updated 07:30 pm EDT, Fri April 11, 2008
New Keynote themes
In brief: There is a stark pricing discrepancy for Australian iPods, iPresentee themes for Keynote have debuted, Sonnet has cut prices on its Fusion line of SATA devices, Aspyr has updated its Game Agent and a Middle East Mac newsletter is now one year old ... There are some substantial differences in iPod pricing between the US and Australia. With the Aussie dollar at 0.92 US, you might expect US and Aussie prices for iPods to be relatively similar, but this is not the case. The 1GB iPod Shuffle: USD$49 = AUD$54 exchange, selling for AUD$65. The 8GB nano USD$199 == AUD$221 exchange, selling for AUD$279. The 16GB iPod classic USD$349 == AUD$387 exchange, selling for AUD$479.
iPresentee themes for Keynote debut
iPresentee, the developer of add-ons for Apple's iWork and iLife applications, has released Keynote Motion Themes to be used with Apple's Keynote presentation software. iPresentee presents five new Keynote themes: Orbit, Gear, Balloons, Light and Time. All themes incorporate moving bacground graphics and fourteen master slides. Creating a presentation using Keynote Motion Themes is exactly the same as creating a presentation using the usual themes -- you can add, edit, and format text; add photos or movies; and use Keynote's transitions and special effects.
Sonnet cuts Fusion SATA prices
Sonnet Technologies has announced a price reduction for the company's Fusion line of SATA storage solutions for professional content creation and editing. he The Fusion D400RAID system is available in 2TB to 4TB configurations in a reduced price range of $2,995 to $4,295, and the Fusion D800RAID system is now available in 4TB, 6TB, and 8TB models ranging from $4,695 to $7,195. Sonnet's rackmount Fusion R400RAID also reflects new pricing; it is now available in 2TB, 3TB, and 4TB models ranging from $2,995 to $4,295.
Aspyr updates Game Agent
Aspyr Media has released a free update for the Game Agent application for Mac OS X. Aspyr's Game Agent is free utility that allows you to easily match your computer hardware with the system requirements of Aspyr's game titles. Game Agent will automatically identify which games will run on your current system and determine necessary system upgrades for any other Aspyr games, if needed. It also lets you see what games will run on current Mac models Apple sells, in case you are looking to buy a new computer or want to check system requirements against a different machine.
Middle East Mac mag now one year old
Shuffle, the newsletter of the Emirates Mac Apple User Group has now been in print for one year. The founder writes "We started with 1000 copies and currently print 9000 and we have English and Arabic content. It's written, designed and produced by Apple fans throughout the Middle East. I'd like to thank everyone who has contributed over the year to making Shuffle a publication that we can all be proud of. Without all your help this wouldn't have been possible so a big, collective thank you to all."