CrushFTP 3.0b5, a Java-based FTP server, adds quotes for any directory and fixes some typos introduced in the previous version. [Classic: 320 KB; Carbon: 344 KB]
Ian Page\'s Mactracker 1.0.2 provides detailed information on every Mac ever made, including processor speed, memory, and expansion options. The new version adds the 17\" Apple Studio Display and corrections to the database. [Classic: 1.1 MB; Carbon: 1.2 MB]
Apple has released iBook Audio Update 1.0, which improves the quality of sound output on the company\'s new Dual USB iBook (released May 2001). The update is currently only available from the Software Update control panel.
Adaptec has released new beta Mac OS X drivers for three of its SCSI and Ultra160 SCSI cards: PowerDomain2930U, PowerDomain 29160/29160N, and PowerDomain 39160.
Following a long hiatus while the site was converted to PHP and MySQL, x-wares has re-opened. The site offers non-beta shareware and freeware applications for Mac OS X.
Architosh reports on new versions of the MCnurbs Creator VectorWorks plugins and Cinema 4D XL 7.
HP has released Mac OS X drivers for its entire line of DeskJet printers. The new drivers are intended as a replacement for the basic printer support that came installed with Mac OS X. However, the HP DeskJet 1.0 Drivers for Mac OS X have missing functionality compared with its Classic counterpart.
Arkaos VJ 2.1 is a new version of the visual sampler that enables the creation of real-time and recorded visuals for VJs, live performances, DJs, and businesses. Version 2.1 adds an automatic beat-matching technology, multi-layering effects and chaining, MIDI latch on/off for live performance, new real-time effects, double monitoring management, and more.
Yiminee Cribbage 1.0.2 Preview 1 for Mac OS X is a preview release of Yiminee Software\'s $10 cribbage game. Network games are currently not supported, but all other features should function properly.
Macromedia Flash 5, a cross-platform animation and design tool widely used on the Web, is now beginning to be used in television and film, according to c|net. Last week, MTV Networks signed \"Miss Muffy and the Muff Mob,\" a two-year-old Flash-based Webtoon series, to air in its fall schedule. The Emmy award-nominated opening to \"The Rosie O\'Donnell Show\" was also created using Flash.
FireWireDirect.com has introduced its new TrueTRIO FireWire PCI Host Adapter (RAID) card, which features 3 internal and 3 external connectors, 40 MB/sec transfer speed on each channel, and 3 independent bus power adapters. The card is the first of its kind to provide three fully independent channels for FireWire peripherals and devices, and is recommended for use with the company\'s FireWire RAID system, which was announced last week. The new cards will ship in mid-June for $300, although preorders are being taken now for $255.
SaveHollywood 1.0.1 is a maintenance release of the screensaver for Mac OS X that displays QuickTime movies either in normal or full screen. The software can also display Flash movies, and a directory of movies can be selected to play sequentially as a screensaver.
Adobe has released Adobe After Effects 5.0 Tryout, a trial version of its professional visual effects application for video. Adobe After Effects 5.0 features a new 3D compositing environment, new vector paint tools, the ability to animate layers hierarchically, and more. The trial version includes most of the application\'s features, but does not allow saving or exporting from the program.
SmartDisk has announced that it will consolidate operations of VST Technologies into its Naples, Florida headquarters. The consolidation and move will be finalized on November 15, 2001, and will not affect the company\'s products or plans for the introduction of new products.
AOL has acknowledged a problem in the Mac version of its software that prevents the \"IM alert\" sound from functioning. The company encourages those who are experiencing the problem to report it to AOL Mac Support at (888)265-8007.
Blizzard Entertainment has released new screenshots showing WarCraft III: Reign of Chaos, its upcoming role-playing strategy game, running on Mac OS X. The game has been Carbonized for native support on the new platform and is expected to be released in early 2002.
osx.macnn.com reports on new HP DeskJet printer drivers for Mac OS X, a Carbonized version of WarCraft III: Reign of Chaos, and AppleScript utilities designed for the new operating system.
Apple has begun shipping Macs equipped with the NVIDIA GeForce3 graphics card. GeForce3 Upgrade Kits, which are available from the Apple Store for $500, have an estimated shipping wait of 3 days.
Final Draft 5.0.4a is a new version of the screenwriting software for film, television, and theater. The new version lets users authorize the software over the web and fixes a few minor bugs. [form]
Interplay has released the E3 Trailer for Neverwinter Nights, the upcoming 3D role-playing game for Mac, PC, and Linux from the makers of Baldur\'s Gate. Developer Bioware has spent much of its recent programming efforts on Carbonizing the Mac version for native Mac OS X compatibility.
OSX Power Additions Lite 1.0b3 (formerly AEShell OSAX) is a set of AppleScript utilities for Mac OS X. The new version includes better error handling for the Shell command and new scripts, including GetMyPID.app, GetMyPID.script, Open Terminal, and StdErr.
Optigold ISP 2.7.4 is an update to the cross-platform software package that can run all business aspects of an internet service provider, including billing and server management. 2.7.4 adds barcoding on statement return stubs, native drivers for MySQL, MS SQL Server, Oracle and Sybase, direct SQL hooks to usage databases, PCAuthorize Hub support in a multi-company environment and a few other miscellaneous items.
Iomega is recommending to all customers that downloaded Iomegaware 3.0 to revert to version 2.8. \"Use of this version of Iomegaware may result in data accessibility issues with your disk(s) when using Iomega Tools within the software.\"
Selznick Scientific has released MoonMenu 1.7, which adds support for several Full Moon Names from the Farmers\' Almanac and fixes a small registration timing problem. The shareware aapplication allows users to analyze lunar data, such as lunation, lunar phase, illumination, moon age, and upcoming quarter predictions.
According to the latest iSuppli Market Intelligence Report, Apple has been selected as the best inventory manager in the computer sector, and apparently the best overall in the technology market with only one day of inventory in the first quarter of 2001. Meanwhile, Nokia and 3Com, leaders in their own sectors, carried 40 and 44 days of inventory, respectively.
ScheduleOnline Inc., producer of a scheduling and group collaboration Web site, announced completion of a successful beta test program of its ScheduleOnline Sync for Macintosh utility. The system enables Macintosh users to synchronize their 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 immediate download at http://www.scheduleonline.com.
Yesterday Vicomsoft released Internet Gateway 7.0 and SurfDoubler 7.0. Other reports included CarbonLib 1.4a1 SDK, 4D 6.7 for OS X, new Brother laser printers, and shipment of Iomega\'s Peerless drive. Software releases included XTension 3.5.9, TextSpresso 1.8.2, and AirPort Configurator 1.5.
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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