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Mar 09
DaisyDisk 2 available in the Mac App Store

DaisyDisk Team has released the final version of DaisyDisk 2.0, an update to the disk analyzer utility for Mac OS X. It requires Mac OS X 10.5 or later and costs US$19.95.

DaisyDisk displays disk contents as an interactive color-coded sunburst map, revealing large files that may no longer be needed, and allowing you to delete them. Version 2.0 features built-in file deletion, can scan several disks at a time, has a new user interface based on Core Animation, and more.

DaisyDisk represents disk content as an interactive color-coded sunburst map. The map can be navigated to preview deeper levels of data. When the application is launched an overview of all mounted disks is displayed, with graphical indicators of how full each is.

A demo is available at the DaisyDisk web site (http://www.daisydiskapp.com/). Existing DaisyDisk customers can upgrade to version 2.0 for $9.95. Free...

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Mar 09
Tekkeon’s Dual Port Power Pack charges two devices at once

Tekkeon (http://www.tekkeon.com) has introduced the newest member of its mobile power product family: the US$69.95 TekCharge MP1860A, a dual port power pack with two USB outputs, to simultaneously charge and power an iPad, iPhone, iPod nano or iPod touch, and a second small portable device

It connects to devices in three ways: to an iPad, iPhone, iPod nano or iPod touch using the included Dock Connector/USB cable, or to any compatible device using the USB device cable or an adapter tip. An Apple Dock Connector to USB cable is included for charging and syncing iOS devices, with Mini USB and Micro USB adapter tips included for connection to current models of BlackBerry, HTC, LG, Motorola, Nokia, Samsung, and Sony Ericsson mobile phones. 

The included USB adapter tips can be used to charge Kindle2, Nook, MP3 players, PDAs, portable media players, pocket video cameras, portable routers, GPS, MP3 players...

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Mar 09
Mondo Solitaire is new solitaire game for the Mac

Ambrosia Software (http://www.AmbrosiaSW.com) has released Mondo Solitaire, an US$9.99 solitaire game for the Mac. It requires Mac OS X 10.6 or higher, and a demo is available for download.

Mondo Solitaire has over 300 game variants and an user interface that's been designed especially with the Mac in mind. In addition to having every solitaire game under the sun, Mondo Solitaire also offers some unique variants such as additional suits, additional decks, and alternate rules, according to the folks at Ambrosia.

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Mar 09
Brunhilda and the Dark Crystal come to the Mac App Store

Codeminion and Twin Bottles say Brunhilda and the Dark Crystal 1.28 (http://brunhildathegame.com/), their casual adventure game for Mac OS X, is now at the Mac App Store. It costs US$9.99 and can be found in the Games section.

The story focuses on an ancient prophecy and makes Brunhilda personally responsible for solving the great mystery. The story is packed with twists and turns and humorous dialogues. The gameplay is a mixture of hidden object mechanic, puzzles and point-and-click quest solving.

Brunhilda and the Dark Crystal boasts over six hours of gameplay. There are 10 different lands to visit with multiple locations and NPC characters and three arcane mini-games.

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Mar 09
Marware Eco-Flip case for iPad 2 available for pre-order

Marware (http://www.marware.com) says the Eco-Flip case for the iPad 2 is now available for pre-order. It's a leather flip-style cover that costs US$54.99 and is available in black "eco-leather."

The Eco-Flip offers three solutions in one: a vertical stand, a foldaway, low-angle typing stand and an elastic hand strap for an improved hold while walking, exercising, lounging, or using FaceTime. The Eco-Flip offers access to all buttons and ports, allowing you to charge and sync without removing the case.

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Mar 09
Faber Acoustical brings SignalScope Pro 3 to the Mac App Store

Faber Acoustical has announced SignalScope Pro 3.0, an update to their acoustical test and measurement toolset for the Mac. It's now available in the Mac App Store for US$199.99 and requires Mac OS X 10.6 or later.

SignalScope Pro offers a suite of tools on the Mac for dynamic and real-time signal analysis, data acquisition, and automated testing. Version 3 features an enhanced user interface, better control over audio device configurations, and more comprehensive user preferences.

New functionality in SignalScope Pro includes the option to perform arithmetic operations, such as addition, subtraction, and multiplication, on two arbitrary input channels of an audio input device. Users can also specify arbitrary FFT lengths and view live spectrogram data in 3D with a logarithmic frequency scale. Two of each type of analysis tool can be opened and operated simultaneously.

A 30-day demo version is available for download at the from Faber Acoustical website (...

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Mar 09
Cristallight Software releases iBarcoder 3.3.3

Cristallight and Don Kurt have released iBarcoder 3.3.3 (http://www.cristallight.com/iBarcoder/), the latest Mac barcode software for Mac OS X 10.4 or later.

iBarcoder (US$39.95) supports multiple symbologies including the Japanpost customer Mac barcode, three types of FIM codes, Postnet, Several UPC, EAN and IBSN codes, QR code, and more. With the app you can individualize the coding to identify location sold, style, and other tracking information.

A Counter Mode automatically creates the next barcode in a sequence from the defined parameters you have specified. You can use starting numbers and postix parts using the increment value established.

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Mar 09
World Clock Deluxe ticks to version 4.7.4

MaBaSoft (http://www.mabasoft.net) has updated its World Clock Deluxe time tool to version 4.7.4. In the new version, Daylight-Saving time information for Chile and Cuba has been updated.

This year, Chile has extended Daylight-Saving time (which was originally planned to end on March 13) to continue until April 3 to face water shortage in reservoirs and avoid a possible energy crisis.Cuba decided to postpone the start of DST from the second to the third Sunday in March.

With World Clock Deluxe you can display multiple clocks in a horizontal or vertical palette, in the menu bar and in the Dock, show Coordinated Universal Time and Internet Time, assign labels and colors to clocks, calculate date and time conversions across different time zones and show the current weather all over the world. The software is Universal Binary and runs in English, German, Dutch, French and Italian.

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Mar 09
Booxter for Mac OS X revved to version 2.7

Deep Prose Software (http://www.deepprose.com) has released Booxter 2.7 for Mac OS X. With Booxter users can create multiple libraries and smart lists to organize books, music, movies and comic books.

Version 2.7 improves on the free companion iPhone app, available from the Apple App Store. Customers can now scan barcodes and have them sent directly into Booxter, wirelessly. If you have an iPhone or iPod touch, you now have a scanner. Other improvements include adding Amazon Italy as a search site for books, music and movies, improving online searches, and enhancing the user interface.

Booxter supports both handheld and wireless barcode scanners and iSight video cameras to add large numbers of items to a collection. It requires Mac OS 10.4 or later. A downloadable demo version has a limit of 30 items for each library.

The full version costs US$29.99; there's a free version with a limit...

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Mar 09
Volitans Software announces SMART Utility 2.2

Volitans software has announced SMART Utility 2.2, an update to the hard drive diagnostic application. The new version includes a menu icon to run in the background, a better user interface for single partitions, and better support for SSDs, as well as bug fixes.

SMART Utility is an application to scan the internal hardware diagnostics system of hard drives. SMART is a system built into hard drives by their manufacturers to report on various measurements of a hard drive's operation.

SMART Utility is available in a variety of licenses including a personal license for US$25 and a family license for $40. It can be purchased online (http://www.volitans-software.com/) or within the SMART Utility itself through its embedded web store.

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Mar 09
MegaSeg update includes over 70 improvements, new features

Fidelity Media has released MegaSeg 5.6. The new version encompasses over 70 improvements and new features including:

 ° iTunes Sound Check volume support;

° A new BPM Tapper with improved accuracy;

° Intro countdown timers accurate to a tenth of a second;

° (Pro) A built-in FTP upload feature to send "Now Playing" data;

° Printing directly from the Logs and Show History reports;

° (Pro) Voice Over tracks are now automatically back-timed into track intros;

° Playlist menu commands to sort by Category, Date Added, and Time;

° A MIDI preset for the Numark DJ2GO controller;

° MIDI controller jog wheels can now scrub the Wave Viewer for analog style cueing;

° (Pro) New Events to start Ambient Playlists and toggle Rules on and off;

° Font and color options for the Category and Playlist Browsers, Logs, Ambient Playlists, and hot keys;

° (Pro) Option to toggle events on/off automatically with the playlist...

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Mar 09
InPreFlight for InDesign updated to version 2.8.14

Zevrix Solutions (http://www.zevrix.com) has updated InPreflight Pro -- its quality control, packaging automation and preflight reporting solution for Adobe InDesign -- to version 2.8.14. The new version improves reliability of automated packaging of multiple files.

InPreflight provides a preflight solution for service providers, printers, ad agencies, designers and publishing houses. It gathers information about document fonts, colors and links and lets users locate potential problems according to preflight presets. The software is also a packaging automation solution that allows users to preflight and package multiple documents.

Among other abilities, it can collect all files into one folder, eliminating the need to collect the same links multiple times for each design. In addition, InPreflight lets users print graphic preflight reports and save them as fully searchable interactive PDF files,...

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Mar 08
Apple releases iTunes 10.2.1, Java updates

Apple has released iTunes 10.2.1 and a Java update.

iTunes 10.2.1 is designed to let you sync with your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch with iOS 4.3. Apple says it also offers improved Home Sharing.

Apple has also updated Java for Mac OS X 10.5.8 and 10.6.6, including server versions for both. They're security updates.

You can obtain the updates via the Software Updates component of Mac OS X's Systems Preferences app.

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Mar 08
iPhone/iPod touch/iPad apps for March 8

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


Re-Evolve has announced Contracts HD, an iPad app designed to simplify agreements between two parties. The US$9.99 app allows any iPad user to create, collaborate, sign, and email completed contracts using the tablet's dynamic touch-screen interface. Aside from signing contracts, Contracts HD also provides a database of contract templates for which anyone can add an addendum to all existing contracts, auto-fill appropriate fields within the contract with your information, and allows both parties to sign contracts by using a fingertip.

Daniel Jones and Angel Abreu have released Alone in Forks 1.0 for iOS. With the $0.99 app, you can take a journey through locations in and around Forks, La Push and other areas. You can download your favorites. Not only can...

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Mar 08
ASK Video offers downloadable video tutorials

ASK Video Interactive Media (http://www.askvideo.com), a creator of software tutorials on DVD, is now offering their entire catalog of music software tutorial videos as digital downloads in addition to the original DVD format.

The move to download has been made possible by AVP, or Ask Video Player. AVP is built upon the company's instruction delivery system and takes advantage of the latest technologies to give the user the best video experience possible, says Steve Kostrey, president of ASK Video. AVP has both product authorization and built-in online product registration to ensure ease of use and provide a secure method of distributing videos instantly to customers, he adds.

This new distribution method gives both customers and online retailers an advantage. Retailers no longer have to ship and stock physical product, while having the entire ASK Video catalog available for sale. This also means...

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Mar 08
iPad 2 launch will see higher sales but shorter lines

When the iPad 2 launches Friday, it should see even higher sales than when the first iPad debuted, but shorter lines, Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster tells clients in a note, as reported by "AppleInsider" (http://www.appleinsider.com).

The original iPad launched at 221 U.S. Apple retail stores and most of Best Buy's 1,000-plus American stores in 2010. Munster says the iPad 2 will debut at more than 10,000 stores of retail partners in addition to 236 current Apple retail stores. The second generation tablet will also go on sale in the U.S. Friday at Walmart, Target, and AT&T and Verizon stores.

Munster expects the new model to outsell its predecessor, which reached a million sales in just 28 days. "Generally, the length of the lines at Apple retail stores on launch day have been a helpful early indication of demand," he says. "However, factors like online pre-orders, simultaneous...

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Mar 08
Apple planning the 'next generation' online store

Apple has posted a job opening (http://macte.ch/KFTgo) for a "senior software engineer -- core services" to "help build the next-generation Apple Online Store."

"Do you enjoy building highly scalable, distributed web applications?" Apple asks in the job posting. "Do you get excited about performance tuning java applications at the limits of memory and CPU? Do you enjoy working with other high output engineers? If so, then join our team and make a difference."

Apple is looking for "senior-level engineers with demonstrated experience delivering advanced solutions in a multi-tier, distributed environment." A BS in Computer Science, Mathematics, or EE, or relevant industry experience is required. An MS in Computer Science or related technical field is desired.

-- Dennis Sellers

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Mar 08
Adobe releases experimental Flash to HTML5 conversion tool

Adobe has released an experimental Flash to HTML5 conversion tool on Adobe Labs, codenamed Wallaby. Wallaby is an AIR application that allows designers and developers to convert Adobe Flash Professional (FLA) files into HTML5 via drag and drop, expanding the distribution of creative content across platforms, including iOS devices like the iPad and iPhone.
 


Wallaby is being released on Labs in response to the tremendous amount of customer interest after Wallaby was first demoed at MAX last October, according to Adobe. The company invites customers to download this tool, try out the code it generates and provide feedback on how they are using it.


"User response to the Wallaby technology preview will enable Adobe to better understand what types of innovations are needed in our long-term investments in both Flash and HTML5 technology," Adobe says. 

Users can access the Wallaby preview technology and more information for free at labs.adobe.com .

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Mar 08
Woz: Apple can work 'pretty well' even without Jobs

Apple can function “pretty well” even with CEO Steve Jobs on a medical leave of absence, co-founder Steve "Woz" Wozniak said, as reported by "Bloomberg Businessweek" (http://macte.ch/J8n2t).

“Steve Jobs is only on partial leave. Even if he were to be on total leave, we have examined it,” Wozniak, who said he last spoke with Jobs two months back, spoke in Singapore today. “Apple will go on pretty well even if he is not there directly.”

“I love Apple so much and hope to be back as soon as I can,” Jobs said in an e-mail to employees in January. Jobs said he will continue to “be involved in major strategic decisions for the company.”

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Mar 08
Nuance introduces PDF Converter for Mac

Nuance Communications has introduced Nuance PDF Converter for Mac, giving Apple Mac users the ability to create, convert and edit PDF files for US$99.
 
PDF Converter for Mac allows users to create, view, edit and scan industry-standard PDF files. The product uses Nuance OmniPage document conversion and optical character recognition (OCR) technology to turn PDF files back into editable text documents and turn scanned PDF files into searchable PDF files.

The product also connects to separate cloud-based services, including NuancePDF.com document conversion for conversion to fully-formatted word processing and spreadsheet documents, and Evernote, a note storage and access service. Drag and drop document assembly features to combine Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint documents with PDF documents -- adding the entire document or specific pages, according to Robert Weideman, general manager and senior vice president for the Nuance Document Imaging Division....

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Mar 08
iOS has second place in global mobile operating system market

Google’s Android mobile operating system overtook RIM’s BlackBerry globally for the first time on a monthly basis in February according to web analytics company, StatCounter (http://www.statcounter.com).

Its research arm StatCounter Global Stats finds that Android recorded 15.2% of the worldwide market compared to 14.5% for BlackBerry. Nokia’s Symbian still leads the global market with 30.7% with Apple's iOS in second place with 24.6%.
StatCounter data also pinpoints the rise and rise of mobile devices to access the Internet. The use of mobile to access the Internet compared to desktop has more than doubled worldwide from 1.72% a year ago to 4.45% today. The same trend is evident in the US with mobile Internet usage more than doubling over the past year from 2.59% to 6.32%.

“The momentum is certainly with Android which has almost tripled its market share over the last 12 months from 5.4...

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Mar 08
Pioneer A/V Receiver compatible with Apple’s AirPlay

Pioneer Electronics has introduced a new audio video receiver that includes Apple's AirPlay for wireless music streaming. It gives music lovers complete access, control, and playback of their entire iTunes music library.

Once the VSX-1021 is connected to a home network through Ethernet or Wi-Fi using Pioneer’s optional AS-WL300 wireless LAN adapter (sold separately), AirPlay lets consumers stream their favorite songs to the receiver from iTunes on Mac and PC, or their iPhone, iPad or iPod touch. AirPlay requires iTunes 10.1 or later and iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch with iOS 4.21.

To use Airplay, users can choose a song or playlist on their iPhone, iPad or iPod touch and then tap the AirPlay icon. The VSX-1021 will appear as an available device, and once selected, the receiver automatically turns on or switches to the Airplay source to start music playback.

Using Apple’s Remote app on an iPhone, iPad or iPod touch also enables consumers to browse and access...

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Mar 08
Rovi releases Toast 11, Toast 11 Pro

Rovi Corp. has launched Roxio Toast 11 Titanium for Mac. The update helps extend Mac OS and iLife applications with new capabilities and feature enhancements for capturing, copying, converting and enjoying personal digital media and entertainment.

Toast 11 has been redesigned from the ground up and showcases a new interface. It also boasts refined workflows along with built-in video tutorials. You can see a video overview of Toast 11 at http://macte.ch/GKgiO .

For existing users, Toast 11 adds many features such as recording to multiple drives simultaneously, a streamlined product update mechanism, and the ability to save custom video profiles, which is useful for those that are often converting video for a particular device. The latest version now also offers built-in features for directly uploading media to social networking sites such as YouTube, Vimeo or Facebook and technology optimizations,...

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Mar 08
MyLifeOrganiser released for Mac OS X and Windows

Application Systems North America has announced the North American release of SoftTech Solution's myLifeOrganiser, developed using FileMaker for Mac OS X and Windows.

This organizer is designed to enable families to take control of their daily lives. All members of the family can build complete personal schedules that they can view by week or month. Each personal calendar can display special occasions, such as birthdays and anniversaries, school activities, doctor and dentist appointments, prescription renewals, vehicle inspections and insurance due dates and much much more, all of which can be set within myLifeOrganiser. Personal, family and pet information including birthdays, vet details and awards can all be added and tagged with a photo.

Personal and details can be retrieved from the electronic Address Book. Individuals can track their mortgages, loans, retirement plans, and shares all in location helping them to take control of their family budget. Important...

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Mar 08
Edouard is new ERP solution for Mac OS X

Flying Pig has introduced Edouard 0.8 (http://www.flyingpigcorp.com/EN/edouard.php), their new ERP solution for Mac OS X. It requires Mac OS X 10.6.6 or higher and an Intel-based Mac.

Dedicated to companies concerned about maximizing their resources productivity, Edouard supports classic business needs such as inventory management, contacts, purchases, sales, production, accountancy and more. Based on a Client-Server architectures, it uses PostgreSQL database and Objective-C 2.0 Cocoa as a technological backbone. According to the folks at Flying Pig, Edouard will work with up to 500 users at the same time on huge database (several millions entries).

Pricing policy is: US$59 per user, per month for a shared server cloud solution; $99 per user per month for a dedicated server cloud solution; and $2,999 per user for an in-house license. However, to celebrate the...

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