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Days To Go 2.1.3 reminder utility updated
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.
Napster continues to face difficulties
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.
New CardBus PCI expansion systems
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 delayed
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."
First emulation USB KVM Switch to debut
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.
Tech: Microsoft loses $2.6B on investments
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 to intro 80GB FireWire drive
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 combines four utilities
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.
4-Sight Fax 5.0 debut planned for MWNY
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.
Revolution 1.0: Rapid app development system
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 picks Mac OS X over Windows XP
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 comments on PageMaker for Mac OS X
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 Knowledge Base app for support
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.
TSMH: Expected Apple announcements for MWNY
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.
A Better Finder Rename debuts on OS X
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.
MacInstall 1.2.5: Shareware installer
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.
Airport Modem Utility 1.2 released
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.
How to turn iBook cover into clear plastic
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.
Morphn CSS-Editor Standalone Beta 1 released
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.
DVD Studio Pro 1.1 adds SuperDrive support
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]
Modified G4 Cube photos
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: Play MP3s via control strip
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 releases TimeHASP USB
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.
New Jurassic Park III games released
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.
BW: How Apple is Reclaiming the Classroom
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: Decoding utility updated
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.
Xicons: MM System, MM Harddrive, more
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 releases FotoLook 3.6 for Mac OS X
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.
MacDesktops: Inverse OmniSwirl, more
Over the past week, MacDesktops has posted 14 new desktop pictures, including Cat (Fauna), Inverse OmniSwirl (Logos, Mac OS), and Twin-Turbo (Cars).
Special reduced pricing on iListen
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.
MacLinkPlus Deluxe 13: Convert documents
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).
Magical Marker 1.7: Presentation tool
MAKI Enterprise has released Magical Marker 1.7, a maintenance release of its $50 presentation tool that turns your Mac into a virtual whiteboard.
ZipIt 2.0b8: Classic, OS X utility updated
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.
DV MasStor: DV FireWire storage, playback
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.
Wireless LAN market grew by 15% in Q1
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."
Presentation Prompter 3.01 squashes bugs
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]
CarbonLib 1.3.1 may cause Drag & Drop errors
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 ships PageMaker 7.0
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.
Now Contact 4.01 fixes bugs in popular PIM
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.
Roundup: MWNY Webcast, GeForce 2.1.1 update..
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.
Discovery uses Macs, FCP for \'Dinosaur\'
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).
New utils add functions to QuickTime
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."
Kiosk Communicator has voice navigation tools
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.
Create password/accounts with Passenger 2.0b2
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]
XMorph 1.5.1: fixes bug in theme tool for OSX
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]
FUNDimensions 3.7: fundraising software
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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