Apple has updated its Macworld New York coverage page, which now offers (among other things) an article that discusses Office 10 and shows some screenshots that show off the use of Quartz in Microsoft\'s new version of Office.
Everyday Software has rewritten Bookit, their $12 bookmark management and synchronization program, in Mac OS X\'s Cocoa environment, as well as adding automatic update checking, printing of bookmarks, and a redesigned Aqua interface. Everyday is also offering Bookit 1.3, which is a free Carbon version of Bookit 1.2 but does not include new features. Everyday has also revised clipEdit 2.5 beta 1 for OS X, which offers \"Mac OS X support, windows menu, recent items menu, WYSIWYG font menu, enhanced contextual menus, customizable font size, and a spiffy Mac OS X interface.\" clipEdit is a $5 shareware program that is a free upgrade to all registered users. [Bookit 2.0, clipEdit 2.5b1]
EarthLink is now offering a version of their internet connection software for Mac OS X. A MacNN reader notes that the software relies on OS X\'s built-in Internet Connect application and assumes that users have not moved the application out of its default directory.
IconFactory has released a nostalgic 32-bit icon set, Kate England\'s MacQuarium, to remember users that have still not upgraded to Mac OS X.
Corel has posted a 30-day trial demo of Bryce 5, its popular 3D rendering package for Classic Mac OS and Mac OS X. Users can download the 56 MB demo after completing a short form.
Several readers have dropped us a note that their new \"QuickSilver\" Power Mac G4s are arriving loaded with Mac OS 9.2. Insiders report that the new operating system\'s primary purpose is to add support for the new machines, which will not run OS 9.1 and earlier OS versions. In addition, OS 9.2 improves its stability and performance when used as the Classic environment of Mac OS X.
MythWolfAge.com has posted two QuickTime movies showing Myth III: The Wolf Age, the upcoming prequel in the real-time strategy game series. The first movie shows a dwarf destroying a clump of units with a Molotov Cocktail while the second shows Soulblighter and a Heron Guard making their respective taunts.
Westlake Interactive is currently developing demo versions of both Tony Hawk\'s Pro Skater 2 and American McGee\'s Alice for the Mac, according to Inside Mac Games. The demos are expected to be available in the next several weeks. The two games are notable for being among the first commercial games released with Mac OS X compatibility.
Dark Horse Comics has announced that it will team with Blizzard Entertainment to produce a comic bookDiablo: Tales of Sanctuarybased on Blizzard\'s best-selling series for the Mac and PC, which was most recently supplemented with expansion set Diablo II: Lord of Destruction. The 64-page comic book will feature a Barbarian named Renit, a Necromancer named Cairo, a Paladin named Hale and a Druid named Azgar. Diablo: Tales of Sanctuary will be released in November for $6.
MonkeyBread Software has released Ghost Hunter 2.1, a new version of its file management tool combined with a hexadecimal editor that adds more than a dozen improvements and bug fixes.
Convert 1.3 is a new version of Fifth Wave\'s $15 conversion tool for the Mac. Version 1.3 adds a Radiation category as well as improvements and additions to the Length, Temperature, Volume, Velocity, Density and Fluid Density categories.
Several readers note that Apple has released a Web Sharing Update for Mac OS X, available via the Software Update control panel, that \"delivers enhancements and security improvements to Apache, including support for the case-insensitive Mac OS Extended file system (HFS+), and the latest version of OpenSSH.\"
The Omni Group has released OmniGraffle 1.1, a new version of its $110 Mac OS X-only application for creating diagrams, family trees, flow charts, org charts, layouts, and other directed or non-directed graphs. Version 1.1 adds major improvements to the Document Window, Configurable Info Windows, Palette Viewer, Shape Enhancements, Automatic Graph Layout and Import/Export. In addition, the update adds improved stability and dozens of bug fixes.
Marc Liyanage has re-packaged MySQL 3.23.40, the latest version of the popular Unix-based database server, for Mac OS X. The new version adds a number of bug fixes and improvements.
A New York Times article looks at Apple\'s future outlook in the wake of last week\'s Macworld Expo New York and semi-annual financial analyst meeting. \"At Apple, especially since Mr. Jobs returned from exile in 1997, some of the old pioneering spirit still lives. Apple forges directions in personal computing that others often follow, or at least cannot ignore.\" [free registration required]
Disney Interactive has released Disney\'s Phonics Quest, a new hybrid (Mac/PC) CD-ROM in its Mickey Mouse Learning series. Designed for children ages five to eight, the title features Mickey Mouse as the Sorcerer\'s apprentice and emphasizes exploration and a replayable environment that teaches letter and sound recognition, vocabulary, spelling, word building, long and short vowels and consonant blends.
MacNN reader Mathias J. notes that the variable bit rate (VBR) features added in Sorenson Video 3 Professional Edition will not work in Media 100\'s Cleaner 5 until a 5.1 update for Cleaner has been released, which is scheduled for mid-to-late August.
Sound Vision has announced a digital camera TV docking station that allows users to take pictures, view them on the TV, and store them on floppy disks without having to use a computer. The device, dubbed TV Cam, will be priced at $170.
Lanier has announced the release of its 5515 and 5518 Digital Copier/Printer/Fax Systems. Featuring 15 and 18 pages per minute, respectively, the Mac-compatible 5515 and 5518 systems include 600 dpi image quality, a 33.6 Kbps fax modem with 1.2 second-per-page scanning speed, a broadcast fax transmission feature for transmitting a fax to a large audience, an optional network printer module that allows the system to be connected to a LAN and an optional Network Interface Card that provides easy connectivity to networked systems. Prices are available by request.
Forbes.com has posted an article spotlighting the Opera Web browser, which is available for both OS 9 and Mac OS X. \"Most pages load up in a flash. The browser\'s interface makes it much easier to surf many pages at once,\" comments the report.
Zones Inc, who publishes the MacZone mail-order catalog, will release its second quarter 2001 operating results on Thursday, July 26, 2001 at 1:00 p.m. PST. On Monday, July 30, 2001 at 8:30 a.m. PST, company officials will discuss the results during a conference call.
osx.macnn.com reports on McAfee\'s new release of Virex for Mac OS X, which now has drag-and-drop capabilities; MacGIMP, an open-source image editor that has been posted for download and published on CD; and new printer drivers from Brother for its HL-1240 model.
McAfee Virex v7.0 OSX Beta 3 has been released. The new version is fully Carbonized, adds support for Microsoft Office 2001, now has drag and drop scanning and cleaning capabilities, and includes an on-line HTML help system. Users must fill out a form to download the new release.
Comm-Unity Networking Systems has released SMTPit 3.0b1, for FileMaker Pro 4.x and 5.x for OS 9, and OS X. SMTPit 3.0b1 is a FileMaker Pro plug-in that allows users to send email directly from FileMaker without the aid of any helper applications. Current users who bought the software after May 1, 2001 will receive a free upgrade, while new user licenses cost $65. A 30-day demo is available for download.
Afternoon tech news: Despite Microsoft\'s earlier bashing of the open-source platform, the Redmond giant has released the source code for Windows CE, its OS for hand-held devices; IBM is celebrating the birth of its PC, which debuted from Big Blue in 1981; Lexmark (whose printers are being offered free with Macs) has warned of lower profits and revenues for the second half of the year.
Palm is in the process of porting its operating to run on ARM processors, which were previously used in Apple\'s Newton PDA. News.com reports that a switch to ARM-based chips means that Palm OS-based handhelds will run at significantly higher clock speeds than their current 33MHz.
AVerTV Box is a new external TV tuner device from AVerMedia that allows users to watch TV, video, or play the latest Nintendo, Sega, Dreamcast and PlayStation 2 video games on VGA or LCD monitors, without any need to turn on their computers. For the Mac, AVerTV Box requires a model with VGA output. The device is priced at $159.99.
NetGear has reaffirmed its support for the Mac OS with several new networking products designed with specific functionality for Macs. \"We are fully committed to continue delivering Mac-compatible networking products to our customers worldwide. Our print servers -- the PS110 2-Port 10/100 and PS113 3-Port 10/100 -- are perfect examples of this philosophy,\" said Patrick Lo, CEO of NetGear.
MacNN has learned that Village Tronic will be the only graphics card manufacturer to offer Trident chips on the Mac platform, and that the company hopes to have \"GeForce 3 level performance by early next year, at a significantly lower price.\" At last week\'s expo, Village Tronic unveiled the MPDD+, a Mac OS X-compatible card specially designed for use with multiple displays.
Architosh has posted a feature detailing new products for Ashlar which debuted at last week\'s expo. They include 3D modeling, CAD, and industrial planning apps.
MacNN reader Patrick D. Walker points us to a new study showing that 29.4 percent of scientists use the Mac OS. The survey, published in The Scientist, says the results \"indicate that this operating system is more widely used in research environments than by the general public.\"
DropBox is a new product suite from VideoShare that enables users to upload and publish pre-existing videos to the Web regardless of operating system or browser. The tool set supports AVI, QuickTime and MPEG formats, and is available in beta form immediately.
Addonics has announced a Mac-compatible USB 2.0 host controller that adds five USB 2.0 ports through a PCI expansion slot. The USB 2.0 Host Controller has a list price of $59, and comes bundled with Mac OS X drivers.
Scooter Graphics has updated the Nu Font Pack to version 1.7. This update fixes a bug that made Nu Sans Mono appear in odd places in Adobe applications\' font menus. It also fixes a minor PostScript problem in Nu Serif SemiBold. TrueType and PostScript flavors are available.
Gefen Inc. has introduced the ex-tend-it CAT5-4000 Matrix, two-by-two switch and extender that is capable of \"matrixing\" two monitors, two USB connections and two audio sources. The device essentially allows users can work from two separate locations on the same computer simultaneously or independently of each other.
MacGIMP.org reports that the first release of MacGIMP, an open-source image editor for Mac OS X, has been posted online at two mirror sites (site 1, site 2) for anyone to access. The download does not include an X Windows Server, which must be downloaded separately. A CD containing all of the tools can also be ordered.
Last week MacNN provided full coverage of Macworld Expo New York 2001. The following is a recap of our top stories, including exclusive reports and interviews, as well as live show-floor information. Steve Jobs\' keynote offered attendees a glimpse at 10 new OS X applications, faster PowerMac G4s, upgraded iMacs, a preview of OS X 10.1, and an attempt to de-bunk the \"Megahertz Myth.\" MacNN met with Kevin Browne and other officials from Microsoft\'s MacBU unit, revealing previously undisclosed information about Office 10, and the future of Outlook Express. We also have a report covering Browne\'s presentation on the second day of the expo. MacNN also covered the semi-annual financial analyst meeting, which took place shortly following Steve Jobs\' keynote, and offered information such as Apple\'s vision for education, the debunking of Apple handheld rumors, plans to extend its ISP partnership program internationally, Jobs\' explanation of reasons for the Cube\'s demise and the first in-depth information on sales performance at the Apple retail stores. We\'ve posted special commentary regarding specific software areas on the show floor, including hardware and graphics. Connectix unveiled a Virtual PC for OS X Test Drive at the show, and we had an exclusive first look at the software, as well as follow-up information. We\'ve got several photo galleries of the show floor, and pre-show set-up, as well as photos from the keynote. For a look at our full expo coverage, visit the Recent News page.
ExpressionTools, Inc. has released its ETShade-GDL Converter as a free plug-in for ArchiCad. The tool converts 3D-graphics data created with ETShade into the GDL (Geometric Description Language) format, and saves it as an ArchiCAD object file.
Brad Dusen notes that Brother has \"recently updated its OS X printer driver (for the HL-1240 at least) to version 1.0.2, which seems to correct all of the problems that I, along with other HL-1240 owners were having. I recieved an error when trying to select the driver until I turned the Classic environment off, then it added the printer. Printing works with Classic enabled and from Classic itself (although it always did).\"
Apple\'s \"The Megahertz Myth\" has a QuickTime movie of Jon Rubinstein\'s presentation at last Expo (during the keynote).
sMailing 1.5 is a Carbonized email application that can send personalized email messages. Version 1.5 adds the abiity to send attachments, view a log of previously sent emails, and other enhancements.
JaneBUILDER PR2 is a second preview release of the visual editor for PHP and MySQL, offering a new interface, OS X support, access to MySQL database servers for off-line editing of database table and column information, improved HTML export, and variable support.
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WhatsApp now handles over 100M calls daily
WhatsApp is celebrating that it is being used for over 100 million calls every day. In a brief notice, the Facebook-owned messaging platform advises the voice-calling feature it rolled out to its users last year now deals with an average of over 1,100 calls initiated per second. Earlier this year, it increased the security of its calls and other messages, by introducing end-to-end encryption on all platforms. http://bit.ly/292HqCX
Adele's '25' album now streaming
Recording artist Adele has "pulled a Kanye" after saying that her current album "25" would not be available for streaming. The seven-month-old record, which has yielded a number of hit singles, is now available for streaming on all the major streaming services, such as Apple Music and Spotify, as of today in most major markets, with worldwide distribution to come. Reportedly, the singer had demanded streaming be limited to paid subscribers -- a condition that has hurt some streamers with artists, who aren't paid royalties for free or trial listens . Apple pays performers its normal royalty rates during its free trial, avoiding the issue -- and having repeated success in both signing up exclusives and placing those exclusives into the top of the charts. http://ti.me/28U7NOu
SanDisk iXpand case has battery, storage
A new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6s case from SanDisk appears to be the "holy grail" of accessories: a stylish and protective case that offers both extra storage as well as the option of extra battery power as well. The iXpand Memory case offers either 32GB, 64GB, or 128GB of additional storage incorporated into the case, and an optional add-on battery pack (sold separately) adds up to an extra day or more of charge. Through the associated iXpand app, camera photos and videos can be automatically stored on the extra storage, optionally password-protected, The cost for the case is (in order of storage capacity) $60, $100, and $130. The battery pack's release data has not yet been announced, but the add-on should retail for an additional $30. http://bit.ly/291epHu
Fifth Hong Kong store to open June 30
The 46th official Apple store in what the company calls the "Greater China" region will open at 10AM local time in Hong Kong's New Town Plaza in the Sha Tin district on Thursday, June 30, according to a new page on Apple's retail website. Despite slowing growth due to economic turmoil in China, the country is still Apple's fastest-growing market. The new story will be the fifth for Hong Kong, a lucrative market for Apple thanks to the high concentration of wealth there and a thriving "gray" market. Normal store hours for the new store will be 10AM to 10PM every day. http://apple.co/291diaT
Apple Music bug bites very short songs
There appears to be a reproducible bug in the current version of iTunes -- version 12.4.1, running on OS X 10.11.5, both the current non-beta versions of the respective software -- that causes a streamed song to become "stuck" in endless buffering if the streamed item just before this happened was 60 seconds or less in length. The problem appears to stem from code in iTunes that signals the next track to start downloading one minute before the currently-playing track is done, and thus songs shorter than one minute don't trigger the download. Locally-stored music is unaffected by the bug, and the problem does not appear to exist in either the macOS Sierra developer beta or versions of iTunes earlier than 12.4, and does not affect the iOS Music app at all. http://bit.ly/291cN0l
Walmart Pay expands to 15 states
Walmart, one of the key progenitors of the failed CurrentC mobile payment system that was distinguished from Apple Pay by its ability to collect and share customer financial and buying data among its participants, has expanded the soft rollout of its alternative solution "Walmart Pay" to an additional 15 US states following a pilot program in Arkansas and Texas last month. Walmart continues to resist adding Apple Pay. The system, built into the Walmart app for iOS and Android, works with a complicated system of the camera scanning a purchase code at the register, then generating a QR code which is then scanned by the register. The system is available now in Alabama, Georgia, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, North Carolina, North Dakota, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Virginia, and Washington, DC. http://apple.co/28SqZfu
Amazon refreshes entry-level Kindle
Amazon has added a new Kindle to its ebook reader range, one that is thinner and lighter than the previous entry-level model. Offering a six-inch 167-dpi touchscreen display, a doubled 4GB of storage, and an option for a white casing, the new model also adds in the ability to export highlights and notes to an email account as a PDF. Two versions of the all-new Kindle are available, priced at $80 including "Special Offers" and $100 without. http://amzn.to/28Q4c3R