New Millennium has released SecureFM 5.5.4, an update to its FileMaker plugin that allows users to disable specific menu items, entire menus, toolbars, contextual menus, common dialog options (close/minimize) conditionally depending on user mode (Browse, Find, Layout, or Preview). It also offers control over record deletion, the abiltiy to lock records, control found sets, and other options. Pricing starts at $100 for up to 5 users.
MacNN reader Tim Churchill notes that NECTech has posted OS X PostScript drivers for the SuperScript 1450 with the PostScript option and the SuperScript1450N laser printers.
SynthX 1.1 is a new program for synthesis and processing of soundfiles (AIFF and WAVE) on the Mac (OS 9 with CarbonLib1.4 and OS X v10.1). It features digital filtering, convolution, frequency shifting, spatialization, granulization, gravity-synthesis and many other modules. Version 1.1 now supports 96 kHz/24 bit soundfile in/out and has enhanced performance of file-processing.
SoftPress today released Freeway 3.5, an OS X-native version of its Web design application. Version 3.5 also adds improved support for PHP and drag & drop, and accepts a wider range of file formats for import including layered Photoshop and Illustrator 9 and 10 files. Other new features include support for transparency in TIFFs and 24-bit PNG files with 8-bit transparency masks; an updated interface with merged palettes and resizable dialogs; drag and drop support for native Illustrator 10, Photoshop 6, GIF, JPEG, Quicktime, MPEG and SWF file formats; and font-level control. Updates to registered owners of $250 Freeway 3.x application are free. A fully functional 30-day trial is available online. [Update, demo]
Virtual PC v5.0.2 is a maintenance update that includes a new version of Virtual PC Additions. VPC Additions are incorporated into the main application and are compatible with Microsoft Windows 95/98/ME and NT/2000/XP. [VPC Datasheet]
Oki Data today announced new printing solutions for the commercial art and graphic design industries with the introduction of the C9000 Series Edition family of color printers. The new units will provide graphics professionals with a versatile short-run color printer that eliminates the need for outsourcing and pre-proofing.
Sun-Times technology editor Andy Ihnatiko calls the \"freakin\' cool\" new iMac \'practical\' for its innovative casing design and good looks. Mr. Ihantiko puts the powerful G4 processor, which can keep up with the latest Pentium chips for the \"first time in years,\" at the top of a \'no-skimp\' feature list. Fortune writer Stewart Alsop says Apple may be bringing customers back to the brand despite a market share that has been shrinking for many years. Alsop also presents five supporting \"facts\" that favor Apple.
According to analysts and sources, the shortage of Apple\'s new iMac is largely due to a lack of 15-inch LCD flat-panel displays used in the top-selling desktop. On March 4, Ingram Micro and Tech Data -- two of the largest PC distributors in the world -- reported backlogs for the high-end iMac extending waits to 18.6 weeks and 10.7 weeks. \"Combined, the two distributors had received only 1,326 high-end iMacs by March 4 since the product began shipping. When the new iMac debuted, analysts predicted that Apple would ship 200,000 or more by March 31, the end of the company\'s second fiscal quarter.\"
Lineage v1.0 Beta is an online multiplayer, role-playing game for Mac OS X that allows players to become elves, knights, magicians and more. The latest beta fixes an installer bug that caused a failed installation with some users.
Memory Usage Getter v2.0.1 is an update to the small utility application that displays the total memory usage and the splitting of processes in Mac OS X. The update fixes bugs and adds a preference option to customize the user interface.
.mail.it v1.1.6 allows sending, recieving, and managing of e-mail with any FileMaker Pro database. The latest version of the $60 application includes better handling of poorly formated email addresses, mass-mailing optimization and improved speed.
A MacNN reader notes that the Korean World Cup soccer team uses Apple PowerBooks. [Korean Language extensions required for reading]
Andreas Pardeike today introduced LOOPS Fireplace v1.1, a collection of high-resolution video screensavers for Mac OS X. Fireplace v1.1 adds a preview window and a configuration panel for controlling speed and sound variables; the developer has slated monthly screensaver releases for Fireplace.
The proposed acquisition of Compaq Computer by industry giant Hewlett-Packard Tuesday received crucial endorsement from the Institutional Shareholder Services. The $22 billion deal will be the largest in tech history if proponents can overcome harsh criticism from analysts. \"The momentum is clearly moving in our favor,\" HP chairwoman Carly Fiorina said, but warns that the news will not \"seal the deal.\"
OnDuty 1.02 is a new client-server system for remote maintenance and file distribution of any number of Macs on a network: \"client Macs, and is very non-intrusive. The administrator can easily and remotely set up which software to be installed on the clients, and can also specify a large number of rules for regularly cleaning the client [machines].\"
Andy Pastuszak\'s Quicken for Mac mailing list where Mac can find help: \"Since Intuit provides no free support of any kind for Macintosh users (Windows users at least get free web chat support), I felt it was time Mac users had a place for community help.\"
LandWare has released a new beta version of the Pocket Quicken 2.01r2b3 conduit for OS X, which allows users to sync their Pocket Quicken 2.01 applications with Quicken 2002 for OS X. (It requires installation of Palm Desktop 4.0 beta.)
IDG has announced that Steve Jobs will deliver the opening keynote address at Macworld Tokyo 2002, which takes place at Tokyo Big Sight March 21-23, 2002; the keynote is scheduled for Thursday, March 21 at 9:30 a.m. (Apple previously confirmed that there would no new product announcements at the show.)
AppleScript Bootlogger 1.0 is a small extension that works in the background and collects some information about your system while booting the Mac OS, logging the information to a textfile in the system folder.
Sphera Software\'s Scramble 1.0 is a \"simple yet addictive word-puzzle game\" in which players are challenged to find anagrams matches for the presented letters. Registration ($7) offers over 900 additional puzzles.
\"Macs and Businesses Just Don\'t Mix,\" according the latest BusinessWeek Online column that argues that Apple should focus on schools, publishing, entertainment, and the art industries. The article also notes that Apple has Apple has \"signed up a number of software developers in India to write business applications for OS X and port over existing Unix or Windows programs.\"
Virtual Composer 3.0 is a QuickTime-based multi-track graphical sequencer, executor & analyzer designed for \"perfect timewise execution of complex polyphonic music using QuickTime\'s Music Architecture. It is intended mainly for performers who want to tweak musical scores in ways similar to the way an actual performer would manipulate the score while playing.\" The $50 shareware is a complex executor-tool tha accomodates complex individual note changes, relating to speed, staccato and volume.
ipoAdress 1.0 is another small address-database utility for the iPod, storing names, address, and other info as small MP3 files, which can be synchronized with the iPod. It is free for private use. (We noted a similar utility yesterday from ProVue.)
iDraw 1.0 is a new illustration and animation program for OS X. The $40 application is written in Cocoa and uses the Quartz rendering engine to produce smooth anti-aliased images and transparency effects as well other advanced design functions such as smoothly rendered vector paths, different fill types including translucent colors and gradients, object transformations such as tapers and arcs, text glyph manipulation, and much more. It can also produce frame-based animations that can be output as SWF files or GIF animations.
MPlayerPro v1.0 is a $6 shareware video/audio player for OS X, offering easily accessible controls via the dock, support for multiple playlists, a floating window, support for full screen playback, and slideshow functions (for pictures).
CocoaTech has released SNAX 1.2.5, a $30 file browser for OS X which features an easy to use Aqua graphical user interface, and many additional features, such as labels, spring loaded folders, hex viewer, graphics converter, create symbolic links, view invisible files, copy paths, contextual menus, compress/decompress, secure delete, create/convert disk images, open in terminal, preview drawer, launch as root, and more. It has been localized for Japanese, German, Swedish, Norwegian, French, Italian and English.
Dr. Bott has announced an exclusive distribution agreement with Marware, Inc., the manufacturer of the SportSuit Sleeve for iPod as well as other carrying cases. The SportSuit Sleeve is available immediately for $20, while Marware\'s SportFolio and SportFolio II laptop carrying cases will be available through Dr. Bott in March for $40.
Cypher 1.01 is an encryption program, offering drag and drop encryption or decryption using the government\'s Advanced Encryption Standard.
Rick Johnson\'s Concatenate 10.5.1 plugin for Adobe Illustrator 10, which quickly connects line segments (particularly useful in USGS maps and CAD files) adds the option to specify a maximum angle, adds an \"Assimilate\" function which seeks out nearby paths to concatenate, and adds a \"Connect\" function. The plugin is now recordable as an Action.
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Comixology fires up $6 all-you-can-read service
Amazon-owned Comixology has launched an all-you-can-read comic subscription service. After a 30-day free trial, for $6 a month, subscribers can draw from a large selection of the Comixology library, minus Marvel and DC comics. For now, the service is US-only. http://bit.ly/1WMAOft
QuarkXPress 2016 now shipping
Quark is now shipping QuarkXPress 2016, the newest version of Quark's graphic design and desktop publishing software that now features near-WYSIWYG fixe HTML5 publishing as well as improved operability with InDesign and Illustrator and support for multi-Color Gradient Blends, OpenType Stylistic Sets, a Color Picker (Eyedropper tool), Touchpads for Pinch and Zoom (Mac only) and more. Users on any previous version of QuarkXPress (versions 3-10) can upgrade to version 2016 for $350, while QuarkXPress 2015 users can upgrade to 2016 for $180; new licenses are available for $850 (education licenses are available for $90). http://bit.ly/1OL23Pu
Kanex debuts GoPower USB-C for MacBooks
Kanex today introduced its GoPower USB-C, a portable power solution designed to charge a USB-C MacBook on the go along with an iPhone or iPad simultaneously. Featuring 15,000 mAh of power--capable of charging an iPhone 6s seven times or the USB-C MacBook one full time--the GoPower USB-C Portable Battery features one 3A USB-C port and one 2.4A port for other devices, priority charging detection technology and a pass-thru charging to your devices when the battery is plugged into a power source. http://bit.ly/1TKaf8z
i.am+ EPs earphones are Apple Store exclusive
Musician turned consumer electronics entrepreneur Will.i.am has launched a new pair of Bluetooth wireless earphones, dubbed the i.am+ EPs. The new earphones are an Apple Store exclusive, and feature large 14mm drivers and aptX support for high-quality wireless streaming. The i.am+ EPs support A2DP controls, have a 30-foot range and can last up to six hours on a charge. The design is said to be inspired by the "iconic shape of vinyl records," and are made from spun metal and paired with a woven fabric cord. When not in use, the EPs magnetically click into place around the neck. The iam+ EPs are available now at select Apple Store and Apple.com for $230, are available in gold-on-black or black-on-black. http://bit.ly/1OKVlt2
Ultimate Ears debuts UE Roll 2 speaker
On Tuesday, audio accessory maker Ultimate Ears unveiled a new version of the UE Roll Bluetooth speaker. The new UE Roll 2, which sells for $100, looks identical to the previous version, but gets about 15 percent louder. In addition, the unit now supports a Bluetooth source signal up to 100 feet away, an improvement on the original's 65-foot limit. While both the old and new versions of the UE Roll offer an IPX7 waterproof rating, the company now includes a blow-up "floaty" with the speaker to avoid the risk of prolonged exposure. The new unit will begin general shipping next month. http://bit.ly/1TJWE0Z
Philips launches Hue White Ambiance bulbs
Philips latest HomeKit-compatible Hue light bulbs have hit the market. The new Hue White Ambiance bulbs are designed to allow users to control their color temperature to enhance either focus, or create a more relaxing tone. Combined with the latest update to the Philips Hue app, the new bulbs can be set according to user "routines." The "wake-up" mode gently turns up the brightness of the bulb, while conversely, the "go to sleep" mode gradually reduces the color temperature and brightness. The Philips Hue White Ambiance starter kit retails for $130, while single bulbs sell for $30. http://bit.ly/1TJT3Qn
Pluggable Technologies three-display USB-C dock
Peripheral company Plugable Technologies today launched the industry's first wave of USB-C docking stations with both Power Delivery and DisplayPort Alternate Mode support. The Plugable UD-CA1 Docking Station integrates support for both of these new capabilities, along with the full set of standard USB docking features like wired network, audio, and extra USB ports. Model UD-ULTCDL builds on this, adding support for three total displays using DisplayLink USB virtual graphics technology. The UD-CA1 retails for $129, with the UD-ULTCDL selling for $179, and available soon. http://bit.ly/1TrVVTJ