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Apr 11
MacTech Boot Camps getting great response

"MacTech Magazine" has had great response to its MacTech Boot Camp and has already sold through the allocation of early bird tickets for the Dallas event on April 27. Early bird pricing for the May 18 Boston event is about to expire, as well.

Early bird pricing is still in place for MacTech Boot Camp Los Angeles (July 27) and Chicago (Aug 31). Attendees can save US$200 by registering early.

MacTech Boot Camp Dallas is being held at the Hyatt Regency DFW.  It's a nice hotel, and people from outside driving range can even fly in, take the shuttle and avoid the car rental. Boston is being held in Cambridge at the Royal Sonesta Hotel.

"Our testing center partners, MacAmerica and Future Media Concepts, will be doing a specially scheduled Apple Certification Testing session the day before each event (Dallas and Boston, respectively) to make it convenient for those who want to attend MacTech Boot Camp, but also get their testing out of the way," says Neil Ticktin,...

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Apr 11
Adobe announces Creative Suite 5.5 product line

Adobe has announced the new Adobe Creative Suite 5.5 product line, enabling designers and developers to target smartphone and tablet platforms.

Adobe says advances to HTML5, Flash authoring, digital publishing and video tools as well as new capabilities that kick-start the integration of tablets into creative workflows, anchor the new Adobe Creative Suite 5.5 product family. The company now plans to have milestone Creative Suite product introductions at 24-month intervals and -- starting with Creative Suite 5.5 -- significant mid-cycle releases designed to keep the worldwide creative community ahead of the latest advances in content authoring, says Shantanu Narayen, president and CEO, Adobe.

Today also sees Adobe debut an affordable and flexible subscription-based pricing plan, attractive to customers that want to get current and stay current on Creative Suite products, have project-based needs, or try the software for the first time. New Subscription Editions ensure...

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Apr 11
Media 100 Suite 2 offers support for 4K, 2K video, more

Media 100 (http://www.media100.com) -- a provider of editing systems for the corporate, broadcast, post production, and new media industries -- has announced that Media 100 Suite Version 2 is now available.

The new Version 2 release introduces support for RED Camera workflows including 4K and 2K video formats, RedCode media, and the Red Rocket hardware for accelerated rendering. Other new features include a revamped Motion Editor for Pan and Scan and DVE effects, improved media search capabilities, and a streamlined, modeless ColorFX window for fast access to all ColorFX options. In addition, Media 100 Suite Version 2 integrates the new Boris RED Version 5 plug-in for text, transitions, and advanced composites. Boris RED v5 adds 60+ new filters and a score of user interface and workflow enhancements including ergonomic panels and a curve editor.

Media 100 Suite Version 2 is immediately available...

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Apr 11
Pixeljam Games launches Dino Run SE for the Mac

Independent games development team, Pixeljam Games has introduced Dino Run SE 1.0 (http://www.pixeljam.com/dinorunse), their web-based dinosaur themed racing game on the Mac App Store. It requires Mac OS X 10.6 or higher and costs US$2.99.

Here's how Dino Run SE is described: "Players are invited to enter an immersive prehistoric world of pixels where they must race their dinosaurs to escape the inevitable pyroclastic doom wave of extinction. This single/multiplayer game includes an abundance of new features with its release, including new game modes, new levels, and enhanced gameplay.

"Collect bones, eggs and other hidden items to unlock special features and collectibles to enhance and personalize your dino, including a huge assortment of colors and wearable hats, helmets and masks. Like the original Dino Run, players can choose to race their dinosaurs on their own in the deep...

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Apr 11
iFunia PDF2Text available on the Mac App Store

iFunia has announces PDF2Text 2.0, its PDF conversion solution on the Mac App Store. It's on sale for 90% off. Now the price is $2.99.

PDF2Text is a text extraction tool that facilitates extracting and reusing the unformatted text from PDF document. Users can choose define page or pages of original PDF file to convert to text format. PDF2Text also supports batch conversion and partial conversion.

iFunia PDF2Text for Mac keeps the original page layout when converting PDF to text. You can convert an entire document or only a specific page range. iFunia PDF2Text supports "Thumbnail layout" and "list" layouts. You can download a free trial version at the iFunia website (http://www.ifunia.com).

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Apr 11
Photo Privacy introduced for the Mac

CocoaWithChurros has introduced Photo Privacy 1.0 (http://macte.ch/X0lPS), a metadata removal tool on the Mac App Store. It requires Mac OS X 10.6 or higher and costs US$3.99.

Photo Privacy removes the hidden metadata inside photos, which you can y use to upload to your favorite social network or image hosting service. It creates safe copies of your pictures without that private information, which can be safely posted on the Internet or emailed, being confident that your personal information isn't revealed, according to the folks at CocoaWithChurros.

With Photo Privacy, a new image is created without any private information, keeping your original pictures unmodified. It supports RAW, JPEG, PNG, GIF and TIFF image files (RAW support is readonly. RAW files are converted to JPEG files)

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Apr 11
Pubblog releases DiskRefresher on the Mac App Store

Pubblog, the makers of MailSteward and FileMyFiles, have released DiskRefresher (http://www.diskrefresher.com/), an utility for refreshing the data on your external disk drives. It requires Mac OS X 10.6 or later, costs US$5.99 and is available in the Mac App Store in the Utilities category.

Hard disk drives are designed to be used regularly, not stored on a shelf for months or years. The magnetic strength of the digital bits recorded on a drive slowly decays when that drive is disconnected from a computer. DiskRefresher makes this time-consuming process simple and safe, according to the folks at Pubblog.

Manufacturers include firmware in their drive mechanisms that counteracts this inevitable bit decay. Every time a bit is accessed, the drive "refreshes" its magnetic imprint on the disk. When a drive is active and connected for an extended time, this refresh cycle runs automatically....

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Apr 11
EditShare unveils tapeless workflow solution

EditShare (http://www.editshare.com) is unveiling a new tapeless workflow solution for multi-camera TV productions at this week's NAB 2011 (Booth SL4728).

Andy Liebman, founder and CEO, EditShare, says that by integrating all its product lines, EditShare has provided an end-to-end production workflow for managing multi-camera productions. Geevs (ingest/playout), Flow (asset management), and Ark (archiving) manage the creation and movement of media across the production workflow with EditShare XStream (shared storage system) at the core managing central storage and content access.

Geevs captures multiple channels of HD video in any codec -- including Apple ProRes, Avid DNxHD, DVCPro HD, AVD-intra or XDCAM -- and records files directly to EditShare's shared storage systems, as well as to local storage for redundancy. Geevs also automatically generates proxy files for viewing in Flow over a...

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Apr 11
ChronoSync revved to version 4.2, ChronoAgent to version 1.2

Econ Technologies (http://www.econtechnologies.com) has updated ChronoSync to version 4.2 and ChronoAgent for Mac to version 1.2.

ChronoSync is an automated synchronization and backup application for Mac OS X and ChronoAgent for Mac is a utility that runs on the destination Mac and communicates directly with ChronoSync, giving you full root access to the destination Mac. New Trial Sync and Scheduling options have been added to both ChronoSync and ChronoAgent. The new versions include several other features and bug fixes.

TheTrial Sync window displays additional file stats and new options for controlling and comparing files on both targets. Further, when a synchronization is run after a Trial Sync, the progress bar will display a time estimate. New scheduling options include "Retry on Errors" and "Sync Limits."

"Retry on errors" enables ChronoSync to automatically run a sync...

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Apr 11
Entourage Exchange Accounts Optimizer Updated To Version 1.9.0

Softhing has updated Entourage Exchange Accounts Optimizer to version 1.9.0. The upgrade adds a feature to move emails by date range. Also, when auto-run is set, the user has 20 seconds to stop the process before it runs.

With EEAO, you can ensure your on-line Exchange mailbox never gets full. This utility automatically moves old mail from your Exchange account to a replicated structure within Entourage. You select how many days of mail to keep in Exchange and EEAO does the rest. It
can handle multiple accounts and be set to run automatically.

EEAO 1.9.0 works with Mac OS X 10.4.x, 10.5.x or 10.6.x and Microsoft Entourage2004, 2008 or 2008 Web Services Edition. It costs US$30 for a single-user license. However, version 1.9.0 is a free update for registered users.

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Apr 11
Zevrix delivers Deliver 2.3.2

Zevrix Solutions (http://www.zevrix.com) has delivered Deliver 2.3.2, an update to its automatic solution to send and share files across the Internet and local networks. The new version improves transfer to HTTP-based destinations.

Deliver lets users send files to remote and local destinations with automatic e-mail notifications, compression, encryption and other capabilities. It supports FTP, SFTP, WebDAV, Amazon S3, MobileMe, AFP, SMB and local servers, and lets users send files to multiple destinations at once.

Deliver 2.0 can be purchased from Zevrix for US$19.95; it's free with the purchase of BatchOutput for InDesign). A demo is available for download. Deliver requires Mac OS X 10.5 or higher.

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Apr 11
AJA Ki Pro Mini is recommended ProRes solution for Red Epic

AJA Video Systems (http://www.aja.com) says their Ki Pro Mini is the first recommended Apple Pro Res solution for the new Red Epic camera.

The US$1,999 Ki Pro Mini snaps right onto the back of the Red Epic camera using the AJA Mini Mounting Plate ($74) with a standard V-Lock adapter. The camera comes in a package one third the size of a Red One, includes a 5K Mysterium-X(TM) sensor and a 27 layer ASIC, enabling Epic to capture up to 120 frames per second, each frame at full 14MP resolution.

The JA Ki Pro Mini is a miniature field recorder for creating ready-to-edit professional digital video. It supports an Apple file-based workflow by recording standard Apple ProRes 422 QuickTime files on industry standard Compact Flash (CF) media. Within its portable form factor, Ki Pro Mini offers broadcast quality SD/HD digital I/O including SDI, HD-SDI and HDMI, two channels of balanced analog audio input (2 XLRs) with...

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Apr 11
'MUG Event Calendar': Dropbox, iLife '11, iPad 2...

A busy schedule is up on "The MUG Event Calendar" this week.

Jean MacDonald of Smile Software will talk to an Oregon group about online marketing, Adam Engst of TidBITS and Take Control will visit, in person, a Colorado group, and Dave Hamilton of The Mac Geek Gab and Mac Observer will discus backups in person with a New Jersey group.

Apple legend Guy Kawasaki will visit another Oregon group and Christian Pickman of Micromat will be the featured speaker at a California group. Apple isn’t left out of his week’s full schedule, with Apple Senior Systems Engineer Dave Marra making a stop on his ongoing Mac User Group Tour in Maryland, and an Apple Store rep showing off the iPad 2 to a Michigan group.

Let’s not forget about this week’s Final Cut Pro SuperMeet in Las Vegas at the NAB show. If that wasn’t enough, other groups around the world will be talking about Dropbox, iLife ‘11, iPad 2, genealogy, Google Groups, video, Final Cut Pro and lots more.

"The...

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Apr 09
Apple lures PR execs from Nintendo, Activision?

Apple has reportedly lured two PR executives from Nintendo and Activision in a continued push to establish iOS as a dominant gaming platform, says "MCV" (http://macte.ch/lJGVH), which says that former Nintendo UK head of communications Robert Saunders will leave his position at the end of April for a "newly created role at Apple." He will reportedly be focused on PR for iPad, iPod and iPhone apps.

"MCV" also says (http://macte.ch/ZBozD) Apple has also lured Activision's Nick Grange to their fold. Grange’s appointment is yet to be officially confirmed, but "MCV" says he will be joining the company in a role focussed on iPad hardware.

Grange has had a stellar career in the games market, the article adds. Following spells at Electronic Arts and Microsoft, he joined Activision in 2007. He is currently the publisher’s European PR director.

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Apr 09
Lithium battery legislation will aid Apple, others

The House of Representatives has passed legislation that prevents the United States government from implementing more stringent rules classifying lithium batteries as a hazardous material.

That doesn't mean the batteries lack hazards. The move is based on lobbying and financial interests, rather than environmental or safety concerns, says "PC World" (http://macte.ch/o6HRJ).

A "Bloomberg" report (http://macte.ch/UiWLDl) says that the Department of Transportation, with the backing of pilot unions and congressional Democrats, proposed new restrictions on air shipments of lithium batteries based on concerns that the batteries could overheat and ignite. Apple, Panasonic, Samsung and other companies could save US$1.13 billion under U.S. legislation barring limits on air shipments of lithium batteries that go beyond international standards,...

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Apr 08
iPhone/iPod touch/iPad apps for April 8

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

Frontier Design Group has announced BeatStudio 1.0, a music app for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.The app -- available for US$2.99 for a limited time -- is designed to let anyone build percussion tracks.

Revel Mob has released Where M I 1.0 for iPhone, iPod touch and iPad users. Just in time for marathon season, the $1.99, real-time tracking app that will let supportive friends and family stay abreast of a runner's location. Tracking permission codes can be sent to people individually or in groups.

The Lion Company has introduced Wrye Gallery 1.0, their new iPhone and iPad art gallery app.The free app seeks to introduce the wider world to the art and philosophy of Leo Wrye Zimmerman, founder of the Lion Company, creator of Silicoil artist products...

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Apr 08
Woz: I'd return to Apple if asked

Apple co-founder Steve ("Woz") Wozniak would consider returning to an active role at the company if asked and believes the consumer electronics giant could afford to be more open than it is, he told "Reuters" (http://macte.ch/8gAP1).

"I'd consider it, yeah," he said. Woz founded Apple Computer in 1976 with Steve Jobs and Ronald Wayne, and built the Apple I and Apple II computers. He stopped working for Apple in 1987 but is still on the payroll.

"There's just an awful lot I know about Apple products and competing products that has some relevance, some meaning," Woz told "Reuters." "They're my own feelings, though."

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Apr 08
DeckApp Let's You Rediscover Albums On Your Mac

eComposite has published DeckApp (http://deckapp.com), a Mac OS X (10.6.6 or higher) player that leverages your iTunes library and allows you to listen to your albums, one by one. It costs US$14.99 and is available at the Mac App Store in the Music Category.

Deckapp is designed to play without distraction. It replaces the iTunes player and is available by pressing a shortcut. DeckApp reads you iTunes library to find and catalog all your albums. It also connects to the Last.fm service.

You then have a single playlist of albums to play. Once you have finished that playlist, it goes back to the beginning. DeckApp also provides a mini view available at the touch of a keystroke: press it and you get a controller to skip, rewind, change albums.

"I am really looking forward to next sales and feedback from users on DeckApp. I really think that we need a simple, easy way to listen to our music, that's a...

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Apr 08
Mac-based Photoshop photography tutorial reveals professional...

Training developer Infinite Skills has released a Photoshop course specializing in photo editing and optimization.

The company has posted 20 free tutorials from the 10.5 hour video course, which covers new features in Adobe Photoshop CS5 while also focusing on fundamental tips that apply to all major editions.

There are 138 tutorials in total, and the videos include sample Photoshop files that viewers can utilize while they follow along with the training. The new Adobe Photoshop course includes lessons on skills such as color correction, how to remove unwanted objects from images, dodging and burning, camera RAW, photo restoration, HDR effects, how to create panoramas, whitening teeth, image sharpening and even tips on creating better shots with a digital camera. While the videos feature Adobe Photoshop CS5, the lessons also explain how the same results can be achieved in older versions. In addition to benefitting beginning photographers and hobbyists, Infinite...

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Apr 08
Cookiza! available in the Mac App Store

ITnovis has cooked up Cookiza! 1.0 (http://www.cookiza.de) for Mac OS X on the Mac App Store. Containing more than 10 categories, Cookiza! is the community cookbook. It requires Mac OS X 10.6 or later, costs US$9.99 and is exclusively through the Mac App Store in the Lifestyle category.

The recipes compiled by the community often show a photo of the finished dishes, level of difficulty and preparation time, the caloric values and author. The recipes from the community are consistently updated by way of an update function, so that the collection becomes more extensive in the course of time.

So far, only users with the iPhone, the iPod touch or the iPad had the opportunity to use the recipes. Now there is the "More than a Cookbook" cookbook, also on the Mac. It means that all Mac users can now at long last also retrieve new culinary ideas. In addition, the Mac App offers a shopping list, a portion...

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Apr 08
Apple releases Boot Camp 3.2

Apple released Boot Camp 3.2. It addresses addresses issues with shutdown, Japanese and Korean keyboards on early 2011 MacBook Pro.

Boot Camp 3.2 requires Windows 7. It's a 21.55MB download.

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Apr 08
Flexiglass a new Mac OS X windows management tool

Nulana has launched Flexiglass (http://nulana.com/flexiglass), an application for management of Mac OS X windows. It requires an Intel-based Mac running Mac OS X 10.5 or higher and costs US$7.99.

With Flexiglass, windows can be moved, resized, maximized and closed with a mouse, trackpad multi-touch gestures, and keyboard shortcuts. Application settings can be modified to move and resize, real zoom and quick layouts to suit user needs and preferences.

Flexiglass supports English, French, German, Japanese, Russian, and Spanish. A demo is available for download.

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Apr 08
Apple won't let Unpleasant Horse run on the Apple App Store

Unpleasant Horse from new studio 4th & Battery was denied release on the Apple App Store because of "mature content," reports "Casual Gaming Biz" (http://macte.ch/ei8sk).

Unpleasant Horse lets players take on the role of a "strikingly unpleasant" horse intent on destroying small birds and landing on more pleasant horses from above. It "looks set to compare to Adult Swim's infamously puerile, witty content," says the "Develop" site (http://macte.ch/k8rxI).

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Apr 08
Apple wants JavaScript disabled in iOS version of iCab

Apple has ordered the developer of iCab, a web browser for iPhones and iPads, to disable some functionality. Apple has ordered it to disable JavaScript, and the developer says he'll comply, reports "The Register" (http://macte.ch/r5rXH),

iCab was launched two years ago, and brings many more features to iPhones and iPads than the Safari shipped with the device, the article says. The developer Alexander Clauss says he'll comply with Apple's wishes by disabling third-party code. "But he's puzzled by the Jobsian logic," notes "The Register."

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Apr 08
Analyst comments on Apple's anticipated 'Cloud Tunes...

In a note to clients -- as reported by "Barron's" (http://macte.ch/75x21) -- Barclays Capital analyst Ben Reitzes comments on the report that has Apple purchased 12 petabytes worth of storage equipment from Isilon Systems, a division of EMC. This lines up with what expects will be Apples version of iTunes “in the cloud,” a hosted data service, the article adds.

"We believe that Isilon’s capabilities dovetail nicely with our vision for Apple’s upcoming 'Cloud Tunes' -- an extension of iTunes into the cloud that allows easy access to digital content from any Apple device," Reitzes writes. "We believe that Apple will release a new cloud strategy by the fall, likely integrating its MobileMe services and taking advantage of its significant investments in its North Carolina data center. We believe the launch of Apple’s service is much more complex than Amazon’s given its millions of users with years worth of files....

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