REALbasic 4 a1 is the first alpha release of the cross-platform development environment, adding several new features and fixing a few bugs.
Kensington today introduced its new Turbo Mouse Pro Wireless trackball, which it claims \"is the first wireless input device compatible with Apple\'s new Mac OS X operating system,\" using the bundled MouseWorks driver. The RF-based trackball allows you to workwithin 6ft of your system and features six Direct Launch buttons, four programmable buttons, and an integrated scroll wheel. The $120 mouse, expected to ship later this month, is backed by Kensington\'s satisfaction guarantee, which features a five-year product warranty, no-risk 90-day trial and toll-free technical support. [pricing discrepancy on Website]
MacNN Sources report that Apple will introduce a new retail version of its iMac on October 1st. The new Indigo-colored iMac will feature a G3 processor, 64MB of RAM, a 20GB drive, a 24xCD, and a 56K modem. It is expected to be available on October 1st for $799. (MacNN sources have been unable to confirm the processor speed, but it may be as high G3/500MHz, similar to the special $800 configuration iMac available to education institutions and for $850 to faculty, staff, and students; other sources report it will be a 400MHz processor.)
Grammarian X, Casady & Greene\'s $50 grammar checker, is now available for electronic download. It adds the ability to lock and unlock the Writing Rules feature and allows users and administrators who work in a network environment to share common Writing Rules settings. The universal grammar checker also features 150 built-in grammar rules and claims to provide \"over five times more grammar checking power than the limited grammar checkers in Microsoft Word and Microsoft Office.\" Upgrades are $20.
Focus Enhancements has unveiled the FireWriter, a digital video character generator equipped with FireWire connections (IEEE 1394) for use with video source, storage, and playback devices. The device anti-aliases titles and character by character attributes like font, font size, color, shadow, outline, and 256 levels of transparency. With the device, users can superimpose JPEG images over videos and other backgrounds. FireWriter is available at an U.S. suggested retail price of $2195.00.
Angelo Scicolone has released PrefsOverload 3.1, which brings a 50% improvement in speed, full PDF help and a new main menu screen. to the $15 utility for managing the Preferences Folder.
Will Jessop writes: \"At the offical website for Lightwave 3D there are some performance graphics pitting a dual 533 and a 1.5gHz P4. It is amazing to see that the dual 533 is faster in some tests, and about the same in others. Pro-Apple performance numbers from a source than Apple is always good.\"
Quickie Photos to Web 1.2.2 is a maintenance release to the $23 shareware application for quickly creating web photo albums. It offers several options for formatting the HTML. A 45-day demo is available. [Classic, Carbon]
MCE is now shipping FireBay, its FireWire expansion bay docking station that brings FireWire connectivity to PowerBook expansion bay devices such as hard drives, CD-ROM/DVD drives, CD-RW drives, CD-RW/DVD Combo drives, and SuperDisk/Floppy drives. The $170 \"docking station\" allows users to plugin a variety of PB expansion modules for use with FireWire-equipped Macs and also provides a \"topside\" FireWire port for stacking multiple dockstations.
CompuCable has announced the 4th generation of its 2.5\" drive conversion kit, FireXpress 250 USB^2 Combo. Supporting both USB 2.0 and FireWire technologies, the conversion kit accepts ATA-100 hard drives up to 12.5mm height. The kit is due in mid-October at retail stores and in mail order catalogs; it includes a FireWire cable, USB cable, driver software, backup power adapter, and a vinyl pouch. [pricing not available]
Adobe today unveiled new tools and services on the new Adobe Studio Web site, its new design network for the creative community. The site includes Adobe DesignTeam, a subscription-based collaboration service, and a free community area offering a wealth of design-related content.
MusicMatch Jukebox Plus 2.5 now offers the ability to play streamed and downloaded music in the Windows Media Audio (WMA) format and increased ripping speeds of up to 8x. The $20 software also features an interactive \"guide\" with music recommendations, artist and album information and music search capabilities as well as the ability to personalize the look and feel of their jukebox with three brand new skins. A free (\"basic\") version is also available with reduced functionality, including slower ripping speeds, no line-in encoding, no graphic equalizer, and less support for CD- drives.
Ulead Systems today introduced Ulead Photo Explorer for Mac, a complete media management tool for acquiring, organizing and sharing image, video and other media files designed for OEM licensing. The software offers direct capture of digital images from a range of digital cameras and scanners using TWAIN technology or the Adobe Photoshop Acquire Plug-in as well as supports thumbnail views; drag-and-drop; file sorting options; batch renaming functions; and one-touch photo adjustments.
Brian Dunning has released a free Card Validator for FileMaker, which checks the authenticity of credit card numbers with a single calculation (\"not a script, not a plug-in.\"
Adobe today introduced Adobe AlterCast, a new dynamic imaging server software that allows Web publishers to automatically generate and repurpose images and graphics within existing content management and e-commerce solutions.
CDS advanced technology bv has released LCedit+ 2.01, an advanced LanBox-LC lighting editor, for multiple platforms. It fixes some bugs and adds grabber support. [Classic, Carbon]
Adobe today announced Illustrator 10, an OS X-native version of its vector-based professional illustration package. It brings integrated tools such as symbols and slicing for creating and optimizing Web graphics, options for live distortion and productivity enhancements such as dynamic data-driven graphics.
Morning tech news: Bear Stearns analyst Andrew Neff made across-the-board revenue and profit cuts for computer hardware makers, including Hewlett-Packard and Dell, citing weak business conditions. Sprint has licensed Handspring\'s Blazer web browser software for use in its Palm OS-based wireless devices; AOL Time Warne quietly opened its cable lines to rival Internet service provider Earthlink in the past week in Columbus, Ohio.
Lexmark has introduced the $200 Lexmark X63 All-In-One Office Center, which ships with fax, scan and copy functions. The 4-in-1 injket offers 2400 x 1200 dpi resolution (black/color) on all paper types, print speeds of up to 14 ppm black and 7 pmm color, USB connectivity, standalone black/color faxing, 36-bit color and 600 x 300 dpi scanning resolution, and support for black/color copying.
Sonic Solutions today announced that its SD-1000 video encoder is compatible with Apple\'s DVD Studio Pro authoring system, offering the ability to add high-quality, real-time video encoding with preview. The $10,000 system also offers real-time stereo PCM, MPEG-1 layer II and Dolby Digital audio encoding, frame-accurate control over chapter point locations , and 9-pin RS-422 machine control for frame-accurate encoding. SD-1000 v2.1.6, which includes compatibility with DVD Studio Pro, is available now.
FileMaker has announced that FileMaker Developer 5.5 will ship on October 1st: the worldwide English version is available worldwide starting today except in North America. FileMaker Developer 5.5 includes new Database Design Report features for documenting structures, a Script Debugger, updated ODBC Drivers Merant 3.5, and OS X support. The $500 application has a $100 mail-in rebate for owners of FileMaker Developer 5.0 through the end of the year.
MacReporter 1.0 is a shareware ($12) dockling for OS X that allows people to survey news websites for new content, providing notification they are updated: \"it will grab the headlines and present them in a menu. The user can then select the articles they want to read and they will appear in their favorite browser.\"
Adobe today announced a new version of its professional layout and design program, InDesign 2.0. It brings support for extensible markup language (XML) import/export support, transparency, table creation, long document support, an improved printing interface, native OS X support and tighter integration with other Adobe products. It will be available in the first (calendar) quarter of 2002 to customers in the US and Canada for $700 with a special 90-day upgrade offer of $100 ($150 afterwards). Purchases of InDesign 1.5 on or after September 24, 2001 will be eligible for a free upgrade.
MacNN has learned that Steve Jobs will be announcing OS X 10.1 tomorrow at Seybold Seminars in San Franciso. Retail availability is expected at the end of the week and the CD will likely be made freely available at various retail locations; however, Apple is expected to charge a nominal fee for shipping ($20) for online orders.
Wacom today introduced the Cintiq 15X, a pressure-sensitive Interactive Pen Display. The $1,900 full 24-bit color LCD monitor display works with an included cordless, batteryless pressure-sensitive pen to draw and edit directly on the LCD screen. It also features increased pressure sensitivity (512 levels); both an analog and Digital Video Interface; and a USB or Serial Tablet Interface Connection as well as a brighter screen and reduced weight (compared to its predecessor). It is expected to ship in October.
MacNN has learned that in conjunction with tomorrow\'s OS X v10.1 announcment, Wacom, Wacom will post an OS X 10.1 beta-driver v4.70-7 for its Intuos and newly introduced Intous2 tablets. The download includes an installer, driver and control panel; requires OS X 10.1 (it will not work with earlier versions); and supports all older Wacom USB tablets, including the USB versions of PenPartner, Graphire (ET), PL-400, PL-500 and Intuos, as well as the newly released Graphire2, Intuos2 and Cintiq tablets.
An announcement on Corel\'s Website says that an announcement on its forthcoming new Corel Graphics Suite 10 for Mac is expected on September 26. (Due to the cancellation of Apple Expo Paris, the announcement may now take place Seybold Seminars this week.)
Jeff Gordon has made \"major revisions\" to his free AppleSpec database, which requires FileMaker 5: \"I\'m still missing a LOT of Model Numbers... I hope \'you\' out there can help! Don\'t forget to e-mail these changes to me: email@example.com. Oh, and if anyone has a Developer edition of FileMaker Pro that they would like to donate so that I can produce a run-time version of the database, I would appreciate it (fully donated legal copy only, please :)).\"
SmartWrap 2.01, Selnick Software\'s text manipulation utility, improves list detection, fixes a few bugs, and brings compatibility with OS X 10.1 (yet-to-be-released). It is available as a plug-in for OS X (text services), Eudora, Preditor and BBEdit as well as a standalone Carbon application and an AppleScript addition.
Panamind has released a second beta of its $30 audio media management utility (for catalogging music collections), MECCA 2.0b2, fixing a bug that prevented the application from correctly starting up.
Seybold San Francisco 2001 kicks off today with a session containing speeches from John Van Siclen, COO of Interwoven; and Stephanie Acker-Moy General Manager of HP.com. Later in the day, a \"lunch time\" keynote will be delivered by Jurgen Kurz, Vice President of Product Management, Quark, Inc. Tomorrow morning, Phil Schiller, VP of Worldwide Product Marketing at Apple will take the stage to deliver Seybold\'s \"special keynote\" address, with a guest satellite appearance by Apple CEO Steve Jobs.
RealNetworks today plans to unveil a new service called RealOne that combines the company\'s RealPlayer (used for streaming media over the Internet) and RealJukebox (used to manage and play MP3s and other music files) solutions. It is unclear how the move will affect future Mac development of the RealPlayer application.
Sambucus 1.3 is the latest release of a multi-task time-management freeware application from Malus Software. The new version fixes a few bugs and introduces the floating timer window that displays the time spent on a task in real-time.
MonkeyByte.com has released the Escapism Texture Map Collection 1.1, a grouping of 150 seamless tileable textures sized 256x256 pixels. The collection consists of about 50 percent photorealistic industrial type of textures and 50 percent sci-fi fantasy textures.
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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