updated 10:05 pm EDT, Mon September 20, 2010
New Keynote elements from KTP
A new application for pausing background applications on the Mac has been released by St. Clair software, while Keynote Theme Park has released two new Keynote themes, 360 Elements and Nation Elements
St. Clair Software has launched App Tamer, a new Mac utility that can automatically pause applications to help reduce CPU usage and improve battery life. The application works by pausing applications when a user switches to another task, freeing up additional resources, and then restarts any working tasks when the app is brought back into the foreground. App Tamer comes pre-configured to automatically pause Safari, Firefox, and Chrome, while other applications can be setup by users. Users can also view a graphical history of CPU usage, in addition to the average percentage of processing power being used by each application. A 15-day demo of the software can be downloaded from the company's site for free, while a full license costs $15.
Keynote Theme Park offers new themes
Two new themes for Apple's Keynote presentation software have been released by Keynote Theme Park. 360 Elements includes a set of looped QuickTime movies made with transparent backgrounds, while Nation Elements features a collection of clipart items for each nation of the world. Each 360 Elements set includes isolated letters, numbers, and symbols centered within a rotating ring. These elements can be used together to create dynamic titles slides headings, or animated bullets. On the other hand, Nation Elements provides users with national symbols, flags, customizable location maps, and other significant icons. Each 360 Elements set can be individually purchased for $6, while a bundle of either four white or four black sets can be ordered for $15. Alternatively, the entire Nation Elements package can be purchased for $100, or users can choose to purchase continent bundles for $40.