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Ten major apps for Mac OS X
We have published an in-depth commentary and wrap-up of the ten major applications ("Ten for X") that were demonstrated for Mac OS X during Steve Jobs' keynote.
TechTV stages Dvorak, Schiller in discussion
Using the opening tagline "Jobs Flops at Macworld," TechTV tonight aired a live discussion between Phillip Schiller, vice president of worldwide product marketing for Apple, and Rick LePage, editor-in-chief and vice president of content for Macworld Magazine. The show was hosted by infamous columnist John Dvorak.
CNNfn interviews Steve Jobs
CNNfn has posted a video interview with Steve Jobs, where reporter Bruce Francis chats with Apple's iCEO about "his company, new products and retail stores." The video stream is available in both RealPlayer and Windows Media formats.
MWNY: Contour unveils optical mouse for PB G4
Contour Design has introduced the MiniPRO Ti, a new $35 optical mouse designed for owners of the PowerBook G4 Titanium. The mouse features the same optical technology used in Apple's Pro Mouse, a Titanium color to match the Titanium PowerBook, a compact design, a carrying case that provides added protection and cord storage, a mouse cord length of 32-inches and both Classic and Mac OS X compatibility. The MiniPRO Ti will ship in volume on July 23rd.
MWNY: VR Vorx 2.1: Carbon VR authoring tools
VR Toolbox today released VR Worx 2.1, a Carbon version of the suite of VR authoring tools for QuickTime. Version 2.1, available now, creates cylindrical panoramic movies, object movies and multi-node scenes (a.k.a. virtual tours) as well as the ability to add transitions within a multi-node scene (standard wipes, dissolves, explodes) and link Cubic VRs together. A demo is available.
MWNY: Nova unveils Print Explosion Deluxe
Nova Development Corporation has introduced Print Explosion Deluxe, a $60 consumer graphics suite for Classic and Mac OS X offering 8,800 ready-made designs including over 3,000 greeting cards and 90,000 premium-quality graphics, letting users design their own cards, posters, letterhead, T-shirts, mousepads, Web page and more.
Apple plans for online Apple Store growth
Apple is extending its ISP partership program internationally, after recently renewing its partnership with EarthLink in the U.S. According to comments from key executives during today's Apple financial analyst meeting, the company still sees tremendous growth potential in international markets, particularly in sales through the online Apple store. The company plans to broaden the scope of third-party products available through the Apple Store, bring in new resellers to its Apple Store for Resellers and open up new marketing opportunities by data mining and offering marketing services to its customers.
Jobs outlines reasons for Cube failure
During today's semi-annual Apple financial analyst meeting, Apple CEO Steve Jobs characterized the Power Mac G4 Cube, which was discontinued after less than 12 months on the market, as a mis-priced product that was targetted towards the wrong market segment. Jobs noted that the company was targetting the product to professional users, but quickly discovered that pro users would rather sacrifice space and noise for expansion options. Some consumers saw appeal in the product, but pricing was targetted towards the professional market, said Jobs.
MWNY: Apple retains $799 iMac for education
Along with the three new consumer iMacs announced today during Steve Jobs' keynote, Apple has apparently retained a low-end, low-price iMac for education. The $799 model packs a 500 Mhz processor, 64 MB of RAM, a 20 GB hard drive, and includes a standard CD-ROM drive rather than the CD-RW included on all of Apple's consumer models. Apple is also retaining the 533 Mhz Power Mac G4 priced at $1099 for school purchase. [updated]
iOrganizer 1.5: Classic, OS X organizer
Channel 8 Software has released iOrganizer 1.5, a new version of its $18 Classic and Mac OS X organizational application. Version 1.5 adds Mac OS X compatibility, a mail feature to quickly e-mail contacts without launching an e-mail client and an event reminder for items in the calendar.
MWNY: Aladdin releases Stuffit Express 1.1
Aladdin Systems has released Stuffit Express 1.1, a new version of its utility, formerly known as Transporter, for automating certain aspects of file transfers. Version 1.1 adds Mac OS X compatibility and several other features.
MWNY: Apple posts iDVD ad: Elope
Apple has released a QuickTime movie of its new television ad, Elope, featuring iDVD, its consumer DVD writing application.
MWNY: New Epson scanners debut at Expo
Epson's new Perfection 2450 Photo, Perfection 1650 series and Perfection 1250 series are making their first appearance this week at Macworld Expo in New York. The 2450 series sports 2400 x 4800 dpi resolution with USB and FireWire connectivity and is priced at $399; the 1650 offers 1600 x 3200 dpi resolution and USB connectivity and is priced at $149; and the 1250 offers 1200 x 2400 dpi resolution and starts at $129.
Napster preps for subscription service beta
Napster has notified users who have expressed an interest in beta testing its new subscription-based music service that it is preparing to begin the free beta test in the next several weeks. The free beta testing period will be followed by the launch of the official service, which will require a small monthly fee. "Over half of what you pay Napster will go directly to the artists, songwriters and other rights holders whose works are transferred between members of the Napster community." The music swapping service recently settled legal disputes with both Metallica and Dr. Dre.
Microsoft USB keyboard key swapper released
Alessandro Levi Montalcini, creator of generic USB driver USB Overdrive, has released a Mac OS X key-swapping driver for Microsoft USB keyboards. The utility swaps the Windows and Alt keys so that their physical locations match the Command and Option keys on Apple keyboards.
Maxis comments on The Sims Online for Mac
In an interview with Sim Network Gaming, Maxis' Jenna Chalmers notes that the company is considering the development of a Mac client for its upcoming game, The Sims Online. "...there have been discussions internally and with Aspyr about the possibility of a Mac client."
OpenOSX releases Unix apps for Mac OS X
OpenOSX is now offering 5 CDs containing popular Unix applications that can be simply installed and configured on Mac OS X without entering a single "UNIX" command. Costing $30 each, the 5 products available include:
- GIMP 1.2.1 - Gnu Image Manipulation Program is the open-source alternative to Adobe Photoshop. The installer includes extra fonts, patterns and brushes and complete documentation in both HTML and PDF.
- Grass 5.0 pre1 - Grass is an open-source Geographical Information System (GIS).
- OpenBase 1.0 - OpenBase 1.0 includes full installation and configuration of MySQL 3.23.39, unixODBC 2.0.7, BerkeleyDB and InnoDB for Mac OS X. For MySQL administration, the CD will optionally install and configure Apache Web Server, PHP 4.0.6 and phpMyAdmin 2.2.0rc1.
- OpenWeb 1.0 - OpenWeb 1.0 includes Apache Web Server with PHP 4.06 and SSL. It also includes phpShop 0.9.3, a shopping cart solution configured with mySQL, and an optional install of phpMyAdmin, a Web-based graphical front-end.
- XFree86 4.1.99 - XFree86 4.1.99 installs the X-Windows implementation as well as the Orobus window manager configured with the "Agua" interface.
Afternoon tech news: IBM, Microsoft
Afternoon tech news: IBM has met expectations for its fiscal quarter, posting earnings of $2 billion on sales of $21.6 billion; Microsoft is asking the court to revisit its browser ruling, and is downplaying its decision to not include Java in Windows XP. Meanwhile, Apple CEO Steve Jobs noted during today's semi-annual financial analyst meeting that Java and Unix applications are the fastest-growing segment of its developer programs, due in part to a strong Java 2 implementation in Mac OS X.
StevePerfect X 5.3: app suite for novices
StevePerfect X 5.3 is a suite of applications for Classic and Mac OS X that includes a word processor, picture viewer, e-mail client, dictionary client, QuickTime viewer, MP3 player, streaming QuickTime viewer, edit pad and integrated help system. [Classic, Carbon]
MWNY: Cartoon analyzes post-keynote reaction
Geek Culture has posted a new edition of cartoon "The Joy of Tech," that offers reaction to this morning's keynote by Apple CEO Steve Jobs at Macworld Conference & Expo New York 2001.
MWNY: FileMaker 5.5 Server coming July 30
At the Expo, FileMaker, Inc. is giving attendees a preview of its FileMaker 5.5 Server package, which is due to ship July 30. The tool is used to host and protect FileMaker workgroup databases. Version 5.5 will also run on the Classic Mac OS and Linux.
Opera updated to 5.0b2
The Classic version of Opera for Mac OS, a lightweight, speedy Web browser, has been updated to version 5.0b2. The new beta release improves performance, adds Java support, works with Internet Config, and can auto-complete URLs. The new release will be available for download tomorrow from http://www.opera.com.
Web interface for Mac.com e-mail
Harry Zink has developed a PHP-based Web interface for accessing, retrieving and sending Mac.com e-mail from any browser. Zink is still developing the solution and plans to release a document explaining how users can set up their own Web-based interface for Mac.com e-mail.
ramBunctious 1.6: RAM disk utility
Clarkwood Software's ramBunctious 1.6, an update to the $25 shareware RAM disk application, adds progress dialogs, supports Navigation Services, fully native PPC-code, and other enhancements.
CoolStream 1.2 adds QT5 support to streaming
Evological's CoolStream 1.2 adds QuickTime 5.0 support, ability to choose video file/buffer size, NAT/masquerading support and other enhancements to the $50 live QuickTime Streaming server application for Mac OS 9.0 (or higher).
MWNY: GameRanger coming to Mac OS X
Scott Kevill has announced GameRanger for Mac OS X, a new version of his multiplayer online gaming service for the Mac. Expected to be released in August, the new version has been "re-designed and re-architected" from the ground up for Classic and Mac OS X and features faster speeds, less memory use, easier to use, more robust and additional features.
Stone updates OS X apps
Stone Design has released a new version of its Studio suite of applications, as well as a German version of Stone Studio and French and Spanish versions of Create, its flagship drawing and page layout program. The full package of apps is priced at $299.
MWNY: Web Star Server Suite V for Mac OS X
4D Inc's Web Star Server Suite V for Mac OS X was officially announced today. The new release sports an updated interface and links to OS X's advanced networking architecture. MacNN posted an exclusive pre-show look at the package last week.
ATI cards gone from BTO
MWNY: Keynote and show floor photo galleries
Strange Flavour releases Airburst
Strange Flavour has released Airburst, its second Classic and Mac OS X game released this year. Airburst is a $5 "bonkers" game for 1-4 players set 30,000 feet above the ground. Players float around on rings of balloons and try to avoid being hit by razor sharp balls while attempting to burst other players balloons. The game features "power ups, tons of nice eye candy, manic action, twelve different game types (including Levels, Deathmatch, Catch the Frog, Russian Grenade Roulette and Football) and a mere 60 million possible levels."
MWNY: Photos of Glendale Apple Store
MacNN reader Andrew C. has provided photos from this morning's broadcast of the Macworld Expo New York keynote at the Glendale, CA Apple Store.
MWNY: Belkin debuts new networking products
Belkin Systems has announced a new line of 10/100 Ethernet home networking products including the 5-Port (priced at $69.99) and 8-Port (priced at $89.99) network switches, along with a 4-Port Broadband Gateway Router (priced at $129.99).
Jobs closes rumors of new Apple handheld
Shortly after arriving late to Apple's financial analyst meeting, Apple CEO Steve Jobs responded to an analyst question regarding the company's possible entry into the handheld market. Jobs responded by saying that the handheld market has become very competitive over the last six to twelve months and concluded, "I'm not so sure that's the funnest place to be right now."
Toon Boom Studio 1.0: Web animation for OS X
Toon Boom today announced the commercial release of Toon Boom Studio v1.0, the company's 2D Web animation package. It offers improved drawing accuracy, an automatic lip sync feature, 3D scene planning, and compact Flash-compatible file rendering for greater scene complexity. The software package also incorporates the feel of traditional animation with a rotating light table, "X" sheet visual as well as QuickTime export, a second camera-view in the scene-planning mode, and Illustrator input functions. The OS X application is available for $350 via the Web, $375 via mail (includes disk and printed documentation), and for $100 to students.
MWNY: Apple\'s stock sputters after keynote
Despite new product announcements this morning and a quarterly report that beat analysts' estimates yesterday, shares of Apple's stock are hovering around $20 during midday trading, down nearly $5 since yesterday, a change of almost 20 percent. Volume is extremely heavy, with 15 million shares already changing hands by 2:00 PM EST.
Extensis: new Illustrator plugin for Suitcase
Extensis will release a free Suitcase plug-in for Adobe Illustrator that automatically activates fonts used in Illustrator documents and "ensures that any time an Illustrator file is opened, the exact fonts used in the file are automatically activated. It will be available in August free-of-charge to registered users of Suitcase 10, its font organization and preview utility. (The English version of Suitcase 10 is now shipping for $100, while a native OS X version is due later this year.)
Wall Street Journal talks to Ive, Rubenstein
The Wall Street Journal has posted an interview with Jonathan Ive, Apple's head of industrial design, and Jon Rubenstein, Apple's Senior VP of Hardware Engineering. The article quotes Rubenstein as saying the Cube "was a miss," and notes that while other computer manufacturers are scaling back, Apple continues to invest in research and development.
MWNY: REALbasic 3.5 to ship in August
REALbasic 3.5 will ship in August with support for Mac OS X. The new release adds new 3D graphics, Microsoft Office automation, an internal scripting language. The tool is priced at US$149.95 for the Standard Edition and US$349.95 for the Professional Edition. Downloadable upgrades are $29.95 and $89.95 respectively.
MWNY: ATI ships dual-display Radeon Card
ATI is now shipping its new Radeon VE Mac edition graphics card, which delivers dual-display capability for any combination of VGA, DVI, and TV. The card offers 32MB of DDR memory and and ATI's Hyper Z technology. It will ship in September 2001 for $130.
New P5 glove-like periphal for OS X
Essential Reality has introduced its new P5 glove-like peripheral designed for gaming and 3D interaction at the Expo.
Mac OS X 10.1 update summary
Today, Steve Jobs announced that Mac OS X 10.1, a long-awaited update to Apple's next-generation operating system, would begin shipping in September. As Mac OS X 10.x builds and Mac OS X 10.0.x builds work in different paths, Apple has been able to implement many requested features that had not appeared in the four minor updates the company has released since March 24.
Apple releases new retail store information
During its semi-annual financial analyst meeting today, Apple released new information and statistics on its first two Apple retail stores in McLean, VA and Glendale, CA.
DialPad introduces new Mac client for OS X
Dialpad says it is the first Internet telephony company to develop a Mac-to-phone product. The OS X-only product (due later for Classic) is available today to those who register on Dialpad's Website, where users can also select a calling plan and use account management tools to monitor billing and add additional minutes billing and add additional minutes.
MWNY: New Cleaner 5, Streaming Cluster
Media 100 has made a series of announcements on the first day of the expo: A new version of Cleaner 5 that adds enhanced support for QuickTime 5 and Sorenson Video 3 priced at $599; certification of Apple's newly released Power Mac G4 systems with their Media 100 ICE solutions; and demonstration of Cleaner streaming technology running on a G4 cluster with OS X.
MWNY: Steve Jobs\' Keynote Summary
We've published a keynote wrap-up report with details and analysis from Steve Jobs' speech this morning, including specs for new Mac models, features for software updates, and ship dates. [also see Keynote photo galleries]
MWNY: New USB, PC card storage solutions
CMS Peripherals has introduced Mac support for its new pocket-sized USB ABS and new credit-card-size Fire & Forget Type II PC-Card hard disk drives (HDDs). The USB ABS drives include "automatic launcher" technology, which initiates a complete or incremental backup of the startup drive HDD, storing "all data in native file format without requiring the user to input a single software command." Fire & Forget is available in 2GB ($350) and 5GB ($500) capacities, while USB ABS is available in 6GB, 10GB, 20GB, and 30GB capacities, starting at $330. OS X support is due "soon" and USB 2.0 and FireWire models are under development.
MWNY: Proxim adds new NetLINE gateways, more
Proxim has added new NetLINE Broadband Gateways and a HomeLINE 10Mb USB adapter to its Farallon-brand product line.
MWNY: nVidia supports dual monitors on G4s
nVidia's new TwinView display architecture is now available for the Power Mac G4 line of computers. The GeForce2 MX is the standard graphic card in all retail models, while the GeForce3 is a BTO option at the Apple Store and via some resellers. nVidia's TwinView supports multi-display configuration with various combinations of multiple monitors, flat panels, and TVs as well as two independent digital flat panels.
Apple offers new rebates on Mac purchases
As noted by MacNN several days ago, Apple today introduced new rebates effective July 18 through October 14, 2001, offering a free Lexmark Z32 Color Jetprinter with any Mac purchase (via a $69 instant rebate), as well as $100 instant rebate on the Canon ZR20 DV Camcorder, Canon ZR25 MC DV Camcorder, HP 315 Digital Camera, Handspring Visor Edge, and Rio 600 MP3 Player. The offers are can be combined with the Apple/VST PowerBook CDRW Mail-in Rebate offer and with the 50% off memory offer at the Apple Store.
MWNY: Painter 7 to debut under \"procreate\"
Painter 7 is the first tool from Corel to be launched under the new "procreate" mantra the company will use to promote its digital imaging applications. Painter 7 will be fully Carbonized, and available in a Classic version when it debuts in August for $199. New features include watercolor technology, liquid ink, and an aqua interface.
MWNY: Terra Soft, Total Impact collaborate
Terra Soft, developer of the popular Yellow Dog Linux platform, and Total Impact, who produces rack-mountable G3 and G4 systems, have announced a new bundle package of their respective products. The new Black Lab Briq starts at $1699 per unit.
MWNY: Aspyr announces The Sims for Mac OS X
Aspyr Media has made several announcements today, including a Mac OS X version of The Sims, which is slated for release as early as next week, and newly formed distribution agreements with Mac game developers Pangea Software and Freeverse Software that will bring titles such as Cro-Mag Rally, iPuppet Classic Cards and Ottomatic to the company's online store.
MWNY: New PowerMacs, iMacs, iDVD 2, OS X 10.1
Apple today introduced new iDVD 2 software, faster Power Macs and iMacs, and OS X 10.1, an update due in September.
MWNY: SmartDisk: new mini-5GB FireWire drive
SmartDisk's new 5GB FireWire hard drive, "FireLite" is a new "pager-sized" drive that weighs five ounces. Developed in conjunction with Toshiba "the smallest 5 GB hard drive mechanism", due in October for $400, is housed in a sleek, silver-colored casing. SmartDisk has also introduced new Titanium PowerBook-style versions of its SmartDisk VST FireWire Portable Thin Drives ($400-$670) and SmartDisk VST FireWire Portable CD-R/W Drive ($300)--both have sleek, silver-colored casings to complement the Titanium PowerBook G4.
Quicken 2002 debuts for Mac OS X
Intuit has announced the introduction of Quicken 2002 for Mac OS X. The Carbonized app will be available later this summer, and sport new on-line banking functionality, as well as allowing users to download their most recent transactions from participating brokerages directly from the Web into Quicken via OFX technology.
Toast 5 Titanium for OS X Preview #1 released
Roxio has released Toast 5 Titanium for OSX, Preview #1, the first application for the new operating system to allow burning of data to CDs and DVDs. The preview release, which is only for owners of Toast 5 Titanium, has limited functionality and some technical issues may be present. The preview release expires on October 1, 2001.
MWNY: Live Coverage of Keynote
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MWNY: Toast 5 Titanium for OS X
osx.macnn.com has news of the first preview release of Toast 5 Titanium for OS X, Retrospect Backup 5.0 for OS X and details on today's introduction of Mac OS X 10.1.
Retrospect Backup 5.0: OS X version in Fall
Dantz has announced a new, OS X-compatible version of its backup software, Retrospect Backup 5.0. Version 5.0 is expected to be released in the fall, after "Apple completes the advanced storage enhancements to Mac OS X." Each of four-tier product line will include an "improved" interface as well as single-pass restores from incremental backups under Unix systems.
MWNY: Sonnet\'s new 1st Gen iMac, PB upgrades
Sonnet today announced that it will introduce a new HARMONi iMac processor/FireWire upgrade, a new line of USB-based flash RAM storage products, a new ATA/100 PCI controller for desktop machines, and a 500MHz WallStreet processor upgrade.
OpenDoc resurrected on Windows
Apple's ill-fated OpenDoc project is being resurrected on the Windows platform by a company called Stardock. The company's new technology, DesktopX, "was inspired by Apple and IBM's efforts to create an OpenDoc based desktop in 1995-1996," according to company officials. The tool is purported to "let corporations and end users alike take OpenDoc parts and build custom desktops that were specific to the user rather than the generic one size fits all design we see today."
MWNY: DoubleTalk 1.1 offers printer support
Connectix has released a significantly updated version of its application for accessing Windows networks, DoubleTalk 1.1. The new release sports a printer setup assistant, the ability to use the Network browser, the ability to mount remote volumes via IP address, and alias support. DoubleTalk 1.1 is priced at $99 and requires a G3 with OS 8.1 or later.
MWNY: Virtual PC beta comes to Mac OS X
After much anticipation, Connectix has brought Virtual PC, the company's PC emulation environment, to OS X in beta form. Today the embargo on MacNN's pre-release information about the software package was lifted, and we present the following details about its debut.
Roundup: Apple reports $61 million profit
Yesterday Apple announced a profit of $61 million for its third fiscal quarter, or $.17 per diluted share. Other reports included Apple's free printer offer, options for viewing the Macworld keynote, pre-Expo photos, scheduled TV appearances for Steve Jobs, details on Mac OS X 10.1, Sorenson Squeeze, Tenon's iTools 6.1, Nortel's Mac VPN client, Netopia's Macworld plans, Duke Nukem Forever for the Mac, shipment of Tropico and Tomb Raider: The Trilogy, Half Keyboard x2, QPS' plans for Macworld, Seek Systems' FasFile Xcelerator and EZQuest's FireWire DVD-RW/CD-RW. Software releases included DAVE for OS X 10, ZipIt 2.0 and Visual Network Operating System (VNOS) 1.0.
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