MacNN Reader Rick Lyon writes that a heated discussion over a serious display issue with Apple\'s latest line of Power Mac computers continues on Apple\'s online Discussion forum. This issue was first raised several weeks ago by concerned customers, and Apple has yet to issue an official statement. \"Flashes,\" or momentary LCD display distortion, are characteristic of the alleged nVidia GeForce 4 MX-related problem.
osx.macnn.com notes that Adam Iser has released Adium 1.6 beta 4.
Adium v1.6b4 fixes several major bugs including one in the previous release of the application that caused the chat window to close when switching the default window mode. Beta 4 restores some previously-removed features, displays long idle times -- of over 550 hours -- and address countless other user requests.
Digital Voodoo today introduced Compound, a 64-bit PCI card for the Macintosh that includes an SD-SDI input and output, 6 channels of AES/EBU digital audio and Composite, Component and S-video. The $5000 card will be available in the second quarter of 2002 with compatibility for Adobe Premiere, Adobe After Effects, Apple Final Cut Pro and other industry-standard applications. Also included is Letterbox functionality, \'Safe Picture\' and Title generation and Video genlock.
OpenAG/X v1.1.1 is the third release of the AudioGalaxy file sharing client deemed \"stable\" by SourceForge developer Eric Seidel and the fifth public release of the Mac OS X application. OpenAG boasts many features, including robust support of the v520L AudioGalaxy protocol, good performance and full support of file sharing and downloading. This release includes third-party updates, fixes to memory glitches and includes a new application icon. A Unix command line application and library are also available.
Joliet Volume Access v2.0.3 improves the reading of Windows-compatible CD-ROMs, as well as CD-ROMs with MP3, HTML and other long-named contents. JVA version 2.0.3 supports CD/DVD SpeedTools, can show more information about CDs and has been localized for the French language.
SCRIPTit v1.0.2 is an update of the FileMaker interface enhancement plug-in that includes a new auto-update parameter and several bug fixes including those relating to the GetPathToFM function and character translation. SCRIPTit allows FileMaker Pro users to create script events and dynamic popup menus with the XML markup language. A single-user license for SCRIPTit is $89.
PHP 4.2.0 is an update to the web scripting language used for server-side, cross-platform, HTML embedding. The update now has experimental support for Apache 2, while the biggest change concerns variable handling -- \"External variables (from the environment, the HTTP request, cookies or the web server) are no longer registered in the global scope by default.\"
Sorenson Squeeze 2.0 is a video compression tool for QuickTime or Flash MX that allows users to create high-quality Quicktime video and audio. The update adds to and improves filtering and camera support as well as including batch compression via Watch folders.
Beenox has announced that they will be demonstrating The VATZ, their new 3D action/strategy game -- powered by Goliath -- at the Electronic Entertainment Expo in Los Angeles. Goliath is a new 3D engine that provides features such as advanced physic engine, open-ended logic architecture, real-time shadows and lighting, ultra-customizable particle systems, level of detail rendering and animation interpolation. [updated]
LaCie SilverKeepr v1.0 is a freeware application for Mac OS 9 & X that automates backups to external hard drives and any other IDE, ATAPI, SCSI, USB, or Firewire interface devices.
America Online 31B is a new version of the client for AOL\'s network, adding the ability to switch screen names with greater ease. It is available to AOL members at keyword \'beta\'.
GMXMLParser 1.1 is a $25 plug-in for REALbasic based off the Expat XML Parser project that parses XML documents; it compiles for PPC, Carbon and Windows. ResPloder 1.0 explodes the resources of a file into folders and can implode a ResPloded folder back into a file. [GMXML, RP]
IntelliMerge 2.2 adds delayed mailing functions to the customized mailing application from Intelli Innovations. Other enhancements includes functions for properly encoding mime types for common attachments and other bug fixes. [Classic, OSX]
Gateway\'s new style-conscious computer product lines feature \"shiny platinum desktops with dark graphite highlights and all-platinum laptops that, with their shiny, futuristic look, bear a passing resemblance to the Titanium G4 laptops released by Apple Computer,\" according to Forbes.com.
MandrakeSoft is now shipping Mandrake Linux 8.2 PPC, a two-CD set of its customized Linux distribution. Version 8.2 adds support for \"OldWorld\" and \"NewWorld\" machines, network install via AirPort, an Applescript \"wrapper\" for setting up BootX parameters, an update Kernel 2.4.17-17mdk, support for Firewire devices, and Netatalk for Apple network file/print services. It sells for $25 without manuals or support.
Express Computer, an IT publication in India, says that Apple needs a new core strategy in India: \"Despite improvements in support and its reseller base, Appleís share of the desktop (and notebook) market is still low at less than one percent. Even if you take Apple\'s share of the sales of branded machines, Apple India needs to ramp up volumes to triple their present level to match the kind of market share it has in the US.\"
Bare Bones Software today released Super Get Info 1.0.7, an update to its file/folder info utility. It adds support for previewing for audio tracks on mounted CD volumes, vCard documents, and clipping files (including Unicode text and URL clippings) and also incorporates various enhancements and fixes for reported issues. [update, demo]
Gefen today released its Ex-Tend-It USB-200, which which extends two USB peripherals up to 330 feet (100 meters) from a computer using sender and receiver units connected by a CAT-5 (Ethernet) cable. It is $450.
Easel 2.0b is the first public release of the \"new simulation language designed to look at systems in which local actors interact to produce system-wide emergent properties. The motivation behind the language is survivability research, particularly with respect to Internet security and survival of critical national infrastructures. [It] can also be used for social, economic, and biological simulations.\" It is available for both Classic and OS X.
Musicianís iPod Tools is a suite of applications designed to help musicians store data such as upcoming gigs, a music equipment list, a list of song titles, a set list, or even a basic calendar of events or a list of recipes, on an iPod. Mac OS 9 version is available for free, while an OS X version is \"coming soon.\"
ATI today announced a new Trade-in, Trade-Up program in North America, offering a $50 instant rebate when customers purchase either the 64MB or 128MB Radeon 8500 as well as a $100 mail-in rebate when customers trade-in an older ATI video card or any competitive video card. The promo runs for 30 days. (ATI is also offering the \"Entertain Your Mac\" bundle, which combines the Xclaim TV USB Edition card and a Radeon 7000 Mac Edition graphics card, for $200 as well as the \"Supercharge your Power Mac G4\" promo, which offers $150 rebate on the Radeon 8500 when customers return the standard video card bundled with their Power Mac G4.)
Chimera 0.2.3 is an update to the \"new project focused on delivering a best-of-breed browser for Mac OS X. A blending of the brains/brawn of the core technolgies from Mozilla, such as the Gecko layout engine, with the beauty of Quartz text rendering in a Cocoa app.\" The latest version fixes slow text rendering, repairs an incorrect gamma mapping, adds Aqua-form controls, and introduces limited popup menu support.
Alco Blom\'s bookmark utility URL Manager Pro 3.0fc14 is now in final candidate status, adding support for OmniWeb (requires v4.1b4) and improves Mac OS X look and feel by supporting antialiased text drawing of its bookmark windows (enable the \'Use Font Smoothing\' preference).
NewTek is inviting user to the unveiling of LightWave [7.5], a major update to its 3D animation software. The event will take place on Thursday, April 25th in New York City at the Mariott Riga Royal Hotel. Limited registration is available.
Stargazer\'s Delight 6.0, a full-featured desktop planetarium and sky simulator, brings OS X 10 support as well as \"countless small improvements and enhancements.\" The $30 application offers views of the sky for any date and for any location on Earth and \"contains all the constellations and their boundaries, provides lots of information on every star, shows the phases of the moon and the apparent brightness of the planets.\" it is available in English and German.
Beginning this fall, the University of Texas will require students entering its teacher preparation programs to have an Apple-branded laptop: \"The move, which will be formally announced Monday, first will affect about 300 students, mostly juniors and seniors, in the colleges of education, fine arts, liberal arts and natural sciences. Many more eventually will be affected by the new program, which will require students to have a university-approved Apple laptop running specific software.\" The two-year agreement with Apple reportedly offers students a laptop for $1,000 and also guarantees technical support and training by Apple.
SFX Machine 1.55 is an update to the Premiere-format audio effects plug-in for the Macintosh that offers advanced sound design capabilities with a multi-effects interface. Version 1.5.5 is optimized for the G4, offers improved reliability, and no longer uses key disk copy protection. For a limited time, the $300 application is available as a $25 competitive upgrade. It requires Peak, Peak LE, Deck, Vision, Premiere, Digital Performer, Logic Audio or Metro.
Auction Listing Creator 4.1, an update to the Ebay seller\'s tool, fixes the save colors bug and adds a new layout option and has more interface tweaks for OS X.
The Plugin Site has released an OS X version of Plugin Galaxy for AE 5.5, a collection of 20 After Effects plugins containing 129 different animatable video effects, such as transparency manipulation, blurring, texture and pattern generation, noise creation, mirroring and warping as well as metal, chrome, neon, pop art, glass, rainbow, sunshine and star effects. It is a $25 update to the $100 application.
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Trade-up program expands in Europe
Smartphone users in France, Italy, and Spain will have until at least August of this year to trade in old iPhone, Windows Phone, or Android models at Apple Stores, and put the reward towards a new iPhone -- thanks to an expansion of Apple's trade-in program into those countries. The money given for the trade-in must be applied towards a new iPhone on a two-year payment plane, and traders must qualify under a credit check as part of the program. Interested customers can apply for the trade-in at their nearest Apple Store. http://bit.ly/1qPsldD
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 ‚ā¨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