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MacNN reader Christopher Howard writes about the resignation of Christoph Pfisterer from the fink project, in part due to problems with MacGIMP, OpenOSX, forked.net and Tenon: \"This is a huge blow to the MacOS X community. It shows how Mac users as a whole do not understand the OpenSource way of computing. The fink project was created and maintained as a service to the Darwin community. Unfortunately many Mac users picked up this program without an understanding of the command line, the basics of a UNIX system, and GPL requirements.\" The project, however, is expected to continue, as many have noted that it has gained momentum over the past few months. [updated]
Electric Fish has released Color Pal for Adobe After Effects, which provides a floating palette for quick access to a user-configurable set of colors. The $20 plugin can be used with any standard eyedropper in After Effects (e.g. composition background color, all color effect controls, solid color). A 7-day trial version is available online.
Eric Johnson writes \"Movie Magic Screenwriter 2000, just came out with an upgrade to allow OSX compatibility. Itís a free download from within the program. I have a strong feeling that many OSX users will jump ship, or at least try their product... Many professionals (youíll see their roster on the website) already have switched...\" Version 4.5 is a free update to registered users of v4.0. (Final Draft, another popular screen writing software, has yet to announce OS X compatibility.)
MacPlay today announced that Sacrifice will beginning shipping on December 7th. The company says the game \"combines elements of genres as diverse as role-playing, strategy, and action, with a fast-paced system of resource management and spell-casting.\" The game will be available for both Mac OS 9 and OS X, according to an Apple game feature.
IntelliMerge 1.3, an update to the dynamic e-mail merge software, adds faster database operations under OS X, a revised interface for many dialog boxes, and a new separate Classic version. [Classic, Carbon]
Liquid Ledger 1.0 is a new personal finance package for OS X. The Cocoa-native application can manage bank accounts, track income and expenses and supports multiple currency transactions and employs a double-entry accounting engine, offering consumers a complete and reliable system for managing their financial activity. It is due in January 2002 for $40.
iScreensaver Designer 2.01 is a maintenance release to the cross-platform screensaver editor that will convert any QuickTime-compatible movie (including MPEG, MooV, AVI, and Macromedia Flash files) into a self-contained screensaver. Licensing starts at $195; a free demo is available.
Trinfinity Software has released Seagull Video Player 1.0, which offers video playlist and plackback features. It offers full screen feature as well as automatic size adjustment for smaller size videos, and various playback options. [Classic, Carbon]
Verbatim today announced new 32x DataLifePlus CD-R discs, which use its \"Super Azoš\" recording dye, which the company claims is \"more stable than most recording dyes and is the least affected by ultraviolet light.\" For improved reflectivity and maximum read/write performance, the discs\' silver reflective layer is safeguarded with a dual-protective layer.\" The new 80-min media will begin shipping in December.
Mediafour says it will soon release an XPod software package that will make the iPod work with Windows Me, 98, 95, NT 4.0, 2000 and XP.
PhotoPress 1.0 is a new $25 utility from Electric Fisih for printing digital photos. It includes support for drag & drop, several layout options, management of duplicates and various sizes, cropping functions, and native support for OS X. A 30-day trial is available.
Mac OS X SCSI CD-RW Helper, from El Gato Software, improves OS X compatibility with some SCSI-based CD-RW mechanisms: \"[it] fixes a minor bug in Apple\'s driver for devices that support the MMC standard (Multi Media Command set). Virtually all CD-RW drives shipped in the last three years support some flavor of the MMC standard.\" It is available as an unsupported, freeware kernel extension and requires Roxio\'s toast, as Apple\'s DiscBurner and iTunes products do not support SCSI drives.
Jon Klein has released two screensavers based on the breve simulation engine, including breveWalker 1.3, in which a physically simulated creature learns to walk; and breveSwarm 1.3, the first public release, a screensaver featuring objects flocking in a 3D world.
Morning tech news: Palm yesterday announced the completion of its acquisition of substantially all of the intellectual property and other technology assets of Be, Inc. for $11 million in Palm stock and that it has hired several key members of Be\'s engineering team; office workers are spending double the amount of the time on instant messaging, according to a Jupiter Media Metrix report that also notes that AOL is the leading brand at both home and work, but Yahoo and Microsoft were \"aggressively increasing their reach and total usage minutes;\" and Yahoo! will start allowing advertisers to pay to be listed in results generated by the site\'s search engine.
Panergy today released icWord 2.0, its $20 utility that can convert Word documents to AppleWorks, RTF or text files for easy export into popular design programs as well as view Word documents. It also released icExcel 1.0, a $30 utility that can view, export and print Excel files without using Microsoft Excel. Both utilities offer WYSIWYG functionality and supports the opening, viewing, and printing of files in all European and Asian languages with the original formatting preserved. Free 30-day demos are available for each application.
Readers report the release of Netscape 4.79, an update to the older generation of its popular browser. The Website has no mention of the new version or the changes.
MAKI Enterprise has posted a \"major\" update to its email client, Magellan 3.0, which brings a \"complete overhaul\" of the user interface, new independent spam filter routines, and other enhancements. A 20-day trial is available online.
Apple has been nominated for three BETT Awards, including nominations for its iBook wireless mobile classroom and its iDVD software. The awards are part of the annual education conference held in London from January 9-12, according to Macworld UK.
M-Systems is showcasing its DiskOnKey devices that use fingerprint biometrics in its USB-based personal storage product.
Power On Software has released Now Up-to-Date & Contact 4.1, an OS X native version of the company\'s popular personal information manager. It is a free update to registered v4.01 users.
Macs were used the previsualization production phase of the feature film, \"The One,\" in which Jet Li \"stops bullets, transcends time and gravity, and gives himself a real thrashing.\" Animation and modelling was done using 3D applications such as Poser and Lightwave as well as Apple\'s QuickTime and Final Cut Pro.
Koingo Software\'s $16 shareware Alarm Clock 4.15 allows users to set single event, reoccuring, and count down alarms. [Classic, Carbon]
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Apple to open R&D center in India
A new report says that Apple will be opening a new technology center in Hyderabad, India, helping to boost the city's growing reputation as a tech center. The facility would operate within the WaveRock facility, and create 4,500 new jobs at a cost of around $25 million. In 2015, India surpassed the $1 billion in yearly sales milestone, and Apple has recently received permission to open retail stores in the country under its own control, an exception to rules that usually block foreign ownership. http://zd.net/1SMBVu4
Google killing Picasa starting May 1
Google Photos head Anil Sabharwal confirmed in a blog post today that the search engine giant will be shutting down acquisition Picasa. Support and downloads for the desktop application will terminate on March 15 with the application continuing to work for the time being. The transition to Google Photos truly commences on May 1, with deprecation of some Picasa API calls happening shortly thereafter. Users that have Google Photos access will find their photos already migrated. A mass-download tool for users not wishing to use Google Photos will be available sometime after May 1. http://bit.ly/1SmV2KH
Rogue Amoeba Piezo updated, departing App Store
In order to continue working on audio capture tool Piezo, developer Rogue Amoeba has simultaneously updated the app to version 1.5, and announced that it will pull version 1.2.6 from the Mac App Store. Customers who own the Mac App Store version have a one-time migration process to the Rogue Amoeba-served version. The company notes that the sandboxing restriction placed on Mac App Store versions "effectively stopped our ability to upgrade Piezo in any meaningful way." [8.80MB] http://bit.ly/1PIjz7l
FCC spectrum auction will happen without Google
After throwing its hat in earlier, Google (and associated companies) has declared that it is not participating in this year's FCC spectrum auction. A company spokeswoman said of the auction that "like all those interested in improved connectivity and equitable access, we'll be following the upcoming spectrum auction closely. That said, we have not filed to participate." http://on.recode.net/1oy5LWk
iPad Air 3, iPhone 5se sold Friday after launch?
Reverting the way products are actually released by Apple after an announcement to the way it was a decade ago, reports are circulating that new products revealed at a March announcement will go on sale the Friday immediately following the unveil. Slated to appear at a conjectural Tuesday, March 15 event are a new Apple four-inch phone with more up to date internals currently referred to as the iPhone 5se, and a new iPad Air 3 model with Smart Connector and other enhancements. http://bit.ly/1o7mqiY
Lexmark prevails in toner import appeal
Printer manufacturer Lexmark has won an appeal on the third-party US resale of its printer cartridges originally destined for markets outside North America. The appeals court ruled in a 10-2 vote in favor of Lexmark's demand to stop the sale and against Impression Products, both on the toner cartridge resale matter, as well as a related matter regarding overturning the reseller's refilling one-use cartridges and selling those in the US market. The ruling has ramifications in the tech industry, as well as the pharmaceutical and medical technology markets. Impression Products promises an appeal before the supreme court. http://reut.rs/1SLVmmG
AT&T expands BOGO promo to iPhone 6s
Beginning today, new and existing AT&T customers can purchase a new iPhone 6s and get another one free when adding a second line. Over the weekend, customers must purchase two phones through AT&T Next (one can be an existing number), and add both phones to a qualified plan. AT&T notes that "after three bill cycles or less" the account will start to receive up to $650 spread out over 30 monthly bill credits to offset the cost of the installment plan for the phone. Taxes are due at time of sale. http://soc.att.com/1SLUP4k