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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 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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HBO Now has 800,000 subscribers
The CEO of HBO, Richard Plepler has confirmed that the online streaming HBO service, HBO Now, has 800,000 subscribers. When criticized for the seemingly low number, Plepler noted that the still nascent service was bound to Apple exclusivity during the fifth season of Game of Thrones. Plepler declared during the Time Warner quarterly earnings conference call marketing for the online-only offering would be enhanced in 2016. While HBO Now's critics are slamming the low numbers, the service must also compete against itself on cable, in addition to Netflix and other streaming services. http://on.recode.net/1QWoLHe
Unsafe IoT called threat to humanity
US Director of National Intelligence James Clapper told two different Senate committees yesterday that the Internet of Things posed a clear and present danger, and could be weaponized by governments. Before the Senate Armed Services Committee and the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, Clapper declared that insecure IoT "will bring new security vulnerabilities" and "will connect tens of billions of new physical devices that could be exploited" by those wishing to perpetrate violence or eavesdrop on the populace of the world. http://bit.ly/23Xvcky
Apple public betas for iOS 9.3, OS X 10.11.4
Following Monday's release of betas for the iOS and OS X, Apple has unveiled public betas for both operating systems. The iOS 9.3 beta includes all of the previously reported enhancements for education customers, along with Wi-Fi calling for Verizon iPhone owners, and a carrier update for T-Mobile users. The OS X 10.11.4 third beta includes enhancements to Twitter URL opening, Live Photo viewing and sharing, and Evernote note importation into Notes.
Google given NHTSA SDS waivers
In contrast to the California Department of Motor Vehicle's approach, the US National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration (NHTSA) has confirmed that it is declaring the software in autonomous cars is the legal driver of a so-equipped vehicle. In a letter to Google, the NHTSA says that it "will interpret 'driver' in the context of Google's described motor vehicle design as referring to the SDS [self-driving system], and not to any of the vehicle occupants." Other matters, such as legally-required rear-view mirrors for occupied vehicles has yet to be determined. However, regulations specifying the "driver" need no longer be interpreted as meaning a person behind the wheel, as the agency writes that self-driving cars "will not have a 'driver' in the traditional sense that vehicles have had drivers during the last more than one hundred years" http://1.usa.gov/1QrAGtR
Dropshare 4 for Mac now available
Dropshare 4 for Mac has shipped, introducing support for uploading files and screenshots to Amazon S3 API-compliant services, like DreamObjects and OpenStack. The update also introduces a new popup design, an in-app editor for custom landing pages, an improved upload history window, and security improvements when using SSH connections. The paid upgrade costs $25, though it is free for customers who bought the previous version this year and half-price for those who acquired version 3 of the app last year. http://bit.ly/1XixV3q
Google starting phase-out of Flash ads
Search engine and advertising giant Google will shortly no longer accept Adobe Flash-created ads for its AdWords network. Starting June 30, ads in the once-ubiquitous format will no longer be accepted. Additionally, after January 2, 2017, the network will no longer serve Flash-based advertisements, and the network will be completely HTML 5 based. http://bit.ly/1PNx1uc
Sonos now works with Apple Music
Wireless music system manufacturer Sonos has announced that its systems worldwide will gain compatibility for streaming the paid Apple Music subscription service starting today, February 10. "Music fans worldwide will have access to Apple Music features like For You, New, Radio, and My Music, and will also be able to stream the entire Apple Music catalog through Sonos smart speakers tuned for great sound in every room of their homes," the company said in an email to journalists. Apple Music's streaming service costs $10 per month, with a free three-month trial. http://bit.ly/1Wdi2Ko