Umax has posted a final version of VistaScan 4.0 scanner software, according to MacNN reader Jason Greene.
Artful and Tribeworks have announced Webkool, an open-source application server written in Key, a programming and description language that was developed by Tribeworks and used to construct Tribeworks\' application authoring product, iShell. The architecture is based on XHTML and SQL and supports Linux, OS X, Solaris and Windows running Apache, IIS and Zeus with either MySQL, Oracle and SQL Server. The source code will be freely available in October and \"allow for the exchange of code improvements and corrections without hindering commercial service.\"
Apple\'s retail store strategy, which will be bolstered by two store openings this weekend, is perceived as \"following in Gateway\'s retail footsteps [...] taking its products directly to consumers with splashy, high-tech showrooms that it can tightly control.\" The article notes that Minnesota has one of the highest percentages of Mac users per capita in the country.
The Wintel architecture dominance was due in part to Apple, according to an article at TechTV.com noted by MacNN reader Norm Phillips: \"The fact that IBM shared the technical aspects surrounding the PC with Microsoft and Intel actually contributed greatly to its success and helped it dominate in its fight with Apple, which is entirely proprietary.\"
Willow Design has added an iBook \'Extra Carry Case to its line of Apple carrying case. The new case fits and iBook with an extra separated compartment for the power supply/cord and includes an accessories compartment for storing items such as a CDRW or Zip drive. The 2.9lbs case has high density foam on six sides, plastic reinforcements on three sides and hardboard on the bottom as well as a molded rubber handle and a padded shoulder strap.
Adaptec has posted several new beta and FC SCSI card drivers for OS X 10.0.x and OS X Server, including PowerDomain 39160 v1.0b9, PowerDomain 29160/29160N 1.0b10, PowerDomain 2930U 1.0fc1 and AVA-2906 v1.0fc1.
osx.macnn.com has notes of new SCSI card beta drivers from Adaptec, Netopia\'s Timbuktu Pro for OS X, and an update Flash plug-in for OS X.
Netopia will next week announce availability of Timbuktu Pro for Mac OS X, MacNN has learned. The tool allows users to control Macs or Windows systems across a network, as transfer files and folders; send instant messages or interactive text chat; and even talk via voice intercom. A preview release of the software is currently available.
AMD is apparently fighting its own battle with the \"Megahertz Myth\" detailed by Jon Rubinstein during Steve Jobs\' expo keynote last month. The company\'s 1.5 Ghz Athlon chips are similar in performance to Intel\'s 2 Ghz Pentium 4 chips, but analysts say AMD will have a \"tough time\" convincing consumers that the clock speed is irrelevant.
Wild Brain, a San Francisco-based animation company, used Macs exclusively to create an opening scene for the upcoming movie \"Rat Race.\" \"(We used) Adobe After Effects 5.0 program, utilizing some of their newest tools such as layer parenting, 3D tool and 16 bit color space to match to film color in logarithmic space.\"
Corel has officially begun shipping Painter 7 under the \"procreate\" mantra used heavily during last month\'s Macworld Expo in NY. New features include watercolor paints, liquid ink, and a fully Aqua-compliant interface. MacNN reader Don Shank has sent us an extensive first-hand report (click on \"read more\") about Painter 7, which is priced at $499 for the full release and $199 for upgrades.
ID3X 1.6 is an editor for easy manipulation of ID3 tags in mp3 music files. ID3 tags are used to store title, artist and other information in mp3 files. The new release allows updating of multiple selected files, and adds support for cover and back images.
Trinfinity Software has released Vortex 1.0, a visual plug-in for Apple\'s iTunes. The freeware add-on requires iTunes 1.1 or later, and is compatible with both OS 9 and OS X. The company says more visual plug-ins are currently in development. [Classic, Carbon]
Charles Hadded of BusinessWeek Online says that \"Mac lovers are rejoicing at the prospect of new capabilities,\" despite the current shortcomings of OS X.
PAID! 2.8.5 is a $80 runtime database application which allows freelancers in the film and television industry to easily track Job Invoices, Clients, Crew Members, Billing Items and Project Estimates. The free update adds a new Balance Statement printout, the ability to print Business Cards from included styles, customizable invoice headings, and support for 1024 x 768 monitor resolutions.
Stephen Esrati writes about poor support for the Mac OS from wireless phone/data service provider SprintPCS: \"I bought a SprintPCS phone in January because it offered a connection to my Powerbook. When the phone arrived, I found all the software and hardware suitable only for Windows-based computers. I asked for Mac software. Finally, in June, Sprint told me that my phone is not adaptable to a Macintosh. My wife and I went to our nearest SprintPCS store to see what was available -- and found only a $500 phone that would accommodate a Mac. A sales person stated: \"Macintosh! We don\'t have anything to do with it. It\'s an obsolete technology.\" Today (Tuesday, Aug. 7), Sprint has full-page newspaper ads offering a wireless web modem -- but not for the Mac.\" [contact SprintPCS]
Netscape has posted a final version of Netscape 6.1, a new version of its browser available for both Mac OS 8.5/9 as well as a preview for OS X. [Classic, Carbon]
MAKI Enterprise\'s Kids GoGoGo 4.0 is a free update to its $30 parental control program that offers blocks adult sites/hate violence/online gambling/drug sites via a database and also filters by content/words.
BSD Info site Greasydaemon.com has posted a first look at OS X, concluding: \"MacOS X boils down to a great tool that allows me to do work more efficient and I can do it with a smile. It is something you have to experience for yourself. I strongly recommend taking it for a test spin and deciding for yourself. \"
Scott Miller writes about some recent changes made to AT&T Broadband service: \"Just another example of Mac uses being affected because M$ can\'t write Software. AT&T Broadband has blocked a traffic to port 80. Anyone with a personal website, can no long host it from thier own computer. I didn\'t find anything about it on their webpageI noticed sometime yesterday, I wasn\'t getting any hits on my site. My cousin confirmed it with someone he knows that work for AT&T.\"
Intelligent Devices has released a small application, iBook 2001 Audio patch, \"designed to patch an audio drop problem with the new iBook 2001 (dual USB) portables.\"
MacDesktops has posted 14 new pictures over the past week, including Alaska sunset (Landscapes - Nature), Ghost in the Shell (Animation), iTunism 23 (Art), Lara Croft (Games), Modes (Art), Sunrise (Landscapes - Nature), and several others.
Adobe\'s PageMaker 7.0 ColorSync Component Update (August 2001) addresses \"Type 1,010 errors\" encountered by some when starting up PageMaker.
Apple\'s Final Cut Pro 2.0.2 updater addresses a number of issues in the professional video editing packing, including compatibility with Macintosh Manager. Version 2.02 also now allows the use of 32kHz audio files sounded in a 48kHz sequence, offers better support for systems with more than 1GB of memory, and fixes a few bugs.
Macromedia has posted the an updated release of its Flash plug-in for OS X, which plays interactive content incorporated in many Web sites. Flash 5.0r58 requires Mac OS X 10.0.4, and Microsoft Internet Explorer 5.1 (version 3408).
NetDICT 2.5 is a client for the RFC2229 Internet dictionary (DICT) protocol. It accesses a number of Internet dictionary databases, including Webster\'s Revised Unabridged, the U.S. Gazetter, several computing dictionaries and several Bible dictionaries. The Carbon release is both OS 9 and OS X compatible.
RealBASIC 3.5b4, the latest release of REAL Software\'s easy-to-use programming environment, fixes issues with RbScript, Mac OS X (particularly with 10.1), in addition to numerous other enhancements and bug-fixes. This release also marks the appearance of Mac OS X support for Office Automation. [Classic, Carbon]
Passenger 2.0 is a server account creation and password generation tool that will import tab and comma-delimited text, ASIP 6.3 and Mac OS X XML and create account information and passwords for AppleShare IP 5-6.3, Mac OS X Server, Macintosh Manager, Eudora Internet Mail Server, WebSTAR FTP, WebSTAR Web, Master Spell and Master Key. The new release offers enhanced support for OS X Server. [Classic, Carbon]
An article at the Tech Report attempts to debunk the claims of Apple and other web outlets regarding the quality and speed of Power Mac G4s. \"Steve Jobs has come back on the scene to parody himself, making wild claims for the performance and utility of the fruity computer company\'s decidedly behind-the-curve products.\"
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Parallels Access 3.1 updated for iPad Pro
Virtualization software Parallels Access 3.1 has been updated with support for the 12.9-inch iPad Pro, including Apple Pencil support. The software allows remote access to your PC or Mac from anywhere to control desktop applications from iOS or Android tablets and phones, with native touch gestures, as well as from any computer with an HTML5 web browser. Featuring three resolution choices for your mobile device ("Best for your Device," "More Space," and "Same as Computer") and 3D Touch support for the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus, the update also adds a new Tablet Mode in Windows 10, which makes it easier to interact without a mouse or keyboard. http://bit.ly/1OWZqjg
Hyundai brings CarPlay to more 2016 models
Along with its previously-announced support for adding CarPlay technology to the 2016 Sonata, 2017 Elantra, and 2017 Ioniq, a leaked memo to dealers has revealed that CarPlay-supporting software updates will be available today that bring the infortainment tech to the 2015 and 2016 non-hybrid Sonata models, the 2016 hybrid Sonata, the 2015 and 2016 Genesis Sedan, the 2016 Tucson, the 2017 Santa Fe, and the 2017 Ioniq. Owners can upgrade the system themselves by visiting the Hyundai website, and will need a Mac or PC with either an SD card slot or SD card reader to transfer the update to the vehicle. http://bit.ly/1YZqkqS
Google Paris HQ raided by investigators
Google's Paris headquarters has been raided by dozens of French police. The Tuesday raid was part of an ongoing investigation into possible tax-avoidance practices, stoked by widespread dissatisfaction with the way multinationals like Google are structuring their business operations. Although trading in many countries around the globe, Google reports its international sales only in tax-friendly Ireland, similar to a practice adopted by Apple. According to French law, if it completes any of its sales contracts in France and not Ireland alone, it could be in breach of its laws. Google, for its part, denies any wrongdoing, and said that it is fully compliant with French law. http://reut.rs/1Udk2T9
Apple TV extends universal search to NBC
Apple has extended its universal search function on the Apple TV to now include NBC shows in its results, provided the user has installed the NBC tvOS app. The search results can be generated either through Siri, or through the Search app, and includes support for searches by title, genre, and actor, among other queries. NBC joins CBS, more recently, among other channels including: Disney Channel; Disney Jr; Disney XD; FOXNOW; FXNOW; HBO GO; HBO NOW; Hulu; Nat Geo TV; Netflix; PBS; PBS Kids; SHOWTIME; SHOWTIME Anytime; Starz, and Watch ABC, all of which are supported by universal search. http://apple.co/25lGi5R
Comixology fires up $6 all-you-can-read service
Amazon-owned Comixology has launched an all-you-can-read comic subscription service. After a 30-day free trial, for $6 a month, subscribers can draw from a large selection of the Comixology library, minus Marvel and DC comics. For now, the service is US-only. http://bit.ly/1WMAOft
QuarkXPress 2016 now shipping
Quark is now shipping QuarkXPress 2016, the newest version of Quark's graphic design and desktop publishing software that now features near-WYSIWYG fixe HTML5 publishing as well as improved operability with InDesign and Illustrator and support for multi-Color Gradient Blends, OpenType Stylistic Sets, a Color Picker (Eyedropper tool), Touchpads for Pinch and Zoom (Mac only) and more. Users on any previous version of QuarkXPress (versions 3-10) can upgrade to version 2016 for $350, while QuarkXPress 2015 users can upgrade to 2016 for $180; new licenses are available for $850 (education licenses are available for $90). http://bit.ly/1OL23Pu
Kanex debuts GoPower USB-C for MacBooks
Kanex today introduced its GoPower USB-C, a portable power solution designed to charge a USB-C MacBook on the go along with an iPhone or iPad simultaneously. Featuring 15,000 mAh of power--capable of charging an iPhone 6s seven times or the USB-C MacBook one full time--the GoPower USB-C Portable Battery features one 3A USB-C port and one 2.4A port for other devices, priority charging detection technology and a pass-thru charging to your devices when the battery is plugged into a power source. http://bit.ly/1TKaf8z