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Apr 12
Red Giant announces Creative Suite 5 support

Red Giant Software ( says its products will support the just announced Adobe Creative Suite.

Magic Bullet Looks, Knoll Light Factory, Trapcode Suite, and Pro Keying Suite will be the first products available for Adobe After Effects CS5 and/or Adobe Premiere Pro CS5. Red Giant Software will release these Adobe CS5 updaters within two weeks of Adobe CS5 shipping. All other products will be available for Adobe CS5 by this summer. The Adobe CS5 updaters from Red Giant Software are only applicable to users that choose to upgrade to Adobe CS5.
According to Sean Safreed of Red Giant, the Adobe CS5 updaters for Red Giant Software products offer support for 64-bit computing, which provide many benefits including:

° Better use of memory to allow multiple applications to run with increased performance;

° Support of RAW content with the...

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Apr 12
AJA announces Ki Pro support for Avid Systems, new Mini...

At this week's NAB show in Las Vegas, AJA Video ( -- a manufacturer of professional video interface and conversion solutions, has collaborated with Avid to enable the AJA Ki Pro portable digital video recording device to record Apple ProRes 422 QuickTime files that are directly compatible with Avid Media Composer and Symphony systems via the Avid Media Access (AMA) architecture.

The company has also introduced five new Mini Coverter products and a team-up with CineForm.

The AJA Ki Pro is a portable, rugged tapeless video recording device that records high-quality Apple ProRes 422 QuickTime files onto computer-friendly media. It connects production directly with post by enabling filmmakers, broadcasters, video professionals and prosumers to skip the process of re-rendering to an editing codec by providing immediate access to full raster edit-ready files directly from camera. Through its AMA...

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Apr 12
Intego releases VirusBarrier Server 3 for the Mac

Intego (, a Mac security specialist, has released VirusBarrier Server 3, the latest version of its anti-malware and network protection software for Macs running as servers. It includes new threat-detection techniques, improved methods of detection, and combined detection protocol.
According to the folks at Intego, in addition to being the best defense against viruses and malware for Macs, VirusBarrier Server 3 adds more than 100 new features that provide hardened security and help protect against the latest threats. Here are some of them:
° Remote GUI administration: VirusBarrier Server 3 allows administrators to manage the program remotely, with full access to all settings and configurations. Administrators can manage multiple servers from a single GUI console and the program can also be administered locally. With VirusBarrier Server Admin, administrators get a bird’...

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Apr 12
Private Contact update for Mac OS X adds autorecovery docs, more

Tension Software ( has updated Private Contact, a native Cocoa software to manage an address book in an encrypted form in Mac OS X (10.4 and higher), to version 2.3. The upgrade adds: autorecovery documents; preferences improvements; and a resizable category panel.

With Private Contact informations inside documents, relative to various persons, can be read only by the Mac owner. In case of unauthorized access or theft of the Mac, the data inside Private Contact documents can’t be read without the proper master password.

Private Contact uses the powerful Blowfish algorithm to encrypt data. It's Universal Binary so runs natively on both PowerPC and Intel Macs.

Private Contact can be purchased for US$25. Version 2.3 is a free update to registered users of...

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Apr 12
WoodWing announces support for Adobe CS5

WoodWing Software, a supplier of cross-media publishing solutions, has greeted the launch of Adobe's Creative Suite 5 with the news that its products will be fully compatible. A beta version of WoodWing's award-winning Smart Styles CS5 plug-in for Adobe InDesign and InCopy has been already released.

The first WoodWing product already available for CS5 is the Smart Styles efficiency plug-in. A beta release is currently available on WoodWing's Community Site at . The final release will be ready at the same time Adobe CS5 ships.

WoodWing is close to the beta stage of CS5 versions of other plug-ins and the Enterprise publishing system, as well, says President Erik Schut. These betas are expected to be released in May.

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Apr 12
Network Series keypad, remotes support Macs, Apple TVs

URC ( -- which specializes in remote control technology, has announced that its Network Series keypads and remote controls all fully automate AV systems connected to a Mac, PC or Apple TV via conventional wires, or wirelessly via Apple’s AirPort Express.

Touch one colorful icon on the screen of a URC network remote control to automatically activate the TV, start the audio system, and select the correct settings and inputs, so that you can see the video or listen to the music without any technical knowledge of how the AV system operates. URC remotes display color screens that let you browse, select and play anything on iTunes, even though the PC, Mac or Apple TV may be in a completely different room.

URC’s Network Series of 2-way controllers -- the MX-6000 Touch Screen, the MX-5000 Touch Screen Remote and the KP-4000 In-Wall Touch Screen Keypad Controller...

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Apr 12
Mobile, Internet leaders to meet to discuss 'open vs. Apple...

The battle for control of the multi-billion dollar mobile Internet space is the focus of the debate at the Open Mobile Summit (, where industry world leaders convene in London, May 26-27th to explore how to monetize the open mobile ecosystem. Among the topics will be "open vs. Apple."

While the world watches to see if Apple CEO Steve Jobs will repeat the iPhone’s success with the iPad, criticism of Apple’s closed approach to device development runs high. Open vs closed models, the evolution of ebooks, tablets and devices "beyond the phone" -- and the impact on future publishing and media revenues -- are high on the agenda at this year’s Open Mobile Summit.

Joining the debate this year will be major handset players such as Nokia, HTC, Sony and Acer, operators Vodafone, O2, Orange, 3 and TeliaSonera, and Internet leaders Yahoo!, Spotify, EA Games and...

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Apr 12
NAPP launches Photoshop CS5 Learning Center

The National Association of Photoshop Professionals, or NAPP (, has launched its new Adobe Photoshop CS5 Learning Center (, in conjunction with Adobe’s official announcement, with a week of live streaming webinars and giveaways of Adobe CS5.

The NAPP Adobe Photoshop CS5 Learning Center features 16 in-depth tutorials on Photoshop CS5’s most talked about features including: content aware fill and healing, the new HDR pro, single image HDR, refine edge, Camera Raw noise removal, layers and bridge improvements, the new puppet warp, the new mixer brush and more.

“CS5 is the biggest, most important Photoshop update in years. With so many cool new features, we wanted to give everyone the most comprehensive CS5 resource we possibly could,” saysScott...

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Apr 12
Adobe unveils Creative Suite 5, accompanying educational...

Adobe has announced the Adobe Creative Suite 5 product family ( and its supporting educational resources.

The Creative Suite 5 line-up includes Creative Suite 5 Master Collection, Creative Suite 5 Design Premium, Creative Suite 5 Web Premium, Creative Suite 5 Production Premium and Creative Suite 5 Design Standard, as well as 15 point products, associated technologies and integration with Adobe CS Live services.

Adobe Creative Suite 5 Master Collection includes all of Adobe’s Creative Suite tools with full version upgrades of stand-alone applications, including Photoshop CS5, Illustrator CS5, InDesign CS5, Flash Catalyst CS5, Flash...

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Apr 12
The MacJury discusses the many aspects of iPad

A special MacJury ( convened to discuss the many aspects of the iPad.

This isn't just discussion of iPad first impressions. The topics included iPad sharing, etiquette, the need for a guest mode, the iPad as a physical object, and the many places you will want to use your iPad. Where the iPad fits in your digital life, whether it is a new, replacement or convergence device, the most fashionable ways to tote your iPad, and more were entered into evidence.

The session concluded with each MacJuror revealing their favorite aspect of the iPad (guess who compared it to, "eating pudding with your fingers"), talking about why what you do with it when you aren't using the iPad is important, and the unusual way the "TidBITS" crew obtained their iPads. The panel for this session included: Mark Anbinder, Jeff Carlson, Adam Engst, Tonya Engst, Glenn Fleishman, Joe Kissell, Rich Mogull, Matt...

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Apr 12
'MUG Event Calendar': iPad, Adobe InDesign, Ning, more

Even though the iPad reigns supreme on "The MUG Event Calendar," there are plenty of other topics on the week’s agenda.

Steve Sande of the Unofficial Apple Weblog will visit a group in Colorado, Michael Rubin of Nikon will show off their hardware to a New Jersey group, and a group in Ohio will celebrate their 8th anniversary. The Final Cut Pro SuperMeet will be held at the NAB show in Las Vegas, and will feature appearances by Apple, Adobe, Avid and more.

Other than the iPad, topics on this week’s schedule include Adobe InDesign, Ning, Avery DesignPro, social networks, digital Imaging, medical web sites, Apple photo books and more.

MUGs are good places for making new friends in the Mac community, imProving your computing skills, finding solutions to technical Problems, and perhaps locating a good deal on used hardware. For more info on MUGs, and to find the location of the one nearest you, go to Apple's MUG page (...

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Apr 12
Mozaik demos iPad, iPhone technology for interactive TV

Mozaik Multimedia MovieBuddy and !Content ( are two new technologies that enable consumers to use iPhones and iPad, in addition to a standard remote control, to interact with in-movie brands and products in an immersive home environment.

Today’s generation is consuming video in a multi-screen, multi-tasking environment. With Mozaik !Content technology, consumers can learn more about products, people and places they see on the screen, instantly shop and share them via Facebook, Twitter or email. The Mozaik MovieBuddy iPad and iPhone application will integrate all these activities into a seamless, intuitive experience never seen before, says Paulette Pantoja, CEO and founder of BluFocus.

Mozaik Multimedia’s !Content is an end-to-end software solution for media and entertainment industries as well as service providers that's deployed across multiple platforms, connecting the...

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Apr 11
iPad to grab 51% of tablet market this year

Apple's iPad will grab 51% of the tablet market this year, with machines based on Google Android taking 24%, according to data from IMS Research.

As reported by "eWeek" (, the IMS reports shows that Windows 7 will garner 10% market share, with the remaining 15% going to some proprietary and Linux-based platforms for the home.

IMS analyst Anna Hunt projects Apple thinks the iPad it tapping a market that's "hungry" for tablets. The tablet market that could be worth $3.6 billion through 2010, she adds.

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Apr 10
Toon Boom releases Animate Pro 2.0

Toon Boom Animation has released Toon Boom Animate Pro 2.0 (, an update of its high-performance animation software for professionals.

New feature highlights include: fast distribution of character parts to layers; the ability to adjust velocity on multiple character parts; efficient creation of richer-looking ambiance; full-fledged SWF export with new vector effects; direct import of scanned drawings (TWAIN); and expanded text capability.

Animate Pro 2.0 is designed for serious animators, offering award winning state-of-the-art content creation, animation and compositing toolset for any animation style within a single all-in-one desktop application, says Toon Boom President/CEO Joan Vogelesang. She says it combines state-of-the-art vector technology, real-time animation tools and nodal compositing to simplify the...

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Apr 10
EditShare to unveil Flow 2.0

EditShare ( will introduce version 2.0 of Flow, its production asset management solution for building collaborative media production infrastructures, at this week's NAB convention Las Vegas.

Integrated with the EditShare shared storage and archiving solutions, Flow provides extensive content management, asset tracking and production capabilities for managing post-production and broadcast workflows. According to EditShare CEO Andy Liebman, features include:

° In addition to the current "chunking" feature, Avid and QuickTime users can now ingest with Flow and begin editing on their NLE timeline within seconds. Clips expand in the background while you continue to edit.

° Flow 2.0 introduces bandwidth-controlled file-based ingest, with support for P2, XDCAM, XDCAM HD and AVC- Intra formats.  Users can maintain video in its native codec or transcode to a different codec...

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Apr 10
Sanyo to launch new HD video cameras

Sanyo ( will launch two new Dual Camera Xacti, the DMX-CG100 and DMX-GH1 on April 16. With slim and compact designs, the new models capture Full HD video and high-resolution photos, based on the Dual Camera concept of taking both videos and photos with one camera.

The cameras utilize a video format (MPEG-4 AVC/H.264) that can be handled on computer and Internet environments, as well as on home TVs. The new Xactis can capture both Full HD video (1920 x 1080) and 14 mega-pixel photos.

The new models are equipped with Sanyo’s proprietary “Double Range Zoom” feature for zoom operation while filming video. With a touch of the Zoom Range Button, this technology allows users to switch between two zoom ranges, a Wide Mode (40 mm to 240 mm) and a Tele Mode (80 mm to 480 mm), which changes the size of the video capture area on the image sensor. As a result, the new models offer ae range of...

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Apr 10
NEC releases new 'green' display

NEC Display Solutions of America ( has announced the AccuSync AS231WM LCD monitor, which the company describes as an "environmentally friendly display."

Targeted to small-to-medium sized businesses (SMBs) as well as education and government users, the AS231WM joins four other green monitors in the AccuSync Series (AS171, AS191, AS191WM and AS221WM), which all bear EPEAT Silver ratings as well as Energy Star 5.0 and TCO 5.0 compliance.

The AS231WM widescreen display consumes 50% less energy and contains 50%t less mercury content than conventional monitors of the same size, according to Lynn Gu, product manager of NEC Display Solutions. In addition, ECO Mode technology lets end-users toggle between energy-saving modes, helping to significantly reduce power consumption, heat generation and extend the life of the display, she adds.

The AS231WM comes with Ambix dual-...

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Apr 09
iPhone/iPod/iPad apps for April 9

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

Serving Sizer Pro is a new US$2.99 recipe cards for the iPad. It lets you organize recipe cards, handwritten family recipes, and recipe clippings in one place. You can change the serving size at any time and the whole recipe is converted instantly.

SlothMedia has announced KosmicMath-Education 1.0 for iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad devices. The $14.99 app is a space exploration game that reinforces mathematical scope and sequence requirements covering preschool through fourth grade.

Bigredshoes has released Smackup! 1.0 for iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. The game lets you test your skill by throwing punches at an obnoxious, insulting, loud-mouthed jerk as he bobs and weaves behind a podium. There is a lite (free) and a full version ($0.99)...

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Apr 09
mDialog video solution for live streaming on iPhone, iPad

mDialog (, a mobile video and in-stream ad management platform, has announced what it says is first-to-market robust HTML5 adaptive video streaming service with Dynamic Ad-insertion.

mDialog VaaS with dynamic ad-insertion purportedly offers feature capabilities previously only available with Flash video-based solutions. mDialog delivers in-stream ad-insertion, ensuring no gaps between video ads in content on the mDialog iPad/iPhone Video Player SDK (software developer kit) and HTML5-enabled video browsers, such as Safari for the iPad.

“mDialog offers not only feature parity with desktop Flash video-based players, but provides viewers with a better overall user experience and more nuance in choices and styles of to-the-second ad insertions,” says Greg Philpott, President and Founder, mDialog. “And from a targeting perspective, the geo-targeting, device frequency capping and...

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Apr 09
The Video Sandbox 148: the iPad's in the wild

The iPad is in the wild! Unfortunately, Apple updated my billing address but not my shipping address. So, my pre-ordered 32GB model wandered in on TUES afternoon. But I'm making up for lost time!

Again, I have to apologize for the lateness of this episode. Busy doing podcasts for Macsimum News, Op-Eds for Mac OSG and some meanderings for My Apple Space.

Then, of course, there's all the time that I spend trying to land a real job and soliciting heart donations for Dick Cheyney.

This episode; Philly band, IKE, singer Lili Añel and an operatic cat. A splendid time was had by all. Except by those who attended.

Download, double click, drop out.

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Apr 09
Adobe acknowledges risk of Flash-less iPhones, iPads

Adobe has acknowledged the risks of exclusion from the iPhone and iPad in a corporate filing, indicating the ban could hurt sales, as reported by "Bloomberg" (

“To the extent new releases of operating systems or other third-party products, platforms or devices, such as the Apple iPhone or iPad, make it more difficult for our products to perform, and our customers are persuaded to use alternative technologies, our business could be harmed,” Adobe said in the filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission under a “risk factors” heading.

“Adobe’s goal has been to make it so people can create content once and it can be delivered across all platforms -- that’s the pitch and Apple is...

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Apr 09
Doxie paper scanner ships

Doxie (, a paper scanner that scans directly to the cloud, is now shipping. Designed for home and small businesses, the US$129 portable scanner is for scanning, sharing, and organizing paper and photos.

It weighs 10.9 ounces and is built for travel. It's compatible with any Mac (OX 10.5 or 10.6) or PC and has USB connectivity. Doxie integrates directly with desktop and web apps like Google Docs, Flickr, iPhoto, Tumblr, Picnik, Evernote, Picasa, and Backpack. A single button, Doxie's Heart Button, implements sharing.

Doxie's features include: color scanning at up to 600 dpi with automatic page detection; included software for simple scanning and direct cloud sharing; integration with the free Doxie's Cloud service for turning paper into URLs for instant sharing; automatic cropping, rotation, and image clean-up; photo editing with direct support for the Picnik online photo...

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Apr 09
Apple reworking WebKit for multicore chips

Google's Chrome browser draws heavily on the WebKit browser engine project led chiefly by Apple, but now WebKit is adopting one Chrome idea: separation between some computing processes, according to "CNET" (

WebKit is the system framework used on Mac OS X by Safari, Dashboard,, and many other OS X applications. It’s based on the KHTML engine from KDE.

Apple programmer Anders Carlsson announced the latest move, an interface called WebKit2, in a that reads:

"This is a heads-up that we will shortly start landing patches for a new WebKit framework that we at Apple have been working on for a while. We currently call this new framework "WebKit2".

"WebKit2 is designed from the ground up to support a split process model, where the...

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Apr 09
Analyst: iAd play is 'ambitious, slick' but faces...

Eden Zoller, Ovum’s principal analyst, says Apple's iAd service is ambitious and slick but it still faces challenges before it can corner the market, not just from Google but from the complexity of video based in-application advertising.

“As Madison Avenue predicted, Apple has launched itself into the one mobile market from which it was absent, advertising," Zoller says. "Thursday at the iPhone 4.0 launch it announced its play for this market, the iAd platform. Steve Jobs reckons there will soon be around 100 million Apple devices on the market and that most of people’s mobile activity will be dominated by applications, where they will spend around 30 minutes a day. According to Jobs, if 10 ads were to appear on each device per day this would make for one billion ad impressions daily. The potential revenue from this scenario could be substantial."

The iAd platform supports in-application advertising and will span the iPhone, iPod touch and newly launched iPad. The...

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Apr 09
Apple posts video of iPhone OS 4 event

Apple has posted a video of Thursday's special event in which iPhone OS 4 and more was unveiled. The event was held at Apple's headquarters in Cupertino, California.

To view the video, you'll need QuickTime. You can find a link at .

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