Tuesday, November 15, 2011

I don’t get why there is not a wide selection of RSS tickers for the Mac like one can easily find for Windows. What is available ranges from horrible to alright. RSS Ticker for Google Reader sits in the latter position. Its strengths are Google Reader intigration, quick display of feeds, direct tie-in with Google Reader for viewing all your feeds, and the ability to place the ticker on a wide screen.

It fails to give you control of your feeds subjecting you with old read messages for at least 24 hours cluttering up your news feed with archiac news. This drowns out the new posts and if you’re like me, you’ll miss the refreshed entries due to the numerous other feeds clogging up the ticker with stale items. Why is it not a standard to hide read posts? This seems idiotic to me. Additionally, the ticker likes to “blink out” every once in a while and present itself empty until the feed repopulates. Nice, more useless time wasting as I await something new to appear.

Other disappointments lie in the tiny favicons, lack of site name for each post, and non-intuitive controls. I stumbled over the procedure for closing the drop-down draw by accident after closing the entire application and reopening it for the first few minutes of use. Dude, I’m an IT guy and if it took me that long to figure it out, you’ve got a serious UI flaw.

Which leads me to one of my grandest complaints. There is zero support for this application. If you click the support link in the App Store, you are greeted with an icon in the middle of the page. Oooh, if I click it, it opens the website? Nice indicator on that graphic. Once there, nothing else is clickable like the contents bar one would figure would lead you to different sections. But wait, it gets better. While you “navigate” this site, you find yourself scratching your head. There is NO mention of RSS Ticker for Google Reader. It’s just games – kiddie games – that’s it. Forget about finding a support link or email address. Remember, nothig is clickable.

I feel this could be the ticker for Mac user if the mysterious author could accept input and correct a few minor issues. Give me new posts only and an easy way to close that drawer and I’m happy. Very happy.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010
IN 5, 4, 3, 2, 1... BOINXTV 1.6 HITS THE AIRWAVES

Boinx Software, a multi-award-winning software developer for the Mac platform, is pleased to announce the latest update to its 2009 Apple Design Award-winning live-video production software, BoinxTV 1.6. BoinxTV is designed as your own personal broadcast truck – without the truck. Perfect for recording presentations, lectures, video podcasts, sporting events, concerts, sermons and more, BoinxTV produces stunning Live to Disk, Live to Internet and Live to Stage video – all in real time. In version 1.6, improving quality and performance, and optimized redundancy with fault-tolerant system architecture remain top priority. A new template for recording conferences and events provides users with an in-depth, how-to example for broadcasting hours of live conference footage with a flawless and stylish finish that rivals prime-time, professionally produced events.

“The brand new ‘Conference Recording’ template in BoinxTV 1.6 provides users with the inspiration to set up their own custom templates for live conference recording from their own personal ‘studio’ – their Mac,” comments Oliver Breidenbach, CEO, Boinx Software. “This most recent update to our ‘broadcast truck – without the truck’ software makes the task of producing and broadcasting live events quicker and easier than ever before. Layers for introducing conference sessions, switching between multiple cameras, adding unique lower thirds, placing movies or clips into the background, adding sidebars to feature conference sponsors, and branding your broadcast with the all-important logo give broadcasts an especially creative and professional edge. Version 1.6 is also jam-packed with redundancy enhancements for continued reassurance that your footage is safe. Up to the moment that a crash might occur, BoinxTV automatically saves your footage for you to pick right up where you left off. We are thrilled to present our current and new users with the safest and most redundant BoinxTV to date.”

BoinxTV 1.6 Highlights: NEW “Conference Recording” Template
BoinxTV 1.6′s new “Conference Recording” template comes complete with fresh new layers for creating customizable opening credits, placing a source in an area defined by four arbitrary screen points, automatic crawls, sidebar options and an iPhone demo layer complete with iPhone 4 artwork. The new template allows users to create a polished and unified presentation in just minutes, ready to broadcast with no post-production work necessary. In addition, the Axis camera layer now supports Mac OS X v10.5.8, while images coming out of the chroma key filter are now crisp and clear with no blurry side effects.

Version 1.6 also features BoinxTV’s fully equipped, first-class rendering engine for enhanced performance on multi-core/hyperthreading-based Macs. A fail-safe auto save function ensures that if your system crashes, you will not lose your BoinxTV footage. An innovative user interface, extendable architecture and improved performance features allow users to create professional “TV-style” shows and broadcasts with minimal post-production efforts. Its “broadcast truck” production capabilities reduce expensive production and post-production costs without sacrificing creative and professional gloss.

BoinxTV’s “broadcast truck – without the truck” capabilities are utilized to broadcast one of the industry’s most well-known and respected international events series, The SuperMeet. Dan Berube and Michael Horton partnered with Boinx Software and BoinxTV to stream San Francisco (MacWorld), Las Vegas (NAB), Boston and Amsterdam (IBC) SuperMeets in 2010. “We searched for a way to easily and affordably exemplify our event’s creative efforts remotely. We wanted our story to resonate with industry enthusiasts, indie filmmakers and Hollywood creatives alike. BoinxTV fit our needs like a glove,” comments Mike Horton.

BoinxTV Key Features
▪ Over 50 layers provide creative possibilities for designing your own unique show template. Many aspects of the layers, such as font, size, color and position can be easily adjusted for endless variety.
▪ Preconfigured, easy-to-use templates provide a starting point and inspiration for your show.
▪ Character generation – Easily create lower thirds, titles, crawlers, tickers, credits and other text on screen.
▪ Computer graphics – Draw on screen, highlight and magnify screen areas, and display a weather map, stock charts and other data.
▪ Chroma keying – Replace a unified color backdrop (usually called a green or blue screen) with animated backgrounds, a virtual studio, a computer screen for screencasts – or create other special effects.
▪ Video scaling – Display, scale and distort video, PDFs, photos and other documents, or create a 3D video podcast.
▪ Camera Switching – Use multiple video sources picture-in-picture, side-by-side, n-up – or switch between sources with a variety of transitions.
▪ Audience interaction – Display a Twitter stream or let viewers Skype in to your show.
▪ Use QuickTime-compatible video sources such as DV cameras with FireWire (sometimes called i.Link or IEEE1394), HDMI cameras (with HDMI interface card such as Blackmagic Intensity Pro), iSight camera, USB webcams (if supplied with QuickTime driver), SDI cameras (with the help of SDI input systems from Matrox, AJA and Blackmagic Design) and many more.
▪ Screen grabbing to include video chats (Skype, iChat) and presentation slides (PowerPoint, Keynote).
▪ Use any audio device available in your system. A built-in adjustable audio delay helps you to synchronize audio and video easily.
▪ Integrate with Soundflower and other audio routing utilities for audio interviews with
Skype, iChat and more.
▪ Record directly to disk as QuickTime file.
▪ Play out simultaneously over second screen connector.
▪ Convert to Internet stream using external converter or third-party software (device not included).
▪ Convert to SDI using external converter (device not included).
▪ Submit to Apple Podcast Producer automatically after recording.
▪ Execute an AppleScript after recording.

About BoinxTV
BoinxTV, winner of the “Apple Design Award 2009,” is a revolutionary tool for creating Live to Disk, Live to Internet and Live to Stage video developed by Boinx Software in cooperation with TheCodingMonkeys. With BoinxTV, you can create stunning studio shows, podcasts, sports events, concerts, interviews, sermons, lectures, seminars and more using your Mac and multiple cameras. With its innovative user interface and its extendable architecture, BoinxTV makes it easy to create professional “TV-style” shows, minimizing post-production time. BoinxTV requires an Intel-based Mac with discrete graphics from ATI or NVIDIA, and a minimum of 2GB of RAM. Full system requirements and more information on BoinxTV can be found at http://boinx.com/boinxtv.

Availability & Pricing
BoinxTV 1.6 is available as a free update for existing BoinxTV users at boinx.com/download. A free demo license enables BoinxTV for five days. The single license of BoinxTV is available for $499 at the Boinx Kagi Store. The BoinxTV Sponsored Edition for $199 requires a credit for BoinxTV in every video created with BoinxTV. For education and volume licensing (multi‐seat) of BoinxTV, please contact sales@boinx.com.


Mark/Space, a mobile to desktop synchronization software company, announced today the release of The Missing Sync(tm) for Windows Mobile version 4.0.4 with enhanced sync support for Microsoft Entourage 2008. The award-winning Missing Sync for Windows Mobile is the most trusted sync software for Mac users with Windows Mobile smartphones like the HTC Touch, Motorola Q9 and Palm Treo Pro.

The latest release of The Missing Sync for Windows Mobile offers full Entourage support so that users can sync directly with Entourage 2008 and 2004. Benefits include synchronization of Entourage contacts, calendar events and tasks with categories. This update also offers improved device mounting.

Other features of The Missing Sync for Windows Mobile include syncing music, photos, video, files, and much more with support for iCal, Address Book, iPhoto and iTunes.

Pricing, Availability and System Requirements
The Missing Sync for Windows Mobile is available immediately as an electronic download from the Mark/Space Online Store for $39.95. It will also be available on CD for $49.95. This update is available free to owners of The Missing Sync for Windows Mobile 4.0. Owners of earlier versions may upgrade for $29.95.

The Missing Sync for Windows Mobile requires Mac OS X 10.4.9 or later, or Mac OS X 10.5 or later and a device running Windows Mobile 2002 (also called Pocket PC 2002), Windows Mobile 2003, Windows Mobile 5 or Windows Mobile 6.

To purchase, upgrade or learn more about The Missing Sync for Windows Mobile, please visit http://www.markspace.com.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

SyncMate : SyncMate will help you retrieve the fullest information about your mobile device.

All Mac Users who own Windows Mobile devices now can easily synchronize all information from both devices!
Bellevue, WA, USA – November 11, 2008: Eltima Software, a global software Development Company, has released SyncMate version 1.4. SyncMate is presented in two versions, Free and Expert, and provides its users even more opportunities than before.

SyncMate FREE Edition is a perfect solution for information management. It is FREE and easy-to-use synchronizer for Mac and Pocket PC/Smartphone, that will help you keep all your documents, text messages, contacts, calendar entries and events and other stuff well organized. With SyncMate Free edition you can synchronize applications like Address Book, iCal, etc. Also you can easily read SMS directly from your Mac, check detailed device information (battery state, etc) and visually analyze memory usage.
SyncMate Expert Edition (available for a small fee) grants you even more synchronization possibilities. With Expert Edition it is very handy to synchronize time and share Internet between your Mac and your mobile device, which is very important for all mobile people. Synchronize iTunes and iPhoto to keep all your favorite music and pictures within a click of a button.
Expert Edition allows you to synchronize separate folders. Notes, and To Do’s synchronization is also available with SyncMate Expert Edition! You can view all the applications installed on PDA from your Mac.
Manage all text messages not even touching your Pocket PC! Send, receive, create and delete SMS when working at your Mac – that’s what SyncMate Expert gives you. With SyncMate Expert Edition you can even sync your mail!
SyncMate installation is very easy. You do not have to unlock device in order to install SyncMate. Mac can be connected to mobile device via USB or Wi-Fi.

SyncMate 1.4 Features at a Glance:
- Bookmarks Synchronization (Entourage, Firefox supported)
- iPhoto Synchronization
- iTunes Synchronization
- Folders Synchronization
- Notes Synchronization (Entourage supported!)
- Time Synchronization
- Contacts Synchronization (Entourage and Google Calendar supported!)
- iCal Synchronization (Entourage and Google Contacts supported!)
- SMS Manager Plugin
- Applications List Plugin
- Device Info Plugin
- SMS Reader Plugin
- Actions Log Plugin
- Internet Sharing
- Mail Plugin
- To Do’s Plugin
- Calls history Plugin

SyncMate Pricing and Availability
SyncMate is compatible with Mac OS X platform (Mac OS X 10.4 and higher, Mac OS X 10.5). Device compatibility: Windows Mobile Pocket 5, Windows Mobile Smartphone 5; Windows Mobile 6 Standard, Windows Mobile 6 Classic and Windows Mobile 6 Professional; Windows Mobile 6.1. You can upgrade your free SyncMate to SyncMate Expert Edition for $39.95 only.
All program upgrades within one major version (that you purchase) are free to all our registered users. For more detailed information about our upgrade policy and volume discounts, please email to sales@eltima.com
Additional information about SyncMate, along with detailed technical documentation, online help, changelog, upgrade to PRO policy as well as free installation package can be found at: http://www.sync-mac.com/

Monday, November 10, 2008

SyncMate : SyncMate will help you retrieve the fullest information about your mobile device.

Looking for something other than MissingLink for your Windows Mobile device on the Mac? Take a look at SyncMate, then.

Tuesday, July 29, 2008
Screenshots: VirtualBox_OSX_beta_3.png - VirtualBox

There’s nothing better than running Windows on a Mac. If your Windows flavored Virtual Machine (VM) gets bitten by a nasty Windows malware peace, dust it and restart with a backed up VM copy in minutes. Since many application types can be found on the Mac easily today, there is less and less reason to run Windows. However, with industry specific applications and a few better-on-Windows programs, such as QuickBooks, a VM is still needed from time to time. Many Mac users have gone with Parallels Desktop and VMWare’s Fusion. With a price tag nearing $100, only the serious user will opt to purchase either fine VM product. Watch out, though, because now the company that was a large part of creating the World Wide Web with millions of web servers running on its hardware, Sun Microsystems has unveiled VirtualBox. The open source VM project Sun hopes will drive many to use its new product could just be the next must have VM for Mac users.

VirtualBox runs many x86 operating systems (guest OS) on x86 computers (host OS). Guest operating systems VirtualBox can run include, but not limited to, Windows (NT 4.0, 2000, XP, Server 2003, Vista), DOS, Windows 3.x (on top of DOS), Linux (2.4 and 2.6), as well as OpenBSD.

Still under development, VirtualBox sits at version 1.6.2 and is actively updated. Sun has asked both developers and users to download its product and give it a try as well for developers to help out with coding. More coders means more features and hopefully more stability. More users will help in these two areas as well since feedback is always a much needed input for developers.

VirtualBox shares many of the same features as VMWare and Parallel’s offerings such as folder sharing, USB device use, and easy guest OS install from an ISO image.

Any Intel or AMD processor will run VirtualBox according to Sun. Most guest OS’s will need at least 512 MB of RAM with 30 MB of hard drive space need for VirtualBox itself. If you’re willing and daring (and just plain cheap), download VirtualBox today.


Not everyone has an iPhone (yet :) ) and not everyone likes iSync on a Mac. That’s where NovaMedia comes in and helps those that do wish to have a “like-one” relationship between Mac and cellular phone. FoneLink is a pretty impressive phone “suite” that will synchronize data between your phone and a Mac.

SMS message management, which includes backup and restore, using a Time Machine like interface called Time Tunnel is just one part of bring the ease and look of the Mac to FoneLink. With the addition of Quick-Sync and Quick-Text as well as support for a slew of new phones, FoneLink 2.1 may be the answer for many phone users out there looking to start a relationship between their phone and Mac.

Previous users of FoneLink will get 2.1 for free while new users can purchase it for about $34 and is available for download via a demo version from NovaMedia’s site.


Mac fanboys love to point out the fact that Windows users must waste immense systems resources to protect themselves from the millions of viruses, trojans, and spyware that live on the Internet. Even Apple makes light of this Windows malware problem in its commercial entitled Viruses in which Mac says to PC, “I run Mac OS 10 so I don’t have to worry about your spyware and viruses”. Sadly, however, Macs are no more protected from such attacks as is the Windows operating system. With holes and security vulnerabilities found in OS X and its default applications, such as Safari’s Zero-day exploit, Apple needs to start taking some defensive moves as it increases sales of its shinny machines to unsuspecting “switchers”.

Point in case, today SecureMac is reporting that the AppleScript.THT Trojan Horse runs hidden on a Mac and , “Allows a malicious user complete remote access to the system, can transmit system and user passwords, and can avoid detection by opening ports in the firewall and turning off system logging. Additionally, the AppleScript.THT Trojan horse can log keystrokes, take pictures with the built-in Apple iSight camera, take screenshots, and turn on file sharing. The Trojan horse exploits a recently discovered vulnerability with the Apple Remote Desktop Agent, which allows it to run as root.” Ouch! The trojan is distributed through web sites, iChat, and Limewire. This trojan only effects OS X 10.4 and 10.5.

There are a few ways to protect yourself from this trojan. One, do not download an AppleScript named ASthtv05 (60 KB in size), use sharing services such Limewire, or use a virus scanner such as SecureMac’s MacScan. SvenOnTech does not endorse this product; however, it would recommend it over Norton or McAfee as we have tested those on the Mac and they are horrible.

President of SecureMac, Nicholas Raba, cautions OS X users by telling SvenOnTech, “The increased number of threats, security advisories, and security updates is an indication that Mac users must pay attention to computer security issues. As Apple’s market share continues to grow, so will security research and hack attempts against OS X.”

Recommended reading: MacForensicsLab Malware document.

NovaMind Mind Mapping

Have you ever needed to push your brainstorm session beyond the coma paced results you have gotten in the past? Need a better way to study for your final exam? Or you’re a Microsoft engineer and you’re trying to problem solve your company’s search technology lacking after the Yahoo fall-out? Well, then you need a mind map! According to Wikipedia, a mind map is, “A… diagram used to represent words, ideas, tasks, or other items linked to and arranged radially around a central key word or idea. It is used to generate, visualize, structure, and classify ideas, and as an aid in study, organization, problem solving, decision making, and writing.” Makes sense, huh? If not, look at the picture above and see if that helps.

If this all does make sense to you, then you’ll probably be happy to know that NovaMind has updated its well known mind mapping software with some snazzy Web 2.0 features such as glass branches that you can apply rectangular, chamfered, rounded or oval, that can, “Instantly add that extra visual pizzazz.” Additionally you can pictures with sweet looking reflections being able to apply the same effects as you can to the branches.

Themes have been updated as well with new themes being added to take advantage of the new visual styling features. According to NovaMinds, “This gives you professionally designed themes for your Mind Maps to make them look great by simply applying a theme.”

Take a look and start making your brain work easier!

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

I find myself always needing to text my team through the day while I sit at my computer. I pull my iPhone off its dock and type out the message. Every time I do it, I wished I could just send the message from my Mac Pro. Well, now I can…kind of.

For me specifically, I can’t since Apple found it necessary not to allow me to easily pair my MacBook Pro and my iPhone; however, others using a Bluetooth enabled phone most likely can. With the Quick-dial and Quick-send plug-in, you open Address Book and click on the number you want to send a text message to (usually the mobile number.) Up opens a window for you to text into and off it transfers to your phone which then sends the message as if it came from the phone. Nice, huh? Ya, real nice.

If you’d rather just call your contact from the Address Book, then select “Dial Number with…” and it’ll dial it up on your non-iPhone phone. This is a really nice trick if you don’t feel like going through your large address book on the phone itself when you can more quickly type the contacts name in the search box of Address Book that comes with OS X.

So for $10, you can add this cool plug-in and be the envy of all iPhone users. After a hiatus from Leopard, it once again works with the latest OS X (10.5.2 and higher). Enjoy, text, dial.