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Freeware docklings for OS X 10.1 updated
Canon\'s introduces new PowerShot cameras
Canon today introduced new PowerShot S40 and S30 digital still cameras, which are due at the end of October for $600 and $800 respectively. Both feature a high-resolution 7.1-21.3mm 3x optical zoom lens (equivalent to 35-105mm in the 35mm format), 3-point autofocus, and options for 13 shooting modes as well as compatibility with Type I and Type II CompactFlash (CF) cards, USB connectivity, Movie Mode, and Direct Printing using Canon's new S820D Bubble Jet printer.
Kingston 120TX Driver NIC driver updated
James R. Ehrler notes that his Kingston 120TX NIC 10/100 PCI Ethernet card driver no longer worked after he upgraded to OS X 10.1: "My Kingston 120TX NIC 10/100 PCI Ethernet card was working great with Realtek's 8139 Beta driver in OSX 10.0.4. But, after upgrading to 10.1 it no longer appeared as an option in the Network Panel. Realtek has now uploaded a new 10.1 beta driver at this address:
SampleTank 1.1 supports AltiVec
IK Multimedia's SampleTank 1.1, its VST Sound Module, combines a powerful synth/sampler engine and high quality multi-sampled sounds into a VST instrument. Version 1.1, a free update, offers AltiVec optimizations, dual processor support, and a new user-selectable resampling/repitching engine with high-quality and high-performance modes. Pricing starts at $200.
BBEdit Lite 6.1.2 fixes OS X 10.1 issues
Bare Bones today released BBEdit Lite 6.1.2, an update to its free text editor that address specific issues with previous versions running under OS X 10.1.
Zoom shippping new Mac-specific CableModem
Zoom is now shipping its Global Village-branded CableModem Model 6011 which it says is "specifically designed for Mac users." The $200 package includes CableLabs and @Home certified Ethernet cable modem, Ethernet cable, Norton Personal Firewall, Norton Antivirus , and Lemke's GraphicConverter.
CreativePage 2.8.1: web site creation tool
PineHill's CreativePage 2.8.1 is a maintenance update to its $25 web site creation tools offering 25 assistants, many formatting options, and editing tools. Version 2.8.1 adds new features to shortcuts, fixes a few web related bugs, and more. A demo is available.
Reader: problems installing OS on PowerBook
Boris Vlajcic writes about some problems using a US-localized version of Mac OS on his PowerBook bought in Japan:
I live in Tokyo, and just bought the sleek Titanium PB G4-500. First thing, like I did with my previous PB G3, I wanted to change from Japanese MacOS 9.1. to the English version. Not possible . My G4 PB just tells me that it does not accept this program. I did initialize the hard disk ,and then tried to boot from 9.1 CD, my PB G4 , does not want to boot from English Mac OS 9,1, Well I tried all the tricks , no way. Maybe G4 PB sold in Japan have a chip inside accepting only Japanese? All my sofware is in English. Can enyone help me out ? The shop where I bought my G4 is ignorant and cannot help. Apple customer support does not accept e-mail. There must be something Apple did in Japan on their new PB, my old G3 had no problem with accepting the change from Japanese version to English version.
[follow-up] "This has nothing to do with the fact that it's a Japanese TiBook. The version of OS 9.1 that comes with it is newer than the Retail OS 9.1 US version. I had the same problem with a PowerMac G4/733. It had a Dutch 9.1 version on it and wouldn't accept either OS 9.1 US Retail or the OS 9.1 version that comes along with MacOS X v10.0. Solution: get OS 9.2.1 US as fast as you can (comes along with OS X v10.1). Trust me, it'll work."
[follow-up: Chris Whittier] "There isn't any chip that Apple is or anyone else is putting in there. The ONLY thing it can be is the New World ROM in the Powerbook. Logic dictates that Apple has its own Japanese ROM. Likely by (re)installing the latest Powerbook ENGLISH G4 ROM updater, it should fix the problem for Boris..."
VistaPro demo released by MonkeyByte
MonkeyByte.com has released a demo version of VistaPro, which is described as "an ultra-fast landscape generating program that uses DEMs (Digital Elevation Maps) to turn 2D topographical data, into beautiful 3D terrains. Create scenic fly-throughs, explore distant planets, or create your own landscapes all in a fractal of a minute."
Handspring module promo, new modules
Handspring today announced a new Module Madness promotion that offers a 20 percent instant rebate on 23 different Springboard modules on PalmGear through November 6, 2001 and also says it will reduce the price on its the Handspring Visor Prism to $300 ($100 reduction) beginning October 8, 2001. Raynet also introduced "the first" body massager Springboard module for $100 and Kensington introduces its PocketType portable keyboard, designed as a small, clip-on keyboard for most Handspring handhelds. The 0.4lb keyboard is expected to ship in mid-October for $50.
Austin MUG to hold developer hiring forum
The University of Texas at Austin MUG group will be hosting a panel of speakers on Tuesday, October 9 in WEL 2.224, where they will be "discussing what companies look for in developers for intern and new hire positions."
Nvidia unveils Titanium chips
Nvidia has unveiled a new line of cards under the mantra "GeForce Titanium" that the company claims will offer twice the performance for the same price as its older accelerators. Nvidia says the new chips were derived from the same technology used in Microsoft's XBox gaming console. The chips will begin shipping on Oct. 12, and systems manufacturers will begin incorporating the cards roughly a month after the introduction. Apple currently uses Nvidia's GeForce 2 and GeForce 3 cards.
ChartMaker 5.0: create charts in FMPro
Brian Dunning's $40 ChartMaker Pro 5.0 adds the ability to create line charts, bar charts, column charts, scatter charts, and pie charts from within FileMaker: [it] does not require a plug-in, [so] the charts are fully cross platform and will work on anyone's computer."
New hands-on training for After Effects
Sterling Ledet & Associates announced hands-on training for Adobe After Effects with Trish Meyer, the author of the Creating Motion Graphics with After Effects and the featured artist in the VideoSyncrasies video tape series. The classes are scheduled for November 14-16 in Chicago, IL and November 28-30 in Atlanta, GA. Each student receives a copy of Creating Motion Graphics with After Effects as well as a copy of the VideoSyncrasies tape set. The cost for this class is $1500 per student.
A-Dock 2.5: OS X style dock under Classic
Jérome Foucher's $7 shareware A-Dock 2.5 brings the OS X-style dock to Mac OS 8/9. Version 2.5 of the application switcher and desktop organizer improves exclusion lists, includes a power-user shortcut to quit or hide applications, and option to play sound with dock actions.
Tech: MS sued, Compaq loss, interest rate cut
Early morning tech: Networking software maker Novell has filed suit against Microsoft in federal court to stop it from spreading "false and misleading" statements that Novell was shifting away from software development. Compaq warned it would report an operating loss in the third quarter after the weak economy, its own merger plans and the chaos following the attacks on the World Trade Center converged to create "the perfect storm;" and the Federal Reserve is expected to slash the interest rate by 50 basis points at today's policy meeting.
Morphon CSS-Editor 1.0: Java CSS editor
Morphon CSS-Editor 1.0 is a $40 Cascading Stylesheet (CSS) editor written in Java that supports full CSS1 and CSS2 and offers an interactive user interface. It also has full Unicode 3.0 support, support for multiple style sheets, source-code editing, preview options, and dynamic localization. A demo is available. [Classic, Carbon] [pricing updated]
IBM to launch new marketing slogan
An OSOpinion piece discusses IBM's use of a new marketing slogan that mimics the infamous "Intel Inside," campaign. The upcoming Nintento GameCube, which contains a PowerPC processor variation, will be the first product to display the "IBM Technology" logo. Author Kelly McNeill says that "Apple may receive marketing support in this area."
CellSynth 1.5 released by Living Memory
CellSynth 1.5 is the latest release of Living Memory's Mac-only audio production software. The tool provides audio synthesis, sample manipulation, audio processing and automation sequencing. Version 1.5 adds full real time MIDI control of virtually all parameters and a new sample modulation function.
Gefen ships ex-tend-it DVI-Hub
Gefen has begun shipping its ex-tend-it DVI-Hub, which is designed to extend two flat panel digital monitors up to 100 feet from the computer using DVI cables for transmission. The ex-tend-it DVI-Hub is priced at $599.00 and available immediately.
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