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CarbonLib 1.4a1 SDK posted to ADC members
Apple's CarbonLib 1.4a1 SDK, available to registered ADC members, is the latest pre-release version, offering all the files needed to begin Carbon development.
4D v6.7 for OS X to be free; due in Q3
4D today announced that it will be providing native OS X upgrade versions of 4D v6.7 application and Web development products at no charge to registered 4D 6.7 product owners, noting that the beta release of 4D Server v6.7 for OS X has already been released to 4D Partners; 4D plans on releasing OS X versions of its products starting with 4D Server v6.7 for Mac OS X in the third quarter of this year.
Jiiva revvs RapidMQ messaging technology
Earlier this week, Jiva announced RapidMQ Beta 2, a second beta of its messaging and queuing technology. The download contains C APIs, several server agents, an administrative application, preliminary documentation, and example programs.
InterMapper 3.5b3 available as Carbon app
InterMapper 3.5b3, available for both Classic and OS X, now offers a native OS X/Carbon application, the creation of custom SNMP probes, Excel-format export routines, testing of secure Web servers, support for playing QuickTime-compatible files as alerts, integration with Mac OS 'Users and Groups,' and new probes for Cisco, APC, and CVS devices.[Classic--2.0MB, Carbon--1.1MB]
IE 5.1.1 install breaks QT in OmniWeb
Several readers are reporting that the latest IE 5.1.1 "breaks" QuickTime functionality in OmniWeb 4.0.
HP posts new OS X drivers for photosmart line
HP's photosmart 1.0 drivers enable printing for some printers under OS X, including the hp photosmart 1000, hp photosmart p1000, photosmart p1100 and the new USB photosmart 1200 series printers. It provides "print only" functionality, replacing the basic printing support in OS X; however it does not provide support to AppleTalk connected printers.
Apple contractor: new color iBook on the way
Bloomberg reports that a new color iBook will be introduced in July according to Apple's Taiwan contractor Alpha-Top Corp. The new iBook, which Alpha Top will build for Apple, will have a wider screen and come in a variety of colors, according to the report.
XTension 3.5.9: new wireless
Sand Hill Engineering has updated its home automation software, XTension 3.5.9. It adds support for the MP3 Remote control from X-10, support for older X-10 RF remotes, better support for 'smart' dimmers, and improved support for the X-10 "All Housecode" type commands. Packages of the software and X-10 starter kits start at $80.
Mossberg: Look to Apple for quiet PCs
Walter Mossberg says that Apple's iMac is the best alternative for those looking for quieter PCs: "...I don't know of any mass-market maker other than Apple that sells an off-the-shelf system without a fan or which is otherwise specifically designed for quiet operation."
New 25 ppm laser printers from Brother
Brother has introduced the HL-2460 ($1450) and the network-ready HL-2460N ($1690) office laser printers, which are expected to ship later this month. Both workgroup printers offer 25ppm print speeds, 16MB of built-in memory (expandable to 272MB), USB and Parallel interfaces, Postscript Level 3 compatibility (va BR-Script 3), and built-in 500-sheet lower paper tray and 100 sheet multi purpose tray.
ColorBlind Prove It!: calibration, profiling
Imaging Technologies has released ColorBlind Prove it! 2.03, an update to its monitor calibration and profiling utility. The update adds support for additional monitors, including instruments from X-Rite, Spectrostar, LaCie, Light Source, Minolta, Sequel Imaging, Gretag MacBeth, and Gamma Scientific. Prove it! calibrates a color monitor and creates an ICC/ColorSync display profile that can be used by design and publishing software, such as Adobe PhotoShop and Quark Xpress. [pricing info not available]
Rumor: OS X 10.0.5 update due Friday
The Register speculates on a release of an OS X 10.0.5 update this Friday, but offers no details on what's new with the update.
ZDNet: Reasons on moving the OS X date
An editorial at ZDNet talks about possible reasons why Apple decided to move the OS X pre-install date forward by two months, speculating that Apple may be putting pressure on developers to develop native OS X applications or that Apple was feeling pressure (from developers) to expand its OS X user base.
Freeware font preview tool for Classic, OS X
Iomega ships modular Peerless drive system
Iomega is now shipping the USB versions of its Peerless drive system, noting that FireWire-based interface modules are due "within weeks. The fully sealed drive modules, based on IBM's Travelstar 2.5" notebook drive, fit into a a slim, vertical basestation that minimizes the footprint on the desktop and offer sustained transfer rates up to 15 MB/sec (FireWire interface). International shipments are expected at the end of the month and wide ability is not expected for another 4 weeks. Base station bundles with 10GB and 20GB drives are $360 and $400 respectively, while the drives are available separately for $160 and $200 (respectively).
New collection of custom shapes for Photoshop
Sapphire Innovations has released Sapphire Custom Shapes 4, a new collection (£18) of over 1000 custom shapes for Photoshop 6 that can be used in conjunction with layer effects and converted text or directly as web elements.
Vicomsoft: Internet Gateway 7, Surfdoubler 7
Vicomsoft has released Internet Gateway 7.0 and SurfDoubler 7.0, which offers the ability to allocate access and filtering controls to an individual or a group within a network, a free 3 month subscription to CyberNOT (limited time), and extended logging for reporting performance, traffic. Other new features include better VPN support for connections using PPTP and use with multiple users. Version 7 of Internet Gateway is available as Standard ($150), Plus ($300) and Pro ($550) versions supporting 10, 25, and unlimited simultaneous users and fixed feature sets. Version 7 SurfDoubler supports up to 3 users. Upgrades start at $30.
Printing RSG 6.0 docs on a Brother printer
Stephen G. Esrati passed along a tip on solving printing ReadySetGo 6.0 documents on his Brother HL1270 N printer:
"My son has solved the problem of not being able to print a ReadySetGo 6.0 document that apparently has too much postscript on my new Brother HL 1270N printer,into which I had added 32 mb of RAM. The successful trick (which the Brother technician did not even want to know about, although I had used up more than three hours on the Brother 800 number yesterday, and much, much more previously) is to print the file to a file, not to the printer. Then, I drag the Postscript file to the desktop printer and it prints like a charm. You may quote me. I think they're nuts not to listen to workarounds from customers."
Setting Sun 1.6.1: 3D shareware screensaver
Purple Shark Software has released Setting Sun 1.6.1, a new version of its popular, modular Mac OS screen saver. The update to the $20 shareware with forty different fader plug-ins includes several bug fixes.
Roundup: GeForce 3, retail iBooks, ViaVoice
Yesterday we noted shipments of GeForce 3 Power Macs, changes in Apple's iBook retail product lineup, Maxon's CINEMA 4D XL R7 release, and a new PC USB card with 4 independent channels. Other updates include IBM ViaVoice 2.03, CharisMac RAID 2.5, Merant's ODBC drivers for Classic and OS X, and Igor Engraver 1.4 music notation software.
Java-based AirPort configuration utility
AirPort Configurator 1.5 is a new version of the freeware Java-based configurator for the Apple AirPort Base Station and Lucent RG-1000 wireless access points. It runs on "any platform with a Java 1.1.8-compliant runtime environment installed, permitting the configuration of a base station from any host." The software requires installation of Sun's Swing libraries on a Mac and a 128-bit version for those with Lucent Ornico Gold PC card and compatible hardware. (Silver cards are located inside Apple basestations). [Classic, Carbon]
TextSpresso 1.8.2:improves, adds text filters
TextSpresso 1.8.2, a free update to the $30 shareware text editor and cleaner, adds new filters for converting to/from older DOS text files, improvements to the E-mail/web page filter, and an "important bug fix in TextSpresso's floating palettes."
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