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Jun 15
Playback Media Server gets redesigned media management system

Yazsoft has introduced Playback Media Server 1.6 (http://www.yazsoft.com/products/playback/information), an update of their zero configuration media server for Mac OS X 10.5 and higher. The upgrade sports a redesigned media management system.

Version 1.6 also improves Spotlight query performance. iTunes, iPhoto, and Aperture integration has been completely overhauled. The "playback_discovery" process has been eliminated. And version 1.6 adds support for Adobe Lightroom 3.

Playback can share media stored in folders or even make entire disks available to a Playstation 3 or Xbox 360. No configuration is required. By default, it will share almost any content on the users system. And Playback automatically integrates with iTunes, iPhoto, and Aperture. Users can share all content from these applications transparently or choose specific playlists...

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Jun 15
WaterField Designs releases iPhone 4 Smart Case

WaterField Designs has announced the iPhone 4 Smart Case (http://www.sfbags.com/products/iphonesmartcase/iphonesmartcase.htm) with new colors and naturally tanned, distressed, leather sides. Pricing ranges from US$39 to $45.

Three carry-options include a svelte Slip style, a clip style for attaching to belts or other garments, and a Flap style for attaching to bag straps. The Smart Case comes in black, copper, pine, green, flame or pearl flavors.

WaterField also offers the iPhone Travel Case ($35 to $37), which is designed to keep the iPhone 4 and its accessories organized and tangle-free. Custom-sized, padded interior compartments keep items separated. Self-locking zippers ensure the contents don’t spill out accidentally. All three sizes (small, medium and large) purportedly maintain their thin and compact shape...

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Jun 15
PowerBullet 2x2 works with iPads, iPods, iPhones

EZGear (http://www.ezGear.com) has announced the US$19.99 PowerBullet 2x2, which works with the iPad, as well as iPhones and iPods. It's a combination wall charger, car charger. 

The device can be plugged into your wall socket, or to your car power socket. The back of the PowerBullet contains two USB ports. Using the USB cable that comes with your iPad, iPod, iPhone, or other MP3 Player, you can charge up to two devices at the same time. 

A red LED indicator lets you know it is on. The PowerBullet 2x2 confirms to standard USB power standards.
  

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Jun 15
Playrix launches Royal Envoy for Mac OS  

Playrix (http://www.playrix.com) has brought its Royal Envoy strategy game to the Mac. This Universal Binary game runs on Mac OS X 10.4 and later. A demo is available for download.

Royal Envoy has been released as an US$19.95 Collector's Edition featuring exclusive bonus content. Her's how the game is described: "Royal Envoy invites players to set off on an adventurous voyage across Islandshire as they take the King's challenge to save the land of countless islands from the merciless forces of nature. The player’s mission is to construct and upgrade homes and buildings for the island citizens and ultimately become the chief city planner of Islandshire."

The game has nine islands to rebuild, a variety of homes and buildings to construct, and over 90 levels with eight bonus quests. It's a 154MB download.

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Jun 15
Dexim‘s first line of iPad accessories available

Dexim (http://www.dexim.net) has announced the availability of its new line of fashionable cases and reflective screen protectors for the iPad. The new line offers a wide range of colorful designs, unique surface types and a variety of features to keep iPad users protected in style, says Dexin CEO Laconia Cheng, CEO.
 
The initial line of accessories will include the following types and styles:
 
° DLA136 Durable Protection Sleeve (US$21.90): made of Thermoplastic Polyurethane (TPU), the transparent design is available in black or white.

° DLA139 Flexible Silicone Sleeve ($19.90), a premium silicone. Cases contain an etching design to add character and different colors are available.

° DLA141 Colorful Silicone Sleeve ($14.90): transparent, yet durable silicone sleeves available in a variety of colors.

° DLA134 Mirror Screen Care Kit ($15.99), which protects screen from...

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Jun 15
PHYX releases cure for blemished footage

Noise Industries has announced the release of development partner PHYX's latest plug-in, PHYX Cleaner, for the FxFactory platform. Designed to work inside After Effects, Final Cut Pro, Apple Motion and Apple Final Cut Express applications, the new PHYX Cleaner plug-in provides digital artists and editors with an advanced palette of tools for repairing and enhancing the visual quality of raw digital footage.

PHYX Cleaner's video enhancement regimen includes the ability to effectively rebuild pixelated chroma (color) channels, restore lost information in gradients while increasing e color depth, convert fields into progressive comb-free frames, buff-out skin blemishes, and remove high and low frequency jagged noise. 3D artists and filmmakers can also convert harsh 8-bit images to high-bit depth smoothness.

PHYX Cleaner is available for US$199 via the Noise Industries web site (http://www....

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Jun 15
VPN Tracker now offers connection profiles for VPN gateways from...

Equinux (http://www.equinux.com) has released VPN Tracker 6.2.2, the newest version of its IPSec-based VPN client for Mac OS X. The upgrade offers new connection profiles for VPN gateways from ZyXel.

VPN Tracker simplifies the roll-out of VPN software through a licensing and deployment system, according to equinux CEO Till Schadde. The Mail based software distribution automatically creates a special disk images that includes the correct edition of VPN Tracker, a pre-configured Secure Desktop and VPN Connection as well as the software-license. The software distribution is based on a voucher-system that makes licensing VPN Tracker child's play.

VPN Tracker 6.x is available in three editions and runs on Mac OS X 10.4, 10.5 and 10.6. VPN Tracker Personal Edition is designed for single-users that would like to use the Internet to connect to a remote network. VPN Tracker Professional Edition is geared for...

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Jun 15
iScrapbook 3 for Mac OS X adds smart templates, Cover Flow...

Chronos has released iScrapbook 3.0, an update of its digital scrapbooking application for Mac OS X.

New features include: Smart Templates; Cover Flow previews; a font preview; a comments section; advanced image placeholders, text placeholders, support for 10,000-plus photos in iPhoto; faster page and album loading; and 16 free iScrapkits (an US$96 value).

iScrapbook is a scrapbooking kit and includes everything users needs to design and print scrapbooks. It comes with specialty photo corners, background papers, photo frames, pre-designed templates and 100+ Super-Masks for designer effects.
 
A fully functional 30 day trial version can be downloaded from Chronos' web site (http://www.chronosnet.com). iScrapbook costs US$49.99 for a single-user license. A family pack is also available for $89.99.

Registered iScrapbook 1.x and 2.x customers can upgrade to version 3 for $29.99....

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Jun 15
LAFCPUG to celebrate 10th Anniversary on June 16

The Los Angeles Final Cut Pro User Group, (lafcpug) will celebrate its 10th anniversary on Wednesday, June 16, at the Gallery Theater in Hollywood, California, beginning at 6:45 p.m.

Founded in 2000 by Michael Horton and a small team of dedicated video and film professionals the lafcpug has grown from a small group of about 40 people in 2000 into a organization of over 6,000 members world wide and is considered the single largest Final Cut Pro User Group in the world.

To help celebrate the 10th birthday lafcpug will welcome film editor Steve Cohen who will show off the just released Avid Media Composer 5. In addition, Final Cut Studio Master Trainer and Avid Certified editor Steve Kanter will show off more Final Cut Tips for Avid Editors.

The meeting will also include another round of "Stump The Gurus," a panel of four Final Cut experts who will try and solve almost any problem anyone is having with Final Cut Pro. Rounding out the evening will be show and tells...

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Jun 15
NLU unveils BodyGuardz Dry Apple for the iPhone 4

NLU Products (http://www.BodyGuardz.com) has announced BodyGuardz Dry Apply for the iPhone 4. It's a full-body protective films featuring a liquid-free adhesive and will ship July 9.

BodyGuardz Dry Apply features nano scratch-resistant technology and a specially formulated adhesive allowing the BodyGuardz film to dry quickly without any liquid, according to Kirk Feller, president and CEO of NLU Products. The films are easy to apply, repositionable before they set and leave no sticky residue if removed, he adds.

Specially designed to maintain optical clarity and durability without interfering with touch-screen functionality, BodyGuardz Dry Apply is essential for the iPhone 4, which features a flatter design, and glass back, increasing the need for full-body protection that doesn’t mask its sleek look, says Feller. BodyGuardz Dry Apply products range from US$14.95 to $24.95.

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Jun 15
Bento 3 World Cup Soccer template posted today

A new, free Bento template kit posted today for World Cup Soccer fans on the Bento Template Exchange -- http://solutions.filemaker.com/database-templates/detail.jsp?serial=25517053

It includes four pre-designed, ready-to-use templates for tracking the fixtures, games, player statistics and participating countries.

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Jun 15
'MacVoices' looks at Avatron apps

On the new "MacVoices" (http://www.macvoices.com), Dave Howell, the CEO of Avatron Software, talks about two apps, Air Sharing and Air Display.

He discusses why they wrote Air Sharing, how it functions as both a wireless interface to your iPhone or iPad as well as a document reader, and how they ensure the security of your data in transit. Then, Howell covers Air Display, the app that lets you use your iPad as a second display for your Mac.

"MacVoices" is an Internet show and podcast that delivers in-depth discussions with the most influential people in the Mac industry, as well as "the individuals who are out there making it happen on the front lines of the global Apple community," according to host Chuck Joiner.

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Jun 15
Kanex iAdapt HDMI V2 supports audio through Mini DisplayPort

Kanex (http://www.kanexlive.com) has released the US$34.95 iAdapt HDMI V2, a a Mini DisplayPort to HDMI adapter with audio, for new and revised Mini DisplayPort connectors on MacBook and MacBook Pro mid 2010 models as well as all 21.5-inch and 27-inch iMacs.

MacBooks and MacBook Pros released in mid 2010 as well as 21.5-inch and 27-inch iMac models are now equipped with a new and improved Mini DisplayPort that can support both audio and video output. The iAdapt HDMI V2 is a single cable solution designed to pass both audio and video through the Mini DisplayPort connector. You can connect the iAdapt HDMI V2 and view high definition playback in 1080p and uncompressed digital audio with HDTVs, projectors, or monitors.

The iAdapt HDMI V2 supports video passthrough for all Mac models with a Mini DisplayPort connector. Its design allows for a single cable solution for HDMI connectivity.

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Jun 15
Quantcast: Google's Android gaining on the iPhone

When it comes to web consumption attributable to the manufacturers of mobile devices, Apple's iPhone OS (from now on to be known as iOS), but the biggest winner is clearly Google's Android, according to Quantcast (http://www.quantcast.com).

Android continues to capture more share, and if the recent launch of the HTC Incredible on Verizon and Sprint's HTC Evo 4G is anything to go by, Android will continue to rapidly gain share, according to the company, which "measures and organizes the world's audiences in real-time." In the past year Android has taken market share from all parts of the market, and noticeably so from Apple's mobile operating system, says Quantcast.

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Jun 15
iPhone 4 available for pre-order

The black iPhone 4 is available to pre-order today with free shipping or in-store pickup on Thursday, June 24. However, the white iPhone 4, however, is “currently unavailable for pre-order or in-store pickup."

The 8GB iPhone 3GS, which will replace the iPhone 3G at the lower $99 price point, is also available to pre-order today with free shipping or in-store pickup. Some new iPhone 4 gear apparently won't be ship by June 24. For example, the new $29 dock for the iPhone 4 won't ship until July 2.

At last week's Worldwide Developer Conference, Apple unveiled the new iPhone 4 featuring a new feature called "FaceTime" and a "Retina display," the highest resolution display ever built into a phone. In addition, iPhone 4 features a 5 megapixel camera with LED flash, HD video recording, Apple’s A4 processor, a three-axis gyro and up to 40%.

All this comes in a new design of glass and stainless steel that's purportedly the thinnest smartphone in the world. iPhone 4...

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Jun 15
Daniusoft releases Video Converter Pro for the Mac

Daniusoft (http://www.daniusoft.com) has released a professional version of Video Converter, available for Mac and Windows. It lets convert between popular video and audio formats (HD video also included) and rip DVD to video and audio in any popular formats.

A variety of multimedia devices are supported, including the iPad, iPhone, iPod, Apple TV, PSP, Android phone, BlackBerry etc. What's more, it lets you trim clips, crop frame size, add effects and watermark and adjust the output parameters.

Daniusoft Video Converter Pro for Mac is priced at $49,while Daniusoft Media Converter for Win is $39.95 for a single user license.

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Jun 15
AnyBizSoft releases three new Mac PDF solutions

AnyBizSoft (http://www.anypdftools.com) has completed its PDF solution line for Mac by simultaneously releasing three flagship products, including PDF Converter for Mac, PDF to Excel for Mac and PDF to PowerPoint for Mac.

AnyBizSoft PDF Converter for Mac (US$69.95) is an integrated 6-in-1 solution that provides Mac users with a f way to transfer PDF to a range of document formats, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, EPUB, HTML and Text. With it, Mac users can edit PDF contents in Word, rearrange information or calculate data of PDF table in Excel, create interactive PowerPoint presentations from PDF materials, read PDF eBooks on the iPad or other portable devices by converting PDF into EPUB format, publish PDF content on the web and extract text from PDF files.

AnyBizSoft also released single functional products -- PDF to PowerPoint for Mac and PDF to Excel for Mac. They cost $49.95 and $49.95...

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Jun 15
Buffalo announces new external Blu-ray writer

Buffalo Technology (http://www.buffalotech.com) has announced what it says is the world's fastest external Blu-ray writer: the MediaStation 12x External USB 3.0 Blu-ray Writer.

It offers 12x Blu-ray write speeds and is designed for users who want optimal playback and writing performance of Blu-ray discs, DVDs, or CDs on their PCs or notebooks or for those who want to archive content to optical discs. The MediaStation 12x External USB 3.0 Blu-ray Writer connects via USB 3.0 or USB 2.0.

Cyberlink enables full HD and Blu-ray 3D playback and upgrades consumers' in-home movie experience with 3D movie playback or HD upscaling for standard DVD discs and video files. Unfortunately, this doesn't work with Mac OS X as it doesn't support Blu-ray playback.

The MediaStation 12x External USB 3.0 Blu-ray Writer supports the following media formats: BD-R SL 8x Read / 12x Write, DVD –R SL 16x Read /...

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Jun 15
New Mac mini comes with HDMI port, SD card slot

Apple has unveiled a completely redesigned Mac mini, featuring up to twice the graphics performance, a new HDMI port and a new SD card slot, all in an aluminum enclosure. Pricing starts at US$699.

"The sleek, aluminum Mac mini packs great features, versatility and value into an elegant, amazingly compact design," says Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing, in a press release. "With twice the graphics performance, HDMI support and industry-leading energy efficiency, customers are going to love the new Mac mini."

Created with the unibody construction process pioneered by Apple, the new Mac mini features a compact aluminum enclosure just 7.7 inches square and 1.4 inches thin. A new integrated power supply eliminates the need for an external power adapter, reducing overall system volume by 20% and keeping cable clutter to a minimum.

A removable panel underneath provides access for memory expansion. The new HDMI output...

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Jun 15
Apple releases Apple Store app

Apple has introduced a new Apple Store app which lets US customers purchase Apple products, including the new iPhone 4, from their iPhone or iPod touch. The Apple Store app is available as a free download on the App Store beginning today.

The new Apple Store app lets US customers with an iPhone or iPod touch find an Apple retail store near them and make reservations for retail services including free tech support and advice at the Genius Bar, hands-on workshops, Personal Shopping appointments and personal training sessions through Apple’s One to One program. Customers can also shop the full selection of more than 1,000 products and accessories available from the Apple Online Store, get the latest Apple product news, read customer reviews and get answers to their product questions.

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Jun 15
Macsimum Poll: are you happy with the specs on the new Mac mini?


In this week's poll, we're asking whether you were happy with the specs of the updated Mac mini. The poll can be found on the right side of the "Macsimum" home page, below the "Macsimum Opinion" column.

In our last poll, we asked if you were happy with Apple's announcement at the Worldwide Developer Conference? Forty-one percent of you said "yes." Twenty-six percent wanted more Mac hardware news, 20% wanted more Mac OS X news, and 14% wanted an Apple TV announcement.

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Jun 14
TinyBooks Pro now a native Mac OS X app

Ken Winograd and Space-Time Associates (http://www.winograd.com) has updated TinyBooks Pro, its Mac accounting and bookkeeping program, to version 7.0.5. It's now a native Mac application and requires an Intel-based Mac running OSX. (Rosetta is no longer required.)

The new TinyBooks Pro also includes Quarterly Bottom Line Reports, TypeAhead Comments, support for keyboard navigation, mouse scroll wheels, easier backups, resizable windows, and more.

TinyBooks Pro is a single-entry bookkeeping and accounting system designed for sole proprietors, home and other small businesses, and family finances. To use you enter your expenses and income, and TinyBooks Pro does the rest. Current and year-to-date on-the-fly totals are continually displayed. Fully automatic bar-charting of all expense and income accounts make the determination of monthly trends intuitively obvious, according to the folks at Space-...

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Jun 14
SerialMailer update for Mac OS X adds database manager, more

Falkon Ware (http://www.falkonware.com) has updated its SerialMailer bulk email app for Mac OS X (10.4 and higher) to version 7.0. The upgrade adds a database manager, personalized attachments, test runs with separate databases and TLS support.

The date of the last successful mail delivery is saved for each recipient and tools for e-mail address verification were added. Data imported from the AddressBook now includes all available data fields and the support for CSV files has been improved.

The software helps with sending mass communications to large groups like customers, students, employees, family or friends. The full version of SerialMailer costs US$34.95. The update to version 7.0 is free for everyone who registered an older version of SerialMailer after April 1, 2010. Otherwise it costs $14.95.

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Jun 14
ExactScan Pro update for Mac OS X improves USB interface

ExactCode has updated its ExactScan Pro (http://www.exactcode.de/site/products/exactscan/) scanning software for Mac OS X (10.4 and higher) to version 2.11. The upgrade improves the USB interface.

ExactScan includes built-in drivers for over 180 document scanners, including devices from Avision, Kodak, Oki, Visioneer and Xerox. Together with the Spotlight indexing services built into Mac OS X since 10.5 ("Leopard") this features form a document management solution suitable for small-office and home-office (SOHO) environments. What's more it has image enhancement algorithms that can recognize automatically how the images and documents have to be cropped and de-skewed.

ExactScan comes with support for many languages (English, Dutch, German, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, Spanish, Simplified-Chinese, Traditional-Chinese) and works with Mac OS X 10.4...

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Jun 14
VueScan 8.6.37 for Mac OS X changes maximum spot dust size

Hamrick Software has released Vuescan 8.6.37, a new version of the VueScan software for Mac OS X that's designed to let users produce better digital images from color snapshots, negatives, slides and documents. The new version changes maximum dust spot size from 64 to 32 pixels for performance improvements.

The Standard Edition of VueScan costs US$39.95 and the Professional Edition is $79.95 for a single user license. Multi-user licenses are available. A fully functional, trial copy of VueScan is available for download from the Hamrick web site (http://www.hamrick.com).

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