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Xochi Media is publicly beta testing iScreensaver Designer 1.0b, cross-platform screensaver editor that will convert any QuickTime-compatible movie (including MPEG, MooV, AVI, and Macromedia Flash files) into a self-contained screensaver. The software runs on both Windows and Macintosh and can build screen savers for both platforms, offering content locking for disabling commercial modules (until payment is received), the ability to create interactive movies (Flash, QuickTime, URL links), and many customizable branding options. Discounts of 20% are being offered on distribution licenses, during the beta test.
ELS has filed a lawsuit against Apple on September 20th in a US District Court in Florida after unsuccessful negotiations with Apple over Apple\'s unauthorized use of ELSí trademark \"Mac Manager.\"
Interesting threads from our forums include Office X icons vs. Office 2001 icons, a thread on general OS X 10.1 gripes and surprises, some reported DHCP problems in OS X 10.1, some information about excessive MP3 skipping in OS X, information on OS X 10.1 performance on iBooks, and information about printing folder listings in Mac OS X.
TechTool has announced that is has completed TechTool Pro 3.05 and that it will being shipping new versions tomorrow. The new version, contained on a CD that will boot all new Mac systems, offers a new File Lab attribute for modifying file and folder attributes, a new Protection File dialog for Data Recovery with more flexible data recovery options, and better support for Mac OS 9.2.1. (There\'s no word on when an updater will be made publicly available on its Website.)
HELIOS has added support for PNG & BMP file formats to its EtherShare OPI prepress server software in its latest beta build available for testing by existing EtherShare OPI 2.1 customers. (The EtherShare Mac client offers file and print services, AppleTalk routing, and remote administration by Macintosh as well as such as AppleShare IP acceleration, print spooling, logging, and other options.)
E.Q. Magazine\'s \'The X Factor\' talks about the audio industry\'s reaction to OS X and some its advance features for the community: \"The good news is that OS X 10.1 boasts some impressive built-in audio tools to go along with generally enhanced performance. Primary among these: system level multichannel I/O with high-resolution audio.\"
The 1394 Trade Association, which oversees the FireWire connectivity standard, wrapped up its plugfest for 2001 last week. Almost 20 companies, led by Microsoft, Agere Systems, Apple Computer and Sony linked a total of 86 different devices and products equipped with the IEEE 1394 specification. The next Plugfest is scheduled for February 11-13, 2002, in Los Angeles.
ASCII Shall Receive 2.1, a keyboard key converter for the Mac, adds Octal character conversion as well as octal/binary string conversion to the $15 shareware utility. [Classic, Carbon]
Bigger Planet has posted a public beta of PPP Genie 1.0b1, a new $13 shareware utility that allows users to open and close their PPP connection, monitor PPP throughput, and track PPP usage, all through a \"titanium\" interface.
EQ Magazine has published an article exploring the audio capabilities of Mac OS X. \"The good news is that OS X 10.1 boasts some impressive built-in audio tools to go along with generally enhanced performance,\" says author Emile Menasche. The article also lauds OS X\'s native support for multi-channel audio, pro-level MIDI, and high-resolution, and low latency I/O.
Tim Belcher writes \"Powerbook, iMac and some G3 owners may be interested in a Yahoo! newsgroup organized for those of us with ATI graphics cards that aren\'t supported by Apple. There are also a couple of lively discussions on Apple\'s support website.\"
Electric Rain has released Swift 3D 2.0, a $160 standalone vector-based application allowing users to design and render 3D scenes to the Macromedia Flash (SWF) file format, as well as Adobe Illustrator, EPS, and the latest XML-based SVG formats. Version 2.0 offers new extrusion and lathe editors, PostScript font support, targeted cameras and lights, automated timeline scaling, non-uniform scaling of objects, numerical positioning of objects, and extending rendering functions.
Ben Bird has posted early Carbon builds of BTV 5.1b1, his video capture and editing utility as well as BTV 5.1.1b1 Pro for viewing, capture and edit video, create stop-motion animations (with advanced capture features such as frame averaging, time lapse and motion detection, etc.). [BTV, BTV Pro]
A Better Finder Rename 4.1, Publicspace\'s $15 Finder enhancement utility, can now add formatted numbers to existing file names for \"digital camera owners and people working with large image libraries.\" [Classic, Carbon]
Marty Pfeiffer has updated his $12 Nu Sans 9.71 font family, which is available in PostScript and TrueType flavors. Version 9.7 of TrueType Nu Sans, which uses hand-edited TrueType instructions to increase readability, adds Mac OS 9.2.1 compatibility. A demo version is available online.
The United States Supreme Court said Tuesday it will not consider Microsoft\'s request that it overturn a lower court\'s ruling that found the software maker guilty of violating U.S. antitrust laws.
Canal+ Technologies and Opera Software (makers of the Mac-compatible Opera Web browser) announced today that they have signed agreements to \"foster the development\" of Web-browsing capabilities for TV. Under the agreement, Canal will use Opera\'s web browsing technology in its MediaHighway Java-based middleware in the next round of digital set-top boxes.
osx.macnn.com has notes on new Adaptec drivers, an updated Epson release schedule for OS X drivers, Netopia\'s Timbuktu, ScriptGUI, and the release of CE Software\'s Cocoa-based QuicKeys X, its popular keyboard shortcut and automation utility.
Netopia is working to resolve issues between Timbuktu 6.0 and OS X 10.1, according to a note from the company. As noted previously, the company has posted a preview version of Timbuktu Pro 6.0.1b earlier this month, and says that it plans to make a final version, as well as a version of 6 designed for Mac OS 8.6 and 9.X, available at the end of the month.
eArtist 1.0, designed for painters, sculptors, ceramicists, illustrators, photographers, and others who produce art, is a $100 application that manages mailing lists, sales, artwork, and exhibitions, offering options to print slide labels, mailing labels, and other reports including invoices/receipts.
PasswordWallet 2.6 adds AutoTyping under OS X, more options for distinguishing password characters, better access to shortcuts, and other enhancements to the $15 shareware for storing usernames, passwords, and PIN numbers.
Adaptec has posted new PowerDomain v1.02 drivers for OS X 10.1 and OS X Server 10.1. The new PowerDomain v1.02 drivers offer support for 29160, 29160N, 39160, 2906, and 2930U. The company promises to begin development of OS X drivers for the PowerDomain SlimSCSI 1480 and notes that OS X 10.1 includes OHCI-compatible drivers for its FireConnect 4300, FireConnect for Notebooks, DuoConnect 3121, USB2Connect 3100LP, and USB2Connect 5100, while a number of its products \"have been discontinued and a software upgrade path for these products will not be provided.\"
C. L. Norris Software has released ScriptGUI 1.1b1, a $10 shareware utility which allows users to execute shell scripts from the Finder and also offers the ability to create new scripts within ScriptGUI\'s editor. It works with Bourne Shell, C Shell, Perl, Python, and other scripting languages and can scripts as Scriptlets, self-contained programs that run independently.
Norbert Doerner has released Long Info CMM 1.0, a new Contextual Menu Module for Mac OS 9.x that allows users to \"see and even modify the long file names that Apple is using in Mac OS X.\"
Epson recently revised its OS X driver release schedule, which has a major release dates of mid-October and early November for most popular Epson printers, but does not include drivers for the Epson Stylus Color 740, 760, 860, 777 and 880, as well as its Perfection scanners and professional graphics printers--plans for which are expected to detailed in the next few weeks.
Tim Conner has developed BlogScript 0.9, a script that takes advantage of the new XML-RPC feature in OS X v10.1 to post to Blogger powered sites: \"It also was designed to function in the new Script Menu of 10.1. It is a powerfully convenient little script that allows users of Blogger.com to post instantly form any application without the need to login or even launch a browser. Just copy some text, and choose BlogScript from the Script menu it it will automatically publish to your website.\"
Kjartan Petur Sigurdsson describes his $1600 Titanium hinge repair issue in Apple Europe, which he says could have been avoided with better design of the Titanium PowerBook.
4D today announced the immediate availability of 4D WebSTAR Server Suite V, a native version of popular application for both OS X and OS X Server. The new version claims to be \"completely redesigned,\" offering a redesign of the caching architecture, a faster search engine, an integrated FTP server and integrated WebDAV HTTP file service support. Pricing is now $400 per license, which includes updates/support for one year, while continued license renewals are $180 per year. Upgrades are $300 (including 1-year of support/updates).
Koingo Software\'s Alarm Clock Pro 4.0, a $16 shareware utility, offers better CPU management, a better Aqua-like GUI under OS X, more alarm clock options, and other enhancements. [Classic, Carbon]
HeavyLifters today announced that the pgMac Database Kit 1.05 has been certified for use with PostgreSQL. The database package includes the open-source PostgreSQL database, an installer for OS X, and administration tools for managing PostgreSQL databases and is \"designed to be easily used by a Mac OS X user with little or no database experience.\" A trial version of the $250 (introductory computer) package is available online.
StyleGrid 3.0 is a specialized spreadsheet plug-in control for REALbasic, which allows different styles per cell, including custom fonts, grid lines, images and color
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Apple want ads hint at future Watch faces
An Apple job listing for a dedicated clock face team may suggest future fashion-brand partnerships, possibly in time for the updated watchOS updates that are likely to be revealed at this spring's Worldwide Developer Conference. Since the introduction of watchOS 2, there has only been four new watch faces, but three of them were left over from the first release, with only one truly new one -- the co-branded Herm√©s face exclusive to that edition. There is a rumored March 15 event, but if that takes place it will likely focus on new band options as regards the Apple Watch. http://apple.co/1O1TbTI
Microsoft may end Office Support Professional prog
Microsoft appears to be either ending or seriously revamping its "Accredited Support Professional Program" for training on Microsoft Office for Mac and iOS it has offered at MacTech conferences since 2013. The program is not on offer at the upcoming MacTech tour, which begins on March 16 in San Francisco and includes a number of other cities. Microsoft has released a statement that it is "evaluating options for 2016, but don't have anything to share at this time." http://bit.ly/1KDz3MQ
Office for Mac v15.18 released
Microsoft has issued an update for the Mac version of its productivity suite, Office 2016. The v15.18 update offers improvements for all of the included apps, such as bringing full screen support to Outlook and allowing Word to save PDF files to flash drives. In addition, a new selection pane has been added to PowerPoint and Excel for keeping track of objects, and shapes can now be added to OneNote notebook pages. The update is free for all users, but requires a Mac running OS X 10.10 or later and a valid Microsoft Office 365 subscription. http://bit.ly/1Q7pAzW
Apple to open new south Florida mall store
According to real estate trade papers in south Florida, Apple has signed a lease for a new retail space in Miami, at the forthcoming Brickell City Centre (yes, the UK spelling is used) open-air mall, which is set to open later this year. The center will feature a five-story shopping area, condominiums, a hotel and office buildings, along with a "climate ribbon" in the shopping area to keep visitors cool, eschewing traditional air conditioning. The exact location of the Apple Store within the plan is not yet clear, but the destination already boasts 75 confirmed stores. http://bit.ly/1Q7n7Wd
Filemaker provides free custom app guide
FileMaker announced today the release of the first in a three-part series of free how-to guides that will lead teams through the process of building a custom app using the FileMaker Platform. FileMaker's new how-to guides provide a step-by-step process that starts with a planning cycle covering goals, requirements, functionality and usability, and run all the way through identifying user scenarios, defining requirements, addressing integration, providing security, and deployment of the final product. http://bit.ly/1o08wQh
OCZ Trion 150 SSD shifts to 15nm TLC NAND
SSD manufacturer OCZ has updated its entry-level 2.5-inch Trion 100 SSD. The new Trion 150 has similar performance to the now replaced model, and now utilizes 15nm TLC NAND. Sequential read speeds top out at 550MB/S, with 4KB random write speeds running from 25K IOPS in the 120GB model, to 64K IOPS in the 960GB version of the drive. Endurance is limited to 30TB in the 120GB, and peaks at 240TB in the 960GB version. Retail prices vary between $46 for 120GB, to $270 for the 960GB version. http://bit.ly/1nVmlyL
Google off the hook in CAPTCHA labor suit
US District Jacqueline Scott Corley has dismissed a proposed class-action suit against Google, that alleged that Google secretly was given an economic gain without user knowledge. The suit alleged, correctly, that the second word in Google's CAPTCHA service was used as a crowd-sourced word identification for Google's book-scanning project. The judge ruled that the suit as filed had no facts to support a "reasonable consumer would expect to receive compensation" for the seconds it took to complete the form, and in addition, the free Gmail account provided more than offset any labor penalty incurred by the user. http://bit.ly/1o06Cir