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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WhatsApp now handles over 100M calls daily
WhatsApp is celebrating that it is being used for over 100 million calls every day. In a brief notice, the Facebook-owned messaging platform advises the voice-calling feature it rolled out to its users last year now deals with an average of over 1,100 calls initiated per second. Earlier this year, it increased the security of its calls and other messages, by introducing end-to-end encryption on all platforms. http://bit.ly/292HqCX
Adele's '25' album now streaming
Recording artist Adele has "pulled a Kanye" after saying that her current album "25" would not be available for streaming. The seven-month-old record, which has yielded a number of hit singles, is now available for streaming on all the major streaming services, such as Apple Music and Spotify, as of today in most major markets, with worldwide distribution to come. Reportedly, the singer had demanded streaming be limited to paid subscribers -- a condition that has hurt some streamers with artists, who aren't paid royalties for free or trial listens . Apple pays performers its normal royalty rates during its free trial, avoiding the issue -- and having repeated success in both signing up exclusives and placing those exclusives into the top of the charts. http://ti.me/28U7NOu
SanDisk iXpand case has battery, storage
A new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6s case from SanDisk appears to be the "holy grail" of accessories: a stylish and protective case that offers both extra storage as well as the option of extra battery power as well. The iXpand Memory case offers either 32GB, 64GB, or 128GB of additional storage incorporated into the case, and an optional add-on battery pack (sold separately) adds up to an extra day or more of charge. Through the associated iXpand app, camera photos and videos can be automatically stored on the extra storage, optionally password-protected, The cost for the case is (in order of storage capacity) $60, $100, and $130. The battery pack's release data has not yet been announced, but the add-on should retail for an additional $30. http://bit.ly/291epHu
Fifth Hong Kong store to open June 30
The 46th official Apple store in what the company calls the "Greater China" region will open at 10AM local time in Hong Kong's New Town Plaza in the Sha Tin district on Thursday, June 30, according to a new page on Apple's retail website. Despite slowing growth due to economic turmoil in China, the country is still Apple's fastest-growing market. The new story will be the fifth for Hong Kong, a lucrative market for Apple thanks to the high concentration of wealth there and a thriving "gray" market. Normal store hours for the new store will be 10AM to 10PM every day. http://apple.co/291diaT
Apple Music bug bites very short songs
There appears to be a reproducible bug in the current version of iTunes -- version 12.4.1, running on OS X 10.11.5, both the current non-beta versions of the respective software -- that causes a streamed song to become "stuck" in endless buffering if the streamed item just before this happened was 60 seconds or less in length. The problem appears to stem from code in iTunes that signals the next track to start downloading one minute before the currently-playing track is done, and thus songs shorter than one minute don't trigger the download. Locally-stored music is unaffected by the bug, and the problem does not appear to exist in either the macOS Sierra developer beta or versions of iTunes earlier than 12.4, and does not affect the iOS Music app at all. http://bit.ly/291cN0l
Walmart Pay expands to 15 states
Walmart, one of the key progenitors of the failed CurrentC mobile payment system that was distinguished from Apple Pay by its ability to collect and share customer financial and buying data among its participants, has expanded the soft rollout of its alternative solution "Walmart Pay" to an additional 15 US states following a pilot program in Arkansas and Texas last month. Walmart continues to resist adding Apple Pay. The system, built into the Walmart app for iOS and Android, works with a complicated system of the camera scanning a purchase code at the register, then generating a QR code which is then scanned by the register. The system is available now in Alabama, Georgia, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, North Carolina, North Dakota, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Virginia, and Washington, DC. http://apple.co/28SqZfu
Amazon refreshes entry-level Kindle
Amazon has added a new Kindle to its ebook reader range, one that is thinner and lighter than the previous entry-level model. Offering a six-inch 167-dpi touchscreen display, a doubled 4GB of storage, and an option for a white casing, the new model also adds in the ability to export highlights and notes to an email account as a PDF. Two versions of the all-new Kindle are available, priced at $80 including "Special Offers" and $100 without. http://amzn.to/28Q4c3R