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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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 €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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