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Quark gives beta testers a discount
Quark will be offering a $100 discount on QuarkXpress v5.0 for users who tested it during the beta development stage. This means testers can upgrade from version 4.1 to 5.0 for $200. Quark says in a recent email to its customers that this is their way of saying 'thanks', for time spent beta-testing. The offer expires on February 28, 2002.
BugPlay looking for project help
BugPlay has issued an appeal to developers interested in in writing Mac OS X drivers for the 'orphaned' ixTV TV Tuner/Video input PCI card. [See site for info]
Reader: iMovie mentioned on Rosie O\'Donnell
According to Chad Brantly, Macs and iMovie were discussed on the Rosie O'Donnell Show with much praise. "Her guest mentioned using it to make home movies and Rosie just got all excited and talked about how great it is. Her guest said that the hard part is keeping all of your tapes organized and labeled and Rosie told her that it is no problem for her-- she just burns them onto a DVD and lables the DVD. She said that she uses it all of the time to make videos of her kids."
Analyst: Apple still top innovator
Mattison & Co. research analyst David Bailey said in a recent interview with The Wall Street Transcript that Apple "continues to lead the PC industry in innovation" while their 'WinTel' competitors have "almost ground to a halt" with the release of innovative products.
AOL\'s Schuler uses 3 Macs, 1 PC
A MacNN Reader notes that AOL CEO Barry Schuler owns three Apple PowerMac G4s and a Gateway for home use, according to a c|net CEO profile. The article is part of c|net's 11-part "Vision Series."
Symantec releases public beta of NUM 7.0b
Symantec has released a public beta of Norton Utilities 7.0b, which includes an OS X native version of Norton Disk Doctor to find and repair hard disk problems; FileSaver to track critical hard disk information; UnErase for recovering deleted files; and Scheduler to schedule FileSaver activity. Symantec is offering 25 free copies to users who submit undocumented bugs and 25 more to others who participate in the beta test.
Mouseki: onscreen keyboard program released
Mouseki 2.0, the first onscreen keyboard for Mac OS 9 & X, has been released. Mouseki allows text input in situations where it isn't possible to use a keyboard - be them kiosks or physical impairments such as RSI or disabilities. A demo version is available; the full version costs $15. [Classic, Carbon]
Architosh on SketchUp, X-Rip OSX software
Architosh has posted an update on SketchUp, an application coming to Mac OS X that "promises to be a successful 3D tool for the architecture." Architosh is also reporting that Microspot has released X-RIP Preview v2.0 drivers for large-format printing under Mac OS X.
Macromedia posts OS X native Shockwave Player
Macromedia recently posted an OS X version of its Shockwave Player, as noted by several users. It officially support Explorer, although one reader says its also works with Netscape 6.
Speed Download 1.8fc1 improves download util
Speed Download 1.8fc1 adds better OS X support, more contextual menu options, better integration with browsers, and other improvements to the download utility that uses up to 32 simultaneous connections to improve download performance. The $20 utility supports download queues and scripting.
Columnist writes rebuttal on future of Apple
Colin Sandy notes that Business 2.0 Columnist Eric Hellweg has written a follow-up article on Steve Jobs and the Future of Apple, as a rebuttal to the many responses from the Mac community.
ZephIR posts early OS X drivers
Peter Howson notes that ZephIR has posted "early" alpha OS X drivers for its USB- and ADB-based universal custom remote control.
ATTO releases AccelWare for Mac 3.2
ATTO has released an update to its SAN management software, AccelWare for Mac v3.2 and VMS 1.8, which allow you to share and create standard and RAID volumes in cross-platform environments. The updates add an option to disable messaging, a new 30-day evaluation mode, and other bug fixes.
Tech: 100 Best companies, Gateway layoffs
Morning tech news: Adobe was named one of the 100 Best Companies to Work for in America, ranking twenty-seventh; Gateway is expected to announce more layoffs today and may it may close more stores as it struggles with reduced sales; and HP has patented a process it said will help it produce atom-sized computer chips.
Addonics intros \"pocket\" combo DVD/CD-RW
Addonics yesterday introduced a sleek new combination DVD/CDRW drive. The Addonics Pocket DVD/CDRW drive is available in FireWire ($430), CardBus ($415) and USB 2.0 ($400) interfaces. It features an 8x DVD player, 8x CDRW burner, and a 24x CD-ROM drive that weighs 14 ounces. (Software bundle is for Window-only.)
ChronoSync: synchronize, back-up files
Econ Technologies has introduced ChronoSync, its $20 back-up and synchronization utility for OS X. It offers multiple folder synchronization, automated schedules, transaction logs, one- or two-way synchronization, and rules for filtering files. It is expected to ship in early February.
TC|Works releases Spark FXMachine
TC|Works has launched Spark FXMachine, "the first" virtual multi-FX processor and Synth Generator Mac-based VST Systems. It comes complete with 21 TC-quality FX & Synthesis Plug-Ins and includes an environment to create unique new effects or modular synthesizers by "simply combining them freely in a matrix window." The $200 application is due to ship in February 2002.
Igor Engraver 1.6 adds NIFF file import
NoteHeads Musical Expert Systems today released an update to its $300 scorewriting software, Igor Engraver 1.6. It offers performance improvements, drawing layers, and the ability to read NIFF files, allowing users to import printed sheet music into Igor Engraver for playback, editing and printing, and also import NIFF files generated by other music notation software. It is a free upgrade for owners of v1.4 and v1.5.
Aspyr ships Spiderman game title
Aspyr is now shipping Spiderman, its third-person action/adventure, based on the Marvel comic series. The $40 title is compatible with both Mac OS 9 and OS X.
Griffin posts updated PowerMate 1.0b10 driver
Griffin Technology has posted an updated driver for the PowerMate USB programmable audio and media controller, PowerMate 1.0b10. The OS X version of the driver now includes AppleScript support as well as sample scripts for brightness control, pulsing, and pulse rate are included.It also includes a fix for a rare problem where the PowerMate Control would not show up in the System Preferences. [Classic, Carbon]
Dr. Bott shipping iPod Connection Kit II
Dr. Bott is now shipping its iPod Connection Kit II with Cassette Adapter, which provides 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, boom boxes, and tape players. The kit includes an Auto Charger, Cassette Adapter, various audio cables and a carry pouch (and replaceds the FM transmitter with a cassette tape adapter).
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