Echoing reports published here and elsewhere on the Web, c|net reports that \"supplies of Apple Computer\'s iMacs are dwindling at resellers and distributors, a sign that changes could be in store for the company\'s venerable all-in-one computer.\"
Onadime Composer 1.4 is a $200 creative toolkit for the Mac that links sound, visuals, and movement using real-time programming. The application lets users create music visuals, video effects, live performances, real-time digital art, and multimedia. Onadime Composer has been used by MTV, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremonies, and the Experience Music Project in Seattle. A demo is also available.
NextForce Software has released Presentation Prompter 3.0, the latest version of its $25 teleprompting application for the Mac. Version 3.0 adds Mac OS X compatibility, Applescript support, a rewritten keypoint system, mirror prompting setup support, temporary pause features, presentation setup saving, new arrowline behavior options, interface guidelines compliance, and optimizations for smoother prompting support and less processor time usage in the background. [Classic: 837 KB; Carbon: 882 KB]
Adobe Vice President Susan Altman Prescott has indicated that InDesign and Illustrator will be the company\'s first two applications released for Mac OS X, according to MacCentral. However, the company will not give a timetable for their release for \"competitive reasons.\" Adobe will not be attending next week\'s Macworld Expo New York due to financial concerns, but Prescott reiterated Adobe\'s intent to fully support Mac OS X and continue its strong relationship with Apple.
Maxprog has released MaxBulkMailer 1.7.4, a new version of its mail-merge and bulk mailer that adds the ability to send HTML only as well as improvements and bug fixes. [Classic: 1.1 MB; Carbon: 1.1 MB]
Sonnet Technologies has introduced its \"64MB for $64\" DIMM program, a special RAM offering with the purchase of any Sonnet Crescendo/7200 or Crescendo/PCI upgrade. The specifications of the DIMMs offered in the promotion are: 64MB (8 x 64); 60ns; 5 volt; 4K Refresh; 168-pin; Fast Page Mode (FPM). The memory is new using refurbished components, and is compatible with Crescendo/7200 DIMM sockets; motherboard DIMM sockets on the Power Macintosh 7200, 7500, 7600, 8500, 8600, 9500, 9600; and other models with identical memory requirements.
Charismac has released AudioScribe 2.01, its $15 ($10 introductory price) direct-to-disk audio recording software package previously only available as part of its Discribe CD mastering program. AudioScribe lets users record audio from virtually any input sourceincluding vinyl records, cassette tapes, 8-tracks or voiceand saves the audio in uncompressed AIFF format.
Blue Line Studios today released LogotypeMaker 3.0 Pro, an update to its logo creation tool. It adds the ability to export as a QuickTime movie as well as several new slideshow options.
The U.S. Navy\'s Space and Warfare Systems Command has awarded a $1.2 million contract to NAI Labs, the advanced research group within PGP Security, to develop security extensions to FreeBSD, the open source operating system upon which Apple\'s Mac OS X is built. The Community-Based Open Source Security (CBOSS) initiative will be lead by scientists from NAI Labs with work done in part by sub-contractors from the FreeBSD development community, including Kirk McKusick, Poul-Henning Kamp, Jonathan Lemon, and Eivind Eklund. The security extensions could be integrated into Mac OS X.
Apple today announced it would provide a QuickTime Webcast of Macworld Expo keynote, following denial by IDG officials earlier in the day. The live webcast and satellite broadcast will take place at 9 a.m. EDT on Wednesday, July 18.
Alto Stratus LLC is now printing the June issue of \'Dimensions: The Journal of 4D & WebSTAR,\' the latest edition of the 4th Dimension programming resource. Since taking over publication of the magazine in March 2001, Dimensions features twice the content, an improved layout, and sample code. Issues are available in both PDF and print.
Dartware has released InterMapper 3.5, a new version of its network monitoring and alerting tool. The new version adds Carbon compatibility for Classic and Mac OS X support, custom SNMP probes for testing new kinds of equipment, a number of new probes for monitoring various devices, OpenTransport SNMP detection, improved autodiscovery, built-in users and groups, SNMP Trap Receiver, and other minor improvements. [Classic: 2.1 MB; Carbon: 1.7 MB]
Evening tech news: Online grocer Webvan, which purchased rival HomeGrocer.com last summer, has ceased operations, laid off approximately 2,000 employees, and is filing for bankruptcy protection; Windows XP, Microsoft\'s next-generation operating system, could sell for more than Microsoft\'s current OS offering; NEC plans to introduce a new handheld running Microsoft\'s Windows CE by the end of the year; and France is considering spending about $3.87 billion to provide broadband Internet access nationwide by 2005.
Apple is buying Windows-based DVD software maker Spruce Technologies, according to c|net. The San Jose, California-based company has 55 workers and is referring all media inquiries to Apple\'s public relations department. Apple has released a brief statement regarding the acquisition and plans to offer a migration plan to existing Spruce customers.
Bare Bones Software has released Mailsmith 1.1.7, a new version of its e-mail client for the Mac. Version 1.1.7 adds numerous bug fixes and performance improvements, including several changes that make it easier to run Mailsmith in the Classic environment of Mac OS X.
Black Isle Studios has opened new forums for fans to discuss the highly anticipated 3D role-playing game from Bioware, Neverwinter Nights, which will be released for Classic and Mac OS X, PC, and Linux. The forums are divided into four sections: developer questions/answers, hot topics, campaign discussion, and dungeon masters.
Westlake Interactive has released Rune 1.07, a new version of the third-person 3D action game originally developed by Human Head Studios. The new version fixes a bug with NVIDIA graphics cards on dual monitor systems, adds EAX support for Sound Blaster Live! cards, cleans up OpenGL support, and adds more native GameRanger support. Additionally, the update includes all of the bug fixes from the current PC version.
IDG World Expo has confirmed with MacNN that Steve Jobs\' opening keynote at next week\'s Macworld Conference & Expo New York 2001 will not be webcast live. The move is a departure from recent years in which Mac users have been able to watch the hardware introductions and demonstrations via a live QuickTime stream. A page at Apple\'s Web site is expected to have an archive movie following the keynote. MacNN will have live coverage of the event and bring readers news and announcements as they are made.
Apple may edge out Dell this fall in the education market installed base, as it is expected to have a larger number of Macs in use versus Dell PCs in the 2001-2002 school year. The recently released QED data is based on a sample survey of districts in the U.S. Public School system and does not reflect actual numbers, which will not be available until late this year or early next year, according to MacGeneration. (Dell is currently No. 1 in the education market, as it sells more new systems to education customers than any other PC vendor.)
A Reuters report provides opinions from former Napster users on the demise of the once-popular music swapping service, which has dwindled in popularity since a court injunction forced it to block copyrighted music. The service has been shut down since July 2 as Napster upgrades its servers, but many users believe that the service has been dead since the court order. \"Napster was dead six months ago. They just remembered to chuck dirt in the grave this week.\"
Vizspring Software has released Fortune Cookie 1.0, an application for both Mac OS 8/9 and OS X that \"displays a random fortune every day when you start up your computer. It\'s fortunes range from typical Chinese-like fortunes to the out-of-the-ordinary, unusual, and unexpected.\"
The Register reports on \"rumours of a chill in the relationship between Adobe and Apple,\" noting that while a number of applications being ported to OS X and Classic development is continuing, OS X development has nearly ceased because of \"bugs and performance issues with the OS X Carbon libraries, necessary to port classic apps, and longer term doubts about the competitiveness of the PowerPC 7450 processor and its successor, the G5.\"
LearningSoft has introduced Gamebrain X-treme, a new cross-platform (Mac/PC) educational adventure title for kids ages 9 to 13. Players answer a distress call from a humanoid robot named C.H.I.P. and help him eliminate the Brain Drainers, a malicious alien race. Using advanced articial intelligence technology, players engage in real-time, two-way conversations with C.H.I.P. as they guide him through isometric 3D worlds on an adventure. Topics of conversation can range from help with a difficult mission to real life advice. Five worlds are included with the game, and additional worlds will be released episodically online after the game\'s release in October 2001.
Cinema Next has created Dual, a multi-path live-action short film that spoofs Steven Spielberg\'s 1971 made-for-TV classic, Duel. The interactive movie, created using QuickTime and Flash, lets users choose the plot line at specific points that affect the main character\'s outcome. Dual will be available for download at AtomFilms.com later this summer.
Solscape 1.0b4, available now as PowerPC or a Carbon application, adds support for AppleScript, support for Solar Flare data, and other enhancements to the \"donationware\" application that grabs real-time images of the Sun and monitors current solar flare, geomagnetic, and Aurora activity. [Classic, Carbon]
@soft today introduced a public beta of MACAST MP3 Converter b2 for both OS 8/9 and OSX. The free tool allows users to convert MP3s into uncompressed audio, for burning to audio CDs.
Jack Moffitt has posted his thoughts on using his new iBook as a Linux portable: \"I am triple booting OS 9, OS X, and Linux, and it even lets me use the graphical OS selector built into Open Firmware to do this.\"
Apple\'s iBook 500/CD is the No. 2 best selling portable in Japan behind Sony\'s Vaio Note FX. The DVD, DVD, CD-RW and Combo models of the same notebook are 9th, 16th and 19th in overall sales, according to the MacGeneration report.
Lexmark today introduced the E210, its new $200 laser printer that offers 12 ppm printing, USB/parallel connectivity, and support for a variety of media types, including envelopes, labels, transparencies and card stock. The E210, which ships with a one-year LexExpress warranty with next-business-day-exchange, is expected to be available this month.
Totally Hip and Tribeworks are offering a new \"The Summer of Independence!\" promo, which runs through the end of the month. It bundles Totally Hip\'s Live Stage Professional 3.0 and Tribeworks\' iShell 2.2 (Silver) for $1000, more than 45% off the combined price of each multimedia application.
osx.macnn.com has news of WebObjects 5 Update 1 and a utilty to patch the dock to keep its (customized) orientation/pinning through OS restarts.
UMAX is now shipping its Astra 4400 scanner, the company\'s first 48-bit color scanner. The USB-based scanner offers 1200 x 2400 dpi resolution and programmable push-button controls. The transparency-capable Astra 4450 is expected soon, and will ship with a Universal Transparency Cover (UTC) for scanning transparent media up to 4\" x 5\".
Frank Vercruesse has posted a new version of his DockLock 2.0, which \"patchs the Dock so that it keeps your favorite orientation and pinning setting, even after a restart. Version 2.0 of the patch doesn\'t require the location of the Dock to be restored at login time anymore; the Dock now just keeps the setting.\"
Apple has launched its its Apple Expo Website for (free) registration and information about its only European show, which takes place in Paris, France from September 26-30. Over 250 exhibitors and 80,000 visitors from across Europe are expected at the event, according to Macworld UK.
WebObjects 5 Update 1 contains general bug fixes for WebObjects 5 on all platforms and is recommended for use on all platforms. The update is available for both Development and Deployment packages. (It requires you to login as \"root\" and also have OS X 10.04 Server update installed.) [Dev: 6.2MB; Deployment: 5.8MB]
MovieWorks 5.1 is an update to the $80 suite of applications for producing multimedia content (QuickTime movies, personal and corporate videos, dynamic slide shows, and interactive & linear presentations). Version 5.1 includes the ability to create auto-load/auto-start CDs and add links to Web pages and PDF files. The $130 Deluxe version includes support for button objects, VR support and unlimited scenes. Demos of each are available online.
Ben Bargagliotti\'s FileChop 2.0 adds support for OS X as well as several new features to his file segmentation utility.
ecOrganizer 1.2 is a contact- and project-management syste that tracks favourite tasks, notes and messages. Version 1.2 offers improved navigation, maintenance functions, and other enhancements to the FileMaker-based system. [demo: 1.9MB update: 600KB]
charlieX software has released CharlieX Screen Ruler 1.4c, its $10 Classic-compatible shareware that \"draws cool transparent pixel ruler ot top and left edge of your desktop as well as shows dragging screen ruler, template of usual screen sizes and mouse coordinates.\"
Aimster for Mac 1.003 adds options to cancel search routines, supports Internet Control panel for file mapping, and fixes several bugs in the Napster-like file sharing client that works with AOL Instant Messenger.
The Iconfactory has posted the second installment of its OS X series of icons, World of Aqua 2, which offers all new 128x128 photo realistic icons for \"some of the hottest new Apple portable hardware, more replacement folders for the user-level directories, plus all sorts of everyday objects with a slightly global flair, from Japanese postboxes to classic Swedish telephones.\"
Recently Apple issued a voluntary recall on certain AC adapters that were sold for use with PowerBook G3s. Other reports included the state of Mac programming from a novice\'s perspective, Sony and Apple\'s consumer market strength, Flix for Mac, and Macintosh support for the ECW image compression format. Software releases included PlayerPRO 5.9, Cumulus 5.0.10, and Prowler 2.2.1.
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Cirrus creates Lightning-headphone dev kit
Apple supplier Cirrus Logic has introduced a MFi-compliant new development kit for companies interested in using Cirrus' chips to create Lightning-based headphones, which -- regardless of whether rumors about Apple dropping the analog headphone jack in its iPhone this fall -- can offer advantages to music-loving iOS device users. The kit mentions some of the advantages of an all-digital headset or headphone connector, including higher-bitrate support, a more customizable experience, and support for power and data transfer into headphone hardware. Several companies already make Lightning headphones, and Apple has supported the concept since June 2014. http://bit.ly/29giiZj
Apple Store app offers Procreate Pocket
The Apple Store app for iPhone, which periodically rewards users with free app gifts, is now offering the iPhone "Pocket" version of drawing app Procreate for those who have the free Apple Store app until July 28. Users who have redeemed the offer by navigating to the "Stores" tab of the app and swiping past the "iPhone Upgrade Program" banner to the "Procreate" banner have noted that only the limited Pocket (iPhone) version of the app is available free, even if the Apple Store app is installed and the offer redeemed on an iPad. The Pocket version currently sells for $3 on the iOS App Store. [32.4MB]
Porsche adds CarPlay to 2017 Panamera
Porsche has added a fifth model of vehicle to its CarPlay-supported lineup, announcing that the 2017 Panamera -- which will arrive in the US in January -- will include Apple's infotainment technology, and be seen on a giant 12.3-inch touchscreen as part of an all-new Porsche Communication Management system. The luxury sedan starts at $99,900 for the 4S model, and scales up to the Panamera Turbo, which sells for $146,900. Other vehicles that currently support CarPlay include the 2016 911 and the 2017 models of Macan, 718 Boxster, and 718 Cayman. The company did not mention support for Google's corresponding Android Auto in its announcement. http://bit.ly/295ZQ94
Apple employees testing wheelchair features
New features included in the forthcoming watchOS 3 are being tested by Apple retail store employees, including a new activity-tracking feature that has been designed with wheelchair users in mind. The move is slightly unusual in that, while retail employees have previously been used to test pre-release versions of OS X and iOS, this marks the first time they've been included in the otherwise developer-only watchOS betas. The company is said to have gone to great lengths to modify the activity tracker for wheelchair users, including changing the "time to stand" notification to "time to roll" and including two wheelchair-centric workout apps. http://bit.ly/2955JDa
SanDisk reveals two 256GB microSDXC cards
SanDisk has introduced two 256GB microSDXC cards. Arriving in August for $150, the Ultra microSDXC UHS-I Premium Edition card offers transfer speeds of up to 95MB/s for reading data. The Extreme microSDXC UHS-I card can read at a fast 100MB/s and write at up to 90MB/s, and will be shipping sometime in the fourth quarter for $200. http://bit.ly/294Q1If
Apple's third-quarter results due July 26
Apple has advised it will be issuing its third-quarter results on July 26, with a conference call to answer investor and analyst queries about the earnings set to take place later that day. The stream of the call will go live at 2pm PT (5pm ET) via Apple's investor site, with the results themselves expected to be released roughly 30 minutes before the call commences. Apple's guidance for the quarter put revenue at between $41 billion and $43 billion. http://apple.co/1oi1Pbm
Twitter stickers slowly roll out to users
Twitter has introduced "stickers," allowing users to add extra graphical elements to their photos before uploading them to the micro-blogging service. A library of hundreds of accessories, props, and emoji will be available to use as stickers, which can be resized, rotated, and placed anywhere on the photograph. Images with stickers will also become searchable with viewers able to select a sticker to see how others use the same graphic in their own posts. Twitter advises stickers will be rolling out to users over the next few weeks, and will work on both the mobile apps and through the browser. http://bit.ly/29bbwUE