Amberlight released at introductory price on App Store
Escape Motions has announced the official release of Amberlight for Windows and Mac OS. Described as similar to fractal programs, Amberlight is equipped with original mathematics and an easy-to-use interface, and is intended to be accessible to beginner artists as well as useful for advanced users. Featuring unique math algorithms, Amberlight can produce complex visual patterns and gradients for one's images. The art tool can create high-resolution pictures for print media, and includes a high-performance renderer.
Update improves scroll effects
August has brought the latest release of Adobe Muse, launched today. Adobe Muse lets users create and publish websites for desktop and mobile devices without writing code. Scroll motion effects tools have been improved with the ability to apply active states to hyperlinks on long-scrolling sites as well as the code quality for iOS devices for smoother rendering. Available as a single application or as part of Adobe Creative Cloud, pricing starts at $15 per month.
Final print edition due at end of the year
Newsweek, a US magazine that has been running since 1933, will be going digital-only at the start of next year. After running for nearly 80 years, the magazine will print its last paper-based edition on December 31, 2012, and will instead be using apps and a website to pass news and articles to its readers.
Users read more, enjoy it -- but cancel subs
A survey of 1,600 iPad owners conducted by the David W. Reynolds Journalism Institute at the University of Missouri delivers a mixed bag of news for the world of print journalism. On the plus side, the survey found that most iPad owners spend a substantive amount of time reading news on the iPad, and enjoy reading both international and local news via specific newspaper and news-service apps. The bad news is that those same happy readers are the very ones abandoning print editions.
iPhoto adds better prints
Apple on Monday unveiled iPhoto 7.1.5, a new update to the company's photo organizing and editing tool, wherein enhancements were made to various print services within the application. While the description is more indicative of changes in the new version, it simply states that iPhoto 7.1.5 improves the print quality of books, cards, and calendars, when products are purchased through the iPhoto printing service.
Macease launches Print It!
Macease recently announced a new update to its WYSIWYG printing solution for OS X, taking the wraps off Print it! 3.0. With the sole aim of extending the printing options available to Mac OS X users, version 3.0 allows users to instantly select, print and save anything they see on their Mac's display -- regardless of location or application. By means of a simple keystroke combination, data can be highlighted, printed or saved directly from internet browsers and OS X Finder windows, including error messages, email fragments, widget contents and data from documents or databases. With the addition of 'PrintBoards', this information can be sorted, filed or saved complete with date and time-stamps for usage at a later date.
Enfocus app updates
Enfocus today unveiled several updates to PitStop Server, Instant Barcode, and Instant PDF, bringing a number of new features and enhancements. PitStop Server 4.5 now features a completely reworked user interface, due to popular demand, giving users easy access to hot folder setups, files in process, and the comprehensive history log. Using powerful control methods, users can process entire folder in either a hierarchical or flattened fashion. New users can purchase PitStop Server 4.5 for 2500 Euros (~$3700 USD).
SOHO Labels 3.5 released
Chronos today released SOHO Labels 3.5, an update to its label printing software that features circular text boxes and zip code sorting. The latest release allows users to place circular text on designs, and dedicated inspector tools are available for customizing whether text is drawn inside or outside of the circle Contacts are sortable by zip code, and the zip code is shown in the contacts list when the option is chosen. SOHO Labels 3.5 is a free update for registered SOHO Labels 3.x users, and is priced at $40 for new users.
Ricoh's new printers, MFPs
Ricoh today introduced the Aficio SP C222DN color laser printer alongside the Aficio SP C222SF series of color laser multifunction products (MFPs, shown at right). The six new models feature a sleek and compact design to provide a more personal look and feel for small offices requiring color documents, according to Ricoh. The SP C220DN, SP C221DN, and SP C222DN are priced at $530, $630 and $760, respectively. The Aficio SP C220S is available for $830, while the SP C221SF is priced at $950 and the SP C222SF sells for $1,050.
Avery at Macworld SF
Avery Dennison will unveil Avery DesignPro at the Macworld Expo this month, a new standalone application that allows users to print on any Avery label or card product. DesignPro includes over 1300 preset layouts and over 2000 clip art and photo images to embellish users' projects. Avery designed the software to have easy access to iPhoto libraries, enabling users to quickly access their personal photos to use with DesignPro. Avery DesignPro will be shown publicly at Avery's Macworld booth, where users can sign up to participate in the beta test. Avery expects to sell the application in the second quarter of 2008.
SimpleImage 5 released
Developer Chris Wood has released SimpleImage 5, a large update to his image and movie viewing application. Wood says that SimpleImage is completely rewritten in Cocoa – Mac OS X's default application type – from the ground up. The new version has full support for Leopard, and over a dozen new features. Users can perform live searches of their media, as well as save media in web-appropriate formats. The software can also generate print previews, as well as movie contact sheets. Wood is offering a Christmas discount on SimpleImage 5 until December 25th, selling the software for $20.