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Media Lab has released PhotoWebber 2, a new version of its $200 application that analyzes a Photoshop file containing a mock look for a Web site, locates button states, popups, and menus and decides how the design will need to be sliced and programmed. New features in version 2 include graphical popup menus, layer FX support, table granularity, XHTML support, table preview, interactivity preview, click states, and Photoshop 5 and 6 text layer support.
PhotoCaster 3 is a new version of Media Lab\'s $200 Xtra for Macromedia Director that imports Photoshop files directly into Director\'s cast; PhotoCaster handles the task of importing, positioning, compositing, anti-aliasing, and remapping. Version 3 adds text layers import as either text or graphic, support for layer FX, increased dithering support, improved palette remapping, and improved support for the latest versions of Photoshop.
After recovering from a June 9th flood of its Houston, Texas offices, Alsoftcreator of popular utilities such as DiskWarrior and DiskExpress Prois completely back up and running, answering both phone calls and emails. Its sales department has resumed shipping product, but the clean-up process created a larger than normal backlog that the company is working to clear. \"We thank all of our customers for their patience and their concern during this time.\"
In Apple\'s preview of Tropico, the upcoming building-oriented strategy game for the Mac, PopTop Software President Phil Steinmeyer reveals that the Mac version will have two extra scenarios and \"a few other goodies\" over its PC counterpart. The Carbonized game is scheduled to be released by MacSoft in July.
Ryan Rempel\'s free L2CacheConfig 3.1, which lets owners of G3 and G4 upgrade cards enable and configure the backside L2 cache under Mac OS X, removes features related to Altivec and speculative processing, as they have been determined to be unnecessary under the new operating system. (VT)
Quick Pallet Maker 2.0 is the first major upgrade of SCA Mecanica\'s pallet loading and packaging design software. The $380 application calculates and displays optimal pallet loads, based on primary package or box dimensions and load restrictions. This new version improves the graphics output and user interface, while introducing new features that make the work process smoother.
Andy Ihnatko of the Chicago Sun-Times provides a comparative review of Apple\'s pro-level PowerBook G4 and consumer-level iBook. \"For maybe the first time, Apple\'s made a notebook that disappears inside a backpack.\"
MumboJumbo Games is again looking for gamers in and around the Dallas, Texas and Orange County, California areas who would be interested in on-site beta testing Baldur\'s Gate II: Shadows of Amn for the Mac. Previous experience with the Baldur\'s Gate series is required. Testing will take place in the company\'s Dallas and Irvine offices, and participants must be available for at least four hours at a time during normal daytime office hours in June. Those who are interested should contact email@example.com.
Tom M. notes that Apple is logging complaints via 1-800-MY-APPLE regarding the lack of a reduced upgrade price for the new Mac OS X Server for purchasers of Mac OS X Server 1.0. \"The very nice person I spoke to said they had received other comments along those lines, gave me a case number, and logged the call. She suggested that the more comments on this issue that Apple received, the more they\'d be likely to do something about it.\"
EarthLink has introduced a new fixed-IP address DSL service designed for small office and telecommunicating applications. The service, which is currently available in 17 metropolitan markets and will be expanded to cover over 25 markets in the near future, lets users use the same IP address every time they use their DSL account, allowing them to run a Web server or connect to their company\'s VPN (Virtual Private Networking) or corporate network. The fixed-IP address option costs $15 per month on top of the $50 EarthLink DSL service.
Details on Creative\'s forthcoming SoundBlaster Audigy, its next-generation sound card, have been leaked via a Russian Web site, according to The Register. The new sound card, while not expected to initially support the Mac, will reportedly include a FireWire connector for transferring files quickly to MP3 devices, suggesting that the company will be adding FireWire connectivity to its Nomad MP3 players.
Lexmark has released Lexmark Printer Driver 2.6, a new version of its Mac driver for most of its printers. In addition, the company has released Lexmark MarkVision 2.6, a new version of its network management tool for setting up its printers.
Electric Rain, Inc. has released Swift 3D LW, a $300 LightWave 3D plug-in that allows users to render 3D scenes directly to a variety of vector-based file formats, including Macromedia Flash (SWF), AI, EPS, and the new XML-based SVG. The plug-in \"renders 3D scenes with exceptionally high accuracy, while staying true to colors, lighting schemes, camera views and animations,\" and supports 3 level levels of outlines, 5 levels of cartoon shading, 2 levels of gradient shading, plus shadows, specular highlights, and a full preview window.
The National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) and the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) have announced a multi-million dollar initiative with the AT&T Foundation and Apple to provide student teachers with needed models for teaching with technology and strategies for addressing national technology and content standards. The Digital Edge: Accomplished Teaching with Technology project will be unveiled during next week\'s National Educational Computing Conference (NECC), which will be kicked off with a keynote address from Apple CEO Steve Jobs.
Archos has reduced the price of its Jukebox 6000 MP3 Player to $250, a reduction of $100 from its original price. The USB-based, portable, palm-size MP3 Player includes a 6 GB hard drive that can store up to 6000 minutes or 150 audio CDs of high-quality MP3 music as well as the MusicMatch Jukebox software.
Architosh reports on two new ArchiCAD plugins from Cigraph and the introduction of ArchiFM 7 WebServer in Europe.
Brian Dunning has released the Sixth Edition of the Master Class for FileMaker series, which includes both a CDML Master Class and Lasso Master Class. CDML Master Class, available for $40, shows users how to effectively deploy FileMaker\'s Web Companion to create \"robust, powerful Web sites.\" Lasso Master Class, available for $50, provides users with the same tips that the professionals use to create secure commerce sites in a matter of hours, and provides a step-by-step tutorial for building an entire online commerce site.
David K. notes that Mac OS X was ranked eighth among the top-selling retail software for April 2001, according to NPD Intelect. The new operating system was topped by software such as Norton AntiVirus, Microsoft Windows 98 SE Upgrade, and QuickBooks Pro 2001.
Woodroe L. notes that The Bank of Montreal, one of a handful of chartered banks in Canada, forces Mac users to use Netscape in order to use its online banking services. The reason provided by the bank is that Internet Explorer for Mac (as well as OmniWeb) is incompatible with its online banking application, and neither Apple nor Microsoft has been able to provide a solution. \"It\'s frustrating to have to boot Classic in order to run Navigator 4.x just to access online banking, because no OSX browsers are supported.\"
WASTEfield 2.0 is an open-source, enhanced plugin replacement for REALbasic\'s editfield control, using the WASTE text engine. Version 2.0 adds Mac OS X compatibility, a mousedown event for adding contextual menu support, tab support, new accessors for PictString objects, and more.
MultiLoops has released their first loop sample library title, Naked Drums - Rock Vol. 1 - The Essentials, a two CD-ROM set that contains over 300 grooves and fills ranging from 60 to 160 BPM. Tracks consist of snare, kick, stereo overheads, tom 1, tom 2, and tom 3. Naked Drums is available in 24-bit Sound Designer II (Mac) and 24-bit .WAV (Windows) formats. Included on both versions are tempo mapped session documents for Digidesign\'s Pro Tools software. Naked Drums is available for $100 (regularly $150) until July 31st.
Several MacNN readers report receiving their 17-inch flat-panel Apple Studio Displays, including Chris R. who posted a variety of photos of the LCD shortly after receiving it.
POMPOM Games has released the Mac version of its $13 shareware 3D action game, Space Tripper. Players pilot a fast, highly maneuverable craft loaded with enough weapons \"to take out the universe.\" The game features an advanced 3D engine, 14 arenas spread over 4 worlds, full freedom of movement, weapon power ups, and furious gameplay. A Mac OS X compatible version is in development.
Addonics today announced its USB 2.0 interface cable, which it says \"attaches to all Addonics External CD, DVD, DVD/CDRW and hard drive kits to deliver up to 480Mbps to current USB 1.1 standard storage devices.\"
Extensis has released Suitcase 10, an upgrade its $100 font management software that now offers auto-activation, activate on demand, a new FontBook utility for font previews, a new control strip module, the ability to collect fonts for output, corrupt font tracking, and support for Multiple Master fonts. The company promises that a Carbonized OS X version of Suitcase 10 will ship later this year, and will be made available to all registered owners of Suitcase 10 at no additional charge. Upgrades from previous versions or competitive upgrades are $50. Suitcase 10 Server is $1000 and includes 5 free (client) copies of Suitcase 10. French, German and Japanese language versions will be available in August 2001.
Dock-It 0.3, a Finder enhancement utility for OS X operating system, provides a drive/favorites bar dock and an optional shelf for file operations. Version 0.3 adds the ability to place apps and files in the favorites dock and fixes the Drive Dock update timer perference.
Steve J. notes that the June issue of Chicago-based i-Street Reporter confirms that Apple will remodel and occupy the entire 30,000-square-foot building at 679 N. Michigan Ave. on Chicago\'s Magnificent Mile. The Apple retail store is expected to open in spring 2002. [article not online]
Minitab, Inc. has discontinued the Mac version of Minitab, a statistical analysis application. \"Due to a shrinking market for Minitab 10Xtra, as well as recent changes in Macintosh hardware and operating systems that have made it increasingly difficult for us to provide our Mac users with high-quality technical support, Minitab has decided to discontinue development, sales, and support of all Macintosh versions of Minitab as of July 1, 2001.\"
Opera Software today made the first technology preview of its Opera browser TP1 for OS X, offering fast page rendering, keyboard navigation, instant toggling of image and documents settings, multiple window support, and high-quality zooming, resume downloads.
Applimac Slide Show 5.8 is a new version of the slide show and presentation tool for multimedia files, QuickTime movies, sounds, and images. Version 5.8 improves compatibility in Mac OS X\'s Classic environment.
Over the past week, Xicons has posted 5 new sets of icons for Mac OS X: USS Enterprise (misc.), Document Docklings (folders), MM Folders 1 (folders), Fly Me To The Moon (misc.), and Glasz Addonz (folders). Xicons updates daily and has over 2450 icons in 198 unique sets.
osx.macnn.com has news on the Carbonized Opera TP1 for OS X, id Software\'s Quake III Arena 1.29f beta patch, a new NFS utility, a Palm emulator for OS X, and other notes. [updated]
The UK Apple Store is offering six months interest-free credit on purchases of an iMac.
Epson UK has launched a new four-color inkjet, the Stylus C40UX, offers a 1,440-x-720dpi resolution with print speeds of up to 8 ppm for black ink and 3.9 ppm for color.
Ecrix yesterday introduced an ATAPI/IDE version of its VXA-1 tape drive, a 33/66 GB (native/compressed) internal 5.25\" mechanism that offers compressed capacities up to 66 GB at 6 MB/second as well as an Ultra DMA mode 2 interface that supports burst transfer rates up to 33 MB/second. It is currently available to OEMs, white box manufacturers and system integrators. [site not updated]
Suck It Down 1.0 is a $20 Internet utility for downloading images from web sites: \"[it] will grab all of those images and put them into the folder of your choice [and] will display JPEG and GIF images as they are downloading, giving you a mini slide show.\"
Gideon Softworks\' $10 shareware Get Info 0.3.5 allows you to change the owner, group and permissions for any file.
nQuick 1.0.1, a notepad-like utility for storing information, offers quick keyboard access, floating windows, and other features. [Classic, Carbon]
John Robokos has compiled the Palm OS Emulator for use on OSX using XonX: \"I have posted a screenshot, build instructions, and a pre-compiled binary...This is an invaluable tool for any PalmOS developer.\"
Yesterday we noted the Clintons\' weekend stay at the home of Apple CEO Steve Jobs. Other reports included the release of Carrara Studio, Iomega\'s appointment of a new CEO and a second quarter earnings warning, Seagate\'s new USB-based DiskStor hard drives, Toshiba\'s PDR-M81 digital camera, NEC-Mitsubishi\'s new thin frame 18-inch LCD monitor, the release of Tomb Raider: Chronicles, new Lexmark laser printers, London\'s MacExpo, and new Apple retail store openings. Software releases included Extensis Preflight Pro 2.2, WeatherCenter 1.5, and FontLine PR 2.0.
An update to id Software\'s Quake III Arena 1.29f Beta brings new pro maps, new network code, a new auto-update system, new rail/rocket/plasma/lightning gun effects, and new cheating counter measures.
Dr. B\'s Virtual Conferencing Tool 3.0 now includes message broadcasting, new message sounds, conference moderator options, spam controls, and numerous additional appearance and performance improvements. Custom versions are available for WebStar, WebTen, Apache under OS X, and other common web servers. Single-machine licenses are $100 and unlimited site licenses are $400.
NFSManager 1.01, updated for OS X 10.03, is a $15 shareware utility for easily accessing the NFS settings in OS X: \"Although NFS is a built-in component of Mac OS X, users cannot access this feature without special knowledge and use of the command-line. NFSManager solves this problem by providing an easy-to-use Aqua interface for the definition of NFS connections.\"
VSamp 3.2 adds import of SoundFonts and SampleCell instruments as well as other improvements to the $40 sample playback application that works with Opcode\'s Vision and Studio Vision, Steinberg\'s Cubase, Emagic\'s Logic, MOTU Performer, Coda Finale, Tontata\'s MIDIGraphy, and Digidesign ProTools.
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Apple to open R&D center in India
A new report says that Apple will be opening a new technology center in Hyderabad, India, helping to boost the city's growing reputation as a tech center. The facility would operate within the WaveRock facility, and create 4,500 new jobs at a cost of around $25 million. In 2015, India surpassed the $1 billion in yearly sales milestone, and Apple has recently received permission to open retail stores in the country under its own control, an exception to rules that usually block foreign ownership. http://zd.net/1SMBVu4
Google killing Picasa starting May 1
Google Photos head Anil Sabharwal confirmed in a blog post today that the search engine giant will be shutting down acquisition Picasa. Support and downloads for the desktop application will terminate on March 15 with the application continuing to work for the time being. The transition to Google Photos truly commences on May 1, with deprecation of some Picasa API calls happening shortly thereafter. Users that have Google Photos access will find their photos already migrated. A mass-download tool for users not wishing to use Google Photos will be available sometime after May 1. http://bit.ly/1SmV2KH
Rogue Amoeba Piezo updated, departing App Store
In order to continue working on audio capture tool Piezo, developer Rogue Amoeba has simultaneously updated the app to version 1.5, and announced that it will pull version 1.2.6 from the Mac App Store. Customers who own the Mac App Store version have a one-time migration process to the Rogue Amoeba-served version. The company notes that the sandboxing restriction placed on Mac App Store versions "effectively stopped our ability to upgrade Piezo in any meaningful way." [8.80MB] http://bit.ly/1PIjz7l
FCC spectrum auction will happen without Google
After throwing its hat in earlier, Google (and associated companies) has declared that it is not participating in this year's FCC spectrum auction. A company spokeswoman said of the auction that "like all those interested in improved connectivity and equitable access, we'll be following the upcoming spectrum auction closely. That said, we have not filed to participate." http://on.recode.net/1oy5LWk
iPad Air 3, iPhone 5se sold Friday after launch?
Reverting the way products are actually released by Apple after an announcement to the way it was a decade ago, reports are circulating that new products revealed at a March announcement will go on sale the Friday immediately following the unveil. Slated to appear at a conjectural Tuesday, March 15 event are a new Apple four-inch phone with more up to date internals currently referred to as the iPhone 5se, and a new iPad Air 3 model with Smart Connector and other enhancements. http://bit.ly/1o7mqiY
Lexmark prevails in toner import appeal
Printer manufacturer Lexmark has won an appeal on the third-party US resale of its printer cartridges originally destined for markets outside North America. The appeals court ruled in a 10-2 vote in favor of Lexmark's demand to stop the sale and against Impression Products, both on the toner cartridge resale matter, as well as a related matter regarding overturning the reseller's refilling one-use cartridges and selling those in the US market. The ruling has ramifications in the tech industry, as well as the pharmaceutical and medical technology markets. Impression Products promises an appeal before the supreme court. http://reut.rs/1SLVmmG
AT&T expands BOGO promo to iPhone 6s
Beginning today, new and existing AT&T customers can purchase a new iPhone 6s and get another one free when adding a second line. Over the weekend, customers must purchase two phones through AT&T Next (one can be an existing number), and add both phones to a qualified plan. AT&T notes that "after three bill cycles or less" the account will start to receive up to $650 spread out over 30 monthly bill credits to offset the cost of the installment plan for the phone. Taxes are due at time of sale. http://soc.att.com/1SLUP4k