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Macworld Australia Staff
18 November, 2010
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PALO ALTO, CA — November 17, 2010 –  Speck and iWorld Australia is proud to announce the launch of the new CandyShell Shell Flips for the Apple iPhone 4 and the new Candy Shell Grip for Apple iPod Touch.

Have you been looking for a simple, no-fuss way to dock your iPhone 4 and keep it safe from dings and scratches at the same time? With its innovative flip-back lower panel, Speck’s new CandyShell Flip makes protecting your docked phone pretty flippin’ easy.

“The CandyShell has proven itself one of the most protective and elegant cases on the market. With more dockable electronics being used more than ever, we wanted to expand the CandyShell to meet new customers needs and uses,” said Bryan Hynecek, Director of Design for Speck. “CandyShell fans will really appreciate the convenience and simplicity our new Flip design has to offer.”

The Flip’s single-piece, patent-pending design is based on our award-winning CandyShell. It offers a hard shell with soft, rubberized interior lining and button covers that provide shock-absorbent insulation against bumps and drops. The lower portion of the case features a hinged flip-back panel that makes docking a snap. And when the case is removed from the dock, the panel simply flips down into place to keep your phone protected.

The CandyShell Flip is available in Batwing Black, GuavaGoo Pink, MoonRock Grey, and MoonSicle White .

For more information about Speck’s new CandyShell Flip cases for the iPhone 4, please visit here.

With billions of games and entertainment apps downloaded and Apple’s new Game Center, the new iPod touch 4th Gen has firmly planted itself as the must-have handheld gaming device this fall. To support the newest member of the iPod touch family, Speck today unveiled the CandyShell GRIP, the first case that seamlessly integrates comfortable, finger-friendly gaming grips into the sleek protection and style of the award-winning hard shell, soft center CandyShell case.

“Anyone can make a big bulky gaming case, but we set out to create a case ideal for people that love gaming that would also look and work just as well as their everyday case,” said Bryan Hynecek, Lead Designer at Speck. “The new iPod touch is amazingly thin, so we knew we had to offer the extra grip and comfort gamers would appreciate without compromising protection or style, and without having to take it off when not gaming.”

The beauty of CandyShell GRIP is in its details. Ridged rubbery finger pads on the back of the case offer gamers an extra-grippy surface to hold onto their iPod touch during frantic games of Ninjatown: Trees of Doom!, while the four bumpers around the front bezel edges help lock in thumb placement over the iPod’s touchscreen so players won’t lose track of where their games’ virtual control buttons are as they strive to get their next win against a foe in Bomberman. As a member of the CandyShell family, the case’s cushiony rubberized interior and button covers insulate from fatal drops and the case’s sturdy and sleek outer hard shell offers a constant defense from life’s daily dings and scrapes while still providing iPod touch users in hand comfort. CandyShell GRIP is perfect for anyone who consistently keeps their gaming on the move with them and is available in SuperTrooper White and DarkLord Black.

For more information about Speck’s CandyShell Grip, please visit here.

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  1. Introducing layout themes and styles in FileMaker Pro 13

    FileMaker Pro, help, inspector, macworld australiaIf you are reading this, you are most likely aware of the benefits offered by FileMaker Pro 13, from streamlining your business’ data to organising projects, but how do you make your FileMaker Pro and FileMaker Go database solutions look the part?

    This is where layout themes and styles come in.

    Would you like the layout to show your business logo when your employees are entering data into the database? Would you like to create conformity across all pages, maybe with a colour theme that matches your business?

    In order to increase usability for your database, a well-designed layout will make the solution both appealing to look at, but also more efficient – as those entering or viewing data will be able to easily navigate the fields in front of them.

    What is a style?

    In FileMaker Pro, a style is the way a layout object, layout part and the database’s background appear. This encompasses the colour or transparency of objects and backgrounds, the style of line used within the layout, the borders of objects and parts, the shape of objects, the shadows outside or inside an object’s border, and the display state of an object.

    For example, when your draw a square on your layout, the initial appearance of the square will be determined by the theme currently being used by the layout. The colour of the square, the lines that define it and any shadow that appears are all differing styles that add up to make a theme.

    The initial theme is called the default and ensures that all objects added to the layout carry a similar look. So, if you add a second square to the layout, it will have the same colour and borders. Though this does not have to be the case if you would like to differentiate them.

    And a theme?

    A theme is the collection of a number of styles used in a layout. Themes are the full picture of how your layout or report appears, and encompass all of the individual styles applied to objects, parts and the background. The theme does not affect the way a layout functions, but when you apply a theme to a layout it will alter the way it looks and feels.

    Making alterations

    Adjusting a style in a theme is very simple. If you click on the object, layout part or background you would like to alter, open the Inspector and head to the Appearances tab, you will see the Style label field at the top. This indicates the current style.  If no changes have been made, it will likely read as ‘Default’.

    Alter the style of the object, layout part or background by editing the property settings on the Appearance tab of the Inspector. Once you have made your layout look the way you would like, select the red arrow that will have appeared as you were making your changes and click ‘Save As New Style’.

    Type in a new name for your style and press OK. Continue to create as many additional styles as you would like in your layout. If you would like to apply a style to multiple objects or modify a style slightly between two objects, your previous styles will be available in the Styles list on the Style tab of the Inspector.

    Once you have made all of the changes you would like, you have the option of creating a new theme or saving the changes to the current theme.

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