Sonnet\'s Crescendo/7200 v1.02 for its line of Crescendo/7200 G3 and G4 processor upgrade cards adds support for Mac OS 9.1, and adds support for the Sonnet Tempo ATA100 PCI Host Adapter and also installs the correct software enablers and Metronome utility into the System Folder.
English, French, Italian, Danish, and Norwegian versions of Mail Siphon 2.6, now compatible with OS X 10.1.1, improves download speed and other improvements to the shareware email notifcation.
The $5 shareware PCS Accounts 1.0 helps manage home and web accounts, including account number, type, description, login name, password for each record, a URL field for web accounts, and Palm synchronization (via FileMaker Mobile).
Swaystairs Software has released RumorMill 1.3, an NNTP (news) server for Macintosh computers. It brings support for restricted user access, larger-than 2GB databases, SYSLOG logging, NAT-based networks, and other enhancements. Upgrades are $15; commercial licenses are $100 and private or educational licenses are $35. (RumorMill was previously distributed by Stairways Software.)
A MacNN reader writes about Apple\'s response to a note posted here about Apple shipping policies to FPO/APO military addresses: \"In reference to my email last week about the MAC OS X up to date program shipping to FPO and APO military addresses. Today in the mail from Apple headquarters I received the boxed version of OS X 10.1. They do listen to the Mac community. Thanks to all for the support.\"
Apple has released an OS X 10.1.1 update (via the Software Update), which has improvements for many USB and FireWire devices, including support for additional digital cameras, and overall improvements to CD and DVD burning. Enhancements have been made to AFP, SMB, and WebDAV networking, as well as improved support for printing. This update also delivers better application compatibility, including updates to the Finder and Mail application. In addition, hardware accelerated video mirroring has been enabled for the new PowerBook G4.
Four companies were awarded honors for their efforts in the wireless industry at Andrew Seybold\'s Outlook 4Mobility dinner conference, which took place Monday night. Atheros Communications received the Wireless LAN Award for being first to ship 802.11a wireless LANs in volume, while Compaq won the award for \"Most Innovative Wirelessly-Enabled Notebook Computer,\" for its EVO with 802.11b (AirPort) connectivity. Other awards went to Leap Wireless International and Qualcomm.
Verbatim has taken the wraps off a new line of DVD media for use in DVD-R, DVD-RAM, or DVD-RW drives, including Apple\'s SuperDrive. The new recordable DVDs range in capacity from 3.95GB to 9.4GB, and are certified for 2X recording speed. DataLifePlus DVD media street prices are $9.95 for the 4.7GB DVD-R General media, $19.95 for 4.7GB DVD-RW discs, $16.00 for 4.7GB DVD+RW media.
We\'ve published a review of Bryce 5, the 3D rendering and animation application which was acquired from MetaCreations and is now owned by Corel.
NEC this week introduced new flat panel displays and its new SpectraView Color Calibration Solutions based on its CRT monitors.
Patrick Valenzuela notes the availability of the new Apple Portable Power Adapters: \"The new Apple Portable Power Adapters are available from the Apple online store, and Apple has also made older-model adapters compatible with older iBooks and PowerBook G3s available (they are the same old Yo-Yo\'s but with a white Apple on the top). The price on the new adapter is $80, and the other is $70.\" Both are expected to ship in about 7 days. iPod power adapters are $50 and are listed with a ship time of 3-4 weeks. (We also recently noted an Apple PowerBook G3 AC Adapter Exchange Program for certain PowerBook G3 systems.)
Symantec has released NUM 6.0.3, an update to its disk diagnosis/repair and file recovery utility for Mac OS 8/9. The Norton Utilities for Mac update, only available through the program\'s Live Update feature, improves compatibility with Unicode text encodings, upgrades the File Saver routines for volumes with high-density of files and better efficiency, addresses SpeedDisk optimizations issues, and has other bug fixes and minor improvements.
Sony yesterday introduced Micro Vault, a series of USB-based storage media devices, which are \"about the length of a car key and the thickness of a highlighter pen.\" The driverless storage devices are available in four models with storage capacities up to 128MB and include Sony\'s new Security Zone software, which allows users to create a password-protected disk areas for greater privacy and security. The Micro Vault product line, expected to ship in January, will ship color-coded based on storage capacity, including a 16MB (orange), 32MB (red), 64MB (blue) and 128MB (black) models for $50, $90, $150 and $300, respectively.
Archos has announced a new line of USB 2.0 peripherals, including its MiniCDRW 2 (16x/10x/24x), a slim-line, portable 16x CD-R that includes mastering software for both Macs and PCs. The new Cesar-CDRW/MPM is a bus-powered CD-RW described as \"the smallest portable 8x8x24x CD-RW drive on the market.\" It is available with either USB 2.0, FireWire, or PC Card interfaces. Archos also introduced its portable MiniHD, which is available in 6GB, 20GB and 40GB capacities. The bus-powered device, weighing only 6.5 oz, is expected to be available with USB 2.0, PC Card, FireWire, and USB 1.1 hot-swappable interfaces. Availability and pricing are both expected in December.
Uni Software\'s VOODOO Personal 2.1.1 is a maintenance release which contains a couple of bug fixes and improves compatibility with OS X 10.1. The $80 application protects your documents against accidental deletion and unwanted changes by tracking/saving all versions of your documents, allowing you to restore or browse any previous version. It also offers document comparison functions for locating differences.
Lexar Media has added a new 640MB CompactFlash card to its line of 16X speed Professional Series digital film. The $900 media is expected to ship at beginning of December. Its Professional Series CompactFlash cards--all of which support transfers at 2.4MB/sec--are available in capacities of 192MB, 256MB, 320MB, and 512MB as well.
ArKaos has released an OS X-compatible version of its VJ software, ArKaos VJ 2.1. The real-time video authoring tools can edit and manipulate a visual performance while it is running. ArKaos\'s VMP software, ArKaos VMP 2.1 is now also OS/X compatible, allowing home users to build professional style special effects videos using still images taken from holiday photos, digital cameras and the web.
Brother has introduced a new series of personal/small group laser printers as well as three new laser, flatbed multi-function printers. [updated]
osx.macnn.com has news of a public seed of QTSS 4.0b, a new unsupported driver for third-party wireless cards, a simple iPod utility for accessing files/music, the release of Extensis Suitcase 10.1, and the upcoming release of IBM ViaVoice for OS X (see yesterday\'s edition).
3Dlabs is now offering two bundles of Oxygen Graphics cards and connector kits for driving as many as two Apple Cinema Display from a single graphics card. The bundles support Windows NT and Windows 2000. The bundles are available immediately for the Oxygen GVX420 with two DVI-to-ADC connectors, and for the Oxygen GVX1 Pro 1.5v with a single DVI-to-ADC connector. A certified Apple power supply is included for powering each display in a Windows PC configuration.
Extensis today released Suitcase 10.1, an OS X-compatible version of its application for previewing and managing fonts. The upgrade offers the ability to view fonts in all OS X font directories, and to activate or de-activate fonts in Cocoa, Carbon and Classic applications. Version 10.1 now supports Windows fonts (Open Type and TrueType) for OS X applications and also includes an updated MenuFonts component for Mac OS 9. Upgrades to the $100 package are $50 for registered owners of older versions. French, German and Japanese language versions will be available in January 2002. It is a free update for Suitcase 10 owners.
Podestal 0.1 allows users to easily download any files stored on Apple\'s iPod, providing both a a file view and a music view: \"The file centric view works much like the Finder\'s list view. The music view parses the ID3 tags associated with the MP3 files and organizes the various mp3 tracks by Artist, Album and, finally, tracks. An icon view at the bottom of the window allows the current selection to be copied via drag and drop.\"
A new version of the unsupported OS X driver for third-party wireless PC cards is now available, WirelessDriver 1.0b3. It supports Prism/Prism2 wireless cards such as the WaveLAN/ORiNOCO, Cabletron, SkyLINE and D-link PCMCIA cards under OS X. It offers WEP encryption on closed networks using certain third-party cards and adds multicast support as well as a new preferences pane for displaying signal strength, entering network name/password, and enabling WEP encryption. There are still issues when removing an network interface (causes a system panic), sleep crashes, and AppleTalk issues when communicating with older Macs and/or printing to AppleTalk-only printers and software does not yet display all available networks. [updated]
America Online recently posted AOL 18D, a new build of its OS X client. Available via the keyword \"Beta\", it supports visual notification in the dock of new e-mail and instant messages via icon badgets as well as fixes for the display of very long screen names and the built-in dialer.
Apple\'s QuickTime Streaming Server 4 Public Seed is a pre-release, time-limited software release and \"should not be used in a commercial operating environment or with important data.\" It expires on March 15, 2002 and requires a restart, if you did not install BSD packages when you installed Mac OS X Server. Version 4.0 includes improved administration, native hinted MPEG-4 streaming, Quality of Service enhancements, and native MP3/Icecast streaming support, and GUI improvements to Playlist Broadcaster.
Apple today released its second-generation AirPort wireless technologies, including new AirPort 2.0 software and an updated AirPort base station. Version 2.0 of the software supports AOL 5.0 (US only), 128-bit encryption, CISCO Leap clients, integrated firewall protection, and RADIUS support for centrally manage user access control. (Note that encryption for original AirPort Base Stations will remain 40-bit, while AirPort cards are updated to support 128-bit encryption via firmware.) Apple is also shipping new AirPort Base stations that support up to 128-bit encryption, offer two Ethernet ports, and support up to 50 users on a single base station. The software is available via the Software Update in both Mac OS 9 and OS X. [Website updated, but software not available online]
KevTools has released KevPT 2.0, an exception management system that can track problems, requests, and solutions. Version 2.0 includes asset tracking, individual staff usernames/passwords, and record level security. Both a standalone edition (SA) and networkable FileMaker/Web edition for users with FileMaker Pro 5.0 are available now, while a Carbonized version for OS X is expected by the end of the year. Pricing starts at $25. [SA, Network]
Outlook Email Archive 2.4 is $15 shareware utility for archiving emails and attachments you have received or sent using Microsoft Outlook Express.
WestCiv Webware\'s Style Master 2.1 adds improved automated creation of style sheets from legacy, appearance based HTML, better keyboard navigation and other interface and performance improvements to the WYSIWIG CSS development environment. The $30 standard version supports CSS1 and CSSP (the layout aspects of CSS), while the $50 Style Master Pro version supports both CSS1 and CSS2 and includes a Complete CSS Guide.
MacVCD 3.0, which offers full screen display of VCDS as well as other related playback options, adds auto eject and auto play preferences, auto hide menu bar and auto hide controller preferences, and HTML-formatted documentation. A demo of the $15 shareware is available. [Classic, Carbon]
Hold-Up 1.5 brings many changes to the personal finance manager, including improved Quicken QIF import, multiple transaction entry, and basic currency conversion. Basic ($20) and pro ($30) versions are available online as a limited demo.
QPS yesterday also announced new DVD burners--each with USB 2.0 and FireWire interfaces: the Que! DVD Burner (DVD-R/DVD-RAM); Que! DVD Burner Plus CD-RW (DVD-RW/CD-RW); and Que! DVD Burner+RW (DVD+RW/CD-RW). (It also introduced its 120GB Que! M3 UltraSlim drive, and its line of 32x CD-RW drives.)
Aspyr Media is now shipping iPuppet presents: Colin\'s Classic Cards, a $30 single and multiplayer interactive suite of card games including Hearts, Spades, Euchre and Pitch.
MacSpeech has released iListen 1.1, an update to its speech recognition software. Version 1.1 includes the ability to correct mis-recognized words, have the computer learn your writing style through writing sample analysis, improved command mode and recognition switching, and more commands. It also includes faster dictation in Word 2001 documents and LanguagePak support for non-US languages, which are available for purchase at the Website. Updates are free for registered users.
David Young has released JediKnight 2.0, an update to his Cocoa-native IRC client for OS X, which offers support for alpha-channels, multiple server connections, asynchronous network operations, and user-defined text commands. Version 2.0 offers support for password-protected channels, an Aqua toolbar, and channel & query notifications.
A Better Finder Rename 4.2 introduces the ability to add numbers to the front of existing file names and offers a redesigned menu with better readability as well as improved support for OS X long file names. It is available both as part of the A Better Finder tool series for $45 or separately for $15. [Classic, Carbon]
John Scalo has quickly updated Key Xing 1.2, his $7 shareware utility that allows you to launch files and programs using keyboard shortcuts. The application now allows you to use functions keys without a modifier.
Insider Software has released FontAgent 8.7, an update to its font repair and management utility that improves the help system, has OS X performance enhancements, and fixes for handling very large font libraries. The $70 application handles all the fonts on a single machine, and a free version is available to test fonts.
Pariahware has released Pict Encrypt v1.0, a freeware image encryption (steganography) application that allows users encode a type-written message into an image using a password as well as decode messages encrypted by the applications.
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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