Applelinks Tech Web Reader - Monday, January 28, 2013

The Book of GIMP: A Complete Guide to GIMP, the Open Source Image Editor - 40% Off Till Jan. 30
Freeing Up Your Mac's Memory Without Rebooting
iMac Shipments Fall Over 40% In 4Q12 - Taiwan OEMs; Better Days Ahead
iPad Cannibalizing Mac Sales
The ARM Mac Pro: Small, Light, Cheap, Plausible?
Exxon Mobil Knocks Apple Off Market Capitalization Pedestal
Why Apple Analysts Are Of No Value To Investors
MCE Ships Slot-Loading Blu-ray and DVD Burners for Slot-less Retina Macs


The Book of GIMP: A Complete Guide to GIMP, the Open Source Image Editor - 40% Off Till Jan. 30

GIMP is a powerful, full-featured, cross-platform, free alternative to Adobe Photoshop. Although it's one of the most popular open source programs, with millions of users worldwide, GIMP can be tricky to use and even trickier to master. The Book of GIMP: A Complete Guide to Nearly Everything (No Starch Press, January 2013, 676 pp., full color, $49.95, ISBN 9781593273835) is a thorough, heavily illustrated guide that will help users harness the full capabilities of GIMP 2.8.


Whether you're struggling to get started or trying to master some of GIMP's more complex features, you'll find the answers you're looking for in The Book of GIMP. The Book of GIMP begins with step-by-step tutorials that cover the most useful features of GIMP, like retouching photographs, creating illustrations, and website design. The second part of the book offers a comprehensive reference to nearly every aspect of the software, so that users can find what they need without hours of trial and error. This two-pronged approach makes the book suitable for readers of any skill levelthe tutorials will help new users get started with GIMP, and the extensive reference portion will answer the questions that pop up for even the most seasoned GIMP users.

"GIMP is one of the most successful and useful tools in the world of free software. But users often need a little help mastering it," says author Olivier Lecarme. "When writing The Book of GIMP, my goal was to combine hands-on tutorials with the up-to-date user manual that users need. There's something in here for everyone: new users will get oriented quickly, and experienced users will have a useful reference to keep handy."

Full color, step-by-step instructions show readers how to:
• Improve the lighting and composition of images
• Remove distortions and noise to make old and damaged photos look like new
• Create stunning panoramas and digital collages using a series of photos
• Make, edit, and export custom textures, logos, and animated GIFs
• Work with selections, channels, and masks to edit images like a pro
• Create colorful digital art, layer by layer
• With detailed tutorials and unmatched thoroughness, The Book of GIMP is an indispensable tool for image editors everywhere, from GIMP gurus to newly converted Photoshop refugees.

The Authors:

Olivier Lecarme is a professor emeritus in computer science at the University of Nice, France. He has a doctorate in computer science. He has been a professor at the Universities of Grenoble, Montral, Lausanne, and Nice, and has taught many aspects of computer science, including programming language fundamentals and graphics processing.

Karine Delvare is a web development consultant. She has a master's in computer science, with a specialization in image and sound, and she has collaborated on the GIMP development project. She lives in Mrignac, near Bordeaux, France.

The Book of GIMP - A Complete Guide to Nearly Everything
Publisher: No Starch Press
By Olivier Lecarme, Karine Delvare
ISBN: 9781593273835, $49.95
January 2013, 676 pp.
Print: ISBN:978-1-59327-383-5 | ISBN 10:1-59327-383-5
Ebook: ISBN:978-1-59327-501-3 | ISBN 10:1-59327-501-3


Ebook: $39.95
Formats: ePub, Mobi, PDF

Print & Ebook: $54.95

Print: $49.95

No Starch Press is running a promotion through Jan 30 for 40% off the book when people buy direct from their site (print books come with DRM-free ebooks). The coupon code is GIMPMASTER. Here's are links to the deal and the tweet:

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Freeing Up Your Mac's Memory Without Rebooting

Amsys's Daryl McCartney notes that free memory is a key requirement when we want to open up new apps or begin new processes, but unfortunately there may come a time when we just dont have enough and things just seem to slow down.

In the past we've been able to just simply upgrade our RAM, but with the direction Apple seems to be heading with the design of the new iMacs and MacBook Air and rMBP ranges, upgrading RAM may no longer be an option with Mac systems soon.

So what to do when we run out of memory? Your editor finds this happening more and more frequently with a Core 2 Duo MacBook that has been upgraded once to 4 GB of RAM.

McCartney notes that what we need to do is to, once we've confirmed that the issue is indeed hitting the memory ceiling, free up more memory by forcing OS X to clear out inactive memory, and therer are several ways to do this.

In OS X Mountain Lion It can be done with a simple terminal command: purge, although previous OS X versions may need to have Xcode & Developer Tools installed in order to use the purge command, which can be downloaded for free from the Mac App Store.

A more automated way is to use free Application called Memory Clean by FIPLAB Ltd.:


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iMac Shipments Fall Over 40% In 4Q12 - Taiwan OEMs; Better Days Ahead

Digitimes' Aaron Lee and Joseph Tsai report that an estimated 578,000 new iMacs shipped in the fourth quarter of 2012, dropping 42.8% on quarter and 54.8% on year mainly due to delayed supplies of key components, especially panels, according to Taiwan-based supply chain makers. As the supply of key components began to significantly increase in November 2012, iMac shipments are expected to rebound in the first quarter of 2013, according to the unnamed sources.

The report also notes that Apple sold 22.9 million iPads from October 2012 to December 2012, helping the company to achieve annual sales of 65.7 million units in 2012, accounting for more than half of the tablet market, and is also estimated to have shipped 13.03 million MacBooks with a growth of 7.98% on year, and with volume projected to rise by as much as 30% and reach 17 million units in 2013.

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iPad Cannibalizing Mac Sales

ZNet's Jason Perlow comments on Mac system sales dropping by 1.1 million units from 5.2 million in Apple's fiscal Q1 2012 to.4.1 million units sold in Q1 2013, maintaining that a lot of people don't want to spend money on expensive, relatively bulky personal computers when they have the option of using much cheaper iPads to browse the Internet, get their emails, check in with their social networks, and play casual games, resulting in the Mac finally suffering from the same post-PC era malaise that's been undermining sales of Windows PCs.

He thinks the entire industry as we know it is transitioning to an entirely different form of computing, obliging us to accommodate ourselves to the model that our consumer "desktops" will all eventually be running in a datacenter, with our applications purchased using a subscriber-based model, could involve building an inexpensive ARM-based "Mac" appliance that runs a basic desktop and can locally execute iOS-like apps - the true realization of the post-PC future that Steve Jobs envisioned.

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The ARM Mac Pro: Small, Light, Cheap, Plausible?

FairerPlatform notes that The dual-core 1.2GHz A6 processor in a $649 iPhone 5 is more powerful than the 1.67GHz G4 in the 2005 PowerBook, which sold for $2,500. So, why not build an ARM Mac Pro?

The blog cites Peter Zigich - designer of a modular, stackable "ultimate Mac Pro" concept featured on the site in October 2012, and now back with a fresh take based on Apple's small, cheap, highly efficient, and powerful A series mobile processors

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Exxon Mobil Knocks Apple Off Market Capitalization Pedestal

Reuters Rodrigo Campos reports that Exxon Mobil on Friday reclaimed its place as the largest U.S. publicly-traded company by market value roughly one year after losing it to Apple Inc. as Apple share prices extended the fall that has shrunk Apple's market capitalization by about $250 billion since trading above $700 last September.

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Why Apple Analysts Are Of No Value To Investors

MarketWatch's John Shinal contends that when sentiment changes on a stock, the last places you'll hear about it are in the reports of Wall Street analysts, whose collective uselessness to retail investors he say is due not to some flaw in their characters, but to a fundamental truth of the financial industry designed to take money from investors, not make money for them, and following the 35% plunge in Apple shares since September, if you want to know who the best Apple analysts are, go back and look for the ones who were expressing caution about the company's growth rate when the stock was at $700.

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MCE Ships Slot-Loading Blu-ray and DVD Burners for Slot-less Retina Macs

MCE Technologies, LLC (MCE) has announced immediate availability of the Fovea line of portable, slot-loading optical drives designed for the optical drive-less MacBook Pro with Retina Display, iMac, Mac mini, and MacBook Air. The MCE Fovea Extreme Drive is a portable, slot-loading Blu-ray recordable USB drive and the Fovea Drive is a portable, slot-loading DVD and CD Recordable USB SuperDrive. The MCE Fovea Extreme is available for $149.00, while the MCE Fovea 8X SuperDrive is $49.99.


Both drives are bootable and play and record to DVD-recordable and CD-recordable media while the Fovea Extreme also plays back commercial Blu-ray movies and records to BD and BD-XL recordable media.

Mac Blu-ray Player software is included with the Fovea Extreme and allows the playback of commercial Blu-ray movies within the Mac OS. User-authored Blu-ray movie discs can be created on the Fovea Extreme Drive using Adobe Premier Pro, Apple's Final Cut Pro or Compressor software, or Roxio's Toast Pro Software. Natively compatible with Mac OS 10.5.2 and later, including Mac OS 10.8 Mountain Lion, the recording of data on both drives is accomplished directly from the Finder by dragging and dropping with no additional software required.

DVDs, CDs, and Blu-ray media didn't suddenly disappear when Apple decided to leave optical drives out of many of their new machines, stated Arnold Ramirez, president of MCE. Blu-ray and DVD movies, photos, music and software applications are still regularly distributed, archived, and shared on disc. Our Fovea lineup of drives assures users' access to those important forms of media while extending the capabilities of the Mac to which it is connected.

The Fovea drives are slim and lightweight making them easy to carry alongside the laptop in a laptop bag and they feature an integrated USB cable for easy connectivity. The Fovea Extreme can record to 25GB single-layer and 50GB dual-layer write-once Blu-ray BD-R media at 6X (27MB/sec), to 100GB triple-layer and 128GB quad-layer write-once Blu-ray BD-R XL media at 4X (18MB/sec), and to 25GB, 50GB, and 100GB rewritable BD-RE discs at up to 2X (9MB/sec). Commercial Blu-ray movie playback requires an Intel Core 2 Duo processor running at 2.4GHz, or faster, and 4GB of RAM.

Both drives are fully compatible with all DVD and CD recordable media on the market today and can record to standard DVDR media at up to 8X (11MB/sec) speed, to DVDR DL (Double/Dual Layer) media at up to 6X (8.25GB/sec) speed, to DVD RW at up to 8X speed, to DVD- RW at up to 6X, to DVD-RAM at up to 5X speed, to CD-R at up to 24X speed and to CD-RW at up to 16X speed. Both drives are compatible with all Macs with a USB 2.0 or USB 3.0 ports.

The MCE Fovea Extreme Slot-Loading 6X Blu-ray Recordable USB Drive is $149 (USD) and includes Mac Blu-ray Player software and a rewritable BD-RE disc. The MCE Fovea Slot-Loading 8X USB SuperDrive is $49.99. Both the Fovea Extreme and Fovea are available for immediate shipment. More information may be found at MCE Technologies online.

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