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Mar 25
PulpMotion upgrade for Mac OS X adds new animation engine, more

Aquafadas (http://www.aquafadas.com) has updated PulpMotion and PulpMotion Advanced, slideshow and animation software for Mac OS X 10.5 ("Leopard") or later, to version 3.0. The new versions sport a new animation engine written from the ground up.

Version 3.0 also adds: animated text; a new repository of transition effects; Image Media functionality that now includes animation options within all the themes; more themes; improvements in the interface and workflow; and enhanced export and sharing functionality.

PulpMotion 3 costs US$129 for PulpMotion Advanced and $49 for PulpMotion Standard. Complimentary upgrades are available to customers who purchased PulpMotion on or after Jan. 1. Other upgrade options are available to existing PulpMotion customers who purchased before this date.

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Mar 24
Wikipedia Suffers Global Outage

Wikipedia posted the below on their blog at:
http://techblog.wikimedia.org/2010/03/global-outage-cooling-failure-and-...

Global Outage (cooling failure and DNS)

Due to an overheating problem in our European data center many of our servers turned off to protect themselves. As this impacted all Wikipedia and other projects access from European users, we were forced to move all user traffic to our Florida cluster, for which we have a standard quick failover procedure in place, that changes our DNS entries.

However, shortly after we did this failover switch, it turned out that this failover mechanism was now broken, causing the DNS resolution of Wikimedia sites to stop working globally. This problem was quickly resolved, but unfortunately it may take up to an hour...

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Mar 24
iPhone/iPod/iPad apps for March 24

Here are the latest iPhone/iPod touch/iPod/iPad apps announced. You can find 'em at the Apple App Store (http://www.itunes.com/appstore/).

Algoriddim has announced djay Remote, an US$4.99 app that turns a user’s iPhone or iPod Ttouch into a fully-fledged DJ controller. Wirelessly syncing with algoriddim’s djay software on the Mac, djay Remote enables users to mix and play their iTunes music, whether they’re mingling with guests or mixing it up on the dance floor.

Imesart has introduced Disacol 1.0, an $1.99 logic game for iPhone OS devices. It sports a mix of box moving and color matching for a "brain teasing experience." Move a box pusher around and bring boxes of the same color together to make them disappear. Find the right pushing sequence and make boxes of all colors disappear.

Wizzard Media has announced Motion Traxx for the iPhone and iPod touch. The $2.99 app is a "...

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Mar 24
Main way folks will use the iPad: working on the go

Sybase (http://www.sybase.com), which specializes in enterprise and mobile software, has announced the results of a survey on mobile device usage, finding that the top reason U.S. consumers would use a tablet device such as the Apple iPad is for working on the go.

The study findings reveal that consumers are increasingly demanding mobile devices that blend consumer and enterprise functionality, exposing an unexpected emphasis on the iPad’s suitability for work-related activities, and demonstrating the iPad’s potential value to information workers. Additionally, the study demonstrates that consumers want more access to information and work applications on their mobile devices, pointing to continuing challenges for businesses in enabling employees to effectively work on the go.

Sybase says the role of new tablet devices such as the iPad has been a subject of great debate recently, and while the study...

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Mar 24
OmniGraffle update now Snow Leopard compatible

The Omni Group (http://www.omnigroup.com/) has released version 5.2.2 of OmniGraffle, an upgrade of the Mac OS X diagramming application. The update adds a preference to disable multitouch trackpad gestures and a hidden preference to disable scroll wheel zooming for Magic Mouse users who want to avoid using momentum scrolling.

Version 5.2.2 also enables Option-Command-click to select different Bézier control points where multiple Bézier lines are connected. What's more, OmniGraffle 5.2.2 provides many improvements to shared layers and Mac OS X 10.6 (Snow Leopard") compatibility, along with fixes to a number of crashes when working with Visio files, PDFs, and subgraphs.

OmniGraffle 5.2.2 is available for US$99.95, though it's a free update for registered users of version 5.x. Upgrades from OmniGraffle 4 are available for $39.95. OmniGraffle Professional 5 is available for $199.95 with upgrades...

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Mar 24
Creative Suite 5 to launch April 12

Adobe says that Creative Suite CS5 will be launched on April 12. No details have been given except that the Mac version of the suite will be Intel only and written in Cocoa.

The CS5 release will be the first major update to the company's flagship publishing applications since Creative Suite 4 was introduced in September 2008.

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Mar 24
Apple, Army meet to discuss handheld solutions for soldiers

The US Army reports (http://www.army.mil/-news/2010/03/22/36178-army-apple-meet-to-discuss-ha...) that leaders from its technology command visited Apple in Cupertino, California, to discuss the use of Apple products in Army business and battlefield operations.



Maj. Gen. Nick Justice, Research, Development and Engineering Command commanding general and key members of his staff traveled to Apple headquarters on March 5. Apple officials reportedly gave the Army group tours of its laboratories and other facilities and talked about some examples of where the military is already using Apple technology. The Army's research and development command is evaluating commercial hand-held solutions such as iPad, iPhone, iPod, iMac, and MacBook platforms.



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Mar 24
Average price of an ebook for the iPad reportedly to be $9.99

AppAdvice (http://appadvice.com/appnn/2010/03/exclusive-ibooks-prices-revealed/) says the typical price of an ebook for the iPad will be US$9.99. The site notes that this is despite the fact that Apple offers publishers the same deal iPhone developers get: they set their own price and Apple keeps 30%.

The iPad will come with an iBookstore app. will feature books from major and independent publishers. The free iBooks app lets you buy books from the iBookstore. Once you’ve bought a book, it’s displayed on your Bookshelf. Just tap it to start reading.

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Mar 24
Typical iPad app to be port of an iPhone puzzle game

Pocket Gamer (http://www.pocketgamer.biz/r/PG.Biz/Apple+iPad/feature.asp?c=19302) has done a study on the apps coming to the iPhone. Puzzle games ported from the iPhone are the most prevalent.

Action and sports are the next most popular categories, although announced games are more along the lines of bowling, fishing and pool than football. Card and boards are another significant genre.

"When it comes to the breakdown of where announced iPad games are originating from, the vast majority are being ported from existing iPhone games," says "Pocket Gamer." "That's a sensible economic move, but 16 percent are new games, while 10% come from console licenses; something that's likely to grow if iPad is a success."

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Mar 24
Beta of Messenger for Mac 8 available

The Messenger for Mac 8 Beta was released today. The app provides real-time collaboration between people in different locations. You can use instant messaging and audio and video calls to communicate with your contacts.

The new beta includes A/V support which allows users to communicate with their contacts via instant messaging and audio and video calls. You can download it here: http://www.microsoft.com/mac/downloads.mspx . Just remember: beta software is unfinished software so use with care.

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Mar 24
LTB ships LTB Light 9.0 for Mac OS X

LTB Soft has announced LTB Light 9.0 (http://www.ltblight.com), an update of the US$299 Mac OS X application that permits natural and artificial lighting calculation with a color radiosity method applied to a finite elements plan.

Version 9.0 adds support for both metric and imperial units, as well as UNI EN 13201 tables. It also has some bug fixes.

LTB Light implements OpenGL. Data management take places through an internal CAD system, directly in a perspective view. It's possible to introduce flatten surfaces with colored glazing, furniture, curved surfaces like cylinders, cones, ellipsoids, hyperboloids and complex objects like cross vaults. LTB Light is able to share information with other CADs through DXF and PICT files.

Light sources are totally managed inside the main program; it's possible to import, show, modify and use the IESNA LM-63 photometric data files (ASCII text file...

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Mar 24
'Your Mac Life' looks at Apple-branded TV rumors, more

On this week's "Your Mac Life," the gang looks at rumors of Apple branded TV's, Steve Jobs' emails and unannounced security flaws in Mac OS X.

In the archive, you'll hear interviews with Kerrin Burke about his kidney transplant, and iPodMeister CEO Kris Schrey and Gus Mueller on the Acorn image editor.

You can listen in this and every Wednesday evening from 5:30 to 8 pm (Pacific). Live video is on Your Mac Life! You can watch the show live at http://yml.macosg.com/ -- or you can listen in to the plain old audio feed at http://www.yourmaclifeshow.com/QT/stream.mov .

You can join one of the two Chat Rooms that run during the live show -- on the live video site or on the dedicated IRC Server at irc.chat-solutions.org in the #yourmaclife Channel .

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Mar 24
Apple's market cap now $207.99 billion

Apple’s share are trading at US$229.45 which is a 52-week high -- and an all-time high. The company now has a market cap of US$207.99 billion.

As noted by "All Things D" (http://digitaldaily.allthingsd.com/20100324/apple-nearing-wal-marts-mark...), this means it ranks fourth in a list of the top five publicly traded U.S. companies, which are: Exxon Mobil, $315.05 billion; Microsoft, $261.71 billion; Wal-Mart, $212.19 billion.

Writing for "All Things D," John Paczkowski notes that this is "an astonishing turnaround for a company whose market cap bottomed out at $630.9 million back in 1982."

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Mar 24
Apple is most valuable personal computer maker in the world

Apple's integrated hardware and software system make it the most valuable personal computer maker in the world, according to a research note from Deutsche Bank.

As reported by "Silicon Alley Insider" ("http://www.businessinsider.com/chart-of-the-day-revenue-vs-operating-profit-share-of-top-pc-vendors-2010-3), Deutsche Bank assembled the revenue and operating profits of the top ten computermakers in the world. It then charted which companies are capturing the greatest share of the pie to determine which vendor is capturing the most value.

While Apple has just 7% of the share of revenue, it's grabbing 35% of the operating profit. Other companies are losing profit margins because they have to pay Microsoft for software. Deutsche Bank also notes that Apple, Dell and HP have 80% of the operating profit share on 40% of the revenue share.

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Mar 24
PDF Studio 6 with CJK fonts available

Qoppa Software, which specializes in PDF tools, has updated PDF Studio (http://www.qoppa.com/psindex.html), a PDF editor, to version 6. CJK font support is now available.

CJK is an acronym for Chinese, Japanese, and Korean. The added support to PDF Studio 6 allows users to work with PDF documents that use these character sets, but do n't embed the fonts in the PDF files. Support for CJK content is crucial to address the Asian market and widens the appeal of PDF Studio as a low-cost alternative to Adobe Acrobat, says Gerald Holmann, president of Qoppa Software.

In addition to CJK fonts, PDF Studio 6 has been integrated with the Acrobat document service. PDF Studio can open, edit and save documents directly from and to Acrobat.com. PDF Studio 6 also includes improvements to its Google Docs integration among other enhancements.

PDF Studio is entirely based on Qoppa...

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Mar 24
xTuple ERP 3.5 adds cloud computing, drop ship, time entry

xTuple, which specializes in Mac and open source enterprise resource planning (ERP) software for small to medium-sized businesses (SMBs), has announced the general availability of version 3.5 of its namesake product. 

This latest version saves employee time and cuts costs by automating many routine tasks that are often performed manually or by expensive external systems, according to the folks at xTuple.  Version 3.5 also continues the company’s recent push to add more enterprise-class functionality to the core package.
 
This latest version of xTuple also gives users of the free PostBooks Edition the ability to run their xTuple database in the cloud via Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2).  During the month of April, the company will be providing the xTuple cloud service at no charge and encouraging feedback to help define what will eventually be a commercial service, billed monthly possibly across all three Editions of the software.
 
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Mar 24
Apricorn announces Mac compatible Aegis Padlock Pro

Apricorn has released the Aegis Padlock Pro (http://www.apricorn.com/PadlockPro), the latest addition to the Apricorn suite of hardware encrypted portable drives. It's compatible with Mac, Windows and Linux systems.

Featuring an eSATA and USB interface, on-the-fly 256-bit AES Hardware Encryption and secure PIN access, the Padlock Pro incorporates the latest in speed and security into a drive that can fit in your hand. Available in capacities of up to 640GB and compatible with standard eSATA, traditional USB and the latest eSATA / USB Combo port (Power eSATA), the Aegis Padlock Pro can purportedly support eSATA data transfer speeds of up to 90 MB/second (using a traditional hard drive) and over 219 MB/s in its solid state version.

In traditional hard drive form, it costs US$129 for a 250GB model, $169 for a 500GB version and $199 for a 640GB model. A solid state Padlock Pro...

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Mar 24
Universal Audio announces 4-710D Four Channel 710 Mic Pre

Universal Audio (http://www.uaudio.com), a manufacturer of professional audio recording products, has announced a new addition to its line of premium analog recording hardware: the 4-710D Four-Channel “Twin-finity” Mic Preamp & DI with Dynamics.

At the core of the 4-710D are four channels of tone-blending “Twin-finity” mic preamps with true-bypass 1176-style compression, according to the folks at Universal Audio. Based on the original 710 Twin-Finity preamp, each of the four mic preamp channels allows for continuously variable tone between 100% tube and 100% solid-state.

The 4-710D is expected to be released worldwide in Q3 2010; Pricing has yet to be announced.
 

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Mar 24
OpenMenu X for Mac OS X gets maintenance update

Artman 21 (http://www.artman21.com/en/) has updated OpenMenu X, a US$10 contextual menu utility for Mac OS X, to version Rev.2.04. The update, free to registered users, is a maintenance update

OpenMenu is a utility that allows you to freely customize your contextual menu. You can open documents, applications, AppleScripts, Services Menu Items, and URLs any time you want. OpenMenu also supports the file system browsing. You can browse the file system and open/move files or folders through a contextual menu.

OpenMenuX requires Mac OS X 10.3.9 or later. It's a Universal Binary app, so runs natively on both PowerPC and Intel Macs.

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Mar 24
FMC|Online offers new courses on Apple, Avid, and Adobe software

Future Media Concepts (FMC) -- a digital media training organization for postproduction, broadcast, and content creators -- has announced new course options for their FMC|Online division.

Beginning this month, the updated online curriculum includes 45-minute advanced training sessions for US$45. FMC|Online utilizes the latest in desktop sharing technology, creating a virtual classroom for students with live group classes conducted by manufacturer certified trainers. In addition to FMC|Online's 2-day and 3-day course options, the new 45-minute sessions provide experienced users with a quick and efficient way of remaining up-to-speed on the latest software tips and tools from Apple, Avid and Adobe, says Ben Kozuch, co-founder of FMC. "

The 45-minute sessions are geared toward experienced students looking to expand their knowledge quickly and economically, he says. Registration is currently open for all FMC|Online 45-minute courses. To view course information, including...

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Mar 24
MacPractice aims to become first Mac-Based EHR/EMR solution to...

MacPractice (http://www.macpractice.com) -- the developer of MacPractice MD, MacPractice DDS, MacPractice DC, and MacPractice 20/20 -- has announced that the company plans to become the first EHR/EMR solution built exclusively for the Mac platform to achieve certification to the federal government’s proposed Health Information Technology standards for electronic health records/electronic medical records (EHR/EMR).
 
As the Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) for Health Information Technology works to finalize the certification guidelines, MacPractice has continuously upgraded its solution to meet the evolving standard, so that once a Final Rule is established, the company can apply immediately for certification under the program. As the only EHR/EMR solution designed specifically for optimum performance on the Mac platform, the company anticipates that it will be the first of its kind to...

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Mar 24
Fabrix introduces Magic Sleeve for the iPad

Fabrix (http://www.fabrixcases.com) has introduced its new Magic Sleeve for the the iPad. It's an US$32.90, slot-in styled case built to the dimensions of the Apple device.

The Magic Sleeve is constructed of lightweight materials and is designed to add little weight to the iPad. Each Fabrix Magic Sleeve is also lined with soft cushioned paddings for [rotection against scratches and light bumps. In addition, it features a new inner "pillow flap" design that secures the iPad in position while inserted into the sleeve, preventing the iPad from accidentally
slipping out of the sleeve.

All of the above is achieved without the use of any metal zippers or even velcro strips, making this sleeve "Checkpoint Friendly" at airports, according to the folks at Fabrix. The Fabrix Magic Sleeve is available in a variety of color and design options.

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Mar 24
Skydda Design introduces TradCase, TradDuo for the iPhone 3G/3GS...

Skydda Design (http://skyddadesign.com/) has introduced new hardwood cases for the iPhone 3G and 3GS. The TradCase is available in Walnut, Cherry, and exotic Teak hardwoods, and the TradDuo is available in Maple/Walnut or Maple/Cherry.

Each of these cases is carved from a single block of premium-quality hardwood and hand-polished to a luxurious satin finish, according to Skydda Design Co-founder Charles Hodgson. Because natural hardwoods differ in appearance, each TradCase and TradDuo is unique in color-tone and grain, making your case truly one of a kind, he says.


The cases weigh less than half-an-ounce. For an limited time only, Skydda Design is offering an introductory price of US$44.99 for the TradCase and $54.99 for the TradDuo.

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Mar 24
ValuAdder 5 runs on Mac, Windows, Linux systems

Haeleo Corp. (http://www.valuadder.com) has released ValuAdder 5, an update of its business valuation software. It's compatible with Mac, Windows, Linux and Unix systems.

Now in its fifth generation, ValuAdder has purportedly served over 15,000 business people and professional advisor customers world-wide. A set of standards-compliant business valuation methods under the Asset, Income and Market approaches is complemented by tools for financial decision making and structuring a business acquisition.

In ValuAdder 5 takes, a revised Start Tab Screen serves as the user's Command and Control Center offering instant suggestions on the valuation process, best practice method choices, and techniques to organize and complete the business valuation projects in record time. Contact Haeleo for pricing options.

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Mar 24
Instapaper coming to the iPad

Developer Marco Arment says his Instapaper service (http://www.instapaper.com/) for saving web content for later reading will be coming to the iPad.

Instapaper Pro will be a universal iPhone/iPad application. That means that you only have to buy Instapaper Pro once to have it on both devices, and the iPad edition will be available to all Pro purchasers at no additional charge when it’s released. The iPhone/iPod touch/iPad version "looks like Instapaper Pro, but bigger, and with slight interface tweaks and redesigns where appropriate," says Arment.

Currently, Instatpaper is available in a free, feature-limited version and an US$4.99 pro version. The app downloads text-only versions of web content and saves them to a user's free account for later reading on a variety of devices, including Macs, Kindles and the aforementioned Apple devices.

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