Joe Maller has posted a set of 12 filters for Final Cut Pro include advanced tools and new effects. Dubbed Joe\'s Filters, the $55 set will work with Final Cut Pro 2.02 and include improvements to the products built-in digital imaging controls, such as Color Glow, Gradients, Levels, Minimum Maximum, Motion Blur, Noise, and Pixelizer.
WebDesign 1.1 is a \"major\" update to Rage Software\'s $30 HTML Editor, bringing a new spell checker, animproved interface, more HTML tools, auto indenting options and enhancements to the text editor as well as improved speed for syntax colouring, syntax checking, application launch time and HTML code generation for the built in HTML wizards.
An article in the LA Times says that Apple is at \"the Core of PC Revolution,\" noting its importance in the early years of the PC industry.
Todd Bernard notes that Apple is no longer offering the ATI Radeon Graphics card at the Apple Store: \"I was looking at buying an Apple LCD and the ADC Radeon card last week, went in last night to order and found that the Radeon card has been removed from the store web site, only the NVIDIA G-force 3 is available. I called the Tyson\'s store and they said they had a couple in stock. Looks like apple is phasing this card out?\"
Andrew Crow notes that Macromedia\'s recently announced web-project management, collaboration tool, Sitespring, is not available for Mac: \"The client version of this software uses a we browser and is obviously cross platform. However, the main server portion of Sitespring runs on a Windows NT Server. There is no Mac OS X Server version. I have spoken with Macromedia about this and they say they are planning on releasing a Linux version, but nothing for OS X. They said if the demand is high enough for an Mac OS X Server version, they will consider it. The email address to contact the Sitespring Team is email@example.com.\"
SearchWare Solutions has posted an OS X native version of Pix Lite X 1.1, its$15 QuickTime-based Media viewer for viewing QuickTime supported files. It includes slideshow and movie presentation functions as well as integrated AppleScript support.
Electric Rain has signed an agreement to license their proprietary RAViX II vector rendering technology to Strata, makers of the Strata 3Dpro 3D modeling/rendering environment. RAVix will allow future releases of Strata 3DPro to export in Macromedia Flash (SWF), Adobe Illustrator, EPS, and the XML-based SVG formats.
Marmalade Moon has introduced a new set of freeware OS X icons and desktop pictures/wallpapers dubbed Bird Cherry and Lilacs. \"It\'s a bunch of flowers for those who have spent too much time in front of their computers rather than in the fresh air.\"
PocketDock 2.1.2 is a utility to organize and launch applications, documents, web links, and email addresses. It supports multiple skins or looks. The new release fixes bugs and offers minor performance enhancements. [download form]
Appearance OSAX 1.2 is a tool that extends the functionality of AppleScript by allowing users to create pop-up alerts, display dialogs, open floating text message windows, and show progress indicators. [download form]
JaneBUILDER 1.0 is a visual editor for PHP. The files created are native PHP (text) files that can be opened by any HTML tool or text editor. Version 1.0 fixes numerous bugs and adds menu shortcuts since the last preview release. JaneBUILDER is priced at $49 and is both OS X and OS 9 compatible.
An anonymous MacNN reader says that \"while interviewing for a position today at the Apple store in Memphis, TN, they mentioned that the store will be opening on September 29th.\" Meanwhile, Apple is apparently having some legal trouble opening the store, which is in the Memphis suburb Germantown, TN.
CValley announced that is new CAD Illustrator plugins, BluePrintTools-Pro and EXDXF-Pro will be released on August 14. BPT-Pro, which consists of 13 high quality tools, accessed through the Illustrator toolbox, can draw simple blueprints, design with dimension lines or even measure over a curved line. EXDXF-Pro adds several import and export routines, including support for conversions of the standard CAD format DXF, Bezier curves, and the R12 and R13 standards. Each is expected to cost under $100.
Total Training has released What\'s New in Adobe After Effects 5, a new training series for advanced users of the the 2D/3D compositing tool. The series focuses on new features, including 3D development, parenting and expressions and is available in DVD and VHS (NTSC or PAL) video formats with over 16 hours of detailed instruction. An accompanying CD-ROM contains all the graphic files used by the instructor in each lesson. [pricing not available]
Michael Simmons has released PiXel Check 1.0, \"the only\" OS X LCD pixel checking application, which allows you to easily turn on all or specific pixels on your LCD display, allowing you to check for bad or dead LCD pixels.
A new lawsuit against Palm, currently seeking class-action status, claims that its handheld computers have damaged desktop computers when users \"HotSync\" the devices to their PCs.
Microsoft will reportedly ship Windows XP a month of ahead of schedule, according to a report noted by MacNN reader Norm Phillips: \"This is likely because of three things: Mac OS X 10.1 coming out in September, the government trying to delay the date of when Windows XP can come out, and slowing overall PC sales.\"
The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art is turning toward video to tell the story of modern art, using Apple\'s tools and technologies such as Final Cut Pro, QuickTime and Power Mac G4.
The GnomeREPORT talks about some of the advantages of the Mac over a PC, lauding the Mac\'s ease of administration, quality of hardware, and system stability.
Tom Bihn has several laptop carrying cases for the PowerBook G4, including the G4 Mitre, a new velcro-tab Titanium sleeve due in mid-August. The G4 Monolith ($40, zippered sleeve), G4 Eclipse ($85, shoulder-strap carry case), and the G4 Lap Dog ($50, suspension-based glove carrying case).
Miglia Technology is shipping its $150 Miglia Alchemy ATA100 PCI card, which offers 100 MB/sec bandwidth on two separate channels and allows you to connect up to four hard drives, CD-ROMs, CD-RW or DVD drives.
ConceptDraw-Visio converter 2.0b is now available for beta testing, allowing users to convert documents from MS Visio to ConceptDraw. Version 2.0 adds the ability to convert ConceptDraw documents to Visio files. A free server-based version, availale now, runs on the company server and allows users to upload documents for conversion via an upload form on the web site. The stand-alone application is due in second half of August requires a computer on which Visio is installed.
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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