CValley Inc. has announced a new version of FILTERiT4, an Adobe Illustrator plug-in suite which specializes in helping create web graphics. New features in this version include support for Adobe Illustrator 10, more graphics options, and increased speed.
Runtime Labs Inc. has released MacSQL 2.1, an update which improves on OS X features and stability. The full version is available for $250; owners of version 2.0 can upgrade for free; previous owners are offered a discounted price.
24U s.r.o software has released 24U WebCompanion patch 1.0 ($90) for Mac OS 9 and OS X. WebCompanion allows owners of FileMaker Pro to publish databases containing non-roman text on the web.
MacNN reader/contributor Chris Ward has submitted an in-depth article on this fall\'s MacExpo that took place in the Business Design Centre in London, UK.
MCE today announced the Lucid 8x8x24x Portable FireWire CDRW Drive described as the \"slimmest dimensions and lightest weight of any FireWire CDRW drive on the market today, as well as a sleek industrial design. The bus-powered device weights a pound, measures 5.5\" in width, 6.5\" in length, and only 0.8\" in height, and features JustLink buffer underrun protection. The $300 drive is bundled with Toast CD-Recording software and a FireWire cable. (An optional universal AC Adapter is $15).
Jason Greene notes that Icon Exporter 1.4 is a $9 Photoshop plug-in for creating OS icon files from images. FolderX 1.06, a stand-alone companion utility, is a native application that offers a simple way to create a customized folder and document icons by placing another icon on a standard plain icon. It generates 32-bit icons that can be viewed under Classic and OS X.)
Other World Computing today introduced \"The Pod Protector,\" a customized leather carrying case for the iPod MP3 player. The $30 full-grain, glove-soft leather case, features a clear vinyl window to protect the iPod screen and clear vinyl protection for the buttons and also has an optional swivel belt clip with quick release button. (A giveaway through December will offer cases to 50 random to registrants.)
JR Hill Co. also introduced new iPod Sleeve carrying cases. The full grain leather cases sport nylon elastic along the sides. The iPod Sleeve (CA10, $30) functions as a simple carrying case with belt clip (and includes a small opening on the top for access to the headphone jack), while the Deluxe version (CA11, $40) has a clear plastic area for the display and a round, open area beneath to access the special jog dial to control the iPod (as well as headphone jack accessibility and a belt clip). Both have a lifetime warranty.
Northern Softworks has released Classic Toggler 1.0, a $7 shareware Classic environment utility for OS X that provides a convenient means to launch and quit Classic: \" It provides a Dock icon and menu to provide the status of classic and a means to turn it on and off. It can be automated to run whenever classic loads. Classic Toggler also provides easy access to key applications and folders within the active classic system folder.\"
Son of Weather Grok 4.1.3 is a free application that displays weather conditions for cities from around the world using NOAA\'s (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) data center information. The OS X version now reflects weather data in the dock (using the the last active window). [Classic, Carbon]
ATTO has releaed its ExpressPCI FC driver v1.0 for OS X. which supports the ExpressPCI FCSW, FC 2600, FC 3305, and FC 3300 host adapters. The company also announced shipments of ATTO ExpressStripe for OS X, its disk storage application that provides RAID 0 functionality and benchmarking software for the Mac OS X (v10.1) operating system. This software improves performance of attached SCSI, Fibre Channel, FireWire and ATA storage with volume creation and management tools. It is bundled with ExpressRAID and also sold separately.
The graphing calculator Graph-O-Matic 1.1 now supports user-defined constants, rotation about the X-axis in 3D mode, fixes a display bug on iBooks and iMacs and adds many other new features.
Trinfinity Software\'s Seagull Video Player 1.2 is an update to the $20 shareware video player that allows users to create a playlist of their video files and play them full screen. It includes the ability to view videos at various zoom levels and supports drag & drop to the playlist manager. [Classic, Carbon]
Script Software has released CopyPasteX, an update to its popular $20 shareware cliboard enhancement utility that offer multiple clipboards, direct editing of contents, the ability to save clipboards through restarts, and other functions.
Yenco has released Finance 4.3, which fixes a printing bug in the shareware ($20) checking, savings, and credit card account management program.
DopeWars, a shareware game for the Palm, is availale for FileMaker: \"The most politically incorrect game in the world just got worse. Buy and sell drugs, work the loan shark, run from the cops, and loot unconscious dealers. Ain\'t life grand?\"
IGG Software has released StageGrow 2.0, a single species population modeling program. It brings \"the complexity of matrix models to a easy to use graphical interface [and] allows the user to build matrix, logistic and geometric growth models. The matrix models compute elasticity and sensitivity analyses. All models have a graphical output.\"
New RC5 distributed computing client versions have been released. (It is strongly recommended that Team MacNN members who own a G4 upgrade to the new version. It resolves speed issues that affect over half of the G4s that crunch for RC5.) [Classic, Carbon]
Maxprog\'s Web Dumper 1.0 is an internet tool that allows users to download web sites for offline browsing. [Classic, Carbon]
Rick Johnson is offering three new free plugins for Adobe Illustrator 10: Isometric Line Tool, Rotate Text, and Arrowheads. He has also released a new Plugin Productivity Pack, which includes five plugins (Concatenate, Nudge Palette, Square-Up, Cutting Tools, and Proof Block). The $45 shareware offers a 25% discount (versus purchases of each separately).
OpenOSX has begun shipping its $30 WinTel Pre 1 CD, which delivers true compatibility with Pentium processors, disk image and CD-ROM support within Mac OS X. The OpenOSX CD installs separate disk images with FreeDos, Linux, DLX Linux, NetBSD and OpenBSD pre-installed, allowing \"users to install Pentium/x86-based operating systems and software of their choice.\"
Asante today announced its FriendlyNET FR5000 Accelerated Cable/DSL Router, a business-class router with support for 10/100Mb networking, an integrated cache, optional NAS storage, a print spooler, Web-administration tools, and othe features. The $1250 FriendlyNET FR5037 includes a 7-port 10/100 switch, a bi-directional print server, backup modem port, and 30GB hard drive.
Symantec has posted a second beta of its upcoming Norton AntiVirus 8.0b2 software for OS X 10.1. The page notes \"Those that have installed the NAVm 8.0 Public Beta 1 should run the NAVBetaUninstall script prior to installing Public Beta 2.\"
4D today released 4D Portal 1.0, a Web application that offers browser-based functions for task management, contact database centralization, online calendaring, and other workflow items. 4D Portal, available as a free download, offers members to communicate through virtual bulletin boards, shared calendars, and surveys and includes an Administrator Web Log, Contact Manager, Notes, and Reminders to facilitate community development and workflow interactions.
XLR8 today announced its Carrier ZIF SSE (Six-Slot Edition), which is available in three configurations - the 400 MHz MACh Carrier G4 SSE, the 450 MHz MACh Carrier G4 SSE and the Carrier ZIF SSE, an unpopulated board, which is compatible with Apple and XLR8 ZIF G3 and G4 processors. The new upgrade brings G4 power to Macintosh clones with PCI cards in more than 3 of their six slots as well as the Power Mac 9500 and 9600 series computers.
Sanity Software\'s Visage 1.0 is a \"System Preferences pane which allows you to easily customize your Boot Panel, Boot Strings, Login Panel, Login Screen Background, Dock Poof, and Dock Transparency. The $10 shareware offers review options for each of the customizations and the option to switch between items in your collections without using the command line.
Several readers write about a new petition \"to get Apple to provide functional drivers for \'earlier\' ATI graphics chipsets as found in (officially Mac OS X supported) hardware like the Lombard Powerbook and several iMac models.\"
A Peopleone Consulting interview with Naren S. Ayyar, Managing Director of Apple India and SAARC countries talks about competition, the impact of the US economy slowdown on Apple India, and the work culture at Apple, noting that the Ayyar has \"a new lease of life\" to Apple India.
Nick Fleming notes that Water Field Design has posted photos of its new sleeve iPod cases. They are accepting pre-orders for its iPod Sleeve Case ($20), which is expected to begin shipping this week and its iPod Super Dooper iPod Case, which is available three colors for $50 and is expected to begins shipping next week.
Apple India has announced an exchange offer for users to trade in their old desktop PCs for new iBooks or the Titanium PowerBook G4 laptops: \"The offer is on till September 28 and the old machines to be exchanged can be Celerons/ MMX, P-II or P-III\'s, both branded or unbranded ones. The exchange price is below Rs 90,000.\"
Power On Software is giving away free copies of ACTION Menus, its $50 utility for menu customization for Mac OS 8/9. The free download is available online for a limited as a \"thank you\" to the Mac community for its success this year, culminating with its selection as one of the fastest growing companies in America by Inc Magazine.
Quickie Web Albums 1.7 adds an image rotation for images and thumbnails, a new custom template wizard, and the ability to export pages as shtml to the $23 utility for creating Web-based photo albums. [Classic, Carbon]
Synthetic Aperture is shipping Color Finesse 1.0, an advanced telecine-style color correction tool for Adobe After Effects, Final Cut Pro, and other compatible applications. The $700 application offers multiple color spaces, tonal correction, curve-based correction, automated color matching and balancing, six-channel secondary color correction, reference images with split wipes, smart color legalizing, and waveform monitor and vectorscope displays.
The Norwegian online news magazine ITavisen.no voted the iPod as the Best MP3 player of the year 2001.
Mark Miller has posted a counter petition to the OS X metadata proposal noted here (and elsewhere) over the past week: \"...I applaud the elimination of resource forks and non-standard meta data. While I understand the need to use HFS+ as the main file system to maintain backwards compatibility with older Mac files, I don\'t believe we should be using anything not available in a standard unix file system going forwards.\"
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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
French show carries on with iPhones
Following a prolonged power loss in a French TV studio, the crew was able to use a combination of limited studio lighting and a number of iPhones to continue taping the Saturday episode of talk show On n'est pas couché ("We're Still Awake"), using the resulting footage in the first edited episode. The Plus-model iPhones used for the impromptu shoot completion were either iPhone 6 Plusses (which shoot in 1080p) or 6s Plus models (which can shoot in 4K). The decision to use the iPhones to complete the show was made after a power outage at France 2's studio stretched to more than three hours. http://bit.ly/299wqDt
Scrivener for iOS to arrive in late July
For some long-time Scrivener users, to quote Paul Simon, "these are the days of miracle and wonders." As it marks its 10th anniversary in business, developer Keith Blount has announced that the long-awaited iOS version of his creative-writing tool Scrivener is to be submitted to the App Store, following strong praise from beta-testers. The program, expected in late July, will sell for $20 and work with both the iPad and iPhone. When we interviewed Blount last January, he added that Scrivener 3 for Mac would follow along shorty afterwards. http://bit.ly/2901XLE
WhatsApp now handles over 100M calls daily
WhatsApp is celebrating that it is being used for over 100 million calls every day. In a brief notice, the Facebook-owned messaging platform advises the voice-calling feature it rolled out to its users last year now deals with an average of over 1,100 calls initiated per second. Earlier this year, it increased the security of its calls and other messages, by introducing end-to-end encryption on all platforms. http://bit.ly/292HqCX
Adele's '25' album now streaming
Recording artist Adele has "pulled a Kanye" after saying that her current album "25" would not be available for streaming. The seven-month-old record, which has yielded a number of hit singles, is now available for streaming on all the major streaming services, such as Apple Music and Spotify, as of today in most major markets, with worldwide distribution to come. Reportedly, the singer had demanded streaming be limited to paid subscribers -- a condition that has hurt some streamers with artists, who aren't paid royalties for free or trial listens . Apple pays performers its normal royalty rates during its free trial, avoiding the issue -- and having repeated success in both signing up exclusives and placing those exclusives into the top of the charts. http://ti.me/28U7NOu
SanDisk iXpand case has battery, storage
A new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6s case from SanDisk appears to be the "holy grail" of accessories: a stylish and protective case that offers both extra storage as well as the option of extra battery power as well. The iXpand Memory case offers either 32GB, 64GB, or 128GB of additional storage incorporated into the case, and an optional add-on battery pack (sold separately) adds up to an extra day or more of charge. Through the associated iXpand app, camera photos and videos can be automatically stored on the extra storage, optionally password-protected, The cost for the case is (in order of storage capacity) $60, $100, and $130. The battery pack's release data has not yet been announced, but the add-on should retail for an additional $30. http://bit.ly/291epHu