CharisMac hopes to appeal to owners of Mac OS X-incompatible USB CD-RW drives with the introduction of its first hardware product. The CharisMac FireWire bridge will allow owners of external USB CD-RW drives to retrofit their devices with FireWire. Many Sony CD-RW drives use a USB enclosure/bridge to connect an ATAPI-based drive externally, some such devices do not work with Mac OS X.
Recent changes in the KnowledgeBase from Apple point out that the export feature in iPhoto v1.1.1 may not work if third-party iPhoto plug-ins are installed. Also, a document show users how to solve a problem when iTunes will not burn a CD.
A discussion on the Apple Discussion Boards notes that the iTools HomePage bandwidth limit--recently imposed by Apple without notice to users--is based on the number of hits per 6-hour period as well as the storage capacity of the user\'s iDisk.
DealNN notes that the Apple Store is currently offering the 5Gb SmartDisk FireFly FireWire Hard Drives for only $99. Other deals noted are refurbished LaCie Electron Blue III 22\" Monitors for $645, 8-port 10/100Base-T Ethernet Switches for $28, and a 50-pack of Pioneer 4.7Gb DVD-R Media for $300.
CS-Odessa has released ConceptDraw MEDICAL 1.8, a free update to its software that allows users to draw up and visualize various conceptual structures, such as medical diagrams and flowcharts. It adds 10 new medical libraries, new samples in the fields of biochemistry and microbiology, XML import/export, new export options for EPS and PDF file formats, and other performance enhancements. It is $250.
MacsDesign Studio today released Web Help Desk 5.6, a powerful web application for technical support designed for education and small to medium sized business customers.
Carnation Software has announced MacWise 10, a terminal application that emulates ADDS Viewpoint, Wyse 50, Wyse 60, Wyse 370, Televideo TV 925, DEC VT100 and Prism terminals. Esprit III color is also supported in Wyse 370 mode. Macs can be connected to a host computer directly, by modem, or over the Internet. The emulators support video attributes such as dim, reverse, underline, 132-column modes, and graphic characters sent from the host computer, as well as enhanced Viewpoint mode. It also includes phone list and dialer for Hayes-compatible modems, on-screen programmable function keys and more. Availability is listed as \"coming soon.\"
Marks Calendar 1.5 brings new email or start application/AppleScript reminders, a newly redesigned reminder system, snooze preferences, and other enhancements to the $25 Cocoa calendar utility.
Apple has posted Boris Calligraphy 1.1, which brings a localized user interface when working with the French, German, or Japanese versions of Final Cut Pro 3.0.2, multi-byte text input, support for using OTF Fonts, and improved compatibility with Adobe Type Manager under Mac OS 9. (The software ships with Final Cut Pro, which was also recently updated to v3.02.) [Classic, OSX]
Ambrosia Software\'s Deimos Rising 1.0.1 adds native support for game controllers under both Mac OS 8/9 and OS X, enables the cheat codes, and fixes a few minor bugs in the \"fast-action, smooth-scrolling, heart-stopping, arcade-style sequel to Mars Rising.\" A limited demo of the $20 shareware is available online.
ViewSonic has added four displays to its line of CRT/flat-panel monitors, including two CRT displays, the P95f+ and the P75f+, and two LCD monitors, the VE510+ and the VX500+--all of which feature UltraBrite technology to increase screen brightness up to three times higher than normal with the touch of a button.
Software Architects today announced the commercial release of WriteDVD! Pro v4.0, a \"drag & drop\" application for writing to all types of DVD recordable drives and media, including DVD+R, DVD+RW, DVD-R, DVD-RW, and DVD-RAM. It offers support for all major brand drives (including ATAPI, FireWire, and USB devices) as well as advanced \"Real Time Recording\" functions used in new DVD-RAM disk-based video camcorders and video recorders. The $100 application includes four components: WriteDVD! File System, FormatUDF! (formatter and test utility), WriteDVD! device drivers, and FixDVD! (disc repair and file recovery utility). It is available now in English-, Japanese- and other European-localized versions.
Glucose\'s $10 firewall utility, Impasse 1.2.3, adds new tool tips for all rules for allowing/denying traffic to particular Internet services as well as the ability to enter sleep mode when the host machine is idle. The company also announced Impasse 1.5 which \"will have several new features that will set it apart as the easiest and most configurable firewall available on Mac OS X. We intend to build the most complete library of rules available, so that configuring your firewall for any Internet application or service is as easy and clicking on a checkbox.\" Upgrades will be free to all registered users.
Sloppy Sokoban 1.5, now Carbonized, is an addictive puzzle game modeled in the tradition of the ancient Japanese classic, sporting features such as hand drawn animated graphics, an original music score with MP3 playback, keyboard and point-and-click control, multiple level graphics, and up to 10,001 undos and redos. It includes fifty built-in levels and twelve extra level-sets.
Apple\'s new SuperFly promo offers a free SmartDisk FireFly 5GB FireWire Hard Drive (T4449LL/A) with each custom-configured PowerMac G4 or PowerBook G4 purchased at the Apple Store. Users may upgrade the memory, hard drive, optical drive, graphics card, removable storage, SCSI support or AirPort card. Apple is also offering up to £240 back on the purchase of Power Mac (depending on model) with the trade-in of an old Power Mac in one of several European countries, including UK, Austria, Swizterland, France, and Germany.
Marathon Computer\'s new retractable Rackmounts for Monitors is designed to work with any flat-pane display that measures up to 17 3/8\" in external width and complies with the 75mm and 100mm VESA wall-mount standards. The $225 rackmount requires only 2U or 3U of precious rackspace, depending on the thickness of the monitor and can be used in any 19\" equipment rack. It includes adjustable rear ears for both front and rear support.
Apple CEO Steve Jobs yesterday accepted three Design and Art Direction awards at the group\'s gala 40th birthday ceremony at Earlís Courtís Olympia, including a Gold award for Apple\'s iPod and Silver Awards for the iBook and PowerBook G4 Titanium took Silver awards, according to Macworld UK. Apple was also awarded the Consumer Product Design of the Year by the plastics industry for a combined package of the Power Mac G4, Pro Mouse, and Cinema Display.
Chaotic Software today released MP3 Rage 5.0, an update to its $25 suite of MP3 tools that brings new tools to download, add, view and edit MP3 artwork and lyrics, submit lyrics to the internet, extensive documentation, and customizable toolbars. It also offers the ability to edit ID3 tags, analyze MP3\'s and adjust sound volume automatically to play at similar levels, export MP3 files to AIFF format for burning CDs, play MP3 files with the built-in player, catalog, organize, rename, find, and change thousands of MP3 files and their ID3 tags quickly.
OmniOutliner 2.0.1 adds Japanese localization, several bug fixes, and other enhancemens to the Omni Group\'s OS X tool for outlining and organizing information. A free version allows users to view, print, and save any Outliner document with less than 20 objects. Licenses for unlimited use start at $30.
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Parallels Access 3.1 updated for iPad Pro
Virtualization software Parallels Access 3.1 has been updated with support for the 12.9-inch iPad Pro, including Apple Pencil support. The software allows remote access to your PC or Mac from anywhere to control desktop applications from iOS or Android tablets and phones, with native touch gestures, as well as from any computer with an HTML5 web browser. Featuring three resolution choices for your mobile device ("Best for your Device," "More Space," and "Same as Computer") and 3D Touch support for the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus, the update also adds a new Tablet Mode in Windows 10, which makes it easier to interact without a mouse or keyboard. http://bit.ly/1OWZqjg
Hyundai brings CarPlay to more 2016 models
Along with its previously-announced support for adding CarPlay technology to the 2016 Sonata, 2017 Elantra, and 2017 Ioniq, a leaked memo to dealers has revealed that CarPlay-supporting software updates will be available today that bring the infortainment tech to the 2015 and 2016 non-hybrid Sonata models, the 2016 hybrid Sonata, the 2015 and 2016 Genesis Sedan, the 2016 Tucson, the 2017 Santa Fe, and the 2017 Ioniq. Owners can upgrade the system themselves by visiting the Hyundai website, and will need a Mac or PC with either an SD card slot or SD card reader to transfer the update to the vehicle. http://bit.ly/1YZqkqS
Google Paris HQ raided by investigators
Google's Paris headquarters has been raided by dozens of French police. The Tuesday raid was part of an ongoing investigation into possible tax-avoidance practices, stoked by widespread dissatisfaction with the way multinationals like Google are structuring their business operations. Although trading in many countries around the globe, Google reports its international sales only in tax-friendly Ireland, similar to a practice adopted by Apple. According to French law, if it completes any of its sales contracts in France and not Ireland alone, it could be in breach of its laws. Google, for its part, denies any wrongdoing, and said that it is fully compliant with French law. http://reut.rs/1Udk2T9
Apple TV extends universal search to NBC
Apple has extended its universal search function on the Apple TV to now include NBC shows in its results, provided the user has installed the NBC tvOS app. The search results can be generated either through Siri, or through the Search app, and includes support for searches by title, genre, and actor, among other queries. NBC joins CBS, more recently, among other channels including: Disney Channel; Disney Jr; Disney XD; FOXNOW; FXNOW; HBO GO; HBO NOW; Hulu; Nat Geo TV; Netflix; PBS; PBS Kids; SHOWTIME; SHOWTIME Anytime; Starz, and Watch ABC, all of which are supported by universal search. http://apple.co/25lGi5R
Comixology fires up $6 all-you-can-read service
Amazon-owned Comixology has launched an all-you-can-read comic subscription service. After a 30-day free trial, for $6 a month, subscribers can draw from a large selection of the Comixology library, minus Marvel and DC comics. For now, the service is US-only. http://bit.ly/1WMAOft
QuarkXPress 2016 now shipping
Quark is now shipping QuarkXPress 2016, the newest version of Quark's graphic design and desktop publishing software that now features near-WYSIWYG fixe HTML5 publishing as well as improved operability with InDesign and Illustrator and support for multi-Color Gradient Blends, OpenType Stylistic Sets, a Color Picker (Eyedropper tool), Touchpads for Pinch and Zoom (Mac only) and more. Users on any previous version of QuarkXPress (versions 3-10) can upgrade to version 2016 for $350, while QuarkXPress 2015 users can upgrade to 2016 for $180; new licenses are available for $850 (education licenses are available for $90). http://bit.ly/1OL23Pu
Kanex debuts GoPower USB-C for MacBooks
Kanex today introduced its GoPower USB-C, a portable power solution designed to charge a USB-C MacBook on the go along with an iPhone or iPad simultaneously. Featuring 15,000 mAh of power--capable of charging an iPhone 6s seven times or the USB-C MacBook one full time--the GoPower USB-C Portable Battery features one 3A USB-C port and one 2.4A port for other devices, priority charging detection technology and a pass-thru charging to your devices when the battery is plugged into a power source. http://bit.ly/1TKaf8z