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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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