FWB is now shipping BackUp ToolKit 2.2, a repackaged version of the backup utility from French software publisher Tri-Edre. The $35 utility offers multiple backup configurations, mirror and incremental backup, folder synchronization, compression, and file exclusion management. FWB is expected to introduce two other titles as result the software cross licensing agreement between it and Tri-Edre.
Square Box Systems has released CatDV 2.0, a new version of its flagship media cataloging and video logging utility that adds new features as well as support for OS X. The fully cross-platform media asset management system can create a thumbnail catalog of any QuickTime supported media files, including still images, audio files, and movies and also provides searching, indexing, and and slide shows functions as well as QuickTime and HTML export routines. The $70 utility is available for $60 through September 16th. A demo is available.
Black Cat Systems\' Sara 0.4.0 is a freeware Apple III Emulator, which \"will allow your Macintosh to emulate the Apple ///, which was the computer released by Apple just after the Apple ][, and before the Lisa....users will need to get an Apple /// ROM image, as well as various disk image files.\"
Corona 1.5 adds general form entry and payroll accounting the Carbonized accounting application that also includes check register and account chart features. Version 1.5 also adds dynamic popupselectors for choosing names and accounts, expandable views with adjustable font size, and online help. A 30-day trial of the $35 application is available online.
ESP Graphics has released a free sample component of its Screens software suite: ScreensSaver, an interactive screen-saver that gives users live news headlines with customized newsgroup selection, a stock-ticker, and website bookmarks.
Exabyte and Ecrix today announced the completion of a definitive merger agreement \"motivated by the complementary nature of Exabyte\'s high performance MammothTape? and Ecrix\'s high value VXA? drive technologies and numerous synergies to be realized from the combination of the two businesses.\"
Steve Barham writes about Macs being used at the \"McInternet Cafe\" in a McDonalds restaurant in Guatemala: In Guatemala City, Guatemala, there is a McDonalds that gives free internet service. Customers that buy Big Mac or other meals can use the in-store computers for 30 minutes- gratis. These computers are all imacs running OS9 and Internet Explorer 5. There are three Indigo and two Ruby connected through ethernet cables. All have optical mice. I think it is very interesting that McDonalds chooses iMac\'s (a very good choice, though) especially since I have been having trouble finding anything Macintosh in this city.
Afternon Tech: Exodus, the Web hosting firm for many popular Internet sites, is looking for a buyer, according to company CEO Ellen Hancock (a former VP at Apple); Standard & Poor\'s lowered Gateway\'s corporate credit and bank credit ratings to junk status, to reflect \"extremely competitive industry conditions, a declining revenue base and the company\'s expectation that it will not return to material profitability until fiscal 2002;\" An increasing number of U.S. schools are equipping every student with a laptop computer for use at school or home with more than 800 schools and 125,000 students in Microsoft and Toshiba\'s Anytime Anywhere Learning program, which started in 1996.
Blackmagic Design today announced the release of the first uncompressed QuickTime codecs for MacOS 9, MacOS X and Windows NT/2000/XP. The codecs allow uncompressed files from AJA Video\'s Kona-HDTV product to be opened and rendered and are also fully compatible with Pinnacle CineWave files. Codecs are available for download today from the Blackmagic Design web site at no charge.
Wildform has released Flix for Mac ($100), \"the first\" Macintosh application that encodes video into Macromedia\'s Flash format and has released SWfX for Mac ($25), \"the first\" Flash text animation software for the Mac. Both are Carbonized applications.
Nikon today introduced the Coolpix 885, a 3 megapixel digital camera that has a Transfer button on the camera for directly uploading digital photos quickly and easily to the desktop as well as a 3x Optical Zoom-Nikkor lens. The sub-8 oz. camera (without battery) has a USB connection, supports CompactFlash media and ships with a complete software bundle, a 16MB media card, and a 2CR5 lithium battery as well as a lens cap, wrist strap, USB and video cables. It will be available September 2001 for $600.
John Jobe provided some details about the new Apple Retail Store in Chicago, which is expected to open this weekend: The new Apple Store in Woodfield Mall today pulled the blinders from the store window glass. For the first time we could see in and get a view of what was going on inside the store. Everything looked in place and ready to go. Lots of staff roaming the floor and looking at various pieces of equipment this morning. One guy inside with a camera taking pictures of people passing by. The only thing that kept me out were the two security guards and the big sign blocking the door saying that the grand opening would be Saturday at 9AM.
Gefen\'s new $500 ex-tend-it USB-400 system includes a 4-port USB hub and can extend the 17ft limit of USB cables. The remote 4-port hub can handle up to 12.5Mbps of data on each port; the send/receive units are connected to each other via a standard CAT-5 cable, extending the distance of a standard USB connection up to 330 feet using a single CAT5 cable.
Sean McBride writes: \"After updating Mac OS 9.1 to 9.2.1, the Bell Sympatico Access Manager software stopped working. I\'m pretty sure this happened last time I updated Mac OS too. As before, reinstalling the Access Manager software (newest is 1.11) got things working again. Be warned though: when you install Access Manager you must supply your user id and password!\"
Stone Table Software has posted public betas of two of its freeware products for OS X, RTF-to-Styled Text 1.03b, an open-source program that converts Rich Text Format documents into standard Macintosh Styled Text format, and Cobweb 1.0b is a simple, non-WYSIWYG HTML editor. [RTF--600KB, Cobweb-700KB]
MacInstall 1.3.1, Public Access\'s $25 shareware software installer for developers/programers, adds Mac OS 9.2.1 to System version pop-up menus, appropriately displays Installer items that have Actions associated with them, and has other changes.
StimpSoft\'s headline grabber Faust\'s Friend 2.1 adds compatibility with a number of news sites. [Classic, Carbon]
Fuji has unveiled its FinePix A101, FinePix A201 and the FinePix 2600 Zoom digital cameras. The A-series is the company\'s newest line of entry-level cameras, while the 2600 Zoom offers the same feature set with additional optical zoom capabilities.
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PopChar X 7.5 arrives
Ergonis Software has released PopChar X 7.5, an improved version of the company's tool for finding and inserting special characters and exploring fonts. PopChar X 7.5 adds support for combined emojis in the Apple Color Emoji font, enhances the "Font Info" view, and adds many further enhancements that improve overall speed and stability. PopChar X 7.5 retails for €30 ($34), and is free for anyone who owns a license for PopChar X 7 or purchased a license for PopChar X 6 on or after March 1, 2014 [4.5MB]
Safari Technology Preview release 5 arrives
Parallels Access 3.1 updated for iPad Pro
Virtualization software Parallels Access 3.1 has been updated with support for the 12.9-inch iPad Pro, including Apple Pencil support. The software allows remote access to your PC or Mac from anywhere to control desktop applications from iOS or Android tablets and phones, with native touch gestures, as well as from any computer with an HTML5 web browser. Featuring three resolution choices for your mobile device ("Best for your Device," "More Space," and "Same as Computer") and 3D Touch support for the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus, the update also adds a new Tablet Mode in Windows 10, which makes it easier to interact without a mouse or keyboard. http://bit.ly/1OWZqjg
Hyundai brings CarPlay to more 2016 models
Along with its previously-announced support for adding CarPlay technology to the 2016 Sonata, 2017 Elantra, and 2017 Ioniq, a leaked memo to dealers has revealed that CarPlay-supporting software updates will be available today that bring the infortainment tech to the 2015 and 2016 non-hybrid Sonata models, the 2016 hybrid Sonata, the 2015 and 2016 Genesis Sedan, the 2016 Tucson, the 2017 Santa Fe, and the 2017 Ioniq. Owners can upgrade the system themselves by visiting the Hyundai website, and will need a Mac or PC with either an SD card slot or SD card reader to transfer the update to the vehicle. http://bit.ly/1YZqkqS
Google Paris HQ raided by investigators
Google's Paris headquarters has been raided by dozens of French police. The Tuesday raid was part of an ongoing investigation into possible tax-avoidance practices, stoked by widespread dissatisfaction with the way multinationals like Google are structuring their business operations. Although trading in many countries around the globe, Google reports its international sales only in tax-friendly Ireland, similar to a practice adopted by Apple. According to French law, if it completes any of its sales contracts in France and not Ireland alone, it could be in breach of its laws. Google, for its part, denies any wrongdoing, and said that it is fully compliant with French law. http://reut.rs/1Udk2T9
Apple TV extends universal search to NBC
Apple has extended its universal search function on the Apple TV to now include NBC shows in its results, provided the user has installed the NBC tvOS app. The search results can be generated either through Siri, or through the Search app, and includes support for searches by title, genre, and actor, among other queries. NBC joins CBS, more recently, among other channels including: Disney Channel; Disney Jr; Disney XD; FOXNOW; FXNOW; HBO GO; HBO NOW; Hulu; Nat Geo TV; Netflix; PBS; PBS Kids; SHOWTIME; SHOWTIME Anytime; Starz, and Watch ABC, all of which are supported by universal search. http://apple.co/25lGi5R
Comixology fires up $6 all-you-can-read service
Amazon-owned Comixology has launched an all-you-can-read comic subscription service. After a 30-day free trial, for $6 a month, subscribers can draw from a large selection of the Comixology library, minus Marvel and DC comics. For now, the service is US-only. http://bit.ly/1WMAOft