FrontBase today announced FrontBase Manager, an OS X application that provides complete remote control of FrontBase databases to \"minimize downtime and provide even greater user control. [it] is a fully multi-threaded and multi-processor application, so users can create multiple connections to the same database without creating data deadlock. [It] provides instant Data Drag and Drop, where users can drag and drop data rows to tab-delimited text into Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Word, or any application that accepts text drags.\" It is due early in the third quarter and will be bundled with the FrontBase database software.
Maxum tomorrow will announce NetCloak 3.2 for OS X. The Web server enhancement utility helps build dynamic and interactive Web sites using drag-and-drop. Version 3.2, expected to be released this summer, will run as an Apache module under OS X Server and WebStar V and will also include a set of Adobe GoLive extensions as well as updates to the existing BBEdit, DreamWeaver, and TagBuilder drag-and-drop page building utilities.
Waves in Motion today released a beta of its Dragon Web Surveys 6.0b, a cross-platform FileMaker Pro web survey tool, which allows users to create, publish and tabulate internet-based surveys with no web programming. Version 6.0 brings faster processing, multiple sectioned surveys, conditional branching, audo-updating reports, multiuser support, authentications levels, and an improved interface.
IBM has posted information its ViaVoice for Mac 2.0.3 Update CD, which resolves compatibility with Microsoft Word 2001 and Mac OS 9.1, fixes installation problems in certain time zones, and adds a new \'Analyze on Save\' checkbox to allow the user to specify if \'Analyze Document\' should run on every Save.
24U PlaySound Plug-In 1.0 is a shareware ($10) FileMaker plugin that allows databases to play WAV files and Mac system sounds.
Jeremy Kezer\'s Thermograph 1.3.2 is a $7 shareware utility that measures the internal processor temperature of any late-model G3 or G4-based Mac, offering the ability to record minimum/maximum temperatures and graph temperatures over time. Version 1.3.2 correctly identifies digital audio G4s and fixes a math bug for \"large\" negative calibrations.
Everest is a USB-based autoprinter from Rimage that includes \"sophisticated robotics to permit unattended printing of up to 120 discs...[it] will automate the printing of all CD-R and DVD-R content quickly and easily -- eliminating \'costly\' set-up time when compared to silkscreen and offset printing.\" It is expected to ship in limited quantities in mid-summer, while volume production of the $9750 printer is due later this year.
Twin Paradox today announced that its $150 SolarExpress PC Card, which offers 4 USB ports via the PCIMCA slot on noteboosk, is compatible with the Titanium PowerBook. Each port on the card offers an independent 12 Mbps USB channel. The company says it will provide support for the G3 in the \"near future.\"
Fabricata today introduced Iconata 1.03, a new Cocoa-based icon tool for OS X for creating and customizing, featuring 8-bit masks for shadows, transparent areas and anti-aliasing, live preview of the icon, and the automatic creation of alpha channels and hit masks. A free 30-day, unlimited trial version of the $25 application is available.
Merant DataDirect has announced plans to extend its DataDirect ODBC technology OS X, allowing software developers to connect OS X applications, to ODBC-compliant databases such as SQL Server, Sybase and Informix. Based on the latest ODBC 3.5 specification, DataDirect Connect ODBC 3.7 drivers communicate via the database vendors\' wire-level protocols for faster and more direct data access. Version 3.7 also supports multi-processing, bundles an Aqua-based configuration utility, and offers connectivity with all applications built for OS X. Merant has also announced Classic support for SQL Server 7/2000 and the latest ODBC v3.5 spec.
Trace Affex\'s latest CD-R printer, the Affex Allegro, offers 2880x720 print density, with photo-quality print results. Using technology from Epson\'s Stylus 880i ink-jet printer technology, it feeds two CDs through the printer, is up to 50% faster than previous models, and prints in true four-color (CMYK). The printer ships with both USB and parallel ports for $1700.
Etienne Gauthier reminds that Macromedia recently updated its Shockwave/Flash 8.5.323 plugins for IE 5.1 for OSX.
Jean-Pierre Stierlin\'s MacSSH 2.1b8 offers a few bugs fixes, support for JIS keyboards, and other enhancements to his developmental (freeware) SSH2 client built-on BetterTelnet\'s codebase.
Notable topics in the forums today include 3Com\'s proprietary PPPoE protocol, which reduced processor speeds on PowerBooks, an Apple Pro Mouse wearing out, and a user\'s experience with the new iBook.
Apple has posted a TIL 60850 describing the usage of the two versions of Mac OS now being preinstalled on new machines.
NoteHeads has released Igor Engraver 1.4, now available for $300, which brings improved speed and stability, smaller file sizes, finer control of page layouts and margins, and cross-staff chords to the musical notation software package. A special introductory includes reduced pricing ($200) as well as an advanced tablature plugin. NoteHeads is offering \"substantial\" discounts for education purchases and free upgrades to all v1.x versions for registered users.
Apple has decided to make the CD-RW version of its iBook available solely as a build-to-order (BTO) option from the Apple Store, and to make its previous BTO-only CD-RW/DVD drive available to all its reseller channels, according to Macworld UK.
The Apple Store is now shipping its Power Mac G4s with build-to-order nVIDIA\'s GeForce3 video graphics cards, according to one reader who received a confirmation notice and tracking number for his shipment.
MAXON earlier this week announced the immediate availability of CINEMA 4D XL Release 7, ahead of its scheduled release date of June 1, 2001. Release 7 of its 3D-modeling, animation and rendering package offers new anti-aliasing routines, multipass rendering with advanced control, a new \"Radiosity\" lighting tool, polygon reduction, and network rendering (bundled with a 3-client license). It is available for both Classic and OS X for $1700. Upgrades are $400. A demo is available online.
Charismac has released Charismac RAID 2.5, which adds support for software striping (RAID level 0) on FireWire drives. The RAID disk utility lets users create and manage single volume and multiple disk arrays on both external and internal storage devices. Upgrades are $40, while a $40 competitive upgrade to Charismac RAID Plus is being offered through July 31st.
Microsoft today announced the release of Internet Explorer 5.1 Preview Release Update as a free download via the Apple Software Update mechanism in OS X. The update, for the English, Japanese, French, German, Italian, Spanish and Swedish versions, brings improved reliability, better download support, GUI/Aqua improvementsl, better printing support, and updated support for Flash, Shockwave and QuickTime plug-ins. It requires Mac OS 10.03. Readers have reported success downloading IE 5.1.1 via the OS X Software Update mechanism as a 7.8 MB download. [updated: Microsoft says the update will not be available online]
osx.macnn.com has information on the forthcoming version of OmniWeb 4.1 and on Microsoft\'s IE 5.1.1 browser update for OS X as well as several other updates.
Apple has quietly announced a certification program through their iServices group. With the announcement came a new area on the web dedicated to the new certification program. On this site, they detail two new programs - the Apple Certified Technical Coordinator (ACTC) and the Apple Certified Systems Administrator (ACSA). The ACTC program will be available next month, while the ACSA program will be available later in the fall.
Art Directors Toolkit 1.0 is a $25 utility for graphics designers described as a \"is a time-saving tool that helps designers get the information they\'re looking for quickly. \" It easy access to commonly used measurement, RGB/Hex, CMYK, Symbol, and text operations. A time-limited demo is available online.
BusinessWeek Online\'s reporters notebook talks about the opening of Apple\'s retail store in McLean, VA, observing that store was a \"far cry from the cluttered, gadget-laden stores tech seekers have come to expect,\" and noting that the opening of stores may have negative reprocussions on relationships with other retailers.
Apple\'s WWDC coverage offers a picture gallery and coverage of the keynote.
Eric Pousse\'s RealCADD 2.51, a \"true\" vector-based CAD program ($75 shareware), is now available for OS X. [Classic, Carbon]
Goldman Sachs has initiated coverage on Apple Computer with a \"Mkt Outperform\" rating.
4-Sight Fax 4.1.1, which resolves incompatibilities OS 9.1 and Microsoft Office 2001, is a free upgrade to version 4.1.1. Registered owners can obtain the update by sending their company name and contact information to Sales@Softsinc.com.
Over the past week Xicons has posted 7 new icon sets for Mac OS X: Circles (folders), SF Set 1 (misc.), PowerPuff Girls (misc.), MM Titanium (folders), Pac 10 Logos (misc.), Dock-Lings (applications), MP3 Folders (folders). Xicons continues to post new sets daily.
Over the past week, MacDesktops has posted 14 new pictures, including B-2 bomber (Sky), Buddha face (Art), Fungus (Flora), iBook 2001 (iBooks, 2001), iTunism 13 (Art), and Lord of the Rings (Movies). As always, the pictures are free and available in a wide range of sizes.
Apple has posted MacApp Release XV, a final version of its complete release of Apple\'s C++ Frameworks that offers better Carbon and OS X support, a new CarbonPlus framework, enhancements to ACS, and bug fixes.\" A final version of Apple Class Suites (ACS) Release 15, an included library of lightweight C++ classes for the Macintosh APIs, is also available separately.
Opus Software has released Goldberg 2.1, a freeware (Carbonized) image and movie viewer with image editing capabilities and support for applying QuickTime and other image editing effects. Version 2.1 offers new commands, better import routines, and keyboard shortcuts as well as new file support and improved performance (\"Mach-O\" version) under OS X. [Carbon, Mach-O]
Following our special report last month on Corel\'s product rollout plans for OS X, the company today reaffirmed its product plans for OS X and announced a special summer promotion for its products. The company will begin selling its products (KPT 6, Bryce 4, Corel Painter 6 and Corel KnockOut 1.5. --at a \"special Apple end-user price\"--at Apple\'s online store beginning this summer. The special promotion will be followed this summer and fall with the launch of OS X-optimized versions of its applications, including Bryce 5, Corel Painter 7, CorelDRAW 10 for Macintosh, Corel KnockOut 2 and KPT 7.
iREZ announced it is now shipping CapSureUSB, its compact 2\" x 3\" video capture peripheral that offers 640 x 480 video play-through with stereo audio to USB-equippped Macs as well as hardware compression for transfers of up to 30fps at a resolution of 320x240. The $100 device includes iREZ Reel-Eye software for capturing, viewing and editing video.
An updated MacTech CD 17, introduced this week at WWDC, archives all issues of MacTech developer magazine from 1984 through April 2001, containing searchable text for 200 issues and over 2,200 articles. The $140 CD also contains a THINK Reference Compiler that can convert HTML directories into a single, compact, THINK Reference database. A $20 discount is being offered for a limited time. Upgrades are $50.
Macromedia today announced the Macromedia Developer Conference, DevCon 2001, which will be held October 21-24 at the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. DevCon 2001 will offer sixty-five in-depth technical and training sessions covering Macromedia ColdFusion and JRun development, server management, user interface creation with Flash and Dreamweaver UltraDev, and Web development solutions as well as workshops, panel discussions, product demonstrations and exhibits. Early registration, which ends July 25th, offers a $100 off the $1000 registration fee.
three-2-one interaktive has released an updated version of its Carbonized shareware ID3 editor ID3X 1.5.2, which has important bug fixes and an option to use less memory.
Morningstar.com\'s latest editorial speculates on the possibility of Apple buying Handspring: \"For someone like Steve Jobs, to whom good design is a religion, getting the brains behind the first successful mass-market handheld in house would be a real coup.\"
Foresight Solutions has released Foresight Financials 2001, an update to its accounting and business management software that provides sales, marketing, purchasing, inventory AP/AR/GL, payroll, and job costing functions. Pricing is $5,000 per server (and $500 per user).
Calerga\'s SysQuake 2 LE beta for OS X is a free version of its \"ground-breaking scientific application for understanding and designing complex systems by the use of interactive graphics.\" Version 2 adds libraries of functions, an easier programming model for simple problems, support for multiple documents, and a built-in text editor.
Intelli Innovations has released IntelliMerge 1.2, an update to its $60 e-mail merge software that \"adds direct mailing (no SMTP server required), FileMaker Pro and AppleScript support, and improved OS X compatibility.\"
The $20 shareware Java ftp server, CrushFTP 2.1.9, adds trickle on/off support for directory listings; Ben Spinks has also posted a new beta of CrushFTP 3.0b4 which offers Virtual Serving, a true virtual file system, redundancy, load balancing, and template accounts is now available as well. Carbon and Classic version of each are available online.
DC&R\'s FaxBee 1.2.1 is a free upgrade to the utility that you route text files or email from EIMS or SIMS to Smith Micro\'s FaxSTF software. Version 1.2.1 adds the ability to forward a notification email as well as a copy of the message after the fax has been handed off to FaxSTF.
Selznick Scientific\'s PasswordWallet 2.4.1 addresses problems with CarbonLib 1.2.5, CarbonLib 1.0.4, and possible preference file corruption in its $15 utility for securing storing passwords.
ScheduleOnline Inc., producer of a Web-baesd scheduling and group collaboration, has completed beta testing of its its ScheduleOnline Sync for Mac utility, which allows users to synchronize ScheduleOnline Web calendars, reminders, to-do lists and address books with those of Palm OS-based devices, such as Palm Pilots and Visors. The new Mac version is available for free online.
MusicMatch has introduced the gold version of its latest Jukebox software package, offering multi-tasking and multi-session burning. It also provides more media support for \"hundreds of\" CD-R and CD-RW drives and multiple formats, including 80-minute and credit-card size CD. A Mac OS version is reportedly due in the next few weeks.
Gideon Softworks\' Snard 0.4 is a dock-based launcher that offers search functions (using Sherlock), access to preferences, and \"worksets\" for launching multiple files with a single click.
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Remote S for Tesla Apple Watch app drives car out
Developer Allen Wong has created the Remote S for Tesla app, which can be used to remotely activate the Model S electric car via an Apple Watch, and drive it a short distance. Aside from providing data about the car and some basic function controls, the unofficial app uses the manufacturer's Summon command to allow the car to turn on, exit the garage, and park near to the user's location. The app is available to purchase from the App Store for $10. http://apple.co/1PprF4t
Seagate 3TB unreliability suit expands
The Seagate 3TB class-action hard drive lawsuit has been expanded to more devices. The expanded suit, filed today, now includes Seagate's Barracuda 3TB Hard Disk Drive, Desktop HDD 3TB, Backup Plus 3TB External Hard Disk Drive, GoFlex 3TB External Hard Disk Drive, or any other Seagate hard drive with model number ST3000DM001. The law firm, Hagens Berman, is seeking information from consumers such as time in service, purchase price, and the nature of any drive received in return from Seagate as a replacement for a failed unit. http://bit.ly/1Pc34Cq
BlackBerry Canada, Florida hit with layoffs
The BlackBerry campus has reportedly been wracked with layoffs. Sources familiar with the company's Waterloo office staffing claim that close to 35 percent of the local workforce has been laid off, with the deepest cuts being made in the BlackBerry 10 OS and hardware teams. Additionally, the state of Florida has been officially notified that the company's Sunrise facility will see 75 people fired. Enthusiast site Mobilesyrup puts the layoffs at around 1000 total. http://bit.ly/1Pc1Rep
Instagram tests multiple account support for iOS
Instagram is trialling support for multiple accounts in its iPhone app with a small number of users. The Facebook-owned photo sharing service confirmed the reports of the tests to TechCrunch, which will allow a single user to manage more than a single account within the app, transferring between two or three accounts with a few taps. It is unclear when the feature will roll out to the public, but it has previously tested it with the Android version of the app since November. http://tcrn.ch/1SPKEKh
Foxconn CEO declares Sharp deal near done
The Foxconn bid for Sharp is allegedly only waiting on specific details of the deal. Foxconn CEO Terry Gou has declared that his company has privileged negotiation rights for the Apple iPhone screen supplier, saying that "we have a consensus, the rest is a process ... I don't see a problem completing this process." Gou hopes the deal, worth up to $5.6 billion, will be formalized by the end of February. http://reut.rs/1SPEQjN
MIT demoes 'Eyeriss' AI chip for mobile
At the International Solid State Circuits Conference in San Francisco this week, MIT researchers presented a new chip designed specifically to implement neural networks. The researchers claim that "Eyeriss" is 10 times as efficient as a mobile GPU, so it could enable mobile devices to run artificial-intelligence algorithms such as Siri or Cortana, rather than uploading all data to a remote server for processing. http://bit.ly/1TISJBe
Pocket for iOS adds readability settings
Offline reader iOS app Pocket has updated, with reader-friendly changes. With the new revision, premium subscribers can adjust character spacing, and choose from eight new fonts including one that makes it easier for sufferers of dyslexia to read saved content. The app itself is free, with a premium subscription available for $5 a month, or $45 a year. http://apple.co/1KuILBl