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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Cirrus creates Lightning-headphone dev kit
Apple supplier Cirrus Logic has introduced a MFi-compliant new development kit for companies interested in using Cirrus' chips to create Lightning-based headphones, which -- regardless of whether rumors about Apple dropping the analog headphone jack in its iPhone this fall -- can offer advantages to music-loving iOS device users. The kit mentions some of the advantages of an all-digital headset or headphone connector, including higher-bitrate support, a more customizable experience, and support for power and data transfer into headphone hardware. Several companies already make Lightning headphones, and Apple has supported the concept since June 2014. http://bit.ly/29giiZj
Apple Store app offers Procreate Pocket
The Apple Store app for iPhone, which periodically rewards users with free app gifts, is now offering the iPhone "Pocket" version of drawing app Procreate for those who have the free Apple Store app until July 28. Users who have redeemed the offer by navigating to the "Stores" tab of the app and swiping past the "iPhone Upgrade Program" banner to the "Procreate" banner have noted that only the limited Pocket (iPhone) version of the app is available free, even if the Apple Store app is installed and the offer redeemed on an iPad. The Pocket version currently sells for $3 on the iOS App Store. [32.4MB]
Porsche adds CarPlay to 2017 Panamera
Porsche has added a fifth model of vehicle to its CarPlay-supported lineup, announcing that the 2017 Panamera -- which will arrive in the US in January -- will include Apple's infotainment technology, and be seen on a giant 12.3-inch touchscreen as part of an all-new Porsche Communication Management system. The luxury sedan starts at $99,900 for the 4S model, and scales up to the Panamera Turbo, which sells for $146,900. Other vehicles that currently support CarPlay include the 2016 911 and the 2017 models of Macan, 718 Boxster, and 718 Cayman. The company did not mention support for Google's corresponding Android Auto in its announcement. http://bit.ly/295ZQ94
Apple employees testing wheelchair features
New features included in the forthcoming watchOS 3 are being tested by Apple retail store employees, including a new activity-tracking feature that has been designed with wheelchair users in mind. The move is slightly unusual in that, while retail employees have previously been used to test pre-release versions of OS X and iOS, this marks the first time they've been included in the otherwise developer-only watchOS betas. The company is said to have gone to great lengths to modify the activity tracker for wheelchair users, including changing the "time to stand" notification to "time to roll" and including two wheelchair-centric workout apps. http://bit.ly/2955JDa
SanDisk reveals two 256GB microSDXC cards
SanDisk has introduced two 256GB microSDXC cards. Arriving in August for $150, the Ultra microSDXC UHS-I Premium Edition card offers transfer speeds of up to 95MB/s for reading data. The Extreme microSDXC UHS-I card can read at a fast 100MB/s and write at up to 90MB/s, and will be shipping sometime in the fourth quarter for $200. http://bit.ly/294Q1If
Apple's third-quarter results due July 26
Apple has advised it will be issuing its third-quarter results on July 26, with a conference call to answer investor and analyst queries about the earnings set to take place later that day. The stream of the call will go live at 2pm PT (5pm ET) via Apple's investor site, with the results themselves expected to be released roughly 30 minutes before the call commences. Apple's guidance for the quarter put revenue at between $41 billion and $43 billion. http://apple.co/1oi1Pbm
Twitter stickers slowly roll out to users
Twitter has introduced "stickers," allowing users to add extra graphical elements to their photos before uploading them to the micro-blogging service. A library of hundreds of accessories, props, and emoji will be available to use as stickers, which can be resized, rotated, and placed anywhere on the photograph. Images with stickers will also become searchable with viewers able to select a sticker to see how others use the same graphic in their own posts. Twitter advises stickers will be rolling out to users over the next few weeks, and will work on both the mobile apps and through the browser. http://bit.ly/29bbwUE