Deep Sky Technologies, today announced the release of BASh Professional v1.6.2 for Macintosh. BASh is a \'4th Dimension\' component which provides extensive utility functionality for 4D programmers, including a dynamic stack space module for reusing variable space, encoding and cryptography routines, and much, much more. BASh Professional is the source code version of the internationally popular BASh 4D component. Renewing existing BASh Professional licenses are available at approximately 50% the cost of the initial US$395 license.
Apple has asked makers and distributors of Mac OS X themes for Windows XP to cease distribution of such material as it is a \"violation of our copyrights and intellectual property.\" A c|net News.com article notes that Apple asked Web site ThemeXP to stop offering two \"desktop themes\" that let Windows XP users make the OS resemble the Apple\'s own Mac OS X.
Bleu Rose today announced Black & Bleu v5.0/ Black & Bleu Pro v5.0. Black & Bleu is an application that provides a comprehensive database of Mac OS error codes -- almost 6,000. Additionally, the database includes a detailed explanation for, and suggestions for dealing with, many of these errors. The Professional edition of the product offers the same features as the Standard version, but differs in one important way: \'Pro\' allows users to export detailed explanations to file. This version includes countless enhancements from 531 new error codes and \'Sad Mac\' sounds to explanation statistics. The Standard version is $30 electronic and $40 on CD-ROM; the Pro version is $100 on-top of the base prices.
Marathon is now shipping a new 2U rackmount case for the Apple 15\" Studio Display. The $225 rackmount case is made of lightweight steel construction with ball-bearing slides and a sleek neutral gray finish that complements the Studio Display\'s industrial design and accommodates equipment rack depths of from 18\" to 26.5\".
Apple\'s FixApplicationsFolderPermissions application fixes a problem where \"in some situations, the Applications folder may be locked or have incorrect permissions after installing Mac OS X 10.1.\"
Frank Vercruesse has introduced a new freeware application that displays icons for running applications in the menu bar. Ambar v1.0 is intended for Mac OS X users who are still accustom to using the menu bar to switch the active application.
Architosh has published an article on VectorWorks 9.5 Viewer. Developer Nemetschek North America announced on Friday that VectorWorks Viewer has been updated for Mac OS X compatibility. \"Since the Viewer was made available on our website in August 2001, we\'ve had close to 6,000 downloads. We\'re happy to see that the Viewer has been received as a valuable and useful tool. We will continue updating it, as our products develop, to ensure that it remains a helpful tool.\"
ATTO has introduced its ExpressPCI UL4S single-channel and UL4D dual-channel host adapters, which feature Ultra320 SCSI technology with transfer speeds of up to 320 MB/sec. per channel. Both offer packetized SCSI, Quick Arbitration Select (QAS), Pre-compensation and Flow Control for improved throughput as well as 64-bit/133 MHz PCI-X functionality and Vpath Technology for connecting legacy SCSI peripherals without slowing down transfers. [site not updated; pricing and availability not available]
Eric Schneck has unveiled an iTunes plug-in for the Apple Newton. The software package allows users to copy music to the Newton via the built-in serial port on older Macs or via Ethernet. The plug-in works with MAD Newton by Eckhart Köppen. [updated]
töshöklabs has posted Osirus 1.1.3, a screen saver that \"generates hypnotic circular patterns, which randomly form various disc shaped imagery. Controls are provided for different color schemes, the speed, transparency, refresh rate, line thickness, motion, fade and full screen options.\" It improves full screen rendering, a new \'Fade Out\' control, new keyboard arrows controls, and other enhancements.
iEvents 1.4 is a maintenance release to the $20 client-side tool for quickly creating custom calendar websites.
Optigold ISP 2.9.3 is an update to the cross-platform business software package designed to perform all tasks from billing to server management. It adds more web-based functionality, new email manager functions, CVV collection via web, new web based reports, invoice type can be set on a per employee basis, new event functionality and some other miscellaneous items.
Aspyr Media is now shipping Terminal Reality\'s 4x4 Evolution 2, the single and/or multiplayer interactive true racing game that provides a realistic and exciting off-road racing experience. The customizable game has more than 120 off-road vehicles to choose from and over 125 performance upgrades for the vehicles. It also includes an off the track adventure where drivers search for ancient ruins and lost treasure. The $40 title runs under OS X and Mac OS 9.
Gideon Softworks has released Get Info v0.9.5, a file/folder attribute editing application that offers batch mode, Privilege Presets, Type/Creator favorites, dock menu support, and extensive Finder Hot Key support.
The virtual instrument plugin for VST, TC PowerCore 01, is a monophonic synthesizer for the TC PowerCore, which \"is modeled after the classic analog monosynth. Unlike its inspiration, it even comes with more than 100 unique presets and is great for fat bass, wicked leads, sound FX and even percussion!\" It is a free download for registered PowerCore users.
Quark\'s Guide Manager 1.4 is an XTension that ofers you greater control over the placement of guides in QuarkXPress documents and spreads, allowing users to create, lock, or remove a guide grid.
Canto is now shipping Cumulus 5.5, an update to its digital asset solution that adds improved IPTC Support (including the ability to write IPTC data back into the file), Palette View Mode, Server/Client Asset Transfer, Remote Administration, and integrated versions of URL AssetStore and ZIP AssetStore. Canto also offers new versions of the Options PDF AssetStore, QXP AssetStore PPT SupportKit and the Web Publisher.
Apple today announced that it has adopted a new auditor policy which bans its auditors from performing non-financial consulting, such as information technology consulting and internal audit services. Apple says it will continue to use its auditors to perform financial consulting in such areas as audits of statutory filings of foreign subsidiaries, 401-K audits, SEC registrations, and tax compliance and planning.
Microtek customer service notes that an OS X driver will be available for its scanners in mid-late March 2002.
c|net\'s latest editorial on Apple praises the company for its design but says it is \" destined to forever remain a prisoner of its own success...The [iMac] is without a doubt a piece of art and lives up to the purple prose of praise spilled in its honor. Not long ago, I ran a friend\'s new iMac through its paces, concluding the evening suffering from an acute case of computer envy.\"
Now AAPL Stock: 100.35 ( -0.06 )
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 â‚¬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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