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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Fiat Chrysler adding Siri Eyes Free
On Friday, automaker Fiat Chrysler issued a software update for selected 2013-2015 model cars to allow Siri Eyes Free, the precursor to the more fully-featured CarPlay, to be compatible with the vehicles' infotainment systems, including steering wheel control. The 2013 through 2015 model Ram 1500/2500/3500, the 2013-2015 Dodge Viper, the 2014-2015 Dodge Durango, the 2014-2015 Jeep Cherokee and Grand Cherokee, and the 2015 models of Dodge Challenger and Charger, Jeep Renegade, and Chrysler 200 and 300 can be upgraded through the Unconnect touchscreen, visiting the Uconnect site and entering their 17-digit Vehicle ID, then downloading the update to a USB drive. Installation can take up to 45 minutes, and can only be done while the vehicle is in park. http://bit.ly/23f0sby
Tor Myhren starts as VP of Communications
After an initial announcement in December, Apple on Friday added former Grey Group chief creative officer Tor Myhren to its leadership roster as VP of Marketing Communications, placing the well-known ad exec in charge of Apple's advertising and Internet marketing efforts, as well as having a hand in packaging design. He will report directly to CEO Tim Cook, and is replacing the retired Hiroki Asai, who left Apple after 18 years with the company. Myhren is expected to continue Apple recent push into more "lifestyle" marketing rather than product-centric ads, such as the well-remembered "I'm a Mac" campaign from last decade. http://apple.co/1Wwf0Dd
Marseilles Apple Store to open May 14
Apple has officially announced its newest retail store in France, which is to open in the southern port city of Marseilles in the Les Terrasses du Port shopping center on May 14 at 10AM local time. It will be the 19th full retail store Apple has opened in the country, or 20th if one includes the Apple Watch-only boutique at Galeries Lafayette in Paris. Apple is said to be planning a new showcase Paris store to be located on the Champs-Élysées. http://apple.co/1pP77vO
Maps adds Flyover, Suggestions locations
Apple has updated Maps to include Spotlight Suggestions for Denmark, Norway, and Sweden, allowing users to search both internally and across the web on both Mac and iOS devices for data in Spotlight. In addition, the company has added Puerto Vallarta, Mexico and Akron, Ohio to the 3D Flyover feature, offering computer-enhanced aerial views of the two areas -- and has activated real-time traffic information for Thailand, which will augment services like reminders to incorporate estimated travel times for appointments, as an example. The company recently added Nearby searches to five countries, and rolled out transit directions for Montreal in Canada and Portland, Oregon. http://apple.co/1Lh1Zel
Verizon gives last offer, issues workers ultimatum
Verizon has offered striking workers its "last, best and final offer" following 10 months of protracted negotiations with union leaders. The latest offer comes on the back of 36,000 Verizon employees taking strike action two weeks ago. The proposal includes a 7.5 percent wage rise, better benefits and voluntary retirement incentive offers. The striking workers, mainly on from its fixed line operations, have claimed that Verizon has outsourced 5,000 jobs to workers overseas and that it has been deliberately hiring low-wage, non-union contractors. Verizon recently posted revenue of $32.2 billion for the March quarter. http://cnnmon.ie/26AmwSv
CarPlay comes to Porsche 718 Cayman
Porsche has revealed that its new 718 Cayman series will be the latest vehicles in its range equipped with support for Apple CarPlay. The new Porsche models joins the recently announced 718 Boxster, the 2017 Macans and the 2016 model of the 911 in offering support for Apple's iOS in the car interface. Both are fitted standard with an eight speaker sound system and the Porsche Communications Management (PCM) system. The entry-level Cayman starts at $53,9000, while the faster S variant starts from $66,300. Although already on sale, the won't reach US dealers until late November. http://prn.to/1Tj1EW7
Macphun offers free Photos filters
Image editing software maker Macphun are offering a free set of up to 30 photo filter effects to extend the range of filter options available to users of Apple's Photos app for OS X, which replaced the previous iPhoto program. The first 15 filters are available after installing the software, and includes filters such as "Ancient Canvas" and "Twilight," while users who sign up for the Macphun newsletter will unlock the other 15 effects. The extension integrates directly into Photos, and include sliders for finer control of the effects and a masking brush. http://bit.ly/1VEgQD6