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Bryce 5 serial number bug
Users who purchased an upgrade to Bryce 5, which Corel recently released, have discovered that their existing serial numbers are not working with the new version. Corel is aware of the problem and is working on a fix. Users with a valid serial number and have purchased the upgrade can call Corel for a temporary, functioning serial number.
Sonnet releases v1.4.6 Crescendo/Encore
Sonnet has released version 1.4.6 of its software for Crescendo G3/G4 and Encore G4 processor upgrade cards. The new version improves AltiVec compatibility with some programs, such as Virtual PC 4.
Bare Bones releases Super Get Info 1.0.1
Bare Bones Software has released Super Get Info 1.0.1, a new version of its $20 utility designed to serve as a supplement for the Mac OS X Finder's Show Info command. Version 1.0.1 adds get info on invisible files and folders, a command for applying permission settings to all enclosed items, preview file contents, improved window management options and more. [Demo: 1.2 MB; Update: 922 KB]
CNN to interview Steve Jobs
MacNN Reader Adam Huson notes that CNN has been running ads for MoneyLine, where host Lou Dobbs will interview Steve Jobs in one of the few media appearances the company's CEO grants to the press. CNN has told MacNN that the program will air on Wednesday, July 18th at 6:30 PM EST on CNN and CNNfn and replays will air at 10 PM EST on CNNfn and 11:30 PM EST on CNN. [updated]
FirewireDirect.com gives away RAID system
FirewireDirect.com is giving away a 2-bay, 120GB FireWire RAID Storage System to the winner of a drawing to be held on September 30. To enter, users must visit the RAID product pages on the FirewireDirect.com Web site and sign up for the company's newsletter.
eVe Visual Search Toolkit SDK 2.1 released
eVision has released its Java-based eVe Visual Search Toolkit Software Development Kit (SDK) 2.1 for Mac OS X. Visual search lets users search for content based on visual similarity or differences to a query image; in other words, users can find images or products based on how they look. Unique features include Mac OS X compatibility, a comparison mechanism that segments images into regions as defined by the objects in the image, clustering of similar images, and partial image searches.
db Reports 2.5b4: Query databases for data
db Reports 2.5b4 is a new version of the report writing application for Classic and Mac OS X that adds support for the MS SQL Server through ODBC, a fix for printing group footers and updated REALbasic objects. db Reports allows users to extract, format, and print data from one of various data sources, including 4D Server, FrontBase, mySQL, ODBC, OpenBase, Oracle, postgreSQL, REALDatabase, and Valentina.
Classic Quake released for Mac OS X
fRuitz of doJo has released a Mac OS X native version of the original Quake, which was released as open-source by id Software. The port uses only core Mac OS X APIs, such as CoreAudio and CoreGraphics, and requires a shareware or full version of the original Quake.
Portolio 5 update to add jukebox support
Extensis has announced plans to release a Portfolio 5 update to support access to PowerFile's C200 CD/DVD Jukebox system. Expected to be released in August, the update will allow Portfolio 5 users to do a keyword search to retrieve files from any of the CDs or automatically catalog each CD already stored in the jukebox.
Avid ships Media Composer 10.5, Xpress 4.5
Avid Technology has announced the shipment of Avid Media Composer 10.5, a new version of its solution for offline and online film editing, and Avid Xpress 4.5, a real-time video editing solution for the Mac. New features include software crawling titles, enhancements to real-time moving mattes, Infraframe editing enhancements, support for broadcast WAV, user interface enhancements, "Avid workflow" capabilities and more. Media Composer 10.5 is available now for $85,000 ($500 upgrade), while Avid Xpress is also available immediately for $13,000 (Plus), $20,000 (Deluxe) or $30,000 (Elite); upgrades are available for $500.
Microsoft making changes to MSN SMTP servers
Beginning tomorrow, owners of an MSN Mail Account will have to make changes to their SMTP server settings to accommodate changes that Microsoft is making to its SMTP servers to protect against unsolicited commercial e-mail messages, commonly referred to as "spam".
PhotoControlMac 1.0.0: Image collection tool
TechSono has released PhotoControlMac 1.0.0 for Mac OS X, a new $40 image and multimedia collection management tool. PhotoControlMac uses the concept of a light table, a photographer tool used to easily view a large number of slides at the same time. Features include broad drag and drop support, multiple LightTables, thumbnail sizes from 32x32 to 1024x1024 pixels, support for any type of file, captions, random selections and more.
Barylick: \"The Rules of Aqua\"
"The Rules of Aqua" by freelance writer Chris Barylick provides insight into legal threats brought by Apple against developers of themes for Mac OS X. The article explores the depth to which a user can customize Mac OS X when compared to previous operating systems from Apple.
MWNY: Live keynote broadcasts at Apple stores
MacNN reader Jonathan C. notes that the Apple retail stores in McLean, Virginia and Glendale, California will be hosting a live satellite broadcast of Steve Jobs' Macworld New York keynote presentation. Both presentations will begin this Wednesday, July 18th at 9:00 am EST (6:00 am PST). Visitors are encouraged to arrive early as standing room is limited.
TMDC Drop Builder 2.0.1 fixes memory bug
TMDC Droplet Builder 2.0.1 is a new version of the utility for creating droplets that fixes a memory bug with generated droplets. Droplets are small applications that can perform a variety of repeated tasks on files and folders dropped onto them.
OS X: QuicKeys X, Maya promo offer at MWNY
osx.macnn.com reports on the release of QuicKeys X Public Beta, UMAX's development of Mac OS X drivers and new Maya promotions, including a special $500 off Expo offer, free one-year maintenance contract and a pre-order special package.
UMAX developing Mac OS X drivers
MacNN reader Will K. forwarded us a note from UMAX Technical Support noting that the company is currently developing Mac OS X drivers for its line of Mac-compatible scanners. The company announced shortly before the release of Mac OS X in March that it would take at least 90 days for it to offer software and support for the new operating system. Recently, users started a formal petition for the company to develop drivers and software for Mac OS X.
Flaw in some AirPort Base Stations
Apple has identified a problem with a small number of AirPort Base Stations that causes them to continuously blink status lights, not respond to wired or wireless connections and reset every few secondseven after a hard reset. The problem affects AirPort Base Stations in the following serial number range: PW940XXXXXXX to PW952XXXXXX. Customers with an AirPort Base Station in the serial number range with the aforementioned symptoms should call 1-800-APL-CARE in the U.S. and 1-800-263-3394 in Canada to make arrangements for a replacement.
WeatherMan 1.0 released for Classic, OS X
Dean Davis has released WeatherMan 1.0 and WeatherManX 1.0, Classic and Mac OS X versions of his $10 weather information program that downloads real-time weather information directly from the National Weather Service Weather Gateway. WeatherMan features weather conditions for over 1,600 U.S. locations and 2,300 locations worldwide, current and extended forecast information, urgent and severe weather statements, seven different Nexrad radar images and unlimited city monitoring. [Classic: 1.2 MB; Carbon: 1.4 MB]
CE Software releases QuicKeys X Public Beta
CE Software has released a public beta version of QuicKeys X, a Mac OS X native version of the company's automation utility. QuicKeys X features the ability to run Unix commands with a shortcut, transfer shortcuts between computers, manage and execute shortcuts from the Dock, create custom toolbars, a new sticky option that allows for multiple key presses, and move or copy files to a specified folder. CE Software is offering QuicKeys X at an introductory price of $50.
MWNY: Apple preps New York for Macworld
MacNN reader Michael H. dropped us a note from the Jacob K. Javits Center, site of this week's Macworld Conference & Expo New York, on preparations for the event and registration:
There are now between 8 and 12 billboard sized "I (Apple logo) NY" ads in every direction around the Javits Center.† They are up high on posts, down by bus stations, and covering every wall of the surrounding buildings.† All of the registration and pick-up booths are up and running and the majority of the signs and structures in the exhibits hall are complete.† Program materials are not available until tomorrow and be warned, the air-conditioning is off for the set-up today so it is about 85 degrees inside.
WWDC 2001 sessions now available
Apple has announced that WWDC 2001 conference sessions are now available for $600 to ADC Online members, $400 for ADC Select and ADC Student members and free for ADC Premier members. The package includes 3 ADC TV keys to watch the sessions via QuickTime streaming online (the keys are transferrable, so members of your team can watch as well). Apple is also including a DVD set that can be used to watch the sessions offline. ADC Online members can preview up to 5 WWDC sessions at the ADC member site. [updated]
MWNY: eWeek rounds up rumored announcements
eWeek has posted a roundup of rumors flying around regarding the announcements that will be made at this Wednesday's keynote event at Macworld Expo New York 2001. Many sites speculating on the announcements disagree on several details, ranging from whether or not a flat-panel iMac will be introduced to the form factor and speeds of a new Power Mac G4 tower.
MWNY: Special bundle offer on MegaSeg Pro
Fidelity Media has announced a special bundle of its MegaSeg Pro DJ software with the Griffin iMic audio adapter. "The combo allows DJ's to cue and preview songs in their headphones while simultaneously playing music for a party by adding a second stereo output to their Mac." The offer expires July 23rd.
QPS introduces Que! 24x10x40 CD-RW
QPS has introduced its Que! 24x10x40 CD-RW drive, which features Burn-Proof technology that eliminates buffer under-run errors in fast-write modes. An EIDE version, intended for PCs, is currently shipping for $230 while a FireWire version is expected later this month, although pricing has not yet been set.
Agenda 2.2: Scheduling application
YENCO.com has released Agenda 2.2, a new version of its $20 scheduling application that greets you, tells you the current date and reads off your scheduled events for the day as well as any items on your to-do list.
MOTU ships Digital Performer 3.0: audio tool
MOTU is now shipping Digital Performer 3.0 (DP3), a major upgrade to its audio workstation and MIDI sequencer software. DP3 includes a redesigned user interface, surround production features for all current surround formats (including 10.2), a new Sequence Editor window for single-timeline editing of MIDI and audio, fifteen new plug-ins and an enhanced QuickScribe notation engine. Digital Performer 3.0 retails for $800; upgrades from previous versions of Digital Performer are $150 while various upgrade prices for owners of competing products are also available.
Waves 3.2 adds RTAS Native plugin support
Waves 3.2 adds RTAS Native plug-in support for Pro-Tools PC, better performance/system stability, and other enhancements to the software for its audio processors for Native and TDM platforms.
Tech: Adobe Mac revenue slips, Windows XP
Tech news: EarthLink will begin to offer high-speed Internet cable service in September to AOL Time Warner Cable's customers in Columbus, Ohio and Syracuse, NY, giving it the ability to deliver broadband services over cable, DSL and satellite; Microsoft is enlisting three companies to sell MP3 recording and DVD decoding plug-ins for its upcoming Windows Media Player to be shipped with Windows XP; and Adobe's SEC Form 10-Q says that Mac application revenues slipped to 29% (from 36%) in the the second quarter of 2001 (compared with the prior year quarter).
CatDV 2.0b3: beta of media cataloging app
Square Box Systems has posted CatDV 2.0b3, a beta version of the next revision to its flagship media cataloging and video logging utility that adds new features and native support for OS X. CatDV 2.0, a cross-platform media asset management system, will create a thumbnail catalog of QuickTime-compatible supported media files and now provides searching and indexing functionality; it can both present slide shows of selected material and export them as QuickTime movies or HTML pages. Version 2.0 is due at the end of this month for $60 (upgrades are $23). [Classic, Carbon]
ATI introduces new Smartshader technology
ATI's new Smartshader technology, is designed to "narrow the gap in visual quality between the 'big screen' and the 'computer screen'" by modelling the surface and material qualities of 3D objects with an improved level of realism.
Agere discontinues USB 2.0 product line
Agere Systems has announced it has discontinued its USB 2.0 product line (including its host controller and transceiver chips), saying that it will accelerate its product development for 1394b (FireWire 2.0) applications. The company plans to continue offering its USB 1.1 and 1394a products.
Alias|Wavefront begins Maya promo
Alias/Wavefront says it will begin accepting orders for the OS X version of Maya and will launch a special two-part order promotion at Macworld Expo, offering twelve-months of maintenance, including upgrades and support to any purchase before December 31, 2001 as well as a complimentary productivity pack to those who place their orders before the product ships this summer. The pack will inclue a voucher redeemable for a Wacom tablet; a copy of the coffee-table-style resource book, The Art of Maya; a three-button mouse; a limited edition Maya jacket; and a Maya training DVD. The company is offering also $500 Expo discount off the regular $7,500 price.
FontShowCase 3.2 adds character window
FontShowcase 3.2 is an update to the font viewing utility that adds a new character view window with an ASCII-equivalent converter to the $15 shareware application.
eClick 1.0: create Web buttons in 6 steps
eClick 1.0 is a Mac application used to create button graphics for web sites and presentations, reducing the button creation process to 6 steps. It includes over 900 pre-made button styles. The $30 application is available for $25 through the end of Macworld Expo ($5 handling added to all orders). A demo is available.
Iomega introduces low-cost Zip 100 drive
Iomega's new external Zip drive, the Zip 100MB VL-Series drive, is due in August for $70. The new drive features a "rugged design," a low-power design that requires no power adapter and USB connectivity. [updated]
New Painter Nozzles Pack with 100 tools
Sapphire Innovations's £11 Nozzles Pack Vol 5 includes 100 Painter nozzles for the Painter Image Hose tool: "These nozzles are complex paint brush strokes, 3D, blurry, stringy, colourful, crackling with energy and more. 100 royalty-free nozzles that can be used to create stunning imagery."
breve 1.1: 3D sim for artificial life
Jon Klein's breve 1.1 is a 3D simulation environment designed for simulation of decentralized systems and artificial life. It includes an interpreted object oriented language, an OpenGL display engine and collision detection, and an experimental real-time physics library.
MWNY: Jobs satellite broadcast for Europe
Macworld UK reports that Apple has announced satellite coordinates for Europe for CEO Steve Jobs' keynote at Macworld Expo New York on July 18.
MWNY: Griffin to debut 2 new audio products
Griffin Technology will demonstrate two new USB audio products this week at Macworld Expo: its audio recording/playback adapter and volume controller.
Online campus offers OS X dev classes
R/com Networks' MediaSchool, an online digital learning campus, has introduced a new series of courses on OS X development. MediaSchool offers online education and full University certification 24/7 with three new courses developed in conjunction with Apple: (1) Application Development for Mac OS X, (2) Cocoa: The Object-Oriented Application Solution, and (3) Carbon Development for Mac OS X. [The site also used WebObjects]
Alarm Clock Pro, Contact Keeper updated
Koingo Software has updated Alarm Clock Pro 3.6, which adds more alarms and a universal "snooze bar" from any application to the $10 shareware utility. It has also released Contact Keeper 3.6.5, which adds a reminders check at startup and improved import routines to the $10 shareware PIM. [ACP, CK]
webToys 1.3: AppleWorks docs on the Web
webToys 1.3 by ARTISAN Design Studio is a "set of editing and organizing tools that make the transition from an AppleWorks [AW] document to a set of functioning web pages truly fast and simple." [AW5, AW6]
Aqua HI Guidelines now shipping in book form
Apple has noted that the company's developer manual, "Inside Mac OS X: Aqua Human Interface Guidelines," is now shipping in book form from FatBrain. Apple's ADC newsletter notes, "Please visit the ADC Developer Library for more information on ordering a hard copy version of the book. The book is also available in PDF format for free from the ADC documentation site."
Health Tracker 2.02 adds OS X support
Black Cat Systems has released Health Tracker 2.0.2, which adds Mac OS X support and interface improvements. Health Tracker is a program that allows the user to keep track of and graph any health-related measurement. [Classic, Carbon]
MySQLConnect: 4D plugin for MySQL support
Exenevex has announced the release of a demo version of MySQLConnect for 4D 1.0, a "4th Dimension plugin which provides connection routines between 4th Dimension-4D Server-4D Runtime-4D Runtime Classic-Engined 4D applications and MySQL Databases Servers."
iDevGames game creation competition open
iDevGames has announced that uDevGames 2001, their game creation competition, is now open to competitors:
Simply write a game that runs on an Apple Macintosh computer and you could win prizes from a prize pool that retails at over $3700! Any game genre is welcomed and entries are permissible from anywhere in the world. The competition closes on September 16th 2001 and winners will be announced on October 1st 2001. "With the release of Mac OS X and new machines on the horizon, this is an exciting time to be a Macintosh game developer. We hope this contest will energize developers and enhance the state of gaming on our platform," said Carlos Camacho, Editor-in-Chief of iDevGames.
Microsoft games ported to Mac OS X
Destineer Studios' Macintosh label, Bold, has announced that upcoming Mac versions of Microsoft's Age of Empires 2: Age of Kings and Links 2002 will be Carbonized to run under Classic as well as Mac OS X. Peter Tamte, Destineer's president, noted, "all our games will support Mac OS X."
Roundup: iBook shipment delay at Apple Store
Recently iBooks purchased through the online Apple Store began appearing with an estimated ship date of 20 days. Other recent reports include a re-opening of ComputerTown under new management, shipment of Bryce 5, new configurations of SANcube, expected Apple retail store announcements, Fujifilm's new digital camera, shipment of American McGee's Alice, a LaCie CD-RW price reduction, and a report that new flat-panel iMacs will not be introduced at this week's Macworld Expo New York. Software releases included Thoth 1.2.3 and Jeremy's CSM Bundle 2.1.7.
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