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If you're not a fan of the Dropbox file-sharing service, you should be. ANd Joe Kissell's latest ebook, the $10 "Take Control of Dropbox" (http://tid.bl.it/tco-dropbox) can help you get up to speed. Whether you're... Read more »
Lulu Sofware has released its first Mac OS X product: Soda PDF for Mac. It allows you to open, view and print any PDF file. You can also read any PDF file in 3D, read digital comic book files in 3D (.cbr and .cbz), fill... Read more »
If you're like me, you're awaiting the day when you can cut the cable or satellite cord entirely. I haven't quite reached that day yet. However, a product like Winegard's Boost digital TV antenna amplifier brings that... Read more »
Listen up. NuForce has rolled out the NE-650M earphones, the latest addition to the critically acclaimed NE-600 series. They sound great -- especially at the suggested retail price of US$44.95. Each earpiece houses an... Read more »
Alien Skin Software's Exposure 5, the latest version of its flagship photography effects software, is a fine tool for digital photographers. It lets you achieve accurate film simulation, using a wide range of creative... Read more »
If you're a road warrior who packs lots of tech equipment and accessories, check out Booq's Boa courier messenger bag, which is both spacious and durable. It's encased in a sleek, professional exterior featuring booq’s... Read more »
Timelines from Ripple Training -- a plug-in designed exclusively for Final Cut Pro X -- is a cool collection of eight transition effects that create graphical timelines for videos. Each transition is highly... Read more »
Mementum from AllGoritm (www.allgoritm.com) is a stylish voice reminder that lets you record vocal memos, then sort your recordings by categories. With it you can also write additional text notes. Voice reminders -- or... Read more »
Sonnet's xMac mini Server 2H is a second model of the company's xMac mini Server Thunderbolt-to-PCI Express (PCIe) expansion system and 1U rackmount enclosure for a Mac mini with a Thunderbolt port. The new xMac mini... Read more »
You can never have too much juice for your laptop. Which is where QuickerTek's US$299.95 EyeBattery for all MacBook Pros comes in handy. It adds up to four extra hours of battery power to the MacBook Pro. There's a... Read more »
If you deal with EPUB (electronic publication documents), you should check out EPUB Viewer for Mac OS X (US$29) from Enolsoft. EPUBL is a a free and open e-book standard by the International Digital Publishing Forum (... Read more »
The boom in Web-enabled devices has been a huge boon for consumers, who have quickly grown accustomed to instant online access wherever they are, whatever they're on. However, it can pose a huge challenge for front-end... Read more »
SmileOnMyMac updated PDFPen (www.smileonmymac.com/PDFpen/download.html), its PDF editing and form-filling tool for Mac OS X, to version 6.0.1. If you haven't used the software, PDFPen -- or its Pro sibling -- is... Read more »
If you need some boning up on OpenBSD -- the secure, free, open source Unix-like operating system, No Starch (www.nostarch.com) has the book for you: "Absolute OpenBSD, 2nd Edition" by Michael W. Lewis. The US$59.95,... Read more »
Both industry pros and those who want to shoot personal video with the style of a motion picture will appreciate the US$995 Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera. It's a pocket sized digital cinema camera that includes... Read more »
If you'd like to project videos, photos and more from your iPhone or iPod touch, the ipico from General Imaging (GIC) makes it simple. It's a hand-held, projector with a patented pop-up connector for the iDevice. No... Read more »
The recently released Squeeze 9 from Sorenson Media is the first major point release of the video encoding software in about a year and a half. And if you're into professional videography, you'll want to add it to your... Read more »
Wacom's Cintiq 13HD (http://cintiq13hd.wacom.com/en), a new addition to its lineup of Cintiq interactive pen displays, is a great tool for creative professionals working in areas such as design, art and image editing.... Read more »
Extensis' Portfolio Server 11, the latest rev of its Digital Asset Management (DAM) solution, is easy to implement and doesn't require fundamental changes to the way you work. With advanced cataloging and search... Read more »
Want top-of-the-line protection for your iPhone 5? Then you need the US$79.99 LifeProof Frē (www.lifeproof.com), which is water proof, dirt proof, snow proof and shock proof. In fact, the company is also confident of... Read more »
Want to make a multi-touch ebook for the iPad? Then you need to pick up "Take Control of iBooks Author," written by digital publishing pioneer Michael E. Cohen and now updated for iBooks Author 2.0. Apple's free iBooks... Read more »
Everyone needs a good power strip, so why not get one that's good-looking as well as functional. The Kbar desktop line (http://kopi-d.com/?page_id=20) from Kopi is a a designer power strip that features a 21W 5V USB... Read more »
If you're a Final Cut Pro X user, Noise Industries' Tokyo Chrominator is a great tool for adding production value to logos and text. It allows editors to instantly give images a glossy, beveled 3D look complete with... Read more »
Seim Effects Photo Tools' ColorFlow -- a preset collection engineered by photographer Gavin Seim -- allows photographers to deliver subtle or bold image variations. For even greater control, users can mix and blend... Read more »
FirmTek's miniSwap/U3 offers beefy performance-- up to 440MB/second -- for new computers with USB 3.0 and legacy computers with USB 2.0 ports. An industry first and designed for 2.5-inch solid state (SSD) and hard disk... Read more »
 
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The best scanner app on mobile
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Set off on an adventure through the Cand...
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