clip to DEVONthink" function, a new support assistant, and savable workspaces to an overhauled Sorter.
The Clip to DEVONthink function improves compatibility by no longer injecting the user interface into the web page from which it was called but using a native panel, says Eric Bohnisch-Volkmann, DEVONtechnologies' president. This also allows selecting the database and group where the clipping is saved to and auto-completion for tags.
A new welcome and support assistant greets new users with an introduction screencast, tips, tutorials, and downloadable extras. The regularly updated tips and tutorials give hands-on advice and explain the most commonly used tasks in DEVONthink and DEVONnote step-by-...
Cookie Stumbler for Mac OS X baked to version 1.2.4
WriteIt! Studios has updated Cookie Stumbler (http://www.writeitstudios.com), an application to keep your Mac's privacy safe, to version 1.2.4. The app's schedules can now be extended by actions like Growl Notifications, Clean AppStore Cookies, Voice Notifications and others available for free from WriteIt! Studios' Extension Galleries.
Cookie Stumbler includes tools to detect ad/tracking cookies. It features schedules, on-click filter and automator actions to make the process customizable. The app requires Mac OS X 10.5 or higher.
With Cookie Stumbler you can scan and track cookies, then remove them with a single click. It supports Google Chrome, Firefox, OmniWeb, Chromium, Safari and Flash cookies,
Cookie Stumbler comes with a one-year subscription to WriteIt's update service, which includes software and definition updates. Subscription extensions will be available for $10 for one year and $17 for two years for both, single and family licenses. WriteIt! Studios is offering the...
MacPractice announces ANSI 5010 EClaims preparedness
MacPractice -- an Apple developer of practice management and clinical software for physicians, dentists, chiropractors, and eye care professionals for Macs, iPhones, and iPads -- has assured all MacPractice clients and prospective users of its preparedness for the new ANSI 5010 EDI (Electronic Data Interchange) format required on Jan. 1, 2012.
MacPractice has been working on behalf of doctors with its medical and dental clearinghouse partners since the end of last year to avoid potential interruption or delay of insurance payments and other EDI transactions such as eligibility verification and Electronic Remittance Advice (ERA) due to the change in formats from ANSI 4010A1 to ANSI 5010, scheduled to take place in seven months, says President Mark Hollis. Contrary to what heath care providers have been told, MacPractice users need do nothing to prepare for 5010 now, he adds.
"There is no additional data that the office is required to collect at this time. MacPractice users do not and...
Sandvox for Mac OS X revved to version 2.0.4
Karelia Software has updated Sandvox (http://www.karelia.com/download/sandvox.html), their web creation software for Mac OS X, to version 2.0.4. The upgrade is now localized in German and Brazilian Portuguese.
In addition to localization in two new languages, Sandvox 2.0.4 is a maintenance release that includes fixes to reported issues, and is available free of charge to currently registered customers.
Sandvox features drag and drop web site assembly, live editing without a preview mode, 50 designs, 11 page types, and 19 different pagelets. Version 2.0.4 is available for download and purchase from Karelia's web site.
Sandvox 2.0.4 is priced at US$77 and available directly from Karelia Software. Registered owners of Sandvox 1.x are eligible to purchase Sandvox 2 for an upgrade price of $47. The Sandvox 2.0.4 update is available free of charge for any registered owner of Sandvox 2.
Dialectic for Mac updated to version 1.8
JNSoftware has updated Dialectic (http://www.jonn8.com/dialectic/), a telephony tool for the Mac, to version 1.8. The upgrade adds: support for Microsoft Outlook 2011; Google Chat support to Google Voice Dial Method; two-step verification support to Google Voice Dial Method; and more.
Dialetic provides system-wide dialing of phone numbers using Bluetooth mobile phones, landlines, many VoIP services and more. It integrates with contact management applications such as Marketcircle Daylite, Microsoft Entourage, Now Contact, Palm Desktop, FileMaker Pro and other databases, as well as Apple's iCal and Address Book.
In addition to dialing, the software provides a global Address Book menu for accessing your contact data including email, instant messaging, postal addresses, URLs, notes, and phone numbers. You can create new email messages, look up addresses on a map, copy data to the clipboard or insert it into your current document.
Dialetic is Universal Binary so runs natively on both...
Tidy Up for Mac OS X tidied up to version 2.3.4
Hyberbolic Software (http://www.hyperbolicsoftware.com) has released Tidy Up! 2.3.4, the latest version of their disk, file and folder processing utility for Mac OS X. The new version adds the possibility to select a check button of the items in the results list by using the space bar.
Tidy Up! can find duplicate files and packages using any criteria. It allows for the creation of the smart baskets using the selected folder and file as a filter. There are also bug fixes.
Tidy Up 2.3.4 requires Mac OS X 10.5 ("Leopard") or higher. Upgrades from version 1.x are $20, and upgrades from version 2.x are free.
iPad 2s sell out in Taiwan market
All of the iPad 2s allocated by Apple for the Taiwan market were snapped up by locals on the first day of sale, as expected by market analysts, reports "The China Post" (http://macte.ch/gcN36). One retail chain said it also received orders for 1,000 units from customers who failed to purchase the new product from the first shipment, the article adds.
The Apple tablet officially went on sale in Taiwan Friday morning. Apple's main distributors in Taiwan -- Studio A, DataExpress Infotech Co. and Tsann Kuen Enterprise Co. -- opened their doors to long lines of customers at 11 a.m.
At one of Tsann Kuen's Taipei stores, several hundred people braved the rains to gather an hour before it opened, waiting to buy Apple's next-generation tablet PC that was first launched in the United States in March this year, says "The China Post." Some Apple product fans said they queued for 27 hours for the chance to buy an iPad 2, the article adds.
Case dismissed against brothers accused of possessing...
A Los Angeles judge has dismissed a case against two brothers who were accused of participating in a smuggling ring that authorities say brought millions of dollars of fake Apple products into the U.S., reports "Bloomberg Businessweek" (http://macte.ch/p3fuX).
Los Angeles County district attorney's spokeswoman Sandi Gibbons said Friday that prosecutors asked for charges to be dropped against 40-year-old Edward Zahab and his 45-year-old brother, Bahram Zahab. The two men were arrested in February and accused of possession for sale of counterfeit Apple goods worth about US$280,000, says "Bloomberg Businessweek." Gibbons says the charges were dismissed in the interest of justice, though the investigation is ongoing.
All of the iPad 2 tablet computers allocated by Apple Inc. for the Taiwan market were snapped up by locals on the first day of sale, as expected by market analysts, reports "The China Post" (http://macte.ch/gcN36). One retail chain said it also received orders for 1,000...
Nokia wins partial review of its case against Apple
Nokia has won a partial review of the U.S. International Trade Commission patent case it lost to Apple in March, reports "Bloomberg" (http://macte.ch/epz5E).
Infringement claims against Apple over two of the five patents decided on by an ITC judge will be reviewed by the full six-member commission. The ITC will let stand the rest of the finding that Apple didn’t violate three other Nokia patents, according to a notice by the Washington-based agency, says "Bloomberg."
The ITC said it would focus the review on the meaning of specific terms in two patents. Espoo, Finland-based Nokia is seeking to block U.S. imports of the iPhone, one of two cases it lodged against Cupertino, California-based Apple with the ITC.
In March 2010, Apple filed a lawsuit against HTC for infringing on 20 Apple patents related to the iPhone's user interface, underlying architecture and hardware. The lawsuit was filed concurrently with the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) and in U.S. District Court in...
US Uncut to protest at Apple retail stores on June 4
US Uncut, an organization that fights companies that try to avoid taxes, is planning to target Apple retail stores on June 4, protesting the company's support of the Win America Campaign, reports "CNET" (http://macte.ch/CEHo2).
The group seeks to have Apple leave the WAC, which it claims is lobbying Congress for what would end up being a $4 billion tax cut for the company, as well as to cease other lobbying activities relating to "tax loopholes," the article adds.
"Apple plays huge games with their taxes. By disguising profits in the U.S. as foreign earnings in low-tax countries, Apple dodges billions of dollars of taxes they should be paying," the group said in a statement.
The WAC is supported by other technology companies, including Microsoft, Google, and Adobe. The group is currently lobbying for the Freedom to Invest Act of 2011, legislation introduced earlier this month that would temporarily lower taxes on American companies that sell goods and services abroad. That money could...
Alaska Airlines pilots flying with iPads
As part of an ongoing effort to use technology to enhance flight safety, improve efficiency and protect the environment, Alaska Airlines (http://www.alaskaair.com) is issuing iPads to its pilots. The Apple tablets replace up to 25 pounds of paper flight manuals that pilots are required to carry when they fly.
The iPads are being distributed to all Alaska Airlines pilots, a process that will be complete by mid-June. This follows a successful trial by 100 line and instructor pilots and Air Line Pilots Association representatives, who evaluated the feasibility of using iPads as electronic flight bags this past winter and spring. Alaska Airlines is the first major domestic airline to use the iPad to replace paper manuals.
"We've been exploring the idea of an electronic flight bag for several years, but never found a device we really liked," says Gary Beck, Alaska Airlines' vice president of flight operations. "When the iPad hit the market, we took one look at it and said this is the...
Apple, AT&T, US Cellular sued for patent infringement
Another day, still another lawsuit. Visual Interactive Phone Concepts, a non-practicing entity that holds two videophone mailbox patents and has previously instigated patent infringement suits, filed three lawsuits in the Eastern District of Michigan on Wednesday against Apple, AT&T and US Cellular.
In all three complaints, Visual Interactive Phone Concepts claim the companies it's suing violate its patents for "videophone interactive mailbox facility system and method of processing information." However, the alleged infringements differ, which is presumably why the company filed three parallel suits instead of one multi-defendant complaint, reports "FOSS Patents" (http://macte.ch/fZRmg).
Apple is accused of infringement because it makes and sells "mobile communication devices that are videophones." AT&T is being sued for providing "a mobile TV and video service in the United States. US Cellular's alleged infringements relate to "a mobile TV and video service."
Apple sues maker of the 'white iPhone conversion kit'
Another day, another lawsuit. According to "MacRumors (http://www.macrumors.com), Apple has sued New York City teenager Fei Lam and his parents for selling US$130,000 worth of white iPhone 4 parts in the months between Apple's promise of a white iPhone and its actual arrival.
Lam claimed that he had developed a secondhand relationship with someone at Apple's manufacturing partner Foxconn who had been supplying him with parts, notes "MacRumors." At the time, the report noted that Lam had been contacted by a purported private investigator who claimed that Lam was trafficking in stolen goods, and Lam's site (http://www.whiteiphone4now.com) disappeared soon after.
However, Apple also filed a voluntary dismissal of the lawsuit at the same time, suggesting that a settlement has may have been reached, reports "MacRumors." Still, Apple's request for dismissal without prejudice means that the company reserves the right to refile the claim at some point in the future.
Apple eyeing AMOLED screens for the iPad 3?
Senior Apple executives are in discussion with Samsung to secure supplies of Retina Display-like screens for the iPad 3, reports "Computerworld" (http://macte.ch/z4fUa). Chief Operating Officer Tim Cook reportedly flew to South Korea last week to meet with senior level Samung execs, the article adds.
"Apple wants to tap into Samsung's AMOLED technology for an upgraded version of the iPad2, considered as many as the iPad3 that is likely to be launched toward the end of this year," a source is allegedly told "The Korea Herald" on May 25 on condition of anonymity.
Cook offered Samsung an advance payment to secure these supplies, that report says. However, a Samsung Mobile Display spokesperson told OLED-Info that "he had not heard of such discussions with Apple."
AMOLED (active-matrix organic light-emitting diode) is a display technology for use in mobile devices and televisions. OLED describes a specific type of thin film display technology in which organic compounds form the...
MacGameStore celebrates Memorial Day with free Sally's Spa
MacGameStore (http://www.macgamestore.com) has announced special free Sally's Spa weekend to celebrate Memorial Day. Order any game from Friday, May 27 through Monday, May 30 and receive a your very own copy of Sally's Spa absolutely free.
Here's how the game is described: "After a much needed break from life in the hair salon business, Sally and her friend Nell are teaming up to take the Spa world by storm. Visit 10 gorgeous Spa locations spread across the world, on a quest to melt away everyone's stresses by relaxing in your Spa.
"Perform all kinds of Spa services from Facials, Manicures, Bath Bombs, Hot Stones Massages and more. With many personalities, you will see all types of characters from Wedding Brides to High Rollers. As you grow your Spa, earn money to shop for over 65 items including employees to help your Spa business grow!"
Sally's Spa requires Mac OS X 10.5 or later. It regularly sells on MacGameStore for US$9.95.
Amazon launches Mac Software Downloads site
Amazon has launched Mac Software Downloads (http://macte.ch/PQIWC), a selection of approximately 250 downloadable Mac applications and games.
The site offers bestsellers, new releases and software deals. You can also search by categories such as Business & Office, Education & Reference, Home & Hobbies, Money Management, Photo Editing, Tax Prep, Video & Music and Games.
Intel would consider making silicon for rivals
Intel would consider making silicon for rivals, saying that any proposal to use its manufacturing capacity to make chips based on a non-Intel processor core would trigger an "in-depth discussion," according to Reuters (http://macte.ch/LXUUO).
"There are certain customers that would be interesting to us and certain customers that wouldn't," Chief Financial Officer Stacy Smith told journalists after an investor event in London on Thursday. "If Apple or Sony came to us and said 'I want to do a product that involves your IA (Intel architecture) core and put some of my IP around it', I wouldn't blink. That would be fantastic business for us. Then you get into the middle ground of 'I don't want it to be a IA core, I want it to be my own custom designed core,' and then you are only getting the manufacturing margin, (and) that would be a much more in-depth discussion and analysis."
Smith said, however, that such a proposal was "not in the works today," and the prospect of making chips for...
UK school to give iPad 2s to students
Honywood Comprehensive School in Coggleshall, Essex sent out letters to 1,200 parents this week informing them their children will receive a new -- and free -- iPad 2 by the end of the year, reports "T3" (http://macte.ch/HkEi2).
In return, parents are being asked to donate £50 towards insurance. Deputy head teacher Rache McGowan told "T3" that “the focus of our work here at Honywood is on improving learning and one aspect of this is to make use of the best technology we can access.
"T3" contacted Apple, who stated it wasn’t an official deal, but a school in Scotland equipped its pupils with the first generation iPads last year. A school in Maine became the first in the world to give out iPad 2s to its kids earlier this year.
SeeFile introduces another DAM update
SeeFile Software (http://www.seefile.com) has introduced the fifth generation of its Web-based Digital Asset Management (DAM) solution.
The fifth generation of the digital asset management, large file transfer and online collaboration platform offers access to your media bank from any standard Web browser. It provides full usage of HTML5 capabilities. And version 5.0 sports a new user interface and features based on feedback from media industry professionals and partners, including:
° Smart filters based on dates, approval and comments to improve production;
° Easy navigation in different folders and collections;
° Quick annotations on images and multipage PDFs to improve collaboration and reviewing;
° Approval of projects and jobs;
° The ability to invite guests by email to preview content;
° The ability to transfer large files without the need to install a client application.
The software is retail priced from US$699 to $6,795, depending on number of users. For customers who don't...
D-Link announces Wireless N Dual Band MediaBridge
D-Link has announced its new Wireless N Dual Band MediaBridge (DAP-1513), which allows consumers to expand a home network by wirelessly connecting up to four devices.
Equipped with 802.11n technology and a four-port Fast Ethernet switch, the DAP-1513 is designed for connecting a wide range of network-ready devices for streaming HD videos, playing online games and sharing music, photos, movies, and more within a home network. Featuring selectable dual-band, it can bridge a wireless signal from either a 2.4GHz or 5GHz network.
Consumers can choose from the 5GHz band, ensuring smooth video streaming or online gaming with less interference, or the 2.4GHz band, ideal for surfing the Web or sharing photos, says Daniel Kelley, associate vice president of consumer marketing, D-Link North America. In addition, Intelligent Quality of Service (QoS) automatically organizes and prioritizes network traffic according to bandwidth needs to ensure a smooth connection over both wired and wireless...
Spiderweb Software releases Avernum 6 v1
Spiderweb Software has released Avernum 6 v1.1 for the Mac, the final game in the Avernum series.
Here's how the game is described: "Avernum 6 is set in the world of Avernum, an enormous series of caves far below the surface of the world. Travel into the strange subterranean land of Avernum, full of dungeons, labyrinths, and constant warfare. This update moves the game to a newer engine, which should result in better performance and fixes to a number of irritating bugs.
"Avernum is a world underground. It is a nation of people living in an enormous warren of tunnels and caverns, far below the surface of the world. Once a prison colony for rebels and thugs, it is now a wild frontier, full of adventurous souls looking for wealth, fame, and magical power.
"And then the Blight came. Almost overnight, the mushrooms Avernum needed to feed itself withered and died. Then the denizens of the low tunnels, the savage, reptilian Slithzerikai, emerged. Sensing weakness, they struck, destroying...
iDAPT i1 Eco charger available
IIDAPT has released the eco-friendly IDAPT i1 Eco. The company says it's made of recycled materials, meets Energy Star standards, and minimizes the user’s carbon footprint while charging most electronic devices.
The IDAPT i1 Eco charger helps conserve energy through its auto-off system that turns off the charger while not in use and a re-start button to wake it when necessary. The dual charger can refuel mobile devices while at home or the go via a wall outlet or the included car adapter. Additionally, no chemical painting is used during the manufacturing process in order to ease the process of future recycling.
The IDAPT i1 Eco has two points of charge: a USB port and a tip port. The "future-proof," interchangeable tips system makes it compatible with over 4,000 different devices including the iPad, iPhone and iPod, as well as the BlackBerry, Nintendo 3DS, digital cameras, GPS systems and Bluetooth products.
The IDAPT i1 Eco is available now for US$24.99 at http://www.IDAPTweb....
Winter Voices available at the Macgamestore
Beyond the Pillars' Winter Voices is now available at the Macgamestore (http://www.macgamestore.com). It requires an Intel-based Mac running Mac OS X 10.4 or higher.
Winter Voices can be purchased as a bundle for US$18.95. Or you can buy the prologue and three current episodes individually for $4.99 each.
Here's how the game is described: "Winter Voices is a narrative-driven, episodic, role-playing game set in an imaginary and timeless world at the start of the Industrial Revolution. Players control a 24 year-old heroine as she deals with the death of her father. She must journey through the heart of Winter and battle her worst enemies – her own personal demons.
The first season of the Winter Voices series is comprised of seven downloadable episodes, each unraveling new elements of the character's tale. Winter Voices combines 'point and click' real-time gaming with strictly defensive turn-based combat. As the game alternates real-time dialog and world exploration with combat, players...
PhotoArtista -- Haiku now available for the Mac
JixiPix (http://www.jixipix.com) has introduced PhotoArtista -- Haiku 1.0 for Mac OS X (10.6 and higher), their second app in the PhotoArtista series. It costs US$7.99 and is available worldwide through the Mac App Store in the Graphics & Design category.
PhotoArtista -- Haiku is a "creative media that incorporates traditional techniques as well as the non-traditional to create a unique painting filled with movement and meaning," according to the folks at JixiPix. The Mac version adds borders, refined outlines, a simpler user interface, and fast processing of large images.
PhotoArtista -- Haiku incorporates traditional techniques as well as the non-traditional such as digital photography, and vintage papers to create a painting filled with "movement and meaning." It offers control over the outline, color, detail, and paper and includes two painting styles: Abstract and Stylized .
PhotoArtista -- Haiku offers the ability to save presets to replay on separate photo. There's also a...
SQLabs announces cubeSQL
SQLabs (http://www.sqlabs.com/) has announced cubeSQL, a performance relational database management system built on top of the sqlite database engine. It's a database server targeted to both developers who want to convert a single user database solution to a multiuser project and for companies looking for an "easy-to-maintain" database management system.
cubeSQL runs on Mac OS X, Windows and Linux; it can be embedded into any iOS and Cocoa application. It can be accessed with any JSON client, with PHP, with the native C SDK and with an highly optimized REAL Studio plugin.
On the Mac, cubeSQL requires MacOS X 10.5 or higher. cubeSQL Developer Edition is free and enables developers to create an application based on cubeSQL without paying any fees until they're ready to deploy their application. Commercial licenses start at US$299.
Batchoutput update adds InDesign 5.5 support
Zevrix Solutions (http://www.zevrix.com) has released BatchOutput 3.11.4, an update to its professional solution to automate printing and exporting from Adobe InDesign. The update adds support for InDesign CS 5.5.
BatchOutput is designed to automate and simplify InDesign production workflows of service providers, printers, ad agencies and publishers. With BatchOutput, users only need to select the files to output and adjust the settings, and the rest will be done automatically.
BatchOutput 3.11.4 can be purchased for US$129.95. A demo is available for download. Upgrades to BatchOutput 3.11.4 free for licensed users of version 3.x, and $47.98 for the users of earlier versions. Every order includes a free license of File Courier (a $19.95 value). BatchOutput is available for Mac OS X 10.4.2 and higher, a Universal Binary, and works with Adobe InDesign CS-CS5.
Senator Al Franken (D-Minn.) has released a letter calling for the institution of mandatory privacy policies from all apps offered via the official software marketplaces of Apple and Google.
Franken adds: "Although I believe there is a greater need for transparency and disclosure for the collection and sharing of all personal information, at a minimum, I ask that you require all location-aware applications in your app stores to provide privacy policies that clearly specify what kind of location information is gathered from users, how that information is used, and how...
New lawsuit against Apple claims racial discrimination
Another day, another lawsuit. Employees of Apple's Upper West Side store in New York City have filed a suit for discrimination.
Plaintiffs Brian Johnston, 34, and Nile Charles, 25, have accused Apple of discrimination after an incident they claim occurred on Dec. 9, 2010, according to "AppleInsider" (http://www.appleinsider.com). Both Johnston and Charles went to the store at 1981 Broadway when the incident allegedly began with an Apple employee, said to be white and in his 50s.
The lawsuit notes that Charles and Johnston, who are black, went to the Broadway Apple store wearing "baggy jeans and large sweaters with hoods" to purchase headphones. The plaintiffs say the Apple employee, told them they weren't welcome at the store because of their race, notes "AppleInsider."
The lawsuit was filed earlier this year in February in New York Supreme Court. The filing came to light this month after the case was moved to U.S. District Court in the Southern District of New York.
New Mac Defender variant doesn't require a password
Earlier this month, Intego (http://www.intego.com), a Mac security specialist, discovered the Mac Defender fake antivirus, which targets Mac users via SEO poisoning attacks (web sites set up to take advantage of search engine optimization tricks to get malicious sites to appear at the top of search results).
Since then, several variants have appeared: MacDefender, MacProtector and MacSecurity, all of which are the same application using different names. The goal of this fake antivirus software is to trick users into providing their credit card numbers to supposedly clean out infected files on their Macs.
Intego says it's discovered a new variant of this malware that functions slightly differently. It comes in two parts.
The first part is a downloader, a tool that, after installation, downloads a payload from a web server. As with the Mac Defender malware variants, this installation package, called avSetup.pkg, is downloaded automatically when a user visits a specially crafted web...
iPhone coming to India on May 27
Two of India's telecommunication firms -- Bharti Airtel and Aircel --will start selling the iPhone 4 smartphones in the country from May 27, reports "The Wall Street Journal" (http://macte.ch/dc9CL).
Aircel says it will offer the Apple smartphone under both post-paid and pre-paid subscription plans. Bharti Airtel says it will offer similar plans.
Apple laptops excel in Consumer Reports' ranking
Apple's laptops excelled in the latest Consumer Reports' laptop ratings (http://macte.ch/lJRkK). All models of the MacBook Pro, MacBook and MacBook Air received good to great scores.
The latest 15-inch MacBook Pros led their division with 76 to 78 points (out of 100). The 17-inch models garnered 80 and 81 points, topping their category. The 13-inch MacBook Pro and MacBook rated 70 to 72 points. The MacBook Airs tallied 76 points.
Consumer Reports dubbed the 11-inch MacBook Air as the best choice for mobility, and the 13-inch MacBook Air as the best for mobility without sacrificing performance.
Apple's iPad 2 also fared well. In the tablet computer category, Consume Reports ranked Apple’s 32GB iPad 2 with 3G support in first place. The 32GB iPad with Wi-Fi came in second and the first generation, 32GB iPad with 3G came in third.
AT&T lawsuit talks of 'phantom' traffic
A lawsuit filed by an iPhone owner alleges that AT&T makes monitoring data usage more difficult by not only overbilling its customers for data transactions, but also charging for so-called "phantom" traffic -- actions the customer didn't initiate, reports "ABC News" (http://macte.ch/7uIRl).
The lawsuit, filed by AT&T customer Patrick Hendricks in the Northern District of California and seeking class action status, accuses AT&T of breach of contract and fraud for systematically overcharging for data usage.
"AT&T's billing system for iPhone and iPad data transactions is like a rigged gas pump that charges for a full gallon when it pumps only nine-tenths of a gallon into your car's tank," the complaint says, attempting to represent all U.S. AT&T customers with a limited data plan for Apple's iPhone or iPad.
Barry Davis, an attorney with Thornton, Davis & Fein, P.A. in Miami, the firm representing Hendricks, said the suit was filed after an independent computer...
Apple tells how to deal with Mac Defender malware
Apple has posted an article (http://support.apple.com/kb/HT4650) on "how to avoid or remove Mac Defender malware."
A recent phishing scam has targeted Mac users by redirecting them from legitimate websites to fake websites that tell them that their computer is infected with a virus. The user is then offered Mac Defender "anti-virus" software to solve the issue.
This “anti-virus” software is malware (i.e. malicious software). Its ultimate goal is to get the user's credit card information, which may be used for fraudulent purposes. The most common names for this malware are MacDefender, MacProtector and MacSecurity.
Apple says it will deliver a Mac OS X software update soon that will automatically find and remove Mac Defender malware and its known variants. The update will also help protect users by providing an explicit warning if they download this malware.
Twelve South rewrites BookBook for the MacBook Air
Twelve South (http://www.twelvesouth.com) has unveiled the latest chapter in BookBooks: BookBook for MacBook Air, a new version of the company's vintage book-style case.
The new version (US$79.99), designed exclusively for MacBook Air, is made of genuine leather and is hand-distressed to ensure that no two are alike, according to the folks at Twelve South. Weighing as little as 13 ounces, it sports two hardback covers that shield against impact, while extended corners and a padded spine cushion the MacBook Air in the event of a drop.
A soft, chocolate brown, padded interior keeps the Apple laptop nestled in place when traveling. The two designer cornices on the top of the case indicate which side of the case is the top so you always open BookBook right side up.
The can be used as a traditional sleeve, or the two interior soft elastic bands can be slipped around the corners of MacBook Air to work with it inside the case. BookBook for MacBook Air is available for both the 11- and 13-...
Analyst offers three reasons why Apple's stock will go...
In a note to clients -- as reported by "Fortune" (http://macte.ch/M7940) -- Piper Jaffray offered three reasons why he says Apple's stock will soon go even higher:
° "Even if the multiple does not increase or goes down, we believe the stock will move higher based on positive earnings revisions. Apple currently trades at 10.8x our CY12 EPS of $30.78 including cash, 8.5x ex-cash. Assuming Apple does more than $48 in EPS in CY14 (25% EPS growth), at current levels the stock would trade at a 6.9x EPS including cash and 4.4x EPS excluding an estimated $120/share in cash. We believe a mid-teens multiple is warranted given EPS growth rates in the mid-to-high 20s over the next four years."
° "We believe Apple's entrance into a new product category, possibly televisions, will unlock new perceived value in the company, and thus the stock."
° "We expect Apple to announce software features for iPhones, iPads and Macs at WWDC on 6/6 that could serve as a near-term catalyst, as expectations for the...
ANSA releases 'Dragon Dictate: Watch and Learn' video...
Application Systems North America (http://www.applicationsystems.com) has announced "Dragon Dictate for Mac: Watch and Learn," a video training guide by Dan Newman.
This new series of 12 QuickTime video lessons by the speech recognition expert shows you how to get the most from Dragon Dictate. It has lessons on how to get up and running quickly, tips and techniques for accurate dictation, and more.
The 12 video lessons are: Setup and Training, Starting to Dictate, Quick Tour, Punctuation and Capitalization, Spelling and Numbers, Correcting by Keyboard, Correcting by Voice, Adding New Words, Improving Accuracy, Healthy Computing, Tips for Speaking and Dictating and Text Macros.
The "Dragon Dictate for Mac: Watch and Learn" video training guide is available immediately as a download from Application Systems North America. Physical product will be available in June. The suggested retail price is US$49.95.
Recosoft ships ID2Office 1.0 plug-in for InDesign
Recosoft Corp. (http://www.recosoft.com) has released ID2Office, an InDesign plug-in to convert InDesign files to the Microsoft Office file formats.
It converts the text, associated fonts and styles, paragraph structure, corresponding property information, frames linking information, tables, graphics and other InDesign object and document properties to the matching Microsoft Word/PowerPoint object and File properties. It converts every page into an equivalent page in the resulting Word/PowerPoint file.
ID2Office supports InDesign CS4/CS5/CS5.5. It requires an Intel-based Mac running Mac OS X 10.4.11 or higher. An annual subscription license costs US$199.
iWeb Themes Park adds new templates
iWeb Themes Park (http://www.iwebthemespark.com) has introduced new themes for iWeb, Apple's web design application. The new themes are Dice, Lines, Shining Blue, Shreds and World Stage.
All the themes from iWeb Themes Park consist of separate elements, each of which can be modified, replaced or removed. You can also mix the elements among different themes.
To use iWeb themes from iWeb Themes Park requires a Mac with iWeb from iLife '08 or later. The iWeb Themes Box of 125 themes is priced at US$29.99. Each template is available for $11.99 or $12.99. Four iWeb Themes are free for everyone.
Kerio announces Kerio Connect 7.2
Kerio Technologies has announced Kerio Connect 7.2, the latest release of its messaging and collaboration platform that provides email, contacts and calendar management through desktop email clients, web browsers and smart phones.
Intended exclusively for SMB organizations with anywhere from 5-500 employees, Kerio Connect 7.2 is an alternative to Microsoft Exchange with a choice of supported OS platforms. The new Microsoft Outlook 2011 for Mac now works natively with Kerio Connect 7.2, providing email, calendar, contact, and task synchronization with the server.
Mac users also have a choice of Microsoft Entourage 2004 and 2008 or Apple Mail and iCal as clients that also work fully with Kerio Connect. With Kerio Connect 7.2 's web access to administration, email can be configured and users can be added and deleted remotely. When users are deleted, they're automatically removed from all groups. Administrators also have the ability to prevent users from changing passwords for enhanced...