Archive for October, 2012

Crossover free

Posted: October 31, 2012 in Games
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As it did some yeas ago, Codeweavers is providing Crossover for free for a day. It is the full 11.3.1 version, with 12 months support and updates.

IK Multimedia also provides Total Sudio 3 bundle at 250$/200 euros (additional 40 euros VAT for EU).

It includes SampleTank 2.5 XL, Sonik Synth 2, Miroslav Philharmonik, SampleMoog, SampleTron, all the 15 Xpansion Tank 2 Multi-Sampled Instrument Collections, Amplitube 3, Amplitube Jimi Hendrix, Amplitube Metal, CSR – Classik Studio Reverb and T-RackS 3 Deluxe Mastering Suite (that is 80 percent discount).

Finally the Gear credits group buy reached more than 2000 sales, then offering 3 credits packs (same as the purchased one) : that is for 15 euros (20 credits pack) you get 80 credits total, and for 30 euros – 45 credits pack – (additional 6 euros VAT) you get 180  credits. High ends amps are available for 30 credits, while items are average 15 credits.

Apple : executives reorganization

Posted: October 30, 2012 in Apple
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Scott Forstal was forced to leave Apple after the iOS6’s new Maps application problems (great interface and 3D vector rendering – lighter than Google’s -, however data weren’t all reliable). He originated the iOS era (from Core Animation to WebKit’s CSS effects, and more recently Siri and Maps) however there wasn’t much innovating recently in UI design (notably iOS features added to OSX – like the launchBar – didn’t brought real value).

Since Micosoft’s new system (merging desktop and mobile, and inspired from Apple’s old Hypercard from 1988, and OpenDoc from mid-90s), Apple had to rethink its UI design strategy. Moreover there was strong competition with other lead members.

Then Jonathan Ive will take leadership and direction for Human Interface besides his role as leader of Industrial Design.  Eddy Cue will manage Siri and Maps (also iTunes Store, the App Store and iCloud). Craig Federighi will manage both iOS and OSX, and Bob Mansfield will lead the wireless team.

F1 2012 announced for mac

Posted: October 29, 2012 in Games
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Feral Interactive announced F1 2012 for mac. It will run on Nvidia 320M/Intel HD3000. A video is available here.

Cocoa to Cappuccino tutorial

Posted: October 28, 2012 in IT/Dev
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At slevenbits blog we can find an article about porting a Cocoa component (here a custom NSBox – with editable title) into a Cappuccino one. As expected, it only consists in replacing NS suffix with CP, pointer * sign, and modifying imports. Also in the example the event management (box title editing) is easier, as Cappuccino benefits from the textField html element provided by the browser (with Cocoa we have to determine the editing area and use a fieldEditor).

Shade 3D for Unity announced

Posted: October 26, 2012 in Games

New Shade 3D for Unity has been announced. It will be provided soon for free at the Mac App Store. There is still to know whether it will require a license for commercial use (it states personal use), as it is the case with Unreal free tools suite, and if it includes same features as Shade 3D basic (priced 45 euros).

IK Multimedia provides SampleTank2L for 29.99$ / 24.99 euros until October, 30 (35% discount). It includes 349 samples based presets (2,11 GB).

Best Service provides 25% discount on these listed Guitar samples libraries. We can then get (among other) Ministry of Rock 2 for 285 euros, V-Metal for 186,75 euros, SR5 Rock Bass for 89,25 euros, and Electri6ity for 269,25 euros.

SynthMaster 2.5 is a synth plugin (AU/VST) that features multiple synthesis : VA, Additive (8 basic oscillators), Vector (4 oscillators, like with D-50), Wavetable, Wavescanning, Phase Modulation, Frequency Modulation, Pulse Width Modulation, Ring Modulation, Amplitude Modulation, Physical Modeling and SFZ Sample Playback. It provides modeled analog filters (that self oscillate at max resonance)  and multi-mode filters.

Audio demos are provided. The factory version (99$) includes 500 presets. The standard version (129$) adds 150 expansion presets, while the everything version (233$) includes all expansion presets.

Logic Pro / Express 9.1.8 updates

Posted: October 25, 2012 in Audio
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Apple provides 9.1.8 updates to Logic Pro and Logic Express through Mac App Store application (see release notes here and there).

IMG : GOG on mac games

Posted: October 25, 2012 in Games
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InsideMacGames provides an interview of GOG about it adding mac versions of old games, that requires licensing agreement from various sources (original editor and/or porting company), or using the great Boxer emulator (derived from DOSBox)

iPad mini / iPad 4

Posted: October 23, 2012 in Apple
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Apple unveiled the iPad mini, that features same A5 processor as found on old iPad 2, 1204 x 768 resolution, and is really lighter. An iPad 4 (A6X processor, two times faster than recent iPad 3) was also announced.

New imac / mac mini

Posted: October 23, 2012 in Apple
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Apple presented new mac mini and imac. The mac mini now features an Intel HD4000 chispet (two times faster than Nvidia 320M or Intel HD3000), while the entry-level iMac’s Nvidia GT 640M (512 MB dedicated GDDR5) is 3 to 6 times faster than 320M/HD3000 (and 2 to 3 times faster than HD4000).

The new iMac also uses a new display (75 percent less reflective, 40 percent less volume, down to 5 mm at edges, 5.68 kg for 21.5 inch model)  and new headphones.

A new fusion drive option (automatic management of data stored either on SSD part – if used frequently – or on a 1 TB or 3 TB hard disk part) is also provided (or a full 256 GB SSD).