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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WhatsApp now handles over 100M calls daily
WhatsApp is celebrating that it is being used for over 100 million calls every day. In a brief notice, the Facebook-owned messaging platform advises the voice-calling feature it rolled out to its users last year now deals with an average of over 1,100 calls initiated per second. Earlier this year, it increased the security of its calls and other messages, by introducing end-to-end encryption on all platforms. http://bit.ly/292HqCX
Adele's '25' album now streaming
Recording artist Adele has "pulled a Kanye" after saying that her current album "25" would not be available for streaming. The seven-month-old record, which has yielded a number of hit singles, is now available for streaming on all the major streaming services, such as Apple Music and Spotify, as of today in most major markets, with worldwide distribution to come. Reportedly, the singer had demanded streaming be limited to paid subscribers -- a condition that has hurt some streamers with artists, who aren't paid royalties for free or trial listens . Apple pays performers its normal royalty rates during its free trial, avoiding the issue -- and having repeated success in both signing up exclusives and placing those exclusives into the top of the charts. http://ti.me/28U7NOu
SanDisk iXpand case has battery, storage
A new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6s case from SanDisk appears to be the "holy grail" of accessories: a stylish and protective case that offers both extra storage as well as the option of extra battery power as well. The iXpand Memory case offers either 32GB, 64GB, or 128GB of additional storage incorporated into the case, and an optional add-on battery pack (sold separately) adds up to an extra day or more of charge. Through the associated iXpand app, camera photos and videos can be automatically stored on the extra storage, optionally password-protected, The cost for the case is (in order of storage capacity) $60, $100, and $130. The battery pack's release data has not yet been announced, but the add-on should retail for an additional $30. http://bit.ly/291epHu
Fifth Hong Kong store to open June 30
The 46th official Apple store in what the company calls the "Greater China" region will open at 10AM local time in Hong Kong's New Town Plaza in the Sha Tin district on Thursday, June 30, according to a new page on Apple's retail website. Despite slowing growth due to economic turmoil in China, the country is still Apple's fastest-growing market. The new story will be the fifth for Hong Kong, a lucrative market for Apple thanks to the high concentration of wealth there and a thriving "gray" market. Normal store hours for the new store will be 10AM to 10PM every day. http://apple.co/291diaT
Apple Music bug bites very short songs
There appears to be a reproducible bug in the current version of iTunes -- version 12.4.1, running on OS X 10.11.5, both the current non-beta versions of the respective software -- that causes a streamed song to become "stuck" in endless buffering if the streamed item just before this happened was 60 seconds or less in length. The problem appears to stem from code in iTunes that signals the next track to start downloading one minute before the currently-playing track is done, and thus songs shorter than one minute don't trigger the download. Locally-stored music is unaffected by the bug, and the problem does not appear to exist in either the macOS Sierra developer beta or versions of iTunes earlier than 12.4, and does not affect the iOS Music app at all. http://bit.ly/291cN0l
Walmart Pay expands to 15 states
Walmart, one of the key progenitors of the failed CurrentC mobile payment system that was distinguished from Apple Pay by its ability to collect and share customer financial and buying data among its participants, has expanded the soft rollout of its alternative solution "Walmart Pay" to an additional 15 US states following a pilot program in Arkansas and Texas last month. Walmart continues to resist adding Apple Pay. The system, built into the Walmart app for iOS and Android, works with a complicated system of the camera scanning a purchase code at the register, then generating a QR code which is then scanned by the register. The system is available now in Alabama, Georgia, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, North Carolina, North Dakota, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Virginia, and Washington, DC. http://apple.co/28SqZfu
Amazon refreshes entry-level Kindle
Amazon has added a new Kindle to its ebook reader range, one that is thinner and lighter than the previous entry-level model. Offering a six-inch 167-dpi touchscreen display, a doubled 4GB of storage, and an option for a white casing, the new model also adds in the ability to export highlights and notes to an email account as a PDF. Two versions of the all-new Kindle are available, priced at $80 including "Special Offers" and $100 without. http://amzn.to/28Q4c3R