Default Folder X 1.02, the open/save dialog enhancer from St. Clair Software, makes it easier for users to manage files by adding features and correcting flaws in the Mac OS X file dialogs. It currently supports Carbon apps and will offer support for Cocoa apps in a forthcoming free update. Version 1.02 corrects an error which causes the previous version to expire on February 22, 2002, also improves compatibility with CopyPaste-X, and fixes a few other issues.
VesperWorks has released QiPo v1.5.6, a service release of the QuickTime movie preview generator. QiPo processes a QuickTime movie and creates an image containing sequential frames that compile to generate a preview. Optional Dock animation and increased efficiency are among the enhancements included in the new version.
Apple today posted dozens of \"Computer Sales Opportunity\" listings on Monster.com, a job search and résumé posting service. Salary is not indicated and interested parties are asked to provide a résumé and location of residence. Apple is looking for \"Highly motivated, goal oriented\" individuals with commission-based sales experience.
MacNN subsidiary DealNN today announced that it will resume publication beginning February 22, 2002. In coordination with the re-launch of DealNN, The Macintosh News Network is offering a free Apple iPod giveaway to a lucky DealNN contributor (More details available on DealNN). DealNN provides links and information on the latest Macintosh- and computer-related product deals.
Adobe PageMaker v7.0.1 update is now available for download. It addresses several issues, including unexpected application crashes; the ability to view PageMaker 6.0 files in the Open dialog box; better support for underlined TrueType fonts during PDF export, and other enhancements. The update is free to PageMaker 7 owners; the full version retails for $515.
Aspyr has begun shipping copies of Harry Potter for the Mac -- the Mac OS 9/X port of the adventure/role-playing game -- according to a MacNN reader who received a confirmation from the company earlier today.
Carry Computer has announced Mac OS X compatibility for its memory card readers with a new set of drivers. With the Mac OS X driver installed, all Carry card readers can be accessed under Mac OS X and are compatible with Apple\'s Image Capture and iPhoto software.
J.R. Hill & Company has introduced two new 14\" iBook screen protectors for new iBook models introduced at Macworld Expo San Francisco. Available in vinyl and leather, the screen protectors sell for US$7 and US$12.50 respectively.
Buena Software has announced the release of Effects Pack 3 v2.0.1. This release is a maintenance update to the popular set of QuickTime effect plug-ins and is a free update to owners of Effects Pack 3 v.2.0. The price for new purchasers is US$30. Included in this release is a fix for a bug that causes a potential crash in the \'Difference Matte\' filter and better support under Mac OS 8.6 and non-G4 based machines. A free demo is available.
San Antonio Express-News columnist Paul Vaughn, \'The Mac Guy\' weighs in with a review of the new Power Mac G4s. \"Now, readers who may have new Windows PC’s sitting on their desks running at 1.5Ghz or higher may scoff at this feeble attempt at gigahertzdom, but we are comparing Apples and oranges here.\"
BusinesWeek Online notes the despite the low sales conversion rate at Apple\'s retail stores (which Apple has privately acknowleged), the stores are break-even financially, discounting startup costs: It won\'t take much to turn the stores around. [One analyst] fed Apple\'s retail numbers through his various financial-modeling spreadsheets and came to a wonderful conclusion: The company need persuade only one more percentage point of visitors to buy Macs for its stores to become a smashing success.\"
MacPlay\'s Baldur\'s Gate II: Shadows of Amn 1.1 brings multiple monitor scrolling support, non-US/QWERTY keyboard compatibility, reduced load/save times, and fixes for several bugs to the $50 fantasy role playing game. The company also says that turning on 3D acceleration will cause the game to run very slowly and recommends using 16-bit color mode under OS X 10.1.1 and 32-bit color mode under OS X 10.1.2.
Jonah Petri writes about a fix for the Microtech Zio! Smartmeida compatibility issue with OS X 10.1.3 noted here late yesterday: \"I found a fix for the incompatibility between the new Zio Smartmedia readers and OS X 10.1.3. There is an extension (in /System/Library/Extensions/) called \"eUSB SmartMedia10.1.2.kext\", which, if removed, will enable the use of the Zio SmartMedia reader under OS X 10.1.3. (restart required, of course) In order to remove it, you can either log in as the root user, or use the terminal (if you\'re comfortable there). There are instructions from apple about enabling the root user in the applecare knowledge base under article #106290.\"
Jason Linhart of Summary.net reports on a DNS vulnerability in Mac OS 9 (and Classic) that could cause the system to crash when performing a reverse DNS lookup of a specific range of IPs.
A MacNN reader notes that Adobe Photoshop 7, expected to be introduced next week at Seybold NY, will begin shipping in April: \"I just got hold of the Feb 22nd issue of Macuser UK which has the world\'s first beta review of Photoshop 7 inside. They claim that the product will be out in April 2002 for 329 ukp exc VAT and 99 ukp exc VAT for an upgrade.. though pricing is to be confirmed.\"
A Better Finder Rename 4.4 now saves the original file in the document for future reference and also features a significant rewrite of the internal architecture of the $15 shareware contextual menu plugin for Finder that offers several options for renaming files. [Classic, Carbon]
Computer Systems Odessa Corp. has released ConceptDraw 1.7.5, an update to its cross-platform flowcharting and diagramming software package that includes export to PDF routines, improved compatibility with DXF and EPS files, better OS X compatibility, and updated drawing tools. Standard and Professional versions are available for $250 and $125.
Jonathoan Feinberg\'s freeware KepSoundAwake sits in the background and plays a \"silent sound\" every 20 seconds, thereby preventing the audio hardware from sleeping: \"This application addresses a couple of problems which appear on a Powerbook running OS 10.1.2. Due to a design flaw, the OS sleeps the audio hardware if 30 seconds go by without any sounds being made, regardless of whether or not the machine is plugged in. This is annoying, as the audio hardware must be \'warmed up\' for about 2.5 seconds before the system can beep, and during those 2.5 seconds you have to watch the beachball spin.\"
Several freeware applications from PTH have been updated for OS X 10.1.3, including: PTHClock 1.71, a simple menu bar clock/calendar program; PTHPasteboard 2.1.2, a clipboard enhancement utility that tracks the last 20 copied/cut items and allows you to paste them at any time; PTHVolume 1.3.2, a simple menu bar volume controller; PTHCPUMonitor 1.01, an application that displays the system load on the menu bar; and PTHStockTicker 1.03, a stock ticker/portfolio manager application. [Clock, Pasteboard; Volume; CPUMonitor; StockTicker]
Google Zeitgeist, a brief analysis of Google searches, reveals that \"iMac\" is among the top 10 \"Gaining Queries\" at Google for January 2002, as noted by MacGeneration.
Intuit has released TurboTax 2001 for Mac 1.00b updates, which are available on the Web as well as through the application\'s update interface.
Script Software\'s Project Timer 1.0 is a simple time tracking application ($20) designed for independent contractors, consultant and \"anyone who needs to monitor the time they spend on various tasks.\"
Tri-CATALOG 5.05 adds TIFF file compatibility to the $100 utility for catogging files and pictures located the local drives as well as removeable media. It also includes powerful search functions, the abiity to annotate files, create libraries, and share pictures over the Internet.
Sustainable Softworks has released IPNetTuner 1.5, its $25 utility for tuning the performance of Internet connections. The new version adds a simple testing tool that allows users to measure the improvement in connection performance (using Link Rate test and TCP test tools) and performance graphing, as well as includes ready-to-use configuration documents that automatically optimize the performance of various types of Internet connections.
SoftCare GmbH has announced version 3.2 of its K4 Publishing System, a collaborative publishing system for magazines that integrates Adobe InDesign and Adobe InCopy with a SQL database. Version 3.2 includes several new features, such as new custom options for Header fields for articles/layouts and text-before-layout functionality to accommodate text-driven workflows for managing article before layouts are assigned. The product will be demonstrated at Seybold in New York.
osx.macnn.com notes the release of a new OS X-compatible utility bundles from Symantec, Font Reserve 3.0 for OS X, a standalone version of Mac OS X 10.1.3, an Adobe InDesign 2.0 installer update, MicroMat\'s Drive10 1.04 update, XMonitor 1.3 for monitoring system functions, and problems between OS X 10.1.3 and Microtech\'s Zio! SmartMedia reader drivers.
DiamondSoft is now shipping Font Reserve 3.0, an OS X-compatible version of its font management application. It features an Aqua interface, support for all popular Macintosh font types, and advanced font management for applications running under Mac OS X as well as applications running in the Classic environment. It also includes a ClassicActivator feature that makes all fonts available to Classic applications and a System Font Handler feature that helps manage the multiple font folders by providing the option to automatically remove non-essential fonts. The $100 utility is offered with a $10 discount for online purchases; competitive upgrades from ATM Deluxe are $50 and it is a free upgrade for v2.6 owners.
Mac OS X 10.1.3 is now available for download from the Web, after Apple released the update yesterday evening via the software update control panel.
Symantec today announced OS X-compatible versions of its utility suites, Norton Internet Security for Macintosh 2.0 and Norton SystemWorks for Macintosh 2.0, which are available now for pre-order and will begin shipping in March.
Click Here Design has released CubicConverter 1.0, a $35 tool for converting various types of images into and out of cubic format QuickTime VR movies. It also allows simple conversion of equirectangular images (\"photospheres\"), cylindrical panoramas or movies, or sets of cube faces used for VRML 2.0 background nodes into cubic format QuickTime VR movies. CubicConnector 1.0 is an $85 authoring application for linking cubic format QuickTime VR files into multinode movies or HTML-linked single nodes; it also can export a number of readymade HTML templates which contain the correct embedding syntax - both and formats - for the QuickTime Plugin.
Alco Blom today released WebConfidential 3.03, an update to his $20 shareware utility for securely storing information, including passwords and pins. It adds an option to generate passwords with hexademical digits (for WEP key generation) and other enhancements.
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Apple brings iTunes Movie Trailers app to Canada
After five years, Apple has expanded its iTunes Movie Trailers app for iOS to Canada. As of Saturday, the free app allows movie buffs to see HD movie trailers for new studio and independent features, and explore some other movie-related extras such as photos, behind-the-scenes footage, or clips from upcoming films. Users can save trailers for quick access, read reviews from RottenTomatoes.com within the app, use AirPlay to send them to an Apple TV, share trailers, and peruse the top movie charts. http://apple.co/1UUKtwr
Apple expands CloudKit API, provides web interface
On Friday, Apple notified developers that it was expanding a feature of CloudKit to allow for server-to-server web service requests. "In addition to providing a web interface for users to access the same data as your app, you can now easily read and write to the CloudKit public database from a server-side process or script with a server-to-server key," Apple said in its announcement. Previously, interaction with the CloudKit public database was limited to apps and web only. http://apple.co/20h1RwP
Remote S for Tesla Apple Watch app drives car out
Developer Allen Wong has created the Remote S for Tesla app, which can be used to remotely activate the Model S electric car via an Apple Watch, and drive it a short distance. Aside from providing data about the car and some basic function controls, the unofficial app uses the manufacturer's Summon command to allow the car to turn on, exit the garage, and park near to the user's location. The app is available to purchase from the App Store for $10. http://apple.co/1PprF4t
Seagate 3TB unreliability suit expands
The Seagate 3TB class-action hard drive lawsuit has been expanded to more devices. The expanded suit, filed today, now includes Seagate's Barracuda 3TB Hard Disk Drive,Â Desktop HDD 3TB, Backup Plus 3TB External Hard DiskÂ Drive,Â GoFlex 3TB External Hard Disk Drive, or any other Seagate hard drive with model number ST3000DM001. The law firm, Hagens Berman, is seeking information from consumers such as time in service, purchase price, and the nature of any drive received in return from Seagate as a replacement for a failed unit. http://bit.ly/1Pc34Cq
BlackBerry Canada, Florida hit with layoffs
The BlackBerry campus has reportedly been wracked with layoffs. Sources familiar with the company's Waterloo office staffing claim that close to 35 percent of the local workforce has been laid off, with the deepest cuts being made in the BlackBerry 10 OS and hardware teams. Additionally, the state of Florida has been officially notified that the company's Sunrise facility will see 75 people fired. Enthusiast site Mobilesyrup puts the layoffs at around 1000 total. http://bit.ly/1Pc1Rep
Instagram tests multiple account support for iOS
Instagram is trialling support for multiple accounts in its iPhone app with a small number of users. The Facebook-owned photo sharing service confirmed the reports of the tests to TechCrunch, which will allow a single user to manage more than a single account within the app, transferring between two or three accounts with a few taps. It is unclear when the feature will roll out to the public, but it has previously tested it with the Android version of the app since November. http://tcrn.ch/1SPKEKh
Foxconn CEO declares Sharp deal near done
The Foxconn bid for Sharp is allegedly only waiting on specific details of the deal. Foxconn CEO Terry Gou has declared that his company has privileged negotiation rights for the Apple iPhone screen supplier, saying that "we have a consensus, the rest is a process ... I don't see a problem completing this process." Gou hopes the deal, worth up to $5.6 billion, will be formalized by the end of February. http://reut.rs/1SPEQjN