KepMad Systems today released ImageBuddy v1.03, a $15 shareware utility that can create contact sheets for printing as well as rotate, resize, crop, mask and layout your digital photos. [3.7MB] [price and link updated]
Adobe sent us a note regarding the loss of some Acrobat Reader functionality in Netscape 6.
In a continued effort to clear out inventory, Dewey Maxwell noticed that Apple has added yet another promotion at the Apple Store. Users who purchase a Power Mac G4/450 receive a $300 mail-in rebate, while those who purchase a G4/500 receive a $500 rebate. The offer is good until the end of the year.
Yesterday we noted Newer\'s Holiday Sale (and public beta of OS X drivers), Intech\'s CD/DVD SpeedTools 5.5, and price reductions for Apple Education customers (as well as 2.9% offer for education leases), as well important TILs about crashes with any Carbon application, low-power mode with the ATI Rage 128 PCI card option, and routine DHCP polling under Mac OS 8.6.
Greg Landweber has released SmoothType 2.2.2, an update to his $10 shareware control panel that brings Mac OS X style font smoothing to Macs running System 7 through Mac OS 9; version 2.2.2 improves the appearance of bold text in fonts without a bold variant, as well as fixing text drawing problems with Adobe PageMaker, Equation Editor, and MathType. [104KB]
A recent New York Times articled compared select computer offerings from IBM, Dell, and Apple: "While the Apple G4 Cube is a functional objet d\'art with serious computing power, the [IBM\'s] NetVista X40i is more of an unobtrusive desktop machine. It stands out because of its black finish, condensed design and flat- panel screen, but it is not the thing of beauty that the Cube is."
Over the past week we\'ve noted important releaes such as Adaptec Toast 4.1.2, Apple\'s new manufacturing plant, shipment of PowerLogix\'s 500-MHz Blue Chip G3 upgrade, Documents To Go 3.0 Professional Edition, MYOB\'s new AccountEdge 1.0, HP\'s new LaserPrinters, Palm OS 3.5, SuSE Linux 7.0 PowerPC Edition, Nvidia\'s Geforce2go for Macs, and Macromedia\'s Dreamweaver 4, UltraDev 4, and Fireworks 4.
The newest member of Apple\'s Board of Directors, Dr. Arthur Levinson, recently purchased a stake in the company, according to a Macworld UK report early this week. Filings from the Securities and Exchange Commission show that Levinson bought 80,600 shares in Apple, or approximately $1.55 million (estimated from market value at the time). Dr. Levinson is chair and CEO of biotech company Genentech and joined the Apple board in August, replacing retiring board member Edgar S. Woolard Jr. Levinson\'s presence on the board and strong support of the company (he filmed a testimonial praising the G4 Cube prior to joining Apple) is expected to help strengthen Apple\'s already-high marketshare in the scientific and high-end educational market.
Reuters reports that Apple\'s retail store, planned for Palo Alto, CA, may open as early as April of next year, noting that Apple had "applied for approval to modify a downtown building into a 6,581 square foot retail store."
RB App Type 1.0 is a freeware developer utility to help build system extensions, control panels and background apps with REALbasic.
Apple\'s Power Mac G4 Cube has been named Product of the Year by Home Office Computing magazine. Apple products also took home three silver medals: PowerBook G3 (Deluxe Notebook), 15" Studio Display (LCD Monitor), AirPort (Home Network).
iSee 1.8 allows users to preview images directly in the Finder. The new version includes bug fixes and adds the ability to open and lock iSee windows, allowing users to work in the Finder without loosing the iSee window. [740KB]
Travis Wright was informed by Yamaha technical support that the company is now shipping its CDR 2100FXZ CD-RW, which features a 16x/10x/40x mechanism as well as an 8 MB memory buffer, used to prevent errors when burning CDs. The drive is presently the fastest available on the market. [updated specs; site not updated]
Joshua Rafofsky sent us a note regarding an incompatibility that he is experiencing when trying to play DVD movies from his built-in DVD-RAM drive with Adaptec Toast installed.
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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