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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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