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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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