Days To Go 2.1.3, Beyond Midnight Software\'s reminder utility, has been updated to add a new application which will display the dates and messages in a window on the screen for background viewing.
Hank Barry, interim CEO of the beleagured music sharing company Napster, issued a statement regarding continued difficulties in putting the service back online: This morning, we appeared before the District Court with evidence that our new file identification architecture has achieved over 99% effectiveness in identifying and screening out noticed works. We told the judge that we were ready to resume file transfers. The Judge issued an order prohibiting Napster from enabling file transfers unless Napster reaches 100% success.
Magma has announced its latest additions to its line of portable CardBus PCI Expansion Systems for PowerBooks, DC ready 2 Slot CardBus-to-PCI Expansion systems.
World War II Online: Blitzkrieg, the massively multiplayer war combat game, has been delayed for release on the Mac while developer Cornered Rat Software works to add additional features and improvements. Previously expected to be available on July 10, the company is now not offering a release date but plans to provide one \"as soon as possible.\"
IOGear will demonstrate its new MiniView II USB KVM (Keyboard, Video, and Mouse) switch at next week\'s MWNY Expo. The device, making its debut on the Mac platform, incorporates hot keys and On-Screen Displays (OSD). Its USB sniffing technology provides mouse and keyboard emulation so users\' systems will not lose their connection with USB input devices when in use.
Evening tech news: Microsoft has announced that its fourth quarter earnings will be reduced from an expected 42 cents per share to 1 cent per share due to a $2.6 billion loss in investments; Yahoo! has reported second quarter pro forma net income of $8.7 million, or 1 cent per share, narrowly beating analysts\' prediction of the company breaking even for the quarter; Motorola has posted a second quarter loss of $232 million on revenues of $7.5 billion, compared with a loss of $551 million on revenues of $9.3 billion in the year-ago quarter; and Microsoft has announced that it will allow PC manufacturers to remove Internet Explorer icons from the desktop and Start menu of new PCs.
Western Digital plans to introduce an external 80 GB FireWire hard drive at next week\'s Macworld Expo in New York, MacNN has learned. The new drive will sport a 7200 RPM spin speed, and feature all of the plug and play capabilities standard for FireWire devices.
Zik\'s Utilities is a $25 collection of four productivity applications: PrefsOverload, ExtensionsTracker, AliasMultiplier, and ClipWorks. PrefsOverload is an application for managing preferences; ExtensionsTracker keeps track of modifications to the control panels and extensions folders; AliasMultiplier lets users create multiple aliases; and ClipWorks allows direct modification of the clipboard contents.
Soft Solutions plans to introduce 4-Sight Fax 5.0, a major upgrade of the company\'s fax software for the Mac, at next week\'s Macworld Conference & Expo New York 2001. New features include native Mac OS X compatibility, TCP/IP compatibility, Windows 95/98/Me/NT/2000 client support, fax forwarding to e-mail, worldwide access to the fax server, e-mail to fax gateway, fax preview, client-side imaging, and more. The company plans to begin selective public beta testing on August 20, 2001; applications for the beta test will be available from the company\'s Web site beginning July 20, 2001.
Runtime Revolution has announced the release of Revolution 1.0, a new rapid application development system for Mac OS, Windows, Linux, and other popular UNIX systems.
SmartMoney.com has chosen Mac OS X over Windows XP as its recommended next-generation operating system for consumers. \"I\'ve been using OS X on a daily basis for the last month, running on Apple\'s spiffy G4 PowerBook laptop, and I believe it will be a blessing for consumers.\"
Adobe\'s Terry White has commented on the lack of Carbon compatibility in the release of Adobe PageMaker 7.0, which was announced as shipping today: \"It was...stated in our initial OS X commitment that the next versions of PageMaker and FrameMaker would *NOT* be carbonized. Both products are older code bases and it will take more effort to Carbonize them.\" An Adobe representative revealed earlier this week that the first two Adobe products released for Mac OS X would be InDesign and Illustrator.
Aestiva\'s Knowledge Base is a new searchable database application for web sites that allows visitors to perform simple and complex searches through support documents. It includes a web-based administration module for setting up and maintaining the knowledge database as well as customizing the GUI and the ability to track usage and have public/private documents. The $650 product requires HTML/OS Runtime edition ($350), which runs Unix, Mac OS (via WebTen), OS X, and Windows platforms.
The Sydney Morning Herald has published a summary of rumors floating around regarding announcements expected from Apple at next week\'s Macworld Conference & Expo New York 2001. Suggested announcements include Mac OS X 10.1, adding DVD playback and additional CD burning support, as well as faster Power Mac G4s.
PUBLICSPACE.NET has released A Better Finder Rename 4.0 Preview 1 for Mac OS X, a popular $15 contextual menu plug-in for Classic that now resides in the Dock of Mac OS X. A Better Finder Rename lets users quickly and easily rename multiple files.
Public Access Software has released MacInstall 1.2.5, a new version of its $25 Classic and Mac OS X software installer for shareware authors. The new version adds support for long file names, a feature to open/launch items installs on Mac OS X capable of installing Docklings into the Dock, and an option for developers to run the demo version with all features enabled for evaluation purposes.
Larry Rosenstein has released Airport Modem Utility 1.2, a new version of his utility for connecting, disconnecting and monitoring the internal modem of an AirPort Base Station from machines connected via Ethernet. Version 1.2 adds a compact user interface, a connection timer, preferences dialog, and support for running in the Classic environment on Mac OS X. It also fixes a number of bugs, including those related to adapting to changes in the TCP/IP configuration.
Macmod has posted instructions for giving the iBook a clear plastic case by dissolving the white paint inside the plastic. Photos of the final product are also included.
Morphon CSS-Editor Standalone Beta 1 is a Java-based Cascading Stylesheet (CSS) editor, which supports full CSS1 and CSS2, multiple style sheets, Unicode 3.0, dynamic localization, and source-code editing.
Apple has posted a free update to its professional DVD authoring environment, DVD Studio Pro 1.1. It adds improved detection and handling of Final Cut Pro unrendered sequences, improved optimization of the encoding process, an updated user’s manual and support for certain third-party external storage devices that contain Pioneer’s DVR-A03 DVD Recordable Drive. [form: requires serial number]
Justin D\'Onofrio has posted photos of his C2, a Power Mac G4 Cube modified to work as a server by placing it on its side and adding a number of fans, heat sinks, and other forms of heat dissipation. \"The great thing about it is you can stack four of them in almost the same physical space as a single G4 tower!\"
MP3 Strip 1.2.3 is a new version of the $15 control strip module that provides easy viewing and playback of MP3 files from the control strip. Version 1.2.3 adds compatibility with WorkStrip and some bug fixes.
Aladdin Knowledge Systems has released TimeHASP USB, the industry\'s first USB-based security key providing cross-platform protection through a real-time, on-key clock that is designed for renting or leasing software. Available in a variety of colors, the key supports the Mac, Windows, and Linux operating systems and is equipped with 512 bytes of read/write memory that enables developers to license up to 112 software modules.
Knowledge Adventure has announced the release of Jurassic Park III: Danger Zone! and Jurassic Park III: Dino Defender, two new hybrid (Mac/PC) 3D action/adventure games for kids ages seven and up. The games are based on Universal Pictures\' Jurassic Park III, which is set to open in theatres on July 18.
BusinessWeek Online has published \"How Apple is Reclaiming the Classroom,\" detailing Apple\'s moves to recapture the leadership position in the education market. The article notes that PowerSchool, the company offering a Web-based school administration system that Apple purchased earlier this year, has doubled its customer base since its acquisition.
Rosetta 1.2.3 is a maintenance release of the $15 Carbonized utility for decoding BinHex, MacBinary, MIME Base64, and uuencode, as well as rejoining binary files and making movie file repairs.
Over the past week, Xicons has posted 6 new sets of icons for Mac OS X, including MM System (folders, disks), MM Harddrive (disks), Cartoons (misc.), Skate vol. 1 (misc.), UnReleased (misc), and MM Trash. Xicons post new icons daily.
Agfa has released FotoLook 3.6 for Mac OS X, a beta version of its scanning software for the FreeBSD-based operating system. The current beta version supports the DuoScan T1200, DuoScan T2000 XL, and DuoScan T2500; additional scanners will be added in future updates. Owners of other Agfa scanners can use the built-in demoscanner to preview the features.
Over the past week, MacDesktops has posted 14 new desktop pictures, including Cat (Fauna), Inverse OmniSwirl (Logos, Mac OS), and Twin-Turbo (Cars).
MacSpeech is offering special MacWorld/Anniversary pricing of $100 (a $40 savings) on its iListen speech recognition software. Users who purchase the software at the special price will receive a free upgrade to version 1.1, which is currently in final beta testing.
DataViz has announced the release of MacLinkPlus Deluxe 13, a new Carbon version of the cross-platform conversion and file compatibility utility. Version 13 also offers support for the latest versions of Microsoft Word and Excel (in Office 2001 and Office XP for Windows). The $100 application is available as a $40 upgrade (includes Aladdin\'s iClean 4.01 privacy utility, if purchased directly from DataViz).
MAKI Enterprise has released Magical Marker 1.7, a maintenance release of its $50 presentation tool that turns your Mac into a virtual whiteboard.
Tom Brown has released ZipIt 2.0b8, a new version of his Carbonized zipping utility for Classic and Mac OS X. Version 2.0b8 is a release candidate and fixes all known serious bugs, including those with segmenting and self-extracting archives. The final version is expected to be released next week.
ATDX today introduced its new DV MasStor Direct Recording Disk (DRD), which is designed for computer-less recording and play back of digital video in a random access format and offers FireWire connectivity and removable drive storage that supports up to 110 minutes of DV footage.
The Wireless LAN market (AirPort 802.11b devices) grew 15% with revenues of $231.4 million in the first quarter of this year, according to Dell\'Oro Group. \"While the bulk of the market remains with Cisco and Agere, in 1Q01 the market was clearly energized by the vendors, like Linksys, Buffalo, and SMC that sell primarily into the home and small business markets.\"
NextForce Software has released Presentation Prompter 3.01, a maintenance release to its OS X compatible teleprompter application. It fixes a crash on startup and also corrects a problem with the Find & Replace routine. [Classic, Carbon]
Apple\'s CarbonLib 1.31 may cause errors when trying to Drag & Drop between the Classic environment and OS X, according to an Apple TIL that recommends downgrading to CarbonLib 1.2.5.
Adobe is now shipping PageMaker 7.0, an upgrade to its popular page layout application that offers built-in Adobe PDF creation tools, tighter integration with other Adobe applications, better support for importing Microsoft Word files, and improved file conversion for QuarkXPress files. The $500 application is available as an $80 upgrade to v6.0 owners, as part of the $1000 Adobe Publishing Collection (PageMaker 7.0, Photoshop 6.0, Illustrator 9.0 and Acrobat 5.0), and for $290 to educators. Dutch, French, French Canadian, German, Italian, Norwegian, Spanish and Swedish are due later this summer, while Brazilian Portuguese, Danish, Finnish and Japanese versions are due in Fall 2001.
Power On Software has posted Now Up-to-Date & Contact 4.01, which fixes dozens of bugs in the popular PIM (Personal Information Manager) that allows you to organize your schedule and your contacts, issue reminders, and synchronize data with your Palm compatible computer.
Yesterday we noted Apple\'s upcoming Webcast of Jobs\' Macworld Keynote, Apple\'s GeForce 2.1.1 update, Epson\'s Gemini Professional Printing System, Apple\'s profile of upcoming MacSoft games, and TIME\'s positive review of iTunes. Other software updates included PROvue\'s Panorama 4.0, Panic\'s Audion 2.5 MP3 application, and Group Logic\'s ExtremeZ-IP 2.02.
PowerBooks, Power Macs, and Final Cut Pro were used in the production of the Discovery Channel\'s special “When Dinosaurs Roamed America,\" according to Apple\'s feature, which ends with a short Q&A on HD video, digital video, and other aspects of production process and hardware (including a FCP Pro tip).
Intrigue Software\'s QT Jukebox 1.8 adds playlists to QuickTime Player as well as \"Hot Folders!\" for automatically cataloging and playing songs contained in a given folder. The AppleScript-based QT File Converter 1.0 allows you to \"quickly and easily convert one QuickTime media file into another supported format.\"
First Wave\'s updated Kiosk Communicator, the company\'s proprietary kiosk development software, adds new tools for creating interactive multimedia kiosks that include access for the visually impaired, including voice-based navigation and interactive prompts that bring it into compliance with recently enacted Federal guidelines for technology purchases.
Jay Lichtenauer\'s Passenger 2.0b2 improves the export routines, has updated documentation, and other related enhancements to his server account creation and password generation tool that will import tab and comma-delimited text, ASIP 6.3 and OS X XML as well as create account info and passwords for ASIP 5-6.3, OS X Server, Mac Manager, EIMS, WebSTAR, Master Spell and Master Key. [Classic, Carbon]
Colin Cornaby notes that a \"bug has been discovered in XMorph 1.5 which may lead to the corruption of OS X. A patch has been posted on my site to restore OS X.\" A new version of the theme tool for OS X, XMorph 1.5.1, fixes the \"blue screen bug\" in the previous version. [patch: 1.2MB; full: 5.0MB]
Version 3.7 of FUNDimensions adds new reports, better removal of duplicate records, new security features, options for tracking in-kind gifts, and more sorting options to the fundraising software for small non-profits and schools. It is a free upgrade for users of 3.5 or later; pricing starts at $1,730.
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Trade-up program expands in Europe
Smartphone users in France, Italy, and Spain will have until at least August of this year to trade in old iPhone, Windows Phone, or Android models at Apple Stores, and put the reward towards a new iPhone -- thanks to an expansion of Apple's trade-in program into those countries. The money given for the trade-in must be applied towards a new iPhone on a two-year payment plane, and traders must qualify under a credit check as part of the program. Interested customers can apply for the trade-in at their nearest Apple Store. http://bit.ly/1qPsldD
NBCUniversal adds Bravo, Syfy, E! to Apple TV
NBCUniversal has launched three new apps channels for Apple TV users. Bravo Now, Syfy Now and E! Now brings users access full seasons of current and past episodes of most of NBCUniversal's catalog. The Bravo Now app includes shows like "The Real Housewives of New York Cit," "Below Deck Mediterranean," comedy "Odd Mom Out" and "Top Chef." The Syfy Now app offers up shows like "The Magicians," thriller "12 Monkeys" and the reality show "Face Off." The E! Now app serves up shows like "Keeping Up with the Kardashians," "Botched," "#RichKids of Beverly Hills," Caitlyn Jenner's "I Am Cait," and "WAGS." While some content is free, most content requires users to authenticate via their cable satellite or telco TV provider. http://bit.ly/20K4Pea
Apple rolls out Arabic version of Apple.com
Apple has rolled out a new version of its Apple.com website for Arabic language users in the United Arab Emirates. The site utilizes a right-to-left reading format where it has been updated, although the upgrade is still in progress with a number of page links still in the original English language left-to-right format. Of particular note is that the site debuts an all-new custom Arabic font created by the Tarek Atrissi Design agency, giving it a highly contemporary look and feel. The new support for Arabic on its host website follows the introduction of full support for right-to-left languages in iOS 9, and the addition of Arabic support to Siri late last year. http://apple.co/20JHGIM
Adobe previews Photoshop content-aware crop
Adobe has previewed a new 'content-aware crop' feature from the next version of its Photoshop CC. The new feature is similar to its 'content-aware fill' from the current version of Photoshop CC, and potentially saves users time when cropping photos in a way that might otherwise leave blank white space in the frame. Adobe's 'content-aware' tech automatically assesses the blank space and seamlessly fills the blank space with the nearest related content in the space when a photo is expanded or rotated without the need to manually clone that part of the image. The feature allows users to move a horizon by adding more sky or ground, change the aspect ratio by adding content around the edges of the image and fill in the corners of an image when rotated during a crop. Adobe says the feature is coming soon and will be automatically available to Creative Cloud subscribers. http://adobe.ly/20JDFEu
Markzware updates Q2ID for QuarkXPress 12 files
Graphic design file conversion tool maker Markzware has launched a new version of its Q2ID tool. The InDesign plugin enables users to open QuarkXPress files within a new InDesign (INDD) document, without rebuilding the QXP document from scratch -- the new version includes support for QuarkXPress 12 files. Q2ID Subscription members can download the new version as part of their annual plan. A single-user can purchase the plugin for $200, with other licensing options available. http://bit.ly/1Z4dS9t
PopChar X 7.5 arrives
Ergonis Software has released PopChar X 7.5, an improved version of the company's tool for finding and inserting special characters and exploring fonts. PopChar X 7.5 adds support for combined emojis in the Apple Color Emoji font, enhances the "Font Info" view, and adds many further enhancements that improve overall speed and stability. PopChar X 7.5 retails for â‚¬30 ($34), and is free for anyone who owns a license for PopChar X 7 or purchased a license for PopChar X 6 on or after March 1, 2014 [4.5MB]
Safari Technology Preview release 5 arrives