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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YouTube Unplugged OTT service coming 2017?
As part of the continuing YouTube evolution, the video streaming service is reportedly considering a paid subscription service that would provide users "over the top" cable TV service. According to sources familiar with the matter, the service has been in the works since 2012, has already made changes to accommodate the live video feeds, and could debut the offering as soon as 2017. http://bloom.bg/1rvx8BW
Kohls Apple Pay integration with loyalty program
Kohl's customers are now able to pay for their purchases with Kohl's Charge and simultaneously earn loyalty program Yes2You Rewards in conjunction with Apple Pay. The service is currently available in approximately 250 Kohl's stores and is expected to be in all Kohl's stores nationwide later this month, making Kohl's the first retailer to deliver a one-tap checkout that integrates both its private credit card as a form of payment and a loyalty program with Apple Pay. http://yhoo.it/21wEUI6
AirMap iOS app for drone operators
Provider of airspace information and services for unmanned aircraft AirMap announced today the release of the AirMap app for iOS and Apple Watch. Operators can now access low-altitude airspace advisories, create flights, file digital flight notices to over 80 airports, and manage unmanned aircraft. Building on the success of AirMap's Digital Notice and Awareness System (D-NAS), the AirMap app brings to iOS devices a fully integrated airspace management solution for recreational and commercial drone operators. The app is free. http://apple.co/21wCadD
BlackBerry video calling available on iOS
BlackBerry has made its video calling feature available to Android and iOS users. The company reports limited availability of the new cross-platform feature for now, citing "because this is the first time we're launching BBM Video calling, and we want to monitor performance, gather feedback, and iron out any kinks that may arise before we roll it out globally." http://blck.by/1ruu4pC
Apple loses iPhone brand exclusivity in China
Apple has lost its exclusive rights to the 'iPhone' brand in China, the Beijing Municipal High People's Court has ruled. According to Quartz, Chinese company Xintong Tiandi is now free to continue selling its non-smartphone "IPHONE" branded products, which include smartphone cases, among other leather goods. The Chinese court ruled that Xintong Tiandi, which registered the "IPHONE" trademark in 2007, could continue to use the trademark because Apple did not start selling the iPhone in China until 2009. Apple also could not prove that Xintong Tiandi's ongoing use of the trademark would cause Apple material harm. The latest ruling by the Chinese government follows its recent decision to shut down the iTunes Movies and iBooks Store. http://bit.ly/1SNhRmB
Bowers & Wilkins bought by EVA Automation
High-end UK audio equipment maker and fixture in Apple retail stores Bowers & Wilkins has been bought out by a California "smart home" tech firm, EVA Automation. Fomer Bowers & Wilkins owner Joe Atkins will continue as CEO of the joint venture, with EVA Automation founder Gordon Yu acting as executive chairman. The two companies said the merger will combine EVA's AV technologies and Bowers & Wilkins' acoustic engineering talents to grow the now-combined firm. Terms of the deal were not disclosed, and it is expected that the Bowers & Wilkins brand name will continue. http://yhoo.it/1SLt6zj
Micromat MacCheck released for free
Micromat, the developers of TechTool Pro, today announced a new troubleshooting utility called MacCheck. The new product can perform a series of critical tests on Macintosh systems, helping to isolate what might be wrong with a particular computer. The program quickly tests many of the critical systems in a Macintosh computer, including RAM, I/O, Volume Structures, Partition Maps, Batteries, and RAID systems. MacCheck is being offered free of charge and is available for download immediately from the Micromat website. http://bit.ly/1SKFwaV