eWeek writer Matthew Rothenberg reports on Apple\'s desktop publishing scene, the absence from Seybold in New York (historically, Apple is involved), and new Mac OS X software from companies such as Adobe and Quark.
Spiderweb Software has released Geneforge v1.0.2, a maintenance update to its fantasy role-playing game. Also announced by Spiderweb Software is the possibility of Geneforge 2, which -- if ever released-- would be ready in 2003.[Demo,Update]
A new version of Adium 1.5b8, the popular AOL instant messager client clone, is available, bringing support for automatic URL recognition/creation, line breaks, and other bug fixes. [version updated at 5:00 pm ET]
Neterate Software has released Busycalc 1.01 for both Classic and OS X. the $8 shareware includes scientific, trigonometrical and memory functions. [Classic, Carbon]
Trinfinity Software\'s Seagull Video Player 2 offers the ability to easily create video playlists and display full-screen movies. Version 2 supports multiple playlists, displays more info about each video, has sorting options for playlists, and offers editing features for video information. [Classic, Carbon]
Summary.net has posted Analog 5.2, an update to the freeware utility for log analysis. It adds the ability to plot the lower levels of hierarchical reports on the pie charts and now automaticaly recognizes MacHTTP logs.
Nokia Contact Sender 1.3 is a freeware application that transfers names, phone numbers, and email addresses from your Mac to a vCard-enabled mobile phone (including the Nokia 8260, 3360, 5165 and possibly others) over the Internet. It includes improved reliability and list imports, the ability to save user lists between sessions, improved sending via external mailers, improved imports from Now Contact and Palm Desktop, and \"dramatic\" user interface enhancements.
Karelia Software today released Watson 1.1.1, an update to its application that provides an \"Aqua\" facade to a number of useful Web services such as Phone listings, Movie and TV schedules, package tracking, and eBay auctions. The upgrade fixes crashes and other issues associated with the application and many of the tools.
In preparation for the beta 2 release, The GNU-Darwin Distribution, which \"aims to be the most free Darwin-based Unix distribution,\" has put over 2100 unique packages online (and over 2400 total) by bootstrapping the FreeBSD port tree. [updated]
Gideon Softworks has released Gideon 1.0a4, its FTP/SFTP client that includes features such as Secure FTP, queueing, scheduling, and file/transfer filtering.
Apple has put QuickTime 6 on hold due because of per-minute usage charges that are currently in the proposed MPEG-4 licensing terms, according to c|net: \"We have delayed QuickTime 6 and QuickTime Broadcast for licensing reasons...The MPEG-4 license...hasn\'t met up to all of our expectations yet. It\'s amazing technology but it needs a...license...to go with it.\" Apple said it had no problem with the proposed $0.25 for each MPEG-4 product (decoders/encoders), which is capped at $1 million year (for a total of $2M for Apple), but that Apple believed the licensing terms were unfair to its customers who would also have to pay a per-minute rate (with no cap) for streaming MPEG-4 content.
EFI is shipping its eBeam System 3 digital whiteboard appliance, which captures meeting notes and diagrams as they are created on whiteboards and broadcasts them over the Internet or corporate intranet in real-time. The hand-sized unit can be attached to the corner of any whiteboard or flipchart. It is available in both serial and native USB versions and ships with both Macintosh and PC system software, which supports synchronization with Palm OS devices and works with a digital projector to turn the display area into a virtual touchscreen. The USB version is $750.
Mireth Technology has released MacVCD 3.2, an update to its full-screen Video CD Player that adds handsfree speech activated control, support for playback on a second display (like a TV), and advanced movie controls including slow motion. a demo of the $15 shareware is available online. [Classic, Carbon]
Bohdan Zachary received a message from Epson confirming that the company will not support the 5700i laser printer under OS X: \"We won\'t be able to backdate to the older printers. It\'s quite expensive and we don\'t think there are many manufacturers who are going to address older units. if somehow the resources are available to work with the other operating system we\'ll put that information on our web site.\"
Several readers note the release of X-Plane 6.10b5, an OS X-compatible version of the visually-stunning 3D flight simulator (\"this is unquestionably the biggest X-Plane update ever\"). It is a free download for all X-Plane 6.x customers.
MacASP 0.91 is a cgi that provides server side processing to Macintosh Web servers, including WebStar 3, 4 and V, WebTen, macHTTP, Apache and Personal Web Sharing. It offers automatic session handling, BASIC-like syntax, database connectivity, and OSA support (AppleScript). [Classic, Carbon]
Morning tech news: Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer \"loudly dismissed the demands of nine states opposing the settlement agreement in the software giant\'s antitrust case, calling the holdout states\' proposals \'absolutely unbelievable.\'\"; Comcast has begun tracking Web-browsing activities of its subscribers without notifying them; and CERT has warned of an SNMP protocol flaw that could pose widespread security risks for many Internet network devices.
Pyrogon\'s Candy Cruncher 1.15 adds OS X compatibility to the puzzle game by former Id programmer, Brian Hook. Other improvements include a bonus for starting at later levels, reduced CPU utilization when paused, faster load times, and compatibility/performance optimizations. A demo is available.
Grammarian 2.1.5, Casady & Greene\'s grammar checker, now offers content-scrolling in the Check Grammar window, live text-scrolling for all scrolling text fields, support for PageMaker 7/Netscape 6.2/Idea Keeper, and fixes for the compatibility issue with the Multiple User Control Panel and RTF clipboard formatting issues with Microsoft Word 2000 or later. [site not responding as of 10:20 am ET]
Square Box Systems has announced CatDV 2.5, a major new version of its media cataloging and video logging utility. Version 2.5 offers interface improvements and live capture functions (building previews from tape without capture) as well as bulk edit; online help; support for Exif, ID3 and QuickTime metadata tags; compressed archives; AVIs and other QT-supported file exports; and the ability to search for clips across multiple catalogs. A $20 discount is being offered on the $80 application until February 16th. Upgrades are $30.
MySQLConnect for 4D 1.0.4 adds OS X support to the 4th Dimension plugin which provides connection routines between 4th Dimension-4D Server-4D Runtime-4D Runtime Classic-4D Engine applications and MySQL Database Servers.
DMOD yesterday announced OS X-support for DMOD WorkSpace, its secure digital media collaboration and distribution application that offers real-time encryption technology. It offers the ability to securely share, review, and approve media files over the Internet on a wide range of projects, including music CDs, films, film trailers, film scores, television programming, special effects, and DVD creation. The DMOD WorkSpace Desktop peer-to-peer software is currently available, and the DMOD WorkSpace Gateway, a client/server solution, is targeted for release in Spring 2002.
FWB Software is shipping Catalog ToolKit, a licensed version of Tri-Catalog\'s application for organizing and archiving digital media assets. it creates previews and customizable thumbnail views and the ability to export to HTML and PDF formats. The $90 utility is available for both Classic and OS X.
EZQuest has introduced and is shipping its new USB 2.0 Cobra 120GB, 7200 RPM hard drive. The $360 drive ships with Intech Hard-Disk Speed Tools software for Mac USB 1.0 users (USB 2.0 support is not yet available.) Last month, it introduced a FireWire version of the same drive, Cobra+ FireWire.
Roger Ebert\'s latest column notes that the Mac-made \"Waking-Life\" was passed over in the Best Animated Feature category, which he says \"was not only a better film but introduced a revolutionary new low-cost technique for bringing animation into the world of independent film. Perhaps old-line Hollywood pros resent that upstarts from Austin, Texas, could use desktop Macintoshes to compete with multimillion-dollar CGI workstations.\"
osx.macnn.com has news of a new version of Adium 1.5b7 IM client, a free screen ruler, a new multiservice messaging client, National Instruments support for OS X, Bookit 2.2, and Opera 5.0b4 (yesterday).
Proteus 1.4.1 is a maintenance release to the multiple service OS X messaging client that has support for AIM, ICQ, Jabber, MSN, and Yahoo. It is now available in Japanese and Norwegian and brings better AIM and ICQ support.
Jeff Kodosky of National Instruments says that an OS X version of NI LabVIEW is targeted for release by the end of 2002, however it will only offer a limited number of I/O VIs, while it develops its higher-end LabVIEW Real-Time for OS X for use with its networked PXI modular instruments. MacNN reader Chris Rau provided some commentary on the release: \"As a LabVIEW programmer, I read this release with considerable disappointment. NI is basically turning its back on it\'s affordable PCI- and FireWire-based data acquisition solutions in lieu of very expensive PXI hardware systems (which are at their heart Intel PCs) to which the Mac just becomes a user interface \"terminal.\" I\'d like to see the Mac LabVIEW community rally Apple and lean on NI to provide E-series Ni-DAQ drivers for OS X (just as they do for Linux!), which would allow all my legacy data acquisition hardware and programs to move seamlessly to Mac OS X.\"
Pascal has released a free ruler for OS X, Free Ruler 1.0, a utility that can place multiple rulers on the screen to help in the design process. Rulles can be used horizontally and vertically, nudged in any direction using the arrow keys, resized independently, and grouped together.
Microsoft\'s Office 2001 Data Access Update installs ODBC drivers and a control panel, enabling Office 2001 to connect to and retrieve data from Microsoft SQL Server, Oracle, dBASE, Microsoft Visual FoxPro, and America Standard Code for Information Interchange (ASCII) text files.
Artlandia has announced SymmetryWorks for Adobe Illustrator 10, an OS X-compatible version of its plug-in for creating interactive patterns and surface designs. The plugin performs \"thousands of behind-the-scenes translations, rotations, reflections, alignments, and other precise operations that otherwise make the process of composing a pattern a tedious and painstaking task.\" It is a free upgrade to the $125 application.
Web Dumper v1.2, Maxprog\'s $15 shareware offline Website browsing tool, now offers a bandwidth selector, an option to process \"deeper\" URLs only, and other enhancements. [Classic, Carbon]
The Alpha-Cabal jas released the first public beta release of Alpha8, the next generation of the venerable Alpha text editor (formerly developed by original author P.Keleher). Alpha8 contains many changes & fixes to the core Alpha application, including implementation of Tcl 8.3.4, which results in large speedups for many complex operations. (AlphaX, a MacOS X native version of Alpha8, is currently in private alpha testing.)
Everyday Software has released Bookit 2.2, an update to its bookmark management utility that adds OmniWeb 4.1 support, iCab 2.7 support, divider support in OmniWeb, and the ability to import bookmarks from URL Manager Pro.
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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 €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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