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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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Sonos now works with Apple Music
Wireless music system manufacturer Sonos has announced that its systems worldwide will gain compatibility for streaming the paid Apple Music subscription service starting today, February 10. "Music fans worldwide will have access to Apple Music features like For You, New, Radio, and My Music, and will also be able to stream the entire Apple Music catalog through Sonos smart speakers tuned for great sound in every room of their homes," the company said in an email to journalists. Apple Music's streaming service costs $10 per month, with a free three-month trial. http://bit.ly/1Wdi2Ko
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 Hermés 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