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Aug 10
Hills & Mountains Collection of symbols available

Cartography software provider Mapdiva (http://www.mapdiva.com) has announced the availability of 10 groups of hill and mountain symbols for graphic designers and mapmakers to create maps for websites, magazines, books, and brochures.

The Hills & Mountains Collection was created by Mapdiva's design team to allow users to illustrate pictorial-styled landscapes and terrain and choose from a variety of map styles. Symbols can also be customized thanks to Ortelius' Style Inspector and integrated Mac OS X color picker.

Featuring 10 groups of hill and mountain map symbols -- 126 in all -- the Hills & Mountains Collection includes an array of editable vector map symbols modeled after cartographers such as Erwin Raisz and Abraham Ortelius, and calligrapher Heather Child. The Hills & Mountains Collection can be imported into Ortelius' new professional-level Library Manager.

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Aug 10
SeedCode Complete grows for FileMaker 11

The new FileMaker 11 version of SeedCode Complete (http://www.seedcode.com/cp-app/ste_cat/sccomplete11), a contact and project management template for FileMaker, is now available. It's built on SeedCode's Pro calendar extension for FileMaker, offering color coding, repeating events, and drag-and-drop scheduling.

SeedCode Complete links the company's new drag-and-drop calendar to Contacts, Projects, and Invoices in an unlocked, multi-user solution. It's designed as a starting point for those looking for a head start in building their own database system.

It's fully unlocked for you to modify and extend, adding your own fields, layouts, and scripts, or modifying the ones we've written. SeedCode Complete is US$479 for a site license (there are no per seat charges).

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Aug 10
Boris AAF Transfer available

Boris FX (http://www.borisfx.com) has announced the availability of Boris AAF Transfer, a new plug-in designed for seamless transfer of Apple Final Cut Pro sequences to Avid Media Composer.

Editors can use Boris AAF Transfer to transfer an entire live Apple Final Cut Pro program sequence with media, markers, cuts, dissolves, filters, and audio preserved. The transferred sequence can be edited and finished in the Avid Media Composer timeline without returning to Final Cut Pro. Editors can edit Final Cut Pro sequences live in Media Composer -- either on the same system or any other Mac or Windows Media Composer system.

Boris AAF Transfer is available immediately through the Boris FX worldwide reseller channel and direct through the Boris FX web site for a manufacturer's suggested retail price of US$299 and an MSRP of $399 when bundled with the Boris XML Transfer plug-in for Adobe After Effects. Boris...

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Aug 10
WorkLight offers iPhone app connectivity

WorkLight (http://www.worklight.com) has released a new version of its WorkLight Mobile Platform that enables developers and IT professionals to build and integrate new iPhone, iPad and iPod apps with enterprise systems.

This new version offers iOS support for backend enterprise connectivity and provides the ability to connect existing native applications with enterprise infrastructure. WorkLight offers support for downloadable smartphone applications that can be developed using either native or web-based technologies and tools. The WorkLight Mobile Platform's enterprise connectivity layer includes:

° A native library that enables connectivity to backend enterprise and cloud services through the WorkLight Server;

° Flexible integration with authentication mechanisms to enable custom authentication on the client side, such as two factor authentication or keylogger protection;

° ...

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Aug 10
Dingo Games announces Tasty Planet: Back for Seconds for the Mac

Dingo Games (http://www.dingogames.com) has announced Tasty Planet: Back for Seconds, the Mac OS X compatible sequel to their indie game, Tasty Planet. It will be available soon; pricing hasn't been announced.

Here's how the game is described: "Players will take control of a tiny ball of grey goo with the unique ability to eat anything smaller than itself. The more it eats, the bigger it gets. Players will travel to six different time periods while eating increasingly huge objects.

"Tasty Planet: Back for Seconds expands upon the original Tasty Planet in almost every way. Players can now grow from the size of an amoeba to the size a galaxy -- all seamlessly within a single level. The game adds a true two player cooperative campaign mode in which each player controls their own goo. The number of different objects has also increased dramatically - each time period features its own unique set of...

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Aug 10
'MacNotables' looks at pad computing

The latest edition of "MacNotables" (http://www.macnotables.com/wordpress/), a podcast that serves as home to Mac personalities who will comment on the latest news and opinions in the Mac community, is available.

Jim Dalrymple of "The Loop" delivers his thoughts on the past, present and future of "pad computing," evaluating the players and their chances of success. Why Microsoft appears to be clueless, Android is compelling, RIM may have the best competitive chance, and HP is the dark horse in the race are discussed, along with the fact that they all seem to have ceded the top spot to Apple

Dalrymple also talks about Mark Papermaster's departure from Apple, Yoko Ono's position on The Beatles in the iTunes Store, and how he differentiates "The Loop" from other Mac sites.

"MacNotables" panelists include Christopher Breen, Bryan Chaffin, Jim Dalrymple, Adam Engst,...

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Aug 10
Wondershare Web Gallery released for the Mac

Wondershare (http://www.wondershare.com) has launched the Web Gallery for Mac, a flash image gallery maker. It's designed for web designers, bloggers, social networking enthusiasts and those who need to make flash business banner, web photo album and more.

Wondershare Web Gallery for Mac can purportedly turn your still digital photos to flash image gallery in three steps, and share it on MySpace, Blogger and other web sites instantly. Just select one of your favorite templates with one-click, drag and drop your digital photos to storyboard, then output or upload your flash gallery to blogs, social networking sites and other web sites with simple SWF or HTML code. If you like, you can add more than one song to be the background music of your flash image gallery.

Web Gallery for Mac comes with 40-plus templates and is normally available for US$59.95. However, you can save $10 for a limited...

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Aug 10
European regulators investigating Apple's mobile policies

European regulators have teamed with the Federal Trade Commission in probing Apple's policies for mobile software developers, reports the "New York Post" (http://www.nypost.com/p/news/business/eu_ftc_probing_apple_policies_oMCM...).

According to their source, the European Commission recently joined the FTC probe into whether Apple's business practices harm competition. The investigation could last another four to six months, says the "Post."

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Aug 10
German government frowns on iPhone, RIM smartphone use

Security issues on smartphones has prompted the German government to ask its ministers and senior civil servants to avoid using Apple’s iPhone and Research in Motion(RIM)’s Blackberry smartphones, according to the "International Business Times" (http://uk.ibtimes.com/articles/42139/20100810/iphone-blackberry-apple-ri...).

The move follows a warning by one of the interior ministries of the German government over drastic increase in cyber attacks, the article adds. Based on the advice tagged as "urgent" from the BSI, Germany’s federal IT security agency, the interior ministry recommended the officials to use Simko devices provided by Deutsche Telekom in place...

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Aug 10
Digital Rebellion provides maintenance solution for Final Cut...

Digital Rebellion (http://www.digitalrebellion.com) has announced FCS Maintenance Pack Network Admin, a tool to administrate its FCS Maintenance Pack suite over a network, giving system administrators the opportunity to remotely maintain and optimize Final Cut Studio and Final Cut Express systems on their network.

FCS Maintenance Pack contains tools to repair corrupt QuickTime movies, locate corrupt clips within Final Cut Pro projects, diagnose crash logs, manage plugins and so much more. FCS Maintenance Pack Network Admin builds on this by allowing these functions to be performed remotely over a network and offering extra troubleshooting features in addition to those featured in FCS Maintenance Pack. The Difference Finder works out the differences between operating system, plug-in, kernel extension and framework versions to tell you what is unique about a certain group of computers....

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Aug 10
DeviceAnywhere adds iPhone 4 to test center

DeviceAnywhere (http://www.deviceanywhere.com) -- a provider of technological solutions to streamline mobile content creation, certification and customer satisfaction -- has announced the addition of Apple’s iPhone 4 to its portfolio of devices accessible online via DeviceAnywhere Test Center.

This latest addition ups DeviceAnywhere’s portfolio to over 2,000 devices on over 30 carriers across the world. Customers of the DeviceAnywhere Test Center solution now have access to the full array of Apple mobile products, including all four generations of iPhones and the Apple’s iPad, allowing them to benefit from the thriving Apple developer ecosystem.

DeviceAnywhere is an online service used by thousands of organizations and their developers worldwide. It provides access to real mobile handsets that are each connected to live networks. These devices are accessible remotely over the Internet,...

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Aug 10
CaseCruzer PSC200 is new case for Apple laptops

CaseCruzer (http://www.casecruzer.com) has released the US$225 PSC200 case for Apple laptops. It's designed for road warriors with the goal of "guaranteeing safety against clumsy baggage handlers," says Tatiana Briceno, marketing director of CaseCruzer.

It's a hard-shell carrying case with a new door in the lid that is designed to offer more polyethylene foam protection for 15-inch and 17-inch MacBook Pros. The base of the case is also fitted with foam and an 11-compartment black padded divider system that can store lenses, lens caps, batteries and chargers, compact flash memory cards and battery cables for laptops.

What's more, the protective features of the PSC200 shield against the problems photographers face when traveling with DSLR/SLR cameras, laptops and other gear, says Briceno. Its exterior is injection-molded with ultra high-strength polypropylene copolymer resin -- built to...

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Aug 10
Daniusoft launches new DVD Ripper for the Mac

Daniusoft (http://www.daniusoft.com/) has released a new Daniusoft DVD Ripper for Mac, which has been expanded to provide an all-round solution to rip, convert and edit DVDs. The upgrade adopts an interface to improve the ease of use, and supports multi-core processors to maximize the conversion speed.

The new Mac DVD Ripper lets you convert multiple DVDs at a time. It offers support for 5.1 surround sound and support for SWF as the output format. It adds conversion profiles for Apple TV 5.1, Final Cut Pro, Android phone, Xbox 360 and pop mobile phones.

The new version of Mac DVD Ripper also: improves the ease of use with the output formats and presets; provides more video editing options: adds rotation and a side-by-side preview window; and adds support for multi-core processors to maximize the conversion speed. It costs US$39 and is compatible with Mac OS X 10.6 ("Snow Leopard")

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Aug 10
The Iconfactory releases Helios Multimedia stock set

Continuing the expansion of the Iconfactory's (http://www.iconfactory.com) stock icon offerings for developers and designers, Helios Multimedia is a set of 52 add-ons that extends the original collection into the audio and visual realm.

With icons covering concepts such as mixing, effects, video and many others, this collection is for anyone needing icons for multimedia software development. Helios Multimedia contains 52 icons in multiple sizes and formats and is available today for US$179.

Also, Stockicons.com provides developers and designers with royalty-free collections of icons for use in software applications, web site designs and interactive presentations. They offer free downloadable samples of each stock collection so developers can test the usability of the collections they're interested in.

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Aug 10
AppDelete for Mac OS X updated to version 3.1.3

Reggie Ashworth has updated AppDelete (http://reggie.ashworth.googlepages.com/appdelete), an application deleting app for Mac OS X, to version 3.1.3. The new version fixes an issue where Chinese fonts might not display properly, along with other localization edits and miscellaneous optimizations.

Via drag 'n drop, AppDelete will delete any chosen app with all of its associated items that belong to that application. You'll no longer have to hunt through their system to find and delete these items manually.

You can drag any item that can be uninstalled onto AppDelete: applications, widgets, preference panes, plug-ins, screensavers, etc. You can also activate AppDelete in many ways: dragging items onto main window, onto dock icon, selecting in menu, right-clicking using AppDelete workflow, and throwing items in the trash. When the preview screen...

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Aug 10
SecuritySpy for Mac OS X gets audio noise reduction, more

>Ben Bird has updated SecuritySpy (http://www.bensoftware.com/ss/index.html), a multi-camera video surveillance application for Mac OS X, to version 2.0.8. The new version includes audio noise reduction, improved iPhone support and bug fixes, as well as support for many new network cameras.

SecuritySpy's remote viewing feature lets you access your surveillance system over the Internet or over a local network using a web browser. Pricing starts at US$50 for one camera. A 30-day demo is available for download. SecuritySpy is a Universal Binary app, so runs natively on both PowerPC and Intel Macs.

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Aug 09
Macsimum Poll: do you feel a need for USB 3.0 on your Mac?


In this week's poll, we're asking if you feel a need for USB 3.0 on your Mac. The poll can be found at the right hand side of our home page, below the Macsimum Opinion column.

In our last poll, we asked if the you were happy with Apple's latest iMac and Mac Pro updates. Seventy-nine percent of you said "yes," and 21% "no."

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Aug 09
Analyst: iPhone product orders increased

Forget "Antennagate." Sterne Agee analyst Vijay Rakesh told clients in a research note Monday that his checks with the supply chain finds that Apple “has recently increased iPhone 4 orders," reports "Barron's" (http://macosg.me/2/oe).

The analyst says that, despite the antenna issue, “the supply chain is scrambling to make more” of the new phone. Rakesh thinks the build rate for the September quarter is above 10 million units.

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Aug 09
Trans announces memory upgrade kits for new Mac Pros

Trans International has announced the worldwide availability of up to a 32GB Memory Upgrade Kit [8X4GB] PC-3 10600 DDR3 1333MHz ECC SDRAM for the new Mac Pro.


TransIntl.com memory modules conform to Apple's electrical and mechanical design guide lines and carry a Lifetime replacement Warranty. For details and pricing go to: http://macosg.me/2/oc .

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Aug 09
Sennheiser releases three new wireless headphones

Sennheiser (http://www.sennheiserusa.com) has released three new wireless headphones that purportedly deliver high-resolution, movie-theater-quality audio via uncompressed wireless transmission from Kleer. The RS 160, RS 170 and RS 180 are equipped with dynamic transducers.

According to the folks at Sennheisr, not only can you move around while watching television but you can also enjoy cable-free music at a radius of up to 328 feet (RS 160 up to 65 feet, RS 170 up to 262 feet and RS 180 up to 328 feet; optimum line-of-sight). The frequency response reaches from 18 to 21,000 Hertz and boats a sound pressure level of up to 110 decibels.

The RS 160 -- which has a street price of US$199.95 -- is the entry-level model: they're closed headphones on which the volume can be controlled directly on the headphones. The RS 170 ($249.99) is also a closed model and delivers dynamic bass boost and...

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Aug 09
360Works Releases FileMaker text processing plug-in

360Works (http://360works.com/scribe), a FileMaker product developer and innovator, has released Scribe, a text processing plug-in that allows users to read and write text from Microsoft Office and PDF files, find what changed in a text field and highlight text matching any criteria.

With Scribe, you can read and write Word, Excel, and PDF documents and forms directly from FileMaker. You can search contents of Word and PDF files from FileMaker. It also supports searching Excel files, HTML, RTF, and JPEG metadata. Scribe lets you process text fields within FileMaker to track changes, highlight keywords and more.

It's available starting at US$295. Scribe is included in the 360Works Portfolio License bundle, so existing 360Works Portfolio License holders can use their license key to register Scribe at no extra charge.

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Aug 09
Analyst: Mac, iPad, iPhone sales better than anticipated

The Needham & Company firm has raised its 12-month target price on Apple from US$280 to $375 due to much better than anticipated Mac and iPad sales. Also, the upgrade cycle of iPhone owners seems to be happening faster than the firm had predicted, according to analyst Charlie Wolf.

In a note released on Monday -- and as reported by "TheStreet" (http://macosg.me/2/ob), he said he had originally predicted that iPad sales would reach 20 million in 2019, but have already on target to surpass 12 million sales annually, even before a full international rollout.

Mac sales are on target to reach 14 million units this year, according to Needham, more than 50% higher than initially forecast. Despite the recent antenna problems and white iPhone delay, Wolf says that iPhone users are upgrading to new models in one or two years, faster than Needham's previous prediction of every three years.

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Aug 09
Apple licenses Liquidmetal technologies

An SEC filing just hit that shows that Apple Inc. struck a deal with Liquidmetal Technologies (http://www.liquidmetal.com/technology/default.asp), a California-based company that holds patents on new metal and alloy designs, for essentially access to all of its intellectual property, reports "The Baltimore Sun" (http://macosg.me/2/o9).

Perhaps in the near future, we can expect our iPhones, iPads, and iPods to be made of these new "amorphous" metals that Liquidmetal specializes in, the article surmises. But why not in Macs, as well.The metals purportedly offer twice the strength of stainless steel, an elastic limit more than double that of most metallic alloys, yet it can be processed in ways similar to thermoplastic polymers

According to the LiqudMetal Tech web site, its alloys are...

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Aug 09
Chronos announces F10 Launch Studio 3 with Application Blaster

Chronos (http://www.chronosnet.com) has released F10 Launch Studio 3, an upgrade to its launch manager for Mac OS X. The upgrade adds the "Application Blaster."

"The new Application Blaster works just like the application switcher built into Mac OS X where you press Command-Tab to switch applications," says Jerry Halls, vice president of Sales at Chronos. "Instead of just switching applications, the Application Blaster lets you select the application you want to launch."

Also in F10 Launch Studio 3:

° The Application Info window shows comprehensive information for the selected application.

° You can now exclude specific paths from automatic application searches.

° There's a new option to specify paths for automatic application searches.

° New auto-detection feature automatically detects if other versions of the software are running.

° There are improved user...

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Aug 09
New 'MacVoices' looks at You Gotta See This

On the new "MacVoices" (http://www.macvoices.com), Boinx Software CEO Oliver Breidenbach talks bout his company's new iPhone photo application, You Gotta See This, and the latest additions to FotoMagico.

With integration into Final Cut Pro or Express and more, FotoMagico lets you take more control of your slideshow story than ever before. Breidenbach explains how creating impressive custom slideshows in those apps is now easier than ever before using their product, how it crosses the line into simple video editing, and how it "brings back the fun to video editing."

He then covers You Gotta See This, an iPhone app that creates spacial collages of your image, delivering an artistic take on your subject. Breidenbach offers tips on how to access the highest resolution image possible, as well as some shooting tips, and then teases us with a hint at a future Boinx product.

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