Corel Corp. is offering a beta version of Corel Painter 6.1b Natural-Media creation tool. The update, soon to be final and free to 6.0 users, improves the soften, sharpen and highpass features; and adds a new woodcut effect.
Met@box announced it is offering a Holiday Rebate on its new MetaDrive Express Firewire line of portable harddrives and joeCARD processor upgrades. Its new FireWire drives available in 10GB, 20GB and 30GB formats for $430, $570, and $900 after rebates of between $30 and $80.
Apple has posted the Multicountry version of Apple Modem Updater 2.0. This updater supports the internal modem which came with the PowerBook G3 series, iMac, Power Macintosh G3 and Power Macintosh G4 computers. The bundle contains new modem firmware for the internal 56K modem, updated AT command set and Modem Country Selector (English-International version only).
Apple has posted the English-International version of Mac OS Runtime for Java 2.2.3. The update is Oracle Certified, provides substantial performance improvements and incorporates numerous bug fixes.
FoldersSynchronizer 1.9.6 is a maintenance update to the $20 Mac utility for synchronizing or backing up folders.
Microsoft is offering $100 mail-in rebate on Office 2001 for the Macintosh when an iMac, iBook or PowerMac G4 Cube is purchased. To qualify, users must have purchased a qualifying Apple computer within 60 days of acquiring Office 2001.
We have posted a review of The Sims: Livin\' Large, the expansion pack to the phenomenally-successful strategy game The Sims.
Big Business officially announced Big Business 3.0 this week, after quietly updating customers for last several weeks. Version 3.0 of the business management solution with sales, purchasing, inventory, and accounting modules features a new database engine that offers faster searches and sorts, better stability and scalability, and new Print Preview options, custom forms, reporting tools, alerts, and reports. A demo CD with both single and multi-user versions is available.
Black Magik has released File Hider 1.0, a $20 shareware utility that allows you to quickly and easily "hide" selected files and folders on your Macintosh so that they cannot be seen by casual observers or users of your Mac.
games.macnn.com has posted an article profiling the Computer Golfers Association (CGA), a group of Mac users that have been playing Links online since 1994.
Eric Hyman\'s MacBibble 1.2 is an update to the 16-bit JPEG, .nef, and EXIF file reader, manipulator, browser, and corrector with ICC support. It adds new instant previews in the browser window and the ability to specify JPEG quality and TIFF dpi as well as fixes several bugs. A demo of the $100 shareware has been extended for previous users.
Interesting threads in our forums include: using an iBook or PowerBook for MIDI, Mac-compatible free internet services, hard drive recommendations for a G4 tower, how to create self-mounting disk images, offering each user their own appearance setting under Multiple Users, AirPort health concerns, recording directly to a CD-R, using iMovie with multiple monitors, and converting Real files to QuickTime.
Pacific Tech\'s popular Graphing Calculator 3.0 brings the ability to add text comments to documents, printing, an export to Web feature for creating HTML files and PNG images, and the ability to save in RTF format for export to word processors. Upgrades from v2.7 are $20 and $40 from v2.0, v2.1, and v2.2. A demo of the $60 application is available online.
Sand Hill Engineering has released XTension 3.2.3, an update to its Mac-only home automation software that adds support for the LynX-Port and more verbs for the X-10 Extended Code suite for controlling the new \'smart\' devices. XTension is available in a free Lite version which incorporates all of the features of the full version, with only a limitation on the number of database units.
GrabPac today announced a new line of carrying cases for iMac and iBook, which have been "redesigned from the ground up with a host of new features and colors including a perfect Key Lime." The new $50 GrabPac for iBook is available in black, indigo, and key lime, while the Pro model for the iMac ($80) and iBook ($60) are available in simulated tan or black leather. The GrabPac Classic is still available at new, lower price of $40.
Chaotic Software\'s QuickMovie 1.2, a $20 utility that transforms a series of images into a single QuickTime movie easier than ever using MacOS 8, 9 or X, adds the ability to resize the main window, scale images, and other enhancements.
Belkin has introduced the CD LaunchPad, a $25 CD labeling system targeted at consumers. Users can create both labels for CDs as well as jewel cases. The CD LaunchPad will ship in January 2001.
Thomas Tempelmann has posted two Ricochet modem scripts for use with the company\'s original 28.8Kbps wireless modem, and new 128Kbps model. The scripts contain improved functionality over Apple\'s own.
Today\'s DealNN bargains include: Power Mac G4/500 MP systems for $2000, reconditioned iMac Rev/D (333 MHz) units for $600, 64 MB of PC100 RAM for $22, an NEC 19\" flat screen monitor with USB hub for $360, UMAX\'s Astra 2010U USB scanner for $15, and several DVDs for under $10.
Apple debuted a new television ad yesterday titled Internet Gift. The 30-second spot features Jeff Goldblum, who discusses the merits of \"giving the Internet\" this holiday, and with it an iMac.
Nisus Software is offering Nisus Email for $20a savings of $10 off the regular priceduring the Thanksgiving weekend. Nisus Email allows for e-mail composition in word-processing applications and allows users to send e-mails from within other applications.
During the past week, MacDesktops has posted 14 new pictures, including Audrey Hepburn (portraits), Chicken Run (animation), Disproportionate (starscapes) and Dragonheart (movies). The site is updated daily.
Yesterday we noted Apple\'s possible retail presence in Chicago and posted review of the Voodoo4 4500 PCI. Other updates included Adobe\'s Illustrator 9.01 Update, Aladdin\'s InstallerMaker 7.0, Power On\'s Rewind 1.0, and 3dfx\'s Mac drivers v1.1.2 as well as FirewireDirect\'s SlimLine DX line of external 3.5" FireWire drives and Popular Science\'s Best of What\'s New 2000 area.
Automated Solutions has released FileToolkit 3.0.2, a 4th Dimension plug-in which provides a variety of enhanced and optimized document management and network operation routines, including over 100 new commands to the 4D language. A limited demo of $160 plug-in is available online.
CalcIT v1.1 is a $11, customizable, shareware calculator that offers scientific and memory functions as well as hex or binary modes as well as conversions between metric and English units of length, mass/weight, and volume.
Morning tech news: The Illinois Institute of Technology has concluded that Carnivore, the FBI\'s controversial email monitoring system, \"does not provide protections... commensurate with the level of the risks\"; an IBM supercomputer is being installed in Hawaii to analyze \"space junk\" in the paths of U.S. satellites; and the latest European Microsoft antitrust case will be combined with an earlier case, according to a report issued by the European Commission.
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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