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Snak 4.6.5: IRC client for Classic, Mac OS X
Kent Sorenson has released Snak 4.6.5, a new version of his IRC client for the Mac. Version 4.6.5 improves the display of /who #channel information, improves forward compatibility with future preference file formats, and fixes a crash when joining or leaving channels with very long topics. [Classic: 1.1 MB; Carbon: 1.0 MB]
MonkeyByte.com offers free game demo CD
MonkeyByte.com is offering a free demo CD-ROM containing its entire suite of game demosincluding Kawasaki Jet Ski, King of Dragon Pass, and Monster Hunterfor the price of shipping and handling.
ircle 3.1b10: Mac IRC client
ircle 3.1b10 is the latest beta version of the Mac IRC client from Onno R. Tijdgat. The new version, which fixes two minor bugs, is expected to be the final beta version before the final 3.1 release in Q2 2001. ircle is also available in French, Italian, and Portuguese. [Classic: 589 KB; Carbon: 568 KB; 68K: 492 KB]
Adobe Premiere 6.01: Video editing
Adobe Premiere 6.01 Beta is the latest version of the professional video editing application. Version 6.01 adds several performance improvements, preservation of video preview files when toggling audio tracks on and off, improvements to URL handling, support for 14.985 clips, improvements to drop-replacing transitions, a corrected problem for Matrox RTMac, and corrected sync problems for users of Pinnacle CineWave and Aurora Igniter.
Apple retires asu.info.apple.com
Justin W. notes that Apple has retired asu.info.apple.com, which was used as a source of Apple software updates. The address is now forwarded to an AppleCare Knowledge Base article that notes, "Software Downloads are now available from the Knowledge Base, the same database that contains Apple's Technical documents."
Aspyr bringing next-gen Tomb Raider to Macs
In Apple's "The Adventure Continues: Tomb Raider: Chronicles Conquers the Mac," Aspyr Media President Michael Rogers notes that the company expects to bring the next-generation of Tomb Raider games to the Mac, which is currently in development and will bring a completely new, modern 3D engine. "We're doing everything we can to ensure that no Mac owner will ever have to go without Lara," says Rogers.
Apple Authoring Support 1.1.2: CD Burning
Apple Authoring Support 1.1.2 is a new version of the drivers for adding CD burning support to OS 9.1. Version 1.1.2 adds compatibility for the Que! Fire 16x10x40x drives which use the Teac or Plextor drive mechanism, the VST 8x Bus Powered FireWire CD-RW drives which use the Teac drive mechanism, as well as the Logitec 12x10x32 LCW-P1210BF. CD-R drive manufacturers often use several different mechanisms in the same CD-R product; Apple has only tested the aforementioned combinations of models and mechanisms. (VT)
Yahoo! Messenger gets video support
Yahoo! has announced that it will be adding video to its instant messenging software, Yahoo! Messenger. The video will be streamed at 1 frame per second, which is far less than live streaming video but will allow users to add more emotion to instant messenging. Beginning next month, Logitech webcams will include Yahoo's instant messenging software.
IMG: Myth III: The Wolf Age Preview
An in-depth preview of Myth III: The Wolf Age, the prequel to real-time strategy games Myth: The Fallen Lords and Myth II: Soulblighter, has been posted at Inside Mac Games. The preview provides a number of new details on the cross-platform (Mac/PC) game, such as blood that trickles down hills and berserk sword swings that can cut down multiple opponents in a single swipe. Myth III: The Wolf Age is expected to be released in Fall 2001.
OS X version of FaxSTF on the way
Smith Micro Software will showcase a Mac OS X compatible version of its popular fax software, FAXstf X at next month's Macworld Expo in New York. The new, carbonized release will take advantage of the multitasking capabilities in OS X for enhanced background fax spooling.
Tech: Windows XP marketing to hit $1 billion
Evening tech news: Microsoft, along with Intel, PC makers, and retailers, plans on spending $1 billion promoting Windows XP, its upcoming operating system; Palm announced a fourth quarter loss of $89.2 million on revenue of $165.3 million, as well as more than $435 million in charges after writing off a glut of unsold products; and 3Com said today that its net loss widened to $518 million for its fiscal fourth quarter, and it does not expect an industry turnaround anytime soon.
New application settings for ShuttlePRO
Contour Designs has released new application settings for its $125 multimedia controller, ShuttlePRO. The USB-based device features 13 buttons for application-specific programmability and the "jog-and-shuttle" knob. ShuttlePRO application settings currently support a wide range of applications, including Adobe Acrobat Reader 4, Adobe Illustrator 8, Adobe Photoshop 5.5 and 6.0, Apple iMovie 2, Microsoft Internet Explorer, Macromedia Flash 4 and 5, and QuarkXpress 4.1.
Castelle releases AirPort-compliant LANpress
Castelle has announced the release of its LANpress 2P/Wireless, an integrated 2-port print server and IEEE 802.11b (AirPort) compliant Wireless Access Point. The device, available immediately for $400, includes two parallel ports for connecting printers and multiple protocol support and allows documents to be printed simultaneously from either a wireless or 10/100BaseT connection. The LANpress features support for a wide range of operating systems, including the Mac, and includes a web-based setup utility.
EarthLink raises prices, adds services
Scott J. notes that EarthLink, Apple's preferred Internet Service Provider (ISP), is raising the price of its basic, unlimited dial-up Internet service by $2 to $22 per month, effective July 2, 2001 for all new subscribers and August 1, 2001 for current subscribers. As part of the price hike, customers will now receive a total of eight e-mail addresses on each account (up from one) and bring all customers up to at least 10 MB of web space. In addition, customers have the option of a one-year, prepay option that would cost $20 per month for the next 12 months.
db Reports 2.5b2: Query databases for data
db Reports 2.5b2 is a new version of the report writing application for the Mac that adds FrontBase support in the Carbon build, customization of the SQL statement used to query the database, and support for 4D 6.7. db Reports allows users to extract, format, and print data from one of various data sources, including 4D Server, FrontBase, mySQL, ODBC, OpenBase, Oracle, postgreSQL, REALDatabase, and Valentina. [Classic: 1.9 MB; Carbon: 1.8 MB]
Panasonic unveils DVDBurner for DVD-RAM/R
Panasonic has begun shipping to OEM customers its DVDBurner, a combination DVD-RAM/R drive that reads from and writes to both DVD-RAM (rewritable) and DVD-R (write-once) discs. The mutifunction drive provides all of the functionality of the DVD Forum specifications for DVD-RAM and DVD-R General, including full compatibility with DVD video players, recorders, and DVD-ROM drives. The drive will be available to retail customers in October for under $600 (for the internal ATAPI version).
Hemera releases 50,000 royalty-free images
Hemera Technologies has released Hemera Photo-Objects 50,000 Volume II, a $100 cross-platform (Mac/PC) collection of 50,000 royalty-free, photographic quality images that can be inserted into an assortment of projects. The images are pre-masked and have been pre-cut from their original context, making it easier to insert them into any design. ALso included in the package are 200 new PhotoFont textures accessible in PhotoFont Maker.
Aimster Public Beta released for Mac
Aimster, the popular file sharing environment hailed as the Napster replacement, is now available for the Mac as a public beta. "This is our first iteration so it has some bugs," says Aimster's Evan Hoffman, "but for the most part it should be good to go."
Mac-compatible Britannica 2002 CD-ROMs, DVDs
Britannica.com has announced that the 2002 editions of the Encyclopedia Britannica CD-ROMs and DVDs will be Mac-compatible and available this Fall with new content, a search-and-display interface, and improved browsing features.
Presenter-to-Go Module gains Mac support
MARGI Systems has announced that its Presenter-to-Go Springboard Presentation Module for the Handspring Visor handheld is now available with Macintosh support. In addition, the company has released MARGI Mirror, an application that allows the contents of the Handspring Visor's LCD to be displayed on a digital projector or VGA monitor.
Shaun Jackson Design unveils Lapdog
Shaun Jackson Design, Inc. has introduced the Lapdog, a new carrying case designed to help mobile professionals comfortably and securely operate the laptop from their lap, on an airline tray, or any work surface. The Lapdog, constructed of rugged 1050 denier ballistics nylon, features a unique closure system and non slip surfaces that help the laptop rest comfortably when in use. The case also includes padded, fold open pockets and a padded, ergonomically designed shoulder strap. Regularly $140, users can purchase the Lapdog for $80 by entering the code "ugspecial" when prompted.
Apple to unveil flat-panel iMac at MWNY
MacUser UK reports that Apple has stopped production of the Cube and will introduce a new iMac sporting a flat-panel LCD display at next month's Macworld Conference & Expo New York. [free registration required]
The Motley Fool reviews Steve Jobs book
The Motley Fool has posted a brief review of Second Coming of Steve Jobs, a book by Alan Deutschman that chronicles Jobs' return to Apple and his revival of the struggling company. "Jobs can be greedy and generous. Mean or charming. Depressed or optimistic. But, he is always intense."
TEAC introduces battery-operated USB CD-RW
TEAC has introduced a new portable, battery-operated CD-RW drive that includes either a USB or a PCMCIA interface. The 4x4x6 USB drive weighs just over one pound and is approximately the same size as a portable audio CD player. The drive features 110ms average access time and 2MB data buffer as well as an integrated rechargeable battery pack that can power both the drive and recharge itself while plugged into the AC Adapter. The USB version, available for $330, comes with Roxio's Toast for burning CDs.
Sony unveils 16-inch Multiscan LCD
Sony has introduced a new 16-inch Multiscan LCD, the SDM-M61. The flat-panel display features a high-resolution, active-matrix TFT panel that provides digital and analog inputs as well as an image size comparable to a 17-inch CRT. Additionally, the LCD features a Zero Footprint Design that allows it to be mounted either directly on the wall or by using an arm-mounting device. Sporting a maximum resolution of 1280 x 1024, the SDM-M61 also includes built-in stereo speakers, precision color controls, a 70-degree tilt capability, a 160-degree horizontal viewing angle, and is Kensington lock-compatible. The Sony 16-inch Multiscan LCD will be available in July for $850.
TCP Deux 1.0.0b2: 4th Dimension component
Deep Sky Technologies has released TCP Deux 1.0.0b2, a new version of its 4th Dimension component that provides cross-platform TCP wrappers for different TCP plugins available for 4th Dimension.
KidsGoGoGo 3.1: Web filtering software
MAKI Enterprise has released Kids GoGoGo 3.1, a new version of its $30 Web filtering software for the Mac. Version 3.1 works in the Classic environment of Mac OS X and now quits ICQ and Hotline if necessary. Additionally, the database of blocked sites has improved to include hate and violence sites.
Weblet Contacts 1.0 for Lasso, CDML
Brian Dunning has released Weblet Contacts 1.0, a $45 Web-based contact manager for Lasso and CDML. Weblet Contacts comes with databases for FileMaker 4 or 5, fully commented Lasso and CDML format files, and complete instructions for putting the contact manager to use.
Sapphire releases styles and gradients
Sapphire Innovations has released Sapphire Styles Vol. 2, a £20 collection of 1200+ styles for use in Photoshop 6 and Photoshop Elements, and Sapphire Gradients Vol. 2, a £7 collection of gradients for Photoshop 6.
BASh 1.5.8: 4th Dimension component
Deep Sky Technologies has released BASh 1.5.8, a 4th Dimension component that provides extensive utility functionality for 4D programmers, including a dynamic stack space module for reusing variable space. Version 1.5.8 adds eight new methods and the documentation module as a separate 3D Insider library.
Architosh: CAD/3D platform poll
Architosh reports on a CAD/3D platform poll.
Napster strikes deal with independent labels
Napster has signed a worldwide licensing agreement with The UK's Association of Independent Music (AIM) and the Independent Music Companies Association (IMPALA) that provides the music swapping service with hundreds of thousands of tracks to be available on its membership-based service, which is set to launch this summer. The deal covers tracks from artists including Moby, Muse, Ash, Paul Oakenfold, Tom Jones, Badly Drawn Boy, Underworld, Stereophonics, Mogwai, and hundreds more signed with independent labels in the UK, France, Germany, and Sweden.
PhotoStudio X: consumer image editing app
ArcSoft has announced the availability of PhotoStudio X, which it says is "the first mainstream commercial photo-editing program for the new OS X operating system." The $100 consumer application can capture images from digital cameras, video cameras, and scanners and also offers the ability to edit and annotate photos by adding text and illustrations.
Brother introduces new USB laser printers
Brother has introduced a new line of USB-based personal laser printers: the HL-1440, HL-1450 and HL-1470N, which bring faster print speeds, higher resolution, more standard memory, and both interactive and online user support.
FileFreak 3.3: type-as-you-go launcher
File Freak 3.3, a $13 shareware utility for Classic and OS X, which allows you to quickly access your files by just typing a few letters, offers better launch speeds under OS X, a built-in editor to change Finder flags, text auto-completion, an option to ignore items in Trash, and other enhancements.
Group Logic ships MassTransit 4.0
Group Logic yesterday announced it was shipping MassTransit Enterprise 4.0, its digital file transfer software that now includes a unique Web browser plug-in for file transfer, new quality of service features, advanced interfaces to SQL databases, and other enhancements. A free 30-day trial version is available.
Xicons posts new icons sets for OS X
Over the past week Xicons has posted 5 new icon sets for OS X: Opera (applications), Graphite Audio Apps (applications), Bungie (games), Sharon Apple (misc.), and Enterprise vol. 1 (misc.). Xicons posts new sets daily and is made possible by visitor submissions.
International version of QT 5 now available
The International version of QuickTime 5.0 is now available for download after its initiall US English release in May, according to Macworld UK. The update includes UK English, Chinese, Spanish, Dutch, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Norweigan, Portuguese and Spanish languages.
Electronic collages with Picture Play 1.0
Picture Play 1.0, an OS X application for creating collections of many images, is described as an "electronic collage. You can use it to incorporate multiple photos or pictures into a single artistic image."
Apple Australia begins iWant campaign
Australian reader Jono Haysom writes about a new marketing campaign Down Under:
"Apple Australia has released its new campaign iWant. In a mass mail out today up to 200,000 Apple users and registered users received an Apple Store brochure with the word iOpener on the front. The brochure shows what's available in the stores and information on the listed products (and yes the brochure is in aqua). It appears that Apple Australia back into the swing of things after the collapse and demise of the failed Buzzle retail chain still paying off a hefty 30million debt...Only time will tell."
New Mactella 1.2b beta for OS X
The file sharing client Mactella 1.2b, which now runs as a native OSX application, includes new features such as download lists for automating the procedure of trying. The company notes that a release version will follow for both OSX and pre-OSX systems in about a week after it receives feedback from users on the current beta release. It is available in French, Japanese, Spanish, and German versions. [Carbon]
Griffin iMic 1.3 driver selects input type
Griffin's iMic v1.3, a control utility for its iMic USB audio recording and playback adapter, now allows users to select the USB input type (Microphone or Line Input) and also works more reliably with all versions its $35 device that brings professional level audio input and output to newer Macs.
NetSmith 1.1 has new HTML options
Roundup: NECC 2001 photos, keynote coverage
Yesterday we posted photos from the NECC 2001 Show Floor. Other reports included Bryce 5, Steve Jobs' NECC keynote, Apple's hiring of FreeBSD chief evangelist, Black & White for the Mac, iBook VST Charger Bay, new 100 GHz transistor technology from IBM, Palms in Sears, Fujifilm's new digital camera, CE Software's InOut Tracker, Lexmark's All-in-One Print Centers, and a new USB-powered Zip 100. Software releases included Meshwork 1.8, iEvents 1.0, and ATM Light 4.6.2.
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