The Plugin Site has released Photo Textures II, a $30 collection of 1100 royalty-free photographic textures on CD-ROM divided into 78 different topics. Each of the textures is provided at a resolution of 1760x1168 pixel (4 x 6 at 300 dpi) as high quality JPG files. It can also be purchased bundled with Volume 1 for $50. A preview and demo is available online.
MacNN is proud to bring you its Second Annual Film Competition. Information on the competition rules and deadlines can be found at the website or official forum: \"The Mac community has always been known for their creative flair, and we envision this as another chance for you to flex your creative muscle with your use of iMovie, Final Cut Pro, Adobe Premiere, and other applications. We wish you all luck.\"
Aspyr today announced it will be publishing Harry Potter and the Sorcerer\'s Stone with Westlake Interactive handling the conversion. The game, which runs on both OS X and Mac OS 8/9: \"The adventure begins as Harry Potter arrives at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Explore Hogwarts while solving puzzles, casting spells, battling foes and uncovering secrets. Journey from Privet Drive to Hogwarts and sneak, climb, and jump as you explore 3D environments.\" Pre-orders are available for $30.
PNG (Portable Network Graphics) and MNG (Multiple-image Network Graphics) developers are concerned that Apple will enforce its alpha blending patent and only allow anyone to use its patent \"on payment of reasonable, non-discriminatory royalties or fees. Apple had ealier contacted the W3C SVG 1.0 Working Group about its patent and the group created a specification that does not require implementors to infringe the patent, according to The Register.
IBM is now shipping ViaVoice for OS X, its third-generation voice recognition product for the Mac. The $171 application runs fully native on OS X, and offers \"double-sized\" vocabulary, direct dictation into many text-based Mac applications, Finder and application navigation, surf the Web and create email messages and new text-to-speech functions. Legal and medical dictionaries with over 25,000 industry-specific words are expected to ship at the end of the month. Upgrades are $80 for ViaVoice Enhanced Edition owners. A rebate of $40 is being offered to owners ViaVoice ME. [updated]
SQLBoss Series 1.0 is a final version of the suite of database tools for SQL databases such as mySQL, PostgreSQL, FrontBase, OpenBase, and ODBC. Beta drivers for Valentina, Oracle, dtfSQL and 4D. SQLBoss Monitor 1.0 helps manage the content of web-enabled databases and includes import/export functionality, a variety of dynamically generated data entry layouts to help maintain websites, and a WYSIWYG HTML Field-Editor. SQLBoss Developer offers rapid database development on remote hosts, allowing developer to create and change databases; includes all features of SQLBoss Monitor.
Vicomsoft today announced the first public beta of the Internet Gateway for Mac OS X, which has all the features of its current Internet Gateway for Mac OS 8/9. It inlcudes a robust firewall, Internet access controls by user or group, web caching to improve Internet performance and reduce bandwidth usage, automatic connection to the Internet, \"teaming\" of multiple Internet connections, dial in access, and built in DNS and DHCP servers as well as remote management.
Eridanus today released Baker 1.0.1, a utility that automates downloading of files from Usenet newsgroups. The $35 shareware supports for multiple news servers, multiple simultaneous connections, newsgroup cycling, and news server cycling.
textSOAP v3.1.1, a utility for quickly \"cleaning\" and manipulating text, fixes startup crash, Eudora plugin cleaners, restores textSOAP services under OS X, and addresses some installer issues. The update is free for v3.0 users and $10 for others.
Briefing.com reports that SoundView analysts are cautious on Apple\'s stock, citing channel data for October which suggested that Apple\'s retail consumer sales trailed the overall market, and may indicate weak Holiday sales.
Apple today posted the Star Wars Episode II: Forbidden Love trailer. (Earlier it released \"Breathing\" and \"Mystery,\" which requires purchase of the Episode I DVD).
Casey Bisson writes about problems with the Airport 2 update, which apparently renders AirPort cards unusable for some: \"I just experienced this last night and found a few threads about it on Apple\'s support forums. The AirPort 2 updater sometimes fails to update the firmware of the AirPort card and can leave it unusable. All AirPort software in OS 9 reports a -3278 error. There doesn\'t appear to be any consistent fix to the problem.\" (Meanwhile we also noted reader problems with the iPod as well.)
Ian Hornby writes about a new upgrade rebate offered by IBM for ViaVoice OS X: \"As of this morning, November 16, iBM is now offering a special upgrade path for American and Canadian users of ViaVoice Enhanced edition (aka vv 2). The special price is $79 US or $120 Canadian. This is much better than the $40 US rebate for ownders of VV ME.\" (We noted the upcoming release of ViaVoice for OS X a few days ago.)
Deep Sky has released TCP Deux v1.0.2, a 4th Dimension component which provides cross-platform TCP wrappers for different TCP plugins available for 4th Dimension. A new demo mode allows for the component to be fully used for 30 minutes when no serial code is supplied to the TCP Deux component.
iTunes Remote 1.2 adds new features such as network control for Mac OS 9 users to the application that can control iTunes from a floating window. (A pack of iTunes Remote skins that contains 6 skins is now available as well.)
eLine\'s VideoClix 1.1 is a new OS X-version of the application that adds interactivity to digital video. The company is also offering the $650 application for $400 in an limited-time introductory offer. A limited demo is available.
Derk-Jan Hartman writes about his success with El Gato\'s SCSI helper patch, noted here a few days ago: \"They have a patch that allows you to use your SCSI burner with Toast. Just make sure you have all the lastest. 10.1.1, latest SCSI card driver and Toast SP2. Worked perfectly for my Yamaha 4416 with Adaptec 2906 after a reboot.\"
SkyTag\'s file/folder attribute editor, FileBuddy 6.1.5, is a maintenance release to the $40 package that contains the File Buddy application, the File Buddy CP control panel for opening the File Buddy Find and Info windows from the Finder, and two contextual menus plug-ins for opening items in File Buddy. It fixes a bug when deleting files and when searching multiple volumes. (It is also texting File Buddy 7b11, an OS X-native version of the application that expires at the end of the month.) [Classic, Carbon beta]
Flagstone Software has released Describe 1.1 for OS X 10.1, a freeware utility that allows developers to browse the contents of Flash files, including \"fields in each of the tags to see how the Flash file specification is put into practice.\"
Apple has posted iTunes 2.02 for both Mac OS 9 and OS X. According to MacGeneration, the OS X version is now localized in French, German and Japanese, however, other changes have not been noted.
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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