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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Comixology fires up $6 all-you-can-read service
Amazon-owned Comixology has launched an all-you-can-read comic subscription service. After a 30-day free trial, for $6 a month, subscribers can draw from a large selection of the Comixology library, minus Marvel and DC comics. For now, the service is US-only. http://bit.ly/1WMAOft
QuarkXPress 2016 now shipping
Quark is now shipping QuarkXPress 2016, the newest version of Quark's graphic design and desktop publishing software that now features near-WYSIWYG fixe HTML5 publishing as well as improved operability with InDesign and Illustrator and support for multi-Color Gradient Blends, OpenType Stylistic Sets, a Color Picker (Eyedropper tool), Touchpads for Pinch and Zoom (Mac only) and more. Users on any previous version of QuarkXPress (versions 3-10) can upgrade to version 2016 for $350, while QuarkXPress 2015 users can upgrade to 2016 for $180; new licenses are available for $850 (education licenses are available for $90). http://bit.ly/1OL23Pu
Kanex debuts GoPower USB-C for MacBooks
Kanex today introduced its GoPower USB-C, a portable power solution designed to charge a USB-C MacBook on the go along with an iPhone or iPad simultaneously. Featuring 15,000 mAh of power--capable of charging an iPhone 6s seven times or the USB-C MacBook one full time--the GoPower USB-C Portable Battery features one 3A USB-C port and one 2.4A port for other devices, priority charging detection technology and a pass-thru charging to your devices when the battery is plugged into a power source. http://bit.ly/1TKaf8z
i.am+ EPs earphones are Apple Store exclusive
Musician turned consumer electronics entrepreneur Will.i.am has launched a new pair of Bluetooth wireless earphones, dubbed the i.am+ EPs. The new earphones are an Apple Store exclusive, and feature large 14mm drivers and aptX support for high-quality wireless streaming. The i.am+ EPs support A2DP controls, have a 30-foot range and can last up to six hours on a charge. The design is said to be inspired by the "iconic shape of vinyl records," and are made from spun metal and paired with a woven fabric cord. When not in use, the EPs magnetically click into place around the neck. The iam+ EPs are available now at select Apple Store and Apple.com for $230, are available in gold-on-black or black-on-black. http://bit.ly/1OKVlt2
Ultimate Ears debuts UE Roll 2 speaker
On Tuesday, audio accessory maker Ultimate Ears unveiled a new version of the UE Roll Bluetooth speaker. The new UE Roll 2, which sells for $100, looks identical to the previous version, but gets about 15 percent louder. In addition, the unit now supports a Bluetooth source signal up to 100 feet away, an improvement on the original's 65-foot limit. While both the old and new versions of the UE Roll offer an IPX7 waterproof rating, the company now includes a blow-up "floaty" with the speaker to avoid the risk of prolonged exposure. The new unit will begin general shipping next month. http://bit.ly/1TJWE0Z
Philips launches Hue White Ambiance bulbs
Philips latest HomeKit-compatible Hue light bulbs have hit the market. The new Hue White Ambiance bulbs are designed to allow users to control their color temperature to enhance either focus, or create a more relaxing tone. Combined with the latest update to the Philips Hue app, the new bulbs can be set according to user "routines." The "wake-up" mode gently turns up the brightness of the bulb, while conversely, the "go to sleep" mode gradually reduces the color temperature and brightness. The Philips Hue White Ambiance starter kit retails for $130, while single bulbs sell for $30. http://bit.ly/1TJT3Qn
Pluggable Technologies three-display USB-C dock
Peripheral company Plugable Technologies today launched the industry's first wave of USB-C docking stations with both Power Delivery and DisplayPort Alternate Mode support. The Plugable UD-CA1 Docking Station integrates support for both of these new capabilities, along with the full set of standard USB docking features like wired network, audio, and extra USB ports. Model UD-ULTCDL builds on this, adding support for three total displays using DisplayLink USB virtual graphics technology. The UD-CA1 retails for $129, with the UD-ULTCDL selling for $179, and available soon. http://bit.ly/1TrVVTJ