Yamaha introduces new slim-line Blu-Ray disc player

Macworld Australia Staff
6 August, 2012
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Press Release

August 2012, Australia - Following on from the critically acclaimed BD‐S671 Blu‐ray player released last year, Yamaha introduces a new slim‐line BD‐S473 Blu‐ray player offering a range of sophisticated features ideally suited to those looking to build a first home theatre system or seeking an uncomplicated, network‐capable Blu‐ray player solution.

When connected to a home network, the DLNA‐certified BD‐S473 is not only capable of streaming audio but can also stream 1080p quality video from a PC, Mac or Network Attached Storage (NAS) device. Other notable network features include YouTube viewing directly from the Blu‐ray player as well as BD‐Live and BONUSVIEW interactive features. Available with a forthcoming firmware update, intuitive operation via Yamaha’s AV Controller app transforms an iOS or Android device into a wireless remote control for the BD‐S473 as well as any Yamaha network receiver. To this end, the BD‐S473 is able to utilise the second ethernet port provided by Yamaha’s YWA‐10 wireless adaptor when used in conjunction with a network receiver – enabling a completely wireless home theatre system.

Supporting  HDMI CEC (Consumer Electronics Control), the BD‐S473 functions seamlessly with other CEC‐compatible devices in the HDMI chain ensuring total home entertainment integration. Furthermore, HDMI Device Control enables the BD‐S473 to be operated using the AV receiver’s remote control, while Yamaha’s SCENE technology delivers one‐button push operation for the most convenient home theatre experience available. For example, pushing the ‘BD DVD’ button on the receiver’s remote control turns on the AV receiver, television and Blu‐ray player and automatically sets the correct input and DSP mode for watching movies.

The BD‐S473 supports the playback of Blu‐ray 3D as well as all current HD audio formats including FLAC. Multimedia compatibility extends to MKV with H.264, MPEG PS, MPEG TS, MPEG‐4, VOB, AVI, ASF, WMV, and AVCHD for video as well as MP3, WMA, AAC, WAV, and FLAC for audio. In addition, photos can be viewed via the BD‐S473 with JPEG, GIF and PNG formats supported.

A single HDMI output provides audio and video from the BD‐S473 including HD Audio via bit stream to the AV receiver, and is accompanied by two USB ports located on the front and back of the unit.

The BD‐S473 features a clean, simplified design for user‐friendly enjoyment of the latest blockbuster movies. With complementing width, colour and front display, the BD‐S473 matches aesthetically with any AV receiver model from new ‘73 Series.

The BD‐S473 is available now and has a recommended retail price of $229.

For more information on Yamaha’s integrated home entertainment solutions, visit au.yamaha.com or call 1300 739 411.

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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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