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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Remote S for Tesla Apple Watch app drives car out
Developer Allen Wong has created the Remote S for Tesla app, which can be used to remotely activate the Model S electric car via an Apple Watch, and drive it a short distance. Aside from providing data about the car and some basic function controls, the unofficial app uses the manufacturer's Summon command to allow the car to turn on, exit the garage, and park near to the user's location. The app is available to purchase from the App Store for $10. http://apple.co/1PprF4t
Seagate 3TB unreliability suit expands
The Seagate 3TB class-action hard drive lawsuit has been expanded to more devices. The expanded suit, filed today, now includes Seagate's Barracuda 3TB Hard Disk Drive, Desktop HDD 3TB, Backup Plus 3TB External Hard Disk Drive, GoFlex 3TB External Hard Disk Drive, or any other Seagate hard drive with model number ST3000DM001. The law firm, Hagens Berman, is seeking information from consumers such as time in service, purchase price, and the nature of any drive received in return from Seagate as a replacement for a failed unit. http://bit.ly/1Pc34Cq
BlackBerry Canada, Florida hit with layoffs
The BlackBerry campus has reportedly been wracked with layoffs. Sources familiar with the company's Waterloo office staffing claim that close to 35 percent of the local workforce has been laid off, with the deepest cuts being made in the BlackBerry 10 OS and hardware teams. Additionally, the state of Florida has been officially notified that the company's Sunrise facility will see 75 people fired. Enthusiast site Mobilesyrup puts the layoffs at around 1000 total. http://bit.ly/1Pc1Rep
Instagram tests multiple account support for iOS
Instagram is trialling support for multiple accounts in its iPhone app with a small number of users. The Facebook-owned photo sharing service confirmed the reports of the tests to TechCrunch, which will allow a single user to manage more than a single account within the app, transferring between two or three accounts with a few taps. It is unclear when the feature will roll out to the public, but it has previously tested it with the Android version of the app since November. http://tcrn.ch/1SPKEKh
Foxconn CEO declares Sharp deal near done
The Foxconn bid for Sharp is allegedly only waiting on specific details of the deal. Foxconn CEO Terry Gou has declared that his company has privileged negotiation rights for the Apple iPhone screen supplier, saying that "we have a consensus, the rest is a process ... I don't see a problem completing this process." Gou hopes the deal, worth up to $5.6 billion, will be formalized by the end of February. http://reut.rs/1SPEQjN
MIT demoes 'Eyeriss' AI chip for mobile
At the International Solid State Circuits Conference in San Francisco this week, MIT researchers presented a new chip designed specifically to implement neural networks. The researchers claim that "Eyeriss" is 10 times as efficient as a mobile GPU, so it could enable mobile devices to run artificial-intelligence algorithms such as Siri or Cortana, rather than uploading all data to a remote server for processing. http://bit.ly/1TISJBe
Pocket for iOS adds readability settings
Offline reader iOS app Pocket has updated, with reader-friendly changes. With the new revision, premium subscribers can adjust character spacing, and choose from eight new fonts including one that makes it easier for sufferers of dyslexia to read saved content. The app itself is free, with a premium subscription available for $5 a month, or $45 a year. http://apple.co/1KuILBl