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REALbasic 3.0b3 has OS9.1 fix, new plugin SDK
A new beta of the popular programming utility, REALbasic 3 beta 3, adds refinements to the new registration scheme, a new function "ApplicationSupportFolder", fix for Mac OS 9.1, and other enhancements and improvements. A new plug-in SDK, including documentation for the database plug-in API, is also available.
SoftTTY: telecommunications device on a Mac
SoftTTY allows your Mac to function as a TTY or TDD (telecommunications device for the deaf). The $75 software uses the built-in modems on all G3 and G4 based computers and "runs out of the box" without any additional hardware. It also includes an answering machine, phone book and many intelligent dialing features.
ProJPEG 5.1 adds resolution support
BoxTop Software's JPEG-optimization utility, ProJPEG 5.1, adds resolution support, addresses a JPEG corruption issue, improves performance, and confirms full compatibility with OS 9.1.
Telefragged: Action UT Interview
Telefragged has published an interview with Markus Hastreiter and Martin Oberhaus, two members of the development team working on Action UT. The pair offer details on the upcoming mod for Unreal Tournament including the weapons that it will offer. "Action UT will have a knife, three classes of handguns, a submachinegun, a shotgun, a 'hand cannon' (sawed-off double barrel shotgun), an assault rifle and a bolt-action sniper rifle. The handguns will differ in caliber, ammo capacity and penetration, allowing the player to choose a gun that suits his or her style of play."
VE: World War II Online Screenshots
db Reports 2.3 database tool supports mySQL
Aaron Bratcher has posted db Reports 2.3, his report writing application that adds mySQL support to its collection of data sources (4D Server 6.5, ODBC, OpenBase, Oracle, postgreSQL, REALDatabase, Valentina) as well as support for longer (up to 32KB) expressions.
First shipment of digital audio Power Mac G4s
Andrew Robinson reports receiving the first shipment of 466- and 533-MHz digital audio Power Mac G4s at his local CompUSA in MA.
GA-Strategy: How Myth III is different
GA-Strategy has posted some comments from Mumbo Jumbo Studios' Scott Campbell, Lead Designer on Myth III: The Wolf Age, on what will set apart this game from other real-time strategy games on the market. The comments reiterate Campbell's earlier remarks indicating that the team plans to keep the core gameplay and mechanics of the Myth franchise intact. "The game is not about resource management," says Campbell. "You don't have to mine iron to make swords, for instance."
GameSpot: Summoner Preview
GameSpot has published a preview of Summoner, the 3D role-playing game currently in the final stages of development for the Mac and PC at Volition. "A major element of the game is the summoning of creatures in connection with the magic rings of summoning, and Volition has spent a lot of time creating detailed summoning spells, as well as interesting creatures for Joseph to bring forth when he casts them." The game is expected to be released for the Mac in March by Graphic Simulations Corporation.
GU: Neverwinter Nights Interview
Gaming Unlimited has published an interview with Bioware's Trent Oster, Producer on Neverwinter Nights. The interview probes Oster on a variety of topics related to the 3D role-playing game beginning with the combat system:
Like the rest of the game, combat in Neverwinter will occur in real-time. That said, we're by no means a clickfest - the underlying round-based combat structure of the Dungeons & Dragons rules is still intact and functioning behind the scenes. In 3rd Edition, these combat rounds are considered to be 6 seconds long and there are very strict rules as to what actions can and cannot be completed in that time. These will be accurately represented in Neverwinter and we will test the system extensively to ensure that it's a lot of fun to play.
Heavy Delta 0.91 Released
Heavy Delta 0.91 is a new release of the mod for Quake III: Arena which offers such enhancements as severable limbs and movement speed based on the amount of weapons and ammo that the player chooses to carry. This new version fixes a few minor bugs and makes thge knife more powerful and easy to use.
Q3 Gridiron 2.0 Released
Vanson Studios has released Q3 Gridiron 2.0, a "football with rocket launchers" mod for Quake III: Arena. The new version adds four new maps, improved weapons, an improved ball that bounces around like a real football, more options for customizing the mod, flashier indicators and a few minor bug fixes.
New Red Faction Screenshots
Computer and Video Games has released eleven new screenshots from Volition's upcoming first-person shooter for the Mac, PC and Playstation 2, Red Faction. The game is expected for release on the Mac from Graphic Simulations Corporation in July.
IMG: Tony Hawk 2 Interview
IMG has published an interview with Aspyr Media President Michael Rogers and Westlake Interactive's Mark Krenek, Lead Programmer on the Mac port of Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 2. The interview reveals that while the PC version's multiplayer capability was restricted to LAN only, the Mac version will offer Internet play including support for GameRanger.
Unreal Fortress 390 Released
Unreal Fortress Build 390 is the latest release of the popular class-based teamplay mod for Unreal Tournament. The new version makes dozens of additions to gameplay, tweaks and bug fixes including the addition of a third-party map pack, more awards and the implementation of a shotgun.
GoD highlights Oni moves
Gathering of Developers has released two small movies featuring moves from its upcoming third-person 3D action game, Oni. The company plans to feature a new move each day leading up to the release of the game for the Mac, PC and Playstation 2 on January 29th. [Flash 5 required]
VE: Sacrifice Interview
Voodoo Extreme has posted a short Q&A with Shiny Entertainment's Job Otero, Lead Artist on Sacrifice, on the real-time strategy game now that it has shipped for the PC. The game should be released for the Mac in Q3 2001.
DR: Scott Campbell Interview
Daily Radar has published an interview with Mumbo Jumbo Studios' Scott Campbell, Lead Designer on Myth III: The Wolf Age. The interview contains a few new details on the real-time strategy title including information on one of the game's new units:
Three words: Trow Iron Warrior. In our story, the Trow are at the height of their decadence, enslaving the Oghre to build huge iron temples to their god Nyx. Imagine Trow bedecked in suits of plated iron, wielding titanic iron swords as they lumber onto the battlefield. Now imagine the looks on your opponents' faces when you use one in netplay!
Jobs to open NECC 2001 education conference
Apple CEO Steve Jobs has been confirmed as the opening keynote speaker for NECC 2001, June 25-27, in Chicago. The 22nd Annual National Educational Computing Conference (NECC) will "explore the opportunities and innovations of education in the 21st century," offering workshops, speakers, and networking forums for educators. Other speakers include Motorola Internet executive Janiece Webb (Tuesday); NASA Classroom of the Future's Hilarie Davis (Wednesday); and Teacher Educator and humorist Debbie Silver (Wednesday luncheon). Early registration for $100 ends March 30th.
Newer Technology bankruptcy case update
Newer Technology recently released an announcement with further information pertaining to its bankruptcy case. Among the details, a meeting with creditors has been set for February 5.
Custer's Corner: Stone Rage
Custer's Corner has released "Stone Rage", a new desktop picture featuring characters and scenes from Cro-Mag Rally. In addition to the eight previously available resolutions, this week's desktop is the first to also be available in 1152 x 768.
Review: Cro-Mag Rally
We have published a review of Cro-Mag Rally, the 3D kart racing game for the Mac from Pangea Software.
Games: "Stone Rage" desktop and more
games.macnn.com has updated Custer's Corner with "Stone Rage", a new desktop picture featuring characters and scenes from Cro-Mag Rally. In addition, the site has new information on networking in Master of Orion III and getting PC mods to work with the Mac version of Rogue Spear.
Apple posts Mac OS 9.1 Technote
The Apple Developer Connection has posted the Mac OS 9.1 Developer Techicanl Note TN2010, which has details on the changes in updated OS. We've posted a few annotated highlights from the document in our forums.
MacNN: New Power Macs, PB G4 Delayed
MacNN has posted information on Apple's delay of the new 667 and 733 MHz Power Mac G4's as well as the new PowerBook G4.
Roundup: Myth III Trailer, more
Last Wednesday, Gathering of Developers released a teaser trailer for Myth III: The Wolf Age and PC Data's December 2000 sales charts showed Aspyr Media taking the top three spots with The Sims, The Sims: Livin' Large and Sim Theme Park. We published a first look at Master of Orion III and a review of Tanks of Terror. In addition, we added both Master of Orion III and Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 2 to our Game Center.
MovieWorks 5.0: multimedia creation suite
Earlier this month, Interactive Solutions began shipping MovieWorks 5.0, its $150 suite of multimedia application tools for building short- and medium-length movies, slideshows, and presentations. It offers AV and DV support; a mult-track, time-based sequence editor; and batch processing tools as well as support for QuickTime transitions, including unrendered dissolves/fades and scrolling text. A Deluxe version includes the ability to create linked "scenes," offers support for QuickTime VR, and includes royalty free video, graphics and other multimedia files. Upgrades are free for v4.7 users and are $40 (electronic) for other registered users. Trial versions are available online.
XLR8 lowers G3, G4 upgrade pricing
XLR8 has lowered pricing on its G3 and G4 MPe upgrades, including savings of $10 on its 400MHz (now $290), $50 on its 450MHz, and $100 on its 500MHz ZIF-based G3 upgrades. MaCh Speed Carrier G3 upgrades have been reduced by $20, $80, and $130 respectively to $360 (400MHz), $400 (450MHz), and $470 (500MHz). XLR8's single-processor ZIF-based G4 upgrades have also been reduced to $400, $450, and $600 for 400MHz ($50 reduction), 450MHz ($80 reduction), and 500MHz ($130 reduction) models. Its MaCh Carrier G4 cards are now $480 and $530 respectively for 400-MHz G4 and 500-MHz G4 upgrades. XLR8 also announced pricing on its dual processor MaCh Carrier G4 upgrades (for second generation PCI machines) and its dual processor MaCh Velocity G4 upgrade (for newer Power Macs. [see US pricing guide; updated]
DAVE patch for OS 9.1 released
Thursby's DAVE patch for Mac OS 9.1, which includes a new NetBIOS and DAVE Client files, resolves the problems with the Mac OS 9.1 noted here this morning, including freezes when copying large files to/from the DAVE client and problems setting up desktop printers through the DAVE client.
Apple licenses CDDB for 5-years
Gracenote (formerly CDDB) announced that it has signed a five-year exclusive agreement with Apple to "include its CDDB music recognition service in the operating system for all Macintosh PCs and laptops."
NAMM: Waves announces Renaissance Voice
Waves, Ltd also made two announcements at the NAMM Winter show in Anaheim, CA:
- Its $1200 L2-Ultramaximizer software Audio Processor, for Digidesign's Pro Tools 24|Mix TDM systems. The software features 48-bit internal processing and the ability to perform high quality re-quantization to 24, 22, 20, 18, and 16-bit outputs as well as its proprietary brickwall look-ahead peak limiter algorithms and IDR (Increased Digital Resolution) dithering technology.
- Its Renaissance Voice processor is now available as a Digidesign TDM (Mac only) product, or as a native application for both Macs and PCs. Renaissance Voice is optimized for vocal tracks and has a new two-button interface for controlling the newly designed compressor, gate, and precision limiter with automatic gain staging for clip-free maximization of vocals.
New 5400 rpm WD Caviar hard drive family
Western Digital yesterday announced its next-generation WD Caviar hard drive family, which offer a 5400 RPM, 30 GB-per-platter model that provides up to 60 GB and uses "new differential preamp technology that eliminates grounding noise and enables a higher data rate." It will be available in 30, 40 and 60 GB capacities. The drive also utilizes new differential preamp technology that eliminates grounding noise and enables a higher data rate. The drives are currently in volume production, according to the company.
Secure ICA Mac client available from Citrix
Chris Johnson notes that Citrix Software has finally released a 128-bit secure ICA Macintosh client late last year: "This allows people to access a metaframe server from Macs using 128-bit security. It's nice to see them added this much needed support!" [form]
SnapTop Pro 2.1 desktop utility updated
SnapTop Pro 2.1 brings instant access to the desktop/Finder from any application, offering customizable key combinations to instantly snap to your desktop and hide open applications (hide, not close!) as well as a feature to instantly collapse all windows in the Finder. The update to the has new optimizations and bug fixes that vastly improve the performance.
GameSpot: Myth III Preview
GameSpot has published a preview of Myth III: The Wolf Age, the third title in the real-time strategy game series which is now in development at Mumbo Jumbo Games. The preview is littered with comments from Mumbo Jumbo President Mark Dochterrmann and Lead Designer Scott Campbell. "Imagine 3D trees that blow in the wind," Campbell added. "So you can see their branches swaying... fields of grass that tremble as your troops march by. If a warrior were to brush by a bush, it will actually deform as he walks over it. It looks really, really cool."
Eternal Arena 3.5 Released
Eternal Arena 3.5 is the latest release of the mod for Quake III: Arena which offers Instagib Rails, Rocket Duel, Frenzy, LowGrav, Telefrag Rails, Heavy Weapon and Full Load game modes. The new version corrects a display problem introduced with the new color scheme added in the previous version.
NAMM: Steinberg makes several announcements
Steinberg Media also made several announcements at the NAMM show in Anaheim, CA:
- It introduced HALion, an open-source, virtual sampler for VST-compatible production systems that offers complex automation and control effects via MIDI as well as simple sample tuning. It features an embedded loop editor, support for full 32-bit VST-range, an array of selectable filter types, and support for a majority of CD sample libraries, supporting WAV, AIFF and AKAI import functionality.
- Nuendo 8 I/O 96k is an 8 channel analog-to digital and digital-to-analog converter offering Intelligent Clock Control (ICC) for flexible operation with internal clock, external word clock or the digital input signals.
- The Houston remote controller for Nuendo and Cubase VST production systems is a MIDI/USB remote controller for Steinberg's VST audio engine. The $1500 desktop unit with a built in power supply is the same width as a standard PC keyboard.
- It is now shipping its Midex 8 MIDI Interface, a $500 eight I/O USB MIDI interface compatible with Steinberg's new LTB (Linear Time Base) technology for a controlled MIDI data transmission with precision down to 300 microseconds. It can be used with Mac OS and Windows systems running Cubase VST 5.0.
- Nuendo 1.5 for Mac is a new modular system centered on an audio software application and several hardware accessories. It features up to 200 tracks of 32 bit/96 kHz digital audio, surround mixing, a video-track, and MIDI-Tracks as well as full VST 2.0 support. It is due in the first quarter of this year for $1300.
- Free updates to (some of) its VST effects plugIns, including its GRM-Tools 1.2 which brings the ability to sync parameters to tempo in any VST 2.0 compatible host software; Steinberg/Spectral Design Magneto version 1.5 now boasts a new interface, automatic detection of mono/stereo input, and support for 96 kHz; and Waldorf D-Pole 1.5, which has been updated with the new VST 2.0 interface and the ability to adjust parameters via standard MIDI Controllers.
Master of Orion III to use OpenPlay
Quicksilver Software's Tim Hume, a programmer working on Master of Orion III, has responded to concerns from readers in regards to the Mac version of the game and networking compability between the Mac and PC versions. Hume notes that the company is planning to use OpenPlay, an open-source, cross-platform networking API being pushed by Apple and being refined and integrated with NetSprockets by a small team of volunteer programmers.
MacSoft maintains #1 position on the Mac
MacSoft has announced the company has maintained its position as the dominant publisher of entertainment software for the Mac for the fourth consecutive year with a 37% marketshare in 2000, according to PC Data. The company's late 2000 releases included Links LS 2000, Beach Head 2000 and Driver.
Reckless Drivin' 1.2a Released
Jonas Echterhoff has released Reckless Drivin' 1.2a, a new version of his top-view 2D racing game which fixes a problem where the game would report a -30561 error.
Rogue Spear mods work on Mac
Ryan Colley wrote in to let us know that he's been successful in using PC mods with the Mac version of Rogue Spear:
The trick here is that all of these files are from a PC. So they contain carriage returns. So, you need to open up all of the files and either resave them as a Macintosh text file or strip out all of the returns which show up as little boxes in front of each line. After doing this and placing it in the Mods folder, they work great. (BBEdit anyone?) It is a little tricky to get the Mod files in the first place, however. You must have a PC to extract most of them, unless they are .zip files. But it is worth the hassle.
Xicons: Elite Force and Quake III
Mega Minesweeper 1.6.6
Ewing, New Jersey-based Carrot Software has released Mega Minesweeper 1.6.6, a new version of the company's modern minesweeper which includes extreme fields sizes, plug-in based themes and sounds, the ability to save games and more. Version 1.6.6 fixes a minor bug for some users and resets the 50 game limit on unregistered versions.
Sapphire Displacer 1.01 released
Sapphire Innovations has released Sapphire Displacer 1.01, an upgrade displacement maps set for Photoshop 6. The new set adds more than 100 displacement maps for distortions or painted effects.
ResExcellence: extracting fonts from apps
ResExcellence has published a tutorial on extracting fonts from applications and making them available to the system as a whole.
CDMA modem card in the works
Qualcomm and Matsushita today announced that they have agreed to terms that will allow Matsushita to build modem cards that utilize Qualcomm's CDMA wireless technology. CDMA, the predominant technology used by mobile phones in the United States, would allow devices to connect to the Internet wirelessly, without the need for a mobile phone. It's unclear at this point for which devices this technology will be developed, though conceivably laptops will be among the first to gain the technology.
CDFinder 3.0.2 fixes bugs
Norbert Doerner has posted CDFinder 3.0.2, a bug-fix release to the cross-platform $20 shareware disk cataloging tool that features a multilingual interface (German, French, English, Italian, Swedish and Chinese).
PlusOptimizer 1.3 updater brings OS 9.1 fix
PlusOptimizer 1.3, the hard drive optimization utility from Alsoft, is now available for download after we noted its imminent release earlier this week. The new version brings both Mac OS 9.1 and Mac OS X compatibility to the utility.
Apple Store estimated ship dates increased
The Apple Store has modified the estimated ship dates for the PowerBook G4 and high-end Power Mac G4 systems. The estimated ship date for PowerBook G4 orders placed today has been increased from 21 days to 45 days. Similarly, 667 MHz and 733 MHz Power Mac G4s are now estimated to ship in 7-10 weeks, up from 6-8 weeks. 466 MHz and 533 MHz Power Mac G4s are available immediately, however. It's unknown whether the extended delays are a result of overwhelming demand or a worsened parts shortage. Apple was unavailable for comment. Several readers report that calls to the Apple Store revealed that their PowerBook G4 orders placed as early as ten days ago are also showing the added delay and are not expected to ship until the end of February. [updated]
New Symantec definitions for Melissa virus
Following our note yesterday about a new variant of the Melissa virus, Symantec yesterday evening also issued a press release with additional info on the new Meliass.W variant and has posted updated virus definitions for users who receive viruses that have been carried on Macintosh Office 2001 documents, including the Melissa.W virus.
NAMM: Propellerhead announcements
Propellerhead Software made several announcements at NAMM in Anaheim, CA:
- The release of Reason, its $400 expandable music system for Windows and MacOS that includes a virtual studio rack of instruments such as analog synths, mixers, drum machines, effects, and a realtime multi-track sequencer as well as MIDI control of all devices, knobs, faders and parameters.
- Rewire 2.0, an update to its cross-application technology to transfer both MIDI and audio seamlessly between applications. Version 2.0 integrates MIDI, audio and transport control in single invisible application link. The company licenses ReWire 2.0 free of charge to software manufacturers.
- Recycle! 2.0, the "groovemaker," now works with stereo files and offers real-time previews for most settings, including tempo and pitch settings. It also offers REX2 file support with up to 60% non-lossy audio compression and ASIO support. It is due in March for $200.
Tech: Sun, MS earnings, Melissa.W virus
Morning tech news: Sun Microsystems has reported profits that met Wall Street forecasts, but a 44 percent rise in sales just missed higher expectations; Microsoft also met profit forecasts, but its second-quarter profits were virtually unchanged from a year ago; and Symantec AntiVirus Research Center are warning of a variant of the Melissa virus, called Melissa.W, a macro virus that spreads as a Mac document and has worm capabilities.
Roundup: Melissa, MRJ 2.2.4, PB hinge failure
Yesterday we noted a new variant of the Melissa Virus, analysts comments on Apple stock, possible wide-spread PowerBook G3 hinge failure, and Apple's MRJ 2.2.4 to resolve a security issue. Other updates included FileFreak 3.0, OT/PPP Strip 1.1, Keyspan's USB Twin Serial adapter v1.8 driver, and LocalizerDSP 1.0 plugin.
Deck 2.7 adds ASIO-hardware compatibility
BIAS yesterday began shipping Deck 2.7, its $400 multitrack digital audio workstation software. Version 2.7 brings compatibility with ASIO-compatible audio hardware, including the MOTU 2408/1224, Event Layla/Gina/Darla, Digidesign, Audio Media III, Lexicon Core 2, and others. Upgrades from v2.0 are $100, while upgrades from v1.x are $300.
New limited edition of Deck available
BIAS also announced Deck LE, a light edition designed as "an entry-level application that includes core features and functionality of the full version of the programk" including support for ASIO-compatible audio hardware. It can record, edit and play back up to 8 tracks of CD quality audio, and supports most popular file formats. The LE version will be bundled as an OEM product with compatible hardware (including TASCAM's USB-based US-428 digital audio control device/interface). It will also be available at retail stores in Q1 of this year for $100.
DAVE/Mac OS 9.1 issues; patch for Illustrator
Thursby has confirmed a few compatibility issues between Dave 2.5.1 and Mac OS 9.1, noting (random) freezes when copying files to mounted volumes and problems creating new desktop printers. A newly posted DAVE 2.5p7 client patch fixes problems with Adobe Illustrator 8.x and 9.x.
New release of AOL instant messenger 4.3
America Online has posted a final version version of its Mac instant messaging utility, AOL IM 4.3.1232, which brings access to buddy lists from any computer as well as the ability to play online games against your AIM Buddies.
Business Week: 'OS X: Think Too Different'
D'Arcy Norman notes Business Week Online's article titled OS X: Think Too Different: "Charles Haddad just posted a story on MacOSX, and how developers are avoiding it like the plague. He describes the MWSF keynote, given by an unknown 'black-shirted presenter', as a failure, not capturing the interest of the bored audience..."
Order tracking utility for AppleStore
Austin Shoemaker has posted a freeware AppleStore Order Status Utility 1.0, a simple AppleScript that "remembers your order information and informs you of changes to the status of your order when double-clicked. You can jump directly to the Order Status page on apple.com from the program." Austin is soliciting feedback to gauge interest in a more sophisticated order tracking utility.
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