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SANCube: New storage area network options
Micronet has introduced new configurations of its award-winning SANCube storage area network solution: "The new 600GB SANcube provides huge storage capacity while delivering up to 38MB/sec. of data throughput. Two dual-channel SANcube X-stream arrays, in 450GB and 600GB capacities, provide even faster throughput, by striping data across two FireWire busses to achieve up to 65MB/sec. sustained throughput."
SIM Extension, FireWire-to-SCSI converter
Fastware.net has released its SIM Extension for the Mac and the BridgeIt FireWire to SCSI converter, bringing support to scanners, printers and CD-R/RW. The SIM driver brings support to scanners, printers, tape, CD-R/RW, MO, HDD and removables and many other SCSI devices. "When used with a BridgeIt device with Firmware Revision FW301 or later, the SIM Extension will support a SCSI chain of up to 7 devices."
Jef Raskin to speak at Open Innovation
Jef Raskin, one of the original creators of the Macintosh, will be among the speakers at the Open Innovation conference, which will be held at the Santa Clara Marriott in Santa Clara, CA from July 31st to August 1st. The conference is aimed at exploring innovation in the software industry and opportunities for new software directions, including open source. The registration fee is $300 up until July 17 when the price rises to $400.
Apple\'s stock continues to gain ground
Apple's stock continues to gain ground, rising nearly a half-point today to close at 24.85, a change of just over 2 percent. Volume is consistently heavy, with more than 8 million shares changing hands. While still well off its 52-week high of 64.125, the stock has gained more than 3 points since the beginning of the week.
WebSTAR coming to Mac OS X
The WebSTAR Server Suite from 4D Inc. will be making its debut as an OS X application at next week's expo, though it will be released in public beta form initially. We have some details about what will be included in the new version.
eWeek: Apple retail store focus at MWNY
Apple CEO Steve Jobs will reportedly make Apple retail stores a part of his keynote address at next week's Macworld Conference & Expo New York 2001, according to eWeek. While the store slated for New York's upscale SoHo district is "nowhere near completion," other storessuch as the one in Plano, Texasare expected to open in early August. Apple plans to open 25 retail stores around the U.S. by the end of 2001.
Solscape 1.0.1: Solar data browser updated
Solscape 1.0.1 is a maintenance release of Stimpsoft's solar data browser for Classic and Mac OS X that gets real-time images of the Sun in various light wavelengths. The new version now handles 404 errors correctly and fixes some spelling mistakes. [Classic: 1.7 MB; Carbon: 1.9 MB]
Thoth 1.2.3: Carbonized newsreader
Thoth 1.2.3 is a new version of the $25 newsreader for Classic and Mac OS X. Version 1.2.3 makes significant changes to the interface, adds the message quote string as a newsgroup setting, and improves the speed of case-insenitive filtering.
Bryce 5 hits store shelves
Corel Corporation has announced that Bryce 5, the latest version of its $310 ($160 upgrade) 3D landscape creation and animation application for Classic and Mac OS X, is now available in stores. New features in Bryce 5 include network rendering, which splits the rendering work between multiple computers, premium rendering options that add depth of field, blurred reflections, and soft shadows, a Tree Lab that powers the creation of organic 3D trees, Metaballs, and a Light Lab for control over lighting direction, intensity, and tinting. French and German versions will be available in August 2001.
JobOrder 9.5: Business process management
Management Software Incorporated has released JobOrder 9.5, a major upgrade of its business process management software for project-oriented business such as design firms, advertising agencies, consulting companies, and engineering firms. Version 9.5 adds automatic invoice generation, automatic overhead allocation, automatic time slip scheduling, bookmarks, built-in word processing, spreadsheet, 3D charting, and drawing modules, CreativeSchedule, estimates with parameters, Express CheckWriter, and more. [form]
Wacom releases 4.70-6 tablet driver
Wacom has released a version 4.70-6 driver for Classic users of its Intuos, Graphire, PL, ArtZ II, ArtZ, UD, PenPartner, ArtPad II and ArtPad graphics tablets. The new version adds some bug fixes and maintains code parity with the Windows driver. A Mac OS X driver is still in development.
Architosh: Microspot Limited Interview
Architosh has published an interview with the Managing Director of Microspot Limited, the Macintosh developer of MacDraft, MacPlot and 3D World.
Group Logic to demo OS X Extreme Z
Group Logic will demonstrate a new version of its ExtremeZ-IP Mac/Windows networking tool at next week's expo. The new release will allow Mac OS X to be recognized in Windows 2000 and NT environments which previously relied on the Apple Chooser, which is absent from OS X. ExtremeZ-IP is file and print server software that uses the TCP/IP protocol to increase throughput as much as fivefold between Macintosh clients and Microsoft Windows servers.
Quick Photos to Web 1.1 for Classic, OS X
Quickie Photos to web 1.1, an application for quickly transferring pictures to html formatted web pages, adds thumbnail-only generation and choice of several navigation arrow icons as well as fixes a few bugs. A 45-day demo is available online. [Classic, Carbon]
OS X: SnapzPro X, Fizilla, XMorph security
osx.macnn.com reports on OS X native versions of Snapz Pro, Transmit, and Mozilla browser as well as notes security issues with XMorph. There are also pre-show reports regarding X-compatible releases of Vicom's Internet Gateway, and 4D's WebSTAR Server Suite. (Yesterday it noted a new build of AOL Instant Messenger for OS X as well as several other products.)
Fuji FinePix 50i multimedia digital camera
FujiFilm has introduced its FinePix 50i multimedia digital camera, which "sports a new iMac desktop download-cradle, audio recording and voice captioning," as well as a brighter LCD screen, an MP3 remote control, and movie capture. The 2.47 Megapixel camera has a built-in MP3 player that offers CD-quality playback, supports SmartMedia, and an iMac desktop download-cradle that enables users to use it as a webcam for video-conferencing, according to Macworld UK.
Snapz Pro X coming to OS X next week
As briefly noted yesterday, Ambrosia Software has announced that its handy (advanced) screenshot utilty, Snapz Pro X, will begin shipping next week on July 17th. The native OS X product will be a complete rewrite and include new features, such as support for additional file formats (Photoshop, PDF, Windows BMP), automatic thumbnail generation, watermarking functions, multiple object selection, and border insertion. A standard version without movie capture is $30, while the full version is $50. Registered users receive a $10 discount on purchases.
LaCie reduces price on 24x10x40x CD-RW drive
LaCie has reduced the price on its USB/FireWire combo, 24x10x40x CD-RW drive. The drive is now $300 after a $30 mail-in rebate. It ships in new SE2100 casing and includes FireWire and USB cables, international power supply, LaCie Recording Utilities and three CD-R discs. An ultra-SCSI version is also available.
American McGee\'s Alice begins shipping
Aspyr Media and Electronic Arts today began shipping American McGee's Alice for the Macintosh, a third person, 3D action game based on enhanced Quake III technology. The $50 game features an original soundtrack composed and arranged by founding Nine Inch Nails member Chris Vrenna. (The conversion performed by Westlake Interactive is an OS X native application.)
Vicomsoft to bring Internet Gateway to OS X
Vicomsoft says it porting the full range of Internet Gateway features to OS X X to offer a comprehensive suite of Internet access security, management and control tools. It will be demonstrating a pre-release version of the Internet Gateway running on OS X and says it expects to start shipping the completed product at the end of September. Vicomsoft is offering free OS X upgrades to any purchases after July 18 as well as a 15% show discount. We've posted an in-depth, pre-show report regarding Vicomsoft's anticipated announcements.
MacUser: no new flat-panel iMacs at Expo
MacUser is reporting that Apple will not introduce flat-panel iMacs at Macworld Expo next week, but says it will introduce faster iMacs with G3 processor of speeds up to 750Mhz in the current form factor. The iMacs will reportedly be available in two new colors and with 128MB of memory and will be offered with rebates to spur sales, according to the report.
Transmit 1.7b1: \'modern\' ftp tool for OS X
Transmit 1.7b1 for OS X, a free upgrade to its popular shareware ($25) FTP client, is a "first peek at our effort at fully modernizing Transmit [adding] a complete Aqua interface, much better stability, wheel scrolling, live resizing, and preliminary long filename support, among other changes."
Reader: security issues with XMorph
Christopher Tarfman passed along a note about some security issues with the recently released XMorph theme tool:
I recently tried out Xmorph, even though earlier it was notorious for making you re-install OS X no matter what, if you switched between a theme, i decided to try the latest update 1.5.2. Anywas, I was looking at my preferences and noticed the Xmorph preference files. Anyways I opened it up and lo and behold there was my password, not encrypted or anything. Now I have no idea why he stores it there, maybe so you only have to authenticate once or something but this is certainly not safe at all. When you are in OS 9 people can simply steal this file and get your password. This is simply unacceptable and would like to alert you of this. I decided to switch to the much more popular MetaMorphX which seems alot nicer all around. BTW, both applications MetaMorphX and Xmorph are available. I would also like to assure you that MetaMorphX to my knowledge has no such problem. Appearantly Erik Thorteran (the author) uses the Apple Authenticator Framework.
Jeremy\'s CSM 2.1.7: control strip modules
Jeremy's CSM Bundle 2.1.7 is a maintenance release to the $15 shareware package of Control Strip Modules, designed to work with Apple's Control Strip or the third-party Extensions Strip.
Nightly builds of Fizilla available via ftp
Netscape's Steve Dagley writes about the nightly builds of Fizilla, the OS X project for the Mozilla browser, has "now reached the point where nightly builds are available. They can be found at [ftp site] Please note that these builds are only intended to run on Mac OS X. While normally used as a technical discussion forum, feedback on these builds is welcomed in the netscape.public.mozilla.macosx newsgroup....Currently known issues: No printing (fix being tested), only the QuickTime plugin is working, no Java support yet, LDAP lookup."
Roundup: Iomega outlines MWNY plans
Yesterday we reported on Iomega's plans for Macworld New York. Other reports included shipment of replacement PowerBook G3 adapters, new iBook cases, a new Dreamweaver 4 guide book, DVIator at the Apple Store, Napster's settlement with Metallica and Dr. Dre, Canon's FireWire XL1S camcorder and new iMovie transitions. Software releases included LimeWire 1.6, CodeWarrior Pro 6.3, iView MediaPro 1.1, and IconBuilder Pro 3.0.
iBook is c|net\'s top selling notebook
c|net's "Today's Editors Top 5 Value Notebooks" showed the iBook as the #1 valued notebook. The other notebooks in second through fifth place respectively were the HP Pavilion n5150, IBM ThinkPad T20, Dell Inspiron 2500, and the Compaq Presario 1400. The iBook also has a 96% average consumer approval rating based on c|net reader polls, and c|net's past review of the iBook rates it at 9/10.
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