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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Pluggable Technologies three-display USB-C dock
Peripheral company Plugable Technologies today launched the industry's first wave of USB-C docking stations with both Power Delivery and DisplayPort Alternate Mode support. The Plugable UD-CA1 Docking Station integrates support for both of these new capabilities, along with the full set of standard USB docking features like wired network, audio, and extra USB ports. Model UD-ULTCDL builds on this, adding support for three total displays using DisplayLink USB virtual graphics technology. The UD-CA1 retails for $129, with the UD-ULTCDL selling for $179, and available soon. http://bit.ly/1TrVVTJ
Spotify deploys new $15 family plan
Spotify has today launched a new family program. Up to six family members can have individual accounts for $15 per month for the group. All current "Premium for Family" members will be migrated to the new program. The new plan is available today globally, minus Canada. http://spoti.fi/1OSJrCK
Speck CandyShell Clear with Glitter case
Speck today announced CandyShell Clear with Glitter. Thousands of tiny pieces of glitter are embedded within the case, with what the company calls "military-grade drop protection in a slim profile." CandyShell Clear with Glitter is available now on Speck's website for $40 and up. http://bit.ly/1OSHIgM
Three UK nudges MMS users toward apps
British carrier Three has suggested its users take advantage of messaging apps, as part of an announcement regarding multimedia messaging (MMS) price rises. While the price of a message will increase on June 13 from 17.4p ($0.25) to 40p ($0.58) per MMS, Three notes that customers can avoid the hefty fees by using Skype, WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, and other services. http://bit.ly/1Rk0TKM
Belight Soft launches Art Text 3
Belight Soft has launched the latest version of its graphic design software, Art Text 3. The new version sticks with the goals of the previous iterations in developing a creative art text tool that is easy to use for beginners, but produces powerful results that will also appeal to pros. Among its key features are over 70 customizable templates to assist with logo design, word art, web elements and picture captions. Users can customize 3D materials using over 200 textures, over 140 bump map surfaces and over 80 environment map textures. Users of either of the two previous versions can upgrade to the new version for $30, a $20 savings. New users can also enjoy the $30 price as an introductory offer through the Mac App Store until May 31. http://bit.ly/1U6jFqu
KnowRoaming network now extends to 86 countries
KnowRoaming customers can now use its global SIM sticker to take advantage of its unlimited data plans when travelling in 86 countries. The SIM sticker is, as its name suggests, a special sticker that is applied to the back of an existing SIM card for use outside the US in supported countries. It works in conjunction with the KnowRoaming smartphone app. The latest expansion of its network came with the addition of 12 Latin American countries where travelers can now also enjoy its unlimited data plans, which are available for $8 per day. http://bit.ly/27KkXli
BMW to start supporting CarPlay this fall
BMW will add CarPlay support as one of the entertainment add-on for its X5M and X6M models, the first BWM models to do so, starting from this summer. A German-language catalog for the manufacturer spotted by Bimmerpost advises the option will arrive in August. It is unclear if the support will only be included in European versions of the car, or for further afield. The display in the vehicles will be among the largest thus far seen for CarPlay, at 10.25 inches, and hinted at possible wireless CarPlay support. The X5M currently sells for €96,470 (US$108, 275), while the X6M retails for €99,327 ($111, 453). http://bit.ly/1XnZ4DJ