OmniGraffle 2.0 developer, the Omni Group, today announced several new diagramming palettes for OmniGraffle, including those targeted at business and technical professionals. Available free-of-charge, are the Periodic Table and Maps palettes each with an assortment of new objects. The Periodic Table palette contains atomic elements 1 through 118, each with identifying colors. The Maps palette contains road signs, landmarks and other symbols useful in the production of simple maps.
Apple may be bringing a new retail store to Chicago, according to a MacNN Reader living in the city. A storefront building permit indicates that Apple Computer is the owner of an empty Michigan Avenue store located on the \'Magnificent Mile\' of the street -- an area known for pricey shops.
Northern Softworks today released Login Items Engine v1.0, the initial version of the developer\'s Mac OS X utility for the simplification of the Login Items process. This utility helps manage Login Items -- applications or documents specified to be executed or opened upon login -- by offering a folder that users can place items in, similar to the Startup Items folder from Mac OS 9.
Following the release of the iMate Driver 1.5 fix earlier today, Griffin has posted iMate OS X Driver 1.5.1. This version adds the ability to select whether or not the iMate USB to ADB adapter should seek devices using Classic under Mac OS X and resolves issues from the prior release.
Chris Moyer and Bob Bowers of Moyer Consulting recently published a new book that focuses on professional-grade FileMaker Pro database development. Advanced FileMaker Pro 5.5 Techniques for Developers is now available and Internet retail sites for about $60, opening to an audience of over seven million users of FileMaker Pro worldwide. The book is the first of a three-part series, which will cover everything from traditional FileMaker databases to Web integration.
Nothern Softworks has released its new utility for Mac OS X to simplify the launching of items at startup or login, Login Items Engine v1.0. The tool creates a Login Items folder (similar to the old Startup Items folder in Mac OS 9) and starts up the items contained inside the folder at login. The free software features \"set and forget\" interface, automatic configuration and a simple GUI.
Synchronize! Pro X v1.2.1 makes bootable Mac OS X system backups as well as synchronizes files. The update now allows users to automatically start syncs at login, as well as fixes other small problems; the price is $100.
Snak v4.8.4 is an IRC client for Mac OS 9/X that features little window clutter, multiple connection/channel support, logging and customization. The update fixes problems with transffering files along with a problem that could damage connection profiles. MacNN encourages readers to join the rest of our community and chat on the MacNN IRC server; irc.macnn.com.
Larry Blasko of the Associated Press comments on the new iMac, complementing its aesthetics while comparing it to 1.6GHz Dell 4500S, which has \"a clock speed almost twice as fast as the iMac.\" He notes the advantages of the iMac and the Dell, one being the tech support on the Dell (1 year compared to 90 days for the iMac), but states that if Apple drops the price, it could be more a feasible purchase.
Apple is reportedly switching contracts for its LCD iMac computers from Quanta Computer to Hon Hai Precision, as a result of Quanta\'s inability to recieve parts from Hon Hai on time. \"Hon Hai\'s failure to supply Quanta with the crucial components has prevented Quanta from maintaining an even rate of production.\"
Macprog has released Loan Calc v1.5.1, an update to its easy-to-use Loan calculator for Mac OS 9/X. The application now features numerous interface enhancements, as well as continuing the ability to calculate repayments, mortgages, and interest in multiple currencies and saving the information to a text file or Excel database. [Classic, Carbon]
Other World Computing announced that it has been named as the exclusive worldwide distributor of all Newer Systems Technology, Inc. (d.b.a. Newer Technology, Inc.) products. Former vice-president Rick Estes earlier this month announced that he bought all the rights to Newer products after the company went into bankruptcy more than a year ago. Estes noted that Newer would begin to ship products next month. (Newer\'s software downloads are again available on its website.)
Agfa today announced its Wedding Font Value Pack, which features five elegant script typefaces ideal for creating personalized announcements, invitations and thank-you notes. The collection, which includes Citadel Script, French Script, Helinda Rook, Mahogany Script and Young Baroque, can be previewed online and purchased for $100. Agfa is offering a $20 discount in a limited-time introductory offer.
Bookends 7.1 is a complete reference management/bibliography generation application for Classic and OS X. It adds autocompletion for certain fields, improved term lists, better BibTeX handling (including support for data entry, formatting for output, and importing), better scanning of large docs in Word X, an editable reference Type list, and the ability to defragment/compact databases. A free demo of the $100 app (with a $30 discount for students) is available. [Classic, OSX]
Emagic is notifying customers that an OS X version of its software for digital audio and MIDI production, Logic Audio 5 is \"most probably due in June\" as a free upgrade to all new purchases of Logic Platinum 5. (The most recent version Logic Audio Platinum 5.1.3 fixes an issue that when inserting a plug-in during playback.)
IOGEAR today announced its Bluetooth Network Starter Kit, the first product in its line of Bluetooth-enabled devices. The $180 kit includes two Class 1 wireless Bluetooth to USB Adapters (GBU301), which \"reach ten times further (100 meters) than Class 3 in the current market. It also comes equipped with two USB extension cables, one easy-to-follow installation guide and CD-ROM, and a three-year warranty.\" The GBU301 can also be purchased separately for $100. It is expected to be available at the end of June from all major catalog resellers, online resellers and selected retail outlets.
Intelli Innovations today released Barcode Automator 1.0, a barcoding suite specifically designed for bulk generation and AppleScript automation. It supports 9 different symbologies, includes vectorized EPS and TIFF export capabilities, and comes bundled with a set of OCR fonts. A full-featured demo version of the $330 application for both Classic and OS X is available.
Aladdin today began shipping iClean 5.0, a stand-alone version of its privacy utility that was released last week as part of Spring Cleaning 5.0. iClean quickly removes Internet build-up and \"clutter,\" including unneeded Internet files that take up hard disk space and risk online privacy as well as Web surfing tracks by cleaning out Web cache files, cookies, and Web history tracks. Version 5.0 provides expanded cookie editing, menubar integration, and other reporting features. Upgrades to the $30 utility are $15. It is available in German-, French- and Japanese-localized versions.
The Fizzilla-based Web browser project for OS X, Chimera v0.2.8, adds URL autocomplete, a new \"Go\" meno to go back and forward multiple steps, progress indicators for downloads, new prefs panels, and improved plug-ins.
Opera Software today unveiled its Global Donations Program, offering registered versions of Opera away for free to organizations for the physically challenged, schools grades kindergarten through the 12th grade, as well as Web designer schools or individual programs. The browser is available for both OS X and Classic. An ad-supported version is free, while registration is $40.
Telnet Launcher 1.5.2 is an update to the SSH/telnet manager for OS X. The app offers integration with Terminal.app, bringing the ability to add custom terminal commands, dock-based organization, multiple session groups, session preference management, and new support for non-standard ports.
Andrew Toth\'s Salvage 1.0 is a tool for recovering digital camera photos from corrupt removable media. Unregistered copies of the $25 utility will recover the first two pictures in a disk image and report the total number of recoverable pictures.
Classical Software\'s TFM 1.0.1 is a $40 tool for searching and viewing OS X developer documentation, framework headers, source code examples, system header files and your own source and documentation. It offers search, HTML display, and source code formatting options. A 30-day demo is available.
MultideX 1.3 is a $10 shareware address book that can import from/export to VCF and Entourage (as well as other) file formats. Version 1.3 adds the ability to open your favorite address book at startup, new menus, and new keyboard shortcuts.
Native Instruments has posted a Studio Collection 1.1 update, which brings support for Digidesign\'s new TDM2-systems and sample-rates with up to 192 kHz as well as BATTERY support for multiple outputs with up to 32 separate channels and other improvements to its professional audio collection. The Studio Collection combines the Pro Tools Editions of the B4 organ, the BATTERY drum sampler, and the Pro-52 virtual analog synthesizer into a collection of creative instruments for use in Pro Tools TDM, LE and Free.
David Zatz has posted a MacSSH help page that offers a quick tutorial on using SSH for secure connections from a Mac, including how to use GoLive\'s (or Dreamweaver\'s) FTP over a secure channel.
Griffin has posted an iMate Driver 1.5 Fix page, which includes instructions on how to recover from a blue screen boot stall: \" At this point, the problem appears to have been caused by a recently released version of Apple\'s Package Maker application...We hope to release the 1.5 version of the driver using an older and more widely tested version of Package Maker in a few days.\" An iMate Remove 1.5 utility is also available as a last resort. (Others have reported loss-of-functionality with the latest driver release as well.)
SpeedmeUp Lite 1.5 is \"a down-and-dirty AppleScript that will help your OSX applications load faster immediately after launching since the application will spend less time looking up and \'binding\' with various libraries and frameworks. Run the script about once a month and then restart your computer!\" A SpeedMeUp Pro Pro 1.4b version, also free, is available as an AppleScript Studio app. [Lite, Pro]
MAKI Enterprise\'s $30 parental control program Kids GoGoGo 5.6 adds a new plugin-in architecture, an auto-updating dictionary file, improved password protection, performance enhancements under Classic, and other fixes. The application filters adult-content as well as can disable use of specific applications by time of day and block movie playing. [Classic, OSX]
Greg Landweber\'s SmoothType 2.3 is a shareware ($10) control panel that brings OS X-style font smoothing to Macs running System 7 through Mac OS 9.2: \"[it] effectively doubles the resolution of text on the screen by blurring the edges of bitmap fonts with shades of gray...Version 2.3 offers subpixel smoothing optimized for LCD (flat panel) screens, which separately manipulates the red, green, and blue parts of eachpixel, effectively tripling the resolution. It also fixes a glitch smoothing popup menus that use the system font.\"
The music production application Intuem 1.0rc3 is designed \"specifically for non-professionals and students who demand extraordinary ease-of-use and professional sounding results.\" It adds play-through capability to play on the keyboard without having to record, better integration with MIDI Keyboards and modules, improved stability, an improved demo experience, and other enhancements. A demo of the $80 OS X application is available.
In a \"rare\" public appearance, Slashdot founder Rob Malda is expected to attend the MacHack 2002 annual developers conference in Michigan, this June. Malda is an accomplished programmer, and founded one of the most popular computer news Web sites \"for nerds.\"
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Apple brings iTunes Movie Trailers app to Canada
After five years, Apple has expanded its iTunes Movie Trailers app for iOS to Canada. As of Saturday, the free app allows movie buffs to see HD movie trailers for new studio and independent features, and explore some other movie-related extras such as photos, behind-the-scenes footage, or clips from upcoming films. Users can save trailers for quick access, read reviews from RottenTomatoes.com within the app, use AirPlay to send them to an Apple TV, share trailers, and peruse the top movie charts. http://apple.co/1UUKtwr
Apple expands CloudKit API, provides web interface
On Friday, Apple notified developers that it was expanding a feature of CloudKit to allow for server-to-server web service requests. "In addition to providing a web interface for users to access the same data as your app, you can now easily read and write to the CloudKit public database from a server-side process or script with a server-to-server key," Apple said in its announcement. Previously, interaction with the CloudKit public database was limited to apps and web only. http://apple.co/20h1RwP
Remote S for Tesla Apple Watch app drives car out
Developer Allen Wong has created the Remote S for Tesla app, which can be used to remotely activate the Model S electric car via an Apple Watch, and drive it a short distance. Aside from providing data about the car and some basic function controls, the unofficial app uses the manufacturer's Summon command to allow the car to turn on, exit the garage, and park near to the user's location. The app is available to purchase from the App Store for $10. http://apple.co/1PprF4t
Seagate 3TB unreliability suit expands
The Seagate 3TB class-action hard drive lawsuit has been expanded to more devices. The expanded suit, filed today, now includes Seagate's Barracuda 3TB Hard Disk Drive, Desktop HDD 3TB, Backup Plus 3TB External Hard Disk Drive, GoFlex 3TB External Hard Disk Drive, or any other Seagate hard drive with model number ST3000DM001. The law firm, Hagens Berman, is seeking information from consumers such as time in service, purchase price, and the nature of any drive received in return from Seagate as a replacement for a failed unit. http://bit.ly/1Pc34Cq
BlackBerry Canada, Florida hit with layoffs
The BlackBerry campus has reportedly been wracked with layoffs. Sources familiar with the company's Waterloo office staffing claim that close to 35 percent of the local workforce has been laid off, with the deepest cuts being made in the BlackBerry 10 OS and hardware teams. Additionally, the state of Florida has been officially notified that the company's Sunrise facility will see 75 people fired. Enthusiast site Mobilesyrup puts the layoffs at around 1000 total. http://bit.ly/1Pc1Rep
Instagram tests multiple account support for iOS
Instagram is trialling support for multiple accounts in its iPhone app with a small number of users. The Facebook-owned photo sharing service confirmed the reports of the tests to TechCrunch, which will allow a single user to manage more than a single account within the app, transferring between two or three accounts with a few taps. It is unclear when the feature will roll out to the public, but it has previously tested it with the Android version of the app since November. http://tcrn.ch/1SPKEKh
Foxconn CEO declares Sharp deal near done
The Foxconn bid for Sharp is allegedly only waiting on specific details of the deal. Foxconn CEO Terry Gou has declared that his company has privileged negotiation rights for the Apple iPhone screen supplier, saying that "we have a consensus, the rest is a process ... I don't see a problem completing this process." Gou hopes the deal, worth up to $5.6 billion, will be formalized by the end of February. http://reut.rs/1SPEQjN