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Sep 24
Toon Boom unveils Studio 6

Toon Boom Studio (http://www.toonboom.com) has released Toon Boom Studio 6, a new version of its 2D animation software that adds bone rigging features. As a bonus, Toon Boom Studio 6 comes with several bone-ready templates that users will be able to incorporate into their own projects.

Valued at US$29.99, this template pack speeds up the animation creation process. In addition, Studio 6 includes a 62 minute How To Video that covers step by step instructions on how to create bone animation. This How To Video is offered for a limited time only to all Studio 6 customers and is valued at $59.99.

You can buy Toon Boom Studio 6 now at the special pre-launch price of $279.99instead of $329.99, valid until Sept. 30. Upgrades from version 4.5 and 5 to version 6 can be purchased at $99.99.

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Sep 24
iPhone/iPod/iPad apps for Sept. 24

>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/).

BookLover, developed by Electric Pocket, is a new iPhone app for book lovers who not only are always on the lookout for good books, but eagerly share with friends after they’ve read a great one. They simply input the title and author (if known) and BookLover goes online to retrieve the cover art and any other information available. It's available at an introductory rate of US$0.99.

IMAK Creations has announced Who Is The Smartest? (WITS) Vocabulary for iPhone and iPod touch users. Fall 2010 marks the beginning of the college and graduate school admissions season with the taking of ACT, SAT, and GRE tests. Now students have a US$2.99 tool in learning advanced vocabulary words. Who Is The Smartest? (WITS) Vocabulary integrates with Apple's new...

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Sep 24
Target to carry iPads starting in October

Target will begin carrying four models of the iPad next month, starting at $499.

The nation's second-largest discount chain says it will start selling touchscreen tablet computer starting Oct. 3, according to "Forbes" (http://www.forbes.com/feeds/ap/2010/09/24/business-technology-hardware-a...). The announcement was made at a Target media conference in Minneapolis, where the company is based.

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Sep 24
HyperImage for Snow Leopard now a Tumblr client

KavaSoft has released HyperImage 3.5 (http://www.kavasoft.com/HyperImage/), an update of the US$25 Mac OS X app that lets you download images from web sites. It's now a full featured Tumblr client.

Tumblr is a community for blogging and reblogging photos. HyperImage helps you do everything you can do on the Tumblr web site. Just enter the address of a Tumblr blog, and HyperImage will download all of the photos

HyperImage includes a built-in image browser. You can skip over unwanted images and choose which links to follow. With HyperImage you can also include or exclude images with certain names and choose which image formats to download.

HyperImage is available for US$25. You can try it for free, and images downloaded with an unlicensed copy will contain a watermark. HyperImage requires Mac OS X 10.6 ("Snow Leopard") and is 64-bit optimized.

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Sep 24
DiGi launches iPhone 4 in Malaysia

Malaysian communications provider DiGi Telecommunications has launched a new range of tariff plans in the monarchy to accompany the availability in the country of Apple's iPhone 4, it said, reports "MIS Asia" (http://mis-asia.com/news/articles/digi-launches-iphone-4-in-malaysia-wit...?).

“We are thrilled to bring iPhone 4 to our customers,” said DiGi head of marketing, Albern Murty. “Malaysians are fast becoming regular users of mobile Internet, and now with iPhone 4, we expect to see a strong upward trend as customers enjoy the features of the new iPhone."

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Sep 24
11.6-inch Apple laptop coming?

Quanta has reportedly landed orders for 11.6-inch MacBooks from Apple, reports "DigiTimes" (http://www.digitimes.com/news/a20100923PD222.html). Shipments of 11.6-inch MacBooks are expected to top 400,000-500,000 units in 2010, the article says.

Quanta is expected to ship a total of 13-13.2 million notebooks in the third quarter, says "DigiTimes." That's down 3-5% from 13.7 million units shipped in the second quarter. The company shipped 3.6 million notebooks in July and 4.4 million units in August.

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Sep 24
'MacVoices' looking at taking control of PDF Pen 5

On the new MacVoices ("MacVoices"), Michael Cohen, the author of the brand new "Take Control of PDF Pen 5" book, starts out by reviewing the history of the PDF, a file format most Mac users encounter every day, but may not fully understand.

He explains how and why it was developed, why not all PDFs are created equal, and some things you can't natively do with them. PDFpen 5 from Smile solves those problems, and Cohen takes us on a tour.

"MacVoices" is an Internet show and podcast that delivers in-depth discussions with the most influential people in the Mac industry, as well as "the individuals who are out there making it happen on the front lines of the global Apple community," according to host Chuck Joiner.

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Sep 24
Macgamestore taking pre-orders for Assassin's Creed 2...

Macgamestore.com has begun taking pre-orders for UbiSoft's Assassin’s Creed 2 Deluxe Edition (http://www.macgamestore.com/detail.php?ProductID=1612) for the Macintosh. The game, which is scheduled to be available on Oct. 4,, is available for pre-order as a digital download for 34.99. It requires Mac OS X 10.5 or higher.

Assassin’s Creed 2 Digital Deluxe Edition includes Assassins Creed 2 and three bonus maps. You can explore some of the Renaissance’s most prestigious monuments to reveal secret treasures in three special in-game maps: Palazzo Medici, Santa Maria Dei Frari, and the Arsenal Shipyard.

Here's how the game is described: "Assassin’s Creed 2 is the follow-up to the title that became the fastest-selling new IP in video game history. The highly anticipated title features a new hero, Ezio Auditore da Firenze, a young Italian noble,...

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Sep 24
Info needed on account management software for the Mac

Our next Category Review will look at account management software for the Mac. If you use or know of such goodies, drop me a line (dsellers@applecentral.com) no later than Wednesday, Sept. 29.

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

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Sep 24
Raskin update improves rendering quality, more

Raskin Software (http://raskinformac.com/?utm_medium=email&utm_source=createsend&utm_cont...) has updated its self-titled Raskin application – a zoomable single surface Finder alternative for Mac to version 1.1.1. The upgrade improves the rendering quality of files and text displayed at smaller sizes, adds interface improvements and fixes several user reported issues.

Raskin is designed to simplifiy interaction with your computer files. Version 1.1 uses Apple’s OS X Quick Look function.

“Quick Look was the number one requested feature among our growing user base,” says Raskin co-...

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Sep 24
Multisite update for iWeb provides better feedback, more

Clarkwood Software's (http://clarkwood.com) Multisite for iWeb 2.0, a Mac OS X utility for users of iWeb, has been updated to version 2.5.3. iWeb is part of Apple's iLife suite of software.

Apple built iWeb to manage a site going to a single server. If you need to build several sites that go to more than a single web server then Multisite solves your dilemma, according to the folks at Clarkwood Software. It also speeds up iWeb’s publishing by putting sites into individual files behind the scenes so you don't have to publish every site each time.

Multisite 2.5.3 provides better feedback for cases where iWeb was renamed. In cases where a folder isn't created it now displays the path. Version 2.5.3 also improves: internal counts when tracking number of sites; permission checking in the file system; licensing feedback; and the automated build process for better version number coordination.

Multisite...

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Sep 24
Mac Shutdown X for Mac OS X gets maintenance update

Pomola Software has updated Mac Shutdown X (http://pomola.com/products_macshutdown/macshutdown.html), a Mac OS X utility for shutting down a Mac on a specified event or on a specified date and time, to version 1.5.4. It's a maintenance update with some bug fixes.

Mac Shutdown X costs US$20. Version 1.5.4 is a free update for registered users. The software is Universal Binary so runs natively on both PowerPC and Intel Macs. It requires Mac OS X 10.4 or higher.

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Sep 24
App Tamer update for Mac OS X improves efficiency

St. Clair Software has released App Tamer 1.0.1 (http://www.stclairsoft.com/AppTamer/), an update of the app for Mac OS X 10.5 and higher that gives you control over your applications so you can save battery and CPU power.The new version increases efficiency and addresses several issues that have been reported since version 1.0 was released.

Some Mac applications, especially web browsers, continue running tasks or animations even when they're supposed to be idle in the background. This can consume valuable processing power and reduce battery life. App Tamer's AutoStop capability automatically pauses these applications when you switch away from them, and then restarts them when you click back to them. This frees your CPU and reduces power consumption, according to the folks at St. Clair.

App Tamer shows the average percentage of your processor(s) being used by each app, and...

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Sep 24
Flux web page creation app gets History feature

The Escapers has released Flux 3.1 (http://theescapers.com/flux2/), an update of the Mac OS X app that allows drag 'n drop creation of web pages without the need of knowledge of XHTMLICSS (though you can twiddle with the code if you like). The upgrade introduces a new History feature to allow reversing experimental changes or mistakes.

Snapshots can be easily created using a keyboard shortcut. Also, a new palette manages the complete history of your web page.

Users of both Flux 1 & 2 are entitled to an upgrade for £34.99, and new users can pay only £69.99 for a single user license, or £99.99 for a family license.

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Sep 23
iPhone/iPod/iPad apps for Sept. 23

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/).

BookLover, the US$0.99 iPhone app for those who love reading and sharing information on their favorite books with friends, now offers a barcode scanning feature to make it easier to enter books into the app. Once entered, BookLover automatically fetches the book cover and, in many cases, a synopsis of each book in the reader's collection or on their Wish List.

Electric Pocket has announced Nag - One Tap Alarm 1.0 for iOS devices. The free app offers a way to give yourself a persistent reminder that something needs to be done. Nag offers a control screen for setting a quick reminder for yourself.

KadaMedia has released HourClash 1.0, a $0.99 game for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch devices. It features physics based gameplay, soundtracks and 15...

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Sep 23
Apple, Sector Labs battle over 'Pod' trademark

Apple and a startup called Sector Labs (http://www.sectorlabs.com/) are apparently going to do legal battle over the 'Pod' trademark, reports "Gadget Lab" (http://www.wired.com/gadgetlab/2010/09/apple-goes-to-trial-with-startup-...). Sector Labs is developing a video projector dubbed the Video Pod -- and Apple doesn't like that moniker.

Apple and Sector Labs are undergoing a paper trial, in which each party has 30 days to gather and present evidence in paper form...

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Sep 23
Apple now world's second business company by market value

Apple has overtaken PetroChina Co. to become the second-biggest company in the world by market value, lifted by investors betting on growth prospects for the Mac, iPhone, iPod and iPad, reports "Bloomberg" (http://www.businessweek.com/news/2010-09-23/apple-becomes-world-s-second...?).

Apple, valued at $265.8 billion, trails Exxon Mobil Corp., which was worth $313.3 billion as of 2:53 p.m. (Eastern). PetroChina is valued at $265.5 billion.

“There’s no reason at all Apple can’t grow much, much bigger,” Jane Snorek, an analyst with Minneapolis-based First American Funds (which has more than $100 billion under management, with Apple as its largest technology holding) told "Bloomberg." Apple still has a small portion of the market for phones and...

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Sep 23
Apple to open Spokane retail store on Sept. 25

Apple is set to open a new retail store in Spokane, Washington, on Saturday, Sept. 25, at 10 am. Apple Store River Park Square (http://www.apple.com/retail/riverparksquare/) is located at 808 West Main Avenue, Spokane, Washington 99201. The grand opening will start at 10 am.

Regular store hours will be Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday from 11 am to 6 pm.

Apple Store Haywood Mall will be the company's 304rd retail store. Apple plans to open another 17 or so during this fiscal year, with about half of those outside the U.S.

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Sep 23
Solid Line to ship leather case/keyboard combo for the iPad

Solid Line Products (http://www.solidlineproducts.com) is now taking orders for its all-in-one leather case & Bluetooth keyboard for the iPad, which ships next week. The Bluetooth 2.0 silicone keyboard is built into the quality leather folio case designed to protect the iPad from nicks, scratches, and scuffs.

Designed for those who find the iPad’s soft keyboard impractical for any serious typing, the built-in keyboard pairs seamlessly to the iPad with three simple steps, according to Sold Line Products founder and CEO Henry Lo. The case allows for easy positioning of the iPad at an optimum angle for viewing a horizontal screen and typing, he adds.

"The iPad is indeed a revolutionary product," Lo says. "Unfortunately, we humans can’t undo 30 years of keyboard conditioning overnight. This new product makes the iPad more practical for emails, note taking, or even for posting...

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Sep 23
Turn your iPad into an Etch-a-Sketch

Headcase has introduced the US$39 Etch-a-Sketch iPad case (http://www.getaheadcase.com). It resembles one of America's favorite toys and is made of impact resistant ABS plastic.

Rubber feet and a felt backing cradle the Apple tablet inside the case, while strategically placed windows throughout the Etch-a-Sketch case allow for use of all switches, ports, and buttons. A retractable kick stands allow one to either lay the  iPad flat, or angle it for using the keyboard.

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Sep 23
iHub Basic syncs Macs, iDevices wirelessly

Nova media (http://www.novamedia.de) has unveiled iHub Basic for Mac OS X. The US$29.95 software syncs contacts and calendars automatically and wirelessly between Macs, iPhones, iPads and iPod touches in any local network.

The software installs on a Mac and shares selected calendars, contacts and address book groups. Other Macs and iOS devices on the same network can access and edit any shared data. iHub Basic doesn't require any additional client software as it uses the open standards CalDAV and CardDAV which are supported by default by Mac OS X and iOS.

"Thanks to iHub Basic, there is no need to store sensitive on any far-away cloud service," says Jan Fuellemann, spokesperson of nova media. "In addition, the user does not have to use a cable and run iTunes just to add an appointment in the calendar or to change an address. And of course, there is no need to buy any expensive server solution to...

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Sep 23
iPhone tops customer satisfaction list for fourth consecutive...

For a fourth consecutive time, Apple ranks highest in customer satisfaction among manufacturers of smartphones with a score of 800 on a 1,000-point scale, and performs particularly well in ease of operation, operating system, features and physical design, according to the J.D. Power and Associates' (http://www.JDPower.com) 2010 U.S. Wireless Smartphone Customer Satisfaction Study. Motorola (791) and HTC (781) follow Apple in the rankings.

The study measures customer satisfaction with traditional wireless handsets and smartphones across several key factors among owners who have used their current mobile phone for less than two years. In order of importance, the key factors of overall satisfaction with traditional wireless handsets are: operation (30%); physical design (30%); features (20%); and battery function (20%). For smartphones, the key factors are: ease of operation (26%); operating system (24%);...

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Sep 23
Low brand loyalty among BlackBerry users may be fueled by...

Companies that force employees to use BlackBerries may be indirectly hurting the brand by fomenting low user loyalty, according to the latest Crowd Science study into smartphone brand loyalty.

Only 35% of survey respondents whose smartphone choices were foisted on them by corporate mandate said they were "very satisfied" with their brand, compared with about 60% of users who exercised at least some choice in their smartphone purchases.

BlackBerries were much more likely -- in two out of three cases -- to be the smartphone brand chosen by companies for their employees, the study found. About one-fifth (19%) of BlackBerry users had their phone chosen for them, compared with just 4% each of Android or iPhone users. In a related finding, Crowd Science found that one-third of BlackBerry owners use their phones mostly or only for business purposes, compared with just 20% of all smartphone users.

"Combine the low satisfaction levels of users of corporate-mandated...

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Sep 23
Logo Design Studio Pro update doubles number of included...

Macware has updated Logo Design Studio Pro (http://www.macwareinc.com/products/LDSPro/overview.html), a vector based logo design application for Mac OS X, to version 2.0. The upgrade doubles the number of included logo templates and SVG graphic objects, adds new design options, improves overall usability, and fixes all bugs reported from the previous version.

Logo Design Studio Pro lets you design logo objects, then add or change text, shapes, color gradients and more to get the look right. Vector design tools allow you to scale logos to any size without losing their sharpness and clarity. You can even make your logo background transparent to blend in on any web or print-based project.

Logo Design Studio Pro is Universal Binary so runs natively on both PowerPC and Intel Macs. It requires Mac OS X 10.4 or higher. The software costs US$59...

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Sep 23
SOHO Business Cards 3.0 gets new smart templates, more

Chronos (http://www.chronosnet.com) has updated SOHO Business Cards, the business card software for Mac OS X, to version 3.0. New featurs include:

° 70-plus smart templates;

° An artwork browser that manages artwork and makes it searchable;

° A font preview mode for previewing fonts in a list or animated fashion;

° Curved & spiral text;

° A Paste and Match Style feature to match the style of text nearby;

° The ability to hold down the space bar and drag the mouse to scroll the canvas;

° A Trim To Card feature to hide objects outside the card for a quick preview; six new Smart Shapes; the ability to resize multiple objects together without grouping; the ability to edit bezier shapes; and 20 iScrapKits containing 974 graphics.

SOHO Business Cards is a business card kit that comes with: 13,000-plus designer-quality photographs, photos of objects and...

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