Graphic Converter 4.2.1, the image conversion and manipulation tool from Lemke Software, has been updated. The update includes numerous improvements to functionality, such as support for more file formats, direct FTP upload capabilites, and zooming up to 1000%, as well as bug fixes found in previous versions. [Classic,Carbon]
As noted by CNN/Money, online retailer and dot-com giant Amazon.com has posted its first-ever quarterly net profit, a penny a share on an operating income of 9 cents a share, today. Amazon beat Wall Street estimates by 2 cents per share for its quarterly net income. The announcement sharply contrasts a loss of $545 million a year ago.
AOL Time Warner sued Microsoft in federal court today seeking damages for harm done to AOL\'s Netscape browser software as a result of Microsoft\'s business practices. AOL\'s John Buckley said the action is \"an attempt to get justice.\"
beAccountable SE v2.1, creative services management software, is now available. The software helps graphic artists, marketing consultants, PR agencies and programmers keep track of their projects so they can \"be accountable\" for time and resources spent on projects. The $50 application is available online and supports both Mac and Windows platforms.
SearchWare\'s Finder window print utility for OS X, Print Window 1.5, adds a new hotkey to launch to Print Window from the Finder (command-P), the ability to limit heirarchical lists, and other improvements.
ELI, a single or multiuser package, is a \"log-in and tracking system that is usually located in the lobby or entrance to your facility. The receptionist or security personnel log in visitors and give them badges created by ELI. Visitors or packages can be tracked and reports generated.\" The package was designed and is used Apple. A single user license is $2000, while a multi-user license is $4000.
Advenio has released SQLGrinder 1.1, which brings syntax coloring of SQL code, an improved schema browser featuring table import/export, automatic loading of common JDBC drivers, an improved SQL statement library, and other bug fixes to the $50 SQL editor and developer tool.
The latest full release from the XFree86 Project, XFree86 4.2.0, is now available both online and in CD format. It adds a new rootless mode to the XDarwin X server, allowing X clients to display windows on the Aqua desktop as well as new support for Xinerama, multiple monitor resolution setting accessible via the GUI, GLX rendering, and improved keyboard mapping. The XDarwin user interface is also now localized in Dutch, French, German, Spanish, and Korean. An XDarwin installer is now available for OS X 10.1, while CDs, due at the end of the month, are $25.
MacsDesign Studio has released Web Help Desk 5.2, an update to its web application for technical support designed for education and small to medium sized business customers. It includes support for WebObjects 5.1, an enhanced user interface, improved asset management options, powerful new search settings, customizable asset and client fields and optional client self-registration.
Apple\'s iDVD authoring software has won a 2002 BETT Award, in the \'Software Tools - Secondary\' category, according to MacUser UK: \"The annual BETT awards, which accompany an exhibition of the same name, recognise \'excellence in information communications technology (ICT) for education.\" The article notes that the iBook mobile classroom was also nominated in two categories, but didn\'t win.
VVI today announced http://www.vvi.com/products/signalframework/index.html, an upgrade to its high-level API programming framework specialized to time signals that store data in a circular buffer and graphed in real-time. It also released Vving 1.1, a simple $50 front-line diagnostic tool to look at network performance. [STF, VV]
Plextor has released the PlexWriter 40x/12x/40x CD-RW drive. The $210 internal ATAPI drive is the first drive to offer 40x CD-recording and offers a black CD-holder tray for reduced C1 error rates, an improved power supply with decreased noise levels, and BURN-Proof technology utilizing a 4MB buffer.
Eric†Hellweg of Business 2.0 writes: \"Everyone loves the new iMac. But that\'s not enough to save Apple from niche-market irrelevance,\" saying that Apple needs to both improve networking compatibility with Wintel computers and move away from the PowerPC platform to gain marketshare.
Gefen is now shipping its ex-tend-it VGA-to-DVI Conversion Box, which works by converting the computer\'s analog output to a digital signal, as well as its ex-tend-it DVI-to-VGA Conversion Box for using an analog monitor with a DVI-equipped computer. Each unit is $400 and is available now.
PACE Anti-Piracy has released InterLok (Pro) 4.0, an extensive anti-piracy toolset for software copy protection on OS X. It adds increased security, branding customization options, a new demo user interface, additional authorization options via digitally signed XML-based license files, updated support for web authorization, and new iLok support for specifying license expiration periods and demo launch counts in PACE\'s iLok USB Smart Key.
Northern Softworks has released Renicer 1.0, a shareware ($7) GUI tool that automatically sets priority values for applications that \"automatically prioritizes whatever application is in front. Additionally, it ups the priority of the Finder, Dock, and Window Server. It also maintains a list of applications that are to be set to low priority.\"
Mark Miller writes: \"Check out the latest nightly Mozilla build. It is starting to include some real Aqua interface elements. These only show up in Classic theme view. Looks good so far and seems faster than Netscape 6. Between Mozilla, Omniweb and Netscape I think the Mac has some great browser choices now.\"
Script Timer 1.2 is an $10 \"trialware\" AppleScript scheduling application that lets you schedule the execution of AppleScript: \"It will run your scripts at any time on a daily, weekly, weekdays only, monthly, or one time basis as well as at regular intervals ranging from minutes to weeks.\" Version 1.2 offers the option for either synchronous and asynchronous operation, to save data in the log, launch applications, and other enhancements.
WEP Key Maker 1.1 is an update to the utility that generates a hexadecimal WEP key from a pass phrase for use with Airport cards and third-party IEEE 802.11b wireless access points and routers. Version 1.1 offers improved key quality and aqua appearance, and addresses other interface issues.
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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 ‚ā¨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]
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