The Cleaner 5 v5.0.1 update is the first of two that Terran Interactive (a Media 100 company) will release to shake out issues discovered since the launch of Cleaner 5. This update includes many fixes, including better handling of 16:9 DV sources and better scaling of interlaced sources. The second (available in beta form within a few weeks) will address two major remaining issues in the Macintosh release: the ability to create the proprietary MPEG-1 files that Adaptec Toast requires to make Video CDs, and a fix for problems when creating long Windows Media files. The Read Me notes a workaround for the Sorenson Video 2 quality issue on dual-processor G4s, and talks about the need to disable the RadDV codec (which Cleaner 5 includes for high-performance, high-quality DV decoding) when using Final Cut Pro on the same machine. [updated]
Scott Kevill today added Star Trek Voyager: Elite Force and Monopoly to GameRanger, his Macintosh multiplayer online gaming service that now includes nearly 50 titles.
Uni Software has released a public beta version of its new version organizer, Voodoo Personal 2.0b3, designed for people working in a broad range of areas, including web publishers, designers, book writers and musicians. It adds a new contextual menu plug-in, improved ease of use, and other enhancements. The final version of the $80 application is expected early next year.
Adaptec recently posted first beta release of the PowerDomain 29160N 1.0b1 driver for Mac OS X beta.
games.macnn.com has published an article detailing tips and strategies for Monopoly for the Mac from United States Monopoly Champion Matt Gissel.
Chris Ruzin today updated LinkBox 3.3, his $10 shareware URL scrapbook application. It adds the ability to export links as HTML, the option to sort by usage, and an improved list display. A 15-day trial version is available online.
Mark/Space has posted a beta of PageNOW! 2.0b, its messaging application that can send messages from your Mac to pagers and PCS/GSM digital phones, including personal messages, wireless email, fax notification, and appointments/reminders.
Apple\'s vice president of marketing communications Steve Wilhite has resigned effective immediately. The departure follows the retirement last month of Mitch Mandich, Apple\'s senior VP of worldwide sales: "Wilhite oversaw advertising, marketing communications and online marketing. He was Apple\'s primary contact with TBWA/Chiat/Day, the company\'s advertising agency....Apple\'s Web site describes Wilhite as "the man singularly responsible for protecting and promoting the Apple brand." His replacement has not yet been named.
The Associated Press (republished by USA Today) is the latest publication to review Mac OS X, concluding: "Long-time users may complain of a learning curve, given how much OS X differs from its predecessors. But the stability, speed and visual stunningness of the new system far outweigh the familiarity of the old. One important note of advice, though: I wouldn\'t recommend installing OS X unless you\'re an experienced computer user who doesn\'t mind weathering a beta\'s turbulence. "
Aaron Bratcher says he will post the "full source of the current version" of vServe 1.3.1 this weekend. The utility allows REALbasic developers to share valentina databases with multiple Macs via TCP/IP and gives clients some sqlExecute commands. (The client does not use Valentina classes or classes that resemble the valentina classes.) [MacTech]
APS has released PowerTools 6.3.2, an update to its hard drive formatting utility from APS.
Optigold ISP 2.6.1 adds new FTP server actions, HTTP realm support, HTTP POST server actions, new billing functions, new online signup functions, and a few other miscellaneous new features to the cross-platform ISP application. A full demo is available online.
Yesterday we posted a review of The Sims: Livin\' Large, and noted Met@box\'s holiday reabtes, Microsoft\'s $100 mail-in rebate on Office 2001, as well as the release of Corel Painter 6.1b, Big Business 3.0, Pacific Tech\'s Graphing Calculator 3.0, and GrabPac\'s new cases for the iMac and iBook.
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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