PiePants v1.0b2 is a PPTP client for Mac OS X that supports encrypted communications for secure connections to any PPTP VPN. This release includes an enhanced, tab-based interface, support for remote gateway and DNS, automatic connection at startup and other minor refinements. PiePants supports a single PPTP connection at any given time.
Apple has released WebObjects v5.1.1, and update to its suite of Java Server Application creation tools. The update changes versions of several WebObjects class and jar files, which requires some projects to be rebuilt to take advantage of issues fixed in the update; price for the full version is $700.
Mulberry v2.2b4 is a high-performance and scalable internet mail client that uses the IMAP protocol to access mail messages on a server and SMTP protocol to send messages. Updated in the version are numerous bug fixes and better user features; price is $40.
Chaotic Software has released File Manipulator v2.0.1 for Mac OS X & 9 which fixes problems with \'Droplets\' being launched in Classic. The tool allows move, copy, delete and rename of file and folders as well as modification of File Types and Creators; pricing is $20 for an individual liscense.
Gideon Softworks has released FileXaminer 1.0b1 (formerly Get Info), which allows you to modify file and folder attributes that the Finder cannot ( ex. Type/Creator Info, UNIX permissions, and much more...).
Contextual Menu Workshop 1.2 is a free framework for creating Contextual Menu plug-ins for Mac OS X. The package includes four free utilities: InternetLocationCM for creating a new Internet Location file with URL in clipboard and copying a URL from Internet Location file to clipboard; FileUtilsCM for setting different file or folder attributes; BinJugglerCM for encoding and decoding MacBinary III files; and GrimRipperCM for ripping off resource forks.
Palm has released a final version of Palm Desktop 4.0, adding OS X support, improved synchronization & privacy, and vCard and vCal support. Japanese, French, Italian, German, and Spanish versions are available as betas.
Baker 1.5.4 is a $30 shareware newsgroup utility that fixes several bugs, adds a new update notification feature, and is available also as a Classic version.
The freeware calculator and application-launcher pearCalc 0.4 offers a new autocompletion-feature for application-names, allows the user to customize the transparency, and also provides a new quick store- and recall-feature without the need to select text first.
ABT Data Consulting has a released Speed Download 1.8fc5, offering the ability to set downloads for files with specific extensions, better performance, an updated interface, and other enhancements to the $20 shareware.
Finlay Dobbie\'s \"Think Stupid\" talks about Apple\'s developer policies and his inability to contribute to Apple\'s open-source Darwin project because of age, other obstacles such as restricted access to Apple\'s bug database, and most recently the deactivation of his ADC account.
Apple\'s Discussions area is back online after being inaccessible for more than a week, but is still \"currently undergoing maintenance.\" Apple is offering read-only version and notes that \"any changes made to your profile will not be saved. We expect to have everything normal very soon (next week).\" (Our own discussion area is expected to be back online within the next 4-6 hours).
IGN offers its first impressions of \"stunning new Cinema Display and a bigger, bolder iPod,\" noting the higher contrast ratio and brightness in the new Apple Cinema HD Display.
Brian Dunning\'s Weblet Chat is a finished, working online chat system for Lasso and CDML, offering easy customization and support for both FileMaker 4 and 5. It is $30.
AppMac has released sMailing 3.5, an update to the $60 software for sending personal email messages. Version 3.5 adds a new interface, better performance, group management, the abilit to enable/disable addresses, OS X compatibility and other enhancements. iWarning 2.1 is also an update to its free utility to monitor several email accounts, bring better stability and new dock functions under OS X. [SM Classic, SM Carbon; IW]
Sonny Software\'s Bookends 7 is an OS X-compatible version of the Mac-only bibliography/reference and information management system. It can import references from on-line sources into a personal database as well as use Microsoft Word and Nisus Writer add-ins to produce publication-ready documents with bibliographies. A demo limited to 15 references is available online. The $100 application is available with a $30 discount to students and as a $50 upgrade.
Bare Bones today released Mailsmith 1.5, which brings an easy-to-use mailbox filter creation process, direct reporting ofspam via SpamCop, integrated PGP support on Mac OS 9, and improved OSA (AppleScript) support to the company\'s email client. It also features the \"PCRE\" (Perl-Compatible Regular Expression) grep engine and a Glossary function, with user- configurable key bindings to insert frequently used text. It is available for $70 through the end of May. Upgrades from v1.0 are $40.
MacHack, the Annual Conference for Leading Edge Developers, has announced that \"internet pioneer and activist\" (and founder and president of O\'Reilly & Associates) Tim O\'Reilly will be featured as the keynote speaker. Conference registration is $475 through April 15th ($50 off regular pricing) and includes access to all conference events, 3 meals and the conference banque
A MacNN reader notes that a trial version of Epson\'s scanner drivers, which he calls \"very stable,\" are available at Epson\'s developer Website.
Chaotic Software has released File Manipulator 2.0, which adds OS X support to the $20 utility that can create self-contained droplets to rename, move/copy files and folders,change Types/Creators, catalog files, and perform other functions.
PowerLogix today announced its new PowerForce G4 550MHz ZIF card for Beige and Blue G3 Power Macs. The new G4 ZIF card uses the low-powered 7410 chip from Motorola which is \"designed to draw less power and, thus, generate less heat than previous generations of the G4 chip.\" The $300 upgrade runs at 533MHz in a Beige G3 Power Mac and 550MHz in a Blue G3 Power Mac. It is expected to ship in 2-3 weeks.
Saguaro Studios is shipping Oratorio 1.5, a $100 application designed for churches and church musicians. It adds multiple monitor support, more formatting options for slides, a revamped song editor, automatic formatting/printing of set lists, and other enhancements. It combines a music library with presentation abilities for assembly of visuals for a service or event.
Willow Design\'s new Contour Flat Panel iMac case offers protection for the new LCD iMac as well as a few extras. It features sturdy nylon web straps and a comfortable padded wrap handle as well as a contoured, thickly padded shoulder strap. The $178 carrying case is available in black, charcoal, navy, teal, purple, mauve, and red and ships with a lifetime guarantee against defects in materials or craftsmanship.
Submissions for the Iconfactory\'s annual icon design contest, Pixelpalooza, are due on Monday, April 1st, 2002; however, this year\'s contest has one caveat: \"We\'ve removed the System Replacement category for legal reasons. If you were planning on entering a Sys. Replacement set this year, you may still do so, but it must be entered into one of other appropriate categories (2D, 3D or OSX) and you must remove all references to Apple, Apple trademarks, logos and names.\"
Matthew Bardram\'s PodNotes 1.1 brings support for notes longer than 1000 characters (by splitting the file into multiple notes) to the application that allows you to create notes to be stored in the iPod contact list.
NEC plans to increase prices on its PCs due to rising prices of parts such as DRAM chips and liquid crystal displays; PC vendors IBM and Fujitsu also expected to raise prices by as much as 20% in April, according to Reuters. Last week, Apple raised the price of the iMac by $100, citing rising component costs as well.
Apple is asking PC users who are eyeing a Mac and those that have recently bought a Mac to \"Share what\'s on your mind\" in an effort to better understand its target audience and its new customer base.
John Vink\'s PhotoPage 1.5a1 adds image mask options as well as the ability to generate invidual pages for photos to the freeware application that enables you to put your collection of images quickly onto the web.
Pariahware has released Contact This! v2.1, a new version of the shareware ($15) Entourage, Outlook, and Outlook Express Address Book import utility (and standalone address book). It offers a more consistent OS X look, the ability to export .VCF files directly to an iPod, and is now distributed as an OS X package.
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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