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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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