osx.macnn.com today reports on a new public beta release of Opera 5 for Mac OS X, bringing stability and new features to the trimmed-down Web browser; and OmniGraffle 1.1.2, the Cocoa-built diagramming tool. Several other key software updates are also noted.
OmniGraffle 1.1.2, the Omni Group\'s Cocoa-built diagramming application, offers bug fixes and performance enhancements over the previous release. The Omni Group has also permanently reduced the price of OmniGraffle from $109.95 to $59.95.
PocketNotes 1.0 is a new notepad application from Pocket Software that includes the ability to manipulate skins, attach notes to each item or outline, ability to set items by priority, and some advanced search functionality. The Carbonized app is $20 shareware. [download form]
eleather.it has unveiled its latest line of cases for Apple\'s PowerBook Titanitum G4. The cases are Genuine Italian Vegetable Tanned Leather Board and water-resistant. Pricing ranges up to $241.
CrushFTP 3.0b10 is the latest release of Ben Spink\'s FTP server tool that supports users/groups, ratios, quotas, bandwidth limiters, remote admin, virtual serving, redundancy, load balancing, virtual directories. The new version allows full GUI remote administration, redesigns the interface, and fixes Mac OS X bugs. [Classic, Carbon]
FireWire Direct has debuted the FX Series RAID/Storage Cluster External System, an IEEE 1394 system that uses the Oxford 911 IDE to FireWire Bridge Technology, which th ecompany claims makes these new RAID Solutions up to three times faster than standard FireWire storage devices. The clusters are available in 2, 4 and 8-bay configurations (up to 640GB) and \"combo\" hard drive/CDRW configurations. Pricing ranges from $699 to $2895.
Amid rumors and speculation that it will close down its semiconductor operations, which produce the PowerPC 7400 series and other processors for Apple, Motorola has announced a breakthrough in chip design that will allow engineers to cram 50 percent more density into circuits. The new process uses \"photomasks\" to produce chip silicon wafers that will eventually be as thin as .05 microns. Current leading edge processor designs, including the Pentium 4 and PowerPC 7400, use silicon wafers that range between .11 and .15 microns. However, Motorola says it could be 2005 before the new method is used to develop desktop processors.
Afternoon tech news: The Department of Justice is urging the Supreme Court to reject a review appeal from Microsoft regarding its on-going anti-trust legal proceedings; Intel has launched three new processors under its Celeron brand-name, with speeds ranging up to 1.1 Ghz; Defunct console maker Sega is entering a new pact to bring more advanced games to hand-held computing devices.
Sun is showing off a new version of its StarOffice productivity suite, viewed by industry pundits as the only real competition to Microsoft Office, at this week\'s LinuxWorld conference and Expo. The new version, 6.0, breaks the suite into individual applications that can be run separately, and does away with the proprietary \"start-bar\" functionality and e-mail checking component. Sun had originally developed a Mac OS X flavor of StarOffice, but turned its Mac-based development over to OpenOffice.org, who continues to revise the software and offer downloadable releases.
Opera Software has released the first public beta of its Opera 5 Web browser that is compatible with Mac OS X. The company previously offered a bug-ridden alpha version of the software. The new release adds keychain support and auto-completion of URLs, which were previously only offered in the Mac OS 9 release of Opera 5. The new version also adds a new button bar and significant stability enhancements.
See Jane Code has released JaneBUILDER for PHP 1.1, which allows vistual editing of PHP files, used in Web page development. The new release offers two new Auto-Janes and an add-on tool, Jane SQL. User requested functionality and bug fixes have also been incorporated in the new release.
nQuick 2.1 is a small utility that allows users to store items such as notes, passwords, to-do lists, and more. The new version gets an improved interface, new options and preferences, as well as the ability to manage styled texts.
Adobe has released SVG Viewer 3.0b1, a Web plug-in that allows vieiwing of interactive graphic contact. The new version is available in a Mac OS X 10.1 flavor, includes more \"elements,\" better support for cascading style sheets, significant performance improvements, and other enhancements. [Classic, Carbon]
Macgamefiles.com is now offering a demo version of Tony Hawk 2 for Mac. The limited version allows users play an unlimited number of 2-minute skate sessions, but does not include the park editor, multiplayer functionality, or access to customized skaters.
In the wake of Apple\'s decision to discontinue its KidSafe Web-access restriction iTools service, Intego is offering users a free copy of its Internet filtering tool, Content Barrier. The offer is good through October 1, 2001.
Iconographer 2.1 a fully-featured 32-bit icon editor that is now Carbonized. The new release also adds full support for the Mac OS X icon format, improved icon format conversion, a revamped colors palette, and live window dragging. [Classic, Carbon]
MacNN reader Andrik Aschoff notes a ZDNet Germany article that details a Microsoft ad which shows Windows XP running on a desktop Power Macintosh system.
LCedit+ 2.0 adds OS X support to CDS advanced technology\'s LanBox-LC lighting editor. The new version also includes a Fixture library with a selection of predefined fixtures, intensity, and position indicators on the stage, Command macros, and more.
The South Pacific Mac Developer\'s Conference takes place on October 3rd in Auckland, New Zealand. Admission is priced at $40. \"We hope that you will be able to touch-base on traditional Macintosh directions with tools like Filemaker, Applescript and REALBasic as well as look into newer development methodologies presented by MacOS-X with UNIX, WebObjects and Cocoa,\" said show organizers.
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Trade-up program expands in Europe
Smartphone users in France, Italy, and Spain will have until at least August of this year to trade in old iPhone, Windows Phone, or Android models at Apple Stores, and put the reward towards a new iPhone -- thanks to an expansion of Apple's trade-in program into those countries. The money given for the trade-in must be applied towards a new iPhone on a two-year payment plane, and traders must qualify under a credit check as part of the program. Interested customers can apply for the trade-in at their nearest Apple Store. http://bit.ly/1qPsldD
NBCUniversal adds Bravo, Syfy, E! to Apple TV
NBCUniversal has launched three new apps channels for Apple TV users. Bravo Now, Syfy Now and E! Now brings users access full seasons of current and past episodes of most of NBCUniversal's catalog. The Bravo Now app includes shows like "The Real Housewives of New York Cit," "Below Deck Mediterranean," comedy "Odd Mom Out" and "Top Chef." The Syfy Now app offers up shows like "The Magicians," thriller "12 Monkeys" and the reality show "Face Off." The E! Now app serves up shows like "Keeping Up with the Kardashians," "Botched," "#RichKids of Beverly Hills," Caitlyn Jenner's "I Am Cait," and "WAGS." While some content is free, most content requires users to authenticate via their cable satellite or telco TV provider. http://bit.ly/20K4Pea
Apple rolls out Arabic version of Apple.com
Apple has rolled out a new version of its Apple.com website for Arabic language users in the United Arab Emirates. The site utilizes a right-to-left reading format where it has been updated, although the upgrade is still in progress with a number of page links still in the original English language left-to-right format. Of particular note is that the site debuts an all-new custom Arabic font created by the Tarek Atrissi Design agency, giving it a highly contemporary look and feel. The new support for Arabic on its host website follows the introduction of full support for right-to-left languages in iOS 9, and the addition of Arabic support to Siri late last year. http://apple.co/20JHGIM
Adobe previews Photoshop content-aware crop
Adobe has previewed a new 'content-aware crop' feature from the next version of its Photoshop CC. The new feature is similar to its 'content-aware fill' from the current version of Photoshop CC, and potentially saves users time when cropping photos in a way that might otherwise leave blank white space in the frame. Adobe's 'content-aware' tech automatically assesses the blank space and seamlessly fills the blank space with the nearest related content in the space when a photo is expanded or rotated without the need to manually clone that part of the image. The feature allows users to move a horizon by adding more sky or ground, change the aspect ratio by adding content around the edges of the image and fill in the corners of an image when rotated during a crop. Adobe says the feature is coming soon and will be automatically available to Creative Cloud subscribers. http://adobe.ly/20JDFEu
Markzware updates Q2ID for QuarkXPress 12 files
Graphic design file conversion tool maker Markzware has launched a new version of its Q2ID tool. The InDesign plugin enables users to open QuarkXPress files within a new InDesign (INDD) document, without rebuilding the QXP document from scratch -- the new version includes support for QuarkXPress 12 files. Q2ID Subscription members can download the new version as part of their annual plan. A single-user can purchase the plugin for $200, with other licensing options available. http://bit.ly/1Z4dS9t
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]
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