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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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Dropshare 4 for Mac now available
Dropshare 4 for Mac has shipped, introducing support for uploading files and screenshots to Amazon S3 API-compliant services, like DreamObjects and OpenStack. The update also introduces a new popup design, an in-app editor for custom landing pages, an improved upload history window, and security improvements when using SSH connections. The paid upgrade costs $25, though it is free for customers who bought the previous version this year and half-price for those who acquired version 3 of the app last year. http://bit.ly/1XixV3q
Google starting phase-out of Flash ads
Search engine and advertising giant Google will shortly no longer accept Adobe Flash-created ads for its AdWords network. Starting June 30, ads in the once-ubiquitous format will no longer be accepted. Additionally, after January 2, 2017, the network will no longer serve Flash-based advertisements, and the network will be completely HTML 5 based. http://bit.ly/1PNx1uc
Sonos now works with Apple Music
Wireless music system manufacturer Sonos has announced that its systems worldwide will gain compatibility for streaming the paid Apple Music subscription service starting today, February 10. "Music fans worldwide will have access to Apple Music features like For You, New, Radio, and My Music, and will also be able to stream the entire Apple Music catalog through Sonos smart speakers tuned for great sound in every room of their homes," the company said in an email to journalists. Apple Music's streaming service costs $10 per month, with a free three-month trial. http://bit.ly/1Wdi2Ko
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 Hermés 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