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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French show carries on with iPhones
Following a prolonged power loss in a French TV studio, the crew was able to use a combination of limited studio lighting and a number of iPhones to continue taping the Saturday episode of talk show On n'est pas couché ("We're Still Awake"), using the resulting footage in the first edited episode. The Plus-model iPhones used for the impromptu shoot completion were either iPhone 6 Plusses (which shoot in 1080p) or 6s Plus models (which can shoot in 4K). The decision to use the iPhones to complete the show was made after a power outage at France 2's studio stretched to more than three hours. http://bit.ly/299wqDt
Scrivener for iOS to arrive in late July
For some long-time Scrivener users, to quote Paul Simon, "these are the days of miracle and wonders." As it marks its 10th anniversary in business, developer Keith Blount has announced that the long-awaited iOS version of his creative-writing tool Scrivener is to be submitted to the App Store, following strong praise from beta-testers. The program, expected in late July, will sell for $20 and work with both the iPad and iPhone. When we interviewed Blount last January, he added that Scrivener 3 for Mac would follow along shorty afterwards. http://bit.ly/2901XLE
WhatsApp now handles over 100M calls daily
WhatsApp is celebrating that it is being used for over 100 million calls every day. In a brief notice, the Facebook-owned messaging platform advises the voice-calling feature it rolled out to its users last year now deals with an average of over 1,100 calls initiated per second. Earlier this year, it increased the security of its calls and other messages, by introducing end-to-end encryption on all platforms. http://bit.ly/292HqCX
Adele's '25' album now streaming
Recording artist Adele has "pulled a Kanye" after saying that her current album "25" would not be available for streaming. The seven-month-old record, which has yielded a number of hit singles, is now available for streaming on all the major streaming services, such as Apple Music and Spotify, as of today in most major markets, with worldwide distribution to come. Reportedly, the singer had demanded streaming be limited to paid subscribers -- a condition that has hurt some streamers with artists, who aren't paid royalties for free or trial listens . Apple pays performers its normal royalty rates during its free trial, avoiding the issue -- and having repeated success in both signing up exclusives and placing those exclusives into the top of the charts. http://ti.me/28U7NOu
SanDisk iXpand case has battery, storage
A new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6s case from SanDisk appears to be the "holy grail" of accessories: a stylish and protective case that offers both extra storage as well as the option of extra battery power as well. The iXpand Memory case offers either 32GB, 64GB, or 128GB of additional storage incorporated into the case, and an optional add-on battery pack (sold separately) adds up to an extra day or more of charge. Through the associated iXpand app, camera photos and videos can be automatically stored on the extra storage, optionally password-protected, The cost for the case is (in order of storage capacity) $60, $100, and $130. The battery pack's release data has not yet been announced, but the add-on should retail for an additional $30. http://bit.ly/291epHu
Fifth Hong Kong store to open June 30
The 46th official Apple store in what the company calls the "Greater China" region will open at 10AM local time in Hong Kong's New Town Plaza in the Sha Tin district on Thursday, June 30, according to a new page on Apple's retail website. Despite slowing growth due to economic turmoil in China, the country is still Apple's fastest-growing market. The new story will be the fifth for Hong Kong, a lucrative market for Apple thanks to the high concentration of wealth there and a thriving "gray" market. Normal store hours for the new store will be 10AM to 10PM every day. http://apple.co/291diaT
Apple Music bug bites very short songs
There appears to be a reproducible bug in the current version of iTunes -- version 12.4.1, running on OS X 10.11.5, both the current non-beta versions of the respective software -- that causes a streamed song to become "stuck" in endless buffering if the streamed item just before this happened was 60 seconds or less in length. The problem appears to stem from code in iTunes that signals the next track to start downloading one minute before the currently-playing track is done, and thus songs shorter than one minute don't trigger the download. Locally-stored music is unaffected by the bug, and the problem does not appear to exist in either the macOS Sierra developer beta or versions of iTunes earlier than 12.4, and does not affect the iOS Music app at all. http://bit.ly/291cN0l