Electric Butterfly has released Stimulus 1.0b1, an \"integrated software product that works intuitively like a file browser, allowing you to select and view/play all of your favorite images, audio files, and video clips from within a single application.\" The $12 application supports 17 popular file formats, zoom, printing, file properties, and other standard features. [Classic, Carbon]
Mac Beta 4 for Castle Wolfenstein MP is being mirrored by ExtremeSims Website as well as \"the entire [69MB] package for Mac users with no access to a PC.\" The beta application for OS X was created by Graeme Devine: \"The OS X build is looking good. On my G4 dual 800 with a GeForce 3 card I get 90fps in game, while on my P3 dual 800 with a GeForce 3 I get 30fps on the same settings.\"
Agfa recently released an updated ScanWise 2.1b as part of its beta program for texting its scanner drivers for OS X, support most of its SnapScan \"e\" scanners and its 1212u and 1236u scanners.
Following the release of StuffIt Deluxe 6.5 earlier today, Aladdin also released StuffIt Expander 6.5, an update to the free decompression utility bundled with most Macs. [Classic, Carbon]
24U Appearance OSAX 1.2.1 now works also when booted from write-protected disk and fixes a bug where \"better dialogs\" would not correctly appear in front of all windows. Appearance OSAX adds pop-up alerts, display dialogs, open floating text message windows, show progress indicators, and other notifications to AppleScript.
Maxum Development today released Rumpus 2.0, a \"major\" update to the company\'s high-performance FTP server package. Version 2.0 is now a native Carbon application and also adds upload notices, folder sets, user account limits, direct HTTP user account management, and enhanced security (user database encyrption). It is a free update to all purchases within the last year. Upgrades are $80 (Standard) and $120 (Professional).
Afternoon tech news: AMD plans to unveil a chip dubbed the Athlon XP, with the suffix standing for \"extra performance,\" and not a reference to the soon-to-be-released Windows XP operating system; Toshiba is the latest laptop manufacturer to jump on the wireless bandwagon pioneered by Apple with the AirPort standard; The Nimda virus is continuing to spread at a rapid rate, and analysts are predicting that the worm may outpace the infamous Code Red virus.
Design, Inc.\'s historical combat game Ancient Warfare for the Mac will ship with Romans and Barbarian armies and also includes a campaign for the Roman empire in 68 AD when Rome had four emperors. The $25 game ($4 shipping & handling) includes true isometric views of the battlefields, 3D rendered graphics, variable formations (line, box, wedge, etc.), and support for infantry, archers, cavalry, wagon trains, etc. A special offer until the end of October will raffle 3 authentic silver coins from ancient Rome to those who order before that date.
Keyspan is now shipping silver USB hubs, which complement \"QuickSilver\" Power Mac G4s. Both hubs offer four USB ports, support dual power modes, and comply with USB 1.1 specifications. The mini hub version also features a low-power design that extends the battery life of the laptop. The desktop version (UH-4ASL) retails at $40 and the Mini Hub (UHM-4SL) retails at $50.
Aladdin today released StuffIt Deluxe 6.5, an update to its $80 compression utility. Version 6.5 includes new StuffIt Express Personal Edition (available separately), which can create customized drop boxes that can be configured to automate file compression and transfer tasks. It also brings Magic Menu support for OS X, smart expansion of Palm OS files, and DropTar, a new drop box compression utility for Unix.
EarthBrowser 1.5.4, a $20 dynamic earth simulation that shows current weather, webcams, earthquakes, volcanoes and clouds, corrects location information for several cities, updates the webcams, and has other fixes. It is available in several languages.
SQL4X 1.3 offers a free graphical interface for installing and configuring MySQL: \"You will need less than five minutes to install and configure your first MySQL database server. To administer MySQL and to access your databases SQL4X Manager 1.3 is included,\" which provides access local and remote MySQL databases. Two versions of SQL4X Manager are available: Basic Edition ($40), which is restricted to access up to two MySQL database servers and the Pro Edition ($70) with unlimited access to local and remote MySQL database server.
Intelli Innovations has released iPrompter 1.8.6, a bug-fixing update to its prompting software for the Mac.
MacNN reader John Robokos notes a Morningstar.com article discusses the state of the PC industry from the point of view of the HP-Compaq buyout. In terms of Apple, the author says: \"Apple, of course, is a different story, since it builds its own operating system and has proprietary components. Apple sells a differentiated product; the Wintel crowd sells a commodity... But trying to compete in consumer PCs against a low-cost producer (Dell), the maker of a radically differentiated product (Apple), and the world\'s pre-eminent marketer and designer of consumer electronics (Sony)...\"
BTV Pro 5.1 is the latest release of an application that allows you to view, capture and edit video, create stop-motion animations, and also has advanced capture features such as frame averaging, time lapse and motion detection. The new version has the ability to add the image of a clock to frames in timelapse and motion detection, and can make a movie out of a folder of image files.
osx.macnn.com has news of Entourage X, Microsoft\'s popular email client and personal information manager as well as shipment of Maya for OS X.
As MacNN first reported last week, Microsoft today released details regarding Office 10 for Mac OS X, which is now officially dubbed Office v. X for Mac. The software will be priced at $499 for the full release or as little as $149 for upgrades.
Dr. Bott is now shipping of its new T3Hub, an ultra-portable, semi-self powered, 3 port USB hub that weighs less than an ounce and requires no external power supply. It \"supports USB devices that normally require a powered hub such as keyboards, floppy drives, Zip drives, and scanners through intelligently allocating power where it is needed.\" The $34 hub is available in three colors: Titanium for PowerBook G4, Ice for iBook 2001 and Translucent Graphite that fits great with any computer.
As anticipated last week, Microsoft today announced the November availability of Entourage X, its email client and personal information manager for OS X: \"As the cornerstone of Office v. X for Mac, Entourage X for Mac offers many new features and improvements, including a redesigned user interface, calendar and the addition of Office notifications, plus many more improvements that have made communicating and managing information in Office v. X easier than ever.\" Pricing is $500 for the full version of \"Office v. X for Mac\" or $400 for a standalone version. Upgrades are $300, however, for a special limited time, Microsoft will be offering $150 upgrades to those who own any Office 2001 application. It requires OS X 10.1 to run.
Adobe yesterday reported financial results for its third quarter ended August 31, 2001 with revenue of $292.1 million and net profit of $40.3 million or $0.28 per share. Adobe cited a significant decline in Japan revenue as the main reason for missing the targeted revenue.
Maya and SGI have jointly announced the shipment of Maya for Mac OS X. The 3D animation and effects software includes support for QuickTime, tear off menus in the hot box, and a fully Aqua interface. The retail price of Maya Complete for Mac OS X is $7,500 USD, the same price as Maya Complete for other platforms.
Over the past week, MacDesktops has posted 6 new desktop pictures in memory of last week\'s 9-11 tragedies, including In Memoriam, Let Freedom Ring, Never Forget, New glory, Raising the flag, and United We Stand.
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Comixology fires up $6 all-you-can-read service
Amazon-owned Comixology has launched an all-you-can-read comic subscription service. After a 30-day free trial, for $6 a month, subscribers can draw from a large selection of the Comixology library, minus Marvel and DC comics. For now, the service is US-only. http://bit.ly/1WMAOft
QuarkXPress 2016 now shipping
Quark is now shipping QuarkXPress 2016, the newest version of Quark's graphic design and desktop publishing software that now features near-WYSIWYG fixe HTML5 publishing as well as improved operability with InDesign and Illustrator and support for multi-Color Gradient Blends, OpenType Stylistic Sets, a Color Picker (Eyedropper tool), Touchpads for Pinch and Zoom (Mac only) and more. Users on any previous version of QuarkXPress (versions 3-10) can upgrade to version 2016 for $350, while QuarkXPress 2015 users can upgrade to 2016 for $180; new licenses are available for $850 (education licenses are available for $90). http://bit.ly/1OL23Pu
Kanex debuts GoPower USB-C for MacBooks
Kanex today introduced its GoPower USB-C, a portable power solution designed to charge a USB-C MacBook on the go along with an iPhone or iPad simultaneously. Featuring 15,000 mAh of power--capable of charging an iPhone 6s seven times or the USB-C MacBook one full time--the GoPower USB-C Portable Battery features one 3A USB-C port and one 2.4A port for other devices, priority charging detection technology and a pass-thru charging to your devices when the battery is plugged into a power source. http://bit.ly/1TKaf8z
i.am+ EPs earphones are Apple Store exclusive
Musician turned consumer electronics entrepreneur Will.i.am has launched a new pair of Bluetooth wireless earphones, dubbed the i.am+ EPs. The new earphones are an Apple Store exclusive, and feature large 14mm drivers and aptX support for high-quality wireless streaming. The i.am+ EPs support A2DP controls, have a 30-foot range and can last up to six hours on a charge. The design is said to be inspired by the "iconic shape of vinyl records," and are made from spun metal and paired with a woven fabric cord. When not in use, the EPs magnetically click into place around the neck. The iam+ EPs are available now at select Apple Store and Apple.com for $230, are available in gold-on-black or black-on-black. http://bit.ly/1OKVlt2
Ultimate Ears debuts UE Roll 2 speaker
On Tuesday, audio accessory maker Ultimate Ears unveiled a new version of the UE Roll Bluetooth speaker. The new UE Roll 2, which sells for $100, looks identical to the previous version, but gets about 15 percent louder. In addition, the unit now supports a Bluetooth source signal up to 100 feet away, an improvement on the original's 65-foot limit. While both the old and new versions of the UE Roll offer an IPX7 waterproof rating, the company now includes a blow-up "floaty" with the speaker to avoid the risk of prolonged exposure. The new unit will begin general shipping next month. http://bit.ly/1TJWE0Z
Philips launches Hue White Ambiance bulbs
Philips latest HomeKit-compatible Hue light bulbs have hit the market. The new Hue White Ambiance bulbs are designed to allow users to control their color temperature to enhance either focus, or create a more relaxing tone. Combined with the latest update to the Philips Hue app, the new bulbs can be set according to user "routines." The "wake-up" mode gently turns up the brightness of the bulb, while conversely, the "go to sleep" mode gradually reduces the color temperature and brightness. The Philips Hue White Ambiance starter kit retails for $130, while single bulbs sell for $30. http://bit.ly/1TJT3Qn
Pluggable Technologies three-display USB-C dock
Peripheral company Plugable Technologies today launched the industry's first wave of USB-C docking stations with both Power Delivery and DisplayPort Alternate Mode support. The Plugable UD-CA1 Docking Station integrates support for both of these new capabilities, along with the full set of standard USB docking features like wired network, audio, and extra USB ports. Model UD-ULTCDL builds on this, adding support for three total displays using DisplayLink USB virtual graphics technology. The UD-CA1 retails for $129, with the UD-ULTCDL selling for $179, and available soon. http://bit.ly/1TrVVTJ