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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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TestFlight updated for iOS, watchOS
Apple on Thursday updated its developer-oriented TestFlight software to version 1.3.2 for compatibility with apps being developed for iOS 9.3 watchOS 2.2, along with the usual "stability and performance improvements." Some developers, however, are still reporting some issues loading beta apps onto the watchOS 2.2 beta. The latest beta for developers was released on Monday, and is available through the App Store or Apple's developer portal. [3.60MB] http://apple.co/1PQ64pF
CBS: No recent streaming conversations with Apple
CBS CEO Les Moonves has made remarks, casting doubt on a launch of Apple's live streaming television service. In interviews this week, the executive said regarding negotiations with Apple that "we had conversations awhile back, and we haven't had recent conversations with them," adding that "the phone is always ringing" regarding similar services, but not with Apple on the line. http://cnnmon.ie/1PptJM6
Complex date setting bug crashes 64-bit iOS device
A serious bug has been spotted with iOS devices running iOS 8 or newer, with a 64-bit processor. If a user disables auto-check time, and manually sets the date of a device back to as far as it will go, then again to January 1, 1970, and finally rebooting, the iPhone is crashed, perhaps terminally. The bug affects the iPhone 5s and newer devices, running a processor from the A7 and up. Theories abound as to the cause of the crash, but the most credible seems to be a clock set to less than an arbitrary "zero" date, causing all manners of routines relying on the time setting to fail during startup. http://bit.ly/1TV6psS
Weber buys iDevices' iGrill, Kitchen Thermometer
Cooking gear manufacturer Weber is purchasing iOS accessory manufacturer iDevices iGrill and Kitchen Thermometer lines. As part of the purchase, Weber is working in parallel with iDevices to roll out a new version of the products, and associated apps, this spring. The terms of the deal were not disclosed. CEO of iDevices Chris Allen said that the transition will allow the company to "focus even more heavily on becoming a leader in the home automation market." http://bit.ly/1PFk3uZ
Vevo music video app launched for Apple TV
Vevo today announced its new native tvOS app for the fourth generation Apple TV. The new app allows users Siri Remote navigation for discovery of top videos by genre, or to search for individual artists and videos. Playlists generated on another device sync between all the iterations of the app. http://apple.co/1PFhxEU
HydraDock team unveils USB 3.1 Type C Roadie
KickShark, the team that brought the HydraDock desktop USB-C dock to market, has launched a Kickstarter project for The Roadie -- a USB 3.1 Type C standard-compliant pocket hub for the 12 inch Apple MacBook and other compatible devices. The Roadie occupies the same footprint on a desk as a credit card, with a short USB-C male cable on one end for connecting to a 12 inch MacBook, and a female USB-C port on the other end for plugging in a MacBook power adapter. One side has an RJ45 jack for gigabit Ethernet, and an HDCP-compliant HDMI jack that handles up to 4K displays. KickShark promises shipment of all products within four weeks of campaign completion. The "early bird" offer for the hub is a $69 commitment, with a $79 commitment for a Roadie after 500 backers have pledged. http://kck.st/1o6knw5
HBO Now has 800,000 subscribers
The CEO of HBO, Richard Plepler has confirmed that the online streaming HBO service, HBO Now, has 800,000 subscribers. When criticized for the seemingly low number, Plepler noted that the still nascent service was bound to Apple exclusivity during the fifth season of Game of Thrones. Plepler declared during the Time Warner quarterly earnings conference call marketing for the online-only offering would be enhanced in 2016. While HBO Now's critics are slamming the low numbers, the service must also compete against itself on cable, in addition to Netflix and other streaming services. http://on.recode.net/1QWoLHe