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Jun 02
onOne announces compatibility with Photoshop CS5, Mac 64-bit

onOne Software says all its commercially available Photoshop software plug-ins are compatible with the new Adobe Photoshop CS5 and Photoshop CS5 Extended software.

Specifically, the following Photoshop plug- ins from onOne Software are now compatible with Photoshop CS5 and Photoshop CS5 Extended: Plug-In Suite 5.1; Genuine Fractals 6 Professional Edition 6.0.6; Genuine Fractals 6.0.6; PhotoTools 2.5.3 Professional Edition; PhotoTools 2.5.3 Standard Edition; PhotoFrame 4.5.1 Professional Edition; PhotoFrame 4.5.1 Standard Edit; Mask Pro 4.1.8; PhotoTune 3.0.2; and FocalPoint 2.0.1.

onOne Software’s compatibility updates for Photoshop CS5 are available now and are free of charge to registered owners of the current product titles listed above. These free software updates are available from within each application and as a download from the onOne Software web site and can be found at...

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Jun 02
CS Odessa updates ConceptDraw MindWave

CS Odessa has released ConceptDraw MindWave (, an updated version of its mind mapping tool for Google Wave. This is a no charge add-in, which enables users to collaborate with any amount of people, from two to 2000.

ConceptDraw MindWave -- compatible with Mac OS X and Windows -- provides teams the opportunity to interactively collaborate on a mind map while building a map structure that represents the focus of collaboration. The mind map can then take full advantage of Google Wave playback and more, according to Olin Reams, general manager for the Americas at CS Odessa. He adds that improved functionality of ConceptDraw MindWave 2:

° A Getting Started mind map on first launch to introduce new users to functionality;

° A horizontal scroll bar for more versatile navigation;

° Automatic hyperlinking of URL topic text;

° ...

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Jun 02
Adobe releases Camera Raw 6.1

Adobe has released Camera Raw 6.1 ( It adds support for new cameras.

Camera Raw 6.1 also includes new lens correction functionality that can apply profile-based corrections to accommodate geometric distortions, chromatic aberration and lens vignette effects. Manual corrections for geometric distortion as well as vertical and horizontal perspective transforms are also available. A handful of lens profiles are included for automatic correction and more can be created by the community with the Adobe Lens Profile Creator.

This release addresses a bug on the Mac platform that could cause Photoshop CS5 to quit unexpectedly when opening a file in the Camera Raw 6.0 plug-in. Version 6.1 also contains performance enhancements designed to improve the responsiveness of the controls and the scrolling mechanism relative to Camera Raw 6.0...

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Jun 02
iPresentee releases new iWeb themes for business

iPresentee ( has announced iWeb Themes for Business 7.0 to be used with iWeb, Apple's web site building component of its iLife suite.

iWeb Themes for Business 7.0 includes five new themes available in standard and flash edition: Clock, Golden, Relax, Architecture and Business World. The new release extends iPresentee's iWeb themes collection up to 70 themes.

Each iWeb Theme for Business includes 12 templates: Home, About Us, Services, Support, Clients, Contact Us, Catalog, Presentations, Gallery, Events, Podcast and Blank. They can be customized.

iWeb Themes for Business 7.0 requires Mac OS X 10.4.3 or higher and iWeb 2.0 (iLife '08) or iWeb 3.0 (iLife '09). Each theme is available for US$10 The set of five new iWeb Themes for Business 7.0 may be purchased for $30. Samples and more information about iWeb Themes for Business 7.0 are available immediately at the...

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Jun 02
Boris FX announces RED 5

Boris FX ( has announced Boris RED 5. Boris RED is an integrated 3D compositing, titling, and effects application designed for Adobe, Apple, Avid, Grass Valley, Media 100, and Sony video editing software.

Version 5 introduces support for 64-bit applications such as Adobe CS5 and Sony Vegas 9, adds 30+ new filters, and provides a score of new user interface and workflow enhancements including ergonomic panels, a curve editor, and a spreadsheet-style keyframe editor window. The new filters cover many common post-production tasks including three-way color grading, the ability to uprez SD video to HD, video noise reduction, and a range of image restoration tools.

Boris RED 5 will be available in the third quarter of the year for a manufacturer's suggested retail price of US$995. Owners of previous versions of Boris RED may upgrade for $295 USD. Customers who purchase Boris RED 4.3...

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Jun 02
DiskWrangler spiffed up for Snow Leopard

The PandaWare Company ( has released version 3.1 of DiskWrangler, its file launcher and browser for Mac OS X users who prefer keeping their hands on the keyboard. The upgrade offers a number of improvements for working in Mac OS X 10.6 ("Snow Leopard"), as well as a cleaner, more focused interface, and a number of other improvements.

The software also now includes a Find File feature and an option for exporting disk or folder content listings.DiskWrangler's Launcher lets you launch specific applications, files and web and e-mail URLs, all from the keyboard. Launcher Sets allow users to open any number of files and applications at once. Keyboard shortcuts allows users to launch and activate applications with keystrokes.

DiskWrangler's Browser lets users view and manipulate files under keyboard control. It allows viewing files and setting their file attributes and...

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Jun 02
iPod Converter update for Mac OS X offers video engine fix, more

Macvide ( has updated its iPod Converter, the video to iPod MP4 conversion utility for Mac OS X, to version 3.4. The update offers a video engine fix, interleaved video fix, DVD video fix and more.

With iPod Converter, you can convert video and audio files such as AVI, MPEG, WMV, MOV, MP4, VOB, DivX, XviD, AAC, AC3, MP3, etc. to formats supported by iPod MP4. You can convert video to MP4 for playback on all recent generations of the iPod or other portable MP4 players, the iPhone and the Apple TV. 

Macvide iPod Converter provides functions to set different settings for your video files. It allows you to select crop video area, the bit rate, frame rate, video resolution. Video preview with “rangebar” allows you to choose the exact video footage you want, anywhere between the first and last frames.

iPod Converter costs US$29.95 for new users. A demo is available for download...

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Jun 02
iWeb Themes Park extends iWeb themes bundle to 32 templates

iWeb Themes Park ( has released five new iWeb themes for iWeb, Apple's website building application that's part of the iLife suite.

The new themes are Grey Symbols, Impressive, Real Estate, Sportive and World Key. The updated and enlarged collection now contains 32 iWeb themes, including two free ones.

Each template is available for US$10.99). Three iWeb Themes can be obtained for $21.98. The package of 30 themes is priced at $32.99.

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Jun 02
CrumplePop brings the Metal to Final Cut Pro

CrumplePop has released Metal (, an US$69 tool for creating "big, mean, summer blockbuster titles" in Final Cut Pro. It allows editors to add giant, high-quality metallic titles to any FCP project by typing in text and rendering.

CrumplePop Metal works right on the Final Cut Pro timeline, without requiring a trip to another application. You can add titles that appear to be cut from a solid block of steel, copper, chrome-plated steel, or steel diamond plate. CrumplePop Metal is based on Apple's Master Template architecture.

In addition to text, CrumplePop Metal also lets you drop in any logo artwork with transparency, instantly giving it a "dipped in steel" look. For instance, you could import a Photoshop document containing your logo into FCP, drop it into CrumplePop Metal, and your logo will look as if it was cut from a solid plate of metal. CrumplePop Metal gives you...

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Jun 02
Better Finder Rename for Mac OS X updated to version 8.6.0 ( has released A Better Finder Rename 8.6.0, an update of the renaming solution for the Mac. The upgrade provides improved support for inserting roman numerals into existing file names.

A Better Finder Rename costs US$19.95. Business, family and enterprise licensing is also available. Customers may chose to include a "forever upgrade" with their purchase.

A Better Finder Rename requires Mac OS X 10.5 or 10.6. It's Universal Binary so runs natively on both PowerPC and Intel Macs.

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Jun 02
Kensington introduces new TrackballWorks software

Kensington Computer Products Group has announced its TrackballWorks software (, designed to customize the user experience with Kensington’s trackballs for increased productivity and comfort.

It lets users assign functions or keyboard shortcuts to any trackballs buttons to match the way they work. Additionally, the software enables “chording” to assign additional functions to combinations of trackball buttons. Bill Rathbone, global product marketing manager, Kensington, says the TrackballWorks software offers customizable buttons, pointer motion, scrolling speed and direction adjustability.

TrackballWorks is free. It's compatible with Mac OS X and Windows.

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Jun 02
Vinotekasoft uncorks Vinoteka 2.1 for Mac OS X

Vinotekasoft has uncorked Vinoteka 2.1 (, an update of their wine cellar management software for Mac OS X. The upgrade syncs with the US$4.99 iPhone/iPod touch Vinoteka app.

It also features an enhanced search feature and user interface improvements. Plus, there are localization improvements in all languages and localization improvements in English in the printing feature.

Vinoteka costs US$49.90 for a single user license. You can get a family pack for $99.90 or a business pack for $149.90. Version 2.1 is a free update for registered users.

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Jun 02
The iP49 is new rechargeable audio system for iPhones, iPods

iHome ( has released the US$159.99 iP49 Portable Rechargeable Audio System for the iPhone and iPod. The first portable offering from iHome’s newly minted Studio Series features Bongiovi Acoustics’ Digital Power Station technology.

Also, the iP49 is also iHome’s first portable alarm clock radio with a rechargeable battery. The iP49 Portable Rechargeable Audio System with Alarm Clock Radio for iPhone/iPod delivers 20 watts of quality power and has a compact folding design.
The built-in docking station allows owners to charge their iPhone or iPod, listen to their music out loud, and wake to either a custom playlist, FM radio or buzzer, all with 7-5-2 (weekly, daily, weekend) alarm settings.  The iP49 also comes with a remote control. 

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Jun 02
Jobs speaks at All Things D

Apple CEO and Co-founder Steve Jobs appeared at the eighth D: All Things Digital, in an interview Tuesday night. The event is sponsored by "The Wall Street Journal."

In the almost two-hour, wide-ranged interview, Jobs covered a variety of topics. You can read the entire transcript at, but here are some of the highlights:

° Concerning Flash (and his dislike of it): "Flash has had it’s day, but HTML5 is starting emerge ... The video looks better and it works better and you don’t need a plug-in to run it."

° On the Foxconn suicides: Saying that Apple is extraordinarily diligent and rigorous about vetting its manufacturing partners, Jobs says, “Foxconn is not a sweatshop. They’ve got restaurants and swimming pools ... For a factory, it’s a pretty nice factory.”

° On Apple's...

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Jun 02
Eton announces solar-powered sound system for iPod, iPhone

Eton ( has announced the Soulra, portable, solar-powered sound system for the iPod and iPhone. It contains a large solar panel and a rechargeable lithium-ion battery.

In addition, the battery charge indicator alerts you when you need to recharge the Soulra in direct sunlight or via an AC outlet. To provide a solution for all-weather use outdoors, the Soulra has an aluminum and rubberized body. Its case is IPX-4 splash proof and the speakers are sealed on the inside -- providing protection from sand, water and other outdoor elements.

The Soulra also contains an audio line input. It's available now in black for US$199. The Soulra comes packaged with an AC adapter, remote control and user manual.

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Jun 02
AT&T tweaks data plan as new iPhones expected

AT&T is pulling in the reins on data usage by its customers with smart phones and iPads as next week's Apple Worldwide Development Conference looms, where new iPhones are expected to be announced, reports the "Associated Press" (

The U.S. carrier of the iPhone is introducing two new data plans, starting June 7, with limits on data consumption. They'll replace the US$30 monthly plan with unlimited usage that it has required for all smart phones, including the iPhone.

The AP says that, with the change, AT&T is adopting a "carrot-and-stick approach to assuage the data congestion on its network." Subscribers who use little data or learn to limit their consumption will pay slightly less...

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Jun 02
'MacNotables' looks head to WWDC

The latest edition of MacNotables ( a podcast that serves as home to Mac personalities who will comment on the latest news and opinions in the Mac community, is available.

Mac guru Ted Landau looks forward to Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) with an evaluation of the very stable state of the Mac operating system, and why it is so hard to envision what enhancements may come our way in the future. What can we expect to see next week? Landau offers some thoughts in light of the delinquency and sometimes outright lack of announcements about WWDC. He also discusses two new security concerns you should be aware of, including the new possibility of "tabnapping" in your favorite browser, and his latest adventures in the world of iPad gaming.

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

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Jun 01
eMedia to distribute Ukulele DVDs

eMedia Music Corp. (, has announced a new exclusive distribution agreement with Ralph Shaw Productions to release Ralph Shaw's "The Complete Ukulele Course" series of instructional ukulele DVDs in North America.

The series includes "The Complete Ukulele Course DVD," "Essential Strums for the Ukulele DVD," "The Complete Ukulele Course for Kids DVD" and the "Ukulele Play Along with Ralph Shaw" DVD. They have a manufacturer's suggested retail price of, respectively, US$29.95, $29.95, $19.95 and $22.95.

Ralph Shaw's years of performing and recording have brought him to the attention of ukulele fans throughout North America and Europe. Over the years he's picked up ukulele-playing tips and techniques from around the world and now shares this knowledge in his series of ukulele instruction DVDs.

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Jun 01
TextExpander update for Mac OS X adds new hotkeys

SmileOnMyMac ( has updated TextExpander, a Mac OS X utility that lets users define abbreviations for frequently-used text strings and images, to version 3.1. The new version adds hotkeys to activate TextExpander and to search snippets.

Also, the TextExpander icon can now be hidden in both the Dock and the menu bar. Search has been improved with highlighting of matched text and inclusion of snippet label text in the search.

The regular cost is US$34.95 for a single user license or $44.95 for a five-pack family license. A 30-day fully-functioning demo of TextExpander can be downloaded at the SmileOnMyMac web site. Upgrades to TextExpander 3.1 from earlier versions costs $15. Version 3.1 is a free update for registered users of version 3.0. It requires Mac OS X 10.6 or later.

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Jun 01
iPhone/iPod/iPad apps for June 1

Here are the latest iPhone/iPod touch/iPod/iPad apps announced. You can find 'em at the Apple App Store (

Skype has released the new version of its free iPhone application. It allows iPhone users to make and receive Skype-to-Skype calls, and to call mobiles and landlines around the world at low rates for the first time over their 3G data connection.

FourthFrame Technologies has announced Project Pad 1.0, their new project management app for the iPad device. The US$9.99 tool is designed with both professionals and non-professionals in mind.

Blue Wind has released Zombie Shock 1.0, a $1.99 action/adventure game for the iPhone OS. The shooter is based on the story of a genius biochemist who has contracted the FEAR virus and must escape from NYC. He must battle zombies, get money, buy better weapons, and upgrade his status. The elaborate manga-...

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Jun 01
Ten One offers new colors in Pogo Sketch line

Ten One Design has added two new colors to its Pogo Sketch product line: Burnt Orange and Cactus. The new shades join Hot Pink and Silver to the capacitive touch screen options for the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad enthusiast.

For added portability, the Pogo Sketch features a pocket clip to secure it in place for on-the-go travel. Available now for US14.95 at, the Pogo Sketch features a light aluminum body construction with a matte anodized finish.

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Jun 01
HyperImage 3 searches the web for images

KavaSoft has released HyperImage 3.0 (, an update of the US$25 Mac OS X app that lets you download images from web sites. It's a tool for downloading entire web sites worth of pictures all at once.

Version 3.0 adds an image search feature, and is optimized for the most popular photo blogs. It automatically downloads the highest-resolution user-submitted content, while ignoring the stuff you don't want. You can download every photo from blog after blog, creating your own mirror of your favorite part of the blogosphere.

To use HyperImage you enter the address of a web site in the toolbar. You can download several galleries or sites at once. The software is compatible with sites that require a log-in.

HyperImage includes a built-in image browser. You can skip over unwanted images and choose which links to follow. With HyperImage you...

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Jun 01
Citrix: 84% of businesses surveyed will support personal iPads

According to a new survey by Citrix ( -- a company that specializes in centralization, optimization and virtualization-- 84% of businesses polled will support personal iPads. The 494 respondents (so far) have indicated a high adoption rate and anticipation of the iPad as a business tool.

This isn't a cross section of all businesses, but is mostly comprised of Citrix customers and those that go to their web site and have interest enough in the iPad to take a short survey (which you can, too). The high level of support for personal iPads seems to reinforce the notion that the iPad will be the door opener for BYOC at many companies, according to the folks at Citrix.

The fact that IT can safely provide access to company apps, data and virtual desktops...

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Jun 01
Digital Anarchy introduces Beauty Box Photo software

Digital Anarchy ( has announced Beauty Box Photo skin retouching software. The plug-in provides a way of smoothing skin and removing blemishes in photographs. Beauty Box Photo 1.0 is fully compatible with Adobe Photoshop CS5 and earlier versions of Photoshop and Elements.
The software automatically identifies skin tones and creates an intelligent mask that limits the smoothing effect to skin areas while keeping facial details razor sharp, according to Jim Tierney, president of Digital Anarchy. This process requires minimal input from the user and in many cases is fully automatic, he adds.

Beauty Box Photo gets it render speed from new technology from Toonamation, Inc. and takes advantage of GPUs and nVidia’s CUDA. It's regularly priced at US$99, but it's on sale for $79 through June 210. The skin retouching software works in Photoshop 7.0–CS5 and...

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Jun 01
Sunbelt Software announces Mac agent for VIPRE Enterprise

Sunbelt Software, a provider of security software, has added VIPRE Enterprise for Mac to its VIPRE Enterprise product line. This new client software is designed to provide virus protection against a wide range of Mac-specific malicious threats, leveraging Sunbelt’s VIPRE engine.

VIPRE Enterprise for Mac supports Mac OS X versions 10.5.6 and 10.6. Users will be able to run both scheduled and on-demand scans and view quarantine and scan history. Definition updates are downloaded from Sunbelt across the Internet. The product will also be able to detect and clean any Windows-specific malicious threats that may find their way onto a Mac system.

“As the market adoption of the Macintosh platform continues to grow, so will the attention they receive from virus writers, making it all the more important to offer those users protection against threats,” says Alex Eckelberry, CEO of Sunbelt Software. “This is our first step in our support for the Mac platform, and is specifically...

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