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
Now AAPL Stock: 93.74 ( -1.09 )
Fiat Chrysler adding Siri Eyes Free
On Friday, automaker Fiat Chrysler issued a software update for selected 2013-2015 model cars to allow Siri Eyes Free, the precursor to the more fully-featured CarPlay, to be compatible with the vehicles' infotainment systems, including steering wheel control. The 2013 through 2015 model Ram 1500/2500/3500, the 2013-2015 Dodge Viper, the 2014-2015 Dodge Durango, the 2014-2015 Jeep Cherokee and Grand Cherokee, and the 2015 models of Dodge Challenger and Charger, Jeep Renegade, and Chrysler 200 and 300 can be upgraded through the Unconnect touchscreen, visiting the Uconnect site and entering their 17-digit Vehicle ID, then downloading the update to a USB drive. Installation can take up to 45 minutes, and can only be done while the vehicle is in park. http://bit.ly/23f0sby
Tor Myhren starts as VP of Communications
After an initial announcement in December, Apple on Friday added former Grey Group chief creative officer Tor Myhren to its leadership roster as VP of Marketing Communications, placing the well-known ad exec in charge of Apple's advertising and Internet marketing efforts, as well as having a hand in packaging design. He will report directly to CEO Tim Cook, and is replacing the retired Hiroki Asai, who left Apple after 18 years with the company. Myhren is expected to continue Apple recent push into more "lifestyle" marketing rather than product-centric ads, such as the well-remembered "I'm a Mac" campaign from last decade. http://apple.co/1Wwf0Dd
Marseilles Apple Store to open May 14
Apple has officially announced its newest retail store in France, which is to open in the southern port city of Marseilles in the Les Terrasses du Port shopping center on May 14 at 10AM local time. It will be the 19th full retail store Apple has opened in the country, or 20th if one includes the Apple Watch-only boutique at Galeries Lafayette in Paris. Apple is said to be planning a new showcase Paris store to be located on the Champs-Élysées. http://apple.co/1pP77vO
Maps adds Flyover, Suggestions locations
Apple has updated Maps to include Spotlight Suggestions for Denmark, Norway, and Sweden, allowing users to search both internally and across the web on both Mac and iOS devices for data in Spotlight. In addition, the company has added Puerto Vallarta, Mexico and Akron, Ohio to the 3D Flyover feature, offering computer-enhanced aerial views of the two areas -- and has activated real-time traffic information for Thailand, which will augment services like reminders to incorporate estimated travel times for appointments, as an example. The company recently added Nearby searches to five countries, and rolled out transit directions for Montreal in Canada and Portland, Oregon. http://apple.co/1Lh1Zel
Verizon gives last offer, issues workers ultimatum
Verizon has offered striking workers its "last, best and final offer" following 10 months of protracted negotiations with union leaders. The latest offer comes on the back of 36,000 Verizon employees taking strike action two weeks ago. The proposal includes a 7.5 percent wage rise, better benefits and voluntary retirement incentive offers. The striking workers, mainly on from its fixed line operations, have claimed that Verizon has outsourced 5,000 jobs to workers overseas and that it has been deliberately hiring low-wage, non-union contractors. Verizon recently posted revenue of $32.2 billion for the March quarter. http://cnnmon.ie/26AmwSv
CarPlay comes to Porsche 718 Cayman
Porsche has revealed that its new 718 Cayman series will be the latest vehicles in its range equipped with support for Apple CarPlay. The new Porsche models joins the recently announced 718 Boxster, the 2017 Macans and the 2016 model of the 911 in offering support for Apple's iOS in the car interface. Both are fitted standard with an eight speaker sound system and the Porsche Communications Management (PCM) system. The entry-level Cayman starts at $53,9000, while the faster S variant starts from $66,300. Although already on sale, the won't reach US dealers until late November. http://prn.to/1Tj1EW7
Macphun offers free Photos filters
Image editing software maker Macphun are offering a free set of up to 30 photo filter effects to extend the range of filter options available to users of Apple's Photos app for OS X, which replaced the previous iPhoto program. The first 15 filters are available after installing the software, and includes filters such as "Ancient Canvas" and "Twilight," while users who sign up for the Macphun newsletter will unlock the other 15 effects. The extension integrates directly into Photos, and include sliders for finer control of the effects and a masking brush. http://bit.ly/1VEgQD6