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iMate OS X driver v1.1
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: freeware text converter
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."
Key combo reveals future option to buy fonts
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."
SuperPNG plug-ins provide 16-bit PNG files
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 1: organization tool for Mac OS X
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.
SuperSocket 2.1 adds support for Windows
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.
Apple announces 80 million new QT users
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: Jobs vision for Apple's future
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 spamming filters
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 intros wallet-size FinePix 30i camera
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.
Media storage arrays work with Digital Voodoo
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.
DragThing 4.2.1 fixes problems with CarbonLib
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."
OWC ships int., ext. 60GB notebook drive
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.
Aspyr to begin shipping Harry Potter?
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.
Apple: design innovator, does it matter?
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."
Expression Effects for After Affects 5.0
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 Xpress DV v3 offers real-time effects
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]
Microsoft Office v.X network Security Update
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.)
Z-Write 1.3 adds OS X support
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.
NCsoft has public beta of Lineage online game
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.
Tradesoft brings Wipeout racing game to Mac
MacNN Reader Ty Tyson notes a German game publisher Tradesoft has brought Wipeout racing game to the Mac. [site in German]
PC World: Glowing review of the iPod
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".)
AppMac releases mSecure 1.0, eKiosk 2.2
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]
EMBC published MPC7455 PowerPC Benchmarks
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 ships Grass 5.0 Pre 3 GIS CD
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.
DTerm 2.0 developer util includes monitoring
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.
Reviewboard: new PowerBook G4 lauds machine
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.
OS X: MS Office v.X security, Adium 1.5b6
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]
Adium 1.5b6: AOL client clone fixes bugs
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.
Willow Design intros new 14-inch iBook cases
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 offers swap file management
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."
Remote viewing for InterMapper in beta
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.
Toast Titanium 5.1.2 adds new QT codec
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.
Etchelon Tracer 4.1 improves bitmap morphing
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.
CineWave 2.1 adds RT color correction
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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