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Dec 03
Info needed on gaming accessories for the Mac

Our next Category Review will cover gaming accessories (joysticks, trackballs, speakers, headsets, etc.) for the Mac. If you use or know of such goodies, drop me a line (dsellers@applecentral.com) no later than Wednesday, Dec. 15.

Category Reviews appear on Friday and round-up Mac solutions for specific industries and areas as dentistry, engineering, sales, etc. Also, if you have a particular pic you'd like us to cover, drop me a line, as well.

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Dec 03
PowerProduction Software updates StoryBoard Quick

PowerProduction Software has updated StoryBoard Quick -- software for visually planning media projects -- to version 6, adding new screenwriting software imports including support for Final Draft fdx format.

"This version offers new and more artwork, simplicity and speed to every task," says Jeff Walsh, vice president of Product Management at PowerProduction Software. "By streamlining the digital workflow for the professionals, and enabling beginning videographers to plan projects, StoryBoard Quick 6 brings new vitality to the essential process of storyboarding for pre-production.”

StoryBoard Quick integrates with screenwriting applications such as Final Draft, Screenwriter , Montage, Storyist, etc. and batched image imports. It's designed for pre-production planning for projects and lets you compose your shots using the ready-made art as well as enabling the layering and compositing of integrated artwork with imported photos.

Other new features in version 6...

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Dec 03
Mophie announces juice pack plus for the iPhone 4

Mophie (http://www.mophie.com) has announced the the juice pack plus, an US$99.95 enhanced capacity iPhone 4 battery case that will purportedly more than double the time iPhone users have to rock, talk and surf.

The plus is mophie’s second rechargeable external battery case designed for the iPhone 4, and has a 2,000 mAh battery capacity, the largest of any juice pack case produced to date. In keeping with mophie’s award-winning juice pack design, the juice pack plus is ultra-thin and light-weight, providing protection and now even more power for the iPhone 4 while adding only 1mm of thickness when compared to the original juice pack air design, says Susan Schedel, vice president of sales and marketing for mophie.

The juice pack plus boasts a 2,000 mAh charging capacity, offering iPhone 4 power users with more than double the battery life on-the-go. It features enhanced design elements including a dual...

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Dec 03
Info needed on gaming accessories for the Mac

Our next Category Review will cover gaming accessories (joysticks, trackballs, speakers, headsets, etc.) for the Mac. If you use or know of such goodies, drop me a line (dsellers@applecentral.com) no later than Wednesday, Dec. 15.

Category Reviews appear on Friday and round-up Mac solutions for specific industries and areas as dentistry, engineering, sales, etc. Also, if you have a particular pic you'd like us to cover, drop me a line, as well.

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Dec 03
Black Cat Systems releases Graph Paper Maker 2.3.0

Black Cat Systems (http://www.blackcatsystems.com/) has released Graph Paper Maker version 2.3.0.  Graph Paper Maker is available for Mac OS X and Windows, and is priced at US$19.99.

The new version adds an option to generate sheets of gridded paper. Graph Paper Maker lets you create your own custom sheets of graph paper. It's designed for students, teachers, engineers, scientists, researchers, businessmen, and others who need to create specialized sheets of graph paper.

The sheets of graph paper are saved as PDF file. The templates can also be saved, so that they can later be edited and re-used if minor modifications to the graph paper sheets are necessary.

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Dec 03
DVDxDV Pro 3.0 features new timeline view

DVDxDV Pro (http://www.dvdxdv.com/) has been updated to version 3.0.4. The new version provides instant access to any part of a DVD movie with its new expandable timeline view.

Version 3.0.4 provides instant access to any part of a DVD movie with its new expandable timeline view. With a resolution expandable to a single second, this timeline can pin point scenes on a DVD for extraction. Use the timeline to mark the beginning and ending of an important scene such as a the blowing out of the candles at child's birthday party and extract this scene to a Quicktime movie.

DVDxDV Pro rips unencrypted standard definition DVDs into QuickTime video files. It can convert DVDs into High Definition 1080i video for use in Final Cut Pro, Avid Media Composer, Adobe After Effects, Adobe Premiere and iMovie HD. In addition to editing systems, DVDxDV Pro supports conversion to the MP4 format for use in the iPhone,...

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Dec 02
Analyst: Apple to continue mobile market domination

Based on continued strong sell-through trends for Apple's iPad and iPhone, Canaccord Genuity technology analyst Michael Walkley told clients -- as reported by "CIO Insight" (http://www.cioinsight.com/c/a/Latest-News/Apple-Mobile-Market-Domination...) -- that he thinks Apple will maintain both market and value share leadership in the mobile device market.

Walkley's report maintained the firm's "buy" rating for the company, and noted strong sell-through indication trends for iPads with growing distribution and improved supply. As a result, Walkley increased his iPad unit estimates from 5 million to 6.3 million for the fourth quarter of 2010.

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Dec 02
Apple discontinues wired version of its compact keyboard

Apple has "quietly discontinued" its compact wired keyboard, and only offers the full-size wired option on its store, reports "AppleInsider" (http://www.appleinsider.com). You can still get the wireless version of the compact keyboard.

Apple still sells its full-size wired keyboard with numeric keypad for US$49. It also sells the wireless keyboard, without a numeric keypad, for $69.

While the wired compact keyboard is no longer available from Apple's store, it can still be purchased through Amazon for $46.99, notes "AppleInsider."

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Dec 02
Europe's telecoms reducing iPhone subsidies?

Sanford Bernstein’s European telecoms analyst Robin Bienenstock told clients in a note -- as reported by "Barron's (http://blogs.barrons.com/techtraderdaily/2010/12/02/apple-europes-teleco...) -- that although the fear of Apple creating an easily unlocked SIM card has faded Europe’s wireless operators have moved ahead with reductions in the subsidy they provide to the iPhone.

Bienenstock has observed a €40 to €150 reduction in iPhone subsidies “in the largest iPhone markets." In essence, the carriers sensed Apple was seeking to play them against one another even more, in a “prisoner’s dilemma,” and they have been spooked, says Bienenstock. She also notes promotions for the iPhone have disappeared from the carriers’ home pages...

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Dec 02
iPhone/iPod/iPad apps for Dec. 2

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/).

Reports say the BBC will launch the long-awaited global version of its iPlayer TV catch-up service on a subscription-only basis, and initially only on iPad.

EA Mobile has unleashed Rock Band Reloaded. The iPad-exclusive HD version ($9,99) and the version for iPhone and iPod touch ($4.99) offers players an initial setlist of songs from artists including Nirvana, Billy Idol, No Doubt, Nine Inch Nails and Vampire Weekend. More than 20 songs will be available today with new tracks launching throughout the holidays. Plus, for the first time, ROCK BAND Reloaded players now have a “5th Way to Play” by singing directly into their iPhone, iPod touch and iPad utilizing new vocal recognition features.

Mindwarm has announced AddTo Athens 1.0 for the...

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Dec 02
No Starch Press releases 'My New iPad, Second Edition'

No Starch Press has released "My New iPad, Second Edition" by Wallace Wang. The 384-page, US$24.95 book is for "new iPad owners in need of guidance."

The book shows readers how to do useful and entertaining things with their iPad, like surf the Internet, send email, listen to music, take notes, read ebooks, and play with photos. This second edition has been updated with a chapter on troubleshooting and revised to cover the new features introduced in iOS 4.x, including multitasking, folders, printing, and much more.

Wang s the author of several computer books, including "My New Mac," "My New iPhone" and "Steal This Computer Book" (all No Starch Press). He's also a successful stand-up comic who has appeared on A&E's "Evening at the Improv" and performs regularly at the Riviera Comedy Club in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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Dec 02
Survey: iPad not quite worth the sticker price

A new consumer survey says the iPad isn't quite worth what Apple charges, notes "Fortune" (http://tech.fortune.cnn.com/2010/12/02/how-much-is-an-ipad-worth/).

Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster and his associates recently ran a small survey of 65 consumers who don't presently own tablet computers, the story adds. They were shown a pair of  competing devices -- an US$629 Apple's iPad 3G and a $599 Samsung Galaxy Tab running Google's Android OS -- and asked not just which one they preferred (the iPad won that bake-off 85% to 15%) but what they thought a reasonable price for each would be.

Munster reports that his sample group thought the iPad was worth about $417 -- $212 (34%) less than its suggested retail price. The Galaxy Tab, by comparison, was worth about $283 -- $316 (53%) below its retail price.

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Dec 02
Ping lands exclusive Michael Jackson song

In a new promotional effort to generate interest for its Ping music social networking service, Apple has landed an exclusive track from the late pop star Michael Jackson, reports "AppleInsider" (http://www.appleinsider.com).

The song, from the forthcoming album "Michael," is called "Much Too Soon." The newly released song from the "King of Pop" can be streamed within iTunes by accessing Ping, and navigating to the official Michael Jackson account.

Ping, introduced with iTunes 10, is a new social network for music designed to let users follow their favorite artists and friends to discover what music they’re talking about, listening to and downloading. You can check out photos and videos your favorite artists have posted, see their tour dates and read comments about other artists and albums they’re listening to. In addition, you can post your thoughts and opinions, your favorite albums and...

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Dec 02
Analyst: Apple could more than double sales by 2015

Apple could more than double its sales by 2015 to $200 billion, Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster said in a note to clients -- as reported by "MobileBeat" (http://venturebeat.com/2010/12/02/apple-analyst-200-billion-prediction/?...).

According to his projections, this would come mainly on the growth of iPhone sales, from a forecast of 36 million in 2010 to 185 million in 2015. The iOS will share a large part of the market with Google’s rival Android operating system, squeezing out smaller players like BlackBerry and Symbian, and should have more than a quarter of the smartphone market by 2015, says Munster.

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Dec 02
iGuard 1.0 announced for Snow Leopard

Kapeli (http://kapeli.com) has announced iGuard 1.0, its first Mac App Store-exclusive application. Even though Mac OS X is already protected from most threats, iGuard adds an extra layer of security and will protect users from hackers that could gain remote access to their Mac, according to the folks at Kapeli.

The app keeps an eye on the currently active user sessions and warns the user of any threat. It allows users to detect any unauthorized access to their system and stop it. Users only have to enable its AutoProtect feature, which will run iGuard quietly in the background. iGuard will then notify the user in case of any threats. iGuard will be available for US$1.99 (USD) on the Mac App Store.

Craig Federighi, vice president of engineering for OS X, demoed Mac OS X Lion and the Mac App Store at an Oct. 20 "Back to the Mac" event. The Mac App Store brings the Apple App Store experience to Mac OS X, making...

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Dec 02
Apple TV users report rental, HDMI 'handshake' issues

Early adopters of the new Apple TV are reporting issues with streaming HD rentals and problems completing "HDMI handshakes" between the new Apple TV and their HDTVs. reports "AppleInsider" (http://www.appleinsider.com).

Several discussion threads on Apple's support forums related to issues with HD rentals not loading and HDMI connectivity problems have reached hundreds of posts in length as increasing numbers of Apple TV owners report having trouble with the device, the article adds.

Another Apple support thread details potential compatibility issues between Apple TV and a number of HDTV sets. Users report frequent "HDMI handshakes" between their television sets and Apple TV, with the picture returning with inverted colors. A user-compiled list of TVs affected includes models by Philips and Sony, says "AppleInsider."

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Dec 02
Survey: iPad not quite worth the sticker price

A new consumer survey says the iPad isn't quite worth what Apple charges, notes "Fortune" (http://tech.fortune.cnn.com/2010/12/02/how-much-is-an-ipad-worth/).

Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster and his associates recently ran a small survey of 65 consumers who don't presently own tablet computers, the story adds. They were shown a pair of  competing devices -- an US$629 Apple's iPad 3G and a $599 Samsung Galaxy Tab running Google's Android OS -- and asked not just which one they preferred (the iPad won that bake-off 85% to 15%) but what they thought a reasonable price for each would be.

Munster reports that his sample group thought the iPad was worth about $417 -- $212 (34%) less than its suggested retail price. The Galaxy Tab, by comparison, was worth about $283 -- $316 (53%) below its retail price.

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Dec 02
onOne Software releases Perfect Photo Suite 5.5

onOne Software has released Perfect Photo Suite 5.5 for Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Photoshop Lightroom and Apple Aperture. Tackling specific problems within a photographer's preferred workflow, the Perfect Photo Suite 5.5 offers solutions for color correction, image resizing, masking and professional photographic effects.

With support for Photoshop CS5, CS4 and CS3, the Perfect Photo Suite 5.5 includes FocalPoint 2, PhotoTune 3, PhotoFrame 4.6, PhotoTools 2.6, MaskPro 4.1 and Perfect Resize 7 (the next generation of Genuine Fractals). With this new version of the Perfect Photo Suite 5.5, photographers will be able to use FocalPoint 2, PhotoTune 3, PhotoFrame 4.6 and Perfect Resize 7 directly within Lightroom and Aperture without the need for a separate host application.

In addition, owners of the Perfect Photo Suite 5.5 will receive Perfect Layers when it becomes available next year. This completely new product provides photographers with the ability to create layered...

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Dec 02
ClearWire launches Clear Modem with Wi-Fi

Clearwire Corp., a provider of wireless broadband services and operator of the first 4G network in the U.S., has announced the availability of the Clear Modem with Wi-Fi.

The new modem brings Clear 4G service to the home or office. The Clearwire 4G network purportedly offers average mobile download speeds of 3-6 mbps with bursts over 10 mbps.

“Now our customers can get broadband Wi-Fi internet throughout their house, with one simple device about the size of a book -- and without a rat’s nest of wires,” says Mike Sievert, chief commercial officer at Clearwire. “Our new Clear Modem with Wi-Fi makes it easier than ever to connect the Wi-Fi devices that customers already have at home, such as laptops and desktops, tablets, iPods, and smartphones, without needing a wired connection to the cable or phone company.”

The Clear Modem with Wi-Fi is part of a growing ecosystem of nearly 70 devices on the market today that enable customers to connect to Clear 4G, he adds....

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Dec 02
Rubitrack update supports Suunto devices

Toolsfactory software has released rubiTrack 2.4 (http://www.rubitrack.com/), an update of the GPS enabled activity tracking software for the Mac OS X. The upgrade adds: direct sync for Suunto devices; support for the Suunto Moveslink XML file format; and more.

Utilizing the latest Mac user interface technologies, rubiTrack lets you display, analyze and organize your outdoor activities. rubiTrack is for runners, bikers, walkers, hikers, skiers and everyone else who logs GPS data. rubiTrack reads tracks from GPS enabled fitness devices like the Garmin Forerunner, Garmin Edge and compatible devices.

RubiTrack is compatible with Mac OS X 10.5 ("Leopard") or later. It costs US$39, though version 2.4 is a free update for registered users of version 2.0.

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Dec 02
Mirye releases E Frontier Mori Collections

Mirye Software has released four E Frontier Mori Collections, compatible with Shade 7 and higher. Each pack includes elements that 3D designers and animators can use to save time in texture and effect development time.

Mori Collection 11: Hard Surfaces, includes hundreds of hard surface textures in categories such as concrete, glass, metal, tile and rock/soil. Mori Collection 12: Soft Surfaces includes soft surfaces such as paper, cloth, curtains and fabric. Mori Collection 13: Wood Surfaces is specialized in textures for specific types of wood and wood products, such as teak wood, wood bark, wood paneling and includes a Japanese tatami mat. Mori Collection 14: Science Fiction includes textures, example models and texture effects specific to the genre.

These collections are backwards compatible with Shade 7 and later (including the currently shipping Shade 10) and come in the native Shade file format. Shade is a 3D modeling, rendering and animation professional...

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Dec 02
Em Software releases InDesign CS5 versions of Data Publishing...

Em Software (http://emsoftware.com/) has announced updates for InData, InCatalog, and Xtags, its suite of data publishing products for the latest version of Adobe's InDesign, CS5.

These new versions bring their own new features to the table, as well as take advantage of some remarkable new features in InDesign CS5, according to Em Chief Technical Officer Chris Roueche.. InData and InCatalog no longer require a separate copy of Xtags to handle XPress-Tagged text, and InCatalog adds link markers for page items as well as more complex SQL query support.

Upgrades to these products are free for CS4 versions purchased after Sept.15, 2009, and otherwise cost US$150 each for InData and Xtags, and $300 for InCatalog (one-packs). InData and Xtags are $400 new, and InCatalog is $800 new, or $1,200 with ODBC support (Pro version).

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Dec 02
iWeb Themes Park launches give new iWeb themes

iWeb Themes Park (http://www.iwebthemespark.com) has launched seven new themes for iWeb, Apple's web site creation tool. The new themes are: Christmas Holidays (free), Christmas Night (free), Circles, Decorations, Recreation, Rise Up, Trustworthy.

To use iWeb themes from iWeb Themes Park requires a Mac with iWeb from iLife '08, iLife '09, iLife '11. The iWeb Themes Box of 85 themes is priced at US$47.77. Ten iWeb themes in a Combo Package can be purchased for $29.99. Each template is available for $11.99 or $12.99.

Using the coupon code "iWebThemesTrio" three iWeb themes of your choice can be obtained with a $12.99 discount. Four iWeb themes are free for everyone.

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Dec 02
Zevrix Deliver gets maintenance update

Zevrix Solutions (http:/www.zevrix.com) has announced Deliver 2.0.8, a maintenance update to its automated solution to send and share files across the Internet and local networks. The upgrade addresses several stability and performance issues.

Deliver lets users send files to remote and local destinations with e-mail notifications, compression, encryption and other powerful capabilities. It supports FTP, Amazon S3, MobileMe and other services, and lets users send files to multiple destinations at once. Deliver also lets users send output files directly from Adobe InDesign.

Deliver 2.0.8 can be purchased from Zevrix web site for US$19.95 (it's free with purchase of BatchOutput for InDesign). A demo is available for download. The upgrade from File Courier is free for licensed users. Deliver works with Mac OS X 10.5 and higher.

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Dec 02
iBank rings up version 4.1

IGC Software (http://www.iggsoftware.com) has released released iBank 4.1, a new version of its financial management application for Mac OS X 10.5.8 or higher. The upgrade adds additional report templates, CSV data import and new contextual menus.

iBank costs USS$59.9; licensed users of previous versions of iBank can upgrade for $29.99 (though version 4.1 is a free update for registered users of version 4.x). iBank for iPhone requires a MobileMe account. The Mac version requires Mac OS X 10.5.8 or higher. A demo is available for download.

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