Deneba announced today the release of Canvas 8 Professional Edition for Classic and OS X. The illustration application integrates photo editing, page layout, presentation, and Web graphics editing. New features includes vector and raster Sequence recording and support for AppleScript, ColorSync, and QuickTime as well as customizable Web image slicing and direct Flash and PDF export.
Pocket Software has released French, German and Italian versions of PocketNotes 1.01 for OS X, its flexible notepad application for outlining and planning.
The Memhpis Flyer has a discussion on Apple\'s lobbying efforts to work around a local ordinance that prevented it from using an internally lit Apple logo outside its soon-to-be-opened Germantown retail store. Truth be told, Apple should have done their homework. Among the things proscribed by the ordinance, of course, are signs that are lit from within. That\'s why Germantown\'s shops and markets lack that blinding fluorescent glare that the rest of Shelby County enjoys each evening. We are a no-neon grove out here. We are subdued, tasteful, and restrained.
Deep Sky has announced the release of the second public beta of eTrans 1.0.0b6, its 4th Dimension component which can be used to build credit card authorization services into 4D databases. The new beta adds support for WorldPay as a payment gateway as well as multi-currency support via PlanetPayment and WorldPay. Licensing is $200 for the first year (and $100 for renewals).
Black Magik\'s eLister 1.0 is a fourth-generation auction listing utility ($40) for use with the eBay online auction, offering new built-in auction submission, editable templates to customize auction of looks, a customizable Favorites menu, support for and automatic placement of multiple images, and automatic category synchronization.
Lynn Fredricks that Apple and IDG have rescheduled Macworld Tokyo 2002 from its traditional February date to late March (21st-23rd) and its location to the Tokyo Big Site convention center, which he says could be detrimental for the conference because of \"much higher\" air/ground transportation and hotels costs due to Spring Break travel: \"Those of you who frequent the floor and sit down with local vendors know that over the last few years, the number of local vendors and distributors have lessened or cut back on their presense. MacWorld Tokyo\'s attendance numbers have not only lost \"headcount\" but also the type of \"head\" has changed from the Macintosh professional to those who visit because they got tickets for free or cheap and need to burn off a Saturday afternoon (Ever see those guys selling tickets down by the subway station?). Rather than improve the image of the show, IDG Japan, and I assume Apple Japan, have elected to make matters worse.\"
Infoworld\'s review of OS X asseses the merits of it as a \"low-end alternative\" in corporate environments, but notes \"Along with the wimpy directory service, scalability is another weak spot for Mac OS X Server; because Apple doesn\'t offer any enterprise-class servers, this may be a moot point.\"
Pejvan Beigu has created a \"How-to Guide\" [250KB] explaining how to get Divx movies working on MacOS X 10.1 with \"high quality sound and full screen playback.\"
Phillip Dudas followed-up on the opening of the Apple Store Westfarms (Farmington, CT): \"I have called Westfarms Mall Management office to inquire about the opening of the Apple Store in the Farmington, CT mall. The representative told me the store would open within the next two weeks.\"
OSOpinion.com has published an article entitled \"Ten Reasons To Love Mac OS X.\" Author Kelly McNeill writes \"The bottom line is that OS X comes out on top of its competitors with its astounding choice of applications and platforms. There\'s only one OS that allows you to simultaneously run and use software such as Excel, MySQL, GIMP, Photoshop, iMovie and iTunes, and play a DVD.\"
Handspring plans to unveil two new wireless PDAs that incorporate both cell phone and organizer functionality. The new handhelds include the Treo k180, which has a tiny keyboard, and the Treo g180, which uses Graffiti handwriting recognition for text input. Both will cost around $400.
TheStreet.com\'s review of iMovie says that \"Apple\'s advertising campaign is oddly compelling: Not because you\'ve always wanted to elope to a tropical isle and don\'t know how to break it to your parents, but because we\'ve all had the urge to climb into the director\'s chair. iMovie is your beginner\'s course.\"
The latest Arizona Central Computing column talks about two Apple stores opening in Arizona: at the Chandler Fashion Center and Biltmore Fashion Park in Phoenix and Apple\'s solicitation for help at its Biltmore Fashion Park store: \"Although Apple hasn\'t informed the media about the date either store will open, my bet is the Chandler store opening will occur when the Chandler Fashion Center has its official opening Friday, October 19th.\"
Both Carbon and Classic versions of CADintosh 4.1.1 are available from Lemke Software. The 2D-CAD program for technical and architectural drawings fixes a bug as well as improves Carbon relliability, DXF import, and IGES detection. [Classic, Carbon]
The Australian Taxation Office (ATO) in conjunction with AUSOM, Australia\'s Apple Macintosh User Group, are soliciting interest from Mac users who would like to prepare their Tax Return on the Macintosh: \"The ATO only support Windows systems, but apparently if they get enough interest from Macintosh users, they will develop a Macintosh version.\"
Mindlube Software\'s Slacker ToDo Lists 1.1 brings several bug fixes, user interface enhancements, and new repeating \"todo\" items to the native Cocoa application for tracking tasks.
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WhatsApp now handles over 100M calls daily
WhatsApp is celebrating that it is being used for over 100 million calls every day. In a brief notice, the Facebook-owned messaging platform advises the voice-calling feature it rolled out to its users last year now deals with an average of over 1,100 calls initiated per second. Earlier this year, it increased the security of its calls and other messages, by introducing end-to-end encryption on all platforms. http://bit.ly/292HqCX
Adele's '25' album now streaming
Recording artist Adele has "pulled a Kanye" after saying that her current album "25" would not be available for streaming. The seven-month-old record, which has yielded a number of hit singles, is now available for streaming on all the major streaming services, such as Apple Music and Spotify, as of today in most major markets, with worldwide distribution to come. Reportedly, the singer had demanded streaming be limited to paid subscribers -- a condition that has hurt some streamers with artists, who aren't paid royalties for free or trial listens . Apple pays performers its normal royalty rates during its free trial, avoiding the issue -- and having repeated success in both signing up exclusives and placing those exclusives into the top of the charts. http://ti.me/28U7NOu
SanDisk iXpand case has battery, storage
A new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6s case from SanDisk appears to be the "holy grail" of accessories: a stylish and protective case that offers both extra storage as well as the option of extra battery power as well. The iXpand Memory case offers either 32GB, 64GB, or 128GB of additional storage incorporated into the case, and an optional add-on battery pack (sold separately) adds up to an extra day or more of charge. Through the associated iXpand app, camera photos and videos can be automatically stored on the extra storage, optionally password-protected, The cost for the case is (in order of storage capacity) $60, $100, and $130. The battery pack's release data has not yet been announced, but the add-on should retail for an additional $30. http://bit.ly/291epHu
Fifth Hong Kong store to open June 30
The 46th official Apple store in what the company calls the "Greater China" region will open at 10AM local time in Hong Kong's New Town Plaza in the Sha Tin district on Thursday, June 30, according to a new page on Apple's retail website. Despite slowing growth due to economic turmoil in China, the country is still Apple's fastest-growing market. The new story will be the fifth for Hong Kong, a lucrative market for Apple thanks to the high concentration of wealth there and a thriving "gray" market. Normal store hours for the new store will be 10AM to 10PM every day. http://apple.co/291diaT
Apple Music bug bites very short songs
There appears to be a reproducible bug in the current version of iTunes -- version 12.4.1, running on OS X 10.11.5, both the current non-beta versions of the respective software -- that causes a streamed song to become "stuck" in endless buffering if the streamed item just before this happened was 60 seconds or less in length. The problem appears to stem from code in iTunes that signals the next track to start downloading one minute before the currently-playing track is done, and thus songs shorter than one minute don't trigger the download. Locally-stored music is unaffected by the bug, and the problem does not appear to exist in either the macOS Sierra developer beta or versions of iTunes earlier than 12.4, and does not affect the iOS Music app at all. http://bit.ly/291cN0l
Walmart Pay expands to 15 states
Walmart, one of the key progenitors of the failed CurrentC mobile payment system that was distinguished from Apple Pay by its ability to collect and share customer financial and buying data among its participants, has expanded the soft rollout of its alternative solution "Walmart Pay" to an additional 15 US states following a pilot program in Arkansas and Texas last month. Walmart continues to resist adding Apple Pay. The system, built into the Walmart app for iOS and Android, works with a complicated system of the camera scanning a purchase code at the register, then generating a QR code which is then scanned by the register. The system is available now in Alabama, Georgia, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, North Carolina, North Dakota, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Virginia, and Washington, DC. http://apple.co/28SqZfu
Amazon refreshes entry-level Kindle
Amazon has added a new Kindle to its ebook reader range, one that is thinner and lighter than the previous entry-level model. Offering a six-inch 167-dpi touchscreen display, a doubled 4GB of storage, and an option for a white casing, the new model also adds in the ability to export highlights and notes to an email account as a PDF. Two versions of the all-new Kindle are available, priced at $80 including "Special Offers" and $100 without. http://amzn.to/28Q4c3R