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Reader: OS X 10.1 burned on CDR for customers
Jon Camp writes about an interesting proposed method of obtaining the much-anticipated OS X 10.1 update:
A friend of mine told me to tell you this. I was around my local college computer shop (The DoIT Center @ UW - Madison) and I asked a guy there about the 10.1 update, and when we might be expecting it. They said mid Sept, no big suprise, but what was neat is how we would go about getting the update. He said that what I would have to do is bring in a CDR, and they would burn the Disk Image of the update to the CD for me, and *tada* I have my free upgrade to 10.1. I am not sure if this is how it is going to happen other places, but it's a damn good idea I think. Apple saves money with CD production, the consumer saves money in shipping/handling. I am not sure if any documentation would come with it, I will try to find that out later. I hope you find this news helpful!! I sure did!!!
Packet Inference 4.4 detects Code Red Worm
NetMinder Ethernet, Neon Software's Mac OS Ethernet protocol analyzer, incorporates a new rule for detecting Code Red Worm probe attempts. Version 4.4 uses rules-based technology to automatically detect many types of problems common to Ethernet networks via Packet Inference 4.4, which analyzes network data based on a set of pre-programmed rules and provides explanations and conclusions about unusual conditions it detects. It is available as a free update to NetMinder Ethernet 4.x owners.
Analyst: Apple least affected by 9-11 tragedy
An financial analyst says that Apple will be least impacted by recent events and has reiterated a "Buy" rating on AAPL stock.
CS Odessa releases ConceptDraw Pro
CS Odessa has released the Professional Edition of ConceptDraw, a diagramming application for business and technical drawings. ConceptDraw Professional adds 25 additional libraries for such areas as Network Diagrams, Process Engineering, Chemical, Electrical Engineering, as well as support for CAD applications. The full version costs $249, while an upgrade from the standard release is priced at $125.
Ages of Empires II: Gold Edition for Mac
Destineer's Macintosh label, Bold, today announced that it will include the popular Age of Empires II expansion, "Age of Empires II: The Conquerors Expansion" when it ships Microsoft's best-selling game "Age of Empires II: The Age of Kings" for the Macintosh late next month. Both products will be included together in a package which will be called Age of Empires II: Gold Edition for Macintosh: "When Mac users shop for Age of Empires II this fall, they should find that the Macintosh version of Age of Empires II will have the same contents and the same price as the Windows version, plus it runs on a Mac."
World PC Expo kicks off
The World PC Expo is set to kick off on Wednesday, September 19th at Makuhari Messe in Japan and run through the 22nd. More than 350,000 attendees are expected, and more than 800 companies will exhibit.
Adobe to announce earnings
Adobe will report earnings on Wednesday, September 19th, delayed from the previous date of last Thursday. The company had to close its downtown San Jose headquarters because of worries that its 16- and 18-story were near the flight path to a nearby airport. Consensus analyst estimates peg Adobe's third-quarter earnings at 28 cents per share.
Apple donates $1M to Red Cross Disaster Fund
In a letter to employees, Steve Jobs this morning announced the cancellation of Apple Expo Paris and also announced a $1 million dollar donation to families of the firefighters, police and other emergency response personnel who lost their lives, through the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund. (full message to employees available)
Handspring unveils new handhelds
As anticipated last week, Handspring today introduced two new handhelds, Visor Pro and Visor Neo. The $300 Visor Pro is a rechargeable, expandable handheld with 16MB of memory and the $200 Visor Neo is an entry-level, level handheld with the same computing power but has slightly less memory (8MB) and uses AAA batteries. Handspring also introduced the eyemodule2 digital camera ($200) and the 16MB Backup ($60) modules which provide full VGA resolution and backup memory storage, respectively.
OS X: FCP Carbonized, Wacom driver, kybd util
osx.macnn.com has a note about Final Cut Pro for OS X, the upcoming release of Wacom drivers for OS X, Michael Kamprath's Keyboard Maestro public beta, Discreet's combustion 2 animation/compositing software, and other notes.
Reader: Wacom drivers by month\'s end, FCP OS
Sebastiaan van Stijn writes about some interesting Wacom and Final Cut Pro news he learned at IBC in Amsterdam:
"I spoke to a person at the Wacom stand and asked him when Wacom would be shipping a driver for MacOS X..He told me that they (at last..) plan to ship a driver on, or directly folowing the Apple Expo in Paris later this month (where Apple will introduce MacOS X 10.1). The driver will probably -require- version 10.1 because it uses some resources that are included in this version of the OS.
Furthermore, at the Apple stand, I informed when a OS-X version of Final Cut will be availlable. According to the person I spoke, FCP for OS X will be shipping at the end of this year."
The BoardRoom 2.0: FMPro instant messaging
Brian Dunning's The BoardRoom 2.0 allows users to communicate instantly with from within FileMaker Pro 5.x solution. It supports up to 250 simultaneous users and the ability to send, receive, broadcast, edit, and retrieve old messages as well as audio and visual notification of incoming messages, quoted text inreplies, automated time stamping of all deliveries/receipts, and broadcast messaging. A Developer Kit offers the ability to integrate The BoardRoom functions into existing solutions.
Laptops in classroom: no Macs?
A Chronicle of Higher Education article talks about laptops in the classroom, noting that UNC's laptop program "has its share of critics on campus, some of the criticism has come from students and faculty members who thought the university should not be dictating a 'Wintel' platform and brushing aside the critics' preference for Macintosh computers."
Keyboard Maestro 1.0PB2: OS X hot-key util
Michael Kamprath has released Keyboard Maestro PB2, which "allows you to define any number of hot keys that can be activated anywhere simply by pressing a user definable keystroke." A variety of pre-programmed hot key combinations are included as well as a Classic program switcher. The beta release expires November 15.
Time Track 1.01: time-tracking application
Time Track 1.01, a maintenance update, is a time tracking application designed for consultants and freelancers. It also includes a preview of Time Track Strip and a Control Strip module currently in development (a dockling is being developed for OS X users). [Classic, Carbon]
ShredIt 4.8.2 improves performance
ShredIt 4.8.2 brings improved performance and other bug fives to the multi-lingual (English, French, German, and Japanese) privacy utility that "provides an easy, permanent way to destroy personal and confidential information."
New Website highlights theme tools for OS X
CharonSoft's ThemePacker helps develop the .theme format files used by the company's OS X theme tool: "MetamorphX Theme Format (ends in .theme). This is the most powerful format, but up to now has been the hardest to use. In the past you would have to manually set all of the values via the command line in the terminal." MetamorphX 3.01 checks for themes from a central server during startup, offering a list of those available as well an option to download. The company also recently relocated/redesigned its Website.
Startup Security 1.2 adds sleep protection
Digital Specter has released Startup Security 1.2, an update to the security tool that enables firmware password protection for Macs. Version 1.2 adds support for wake-from-sleep password protection and has improved security during start-up.
Quark releases Quark Xpress 5.0 beta
Quark has released a free public beta of Quark Xpress 5.0b, which runs only on U.S. English operating systems. The new release takes the industry-standard layout/design print design tools and "applies them to the Web. With QuarkXPress 5.0, you can now design Web pages with the same precise control and creative latitude that you've come to rely on for print." It also includes export and/or import routines for 26 popular file formats as well as other enhancements.
project messiah coming to Mac
messiah:animate 3.0, the next-generation of the project:messiah character animation plug-in, is a stand alone package that adds performance improvements ("real-time speed"), an uncluttered interface, a scripting language, multi-layered effects, motion capture, non-linear animation editing, and other enhancements. A Mac version is expected sometime after the Nov 26 release date.
ATI supports GLSetup software API
ATI is supporting GLSetup, an initiative to ease distribution of OpenGL drivers to end users by using software that automatically checks for the appropriate graphics card and downloading the appropriate driver. The software has already shipped with popular games such as Quake 3: Arena; Serious Sam; Baldur's Gate 2; Tribes 2; Alice; Descent 3; Homeworld; Soldier of Fortune; and others. Developers can add the GLSetup installer to a game free of charge for automatically detecting a users 3D graphics card and installing the appropriate OpenGL and Direct3D drivers. (Mac version not available; Automatic driver updates have been part of the Mac OS since Apple introduced the Software Update Engine.)
Motorola readies G5 processor at 1.6GHz
Motorola is reportedly set to launch the G5 processor (a.ka., PowerPC 8500) along with a new chipset (with support for 16GB of DDR memory) is set to go into volume production "real soon" at speeds of up to 1.6GHz (800MHz, 1GHz, 1.2GHz, 1.4GHz and 1.6GHz, according to The Register. The G5 has an increased pipeline (from the 7450's seven stages to ten), is capable of exceeding 2GHz, uses silicon-on-insulator technology for lower watt consuption (26W at 1.4GHz), and supports both 64-/32-bit chip architectures as well as multi-processor configurations, according to the report.
Apple cancels Apple Expo Paris
Apple today announced the cancelation of Apple Expo 2001, which was scheduled to take place at the Paris Expo in Porte de Versailles, September 26-30, 2001. "We're canceling Apple Expo in the wake of last week's devastating and tragic events. We're sorry to disappoint our users and developers, but their safety is our primary concern," said Steve Jobs.
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