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Gideon Softworks releases OS X utilties

09/25, 9:00pm

Gideon Softworks releases OS X utilties

Gideon Softworks has released Get Info 0.7.5 (file atttribute editing utility), Snard 0.7 for OS X 10.1 only (dock-based launcher), and Dock-It 0.6 (adds drive/favorites bar dock and an optional shelf for file operations). The company also says it is "aware of the SSH Admin and iFTP icompatibilities with OS 10.1 and they will be fixed in the next release."

French, German Spring Cleaning 4.01 ships

09/25, 4:15pm

French, German Spring Cleaning 4.01 ships

Aladdin is shipping French and German versions of its OS X-native Spring Cleaning 4.0.1, its $55 suite of 15 system "cleaning utilities to help users safely and easily remove hard drive and Internet clutter to reclaim disk space and increase their Mac's performance." Version 4.0, released a few months ago for US English customers, offers an OS X native application, a CookieEditor, a Mail Cleaner, an AccessMonitor for finding files by their last access date, and a dual-tiered interface with Standard and Advanced Modes.

ArKaos Visualizer 1.5 for iTunes, Audion

09/25, 4:15pm

ArKaos Visualizer 1.5 for iTunes, Audion

ArKaos has announced its new ArKaos Visualizer 1.5 for iTunes 1.1 (Mac OS 9 and OS X), Soundjam 2 and Audion 2, a free plug-in for MP3/media players that offers beat-matching artificial intelligence to synchronize visual projects created with ArKaos VJ 2.1 and VMP 2.1 with music. It ships with 11 visual files pre-loaded and now includes OS X support, multi effects support, AltiVec optimization, new effects (video feedback, larsen, filtering ), and new new waveform support.

More details Mac OS X Server 10.1 upgrade

09/25, 2:40pm

More details Mac OS X Server 10.1 upgrade

The Mac OS X Server v10.1 software upgrade program allows customers to upgrade to the latest release, which brings increased performance and reliability, software RAID support, and enhancements to Macintosh Manager and NetBoot. The $20 update includes Mac OS X Server v10.1 Upgrade, Macintosh Manager 2.1, NetBoot and Developer Tools CDs. U.S. and Canadian education customers can receive the Mac OS X Server v10.1 upgrade free of charge by calling 1-800-800-2775, while other can download the PDF (US, Canada)

LeVitus praises Apple\'s DV solutions

09/25, 2:40pm

LeVitus praises Apple\'s DV solutions

In a column for the Houton Chronicle, Bob Levitus compares the capabilities of Apple's video editing solutions to those of a design studio that would cost doxens of times more. Saying he was at first skeptical of Steve Jobs' claims, LeVitus writes "The Mac is the digital hub, just as he proclaimed it to be." LeVitus adds that while much of the same work can be done on Windows systems, it is not nearly as "easy or pretty."

More details Mac OS X Server 10.1 upgrade

09/25, 2:40pm

More details Mac OS X Server 10.1 upgrade

The Mac OS X Server v10.1 software upgrade program allows customers to upgrade to the latest release, which brings increased performance and reliability, software RAID support, and enhancements to Macintosh Manager and NetBoot. The $20 update includes Mac OS X Server v10.1 Upgrade, Macintosh Manager 2.1, NetBoot and Developer Tools CDs. U.S. and Canadian education customers can receive the Mac OS X Server v10.1 upgrade free of charge by calling 1-800-800-2775, while other can download the PDF (US, Canada)

QiPo 1.4: DV stream, quick preview support

09/25, 2:20pm

QiPo 1.4: DV stream, quick preview support

QiPo v 1.4, a utility that generates previews from QuickTime movies, adds new native support for processing DV streams, the ability to preview/scan remote video files directly from the Internet, and a new QuickTime slideshow file format. A Carbon version is due out "soon after OS X v10.1 is released."

Corel Graphics Suite 10 now shipping

09/25, 2:15pm

Corel Graphics Suite 10 now shipping

As anticipated last week, Corel today introduced Corel Graphics Suite 10 for Macintosh, which runs on OS X as well as well Mac OS 8/9. The suite includes CorelDRAW 10 for vector illustration, Corel PHOTO-PAINT 10 for painting/animation and Corel R.A.V.E for creating Flash animations.

Corel introduces KPT effects

09/25, 2:10pm

Corel introduces KPT effects

Corel is introducing KPT effects as a Mac OS X compliant package under the "procreate" mantra at this week's Seybold expo. The collection of Adobe Photoshop compatible plug-ins will include effects for imitating liquid, adding lightning, tiling, and generating gradients. KPT effects will be available on stores shelves in October at the suggested retail price of US$199. Both Classic and OS X versions will be available.

Datalogics brings DL Formatter to the Mac

09/25, 2:05pm

Datalogics brings DL Formatter to the Mac

Datalogics has announced that it will be bringing its DL Formatter variable print product line to the Macintosh platform. DL Formatter allows users to design templates for their 1-to-1 communication using Adobe InDesign or Adobe FrameMaker. The tool then merges the variable content with the template to generate a variety of personalized communications methods.

Apple announces 1,400 apps for OS X 10.1

09/25, 2:00pm

Apple announces 1,400 apps for OS X 10.1

Apple today announced that more than 1,400 third-party applications are now available for Mac OS X v10.1, which includes "dramatically increased performance, a refined Aqua user interface, and unprecedented connectivity to popular digital peripherals like DV camcorders, MP3 players and digital cameras." New application include Palm Desktop for OS X: "Instant Palm Desktop takes on a new twist in Mac OS X -- simply click and hold on an icon in the Dock to get fast access to Palm Desktop data, find contacts or create new records. We've also redesigned the look and feel for Mac OS X and improved data compatibility for better synchronization with Palm handhelds."

OS X Server 10.1 upgrade announced

09/25, 2:00pm

OS X Server 10.1 upgrade announced

Apple's Website has order information on the OS X 10.1 Update CD, which is available via mail order for $20 (to registered users of OS X) and for free at local retail stores. It officially goes on sale on Saturday, September 29th. New information is also available on OS X Server 10.1, which has "performance boosts, enhanced workstation management and software RAID support." The update is also free to registered users and can be ordered online for $20 (shipping & handling).

Suitcase coming to OS X in November

09/25, 2:00pm

Suitcase coming to OS X in November

Extensis announced today at Seybold that its Suitcase font management solution will be available for Mac OS X on November 19, 2001. The OS X release will offer the ability to connect to a Suitcase Server and synchronize fonts and files, including graphics, photos and text files.Suitcase for Mac OS X will be available to all registered owners of Suitcase 10 at no additional charge.

OS X Toolbar Buttons 1.1 updated for 10.1

09/25, 1:40pm

OS X Toolbar Buttons 1.1 updated for 10.1

OS X Toolbar Buttons v1.1 are "simple canvas classes simulate Cocoa toolbars found in OS X, including the three different views. This revision includes speed optimizations and a tweaked UI to match the up-coming 10.1."

Jaguar, Tigger in development at Apple

09/25, 1:25pm

Jaguar, Tigger in development at Apple

Mac OS X 10.2, code-named Jaguar, and an upgrade to Mac OS X Server, code-named Tigger are reportedly in the early stages of development, according to ZDNet. Jaguar, which will begin full-force development after the company releases three interim upgrades to OS X 10.1 (every six weeks), may ship in January at Macworld Expo SF 2002, according to the report. Tigger, Mac OS X Server, 10.1 will include performance improvements, new modules for the Apache Web serving software and a new Macintosh Manager.

Jobs, Schiller deliver keynote on OS X 10,1

09/25, 12:40pm

Jobs, Schiller deliver keynote on OS X 10,1

This morning's Seybold Keynote, still in progress, was kicked off with an opening by Steve Jobs, while Phil Schiller continued the presentation. Mac OS X 10.1 is due in stores on Saturday. The first "major" update will be a free to registered owners and CDs will be available at authorized Apple dealers (Apple, however, will charge $20 for shipping and handling of CD updates.) Schiller and Ken Bereskin focused on the performance improvements of OS X 10.1 noting vastly improved application launching, more responsive windowing, improve copy speeds, and faster startup times as well as improvements to the Aqua interface, including a moveable dock (side or bottom), redesigned system preferences, and new system control panels. OS X 10.1 also offers support for DVD playback (and drag & drop write access to DVD-Rs), keyboard shortcuts, and a new "scale" effect (in addition to the "Genie" effect).

Schiller and other Apple product managers, Sal Soghoian (AppleScript), John Zimmerer (ColorSync), Mike Evangelist (iDVD) demonstrated various system components and technologies. AppleScript Studio, an advanced scripting environment for professionals, is due out and the end of year, while iDVD 2, announced at Macworld Expo New York, is due out in October.

Other demos of third-party applications included Excel X (Bereskin), GoLive for X (Adobe's Bryan Lamkin & Sam Hui), Lightwave, and Maya (Alias|Wavefront's Andrew Pearce). Office v.X was plugged by Schiller who said that it could demonstrated at Apple retail stores.

New York Post: Tevanian to leave Apple?

09/25, 12:35pm

New York Post: Tevanian to leave Apple?

The New York Post is reporting that Apple's Senior Vice President Software Engineering Avie Tevanian may leave the company, although the story has yet to be confirmed.

Cannon EOS-1D: 4-megapixel digital SLR

09/25, 12:20pm

Cannon EOS-1D: 4-megapixel digital SLR

The Canon EOS-1D, a new digital SLR camera, offers 4-megapixel resolution, continuous shooting speed of 8 fps for up to 21 consecutive frames at full resolution, and an "exceptionally strong dust and weather-resistant magnesium alloy body."

Minolta intros new USB/FireWire film scanner

09/25, 12:15pm

Minolta intros new USB/FireWire film scanner

Minolta today introduced its Minolta DiMAGE Scan Elite II film scanner. The dual-format, dual-interface (USB and FireWire), compact film scanner offers high-resolution 2,820 dpi scans with 16-bit A/D conversion and a 4.8 dynamic range The scanner includes its DiMAGE Scan Elite II driver software for "flexible scanning control," Minolta's Easy Scan Utility to automate the scanning process, and Adobe Photoshop Elements software. [pricing not available; site not updated; Mac compatibility unknown]

Microsoft intros new mice, new drivers

09/25, 12:05pm

Microsoft intros new mice, new drivers

Microsoft today introduced its first wireless optical mouse: the Microsoft Wireless IntelliMouse Explorer and new versions of its wired mouse products, IntelliMouse Explorer and IntelliMouse Optical as well as its IntelliPoint 2.0 driver software.

AOL Instant Messenger 4.5.355 supports 10.1

09/25, 11:35am

AOL Instant Messenger 4.5.355 supports 10.1

America Online has posted a new version of its AOL Instant Messenger 4.5.355 client, bringing compatibility with OS X 10.1.

eMailer Alert! 2.8 brings OS X 10.1 support

09/25, 11:35am

eMailer Alert! 2.8 brings OS X 10.1 support

Intelli Innovations has released eMail Alert! 2.8, an update to its e-mail notification and management software. The update adds OS X 10.1 compatibility, improes Carbon compatibility, and includes a new "Skip" button inthe mail status window.

Jobs to announce OS X 10.1 later today

09/25, 9:45am

Jobs to announce OS X 10.1 later today

Steve Jobs is expected to announce OS X 10.1 later today during a special satellite appearance by Steve Jobs during Apple VP of Worldwide Product Marketing Phil Schiller's 9 am PDT keynote, as noted by osx.macnn.com early yesterday morning.

Preview of Word X for Mac available now

09/25, 9:25am

Preview of Word X for Mac available now

Microsoft will offer a preview version of Word X for Mac, from its Office v. X for Mac suite. The Word X Test Drive, expected as a download from its Mactopia Website, will offer a subset of the features planned for the full release in November: "Being that the Test Drive is beta code, there are some features that are not supported or have been removed to reduce file download size." The Word X Test Drive is designed to run exclusively on OS X 10.1 and features technologies such as Sheets, the Quartz 2-D Drawing Layer, and Aqua interface as well as new features such as Multi-selection and Clear Formatting. Update: Microsoft says the download will be available on Saturday, September 29 and not today, as previously announced. Update 8 pm ET: Microsoft has informed us that it has already posted the download, despite the its message earlier saying it would not do so until Saturday.

Quark 5.5: native OS X version in development

09/25, 9:20am

Quark 5.5: native OS X version in development

A Macworld UK article reports that "Quark sources have already confirmed that XPress 5.5 - a Mac OS X-native version - is in development [and] will support Multiple Undos - a feature long desired by XPress users."

WhiteCap 4.1: visualization plugin updated

09/25, 9:15am

WhiteCap 4.1: visualization plugin updated

Andy O'Meara has posted another build of the WhiteCap 4.1, his wireframe-based visualization plugin that features more than 130 effects in both windowed and fullscreen mode, a slideshow of effects, control over specific effects, and excellent expandability: "I've also been working with the folks at Panic Inc in regards to Audion for Mac OS X. Audion users will have to wait a couple days until Audion 2.6 is released to be able to run the WhiteCap and G-Force installer."

Turbo Squid adds Mac client for marketplace

09/25, 9:10am

Turbo Squid adds Mac client for marketplace

Turbo Squid has launched a new OS X version of its free software, Macintosh LT Client beta, which allows users to browse its online asset collection of over 75,000 3D models, motion capture files, textures and shaders. Artists can optionally host their work on the Turbo Squid system for free, maintain control of their work, and receive royalties monthly for the sale of their individual assets.

Archer 1.03: free slideshow player for OS X

09/25, 9:05am

Archer 1.03: free slideshow player for OS X

Eridanus today released Archer 1.0.3, an update to the free multimedia slide show player for OS X. It adds a Show Info option that displays image information in the upper left-hand corner of images and an indicator light for activity.

MP3 Rage 3.8 adds ISO 9660 renaming

09/25, 8:55am

MP3 Rage 3.8 adds ISO 9660 renaming

Chaotic Software has released MP3 Rage 3.8, which adds ISO 9660-compatible renaming and fixes a few minor problems in its $25 collection of MP3 tools that includes the ability edit ID3 tags, analyze MP3's, adjust their sound volume, export MP3 files to AIFF format for burning CD's, play MP3 files, catalog, organize, rename, find, and batch rename.

@-time 1.0: displays Internet, GMT times

09/25, 8:50am

@-time 1.0: displays Internet, GMT times

Vincent Jalby has released @-time 1.0 for Mac OS 8/9 and OS X, a simple, free application that displays local time and the time in four world cities as well as displays GMT (UTC) time and Internet (@) time.

Mesa 3.04 spreadsheet adds Excel save option

09/25, 5:20am

Mesa 3.04 spreadsheet adds Excel save option

P & L Software Ltd today announced the release of Mesa 3.0.4, an update to its Cocoa-based spreadsheet with features such as multiple worksheets, advanced functions, and charting. It adds the ability to save information in Microsoft Excel format as well as a new localised French language version. A demo restricts the work size, but offers all the features of the full $100 version (education licenses are $50).

OS X: MSWord X, XDarwin 1.0a2, Grammarian X

09/25, 5:20am

OS X: MSWord X, XDarwin 1.0a2, Grammarian X

osx.macnn.com notes the upcoming release of a preview version of Microsoft Word and the release of XDarwin 1.0a2, Casady & Greene's Grammarian X (yesterday), and the Cocoa-based spreadsheet application, Mesa 3.04. [updated]

SWIG 1.3.8: connect scripting and programming

09/25, 4:50am

SWIG 1.3.8: connect scripting and programming

SWIG 1.3.8 is an update to the software development tool that connects programs written in C, C++, and Objective-C with a variety of common scripting languages such as Perl, Python, Tcl/Tk, Ruby, Guile and MzScheme.

XDarwin 1.0a2: XFree86 test release

09/25, 4:43am

XDarwin 1.0a2: XFree86 test release

XDarwin 1.0a2, the second rootless test release of XFree86 for Darwin and OS X, is now available. It adds OS X 10.1 compatibility, multi-monitor support in Quartz modes (IOKit mode coming soon), the ability to use full screen Quartz with arbitrary bit depth and size, a new rootless mode that avoids the Aqua menu bar, and the bility to change the mouse button emulation modifiers.

Firmware update 4.19 for PowerMac, Cube, iMac

09/25, 3:15am

Firmware update 4.19 for PowerMac, Cube, iMac

Paul Nishikawa notes that Apple has quietly posted on its ftp site new Firmware Updates 4.19 for the Power Mac G4, G4 Cube, and slot-loading iMacs (a similar iBook Firmware update 4.1.7 was released in May, however, the 4.1.9 counter part for iBooks is not yet available on Apple's ftp site). The documentation reads:

Firmware Update 4.1.9 includes improvements to starting up Mac OS X from the local hard disk, FireWire target disk mode, network startup, gigabit networking (on systems with gigabit hardware), and system stability. This update also adds support for additional security options that allow the Open Firmware to be password-protected.

MacTella 1.3.4 fixes bugs in Gnutella client

09/25, 2:50am

MacTella 1.3.4 fixes bugs in Gnutella client

CXC's MacTella 1.3.4 is the latest release of the Mac version of the Gnutella file sharing client. The new release fixes problems with the multi-window search and a few other bugs.

\'Fellowship of the Ring\" trailer in QuickTi

09/25, 2:45am

\'Fellowship of the Ring\" trailer in QuickTi

Casey Common notes that New Line has released a new trailer for "Fellowship of the Ring" exclusively in QuickTime, after a previous trailer for the first movie in the trilogy was released exclusively in RealVideo.

Agest of Empires II: video preview, new info

09/25, 1:35am

Agest of Empires II: video preview, new info

Destineer's Macintosh label, Bold, has posted a video preview trailer of its upcoming Age of Empires II: Gold Edition for Macintosh as well as additional information about the game at its Games Website.

Black Cat Systems updates utilities

09/25, 1:30am

Black Cat Systems updates utilities

Black Cat Systems has released several updates to its applications, including MultiMode 3.9.5, which adds improvements to FAX mode, as well as access to a database of over 10,000 airplane identifiers to ACARS mode to its application for amateur radio operators and radio hobbyists; Elmer 3.0.0 adds display of figures and pictures relevant to the test questions to the preparation utility for the ham radio written examination; and Sound Byte 2.0b1, which turns your Mac into a cart machine for playing sound recordings, including MP3, AIFF, WAV, and AU files.

Gefen ships DVImate for extending DVI cables

09/25, 1:20am

Gefen ships DVImate for extending DVI cables

Gefen is now shipping its $40 ex-tend-it DVImate adapter, with a DVI female connector at both ends, converts a DVI cable's male-to-male connector to a male-to-female connector, allowing users to use standard DVI cables to extend digital monitors and projectors short distances.

PageNOW 2.01 supports new services

09/25, 1:15am

PageNOW 2.01 supports new services

Mark/Space recently released a free update to its application for sending messages to numeric and alphanumeric pagers as well as GSM and PCS telephones, PageNOW 2.01, adding new modules for Colorado Mobile Paging and Ameritech Paging. A $50 "Lite" version is limited to 25 subscribers, an $80 personal version provides paging capability to 1 person from third-party applications, and a $200 "Server" allows paging of up to 5 people from other applications.

Quit CSM 2.2: CS module to quit apps, Finder

09/25, 1:10am

Quit CSM 2.2: CS module to quit apps, Finder

Quit CSM 2.2 is a Control Strip module that lets you quit applications without having to activate them. Version 2.2 now displays free memory (in addition to largest used block and memory in use) and can now quit applications that don't support AppleEvents. The $5 shareware is available in English, Japanese, German, Dutch, French, Italian and Spanish.

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