This weekend we noted a possible fix for a bug that causes PPP to hang in Mac OS X. This unofficial kernal extension allows the user to bypass the PPP bug and is slated to be included in a future Mac OS X release.
Cypher v1.01 is a utility for Mac OS X that provides a basic user interface for serveral shell commands, including lists of currently logged-on users, process lists and ftp/webserver logs. The shareware application, which is used through the dock, is available for $5.
Geo3D v2.1b1 is a standalone 3D metafile (3DMF) viewer that allows navigation through space instead of manipluation of models. The free scriptable application now includes better info windows, improved error handling, and other minor improvements.
Tenon today introduced iTools 6.5.1, a new version of its Apache administration tools for OS X and OS X Server. Tenon\'s iTools Manager, which offers an Aqua GUI, allows users to set up and configure Apache directly on a local or remote Mac OS X desktop. iTools 6.5.1 includes Apache 1.3.23, BIND 8.3.0, mod_fastcgi 2.2.12, sendmail 8.12.1 and wu-ftp 2.6.2, and includes a caching proxy server, an integrated logging and log rolling scripts, and mod_dav (for a collaborative, writable web using WebDAV clients). It is a free update to v6.5 owners. Special pricing of $300 is being offered to WebSTAR customers.
Quark is now shipping the International English version of QuarkXPress 5.0 in Europe, Austalia, New Zealand, and Africa. The layout, printing, and publishing software is available for both Mac OS X and 9; the upgrade from 4.x to 5.0 costs $470; the upgrade from 3.x to 5.0 is $810; a new liscense is $1560.
Handspring and Orange Communications SA have launched Treo -- a PDA-style device with a built-in keyboard for text input -- in Switzerland. The small wireless device is avaible for $350 with a service contract or $650 without a service plan.
Discreet has posted Cleaner v5.1.1, which now supports Mac OS X. The update to the streaming media software also includes support for codecs from Sorenson Media, Real Systems, and Microsoft.
Ekim Software has released MailCall v2.0, an e-mail notifcation application that keeps users informed of mailbox status. The software, which periodically checks mailboxes at user-defined times, now includes support for the IMAP4 protocol and improves interface features. [Classic,
Pic2Icon v1.2.1 is a maintenance upgrade to the icon development software package for Mac OS X. It adds the ability to create images for files without extensions and better support for Quicktime files.
IDG today opened pre-registration for Macworld Expo New York 2002, which takes place July 17-19 at the Jacob Javits Center in Manhattan. Free exhibits-only passes (to previous attendees) as well as special savings discounts are being offered to those who register before June 17th.
osx.macnn.com notes a new Java 1.3.1 Update 1 from Apple, the availability of Maya PLE, TextSpresso 2.0b1 cleaning utility, and a new beta of the shareware ftp client, osXigen.
A MacNN reader notes that Maya Personal Learning Edition (PLE) is now available for download: \"Maya PLE gives 3D graphics and animation students, current industry professionals, and those interested in breaking into the world of computer graphics (CG) an opportunity to explore all aspects of the award winning Maya Complete software in a non-commercial capacity.\" It restricts users to non-commercial applications through the display of a watermark on images as well as through the use of a special non-commercial file format. The 150MB download will be available in March in CD format for $5 plus shipping (US).
ARTURIA\'s Shadow is a polyphonic chord synthesizer with the characteristic sound of 80\'s analog synthesizers. It is a free download for registered users of Storm Music Studio, its audio application that offers real-time synthesis and effects.
Corel\'s Graphics Suite 10.01 brings improvements, including overall stability, performance, Asian language support, DXF and DWG Import/Export, and fixing issues when opening files with custom spot colors. The all-in-one package provides vector illustration, layout, bitmap creation, image-editing, painting and animation software.
Apple has launched new \"Design Values\" and Cool pix promos, offering $100 savings on Adobe Design Collection with any PowerBook or PowerMac G4 purchase (and a free upgrade to Photoshop 7) and a $100 savings on the purchase of Nikon Coolpix 775 digital camera with an iBook or PowerBook, respectively.
Apple\'s Java 1.3.1 Update 1 delivers improvements for text, mouse, and printing components in the Java 1.3.1 implementation for Mac OS X, and improves its overall stability and compatibility. \"The implementation of text components has been completely updated, resolving a number of issues found in the use of TextAreas and TextFields. Mouse behavior is improved, especially for mouse events that involve dragging in complex applications. Many printing issues have been resolved including multi-page printing and clipping issues. \"
Euro Assistant Pro 2.6 is MaBaSoft\'s $15 shareware currency converter designed for both European and non-European users that updates exchange rates over the Internet, logs, prints, saves and exports your conversions, imports and automatically converts series of amounts, calculates and converts the result of algebraic expressions. The update brings default rounding settings, a new help guide, and many other OS X-related enhancements. [Classic, Carbon]
Extensis is shipping Portfolio 6, an update to its Digital Asset Management (DAM) solution, offering FolderSync, a globally accessible DAM pallette, the ability to create Web pages, Collect & Publish, instant cataloging, and batch rename features. Upgrades to the $200 application start at $70, while competitive upgrades are $130. The Server edition is $2500 and is bundled with 5 free client licenses. French, German and Japanese language versions will be available in the first half of 2002. Extensis is offering a free OS X upgrade, when it ships this summer.
ZDNet Editor David Coursey answers one reader\'s questions, after being challenged \"to present the Mac\'s case and convince him that it\'s worth making the switch.\"
A MacNN reader writes: \"MacMESS 0.56, the multiplatform computer, not just console emulator, based on Mame, has also finally been updated. From 0.37 to 0.56 and been Carbonised as well. First working Lisa emulator on a Mac.\" [Classic, Carbon]
MacNN readers note that Nothing Real, the company recently acquired by Apple, has updated its Website to reflect the acquisition: \"it is worth noting that while under the product heading there is a listing for Shake, but none for Tremor.\" Shake is a compositing software optimized for high resolution visual effects.
Washington Post\'s Personal Technology columnist Rob Pegoraro will be hosting an online interview today at 2 pm to discuss the new iMac and has revent iMac review.
Taylor Design has released a public beta of its TextSpresso 2.0b1 text cleaner, which runs natively on OS X. All purchases ($20) during the beta period are entitled to a free upgrade.
Canon has introduced three six-color Bubble Jet printers focused at the photo imaging segment of the market (S9000 13\"x19\" Wide Format printer, the S900 and S820) and two four-color printers for the SOHO market (S750 and S520). The new priners offer borderless printing, 1200 dpi resolution, improved color-matching, and Canon queit mode.
ArcSoft today announced the availability of PhotoStudio 5.0, an upgrade to its flagship image-editing program for OEMs (original equipment manufacturers). It includes 48-bit image support; multi-photo scanning and auto-cropping; file importation and saving from/to removable media, including batch file conversion and naming; and the a new \"Magic Cut\" tool. ArcSoft is also shipping PhotoImpression 4.0, a \"streamlined\" version of its OEM software, which adds multiple image and page printing capabilities; auto crop and rotation functionality; advanced text editing; an \"Explorer\" view for image browsing and previewing; and wallpaper and screen saver creation functions. Both versions support OS X.
Olympus today announced the Olympus Camedia Master 4.0 photo software. The $40 appliction offers seamless downloads, album creation, cataloguing, and printing. Camedia 4.0, a scaled down version of the package, will be included in all new Olympus cameras as part of the base kit starting in late spring and be available for $20. Upgrades to Camedia Master Pro will be $20. It supports both Classic and OS X.
4D is now shipping its 4D Business Kit, an integrated multi-language, multi-store eCommerce development tool, designed for rapid development of storefront solutions in a single $500 package that includes a license for two stores.
Wacom and nik multimedia have introduced penPallete, which combines Wacom\'s pressure-sensitive pen input technology with nik multimedia\'s penPalette photographic filters to provide a \"more powerful and natural way to enhance digital photos.\"
Adobe today announced the immediate availability of GoLive 6.0, which includes the new Adobe Web Workgroup Server, GoLive Dynamic Content authoring, and Web layout tool and LiveMotion 2.0, its Web animation software. Both titles bring OS X support as well dozens of new features.
The $14 shareware ideaSpiral provides \"a new kind of word processing environment that helps you keep track of your ideas and projects. ideaSpiral enables you to store multiple text entries in one file and to organize them in a hierarchical list stored in a floating window.\" [Classic, Carbon]
The free screen ruler for OS X ,Free Ruler 1.1, now includes options for measurement in inches, picas, and cm as well as pixels; automatic ruler alignment; a built-in unit converter; and single key shortcuts for most functions.
The Classic arcade game emulator, MacMAME 0.58, fixes a few bugs and \"lays the groundwork for a big push towards adopting a lot of OSX-specific features while still keeping classic support alive.\"
JomoSoft has released osXigen 1.2b1, an update to its $10 shareware ftp client for OS X, offering Web-based management, an option to delete obsolete file during synchronization, keyboard navigation, firewally support (with FTP proxy, HTTP proxy, and SOCKS support), performance enhancements of two times, and other enhancements.
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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