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Apr 30
Speed Download for Mac OS X speeds to version 5.2.16

Yazsoft (http://www.yazsoft.com) has released Speed Download 5.2.16, the latest version of its Mac OS X download manager that combines four products: a download manager with auto-resuming downloads, a secure FTP client, a file sharing utility with full encryption, and .Mac/iDisk/WEBDAV connectivity.

The upgrade offers offers optimized performance, better compatibility and more. Speed Download requires Mac OS X 10.5.8 or higher. It costs US$25 for a single-user license. Speed Download is available in US English, French and Polish localizations.

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Apr 30
MultiBrush 5.0 sports Artistic Tool palette, more

Akvis Software has released Akvis MultiBrush 4.0 (http://akvis.com/en/multibrush/index.php) for Mac and Windows systems. The app lets you retouch damaged photos and enhance portraits.

Version 5.0 includes a new Artistic Tools palette with tools such as Oil Brush, Roller, Felt-tip Marker, Chalk, Artistic Pencil, Artistic Spray, and Artistic Eraser for adding artistic effects to images. The Standard Tools palette has been expanded and improved. There's a new Spray tool, and new parameters for selecting the color of pencils and brushes. You can change the shape of a pencil and the angle of brushes. Also the parameters of the Smudge tool have been changed.

MultiBrush now lets you edit an image in layers. In the Layers palette, layers can be added, reordered, their visibility can be switched on or off, and they can be arranged in groups. There are two kinds of layers,...

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Apr 30
Monkeybread Software releases DynaPDF 2.5

Monkeybread Software has released version 2.5 of the REALbasic DynaPDF plug-in (http://www.monkeybreadsoftware.de/realbasic/plugin-dynapdf.shtml), which adds professional PDF support to REAL Studio. With it you can reate, import and modify PDF files on Mac, Windows and Linux systems.

This includes features like PDF split and merge, fonts embedding and text extraction. With DynaPDF 2.5 such features are added as support for OpenType fonts, improved font handling, better colorspace support and functions to use external signatures. All this features are available in the version 10.2 MBS REALbasic DynaPDF Plugin. Available with the download are more than 50 example projects to show you how to use the plug-in with REAL Studio.

With the recent introduction of the Starter license, the entry license is available for US$199....

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Apr 30
RIM overtakes Apple in smartphone shipments

According to the latest research from Strategy Analytics (http://www.strategyanalytics.com), global smartphone shipments grew 50% year-over-year, to reach 54 million units in the first quarter of 2010 (Q1 2010). This was the strongest period of growth for almost three years and smartphones continue to lead the handset industry out of recession, according to the research group.

"The global smartphone market will head in two broad directions this year," says Neil Mawston, director at Strategy Analytics. "Some smartphone vendors, such as Nokia, will chase growing mid-tier volumes in emerging markets such as China and India. Other brands, such as Motorola, will focus on mature markets like the US and explore a new wave of services beyond Internet browsing and email such as high-quality video and navigation."

RIM shipped 10.6 million smartphones worldwide in Q1 2010, beating Apple’s...

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Apr 30
Adobe ships Creative Suite 5

Adobe has announced the availability of the Adobe Creative Suite 5 product family, which the company says has more than 250 new product features.

The Adobe CS5 product family is powering the creation of content and applications for the upcoming releases of Flash Player 10.1 and Adobe AIR 2, which are optimized for high performance on mobile screens and designed to take advantage of native device capabilities for a richer, more immersive user experience, according to John Loiacono, senior vice president of Creative Solutions at Adobe. Featuring integration with online content and digital marketing measurement and optimization capabilities for the first time, Creative Suite 5 products include access to signature Omniture technologies, to capture, store and analyze information generated by web sites and other sources.

Adobe Creative Suite 5 products also integrate with Adobe CS Live, a set of five innovative online services that accelerate key aspects of the creative...

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Apr 30
Electronics Recyclers CEO: iPad a smashing success

John Shegerian, chairman and CEO of Electronic Recyclers International (http://1800recycling.com), a recycler of electronics and e-waste, has issued a statement about the success of the iPad. In his statement, he refers to the iPad as a “perfect example of a future trend” of the electronic waste recycling and urban mining industries.

Shegerian said that Apple’s massively popular tablet device is the kind of significant innovation that creates enormous new opportunities across multiple industries while it triggers the public to discard older devices now rendered obsolete by the newer, user friendly technology the iPad provides.

“It’s a rare occurrence, but once in a while a consumer electronics product comes along --he flat screen television for example – that captures the imagination and interest of the public so well that the product immediately becomes a ‘must have’ item and part of modern...

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Apr 30
Electronics Recylers CEO: iPad a smashing success

John Shegerian, chairman and CEO of Electronic Recyclers International (http://1800recycling.com), a recycler of electronics and e-waste, has issued a statement about the success of the iPad. In his statement, he refers to the iPad as a “perfect example of a future trend” of the electronic waste recycling and urban mining industries.

Shegerian said that Apple’s massively popular tablet device is the kind of significant innovation that creates enormous new opportunities across multiple industries while it triggers the public to discard older devices now rendered obsolete by the newer, user friendly technology the iPad provides.

“It’s a rare occurrence, but once in a while a consumer electronics product comes along --he flat screen television for example – that captures the imagination and interest of the public so well that the product immediately becomes a ‘must have’ item and part of modern...

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Apr 30
Hercules expands XPS audio line

Hercules (http://www.hercules.com), a digital audio specialist, has expanded it XPS multimedia speaker line with the new XPS 2.0 35 USB, 2.0 USB-powered speakers for on-the-go listening and the XPS 5.1 70 Slim.

Created with the same slim design as their XPS 2.1 Slim Speaker line, the XPS 5.1 70 Slim features five ultra-slim satellite speakers and a wooden-made subwoofer for a "full surround sound experience." The XPS 2.0 35 USB set will be available in June at a suggested retail price of US$19.99; the XPS 5.1 70 Slim will also be available at the end of June for $99.99.

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Apr 30
Witch for Mac OS X conjures up version 3.1

Many Tricks has released version 3.1 of Witch (http://manytricks.com/witch), its window switching utility for Mac OS X. The new version adds a couple of new features, improves on many behaviors, and fixes a few bugs.

In version 3.1, the Witch panel appears after a very short delay, so it can be used (as with Command-Tab) to toggle between two open windows without seeing the Witch panel flash onscreen. A major memory leak has been identified and plugged. Witch no longer uses increasing amounts of RAM over time, and uses less RAM overall than version 3.0.

Updated help files explain all of Witch 3's features. Version 3.1 handles Parallels' windows more gracefully when Parallels is running in Coherence or Crystal view modes. Hidden windows are now shown with a translucent icon, so they can be easily identified at a glance.

Witch 3.1 is a free update for all Witch 3 users. Witch 3 is US$...

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Apr 30
Zevrix releases LinkOptimizer 4.2 for InDesign

Zevrix Solutions (http://www.zevrix.com) has released LinkOptimizer 4.2, an update of its workflow automation solution for Adobe InDesign. The new version gives users access to two more Photoshop resampling methods and addresses a compatibility issue.

LinkOptimizer lets you reduce InDesign job size and speed up processing by eliminating excess image data and performing essential image adjustments.

LinkOptimizer Light 4.2 can be purchased from the Zevrix Solutions web site for US$239.95 , as well as from authorized resellers. LinkOptimizer works with Mac OS X 10.4.2-10.5 and InDesign CS-CS4.

Version 4.2 is free for LinkOptimizer 4.x users and a $95.98 to upgrade from previous versions. A demo is available for download.

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Apr 29
Apple updates Aperture to version 3.0.3

Apple has released version 3.0.3 of Aperture (http://support.apple.com/kb/DL1040) its software for professional photographers. This update improves overall stability and fixes issues in a number of areas.

According to Apple, the key areas addressed include:

° Applying adjustments such as Retouch or Chromatic Aberration;

° Creating and using Raw Fine Tuning presets;

° Viewing, adding and removing detected faces;

° Switching target printers and paper sizes when printing;

° Duplicating Smart Albums;

° Repairing and rebuilding Aperture libraries;

° Reconnecting referenced files;

° Working with GPS track files in Places;

° Searching for keywords in the Query HUD or Keyword Controls.

Aperture 3.0.3 is a 69.4MB download. It requires Mac OS X 10.5.8 or higher.

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Apr 29
Fetch for Mac OS X updated to version 5.6

Fetch Softworks (http://fetchsoftworks.com/) has updated the Fetch transfer app to version 5.6. The upgrade automatically resumes uploads, downloads, and mirror operations, to ensure that network glitches and server hiccups do not stand in the way of successful FTP or SFTP transfers.

Fetch 5.6 is a Universal binary, compatible with Mac OS X 10.4 or later. Fetch is free to try for 15 days, and a single-user license is US$29. Upgrades to version 5.5.2 are free for customers who purchased Fetch after Jan. 28, 2009; otherwise, upgrades are $10. Free licenses and upgrades are available for educational and charitable use.

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Apr 29
iPhone/iPod/iPad apps for April 29

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/).

MyRegistry.com, which specializes in online gift registry technology, has released an US$1.99 iPhone app that offers a new method of building a gift registry. It employs barcode scanning technology to allow users to add any item imaginable to their gift registries or wishlists with a single zap of their iPhones.

idealSky Software has announced PaperFinance 1.0, a $2.99 personal finance tracker for iPhone OS devices. It features an outside-the-box interface, skipping the standard tap-to-do-everything paradigm in favor of a swipe-based design.

Go! Tax Canada has created a free iPhone app for filing your personal income taxes, anytime, anywhere. Personal information is submitted through the app and tax documents are photographed by the iPhone...

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Apr 29
Annual WebObjects Conference to be held Aug. 27-29

The WebObjects Community Association and BoxOffice Tickets have announced 2010's World-wide WebObjects Developer's Conference (http://www.wowodc.com), the annual conference dedicated to WebObjects, Apple's enterprise-class web application development framework.

This three-day event will be held Aug. 27-29 in Montreal at the Hotel Gouverneur Place Dupuis. Sessions and Hands-On Labs will be led by WebObjects experts from around the world.

The past few years have seen substantial new development surrounding WebObjects, one of Apple's most mature and time-tested technologies, says Pascal Robert, event organizer and Steering Committee member. Its behind-the-scenes roll in the iTunes music store and the App Store have driven development both by Apple and the global WebObjects community, bringing substantial updates to existing functionality and dramatic new features that keep WebObjects on the cutting edge of...

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Apr 29
Adobe CEO offers rebuttal to Steve Jobs' Flash comments

In an interview with the "Wall Street Journal," Adobev CEO Shantau Narayen offered a rebuttal to Apple CEO Steve Jobs' thoughts on Flash (http://www.macnews.com/2010/04/29/what-steve-jobs-really-thinks-about-flash). You can read the entire article at http://blogs.wsj.com/digits/2010/04/29/live-blogging-the-journals-interv..., but here are some highlights.

Narayen says:

° Adobe believes in open content and support for multiple operating systems, while Apple/Jobs is apparently concerned about technology that works across multiple platforms.

° The technology problems that Jobs mentions in...

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Apr 29
Jobs named to the '2010 TIME 100' list

Apple CEO Steve Jobs has been named to the "2010 TIME 100" (http://www.time.com/time/specials/bestworst/0,32232,1984685_1984745_1985...), TIME Magazine's list of "the people who most affect our world." It's his fifth appearance on the list.


Jeff Koons, an artist living in New York City, offered these thoughts on Jobs for the TIME list: "Apple's core ideal has always been to make people's experience of computing as accessible and pleasurable as possible. As a young man, Steve Jobs, Apple's CEO, decided to be the Beatles of computing. I once said that I make what the Beatles would have made if they made sculpture, and I can appreciate how Steve, 55, applies their ethos of optimism to his work. The tools he has given us, from the Macs at my studio to the iPhone in my pocket, are like clean...

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Apr 29
Hollywood Strings virtual instrument ships

EastWest/Quantum Leap is shipping its Hollywood Strings (http://www.soundsonline.com/hollywood-strings) virtual (software) instrument. It's a collection of orchestral string instruments with multiple finger positions for all sections, including open strings.

The range of positions purportedly allows composers to realize the true voicing and emotional content of a string section. Vibrato intensity and extensive dynamics, including five dynamics of up- and down-bowed sustains and notes, are also controllable by the composer. Multi-dynamic true legato has been sampled for all sections in three different categories: slurred, portamento and bow change.

Hollywood Strings comes supplied on a pre-configured hard drive. The list price is US$1,695; an introductory price of $1,495 expires May 15.

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Apr 29
Matchback Magic conjured up for Final Cut Pro

Intelligent Assistance has released Matchback Magic (http://assistedediting.com/MatchbackMagic/), software that adds matchback information to Final Cut Pro media files to make them very robust through many postproduction workflows, according to Intelligent Assistance CEO Philip Hodgetts.

“With Matchback Magic it doesn’t matter if an editor or assistant renames clips or file names, or even if they lose reel name or Timecode reference," he says. "The conform to master media will still happen correctly.”

Matchback Magic adds metadata into the media file that's carried with the file, regardless of what happens inside Final Cut Pro or to the file. At the end of the editorial process, Matchback Magic extracts that information and provides either a fully conformed (to the original high quality media) Final Cut Pro Sequence, or an ALE file for conforming a Cinema Tools...

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Apr 29
Arobas partners with eMedia Music on Guitar Pro 6

eMedia Music Corp. (http://www.emediamusic.com) has announced a new distribution agreement with Arobas Music to release Guitar Pro 6 in the US and Canada. New features in version 6 include an improved Real Sound Engine (RSE) with realistic playback of your scores using over 100 sounds sampled from instruments and over 50 real-time pedal effects such as overdrive, distortion, wah-wah, chorus, delay and more.

Other features include: a revised user interface (including full screen mode); Parametric Equalization on each track; piano grand staff; new notation symbols such as rhythm, slash, simile marks and multi-measure rest; configurable tones; tap tempo; jazz fonts and more. In addition to writing scores, Guitar Pro 6 is a designed as a tool for beginning and accomplished guitarists alike to improve their skills, compose or simply accompany themselves.

Guitar Pro 6 will be available at computer...

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Apr 29
Atlona releases new HDM to Mini DisplayPort Converter

Atlona Technologies (http://www.atlona.com) has introduced the AT-HD620, an HDMI to Mini DisplayPort Converter capable of up-converting incoming video signals to dual-link resolutions up to 2560x1440.

The US$279 converter -- due to ship May 1 -- solves compatibility issues that have been plaguing HDMI users looking to take advantage of the technologies offered in new Mini DisplayPort displays, such as the 27-inch iMac and the 24-inch Cinema Display, according to the folks at Atlona. The new AT-HD620 will scale any HDMI input to match native resolution of either display.

With the AT-HD620, a host of new image enhancing technologies are available to users looking to connect an HDMI source to an MDP display. The unit features an HDCP compliant HDMI input, as well as a Mini DisplayPort input that functions as a pass through for Mini DisplayPort sources. This unit can switch between the two inputs, allowing...

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Apr 29
Plugable Technologies announces USB display, docking solutions

Plugable Technologies (http://www.plugable.com) has launched two new USB graphics products enabling expandability of any laptop or desktop system with a spare USB port.

The UGA-125 (US$49.99) enables multiple VGA, DVI, or HDMI monitors or projectors to be added to any system via USB 2.0 (one extra display supported per adapter). Each display can extend the desktop or mirror other displays. The UGA-125 is designed for multi-taskers who want to see and work with several applications or documents at once, including programmers, designers, writers, office managers, day traders, customer service and sales personnel, etc.

The second product in the UGA-125 family, the UGA-125-HUB ($59.99), also includes a matching bus-powered 4-port USB 2.0 hub. This provides a solution for docking any laptop to an extra display, keyboard, and mouse. Unlike proprietary docking stations, the hub solution works with any...

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Apr 29
CS5-compatible version of Smart Styles Productivity Plug-in...

WoodWing Software has announced the availability of the Smart Styles productivity plug-in for Adobe's Creative Suite 5. In addition to the compatibility with Adobe CS5, the new version of Smart Styles also supports new interactive styling elements for media, buttons and animations, says WoodWing President Erik Schut.

Other CS5 features supported by Smart Styles CS5 are all frame corner effects, paragraph span columns. Smart Styles CS5 efficiency plug-in is the first WoodWing product available for Adobe CS5. The company is close to the beta stage of CS5 versions of other plug-ins and the Enterprise publishing system, as well. These betas are expected to be released in May.

A free 30-day trial version of Smart Styles CS5 can be downloaded from http://www.woodwing.com/en/Download_Software. It's a $79 upgrade for registered users; for new users the cost is $199...

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Apr 29
iAds to cost $1 million at launch?

Apple plans to charge close to US$1 million for ads on its mobile devices this year and perhaps even more to be among the first, ad executives told the "Wall Street Journal" (http://online.wsj.com/article/SB1000142405274870364830457521241150098304...). The execs say they're used to paying between $100,000 and $200,000 for similar mobile deals.

The "Journal" says Apple is making waves on Madison Avenue with its price tag, which comes with initial demands for greater control over advertisers' marketing campaigns. "It's a hefty sum," says Phuc Truong, managing director at Mobext, a mobile marketing business owned by Havas SA whose clients include Sears, Choice Hotels, Amtrak and Volvo. "What Apple is trying to do is certainly above and beyond what's been done in the past."

At the April 8...

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Apr 29
SWF & FLV Player for Mac updated to version 3.8

Eltima Software has released SWF & FLV Player for Mac 3.8 (http://mac.eltima.com/swf-player.html), an upgrade that offers improved downloading of online Flash movies and videos option.

SWF & FLV Player is a Flash movies and videos player that facilitates watching them on a Mac/ The app is available in two versions: free and Pro (USS$19.95); the latter features a number of extra options.

Free Flash Player has such movie control options as forwarding and rewinding SWF and FLV files, zooming the movie in and out, fitting it to current window size or restoring to original one. SWF & FLV Player also lets you create and manage playlists and obtain detailed information about SWF and FLV files (size, SWF version, frame rate, shapes/morphs/fonts/ActionScripts/sounds, etc.).

The pro version of SWF & FLV Player adds: the ability to save online Flash movies...

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Apr 29
Wiz Solitaire for Mac OS X shuffles to version 1.47

Tellini has updated Wiz Solitaire (http://www.tellini.org/mac/wizsolitaire/) -- a collection of several classic card games (Klondike, FreeCell, Spider, etc.) for Mac OS X to version 1.47. It offers the possibility to create and use decks with your favorite pictures.

Wiz Solitaire supports different deck formats allowing you to choose between thousands of available card sets. You can also create your own decks with the included Deck Editor. Version 1.47 expands the list of available games including The Fan, a simpler variant of Trefoil that allows Kings to be moved to empty spaces.

Wiz Solitaire requires Mac OS X 10.4.11 or later. It's a shareware product and can be purchased for approximately US$20. Registered users are free to upgrade to any 1.x version of the product. A demo is available for download.

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