The $25 shareware Icon Machine 3.0b1, now in beta, is a $10 upgrade to the Mac icon editor and offers \"editing of all icon sizes from 16x12 Mini to OS X\'s 128x128 Thumbnail.\"
Resorcerer 2.4, described as the \"first\" OS X resource and data file editor, offers new support for data-fork-based resource files; large Mac OS X icons; hex, binary, and unicode displays of very large data files; object-model scriptability; new integrated developer utility tools; and an interface overhaul.
WeatherCenter 1.0rc1 is the initial release of the $10 application for monitoring current weather conditions, as well as access to national U.S. weather service forecasts for your area and nationwide. The software can be used freely for a month, at which time you must register. Mac OS X support will be added in a future release.
icWord 1.2, a $20 application for opening Microsoft Word files with the original formatting preserved, now reads files with Chinese, Japanese, Korean, and other double-byte languages. In addition, the new version adds sound support, footnotes as numbered endnotes, support for Unicode text files, can run in the Classic environment of Mac OS X, and other fixes and improvements.
Mumbo Jumbo Studios has released the first in-game screenshots from Myth III: The Wolf Age, the real-time strategy game prequel to Myth: The Fallen Lords and Myth II: Soulblighter, which were originally created by Bungie Software. The game is expected to be released for the Mac in November or December 2001 by MacSoft.
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine - The Fallen, a third-person 3D action-adventure game from Simon & Schuster Interactive that uses the Miles Sound System, will ship in two to three weeks, according to MacGamer. Additional Mac titles from the company are not expected until additional retail channels for Mac games become available.
Logitech has introduced four new Mac- and PC-compatible USB-based gamepads, wheels, and joysticks: WingMan Action Pad, WingMan Formula GP, WingMan Attack 2, and WingMan Precision USB. The WingMan Action Pad will be available in June while the remaining three peripherals will be available in August.
Intego has released VirusBarrier 1.6, a new version of its antivirus software for the Mac. The new version is able to detect and eradicate email attachments infected by PC viruses, such as \"LoveLetter,\" and also includes other improvements.
Epson plans to release its new ColorLife Photo Paper this August. Designed to be used with the company\'s current- and previous-generation dye-based photo printers, Epson ColorLife Photo Paper offers a combination of image quality, lightfastness, and resistance to atmospheric contaminants. Tests have rated the lightfastness of the paper at 25-27 years before noticeable fading will occur when prints are displayed under glass in normal indoor display conditions. The 20-sheet pack of letter-size paper will have an estimated street price of $17, and a 20-sheet pack of Super B (13\" x 19\") paper will have an estimated street price of $57.
Big Nerd Ranch, which normally offers a class in Asheville, NC, will be offering a 5-day class on Programming OS X with Cocoa in Atlanta, GA from June 11-15. Big Nerd Ranch class fees include five days of instruction, course materials, room and board, and 24-hour computer lab access.
America Online has posted AOL for Mac OS X 4F, which addresses \"many issues with the AOL for Mac OS X 2a software [and] also includes tunneling support, improved stability, and increased functionality.\" It is available from AOL via keyword \"beta\".
Evolution Technologies has introduced the \"world\'s first\" wireless digital MP3 player, Evolution NeckPhone. The $250 Evolution NeckPhone is a headset-type MP3/FM radio combination that features CD-quality sound with an ergonomic, hands-free, lightweight design. The unit comes standard with 32 MB memory, and additional memory is available in 16-, 32- and 64-megabyte increments. The Evolution NeckPhone Software, which allows users to transfer music from their computer to the device, is both Mac- and PC-compatible.
Deep Sky has released TCP Deux v1.0.0b1, a 4th Dimension component that provides cross-platform TCP wrappers for different TCP plugins available for 4th Dimension, including 4D Internet Commands v6.7.x, Internet ToolKit v2.0.x, and Internet ToolKit v2.5.x. One-year developer licenses are $100 (with a $50 per year extension fee) and are available at a 50% discount when purchased with Internet ToolKit 2.5.
Sonic Solutions and Avid have announced a new partnership whereby Avid will bundle Sonic DVD Fusion LE, a DVD authoring solution for the Mac, with Avid Xpress Deluxe and Avid Express Elite.
CommonGround Softworks has released Qilan 2.0, an upgrade to its web application development environment that improves transaction handling performance and provides access to additional SQL databases via JDBC connectivity as well as Fast cgi support, a new session server, 128-bit encryption, and creation of data-relationships \"on-the-fly.\" The package supports Frontbase, Helix Rade, MS SQL Server, Openbase, and Paradox databases.
Disney Interactive has announced nine new games for the Mac, including Who Wants To Be A Millionaire Third Edition and Kids Edition, Disney/Pixar\'s Monsters, Inc. Junior Game, and several titles in the company\'s learning and girl game series.
Web Server 4D 3.5.2 is a minor update to the e-commerce web solution for the Mac. The new version includes several new features, including a new tag that allows database results to include links on any field, including graphics, which allows database result pages to \"look friendlier and have more flexibility.\" WS4D/eCommerce 3.5.2 adds support for the WorldPay credit card gateway and changes made at Verisign and LinkPoint.
Westlake Interactive has made a number of announcements today concerning its lineup of upcoming Mac games, including Tony Hawk\'s Pro Skater 2, American McGee\'s Alice, Tomb Raider: Chronicles, and Rune: Halls of Valhalla. In addition, the company has provided updates on the Unreal Tournament OpenAL patch and an updated Deus Ex Multiplayer Patch.
LucasArts Entertainment has announced a new game in the Jedi Knight series, Star Wars Jedi Outcast: Jedi Knight II for the PC. The action game, which will be developed jointly by LucasArts and Raven Software (creators of Star Trek: Voyager - Elite Force), will use id Software\'s Quake III: Arena engine and is expected to be ported to the Mac, although no official details are available.
Bare Bones Software has released BBEdit 6.1.2, an update to its HTML and text editor. Version 6.1.2 adds improved compatibility with a wide variety of FTP servers, improved performance under Mac OS X, and support for previewing HTML documents in OmniWeb, along with various other interface refinements and fixes for reported issues. A full list of changes is available at the company\'s Web site.
3D Realms has released a new 2:39 minute trailer featuring in-game footage of Max Payne, a third-person 3D action game that will be coming to the Mac via MacSoft. No official release date for the game has been announced.
Kutoka Interactive has announced a new math adventure game for kids ages 6 to 10, Mia: Just in Time! Following on the success of award-winning titles Mia: The Search for Grandma\'s Remedy and Mia 2: Romaine\'s New Hat, Mia: Just in Time! offers two CD-ROMs that take Mia on adventures through her fire-consumed backyard to a nearby shed, a mole\'s underground den, the tree trunk laboratory where the time machine is being assembled, and eventually to the house as it stood before the blaze. Children are asked to solve equations, identify geometric shapes, work with number sequences, and answer various numerical questions cleverly integrated into the plot. Mia: Just in Time! will be available on hybrid (Mac/PC) CDs in August 2001 for $25.
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PCalc 2.2.2 is an update to the scientific calculator that resolves some issues with OS X (the application is fully Carbonized).
Plasma Tunnel Saver v1.2 for OS X is a new screen saver that offers a randomize function and a configuration dialog to customize the colors of the tunnel.
Sony will join the ranks of Apple and Compaq in offering a DVD recorder with one of its systems when it ships the VAIO PCV-RX490TV in June. The system features a 1.7 GHz Pentium 4, DVD-RW drive, 128 MB RAM, an 80 GB Hard Drive, and a built-in TV tuner which can be used to record television content to a DVD. The system will sell for $2,500 after a $100 mail-in rebate.
Troll Touch has begun shipping its $600 touch-screen device for Apple\'s new iBook. Drivers for the device, as well as its other Mac products, are currently available for Mac OS 8/9, with OS X drivers due shortly.
Apple Expo 2001 will take place September 26-30 at the Porte De Versailles in Paris, France.
Steinberg recently began shipping Nuendo for Mac, its complete audio production solution is aimed at the film, video, and interactive media markets. Nuendo is a modular system consisting of audio software and several hardware accessories, with features up to 200 tracks of 32 bit/96 kHz digital audio, advanced-featured surround mixing, a Video-Track, and MIDI-Tracks.
iBuild is a new multimedia authoring and presentation tool, billed as an alternative to HyperCard and PowerPoint. iBuild Lite, which consists of the player and a limited editor, is available free of charge while iBuild Pro, for creating iBuild stacks, cost $50 (on sale for $30 through May 30). iBuild Developer, for creating stand-alone applications that can be commercially distributed, is $200.
Yesterday RAD Game Tools released the Miles Sound System for the Mac. Other reports included Napster\'s preparations for its pay service, a new 24x10x40 FireWire CD-RW, an update on Tropico, Yellow Dog Linux 2.0 reaching GM, Office 2001: The Missing Manual, and ATI\'s RADEON roadmap. Software releases included SNES9X 1.3.7, Extension Overload 5.8.3, MailBurst 2.1.3, and Liquid Player Five 5.1.
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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