Review: PDF Manipulator allows you to extract field data from PDF files

PDF Manipulator for Mac acts as a plug-in that allows you to exchange data between FileMaker Pro and Acrobat Pro, helping you to easily create PDFs from a single template file for each of your database entries. A lightweight plug-in, it works great and can save you a lot of time that otherwise would have been devoted to manual data entry.

To use PDF Manipulator for Mac, you have to copy the plug-in file to the FileMaker extensions folder. Also, you need to install the Acrobat version of the plug-in by selecting Show Package Contents in the app and copying … Read more

BigDog robot plays catch with concrete blocks

The last time we checked in on Boston Dynamics, its "robot bison" was busy demonstrating what it could do out in the field. And we were impressed.

Today we get to see a different kind of robot animal in action. I'll give you a hint on the type: fetch!

Awww... who's a good boy? The robot on display in the video is BigDog, a DARPA-funded all-terrain cyber-canine meant for military use. It can tackle slopes up to 35 degrees, rubble, snow, mud, and water, and can carry a 340-pound load. Boston Dynamics writes of the monster dog's latest trick: … Read more

Create logos and other graphic images easily with The Logo Creator for Mac

The Logo Creator for Mac is an app that produces logo images, watermarks, letterhead, and other advertising graphics. Priced at $37 for a licensed copy, The Logo Creator for Mac is available from the publisher and a number of other download locations.

The interface of The Logo Creator for Mac is easy to work with and mostly intuitive. You start with more than 200 templates that can be customized, or you can create an image from scratch if you have the inspiration and skills. On top of the basic image, you can add one or more of the 300 elements … Read more

Best image-manipulation tool on the market, and free!

GIMP is a well-known photo manipulation tool that has been ported to the Mac operating system environment. Gimp for Mac is a free app that installs easily. Gimp for Mac is a relatively unique tool. It can be used as a paint program, or as a photo retouching tool, or as an image composition and manipulation program. It is hard to categorize Gimp for Mac except to say you'll probably want it if you do a lot of work with images.

The Gimp for Mac interface opens with a folder and file directory tree in the left pane, a … Read more

Edit images quickly with PixelSwapper

In graphics software, sometimes less is more, and what you really need is a simple, fast, lightweight tool that can do the most common jobs quickly and neatly. Zeta Centauri's PixelSwapper is just such an app. With basic commands like Rotate, Resize, Crop, and Grayscale, it can manipulate your images in less time than it takes to learn which menu to use on those feature-packed Photoshop clones. PixelSwapper can also convert images between several image formats.

PixelSwapper has one of the simplest user interfaces we've seen for any kind of tool, let alone a graphics editor -- even … Read more

Turn an image into a comiclike panel

Halftone turns your photographs into captioned comics with a distinctive worn-paper style. Start by snapping a new photo with your iPhone camera or by selecting an image from your photo library. From there, you can use the buttons on the bottom of the interface to select from 27 different paper styles to give your final product that heavily dogeared comic look. You also can add customizable speech balloons and choose from a few different layouts, but we think there should be more layout options--especially multipane formats. For a little more excitement, you can pick from 24 exclamation balloons (Arrrgh! BLAM!) … Read more

Ineffective image editor

Photo-editing programs seem to come in two flavors: huge programs that provide comprehensive editing suites, and tiny utilities that have only one or two features. Auto Adjust Photo falls into this second category--or at least it would if it worked. The program promises to analyze an image and then set "the most optimal contrast/gamma and color balance for it." Unfortunately, we did not find that to be the case.

Initially, we liked the fact that Auto Adjust Photo seemed so easy to use. It installed without issues and then appeared in the context menu any time we … Read more

Easy edits

We tend to put off editing our digital photos because we find it be such a tedious, time-consuming task. BatchPhoto Pro seeks to solve this problem, making photo editing a simple, three-step process. Although it's obviously not going to give you the same results you'd get after hours spent in Photoshop, we found it to be an easy, intuitive way to take care of basic editing.

The program's interface is well-designed, making it easy for even novice users to edit their images. There are three steps: Add Photos, Add Filters, and Setup. In the first step, users … Read more

Firm denies hacking, stock manipulation charges

A Cyprus-based company accused of manipulating stocks on U.S. exchanges via compromised trading accounts denied the allegations on Friday, placing blame on "Russian swindlers."

A U.S. federal judge in New York agreed to freeze the assets of BroCo Investments on Tuesday, after the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission filed a complaint alleging that BroCo and its president, Valery Maltsev, made more than $255,500 by placing unauthorized trades on the Nasdaq and New York Stock Exchange through the compromised investor accounts.

BroCo says a Genesis Securities account under investigation for having made legitimate trades in … Read more

SEC: Stocks boosted via hijacked accounts

A U.S. federal judge has agreed to freeze the assets of a company being accused of manipulating the stocks of 38 companies listed on the Nasdaq and New York Stock Exchange via compromised trading accounts, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission said Tuesday.

The SEC alleges in a complaint filed in federal district court in New York on Monday that BroCo Investments and its president, Valery Maltsev, gained access to investor accounts using stolen usernames and passwords, and placed unauthorized trades through the accounts.

Maltsev's company bought stocks at above-market prices through the accounts and then sold … Read more