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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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