Gerry\'s ICQ d43.2 fixes a problem during the login process in the freeware alternative Mirabilis ICQ chat client.
Netopia has released netOctopus 3.6, which now includes historical analysis for Macs and PCs to the management application for remote software installation, system configuration, and inventory management. Version 3.6 also integrates its Microsoft Windows 2000 Readiness Analyzer.
Automated Solutions has released QuickCode Pro 4.0, a new version of the $200 4th Dimension utility for simplifying and accelerating 4D code development.
VST has made available online version 1.0 of the drivers for its unique Tri Media external drive, which can read floppy disks, compact flash, and smart media. The $190 USB device began shipping late last month.
SETI Checker 2.2.1 is a bug-fix update to the utility for checking and comparing SETI@home statistics. (Readers are encouraged to join Team MacNN\'s SETI@home effort.)
MetaCreations yesterday reported a net loss for the quarter of $3.3 million. More importantly, however, was the SEC filing revealed that the company has sold Headline Studio, the last product in MetaCreations\' once industry-leading graphics lineup whose future up until now was uncertain. The product was sold to Fractal.com, a startup company that former MetaCreations executive and Painter creator Mark Zimmer, along with two other colleagues, founded. Ironically, Zimmer and his colleagues had been executives at Fractal Design, a competing company that merged with MetaTools in 1997 to create MetaCreations. Fractal.com has yet to announced its plan for the product or the company as a whole.
Bruce Johnson noticed that Strata 3D 3.0, a new version of the 3-D modeling and rendering software that was used to make the game Myst, has been released in a free downloadable version.
Canto has introduced Cumulus 5 - Enterprise Edition, which is designed to manage and archive all kinds of digital assets across platforms. The company introduced previously the Single-User and Workgroup editions. Features of the Enterprise Edition include automatic detection of usage and cross-reference of assets; Live Filtering, for determining the exact categories and records a specific user needs to access; and Internet Client, which allows for accessing and altering record and category field information. This edition will be broadly available in the third quarter. The starter kit with the server application and 20 concurrent client licenses is priced at $33,000.
PGP Security today introduced PGP Desktop Security 7.0, a new version of its security suite that offers new personal firewall, intrusion detection, and dynamic peer-to-peer virtual private networks as well as disk/e-mail encryption capabilities, among other features. A Mac beta version will be available mid-May, while the full version is due by the third quarter of this year. A stand-alone version of the product, called PGP Data Security Suite, is expected in late June. Pricing is $36 per node for 500 nodes.
Waves in Motion has released Script Scheduler 2.0, an $80 plug-in which makes controlling and launching scripts within FileMaker Pro databases more powerful. It can trigger any script in any file, any script on a specific day of the week and any script at scheduled intervals. Script Scheduler Deluxe, which adds Azium String Functions, costs $90.
CE Software has posted QuicKeys 5.0b4, the latest beta of the next version of the company\'s macro utility. Among the new features in QuicKeys 5.0 are speech triggers, Mac OS 9 compatibility, several toolbar options, long shortcut names, and an improved Type Text plug-in.
NewTek has begun shipping LightWave  for Macintosh. The significant upgdate to the $2,500 3-D animation software offers advanced character animation tools, a new modeling paradigm and a new architecture. It also incorporates Open GL technologies, Altivec tuning, QuickTime support and OS X compliance. Registered uses of version 5.6 can purchase the update for $500.
The San Francisco Chronicle\'s Henry Norr has written a complimentary article about his wireless home driven by Apple\'s AirPort.
icons@Mendelini has three new sets of icons: Liquid Buttons, Liquid Folders and Bowie Buttons. These sets are all available in standard Mac OS format and IconDropper packs.
According to the Japan Electronic Industry Development Association, Japan\'s PC shipments exceeded its TV shipments. There were 9.94 million PCs shipped during fiscal 1999, a 32 percent jump, and exceeded shipments of TVs for the first time. TV shipments totaled 9.76 million units.
Total Recall Software has released Heat FireWire Utilities, a combination utility for FireWire hard drives that can partition, format, defrag, optimize, and verify FireWire media. The software also boasts the ability to increase drive performance by up to 20 percent, a claim that readers verify as being accurate. A 14-day demo version is available for download.
QPS has recently introduced Que! Fire CD-RW drive with FireWire controller card and 8x4x32x speeds for all Macintosh and Windows computers. Available in mid-May, the $480 drive has three FireWire ports, comes bundled with CD-mastering software, CD-RW media, one FireWire, a protective carrying bag, and all necessary accessories.
FreeGuard 1.1 is a simple security utility for making files or folders invisible. The application can itself can also be password-protected.
ACD Systems International has released a Macintosh beta version of ACDSee, its digital image-management software. The software is a high-speed image viewer that displays digital images in high-resolution and supports more than 40 image formats.
Apple.com was bumped from second place to third in PC Data list of most visited during the week ending May 6. Dell.com moved up to No. 1 with from last week\'s No. 3 spot while Compaq.com was last week\'s second-most visited hardware site. Since launching its new Web site in January, Apple has usually finished in the top spot.
MacNN has learned that Apple recently lost five key members of its audio division to a startup company that analyzes the technical aspects of a song to help people find other music they may like.
Media 100 Inc. has completed its merger with Digital Origin, a developer of application software for acquiring and editing digital video. Media 100 will now offer a tightly integrated streaming media application suite that addresses the entire streaming media production process from acquiring video to compressing and streaming. Under the terms of the merger agreement, Media 100 issued 0.5347 shares of common stock for each share of Digital Origin common stock. Media 100 will operate Digital Origin as a wholly owned subsidiary headquartered in Mountain View, Calif.
Michael P. McLaughlin has posted Regress+ 2.3.1, a minor update to the freeware title for mathematical modeling. The update adds Mac OS 9.0.4 compatibility and affects only the Save as PICT functionality.
Discussions in today\'s Forums area include questions about PM 8500 and iMovie and AppleScript and VBS; problems with reading multisession CDRs, an iBook that lags after startup, a desktop printer that crashes on setup, and SoundJam that crashes while ripping CDs.
Despite entering a crowded marketplace, Germany-based CPU upgrade manufacturer Metabox AG, which announced yesterday afternoon that it is entering the US market, believes it will succeed where many of its competitors have stumbled.
After making its consumer-oriented video editing software iMovie available for free download at the end of last month, Apple today announced that more than 150,000 copies had been downloaded during the first week. The software, which Apple says is for Power Mac G4 and FireWire PowerBook users, has proven to be compatible on a wide variety of systems, including Blue & White G3, beige G3, and 604-based machines.
Earthlink today announced that Sprint has purchased an additional 26 million shares of the company for $431 million ($16.58/share), increasing Sprint\'s stake in the company from 14.1 percent to 26.7 percent. In January, Apple announced a $200 million investment in Earthlink; since then, Earthlink\'s stock price has fallen nearly 50 percent.
Apple\'s TIL on how to reduce DVD skipping and stuttering outlines dual-layered DVD discs, DHCP servers, color bit depth, Appearance Sounds and Speakable Items as potential sources for causing distorted playback.
Recent PowerBook-related TILs discuss operating with the clamshell closed (bronze and FireWire), a steady LED glow at startup (bronze), and how to determine if a DVD decoder is present on a bronze PowerBook.
MonkeyBar 1.2, formerly known as iBar, is a $15 \"Internet-savvy launcher that combines applications, documents, favorites, bookmarks and music in one simple floating window.\" The new versions adds a couple small features and fixes a handful of bugs.
Marty Pfeiffer has posted Nu Sans Monospaced 2.0, a new version of his $8 Epsy Sans-like font optimized for on-screen display. The new version adds an italic face loosely based on IBM\'s Script typeface for Selectric typewriters and also adds the Euro symbol to both fonts.
Hint Movie CMPlugin 1.02 fixes a few bugs and adds new documentation to the contextual menu plugin that helps prepare QuickTime media for internet streaming.
Weather Grok 1.3 is a free application that reports current weather conditions from NOAA for hundreds of locations worldwide. The update fixes a handful of small bugs.
The Macintosh DivX Resource is looking for programmers to help port DivX to the Mac. DivX, not to be confused with the defunct DVD-rental technology DIVX, is \"a very new video compression codec built around Microsoft\'s MPEG-4 video codec and the MP3 audio codec. It is not only extremely efficient (10:1 compression from a native MPEG-2 DVD stream) but the quality is nothing short of astounding.\" Currently DivX is only available for Windows. The site plans on giving away $5000 and an iMac DV SE to encourage development.
Inspired Logic, LLC has released CD Caterpillar 8.0, an application designed to help beginning readers strengthen their reading skills that emphasizes actual reading by the student. The stories featured in Version 8.0 include the entire text of The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling, The Three Little Pigs, The Little Field Mouse, The Little Jackal, Nursery Rhymes and other short stories. The Home Version costs $16, the Classroom Version costs $80.
Yesterday we reported that Connectix will be releasing a utility similar to SpeedDoubler with Mac OS 9 compatibility, Macromedia\'s Dreamweaver UltraDev, noted Steve Jobs as appointment as Man of the Week, and the release of Webshots Desktop Lite 1.0.1, Microsoft UAM 5.05, and Z-Write 1.0.
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Markzware updates Q2ID for QuarkXPress 12 files
Graphic design file conversion tool maker Markzware has launched a new version of its Q2ID tool. The InDesign plugin enables users to open QuarkXPress files within a new InDesign (INDD) document, without rebuilding the QXP document from scratch -- the new version includes support for QuarkXPress 12 files. Q2ID Subscription members can download the new version as part of their annual plan. A single-user can purchase the plugin for $200, with other licensing options available. http://bit.ly/1Z4dS9t
PopChar X 7.5 arrives
Ergonis Software has released PopChar X 7.5, an improved version of the company's tool for finding and inserting special characters and exploring fonts. PopChar X 7.5 adds support for combined emojis in the Apple Color Emoji font, enhances the "Font Info" view, and adds many further enhancements that improve overall speed and stability. PopChar X 7.5 retails for €30 ($34), and is free for anyone who owns a license for PopChar X 7 or purchased a license for PopChar X 6 on or after March 1, 2014 [4.5MB]
Safari Technology Preview release 5 arrives
Parallels Access 3.1 updated for iPad Pro
Virtualization software Parallels Access 3.1 has been updated with support for the 12.9-inch iPad Pro, including Apple Pencil support. The software allows remote access to your PC or Mac from anywhere to control desktop applications from iOS or Android tablets and phones, with native touch gestures, as well as from any computer with an HTML5 web browser. Featuring three resolution choices for your mobile device ("Best for your Device," "More Space," and "Same as Computer") and 3D Touch support for the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus, the update also adds a new Tablet Mode in Windows 10, which makes it easier to interact without a mouse or keyboard. http://bit.ly/1OWZqjg
Hyundai brings CarPlay to more 2016 models
Along with its previously-announced support for adding CarPlay technology to the 2016 Sonata, 2017 Elantra, and 2017 Ioniq, a leaked memo to dealers has revealed that CarPlay-supporting software updates will be available today that bring the infortainment tech to the 2015 and 2016 non-hybrid Sonata models, the 2016 hybrid Sonata, the 2015 and 2016 Genesis Sedan, the 2016 Tucson, the 2017 Santa Fe, and the 2017 Ioniq. Owners can upgrade the system themselves by visiting the Hyundai website, and will need a Mac or PC with either an SD card slot or SD card reader to transfer the update to the vehicle. http://bit.ly/1YZqkqS
Google Paris HQ raided by investigators
Google's Paris headquarters has been raided by dozens of French police. The Tuesday raid was part of an ongoing investigation into possible tax-avoidance practices, stoked by widespread dissatisfaction with the way multinationals like Google are structuring their business operations. Although trading in many countries around the globe, Google reports its international sales only in tax-friendly Ireland, similar to a practice adopted by Apple. According to French law, if it completes any of its sales contracts in France and not Ireland alone, it could be in breach of its laws. Google, for its part, denies any wrongdoing, and said that it is fully compliant with French law. http://reut.rs/1Udk2T9
Apple TV extends universal search to NBC
Apple has extended its universal search function on the Apple TV to now include NBC shows in its results, provided the user has installed the NBC tvOS app. The search results can be generated either through Siri, or through the Search app, and includes support for searches by title, genre, and actor, among other queries. NBC joins CBS, more recently, among other channels including: Disney Channel; Disney Jr; Disney XD; FOXNOW; FXNOW; HBO GO; HBO NOW; Hulu; Nat Geo TV; Netflix; PBS; PBS Kids; SHOWTIME; SHOWTIME Anytime; Starz, and Watch ABC, all of which are supported by universal search. http://apple.co/25lGi5R