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Brian Dunning has released ChartMaker Pro 5.0, a new version of his $40 application that helps FileMaker Pro users create line charts, bar charts, column charts, scatter charts, and pie charts using FileMaker\'s built-in features. ChartMaker Pro 5.0 works with FileMaker Pro 3, 4, or 5.
Melonsoft has released Cabrio 1.1, a maintenance release of its simple Carbonized MP3 player for the Mac. Cabrio features a colorful playlist window with drag and drop support, a built-in sleep timer, scrolling track information, and support for skins. [Classic: 990 KB; Carbon: 1.1 MB]
The Omni Group has released OmniOutliner 1.2b2, a new version of its Mac OS X native application for outlining and organizing your thoughts. Version 1.2b2 includes a number of improvements and bug fixes to import/export, printing, and several other features.
Both Symantec and Intego have updated the virus definitions for their antivirus utilities to provide detection of and protection against the AppleScript Simpsons virus. [NAV 7: 1.5 MB, NAV 6: 2.4 MB, VB: 479 KB]
Propellerhead Software has released ReCycle 2.0, a new version of its \"groovemaker,\" which now works with stereo files and offers real-time previews for most settings, including tempo and pitch settings. It also offers REX2 file support with up to 60% non-lossy audio compression and ASIO support.
Troi File Plug-in 2.2 is a new version of the $42 FileMaker Pro plug-in that provides a way of getting access to information outside the FileMaker Pro database. The new version adds compatibility with FileMaker Pro 5.5 and Mac OS X, navigation services, improved example files, improved version function, and a few bug fixes.
An anonymous reader has provided MacNN with photos of the Easton Town Center, located approximately 12 minutes north of downtown Columbus, Ohio, where an Apple retail store is expected to open in Fall 2001.
Ilene Hoffman\'s Hess Memorial Macworld Events/Party List is now available for this summer\'s Macworld Conferences & Expo New York. Organizations planning on hosting an event during the July show are urged to submit information on it to the organizers.
Quit It 2.4.3 is a new version of Katoemba Software\'s $10 extension that automatically quits an application when its last window is closed. Version 2.4.3 fixes incompatibilities with OS 9.1 and adds some performance improvements.
Todd H. notes that Apple has added a number of new tools, examples, and documentation for Mac OS X developers to the Apple Developer Connection Web site.
A.I.D. 4.0.5 is a new version of Epigroove\'s $30 software for managing online auctions; both buying and selling. The new version updates the parsing engine to handle the latest changes at eBay.
Electronics for Imaging, Inc. (EFI) will unveil its eBeam System 3 digital whiteboard appliance this week at INFOCOMM in Las Vegas, NV. The device, which connects via serial or USB and is both Mac- and PC-compatible, captures notes and diagrams as they are created on whiteboards and broadcasts them over the Internet or corporate intranet in real time. eBeam System 3 is expected to be available in Q3 2001.
Architosh reports on POV-Ray, a free raytracing application available for many different platforms, including the Mac.
In an interview at Inside Mac Games, MacPlay\'s Chris Jacobson announces that steady progress is being made on the Mac port of Baldur\'s Gate II: Shadows of Amn, and the company plans to launch the Bioware role-playing game at Macworld Expo New York in July. \"We hope to start testing on the Carbon OS X version soon.\"
A recent report from Morgan Stanley says it\'s \"too soon to call the bottom for the PC market,\" but upgraded Dell. It also said that \"consumer demand may be an issue for Apple Computer, particularly in its desktop products,\" noting that a new iMac may make its appearance at MacWorld in July.
Bare Bones Software has released BBEdit Lite 6.1.1, a new version of its free HTML and text editor for Classic and Mac OS X. Version 6.1.1 provides minor refinements and fixes for reported issues (a full list of changes is available online). BBEdit Lite provides a portion of the features available in its popular commercial text editor, BBEdit 6.1.2.
Willow Design has introduced its NL-13 Titanium Light G4 Powerbook Carrying Case, which features a lightweight design that retains the durability and protection of its earlier, bulkier models. The $80 caseavailable in black, charcoal, navy, teal, and purpleincludes a mesh pocket in the lid, luggage feet rivetted through the hardboard bottom of the case, and a lifetime guarantee against defects in materials or craftmanship. The company has also introduced its NL-30 G4 Tower Case, which aids in the transport of the Power Macintosh G4. The $220 case features three layers of protection, wrap padded handles, reinforced end handles for easier lifting or two person carrying, and a thickly padded contoured shoulder strap.
Sustainable Softworks has released RPC Reporter 1.0, a free security utility that attempts to detect, deter and report attempted Remote Procedure Call (RPC) intrusions and to collect data to be reported to the National Infrastructure Protection Center (NIPC).
Verbatim has introduced the industry\'s first fully certified 24X CD-R discs, 80-minute DataLifePlus media that features Verbatim\'s \"Super Azo\" recording dye. Certified by 20x/24x drive manufacturers such as Yamaha, Plextor, Ricoh, and Sanyo, the new media can be used to burn an entire CD in about 3 minutes. The media can also be used with existing 1x-16x speed recorders. Volume shipments of the new media are available immediately.
InfoWorld has posted an article exploring the legal strong-arming tactics used by Apple Legal against the developers of alternative themes and theme tools for its operating system. \"The only explanation seems to be that...somebody at Apple fears that the developers will create a better UI than Aqua.\"
dvGarage and Electric Image have introduced a $200 integrated DVD-based training system, The 3D Toolkit, that teaches 3D principles and techniques to visual artists in all industries. Hosted by dvGarage founder and former Industrial Light & Magic animator Alex Lindsay, the system teaches the essential \"building blocks\" of working in 3D and also offers high-end tricks for established 3D artists who want to take their work to the next level. The 3D Toolkit comes with a full copy of ElectricImage Animation System 2.9, which originally sold for $2,300 and was used to create 3D effects for \"Star Wars: Episode 1\" and other blockbuster productions.
Scooter Graphics has released Nu Sans 9.7, a new version of its $12 font family that brings Apple\'s \"Espy Sans\" bitmap font to the printed page. Available in both PostScript and TrueType, the new version fixes an encoding problem in the italic and improves the on-screen appearance of the bold.
Acrux Software has released a series of 5 free \"Guided Web Tours\"Ancient Egypt, Volcanoes, Dinosaurs and Birds, Whales and Dolphins, and Animal Websitewhich work in conjunction with iBuild Lite (freeware) and Internet Explorer to take the user on a guided web tour and allow them to take notes, answer questions, or collect pictures.
Miglia Technology announced it is shipping its PAL/NTSC analog-to-DV and DV-to-analog converter in Europe: Miglia Director\'s Cut allows users of video editing applications to edit and combine analog video archives with digital video footage. It also provides the ability export DV movies to any analog video device, such as VHS. The €415 (£300) device includes all necessary cables, including a FireWire/IEEE 1394, Analog audio and video, and S-Video cables as well as 2 year warranty and a multi-lingual installation guide (English, French, German, Spanish and Italian).
Apple\'s legal team is insisting that The Church of Satan remove parodies of Apple\'s Think Different advertising campaign, according to Macworld UK.
Mandrake Linux 8.0 PPC Beta is a new version of Mandrake\'s Linux distribution for PowerPC-based computers: \"[it] is a friendly Linux Operating System which specializes in ease-of-use for both the home/office and servers. It is freely available in many languages throughout the world.\" It offers G3 optimizations as well as Drakx Graphical installer, a Mac on Linux application for launching Mac OS software under Linux, and other graphical utilities. [mirror sites]
Alatec\'s Password Key 4.0 is a \"complete rewrite\" of the $25 ($10 update) security application that prevents unauthorized access to your Mac as well as security logging. Version 4 offers OS X compatibility, support for Multiple Users, new preferences for personalization, a new screen-saver mode, and user-based security levels.
Schedula Professional 6.04 is a FileMaker-based enterprise scheduling application that supports an unlimited number of independent calendars and offers a traditional daily planner interface. Version 6.04 adds instant messaging and other enhancements; it is a free update to the $300 application. A $600 network version is available, while a $180 \"Lite\" version supports a single schedule.
NETGEAR announced its new MR314 Cable/DSL Wireless Router, which includes a 4-port 10/100 Mbps switch and an integrated IEEE 802.11b wireless router (AirPort-compatible). The $370 router offers Web-content filtering, logging and reporting, firewall security, 128-bit WEP security, Auto Uplink (for automatically sensing uplinks), user-based access controls, Network Address Translation (NAT), and a 5-year warranty.
osx.macnn.com has notes on new OS X support for NetObjects\' latest products and free OS X updates for Symantec\'s Norton Personal Firewall 1.02 and Norton AntiVirus 7.02 as well as the final release of UpdateAgent X.
NetObjects today announced Mac OS X support for its new NetObjects Matrix platform, its next-generation platform of Web Services. The NetObjects Matrix open, component-based interfaces allow NetObjects to register and integrate third-party Web Services into the Websites building and hosting process. It includes a Web-based WYSIWYG Web site builder as well as new modular output technology that supports display in browsers and wireless devices as well as submission to marketplaces and directories.
Adobe today introduced PageMaker 7.0, a new upgrade to its page layout program, bringing the ability to create tagged PDF files, a new data merge feature, better integration with other Adobe products, and improved conversion support for Microsoft Word and QuarkXPress. Version 7.0 is due this summer for $500 (retail) or $290 (education) or as a $80 upgrade. PageMaker is also available with new versions of the Publishing Collection ($1000).
Symantec today announced OS X support for its Norton Personal Firewall 1.02 (NPF) security application and Norton AntiVirus 7.0 (NAV) virus protection application. The free updates are available via the LiveUpdate mechanism download the new firewall application or via ftp. (The updates only run on Mac OS X 10.0 or later.) [NPF: 3.2MB, NAV: 5.5MB]
Over the past week, Xicons has posted 6 new sets of icons for Mac OS X: Famous Landmarks (misc.), Glasz Iconz (folders), MM Graphite (folders), Shrek (misc.), X-Frunnels (folders), and MM Folders 4 (folders).
Alco Blom\'s new betas of Web Confidential 3.0b3 and URL Manager 3.0b13, both of which offer native OS X compatibility and now use a Shared Menus Component (one file) for compatibility with Classic\'s Extensions folder or the Components folder on OS X. [WC: 677KB, UM: 1.5MB]
Plugin Galaxy 1.02 is a collection of 20 Photoshop-compatible plugins containing more than 120 different image effects, including transparency manipulation, blurring, texture and pattern generation, noise creation, mirroring and warping as well as metal, chrome, neon, pop art, glass, rainbow, sunshine and star effects. The $50 package brings updated dialogs, new sliders, and improved compatibility with Fireworks.
The Dragon 6.0 is a $900 cross-platform solution to build sophisticated web surveys. Version 6.0 features conditional branching, multiple page surveys, multiple-user configurations and administrative controls, including individual user accounts, security and viewing preferences.
Yesterday we noted Apple\'s DVD Player 2.7 release, Microsoft\'s Word/Entourage bundle, MCE\'s new 48GB laptop drive, the new Destineer gaming publisher, and notes about Apple\'s retail store in Albany.
Insider Software has released a final version of UpdateAgent X, its Carbonized software package that searches for and downloads updates to Carbonized, Classic, and Cocoa applications. A demo version displays all files required to bring local applications up-to-date and downloads system updates for free, while the $50 \"full retail version\" downloads updaters for all applications for one-year. It is a free update for registered users.
DiamondSoft has announced Font Reserve 2.6, an update to its $90 font management utility that adds the ability to \"acquire\" new fonts through BitStream\'s MyFonts.com, adds a new Adobe InDesign Auto-activation Plug-in for automatic font activation, improves font activation via an updated Illustrator Plug-in and QuarkXPress XTension, and has better font corruption checking. Font Reserve users can download 40 free fonts from MyFonts.com and save 50% on other selected fonts. It is a free update for v2.5 owners.
Artlandia has released a free demo version of SymmetryWorks 1.0, its $125 Adobe Illustrator plug-in for creating patterns, designs, and ornaments. The demo gives the user access to one symmetry type per session and otherwise is not limited. The active type is randomly chosen at start-up time.
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TestFlight updated for iOS, watchOS
Apple on Thursday updated its developer-oriented TestFlight software to version 1.3.2 for compatibility with apps being developed for iOS 9.3 watchOS 2.2, along with the usual "stability and performance improvements." Some developers, however, are still reporting some issues loading beta apps onto the watchOS 2.2 beta. The latest beta for developers was released on Monday, and is available through the App Store or Apple's developer portal. [3.60MB] http://apple.co/1PQ64pF
CBS: No recent streaming conversations with Apple
CBS CEO Les Moonves has made remarks, casting doubt on a launch of Apple's live streaming television service. In interviews this week, the executive said regarding negotiations with Apple that "we had conversations awhile back, and we haven't had recent conversations with them," adding that "the phone is always ringing" regarding similar services, but not with Apple on the line. http://cnnmon.ie/1PptJM6
Complex date setting bug crashes 64-bit iOS device
A serious bug has been spotted with iOS devices running iOS 8 or newer, with a 64-bit processor. If a user disables auto-check time, and manually sets the date of a device back to as far as it will go, then again to January 1, 1970, and finally rebooting, the iPhone is crashed, perhaps terminally. The bug affects the iPhone 5s and newer devices, running a processor from the A7 and up. Theories abound as to the cause of the crash, but the most credible seems to be a clock set to less than an arbitrary "zero" date, causing all manners of routines relying on the time setting to fail during startup. http://bit.ly/1TV6psS
Weber buys iDevices' iGrill, Kitchen Thermometer
Cooking gear manufacturer Weber is purchasing iOS accessory manufacturer iDevices iGrill and Kitchen Thermometer lines. As part of the purchase, Weber is working in parallel with iDevices to roll out a new version of the products, and associated apps, this spring. The terms of the deal were not disclosed. CEO of iDevices Chris Allen said that the transition will allow the company to "focus even more heavily on becoming a leader in the home automation market." http://bit.ly/1PFk3uZ
Vevo music video app launched for Apple TV
Vevo today announced its new native tvOS app for the fourth generation Apple TV. The new app allows users Siri Remote navigation for discovery of top videos by genre, or to search for individual artists and videos. Playlists generated on another device sync between all the iterations of the app. http://apple.co/1PFhxEU
HydraDock team unveils USB 3.1 Type C Roadie
KickShark, the team that brought the HydraDock desktop USB-C dock to market, has launched a Kickstarter project for The Roadie -- a USB 3.1 Type C standard-compliant pocket hub for the 12 inch Apple MacBook and other compatible devices. The Roadie occupies the same footprint on a desk as a credit card, with a short USB-C male cable on one end for connecting to a 12 inch MacBook, and a female USB-C port on the other end for plugging in a MacBook power adapter. One side has an RJ45 jack for gigabit Ethernet, and an HDCP-compliant HDMI jack that handles up to 4K displays. KickShark promises shipment of all products within four weeks of campaign completion. The "early bird" offer for the hub is a $69 commitment, with a $79 commitment for a Roadie after 500 backers have pledged. http://kck.st/1o6knw5
HBO Now has 800,000 subscribers
The CEO of HBO, Richard Plepler has confirmed that the online streaming HBO service, HBO Now, has 800,000 subscribers. When criticized for the seemingly low number, Plepler noted that the still nascent service was bound to Apple exclusivity during the fifth season of Game of Thrones. Plepler declared during the Time Warner quarterly earnings conference call marketing for the online-only offering would be enhanced in 2016. While HBO Now's critics are slamming the low numbers, the service must also compete against itself on cable, in addition to Netflix and other streaming services. http://on.recode.net/1QWoLHe