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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Cirrus creates Lightning-headphone dev kit
Apple supplier Cirrus Logic has introduced a MFi-compliant new development kit for companies interested in using Cirrus' chips to create Lightning-based headphones, which -- regardless of whether rumors about Apple dropping the analog headphone jack in its iPhone this fall -- can offer advantages to music-loving iOS device users. The kit mentions some of the advantages of an all-digital headset or headphone connector, including higher-bitrate support, a more customizable experience, and support for power and data transfer into headphone hardware. Several companies already make Lightning headphones, and Apple has supported the concept since June 2014. http://bit.ly/29giiZj
Apple Store app offers Procreate Pocket
The Apple Store app for iPhone, which periodically rewards users with free app gifts, is now offering the iPhone "Pocket" version of drawing app Procreate for those who have the free Apple Store app until July 28. Users who have redeemed the offer by navigating to the "Stores" tab of the app and swiping past the "iPhone Upgrade Program" banner to the "Procreate" banner have noted that only the limited Pocket (iPhone) version of the app is available free, even if the Apple Store app is installed and the offer redeemed on an iPad. The Pocket version currently sells for $3 on the iOS App Store. [32.4MB]
Porsche adds CarPlay to 2017 Panamera
Porsche has added a fifth model of vehicle to its CarPlay-supported lineup, announcing that the 2017 Panamera -- which will arrive in the US in January -- will include Apple's infotainment technology, and be seen on a giant 12.3-inch touchscreen as part of an all-new Porsche Communication Management system. The luxury sedan starts at $99,900 for the 4S model, and scales up to the Panamera Turbo, which sells for $146,900. Other vehicles that currently support CarPlay include the 2016 911 and the 2017 models of Macan, 718 Boxster, and 718 Cayman. The company did not mention support for Google's corresponding Android Auto in its announcement. http://bit.ly/295ZQ94
Apple employees testing wheelchair features
New features included in the forthcoming watchOS 3 are being tested by Apple retail store employees, including a new activity-tracking feature that has been designed with wheelchair users in mind. The move is slightly unusual in that, while retail employees have previously been used to test pre-release versions of OS X and iOS, this marks the first time they've been included in the otherwise developer-only watchOS betas. The company is said to have gone to great lengths to modify the activity tracker for wheelchair users, including changing the "time to stand" notification to "time to roll" and including two wheelchair-centric workout apps. http://bit.ly/2955JDa
SanDisk reveals two 256GB microSDXC cards
SanDisk has introduced two 256GB microSDXC cards. Arriving in August for $150, the Ultra microSDXC UHS-I Premium Edition card offers transfer speeds of up to 95MB/s for reading data. The Extreme microSDXC UHS-I card can read at a fast 100MB/s and write at up to 90MB/s, and will be shipping sometime in the fourth quarter for $200. http://bit.ly/294Q1If
Apple's third-quarter results due July 26
Apple has advised it will be issuing its third-quarter results on July 26, with a conference call to answer investor and analyst queries about the earnings set to take place later that day. The stream of the call will go live at 2pm PT (5pm ET) via Apple's investor site, with the results themselves expected to be released roughly 30 minutes before the call commences. Apple's guidance for the quarter put revenue at between $41 billion and $43 billion. http://apple.co/1oi1Pbm
Twitter stickers slowly roll out to users
Twitter has introduced "stickers," allowing users to add extra graphical elements to their photos before uploading them to the micro-blogging service. A library of hundreds of accessories, props, and emoji will be available to use as stickers, which can be resized, rotated, and placed anywhere on the photograph. Images with stickers will also become searchable with viewers able to select a sticker to see how others use the same graphic in their own posts. Twitter advises stickers will be rolling out to users over the next few weeks, and will work on both the mobile apps and through the browser. http://bit.ly/29bbwUE