ClickCopy 1.0 is a $10 shareware contextual menu plugin that \"enables the user to copy files, make aliases, and move files easily.\"
Apple is offering Cocoa develeopers an invitation to a \"Cocoa kitchen\" at Apple in Cupertino, CA, scheduled for August 7-10. \"The focus of the kitchen will be on Cocoa Development and related topics. Cocoa Framework Engineers, DTS Engineers, and Technology Managers will be available to help work through technical issues and listen to your feedback. Reservations are accepted on a first come, first serve basis and all attendees must be a member of the Apple Developer Connection program.\"
jPEE 1.3 for OS X adds the option to extract email addresses from files contained within directories and subsequent sub-directories and to verify the domains of the addresses to the utility for automatically removing email addresses, from large text files and directories.
SmartMode has released a Mac OS X-compatible version of its Rapid JavaServer Pages (JSP) Development tools. \"SmartMode enables JSP and Servlet developers to build dynamic, interactive web sites with distinct display, business logic, and database layers.\" The company will be releasing a Mac OS X GUI version in an upcoming release.
MacNN reader Richard L. notes that Aspyr Media has updated its game status list with information on Carbonized versions of The Sims: Livin\' Large, which is expected in August, and The Sims: House Party, which is expected in September. The Classic version of second expansion pack The Sims: House Party is expected to be released next week.
After a month-long hiatus, The Apple Store is now offering refurbished products again. Current offers include 400 and 500 MHz Indigo iMacs for $700 and $850, respectively.
Luigi Ballabio has released a Macintosh port of SWIG 1.3.6, a software development tool that connects programs written in C, C++, and Objective-C with a variety of high-level programming languages. The program is primarily used with common scripting languages such as Perl, Python, Tcl/Tk, Ruby, and Guile but has also been extended to include languages such as Java and Eiffel.
CyberDisc has released new beta versions of NodeScan Client and NodeScan Server, its Java-based platform for Classic and Mac OS X for distributed network services that combines elements of both peer-to-peer and client/server type networks. The new versions provide significantly improved appearance, functionality, performance, and reliability.
Creative has released version 2.91 firmware for its Nomad Jukebox MP3 Player that improves the device\'s battery life.
EjectMenu 2.6 is a new version of the $15 utility that adds the option of ejecting any mounted volumes from a system-wide menu, control strip, or contextual menu. The new version adds support for Mac OS 9.2, which is available on new \"QuickSilver\" Power Mac G4s.
Iconizer Pro 1.4.6 is a new version of the application for creating a group of 32-bit icons to form a picture as a folder background. Version 1.4.6 tweaks the Border Mask and Center image commands and fixes several minor bugs.
Strange Flavour has announced that Airburst, its new Classic and Mac OS X shareware game released last week, will soon feature Internet and LAN network play for registered users. A feature-limited LAN-only version for non-registered users will also be available. The company has also unveiled a new online registration option through Fairtunes.com and plans for Airburst shirts, hats, mugs, and other merchandise for the game\'s growing number of fans.
Apple ranks 49th in Business Week\'s assessment of the world\'s most valuable brands (PDF); the Apple brand is valued at $5.46 billion, down 17 percent from last year\'s value of $6.59 billion. \"Apple continues to churn out eye-pleasing products but struggles to find takers beyond the core Mac faithful,\" the report said. Coca-Cola, Microsoft, IBM, GE, and Nokia are ranked as the world\'s top five brands.
sMailing 1.5.1 is a new version of the Carbonized email application that can send personalized email messages. Version 1.5.1 adds name sender, an option to send email to admin when finished, read system Internet preferences for SMTP server, and bug fixes.
TimeCache 4.1.1 is a free, maintenance update to its time and expense tracking application for Macintosh users who bill clients for project work. It adds a pop-up a calendar and fixes a few bugs, including a problem with inaccurate timing when starting the timer from the TimeCache Remote Control window, and printing using user-selected fonts. A limited demo is available online.
Ashlar-Vellum last week announced its forthcoming precision design software product line, Designer Elements, which includes Graphite, Neon, Argon, Xenon, and Cobalt applications.
OSOpinion.com has published an article discussing the many different flavors of OS X applications including Carbon, Cocoa, and Classic. \" Mac OS X is a strange hybrid beast to be sure; it has a slick GUI on top of a tried-and-true Unix base,\" says author Kelly McNeill.
Memory Plus has announced a 640MB CompactFlash card, offering writes speeds of nearly 2MB/sec, according to Macworld UK. The media, due next week, has been tested in Kodak cameras and is encased in metal for enhanced durability: \"We don\'t see the average digital photographer wanting to buy this card just yet. We see this as a solution for a number of industrial and corporate applications. It\'s also ideal for some applications in the handheld market.\"
Jeff Pollard writes about the recent release of DialPadX: \"I installed it on my blue & white 450 and tried a few calls wit it. It doesn\'t work very well. From the computer side, I could hear the other end talking, but they couldn\'t hear me. Pretty disappointing after waiting this long for it.\"
ABBYY next month plans to launch the public beta of FineReader 5.0 Pro Mac, an optical character recognition (OCR) tool that uses the same engine as FineReader Pro for Windows. The public beta period for FineReader 5.0 will begin August 6th, and general availability is slated for September 10th.
Afternoon tech news: Palm plans to create a subsidiary specifically to manage the company\'s operating system for handheld devices, which is also used by Handspring; Government anti-trust enforcers are attempting to block a bid by Microsoft for another hearing; Motherboard makers plan to phase out Rambus, or RDRAM technology, which many industry pundits were pressuring Apple to incorporate into new Macs.
Koingo Software\'s has introduced introduced Blaze 1.0, its $16 shareware word processor that features line, word and character counts as well as color and font customization.
QXP PhotoBook 3.0 is a $15.00 stand-alone utility which helps create image catalog either QuarkXpress documents or Acrobat PDF files. It supports PDF and GIF formats as well as other non-Quark-supported formats such as Adobe Photoshop files. A limited demo is available.
Jeremy Kezer\'s $7 shareware Thermograph 1.3.3 measures the internal processor temperature of any late-model G3 or G4-based Mac, records the minimum and maximum temperatures, and plots the temperature over time.
Ryan Rempel has released Unsupported UtilityX v1.0b9, which now pre-installs BootX in the manner required to boot on older systems (i.e. the 7300 - 9600 series), providing compatibility with Darwin 1.3.1.
Yesterday we reported on a technical problem disallowing PowerPC upgrade manufacturers to use the new, faster G4 chips from Motorola; a review of American McGee\'s Alice, a new 3D action/adventure game; the Apple retail store buying experience; price cuts on older Power Mac G4s; record sales for Diablo II: Lord of Destruction; new details on Microsoft\'s .NET initiative; QuickMail for Mac OS X; and Radiohead\'s use of a PowerBook to create its latest online music video. Software releases included The Sims for Mac OS X and GraphicConverter 4.09.
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Trade-up program expands in Europe
Smartphone users in France, Italy, and Spain will have until at least August of this year to trade in old iPhone, Windows Phone, or Android models at Apple Stores, and put the reward towards a new iPhone -- thanks to an expansion of Apple's trade-in program into those countries. The money given for the trade-in must be applied towards a new iPhone on a two-year payment plane, and traders must qualify under a credit check as part of the program. Interested customers can apply for the trade-in at their nearest Apple Store. http://bit.ly/1qPsldD
NBCUniversal adds Bravo, Syfy, E! to Apple TV
NBCUniversal has launched three new apps channels for Apple TV users. Bravo Now, Syfy Now and E! Now brings users access full seasons of current and past episodes of most of NBCUniversal's catalog. The Bravo Now app includes shows like "The Real Housewives of New York Cit," "Below Deck Mediterranean," comedy "Odd Mom Out" and "Top Chef." The Syfy Now app offers up shows like "The Magicians," thriller "12 Monkeys" and the reality show "Face Off." The E! Now app serves up shows like "Keeping Up with the Kardashians," "Botched," "#RichKids of Beverly Hills," Caitlyn Jenner's "I Am Cait," and "WAGS." While some content is free, most content requires users to authenticate via their cable satellite or telco TV provider. http://bit.ly/20K4Pea
Apple rolls out Arabic version of Apple.com
Apple has rolled out a new version of its Apple.com website for Arabic language users in the United Arab Emirates. The site utilizes a right-to-left reading format where it has been updated, although the upgrade is still in progress with a number of page links still in the original English language left-to-right format. Of particular note is that the site debuts an all-new custom Arabic font created by the Tarek Atrissi Design agency, giving it a highly contemporary look and feel. The new support for Arabic on its host website follows the introduction of full support for right-to-left languages in iOS 9, and the addition of Arabic support to Siri late last year. http://apple.co/20JHGIM
Adobe previews Photoshop content-aware crop
Adobe has previewed a new 'content-aware crop' feature from the next version of its Photoshop CC. The new feature is similar to its 'content-aware fill' from the current version of Photoshop CC, and potentially saves users time when cropping photos in a way that might otherwise leave blank white space in the frame. Adobe's 'content-aware' tech automatically assesses the blank space and seamlessly fills the blank space with the nearest related content in the space when a photo is expanded or rotated without the need to manually clone that part of the image. The feature allows users to move a horizon by adding more sky or ground, change the aspect ratio by adding content around the edges of the image and fill in the corners of an image when rotated during a crop. Adobe says the feature is coming soon and will be automatically available to Creative Cloud subscribers. http://adobe.ly/20JDFEu
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