CyberExtruder announced today that its CyberX-3D web-based technology has officially \"gone gold. The OS X-compatible software and web-based technology automatically converts a single two-dimensional facial image into a fully-developed 3D model in one second, allowing \"Mac gaming enthusiasts to include themselves as characters within a game and become part of the action.\" Users can submit a single digitized photo of their face to a secure website, which analyzes and creates an accurate 3D model of the user\'ss face. CyberX-3D-enabled games include \"Unreal Tournament\", \"Quake III:Arena\", and \"The Sims\".
The Plugin Site has released Mutation, a $30 collection of 1000 royalty-free textures on CD-ROM, which \"can be used with various image and video editing, animation and 3D applications like Photoshop, Paint Shop Pro, Premiere, After Effects, Bryce, Poser and 3D MAX.\"
MacPlay is now shippping Baldur\'s Gate 2: Shadows of Amn, its much-antipcated $50 RPG game. The game is the latest chapter in the mythic saga that continues the much-loved Baldur\'s Gate storyline.
Former Apple CEO Gil Amelio has been named chairman of the board at data-security start-up Viaquo Corp, which creates products that \"ensure that data or music sent over the Internet is available only to those with permission to receive it.\" Its main product is currently not for sale and is being tested at an aerospace company and music label.
Tenon is offering Power MachTen and MachTen CodeBuilder on CD at closeout prices, as it announces that it is retiring its UNIX emulation software for Mac OS 8/9. MachTen, a complete UNIX system including X windows, contains a complete UNIX software development environment with a source-level debugger and C, C++, Objective-C, Ada95, Java and Fortran77 compilers as well as internet scripting tools (Perl and tcl/tk) for web developers. Both ship with BSD UNIX source code and on-line documentation. Power MachTen is $100 and MachTen CodeBuilder (a subset of MachTen) is $50, as long as supplies last.
NP Grade 1.1 is a freeware grade book that offers \"the basic features you need to keep track of grades and students in your classroom,\" including support for up to 150 sudents per class, 150 assignments per class, a customized grading scale, progress report printing, and full-class reports. It is available for both Mac OS and OS X. [Classic, Carbon]
The powerful Java-based ftp server, CrushFTP 3.0b19, brings MacBinary support to OS X, on-the-fly encoding/decoding, better security options, improved logging, and other enhancements. Pricing starts at $25 for 10 concurrent users.
Archos has introduced the MiniCDRW II, a compact 10X CD-RW drive that offers a choice of USB 2.0 or FireWire or PC Card Interface. The device measures 6.3 x 5.1 x 1.2 inches and weighs 18 ounces. The MiniCDRW II is priced at $179, and comes bundled with unspecified Macintosh mastering software, a carrying pouch, and an interface (either USB or FireWire) cable.
Troll Touch today announced the immediate availability of its internally mounted touch screen for the Apple 22-inch Cinema Display. The device offers USB connectivity and ultra-high touch screen resolution. Troll Touch also provides an internally mounted touch screen for the iBook. (Pricing not available on the Web.)
The system-reporting utility, TattleTech 2.84b7, fixes a bug in reporting of PowerBook DIMM configurations, ATA buses, CPU speed on a G4-dual 800, reporting of machine\'s serial number, and other enhancements.
HillmanMinx Software\'s \"emailware\" iSwipe 1.0b7 searches and downloads from the Web, and the FTP, Hotline, Napster, OpenNapster, Gnutella, and Carracho (search only) networks. It includes a download manager, with retries and resumable downloads, and 4 slots each for FTP, HTTP, Hotline and Napster downloads, and an autoSearch feature, which \"keeps a list of those elusive files that you want and can never find online.\" [Classic, Carbon]
Einhugur Software\'s e-CryptIt 6.6 programming add-on offers the ability to add e-CryptIt and 448-bit Blowfish encoding, file decoding, compression, checksums, and hashing (key and non-key) to applications created in REALbasic.
Thoth Software\'s Carbonized utilities, Ptah 1.4a ($15) media file cataloger, Rosetta 1.4 ($15) file decoding utility, and Thoth 1.4b ($25) newsreader, have been updated. [Ptah, Rosetta, Thoth]
Dan Goodspeed has posted a video from the grand opening of Apple\' retail store at Albany Crossgates, while Tadd Torborg has also posted pictures of the opening. Kelly Thomas also posted a photo gallery from the Apple Store - Germantown TN Grand Opening.
DXoft\'s Get Info 2.1 now includes FileMaker 5.5 Pro runtime application, which runs natively under OS X. The shareware application stores common computer settings, Web URLs & passwords, software registration info, and contacts.
Archer 1.0.4 is a maintenance release to the freeware slideshow player that supports audio and video as well as still images. The application supports multiple players running simultaneously with custom sets of image-, speed-, and size-settings.
Version 2.3.5 of WhereDidAllMyMoneyGo?, Bert Torfs\' multi-currency personal finance manager, now runs natively under OS X and also allows you to change your home/default currency. [Classic, Carbon]
SwitchBack 3.5, is a $30 file synchronization and backup utility, adds the ability to set minimum time difference before a file is updated, full-speed backup in the background, scheduled documents open in the background, and unlocks locked files before moving them to the trash.
Apple will be Webasting its Q4 \'01 conference call, which will discuss the financial results for the quarter. It will begin at 2pm PT on Wednesday, October 17, 2001.
The shareware application for tracking software registration and other related information, Software & Hardware Tracker 4.1, now includes version 5.5 of the FileMaker Pro runtime application, which runs natively on OS X.
WebEvent, Inc. has launched WebEvent Publish 2.0b, a beta of its new Web-based calendar product that adds a MySQL back-end database, custom event fields, categories/filters, calendar subscription and notification options, time zone support, and event export.
Afternoon tech news: Handspring has unveiled three new wireless PDAs which combine a handheld organizer, a cell phone and Web browsing functionality starting at $400; The judge in Microsoft\'s on-going anti-trust proceedings has named a Boston University law professor as mediator in the case; Matsushita has developed a new DVD technology that will reportedly be able to store 50 GB of data per disc side.
Epson has introduced the Stylus Photo 820, a six color inkjet printer priced at $150 ($100 after rebate). Epson says its new printer is capable of printing black text at up to 12 ppm, 4\" x 6\" photos in 48 seconds and 8\" x 10\" photos in 1:42 minutes on photo paper. The 820 also sports 2880 x 720 dpi resolution, and Epson\'s image matching technology.
Trolltech\'s cross-platform software development suite, Qt/Mac, includes a C++ framework for OS X, support for the Aqua look & feel, OpenGL support, database support and rich text support. The Carbon application is described as a \"fully object-oriented application framework that enables rapid building of state-of-the-art GUI applications for Windows, Linux/Unix, Mac OS X and embedded Linux platform.\" Professional and Enterprise editions are available.
All the Best MacGames 2002 is a $20 collection of over 500 shareware and freeware games on two CD-ROMs.
The Plugin Site has released Photo Galaxy, a $30 collection of 1200 royalty-free digital photos on CD-ROM divided into 74 different topics. The photos are provided at a resolution of 1760x1168 pixel and are available in contact sheets to provide a better overview over the photos.
Adobe today announced InCopy 2.0, an editorial application built on its InDesign architecture. The software is designed for writers, editors and copy fitters working in cross media publishing environments and now includes support for extensible markup language (XML), enhanced editing tools such as dynamic spell check, and an improved user interface that lets users work on multiple views of a story simultaneously. It also includes new full-text editing views, a built-in thesaurus, table creation/import/export routines, better collaboration/annotation tools, and other enhancements. It is will be available in the second quarter of 2002 with pricing to be \"determined by the integrators based on individual installations.\"
Formac Electronic has announced the Formac gallery 1740, a new 17.4\" flat-panel display with an Apple Display Connector (ADC). The company says that the flat-panel display uses Fujitsu\'s Multi-Domain Vertical Alignment (MVA) technology to \"outperform comparable Liquid Crystal Displays (LCD) in picture and video quality.\" The active matrix LCD offers a higher brightness (220 cd/m2), increased contrast (400:1), provides a fine dot pitch of 0.27 mm, and supports resolutions up to 1,280x1,024. It is expected to be available in the US in early November for $900. Formac is taking pre-orders beginning today.
Olympus today announced the C-3020 Zoom, a 3.2 Megapixel (2048 x 1536 effective pixel resolution) filmless digital zoom camera that offers a 3x optical and 2.5x digital zoom, 6 mode flash with a slow synchro red-eye reduction, five scene program modes, USB connectivity, extended battery life, and a new Noise Reduction mode. It is expected to be later this month for $500 and ships with a 16MB SmartMedia card, Auto-Connect USB cable, carrying strap, lens cap and retainer cord, 4 AA alkaline batteries, Camedia Master Software 2.5, manual, QuickStart Guide and remote control.
Maxprog\'s Loan Calc v1.2.1 is a new release of its Loan calculator that calculates \"everything from monthly payments up to total loan costs and allows you to generate and save to a text or excel sheet the full payments list, from a customizable start date.\" The new version works under OS X 10.1 and has other cosmetic changes. [Classic, Carbon]
Brian Dunnings\'s Weblet Contacts for Lasso and CDML is a $45 collection of FileMaker format files and databases that provide a web-based contact manager that can be used as a standalone application, merged with an existsing solutions, or customized to suit your needs.
The $30 OpenOSX Database CD 2.0 will install and configure a host of applications, including Apache, PHP, MySQL, phpMyAdmin, MyODBC, ioODBC, PostreSQL, and phpPGAAdmin. It includes HTML and PDF documentation.
Mac Army Knife 2.6, a popular all-in-one system utility ($25), adds DNS lookup for OS X users fixes problems running under OS X 10.1.
Zero G Software has added OS X support to InstallAnywhere 4.5, its software deployment solution for developer. It handles many Mac-specific installation details automatically, including the creation of icons in the Dock and onto the desktop, full support for the Mac OS file systems (including Mac OS X\'s long file names and Classic Mac OS\'s dual fork files) and the ability to authenticate users with installation privileges. Free, Standard ($1000), and Enterprise ($2,500) editions of the multi-platform software installer are available.
Mac OS X is the \"first time in more than a decade that Apple has introduced a significant software innovation,\" according to MIT\'s Technology Review: \"But with the exception of the Macintosh user interface, virtually all of Apple\'s innovations have been in hardware....Unless an atomic bomb goes off at Apple\'s headquarters in Silicon Valley, by this time next year Apple will be the world\'s largest supplier of Unix-based operating systems. OS X will prove that it is possible to give Unix a friendly wrapping. The impact will also be felt by Bill Gates\'s little enterprise because, for the first time ever, Apple\'s operating system will be more stable and faster than Microsoft\'s.\"
A record number of office works used streaming media last month, according to new data from Nielsen/NetRatings: \"21.1 million, or 55.8%, of employees who logged onto the Internet from work last month watched or listened to streaming media, compared with 19.6 million, or 50.2%, in August and 17.4 million, or 51.2%, in September 2000,\" according to a Wall Street Journal article.
Typist 1.0 offers the ability to quickly type pre-designated text from a system-wide menu, or from a popup window in either Classic or OS X. A demo of the $15 utility is available online.
John Siracusa has posted another thorough review of OS X, examining some of the improvements and changes in OS X 10.1, including a subtle change with the new 10.1 metadata guidelines that require \"all files created by Mac OS X applications [to] include a file name extension.\"
Dr. Bott\'s new TiCasePlus adds a removable black side bag with three inside pockets, pen holders and an external zippered pocket to the hard-shelled, brushed-aluminium PowerBook carrying case. The new $540 carrying case also includes a new shoulder strap. Upgrades, which include a new lid with fasteners for the side bag, a new detachable side bag, a shoulder strap, and an improved accesory separator, are $300.
MenuStrip 2.0 is a multi-purpose utility that allows easy access to frequently used settings, such as the computer volume, monitor resolution, and color depth from the OS X menubar or in a floating window similar to the OS 9 control strip. It also features an Application Menu to switch between running apps, app hiding functionality such as \'Single App Mode\' and \'Hide All\', and a configurable clock with chime and alarm capabilities. (SoundSchemes is a new plugin for MenuStrip which allows custom sounds to be played at certain system events, including standard sound file (mp3, aiff, wav, etc.) to play for events, such as logging in, logging off, inserting and ejecting disks, etc.)
MacNN reader David Snedigar reports that Lucasfilm may be shutting out Mac users with the \"Episode I: The Phantom Menace\" DVD due to be released Tuesday, October 16th. \"People I know who have manages to get early copies are reporting that the DVD ROM portion of the 2 disk set requires the \'interActual player\' in order to view the DVD ROM content - which is a Windows only app.\"
Pioneer has cut the price on its DVR-A03 combination DVD/CD recordable/re-recordable drive. Pioneer\'s drive includes support for multiple recording formats including DVD-R, DVD-RW, CD-R and CD-RW and a 2X DVD-R recording speed. The burner will now be priced at $649. Pioneer\'s DVD media has also been reduced in price to $15.99 per disc.
QuickMovie 1.4, an update to the movie creation utility for Mac OS 8, 9 and X, fixes problem running under OS X 10.1, and enables live window resizing under OS X. The $20 utility enables the creation of QuickTime images from a series of images.
SearchWare Solutions has released Print Window 1.1, the latest version of its freeware utility for printing file listings directly from the Finder.
Xerox has launched the Phaser 5400 black-and-white laser printer, a 40 page-per-minute network output device that starts at an estimated retail price of $2,149. The 5400 sports a 266 MHz PowerPC processor and a first page out time of 9 seconds. The Phaser 5400 also includes 32 MB of memory standard, expandable to 192 MB, USB connectivity, built-in ethernet, and Adobe PostScript 3.
Chaotic Software\'s $25 collection of MP3 tools, MP3 Rage 3.9, improves the ability to connect, search, and download files with Napster and Gnutella, adds support for long names, improves firewall support, and now detects corruption in ID3 tages.
SnapTalk 2.0 is a secure chatting application that allows users to archive conversations, attach files, and use instantaneous Quick-Replies. New features include an Auto-Reply message setting, text styling, and time stamp. Glass Bead Software says a native OS X version will be available by the end of Q1 2002. [download form]
Kelly Thomas has posted a series of pictures from the opening of Apple\'s controversial store in Germantown, TN. Thomas\' picture gallery includes full descriptions.
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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