Power On Software has updated Now Up-to-Date & Contact 4.2, its scheduler and contact manager for individuals and workgroups. It offers native Mac OS X support for Palm handheld devices, adds a new backup utility that allows users to recover previous versions, the addition of the new NowPak for iPod module for exporting contacts, a new holiday file that adds support for a number of European holidays, and a native OS X installer. Version 4.2, only required for OS X users who utilize the Palm sync features, requires that the Palm 4 Hotsync Manager be installed. The full boxed version is $130 ($10 discount for the electronic version), while upgrades are $50.
Apple last week demonstrated to publishing professionals the advantages of Mac OS X in the print and publishing sectors at IPEX 2002. Mac OS X presents many advantages to the industry, including measurable productivity gains stemming from the OS’s advanced multi-tasking technology. IPEX will give visitors the opportunity to find out what applications are currently available and their potential benefits in a business setting.
The La Jolla Underground today announced the immediate availability of Radio Poster v1.0 -- an application program that allows Mac users to posts messages to a \'Radio\' Web log.
The French telecommunications regulator has been looking into \"relaxing the rules\" regarding wireless LANs (Local Area Networks) in France. Because the French military uses the 2.4GHz frequency band -- which Apple\'s Airport runs on -- regulations, such as \"transmissions not spill over into public spaces\", have been put into place so that the military equipment would not encounter interference, according to MacWorld UK.
BIAS has unveiled Deck v3.5, an update to their multi-track digital audio workstation software available only on the Macintosh platform. The $400 software, which is available during the 2nd quarter of 2002, is now Mac OS X compatible, CoreAudio and CoreMIDI support has been improved, OMF import has been added as well as real-time Surround Mixing capabilities.
ZikSW has released XChar v1.0, a utility that allows users to use uncommon characters without having to remember key combinations. The $10 shareware application uses a simple \"drag-and-drop\" interface, and when reduced takes up little screen real estate.
Panasonic has released 3 new multi-function printers -- the WORKiO DP-6010, 4510 and 3510 -- which can copy, print, scan and fax at 60 (DP-6010), 45 (DP-4510) and 35 (DP-3510) copies per minute. The DP-6010 and 4510 are available this month for $18,000 and $13,000 respectively, while the 3510 will be available in July. [Site not updated]
Classic? v2.0 is a tool that helps control the Classic enviroment in Mac OS X. It can now startup and shutdown Classic, allows quick access to Control Panels, can rebuild the desktop files, and consumes less RAM and CPU; price is $8.
Gideon Softworks has released Snard v1.0, a launcher that can be used as a system menu or from the dock. It is able to open applications, help organize work cycles, and give quick access to system preferences. New in the release are Dockling Replacements and better support for different configurations. [Menu, Dock]
The freeware Podtext 1.0 is a \"quick\'n\'dirty tool to transfer text-based notes into your iPod that can be read just like «Contacts» directly on the iPod\'s screen.\" [Classic, OSX]
Mickaël Rottiers has released K-Lendar 1.5, an update to his $15 shareware desktop calendar utility that tracks meetings and optionally exports items to your iPod. It adds contextual menu support and visualization by colors.
Proteus 1.6.1b2 is an update to the multi-service IM client for OS X, offering support for ICQ, MSN, Yahoo, AIM, and Jabber. It adds Dutch and Icelandic Localization, fixes a history logging bug, resolves MSN authorizatio, and has small speed improvements.
FileMaker today announced it has shipped more than 7.5 million units of FileMaker and that it has shipped more than 750,000 units of its FileMaker 5.5 product line since its introduction in May 2001: \"Today IT departments are doing more with less. FileMaker is part of the answer, enabling workgroups to share and manage data and increase productivity, without demanding lots of IT cycles,\" said Dominique Goupil, president of FileMaker.
IOXperts is publicly testing its WiFi (802.11b) Driver v1.0b8 for OS 8/9, offering support for many wireless cards. The preview is available for download for free or as a $15 purchase during the beta period (after which it will be $20). The company is also testing its OS X drivers for USBStill Cameras and has released its FireWire Webcam Driver for OS X.
Word Translator 4.6 adds integrated vocabulary drills to the foreign language dictionary tool with simple text translation features. The $40 application includes 14 language dictionaries, quick dictionary searches, and integration with other Mac applications.
Apple today announced that it has shipped nearly half a million SuperDrive-equipped Macs and more than 2 million DVD-R media discs to date since it first introduced the SuperDrive and its iDVD and DVD Stuio authoring applications in January 2001: \"All SuperDrive-equipped Macs include iDVD 2 software, the world\'s easiest- to-use application for creating DVDs that play in consumer DVD players, and the only consumer DVD authoring application that can create professional- looking DVDs with full-motion menu buttons and backgrounds.\" The Boston Globe has today also published an iMac review that concludes the \"Stunning SuperDrive puts the latest Apple iMac over the top.\" [updated]
Chimera 0.2 is a Cocoa-based OS X Mozilla browser, bringing a \"highly experimental implementation of Quartz rendering,\" improved scrolling, enhancements to the tab browser, support for command/shift clicking links, and other UI improvements.
osx.macnn.com has reports on a preview of ePhoto, CE Software\'s QuicKeys X 1.5, a system performance visualizer, a StartupItem Manager 1.0, and an updated iPod sync utility.
Reckless Drivin\' 1.4 brings limited gampepad support under OS X, force-feedback support, and bug fixes to the racing/action game for the Mac.
Sambucus 2.0 is a $20 time-tracking application designed for freelancers and small buisnesses. Version 2.0 adds contact information storage, the ability to add notes to projects and tasks, per-task billing options, import/export options, and a flexible reporting module. [Classic, Carbon]
ePhoto is a cross platform alternative to the Apple\'s iPhoto, has the ability to visually search large collections of digital photos and digital videos: \"Using advanced search, you can find photos or video that have similar objects in them. With the QueryPad you can even draw a rough sketch and ask ePhoto to find images that are similar to your drawing.\"A preview release, now available, is designed to provide users an early trial/preview. It expires April 24th.
Wacom has introduced the Cintiq 18sx, the world’s first large-format, pressure-sensitive Interactive Pen Display for high-end graphics design and photo and video editing, including animation. It features an 18.1\" diagonal LCD screen that offers a SXGA screen resolution of 1280 x 1024 pixels and includes a full 24-bit color LCD monitor display. It also includes a new Grip Pen with 512 levels of pressure, new 360-degree ergonomic stand, and a new cable management system that combines power, video and tablet communications into a single conductor (with video interfaces for analog (VGA) and digital (DVI) connections, as well as USB and serial tablet connections). It will be available in May for $3,500.
Elluminate\'s vClass v3.0 offers live instruction over the Internet through the use of 2-way audio, direct messaging and a shared, interactive whiteboard. [pricing not available]
Netopia today announced the immediate availability of netOctopus 4.0, bringing support for both Windows XP and Mac OS X. Other enhancements include a fully integrated SQL database and enhanced software distribution capabilities. It also offers live synchronization between netOctopus and standard databases such as MS SQL.
CE Software has released QuicKeys X 1.5, an upgrade to its automation utility software. It includes controls for menu, window and click shortcuts. It offers the ability to select any menu from your favorite applications; automatically collapse, close or zoom a window; simulate mouse clicks relative to a window; and instantaneously start/stop Classic. Upgrades to the $80 utility are $16. A $15 special discount \"migration\" offer is available over the phone.
As anticipated earlier today, Adobe has announced FrameMaker 7.0, a new version of its enterprise authoring and publishing software for sharing and repurposing content in print and over the Web. New XML capabilities allow distribution information over multiple mediums, including print, the Web, PDF files, and PDAs. Version 7.0 also brings new templates; bundled software for creating HTML, Palm reader, and other handheld versions; and support for SVG, Adobe\'s XMP (Extensible Metadata Platform) and WebDav (World Wide Web Distributed Authoring and Versioning). Both desktop and server versions are due in the second quarterfor $800 and $8,000 respectively. Upgrades to the desktop version are $210 (for 90 days and $350 thereafter). [editor\'s note: c|net incorrectly reported the Server version will be available for the Mac]
Iomega today introduced two new lines of \"rugged\" FireWire external hard drives, including a sleek new Iomega HDD Portable Hard Drive available now in 20GB ($230) and 30GB ($280) capacities, and the high-capacity Iomega HDD External Hard Drive, due in May, in 80GB ($330) and 120GB ($380) capacities. The portable drive line offers 21MB/sec transfer rates and both lines include Iomega\'s QuikSync software, which provides automatic on-the-fly backup as well as disaster recovery software.
Panasonic and Apple today announced at NAB they are collaborating on two technologies for the professional video industry, including adding FireWire to upcoming Panasonic DVCPRO50 and DVCPRO HD tape decks and supporting Panasonic’s new AG-DVX100 24P mini-DV camcorder in a future version of Final Cut Pro, offering the ability to acquire, digitally transfer via high speed FireWire, and edit content in Final Cut Pro at the camcorder’s native 24 frames-per-second, 480-line progressive-scan resolution.
Adobe later today is expected to announce FrameMaker 7.0, is a package of tools for composing documents for print and electronic distribution, according to c|net\'s news.com. Version 7.0 includes an XML-based server module and tools that can automatically reformat documents for the Web, in PDF format, or for Palm-based devices as well as new templates to help desktop users optimize documents and a point-and-click WYSIWYG interface. It is due this quarter in desktop ($800) and server versions ($8,000), while upgrades are $350 and $4,000 respectively.
The freeware PhotoPage 1.5b1 adds image masks (and masking background color), linked invidual photo pages, and other bug fixes to the Web-gallery creation utility.
FireWire Depot today announced several new products including its new Aluminum 5.25\" FireWire/USB combo enclosure ($170), two versions of a dual channel FireWire PCI card ($170, $190), rack mount FireWire removable enclosures ($130), more configurations of the multi-device FireWire enclosure series ($315), and Oxford 911-based bridgeboards ($85). It also says it is \"in the final stages of testing the new Pioneer 104 DVD drive with numerous enclosures and applications\" and is expected to release more new enclosures, including a tri-bay enclosure, a FireWire digital camera, and a new 2.5\" enclosure.
Christian Vick\'s iPod2iTunes 0.9b1 offers custom synchronization routines based on playlist, artist, and genre, maintaining a synchronization history that creates a date&time stamped playlist which shows the tracks which you\'ve transferred to your Mac.
DEVONthink v1.1 is knowledge management is designed for storing, organising and retrieving documents, pictures, source codes, multi-media files, code-fragments or structured data (HTML, XML) of any kind. It offers semi- and full- automatic classifying of contents, automatic listing of similar contents (see-also), image and text lookup and comparison, text analysis, a Finder-like interface, and full OS X integration with services. Personal ($35) and Standardard ($70) editions are available.
StartupItemManager 1.0 is \"the only\" OS X shareware ($15) utility that allows users to manage custom startup services (a.k.a. StartupItems) without using the Unix command line, allowing users to create, edit, enable/disable, and delete startup items with ease. Update: Boot Config 1.0 is a freeware utility that lets you control the startup items in /Library and /System/Library, allowing you to disable unused items with the click of the mouse, while Diablotin 1.1.1 is a freeware Preference pane which allows you to manage items which have been added to Mac OS X in the /Library folder, including startup items, fonts, and screensavers. [SIM, BX, DB]
Intelli Innovations has released Barcode Producer 1.2.5, which adds new high-resolution printing services, an improved symbologies palette, and several bug fixes to the barcode generation suite for the Mac. [Classic, Carbon]
X3 0.1.2 is an application that visualizes the system performance in the form of a realtime rotating 3D-object in the Dock that \"is designed to use very little memory and processor cycles so you can keep it running all the time.\" It adds 30 more objects, independent multi-color customization, transparent objects, object zooming memory optimizations, and Japanese localization.
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Ultimate Ears debuts UE Roll 2 speaker
On Tuesday, audio accessory maker Ultimate Ears unveiled a new version of the UE Roll Bluetooth speaker. The new UE Roll 2, which sells for $100, looks identical to the previous version, but gets about 15 percent louder. In addition, the unit now supports a Bluetooth source signal up to 100 feet away, an improvement on the original's 65-foot limit. While both the old and new versions of the UE Roll offer an IPX7 waterproof rating, the company now includes a blow-up "floaty" with the speaker to avoid the risk of prolonged exposure. The new unit will begin general shipping next month. http://bit.ly/1TJWE0Z
Philips launches Hue White Ambiance bulbs
Philips latest HomeKit-compatible Hue light bulbs have hit the market. The new Hue White Ambiance bulbs are designed to allow users to control their color temperature to enhance either focus, or create a more relaxing tone. Combined with the latest update to the Philips Hue app, the new bulbs can be set according to user "routines." The "wake-up" mode gently turns up the brightness of the bulb, while conversely, the "go to sleep" mode gradually reduces the color temperature and brightness. The Philips Hue White Ambiance starter kit retails for $130, while single bulbs sell for $30. http://bit.ly/1TJT3Qn
Pluggable Technologies three-display USB-C dock
Peripheral company Plugable Technologies today launched the industry's first wave of USB-C docking stations with both Power Delivery and DisplayPort Alternate Mode support. The Plugable UD-CA1 Docking Station integrates support for both of these new capabilities, along with the full set of standard USB docking features like wired network, audio, and extra USB ports. Model UD-ULTCDL builds on this, adding support for three total displays using DisplayLink USB virtual graphics technology. The UD-CA1 retails for $129, with the UD-ULTCDL selling for $179, and available soon. http://bit.ly/1TrVVTJ
Spotify deploys new $15 family plan
Spotify has today launched a new family program. Up to six family members can have individual accounts for $15 per month for the group. All current "Premium for Family" members will be migrated to the new program. The new plan is available today globally, minus Canada. http://spoti.fi/1OSJrCK
Speck CandyShell Clear with Glitter case
Speck today announced CandyShell Clear with Glitter. Thousands of tiny pieces of glitter are embedded within the case, with what the company calls "military-grade drop protection in a slim profile." CandyShell Clear with Glitter is available now on Speck's website for $40 and up. http://bit.ly/1OSHIgM
Three UK nudges MMS users toward apps
British carrier Three has suggested its users take advantage of messaging apps, as part of an announcement regarding multimedia messaging (MMS) price rises. While the price of a message will increase on June 13 from 17.4p ($0.25) to 40p ($0.58) per MMS, Three notes that customers can avoid the hefty fees by using Skype, WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, and other services. http://bit.ly/1Rk0TKM
Belight Soft launches Art Text 3
Belight Soft has launched the latest version of its graphic design software, Art Text 3. The new version sticks with the goals of the previous iterations in developing a creative art text tool that is easy to use for beginners, but produces powerful results that will also appeal to pros. Among its key features are over 70 customizable templates to assist with logo design, word art, web elements and picture captions. Users can customize 3D materials using over 200 textures, over 140 bump map surfaces and over 80 environment map textures. Users of either of the two previous versions can upgrade to the new version for $30, a $20 savings. New users can also enjoy the $30 price as an introductory offer through the Mac App Store until May 31. http://bit.ly/1U6jFqu