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OmniGraffle 1.1: diagramming app for OS X
OmniGraffle 1.1, an OS X-only diagramming application built specifically for Mac OS X, adds editable palettes, document templates, magnetized shapes, a customizable toolbar, multiple information windows, and support for custom shapes. The Omni Group is also extending its MWNY Expo of $60 (from $110; educational price of $35 will remain the same) through the end of this month.
Mac scene in "America's Sweethearts"
MacNN reader Lee G. wrote in to describe a Mac-related scene in the recently released movie "America's Sweethearts," starring Julia Roberts, Billy Crystal, Catherine Zeta-Jones and John Cusak.
Freeverse seeks iPuppet Classic beta testers
Freeverse Software is looking for individuals willing to help beta test iPuppet Classic Cards, its upcoming card game that lets players insert their own likeness into the game's card-playing characters. Potential candidates should have a Mac (preferably with both Mac OS 9 and OS X) or Windows computer, a solid Internet connection, a good understanding of the rules of Bridge, Hearts, Euchre, Setback, and Spades, good communication skills and a basic understanding of computing, and time to devote to the testing process.
Submissions for REALBasic CD being accepted
REAL Software is now accepting submissions for the REALBasic CD, a compilation of applications, example projects, plug-ins, and more for its popular programming environment. Submissions must be received by Monday, August 6th, and are considered on a first come, first serve basis. Files should be sent to email@example.com.
WarCraft III pushed to 2002
Blizzard Entertainment has announced that its highly anticipated real-time strategy game sequel, WarCraft III: Reign of Chaos, will not be ready for release until 2002. The company previously indicated that the game would be released for the PC in late 2001 followed by a Mac release in early 2002, although company officials have been increasingly confident in noting the improved lapse time between their Mac and PC releases (including a simultaneous release of their latest expansion set, Diablo II: Lord of Destruction).
ZDNet: AOL Time Warner becoming "evil empire
ZDNet's Rob Fixmer predicts that media giant AOL Time Warner will inherit the "evil empire" mantle from Microsoft for the next era. "The evil empire is the company that, in any given era, happens to represent a catastrophic threat - sometimes real, often imagined - to civilization as we know it." Fixmer cites evidence that Microsoft is now more committed than ever to open standards, while AOL Time Warner is described as "the biggest, baddest media conglomerate in history," "as rich as God," and "no longer afraid of mixing it up with Microsoft."
LightWorks 6.0 adds OS X Support
LightWork Design has released the latest version of its flagship 3D rendering tool, LightWorks 6.0. The new release adds multi-colored area lights, interactive shadows, a new material manager, interactive decal positioning, and a new scenery manager. The company says it is "responding to an industry trend" by making the new version Mac OS X compatible. Low-cost evaluations of LightWorks 6.0 are available.
Discount on Blue Lasso 5
Blue World Communications has announced a discount on the upgrade to its forthcoming Lasso Professional 5 Standard Edition product. All customers who purchase new full versions of Lasso Web Data Engine 3.x between now and the release of Lasso Professional 5 Standard Edition will qualify for $200 off the standard price on upgrades to Lasso Professional 5 Standard Edition currently scheduled for availability late Summer 2001.
Cameraid 1.2 beta 1 released
Cameraid 1.2 beta 1 is the latest release of a $15 digital photography utility. The new version sports a Web page and thumbnail generator, is compatibile with most memory card readers, and can use 3rd party serial port/USB port adapters.
iPhoto 1.0 for batch processing images
iPhotoBatch 1.0 is a new $10 batch image processing application that includes support for JPG, GIF, TIF, PCT, BMP and PNG graphic formats. It can handle hundreds of images at a time, and packs an image viewer. [Classic, Carbon]
Total Impact "Centricity" Rendering Engine
Total Impact has introduced its "Centricity" line of scalable render engines based on PowerPC G4 "briQs" which use 20 watts of power, weigh 32 ounces, and are the size of a CD-ROM drive. The company says one comparison showed a 90 frame RIB file rendering took less than one minute on an eight-briQ Centricity system, (each equipped with a 400MHz PowerPC G4 and 3Delight software), while a similar 90 frame animation rendering took 23 hours on a PowerMac G4 733 under OS 9.
Non-public Office 10 Screen Shots
Non-public Office 10 Screen Shots
Source code to Gerry's ICQ posted online
Gerry, maker of the alternative ICQ instant messaging client Gerry's ICQ, writes in his latest update: "I was planning on giving out the source code to Gerry's ICQ after I had squashed the more obvious bugs in the Carbon version, but without being able to program on MacOS X, it is very difficult for me to figure out what I'm doing wrong :) So here is my source code."
Afternoon Tech: Adobe; Palm; AOL
Afternoon Tech News: Adobe has dropped charges against a 27-year-old Russian programmer who allegedly violated the controversial Digital Millennium Copyright Act; Palm's agreement for porting to ARM processors may enable wrist-watch sized PDAs; America Online is testing a new solution that would allow users of its service to communicate with users of instant messaging protocols from MSN and others.
Credit Card Validator for FileMaker Pro
Brian Dunning has posted a Credit Card Validator for FileMaker Pro that checks the authenticity of credit cards without using a script or plug-in. The new calculation is compatible with versions 3, 4, and 5 of FileMaker and is available as a free download.
Ricoh to host conference at Javits
The Ricoh Corporation, maker of digital cameras and other imaging products, will host the first of three end user forums, "Ricoh 21... The Source," beginning in New York City September 13-14 at the Jacob Javits Convention Center. Ricoh has scheduled a group of speakers for the general sessions, including Former Vice President Al Gore, Former Senator Bob Dole, Chuck Martin, Chairman and CEO of Net Future Institute and Bob Ostrow, Publisher of PC WORLD Magazine.
Apple among members of HyperTransport
Apple, AMD, and NVidia are among the founding members of a new consortium dubbed "HyperTransport," a nonprofit corporation that supports the future development and adoption of AMD's HyperTransport I/O Link specification. HyperTransport is a solution that purportedly enables the chips inside of high-performance compute devices, and networking and communications devices to communicate with each other up to 24 times faster compared with existing technologies. "HyperTransport represents a great technology with exciting future potential," said Jon Rubinstein, Apple's senior vice president of Hardware Engineering.
ORiNOCO wireless software debuts
Agere Systems has introduced its ORiNOCO Software Suite for setting up wireless "Wi-Fi" networks. ORiNOCO allows users to set of different profiles for the home, office, and other locations, and includes power management features for PowerBooks. The software is compatible with Mac OS 8.6-9.1, and is available as a free download.
ADS ships USB Instant Video
ADS Technologies has begun shipping USB Instant Video, an external analog video capture device that enables users to transfer analog video from a camcorder or VHS tape to their Mac. Priced at $70, the device comes bundled with Interactive's MovieWorks LE.
SmartDisk to release financial results
SmartDisk, which took home honors at last week's Macworld Expo in New York and is an Apple partner, will release financial results for the quarter and six months ended June 30, 2001, at 4 p.m. Eastern Time, on Wednesday, August 1, 2001. A live audio feed of the company's results will be available via a Web stream.
Palm goes to ARM technology
As expected, Palm has announced that several suppliers of ARM core-based technology (previously used in Apple's Newton) have joined its new Palm OS Ready Program. Intel Corporation and Motorola will produce reference designs, and Texas Instruments Incorporated will develop a wireless processing platform.
Logitech posts MouseWare 4.0 drivers
Logitech's ftp site has a new version of MouseWare 4.0 driver software for its line of input peripherals, which is available in several languages.
Uni Software releases easybeat 1.3 music app
easybeat 1.3 adds a global tempo controller view that can be used to define tempo variations over a song to the $90 music software that can compose music, record MIDI instruments, and edit/play up to 16 tracks.
Shoutcast 1.8.2: MP3 streamer supports OS X
Nullsoft has released Shoutcast 1.8.2, a Carbonized version of the MP3 streaming engine that now offers automatic full server redirection for clusters: "[it] runs on Mac OS X and Mac OS X Server 2. It is a unix-style app without an Aqua interface, and has to be run in a terminal window. This server should be considered beta."
OS X: Web Sharing for OS X
osx.macnn.com yesterday noted the release of a Web sharing update for OS X (available via the Control Panel).
Napster appoints new CEO
Napster announced today it has appointed Konrad Hilbers to be the company's new Chief Executive Officer. He succeeds Hank Barry, who will remain on Napster's Board of Directors. Hilbers' first task will be to oversee the launch of Napster's new membership-based service later this summer. He previously steered AOL, Netscape and Compuserve brands in Europe.
Roundup: VT, OS X Web, Virex, Tony Hawk 2
Yesterday we reported that Village Tronic plans to be the only provider of Trident graphics chips for Macs. We also noted demo versions of Tony Hawk 2 and American McGee's Alice, a study showing that nearly 30 percent of scientists use Macs, a new USB 2.0 Host Controller, an update to Mac OS X's Web Sharing component, and a new beta of McAfee's Virex for OS X. There's also a recap of our Macworld Expo NY coverage.
c|net: Ballmer on .NET, McNealy unimpressed
c|net's News.com has posted an article summarizing Ballmer's speech on .NET at the Internet Summit. Scott McNealy, another speaker at the conference, remains unimpressed by Microsoft, and McNealy criticized Microsoft by reminding his audience that "with Microsoft, the first hit is always free -- remember that all your life."
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