Summoner, Volition\'s 3D role-playing game that originally shipped with the launch of Sony\'s Playstation 2, has reached golden master on the Mac and will ship in two to three weeks, according to Inside Mac Games. The game will not ship with Mac OS X compatibility, but Volition plans to release an updated Carbon version shortly following the release of the game.
Boxtop Software\'s SuperGIF 1.5, a $30 graphics tool that \"effortlessly makes all your GIF images and animations smaller,\" is now more than three times faster than earlier versions and has been Carbonized for native use on Mac OS X.
Evening tech news: 3Com has issued an earnings warning for its fourth quarter and has announced plans to discontinue its cable and DSL modem business; Handspring warned after the close of today\'s trading that fourth-quarter sales will check in between $60 and $65 million, roughly half the $121.3 million it told shareholders to expect in early May; and NetZero and Juno Online have agreed to merge into a new company, United Online, that will continue to offer free services under the NetZero brand and move its paid services under the Juno name.
CValley, Inc. has released a new trial version of its Adobe Illustrator plug-in, FILTERiT4, which keeps some features active even after the trial period has expired. The plug-in allows users to add a number of unique effects to Illustrator documents.
ABC will premiere game show \"You Don\'t Know Jack\" on Wednesday, June 20 with back-to-back shows from 8 to 9 p.m. The show will then air on Wednesdays at 8 p.m. The quiz show, hosted by Paul Reubens (\"Pee-Wee\'s Big Adventure\", \"Blow\") in character as Troy Stevens, is a television adaptation of the popular trivia game series for the Mac and PC from Jellyvision and Berkeley Systems.
InterMapper 3.5b6 is a maintenance release of the popular network monitoring tool for Classic and Mac OS X. In addition, a draft manual is now available in both HTML and PDF. [Classic: 2.0 MB; Carbon: 1.6 MB]
The Associated Press has posted a glowing review of Apple\'s new iBook, praising its stylish design and competitive pricing, and comparing it several times to PC desktops and laptops. \"I ripped several CDs and surfed the Internet at the same time. Unlike my 733 MHz Pentium III desktop PC, the iBook with its 500 MHz PowerPC processor managed to create MP3 files without popping and clicking noises.\"
PhotoSite TimeSaviour 1.0 is a freeware utility that takes a folder of images and transforms them into a web page, complete with thumbnails and HTML files.
FlexWare International has contacted MacNN with information that the company is not going out of business or discontinuing FlexWare Accounting, as reported yesterday. The company is relocating its Northern California operations to its Avenue of the Stars location in West Los Angeles and plans on migrating FlexWare Accounting to Mac OS X.
TiBag is a new $38 carrying case for Apple\'s PowerBook G4 and Dual USB iBook. The 11\" x 14.5\" x 6\" TiBag is constructed with super-durable 600 Denier Polyester and features 7 organizer compartments, 3 pen pockets, a detachable cellular phone pocket, velcro and zipper seals, and an adjustable velcro shoulder strap.
Music-swapping service Napster has hired Jonathan Schwartz as its general counsel, who will manage the company\'s ongoing legal affairs for its new membership-based service. Schwartz joins Napster from the U.S. Justice Department in Washington, D.C. where he most recently served as the Principal Associate Deputy Attorney General, serving as a senior legal and policy advisor to the Attorney General and helping manage a $21 billion agency with over 125,000 employees.
QPS is now shipping its Que! LS-240 SuperDisk external drive, the latest-generation of its removable USB storage solution. The $180 drive, which supports 240 MB disks and the technology for reformatting 3.5 inch 1.44MB disks to store up to 32 MB, is also backwards compatible with both conventional floppies and LS120MB disks.
osx.macnn.com reports on the public beta release of Toon Boom Studio for Mac OS X, an advanced drawing, inking, painting, and compositing tool for Web animation, and PowerFile\'s support for the new operating system. [updated]
PowerFile today became the first optical storage jukebox company to announce support for Mac OS X. PowerFile will provide support for its products—including its FireWire 200-disc DVD/CD jukebox—for Mac OS X in Fall 2001.
The Netatalk project, which publishes an open source AppleShare fileserver for Linux/Unix/OS X that provides AFP services in many popular network appliances, is seeking expertise to work around a QuarkXPress save bug that has affected and been dealt with on some other server platforms. Any individuals who can help with any technical details about the problem are urged to contact the project.
FireLogic, Inc. has released HealthEngage Asthma for Classic and Mac OS X, $60 software that allows asthma sufferers to collect, store, and chart vital health information, which can aid in the treatment of the chronic illness when presented to the users\' physician.
The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that the Quaker Valley School District has tentatively selected Apple over Dell as its first choice as hardware supplier. The district was one of three in Pennsylvania to receive a $2 million state grant to become a model for technology in education. All of the district\'s nearly 1,600 students will receive a new iBook, while every teacher will receive a PowerBook G4. School libraries will be equipped with Power Mac G4 Cubes, and Apple staff will be on hand during the first few weeks of the next school year to help implement the system. The teachers\' laptops will be supplied for free by Apple, while the usual $5 million cost for the package was cut by more than half in order to seal the contract.
Lasso Summit 2001, scheduled for August 10-11 at Disney\'s Boardwalk Inn in Orlando, Florida, will focus on the new Lasso 5 product line, which was announced earlier this week.
The Associated Press asserts the \"Online Music Revolution May be Over,\" as the major record labels have waited for sites such as MP3.com and Napster to lose strength and either acquire or enter into strategic alliances with the companies. Napster has dropped ninety percent in file sharing from February to May as users flock to alternative services, such as Gnutella. Users accustomed to the former Napster, where copyrighted music was freely traded between all users, are growing highly skeptical of new services being pushed by the record labels (MusicNet, set to launch this summer), which may make the process of obtaining music more difficult, more costly, and much more restrictive.
Phil Schiller, Apple\'s VP of Worldwide Product Marketing, will be among the keynote speakers at the Streaming Media West 2001 Conference at the Long Beach Convention Center in California on June 20-22. At the event, Streaming Media, Inc. will release findings from its second research report, \"Enterprise Streaming Return on Investment,\" which shows that spending on enterprise streaming is significantly higher than previously reported by analysts.
Trans Intl. is now shipping a 2.5-inch 48 GB 5400 rpm ATA-5 hard drive for PowerBook G3/G4s and PC notebooks. At 241 Mbit/sec, the $550 drive provides \"the fastest possible data transfer rate an internal 2.5 inch drive can deliver.\" The drive replaces the traditional ball bearing design with a fluid dynamic bearing spindle motor technology, which significantly reduces noise. Trans Intl. provides instructions for installing the high-capacity drive into all PowerBook G3s and the PowerBook G4.
ITN is using iMacs and G4s to manage its general election coverage, including editing of polling-day feeds from camera crews around the UK, integration of clips into its election-day broadcasts (via a data tickertape), and preparation of data for ITN\'s 24-hour TV news channel and its radio-news broadcasts.
After the departure of key personnel at Alias|Wavefront, the company says it is on track to deliver Maya for the Mac by September and the departures were part of a downsizing caused by the softening economy.
Apple yesterday announced that John Brandon will join the company as VP of the America and Asia Pacific. We also noted a Mac version of :CRQ software, an exodus at AliasWavefront, and media reviews of Final Cut Pro 2.0. Other software updates included Aladdin\'s Spring Cleaning 4.0, DICOM Import 1.3, BetterCalc 3.4, and FunnelWeb 4.03.
Morning tech news: Handspring introduced a product trade-up program (6/8-7/1), which offers $100 toward the purchase of a Visor Edge for virtually any handheld, including Apple\'s discontinued Newton (details due tomorrow). BlueKite, a mobile ISP, appointed former Apple executive Robin Abrams as president and CEO (she previously served as president of the Americas and VP and GM of Apple Asia); Microsoft said that consumer affluence and increased government spending would spur its Asian sales to jump 27 percent in the financial year ending June 30.
Brian Clark\'s Rosetta 1.2.2 adds a file mapping editor (and a new alternatve file mapping database under OS X) to the $15 shareware utility for decoding BinHex, MacBinary, MIME Base64, uuencode files; rejoining binary files; and making some movie file repairs. He has also updated Ptah 1.2.2, his $15 shareware text and image and cataloging program. [Rosetta: 267KB, Ptah: 374KB]
Extensis has added support for the inspection, reporting, and collection of QuarkXPress Passport documents to Preflight Online, its online preflighting service. The update also provides functionality within the French, German and Swedish versions of Internet Explorer and Netscape Navigator and on localized versions of the Mac and Windows operating systems.
Toon Boom has released a public beta of Toon Boom Studio, its advanced drawing, inking, and painting and compositing tool for Web animation.
Sony today introduced its 4.1 megapixel Cyber-shot DSC-S85 digital camera.
Sony also today introduced two digital photo printers, which offer photo-quality printing, borderless 4\" x 6\" photo prints via dye sublimation in 90 seconds.
Sapphire Innovations\' Nozzles Pack Vol 4 is a £11 collection of Nozzles For Painter/Painter Classic/Painter3D that has over 100 new nozzles and 100 brushes that come in a variety of colorful styles and shapes.
A new public beta version of St. Clair Software\'s shareware enhancement for Open and Save dialogs, Default Folder 3.1.2b1, corrects compatibility problems with Carbon applications and the AdobePS printer driver and also improves stability of Default Folder\'s control strip module.
AppMac\'s eManager 1.1 is an IE helper utility that offers web browsing in full mode screen as well as the the ability to launch related applications and send emails with an included URL. Version 1.1 is more stable with better performances.
Lee Clifton writes that he has started an online petition asking for \"a bill to be proposed that will require producers of mass consumption software (i.e. business apps, games, accessory apps, etc.) to produce for both major platforms, Mac and Windows.... I have set the petition to be sent to my state\'s Representative, Richard Burr (NC), and I will be adding another recipient soon.\"
UniDoc System\'s TrueKeys 3.6b is a beta of its font conversion utility designed to handle Chinese/Japanese/Korean TrueType fonts conversion between Windows 3.1/95/98/NT and MacOS/MacOS X platforms. It also can \"add the Apple Unicode encoding table to support Apple\'s new Unicode imaging technology to existing fonts.\" [Classic, Carbon]
Onadime Composer 1.4, a real-time multimedia authoring tool, is described as a \"creative toolkit that links sound, visuals, and movement using real-time drag-and-drop programming. [it] lets you create music visuals, video effects, live performances, real-time digital art and multimedia unlike any other software on the market.\" It has it own proprietary Onadime Visual Link Language, a real-time digital canvas, and a live-performance system and is available for $200 in a special introductory offer. A free demo is available
HexEdit 1.7.2 is an update to the open-source Mac hexadecimal file editor that handles both data and resource forks. It can handle file sizes of many Gigabytes with ease, yet has memory requirements of less than a Megabyte (with color turned off). It can compare whole files for similarities or differences and will soon be able to do so for any subset within the files.\"
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Trade-up program expands in Europe
Smartphone users in France, Italy, and Spain will have until at least August of this year to trade in old iPhone, Windows Phone, or Android models at Apple Stores, and put the reward towards a new iPhone -- thanks to an expansion of Apple's trade-in program into those countries. The money given for the trade-in must be applied towards a new iPhone on a two-year payment plane, and traders must qualify under a credit check as part of the program. Interested customers can apply for the trade-in at their nearest Apple Store. http://bit.ly/1qPsldD
NBCUniversal adds Bravo, Syfy, E! to Apple TV
NBCUniversal has launched three new apps channels for Apple TV users. Bravo Now, Syfy Now and E! Now brings users access full seasons of current and past episodes of most of NBCUniversal's catalog. The Bravo Now app includes shows like "The Real Housewives of New York Cit," "Below Deck Mediterranean," comedy "Odd Mom Out" and "Top Chef." The Syfy Now app offers up shows like "The Magicians," thriller "12 Monkeys" and the reality show "Face Off." The E! Now app serves up shows like "Keeping Up with the Kardashians," "Botched," "#RichKids of Beverly Hills," Caitlyn Jenner's "I Am Cait," and "WAGS." While some content is free, most content requires users to authenticate via their cable satellite or telco TV provider. http://bit.ly/20K4Pea
Apple rolls out Arabic version of Apple.com
Apple has rolled out a new version of its Apple.com website for Arabic language users in the United Arab Emirates. The site utilizes a right-to-left reading format where it has been updated, although the upgrade is still in progress with a number of page links still in the original English language left-to-right format. Of particular note is that the site debuts an all-new custom Arabic font created by the Tarek Atrissi Design agency, giving it a highly contemporary look and feel. The new support for Arabic on its host website follows the introduction of full support for right-to-left languages in iOS 9, and the addition of Arabic support to Siri late last year. http://apple.co/20JHGIM
Adobe previews Photoshop content-aware crop
Adobe has previewed a new 'content-aware crop' feature from the next version of its Photoshop CC. The new feature is similar to its 'content-aware fill' from the current version of Photoshop CC, and potentially saves users time when cropping photos in a way that might otherwise leave blank white space in the frame. Adobe's 'content-aware' tech automatically assesses the blank space and seamlessly fills the blank space with the nearest related content in the space when a photo is expanded or rotated without the need to manually clone that part of the image. The feature allows users to move a horizon by adding more sky or ground, change the aspect ratio by adding content around the edges of the image and fill in the corners of an image when rotated during a crop. Adobe says the feature is coming soon and will be automatically available to Creative Cloud subscribers. http://adobe.ly/20JDFEu
Markzware updates Q2ID for QuarkXPress 12 files
Graphic design file conversion tool maker Markzware has launched a new version of its Q2ID tool. The InDesign plugin enables users to open QuarkXPress files within a new InDesign (INDD) document, without rebuilding the QXP document from scratch -- the new version includes support for QuarkXPress 12 files. Q2ID Subscription members can download the new version as part of their annual plan. A single-user can purchase the plugin for $200, with other licensing options available. http://bit.ly/1Z4dS9t
PopChar X 7.5 arrives
Ergonis Software has released PopChar X 7.5, an improved version of the company's tool for finding and inserting special characters and exploring fonts. PopChar X 7.5 adds support for combined emojis in the Apple Color Emoji font, enhances the "Font Info" view, and adds many further enhancements that improve overall speed and stability. PopChar X 7.5 retails for â‚¬30 ($34), and is free for anyone who owns a license for PopChar X 7 or purchased a license for PopChar X 6 on or after March 1, 2014 [4.5MB]
Safari Technology Preview release 5 arrives