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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Maps adds transit for Rio Olympics
On Monday, Apple added public transit directions for Rio de Janeiro in Brazil to its Apple Maps program in advance of the 2016 Summer Olympics, which begin on August 5. The addition marks the first time a Brazilian city has gotten the upgraded public transit maps, which include station maps as well as transit schedules and tracking. The transit directions cover ferries as well as bus, subway, and light rail lines. The company has recently expanded transit directions to Montreal in Canada, and Seattle, Portand (Oregon), and other US cities.
Ive opens Met Gala fundraiser in NYC
On Monday, Apple SVP of Design Sir Jonathan Ive opened the press preview of the annual Met Gala fundraiser for the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute in New York City. Ive is serving as co-chair with Vogue editor Anna Wintour, and Apple is helping sponsor the event, which is themed "Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology." He said the company is "thrilled" to participate in the Gala, and tied the company to the theme by saying that Apple's goal "has always been to try to create objects as beautiful as they are functional," adding that the company is "only starting" on its path of making products "more personal." http://bit.ly/1Y3EHKg
Tim Cook on CNBC Mad Money tonight
Apple CEO Tim Cook will be making an hour-long appearance on CNBC's investment show Mad Money this evening at 6PM ET. Slated for discussion, according to CNBC, are "Apple's future in China, Cook's outlook on innovation, what's next for iPhone, the Apple Watch, growth of Apple services and whether there are any potential acquisitions coming, among others."
Dev hacks Windows 95 onto Apple Watch
A developer has created a YouTube video that shows off a working version of Windows 95 running (very slowly) on an Apple Watch. Creator Nick Lee says that the OS takes about an hour to boot on the Watch because it is running in emulation rather than natively. While the project has no practical value, it does demonstrate how powerful mobile devices are in comparison to computers from the beginning of this century, as well as illustrating how far computing has come in the last 15 years -- long before smartphones, tablets, the cloud, and many more innovations that have come about since. http://bit.ly/1Y3AS85
WhatsApp working on Mac desktop app?
Allegedly-leaked information from a WhatsApp beta enthusiast account on Twitter appears to suggest that the messaging service and app maker may be developing native Mac and Windows versions, allowing users who sign up with the service to text each other all over the world using either Wi-Fi or cellular data. The source of the documents is in question, but it would not be unusual for the service to expand onto Mac and Windows desktops. WhatsApp is currently available for iOS, Android, BlackBerry, Nokia, Symbian, and Windows Phone. http://bit.ly/1Ura0zN
Drake's Views an iTunes, Music exclusive
Drake's new album Views (formerly known as Views from the 6) has debuted on iTunes and Apple Music as an exclusive in the first week of its release. The singles Once Dance and Pop Style, however, are available elsewhere in the interim. Securing exclusives from leading artists has been a key strategy that Apple has adopted in trying to attract users to its services. Most notably, Taylor Swift's hugely popular 1989remains unavailable to users of competing services like Spotify or Tidal. http://apple.co/1NLwsSH
TSMC chip sales to Apple jump $2B in 2015
Apple A9 and A9X chip supplier TSMC saw sales to Apple jump $2 billion in 2015. TSMC's fabrication partnership with Apple on the A-series processor helped drive its revenue to $26.4 billion, up six percent over the previous year, although its dependence on Apple's chip orders meant that without its business, TSMC's revenue would have actually declined by two percent. The Taiwan-based chip maker is currently sharing Apple's A9-series chip supplies with Samsung, although is rumored to be gaining all Apple's orders for the next-generation Apple A10 chips. http://bit.ly/24tCE6e