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Carbon Events Plug-in 2.0 for REALbasic
Will Cosgrove's $10 shareware Carbon Events Plug-in 2.0 adds full proxy icon support, standard Alert Sheet support, Ask Save Changes & Discard Changes sheet support, and other changes to the REALbasic plugin.
Textation 1.01: QT text track editor
Textation 1.01 is a simple "point & click" QuickTime text track editor that also supports creations of Chapter Tracks and HREF Tracks. The $30 application now handles double-byte text samples correctly, displays multiple languages font menu correctly, and has other enhancements.
WebEvent Publish 2.0 enhanced event calendar
WebEvent Publish 2.0 is a new version of the basic event publishing application, offering time zone support, custom event fields, categories/filters, email reminders, event export, and a MySQL server backend.
Former Apple VP cashes $5 million in shares
An insider trading report released earlier today revealed that Apple Director Gareth Chang liquidated 60,000 of his Apple shares netting a gain of about $500,000, while former Senior Vice President Mitchell Mandich sold almost 650,000 shares of Apple stock resulting in more than $5 million in gains.
QT 5 has more than 300,000 downloads each day
Apple today announced that one million copies of QuickTime 5 are being downloaded every three days: "The rate of QuickTime 5 downloads has steadily increased since its launch in April, putting QuickTime 5 on track to exceed 100 million downloads in its first year of distribution." The press release notes that news, entertainment and virtual reality (VR) content on popular web sites such as CNN, NPR, HBO, Apple's movie trailer site, and Honda have helped drive adoption of its streaming format. Apple also noted that it has sold more than 1 million copies of QuickTime Pro ($30 upgrade).
Tech: Excite@home service, Toshiba, IBM cuts
Afternoon tech news: Bankrupt cable Internet access provider Excite@Home said Tuesday that it could cease providing service to its 4.1 million U.S. customers on Friday if it cannot renegotiate agreements with the cable companies that carry its service; IBM will cut about 4.6 percent (about 1000 of its 21,500) of the jobs in its microelectronics division; Toshiba will stop marketing desktop PCs in the US, noting that its "reach never went beyond more than 1 percent of the country's desktop PC market since launching its Equium line of machines in March 1997."
Reader: Office v. X product key issues
Nathan Wolek writes about problems with product keys that ship with Office v. X, confirming our own experience which required a call to Microsoft Tech support and a "trial and error" entry of product keys until it worked:
"My copy of Office X arrived yesterday after placing my order on 11/19 via the Microsoft web site. The only problem I had was that the included key was invalid. Called up product support and the lady on the phone told me she had gotten plenty of calls like mine. Apparently 3000 or so copies went out with invalid keys. She promptly gave me a new one and things have been fine since. Maybe this issue is related to the shipping delays others have experienced. They might be trying to contain this key problem by holding back until new keys are generated and printed up. Just a thought."
MicroMat Drive 10 update for OS X 10.1
Micromat has quietly released Drive 10 v1.0.3, which adds OS X 10.1 compatibility, support for new machines, a product update feature, and additional volume structure detection and repair routines to the drive utility. [VT]
Reader: new Apple Store in Durham, NC
Nicholas Tripp notes that a "new mall called 'The Streets at Southpoint' in Durham, NC is scheduled to open in 100 days, and they just released the mall vendor directory today. 'Apple Computer' is listed as a vendor. Another Apple Store?" (Meanwhile, Apple has also confirmed that its South Coast Plaza store (Costa Mesa, CA) will open December 1st, according to emails sent to readers from Apple.)
G5 ready for manufacturing, Power Mac G5s
The Register reports (on a rumor) that the "PowerPC G5 has been passed for full-scale manufacturing" and that Apple will ship new Power Mac G5 desktops in 1.2GHz, 1.4Ghz, and 1.6GHz speeds at Macworld Expo in January, if Motorola can increase the chip's yield. The new Power Macs will reportedly ship with DDR SDRAM memory, a "much faster front side bus," and Gigawire.
Reader: new iTunes radio service offerings?
Adham Loutfi writes "When using iTunes to tune into internet radio this morning, I noticed that there are a whole slew of new offerings under the Radio Tuner, including 'Favorites', 'Search By Location', and 'Blind Services'. As of this time (8:20 am PST), many of these new services, and several of the old ones, don't show any broadcasters operating, so it seems they're working on updating the service right now."
BigPicture XT 1.0 XTension manages pictures
Badia Software has released BigPicture XT 1.0, a $60 XTension that provides the complete solution for managing graphics and links in QuarkXPress. It displays image resolution, file size, file compression and full previews. Other tools allow users to update all modified links at once, swap folders, unlink images and replace any picture with another while retaining previous attributes.
ID3X 2.1 edits ID3 tags for MP3 files
ID3X 2.1, an editor for ID3 tags in mp3 music files, can now apply cover artwork that was added to MP3 files as file or folder icons and now supports large icons under OSX. It also adds a new batch mode for fixing track numbers, has better recognition of MP3 files, offers cosmetical improvements and includes bug fixes.
pearCalc 0.2: calculator, app launcher
pearCalc 0.2 is a freeware calculator and application-launcher: "As calculator it provides the operations +, -, * and /. It also handles parenthesis correctly. As application-launcher it can launch all applications in one of the standard applications directories simply by entering the application name." The provides a compact text-field only interface and also provides its pearCalc-service to all Cocoa-based applications.
Readers: more delays in Office v. X delivery
Readers continue to report further delays in delivery of Microsoft's Office v. X, including several forwarded notices of delays from the Apple Store. (Meanwhile, Microsoft confirms that circulating reports of a "1-year license agreement" are false.)
SNAX 1.1.7: file browser w/extended functions
SNAX 1.1.7 is a new file browser, replacing the Finder, that can compress/decompress files, convert archive formats, view invisible fille/folders, change permissions and file attributes, hide file extensions, securely delete files, and other enhanced Finder functions. The $32 shareware is localized for Japanese, English, Italian, French, German and Swedish.
Special offer on easy beat 1.3.2 software
Uni Software Plus has released easy beat 1.3.2, a maintenance release to its music software that can compose songs by drawing notes or recording them with a MIDI instrument, view up to 16 tracks, choose from 128 instruments and 9 drum sets, print the score and tabulature, add effects and variations, use an external synthesizer, and create MIDI files or QuickTime movies for the web. It is available for $60, a 33 percent discount for the holiday season.
CoolCam 2.1 improves ftp sessions
Evological has released CoolCam 2.1, its $20 shareware webcam application that provides true WYSIWYG editing of text captions, picture badges, clocks and blur items, all floating on top of live video from your camera. Version 2.1 adds the ability to leave the FTP session open between uploads,and to upload files under a temporary file name as well as fixes file corruption, FTP compatibility, and other bugs.
Seagull Video Player adds full screen option
France pushing out Microsoft in goverment?
Thore Winther writes: "France is pushing out Microsoft. A new law that says that all goverment offices are not allowed to use windows! Only open source like Linux... check it out. England is about to follow."
BTO PowerBooks with CD-RW still unavailable
Although readers yesterday began receiving shipment notices of BTO PowerBook G4s with CD-RW drives, Leon Dicks notes the option is still not available for order at the Apple Store.
Microsoft updates UAM authentication for OS X
Microsoft has posted updated UAM authentication module, which provides a "superior method for encrypting the passwords that you use to log into Windows AFP Servers." It includes support for NTLMv2 128bit encrypted authentication as well as OS X 10.1. [Classic, Carbon]
QiPo 1.5.2: generates previes of QT movies
VesperWorks has released QiPo v 1.5.2, an update to its utility that generates previews from QuickTime movies. It adds a new preferences window (with options to remember remember the watch folder state and window positions) and also improves performance when procesing files/folders.
Correction: two different MS lawsuits
Correction: We have updated a story posted late last night which incorrectly conflated the recent class-action lawsuits by consumers against Microsoft with the Federal govermment and States antitrust lawsuit. The proposed settlement for the private lawsuits, offers $1.6 billion to the nation's poorest schools and has drawn criticism from several parties, including Apple's Steve Jobs, while the proposed antitrust settlement by the DOJ is still being reviewed by some States, even after Microsoft offered those states who opposed the deal to pay for all litigations costs (including attourneys fees).
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