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IDC: iMac puts Apple further ahead
Apple saw a five percent increase in its worldwide computer market position, as it inched to ninth overall -- virtually tied with the popular PC manufacturer Acer. "Apple is one of only a handful of companies to eke out growth anywhere in the shrinking market," says John G. Spooner in a c|net News.com article. Market researcher IDC cites strong unit sales -- as many as 809,000 units -- of Apple's new flat-panel iMac computer as cause for the overall rise. Apple's overall U.S. market share remains between three and four percent as the company reports a slight increase from 3.4% to 3.7% in a year's time.
WebPics 2.5 released with CSS support
WebPics v2.5 is a $16 shareware application that assists novice Web developers with the creation of HTML-based digital photo albums. WebPics can create galleries from JPEG, GIF, PICT, BMP and TIFF files with varying description font faces and gallery background colors. This version uses an updated HTML generation engine that uses CSS in place of the standard "font" tag used in HTML documents. [Classic, Carbon]
New I/O card from Digital Voodoo offers RT
Digital Voodoo today announced that it would ship the second-generation D1 64 video input/out card, the D1 64RT. The D1 64RT offers enhanced basic features, including multi-stream RealTime (RT) video, five different dissolves, color correction and a programmable interface for future updates. The $3500 PCI card, which will ship in the secod quarter of 2002, offers letterbox capabilities, 'Safe Picture,' and support for the V 210 10-bit video format.
ConceptDraw MINDMAP v1.1: brainstorming app
ConceptDraw MINDMAP v1.1 is a free update to the brainstorming application, offering an export to PDF function (and the ability to embed fonts in documents); a new floating, resizable text note window; and other enhancements. Both Standard ($100) and Professional ($150) versions are available online. [Standard, Pro]
dvGarage posts trial of EIU 3D Toolkit
dvGarage and Electric Image have announced a new trial version of 3D Toolkit, which includes a limited version that saves and renders, without watermarks, for 30 Days as well as 11 of dvGarage's visual training lessons. The tutorials are designed "to get users familiar with important aspects of 3D within days." The full $200 version of Electric Image Universe: 3D Toolkit includes over 20 tutorials.
ecConvert: import routines for ecOrganizer
ecConvert is an update to the tool to convert Contacts to ecOrganizer, adding imports for contact files exported by Microsoft Entourage, Palm Desktop/Claris Organizer, Outlook Express for Mac and Windows. ecOrganizer is a FileMaker Pro workgroup diary-, contact- and projectmanagement system with optional modules for quoting, invoicing as well as time and cost management.
Erase The Trail 2.01: file, drive management
Mallet and Bare's Erase The Trail 2.01 is a file and hard drive management tool that offers the ability to batch change creator codes; delete, create, and view invisible files; and backup functions as well as full Mac OS X support, a new interface, performance enhancements, shortcut/favorite toolbards, and other enhancments to the $10 shareware utility.
Musicianís iPod Tools now available for OS X
Musician's iPod Tools, now available for OS X, is a suite of applications designed to help musicians store data on an iPod, including lists of upcoming gigs, a music equipment list, a list of song titles, a set list, and a basic calendar of events or a list of recipes.
Analyst: 800MHz PowerBook due next week
Carl Howe, principal analyst at Forrester, speculates that there's an 800 MHz version of the PowerBook G4 coming out April 30th with possibly a new video subsystem, according to a NewsFactor report. The report notes a shortage in the reseller channel of current model PowerBook, leading to speculation that new PowerBooks should be announced soon.
AlgeKalk 1.0: algebraic calculator
AlgeKalk 1.0 is described as a "convenient, free way to perform operations often used in algebra on your numbers. Unlike handheld calculators, AlgeKalk gives you the result of your operation in a form you can use, like converting decimals to fractions. AlgeKalk can handle huge numbers, and is also extensively AppleScript-able." It is $10 "donationware."
Apple VP to keynote Mac Business Expo
Apple's Vice President of the Americas and Asia Pacific John Brandon will kick-off the 10th Annual Macintosh Business Expo at 8:30 a.m. on May 2nd. The keynote will cover topics regarding the latest advances in Apple technology. The Expo, sponsored by Apple, Procreate, Adobe, and Epson, will be held at the Oregon State Convention Center; the show floor is open to the public from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and will include over 40 exhibitors, 30 seminars, and the 25 seat gaming pavilion and many great show only specials at the Sales Pavilion. Admission is free with registration.
NewTek ships LightWave [7.5]
NewTek announced today the release of LightWave [7.5], the latest version of it 3D animation, modeling and rendering application. it offers "hundreds of new features and improvements," including new animation tools, improved character animation tools, better lighting effects, and improved rendering. LightWave [7.5] is now available for $1,600; upgrades are $400 for th next 60 days. It is a free upgrade for v7.0 users.
iMate SDK for OS X helps driver development
Griffin has released an iMate SDK for OS X, which includes a pre-release of the Griffin iMate driver 1.5, "Communicating with ADB Devices" White Paper and the ADB Parser OS X Application. The company says that the tools will "open up the door for aggressive development of drivers for many popular ADB devices and peripherals under OS X. The SDK allows developers to easily support the hundreds of legacy ADB devices, including trackballs, hardware protection dongles, tablets, calibrators, and numerous specialty devices."
Virtix Zoom for iMovie offers pro effects
Virtix has released Virtix Zoom for iMovie, which contains 10 special effects that allow the user to magnify or highlight a portion of a clip. The zooming algorithms operate at 60 fields per second to guarantee smooth motion and = allow the user to select an area on the image and a zoom factor from 1 to 10. The $20 utility includes the complementary effects Spotlight and Witness Protection.
ImageBuddy v2.1.0 supports EXIF data
Kepmad Systems has updated its $15 shareware utility, ImageBuddy v2.1.0, which brings the ability to read EXIF data in the JPEG files produced by digital cameras (for info on a photo's shooting conditions). It offers extensive photo printing options, drag & drop support, and support for Classic and OS X. [Classic, Carbon]
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