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FAXstf 6.05 fixes Mac OS 9.1 issue
Smith Micro's FAXstf 6.05 updater addresses Mac OS 9.1 compatibility in the company's fax software: "A change was made to the Queue Watcher component to correct a crash that would occur when hot-swapping USB devices on Mac OS 9.1."
Interview with Warren Spector
deusx.de has published an interview with Ion Storm's Warren Spector, Producer on the award-winning action/role-playing/adventure game, Deus Ex. Spector, a veteran of the games industry and currently in the technology research phase of the development of Deus Ex 2, comments on what makes a good game. "A good game is one that isn't trying to be a movie or a television show or a pen-and-paper roleplaying game but, instead, is uniquely a computer/videogame -- I love seeing and playing something that couldn't exist in any other medium."
Hellfire 1.2 for Q3:A Released
Hellfire Arena 1.2 is the latest release of the mod for Quake III: Arena which combines a variety of enhancements and features found in other mods. The new version adds a new machinegun model and a new flamethrower in addition to other enhancements and bug fixes.
Diablo II Expansion Set: Druid
Blizzard Entertainment has released a new screenshot from the Diablo II Expansion Set featuring one of the new character classes, the Druid, according to DiabloII.Net. In addition, the company has given the first look at the Druid in its werewolf form.
Night vision goggles in Strike Force UT
Strife Force Center has posted five screenshots illustrating the new night vision goggle feature which will be included in the forthcoming 1.60 release of the Unreal Torurnament mod. "Everyone will be able to carry them standard, for dark matches. Instead of having a full green screen we made it so it actually appears that you're wearing the goggles."
Top 10 New Unreal Engine Features
Stomped has posted a list from Epic Games Vice President Mark Rein of the Top 10 New Features in the new Unreal Engine Build 633 recently released to licensees. #1 on the list is hardware brushes:
This is the technology that lets us create scenes of 150-200 times more polygons than what users saw in Unreal Tournament at excellent levels of performance using hardware T&L. To see our earliest use of hardware brushes, check out the following URL's. The first shot is a composite of the wireframe and normal engine lighted view to illustrate some of the detail. We'll get a lot better at this and have more impressive things to show by Xfest but in the mean time check out these two shots. (1, 2)
Five new Summoner screenshots
We have added five new screenshots to our Summoner Game Center. The screenshots, released today by THQ, are from the Mac/PC version of the game which should be released on the Mac in April.
Radeon PCI driver update this week
A 3D engineer at ATI Technologies told Accelerate Your Mac today that he expects a driver update for the PCI Radeon will be released this week which will fix widely reported problems with the graphics card. Most notably, many users report incompatibility with Quake III: Arena and games which use the Quake III engine such as Heavy Metal: FAKK2 and Star Trek: Voyager - Elite Force.
Featured Oni move: Jump Flip
Today's special move at Gathering of Developers' official Oni web site is the jump flip, a move taught and encouraged in the first training level of the third-person 3D action game. [flash 5 required]
FILTERiT 4.0: suite of Illustrator plugins
CValley has announced a free upgrade program for users of its $130 FILTERiT 4.0 suite of Illustrator plugins, which was announced at Macworld Expo SF. FILTERiT 4.0, due for the Mac by mid-March, will offer free upgrades for all purchases after January 18, 2001. Version 4.0 will include a new "Trace" feature added on tool items, 3D transformations, fractalize functions, Live Cutout, and web animation capabilities.
Mac Escape from Monkey Island Progress Report
Westlake Interactive's Jesse Spears, Lead Programmer on the Mac port of Escape from Monkey Island, has provided games.macnn.com with a detailed progress report on his most recent development with the 3D adventure game. "I'd guess we'll probably hit beta before the end of the month, but I can't give a better estimate than that right now (and, as always, something might come up)."
XLR8: Nvidia Interview
Accelerate Your Mac! has published an interview with NVIDIA PR Manager Brian Burke on the company's move into the Mac market with the introduction of its GeForce2 MX on Apple's Power Mac G4's. "The GeForce2 MX's performance in Quake3 is excellent in all modes and resolutions that are actually playable (above 30 frames per second)," says Burke. "While the DDR-based Radeon does offer slightly higher frame rates at the highest resolutions, these resolutions are beyond the range of many displays, and at unplayable frame rates anyway, and thus not particularly meaningful."
Tech: Sega news, Travelocity security breach
Evening tech news: Sega is, once again, reportedly preparing a strategy for getting out of the game-console business, though a spokesperson denied it; Travelocity has patched a security breach that was caused by human error and may have exposed 45,000 names, addresses and phone numbers of customers; and FedEx Corp. has started to roll out a digital dispatch and tracking system in Europe based on a popular wireless messaging service.
QTKeys 2.5.1 fixes minor bug
Brueckner Interactive has posted QTKeys 2.5.1, an upate to its QuickTime synthesizer interface that fixes a minor bug with the splash screen.
Native Aqua interface for Mozilla Gecko
Adam Schuster has begun an effort to bring a native interface to the Mozilla Gecko engine for Mac OS X, in his project called Q.BATi: "Currently in the planing stages (we are trying to design an intuitve, native, interface for an OS X browser, preferably shirking common "standard" browser ideas) Q.BATi could use any help we can get porting Mozilla to a MachO (rather than the current Fizzilla push towards a Carbon port)."
IGN: Halo Preview
xbox.ign.com has published a preview of Halo, Bungie's highly anticipated action game for the Mac, PC and X-Box. The article does a history lesson of sorts as it looks back to before the game's official announcement when the game was known to fans of the company as "blam!". The preview also recounts the game's official announcement at Macworld Expo New York and the display of an engrossing trailer at E3 2000.
New Shadowbane Info Released
Wolfpack Studios and Gathering of Developers today released new information on their massively multiplayer online role-playing game for the Mac, Shadowbane. The information is provided to help users better understand the game's mechanics including how the decisions of the player community will affect the world over time. The update includes a sneak peak at the first beta world, "Aerynth", details on the first 8 Safeholds (GM-Run Cities), hypothetical examples of Player Kingdoms as they change over time, information on Guild Formation and Leadership, Coat of Arms examples, Guild titles and ranks, Kingdoms, Provinces, and City-States and City Building and Defenses.
Ekim releases ChessWorks 2.4
Ekim Software has released ChessWorks 2.4, a new version of its freeware chess program for the Mac. The new version offers an enhanced interface, the addition of new auto-refuse features, a new minigame window for global game playing and more.
FGN: Mark Rein Interview
FGN Online has posted an interview with Epic Games Vice President Mark Rein on the evolving state of the Unreal engine. The latest builds are known as the "Unreal Warfare" builds as the name will be the title of Unreal Tournament's successor. "The screen shots [of the latest build] I sent out to licensees today illustrate levels that 150 to 200 times more detailed than what we did in games like Unreal and Unreal Tournament," says Rein.
RockNES 1.702 Released
Richard Bannister has released RockNES/MacOS 1.702, a new version of his Nintendo emulator for the Mac. This new version makes small changes in the ROM loading, improves movie support and makes more than a dozen fixes and additions including the support of games such as Castlevania 3 and The Flintstones.
QuickTime behind RealPlayer, Windows Media
QuickTime was third in the streaming media market in November behind both RealPlayer and Windows Media, according to market intelligence researcher Media Metrix. Yesterday it reported that media players now are installed on 99 percent of U.S. home PCs and that in November 2000, 47 percent of those users (both Mac and PC) used a media player, while 40 percent used a streaming-media player. QuickTime, however, lagged behind both RealPlayer and Windows Media with a 4 percent marketshare in streaming media, which was up 33 percent from January 2001. RealPlayer and Windows Media were one and two respectively with 28 and 22 percent market share, respectively.
IMG: Oni Interview
The biggest factor in the decision to remove multiplayer support was the technological hurdle. We had been playing Oni over our office LAN and consistently experienced serious problems synching up the characters in multiplayer battles. The combat style in Oni focusses on precise timing and manuver so we decided that it made more sense to apply our technological and artistic resources to refining the single player experience, rather than continuing to develop a gameplay mode that would benefit a (relatively) limited number of end users. It broke my heart to do it, but I still believe it was the right choice given our circumstances.
Forums: Cube\'s future, USB graphics tablets.
Interesting threads in our forums include a discussion on the future of the Cube · USB graphics tablets · SCSI shutdown/restart problems · internal vs. external CD-RW · graphics cards for ADC monitors · LCD displays and sore eyes · a bug in the Mac OS 9.1 Sound control panel · continued frustration over AIM bolding menus.
Corel to focus on graphics software
Corel today said it will focus on its graphics software in a new corporate strategy aimed at returning the company to profit in the third quarter and increasing annual revenues by 20 percent a year for the next three years. Corel said it will expand its graphics product line over the next one to two years through investments in new markets fueled by Web content and graphics and by focusing on "untapped opportunities" within its base of WordPerfect customers. It said it would search for acquisition opportunities over the next two to three years and that it has plans for new features in a 2002 WordPerfect upgrade based on customer feedback. Corel also promised CorelDRAW 10 for the Mac, which will be released for both Mac OS 9 and Mac OS X this summer and said that it has plans to release upgrades for KnockOut, Painter, Bryce and KPT in the next year.
Kitty\'s Adventures in The Sims Vol. 3
Today we have posted Kitty's Adventures in The Sims Volume 3, our ongoing series that tells the ficticious stories of life in The Sims while also sharing some extras to download for owners of the game. This week's edition provides everything needed to create your own art gallery.
Oni Poll Results; Genre Poll
After tallying the results of last week's poll, the majority of respondents, 40.14%, have pre-ordered Oni and eagerly await the action game after playing the demo. 31.65% plan to pick up the game well after its release while 14.91% are not buying due to the lack of multiplayer and 13.3% are not buying due to the gameplay. In this week's poll, we ask readers, "Which game genre remains the most neglected on the Mac?" Please vote in the left sidebar of any page.
QuickRef util for creating QT reference files
David Dahl's QuickRef 0.6.2b creates QuickTime reference files needed to embed a QuickTime Streaming movie in web pages. It has a built-in database (based on FileMaker Pro) which allows you to import lists of QuickTime movie file names in order to process many files while you do other work. This release adds automatic FTP capabilities to any number of FTP servers, and an Embed Tag builder for quick web publishing.
Roundup: THPS2 Reaches First Playable, etc.
Yesterday Westlake Interactive announced that Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 2 for the Mac has reached first playable status, Creative Labs' Brian Souder indicated that the SoundBlaster Live! may soon be available as a BTO option at The Apple Store and the latest update on the development of Halo revealed that the game's vehicles can now be driven indoors. We published an exclusive preview of the Coldstone Game Engine, Beenox Studios and Ambrosia Software's utility which allows average users to create their own full-featured, cross-platform role-playing games without any knowledge of programming.
New Apple products at WAP user group meeting
The Washington Apple Pi Computer User Group will play host to Apple this Saturday (Jan. 27) at its monthly meeting, which begins at 9 a.m. at the Annandale Campus of Northern Virginia Community College. Apple representatives will discuss and demonstrate the new products introduced in San Francisco.
ZDNet: Apple\'s iDVD is next \'killer app\'
ZDNet has posted an article on iDVD, calling it "the next killer app." "Apple Computer Inc.'s most far-reaching announcement at this month's Macworld Expo/San Francisco was an also-ran with most of the mainstream press: the company's embrace of DVD authoring as a cornerstone capability of its latest Macs." (The New York Times ran a similiar article this past weekend.)
Responses: DVD restrictions, Macs in edu
Top commented stories from the last few days include: 'Unnecessary restrictions' in new DVD burner (25) · ATI filling PCI Radeon backorders (10) · Macs declining rapidly in education (9) · Jobs watches Apple stock rise and fall (19) · Macs strong in music industry (16) · Titanium lust: PowerBook G4 delayed (75). [also see 'Headlines' link in left sidebar.]
Reader: OS 9.1 not available w/Pro Keyboards
A MacNN reader writes that the Apple Pro Keyboard does not ship with the OS 9.1 CD update, despite documentation in Apple's TIL archive that says otherwise: "I ordered the keyboard from the Apple Store online using my $10 off iTools promotion on 1/11/00. The keyboard arrived yesterday and did not include the 9.1 CD. When I called Apple store support I was told the TIL was 'in error.' BTW, the keyboard was DOA! The Apple store promised to refund my money, but I am of course out my promotional $10 off."
iDevGames: Mark Adams Interview
iDevGames.com has published an interview with Mark Adams, President of Westlake Interactive. The company is currently working on Escape from Monkey Island, Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 2 and other Mac games.
MOJ: Wither Shareware?
Mac OS Journal's "The Gaming Landscape: Wither Shareware?" discusses the issue of shareware games on the Mac and includes comments from Ambrosia Software, Z Scult Entertainment, Freeverse Software and Monkey Byte Development on the difficulties of distributing games as shareware.
Ricochet3D wins Cubie
REAL Software has awarded Robert Urschel the Cubie Award in the game category for Ricochet3D, a game that tests coordination and logic skills and was created using REALbasic.
Apple Linux technology guru joins Terra Soft
Kevyn Shortell, former Linux Technology Manager for Apple Computer, has joined Terra Soft Solutions, a developer of Linux solutions for PowerPC microprocessors. According to the company, Shortell will initially be working to help wrap-up development of the Yellow Dog Linux 2.0 release and then to improve hardware support, oversee Terra Soft's new test lab, and "help build industry relations."
Vicomsoft posts updates for OS 9.1
Vicomsoft has released OS 9.1-compatible updates to its Internet sharing software, Internet Gateway 6.8.1 and SurfDoubler 6.8.1. Version 6.8.1 also brings the ability to run the RapidCache server (included in all Suites - and optional with the Modular Internet Gateway) with hard drive partitions in excess of 30 GB.
KeyStrokes 2.1b: on-screen keyboard utility
David Niemeijer's KeyStrokes 2.1b, now in public beta, adds and improves several features in his $45 on-screen keyboard utility, including compatibility with Mac OS 9.1, self-learning and language-independent word prediction. The update will be free to registered users. An (older) freeware version is also available. [form]
Nu Font Pack 1.6 updated with minor fixes
Marty Pfeiffer has updated his Nu Font Pack 1.6 for OS 9.1 compatibility and with other minor enhancements. The $31 font set inspired by Apple's Espy Sans bitmap fonts, contains Nu Sans, Nu Serif, Nu Casual and Nu Sans Monospace in a single download and at a 20% discount.
MWSF Expo reported for AEC professionals
ColorSync 3.0.3 due out soon
John Zimmerer, ColorSync product manager, informed members of the ColorSync mailing list that ColorSync 3.0.3 was not included in the Mac OS 9.1 update, but will be available soon through Software Update and Apple's support area.
REALbasic 3.0b4 squashes bugs
Real Software has posted REALbasic 3.0b4, the latest pre-release version of the programming environment for Mac OS and Mac OS X. This release fixes a number of bugs.
Cubies winners announced
Real Software has also posted the winners of its Cubies Awards, honoring REALbasic users in eight categories. Winners included Intelli Innovations' Package Tracker in the cross-platform category; Ricochet3D by Robert Urschel in the games category; and Catalunya Disseny's ICamMaster in the Internet category. There were two winners in the overall category: Ade Ward's Auto-Illustrator and James Sentman's WhistleBlower.
P.O. Toolbox manages USPS packages
Intelli Innovations has released P.O. Toolbox 1.0, an application for managing and tracking packages sent via the US Postal Service. The $100 software features both a domestic and international rate calculator, transit time calculator, delivery confirmation generator, integrated package tracking, specially designed forms, and more. Versions are available for both Mac OS and Mac OS X; a time-limited free trial is also available.
AutoTextTyper 2.5 adds macro support
Chaotic Software has posted AutoTextTyper 2.5, a $10 contextual menu plug-in for adding commonly used text to documents. This version adds the ability to copy macros to the clipboard and paste and reduced memory usage.
Sears reduces Mac product line
Sources inform MacNN that Sears will soon only be carrying the $799 iMac and Indigo iBook in its stores. One reason for the decision lies in a simplification of Sears' Apple strategy, without abandoning the platform. Additionally, Apple's Pro Mouse and Pro Keyboard will soon be available for purchase at all CompUSA locations, if they aren't already.
Games: Kitty\'s Adventures in The Sims Vol. 3
games.macnn.com has posted a detailed progress report on Escape from Monkey Island for the Mac. Earlier today, the site published Kitty's Adventures in The Sims Vol. 3 which highlights paintings and other materials needed to create an art gallery in the game. [updated]
Roundup: PB G4 delays, PCI Radeons, OS 9.1
Yesterday we noted delays in PowerBook G4 shipments, shipment of PCI ATI Radeon cards, Toshiba's new PCIMCA drive for notebooks, Total Impact's miniature PowerPC-based processing system, and the availability of iMovie v1.01 (again). Other OS 9.1 news includes differences between the online updater and the update CD, corrupted GIFs in Dreamweaver, and a confirmed incompatibility with Preps.
MacAmp 2.0 has improved desktop broadcasting
Subband Software today released MacAmp 2.0, a major revision to its application previously known as AMP Radio. The new version features enhanced MP3 broadcasting capabilities, an tracker, support for the Ogg Vorbis format, and more. Additionally, a revamped playlist improves the $15 shareware application's ability to function as a stand alone MP3 player.
SoundScript 1.0: new QuickTime-based app
Michael Norris has released SoundScript 1.0, a QuickTime-based, scriptable application that can play, loop, record and fade soundfiles: "It gives you ten 'channels' which you can assign with soundfiles from your hard-disk. Each channel can then be played, recorded, looped or faded independently."
iDo Script v1.1.1 triggers AppleScripts
Sophisticated Circuits has posted iDo Script Scheduler 1.1.1, which improves memory handling in its scheduling utility for automatically running AppleScripts.
Tech: Doubleclick cleared, CA beat estimates
Early morning tech news: The FTC has closed an investigation into DoubleClick, after concluding that the Internet advertising company did not misuse personal information collected about consumers. Enterprise software maker Computer Associates announced it earned $247 million, or 42 cents a share, beating analysts expectations of 40 cents; and IBM claims it has developed software that prevents consumers from making unauthorized copies of music downloaded from the Internet.
Toshiba sampling new 2.5\" notebook drives
Toshiba is now shipping samples of its new high-capacity 2.5" notebook drives, which are expected to begin shipping in quantity in March. The 15 and 30 GB drives are low-profile (9.5mm), run at 4200rpm, have an average seek time of 13ms, and are ATA-5 compliant, offering support for data transfer rates of 100MB per second, according to The Register.
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