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ProTools M-Powered 7.4
M-Audio has released Pro Tools M-Powered 7.4, adding a number of new music features and workflow enhancements, including a new music composition and production tool, Elastic Time. Elastic Time allows users to change the tempo and timing of loops, music, and other sound files, without cutting up the tracks. Users can audition or import sounds into a session – including REX and Acid files – and the files will automatically sync to the tempo. Elastic Time can also quantize audio to the session grid or extracted grooves, providing fine-tuning control over every beat. M-Audio is currently selling the Pro Tools M-Powered 7.4 upgrade for $50 from v7.3, and $75 for all other users.
Missing Sync for Leopard
Mark/Space recently announced some Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard compatibility updates and betas of its various incarnations of Missing Sync, as well as a new online support service. After a self-imposed formal commitment to Leopard compatibility, final versions are available for Missing Sync for BlackBerry and Missing Sync for Sony PSP, with Leopard-savvy betas available for Missing Sync for Palm OS and Missing Sync for Windows Mobile. Mark/Space notes, however, that SyncTogether has not been optimized for Apple's newest operating system, and they advise against using the app under that condition. Pricing for new Missing Sync users starts at $30.
MacSanta is back for 2007, after running a successful program for Christmas 2006, offering discounts on featured titles from many different software developers. The promotion is running from December 1st, through to the 24th, and will feature five developers' products at 20-percent off, updated daily at midnight (PST). Once the featured products are updated, MacSanta offers 10-percent off of formerly highlighted products through to December 31st. Rogue Amoeba, who both organizes and participates in MacSanta, says that some big name software companies will be included, as well as many lesser-known developers. MacSanta also has an RSS feed available.
Deliver2Mac adds Pet Doc
New through the Deliver2Mac download service is Pet Doc, a veterinary sim in which gamers start a business and treat any number of different animals, ranging in size from guinea pigs and rabbits to dogs and horses. As treatment progresses, accommodations must be built for different species, and each animal requires feeding, clean-up and playtime. Gamers can also use their income to buy themselves new outfits, or saddle their horses to go for a ride. The game requires Mac OS X 10.3.9, a 1.4GHz processor, and video hardware equal to or better than a Radeon 9600 or GeForce 5200. The price is $30.
Leopard updates for DEVON
DEVONtechnologies has released updates for a variety of its applications, in all cases focusing on making the programs current with Mac OS X Leopard. DEVONnote, and the DEVONthink Pro, Pro Office and Personal suites, for instance, have been fixed to address changes to the launch version of Leopard; they can now properly read Office 2007 and OpenDocument files, and accept e-mails dragged in from Mail. The new Find indicator is spread throughout the apps, and standard PDF options appear in the contextual menus of PDFs loaded from the web. Non-Leopard updates include an improved ad-blocking filter and two new plain text types, as well as CanoScan Toolbox support for DEVONthink Pro Office.
OmniGraffle 5 public beta
The Omni Group recently announced a public beta for OmniGraffle 5.0, its diagramming and concept visualization software, adding in the ability to directly open Visio VSD files. The new version uses an entirely new engine in order to increase the speed of drawing and laying out ideas, and has more powerful tools, like the standalone and connecting line tools creating bezier curves. The toolbar has also been updated, allowing for easier access to common text and object formatting tools. The beta is currently underway, and The Omni Group will sell the Standard and Professional versions for $100 and $200 respectively.
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