Sustainable Softworks\' gNAT 1.0b5 is a small program designed to give users graphical access to OS X\'s Network Address Translation (NAT) services. NAT allows users to share a single Internet address and connection among multiple Macs without requiring a dedicated hardware router. The latest version provides a fix for PPPoE in 10.1, but notes that the local caching name Server is still broken under 10.1.
Apple now says it will release in early November the OS X version of its iDVD 2 software for burning QuickTime movies and digital photos on DVDs, after first delaying its release to October from the initially projected September ship date.
Casady & Greene is now distributing TimeSlice 2.2.4, a time-tracking and billing application for Mac OS 8/9 and OS 10.x. The application is designed for onsultants, attorneys, graphic and web designers, or anyone who bills for time. It is available for $60 (Mac) and $40 (Windows).
Apple may make the iPod Windows-compatible, although the \"experience probably won\'t be as good, and says that demand will likely outstrip supply. However, Forbes.com discusses the iPod and its high price and its position in the consumer market with many other competitive, less-expensive products already on store shelves. The article also has a closing note about Apple\'s \"over-hyped\" product introductions. \"However, any applause for the iPod can\'t help but be muted by the $400 price tag. There are plenty of players that sell for less. Creative\'s Nomad player sells for about $220. And it\'s hard to argue that the faster FireWire connection is worth the premium. \"But if iPod\'s sales ultimately disappoint, it\'s because Apple\'s industry-leading marketing expertise makes every product launch like Christmas morning, but the presents under the tree never quite measure up to the ones in your imagination.
FoldersSychronizer 2.2, a $30 shareware utility for backing up and synchronizing data, improves folder scan time, displays items to copied in a preview list, improves performance under OS X 10.1, and has other bug fixes.
Apple has posted the a streaming video of yesterday\'s iPod introduction by Steve Jobs.
Get Info v0.8 is an update to Gideon Softworks\' $10 utility for editing file/folder attributes, modifying unix permissions invidually or recursively, and performing other file-level functions. Gideon also released Secure Shell Helper v.20, which controls to access your account, generates new OpenSSH keys, displays/exports public keys, and setup/control an SSH Server. [GI, SSH]
Readers report receiving a note from Hotline Software\'s refund indicating that their refunds have been posted, after the company canceled its Hotline Early Adopter Program earlier this month. The program gave users option of receiving a free copy of v2.0 as well as a bannerless client for an advance payment of $20. The note reads, in part: \"You may continue to still use your copy of the Hotline Bannerless Client, but as the Early Adopter Program has been cancelled, you will not be sent a copy of Hotline 2.0.\" (We previously noted that company has rehired an engineering team, who are working on the v2.0 release.)
Carvware\'s GamePad Companion 1.0 for OS X enables game controllers without built-in support. The $15 utility supports HID compatible devices, including gamepads and joysticks.
Atek Electronics has introduced its $50 Super Mini Optical Mouse, a very small optical mouse---only 2-1/2\" long and 1\" wide--with both left and right buttons. The USB model is compatible with Mac OS 8/9, has a 3-ft cord and ships with a travel pouch.
LuraTech has extended its jp2 (JPEG2000) SDK to the Mac, allowing developers to integrate LuraWave.jp2 image compression/decompression functionalities into Mac application. It offers all the features of the utility through a DLL (Dynamic link library) or shared library calls and has functions for compressing and decompressing images, including settings for lossless or lossy compression, alternative image size or quality, RAM-/file-based compression, password protection for images, and compression with enhanced regions.
Microsoft has posted Internet Explorer 5.0sr1, a \"Service Release\" which it says resolves two known issues in IE 5.0: The Windows Media Player, Macromedia Flash, and Apple QuickTime plug-ins can cause Internet Explorer to stop responding. The use of Microsoft Entourage 2001 for Mac and Internet Explorer 5.0 at the same time may cause Entourage to stop responding.
IntelliMerge 1.2.8, an update to Intelli Innovations\' e-mail merge software, bring OS X 10.1 support and makes additional cosmetic changes for an optimal Aqua user experience.
Tribeworks today released iShell 2.5, an update to its multimedia application for building dynamic, data-intensive applications. Version 2.5 includes a built-in ecommerce engine builder, support for Internet data transfers, better support for Unix Websiters, dynamic font-loading, and enhanced interoperability with QuickTime and Flash. Gold, Silver and Education licensing are available. The company also announced its $600 iShell Developer Conference, which will take place in San Francisco January 11-12, 2002.
TDK today announced the introduction of six new veloCD ReWriters, including three 32X and three 24X models, which are available in internal ATAPI, external FireWire and external USB 2.0 models.
Architosh reports on a free beta of Argon, Ashlar\'s new 3D modeling tool.
A New York Times article indicates that Apple\'s new iPod may have some form of copy protection: \"Mr. Jobs said the company had taken some steps to protect against piracy in its device. For instance, he said, songs loaded onto the iPod from a Macintosh computer, cannot then be loaded from the device to a different Macintosh computer, a step he said would make it difficult for people to distribute music they own to other users.\" Meanwhile, another reader notes slightly more clarity in a news.com article: \"The device does not use a digital-rights management scheme. When it auto-syncs to iTunes, the iPod can only connect to one copy of the software on one Mac. But a manual mode allows the device to share songs between any number of Macs. However, Jobs said Apple does not condone stealing music. In fact, he said, the company spent $50,000 on CDs to go along with review copies of the unit so that Apple would not be promoting piracy....The iPod does come wrapped in plastic with a warning in English, French, German and Japanese that states, \"Don\'t steal music...\'Piracy is not a technological issue. It\'s a behavior issue,\' Jobs said, adding that all the encryption schemes that have been developed can also be broken.\" [updated]
Pepsan & Associates has released Dashboard 1.0, a free ulility for OS X that provides an extensive readout of system performance data, including CPU load metrics, memory statistics, network bandwidth, and disk I/O operations. The utility also provides a trend graph for watching each parameter over time.
Optima System has released PageSpinner 3.1.2, a maintenance release to its $30 HTML Editor, bringing enhanced support for QuickTime and QuickTime VR Embedded objects and new options for QuickTime kiosk mode and target links.
CORDA Technologies has reduced the price on PopChart Xpress. The $300 software creates Web-ready charts and graphs from data contained in spreadsheet applications such as Excel. It offers drilldown and popup text to provide chart viewers with instant access to additional information and also provides compatibility with standard screen readers (for section 508 of the Federal Government accessibility requirements). Xpress generates charts and graphs in several formats, including SVG, Flash, and GIF formats and automatically detects and delivers the appropriate and highest quality image the browser will display.
Johnny Lee\'s VCD Player 1.5.3 fixes a few playback bugs with certain VCDS in his $10 utility that allows you to watch full-screen movies in the MPEG format. The Website notes that \"Mac OS X 10.1 still doesn\'t support VCD playback. VCD Player X will be released once it does. Please tell Apple that we want VCD playback on Mac OS X.\"
Fourth World today released WebMerge 1.8, a $70 tool that generates static Web pages from database files. The new version supports new tags for better layout, has a new portable file format for its automatable settings files, has completely revised documentation now in HTML format, and offers improved performance.
QT Tag Converter 1.2 is an $35 batch processing utility that converts web pages with QuickTime embed tags to be compatible with Internet Explorer for Windows versions 5.5 SP2 and 6. Version 1.2 supports recursive scanning of folders as well as drag & drop of folders/files onto the application for scanning.
Say What 1.01 allows you to remotely launch applications, documents or AppleScripts via a web browser. It uses the standard HTTP protocol and can run on any open port, allowing it run alongside other services such as Web, ftp, and mail. The $40 utility runs on both OS X and Mac OS 8/9. [Classic, Carbon]
Sonnet\'s new PCI X v1.1.1 software adds OS X 10.1 compatibility to its $30 driver software for unsupported Power Macintosh and Macintosh-clone computers upgraded with a Sonnet Crescendo/PCI OR Newer Technology MAXpowr PCI processor upgrade card. An updater is available for previous owners as well.
MaverickTrader has issued an investment opinion on Apple\'s stock, predicting that the company\'s shares will move lower this week due to last week\'s earnings report and the \"lackluster\" iPod announcment. \"Based on fundamental, technical, and news-related issues, MaverickTrader.Com believes the next week will find these stocks with price action in accord with their rating,\" said Senior Editor, Dewey Burchett.
Microsoft today officially announced Office v. X has gone \"GM\" (golden master) and is being delivered to manufacturers in preparation for the launch on November 19th. The $500 application suite will be available as a $300 upgrade to previous owners, while users who purchase Office 2001 (or any component application) between now and Dec 31, will receive a free upgrade to the OS X version (of the appropriate package). The company also announced that over 90,000 users downloaded Word X Test Drive, its preview release of the popular word processing application. Pre-orders for Office v. X are available online from a number of resellers.
James Thomson has released DragThing 4.2, an update to the popular dock utility/desktop organizer for OS X and Mac OS 8/9. Version 4.2 of the $25 shareware is a free upgrade to registered users of v4.0. [download pulled; to be released \"soon\"]
Schedula Professional 8.0 is an appointment scheduler that supports an unlimited number of independent, networkable calendars, and offers a traditional daily planner interface with full instant messaging capability. A limited demo is available; it requires FileMaker Pro 5.5.
Tcl/Tk 8.3.4, an update to the open-source scripting language, brings timezone support, Mac-to-unix time epoch conversion, and other general release changes, including better support for OS X.
John Franklin followed up on the AppleShare Admin security hole noted here yesterday: \"On my systems, at least (an iBook and a G4; checked both ways) an admin user has read-only access to other users\' files, but can\'t alter them. While that can be viewed as a security hole (the point is debatable) it is a far cry from \'make any changes\', and won\'t allow the admin user to break things belonging to other users.\"
SmartMoney opines that Apple\'s iPod \"might not score high on the significance meter... but does offer a glimpse into the tactics computer makers are beginning to employ as demand for their core products wanes.\" Author Monica Rivituso adds that Apple is one of the few computer manufacturers willing to identify new markets and create products for them.
Lights Out 1.1 is an application designed to give users more control over Apple\'s Energy Saver. It helps solve the problem of Energy Saver insomnia and offers hot corners to instantly put a Mac to sleep or keep it awake.
Haxial Software has released WorldClock 1.0, a new Carbonized application that keeps track of international time zones. The tool also includes a Calendar and a Time Converter, and can be customized via a variety of skins.
The Iconfactory has posted its latest freeware icon collection for Mac OS X - World of Aqua: After Dark. The set was created by Dave Brasgalla includes photo-realistic icons of traditional Halloween representations like Jack-O-Lanterns, Black Cats and Candy.
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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