CValley\'s free FILTERiT 4.01 update adds a revert function to the $130 effects plug-in suite for Adobe Illustrator.
Steve Jobs is No. 10 on Vanity Fair magazine\'s Top 50 leaders of the information age.
osx.macnn.com has notes about a native 4D Server 6.7.5 for OS X, new Buena Effects packs for OS X applications, and Baseview\'s NewsEditPro 3.4 and NewsEditPro IQue 3.4 text management systems.
4D today announced the immediate availability of 4D Server 6.7.5, an OS X native version of its client/server and web development application. 4D 6.7.x native Mac OS X client software is currently under development, expected to ship before the end of the year. The update, compatible with both Mac OS 8/9 and Window clients, is free for registered 4D Server 6.7 users and upgrade priced starts at $$300 for 4D Server 6.5 users.
Dantz Development tomorrow is expected to announce that Retrospect Backup 4.3 will support most internal Apple CD-RW drives shipped with Power Mac G4, iMac, and iBook computers using Shared Device Access Protocol (SDAP), an industry standard for arbitrating access to storage devices. Mac OS 9.2.1 includes Apple\'s SDAP Authoring Support extension, which allows SDAP-compliant control of Apple hardware. Restrospect Driver 2.2 update is available now in English, French, German, and Japanese as well as a Retrospect Extensions Update, which updates the device related extensions to add ATAPI CD-RW support and to improve FireWire and USB support with Retrospect. [links updated]
Baseview has released OS X native versions of NewsEditPro 3.4 and NewsEditPro IQue 3.4 text management systems. Version 3.4 of the editorial management system offers more sort options, new boolean and relevancy searches, and support for hotoshop, Quark CopyDeskSE and Adobe InCopy, including a helper pop-up that has been added for Story Editor (NewsEdit, CopyDesk or InCopy) and Image Editor (NewsEdit or Photoshop). The Pro version also a new chat function for easy communication between editors.
WebMerge 1.7, a cross-platform application that generates static Web pages from database files, now offers better flexibility for building index pages as well as minor enhancements to its AppleScript support and documentation. The $70 application works with any database that supports Merge or tab-delimited export formats, including FileMaker Pro and Microsoft Access.
A Wired article talks about possible opportunities for Apple is slumping economony, given its unique position among the PC makers: \"And the company may be poised to become a much bigger player down the road, market watchers said: \'As a brand, Apple is one of these top names in the country...\'\"
Buena Software has released Effects Pack 1 (EP1), EP2 and E3 v2.0, three sets of QuickTime video effects plug-ins allow users to apply a wide variety of filters and transitions to their movies in applications that use QuickTime effects, including QuickTime Player Pro and Adobe Premiere. Version 2.0 adds native support for OS X applications. Pricing starts at $30 per pack with discounts for buying 2 or 3 sets. Upgrades are $10.
A MacNN writes: \"I just found a perfect urban life companion for a PowerBook G4 Ti. Though not widely known, a company called drop makes a bag called \'macdaddy\' (surprise!) which has a padded second bag inside. This padded bag fits PowerBook G4 Ti perfectly. The whole bag is very stylish and comes in 3 colors: yellow, blue and black. Price? I got mine for below $60 w/o tax. You can find the bag around the town in these skater shops or dj shops.\"
Afternoon tech news: Former Apple executive Ellen Hancock has been ousted from her position as CEO of Exodus Communications after the company announced a sharp downturn in revenue and profits resulting from a sluggish Web services market; Many of the promised USB 2.0 devices, which offer transfer speeds up to 40 times greater than the initial USB standard, are beginning to ship in quantity; Intel and AMD are working to come to an agreement over the diverging bus standard technologies, 3GIO and HyperTransport.
Dean Davis has posted WeatherMan 1.2, new versions of his $10 weather application for Mac OS 8/9 and Classic that downloads real-time weather information directly from the National Weather Service Weather Gateway. Version 1.2 adds support for metric unit display and better support for dial-up users. [Classic, Carbon]
Astrologyk 3.0 is a new version of the astrology software (previously known as \'Astrology\'), bringing a new native Carbon version and support for moon\'s nodes as well as plug-in architecture that supports \"interpretation.\" [Classic, Carbon]
Badia Software today announced the release of LiveKeys XT, a plugin for QuarkXpress that allows users to fully customize keyboard shortcuts for menus, tools, style sheets and other commands in QuarkXPress. The $40 XTension also offers the ability to save and load custom shortcut sets. A demo is expected to be posted later this week.
The Rob Steward Company has released an update to its $15 shareware strategy/solitaire game, A Farewell to Kings 2.0, which now offers native OS X support as well as \"greatly improved graphics,\" new games sounds, more preferences, and other enhancements. [Classic, Carbon].
Olympus today announced the D-40 ZOOM, which it claims is the \"world\'s smallest\" 4 Megapixel digital camera. It features a 2.8x optical zoom lens, a new 10-position Mode Dial for pre-defined and custom exposure settings, and a Optimum Image Enlargement mode that enlarges images up to 3200 x 2400 pixels (7.7 Megapixels) in SHQ or HQ mode. It is due in October for $800.
Apple Australia\'s managing director Diana Ryall will be retiring for personal issues, after 20 years with the company. She was Australia\'s Employer of the Year for 2000. Ryall will be succeeded by Ben Bowley, Apple Australia\'s former marketing chief, according to Macworld UK.
Sleeper 3.5, an update to St. Clair Software\'s screen saver and energy-saving utility, now saves multiple configuration settings, offers more customization options for energy-saving functions, adds support for desktop LCD displays, and offers new options to control processor cycling.
John Scalo\'s File Freak 3.4 is an update to the $13 shareware utility for Mac OS 8/9 and X which allows you to quickly access your files by just typing a few letters.
Koingo Software has released Alarm Clock Pro 3.7.4 for better performance under OS X and Contact Keeper 3.74 to fix a problem with the built-in dialer.
Alchemy Labs has released a \"major\" update to its e-mail checker for the Mac OS, Pony Express 1.5. The $10 shareware now offers support for message headers listing, updated status display, an improved contextual menu, and better support for \"skins.\" It supports unlimited number of POP3 and IMAP4 accounts, including mac.com accounts.
LaCie is now shipping an enhanced version of its combination DVD-RAM/R drive with FireWire connectivity. The external drive includes LaCie\'s new two-chip, single firmware interface, which allows the combo drive to be easily moved between FireWire-equipped systems (Mac or Windows). Pricing starts at $690, including cables, software drivers, one 4.7GB DVD-R and one 4.7GB DVD-RAM disc. LaCie also offers 4.7GB DVD-R General media for $12 as well as DVD-RAM media at $25 for the single-sided 4.7GB disc, and $45 for the double-sided 9.4GB disc.
Barrett Madden passed along some comments about the AppleStore in the North Shore Mall in Boston, which had its grand opening this past weekend: \"The line that morning went to the opposite end of the mall, and by the time I arrived that afternoon, it had settled down to a steady 15 minute wait for people to enter the store, due to the volume of pedestrian traffic. \"Apple was handing out T-shirts that a translucent-style blue apple and the word Northshore on the front, and a barcode with an apple cut out of it and the words Shop Different on the back. Very cool. Purchases were bagged in translucent blue bags with a white apple on them, and were visible throughout the mall.\"
Thursby Software announced today, a Fall special on MacSOHO, its file share software for the home office/small office market. The cross-platform sharign software is available for $50 (half-off) through the end of the year.
Appgen Software is offering newly packaged versions of Moneydance 3.0 and MyBooks 5.1, which will be on display at at the Retail Visions Conference which takes place from September 4th-7th in Orlando. Appgen is marketing the OS X tools as a viable alternative to Quicken and QuickBooks.
MacNN reader Keving Watkins reports that BellSouth\'s FastAccess DSL, which previously required a $150 installation for Mac users, is now shipping Mac software with their Alcatel USB modems for user self installation. \"(Tech Support) said it was just recently released to the public as a download and that although the USB modems didn\'t actually ship with the software, it was \'available for download and would be included with the modems at a future date.\'\"
textSOAP 3.0.2 is a text cleaning utility that removes garbage characters, formats line breaks, and performs other functions. The new release adds multiple undos, a de-install option, improvements of the text engine under OS X, and the alleviation of a BBEdit bug.
FMPasap is a new mobile channel exclusively for FileMaker Pro users, available for the Palm, Pocket PC, or Internet-enabled mobile phone. The service includes tips, tricks, shareware, freeware, articles, and courseware.
Deep Sky Technologies has released BASh v1.6.0 a 4th Dimension component which provides enhanced functionality for 4D including a dynamic stack space module for reusing variable space, and encoding and cryptography routines. The new version offers 29 new methods and other improvements.
On the high end, Epson now offers the C80 color ink jet printer which features new inks that are water resistant and light resistant and is priced at under $150. The printer delivers up to 20 pages per minute (ppm) of black text printing and up to 10 ppm color. The C80 offers both USB and parallel connectivity. A version called the C80WN includes 802.11b (AirPort) wireless networking.
Epson has introduced two new four-color, desktop color ink jet printers. The C60 is priced at $79, prints at a 2880 x 720 dots-per-inch (dpi) hardware resolution and uses ink droplets as small as four picoliters. The printer can purportedly output up to 12 pages per minute (ppm) of black text and up to eight ppm of color graphics and text. The C40UX offers 1440 x 720 resolution and print speeds up to 8 pages per minute.
In the wake of Palm\'s Be buyout, Insignia Solutions has hired Lamar Potts, who previously worked at both Apple and Be as senior vice president of worldwide sales. Interestingly, Potts was the vice president of Apple\'s MacOS licensing business unit, which was responsible for managing the spread of clones.
PrintToPDF 2.2.5 is the latest release of a shareware printer driver that creates PDF (Portable Document Format) files. Users do not need to have the full Acrobat package installed for PrintToPDF to work. The new version fixes a bug with JPEG image handling, improved horizontal text space, and made several other minor enhancements.
Time Palette 5.0 displays the current local time for any city worldwide, renders real-time, photo-realistic maps of the world with correct sun-shading, and calculates a wealth of global time, geographic, astronomical and weather data. The new release offers OS X compatibility, a new user atlas, a favorites feature, and twilight graphs.
StickyBrain 1.3.1 is a replacement for the Stickies application standard in most Mac OS versions It includes a full-featured word processor and can be used to write letters, keep to-do lists, remember phone numbers, e-mail addresses and internet passwords. The new release includes a number of bug fixes and other improvements. [Classic, Carbon]
sPearWay has begun shipping xAlizer, a tool that assists Webmasters in setting up web log analysis using The Webalizer. The tool can be used to produce usage statistics in HTML format for viewing with a browser. The results are presented in both tabular and graphical forms.
Iconfactory foreman Gedeon Maheux will appear on the TechTV show - \"Call for Help\" on Monday, September 10th, 2001. Maheux will be demonstrating The Iconfactory\'s IconBuilder Photoshop filter as well as providing tips and tricks for icon authors when designing and creating icons for Mac OS X and Windows XP. The show airs live at 5pm est / 2pm pst.
MacNN reader David Dondero has put up a video with footage from the opening of Apple\'s retail store in Peabody, Massachusetts on Saturday, September 1st.
Hewlett Packard is buying Compaq Computer for $25 billion, potentially creating a company that will rival IBM in terms of sheer size (more than 145,000 employees) and revenue (about $85 billion per year). Sales totals of the merged company would also exceed any other personal computer maker, including Dell. Both companies were mum regarding the potential for further job cuts in the wake of the acquisition.
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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