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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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]
Safari Technology Preview release 5 arrives