Brother is showcasing its Mac-compatible P-touch PT-9200DX system at MacWorld Expo 2002. The PT-9200DX is a USB-based labeling system that offers 360dpi laser quality printing, graphic- and bar code-printing, support for 1.5\" TZ tape, an automatic tape cutter, and a top-load clamshell design. OS X drivers are due \"early this year.\"
Epson is now shipping its Stylus C80WN wireless desktop ink jet printer, which features a wireless Ethernet 802.11b print server for printing from AirPort-equipped Macs or via a wireless access point. The package includes parallel-port-based, 128-bit compatible print server and the Stylus C80, a 20 ppm printer with USB connectivity and 2880x720 dpi resolution. The $450 printer has a $50 mail-in rebate and will be available within the next few weeks at retail stores and at its online store.
Casady & Greene has signed a US and Asia publishing and distribution agreement with MacRun Game to distribute Captain Bumper, an action/arcade game \"ideal for families in search of thrill seeking family fun!\" It is expected to ship \"soon\" for $30 and will support Classic and OS X. The company is also publishing TimeSlice, a $60 billing application for consultants, and graphic/web designers. A demo is available. (As noted last week, the company also introduced Conflict Catcher 9.) [site not responding]
In addition to other QPS announcements made yesterday, the company is also shipping a new FireWire 120MB Que! M3 UltraSlim Hard Drive and its 32X Que! CD-RW Burner. The $480 hard drive drive has a 7,200 rpm mechanism and offers transfer rates up to 34/35MB per second, while the $300 32X CD-RW offers a 32x/10x/40x mechanism, 4MB buffer, FireWire connectivity, and UDF Reader and Toast. It also debuted an $380 external Que! Firewire M5 Combo that combines 60GB, 5,400 rpm hard disk with built-in 8x8x24 CD-RW back-up drive (includes Dantz Retrospect); and the Que! M5 RAID Drives with CharisMac RAID software includes two A/V-rated large-capacity drives with either FireWire (200GB or 240GB) or LVD SCSI connectivity (72MB or 146MB).
Alias|Wavefront has announced that it is developing the Maya Personal Learning Edition, which will provide OS X users unlimited, free access to Maya. The Personal Learning Edition offers a free seat of Maya for non-commercial use for one-year (license is renewable). It will provide full access to the toolsets of Maya Complete including NURBS modeling, animation, inverse kinematics, Maya Artisan, Maya Paint Effects, particles, dynamics and Maya\'s advanced rendering capabilities, but restricts users to non-commercial applications through the display of a watermark on images as well as through the use of a special non-commercial file format; it cannot be used with industry-standard plug-ins. It will be available for free download beginning in February 2002. CD copies may also be ordered for $5 plus shipping and handling.
Scriptsoftware has posted CopyPaste X 1.02, an update to its shareware clipboard enhancement utility that provides multiple keyboards, the ability to save the clipboard through restarts, and other enhancements.
Apple has posted the streaming version of this morning\'s Expo Keynote \'02 as well as an online version of the new iPhoto Ad titled \"Baby Jack.\" and the new iMac marketing video.
MacNN reader Josh Lewis noted that the Apple Store has reduced pricing on RAM upgrades for BTO orders: \"It seems RAM prices have come down at the Apple Store. It used to cost $100 to add 128MB of RAM to certain computers, but now, at least as an OEM option, it only costs $50, and that ratio seems to stick as you go higher. It\'s much more realistic when looking at today\'s RAM prices. They\'ve really needed this change.\"
Lagoon Software has released MacAnalysis 2.1 for Mac OS X. The security auditing suite, which scans network and hardware devices for security issues, includes a firewall (for protection) and visual traceroute maps (to show where an attack is coming from).
REALbasic 4, the easy-to-use tool for creating software on Mac OS 9 and X, is now available. New features include find-and-repleace, custom controls, better multimedia support, and an interactive shell. [Classic,Carbon]
Connectix has released VirtualPC 5.01, an update to its emulation software that began shipping last month. A technical update answers the Why VirtualPC 5 is slower on OS X than on OS 9?: \"It is a fact that Virtual PC will never be as fast on Mac OS X as it is on Mac OS 9 (on the same underlying Mac hardware).... Connectix’s internal performance testing indicates that the quantitative difference between Virtual PC 5 on Mac OS 9 and Mac OS X is typically in the 20-35% range.\"
We\'ve posted a number of photos from this morning\'s keynote: Gallery I | II | III | IV.
Palm today officially announced Palm Desktop 4.0 software for OS X, bringing native OS X support, improved handheld-to-desktop data compatibility, vCard and vCal support, and the ability to use multiple languages. (The download was made available in late December.)
Digital Audio Miracles has released DAM Fast FireWire Loader 1.2, a new driver FireWire storage driver designed \"specifically for the high-stress environments of digital audio. The driver is optimized for the Oxford 911 Chipset to \"give the highest possible performance, claiming up to 300% performance increases. It is $35.
Extensis has announced Portfolio 6, a major upgrade to its Digital Asset Management (DAM) solution for sharing, organizing, retrieving and distributing digital files. Version 6 includes a a new Collect & Publish feature that automatically collects and catalogs files for CD distribution and lets users create a stand-alone browser application on-the-fly. Other features include FolderSync, a floating palette, the ability to create Web Pages, instant cataloging, batch renaming/keywording, email functions, EXIF support, and custom field support.It is due in February for $200; upgrades start at $70. Portfolio Server with 5 free clients is $2,500.
Afternoon tech news: U.S. District Court Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly has denied Microsoft\'s request for a delay in its antitrust hearing trials, which remain scheduled to being March 11; AMD has announced the Athlon XP 200+, while Intel countered with a 2.2 GHz revamped Pentium 4; Several java-enabled cell phones are on display at this week\'s CES.
Addonics has debuted a DVD/CDRW/CD-ROM All-in-One Drive with FireWire, CardBus and USB 2.0 interfaces. The new, mobile drive incrporates a 12x DVD player, a 12x CDRW burner, and a 40x CD-ROM drive. Depending on the drive interface used, the DVD/CDRW has a data transfer rate from 300-4800 KB/sec and an access speed of 100 m/sec. Priced at $400 and up (depending on interface), the drive also includes Mac OS 9 software drivers.
eZediaMX 3.0, a tool used to integrate, manage, control and display digital media, has been released in both Mac OS and Mac OS X flavors. The software can handle video, graphics, animation, sound, MP3s, VRs and text, and can create product demonstrations, virtual environments, storyboards, and training systems. The tool is priced at $240 for the full version and $100 for an upgrade.
Digital Voodoo is now shipping Iridium HD, a high definition output-only broadcast design card featuring two 10-bit broadcast SDI outputs. The Iridium HD works with uncompressed 10-bit 4:2:2:4 or 4:4:4:4 dual-link video directly in YUV colorspace, offers real-time uncompressed 10-bit QuickTime playback without any kind of video compression, and can operate in either 1080i or 720p television systems.
Belkin introduced four new USB 2.0 products today, including a FireWire/ USB 2.0 PCI Card, USB 2.0 2-Port PCI Card, USB 2.0 Notebook Card and a USB 2.0 4-Port Hub.
Hitachi America, Ltd has introduced an 18 inch flat panel display incorporating the company\'s new S-IPS technolog, claims to deliver reductions in color shift and increased color accuracy. Hitachi says its new LCD can be viewed with distinction from viewing angles of 170 degrees, in both horizontal and vertical directions. The display is priced at $999, and includes a Mac-compatible analog connection.
Other World Computing (OWC) has introduced a new series of Laptop Screen Protectors which are designed to preven damage to a portable\'s screen when it is closed. The cowhide covers fit across a laptop\'s keyboard to prevent the keyboard and buttons on the base of the laptop from coming in contact with the laptop screen, purportedly disallowing the transfer of skin oils. The company has developed three sizes: 4- x 11-inches for the iBook Dual USB; 5- x 11.5-inches, which fits over most standard laptop keyboards; and 8.5- x 12.75-inches for the PowerBook G4 Titanium. Pricing starts at $14.95.
Today at the International CES, RCA announced it would ship a new version of its Lyra Personal Jukebox, that will have 10 GB of storage (opposed to the iPod\'s 5 GB) and weigh 11 ounces (opposed to the iPod\'s 6.5 ounces) at a suggested retail price $299. The Mac OS X compatible device will sport USB connectivity, and double as a hard drive.
Steve Jobs today introduced a new iMac, iPhoto software, and a new 14.1\" iBook. new \"lamp-style\" flat-panel iMac with a 15\" flat panel display attached to a rounded base. The iMac features a G4 processor running at speeds of 700- or 800-MHz and either a CD-RW, Combo (DVD/CD-RW), or a SuperDrive (DVD-R/CD-RW). Jobs also reduced pricing its CD-RW- and Combo-drive the 12.1\" iBooks (by $100), eliminted the DVD-drive model, and introduced a new 14.1\" iBook with a Combo drive for $1799. New iPhoto software for OS X is Apple\'s fouth digital hub application, offering the ability to import, edit, and print photos online (through Apple\'s online services). iPhoto is free and is available today. (See our keynote coverage for more details and other notes). Apple also announced that OS X would the default OS on all shipping Macs.
Andrew Starr notes the release of an Applescript to import mail from Outlook Express to FileMaker Pro. (Other conversion tools are also available.)
Maxprog\'s Web Dumper 1.1 is an update to the offline Internet browsing tool, offering better support for downloading files from any directory structure, authentication support, and interface improvements. [Classic, Carbon]
Ben Bird has released BTV Pro 5.3, an update to his $40 software for video capture, editing, and stop-motion animation. It also offers timelapse capture, motion detection, and DV video input and output and works with any Mac compatible video input source. Version 5.3 offers DV device control, the ability to directly capture a DV stream, improved DV output, automatic file backup, size-settings for frame captures, and a \"smoother\" playback option.
A List Apart recently posted a Mac Browser Roundup, which includes \"mini-reviews\" on Opera and Internet Explorer 5.1.
Willow Design has debuted four new slipcases for the Titanium and iBook. The compact, lightweight case feature half inch foam padding and stiffening plastic side-panels, extra high-density polyethylene on the top and bottom, a zippered front-organizer, case handle, shoulder strap, and a back-magazine pocket as well as a large zippered mesh accessory pocket built into the protective front flap cover: Titanium Two; Titanium \'Slide 2; iBook \'Away Two; and iBook Whumph!. Each case is $65.
QPS today introduced its DVDBurner+RW, a new external device with a combo mechansim that supports both DVD-RW and CD-RW authoring and new DVD Duplication Towers for easily duplicating DVDs.
Adobe today introduced GoLive 6.0 (and Adobe Web Workgroup Server), a new OS X-native version of its site management and collaboration package with wireless authoring and workgroup functions.
Stephen Becker\'s WebPrint Plus 5.0C adds Classic compatibility to his printing/organization utility that \"lets users gather, save, and print selections of text -- of any size -- from web browsers, email clients, and virtually any other program.\"
The International QuickTime VR Association has announced the Summit in the Rockies QuickTime VR conference, which takes place May 14-16, 2002 in Boulder, Colorado. Attendees will be offered hands-on experience with QuickTime VR hardware and software products. Registration is $950 (QTVRA members pay only $675).
4D, Inc., today announced a preview of 4D Business Kit, its upcoming integrated multi-language, multi-store eCommerce development tool, which provides catalogs, shopping carts, payment systems, tax calculations, shipping, customer management and order tracking.
iMedia Software this week will debut its new video editing software package called MediaEdit 1.0. It has a complete tool palette, support for most major image and movie formats, and other features such as color manipulation, an online theatre for posting home-made video clips, and plugin support. The $75 application also ofers video/audio capture functions.
Davy Fields has set up an iPod FAQ with information on setting it up and using Apple\'s iPod.
Griffin Technology will debut three new products this week at the Expo including its G4 Audio Breakout cable ($25), which allows users to use high quality unpowered speakers on their digital audio G4s; The PodMate, a small device that attaches to the iPod and transforms it into a universal infrared remote that can virtually any TV, stereo, DVD player or VCR via the iPod. It ships with software to emulate virtually any remote. (No shipping date or price available, but it will be demoed at the Expo.) The PowerPod auto charger for the iPod ($20), which fits into any 12V accessory outlet or car lighter jack and includes a detachable 4 foot cable, a replaceable fuse, and an LED status indicator.
Steve Jobs today is set to deliver the Macworld Expo keynote address at 12 noon EST (9 am PT) at the Moscone Center in San Francisco. In addition to live coverage by MacNN (also see here), the keynote will be carried by Apple QTV Webcast, Apple satellitecast (in both the US and Europe), live on the TechTV Cable channel, in Apple Stores across the country (possibly as well as on our MacNN IRC Server). Jobs is expected to introduce a \"lamp-style\" flat panel iMac, new photo editing software called iPhoto, which was inadvertantly reported by Time Magazine Canada (both online and in print in NYC yesterday). (See yesterday\'s MacNN report, online photos, and news.com article).
Wade Williams, noting Comcast\'s lack of Mac support, writes \"ComCast\'s new Internet service, to which former ComCast @Home users will transition starting January 15th, apparently will not be offering static IP addresses as a service. As you know, that means users will not be able to set up any type of web, gaming or other server. I would suggest that all Mac users using their service use the feedback form.\"
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Trade-up program expands in Europe
Smartphone users in France, Italy, and Spain will have until at least August of this year to trade in old iPhone, Windows Phone, or Android models at Apple Stores, and put the reward towards a new iPhone -- thanks to an expansion of Apple's trade-in program into those countries. The money given for the trade-in must be applied towards a new iPhone on a two-year payment plane, and traders must qualify under a credit check as part of the program. Interested customers can apply for the trade-in at their nearest Apple Store. http://bit.ly/1qPsldD
NBCUniversal adds Bravo, Syfy, E! to Apple TV
NBCUniversal has launched three new apps channels for Apple TV users. Bravo Now, Syfy Now and E! Now brings users access full seasons of current and past episodes of most of NBCUniversal's catalog. The Bravo Now app includes shows like "The Real Housewives of New York Cit," "Below Deck Mediterranean," comedy "Odd Mom Out" and "Top Chef." The Syfy Now app offers up shows like "The Magicians," thriller "12 Monkeys" and the reality show "Face Off." The E! Now app serves up shows like "Keeping Up with the Kardashians," "Botched," "#RichKids of Beverly Hills," Caitlyn Jenner's "I Am Cait," and "WAGS." While some content is free, most content requires users to authenticate via their cable satellite or telco TV provider. http://bit.ly/20K4Pea
Apple rolls out Arabic version of Apple.com
Apple has rolled out a new version of its Apple.com website for Arabic language users in the United Arab Emirates. The site utilizes a right-to-left reading format where it has been updated, although the upgrade is still in progress with a number of page links still in the original English language left-to-right format. Of particular note is that the site debuts an all-new custom Arabic font created by the Tarek Atrissi Design agency, giving it a highly contemporary look and feel. The new support for Arabic on its host website follows the introduction of full support for right-to-left languages in iOS 9, and the addition of Arabic support to Siri late last year. http://apple.co/20JHGIM
Adobe previews Photoshop content-aware crop
Adobe has previewed a new 'content-aware crop' feature from the next version of its Photoshop CC. The new feature is similar to its 'content-aware fill' from the current version of Photoshop CC, and potentially saves users time when cropping photos in a way that might otherwise leave blank white space in the frame. Adobe's 'content-aware' tech automatically assesses the blank space and seamlessly fills the blank space with the nearest related content in the space when a photo is expanded or rotated without the need to manually clone that part of the image. The feature allows users to move a horizon by adding more sky or ground, change the aspect ratio by adding content around the edges of the image and fill in the corners of an image when rotated during a crop. Adobe says the feature is coming soon and will be automatically available to Creative Cloud subscribers. http://adobe.ly/20JDFEu
Markzware updates Q2ID for QuarkXPress 12 files
Graphic design file conversion tool maker Markzware has launched a new version of its Q2ID tool. The InDesign plugin enables users to open QuarkXPress files within a new InDesign (INDD) document, without rebuilding the QXP document from scratch -- the new version includes support for QuarkXPress 12 files. Q2ID Subscription members can download the new version as part of their annual plan. A single-user can purchase the plugin for $200, with other licensing options available. http://bit.ly/1Z4dS9t
PopChar X 7.5 arrives
Ergonis Software has released PopChar X 7.5, an improved version of the company's tool for finding and inserting special characters and exploring fonts. PopChar X 7.5 adds support for combined emojis in the Apple Color Emoji font, enhances the "Font Info" view, and adds many further enhancements that improve overall speed and stability. PopChar X 7.5 retails for â‚¬30 ($34), and is free for anyone who owns a license for PopChar X 7 or purchased a license for PopChar X 6 on or after March 1, 2014 [4.5MB]
Safari Technology Preview release 5 arrives