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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 firstname.lastname@example.org.\"
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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Apple to open R&D center in India
A new report says that Apple will be opening a new technology center in Hyderabad, India, helping to boost the city's growing reputation as a tech center. The facility would operate within the WaveRock facility, and create 4,500 new jobs at a cost of around $25 million. In 2015, India surpassed the $1 billion in yearly sales milestone, and Apple has recently received permission to open retail stores in the country under its own control, an exception to rules that usually block foreign ownership. http://zd.net/1SMBVu4
Google killing Picasa starting May 1
Google Photos head Anil Sabharwal confirmed in a blog post today that the search engine giant will be shutting down acquisition Picasa. Support and downloads for the desktop application will terminate on March 15 with the application continuing to work for the time being. The transition to Google Photos truly commences on May 1, with deprecation of some Picasa API calls happening shortly thereafter. Users that have Google Photos access will find their photos already migrated. A mass-download tool for users not wishing to use Google Photos will be available sometime after May 1. http://bit.ly/1SmV2KH
Rogue Amoeba Piezo updated, departing App Store
In order to continue working on audio capture tool Piezo, developer Rogue Amoeba has simultaneously updated the app to version 1.5, and announced that it will pull version 1.2.6 from the Mac App Store. Customers who own the Mac App Store version have a one-time migration process to the Rogue Amoeba-served version. The company notes that the sandboxing restriction placed on Mac App Store versions "effectively stopped our ability to upgrade Piezo in any meaningful way." [8.80MB] http://bit.ly/1PIjz7l
FCC spectrum auction will happen without Google
After throwing its hat in earlier, Google (and associated companies) has declared that it is not participating in this year's FCC spectrum auction. A company spokeswoman said of the auction that "like all those interested in improved connectivity and equitable access, we'll be following the upcoming spectrum auction closely. That said, we have not filed to participate." http://on.recode.net/1oy5LWk
iPad Air 3, iPhone 5se sold Friday after launch?
Reverting the way products are actually released by Apple after an announcement to the way it was a decade ago, reports are circulating that new products revealed at a March announcement will go on sale the Friday immediately following the unveil. Slated to appear at a conjectural Tuesday, March 15 event are a new Apple four-inch phone with more up to date internals currently referred to as the iPhone 5se, and a new iPad Air 3 model with Smart Connector and other enhancements. http://bit.ly/1o7mqiY
Lexmark prevails in toner import appeal
Printer manufacturer Lexmark has won an appeal on the third-party US resale of its printer cartridges originally destined for markets outside North America. The appeals court ruled in a 10-2 vote in favor of Lexmark's demand to stop the sale and against Impression Products, both on the toner cartridge resale matter, as well as a related matter regarding overturning the reseller's refilling one-use cartridges and selling those in the US market. The ruling has ramifications in the tech industry, as well as the pharmaceutical and medical technology markets. Impression Products promises an appeal before the supreme court. http://reut.rs/1SLVmmG
AT&T expands BOGO promo to iPhone 6s
Beginning today, new and existing AT&T customers can purchase a new iPhone 6s and get another one free when adding a second line. Over the weekend, customers must purchase two phones through AT&T Next (one can be an existing number), and add both phones to a qualified plan. AT&T notes that "after three bill cycles or less" the account will start to receive up to $650 spread out over 30 monthly bill credits to offset the cost of the installment plan for the phone. Taxes are due at time of sale. http://soc.att.com/1SLUP4k