SCRIPTit 1.0 is a FileMaker interface enhancement plug-in that allows developers to create script events and dynamic popup menus all with the power of XML markup. The plug-in offers immediate as well as both scheduled and regular execution of scripts and the ability to generate dynamic with any number of menu items, any number of cascading submenus, any combination of font styles, and other options. A demo of the $90 application (single-user license) is available online. [Classic, Carbon]
Pariahware has released Pict Encrypt v2.0, an image encryption (Steganography) application, which adds a step-by-step that walks you through the process of hiding a secret message in an image.
Music Tutor v1.0 uses Apple\'s QuickTime Musical Instruments technology to provide a virtual keyboard for music students to study note names, scales and intervals. The \"Music Buttons\" feature provides a timed game for the study of notes, symbols and composers.
Subband Software announced today MacAmp Lite X v1.0.0, a Mac OS X port of the popular \'Classic\' music application. This version includes a much smaller \'footprint,\' uses smaller fonts and requires less screen space. The developer indicates that the release of MacAmp Lite X is imminent.
osx.macnn.com reports on Apple\'s Bluetooh Technology Preview 1.0, OmniDiskSweeper v1.3 and ViBe Nintendo Virutal Boy emulator.
FontChecker 10.3 is \"the first\" font inspection utility for Mac OS X that understand unicode. New features include an Info Window that tells where the font is located, what kind of font it is, and more information; the price is $15.
Apple\'s Bluetooth Technology Preview 1.0 allows Macs to use a Bluetooth enabled mobile phone for Internet connection, perform a HotSync operation with a Palm handheld device, and exchange files between two Bluetooth enabled computers. It requires Mac OS X 10.1.3 and D-Link DWB-120M Bluetooth USB Adapter.
ViBE 1.0b1 is one of the first Nintendo Virtual Boy emulator for Mac OS X. It can also support additional video modes by using the Blitter Libary plugin.
OmniDiskSweeper v1.3 is the public release of the beta software (released in March) that clears out unused files in Mac OS X. The application sorts through drives and lists every file and directory, sorted by size, and helps users determine which files are not necessary; HFS+ partitions take 7 seconds per gigabyte to process, while UFS partitions take significantly longer; price is $15.
Clan Lord 226 is an update to the massive online multiplayer RPG from Delta Tao Software for Mac OS 9/X. Driven by a \"dramatic storyline\", players may team up and complete quests or take adventures. The latest version has had no crashes or deadlocks since the last update, and fixes a small bug which would not show clan members online; a demo is available while the full version costs $35.
CDFinder v3.6 is a tool for Mac OS 9/X that creates catalog files of hard disks, floppies, ZIPs and CDs. It supports drag & drop and reads MP3 tag information; added to the new version are better export functions and display options, improved Audio-CD cataloging, and other minor improvements.
Distributed.net KickStarter v1.1 is a Mac OS X application that provides a graphical frontend for setting up the Distributed.net client (instead of using the Terminal). New features include an easy way to join a team and access personal statistics, logging and improved handling of firewall/proxy settings.
Apple has posted the session grids for its annual Worldwide Developers Conference, which is scheduled from May 6-10 in San Jose.
Mouseki 2.1, a free update to Black Cat Software\'s $15 onscreen keyboard, adds Localisation support with auto-detection of keyboard layouts such as AZERTY and DVORAK and modifer key feedback as well as numeric keypad support. [Classic, Carbon]
Badia Software is shipping FullMeasure 3.0 for QuarkXPress and QuarkXPress Passport 5.0. The context-sensitive control palette collects more than 150 functions within 11 panels, saving screen space, time and mouse trips to menus and dialogs. It has built-in support for English, German and Spanish. Single users licenses are $80, while a \"lite\" version is $40.
New April Virus definitions are available for both Symantec\'s NAV 8.0 for OS X and NAV 7. [NAV8, NAV7OSX, NAV7Cl]
Eudora vCard Export 1.1 converts Eudora nicknames to vCards which can then easily be imported into other programs (MacOS X Address Book, Palm Desktop, ...) or moved to your iPod.
Final Cut Pro PowerStart is a 2-CD set from DVcreators.net containing two complete Final Cut Pro hands-on, self-paced courses. It adds new tutorials on color correction, the QuickView Window and other new features in Final Cut Pro 3 to the Final Cut Pro PowerStart course, which includes basic to advanced editing, compositing and motion graphics. It is $80.
SQLGrinder 1.2 adds AppleScript support and improved support for Sybase ASE and Microsoft\'s latest beta JDBC driver to Advenio Software\'s native Mac OS X SQL editor and developer tool that allows developers to easily create, edit and execute SQL queries as well as browse database structures. A free 30 day trial is available.
Jiiva\'s Application Builder Collection 1.2 is a professional-grade set of reusable Cocoa frameworks for building OS X applications. Version 1.2 adds two new User Interface elements and improves existing elements. Pricing is $200 for a single machine development license.
Deep Sky has released SMTP Deux v1.1.0, a 4th Dimension component which provides a complete implementation of the SMTP protocol, including full compatibility with SMTP AUTH, authenticated login for SMTP servers. Version 1.1 has full support for NTLM authentication for MS servers, new utility routines for sending email, and support for 4D v6.8.x (and OS X).
Trygve Inda has released EarthDesk 1.01, a system utility that replaces the Mac\'s static desktop picture with dynamic maps of the world with correct sun and moon illumination. It features eleven different projections, political and satellite maps, and an expandable Atlas with 10,000 cities. It is available for $20 or bundled with Time Palette 5.0 for $45. A demo is available.
Sonnet today announced price cuts of up to $50 on some of its most popular products. Its Crescendo/PCI upgrades are now $150 for the 450MHz version ($30 off) and $200 for 500MHz ($50 off). Sonnet\'s Crescendo/7200 upgrades are now $200 ($30 drop) for the G3 400/512 version and $250 for the G3 400/1M ($10 drop). Finally, the company lowered the price on the Tango FireWire/USB PCI combo card by $10 to $90. [updated: company resent corrected PR]
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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
Fifth Hong Kong store to open June 30
The 46th official Apple store in what the company calls the "Greater China" region will open at 10AM local time in Hong Kong's New Town Plaza in the Sha Tin district on Thursday, June 30, according to a new page on Apple's retail website. Despite slowing growth due to economic turmoil in China, the country is still Apple's fastest-growing market. The new story will be the fifth for Hong Kong, a lucrative market for Apple thanks to the high concentration of wealth there and a thriving "gray" market. Normal store hours for the new store will be 10AM to 10PM every day. http://apple.co/291diaT
Apple Music bug bites very short songs
There appears to be a reproducible bug in the current version of iTunes -- version 12.4.1, running on OS X 10.11.5, both the current non-beta versions of the respective software -- that causes a streamed song to become "stuck" in endless buffering if the streamed item just before this happened was 60 seconds or less in length. The problem appears to stem from code in iTunes that signals the next track to start downloading one minute before the currently-playing track is done, and thus songs shorter than one minute don't trigger the download. Locally-stored music is unaffected by the bug, and the problem does not appear to exist in either the macOS Sierra developer beta or versions of iTunes earlier than 12.4, and does not affect the iOS Music app at all. http://bit.ly/291cN0l
Walmart Pay expands to 15 states
Walmart, one of the key progenitors of the failed CurrentC mobile payment system that was distinguished from Apple Pay by its ability to collect and share customer financial and buying data among its participants, has expanded the soft rollout of its alternative solution "Walmart Pay" to an additional 15 US states following a pilot program in Arkansas and Texas last month. Walmart continues to resist adding Apple Pay. The system, built into the Walmart app for iOS and Android, works with a complicated system of the camera scanning a purchase code at the register, then generating a QR code which is then scanned by the register. The system is available now in Alabama, Georgia, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, North Carolina, North Dakota, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Virginia, and Washington, DC. http://apple.co/28SqZfu
Amazon refreshes entry-level Kindle
Amazon has added a new Kindle to its ebook reader range, one that is thinner and lighter than the previous entry-level model. Offering a six-inch 167-dpi touchscreen display, a doubled 4GB of storage, and an option for a white casing, the new model also adds in the ability to export highlights and notes to an email account as a PDF. Two versions of the all-new Kindle are available, priced at $80 including "Special Offers" and $100 without. http://amzn.to/28Q4c3R