Tim Cook “deeply offended” by BBC allegations of poor working conditions in iPhone factories

9 to 5 Mac - Apple Intelligence - Fri, 19/12/2014 - 15:47

In a letter to UK staff, Tim Cook is said to have been “deeply offended” by allegations made in a BBC undercover documentary that Apple had broken promises over the working conditions in Pegatron’s iPhone factories in China, reports the Telegraph.

In an email to around 5,000 staff across the UK, Apple senior vice president of operations Jeff Williams said both himself and the chief executive were “deeply offended by the suggestion that Apple would break a promise to the workers in our supply chain or mislead our customers in any way”.

“Panorama’s report implied that Apple isn’t improving working conditions,” he continued. “Let me tell you, nothing could be further from the truth.”

Williams said that Apple had provided both “facts and perspective” on the allegations, but the BBC had chosen not to include these in the program … 

Apple’s statement to the BBC had said that while there was always more to be done, it was not aware of any company doing as much as Apple to safeguard working conditions in its supplier factories. Cook has on previous occasions said that Apple is unique in auditing not only its direct suppliers, but also tier 2 and tier 3 suppliers.

Williams also commented on the thorny issue of child labor in Indonesian tin mines, whose output feeds into the Apple supply chain, stating that Apple made the more moral choice by working for change in the country.

Apple has two choices: We could make sure all of our suppliers buy tin from smelters outside of Indonesia, which would probably be the easiest thing for us to do and would certainly shield us from criticism. But it would be the lazy and cowardly path, because it would do nothing to improve the situation for Indonesian workers or the environment since Apple consumes a tiny fraction of the tin mined there. We chose the second path, which is to stay engaged and try to drive a collective solution.

Apple has for the past eight years published an annual Supplier Responsibility Progress Report detailing the result of its own audits and the steps that have been taken in response to problems identified in its supply chain. Its most recent report said that compliance with its maximum working week of 60 hours hit 95%.

The company also commissioned independent audits from the Fair Labor Association, and has said that it will cut ties with suppliers which fail to meet FLA standards.

Those in the UK (or using a UK web proxy) can watch the program on iPlayer. The full text of Williams’ letter to UK staff can be read below. (Update: The program has been uploaded to YouTube, although don’t expect it to not be removed.)

UK Team,

As you know, Apple is dedicated to the advancement of human rights and equality around the world. We are honest about the challenges we face and we work hard to make sure that people who make our products are treated with the dignity and respect they deserve.

Last night, the BBC’s Panorama program called those values into question. Like many of you, Tim and I were deeply offended by the suggestion that Apple would break a promise to the workers in our supply chain or mislead our customers in any way.

I’d like to give you facts and perspective, all of which we shared with the BBC in advance, but were clearly missing from their program.

Panorama showed some of the shocking conditions around tin mining in Indonesia. Apple has publicly stated that tin from Indonesia ends up in our products, and some of that tin likely comes from illegal mines. Here are the facts:

Tens of thousands of artisanal miners are selling tin through many middlemen to the smelters who supply to component suppliers who sell to the world. The government is not addressing the issue, and there is widespread corruption in the undeveloped supply chain. Our team visited the same parts of Indonesia visited by the BBC, and of course we are appalled by what’s going on there.

Apple has two choices: We could make sure all of our suppliers buy tin from smelters outside of Indonesia, which would probably be the easiest thing for us to do and would certainly shield us from criticism. But it would be the lazy and cowardly path, because it would do nothing to improve the situation for Indonesian workers or the environment since Apple consumes a tiny fraction of the tin mined there. We chose the second path, which is to stay engaged and try to drive a collective solution.

We spearheaded the creation of an Indonesian Tin Working Group with other technology companies. Apple is pushing to find and implement a system that holds smelters accountable so we can influence artisanal mining in Indonesia. It could be an approach such as “bagging and tagging” legally mined material, which has been successful over time in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. We are looking to drive similar results in Indonesia, which is the right thing to do.

Panorama also made claims about our commitment to working conditions in our factories. We know of no other company doing as much as Apple does to ensure fair and safe working conditions, to discover and investigate problems, to fix and follow through when issues arise, and to provide transparency into the operations of our suppliers.

I want you to know that more than 1400 of your Apple coworkers are stationed in China to manage our manufacturing operations. They are in the factories constantly — talented engineers and managers who are also compassionate people, trained to speak up when they see safety risks or mistreatment. We also have a team of experts dedicated solely to driving compliance with our Supplier Code of Conduct across our vast supply chain.

In 2014 alone, our Supplier Responsibility team completed 630 comprehensive, in-person audits deep into our supply chain. These audits include face-to-face interviews with workers, away from their managers, in their native language. Sometimes critics point to the discovery of problems as evidence that the process isn’t working. The reality is that we find violations in every audit we have ever performed, no matter how sophisticated the company we’re auditing. We find problems, we drive improvement, and then we raise the bar.

Panorama’s report implied that Apple isn’t improving working conditions. Let me tell you, nothing could be further from the truth. Here are just a few examples:

Several years ago, the vast majority of workers in our supply chain worked in excess of 60 hours, and 70+ hour workweeks were typical. After years of slow progress and industry excuses, Apple decided to attack the problem by tracking the weekly hours of over one million workers, driving corrective actions with our suppliers and publishing the results on our website monthly — something no other company had ever done. It takes substantial effort, and we have to weed out false reporting, but it’s working. This year, our suppliers have achieved an average of 93% compliance with our 60-hour limit. We can still do better. And we will.

Our auditors were the first to identify and crack down on a ring of unscrupulous labor brokers who were holding workers’ passports and forcing them to pay exorbitant fees. To date, we have helped workers recoup $20 million in excessive payments like these.

We’ve gone far beyond auditing and corrective actions by creating educational programs for workers in the same facilities where they make our products. More than 750,000 people have taken advantage of these college-level courses and enrichment programs, and the feedback we get from students is inspiring.

I will not dive into every issue raised by Panorama in this note, but you can rest assured that we take all allegations seriously, and we investigate every claim. We know there are a lot of issues out there, and our work is never done. We will not rest until every person in our supply chain is treated with the respect and dignity they deserve.

If you’d like to learn more about our Supplier Responsibility program, I encourage you and our customers to visit our website at apple.com/supplierresponsibility.

Thanks for your time and your support.


Filed under: AAPL Company Tagged: Apple Inc, Apple Supplier responsibility, apple supply chain, Asia, BBC, Best practice, china, Contract manufacturer, Lead time, Pegatron, supplier responsibility, Supply chain, Working conditions

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Liquid Rhythm 1.4.3 - MIDI sequencer and beat generator. (Demo)

MacUpdate - Mac OS X - Fri, 19/12/2014 - 15:43

Liquid Rhythm is an innovative beat generator that enables users to access ten quadrillion rhythmic patterns, import pre-existing tracks created using their DAW of choice, or mine Liquid Rhythm's library of loops and kits to create uniquely natural-sounding rhythm tracks quickly and easily. Users can develop their musical ideas by instantly inserting and swapping bar-long rhythm patterns using Liquid Rhythm's BeatBuilder tools. The BeatWeaver allows users to generate genre-specific musically informed rhythm patterns from a customizable palette. Users can create beats fast by painting groups of notes directly into the arranger, and edit the velocity and groove of multiple notes simultaneously based on underlying colour-patterns. Liquid Rhythm integrates into a variety of workflows as a VST, AU, or RTAS plugin, and functions as a clip editor in Ableton Live 9 via Max for Live.

WaveDNA has also released Liquid Rhythm Intro, a condensed version of Liquid Rhythm software for greater accessibility. Visit the developer's Web site to compare the features and pricing.

You can watch an introductory video on Liquid Rhythm on YouTube, or you can view additional video and help documentation on the developer's Web site.

Version 1.4.3:

Note: LiquidRhythm now requires a 64-bit Intel processor.

Major Improvements
  • Compatible with OS X 10.10 Yosemite
  • Snazzy new single-click installer for OS X
  • Fixed OS X GateKeeper's "throw application in trash" error message after install
Changes to Minimum Requirements
  • Minimum requirements OS X: 10.7.5 and higher (Snow Leopard 10.6.8 is no longer supported.)
  • Minimum requirements Windows: Windows Vista and higher (Windows XP is no longer supported.)
  • Fixed playback issues with longer samples
  • GUI Client in OS X is now full 64 bit and uses embedded java 1.9.0.
  • OS X plugins now use embedded java 1.9.0 for 64-bit mode
  • Removed VLC video player and replaced with JavaFX for Windows and OS X
  • Version 2 Apple Developer code signature for all OS X packages (master build now on OS X 10.10 Yosemite)
  • Removed popup window with web Windows installer
  • AMXD (Max For Live) installer now uses Ableton custom library setting on Mac and Windows
  • Installer will remove old AMXDs from Ableton Library
  • Uninstaller on Windows will remove AMXD from library
  • Installer will place AMXD in every Ableton library location and in /Applications/WaveDNA folder
  • Fixed "My Documents" localization issue on Windows
  • OS X installer will shut down Ableton, Liquid Rhythm, and Audio engine if they are running before installing
Known Issues and Limitations
  • (Liquid Rhythm Max for Live Clip mode): Windows users may experience repeated crashes while attempting to load Liquid Rhythm Max patch. Please see this link for help: http://www.wavedna.com/known-issue-max-live-ableton-live-causing-liquid-rhythm-crash/
  • Liquid Rhythm Standalone may not launch for Windows 8 users. Right-click on the application and choose "Run as Administrator."
  • Option-clicking on a pattern to audition it (in the BarForm or BeatForm Maps) will not audition if the BeatWeaver is not open.
  • Liquid Rhythm Max for Live Clip mode: Moving MIDI tracks around in live while Liquid Rhythm is open may cause Live to crash.
  • Liquid Rhythm Max for Live Clip mode: Moving the Liquid Rhythm Max plugin, or any of its Audition plugins around while Liquid Rhythm is open may cause Live to crash.
  • Overdub recording mode is glitchy.
  • Real-time MIDI recording has some lag.
  • Repeatedly pressing Undo during MIDI record can cause Liquid Rhythm to crash.
  • MIDI scripting for some devices (QuNeo, Livid Base) is limited to Liquid Rhythm Standalone mode. We are currently working to add support for other modes.
  • Liquid Rhythm may be unresponsive when computer goes to sleep and wakes.
  • MIDI Mapping track-specific controls (such as volume, solo, mute) can be lost after quitting Liquid Rhythm and relaunching.
  • No automatic software updates or notifications (yet).

  • OS X 10.7.5 or later
  • Java version 1.6 or later

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Garmin BaseCamp 4.4.6 - 3D mapping app for transferring waypoints, tracks, and routes. (Free)

MacUpdate - Mac OS X - Fri, 19/12/2014 - 15:26

Garmin BaseCamp is a 3D mapping application that allows you to transfer waypoints, tracks, and routes between your Mac and Garmin device and manage your data using topographic Garmin maps that include digital elevation model (DEM) data, such as Topo U.S. 24K, Topo U.S. 24K National Parks (version 3), Topo U.S. 100K (version 4 and later), Topo U.S. 2008, Topo Australia, Topo Canada (version 4), Topo Deutschland, Topo Great Britain, and Topo products produced by many Garmin distributors.

Version 4.4.6:
  • Fixed drag and drop issue with routes and tracks
  • Fixed an issue with not unlocking a device SD card when sending BirdsEye to it

  • OS X 10.8 or later

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Alarm Clock Pro 10.0.4 - Multi-featured alarm clock system. (Shareware)

MacUpdate - Mac OS X - Fri, 19/12/2014 - 15:18

Alarm Clock Pro isn't just an ordinary alarm clock. Use it to wake you up in the morning, send and compose e-mails, remind you of appointments, randomize the iTunes selection, control an internet radio station, and even time your baking!

Wake up to the serenity of your musical selection. Put to rest the goofy retro beeps and buzzing of a bedside alarm clock or cell phone. Use Alarm Clock Pro when waking up, as a reminder to take medications, or keep social appointments. At work, schedule follow up appointments with clients, set break reminders, run the office radio, set project timers, or discreetly monitor employee workspaces.

  • iTunes Enhanced - Connect directly with iTunes to play a specific playlist or the entire library! Shuffle or play songs in sequence.
  • On-Screen Notifications - Display passive onscreen notifications that serve as great reminders!
  • Built-in Jingles - Select from one of numerous professionally designed custom ringtones, or import an alternative!
  • Stopwatches and Timers - Kitchen-style timers as well as an unlimited number of stop watches.
  • Web Radio Ready - Stream music live from a favourite web radio station for the freshest music selection every day!
  • Wake from Sleep - Never have to leave your computer on! Automatically wakes your Mac from sleep or turns it on as needed.

Version 10.0.4:

Note: Version 10 is a paid upgrade from all previous versions. Order an upgrade by logging into your koingosw.com account, pressing the Orders tab, and then clicking the Upgrade button. Users owing an active subscription to this product will get it automatically without additional cost. This upgrade is also free if ordering a non-subscription version within the last year. Visit your account and click the Upgrade link to obtain a free copy.

Announcement: We have recently acquired Kallaxa Software and have replaced Alarm Clock Pro with their Arise app and are in the process of rebranding it and adding in features from Alarm Clock Pro. The whole app (including icon) has been completely redesigned, recoded, and reimagined!

New Features
  • Added support for Apple Remote (non-Yosemite). OS X 10.10 Yosemite support coming soon.
  • Difference (Chronoindex).
  • Trigger alarm by name with AppleScript.
  • Remember media window positions (optional).
  • Restore system volume after media files have rung.
  • Time Zone Clocks.
  • World Clocks and Differences in menu icon.
Bug Fixes
  • Fixed issue with Power Manager crashing on OS X 10.7.

  • OS X 10.7 or later

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Should Apple double the RAM in next year’s iPhones and iPads? [Poll]

9 to 5 Mac - Apple Intelligence - Fri, 19/12/2014 - 15:08

2 x 1GB RAM in iPad Air 2 shown in orange (ifixit.com)

A Taiwanese financial news site cited by Apple Toolbox claims that Apple plans to double the RAM in next year’s iPhones from 1GB to 2GB, and the iPad Air from 2GB to 4GB.

As sources of Apple-related news goes, the citation has to rank somewhere in the Digitimes arena, but it was a Taiwanese supply-chain rumor (dart throwing?) that correctly predicted the previous RAM doubling from 1GB in the original iPad Air to 2GB in the iPad Air 2 – albeit a prediction made rather closer to launch … 

Apple has always been somewhat stingy with RAM compared to similarly high-end Android devices, but a direct comparison is unfair. The tight integration between hardware and software has enabled Apple to maximize the efficient use of RAM. And while the financial cost of adding a further 1-2GB of RAM is small, additional RAM also consumes more power.

The power consumption difference isn’t significant in standby mode, but does become a little more so during read and write operations. We’re still talking small differences, but for the iPad in particular where all-day battery-life has long been a key attraction of the device, each individual power-saving adds up.

That said, there’s no doubt that the 2GB RAM in the iPad Air 2 made a real difference. I’ve definitely seen reduced page refreshing when running multiple tabs in Safari since upgrading from the original Air, and judging from the number of threads in the Apple Support Communities, there is certainly demand for the same on the iPhone.

If you’ve upgraded to the iPad Air 2, have you noticed a real improvement? And for iPhone owners, how big a deal would it be to get more RAM? As ever, let us know your views in the poll and comments.

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Tresorit 2.0.312.259 - Secure, end-to-end encrypted cloud storage and sharing. (Free)

MacUpdate - Mac OS X - Fri, 19/12/2014 - 15:00

Tresorit is an end-to-end encrypted, secure cloud storage and file sharing solution designed to store, sync and share confidential data.

Simply turn any folder to a Tresor and place a file into it and they will automatically sync with every devices connected to the same account. Encryption is performed before the data gets uploaded to the cloud. Decryption is only possible with permission from the owner and already encrypted contents can be shared without re-encryption, but in a 100 percent secure way.

To prove the security of Tresorit, the company initiated a bounty of $50,000 and invited leading Universities and hackers to breach their service. To date noone has succeeded despite attempts by hundreds including MIT, Stanford, Caltech and Harvard.

Version 2.0.312.259:
  • You can can generate an Encrypted Link (a secure URL) to any of your files.

  • OS X 10.7 or later

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Best last minute holiday deals on Apple gear

The Unofficial Apple Weblog (TUAW) - Fri, 19/12/2014 - 15:00
It's the last weekend before the Christmas holiday, which means it is crunch time for shoppers who still have people left on their list. If you have an Apple fan or two among your friends or family, here are the best remaining deals on Apple gear tha...
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Weather Live 1.6 - Beautiful weather for multiple locations around the world. (Commercial)

MacUpdate - Mac OS X - Fri, 19/12/2014 - 14:47

Meet Weather Live, the most beautiful weather app. Ever.

Don't let bad weather take you by surprise! Whether it is cloudy, rainy, snowy, or even stormy outside, Weather Live will provide you with current weather conditions and forecast in your city and multiple locations all around the world. You won’t even have to look out the window, as Weather Live will make you feel like you are already outside! With innovative technology, we made it possible!

Version 1.6:
  • The number of weather parameters displayed in the Text Only layout has been extended
  • App icon has been updated to match the new design and look great in OS X 10.10 Yosemite

  • OS X 10.7 or later

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Duplicate Cleaner for iPhoto 1.8.1 - Manage your photos. (Free)

MacUpdate - Mac OS X - Fri, 19/12/2014 - 14:40

Duplicate Cleaner for iPhoto makes it easy to manage your thousands of photos in iPhoto more effectively. It helps you find and remove all your duplicate photos and videos, making your iPhoto library slimmer and faster!

Version 1.8.1:
  • Minor changes and bug fixes

  • OS X 10.6 or later
  • iPhoto 8.0 or later

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Music Tag 2.01 - Automatically download missing artwork and track info. (Shareware)

MacUpdate - Mac OS X - Fri, 19/12/2014 - 14:26

Music Tag analyzes your music library and downloads missing artwork and track data directly to your music files. It is not uncommon to have music files with missing or incomplete tag data. It can often make identifying tracks harder especially as media players use this data to apply sorting and group tracks by artist, album and many other categories. Music Tag resolves this by identifying your music items and downloading the appropriate tag data directly to the file.

Music Tag allows you to specify which folders on your Mac to load your music from. This allows you to download tags for all of your music regardless of which media player you use or whether they are on external storage devices. Once loaded into Music Tag, you can review the tracks and select which tracks to download tag data for. Music Tag uses advanced digital fingerprinting technology to identify your music and then downloads the correct artwork and other data like track Title, Artist, Album and more. If multiple matches are found, Music Tag displays all of the matches allowing you to choose the ones that you prefer.

Music Tag also allows you to manually edit tags and set your own artwork. Once you are happy with the results and select to save changes, Music Tag saves this information directly to your music files where it can be accessed by music library software and portable media players.

Version 2.01:
  • Improved track identification
  • Bug fixes

  • OS X 10.8 or later

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Bing iOS apps updated with refreshed homescreens; iPad gets instant translation within the app

9 to 5 Mac - Apple Intelligence - Fri, 19/12/2014 - 14:21

Microsoft’s search engine Bing has updated its iPad app to offer instant translation of webpages, and the ability to display trending stories and the image of the day in the Notification Center. The app could previously translate via a Safari extension, but can now do so within the app.

The iPhone app also got a visual refresh, with a swipe-up ‘popular now’ tab at the bottom and the ability to swipe through a choice of background images for the app’s homescreen.

Bing and Yahoo are both reportedly making a bid to become the default search engine for iOS when Google’s contract expires next year.

Both iPhone and iPad apps are a free download from iTunes.


Filed under: Apps Tagged: App Store (iOS), Bing, Microsoft, Microsoft Bing, Mobile app, Search apps, Search Engines

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Ring Menu 1.3.2 - Shortcut to your favorite apps, documents and folders. (Commercial)

MacUpdate - Mac OS X - Fri, 19/12/2014 - 14:19

Ring Menu provides a place for your favorite apps, files and folders that's always at hand. It's a dock that responds to trackpad gestures and keyboard shortcuts:

  • A dynamic circular menu around your mouse cursor that can be accessed from anywhere
  • Easily add apps, files and folders via drag-and-drop
  • Use keyboard shortcuts or trackpad gestures to access the menu any time
  • See at a glance which apps are currently running and switch between them -- "Simplicity and functionality perfectly combined in one useful and user-friendly utility"

Version 1.3.2:
  • Ring Menu now respects the screen boundaries in a single monitor setup
  • Ring Menu can now be opened using the third mouse button (New Mouse Gesture)
  • Option to disable Trackpad gestures
  • Option to hide the Finder icon
  • Icons of running apps which don't have a permanent place in Ring Menu can now be displayed in full color (in addition to black-and-white)

  • OS X 10.9 or later

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appn'wire 1.2.1 - RSS news reader. (Free)

MacUpdate - Mac OS X - Fri, 19/12/2014 - 14:14

appn'wire is your RSS news resource for iPhone, iPod touch, iPad, and Mac apps, app reviews, new and top applications, app updates, app price drops, software, and technology.

  • View RSS feeds with detailed content, links, and images, or as plain text
  • 69 default feeds included
  • Add as many RSS feeds as you want
  • Notifications for new posts in Notification Center
  • 2 layouts: Classic/Timeline
  • Add posts to Favorites (click on a post, then click the Add Favorite button)
  • Remove a Favorite (click on a post in your Favorites, then click the Remove Favorite button)
  • Delete single feeds or all feeds
  • Mark single feeds or all feeds as read
  • Restore to the default feeds
  • Multiple windows & tabs
  • Full screen support
  • Expand or shrink feeds & posts areas
  • Customizable toolbar
  • Export your feed database backup file
  • Import your feed database backup file

Version 1.2.1:
  • Updated our "Featured Apps" section inside the Preferences window
  • Updated "Our Apps" menu in the upper left side of the screen
  • Additional enhancements and modifications
  • Minor bug fixes

  • OS X 10.7 or later

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Beautiful Backup 2.1 - Organize and manage media within backup folders. (Commercial)

MacUpdate - Mac OS X - Fri, 19/12/2014 - 14:08

Beautiful Backup is a solution for you to organize media strewn about in backup folders in a beautiful way. Just show your backup folders to the Beautiful Backup and it does the rest with one click.

  • Finds your photos and videos inside your huge backup folders. Check every folder and subfolders deeply and extract them.
  • Organises your photos and videos in a beautiful folder hierarchy according to the taken date (using EXIF data if available).
  • Eliminates duplicated files
  • Resizes photos to your desired resolutions
  • Rotates photos according to their correct orientation
  • Filters small photos and videos

Version 2.1:
  • MTS video file support
  • Audio file support (MP3, WAV, AIFF, AU)
  • Several bug fixes
  • File names don't change anymore

  • OS X 10.8 or later

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PatterNodes 1.3.5 - Parametric graphic patterns and illustrations. (Shareware)

MacUpdate - Mac OS X - Fri, 19/12/2014 - 14:03

PatterNodes is a tool for creating graphical patterns, gradients, or illustrations based on repetitions. This is done by defining a sequence of steps, a recipe of sorts, that describes the pattern. Each pattern element or operation is represented by a little panel called a node, and the nodes are then linked by connections drawn between them. As the nodes can be freely combined and connected, this gives you a very flexible and powerful interface.

While this interface requires a different way of thinking, it also offers a lot of benefits compared to traditional Illustrator-type editors. Most importantly it enables you to use sliders to instantly change any aspect, like color, spacing, scaling, rotation or repetition count of any part of the pattern without having to undo/redo any steps.

The resulting pattern tile is always shown in the bottom preview view, repeated and updating in real time with any changes, giving you instant feedback of what the end result will be. To make pattern creation easier PatterNodes also includes a lot of nodes that automatically perform common tedious tasks like repeating elements at the tile edges to make the pattern seamless, or randomizing different aspects (like color, position, rotation, etc.) of the elements in a pattern to give it a little more life. Finally, when you're done you can simply copy the pattern tile into whatever illustration or graphics application you use, or export it either as vector graphics or a bitmap image file.

Version 1.3.5: Major new features
  • Help: Node reference list. There's now a built in reference list with descriptions of all available node types and their parameters. For each node type there are also links to sample files where the nodes are used so that you can see them in action. The reference can be accessed from the Help menu or the by right-clicking a node in the editor.
  • Improved value sliders. The hover value slider controls now show the current slider max/min values to better show when these are dynamically updated and adapt to parameter value limits better.
Other changes and improvements
  • Change to some node default values and colors.
  • Opacity values are now capped to values between 0 and 1.
  • There is now a "No background" option in the tile info node that makes the background transparent. This replaces the old method of setting an alpha value of the color in the background color well, and will hopefully be easier to understand.

  • OS X 10.8 or later

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Fuel for iWork 1.3.1 - Template collection for Pages, Keynote, and Numbers. (Commercial)

MacUpdate - Mac OS X - Fri, 19/12/2014 - 13:59

Fuel for iWork is a mega template collection for Pages, Keynote and Numbers. The app contains three apps' content: Fuel for Pages, Fuel for Keynote and Fuel for Numbers.

Fuel for Pages is an amazing add-on for Apple's Pages app, with templates in 11 categories. All templates are available un US Letter and A4 sizes, except for envelopes, which come in their specific size. Paper size is selected automatically, depending on your region. Once opened in Pages you can apply your own colors, change fonts, pictures, etc.

Fuel for Keynote features handmade themes for your perfect presentations. Each theme has 32 layouts, so you will always find the perfect slide. Presentation themes come in 2 sizes: Standard and Wide.

Fuel for Numbers brings outstanding design spreadsheets with functionality to your Numbers app.

Version 1.3.1:
  • Bug fixes regarding not opening themes

  • OS X 10.7 or later
  • Apple iWork

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Workspace 2 - Create powerful text documents. (Commercial)

MacUpdate - Mac OS X - Fri, 19/12/2014 - 13:49

With the help of Workspace, anyone can create his own presentations, flyers, and text documents. We have added a built in application called Saver that can save your documents and can be downloaded here: https://www.dropbox.com/s/bve6nqw7tbirn09/saver.zip?dl=0 Workspace is similar to Microsoft Office for Mac: it can create presentations and text documents in a matter of seconds, as simply as typing something on the keyboard. In this new update we have added new write templates and we have completely redesigned presentator. Now you can pick from 4+ different templates so it will match with what document you are trying to create.

  • Create and share presentations
  • Create and share text documents
  • create and share your own flyers
  • Save your documents to the cloud almost instantly
  • Choose from 4+ diffrent Write templates
  • Built-in saver app<>
  • Help center is available
  • Create and share notes
  • Create and then print out your documents
  • Save your documents with saver
  • Wonderful invisible presentation display
  • And much much more...
  • Browse with the fastest web browser, Fexplorer

Version 2:
  • Added write templates
  • New write design
  • New presentator design
  • Added Fexplorer
  • Added Saver
  • New design
  • Added 30 new photos in image shop

  • OS X 10.10 or later

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X2Pro Audio Convert 2.5 - Integrates Final Cut Pro X projects with Avid Pro Tools. (Commercial)

MacUpdate - Mac OS X - Fri, 19/12/2014 - 13:42

X2Pro Audio Convert is a cutting edge conversion application for delivering Final Cut Pro X projects to Avid Pro Tools for audio finishing. X2Pro provides a smooth workflow between Final Cut Pro X and Avid Pro Tools, allowing users to take full advantage of the functionality of these world-class products now and in the future.

X2Pro integrates Final Cut Pro X into professional audio workflows, converting the exported Final Cut Pro X XML into an AAF file, which Avid Pro Tools can open as a session, delivering seamless integration between the two applications. Using the enhanced metadata in XML 1.1 from Final Cut Pro X, X2Pro provides a high fidelity conversion to a Pro Tools session, with planned support for audio gain and key frames.

Taking advantage of the innovative metadata-based organizing features in Final Cut Pro X, unlimited numbers of audio Roles in Final Cut Pro X are converted into Pro Tools tracks, allowing sound designers and mixers to start working immediately.

Version 2.5:
  • Inclusion of latest R3D SDK (v5.2) to allow support of current R3D devices.
  • Implemented scripting support which allows FCP X to share straight to X2Pro.
  • Improvements to the Media Location page of Preferences (links directly to help on web, better display of paths).
  • Changed default behaviour of a fresh installation to embed media rather than generate an error when requesting an AAF which references media (this will not affect users who upgrade - existing settings are maintained).
  • Several minor bug fixes.
  • Added feedback button to allow users to get in touch more easily.

  • OS X 10.6 or later

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Apple increases app prices in Russia in response to changing exchange rates

9 to 5 Mac - Apple Intelligence - Fri, 19/12/2014 - 09:37

Apple has today informed developers that it has changed the pricing of apps and In-App Purchases in the Russian App Store, following changes to exchange rates. The recent ruble-dollar rates have fluctuated so widely in recent weeks that Apple has been forced to take the Russian Apple Online Store down completely, as it reviews pricing for its products. 

Obviously, it is easier to adjust prices in the App Store so a complete takedown was unnecessary. A 99 cent app now costs 62 Rubles. This means that apps have increased in price by nearly 100% this year in Russia, roughly in line with foreign exchange rate changes. As of right now, the Russian Apple Online Store remains down.

Filed under: AAPL Company, Developers, iOS, iOS Devices, Tech Industry Tagged: Ruble

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Boardwalk Empire’s Michael Stuhlbarg to play Andy Hertzfeld in Steve Jobs biopic

9 to 5 Mac - Apple Intelligence - Fri, 19/12/2014 - 07:16

Michael Stuhlbarg in HBO’s Boardwalk Empire

More casting news regarding the Aaron Sorkin-penned Steve Jobs biopic now being produced by Universal Pictures has come to light in yet another set of leaked Sony emails. According to Deadline, Boardwalk Empire actor Michael Stuhlbarg has been selected to play Andy Hertzfeld, a member of the original Macintosh team.

Apart from Stuhlbarg, several other casting decisions have already been revealed, including Michael Fassbender as Steve Jobs and Seth Rogen playing the role of Steve Wozniak. Jeff Daniels is reportedly in talks to play John Sculley.

Of course, the film has changed lead actors, directors, and even studios so many times that at this point that it may be best to take any casting news with a grain of salt.

Filed under: AAPL Company Tagged: Aaron Sorkin, Danny Boyle, David Fincher, micahel stuhlbarg, Michael Fassbender, Seth Rogen, Sony, Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak, Universal

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