Electric Rain today announced an improved solution for incorporating Swift 3D vector animations into Macromedia Flash MX projects. Swift 3D Importer can be accessed directly through Macromedia Flash MX and will offer tighter 3D integration with Macromedia Flash MX. \"Swift 3D has established itself as a leading application for the creation of vector-based 3D content and developers will benefit from an import solution that more tightly integrates Swift 3D content with Macromedia Flash MX,\" Jeremy Clark, product manager, Macromedia.
Carbon Events Plug-in v2.5 is a \"powerful\" addition to any Mac OS X developer\'s REALBasic toolbox. Included is scroll wheel support, live window resizing, access to the application Dock title menu and Quit event notification. This release includes full application Service support and bug fixes. This is a free update for all registered users; $15 for new users.
Victory-Heart Productions today announced the latest minor release of Aparajita Fishman\'s dynamic server-side embedded scripting language for 4th Dimension -- Active4D v2.0.4. Active4D brings the functionality of Microsoft ASP (Active Server Page) to the 4D environment. This update offers several bug fixes that include a minor XHTML spec update. Active4D costs $99 per developer, per platform; deployment licenses are priced at $700 per server for the first year, $270 per year to renew.
Terra Soft Solutions today announced the shipment of Yellow Dog Linux v2.2 for PowerPC-based Macintosh computers (first noted early last week). Yellow Dog Linux is the most mature and complete PowerPC Linux solution, according to the developer. New features include a Red Hat 7.2-based system; improved support for nVidia GeForce2 MX and ATI Radeon video accelerators; and the Gnome v1.4 user interface.
Reader Rick McClure informs MacNN that his low-end flat-panel iMac shipped yesterday, according to an e-mail confirmation from Apple. Mr. McClure is among a group of iMac purchasers that have been affected by massive delays from the computer maker spanning several months. McClure\'s iMac, configured with 256MB of RAM, was ordered January 8, 2002 -- just one day after the machine was first introduced. In January, Apple CEO Steve Jobs warned customers to expect low-end iMac shipments sometime in March, Mr. Jobs reiterated a commitment to ramp-up iMac production last week in Tokyo, Japan, noting that thousands of iMacs have been shipped.
NETsettings today announced NowPod v1.0b2 for Mac OS 9/X. NowPod is a free utility that transfers contacts from Now Contact to an Apple iPod. This software takes advantage of the new address book feature available in the iPod v1.1 software update and thus must be installed on a connected device.
Several MacNN readers report that GameRanger -- a free online gaming service made exclusively for the Macintosh -- has been sold to Aspyr Media. Aspyr is a top Macintosh developer whose recent releases include The Sims and 4X4 Evolution for the Mac OS. Details of the alleged acquisition are not available and GamerRanger proprietor Scott Kevill declined to comment.
iArch Global has announced new features in its upcoming PPX2 magazine publishing software. The Filemaker based software will be able to keep track of ads, enter editorials, take care of billing and subscriptions, and prepare the magazines to be published.
Word Translator 4.6b1 is a foreign language translation and dictionary application. It features translation from emails, websites, or written material in Spanish, French, German, Danish, Swedish and many other languages. A demo is available; price is $40.
Blue World is offering two tutorials that teach users how to add data-driven elements to Flash or LiveMotion-based Web sites using Lasso.
MAKI Enterprise has released Kids GoGoGo v5.3, the internet parental control program for MacOS 9/X. Changes include better CPU consumption, improved blocking and the German thesaurus has been extended. [Classic, Carbon]
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Handspring\'s site recommends against using the recently released Palm Desktop 4.0 software with Handspring handhelds: \"This software has not yet passed the tests for use with Handspring products, and therefore Handspring does not support Palm\'s version of the software. When the Handspring-compatible version of Palm Desktop 4.0 for Macintosh is ready, we will make it available on our downloads page.\"
Qdea has released Synchronize! Pro X v1.03, an update to its $100 backup and sychronization software. The software can create bootable OS X system backups, supports long Unicode file names, copies file permissions, has automatic unattended operation, and also offers lexible file/folder filters. A limited demo is available.
TechTV\'s comparative review of three hard-drive MP3 player gives the nod to Apple\'s iPod as the overall winner: \"It boasts an excellent design from both an aesthetic and a usability perspective and keeps things simple with the ability to automatically synchronize with a Macintosh using iTunes 2 software. It also has a unique jog dial that lets users operate it single-handed. It\'s not perfect, though....At $399, it\'s priced like a luxury item and it lacks an equalizer and a radio tuner.\"
M-Systems is shipping a 256MB version of its DiskOnKey personal storage device. The keychain-sized USB device offers driverless operation and is available for $250. It is also avaiable in 8-, 16-, 32-, 64-, and 128-MB versions for $30, $50, $80, $100, and $150, respectively.
BLS Designs\' Accupan Image Capture System, a new $450 solution for creating both QTVR Panoramas and QTVR Objects, is now available. It is targeted at consumers who want to produce panorama photographs, QTVR panorama movies and QTVR object movies, offering the ability to support 35 mm, digital still, or consumer video cameras on tripods or any flat surface for panorama image capture.
MacPlay is now shipping Icewind Dale, its $50 classic dungeon crawl, which has gameplay elements from Baldur\'s Gate aand offers players a chance to \"hone their combat skills while exploring the enormous caverns and dungeons beneath the Forgotten Realms campaign setting.\" It is available for both Mac OS 8.6/9 and OS X.
TechnoWarehouse has released TechMeasure 1.0, a $20 utility that enables the backside cache on Newer MAXpowr G3 and G4 upgrades under OS X. It runs on most MAXpowr G3 and G4 upgrades, including \"PCI\" and ZIF upgrades, except MAXpowr G3 L2 and MAXpowr G3 PDS. The company also released TechMeasure LITE, a freeware utility that reports CPU speed and cache info (when enabled using TechCache).
The 55th, a group of Macintosh Gamers, have started a petition to Gamespy asking them to port their Voice Communication software \"Roger Wilco\" to OS X. (The company recently ceased development on the OS 9 version early in its alpha stages.)
The $10 shareware Time-X 1.7.2 is a \"skinnable\" and \"dockable\" digital clock offering five functions: clock, date, chronograph, timer, and alarm.
osx.macnn.com has reports on a final version Dantz Retrospect Backup 5.0, Pramati Server 3.0 (J2EE 1.3 app server), a new version of PiePants 1.0b2, Apple WebObjects 5.1.1, and new (free) contextual menu items as well as a framework for developing other contextual menus.
Pramati Technologies announced that its flagship application server product, Pramati Server 3.0, is now available for OS X. The J2EE 1.3 application server offers a fully \"Aqua-ized\" interface, a high-performance Enterprise JavaBean (EJB) 2.0 container, and other application server features such as load balancing, failover and hot deployment, as well as remote monitoring via a Web-based console. Developers can download a standalone copy of Server 3.0 limited to testing and debugging code for free at the company\'s Web site.
Dantz today announced that it is shipping the English version of Dantz Retrospect Backup v5.0, bringing OS X support to the popular backup application. It includes support for OS X files and information, including both the data and resource forks of multi-part files, HFS+ metadata, UNIX-style permissions and group ownership, and hard-linked files.
Troll Touch is now shipping its latest custom touch screen solution, the TouchStar2 System for Apple\'s flat-panel iMac. The internally integrated non-breakable, analog resistive touch screen overlay has a high-resolution 12-bit USB controller. Customers have the option of sending in iMacs they have purchased for touch screen system installation or purchasin the complete touch-enabled package. The company also provides internally integrated touch screen systems for all iBooks and the Cinema 22 display. External touch systems are available for the Apple 15 and 17 Studio displays.
GrabbyWindow 1.0 is a new productivity tool that offers a filebrowser in a floating window. It also offers file preview pane, support for drag & drop, an integrated search function, and other tools for working with files. The $36 utility is available for $25 through the end of the month. An OS X beta is due in April.
Xavagus Prime Software has released OIDS 2.0, a shareware classic video game from the 1990s. OIDS is a fast-paced action/arcade style game, combining \"elements of games like Choplifter, Asteroids, Defender, Lode Runner, and Lunar Lander, to make one very fun and addicting Macintosh video game.\"
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Atari, Sigfox partner for IoT development
Atari and Internet of Things pioneer Sigfox today announced a global partnership to develop a line of new connected devices based on Atari's brand. The collaboration will cover a wide range of new Atari products, with launch products covering "categories such as home, pets, lifestyle and safety" according to the pair. Development of the new product line will begin this year. http://bit.ly/1WvklfB
Samsung still not recommending Windows 10
Nearly a year after release, Samsung support is recommending that owners of its PCs not upgrade to Windows 10. In an email exchange with UK Samsung technical support and an individual in need of help getting Wi-Fi to work, the support representative wrote that "honestly speaking, we don't suggest installation of Windows 10 to any Samsung laptop or PC and we are still coordinating with Microsoft regarding to this matter" and "the Drivers that we have on our website are not yet compatible to the latest version of Windows." Samsung will update users when there are no more compatibility issues with Samsung hardware and Windows 10. Microsoft has no meaningful comment on the matter. http://bit.ly/1PgrJcx
T-Mobile offers 'tourist' plan
A new plan from T-Mobile is launching on June 12, and will offer visitors to the US a flat-rate $30 plan that offers a free US SIM, 2GB of high-speed data, and 1,000 minutes of calls good for a three-week period. The plan will work with any unlocked GSM-compatible smartphone, and is advertised as "unlimited" data (but speed will slow down after the first 2GB). The plan does not automatically renew, but can be manually renewed for those staying longer. It also comes with unlimited international texting to some 40 countries, but does not offer any international talk minutes at all. http://t-mo.co/1TI1Pe9
First hardware RAID 10Gbps USB 3.1 controllers
Marvell today announced the Marvell 88RC13xx family of high-performance RAID storage controllers with a full set of features that include eight 6Gbps SATA ports, four lanes of PCI Express 3.0, and a 10Gbps USB 3.1 device port with Type-C connector support. The move paves the way for high-performance USB-C UASP hardware RAID multi-drive arrays, utilizing the full bandwidth of USB 3.1. http://bit.ly/1P0JBmb
Tama debuts adapters for Lightning-only iPhone
Predicting an iPhone without a standard 3.5mm headphone, a Chinese accessory maker has released three Lightning-to-headphone-adapters ready should Apple pull the trigger on what would be a controversial decision. The three adapters, picked up by Macotakara, includes two models that simultaneously support charging an iPhone over microUSB while the user also continues to listen to music. Rumors have suggested that Apple will eventually drop the 3.5mm jack on one of its next-generation iPhones, although it is not clear whether it will be in the 'iPhone 7,' due this year, or a future model. In the interim, the Tama Electric Lightning-to-headphone adapters offer little particular utility. http://bit.ly/1P0sYXM
French Google tax raid evaluation could take years
The data retrieved from the Paris raid on Google's headquarters by French police could take months or even years to analyze, according to a prosecutor assigned to the case. Authorities seized dozens of files and related data that recorded Google's financial transactions in the country with a view to lodging a claim for unpaid taxes by the Internet search giant. Although Google has denied any wrongdoing, it must complete all of its sales contracts in Ireland, where it is incorporated. If French authorities sifting through the documents seized in the raids discover that any of its French sales transactions were completed locally, it could be subject to further action, including fines. http://reut.rs/1P0n8G2
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