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AE 5.0 plugins get 16-bit support
RE:Vision Effects has relased Pro versions of ReelSmart Twixtor ($500), for adjusting frame rates of image sequences and ReelSmart Motion Blur ($135) plugins for After Effects, which support 16-bit per channel in After Effects 5.0; additionally, the company released Twixtor 1.4, which offers the ability to retime footage by animating speed changes along the timeline. Upgrades to Twixtor Pro and to Motion Blur Pro are $165 and $45 respectively. Demos of each are available online.
Apple ships 5 millionth iMac
Apple has announced that it has shipped its 5 millionth iMac, its consumer-level computer that was one of the first to feature built-in USB, FireWire, wireless networking and fan-less operation. "I look forward to shipping our ten millionth iMac in a few years," said Apple CEO Steve Jobs.
Zeus edges Apache; OS X for enterprise
eWEEK's review of Zeus Web server, available for Linux, Unix and Mac OS X, concludes that the browser-configurable Webserver: "maintains an edge over its [freeware] Apache rival, especially at higher load levels. The reviewer also concludes with a note about the security on OS X:
"On a related note, the high level of performance both the Apache and Zeus servers achieved during the Mac OS X tests was very similar to their respective performance under Linux, suggesting that the Mac OS is finally a legitimate option for enterprise-level servers."
Netopia fixes TB2 Pro security hole
Mike Gaines forwarded a note from Netopia, noting the company has quickly addressed the recently reported security hole (see below) in the Preview Release of Timbuktu Pro for Mac OS X: "This morning, a security issue with the software was reported to us, and we are pleased to inform you that a new build of the software is now available for download."
Intel and Oradnet unveil TOPlay
Intel and OradNet today unveiled TOPlay, software which allows Mac and PC users to view a soccer game from the perspective of any player or the ball. The initial version of the sports program takes live soccer matches and converts the actions, including player and ball movements, into data, which is then used to create three-dimensional representations of the game. The game can be streamed live from a web site over a 56 KBps connection, and an entire soccer match takes up about 4 MB. The two companies are in talks with various sports web sites to make the technology available to visitors, and are working on a football version for next year.
American McGee\'s Alice enters beta testing
The Mac version of American McGee's Alice, a Quake III-engine third-person 3D action-adventure game, has entered beta testing at Westlake Interactive and is expected to be released this May. The company has also Carbonized the game so it runs natively under Mac OS X. (For more information, read our in-depth preview of American McGee's Alice.)
ASM 1.0 puts application menu in OS X
Frank Vercruesse's ASM 1.0 provides an Application Switcher Menu to the top right side of the menu bar in Mac OS X, emulating the application menu familiar to users of OS 9.1 and earlier.
NikonScan 3.0: new GUI for scanner driver
Gilles Theophile notes that Nikon has released NikonScan 3.0 scanner driver on its European support website: "Designed for the new LS4000 & Coolscan IV film scanners, this driver supports also the LS2000 & LS30. The interface is greatly improved and features a huge floating tool palette à la Office 2001. NikonScan 3.0 is available in English, French, German & Spanish." Changes and known issues are noted in the Read Me file.
Washable suede protects PowerBook LCDs
JR Hill & Company's $10 Washable Suede Laptop Screen Protector, which fits on the keyboard of Apple's PowerBook G3 and PowerBook G4, protects against the danger of the keyboard touching the screen when the laptop is closed. The unprotected contact between keyboard and LCD generally leaves dirt and oils, but can also leave scratches. The company offers free UPS Ground Shipping and a lifetime warranty with the protector.
Download Deputy Turbo 4.5: better transfers
ilesa Software's Download Deputy Turbo 4.5 is an update to its $24 download accelerator and manager. Version 2.5 features a Multiple Connection Transfer Engine, MaxMyBandwidth technology for full utilization of bandwidth, proxy/firewall support, an option to sleep after downloads are complete, and new scheduling functions. A demo is available online.
Package Tracker 3.1r2 consolidates to one app
Package management solution Package Tracker 3.1r2 now offers a single, Carbonized application that can be used on Mac OS 8.6, OS 9.1 and Mac OS X.
iScreensaver Toolkit 1.5 features new UI
iScreensaver Toolkit 1.5 is a new version of Xochi Media's $10 screensaver that also allows users to create their own screensavers using Flash or QuickTime movies. Version 1.5 includes a completely redesigned user interface, two new OpenGL modules, a new "Picture Picker" window, and more. A Mac OS X version of iScreensaver Toolkit is expected in Q2 2001.
JewelToy 1.1.0 replaces \'poop\' gem
JewelToy 1.1.0, a simple puzzle game for Mac OS X written by Gunnar author Giles Williams, adds a mute button, replaces the 'poop' gem, and makes earning bonuses more difficult by placing a fixed time on each gem. The source code for the game, which took one week to create, is also available.
Architosh:Pythagoras CAD app, Radiance on OSX
Architosh has a report on Pythagoras, a professional CAD application for the civil engineer and professional surveyor and more notes on compiling the advanced Unix rendering software, Radiance for Mac OS X.
Team ASA unveils Npwr NAS server
Team ASA today announced Npwr Server, a small self-enclosed Network Attached Storage (NAS) server that provides AppleShare-based storage services via TCP/IP and AppleTalk protocols. The Linux-based server includes an Intel CPU, Gigabit Ethernet, Ultra160 SCSI interface, 128MB of RAM, and 4MB of flash ROM and supports OS X, Classic, Windows 98, NT-2K, UNIX and Linux clients, providing AppleShare IP file transfers at "rates exceeding 20 MB/sec." The server, about the size of an external drive, is expected to ship on June 1st. The 30GB/633MHz model is $1,500 and the 60GB/1GHz model is $2,000.
Vampire: The Masquerade - Redemption in May
MacSoft has updated its web site with information on the company's upcoming game releases including modern updates of arcade classics such as Pong and Centipede in mid-May followed by Q*Bert and Breakout shortly thereafter. Additionally, Vampire: The Masquerade - Redemption, a 3D role-playing game surrounding the dark and mysterious world of vampires, is expected to be released next month.
ConceptDraw 1.6 includes OS X support
CS-Odessa has released ConceptDraw 1.6, a new version of the powerful flowcharting and diagramming software package for the Mac. The new version is Carbonized for use on Mac OS X and incorporates a few bug fixes. [3.8 MB -- Classic; 3.9 MB -- Carbon]
ACD Systems partners with Akamai
ACD Systems has entered into an agreement with Akamai Technologies to utilize Akamai's EdgeSuiteSM service and globally distributed network for the "efficient, worldwide distribution of ACD software." ACD Systems is best known for its ACDSee software for the Mac and PC, which is designed for browsing, managing and sharing digital images.
My Secret 1.1 provides secure text messages
My Secret 1.1 is an update for the $10 shareware text encryption utility that uses strong 448 bit Blowfish or 256 bit Rijndael encryption to secure text messages and private notes. Version 1.1 adds new menu item "Encrypt & Save", support for multiple encryption (TEMK), a better user interface, improved window layout, and more. [656 KB -- Classic; 709 KB -- Carbon]
Zip AssetStore Module released for Cumulus 5
Canto has released a Zip AssetStore Module that allows users of the company's Cumulus 5 product line to catalog and manage compressed files within Zip archives. The $100 module is available now for Mac and Windows and as a server option additionally available for UNIX.
SwitchRes 2.5.1 adds external API
Stephen Maudrau has released SwitchRes 2.5.1, a new version of the utility for controlling the resolution of displays. The new version incorporates an external API that allows developers to use SwitchRes to access and manage resolutions of the display, improves the management of Multiple Users and fixes several bugs.
Media 100 to showcase streaming tech at NAB
At next week's NAB, Media 100 will demonstrate a new streaming technologybuilt on the company's flagship Cleaner 5 streaming media processing solutionaimed at large facilities producing high volume streaming media content. The demonstration showcases a centralized database driven server that controls multiple distributed media processing systems (nodes) across a network.
Corel to unleash arsenal of Mac OS X products
We have posted a report on Corel's OS X product roll-out plans.
Scripting addition lets commands go to unix
Vampire Software has released AEShell OSAX 1.0b2, a freeware scripting addition for Mac OS X that allows commands to be sent directly to the unix layer.
DealNN: Refurbished iBook $999, 110 CD-Rs $15
Today's bargains at DealNN include a refurbished Blueberry iBook G3/300 for $999, Que! FireWire 12x/10x/32x CD-RW and 50 CD-Rs for $241, a 19-inch monitor for $199, The Sims for $32.90, a 4-port USB Hub for $20, and 110-unit spindle of CD-R discs for $15.
REALbasic 3.1b9 fixes bugs
REALbasic 3.1b9 is the latest development version of REAL Software's cross-platform development tool for Mac OS Classic, Mac OS X, and Windows. Version 3.1b9 fixes several bugs, including one which broke the software when running on OS 8.1 and earlier.
Callisto releases PhotoParade Maker for Mac
Callisto Corporation has released PhotoParade Maker 3.0 for the Mac, which lets users turn their digital photos into slideshows and screen savers with high-quality animation, graphics, music, narration and photo titling. The software is available in three theme bundles: Standard Edition, which includes 4 multi-purpose themes for $20, Premium Edition, which includes nine themes for $30, and Super Edition, which comes with 38 themes for $40. The PhotoParade Player for Mac and Windows is available as a free download.
Timbuktu Pro for Mac OS X security flaw
SecureMac.com has identified a potential security flaw in Netopia's newly released preview version of Timbuktu Pro for Mac OS X. "The menu About Timbuktu when clicked on gives you full control to the apple menu and system preferences without even being logged into OS X."
Apple acknowledges Lombard/Mac OS X problem
Apple has acknowledged a problem between Lombard PowerBook G3s and Mac OS X when third-party memory is installed on the system. A representative of Apple Board Discussions notes that Apple is aware of the problem but has not yet determined the cause. Until a solution becomes available, Apple recommends removing any third-party RAM and installing Mac OS X. "Even though performance will not be optimal with only 64 MB of RAM installed, you should be able to install and use Mac OS X without errors."
DragThing 4.01: update to desktop launcher
DragThing 4.0.1 is a free update to the popular dock application for Mac OS X and Classic, bringing support for scroll wheel switching and fixes for using items on NFS/UFS disks (and other bugs).
PostreSQL server bundled with YDL 2.0
Terra Soft will bundle Command Prompt's PostgreSQL application server with Yellow Dog Linux 2.0, the forthcoming release of the Linux for PowerPC distribution. The LXP application server provides easy access to the advanced features of PostgreSQL with a suite of services to produce and manage dynamic websites, including: direct fallback to the PHP language, persistent query execution, data parsing, and XML and content management. (Daily updates on the release of YDL 2.0 can be found on the main page.)
BlueJ 1.13 sport Mac installer, menu bar
BlueJ 1.1.3 for MacOS X, now available in traditional Mac OS packaging, brings support for a Mac style (top-of-screen) menu bar to the freeware integrated Java environment specifically designed for introductory teaching.
Intelli Innovations Carbonizes product line
Intelli Innovations has Carbonized eMail Alert! 2.6 , its $15 e-mail notification and reader product, as well as P.O. Toolbox 1.4, its advanced package management software for shipping with the U.S. Postal Service and its dynamic e-mail merge software, IntelliMerge 1.1, which also adds HTML, Unicode support, text wrapping, MIME, message preview mode, and sortable recipient lists. [EA--1.5MB; PO--1.0MB; IM--1.4MB]
Etchelon Macdoodle 2.2: painting for kids
Andy Pritchard's $7 shareware Etchelon Macdoodle 2.2, a children paint program, is now PPC-only, improving performance and offering other minor tweaks. The author says a Carbon version is due this summer.
Apple posts $43 profit in Q2
Apple yesterday reported a profit of $43 million, or 12 cents per share, for its second quarter on revenues of $1.43 billion. Excluding one-time charges and gains, the company's profit was $40 million. We have a recap of the financials from yesterday, including the evening conference conference call with CFO Fred Anderson. [also see yesterday's summary]
Akamai posts lower than expected loss
Akamai, Apple's content-delivery partner, narrowly beat Wall Street estimates in its first quarter, posting a loss of $52.5 million on revenues of $40.2 million. Including one-time charges and investment write-offs, Akamai lost $2.2 billion for the quarter; the company has a bit more than $300 million in cash. Apple was Akamai's largest customer in 2000, contributing $10 million of the company's $90 million calender-year revenue. Apple's contract with Akamai expired last month, but is expected to be renewed at a lower rate. Shares of Akamai, of which Apple owns a significant but undisclosed stake, have suffered the brunt of the dot-com meltdown and are off 90 percent from their 52-week high. Shares are trading up today more than 15 percent.
Analysts chime in on Apple as stock jumps
In the wake of Apple's earnings yesterday, SG Cowen analyst Richard S. Chu cut his recommendation on Apple from "Buy" to "Neutral." Morgan Stanley Dean Witter analyst Gillian Munson maintained her "Neutral" rating on Apple but raised her estimates for the year, while Lehamn Brothers' analyst Daniel T. Niles raised his rating on Apple from "Market Perform" to "Buy" and set a 12-month target price of $32 per share. Meanwhile, Apple opened the trading day up $2.75.
3dfx completes sale of assets to nVIDIA
3dfx today announced the completed sale of virtually all the company's assets to rival nVIDIA for $55 million in cash. In December, 3dfx announced that it would be disbanding its operations and selling its assets. Pursuant to satisfying additional terms of the agreement, 3dfx could receive an additional 1 million shares of nVIDIA or up to $25 million in cash and a lesser number of shares. 3dfx will use the money to wind down operations and pay off its debt.
AppleInsider: forums return, new articles
After a month-long hiatus, AppleInsider's forums are back up. The site also recently posted articles on the next iMac revision, two new Apple software titles, and the status of various other projects.
OS X: 10.0.1 update available separately
osx.macnn.com covers Apple's quiet release of both the 10.0.1 Update and Software Update 1.3.1 for Mac OS X as separate downloads, the company's acknowledgement of an issue between Lombard PowerBook G3's and Mac OS X, and Corel's plans for carbonizing virtually all of its applications during the remainder of this year. [updated]
MacNN Review: Escape from Monkey Island
We have posted a review of Escape from Monkey Island, the fourth installment of the adventure-game series.
Pioneer to announce SuperDrive details at NAB
At the National Association of Broadcasters' Conference and Exhibition, Pioneer says it will announce the ship date and software bundle for the DVR-A03 combination DVD/CD Recordable/Re-Recordable Drive. The drive reads and writes DVD-R (write once For General), DVD-RW (re-recordable), CD-R, CD-RW, DVD-ROM and CD-ROM. This is the same drive marketed by Apple as the "SuperDrive."
Royalty-free audio clip distribution for Macs
Sounddogs.com, a royalty-free audio clip distribution system, has unveiled a new interface with increased Macintosh compatibility. The new site offers .sit file formats and previews in the QuickTime format.
Pooch 1.0: parallel processing app helper
Pooch 1.0 is a new application that attempts to simplify the sometimes daunting task of setting up parallel processing over a Macintosh network. It is Carbonized for OS X. A demo is available online.
SimpleImageX 3.2b1 now available
SimpleImageX 3.2b1 is beta version of the excellent shareware ($25) application for viewing, organising and cataloging image and movie files.
OS X updates posted to Web
Apple's Mac OS X 10.0.1 Update and Software Update 1.3.1 were quietly made available as separate downloads, after being made only available via the Software Update Control panel late last week. Apple's newly updated Epson Print Drivers 1.0 are also available online. A new TIL 106271 has more details on the changes in the updates:
[Software Update 1.3.1] "provides enhancements to the Mac OS X Software Update engine, including resumable downloads, ability to work with proxy connections, and interface improvements."
[10.0.1 Update] has "improved functionality with iTunes, improved compatibility with third-party USB and FireWire devices, ability to make SSH connections, Classic environment refinements, and Enriched compatibility with AFP (AppleTalk/AppleShare) volumes."
XS3D 1.0b2: OpenGL classes for REALbasic
XS3D 1.0b2 preview is an OpenGL-based Scene Library for REALbasic that "was developed with the intention of simplifying the process of creating 3D graphics by providing a pre-constructed set of objects (REALbasic classes)..[it] is a scalable toolkit, capable of handling realtime business charts, scientific data, or games development."
Eudora 5.1 supports SSL, inline sigs, vCards
Qualcomm's Eudora 5.1 email client is a final release of the company's trimode email client available in paid, ad-sponsored, and free "light" versions. Version 5.1 brings SSL support, inline signatures, vCard support, ESP file view, "Moodwatch enhancements," photodisplay in the address book, export of address book into CSV format, and a Palm conduit to sync Address Book. A separate v5.1 updater is available to those running v5.0 in paid mode. (The current Carbonized version, Eudora 5.1b12 for OS X, is still available online.)
MacVCD X beta plays (some) VCDs
MacVCD X beta is a Mac OS X version of Mireth Technology's software video CD Player, MacVCD, however, the company notes one caveat:
Dr. Bott ships aluminum carry case for TiPB
Dr. Bott is now shipping its TiCase, a brushed, hard-shell, aluminum brief case built for the Titanium PowerBook.
DiskTracker 2.1.1: shareware cataloging app
DiskTracker 2.1.1 adds a PowerFile DVD jukebox scanner and fixes bugs in DiskTracker, the $30 shareware disk cataloging and labeling system from Portents. Updates are $10.
Tech: Duck Corp changes name, VAR study
Ealry morning tech news: The Duck Corporation,, creators of popular Apple-distributed digital video compression technology, has changed its name to On2 Technologies; The Chandler Group's new study for VARs, "Channel Program Report: Hardware Vendors," analyzes the channel programs of various computer manufacturers, including Apple; Sigma Designs has announced a family of advanced MPEG decoder chips that support MPEG-4 standards and will be available in expansion cards and digital devices later this year.
Roundup: WWDC preview, Brother printers
Yesterday we posted a preview of Apple's WWDC conference where Steve Jobs will present the opening keynote. Other reports included Brother's new printers, 512MB DIMMs for Titanium PowerBooks, two new iBook cases, and new high-speed FireWire drives from LaCie. Recent important updates include SoundJam 2.5.3, Zterm 1.1b4, Acrobat Reader 5.0, Toast 5.0.1 Titanium, Vicomsoft FTP 3.1.5, an OpenSSH 2.5.2p2 patch for the new OS X 10.01 update as well as Timbuktu Pro for OS X.
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