Andromeda v1.92 is an update to the MP3 utility that offers functions for streaming files over the Internet using Apache. It has remote playback, private/public play lists and personal jukebox functions. The $20 \"donationware\" application supports skins, video files, and a variety of audio formats.
POPmonitor v2.0 is a complete rewrite of the $25 e-mail management software with new functionality, performance enhancements and an improved user interface. POPmonitor offers the ability to delete email directly on the server, to automate the removal of unwanted messages by creating lists of trusted and blocked senders and by creating custom filters based on other criteria. Also available is the option to automatically return rejected mail to the sender to indicate that the message is unwanted, or to notify a coworker that further correspondence is necessary.
c|net points to a serious flaw in Microsoft Office 2001 and v.X for the Macintosh -- only recently acknowledged by the software giant -- that would leave a user\'s system open to Internet \'vandals\' and computer worms. Malicious hackers can cause a complete system crash of Mac OS 9, or an application crash in Mac OS X by formatting HTML in a particular manner and taking advantage of the software\'s built-in HTML engine. Discovered by the w00w00 security group, the method can result in loss of work, or just simple annoyance. \"In all cases, writing shellcode (a program) to exploit this problem is simple.\" A patch to correct the hole is now available from Microsoft; OS X users can get the update via the Apple Software Update application; a Microsoft Office X Combined Update also addresses the issue; a small patch is available for Mac OS 9.
MIDI Monitor v1.1 is a free utility that displays MIDI signals in a variety of formats and can watch both incoming and outgoing MIDI streams as well as filter them by message type and channel, \"Musicians will find it handy for tracking down confusing MIDI problems. Programmers can use it to test MIDI drivers and applications.\" An update allows MIDI Monitor to \"spy\" on MIDI data as it is sent to destinations by other applications; version 1.1 offers an updated interface to several portions of the software.
Mac OS-X Unleashed is a Mac OS X book that goes over many different aspects of Apple\'s operating system. The authors would like to note that mistakes in the book have been realized, and have been put onto a website before a future release of the book corrects the mistakes.
Symantec\'s Norton AntiVirus 8.0.1 is an antivirus appilcation for Mac OS X. The latest update, which is available via LiveUpdate (download update is not available at this time) resolves an issue that occurs when files in the Finder are replaced.
24U s.r.o. has updated 24U Email OSAX v2.0, its AppleScript Scripting Addition. The software automatically sends mail without an email client necessary. The update now provides OS 7-X support.
Troi Grabber Plug-in v1.5 is a plug-in for FileMaker Pro 5.5 that allows users to record pictures and movies directly into FileMaker Pro databases. New features include OS X compatibiltiy and new and improved example files. A fully functional version is available; full price is $80.
Chaotic Software has released Folder Spy v1.5, its folder monitoring shareware for Mac OS X. It now features support for saving and opening Folder Spy documents and improves the user interface. The price is $10.
Everyday Software\'s clipEdit 2.6 is a $5 shareware picture clipping editor for OS X. Version 2.6 adds sheet support, live window resizing, scroll wheel support, a dock menu, long file name support, Services support and speech recognition as well as a new interface and several bug fixes: \"It is particularly useful under Mac OS X because the Finder lacks the ability to copy text from a clipping window when being displayed.\"
Pooch 1.2, the Parallel OperatiOn and Control Heuristic Application, is designed for assembling and operating a parallel cluster. Version 1.2 adds support for jobs compiled with other MPIs; Cocoa apps and other bundle-based apps; Unix-based executables (including Mach-O executables and Unix scripts); Unix-style permissions, process monitoring, and process killing; and scheduling of Node registration. It is $150 for the first node and $100 for additional nodes through the month of April.
Afternoon tech news: HP shareholders appear to have narrowly approved the $20 billion acquisition of Compaq, according to an independent proxy certifying firm; IBM and Hitachi have agreed to combine their hard disk businesses into a single company; Intel yesterday met Wall Street expectations on stronger-than-expected microprocessor sales, earning $936 million, or 14 cents a share--nearly double its revenue and profit numbers from the year-ago-quarter.
The New York Times discusses the trends in PC case design in a piece titled \"The Beige Box Fades to Black,\" which notes new case styles/coloring from Dell, HP, Compaq, Gateway, and Sony: \"But the real innovator in computer design and the use of color has been Apple since Steven P. Jobs returned to the company in 1997.\"
Qualcomm yesterday released Classic and OS X versions of Eudora 5.1.1b23, which fixes dozens of bugs in the popular email client. [Classic, OSX]
Koingo Software\'s $12 shareware for securely storing passwords and other private info, Password Retriever 3.5, adds the ability to protect different password lists with different passwords, stores all information a single encrypted archive, and has new export options which allow you to specify unique delimiters. [Classic, OSX]
Iconographer 2.4, a fully-featured icon editor, allows you to both change the icons of items and to edit the icon resources used by various applications. Version 2.4 adds support for QuickTime effects, help tag support under OS X, palette snapping, and other performance/stability improvements. It supports classic Mac OS (8-bit icons only), Mac OS 8.5+ (32-bit icons with 8-bit icons), Mac OS X (128 x 128 icons in .icns files), Windows and Windows XP (.ico files), and Mac OS X Server (48 x 48 icons in .tiff files). [Classic, OSX]
RealViz yesterday announced Stitcher 3.5, an update to its application for building panoramas for film, print, 3D and the Web. Version 3.5 brings a new Forced\' Stitch option to create images in the exact position required; new lens distortion correction; the ability to crop final renderings; enhanced Horizon Definition for eradicating \'wavy\' cylindrical panoramas; a new Hotspot tool for creating hyperlinked areas; an artifact removal tool; and a new flat stitch function for assembling images of a flat object. It is due in May as a $200 upgrade to v3.1 owners. Full versions of the application are $500.
Apple yesterday reported a profit of $40 million or $0.11 per share on increased revenues of 1.5 billion, edging out analysts estimates of $0.10 profit. We have updated our conference call highlights from yesterday with more information. (We also noted the release of OS X 10.1.4 yesterday.)
Glucose today unveiled WeatherPop, a freeware tool that periodically queries the internet and displays the current weather conditions for virtually any city or town in the world in the menu bar.
Power On Software today released On Guard 3.4, an update to its security and computer access management software. It adds support for Apple\'s Navigation Services and the ability to prevent files from being saved into protected folders; prevents the use of the Finder\'s Duplicate command on protected items; allows removable USB and SCSI volumes to be recognized as \"Floppies/Removables\" and configured in the Security Tab of the On Guard Control Panel; and can now disable certain Internet Explorer menu items. It is a free update to v3.x owners of the $70 product.
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NBCUniversal adds Bravo, Syfy, E! to Apple TV
NBCUniversal has launched three new apps channels for Apple TV users. Bravo Now, Syfy Now and E! Now brings users access full seasons of current and past episodes of most of NBCUniversal's catalog. The Bravo Now app includes shows like "The Real Housewives of New York Cit," "Below Deck Mediterranean," comedy "Odd Mom Out" and "Top Chef." The Syfy Now app offers up shows like "The Magicians," thriller "12 Monkeys" and the reality show "Face Off." The E! Now app serves up shows like "Keeping Up with the Kardashians," "Botched," "#RichKids of Beverly Hills," Caitlyn Jenner's "I Am Cait," and "WAGS." While some content is free, most content requires users to authenticate via their cable satellite or telco TV provider. http://bit.ly/20K4Pea
Apple rolls out Arabic version of Apple.com
Apple has rolled out a new version of its Apple.com website for Arabic language users in the United Arab Emirates. The site utilizes a right-to-left reading format where it has been updated, although the upgrade is still in progress with a number of page links still in the original English language left-to-right format. Of particular note is that the site debuts an all-new custom Arabic font created by the Tarek Atrissi Design agency, giving it a highly contemporary look and feel. The new support for Arabic on its host website follows the introduction of full support for right-to-left languages in iOS 9, and the addition of Arabic support to Siri late last year. http://apple.co/20JHGIM
Adobe previews Photoshop content-aware crop
Adobe has previewed a new 'content-aware crop' feature from the next version of its Photoshop CC. The new feature is similar to its 'content-aware fill' from the current version of Photoshop CC, and potentially saves users time when cropping photos in a way that might otherwise leave blank white space in the frame. Adobe's 'content-aware' tech automatically assesses the blank space and seamlessly fills the blank space with the nearest related content in the space when a photo is expanded or rotated without the need to manually clone that part of the image. The feature allows users to move a horizon by adding more sky or ground, change the aspect ratio by adding content around the edges of the image and fill in the corners of an image when rotated during a crop. Adobe says the feature is coming soon and will be automatically available to Creative Cloud subscribers. http://adobe.ly/20JDFEu
Markzware updates Q2ID for QuarkXPress 12 files
Graphic design file conversion tool maker Markzware has launched a new version of its Q2ID tool. The InDesign plugin enables users to open QuarkXPress files within a new InDesign (INDD) document, without rebuilding the QXP document from scratch -- the new version includes support for QuarkXPress 12 files. Q2ID Subscription members can download the new version as part of their annual plan. A single-user can purchase the plugin for $200, with other licensing options available. http://bit.ly/1Z4dS9t
PopChar X 7.5 arrives
Ergonis Software has released PopChar X 7.5, an improved version of the company's tool for finding and inserting special characters and exploring fonts. PopChar X 7.5 adds support for combined emojis in the Apple Color Emoji font, enhances the "Font Info" view, and adds many further enhancements that improve overall speed and stability. PopChar X 7.5 retails for €30 ($34), and is free for anyone who owns a license for PopChar X 7 or purchased a license for PopChar X 6 on or after March 1, 2014 [4.5MB]
Safari Technology Preview release 5 arrives
Parallels Access 3.1 updated for iPad Pro
Virtualization software Parallels Access 3.1 has been updated with support for the 12.9-inch iPad Pro, including Apple Pencil support. The software allows remote access to your PC or Mac from anywhere to control desktop applications from iOS or Android tablets and phones, with native touch gestures, as well as from any computer with an HTML5 web browser. Featuring three resolution choices for your mobile device ("Best for your Device," "More Space," and "Same as Computer") and 3D Touch support for the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus, the update also adds a new Tablet Mode in Windows 10, which makes it easier to interact without a mouse or keyboard. http://bit.ly/1OWZqjg