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osXigen 1.2.1 adds new French documentation, includes a German localization, supports FTP Proxy authentication and offers a handful of bug fixes. osXigen is $20 until the end of April, at which point it will cost $25.
PC Mall, which owns the MacMall brand, today announced that it has acquired Pacific Business Systems, which does business under the ClubMac and PBS brands. PBS reported net sales of $84 million for 2001 and has enjoyed eighteen consecutive years of profitability. Under the terms, PC Mall will acquire PBS\' customer database, accounts receivable, inventory, certain fixed assets and certain intellectual property in exchange for 300,000 shares of its common stock and a capped three year earn-out with consideration for the future results of the acquired business. PC Mall also said it would extend offers of employment to PBS sales and support employees.
Evening Tech News: Microsoft Chief Operating Officer Rick Belluzzo has announced his resignation from the position, effective May 1st, 2002. Microsoft has not named a replacement, but indicates that the move is part of a company-wide reorganization.
c|net has posted a review praising Apple\'s new 10GB iPod, which has \"made a good thing even better.\" Pointing out the \"near-perfect design\" and ease-of-use, the review also covers the additions to the new generation of iPods as well as what could be improved -- namely Windows support.
Adobe Systems today announced the Adobe After Effects Plug-In Power Pack for After Effects v5.5, an industry standard for in motion graphics and digital video editing. The After Effects 5.5 Plug-In Power Pack incorporates sixteen new effects that offer enhanced creative control and improved productivity. New plug-ins include the Calculations, 3D Glasses, Magnify and Turbulent Displacement effects. The Mac OS X-native software package lets users customize settings, embed metadata, create multi-stream movies and optimize audio and video independently. The software is expected to ship in May, 2002 for $25.
Apple has released NVIDIA Driver Update 3.0 for Mac OS 9, an update for its NVIDIA graphics cards. Additions of the update are not known at this time. The update is available from directly from Apple\'s download page or through Software Update.
PrefsOverload v4.1.2 is a tool for managing the Prefernces Folder on Mac OS 9/X. It helps resolve problems by displaying a list of damaged or unnecessary Preference Files, allowing users to delete them or put them into the Trash. Changed in the latest version are fixes for a few minor bugs and the application may be quit from the main window\'s close box. The sharware product costs $15.
Contour ShuttlePRO is a jog and shuttle multimedia controller that provides control over digital editing software such as Final Cut Pro and Cubase. Improvements in the device include a hybrid Mac/PC compaible software, fully automated installer, pre-printed labels for 13 programmable buttons and pre-programmed settings. Contour ShuttlePRO is available for $125 and works on both Mac OS 9 and X.
InterACTIVE-Technology has released their Objective-C and C IDE for Cocoa and WebObjects, ActiveDeveloper v2.10. It allows development, testing, debugging, and playing of the software at runtime, as well as \"edit-compile-play cycles\" in 1-2 seconds. Pricing is $50 for a single liscense, $100 for a multi license, and $250 for 5 licenses.
publicspace.net and ISM have released a new Java development tool for Mac OS X -- named JQA -- which helps software developers improve the quality of their Java code. The software, already available in a Windows version, \"provides a comprehensive set of quality metrics offering objective measurements of code quality\" as well as the ability to compare code against a quality baseline to help improve the code; price on the software is $50.
James Sentman today released Whistle Blower 3.0, an enterprise server monitoring and restart utility. An updated FileMaker client/server check can now verify the list of shared databases and make sure that all your databases are still being shared, and an updated DNS server task can now run a query against a specific server and validate that the correct IP address is being returned. It also adds the ability to verify the return from SSL web servers. The $100 utility monitors a large variety of servers and a \"lite\' version limited to monitoring of 10 servers is $50; a 45-day demo is available. [Classic, Carbon]
3ivx 4.0PR1, an MPEG-4-compliant video codec, dramatically improves quality and speed as well as compatibility. It can now play most MPEG-4 variants including DivX and adds skip protection and AltiVec support. Additionally, DivX Doctor II, corrects stuttering sound and jerky playback on DivX Movies by updating DivX .avi videos to 3ivx QuickTime (.mov) videos: \"After the conversion you will be able to play the video smoothly, and the audio glitches inherrant in the AVI format will be fixed. The conversion is fast.\" It also provides WMA audio decompression and can also process non-AVI files. [3iVX4.0PR1, DDII]
Modeless Software today announced the availability of Liquid Ledger 1.0, a \"complete personal finance application based on the object-oriented Cocoa framework. [It] is a comprehensive, user-friendly tool that enables consumers to effortlessly manage and analyse their personal finances.\" It includes functions to record bank account and credit card activity, track income/expenses/ and investments/assets/liabilities, track capital gains, and other functions. A demo of the $40 utility is available online.
A MacNN reader notes a problem with new flat-panel iMacs: \"I discovered a bug in my new 700 MHz CD-RW iMac today. When I boot into OS 9, the media eject button doesn\'t work (it works perfectly when I boot into OS X). At first, I thought I\'d installed a conflicting extension, but when I checked on Apple\'s web site, other users had already reported the problem.\"
Youpi Key 1.7 is an automation utility, which can run actions based on a keyboard equivalent, a menu item, or a scheduled or regular time. French and English versions of the freeware application are available. It adds import/export of sets and shortcuts, menu simplification, contextual menu support, and better AppleScript support.
Stone Design is now shipping StampInStone 1.0, a native OS X PDF watermarking application that allows you to instantly add text or an image to every page of a PDF document. It offers control over color, font, size and placement. A 30-day trial of the $50 application is available online.
TC WORKS has announced SPARK 2.5, an OS X-compatible version of its audio processing application that includes enhanced editing features, such a new scrub tool which enables tape-style acoustic navigation through a file and a streamlined waveform overview and zoom handling. The OS X version supports Apple\'s Core Audio for extremely low latencies and Apple\'s Core MIDI for playback of the modular synthesizer from any connected MIDI device. It is expected to ship later this month for $400.
Proteus 1.6 is a new version of the multiservice IM client, offering custom Emoticons, Sound Packs, Icon Packs, and Fonts. Other changes include a revamped preferences section, improved performance, and a few bug fixes.
Microsoft will renew its commitment to the Mac in a presentation by MacBU General Manager Kevin Browne scheduled for April 10. The 5-year contract between Apple and Microsoft, which included a $150 million investment and continued development of Mac Office, ends this summer. The MacWorld UK article notes that the presentation will also touch on the .NET\'s role in the Mac community, noting that Corel and Microsoft have been developing an alternatve version of the .NET runtime for FreeBSD.
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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
Secure your Google accounts today
Google is offering 2GB of Google Drive storage today for free, if users check the security of their accounts. As part of Safer Internet Day 2016, the scheme will give the 2GB storage extension to anyone going through the Google Security Checkup, examining connected devices, permissions, and other security settings associated with their Google account.
Swift benchmarking suite goes open-source
Following the release of new betas for all its platforms, Apple on Monday also made a suite of 75 tools for benchmarking Swift-developed coding projects, including libraries for benchmarking functions, a utility for comparing the resulting metrics, and a driver for running them. The company says it is asking the community for help in developing additional benchmarks, as well as further "helper" libraries and overall code review for better stability and performance. Apple plans to include benchmark pull requests in Swift's new continuous integration system as well. http://bit.ly/1W8u0EU
Instagram now supporting multiple accounts
As reported earlier, Instagram is now rolling out support for multiple accounts (up to five) in version 7.1.5 of its iOS app. The feature has been one of the main attractions of third-party Instagram clients, but it is unclear if users must seek out an "add account" preference in the app; additionally, some users are reporting that the ability to add accounts has not yet been added. The company says notifications "depend on when you last logged in, and the number of devices that are logged into that account," suggesting not all notifications across accounts will appear when logged into a given one. http://bit.ly/1moh95p
Pictures of Galaxy S7, Edge leaked
New images have been leaked of Samsung's new Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge. The images of the Galaxy S7 are very similar to a draft leaked earlier this year, with a curved back reminiscent of the iPhone 3G with the normal Samsung camera hump in the upper center of the phone. The picture of the Galaxy S7 Edge as leaked is running a benchmark application showing modest improvements over the S6 line, if accurate. Both models are expected to be formally announced in a February 21 press event hosted by Samsung. http://bit.ly/20Gf07X