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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 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]
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 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 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 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.
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.
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.
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 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\'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 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.
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 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.
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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Apple want ads hint at future Watch faces
An Apple job listing for a dedicated clock face team may suggest future fashion-brand partnerships, possibly in time for the updated watchOS updates that are likely to be revealed at this spring's Worldwide Developer Conference. Since the introduction of watchOS 2, there has only been four new watch faces, but three of them were left over from the first release, with only one truly new one -- the co-branded HermÃ©s face exclusive to that edition. There is a rumored March 15 event, but if that takes place it will likely focus on new band options as regards the Apple Watch. http://apple.co/1O1TbTI
Microsoft may end Office Support Professional prog
Microsoft appears to be either ending or seriously revamping its "Accredited Support Professional Program" for training on Microsoft Office for Mac and iOS it has offered at MacTech conferences since 2013. The program is not on offer at the upcoming MacTech tour, which begins on March 16 in San Francisco and includes a number of other cities. Microsoft has released a statement that it is "evaluating options for 2016, but don't have anything to share at this time." http://bit.ly/1KDz3MQ
Office for Mac v15.18 released
Microsoft has issued an update for the Mac version of its productivity suite, Office 2016. The v15.18 update offers improvements for all of the included apps, such as bringing full screen support to Outlook and allowing Word to save PDF files to flash drives. In addition, a new selection pane has been added to PowerPoint and Excel for keeping track of objects, and shapes can now be added to OneNote notebook pages. The update is free for all users, but requires a Mac running OS X 10.10 or later and a valid Microsoft Office 365 subscription. http://bit.ly/1Q7pAzW
Apple to open new south Florida mall store
According to real estate trade papers in south Florida, Apple has signed a lease for a new retail space in Miami, at the forthcoming Brickell City Centre (yes, the UK spelling is used) open-air mall, which is set to open later this year. The center will feature a five-story shopping area, condominiums, a hotel and office buildings, along with a "climate ribbon" in the shopping area to keep visitors cool, eschewing traditional air conditioning. The exact location of the Apple Store within the plan is not yet clear, but the destination already boasts 75 confirmed stores. http://bit.ly/1Q7n7Wd
Filemaker provides free custom app guide
FileMaker announced today the release of the first in a three-part series of free how-to guides that will lead teams through the process of building a custom app using the FileMaker Platform. FileMaker's new how-to guides provide a step-by-step process that starts with a planning cycle covering goals, requirements, functionality and usability, and run all the way through identifying user scenarios, defining requirements, addressing integration, providing security, and deployment of the final product. http://bit.ly/1o08wQh
OCZ Trion 150 SSD shifts to 15nm TLC NAND
SSD manufacturer OCZ has updated its entry-level 2.5-inch Trion 100 SSD. The new Trion 150 has similar performance to the now replaced model, and now utilizes 15nm TLC NAND. Sequential read speeds top out at 550MB/S, with 4KB random write speeds running from 25K IOPS in the 120GB model, to 64K IOPS in the 960GB version of the drive. Endurance is limited to 30TB in the 120GB, and peaks at 240TB in the 960GB version. Retail prices vary between $46 for 120GB, to $270 for the 960GB version. http://bit.ly/1nVmlyL
Google off the hook in CAPTCHA labor suit
US District Jacqueline Scott Corley has dismissed a proposed class-action suit against Google, that alleged that Google secretly was given an economic gain without user knowledge. The suit alleged, correctly, that the second word in Google's CAPTCHA service was used as a crowd-sourced word identification for Google's book-scanning project. The judge ruled that the suit as filed had no facts to support a "reasonable consumer would expect to receive compensation" for the seconds it took to complete the form, and in addition, the free Gmail account provided more than offset any labor penalty incurred by the user. http://bit.ly/1o06Cir