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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Fiat Chrysler adding Siri Eyes Free
On Friday, automaker Fiat Chrysler issued a software update for selected 2013-2015 model cars to allow Siri Eyes Free, the precursor to the more fully-featured CarPlay, to be compatible with the vehicles' infotainment systems, including steering wheel control. The 2013 through 2015 model Ram 1500/2500/3500, the 2013-2015 Dodge Viper, the 2014-2015 Dodge Durango, the 2014-2015 Jeep Cherokee and Grand Cherokee, and the 2015 models of Dodge Challenger and Charger, Jeep Renegade, and Chrysler 200 and 300 can be upgraded through the Unconnect touchscreen, visiting the Uconnect site and entering their 17-digit Vehicle ID, then downloading the update to a USB drive. Installation can take up to 45 minutes, and can only be done while the vehicle is in park. http://bit.ly/23f0sby
Tor Myhren starts as VP of Communications
After an initial announcement in December, Apple on Friday added former Grey Group chief creative officer Tor Myhren to its leadership roster as VP of Marketing Communications, placing the well-known ad exec in charge of Apple's advertising and Internet marketing efforts, as well as having a hand in packaging design. He will report directly to CEO Tim Cook, and is replacing the retired Hiroki Asai, who left Apple after 18 years with the company. Myhren is expected to continue Apple recent push into more "lifestyle" marketing rather than product-centric ads, such as the well-remembered "I'm a Mac" campaign from last decade. http://apple.co/1Wwf0Dd
Marseilles Apple Store to open May 14
Apple has officially announced its newest retail store in France, which is to open in the southern port city of Marseilles in the Les Terrasses du Port shopping center on May 14 at 10AM local time. It will be the 19th full retail store Apple has opened in the country, or 20th if one includes the Apple Watch-only boutique at Galeries Lafayette in Paris. Apple is said to be planning a new showcase Paris store to be located on the Champs-Élysées. http://apple.co/1pP77vO
Maps adds Flyover, Suggestions locations
Apple has updated Maps to include Spotlight Suggestions for Denmark, Norway, and Sweden, allowing users to search both internally and across the web on both Mac and iOS devices for data in Spotlight. In addition, the company has added Puerto Vallarta, Mexico and Akron, Ohio to the 3D Flyover feature, offering computer-enhanced aerial views of the two areas -- and has activated real-time traffic information for Thailand, which will augment services like reminders to incorporate estimated travel times for appointments, as an example. The company recently added Nearby searches to five countries, and rolled out transit directions for Montreal in Canada and Portland, Oregon. http://apple.co/1Lh1Zel
Verizon gives last offer, issues workers ultimatum
Verizon has offered striking workers its "last, best and final offer" following 10 months of protracted negotiations with union leaders. The latest offer comes on the back of 36,000 Verizon employees taking strike action two weeks ago. The proposal includes a 7.5 percent wage rise, better benefits and voluntary retirement incentive offers. The striking workers, mainly on from its fixed line operations, have claimed that Verizon has outsourced 5,000 jobs to workers overseas and that it has been deliberately hiring low-wage, non-union contractors. Verizon recently posted revenue of $32.2 billion for the March quarter. http://cnnmon.ie/26AmwSv
CarPlay comes to Porsche 718 Cayman
Porsche has revealed that its new 718 Cayman series will be the latest vehicles in its range equipped with support for Apple CarPlay. The new Porsche models joins the recently announced 718 Boxster, the 2017 Macans and the 2016 model of the 911 in offering support for Apple's iOS in the car interface. Both are fitted standard with an eight speaker sound system and the Porsche Communications Management (PCM) system. The entry-level Cayman starts at $53,9000, while the faster S variant starts from $66,300. Although already on sale, the won't reach US dealers until late November. http://prn.to/1Tj1EW7
Macphun offers free Photos filters
Image editing software maker Macphun are offering a free set of up to 30 photo filter effects to extend the range of filter options available to users of Apple's Photos app for OS X, which replaced the previous iPhoto program. The first 15 filters are available after installing the software, and includes filters such as "Ancient Canvas" and "Twilight," while users who sign up for the Macphun newsletter will unlock the other 15 effects. The extension integrates directly into Photos, and include sliders for finer control of the effects and a masking brush. http://bit.ly/1VEgQD6