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Nov 09
LEGO Star Wars: The Complete Saga ships Nov. 12

Feral Interactive says LEGO Star Wars: The Complete Saga will ship to stores on Friday, Nov. 12, bringing the videogame franchise to the Mac for the very first time. 

Developed by TT Games and LucasArts, LEGO Star Wars: The Complete Saga uses LEGO bricks to recreate the scenes, characters and settings from all six Star Wars movies in a universe packed with 36 levels of action and humor. As characters such as Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia, C-3PO and R2-D2, players live out the scenes from the movies -- while building objects out of LEGO bricks and knocking them down, and collecting LEGO studs to unlock new characters and content. The game will also feature enhanced multiplayer co-op abilities that allow a second player to join the fun, dropping in at any time to help the first player complete missions or master tricky tasks.  

The game will retail in North America for US$39.95. It’ll be available through retailers and online download services. It’s currently available...

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Nov 09
Dragon Stop Motion for Mac OS X roars to version 2.3

D-Zed Software has released Dragon Stop Motion 2.3 (http://www.dragonstopmotion.com/), an update to their professional stop motion animation software for Mac OS X and Windows. The upgrade includes a variety of new features that expand on the application's support for monitoring, exporting, composing, animating, automating lighting, and automating 3D shooting.

Designed specifically to meet the needs of feature film, commercial, broadcast television and independent film, Dragon Stop Motion controls digital still and HD cameras for shooting single frame animation and effects.

The Auxiliary Monitor feature allows the user to send the main view to a second monitor (video village). The Image Sequence Export provides flexibility in choosing image formats for frame export, as well as customized naming, etc. Advanced Composition Guides emulate ground-glass with single-screen setup.

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Nov 09
Soundfreaq launches Sound Platform

Soundfreaq has launched Sound Platform, the company's first product: a wireless, hi-fi speaker, developed with design firm, Boombang. Launching just in time for the holidays, the Bluetooth-enabled device is equipped out-of-the box to support multiple devices, such as the iPad, iPhone, iPod touch, Android and Blackberry.



Target will serve as Soundfreaq's exclusive mass retail launch partner for North America. The Sound Platform will be featured with the iPad in Target stores nationwide starting Nov. 19 for US$199 and will also be available online at http://www.Soundfreaq.com .



The Sound Platform allows users to multi-task -- surf the Internet, check emails and text message -- while streaming audio directly to the dock. With Bluetooth-enabled devices, users can listen to sound while keeping their iPad or smartphone in their hand.


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Nov 09
Brosix Business instant messenger updates its free trial program

D-Bross has updated its free trial program for Brosix 3 (http://www.brosix.com/), the newest version of the instant messenger software, now available for Mac and Linux systems. It provides instant messaging combined with collaboration tools such as file transfer, voice chat, video chat, whiteboard, screenshot and co-browse.

"In the initial versions of Brosix, it was available for Windows users only. Brosix recognized a need from its customers for more system options so they wouldn't have to worry about whether or not their computer could use Brosix," Stefan Chekanov, owner of Brosix, says.

Besides using Brosix on almost any computer, it can also be placed on a zip drive and loaded remotely so installation isn't required. Brosix specialized in providing free and paid enterprise instant messaging solutions for companies and individuals that wish to communicate with their co-workers, clients, and family on a...

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Nov 09
iHub Basic updated with iOS 4.2 compatibility

Nova media (http://www.novamedia.de) has updated iHub Basic for Mac OS X to version 1.0.3, a free upgrade for registered usres. The US$29.95 software syncs contacts and calendars automatically and wirelessly between Macs, iPhones, iPads and iPod touches in any local network.

Version 1.0.3 adds compatibility with iOS 4.2. It also fixes some minor bugs when working with address book groups and large amounts of data.

The software installs on a Mac and shares selected calendars, contacts and address book groups. Other Macs and iOS devices on the same network can access and edit any shared data. iHub Basic doesn't require any additional client software as it uses the open standards CalDAV and CardDAV which are supported by default by Mac OS X and iOS.

"Thanks to iHub Basic, there is no need to store sensitive on any far-away cloud service," says Jan Fuellemann, spokesperson of nova media. "In...

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Nov 09
USB Fever releases HDMI Dongle for iOS devices

USB Fever has released the HDMI Dongle (http://www.usbfever.com/index_eproduct_view.php?products_id=2076 ) for the iPad, iPhone 4 and fourth generation iPod touch.

The US$69.99 dongle lets you transmit the video and audio on your iOS device to an HDTV or HDMI AV device. It's plug and play. No external power supply is required, and you don't have to jailbreak your Apple device.

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Nov 09
Courier for Mac OS X adds MobileMe

Realmac has updated Courier (http://www.realmacsoftware.com/courier/), a tool that allows you to share files, images, photos, movies and more with online services such as Flickr and Facebook, to version 1.1. The upgrade adds support for MobileMe.

To use Courier, you create an Envelope, drag on the stamp icons for the services you want to send files to; then just drag and drop on the files you want to deliver. The stamp icons are for seven built-in plug-ins for file sharing with Amazon S3, Ember, Flickr, Facebook, FTP / SFTP, Vimeo and YouTube.

Once everything's been uploaded, Courier ensures links to the published files are ready for use. Realmac keeps the history of all uploads so you can retrieve links to each file.

Courier is an US19.95 (for a limited time) tool. Version 1.1 is a free update for registered users. Courier requires Mac OS X 10.6 or higher and...

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Nov 09
Verbatim releases Store 'n Go USB drive

Verbatim (http://www.verbatim.com) has released the Store ‘n’ Go Clip-it USB drive, which lets you combine digital and hardcopy files. The US$19.99, paperclip-like device simply snaps onto documents, folders and envelopes like a paperclip.  

It's available in 4GB capacity and comes in five colors: pink, green, blue, orange and black. The new device is exceptionally lightweight, adding no additional postage cost when sent along with paper documents in the mail, says Mark Rogers, Verbatim product manager, Flash. The Store ‘n’ Go Clip-it USB drive will be available beginning in December.

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Nov 09
Stairways Software releases Switcher Maestro 1.0 for the Mac

Stairways Software has released Switcher Maestro 1.0 (https://sites.fastspring.com/stairways/instant/switchermaestro), a new utility for launching applications on the Mac. It takes the window and application switching features of Keyboard Maestro and adds a new app launcher.

At the recent "Back to the Mac" event, Apple CEO Steve Jobs gave a glimpse of Launchpad, which will eventually bring the iPhone/iPad home screens to the Mac so people "don't have to go hunting around for their apps." However, the folks at Stairways Solutions say that organizing applications on the iPhone has never seemed like much fun to us, so they've got their own solution -- press a hot key, type a few characters of the application name, press return and your application launches.

You can see a video of Switcher Maestro at...

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Nov 09
SOHO Organizer now supports new MobileMe calendars

Chronos (http://www.chronosnet.com) has released SOHO Organizer 8.5, an upgrade to their personal/business productivity suite. The new version adds support for Apple's new MobileMe calendars.

"Apple recently rewrote their MobileMe calendars so that they're based on CalDAV (an industry standard for calendars)," says Robert McCullough, vice president of Development at Chronos. "SOHO Organizer 8.5 can now access these new MobileMe calendars directly without syncing via Apple's Sync Services technology. Our customers will be thrilled as this has been a heavily requested feature."

SOHO Organizer is a productivity suite consisting of three applications that work together: SOHO Organizer, SOHO Notes, and SOHO Print Essentials. SOHO Organizer helps users increase their productivity by managing their tasks, calendars, contacts, and notes.

A fully functional 30 day trial version can be downloaded...

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Nov 09
Raidon launches new USB 3.0 disk array storage devices

Raidon (http:/www.raidon.com.tw) has released new one to four bay, USB 3.0 disk array storage devices. (Just remember that Apple isn't officially supporting USB 3.0 at this time, so the devices will run at USB 2.0 speeds on Macs.)

However, Raidon has also released two types of USB3.0 PCI Express Cards to both desktop and notebook users for external storage expansion. They will apparently work with MacBook Pros and Mac Pros.

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Nov 09
Adobe Audition for the Mac available in public beta

Adobe Audition for the Mac, an all-in-one professional audio toolset for recording, mixing, editing and mastering, is now available in public beta. You can obtain it at http://www.adobe.com/go/audition_labs .

A de-hummer and de-esser will be new features when Audition for Mac is released. Additionally, a volume leveler will be new when Audition for Mac is released, though it is currently included in Soundbooth.

Jason Levine, Adobe Audition senior worldwide evangelist, told "Mac News" that Audition is the "most commonly encountered computer software" encountered in radio stations and that a Mac version has been requested for over 10 years.

"There's always been a hole in the Mac platform for audio editing and mastering tool. The Mac version of Audition will be all-new, not just a PC port," he says. "It's targeted to broadcast and post-production environments and...

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Nov 09
Adobe updates Open Source Media Framework

Adobe has released an update to Open Source Media Framework (OSMF), an open framework for building custom media players.

OSMF was developed to help streamline media player development by allowing developers to assemble pluggable components to create high-quality, full-featured playback experiences.  Version 1.5 supports all of the Multicast features recently launched Flash Media Server 4, including: native IP Multicast; Application level Multicast (peer to peer) and Multicast Fusion
 
OSMF 1.5 also supports stream reconnect so that if a network connection is lost, it will seamlessly switch to another available network. OSMF 1.5 can be downloaded for free at http://www.osmf.org .

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Nov 09
'Tech Night Owl' looks at Apple and Java -- and more

On this week's "Tech Night Owl," Gene Steinberg, the Owl himself, and guests look at Apple and Java, new gadgets and email clients.

You can tune into the live broadcast stream Thursday nights from 6-8 Pacific, 9-11 Eastern from http://www.technightowl.com/radio ; an archive of the show will be available for downloading and listening at your convenience within four hours after the original broadcast. You can also access our show's podcast feed, now available at http://www.technightowl.com/nightowl.xml .

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Nov 09
Apple to open two new retail stores Nov. 13

Apple is set to open two new retail stores on Saturday, Nov. 13.

Apple Store University Park Mall is located at 6501 North Grape Road, Mishawaka, Indiana 46545. Apple Store Summit Mall is located at 3265 West Market Street in Akron, Ohio 44333. Both will open to the public at 10 am (Eastern) on Nov. 13.

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Nov 09
Monotype Imaging introduces the Harmonia Sans Family

Monotype Imaging Holdings, a provider of text imaging solutions, has added the Harmonia Sans family to the Monotype typeface collection. The suite features 17 fonts that can be licensed and downloaded from the company’s Fonts.com, Linotype.com and ITCFonts.com stores.

Harmonia Sans is also available for web site design from Fonts.com Web Fonts. Designed by Jim Wasco in collaboration with George Ryan, both of Monotype Imaging, it combines calligraphic proportions with geometric letterforms inspired by sans serif typefaces such as the Futura and ITC Avant Garde Gothic designs.

Harmonia Sans includes five weights that range from light to black. Each has a cursive italic counterpart. Condensed designs are available for the regular, semi-bold and bold weights, in addition to four monospaced designs. All 17 Harmonia Sans fonts are available as OpenType Pro selections, which allow for the automatic insertion of old style figures, arbitrary fractions, tablular figures,...

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Nov 08
iPhone/iPod/iPad apps for Nov. 8

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/).

Retina-X Studios has announced Mobile Spy for iPhone 4 devices. Users can silently track GPS locations, SMS messages, photos and calls of children or employees inside a secure online control panel. A one-year subscription to Mobile Spy is priced at US$99.97.

Comboapp has released Startup Entrepreneur Learning Studio 1.0 for the iPad. Optimized for mobile learning, the $249.99 is designed specifically for aspiring entrepreneurs "who seek to master the various concepts and practices important to understand and abide by when developing an independent business venture from idea to reality."

James Hollender has unveiled iCarbs app for the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad. The $1.99 app allows users to find out how many carbohydrates are in over 1,100...

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Nov 08
iWork '11 waiting for launch of Mac App Store?

"AppleInsider" (http://www.appleinsider.com) says iWork '11 is ready to go and is simply waiting for Apple to launch the Mac App Store.

Introduced at October's "Back to the Mac" event, the Mac App Store will be built into Mac OS X Lion, when it prowls in 2011. However, Apple is releasing a version for Mac OS X 10.6 ("Snow Leopard") before year's end.

Craig Federighi, vice president of engineering for OS X, demoed Lion at the Back to the Mac event. The Mac App Store brings the Apple App Store experience to Mac OS X, making discovering, installing and updating Mac apps easier than ever, he said. Like on the iPad, you purchase apps using your iTunes account and they download and install in just one step.

App updates are delivered directly through the Mac App Store, so it’s easy to keep all of your apps up to date. The Mac App Store will be available for Snow Leopard within 90 days and will...

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Nov 08
DxO Optics updated to version 6.5

DxO Labs (http://www.dxo.com) has released the latest version of its image enhancement software for photographers: DxO Optics Pro 6.5. Along with providing photographers with high dynamic range (HDR) capability from a single RAW image, version 6.5 improves accessibility and productivity.

DxO Optics Pro 6.5 and upgrades for both Mac OS X (10.5 and higher) and Windows will be offered at a 30% holiday season discount through Dec. 25. Here's a list of what's new in version 6.5:

° HDR rendering from single RAW shots to reveal the full dynamic range of high contrast scenes without the need for bracketing;

° Improved RAW conversion engine for automatic processing and productivity at any ISO ranging from 100 to 100,000;

° Integration of Lightroom 3 support;

° Numerous interface improvements, including a new large preview window for detailed inspection of images before adding them a project;...

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Nov 08
ExactScan Pro update sports more OCR languages, more

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 2.12.1. The upgrade 11 sports new OCR languages, improved barcode recognition as well as several improved user interface localizations.

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,...

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Nov 08
Jobs: hardly anyone was buying the Xserve

French site "MacGeneration" is reporting (http://www.macgeneration.com/news/voir/175852/xserve-pour-ainsi-dire-per...) that one of its readers emailed Apple CEO Steve Jobs to inquire about the reasons behind the decision to discontinue the Xserve rackmount server.

Jobs reportedly sent one of his succinct replies from his iPhone. He simply said, "Hardly anyone was buying them."

Apple will continue to sell its rack-mount server product through Jan. 31, 2011, and will continue to honor warranties and support contracts. Apple has posted a Xserve Transition Guide (http://images.apple.com/xserve/pdf/...

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Nov 08
.Mac HomePage ends today

On July 7, 2009, the .Mac HomePage web application was discontinued by Apple. Now the company is discontinuing HomePage viewing as of Nov. 8 (that's today).

As of July 7, MobileMe users were no longer be able to create new pages or edit existing pages using HomePage. HomePage was the web site creation tool in Apple's US$99-per-year .Mac suite of Internet services (formerly .Mac, now MobileMe).

Last month Apple sent a letter to MobileMe subscribers that read:

"Over a year ago, we retired the .Mac HomePage application for publishing new pages, but allowed previously published pages to remain viewable on the web. On November 8, 2010, we will discontinue online viewing of photos, movies, and files shared using .Mac HomePage.

"Please note that your content will not be deleted. Any photos, movies, or files you have published using HomePage will continue to remain on your MobileMe iDisk in the Movies, Pictures, or Public folders. We recommend MobileMe Gallery...

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Nov 08
Melbourne docs to get iPads

A re-elected Victorian government in Melbourne, Victoria, would employ an extra 2,800 doctors, nurses and other health professionals to treat hundreds of thousands more patients under a $1.5 billion health package, as well as provide an iPad for every doctor working in a public hospital, reports "The Age" (http://www.theage.com.au/victoria/state-election-2010/record-investment-...).

The article says the package would cover: the recruitment of 2,800 front-line health professionals over the next two years; $618 million to treat an extra 315,000 emergency patients; and $344 million to ensure more than 620,000 people get the elective surgery they need. It also includes $340 million for specialist services, like...

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Nov 08
'MacVoices' looks at Photoshop Elements 9

On the new "MacVoices" (http://www.macvoices.com), Jeff Carlson, the author of two new books, "Photoshop Elements 9 for Mac OS X: Visual QuickStart Guide" and "Photoshop Elements 9 for Windows Visual QuickStart Guide, " talks about the new version of the Adobe software.

He explains why he and Peachpit decided separate books were best even though there is parity between the two platform versions of Adobe's approachable photo editing software. New to this version of Elements is the Organizer; Carlson explains what it is, what you can do with it, and how it differs from Bridge. He also talks about why Elements and iPhoto shouldn't be compared, and what each does best, explains the new content-aware healing technology that is the star of Elements 9, and more.

"MacVoices" is an Internet show and podcast that delivers in-depth discussions with the most influential people in the Mac industry, as well as...

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Nov 08
Imposition Wizard 1.8 released for Mac OS X

Applications for Life Company has released Imposition Wizard 1.8 (http://www.impositionwizard.com), an update to their professional level, standalone imposition software for Mac OS X 10.5 or higher.

As a standalone application, Imposition Wizard doesn't require any third-party software, it just reads and writes PDF files. Version 1.8 sports several small improvements, and features a two-up preview mode, reads bleed and trim data from source files, as well as allows to rotate sheets and define their default parameters.

Imposition Wizard supports all main imposition schemes: Booklet, N-Up, Step & Repeat, Cut Stack. It allows to reorder pages of source documents, supports custom crops and bleeds of source pages, allows to define padding for sheets and trim the unused space. Imposition Wizard supports creeps for booklets, it performs saddle stitched and perfect binded impositions...

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