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Apr 082014

Good apps like Diagrammix for the Mac are not cheap.

Fortunately, I stumbled upon a deal at the Mac App Store for this neat diagram creating app a short while ago.

Diagrammix Drawing Tool for Mac

Diagrammix – Sweet Deal

Diagrammix is on sale today (April 8, 2014) for $1.99 at the Mac App Store.

The app is usually $19.99. So with a discount of $18 you’re getting a good deal.

Diagrammix lets you build attractive diagrams easily by dragging and dropping elements from the palette.

You can use pre-built styles of elements and connectors or create your own styles with custom colors and shapes.

There’s also an option to drag or drop images from other programs into Diagrammix.

Once you’ve completed the diagram, it can be saved in a number of formats including JPEG, PNG, TIFF, PDF or copied to your word processor¬† via the clipboard.

Diagrammix comes from Moscow software firm Deep Information Technologies (Deep IT), an app developer for the Mac and iOS.

I’ve checked out a couple of “How To” videos on Deep IT’s web site for Diagrammix and the app seems like an easy to use tool.

The app is said to support different kinds of diagrams including flowcharts, data flows, workflows, UML class diagrams, organization charts and structured charts.

Diagrammix provides for in-app purchase of two smart connectors ($4.99) and one vector tool ($4.99).

You can extend the tools by importing sets of shapes from Graffletopia.

As of April 8, 2014, the version of Diagrammix is 2.9.4. The app supports OS X 10.6 or later.

The $1.99 deal ends today (April 8, 2014).

My Purchase

I’m sufficiently impressed with the Diagrammix¬† app and the company’s videos and support pages that I’ve just purchased a copy of the app for myself for $1.99.

I plan to use the app to create diagrams with attractive apps for my various blogs.

A few minutes back, I downloaded Diagrammix for my Mac (10.8.5) and played with the app for a few minutes.

I’m happy to report that the app works fine.

Mar 202014

I was watching an old English film The Divorce of Lady X (Laurence Olivier, Merle Oberon, 1938) on my Mac via Hulu Plus the other day when a vexing thing happened.

When I expanded the movie on my iMac to full-screen, the below distracting message popped up right in the middle of the screen:

Press Esc to exit full screen mode

Despite refreshing the Firefox browser, I couldn’t get rid off the darn message.

Hulu Plus is not free.

Since I pay $7.99 a month, I expect a certain minimum quality.

Upon researching the issue, I realized this was not a rare occurrence with Hulu Plus.

How to Fix Press Esc Issue on Hulu Plus

Here’s how you can solve the “Press Esc” problem while watching a Hulu movie on the Mac: Continue reading »

Oct 152013

I struggled for nearly three weeks before getting my hands on an iPhone 5s.

I called Radio Shack, Walmart, Apple Store, Best Buy, AT&T, Sam’s Club and even the Best Buy kiosk at the mall.

At every place, I called or visited in search of the elusive iPhone 5s, I drew a blank.

Finally, I found a 16GB silver unit at a Best Buy store.

I wondered why there is such a shortage of the higher-priced iPhone 5s several weeks after its launch while the cheaper, plastic iPhone 5c is easily available.

A new survey by Consumer Intelligence Research Partners provides a possible answer.

The CIRP survey shows that the iPhone 5s has been selling at more than twice the rate of the iPhone 5C.

In September, iPhone 5s accounted for 64% of all iPhone sales while iPhone 5C amounted to just 27%.

iPhone 5s Sees More Than Twice Demand as iphone 5CSource: AllThingsD

Even when I was trading in my old iPhone 4 for the new iPhone 5s at Best Buy, other consumers who walked up to the mobile phone desk asked only for the iPhone 5s. They did not show any interest in the iPhone 5C even when the store rep told them it was available and in several colors.

Low demand for the iPhone 5C is the main reason for retailers discounting the smartphone and selling it at $49.

At least in these early days in the U.S., the majority of consumers seem to have made up their mind – iPhone 5s is what they want, not the cheaper, plastic iPhone 5C.

Higher demand for the iPhone 5s may not be the only reason why they are in such short supply everywhere.

It’s also possible that Apple overestimated demand for the iPhone 5C, which are now lying around on shelves at Walmart, Best Buy and other retailers I checked. So Apple could be trying to get rid of the iPhone 5C inventory before it releases more units of the iPhone 5s into the market.

Given the iPhone 5s supply constraints, I’d be surprised if t does not extend int the holiday season.

For Apple, the iPhone momentum never looked better. The only dark cloud is the inventory of the iPhone 5C.

Oct 112013

My brand new iPhone 5s developed sound issues right on the first day, just hours after I purchased the smartphone from Best Buy.

When I tried playing music in iTunes, a YouTube video or a Live TV app no sound would come out of the two speakers at the bottom of the iPhone 5s.

Frustrated over the absence of the sound from a spanking new iPhone 5s, I did the only thing I could think of.

I switched off the iPhone 5s by pressing the button on the top right of the device. When I turned it back on, the speakers worked fine and I could now listen to music and play any app that had sound.

But the same problem occurred again the next day and I had to repeat the process of switching off and on the iPhone 5s.

By the way, I was already running iOS 7.0.2, the latest version of the underlying iPhone 5s software.

Fixing iPhone 5s Sound Issues

Fix for iPhone 5s Speaker Issue

Not pleased with the silence from my iPhone 5s, I called Apple (1-800-MYAPPLE) tech support.

New iPhone customers are eligible for 90-days of free technical support. So don’t hesitate to take full advantage of the support during the 90-day period. It is your right and Apple’s obligation to satisfy you and help you with any problems with a new iPhone.

The Apple tech support representative I spoke with assured me that the absence of sound from the speakers in my iPhone 5s was not a hardware issue but related to the new iOS 7 software.

Apparently, I was not the only iPhone 5s customer to encounter the missing sound problem. “Because of the many changes in iOS 7, the settings from the previous version of iOS don’t quite line up in iOS 7,” the Apple tech support rep said. Continue reading »