Digital Video Editing has posted a comparision between the PowerMac G4 Dual 1GHz and a dual Athlon 1800+ MP while using Adobe After Effects 5.5. The comparision uses six different test, ranging from simple animations to virtual sets, all which give the edge to the dual Athlon 1800+. \"After seeing the results of these tests, we can only conclude that Apple\'s assertions that G4 workstations are faster than all Pentium 4 or Athlon XP-based systems are exaggerated, at least as far as After Effects is concerned.\"
FirewireDirect has released its new series of value-priced FireWire hard drives, the Essential Series, which includes a 2.5\" and 3.5\" model. The drives do not include USB 2.0 support, like most the other drives from FirewireDirect, but only FireWire support. The 3.5\" drive (Ultra ES) uses a 7200 RPM mechanism and ATA-100 FireWire boards; pricing begins at $175 for 40GB. The 2.5\" drive (Spark ES) is configuarable up to 60GB and is less than an inch thick; pricing begins at $160.
Macromedia has released Macromedia Flash Player 6.0r29, an update to its Mac OS 9 & X browser plug-in to view flash media. The update increases browser compatbility and performance.
eArtist v1.2 is an \"easy and intuitive business management software for artists.\" The new version now adds the ability to use logos on receipts and invoices as well as Mac OS X compatibility. The software is $99 and available immediately.
A ZDNet article notes that college students were suprised by the eMac pricing when they tried to buy the latest new hardware from Apple this week. \"The reason for the shock is twofold. First of all, the less expensive of the two models was not initially available for college students, although Apple says it will be available by the end of the week. Second, the price for college students is $50 more than the pricing announced Monday.\" Although colleges and universities get the price Apple lists, college students do not receive such a low price on the computer, because schools tend to buy in larger volumes.
The Omni Group has released OmniOutliner v2.0rc2, a tool that outlines and organizes thoughts, tasks and projects. The update fixes numerous bugs and brings an improved interface as well as stability. The expiring demo license has been extended to May 22; the update is free to anybody that registered v2.0; the full version costs $10.
Metrowerks CodeWarrior Pro v8.0 is now available for pre-order. The development tool for Mac OS 9 and X allows users to build applications in PowerPlant or Cocoa; features include an advandced project manager, build system, source code editor, and code completion for C, C++, and Java. Pre-order price is $500; the regular price is $600.
24U Appearance OSAX v2.0 is a scripting addition that brings back interface features in AppleScript. It generates error messages, displays flexible dialog boxes, opens floating message windows and shows progress indicators. The plug-in will be availble next week.
Pepper 4.01 is a text editor that offers many features for users, such as full Perl/HTML/C/Pascal syntax, rectangular selections and searches. The $35 shareware now runs in both mac OS 9 & X and features a full UTF8 editor, fontmapping and 19 other encodings.
Architosh reports that VizMotion has released a Mac version of VizSync Date Book for FileMaker Pro-to-Palm OS and on AIA\'s survey on importance of new Apple iMac to design pros.
GNUMail.app is a clone of NeXT/Apple\'s Mail.app application. It is licensed under the GPL, and the full sources of the application are available. Version 1.0.1 brings several new features, and is now more stable under OS X.
Group Logic is now shipping ExtremeZ-IP v2.1, a free update to its file and print server product that uses the TCP/IP protocol to increase throughput as much as six-fold between Mac clients and Microsoft Windows servers. It offers enhancements to the ExtremeZ-IP Administrator application as well as performance gains from directory index optimizations, improved support for the Service Location Protocol, better support for LPR printers, and an enhanced Windows Explorer plug-in for managing Macintosh file permissions.
XLR8 is now accepting on-line orders for upgrading Power Mac G4 processors to 550MHz, allowing \"once blocked\" owners of Sawtooth-class systems to receive as much a 55% increase in performance. A standard upgrade options ships a removal kit with return shipping information, while an \"advanced upgrade\" provides 100% uptime by exchanging the user\'s processor with a previously upgraded unit (requires an additional $300 deposit). The $300 upgrade is available in the US only.
Karelia Software today released Watson 1.5.1, a free update which improves stability using the Meerkat tool; enhances performance in the eBay tool; adds additional countries to the phone lookup functions; and improves compatibility with LaunchBar.
Sputnix 0.8B is an unsupported, unofficial \"satellite\" client for the music sharing website, Audiogalaxy. It adds iTunes integration, a new playlist drawer, autofiling of downloads in artists\' folders, an extensive help system, a new database window, better error reporting, and other enhancements.
International Typeface Corporation has released 11 new fonts, including ITC Keefbats (\"a collection of strange and highly likeable characters including animals, insects and a pointy-headed human\"), two weights of ITC Photoplay (\"bridges the gap between turn-of-the-century decorative type and Art Deco\") , and the eight-weight ITC Tabula family. ITC Keefbats is $65, Photoplay is $40 per weight; and ITC Tabula is $30 per weight or $170 for entire family. Purchases include both PostScript and TrueType families.
eOrdering Complete 1.1 is a $55 application that allows you to create web forms specifically to order products online using shopping cart technology. Version 1.1 has better support for imags, improved email functions, and other bug fixes. [Classic, OSX]
Vicomsoft, following a management buy-out from BVRP Software Group, is now an independent software company: \"We believe that this will enable us to better understand and address your business needs. We are very excited about the future and the opportunities it offers, but we understand that it won\'t be without its challenges.\" It is conducting a short questionnaire for its customers.
Epson today introduced the Stylus Pro 7600 ($3,000) and the Stylus Pro 9600 ($5,000), new 24-inch-wide and 44-inch-wide photographic printers featuring a new seven-color UltraChrome Ink System and a new interchangeable black ink system (standard Photo Black ink and an optional Matte Black ink). The new printers can be configured at purchase time for use with six-color Epson Photographic Dye rather than the new seven-color pigment-based UltraChrome ink. Both offer 2,880 x 1,440 dpi resolution, BorderFree printing, print speeds 2.5 times faster than their predecessors, an entirely-new Epson photographic driver, and USB 2.0/FireWire/parallel interfaces (and an optional network card). An optional EFI Fiery Spark Professional 2.0 Software RIP is $2,000. Both printers will be available in June 2002.
Blackmagic Design has announced the first \"film quality\" QuickTime editing and design solution. The Kona HD, the first uncompressed HDTV 10-bit QuickTime card for OS X, is compatible with Final Cut Pro, After Effects, Photoshop, Combustion, Cleaner, iDVD and DVD Studio Pro. It features one HD SDI video input, and one HD SDI video output, 6 channels of AES/EBU digital audio, and a HDTV genlock as well as Offline RT support. The company says it will be available shortly after Apple Final Cut Pro certification tests have been completed for $11,000.
Apple has announced the May 11th grand opening of its Lenox Square retail store in Atlanta, Georgia.
Apple\'s retail strategy may be the key to expanding its marketshare and thereby increasing the stock\'s value, according to a CBSMarketWatch.com article: \"...no matter how cool its products may be, Apple finds itself spinning its wheels. Even with an incredibly strong brand, hordes of cult-like fans and a charismatic leader who has brought the company back from the brink, the stock has proved to be a long-term dud.\"
As noted yesterday, Apple has released iPhoto 1.1, an update to the photo editing, sharing application. Changes include the ability to email your photos using Apple Mail, adjust brightness and contrast to improve the appearance of your photo, retain and display EXIF data, automatically create an album by dragging a folder of photos into the Photo Library list, import directly from a Photo CD or Picture CD, and the ability to set your desktop image/screen saver from within iPhoto. [download no longer available]
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Cirrus creates Lightning-headphone dev kit
Apple supplier Cirrus Logic has introduced a MFi-compliant new development kit for companies interested in using Cirrus' chips to create Lightning-based headphones, which -- regardless of whether rumors about Apple dropping the analog headphone jack in its iPhone this fall -- can offer advantages to music-loving iOS device users. The kit mentions some of the advantages of an all-digital headset or headphone connector, including higher-bitrate support, a more customizable experience, and support for power and data transfer into headphone hardware. Several companies already make Lightning headphones, and Apple has supported the concept since June 2014. http://bit.ly/29giiZj
Apple Store app offers Procreate Pocket
The Apple Store app for iPhone, which periodically rewards users with free app gifts, is now offering the iPhone "Pocket" version of drawing app Procreate for those who have the free Apple Store app until July 28. Users who have redeemed the offer by navigating to the "Stores" tab of the app and swiping past the "iPhone Upgrade Program" banner to the "Procreate" banner have noted that only the limited Pocket (iPhone) version of the app is available free, even if the Apple Store app is installed and the offer redeemed on an iPad. The Pocket version currently sells for $3 on the iOS App Store. [32.4MB]
Porsche adds CarPlay to 2017 Panamera
Porsche has added a fifth model of vehicle to its CarPlay-supported lineup, announcing that the 2017 Panamera -- which will arrive in the US in January -- will include Apple's infotainment technology, and be seen on a giant 12.3-inch touchscreen as part of an all-new Porsche Communication Management system. The luxury sedan starts at $99,900 for the 4S model, and scales up to the Panamera Turbo, which sells for $146,900. Other vehicles that currently support CarPlay include the 2016 911 and the 2017 models of Macan, 718 Boxster, and 718 Cayman. The company did not mention support for Google's corresponding Android Auto in its announcement. http://bit.ly/295ZQ94
Apple employees testing wheelchair features
New features included in the forthcoming watchOS 3 are being tested by Apple retail store employees, including a new activity-tracking feature that has been designed with wheelchair users in mind. The move is slightly unusual in that, while retail employees have previously been used to test pre-release versions of OS X and iOS, this marks the first time they've been included in the otherwise developer-only watchOS betas. The company is said to have gone to great lengths to modify the activity tracker for wheelchair users, including changing the "time to stand" notification to "time to roll" and including two wheelchair-centric workout apps. http://bit.ly/2955JDa
SanDisk reveals two 256GB microSDXC cards
SanDisk has introduced two 256GB microSDXC cards. Arriving in August for $150, the Ultra microSDXC UHS-I Premium Edition card offers transfer speeds of up to 95MB/s for reading data. The Extreme microSDXC UHS-I card can read at a fast 100MB/s and write at up to 90MB/s, and will be shipping sometime in the fourth quarter for $200. http://bit.ly/294Q1If
Apple's third-quarter results due July 26
Apple has advised it will be issuing its third-quarter results on July 26, with a conference call to answer investor and analyst queries about the earnings set to take place later that day. The stream of the call will go live at 2pm PT (5pm ET) via Apple's investor site, with the results themselves expected to be released roughly 30 minutes before the call commences. Apple's guidance for the quarter put revenue at between $41 billion and $43 billion. http://apple.co/1oi1Pbm
Twitter stickers slowly roll out to users
Twitter has introduced "stickers," allowing users to add extra graphical elements to their photos before uploading them to the micro-blogging service. A library of hundreds of accessories, props, and emoji will be available to use as stickers, which can be resized, rotated, and placed anywhere on the photograph. Images with stickers will also become searchable with viewers able to select a sticker to see how others use the same graphic in their own posts. Twitter advises stickers will be rolling out to users over the next few weeks, and will work on both the mobile apps and through the browser. http://bit.ly/29bbwUE