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Automatic Duck\'s Automatic Composition Import plugin for Adobe After Effects 5.0 is now shipping. The $500 plugin allows users to import OMF Compositions directly into Adobe After Effects and supports many common Avid effects including dissolve, superimpose, picture-in-picture, submaster, flops and flips, matte key and more.
LaCie\'s Silverlining Pro 6.4.1, the latest version of the company\'s storage management software for the Mac, brings many improvements including OS 9.1 compatibility, better handling of ATA, SCSI, FireWire and USB disk drives, reliable password protection, FireWire booting on selected Macs with built-in FireWire, better plug & and play USB/FireWire operations, and optional 64KB block size capability for HFS+ partitions. This new version changes the name of the \"FireWire LaCie Driver\" to \"LaCie FireWire Support\" and combines the two USB drivers into a single driver named \"LaCie USB Support\".
As with previous quarters, Apple will webcast its Q2 financial results conference call, which takes place on Wednesday, April 18 at 5 PM EDT.
FOCUS Enhancements has introduced the Pro AV 1600 PCI, a \"professional, broadcast quality PC-to-TV scan converter on a PCI card.\" The card, which is designed for both Macs and PCs and supports resolutions up to 1600 x 1200, converts the video signal from a VGA port to high quality component, S-Video and Composite video for video monitoring, recording, or broadcast. The product also offers selectable, 2-dimensional flicker filter settings for stable, sharp images and text, controls for contrast, brightness, and color saturation, horizontal and vertical sizing with zoom, and video genlock. The Pro AV 1600 PCI is expected to begin shipping in May for a suggested retail price of $2000.
Evening tech news: Cisco Systems today issued an earnings warning, stating that the company would miss expectations by a significant amount and would cut 8,500 employees.
MacMAME 0.37b14 is a new version of the popular arcade emulator for the Mac which brings it in sync with the latest DOS version and primarily adds speed, noting that \"MacMAME should, in most cases, be as fast as it\'s ever been, at least in the non-Carbon build.\" The Carbon build, for use on Mac OS X and earlier system versions with CarbonLib installed, has received several bug fixes and improvements. [3.1 MB -- Carbon; 2.9 MB -- Classic]
Westlake Interactive has announced that Tomb Raider: Chronicles for the Mac is now in final beta testing with much of the remaining time to be spent optimizing and refining the bundled editor. The editor will allow Tomb Raider fansfor the first timeto create their own levels for the game.
IPNetMonitor 2.5c8 is a maintenance release of Sustainable Softworks\' $30 set of Internet tools for monitoring an Internet connection.
The Digital Media Marketing Organization (DMMO) is a newly formed organization set up to \"provide education to and a networking forum for companies and individuals venturing into the exciting world of digital media marketing.\" The organization has published a supplement on \"Marketing with Video, DVD and CD-ROM,\" which is polybagged with Adweek, Brandweek, and Mediaweek, that features a cover story on the potential of Apple\'s iDVD and DVD Studio Pro software as a preferred marketing tool to infomercials.
Interesting threads in our forums include: splitting one large file into smaller ones · availability of Mac OS 8/9 soundsets · the best 21\"/22\" naturally flat CRT · using an LCD for color-critical work · commentary on VST\'s FireWire Zip 100 · debate over Dell\'s 1 GHz laptop and the PowerBook G4.
Lemke Software\'s GraphicConverter 4.0.7 is a new version of the company\'s popular $35 graphics manipulation utility for Mac and Mac OS X which adds many improvements and bug fixes such as displaying transparency under Mac OS X, the addition of a Photoshop import with 16 bit per channel and the activation of the preferences item in the GraphicConverter menu under Mac OS X. [2.8 MB -- PPC; 2.3 MB -- Carbon; 2.1 MB -- 68K]
Maxprog has released MaxBulk Mailer 1.6.1, an updated version of its mail-merge and bulk mailer for the Mac. The new version adds a recipient selector, a precedence header group, importation fields selector, direct creation of recipients from FileMaker scripts, import/export menus, and additional features, improvements and bug fixes. French and Spanish versions are also available.
Fantom Drives has completed its acquisition of the tangible assets, patents, and copyrights held by MicroNet Technology and, in doing so, has preserved the MicroNet brand. Fantom Drives plans to continue production of MicroNet\'s storage technology including the SANcube, RAIDbank, and Genesis product lines. Ampex announced the closure of RAID specialist MicroNet in mid-February. Effective immediately, Fantom Drives has also resumed warranty and technical support services for MicroNet customers.
Several major tech companies, including Apple, will report their quarterly results this week. We have compiled a summary of those companies and their projected earnings.
This week\'s new desktop at Custer\'s Corner, Warrior Princess, features the Amazon from Blizzard Entertainment\'s successul role-playing/action game, Diablo II.
QPS today introduced the Que! LS-240 SuperDisk external drive, the latest-generation of its removable USB storage solution. The new drive, which supports 240 MB disks and the technology for reformatting 3.5 inch 1.44MB disks to store up to 32 MB, is also backwards compatible with both conventional floppies and LS120MB disks. The Que! LS-240 will begin shipping in May for $179 in the U.S.
Extension Overload 5.8 is a new version of the informational resource that offers detailed information on 4580 extensions and control panels, control strip modules and contextual menu items in your system. The new version adds user interface improvements, an updated \"ways to speed up your Mac\", better support for non-English Mac OS versions and an updated user manual.
osx.macnn.com covers new software released today for Mac OS X including PowerLogix\'s Cache Control X 1.0b1 (formerly G3/G4 Cache Profiler), which allows users to adjust the speed of the L2 cache on G3 and G4 processors.
Late last week, Apple released the much-anticipated Mac OS X 10.0.1 update as well as Darwin 1.3.1, the open-source core of Mac OS X, for both PowerPC and x86 computers; MacNN sources uncovered a test program begun by Apple that places Apple employees inside of CompUSA locations; the 667 MHz Power Mac G4 was removed from The Apple Store, signifying the removal of the model from the company\'s product line; a QuickTime engineer within Apple assured concerned users that QuickTime 5 Public Preview 3 would not expire until April 30, when a new version would be available; and several software titles were updated including Sorenson 3 Pro b5, MacTella 1.1, mimio 1.5, and Password Retriever 1.5.2.
Minutiae Software has released PAID! 2.8.4, a new version of its Production Accounting and Invoicing Database. PAID! allows freelancers in the film and television industry to easily track job invoices, clients, crew members, billing items, and project estimates. Version 2.8.4 adds a new quotes module with \"Convert to Invoice\" capability, a new tabbed interface for configure screens, re-designed Invoices List View and Print Menus, new Labor and Equipment and Labor and Materials invoices and more.
Zac Cohen forwarded a note from Sony indicating that the company anticipates releasing Mac drivers for its $20 emarker device later this week. The USB-based device lets users record track songs played on the radio and download song information over the Internet on the PC at a later time. (A Mac OS version of the driver was promised by the end of January 2001, but is not yet available).
Matthew Butch\'s freeware utility, MinEffectChanger 1.0b4, is a \"simple app that allows the user to change the minimizing effect of windows used by Mac OS X.\"
RockNES/MacOS v1.900 is an update to the NES emulator, bringing new filters and bug fixes, including 128x128 icon display support under OS X.
MacSSH 2.1b2, another development version of the freeware SSH2-enabled terminal emulator for the Mac (based on BetterTelnet), was posted this weekend. [PPC, 68K]
Artlandia last week released SymmetryWorks, a $125 productivity plug-in for Adobe Illustrator that automates creation of symmetry-based surface designs and ornaments for illustrations, wallpaper, fabrics, quilting, tilings, web pages, and other applications.
Morning console news: Activision has announced that it will publish fighting game Bloody Roar 3 for the Playstation 2 in North America this June; Square plans to release Final Fantasy X for the Playstation 2 in Japan on July 19, after delaying its highly-anticipated release earlier this year; and Tecmo has released new high-resolution screenshots from Dead or Alive 3, the third game in the successful fighting series which will debut exclusively on the Microsoft XBox upon the console\'s release this Fall.
PowerLogix has posted Cache Control X 1.0b1, formerly known as G3/G4 Cache Profiler. The free software allows users to adjust the speed of the L2 cache on G3 and G4 processors, as well as toggling on or off speculative addressing and dynamic power management.
OneApp Software has posted OneApp Clean Text for Mac OS X, a Carbonized version of its $15 application for fixing spacing and removing forwarding characters from text.
Verbatim will begin delivering its 4.7 GB DataLifePlus DVD-R media for General Use in volume this month, which is compatible with Pioneer\'s DVD-R/CD-RW drive (SuperDrive). The media features Verbatim\'s Metal Azo recording dye technology, which the company claims gives the media a data life of more than 100 years. The media will carry a suggested retail price of $18 each.
Black & Bleu 3.2 is a $29 ($41 for CD version) Macintosh error code analyzer that offers Apple\'s explanation for 5,045 error codes with additional, detailed explanations and remedies for many of those errors. A $129 Pro version ($141 on CD) allows users to export error explanations to a file and distribute the information to others.
MuchoSoft has posted beta 2 of MuchoThumbs Pro 2.0 for Mac OS X, a carbonized version of the company\'s $35 software for creating Web pages and thumbnails from an images folder.
A Carbonized version of Snak 4.6.1, a $25 shareware IRC client, has been released.
Label Printer Pro 6 is a $35 application for printing a wide variety of labels, from address labels to CD jewel cases, VHS tapes, and more. Version 6.0 is also Carbonized for OS X.
Early morning tech news: Dell has introduced a $1,050 laptop, the Inspiron 2500, which features a 12.1\" TFT screen and a 700 MHz Celeron processor; Red Hat Linux 7.1has been released, which features the new 2.4 kernel; Fujistu has introduced the Stylistic 3500, its latest Pen Tablet PC that features a 10.4\" TFT screen, 500 MHz Celeron processor, and will sell for $3,900.
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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
Secure your Google accounts today
Google is offering 2GB of Google Drive storage today for free, if users check the security of their accounts. As part of Safer Internet Day 2016, the scheme will give the 2GB storage extension to anyone going through the Google Security Checkup, examining connected devices, permissions, and other security settings associated with their Google account.
Swift benchmarking suite goes open-source
Following the release of new betas for all its platforms, Apple on Monday also made a suite of 75 tools for benchmarking Swift-developed coding projects, including libraries for benchmarking functions, a utility for comparing the resulting metrics, and a driver for running them. The company says it is asking the community for help in developing additional benchmarks, as well as further "helper" libraries and overall code review for better stability and performance. Apple plans to include benchmark pull requests in Swift's new continuous integration system as well. http://bit.ly/1W8u0EU
Instagram now supporting multiple accounts
As reported earlier, Instagram is now rolling out support for multiple accounts (up to five) in version 7.1.5 of its iOS app. The feature has been one of the main attractions of third-party Instagram clients, but it is unclear if users must seek out an "add account" preference in the app; additionally, some users are reporting that the ability to add accounts has not yet been added. The company says notifications "depend on when you last logged in, and the number of devices that are logged into that account," suggesting not all notifications across accounts will appear when logged into a given one. http://bit.ly/1moh95p
Pictures of Galaxy S7, Edge leaked
New images have been leaked of Samsung's new Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge. The images of the Galaxy S7 are very similar to a draft leaked earlier this year, with a curved back reminiscent of the iPhone 3G with the normal Samsung camera hump in the upper center of the phone. The picture of the Galaxy S7 Edge as leaked is running a benchmark application showing modest improvements over the S6 line, if accurate. Both models are expected to be formally announced in a February 21 press event hosted by Samsung. http://bit.ly/20Gf07X