Apple Reveals 2013-10-22 as iPad 5 Day

apppppleApple will announce a bevy of new iPad and MacBook hardware in time for the 2013 Holiday Buying Season
Apple has recently announced that 2013-10-22 is the day they will unveil a boat load of new hardware for both their iPad and MacBook lines. For those keeping score, that’s twice in two months that Apple will be announcing new products, which is unusual for the organization that prides itself on secrecy and exclusivity. I mean… you don’t usually get this much Apple goodness shoved together. They usually take a while between announcements to allow us to lather ourselves up into a rumor frenzy.

While details of the event remain on the most part under wraps, the date of the event was uncovered more than a week ago.

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Details on the specifics of the event are still a bit sketchy. However, it is anticipated that the iPad 5, iPad mini 2 and updates to the MacBook Air and MacBook Pro lines of Apple’s laptops will be announced. Apple should also announce the general availability of OS X 10.9 Mavericks as well. The event will be held at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco and will start at 10 a.m. PT.

I’m still working on my Mavericks review, and I will have it completed before Apple’s alleged announcement on 2013-10-22. Please watch for it on Soft32 as there’s some really GREAT stuff built into the latest version of Apple’s desktop OS.

Additional rumor fodder has the iPad 5 sporting a 64bit processor. This could put additional pressure on the PC market as virtualization apps allow lean-back devices, like the iPad, to make better use of both network and stationary PC resources. It’s going to be a lot easier to connect your iPad to your work network and make use of the office PC through your iPad. With the right kind of keyboard and cover, your iPad 5 is going to give serious competition to ultrabooks and other tablet like PC’s like Microsoft Surface/Pro and Surface/ Pro 2.

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GoodSync

GoodSyncProtect your data with this important multiplatform app

Everyone – or at least nearly everyone – knows what cloud sync apps are today. Its quite possible that you’ve heard of at least one or two. Getting your data into the cloud isn’t easy without an app like GoodSync. It’s a data backup and cloud synchronization app for Windows.

GoodSync is an easy to use file synchronization application. It automatically analyzes, synchronizes, and backs up your data locally – between desktops, laptops, servers, external drives, and Windows Mobile devices – as well as remotely with FTP, SFTP, WebDAV and Amazon S3 servers. The best thing about GoodSync is GoodSync Connect, which helps you to connect computers easily, even through the internet.

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Cloud synchronization options abound on the internet today. GoodSync is just one of them. However, you really need to watch what you get when you sign up. Other services may provide better options. While GoodSync Connect offers a real advantage for the service, if you have non-Windows computers you want to sync with, you have other issues to deal with. Licensing costs on non-Windows computers is much higher. You also don’t get a discount for purchasing multiple PC licenses, so you may pay more using GoodSync than with other services where you pay for storage. You’ll need to price it out and shop around a bit to insure you get the best deal.

 

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Play, organize and rip your audio collection with foobar2000

Play, organize and rip your audio collection with this must have Windows application.

Foobar-2000-iconIf you’re like me, music is a big part of your life. Finding the right tool to play it where you want, when you want without having a bunch of junk installed on your computer is important. This is one of the biggest reasons why I like foobar2000. It’s a music player for Windows, and it supports a portable mode.

Foobar2000 is an advanced freeware audio player for the Windows platform. Some of the basic features include full unicode support, ReplayGain support and native support for several popular audio formats including MP3, MP4, AAC, CD Audio, WMA, Vorbis, FLAC, WavPack, WAV, and AIFF.

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The app is easily customizable with a custom interface. It contains support for advanced music file tagging and supports gapless playback. The app will also rip audio CD’s and convert the files to your format of choice.

foobar2000 is a really nice music player. Its portable, meaning you can specify why it and all of its configuration file go. When installed in this mode, it can be moved to a USB stick and taken and used on another computer. This is especially helpful if you can’t or don’t want to install something on a shared PC.

The app is nice, but it doesn’t sync with any mobile device like an Android phone or Apple iDevice. Without this type of feature, the app is very outmoded and so very, very 1997. While its portable mode is nice, and some of its visualizations are cool, it seems very much a relic of the past. Nearly every PC sold today comes with some kind of music player. Both Windows Media Player and iTunes are free; and while foobar2000 is as well, they also sync’s with portable music players where foobar2000 does not.

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FlipShare

FlipShareOrganize and share your home videos with this great video tool.

Flip is one of the best portable video cameras ever made. Its portable, easy to use, and affordable, or at least it was while you could still actively get one. However, you can still use the software that came with it. FlipShare is a video organizer and editor, that makes working with your videos quick and easy. It’s a video editing app for Windows and like the hardware it was made for, its pretty cool.

FlipShare is a media file organizer, movie editor. With it you can edit and share your videos with its social media assistant. It is a feature-packed, easy-to-use application that comes preloaded with all Flip video cameras.

FlipShare helps you take your custom, home movies and pull them apart to capture stills. You can use it to share videos with friends and family via email or the social networking site of your choice. For example, you can easily share videos on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube directly from the app.

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Flip and FlipShare are both great products. The hardware is easy to use, and the software is equally as easy to use. Unfortunately, both of them are discontinued. Its too bad, too. Thankfully, Soft32 has the software in its library, so you can still get your hands on it. However, don’t expect services tied to a Flip Account to continue to work.

 

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Edit images, create animation and cool icons with Chasys Draw IES

Edit images, create animation and cool icons with this full featured Windows app.

chasys_draw_ies_128Having a creative outlet can be very important. I know that if I don’t have a way of expressing myself creatively, I’m not going to be a happy person in the long run. If I can combine that with my Mac or PC, its truly a double win for me. Apps like Chasys Draw IES help make this that double win. It’s a cool drawing and animation app for Windows.

Chasys Draw IES is actually a suite of applications that includes a layer-based image editor with animation, icon editing support. It has image stacking through Chasys Draw IES Artist, a multi-threaded image file converter with Chasys Draw IES Converter, a fast image viewer in Chasys Draw IES Viewer and a RAW camera file processor with Chasys Draw IES raw-Photo. The whole suite is UAC aware and is designed to take advantage of multi-core processors, touch-screens and pen-input devices, so it will work well with Surface Pro and other Windows 8 Pro tablets.

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Chasys Draw IES is a unique application. It does NOT imitate Adobe Photoshop, or try to. It is fast and stable, giving you the performance you need in a full featured drawing and animation application. Its also innovative, applying new techniques and different methods for getting the job done.

Chasys Draw IES is an awesome application. Its got a full set of features so that you can create the drawings you want with the tools you need. Its easy to use, so if you’re used to full featured drawing apps, you’ll feel at home. The best things about the app is that its donationware. While this makes it essentially free, if you find the app of value, the author is asking for a donation, nothing more.

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Ashampoo Burning Studio 6 FREE

ashampoo-burning-studio-6-free-150x150-350x210Burn any kind of optical disc you want with this awesome Windows application.

I’ve heard a lot of people say that the optical disc is dead; and while there may be something to what they’re saying – most software is delivered via digital download instead of optical discs – most of what everyday people want or need their CD and DVD drives for is still valid. Many people like to transfer and share music, pictures and movies with friends and loved ones. One of the easiest ways to do this is with an optical disc; and that’s why I like applications like Ashampoo Burning Studio 6 FREE because it makes life with them easy. It’s a cool, must have Windows app.

Ashampoo Burning Studio 6 FREE is one of the easiest to use disc burner apps on the market today. The app has a multi-disc file backup module and an integrated audio CD ripper. If you have a Blu-ray drive on your PC, you’re in luck. Ashampoo Burning Studio 6 FREE has improved Blu-ray support for discs with up to 25 gigabytes per layer from over 1700 different CD, DVD and Blu-ray burners.

The app continues to support WAV, MP3, FLAC, WMA and Ogg Vorbis files that you can burn audio CD’s with. You can also burn MP3 CD’s as well. If video is your preference, you can burn video DVD, VCD and S-VCD (super video CD’s) with your Windows compatible video files. You can also use the built in disc copying applet to make copies of your audio, video or data discs.

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I love Ashampoo Burning Studio 6 Free. Most of what I want and need in an optical disc burning app is here. You can use nearly every type and format of disc on the market and the app has Blu-ray support. The price is right; and Ashampoo software is some of the best software available on the internet. This is one of the biggest no-brainers I’ve seen in a while. If you have an optical drive, then you need to give Ashampoo Burning Studio 6 FREE a shot.

 

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Apple Releases Gold Master of OS X 10.9 Mavericks

Update ‘em if you got it! Apple has released the GM version of OS X 10.9, codenamed Mavericks to its Developers.

At the last major Apple announcement earlier this summer, information regarding Apple’s next desktop OS release was announced. Recently, Apple announced the GM availability of their latest desktop OS, code named Mavericks, on Friday 2013-10-04.

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Mavericks is largely a maintenance release. It has a number of back end changes that improve performance. It also has some interesting user enhancements like FaceTime Audio Calling, FaceTime AutoAnswer (FT does not have to be running), multiple monitor support, tabs in Finder and a new, redesigned Calendar, among other enhancements.

I’ve got the new OS installed on my MacBook Pro; and odds are, that if you have a Mac running Mountain Lion, you’re going to be able to run Mavericks without an issue.

Stay tuned to Soft32, as I plan on having an extensive write-up on the new features in Mavericks in the next week or so. Mavericks is due to hit the streets before the end of October 2013.

 

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Create awesome movies from your home videos with muvee Reveal X

muvee-reveal-xI don’t know about you, but if there’s one thing my family has is stills and video of the kids. Pulling it all together into some kind of real HD quality movie isn’t always easy. This is why applications like muvee Reveal X can be so valuable. Its an easy to use, Windows app that helps you have fund with your memories.

muvee Reveal X helps you create HD quality movies from your home videos with just a few mouse clicks. It can help you pump up your home videos with professional effects, transitions, great looking titles, credits, captions, as well as mood music. You can even import photos and videos from multiple cameras. Even if each source comes in different formats, sizes, and aspect ratios muvee Reveal X makes it easy to bring it all together.

All you have to do is select your photos and videos and then select a movie style from one of the six included styles. After that, you can preview and save your work, before sharing it any way you want. Regardless of how you share your work, muvee Reveal X provides several options to show off your skills.

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If you decide to make something for the big screen, muvee Reveal X allows you to burn a DVD or upload to Facebook and YouTube. You can even export your movie in all the popular formats – MPEG1, MPEG2, MPEG4, H264, WMV, MOV, and AVI in 720P and 1080P. Muvee even has its own private sharing service – Muvee Cloud – just for muvee users.

muvee Reveal X is a really cool program. If you like taking video with a solid state video camera or your smartphone, then you’re really gonna like this app. Once on your PC, all you need to do is drag and drop your content where you want it. Muvee Reveal X does the rest. While a bit pricey for a desktop app, the price may well be worth it. The app has a lot to offer and has a number of really great ways to share the results.

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