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Vista Systems today announced the release of RenderBoy v2.3.1, an update to the popular shareware solid modeler and ray-tracing render application. RenderBoy is available for PowerPC and 68K Mac OS computers running Mac OS 7 or later. Version 2.3.1 greatly improves support for DXF geometry (introduced in v2.3.0) with DXF rendering speeds now 2X to 5X faster. A \"lifetime\" registration is US$40.
Apple continues its apparent phasing-out of the Think Different advertising campaign with a new Web page outlining why the Macintosh is easier to use than Windows. \"Everything is easier on a Mac\" cites iTools, Mac OS X, Microsoft Office, AirPort, iTunes, iDVD, iMovie and iPhoto as reasons why the Mac platform is simpler and better than its competitors. Moreover, Apple appears to be pushing the \'digital hub\' concept as it presents the Mac as a complete solution.
Group Logic has released MassTransit v4.07, an update to its advanced business-to-business application for digital files transfers over LANs and the Internet. It now offers customizable, web-based job tickets, the ability to remote proof using EPS files, and enhanced web-based administration. It is available immediately to existing customers with current maintenance and support agreements
The Detroit Free Press has published an online editorial by technology analyst Mike Wendland on the ever-growing popularity of Digital Photography. The author points to Apple\'s new iPhoto software as a reason to \'fall in love\' again with digital photography. \"iPhoto scores a hat trick for Apple\'s marketing plan to make the Mac a digital hub, working with the iTunes music management tools and the iMovie video editing software.\"
MicroMat today released TechTool Pro v3.0.6 for Mac OS 9.2.2. This maintenance releases fixes a memory issue with File Lab, fixes a Directory Maintenance window bug and adds more items to the conflict database. TechTool Pro is a utility application for detecting and repairing software issues as well as analyzing hardware problems.
Daniel Ramirez writes \"I recieved new package from Comcast with instructions on installing Comcast. Materials gave an online site (download.comcast.net) where comcast users could download PC/MAC installers. I downloaded the installer just waiting to boot into 9.2 to install the files and I was surprised that the installer just ran in X. Seems like all it does is rename your Network config to Comcast Online, makes sure that it is running DHCP and removes any Client ID\'s. It also sets your user info in the internet control panel.\"
Forums round-up: MacNN Forums members discuss possible upgrades to the processor of the PowerMac G4 Cube; successful new iBook modifications; a new Mac OS 9-like theme for Mac OS X.
Final Cut Project \"My Louisiana Sky\" has been nominated by the American Cinema Editors as best edited motion picture for non-commercial television.
Xicons continues to bring Mac OS X icons back online with its updated layout. Xicons now has close to 2000 icons back online. Today also brought a new icon set of five.
Helios Software is offering a free test drive of its server products for Mac OS X. Supporting a large number of AppleShare servers worldwide, Helios Software\'s EtherShare, PCShare, Print Preview and EtherShare OPI are now available as 30-day trials from Apple.com\'s Mac OS X section. The Helios suite of networking and prepress servers represents the most extensive offering of native Mac OS X server software, according to the developer.
Ericsson and Electric Pocket have announced a new PDA Messenger application that allows Palm OS devices to send handwritten notes, multimedia content and sketches to other wireless users. The software will be demonstrated at the 3GSM World Congress in Cannes next week.
EGO Systems has announced the availability of a free web-mail service for Apple iTools members. IMAPple.net allows iTools members to check their Mac.com email via a web-based, IMAP-compatible interface built on the SquirrelMail email interface. IMAPple.net also provides hourly reports on the status of the Mac.com mail servers, including graphs showing uptime statistics for the current month.
SimpleText Filter is a rules-based filter plug-in for EIMS (Eudora Internet Mail Server) that allows you to set up simple rules to reject SPAM/UCE. The $75 \"trialware\" plugin will operate for 12 hours after startup.
FirewireDirect.com has updated its Vanguard Series of FireWire Hardware RAID products to provide Level 0 RAID support. The Vanguard product line is available in configurations up to 240GB using 7,200 rpm drives and offers support for both Level 1 (mirroring) and Level 0 (striping) RAID and requires no additional RAID software, hardware or device drivers,.
MDG is now shipping version 3.6 of Web Server 4D and WS4D/eCommerce, its a single application that includes a full featured web server, shopping carts, storefronts, credit authorization, virtual domains, and database publishing. Version 3.6 adds a virus prevention and notification feature as well as an automatic virus definition update feature.
REAL Software has published a white paper titled \"What\'s the difference between Carbon and Cocoa, and why should I care?.\" in which Geoff Perlman explains what they are, what impact they have on you as a Mac user, and what that means to users of REALbasic.
Version 1.6 of Mimio\'s software for its white-board device for recording information offers native OS X support as well as the ability to export your whiteboard notes as animations to iMovie and QuickTime formats.
Readers note that AOL last week posted a new version of the AOL for Mac OS X software, which includes an updated version of the Microsoft Internet Explorer browser. It is available at Keyword: \'Beta\'.
Sig Software has released NameCleaner 2.5, its Carbonized utility for manipulating file names and types designed to help move files to and from foreign file systems. Version 2.5 includes a regular expression cleaner, full support for long file names on HFS Plus and UFS volumes, filters for preparing file names for use under Unix and a contextual menu module for OS X. Personal ($25), Network ($50), and Administrator ($100) licenses are now available. It also released Cross Platform 1.1.5, a disk catalogging tool that also \"provides information about how the files on a Macintosh can be used with Windows-based computers.\" [NC Classic, NC Carbon]
Thoth 1.5 is an update to the $25 shareware newsreader. The Carbonized application offers power-user preferences, automatic FAQ retrieval, queued article andheader downloads, quoted text coloring, reference-based article threading, multi-threaded connections, and other advanced options.
CE Software today announced the release of QuickMail 3.0, an upgrade to its Internet and interoffice e-mail system. Version 3.0 features a Mac OS X client and server, new address book distribution, Windows XP compatible client, and numerous other improvements, including client/server-side support for SMTP authorization. Upgrades start at $7/user from version 2.x. QuickMail Office 3.0 upgrades start at $8/user from version 2.x. New copies of QuickMail Pro are available for $35 (plus client licenses).
Bowing to criticism, Comcast promised to stop recording the Web browsing activities of its 1 million high-speed Internet subscribers, according to The New York Times. [free registration required]
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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 Hermés 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