There were plenty of exciting Mac and iPhone products to discover at this year’s Macworld Expo in San Francisco. From the brand new to the not yet launched, we tracked down the most impressive, and here we highlight the products that stood out from the crowd.
Company: Aquafadas URL: www.aquafadas.com
Price: Coming soon…
Aquafadas will soon release Comic Composer, the application used by its Ave!Comics Productions to create digital comics. The authoring tool will be available for authors and publishers of digital strips from March. With Comic Composer, you can produce digital comics for a variety of platforms, including the iPhone, iPad, the internet and other smartphones. The software lets you create animated paths, various pan, zoom and transition effects, and allows you to isolate parts of a page to create animations and transitions between them. There’s a choice of different export formats, including the company’s own Ave, which supports video, sound and localisation. You can also distribute your creation on the Ave!Comics platform.
Also coming is the Aquafadas Digital Publishing Platform, which will enable publishers to create digital content through plug-ins for InDesign and QuarkXPress. Further details are expected later this month.
Quickoffice Connect Mobile Suite for iPad
Company: Quickoffice URL: www.quickoffice.com
With Quickoffice Connect Mobile Suite for iPad it’s possible to create and edit Word documents, Excel spreadsheets and PowerPoint presentations on your iPad. It also integrates with cloud services, such as MobileMe, Dropbox, Google Docs and SugarSync.
On the iPhone version, Quickoffice must reflow documents so they’ll fit on the smaller screen, but the iPad’s larger display means pages can be shown with their original layouts. You can use multitouch gestures to zoom in and out of pages, and drag and drop to move files onto Share and Delete action buttons. When working with long documents, you can drag a finger along the side of the screen to scroll through a virtual ‘filmstrip’ navigation tool. Video output is also supported. In that mode, slide navigation tools and notes are shown on the iPad’s screen, but not on the video display. There’s a virtual laser pointer, too.
A feature that’s coming later this year is integration with various collaboration services. By dragging documents onto an icon, you’ll be able to instantly save files to services like Scribd, SlideShare and Docstoc.
Daylite Touch for iPad
Company: Marketcircle URL: www.marketcircle.com
Price: £34.95 for one-year licence
Daylite Touch, Marketcircle’s business-management app, has been updated and an iPad version is now available. Designed to help you manage your projects, calendars, contacts, tasks and sales, Daylite Touch 1.6 comes with a raft of new features. These include the ability to see upcoming activity for the next seven days in the Home pane, easier navigation, and an improved note-entry interface. Since one user might have more than one iOS device, Marketcircle has also updated its licensing system to a per user basis instead of per device, allowing you to use Daylite Touch on both an iPhone or iPod touch, as well as an iPad. Daylite Touch is available from the App Store, and while it’s free to download, you’ll need a desktop licence (£129.95) and a Daylite Touch licence (£34.95 per year) from Marketcircle’s store in order to use it.
ESET Cybersecurity for Mac
Company: ESET URL: www.eset.com/mac
Price: £29.99 for one-year licence
If you are concerned about your Mac’s security, there are a variety of options on offer. ESET, which offers a range of products for home, business and mobile devices, has just released a Mac client. Like its Windows counterpart, ESET CyberSecurity for Mac provides controls to block the use of hardware like USB or CD/DVD drives, a submission system for reporting files, and more.
The company has also released ESET NOD32 Antivirus Business Edition for Mac OS X, a version of its client that meets certain security regulations for businesses and lets IT administrators monitor Mac clients in addition to Windows and Linux clients.
Pricing for the home edition of ESET CyberSecurity for Mac starts at £29.99 for a one-year licence. Business users should contact ESET for pricing.
CrossOver Mac Impersonator 10
Company: CodeWeavers URL: www.codeweavers.com
Price: £25.99, standard; £44.99 professional
Like its two chief competitors, VMware and Parallels, CodeWeavers designs software that lets you run Windows applications on a Mac. But all too often, when the discussion turns to Windows-on-a-Mac, those other two hog all the attention, and CodeWeavers is left out. However, CrossOver Mac doesn’t require a licensed copy of Windows to work; instead, it uses Wine – an open-source implementation of the Windows API under Unix – to run Windows apps.
CrossOver version 10 introduces technology called CrossTie, this custom-configures Wine to work with particular applications, so it’s more reliable to launch Windows-only applications. Thanks to CrossTie the configuration and installation of a Windows application into Crossover is a one-click affair.
The main benefit is the cost, you don’t need a copy of Windows and the standard version is about half the price of the competition.