iBar v1.1 is an update to the Internet-savvy launcher that combines applications, documents, favorites, bookmarks and music in one simple floating window.
WebEvent 3.3b7 is the latest release of the interactive Web calendar and scheduling application that allows you to view and modify calendar-type events from any computer.
Yesterday evening MacNN featured preannouncement information regarding ATI's next-generation graphics chip, dubbed Radeon 256, which the company officially announced late last night. While an announcement regarding Mac availability of the chip wasn't made, Mac users can expect the chip to hit the platform possibly later this year. The chip is scheduled to ship for PCs late this summer.
Blue World today released Lasso Studio for Dreamweaver 1.5, a free update to its solution for quickly creating Lasso-based Web applications using Macromedia's Dreamweaver. Version 1.5 includes a site builder, new configuration wizard, tag converter/updater, database selector, third-party extensibility support, and a "complete" cross-platform development environment. It is $350 with a $50 discount for electronic downloads.
America Online representatives have informed MacNN that AOL 5.0 for Mac is scheduled to be posted on the company's servers later today. We have a detailed product feature on AOL 5.0, which current AOL subscribers can download from Keyboard: "Upgrade." The new version was reportedly going to be posted on the company's Website later today.
Adobe has posted a PostScript updater for PressReady, which fixes a variety of print problems with the initial release.
Four consumer groups today told the Federal Communications Commission that America Online's buyout of Time Warner should be prevented unless core assets are sold. The groups contend that merging the number one Internet service provider with the number one entertainment company would "excessively concentrate" the cable television and Internet markets.
EZ Prints, an e-photofinishing provider, will begin accepting files for print orders on CD-ROMs and Zip Disks as of May 1. Once received, the company guarantees 24-hour turnaround for returning the prints and the disk on which it was sent.
Cyan Software has introduced MacServerIP 7, which provides for seamless Appleshare IP interface on all Windows platforms with a 200 percent to 400 percent performance improvement over previous versions. Features include support for AFP-over-IP, PC and MAC CD-ROMs and removable media, and for CD-ROM changes, sharing of nonNTFS volumes, as well as remote administration. Pricing begins at $500 for 10 users can goes up to $3,800 for an unlimited-user license.
The Resistance Software Group has released FerazEdit 1.1, a freeware, full-featured saved-game editor for Ferazel's Wand, and PortSniffer 2.0, a $15 port-searching software for running TCP/IP server programs. The new version of PortSniffer adds support for hundreds of new known services and the ability to conduct multiple, simultaneous searches.
Aspyr Media is now accepting preorders for the Macintosh version of Tomb Raider: The Last Revelation, the fourth title in the 3D action/adventure series starring Lara Croft. The game sells for $40 and is expected during the summer.
American Power Conversion has expanded its SurgeArrest product line to include translucent versions of its surge protector, which will ship in May. The $50 units come in seven iMac-matching colored kick-guard plates. Features include eight outlets, three of which are spaced to handle transformer blocks and two of which are "always-on" outlets; a fault indicator for a building's wiring; and a right-angle plug.
AutoView 400 is a rack-mountable, two-user KVM switch which supports any combination of Sun, USB and PC-based servers. Cybex's LongView extension technology allows a second user to access servers from as far as 500 feet away. Other features include enhanced on-screen display, increased mouse support and flash upgrading. It will begin shipping in May, and pricing starts at $1,150.
Aladdin Systems has posted StuffIt Deluxe 5.5.1, an update to the extensive file compression utility that fixes a variety of small bugs.
Comm-Unity Networking Systems has released a beta version of POP3it for the Macintosh, a FileMaker Pro 4.x/5.x plug-in that can download e-mail directly into a FileMaker Pro database. POP3it can check multiple POP3 e-mail accounts, automatically extract e-mail fields and download entire messages into one field or split them. A single license is $65, a site license is $250, and a developer's license is $780.
Apple.com was knocked out of first place for the most-visited hardware sites during the week of April 22, according to PC Data. Compaq.com took first with 1.8 percent of the market; Apple.com took second with 1.7 percent and Dell.com once again rounded out the top three.
Kodak has released Kodak Picture CD Vol. 3, Issue 1, an auto-running CD-ROM with a software interface and photo-editing functions created and co-marketed with Intel Corp. Editing capabilities include trim, lighten/darken subject, adjust color tint and remove red eye. The CD-ROM will be available from early May until August for between $9 and $11.
VSE Be Found 1.7 is an update to the $20 Mac web site promotion tool that creates and manages title, keywords, description and other META tags of a web site and automatically submits a web site's URL to up 178 search engines on the Internet. Version 1.7 offers improved performance and an improved FTP client.
Other important announcements from yesterday include the receipt of Mac OS X 1.2 Updater CDs by readers, separate Netscape and Explorer security issues, and the release of Graphic Converter 3.8.1, FileMaker Developer 5, NetShred 1.5.2, and SimpleImage 3.1b1.
Webshots Desktop Lite, the first Mac-compatible version of the company's online photo community software, allows users to customize their desktop picture with one of thousands available online. A full version, which will sport photo management, screensaver, and other features is expected this summer.
Team ASA today announced enhanced software support for its line of Power Mac Stallion Gigabit Ethernet adapters. Its new universal installer now supports both copper- and fiber- based Network Interface Cards (NIC) for Mac OS 8, OS 9, and OS X Server. Team ASA says that the new drivers achieve "files transfer rates in excess of 20 MB/sec" and is now also offering 24-hour turn-around on technical support questions. The NICs are $900 and $1000 for copper- and fiber-based interfaces respectively and ship with a 3-yr warranty.
In our Forums area today, readers have questions about a Lombard battery, replacing a screen on a WallStreet PowerBook, QuickTime 4 streaming and Video Music Network and QuickTime; and problems with type 1 errors with IE 5, Outlook Express and news folders, the spelling option being grayed out in Outlook Express, the clipboard export function in Photoshop failing, a PowerBook G3 sleeping and CD-ROM in 7600 not recognizing CDs.
On May 10, GVOX will introduce a Windows-only version of Notation Station, an online service where music teachers can create lesson plans and post them immediately online for their students to peruse. The service is compatible with MIDI and GVOX's Encore and MusicTime applications and provides all the tools for composing, editing, printing and listening to new music. A Mac-compatible version will be available soon.
Apple has recently updated several Mac OS X Server-related TILs (but still has not reposted its recent changes pages, which were extremely helpful in tracking updated and new articles, despite assurances otherwise in letters to readers): NetBoot Client Firmware Updates Macintosh Management Server version Updating the NetBoot Mac OS ROM File Network Protocol Usage: TCP/IP vs. AppleTalk Updating The NetBoot HD.img to Mac OS 8.6 Mac OS 8.6 and MacOS.app
Associated Press, the world's largest and oldest continually operating news agency, uses Apple products to create and maintain its Web site, called the WIRE, which was the "world's first online newswire."
Humongous Entertainment has introduced Putt-Putt Joins the Circus, a computer game for ages 3 to 8 featuring the famous purple car. The title will be available in June on a Mac/Windows hybrid CD-ROM. No pricing information is yet available.
Interware of Tokyo has selected Zapex Research's Z1011 MPEG digital video chipset as the foundation of the video capture card it is building as an after-market add-in for the Macintosh.
Akamai, the Internet content delivery company with which Apple has a strategic alliance, yesterday reported a loss of $33.2 million, or 44 cents per share. Analysts had expected a loss of 40 cents per share according to First Call, while estimates compiled by Zacks stood at 48 cents per share. Apple currently owns 4.11 million shares of Akamai, which it purchased for $12.5 million. Akamai closed at $75.875 yesterday, giving Apple's stake a $311 million value. The stock has traded as high as $345.50 since the company went public in late October last year.
FWB yesterday announced that it is now shipping Hard Disk Toolkit 4.0, a major upgrade to its drive formatting and management utility. The new version features performance and reliability improvements, FireWire compatibility, Mac OS 9 compatibility, and interface enhancements. Additional features include support for the latest AGP G4s, Ultra-DMA 66 drives, Iomega ATAPI ZIP as well as more than 1000 other storage devices. Hard Disk Toolkit 4.0 carries a $200 price tag; upgrades are available to version 3.0 owners for $50.
MegaSeg 1.3 is an update to the DJ music automation software. The new version adds and fixes dozens of features, including importing CD tracks code three-times faster, and real-time pitch change. MegaSeg is available bundled with N2MP3, an MP3 encoder, for $99 until the end of the month, after which pricing will return to $199 (without a bundled copy of N2MP3).
MDG\'s Webserver application, WS4D/eCommerce 3.2b16, now creates PDF confirmation orders automatically, prints approved/completed Web orders automatically and adds Canadian GST/PST tax support. Version 3.2 will be a free upgrade for users of 3.0 and 3.1.1.
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Cirrus creates Lightning-headphone dev kit
Apple supplier Cirrus Logic has introduced a MFi-compliant new development kit for companies interested in using Cirrus' chips to create Lightning-based headphones, which -- regardless of whether rumors about Apple dropping the analog headphone jack in its iPhone this fall -- can offer advantages to music-loving iOS device users. The kit mentions some of the advantages of an all-digital headset or headphone connector, including higher-bitrate support, a more customizable experience, and support for power and data transfer into headphone hardware. Several companies already make Lightning headphones, and Apple has supported the concept since June 2014. http://bit.ly/29giiZj
Apple Store app offers Procreate Pocket
The Apple Store app for iPhone, which periodically rewards users with free app gifts, is now offering the iPhone "Pocket" version of drawing app Procreate for those who have the free Apple Store app until July 28. Users who have redeemed the offer by navigating to the "Stores" tab of the app and swiping past the "iPhone Upgrade Program" banner to the "Procreate" banner have noted that only the limited Pocket (iPhone) version of the app is available free, even if the Apple Store app is installed and the offer redeemed on an iPad. The Pocket version currently sells for $3 on the iOS App Store. [32.4MB]
Porsche adds CarPlay to 2017 Panamera
Porsche has added a fifth model of vehicle to its CarPlay-supported lineup, announcing that the 2017 Panamera -- which will arrive in the US in January -- will include Apple's infotainment technology, and be seen on a giant 12.3-inch touchscreen as part of an all-new Porsche Communication Management system. The luxury sedan starts at $99,900 for the 4S model, and scales up to the Panamera Turbo, which sells for $146,900. Other vehicles that currently support CarPlay include the 2016 911 and the 2017 models of Macan, 718 Boxster, and 718 Cayman. The company did not mention support for Google's corresponding Android Auto in its announcement. http://bit.ly/295ZQ94
Apple employees testing wheelchair features
New features included in the forthcoming watchOS 3 are being tested by Apple retail store employees, including a new activity-tracking feature that has been designed with wheelchair users in mind. The move is slightly unusual in that, while retail employees have previously been used to test pre-release versions of OS X and iOS, this marks the first time they've been included in the otherwise developer-only watchOS betas. The company is said to have gone to great lengths to modify the activity tracker for wheelchair users, including changing the "time to stand" notification to "time to roll" and including two wheelchair-centric workout apps. http://bit.ly/2955JDa
SanDisk reveals two 256GB microSDXC cards
SanDisk has introduced two 256GB microSDXC cards. Arriving in August for $150, the Ultra microSDXC UHS-I Premium Edition card offers transfer speeds of up to 95MB/s for reading data. The Extreme microSDXC UHS-I card can read at a fast 100MB/s and write at up to 90MB/s, and will be shipping sometime in the fourth quarter for $200. http://bit.ly/294Q1If
Apple's third-quarter results due July 26
Apple has advised it will be issuing its third-quarter results on July 26, with a conference call to answer investor and analyst queries about the earnings set to take place later that day. The stream of the call will go live at 2pm PT (5pm ET) via Apple's investor site, with the results themselves expected to be released roughly 30 minutes before the call commences. Apple's guidance for the quarter put revenue at between $41 billion and $43 billion. http://apple.co/1oi1Pbm
Twitter stickers slowly roll out to users
Twitter has introduced "stickers," allowing users to add extra graphical elements to their photos before uploading them to the micro-blogging service. A library of hundreds of accessories, props, and emoji will be available to use as stickers, which can be resized, rotated, and placed anywhere on the photograph. Images with stickers will also become searchable with viewers able to select a sticker to see how others use the same graphic in their own posts. Twitter advises stickers will be rolling out to users over the next few weeks, and will work on both the mobile apps and through the browser. http://bit.ly/29bbwUE