Sputnix v0.8.2B is an unsupported and unofficial \"satellite\" client for the Audiogalaxy music exchange protocol. This version brings the temporary removal of German, Dutch, Swedish, and French localizations that caused application instability. Other, more minor, changes include non-case-sensitive uploads requests, a Customize Toolbar option and new \"Pro\" features for paying users.
Chimera v0.2.7 is an update to the powerful Fizzilla-based Web browsing solution for Mac OS X. Version 0.2.7 offers more-intuitive customizable toolbars and tabs, drag-and-drop arrangement of the bookmarks drawer, new key bindings and bug fixes relating to forms.
Default Folder X v1.5 is an update to the highly popular utility for improving Open and Save dialogs in Mac OS X. Important new features in this release include support for Cocoa Open/Save dialog boxes, integration with BBEdit\'s \"Super Get Info,\" and compatibility with the latest version of Keyboard Maestro, PageSpinner and other Carbon applications.
Ed Krafsur writes that the latest version of Discreet Media Cleaner (v5.1) -- billed as Mac OS X-compatible -- lacks certain features under Apple\'s new OS. \"I noticed this week that Discreet had finally released an OSX version of Media Cleaner [...] found that in OSX the DV import option is Disabled.\" After further investigation, Krafsur found a small notice in the ReadMe file for Media Cleaner: \"Booted in OSX, cleaner does not support the following:-Real Media-user must be in Classic or booted to OS 9 in order to encode to Real -MotoDV-user must be booted to OS 9 in order to run.\"
An updated version FTP Wizard, released today by CyberKare Technologies, now fully supports Mac OS X, in addition to Mac OS 9. FTP Wizard is a file transfer protocol application that allows users to connect to FTP servers and transfer files. Multiple destinations for FTP accounts and/or directories can be created that allow users to \'drop\' a file onto the application icon and automatically upload those files to the designated FTP site.
Architosh notes that Canadian developer Marketcircle has shipped the first PIM/CRM-combo software package for Mac OS X. DayLite is a \"gorgeous\" personal information manager (PIM), combined with customer relationship manager (CRM) functionality. Palm and iPod synchronization are planned features for forthcoming releases.
REALbasic developer Mike Murry today announced the initial release of REALdocbuilder, a utility for REALbasic developers that generates basic HTML documentation for custom classes. REALdocbuilder 1.0 creates HTML documentation based on user input. [Classic, Carbon]
iView MediaPro 1.5 is an update to the $65 media browser and organizer that includes a media presentation system, tools to organize and annotate media files, print reports, keep version backups, and export files in a variety of formats. Version 1.5 is a free upgrade, with new Backup and HTML export features.
Groundlevel Software has updated Drumbeat v1.5, which brings a new UI, a built-in Player for previewing Music files, and a new Preview Tab, which lets you preview Movies and other files and other enhancements to the $30 file-sharing software: \"This is the only the first of a planned 4 release cycle which will culminate in a totally new Drumbeat, with more features, more search results, better speed, and greater download success.\" An OS X version is in final testing and due out \"shortly.\"
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XLR8 is now accepting for orders for upgrading InterView and InterView 2.0 to the newly released InterView 2.0 with OS X Support package. The updated USB capture device package includes the reprogrammed InterView 2.0 capture device, QuickTime Pro, and InterView Capture from EchoFX, which is designed to offer OS X capture functions. Current customers can upgrade for $25.
\"Two of the absolute finest laptops around don\'t run Windows. They are Apple\'s PowerBook and iBook models, and they run the new Mac OS X operating system\" according to Walt Mossberg of the The Wall Street Journal.
The Mecury News notes that while setting up an iMac was a \"snap\" neither Linksys nor Apple technical support could explain the AirPort networking problems, which once solved (after disabling encryption) only revealed further issues: \"My systems administrator at work informs me that the AirPort uses a wireless networking protocol that the Mercury News doesn\'t support. I can\'t access the newsroom\'s virtual private network wirelessly.\"
After discontinuing development last November, AOL UK has said it is now developing a \"completely\" new client for OS X with Mac-only features (and features different from the US version), according to a note sent to customers: \"We would like to thank you for your continued support and patience over recent months. We have examined the UK market very carefully, and now feel confident about the business case for this new software as more and more Macintosh users in the UK move across to OS X.\"
The Law Office Software List for the Macintosh Computer, a comprehensive list of all the available software for law office use on the Mac has moved to a new URL on the Web.
Cityview Software has release AppBeat 1.2, a developer utility that \"enables programmers to examine exactly what is going on inside their application as it executes. Using AppBeat\'s real-time profiler, programmers can see the profile results as the application runs...[it also] provides a real-time memory monitoring utility that allows programmers to visually inspect their application\'s memory usage to find functions that are allocating too much memory or to find memory leaks as they happen.\" A Basic license ($20) limits the applications to 500 or fewer functions, while the Professional ($40) license offers debugging of any application. A demo is available for applications with 100 or fewer functions.
MenuStrip 2.5, now implemented as a system preference pane, is a multi-purpose utility for Mac OS X that provides easy access to frequently used settings, such as computer volume, monitor resolution, and color depth from the OS X menubar, or in a floating window similar to the OS 9 control strip. It also features an Application Menu to switch between running apps, app hiding functionality (such as \'Single App Mode\' and \'Hide All\') and a configurable clock with chime and alarm capabilities. Version 2.5 has a new installer/uninstaller, lower CPU usage, and better integration with other utilities.
DivX Tool 1.2 offers the ability to repair, split, extract, and edit AVI files. Version offers a new \"Speed Boost Option.\" A guide page explains \"how to use DivX AVI files on the Mac [including] how to get the audio to work correctly.\" [Classic, OSX]
Sound Studio 2.02 is a maintenance update to the $50 audio recording and editing tool that can record up to 2GB of audio, mix audio, apply effects filters, generate tones, pitch-shift and resample audio, and open and save in several file formats.
Following Apple\'s recent acquisition of Nothing Real, Apple has announced that it will no longer develop Shake for Windows beyond the upcoming v2.5 upgrade, but will continue to develop and support Irix and Linux versions through 2003, according to fxGuide. An OS X version of Shake, a compositing software for feature film effects, was demoed at NAB and is expected to be released for OS X \"soon.\"
CyClone today announced its new 40x12x48x CDRevo FireWire drive, which includes burn-proof technology and a 2MB buffer as well as a CD mastering software bundle (Toast), cables and media. The drive is available from CyClone and their established channel members. [pricing not available; site not updated]
Trans Intl. has announced the online availability of a new low-profile IBM 40 GNX 2.5 inch, 5400-RPM hard disk drive offered in 20GB ($160) and 40GB ($240) capacities. it offers \"increased \'power-on\' hours with\" the ability to leave the power on around the clock [24x7]. Other performance features of the drive are, high RPM, increased data rate, advanced cache management software, larger cache size [2MB[ and most notable -- 5400 spindle speed in a drive with 9.5 mm thickness.\" External FireWire versions of the drives are also available, featuring sustained data transfer rate of 20-35 MB/s.
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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