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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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Apple want ads hint at future Watch faces
An Apple job listing for a dedicated clock face team may suggest future fashion-brand partnerships, possibly in time for the updated watchOS updates that are likely to be revealed at this spring's Worldwide Developer Conference. Since the introduction of watchOS 2, there has only been four new watch faces, but three of them were left over from the first release, with only one truly new one -- the co-branded Hermés face exclusive to that edition. There is a rumored March 15 event, but if that takes place it will likely focus on new band options as regards the Apple Watch. http://apple.co/1O1TbTI
Microsoft may end Office Support Professional prog
Microsoft appears to be either ending or seriously revamping its "Accredited Support Professional Program" for training on Microsoft Office for Mac and iOS it has offered at MacTech conferences since 2013. The program is not on offer at the upcoming MacTech tour, which begins on March 16 in San Francisco and includes a number of other cities. Microsoft has released a statement that it is "evaluating options for 2016, but don't have anything to share at this time." http://bit.ly/1KDz3MQ
Office for Mac v15.18 released
Microsoft has issued an update for the Mac version of its productivity suite, Office 2016. The v15.18 update offers improvements for all of the included apps, such as bringing full screen support to Outlook and allowing Word to save PDF files to flash drives. In addition, a new selection pane has been added to PowerPoint and Excel for keeping track of objects, and shapes can now be added to OneNote notebook pages. The update is free for all users, but requires a Mac running OS X 10.10 or later and a valid Microsoft Office 365 subscription. http://bit.ly/1Q7pAzW
Apple to open new south Florida mall store
According to real estate trade papers in south Florida, Apple has signed a lease for a new retail space in Miami, at the forthcoming Brickell City Centre (yes, the UK spelling is used) open-air mall, which is set to open later this year. The center will feature a five-story shopping area, condominiums, a hotel and office buildings, along with a "climate ribbon" in the shopping area to keep visitors cool, eschewing traditional air conditioning. The exact location of the Apple Store within the plan is not yet clear, but the destination already boasts 75 confirmed stores. http://bit.ly/1Q7n7Wd
Filemaker provides free custom app guide
FileMaker announced today the release of the first in a three-part series of free how-to guides that will lead teams through the process of building a custom app using the FileMaker Platform. FileMaker's new how-to guides provide a step-by-step process that starts with a planning cycle covering goals, requirements, functionality and usability, and run all the way through identifying user scenarios, defining requirements, addressing integration, providing security, and deployment of the final product. http://bit.ly/1o08wQh
OCZ Trion 150 SSD shifts to 15nm TLC NAND
SSD manufacturer OCZ has updated its entry-level 2.5-inch Trion 100 SSD. The new Trion 150 has similar performance to the now replaced model, and now utilizes 15nm TLC NAND. Sequential read speeds top out at 550MB/S, with 4KB random write speeds running from 25K IOPS in the 120GB model, to 64K IOPS in the 960GB version of the drive. Endurance is limited to 30TB in the 120GB, and peaks at 240TB in the 960GB version. Retail prices vary between $46 for 120GB, to $270 for the 960GB version. http://bit.ly/1nVmlyL
Google off the hook in CAPTCHA labor suit
US District Jacqueline Scott Corley has dismissed a proposed class-action suit against Google, that alleged that Google secretly was given an economic gain without user knowledge. The suit alleged, correctly, that the second word in Google's CAPTCHA service was used as a crowd-sourced word identification for Google's book-scanning project. The judge ruled that the suit as filed had no facts to support a "reasonable consumer would expect to receive compensation" for the seconds it took to complete the form, and in addition, the free Gmail account provided more than offset any labor penalty incurred by the user. http://bit.ly/1o06Cir