22 Jun

Adobe’s Kuler beta site resurrects photo-color picker

Adobe Systems has launched a beta version to try out changes to its color-picker Kuler service, including the restoration of an earlier feature to extract dominant colors from photos.

Kuler lets people assemble quintets of colors into a color scheme that’s saved into their own archive; people can browse others’ schemes as well. The colors can be imported into Adobe’s Illustrator software, too.

The photo tool is available by loading the new Kuler beta site. Adobe said Monday it’s seeking feedback on the changes, which it may or may not keep. Adobe also provided an option to use a less obtrusive color wheel and to shrink borders around colors so designers can better judge how they look together.

Kuler is useful, though hardly a heavyweight app like Photoshop or After Effects. But it’s interesting to watch since it’s got new-era online, collaborative, and social aspects that seem to be a priority for Adobe as it tries to convince skeptics that its $50-per-month Creative Cloud subscription is more than just a new way to pay for the old Creative Suitesoftware.

When Adobe cut over to its Creative Cloud subscription program, it introduced an iOS app that also can pick a color scheme from a photo.

Adobe once had a Kuler app for Android, but scrapped it and is channeling its resources toward the Kuler Web interface at present.

In response to a request for a Kuler Android app, an Adobe staff member had this to say:

While the iOS app and the discontinued Android app do have similar capabilities, they are actually quite a bit different. We have found that people use tablets and mobile phones very differently. So, we created the iPhone app with a different focus in mind — which translated to different features, UI, and interactions.

We have also found the tasks most people wanted to accomplish with Kuler, on a tablet device, are very similar to the tasks people undertake with the Kuler website. So, we’ve invested a lot of time and effort into updating the site to embrace the latest Web standards (also announced at MAX). And, it should work really well on Android and iOS tablets. We look forward to getting these updates in the hands of users to hear what they think.

We understand there are many Android phone users who may find an app like the Kuler iPhone app useful, and we’ll monitor demand for that over time.

In my tests on a Nexus 7 tablet, I was able to use the normal Kuler site, but the photo upload and color-wheel shrinking features had some problems. I could use photos I took on the spot and from the photo gallery, but imports from Google+ galleries, Dropbox, and Google Drive failed. Worse, the color wheel for picking colors by hand didn’t work with my touch screen.

21 Jun

Boffin Advises Consumers On The Best Typing Tutor Software This Year, eReflect Announces

Ultimate Typing™ software developer eReflect announced today that the software review website Boffin has published extensive reviews on the best typing tutor software for 2013. As the eReflect representative noted in today’s statement, the company is proud to learn of the high rating given to its product, and appreciates the suggestions and comments provided by this and other reviewers and customers. eReflect states that its goal is to provide the best possible product to users, and relies on such feedback to continually refine and improve its software.

In this most recent review, the Boffin team of reviewers examined four typing improvement software products and concluded that Ultimate Typing™ is the top choice for the review team, as the software includes features and technologies the other products lacked.

The Boffin software review team evaluated all typing tutor software products in terms of efficiency, help and support for users, instruction quality, user friendliness, and several other parameters. While each of the other software products reviewed lacked strength in one or more of these categories, Ultimate Typing™ had all these features and more, making the team’s decision as to the best typing software an easy one. The SoftwareReviewBoffin.com website illustrates the pros and cons of each typing software product in great detail so that interested users can get an accurate idea on how each software works and how it can improve their typing skills.

According to the Boffin website, Ultimate Typing™ was a clear winner as the top 2013 typing tutor software in view of its cutting-edge tools, impressive integrated technologies and its scientifically informed design and overall interface. The review team also highlighted that the software offers a great variety of activities, games, and practice difficulty levels, making it an appealing choice for people of all ages, needs, and learning styles. The Boffin team of reviewers also emphasized that unlike other software, in addition to its extensive practice material Ultimate Typing™ also has the most user-friendly interface making navigation easy, thus allowing users to focus on what really matters, improving their typing speed and accuracy. In today’s statement, the representative from eReflect remarked that the development team is quite pleased with this aspect of the review, as the interface was one area of product development that the software company put a great deal of time into.

The Boffin review concluded by mentioning that all top software products listed on the website are frequently reevaluated in order for visitors to have up to date information on the most efficient software products on the market. It was also stated that the actual differences between the top three software products selected were often rather minute and that once new releases or versions are published, the current ratings are likely to change.

About Ultimate Typing™

Ultimate Typing™ software is designed specifically for the improvement of typing skills. Created by eReflect, a world leader in e-learning and self-development software, Ultimate Typing™ has been informed by the latest developments in the science of touch typing.

Since its creation in 2006 by Marc Slater, the company has already catered to over 112 countries all over the world, offering products with the latest cutting-edge technology, some of which are among the world’s most recognized and awarded in the industry.

21 Jun

Facebook Testing New Navigation Menu

California – Facebook amid redesign navigation bar for iOS and Android app for easy use. Some Facebook users reported that the new navigation bar has appeared at the bottom of the screen.

But, it was not all users can get the new navigation bar that is still a beta version of it. With the addition of the menu at the bottom, the side navigation bar is now no longer in the beta version of the Facebook application.

Android users who already have a new navigation bar using Facebook beta version of Google Play Store. While the Apple iPhone users who see the new navigation bar that has installed the regular version of Facebook.

Android users who have installed the Facebook application is given a link to download the beta version of Facebook when they install updates. This all shows the changes coming from the server.

There is no warranty on the features of the new navigation bar. Current navigation bar is still considered to iOS or Android app.

19 Jun

Software Start-Up SnoopWall Secures Funding from Renowned Angel Investment Group

NASHUA, N.H., July 11, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — Software start-up SnoopWall announced today that the company has secured a round of funding from the Angel Breakfast Club, one of the oldest investment groups in the country. SnoopWall recently developed an antispyware program that blocks remote eavesdropping. The unique patent-pending technology will be available on laptops, smartphones, and tablets.

“We’re pleased to achieve our first major milestone in the company—acquiring the funds and strategic support needed for SnoopWall to launch,” said Gary Miliefsky, President and Founder of SnoopWall. “It’s an honor to be funded by this prestigious and well recognized angel investment group.”

The Angel Breakfast Club was started in 1976 by the late Mort Goulder. Over the past 30 years, the group has invested in more than 100 companies. The average return-on-investment rate is 29%, a near record for the industry.

Allan Cowen, a leading angel investor and advisor to the company said, “SnoopWall represents another investment opportunity that clearly positions a patent-pending technology that addresses today’s media narrative on mobile security and personal privacy protection.  Backing the SnoopWall project early on came with no hesitation given the market need, and perhaps more importantly, knowing the members of the team and those that have advisory roles.”

SnoopWall is offering a free trial version of their program for Android until August 1. Visithttp://www.snoopwall.com/free-version to sign-up for a copy.

About SnoopWall

SnoopWall is the world’s first counterveillance software company focused on helping consumers and enterprises protect their privacy on all of their computing devices including smartphones, tablets, and laptops.

15 Jun

Site developer “software” Apple hacked

Computer and software giant Apple on Monday AM, said its software developer page has been offline after hacked. Apple warns that personal information regarding users may have been stolen.

“Last Thursday, an intruder tried to break into the personal information of our registered developers on our developer page,” Apple said as quoted by AFP.

Despite the sensitive information is encrypted, “we can not rule out the possibility that some of the names, mailing addresses and email addresses belonging to the developer or may have been accessed.”

The information technology giant said in a statement titled “We’ll be right back” that hackers have hacked the reason “for the sake of transparency and accountability.”

Company officials immediately blocked sites is Thursday U.S. time ago and has since worked to fix it.

“To prevent this kind of security threats happening again, we will thoroughly examine our development system, software update our server, and to rebuild kesuluruhan our database,” said Apple, apologize and hope that the developer’s site soon recover.

This site is a portal to the creators of third-party software to design applications for the iPhone, iPad and Mac computers, in addition to being a forum for software developers.

According to Macworld, for days many developers have posted a message pitched frustration and anger on Twitter about the breakdown of the site.

14 Jun

ManageEngine Previews Citrix Xen Virtualization Support in Applications Manager, OpManager

ManageEngine, the real-time IT management company, today will preview the Xen virtualization support in OpManager, its network performance management and data center monitoring software, and in Applications Manager, its application performance monitoring solution. The move lets application developers and IT operations teams in large enterprises monitor Citrix Xen hosts and virtual machines (VMs) for availability, performance and XenMotion activity. Live demonstrations of Xen support in Applications Manager and OpManager are available at http://demo.appmanager.com and http://xendemo.opmanager.com, respectively.

ManageEngine made today’s announcement at the Virtualization Technology Users Group (VTUG) Summer Slam 2013 being held today in Brunswick, Maine. A sponsor of the event, the company will demonstrate the forthcoming Xen features in Applications Manager and OpManager. In addition, ManageEngine’s Rakesh Inbaraj will lead a breakout session, “Application Visibility – A Recipe for Conducting Successful Virtualization Projects,” at 1pm, 2pm and 3pm.

Dev Anand, director of product management at ManageEngine, said, “Though initially adopted only by service providers and hosting providers, Citrix XenServer has emerged as a staple in small and medium enterprises in recent years. OpManager and Applications Manager already support VMware and Hyper-V servers, and adding XenServer monitoring support to the mix was the next logical step in our hypervisor coverage.”

ManageEngine Embraces Xen

ManageEngine provides virtualization management on three fronts. For application developers, Applications Manager delivers a holistic view of app performance, end-user experience and Apdex score along with the underlying XenServer health. Meanwhile, data center or enterprise IT infrastructure managers can monitor their network, server and virtualization components via OpManager. Finally, CIOs and data center managers will find an integrated view of the network, server and storage; application performance; and end-user experience levels by using OpManager and its Application Monitoring plug-in module.

Highlights of the Xen support in Applications Manager and OpManager include:

  • Automatic discovery of XenServer hosts and VMs via Xen API
  • Complete inventory and mapping of hosts, VMs as well as storage repositories and virtual disk images
  • Alerts delivered via email and SMS for Xen-related downtime and performance issues
  • Identifies XenMotion activity and updates inventory to reflect live migration of VMs as they move from host to host
  • Real-time map of Xen topology

Pricing and Availability

Xen server support is available as a beta version in both OpManager and Applications Manager. The beta version of OpManager is available for download at http://www.manageengine.com/network-monitoring/beta-signup.html. The beta version of Applications Manager can be downloaded athttp://www.manageengine.com/applications_manager/beta-signup.html.

OpManager Enterprise Edition prices start at $16,495 for 500 devices. The Application Monitoring plug-in starts at $15,990 for 250 monitors. Applications Manager Professional Edition starts at $795 for up to 25 applications or servers.

For more information on OpManager, please visit http://www.manageengine.com/opmanager, and for Applications Manager, visit http://www.manageengine.com/apm. For more information on ManageEngine, please visit http://www.manageengine.com/; follow the company blog athttp://blogs.manageengine.com, on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/ManageEngine and on Twitter at @ManageEngine.

About OpManager

ManageEngine OpManager is a network management platform that helps large enterprises, service providers and SMEs manage their data centers and IT infrastructure efficiently and cost effectively. Automated workflows, intelligent alerting engines, configurable discovery rules, and extendable templates enable IT teams to setup a 24×7 monitoring system within hours of installation. Do-it-yourself plug-ins extend the scope of management to include network change and configuration management and IP address management as well as monitoring of networks, applications, databases, virtualization and NetFlow-based bandwidth. For more information on ManageEngine OpManager, please visit http://www.manageengine.com/opmanager.

About Applications Manager

ManageEngine Applications Manager is application performance monitoring software that helps businesses guarantee high availability and performance for their business applications by ensuring servers and applications have high uptime. It comes with out-of-the-box support for 50+ application servers, servers, databases and transactions spanning physical, virtual and cloud infrastructures. For more information on ManageEngine Applications Manager, please visithttp://www.manageengine.com/apm.

About ManageEngine

ManageEngine delivers the real-time IT management tools that empower an IT team to meet an organization’s need for real-time services and support. Worldwide, more than 72,000 established and emerging enterprises — including more than 60 percent of the Fortune 500 — rely on ManageEngine products to ensure the optimal performance of their critical IT infrastructure, including networks, servers, applications, desktops and more. ManageEngine is a division of Zoho Corp. with offices worldwide, including the United States, India, Japan and China. For more information, please visit http://buzz.manageengine.com/; follow the company blog athttp://blogs.manageengine.com/, on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/ManageEngine and on Twitter at @ManageEngine.

ManageEngine is a trademark of Zoho Corp. All other brand names and product names are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective companies.

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14 Jun

Boost Software Announces New Instructional Video for Fixing Windows Installer Problems

PC Health Boost is registry cleaning software that PC users can use to detect and repair serious computer problems such as screen freezes, slow boot time, and DLL errors. Problems that occur in the main files of the Windows operating system can prevent PC Health Boost from performing a complete service. Uncovering these problems and fixing them is not complicated, but not well-known among many PC users. Boost Software recognized this issue and created an instructional video to help users overcome these serious problems.

The new video explains how Windows installer errors can prevent PC Health Boost from performing a complete service. The video then goes through detailed steps of possible solutions to try to fix the errors. Since Windows installer issues can vary in origin, the video first offers basic solutions and then continues with those that require more steps to complete.

Customers who are unable to fix their Windows Installer errors with the proposed solutions or who encounter other difficulties are directed to contact Boost Software technical support via email or phone for additional assistance.

More information about the features and benefits of PC Health Boost is available on the Boost Software website located at http://www.boostsoftware.com

About Boost Software

Amit Mehta and Peter Dunbar are software engineers and affiliate gurus who founded Boost Software in 2012 to help people with PC performance problems. The company currently offers a suite of PC performance products that includes PC HealthBoost, DriverBoost Pro, and Startup Boost.

We are always looking for advertising and partnership opportunities and anyone wanting to meet with us, or inquire about writing a guest post for the blog may reach us using the contact link provided.

13 Jun

Surge Software Announces General Availability of SurgeHub – Full Suite of Mobile Tools for the Entire Sales Lifecycle

Surge Software, Inc. announced today the general availability of their new mobile sales enablement platform, SurgeHub. SurgeHub is a mobile content management (CMS), customer relationship management (CRM), and order entry application that provides a true mobile sales enablement solution to sales teams large and small.

The tablet, mobile, and web-based application allows sales teams to upload, organize, and share sales material, queue up content for upcoming presentations, show PowerPoint presentations in slideshow mode, fill out and digitally sign forms, and track and monitor content usage and sessions with clients. SurgeHub also allows sales teams to easily manage their accounts and contacts, setup customized deal flows, collaborate with other team members, and manage tasks across the organization. In addition, SurgeHub includes a mobile order entry tool, is branded and customized to fit the needs of each unique business, and works both online and offline.

SurgeHub is the first product of its kind to support the entire sales cycle on a mobile device, from giving the initial presentation, to managing content and customers, to taking and tracking orders. SurgeHub is unique in the sense that it allows companies choose to use the full suite of sales enablement features or a subset of features depending on their company needs, giving businesses both large and small the option of tailoring the application to their specific needs.

“There are a number of products in the market that support part of the sales process, such as giving presentations or managing contacts. SurgeHub is the first application to support the entire sales process from giving an initial presentation to taking an order, and everything in-between,” said Matt MacKay, CEO of Surge Software, Inc. “Sales people don’t want to deal with multiple tools from multiple vendors, and the proliferation of mobile apps is just making things worse. We bring sanity to the market for sales teams by giving them an intuitive, easy-to-use sales enablement tool that works the same on any device, including desktops, laptops, tablets, and cell phones.”

“We chose SurgeHub as our mobile sales enablement tool because of the comprehensive feature set and the ease of use,” said Jason Abromaitis, CEO of Simple Serve.” The usage tracking features help us to understand what is going on in the field. SurgeHub is an essential tool for any mobile sales team.”

SurgeHub can be used stand-alone or it can be connected to 3rd party systems. A web version is included for desktop/browser-based access. SurgeHub can be used in a hosted “SaaS / Cloud” model or it can be installed on premise.

10 Jun

3-D Gun Printing: Here’s the Software That Stops It

New software has been developed that aims to restrict the manufacture of firearms that have been created using new 3-D technology.

The world’s first gun made using 3-D printing – called “The Liberator” – was successfully fired on May 6 in Austin, Texas. In just three days the blueprint created by startup Defense Distributed to produce the plastic gun had been downloaded around 100,000 times, according to Forbes Magazine.

Anti-gun campaigners have criticized the project, whilst lawmakers in different U.S. states have moved to pass new legislation to prohibit the manufacture, sale and use of the digitally made firearms. And now Danish startup Create It REAL has produced software that it says blocks users from printing guns in the first place.

“The likely buyers are 3-D printer manufacturers who want to minimize their liability risk and offer a firearm parental control feature to their customers,” Create It REAL’s CEO Jeremie Pierre Gay told CNBC.

“The feature creates a unique digital fingerprint of the firearm…the manufacturer could decide to block the print or to simply give a warning to the user of the potential danger.”

The software has taken a year to develop. The firm realized there was a gap in the market after surveying end users and 3D printer manufacturers. Gay told CNBC that his previous job working with Digital Rights Management (DRM) for technology firm Motorola served him well.

“[We realized] people are interested in the ability to put a lock on their firearms at home, the same should be possible on a 3D printer as a parental control feature. I would say that this feature is customer driven even if they did not know they wanted the feature when we asked,” he said.

“The possibility to make a firearm at home is not new, there are many plans on how to do it on Internet, the problem with 3-D printing is that it could become simply too easy, this feature makes it more complicated again.”

Cody Wilson, the man behind nonprofit Defense Distributed was skeptical that the product would actually be able to prohibit the printing of guns, which are produced as separate parts and then assembled. “The Liberator” is printed with hard plastic and fires a standard .380 caliber bullet. The only non-printed piece is a common hardware store nail which is used as its firing pin.

“Such software must walk a very fine line, of which I’ve no doubt it is incapable…It’s interesting PR to the uninitiated only,” the 25-year-old law student at the University of Texas told CNBC.

“‘The Liberator’ pistol is an assembly of over 17 parts, most of which individually would not set off a detection software unless the exact model was blacklisted. Think about it, springs, hammer, even the grip. These are not ‘guns’.”

‘Wild West’ Regulation

Both New York City and New York State have introduced legislation to curb the making of 3-D printed firearms or ban their use altogether and similar bills have been introduced in California. Linda Rosenthal, a New York State assembly member told CNBC that New York’s bill is currently sitting with the Codes Committee after the legislative session ended on June 21.

“I have all intentions of pursuing this legislation next session,” she told CNBC. “The controversy surrounding the passage of the SAFE ACT (the New York Secure Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement Act) will make passing any piece of gun-related legislation that much more difficult, but I think this is a very important issue that must be addressed before the technology becomes widely available.”

New York State should act as a leader to provide a national model for other states to follow, Rosenthal said, and welcomes the new software that she says is effectively the industry regulating its own behavior.

“It is important that industry and government partner with each other to address this issue. Neither acting alone will be able to accomplish enough to deter dangerous behavior….Given that no technology is foolproof, it is critical that the states have strong tools available to discourage wrongdoing and criminalize bad behavior,” she told CNBC.

“3D printing is a very new technology, and in terms of regulation, it is the Wild West out there.”

Despite the issues surrounding the manufacture of firearms, 3-D printing – creating three-dimensional solid objects from digital models – is gathering momentum and is transforming everything from medicine to home goods. Printers that once cost $30,000 now are priced closer to $1,000 and have the potential to rewrite the rules of global manufacturing.

The market for 3-D printing was estimated at about $1.7 billion in 2011 and could hit $6.5 billion by 2019, according to research firm Wohlers Associates.

4 Jun

Cbeyond Chooses Crafter Software to Create A Higher Quality Customer Web Experience, Boosting Engagement

Crafter Software Corp., a leading provider of software solutions for the creation of rich and engaging websites, mobile applications and multi-channel digital experiences, today announced thatCbeyond (CBEY) has chosen Crafter’s Web content and experience management solutions. Cbeyond replaced its existingWeb content management system with Crafter as part of a website rebranding effort to provide a far more dynamic, engaging Web experience flexible enough to integrate with various internal content systems. Since re-launching the Cbeyond site using Crafter, the website has generated 18 percent more leads and website traffic has increased nine percent.

“Crafter’s modular components and architecture integrated easily with our user login platform and customer management system. We now have the flexibility to create an engaging Web presence, are no longer boxed in to one type of look and can quickly tailor the site to our ongoing needs,” said Tom Ouellette, senior director, Marketing Communications at Cbeyond. “Best of all, Crafter’s user-friendly content authoring tools provide our website visitors with fresh content that best describes our cloud computing solutions.”

Cbeyond deployed Crafter Engine, a high-performance content delivery system, as a foundation for its new website. Crafter Engine is built from the ground up to easily tap into various data sources from social media, ERPs, CRMs, marketing campaign systems and others to create a dynamic Web experience that is specifically targeted to an individual user.

Cbeyond also rolled out Crafter Studio, a Web content authoring and publishing solution, to its marketing team. The product offers user-friendly features for marketers and content editors to enable easier and faster publishing across all channels, without any involvement from development or IT.

“We see accelerating demand for our software as today’s Web continues to evolve from a static publishing environment to a business-critical productivity and engagement platform,” said Mike Vertal, CEO of Crafter Software. “Cbeyond can now turn on a dime and quickly adapt to results from A/B split testing and other analytics data. We are thrilled to see their significant early return in terms of website traffic and Web-based leads.”

About Crafter Software

Crafter Software (Reston, Va.) enables the creation of rich and engaging websites, mobile applications, and multi-channel digital experiences. The company’s software solutions are based on the award-winning Crafter CMS open source project, which was built from the ground up as a modern platform for creating more relevant web experiences through targeted delivery of personalized content. Serving as the lynchpin between enterprise systems and end users, Crafter’s solutions enable marketing, sales and support teams to author and manage content while harvesting analytics and data-driven insights to deliver engaging experiences across all digital channels—the web, mobile, social, and more. For more information, visit craftersoftware.com and craftercms.org.