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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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Nov 08
PDF Checkpoint gets maintenance update

Zevrix (http://www.zevrix.com) has updated PDF Checkpoint, an automated PDF preflighting and conversion solution, to version 1.2.1. It's a maintenance update.

PDF Checkpoint lets users review and analyze preflight results. The program is equally suitable to process hundreds of files as well as single PDF documents.

PDF Checkpoint checks fonts, colors, images and metadata of multiple PDF files and lets users instantly identify potential problems according to user-defined preflight profiles. Preflight profiles let users check PDF for specific attributes, such as image resolution, color model, PDF/X compliance and others. PDF Checkpoint can also route PDF into success/error folders according to preflight results and generate preflight report for each file.

With PDF Checkpoint, you can export PDF pages into TIFF, JPEG and other formats as RGB, CMYK or Grayscale images. You can specify image...

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Nov 08
NLU Products launches new iPhone 4 cases

NLU Products (http://www.nluproducts.com) has launched two new cases for the iPhone 4 from the Device Outfitters brand: Ciderz, ultra-thin side protectors with “flavor,” and Shelter, a hybrid between a hard-shell and sleek case that absorbs shock and enhances speaker clarity.

Available in nine flavor-inspired colors such as Black Cherry and Bubble Gum, the interchangeable Ciderz -- which has a manufacturere's suggested retail price of US#19.95) adds style to the iPhone 4 while preventing scratches, nicks and dents, says says Kirk Feller, president and CEO of NLU Products. Featuring raised edges to prevent the phone from directly contacting abrasive surfaces, iPhone 4 users can place Ciderz-covered devices anywhere without worrying about scratches to the glass screen and back, he addsd.

Shelter ($24.95) for the Apple iPhone 4 provides protection and shock absorption while improving speaker...

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Nov 08
Rutgers Mini MBA program provides students with iPads

The Rutgers Mini MBA Program (http://www.cmd.rutgers.edu/index.html?utm_source=BW&utm_medium=pr&utm_co...) is offering an accelerated Social Media Marketing Course from Dec. 6-10, on the Piscataway, New Jersey campus. All of the students enrolling in the course will receive iPads.

This Social Media Certificate Program has been approved by the New Jersey Department of Labor for workforce training grants. Funding may be available for those receiving unemployment benefits. iPads will be an integral part of the 10-session Rutgers Mini MBA Program, which provides new career skills in a field that is defined by social media technology and change, says Eric Greenberg, the Faculty Chair of the Mini-MBA: Social Media Program at the...

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Nov 08
Toshiba introduces blade-type SSD modules

Toshiba has announced the Blade X-gale SSD series, a new form factor in high capacity, high performance solid-state storage. Available now, the new drives are offered in capacities of 64GB, 128GB and 256GB, with a maximum sequential read speed of 220MB per second and a maximum sequential write speed of 180MB/s.  


They's designed for for integration into space-sensitive products, including tablet computers, laptops, mini-mobile and netbook computers. As mobile devices get smaller and lighter, yet even more feature packed than ever, the SSDs inside them -- the heart of storing all of the music and other entertainment data -- must be even smaller, and much thinner.  

Scott Nelson, vice president, Memory Business Unit, Toshiba America Electronic Components, says Toshiba's new 64GB and 128GB Blade X-gale SSDs are the thinnest available within the company's comprehensive portfolio of SSD solutions.  At a thickness of 2.2mm, the modules are 42% thinner than that of a...

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Nov 08
Mac Marshal advances to version 2.0

ATC-NY has just released two new versions of Mac Marshal (http://www.macmarshal.com) to fight cyber crime. Mac Marshal 2.0 automates the forensics process for a cyber investigator.

It scans a Macintosh disk, automatically detects and displays Mac and Windows operating systems and virtual machine images, then runs a number of analysis tools to extract Mac OS X-specific forensic evidence written by the OS and common applications.

Mac Marshal Forensic Edition runs on an investigator's Mac workstation to analyze a disk image. Mac Marshal Field Edition runs on a Mac target machine from a USB drive. It extracts volatile system state data, including a snapshot of physical RAM. The Field Edition also analyzes disk-based data, with the same capabilities as the Forensic Edition.

Highlights of the new features available in Mac Marshal 2.0 include:

° Streamlined analysis, including Spotlight...

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Nov 08
'MUG Event Calendar': iLife '11, Mac as home...

The busiest week of the month on "The MUG Event Calendar" -features a wide variety of presenters and topics.

Andy Ihnatko of "The Chicago Sun-Times" and "MacNotables" will be the featured speaker at a Pennsylvania group, while Dave Hamilton of "The Mac Observer" and "Mac Geek Gab" will present remotely to a Nevada group. Kurt Schmucker of Microsoft will make two MUG appearances this week to show off the new Microsoft Office for Mac 2011, one in Oregon, the other in Illinois.

Another Nevada group will host a virtual presentation by MacVideoTraining and Canon will present their products at a Texas group. Other topics on this week’s agenda include several presentations on the new iLife ‘11 and its component applications, the Mac as a home theater machine, Time Machine, Mail, iTunes, Story Board Pro, family tree software, web browsers, video files and much more.

"The MUG Event Calendar" can be found at The MUG Center (...

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Nov 08
Apple is e-reader manufacturer most likely to impact publishing...

Publisher members of the Audit Bureau of Circulations and ABC Interactive are implementing plans for harnessing the mobile market’s potential and focusing on strategies that increase revenue from the distribution channel. And they've found that Apple currently leads the pack of manufacturers offering e-reader and tablet devices, but some concerns may drive publishers to other devices.

Eighty-six percent of respondents said that Apple is the e-reader manufacturer most likely to impact the publishing market. However, only 11% of survey respondents said they were satisfied with the analytics and subscriber data they receive from Apple. Only 19% said they were content with Apple’s app business model.


According to the new survey from ABC and ABCi, “Going Mobile: How Publishers Are Solidifying Strategies and Adapting to the Mobile Market" (http://www.accessabc....

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Nov 08
iZotope announces Nectar vocal suite

iZotop has announced Nectar (http://www.izotope.com/products/audio/nectar), a new plug–in that includes a complete vocal processing toolkit and is compatible with Mac OS X 10.5 and higher. It offers dozens of professionally designed vocal production styles powered by 11 processing modules.

Users will select an included style and then customize it with faders tailored to that style. For further customization of their vocal sound, users can switch to the Advanced View and access all of the controls of the underlying modules that power the plug-in, says Hart Shafer, Vice President of Product Management for iZotope.

Nectar includes Pitch Correction, Breath Control, Compressors, DeEsser, Doubler, Saturation, EQ, Gate, Limiter, Delay, and Reverb modules. Breath Control offers users a target mode, which allows them specify the desired level of breaths detected...

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Nov 05
iPhone/iPod/iPad apps for Nov. 5

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/).

KongZhong has announced that Zombie Crisis 3D. It's an US$2.99 rail shooter action game for the iPhone and iPod touch.

7twenty7 LLC has released PrankBooth 1.0, $0.99 app for the Phone 4 and fourth gen iPod touch devices. It presents fake apps to a user's friend, followed by an unexpected surprise. PrankBooth utilizes the front-facing camera of the device to secretly record and photograph the reaction to the prank. The video and still photos can then be viewed, saved, or emailed directly from the app.

EvilGames has introduced Art Shake 1.0 for iOS. devices. The $0.99 app offers a start into the world of art, and serves "to be a constantly expanding resource for people to discover great art." Give your iOS a shake and it will randomly choose...

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Nov 05
Bank of America, Citigroup eyeing the iPhone

Bank of America and Citigroup are considering whether to let employees use an iPhone as an alternative to Research In Motion.’s BlackBerry for corporate e-mail, reports "Bloomberg Businessweek" (http://www.businessweek.com/news/2010-11-05/bank-of-america-citigroup-sa...), quoting " three people familiar with the plans."

The banks are testing software for the iPhone that’s designed to make it secure enough for company messages, said the people, who didn’t want to be named because the plans aren’t public. The tests are the latest sign that RIM may be losing its tight grip on the corporate smartphone market, says "Bloomberg Businessweek."

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Nov 05
Apple introduces Mac Pro Server configuration

After announcing that the Xserve is being at the start of 2010, Apple has quietly introduced a new server configuration option for the Mac Pro. The configuration starts at US$2,999.

The new Mac Pro Server configuration includes a 2.8GHz quad-core Intel Xeon processor, 8GB of RAM, two 1TB hard drives, an ATI Radeon HD 5770 video card with 1GB of RAM, and Mac OS X Server with an unlimited client license. Build-to-order options offer up to two 2.93GHz six-core Xeons, as well as up to 8TB of storage across all four drive bays. Also optional are Fiber Channel, hardware RAID cards and Xsan 2.

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Nov 05
UA becomes RTAS developer for Avid Pro Tools

Universal Audio (http://www.uaudio.com) has announced that it's an Avid RTAS developer, and that the UAD-2 platform is now compatible with Avid’s family of Pro Tools music creation and audio production solutions.

While a significant percentage of the 40,000 UAD Powered Plug-In users worldwide are already using Pro Tools solutions, with this agreement, these users will be assured of an improved workflow in the future, says Universal Audio Inc founder and Chairman Bill Putnam Jr.

He says that, in particular, by combining the new Pro Tools|HD Native PCIe card and UAD-2 DSP Accelerator PCIe cards, Pro Tools|HD Native users can have the best of both worlds: an industry leading digital editing and mixing platform working on the power of the host CPU, and a library of classic analog emulation plug-ins developed in partnership with Neve, Manley, Roland, Empirical Labs, Fairchild, Pultec, Teletronix, dbx, Studer...

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Nov 05
Launch2net Premium update improves stability, more

Nova media has updated launch2net Premium (http://www.novamedia.de) its 3G connection manager with the ability to share your Mac's 3G connection with iPads and other devices. Version 2.1 improves stability, adds better support for VPN and Prepaid connections.

Launch2net Premium can replace different connection managers from network operators and modem manufacturers, making a mobile online experience much more enjoyable, says Jan Fuellemann, PR spokesperson at nova media. Using the integrated Mobile Hub, the 3G connection can instantly be shared with iPads, iPod touches and other WLAN capable devices, he adds. Besides the ability to establish a 3G connection with most modems and most network operators, launch2net Premium offers a full fledged SMS text message manager as well as a statistics.

Launch2net Premium 2.1 is available today for download at nova media's web site. It's a free update for...

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Nov 05
Another Foxconn worker commits suicide

Another worker has committed suicide at the south China manufacturing complex of iPhone maker Foxconn International Holdings, whose clients include Apple, HP and Sony, reports "Reuters" (http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSTRE6A41M920101105?utm_source=feedburn...).

It's the latest in a string of employees who have jumped to their deaths this year. The employee "fell to death" early on Friday at one of Foxconn's manufacturing facilities in the southern Chinese manufacturing hub of Shenzhen, Xinhua News Agency reported.

"The death was confirmed by the municipal government. No further information was...

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Nov 05
Say goodbye to Xserve

Apple will discontinue its Xserve rack-mount server in January. Why? “Since its introduction in the fall of 2009, Mac mini with Snow Leopard Server has become Apple’s most popular server system," the company says.

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/L422277A_Xserve_Guide.pdf).

Every Xserve ships with an unlimited client edition of Leopard Server, offering support for Mac, Linux and Windows clients without the added cost of client-access licenses. Leopard Server sports Server Assistant and Server Preferences, which allow even nontechnical users to quickly manage users and groups on the server and easily set up key services, according to David...

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Nov 05
Apicorn introduces 750GB Aegis Padlock Drive

The Apricorn Aegis Padlock drive is now available in 750GB, 500GB, and 250GB capacities. It uses a physical numeric keypad instead of a biometric reader or software to give you access to the drive's storage.

The benefits of the keypad are that you can use the drive on any computer, plus you can share the drive with a group via the PIN number. You can also set the drive with guest PINs for flexibility, though this requires an installable utility.

The Aegis Padlock has security features including either 128-bit or 256-bit AES encryption, military grade FIPS PUB 197 validated encryption on the 256-bit model, a wear resistant keyboard, Apricorn's Variable Time Circuit (VTC) technology, and Apricorn's "brute force, self destruct" feature.

The Aegis Padlock starts at US$89 for the 128-bit encrypted 250GB drive, all the way up to $199 for the 256-bit milspec model 750GB drive. The drives are available now from resellers in the U.S., Canada, and online at...

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Nov 05
Playback sports more aggressive service discovery

Yazsoft has introduced Playback Media Server 1.7.1 (http://www.yazsoft.com/products/playback/information/), an update of their zero configuration media server for Mac OS X 10.5 and higher. The upgrade sports a more aggressive service discovery. Also, iTunes movies are now sorted properly.

Playback can share media stored in folders or even make entire disks available to a Playstation 3 or Xbox 360. No configuration is required. By default, it will share almost any content on the users system. And Playback automatically integrates with iTunes, iPhoto, and Aperture. Users can share all content from these applications transparently or choose specific playlists and albums.

Those who like to tinker will appreciate Playback's built-in Access Control List (ACL) and bandwidth throttling. The ACL allows users to control which devices have access to...

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Nov 05
Softpress offers discounted Pixelmator as a companion product

Following the release of Freeway 5.5, the upgrade to its family of web design tools, Softpress (http://www.softpress.com) has announced a special deal on a companion application, Pixelmator.

"Freeway 5.5 has been a great success, with rave reviews and lots of excitement from our users," Softpress Managing Director Richard Logan says. "As a 'thank you' for our supporters, we have arranged to add Pixelmator 1.6.2 to our list of deeply discounted companion products. Alongside Intaglio and Easy Web Animator, Pixelmator will make it a real joy to create modern leading-edge websites, reliable email newsletters and stunning presentations within Freeway. Both professional and novice users will benefit from the innovative and powerful features of these applications for the creation of stylish, dynamic and standards-compliant output. Thanks to all and Enjoy!"

Award-winning Pixelmator from the Pixelmator...

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Nov 05
Soundboard update adds Soundpipe technology, more

Ambrosia Software has updated Soundboard (http://www.ambrosiasw.com/dl/soundboard) for Mac OS X to version 2.0. Like cart machines in broadcast radio studios, Soundboard lets users map sound effects, audio clips, or musical accompaniment to keys on the Mac keyboard, triggered with a single tap.

The new 2.0.0 version features major functionality upgrades, such as our new Soundpipe technology, which allows users to route audio to other applications (such as GarageBand) for recording. Other features include a totally redesigned one-window user interface, with improvements such as per-effect fader controls, Duck and Pause All controls, and more.

Soundboard’s 32 triggers can also be used to build custom mashups from your onboard audio. You can create intros and fades, crop at will, and apply filters to your audio without fear of losing your original file.

You can...

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