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XLR8 announces support for OS X
XLR8 today announced support for Mac OS X, noting that its MACh Speed G4 ZIF MPe will run "straight out of the box with no further software required. All XLR8 upgrades will install and run under OS X in machines that are officially supported by Apple Computer. In this case the machines are beige G3 desktop/towers, blue & white systems and early zif based graphite G4 systems (non AGP graphics). Mac OS X automatically enables the backside cache at 2:1." The company also said that a new MACh OS X control panel will be released in Q2 2001 that will enable the user to manipulate the cache and view system statistics along with a "whole new driver to do OS X justice" that will allow OS X and Classic to take advantage of both processors using its XLR8 MACh Velocity G4 MPe card.
iTunes, iMovie 2, AppleWorks 6.1pre for OS X
Apple has posted Carbon (OS X) versions of iTunes, iMovie 2, and AppleWorks 6.1 for download. Some (early) notes on the releases:
- Both iTunes and iMovie downloads do not work with the public beta, according to Apple's Website.
- iTunes v2.1 for OS X does not support CD burning or full-screen Music Visualizer presentation; it will be available in other languages next week.
- The AppleWorks 6.1 preview, which requires AppleWorks 6.04, expires September 1, 2001. Apple is also looking for feedback on the preview version.
New firmware updates for all Macs
Apple has posted v4.1.8 firmware updates for the PowerBook v4.1.8, G4 Power Mac v4.1.8, and G4 Cube v4.1.8, which bring "improvements to Firewire target disk mode, network booting, gigabit networking (on systems with gigabit hardware), and system stability. This update also adds support for additional security options which allow the Open Firmware to be password protected."
Apple has also posted firmware v4.17 updates for iBook v4.1.7, and iMac v4.1.7, which on the iBook additionally "adds support for 256 megabyte (MB) memory modules and improved support for using a USB storage device, such as an external hard drive, as a startup disk." Both sets of firmware updates must be run from a writeable partition running Mac OS 9.1.
Qualcomm posts Eudora 5.1b9 email client
Qualcomm has posted an early beta of a OS-X only version of Eudora 5.1b9, the latest version of its popular email client (available in lite, sponsored, or paid modes).
Software added to Apple iDisk accounts
Following a note about Apple's prepped iDisks, Jeff Moss reports that Apple has added a "Mac OS X Software" folder available to anyone with an iDisk account: "Apple has stocked the sub-folders with a number of OS X/carbon applications and Utilities. In addition to mounting your iDisk via a web browser, once OS X is installed, you can mount your iDisk from the "Go" menu (or use the keyboard: command-shift-i)." Each account contains Member Favorites, Creative, Games, Family, Productivity, Utilities, Web, and Driver folders--most of which are full of software.
Sonnet\'s OS X compatibility statement
Sonnet's Mac OS X compatibility matrix provides information on compatibility with OS X, noting that "Sonnet is committed to extending this support to some, but not all additional computers that have been upgraded with a Sonnet G3 or G4 Crescendo or Encore processor card. This support is partially in place for the Public Beta." The document provides specific details, including a note that the backside cache on Crescendo/PCI upgrades may not enable.
Games: OS X game ports, AIAS award winners
games.macnn.com reports on games being ported to natively run on Mac OS X and covers the games that won awards at last night's Fourth Annual Interactive Achievment Awards including the cross-platform (Mac/PC) game that took home the Game of the Year Award across both computer and console platforms. [updated]
NewTek posts sneak preview of LightWave 6.5b
NewTek has posted sneak preview of the next version of LightWave 3D for Mac OS X, LightWave 6.5B for OS X, which only works with the release version of OS X (and not the public beta); however, the installer must be run under Mac OS 9.
Sanyo introduces 24x/10x/40x CD-RW
Following our note about the recent Yamaha 20x CD-RW drives, Rik Goyton notes that Sanyo Electronics recently introduced its 24x/10x/40x CD-RW. The CRD-BP1500P, a half-height ATAPI-based drive, has a 2MB buffer along with Burn-proof technology.
EV Nova desktop picture released
Ambrosia Software has released a new desktop picture featuring its highly anticipated threequel to Escape Velcoity, EV Nova. The desktop picture is available in a variety of sizes ranging from 640 x 480 to 1600 x 1200.
Tomb Raider: Chronicles to include player
A recent note from Westlake Interactive indicates that while including the level editor for Tomb Raider: Chronicles for the Mac is still up in the air (although looking positive), the company will definitely include a version of Tomb4 Level Player that lets users play levels created with the editor (such as those already available online). "The Tomb4 Level Player will definitely make it into the final verison of TRC, even if we hit some snags with the editor."
Omni announces Oni for Mac OS X
The Omni Group, who recently revealed that the company is working on porting four major games to Mac OS X including Star Trek: Voyager - Elite Force, told IMG today that one of the titles is Oni, Bungie's third-person 3D action game. The game shipped for the Mac in January as a carbonized application, but Omni Group is porting the game as a full Mac OS X-aware "Cocoa" application that will run only on the new operating system. "In our tests, our port gets better frame rates than Oni for Mac OS 9," said Omni's Tim Wood. A recent e-mail from Omni's Ken Case states that the third title will be revealed this evening during Tim Wood's Mac OS X game porting presentation at the Game Developers Conference. "[The four games] were all ported by one engineer, Tim, while he simultaneously worked on adding support for Carbon-based plug-ins (like QuickTime) to OmniWeb," said Case. [updated]
DiabloII.net: London report on Diablo II: LoD
DiabloII.Net has published a four-page report on Diablo II: Lord of Destruction after asking questions and seeing the latest build in action during Blizzard Entertainment's recent appearance in London. The report includes information on the druid, assassin and items as well as miscellaneous tidbits, such as the company's intent to turn items on and off on Battle.net in order to introduce new items after the game's release or control the number of unique items that are made available.
Library Automation Software for OS X
COMPanion Corp will deliver a carbonized version of Alexandria for Mac OS X. Currently in beta and due to be released in Spring 2001, the Library Automation software offers cross-platform clients and servers as a solutiion for K-12 education market, public and special/corporate libraries.
Console: Onimusha hits 1 million
Evening console news: After Sony announced earlier today that it has shipped more than 10 million Playstation 2 units in its first year, Capcom has announced that its bestselling Playstation 2 game Onimusha has become the first game for the console to ship more than 1 million units; Thrustmaster has announced that it will design, manufacture and sell peripherals for Microsoft's XBox game console including racing wheels, controllers, dance mats, and light guns; new screenshots from Gran Turismo 3: A-spec for the Playstation 2 have been released, leading up to its June 1 release date; and Shenmue II will force players to find their own money to continue the search for Lan Di after being granted allowances in the original Dreamcast game.
Research Systems\' announces IDL for OS X
Research Systems plans to release its scientific visualization application, IDL (Interactive Data Language) for Mac OS X. Research Systems' other products built on IDL will also support Mac OS X including ENVI (Environment for Visualizing Images), RiverTools (hydrology and terrain analysis), and VIP (Visual IDL Programming). This Mac OS X port will be based on IDL and the company plans to implement a fully native reimplementation of IDL for Mac OS X using the Cocoa frameworks that will "provide increased performance and stability with plans for support of the Aqua interface, multi-processing, and extensive Velocity Engine integration."
Red Herring bullish on Apple, Mac OS X
After an article at SmartMoney.com yesterday noted that investors remained leery of putting their money into Apple, RedHerring.com's J.P. Vicente is bullish on the company's prospects and specifically its new operating system, Mac OS X. "All in all, we believe Apple has been delivering on what's expected from the company: innovative products that serve its loyal customer base well and have the potential to lure new buyers to the platform. Mac OS X fits like a glove into that strategy. So far, so good for Apple."
Feed: \'Can Apple Move Beyond the Mix Tape?\'
Feed Magazine's latest Apple article talks about 'Rip. Mix. Burn' ad campaign, the future of the digital music revolution, and making the PC a replacement for the CD player component of home stereos.
GraphicConverter 4.05: popular graphics util
Lemke Software's $35 shareware graphics utility, GraphicConverter 4.05, offers better color table recognition on imported images, improved MAYA import, better AppleScript support, and more compatibility with Photoshop. A Carbon version is also available. [PPC, 68K, Carbon--2.2MB]
ArchiCAD 7.0 for OS X coming in Spring
Graphisoft yesterday announced that it will ship an OS X version of its 3D model-based architectural CAD solution, ArchiCAD 7.0, in late spring.
Dantz announced OS X Client delivery date
Dantz today announced plans to support Mac OS X with its Retrospect Backup software, saying that its Cocoa-based Retrospect Clients for Mac OS X will be available April 13, 2001. The client software can back up Mac OS X systems across a TCP/IP network, providing support Mac OS X-specific data, including owner and group privileges, UNIX file/folder permissions, and symbolic links. It will be offered as a public beta and may be added as clients to new or existing Retrospect Backup installations provided the user has an equivalent number of Retrospect client licenses available. Dantz also says it is working with Apple to deliver a Mac OS X update to the Retrospect Backup application later this year.
Brickles3000 1.0 Released
Ken Winograd and Space-Time Associates have released Brickles3000 1.0, a new $25 version of the classic 'ball and paddle' game Brickles from 1985. Brickles3000 features adjustable colors and patterns, adjustable ball and paddle sizes, adjustable speed and window sizes and adjustable number of paddles.
Apple Store: UPS for some overnight orders
Kev Bittner reports that the Apple Store used UPS for some its overnight shipments to better distribute the delivery load between carriers: "I ordered a copy of OS X last night, and it was upgraded to FedEx, as usual. What was interesting was that it was assigned a UPS tracking number. Called the Apple Store, and the nice woman I spoke to said that FedEx couldn't handle the number of shipments, so UPS had to be brought in to help with the saturday deliveries... So, if someone's order shows a UPS tracking number, it's still coming, just via UPS!"
LinuxPPC essay contest for OS X release
LinuxPPC is celebrating the release of OS X with a contest in which ten lucky people will receive a free copy of LinuxPPC 2000 Q4, the company's latest version of Linux for the Power Macintosh platform as well as copy of FWB Hard Disk Toolkit*PE, which is capable of repartitioning a hard disk without erasing it, and a LinuxPPC t-shirt. Ten winners will be selected from those who submit a brief essay on why you use Linux on the PowerPC processor. Entries are due by April 6, 2001.
TimeCache 4.0: time, expense tracking app
The PandaWare Company has released TimeCache 4.0, an update to its $40 time and expense tracking application that brings application launchers for timed projects, resizable data columns, independent, resizable windows for different views, easier navigation, a new Date View screen, more preferences, and many interface enhancements. Upgrades are $15.
CalcX 1.0: calculator with more fun
Michael Gaines has released CalcX 1.0, a Carbonized calculator with decimal, hexadecimal, octal, and binary modes as well basic scientific functions.
Sim News: Target Korea Interview
Simulation News has published an interview with Targetware on its upcoming massive multiplayer online combat flight sim for the Mac and PC, Target Korea. The interview includes a variety of new details on the game as well as screenshots of both the terrain and "multiple Mig 15's and F86 Sabre's, all sporting different and unique exterior skins while flying together at the same time." The company's open architecture will allow players to create their own squad identifications and personal markings that will make each pilot's plane look unique.
Apple Startup Disk 9.2.1 posted
Apple's Startup Disk 9.2.1, available though the Mac OS 9 Software Update Control Panel (SUCP), repairs problems that may occur when Mac OS 9.1 and Mac OS X are on the same partition and a version earlier than Startup Disk 9.1 had been used." Ronald Earl also reports that it solves a bug with the Startup Disk control panel when using a nubus Power Mac and a Sonnet G3 upgrade: "Previously it would crash when the control panel started up, now it works." [download now available; updated]
Westlake commits to supporting SoundBlaster
Westlake Interactive President Mark Adams has committed to adding support for Creative's SoundBlaster Live! to several major Mac games including Unreal Tournament, Tomb Raider: Chronicles and Escape from Monkey Island, according to MacCentral. "EAX is super easy to add to a game," said Adams. Creative announced earlier this week that it is now shipping the $150 SoundBlaster Live! sound card for the Mac.
EuroGamer: Roper Interview
EuroGamer has published an interview with Blizzard Entertainment Senior Producer Bill Roper on the upcoming role-playing strategy game for the Mac and PC, WarCraft III: Reign of Chaos. The interview covers a multitude of details on the game including the expanded functionality of the built-in level editor. "Warcraft III will have a much improved and more refined campaign editor [than Starcraft]," saus Roper. "You'll be able to put in your own sounds and music, change artwork, and at the same time have much more control over triggers. With Warcraft III we're actually able to tell specific units to attack other specific units. We have new triggers that allow specific units to cast specific spells at a certain time or when whatever conditions are met."
First Diablo II: LoD 800 x 600 screenshot
Blizzard Entertainment has released the first screenshot showing its upcoming expansion set, Diablo II: Lord of Destruction, running at 800 x 600 resolution. The screenshot shows one of the game's new character classes, the assassin, being pursued by monsters in Act V. The company revealed earlier this week that the highly requested resolution increase from 640 x 480 to 800 x 600 would become a reality when the expansion set is released later this year. Meanwhile, DiabloII.Net has posted a comparison between 640 x 480 and 800 x 600 to show exactly how much more space the larger resolution provides to players. [updated]
Console: Zip drive for Playstation 2
Afternoon console news: Iomega has announced its plans to release a Zip drive for the Sony Playstation 2, which would allow players to store save data and tramsfer the data to a computer's hard drive; Nintendo shipped more than 650,000 units of its new Game Boy Advance handheld on its first day of availability in Japan; Kodiak Interactive has announced plans to develop a baseball game for Microsoft's upcoming XBox game console that will include complex crowd animations and animated bullpens; Eidos Interactive has released new screenshots from its upcoming adventure game, Herdy Gerdy, expected for release this Fall on the Playstation 2; and Dark Arena, the first-person shooter announced earlie this week for Nintendo's Game Boy Advance, will feature texture-mapped 3D environments and characters, 20 levels, multiple enemies, six weapons, a multiplayer deathmatch mode, lighting effects, prerendered FMV sequences, and destructible environments.
Asante offers OS X support for NICs
Asante has announced product and technical support for Mac OS X, offering OS X support for its FriendlyNET GigaNIX PCI 1000TA ($250) and AsanteFast 10/100 PCI adapters ($50). The company notes that free updated drivers are available online.
Yellow Dog Linux 2.0 status update
Relaying the status of the much-anticipated release of the PowerPC Linux variant, Yellow Dog Linux 2.0, Terra Soft says that during its final "stress tests" last week, it uncovered several new problems including a bug in the partitioning code and is working hard this week and the next to resolve these issues: "We have made our 2.0 package set (based upon Red Hat 7) available for any power users to test and provide feedback. We've already fixed several, relatively minor bugs discovered through public beta tests and appreciate this assistance."
Rampell\'s new Website has new utilities
Rampell Software has released MarketWatcher 1.2, a $16 utility that adds an omnipresent stock ticker to the computer, and TypeRecorder 1.0, which records every keystroke to a daily file. [MW--1.2MB; TR--376KB]
International OS X shipments
Reader Charles Chau notes that Apple has updated all Canadian OSX Shipments to FedEx Saturday Delivery, while James Allworth reports confirmation that Mac OS X has shipped from the Apple Store in Australia as well. Meanwhile, Mark Burr says that "Our distributors have X in stock but have been instructed by Apple UK not to ship them out to dealers until Monday. That means we don't get it until Tuesday!"
Alternative OS X Install Method
Steve Kovs has provided the following (unverified) instructions for installing OS X while booted up off your hard drive: (1) Boot onto an OS X partition; (2) Go to the Go Menu and pull down to Applications; (3) Double Click on Utilities folder; (4) Double Click on Installer application; (5) In the navigation window that appears go to the desktop and select OS X Install CD-- System -- Packages -- OSInstall.mpkg (6) click Open and proceed through the install process."
GDC: Unreal II engine reports
Both GameSpot and pc.ign.com have posted information on the new engine being developed by Epic Games for use in Unreal II and other games, tentatively titled Unreal Warfare. The reports come following a demonstration of the engine being shown this week at the Game Developers Conference in San Jose, CA. "The really impressive level was a tree filled swamp. There are some portions of the level that require the machine to render over 250,000 polygons at once."
IGN: Tropico Interview
pc.ign.com has published an interview with PopTop Software's Franz Felsl on the company's upcoming building-oriented strategy/simulation game, Tropico. "Tropico is a builder with a purpose," says Franz. "While you do have to layout your city, the emphasis is on your people as they are independent people and not directed (normally) by you."
Mac Deus Ex: Area 51 MP Guide
Mac Deus Ex has posted a multiplayer strategy guide for Area 51 in the Deus Ex Multiplayer Patch. The guide covers great locations for the longest survival and skills and augmentations to take advantage of those specific locations on the map.
OS X: Mathematica, Gene Construction Kit...
osx.macnn.com has information on Mathematica for OS X, commitment from HELIOS for Mac OS X compatibility across its line of products, and forthcoming OS X versions of Gene Construction Kit 2, Zeus Web Server, Wacom drivers, and other software.
Beckett releases Cro-Mag Rally music
Nuclear Kangaroo Music's Mike Beckettthe composer behind the music in Cro-Mag Rally, Bugdom and Nanosaurhas released the complete music from Mac kart racer Cro-Mag Rally on MP3.com. All three games were developed and published by Pangea Software.
Mathematica for OS X in July
Wolfram Research today announced that its industry-standard mathematical computation and analysis software, Mathematica, will be commercially available for Mac OS X in July. The company is offering a free upgrade for all new purchases and promises a preview beta version to its Premier Service customers by early April.
Roundup: FCP 2 ships, DVD-iMacs for edu...
Yesterday we noted shipment of Apple's Final Cut Pro 2 and XLR8's MACh Velocity 66 G4 MPe multi-processor upgrade cards as well as expansion of Apple's call center in Austin, new DVD-iMacs for education institutions, and new Maxon products at CeBIT 2001. Other recent updates include DragThing 4.0, Microsoft's UAM 5.07 for Mac OS, Farllon's SkyLine 2.4 driver, FILTERiT 4 Illustrator plugin, MYOB's Conversion Assistant, and Apple's new Geforce2 MX drivers.
Auto-Tune 3 for VST, MAS gets updated
Earlier this month, Antares Research released Auto-Tune 3 for VST and MAS, its pitch correction plugin which features a new interface along with improved pitch detection, "source specific" processing algorithms, phase-coherent correction of stereo tracks, extended bass detection range, the ability to set target notes via MIDI, and 96kHz compatibility. Upgrades are $100. A demo is available online.
AIAS Award winners announced
Blizzard Entertainment last night was awarded the Game of the Year Award by the Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences for its isometric action/role-playing game, Diablo II. The game also won awards for PC Role-Playing Game of the Year and PC Game of the Year. Deus Ex, meanwhile, took home awards for PC Action/Adventure Game of the Year and Computer Innovation. Baldur's Gate II: Shadows of Amn won the award for Character or Story development while Return of the Incredible Machine: Contraptions captured the year's award for PC Family Game of the Year. A complete list of finalists and winners are available from the AIAS web site.
New \"LiquidLaser\" printer from Lexmark
Lexmark today introduced its Lexmark J110, featuring new LiquidLaser technology, which combines "color laser speed and quality with the economy of an inkjet" The $900 business-class color inkjet printer claims to delivery laser-quality results across a broad range of plain papers and to perform with the speed and resolution of comparable color laser printers.
Lexmark has new color laser printer series
The new Lexmark C720 is a color laser printer, offering 24 ppm monochrome printing and 6 ppm color printing as well as a compact duplex option for printing two-sided color documents. The $2000 laser printer ships with 32MB of standard RAM and 266MHz processor. A network version C720n ($2400), has built-in 10/100 Ethernet and 64MB of RAM, while the C720dn ($2800) also adds duplex unit with 500 sheets.
Geo3D 2.0: new navigation modes
Stefan Huber's Geo3D 2.0 is an update to the freeware 3D Metafile (3DMF) viewer, bringing new navigation modes, improved features, and several bug fixes. It is available in English, German, and French.
Two new NWN desktop pictures
Bioware has released two new desktop pictures/wallpapers featuring its upcoming 3D role-playing game for the Mac, PC, Linux and possible BeOS, Neverwinter Nights. The two desktop pictures are available in sizes ranging from 800 x 600 to 1280 x 1024. (Additional gaming-related desktop pictures with more resolutions available, including those custom made for Apple's 22" Cinema Display and PowerBook G4 Titanium, can be found in Custer's Corner.)
Roundup: Earth 2140 coming soon
Yesterday epic interactive announced the imminent release of classic real-time strategy game Earth 2140 for the Mac; reports continued to surface on Blizzard Entertainment's WarCraft III: Reign of Chaos and Diablo II: Lord of Destruction; and resourceful users discovered that GeForce2 MX graphics cards made for the PC can now be used in a Mac.
Console: Sony ships 10 million PS2s
Morning console news: Sony has announced that it has shipped more than 10 million Playstation 2 game consoles to consumers worldwide in its first year of availability, compared with the original Playstation that took three years to reach the 10 million unit mark; Electronic Arts snowboarding game SSX for the Playstation 2 took home five awards last night at the Fourth Annual Interactive Achivement Awards including Console Game of the Year; and Sun Microsystems is pushing the use of Java in new and existing gaming platforms by collaborating with developers to create Java networking APIs and launching a new web site, JavaGaming.org.
Proxim, Netopia cancel merger plans
Proxim and Netopia today announced the mutual termination of their merger agreement, citing unfavorable market conditions. In January, networking specialist Proxim announced that it would acquire Netopia, whose products include Timbuktu and netOctopus.
HELIOS promises OS X support
HELIOS announced that it would bring its server products and provide client support for Mac OS X "by the time Apple pre-loads Mac OS X onto new Macintosh CPUs." The company is demonstrating OS-compatible (beta) versions of EtherShare 2.6, PCShare 3.0, EtherShare OPI 2.1, PDF Handshake including PDF Internet Printing and Print Preview at CeBIT and promises to bring EtherShare Admin, LAN Test, Tagger, and Touch to Mac OS X as well. HELIOS client software enables users to configure users, groups, volumes, printers, fonts, OPI settings, Spot Colors, and other server settings remotely using a networked CPU running Mac OS X.
GRASS 5b11 built under OS X
Jeshua Lacock say he has successfully built and published GRASS 5 beta 11 version (stable) for Mac OS 10.0. Binaries for GRASS, a full-fledged workstation-class GIS program, are available at GRASS's Website.
Extensis Spring sale offers 30 percent off
Extensis is currently running a Spring sale promotion for its Photoshop plug-ins and Quark XTensions. From now until April 4, customers can receive 30 percent off Mask Pro 2, PhotoTools 3, PhotoFrame 2, Intellihance Pro 4, QX-Tools 4, QX-VectorEdit, and QX-Effects 3.
Corel announces Painter 7, KPT7
Corel has announced that Painter 7 and KPT 7 will be delivered later this year. The company expects to ship Bryce 5 early this summer, followed by the release of CorelDraw 10, Painter 7, KnockOut 2, and KPT 7. The new versions of Bryce, Painter, and KPT will represent the first major revisions to each since Corel acquired the rights to the applications from MetaCreations last year.
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