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Nov 12
Akvis revs NatureArt for Mac OS X, Windows

Akvis has released NatureArt 1.5 (http://akvis.com/en/natureart-tutorial/effects/index.php) for Mac OS X and Windows. It's an update of the tool for imitating the magnificence of natural phenomena on your digital photos.

You can choose from these nature effects: Rain, Sun, Water, Lightning, Clouds, and Fire. You can also create a vast array of effect versions.Change the weather on a photo, illuminate a night sky with glistening stars, light up a dark landscape by adding sources of light, create a flaming text effect and more.

Akvis NatureArt is available in two versions: as an independent program (standalone) and as a plug-in to a photo editor. Each is US$72. The plug-in version is compatible with Adobe Photoshop, Photoshop Elements, Paint Shop Pro, etc.

A demo is available for download. Also, Akvis NatureArt can be purchased...

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Nov 12
Simple Help Editor beefs up ability to reuse content

The PandaWare Company has updated Simple Help Editor, its cross-platform help authoring application, to version 4.1.2. Mac and Windows users can use Simple Help Editor to create software help systems that display in Apple Help Viewer, Windows' HTML Help viewer, a Web browser, or in a proprietary help window (for applications created with Real Software's REALbasic).

Version 4.1.2 enhances Simple Help Editor's capabilities for reusing content. A key feature, Placeholders, has been expanded to allow replacement of text virtually anywhere text can be entered, making it easier to reuse help content for different products or different versions. This update also improves some aspects of text editing in Simple Help Editor, and fixes a handful of bugs.

Simple Help Editor is available as a Mac OS X Universal Binary application (for Mac OS X 10.3.9 or higher) and a Windows 2000 or higher application. Both can be downloaded from The PandaWare Company's web site (...

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Nov 12
RunRev updates LiveCode software development platform

RunTime Revolution (http://www.runrev.com) has released LiveCode 4.5.1, a general maintenance release for all users, bringing added stability across all the platforms. This latest release is free for all LiveCode 4.5 users.

New features and enhancements include: enhanced keyboard layout handling; improvements to MySQL database access and database security; enhanced support for XML namespaces; improvements to embedded web browser object; security protocol enhancements; and over 60 other bug fixes and minor enhancements

LiveCode 4.5.1 also adds support for the accompanying LiveCode iOS Mobile plugin pre-release for building iOS apps for the Apple App store. For new users pricing starts at US$99.

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Nov 12
Jumsoft releases Pages Clipart 7.0

Jumsoft (http://www.jumsoft.com) has released Pages Clipart 7.0, a selection of 1,200 images designed to illustrate presentations, invitations, web pages, posters, newsletters, and a variety of other documents.

Pages Clipart 7.0 content covers a range of subjects, from technology to nature to home appliances, with a selection of national and leisure themes now included in the latest version. The package offers a choice of images, wide-scale compatibility, and details such as the ability to add transparent image backgrounds and PDF formatting.

The former allows users to place images on top of different background colors or patterns, while the PDF format enables users to resize images without compromising quality. Pages Clipart 7.0 is compatible with Apple Keynote, MS Word, PowerPoint, and various graphics programs.

It requires Mac OS X 10.4.3 or higher and Apple iWork '06 or later. Pages...

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Nov 12
FileMaker Presents the Bento 3 Event Planner

FileMaker, Inc (http://www.filemaker.com), a wholly owned subsidiary of Apple, has announced the Bento 3 Event Planner, a customized set of six new templates that lets Mac users organize event details all in one place.

The Bento 3 Event Planner includes a free 30-day trial of the Bento 3 for Mac personal database, plus six professionally designed, ready-to-use templates including Events, Tasks, Expenses & Invoices, Locations & Venues, Contacts, and Vendors. The Bento 3 Event Planner is available today by free download from the Bento Template Exchange.

All six templates in the Bento 3 Event Planner are linked together, allowing information to flow from one template to the next, without the need for repetitive data entry. To organize events on the go, the new Bento 3 Event Planner lets customers synchronize information between their Mac and iPad or iPhone devices running either Bento for...

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Nov 12
Oracle, Apple announce OpenJDK Project for Mac OS X

Oracle and Apple have announced the OpenJDK project for Mac OX X. Apple will contribute most of the key components, tools and technology required for a Java SE 7 implementation on Mac OS X, including a 32-bit and 64-bit HotSpot-based Java virtual machine, class libraries, a networking stack and the foundation for a new graphical client.

“We are excited to welcome Apple as a significant contributor in the growing OpenJDK community,” says Hasan Rizvi, Oracle’s senior vice president of Development. “The availability of Java on Mac OS X plays a key role in the cross-platform promise of the Java platform. The Java developer community can rest assured that the leading edge Java environment will continue to be available on Mac OS X in the future. Combined with last month’s announcement of IBM joining the OpenJDK, the project now has the backing of three of the biggest names in software.”

OpenJDK will make Apple’s Java technology available to open source developers so they...

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Nov 12
Info needed on GED software for the Mac

Our next Category Review will look at Mac software for birding and bird watching. If you use or know of such goodies, drop me a line (dsellers@applecentral.com) no later than Wednesday, Nov. 17.

Category Reviews appear on Friday and round-up Mac solutions for specific industries and areas as dentistry, engineering, sales, etc. Also, if you have a particular pic you'd like us to cover, drop me a line, as well.

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Nov 11
iPhone/iPod/iPad apps for Nov. 11

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/).

ExxonMobile has announced the Exxon Mobile Fuel Finder, a free app for the iPhone and iPod touch, which provides drivers with real-time maps, driving directions and station information for more than 10,000 Exxon and Mobil retail locations across the continental United States.

Mindwarm has released AddTo SF 1.0 for the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. The US$0.99 app shows you San Francisco and lets you create your own travel guide from your photos and notes. You can create your own map with the highlights you want, photo album and travel diary. At any time you can add a note or photo to your album. If you have allowed location, then your current location will be added to that note and photo. Send your notes, photos and maps to your friends.

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Nov 11
AMD Fusion chips coming to the Mac?


During AMD's Financial Analyst day, the "GigaOM" (http://gigaom.com/) and "Fudzilla" (http://www.fudzilla.com/) sites picked up on a PowerPoint slide that AMD's senior vice president and chief of sales officer, Emilio Ghilardi, displayed but didn't discuss. The slide featured two iMacs and a Mac Prowith the AMD Fusion logo below them.

If this slide is any indication, Apple could be on the verge of using AMD processors in its desktops, says "PC Mag" (http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2372484,00.asp). This week AMD this week demonstrated the company's first APU, which stands for Accelerated Processing Unit, based on its Fusion technology.

AMD says Fusion is a new approach to processor design and software...

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Nov 11
Apple looking for Mac app reviewers

A new job posting (http://jobs.apple.com/index.ajs?BID=1&method=mExternal.showJob&RID=66205...) shows that Apple is looking for Mac Application Reviewers for the upcoming Mac App Store. Here's the job description:

"Apple Worldwide Developer Relations is seeking a software application specialist; someone who is meticulous, analytical, able to exercise objective analysis, and able to thrive in a fast-paced environment and has strong customer service skills.

"Candidate needs to be able to organize and prioritize a heavy workload. The candidate must be hardworking, detail-oriented, and able to work quickly & efficiently. We˙re looking for a self-starter, a quick learner with excellent communication skills, who is able to work independently and...

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Nov 11
Ping, Twitter buddy up

Starting today Ping, iTunes' new social network for music, and Twitter are making it even easier for people to share music discoveries with their friends by putting Ping activity, song previews and links to purchase and download music from the iTunes Store right in their Tweets on Twitter.com.

On Ping you can link to your Twitter account to instantly find Ping users among the people you already follow on Twitter. Once you’ve linked the accounts, whenever you Post, Like, Review, or tell your friends why you purchased a song or album on Ping, this activity will also be tweeted to your Twitter followers -- complete with playable song previews and links to purchase and download music from iTunes.

Ping, introduced in iTunes 10, lets you post your thoughts and opinions, your favorite albums and songs, the music you’ve downloaded from iTunes, plus view concert listings and tell your friends which concerts you plan to attend. It lets you follow your favorite artists to see...

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Nov 11
'Class on Demand Legends Series' debuts

Class on Demand, a provider of professional educational products for creative markets, today unveiled the brand new "Class on Demand Legends Series" training initiative.

An expansion of the current Class on Demand training lineup, "Class on Demand Legends Series" provides an exclusive "inside look" at the inner workings of influential industry experts and figureheads. The seminars, webinars, and workshops encompass everything from analyses of industry trends, to exciting tips, tricks, and workflow solutions delivered directly from the experts themselves, says Paul Holtz, CEO and founder, Class on Demand.

Class on Demand has called on internationally renowned consultant and Apple-Certified digital media trainer, Larry Jordan, to kick-off the series. Jordan boasts an impressive 30-plus years of experience as a television producer, director, and editor with both national broadcast and corporate credits.

Each "Class on Demand Legends Series" webinar featuring...

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Nov 11
Study: Verizon iPhone will substantially grow iOS market share

In a new report from ABI Research (http://www.abiresearch.com), global smartphone shipments to mobile business customers are forecast to grow at a CAGR [compound average growth rate] of 15%. The research group says Apple should do well, especially if a Verizon iPhone does appear.

The mobile business customer smartphone installed base will exceed 30% worldwide; in North America, it will exceed 65%.  But behind these numbers will be a hyper-competitive marketplace defined by the operating system.

According to enterprise practice director Dan Shey, “With the iPhone and now Android, business customers simply have more choices. While each region will have a different set of competitive dynamics, within a few years regional installed base market shares of 50%+ will be a thing of the past.”

Relevant worldwide and regional installed base statistics from the analysis include:
 
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Nov 11
Apple releases RAW, security updates

Apple has released The Digital Camera RAW Compatibility Update 3.4 and Security Update 2010-007.

The Digital Camera RAW Compatibility Update 3.4 (http://support.apple.com/kb/DL1072) extends RAW image format compatibility to Aperture 3 and iPhoto ’09 for the new cameras. It's a 6MB download and requires Mac OS X 10.5.8 or higher.

Security Update 2010-007 brings the same security patches included in the recent Mac OS X 10.6.5 release to Macs running 10.5 (client or server versions). You can obtain it via the Software Update component of Mac OS X's Systems Preferences app.

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Nov 11
Study: tablet shipments to hit 58 million in 2014

Research and Markets (http://www.researchandmarkets.com/research/6511af/the_worldwide_ere) says standalone e-readers will continue to address the needs of avid readers, to whom the reading experience is central, while tablets such as the iPad "are better suited for consumers who prefer a stronger multimedia experience, and only light reading.”

In 2009, standalone e-readers were one of the most popular devices in the consumer electronics world. Today, there is still buzz surrounding the e-reader market. However, the talk is of drastic price erosion, competition from the iPad, and the overall sustainability of standalone e-reader shipment growth. In response to the iPad introduction, e-reader manufacturers dropped price points in an effort to differentiate e-readers from the iPad and other multimedia tablet computers....

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Nov 11
MacJury offers 'Holiday Gift Guide, Part 2'

The MacJury (http://www.macjury.com) recently convened to come up with the "Holiday Gift Guide, Part 2."

The guide is designed to help you decide what to get your favorite Apple product fan ... or maybe even yourself. The panel picking hardware, software, services and even edibles includes Peter Cohen, Tonya Engst, Katie Floyd, Ted Landau, Maria Langer, Tim Robertson, Dan Wood, and host Chuck Joiner.

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Nov 11
KavaServices 4.2 translates 58 languages in the Services menu

KavaSoft (http://www.kavasoft.com) has released KavaServices 4.2, an update of the collection of commands that transforms the Services menu in Mac OS X 10.6 ("Snow Leopard"). The upgrade adds support for translating text between 58 different languages.

KavaServices can translate, search the web, encode for HTML, calculate, convert units, sort, change case, execute commands, and more. Snow Leopard's redesigned Services menu is context-sensitive and fully customizable. You can choose exactly which commands you'd like to include in System Preferences, keeping the menu tidy and clutter-free. Your favorite KavaServices features are now right in the Services menu, rather than buried in submenus. KavaServices 4.x is a 64-bit universal application, and is designed specifically for Mac OS X 10.6 ("Snow Leopard").

Services replace the selected text in place, without the need to switch to a different program...

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Nov 11
iCalamus 1.21 supports iPhoto 11/Aperture 3 calendars, photo...

Invers Software has released iCalamus 1.21 (http://www.icalamus.net/icalamus/index.php?lan=en), an update of their multi-lingual, frame-oriented desktop publishing solution for Mac OS X 10.4.5 and higher.

iCalamus offers a way of creating simple posters, to complex magazines, scientific works and book publishing. Version 1.21 now supports iPhoto 08/09/11 and Aperture 3 calendar and photo book documents for printing as photographer book documents externally at a great price.

Developed exclusively in Objective C with intensive usage of Apple's Cocoa library, iCalamus takes advantage of the Mac OS X operating system, offering Unicode support and a Smart PDF import for creating mockups. And since iCalamus is modular, invers Software will be creating its new Open Development Area (ODA) allowing third-party developers to leverage the plug-in interface....

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Nov 11
iPresentee releases Keynote Themes 7.0

iPresentee (http://www.ipresentee.com), developer of add-ons for Apple's iWork and iLife applications, has released Keynote Themes 7.0, to be used with Keynote, the presentation component of Apple's US$79 iWork suite.

Keynote Themes 7.0 includes 10 new hemes: Black Diamond, Cooking, Medicine, Solid Grey, Windmill, Wave, Triangle, Relax, Notebook and Blue Style. iPresentee now offers over 100 Keynote themes collection to choose from.
Each Keynote Theme is available in standard or HD formats. Keynote Themes 7.0 includes an installer to make sure the themes end up in the right place and will be displayed in Keynote's themes menu automatically.

Keynote Themes 7.0 requires Mac OS X 10.4.3 or higher and iWork '08 or '09. Keynote Themes 7.0 may be purchased for US$30. Free Keynote add-ons are offered free of charge and can be downloaded from iPresentee's web site.

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Nov 11
XShot offers iPhone 4 case with detachable tripod adapte

XShot, the creator of the XShot Camera Extenders, has announced the XShot case (http://xshotpix.com/iphone4case.php) with detachable tripod adapter, exclusively designed for the new iPhone 4. Now users can mount their iPhone 4 to tripods, camera extenders, and other stabilizing devices.

The multipurpose XShot iPhone 4 Case sports a sleek hard case with full enclosure to fully protect the iPhone 4 and also acts as a bumper for good reception. The universal tripod adapter that can be used in both landscape and portrait modes

The Xshot is a two-piece slim case that's easy to snap on and remove to use with docking devices and speaker, says Michael Daoud, co-founder of XShot. Plus, it comes with a mini flex tripod .

The XShot iPhone 4 Case retails for US$24.95 and will be available at the end of November. The Pocket XShot camera extender and the iPhone 4 case can also be...

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Nov 11
DGA releases 'tangle resistant' earbuds

Digital Group Audio (DGA) has launched Zipbuds (http://www.zipbuds.com), an US$39.99 earbud system that incorporates "tangle resistant," zipper-integrated, braided nylon cabling.

Zipbuds are the perfect earbud system for on-the-go listening, whether exercising at the gym, studying, road tripping, laying out at the pool, or traveling, says DGA President Erik Groset. They come in a variety of colors, including black, blue with white, pink with white, black with blue and black with pink .

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Nov 11
Four more nations preparing for iTunes movies

Apple has announced movies for iTunes in Japan, but four more nations are ready for movies on their respective iTunes Store, according to Fabio M. Zambelli of "setteB.IT" (http://www.setteb.it/), an Italian language web site for Mac users.

"We're still waiting for an official announcement, but in Austria, Italy, Spain and Switzerland everything is nearly ready and we bought/rented movies on iTunes Store Italy," he says. "We have the screenshots for all the nations at 'setteB.IT'."

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Nov 11
DEVONtechnologies updates freeware apps

DEVONtechnologies (http://www.devon-technologies.com) has released updates for all its freeware applications and services: EasyFind, PhotoStickies, ThumbsUp, XMenu, BlueService, CalcService, and WordService.

All have been updated to the latest frameworks and optimized for Mac OS X 10.5 and 10.6. In addition new features have been added and bugs fixed.

Eric Böhnisch-Volkmann, president of DEVONtechnologies, says EasyFind 4.6 features a new path control giving direct access to the path of a found item, columns can be customized, the Escape key can be used to close the Quick Look preview, and the asterisk operator again matches all items. Searching whole volumes is much faster, the visual appearance has been improved, and EasyFind comes with a brand new application icon.

PhotoStickies 5.6.2 comes with a new Italian localization and many detail improvements; XMenu 1.9.1 has...

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Nov 11
AccountEdge gains local focus in Asia

Acclivity (http://www.acclivitysoftware.com) has announced a partnership with Asian Business Software Solutions (ABSS) for Asian distribution and support rights to its AccountEdge small business Mac software. ABSS is the exclusive republisher of MYOB business management software in Asia and will distribute AccountEdge under the MYOB brand. 

ABSS will distribute an internationalized version of AccountEdge with features that allow it to be used by small businesses throughout Asia. The user can create whatever tax is required for their country, with sales tax reports available to report on tax information for tax forms.

The user doesn't need to lock in a currency and, instead, can select their home currency, and then set up as many additional currencies as needed. While the interface is in English, users can customize their invoices and other forms in most languages.

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Nov 11
Mac Restart for Mac OS X gets internal improvements

Tension Software has updated Mac Restart X (http://pomola.com/products_macrestart/macrestart.html), a Mac OS X app that can restart a Mac on a regular basis or one time only at a specific date and time or at launch using it via Apple iCal or other applications -- to version 1.6.1. The upgrade sports internal improvements.

Mac Restart uses the native Mac OS X Date Time Calendar control. It warns the user before a restart, showing a progress bar or jumping from the dock. And the software has a variable warning time interval adjustable in the preferences.

Mac Restart requires Mac OS X 10.4 or higher. It costs US$20, though version 1.6.1 is a free update for registered users.

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