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Mutation: 1000 royalty-free textures
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."
CyberExtruder creates 3D models of gamers
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".
MacPlay shipping Baldurs Gate II
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.
Ex-Apple CEO joins data-securty startup
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 offers Power MachTen at closeout prices
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: freeware gradebook application
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]
CrushFTP 3.0b19: Java-based ftp server beta
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 unveils Mini CDRW II
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.
Touch screen for Apple 22-inch Cinema Display
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.)
TattleTech 2.84b7: system-reporting utility
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.
iSwipe 1.0b7: searches, download files
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]
eCryptIt 6.6: REALbasic programming plugin
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 updates Carbon utilities
Apple Store grand openings chronicled
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.
Get Info 2.1: information management
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 1.04: freeware slideshow player
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.
Personal finance manager adds OS X support
SwitchBack 3.5: file sync, backup utility
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.
S & H Tracker 4.1 adds native OS X support
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.
Apple to Webcast Q4 financial conference call
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.
WebEvent Publish 2.0 now in beta
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: Handspring, MS, DVD
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 introduces Stylus Photo 820
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.
Qt/Mac: cross-platform development
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.
Adobe to ship InCopy 2.0 in 2nd quarter '02
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."
Photo Galaxy: royalty-free, hi-res photos
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.
All the Best MacGames 2002 released
All the Best MacGames 2002 is a $20 collection of over 500 shareware and freeware games on two CD-ROMs.
New 17.4-inch flat-panel from Formac
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 intros new 3-MP digital camera
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.
Weblet Contacts for Web-based contact
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.
Loan Calc 1.2.1: loan calculator updated
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]
New CD configures Apache, PHP, MySQL, more...
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 adds DNS lookup under OS X
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.
InstallAnywhere 4.5: software deployment
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.
Record numbers use streaming media
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.
MIT Mag: Apple to be largest Unix supplier
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."
Typist 1.0 quickly types custom text
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.
Ars Technica posts OS X 10.1 review
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."
MenuStrip 2.0 offers floating window option
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.)
Dr. Bott TiCasePlus adds new detachable bag
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.
Phantom Menace DVD problems
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."
QuickMovie 1.4 fixes OS X 10.1 issues,
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.
Pioneer cuts DVD burner price
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.
MP3 Rage 3.9: collection of MP3 tools updated
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.
Xerox launches Phaser 5400 laser printer
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.
PrintWindow 1.1: freeware printing util
SearchWare Solutions has released Print Window 1.1, the latest version of its freeware utility for printing file listings directly from the Finder.
SnapTalk 2.0 released
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]
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