Pay-what-you-want offer supports charities
The Humble Bundle team are making another stab at promoting Android gaming alongside independent-developer desktop gaming with their latest offer, the Humble Bundle for Android 2, which offers four DRM-free games that are available for Mac, Linux and PC as well as all debuting on the Android platform. Buyers choose their own price and most of the games are also available on Steam, a cross-platform gaming service.
Now includes more game-design elements
RunRev have updated their flagship cross-platform application-development environment, LiveCode 5, which now includes a new high-performance graphics engine and more game-play dynamic elements, along with support for iOS 5, faster app performance, support for in-app purchases and a free animation engine along with other effects and mechanics that allow hardware-accelerated graphics to be use across all types of apps for better experiences.
Keep libraries intact while changing platforms
CopyTrans, a PC software company from Switzerland, has unveiled a cross-platform solution to help one of the most common problems facing "switchers" and others who want to move their entire iTunes libraries from a Windows PC to a Mac: how can I do this while preserving aspects like play counts, album artwork, rankings and more? While it can be done manually, CopyTrans TuneSwift can ease the transfer process, as well as restore iTunes libraries.
Colorful maps, quiz strengthen geography skills
Hoping to combat the problem of students who know more about the lay of mythical computer-generated lands than the real world outside their city, software maker Geo4Kids has launched its first product -- Countries and Capitals, a cross-platform learning atlas for Mac, Windows and Linux. The software features a quiz mode, flags, capitals and other facts about the various countries of the Earth, aided by brightly-colored maps.
Revamp offers new iOS development environment
Runtime Revolution has dropped the "Revolution" moniker from its self-described "HyperCard descended" cross-platform rapid development environment and updated it under a new name, LiveCode. The new version offers several new features and improvements, as well as the debut of an all-new deployment pack for iOS development.
Update focuses on cross-platform collaboration
Following Microsoft's announcement of Office for Mac 2011, MacNN had a chance to speak with senior MacBU officials regarding the new software and the possibility of an iPad version. Microsoft has primarily focused on optimizing its Office suite for cross-platform use, extending file compatibility for collaboration across Windows and Mac machines.
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SugarSync for iPhone
Sharpcast says it has released the "first ever" commercial app allowing over-the-air push synchronization with between iPhones, Macs and PC's. SugarSync stores data in the company's "secure online digital vault," (or cloud) where it can then be shared across platforms. A unique feature turns the iPhone into a remote control, allowing users to transfer files between other computers without downloading to the iPhone itself.
TeamViewer now free
German Developer TeamViewer GmbH is making the full version its flagship desktop sharing software free to non-commercial users. TeamViewer is a cross-platform appication that allows 'information sharing between two computers located anywhere in the world." The company says TeamViewer is easy to use, and supports screen and file sharing between firewalls without compromising security.
Calgoo iCal synching
Calgoo on Wednesday announced its cross-platform calendar sharing programs are now compatible with Apple's iCal application. The announcement affects Calgoo Hub, Calgoo Connect, and Calgoo Calendar, and will allow users to synchronize their iCal calendars with users of Google, Outlook, Sunbird, as well as a host of other cross-platform mail clients. Calgoo Connect and Calendar Pro annual subscriptions start at $30, with several licensing options available.
First Look: Revolution 2.9
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