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Nov 16
Cheetah 3D 5.6 for Mac OS X gets rewritten transform tool

Cheetah 3D (http://www.cheetah3d.com/) -- software for modeling, animating and rendering 3D objects -- has been updated to version 5.6. The upgrade adds a rewritten transform tool.

The new transform tool now support multi-object selections, a gadget mode to arbitrarily align the transform gadget and much improved snapping tools for precise modeling. Version 5.6 also introduce post- and pre-rotations which are great for orienting joints. The added support for many video codecs like H.264 or MPEG4 plus many small workflow enhancements rounds up the new features.

Cheetah3D costs US$149 for a single user version; however, version 5.6 is a free update for all registered users of version 5.x and is a $69 for an upgrade from versions 1.x, 2.x, 3.x and 4.x.. It requires requires at least Mac OS X 10.4 and 16MB of VRAM. It's a Universal Binary product, which means it will run natively on both PowerPC...

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Nov 16
Verbatim rolls out new MediaShare Mini

Verbatim (http://www.verbatim.com) has introduced the MediaShare Mini, an US$89.95 home networking solution designed to make any USB drive and its files network accessible.  The new unit also allows for seamless content sharing with friends and family as well as multimedia streaming, says Verbatim Product Manager Ron Hanafin. 

Whether it’s retrieving files remotely, streaming iTunes music or uploading photos directly onto Facebook, the MediaShare Mini is "the must-have tool for today’s connected consumer," he adds. With it, consumers can view, manage and share their files through the unit’s browser-based interface. 

By simply plugging in the MediaShare Mini, connecting the unit to a home router through the included Ethernet cable and attaching any external storage device, USB or flash drive to the unit, files automatically become network accessible.  Likewise, all content stored on a drive...

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Nov 16
Graphic Inspector for Mac OS X updated to version 1.7.9

Zevrix Solutions (http://www.zevrix.com) has updated Graphic Inspector, which checks entire folders of graphic files for potential problems, to version 1.7.6. improves GPS metadata handling and includes other improvements.

Graphic Inspector lets graphic professionals et crucial info on multiple graphic files instead of checking them manually. Users automatically get information on multiple raster and vector files. Graphic Inspector will display the file kind, color mode, resolution, compression, color profile, spot colors, fonts, metadata and other attributes.

With its checkup presets, Graphic Inspector lets users create custom control settings and locate files with unwanted attributes. For example, users can make Graphic Inspector warn them about all files whose color mode is RGB, format -- JPEG, resolution is below 200 dpi, ICC profile doesn't contain "USWebCoated" etc.

Graphic Inspector costs...

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Nov 16
iWisdom for Mac OS X beefs up publishing capabilities

PowerSurge Publishing has just released iWisdom 2.2 for Mac OS X and Windows. The new version enhances the program's publishing capabilities.

iWisdom can now publish a collection of quotations or other brief insights as a web site or an ebook. Ebooks are created in the EPUB format, ready to be dragged and dropped into iTunes, and synced to an iPhone, iPod touch or iPad. Generated web sites can be hosted on MobileMe, and are viewable via mobile devices.   

iWisdom is a program that manages a collection of quotations or other brief insights. The program tracks a set of data fields concerning each bit of wisdom, including author, source, year of publication, title and category. iWisdom allows you to view wisdom in a list view (with optional sort fields), a category view, an edit view, and a display mode, which you can use to randomly display a new quotation at set intervals.

iWisdom stores its data in the wisdom XML format, and can publish a wisdom collection in...

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Nov 16
Sandvox for Mac OS X gets maintenance update

Karelia Software has updated Sandvox (http://www.karelia.com/download/sandvox.html), their web creation software for Mac OS X, to version 1.6.8. The upgrade fixes a number of issues discovered since the previous version; it also catches up with some server-side changes on the part of Apple and Amazon . com that affect existing Sandvox-built websites.

Sandvox features drag and drop web site assembly, live editing without a preview mode, 50 designs, 11 page types, and 19 different pagelets. Version 1.6.5 is available for download and purchase from Karelia's web site. in both Regular and Pro editions. Single-user licenses are US$57 and $97, respectively.

Household licenses (allowing multiple users in one household) and site licenses are also available. Sandvox 1.6.8 -- a free update for registered users -- requires Mac OS X 10.4.11 or higher.

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Nov 16
QNAP debuts new Turbo NAS servers

QNAP Systems (http://www.qnap.com) has announced the TS-x19P+ lineup of Turbo NAS servers targeted primarily for home and SOHO users. The new models utilize Marvell's new 1.6GHz embedded processor and include 512MB of DDRIII memory and Gigabit LAN ports.

The new models include the 1-drive TS-119P+, 2-drive TS-219P+ and 4-drive TS-419P+ and tout up to 8TB of networked storage. NAS servers are becoming a popular addition to home and SOHO networks as they solve the problem of how to share digital pictures, music, and videos among computers in the home without resorting to a USB keychain drive, says Tony Lu, product manager for QNAP.

QNAP's new TS-x19P+ models are easy to attach to an existing home network and provide easy file sharing between Macs, Windows systems, Linux, and UNIX-based computers, he adds. QNAP's TS-x19P+ NAS servers can also provide automatic backup of all computers on the network, host...

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Nov 16
Nvidia Quadro Delivers Nvidia Fermi architecture to the Mac Pro

Nvidia has expanded its line of Quadro professional graphics solutions (http://www.nvidia.com/quadro) to the Mac platform, bringing the computational and visualization breakthroughs enabled by the Nvidia Fermi architecture to Mac Pro users.
 
For professional users operating on Mac OS X Snow Leopard, the Nvidia Quadro 4000 graphics processing unit (GPU) for Mac is optimized to accelerate workflows and drive a range of top professional applications. For example, the Adobe Mercury Playback Engine in Adobe Premiere Pro CS5 software leverages Nvidia CUDA parallel processing technology. Other examples include visual effects and image processing applications from The Foundry, includingNuke and Storm and Matlab from MathWorks.
 
The high-end Nvidia Quadro 4000 GPU for Mac, with 256 Nvidia CUDA processing cores and 2GB of fast GDDR5 memory, delivers exceptional graphics performance...

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Nov 16
Developer not worried about Final Cut Pro update hurting his...

With rumors of a new version of Final Cut Pro flying around, at least one developer doesn't think it will cut down on their market, even as Apple add new features. Intelligent Assistance’s CEO Philip Hodgetts says he’s not concerned that a new version of Final Cut Pro is rumored to be coming in early 2011.

“With every release of Final Cut Pro, Apple incorporate features that had previously been provided by third party vendors, like ourselves,” says Hodgetts. “That’s a fact of life and the way to deal with it is to innovate, which is what we keep doing. With the release this week of 'Is Clip Used?' we’ve released nine utility applications that enhance Final Cut Pro that will likely be incorporated in future versions of Final Cut Pro, but we also have three innovative workflow tools that no NLE company is likely to match in the near future.”

The latest addition to the Final Cut Pro utilities family is “Is Clip Used?" an utility to update Clip information with details...

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Nov 16
Mac OS X Server 10.6.5 update is baaaacck

Apple has re-posted the Mac OS X 10.6.5 update, which it pulled yesterday. Mac OS X 10.6.5 was released last week for both Snow Leopard and Snow Leopard Server users.

Some who installed the update before it disappeared reported issues on the Apple Discussions forums, saying, for example, the update broke Lightweight Directory Access Protocol and Domain Name System functionality, while another said they had a problem with external drives.

The update presumably fixes these issues. It also reportedly fixes a memory aliasing issue in Dovecot's handling of user names.

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Nov 16
Macs sales on pace for another record breaking quarter

Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster says new retail sales data shows that Mac sales are up 20% year-over-year. In a note to clients -- as reported by "AppleInsider" (http://www.appleinsider.com) he says Apple looks to sell between 4.1 million and 4.3 million Macs over the holiday season.

This early data, along with our assumptions for international Mac sales, which are growing faster than domestic Mac sales, and the final 2 months of the quarter, implies (year-over-year) Mac unit growth of 22%-28%, in line with the Street at about 24% year-over-yeargrowth, Munster told clients.

The numbers show Apple on pace to have yet another record breaking quarter for Mac sales, notes "AppleInsider." In the previous September quarter, Apple sold 3.89 million Macs, which represents the company's best-ever three-month frame.

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Nov 15
iPhone/iPod/iPad apps for Nov. 15

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/).

Comcast has unveiled its free Xfinity TV app, which will enable Xfinity TV digital customers to watch TV shows and movies directly on the iPad, either at home or on-the-go in the coming weeks.

Beer Beckmann has announced Jan-Ken-Pon 1.0 for the iPhone. In the US$0.99 rock-paper-scissors game you can battle via Bluetooth and surprise your opponent and more.

Appuous Inc., a software development company founded by high school junior Austin Evers, has released Shuzzle, a $0.99 puzzle and shapes game for iOS devices running iOS 4.1.The game challenges players to match shapes to colors while under the stress of a timer.

UBM Medica has launched PhotoClinic Mobile, a free iPhone and iPod app that enhances physicians' clinical proficiency...

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Nov 15
Professor: Apple is company that most endangers the Internet

Columbia law professor Tim Wu, the man who coined the term "net neutrality," says that Apple is the company that most endangers the freedom of the Internet. And he tells the "New York Times" (http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/11/14/one-on-one-tim-wu-author-of-the...) that he expects that danger to outlive CEO Steve Jobs' tenure at Apple.

When asked, "do the technology monopolies surrounding the Internet look different than the past?", Wu had this to say:

"The question is whether there is something about the Internet that is fundamentally different, or about these times that is intrinsically more dynamic, that we don’t repeat the past. I know the Internet was designed to resist integration, designed to resist centralized control, and that design defeated firms like AOL and...

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Nov 15
Clio Apple in law firms survey shows increasing trend of '...

The inaugural Clio Apple in Law Firms Survey results are out and 835 people participated, 90% of which were practicing lawyers and 10% of which were law students. Fifty five percent of the lawyers, which ranged from solos to firms of 50+ attorneys, currently use Macs in their law offices.

In the final analysis, there was clear evidence to support the fact that lawyers are adopting Apple products -- from Macs to iPhones to iPads -- at an escalating rate. All legal professionals and law students from any law firm or law school were invited to participate in the survey, regardless of size and location. The survey aimed to determine to what extent lawyers and law students are now using Apple and Mac products, and whether there is clear evidence of an increasing trend of the legal industry “going Mac” in the future.

Out of 835 respondents who completed the survey:

48.8% practiced in a small firm (1-10 attorneys)

7.9% practiced in a medium-sized firm (11-50...

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Nov 15
Apple pulls Mac OS X Server 10.6.5 update

As noted by "AppleInsider" (http://www.appleinsider.com) Apple has quietly pulled the Mac OS X Server 10.6.5 update.

Mac OS X 10.6.5 was released last week for both Snow Leopard and Snow Leopard Server users. Since then, the update for Mac OS X 10.6 Server has been pulled without explanation.

Some who installed the update before it disappeared have reported issues on the Apple Discussions forums, notes "AppleInsider." One person said that the update broke Lightweight Directory Access Protocol and Domain Name System functionality, while another said they had a problem with external drives.

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Nov 15
OWC announces iPhone 4, iPad accessory line

Other World Computing (http://www.macsales.com) has announced the NewerTech line of NuGuard  iPhone 4 and iPad protective cases and NuVue anti-glare covers for the iPhone 4 and iPad.
 
NuGuard  iPhone cases are available in six colors. The cases are made of materials such as 100% soft silicone to cushion and protect your iPhone from scratches, bumps, and dust and ergonomic side grooves for superior grip and comfort. 
 
In addition, the NuGuard iPhone 4 cases keep your phone virus-free, with silicone cases that won’t support microbiological growth, according to the folks at OWC. The non-stick, flexible silicone makes this second skin easy to put on and remove, an especially useful feature for iPad users who want to change colors to fit their style, circumstance, or mood, they add.

NuGuard iPhone and iPad cases don’t add bulk and provide access to all ports and controls, including...

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Nov 15
Learn to record guitar in Logic Studio at macProVideo.com

MacProVideo.com, a web site specializing in tutorial-videos for Mac computer users, has released a 2.5-hour tutorial for Logic Studio users called "Logic's Guitar Recording Toolbox."

In this tutorial, guitarist, producer, and educator Toby Pitman shows you what you need to know about getting the perfect guitar sound in Logic. He explores details of the virtual amps, explaining their design, EQ, circuitry and history, while simultaneously performing style-based examples on several of his collectable guitars.

Through video examples, you can watch and listen as Pitman dives deep into Logic's virtual stomp boxes, exploring their functionality and demonstrating routing techniques that show the sonic power of the Pedalboard DSP plug-in. He also teaches concepts like impedance, the different kinds of pickups, the power of parallel microphone techniques and even how to create killer percussion parts using the electric guitar as the the sound source!.

Toby Pitman’s "...

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Nov 15
Fitted x Burton limited edition unveiled for new iPod touch

Speck and Burton Snowboards have unveiled their first collaboration, the Fitted x Burton limited edition line of cases (http://www.speckproducts.com/ipod-audio/ipod-touch-4th-gen/fitted-x-burt..., http://store.apple.com/us) for the fourth generation iPod touch. Each custom fabric-wrapped case features patterns from Burton’s 2011 outerwear collection.


Printed on soft fabric that’s fused to Speck’s hard-shell Fitted protective case, these limited-edition Burton offerings are designed to complement the capabilities and display of the iPod touch. The fabric-wrapped exterior of Speck’s road-tested Fitted case increases in-hand comfort and the soft-touch coated, raised front bezel design helps protect the iPod face and touch...

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Nov 15
Proporta unveils TurboCharger Back Pack for the iPhone 4

Proporta (http://www.proporta.com) has released the TurboCharger Back Pack, a rechargeable battery pack for the iPhone 4 that charges from any standard USB port and stores 1700 mAh. It costs approximately US$68.


Insert the iPhone 4 into the Back Pack by separating the two sections and then sliding them back together once the iPhone is in place. The Back Pack will automatically commence charging and you'll see the charging icon appear on your iPhone.

An LED display shows the level of charge. If you connect the Back Pack with your iPhone housed you can still charge the Back Pack using the USB cable provided. This will also sync your iPhone with your computer.


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Nov 15
Fable Sounds releases Broadway Lites

SONiVOX, on behalf of Fable Sounds, has released Broadway Lites (http://www.sonivoxmi.com/BroadwayLites), a US$499.99 selection of instruments articulations from the Broadway Big Band virtual instrument for the Mac and PC.

Fable Sounds’ Broadway Big Band Virtual Instrument is a virtual instrument that portrays jazz, blues, pop, and rhythm 'n blues woodwind, brass, and rhythm instrument’s playing techniques in a playable virtual instrument plug-in. Broadway Lites is designed to carry on this tradition. It features one mic position, and most of the core articulations of a select set of saxophones, trumpets, trombone and clarinet taken from Broadway Big Band -- Kontakt Edition, as well as being powered by the Kontakt 4 player.

Fable Sounds will also be offering a special upgrade price for registered Broadway Lites users who wish to upgrade from Broadway Lites to Broadway...

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Nov 15
Apple to have iTunes-related announcement on Nov.16

Apple has a new look on its home page (http://www.apple.com) about an iTunes-related announcement for Tuesday, Nov. 16, at 7 am Pacific.

The teaser tagline line is "Tomorrow is just another day. That you'll never forget." And Apple promises "an exciting announcement from iTunes."

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Nov 15
'EveryMac' adds info on the MacBook Air, Mac Pro...

EveryMac.com (http://www.everymac.com) -- a guide to every Macintosh, Mac compatible, and upgrade card, with technical, configuration, and pricing details -- features complete specs on the quietly introduced Mac Pro Server that replaces the Xserve line and a comprehensive update to the MacBook Air Q&A to cover the all new 11-Inch and 13-Inch MacBook Air models.

Official Geekbench benchmarks also have been updated site wide.

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Nov 15
PCgadgets offers 'dog tags' for your iPad

PCgadgets has announced Identify Plates (http://newpcgadgets.com/products/ipad_vanity_plate/index.html ), "dog tags" for the iPad. It offers a custom look while providing contact information in the event your Apple tablet is lost or misplaced.

The stainless steel plate secures to any iPad. The Identify Plates are US$12.95 each.

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Nov 15
Jewel Quest: The Sleepless Star comes to the Mac

Macgamestore.com has announced iWin's Jewel Quest: The Sleepless Star Premium Edition for Mac OS X 10.4 or later. It's available as an US$19.95 digital download; a 60-minute trial version is also available.

The Sleepless Star Premium Edition is the fifth game in the casual game series. Here's how it's described: "Follow the travels and travails of intrepid explorer, Percy Pack, in Jewel Quest: The Sleepless Star. On a quest for a jewel called the Sleepless Star, Percy discovers that the jewel has been stolen from a Native American village by an unscrupulous jewel collector.

"Along with Percy and a beautiful Algonquin named Yellow Feather, travel to exotic locations on two continents and overcome dangers at every turn, in an effort to recover the jewel. Solve over 150 jewel board puzzles, including never-before-seen obstacle puzzles! Progress through a beautifully illustrated and fully voice-acted story that includes collectible power-ups and quest options filled with...

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Nov 15
SQLabs announces SQLiteConverter

SQLabs has announced SQLiteConverter (http://www.sqlabs.com/sqliteconverter.php), an US$49 tool that offers a way to convert your mySQL, PostgreSQL and Oracle database to sqlite.

The app guides you step by step to five operations in order to completely convert your remote databases. The entire process obviously depends on how much data you need to convert, but most of the time you'll be able to complete it in few seconds, according to the folks at SQLabs.

SQLiteConverter is the ideal tool not only to complete a conversion between different DBMS to sqlite but it is also the ideal solution to backup your remote data to another disk based relational sql database, they add. You always have full control over the conversion process, you can decide to convert the entire database or just select the individual tables you want to backup.

SQLiteConverter requires...

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Nov 15
Adobe ships Acrobat X Pro

Adobe has released Adobe Acrobat X Pro, its document collaboration tool for creative professionals. It allows users to deliver communications using PDF Portfolios, and work together with shared document reviews.

Users can also simplify workflows with integrated online services for storing and sending documents, and ensure designs will print accurately with advanced print production tools, according to Adobe. Additionally, the company has added two new cloud services -- Adobe SendNow and Adobe CreatePDF -- designed to improve document exchange and enable easy PDF creation. In Acrobat X:

° The Action Wizard helps users automate and standardize multi-step tasks for maximum productivity.

° New customization options for PDF Portfolios enable designers to create and share custom layouts and themes and develop PDF Portfolios with consistent branding and presentation.

° Tight integration with online services at Acrobat.com allows users to share large files...

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