DiskTracker v2.2 is a fully Appearance Manager-compliant utility for cataloging and labeling disks and CD-ROMs. Changes in the $10 update ($30 shareware) include a revised search window, updates to the batch scanner and bug fixes. This update is free to v2.x users. [Classic, Carbon]
According to reports, some Mac resellers are now receiving 700MHz Combo-Drive iMac shipments from Apple. The shipment notices reflect fulfilled orders placed on January 8, 2002.
Linda Thiel provides the following description of Apple\'s first television advertisement for the new iMac aired on NBC late this evening: \"A young man is walking down a city street (similar to 5th Avenue in New York City) with large glass window stores. There is one store that is all white with a single iMac -– no table, desk -- just the iMac. The guy sees it, it \"sees\" him; he moves, it moves; he makes a face at it, it sticks its “tongue” out at him.\" Earlier today, we noted that Apple will pay $1.2M for a 30-second advertising slot during the 74th anual Academy Awards.
Apple invites Mac users near the CambridgeSide, Tysons Corner, Glendale Galleria and Valley Fair retail stores to attend a Wired weekend beginning this evening at 6:00PM EST. Attendees of the Wired magazine-sponsored event can bring a digital camera and connection cable to experiment with iPhoto. To kick-off the event, Apple will give away an iBook computer Thursday and several digital cameras over the weekend.
iPod Free File Sync v2.3 is a utility used to synchronize music from any source to a Mac. iPod Free File Sync (iPFFS) is the only utility that allows synchronizing music from different iPods or any other source to a Macintosh. IPFFS stresses iTunes integration. This update includes improved compatibility with localized versions of iTunes.
Evening tech update: c|net reports that some Japanese Xbox customers have fallen victim to a hardware bug in Microsoft\'s gaming console that leaves some discs scratched, and sometimes unusable; Intel today unveiled a new laptop microprocessor that runs at higher speeds than predecessor products; Intel expects Q1 revenue to be between $6.6 billion and $6.9 billion.
4D WebSTAR v5.1 is now up to three times faster than Apache, according to developer 4D Inc. The latest version includes an integrated 4D WebSTAR plug-in for URL management and a new Admin client updated for performance. This suite is fully PHP 4.1.1 compliant. [test files & white paper - PDF]
Architosh reports that SketchUp, a new 3D modeling application, is coming to Mac OS X this year. The software is anticipated to be met with much enthusiasm from the Architecture and 3D community.
LDapper 2.0.1 is a simple LDAP client for finding e-mail addresses and browsing LDAP servers.
Reunion Planner 5.0 from Minutiae Software offers OS X compatibility, improvements in the LETTERS module, and a new HTML export feature. The $60 FileMaker Pro solution offers functions for planning and coordinating reunions, including a complete address book, integrated mail merge, automatic phone formatting, budget planner, mailing labels, name badges and other featurs.
epicware\'s Fire 0.30b is an update to its multi-service instant messaging cilent. This version requires users reenter account/service information and features a new accounts controller, stores passwords in the keychain, has buddy import functions, performs automatic update checks, and has other enhancments.
Apple today announced that its digital photo application iPhoto has been downloaded more than 1 million times since it was released in January. (This does not include copies distributed pre-installed on new Macs): \"With more than one million downloads in just two months, iPhoto has almost instantly become one of the most popular digital photo applications of all time,\" according to Apple VP Philip Schiller.
Apple is one of the Oscar sponsors, paying a rate of $1.2 million for 30 seconds of air-time during the 74th annual Academy Awards, scheduled to to air on ABC on March 24 at 5 PM PST.
Apple will be among the 150 or so stores slated to open in the Mall at Millenia in Central Florida (Orlando). The \"high fashion\" mall will open in October and calls for \"20 percent of the businesses to be ultra-high-end retailers in the Tiffany-Gucci-Cartier genre.\" (Apple\'s retail store page has not been updated yet.)
Blue World has posted a white paper comparing Lasso Professional 5 to PHP 4.1.x. The 56 page report includes detailed coverage of key topics, concluding \"Lasso outpaced PHP by over 200% in select benchmark tests comparing performance, specifically when executing class libraries. Lasso also beat PHP on all performance tests on Windows and virtually all tests on Macintosh. In all tests involving database access, Lasso proved the faster of the two.\"
osx.macnn.com has news on new drivers for the Que! USB CD-RW and NEC\'s PostScript printers as well as a new Lineage beta, a new software synthesizer for OS X, SNAX 1.2.5, and iDraw, a new animation/illustration software package.
Mounds Park Academy students and faculity in St Paul, Minnesota were part of a two-year planning effort that brought iBooks and wireless connectivity to 60 faculty members and 240 upper school students. The private high school uses the iBooks and AirPort BaseStations to help integrate the Web into curriculum, improve parent-teacher communication, improve students\' access to computers, and provide a \"roaming\" learning environment.
A MacNN reader notes that QPS has finally released an OS X driver for its Que! USB Drive.
Bruno Blondeau\'s iOrganize X 4.0 is a \"complete rewrite\" of his shareware ($20) NotePad replacement application that can store notes, ideas, text extracts, web links and retrieve information using a built-in search engine.
Celcorp has released an updated version of its terminal emulation application, Celview 3.0. The 5250/3270 terminal emulator is the first Carbon emulator of its kind and handles tn5250e, and tn3270e (telnet protocols for communicating with AS/400, and mainframe computers either directly or thru popular SNA gateways of IBM and Microsoft). It also performs file transfer via FTP, IND$FILE and PC Support protocols and can conveniently print from the AS/400 or Mainframe.
IPNetMonitorX 0.6b2 fixes a bug in the NSLookup default server, uses kernel timestamps for improved accuracy in ping/traceroute functions, and has other enhancements in the Cocoa- and BSD-networking-based set of Internet tools. It offers new functions such as a DHCP Lease tool that shows lease parameters including Name Servers and allows manual Release and Rebind across multiple DHCP configured interfaces as well as \'Look Around Scan\', which provides a quick list of active nodes on each attached LAN.
Trinfinity Software has released EasyView X 1.0, an OS X version of its freeware Visual Plugin for iTunes. It allows you to easily view the track information for the current song, offering a customizable display of the font, size, and color of track, artist and other CDDB info. [Classic, Carbon]
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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 â‚¬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]
Safari Technology Preview release 5 arrives