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Sonnet's Encore G4 X 1.0 software for OS X
Sonnet has posted Encore G4 X Install 1.0, which "provides optimum cache performance for your beige Power Macintosh G3 upgraded with any Sonnet Encore/ZIF G4." The utility for OS X, requires that Mac OS 9.1 also be installed.
Now Up-to-Date & Contact 4.0 due in mid-May
Power On Software announced that Now Up-to-Date & Contact 4.0, the much anticipated release of its popular contact management software, is currently in beta testing and will ship on May 15, 2001. Version 4.0, which will bring a "dazzling new interface" as well as compatibility with Classic under OS X, will be $130 ($50 upgrade). Version 4.1, due later this summer, will be completely Carbonized to run natively under OS X and will be a free update to v4.0 owners. Power On is offering free upgrades to all purchases of v3.92 ($90 standalone; $40 upgrade) on or after February 15th.
REALbasic 3.1 improves OS X, database support
REAL Software has released REALbasic 3.1, a free update to its popular programming environment for Classic, OS X, and Windows that brings improved compatibility with Mac OS X 10.0 as well as "major" improvements to database functionality. Standard and Professional packages are $150 and $350. An updated set of plugins for database access to OpenBase, CSV Database, PostgreSQL, DBF, OracleOCI 7.1, ODBC Databases, dtfSQL, Primebase, and 4D are also available. [Classic, Carbon, 68K]
Tech: IBM enters Sun-dominated Unix market
Evening tech news: IBM today announced new midrange Unix servers in its bid to take back marketshare in the server market from Sun Microsystems; Gateway, in its attempt to become less dependent on PC sales, introduced three new network-attached storage (NAS) devices under the GS 400 brand; Java is seen as the best choice for developing wireless applications, outpacing support for the Palm OS and Windows CE; and age discrimination is rampant in the technology industry, according to newly released numbers, and the phenomenon hurts both old and young workers.
MP3 Streamer 1.2 fixes OS X problems
MP3 Streamer 1.2, a new version of Malia Soft's $20 server for streaming MP3s over a LAN or the Internet, fixes problems encountered when running the Carbonized application under Mac OS X 10.0.1.
QX-Effects 3.0.3 fixes OS 9.1 bug
Extensis has released QX-Effects 3.0.3, a new version of its $130 extension for QuarkXPress that lets users add shadows, bevels, glows, embosses and other effects. Version 3.0.3 fixes a bug when using the extension under OS 9.1.
IntelliMerge 1.1.1 offers customized e-mails
Intelli Innovations has released IntelliMerge 1.1.1, a maintenance release to its $60 dynamic e-mail merge software for Mac and Mac OS X that features an integrated message editor, recipient database system, and message mailer for managing contacts and creating personalized e-mail messages.
Personal broadcast service Vcast unveiled
Sorenson Media today announced Vcast, a personal broadcasting service that lets people stream live or on-demand video and audio content across the Internet. The downloadable Vcast client, which will be released as a public preview in May with a full release in the summer, will let users stream video live from a video camera, or compress existing video content with Vcast. Pricing will be based on the length of the stream and the number of viewers anticipated to watch.
Pangea reveals Otto Matic screenshots
Pangea Software has given MacNN an inside look at the second level of its upcoming 3D action/adventure game for the Mac, Otto Matic, which is expected to be released in 2002. Pangea's President, Brian Greenstone, talked in more detail about Otto Matic during an interview with MacNN last month.
ScreenCloze 2.0 for fill-in-the-blank edu.
LittleFish Software today released ScreenCloze 2.0, a new version of its educational software for making and completing on-screen Cloze procedure passages (fill in the missing word exercises). Version 2.0 has been completely re-written and adds support for multiple fonts, sizes, and colors, printing worksheets, and improved record keeping.
Reader tip: shortcut for shutdown dialog
A reader sent in a hidden function in OS X (4L13): "Perhaps this has already been publicized, but I haven't noticed it: on my TiBook running OS 10.0.1 (4L13), pressing the command key and the "fn" key simultaneously will bring up a Restart/Sleep/Shutdown dialog."
Plug-in adds FTP functions to FileMaker Pro
Comm-Unity Networking has released FTPit 1.0b4 for FileMaker Pro 4/5. The public of the FileMaker plug-in uses FTP to allow you to upload and download files to and from an FTP site and also allows you to upload text from a FileMaker field directly to a file on an FTP site. Single-user licenses are $45, while site licenses are $170.
Magellan 1.8.1 adds better language support
MAKI Enterprise has released a new version of its multilingual email software, Magellan 1.8.1, which adds full support for Right-to-Left language processing for Hebrew and Arabic languages, support searches when using Sherlock's "Find By Content," Unicode 3.0 support and dozens of other minor improvements and bug fixes.
Reader: Data CD causes problems under OS X?
Eric Hancock writes about a potential issue with OS X, which has caused data loss under OS X:
"Twice since I got OS X, my system has become unbootable after leaving a CD in the drive during a reboot. Each time this happened, I rebooted OS X with a plain old data CD in the drive. After several long minutes of spinning beach ball, the disk with a question mark icon appeared. Disk First Aid says that there are "Keys out of order." Each time I had to reinstall OS X. Apple tech support didn't have any ideas what caused this, or how to recover the disk or its data. This happened on a 'bronze' PowerBook G3, 256 Meg of RAM, stock 12 gig drive."
MWNY 2001 to include Special Interest Blvd.
IDG World Expo has announced that Macworld Expo New York in July will feature a Special Interest Boulevard. The Boulevard, first introduced at Macworld Expo San Francisco in January, features up to 100 exhibitors and focuses on digital media, small business products, sci-tech, education, and 3D/animation. IDG said the section was a huge hit at Macworld Expo SF.
Tokyo Plugfest links 47 FireWire devices
Last week's Plugfest in Tokyo, one of a series of events designed to ensure interoperability between FireWire devices, was attended by Apple, Microsoft, Sony, Texas Instruments, and others. During the event's "Grand Melee,", 47 different FireWire devices were linked onto a single network, up from 36 different network-connected devices during the Fall 2000 plugfest. The next plugfest is scheduled for August 5-7 at the Embassy Suites in Bellevue, Washington.
Pix Lite PR1: shareware media viewer for OS X
SearchWare Solutions has released a public preview of an OS X native version of Pix Lite PR1, its QuickTime-based media viewer with slideshow and movie presentation functions as well as integrated AppleScript support. The $15 shareware is available as 30-day demo.
SmoothType 2.3.3 maintenance release
Greg Landweber's SmoothType 2.3.3 improves kerning, fixes problems with Internet Explorer, DreamWeaver, and BBEdit, and prevents its shareware reminder from appearing during the initial trial period in his $10 shareware for on-screen font smoothing.
Transoft to showcase FibreNet SAN 3 at NAB
Transoft Networks, a wholly owned subsidiary of Hewlett-Packard, will be showcasing the new version 3 of its FibreNet Storage Area Network (SAN) for Mac OS X and Windows 2000 in multiple booths at this week's NAB. The Apple booth includes FibreNet's SAN solution in a demonstration of end-to-end workflow.
LaCie introduces DVD-RW/CD-RW combo drive
LaCie announced "the first" external, FireWire DVD-R/CD-RW combo drive. Due in June, the drive will record DVD-R at 2x speeds and read DVD-R media at 6x speeds. The mechanism also features a 8x4x24x CD-RW for compatibility with CD-R media. The $1000 drive will ship with either a FireWire or SCSI-3 interface along with Adaptec Toast 4.1.2. LaCie also offers 4.7GB DVD-R General media for $15.
ATTO to debut RAID software for OS X
ATTO will debut ATTO ExpressStripe for Mac OS X RAID software package at NAB 2001 in Las Vegas, Nevada. ExpressStripe allows Mac users to create and manage standard and RAID 0 volumes for external and internal SCSI storage.
PlayerPRO 5.8: SounTracker for OS X
Quadmation today released PlayerPRO 5.8 for OS X, a Carbon version of its freeware music editing program that can play a variety of sound formats.
eWeek suggests bringing Darwin to PCs
eWeek's Herb Bethoney suggests, as several editorials have done before, that Apple should help developers bring the open-source Darwinthe core of Apple's Mac OS Xto X86-based PCs, such as those from Intel and AMD. "Face it, it's still an X86 world. By updating its Rhapsody tools for X86 machines and making them available to developers, Apple can instantly broaden its base of potential users."
Sony Website not for Mac IE users
Trey Kaiser notes that Sony's Broadcast and Professional Website is currently turning away Mac users using the Internet Explorer 5 browser, prompting them to download the Netscape counterpart to view the site.
Aladdin ships StuffIt Engine SDK 6.01
Aladdin Systems is now shipping the StuffIt Engine SDK 6.0.1, which allows third-party software developers to put the power of StuffIt technology in their own applications. Version 6.01 is Carbonized, supports compression and encoding in AppleSingle, BtoA, Gzip, Lha, Tar, and Unix Compress as well as expansion and decoding of AppleSingle, BtoA, Gzip and Rar formats.
Bushfire 1.07 records best times
Bushfire 1.07 is a new version of Strange Flavour's popular $3 2D side-scrolling action game for Mac and Mac OS X. Version 1.07 now records the best times taken to complete each level to an HTML file for comparing with other Bushfire users. New music for the game is expected to be released soon. [10.7 MB -- full; 1.9 MB -- update]
Apple acquires Focal Point, FilmLogic
Focal Point Systems, creator of the digital video software FilmLogic, has been acquired by Apple. FilmLogic is an application that works with non-linear editing systems such as Final Cut Pro and Adobe Premiere to allow users to edit electronically while finishing on film.
SmartWrap 1.8 adds OS X compatibility
SmartWrap 1.8 brings OS X compatibility to its utility suite to reflow and "clean-up" text. The package includes a Eudora plug-in, Clipboard utility, and a BBEdit/Mailsmith/CodeWarrior plug-in. The $15 shareware package also offers improvements to the SmartWrap algorithm.
Palm compared to Apple and clones
An article in The Industry Standard compares Palm's current licensing situation to Apple's. In Apple's case, the licensing program was abruptly discontinued because company execs concluded that clone makers were stealing too much of Apple's market share. Palm denies that licensing is hurting the company, but the company's market share is slipping, its stock is off more than 90 percent from its high, and 300 employees were recently laid off.
SETI UNiT Manager 3.3.2 manages crunching
OS X: Maya 4 announced, Sonnet and OS X
osx.macnn.com reports on the announcement of Maya 4, the 3D video animation and effects software from Alias|Wavefront, as well as a Mac OS X compatibility statement from upgrade maker Sonnet that includes plans for providing OS X compatibility for machines not officially supported by Apple.
QuickTime 5 available for download
Apple has announced that QuickTime 5 is now shipping, posting QuickTime 5.01, which is now available for download via the QuickTime 4.12 updater or via Apple's Website (updated since this morning) or as a standalone QT 5 download. QuickTime Pro is available for $30; owners of QuickTime Pro 3/4 will need to pay again for QuickTime Pro 5, although purchases since early October of last year are except from upgrade fees. Meanwhile, QuickTime Streaming Server 3 is scheduled to ship next month.
"QuickTime 5 includes an enhanced user-interface with new audio controls, “Hot Picks” guide and QuickTime TV™ (QTV) channels display; a new DV codec for enhanced speed and quality; the ability for content creators to design custom interfaces for the delivery of their QuickTime content; and a component downloader to add Apple’s own enhancements as well as third-party plug-ins on the fly. QuickTime 5 also offers full support for MPEG-1, Flash 4 and QuickTime’s new Cubic VR technology." [updated]
Guide to Wireless Gaming via AirPort
Apple has published an in-depth guide to wireless gaming using AirPort, including mixing both wireless and wired (Ethernet) computers and using the AirPort Base Station to allow multiple wireless clients to play games over the Internet.
Sonnet announces Mac OS X compatibility
Sonnet today announced Mac OS X compatibility for its entire line of Sonnet Encore/ZIF and Encore/ST G3/G4 processor upgrades, Tempo ATA, and Tango Firewire/USB cards as well as a program to provide OS X support for owners of Newer Technology's MaxPower G3 and G4 ZIF products. OS X compatibility for the Newer upgrades will require a software upgrade, which will be available by the end of May for a $30 download fee. Additionally, Sonnet will offer OS X compatibility solutions for Macintosh platforms that Apple is not officially supporting.
Pioneer to ship aftermarket Superdrive in May
Pioneer today announced that it will begin shipping the DVR-A03 DVD/CD recordable drive by the end of May for $1000. The drive is similar to the DVR-103 "Superdrive" found in Apple's PowerMac G4/733, but features DVD-RW capability as well. LaCie, meanwhile, announced that it will ship a FireWire version of the drive for $1000 in June. CDCyClone previously announced plans to also ship a FireWire version of the drive.
Canon introduces world's first 3D lens
Canon today introduced the world's first 3D lens, a 3x zoom lens for its Canon XL1 digital camcorder that simulates the human eyes and brain by including two lenses in one. The camcorder provides stereoscopic synchronization between the two lenses, which captures left and right eye images alternately on the CCD for 1/60 second using an LCD shutter panel. The lens will be available in October 2001 for $8,500.
Maya 4 announced at NAB
Alias|Wavefront today announced Maya 4, a major upgrade to the company's world-renowned 3D animation and video effects software. The software is on display at NAB, including a Mac OS X version at Apple's booth. Maya for OS X is expected to ship this summer. Maya Complete 4 sells for $7,500 and Maya Unlimited 4 carries a $16,000 price tag. Pricing for the OS X versions has not yet been set.
Apple's Final Cut Pro Revolution stories
Apple has compiled a list of articles that have been posted on the site relating to Apple Media Arts and Final Cut Pro under the heading "The Final Cut Pro Revolution."
PBG4 prompts bomb scare at airport
A terminal at Burbank Airport in California was shut down for five hours after a PowerBook G4 was the suspect of a possible bomb scare. X-ray machines had reportedly been unable to provide authorities with an image inside of the computer in a high enough detail, and a swab sample that was then taken contained a "chemical residue of concern," most likely due to the titanium case. No bomb was found.
Unlined Charcoal X: Classic feel for OS X
Matt Anderson continues to update his OS X theme, Unlined Charcoal X 1.1.6, which brings a more Classic feel to OS X.
Tech: 1.7 GHz P4 launched, Gates no longer #1
Morning tech news: Intel has introduced the 1.7 GHz Pentium 4 at a price tag that will see the chip put in systems priced at $1,800 (incl. monitor) while 1.3 GHz Pentium 4 systems be dropping below then $1,000 price point; and Bill Gates, now worth about $54 billion, is no longer the world's richest man, as Wal-Mart head S. Robson Walton is valued at $65 billion.
Akamai, Apple continue audio, video delivery
Akamai and Apple today announced that they will continue to work together to deliver high quality streaming video and audio over the Internet.
P-in-P 1.2: QT player supports stream files
P-in-P 1.2, an update to the QuickTime package that plays movies or live video in a floating window, brings support for streaming movie files and fixes a few bugs.
Media 100: MPEG-2, Cleaner XL, Version 7.5
At NAB 2001 today, Media 100 made several announcements including a new MPEG-2 encoding system, Cleaner XL, "ICE'd" solutions for After Effects 5, and Media 100 i v7.5 with "lossless" video.
Security flaw gives access to password file
Malevolence is a new application developed by a hacker that "exploits a bug in the operating system that dumps the /etc/password file," that allows users to view an unshadowed version of the file on a Mac OS X computer.
"Under Mac OS X passwords are encrypted. This program allows the user to dump the encrypted passwords into a text file. Normally you have to be root or be a administrator in order to do this. What Malevolence does however is that it allows a unprivileged user to do this. Once the passwords have been dumped than can either be put up against a dictionary brute force attack or a true brute force attack and can be cracked quickly since apple choose to use DES instead of a more secure algorithm such as MD5 or BlowFish."
Easy-of-use vs. power: OS X confusion?
Brian Tobin's article discusses Apple's somewhat conflicting goals of keeping OS X simple enough for the average user, but useful and powerful enough for unix users, noting that some power user features have been removed and other "dumbed down features."
Freeware periodic table database for OS X
Johan Kool's freeware utilty with information on various elements in the periodic table, Periodic System 2.0b, includes information on physical properties, electron structure, isotopes, standard free energy, enthalpy and entropy and average abundance.
Roundup: Toast 5.01, Heuris' MPEG solution..
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