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Jan 20
Mac Shutdown X now shuts down at end of a Chrome download

Pomola Software has updated Mac Shutdown X (http://pomola.com/products_macshutdown/macshutdown.html), a Mac OS X utility for shutting down a Mac on a specified event or on a specified date and time, to version 1.6.1. The upgrade provides shutdown at the end of Chrome download and fixes some bugs.

Mac Shutdown X costs US$20. Version 1.6.1 is a free update for registered users. The software is Universal Binary so runs natively on both PowerPC and Intel Macs. It requires Mac OS X 10.5or higher.

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Jan 20
PDFPen 5.2.1 available in Spanish

SmileOnMyMac has updated PDFPen (http://www.smileonmymac.com/PDFpen/download.html), its PDF editing and form-filling tool for Mac OS X, to version 5.2.1. The update adds Spanish localization and improves the Italian localization. It also fixes a performance issue with continuous viewing.

The changes in PDFpen 5.2.1 have also been made in PDFpenPro 5.2.1, the pro version that can also convert websites into PDFs, create fillable PDF forms, and construct document table of contents.

PDFpen costs US$59.95, and PDFpenPro is $99.95. Family pack licenses, which cover up to five computers in one household, are $74.95 for PDFpen and $129.95 for PDFpenPro. Upgrades from earlier versions of either application are $25, and free to users who purchased after Feb. 14, 2010. Upgrades from any version of PDFpen to PDFpenPro are $40.

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Jan 20
Skysoft updates SyncPod for Mac

iSkysoft Studioh has upgraded SyncPod for Mac (http://www.iskysoft.com/syncpod.html). The upgrade "aims at revolutionizing" the way Mac users backup and share multimedia files, such as music, TV shows, and audiobook, videos, pictures, PDF and ePub e-books, to Mac, iPod, iPad and iPhone devices.

The new interface facilitates drag-and-drop file transfer. Also, the upgraded SyncPod for Mac comes with more user-friendly features.

SyncPod for Mac offers the ability to back-up your iOS device's content to your Mac and transfer multimedia files from Mac to Apple devices. It costs US$39 for a single user license. SyncPod for Mac requires an Intel-based Mac (32-bit or 64-bit) running Mac OS X 10.5 or higher.

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Jan 20
Better Finder Rename gets new text moving actions

PublicSpace.net (http://www.publicspace.net) has released A Better Finder Rename 8.7.3, the latest version of its contextual menu plug-in that allows users to quickly rename multiple files. The new version adds new text moving actions.

A Better Finder Rename sports an instant preview feature. The tool features capture time and date extraction (EXIF JPEG and most RAW formats) for digital photographers, ID3 tag extraction for music lovers, regular expression support, plain-text file import for renaming from databases and many other features.

A Better Finder Rename is US$19.95 shareware for a single user license. Family, business and enterprise licensing is also available. Customers may chose to include a "forever upgrade" with their purchase.

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Jan 20
'MacVoices' looks at iWaveit for iPhone, iPad

On the new "MacVoices" (http://www.macvoices.com), the "Road to Macworld" continues as Anders Grunnet-Jepsen of ThinkOptics talks about why they are coming to Macworld to show off the iWaveit for iPhone and iPad.

There are plenty of universal remote solutions out there, even some for the iPhone and iPad, but none quite like iWavit. Going beyond just your home theater, iWaveit can control virtually anything that has remote capabilities. Grunnet-Jepsen offers an overview of the hardware and software solution that lets you take advantage of pre-programed remotes, other users’ creations and even build your very own virtual remote to fit your equipment and how you use it.

The Road to Macworld 2010 is a special MacVoices series produced in partnership with Macworld to preview some of the exhibitors and presentations at Macworld 2011 in San Francisco from Jan. 26-29 at the Moscone Convention Center.

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Jan 20
Batchoutput Server adds booklets imposition

Zevrix Solutions has updated BatchOutput Server (http://zevrix.com/BatchOutputServer.php), an output workflow automation solution for Adobe InDesign, to version 4.7. The new version adds the ability to impose booklets during printing directly from BatchOutput Server by using InDesign's Print Booklet feature. It also gives an option to ignore links on pasteboard when checking InDesign documents for missing images.

Under BatchOutput Server workflow, production artists and prepress operators simply submit files to hotfolders that reside on the network. BatchOutput Server automatically outputs the files from its dedicated station using hotfolder settings, and will auto-activate document fonts as well.

BatchOutput 4.7 can be purchased from the Zevrix Solutions web site for US$699.95, as well as from authorized resellers. A demo is available for download. BatchOutput 4.7 is...

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Jan 19
iPhone/iPod/iPad apps for Jan. 19

Here are the latest iPhone/iPod touch/iPod/iPad apps. You can find 'em at the Apple App Store (http://www.itunes.com/appstore/).

Created by London based development house Bonbol, Movie Club 3.0 offers iOS users a library of 60+ full length movies streamed directly to the iPad, iPhone or iPod touch. With Movie Club, all current and future content is available free of charge once the free iOS App is installed. The 60 full-length movies currently available includes over 100 hours of Action, Comedy, Drama, Horror, Kids and Animation features, ranging from cinema classics to releases as recent as 2010.

Dynamedia Of America has announced Beatles Diary for iPhone, iPod touch and iPad users. The US$4.99 app offers a behind-the-scenes look at the Fab Four's history and meteoric rise to fame, offering never-before-seen letters, photos and videos.

Rhine-o Enterprises has released Make...

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Jan 19
Mobile developers rate AT&T best in North America

When asked by the Evans Data Corp. (http://www.evansdata.com) -- which conducts market research, market intelligence, and strategic planning in the software development industry -- to rank the capabilities that carriers offer to developers, those in North America ranked AT&T better than all competitors in four essential areas. AT&T was ranked best in Mobile Application Distribution by 37% -- almost twice as many Sprint, which was rated second in that category.

Twenty-six percent chose AT&T as having the best Tool Offerings -- almost a quarter more than T-Mobile, the next choice. AT&T also edged out Verizon as the carrier with the best Supported Technologies and the best Market Potential. When all four categories were combined, AT&T was selected as tops by almost twice as many developers than the next closest competitor, Verizon.

The Mobile Development survey is conducted twice...

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Jan 19
Columnist: time for Jobs to hand over the CEO title to Cook

The time has come for Apple CEO Steve Jobs to hand over the reins to the company’s No. 2 executive and Chief Operating Officer, Tim Cook, Therese Poletti writes in a column (http://macte.ch/TXNcm) for "MarketWatch." She says the need for Jobs to take another medical leave of absence makes this imperative.

Even in taking a medical leave, he said he will “be involved in major strategic decisions for the company.” Poletti says this leaves investors not knowing how Cook will run the company completely on his own. She says Jobs should become Apple's "chief visionary officer," giving Cooks the "autonomy he deserves."

Poletti also notes that Cook sounded like a CEO in Tuesday's conference call with analysts and press involving Apple's latest (and greatest) financial results. But as long as Jobs retains the title, Cook can't make many big decisions without him, she adds.

Also, "bviously Jobs is...

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Jan 19
Multi-core processors coming to mobile devices

Over the next few years multi-core processors are expected to play an important role in enabling high-performance mobile computing at low-power consumption, according to a new report from Strategy Analytics (http://www.strategyanalytics.com). "AppleInsider" (http://www.appleinsider.com) has reported that the iPad 2 will will pack a new version of Apple's custom A4 chip, with dual, faster graphics cores.

"Apple's next custom System on a Chip is expected to jump from the SGX535 (which has been used since the iPhone 3GS) to the new SGX543 graphics and video core, which is said to offer around twice the processing power at the same clock speed," says "AppleInsider." "The new graphics core also supports OpenCL, used to offload general purpose computing tasks on the GPU for fast execution

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Jan 19
Columnist: time for Jobs to hand over the CEO title to Cook

The time has come for Apple CEO Steve Jobs to hand over the reins to the company’s No. 2 executive and Chief Operating Officer, Tim Cook, Therese Poletti writes in a column (http://macte.ch/TXNcm) for "MarketWatch." She says the need for Jobs to take another medical leave of absence makes this imperative.

Even in taking a medical leave, he said he will “be involved in major strategic decisions for the company.” Poletti says this leaves investors not knowing how Cook will run the company completely on his own. She says Jobs should become Apple's "chief visionary officer," giving Cooks the "autonomy he deserves."

Poletti also notes that Cook sounded like a CEO in Tuesday's conference call with analysts and press involving Apple's latest (and greatest) financial results. But as long as Jobs retains the title, Cook can't make many big decisions without him, she adds.

Also, "bviously Jobs is...

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Jan 19
Apple's financial results ease worries about Jobs'...

Apple’s 78% surge in profit has helped alleviate -- at least a bit -- concerns about the company’s future as CEO Steve Jobs takes a medical leave of absence and Chief Operating Office Tim Cook heads the ship.

On Tuesday Apple announced the financial results for its fiscal 2011 first quarter that ended Dec. 25, 2010. The company posted record revenue of US$26.74 billion and record net quarterly profit of $6 billion, or $6.43 per diluted share.

These results compare to revenue of $15.68 billion and net quarterly profit of $3.38 billion, or $3.67 per diluted share, in the year-ago quarter. Gross margin was 38.5% compared to 40.9 % in the year-ago quarter. International sales accounted for 62% of the quarter’s revenue.

Apple sold 4.13 million Macs during the quarter, a 23% unit increase over the year-ago quarter. The company sold 16.24 million iPhones in the quarter, representing 86%t unit growth over the year-ago quarter. Apple sold 19.45 million iPods during the...

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Jan 19
WEBSIWYG brings WYSIWYG font catalog to the browser

Insider Software has announced WEBSIWYG, a font-catalog web service that lets users view and request fonts residing on networked FontAgent Pro Servers.

It lets users browse and download fonts from enterprise font servers, while assisting administrators with font license allocation and compliance. FontAgent Pro Server customers can enable their users to preview all fonts available on their organization's font servers, without requiring them to install the actual font files.

By offering users the ability to preview fonts in any web browser, administrators allow them to explore their enterprise font server the same way they explore font vendor web sites. Using WEBSIWYG, authorized users can log into FontAgent Pro Server and see what fonts are available, filter their search results, and see expanded previews of the fonts they have selected.

To download a font from the server, users add it to their shopping cart with a click. When a user finishes shopping,...

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Jan 19
CadFaster demoed running on the iPad, iPhone

CadFaster (http://www.cadfaster.com/) says its CadFaster|Collaborate online software tool for the real-time annotation and co-viewing of 3D CAD models is being demonstrated on both the iPad and iPhone at SolidWorks World 2011.

CadFaster|Collaborate is the first online solution to be able to render large 3D models on a mobile operating system with full details and components in real-time, according to Raimo Kuismin, chairman, CadFaster. It was specifically developed to dramatically increase collaboration, productivity and effectiveness for architecture, engineering and construction (AEC), mechanical and plant design firms seeking the fast reading and smooth handling of complex and large CAD data files, he adds.


The tool allows distribution, annotation, and real-time co-viewing of diverse 3D designs using portable executable files that include CadFaster’s 3D engine. Annotations can be reviewed...

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Jan 19
Apple updates iDVD

Some have proclaimed it dead, but there seems to be life in iDVD yet. Apple has updated the DVD creation component of iLife to version 7.1.1. The update improves overall stability and ensures compatibility when sending slideshows from iPhoto '11 to iDVD.



Apple says this update is recommended for all users of iDVD 7. It's a 34.53MB download and requires Mac OS X 10.6.6. or later and iDVD 7. You can obtain the update via the Software Updates component of Mac OS X's Systems Preferences app.

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Jan 19
Apple releases MacBook Air Software Update 2.0

Apple has released MacBook Air (Late 2010) Software Update 2.0 for the latest MacBook Airs. It's a 342KB download and requires Mac OS X 10.6.5 or higher.

According to Apple, this update resolves an issue with some MacBook Air (Late 2010) systems that prevents the system from sleeping. You can obtain the update via the Software Updates component of Mac OS X's Systems Preferences app.

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Jan 19
Zhip up your iPhone, iPod touch

The Zhip (http://www.thezhip.com/) is a new, US$24.99, pocket-size mobile accessory that securely and anchors any mobile unit such as an iPhone and iPod touch to the back of any fixed surface for on-the-go viewing and access, delivers just that.

The Zhip (pronounced "zip") uses a "no-drop," three-foot extendable zip cord to anchor any smartphone to the back of a car seat: to entertain the kids while on the road with movies, music videos, and games; to the top of exercise equipment at home or at the gym to the back of an airplane seat to allow travelers to enjoy their own personalized entertainment selections; or to any desired fixed surface.

The Zhip expands to fit any handheld mobile device and features special retractable, "scratch-free" grip handles with protective padding that attach tightly around a phone or iPod touch. The unit is compact (it measures 27/8 x 13/8 x 3/4 inches) and can fit...

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Jan 19
Mobile payment debuts nationally at Starbucks

Starbucks has launched mobile payment in all U.S. company-operated stores, allowing customers to pay for in-store purchases with select smartphones, including the iPhone (and iPod touch).

This national program now includes nearly 6,800 company-operated stores and more than 1,000 Starbucks in U.S. Target locations. To experience mobile payment at Starbucks, customers just need to download the free Starbucks Card Mobile app.

In addition to the mobile payment capability, the app allows customers to manage their Starbucks Card account, check their card balance, reload their card with any major credit card (iPhone users can also use the PayPal feature), check their My Starbucks Rewards status and find a nearby Starbucks store with the store locator feature. Customers can pay with their smartphone by holding their mobile device in front of a scanner on the countertop and scan the Starbucks Card Mobile App’s on-screen barcode to make a purchase.

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Jan 19
iKit releases new iPad case

iKit has released the iPad Exec Case. The case sports a sleek look and provides protection for your Apple tablet.

This slim, impact-resistant case offers form-fitting protection, while allowing full access to all controls and functions, guaranteeing a durable solution for your iPad against drops while maintaining maximum functionality, according to the folks at iKit. It's available at http://www.iKit.com in a black or gray option for US$39.95.

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Jan 19
HEX launches Cable Keeper for the iPod nano

HEX has announced the Cable Keeper neoprene armband. When combined with the HEX Watch Band for the six generation iPod nano, it creates a workout accessory for the active user.

The HEX Cable Keeper routes headphone cables through its cable management tab, allowing the cables to stay out of the way and tangle-free during athletic activities. Features include an adjustable closure to y fit all sizes and reflective tape for increased night-time visibility.

The Watch Band stores the iPod nano and provides full access to all controls, while the Cable Keeper keeps headphone cords tangle-free allowing for a fun and comfortable workout experience. The HEX Cable Keeper and Watch Band are available now for US$8.95 and $29.95 respectively at http://www.shopHEX.com .

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Jan 19
Victorinox adds Slim, Slim Duo, Secure SSD USB to device...

Victorinox (http://www.victorinox.com/), the brand behind the Swiss Army Knives and the Secure Pro USB devices, has launched new electronic additions to its technology range. Showcased at CES, the brand unveiled three new products: the Victorinox Slim, Victorinox Slim Duo and the Victorinox Secure SSD.
 
The Slim range includes advanced USB flash drive, which are available in flight friendly versions and feature data storage of up to 128GB. The Secure SSD is the world’s smallest 256GB solid state drive, according to the folks at Victorinox.
 
The products are waterproof, shock resistant and available in a range of colors, including red, blue, orange, pink, green and silver. The memory capacity is up to 64GB for the Victorinox Slim and 128GB for the Victorinox Slim Duo. Pricing hasn't been announced.

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Jan 19
Seagate unveils new generation of SV35 hard drive

Seagate Technology (http://www.seagate.com) has begun shipments of the sixth generation of SV35, a 3.5-inch hard drive designed to meet the high demands of surveillance digital video recording, and of new high-capacity additions to the Pipeline HD family of purpose-built hard drives for consumer video applications.

Unlike solutions primarily designed for consumer video recorders, SV35 hard drives combine the high performance, capacity and reliability for the exacting workloads of video surveillance recording and network surveillance video recorders, according to the folks at Seagate. The Seagate SV35 now delivers up to 2TB of capacity to enable calable surveillance system storage design and is approved for 24x7 video surveillance applications with a MTBF of more than 1 million hours.

Pipeline HD is now available in 1.5TB and 2.0TB capacities. Performance-tuned for video recording and playback,...

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Jan 19
Monotype Imaging unveils Carter Sans typeface

Monotype Imaging Holdings has introduced into its ITC collection the latest typeface by typeface designer, Matthew Carter. The eight-font Carter Sans family can be licensed and downloaded from Monotype Imaging’s Fonts.com, ITCFonts.com and Linotype.com stores. Carter Sans is also available for web site design from Fonts.com .

Recently, Carter was honored as a MacArthur Fellow for 2010 and was also inducted into the Art Directors Club Hall of Fame. Today, Carter and Cherie Cone run Carter and Cone Type, Inc. in Cambridge, Massachusetts, which produces and markets Carter’s designs.

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Jan 19
PulpMotion upgrade offers Facebook, YouTube features

Aquafadas (http://www.aquafadas.com) has updated PulpMotion and PulpMotion Advanced, slideshow and animation software for Mac OS X 10.5 ("Leopard") or later, to version 3.2. Users are now able to export their creations to Facebook and YouTube. Simply log on to Facebook or YouTube, and PulpMotion will do the rest.

PulpMotion 3.2 costs US$129 for PulpMotion Advanced and $49 for PulpMotion Standard. Other upgrade options are available to existing PulpMotion customers who purchased before this date. Version 3.2 is a free update for registered users of version 3.0.

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Jan 19
SuperMeet announces free educational workshops

Final Cut Studio, Adobe, Avid editors and digital filmmakers from around the world will gather together for the Tenth Annual San Francisco SuperMeet, to be held on Friday, Jan. 28, at the UCSF Mission Bay Conference Center in San Francisco, California.

Free educational workshops will be offered during the day by Canon, Adobe, Avid and Blackmagic Design. Bay Area filmmakers will also have a chance to screen content in the SuperMeet Digital Showcase featuring 30 software and hardware developers.

Tickets to the SuperMeet are now available for purchase online for US$15 each (plus ticket fee) and $10 (plus ticket fee) for students. Registration for the free educational workshops are also currently online.

Free educational workshops will be offered during the day prior to the SuperMeet, featuring fresh content from Canon, Adobe, Avid and Blackmagic Design. Workshop attendees have 12 sessions to choose from.

The workshops will end at 4 pm at which time the...

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