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Jul 14
YourHead Software updates Stacks plug-in for RapidWeaver

YourHead Software has released Stacks 1.3 (http://www.yourhead.com/stacks/), an update of the page style plug-in for RapidWeaver, the web site creation tool for Mac OS X.

The new version sport a tweaked user interface for the most commonly used controls, slimmer code for the built-in layout elements, plus lots of under-the-hood changes. Stacks 1.3 also delivers a new application programming interface for developers of custom stacks.

Stacks allows users to build web pages by placing elements from the Stacks Library anywhere onto their web page layout. Elements can be moved, resized, styled, and even nested inside each other. Pages built with Stacks are completely flexible and flow their content to fit the dimensions of any RapidWeaver theme.

Stacks costs US$24.95. Version 1.3 is a free update for registered users.

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Jul 14
Pixelmator for Mac OS X gets faster, adds new features

The Pixelmator Team (http://www.pixelmator.com) has updated Pixelmator -- a US$59 GPU-powered image editing tool for creating, editing and enhancing still images -- to version 1.6 (codenamed "Nucleus"). The upgrade, free to registered users, boasts performance improvements, 64-bit support, layer groups, an Import feature, Flickr, Facebook and Picasa support, redesigned transform tools, and more.

Pixelmator is based on Core Image and OpenGL technologies that use Mac's video card for image processing. Core Image and OpenGL utilize the graphics card for image processing operations, freeing the CPU for other tasks. If a high-performance card with increased video memory (VRAM) is present, the user will find real-time responsiveness across a wide variety of Pixelmator operations, including editing tools, color correction tools, and filters, according to Saulius Dailide of the Pixelmator Team.

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Jul 14
SharewarePublisher update tweaks how file sizes are converted

Ergonis Software has updated SharewarePublisher (http://www.ergonis.com/products/sharewarepublisher/), a software submission tool and assistant for Mac OS X, to version 1.4. The upgrade changes the way how file sizes are converted from byte to KB and MB.

Conversion is now based on 1,000 instead of 1024 to be consistent with Mac OS X 10.6 (Snow Leopard). Besides that, the new version incorporates a number of enhancements and fixes.

SharewarePublisher was developed specifically for shareware developers, vendors and media specialists alike. The folks at Ergonis say it was built to make submitting software applications to leading software listing sites and repositories easy. It ships with almost 200 pre-configured shareware sites, with carefully hand-tuned ratings/priorities. Developers can submit to 100-plus sites within just a few hours, which...

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Jul 14
Canada Type font collection available from Ascender

Ascender Corp. says that the Canada Type font design studio has come to a font distribution agreement with Ascender.
 
Rebecca Alaccari and Patrick Griffin founded the Toronto-based Canada Type back in early 2004. Since its establishment, Canada Type has created a variety of typefaces for design professionals and creative enthusiasts. The Canada Type fonts have appeared on everything from large corporate projects to small personal design work.
 
The Canada Type font collection will add a number of enhanced versions of historical typefaces and expertly-designed original fonts to Ascender’s diverse collection of fonts. This includes a line-up of script fonts and a variety of exclusive psychedelic fonts from the ‘60s and ‘70s. The Canada Type fonts are available in both TrueType and OpenType formats and can be found on the Ascender Fonts website. For more information or to view the fonts visit:...

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Jul 13
Cakewalk announces Mac support update for V-Studio 20

Cakewalk (http://www.cakewalk.com) has released a new Mac support update for the V-Studio 20. The free V-Studio 20 Mac Support update is available at the Cakewalk web site.

The V-Studio 20 Mac Support update enables the VS-20 hardware and Effects Editor to be used with all popular Mac-based recording software titles. The update provides Mac users with all the benefits of recording with the V-Studio 20 COSM guitar and vocal effects; and use of the V-Studio 20 hardware as dedicated universal DAW controller.

Additionally, both GarageBand and Logic can be further integrated into the V-Studio 20 system using the included custom control surface plug-in included in this update. The free V-Studio 20 Mac Support update includes: Mac OS X 10.5 and 10.6 drivers for the V-Studio 20 hardware (Mackie Universal Control); Mac OS X 10.5 and 10.6 support for the COSM effects Editor; and a plug-in for GarageBand and...

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Jul 13
Aero case ships for the iPhone 4

RadTech (http://www.radtech.com) has introduced the Aero case for the iPhone 4. The US$24.95 case is form-fitting and lightweight. It's made of a skin-tight, zero-flex polyurethane material that purportedly enhances your grip of the Apple smartphone.

The Aero allows full control of the iPhone from inside the case. It's available in black, blue, green, purple and pink colors.


The Aero is washable and auoclavable. What's more, the folks at RadTech say it improves cell signal reception.

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Jul 13
Grantwood Technology ships QuickSkin for the iPad

Grantwood Technology has released the QuickSkin for iPad (http://grantwoodstore.com/QuickSkin-for-iPad-with-Groovy-Grip/M/B003GMJ8...), a protective silicone skin for the Apple tablet. It has a GroovyGrip pattern that makes the idevice easier to hold.

The QuickSkin surrounds the entire iPad with a protective cover. It also allows access to all the ports and controls. The QuickSkin for iPad also fits into Grantwood Technology's SimpleSleeve for iPad as a travel companion.

The QuickSkin for iPad retails for US$19.99 with introductory pricing available. It comes in two colors: black and cloud/clear.

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Jul 13
iPhone/iPod/iPad apps for July 13

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/).

iPhone owners and train aficionados can now take control over locomotives barreling through famous U.S. destinations in Train Conductor 2: USA (TC2) by Aussie developer The Voxel Agents. With the swipe of a finger on the US$0.99 app, players get to direct trains passing through Miami Beach, the Grand Canyon, Nashville, Las Vegas and New York City. An iPad version is in the works.

Just2us has announced The Lost Whispers 1.0 for the iPhone and iPod touch. The free app plays the chilling jungle whispering sounds from "Lost" TV show and is equipped with 33 different whispering options,

Toughturtle has debuted Mirror Phone 1.0, a free iPhone 4 App that serves as a mobile mirror, allowing you to check yourself at anytime, even in the dark, and...

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Jul 13
Avenza announces Terrain Shader functionality for Photoshop

Avenza Systems (http://www.avenza.com), producers of MAPublisher cartographic software for Adobe Illustrator and Geographic Imager spatial tools for Adobe Photoshop, has announced that the upcoming release of Geographic Imager, version 3.2, will include the ability to dynamically apply terrain shading and colorization to digital elevation models within Adobe Photoshop.

The Geographic Imager Terrain Shader functionality will be included as a standard feature in the upcoming release. For the first time, users will be able to easily and quickly import a DEM, apply colors and shades based on elevation and even apply a specific light source position and intensity to achieve a specific shading effect, all within Adobe Photoshop, according to Avenza President Ted Florence.

Geographic Imager transforms Adobe Photoshop into a spatial imagery editing tool. It works with Mac OS X 10.5 and higher and costs US$699...

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Jul 13
Finale NotePad 2011, Reader released early

MakeMusic (http://www.finalemusic.com) has announced the simultaneous release of Finale NotePad 2011 and an updated, free-of-charge Finale Reader. Both music notation software packages support current operating systems and provide compatibility with files created with Finale 2011, MakeMusic’s music notation software program.

Finale NotePad 2011 is available as a download for US$9.95, or purchased on disc for $19.95, It lets you create, play, print, save and share music notation. Notes can be entered with a mouse, a MIDI keyboard, or by opening MIDI files. Music plays back with nuance thanks to a Human Playback feature and can be heard via the 128+ included sounds or through an external MIDI device. NotePad also fosters collaboration as it can edit, play, print and save files created with other Finale music notation products.

In addition to Finale 2011 compatibility, NotePad 2011 includes...

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Jul 13
DVDxDV Pro 3.0 features new timeline DVD editing

DVDxDV Pro (http://www.dvdxdv.com/) has been updated to version 3.0. The new version includes a new video timeline similar to the ones in found in iMovie or Final Cut Pro.

It provides instant access to any location in a DVD movie. The new timeline can be expanded by zooming in or contracted by zooming. With the timeline, the exact beginning and ending for movie clips can now be set.

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, iPod, iPad, and Apple TV. DVDxDV Pro will convert to any QuicktTme compatible codec, as well.

DVDxDV Pro requires Mac OS X 10.4 or newer and QuickTime 7.03 or higher. It costs US$80....

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Jul 13
PCI Geomatics releases upgrade to feature extraction software


PCI Geomatics (http://www.pcigeomatics.com), a developer of geo-imaging software and systems, is pleased to announce the availability of an upgrade to FeatureObjeX, its software tool for the automatic and semi-automatic extraction of visual features in satellite and aerial imagery. 
 
The latest version of FeatureObjeX 1.0.4 includes linear feature extraction that allows users to extract centerlines of polygonal markup using a toolbar command. It also includes shape labeling whereby users can create and edit labels and add text to shape layers.
 
Additionally version 1.0.4 includes support of MrSID format and feature improvement upgrades to multi-band and vector layer display. FeatureObjeX can be used in multiple areas including urban planning, forestry, environmental monitoring, change detection, and more.

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Jul 13
64GB iPad most popular in the UK

Brits are choosing the top 64GB memory capacity when searching for an iPad online, reveals Twenga (http://www.twenga.co.uk), the new-generation shopping search engine.

Visitors to Twenga prefer the highest spec memory, followed by the iPad 32GB and then the iPad 16GB. As for protecting Apple’s latest device, the most popular choice of iPad case is in neoprene material, with rubber and leather following closely behind. The top iPad case colors are brown, pink and purple.

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Jul 13
DasBoot now Snow Leopard compatible

SubRosaSoft has updated DasBoot (http://macosg.me/2/is) -- a free tool that can turn devices such as an iPod, a flash drive or portable hard drive into a Mac OS X diagnostic, repair, and maintenance tool -- to version 2.0. The new version is compatible with Mac OS X 10.6 ("Snow Leopard").

DasBoot allows you to take any third party boot CD (such as those shipped by SubRosaSoft.com, Prosoft Engineering, Alsoft or Micromat) and create a bootable diagnostic device that contains any of your own utilities you may wish to install. In addition you can re-configure the device at any time to add new utilities, updated versions of software or newer versions of Mac OS X.

DasBoot has been tested with the following disk utilities and data recovery tools, but will also run many others, according to the folks at SubRosaSoft: CopyCatX, FileSalvage, MacForensicsLab, VolumeWorks, Drive Genius, Data Rescue II,...

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Jul 13
LaCie releases Xtremkey USB Flash drive

LaCie (http://www.lacie.com) has announced the LaCie XtremKey, an USB Flash drive with capacities up to 64GB and an "impenetrable shell." Pricing starts at US$49.99 for an 8GB version.

LaCie shields the XtremKey’s premium flash memory modules inside a 2mm metal pipe casing. Sealed with wear-resistant screw threads and a rubber O-ring, it's watertight up to 100 meters. The LaCie XtremKey is also resistant to five-meter drops and extreme heat and cold temperatures (+200°C / -50°C).

The XtremKey is constructed with zamac, a metal alloy composed of zinc, aluminum, magnesium and copper. It's less than three inches tall and sports a USB 2.0 interface.

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Jul 13
Smaato Metrics: Android crunches Apple in mobile advertising...

Smaato (http://metrics.smaato.com/), a mobile ad optimizer and mobile advertising company, has revealed its latest data looking at the global mobile advertising market in terms of click-through rates and ad network fill rates for June. The company says the report shows Android making large gains in global click through rates (CTR), as it climbed above rival Apple, to third place.

In the US, Symbian still dominates in terms of CTR, but Android has closed the gap with a CTR Index of 192 (118 in May), while Apple iOS drops down to fifth place in its home market with a CTR Index of 73.

In stark contrast to the global and US stages, Android has the lowest performance in terms of CTR Index (52) in Europe, with Windows Mobile achieving the best (205), almost quadruple Android’s Index. Smaato serves over eight million ad requests in its network of more than 6,000 registered mobile publishers and over...

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Jul 13
Developers encouraged to submit to Safari Extensions Gallery

Apple has emailed its registered developers encouraging them to submit Safari 5 extensions for consideration for inclusion in the company's Safari Extensions Gallery. Last month Apple released Safari 5, the latest version of their web browser.

Along with the updated browser, Apple rolled out a new, free Safari Developer Program that allows developers to customize and enhance Safari 5 with extensions based on standard web technologies like HTML5, CSS3 and JavaScript. The Extension Builder, new in Safari 5, simplifies the development, installation and packaging of extensions.

For enhanced security and stability, Safari Extensions are sandboxed, signed with a digital certificate from Apple and run solely in the browser. For more info, developers should go to http://developer.apple.com/safari/.

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Jul 13
Expo-only registration already underway for Macworld Expo 2011

IDG World Expo has opened up Expo-only registration (http://www.macworldexpo.com/prices) for the 2011 Macworld Conference & Expo. The event will be held Jan. 26-29 in San Francisco.

The expo portion of MWSF will start Jan. 27. If you register before July 26, it's free. Macworld 2010 ended up with more than 20,000 attendees, over 250 exhibitors and more than 150 conference sessions, according to IDG World Expo, owner of Macworld 2010.

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Jul 13
Analyst looks at Apple's options in dealing with the iPhone...

The iPhone 4 antenna issue could impact Apple's operating income by 1%, according to Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster. However, he told clients that investors in Apple shouldn't overreact to the problem

"Ultimately we believe this PR black eye takes away from near-term upside potential to our iPhone estimates, but it does not change the long-term trajectory of the iPhone," Munster wrote -- and as reported by "AppleInsider" (http://www.appleinsider.com). "While the issue has gained significant traction in the press, the reality is we estimate this problem periodically affects 25% of iPhone 4 users given the fix is easy (a case for the iPhone), and 75% of customer choose to use a case anyway."

The analyst said Apple could give away free US$29 bumper cases, do nothing (he believes only 25% of the iPhone 4 users are "periodically" affected) or do a recall. However, Munster feels the latter is...

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Jul 13
Apple responds to Psystar appeal

Apple has responded to the opening brief of clone maker, Psystar, in the ongoing legal battle.

Based on Apple’s responses to Psystar’s Opening Brief, it appears that the PC maker is hoping it can convince the court to change how copyright law is interpreted. “It seems that Psystar is pinning all its hopes in the 9th Circuit on getting the court to adopt a radical revision of the Copyright Misuse doctrine that would in effect destroy copyright and force all copyrighted works to be licensed,” an attorney familiar with this type of case told "The Mac Observer" (http://www.macobserver.com/tmo/article/apple_responds_to_psystar_appeal_...).

“Because Psystar has no proof that Apple has inhibited competition or suppressed creativity, Psystar urges this Court to abandon...

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Jul 13
Study: Nokia lagging even further behind competitors

Nokia seems to have missed the smartphone boat, according to the latest YouGov’s Smartphone Mobile Internet Experience study revealing that the Finnish brand is now lagging even further behind its competitors than six months ago. YouGov (http://www.yougov.co.uk) is a UK measurer of public opinion and consumer behavior.

Of smartphone owners, only a third will consider getting a Nokia as their next handset, compared to 46% in December 2009, according to YouGov. On top of that, only 10% of smartphone owners expect to purchase a Nokia, a drop of nine percent over the last six months.

In contrast, Apple continues to hold onto the lion’s share of the market, with 56% of smartphone owners considering and 41% expecting to get an Apple handset next time round.

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Jul 13
Delegate 1.0 released for the Mac, iPhone, iPad

App4mac has introduced Delegate 1.0 (http://www.app4mac.com/delegate.html), a new to-do lists manager designed for the Mac, iPhone and iPad. It allows users to share a to-do list on the internet for remote access from any location.

Delegate has a built in tagging feature, which allows you to tag additional information to your tasks. This information can be anything you find necessary or helpful, such as due dates, priority levels, and contexts. Delegate is compliant to GTD method Getting Things Done.

The Mac version allows users to share a to-do list on the Internet with a free online service powered by app4mac Delegate Server solution. Using this feature requires a user license. As an option, Mac users can use their own Delegate Server. You can access a to-do list shared online from any Mac, iPhone or iPad running the Delegate application. The Mac version requires Mac OS...

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Jul 13
ExtremeZ-IP for the Mac now supports ShadowConnect

Group Logic (http://www.grouplogic.com) has released ExtremeZ-IP 7.0, which boasts performance, reliability and usability enhancements.

It also sports a new feature called ShadowConnect. With this new feature, IT administrators can integrate Macs with Microsoft’s Volume Shadow Copy (VSS) Service, so now Mac users can access previously saved versions of their critical data files from a Windows server.  
 
ExtremeZ-IP’s ShadowConnect option affords Mac users access to the Microsoft Volume Shadow Copy Services Windows. So, Mac users now have self-serve access to prior versions of their Windows files, says Group Logic CEO Chris Broderick. With ShadowConnect, Mac users can: restore previous versions of files and folders; restore deleted files; and browse shadow copy files with Cover Flow and Quick Look previews.

A new license for ExtremeZ-IP 7.0 is US$395 for a three-client server and $1,495 for a...

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Jul 13
BMW supports iPod out feature in iOS 4

BMW is the first car manufacturer to announce support for the little-heralded iPod Out feature from the iOS 4, reports "The Guardian" (http://macosg.me/2/iq).

The feature allows all devices running the latest version of iOS (the operating system formerly known as the iPhone OS) to output the iPod interface to an external screen. Compatible devices include the iPhone 3G, 3GS and 4 as well as the second and third generation of iPod touches.

"Despite using the BMW iDrive system, the interface is Apple's own and seems rather like a combination of Front Row and the traditional iPod interfaces of old," says "The Guardian." "Eschewing animated graphics of album art for a basic menu interface makes for easier navigation and less distraction from the road."

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Jul 13
Companies recommend safety measures for iTunes accounts

Following two recent hacks of its iTunes store. iTunes users should now change the password on their iTunes account as well as switching to a prepaid debit card for the service, according to Fortify (http://www.fortify.com), a company that specializes in software security assurance.

Barmak Meftah, Fortify's chief products officer, told "Help Net Security" that, while Apple will almost certainly stomp on this iTunes hacking methodology, the modus operandi is similar to that used by trending malware coders, who continually check online search trends and pump out malware via a range of hastily-registered infected web sites. It boils down to raising the profile of an infected piece of code or Web site until a group of online users sees the code or web site and thinks "ooh -- that looks interesting," and then infects their computer with a trojan or malware, he added.

Meftah says that using a pre-paid...

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