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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 want ads hint at future Watch faces
An Apple job listing for a dedicated clock face team may suggest future fashion-brand partnerships, possibly in time for the updated watchOS updates that are likely to be revealed at this spring's Worldwide Developer Conference. Since the introduction of watchOS 2, there has only been four new watch faces, but three of them were left over from the first release, with only one truly new one -- the co-branded Hermés face exclusive to that edition. There is a rumored March 15 event, but if that takes place it will likely focus on new band options as regards the Apple Watch. http://apple.co/1O1TbTI
Microsoft may end Office Support Professional prog
Microsoft appears to be either ending or seriously revamping its "Accredited Support Professional Program" for training on Microsoft Office for Mac and iOS it has offered at MacTech conferences since 2013. The program is not on offer at the upcoming MacTech tour, which begins on March 16 in San Francisco and includes a number of other cities. Microsoft has released a statement that it is "evaluating options for 2016, but don't have anything to share at this time." http://bit.ly/1KDz3MQ
Office for Mac v15.18 released
Microsoft has issued an update for the Mac version of its productivity suite, Office 2016. The v15.18 update offers improvements for all of the included apps, such as bringing full screen support to Outlook and allowing Word to save PDF files to flash drives. In addition, a new selection pane has been added to PowerPoint and Excel for keeping track of objects, and shapes can now be added to OneNote notebook pages. The update is free for all users, but requires a Mac running OS X 10.10 or later and a valid Microsoft Office 365 subscription. http://bit.ly/1Q7pAzW
Apple to open new south Florida mall store
According to real estate trade papers in south Florida, Apple has signed a lease for a new retail space in Miami, at the forthcoming Brickell City Centre (yes, the UK spelling is used) open-air mall, which is set to open later this year. The center will feature a five-story shopping area, condominiums, a hotel and office buildings, along with a "climate ribbon" in the shopping area to keep visitors cool, eschewing traditional air conditioning. The exact location of the Apple Store within the plan is not yet clear, but the destination already boasts 75 confirmed stores. http://bit.ly/1Q7n7Wd
Filemaker provides free custom app guide
FileMaker announced today the release of the first in a three-part series of free how-to guides that will lead teams through the process of building a custom app using the FileMaker Platform. FileMaker's new how-to guides provide a step-by-step process that starts with a planning cycle covering goals, requirements, functionality and usability, and run all the way through identifying user scenarios, defining requirements, addressing integration, providing security, and deployment of the final product. http://bit.ly/1o08wQh
OCZ Trion 150 SSD shifts to 15nm TLC NAND
SSD manufacturer OCZ has updated its entry-level 2.5-inch Trion 100 SSD. The new Trion 150 has similar performance to the now replaced model, and now utilizes 15nm TLC NAND. Sequential read speeds top out at 550MB/S, with 4KB random write speeds running from 25K IOPS in the 120GB model, to 64K IOPS in the 960GB version of the drive. Endurance is limited to 30TB in the 120GB, and peaks at 240TB in the 960GB version. Retail prices vary between $46 for 120GB, to $270 for the 960GB version. http://bit.ly/1nVmlyL
Google off the hook in CAPTCHA labor suit
US District Jacqueline Scott Corley has dismissed a proposed class-action suit against Google, that alleged that Google secretly was given an economic gain without user knowledge. The suit alleged, correctly, that the second word in Google's CAPTCHA service was used as a crowd-sourced word identification for Google's book-scanning project. The judge ruled that the suit as filed had no facts to support a "reasonable consumer would expect to receive compensation" for the seconds it took to complete the form, and in addition, the free Gmail account provided more than offset any labor penalty incurred by the user. http://bit.ly/1o06Cir