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Briefly: Owncloud Mac setup guide, Pinnacle Studio 16

08/29, 1:18pm

Pinnacle Studio 16 launches

A guide for installing Owncloud on a Mac mini server has been posted on the Macminicolo Blog. Owncloud is similar in function to Dropbox, but lets users store all of their data on a personal server. The guide goes over both basic and advanced Owncloud setups and also features information on PHP Tuning, opening up the possibility to transfer larger amounts of data. Each step is throughly described in text and includes accompanying images to guide readers through the process.

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Briefly: Nattress Video Scrapbook, IK Multimedia Summer Sale

07/13, 1:12pm

IK Multimedia offers AmpliTube discounts

Noise Industries has released a new package of plugins that allows users to create video scrapbooks by animating still images and adding transitions and backgrounds. Nattress Video Scrapbook includes six dynamic transitions, as well as a variety of motion effects, and support for Final Cut Pro, Motion, and After Effects. The software also includes support for creating stylized backgrounds for portrait images that don't fill an entire frame. A free trial can be downloaded from the company's website, while a full license costs $49.

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Briefly: FileMaker Training Series, PluralEyes for FCP beta

06/12, 12:05pm

PluralEyes 3 beta for FCP

The latest addition to the FileMaker Training Series has been released and can be purchased online. The latest training focuses on intermediate and advanced content and features 13 different modules that cover data modeling, security, web publishing, and more. The self-paced training course is priced at $40 and includes an 800-page manual and a DVD with demo files, exercises, and videos. Alternatively, customers can purchased a fully digital version of the course for $20.

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TI to offer DSP implementation of JPEG 2000

04/17, 9:40pm

Allows real time 2k and 4k video processing

Earlier today, Texas Instruments announced the industry's first multicore digital signal processor (DSP) implementation of the JPEG-2000 video codec. Four TI 6678 digital signal processors (DSPs) will soon be available on a half-length PCI Express x2 (PCIe) card tailored for use in data-intensive digital video broadcast and other video implementations, such as surveillance and the medical industry.

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Telestream updates encoder Episode for Mac, Windows

09/24, 7:30pm

New UI boasts WebM support, YouTube uploading

Digital video transcoding software maker Telestream have revamped the user interface of their flagship encoding program Episode as part of a major update to version 6.0, now available for Mac and Windows, which also includes a simplified "one click" cluster setup and a new workflow builder along with new support for Google's WebM format and YouTube uploading.

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Apps: Pear Note, CosmoPod, MacGourmet

08/18, 12:10pm

Easy Currencies, Money

  • Pear Note 1.3 ($40) is a note taking application that can record audio and video while a user is taking notes. All activities during a session are recorded including audio, video, user actions, keystrokes and slide changes, which are then placed on a timeline which can be replayed. Version 1.3 includes a new Quick List feature that can be used to quickly add lists and outlines to Pear Note Documents. A Highlighting feature has also been added along with a preference for setting the default font. [Download - 3.2MB]

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  • Apps: WaterThumber, A Better Finder Rename, WhatsOpen

    07/29, 5:10pm

    Warranty Hero, VideoDrive

  • WaterThumber 2.2 ($20) is a tool that allows users to resize images for online publication in one batch process. The software can create high-quality thumbnails and smaller versions of images or add custom watermarks. Brightness, contrast, saturation and sharpness adjustments can also be made to each image and all the EXIF data, including brand-specific camera information and GPS coordinates are preserved. The latest release allows users to import iPhoto albums and includes several interface modifications. The update has also fixed several bugs and typos. [Download - 5.3MB]

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  • Apps: Big Mean Folder Machine, ReelBean, CDFinder

    07/22, 4:40pm

    OggQuickLook, EarthBrowser

  • The Big Mean Folder Machine 2.0 ($15) is a tool for merging files and folders from several locations into one folder. Users can choose from different sorting options such as, sorting a set number of files into folders, organizing files into folders of a set file size, organizing files into folders alphabetically, and more. The v2.0 release features a re-designed interface, improved droplet automation, file name conflict resolution, automated software updates, and improved overall performance. [Download - 2.2MB]

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  • Apps: FlashVideo Converter, ProteMac Meter, AirRadar

    07/21, 2:25pm

    Sandvox, Radium

  • FlashVideo Converter 3.2 ($100) is a tool for converting Flash SWF and FLV files to video files such as MP4, MOV and MPEG. The software has controls which allow users to adjust the codec parameters and to control the size and quality of the output video. Users can also adjust the resolution, quality, and audio settings of the conversion to their specific needs. The new release includes an updated capture engine, a new watermark, and a lossless video render feature. [Download - 16.8MB]

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  • Apps: Combine PDFs, iSubtitle, GarageBuy

    07/20, 6:55pm

    Little Disk, Coloristic

  • Combine PDFs 4.4 ($30) is a utility that allows users to merge PDF files and images into one PDF file. Users can also split a PDF file or create a new PDF file with interleaved pages from two different PDF files. Version 4.4 includes a new preferences window which allows users to set PDF files to open in either Acrobat Reader or Preview. The applications main window has been modified to fit better on smaller screen and several bugs have been fixed in this release. [Download - 5.4MB]

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  • Apps: MacVide 3gp Converter, SongGenie, DutyWatch

    07/16, 1:25pm

    Watchmac, Calories

  • MacVide 3gp Converter 2.7 ($20) allows the conversion of most popular video files to 3gp mobile video. The software also allows users to customize different options including the bit rate, frame rate, resolution, and cropping. Version 2.7 has added several new watermarks that can be overlaid on top of videos along with a series of bug fixes. [Download - 10.5MB]

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  • Apps: iPod Converter, Baseline, Better Finder Rename

    07/08, 4:25pm

    SkypeCap, SERa

  • iPod Converter 2.7 ($30) is a tool for converting video files to the mp4 format for use on an iPod. The software can covert most common video files including AVI, WMV, MOV, MPG, ASF, and DivX. Within iPod converter users can crop video area, the bit rate, frame rate and video resolution. The latest update includes a new style interface and has fixed several smaller bugs. [Download - 10.5MB]

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  • Apps: Senuti, VideoPier, VideoFlash Converter

    07/07, 2:15pm

    WindowSets, Get Backup

  • Senuti 1.1 ($18) is a utility that can be used to transfers songs from an iPod to a computer. The software searches the iPod for music and then allows users to select music to transfer. When transferring files users can select to automatically import the songs to iTunes or to just copy them to a folder. Senuti also features support for transferring entire playlists. The update has added support for the iPhone 3.0 firmware. [Download - 11.8MB]

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  • Apps: FlashVideo Converter, CaptureIt!, Camfrog

    07/06, 12:10pm

    MyMacTime, Letter Opener

  • FlashVideo Converter 3.1 ($100) is a tool for converting Flash SWF and FLV files to video files such as MP4, MOV and MPEG. The software has controls which allow users to adjust the codec parameters and to control the size and quality of the output video. Users can also adjust the resolution, quality, and audio settings of the conversion to their specific needs. The new release includes improved fps settings for QuickTime, MPEG, MPEG2, and MP4 files along with an updated preview window. [Download - 16.2MB]

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  • Apps: Typinator, TinkerTool System, TabExpose

    06/30, 1:20pm

    Clipstart, Speed Download

  • Typinator 3.5 ($28) is a tool that will type out repeating texts and pictures. Users can set up a list of commonly used words and images, and then set up fragments that can be used trigger each phrase or image. Version 3.4 uses a new expansion technique which allows the software to operate faster than previous releases. The update also includes improved compatibility with XCode, BBEdit and TextWrangler, Eclipse and many Java applications. Additionally, several bugs have been fixed including one that could cause Typinator to forget its license information when synced with MobileMe. [Download - 2.7MB]

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  • Apps: RouteBuddy, Delicious Library, ProteMac Meter

    06/11, 12:00pm

    iTube, Snapper

  • RouteBuddy 2.5 ($100) is a GPS mapping utility for Mac OS X with the ability to analyze and create new routes and tracks from geo-data files. The software is able to transfer waypoint, route and track data to and from supported GPS units, which include most USGlobalSat, Garmin, TomTom, and NMEA Devices. The 2.5 update has added support for raster topographic maps which can be viewed side-by-side with vector-based road maps. The update has also improved compatibility with Google Earth and includes a free sample topographic map. [Download - 37.7MB]

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  • Apps: Forklift, CosmoPod, expod

    06/10, 12:00pm

    MovieChapterizer, WhoPaste

  • Forklift 1.7 ($45) is a file manager for Mac OS X that connects to FTP or SFTP servers and manages Amazon S3 accounts or mobile devices over Bluetooth. The update now allows users to create zip, pkzip, tar.gz, tar.bz2 and add password protection to zip archives. Forklift is also now able to initiate multi-threaded FXP transfers between FTP servers and includes several new options and small refinements. [Download - 5.4MB]

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  • Apps: Zipeg, iEncrypt, Ultimate DVD Player

    06/05, 11:05am

    R10Decrypt, Tilt2Joystick

  • Zipeg 2.7 (free) lets users quickly preview a ZIP archive without actually opening the file. Files can then be selectively removed from the archive by dragging them to a desired location. The software supports a wide range of archive formats including: ZIP, RAR, ARJ, 7z, TAR, and ISO. Zipeg also features the ability to display image thumbnails in tooltips and can sort contents of folders by name, date, and size. [Download - 2.1MB]

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  • Apps: pulpTunes, DiscLabel, Cover Stream

    05/27, 2:00pm

    ReelBean, myDocuments

  • pulpTunes 1.1 (free) allows users to access their iTunes collection remotely through a web browser. After installing the software users will be provided with an IP address that will allow them to access their music from any web browser. pulpTunes supports MP3 and AAC files and allows users to download the tracks from the web browser interface. Version 1.1 has introduced a performance boost for large music libraries and a new search function. The update also includes the ability to rate songs and has renamed "Party Shuffle" to "iTunes DJ" mimicking the name change in iTunes 8.1. [Download - 4MB]

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  • Apps: Dream Capture, DaisyDisk, Timer Utility

    05/25, 10:35am

    HoudahSpot, QuickCal

  • Dream Capture 3.0 ($10) is a video recording utility that includes simple recording features and sharing options. The software can capture video from almost any camera connected to a Mac. The software also includes the ability to capture audio and video from different devices simultaneously. The 3.0 update now includes the ability to record 1080i and 1080p high definition video. The update also includes a new interface, a Preview function, and a higher quality audio capture function. [Download - 3.5MB]

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  • Apps: MyMacTime, Flock, BannerZest

    05/19, 11:00am

    RevolverHD, BravoTunes

  • MyMacTime 1.2 ($20) is a tool for tracking time spent on different projects. Users can enter all the tasks they are currently working on and then either enter the time spent on each one manually or have the application log it. Tasks can then be synchronized with iCal for printing or sharing. The update has added a new option that allows users to choose if they want the session timer to stop, pause or continue when a computer enters sleep mode. The session summary view and session scope bar can now be hidden and several small bugs have also been addressed. [Download - 4.6MB]

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  • Apps: Now Boarding, ReelNQ, TinkerTool System

    05/13, 12:25pm

    DupScan, Smart Scroll

  • Now Boarding 1.2 ($15) is an airport management game that places gamers in charge of a major airport. The players challenge is to reorganize a poorly managed airport and get passengers to their desired locations. Players can enhance their airports by purchasing larger and exotic aircraft, renovating the terminal, adding shops and restaurants, and changing their employees. If they are successful with their first airport they can expand to new cites to try and manage multiple airports to increase overall profits. The latest release has introduced a new map, The Caribbean, which features several large cites, a few small island villages and hurricane threats. The game also now provides feedback at the end of each month on which cites are expanding and which are shrinking. [Download - 12.9MB]

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  • Apps: Find Any File, Little Snitch, Syncopation

    05/11, 5:45pm

    ScreenEdit, Kaohi

  • Find Any File 1.2 (free) can search for files on a Macs hard drive by name, creation or modification date, size or type and creator code. The application can run as the root users allowing it to find files that can be missed by Spotlight and also features a hierarchical view of all found items for fast sorting. Version 1.2 has added options to only search remote volumes, removing the hovering tooltips, and increasing text size. The update has also addressed several small bugs and should be less prone to crashing now. [Download - 3.9MB]

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  • Apps: ProteMac Meter, YouView, AddMovie

    05/01, 5:15pm

    Dash Monitors, CropaRatio

  • ProteMac Meter 2.3 ($30) is a network-traffic logging application that allows users to monitor all Internet and network activity. A stopwatch function can be used to time downloads and calculate average transfer rates. Users can also set alarms that will sound if the bandwidth or time limits have been exceeded by a particular application, or if a desired traffic volume has been reached. The update has added a new notification engine and improved the user interface. Overall stability has also been improved and several bugs have been addressed. [Download - 5.2MB]

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  • Apps: ReelBean, DVD Hunter, CADintosh

    04/29, 2:10pm

    CrumplePop Photo, Stimulus

  • ReelBean 4.1 ($) can be used to convert movies to Apple TV, video iPod MPEG4, H.264, AVI and other formats. The software also has media playing features that allow users to view media files from within the application. The update includes a minor fix to the Movie track Properties window and a new dialog window that displays when the Toggle Scenes feature is not available. [Download - 6.1MB]

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  • Apps: The Tagger, Just Translate, Submerge

    04/23, 11:30am

    moneyGuru, FontXChange

  • The Tagger 1.3 ($30) is an MP3 and AAC tag editor for Mac. The software allows users to batch edit audio files, and claims to support a wider range of ID3 tags than iTunes. The softwares interface has been updated in version 1.3 and now includes a new toolbar, a simplified Tags menu, and new navigation buttons. The update also features the ability to edit tags from within the file browser and new commands for buying, opening and showing licenses. [Download - 1.7MB]

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  • Apps: iSubtitle, CleanMyMac, Keep Your Word

    04/20, 6:55pm

    Encrypt Mail, Size Up

  • iSubtitle 1.2 ($19) is a tool that adds non-destructive subtitles to movies on the iPhone/iPod touch and Apple TV. The software enables people to use the interface of the device or application to turn on or off subtitles synced in real-time, and to watch the subtitled movies in full screen. Version 1.2 allows users to add chapters to videos automatically or manually. The update also includes options for changing the size of subtitles and fixes several bugs. [Download - 6.1MB]

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  • Apps: Password Repository, Tidy Up!, iVideo

    04/10, 5:05pm

    myTracks, smcFanControl

  • Password Repository 2.8 ($30) allows users to save and manage all of their passwords inside an encrypted document. The information is all stored within a table that can be sorted. Passwords can also be labeled with custom sets of colors to help users sort out related passwords. The latest release has added a customizable background auto-lock mode and now always leaves the auto-recovery document feature on. [Download - 1MB]

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  • Apps: Photo Desktop, Amnesia, Springy

    04/01, 7:10pm

    Earth Addresser, iSubtitle

  • Photo Desktop 2.3 ($13) allows users to place any number of photographs on their desktop. With the tool users can create custom wallpaper for their computer that displays some of their best images. The 2.3 update has added support for iPhoto '09 and now allows users to create Smart-Photosets with multiple source collections. The update has also updated the photo desktop caches to require less disk space and has fixed several small issues. [Download - 5.5MB]

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  • Apps: VideoFlash Converter, SlidePad, MacPrivacy

    03/30, 5:30pm

    TimeTable, Safari 4 Buddy

  • VideoFlash Converter 2.4 ($40) allows the conversion of QuickTime compatible video files to either the Adobe Flash SWF or FLV format. The most popular formats are supported, including AVI, MOV, MPG, DivX and more. Version 2.4 includes a new Preview Pane that is displayed while flash movies are loaded from the web and a new rangebar style. [Download - 16.2MB]

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  • Apps: Opacity, Video Pier, Troi Serial Plug-in

    03/11, 11:15pm

    AdiumBook, Sponge

  • Opacity 1.3 ($90) is a graphics creation utility that combines pixel and vector editors with Photoshop-like tools such as filters, layers and transforms. Version 1.3 adds an improved Pen Tool, improved Text editing, inside and outside stroke options, a new spiral tool and reduces the size of saved image .opacity files. [Download - 11.5MB]

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  • Apps: SmartBackup, CosmoPod, Cast Away

    02/25, 9:25pm

    Hard Copy, CaliBrate

  • SmartBackup 2.3 ($22) is a tool for creating various types of backups, such as small daily data backups on network drives or full bootable clones of Mac OS X on a second hard drive. The update includes a new option that can automatically purge archived files after a defined time. It also includes several bugfixes and general improvements. [Download - 0.95MB]

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  • Apps: Warranty Hero, Flash Cards II, Tooble

    02/23, 5:45pm

    iReadFast, PDFCompress

  • Warranty Hero 1.1 ($5) allows users to keep track of a products life-span and its accompanying warranty. The application can track a products name, vendor, purchase date and a warranty expiry date. Optional information for serial number, price, and product image can be entered as necessary, as well as the ability to Drag & Drop receipts as a PDF and add Keywords. Version 1.1 includes a French localization, a new "Notes" field, and several bug fixes and performance enhancements. [Download - 3.7MB]

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  • Apps: ScreenCap, ProjectForum, Exibia

    02/11, 6:25pm

    BetterHandles, Invoices

  • ScreenCap 2.0 ($40) allows users to capture videos, single screenshots or timed screenshot series from their Mac desktop. The software can be defined to capture the whole screen or only a specific location. ScreenCap can also capture all the audio from the computer or be set to just record through the computers microphone. The 2.0 release includes a new user guide and has fixed the cursor position for video capturing. [Download - 10.7MB]

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  • Apps: Disc Cover, Mac Shutdown X, iPodRip

    02/05, 11:15am

    VideoVangelist, Mojo

  • Disc Cover 2.3 ($35) helps users create CD and DVD labels, covers, tray inserts, folding booklets, and more. The application includes over 250 professionally made designs that users can customize with their own images or with some of the included images. Along with several performance enhancements and fixes the update includes support for DiscT@2 which allows to etch text and graphics on the data side of DVD discs using a LabelFlash-enabled drive. [Download - 52.3MB]

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  • Sorenson ships Squeeze 4.8 for Adobe Flash

    12/05, 1:20pm

    Squeeze 4.8 for Flash

    Sorenson Media on Wednesday released Sorenson Squeeze 4.8 for Adobe Flash. On the heels of Adobe's Flash Player 9 Update 3 with H.264 video support, the company said that the upgrade enables users of Sorenson Media’s application to encode MPEG-4 video compatible with the newly-released Adobe Flash 9 Update 3 software, using the H.264/AVC, AAC and HE-AAC codecs. The "true" MPEG-4 files are also compatible with popular devices such as Apple's iPod and Sony's PSP, the company noted. Sorenson has also included other MPEG-4 variants within Squeeze 4.8 Flash, including the ability to encode into MPEG-4 Part 10 or 3GPP formats. In addition to the H.264 support, two other Flash-based codecs are also available: Sorenson Spark Pro and, for an additional $100 purchase, the On2 VP6 Pro Encoder plug-in.

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