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MacDeb v1.0 is an open-source utility for Mac OS 9 that allows extraction of Debian (.deb) archives commonly used by Linux and Unix applications.
Strata has released Strata 3D v3.7, an upgrade to its 3D modeling and rendering application. In the update are new features including \'Explode,\' \'Shatter,\' and more than 600 shapes and textures. Also included in the update is the Ravix II vector output plug-in, which saves stills and animations as Shockwave Flash files (similar to Electric Rains\' $295 plug-in). Upgrades costs $100 for 3Dplus v3.5 users, $200 for 3Dbase users, and is $250 for a new liscense. A MacNN reader explains some problems with Strata\'s marketing strategy. [website not updated]; [updated story]
Qdea has released Synchronize! Pro X 1.0, an OS X compatible version of its backup/sychronize utility. The application, which allows synchronization to almost any other storage device, is priced at $100 for an initial 1-yr license, $50 for a 2 year renewal, and $70 for an upgrade.
WebPics v2.4.4 is an application that allows quick and easy building of image websites with digital pictures. The updated version adds support for opening full size images in new windows, more advanced manipulation of HTML, \"cleaner\" HTML code, and other small fixes; price is $16. [Classic,Carbon]
Extensis has posted Extensis Suitcase 10.1.1, an update to its popular font mangement utility that enables MenuFonts to work in Mac OS X.
The $95 shareware Mergemill 1.5 is described as a \"versatile content merging, data formatting and web authoring shareware [that] introduces the EasyWeb feature which consolidates and improves on all the web tools in earlier versions. It reduces basic web production to a few simple steps and makes it really easy.\"
Knowledge Adventure has announced JumpStart Animal Adventures, a new early discovery CD-ROM for children ages 3 and up. This latest interactive adventure in the JumpStart series will \"immerse kids in the amazing world of wild animals and their natural habitats.\" It is expected to be available in April in a Windows/Macintosh CD-ROM format for $20.
MPEG LA has replied to numerous emails regarding licensing of MPEG-4. Included in the response is what role MPEG LA is playing, their goal (which is to promote MPEG-4), and the way they plan on dealing with the fees involved. For more information, join the discussion on the MacNN forums.
Hog Bay Software has released HBImageProcessor 1.0, a $15 shareware application designed for quickly preparing images: \"simply drag your original image onto the application window. Rotate, crop, and resize your image. Set the desired file name, type, and compression settings. Finish by dragging the resulting image from the HBImageProcessor window directly to Mail, iDisk, or the Finder.\"
Daniel, who is the Lead Developer of Vegastrike, an OpenGL flight simulator for Mac Linux and PC Linux, has had numerous requests in making a port of the game to Mac OS X. He has asked that anybody interested download the source code and send any working binaries to him. Join MacNN members in working on this project.
An MacNN reader writes that Smith Micro is testing a version of FaxSTF X that works with the infrared port on Macs: \"I just complained to Smith Micro that their faxSTF software for Mac OS X only works with the built in modem and they wrote back and offered to let me test a version that will allow users to use an infrared connection to their cell phones. Once they manage that I will be able to say goodbye to my land line. \"
iPod Free File SynX 2.2.1 adds OS X 10.1.3 compatibility to the utility that can synchronize music from any source to any Mac. The \"pay-what-you-like-ware\" application also has several bug fixes.
Digital Anarchy has announced that their Adobe After Effects plug-ins are now Mac OS X compatible, including Elements of Anarchy: Text, Geomancy and Psunami. The upgrade is free to customers who purchased from Digital Anarchy and is $25 to users who purchased from Atomic Power.
Jason Ferris notes that iPods are among the gifts being given to Grammy nominees and presenters: \"I saw a news clip on either Entertainment Tonight or Extra and they panned past the table with all the goodies and gifts that nominees and presenters are receiving this year. I saw an iPod box in that stack!\"
MacNN reader Harry Zink has noted that Trash X does not work with Mac OS X 10.1.3. Adding to the list of issues with OS X 10.1.3, it seems that Apple\'s latest update has miraculously managed to break Trash X (the nifty utility that allows you to place the Trash Can back where it belongs - on the Desktop). Now, trying to throw stuff away via Trash X yields: \"This application cannot run on this system\"
A script analysis program for FileMaker Pro, Brushfire v1.5, analyzes related files, producing in depth reports that reveal script details, errors, and warnings. The \"substantial\" upgrade to the $250 application features complete script cross-referencing, text search capability, and improved reports for intermediate and advanced users. Upgrades start at $80.
Wall Street analysts, who cite anecdotal evidence in new reports, note the new iMac sales have outstripped expectations, with analysts saying \"There is an overwhelming amount of demand for the new iMacs, despite the higher price points,\" and \"demand had exceeded [the analysts\'] initial expectations [of] 1.3 million new iMacs during the year,\" according to c|net.
Paradigma\'s Valentina 1.8.10 provides database tools for OS X native application developers. It includes support for both C++ and Object-C development using Apple\'s Project Builder using the Valentina C++ SDK and offers OS X Java support for its Valentina for Java package. It also provides support for new SQL commands and includes CONVERT RDBLINK, which provides an SQL interface for automatically converting RDBMS-kind links into Valentina ObjectPtr links.
MacPlay has released localized-French and German versions of its Baldur\'s Gate II Shadows of Amn. The French version is distributed for MacPlay by Apacabar, and the German version is distributed by Application Systems Heidelberg.
Epson has released a driver for its Epson Stylus Photo 750 printer that is now compatible with Mac OS X.
Recosoft has announced a public beta of VINC 1.0b, an integrated document viewer and converter application. It provides rapid viewing and conversion of files created in word processing and graphics software to \"solve common document exchange problems. It also offers powerful batch conversion facility converts all files in a folder by simply selecting targeting the folder.
MacNN reader \"Boysimple\" notes that Proteron\'s MaxMenus has been released to all customers who pre-ordered the system utility: \"It installs as a PreferencePane in the System Preferences, and works very nicely. It is exactly the kind of utility that OS X has needed, and since it is anchored to the corner - very easy to get to.\" A public download, with a 2-week hassle trial, is expected to be available on Friday.
Charles Gaba notes that AAPLTalk System Shootouts have been updated to reflect the latest system offerings from Apple, including the flat-panel iMac, 14\" iBook, and Dual-GHz PowerMac G4. The \"shootouts\" compare system specifications with other PC vendors such as Dell, Compaq, and Gateway.
Easypress has released Atomik 3.0, the latest version of its QuarkXPress-to-XML software. Version 3.0 now enables content to be identified at both a paragraph and character level, allowing specific phrases or text within documents to be converted into separate XML tags based on QuarkXPress character style sheets or the text\'s typographical properties such as font type, size and colour.
Macromedia has posted Flash Player 6.0r2, a new version of its browser plugin for OS X browsers. It requires the Mac OS X 10.1 or higher and Microsoft Internet Explorer 5.1 (version 3408) or Netscape 6.2 or later.
Nikon today introduced its Coolpix 2500, a stylish pocket-sized 2.0 megapixel digital camera featuring the world\'s first inner-swivel lens design that \"makes shooting from various angles -- including a 180-degree flip for self-portraits -- easy and fun, while providing protection for the lens when not in use.\" The compact camer has inner-swivel 3x Optical Zoom-Nikkor lens and weighs only six-ounces. The camera package includes new NikonView 5 software, a suite of software from ArcSoft, rechargeable Lithium-Ion battery, battery charger and Nikon Coolpix Starter Memory CompactFlash Card. It is due in April for $380.
Pangea Software has made a plea to the Mac community to help it with obtaining shelf space at CompUSA. In a message posted its Website the publisher of popular games such as Nanosaur, Bugdom, Cro-Mag Rally and Otto Matic, asks the Mac community to help convince the store to carry its titles.
Apimac has released Secret Folder 2.0, an update to its shareware application that lets you conceal a folder and its contents (as well as optionally password protect the folder). Version 2.0 adds OS X support, a new interface, and drag & drop support. The $15 shareware is a free update to registered owners. [Classic, Carbon]
A MacNN reader forwarded a note from Real about OS X support for its products: \"I received your inquiry here at RealNetworks regarding our servers and players operating under Mac OS X. I get this question quite a bit and the answer is that we are working on it. We don\'t have it available quite yet but I am told they are in the process. So, we do have plans to support this OS in the future. They couldn\'t give me a time estimate but they assure me they are working on it. Our newest player, RealOne, focuses on a 3 pane interface and they are in the process of getting this working with OS X. I\'m sorry that I don\'t have any definite information of when we will have it available but even the technicians aren\'t sure.\"
John Hart notes problems with US availability of the classic 3D arcade racer, Wipeout 2097: \"A large number of the Mac game sites have listed Wipeout 2097 as shipping for the Mac. Well, its not shipping in the US, the developer hasn\'t found US distribution partner. However, MacGames UK has the European release in stock. And they ship to the U.S. The cost in US dollars is about $47 including international shipping.\"
osx.macnn.com reports on the release of Mac OS X Server 10.1.3, a new system utility for managing the system firewall, an update to Default FolderX 1.02, and QiPo 1.5.6.
Sony has introduced two new CD Mavica digital still camera models, MVC-CD250 and MVC-CD400, which capture to mini CD-R/W media. They feature multi-point auto focus, multi-pattern and pre-flash exposure modes, as well as auto focus illumination, pre-set scene modes, MPEG HQX Movie mode with audio, and a three-shot burst mode. Both models feature a 3X optical/2X digital zoom and ship with a media pack of six CD-Rs and one CD-RW disc. The MVC-CD250 ($600) captures images with 2.0 megapixel (effective) resolution, while the MVC-CD400 is a 4.0 megapixel camera that includes a bright f2.0 Carl Zeiss lens and comes equipped with Hologram AF function. The CD400 is due in May for about $900.
Sony\'s new Cyber-shot P Series cameras include multi-point auto focus, multi-pattern and pre-flash exposure metering as well as a Twilight Picture mode, slow shutter noise reduction, multi-frame burst mode, an MPEG Movie HQX mode, and an auto-adjusting LCD monitor. Both the DSC-P31 ($220) and the DSC-P51 ($300), due at the end of March, offer 2.0 megapixel resolution, while the P31 offers a 3x digital zoom and the DSC-P51 offers a 2x digital/3xoptical zoom. The DSC-P71 ($400), due at the end of April, is a 3.2 megapixel camera with a 3x optical/2x digital zoom. All three models are supplied with rechargeable nickel metal hydride batteries and a charger as well as feature USB connectivity.
Mariner Write 3.03b1 is a public beta of the alternative word processing application. Version 3.0 introduces OS X compatibility, greater readability of Microsoft Word documents, mail merge functionality and spell checking-on-the-fly capabilities, while the latest beta now contains separate native OS X and Classic versions, offers vertical text features, and other enhancements. Mariner 5.1.2 also offers a few bugs fixes and enhancements to the company\'s ful spreadsheet designed for the analysis, simulation and forecasting of numerical data. [Mariner Write 3.03b1, Mariner]
Justin Beek notes that MacZipIt is no longer compatible with latest release of OS X 10.1.3, after receiving a confirmation note from the company.
mamgoo 1.0 is a day-planner/to-do list application, offering alarms (audio, visual and SMS messaging), reminders, event recurrence options, AppleScript support, color coding, notes, logging of completed tasks and an import option for Palm Desktop export files. [Classic, Carbon]
iWarning 2.0 is a free utility allowing that can watch several e-mail accounts for new mail and also delete unwanted messages.
Microsoft\'s Windows Media Player software is logging the songs and movies that customers play: \"When a CD is played, the player downloads the disc name and titles for each song from a Web site licensed by Microsoft. That information is stored on a small file on each computer in the latest version of the software.\"
sunShield v.0.91b is a freeware preference pane for OS X designed to manage the built-in system firewall. It now uses Apple\'s security framework for authentication, adds stability improvements, and has an improved ipfw output parser.
Apple\'s Mac OS X Server 10.1.3 update includes new Mail server SMTP relay restriction options, and delivers improved reliability and performance of Apple file services, Apache web and Mail services under heavy load. It also includes security fixes for FTP and the BSD Line Printer Daemon as well as enhancements to improve server administration, SMB printer sharing, WINS registration and system clock accuracy.
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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, Desktop HDD 3TB, Backup Plus 3TB External Hard Disk Drive, 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