DealNN has notes on an iListen bargain for eMac owners only; a \'customer appreciation\' discount on the Village Tronic MPDD+ video card; and several other product deals including the Piranha FireWire hard disk, the Harman/Kardon Champagne speakers and Adobe Photoshop Elements 1.0.
GLterm v1.2 is a replacement for the Terminal application that ships with Mac OS X. Glterm made to be faster and offer more traditional features than the Apple application. Glterm is $10 and supports full ANSI colors, all vt102 protocol, all DEC function keys and a selection of xterm sequences. Version 1.2 has 8-bit \'clean support,\' printing, better font preferences, rendering changes and several bug fixes per customer feedback.
Group Logic today announced the release of Imagexpo v3.1.4, its softproofing solution that simplifies and speeds the review and approval process for graphics and printing applications. With Imagexpo, graphics professionals can transmit digital \"softproofs\" over the Internet to their clients. Reviewers annotate images with comments -- either individually or interactively with colleagues or designers -- and then return the marked up proofs. The latest update includes better support PDF 1.4 and various bug fixes.
The U.S. District Court of Delaware found Macromedia responsible for willful infringement of Adobe patents, namely those that cover Adobe\'s configurable \'tabbed\' palette design used across the Adobe line of software. \"We are very pleased with the verdict,\" said Bryan Lamkin, senior vice president of Adobe\'s graphics business unit. Adobe was awarded $2,822,280 in damages and the company anticipates that the court will issue an injunction to stop further Macromedia\'s infringement.
QPict Media Organizer 5.1 is an update to the powerful and simple media \'asset\' manager that features the ability to import from iPhoto and keep links to media if the library is moved across file systems. Version 5.1 also sports self-contained index files, a new media navigator, Apple Help in Mac OS X, automatic thumbnail generation and interface and render improvements. [Classic, Carbon]
Multimedia software maker Tribeworks today announced the delivery of the first public preview of iShell 3.0 for Tribeworks \'Gold\' members. iShell is a $975 rich-media authoring package, ideal for building custom Internet applications, advanced CD-ROM-Internet hybrids and Internet kiosks. Version 3 brings Mac OS X support as its most important enhancement, accompanied by an improved Timeline Editor, further W3C compliance, Unicode support and numerous interface updates.
Trinfinity Software today released Seagull Video Player v2.0.2, a maintenance update to the popular $20 video play list manager. Users of Seagull Video Player can create and manage large video libraries under Mac OS 9 or Mac OS X. This update eliminates a bug that caused Seagull Video Player to quit when the next sequential video on the play list was missing. [Classic, Carbon]
AAPLTalk has posted posted six new product comparisons, or \"shootouts,\" and four updated items today. The latest comparisons contrast the features and specifications of $2,400, $2,700, $3,000, and $3,300 laptops, including the updated PowerBook G4 line released by Apple earlier this week. The all-new eMac is included in the latest educational shootout, and iMac prices have been updated to reflect recent price increases.
Apple Senior Vice President Nancy Heinen has filed to sell 125,000 shares of the company\'s common stock, according to a Form 144 released Thursday by the SEC. Heinen listed April 30 as the approximate sale date for the shares, which she valued at $3 million, according to Dow Jones. (We noted CFO Fred Anderson\'s filing to sell 100,000 shares late last month.)
Digital Voodoo has introduced Zenith, a PCI card designed specifically for broadcast designers and visual effects artists who want capture and playback uncompressed 10-bit SD-SDI, analog composite, component or S-video.
Prosoft has released Data Rescue 10.0, which brings OS X compatibility to the popular data recovery tool. It is available in four editions--each of which is separately available for Classic (v3.0) and OS X (v10.0): Personal Edition ($90) for individual use; Corporate Edition ($200) for use on all Mac OS machines within the company; Consultant Edition ($250) for consultants; and a free demo. Prosoft is offering discounts from $40 to $120 on Classic/OS X bundles, depending on the edition chosen.
KAUi Software is offering a series of Digital iWorkshops on Mac-based DV editing and DVD creation with iMovie and iDVD. The first workshop is being held on June 1st in conjunction with the 26th Annual Atlanta Film Festival\'s Digi-ATL Sidebar. KAUi is offering a special discount price of $200 for Film Festival attendees ($100 off).
AquaGrep 1.0 is a $10 shareware utility that provides a front-end to the Unix grep text search utility. A trial version is limited to 10 sessions.
August Hahn\'s Mr. Tides 2.01 is a tide and current prediction program, based (loosely) on the X-Window program \"XTide\". It can read the harmonics and offsets files used by XTide and uses a map interface to show tide and current stations around the world. [Classic, OSX]
Blackmagic Design has released version 1.2.1 of its OS X software for the Kona SD uncompressed 10-bit video card. It includes new installers for running the Kona SD in different television standards used world wide--adding options for default operation in either NTSC or PAL. The Kona SD is available now for $3,300.
4-Sight Fax v4.1.2 adds support for the internal Mac modem and Acrobat 5 to the client/server system designed to provide the ability to send and receive faxes from desktop computers connected via a network. It supports multiple fax modems and fax lines. Pricing starts at $350 for a single line and two fax users.
Media Design in*Progress today released Interaction 4.0, an XML/XSL-based Web application server. It adds support for WebStar V on OSX, Mac Web Sharing, Apache and other web servers on UNIX and Windows. A 30-day trial version is available. it is priced at $800.
JR Hill & Co has introduced its Leather Lap Protector, which is \"designed to eliminate the uncomfortable heat that is transferred to your legs or lap from the bottom of your iBook or PowerBook. There is an 1/8\" piece of Full Grain Coach leather on top and a 3/8\" piece of Sole Light rubber on the bottom which are attached with adhesive and a decorative but strong stitch around the edge.\" The $43 protector weighs just one pound.
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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