Apple has made its iPod Software 1.1 Updater, released on the Web in late March, available via the Software Update control. It adds audio playback and user interface improvements, equalization presets, shuffle by album, track scrubbing, Contacts, and additional languages: Korean, Simplified Chinese, and Traditional Chinese.
Macromedia today announced that a San Francisco jury ruled in favor of the software developer in a counterclaims patent suit against archrival Adobe Systems. Macromedia is expected to ask the court for an immediate injunction against Adobe to prevent further infringement of its patents, relating to blended elements and automatic re-blending features, allegedly infringed upon by the Adobe Illustrator suite. Adobe is expected to appeal the rulling, which awarded $4.8 million in damages. This comes on the heels of a ruling, in another case, that favored Adobe on other claims of patent infringement against Macromedia. Macromedia is expected to appeal the $2.8M verdict awarded to Adobe and moving forward with another case against Adobe, scheduled for 2003.
Red Rock Software, and the United States Department of Energy (Pacific-Northwest) have announced plans to release a Java version of MECcheck -- an application used by the construction industry to test modle energy code (MEC) compliance -- at the AIA (American Institute of Architects) conference this week. Red Rock Software was chosen for the project due mainly to its past experience with both Java and Macintosh programming. MECcheck will run on Mac OS 9 and Mac OS X systems.
\"Chris\" describes a potential solution for the so-called death of many iPod digital music players. Several iPod owners have experienced a complete and permanent loss of FireWire connectivity from the device to a Macintosh. When presented with these unexplained occurrences, Apple\'s technical support department has been largely unable to remedy the problems and offered replacement units for $256 apeice.
Apple is reportedly setting up a retail store in Houston, Texas, according to job postings on Apple\'s career Web site. Positions are open at the Houston Galleria location in sales and management.
LabanWriter 4.3 is a free graphical notation editor for Laban Movement Notation, which can be used for recording dances, or any type of movement in written form. The new version allows users to export their scores in various image formats, and has been completely carbonized for OS X.
Phil Lefebvre notes the recently formed Quicken user support list: \"Quicken 2003 beta testing is under way, and several list members are also beta testers, so feedback on the list has a good chance of getting back to Intuit before the code is frozen.\"
Hewlett-Packard has posted updated Mac OS 9/OS X drivers for its OfficeJet G v4.26, OfficeJet D v4.26, and its HP PSC 900 v4.26 all-in-one machines.
Aurelon has released Coco 3.5, a $300 Photoshop 7 and OSX compatible plugin, which offers selective color corrections in the RGB, Lab, CMYK and MultiChannel modes: \"[it] is the smartest tool for dealing with non-standard jobs such as spot colors, bump plates, HiFi or jobs which will not be printed on a white substrate. CoCo works in a fundamentally different way than Photoshop. Colors are corrected in accordance to the relative distance to the source color.\" Upgrades are free for v3.0 owners.
Optigold ISP 2.9.9, a cross-platform ISP business software package, adds LDAP provisioning functionality (add, modify and delete entries record), new QuickDNS functionality, new reports, new email manager functions, new product package flexibility and other miscellaneous improvements. A free demo is available online.
MemoryPro 1.0 is a utility that can control the memory allocation settings of applications. It can adjust memory settings for several applications within a single window and can change memory partition settings even if the application is running.
Pedagoguery Software has released Poly 1.09, a $28 application for making paper models with your Mac. It includes new Polish and Italian interfaces, support for more file formats (STL, JIF, and PCX) and the addition of Geodesic spheres and domes.
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Trade-up program expands in Europe
Smartphone users in France, Italy, and Spain will have until at least August of this year to trade in old iPhone, Windows Phone, or Android models at Apple Stores, and put the reward towards a new iPhone -- thanks to an expansion of Apple's trade-in program into those countries. The money given for the trade-in must be applied towards a new iPhone on a two-year payment plane, and traders must qualify under a credit check as part of the program. Interested customers can apply for the trade-in at their nearest Apple Store. http://bit.ly/1qPsldD
NBCUniversal adds Bravo, Syfy, E! to Apple TV
NBCUniversal has launched three new apps channels for Apple TV users. Bravo Now, Syfy Now and E! Now brings users access full seasons of current and past episodes of most of NBCUniversal's catalog. The Bravo Now app includes shows like "The Real Housewives of New York Cit," "Below Deck Mediterranean," comedy "Odd Mom Out" and "Top Chef." The Syfy Now app offers up shows like "The Magicians," thriller "12 Monkeys" and the reality show "Face Off." The E! Now app serves up shows like "Keeping Up with the Kardashians," "Botched," "#RichKids of Beverly Hills," Caitlyn Jenner's "I Am Cait," and "WAGS." While some content is free, most content requires users to authenticate via their cable satellite or telco TV provider. http://bit.ly/20K4Pea
Apple rolls out Arabic version of Apple.com
Apple has rolled out a new version of its Apple.com website for Arabic language users in the United Arab Emirates. The site utilizes a right-to-left reading format where it has been updated, although the upgrade is still in progress with a number of page links still in the original English language left-to-right format. Of particular note is that the site debuts an all-new custom Arabic font created by the Tarek Atrissi Design agency, giving it a highly contemporary look and feel. The new support for Arabic on its host website follows the introduction of full support for right-to-left languages in iOS 9, and the addition of Arabic support to Siri late last year. http://apple.co/20JHGIM
Adobe previews Photoshop content-aware crop
Adobe has previewed a new 'content-aware crop' feature from the next version of its Photoshop CC. The new feature is similar to its 'content-aware fill' from the current version of Photoshop CC, and potentially saves users time when cropping photos in a way that might otherwise leave blank white space in the frame. Adobe's 'content-aware' tech automatically assesses the blank space and seamlessly fills the blank space with the nearest related content in the space when a photo is expanded or rotated without the need to manually clone that part of the image. The feature allows users to move a horizon by adding more sky or ground, change the aspect ratio by adding content around the edges of the image and fill in the corners of an image when rotated during a crop. Adobe says the feature is coming soon and will be automatically available to Creative Cloud subscribers. http://adobe.ly/20JDFEu
Markzware updates Q2ID for QuarkXPress 12 files
Graphic design file conversion tool maker Markzware has launched a new version of its Q2ID tool. The InDesign plugin enables users to open QuarkXPress files within a new InDesign (INDD) document, without rebuilding the QXP document from scratch -- the new version includes support for QuarkXPress 12 files. Q2ID Subscription members can download the new version as part of their annual plan. A single-user can purchase the plugin for $200, with other licensing options available. http://bit.ly/1Z4dS9t
PopChar X 7.5 arrives
Ergonis Software has released PopChar X 7.5, an improved version of the company's tool for finding and inserting special characters and exploring fonts. PopChar X 7.5 adds support for combined emojis in the Apple Color Emoji font, enhances the "Font Info" view, and adds many further enhancements that improve overall speed and stability. PopChar X 7.5 retails for €30 ($34), and is free for anyone who owns a license for PopChar X 7 or purchased a license for PopChar X 6 on or after March 1, 2014 [4.5MB]
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