osOpinion has posted an editorial by Kelly McNeill on an alternate path the much-awaited G5 processor could take. \"What I find curious is the fact that few have considered the notion that Apple might not turn to Motorola for its next-generation G5 processor. While there is a slight difference in features when comparing the Motorola PPC road map to IBM\'s own road map, the two are still surprisingly similar.\"
Charismac Engineering begun to ship version 5.0 of their popular CD/DVD mastering software Discribe. Discribe v5.0 includes several new features including DVD mastering support as well as full native Mac OS X support. Charismac has lowered the suggested retail price (SRP) of the new version from $100 to $70.
Evening tech news: c|net is reporting that AOL Time Warner will not bid for Linux manufacturer Red Hat; Toshiba is due to ship a new ultra-thin laptop in early February called the Portégé-- the $2200 portable PC is just over .7 inches at its thickest point.
Oofile v1.4 is now available for download. This release represents \"a huge step\" in features and debugging. Version 1.4 and is compatible with CodeWarrior Pro7.1 and Visual C++ v6.0. This is the first fully Carbonized release that will run natively on Mac OS 9 and Mac OS X. Customers since the beginning of January 2000 can upgrade for $10, all older version upgrades are $20.
Groundlevel Software has released Drumbeat v1.0.5, which was demonstrated earlier this month at the Mac World Expo in San Francisco. The $30 peer-to-peer file sharing software allows connectivity to numerous servers (100+) and the sharing of music, video, text files. Updated in the new version are working adult content filters, numerous bug fixes, and an improved interface.
MCE has announced a new Battery Charger for Apple\'s Dual USB iBook. The dual-bay battery charger can charge two Lithium-Ion batteries simultaneously. The $150 peripheral will begin shipping February 20, 2002.
Tomasz Kukielka has released Contextual Menu Workshop, a free framework that includes tools for creating Contextual Menu plug-ins for Mac OS X as well as 3 \"pre-built\" plug-ins ready for users.
Fifth Wave today announced the availability of the latest version of Convert, v2.0b4, for Mac OS 9 and X. The $15 conversion and calculating tool converts categories such as temperature, velocity, time, mass, and currency; improvements include new conversion categories, interface enhancements, and Euro currency support.
Troi Automatisering has released Troi Dialog Plug-in 3.0.2, a bug fix release for its $40 FileMaker Pro plugin that allows develoopers create and implement a variety of dialog boxes in FileMaker solutions.
Digidesign\'s new Mbox is a 2-channel USB audio peripheral. It ships with Pro Tools 5.2 LE software to \"provide you with a high-quality, self-contained project studio. Features include: two analog inputs and outputs, featuring Focusrite mic pre amps; 24-bit stereo S/PDIF digital I/O; a pristine 24-bit signal path from input to output; two analog TRS inserts; a headphone amp and output with dedicated volume control; zero latency monitoring; 100% USB-powered operation; and remote collaboration capability through DigiStudio.\" it is expected to ship later this quarter.
Netlock Technologies announced today the availability of a new Mac VPN client to work with the Cisco VPN 3000 Series Concentrator, offering users the ability to secure communication between enterprises and branch offices, business partners, mobile users and home offices.
The Fontz 3.3 is an upate to the shareware font utility that \"allows you to browse your existing fonts, see what they look like at different type sizes, styles and colors, and even group them in like categories using a \'wysiwyg\' group maker.\"
Sapphire Innovations\' new $21 collection, Saphire Brushes Vol 11 \'Randomised brushes\' contains 450 new random grainy smeared brushes for Photoshop 6 and elements, including a wide range of different brush types great for art history, dodge, burn, paint, spray and others.
Apple\'s tight-lipped culture has both operational and marketing benefits, according to an article in the San Jose Mercury News.
JavaWorld talks about the state of Java on the Mac and points to some key software featured a JavaWorld\'s MacWorld conference session, including eVision Visual Search, Borland\'s JBuilder 6, QuickTime for Java, and Thinkfree Office as well as the forthcoming release of Java 1.4 (by WWDC in May).
Bob Lussier notes that Adobe has recently posted a 30-day tryout of Adobe Illustrator 10 (requires registration).
Extension Overload v5.9.5 adds Mac OS 9.2.2 compatibility to the extensions, control panels, control strip modules and contextual menus management application that includes detail information of 5583 extensions and control panels, control strip modules and contextual menu items.
Iomega is now shipping the USB 2.0 version of its Predator 24x10x40 CD-RW drive. The $230 device, compatible with USB 1.1 machines, will be available from Iomega\'s Website later this month.
Adobe today announced the immediate availability of InDesign 2.0 software, an OS X-compatible version of its professional layout and design program. Version 2.0 also introduces editable transparency effects such as drop shadows, table creation, long document support, extensible markup language (XML) import/export support and a greatly enhanced printing interface. Upgrades to the $700 application are $100 for the next 90 days and $150 thereafter.
OpenOSX.com today published a package that installs Apache 1.3.22 and PHP 4.1.1. designed for patrons of the OpenOSX OpenWeb and OpenDB CDs versions 1.x through 2.0. The downloadable package restores and adds new functionally to OpenWeb and OpenDB installations, but does not install all of the other software the $60 OpenWeb CD or the $30 OpenDB CD.
Local Web Synch 2 is a $30 utility from Rijdat Software that helps keep your local web folders up to date and synchronised. [Classic, Carbon]
Denis Hill writes about a tip regarding unsupported Epson printers in OS: \"...Someone mentioned using the Linux drivers at http://www.linuxprinting.org. Mentioned there was a link for Unix print drivers. The drivers and there are many, are supported in FreeBSD which should work with Mac OS X. \"
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Jasmine 1.2.5, an update to the audio multitrack editor/mixer, now sports Normalize and Auto Level functions for pre-adjusting levelsfor maximizing loudness in sixteen bit formats (like Audio CD) and mixing such as in the Jasmine multitrack mode.
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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