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Griffin Technology has released version 1.1 of the iMate driver for OS X today for its popular iMate USB to ADB adapter. Compatible with OS X v10.1 and higher, the new driver supports all currently available ADB devices that offer Mac OS X compatibility. \"Our customers desperately want to use their favorite ADB trackballs and their original Apple Extended ADB keyboards with their new Mac and OS X.\"
Chinese Rewriter X is a freeware Chinese text converter for OS X. It converts texts between Traditional Chinese and Simplified Chinese and \"deals with encoding methods (big5 and GB), lexical differences between Mainland China and Taiwaese Language, and 1 to many character correspondence when converting texts from Simplified Chinese to Traditional Chinese.\"
A MacNN Reader notes that users can press the key combination \'Command + T\' in TextEdit.app while in the \'extra\' drop-down menu and select \'Import fonts.\' A notice then reads \"Someday soon, you\'ll be able to expand your repertoire by purchasing additional fonts from the Apple Store.\"
MacNN reader Brendan Bolles has released a set of free Photoshop 6 and After Effects 5 plug-ins called SuperPNG. The plug-ins allow Photoshop and After Effects to write 16-bit PNG files, improving on the 8-bit PNG files previously allowed from the two applications.
Liner v1, a Mac OS X organizational tool, has been released from iMedia Software. The free application provides alarms for user-set reminders that range from playing a sound file to executing a UNIX command.
Essence Software has released SuperSocket v2.1, a toolkit for REALbaisc that provides support for TCP, UDP, ICMP, AppleTalk, and DNS. The updated toolkit now allows Windows support, new interface and SuperStream classes, and numerous bug fixes. The update is free for all registered users of version 2.0; an evaluation download is available.
Today, Apple announced that its QuickTime Player software has added 80 million new users, surpassing RealNetworks\' addition of 75 million RealOne and RealPlayer users combined. The growth is said to be driven by \"QuickTime\'s high-quality user experience, and the broad base of QuickTime-based authoring tools that enable the creation of news, entertainment and virtual reality (VR) content.\"
ZDNet writer David Coursey has posted an interview entitled The un-vision: What Steve Jobs WON\'T do at Apple, which talks about Apple CEO Steve Jobs and his vision for Apple\'s future. \"Steve says Apple will not get into the home entertainment business--not during the next 24 months, anyway.\" Also discussed is the impact of Mac OS X on the Unix and education markets: \"If Apple can succeed as a Unix company, even in a modest way, the company has the opportunity for significant growth.\"
Email Magician 1.3 adds a Spammer Address Collection option and four new types of spam filters, which include powerful filters for known spammers, spam domains, and characteristic forms of spammer addresses to the $35 utility for Eudora users.
Fuji this week introduced the FinePix 30i digital camera for the US market. The wallet-size camera, already available in Asia and Europe, offers 2.1 megapixel resolution, digital voice annotation, a built-in MP3 player, AVI video support with sound, videoconferencing mode, and other features. The compact 5.6 ounce camera is bundled with two, high-powered, rechargeable nickel-metal hydride (NiMH) batteries, charger, 16MB SmartMedia card, shoulder strap, USB cable, headphones with remote control, and MacMP3 software. It will be available in April 2002 for $400.
Medea Corp has announced that its VideoRaid RTR disk arrays have been qualified by Digital Voodoo for use with the company\'s D1 Desktop 64 AV, its a real-time, 10-bit SD capture and playback card for the Macintosh. The VideoRaid RTRX, a 10-drive rack mountable version of the VideoRaid RTR, has also been approved for use with Digital Voodoo\'s 10-bit high definition card, Iridium HD. Both VideoRaid RTR and VideoRaid RTRX are designed for DCC applications such as 2D/3D animation, compositing, special effects, game development and non-linear video editing (NLE) using an Ultra160 SCSI interface that provides data transfer rates as fast as 130 MB/second.
James Thompson\'s popular desktop launcher, DragThing 4.2.1, works around a problem in CarbonLib 1.5 that \"was causing long pauses when switching between applications.\"
OCW has introduced the OWC Mercury On-The-Go 60GB, a 2.5-inch portable FireWire drive that uses the Oxford 911 chipset for high-performance along with a 5,400 rpm IBM Travelstar drive. The drive is $640. An internal version of the 60GB is available for $530.
Although Aspyr has not provided details (or a formal release), MacNN reader Tom Wilkson notes that Harry Potter is listed with 2-3 day availability from Amazon.com: \"I noticed it was listed on Amazon.com with a 2-3 day shipping date. I ordered it and got a confirmation that it would ship in 2-3 days. Aspyr\'s site still says it is in Final Candidate.\" The Website lists January 2002 as the expected ship date. Update: Amazon.com has now updated its Website, noting that the game will ship on February 13, 2002.
The new flat-panel iMac \"represents the kind of dramatic design breakthrough that only further solidifies Apple\'s reputation as a radically impressive innovator,\" according to The USA Today, which continues: \"Not that most consumers seem to notice or care — the company still holds a measly single-digit market share. Remember, many in the press went gaga over the PowerMac Cube delivered summer before last, but hardly anyone bought it.\"
Col Sebas has released a collection of After Effects plugins for AE 5, including Color analysis, which allows you to extract pixel information and high/low values of each channel; 3D Channel analysis, which allows you to extract metadata from 3D channels (Depth, Normals, Texture UV, Object ID); Vertex Analysis, which offers information on a selected mask\'s vertex; and Segment Analysis, which gives you information on a selected mask\'s segment.
Avid has announced Avid Xpress DV v3, a forthcoming update to its portable video editing solution that includes more than 100 customizable real-time effects and support for multiple simultaneous streams. Xpress DV v3 also offers a new user interface, a new keyframe model with bezier controls, a quality/performance toggle setting, a new Avid DV Code for improved image quality, and five times faster MPEG encoding. Upgrades are $200. The $1,700 DV editing package is expected to ship for Windows for first, followed by a Mac version in mid-2002. One reader notes that it will be an OS X-only product and not available for Mac OS 9. [updated]
Z-Write 1.3 is an update to the the organizational word processor for creative writers, bringing OS X support, fixing several known bugs, and adding new features, such as the ability to lookup word synonyms and definitions via the Internet. It is a free update to existing users; a 30-day trial is available online.
Microsoft has released a Network Security Update, which it says \" allows you to run Microsoft Office v. X files and any standalone programs of Office v. X for Mac more securely on a network.\" It requires that users install the previously released Entourage v. X - Hotmail Updater before applying the new patch. (We also previously noted a Microsoft network vulnerability caused by its anti-piracy routines.)
NCsoft is conducting a public beta test of the OS X version of Lineage: The Blood Pledge, its multiplayer online fantasy role-playing game. There is no charge during the beta period and player. Both online and CD versions of the 400MB client are available.
CNN has reposted PC World\'s glowing review of the iPod: \"Apple\'s sleek, white-and-silver iPod is not only the best-looking MP3 player we\'ve seen, it\'s also the easiest to use -- provided you own a Macintosh.\" (However, it notes the easily tarnished shiny metal surface--and lack of Windows software--as \"flaws\".)
MacNN Reader Ty Tyson notes a German game publisher Tradesoft has brought Wipeout racing game to the Mac. [site in German]
AppMac has released mSecure 1.0, a $30 security control panel that offers the ability to disable the Power key, Force-Quit, Application Switcher (command+tab), function keys, control key, and the Explorer contextual menu (for improved eKiosk functionality). It has also released ekiosk 2.2, an application to manage and secure Internet browsing in public places. [mS, eK]
The Embedded Microprocessor Benchmark Consortium, with the blessing of Motorola, has publish certified EEMBC benchmark scores for the MPC7455, \"the industry\'s first\" 1 GHz processor implementing the PowerPC instruction set architecture: \"Tested against 46 EEMBC benchmark \"kernels,\" each representing a different workload and stressing a different processor capability, the MPC7455 was tested and certified across all five application areas targeted by the EEMBC benchmarks: communications, automotive/industrial, networking, consumer, and office automation.\" The MPC7455 has a core voltage of 1.6 V and includes 256 KB of on-chip L2 cache.
OpenOSX has started shipping its $40 Grass 5.0 Pre 3 GIS CD, a complete geographical information system. It has also published the Grass 5.0 Pre 3 binaries for free download from Grass\'s home, Baylor university; however, download does not include all of the required software which is installed and properly configured by the OpenOSX CD.
Reviewboard Magazine has reposted a new (positive) review of the PowerBook G4--lauding Apple Support--after a factually incorrect version posted earlier generated much reader response and pressured the magazine to pull it.
AustinSoft has released DTerm 2.0, its interface for displaying diagnostic and debugging information in real-time for applications. The $65 developer application is now distributed as a single Carbon application, offers a new monitoring utility, and other enhancements.
Adium 1.5b6, an update to the popular AIM client clone for OS X (offering more options for managing chat windows), is now available. It adds a new default AIM server as well as other bug fixes.
osx.macnn.com has notes about a Microsoft\'s Office v.X security bulletin and new Network Security Updater, a new version of Adium 1.5b6 (AIM client), a utility for managing the OS X swap partition, the open-source Charla 1.5, and a reposted Mozilla 0.98 for OS X. [updated 8 am ET]
Willow Design has added three new cases for the 14-inch iBook to its line of Mac-specific carrying cases: the $52 iBook 14 Sylph provides \"reasonable protection for the iBook in the smallest possible package\" with quarter-inch foam reinforced by wafer-thin polystyrene reinforcement panels as well as an extra foam layer sandwiched around the outer perimeter of the slipcase. It has a padded handle, a padded shoulder carry strap and two zippered outer pockets. the $63 iBook Ice 14 Slipcase features half-inch foam padding, stiffening plastic panels to protect the notebook with extra-high density polyethylene. It has a zippered, front organizer and flat rear magazine pocket, a large zippered mesh accessory pocket built into the protective front flap cover, a padded wrap handle, and a padded shoulder carry strap. The $75 Willow iBook 14 Ice carry case is a more traditional, lightweight carrying case.
Swap Cop 1.0 is a program for for choosing the partition that allows users to specify the volume location of the OS X swap file, which is useful \"if you have multiple hard drives for a (small) performance gain, or if you are low on space on your main OS X volume.\"
InterMapper Remote 1.0b4 adds a small number of features and fixes many bugs in Dartware\'s remote viewer that works with InterMapper to allow users to view a real-time, animated view of InterMapper maps.
Roxio\'s Toast Titanium 5.1.2 updater includes (1) a new version of the Toast Video CD Support QuickTime codec, which encodes digital video into MPEG-1 format, (2) includes a new version of the Toast Video CD Export iMovie plugin, which enables direct exporting of your iMovies to Video CD, and (3) includes Toast Video CD Support 1.4, which corrects an issue with the previous version, which inadvertently expired on January 31st 2002.
Andy Pritchard\'s Etchelon Tracer 4.1 is a development environemt for animated QuickTime movies that uses Vector graphic and Bitmap graphic morphing. Version 4.1 of the $27 shareware adds a new Grid Shape to improve bitmap morphing, new demos and example movies, and fixes all known bugs.
Pinnacle earlier this week announced the immediate availability of CineWave 2.1, an update to its editing and compositing solution that adds uncompressed real-time power to Final Cut Pro\'s Three-Way Color Correction functions. It also also introduces a new CineWave Chroma Keyer with realt-time spill suppression and support for its new Pinnacle Pro Digital & Analog Breakout Box.
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Sonos now works with Apple Music
Wireless music system manufacturer Sonos has announced that its systems worldwide will gain compatibility for streaming the paid Apple Music subscription service starting today, February 10. "Music fans worldwide will have access to Apple Music features like For You, New, Radio, and My Music, and will also be able to stream the entire Apple Music catalog through Sonos smart speakers tuned for great sound in every room of their homes," the company said in an email to journalists. Apple Music's streaming service costs $10 per month, with a free three-month trial. http://bit.ly/1Wdi2Ko
Apple want ads hint at future Watch faces
An Apple job listing for a dedicated clock face team may suggest future fashion-brand partnerships, possibly in time for the updated watchOS updates that are likely to be revealed at this spring's Worldwide Developer Conference. Since the introduction of watchOS 2, there has only been four new watch faces, but three of them were left over from the first release, with only one truly new one -- the co-branded HermÃ©s face exclusive to that edition. There is a rumored March 15 event, but if that takes place it will likely focus on new band options as regards the Apple Watch. http://apple.co/1O1TbTI
Microsoft may end Office Support Professional prog
Microsoft appears to be either ending or seriously revamping its "Accredited Support Professional Program" for training on Microsoft Office for Mac and iOS it has offered at MacTech conferences since 2013. The program is not on offer at the upcoming MacTech tour, which begins on March 16 in San Francisco and includes a number of other cities. Microsoft has released a statement that it is "evaluating options for 2016, but don't have anything to share at this time." http://bit.ly/1KDz3MQ
Office for Mac v15.18 released
Microsoft has issued an update for the Mac version of its productivity suite, Office 2016. The v15.18 update offers improvements for all of the included apps, such as bringing full screen support to Outlook and allowing Word to save PDF files to flash drives. In addition, a new selection pane has been added to PowerPoint and Excel for keeping track of objects, and shapes can now be added to OneNote notebook pages. The update is free for all users, but requires a Mac running OS X 10.10 or later and a valid Microsoft Office 365 subscription. http://bit.ly/1Q7pAzW
Apple to open new south Florida mall store
According to real estate trade papers in south Florida, Apple has signed a lease for a new retail space in Miami, at the forthcoming Brickell City Centre (yes, the UK spelling is used) open-air mall, which is set to open later this year. The center will feature a five-story shopping area, condominiums, a hotel and office buildings, along with a "climate ribbon" in the shopping area to keep visitors cool, eschewing traditional air conditioning. The exact location of the Apple Store within the plan is not yet clear, but the destination already boasts 75 confirmed stores. http://bit.ly/1Q7n7Wd
Filemaker provides free custom app guide
FileMaker announced today the release of the first in a three-part series of free how-to guides that will lead teams through the process of building a custom app using the FileMaker Platform. FileMaker's new how-to guides provide a step-by-step process that starts with a planning cycle covering goals, requirements, functionality and usability, and run all the way through identifying user scenarios, defining requirements, addressing integration, providing security, and deployment of the final product. http://bit.ly/1o08wQh
OCZ Trion 150 SSD shifts to 15nm TLC NAND
SSD manufacturer OCZ has updated its entry-level 2.5-inch Trion 100 SSD. The new Trion 150 has similar performance to the now replaced model, and now utilizes 15nm TLC NAND. Sequential read speeds top out at 550MB/S, with 4KB random write speeds running from 25K IOPS in the 120GB model, to 64K IOPS in the 960GB version of the drive. Endurance is limited to 30TB in the 120GB, and peaks at 240TB in the 960GB version. Retail prices vary between $46 for 120GB, to $270 for the 960GB version. http://bit.ly/1nVmlyL