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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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