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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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