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Yahoo! Messenger 1.01 released
Yahoo! Messenger 1.01 is a new version of the instant messenging client for the Mac.
ConceptDraw 1.61: Flowcharting for Mac OS X
ConceptDraw 1.61Computer Systems Odessa's cross-platform application for creating business and technical drawings including flowcharts, UML diagrams, web site plans, network diagrams, floorplans, timelines and organizational chartsis now Carbonized for Mac OS X. The new version also includes minor improvements and bug fixes.
Metrowerks CodeWarrior for Mac OS 6.2
As expected, Metrowerks has released CodeWarrior for Mac OS 6.2, a maintenance update to its popular programming environment. The update includes all the components of the 6.1 update (CW IDE 188.8.131.52, MetroNub IDE Plugin build 0467, and MSL C++ 6103) as well as new compilers.
RapidMQ Beta 2: Messaging and queuing
Jiiva has posted beta 2 of RapidMQ, a messaging and queuing technology product for Mac OS X that allows software programs to communicate securely with other programs running on remote computers.
Apple unveils Mac OS X Up-To-Date
As part of its announcement that all new Macs will now ship with Mac OS X pre-installed, Apple has unveiled the Mac OS X Up-To-Date program, which provides a free Mac OS X upgrade to purchasers of Macs between May 21, 2001 and August 21, 2001 that do not have the new operating system pre-installed. The offer is only good in the U.S. and Canada.
New FireWire spec awaits approval
The 1394 Trade Association has introduced the new 1394b specification, an updated version of the multimedia bus standard commonly known to Mac users as FireWire. 1394b provides significant bandwidth, speed, distance, and cost-efficiency improvements over the original IEEE 1394-1995 specification. The specification supports audio and video transfer at speeds ranging from 1.6 to 3.2 Gigabits per second on plastic optical fiber, and up to 3.2 Gigabits per second on glass optical fiber. Costs of products using the new specification are expected to be lower than those using the early versions, and the new specification retains backwards compatibility. The proposed 1394b specification is now in circulation for approval by members of the 'b' Committee.
REALbasic in Greece, Cyprus
REAL Software has announced an agreement with Rainbow Computer to distribute and offer sales, marketing, and customer support for REALbasic in Greece and Cyprus. REALbasic, the cross-platform application development environment, is now available for purchase to residents of Greece and Cyprus through the Rainbow Computer web site, and will soon be available through Apple resellers throughout Greece.
FTPit 1.0 Final: FTP for FileMaker
Comm-Unity Networking Systems has released FTPit 1.0 Final for both Mac and Windows versions of FileMaker Pro 4.x and 5.x. The FileMaker plug-in allows users to upload and download files to and from an FTP site. Single user licenses are $45, and site licenses are $170.
Sapphire Styles Vol. 1 for Photoshop 6
Sapphire Innovations has announced Sapphire Styles Volume 1, a £20 collection of 1000 styles for use in Photoshop 6. The styles include gradients, countoured, drop shadows, glows, shapeburst strokes, gradient glows, metallic effects, and more. A demo set is also available.
Animo: Animation software for Mac OS X
Cambridge Animation Systems has announced that it will bring Animo, its 2D and 3D animation software, to Mac OS X, although the company has not said when the Mac OS X version will be released. Animo seamlessly integrates 2D and 3D animation for development of feature films, animated television series, commercials, games, and multimedia projects. The Mac OS X version of Animo will be able to exchange files with both the Windows and IRIX versions as well.
Rage releases Invisible Finder 1.1
Rage Software's Invisible Finder 1.1 is a new version of the $15 file manager for invisible files and folders. Version 1.1 adds a Invert Menu item which allows users to invert the currently selected files, a new about window and fixes various problems which could lead to Invisible Finder quitting in certain conditions.
KeyStrokes 2.1.1: On-screen keyboard
KeyStrokes 2.1.1 is a maintenace update of the $45 on-screen keyboard that is used primarily with disabled users, special education, children, server management, touch screens, and tablets. Version 2.1.1 fixes a bug that prevented editing of entries in word prediction dictionaries and other minor bugs.
Feature: BBEdit 6.1.2 on Mac OS X
Bare Bones Software's BBEdit 6.1.2 brings the popular text and HTML editor to Mac OS X. We find out how it stacks up against the competition on the new platform.
Apple now shipping WebObjects 5
Apple has introduced WebObjects 5, the company's pure Java application server for web publishing and enterprise application development. The cross-platform (Mac OS X and Windows 2000 Professional) application server features a modular architecture, automated data access through Enterprise Objects, streamlined page generation, and a comprehensive suite of integrated tools, including full support for XML and interoperability with existing XML-based solutions. Other tools include Project Builder for project coordination, Direct to Web and Direct to Java for three-tier web and Java applications, Enterprise Object Modeler for database modeling, and WebObjects Builder for simplifying the design of HTML interfaces. WebObjects 5 utilizes the Java 2 Standard Edition 1.3 runtime and supports full access to Java 2 APIs. WebObjects 5 is available now for $700.
OS X: Animo, NetBeans, JBuilder 5
osx.macnn.com has posted reports on several new software packages announced for Mac OS X, including Animo, NetBeans, and Borland JBuilder 5. In addition, BBEdit 6.1.2 on Mac OS X is compared with the competition.
Mac Stores A Hit
Apple's two retail store openings in McLean, Virginia and Glendale, California over the weekend were a huge success for the company, attracting over 7,700 visitors and selling more than $599,000 in merchandise in their first weekend alone. "We were blown away by the numbers," said Apple CEO Steve Jobs. The retail stores are receiving rave reviews from industry analysts as well as MacNN readers who have sent us their own reviews.
17-inch Apple Studio Display unveiled
Apple has introduced a new 17-inch Apple Studio Display, becoming the first company to move to an all LCD flat planel display lineup. The 1280 x 1024 17-inch Apple Studio Display costs $999, while the 22-inch Apple Cinema Display has been lowered to $2,500 and the 15-inch Apple Studio Display costs $600. The new display includes an integrated 2-port USB hub and Apple's ADC connector, which combines USB, power, and video into a single cable.
New Mac OS X Server unveiled
At Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC), Apple introduced the new Mac OS X Server. The new server operating system integrates powerful server applications such as an Apache web server, Samba for Windows file sharing, WebObjects 5, and QuickTime Streaming Server 3. In addition, the company is offering two Power Mac Server G4 models equipped with Mac OS X Server: a single and dual 533 MHz Power Mac G4. Both models include 256MB SDRAM, a 60GB Ultra ATA/66 hard drive, and ATI Rage 128 Pro; the dual 533 MHz Power Mac G4 includes an additional 4-port 10/100/BASE-T Ethernet card.
Mac OS X pre-installed beginning today
Apple has announced that it will begin shipping all of its Macs with Mac OS X pre-installed beginning todaytwo months ahead of schedule. The move comes in response to the positive reception to the new operating system and a desire to give developers a larger base of customers for Mac OS X products. New Macs will come pre-installed with both Mac OS 9.1 and Mac OS X, with OS 9.1 selected as the default boot operating system.
NetBeans gains OS X support
Among the new modules released for the NetBeans open source project, a standards-based integrated development environment platform directed towards Java developers, is Mac OS X support, delivering the software to early adopters of Apple's latest operating system. The newly added modules streamline Java application development and address a range of issues, including integration with Apache's "Ant" XML scriptable build tool, improved application server deployment support and SOAP-based Web services generation and deployment.
Synthetic Aperture ships Echo Fire 2.0
Synthetic Aperture is now shipping Echo Fire 2.0, its $275 digital video previewing and productivity software that allows motion graphics artists and video professionals to obtain accurate realtime video previews in Adobe After Effects and Photoshop. Echo Fire 2.0 features audio and video realtime previews, video-to-FireWire routing, enhanced control over preview playback, still image previews, more image scaling options, enhanced Photoshop image format support, and the ability to save any video preview to disk. Echo Fire 2.0 is compatible with After Effects 4.0 and later and Adobe Photoshop 5.0 and later.
Jobs vs. Dell: Grumpy old men?
The New York Times examines the ongoing personal grudge match between the CEOs of Apple and Dell, Steven P. Jobs and Michael S. Dell. The article explores the similiarities and differences between the two executives, and speculates that the feud may be the result of the computer industry showing its age. "...all this counterpunching is best explained by the fact that the industrial era that the two men did much to create is ending."
Virtual TimeClock 3.2: Employee time clock
Virtual TimeClock 3.2 is a new version of Redcort Software's software replacement for traditional employee time clocks and manual time card management. Net TimeClock 3.2 is the personal network companion for Virtual TimeClock Pro. Version 3.2 contains over a dozen improvements and fixes for the management functions of the program. [Virtual: 1.5 MB; Net: 1.3 MB]
BSA unveils 2000 software piracy losses
The Business Software Alliance, which includes members such as Apple, Adobe, Macromedia, and Microsoft, has announced the results of its sixth annual benchmark survey on global software piracy. The results show that piracy resulted in losses of $11.8 billion in worldwide software sales for 2000, slightly below the estimated $12.2 billion losses of 1999. The worldwide piracy rate for 2000 was 37%, including top piracy countries Vietnam (97%), China (94%), and Indonesia (89%). North American piracy rates declined from 32% to 25%, and accounted for the third highest piracy losses totaling $2.9 billion. The study was conducted by independent research firm International Planning and Research Corporation (IPR).
Opinion & Analysis
OsOpinion analyzes the ramifications of the new Mac retail stores in Apple Building Confidence - Not Just Brick-and-Mortar. According to osOpinion, "This news [of the new retail stores] will prove to be a boon for Apple and Macintosh enthusiasts who have been disenchanted with the buying experience offered by current stores selling Apple products. Those of us that have visited such stores as Sears and Circuit City can attest to the notion that these stores tried to tarnish Apple's reputation. Machines were often left unattended, misconfigured and sometimes outright broken." See full story.
Asante Cable/DSL Router supports wireless
Asante has introduced the FriendlyNET Wireless FR3002AL Cable/DSL Router, which offers support for Asante's AeroLAN Wireless Module. The router includes an integrated 2-port Fast Ethernet switch for transferring data between two machines at up to 100 Mbps. The addition of the AeroLAN Wireless Module adds wireless connectivity through Apple's AirPort, and acts as an Internet router, network access point, and wireless print server. The router costs $200 alone, and $350 with one AeroLAN Wireless Module.
Borland JBuilder 5 for Mac OS X
Borland JBuilder 5 for Mac OS X, a Java development environment, is being previewed in beta form at this week's Apple Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC). JBuilder 5 offers visual development tools for creating Java 2 applications, and integrates Web, XML and database application development with a scalable and productive Java development environment. The final version is expected to be released later this year.
Report: Front of line at Apple Store
Chris Barylick, the first person in line at the McLean, Virginia Apple Store before its opening this past Saturday, shares the details of his experience.
FireWireDirect ships second-gen RAID system
FireWireDirect is now shipping its second-generation FireWire RAID storage system, which offers a cluster of two, four, or eight hard drives. The RAID solution uses the "powerful and speedy" Oxford 911 FireWire chipset, and allows users to individually check for drive availability and configure the unit for both RAID Level 0 and 1 (striping and mirroring). Prices range for $895 (2 bay, 120GB) to $3,595 (8 bay, 480GB).
Northern Virginia Mac sale on June 2
Washington Apple Pi's semi-annual Macintosh Computer Show and Sale takes place at the Annandale Campus of Northern Virginia Community College on Saturday, June 2nd from 9 AM to 2 PM. Admission for non-members is $6, although a $1 coupon is available online.
Smell-O-Mints 1.2: Periodic table
Smell-O-Mints 1.2, a periodic table of the elements, adds a crystal structure table to the list, the ability to copy the element info to the clipboard as either plain text or tabbed, and improved table rendering. [Classic: 924 KB; Carbon: 1.0 MB]
Architosh: Apple store openings
Architosh reports on the weekend opening of Apple Stores in McLean, VA and Glendale, CA.
Sonnet seeks new CFO
Sonnet Technologies, which develops CPU upgrades and other peripherals for the Mac market, is seeking a new Chief Financial Officer. The position reports directly to the President and CEO and requires 10-15 years of experience.
Son of Weather Grok 3.5: Weather tracking
Son of Weather Grok 3.5 is a new version of Stimpsoft's weather application for the Mac. Version 3.5 fixes a bug that caused the application to crash if no station could be found and alters the window icon in the dock to act like a dockling.
Analog Helper 1.2.4 comes to OS X
Sig Software's Analog Helper 1.2.4, a graphical configuration tool for Analog, is now Carbonized for Mac OS X. The new version also adds preliminary support for Analog 5. [Classic: 422 KB; Carbon: 256 KB]
Roundup: Omni to present games at WWDC
Last Friday, Omni announced plans to show its Mac OS X games at the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC). Other reports included easing Mac OS X awkwardness, WarCraft III E3 Trailer, Diablo II: Lord of Destruction release schedule, and volunteers for MacHack 2001. Software releases included Installer VISE 7.3, Package Tracker 3.2, and Diablo II 1.06b.
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