FileMaker today said it plans on posting a downloadable fix for its Web Companion software by Wednesday, May 10, which will address Web security issues first noted here last Monday: "The fix addresses a Field-Level Security issue when using the Web Security Database: Some technologies in the Web Companion may inappropriately expose field contents which the user thinks are protected by Field-Level Security. "
Tess 1.01 is an update to the educational math application for the Mac. With Tess, you can quickly create attractive symmetric planar illustrations: "It will automatically maintain the symmetry group you have chosen; 11 rosette, all 7 frieze, and all 17 wallpaper groups are included."
Marc Moini\'s $12 shareware scrolling utility, Smart Scroll 3.7b1, adds scrolling speed control for dragging across multiple pages, in text fields, and improves the smoothness of previous versions in other scrolling situations.
OneApp Slide Show 5.3.3 is an update to the shareware slide show and presentation tool for multimedia files, QuickTime movies, sounds and images.
The $20 shareware CoolCam 1.5 Webcam software adds the ability to import/export settings, AppleScript support, better badge integration with support for transparency, and other enhancements.
Dan Saperstein informed us that CarbonLib 1.0.4, which Apple posted last last night, was included with the AppleWorks 6.0.3 Update that was posted earlier this week, explaining why the Software Update control panel may be unable to find the new version.
Epigroove has posted Auction Information Database (A.I.D.) 3.1, a powerful $30 solution for bidders and sellers to monitor and keep track of online auctions.
Aladdin Systems has added a \"Celebrity Interview\" feature to its MacRadio.com portal Web site. The first celebrity is David Knopfler of Dire Straits. \"David is a friend, Macintosh advocate and wonderful musician,\" said Jason Foodman, director of Aladdin\'s Internet division.
Toshiba has begun shipping the PDR-M70 digital camera, which offers a 3.37-megapixel resolution, 3X optical zoom, 2X digital zoom, USB interface and AVI video capture with audio. The camera ships with a 16 MB SmartMedia Card, CD software from Sierra Imaging, a lithium battery, USB cable, audio/video-out cable, neck strap and soft case.
H2C 1.6 is a utility for C++ programmers that \"automatically generates a source file containing all the class member functions from a given header file, instead of declaring each class member functions twice.\"
Andy Pritchard\'s Etchelon Tracer 3.7 adds the ability to play back QuickTime movies to the shareware animation and morphing tool. Etchelon Macdoodle v1.1 adds another 26 outline drawings as well as some bug fixes to the $7 children\'s paint program.
Following the outbreak of the Love.Letter virus yesterday, other variations are surfacing including one with the subject \'Fwd: Very Funny\' that contains an attachment titled \'Joke.TXT.vbs\'. Like the Love.Letter virus, Mac users are immune to the variants as well. Meanwhile, several groups have criticized Microsoft for security holes in the company\'s Outlook application that allow such viruses as Love.Letter and Melissa to spread.
Avernum 1.0.2 is the latest version of the fantasy role-playing game, set in an enormous, mysterious underground nation. The new version fixes a number of bugs and other small issues. StimpSoft, Inc. has updated three of its products: SnapperHead 2.5 fixes bugs and adds a couple small features to the application that enables a user on the Web to remotely take a screen shot of another Mac and view it in their browser, Yada 1.1 is a bug release update to the software that enables a Mac to display a scrolling message that can be changed remotely, and WeatherGrok 1.1 improves reliability of the weather tracking application. All applications are free, although SnapperHead has a $25 fee for commercial use.
Today\'s Forums area includes questions about a Samsung cellular phone and PowerBook, an adapter for a parallel Zip drive and making smaller movies from a large QuickTime MPEG; and problems with a Newer Technologies upgrade that crashes PowerCenter, LCII that won\'t recognize floppies, a MacAlly Scroll wheel that is sporadic, Epson Personal Copy software crashes on launch and RealPlayer won\'t install.
CAT III Systems has released Virtual Wings 1.5, a free upgrade to the high-end flight trainer for Windows and Macintosh. The new version\'s VFR/IFR simulator has been approved as a Personal Computer Based Aviation Training Device by the Federal Aviation Administration. PCATD systems can be used by pilots for logging 10 hours of training toward the instrument rating when under the tutelage of an instrument flight instructor. The software simulates a Cessna 172 Skyhawk for basic training and an Aerospatiale TB20 Trinidad constant speed prop retractable as a complex aircraft. New users can purchase the package for $250.
Leister Productions has posted Reunion 7.0, a $50 update to the genealogy software for Macs. The update features a single application, instead of a separate application for charting; the ability to open more than one family file at a time; and the Quickbar, a new strip of buttons along the top of the family card. The update is free to version 6.0 owners, if they purchased it after Feb. 1.
C.DEV has released Boogle 2.0, a Boggle-type, vocabulary-building game for the PowerPC. The update offers a total rewrite of all code for increased speed and stability, adds a pause function that halts the timer and obscures the board and adds a rotate feature. The game is a $10 shareware.
Adobe Systems and Apple are two of the sponsors of the 2000 One Show Festival, a creatively focused new media festival and awards show for advertising and interactive media professionals and students. Held May 8 to 11 at Lincoln Center in New York City, the One Show Festival hosts a series of events to celebrate the most creative print, broadcast and interactive advertising talents worldwide. Other sponsors include Brand Era, Gettyone and Real Networks. Events will be featured on Adobe\'s Web site the week of May 15.
Yesterday we noted Newer\'s price reduction on the iMAXpowr, the release of FinderPop 1.8.6, REALbasic 2.1.1, Communicator 4.7.3, and GameSprockets 1.7.4.
Apple has made CarbonLib 1.0.4 extension available to download via the Software Update control panel. The new version "addresses outstanding customer issues and improves system stability when using Carbon-based applications." [no link available]
A Merrill Lynch analyst believes that the key to Apple\'s future success lies in the consumer device and appliances market, and while he is bullish about Apple\'s performance in the next two quarters, the stock is a "wild card" beyond the end of the year.
iMac2Day notes a price cut for Newer Technology\'s iMac upgrade and an iBook mass charging unit from Anthro.
An article yesterday discussed Apple\'s future in the consumer device and appliances market. Other updates include Marc Moini\'s Smart Scroll 3.7b1, Reunion 7.0 genealogy software, and Etchelon Tracer 3.7
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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