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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Fiat Chrysler adding Siri Eyes Free
On Friday, automaker Fiat Chrysler issued a software update for selected 2013-2015 model cars to allow Siri Eyes Free, the precursor to the more fully-featured CarPlay, to be compatible with the vehicles' infotainment systems, including steering wheel control. The 2013 through 2015 model Ram 1500/2500/3500, the 2013-2015 Dodge Viper, the 2014-2015 Dodge Durango, the 2014-2015 Jeep Cherokee and Grand Cherokee, and the 2015 models of Dodge Challenger and Charger, Jeep Renegade, and Chrysler 200 and 300 can be upgraded through the Unconnect touchscreen, visiting the Uconnect site and entering their 17-digit Vehicle ID, then downloading the update to a USB drive. Installation can take up to 45 minutes, and can only be done while the vehicle is in park. http://bit.ly/23f0sby
Tor Myhren starts as VP of Communications
After an initial announcement in December, Apple on Friday added former Grey Group chief creative officer Tor Myhren to its leadership roster as VP of Marketing Communications, placing the well-known ad exec in charge of Apple's advertising and Internet marketing efforts, as well as having a hand in packaging design. He will report directly to CEO Tim Cook, and is replacing the retired Hiroki Asai, who left Apple after 18 years with the company. Myhren is expected to continue Apple recent push into more "lifestyle" marketing rather than product-centric ads, such as the well-remembered "I'm a Mac" campaign from last decade. http://apple.co/1Wwf0Dd
Marseilles Apple Store to open May 14
Apple has officially announced its newest retail store in France, which is to open in the southern port city of Marseilles in the Les Terrasses du Port shopping center on May 14 at 10AM local time. It will be the 19th full retail store Apple has opened in the country, or 20th if one includes the Apple Watch-only boutique at Galeries Lafayette in Paris. Apple is said to be planning a new showcase Paris store to be located on the Champs-Élysées. http://apple.co/1pP77vO
Maps adds Flyover, Suggestions locations
Apple has updated Maps to include Spotlight Suggestions for Denmark, Norway, and Sweden, allowing users to search both internally and across the web on both Mac and iOS devices for data in Spotlight. In addition, the company has added Puerto Vallarta, Mexico and Akron, Ohio to the 3D Flyover feature, offering computer-enhanced aerial views of the two areas -- and has activated real-time traffic information for Thailand, which will augment services like reminders to incorporate estimated travel times for appointments, as an example. The company recently added Nearby searches to five countries, and rolled out transit directions for Montreal in Canada and Portland, Oregon. http://apple.co/1Lh1Zel
Verizon gives last offer, issues workers ultimatum
Verizon has offered striking workers its "last, best and final offer" following 10 months of protracted negotiations with union leaders. The latest offer comes on the back of 36,000 Verizon employees taking strike action two weeks ago. The proposal includes a 7.5 percent wage rise, better benefits and voluntary retirement incentive offers. The striking workers, mainly on from its fixed line operations, have claimed that Verizon has outsourced 5,000 jobs to workers overseas and that it has been deliberately hiring low-wage, non-union contractors. Verizon recently posted revenue of $32.2 billion for the March quarter. http://cnnmon.ie/26AmwSv
CarPlay comes to Porsche 718 Cayman
Porsche has revealed that its new 718 Cayman series will be the latest vehicles in its range equipped with support for Apple CarPlay. The new Porsche models joins the recently announced 718 Boxster, the 2017 Macans and the 2016 model of the 911 in offering support for Apple's iOS in the car interface. Both are fitted standard with an eight speaker sound system and the Porsche Communications Management (PCM) system. The entry-level Cayman starts at $53,9000, while the faster S variant starts from $66,300. Although already on sale, the won't reach US dealers until late November. http://prn.to/1Tj1EW7
Macphun offers free Photos filters
Image editing software maker Macphun are offering a free set of up to 30 photo filter effects to extend the range of filter options available to users of Apple's Photos app for OS X, which replaced the previous iPhoto program. The first 15 filters are available after installing the software, and includes filters such as "Ancient Canvas" and "Twilight," while users who sign up for the Macphun newsletter will unlock the other 15 effects. The extension integrates directly into Photos, and include sliders for finer control of the effects and a masking brush. http://bit.ly/1VEgQD6