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Steve Jobs among world's richest people
Forbes has released its annual list of the world's richest people, with Microsoft Chairman and Chief Software Architect Bill Gates topping the list with a net worth of $58.7 billion, nearly double his closest competitor of Warren Buffet at $32.3 billion. Prince Alwaleed Alsaud, who owns a significant stake in Apple, is ranked at sixth with $20 billion, while Apple CEO Steve Jobs is ranked at 387th with a net worth of $1.3 billion.
MacDICT 2.0: Search online databases
MacDICT 2.0 is a new version of the application that lets users access a growing number of databases, including Webster's Dictionary, for free. Other databases include the U.S. Gazetter, Free Online Dictionary of Computing, WordNet, Jargon File, and the CIA World Factbook.
FontVista 2.0: Print font catalogs
Morrison SoftDesign has released FontVista 2.0, a new version of its software for printing font catalogs and inspection sheets for an entire font library.
FireWire Depot introduces new products
FireWire Depot has announced a number of new FireWire products that will be available in the next two to four weeks, including enclosures, IDE/FireWire bridgeboards, FireWire PCI cards, a 6 pin to 4 pin cable converter, and a FireWire bridgeboard designed to fit any SCSI enclosure box. Additionally, the company has reduced pricing on the CDCyclone 24x CD-RW from $370 to $350.
Adobe to skip Macworld New York
Adobe plans on skipping next month's Macworld Conference & Expo in New York City's Jacob K. Javitz Center, according to ZDNet, citing budget constraints. However, the company plans to release Carbonized versions of its core graphics applications—many of which are relied upon by many in the publishing industry—in their next major revisions.
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APC considering OS X support
Lorenzo F. notes that APC is currently considering whether to develop a software product that will support a graceful shutdown of Mac OS X in conjunction with its UPS units. "Another thing to note is that the support of this OS is not definite at this time," says Stefanie Silvia of APC's Customer Solutions Team.
Forbes: Sony eVilla vs. original Mac
Forbes.com asks, "What Is Sony Thinking?" in an article that compares the eVilla, Sony's new Internet appliance, to the original Mac. "Anyone who's been using computers for more than a few years can't help but notice the resemblance of the eVilla to the earliest of Apple's Macintosh computers."
On-the-floor at MacHack 2001
A reader sent us photos from the floor at MacHack, the annual conference for leading edge developers.
Panorama 4.0: RAM-based relational database
ProVUE Panorama 4.0 is a new version of the $300 ($70 upgrade) RAM-based relational database package. Version 4.0 adds cross-platform compatibility, two dozen new "wizards" that help streamline development and use of Panorama databases, improved font management, an optional enhanced image pack for displaying JPEG, TIFF, and many other image formats, improved debugging tools, and more.
mp3voodoo 2.0 PB: Organizer, browser, player
three-2-one has released a public beta of mp3voodoo 2.0, an MP3 collection organizer, browser, and player for Classic and Mac OS X. mp3voodoo uses QuickTime or a third-party MP3 player to play titles directly out of collections or previously created playlists.
Cocoa not the answer for OS X Finder
The Register quotes an ex-Apple software engineer who explains that re-writing Mac OS X's Finder in Cocoa would not be a reliable solution to gaining more speed in the operating system's file browser. "Rewriting the Finder in Cocoa is not the answer."
Classic Quake III: Arena 1.29f Beta released
After releasing a Mac OS X version earlier this week, id Software has released the Classic version of Quake III: Arena 1.29f Beta. The update adds new pro maps, new network code, a new auto-update system, new rail, rocket, plasma, and lightning effects, and new cheating counter measures.
Apple: Digitizing the Dalai Lama
Apple's "Digitizing the Dalai Lama" tells the story of Joel Kuwahara, an out-of-work dot-commer who decided to fly to Dharamsala, India and help train Buddhist monks to archive and preserve the teachings of their spiritual leader, the 14th Dalai Lama. Kuwahara started with a 733 MHz Power Mac G4 and a 15" Apple Studio Display.
eClick: Create stylish buttons
Kinetic Creations has released a public beta of eClick 1.0, its Carbonized application for creating button graphics for Web sites and presentations. The full version of the $30 application will be available on July 16th; pre-orders through July 15th will receive a $5 discount. [agreement]
The Feeble Files coming soon
e.p.i.c. interactive has announced that its cartoon adventure game, The Feeble Files, is expected to go into production next week. A demo version of Knights and Merchants, its empire building game, will be released in mid-July, and an add-on mission pack for Earth 2140 will be released by the end of July.
University seeks volunteer programmers
Frank Klassner, an Assistant Professor of the Computer Science Department at Villanova University, is calling for volunteer programmers to aid in the development of an interface library for controlling LEGO Mindstorms robots from Macs. "The work is part of a National Science Foundation education materials development grant to develop software and laboratory projects that support the use of LEGO Mindstorms to teach computer science to college students." The group is looking for programmers fluent in Lisp, C++, or Java and those who have experience writing programs that can control the IR ports on PowerBooks.
Barylick: Technology and Social Isolation
Freelance writer Chris Barylick has published an editorial, "Technology and Social Isolation," which covers the temptation by many to completely replace real-life interactions with virtual ones.
F-Script 1.1b: open-source scripting for OS X
F-Script 1.1b is an open-source scripting environment for OS X, offering "advanced interactive scripting language for Cocoa, a new model for object oriented programming based on array technology, and an innovative object browser for graphical access to Cocoa Objects."
Tutorial: DVD playback under OS X
Chevell has posted an article on how to setup DVD playback of region-less DVDs in OSX.
QuickTime VR seminar offered in Australia
Mastery Multimedia's "The Nuts and Bolts of QuickTime VR" is a free 3-hr seminar that "will show you what it takes to create QTVR content for print or for the web." It runs twice each day on both July 10th an 12th in Sydney, Australia and is sponsored by Apple, Kaidan, Canon, Spheron, Realviz, and VR ToolBox. Interested attendees should contact the company by email.
Fax app crossgrade offer for GlobalFax users
Soft Solutions is offering GlobalFax customers a 30% discount on the retail price of 4-Sight Fax v.4.1.1 and says it "will assist with transitions from GlobalFax to 4-Sight Fax."
New FireWire DV WebCam to be announced
FirewireDirect is expected to announce its new FireWire DV WebCam, which offers video capture at 30 fps at resolutions of up to 640x480. The camera bundles Smith Micro's VideoLink for Mac for video teleconferencing, video email, movie making, and video presentations. The $100 WebCam has a 1/3" CCD, detachable base and cable.
Convert 1.2.9: shareware conversion util
Convert 1.2.9 adds new a new Length unit, smaller application size and more efficient memory utilization, as well as precision and localization enhancements to the $15 utility that performs up to 40 different conversions.
PlugInMagic 1.1: Photoshop plugins/filters
Sapphire Innovations has announced PluginMagic 1.1, adds 100+ plugns to the set of more than 1250 plugins/filters for Photoshop 5 an later, including "random effects, inverse, noise filters, emboss effects, blurs, colour effects, line effects, distortions, etc. A demo is available online.
Roundup: Apple releases Mac OS X 10.0.4
Yesterday we reported the release of Mac OS X 10.0.4. Other reports included next week's release of Diablo II: Lord of Destruction, attendance expectations for Macworld New York, Keyspan's USB Mini Hub, the retail discontinuation of the CD-RW iBook, Roxio's countersuit against Gracenote, Asanté's $10,000 educational grant, and The Apple I Owners Club. Software releases included Baldur's Gate Multiplayer Update 1.0 Beta, TechTool Lite 3.01, and Retrospect Driver Update 2.2.
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