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Friday, 14 December 2012

Reallusion CrazyTalk7 Named as "Mac App Store BEST of 2012"

Bring any face to life with CrazyTalk7’s simple face-fitting guide then simply use your voice to turn images into talking videos


Northampton, UK, December 14th, 2012 — Reallusion, the award-winning leader of 3D and 2D Cinematic tools, proudly announces that CrazyTalk7 has been recognized as “Mac App Store Best of 2012.”

CrazyTalk7 uses powerful Auto-animation technology that’s allows any user, no matter if you are an iMovie-maker or a creative user, from any level, to create talking character videos from any digital photograph.  Bring any face to life with CrazyTalk7’s simple face-fitting guide, and then use your own voice to puppet your actor’s performance. 

Auto-animation in CrazyTalk7 is an innovative, time-saving feature that helps you create life-like animations in a matter of minutes. The ability to animate characters with any voice or text-to-speech engine, allows any user to quickly create animated shorts, video hosts, cartoon characters and more.  CrazyTalk7 is unlimited in what you can bring to life. Choose a photo or illustration, fit the facial features, add audio to generate animations, and see your characters perform in real-time.  Save movies for editing in iMovie, or directly upload them to YouTube.  CrazyTalk7 positions itself as an essential, quick animation tool in any artist’s toolbox.

Charles Chen, CEO at Reallusion commented “This is fantastic news for Reallusion. We are very happy that the Mac App Store has given CrazyTalk7 this much sought after recognition. Shortly after its launch, CrazyTalk7 received a New and Noteworthy rating for the Mac App store and this new acknowledgement is testimony to the power of this creative app. With excellent feedback from users, we are confident that Crazytalk7 will continue to be a success for the Reallusion team”

Pricing and Availability:
CrazyTalk7 Mac is available in the Apple App Store for GBP29.90.
Visit Reallusion’s website for more info, training and demo video: http://www.reallusion.com/crazytalk/crazytalk7/default.aspx

Friday, 7 December 2012


STM Bags Announce Cases for the iPad Mini

London, UK, Leading Australian bag manufacturer, STM Bags has announced the release of the Skinny and Grip for the iPad Mini.

Both cases are lightweight, slim and protective to allow for a comfortable and easy carry. The snap in, hard shell back with soft lining provides enhanced protection from scratches and bumps, and there is easy access to device ports and control buttons. Learn more by visiting http://www.stmbags.com

Does this make my iPad Mini look Skinny?

Features:

  • Auto on and off front cover wakes up the device and puts it to sleep
  • Lightweight, slim and protective construction for a comfortable and easy carry
  • Snap in, hard shell back with soft lining provides enhanced protection from scratches and bumps
  • Easy to access device ports and control buttons
  • Foldable front cover for typing or viewing modes
  • Loop closure for quick and easy access
  • Complete protection for the iPad Mini
  • Available in Blue, Pink, Berry, Mushroom and Black

Get a Grip on Your iPad Mini!

Features:

  • Auto on and off front cover wakes up the device and puts it to sleep
  • Lightweight, slim and protective construction for a comfortable and easy carry
  • Snap in, hard shell back with soft lining provides enhanced protection from scratches and bumps
  • Easy to access device ports and control buttons
  • Two kickstand positions for typing or viewing
  • Complete protection for the iPad Mini



  • Available in Royal Blue, Black, Tangerine and Berry
 Price & Availability:


The STM Skinny for iPad Mini is available now at RRP £34.95

For stockist information please go to: www.stmbags.com


The STM Grip for iPad Mini is available now at RRP £39.95

For stockist information please go to: www.stmbags.com


Auslogics Launches Fan Shop with Logo Merchandise for Fans

Auslogics Software has launched the Auslogics Fan Shop – an online store selling official logo merchandise for the company’s fans and supporters.

Sydney, Australia – December 7th, 2012   Auslogics Software Pty. Ltd., a leading publisher of popular PC optimization and maintenance utilities, has just launched an online store carrying logo merchandise intended for the company’s fans and supporters. The Auslogics Fan Shop opens with several exclusive t-shirt designs sporting the Auslogics Disk Defrag name or logo. Auslogics Disk Defrag being the company’s most popular software application with over 11 million users worldwide explains this application being selected for the store opening products.

Year 2012 has been a productive one for the company, marked with the launch of 2 new software applications – Disk Defrag Pro and BitRelica, as well as growth of the company’s Facebook community to over 11000 followers. Besides constant work on improving software products, Auslogics has implemented some internal improvements intended to ensure higher customer satisfaction. The resulting growth of the company’s customer base and fan community is cited by the company as the main reason behind the idea for launching a fan shop.

“We have been asked by our customers quite a few times whether we would ever offer Auslogics logo merchandise,” says Anna Lind, the company’s PR Representative. “We will never get tired of repeating that Auslogics sincerely loves its fans; and it is very gratifying to know that this feeling is mutual and our supporters are willing to wear our logo as an endorsement of Auslogics’ software.”

Auslogics opens the Fan Shop with an announcement that the first 10 customers to place an order from the shop will be getting a free 1-year license for the company’s flagship PC optimization product – Auslogics BoostSpeed 5. The newly opened store offers several payment options, including PayPal and Amazon, a number of shipping options for domestic and international delivery, and 100% satisfaction guarantee. The store can be accessed at http://www.cafepress.com/Auslogics.



Monday, 3 December 2012

Auslogics’ Microsoft Partner Status Changed to Gold Application Development

Auslogics Software, a long-term participant in the Microsoft Partner Program, has just had its status changed from Gold Independent Software Vendor to Gold Application Development Competency, which better reflects the company’s contribution.

Sydney, Australia – December 3rd , 2012   Auslogics Software Pty. Ltd., world-renowned publisher of popular PC optimization and maintenance utilities, has released an announcement of their status in the Microsoft Partner Program being changed to Gold Application Development Competency. The new competency recognizes partners who are expert in developing innovative applications on the Microsoft platform and potentially using Microsoft development tools. The competency name now better reflects the company’s position in the Partner Network and the type of contribution the company makes as not only a software vendor, but mainly as a developer.

The change in competency name comes as part of Microsoft’s ongoing effort to keep pace with constantly evolving technology and changing customer expectations. The purpose of the recent improvements made to the Microsoft Partner Network Program is to help partners grow and expand their business and expertise in order to differentiate themselves in the marketplace and to retain and better serve customers.

By attaining the Gold Competency in Application Development, Auslogics Software proves its ability to exploit the most innovative features and functions of the current Microsoft platform. It also confirms the company’s expertise and extensive experience in developing software to meet the needs of users of Microsoft products.

 “It’s a timely move on Microsoft’s part to combine the three existing competencies into one that much better reflects the partners’ standing within the Microsoft Partner Network,” says Anna Lind, Auslogics PR representative. “Auslogics knows how to develop great software. We have Microsoft certified staff in our development teams, who have passed numerous examinations. We constantly submit our software for testing and obtain certifications to ensure Auslogics products conform to the highest industry standards. Having a confirmed Gold Application Development Competency status in the Microsoft Partner Network is a well-deserved recognition badge that we are very proud to carry.”

Auslogics products support MS Windows versions from XP to Windows 8. The company offers free trial downloads of their software from their website at http://www.auslogics.com.

Tuesday, 27 November 2012


Swann Releases New OutBackCam - A Camera that's Tougher than the Australian Outback

Heavy duty outback security camera / suitable for use outdoors / 100% battery operated / Perfect for remote areas / Records to SD card / Easily transfer video to your PC


Milton Keynes, 27th  November 2012, Swann, a global leader in security monitoring solutions, has announced the release of the OutbackCam – a Portable Video 5MP Camera & Recorder. Specifically built to withstand the harshest weather conditions; the OutbackCam is the ideal security observation system for your front yard, back patio, and any rural location.

The camera and recorder are both housed in the same anti-corrosive, lockable shell. Video footage or still photos record conveniently to the included SD card. Simply insert the SD card into your computer to quickly and easily view captured video and images.

The OutbackCam Camera & Video Recorder automatically switches on when motion is detected so there is no more useless empty footage. 100% battery operated means you don't need any mains power when using the OutbackCam. Therefore the unit can be installed in any area as required. Date and Moon Phase stamping ensures you know exactly what time of the day or night the image was captured.

The Swann OutbackCam Camera & Video Recorder now ensures you can monitor and record almost any location! Comes complete with a 2GB SD card and tree strap; just add 4 x AA batteries and the OutbackCam is ready for use.

Main Features:

  • An amazing surveillance recording system with durable, water-resistant casing and battery powered portability can operate in most weather conditions & temperatures
  • A day or night camera and DVR allows you to record clear photos with the 5 Mega Pixel camera or videos at 30 frames per second, with powerful night vision up to 32ft/10m. Track the exact recording time with day, time and  moon phase stamping
  • Record thousands of photos and hundreds of videos to a 4GB SD card (up to 32GB), then transfer fi les to PC for easy uploading to your favourite websites such as YouTube, Facebook etc or view on your digital camera
  • Set and forget with long lasting battery operation (uses 4 x AA, not included) and motion triggered recording for extended monitoring over several months. (Based on taking 10 photos per day)
  • Keep a lookout in remote areas with portability by mounting to trees, posts or flat surfaces to capture leisure activity such as hunting or fishing, monitor farm or wild animals, or capture unwanted behaviour such as trespassing, vandalism, fly tipping and more

In The Box:

          OutbackCam™ 5MP Camera
          Tree Strap
          SD Card 4GB
          Operating Instructions

Specifications:
Video
Image Sensor Type 1/2.5“ CMOS
Effective Pixels 2560 x 1920 (5.0 Megapixels)
Day/Night Mode Colour during day/B&W at night
Minimum Illumination 0 Lux (IR On)
Lens 7.6mm
Viewing Angle 55 Degrees

Recording
Video Format AVI
Video Resolution 640 x 480
Video Frame Rate 30 fps
Video Recording Duration 5 ~ 60 seconds
Still Image Format JPEG
Still Image Resolution 2560 x 1920 (High, 5MP)
2048 x 1536 (Low, 3MP)
Multiple Still Image Capture Yes (3)
Image Overlays Date / Moon Phase
Record Delay Range 5 secs ~ 10 mins

Night Vision
Night Vision Range Up to 32ft / 10m
Number of IR LEDs 15
IR Cut Filter Yes

General
Operating Power DC 6V
Battery Type 4 x AA (not included)
Indoor/Outdoor Outdoor
Operating Temperature 14°~122°F (-10°~+50°C)**
Memory Type and Size SD Card up to 32GB
Sensor Type PIR (Passive Infrared)
Sensor Range Up to 32ft/10m
Sensor Trigger Speed < 1 second
Dimensions 4.7” x 3.6” x1.8”/ 120mm x 90mm x 45mm
Weight 0.4lbs / 180g

Price & Availability:

Swann OutbackCam retails for £99.99 Available from Maplins and other leading retailers
For more information and actual footage, please visit http://www.swann.com/s/products/view/?product=1063

Tuesday, 20 November 2012

NCH Software Launches New Business Essentials Suite

Keep on top of your business and organisation skills with the NCH Business Essentials software for PC and Mac, making your operations simple.




Basingstoke, UK, 20th November 2012; NCH Software, leading provider of audio, video, business, telephony and other software utilities worldwide has announced the new Business Essentials Suite.
This dual-platform, comprehensive suite allows you to manage and grow your business with easy, scalable business software applications. Track business cash flow and account balances and efficiently manage all inventory processes. The invaluable Web Access mode allows for remote access. Track staff check-in times and hours worked and improve productivity using reports on where employees spend most of their time. Maintain customer information, including contact details, interactions, notes and more. NCH Business suite supports multiple users and multiple businesses. Now Win 8 compatible

NCH Business Suite Includes:

  • Express Accounts Accounting Software: Manage and report your business income and expenditures

  • Express Invoice Invoicing Software: Create professional invoices, quotes, and sales orders

  • Inventoria Inventory Management: Efficiently manage all inventory processes across your business

  • FlexiServer Productivity & Attendance Management: Track employee attendance and computer usage

  • Copper Point of Sale Software: Streamline retail checkout for employees and customers

  • Reflect Customer Relationship Management: Track customer information, interactions, tasks and events

  • HourGuard Time Sheet Software: Log the time spent on individual projects or with customers


Systems Requirements:

  • Windows XP/Vista/7/8
  • Mac OS X 10.3 or later

Availability:

Business Essentials Suite is available from Amazon and PC World for MSRP £69.99 inc

Thursday, 15 November 2012

Draw Something with the New STM Bags Tracer Deluxe!

London, UK November 15th 2012, leading Australian bag and case manufacturer, STM Bags has announced the release of the tracer deluxe capacitive stylus.

The tracer deluxe offers the touch and feel of a fine writing instrument in a capacitive touch screen stylus. The soft and durable rubber tip will not scratch your screen and allows you to accurately draw and type with ease.

In addition, the tracer deluxe includes a two colour pen for note taking when required. The detachable stylus tip also reveals screwdriver tools and a SIM card ejector pin.

The tracer deluxe works on all touch capacitive screen devices and is available in silver and black.

Key Features and Benefits:

  • Accurately draw and type with ease
  • Soft and durable rubber top will not scratch the screen
  • Works on all capacitive touch screen devices
  • Ergonomically designed for enhanced comfort
  • Detachable stylus tip with screwdriver and SIM card ejector pin
  • Two colour pen for paper note taking when required


Price and Availability:

The tracer deluxe is available now for £24.95 inc.

For stockist information please go to www.stmbags.com

Wednesday, 14 November 2012


Lastolite Announce New 6:1 and 7:1 TriFlip Kits


November 15th 2012, Lastolite Limited, the world’s leading manufacturer of backgrounds and lighting control systems for the photo, video and cinema industry, announces the release of the new 6:1 and 7:1 TriFlip Kits.

The new TriFlip Kits are in addition to the already popular 8:1 TriFlip Kit.

The 6:1 TriFlip Kit includes one 75cm (30”) TriGrip Gold/White reflector and one double sided, reversible TriFlip cover (Sunlite/Sunfire, Silver/Softsilver), giving a total of six reflective surfaces to choose from.

The 7:1 TriFlip Kit includes one 75cm (30”) TriGrip two Stop Diffuser, one 75cm (30”) TriGrip Gold/White reflector and one double sided, reversible TriFlip cover (Sunlite/Sunfire, Silver/Softsilver). This combination will allow you to use two reflectors at once (choose from six available surfaces), or a combination of a reflector and a diffuser.

Setup for both kits takes only seconds and the result is a taut professional finish. The included TriGrip in both kits features the unique TriGrip moulded handle for accurate positioning of the reflector with just one hand. The TriFlip products are an all in one solution in a bag.

Main Features:

·         Easy set up
·         Six reflective surfaces to choose from
·         Use two reflectors, or combination of a reflector or diffuser with the 7:1 Kit


         Price & Availability:
         
         The new TriFlip 6:1 Kit and 7:1 Kit are available at RRP £85 and £145 inc VAT respectively.

For stockist information, please see: http://www.lastolite.com/distributors.php

Email:sales@lastolite.com  
Telephone: 01530 832570

Auslogics BoostSpeed, Auslogics Disk Defrag Pro and Auslogics File Recovery have been officially certified by Microsoft® as Windows 8 Compatible confirming the applications’ capability to operate smoothly under the Windows 8® operating system.

Sydney, Australia – November 15th, 2012   Auslogics Software Pty. Ltd., a leading publisher of popular PC optimization and maintenance utilities, has released an announcement that three of its main products - Auslogics BoostSpeed, Auslogics Disk Defrag Pro and Auslogics File Recovery – have received the official Windows 8 Compatible certification from Microsoft.

Microsoft’s Windows App Certification Program is designed to help ensure that third-party applications carrying the Windows brand are both easy to install and reliable on PCs running Windows. The requirements that applications have to meet in order to qualify to display the Windows 8 Compatible logo include:

-       Being compatible and resilient
-       Adhering to Windows Security Best Practices
-       Supporting Windows security features
-       Supporting clean, reversible installation
-       Other strict technical specifications

The goal of this program is to provide the value that users expect from their Windows-based systems, which includes requirements of stability, compatibility, reliability, performance, and quality.

The three Auslogics products that received Windows 8 compatibility certification had gone through extensive in-house testing prior to being tested by Microsoft. The tests confirmed their solid architecture and reliability, their full adherence to strict security requirements and ability to provide a smooth user experience on Windows 8 platforms.

“We are very excited about receiving this certification from Microsoft,” says Anna Lind, Auslogics PR representative. “This achievement is significant for us as a company, as it means our developers have done a fantastic job, which has been acknowledged; and it is also significant for our customers, as they receive the ultimate confirmation that Auslogics products can be trusted for use on platforms running the newest Windows version. Not much changed in Windows 8 in terms of maintenance and optimization needs, and we are happy to provide the feature-rich tools Windows users look for to replace and supplement the minimalistic built-in utilities.”

Auslogics products support MS Windows versions from XP to Windows 8. The company offers free trial downloads of this software from their website at www.auslogics.com.