Macromedia today announced that Macromedia Web World 2001, which takes place September 17-20 at the San Francisco Hilton, will focus on streamlining the Web development workflow and delivering more content with less resources. The four-day conference will focus on how developers use Macromedia products to design, develop, deliver, and display Web content and applications to multiple platforms and devices.
Youpi Optimizer 1.5 is a utility that \"deletes localized resources which take up unnecessary space on your hard drive.\" Version 1.5 adds an improved interface, with a button to optimize the selection of the resources to delete, is compatible with ISO 639 and ISO 3166 standard fork resource name, can delete resources which need administrator authorization, and supports logging.
Evening tech news: Gateway will cut thousands of jobs and post a loss in the third quarter and may exit the European market altogether; Intel still expects demand in the second half of the year to increase from the first half despite the weak economy; and An increasing number of people in the open-source community are very concerned about Microsoft\'s initiative to buy software patents and to patent as much of its own technology as it can.
Electrix\'s Repeater, which will soon be available from local retailers, brings a \"Hands On\" interface and DSP technology to loop based recording. It features a MIDI sequencer style control of your audio loops by offering independent, real time, manipulation over tempo, key and track offset as well as the ability to record, arrange and remix their music with real-time control over loops and samples.
Tyson Tate today released PassMan 1.5, an update to his encrypted password storage and retrieval program. Version 1.5 introduces a new one window interface and fixes all known bugs. [Classic, Carbon]
Power On Software has posted ACTION GoMac 2.1.1, a maintenance update to the shareware control panel to unexpectedly quit when switching between items in the control panel.
Matrox has posted a RTMac firmware updater v1.1 for its RTMac real-time editing and effects graphics card.
ABBYY has released the public beta of FineReader 5 Pro for Mac, the company\'s first OCR (optical character recognition) offering for the Mac OS. Sources tell MacNN that the company is planning to release a gold master version of the software by September 10th, when it will be priced at $129 for an upgrade from any OCR software, including competitive products and versions bundled free with scanners.
Casady & Greene\'s new $150 font collection, Fluent Laser Fonts, contains 83 Postscript and True Type fonts with C&G\'s most versatile and best-selling typefaces. Each can be purchased separately for $30.
Can Combine Icons 1.0 is a desktop tool to merge several existent icons into one for creating custom folders icons, create thumbnails, and other tasks.
Neil Bauman has scheduled MacMania, a seven-day cruise that will set sail in May, merging Alaska\'s Inside Passage and the iMac.
Continuting on the MHz theme, Matt Pennington writes \"today on TechTV their cover story is which is faster P4 or G4. It should be going on and off all day.\" A feature article on the platform wars writes: \"But the disparity in chip speed doesn\'t necessarily translate into better performance. In fact, the latest Macs are faster than the higher-megahertz PCs when it comes to such tasks as compression and running multimedia software, due to Apple\'s chip architecture.
The LinuxWorld 2001 Expo kicks off today at the Moscone Center in San Francisco, CA. Speakers at the conference include Mathew Szulik President and CEO, Red Hat, Inc., Linus Torvalds, and Ed Leonard, Head of Technology, DreamWorks Animation.
Henry Norr talks about the introduction of Intel\'s 2GHz Pentium 4 processor and its significance to computer users: \"These milestones no longer tempt me to whip out the credit card and order up a new machine, and from a bottom-line perspective, that\'s the heart of the matter.\"
Dragan Petrovic has released DR-Verb 1.15, an update to his VST plug-in which delivers complex reverb simulations. It adds a new EQ section and a CPU activity monitor as well as expanded EQ Frequencies (up to 20kHz).
Totally Hip Software has launched a new Website site, BlueAbuse, which it describes as a \"showcase of interactive QuickTime content. Everything from complete sites using QuickTime to individual QuickTime movies. Our goal is to promote the interactive QuickTime community by showing \'what is possible\', and how easily it can be created.\"
MacNN reader Chip Mosher notes an SF Gate article that discusses the possibility of an Apple buyout of Palm, stating that under the terms of Palm\'s spin-off from 3Com, any company taking over the PDA-maker now would face huge tax liabilities, but that those restrictions will expire in June. When Jean-Louis Gassee, former Apple exec and founder of Be was asked about an Apple buyout, he simply said \"I didn\'t hear you.\"
Cypress Semiconductor has begun shipping a USB 2.0 hub controller that allows all three USB speeds -- low-speed (1.5 Mbps), full-speed (12 Mbps) and hi-speed (480 Mbps) -- to coexist in any USB-enabled system. The new device will begin shipping immediately to OEM dealers, and later for the general public.
Morning Tech News: Intel has debuted the 2 Ghz Pentium 4 processor and cut prices on its slower chips; IBM thinks that Linux has begun fulfilling its destiny as a mainstream server platfrom; Microsoft has released Internet Explorer 6.0, with lack of support for traditional plug-ins such as Apple\'s QuickTime browser add-on.
Alpha Software Express has released a Mac OS compatible Java implementation of its flagship product for the design and management of drawings. CAD Object Manager is a $500 tool provides document management functions, like drawing check-out and check-in, as well as, user ownership features like privilege token assignment.
Easy Beat 1.3.1 is a music production tool that allows users to compose songs by drawing notes or recording them with a MIDI instrument. In the new version stylistic variations, which were broken in version 1.3, work again.
Digital Specter\'s Startup Security 1.1, an update to the security tool, adds both password protection and the ability to disable the shift key under Mac OS 9 to the $20 security application for both OS X and Mac OS 8/9.
QuizMaker Pro 4.1 is an \"all-in-one quiz application\" that generates, administers, archives, and scores multiple choice, matching, and short answer tests. The free update to the $18 utility adds more preferences, fixes a few bugs, and other enhancements.
Brennan Stehling has posted an article on customizing the settings for the ipfw firewall which is built into Mac OS X.
Apple\'s Carbon Lib 1.4, part of OS 9.2.1, \"delivers improved functionality for Carbon-based applications on Mac OS 8.6, all Mac OS 9 releases and Mac OS X.\"
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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