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Waves in Motion today released Analyzer 3.0, a new database analysis tool designed to take the guesswork out of building and documenting FileMaker Pro solutions. The $290 utility supports OS X as well as FileMaker 5.5.
The full-featured, Java-based ftp server, CrushFTP 3.0b20, adds Web-based GUI administration, remote user management, improved user/group distinctions, minimum transfer speeds for downloads, and other enhancements and bug fixes.
Netopia has posted an OS X-compatible version of its remote control software, Timbuktu 6.01. It supports OS X package files, authentication based on the current system user, the ability to accept incoming connections only when the application is running, and improves performance of remote control and observe-only sessions.
iScreensaver Designer 2.0 is a cross-platform screensaver editor that will convert any QuickTime-compatible movie (including MPEG, MooV, AVI, and Macromedia Flash files) into a self-contained screensaver. A free trial is available online.
MuchoThumbs Pro 2.5, a free upgrade for all registered users, supports AppleScript, reads images descriptions from a text file, creates banners automatically, and has other enhancements to the $40 application for creating thumbnails on the Web. [Classic, Carbon]
Netscape has posted Netscape 6.2, which offers support for OS X. The changes are not yet available online. [Classic, Carbon]
Alexandre Carlhian\'s MP3 Streamer 1.4, which now supports OS X 10.1, is a $20 shareware server that allows MP3 to be streamed on a local network or on the Internet.
Bill House notes that iDVD2 was posted on the Apple Store today. The OS X-compatible version supports full-motion menus and buttons, background MPEG encoding, the ability to add soundtracks to slide shows, up to 90 minutes of video on a disc, and \"stunning\" new themes. \"I\'ve been waiting for it since I understood that it would solve the issue of iDVD not working with external DVD burners. I have the Pioneer AO3 in a firewire enclosure that I plan on using between my G4 desktop and my Tibook. I contacted Apple (800-MY-APPLE) and was told \"we have no idea if it works or not, but we\'re being overwhelmed by calls asking this question\". Any chance of you guys posting an article to help those of us who want to find a solution?
AustinSoft today announced the release of Bouncer 1.0 for Microsoft Entourage, which simulates the bounce message sent by SMTP servers when an e-mail address is invalid: \"users can selectively \'bounce\' e-mails back to senders. This can be used in conjunction with \'catch-all\' addresses provided by some e-mail service providers.\"
Afternoon tech news: Quantum has won a preliminary injunction that requires rival Imation to pay royalties for a Quantum backup-tape format, though Imation will still be allowed to sell drives; Hackers in China are distributing a crack for Microsoft\'s digitally protected on-line games, films, and music videos; Napster has delayed the release of its new file sharing client until next year, bowing to industry pressure.
German company Ableton is now shipping Live 1.01, a $350 audio sequencer that can be played like an instrument: \"[It] allows you to bring together audio material from various sources. All the samples used are adjusted to the tempo of the song in real time and without changing the pitch....Samples can be played back and new ones can be recorded using the mouse, computer keyboard or MIDI Notes.\" It includes high-impact effects, supports VST plug-ins, can be remotely controlled by MIDI-control-devices, and supports ASIO as well as ReWire.
EarthLink has debuted a new filtered browsing system for children dubbed \"EarthLink Kids Powered by SurfMonkey.\" The new service will be available on EarthLink\'s Web site, and include links to educational sites as well as a filtered portal to the Internet. Industry pundits say the move is a response to America Online\'s child-safe content options.
Scott Naness has modified the Epson Stylus Scan 2500 hack posted here yesterday to work with his Stylus Scan 2000 under OS X 10.1. It includes a Read Me with instructions and basic/limited functionality (no scanning, only printing).
The Law Offices Of Charles J. Piven, P.A have distributed an announcement alleging violations of federal securities laws on behalf of purchasers of Apple products between 07/19/00 and 09/28/00. The firm says \"If you purchased stock in any company listed above during the period indicated, you may have certain rights.\" The announcement is in sequence after class action proceedings began against Apple for its purported unfair promises about the Power Mac G4 Cube and other products.
Extension Overload v5.9.3, an update to the information database on and management application for extensions, control panels, control strip modules and contextual menus adds information on 167 more system components, offers better support for non-English systems, and other enhancements.
Team MacNN, MacNN\'s distributed computing team, is looking for more participants. On November 1st, Team MacNN will begin a two month race against one of the top producers in the RC5 project. Readers are encouraged to join Team MacNN to help demonstrate the power of Macintosh and the cohesiveness of the Mac community. (Team members can also participate in other non-RC5 projects.) The website has more information on various initiatives and there is a specific discussion area in our forums.
BTV 5.2 ($20) and BTV Pro 5.2 ($40), updates to Ben Bird\'s shareware video applications, add Global floating video window that floats above all applications, supports viewing of 16:9 widescreen format video, now consumes less processor time when in the background, and is available in a German-localized version. [BTV, BTV Carbon, Pro, Pro Carbon]
Sustainable Softworks has released IPNetSentry 1.3, an update to its $35 personal firewall and intrusion detection software. It adds support for a greater number of filters, moves the \"payload inspection feature\" for protection against worms such as Code Red and Nimda, into the kernel (for better reliability/performance), offers an option to \"slam shut”\" intruding TCP connections, fixes memory leaks, and has new options to turn off all disk access functions for use in ultra-high performance environments such as 100Mb/sec networks.
Apple\'s marketshare in France for the third quarter is 3.8%, down from 4.4% in the third quarter of 2000, but up from 2.8% in second quarter of this year. In France, the PC market sales fell 18% this quarter. Apple is now the 8th in overall PC unit shipments in France, up from its 9th position last quarter, according to a MacGeneration report.
Sorenson Media today announced the availability of its new VBR compression utility for QuickTime 5 on OS X, Sorenson Squeeze 1.0 and Sorenson Video 3.1, an update to its professional QuickTime codec.
The free QuarkXPress extension ParaPalette 2.0 has been \"completely reprogrammed\" for QuarkXPress 4 and 5, adding support for Metadobe Toolbox. It enables the user to modify the most important paragraph format settings in QuarkXPress via a compact palette window.
Dragan Petrovic has released SoundModelers v1.1, a $20 shareware bundle of 3 VST plug-ins that includes LoopDelay (a multi-tap long delay with a Loop function), Reson (a multi comb filters plug-in), and ReverbModeler (a room modeling plug-in to create original reverb sounds). The plug-ins are compatible with any VST host application, including Cubase (Steinberg), LogicAudio (Emagic), Spark (TCworks) and Peak (Bias).
Ryan Rempel\'s Unsupported UtilityX 2.0 is a utility which helps to install and boot Mac OS X, Mac OS X Server, and Darwin on certain unsupported systems: \"The only difference from a supported installation is 3 extra clicks of your mouse! When Mac OS X installs successfully, its stability on unsupported systems appears to be excellent. However, there are cases in which Mac OS X is difficult to install--read on for details.\"
Troi Serial Plug-in 2.2, which offers FileMaker Pro 5.5 users access to one or more of the computer\'s serial ports, now works under OS X, adds the ability to trigger different scripts for different ports, and now supports runtime modes.
New OS X versions of X-Dof v1.0 and Shadow Designer v1.1, two plugins for Lightwave, are now available as free upgrades. X-Dof is a plug-in for simulating real camera Depth-Of-Field and the Shadow Designer suite of plugins simulates soft shadows from user-defined light sources.
IK Multimedia has released SampleTank 1.1 MAS, an update to its professional software sound module that combines a synth/sampler engine and multi-sampled sounds into a plug-in software instrument. The new MAS version is a native plug-in, offering support for MOTU Digital Performer. Pricing starts at $280, depending on version. It is a free update for registered users.
Andy Barton writes that HP has told him that the company is developing OS X drivers for HP G series All-in-ones: \"Just a note to say that HP called me this morning to confirm that OS X drivers for the G series all-in-ones will be released on 14th November 2001. The lady confirmed that she would send the software out directly to my home.\"
Koingo Software has improved OS X compatibility in both Password Retriever 2.1.1 and Mystery Island II v1.2. [PW Classic, PW Carbon]
SnapperHead 4.2, a freeware application that sends screenshots to people who enteryour IP address into a web browser, offers faster connections and includes \"a slew of new SnapperHead tags to display dynamic system info on the web page.\"
Readers note that Epson\'s UK ftp site has OS X drivers for printers that are not expected to be released until later this week (November 2nd), including the Epson 900 and Epson Photo 870.
A MacNN reader notes that the Apple retail store in Clarendon, VA is set to open on December 1st. (The Kenwood (Cincinnati, OH) and Tice\'s Corner (Woodcliff Lake, NJ) are expected to open this weekend.)
The $8 shareware FileGrabber 1.0 automates the downloading of sequentially numbered files and also allows users to create a folder containing all files and/or display the files in a custom HTML window--with or without downloading the actual files.
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HydraDock team unveils USB 3.1 Type C Roadie
KickShark, the team that brought the HydraDock desktop USB-C dock to market, has launched a Kickstarter project for The Roadie -- a USB 3.1 Type C standard-compliant pocket hub for the 12 inch Apple MacBook and other compatible devices. The Roadie occupies the same footprint on a desk as a credit card, with a short USB-C male cable on one end for connecting to a 12 inch MacBook, and a female USB-C port on the other end for plugging in a MacBook power adapter. One side has an RJ45 jack for gigabit Ethernet, and an HDCP-compliant HDMI jack that handles up to 4K displays. KickShark promises shipment of all products within four weeks of campaign completion. The "early bird" offer for the hub is a $69 commitment, with a $79 commitment for a Roadie after 500 backers have pledged. http://kck.st/1o6knw5
HBO Now has 800,000 subscribers
The CEO of HBO, Richard Plepler has confirmed that the online streaming HBO service, HBO Now, has 800,000 subscribers. When criticized for the seemingly low number, Plepler noted that the still nascent service was bound to Apple exclusivity during the fifth season of Game of Thrones. Plepler declared during the Time Warner quarterly earnings conference call marketing for the online-only offering would be enhanced in 2016. While HBO Now's critics are slamming the low numbers, the service must also compete against itself on cable, in addition to Netflix and other streaming services. http://on.recode.net/1QWoLHe
Unsafe IoT called threat to humanity
US Director of National Intelligence James Clapper told two different Senate committees yesterday that the Internet of Things posed a clear and present danger, and could be weaponized by governments. Before the Senate Armed Services Committee and the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, Clapper declared that insecure IoT "will bring new security vulnerabilities" and "will connect tens of billions of new physical devices that could be exploited" by those wishing to perpetrate violence or eavesdrop on the populace of the world. http://bit.ly/23Xvcky
Apple public betas for iOS 9.3, OS X 10.11.4
Following Monday's release of betas for the iOS and OS X, Apple has unveiled public betas for both operating systems. The iOS 9.3 beta includes all of the previously reported enhancements for education customers, along with Wi-Fi calling for Verizon iPhone owners, and a carrier update for T-Mobile users. The OS X 10.11.4 third beta includes enhancements to Twitter URL opening, Live Photo viewing and sharing, and Evernote note importation into Notes.
Google given NHTSA SDS waivers
In contrast to the California Department of Motor Vehicle's approach, the US National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration (NHTSA) has confirmed that it is declaring the software in autonomous cars is the legal driver of a so-equipped vehicle. In a letter to Google, the NHTSA says that it "will interpret 'driver' in the context of Google's described motor vehicle design as referring to the SDS [self-driving system], and not to any of the vehicle occupants." Other matters, such as legally-required rear-view mirrors for occupied vehicles has yet to be determined. However, regulations specifying the "driver" need no longer be interpreted as meaning a person behind the wheel, as the agency writes that self-driving cars "will not have a 'driver' in the traditional sense that vehicles have had drivers during the last more than one hundred years" http://1.usa.gov/1QrAGtR
Dropshare 4 for Mac now available
Dropshare 4 for Mac has shipped, introducing support for uploading files and screenshots to Amazon S3 API-compliant services, like DreamObjects and OpenStack. The update also introduces a new popup design, an in-app editor for custom landing pages, an improved upload history window, and security improvements when using SSH connections. The paid upgrade costs $25, though it is free for customers who bought the previous version this year and half-price for those who acquired version 3 of the app last year. http://bit.ly/1XixV3q
Google starting phase-out of Flash ads
Search engine and advertising giant Google will shortly no longer accept Adobe Flash-created ads for its AdWords network. Starting June 30, ads in the once-ubiquitous format will no longer be accepted. Additionally, after January 2, 2017, the network will no longer serve Flash-based advertisements, and the network will be completely HTML 5 based. http://bit.ly/1PNx1uc