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Asanté posts $600,000 Q3 2001 loss
Asanté Technologies has posted a net loss of $600,000, or $.06 per share, on sales of $4.9 million for its third quarter of fiscal 2001 ended June 30. The company attributed the overall weak sales to the continuing economic slowdown and weak sales for some of the company's legacy Apple products.
IPNetRouter 1.6: Popular software router
IPNetRouter 1.6 is a maintenance update for Sustainable Softworks' popular software routing solution for sharing a single Internet connection across a network.
QuicKeys X Beta 2: Automation improved
CE Software has relesed QuicKeys X Beta 2, a new beta version of its automation utility for Mac OS X. Beta 2 adds a new Editor interface, a mouse recording plug-in, an improved Click shortcut, a Play Shortcut plug-in, improved disabling of hot keys, more reliable hot key triggering, improvements to typing on international systems, and a functioning "Check for Update" feature.
Take Two ships Myth II-powered Green Berets
Take-Two Interactive is now shipping Green Berets, a new $20 squad-based tactical game powered by the company's Myth II engine. The hybrid (Mac/PC) game, which includes a fully functioning copy of the original Myth II, is set in the jungles of Southeast Asia and provides 10 dynamic missions through rice paddies and underground tunnels. Weapons include M60's and grenades, and players can use radio equipment to call in air assaults on the enemy. Multiplayer options, available via TCP/IP or Bungie.net, include cooperative solo campaigns, King of the Hill, Capture the Flag, Body Count, and more.
Apple Store opening this week in Plano, TX
The Shops at Willowbend, a new mall in Plano, Texas opening this Friday at 10 AM, will debut with the nation's third Apple retail store. The first 1,000 customers in the store will receive a free Apple t-shirt. Apple currently has two retail stores open in Glendale, CA and McLean, VA.
CSS-Editor Beta 2: Cascading Style Sheets
Morphon CSS-Editor Standalone Beta 2 is a Java-based Cascading Stylesheet (CSS) editor that supports full CSS1 and CSS2, multiple style sheets, Unicode 3.0, dynamic localization, and source-code editing. Beta 2 adds an enhanced summary panel, a new preview dialog, better support for file encodings, proper handling of relative URLs, and miscellaneous bug fixes and improvements.
Mac OS X Classic environment in detail
Dan Frakes, a conference speaker at the recent Macworld Conference & Expo New York, has released an article, available in PDF format, based on his user conference, "Using the Classic Environment in OS X". The article includes guidelines for upgrading to Mac OS X, optimizing Mac OS 9.1 for the Classic environment, troubleshooting the Classic environment, and known problems and conflicts.
Bannister releases game emulator updates
Richard Bannister has released updates to a number of his game emulators, including a new version of his Game Boy Advance emulator, Boycott Advance 0.21. The new version improves compatibility and supports sound emulation.
CMi iCEBOX resembles Mac Classic
MacNN reader David S. notes the uncanny resemblance of CMi's iCEBOX, a Web-enabled multimedia device designed for the kitchen, to the original Mac Classic.
Architosh: VectorWorks Architect and Landmark
Architosh reports on Nemetschek's integration of VectorWorks ARCHITECT and LANDMARK, Fujitsu's new magnetic-optical storage products, and ThinkFree Office 1.5, a Microsoft Office-compatible office suite for Mac OS X.
PowerBooks used at Mars Research Station
Several readers have spotted Apple PowerBooks, including the PowerBook G3 (Pismo) and PowerBook G4, in use at the Flashline Mars Arctic Research Station. The Canadian High Arctic site, where testing began earlier this month, is located near a 15-mile diameter meteorite impact crater and is believed to share many features with Mars. The Web site offers several Webcams where the PowerBooks have been seen.
Alarm Clock Pro 3.7 adds Time Zone calculator
Koingo Software has released Alarm Clock Pro 3.7, a new version of its $16 alarm clock utility for Classic and Mac OS X. Version 3.7 adds a Time Zone calculator and improves stability.
First glimpse at Harpoon3 for Mac OS X
Jesse Spears has posted a first glimpse at Harpoon3, a naval combat simulator, running natively on Mac OS X. The Mac OS X version is not expected to be publicly available until September, "about the time 10.1 ships."
Aspyr releases The Sims: House Party
Aspyr Media has announced the release of The Sims: House Party Expansion Pack for the Mac, the second expansion pack for one of the bestselling Mac games of 2000. The $30 expansion pack features parties that can be thrown by the players' Sims, including a country barn dance, a tropical luau, or an underground rave. Additional objects and services, such as a mechanical bull or cake dancers, are also included. A Carbonized version of House Party for Mac OS X is expected to be released in September.
Gefen offers DVI Ex-tend-it
Gefen's Ex-tend-it is a new DVI Repeater that enables a computer's DVI (digital visual interface) graphics to be repeated and extended a distance of 50 feet. DVI displays can traditionally only be extended about six feet from a Mac. The device will begin shipping in September.
Newtourage 0.5 offers Newton, Entourage sync
Newtourage 0.5 is a utility that will synchronize the Newton's Names Application with Microsoft Entourage's Address Book. Version 0.5 offers a new 2 component architecture, significantly faster processing, and stable serial and serial to USB connections.
FrontBase offers developer reward program
FrontBase Inc, whose flagship product is a relational database for Mac OS X, has launched a developer reward program where points earned are tradable for Mac hardware and software. For every dollar spent on a FrontBase product (such as a license, support, or training), developers' accounts will be credited 1 point and every 15 of those points will buy $1 worth of product at the online Apple Store.
Afternoon tech: BSA, Intel, IBM, Yahoo
Afternoon Tech News: The BSA (Business Software Alliance), which represents Apple, Microsoft, and Adobe, is launching an e-mail campaign to "scare users into buying legal software"; Intel is delivering new notebook-targeted Pentium III processors that run at up to 1.13 Ghz; IBM is taking a cue from Apple by introducing new laptops with built-in wireless capabilities; Yahoo is testing pop-up banner ads in an attempt to boost on-line revenues; Motorola is supplying G4 chips to Cisco for use in its routers, apparently taking advantage of AltiVec for improved networking speed.
FireWire conference kicks off - Apple sponsor
The IEEE 1394 (FireWire) developer conference kicks off tomorrow and runs through August 2nd in Redmond, Washington at the Microsoft Conference Center. Apple, recognized as a founding member of the IEEE 1394 standard, is the Evening Event Sponsor of the conference, and will host driver writing sessions. Eric Anderson, Apple's FireWire Software Manager and Technical Lead, as well as other members of Apple's FireWire team will present at the gathering.
Hewlett Packard offers new scanners
Hewlett Packard has introduced the Photo Scanner 1000, a $99 USB scanner that can capture media up to 4 x 6 inches with 30-bit color depth and 300 dpi resolution. The company also debuted four new flatbed scanners: the Scanjet 4400c, 4470c, 5470c and 5490c, which feature the ability to scan to a CD. The new flatbeds range in price from $149 to $349.
Mac OS X sales boost Apple\'s software profit
NPD Intellect has published a study claiming that thanks to Mac OS X, Apple's operating system sales improved nearly 20 percent overall during the first half of 2001. The study also says that despite declining hardware sales, revenues from retail software sales improved 1.2 percent in the first half of 2001, approaching $2.8 billion.
Aladdin offers Japanese Spring Cleaning 4.0.1
Aladdin Systems has begun shipping the Japanese version of Spring Cleaning 4.0.1, the first release of the hard drive cleaning tool to support Mac OS X. The new version sports two new OS X specific features: QuickCompare and AccessMonitor. Spring Cleaning 4.0.1J is priced at 4900 yen.
Pro-52 2.5 released
Pro-52 2.5 has been released. The new version of Native Instruments' analog synthesizer emulation tool offers three new interfaces to achieve compatibility with all common sequencer and recording environments. Worldwide shipment of Pro-52 2.5 will begin in August.
wxDesigner 2.5d released for OS 9
wxDesigner 2.5d is the latest release of a commercial RAD tool for wxWindows, which is a free C++ GUI library available for most operating systems. The new version brings the Mac version of this tool up to par with Windows and Linux counterparts.
Review: MacSoft\'s Breakout
We have posted a review of MacSoft's Breakout, a new 3D version of the classic arcade game featuring new paddle moves and several different themes.
Pando Calendar 5.7 posted
Pando Calendar 5.7 is the latest release of a Carbonized, customizable desktop calendar application from Panda Systems. In the new version, reminders can now be snoozed for a user definable amount of time. Also, notes and appointments can now be exported to a text file or dBASE database.
Apple leads DVI market
A new report published by DisplaySearch finds that Apple Computer, which only ships desktop systems with DVI (digital visual interface) display connectors, led the Q1'01 DVI desktop PC market with a 26 percent share and preliminary results indicate it will lead in Q2'01 with a 24 percent share. The report also predicts that the DVI monitor market will triple before the end of this year.
FileMaker Server 5.5 ships
After being announced at the Macworld Expo in New York, FileMaker Server 5.5 has begun shipping with immediate availability. The software was developed in Cocoa for Mac OS X, and is also available in a Classic flavor. The new version sports new plug-in features, centralized backups, and new administrative capabilities. Upgrades from previous versions of FileMaker Server are priced at $499.
HTTP Client Deux 1.0.0 released
Deep Sky Technologies has announced the full release of HTTP Client Deux 1.0.0, a 4th Dimension component which provides a set of HTTP and HTTPS request methods for use throughout 4D based projects. The tool automatically handles most of the common operations involved in managing HTTP communications in 4D.
ATI acquires HydraVision
ATI, whose graphics cards appear in three of Apple's four major product lines, has acquired Appian's HydraVision desktop management software and technology for $2 million. The software provides simplified management of multiple displays.
OS X has \'best latency\' for audio
The Peabody Institute, part of John Hopkins University, says that OS X is "the best Mac OS ever for audio, outstripping all other operating systems and platforms," in a new research report. The report concluded that OS X offered the best latency speed of all OSes and platforms when running multiple applications, according to a Macworld UK report.
Hold-Up 1.0: personal finanance manager
Hold-Up 1.0 is a shareware ($20/$30) personal finance manager that manages several accounts, includes filters for quickly searching previous transactions, supports an unlimited number of transactions, and allows users to create scheduled transactions as well as define categories and payment types.
Blaze 1.1 adds export routines, new features
Blaze 1.1 from Koingo Software adds an HTML/plain text export, the ability to send documents via email, and other features to the $16 text editor.
New Brushes Vol 9 Collection for Photoshop
Sapphire Innovations has released Brushes Vol 9 For Photoshop, a £11 collection of more than 500+ brushes for Photoshop 6/Elements. The brushes come in a variety of styles--from bursts of dots and blobs to smooth and smeary brushes and more realistic brush strokes.
Weekend wrap-up: 512 MB iBook, Snapz, TechTV
Over the weekend, we noted Trans Intl's 512 MB DIMMs for Apple's iBook line, the inclusion of OS 9.2 on Apple's Developer Connection CD, the release of Snapz Pro for Mac OS X, Apple's struggle to regain its hold of the college notebook market, and TechTV's G4 Vs. Pentium 4 showdown.
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