Several companies that deal in Mac products have entered into new partnerships in the past few days.
Canto, the folks who specialize in digital asset management and HELIOS, a provider of network and prepress server software have announced plans to collaborate in developing technologies to enable greater workflow automation capabilities, providing more convenient and faster digital asset management solutions, according to Jennifer Neumann, Canto CEO.
“Our partnership with Canto is designed to let our customers worldwide get the best of both worlds: HELIOS’ cross-platform networking and prepress server solutions, combined with best-in-class digital asset management solutions that are fast and easy to use,” said Helmut Tschemernjak at HELIOS. “Many users have already experienced the benefits and features of using Cumulus in conjunction with HELIOS EtherShare OPI. Better integration of our products will not only be more convenient but also lead to more successful customers.”
Technologies Canto and HELIOS plan to develop include use of the HELIOS EtherShare OPI image format technology in Cumulus and automatic synchronization of HELIOS server volume content and Cumulus catalogs. Server content which is shared via EtherShare and PCShare file sharing to Mac and Windows clients will be automatically synchronized into Cumulus catalogs to reduce administrative work.
Meanwhile, Dr. Bott, a company that manufactures and distributes Mac products, has inked an exclusive distribution agreement with Marware, which makes iPod and Mac laptop cases.
The new iPod SportSuit Sleeve is available immediately for US$19.95. Marware’s SportFolio and SportFolio II laptop sleeves will be available through Dr. Bott in the next month for $39.95.
The SportFolio line offers neoprene construction with a built-in plastic shell for impact protection. The exterior features a front pocket, a back zippered pocket and a vulcanized rubber bottom and sides for a secure grip.
Finally, 1450, a value added distributor specializing in selling and supporting speech recognition products, will distribute MacSpeech products throughout North, Central and South America.
“Value-added resellers have come to recognize 1450 as the premiere source for their speech recognition products, and we are pleased they have chosen to represent our products,” MacSpeech chief evangelist Chuck Rogers said in announcing the deal.
MacSpeech makes ListenDo!, a free PlainTalk enhancement for voice command of your Mac, and iListen with exclusive TalkAnywhere dictation. And more speech products are in the works.