MacNN Correspondent David Underwood reports on the gaming scene at this year\'s Macworld Conference & Expo New York.
Audio and music production are major markets for Apple, and markets where they enjoy either extremely high or dominant marketshare. Macworld hosts representatives from almost every hardware and software audio vendor, most of whom are showing off OS X-compatible betas or new products.
Eridanus Software has released Archer, an easy-to-use slide-show player for Mac OS X. The tool is unique in that it does away with command-key combinations, instead requiring users to only press one key, such as \"N\" for a new document, to perform functions.
In a show of support for the Mac as an enterprise/business platform, Oracle was exhibiting its Small Business Suite package at this week\'s expo, which is just now wrapping up. Users can run the Oracle Small Business Suite on all major operating systems including Macintosh, Windows, and Linux and all major browsers such as Internet Explorer (4+) and Netscape Navigator (4+).
Chris Petersen writes, \"Attempting to view the Steve Jobs keynote, QT Player displays a message that states \'QuickTime Pro is required to view the high-bandwidth version of this Broadcast\'. Links are available to purchase QT 5 Pro or view a 112k stream. Perhaps this is another reason to upgrade to the Pro version.\"
Anthony Robertson writes about \"cool 3D package for the Mac at the Expo yesterday. It is called Groboto. It a free-form drawing tool that \'paints\'in 3D. It looks similar to organic modeling. It supports animation and exports to various file formats: Pict, Quicktime, POV-Ray, Ray Dream, and 3DMF....He said that an OS X version is in the works. It runs on \'040 & PPC macs. It is very inexpensive at $22 for the downloadable version. The CDROM is $29. I bought it at Macworld for $20.\"
David Norton Media released AIMgadget 2.0, a free tool for easily accessing the chat logs in AOL Instant Messenger. The new version sports an improved interface, favorites and history options, and the ability to delete buddies and sessions.
osx.macnn.com reports that Emagic\'s Logic Audio production suite will ship in September; a new version of SteveMovieFloat for MacOS X; and the debut of Key Xing, a keyboard shortcut utility for Apple\'s modern OS.
Emagic has announced Logic Audio 5.0, the company\'s integrated suite of professional software and hardware products, for Mac OS X. Now in beta form, final Mac OS X versions of Logic Audio 5.0, and drivers for the Unitor8 MkII, AMT8 and MT4 MIDI interfaces and the EMI 2I6 audio interface will be available in September 2001.
We\'ve posted a brief round-up of mainstream press reaction to announcements and products shown at this week\'s expo, including commentary, interviews, and product features.
JR Hill & Co. is kicking off its Back To School Sale with the introduction of its new PowerBook G4 Sleeve. Available in full grain leather ($90) or ballistic nylon ($65), the PowerBook G4 sleeve is a very slim, padded, form fitted bag that features leather handles and piping and a three-sided zipper. All of its computer accessories are on sale at 10% off.
During MacNN\'s meeting with Microsoft yesterday, officials from the MacBU unit said that it is working hard to make the .NET initiative a strong option for Mac users. \"We\'re trying to make Bill keep to his promise that the service will be available to ANY device. We feel the Mac is a rich platform with a large user base,\" representatives told us.
Caleb Media has introduced a 650 MB removable disk optical drive that is backwards compatible with 3.5\" floppy disks. The drive is available in 1\" desktop, and .5\" notebook versions, and uses a USB 2.0 interface. Pricing for the drive has not been disclosed for individual purchases, but manufacturers can buy the drive for under $25 in mass quantity.
Steven Massey has updated his shareware app, SteveMovieFloat for MacOS X, to version 2.1.3. The package is a movie viewer that can float on top of all of the open windows in any application. The new release is rebuilt to work on MacOS X 10.0.4 and can now view Quicktime streaming video in the floating window.
Morning tech news: IDC and Dataquest say PC sales fell in the second quarter and slowed significantly in some areas; amid warnings from the rest of the industry, Microsoft has boosted its 2002 revenue projections; and two e-mail viruses are making their rounds, though neither seems to have particularly damaging capabilities.
MacNN reader Alvin Mok reports that Apple has posted Developer Notes for the new iMacs and Power Mac G4 systems that were introduced on Wednesday during Steve Jobs\' keynote. The articles don\'t, however, indicate whether the G4/733 model without L3 cache uses a 7440 or 7450 processor.
Golden Retriever 1.0b1 is a simple new sofware updater for networks. The program is client-based and was designed for Macs that connect to a particular network volume usually when the user isn\'t present such as the login screen on Macintosh Manager.
Key Xing is a new $10 OS X utility that allows users to launch programs and files from your keyboard. The tool tracks files even after they\'re renamed or moved, and supports Unicode file names (up to 255 characters).
Optigold 2.7.8 is the latest release of Digital Point\'s software for managing all aspects of running an ISP business. The new version sports a speed increase in reporting, credit card gateway support for DirectOne, additional multi-company support, QuickDNS 3.5 support, and the ability to export via web interface.
Yesterday Microsoft revealed new information on its plans for Office 10, Entourage and Outlook Express. Other reports included the most interesting hardware at Macworld, the show\'s graphics presence, coverage and photos of the Microsoft keynote, coverage of Apple\'s semi-annual financial analyst meeting, more details on Virtual PC Test Drive for Mac OS X, the probabability of Mac OS X 10.1 being a free download, Belkin\'s 4-port USB Switch, Giants: Citizen Kabuto for Mac OS X only, details on Mac OS 9.2, Steve Jobs\' stock options and the operating systems that will ship on new Macs. Software releases included Netscape Communicator 4.78, MP3 Rage 3.6 and MACh Speed Control 2.5.
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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 €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
Parallels Access 3.1 updated for iPad Pro
Virtualization software Parallels Access 3.1 has been updated with support for the 12.9-inch iPad Pro, including Apple Pencil support. The software allows remote access to your PC or Mac from anywhere to control desktop applications from iOS or Android tablets and phones, with native touch gestures, as well as from any computer with an HTML5 web browser. Featuring three resolution choices for your mobile device ("Best for your Device," "More Space," and "Same as Computer") and 3D Touch support for the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus, the update also adds a new Tablet Mode in Windows 10, which makes it easier to interact without a mouse or keyboard. http://bit.ly/1OWZqjg
Hyundai brings CarPlay to more 2016 models
Along with its previously-announced support for adding CarPlay technology to the 2016 Sonata, 2017 Elantra, and 2017 Ioniq, a leaked memo to dealers has revealed that CarPlay-supporting software updates will be available today that bring the infortainment tech to the 2015 and 2016 non-hybrid Sonata models, the 2016 hybrid Sonata, the 2015 and 2016 Genesis Sedan, the 2016 Tucson, the 2017 Santa Fe, and the 2017 Ioniq. Owners can upgrade the system themselves by visiting the Hyundai website, and will need a Mac or PC with either an SD card slot or SD card reader to transfer the update to the vehicle. http://bit.ly/1YZqkqS
Google Paris HQ raided by investigators
Google's Paris headquarters has been raided by dozens of French police. The Tuesday raid was part of an ongoing investigation into possible tax-avoidance practices, stoked by widespread dissatisfaction with the way multinationals like Google are structuring their business operations. Although trading in many countries around the globe, Google reports its international sales only in tax-friendly Ireland, similar to a practice adopted by Apple. According to French law, if it completes any of its sales contracts in France and not Ireland alone, it could be in breach of its laws. Google, for its part, denies any wrongdoing, and said that it is fully compliant with French law. http://reut.rs/1Udk2T9
Apple TV extends universal search to NBC
Apple has extended its universal search function on the Apple TV to now include NBC shows in its results, provided the user has installed the NBC tvOS app. The search results can be generated either through Siri, or through the Search app, and includes support for searches by title, genre, and actor, among other queries. NBC joins CBS, more recently, among other channels including: Disney Channel; Disney Jr; Disney XD; FOXNOW; FXNOW; HBO GO; HBO NOW; Hulu; Nat Geo TV; Netflix; PBS; PBS Kids; SHOWTIME; SHOWTIME Anytime; Starz, and Watch ABC, all of which are supported by universal search. http://apple.co/25lGi5R