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Apple has posted Disc Burner 1.01, an update to its software that allows you to create your own data CDs using your built-in CD recorder. This version offers support for several third-party drives, including LG, Matshita, Mitsumi, Philips, Pioneer, Plextor, Ricoh, Samsung, Sanyo LaCie, Sony, Teac, and Yamaha mechanisms.
Fantom Drives has added new models to its G-Force line of Hardware RAID systems, featuring Seagate\'s 15,000 rpm Cheetah X15 disk drive mechanisms. The G-Force RAID 90C-15K and G-Force RAID 126C-15K offer Level 0, 1, 0+1, 3, or 5 RAID options as well as Powered Hot-Spare support, Automatic Data Regeneration, and Independent Fault Isolation (in appropriately configured RAID configurations) to ensure that access to data is uninterrupted in the event of a drive failure. The $6,325 G-Force RAID 90c-15K has 90GB of storage using six 18GB 15,000 RPM Ultra-Wide SCSI drives and the RAID 126c-15K with 126GB of storage using eight 18GB 15,000 RPM Ultra2-LVD SCSI is $9,000. [storage capacity corrected]
WebEvent 3.4.1 brings several important bug fixes and introduces a new \"safe mode\" in case of server key failure to the Internet- and LAN-based calendaring and scheduling software.
id Software\'s Jim Dosť followed up John Carmack\'s recent comments on Slashdot concerning the creation of the animation seen in the recent Doom III engine demonstration, explaining the decision to forego parametric facial animation in favor of letting animator Fred Nillson, a veteran of the computer animation industry who has worked in special effects for feature films for the past decade, do the animation by hand. \"...if the animator is willing and able to handle the workload, I am more than happy to stick with hand animation,\" says Dosť.
Evening console news: After shocking some fans with the news that the upcoming version of Metroid for Nintendo\'s GameCube would be a first-person shooter, Retro Studios has now slightly altered that assertion by saying the game will be a first-person adventure game; Mega Man EXE for the GameBoy Advance will mark the return of the video game superhero when released this summer; and Activision has announced the star-packed roster for its upcoming Playstation 2 surfing game, Kelly Slater\'s Pro Surfer.
Son of Weather Grok 2.0 is a new, fully Carbonized version of StimpSoft\'s application that displays weather conditions for cities from around the world using the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration database. Version 2.0 allows non-American standards to be selected as the default display, an option to customize the time display, and other enhancements.
Apple has finally posted URL Access 2.3, which \"provides improved access to secure sites that are either new or current sites using new certificates. It also corrects issues with downloading or pushing files greater than 360K.\" (We noted its release via the Software Update Control Panel a few weeks ago.)
Roxio will bundle up to 25 of Videometry\'s media clips in both the Easy CD Creator and Toast product lines as separate CD package to be included in all copies of the CD burning software: \"With the convergence of video to the desktop computer, stock footage is becoming more like video clipart, so Videometry brings tremendous value to customers of Roxio CD burning software.\"
Exhibitor registration deadline for the one-day Macintosh Business Expo is tomorrow. Sponsored by Apple and The Computer Store, the spring event takes place in Portland, OR on Wednesday, May 2nd and is billed as the Northwest\'s Premiere Macintosh Event with an expected 50 exhibitors, 6500 attendees, and 36 seminars.
Damon Law points out a page at the web site of NVIDIA showing screenshots of games running on NVIDIA\'s GeForce3 graphics card. Among the games shown taking advantage of the card\'s nfiniteFX engine are Crazy Car Championship, 4x4 Evolution and Neverwinter Nights, three titles already available or coming to the Mac.
Davidson & Associates has filed a suit in California on behalf of Blizzard Entertainment against New Line Cinema for copyright infringement of Diablo, according to The Adrenaline Vault. New Line is currently in the production phase of Diablo, an action film starring Vin Diesel. Blizzard, meanwhile, has its own plans to film a movie called Diablo in addition to Diablo II: Salvation, both based on the company\'s role-playing/action games for the Mac and PC, Diablo and Diablo II. Blizzard filed for the brand name ownership of Diablo and Diablo II in April 1996 and February 1997, respectively, and was awarded both in the summer of 2000.
Callisto Corporation today announced PhotoParade Maker, a Mac version of its software that can \"turn their digital photos into entertaining slideshows and screen savers to share with friends and family.\"
IMG reports that Connectix Corporation has no plans to release a carbonized or OS X version of Virtual Game Station, its Playstation emulator for the Mac and PC.
Epigroove\'s A.I.D. 4.01 is a $10 upgrade to its $30 cross-platform auction management application, offering the ability to upload new auctions, label printing, auction archiving, auto-feedback messages, an auto-Backup feature, the ability to send customized email messages, and full Dutch auction support.
Heading back to the drawing board, Adobe\'s new CEO Bruce Chizen and his 11 top executives will be taking a series of seminars on Photoshop, Illustrator and Acrobat, according to TheStandard.com: \"Organized at the urging of chairman and founder John Warnock, the April workshops will familiarize top managers with the inner workings of the company\'s design and layout software.\" (Despite the economic slow-down, the company hopes to achieve 25 percent growth this year and subsequent years and more than triple last year\'s revenues with $3 billion in sales by 2004.)
Gameloft Australia has published a brief preview of Neverwinter Nights, the 3D role-playing game coming to the Mac, PC, Linux and possibly BeOS this summer. The game uses the 3rd Edition ruleset which offers new class types and more to the traditional Dungeons & Dragons experience. \"...it is the available selection of classes and \'prestige classes\' that will prove 3rd Edition rules\' biggest influence on Neverwinter Nights.\"
Voodoo Extreme has posted two new screenshots from Red Faction, Volition\'s upcoming first-person shooter for the Mac, PC and Playstation 2. The game will be released first on the Playstation 2 this spring followed by a release on the Mac and PC in the summer or fall of this year.
Pangea Software has released version 1.1.5 of Bugdom, a new version of its 3D action/adventure game for the Mac. This latest releases fixes a bug that prevented the save game dialog from displaying for some people.
As the non-disclosure agreement (NDA) on NVIDIA\'s new GeForce3 graphics card has lifted, many hardware sites around the Net have published articles covering the new graphics card in-depth including AnandTech, Firing Squad, GameSpot, HardOCP, Sharky Extreme, Tom\'s Hardware and Tweak3D. The graphics card is currently available for pre-order for $600 from The Apple Store or can be added to a Power Mac G4 for $350 or $450 US depending on the base model.
Afternoon console news: Electronic Arts is shipping Tiger Woods PGA Tour Golf 2001 for the Playstation 2; 3DO is shipping Army Men: World War - Final Front for the Playstation, a follow-up to the latest and popular Army Men: World War - Land Sea Air game; Club Acclaim is shipping mary-kateandashley Winners Circle for the GameBoy Color today with a Playstation version following on March 1; and Nintendo Entertainment Corporation (NEC) has completed the construction of its GameCube production facility in southern Japan and has begun mass-producing the graphics chipset that will be included in the Nintendo GameCube console.
games.macnn.com has published a preview of the Deus Ex multiplayer patch and debuts a new poll today on Mac users\' willingness to spend $600 on an NVIDIA GeForce3. [updated]
We have published a preview of the Deus Ex Multiplayer Patch, which is expected to be released for the Mac in the next few weeks.
Vicomsoft today released Vicomsoft Internet Gateway 6.8.2, which has routing by port support and adds compatibility with MacOS 9.1. RapidCache also now supports large hard drive partitions in excess of 30GB. Vicomsoft SurfDoubler 6.8.2 also brings Mac OS 9.1 compatibility and other minor improvements.
Button Builder 1.6, a $10 utility for creating buttons, is available for Mac OS X. It has 24 unique button templates and offers the ability to customize size and export to JPEG, PNG, and PICT file formats. [Classic, Carbon -- 1.2MB]
A new build of Fizilla, the Carbonized version of the Mozilla browser project, is now available from Mozilla.org.
Intelli Innovations\' iPrompter 1.8, formerly PowerPrompter, brings a new processor-friendly editor that \"yields more time to other applications while prompting and editing\" to the $15 shareware prompter scrolling engine with support for styles and background effects, full screen direction, multiple monitor and projector support, AppleScript compatibility, storyboards and prompter display sets.
Intelli Innovations has also posted eMail Alert! 2.2, an update to the $12 mail notification program with advanced email capabilities that adds IMAP support and a newly revised address book and Server Sentinel 2.0.2, which adds a dozen new sound alert effects and new Scripts folder for AppleScript alerts as well as fixes an incorrect e-mail date header bug.
Kanex Group has released MP3 Strip 1.2, a full-featured MP3 player that works from within the control strip that supports keyboard shortcuts, ID3 tags, and sorting functions. It now displays the title of the song in the control strip, offers a built-in progress bar, and now supports an International character sets.
Our poll last week asked, \"If you were buying a Power Mac G4 today, would you choose an ATI Radeon or NVIDIA GeForce2 MX?\" Over half of respondents, 52%, chose the NVIDIA GeForce2 MX while only 33.38% chose the ATI Radeon. 14.11% were not sure which one to use. Our new poll asks, \"Are you prepared to spend $600 on an NVIDIA GeForce3?\" Please vote in the left sidebar of any page.
Apple was recently issued a new GUI patent filed in May of 1998 governing \"Systems and methods for providing a user with increased flexibility and control over the appearance and behavior of objects on a user interface are described. Sets of objects can be grouped into themes to provide a user with a distinct overall impression of the interface. These themes can be invoked by calling a corresponding theme engine. Theme engines can be hard-coded or data-driven.\"
Yesterday we posted on article on the PowerPC 750 vs 750cx and noted PowerLogix\'s iForce G4 upgrades for iMacs, Adobe After Effects 5.0, and another delay in SoundBlaster Live! for the Mac. Other updates included Aladdin Tuner 3.1.1, Media 100 i 7.02 software, and RealCADD 2.5.
Topics of note in our Mac Games forum include the improving outlook of the Mac as a gaming platform, games that run on Mac OS X and discussion on the pros and cons of Oni, Bungie\'s third-person 3D action game.
id Software\'s John Carmack answers a question on Slashdot concerning the creation of the character animations for the Doom III engine demo shown at Macworld Expo Tokyo last week. \"We don\'t have any technology specifically directed towards character features,\" replies Carmack. \"The animation was done pretty conventionally in Maya. Our new animator comes from a film background, and we are finding that the skills are directly relevent in the new engine.\" Thanks Blue\'s News.
Gloomveil.com, the home of an online interactive fantasy adventure which will be the setting of a Neverwinter Nights campaign, is hosting a Fantasy Fiction Contest in celebration of the site\'s one-year anniversary. The \"Tales of Gloomveil\" fantasy fiction contest will award $200 to the first place entrant of Gloomveil-inspired ficion. The Gloomveil.com site was constructed entirely on a Mac by creator Tony Walsh.
Morning console news: THQ has announced CMX 2002 featuring Ricky Carmichael, which will be released on the GameBoy Advance this summer; Vatical Entertainment has disclosed that the Dreamcast version of System Shock 2 has been put on indefinite hold; and Gran Turismo 3 for the Playstation 2 is now set to be released in June.
Yesterday Custer\'s Corner was updated with two new desktop pictures featuring adventure games from Presto Studios, The Journeyman Project and Myst III: Exile; Pangea Software announced its next 3D action/adventure game, Otto Matic; Creative Labs told MacNN that the SoundBlaster! Live for the Mac has been delayed further to improve compatibility and functionality with popular third-party applications; and MacPlay\'s Mike Donges provided an update on the development of Baldur\'s Gate II: Shadows of Amn for the Mac.
StimpSoft\'s The Planets 2.0 is an application that puts 9 spinning planets and 2 moons of the Solar System on the Mac desktop. Version 2.0 adds Pluto, Earthís Moon and Jupiterís Moon Io to the planet list, more planetary data, higher quality animations, and fixes a few bugs.
Morning tech news: Sun Microsystems will introduce its first sub-$1,000 Unix workstation today; AOL/Time Warner properties accounted for one-third of total online time in the US, with America Online comprising the bulk of that; and VeriSign has added 70 languages to domain registrations, allowing users to register names with special letters, accents, and marks.
Interesting threads in our forums include: the lack of DVD in new iMacs · questions and answers regarding the 733 MHz G4 · where to find DVD-R media and which is the best · a wish list for the next iBook · carrying cases for the PowerBook G4 · playing MP3s with the PowerBook G4 closed · adding visual plug-ins to iTunes.
Purity Software has reintroduced ODBC connectivity for WebSiphon with its WebSiphon Enterprise Module.
OMF Composition Import, due out this Spring, is billed \"the solution for Avid editors who work with (or want to work with) Adobe After Effects,\" The After Effects 5.0 plugin automates the import process of both media and clips in a single step and intelligently reconstructs timelines, accounting for both layer placement and Avid effects. [pricing not available]
Qualcomm is now publicly testing Eudora 5.1b1, an update to its email client, offering several fixes for IMAP users, appropriate filemapping for eFax attachments, and resolves several other bugs.
Business Week is the latest publication with positive words for the Titanium PowerBook: \"At up to $3,500, the Titanium is, like other Apple products, pricey, but this one gives good value. Apple has once again launched a powerful innovation--and could literally reshape the laptop.\" The Mercury News also recently reviewed the PowerBook G4, which includes a brief description on how the unit got its Mercury code-name. [Business Week link updated]
As noted late yesterday, Adobe yesterday pulled its Photoshop 6.01 update, which it said was not intended for public distribution. A public release of the updater is expected shortly.
Hamrick softwarwe\'s VueScan 6.7.3 adds support for USB scanners to its film scanning utiilty that performs batch scanning as well as automatic color-balancing and image-cropping.
SkyTag\'s popular file/folder utility FileBuddy 6.06 fixes a bug that could cause a crash when searching for duplicate or unique files using both data and resource contents if no duplicates were found.
PagePlanet\'s MGI 2.1 is \"major\" update to the company\'s plug-in for 4D\'s WebSTAR and other compatible webservers that adds a variety of dyanmic functions. Version 2.1 adds HTTP file upload and ODBC capabilities for compatibility to third-party databases such as FileMaker Pro, dBase, FoxPro, and Oracle 6 and 7 (with Oracle 8 and SQL 7 coming soon). The company is offering 30% all purchases through March 11th, with single server licenses starting at $70. A demo is available online.
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Apple want ads hint at future Watch faces
An Apple job listing for a dedicated clock face team may suggest future fashion-brand partnerships, possibly in time for the updated watchOS updates that are likely to be revealed at this spring's Worldwide Developer Conference. Since the introduction of watchOS 2, there has only been four new watch faces, but three of them were left over from the first release, with only one truly new one -- the co-branded Herm√©s face exclusive to that edition. There is a rumored March 15 event, but if that takes place it will likely focus on new band options as regards the Apple Watch. http://apple.co/1O1TbTI
Microsoft may end Office Support Professional prog
Microsoft appears to be either ending or seriously revamping its "Accredited Support Professional Program" for training on Microsoft Office for Mac and iOS it has offered at MacTech conferences since 2013. The program is not on offer at the upcoming MacTech tour, which begins on March 16 in San Francisco and includes a number of other cities. Microsoft has released a statement that it is "evaluating options for 2016, but don't have anything to share at this time." http://bit.ly/1KDz3MQ
Office for Mac v15.18 released
Microsoft has issued an update for the Mac version of its productivity suite, Office 2016. The v15.18 update offers improvements for all of the included apps, such as bringing full screen support to Outlook and allowing Word to save PDF files to flash drives. In addition, a new selection pane has been added to PowerPoint and Excel for keeping track of objects, and shapes can now be added to OneNote notebook pages. The update is free for all users, but requires a Mac running OS X 10.10 or later and a valid Microsoft Office 365 subscription. http://bit.ly/1Q7pAzW
Apple to open new south Florida mall store
According to real estate trade papers in south Florida, Apple has signed a lease for a new retail space in Miami, at the forthcoming Brickell City Centre (yes, the UK spelling is used) open-air mall, which is set to open later this year. The center will feature a five-story shopping area, condominiums, a hotel and office buildings, along with a "climate ribbon" in the shopping area to keep visitors cool, eschewing traditional air conditioning. The exact location of the Apple Store within the plan is not yet clear, but the destination already boasts 75 confirmed stores. http://bit.ly/1Q7n7Wd
Filemaker provides free custom app guide
FileMaker announced today the release of the first in a three-part series of free how-to guides that will lead teams through the process of building a custom app using the FileMaker Platform. FileMaker's new how-to guides provide a step-by-step process that starts with a planning cycle covering goals, requirements, functionality and usability, and run all the way through identifying user scenarios, defining requirements, addressing integration, providing security, and deployment of the final product. http://bit.ly/1o08wQh
OCZ Trion 150 SSD shifts to 15nm TLC NAND
SSD manufacturer OCZ has updated its entry-level 2.5-inch Trion 100 SSD. The new Trion 150 has similar performance to the now replaced model, and now utilizes 15nm TLC NAND. Sequential read speeds top out at 550MB/S, with 4KB random write speeds running from 25K IOPS in the 120GB model, to 64K IOPS in the 960GB version of the drive. Endurance is limited to 30TB in the 120GB, and peaks at 240TB in the 960GB version. Retail prices vary between $46 for 120GB, to $270 for the 960GB version. http://bit.ly/1nVmlyL
Google off the hook in CAPTCHA labor suit
US District Jacqueline Scott Corley has dismissed a proposed class-action suit against Google, that alleged that Google secretly was given an economic gain without user knowledge. The suit alleged, correctly, that the second word in Google's CAPTCHA service was used as a crowd-sourced word identification for Google's book-scanning project. The judge ruled that the suit as filed had no facts to support a "reasonable consumer would expect to receive compensation" for the seconds it took to complete the form, and in addition, the free Gmail account provided more than offset any labor penalty incurred by the user. http://bit.ly/1o06Cir