MacNN Readers Mo Mehlsak and Barbara Riegelhaupt note a very serious problem affecting Mac users running Microsoft Internet Explorer in Mac OS 9: Apparently, the newly reborn Excite.com deposits a cookie for registered users that corrupts Internet preferences. The result is that IE/E\'rage [Entourage] -- and for all I know, any other Internet app that uses the prefs file -- crashes on launch with a Type 2 error. A MS tech support staffer I spoke to said they had \"dozens\" of calls about it today. The fix is to move Internet prefs and files in the MS Cache folder [also found in the Prefs folder] to the desktop or trash, launch the Internet control panel to create a new prefs file, and either enter a new home page under the Web tab or choose \"none.\"
JomoSoft today announced the release of a new FTP (File Transfer Protocol) client designed for Mac OS X. osXigen v1.0 is Mac OS X native, Cocoa-based and completely multithreaded to offer optimum performance and to avoid lock-ups. osXigen can be purchased for $15; a free trial version is also available.
Architosh is reporting that, as expected, Nemetschek North America has announced the release of VectorWorks MECHANICAL, a new 2D/3D CAD product targeted at mechanical designers, drafters, engineers and fabricators.
c|net is reporting that online storage space provider PhotoPoint continues to be unavailable to thousands of its customers. PhotoPoint is an online service that provides users with webspace for storing graphics and photography. For several days the service has been unavailable, leaving thousands of users locked out of their material. \"I am a seller on eBay and I lost all my pictures for the last three days of my auctions,\" a PhotoPoint user told News.com.
Aaron Hillegass, founder of the Big Nerd Ranch, today announced the publication of his new Cocoa training manual, \"Cocoa Programming for Mac OS X.\" The book, published by Addison-Wesley, is designed for both new and experienced Cocoa developers; is available from Amazon.com for $32.
A MacNN reader has confirmed an earlier report that Apple has begun shipping copies of Final Cut Pro 3. Rick Lakin received a shipment notice today at 12:30PM EST.
Databeast, Inc. has announced dataComet-Secure, now available in a final release version. The Mac OS X application offers terminal emulation over SSH, Telnet, and dialup connections, supporting both SSH1 and SSH2 sessions with strong encryption. A single copy license for dataComet-Secure is $60; educational license $20.
Empower Pro today announced Internet Phone v1.1, an application for Mac OS 9 and Mac OS X that connects Macintosh users around the world with real-time voice communication over the Internet. Version 1.1 includes speech recognition, an address book and Aqua user interface. Empower Pro is offering Internet Phone for $30; a free trial version is available.
The San Francisco Chronicle takes a look at the pre-MacWorld excitement in the latest article of its online Business & Technology section. The article reflects on Mr. Jobs\' decision to rescheduled his annual MacWorld keynote speech for a day earlier and add an hour to the talk; CRM Daily asks if the expo will be \' Expensive Fun or Big Disappointment\' and likens the event to the release of \'ginger.\' [updated]
MacNN reader Carl Nordin notes that Apple has begun shipping Final Cut Pro 3, an update to its professional nonlinear editing system that brings OS X compatibility, G4 realtime effects (without additional hardware), support for the OfflineRT file format, new smart color tools, and other enhancements.
Thomas Tempelmann\'s Joliet Volume Access v2, a $15 shareware package for Mac OS 8/9, allows your computer to read Windows, MP3 and Linux CDs better. Version 2.0 has RockRidge support, includes a new Control Panel to set options on viewing/handling CDs, support additionally installed script systems, such as the Cyrillic Language Kit, and offers full access to Multi-session and Hybrid CDs, mounting any ISO volume on them.
Zoomify Inc. has released its authoring plug-in for Adobe Photoshop called the Zoomifyer 1.0, which \"converts images of any size or quality to stream for fast initial display and on-demand viewing of fine details. Zoomify\'s unique image streaming technology makes high-resolution images useful on the Web. Publish gigabyte photos that can be viewed without any large download.\" A trial of the $200 plugin is available online.
The freeware calendar application, PandoCalendar 5.7.5, allows users to develop, save, print, and distribute customizable calendars.
Marc Moini has released Smart Scroll 3.7.3, his $12 shareware utility that allows users to adjust the scrolling speed in any application and brings Proportional Thumbs and Live Scrolling to applications such as Netscape, Emailer, AppleWorks, Word, and most system add-ons such as control panels. Version 3.7.3 is a maintenance release adding support for Mac OS 9.2.2.
Yenco has released Archive 4.7, an update to its $20 shareare catalog utility that features integrated button bar controls at top of search window, improved printing, a better help system and updated help content.
Unsanity has released WindowShade X 1.5, which brings application-specific control, new \'do nothing\' behavior, code optimizations, and other enhancements ot the $7 shareware that offers the familiar window-collapsing effect from Mac OS 9 under OS X.
Brian Dunning\'s freeware Credit Card Validator (for FileMaker) is an open-source checksum calculation to validate credit card numbers and also tells you what kind of card it is based on the first digit.
Plextor is now shipping its USB 2.0-enabled PlexWriter 24x/10x/40U CD-RW optical disk drive. The new external drive offers USB 1.1 support under Mac OS 8/9 and USB 2.0 support under OS X. The $230 drive has a 4BM data buffer, features BURN-Proof technology, and supports a wide variety of writing modes, including Track-at-Once, Disc-at-Once, Session-at-Once, Multisession, and variable/fixed packet writing. It is expected to ship at the end of December.
Evergreen today announced its fireLINE 1394 and USB 2.0 Pocket HotDrive, a portable combo drive available in capacities up to 40GB. Prices are $260, $330, $400, and $530 for 10-, 20-, 30-, and 40GB models, with discounts of between $60 and $130 for direct online purchases.
Zonic has released SwapTop 1.3, an update to its $15 shareware Mac client for the WebShots desktop picture service. It allows Mac users to set up a schedule to automatically selecta random desktop picture, to download a new picture every day, and to search the WebShots image archive. It restores compatibility with the WebShots web site, adds support for Mac OS X 10.1, improves support of widescreen displays, and includes numerous minor bug fixes.
Navdeep Bains has released an update to his mail checker/online email client, Mail Beacon 1.4, which can check an unlimited number of POP3 & IMAP accounts for new mail, and can also view/delete/filter mail on server without downloading any messages. The $10 shareware now supports Mac.com\'s SMTP servers, implements a signature-like \"Message Formats\" feature, has a dramatically improved sorting algorithm, and many other bug fixes.
StimpSoft\'s Skwonk 1.0 is a freeware application that will listen to your Ethernet interface for traffic, playing specific sounds for specific types packets.
IGS Twisted 1.0 is a screen saver which :goes in the screen saver folder. IGS Twisted is just a bunch of squares in 3D space (using OpenGL). The interesting part is the movement algorithm (independently developed). There are more than 12 different controls adapted to the \'psychic vibes\' surrounding your computer.\"
Apple today made its new slot-loading DVD/CD-RW Combo drive a standard part of all of its new Titanium PowerBook G4 models; the new Combo drive features CD burning at 8x speeds, while the iBook retains the older 4x burn model. Apple has increased the cost of the standard 550-MHz configuration (256MB/20GB) to $2,299, while keeping the price on its high-end retail 667-MHz PowerBook G4 (512MB/30GB/AirPort Card) at $2,999. Both product list an estimated ship time of 1 week from the Apple Store. [updated]
X3 0.1.1 is \"an application that visualizes the system performance in the form of a realtime rotating 3D-object in the Dock. It is designed to use very little memory and processor cycles so you can keep it running all the time.\" It offers eight more objects, a new extensible X3C object format, improved memory management, objects menu synchronization, new Dock menu and Process menus, and other enhancements.
Dr. Bott today introduced the iPod Connection Kit II with Cassette Adapter, which includes options 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(e.g., boom boxes, and tape players). It also includes an Auto Charger, Cassette Adapter, various audio cables and a carry pouch. The $50 kit will begin shipping in January.
Baker 1.3, an OS X program used to simplify the task of downloading files from Usenet newsgroups, brings a significant speed improvement when downloading articles.
Sapphire Symbols Vol 7 & 8 are each $15 collections with 400 Macromedia Fireworks-format symbols that are \"based on a star/starburst theme\" for web and page design.
CTM has released PowerMail 3.1, a free update to its $50 flagship e-mail client that brings \"95 enhancements, support for the IMAP protocol and major reliability and performance improvements.\" Version 3.1 includes a completely rewritten IMAP engine, improved filtering performance, mouse wheel support under OS X, and many bug fixes. A 30-day demo is available.
BProlog 6.1, an update to Afany Software\'s constraint logic programming (CLP) system, delivers a 30 to 40% peformance boost.
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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