Adobe latest PostScript printer driver, AdobePS 8.7, for PostScript Level 1, 2 or 3 compatible printers offers support for USB-equipped PostScript printers, OpenType fonts using ATM v4.6 (which has not been released yet), and support for a Transverse option for printers that support custom page sizes. (Other International versions are available on this page; note that the driver will overwrite older versions and will only run on Power Macs.)
Bryan Christianson\'s excellent freeware Internet connection utility, WhatRoute 1.0b6, now supports Netgeo, the new domain to location database at netgeo.caida.org, a new world map, and a verbose logging option to NetGeo queries.
Blizzard Entertainment announced the Mac version of Diablo II will be released in the third quarter, following the PC release in the first half of the year.
Group Logic\'sExtremeZIP 1.1.2 is an update to the program that enables Macintosh workstations to access files on a Window NT server. The update, available now, features enhancements to the software that streamline workflow and speed file transfer across a network and increased support for shared databases. There is an optional feature for better access to files across firewalls. List price for the Windows NT Server version running on Intel processors is $1,400 for unlimited Macintosh client log-ons and $1,000 for 10 Mac log-ons. The Alpha processor version is priced at $2,700 for unlimited Mac log-ons and $2,000 for 10 Mac log-ons.
Kjell Stenberg noticed that Freei.net has posted a fourth beta of its ISP service software for the Macintosh. "You\'ve got a banner bar with ads, but it\'s reasonably fast and I never get the busy signal or have connection problems now with their new 2b4 release (v1.3, the current one sucks bigtime, but this new beta is holding up extremely well on my 604e 210Mhz Mac running OS 9.0.4). You can ... use IE or Netscape [and] use the Software Update Control Panel (that used to crash the computer w/ Freei.net)."
We have a report on the Microsoft break-up proposal offered today by the federal government and 19 states, asking that the software giant Microsoft be split into two companies and be barred from reuniting the company for ten years.
Apple today announced that it is now offering its consumer-level iMovie 1.0.2 software as a free download for PowerBook G3 and PowerMac G4 users. The 19 MB download does not include the tutorial, which is included with the CD and can be purchased for $20. There had previously been some controversy surrounding the fact that users of these high-end, FireWire-equipped Macs had to purchase expensive software solutions in order to gain the movie-making abilities that the company advertises. [updated] [Bob Gore] "I can happily report that Apple\'s iMovie download works successfully with my Wallstreet PowerBook G3 + Ratoc FireWire card and my 7500, retro-fitted with a G3 CPU and FireWire PCI card. Both running the latest OS & FireWire versions. I\'m pleased (and not a small bit surprised) that Apple has graciously accommodated even its older units in this fashion." [Phil Dokas] "I was a little upset that Apple decided not to make iMovie available for the PowerMac G3, seeing as how it\'s got FireWire too, so I decided to download it, just to try. Lo and behold it worked. It installed, launched and runs without a hitch on my B&W PowerMac G3/400. However, since I don\'t have a DV camera I can\'t try importing anything, but I doubt there\'s any problems there. I\'ve imported images, and made audio tracks, the whole works without a hitch."
Yesterday we featured a special report on Office 2001 for Macintosh, Earthlink\'s
Panic has posted a new page of faces for Audion, a tool for playing audio that includes a CD player, an MP3 player and a network-audio player.
Vicomsoft has posted SoftRouter 6.6.2 and Internet Gateway 6.6.2, which can now ping IP addresses before allocation from the inbuilt DHCP server. The Web caching server module now supports a host exclusion list for upstream proxy servers. Vicomsoft SurfDoubler 6.6.2 also provides improved DNS name resolution and improve reliability for large file transfers. Updates are free to 6.6 users.
Karsten Wolf noticed that SAS Institute has announced JMP 4, \"probably the best statistics package on the Mac.\" The update provides a totally rewritten package in C++ and a new data table and is due to ship in May.
Frank Martin has posted a preview of FUNDimensions 3.1, an update to the fundraising software that adds new graphs for analysis of individual donor interests and better handling of memorial and in-the-name-of gifts. The update is free for version 3.0 users.
The California Public Employeesí Retirement System is honoring Apple for "positive and courageous contributions in corporate governance" with its CalPERS Corporate Governance Award of Courage. Other winners were the board of directors at Texas Instruments, Tim Warner\'s chairman and CEO Gerald M. Levin and retiring General Motor\'s director John G. Smale.
Apple France has launched a new Apple Store for Education. The store offers discounts of roughly 5% off hardware to students and teachers.
Infowave yesterday announced StyleScript 5.0, a new version of the company\'s $100 PostScript 3 upgrade for inkjet printers, which will ship in May. The software enables non-PostScript printers to print PostScript graphics and fonts crisply and clearly at any size or orientation. The new version adds support for Espon\'s Stylus Color 740, 760, 860, 900, and 1160 printers, as well as the HP 1120c. ColorSync profiles are included for accurate RGB to CMYK color matching.
Hitachi Koki Imaging Solutions is previewing Everest, an Internet-powered controller technology for digital copiers and printers, at the Business Technology Association\'s show in Las Vegas. The 200 MHz PowerPC-based Everest controller is being used in the company\'s i-copier and i-printer. In addition to accessing the printers and copiers remotely, users can also troubleshoot remotely via the Internet. Everest also includes 128 MB of memory standard; a 9 GB hard disk;10/100 Base-T Ethernet; and support for Adobe PostScript 3, PCL 5e and PCL 6. The controller supports multiplatform networks, including Mac OS, Windows NT, Novell and UNIX.
Digimarc and Creativepro.com have partnered to launch MarcStation, a free digital watermarking e-Service for Creativepro.com members. Users embed their digital images with their unique Digimarc ID that links to information, such as copyright ownership, usage restrictions and licensing instructions. The watermark stays with the image wherever it travels.
In today\'s Forums area, readers have questions about using Photo Mode on a camcorder, live DV Web casts, Sony ICD-R100 connection options, DSL speeds, whether AirPort can be disconnected by a network command and receipt notification in Outlook Express; and problems with Flash animation playback in QuickTime, Outlook Express error log window, ColorSync not recognizing profiles, Spaceward Ho! slowdowns, a Hotline server setup, an iBook that won\'t recognize burned CDs and an HP 970 that doesn\'t work.
Optigold ISP 2.1.4 is an update to the cross-platform software package that can run all business aspects of an internet service provider, from billing to server management. The update removes support for legacy \'Livingston Usage\' files, and allows domains and emails to be viewed via tech web interface
The special $130 pricing on Adobe\'s unreleased LiveMotion that FlashKiller was featuring is no longer available. The site instead has details on purchasing a copy for $270, still a significant discount from the product\'s $400 suggested retail price tag.
Castlewood has posted ORB Tools 1.4.2b1, a new, beta version of the company\'s utility that contains drivers and formatting software for its 2.2 GB removable storage drive.
Patrick Kelleher reports that FreeAmp.org has updated the status on the port of a Mac version of FreeAmp 3.0. The main page now reports that Mac users can \"expect a demo version soon.\"
Dr. Bott is now shipping extended USB keyboards in all six iMac colors. The Macsense keyboards feature a two-tone design, built-in USB ports on each end, 5\' USB cable, and carry a $50 price tag.
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WhatsApp now handles over 100M calls daily
WhatsApp is celebrating that it is being used for over 100 million calls every day. In a brief notice, the Facebook-owned messaging platform advises the voice-calling feature it rolled out to its users last year now deals with an average of over 1,100 calls initiated per second. Earlier this year, it increased the security of its calls and other messages, by introducing end-to-end encryption on all platforms. http://bit.ly/292HqCX
Adele's '25' album now streaming
Recording artist Adele has "pulled a Kanye" after saying that her current album "25" would not be available for streaming. The seven-month-old record, which has yielded a number of hit singles, is now available for streaming on all the major streaming services, such as Apple Music and Spotify, as of today in most major markets, with worldwide distribution to come. Reportedly, the singer had demanded streaming be limited to paid subscribers -- a condition that has hurt some streamers with artists, who aren't paid royalties for free or trial listens . Apple pays performers its normal royalty rates during its free trial, avoiding the issue -- and having repeated success in both signing up exclusives and placing those exclusives into the top of the charts. http://ti.me/28U7NOu
SanDisk iXpand case has battery, storage
A new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6s case from SanDisk appears to be the "holy grail" of accessories: a stylish and protective case that offers both extra storage as well as the option of extra battery power as well. The iXpand Memory case offers either 32GB, 64GB, or 128GB of additional storage incorporated into the case, and an optional add-on battery pack (sold separately) adds up to an extra day or more of charge. Through the associated iXpand app, camera photos and videos can be automatically stored on the extra storage, optionally password-protected, The cost for the case is (in order of storage capacity) $60, $100, and $130. The battery pack's release data has not yet been announced, but the add-on should retail for an additional $30. http://bit.ly/291epHu
Fifth Hong Kong store to open June 30
The 46th official Apple store in what the company calls the "Greater China" region will open at 10AM local time in Hong Kong's New Town Plaza in the Sha Tin district on Thursday, June 30, according to a new page on Apple's retail website. Despite slowing growth due to economic turmoil in China, the country is still Apple's fastest-growing market. The new story will be the fifth for Hong Kong, a lucrative market for Apple thanks to the high concentration of wealth there and a thriving "gray" market. Normal store hours for the new store will be 10AM to 10PM every day. http://apple.co/291diaT
Apple Music bug bites very short songs
There appears to be a reproducible bug in the current version of iTunes -- version 12.4.1, running on OS X 10.11.5, both the current non-beta versions of the respective software -- that causes a streamed song to become "stuck" in endless buffering if the streamed item just before this happened was 60 seconds or less in length. The problem appears to stem from code in iTunes that signals the next track to start downloading one minute before the currently-playing track is done, and thus songs shorter than one minute don't trigger the download. Locally-stored music is unaffected by the bug, and the problem does not appear to exist in either the macOS Sierra developer beta or versions of iTunes earlier than 12.4, and does not affect the iOS Music app at all. http://bit.ly/291cN0l
Walmart Pay expands to 15 states
Walmart, one of the key progenitors of the failed CurrentC mobile payment system that was distinguished from Apple Pay by its ability to collect and share customer financial and buying data among its participants, has expanded the soft rollout of its alternative solution "Walmart Pay" to an additional 15 US states following a pilot program in Arkansas and Texas last month. Walmart continues to resist adding Apple Pay. The system, built into the Walmart app for iOS and Android, works with a complicated system of the camera scanning a purchase code at the register, then generating a QR code which is then scanned by the register. The system is available now in Alabama, Georgia, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, North Carolina, North Dakota, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Virginia, and Washington, DC. http://apple.co/28SqZfu
Amazon refreshes entry-level Kindle
Amazon has added a new Kindle to its ebook reader range, one that is thinner and lighter than the previous entry-level model. Offering a six-inch 167-dpi touchscreen display, a doubled 4GB of storage, and an option for a white casing, the new model also adds in the ability to export highlights and notes to an email account as a PDF. Two versions of the all-new Kindle are available, priced at $80 including "Special Offers" and $100 without. http://amzn.to/28Q4c3R