John Hopkins notes that Epson has posted new OS X drivers, slightly ahead of its weekly projected schedule: Stylus Color 980 v1.1, Stylus Photo 780 v1.1, Stylus Photo 890 v1.1, and Stylus Photo 1280 v1.1.
Toon Boom has posted a free beta patch to make Toon Boom Studio compatible with OS X 10.1.
Bosco today introduced Foto Trimmer 1.0, which \"lets you quickly scale, stretch,squish, rotate, flip, and trim your digital photos: \"I designed Foto Trimmer to be so easy and fast to use, that anyone can do those things on an afternoon\'s worth of pictures in a few minutes.\" A 7-day trial of the $40 utility is available online. [Classic, Carbon]
Marcadesign has released Ciboulette 1.0, a new $10 shareware file encryption application that supports 448-bits keys, generates cross-platform documents (Mac OS Classic & Carbon and Windows), can use ZIP compression, and has a built-in \"human-friendly\" password generator.
A MacNN reader writes about an Apple promotion in a UK shopping mall: \"I was pleasantly surprised when visiting Cribbs Causeway Shopping Mall near Bristol, UK, today. In a space next to Starbucks were lots of G4s, iMacs, Tbooks & iBooks, with several Apple employees (including a so-called Mac \'genius\') on hand to demonstrate the products & distribute free t-shirts, etc. Also representatives from Epson & HP, demonstrating Mac-compatible printers, cameras, etc....Is this a tester for future UK stores like those opening in the US?\"
Deneba today released a Windows version of DenebaShare 1.0, a stand-alone application for sharing and organizing digital photos. The software offers the ability to securely make photos available over the Internet ad well as organize and browse photo collections. The softwarwe ships with Illustrator and Photoshop compatible plug-in filters. An OS X-optimized version is under development and will be released during Q1 2002.
Following our note this morning on Microsoft\'s new anti-piracy measures in Office v. X, Matthew Whitaker offered some details: \"The Office v.X for Mac os X security is based on TCP/IP. The ports being used are in the 3000 range. If you run a port scan on the machine that is running Office you will see a port in the 3xxx range is open. This port is only open if the program is running. After packet sniffing I was able to determine that there is no communication to a central database. It is in fact then only a broadcast on the local area network.\"
Synergy Creations today released ConverTable Units 1.8, an update to its shareware that adds more units and more constants (over 200 units available), improves calculator module accuracy for multistep calculations, and now uses localized number formats from \"Numbers\" Control Panel.
Apple has started two new promotions today, offering discounts on purchases of new Power Mac and iMac hardware between October 26 and December 31st: Apple\'s Crystal Clear Savings promo offers up to $500 back with the purchase of any Apple 15-inch, 17-inch, and 22-inch flat panel display and a Power Mac G4. Apple is offering $100 cash back on a 733MHz G4/display purchase, $300 back with a 867MHz G4/display purchase, and $500 cash back with a dual-800MHz G4/display purchase. Snap it up offers a HP 318xi digital camera or $150 cash back with the purchase of any iMac through the end of the year.
KPT effects, the second application in the procreate line of creative enhancement tools, is now shipping. The OS X-compatible application includes nine new Photoshop compatible plug-ins for adding effects to digital images, including Pyramid Paint; Lightning; Fluid; Hyper Tiling, Scatter; Channel Surfing; Ink Dropper; FraxFlame II and Gradient Lab. The $200 collection is expected to ship in German- and French-localized versions in November 2001.
FirewireDirect.com has introduced its new FireWire RAID Epic-DS Digital Storage (DS) System, a FireWire-based storage cluster with RAID support for over 1TB (terabyte) of storage. The $5,400 external storage tower includes redundant power supplies for reliability and uses the Oxford 911 chipset for maximum performance.
Pixologic has released a new \"TextureMaster\" ZScript for ZBrush, its application for dynamic and integrated digital imagery workflow. The TextureMaster ZScript simplifies the texturing process and enhances ZBrush\'s 3DCopy feature, which allows color details to be applied to a lower-resolution 3D mesh. TextureMaster avoids common 3D texturing problems and automates the process of texture adjustments.
The Digital Healing Network, a community-building organization, helps people tell their stories for The World War II Memories Project by using Macs to produce multimedia movies about their wartime experiences. The teams use an iMac or Powr Mac to assemble the visuals in either iMovie, Final Cut Pro or Premiere.
Optigold ISP 2.8.5, an update to the cross-platform business software for ISPs, adds new web interface functions, Danish language support, ECHO credit card/ACH support, new tech support call classifications, AppleEvent support under OS X and a few other enhancements.
Macrovision today announced the availability of SafeDisc LT for OS X and Mac OS 9 and says that it is currently porting its SafeDisc and SafeCast DRM product families to OS X. SafeDisc LT for the Mac authenticates original media and prevents unauthorized copying of original media, while future releases of the SafeDisc family will include API support for encryption of software functions, installer protection, a \"robust\" anti-hacking architecture, and support for various form of software licensing.
In his iPod review for the New York Times, David Pogue writes about its \"remarkable\" synergy with a Mac as well as the product\'s outside finish: \"The first thing you notice about the iPod is, well, that you notice it: you can\'t flash this thing in public without getting stopped by passers- by. In typical fashion, Apple has designed an absolutely ravishing machine, part mirror-finish stainless steel and part white acrylic, whose shine, fit and finish you can\'t see in photos... Unfortunately, fingerprints and streaks dull its shine faster than you can say, \'Honey, where do we keep the Windex?\'\" [free registration required]
JAW Software\'s MPEG2Splitter v1.01 \"lets you split huge MPEG-2 files in smaller chunks of size specified by user. It is also possible to extract a single segment of the file, given the starting and ending offset.\" The $15 shareware utility has manual and automatic modes as well as filesizes over 2GB.
Roscoe Hunt writes about a new anti-piracy measure in Microsoft\'s upcoming Office v.X,, noting that the application performs a check on startup for other running copies with the license--even though AppleTalk is not turned on--indicating the check may be performed over any (IP) network.
A MacNN reader writes about Apple\'s upcoming iTunes 2 software announced earlier this week and due in early November, which he says better supports long filenames, has significant performance improvements, and a \"much better\" launch time.
On a weekly Mac radio show, Apple\'s PowerBook line product manager recently (publicly) acknowleged customer complaints about OS X DVD playback on PowerBook G3s (Wallstreet and Lombard): \"...we have received customer feedback about that, and it\'s something we\'re taking to heart [Note: or \'checking hard\', but I\'m pretty certain it was \'taking to heart\'], so I don\'t have any particular announcement or statements to make about it other than to say that we, you know, have heard people\'s comments about it.\"
Eric Smith notes that Apple has delayed the opening of its new Apple store at Tice\'s Corner in Woodcliff Lake, NJ by one week, because of \"mall construction delays.\" The grand opening has been postponed to Saturday, November 3rd at 10 a.m.
Settimio Perlini writes that \"MacityNet has published two pages with exclusive photos of the first public appearance of iPod, which also shows a newly discovered an Easter Egg.\"
A recently updated support document at Microsoft\'s Website discusses security-related changes to Hotmail\'s email service, which disable access from Entourage 2001 and Outlook Express 5.02 when \"you attempt to send or retrieve mail from a Microsoft MSN Hotmail account or attempt to configure a new Hotmail account after October 25, 2001...This behavior can occur because the Hotmail servers were updated on October 25, 2001 to provide greater security. These security updates disabled client programs\' ability to gain access to or send mail from Hotmail.\"
Wall Street Journal\'s Walt Mossberg writes \"Nearly all of the sex appeal, nearly all of the design innovation, in PCs is back at Apple... While it has only a sliver of the overall market, Apple has resumed its role as industry trendsetter. In recent years, it was the first to push easy wireless networking, video editing and DVD recording. This week, it introduced a cool, portable digital-music player, the first in what I expect will be a whole line of hand-held digital devices.\"
Brandon Lewis writes that Windows XP may be the \"most Mac-friendly Windows yet...Normally when people attach documents to email Windows will strip away the resource fork but WindowsXP seems to understand the resource fork. It still strips it away but it gives you a warning. This shows Microsoftís attention to the Mac as a platform they are interested in playing nice with.\"
Morgan Kaufmann Publishers has released two new books: Mac OS X Developers Guide ($50) and the second edition of QuickTime for the Web For Windows and Macintosh ($60). The OS X developer guide, written by Jesse Feiler, teaches both Cocoa and Carbon development with extnsive example code. The QuickTime book is written by Steven Guilie and includes QuickTime Pro 5 and a full set of development tools for both Windows and Macintosh. Both are available for one-third off through November 16th.
Bill Gunty and Cassy Paloian have posted a QuickTime movie of the Chandler Store Opening \"made from over 3 hours of footage...The movie includes pre-opening employee and customer interviews, the \'moment\', stuff throughout the day, the closing moment and post-close interviews with employees.\"
Apple has \"trumped Microsoft, in many analysts\' view, by releasing its own OS X, a revamped, multimedia operating system about six months ago, beating XP,\" but although \"Apple\'s products are better, [they are] not better enough to tip the scales for most people buying a computer.\"
EarthLink has appointed two new Board members, replacing Apple\'s VP of Worldwide marketing, Phil Schiller: \"EarthLink has greatly benefited from the important contributions made by Philip Schiller and his stewardship in guiding the company.\" Schiller is leaving the Board to focus more attention on his duties at Apple, where he is vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing.\"
MacNN reader Tor R. LÝseth notes that Apple Norway has launched a new Norway online store at www.apple.com/norwaystore: \"Strangely enough, it doesn\'t offer the iPod. Something the authorized Apple resellers do.\"
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Apple brings iTunes Movie Trailers app to Canada
After five years, Apple has expanded its iTunes Movie Trailers app for iOS to Canada. As of Saturday, the free app allows movie buffs to see HD movie trailers for new studio and independent features, and explore some other movie-related extras such as photos, behind-the-scenes footage, or clips from upcoming films. Users can save trailers for quick access, read reviews from RottenTomatoes.com within the app, use AirPlay to send them to an Apple TV, share trailers, and peruse the top movie charts. http://apple.co/1UUKtwr
Apple expands CloudKit API, provides web interface
On Friday, Apple notified developers that it was expanding a feature of CloudKit to allow for server-to-server web service requests. "In addition to providing a web interface for users to access the same data as your app, you can now easily read and write to the CloudKit public database from a server-side process or script with a server-to-server key," Apple said in its announcement. Previously, interaction with the CloudKit public database was limited to apps and web only. http://apple.co/20h1RwP
Remote S for Tesla Apple Watch app drives car out
Developer Allen Wong has created the Remote S for Tesla app, which can be used to remotely activate the Model S electric car via an Apple Watch, and drive it a short distance. Aside from providing data about the car and some basic function controls, the unofficial app uses the manufacturer's Summon command to allow the car to turn on, exit the garage, and park near to the user's location. The app is available to purchase from the App Store for $10. http://apple.co/1PprF4t
Seagate 3TB unreliability suit expands
The Seagate 3TB class-action hard drive lawsuit has been expanded to more devices. The expanded suit, filed today, now includes Seagate's Barracuda 3TB Hard Disk Drive,¬†Desktop HDD 3TB, Backup Plus 3TB External Hard Disk¬†Drive,¬†GoFlex 3TB External Hard Disk Drive, or any other Seagate hard drive with model number ST3000DM001. The law firm, Hagens Berman, is seeking information from consumers such as time in service, purchase price, and the nature of any drive received in return from Seagate as a replacement for a failed unit. http://bit.ly/1Pc34Cq
BlackBerry Canada, Florida hit with layoffs
The BlackBerry campus has reportedly been wracked with layoffs. Sources familiar with the company's Waterloo office staffing claim that close to 35 percent of the local workforce has been laid off, with the deepest cuts being made in the BlackBerry 10 OS and hardware teams. Additionally, the state of Florida has been officially notified that the company's Sunrise facility will see 75 people fired. Enthusiast site Mobilesyrup puts the layoffs at around 1000 total. http://bit.ly/1Pc1Rep
Instagram tests multiple account support for iOS
Instagram is trialling support for multiple accounts in its iPhone app with a small number of users. The Facebook-owned photo sharing service confirmed the reports of the tests to TechCrunch, which will allow a single user to manage more than a single account within the app, transferring between two or three accounts with a few taps. It is unclear when the feature will roll out to the public, but it has previously tested it with the Android version of the app since November. http://tcrn.ch/1SPKEKh
Foxconn CEO declares Sharp deal near done
The Foxconn bid for Sharp is allegedly only waiting on specific details of the deal. Foxconn CEO Terry Gou has declared that his company has privileged negotiation rights for the Apple iPhone screen supplier, saying that "we have a consensus, the rest is a process ... I don't see a problem completing this process." Gou hopes the deal, worth up to $5.6 billion, will be formalized by the end of February. http://reut.rs/1SPEQjN