ZipCenter v1.6 is a plug-in that adds 5-digit ZIP code functionality to any 4D or 4D Server database. ZipCenter offers fast ZIP Code lookups, commands that perform area searches and files in both ZipCenter and ASCII formats. ZipCenter is available in both \'standard\' and \'advanced\' versions for $99 and $349.00, respectively; discounts are available for multiple-license purchasers.
Xicons has posted a brief tutorial that guides its readers through the creation of Aqua-like effects using Adobe Photoshop. Xicons contributor Matthew Bice outlines the three primary characteristics that make an object resemble Apple\'s Aqua interface: glare, proper Lighting and drop shadow.
Eastgate Systems today announced the release of Tinderbox v1.0, the long-awaited \'personal content management assistant.\' Tinderbox stores notes, ideas and plans; it assists with organization of material and helps its users share ideas through Web-based journals. Writers who create regularly-updated Web journals, Web logs and newsletters can look to Tinderbox for a less tedious method of management. The $95 application is available today.
MuchoFileInfo v1.3 is a utility for Mac OS 9/X which modify\'s files\' creator and type and changes the file\'s finder flags. The latest version includes drag and drop of files onto the MuchoFileInfo\'s icon, better support of Finder flags, and added French support.
PodNotes is a Mac OS X piece of freeware that allows users to add notes to Contact lists in Apple\'s iPod. It uses the clipboard contents and produces a note in any text application which is then saved on the iPod.
Netscape v6.2.2 is an update to the Netscape browser suite for Mac OS 9/X. Included in the suite is Netscape Navigator, Mail, Instant Messenger, Composer and Address Book. The latest version improves Autocomplete and downloading, includes a new Address Book, and enchances security and stability.
PictchToMidi v1.0 is a audio-to-midi realtime converter from PolyFractus. The Cubase-VST plug-in analyses the melody in any audio source (file or live input) and converts it into MIDI notes messages. A demo is available for the $50 piece of software.
Stimulus v2.0 is viewer/player for personal collections for photos, digital music and video clips for Mac OS 9 & X. Features in the latest version are iPod audio playback, enhanced support for 18 file formats, redesigned interface, and improved navigation/speed. The $12 piece of shareware offers a full month of unlimited use before registration is required. [Classic, Carbon]
Apple\'s BlueTooth page talks about the open-specification technology that enables short-range wireless connections between desktop and laptop computers, noting that Bluetooth is to Firewire/USB as AirPort is to Ethernet. Apple\'s BlueTooth Technology Preview 1 software is due in April as a free download.
Hugo Diaz notes that CNN has stopped offering QuickTime video on its website in favor of \"RealOne\", by subscription-based service that only offers video playback via Real\'s RealPlayer (currently not available for OS X).
JP Morgan says that profitability on the new iMacs may have \"come close to evaporating in the current quarter.\" The firm cut Q2 revenue and EPS (earnings per share) estimates to $1.35 billion and $0.06 from $1.45 billion and $0.11 and Q3 numbers from $1.49 billion/$0.12 from $1.56 billion/$0.16. It maintained its \"Market Perform\" rating and its $25 price target.
Macromedia has posted an updated Flash 6.0r23 plugin for both Classic and OS X browsers. [Classic, Carbon]
Sustainable Softworks has created a pre-release bundle ($40) of IPNetMonitorX, now native for Mac OS X, with the Classic version of its popular set of network diagnostic tools, which also includes a free upgrade to the full version 1.0 of IPNetMonitorX when it\'s released in the \"near future.\" IPNetMonitorX v0.9 improves on the Network Utility included in OS X, including an improved Trace Route (with IMCP Trace), UDP scan, DHCP Lease controls, link rate calculator, connection list, TCP Dump for viewing packet headers, and TCP Info. Upgrades are $20.
A MacNN reader has posted photos from Macworld Tokyo exhibition floor.
Sonnet has announced the its HARMONiG3 600 MHz processor upgrade/FireWire combo card, which includes a 600 MHz IBM PowerPC G3 processor, with 256K 1:1 Level 2 cache and a FireWire port for first-generation iMacs. It is due in early in the second quarter of thie year for $400.
hp deskjet driver 1.3 for OS X 10.1 or later offers support for the cp1700-series, cp1160-series, as well as DeskJet 1200-series, 1125, 900-series, 800-series, and 640-series printers with on-printer USB ports. It includes a driver installer, which also installs the newest deskjet printer utility, adding network support via AppleTalk, improved support for automatic hardware duplexing, bug fixes, and speed increases as well as support for DeskJet 640-series printers.
osx.macnn.com has news of a new HP deskjet driver, NetCloak 3.2 for OS X, MacVCD X 4.0 for playback of VCDs, and other reports.
FrakKalk 1.0 is a \"convenient, free way to perform standard operations on your fractions. Unlike handheld calculators, FrakKalk gives you the result of your operation as a fraction, not a decimal....\"
ePhoto, a commercial alternative to Apple\'s iPhoto application, adding the ability to import, store, display and manage video as well as still images. It supports basic photo editing functions, unlimited keywords, instant Web publishing/sharing, and flexible \"visual search\" options. The Java-based application will be available in Q2 2002 as a free download at with up to 750 images per user, with a prosumer and professional version expected later this year.
Alco Blom released a new public beta of its Palm conduit for Web Confidential, improving log messages as well as adding a native OS X Conduit, and a feature to calculate WEP keys. Also included in the download is Web Confidential for Palm 1.3.
Norbyte has released a new shareware ($10) game, Downfall 1.0, which \"takes the Tetris/Columns genre one step further with its 12 uniquely designed implementations of the classic concept, each offering the player a game theme with special bonus blocks and rules that fit the theme, and requiring different tactics to master.\"
NetCloak 3.2, Maxum Development\'s tool for creating dynamic, interactive Web sites, is now available for OS X. Version 3.2 supports both 4D\'s WebStar V and OS X Server, as well as popular Classic Mac servers such as WebStar, WebTen, AppleShare IP and others. It is a free upgrade to the $100 application.
Apple also released its iPod Software 1.1, which adds significant enhancements and new features to iPod (both the new 10 GB model as well as the previous 5 GB model), including audio playback and user interface improvements, more than 20 equalization presets, individual song equalization settings from iTunes, shuffle by album, \"track scrubbing\" (the ability to move to any point in a currently playing track by using the scroll wheel) from the Now Playing screen, an option to display up to 1000 industry-standard vCards (Apple has provided for download scripts to export contacts from OS X\'s Address Book or Microsoft Entourage to the iPod (links below)), and new Korean, Simplified Chinese, and Traditional Chinese versions. A MacNN reader provided some notes about the new update: \"Well, the iPod has been updated and Breakout seems to have be taken away from us. Well, if you\'re one of the many who loved this classic game -- have no fear, it\'s still installed, but it\'s been moved. You can reach it now in /Settings/Legal. Once you have opened Legal, hold down the center button for 5 seconds and Breakout is back on your screen.\" [iPod 1.1, OS X AddressBook to iPod, Entourage to iPod] [updated]
Mireth Technology has released MacVCD X 4.0, a native version of its $20 VCD player that supports playback of Video CDs on OS X. It supports full screen display, file chaining, track selection, speech activated control, advanced playback options, and playback on a second display. A demo is available.
Apple\'s iTunes 2.0.4 adds expanded AppleScript support, and improved stability and performance to its freeware audio application. [Classic, Carbon]
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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