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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Cirrus creates Lightning-headphone dev kit
Apple supplier Cirrus Logic has introduced a MFi-compliant new development kit for companies interested in using Cirrus' chips to create Lightning-based headphones, which -- regardless of whether rumors about Apple dropping the analog headphone jack in its iPhone this fall -- can offer advantages to music-loving iOS device users. The kit mentions some of the advantages of an all-digital headset or headphone connector, including higher-bitrate support, a more customizable experience, and support for power and data transfer into headphone hardware. Several companies already make Lightning headphones, and Apple has supported the concept since June 2014. http://bit.ly/29giiZj
Apple Store app offers Procreate Pocket
The Apple Store app for iPhone, which periodically rewards users with free app gifts, is now offering the iPhone "Pocket" version of drawing app Procreate for those who have the free Apple Store app until July 28. Users who have redeemed the offer by navigating to the "Stores" tab of the app and swiping past the "iPhone Upgrade Program" banner to the "Procreate" banner have noted that only the limited Pocket (iPhone) version of the app is available free, even if the Apple Store app is installed and the offer redeemed on an iPad. The Pocket version currently sells for $3 on the iOS App Store. [32.4MB]
Porsche adds CarPlay to 2017 Panamera
Porsche has added a fifth model of vehicle to its CarPlay-supported lineup, announcing that the 2017 Panamera -- which will arrive in the US in January -- will include Apple's infotainment technology, and be seen on a giant 12.3-inch touchscreen as part of an all-new Porsche Communication Management system. The luxury sedan starts at $99,900 for the 4S model, and scales up to the Panamera Turbo, which sells for $146,900. Other vehicles that currently support CarPlay include the 2016 911 and the 2017 models of Macan, 718 Boxster, and 718 Cayman. The company did not mention support for Google's corresponding Android Auto in its announcement. http://bit.ly/295ZQ94
Apple employees testing wheelchair features
New features included in the forthcoming watchOS 3 are being tested by Apple retail store employees, including a new activity-tracking feature that has been designed with wheelchair users in mind. The move is slightly unusual in that, while retail employees have previously been used to test pre-release versions of OS X and iOS, this marks the first time they've been included in the otherwise developer-only watchOS betas. The company is said to have gone to great lengths to modify the activity tracker for wheelchair users, including changing the "time to stand" notification to "time to roll" and including two wheelchair-centric workout apps. http://bit.ly/2955JDa
SanDisk reveals two 256GB microSDXC cards
SanDisk has introduced two 256GB microSDXC cards. Arriving in August for $150, the Ultra microSDXC UHS-I Premium Edition card offers transfer speeds of up to 95MB/s for reading data. The Extreme microSDXC UHS-I card can read at a fast 100MB/s and write at up to 90MB/s, and will be shipping sometime in the fourth quarter for $200. http://bit.ly/294Q1If
Apple's third-quarter results due July 26
Apple has advised it will be issuing its third-quarter results on July 26, with a conference call to answer investor and analyst queries about the earnings set to take place later that day. The stream of the call will go live at 2pm PT (5pm ET) via Apple's investor site, with the results themselves expected to be released roughly 30 minutes before the call commences. Apple's guidance for the quarter put revenue at between $41 billion and $43 billion. http://apple.co/1oi1Pbm
Twitter stickers slowly roll out to users
Twitter has introduced "stickers," allowing users to add extra graphical elements to their photos before uploading them to the micro-blogging service. A library of hundreds of accessories, props, and emoji will be available to use as stickers, which can be resized, rotated, and placed anywhere on the photograph. Images with stickers will also become searchable with viewers able to select a sticker to see how others use the same graphic in their own posts. Twitter advises stickers will be rolling out to users over the next few weeks, and will work on both the mobile apps and through the browser. http://bit.ly/29bbwUE