Apple TV software revved to version 5.2.1
Apple has updated its Apple TV software to version 5.2.1. It sports a redesigned Hulu app, some bug fixes and more.
Apple TV 5.2.1 adds support for Music in the Cloud in Japan and Israel. Finally, it includes improvements for software updates, subtitles and general performance. The software can be downloaded via the Settings app on your Apple TV.
Two versions of Premiere Elements 11 Editor come to the Mac App...
Adobe has announced the availability of the Premiere Elements 11 Editor and Premiere Elements 11 Quick Editor in the Mac App Store, offering consumers the option of the full-feature Editor or a light version best suited for beginners.
Released in September 2012, Premiere Elements 11 features a refreshed interface with one-click options that take the work out of editing. The Premiere Elements 11 Editor offers two editing modes, Quick and Expert, with a full range of editing tools.
Premiere Elements 11 Quick features only the "Quick" editing options from the full-featured Editor, providing beginning users with powerful, intuitive tools to build great movies. One-click tools allow users to edit footage, apply pro-quality effects and sound, and easily share finished projects to virtually any screen.
Adobe Premiere Elements 11 Editor is available for download from the Mac App Store immediately worldwide for US$79.99 or as stated in local currency. Premiere Elements 11 Quick Editor can...
FileMaker serves up Made for FileMaker portal
FileMaker has announced Made for FileMaker, an online collection of nearly 300 FileMaker database solutions and resources in multiple languages from some of the world’s best FileMaker developers.
All products help users and developers get the most out of FileMaker, and are offered by approved members of the FileMaker Business Alliance. You can find them at http://solutions.filemaker.com/made-for-filemaker/ .
Visitors to Made for FileMaker will find solutions for many industries and tasks, including iPad and iPhone solutions. The listings also include dozens of plug-ins, developer tools, barcode readers and scanners, and books and training videos. Each listing includes a link to the developer’s site for more information and to purchase.
Made for FileMaker includes:
° Solutions optimized for iPad and iPhone: Showcases iOS solutions such as sales and customer management, asset tracking, in-field work order automation and more.
° Solutions for FileMaker 12: Highlights many solutions for...
Apple releases iOS 6.1.3
Apple has released iOS 6.1.3. It fixes a security hole in iOS that could let someone to bypass your iPhone's passcode lock. It also improves Apple Maps in Japan.
You can install the update via the Software Update section (under the General category) of the Settings app on your iPhone, iPod touch or iPad. Or you can upgrade through iTunes.
Wacom introduces new 13-inch interactive pen display
Wacom has announced the Cintiq 13HD (http://cintiq13hd.wacom.com/en), a new addition to its lineup of Cintiq interactive pen displays. It combines a 13-inch HD screen, an adjustable stand and an improved Pro Pen.
The Cintiq 13HD works with both Mac and PC.computers. Its stand is optimized for use in a choice of four settings -- flat, 22 degrees, 35 degrees and 50 degrees. The screen displays 16.7 million colors and boasts 1920x1080 resolution are particularly beneficial to those working with intricate graphics or images.
As with all Wacom interactive pen displays, the Cintiq 13HD enables users to create directly on screen. It offers 2,048 levels of pressure sensitivity, as well as tilt recognition. The Pro Pen is cordless and battery-free.
The new Cintiq 13HD is priced at US$999.95. It's scheduled to be available in early April at Wacom's eStore and other select retailers.
INFRAWARE introduces POLARIS Office Enterprise SDK
INFRAWARE, a mobile software and service company, has released the POLARIS Office Enterprise software development kit (SDK) for mobile enterprise developers. It integrates INFRAWARE's leading mobile office solution, POLARIS Office, with new corporate security features including data encryption and dependable document security to support enterprise data protection requirements.
POLARIS Office Enterprise SDK enables mobile enterprise developers to access advanced features to protect corporate documents safely, according to Min Cheol Kwak, CEO of INFRAWARE. It directly downloads documents from corporate cloud storage and opens for viewing and editing through POLARIS Office.
When a document is closed, POLARIS Office Enterprise SDK uploads the file to corporate cloud storage, without leaving any trace on the user device. This protects against confidential data loss and leakage even when a device is lost, stolen or damaged.
INFRAWARE is now in partnership with numerous mobile...
MAXON announces strategic alliance with Adobe
MAXON, the developer of CINEMA 4D -- 3D animation software for film, broadcast and motion graphics professionals -- has entered into a strategic alliance with Adobe to further collaborate on technology "that provides creatives in the motion graphics and visual effects industry with new levels of digital media content creation."
As part of the alliance, both companies are expected to collaborate and engineer a pipeline between Adobe After Effects software and CINEMA 4D.
"CINEMA 4D is a leading 3D solution, and the one After Effects users have come to know and love because of its ease-of-use, speed, stability and especially tight integration with the 2D compositing application," says Harald Egel, co-founder and CEO, MAXON. "We look forward to continued collaboration between our programming and marketing teams to ensure that the interoperability of our software products makes a positive impact on artists seeking to easily and fully integrate 3D into their production pipelines."
Ambrosia releases Soundboard 2.2.2 with new features,...
Ambrosia Software has released Soundboard 2.2.2, an update to the live sound effect playing software for Mac OS X 10.7.4 and higher. Like cart machines in broadcast radio studios, Soundboard lets you map sound effects, audio clips, or musical accompaniment to keys on the Mac keyboard, triggered with a single tap.
Soundboard 2.2.2 adds full Retina display support and implements copying of sounds via drag and drop. It also boasts improved compatibility with OS X Mountain Lion, an enhanced waveform editor, and numerous bug fixes and enhancements
You can control Soundboard via any MIDI device. MIDI effects such as panning and gain are automatically applied to Soundboard's output. You can have your sound play in its entirety with a tap, or have it run only while holding down your chosen MIDI trigger.
This is a free update to existing Soundboard 2.x registered users. For new users the cost is US$40. A demo is available for download. For more info go to http://tinyurl.com/84ety35 .
PDFpen 6.0 adds the ability to export to Word format
Smile (www.smilesoftware.com) has announced PDFpen 6.0, the latest version of its all-purpose PDF editing tool. The upgrade of PDFpen features export to Microsoft Word format and a new editing bar for faster access to tools and properties.
PDFpenPro has added document permission setting and automatic form creation. The updated document window appearance is enhanced with a new dropdown menu to access sidebar options for search, annotations, thumbnails, and table of contents. Go to for details.
PDFpenPro 6.0 requires Mac OS X 10.7 or higher. It costs US$99.95 for single user license. Family and office packs are also available. Upgrades from earlier version are $30. Version 6.0 is a free upgrade to the Smile Store version for purchases made on or after Oct.15, 2012; no free upgrades are available in the Mac App Store.
HoudahSpot for Mac OS X updated to version 3.7
Houdah Software (www.houdah.com) has released HoudahSpot 3.7, an upgrade of its file search tool. The upgrade sports the ability to rename files right from the list of search results.
HoudahSpot now autocompletes criteria when searching for file kind or tags. Version 3.7 also boasts faster file operations. Finally, the context menu now opens quickly even when many files are selected.
HoudahSpot requires Mac OS X 10.6 or higher. It costs US$29 for a single user license. A demo is available for download.
PopChar X for Mac OS X revved to version 6.2
Ergonis Software (www.ergonis.com) has released PopChar X 6.2, an improved version of the company's Mac OS X tool for efficiently dealing with fonts and special characters.
The new version includes usability improvements that make finding and inserting special characters and umlauts easier than ever. The new version also supports Unicode 6.2, the latest release of the Unicode Standard. Plus, it adds a new font matching technique that finds fonts for font family names.
PopChar X 6.2 requires Mac OS X 10.5.8 or higher. It can be purchased on the Ergonis Software website. The upgrade to PopChar 6.2 is free for anyone who owns a valid license for PopChar X 6. Upgrade paths are available for owners of older licenses.
Native Instruments Introduces Helios Ray
Native Instruments has released Helios Ray, a new Maschine Expansion providing sounds and beats drawing from London's broken beat scene and LA's abstract beat producers.
Containing three separate styles of drum kits as well as unique Melodic Kits and new Massive presets, Helios Ray is out now for Maschine and Maschine Mikro, with a compact version for iMaschine also now available as an in-app purchase via the Apple App Store.
Helios Ray contains three distinct styles of drum kits -- Vinyl, Digital and Analog. The Vinyl Kits provide vinyl kicks, finger snaps, shakers, vocal samples, claps, snares, crackle, record stops and more. They represent the loose, off-kilter hip-hop of LA's abstract beat scene.
The Digital Kits feature Brazilian and Latin percussion such as shakers, bongos and congas, and smooth, warm basses. They're designed for producers working in a nu jazz and broken beat style.
The Analog Kits contain gritty drums and percussion provided by classic hardware units. All...
Southern Stars launches Satellite Safari for iOS
Southern Stars (www.southernstars.com) has released a new iOS app called Satellite Safari. It's available at the Apple App Store (http://tinyurl.com/cjhj9k7) for US$2.99 (40% off the regular price) until April.
Satellite Safari is Southern Stars' "tour guide" to the universe of satellites that have been launched around Earth. Later this year, it can become your personal gateway to a real satellite in orbit that you can take pictures and send broadcasts from.
Satellite Safari is the official app of the SkyCube mission (www.skycube.com).
The SkyCube satellite is scheduled to launch and deploy from the International Space Station in September, 2013. When it does, you'll be able to request your own images of the Earth, and broadcast your own radio messages from orbit as "tweets from space," using this Satellite Safari app on your iPhone or iPad.
Until then, you can use Satellite Safari to learn more about the International Space Station and hundreds of other satellites already in orbit...
Apple releases Xcode 4.6.1
Apple has released Xcode 4.6.1, an update to its set of developer tools for Mac OS X.
Apple says it's been updated to support Mac OS X 10.8.3. It also fixes some bugs.
Xcode 4.6.1 is a 1.65GB download. It's free at the Mac App Store.
THX sues Apple for patent infringement
THX has filed a lawsuit against Apple, claiming that the iPhone, iPad, and Mac computer lineup infringe on its 2008 patent for speaker technology, reports "The MacObserver" (www.macobserver.com).
Here's a summary of the patent: "A narrow profile speaker unit comprises at least one speaker outputting sound towards an internal surface and through a duct with an output terminus, such as a slot, having a narrow dimension, effectively changing the cross-section of the speaker's audio output wave. A pair of speakers may face one another, outputting sound towards a common output slot. Multiple pairs of speakers may be used to form an inline speaker unit for increased sound output. A slotted speaker unit may include multiple speakers facing the same direction, towards a groundplane or reflecting surface, and having parallel apertures for allowing sound radiation. The speaker units may be integral with or attached to electronic appliances such as desktop computers or flatscreen devices, or...
Ohanaware announces Shine for Mac OS X
Ohanaware has released Shine, a photo enhancing application for Mac OS X (10.6 or higher). Its designed to enhance digital photos by using lighting effects such as Light Rays and Lens Flares, and enhancing the color of the photo by using gradient tints.
Shine also features other enhancing effects such as Sun, Dynamic Contrast, Highlight Glow and a "Light Fall Off" (also known as Vignette) effect. On OS X 10.7 and 10.8, the application can run in full screen mode.
Shine is available at Ohanaware's website (www.ohanaware.com) for US$9.99 for a single user license, discounted. That's a limited time price; afterward the price will be $19.99. A free (watermarking) trial can be downloaded from the Ohanaware web site.
Scrambler for Mac OS X adds more secure encrypted file format
Coding Turtle has announced Scrambler 1.2, an update to their encryption app for the Mac.
It allows users to encrypt their files and folders before sending them to other Macs over untrusted email, instant messaging or cloud-based services. Scrambler resides in the menu bar -- providing a small icon in the upper-right area of the screen. To encrypt, users drag files or folders on Scrambler's icon and type in a password via a small and non-intrusive pop-up window.
Version 1.2 adds a more secure encrypted file format. The new file format also produces more compact files -- about 25% smaller. Scrambler 1.2 adds the optional ability to automatically delete the original item(s) after encryption/decryption.
Scrambler 1.2 is available on the Mac App Store (http://tinyurl.com/d6y5qxk) for US$2.99. It is also available as a shareware from the developer's website (https://codingturtle.com/scrambler), where a free and fully functional five-day trial can be found.
Tim Cook drops from the top spot of top-rated CEOs
Career website Glassdoor (www.glassdoor.com) released its latest report highlighting this year’s top 50 highest-rated CEOs. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has unseated Apple CEO Tim Cook from the number one spot he held last year, notes "TNW" (http://tinyurl.com/cbbexpu).
Glassdoor compiled its figures based on more than half a million company reviews submitted by employees between Feb. 25, 2012 and Feb. 24, 2013. During the past year, Zuckerberg saw his CEO approval rating climb 14 percentage points to 99%, while Apple CEO Tim Cook fell to the 18th spot this year as he saw a decrease of four percentage points to 93%.
Apple sued over 'shoddy' retina display screens
An Apple laptop owner lodged a putative class action in California federal court on Wednesday accusing the company of tricking consumers into paying premium prices for MacBook Pro computers with "shoddy" retina display screens manufactured by LG Corp., reports "Law 360" (http://tinyurl.com/anaj9ck).
Although Apple advertises the MacBook Pro's liquid crystal display screens as the best of its kind, some of the computers contain LG screens that suffer from brightness, color and image display flaws while others feature better screens made by Samsung Corp., according to the suit. The suit says Apple has "tricked" some customers into buying MacBook Pros not having Samsung screens.
2K announces Sid Meier’s Civilization V: Brave New World...
2K and Firaxis Games have announced that Sid Meier's Civilization V: Brave New World, the second expansion pack for the Civilization V, is currently in development and will be released this summer for Windows-based PC and brought to the Mac by Aspyr Media.
Sid Meier's Civilization V: Brave New World brings a massive amount of new gameplay to the Civilization V experience, providing gamers with even more rewarding ways to achieve world domination, says Sarah Anderson, senior vice president of marketing for 2K. Sid Meier’s Civilization V: Brave New World provides new depth and replayability through the introduction of international trade and a focus on culture and diplomacy, she adds.
The player’s influence around the world will be impacted by creating a number of Great Works across a variety of crafts, choosing an ideology for their civilization, and proposing global resolutions in the new World Congress. As players move through the ages of history, they will make critical decisions...
PCI Geomatics software now supports SPOT-6 sensor
PCI Geomatics, a developer of remote sensing and photogrammetric software and systems, says it now supports SPOT-6 imagery within its software suite.
SPOT-6, a new satellite built and operated by Astrium was launched on Sept. 9, 2012, from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in India. SPOT-6 is an optical imaging satellite capable of imaging the Earth with a resolution of 1.5 m Panchromatic and 6 m Multispectral (Blue, Green, Red, Near-IR).
"We have worked closely with Astrium and the European Commissions’ Joint Research Centre (JRC) to validate our software’s support for SPOT-6 imagery," says Dr. Philip Cheng, senior scientist at PCI Geomatics. "PCI’s customers rely on us to provide support when new sensors are launched. Adding support for SPOT-6 was relatively straightforward as the data format is very similar to other PCI supported sensors that have been recently launched by Astrium, such as the Pleiades Constellation."
The support for SPOT-6 will be available in the Geomatica 2013 SP2...
Syncro Soft revs Syncro SVN Client to version 8.1
Syncro Soft, the producer of Syncro SVN Client, has announced the availability of version 8.1 of its Subversion (SVN) client.
The upgrade offers support for committing changes to multiple repositories at once. Also, the functionality of the commit operation was enhanced and further improvements were added regarding the representation and deletion of working copy items.
Syncro SVN Client 8.1 can be freely evaluated for 30 days. You can download a copy at http://tinyurl.com/bv72vwl . It's compatible with Mac OS X, Windows, Linux and Solaris systems.
Syncro SVN Client with One Year Maintenance Pack costs US$59. Syncro SVN Client Site License with One Year Maintenance Pack costs $2,970. Volume discount rates are available starting with 5 licenses.
VueScan adds support for 339 Brother scanners
Hamrick Software, the developer of the VueScan scanning software, has released its latest version 9.2.10. It adds native support for 339 Brother scanners to VueScan Desktop.
Of these, 204 are network capable which means they will also work with VueScan Mobile. VueScan Desktop will work on Brother scanners directly for Mac OS X and Linux, which means that no Brother drivers are required. In addition, VueScan no longer needs a WIA driver on Windows or an ICA driver on Mac OS X.
VueScan Desktop now supports more than 2,100 scanners, and is available for Mac OS X, Windows and Linux. Ed Hamrick, the developer of VueScan, says the software offers a full range of advanced features; including options for scanning faded slides and prints and automatically adjusting images to optimum color balance that reduces the need to manually do it in Photoshop. It includes built-in IT8 color calibration of scanners, producing colors that look true to life, batch scanning and other advanced and powerful...
Accounting Flowcharts offered for ConceptDraw PRO users
The new Accounting Flowcharts Solution extends ConceptDraw PRO 9 giving users the ability to draw flowcharts that represent accounting process that need to be described in an organization.
The accounting flowchart samples that are provided by this new solution illustrate a receiving process, purchasing process, payment process, and voucher payable process. ConceptDraw PRO runs on both Mac OS X and Microsoft Windows systems.
It retails for US$199; competitive upgrade pricing is available upon request. For more info go to http://tinyurl.com/cqeu3rn .
Apple releases Mac OS X 10.8.3
Apple has released version 10.8.3 of Mac OS X Mountain Lion. Apple says it's is recommended for all Mountain Lion users and includes new features and fixes, including:
° The ability to redeem iTunes gift cards in the Mac App Store using your Mac's built-in camera;
° Boot Camp support for installing Windows 8;
° Boot Camp support for Macs with a 3 TB hard drive;
° A fix for an issue that could cause a file URL to quit apps unexpectedly;
° A fix for an issue that may cause Logic Pro to become unresponsive when using certain plug-ins;
° A fix for an issue that may cause audio to stutter on 2011 iMacs;
° A fix for an issue in Contacts that may cause cards to print out of order;
° A fix for an issue that may cause the desktop picture to change after logging out or restarting;
° A fix for an issue in Messages that may cause messages to appear out of order after waking from sleep;
° A fix for an issue that may cause the screen to display incorrectly after waking from sleep;
Remo Software launches PSD Repair Tool for Mac
Remo Software has launched a new repair tool to repair damaged PSD files. The Remo Repair PSD for Mac tool is for users who would like to repair corrupt Adobe Photoshop files.
It has a built-in engine to repair severely damaged PSD files on Mac and make them reusable again. The software recovers data, layers and formatting from any damaged Photoshop PSD.
Remo Repair PSD for Mac OS X and Windows is available for US$69 from the Remo Software website (www.remosoftware.com). A trial version is available for download.
Apple releases MacBook Pro Retina SMC Update 1.0
Apple has posted MacBook Pro Retina SMC Update 1.0 (http://tinyurl.com/c6gg9e8). It resolves a rare issue where users may experience slow frame rates when playing graphics-intensive games on the 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina Display.
It also includes bug fixes for Power Nap, wake from sleep and fan control. MacBook Pro Retina SMC Update 1.0 is a 504KB download and requires Mac OS X 10.7.5 or later.
Free update enhances App Studio support in QuarkXPress 9
Quark has announced an update to QuarkXPress that's available free of charge to all version 9 users. The update optimizes App Studio for QuarkXPress with improvements made to file size, font compatibility, and interactive features.
App Studio is the digital publishing solution that allows designers to create HTML5 apps for iPhone, iPad, Kindle Fire and Android devices with the page layout software they already know. The updates to QuarkXPress to enhance app creation with App Studio include:
° Issue file size optimization to create even smaller App Studio downloads;
° Option to embed any TrueType or OpenType font into App Studio layouts;
° New horizontal scroll box interactive enrichment;
° Scroll support for web views;
° The ability to add interactivity to anchored boxes;
° New “Open File” action for embedding additional media within HTML5 content
You can download QuarkXPress 9.5.1 at http://tinyurl.com/3rmaqwm .
Deploymate helps developers detect unavailable API calls
A new tool for iOS and Mac app developers has been released. Deploymate helps developers identify unavailable, deprecated and obsolete API [application program interface] usage in their Xcode projects.
Unavailable API usage will often crash iOS and Mac apps and the only way to find these crashes was manual testing. Deploymate aims to solve this problem by statically analyzing Xcode projects and source files to find such API usage and warn the developer before it's too late. Deploymate is available for all Macs running OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion or later for an introductory price of US$9.99 at http://tinyurl.com/c8or6h9 .
Deploymate is based on Clang/LLVM compiler and utilizes this technology to detect Cocoa and Cocoa Touch API usage in Xcode projects. With its scanner, developers can run analysis on their code and find API usage that may cause problems in their apps.
ITC delays ruling in Apple-Samsung patent fight
The U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) on Wednesday announced that it will delay final judgment of assertions that Apple infringed on certain FRAND patents owned by Samsung when it made the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch, reports "Reuters" (http://tinyurl.com/c8pra2j).
In September an ITC administrative law judge said in a preliminary ruling in September that Apple didn't infringe the patents. The full ITC said it would review the matter. If the full ITC reversed its internal judge and found Apple guilty of infringement, the ITC could order its products banned from the U.S. market.
The ITC now says it will issue a decision on May 31. And it's requested filings on questions related to the effect of banning the Apple products on the public interest and whether there were acceptable substitutes for the Apple products if they were to be banned.
This is all part of the ongoing, global legal battle. Apple and Samsung have filed more than 30 lawsuits against each other across four...
iMac now offered with VESA Mount Adapter
Apple is offering its iMac all-in-one with a built-in VESA Mount Adapter that allows users to attach the desktop Mac to walls or other vertical surfaces.
The mount is available with all configurations of the iMac. Pricing is US$1,339, $1,539, $1,839 and $2,039 for the 21.5-inch, 2.7GHz, 21.5-inch, 2.99GHz, 27-inch, 2.9GHz and 27-inch, 3.2GHz models, respectively.
That compares to $1,299, $1,499, $1,799 and $1.99 for the non-VESA models. Note that this is a build-to-order option only; the VESA mount can't be added to a 2012 iMac you already own.
Air Login lets you access Mac files from an iPad or iPhone
Avatron (http://avatron.com) has revved Air Login, a wireless remote log-in app, to version 1.0.2. With the software, you can access all of your files on your Mac from your iPad or iPhone.
Air Login requires Mac OS X 10.6 or higher and costs US$1.99. It's available at the Apple App Store in the Business category (http://tinyurl.com/a2yryff).
Excel Software announces AppProtect 3.0
Excel Software (www.excelsoftware.com) has announced AppProtect 3.0, an update of the Mac OS X compatible application that applies protection with a human controlled or automated online activation process to a compiled application without programming. Version 3.0 works with OfficeProtect 2.0 to generate a protected application from an Excel spreadsheet.
AppProtect 3.0 is LicenseCard-enabled for drag and drop activation. The software wraps a Mac (or Windows) application with an activation process that requires a computer unique password or serial number on first launch. The software vendor can generate passwords from AppProtect or automate the process with an online activation server. Excel Software offers vendor accounts on the Safe Activation service or a vendor can self-host an activation server using WebActivation.
AppProtect on Mac or Windows supplements the standard protection available to all applications with additional, optional layers of protection. Each protection layer...
Phoenix JPEG Repair for Mac OS X upgraded to version 2.0
Stellar Data Recovery has revved Stellar Phoenix JPEG Repair, an app for repairing damaged JPEG/JPG image files, to version 2.0. The new version is faster and sports some user interface tweaks.
The new version has a scanning and recovery engine that is up to 30% faster than the previous version and has a better user experience, says Sunil Chandna, CEO of Stellar Data Recovery. This new version is also more functional and capable of extracting thumbnails from completely unusable or corrupt JPEG files, he adds. The file repair process is completely automated now and is able to provide a distinction between thumbnails and repaired images.
A free version of the software can be downloaded from http://www.stellarinfo.com/mac-software/jpeg-repair-mac.php. A full version of Phoenix JPEG Repair is available for US $39.
LightTable is a virtual canvas application for Mac OS X
Einstein's legacy (www.einsteinslegacy.com) has released LightTable 1.0.2, an update to its virtual canvas application for Mac OS X. It requires Mac OS X 10.7 or higher and is available for US$39.99 at the Mac App Store in the Photography category (http://tinyurl.com/bx3c8ar).
Designed for photographers, graphic designers and other creative professionals alike, it allows anyone to move, resize, stretch, stack and align images just like they would on a physical light table. The app is designed to make it easier to identify the visual dynamics created when images are aligned in a two-dimensional space.
Lightable's dynamic canvas sizing allows users to change the canvas size to fit any content they are working with. Its flexible lets users move, resize, stretch, stack and align one of more images anywhere on the canvas.
Lightable's multiple resolution support provides control over the pixel density used to display the canvas. Sharing enables users to drag'n drop items from image...
Adobe to quit selling boxed copies of Creative Suite software
Adobe will stop boxed sales of its Creative Suite software, making its packages for creative pros available online or by subscription only, reports "TechHive" (http://tinyurl.com/a8vp32o).
"As Adobe continues to focus on delivering world-class innovation through Creative Cloud and digital fulfillment, we will be phasing out shrink-wrapped, boxed versions of Creative Suite and Acrobat products," an Adobe spokesperson told the publication in an email. The company continued, "Electronic downloads for Creative Suite and Acrobat products will continue to be available -- as they are today -- from both Adobe.com, as well as reseller and retail partners. We are in the process of notifying our channel partners and customers, as plans solidify in each region."
Cook to be deposed in ebook legal brouhaha
A judge has ruled that Apple CEO Tim Cook must sit for a deposition in the U.S. government's lawsuit against the company over alleged price-fixing in the ebook market, reports "Reuters" (http://tinyurl.com/d5888dg).
U.S. District Judge Denise Cote in Manhattan granted the Justice Department's request to compel Cook to testify for four hours in the lawsuit, which accuses Apple of conspiring with five publishers to raise e-book prices. The government had argued that Cook likely had relevant information about Apple's entry into the e-books market.
Apple fought the request, saying Cook's testimony would be "cumulative and duplicative" since the government had already deposed 11 other executives at the iPad maker, notes "Reuters."
Matrox announces Avio F125 dual video KVM extenders
Matrox Graphics (www.matrox.com) has announced the Matrox Avio F125, a fiber-optic KVM extender, which separates dual HD video, keyboard, mouse, stereo analog audio and USB 2.0 devices from a workstation.
The Avio F125 features flexible connectivity options. Its transmitter/receiver pair extends two single-link DVI (2x1920x1200) or one dual-link DVI (2560x1600 or 4096x2160) video, and multiple high-speed USB 2.0 compliant devices from the host computer by up to 1,312 feet over multimode cable and 2.5 miles over single-mode cable.
The Avio F125 stands out for its ability to transmit all signals with zero compression and zero latency on a single duplex LC-LC fiber-optic cable, according to Caroline Injoyan, business development manager at Matrox Graphics. Designed for high-performance environments, Avio F125 delivers fluid graphics and video playback making it ideal for broadcast, post production, Pro A/V, industrial process control, oil and gas, 3D design and visualization, and...
'Old Clockmaker's Riddle' comes to the Mac, iOS
Old Clockmaker's Riddle, from G5 Entertainment & Dava, is now available for Mac OS X -- and iOS users can enjoy the match-three puzzle game in a full version, as well.
Here's how the game is described: "Life changes instantly in a small country village when the town's massive clock tower suddenly stops working. The place suddenly falls into decay. Intrigued by the riddle of the dying town, you head on an adventure to help the city. You'll play over 50 tantalizing levels to remove the curse and return the town to its former glory. Mr. Ryan, who lives in the only intact house, will help you unfold the story and make useful tools for you to progress in the game.
"You need to drag and swap shining gems to make a match of at least three in a row and reveal a proper number of clock hands to restore one of the destroyed buildings. There are obstacles and bonus gems aplenty, as you'll encounter pieces that can be swapped by frozen pieces. Frozen parts will simply fall to the bottom of the...
Small wireless providers backing bills to unlock mobile phones
Regional and rural wireless providers are backing several bills in Congress that would let consumers unlock mobile phones and tablet computers -- such as the iPhone and iPad -- without carriers’ permission, reports "Bloomberg" (http://tinyurl.com/bb9z33g). Big phone companies such as AT&T and Verizon often land exclusive rights to offer the hottest devices, and U.S. rules currently prohibit altering software to let new phones from one carrier to work on other networks, the article notes.
"Smaller carriers have a very difficult time getting access to smartphones and handsets," Steven Berry, president of the Competitive Carriers Association, which represents such companies as U.S. Cellular and Bluegrass Cellular, told "Bloomberg." "The unlocking is one way the consumer can make the decision that I can try someone else who has better coverage in the area where I live or play."
The Washington-based trade group is seeking to undo a Library of Congress decision, backed by largest U.S....
Panel Pop Transitions released for Final Cut Pro X
Noise Industries is bringing 26 panel transitions with Panel Pop from Stupid Raisins. It allows editors to drag and drop effects in Final Cut Pro X for fluidity throughout their entire show.
Panel Pop offers the ability to change direction, timing, and motion for each transition. Features include 348 animated presets and customizable panel direction, motion, and timing.
Panel Pop is available for US$49 from the Noise Industries website (http://tinyurl.com/d62k2o4). It comes with a 30-day money back guarantee.
Researchers: Macs aren't immune to malware
Mac computers aren't immune to malware, despite popular opinion to the contrary, Zheng Bu, senior researcher for FireEye (a company that makes anti-malware products), tells the "San Jose Mercury News" (http://tinyurl.com/afvpq8k).
Some Mac users have this perception that the Mac is free from hacks "and that is completely wrong, he says. Kevin Haley, Symantec director of product management for security response, told the "Mercury News" that some Mac users "have let their guard down."
The article says that the Mac is becoming a more attractive target for hackers. Last year, the Flashback Trojan malware infected an estimated 600,000 Macs by appearing to be a browser plug-in but actually stole personal information. In February, Apple said Macs operated by Apple employees were infected with Java-related malware when they visited a software development website.
"Both Apple and Windows need to work closely with third-party (software makers) to make safer software," Haley told the "Mercury...
AKVS HDRFactory for Mac OS X gets new Crop tool
AKVIS has released AKVIS HDRFactory 3.5 for Mac OS X and Windows. The new version adds a new Crop tool, which helps to remove unwanted areas and reduce image size.
HDRFactory creates HDR images from a series of photographs taken at different exposures. It can also imitate the HDR effect on any single photo.
AKVIS HDRFactory can be used as a standalone program and as a plugin to image editors. It sells for US$69 for the Home version, $99 for the Home Deluxe, and $189 for the Business version. For more info go to http://akvis.com .
Simon 3.5 includes Mountain Lion improvements
Dejal Systems (www.dejal.com/simon) has released version 3.5 of Simon, its server monitoring tool for Mac OS X. It checks websites and many other kinds of services for changes or failures, with lots of notification and reporting options.
Version 3.5 includes a number of improvements and fixes for OS X 10.8 (Mountain Lion) support. It also includes improvements to the Web (HTTP) Twitter, Calendar, Script, Email and Speech plug-ins.
Dejal Simon 3.5 costs US$49 for new users; a full-featured demo is available for download. This is a free update for licensed Simon 3 users; upgrades from version 2 start at $19.
Voila for Mac OS X gets beefed up recording features
Global Delight (www.globaldelight.com) has rolled out the latest version of Voila, their productivity utility software tool for Mac OS X 10.5.8 or later. The free update contains improvements to the video recording capabilities with pause/resume option, menu only icon for capture/record features when the program is quit from running and more.
Voila is a screen-capture, recording and annotation tool designed as a replacement for Mac OS X's screen-capture and screen-recording capabilities. It has a large set of editing, organizing, annotation and effects tools that allows the user to create and add details to screenshots, tutorials, videos and presentations.
Voila is priced at US$29.99 and is available for immediate download on the Mac App Store (http://tinyurl.com/bk2ffqe) and the Global Delight web site. A demo is available for download at the Global Design site.
MoneyWiz 1.4 for Mac updated with more than 50 new features
SilverWiz (http://silverwiz.com) has released MoneyWiz 1.4 for Mac OS X 10.6 and higher. The update to this personal finance software, adds more than 50 new features and is free for all existing customers.
MoneyWiz is a complete personal finance software that allows people to manage accounts, budgets and bills, generate reports and much more. It features a custom made cloud syncing solution that allows people to automatically synchronize their financial data across multiple devices.
MoneyWiz costs US$24.99 and is and available through the Mac App Store in the Finance category (http://tinyurl.com/a49v5ok). iPad and iPhone versions are also available.
SCSC adds how-to section to their web site
Software and Computer Systems Company has created a new how-to section for their web site, with its first entry titled "Analyzing Mountain Lion Performance Problems with Activity Monitor."
The document describes some of the performance problems in Mountain Lion that currently plague some of the OS users, and gives examples of how to identify them using Activity Monitor. The article also includes a list of common problems and even a bug or two that many people may run across. For more info go to http://scsc-online.com/How-To.html .
Excel Software releases OfficeProtect 2.0
Excel Software (www.excelsoftware.com) has announced OfficeProtect 2.0 to protect Microsoft Office documents with a secure software license. Using OfficeProtect with either QuickLicense or AppProtect, a user-editable Excel spreadsheet is converted into a protected application.
OfficeProtect now supports two protection models: the VBA Bound License and Encrypted XLSM. A VBA Bound License uses password protected VBA code to bind an Office document to the QuickLicense runtime file. The Encrypted XLSM approach allows an Excel spreadsheet to be distributed as an application that's activated for a specific computer, but allows editing changes to be saved as encrypted documents.
The VBA Bound License supports Excel spreadsheets, Macros or Add-Ins for Excel, Word or PowerPoint. OfficeProtect includes ready-to-paste Visual Basic code and step-by-step instructions to bind a document to a license configured with the QuickLicense protection and licensing system. OfficeProtect supports documents...
GRID for Mac arrives March 28
Feral Interactive says that BAFTA award-winning racing game GRID will be released for the Mac on March 28. Developed and published by Codemasters for PC and consoles, GRID is part of the celebrated TOCA Touring Car series and comes to the Mac under the Feral Legends label.
Here's how the game is described: "Style meets substance in GRID, an exhilarating mix of sublime handling, dazzling visuals and extreme speed that puts players behind the wheel of massively race-tuned road cars by manufacturers such as Porsche, Lamborghini and Aston Martin. With a sophisticated damage model, adjustable difficulty settings and a handy 'Flashback' feature, GRID rides the sweet spot between sim realism and full-on arcade racing.
"GRID World is an extensive career mode that sees players race their way around the world from the US to Europe to Japan on spectacular tracks ranging from city streets to mountain roads to famous circuits such as Spa and Le Mans. Players are challenged to advance from rookie...
Satchi ships 10-port USB 3.0 hub
Satechi has released the 10-port USB 3.0 Hub, a Mac/PC accessory that allows users to connect an array of devices including digital cameras, printers, external hard drives, keyboards, flash drives, smartphones and tablets in one easy solution.
It features nine USB 3.0 ports compatible with most USB-based devices and one 2.1 Amp charging port that's powerful enough to charge iOS and Android tablets. The nine USB 3.0 ports are divided in sets of three, each with an on/off switch and blue status indicator lights for each connected device to maximize efficiency. The 2.1A charging port also has an on/off switch to distribute the additional power to other ports when not in use.
Additionally, the hub is equipped with its own power supply. The Satechi 10-Port USB 3.0 Hub is available for an introductory price of US$49.99 at Satechi.net and Amazon.com .