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MacNN Show Floor Gallery - Day 2
FastTrack Schedule for OS X demoed at Expo
AEC Software is previewing the OS X version of its project manager FastTrack Schedule. Expected to ship in the first quarter of 2002, it will include a newly refined interface and support for QuickTime-compatible formats, auto-outlining of tasks as well as new features for organizing, tracking, and managing project details. Version 8 will be $300 and v7 owners can upgrade for $100 ($30 off) through February 15th.
Meeting Maker 7.1: group calendaring for OS X
Meeting Maker has announced an OS X version of its group calendaring and scheduling, Meetingmaker 7.1. Due in the first quarter of 2002, it offers OS X client, OS X server and Palm support as well as new functions such as Web calendar publishing, LDAP and administrative API, and SSL security.
QX-Tools Pro adds new features to QuarkXpress
Extensis has released QX-Tools Pro, a "major" upgrade to its XTensions module for QuarkXPress 4/5. The new version adds QX-Import for importing Microsoft Excel or PowerPoint documents (as vector EPS files); QX-Shortcuts for managing shortcuts; and QX-Collect&Send for collecting fonts and images for prepress delivery. The English version is due in March 2002 for $200. French, German and Japanese language versions will be available in the second quarter of 2002.
Apple, MS sponsor Office v. X rebate program
Microsoft and Apple are co-sponsoring a rebate program with three options, offering $150 back on the purchase of the full version of Office v. X and $75 back on the purchase of the Office v.X upgrade with any Mac purchase between now and March 31st and $50 back on the purchase of the full/upgrade Office v.X for any OS X purchase.
Stitcher 3.1 builds panoramas under OS X
RealViz today announced the release of Stitcher 3.1 for OS X, a professional application for building high-resolution panoramas up to 360 x 180 degrees. The application offers automatic alignment, color blending and de-blurring and options for planar, cylindrical, cubical or spherical panoramas. It includes export routines for multi-row pictures in a full sphere to various formats including QuickTime, Java and Web 3D formats; planar output to standard image formats including TIFF, JPEG and PNG; and multi-resolution rendering for content re-use. The $500 application is available as a $200 upgrade (free to users of v3.0).
Click \'N Design helps label CD/DVDs
Stomp's new $20 labeling software allows computer users to design and print their own custom CD/DVD labels, jewel case covers and CD business cards. Click 'N Design offers dynamic circular text editing and multiple options for graphic effects as well as the ability to import multiple file formats, hundreds of pre-made designs, and 5000 photos/clipart.
Warcraft III Beta not for Mac users
Despite Blizzard's commitment to developing (and releasing simultaneously) Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos, the registration process doesn't accept Mac browsers and the page indicates that a beta release will not be available to Mac users: "There will not be a Mac version of the beta. However, we currently plan to ship a Macintosh version of Warcraft III simultaneously with the PC version."
PowerUpdate 2.0: updates apps automatically
Zero G Software has announced PowerUpdate 2.0, which adds file synchronization capabilities, MSI support, the ability to extract and execute archive files, support for the OS X to its developer module designed to update any kind of software by checking for updates when the software is launched, notifying users of available updates, and automatically updating/installing patches.
Sony offers Mac support for online gaming
Sony Online Entertainment today announced that its top games at The Station are now available to Mac users. In addition, SOE will become an official Mac developer, promising to make other games such as Jeopardy! Online and Wheel of Fortune Online as well as "all of its games" available to Mac users. Registration is free and users can invite others to join them for multiplayer games.
Sybase to develop enterprise software for Mac
Sybase promises to improve enterprise software for the Mac development community with the its to develop Open Client for Mac and Adaptive Server Enterprise 12.5 (ASE 12.5) for OS X. Open Client for Mac will be an Internet-enabled development tool kit for developers delivering Mac applications across a variety of database systems, while ASE 12.5 will allow developers to build applications with native OS X support for database applications. Both will be available later this year.
Jobs: No merging Macs with TVs
A Reuters interview with Steve Jobs talks about Apple's future, noting that Apple may still have a few surpises, the differences between the new "revolutionary" design of the iMac as compared with the short-lived Cube, and the convergence of computers and television.
Knowledge Adventure pledges Mac support
Knowledge Adventure announced plans to develop 10 new kids titles for OS X version 10.1 in 2002, which will include products from the best-selling JumpStart and Fisher-Price interactive franchises.
Fujitsu 2.3 MO Drive now available as OEM
Fujitsu today announced volume availability of its 2.3GB magneto-optical (MO) disk drive, a 3.5-inch removable storage solution that nearly doubles the capacity of its predecessor, the 1.3GB line of MO drives. It is backward-compatible and can read and write to all 3.5-inch MO media capacities, including 1.3GB, 640MB, 540MB, 230MB and 128MB, as well as Over-Write disks (640MB and 540MB). The new drive also provides 19ms seek time, data transfer rates up to 8MB/sec and an 8MB buffer. The 2.3GB drives, MCJ3230AP (IDE) and MCJ3230SS (SCSI), -- and 2.3GB MO disks -- are available now through FCPA's distribution channel, while retail configurations of the same drive, the Fujitsu DynaMO 2300, will be available later this year. The drives are compatible
FWB HardDisk ToolKit 4.5.2 fixes problems
FWB has posted an update to its hard disk utility software, HardDisk ToolKit 4.5.2, which addresses "a number of problems, adds features, and has many additional devices supported."
SanDisk introduces dual-slot media readers
SanDisk introduced three USB-based ImageMate dual-slot memory card readers, which offer either a Memory Stick, MultiMedia/SD, or SmartMedia card slots in addition to a CompactFlash card. The driveless devices are due in March for $40 each.
Free Mac classes in Santa Ana, CA
Rich Barron writes "The Marketplace Education Center in Santa Ana, Ca offers free Mac (and PC) classes to anyone who wants to take them. They are available days, evenings, and Saturdays. Each class is only one time per week for about an hour - sojust about anyone should be able to fit it into their schedule. They are state funded and if you pass the class you get a certificate of completion - but no college units. They cover topics like Office, Internet, and even a Mac Troubleshooting class. Classes and registration starts on January 14th."
Reader: Apple offers limited prints for free
Elizabeth MacLean notes that Apple is offering a limited number of free prints for its iPhoto printing service: "after signing up for 1-Click, your first 10 4x6 prints are free. Nice offer which I took advantage of."
CharisMac demos Discribe 5.0 at Expo
Charismac Engineering will demo Discribe v5.0 in QPS Expo booth. Version 5 includes a host of new features, including DVD mastering support, full native OS X support, and improved Video CD support as well as interoperability with Apple's Disc Burner and iTunes.
ATI intros Radeon 8500, 7000 graphics cards
ATI today introduced the Radeon 7000 and the Radeon 8500, new Mac versions of its retail graphics cards.
Imation demonstrates products at Expo
Imation is demonstrating a variety of devices at the Expo this week, including it mini CD-R burner, all-in-one media card reader, its new quarter-sized DataPlay digital media, and other popular optical media (32x CD-R, mini, and busniness card CD-R).
MacNN Show Floor Photo Galleries posted
AppleScripts address iPhoto shortcomings
Rault Kehlor writes: "I thought I'd point out that I just discovered a suite of AppleScripts on Apple's website built just for iPhoto, that address a lot of (valid) concerns. There's one to mail a photo to someone directly from iPhoto, for example."
PictureTalk Web seminar server for OS X
Pixion today announced that it will launch the new OS X compatible version of its online meeting solution, PictureTalk Enterprise Conference Server. It allows users to securely hold and attend Web-based meetings, view presentations, review and revise documents, demonstrate software and share desktop applications. Other features include Presentation Sharing, Follow-Me Browsing, polling/quizing, screen capture technology, Web-based administration, and an user-selectable quality control to improve performance.
HP delays ScanJet drivers for OS X
Vic Simon notes that HP has pushed back the release date of ScanJet drivers for OS X to Spring 2002 after first promising them in Fall 2001.
procreate Painter 7 Update has tablet support
procreate Painter 7 Update 1, available free to registered Painter 7 users, adds Wacom tablet support on OS X, new tinting brushes and the first in a series of 12 water color tutorials.
Contour ShuttlePRO offers OS X support
Contour Design has announced OS X support for its ShuttlePRO, which can now be used with virtually any application supporting OS X. The system includes software drivers and control panel as well as application settings or pre-defined application support (including Final Cut Pro 3.0). The $100 device offers one-hand access to 13 fully programmable buttons and jog/shuttle knob: The inner ring or 'jog' rotates through 360 degrees and provides precision frame by frame control, while the 'shuttle' or outer black ring is rubberized and spring-loaded. (The OS X drivers are due to be posted later today to its Website)
Mac compatibility for Olympus voice recorders
Olympus America today announced Mac compatibility for most of its digital recorders, including the DS-2000, DS-3000, DS-320 and DS-150 recorders, which will use Olympus' new free software, DSS Players for the Mac. It manages digital dictation by automating manual functions, such as auto-detection and USB auto-download of dictation from the recorder as well as conversion of Olympus DSS (digital speech standard) files to AIFF files; ability to drag and drop DSS files as email attachments; and direct recording. [Classic, Carbon]
Mac Mall reseller Web page snafu
A MacNN reader writes: "In reseller news, Mac Mall was so anxious to debut the new iMacs on their site that they copied the pages and images from the Mac Zone web site. As it turns out, with a little clever editing, Mac Mall would prefer that you shop with Zones (www.zones.com) and they've even been so kind as to display the Mac Zone phone number." [Website has since been fixed.]
ATI posts driver update for Mac OS 9
Windows Media Player 7.13, Office v.X test
Microsoft today posted a downloadable version of Media Player 7.1.3 for both Mac OS 8/9 and OS X. The Windows Media client allows Mac users to play WM content, offers support for audio-only and Mac Classic skins, and support for DRM to play secure content. Microsoft also (quietly) posted a MS Office v. X Test drive, which allows users to test the popular productivity suite. The trial release does not support printing and has other limitations . CDs will be available for order beginnng January 14th. [WM7 Classic, WM7 Carbon]
FireStore supports QuickTime, OS X
FOCUS Enhancements is demonstrating FireStore, a DV direct-to-disk recorder that now offers QuickTime file format compatibility, supporting applications such as Final Cut Pro and Adobe Premiere. The FireStore disk format is also now compatible with OS X 10.1. FireStore converts any FireWire Hard Disk Drive (or drives) into a high-performance digital disk recorder/player and can create two identical copies of the footage. The Mac-enhanced version is due in Febraury for $1,000.
NCsoft to bring Lineage to Mac
NCsoft has announced Lineage for Mac, which will bring support for its popular subscription-based online game to OS X in February: "..players can choose from four different character archetypes-a heroic knight, clever wizard, nimble elf, or royal prince/princess...New players can immediately jump into the game and learn the ropes in a Lineage new player area where they may quickly level up and learn the basics in preparation for the adventures and perils that lie ahead." A 30-day trial is available for the $15/month service (discounts for multiple month purchases). It will be available in Febraury.
LaCie debuts high-capacity FireWire drives
LaCie's new external FireWire drives offer sustained transfer rates of nearly 35MB/s using 7200 rpm (120GB) and 5400 rpm (160GB) mechanisms. Both FireWire drives will be available in February for $400 and $450, respectively. The FireWire hard drives include the LaCie 1394 cable, an internal international power supply, and LaCie's Silverlining Pro drive utility software.
Media 100 i Version 8 supports OS X
Media 100 today announced Media 100 i Version 8, an OS X-native version of its content design system for professional content creators, broadcast designers and digital media artists.
Proxim intros wireless networking products
Proxim has introduced the first 802.11b USB and 10 Mb HomeRF wireless networking solutions and is demonstrating its new 802.11a 100 Mbps wireless networking, which will offer Mac compatibility this spring.
SmartDisk: USB 2.0 FireFly, DVDMotion
SmartDisk today announced a USB 2.0 version of the "the world's smallest" portable 5 GB drive, a new line of FireLite Portable FireWire Hard Drives, and new DVMotion authoring software.
New Java development tools for OS X
VMGEAR has released its Optimizeit Suite for OS X, a powerful toolkit that "allows development teams to improve the performance and reliability of any Java program." The includes 3 tools: a Profiler to track alogorithms and CPU utilization; a thread debugger, and code coverage to track code execution.
ScanSoft ships OmniPage Pro X OCR
ScanSoft today began shipping OmniPage Pro X for, a new version of the "world's most popular" optical character recognition (OCR) software. The $150 application includes native OS X operation, the ability to convert static PDF documents that contain text, tables and graphics into fully editable online documents; nearly 50 percent increase in OCR accuracy over competing products,; the ability to create PDF files; spreadsheet/table recognition' Web page creation; Office integration, and voice playback of documents.
Brother: new laser printers, color fax inkjet
Brother also introduced new network-ready color laser printers and a new color inkjet fax.
Brother intros 2 new USB label devices
Brother has introduced its PT-2300 Labeling System for creating high quality, adhesive-backed laminated labels. It prints in 8 type sizes, 8 type styles, and 4 fonts, up to 6 lines, with multiple text-block printing and also features a 10-character x 2 line LCD display. The USB-based device (pricing not available, no cable included) can be used as a stand-alone labeler and also as a PC/Mac compatible label system. Brother also introduced its low-priced PT-1500pc ($80), which includes editing software, USB printer cable, tape cassette and AC power adapter. OS X drivers are expected to be available in "early 2002."
CMS introduces automatic back-up drives
CMS Peripherals today announced a complete line of portable notebook and desktop Automatic Backup Systems (ABS) for the Mac. The devices provide "hands-free backup" and external storage with either USB or FireWire connectivity. The compact notebook ABS (FireWire or USB 2.0), starting at $280,is now shipping with a three-year warranty in capacities of 10GB, 20GB, 30GB, and 40GB with 60GB model available the end of February 2002. The Desktop ABS is available now in capacities of 20GB ($350), 40GB 60GB 80GB and 100GB ($650) capacities.
ATTO ExpressStripe gets Classic support
ATTO recently began shipping ExpressStripe, an OS X disk storage application that can create, delete, and manage RAID 0 volumes on their attached SCSI, Fibre Channel, FireWire and ATA storage. ATTO has released a Mac OS 9 extension, allowing Classic applications under OS X to see and use volumes created with ExpressStripe volumes.
Keystrokes 2.2 supports Classic
KeyStrokes Lite is described as "the first" on-screen keyboard to work natively on OS X, allowing users to type with a mouse, trackball, head pointer or other cursor input device anywhere a user desires. It is expected to be releasd "in the near future." KeyStrokes 2.2, for Mac OS 9, was released today, offering enhanced international support through improved handling of dead-keys and non-US keyboard layouts. It also now works in the Classic layer of OS X. A 15-day demo of the $45 application is available online.
Reader: BBC QT stream still available
Kurt Weinschenker writes about news he received from BBC: "the BBC World QT stream is still available . They apparently blame Apple for pulling it from QT TV. [They] also advises there 'has never been a QuickTime stream of BBC News 24' which is aimed at the british domestic market."
MathMagic 2.5: equation editor updated
InfoLogic's MathMagic 2.5 Personal Edition brings improved keyboard shortcuts and more symbols support to the company's mathematical equation editor that supports WYSIWYG editing. It is available as a Quark XTension, standalone app for Mac OS 9, a Java application, and a free, limited demo. An OS X version is due soon.
wData Builder 2.0 helps build CDML pages
AppMac has released wData Builder 2.0, a $100 HTML editor for CDML/LDML developers (for users of FileMaker and Lasso products). Version 2.0 includes a new assistant for making CDML/LDML links, an enhanced HTML editor, better code management, the ability to convert CDML and LDML documents, and optimizations for OS X 10.1.
OS X: Retrospect 5.0p, cleaner 5.1, Maya PE
osx.macnn.com has news of Retrospect 5.0 preview for OS X, Discreet's cleaner 5.1, Alias|WaveFront's free version of Maya, Unibrain's FireNet networking, Toast Titanium 5.1, CopyPaste X 1.02, and other OS X-related news from the show. Other updates include Media 100i Version 8, new Java development tools, OmniPage Pro X OCR software, and Lineage gaming for OS X[updated 12:10 pm]
VDMX 2 QuickTime Mixer is software-based
VIDVOX today launched VDMX 2 QuickTime Mixer described as a "robust software-based video mixer optimized for real-time control and mixing of any audio visual material. It includes functions such as cut, crossfade; keying of two sources; realtime effects; temporal playback and mixing effects, tactile physical control over scrubbing; playback speed and mixing; RAM- and disk-based recording; and support for up to 2 live video inputs. It also has special wide-screen support for Titanium PowerBook owners. A demo of the $500 application is available online.
Dantz releases Retrospect 5.0 Preview for OSX
Dantz has released Retrospect Backup 5.0 preview for OS X, a much anticipated version of its backup software. The preview release, which is available in limited quantities on CD for Expo attendees, is available online, requires OS X 10.1.2 (which, however does not have the necessary support for SCSI CD-R/RW drives). The preview includes client licenses for backing up 100 networked computers. Dantz says it will ship the final release of Retrospect 5.0 at the end of the first quarter. The final release will also run on Mac OS 9 and be available in French, German, and Japanese language versions. Version 5.0 also includes support for backing up files larger than 2GB. (Users must register to receive the required activation code.)
Discreet cleaner 5.1 coming to OS X
Autodesk's Discreet has announced cleaner 5.1, which will include OS X support, support for Sorenson Video 3 Professional, and "full access to QuickTime's complete multimedia architecture, including RTP/RTSP video streaming." The $600 application is expected to ship in early 2002.
ATTO announces Fibre Channel driver
ATTO announced its ExpressPCI Fibre Channel host adapter driver v1.0 for OS X. Fibre Channel features transfers of up to 200 MB/sec and includes ATTO's Advanced Data Streaming Technology to provides "controlled acceleration of data transfers moving large amounts of data faster and more efficiently." (Late last year, ATTO announced that Apple has included a OS X SCSI driver, which is compatible with its complete line of currently shipping SCSI HBAs (host bus adapters).
DeBabelizer Pro 5 adds batch processing, OS X
Equilibrium's DeBabelizer Pro 5 is a new version of its $470 professional software for automatically preparing images, animations, and digital video for Web and print. Version 5 includes powerful batch processing capabilities such as automated Web catalog publishing as well as native OS X compatibility. the $380 application also offer color compression/optimization, AppleScript options, and other enhancements.
Aspyr\'s SIMS Hot Date,Galactic Battleground
Aspyr Media made a number of announcements at the Expo (as well as a few other recent announcements):
- Sims Hot Date Expansion Pack (developed by Maxis and licensed from Electronic Arts) is currently in conversion by Westlake Interactive and will be released for OS X later this year.
- Aspyr also announced at the keynote that it will bring Lucas Arts' Star Wars: Galactic Battlegrounds to Mac OS 9 and OS X in the first part of this year.
- Aspyr also recently released Star Trek: Voyager-Elite Force 1.2, an updated version of its first-person shooter that adds the Jeri Ryan voice pack and updates the Holomatch engine as well as includes a number of multiplayer skins. [1.2MB]
- 4x4 Evo 2, the sequel to Terminal Reality's off-road-racing game is due next month for $40 on both Mac OS 9 and OS X platforms. It is accepting pre-orders now.
iPod education pricing reduced by $20
Jared Morse notes that Apple's educational pricing for the iPod has been lowered by $20 to $350. Glenn Parker followed-up on the note:
"Unfortunately it is still $369. For a while the banner ad at the top of the education pricing said $349, but if you clicked on that banner, or put the iPod in your shopping cart you were still going to be charged the original price. Apple realized the error and has changed the banner by totally removing the price from it. It would appear that at one time they were going to lower the price for students/teachers, but changed their minds and forgot to change the ad back." [updated]
MYOB demos eBusiness Services for AccountEdge
MYOB is demonstrating its recently introduced eBusiness Gateway services for MYOB Account Edge. Automatic Billing, the first of the new services, enables businesses to schedule payments from their customers on a recurring basis and automatically imports the information (taken from an email rceipt) in MYOB's business software. The second and third stages of MYOB's eBusiness Gateway services are scheduled for first quarter 2002 and will include credit card processing, vendor payments and direct deposit.
Archive Toolbox 1.0: archives in FM Pro
Sitecraft's Archive Toolbox 1.0 is a $20 plug-in that enables programmers to create and expand archives with FileMaker Pro. It supports the creation and expansion of four popular archive file formats: StuffIt (.sit), Zip (.zip), Tar (.tar) and GZip (.gz).
Unibrain intros Fire-I digital camera
Unibrain is demonstrating FireNAS, "the first" Network Attached Storage appliance with FireWire and Gigabit Ethernet. The 400Mb storage device includes two FireWire ports, Gigabit Ethernet and 100 BaseT Ethernet ports, RAID support (Levels 0, 1, and 5), Web-baed management, support for Mac file sharing, and two USB ports for external peripherals. It also debuted its new Fire-i Digital Camera that delivers 640x480 resolution, two FireWire ports, and bundled software (free evaluation version available), which allows the user to monitor one or all cameras at the touch of a single button, change and adjust camera setting individually or globally, and capture still images while monitoring. (Only works with OS X.)
ConverterTable 1.9: shareware conversion tool
ConverTable Units 1.9, which has the unique ability to "show the math" for calculations, is an update to the $15 shareware that brings additional unit (for conversion), adds support for fractions, and new plugins for registered users. [Classic, Carbon]
Unibrain demo FireNet, FireWire-based network
Unibrain is demonstrating its FireWire networking solution for OS X, FireNet, which began shipping in December. The software boasts transfer speeds comparable to Gigabit Ethernet with read and write speeds of 24Mb/sec and 20Mb/sec, respectively. An evalution of the pre-release for OS X software is available online.
Wacom Intuos2 Designer Pen now available
Wacom's Intuos2 Designer Pen, now available, is engineered with a brushed aluminum back and a thick rubber grip area for extraordinary heft and feel. The $10 Designer Pen works with all Wacom Intuos2 graphics tablets, offers 1,024 levels of pressure-sensitivity, and ships with two rubber grips as well as includes stand-alone Wacom pen stand and 5 replacement nibs.
Sonnet debuts ATA/133 PCI card, new rebate
Sonnet has announced its Tempo RAID133 PCI controller for G3 and G4 Macs, which offers the option of RAID striping (Level 0) with startup support and data transfer rates of up to 133 MB/s.
ATTO announces Ultra320 host adapters
ATTO today launched new single- and dual-channel host adapters utilizing the latest Ultra320 SCSI technology. Offering increased speeds of up to 320 MB/sec. per channel, the ATTO ExpressPCI UL4S and UL4D SCSI host bus adapters offer packetized SCSI, Quick Arbitration Select (QAS), Pre-compensation techniques and Flow Control for better data transfers. The UL4S/UL4D PCI cards will incorporate 64-bit/133 MHz PCI-X functionality, which doubles the I/O capacity compared to older cards. [pricing, ship date not available]
Toast Titanium 5.1 delivers full OS X support
Roxio today released a final version of Toast Titanium 5.1, an update to its popular DVD/CD authoring software. The update provides full OS X support, including suppor for data, audio, photo, video and advanced format burning, including DVD.
Gefen introduces new VGA-to-ADC solution
Gefen has announced its $400 ex-tend-it VGA-to-ADC Conversion Box, a solution for computer users who want to connect an Apple flat panel digital display to a Titanium PowerBook or any legacy computer with analog (VGA) graphics ports.(It also offers a $200 DVI-to-ADC Conversion Box for connecting older computers with a DVI graphics port to Apple's flat panel digital displays at distances up to 35-feet. The company expects also to introduce a "less expensive" VGA-to-DVI Conversion Box later this year.
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