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Aug 10
FontAgent Pro gets speed boost

Insider Software (http://www.insidersoftware.com) has updated FontAgent Pro to version 4.140. It offers a speed boost, beefing up precision font selection and auto-activation.

FontAgent Pro auto-activation plug-ins can be used on machines running Mac OS X 10.3.9 through 10.6 -- as well as Classic applications. The latest plug-ins provide auto-activation for Adobe Creative Suite 5 using FontSavant technology that ensures you always auto-activate the right fonts in your documents.

All FontAgent Pro auto-activation plug-ins offer Universal Binary support so run natively on both PowerPC and Intel Macs. Version 4 of FontAgent Pro is required to use the new CS5 plug-ins to ensure correct font activation.

FontAgent Pro 4 for Mac requires Mac OS X 10.4 or later. FontAgent Pro Server 4.0 requires Mac OS X version 10.4.9 or higher.

Release 4.140 of FontAgent Pro is free to users...

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Aug 10
Sumo releases 'playful' iPad sleeves

Mobile Edge has released six new iPad Sleeves under its Sumo brand (http://www.sumolifestyle.com). The neoprene sleeves are designed specifically to cradle the Apple tablet from bumps and scratches while on the road.

The Sumo iPad Collection comes in two pattern styles, each with three color schemes; Camo: Red, Black and Green, Graffiti: Pink, Black and Pink. All have a suggested retail price of US$19.99 and is backed by a lifetime warranty.

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Aug 10
Sumo releases 'playful' iPad sleeves

Mobile Edge has released six new iPad Sleeves under its Sumo brand (http://www.sumolifestyle.com). The neoprene sleeves are designed specifically to cradle the Apple tablet from bumps and scratches while on the road.

The Sumo iPad Collection comes in two pattern styles, each with three color schemes; Camo: Red, Black and Green, Graffiti: Pink, Black and Pink. All have a suggested retail price of US$19.99 and is backed by a lifetime warranty.

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Aug 10
Sumo releases 'playful' iPad sleeves

Mobile Edge has released six new iPad Sleeves under its Sumo brand (http://www.sumolifestyle.com). The neoprene sleeves are designed specifically to cradle the Apple tablet from bumps and scratches while on the road.

The Sumo iPad Collection comes in two pattern styles, each with three color schemes; Camo: Red, Black and Green, Graffiti: Pink, Black and Pink. All have a suggested retail price of US$19.99 and is backed by a lifetime warranty.

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Aug 10
AppleXsoft releases Mac SD Card Recovery software

AppleXsoft (http://www.applexsoft.com) has released their latest Mac data recovery software: SD Card Recovery. The US$49.95 software supports data recovery from SD Card manufactured by SanDisk, Kingston, PNY, Lexar, Transcent, PQI, Transcend, Sony, Integral, Panasonic, Toshiba, Olympus, just to name a few.

It has support for -- but not limited to -- SD Card, mini-SD, micro-SD, microSDHC, SDHC, Memory Stick Duo, Memory Stick Pro, Memory Stick Pro Duo, MMC, SmartMedia, xD Picture Card. SD Card Recovery recovers formatted, deleted, erased, lost and corrupted pictures, photos or any files from your SD cards. A demo is available for download.

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Aug 10
Otterbox announces new iPad cases

Otterbox (http://www.otterbox.com) has released its Defender and Commuter series of iPad cases. The former (US$89.99) combines a two-piece polycarbonate shell lined with soft felt, silicone outer skin and a self-adhering screen protector for protection.

An additional polycarbonate cover snaps over the face to protect the Multi-Touch display or can function as a built-in stand while browsing the web or watching a video. Silicone grip pads on the bottom of the case prevent the iPad from sliding when sitting on a flat surface. The case also accommodates the optional dock accessory.

The Commuter Series case ($64.99) sports a self-adhering screen protector; the device is then wrapped in durable silicone and fortified with a one-piece, custom molded polycarbonate shell that snaps over the outside. Layers safeguard the iPad from unsightly scratches and dings and make it easy to slide out of any backpack...

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Aug 10
Otterbox announces new iPad cases

Otterbox (http://www.otterbox.com) has released its Defender and Commuter series of iPad cases. The former (US$89.99) combines a two-piece polycarbonate shell lined with soft felt, silicone outer skin and a self-adhering screen protector for protection.

An additional polycarbonate cover snaps over the face to protect the Multi-Touch display or can function as a built-in stand while browsing the web or watching a video. Silicone grip pads on the bottom of the case prevent the iPad from sliding when sitting on a flat surface. The case also accommodates the optional dock accessory.

The Commuter Series case ($64.99) sports a self-adhering screen protector; the device is then wrapped in durable silicone and fortified with a one-piece, custom molded polycarbonate shell that snaps over the outside. Layers safeguard the iPad from unsightly scratches and dings and make it easy to slide out of any backpack...

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Aug 10
Griffin Technology unveils CinemaSeat, stylus, new cases for...

Griffin Technology (http://www.griffintechnology.com) has unveiled their next series of devices for iPad: CinemaSeat, Stylus; and new cases: Reveal, Elan Form Graphite, and Outfit. These new accessories cleverly blend form and function for a wide range of uses.

The US$39.99 CinemaSeat (pictured) turns the iPad into an in-car entertainment system. This automobile solution holds iPad in a padded frame that gives easy access to controls and ports.

The Stylus for iPad ($19.99) gives users more control to write, sketch, tap, and drag on iPad, iPhone, iPod touch, or other touchscreen devices. It's a balanced pointer with a soft rubber tip, custom designed to mimic a finger.

The $49.99 Reveal case protects the back of the iPad with a clear plate of durable polycarbonate. Around the edges, inside and out, Reveal hugs iPad with a one-piece wraparound rubber cushion.

The $49....

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Aug 10
ARES Commander Edition is new 2D/3D CAD solution

Graebert GmbH (http://www.graebert.com) has released ARES Commander Edition 1.0, a new solution for 2D and 3D CAD that runs on Mac OS X, Windows and Linux systems. It offers full native cross-platform support on all three operating systems.

Also, mobile support is planned for support for Windows Mobile and, possibly, the iPad and Android. It's available at an introductory price of US$495 through the end of September, a 50% discount from the regular price of $995.

ARES uses a common design interface and is purportedly the first CAD solution to run natively across Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X and Linux. It's been optimized for specific operating system features and capabilities.

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Aug 10
Adobe posts Lightroom 3.2, Camera Raw 6.2 release candidates

Adobe has announced the Lightroom 3.2 and Camera Raw 6.2 Release Candidates, available for immediate download on Adobe Labs.

The updates extend raw file support to 12 new camera models, improve on several of the lens correction profiles introduced as part of the Lightroom 3 and Camera Raw 6.1 releases, and add over 50 new lens profiles to help photographers automatically correct for undesirable distortion and aberration effects. In addition, the Lightroom 3.2 Release Candidate now allows Lightroom 3 customers the ability to publish their photos directly to Facebook from within the application, and addresses issues reported by customers on the Lightroom 3.0 release.

Lightroom is a digital photography workflow solution, helping serious amateur and professional photographers import, manage, enhance and showcase all their images from one application. The Photoshop Camera Raw plug-in provides access within Photoshop to the raw image formats produced by many leading...

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Aug 10
Hills & Mountains Collection of symbols available

Cartography software provider Mapdiva (http://www.mapdiva.com) has announced the availability of 10 groups of hill and mountain symbols for graphic designers and mapmakers to create maps for websites, magazines, books, and brochures.

The Hills & Mountains Collection was created by Mapdiva's design team to allow users to illustrate pictorial-styled landscapes and terrain and choose from a variety of map styles. Symbols can also be customized thanks to Ortelius' Style Inspector and integrated Mac OS X color picker.

Featuring 10 groups of hill and mountain map symbols -- 126 in all -- the Hills & Mountains Collection includes an array of editable vector map symbols modeled after cartographers such as Erwin Raisz and Abraham Ortelius, and calligrapher Heather Child. The Hills & Mountains Collection can be imported into Ortelius' new professional-level Library Manager.

Ortelius is a...

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Aug 10
SeedCode Complete grows for FileMaker 11

The new FileMaker 11 version of SeedCode Complete (http://www.seedcode.com/cp-app/ste_cat/sccomplete11), a contact and project management template for FileMaker, is now available. It's built on SeedCode's Pro calendar extension for FileMaker, offering color coding, repeating events, and drag-and-drop scheduling.

SeedCode Complete links the company's new drag-and-drop calendar to Contacts, Projects, and Invoices in an unlocked, multi-user solution. It's designed as a starting point for those looking for a head start in building their own database system.

It's fully unlocked for you to modify and extend, adding your own fields, layouts, and scripts, or modifying the ones we've written. SeedCode Complete is US$479 for a site license (there are no per seat charges).

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Aug 10
Boris AAF Transfer available

Boris FX (http://www.borisfx.com) has announced the availability of Boris AAF Transfer, a new plug-in designed for seamless transfer of Apple Final Cut Pro sequences to Avid Media Composer.

Editors can use Boris AAF Transfer to transfer an entire live Apple Final Cut Pro program sequence with media, markers, cuts, dissolves, filters, and audio preserved. The transferred sequence can be edited and finished in the Avid Media Composer timeline without returning to Final Cut Pro. Editors can edit Final Cut Pro sequences live in Media Composer -- either on the same system or any other Mac or Windows Media Composer system.

Boris AAF Transfer is available immediately through the Boris FX worldwide reseller channel and direct through the Boris FX web site for a manufacturer's suggested retail price of US$299 and an MSRP of $399 when bundled with the Boris XML Transfer plug-in for Adobe After Effects. Boris...

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Aug 10
WorkLight offers iPhone app connectivity

WorkLight (http://www.worklight.com) has released a new version of its WorkLight Mobile Platform that enables developers and IT professionals to build and integrate new iPhone, iPad and iPod apps with enterprise systems.

This new version offers iOS support for backend enterprise connectivity and provides the ability to connect existing native applications with enterprise infrastructure. WorkLight offers support for downloadable smartphone applications that can be developed using either native or web-based technologies and tools. The WorkLight Mobile Platform's enterprise connectivity layer includes:

° A native library that enables connectivity to backend enterprise and cloud services through the WorkLight Server;

° Flexible integration with authentication mechanisms to enable custom authentication on the client side, such as two factor authentication or keylogger protection;

° ...

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Aug 10
Dingo Games announces Tasty Planet: Back for Seconds for the Mac

Dingo Games (http://www.dingogames.com) has announced Tasty Planet: Back for Seconds, the Mac OS X compatible sequel to their indie game, Tasty Planet. It will be available soon; pricing hasn't been announced.

Here's how the game is described: "Players will take control of a tiny ball of grey goo with the unique ability to eat anything smaller than itself. The more it eats, the bigger it gets. Players will travel to six different time periods while eating increasingly huge objects.

"Tasty Planet: Back for Seconds expands upon the original Tasty Planet in almost every way. Players can now grow from the size of an amoeba to the size a galaxy -- all seamlessly within a single level. The game adds a true two player cooperative campaign mode in which each player controls their own goo. The number of different objects has also increased dramatically - each time period features its own unique set of...

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Aug 10
'MacNotables' looks at pad computing

The latest edition of "MacNotables" (http://www.macnotables.com/wordpress/), a podcast that serves as home to Mac personalities who will comment on the latest news and opinions in the Mac community, is available.

Jim Dalrymple of "The Loop" delivers his thoughts on the past, present and future of "pad computing," evaluating the players and their chances of success. Why Microsoft appears to be clueless, Android is compelling, RIM may have the best competitive chance, and HP is the dark horse in the race are discussed, along with the fact that they all seem to have ceded the top spot to Apple

Dalrymple also talks about Mark Papermaster's departure from Apple, Yoko Ono's position on The Beatles in the iTunes Store, and how he differentiates "The Loop" from other Mac sites.

"MacNotables" panelists include Christopher Breen, Bryan Chaffin, Jim Dalrymple, Adam Engst,...

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Aug 10
Wondershare Web Gallery released for the Mac

Wondershare (http://www.wondershare.com) has launched the Web Gallery for Mac, a flash image gallery maker. It's designed for web designers, bloggers, social networking enthusiasts and those who need to make flash business banner, web photo album and more.

Wondershare Web Gallery for Mac can purportedly turn your still digital photos to flash image gallery in three steps, and share it on MySpace, Blogger and other web sites instantly. Just select one of your favorite templates with one-click, drag and drop your digital photos to storyboard, then output or upload your flash gallery to blogs, social networking sites and other web sites with simple SWF or HTML code. If you like, you can add more than one song to be the background music of your flash image gallery.

Web Gallery for Mac comes with 40-plus templates and is normally available for US$59.95. However, you can save $10 for a limited...

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Aug 10
European regulators investigating Apple's mobile policies

European regulators have teamed with the Federal Trade Commission in probing Apple's policies for mobile software developers, reports the "New York Post" (http://www.nypost.com/p/news/business/eu_ftc_probing_apple_policies_oMCM...).

According to their source, the European Commission recently joined the FTC probe into whether Apple's business practices harm competition. The investigation could last another four to six months, says the "Post."

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Aug 10
German government frowns on iPhone, RIM smartphone use

Security issues on smartphones has prompted the German government to ask its ministers and senior civil servants to avoid using Apple’s iPhone and Research in Motion(RIM)’s Blackberry smartphones, according to the "International Business Times" (http://uk.ibtimes.com/articles/42139/20100810/iphone-blackberry-apple-ri...).

The move follows a warning by one of the interior ministries of the German government over drastic increase in cyber attacks, the article adds. Based on the advice tagged as "urgent" from the BSI, Germany’s federal IT security agency, the interior ministry recommended the officials to use Simko devices provided by Deutsche Telekom in place...

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Aug 10
Digital Rebellion provides maintenance solution for Final Cut...

Digital Rebellion (http://www.digitalrebellion.com) has announced FCS Maintenance Pack Network Admin, a tool to administrate its FCS Maintenance Pack suite over a network, giving system administrators the opportunity to remotely maintain and optimize Final Cut Studio and Final Cut Express systems on their network.

FCS Maintenance Pack contains tools to repair corrupt QuickTime movies, locate corrupt clips within Final Cut Pro projects, diagnose crash logs, manage plugins and so much more. FCS Maintenance Pack Network Admin builds on this by allowing these functions to be performed remotely over a network and offering extra troubleshooting features in addition to those featured in FCS Maintenance Pack. The Difference Finder works out the differences between operating system, plug-in, kernel extension and framework versions to tell you what is unique about a certain group of computers....

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Aug 10
DeviceAnywhere adds iPhone 4 to test center

DeviceAnywhere (http://www.deviceanywhere.com) -- a provider of technological solutions to streamline mobile content creation, certification and customer satisfaction -- has announced the addition of Apple’s iPhone 4 to its portfolio of devices accessible online via DeviceAnywhere Test Center.

This latest addition ups DeviceAnywhere’s portfolio to over 2,000 devices on over 30 carriers across the world. Customers of the DeviceAnywhere Test Center solution now have access to the full array of Apple mobile products, including all four generations of iPhones and the Apple’s iPad, allowing them to benefit from the thriving Apple developer ecosystem.

DeviceAnywhere is an online service used by thousands of organizations and their developers worldwide. It provides access to real mobile handsets that are each connected to live networks. These devices are accessible remotely over the Internet,...

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Aug 10
CaseCruzer PSC200 is new case for Apple laptops

CaseCruzer (http://www.casecruzer.com) has released the US$225 PSC200 case for Apple laptops. It's designed for road warriors with the goal of "guaranteeing safety against clumsy baggage handlers," says Tatiana Briceno, marketing director of CaseCruzer.

It's a hard-shell carrying case with a new door in the lid that is designed to offer more polyethylene foam protection for 15-inch and 17-inch MacBook Pros. The base of the case is also fitted with foam and an 11-compartment black padded divider system that can store lenses, lens caps, batteries and chargers, compact flash memory cards and battery cables for laptops.

What's more, the protective features of the PSC200 shield against the problems photographers face when traveling with DSLR/SLR cameras, laptops and other gear, says Briceno. Its exterior is injection-molded with ultra high-strength polypropylene copolymer resin -- built to...

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Aug 10
Daniusoft launches new DVD Ripper for the Mac

Daniusoft (http://www.daniusoft.com/) has released a new Daniusoft DVD Ripper for Mac, which has been expanded to provide an all-round solution to rip, convert and edit DVDs. The upgrade adopts an interface to improve the ease of use, and supports multi-core processors to maximize the conversion speed.

The new Mac DVD Ripper lets you convert multiple DVDs at a time. It offers support for 5.1 surround sound and support for SWF as the output format. It adds conversion profiles for Apple TV 5.1, Final Cut Pro, Android phone, Xbox 360 and pop mobile phones.

The new version of Mac DVD Ripper also: improves the ease of use with the output formats and presets; provides more video editing options: adds rotation and a side-by-side preview window; and adds support for multi-core processors to maximize the conversion speed. It costs US$39 and is compatible with Mac OS X 10.6 ("Snow Leopard")

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Aug 10
The Iconfactory releases Helios Multimedia stock set

Continuing the expansion of the Iconfactory's (http://www.iconfactory.com) stock icon offerings for developers and designers, Helios Multimedia is a set of 52 add-ons that extends the original collection into the audio and visual realm.

With icons covering concepts such as mixing, effects, video and many others, this collection is for anyone needing icons for multimedia software development. Helios Multimedia contains 52 icons in multiple sizes and formats and is available today for US$179.

Also, Stockicons.com provides developers and designers with royalty-free collections of icons for use in software applications, web site designs and interactive presentations. They offer free downloadable samples of each stock collection so developers can test the usability of the collections they're interested in.

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Aug 10
AppDelete for Mac OS X updated to version 3.1.3

Reggie Ashworth has updated AppDelete (http://reggie.ashworth.googlepages.com/appdelete), an application deleting app for Mac OS X, to version 3.1.3. The new version fixes an issue where Chinese fonts might not display properly, along with other localization edits and miscellaneous optimizations.

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...

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