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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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
French show carries on with iPhones
Following a prolonged power loss in a French TV studio, the crew was able to use a combination of limited studio lighting and a number of iPhones to continue taping the Saturday episode of talk show On n'est pas couché ("We're Still Awake"), using the resulting footage in the first edited episode. The Plus-model iPhones used for the impromptu shoot completion were either iPhone 6 Plusses (which shoot in 1080p) or 6s Plus models (which can shoot in 4K). The decision to use the iPhones to complete the show was made after a power outage at France 2's studio stretched to more than three hours. http://bit.ly/299wqDt
Scrivener for iOS to arrive in late July
For some long-time Scrivener users, to quote Paul Simon, "these are the days of miracle and wonders." As it marks its 10th anniversary in business, developer Keith Blount has announced that the long-awaited iOS version of his creative-writing tool Scrivener is to be submitted to the App Store, following strong praise from beta-testers. The program, expected in late July, will sell for $20 and work with both the iPad and iPhone. When we interviewed Blount last January, he added that Scrivener 3 for Mac would follow along shorty afterwards. http://bit.ly/2901XLE
WhatsApp now handles over 100M calls daily
WhatsApp is celebrating that it is being used for over 100 million calls every day. In a brief notice, the Facebook-owned messaging platform advises the voice-calling feature it rolled out to its users last year now deals with an average of over 1,100 calls initiated per second. Earlier this year, it increased the security of its calls and other messages, by introducing end-to-end encryption on all platforms. http://bit.ly/292HqCX
Adele's '25' album now streaming
Recording artist Adele has "pulled a Kanye" after saying that her current album "25" would not be available for streaming. The seven-month-old record, which has yielded a number of hit singles, is now available for streaming on all the major streaming services, such as Apple Music and Spotify, as of today in most major markets, with worldwide distribution to come. Reportedly, the singer had demanded streaming be limited to paid subscribers -- a condition that has hurt some streamers with artists, who aren't paid royalties for free or trial listens . Apple pays performers its normal royalty rates during its free trial, avoiding the issue -- and having repeated success in both signing up exclusives and placing those exclusives into the top of the charts. http://ti.me/28U7NOu
SanDisk iXpand case has battery, storage
A new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6s case from SanDisk appears to be the "holy grail" of accessories: a stylish and protective case that offers both extra storage as well as the option of extra battery power as well. The iXpand Memory case offers either 32GB, 64GB, or 128GB of additional storage incorporated into the case, and an optional add-on battery pack (sold separately) adds up to an extra day or more of charge. Through the associated iXpand app, camera photos and videos can be automatically stored on the extra storage, optionally password-protected, The cost for the case is (in order of storage capacity) $60, $100, and $130. The battery pack's release data has not yet been announced, but the add-on should retail for an additional $30. http://bit.ly/291epHu