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AppleWorks 6.2: free update for Classic, OS X
Apple today announced AppleWorks 6.2, an update to its Apple's $80 productivity suite that offers automatic PDF document creation and DataViz file translators for opening, saving and sharing Microsoft Word and Excel documents.
"The AppleWorks updater automatically senses which version of the Mac OS you’re running and installs the proper version on your Macintosh. If you use Mac OS X, the program installs AppleWorks 6.2. For Mac OS 8.1-9.1, the program instead installs AppleWorks 6.1.2. Both share a common feature set, but are optimized for the different operating system versions." [update now available: form or 14.4MB]
Documentor 1.0: freeware util for docs
DocuMentor 1.0 is a freeware utility for creating online, illustrated, styled text documentation for REALbasic shareware applications: "With the included DMDisplayWindow, developers can easily display the documentation in their applications."
PowerGuardian power management for OS X
MacNN reader Chuck Bennett writes "the subject of APC (American Power Conversions) not supporting it's UPS's under OS X came up a few times in the OS X forums. At the time, I mentioned that I intended to rewrite PowerGuardian (a old NeXTSTEP UPS managment package) for OS X. Well, I'm now ready for limited beta testing. Basically a sanity check on permissions and install locations before opening the beta up to everyone."
MonacoEZcolor 2.0: custom ICC profiles
Monaco Systems has releaesd MonacoEZcolor 2.0, its scanner-based color management program that creates custom ICC profiles for monitors, scanners and printers. The update brings improved color quality, the ability to edit printer profiles, and an updated interface as well as integrated online help. Version 2 also ships with an add-on application, ColorWorks, which features a streamlined interface for applying ICC profiles to images, soft proofing, and printing directly from the application.
Epson reduces Stylus Photo 780 pricing
Epson has reduced the price of its Stylus Photo 780 ink jet printer to $130 ($20 reduction). The six-color photo printer offers up to 2880 x 720 dpi resolution and "true BorderFree photo printing technology" and ships with ArcSoft PhotoImpression 3.0 for image editing, Film Factory photo management tool, and QBeo PhotoGenetics TE for image enhancement.
Pentax ships Optio 330 digital camera
Pentax is now shipping its Optio 330 digital camera, which it dubs as the "world's smallest and lightest 3 megapixel, 3X optical zoom digital camera." The compact, 8.5 ounce camera (including battery and recording media) has a 3X optical and 2X digital zoom, an integrated 1.6-inch LCD with 4X magnification, and the ability to capture up to 30 seconds of movie footage at 15 fps. The USB-based camera ships with a 16MB CompactFlash Type I memory cards and a rechargeable lithium-ion battery. [pricing not available]
Sorenson Video 3 Professional released
Sorenson Media has announced the release of Sorenson Video 3, its compressed video codec. Sorenson Video 3 Standard Edition, available with Apple's QuickTime 5.0.2 for Classic and Mac OS X, features the compression controls for data rate, frame rate, and key frame intervals. In addition, there are some advanced features applied to compressions with the default settings. Sorenson Video 3 Professional Edition, which offers far more flexibility for handling all types of video, features support for two-pass VBR compression, support for a binary alpha channel, automatic scene change detection, compression time packetization for error resiliency to packet loss, and chroma-key segmentation compression. Sorenson Video 3 also has enhanced watermarking and the media key feature has been enhanced to use secure encryption. Sorenson Video 3 Professional Edition is available now for $500 ($250 upgrade until August 31, 2001).
TimeSlice 2.0 for time-billing professionals
Maui Software has released TimeSlice 2.0, a major upgrade of its $60 application designed for professionals that bill for time. New features in version 2.0 include Carbonization for Mac OS X compatibility, a modernized interface, completely rewritten from the groundup, additional preference items, task association, improvements to comments, additional one-time active records, system-wide tasks, the ability to create simple text reports, invoice tracking, a separate budget window, import, floating status window, and more.
Napster temporarily suspends service
Music swapping company Napster has "temporarily suspended" file transfers while it upgrades the databases that support its new file identification technology, which screens the actual content of a music file rather than its file name. Company representatives say that songs that were supposed to be blocked were getting through, and gave no timetable for restoration of service.
Infogrames retains #2 spot in game sales
Infogrames has retained its position as the number two third-party publisher of entertainment software across all platforms for fiscal 2001 through June 30, according to NPD TRSTS Video Games Service. Infogrames' Macintosh publishing label, MacSoft, is the number one publisher of Mac entertainment software and has a number of titles planned for later this year, including Vampire: The Masquerade - Redemption, Tropico, and Myth III: The Wolf Age.
REALVIZ releases Stitcher 3.0 for Mac
REALVIZ has announced the release of Stitcher 3.0 for the Mac, a stand-alone application for creating panoramic images up to 360 x 360 degrees. Stitcher can be used to create high-resolution panoramas for print, architectural visualization, feature film and television effects, and cylindrical and spherical panoramas for the web. A Mac OS X version, currently in beta, will be available as a free upgrade to registered owners in Q3 2001. The company plans to bring more of its Image Processing Factory applications to the Mac in the future. Regularly $800, Stitcher will be available at a special launch price of $500 through the end of August 2001.
OS X: Stanford releases Folding@Home X
osx.macnn.com reports on Stanford's release of Folding@Home for Mac OS X, a distributed computing project for unfolding and analyzing proteins, as well as additional software releases for the BSD-based operating system.
Oki offers Mac OS X compatibility statement
Laurens V. has forwarded us a note from Oki, a manufacturer of Mac-compatible printers, regarding its current and planned support for Mac OS X.
BSA offers U.S. "software truce"
The Business Software Alliance (BSA), whose members include Apple and Microsoft, is offering a "software truce" for businesses to acquire licenses before July 31 and not incur any penalties, according to c|net. If businesses choose to continue using the software without paying for it, they could be turned in by a disgruntled or former employee and end up paying up to $150,000 per copy. The BSA is currently offering the truce for businesses in several U.S. cities, including New York, Atlanta, Portland, Ore., Kansas City, Mo., and Oklahoma City.
Droplet Builder 2.0, SysMenu 1.0.3 released
The Macintosh Developer Center (TMDC) has released Droplet Builder 2.0, a new version of its application for creating droplets that is now Carbonized for Mac OS X, and SysMenu 1.0.3, a maintenance release of its utility for launching applications, opening documents, and controlling various aspects of the computer. [Droplet: 569 KB; SysMenu: 1.0 MB]
Seek introduces low-cost, high-density RAID
Seek Systems has announced the availability of Seagate 180 gigabyte (GB) high-density drives to provide up to 1.4 terabytes (TB) of RAID 5 usable space in seven-inches (4U) of vertical rack space. The new FasFile RAID solution provides enterprises with more than double the storage density per vertical rack, while accelerating application performance and lowering operational costs.
Analyst: Possible Apple earnings shortfall
Prudential Securuties analyst Kimberly Alexy has warned that Apple could possibly miss its top-line forecast for the current quarter when it reports earnings on July 17. Alexy notes that desktop sales "continue to be rather lackluster" and now expects total revenue of $1.5 billion for the fiscal third quarter, down from a prior projection of $1.54 billion. Analysts are expecting a profit of $53 million for the quarter, or 15 cents per share.
Sapphire releases brushes for Illustrator
Sapphire Innovations has released Brushes Volumes 1-4, a £15 collection of 4,500 brushes for Adobe Illustrator 8 and 9.
iWake 1.0: Launch apps, files upon wakeup
Justin Christie and Paul Scandariato have released iWake 1.0, a new $10 tool that adds a Wakeup Items folder for automatically launching files when your Mac wakes up from sleep. Proceeds from sales of iWake will go towards sending the two student developers to MacHack 2002, the "annual conference for leading edge developers."
Two Internet utilities receive minor updates
Japheth Cleaver has released Internet Location Maker 2.1.5, a program used to create Internet clipping files with any URL, and Stuff 'n Crypt 1.0.1, a drag-and-droplet that will automatically stuff files, folders, and aliases, then encrypt them using Apple File Security. [Internet: 298 KB; Stuff: 13 KB]
Calindock 1.2.0: Calendar in Mac OS X Dock
Calindock 1.2.0 is a new version of the free Mac OS X dockling that displays a monthly or daily calendar in the Dock. Version 1.2.0 adds an option to view the calendar in a daily format and localization in Japanese and German.
KAUi Software offers hands-on Mac training
KAUi Software is offering a number of hands-on training sessions throughout the rest of the year for Mac users in the Atlanta, Georgia area. Training seminars are available for applications such as iMovie, Final Cut Pro, Office 2001, QuickTime 5, and Mac OS X. Prices range from free to $225.
PageSpinner 3.1fc1: HTML Editor
Optima System has released PageSpinner3.1fc1, the latest version of its $30 HTML editor for the Mac. Version 3.1 adds improved Mac OS X Classic compatibility, previews of local Server Side Include files, translucent dragging, proxy icon support, automatic line feed detection, improved support for CSS and HTML 4.01, better handling of XML files, enhanced PageSpinner Plug-in Extension format, improved appearance of floating palettes, full Navigation Services support, and support for editing files on ftp servers with Interarchy, Fetch, and NetFinder.
Mac Alice to feature high-quality cutscenes
In an interview at Games4Mac, Westlake Interactive's Brad Oliver reveals that the Mac version of American McGee's Alice, which will be released for Classic and Mac OS X in the next few weeks, will feature higher-quality cutscenes than its Windows counterpart.
Stanford releases Folding@Home for Mac OS X
Stanford University has released a Mac OS X command-line version of its distributed computing project, Folding@Home 1.34, that uses a computer's idle processing power to unfold proteins in order to study them.
iEvents 1.1 for creating custom Web calendars
Yenco.com's iEvents 1.1 adds auto-save options to the $20 shareware tool for quickly creating custom calendar websites.
Pony Express 1.0: "skinnable" email checker
Alchemy Labs today released a "skinnable" e-mail checker, Pony Express 1.0, which offers support for both POP3 and IMAP accounts, an unlimited number of e-mail accounts, and Internet connection monitoring. Several "skins" are already available for the $10 shareware utility.
InstantCalc 1.5 adds function editor
InstantCalc 1.5, a $10 shareware that calculates mathematical expressions instantaneously, adds new user-defined functions, a function editor, support for Function Keys (F1..F15). and other enhancements.
Troi Number Plugin for FileMaker
The $20 FileMaker plugin, Troi Number Plug-in v1.1, adds dynamic balance functions to FileMaker Pro, including the display of a running balance of a value in any portal. Version 1.1 adds compatibility with OS X and FileMaker 5.5.
QuickConference 1.6: instant messaging
CE Software today announced the release of QuickConference 1.6, a new version of its cross-platform instant messaging software. Version 1.6 adds an instant reply feature, a custom "do not disturb" message, highlighted incoming messages, and an updated server compatible with InOut Tracker, CE Software's electronic in/out board for both Macintosh and Windows TCP/IP Networks. Upgades are $30 (for all user packs), and pricing begins at $120 for a 5-user license.
Mac support for Digisette audio players
Representatives from Digisette note that the company is working on Mac compatibility for its line of digital audio players: "We have been working on a plug-in that will enable Mac users to use the Apple iTunes software as a tool to manage the music to/from the Digisette AR series players (this includes the DUO-Aria and the DUO-64). We are nearing completion," according to a note forwarded from the company.
Apple releases WWDC 2001 survey results
More than 50% of Mac OS platform developers who attended the WWDC 2001 conference plan to release an OS X product within the next six months and 35% of them plan to use the Cocoa programming environment, according to a survey conducted by Apple.
TMDC Droplet Builder 2.0: droplets for OS X
TMDC Droplet Builder 2.0, now Carbonized, allows you to create droplets (mini-applications) to change finder flags by just dropping files or folders on top of their icon.
EcoBeakerHS: ecology app for classroom
BeakerWare recently released EcoBeakerHS, a "sophisticated simulation program for teaching ecology, conservation biology, and evolution in middle and high schools. EcoBeakerHS was derived from EcoBeaker 2.0, the leading ecology teaching software at the college level." A demo is available.
Muwse: multilingual HTML editor for OS X
MAKI Enterprise has released a Carbon version of its multilingual HTML editor, Muwse 2.0. A free v1.09 update to the $70 application also adds the ability to select default encoding in each language.
VideoPlug 1.2 plugin for video capture
Essence Software's VideoPlug 1.2 brings OS X compatibility and finer control over input to its plugin for REALbasic that allows developers to use QuickTime-compatible video capture hardware in their applications to capture audio and video sequences.
Independence from Microsoft?
Mercury News Technology Columnist Dan Gillmor contemplates the merits of Microsoft in the computing industry in his latest column: "This week, the United States will celebrate Independence Day. Our annual paean to liberty strikes me as a good time to work on independence of another kind -- freedom from Microsoft."
Six freeware contextual menu plugins
Hsoi's Shop has released six freeware contextual menu plugins, including LockItCMPlugin, UnlockItCMPlugin, MROItCMPlugin (toggles "modify-read-only" flag), DeskPicChangerCMPlugin, FileHierToClipCMPlugin, and FilePathToClipCMPlugin.
Macs provide video feed at PC Expo
James Hromadka writes about how he used Macs to provide video at the recent PC Expo in NY: "It was interesting to see how many Macs were used at a PC-heavy conference."
Roundup: Apple VP keynote at Streaming Media
Over the weekend, we noted the release of Apple VP Phil Schiller's keynote from Streaming Media West 2001. Other reports included Macs on the National IFT Expo show floor, the opening of MacTrivia.com, tweaks for Diablo II: Lord of Destruction, Apple's retail store in Plano, Texas, the iSub subwoofer in Steven Spielberg's A.I., the approaching release of Tomb Raider: The Trilogy and American McGee's Alice, and a UK showing of the Macworld Expo New York keynote. Software releases included PrefsOverload 3.0b1 and Anatas 1.2.
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