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I've always found database programs to be a necessary evil. However, when FileMaker Inc. (http://www.filemaker.com) debuted Bento they offered a database app "for the rest of us" that almost makes creating a database... Read more »
By Steve Baczewski On the heels of the E-P1, Olympus (http://www.olympusamerica.com) has released its latest Micro Four-Thirds camera, the Olympus PEN E-P2 (US$1,099.99). Like the E-P1, the E-P2 is an homage to their... Read more »
Let me say upfront that the US$99.99 iD9 (http://www.ihomeaudio.com/iD9SVC/) from iHome has the best sound of any speaker system its size that I've tested. Volume is substantial, bass is deep and music tones are vibrant... Read more »
The Stellar Drive Toolbox from Stellar Information Systems (http://www.drivetoolbox.com/) is an "everything but the kitchen sink" approach to optimizing the performance of your Mac's hard drive. It's an all-in-one, pre-... Read more »
By Bruce Bicknell It feels like déjà vu. As you may know, I’ve been fortunate enough to review Poser products from Smith Micro (http://www.smithmicro.com) for many versions now, and with each one I can honestly say that... Read more »
The McTiVia (http://www.awindinc.com/mctivia/), unveiled at January's Macworld Expo, sounds like a certain health food promoted on TV by Jamie Lee Curtis. But it's not. 
The McTiVia is an US$199 device that lets you... Read more »
A couple of weeks ago, tired of Comcast's ever-rising cable TV prices, I ditched their cable TV (but kept the Internet package) and went with DISH TV. Their pricing is cheaper and I was intrigued by their TV Everywhere... Read more »
By Marcus Geduld FxFactory 2 from Noise Industries (http://www.noiseindustries.com) may be the future of Adobe After Effects plug-ins. The concept will be familiar to anyone who has tried the Apple iTunes Store. First... Read more »
Sometimes when you're listening to your tunes or using your iPhone, you want to feel isolated. Sound isolated, that is. Enter the US$199.95 SE315 earbuds (http://www.shure.com/americas/products/earphones-headphones/se-... Read more »
Editing PDF files on Mac OS X can be tough, but a new product from AnyBizSoft, a Wondershare company focused on PDF solutions, simplifies the process. PDF Editor for Mac, now in beta testing, integrates AnyBizSoft's... Read more »
Data Backup 3 (http://www.prosofteng.com/products/data_backup.php) from Prosoft Engineering is an utility for Mac OS X (10.4 and higher) that lets you back-up, restore and synchronize your data easily. And it's a step (... Read more »
Gaming Under Parallels Desktop 6 By Neil Ticktin, Editor-in-Chief/Publisher 20 popular Windows games.How playable are they? Gaming Under Virtualization One of the questions that we regularly get at MacTech is about... Read more »
Thank goodness for Data Rescue 3, a data rescue utility for Mac OS X 10.4.11 or higher from Prosoft Engineering (http://www.prosoftengineering.com). I recently had to rescue my iPhoto library from the Trash, which had... Read more »
By David Creamer Formatting hyperlinks in InDesign CS3 and CS4 is a pain -- they have to be formatted one at a time. That means that every new hyperlink has to be selected and made into a URL destination. Granted this... Read more »
Fabrix's (http://www.fabrixcases.com) Satchel felt cases for the new Macbook Airs 11.6-inch and 13.3-inch are "old school" cases with an interesting look and feel. They're not the cheapest options around (hey, they're... Read more »
With Handbrake you can rip commercial DVDs to play on your Mac. But there's been no way to do this with commercial Blu-ray discs until now. With Aiseesoft's (http://www.aiseesoft.com/) US$39.95 Blu-ray Ripper for Mac ($... Read more »
If your hard drive is running out of room to store all the movies, music and software you’ve accumulated, maybe it’s time to get a Blu-ray burner. Apple may have dissed Blu-ray, but some of us love it. And we can at... Read more »
Ever wanted to submerge you iPad in water? If you have, you need therapy. On the other hand, if you have your Apple tablet around water very often -- say, at the beach or on a boat -- you do need a waterproof case.... Read more »
By Daniel M. East I was surprised by the unveiling of Ricoh’s (http://www.ricoh.com) new CX3 digital camera not too long after the CX2 arrived, but the difference between these siblings is remarkable. After spending a... Read more »
The 360Works Email plugin for FileMaker Pro (http://www.360works.com/email-plugin/) makes FileMaker Pro into a fully functional email client, allowing users to integrate email functionality into their database solutions... Read more »
Newer Technology (http://www.newertech.com)'s Pad Protector is a slim, light (7.8 ounces) leather folio/carrying case for the iPad. It looks good and does its job well, though, feature-wise, there's not a lot to... Read more »
When I'm in transit I carry two Apple devices with me: my 11-inch MacBook Air and my iPad. Now there's no need to carry two different cases, as I put both devices into the US$99.99 Ful Brooklyn backpack (http://macte.ch... Read more »
By 'Doctor Dave' Greenbaum Whether you are listening to dance, jazz, or disco, you won’t be hearing the blues with the Miccus BluBridge headphones (http://www.miccus.com/products/blubridge-auto-talk). This headphone/... Read more »
By Marcus Geduld Holomatrix is an US$99 After Effects plug-in that does one thing well: it gives footage that produces ghost-like, scan line, holodeck, and “help me Obi-Wan Kenobi” looks. Holomatrix runs on After... Read more »
I have 2,732 songs in my iTunes library -- and that number grows every day. What's more, some of the songs and albums are pretty obscure stuff. That's why I find TuneUp from TuneUp Media (http://www.tuneupmedia.com/... Read more »
 
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