Archive for April, 2012

FileMaker 12 Applications Debut for Mac, iPhone and iPad

Wednesday, April 4th, 2012

FileMaker, Apple’s subsidiary that creates relational database software, announced the release of the next major version of its flagship software product today. FileMaker 12 applications are now available for Mac and Windows-based computers with FileMaker Go 12 companion apps for the iPhone and iPad.

FileMaker Pro 12 includes several new features including Starter Solutions database templates, new themes, and quick chart creation. FileMaker Pro is not available in the Mac App Store though the various versions are available for purchase directly from FileMaker’s site here. Both upgrade and full versions are available with retail prices beginning at $179 for upgrades and topping out at $299 for the full version. FileMaker Pro 12 Advanced, FileMaker Server 12 and FileMaker Server 12 Advanced are additional offerings in the FileMaker 12 product line.

FileMaker Go 12 for the iPhone and iPad lets you view and edit databases created with FileMaker 12 on a desktop computer and offers multi-tasking capabilities, the ability to import video or audio media created on an iPhone or iPad, and export data in multiple formats. FileMaker Go 12 for the iPhone and iPad are free and available in the App Store now.

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An Interactive Version of Van Gogh’s Starry Night for the iPad

Tuesday, April 3rd, 2012

If you can’t make it to the Museum of Modern Art in New York City to see one of Van Gogh’s most famous paintings and a printed reproduction just won’t do it for you, you should check out Petros Vrellis’s new iPad app that offers an interactive version of the masterpiece. Starry Night Interactive Animation debuted for the iPad a few days ago and displays the painting with movement and sound that you can influence with your touch.

Here’s a demo video of the app in action:


Vrellis had initially created this interactive model for the PC and after receiving so much positive feedback on it that he created a version for the iPad and an Android version is in the works.

If you have a new iPad with a retina display, the images might look a little fuzzy to you and Vrellis acknowledges this in the app’s description, noting that he’s working on a fix. Due to the graphics-intensive nature of the app, it’s recommended for the iPad 2 and up, so first-generation iPad owners are left out in the cold here. The app also requires iOS 5.1 or higher.

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