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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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