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New Final Cut Pro 2 book now shipping
Tom Wolsky's new book Final Cut Pro 2 Editing Workshop is a $50 will "go beyond the mechanics of Final Cut Pro with this tutorial guide to the art and technique of editing. This comprehensive series of editing lessons gives you a working knowledge of the principles and methods taught in film schools."
Sambicus 1.3.2: freeware time-management app
Malus Software today released Sambucus 1.3.2, a freeware time-management application that offers custom hourly rate attached to each project and includes two AppleScript commands to start and stop time stamps.
IRAF astronomy application coming to OS X
Beaumont Livingston notes that "the essential astronomy data reduction program," IRAF, is ported to OS X: "At this time there are no plans to make a special beta version of these new ports available prior to the final release. The preliminary ports work well enough that we can expect to fully support them for the V2.12 release but building and supporting a beta will only slow down the final release preparations; we appreciate your patience and are aware of the user interest in these systems."
AtWork 2.0: time-billing software for OS X
AtWork 2.0 is a $12.50 Cocoa-based time-billing application, offering control of the timer from the Dock and a completely customizable toolbar.
Bluetooth USB adapter coming to the Mac
TDK Systems is offering a new Bluetooth USB Adapter dubbed "Go Blue" which allows for wireless printing, email, Internet and Personal Area Networking (PAN) access to Bluetooth-enabled devices. The device is currently being demonstrated at sessions across the country. Sources at TDK report that there is a Macintosh driver in the works.
Corel\'s acquisition of Micrografx finalized
Corel's acquisition of Micrografx Inc. has been approved by the latter company's shareholders, and the stock-for-stock transaction is expected to close tomorrow. Corel plans to continue supporting Micrografx's product lines, including Picture Publisher 10, Picture Publisher Digital Camera Edition and Micrografx Designer 9. As part of the merger, Gary Klembara, formerly executive vice-president, sales, at Micrografx, will become Corel's executive VP of sales.
Audio Overload 1.4 gets speed boost
Audio Overload v1.4 is a significant update to Richard Bannister's Video Game Music player. The new release uses Carbon Events for faster performance, adds support for reading GZIP compressed files, fixes OS X 10.1 issues, added support for VGM files, and added new track manipulating capabilities.
OSOpinion: How valuable is the iPod?
OSOpinion has posted a piece titled "How Valuable is Apple's New iPod?" Author Khan Klatt says that Apple has "its finger on its customers' collective pulse," with the new device, and "Apple customers show they are willing to pay more for value." Klatt also explores the concern that Apple's iPod may go the way of the cube, and predicts future storage upgrades.
Shuttle offers a \"cube for the rest of us\"
The Tech Report evaluates Shuttle's SV24 bare-bones system, dubbed as a "cube for the rest of us." The Windows system design, based loosely on Apple's defunct Power Mac G4 cube, includes mouse, keyboard, serial, VGA, S-Video, parallel, composite video, dual IEEE 1394 (Firewire), Ethernet RJ-45, audio in, and audio out ports as well as a single PCI slot.
ProScope to be demoed at Mac business expo
At tomorrow's Macintosh Business Expo in Seattle, Washington, Bodelin plans to demonstrate its ProScope USB microscope, which the company claims is garnering interest among law enforcement officials for use in anti-terrorism initiatives. The device comes with USB Shot 1.0.1 software and a 50X, fixed focus lens.
The Globe and Mail: Apple on its own path
Matt Ingram, a business analyst for The Globe and Mail (Canada's national newspaper) has written an interesting article lauding Apple's pricing strategies:
"Apple's main selling points are that its products are cool and sexy -- not the same kind of bland, commoditized PCs that everyone else has. That's why it gets people to pay substantially more for its products than Dell or Gateway or Compaq, and why it will arguably continue to get them to do so. The latest Powerbook laptop, the Titanium, is significantly more expensive than a similarly-equipped PC laptop, but it is also has a cool metallic finish and a beautiful high-resolution screen. Apple computers come with cool software for music and movie-making."
Windows XP launch signals time to buy a Mac?
The launch of Microsoft's Windows XP may the best reason to get rid of your PC and buy a Mac, according to Chicago Tribune technology columnist James Coates: "Start messing around with a new Mac running Mac OS X and you will get some of the same thrill that was there the first time you discovered personal computers and got to sit down and play with a new machine."
Kingston offers \'Buy One, Get One Free\' pro
Kingston on November 1st will launch a new memory promotion for G4 Power Mac owners, offering a 'free' 256MB memory module for the Apple Macintosh G4 (part number: KTA-G4133/256) with the purchase of 256MB memory module through its online website
YAV introduces Email Magician 1.0 helper util
Email Magician 1.0, a new utility for the popular Eudora email client, automatically creates filters, mailboxes, and nicknames (address book entries). The "Swiss Army Knife" utility includes spam filtering with over a hundred spam filters and offers one-click archiving of mailboxes and select messages. A trial copy of the $35 utility is available online.
Aspyr shps Star Trek Voyaer Elite Force Pack
Asypr Media is now shipping Star Trek: Voyager - Elite Force Expansion Pack, a $20 add-on includes 21 new multiplayer maps, new single-player missions, and OS X compatibility. The sci-fi 3-D first-person shooter action is based on the Quake III Arena engine.
Albert 2.0 launches AppleScripts by email
Albert 2.0, an application that launches AppleScripts via email, can now pass arguments (parameters) to AppleScripts, supports authorization codes for launch (for better security), offers improved stability and speed, includes a new GUI, and has a setup assistant. [Classic, Carbon]
HP introduces new color inkjet printers
HP today announced three color inkjet printers as well as two print servers. The inkjet printers boast improved image quality and an expanded array of paper handling options.
Bitstream, Apple in long-term font licensing
Bitstream today announced that Apple has entered into a long-term agreement to license Bitstream fonts. The fonts for Apple are based on Kingsley-ATF Type Corporation designs: "The fonts that Apple licensed have a simple, elegant look and feel, so they are well suited for the Macintosh. Because of our experience working with application and OS developers who need great looking text on screen, we could offer Apple high-quality fonts from our extensive library."
Analog Helper 1.5 supports Analog 5
Sig Software's $40 Analog Helper 1.5 adds support for Analog 5, new reports, new report columns, pie charts, PNG images, and other enhancements to its graphical configuration tool for the freeware Analog log analysis tool. [Classic, Carbon]
Charla 1.4: open-source Yahoo! client for OSX
Peter Ammon has released Charla 1.4, a new version of his open-source Yahoo! chat client. It includes additional smileys, better customization, and notifications when your friends come online.
Readers: Wesfarm photos, new Cambridge store
Tadd Torborg has posted photos of Apple's Westfarms grand-opening in Farmington, CT. Meanwhile, another reader spotted an upcoming store in Cambridge, MA:
"... there is apparently an Apple Retail Store opening in the Cambridge Side Galleria in Cambridge, MA. When I was there today I saw a black facade on one of the store spaces with the white apple and the text "www.apple.com" on it in white. Doesn't indicate an opening date. Thought I'd pass the word, as I didn't remember hearing about one in Cambridge before."
Reader adds CD-RW to Apple G3 All-in-one
ScienceMan has posted "simple instructions for upgrading the CD-ROM in a G3 All-in-One to a CD-RW."
Cookie Dog 1.1.1 adds faster performance
Formac still considering OS X support
Several readers have forwarded a note from Formac indicating that it is unsure about future development for OS X: "Formac is currently researching the feasibility of continuing support for the Proformance 3 card under OS X. If and when Formac releases a driver, it will be made available via our website."
FUNDimensions 3.8 includes new reports/charts
FUNDimensions 3.8 includes 23 new reports and charts, new security options, and an improved 'Basic Search' window. The fundraising software is designed for small non-profits and schools and offers management of "the entire fundraising process."
MacZ updates two software utilities
Customer Tracker 2.5: store/track jobs
Customer Tracker 2.5, a $35 invoicing and customer database application, can be used to store and track jobs done for customers, print/email invoices, and create work logs, envelopes, and labels. Version 2.5 can be used with multiple business, improves printing, and corrects some cosmetic OS X problems. [Classic, Carbon]
Reader: access to iTools with OmniWeb?
Mark Daniel writes about problems accessing Apple's iTools services through OmniWeb 4.05:
"...I tried to sign into my iTools page to mount a public folder today, and I now get a message right after I sign in saying "We don't support your current browser." with download links to IE and Netscape 4.78. BAH! This is a new thing... I've used the iTools pages through OmniWeb 4.05 many times before, never having a problem. Strange that Apple is passively shunning the only browser out there made with Apple's favorite and preferred API's, Cocoa."
Readers posts OSX driver for Epson AIO
Marco E. Tabacchi writes about an "alpha quality" OS X printer driver for the Epson Stylus Scan 2500, saying that it supports basic printing (no scanning, no different resolutions,etc.), and "is in no way endorsed by EPSON. As EPSON announced no support for this AIO (all-in-one), I thought it would be interesting to know that there IS a way to print on a SS2500 under OSX"
WebPrint Plus 5.0: printing util gets updated
Steve Becker's WebPrint Plus 5.0 is an update to his utility that can print selections from within a document/web page or across multiple sources/web pages. Version 5.0 adds font face/size customization when printing, double space printing for selected text, custom line widths, and other enhancements to the $30 utility. A free 10-day demo is available online.
Three Macs selected in top 100 listing
Three of Apple's systems; the Power Mac G4 867MHz PowerPC G4, iBook 500MHz PowerPC G3, and PowerBook G4 500MHz PowerPC G4 were selected in the 2001 top 100 computer product listing compiled by ZDNet editors, including John Dvorak. Among the products selected as the bottom five for 2001 are 3Com's Audrey and Epson's Smart Cartridge.
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