Stairways Software has released Interarchy 5.0, a new version of its popular file transfer tool that now features support for both Classic and Mac OS X. Interachy 5.0 features downloads via both FTP and HTTP, as well as a suite of tools designed to help the Mac Internet user. New in version 5.0 is FTP Disk, a feature that allows users to access files on frequently-used servers with any application in the same way users would access files on the hard drive. FTP Disk also provides instant access to files over a slow connection or while offline. A free, fully functional version of Interarchy 5.0 will be available until October 1, 2001; single-user licenses are $45.
Logitech MouseWare 4.0.1 is a maintenance release of the software for supporting Logitech\'s USB mice and trackballs under Mac OS 9.
A Better Finder Rename 4.0 Preview 2 is a new version of the contextual menu plugin for quickly renaming multiple files. Version 4.0p2 corrects a bug in Preview 1 that made it possible to drag and drop files onto the application or its alias on the desktop.
10191 Technologies has released Real Braininabox for Mac OS X, a graphical user interface for building a neural network.
Power On Software has acknowledged that some users are experiencing crashes with the Now Up-to-Date Public Event Server due to attacks from the Code Red worm. MacNN reader Tom N. notes that his Now Up-to-Date server crashed every 10 minutes; after reporting the issue to Power On, the company recommended that he change the port for broadcasting Web information from port 80 to another port. Power On Software is working on re-developing the Web publishing services so that future attacks can be avoided.
Apple\'s \"AirPort: Gateway to a Wireless World\" details several popular providers of broadband, wireless Internet access and how and where owners of an Apple laptop equipped with an AirPort card can connect to the Internet.
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit has issued an order denying a request by Microsoft that could have delayed further proceedings in its antitrust case until the Supreme Court decides whether to hear the appeal, according to c|net. The mandate to return the case to trial court will be issued next Friday, which means that the Justice Department can resume proceedings in front of a federal district judge shortly.
MacPlay has announced that Baldur\'s Gate II: Shadows of Amn, the highly anticipated fantasy role-playing game sequel from Bioware, has reached golden master and will begin shipping for Classic and Mac OS X in early September. In Baldur\'s Gate II, the Forgotten Realms adventure ensues along the southern portion of the Sword Coast in the merchant kingdom of Amn. The region includes diverse environments such as the Forests of Thethyr, the Cloudpeak Mountains, the Drow cities of the Underdark, and more.
Wacom has introduced the Graphire2, a new consumer/prosumer-level mouse/graphics tablet. The $100, USB-based tablet features 512 levels of pressure, a programmable DuoSwitch, a built-in eraser, a three-button, cordless, ball-free Graphire2 Mouse, a removable pen stand and transparent overlay, and comes bundled with Adobe Photoshop LE and Corel Painter Classic.
The discontinued Power Mac G4 Cube is among six Apple products recently acquired by the New York Museum of Modern Art, according to The New York Times. The museum already owns several other Apple products for display, including an original Macintosh from 1984, a Macintosh SE from 1987, and QuickTake, Apple\'s original digital camera from 1994. [free registration required]
IomegaWare 3.0.4 is a new version of the software for Iomega products, such as the Zip, Jaz, and PocketZip. Version 3.0.4 adds support for the company\'s new Peerless drives and Active Disk technology.
America Online has released AOL for Mac OS X 14B, a new version of its online service software for the new operating system. Version 14B, available via keyword \"Beta,\" improves \"full\" connections when connecting to AOL from behind firewalls, including many cable and DSL modems, and improves handling of links to Flash/swf multimedia files.
Architosh reports on a demonstration of OpenWorlds\' X3D Open Standards technology and the release of Strata DVplus 5.0.
Power On Software has released Now Up-to-Date & Contact 4.0.3, an update to its contact management and scheduling software for the Mac. Version 4.0.3 adds additional user-definable custom fields, addition Internet/email/phone fields, the ability to view more detailed information in QuickContact, shared keywords, a migration tool that lets users extract data from Microsoft Entourage, full TCP/IP implementation for support of firewalls and NAT routing, one-click sorting, drag and drop layout capabilities, and more. [form]
Soft Solutions has announced that the upcoming release of 4-Sight Fax 5.0, its Java-based fax viewer, will incorporate QuickTime for ensuring identical display of documents across multiple platforms, as well as allow for translation of fax files to multiple formats.
Glenwarne Limited is shipping FaxElite 6.0, a new version of its $75 faxing software for the Mac. New features include smart dialing, a phonebook editor, multi-page cover pages, enhanced FaxViewer, enhanced phonebook, enhanced forwarding of received faxes, customizable headers, and more. A free Mac OS X upgrade will be available later this year.
Silvamber Software has released Medical Billing Circle 6.7, a new version of its medical office software designed for medical offices, hospitals, and clinics. Version 6.7 adds over 72 new features, specifically in the areas of Case management, Electronic Claims submissions, and Medical Record building blocks. A standalone single user version is $1,290; users of the previous version can upgrade for $554.
The MacGIMP Project, an endeavor to bring the popular open source image editing application to Mac OS X, is now available with themes for its window manager, including Brushed, Hackt, NeXT, and several more. All the themes listed on the page are also shipping on the MacGIMP CD.
Canon has introduced the CanoScan FS2720U, a High-Speed Film Scanner For 35mm And Advanced Photo System Film formats. The CanoScan FS2720U offers a maximum scanning speed of 10 seconds per frame, 2,720 dpi optical resolution, 12-bit RGB input and output, and the ability to accept slides or negatives, color or black-and-white in either the 35mm or APS formats. The new scanner will be available beginning in September with USB connectivity at a suggested list price of $599. Canon will offer OS 9 drivers with the device.
VistaPro 3.0 is an upcoming landscape generating program that uses DEMs (Digital Elevation Maps) to turn 2D topographical data, into 3D terrains. The tool will be coming to the Macintosh for the first time in a new release from MonkeyByte Software.
Applimac Address Book 4.1 is a telephone and address program that allows users to manage addresses, phone numbers, URLs and e-mail addresses. The new version corrects some minor bugs and includes a re-styling of the user interface.
Be-Accountable 2.0 is a $149 tool aimed at graphics design and PR firms for managing projects so they can \"be accountable\" for time and resources spent on client projects. Be-Accountable supports from one to 50 users and requires FileMaker Pro 5.0 or higher.
CrushFTP 3.0b8 is the latest version of a full-fledged FTP server for both OS 9 and OS X. The new beta now allows the refresh rate for ip discovery to be set, adds a test button for email events, and fixes the CWD response so that it is more accurate. [Classic, Carbon]
The Digital Camera Resource Page has posted a review of the new Canon PowerShot G2, which was introduced today. The new $999 camera will ship in September and offer 4 megapixel image resolution as well as USB connectivity.
textSOAP 3.0.1 adds numerous fixes to the tool for cleaning up text, removing garbage characters, and reformatting. The new release fixed unexpected quits associated with drag-n-drop inside the application and resolved problems with the custom cleaner editor.
Startup Security 1.0 is a new tool that enables firmware security under both OS 9 and OS X. The software allows users to set a firmware password so that boot device settings and other machine parameters cannot be changed without authorization, as well as completely disallow the boot process without a proper password.
Optigold 2.8 us a business software package to run all aspects of an internet service provider, including billing and server management. The new release adds real-time credit card and ACH processing via SurePay and Select Check, ability to bill for tech support calls, and FTP added as an option for email and generic server setup actions. [download form]
Yesterday Intuit began shipping Quicken 2002 for Classic and Mac OS X. Other reports included Palm\'s acquisition of Be, skyrocketing sales of memory and LCDs, Sorenson\'s Ultimate Streaming Seminar, record NVIDIA earnings, Formac\'s 24x10x40 CD-RW FireWire drive, Canadian Apple Demo Days, AT&T-branded CD-R/RW media, new Apple AirPort models featuring 128-bit encryption, shipment of ACTION GoMac 2.1, price drops on Sonnet G3/G4 upgrades, and Black & White for the Mac. Software releases included Sophos Anti-virus 3.48 Beta, MacMAME 0.53, and A Better Finder Rename 4.0PR1.
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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