Yeah, it was overdue already. The guys over at MacUpdate just launched their pre-chrismas holiday app bundle. For US$49 you will get:
- Data Rescue 3 (instead of US$99)
One of the best data recovery tool for the Mac
- Espresso 2 (instead of US$75)
One of the best CSS, HTML, XML, JavsScript editing tools around
- TotalFinder (instead of US$18)
The Must-have tool, since Apple’s finder is really still total crap
- TotalSpaces (instead of US$15)
brings eventually back the grid-style spaces to OS X 10.7 and 10.8
- Snapz Pro X 2.5 (instead of US$69)
Screenshots and video capturing made as easy as possible
- Mac DVDRipper Pro 4 (instead of US$25)
Copying, Ripping and Converting DVDs made easy, in times of MacBookAirs this tool looks vintage to me ;-)
- PopChar X 6 (instead of US$38)
Accessing special font characters made easy, usable scenarios really unknown to me
- MoneyWell 2 (instead of US$50)
some finance manager, I would never use ;-)
- Swift Publisher 3 (instead of US$30)
never heard of that one, but sounds interesting
- RollerCoaster Tycoon 3 (instead of US$30)
Sim Game in Theme Park style. For those of you who have enuff time for games ;-)
- Company of Heroes (instead of US$30)
never heard of that one, sounds like the typical military strategy game
Anyway: the bundle makes sense at least for the TotalFinder, DataRescue, TotalSpaces and Snapz Pro. Means you can’t do anything wrong by buying it. And who knows, probably PopChar, MoneyWell and Swift Publisher might turn out to be useful aswell. The first 12,000 buyers will get Live Interior 3D for free on top (saves you another US$129)…
Get the bundle here: https://www.mupromo.com
Ableton AG just announced the most anticipated update of their flagship Live and a hardware device named the Push controller. Both releases are expected to be available in the first quarter of 2013, though Ableton did not officially provide an exact release date as of yet.
According to an interview Gerhard Behles gave the Deutsche Welle in 2010, Ableton sold more than 1 million copies of Live until then.
Live 9 Features
- session automation:
automation is now recorded in clips. Automation can be moved between arrangement and session view and vice versa. Edit automation with curves.
- updated browser:
sth. many ppl. wanted to see: searching and finding instruments, effects, samples, packs VSTs is now made easier than ever before. Instant search as you type. And sort by various categories.
- updated and new effects:
the effects have been reworked. Ableton added an analogue modelled Glue Compressor and a Convolution Reverb (Max4Live), Ableton updated the EQ8 to display a spectrum view and the Compressor to feature Gain Reduction
- new features:
audio to MIDI. Melodies and Drums can now be extracted to MIDI. Harmony-to-MIDI extracts notes and chords from audio stems.
- Max 4 Live:
the integration of M4L that has started in 2009 has now been completed. M4L is now part of Ableton Live Suite
- tons of new sounds
Ableton Live 8.3 Update
Berlin based music software company has just released the Ableton Live Update 8.3, now featuring Soundcloud integration and autoupdate. Ableton Live now comes with 6 months premium membership for SoundCloud.
Ableton Live Lite For Soundcloud Members
For all the SoundClouders Ableton gives away for free a copy of Ableton Live Lite 8.3. This might be especially interesting for producers using a different DAW like
Emagic’s erm Apple’s Logic, Steinberg’s Cubase or Propellerhead’s Reason at the moment. This offer is valid until May, 31st. If you don’t have a SoundCloud account, it’s time to get one, now :-) You may also register at SoundCloud using your Facebook account.
Just in time for the Musikmesse in Frankfurt (March 21st – 24th, 2012), the german audio company RME just presented a new possibly record breaking digital audio card. According to Digital Audionetworx and Synthax Store (both german only) the “HDSPe MADI FX” will feature:
- a max of 194 input- and 196 output channels
- 192 channels at 48kHz / 24bit rec/playback
- 96 channels at 96kHz / 24bit rec/playback
- 48 channels at 192kHz / 24bit rec/playback
- 2 x MADI I/O optical
- 1 x MADI I/O coaxial
- 1 x AES/EBU I/O
- 1 x Wordclock I/O
- 1 x MIDI I/O via DIN plug
- 3 x MIDI I/O via MADI
- 1 x Stereo Analogue Output
- PCIe slots, but two slotpositions on motherboard
- a minimum of 32 samples latency
- via internal DSP TotalMix FX allows EQs, Compressors, Reverbs and Echo on every channel
Wine based Crossover 9.2 now brings Civilization 5 support to the Mac and Linux. Crossover runs flawlessly with Civilization under Snow Leopard and with some minor flaws under Leopard.
- Crossover Standard (incl. updates for 6mths): 37€
- Crossover Professional (incl. updates for 12 mths and incl. Crossover Games) : 64€
Aspyr will release a native Mac version of Civilization 5 before Chrismas. We would not wonder if the Crossover emulated Windows version is more performant than the native Mac version, but let’s see ;-)
German Heise.de and american Precentral.net report today, that HP finished upgrading their smartphone flagship Palm Pre. Interestingly the Palm Pre 2 will be first released to the french market on october 22 on SFR‘s network. Sadly there is no reliable information about when it will hit other markets like the US, Germany or Canada.
The Palm Pre 2 will feature:
- 1 GHz CPU
- 5 megapixel camera
- 3.1″ screen size with 320×480 HVGA display
- Glass screen
- 16 GB memory
- Touchstone backcover included
- HP webOS 2.0
It is rumored the price will be about 100€ on contract and about 450€ sans contract. HP rebranded Palm’s webOS to HP webOS. The Pre 2 will be shipped with webOS 2.0 preloaded.
Adobe Flash in webOS 2 (video is courtesy of Precentral.net)
Boot time and multitasking in webOS 2 (video is courtesy of Precentral.net)
webOS 2 vs. webOS 1.45 – incl. overclocked (video is courtesy of Precentral.net)
Sony tries to rearm their game console flagship. Most of you using your Playstations will likely have found out: since the end of last week Sony broadcasts a new firmware 3.42. They say it fixes security issues, which not quite wrong. But do we wanna have this issue fixed?
At the moment for online players there doesn’t seem to exist any other possibility but updating, so be aware you’re gonna lose root access to your fav console and it will possibly not come back anytime soon.
For all the others playing once in a while and mostly offline: just don’t update. We really suppose something is being worked on in the background to allow updating and not losing root access, but let’s see. Sony’s fighting with two armies: the army of technicians, and the army of darkness: they got aweful lawyers also out there ;-)