osXigen v1.2 is fully-featured FTP (file transfer protocol) client for Mac OS X. This version includes enhanced Web site management, the ability to automatically remove \"obsolete\" files upon synchronization, fully keyboard navigation, French localization and four distinct icon sets. osXigen is available for $20 from JomoSoft.
c|net notes that handheld software sales tripled in 2001, following a sharp decline in the inflated prices of the previous year. The average price of a handheld application dropped from over $40 to $30 or less -- a shift in a trend that could have led to software titles costing nearly 1/4 of the original price paid for a handheld device. The Personal Technology article also notes that Palm Computing continues to dominate the handheld market with 97% of all handheld applications sold in 2001 being designed for the Palm OS.
NaN Technologies, maker of the free Blender 3D application for the Macintosh, today announced that it will cease all operations immediately. Software development will be frozen, and the company\'s website is mostly unavailable until further notice. Shareholders cite an unready marketplace as a cause for the collapse: \"The digital media market has shown that it is not quite ready for the Blender technology offering, both for the Internet and for wireless applications.\"
Barcode Producer v1.2 is a barcode creation utility for Mac OS 9/X. The update now allows a field for barcode prefixes, 1200 dpi support, and drag-and-drop support with AppleWorks, Microsoft Word, and other word processing applications.
Knowledge Adventure has anounced a new grade-based educational series of interactive games. JumpStart Preschool, JumpStart Kindergarten, JumpStart 1st Grade and JumpStart 2nd Grade will be available in May for $30.
Apple has announced Apple Remote Desktop for Mac OS X, which enables users to remotely manage other Mac desktops (OS 9 or OS X) anywhere on a local network, Airport, or across the Internet. Users can view desktops, send text chat, provide remote assistance and get comprehensive system profiles. The tool, designed for teachers, students, and administrators, offers secure password protection and is available now for $300 for a single license, or $500 for unlimited licenses.
PocketNotes v1.13 is an update to the easy-to-use, flexible notepad applicaiton for outlining and planning. Added to the new version is Spanish language support; price is $20.
Tim Bajarin, computer consultant and leading computer industry analyst, explains why Apple\'s new line of Macs (and Mac OS X) will help convert PC users. \"The Titanium has given me some real reasons to consider making it a more integral part of my computing lifestyle. The new Mac OS X is by far the best windowing operating system on the market today.\"
Tranquility v5.0 is a unique $24 Mac OS X game that is now 100% Mac OS X-native. Every aspect of the game has been revised with this release; new OSX-specific features include clipboard capturing and printing of screen shots, exploration of game features and preferences through a full-Aqua dialog box. Tranquility 5.0 is not compadible with Mac OS 9; version 4.5 is avaiable for \'Classic\' Mac OS users.
Nick Hexum of rap-rock band 311 briefly discusses his use of the Apple iPod Hartford Advocate interview \"I had this like really intense sort of Beatles study that I\'d set up for myself, where I put every Beatles album on my iPod.\"
Optigold ISP v2.9.5 is a Mac OS 9/X business application for the management of all aspects of an internet service provider. Optigold ISP can handle tasks from billing to server management; version 2.9.5 adds new Web functionality, new Texas tax calculations, email manager fixes, credit card \'swipe reader\' support, new server event functionality and a customer Web interface fix.
New Ceres Solutions today announced the release of NCS MagiSign v1.3, a collection of plug-ins for Adobe Illustrator 10. NCS MagiSign eliminates the need for export to another application by offering direct compabillity to more than 300 models of vinyl sign cutting plotters.
JR Hill today announced a new form-fitting iMac Display Sleeve designed to protected the iMac\'s delicate flat-panel display from scratches and debris. The Vinyl and Leather versions sell for $20 and $40, respectively. Willow Design announced a similar product that covers the entire iMac unit; the DC-01 Seabreeze iMac Dust Cover sells for $18.
Seattle-based dBug is starting a special interest group focused on Mac OS X -- Apple\'s flagship operating system. The first meeting is slated for Wednesday, March 20 at 7:00PM (Seattle time) and will be held in the dBug Resource Center. Topics for discussion include Mac OS X rumors, a Mac OS X overview and an open discussion. dBug is a non-profit Macintosh user group for hobbyist and professional Mac users.
Capitol Mac of Richmond, VA recently announced to employees that it will close its doors after twelve years in the Macintosh business. There will be a liquidation sale on Saturday, March 16 to clear inventory. Free hot dogs and hamburgers will be served and Macintosh memorabilia will be sold; products not sold will be put up for auction on eBay. Store representatives cite the opening of Apple\'s own retail outlet in McLean, VA as a cause for slowing business.
Propellerhead Software announced yesterday full Mac OS X support of Reason 2.0, at the Frankfurt Musikmesse conference in Germany. Reason 2.0 is an advanced audio editing studio that includes effects, a polyphonic \'Graintable\' synthesizer several sequencers. The update will sell for $90 to current Reason owners, non-upgrade pricing has not been announced. Yesterday, we noted the announcement of Cubase SX for Mac OS X at Musikmesse.
mathStatica is a Mac OS 9 and Mac OS X application that can solve algebraic/symbolic problems as they relate to mathematical statistics. The software package, purportedly in development for five years, builds on the \"incredible symbolic computational power\" of Mathematica to create a sophisticated toolset designed to manipulate mathematical statistics.
PowerGuardian v1.0.4 is a UPS management application for Mac OS X that supports a wide range of UPS power devices. PowerGuardian monitors a connected UPS (uninterruptible power supply), and if power event is sustained, safely shuts down your Macintosh and saves open work. This version contains support for PowerKinetics BlackoutBuster, CyberPower AVR/SL series, OptiUps PS/ES series, Liebert UPSStation GX and ConeXt AVR series models.
Fungible Software has released iTunes Watcher v1.11, a maintenance update that eliminates bugs from the iTunes monitor application. iTunes Watcher is a background application that provides a small window to monitor what is being played in iTunes -- without the added window clutter of the iTunes application.
Rumpus v2.1 is an update to Maxum Development\'s popular FTP server package for Mac OS 9/X. Among the new features included in the update are: a new setup assistant, packet forwarding on private networks, a revised interface and bug fixes that improve stability and performance. Rumpus version 2.1 is a free upgrade for all Rumpus 2.0 owners; for other users, a $79 upgrade is available.
Medal of Honor may be coming to the Macintosh platform, according to an Inside Mac Games report. Mac developer Aspyr Media today \"informally\" announced that they will publish the Windows hit -- Medal of Honor: Allied Assault -- for the Mac OS this summer.
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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