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May 04
Grace Digital releases Solo Wi-Fi Internet tuner

Grace Digital (http://www.GraceDigitalAudio.com) has announced the US$124.99 Solo Wi-Fi Internet radio tuner. The newest addition to Grace’s audio family provides over 50,000 radio stations, podcasts, and on-demand programs.

The Solo connects to any home stereo system or powered speaker set and provides access to the world of Internet radio. It's equipped with stereo RCA jacks, Solo is compatible with most of your existing audio devices. Setup is via a built-in Wi-Fi 802.11g card that connects directly to any 802.11b/g/n wireless router.

Solo’s convenient front display controls and a full function remote allow you to search, skip, and power the Solo from any location in the room. The iPhone or iPod touch users can also download Grace Digital’s free iPhone remote control app. This innovative application allows you to control one or all of your Grace Digital radios from your Apple...

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May 04
Marware ships SportGrip Pro for the iPad

Marware has released the SportGrip Pro for the iPad. It's a dual-layered silicone skin that not only provides soft protection for the iPad, but also a grip solution. The inner layer of silicone provides thin rear and side protection, while the outer layer of silicone offers sdditional protection for the back and corners of the iPad, and a hand pocket.

Slide your hand between both layers of silicone, and you can keep a firm grip on your iPad while using the touchscreen. With its dual layered design, the SportGrip Pro helps you minimize the chance of dropping your iPad, according to the folks at Marware.

The SportGrip Pro is available in black, white, blue and pink. It retails for US$39.99 .

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May 04
Karelia Software introduces video training for Sandvox

Karelia Software has announced the immediate availability of a screencast video training course for its Sandvox web site builder (http://www.karelia.com/sandvox/training/). The video training course runs for 2.5 hours total, divided into 19chapters.

The training is divided into five sections: The Basics, covering general document management; Page Components, describing the many types of pages, pagelets, and collections; Moving Along, delving into topics such as blogging, making use of the inspector, and customizing designs with banners and logos; Getting Published, showing how to upload a site to any web host, with specific tutorials on three of Karelia's hosting partners; and Advanced Features, walking the viewer through tasks such as injecting custom HTML code onto the page and performing Search Engine Optimization with Google's tools.

The course is available in...

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May 04
Encrypt Mail for Mac OS X updated to version 2.0

Apimac has introduced Encrypt Mail 1.0 (http://www.apimac.com/encrypt_mail/), an update of its mail encryption solution for Mac OS X 10.5 and higher. It now offers support for using Mail for sending messages and encrypted files.

Version 2.0 also gives the user the ability to compose messages with encrypted files for Mail. There are user interface tweaks and various code optimizations and improvements to product stability

Designed for both personal and business use, Encrypt Mail is a client for sending encrypted emails and/or encrypted attachments. Mac based recipients will receive a DMG password protected file. Windows and Linux based recipients will receive a ZIP password protected archive instead. All contacts are handled in a list separated from Mac OS X's built-in Address Book.

Encrypt Mail is an alternative solution to manual encryption or PSE keys. To send a...

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May 04
Embed Flash movie in a Mac app with Flash'In'App Cocoa...

Flash'In'App (http://mac.eltima.com/cocoa-framework.html) by Eltima Software is a new Cocoa framework that helps developers load and fully manage Flash movies in their own Mac applications. It contains a set of classes, which offer the ability to load, play and manage any SWF files within the application.

The developed app can communicate with SWF file via an external API (application programming interface), FSCommands and Variables. It is also possible to create custom-shaped windows and running Windows Flash-enabled applications' GUI (graphical user interface) on a Mac.

Flash'In'App fully supports RealVideo files playback and partially supports Silverlight files. End users will need at least Mac OS X 10.4 and higher, and Flash Player 8 or higher to run applications that are developed with Flash'In'App.

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May 04
Dejal Simon for Mac OS X updated to version 2.5.7

Dejal Systems, LLC has released Dejal Simon 2.5.7 (http://www.dejal.com/simon/), a site monitoring tool for Mac OS X. 7 The new version includes a couple of important fixes, and may be the last release before version 2.6, which drops Mac OS X 10.4 support.

Dejal Simon checks web pages, FTP and DNS servers, local or remote ports or volumes, and other services for changes or failures, and notifies you via e-mail, sound, speech, Twitter, HTML reports, and other means. You can add tests to Simon to track updated sites, to alert you when an important server goes down or recovers, check on Samba SMB, take periodic screenshots of the system, track posts and new comments on your or friends' blogs, check for web mail, make sure a key application is running, get notifications of updates to favorite news and entertainment web sites, keep an eye on auctions, and other uses.

Services include Web (HTTP)...

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May 04
TextExpander update for Mac OS X adds support for Unicode line...

SmileOnMyMac (http://www.smileonmymac.com) has updated TextExpander, a Mac OS X utility that lets users define abbreviations for frequently-used text strings and images, to version 3.0.3. The new version features support for Unicode line endings.

A number of bugs have been fixed and overall performance has been improved. The in-product purchases are now handled by e-commerce provider FastSpring.

The regular cost is US$34.95 for a single user license or $44.95 for a five-pack family license. A 30-day fully-functioning demo of TextExpander can be downloaded at the SmileOnMyMac web site. Upgrades to TextExpander 3.0.2 from earlier versions costs $15. Version 3.0.3 is a free update for registered users of version 3.0. It requires Mac OS X 10.6 or later.

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May 04
Feeder update for Mac OS X adds support for WebDAV publishing

Reinvented Software has updated Feeder (http://www.reinventedsoftware.com/feeder/), a Mac OS X app for for creating and publishing RSS feeds and podcasts, to version 2.1. The upgrade adds support for WebDAV publishing, a completed updated iTunes Store preview and customizable colors for iTunes U page previews.

This release also adds drag and drop Sparkle appcasts, improves MP3 tagging, working with Twitter accounts, gesture support and will now run as a 64-bit application on Mac OS X 10.6 ("Snow Leopard").

Feeder requires Mac OS X 10.5 and QuickTime 7.0 or better. Feeder 2.1 costs US$39.95 for new users and is a free upgrade for all registered Feeder 2.x users. Upgrades from version 1.x are $14.95. Education discounts are also available. A demo is available at the Reinvented Software web site.

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May 04
OCRKit for Mac OS X gets better text recognition accuracy

OCRKit (http://ocrkit.com/), a text recognition app for Mac O X 10.4 or higher, has been updated to version 1.2. The new version improves overall text recognition accuracy and stability, and features a new de-screen image filter, which reduces print moire patterns, helping to improve the text recognition rate such difficult documents.

OCRKit transforms images and PDF files into searchable PDFs. With built-in OCR it allows for editable PDF files via drag and drop. And you can find 'em with the Mac's built-in Spotlight desktop search.

OCRKKit comes with support for several OCR languages, including English, Dutch, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish and Swedish, and even more user-interface translations: English, Dutch, German, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, Spanish, Simplified-Chinese and Traditional-Chinese. It's designed for Intel Macs only.

OCRKit costs approximately US$49, though version 1.2...

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May 04
iPhone/iPod/iPad apps for May 4

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/).

American Hiking Society, organizer of National Trails Day, has announced its US$9.99 HIKE GPS maps application for the iPhone, a one-stop app with over 300 free recreational maps encompassing more than five million square miles of the United States. HIKE embeds premium map content onto the iPhone so there’s no need to “cache” topo maps or search for a network signal in the middle of the backcountry. The app also allows users to track and record their off-road adventures, take geo-coded pictures, and upload and share their outdoor experiences via Facebook and email.

The Hartford Financial Services Group has released The Harford Mobile, which provides iPhone users with access to checklists, emergency phone numbers and claims reporting features for...

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May 04
SnapRocket for Mac OS X zooms to version 1.0.2

Gray Matter Labs has updated SnapRocket (http://graymatterlabs.com/snaprocket), a Mac OS X windows switcher, to version 1.0.2. It's a maintenance release with some bug fixes and performance tweaks.

SnapRocket is a keyboard based desktop navigator that doesn't rely on arbitrary window grids or lists. Instead, users can navigate among their open windows using only the cursor keys, switching to any application running on their desktop.

SnapRocket requires Mac OS X 10.5 or higher. It's Universal Binary so runs natively on both PowerPC and Intel Macs.

SnapRocket costs US$19.95 for a single-user license and $24.95 for a family license. A fully-functional download includes 150 free uses.

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May 04
OWC doubles solid state drive capacity to 400GB

Other World Computing (OWC) has added a new highest capacity 400GB model to its OWC Mercury Extreme Pro SSD line. Designed and made in the U.S. from imported parts, the new 400GB model doubles the capacity of previously announced OWC Mercury Extreme Pro SSD models.

It comes with enterprise level 28% over-provisioning, five year warranty coverage, and is compatible with Mac and PC computers that can utilize single or multiple 2.5-inch SATA compatible drives including all RAID configurations. Priced at US$1,599.99, the 400GB model is available for pre-ordering with shipping to begin 5/21.

Existing models in the line (previously named the Mercury Extreme Enterprise SSD) are available for immediate ordering and share the same redundancy, reliability, and form factor as offered by the 400GB model. For more information on the OWC Mercury Extreme Pro RE SSD, including Reseller inquiries, visit...

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May 04
Keynote Zone releases Desktop theme

Keynote Zone (http://www.keynotezone.com) has announced their Desktop Keynote theme. This general-purpose theme is designed to provide a strong association with your desktop and creates a kind of working atmosphere in the entire presentation.

The theme includes 30 layouts, custom designed charts and tables. Available in both Standard and HD versions, the Desktop standard version theme comes in two sizes, and the HD version theme comes in five sizes. Standard versions are US$16, and HD versions are $20. Or you can get 'em all in the Keynote Zone Collection 8 ($69).

Seven more Keynote themes are now available for sale in standard or HD formats at Keynote Zone. They require Mac OS X 10.4.10 or later and iWork '08 or '09.

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May 04
Update of CosmoPod Safari extension beefs up audio saving...

Cocoamug Software, developers and publishers of great Mac software, has released CosmoPod 4.4 (http://www.cocoamug.com/cosmopod/index.html), an update of the Safari extension that lets you download Flash videos from web sites such as YouTube, Vimeo, DailyMotion, etc. The upgrade adds support for saving audio MP3, WMA and more from last.fm, mp3.com, vivamusic.org and others. It also improves command key down user interaction when dropping multiple files for audio extraction.

CosmoPod can automatically convert downloaded files to an Apple device friendly format, tag them and add them to iTunes. Additionally, you can convert most video already on your hard drive via drag and drop so can be used as a tool to import your DVD collection to your Mac, iTunes, AppleTV, and iPhone.

CosmoPod costs US$12. Version 4.4 is a free update for registered users of version 4.x....

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May 04
Dragon Stop Motion for Mac OS X roars to version 2.1

D-Zed Software has released Dragon Stop Motion 2.1 (http://www.dragonstopmotion.com/), an update to their professional stop motion animation software for Mac OS X and Windows. The upgrade includes support for the new DDMX-S2 Lighting Controller and the new IOTA 3D Stereoscopic Slider, in addition to other exciting features.

Designed specifically to meet the needs of feature film, commercial, broadcast television and independent film, Dragon Stop Motion controls digital still and HD cameras for shooting single frame animation and effects. The version 2.1 update includes new features that expand on the application's support for monitoring, exporting, composing, animating, automating lighting, and automating 3D shooting.

The Auxiliary Monitor feature allows the user to send the main view to a second monitor (video village). The Image Sequence Export provides flexibility in choosing...

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May 04
Scosche announces four new earphones

Scosche (http://www.scosche.com) has announced the availability four new earphones -- the IDR655m, IDR355m, IDR355md, and IDR305m -- all featuring Scosche tapLINE II Remote and Mic. Scosche moved the control surface to where the wires fork to make switching tracks or adjusting the volume easier.

The integrated mic on the new models has also been placed higher up on the right channel so it's closer to the user’s mouth. The audiophile grade IDR655m (Increased Dynamic Range) feature 11mm drivers and small, medium, and large single and dual flanged silicone inserts. The cable features a nylon-braided jacket to help prevent tangling. The earphones also include a genuine sheepskin leather travel pouch.  

The IDR355m and IDR355md feature the same set of silicone inserts as the IDR655’s and six interchangeable color caps that allow users to customize the appearance of the earphones.  The IDR355m earphones...

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May 04
FileMaker launches free Business Productivity Kit

FileMaker, Inc. (http://www.filemaker.com), a wholly owned subsidiary of Apple, has announced the latest FileMaker Business Productivity Kit, which is designed to allow businesses selling both goods and services to become more productive and tackle everyday business tasks.

Optimized for FileMaker Pro 11, the new Business Productivity Kit offers ready-to-use templates for businesses that streamline a variety of operations, from managing contacts and suppliers to tracking projects to processing sales and service orders. Two versions are available: a Standard Edition for companies that sell physical goods and a Services Edition for companies that provide services to clients.
 
Small businesses can use the Business Productivity Kit immediately for tracking customer and vendor contacts, sales, product information, invoicing, shipping and other key business data -- all in one database solution,...

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May 04
Extensis releases Portfolio 8.5.5 update

Extensis (http://www.extensis.com) has announced a free update (v8.5.5) to Portfolio 8.5, its single-user digital asset management software product.
 
The update is recommended for users and includes Camera Raw filter support for the latest and 
most popular camera models. Also, full DNG workflow support preserves color adjustments and allows XMP metadata embedding series of performance and stability improvements
 
With this updated support, Portfolio works with the leading professional Raw-processing applications. The Extensis app automatically catalogs media in any folder, and provides advanced search, batch convert/email and metadata management for various camera formats, including Adobe DNG and Raw files.

Version 8.5.5 is a free update for registered users of version 8.5.x. For new users the cost is US$199.95. Upgrades from previous versions are $99.95.

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May 04
New 3G connection manager shares data connections with iPads,...

Nova media (http://www.novamedia.de) has unveiled launch2net Premium, an US$49.90, 3G connection manager with the ability to share your Mac's 3G connection with iPads and other devices.

Launch2net Premium supports most 3G surfsticks available and already includes connection settings for network providers worldwide. Connection information is provided by a statistics feature. It also includes an integrated SMS text message manager with support for multipart and multigroup text messages and is linked to the address book of Mac OS X.

Launch2net Premium can share a 3G modem connection using its Mobile Hub technology. Mobile Hub turns a Mac into a Wi-Fi hotspot with just a few clicks and allows other WLAN devices to log into the new network just like any other Wi-Fi network. Mobile Hub features a blacklist to deny access and offers WEP 128-bit security.

Launch2net Premium requires an Intel-based...

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May 04
Paradigma Software ships Valentina DB 4.6

Paradigma Software (http://www.valentina-db.com) has released Valentina DB 4.5, an update of the columnar database for business and developers, and and Valentina Reports 4.6, the cross-platform database reporting solution for Windows and Mac OS X. The upgrade provides performance improvements, database diagnostic features and user requested improvements and optimizations.

Valentina Reports is a visual report creation and generation engine that drops right into the Valentina DB kernel and generates charts, graphs, complex layouts of data with groups and sub-reports, PDFs and more. It's available on Mac OS X and Windows and for every major development environment -- from .net to Cocoa applications on Mac OS X. Unlimited Report deployment is available starting at US$200.

Valentina DB based products include Valentina ADK and Valentina Developer Network for developers desiring to incorporate the...

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May 04
Stardom releases SohoRaid

Stardom (http://www.stardom.com) has released SohoRaid SR2 with USB 2.0, FireWire 800, & eSATA interfaces. It's a two-drive hardware SATA RAID array for mobile digital content with Hardware RAID 1 mirroring.

The SR2 is capable of accepting 2 X 2TB drives; if a drive fails all data can be automatically restored. It has a built-in data rebuild verification option. The front LCD control provides both the management  of your SATA Hard Drives and SATA RAID status. The Stardom SohoRaid SR2 provides feedback of fan speed, system temperature, rebuild percentage, verification status, and audio alarm settings without installing any additional software.

Because of the built in hardware RAID & no need for software, no additional system resources are used. To reduce energy consumption, the Stardom SohoRaid SR2 is designed of aluminum for heat dissipation and energy savings. A large fan provides cooling...

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May 04
ProStor releases InfiniVault product line

ProStor (http://www.prostorsystems.com) -- which specializes in enterprise-class removable disk storage systems for business backup, archiving and retention management -- has announced the general availability of its ProStor InfiniVault product line shipping with the newly released 1TB RDX removable disk cartridge.
 
The availability of the new cartridge with an uncompressed capacity of 1TB will immediately benefit InfiniVault customers in rich media applications like healthcare, video archiving and surveillance, according to the folks at ProStor. Users now have access up to 100TB of managed online capacity without having to purchase new hardware.

A ProStor InfiniVault Model 100 System can purportedly manage over two billion studies in DICOM format. A 100 slot system with 1TB RDX cartridges can store 100,000 Multi-slice CT scans or 500,000 MRIs or 2,000,000 X-Rays. Similarly, the...

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May 04
The MacJury weighs in on the 3G iPad

The MacJury (http://www.macjury.com) recently convened to discuss the 3G iPad with two members chiming in from the high seas, examining the latest device from both expectation and performance standpoints.

The panel discusses the results of a real-world New York City travel test, and why 3G adds flexibility in some cases but may not be necessary in others. Which data plan to select, how much video 250 megabytes gets you, the effects of 3G on battery life, and a round of favorite iPad apps are all covered by Jeff Carlson, Pat Fauquet, Mark Fuccio, Jean MacDonald, Tom Negrino and host Chuck Joiner.

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May 04
'MacVoices' looks at getting organized with Tags

On the new MacVoices (http://www.macvoices.com), Niclas Bahn of Gravity Applications introduces Tags, their solution for information overload.

With a simple key combination, Tags allows the user to assign key words (tags) to virtually anything: email, photos, files, videos, web links, etc. Once tagged, assets can be located by sophisticated searches. Bahn explains how Tags works, what you need to know when moving Tagged files off of your Mac, and how they even support tagging within Gmail.

"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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May 04
Screen Sieve for Mac OS X beefs up search abilities

Yellow Lemon Software has updated Screen Sieve (http://www.scsc.no/products/screensieve), its screen-searching utility for Mac OS X, to version 1.2.1. The new version gives users the ability to search not only the currently focused window, but also search the window currently under their mouse cursor.

Screen Sieve is an application that lets users search the contents of their currently active window. Utilizing Mac OS X's built-in support for Accessibility, the software is able to search the windows of any application that supports Accessibility, including most Cocoa- and Carbon-based applications. As the user types, Screen Sieve highlights all visible occurrences of characters, words and phrases, allowing you to locate text in a crowded web-page or highlighting the location of a file in a Finder window.

Screen Sieve supports both PowerPC- and Intel-based Macs, and...

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