New platform for avoiding name mispronounciation launches
Namez, a new platform for creating and accessing audio clips of names being pronounced as they are meant to be heard, has emerged out of beta today. Aiming to reduce mispronunciation and its ensuing embarrassments, Namez has started to accept user-submitted recordings to add to a database that already has a variety of politicians, bands, historical figures, animals and more. Namez also offers a widget that allows users to record their own name and insert the Namez play button in their own site, mail, CV and other places. The company has said that they plan to open up an API for the platform in the future.
Faithfully reproduces many Lion functions
Jailbroken iPhones have long had access to a wide variety of "themes" to change the look of iOS, but a ModMyI user Timothy Elliot has upped the ante by making a high-quality, high-functionality "Lion" theme for iOS 4 called Lion Ultimatum that faithfully replicates many of the basic functions of the Mac OS X Finder and gives users the closest experience possible to "running Lion" on an iPhone. Elliot reports being overwhelmed with requests for the theme, the latest build of which is available by donation only.
MagnetBoard Keynote theme
KeynotePro has released a new presentation theme for Keynote '09, MagnetBoard. The theme consists of various whole-framed and mixed-element layouts. The theme includes Freeform Master templates that enable users to create their own slide layouts using the included Supplemental Objects library. The MagnetBoard theme is available in 3 editions that feature a variety of of master templates and screen sizes.
Keynote Air theme set
Featuring soft shadows and grey tones, Divine Fiat has released Keynote Air, the latest addition to its line of Keynote theme sets. Keynote Air comes with two themes Lightly Serious and Seriously Light.
MacTheme for BlackBerry
Information Appliance Associates has come up with a solution for those torn between a BlackBerry and their Mac. PocketMac MacThemes for BlackBerry gives the handheld device the “look and feel” of the Mac. Traditional BlackBerry icons are replaced with Mac-like versions, complete with familiar colors and OS X style backgrounds. The PocketMac MacTheme is available for the BlackBerry 7100, 7200, 8100 Pearl, 8300, 8700, 8703e and 8800. The company says support for BlackBerry Bold is coming soon. MacTheme for BlackBerry requires OS X 10.4 or higher and sells for $10.
Pupmotion Advanced 1.02
Aquafados says the new version of its PulpMotion Advanced slideshow software comes with a new animation theme. The “Pulse” theme includes “punchy animation,” lots of images and ”sophisticated transitions,” according to the company. Equipped with several presets, Pulse allows users to adjust the timing of each shot and to create “zones of interest” to focus viewer attention. The update is available immediately.
iWeb themes for business
IPresentee is hoping to bring the simplicity of iWeb to small business. The company has released five iWeb themes -- Office, Global, Money, Illusion and Papery -- targeting small business entrepreneurs looking for an inexpensive Web presence. Each theme contains seven templates: Home, About Us, Services, Support, Clients, Contact Us and a blank template. The company says the themes can be built in minutes to “create a beautiful site with a minimum of effort."
Keynote Palo Alto 08 theme
Keynote Pro on Friday unveiled an updated theme, Palo Alto '08, offering users a standard 4:3 ratio, and a professional version which comes in high-definition widescreen formats. Palo Alto borrows its style from that of the San Francisco Bay area, while still maintaining a technical edge to its look. Also included is an iPhone-optimized EP version, for presentations on-the-go. KeynotePro is selling Palo Alto '08 Standard Edition for $25, while the Pro Edition theme is available for $35.
Two new Keynote themes have made their debut. Divine Fiat has announced the immediate availability of Distressed, its latest theme for Apple's Keynote presentation software. Distressed "remains subtle and keeps your images and information front and center while bringing a hip edge to your next presentation." It features artistic flare and understated pinstriping, using six slides of extras. Resizable media placeholders employing Keynote's new Picture Frames feature and custom decorative elements allow you to create your own Distressed style slide layouts. Color and texture palettes along with editable custom icon objects in the Distressed style further extend the themes flexibility. Distressed can be purchased by itself for $26.
Divine Fiat Grunge theme
Divine Fiat on Monday announced Grunge, a new alternative Keynote presentation theme for Apple's presentation software. The theme includes the font "Base 02" for an edgy feel to written text, while pictures sit in an oval cutout. Dark lines radiate from the center of almost every slide, and the set includes 40 master slides, providing a wide array of options. Divine Fiat is currently selling Grunge for $30, and it is available from the company's website.
Sonoma rebuilt for Pages
KeynotePro today unveiled Sonoma for Pages '08, an update to its popular set of template sheets, providing users with a classic print styling and color neutral framework, while maintaining consistent, structured feel. The company says that Sonoma was rebuilt from the ground up to work with the new version of pages, and are easier to use, having listened to several user recommendations based on previous releases. Sonoma for Pages '08 is available for $25.
Themed iTunes cards
Apple is expanding its iTunes compilation card collection, offering themed collections through Best Buy, and supposedly other locations as well. iLounge reports that the cards are available in 15- and 30-song versions, offering bundles such as "Classic Rock Hits", "80's Super Hits", "Love Song Classics", and "R&B Hits", among others. The compilation cards are available from $10 to $20 for the 15- and 30-song versions, at a price of 67¢ per track.
Om '08 for Keynote
KeynotePro today released OM '08 for Keynote, a new theme for Apple's Keynote '08 presentation software with a new framework and new master slide options. OM '08 for Keynote features a bold new color/type variation, according to KeynotePro. "The OM themes have been completely overhauled for the transition to Keynote '08, producing a whole new generation of the OM themes that are even easier to use and customize than the original release, all at a fraction of the filesizes of the original." OM '08 for Keynote is available in Standard ($25) and Pro ($35) editions, or bundled with two other themes ($50 for Standard, $75 for Pro).
PulpMotion 1.5 update
Aquafadas today unveiled PulpMotion 1.5, an update to its utility designed to make and share video montages, adding a few new features. PulpMotion 1.5 enhances the quality of exported video, and also includes anti-aliasing techniques to remedy the appearance of "jaggies" in video footage. Aquafadas also implemented a new Museum theme called RainbowMuseum, allowing users to change various colors and textures in the design. New users can purchase PulpMotion 1.5 for $45, with a free upgrade available for registered users.
PowerBlue 08 released
KeynoteUser.com has released its PowerBlue 08 theme set for Apple's Keynote 08 software. The upgrade adds all the standard HD sizes alongside an iPod/DVD and 1920x1200 layout to accommodate Apple HD screen resolution for a total of seven available sizes. The theme is completely rebuilt using the Keynote 08 Media Placeholder system, allowing users to easily move as well as resize and crop photos. PowerBlue is available for $38, and the company has sent an email message to registered owners with an upgrade discount code.
DragThing 5.9.2 update
TLA Systems today announced the 50th release of DragThing 5.9.2, its alternative Dock software for the Mac. The newest version represents its 50th incarnation since DragThing first debuted in 1995 at version 1.0. The release is primarily aimed at solving a few bugs from the company's first Leopard aware version, v5.9, but also has some new features. TLA added the ability to sort hierarchical folder menus by date or by kind, and have implemented a new theme called "Panthera Lite". Existing registered users of DragThing 5 can upgrade for free, while new users are looking at $30 for a license.
Holiday Mac games
Macgamestore.com today announced the release of Venice Mystery -- a unique puzzle game designed for all ages, and Frogames released an update to Penguins Arena with a Christmas theme. Created by Gamgo Games and published by Big Fish Games, Venice Mystery challenges players to travel through Venice to solve an ancient mystery before the city sinks into the water. Venice Mystery is priced at $20, and requires Mac OS X 10.3.9 or later.
'Oak Park' Keynote theme
KeynotePro today released Oak Park for Keynote '08, a new theme for Apple's Keynote software designed to bring the Arts & Crafts movement design approach into the digital age. The theme boasts a richly-textured and hand-crafted look with a restrained, user-driven design, according to KeynotePro. "The included master slides - a range of standard, Caption Style and Book Style designs - blend classic layout with hand-detailed linework and accents to give your presentation a subtly organic, almost hand-drawn feel." Oak Park standard edition is available for $20, or in a bundle with two other standard edition themes for $50.
Divine Fiat Keynote TV
Divine Fiat recently unveiled a new Keynote theme called Keynote TV, styled after the graphical user interface used by the Apple TV. The theme consists of a centered spotlight on a black field and relies heavily on reflections to provide its look. Divine Fiat says the theme is good for any presentation, but is especially effective when used for displaying art and photography, or for sales and marketing teams to demonstrate new product to clients. Keynote TV is currently available for $30, and requires Keynote v4.0, part of iLife '08.