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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Cirrus creates Lightning-headphone dev kit
Apple supplier Cirrus Logic has introduced a MFi-compliant new development kit for companies interested in using Cirrus' chips to create Lightning-based headphones, which -- regardless of whether rumors about Apple dropping the analog headphone jack in its iPhone this fall -- can offer advantages to music-loving iOS device users. The kit mentions some of the advantages of an all-digital headset or headphone connector, including higher-bitrate support, a more customizable experience, and support for power and data transfer into headphone hardware. Several companies already make Lightning headphones, and Apple has supported the concept since June 2014. http://bit.ly/29giiZj
Apple Store app offers Procreate Pocket
The Apple Store app for iPhone, which periodically rewards users with free app gifts, is now offering the iPhone "Pocket" version of drawing app Procreate for those who have the free Apple Store app until July 28. Users who have redeemed the offer by navigating to the "Stores" tab of the app and swiping past the "iPhone Upgrade Program" banner to the "Procreate" banner have noted that only the limited Pocket (iPhone) version of the app is available free, even if the Apple Store app is installed and the offer redeemed on an iPad. The Pocket version currently sells for $3 on the iOS App Store. [32.4MB]
Porsche adds CarPlay to 2017 Panamera
Porsche has added a fifth model of vehicle to its CarPlay-supported lineup, announcing that the 2017 Panamera -- which will arrive in the US in January -- will include Apple's infotainment technology, and be seen on a giant 12.3-inch touchscreen as part of an all-new Porsche Communication Management system. The luxury sedan starts at $99,900 for the 4S model, and scales up to the Panamera Turbo, which sells for $146,900. Other vehicles that currently support CarPlay include the 2016 911 and the 2017 models of Macan, 718 Boxster, and 718 Cayman. The company did not mention support for Google's corresponding Android Auto in its announcement. http://bit.ly/295ZQ94
Apple employees testing wheelchair features
New features included in the forthcoming watchOS 3 are being tested by Apple retail store employees, including a new activity-tracking feature that has been designed with wheelchair users in mind. The move is slightly unusual in that, while retail employees have previously been used to test pre-release versions of OS X and iOS, this marks the first time they've been included in the otherwise developer-only watchOS betas. The company is said to have gone to great lengths to modify the activity tracker for wheelchair users, including changing the "time to stand" notification to "time to roll" and including two wheelchair-centric workout apps. http://bit.ly/2955JDa
SanDisk reveals two 256GB microSDXC cards
SanDisk has introduced two 256GB microSDXC cards. Arriving in August for $150, the Ultra microSDXC UHS-I Premium Edition card offers transfer speeds of up to 95MB/s for reading data. The Extreme microSDXC UHS-I card can read at a fast 100MB/s and write at up to 90MB/s, and will be shipping sometime in the fourth quarter for $200. http://bit.ly/294Q1If
Apple's third-quarter results due July 26
Apple has advised it will be issuing its third-quarter results on July 26, with a conference call to answer investor and analyst queries about the earnings set to take place later that day. The stream of the call will go live at 2pm PT (5pm ET) via Apple's investor site, with the results themselves expected to be released roughly 30 minutes before the call commences. Apple's guidance for the quarter put revenue at between $41 billion and $43 billion. http://apple.co/1oi1Pbm
Twitter stickers slowly roll out to users
Twitter has introduced "stickers," allowing users to add extra graphical elements to their photos before uploading them to the micro-blogging service. A library of hundreds of accessories, props, and emoji will be available to use as stickers, which can be resized, rotated, and placed anywhere on the photograph. Images with stickers will also become searchable with viewers able to select a sticker to see how others use the same graphic in their own posts. Twitter advises stickers will be rolling out to users over the next few weeks, and will work on both the mobile apps and through the browser. http://bit.ly/29bbwUE