Kensington docking, adapter products now Mac OS X compatible
Kensington says its line of USB 3.0 Docking Stations and Multi-Display Adapter products are now compatible with Mac OS X devices.
Designed with DisplayLink‘s new driver for Mac, Kensington’s productivity devices will work with Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard through OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion. The new compatibility enables Apple computer users to supplement connectivity to their devices, including the MacBook Air, MacBook Pro or iMac.
Using either of the Kensington USB 3.0 Docking Stations and Multi-Display Adapter, Apple users can now add multiple monitors, use additional USB ports, and leverage Gigabit Ethernet for fast data connection. The products are designed to help increase productivity and are ideal for hot desk environments where you aren't restricted to one make or model of laptop. For more info go to www.kensington.com .
G5 Entertainment, Funzai introduce Art Mogul for the Mac
G5 Entertainment and Funzai have teamed up for Art Mogul on the Mac. It's available at the Mac App Store. The price is normally US$4.99, but it's on sale for a limited time for $2.99.
Here's how the game is described: "Art Mogul tests you to see if you have an artistic eye required to be a world-renowned mogul of the arts. You will travel around the world, bidding at exciting auctions, exposing fakes and masterpieces as well as acquiring priceless collections. Find over a thousand objects, open your very own art gallery and build your art empire that will stand the test of time.
"One of the distinguishing features of Art Mogul is uniqueness of game sessions. It's up to you to buy a famous artwork in the gallery that is a guaranteed original, or look for masterpieces in the cafes, though they often host skilled counterfeits. To lower the price of the painting you need to find various items on it. If you find all the hidden objects, you'll get a large discount. Then you can visit...
Wanderful releases interactive storybook collection for Macs
Wanderful Interactive Storybooks has announced interactive storybook apps for Mac OS X. They're available in the Mac App store for US$9.99.
These apps, including the award-winning "Harry and the Haunted House" and "Arthur's Teacher Trouble," are part of the Wanderful storybook collection for iOS originally published by Living Books. The eight apps are in US English. Most come preloaded with story content in English, Spanish and French although several have different language configurations.
Users can toggle instantly between languages with either a mouse click or a tap on the keyboard. These Wanderful apps also include a Classroom Activities guide developed for each app. For more info go to http://www.wanderfulstorybooks.com .
Apple wants $85 million in damages against Samsung reinstated
Apple is requesting that US$85 million in damages against Samsung be reinstated as the judge erred in dismissing jury-awarded damages for two Samsung devices, reports "CNET" (http://tinyurl.com/cpj4n2q).
In a March ruling in the case, U.S. District Court Judge Lucy Koh cut damages on some Samsung products found to infringe Apple's patents, carving $450.5 million off the original $1.05 billion judgment and calling for a new trial on the damages to recalculate them.
However, Apple has complained that Koh made a mistake in reducing at least part of the damages by excluding two devices.The company has filed a conditional motion with U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California asking Koh to reconsider her order granting a new trial on the jury-awarded damages she tossed related to the Galaxy S2 sold by AT&T and the Infuse 4G.
This is all part of the ongoing, global legal battle. Apple and Samsung have filed more than 30 lawsuits against each other across four...
Nektony releases VSD Viewer for Mac OS X
Nektony has introduced VSD Viewer 1.0 for Mac OS X (10.8 and higher). It costs US$9.99 and is available worldwide exclusively through the AppStore in the Business category (http://tinyurl.com/c2ba83y).
Designed for anyone who use Visio drawings as a reference, VSD Viewer allows Mac users to open vsd files created with Visio 2000 - 2010, a file extension for a vector graphics format developed and owned by MS Visio.
Opening a Visio drawing on Mac with VSD Viewer is as simple as drag and dropping the file to its application window. VSD Viewer allows viewing of common document formatting.
Star Walk updated with Ultimate stargazing calendar, iSON comet...
Vito Technology (http://vitotechnology.com/) has announced an upgrade to Star Walk, the augmented reality iOS app for spotting over 200,000 stars, planets, constellations, satellites and galaxies in the night sky.
The new version includes comprehensive stargazing calendar that shows all visible celestial events for your area, explains their nature and sets a reminder in iCal for ones you chose to see. Other additions include comet tracking and iridium flares.
Star Walk is a astronomy guide that shows celestial objects (stars, constellations, satellites, etc.) in the exact positions on the sky above you, providing information about them. It's designed to help anyone even remotely interested in astronomy find their way across the sky, determine where to look for any chosen object, rewind or fast-forward time to see how celestial bodies move. It inspires curiosity about the Universe and helps understand amazing cosmic phenomena.
The new Calendar of celestial events suggests the best...
InspectorPro updated to version 4.1
Beezwax Datatools (www.beezwax.net) has released InspectorPro 4.1, an update to the leading tool for analyzing FileMaker databases. Now developers can host InspectorPro on FileMaker Server for multi-user development teams to collaborate on database analysis.
Also, InspectorPro 4.1 is extendable, allowing developers to add scripts, layouts, file references and value lists to create custom workflows supporting their FileMaker development projects. It also adds new Detection and Display types for Layout Objects, provides user interface and performance improvements, and offers various fixes to address known issues.
InspectorPro 4.1 is the first product version available for use with FileMaker 12 on Windows, and also updates the OS X version. It works with FileMaker 12 databases and is available now for Mac OS X 10.6 or higher and Windows Vista, 7 and 8.
FileMaker Pro 12 Advanced is required for a developer to generate the DDR (Database Design Report) to be used for analysis. The...
MOSO releases version 1.3 of the Xmplify XML Editor
MOSO has announced version 1.3 of the Xmplify XML Editor (http://xmplifyapp.com). It's a XML editor built specifically for Mac OS X 10.6 and higher and provides a fully XML-aware editing environment with DTD and XML Schema-based auto-completion.
Version 1.3 is the first 64-bit release of Xmplify. It also brings other improvements and fixes.
Xmplify is available for US$59; both volume and educational discounts are available. Version 1.3 is a free upgrade for Xmplify 1.x users.
PC Shipments Post the Steepest Decline Ever in a Single Quarter
Worldwide PC shipments totaled 76.3 million units in the first quarter of 2013 (1Q13), down -13.9% compared to the same quarter in 2012 and worse than the forecast decline of -7.7%, according to International Data Corporation (IDC).
Apple fared better than the overall U.S. market, "but still saw shipments decline as its own PCs also face competition from iPads," says the research group.
The extent of the year-on-year contraction marked the worst quarter since IDC (www.idc.com) began tracking the PC market quarterly in 1994. The results also marked the fourth consecutive quarter of year-on-year shipment declines.
Despite some mild improvement in the economic environment and some new PC models offering Windows 8, PC shipments were down significantly across all regions compared to a year ago. Fading Mini Notebook shipments have taken a big chunk out of the low-end market while tablets and smartphones continue to divert consumer spending.
PC industry efforts to offer touch capabilities...
Splash Colors FX 1.0 comes to Mac OS X
Appsoft Studio has released Splash Colors FX 1.0 for Mac OS X. The tool turns color photos into black and white ones and can help highlight certain objects by revealing their original colors.
Users can highlight the most important parts of photos and give them new looks. Users may refresh the details and share photos on Facebook, Twitter, Flickr or send them via Mail and Messages.
Splash Colors FX uses a dynamic brush to reveal the original colors of photos. It also contains adjustable effects for putting some final touches to your photos.
Splash Colors FX requires Mac OS X 10.7 or later. It costs US$0.99 and is available worldwide exclusively through the Mac App Store in the Photography category (http://tinyurl.com/ccxlxr7).
Boinx Software releases SandboxCleaner for Mac OS X
Boinx Software has introduced SandboxCleaner 1.0 for Mac OS X. The tool looks for incompatible QuickTime components that cause crashes with popular video and photo apps on the Mac.
When QuickTime components are incompatible with OS X sandboxing, problems, like crashing, with many popular video and photo apps ensue, says Oliver Breidenbach, founder and CEO at Boinx Software. SandboxCleaner helps users find and disable these components, keeping systems up and running without a hitch, he adds.
"Our users were experiencing baffling crashes with FotoMagico and iStopMotion," Breidenbach says. "It took us quite a while to figure out what was wrong. When we finally identified the issue, we realized the only way to deal with it was to scan for problematic components and provide the user with suggestions on how to resolve these issues. We spent months collating data regarding issues with outdated or incompatible QuickTime components reported by our users. Now, users can perform scans with...
Kenburg releases pocket-sized charge/sync cable for iOS devices
Kenburg Technology has announced LightLinez, a pocket-sized (12 cm) Apple Lightning to USB 2.0 charge and sync cable for the iPhone 5, iPad mini, and all Apple Lightning devices.
It has the complete charge and sync functionality of a full length cable. The Lightning connector housing is small enough to fit into a protective case, such as the LifeProof or Otterbox, eliminating the need to remove the case to charge and sync.
Designed for use at home or on the move, LightLinez's shorter length allows you to slip the cable into a pocket, purse or small storage space for transport and reduced clutter and tangle. It's 88% shorter than the standard 1-meter cable.
The LightLinez is available at www.kenburgtech.com and http://www.radtech.us/products/kenburg-short-lightning-to-usb-cable for US$18.95.
BrainDistrict releases RaySupreme for Mac OS X, Windows, Linux...
BrainDistrict has released RaySupreme, a 3D modeling and rendering program for Mac OS X, Windows and Linux systems. It costs US$39.99 and is available at http://www.braindistrict.com .
RaySupreme enables users to create 3D work by simply typing English text. People who are not experienced in 3D can quickly and easily create complex scenes and environments, according to Ritchie Lopez of BrainDistrict. This new approach to 3D graphics is called Text-to-3D.
"Imagine the possibility of creating a complete 'modern day' scene like a living room environment by typing your text description of it," says Ritchie. "Now imagine typing an alternative year like the 1920's, then watching while your scene renders to another time in history. No programming, no special skills is required."
RaySupreme includes: primitive objects, polygonal modeling, lathe, extrude, Boolean operations, smoothing, materials, and more. The rendering engine includes final gathering for global illumination, caustics, photon...
FileMaker Go 11 leaving the iTunes Store as of Sept. 30
FileMaker Inc. says that, as of Sept. 30, 2013, FileMaker Go 11 for iPad and FileMaker Go 11 for iPhone will no longer be available for purchase on the iTunes App Store.
Customers who purchase FileMaker Go 11 before that date will still be able to download it from the iTunes App Store when, for example, replacing an existing iPad with a new iPad. However, after Sept. 30, FileMaker Go 11 will not be available for purchase for new devices. FileMaker Go 12 for iPad and FileMaker Go 12 for iPhone continue to be available free on the iTunes App Store.
FileMaker Go 11 for iPad and FileMaker Go 11 for iPhone (formerly named FileMaker Go 1.2) only open databases that use the .fp7 file format. Databases with .fp7 file format are created with FileMaker Pro/Pro Advanced 11, 10, 9, 8.5, 8, and 7. FileMaker Go 11 is not compatible with databases created with FileMaker Pro 12.
FileMaker Go 12 only opens databases that use the .fmp12 file format. Databases with .fmp12 format are created using...
SimCity coming to the Mac
For more than 23 years, SimCity has entertained over 30 million fans worldwide and it returns to the platform that started it all on June 11. Electronic Arts has announced that SimCity will be coming to the Mac on June 11 exclusively as a digital release via Origin and other online retailers.
Fans who purchase SimCity will be able to play the game on Mac and PC, regardless of which version they buy, as well as access their cities from across both platforms. Players who have previously purchased SimCity for PC, either as a physical or a digital copy will receive the Mac version as a free digital download on Origin on June 11.
Players will be able to play both versions with the same Origin account, allowing them to continue their cities, achievements and leaderboard progress across the PC and Mac. SimCity has been rated E10+ by the ESRB. For more info go to www.SimCity.com .
NAB: Adobe launches Primetime
At the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) conference, Adobe announced the general availability of Adobe Primetime (formerly Project Primetime), a TV publishing and monetization platform for programmers and pay TV service providers.
The company also announced technology collaborations with dozens of industry leaders, including encoders, cloud platform providers, and content delivery networks (CDNs) to pave the way for TV content across every connected screen. Ecosystem partners include Akamai, Amazon Web Services, Cisco Systems, Elemental Technologies, Envivio, Harmonic, iStreamPlanet, RGB Networks, thePlatform and others. Comcast Cable and NBC Sports Group have signed on as first Adobe Primetime launch partners.
Adobe Primetime enables programmers and pay TV service providers to capitalize on the rising consumer interest in watching and engaging with digital video while helping protect and maximize the value of their content, David Karnstedt, senior vice president, Media and...
Apple licenses Access (formerly PalmSource) patents
According to "9to5Mac" (http://tinyurl.com/clg8vla) --based on documents published on the Access (formerly PalmSource) -- Apple has licensed patents from the portfolios of several former technology companies including some from Palm/PalmSource which were originally bought by HP.
Access appears to own patents from Palm, Bell Communications Research and Geoworks and has licensed them to Apple for 1B Yen, the article adds. Microsoft previously took out a license on these same "foundational patents."
T-Mobile offers $0 down trade-in offer for the iPhone 5
T-Mobile USA says it will supplement its iPhone 5 upfront pricing with a special trade-in offer when the Apple smartphone arrives in T-Mobile stores this Friday, April 12.
"Our message to iPhone 4S and iPhone 4 customers is simple: bring in your device and trade up to iPhone 5 on T-Mobile," says Mike Sievert, chief marketing officer for T-Mobile.
The special trade-in offer, which lasts through Father’s Day on June 16, enables qualified customers who bring in their iPhone 4S or iPhone 4 to get an iPhone 5 for $0 down plus monthly payments, with a no annual service contract. Depending on the trade-in value of their device, customers will also receive a credit of up to US$120, which can be used toward monthly payments, an existing T-Mobile bill, or the purchase of accessories or another device.
Through its Simple Choice Plan, T-Mobile is the only major U.S. wireless company offering iPhone 5 with no annual service contract plus unlimited talk, text and Web on a nationwide 4G...
Korg unveils KROSS keyboard
Korg (www.Korg.com) has announced the Kross keyboard. It will be available in August for US$699 for a 61-key model and $999 for a 88-key version.
Kross is a mobile, affordable, keyboard workstation with audio/MIDI recording capabilities, AC or battery operation (6xAA), and a selection of cutting-edge sounds. Available with 61 keys or 88 fully weighted keys, it’s the first battery-powered, full-featured Korg keyboard workstation, according to the folks at Korg.
The Kross sports analog-style step sequencing and a built-in audio recorder. The piano, electric piano, and drum sounds have been taken from some of Korg’s flagship instruments.
Kross includes a 6-track MIDI sequencer as well as an analog-style step sequencer. The sequencer design features 16 buttons that are used to turn individual notes on or off for creating original rhythm patterns. SMF-format data can be exchanged with a computer via an optional SC card. A set of workstation and production tools include a stereo audio...
Report: Apple preps Macs with 802.11ac Gigabit wireless support
Apple is preparing to release new Macs that support 802.11ac Gigabit wireless, reports "9to5Mac" (http://tinyurl.com/cpx77lf), basing the prediction on code-findings inside of Mac OS X 10.8.4, which was recently released to developers.
The code "was located by a tipster inside of the operating system’s WiFi-frameworks folder," says "9to5Mac." 802.11ac code isn't found in OS X 10.8.3, which is the latest public release of Mac OS X.
Mac search utility, Disklens receives update, adds tags support
microLARGE software has announced Disklens 1.1, an improved version of the menu bar search utility for MacOS X.
Disklens combines Apple's Spotlight search technology with a different user interface. Version 1.1 brings support for Spotlight comments, adds preferences for customizing search result presentation, brings a few user interface improvements like grouping search results by month, and extends the list of supported languages with French and Spanish.
Disklens reqquires Mac OS X 10.7.4 or higher. It can be purchased for US$4.99 at microLARGE Software's online store (http://microlarge.com). A fully functional 15-day trial is available for download.
SecuritySpy for Mac OS X revved to version 3.0.3
Bensoftware has announced SecuritySpy 3.0.3, an update to the multi-camera video surveillance software for the Mac. The new version includes support for more network cameras and sports user interface improvements.
SecuritySpy boasts features such as motion detection, real-time compression of multiple video and audio feeds, and network video and audio streaming, SecuritySpy is designed for demanding video surveillance applications. The software supports a variety of network cameras and video servers, including the popular ACTi, Axis, Panasonic, Sony and Vivotek ranges, as well as FireWire, USB, and PCI video input devices.
SecuritySpy features motion detection, which can be used to trigger recording as well as email alerts and audio alarms. The built-in web server allows remote viewing of live video and audio, previously captured footage, as well as configuration of the software, from over the internet using a web browser or a mobile device such as the iPhone.
SecuritySpy can be...
Mergemill Pro for OS X updated to version 4.5
Cross Culture has released Mergemill Pro 4.5, an update of their app for cleansing and de-duplicating data. The latest release is an enabler that automates many of the data extraction and processing steps in data mining.
Mergemill Pro takes diverse sources of data -- such as databases, web pages, e-mails and more -- and merges them with templates to produce the desired output, from web pages to customized e-mails. The program features data-processing capabilities such as data filters, multi-level data sorting, BASIC scripting, and multiple search-and-replace actions.
Mergemill Pro supports Unicode and other text encodings, and has project scheduling and auto-run functionality. Users can control output in templates through scripting with tags for content insertion, arithmetic expressions, looping, branching, statistic calculations and for marking text blocks for variable assignment or special output actions.
Mergemill Pro 4.5 is available for Macs running OS X 10.5. It can be purchased...
Splother announces music licensing plug-in for Final Cut Pro X
Splother (http://splother.com), an online destination for branding and sync licensing of independent music for film, TV, advertising and products, has announced an upcoming Splother plug-in for Final Cut Pro X that allows editors to browse and select music, add it to the timeline, and immediately obtain an affordable license for use in video projects.
"The integration with Final Cut Pro X is a tremendous opportunity for all existing and future Splother artists," says Splother CEO Dave Durocher. "Their music will now be available to all Final Cut Pro X users around the world through a new plug-in that offers fast, affordable music licensing."
The Splother plug-in for Final Cut Pro X will be released in conjunction with a cloud-based redesign of the music licensing platform. The back-end has been completely redesigned to handle the increased traffic from this software integration.
RunRev releases first Open Source version of LiveCode
RunRev has announced LiveCode 6.0, the first open source edition of its rapid application development platform that allows you to create your own mobile and desktop apps.
LiveCode 6.0 comes just five weeks after the close of one of its Kickstarter campaigns. RunRev raised nearly half a million pounds (US$750,000) to fund the development of the next generation app development platform.
LiveCode 6.0 represents the company’s first Community Edition, free to anyone wanting to access the LiveCode engine for custom development of full-featured mobile and desktop apps. Educators, students and business professionals have put support behind the development of open source LiveCode, recognizing the platform’s ability to change the face of programming in learning and commercial environments, according to the folks at RunRev.
LiveCode 6.0 is released under the GPL3 license, which allows anyone interested in developing mobile apps to do so with the LiveCode Community Edition -- provided users...
eMedia Intermediate Piano & Keyboard Method 2 revved to...
eMedia Music Corp. (www.eMediaMusic.com) has presented eMedia Intermediate Piano & Keyboard Method 2.
New features include interactive Note Tracker and Finger Tracker tools, which listen to and display the note being played as music notation and on an on-screen piano keyboard. Instant Feedback is also included on selected lessons. These interactive features work with both acoustic pianos and electronic keyboards. What's more, eMedia Intermediate Piano & Keyboard Method 2 features remastered higher-quality video and audio and fully-scalable lesson screens.
It's available at retail stores and online the eMedia site at an estimated retail price of US$59.95. The CD-ROM is a hybrid for Mac and Windows platforms. eMedia Intermediate Piano & Keyboard Method 2 is also available together with eMedia Piano & Keyboard Method 3 in a value-priced two CD-ROM set, eMedia Piano & Keyboard Method Deluxe, which retails for $99.95.
Boris FX expands real-time performance of Boris Continuum...
At this week's National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) event, Boris FX (www.borisfx.com) announced Boris Continuum Complete (BCC) 8.2.
The upgrade features up to 100% improvement in render time for OpenGL-accelerated filters. In addition, nearly all BCC AVX for Avid filters can now be rendered in real-time.
BCC 8.2 FxPlug for Apple Final Cut Pro and Motion is available now as a free download from www.borisfx.com for BCC v8.x FxPlug users. BCC 8.2 AE for Adobe After Effects and Premiere Pro, BCC 8.2 AVX for Avid, and BCC 8.2 for Sony Vegas Pro will be available as free downloads for BCC v8.x users during the second quarter of the year.
MacBook Pro sales weaker than expected?
MacBook Pro shipments may only see single-digit growth in 2013, as related upstream component suppliers still haven't seen major increases in orders, claims "DigiTimes" (http://tinyurl.com/chasuuo), quoting unnamed "sources from the upstream supply chain."
The orders may increase slightly after Apple releases its new MacBook products at the end of the second quarter, the article adds. Apple was confident about its 13-inch MacBook Pro performance for 2013, "but the device's actual sales turn out to be weaker than expected," per "DigiTimes."
Founder of Apple retail employee union leaves the company
Cory Moll, the founder of a union for Apple's retail employees is leaving the company after deciding to pursue other options, reports "CNET" (http://tinyurl.com/bqfpzss).
He's been with Apple since 2007 and founded the Apple Retail Workers Union. He's leaving his job by his own choice as of today, notes "CNET."
"I feel that the time has come to go explore the world, discover new opportunities and learn new skills," Moll said in an e-mail.
Nektar introduces 49 note USB keyboard
Nektar has announced the Impact LX49, the first in a new range of Nektar USB controller keyboards.
With intelligent mapping for major DAWs, Impact LX49 is designed for musicians and producers to get up and running without having to worry about MIDI assignments to get started. Based on the technology developed for the Nektar Panorama series, Impact comes pre-mapped and configured.
Just like Panorama, which features multiple modes for main control navigation, Impact LX49 allows the user to switch between Mixer, Instrument and Preset modes. Presets include five memory locations for users to store their own setups. Navigation options include track change, patch change and a plug-in button that opens or closes the currently controlled plug-in window on the computer display.
Impact LX49 also features eight velocity sensitive pads that also can be used as MIDI buttons. A pad learn function enables pad presets to be programmed by pressing the target note on the keyboard. Four pad memory...
DB-Text for Mac OS X updated to version 1.2
Tension Software has updated DB-Text -- a tool to import, edit and manage text based archives -- to version 1.2. The upgrade offers new export functions with new dialog and selection of exported fields.
DB-Text 1.2 also sports improved iImport functions, a Sandbox release, advanced preferences, auto detection of CSV or TAB file format to import, and minor bug fixes. DB-Text is available for US $6.99 both from the Mac App Store and the Tension Software web site (www.pomola.com/products_dbtext/ ).
CampTune for Mac OS X revved to version 10.2
Paragon Software has introduced CampTune X 10.2 to ensure the most up-to-date dual-boot user experience possible. The upgrade solves the maintenance problem that Mac Boot Camp users encounter when they run out of free partition space.
With Camptune X, Mac users can redistribute available space between Mac and Windows partitions without data loss, adding free megabytes to partitions on either operating system quickly and easily. Camptune X is a native utility that adjusts volume size in a few simple clicks without the need to boot to a special environment.
It costs US$19.95. More info can be found at www.paragon-software.com.
Intel announces Thunderbolt updates
At the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) show this week in Las Vegas, Intel made some key announcements regarding Thunderbolt technology, the fastest data connection available in your personal computer.
Intel introduced the Intel DSL4510/4410 Thunderbolt controllers which add DisplayPort 1.2 capability when connecting to native DP displays, improve power management, and reduce platform bill of materials cost.
Intel (www.intel.com) also previewed early prototype silicon of its next-generation Thunderbolt controller codenamed Falcon Ridge, which runs at 20Gbs, enabling 4K video file transfer and display simultaneously. Initial production is expected before the end of this year, with ramp in 2014.
Boris announces new VFX browser for BCC
At this week's National Association of Broadcasts (NAB) event, Boris FX unveiled a new VFX browser for its flagship Boris Continuum Complete (BCC) plug-in collection.
Available as a free download, the new BCC Effects Library Browser plug-in allows editors and motion graphics artists to instantly preview thousands of BCC presets via animations that integrate timeline video. The free plug-in can be used on any system with a BCC-compatible host application even if BCC isn't installed.
Any of the thousands of factory-installed BCC presets can be previewed in real-time with host application video, giving artists the ability to quickly find their desired look. Presets are sorted by filter and filter category for maximum convenience. In addition, custom-made BCC presets immediately appear in the BCC Effects Library Browser plug-in and can be previewed alongside factory-installed presets.
All factory-installed presets are completely customizable and can be shared with other BCC...
Sonnet announces Echo Express III-D/Echo Express III-R
At this week's National Association of Broadcasts (NAB) event, Sonnet announced the Echo Express III-D desktop and Echo Express III-R rackmount Thunderbolt-to-PCI Express Expansion Chassis, the newest members of the company's Echo family of Thunderbolt expansion chassis for PCIe cards.
Featuring three PCIe slots, a 300W power supply, and 75W auxiliary power connector, both new Thunderbolt-to-PCIe expansion chassis enable the use of a wide variety of high-performance PCI Express cards -- originally designed for use in desktop computers -- with any Mac with a Thunderbolt port. These Sonnet products support every Thunderbolt-compatible PCIe card available.
Both the Echo Express III-D desktop and Echo Express III-R rackmount chassis feature dual Thunderbolt ports to support daisy-chaining of devices, and are designed for users needing the optimum solution for connecting three PCIe cards to their computer. Each new chassis supports up to three full-length, full-height, single-width PCIe 2...
NAB: PROMISE Tech rolls out VTrak A-Class
At this week's National Association of Broadcasts (NAB) event, PROMISE Technology, which specializes in developing high-performance RAID storage solutions for the media and entertainment market, unveiled a comprehensive, low cost turnkey scale out SAN storage solution for big data: the new VTrak A-Class.
Developed with creative professionals in the media and entertainment market in mind, the VTrak A-Class is designed for the storage intensive workflows of post-production, broadcast and data asset management and archiving. PROMISE's new storage solution enables multiple clients running Mac OS X, Windows or Linux to access a shared SAN filesystem over Fibre Channel.
PROMISE Technology's VTrak A-Class will first be available in North America on April 29, through the network of PROMISE distributors and value added resellers. For more info, go to www.promise.com/VTrakA-Class .
Blackmagic Design announces Pocket Cinema Camera
At this week's National Association of Broadcasts (NAB) event, Blackmagic Design announced the US$995 Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera, a pocket sized digital cinema camera that includes features such as Super 16mm sized 1080HD sensor, super wide 13 stops of dynamic range, built in SD card recorder for Apple ProRes, lossless compressed CinemaDNG RAW capture and active Micro Four Thirds lens mount.
The new Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera has most of the features of its bigger brother, including its feature film look, but has been redesigned with a smaller size that is less than an inch thick and can be held easily in your hand, says Grant Petty, CEO of Blackmagic Design. It's so small that it can be used in situations in the field where a larger camera could be dangerous, he adds.
The Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera features an industry standard Super 16 sensor size. The camera includes a SD card recorder that allows the full sensor dynamic range to be recorded in professional ProRes...
G-Tech announces new, compact external hard drive
At this week's National Association of Broadcasts (NAB) event, G-Technology announced its new G-DRIVE PRO with Thunderbolt, a compact, desktop external hard drive that purportedly delivers hard drive capacity with SSD-like performance, taking advantage of the speed and power of Thunderbolt.
Leveraging G-Technology's well-known G-DRIVE design, the new G-DRIVE PRO with Thunderbolt delivers sustained data transfer rates of up to 480MB/s, which is up to three times faster than standard 3.5-inch desktop external hard drives, according to the folks at G-Tech. Optimal for Thunderbolt-enabled Mac systems, the G-DRIVE PRO with Thunderbolt is transportable for editing in the field or in the studio.
Based on G-Technology's G-DRIVE design, it provides dual Thunderbolt ports for future external storage expansion and to daisy chain with other Thunderbolt-based devices. It supports compressed 4K and multiple streams of 2K, HDV, DVCPro HD, XDCAM HD, ProRes 4444 and uncompressed SD workflows. With...
Avid announces Avid Pro Tools 11
The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) -- which recently denied Apple’s trademark application for the iPad mini because Apple's patent filing merely described the product -- has now withdrawn its objections, notes "MacRumors."
A second objection related to Apple's use of the iPad mini overview page as its specimen proving that the named product was being offered for sale. "The issue has in fact mostly been resolved without Apple having had to address the examiner's objections," notes "MacRumors" (www.macrumors.com). "Presumably responding to the publicity surrounding the initial decision, the USPTO has preemptively withdrawn its two main objections to Apple's objections."
Avid has announced Avid Pro Tools 11, an update of its digital audio workstation for music and audio production. This latest version enables audio professionals to take on the most demanding productions with new, high-powered audio and video engines, 64-bit architecture, expanded metering, and direct...
Preview Lightworks for Mac at NAB 2013
EditShare has announced that the Mac version of Lightworks. EditShare's popular cross-platform editing software will be demonstrated for the first time at NAB 2013 in Las Vegas.
Lightworks has been redesigned to work on Mac OS X, making it the first professional NLE to be tri-platform (Mac OS X, Windows and Linux), according to Matt Sandford, Lightworks worldwide product manager. Visitors to the EditShare stand at NAB 2013 (SL9010) will be treated to a demonstration of the all-new Lightworks Mac OS X version, followed by a Q&A session in the stand's theatre area hosted by Scott Hill, long-time Lightworks user and Hollywood editor.
In addition to the new releases, EditShare is busy developing new additional features for Lightworks users to enjoy when version 11.2 is released in the near future, says Sandford. These include: added support for AJA I/O hardware; support for screen capture using the record panel; an improved import panel; native H.264 MOV playback; and a curve effect...
Sorenson Media launches Squeeze 9
Sorenson Media has released Sorenson Squeeze 9, an upgrade of its video encoder that improves the encoding workflow and optimizes multi-screen video encoding.
Benefits of the newest version of Squeeze include industry-first HTML5 optimization; an enhanced, more intuitive streamlined user interface and optimized user experience; enhancements to video quality and speed; and improvements to the product’s review and approval functionality.
According to Mitch Holyoak, vice president of engineering for Sorenson Media, says Squeeze 9 makes encoding video files for playback in HTML5 easy and intuitive. Users simply drag and drop a single HTML5 preset onto a source file, and Squeeze then automatically creates two output renditions of the file -- one in MP4, the other in WebM -- together with a coding of the video onto an HTML5 web page, using the video tag. The two renditions enable native video playback in all major browsers, including Safari, Chrome, Internet Explorer, and Firefox.
PixelCut introduces WebCode for Mac OS X
While designers focus on drawing HTML5 games, infographics or web user interfaces, WebCode automatically writes the code for them. Developed from the ground up with resolution independence in mind, the code generated by WebCode works on both Retina and non-Retina displays. WebCode also imports SVG and PSD documents.
'Handful' of Samsung smartphones infringe an Apple...
A "handful" of Samsung smartphones infringe an Apple patent on text selection, according to the initial determination of a U.S. International Trade Commission judge, notes the "IDG News Service" (http://tinyurl.com/br27qyd).
The patent in question concerns the selection of text on the browser of a handheld device by covering it with a translucent layer, where the layer becomes active for user inputs, the article adds. In his initial decision, Judge Thomas Pender found several Samsung phones did infringe two parts of U.S. patent RE41,922, filed by Apple in 2002.
Microsoft to end Office 2008 for Mac support on April 9
As noted by "MacRumors" (http://tinyurl.com/dysup3j), Microsoft says it will end support for Office 2008 for Mac on Tuesday, April 9.
"Support for Office for Mac 2008 will end April 9th, 2013. View the Microsoft Support Lifecycle Policy for further details, such as the support dates for this product," the company says.
Microsoft recommends that affected users purchase an Office 365 subscription, which includes Office for Mac 2011 and future updates to the product. Office 365 costs $100 per year or $10 per month. Office 2011 can be purchased for $140 to $220.
Office for Mac 2008 updates will be available for download until April 19, 2014, but no new updates will be provided after April 9, 2013. The software will remain functional even though it will no longer be supported.
Speaking of Office, Microsoft has created a new pilot program specifically designed to train and accredit Apple techs and consultants on Microsoft Office for Mac and Office 365 suites. The "Microsoft Office for Mac...
Judge says no to anti-poaching lawsuit
A federal judge will not allow a lawsuit accusing Apple, Google and other technology companies of conspiring not to poach each other's employees to proceed as a class action, "but left the door open for affected workers to eventually sue as a group," reports "Reuters" (http://tinyurl.com/ckhy4yx)
U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh in San Jose, California, said the five software engineers who brought the case had yet to show that the proposed class plaintiffs had enough in common to allow them to sue together. However, in light of new evidence, she said the nature of the "alleged overarching conspiracy" and desire to litigate it all at once weighed "heavily" in favor of class certification. As a result, she gave the plaintiffs a chance to seek class certification again, notes "Reuters."
Media 100 expands support for AJA and Matrox hardware
Media 100 -- a provider of advanced editing systems for corporate, broadcast, and post-production -- has announced Media 100 Suite version 2.1.3.
It adds support for AJA’s Io Xt, Io Express, T-TAP, and KONA LHe Plus video I/O hardware as well as Matrox’s Mojito MAX. Media 100 Suite is video editing software for Mac OS X with broad support for 4K, 2K, HD, and SD standards, Media 100 Suite delivers broadcast-quality output for tape and file-based workflows.
In addition to video I/O hardware from AJA, Matrox, and Blackmagic Design, Media 100 Suite provides AVCHD, AVC-Intra, FireWire, Panasonic P2, and Sony XDCAM acquisition interfaces. Boris RED is included for integrated 3D compositing, transitions, titling, and visual effects. Media 100 Suite 2.x customers can download the 2.1.3 update free of charge from the Media 100 web site at http://www.media100.com . A full-functioning 14-day trial version of Media 100 Suite is also available.
Mushkin ships 1.8-Inch Chronos solid state drives
Mushkin has announced the worldwide availability of its new line of 1.8-inch Chronos GO SATA III (6Gbps) solid-state drives (SSDs), now shipping in 120GB, 240GB and 480GB capacities.
The new line of 1.8-inch drives feature a smaller, lighter footprint than the previous generation, and offer performance and reliability improvements for power users, according to Nicolas Villalobos, director of Global Marketing at Mushkin. Originally designed as an enterprise-class drive, the new Chronos SSD has been adapted and re-engineered to deliver the highest possible storage capacity in a drive optimized for high-performance and ultimate reliability, even in the most demanding 24x7 environments, he adds. For more information, visit http://www.mushkin.com/ .
DollyDrive gives free storage, sync, backup for Mac for a...
Through April 11, Cirrus Thinking is offering free 10GB accounts of the Dolly Drive service for a limited time.
DollyDrive provides a four-in-one solution for online storage, access and protection of everything on a Mac. You can create a bootable clone of a Mac on an external drive for immediate recovery from any hard drive related failures. For more info go to http://www.dollydrive.com .
Previews of Sente 6.6 for Mac and iPad available
Third Street Software has announced the availability of preview releases of Sente 6.6 for Mac and iPad. It's an update to the academic reference manager.
New features include a complete overhaul of the library synchronization engine to make it easier to keep reference libraries synchronized across multiple Macs and iPads. Sente 6.6 also now supports Find-in-PDF on both platforms and there is a new, streamlined PDF annotation interface on the iPad.
Sente 6.6 for Mac is available at http://tinyurl.com/bsk4fqf . The iPad is available in the Apple App Store. The final release of Sente 6.6 will be available later this month.
MTEL sues Apple for patent infringement
A company called Mobile Telecommunications (MTEL) is suing Apple, claiming its Messages services violates seven of its patents, reports "Patently Apple" (http://tinyurl.com/dy68yus).
The lawsuit concerns iMessage, Airport Express, Airport Extreme, Time Capsule and devices such as the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. According to the formal complaint, Apple has directly infringed and will continue to directly infringe claims of the 5,809,428 Patent by making, using, selling, offering for sell, and/or importing in the United States mobile devices using iOS and networks that provide Apple's iMessage communication service and other messaging services.