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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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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
Sonos now works with Apple Music
Wireless music system manufacturer Sonos has announced that its systems worldwide will gain compatibility for streaming the paid Apple Music subscription service starting today, February 10. "Music fans worldwide will have access to Apple Music features like For You, New, Radio, and My Music, and will also be able to stream the entire Apple Music catalog through Sonos smart speakers tuned for great sound in every room of their homes," the company said in an email to journalists. Apple Music's streaming service costs $10 per month, with a free three-month trial. http://bit.ly/1Wdi2Ko
Apple want ads hint at future Watch faces
An Apple job listing for a dedicated clock face team may suggest future fashion-brand partnerships, possibly in time for the updated watchOS updates that are likely to be revealed at this spring's Worldwide Developer Conference. Since the introduction of watchOS 2, there has only been four new watch faces, but three of them were left over from the first release, with only one truly new one -- the co-branded Hermés face exclusive to that edition. There is a rumored March 15 event, but if that takes place it will likely focus on new band options as regards the Apple Watch. http://apple.co/1O1TbTI
Microsoft may end Office Support Professional prog
Microsoft appears to be either ending or seriously revamping its "Accredited Support Professional Program" for training on Microsoft Office for Mac and iOS it has offered at MacTech conferences since 2013. The program is not on offer at the upcoming MacTech tour, which begins on March 16 in San Francisco and includes a number of other cities. Microsoft has released a statement that it is "evaluating options for 2016, but don't have anything to share at this time." http://bit.ly/1KDz3MQ
Office for Mac v15.18 released
Microsoft has issued an update for the Mac version of its productivity suite, Office 2016. The v15.18 update offers improvements for all of the included apps, such as bringing full screen support to Outlook and allowing Word to save PDF files to flash drives. In addition, a new selection pane has been added to PowerPoint and Excel for keeping track of objects, and shapes can now be added to OneNote notebook pages. The update is free for all users, but requires a Mac running OS X 10.10 or later and a valid Microsoft Office 365 subscription. http://bit.ly/1Q7pAzW
Apple to open new south Florida mall store
According to real estate trade papers in south Florida, Apple has signed a lease for a new retail space in Miami, at the forthcoming Brickell City Centre (yes, the UK spelling is used) open-air mall, which is set to open later this year. The center will feature a five-story shopping area, condominiums, a hotel and office buildings, along with a "climate ribbon" in the shopping area to keep visitors cool, eschewing traditional air conditioning. The exact location of the Apple Store within the plan is not yet clear, but the destination already boasts 75 confirmed stores. http://bit.ly/1Q7n7Wd
Filemaker provides free custom app guide
FileMaker announced today the release of the first in a three-part series of free how-to guides that will lead teams through the process of building a custom app using the FileMaker Platform. FileMaker's new how-to guides provide a step-by-step process that starts with a planning cycle covering goals, requirements, functionality and usability, and run all the way through identifying user scenarios, defining requirements, addressing integration, providing security, and deployment of the final product. http://bit.ly/1o08wQh