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Mar 25
Capo 2.1gains new MIDI functionality

SuperMegaUltraGroovy has updated Capo for Mac OS X (10.6 and higher) to version 2.1. In this release, Capo gains the ability to export MIDI transcription data, the waveform representation of audio has returned, and playback commands can now be controlled via learned keystrokes or external MIDI hardware.

Capo 2 was the first app to allow users to transcribe their music to a notational representation using tablature, according to the folks at SuperMegaUltraGroovy. Now, in 2.1, users can export their data out of Capo in the standard MIDI format, and use it to incorporate transcribed solos into MIDI sequencers, or import the data into applications that facilitate advanced scoring work.

Capo 2.1 now allows users to set and manipulate their loops with an always-visible waveform. The new version also adds the ability for users to train a set of new keystrokes, or assign MIDI commands, to control Capo's playback.

Capo 2.1 is available now as a free update to all 2.0...

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Mar 25
Esri ArcGIS 10 now supported by MAPublisher

Avenza Systems has announced updated support for Esri ArcGIS 10 geodatabases and ArcMap document (MXD) files in MAPublisher 8.4.1 for Adobe Illustrator.

The latest version of this mapmaking software used to produce high quality maps from GIS data for both print and electronic distribution can use its import tools to connect to Personal, File and ArcSDE geodatabases as well as MXD files. MAPublisher can make use of a geodatabase's spatial and non-spatial relationships, subtypes and attribute domain information during the import process.

To fully import Esri geodatabases or to fully access an ArcSDE server using MAPublisher import tools, valid Esri software must be installed and licensed; at minimum, ArcGIS Engine Runtime. More commonly, an ArcView, ArcEditor or ArcInfo license may be used. Mac and Windows users without an ArcGIS license can still import data using the Basic Personal Geodatabase Reader in MAPublisher.

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Mar 24
iPhone/iPod touch/iPad apps for March 24

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

iStoryTime (http://www.iStoryTime.com) has announced its partnership with Yoplait Kids to offer six free children's books for a limited time on iPad and iPhone. The books are illustrated and narrated, so children can enjoy the book even when parents are busy.

Playrix Entertainment has released Around the World in 80 Days: The Game, its US$0.99, match-3 title adapted for iPhone and iPod touch. It takes players on a journey around the globe. Players travel back in time to the late 19th century and enjoy adventures on land, sea and air together with the English daredevil Phileas Fogg and his loyal French servant Passepourtout.

Media Connect has introduced Jeju Hotel Guide for the...

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Mar 24
Is Apple opening up the graphics side of its Mac platform?

A MacBook Pro-specific update to Mac OS X 10.6.7 includes native support for several 5000 and 6000 series AMD Radeon GPUs. Apple doesn't typically include support for GPUs that aren't in shipping products, so the inclusion has some important implications for Mac Pro users and future Sandy Bridge iMacs, says "Ars Technica" (http://macte.ch/E1GAD).

According to hackintosh site tonymacx86 (http://tonymacx86.blogspot.com/), Mac OS X 10.6.7 Update for early 2011 MacBook Pro contains native support for a range of Radeon HD 5xxx and HD 6xxx cards. The support brings full Quartz Extreme and CoreImage acceleration on these GPUs. tonymacx86 notes that for those building "hackintosh" systems -- PCs built to run Mac OS X -- using one of these cards won't require hacks or special kernel extensions such as Chameleon's GraphicsEnabler or...

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Mar 24
Lines forming for global roll-out of iPad 2?

Apple said earlier this week that online sales of the iPad 2 would begin at 1 am Friday in 25 new countries, and the second gen tablet has already gone on sale in New Zealand and Australia.

Apparently, those who want to be among the first to get their hands on the iPad 2 have begun to line up across the globe. "AppleInsider" (http://www.appleinsider.com) reports that it has received reports from readers who have witnessed long lines in Australia, Germany, the U.K. and more.

Meanwhile, Apple has shortened estimates for U.S. iPad 2 orders to 3-4 weeks from the earlier 4-5 week period.

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Mar 24
Apple wins American Brand Excellence Award

Apple is the winner of the eighth annual American Brand Excellence Awards (http://macte.ch/bOwHu)as the brand that best meets the needs of small to mid-sized businesses. The award is given each year by The Business Journals, a division of Washington Business Journal parent company American City Business Journals.

“Apple has become the premier business brand, and as the leader of the tablet category with the iPad, Apple is redefining how we work,” says Godfrey Phillips, vice president of research for The Business Journals. “Our study found that 9% of business owners currently use an iPad for business.”

More than 250 brands were rates by more than 2,000 small to mid-sized business owners. Criteria included “forward thinking,” “behaves ethically,” and “has a good price for what you get.”

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Mar 24
Angry users of Angry Birds file lawsuit against Apple

Another day, another lawsuit. A class-action lawsuit filed last week in California state court is accusing “Angry Birds” of violating users’ privacy. The lawsuit is directed against Apple for allowing “Angry Birds” to collect user information, reports "Westlaw Insider" (http://macte.ch/jxAbI).

Specifically, the lawsuit alleges that Apple doesn't screen apps available in its App Store to prevent them from obtaining private user data. Plaintiffs’ allege that their data is being collected through the app Angry Birds. According to the complaint, a majority of popular apps on Apple’s App Store collect user information without the users’ knowledge or consent, says "Westlaw Insider."

The apps collect information about a user’s gender, age, location (via GPS), which apps he or she uses and for how long, and to what extent he or she uses the app. The tracking is possible because Apple assigns a UDID (Unique...

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Mar 24
Apple on its way to becoming a $200 billion revenue company

Apple can keep posting sales growth of more than 50% in the next two years as a mobile applications boom fuels demand for devices such as the iPad, says Forrester Research CEO George Colony, as reported by "Bloomberg" (http://macte.ch/q03v6).

Apple sold almost 15 million iPads in its debut year and more than 90 million iPhones in its four-year lifespan. Demand for the devices has spawned a market for downloadable apps that let users shop, work, play games and handle other tasks on the go, Colony says.

“They’ll be bigger than IBM next year, and they’ll be bigger than HP the year after that,” Colony said, citing Apple’s 52 percent sales growth last year. At current growth rates “they’re going to be a $200 billion revenue company."

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Mar 24
App scanner rejected from Mac App Store, now offered for free

Chimp Studios says its iOS developer tool, App Scanner is now free after being rejected by Apple for the Mac App Store.

App Scanner is a utility that mimics Apple's automated review process and picks through an apps internal structure to see if a developer has -- intentionally or not -- used a private application programming interface, an offense that warrants an immediate rejection. Chimp Studios originally intended to deploy App Scanner on the Mac App Store; however, Apple denied it due to legal concerns.

"It is a bit disappointing that in the three years that the iOS software development kit has been available to third party developers, Apple hasn't provided any kind of pre-check tool," says developer Andrew Schenk. Apple recently released Xcode 4 on March 9 to the general public on the Mac App Store for $US4.99, with registered developers receiving a free update. Despite a complete redesign of Xcode it did not feature a private application programming...

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Mar 24
Enter the Ninja for Apple ProRes

Atomos (http://www.atomos.com) has unleashed the Ninja, an US$999 portable touchscreen HD recorder, monitor and playback device that captures video direct to Apple ProRes from any camera with an HDMI output onto removable 2 1⁄2 inch hard disks.

Ninja is designed to eliminate the need for capture cards and wasted time logging and capturing by avoiding the lossy, time consuming capture to edit process. It bypasses the image-degrading compression needed to squeeze HD onto in-camera flash storage like P2, SxS, SDHC etc..


The Ninja includes all accessories -- batteries, chargers, disk caddies and a Mac/PC docking station -- in one case. Hidden inside its compact design is a hardware implementation of the Apples ProRes codec.

Ninja sports FireWire 800,USB 2 and 3 and e-SATA interfaces built in. Apple ProRes works natively with Final Cut Pro and on any computer with the ProRes codec installed (...

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Mar 24
iOS evidence-based clinical OMT app comes to the Mac

Clinically Relevant Technologies, developers of medical applications for smart phones, says their Orthopedic Manipulative Therapy app suite (http://www.clinicallyrelevant.com/) for mobile devices is now optimized for your desktop via the Mac App Store. The suite costs US$99.99 and can be found in the Medical category.

The applications -- which require Mac OS X 10.6 or higher -- are designed for clinicians, teachers, and students who use manual therapy (OMT) to treat musculosketal problems. They boast nearly 140 techniques and video.



The Evidence Based OMT program provides step-by-step illustration of each procedure and indication, using text, videos and supporting medical journal articles, and links to PUBMed references. Everything is covered, from the extremities to the spine, says Dr. Ben Hando, partner and content developer at Clinically Relevant Technologies.

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Mar 24
This Sims game will get Medieval on your Mac

Electronic Arts and TransGaming have released The Sims Medieval for the Mac (http://www.ea.com/the-sims-medieval). It requires Mac OS X 10.5.8 or higher and costs US$49.99.

Here's how the game is described: "Set in the Middle Ages, players will find themselves faced with new ways to play with life like never before. As they build up their kingdom, players create Hero Sims in a range of professions including knight, bard, wizard, priest, blacksmith and spy. Playing each Hero Sim is different, as players control the Sim’s professional life as well as take on the varied adventures of the quests. Other new gameplay elements include diplomacy with neighboring territories, and of course medieval punishments.

"The gameplay is framed by quests -- each quest presents a new situation and a fresh opportunity to pick which Hero Sims to control during that adventure. After choosing a...

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Mar 24
Boingo releases new Wi-Fi app for Mac, iOS devices

Boingo Wireless (http://www.boingo.com) has released a new version of its Wi-Fi app. The app not only logs customers onto more than 325,000 commercial hotspots around the globe with a single click, it also helps anyone find and connect to hundreds of thousands of free and open Wi-Fi networks worldwide.

The app includes the ability to search for paid or free networks and presents search results on a map. Boingo Wi-Finder is immediately available for Mac and Windows laptops, Android smartphones and iOS devices.

Boingo Wi-Finder is designed to help solve the problem of getting connected to Wi-Fi when there are multiple Wi-Fi signals in one place. Through connection logic, Wi-Finder identifies available networks and automatically connects a user to the best signal. The app’s logic also includes the ability to accept a network’s terms of service on the user’s behalf on a one-time or recurring basis to...

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Mar 24
Graph graphs graphs on Mac OS X, iOS devices

A new, free app for graphing graphics -- appropriately called Graph -- is available from VVI (http://www.vvi.com) for Mac and iOS devices in the Mac App Store and the Apple App Store.

Graph supports several 1D, 2D and 3D graph types including bar, column, pie, line, area, scatter, 3D perspective scatter, trajectory and surface, volumetric, z-sliced cell, user defined maps, linear, semi-log, x-log, log-log, polar, r-log, Gregorian date and many variations. Maps are geographic, schematic, process maps, node graphs, floor plans or any diagram. A map of the United States is included, and users can load an additional 30 maps they construct themselves using the optional Vvidget Builder application.

Thousands of graphic, graph and data attributes -- including customized artwork, autoscaling and many other attributes can be set by using Vvidget Builder -- an optional Mac OS X desktop application, to make a skin...

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Mar 24
'iPhone Obsessed' is an interactive book

"iPhone Obsessed, Photo Editing Experiments with Apps," just released from Peachpit Press is part how-to and part interactive book. It's filled with coverage of over 47 of the best iPhone photo applications.

Author Dan Marcolina explains his techniques on combining app effects such as blurs and vignettes, high dynamic range, film looks, and painting to turn snapshots into statements. You not only learn some advanced techniques on integrating Adobe Illustrator and Adobe Photoshop but also how to think about image taking on the mobile device.

"iPhone Obsessed" has over 125 creative app recipes for the new generation of mobile image makers using the Apple smartphone. Plus, there's a compendium of over 45 of the "most useful and sometimes unexpected photography app recommendations and reviews." Marcolina says it's the first book of its kind to deeply integrate the use of Microsoft tag and the iPhone to enhance and extend the readers experience.

When scanning one of...

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Mar 24
Future Media Concepts announces iTraining Bootcam

Future Media Concepts, an authorized digital media training center, has announced iTraining Bootcamp, a range of Apple-authorized courses and exams to be held May 17-24 in Orlando, Florida. This all-things-Apple event includes not only classes but travel, hotel, meals, and social opportunities in a single package. 

Designated an elite, Gold Level training center by Apple, Future Media Concepts offers 13 courses at iTraining Bootcamp, including Mac OS X, Apple Pro Apps, Apple Server, Xsan, iOS Apps Development, Final Cut Pro, iLife and iWork®. All courses are intended to lead to Apple certification, which helps professionals distinguish themselves and their organizations in today's competitive marketplace. The complete iTraining Bootcamp schedule is available at http://www.itrainingbootcamp.com/Courses.htm#schedule. 

"The significant growth in demand for Apple certification in our training centers has prompted us to combine our 13 Apple courses into a single,...

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Mar 24
FileWave 5 gets updated user interface, more

FileWave (http://www.filewave.com) has introduced version 5 of its software deployment and management suite, with new features and an updated user interface.

FileWave allows you to take granular control of your software deployments, both pre and post-deployment. Version 5 includes iOS Mobile Device Management (MDM) in the same management console used to control Mac and Windows client systems.

It also introduces the Intelligent Downloader, which gives file level control of existing client software without the need to redeploy it. In addition, FileWave 5 adds the capability to remote wipe Mac, PC, and iOS devices, integrates with LDAP directories, manages MCX preferences, deploys iTunes content to sync stations and includes numerous performance increases. Contact the folks at FileWave for pricing options.


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Mar 24
ConceptDraw Project can now exchange data with MS Project

CS Odessa says ConceptDraw Project 6.0 now has the ability to import and export Microsoft Project XML files, with the new Project Exchange. Users have increased flexibility on how to exchange project information with all members of the project team.

ConceptDraw Project 6 has the ability to save to a MS Project XML file format so that ConceptDraw Project files can be shared with users of MS Project (2003, 2007, and 2010) as well as any other project management tools that can accurately import MS Project xml file format. This allows users of ConceptDraw Project 6 and ConceptDraw Office 2 (contains ConceptDraw Project 6) to generate project content that can be shared with all team members.Project participants also have the ability to import MS Project files into ConceptDraw Project 6 and ConceptDraw Office 2.

The ability to exchange data between ConceptDraw Office and MS Project is a big plus for project members because they can then use the other project tools that...

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Mar 24
Tidy Up! for Mac OS X gets interface tweak, more

Hyberbolic Software (http://www.hyperbolicsoftware.com) has released Tidy Up! 2.3.3, the latest version of their disk, file and folder processing utility for Mac OS X. The new version improves the interface of the search panes of the Basic mode to present a more clean look. It also adds the possibility to automatically report a list of the iTunes and iPhoto missing files. 

Tidy Up! can find duplicate files and packages using any criteria. Version 2.3.3 has the ability to create six new smart baskets. The new option is accessible from the File menu and allows for the creation of the smart baskets using the selected folder and file as a filter. There are also bug fixes.

Tidy Up 2.3.3 requires Mac OS X 10.5 ("Leopard") or higher. Upgrades from version 1.x are $20, and upgrades from version 2.x are free.

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Mar 24
Ntractive unveils Elements 2.1 for Mac OS X

Ntractive (http://www.ntractive.com) has announced an upgrade to Elements CRM, the company's Mac Customer Relationship Management Solution. Version 3.1 offers a 100x speed improvement, user interface refinements and is available at the Mac App Store.

Elements CRM 3.1 is one of the first SaaS CRM applications available to Mac business and enterprise users in the store. Small business pricing starts at US$24.95 per user per month, and professional pricing starts at $44.95 per user per month.

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Mar 24
EXIF viewer for Mac OS X updated with RAW images support

CocoaWithChurros has announced iExifer 1.2.1 (http://www.cocoawithchurros.com/iexifer.php), an update of the EXIF viewer for Mac OS X. Designed for photography aficionados, it sports an interface that reveals all the EXIF metadata, GPS location and image thumbnails stored inside image files.

iExifer also displays IPTC tags, and more specific EXIF Maker Notes. Version 1.2.1 includes EXIF metadata for major cameras, as well as RAW images support.

To celebrate the release of this new version of iExifer, cocoaWithChurros is currently offering a special, limited-time pricing of US$0.99; it's normally $2.99. It requires Mac OS X 10.6 or higher and is available worldwide exclusively through the Mac App Store in the Photography category.

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Mar 24
Leaping Bytes releases Colorplex 1.2 for Mac

Leaping Bytes has updated Colorplex (http://www.leapingbytes.com/products/colorplex), its color calculator app for Mac OS X, to version 1.2. The US$1.99 app allows you to manipulate colors in RGB, HSB, CMYK or Gray Scale colorspace and instantly see results in the large preview area.

Colorplex provides individual controls for foreground and background. You can even replace the background with an image of your choice or use text as a foreground. For serious color gurus, Colorplex provides a handy scrap book that lets you preserve your work and share it with your colleagues and customers.

Version 1.2 can use text as a foreground and can drag the foreground around with a mouse. There's a bigger preview image for sharing, and the app can switch between NSColor and UIColor.

Colorplex requires Mac OS X 10.6. It can be found at the Mac App Store in the...

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Mar 24
Serif Letter Shapes theme released for iWork apps

Keynote Theme Park (http://www.keynotethemepark.com) has released Serif Letter Shapes in Times Extra Bold Regular and Italic. This US$9.99 add-on product is created specifically for Keynote but can be used with the other iWork applications.

You can use Keynote's advanced fill attributes of graduated colors to make unique drop caps and titles. You can fill the letters of a word with different images or span multiple letters by masking with multiple copies of a single panoramic image.

Serif Letter Shapes in Times Extra Bold Regular and Italic are individual alpa-numeric Keynote shapes (vector) in Times Serif Extra Bold Regular and Italic. Assemble your word with the letters, set fill and stroke or Mask with images, make your letters as tall as the slide then build in with a move action and crawl across the screen.

In fact, you can create professional video sequences with the...

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Mar 24
WebsitePainter 1.4 for Mac OS X adds external CSS style support...

Ambiera has announced WebsitePainter 1.4 (http://www.ambiera.com/websitepainter/index.html), an update to web editor for Macintosh and Windows. Version 1.4 adds support for external CSS styles, Quicktime and Youtube videos, the HTML 5 audio component, improved FTP upload, and german language interface translation. Also included are two new free website templates.

WebsitePainter was developed for creating websites without HTML knowledge and programming. It lets you create webpages with elements like Web 2.0 buttons, gradients, round borders, hover effects, transparencies, continuous text and more. WebsitePainter includes a variety of templates and supports Web standards such as HTML, CSS, PHP and ASP.

WebsitePainter has built-in support for dynamic HTML content to, for example, create a dynamic slideshow with a list of images that will fade in and out...

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Mar 24
EarthDesk 5 now 64-bit compatible

Xeric Design has updated EarthDesk (http://www.xericdesign.com/earthdesk.php), its real-time dynamic desktop map, to a fully 64-bit application with version 5.7.

EarthDesk replaces your static desktop with an image of the Earth showing current sun, moon and city illumination, as well as real-time global cloud coverage. The software operates silently in the background, keeping your desktop updated while you work. EarthDesk's dynamic desktop is continuously displayed as your desktop background and optionally as a screen saver.

New features along with 64-bit compatibility introduced in EarthDesk 5.7 are:

° Faster rendering, lower processor usage, and a cleaner interface;

° Seasonal maps, with snow and vegetation levels changing month-to-month;

° Support for a higher resolution map and cloud data on large displays;

° Adjustable brightness and...

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