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Frontbase opens new office, job openings
FrontBase today opened a new Seattle office dedicated to "application development, with a focus on Cocoa OS X applications...The first product to come out of the Seattle office, FrontBase Manager, was shown at WWDC. FrontBase Manager is a fully multi-threaded application for managing FrontBase databases remotely." The office has openings for experienced application developers familiar with Cocoa, Objective C and at least one relational database server." Frontbase has also posted a beta of its FrontBase plugin for WebObjects 5.0.
FM Pro-based tool offers polling via Web
Waves in Motion today released Poll-It 3.0b, a beta version of its cross-platform FileMaker Pro-based web polling tool, which allows users to create, publish and tabulate internet-based polls without any web programming. Version 3.0 is a "complete rewrite" with multi-user support, per-user polls, basic authentication, and support for multiple concurrent polls.
IAA soliciting testers for PocketPC sync util
A MacNN reader notes that IAA is developing PocketMac software that will allow PocketPC to sync with Mac OS 9 or OS X. The software will offer file copying/browsing features, sync'ing contacts/appointments/tasks with Entourage, and software installation/uninstallation services. The company is offering pre-register users advance purchase opportunity (and a $5 discount) as well as regular updates on development, opportunities to beta test, and a preview of the company development tools.
Canadian Apple distributor\'s income jumps
In a possible precursor of good news for Apple's current financial quarter, EMJ, who distributes third-party Apple products to Canadian resellers, has announced a 26% increase in sales over the past nine months. Company officials say the financial success has helped EMJ "solidify its position in the Apple third party market." EMJ distributes products from Adobe, Netopia, QPS, Sonnet, Sony, Sorenson, and Apple Canada.
The Omni Group releases OmniWeb 4.0.1
The Omni Group has released OmniWeb 4.0.1, an update to its native Cocoa web browser for OS X. Version 4.01 includes increased stability, better Java/CSS compatibility as well as support for German and French. In addition, this release solve the unrecognized QT plugin issue encountered after updating to IE 5.1.1.
CYBERWORLD coming to Mac OS X
CYBERWORLD has announced plans to bring its CYBERWORLD online multimedia web world builder and viewer to Mac OS X. While in development, the company is encouraging users on Classic to use its technologies using Connectix Virtual PC, a popular PC emulator for the Mac.
Convert 1.2.8: shareware conversion tool
Fifth Wave's unit conversion tool, Convert v1.2.8, fixes a few minor localization and reduces the application footprint by 40%. The $15 shareware offers the ability to convert temperature, velocity, time, mass, currency, bartending, and other useful items.
New version of Fizzilla posted
Fizzilla, or Mozilla for OS X, has been updated with yet another progressive build gathering the efforts of the open-source community. The new release offers improved stability and speed, as well as some polishing of web standard functionality. Despite the new OS X build, Mike Pinkerton, lead developer of the Mozilla team says that Netscape's primary mission right now is to ship Netscape6 for OS9 and "we cannot do anything to jeopardize that plan."
Sonnet postpones OS X install software
Jim C. notes that Sonnet has announced the postponed release of Mac OS X installation software for users of its Crescendo PPC/PCI cards.
Due to important design enhancement opportunities discovered during our development process, Sonnet has postponed the release of our Sonnet Crescendo PPC/PCI OS X installation software. We expect the resulting improvements to better deliver a "Simply Fast" solution, and are confident you will find them well worth the wait. Our new expected post date for this solution is June 15, 2001. The target posting month for our OS X solutions serving both Newer Technology MAXpowr PCI and ZIF products is now July 2001.
Mail Siphon 2.5.1 goes Italian
Alexandre Carlhian's Mail Siphon 2.5.1, a $20 shareware email utility that can preview email and compose/send messages, has been localized in Italian. In addition to Italian, the software is available in English, French, Danish, and Norwegian.
Tribes 2 engine now running on the Mac
GarageGames' V12, a slightly modified version of the graphics engine used in Tribes 2, is now running on the Mac, according to Inside Mac Games. GarageGames, founded by former employees of Dynamix Software, is offering the engine to independent game developers for a low fee of $100 in a bid to capture online publishing deals. Work done on V12 could potentially aid in the release of Tribes 2 for the Mac, which was scrapped during the course of the game's development at Dynamix.
Bare Bones releases BBEdit Lite 6.1
Bare Bones Software has released BBEdit Lite 6.1, a freeware, slimmed-down version of its popular HTML and text editor for Classic and Mac OS X. Among the features of the Lite version are expression based "grep" search and replace, multi-file search, and sophisticated text transformations.
iBook painted to match PowerBook G4
Chris Neuman has published a photo gallery displaying his freshly painted iBook, as well as instructions for how he did it. "I didn't realize how glossy the top and bottom of the iBook was until I received mine a couple weeks ago. I didn't like it. So I set out to paint it to match its big brother, the TiBook."
Rainbow Painter 2.0.1 adds optimizations
Norbyte's Rainbow Painter 2.0.1, an application for painting and photo retouching with support for layers, masking, and more than 60 effects and tools, adds optimizations and the company's Mac OS X policy to the $25 shareware application.
Apple\'s CompUSA program spreading nationwide
After a successful test program that placed Apple employees inside select CompUSA stores to train employees and ensure that Apple's store-within-a-stores are well maintained, sources tell MacNN that the program is now being launched nationwide by the end of the year as part of an effort to maintain a solid relationship with resellers following the opening of Apple retail stores around the country. In addition, Apple is offering many free seminars in CompUSAs around the U.S.; users can check for one near them by visiting Apple Seminars & Events.
OS X: Sonnet postpones OS X solutions
osx.macnn.com reports on Sonnet's postponement of Mac OS X solutions for its graphics cards, Mustek's policy for providing OS X support with its scanners, and Fujifilm's support for Apple's latest operating system.
ZDNet: \'Portable to beat at any level\'
ZDnet's review of the dual-USB iBook, which gives it an 8 out of 10 rating, concludes: "Ultimately, it's tough to find anything at all to complain about in the new iBook. It has a compact, sturdy design, delivers more than enough oomph for ordinary tasks, offers all the ports and drive options you'll ever need, and evendare we say itlooks sexy." Other reviews include:
In a mostly postive review, David Pogue of NY Times writes: "The thrill of the iBook's design is marred only by a clamshell that doesn't close as tightly as it should (thanks to four protective rubber screen bumpers) and Apple's outrageous help-line policy: after 90 days, help is $50 per call."
Walter Mossberg of the Wall Street Journal writes: "At 4.9 pounds with a full complement of ports and a CD or DVD drive, the new iBook is the lightest, smallest full-featured consumer portable I've seen."
The Boston Globe (positive) review notes issues with the keyboard: "With all the thought to durability that Apple seems to have given the iceBook, it could have paid a little more attention to the unit's keyboard." [updated 12:25 ET]
Standford Academy offers New Media courses
The Stanford Academy for New Media offers week-long sessions in 3D animation, desktop moviemaking, and web design, which provide hands-on experience with Power Mac G4s and Final Cut Pro: "I'm a firm believer that Apple represents the future of digital video in the classroom and at home, so it just made sense to go in that direction."
Apple feature on Sound Blaster for Mac
Apple's Crank up the Audio feature offers details on Creative Labs' Sound Blaster for Mac card, which began shipping in mid-March.
Tech: ATI chip in iBook, Office XP
Morning tech news: ATI formally announced that its Rage Mobility 128 graphics chip is being used by Apple in its new iBook, noting that it offers 32-bit color and an integrated DVD decoder that lets users experience full-frame rate DVD movies; hacker insurance agencies are charging a 5 to 15 percent premium when clients use Windws NT instead of a Unix variant; and Bill Gates's keynote address this morning will mark the global launch of Office XP, the next version of Microsoft's desktop productivity suite.
Mustek uncertain of OS X driver for scanners
Noel Rivera forward a note from Mustek technical support: "Unfortunately at this time Mustek USA is not supporting any of our scanners with Mac OS X. We do eventually plan support for this operating but we do not know as of this time when that will occur."
URL Manager beta supports shared bookmarks
Alco Blom's shareware bookmark manager URL Manager 3.0b12 for OS X is the "first beta where Shared Bookmark Menus on OS X are fully implemented. Shared Bookmark Menus are available in IE and iCab. OmniWeb does not support the Shared Menus Protocol."
Aspyr ships Tony Hawk\'s Pro Skater 2 for Mac
Aspyr Media is now shipping Activision's Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 2 for the Macintosh.
Contact Keeper 3.5: address book utility
Koingo Software's $10 shareware contact management utility, Contact Keeper 3.5, brings a third column view, more control over import, font customization, a new salution field, and other enhancements.
Fujifilm announces OS X support for scanners
Fujifilm Electronic Imaging has announced plans to provide OS X support for its high-end Lanovia and FineScan scanners this summer.
NotePad replacement available for OS X
Vincent Jalby has released a new beta version of iNotePad 1.5b3, his $14 shareware replacement for Apple's NotePad utility. It is now available in a Carbon version (for OS X), can store up to 700 notes and provides supports for invidual note "locking," database encryption, and automatic database backup. [Classic--1.0MB, Carbon--1.4MB]
Apple takes three British design awards
Apple took three top awards in the Products for Work category at the D&AD (British Design and Art Direction) awards, picking up a Gold award for Product Design for its Pro Mouse and two Silver awards for its G4 Cube and Pro Speakers.
Roundup: Now Up-to-Date and Contact 4.0 ships
Yesterday Power On Software began shipping Now Up-to-Date & Contact 4.0. Other reports included WebObjects 5 voting in the JDJ Reader's Choice Awards, Aladdin's new cross-platform licensing, shipment of the Que! USB 2.0 CD-RW, ATI's business strategy shift, Panasonic's new DMR-E20 DVD Video Recorder, new PowerBook G4 carrying cases, Addonic's Pocket SuperDisk 240, the UK government's online lockout of Mac users, Apple's bundling agreement with Demon, and the Portuguese language version of Mac OS X. Software releases included Apple Network Assistant 4.0.3, ICQ 2.6a29, Strike Force UT 1.60, and TechTool Deluxe 2.5.6.
HipZip firmware update brings improvements
Iomega's latest HipZip 1.00454 firmware update for its Digital Audio Player, bringing support for audible content, increased sound quality at lower bit rates as well as support for low bit-rate WMA files (16 Kpbs), an improved playlist manager, and bookmarks for MP3 and WMA files.
iOrganize 3.4: shareware NotePad enhancement
Bruno Blondeau's iOrganize 3.4, an update to the $15 NotePad enhancement, adds in-place note editing, keyboard-based date insertion, and drag-and-drop support for sounds as well as improvements and cosmetic fixes for OS X. [Classic, Carbon]
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