Several readers are reporting issues with delivery of Microsoft Office v. X from the Apple Store, forwarding a note from the store: \"Due to an unexpected supply delay, we are unable to ship your T4118LL/A, AMER-MICROSOFT-OFFICE X FOR MA by the date you were originally quoted. Our goal is to ship your order within the next 5 business days.\"
Tinnef Software has posted the first public beta of Text Wielder 1.0b1, a text processing application that provides Custom Services in OS X. The application can create and provide custom services via the OS X service menu, including the ability to process text, generate and open URLs, generate and execute Applescripts, display processed text in a dialog box, or create new text files. A built-in Service Manager allows users to add, rename, and remove services from the service menu. It includes 120 services and the ability to create SFRL scripts which can be used both as services or directly in the built-in text editor.
AOL UK has pulled the plug on Mac OS X support and had effectively frozen the development of the Classic version of its online access software - all to focus its efforts on Windows software development, according to The Register.
MacsDesign Studio has released Web Help Desk 5.1, a web application for technical support. Designed for education and small- to medium-sized business customers, the WebObjects-based application supports Mac OS X Server, Windows 2000/XP, and Solaris 8. The Java application includes an Aqua UI; business logic for job assignments based on location, problem type and load balancing; advanced asset management; e-mail notifications; graphic reporting; and a Frequently Asked Questions module. Pricing starts at $3000.
Architosh reports on Doodle 9 for VectorWorks 9, an add-on module that lets you assign different hand-drawn effects to different classes directly in VectorWorks 9.
Apple today announced the grand opening of its Walden Galleria retail store in Buffalo, NY. The store is expected to open on Friday, November 23rd at 8 am.
Arturia has released Storm 1.5.1, a free patch to its music studio software that brings a new sequencer, improved VST and MIDI mode, multiple output connections, ACID WAV file support, and an improved (faster) audio export feature. It is a free update to the $225 application.
Discreet today announced Cleaner 5.1, an update to its recently acquired streaming/transcoding software package. Version 5.1 of the $600 package adds new support for Sorenson Video 3 Professional as well as updated support for the latest Windows Media 8 codecs, RealSystem 8.5.1 codecs and QuickTime 5. It also offers improved reading of .AVI sources on Windows, 2-pass VBR support for Sorenson Video 3, faster encoding and improved MPEG output. It is free update for v5.0 registered owners (after completing a survey).
Recosoft today announced VEM, a cross-platform document file format converter and import/export solution kit for use by OEMs. The document file converter and viewer offers developers import/export routines for 50 different document file formats, such as MSWord, RTF, Appleworks, MacWrite II, HTML and EGWord. VEM supports English, as well as European language(s), Japanese, Chinese, and Korean documents. It supports styles, paragraph formats, headers, footers, sections, tables, and embedded graphics.
Wired News has written what it calls an \"appreciation of a great-looking application, something so pretty it almost doesn\'t look like real software -- it\'s more like concept software, a product that designers dream of but never quite achieve, given the exigencies of coders and the particular limitations of an operating system.\"
Web Proofs 1.1 is an update to the $35 application that \"creates web forms and other documents so that when users submit an order, web proofs will process any orders, and send you the order via email.\" Version 1.1 adds options for calculating sales tax, supports special characters, and has better document generation. [Classic, Carbon]
Marty Cohen writes about installer bug w ith the Office v. X upgrades: \"I got the free upgrade disk for Office v.X today from Microsoft and it won\'t install. After I drag the folder to my hard disk and run Word, it asks me to enter the Product Key CD Code. I enter it and it consistently tells me that it is incorrect and to re-enter it. I called Microsoft Support and they tell me that others with the Free Upgrade CD are having the same problem but they don\'t know why. They hope to have a solution by Today and they\'ll contact me with it. I hope so too.\"
Intelli Innovations today released ProSQL 1.0, a final version of its database management system for local and remote databases. It offers users the ability to directly access the tables and data, display and search that information, and generate SQL reports (without knowledge of query syntax or database engines). It connects directly to mySQL, PostgreSQL, OpenBase, FrontBase, and ODBC-accessible database servers. The $190 application is available for $90 in a limited \"Personal\" edition with limited reporting and administration functions. [Classic, Carbon]
Dr. Bott today introduced a new Auto Charger for iPod and iPod Connection Kit for Apple\'s portable music device. The Auto Charger for iPod, due in December for $25, connects it to a standard 12-volt DC cigarette lighter. iPod Connection Kit provides most every option for connecting to iPod\'s 3.5-mm stereo headphone jack to automobile stereo systems, home stereo systems, mic input of computers and other devices, boom boxes, and clock radios. The $50 kit includes an Auto Charger, FM Transmitter, various audio cables and a carry pouch. It is expected to ship in December.
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Comixology fires up $6 all-you-can-read service
Amazon-owned Comixology has launched an all-you-can-read comic subscription service. After a 30-day free trial, for $6 a month, subscribers can draw from a large selection of the Comixology library, minus Marvel and DC comics. For now, the service is US-only. http://bit.ly/1WMAOft
QuarkXPress 2016 now shipping
Quark is now shipping QuarkXPress 2016, the newest version of Quark's graphic design and desktop publishing software that now features near-WYSIWYG fixe HTML5 publishing as well as improved operability with InDesign and Illustrator and support for multi-Color Gradient Blends, OpenType Stylistic Sets, a Color Picker (Eyedropper tool), Touchpads for Pinch and Zoom (Mac only) and more. Users on any previous version of QuarkXPress (versions 3-10) can upgrade to version 2016 for $350, while QuarkXPress 2015 users can upgrade to 2016 for $180; new licenses are available for $850 (education licenses are available for $90). http://bit.ly/1OL23Pu
Kanex debuts GoPower USB-C for MacBooks
Kanex today introduced its GoPower USB-C, a portable power solution designed to charge a USB-C MacBook on the go along with an iPhone or iPad simultaneously. Featuring 15,000 mAh of power--capable of charging an iPhone 6s seven times or the USB-C MacBook one full time--the GoPower USB-C Portable Battery features one 3A USB-C port and one 2.4A port for other devices, priority charging detection technology and a pass-thru charging to your devices when the battery is plugged into a power source. http://bit.ly/1TKaf8z
i.am+ EPs earphones are Apple Store exclusive
Musician turned consumer electronics entrepreneur Will.i.am has launched a new pair of Bluetooth wireless earphones, dubbed the i.am+ EPs. The new earphones are an Apple Store exclusive, and feature large 14mm drivers and aptX support for high-quality wireless streaming. The i.am+ EPs support A2DP controls, have a 30-foot range and can last up to six hours on a charge. The design is said to be inspired by the "iconic shape of vinyl records," and are made from spun metal and paired with a woven fabric cord. When not in use, the EPs magnetically click into place around the neck. The iam+ EPs are available now at select Apple Store and Apple.com for $230, are available in gold-on-black or black-on-black. http://bit.ly/1OKVlt2
Ultimate Ears debuts UE Roll 2 speaker
On Tuesday, audio accessory maker Ultimate Ears unveiled a new version of the UE Roll Bluetooth speaker. The new UE Roll 2, which sells for $100, looks identical to the previous version, but gets about 15 percent louder. In addition, the unit now supports a Bluetooth source signal up to 100 feet away, an improvement on the original's 65-foot limit. While both the old and new versions of the UE Roll offer an IPX7 waterproof rating, the company now includes a blow-up "floaty" with the speaker to avoid the risk of prolonged exposure. The new unit will begin general shipping next month. http://bit.ly/1TJWE0Z
Philips launches Hue White Ambiance bulbs
Philips latest HomeKit-compatible Hue light bulbs have hit the market. The new Hue White Ambiance bulbs are designed to allow users to control their color temperature to enhance either focus, or create a more relaxing tone. Combined with the latest update to the Philips Hue app, the new bulbs can be set according to user "routines." The "wake-up" mode gently turns up the brightness of the bulb, while conversely, the "go to sleep" mode gradually reduces the color temperature and brightness. The Philips Hue White Ambiance starter kit retails for $130, while single bulbs sell for $30. http://bit.ly/1TJT3Qn
Pluggable Technologies three-display USB-C dock
Peripheral company Plugable Technologies today launched the industry's first wave of USB-C docking stations with both Power Delivery and DisplayPort Alternate Mode support. The Plugable UD-CA1 Docking Station integrates support for both of these new capabilities, along with the full set of standard USB docking features like wired network, audio, and extra USB ports. Model UD-ULTCDL builds on this, adding support for three total displays using DisplayLink USB virtual graphics technology. The UD-CA1 retails for $129, with the UD-ULTCDL selling for $179, and available soon. http://bit.ly/1TrVVTJ