Author and Macintosh professional John Holland has published a new PDF-based book entitled \"Mac OS X for Creative Professionals.\" This unique handbook is aimed at media professionals looking to transition to Mac OS X. Written for graphic designers, artists, producers and creative managers of print and digital media, the title is a \"comprehensive guide to the myriad of issues associated with the upgrade to Mac OS X.\" The book will be available online for $50 or $40 if pre-ordered.
Northern Softworks has announced the release of Trash X v1.2.2, its shareware Trashcan utility for Mac OS X. Trash X has the ability to instantly delete files and folders without sending them to the trash, securely \"shred\" files and folders so they are unreadable, and securely overwrite available free space on disks. Version 1.2.2 provides improved visual feedback of file shredding, reliability, and fixes minor bugs.
Team ASA has announced Mac OS X support for its Stallion GE-II Fiber Gigabit Ethernet Adapters. The drivers have been optimized to achieve files transfer rates in excess of 20 megabytes per second. All networks cards come with a universal installer. \"Our goal is to make the transition to Gigabit easy, and with our universal installer the user simply picks their operating system and adapter characteristics and they are off and running.\"
As reported late last month, Australian ISP Telstra did not support Mac OS Versions past 9.0.4. According to a ZDNet article this has changed -- Telstra\'s broadband network staff will support OS X for Apple users by April this year. \"According to Telstra, the first stage of “comprehensive testing” was carried out last year to ensure Apple’s next-generation operating system was compatible with the BigPond broadband network, and is soon to be followed by the training of support staff, which will be handled by Apple.\"
Apple has announced the availability of the NVIDIA GeForce4 Titanium graphics card as a build-to-order option on its Power Mac G4 line. BTO configurations with the chipset will ship next month. The AGP 4X card contains 128MB of double data rate (DDR) SDRAM and delivers \"87 million triangles per second and 4.9 billion textured pixels per second.\" The graphics card is a $250 option on the 933MHz and dual-1GHz Power Mac G4 towers, and a $350 option on the 800Mhz tower; also available is a $400 stand-alone kit for current Power Mac G4 owners.
MacTechnologies Consulting has announced MacTFTP Client v1.1, an update to the fully-featured TFTP client for the Macintosh. MacTFTP Client enables users to send and receive files and provides for multiple, simultaneous transfers. It also provides an optional password field required by some devices such as the Linksys and MacSense series of routers. The single-user price is $12; site licenses are also available. [Classic, Carbon]
Nikon has announced that it will release CoolScan device drivers for Mac OS X this spring: \"NikonScan 3 for Mac OS X will be available in April 2002. The NikonScan 3 application will be fully supported under Mac OS X at that time, however there will not be support for the NikonScan Photoshop \"plug-in.\" The availability date for the plug-in has not yet been fixed, but will be announced at a later date.\"
MacNN reader Austin Lingerfelt has recieved the following email from Adobe indicating a delay in the shipping of GoLive 6 and LiveMotion: \"Thank you for your recent order. Adobe GoLive 6.0 software and the Adobe GoLive/LiveMotion Packsoftware are currently on backorder and scheduled to ship at the end of February 2002. We apologize for the delay.\"
MacNN Reader Jonathan Lyons reports that the latest edition of Esquire looks at the \'Mac versus PC\' issue: \"I just received my new copy of Esquire. This month\'s \'What I\'ve Learned; column features an interview with Jim Willett, retired warden, in which he states \"Macs are better than PCs.\"
Several MacNN readers report that The Review Board has removed its highly-critical review of the Apple PowerBooks G4 in light of much reader feedback on misleading errors. The article, published last week, criticized the PowerBook for its \"Linux-based\" Mac OS X operating system.
The second public beta of the USB Overdrive mouse and joystick driver for Mac OS X is now available. This beta works with Mac OS X v10.1 and later and only supports mouse and trackball devices. The second beta adds separate speed and acceleration settings as well as support for up to 5-button mice. Developer Alessandro Montalcini indicates the final version of USB Overdrive for Mac OS X will be available as shareware \'soon\' through online service Kaig.
eMail Bounce Handler, a bounce email filtering and handling tool from Maxprog, has been announced. Bounce email -- often referred to as bounce mail -- is electronic mail that is returned to the sender because it cannot be delivered for a specified reason. eMail Bounce Handler recognizes bounce mail using a customizable set of rules and extracts the recipient\'s addresses prompting the user to remove the address from the list. [Classic, Carbon]
Mediafour has announced XPlay Preview 4, a Windows application that allows PC users to take advantage of the Apple iPod. Preview version 4 enables users to restore an iPod, delete songs and create, rename and delete playlists. The latest preview is intended as an \"illustration of the general structure and abilities of XPlay,\" but is not yet a complete solution for use of the iPod with Windows, according to the developer.
Rampell Software has announced the availability of AlwaysONline v2.5. Designed for AOL users, AlwaysONline prevents America Online from disconnecting subscribers due to inactivity by automatically dismissing AOL inactivity notices. Additionally, version 2.5 transmits \"harmless\" data to AOL\'s servers in order to keep the AOL connection active. AlwaysONline is available for $15 ($10 for registered users).
MacNN Reader Eric Smith reports that he received his Flat-panel iMac shipment from FedEx Saturday: \"Didn\'t expect it as last time I checked Fedex was reporting it was held up in Alaska. Anyway, all I have to say, is it is much cooler in person than it appeared at Macworld.\"
Palm OS, system software subsidiary of Palm Inc., has announced Palm OS v5.0. The new operating system for Palm-compatible handheld computers -- which will be available in the summer of 2002 -- features 128-bit system-wide encryption, support for high-density screens (up to 320 x 320 pixels), 802.11b wireless support and enhanced multimedia capabilities.
The Mac-Stacks Emporium enhances Patent Grabber, the application that makes it easy to download patents from free public archives automates the process of downloading patent documents from free public patent archives. The initial release of Patent Grabber only supported the downloading of issued U.S. patents. Version 2.0 adds the ability to download patent applications that are published by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) under the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT).
iPod Free File SynX v2.2 is now available for download. IPFFX is \"the only utility that allows synchronizing music from different iPods or any other source to your computer.\" The utility application identifies exactly which of the MP3/AIFF/WAV files listed are on the source device and not on the computer. The new version no longer requires the iPod helper application. Note: Classic version is 2.1. [Classic, Carbon]
Rampell Software has released TypeRecorder v1.5 -- an update to its popular TypeRecorder software for Macintosh. TypeRecorder automatically records and saves all keystrokes, effectively preventing data loss while also monitoring unauthorized activity. In the event of a power outage or a system crash, all lost work can be retrieved from TypeRecorder\'s records. Version 1.5 adds password protection and options for changing the default log viewer and default recording directory.
MacNN Reader Harry Zink describes an ongoing problem experienced by Mac OS X v10.1.2 users: \"Similar to the problems described by Frank Bry and his Titanium Powerbook, my system goes to sleep, and never wakes up - extremely regularly. This has been happening regularly since updating to 10.1.2. It can be initiated by either letting the PowerBook go to sleep, or setting it to sleep manually.\"
Power Email Extractor v1.3.3 is now available for download. This maintenance update introduces support for for multiple list windows and \'drag and drop\' functionality between lists. Power Email Extractor is a shareware application that automates the extraction of \"massive amounts of email addresses, from huge text files and directories.\"
ScienceMan! has posted an article that looks at apparently poor power button design of recent iMac units. The article notes that several educational institutions have \'stuck\' power buttons on iMac computers as a result. The author provides a detailed tutorial on how to repair the power button if the machine is no longer under warranty. \"To make a long story short, the button gets jammed in its socket. This may be due to several problems - an oversized button, a misaligned light inside the button, or a spring that is just too weak.\"
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First hardware RAID 10Gbps USB 3.1 controllers
Marvell today announced the Marvell 88RC13xx family of high-performance RAID storage controllers with a full set of features that include eight 6Gbps SATA ports, four lanes of PCI Express 3.0, and a 10Gbps USB 3.1 device port with Type-C connector support. The move paves the way for high-performance USB-C UASP hardware RAID multi-drive arrays, utilizing the full bandwidth of USB 3.1. http://bit.ly/1P0JBmb
Tama debuts adapters for Lightning-only iPhone
Predicting an iPhone without a standard 3.5mm headphone, a Chinese accessory maker has released three Lightning-to-headphone-adapters ready should Apple pull the trigger on what would be a controversial decision. The three adapters, picked up by Macotakara, includes two models that simultaneously support charging an iPhone over microUSB while the user also continues to listen to music. Rumors have suggested that Apple will eventually drop the 3.5mm jack on one of its next-generation iPhones, although it is not clear whether it will be in the 'iPhone 7,' due this year, or a future model. In the interim, the Tama Electric Lightning-to-headphone adapters offer little particular utility. http://bit.ly/1P0sYXM
French Google tax raid evaluation could take years
The data retrieved from the Paris raid on Google's headquarters by French police could take months or even years to analyze, according to a prosecutor assigned to the case. Authorities seized dozens of files and related data that recorded Google's financial transactions in the country with a view to lodging a claim for unpaid taxes by the Internet search giant. Although Google has denied any wrongdoing, it must complete all of its sales contracts in Ireland, where it is incorporated. If French authorities sifting through the documents seized in the raids discover that any of its French sales transactions were completed locally, it could be subject to further action, including fines. http://reut.rs/1P0n8G2
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