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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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