iBooks Textbooks are exclusively for iBookstore, Apple’s own format

Meanwhile iBooks Author should have been installed on many Macs and aspiring authors should arrive no later than when exporting to Apple’s terms of use in contact: The application may only be created in the iBookstore to be sold.

Actually, it was expected, since Apple is a hardware manufacturer: Apple’s software is used to in order to sell hardware. This is especially true for an application such as iBooks Author, which is distributed free of charge. For the terms, conditions are even relatively generous, because who wants to distribute books free of charge, can do this and the title should of course be sold in other eBookstore, just not in the iBooks format. However, Apple will not provide software to create for the competition. Currently, however, does not support the other iBooks Reader format.

iBooks are basically in the ePub format, but use ePub 3 with some extensions. ePub 3 is currently supported by only a few eBook readers, even those who decided to publish a book dummy text and uses the Apple templates without interactive widgets to be reckoned with smears in the presentation. The free iBooks are not protected by DRM or encrypted, it would quickly give viewers, as well as in ePub 3 builds on Apple’s variant (X) HTML. Anyone who wishes to remain compatible with other viewers should also export a PDF.

For those that need authoring software, which are designed to work with various platforms, must wait to see what will respond Adobe or other software manufacturers to Apple. The only relevant alternative for textbook publishers who want to create interactive books is Amazon with the KF8 format (Kindle Fire 8). KF8 also uses in HTML5, but is not identical with ePub 3.

Apple’s YouTube-Video: “The textbook. Reinvented for iPad.”

Online courses on the iPad: Apple launches iTunes U on the App Store

On the educational event in New York Apple today introduced a new application for iOS called iTunes U. The universal app for iPhone, iPad, iPod touch and will provide students with a complete package in order to participate in online courses from different universities.

Unlike the iTunes U video category in iTunes, the new app offers a complete package for teachers and students. Apple wants to make this possible, including through the integration of (paid) iBooks books and podcasts. For students, the app also offers the functions to create during the course notes.

Also, the app can be used to distribute homework: To-do lists and tasks can be sent directly to the students on their iOS device. Links within the app to link tasks, including the necessary text books with the data stored in iBooks. Who more than an iOS device can call his own, rejoice: the same note app also syncs iTunes U content between iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.

iTunes U had been of particular interest to students, so should the trial offer now also be extended to the secondary.

iTunes U is available now in the App Store.

Review: Temple Run for iPhone and iPod Touch

It was a long time since we have made ​​a report on an app. Now we have picked out a free app that you will like.


Temple Run is the app that is available for the iPhone & iPod Touch. In the game is about, as a researcher to escape a pack of savages. The excitement is running through the endless game of gestures and control very big.
From the app description:

“From the makers of the award-winning best-seller Harbor Master® comes the most exhilarating running game on the App Store. Test your reflexes as you race down ancient temple walls and along sheer cliffs. Swipe to turn, jump and slide to avoid obstacles, collect coins and buy power ups, and see how far you can run!”

Conclusion: The game impresses with endless fun, highly becoming to difficulty and it is free in the App Store.

Shazam Launches New App Focused On Lyric Play: Shazam Player

iTunes is great and everything, but it’s still just a standard music player. The most exciting feature of the whole program is Genius, at least in my opinion, and even that can be off from time to time. But Shazam wants you to ingest your music a bit differently from here on out, and has launched the Shazam Player app to give users a better chance to leverage its new feature, Lyric Play.

Lyric Play is already available in the premium version of Shazam, Shazam Encore, and allows users to see lyrics playing in time with the music, as the song is being discovered. This technology is clearly nothing short of impressive, but the 20 seconds spent tagging a song isn’t really the ideal platform for this feature to be shown off.

That said, the Shazam Player app lets you get your Lyric Play on throughout the entirety of songs. However, there will be a small fee. The app itself is free, but unlimited Lyric Play functionality requires either a monthly ($.99) or yearly ($5.99) subscription. But there are plenty of other features worth trying out, even if Lyric Play isn’t your thing.

For one, most of the same core functionality found in the Shazam apps is still available here, save for Shazaming of course. Users will be able to share their music via Facebook and Twitter, check out the Vevo music video on YouTube, and have access to touring information for the artists of their choice.


Once the app is downloaded, music from within the user’s iTunes library is automatically indexed within the app, at which point the user can filter by artist, album, or track. All your iTunes playlists will make the migration, too. Users can also limit selection down to only those songs with Lyric Play support (Shazam doesn’t have every song covered just yet).

The Shazam Player app gives users the option to build playlists on the go, along with some cool good/bad buttons for an existing queue. Let’s say you’re listening to Michael Jackson’s Greatest Hits, but realize that the song Man In The Mirror makes you way too emotional. You need a break from that song. Shazam Player lets you add it to the “Bad List” with one tap of a button, and it’ll stop playing in any of your queues until you bring it back over to the good side. In the same way, Shazam Player lets you mark songs for the good list, which will then get more plays.

Shazam is available here for download.

Infinity Blade 2 is back – with more action, suspense and breathtaking graphics

Infinity Blade is back: Infinity Blade 2 has arrived.

Who is this guy who fell in the first Infinity Blade in the fight against a giant opponent after another? Shortly after the start of Part 2 turns out that he actually knows it is not even accurate. Revolves around the truth behind his existence, the simple, but fairly interesting plot of the action game Infinity Blade 2.

The program of Chair Entertainment – a studio that could fall directly to Epic Games– is available now for € 5.49 as a large download of around 940 MB for all the iPhones 3G, all iPod Touch 3rd from the Available generation and for iPad 1 and 2. On newer devices like the iPhone 4S sees the graphics a bit better, especially the lighting effects. According to reports, there are several players in the now available version still has some bugs, such as intermittent sound.

Infinity Blade 2 Screenshot

The basic gameplay is the same: As before, the player fights against opponents who seem overwhelming at first glance. Since there are huge mountains of muscle, but also seemingly impregnable fast and sleek, reminiscent of samurai warrior. With the virtual keyboard, the player to the left or right to dodge and block by a blow shield. He leads his own sword with wiping movements and typing on the touchscreen. He can also occasionally perform powerful spells by about a simple flash on the screen “paint” which triggers an energy attack.

In part 2 of the RPG system is more extensive than before. For example, players can now insert gems into their arms, which reinforces the effect of special effects like poison. There are new weapons, the player can also perform two-handed attack upon request.

The developers of the game is managed well, the graphics are as good as ever.

Download Details & System Requirements
The game costs $ 6.99 / 5,49 € in the App Store.
Compatible with iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPod touch (3rd generation), iPod touch (4th generation) and iPad. Requires iOS 3.2 or later
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Infinity Blade 2 – Launch Trailer

Mendeley Desktop – Research management tool for Mac

About Mendeley Desktop
Mendeley Desktop is a research management tool for desktop & web. Mendeley is a free desktop and web solution designed for managing and sharing research papers, discovering research data and collaborating online. It combines Mendeley Desktop, a PDF and reference management application with Mendeley Web, an online social network for researchers.

Download Details
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System Requirements: Mendeley Desktop requires at least Mac OS X 10.5 and is Lion-compatible.

Mozilla released Firefox 8 – with lots of new features, faster browsing and twitter search

Many new features and news
Mozilla maintains its strict update schedule and has published Firefox 8.0. A download from the Mozilla Web site (http://mozilla.com/firefox) is already available for Mac, PC and Linux. The e-mail app Thunderbird was updated to version 8.0, too. Firefox apparently wants to make the new Google Chrome competitive (downloads4mac reported): The update of Firefox 8 fixes security vulnerabilities and provides a great Twitter search in the search box. This can be set in the settings, and how that should be searched. Even the installation process for add-ons has been substantially increased.

According to market researchers at Net Applications, Firefox comes to desktop computers currently has a market share of nearly 23 percent, thus proving to Microsoft’s Internet Explorer took second place (see left image below).

Tab browsing is much improved in the latest version of Firefox and the ease of usehas risen sharply.
Learn more about Firefox 8 & Tab Browsing

Download Details

downloads4mac recommends Firefox 8!

Download Firefox 8 for Mac, Windows or Linux
Firefox 8 requires at least Mac OS X 10.5 (Intel).
Other Operating Systems like Windows & Linux are not supported by downloads4mac.

Don’t now what browser you have to choose? Maybe whatbrowser.org can help you getting a good, fast and secure web browser.

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The best tuning for your Mac #fastmac

The Mac is known to perform his duties a long time without problems. Yet he also lost with time and intensified use of speed. With proper maintenance and optimization programs to bring him quickly back to a fast Mac.
10 steps to a faster Mac

  • Leave at least 10% of space on the hard drive.
  • Create a backup before any optimization measures
  • Check and repair the hard disk with the Disk Utility
  • Check and repair access rights
  • Remove old cache files and log files
  • Check you Preferences
  • Update your Spotlight index
  • Remove and close unnecessary login items and background processes
  • Disable unnecessary effects and other Preferences
  • Servicing and maintenance scripts perform

The best optimization software for Mac OS X

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The Disk Utility can be a great help to optimize the speed of your Mac.

Mozilla Firefox 6 released (Recommended for updating!)

Firefox has updated its Web browser to version 6. Those who are not familiar with Firefox: It’s one of the most widely used web browser, very safe and fast.

New features
-The address bar now highlights the domain of the website you’re visiting
-Streamlined the look of the site identity block
More…

Download Details & System Requirements
Mozilla Firefox 6 requires Mac OS X 10.6 or later (Intel only!) Visit Website Download Now

Please Note: For users under 10.6. is also an update available: Firefox 3.6.20 (Requires Mac OS X 10.4.11 or later) Download Older Version

iOS App: Opera Mini for iPhone/iPod Touch

The alternative to pre-installed Safari browser is up to six times faster than thestandard browser in the iPhone, according to developer specifications. Thefleet-side up with Opera Mini will be able, among other things the fact thatdata is compressed on the server side up to 90 percent before they get on thephone. Among the already known features of Opera Mini 5 on the iPhoneincluding tabbed browsing, a password manager, Speed ​​Dial and storingbookmarks. On a quick launch bar, the user can also set his nine favorite Web sites at any time direct access to the URLs have to match.
Download Opera Mini for iPhone/iPod Touch
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