VisualHub 1.23 Gains Apple TV Export Feature

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Date: Monday, March 26th, 2007, 09:12
Category: Software

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Techspansion’s VisualHub, a catch-all video video conversion program, has just been updated to version 1.23. The new version, a 4.7 megabyte download, adds the following fixes and changes:
-Apple TV Support! Convert video for the Apple TV all the way up to 720p resolution.
-Improvements to WMV creation.
-Garbled sound through Windows Media Player on Windows XP/Vista fixed.
-Updates to Matroska compatibility.
-Conversions of videos with strange aspect ratios to TV-sized iTunes MPEG-4 files now play properly on the iPod.
-High-bitrate Two Pass H.264 conversions will no longer be susceptible to grey blips in low-motion scenes.
-Fixes to Dutch localization.
-Updates to dvdauthor.
-Stitched iPod/iTunes files can now be automatically added to iTunes.
-MP4 files created by VisualHub have their creator code set to QuickTime Player again instead of iTunes.
-Generic MPEG files are now always created with square-pixels unless otherwise noted.
-Better detection of QuickTime-determined resolution.
-Scene changes handled better for H.264.
-Fixes to PPC NTSC DVD FPS detection. OMG.
-Finnish Localization by Arto Vartiainen.
-Many other fixes and small tweaks.
VisualHub converts to iPod, PSP, DV, DVD, AVI, MP4, WMV, MPEG and Flash formats and is available for US$23.32. The program requires Mac OS X 10.3.9 or later to run and is available as a universal binary which runs at native speeds on both PowerPC and Intel-based hardware.

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Spanning Sync: Seamlessly Bridge the iCal and gCal Gap

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Date: Monday, March 26th, 2007, 08:00
Category: Software

Spanning Sync v1.0b14 (135)If you’re ever wanted to use both Apple’s iCal and Google Calendar and found yourself confounded by having to juggle two interfaces you owe it to yourself to check out Spanning Sync.

I found out about Spanning Sync from Youngmoo Kim during the roundup section on Episode 36 of the PowerPage Podcast. It’s a fantastic application that delivers on its promise and automatically syncs iCal and gCal behind the scenes.

If you use iCal and wish there was an easy way to share your calendar(s) with other people or computers (without having Dot-Mac or a WebDAV server) then Spanning Sync is just the ticket. You can even sync in the other direction so Google Calendar users can sync events to an iPod, mobile phone and eventually iPhone.

The best way to learn about Spanning Sync is through their demonstration video. Spanning Sync costs US$25 per year or US$65 for a permanent license.

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Adium X Updated to Version 1.0.2

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Date: Monday, March 26th, 2007, 07:57
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Adium, the long-standing free instant messaging alternative (the software supports AIM, ICQ, Jabber, MSN, Yahoo!, Google Talk and other protocols), has been updated to version 1.0.2.
The new version, a 14.7 megabyte download, adds the following fixes and changes:
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Firefox 2.0.0.3 Released

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Date: Wednesday, March 21st, 2007, 11:50
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Firefox, the open source web browser from mozilla.org has been updated to version 2.0.0.3.
The new version, a 17.6 megabyte download, fixes the following bugs:
-Fixed: MFSA 2007-11 FTP PASV port-scanning security issue.
-Fixed various web compatibility regressions.
Firefox requires Mac OS X 10.2 or later to run and is a universal binary that functions at native speeds on both PowerPC and Intel-based hardware.
If you’ve had either a positive or negative experience with the new version, let us know.

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Koloroo Releases New Programs for Color Screen iPods

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Date: Wednesday, March 21st, 2007, 08:13
Category: Software

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On Tuesday, Koloroo announced two new widgets that could be run on any iPod featuring a color screen. The first, TipKalc, serves as a utility for calculating a 15 to 20 percent tip on any bill and can even split a check five ways.
The second, KolorWheel, displays a suggested color scheme on your iPod. Users can hold their iPod next to an object they wish to match it with and choose a color scheme from there.
TipKalc is available for US$4.99 whereas Koloroo is available for US$7.99. Both programs can be loaded onto an iPod via a Mac or Windows-based PC.
If you’ve tried either of these programs and had either a positive or negative experience, let us know.

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Democracy Player Updated to 0.9.5.3

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Date: Tuesday, March 20th, 2007, 13:00
Category: Software

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Democracy Player, the open-source media player/Internet TV application, has been updated to version 0.9.5.3.
The new version, a 9.6 megabyte download (courtesy of VersionTracker), repairs problems in searching Google video, which had changed its playback format and updates language translation files.
Democracy Player requires Mac OS X 10.3 or higher and QuickTime 7 or higher to run. The software is a universal binary and runs at native speeds under both the PowerPC and Intel hardware architectures.
While free, Democracy Player is donationware, so if you like it, you can contribute to the effort via Paypal and through Google Checkout.
If you’ve had either a positive or negative experience with the new version, let us know.

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Fmenu Plugin Hooks iPhoto to Facebook Albums

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Date: Monday, March 19th, 2007, 11:05
Category: Software

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The guys over at The Unofficial Apple Weblog has pointed out Fmenu, an open source program that allows the user to hook their iPhoto albums into their Facebook social network albums. Here, users can select photos and export items directly to their account.
FMenu, which resides in the menu bar by the clock when installed, can also alert the user as to the follow Facebook account changes:
-A friend updates his profile
-A friend changes his status
-A friend writes a new note
-Someone writes on your wall
-You have new messages
-You have new pokes
-You have new friend requests
-You have new photo comments
The software is a free 270 kilobyte download (courtesy of SourceForge) and is a universal binary capable of running at native speeds on both PowerPC and Intel-based hardware. Fmenu requires Mac OS X 10.4 or later and the Growl notification program to already be installed to run.
Give it a try and if you have opinions on it either way, let us know.

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Apple Releases iTunes 7.1.1

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Date: Monday, March 19th, 2007, 07:41
Category: Software

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On Friday, Apple released iTunes version 7.1.1, a patch version which addresses stability issues within iTunes 7.1 as well as what the company terms “minor” compatibility issues with that version of the software. The patch also addresses various bugs within the recently-released Windows Vista operating system, Apple working closely with Microsoft to resolve various issues between the two products.
This month, Apple released iTunes 7.1, which added support for Apple’s upcoming Apple TV device, due out sometime this month. The 7.1 version also added Cover Flow and improved sorting options for tracks currently on file according to Macworld News.
iTunes 7.1.1 is a 27.4 megabyte download and requires Mac OS X 10.3.9 or later, a 500 MHz G3, G4, G5 or Intel-based processor and 256 megabytes of RAM to run. The software is available for free and can also be snagged via Mac OS X’s built in Software Update feature.
If you’ve had a positive, negative or interesting experience with the new version, let us know.

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Toast Updated to Version 8.0.1

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Date: Thursday, March 15th, 2007, 08:15
Category: Software

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Toast, the long-standing CD and DVD burning application by Roxio, has been updated from version 8.0 to 8.0.1 as of Wednesday.
The update, which requires the user to log into the Roxio web site to download, offers the following bug fixes and improvements for the recently-released version 8.0 of the product:
-DivX encoder has been updated to version 6.4.
-Resolves a number of issues related to audio playback within Toast.
-Resolves an issue where save options are available while the encoding sheet is visible.
-Resolves a potential crash situation with multiple disc images mounted.
-Correct disc number is now always shown when reburning a failed disc in a spanned set.
-Some error messages have been updated to provide additional details.
-Resolves an issue which limited audio crossfade to 20 seconds.
-ToastAnywhere now correctly works with Audio projects.
-Cosmetic issue relating to fades icon has been corrected.
-Make changes to Effects will now prompt users to save project before exiting Toast.
-Media Browser preview will now stop automatically when saving a disc image
Improved accuracy of displayed recording speed.
-Resolves an issue where a disc is ejected after extracting audio tracks.
-Photo Discs created on Japanese language OS will now function properly in Windows.
-Helvetica font being disabled will no longer cause Toast to crash.
-Saved audio projects from Toast 7 will now open correctly.
-Menu title now appears correctly in preview for video projects.
-Resolves an issue related to closed captions not being available for selection in Toast Video Player.
-Write session option is now preserved correctly.
-Resolves a potential crash situation when selecting TiVo in the Media Browser.
-Index points are now always correctly burned in CD audio projects.
-Resolved an issue where Peak Regions or Split-Regions in some audio files are not recognized.
-Toast will now correctly display the date a TiVo show was recorded if no metadata is present.
-Cosmetic changes to mouse-over tooltip which appears in Media Browser for TiVo shows.
-Resolves issue related to using assets in the Roxio Converted Items folder.
-Audio CD length is now correctly updated with applying crossfade or trim effects.
-Resolves an issue related to opening some saved audio projects with effects applied.
-Toast now correctly displays when lead-in is being written for audio CDs.
-Resolves an issue where some tracks from CD Spin Doctor may not transfer correctly.
-Removing crossfades will no longer reset pause to 2 seconds if no gap is set.
-Resolves an issue related to burning an ISO 9660 format disc image.
-Improvements to estimated size calculation for video projects.
Toast 8 retails for US$99.99 and requires a G4, G5 or Intel-based Macintosh running Mac OS X 10.4.8 or later, QuickTime 7.1.3 or later and 300 megabytes of hard drive space to install. The program also urges the user to have at least 15 gigabytes of free drive space available when using Toast’s DVD backup compression features.
The program is a universal binary and runs natively on both PowerPC and Intel-based hardware.
If you’ve had either positive or negative experiences with the new version, let us know.

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iPhoto 6.0.6 Update Released

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Date: Wednesday, March 14th, 2007, 10:34
Category: Software

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On Tuesday, Apple released version 6.0.6 of its iPhoto image organization and editing tool.
The update, an 8 megabyte download, serves as a maintenance fix an repairs bugs found
in the program’s Exchangable Image File compatibility and photocasting features.
iPhoto 6 is part of the iLife 2006 package and is available for US$79.00.
iPhoto 6.0.6 requires a Mac running Mac OS X 10.3.9 or later for the Mac OS X 10.3 operating system and Mac OS X 10.4.3 or later for the Mac OS X 10.4 operating system.
If you have any comments or feedback about the new version, let us know.

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