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May 19
ReSizeMe update for Mac OS X adds presets

Dare to be Creative has released ReSizeMe 2.2 (http://resize-me.com), an update of the batch image and photo editor for Mac OS X 10.4 and 10.5. The upgrade adds presets and fixes some bugs,

ResizeMe can resize, scale, rotate and flip many images and photos at once, and is the latest tool by Dare to be Creative aimed at creative professionals. With it, users can resize, scale, rotate and flip many images at once. Resizing allows users to reduce the size of their photos for emailing, or creating thumbnails for images to post on web sites. Users can rotate images to switch from portrait mode to landscape, or vice versa. By flipping images horizontally or vertically users can create mirror effects.

Resize Me is Universal Binary so runs natively on both PowerPC and Intel Macs. It costs US$30, though version 2.2 is a free update for registered users. A 15-day demo is available for download.

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May 19
Is the iPad causing a surge in ebook piracy?

Popular Bit Torrent site, Torrentfreak, recently investigated the number of downloaded ereader ebook files in conjunction with the subsequent release of the iPad. The numbers were quite staggering as research shown that ebook piracy increased by a whopping 78% after the first few weeks of the iPad release, according to "Goodreader" (http://goodereader.com/blog/about-us/), a provider of electronic reader, slate and tablet PC news.

The rise of ebook piracy is still pathetically small if you look at music, video games or movie distribution. Also, most eBooks are very restrictive and come "with a staggering amount of DRM that prevents sharing or lending of the ebooks," says "Goodreader."

"We believe that blaming the iPad directly for a surge in piracy is valid, but it is not the only extenuating factor in the rise of eBook piracy," the site says. "The Apple iPad is a popular...

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May 19
Rumpus file transfer tool for Mac OS X upgraded to version 6.2.8

Maxum (http://www.maxum.com) has updated Rumpus, the Internet file transfer tool for Mac OS X (10.4 and higher), to version 6.2.8. It adds FTP control/data coordination checks to avoid problems dealing with mis-behaved FTP clients.

In addition, new appearance options make integrating file transfers into an existing web site easier than ever, and Growl notifications give server administrators new ways to monitor transfer activity.

Rumpus 6.2.8 is a free upgrade for anyone who has purchased a license since Jan. 1, 2008, and costs US$99 ($149 for Pro) to upgrade from any previous version. For new users the cost starts at US$269 for a one-server license.

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May 19
VueScan update for Mac OS X updated to version 8.6.32

Hamrick Software has released Vuescan 8.6.29, a new version of the VueScan software for Mac OS X that's designed to let users produce better digital images from color snapshots, negatives, slides and documents. The new version adds support for searchable PDF files.

The Standard Edition of VueScan costs US$39.95 and the Professional Edition is $79.95 for a single user license. Multi-user licenses are available. A fully functional, trial copy of VueScan is available for download from the Hamrick web site (http://www.hamrick.com).

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May 19
Brits choose the iPhone as one of the most important inventions

The iPhone has been voted a more important invention than the washing machine, combustion engine and space travel, according to a survey of more than 4,000 consumers in Britain, reports the "Telegraph" (http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/newsbysector/retailandconsumer/773868...).


The survey was conducted by Tesco Mobile, which carried out the nationwide research among 18-65 year-olds. Those polled also placed the iPhone ahead of the car, camera and flushing toilet, notes the "Telegraph." The wheel was voted as the most important invention in history, with the airplane in second place, the lightbulb third, the...

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May 19
Adobe delivers HTML5 support in Dreamweaver CS5

Adobe announced today at the Google I/O conference that a new HTML5 solution is available for web designers and developers. The Adobe HTML5 Pack is an extension to Adobe Dreamweaver CS5, the latest version of the HTML authoring tool for web site design.

HTML5 is being developed as the next major revision of HTML (HyperText Markup Language), the core markup language of the web. It's touted as the next standard for HTML 4.01, XHTML 1.0 and DOM Level 2 HTML and is designed to to reduce the need for proprietary plug-in-based rich internet application (RIA) technologies such as Adobe Flash, Microsoft Silverlight, and Sun JavaFX.

This extension provides more creative options to Adobe Creative Suite 5 users, so they can more easily create, deliver and optimize compelling content consistently, across the widest array of screens, to maximize revenue streams and forward their businesses, according to Lea Hickman, senior director, Creative Solutions at Adobe. Adobe has made...

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May 19
CEA: consumers to increase electronic accessories spending by 5%

A new study by the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) finds that nearly half of consumers will shop to replace an accessory included with their consumer electronics purchase and that they will base their accessory purchase decisions on functionality rather than price.

"Accessories Purchasing in the 21st Century" shows 61% of online U.S. consumers shopped for accessories in the past year and more than half (53%) made a purchase.

“Product quality, enhancing performance and getting the word out through satisfied customers are key factors for consumers in purchasing accessories,” says Rhonda Daniel, manager of market research for CEA (http:/www.CE.org). “Consumers place more value on quality and functionality of the accessory than price when making purchase decisions.”

According to the study, 41% of consumers will upgrade an accessory that came with a device to get a better quality one. While quality is important, enhancing the performance of the device is the...

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May 19
O'Reilly releases 'Missing Manual' for the iPad

O'Reilly has released "iPad: The Missing Manual," a 320-page book by J.D. Biersdorfer (with David Pogue), looking at Apple's new tablet. It costs US$24.99 for a print version and $15.99 for an ebook version.

"The iPad is a brand new product that's already sold a million units and is converting people who don't even use a regular laptop because it's so versatile," says Biersdorfer. "It's so much more than just an ebook reader and web browser, and my book shows you how to maximize the iPad's potential to make it be whatever you want it to be."

The "Missing Manual" promises a look at the device's features, undocumented tips and tricks and more. For the full table of contents, sample content, cover graphic, and a video tutorial from Biersdorfer, see http://www.oreilly.com/catalog/0636920010142 .

Biersdorfer is the author of "iPod: The Missing Manual" and...

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May 19
Is Apple tweaking Final Cut Studio apps to fit prosumers?

According to "AppleInsider" (http://www.appleinsider.com), Apple's Final Cut Studio suite of video post production apps is getting a "significant makeover to better target the software to the mainstream of Apple's customer base rather than high end professionals." But at least one industry pro begs to differ.

Quoting "a person with knowledge of Apple's internal Pro Apps plans," "AppleInsider" says Apple has shuffled around management within the Final Cut team in order to retarget its efforts to more closely match the needs of the majority of its customers. Apple's Mac customer base has steadily shifted from desktop models to notebooks, while also broadening out from a high end creative niche to a wider installed base that includes more prosumer and advanced home users, the article adds.

However, Philip Hodgetts, president of Intelligent Assistance (...

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May 19
LoginTrap for Mac OS X gets speed boost

ProteMac has announced ProteMac LoginTrap 1.2 (http://protemac.com/LoginTrap/), an update of the tool designed to prevent unauthorized usage of a Mac. The upgrade offers speed increases and some bug fixes.

LoginTrap monitors all log-in events and detects whether a log-in attempt was successful or failed. After a log-in attempt is made the program captures an image from the iSight camera, so that you are able to see who is trying to break into your Mac. An alarm e-mail with iSight camera snapshot attached is sent immediately after a log-in attempt.

ProteMac LoginTrap requires Mac OS X 10.4 or higher. It's Universal Binary so runs natively on both PowerPC and Intel Macs. It costs US$29.95 for a single user license. Version 1.2 is a free update for registered users.

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May 19
Apple files trademark for retail store design

Apple's attorneys have filed applications to trademark the design of the company's retail stores, including the gray stainless steel and the light-brown wood of the display tables, reports ifoAppleStore (http://www.ifoapplestore.com/db/2010/05/18/apple-trademarks-retail-store...).

“The mark consists of distinctive design and layout of a retail store,” state the applications filed May 12 by attorney Lisa Widup. There are two versions of the trademark application, one describing the store in color and the other one in black-and-white.

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May 19
fScanX 1.5 for Mac OS X adds support for new scanners

Elevated Software Development has updated fScanX (http://www.elevated-dev.com/Products/fScanX), their scanning solution for Mac OS X, to version 1.5. It adds support for new scanners.

fScanX was developed specifically to provide native Mac OS X support for high-speed Fujitsu scanners. Rather than requiring the application to launch in order to perform scanning, fScanX's command-line utility gives developers the ability to control the user interface completely. This opens up a host of possibilities for prepress operators, developers and graphic designers alike to build custom workflows involving scanning, according to Scott Ribe, founder of Elevated Software Development.

Additionally, fScanX ships with an Automator action that enables creation of scanning workflows without scripting. fScanX also enables a host of alternative automation options. It takes only...

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May 19
First quarter of 2010 was iPhone's strongest quarter yet

The iPhone had 2.7% of the worldwide mobile phone market in the first quarter of 2010 compared to 1.55 in the same time period of 2009, according to the Gartner research group (http://www.gartner.com). Apple sold approximately 8.4 million iPhones in 1Q2010 compared to approximately 3.9 million in 1Q2009.

Ahead of Apple, globally, for 1Q2010 are Nokia (35% market share), Samsung (20.6%), LG (8.6%), RIM (3.4% and Sony Ericsson (3.1%). The first quarter of 2010 was Apple’s strongest quarter yet, which placed the company in the No. 7 position with a 112.2% increase in mobile devices sales.

“Growth came partly from new communication service providers in established markets, such as the UK, and stronger sales in new markets such as China and South Korea,” says Carolina Milanesi, research vice president at Gartner. “The second quarter of 2010 will be a very important one for Apple. We expect that Apple will...

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May 19
'MacNotables' looks at the stolen iPhone prototype...

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.

Ted Landau and host Chuck Joiner offer some opinions on the lost/stolen iPhone prototype debacle. They discuss it from both a legal and common-sense perspective, covering what was and wasn't a crime, and the harm that Apple did or didn't suffer.

Also, the emailing habits of Steve Jobs have been in the news recently; Landau talks about what it says about those who share the emails, Jobs himself, and how it all affects the public's perception of Apple. Finally, Landau thinks hard drive utilities may be going away, and shares his ideas on what you might want to consider as an alternative.

"MacNotables" panelists include Christopher Breen, Bryan Chaffin, Jim...

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May 19
Video tutorial looks at creating Final Cut Pro soundtracks

SmartSound has posted new video tutorial showing a new royalty free music workflow for Final Cut Pro users. SmartSound's Sonicfire Pro 5.5 Scoring Edition with the Final Cut Pro Plug-in enables editors to make music fit between markers in a Final Cut Pro sequence.

In addition to automatic custom lengths, SmartSound enables control of the music arrangement and instrument mix for a highly customized end result. All of these features are available in a fast roundtrip workflow that allows unlimited fine-tuning of the music without the need to save any project files in Sonicfire Pro.

This video tutorial was created by Larry Jordan, a Final Cut Studio experts. You can find the tutorial at http://blip.tv/file/3619521 .

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May 19
Soulver for Mac OS X updated to version 2.0

Acqualia has updated Soulver (http://www.acqualia.com/soulver/), a calculator that provides a word processor style interface for doing math on your Mac, to version 2.0. The upgrade brings units, conversions, stocks, answer tokens, syntax coloring and other new features.

Soulver lets you do calculations over multiple lines like you would on paper, and you can use words alongside your numbers. It's designed for day-to-day sums and calculations, to do complex mathematics in different bases. As such, Soulver includes all the standard mathematical functions, supports very large numbers, and has support for hex and binary calculations. When you're finished, you can save and print out your work.

Soulver costs US$24.95. Existing Soulver owners can upgrade to 2.0 for $12.95. Anyone who purchased Soulver 1 in 2010 receives a free upgrade. Soulver is also available for the iPad and the iPhone...

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May 19
Canon offers mobile image capture solution for the Mac

Canon (http://www.usa.canon.com) has addressed the growing need for on-the-go image capture solutions among Mac users with the introduction of the imageFORMULA P-150M “Scan-tini” personal scanner.

Utilizing the same technology and compact footprint in the original P-150 scanner, the imageFORMULA P-150M allows for quick connectivity and set up time via a single USB port that also serves as a power source from the attached computer. The embedded Canon CaptureOnTouch software lets Mac users start scanning without installing drivers or additional applications while also routing scan information directly to Evernote, a service for saving and organizing content across desktop, mobile and web devices.

Additional functionality is provided by a TWAIN driver for easy hardware integration with third-party Enterprise Content Management (ECM) software, according to Jim Rosetta, vice president and general...

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May 19
CrossTech Remote Control 11 is Mac compatible

CrossTec Corp. (http://www.crosstecsoftware.com) has released CrossTec Remote Control 11, an update of the multi-platform Remote Control solution. The new version combines multi-platform support for Mac, Windows, Linux, Solaris, CE, Pocket PC, and Windows Mobile systems, with a range of management tools designed to ensure business continuity through granting access to critical IT infrastructure.

CrossTec Remote Control can now detect Intel vPro technology, listing the machines as a separate group and enabling a range of remote functions to be performed where previously a physical visit to the machine would have been required. Additional support for both Thin clients and Zero client systems has been added to help ease the management of diverse networks.

A new dynamic “Auto-Groups” facility that provides an instant hierarchical view of your remote Client machines by platform and...

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May 19
LapWorks introduces the iPad Recliner

LapWorks has announced the US$34.95 iPad Recliner from LapWorks (http://www.laptopdesk.net). The stand adjusts to a variety of settings that allow you to enjoy the view of the tablet hands free. You can watch movies, read through a news article, or enjoy some videos on YouTube when you let the iPad Recliner help elevate your experience to the next level.

Plus, with this iPad accessory, you can use your iPad on your desk, coffee table, or any other space you’d like to work in. It offers the ability to elevate your iPad to almost nine inches; you can adjust the slant of the tablet so that it’s easier to see.

The iPad Recliner sports rubber cushion rest for the foot of the iPad to keep your device safe from slipping, vibration, and other damage. Also, with the turn of a knob, the stand will adjust to your specific settings for a personalized fit and feel.

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May 19
Compartments for Mac OS X gets advanced reports system

LittleFin Software has updated Compartments (http://www.littlefin.com/compartments.html) for Mac OS X (10.5 and higher), to version 1.1. Advanced reports system has been introduced in the new version, allowing the user to customize the information displayed on the report. The user can also attach receipts or other files to items in this release.

Compartments allows household items to be entered, searched and sorted by location, type, value or any custom tag. Drag and drop photos and other info can be added to each item listing.

The first step in using Compartments is to set up Locations, which are the places in which the user's items are stored. A Location can be a room, a house, a piece of furniture, a briefcase, or a safety deposit box -- any place that contains things to be cataloged. Next, the user creates an Item for each one of their possessions.

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May 19
Layer Groups 2.0 InDesign plug-in for InDesign CS-CS5 shipping

DTP Tools has released Layer Groups 2.0 plug-in (http://www.dtptools.com/layergroups), which more than doubles the feature set of the previous version. The plug-in is Adobe Creative Suite 5 ready.

Layer Groups 2.0 adds: listing of objects in the layer on current spread; listing of objects in the layer in the document; and importing layers including structure and content from other documents. Also, users can enjoy the listing and naming of objects within a layer introduced in CS5 in any InDesign version from CS up with additional settings filtering objects for spread or document.

Upgrades to Layer Groups 2.0 from any previous version of Layer Groups and InDesign is free. For new users the cost is US$40 per license. A demo is available for download.

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May 19
StingRay file transfer tool gets Quicksend feature

Pro2col (http://www.pro2col.com), specialists in the secure large file transfer arena, has released StingRay 2.6, an update of the file transfer server.

The latest firmware release for this multi-protocol file transfer server provides users with an entirely new file sending named, Quicksend. Intended for one-off transmissions, the Quicksend feature enables users to send large files instantaneously via the StingRay Client application (Mac version 2.0.2) by simply entering an email address,.

StingRay 2.6 also sees the inclusion of HTTPS with 128-bit SSL encryption. It ensures that the security of sensitive data is maintained during transit over unsecured networks, according to the folks at Pro2col.

Similarly, there have been improvements to the existing features and functionality offered by StingRay. One such improvement is the ability to personalize email content when using the Email Hyperlink...

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May 19
RAID Host Adapter for Mac Pro announced

HighPoint Technologies (http://www.highpoint-tech.com/) has announced the RocketRAID Quad eSATA 6Gbs host adapter for the Mac Pro. The company says it's the industry’s first PCI-Express Gen 2.0 x4 host adapter with quad independent 6Gb/s eSATA connections.

The RocketRAID Quad eSATA 6Gb/s for Mac supports RAID 0, 1, 5, 10 and JBOD for performance and data protection. RAID 0 and 10 boost performance with striping technology and RAID 1 protects data from a single drive failure with mirroring technology. RAID 5 delivers performance and protection against a failed drive.

The RocketRAID Quad eSATA 6Gb/s for Mac is compatible with all generations of Intel-based Mac Pro platforms. The PCI-Express Gen 2.0 x4 bus connector is upward compatible with x8 and x16 slots and also backward compatible to PCI-Express Gen 1.0 slots. Hard drive compatibility includes support for SATA 3.0, 2.0. It's...

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May 19
Mac DVD Ripper adapted for PowerPC, Intel Macs

Digiarty Software has updated its DVD Ripper for Mac (http://www.winxdvd.com/dvd-ripper-for-mac/) with Power PC Mac added. It now works with PowerPC and Intel Macs. The app lets you convert your DVD movie collections to Mac, iPhone, iPad, iPod, PSP, etc.

DVD Ripper for Mac works on both encrypted and non-commercial homemade DVDs and can convert to MP4, MOV, iTunes, iLife, AVI, FLV, MP3, etc. that playable on Mac, but also converting DVD content to the format playback on portable devices like the iPod, iPad, iPhone and the PSP.

This DVD Ripper also works as a solution for those who want to make backup DVD copies of their protected DVDs since it has the ability of making 1:1 DVD copy to hard drive by removing the copy-protection from encrypted discs. Also, its editing function lets you to trim any video segment you favor and adjust the video effects, like video...

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May 18
Sennheiser releases new Bluetooth headset

Sennheiser Communications (http://www.sennheiserusa.com) has introduced the US$79.95 EZX 60 mobile Bluetooth headset. It has digital noise cancellation and connects to any Bluetooth-enabled phone.

The EZX 60 features the latest Bluetooth 2.1 wireless technology. This advanced protocol ensures outside interference won’t spoil the EZX 60’s sharp sound -- while at the same time eliminating unsightly wires which could get in the way of your hair or outfit, according to the folks at Sennheiser.

The EZX 60 weighs 0.4 ounces and is equipped with a soft ear hook. You flip and rotate it to effortlessly switch between wearing the headset on your right or left ear, without the need to carry around a second ear hook. The EZX 60 purportedly delivers up to 7.5 hours of phone conversations and up to 300 hours of standby time.

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