PlayStation 3 Available at an Attractive New Price of $349.95

Macworld Australia Staff
17 August, 2011
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SYDNEY, 17 August 2011Sony Computer Entertainment Australia (SCE Aust.) today announced that the PlayStation 3 (PS3™) with 160GB hard disk drive (HDD), will be available at a very attractive new RRP of AUD$349.95.  SCE Aust.  will also reduce the price of the 320GB HDD model to AUD$449.95 RRP.  The new pricing will be effective in stores across Australia from 22 August, 2011.

Since its release in 2006, PS3 has gained tremendous support from fans around the world and its cumulative worldwide sales reached a milestone of 50 million units as of March 29, 2011. Equipped with future proof cutting–edge technologies including the sophisticated processors, Cell Broadband Engine™ and RSX®, as well as the Blu-ray disc™ (BD) player and HDMI terminal, PS3 has continuously enhanced its value to consumers through system software updates to support new features and services including stereoscopic 3D content playback and support for the PlayStation®Move motion controller.  With the breadth and depth of services and content available for the PS3 system, including its impressive BD software line-up and the expansive portfolio of more than 60,000 games and video content*1 available on PlayStation®Network, the new price will make the platform more accessible than ever and will appeal to a wider audience looking to buy the best entertainment system for their home.

With strong support from software developers and publishers, as of June 30, 2011, the worldwide cumulative number of BD software titles for the PS3 system exceeds 2,495 titles and downloadable PS3 games available on PlayStation®Store exceeds 3,100 titles*2.  Of these titles, more than 120 titles*3 are stereoscopic 3D supported and 200 titles*3 are PlayStation Move dedicated or supported.  In addition to this extensive software title line-up, exciting and attractive new titles are expected to be released from software developers and publishers as well as from SCE Worldwide Studios, including FIFA 12 and Battlefield 3™ from Electronic Arts, GoldenEye 007: Reloaded from Activision, Assassin’s Creed Revelations from Ubisoft,Resistance® 3, The Ico & Shadow of the Colossus Collection, Ratchet & Clank: All 4 One and Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception™ from SCE and more.

The PlayStation 3 provides free access to PlayStation®Network and its growing portfolio of marquee entertainment services for streaming hi-def movies, TV shows and music.  In Australia, these services include Vidzone, Mubi, catch up TV channels, and more.  PlayStation Network also features unique and compelling downloadable content and exclusive games, including the critically-acclaimed PixelJunk series and the highly anticipatedJourney, to ensure PS3 customers always have amazing entertainment experiences at their fingertips.

Through these price reductions, the upcoming line-up of blockbuster software titles for PlayStation 3 and the industry’s strongest offering of entertainment services, SCE Aust. will continue to expand the PS3 platform and deliver a world of computer entertainment that is only possible on PlayStation.

*1. As of the end of July 2011.  The number includes downloadable PS3 games, game demos and video content.  The number does not include PSP content, game add-on or themes.

*2. As of the end of July 2011.  Number of downloadable PS3 games including classics.  The number does not include game demos.

*3. As of the end of July 2011.

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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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