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Nov 29
LTB ships LTB Light 9.2 for Mac OS X

LTB Soft has announced LTB Light 9.2 (, an update of the US$299 Mac OS X application that permits natural and artificial lighting calculation with a color radiosity method applied to a finite elements plan. Version 9.2 is a free upgrade for registered users of version 9.x.

The update adds: a PDF export menu; a progression bar in the drawer to control calculation status while in background; a button in the About dialogue to copy in the pasteboard the list of installed lighting sources with their power; a Find/Replace tool in every source list dialogue; and a "select all kind" button in the filter selection dialogue. Also, the lighting source name has been upped to 255 characters.

LTB Light implements OpenGL. Data management take places through an internal CAD system, directly in a perspective view. It's possible to introduce flatten surfaces with colored glazing, furniture...

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Nov 29
myTracks 2.2 for Mac OS X adds iPhoto '11, Aperture 3...

Developer Dirk Stichling has announced myTracks 2.2. for Mac OS X (, an update to his GPS/Photo application that allows the user to download, sync, edit, and record GPS tracks.

myTracks' Logger Assistant has presets for more than 50 GPS devices. Features include: automatic geotagging; iPhoto '09 and '11 and Aperture 3 compatibility; track import, export, editing, and library; geocaching; OpenStreetMap and Google Earth support; and a free iOS version with sync.

Users can drag and drop JPEG or RAW photo files onto myTrack's dock icon, where they will undergo geotagging automatically, syncing to the appropriate GPS track. A manual mode allows for geotagging without a GPS track.

myTrack displays GPS tracks on a variety of different maps, including: OpenStreetMaps, Microsoft Bing Maps, OpenCycleMap,...

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Nov 29
ForkLift for Mac OS X rolls to version 2

BinaryNights ( has announced ForkLift 2, an update to their dual-pane file manager and FTP client for Mac OS X.

ForkLift is a file manager that integrates multiple features. Version 2 was rewritten from the ground up to bring enhanced speed and stability, as well as new features such as Disklets, Stacks, Transfer Queue, Synclets, Favorites Manager, and Coverflow view. Existing features have also been revamped, like RegExp in search and filtering, an enhanced Multi-Rename, and fine-grain control for Folder Sync operations.

You can create and manage archives, edit files, use Quicklook, batch-rename, and organize with ease between all types of volumes, local or remote, including full support for FTP, SFTP, WebDAV, S3, iDisk, SMB, AFP and NIS. In addition, a new Disklets feature allows you mount any of your remote connections, making them appear to your Mac as local...

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Nov 29
Troi Automatisering releases Troi Activator Plug-in 3.0

Troi Automatisering has released Troi Activator Plug-in 3.0 for FileMaker Pro 11. The updated cross platform plug-in runs natively in FileMaker Pro 11 and now serves as image upload server.

The Activator Plug-in is a tool for triggering scripts across the network, even over the Internet. A fully functional demo version of Troi Activator Plug-in 3.0 is available for downloading at Troi's web site at .

Troi Activator Plug-in 3.0 works with FileMaker Pro 9, 10 and 11. The plug-in can also be used with runtimes from FileMaker Pro Advanced 9, 10 and 11. The plug-in is available for Mac OS X 10.5.7 or higher and Windows XP, Windows Vista and Windows 7.

Licenses cost US$89 per user. Details on developer licenses and multi-user discounts can be found on at the Troi Automatisering web site.

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Nov 29
TranslateIt! for Mac OS X gets new Text Translate tool

TranslateIt! for Mac ( -- a multilingual dictionary that allows looking up words on the fly -- has been updated. There's a new Text Translation tool. Also, German Polish and French localization has been updated.

With TranslateIt!, you hover the pointer over an unfamiliar word (in any Cocoa Aapplication), and you will see its translation in a pop-up window. It comes with several free dictionaries for a large number of languages. TranslateIt! supports translation from/to any language (corresponding dictionaries must be installed), English sounds (it contains over 17,000 English words pronunciations) and printing of flash cards.

The software also comes with a Words Quiz (a game for learning new words), a built-in DictBuilder utility for creating custom dictionaries and a multilingual user interface. TranslateIt! for Mac is distributed as...

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Nov 29
SpeedUp Mac optimizes hard drive performance

Stellar Information Systems, a provider of data recovery software and solutions, has launched a SpeedUp Mac ( It helps you increase the system performance significantly by removing all the unwanted files, applications and system junks from your Mac system.

SpeedUp Mac software acts both as a cleanser and uninstaller. With its Clean My Mac option, the software helps you delete all your unusable duplicate files, large old files, cache/temporary files, and universal binaries from any Mac volume in your system. What's more, SpeedUp Mac can uninstall the not-in-use applications, plug-ins, widgets and generates free space out of it.

Speed Up Mac is available in a single user download version with a lifetime license. It costs US$39 only.

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Nov 29
iPhone users most loyal of smartphone owners

A new GfK survey finds that 56% of smartphone owners in key global markets were keeping their options open about which phone they would buy next, with only Apple commanding a significant degree of loyalty, reports "Reuters" (

The survey found that just 25%of smartphone owners planned to stay loyal to the operating system running their phone, with loyalty highest among Apple users at 59% and lowest for Microsoft's phone software, at 21%.

Of users of Research in Motion's BlackBerrys, 35% said they would stay loyal, notes "Reuters." The figure was 28% for users of phones running Google's Android software, and 24% for users of Nokia Symbian phones.

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Nov 29
Apple to open retail store in Amsterdam

Apple plans to open a retail store in Amsterdam, in the same building where it set up its Benelux headquarters last year, reports "Mashable" (

The building in question is called the Hirsch building, and it’s located on Amsterdam’s Leidseplein, the article adds. Apple has set up its Dutch headquarters on the third floor, and its retail store is set to occupy a large portion of the building’s ground floor.

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Nov 29
Analyst: Apple stores selling 8.2 Macs per hour per store

Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster and his team have been counting sales at Apple retail stores and have told clients -- as reported by "Fortune" ( -- that:

° Macs were leaving the stores at the rate of 8.2 units per hour per store, down from 8.3 last year and 13 two years ago. "While Mac sales were flat year-over-year" he writes, "we believe it is too early to make a call on Macs in the Dec. quarter. Note that Mac NPD data in the first month of the quarter (Oct.) was up 20% year-over-year
° iPads were selling 8.8 units per hour. There are no other Black Friday iPad sales to compare with, but Munster believes these numbers are in line with his prediction that...

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Nov 29
Apple smokes competition in 'PC World' survey

Products made by Apple, Asus, Brother, and Canon "are typically reliable and well supported," according to a new poll of 79,000 "tech aficionados" by "PC World" (

The "PC World" study also found that:

° Products made by Dell and Hewlett-Packard often aren't reliable and well supported, especially if you're a home user.

° Laptops are slightly more reliable than before, and have fewer serious problems than desktops.

° Business computer customers are generally more satisfied than their consumer counterparts.

"Apple once again smoked the competition in the desktop, notebook, and smartphone categories, winning high praise from customers in all reliability and service categories," says "PC World."


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Nov 29
Can’t make it to Macworld? Loop Business Expo is coming to a...

By Terry Jarrell
Apple Consultants Network

Many Mac faithful have long been converging in San Francisco every January for Macworld, but what about those who cannot make the trek across country but still want to take part in a great Mac oriented event? Enter the Loop Business Expo (

While not quite as big an event, the LBE is just getting started with roots in Miami, Florida. The Expo plans to travel the U.S. throughout 2011 on the Loop Business Expo National Tour. Next stop is Dec. 8 in beautiful Orlando, Florida, with the next event in Tampa, Florida, on Feb. 23, 2011.

The expo features more than 50 national hardware and software vendors showcasing their products and services. While primarily aimed at business users, there will be something for users of many levels including workshops, keynote speakers and roundtable...

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Nov 29
HD Deck transforms USB port into HDTV port

With more subscription TV services popping up on the Internet, it may be fine for a group of college kids to huddle around a laptop, but it isn’t very comfortable for a group of adults to share a 13-inch computer screen.
On Dec. 1, Sewell Direct ( will announce an HD Deck, which transforms a USB port into a full 1080p HDTV port, giving you VGA, DVI and HDMI video connection options. With both Mac and PC versions available, the product is perfect for streaming video, showing family photos off, or even business purposes.

The HDdeck is like an external video card you connect to virtually any computer with an available USB port, adding an additional screen (in most cases an HDTV but many monitors these days also have HDMI inputs). This will allow you to expand your computer's desktop space to another monitor where you can watch videos, surf the web, play games...

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Nov 29
Zevrix announces updated automated file delivery solution

Zevrix Solutions (http:/ has announced Deliver 2.0.6, a maintenance update to its automated solution to send and share files across the Internet and local networks.

Deliver lets users send files to remote and local destinations with e-mail notifications, compression, encryption and other powerful capabilities. It supports FTP, Amazon S3, MobileMe and other services, and lets users send files to multiple destinations at once. Deliver also lets users send output files directly from Adobe InDesign.

The new version introduces the option to copy notification email body to the general clipboard after delivery. Users can paste the body text to their email clients to send custom messages. The new update also addresses several stability and connectivity issues.

Deliver Express, a fully automated version of Deliver, is currently in beta testing stage. It will process files automatically from watched hot folders.

Deliver 2.0 can be purchased from...

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Nov 26
Apple buys another 98 acres in Cupertino

Apple has made a 98-acre land purchase that will roughly double the size of its home base in Cupertino, reports the "Silicon Valley Mercury News" (

Apple's latest acquisition is the longtime campus of Hewlett-Packard, the article adds. HP announced over the summer that it planned to move out of that site, which it had occupied for decades, as it consolidates operations at its Palo Alto headquarters over the next two years.

The "Mercury News" says it's no surprise the company needs more room: in the past year, Apple reported $65 billion in sales and added 12,300 employees to its global work force of 46,600, many of them in Cupertino.

"They've just had spectacular growth," analyst Tim...

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Nov 26
ChangeWave predicts 'monster holiday season' for Apple

Consumer electronics spending is up for the holidays and will exceed last year according to a November survey of 2,812 U.S. consumers by the ChangeWave research group ( -- and much of it is being driven by Apple, which is having the most explosive holiday season in its history.

Better than one-in-four respondents (26%) say they’ll spend more on consumer electronics over the next 90 days and only 29% say less. That's a big nine-point jump from last month and a net three-point improvement from November 2009.

The survey also found a big jump in planned laptop purchasing, with 10% saying they’ll buy a laptop in the next 90 days. That's two points better than last month and matching the highest level in a ChangeWave survey in three years.

The manufacturer most responsible for the surge in laptop demand is Apple, with 36% of planned laptops buyers saying they’ll...

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Nov 24
YML looks at iOS 4.2

The new "Your Mac Life" episode ponders the question, "Is Apple an arrogant company?"

You can listen in this and every Wednesday evening from 5:30 to 8 pm (Pacific). Live video is on Your Mac Life! You can watch the show live at -- or you can listen in to the plain old audio feed at .

You can join one of the two Chat Rooms that run during the live show -- on the live video site or on the dedicated IRC Server at in the #yourmaclife Channel.

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Nov 24
StoryBoard Quick 6 adds Final Draft fdx format support

PowerProduction Software has released StoryBoard Quick 6, with new screenwriting software imports including support for the Final Draft fdx format.

"StoryBoard Quick 6 is about the ability to create storyboards quickly and stylishly, with easy integration of storyboards into the filmmaking pipeline,” said Jeff Walsh, vice president of Product Management at PowerProduction Software. “This version offers new and more artwork, simplicity and speed to every task. By streamlining the digital workflow for the professionals, and enabling beginning videographers to plan projects, StoryBoard Quick 6 brings new vitality to the essential process of storyboarding for pre-production.”

Other new features in version 6 include import from scheduling and breakdown programs such as Gorilla Film Production Software (budgeting and scheduling), as well as scheduling from Entertainment Partners. These features and more are available in the stand-alone applications for both Mac OS X and...

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Nov 24
New pro audio recording tutorials available at ( has partnered with Singing Canary Productions for a new line of tutorials called "The Art of Audio Recording." In this 8-part series, you'll learn audio recording secrets such as how to properly mic and record drum kits, guitars, vocals, and even orchestras.

In the first installment of this new 8-part series, "Introduction To Recording," you'll learn the fundamentals of how sound works. Through HD video, this two-hour introduction to audio recording explores all of the main types of microphones available on the market today, detailing how these mics work, and how you should use them in your productions.

These video tutorials will teach you about frequency response, polarity, impedance and noise. From there you'll move on to the application of pre-amps and compression in the recording process. Finally, you'll turn back to multi-microphone...

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Nov 24
iPhone/iPod/iPad apps for Nov. 24

Here are the latest iPhone/iPod touch/iPod/iPad apps announced. You can find 'em at the Apple App Store (

Sling Media, a wholly-owned subsidiary of EchoStar Corp., has announced the SlingPlayer Mobile player for the iPad. The US$29.99 app lets Slingbox owners extend their living room TV experience to their iPad and takes advantage of the iPad's high-resolution, 9.7-inch LED-backlit display. The revamped program guide uses the iPad's intuitive native interface, and a recent channels feature puts a viewer's recent channels at his fingertips.

Absolute Software -- a provider of firmware-based, patented, computer theft recovery, data protection and secure computer lifecycle management solutions -- has launched Absolute Manage Mobile Device Management (MDM) for iOS 4 devices, such as the iPhone and iPad. The solution available with Absolute Manage allows IT...

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Nov 24
XtremeMac launches new iPod cases

XtremeMac ( has announced cases for the fourth generation iPod touch and sixth generation nano. These new case lines allow access to all ports, jacks and new features for the recently announced iPod models.

The iPod touchcases include the signature Tuffwrap silicone case line, Microshield plastic impact-resistant case line and Hybrid two-piece plastic and silicone design case. The Sportwrap, available for the new iPod nano and touch, is a lightweight armband designed for the active iPod user.  It's constructed with soft, durable lycra and neoprene, protects from sweat and keeps the device in place during a workout.

Also available for both the iPod touch and iPod nano is the Tuffshield screen protectors. The XtremeMac iPod touch and nano cases and shields range from US$12.99 to $29.99

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Nov 24
TK-421 is QWERTY keyboard case for the iPhone

ThinkGeek ( has released the US$49.95 TK-421 iPhonecase for the iPhone 4 and iPhone 3GS with flip-out keyboard. It offers a physical QWERTY keyboard that rotates out when needed and hides behind the phone when no longer needed. 

The TK-421’s case includes a built-in keyboard that connects to the device via Bluetooth. The keyboard powers up with its own built-in, rechargeable battery. 

When not in use, a magnetic clasp keeps the keyboard in place. The keyboard works with all native iPhone apps that support keyboard input, like e-mail, notes and the Safari web browser.

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Nov 24
iPad is Oprah's 'favorite thing ever'

Oprah Winfrey says the iPad is her "No. 1 favorite thing ever." As noted by "AppleInsider" (, on her show this week, Winfrey unveiled her list of "ultimate favorite things."

Topping the list was the Apple tablet, which she also gave away to the 275 audience members who were there for the taping of her TV show. "From our very first moment together, I knew it had stolen my heart," Winfrey told her audience.

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Nov 24
MacNotables looks at the Beatles on iTunes, iOS 4.2

The latest edition of "MacNotables" (, a podcast that serves as home to Mac personalities who will comment on the latest news and opinions in the Mac community, is available.

Ted Landau talks about the reaction to Beatles' in iTunes who's buying and why it is relevant. He then turns his attention to the new iOS 4.2 software that enhances the iPad, his experiences with it, and his favorite feature that is made even better by a third-party app.

Netflix has made some changes to their pricing. Landau discusses the Netflix experience and what effect the change will have on his use of the service.

"MacNotables" panelists include Christopher Breen, Bryan Chaffin, Jim Dalrymple, Adam Engst, Tonya Engst, Andy Ihnatko, Joiner, Ted Landau, Jason Snell, Bob LeVitus, Dan Frakes and Yours Truly. Not all panelists can make all shows due to...

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Nov 24
ITC investigating Apple's patent claims against Motorola

Apple's patent claims against Motorola will be reviewed by the U.S. International Trade Commission, which could issue an order banning Motorola phones from the U.S., reports "Bloomberg" (

The ITC will determine if Motorola is infringing Apple patents and whether it should rule to block U.S. imports of Motorola phones made overseas that run on Google’s Android operating system. Notice of the investigation has been posted on the agency’s website, notes "Bloomberg."

Earlier this month Apple sued Motorola, alleging that the company's smartphone lineup and the operating software it uses infringe on the iPhone-maker's intellectual property. The two lawsuits came...

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Nov 24
Vlambeer announces Super Crate Box for Mac OS X

Game Studio Vlambeer has announces that a freeware Mac version of their debut title, Super Crate Box (, will be available for download starting this weekend.

In Super Crate Box, players aim to collect crates while endless hordes of enemies spawn from the top of the screen. By collecting crates, players earn points and are assigned a random weapon that can be used to dispose of the enemies.

The game aims to bring back the glory days of arcade gaming in the form of a hectic platform shooter, says says Rami of Vlambeer. The game boasts a pixel art-style and a chiptune soundtrack.

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