In this, the final installment in our The Festive Mac 2007 series, we bring you Mac-oriented Christmas bits and items that either didn't quite fit in one of the previously posted categories, or that arrived after the article they would otherwise have been included with was posted. There is a Christmas Nativity scene widget, Christmas stationery for Leopard Mail, Dickens' "A Christmas Carol for your iPod, a Christmas list tracker, Christmas photo frame decorations, free photo greeting cards, and some more Christmas icons. Merry Christmas!" />



Last Minute Merry Christmas Add-Ons For Your Mac And iPod - The Festive Mac 2007

6928 • Presepe Widget 1.0 Christmas Nativity Tableaux For Your Dashboard
• Tinseltown 1.1 Christmas Theme For Firefox
• Xmas Mail Stationery 1.0 - Stationery for Leopard Mail with a Christmas design
• "A Christmas Carol" on iPod by IVONA TTS
• Santa's Gizmo 2.0 Keeps Track Of Your Christmas Present List
• AKVIS Frame Suite v.2.6: Christmas Decorations
• FotoFlexer Free, Customizable Photo Greeting Cards for the Holidays
• Christmas Icons


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Presepe Widget 1.0 Christmas Nativity Tableaux For Your Dashboard


Presepe brings a Nativity set on your Dashboard.

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Claudio Procida says:

Merry Christmas!

Presepe Widget brings a nice and cute Nativity set on your Dashboard.

Globalization spoils our Christmas every year more. Sterile Christmas trees and Santas are heralds of consumism and materialism. Presepe is a Nativity set that you can bring with you everywhere.


System requirements:
Presepe Widget requires Mac OS X 10.4 “Tiger” or later. An Internet connection to check for updates is optional.

System support:
PPC/Intel

Free

For more information, visit:
http://www.emeraldion.it/software/widgets/presepe/






Tinseltown 1.1 Christmas Theme For Firefox

Tinseltown is a Christmas theme with holiday imagery including Christmas lights, snow, reindeer, presents and more. This theme is made eve better with great Christmas icons from Watiworks and a semi-transparent URL bar. Get in the holiday spirit!

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Tinseltown, the holiday theme, works on Mac, Windows and Linux for all to enjoy!

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Once the theme is installed, make sure you activate it: http://www.twistermc.com/blog/2007/03/25/now-what

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Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays!

Works with:
• Firefox: 2.0 – 2.0.0

For more information, visit:
https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/3918






Xmas Mail Stationery 1.0 - Stationery for Leopard Mail with a Christmas design

Xmas Mail Stationery is an extension for Apple Mail under Mac OS X.5 Leopard to get a stationery with a "xmas-sy" design.

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System requirements:
Mac OS X 10.5 or later.

System Support:
PPC/Intel

Free

For more information, visit:
http://blog.tice.de/software.php?page=Xmas%20Mail%20Stationery%20engl&sprache=&sprache=englisch






"A Christmas Carol" on iPod by IVONA TTS

Expressivo With A Dickens Story As A Christmas Gift

Because of the coming Christmas Expressivo - the software that reads any text with the virtual voices of IVONA Text-To-Speech (TTS) system, has now been provided with an additional bonus. It is "A Christmas Carol" by Charles Dickens.

"A Christmas Carol" is available from http://www.expressivo.com where it can be downloaded for free as a PDF file. You can open the PDF file in Expressivo Text-To-Speech Reader and listen to. The ebook can also be saved as a sound file and then played on iPods, iPhones or any other MP3 players. You can hear a passage from the story, read out by one of IVONA TTS's virtual voices, here:
http://say.expressivo.com/A1fpDdvb

The Christmas offer with the story includes also the version of Expressivo featuring the newest enhanced voice of Jennifer which debuted at the beginning of December. When developing the new Jennifer its authors drew on the experiences acquired during the prestigious international Blizzard Challenge where in 2006 and 2007 IVO Text-To-speech system received the highest scores. Also several thousands of suggestions sent by IVONA users were taken into account. The reviewers of Jennifer's test version consider it to be the best virtual English-speaking voice they have ever heard.

Expressivo with the story can certainly be a perfect original Christmas gift. Christmas is the best time to listen together to passages of the story and to test the popular text-to-speech system. One of Expressivo's indisputable advantages is also the fact that it is available on the Web around the clock, seven days a week, also on Christmas. You can buy it and download it to your computer without leaving home, even when celebrating Christmas Eve.

Expressivo is a computer application for anyone which can read any text with a human voice. The application may also be used to facilitate learning of foreign languages or to read out film subtitles. Expressivo allows you also to listen to books, RSS feeds, Web pages, e-mails – not only via a computer but also via iPod or other portable MP3 players while on a walk or in a car. It is worth mentioning that Expressivo is the first application of this type in the world to be fully integrated with iPods. Expressivo is powered by IVONA Text-To-Speech system, considered to be one of the best in the world. To find out more about Expressivo visit:
http://www.expressivo.com

Expressivo Text-To-Speech Reader has been developed by IVO Software. The Company was established in 2001 and since then it has been involved only in creation and development of speech synthesis products. The Company conducts its own research in this field and takes advantage of the achievements of university centers from all over the world. Based on a proprietary technology IVO develops and implements software speaking with a human voice. Its professional products are used in business (telecommunications, customer service centers etc.) and in the rehabilitation of the blind. Expressivo in turn, which has been made available recently but has already become popular enables virtually anyone to take advantage of the speech generation technology thanks to its affordable price. To find out more about IVO Software visit:
http://www.ivosoftware.com/







Santa's Gizmo 2.0 Keeps Track Of Your Christmas Present List

Santa's Gizmo... This little gizmo will make your Christmas list a cinch. It'll help you find out how much you've spent, compare what you've spent on each person, find out what still needs wrapping, and more!

Last year, we embarked on a dangerous quest to retrieve one of Santa's most prized possessions. We braved the perils of the frozen north, fought polar bears, battled vicious Elven Mages, and finally nabbed the treasure tucked safely hidden in Santa's fortress. We presented it to you as Santa's Gizmo.

When we found out Santa had a new gizmo, we decided to swipe that too.

Though Chris might have singlehandedly cause global warming during the ensuing battle, we have still managed to retrieve... Santa's Gizmo 2!

This little gizmo will make your Christmas list a cinch. It'll help you find out how much you've spent, compare what you've spent on each person, find out what still needs wrapping, and more!

Last year, Santa's Gizmo generated $150 in charity to SaveTheChildren.org as part of a holiday contest. This year, we plan to keep the original purpose of the app alive. Therefore, for every sale of Santa's Gizmo, $5 will be donated to this charity. Thanks for helping the needy this holiday season! (And trust us, it makes a big difference.)

System requirements:
Mac OS X 10.4 or later.

System support:
PPC/Intel

$15.00 Shareware

For more information, visit:
http://www.macmage.com/santasgizmo.php






AKVIS Frame Suite v.2.6: Christmas Decorations

AKVIS LLC announces the update of AKVIS Frame Suite v.2.6 for Windows and Macintosh. The program applies frames and edge effects to pictures. For the upcoming holidays, new Christmas decorations have been added to the Pattern Library. Creating greeting cards from your photos is now fun and easy!

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Whether you plan to upload holiday photos on a web-site to share with your friends or you wish to decorate a personalized Christmas greeting card, you can rely on AKVIS Frame Suite -- it will add elegance and style to any photo.

AKVIS Frame Suite is an impressing collection of edge effects. Thanks to its 12 effects and a rich Pattern Library, the software can generate an endless number of photo frame versions (from classic to most fancy ones).

For the upcoming holidays, new Christmas decorations have been added to the Pattern Library. Screenshots of the program's features are available at http://akvis.com/en/frame-suite/screenshots-photo-framing.php

It is also possible to generate a unique frame out of your own samples. Just save a square or rectangular pattern as a graphic file and use it to generate an original photo frame. The result can be astounding!

Photo frames that come with Frame Suite can be easily tailored to your particular photo. Select a color for the frame; choose its form, its style, brightness, and the intensity of the applied edge effect. You can create a frame with ragged edges, scratched surface, a page curl, etc. It can be a wooden frame with figured carving or a frame with an ornament.

If you enjoy working with layers, you will appreciate the possibility to apply a transparent frame, so that the lower layer(s) could serve as background.

One can not only apply frames. The "Texture" effect allows applying a texture (chosen from the built-in Texture Library or one created by the user) to an image so that the image looks like drawn on a canvas, brick wall, corrugated paper, etc. Example:
http://akvis.com/en/frame-suite-tutorial/frames/texture.php

Frame Suite v.2.6 - Frame your memories

AKVIS Frame Suite is an impressing collection of versatile effects for decoration of photos.

Decorate a photo to give it an original and festive look! You may need it on many occasions: when creating a postcard for your friends, making a holiday album, a personalized desktop wallpaper, or just playing with your images "for art's sake".

The software offers over 12 basic effects that allow creating an endless number of effect versions.

Just to mention a few:

Edge Effects let you generate a photo frame for your photo. Add elegance and style to your image by putting it into a classic frame with wood carving or create a funny picture by adding it some cheerful frogs along the border.

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Photo frames samples that come with Frame Suite can be easily tailored to your particular photo. Select a color for the frame; choose its form, its style, brightness, and the intensity of the applied edge effect. You can create a frame with ragged edges, scratched surface, a page curl, etc. It can be a wooden frame with figured carving or a frame with an ornament. If you enjoy working with layers, you will appreciate the possibility to apply a transparent frame, so that the lower layer(s) could serve as background.
Create your own unique frames! Save a square or rectangular pattern as a graphic file and use it to generate an original photo frame. The result can be astounding!
The Texture effect allows applying a texture (chosen from the built-in Texture Library or one created by the user) to an image so that the image looks like drawn on a canvas, brick wall, corrugated paper, etc.

It is planned to enrich the effects collection with new ones.

The program is available in two versions – as an independent program (standalone) and as a plug-in to a photo editor.
The plug-in version is compatible with Adobe Photoshop, Photoshop Elements, Paint Shop Pro etc.

The program is available in two versions - as an independent program (standalone) and as a plug-in to a photo editor.

AKVIS Frame Suite Plugin is compatible with Adobe Photoshop and Photoshop Elements, Corel Painter, Corel Photo-Paint, and Paint Shop Pro, ACD FotoCanvas, and Ulead PhotoImpact.

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AKVIS Frame Suite runs on Microsoft Windows 2000/2003/XP/Vista and on Macintosh Mac OS X 10.5, PowerPC G3 and above.

For a free trial, AKVIS offers 10 days of fully functional use. Details are available at:
http://akvis.com/en/frame-suite/index.php

AKVIS Frame Suite sells for $49 USD, downloadable from:
http://www.akvis.com

Home users can enjoy the full line of AKVIS plugins in the AKVIS Alchemy bundle (Enhancer, Chameleon, Stamp, Retoucher, Coloriage, Noise Buster, Decorator, Sketch, LightShop and Frame Suite) for USD $325 USD, a savings of $387 over purchasing each separately. For business licenses consult the official web-site. One license key allows activating the software on two computers, for example, on a desktop and a laptop.

Operating system:

Mac

OS X 10.3.9,
• PPC G3,
• 512 Mb RAM,
• res.1024 x 768,
• 100 Mb HDD

OS X 10.5
• Intel/G5,
• 2Gb RAM,
• res.1280 x 1024,
• 2 Gb HDD

To use the plugin you must have a photo editor supporting plugins installed on your computer.

If you are not sure that your photo editor supports plugins, consult the documentation:
• check compatibility: what photo editors work with AKVIS plugins
• learn how to install AKVIS plugins in your image editor

More information about AKVIS Frame Suite:
http://akvis.com/en/frame-suite/index.php

Direct evaluation download URL:

Windows:
http://download.akvis.com/akvis-frame-suite-setup.exe

Macintosh (Photoshop CS3):
http://download.akvis.com/akvis-frame-suite-setup.dmg

Macintosh (Photoshop 6-CS2, Photoshop Elements, GraphicConverter, etc):
http://download.akvis.com/akvis-frame-suite-legacy.dmg

Screenshot URL:
http://akvis.com/en/frame-suite/screenshots-photo-framing.php

You can use the software 10 days free of charge

For more information, visit:
http://akvis.com/en/frame-suite/index.php






FotoFlexer Free, Customizable Photo Greeting Cards for the Holidays

Users can put their faces onto a snowman, elf or Santa and add custom text for quick, easy and free holiday greeting eCards.

FotoFlexer, the world's most advanced Web-based image editing solution, today announced the availability of free, customizable holiday greeting eCards for all users. Utilizing FotoFlexer's patent-pending Insert-a-Face technology, users can quickly and easily add their faces to a snowman, elf or Santa and add custom text for the perfect, personalized greeting.

After creating a FotoFlexer holiday eCard, users can then share them with family and friends via email or by uploading them to any of their social networks. FotoFlexer holiday eCards are a great solution if:

• You have not yet mailed your holiday greeting cards, and you want to make sure everyone receives them before the holidays
• You want to save time and money by not purchasing traditional greeting cards
• You want to be environmentally conscious by not using paper greeting cards
• You want to create fun, personalized greetings for your family and friends

Creating a FotoFlexer holiday eCard takes less than 5 minutes, and can be done by following these easy steps:

• Visit FotoFlexer
• Grab a photo from Facebook (or another social network or online photo site), or upload one from your computer.
• Click the "Advanced" tab, then click "Greeting Card."
• Follow the prompts to create your card. When you're done, click "Save" to share it with friends and family.

FotoFlexer holiday eCards are available now, so visit: FotoFlexer today to get started!
http://www.fotoflexer.com





Christmas Icons

Several Christmas-themed icon sets

System requirements:
Mac OS X 10.0 or later.

Free

For more information, visit:
http://www.fasticon.com/downloads.html




Charles W. Moore




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