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Toast 4.1.3 addresses track naming
As expected, Roxio has released a Toast 4.1.3 update for both the standard and deluxe versions that resolves the issue of automatic track naming.
Apple releases Open Transport 2.7.6
Apple has released Open Transport 2.7.6, a new version of the networking protocol for Classic Mac OS. The new version resolves a minor issue that prevented some applications from behaving as expected and is recommended for all customers, especially in education. The update is also available using the Software Update Control Panel. [updated]
QuickTime Streaming Server 3 PR3 released
QuickTime Streaming Server 3 Public Preview 3 is the latest release of Apple's open-source streaming software for Mac OS X. The new version includes quality of service enhancements, such as packet retransmission and reliable transmission of broadcast streams, as well as new web-based administration. This build will expire on July 1, 2001.
MacPlay plans summer game launches
MacPlay has announced that it plans to release four new games for the Mac this summer, including Baldur's Gate II, Giants: Citizen Kabuto, and Sacrifice, followed by two more during the holiday season.
Frontier 7.0b available to registered users
Userland has posted a "solid" beta of Frontier 7.0b, a Carbonized version of its scripting environment and content management system. The system is currently only available to registered users.
Japanese Cumulus 5 released
Canto has announced the release of Japanese versions of its Cumulus 5 Media Asset solution, including the Single User Edition and Workgroup Edition (Enterprise Edition not yet in Japanese). A demo version is also available.
GEDitCOM 3.0b3: Genealogy research tool
GEDitCOM 3.0b3 is a maintenance release of the Carbonized application for reading and creating GEDCOM files, which are commonly used in genealogy research.
GLUON ProScale 5.28: Quark scaling
GLUON ProScale 5.28 is a maintenance release of the $95 QuarkXPress XTension for scaling type and graphics with speed, accuracy, and stability. Users can scale non-proportionally without distorting type and graphics using a click-and-drag tool or scale entire multipage documents in one click.
Norton AntiVirus 7.0.2b for OS X
CarbonLib 1.3.1 available on the Web
CarbonLib 1.3.1, which was released yesterday via the Software Update Control Panel, is now available separately on Apple's Web site. The new version "delivers new functionality and features for Carbon-based applications."
X-Arcade: Play games arcade-style
XGAMING, Inc. will be debuting the X-Arcade at next week's Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) in Los Angeles. The multi-platform gaming device, which can be used with game systems such as the Mac, PC, Playstation 1 and 2, Dreamcast, Nintendo 64, XBox and GameCube, is a two player, arcade replica controller, with 20 buttons and side pinball buttons. The device is back-ordered in the U.S. until July 1, 2001.
Toast 4 update due soon
Victor Nemecheck of Roxio tells MacNN that the company will be posting a Toast 4.1.3 update later today to resolve the issue of automatic track naming. Toast 5 users are unaffected. Late last night, Gracenote, creators of the CDDB, filed suit against Roxio due to its method of receiving automatic track names.
Snapz Pro 2: Half-off until May 18
Snapz Pro 2, Ambrosia Software's image and video capture utility, is available from May 11th through May 18th for half-off: $20.
Poker Dice 1.0: New twist for old games
Poker Dice 1.0, the $20 sequel to Gypsy King Software's Killer Dice, is a cross between poker and traditional 5-dice games and includes several gameplay variations, such as Down the Line, Wild Cards, and Lots of Zingers.
Max Payne, Myth III, Stronghold at E3
Max Payne, Myth III: The Wolf Age, and Strongholdthree titles that will be published on the Mac by Infogrames' Mac label, MacSoftwill appear in Gathering of Developers' "Promised Lot" at this year's Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3), which takes place May 17-19 in Los Angeles.
LimeWire 1.4 improves speed, stability
LimeWire 1.4, a Java-based Gnutella file-sharing client for the Mac, is available for both Mac OS Classic and OS X. The new version adds improved stability, faster downloads, resumable downloads, and server quality ratings.
Adobe Acrobat eBook Reader 2.1 released
Adobe Acrobat eBook Reader 2.1 is a new version of the eBook software that includes several enhancements, such as the ability to rotate text 90 degrees for an extended viewing area on laptops, the ability to hear the spoken text of a book, and Adobe CoolType technology that can make eBook text clearer and easier to read.
Automated PDF to eBook conversion
ION Systems has partnered with Texterity to offer an automated PDF to OeB conversion process to publishers bringing content to the ePublishing market. The conversion process takes an existing PDF and converts it into the Open eBook format file, in addition to other formats including ION Reader (available for Mac), ION Download Version for offline reading, Palm Pilot, and Microsoft Reader. Additional formats will be supported in the future.
Thoth 1.2.1: Carbonized newsreader
Thoth 1.2.1 is a maintenance release of the $25 Carbonized newsreader from the author of YA-NewsWatcher.
MacNN joins NewsFactor Network
MacNN is pleased to announce that it has joined the NewsFactor Network, one of the Internet's most highly respected sources of technology and e-commerce news. Our association with NewsFactor will allow us to provide you with an increasingly rich online news experience, while enjoying the same comprehensive news coverage from the same team that has been delivering MacNN for the past number of years. MacNN is excited about the opportunity to leverage the additional resources that NewsFactor brings, and will continue to strive to make the MacNN community your favorite online destination for Apple- and Mac-related news.
FileMaker 5.5 announcement due Monday
On Monday FileMaker is expected to announce FileMaker 5.5, which is to be available in Mac OS X, Red Hat Linux, and Windows 2000 native versions this summer, according to an article on ZDNet UK. [story now unavailable]
Apple looks to spur sales in Ireland
Apple plans on launching a new ad campaign in Ireland, in particular to promote the new iBook. Apple was "a bit guilty in the past of not focusing enough on Ireland," said Mark Rogers, Apple's head of UK and Irish sales.
Clean Text 1.2.5 works under Classic, OS X
DealNN: G4/500MP $1900, Cube/500/15\" $2000
DealNN bargains include: G4/500MP for $1900, Cube/500 w/ 15" ADC flat-panel monitor for $2000, 256MB PC133 RAM for $60, Que! USB 8x4x24x CD-RW for $170, and more.
AutoCompleter 1.0 improves typing under OS X
AutoCompleter 1.0 is a $15 shareware that improves typing Cocoa-based applications, offering suggestions for completing words based on partially-typed text, insertion of saved text and other dynamic information (date, time, etc.), and execution of AppleScripts.
Tech: Intel Itanium soon to ship, Sony Bank
Morning tech news: systems featuring Intel's new Itanium processor will reportedly ship in a few weeks; Sony will launch its Internet-only bank in Japan next month; Electronic Arts, creator of The Sims, posted an $11.8 million loss in its fourth quarter, but says it expects to rebound in fiscal 2002 with the release of several PlayStation 2 titles; Microsoft has invested $125 million in Telecom NZ, which also partnered with Hutchison Whampoa, to further the development of a third-generation (3G) wireless company.
Business Week takes a look at Apple
The May 21 issue of Business Week offers two articles relating to Apple, including an editorial on why the retail stores won't help the company's bottom line or growth ("few think new stores, no matter how nice, will get Apple back on the hot-growth path"), and a discussion on the Apple-Gap relationship. Gap CEO Millard Drexler sits on Apple's board. [articles not yet online]
Toast-creator Roxio hit with lawsuit
Roxio, creators of the Toast and Jam CD authoring applications, has been slapped with a lawsuit from Gracenote, the company responsible for the CDDB that allows CD tracks to be automatically labeled with a myriad of information. To achieve this functionality in its products, Roxio has been using the Freedb.org service, whose technology allegedly infringes on Gracenote's.
Extension Overload 5.8.1 adds CS restart
The shareware informational database and system folder management utility, Extension Overload 5.8.1, is now available in a promotion for $20 ($5 off), and also adds the ability to restart the Control Strip, improves database searches, and correctly ignores aliases and invisible files.
Updated themes change OS X appearance
Matt Anderson has made updates to his OS X themes, providing a (completely) "unlined" graphite look and a "hot-swappable" version of Ruby/Aqua.
Joilet extension helps read CD-ROM formats
Thomas Tempelmann's freeware Joilet Volume Access 1.4, a precursor to the shareware v2.0 due out in mid-June, fixes few bugs in his System Extension that "enhances the way your Macintosh computer can read CD-ROMs from other platforms, mainly Windows."
Font sampler for OS X updated
Pixits has released a new version of its Cocoa-based font sampling application, FontExampler 1.0PR3, which can generate samples of text using customized text. Preview release 3 brings the ability to sort fonts alphabetically and provides support for OS X (final).
Galleon releases rebranded PowerTicker 2.1
Galleon Software, reacquiring the rights to its stock browser from Aladdin Systems, has released PowerTicker 2.1. The free upgrade updates the stock tracking utility with new contact information and fixes a few bugs.
Optigold ISP 2.7.3: ISP business package
Optigold ISP 2.7.3 adds support for barcoded return stubs, additional web interface functions and a few other miscellaneous items to the cross-platform busness software package for ISPs.
Roundup: Apple job cuts, CarbonLib 1.3.1
Yesterday we noted the availability of Apple's CarbonLib 1.3.1 via the SUCP, job cuts at Apple, Macromedia shipping FreeHand 10, Internet Explorer 5.1 slated for a summer release, IBM's PowerPC plans, new iBooks quickly spreading, Apple donating iBooks for teacher workshops, ViewSonic's sub-$1,000 17" LCD, Canon's new PowerShot S110 Digital ELPH camera, Apple's nominations for Design and Art Direction awards, and NewGenFilms' DVD streaming technology. Software releases included Mint Audio 1.0pr3, Download Deputy Turbo 4.5.6, AutoCat 3.0.1, Escape from Monkey Island 1.1.1, and Lightwave 6.5b.
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