Apple Theater Mode Update 2.0.3 resolves compatibility issues with the Theater Mode Extension for OS 9, Quicktime Player 4.1.3 and 5.0, and the Classic environment on OS X. Theater Mode is used on some iMacs and on desktop Macintosh systems that have an Apple Studio Display CRT attached (with the Apple Display Connector). It brightens movie playback in some applications like iMovie and QuickTime Player. The update is also available using the Software Update control panel in Classic.
The Daily Californian, the student newspaper of the University of California Berkeley, contained an opinion article today discussing Apple\'s iMac advertising campaign and its intentions and underlying motives. \"For all their fuchsia luminescence, the iMac campaign highlights a dark undercurrent in our existing relationship to technologysuspicion and fear.\"
SuperSocket 2.0.2 is a new version of Essence Software\'s $100 ($50 academic) networking toolkit for REALbasic that adds support for UDP, ICMP, DNS name resolution, AppleTalk, and more. Version 2.0.2 fixes a bug that occurred when closing endpoints and improves UDP datagram reception code.
Bruno Blondeau has posted iOrganize 3.4, an update to the $15 NotePad enhancement. The new version adds in-place note editing, a command for pasting the current date, and drag-and-drop support for sounds as well as improvements and cosmetic fixes for the OS X version. [Classic: 677 KB; Carbon: 674 KB]
Michael H. notes that All4DVD.com has raised its price on the FireWire version of the Pioneer DVR-AO3 DVD-R/CD-R from $1,000 to $1,100, citing market pressures. \"Unfortunately, due to the high demand and low supply of this product, the market reacted with higher prices. And we therefore had to raise our prices for the DVD recorder as well.\"
Glyph!X 2 Beta is the latest preview release of the business and technical drawing tool for organizational charts, object diagrams, flowcharts, and more. Among the additions in the new version are significantly enhanced Org chart creation, improvements to complex shapes, and a significant reduction in file sizes. However, the preview released still contains many known issues and bugs.
A Harvard University faculty member has forwarded MacNN a letter from the university\'s Technology Product Center that outlines reasons for the university no longer being authorized to sell Dell Computer products to Harvard staff and students. The elimination of Dell at one of the most respected universities in the U.S. is done partly to strengthen the university\'s relationship with other current partners, including Apple, Gateway, HP, IBM, Sony, and Toshiba. Dell currently holds the number one position in education computer sales, after capturing the lead for the first time over Apple earlier this year.
Strange Flavour has provided MacNN with new details and screenshots on the follow-up to its popular side-scrolling action game, Bushfire. Airburst, which will be released for Classic and Mac OS X in approximately three weeks, features a combat arena where players use a paddle to try to protect their bubble from being popped by spiked balls that bounce around the arena.
Graphic Simulations Corporation is now shipping Baldur\'s Gate: Tales of the Sword Coast for the Mac, an expansion set to the revolutionary role-playing game Baldur\'s Gate. The $30 expansion features more powerful spells, talkative NPCs, additional enchanted items, improvements in the interface and game system, and more. The company also plans to release the long-awaited multiplayer patch for Baldur\'s Gate later this week, which will include support for online multiplayer gaming service GameRanger.
Apple\'s iBook Audio Update 1.3.6, released late last week via the Software Update control panel, is now available on the Web. The update improves the quality of sound output on the new Dual-USB iBook introduced in May 2001.
Terra Soft Solutions is now shipping Yellow Dog Linux 2.0, its Linux solution for PowerPC processors. Version 2.0 includes a new graphical installer, a simplified booting procedure, the KDE 2.1 desktop, kernels 2.2.19 and 2.4.4, XFree86 4.0.2, Mozilla, Open Office, Java, and a simplified setup procedure for Mac-On-Linux, which allows the entire Mac OS to be run inside of Linux. The company will release the distribution for download on June 25th, but it is hoping that customers will support the company by purchasing a copy ($60 w/ support, $30 w/o support).
David S. notes that fast food chain Burger King is in the process of installing kids play places in its stores, similar to McDonald\'s. In the Burger King in Melbourne, Florida, kiosks running Mac OS 9.1 will take a picture of the child at the console and place them into a fun scene digitally.
Troi Automatisering has released Troi Dialog Plug-in 2.1 for FileMaker Pro 5.5 for Classic and Mac OS X. The $35 plug-in provides a powerful tool for displaying real dialogs in FileMaker Pro; the text and buttons of the dialog can be created dynamically by using a calculation. In addition to FileMaker 5.5 compatibility, the new version offers other improvements and enhancements.
Several readers note that today\'s online edition of Doonesbury, a nationally syndicated comic, contains a Mac twist. In recent months, the comic has been decorated with Apple products, including the iMac, iBook, Cube, and Apple Studio Display.
Entourage Email Archive 1.5b2 is a maintenance release of the $15 utility for archiving emails and attachments in Microsoft Entourage.
Absoft has announced Pro Fortran v7.0 for OSX, a new version of its development toolset that includes an IDE, native F77 and F95 compilers and multi-language debugger with Aqua interface. It is source-compatible with Pro Fortran for OSX, Windows, PPC/Linux and Intel/Linux, was built using Apple C, and is link and debug compatible with Apple C (included with OS X Developer Tools). A beta is available now for those who place pre-orders for the product, while a final version is expected to ship in July.
Intelli Innovations today announced iPrompter ProPack, a new site license option for its prompting software for the Mac. The $279 package includes 2 CD copies of the application, Keyspan\'s Digital Media Remote (DMR-USB), and a site license for unlimited deployment within a 100-mile radius. iPrompter 1.8.5, released today, includes built-in support for Keyspan\'s DMR, full screen toggle, custom font size options, and other enhancements.
An Apple feature on The Orphanage, a group of three visual effects maestros who \'orphaned\' themselves from George Lucas’ Industrial Light+Magic to pursue their own vision of filmmaking’s future, talks about how the group used DVD Studio Pro to create a DVD portfolio in a mere 5 days.
Apple\'s iMovie and iDVD are PC World columnist Stephen Manes\' choices for \'Best Designed Software\': \"nothing I\'ve tried thus far for Windows matches Apple\'s Mac-only iMovie.\"
RedHawk Vision announced a late June beta test of its Paparazzi Pics, which can extract and produce high quality images from any video source. Unlike the company\'s Adobe Premiere plugin Video Pics, Paparazzi Pics does not require the user to separately own Premiere and is designed to process digital video using QuickTime 5 (.AVI, .MOV and MPEG file formats are supported). Interested beta testers can contact the company.
The freeware patch Macintosh Explorer Aqua 1.1 brings an OS X-style look to the file management tool, Macintosh Explorer 2.0.
Morning tech news: Microsoft\'s MSN Internet unit has launched a $50 million advertising campaign designed to \"woo customers from rival AOL.\" Iomega and Adobe have entered a joint marketing agreement to promote Iomega\'s new peerless drive system on Adobe.com and in Adobe products and bundle Adobe\'s Photoshop Elements software with Iomega Zip drives.
Connectix\'s Virtual PC 0006 Additions finally includes (full) support for video resolutions used by the Titanium PowerBooks (896x600 and 1152x768). It requires the Virtual PC 4.02 updater posted last month.
Apple has begun shipping the DVD/CD-R combo drive version of its new dual-USB iBook, according to readers who have received shipment notification from the online Apple Store (and a tracking number).
Proteron has posted a Web page detailing how to Use Your Mac as an MP3 Wiretap, describing the procedure for recording telephone conversations directly into MP3 files using the real-time encoding functions in its N2MP3 Pro software.
Tom Serrano sent us a brief update on foot traffic in Apple Store Tysons Corner: \"I stopped by the Tysons store today to see how things were going now that the opening weekend has passed. Surprise--there were about 50-60 people (or more) in the store. In the 10 minutes that I was there, I saw 2 iBooks, a G4 tower, and three 15-in studio displays go out the door, plus a bunch of software. Looked like they were doing brisk business.\"
Hans Timm has posted WhizGraph 1.1, a $45 data analysis and graphing tool that offers \"clear and accurate data management combined with versatile layout options to customize your plots. [It] was developed with a special focus on people doing scientific or educational work on a restricted budget.\"
Mike Margolis has posted details on how he \"hacked his dual-USB iBook to put Clarus the dogcow in the glowing Apple on back. After everyone at WWDC fell in love with it, I decided to put it on the web for others to enjoy.\"
ATI today introduced its new TRUFORM rendering technology that uses N-Patches (PN Triangles), a new type of higher order surface composed of curved rather than flat triangles, to generate surfaces entirely within the graphics processor, without requiring significant changes to existing 3D artwork based on flat triangles: \"TRUFORM can take 3D models with low polygon counts and generate smooth, highly detailed images...[it] effectively increases the memory bandwidth available to the GPU (graphics processing unit) by converting 3D images with low polygon counts to smoother, high polygon count versions in the graphics chip, a process known as tessellation.\"
Marty Pfeiffer\'s $12 system font replacement for Classic, Nu Sans 9.6, available in PostScript and TrueType flavors, offers compatibility with FontReserve and eliminates the bitmap files from the TrueType download.
LittleFish\'s URL Jig 1.6 is a freeware SuperCard project for storing, sorting and launching URLs. It is also available as a $5 shareware standalone player.
VisualWare\'s VisualRoute beta for OS X is a \"visual, fast, and integrated ping, whois, and traceroute program that automatically analyzes connectivity problems, displaying the results on a World map.\" (Pricing for OS X version not available.)
Over the U.S. holiday weekend, we noted The New York Times\' mistaken attribution of \"Think Different\" to Microsoft. Other reports included speculation on the possibility of Apple purchasing Handspring, Verizon\'s $2.4 million contract for Power Mac G4s, the grand opening of the Glendale Apple Store captured in QuickTime, shipment of Strata 3Dpro 3.5, and details on bypassing OpenFirmware password protection and why the workaround was implemented by design. Software releases included eMail Alert! 2.7, MailSiphon 2.5.1, and WeatherCenter 1.0.
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Comixology fires up $6 all-you-can-read service
Amazon-owned Comixology has launched an all-you-can-read comic subscription service. After a 30-day free trial, for $6 a month, subscribers can draw from a large selection of the Comixology library, minus Marvel and DC comics. For now, the service is US-only. http://bit.ly/1WMAOft
QuarkXPress 2016 now shipping
Quark is now shipping QuarkXPress 2016, the newest version of Quark's graphic design and desktop publishing software that now features near-WYSIWYG fixe HTML5 publishing as well as improved operability with InDesign and Illustrator and support for multi-Color Gradient Blends, OpenType Stylistic Sets, a Color Picker (Eyedropper tool), Touchpads for Pinch and Zoom (Mac only) and more. Users on any previous version of QuarkXPress (versions 3-10) can upgrade to version 2016 for $350, while QuarkXPress 2015 users can upgrade to 2016 for $180; new licenses are available for $850 (education licenses are available for $90). http://bit.ly/1OL23Pu
Kanex debuts GoPower USB-C for MacBooks
Kanex today introduced its GoPower USB-C, a portable power solution designed to charge a USB-C MacBook on the go along with an iPhone or iPad simultaneously. Featuring 15,000 mAh of power--capable of charging an iPhone 6s seven times or the USB-C MacBook one full time--the GoPower USB-C Portable Battery features one 3A USB-C port and one 2.4A port for other devices, priority charging detection technology and a pass-thru charging to your devices when the battery is plugged into a power source. http://bit.ly/1TKaf8z
i.am+ EPs earphones are Apple Store exclusive
Musician turned consumer electronics entrepreneur Will.i.am has launched a new pair of Bluetooth wireless earphones, dubbed the i.am+ EPs. The new earphones are an Apple Store exclusive, and feature large 14mm drivers and aptX support for high-quality wireless streaming. The i.am+ EPs support A2DP controls, have a 30-foot range and can last up to six hours on a charge. The design is said to be inspired by the "iconic shape of vinyl records," and are made from spun metal and paired with a woven fabric cord. When not in use, the EPs magnetically click into place around the neck. The iam+ EPs are available now at select Apple Store and Apple.com for $230, are available in gold-on-black or black-on-black. http://bit.ly/1OKVlt2
Ultimate Ears debuts UE Roll 2 speaker
On Tuesday, audio accessory maker Ultimate Ears unveiled a new version of the UE Roll Bluetooth speaker. The new UE Roll 2, which sells for $100, looks identical to the previous version, but gets about 15 percent louder. In addition, the unit now supports a Bluetooth source signal up to 100 feet away, an improvement on the original's 65-foot limit. While both the old and new versions of the UE Roll offer an IPX7 waterproof rating, the company now includes a blow-up "floaty" with the speaker to avoid the risk of prolonged exposure. The new unit will begin general shipping next month. http://bit.ly/1TJWE0Z
Philips launches Hue White Ambiance bulbs
Philips latest HomeKit-compatible Hue light bulbs have hit the market. The new Hue White Ambiance bulbs are designed to allow users to control their color temperature to enhance either focus, or create a more relaxing tone. Combined with the latest update to the Philips Hue app, the new bulbs can be set according to user "routines." The "wake-up" mode gently turns up the brightness of the bulb, while conversely, the "go to sleep" mode gradually reduces the color temperature and brightness. The Philips Hue White Ambiance starter kit retails for $130, while single bulbs sell for $30. http://bit.ly/1TJT3Qn
Pluggable Technologies three-display USB-C dock
Peripheral company Plugable Technologies today launched the industry's first wave of USB-C docking stations with both Power Delivery and DisplayPort Alternate Mode support. The Plugable UD-CA1 Docking Station integrates support for both of these new capabilities, along with the full set of standard USB docking features like wired network, audio, and extra USB ports. Model UD-ULTCDL builds on this, adding support for three total displays using DisplayLink USB virtual graphics technology. The UD-CA1 retails for $129, with the UD-ULTCDL selling for $179, and available soon. http://bit.ly/1TrVVTJ