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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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