With Enterprise, an Australia-based software company, in conjunction with Batyhysphere DMS and Bighead Technology, today announced that it would showcase a Mac OS X version of Witango at July\'s MacWorld Expo in New York City. Witango was first released in 1994 and has since widely adopted as a leading solution for Web developers that require XML support for local testing.
McAfee has posted virus definitions for the month of May (5/22/02). Definitions can be added to McAfee\'s Virex by downloading a standard Virex DAT file.
GURL Watcher is a Mac OS 9/Classic utility that monitors Web usage on a configured computer with an discreet system extension. GURL Watcher records all URL access and logs it to a file or emails it to the machine owner. The $35 utility does not impose censor rules, but instead works on a \"trust-based\" system, according to the developer.
Plextor yesterday introduced a new external CD-RW optical disc drive that can read and write compact discs at high speed. The PlexWriter 40/12/40U CD-RW writes recordable discs at 40X -- creating a full CD in about two minutes, burns RW discs at 12X and reads CD-ROMs at up to 40X. The device is Plextor\'s fastest external unit and uses USB 2.0 for rapid connectivity to some Macs. The $209 PlexWriter includes industry-standard technologies like BURN-Proof and offers VariRec for professional users.
Connectix has added new features to its popular X86 PC emulation package with the release of Virtual PC v5.0.3. Included in version 5.0.3 is password protection with more advanced security, detailed COM port settings, a menu item that can automatically type \"CTRL-ALT-DEL\" and improved printer documentation. [site not responding due to high traffic]
Project:Omega has updated its DivXonOSX 1.9 tutorial, which provides a \"step by step how to install and use almost all the divx tools and codecs available for Mac OS X and how to get good audio quality. While waiting for the MPEG4 revolution of QuickTime 6, we updated the document to include MPlayer and VLC, which are two great alternatives to QuickTime, and Cellulo, a free Cocoa based QuickTime player.\" It has also released Developing on Mac OS X, which provides an overview of the development tools and environments currently available for OS X.
combustion 2 SP1 is a service pack for Discreet\'s paint, animation and 3D compositing application for motion graphics. The update fixes stability issues, and improves user settings as well as many other issues. [Classic, Carbon]
Muzys 2.12 is a music production tool that features different parts of a traditional music studio, such as a Sequencer, Samplers, Effects Processors and a Mixing Desk. The update fixes bugs and improves stability; a demo is available, the full price is $125. Also, a Mac OS X version is in the works and should be released before the end of the year.
KuConta v 1.5.0 is an accounting application for homes and small businesses that allows users to manage multiple cashes and bank accounts, handle any currency and make report personalizations. Improved in the update are filters for Find and the capability of defining templates for transactions. The shareware price is $20.
Yellow briQ Node has been updated to work with the current version of Yellow Dog Linux, v2.2. The update features a \"simple to use, RPM-based installer that enables any YDL PowerPC to become a briQ building station which can rapidly rebuild unlimited quantities of briQs with the press of a single front-panel button.\" Also, a Japanese version of Yellow Dog Linux 2.2 will be showcased at LinuxWorld Tokyo. The Japanese YDL version includes a modified installer with Japanese keyboard and language support as well as full Japanese support in KDE and Gnome.
Roster2iPod is a new script from PY4IPOD. It allows users to download the current rosters from major league baseball teams and writes the output to vcard format (which can be read on the iPod). Also updated is py2vcard, a Python class that provides the ability to write plain text to vcard format.
oXML is a plug-in for the Omnis Studio and mvDesigner that adds the ability to parse and extract information from an XML document and generate new XML documents using a set standard. The plug-in is compatible with the Mac OS versions of Omnis Studio and mvDesigner, and costs $1000.
Hubz is a web-based instant messaging service designed specifically for the Mac OS. The Java-based web applet allows real-time two-way communication between users as well as buddy lists and bulletin boards. The software is designed for webmasters that are looking to build a community on their site.
CompuCable has introduced its new Mac-compatible version of its USB 2.0 CardBus Controller. The USB 2.0 controller now includes OS X drivers and can connect to high-powered USB devices without an external power supply, and transfer data at 480Mbs; the price is $75.
Pandaware has released an update to its time and expense tracking application, TimeCache v5.0.1. The OS X only software fixes numerous bugs from the initial v5.0 release; the fully functional trial version is available; the price is $45.
James Sentman has released his freeware Drop Script Backgrounder 1.0, which \"turns an applescript compiled as an application into a background only application. Dragging the application onto the program again turns it back into a normal app.\"
Sanyo Japan this summer plans to release a new \"super combo drive\" with the codename \"CRD-DV1\", according to CDR-Info: \"The drive will support both CD and DVD formats, becoming an alternative solution to existing DVD writers. In addition would offer the faster DVD recording speed (4x) among with a new technology that adds 650MB to normal CD-R media reaching 1.3GB with 650MB and 1.4GB with 700MB discs!\"
Everyday Software has released Bookit 2.2.2, an update to its $12 shareware bookmark management utility which offers improved German and Dutch translation and a new fully-enabled demo.
Qdea has updated its personal- and professional-level backup/synchronization utilities for OS X, Synchronize! Pro X 1.2.1 and Synchronize! X Plus 1.1 (respectively)--both of which offer scheduling, remote disk login, and local/remote disk support. [Plus, Pro]
Calerga has released SysQuake 2.2 and LyME 2.2, scientific software applications based on the same computation core. SysQuake for desktops provides interactive graphics which help understanding mathematics, physics and engineering, offering rapid design of high-performance technical systems, while LyME offers access to advanced mathematical functions and a powerful computer language to Palm OS users.
Apple\'s subsidiary FileMaker, Inc. today announced the immediate availability of FileMaker Mobile 2 for the Palm OS, a new OS X-compatible release of the software that allows users to transfer and synchronize data between FileMaker Pro 5.5 v2 databases on desktop computers and Palm OS handhelds.
Eudora 5.1.1 is the latest release of the email client from Qualcomm, offering dozens of bug fixes and improvements for both Classic and OS X. Upgrades to the \"Paid\" mode of Eudora 5.1 are $30 for those who acquired Eudora 4.3, 5.0, or 5.1 more than twelve months ago, while \"upgrading\" from Eudora Light, Sponsored Mode, or new licenses are $40. [Classic, OSX]
The $12 shareware X Font Manager 1.1.2 is a simple font manager for OS X that lets you activate and deactivate fonts by moving them in/out of the Fonts folders. It offers the ability to save several (global) sets and switch between them and displays font info as well as previews of both active and inactive fonts.
WestCiv today released Style Master 2.2, a cascading style sheet development environment that offers both WYSIWYG and hand-coded development of valid style sheets. Version 2.2 includes attractive and innovative style sheet templates, automated creation of style sheets from legacy HTML, WAP 2.0 support, and improved functions such as find/replace, color-coded text, and white space control as well as other tools for direct hand-editing of style sheets. Style Master is $30 and offers CSS1 support, while Style Master Pro ($50) additionally offers support for CSS1 and CSS2 as well as a Complete CSS Guide. An OS X version is in development.
The Plugin Site today announced Photo Textures 2, a collection of more than 1000 royalty-free photographic textures on CD-ROM. It contains 1000+ photos divided into 100 different topics--each of which are available at a resolution of 1600x1200 and were taken in different places in Spain, Germany and Austria. The $30 collection also includes contact sheets and a 100-page PDF catalog. A bundle of all four collections is $90, while a demo with some free samples is available online.
Marc Moini\'s Clean-Install Assistant 1.5.3 is a tool for migrating third-party and personal items to a new \"clean-Installed\" System Folder (SF). It can also be used to (1) save space and backup system folder SF additions and preference files, (2) install the same set of SF additions on multiple Macs, and (3) remove extra files and folders from your SF to restore it to a previous state. Version 1.5.3 allows moving files from Mac OS 9.2.2 to a newer Mac OS version, or to/from 9.2.2 and previous versions. It is free for personal and educational use.
Macromedia today began shipping its recently announced HTML authoring and Web graphics tools, including Dreamweaver MX and Fireworks MX as well as Studio MX, a bundle of Dreamweaver MX, Flash MX (released in March), Fireworks MX, and FreeHand 10.
The 1394 Trade Association (TA) and Apple today announced that the FireWire trademark, logo and symbol have been adopted as a brand identity for the IEEE 1394 connection standard in a no-fee license agreement between the TA and Apple. Apple has also granted the TA the right to sub-license the FireWire Trademark for use on products, packaging and promotion of the standard.
Mark Delfs has released Apple Retail Store Locator v1.3, an update to the DelfsWare application used to locate official Apple retail stores across the U.S. Information can be gathered on stores, using the application\'s database, including phone numbers and street locations or mall unit numbers. Also included are links to comprehensive Expedia driving directions. Version 1.3 corrects bugs and adds new grahpics.
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French show carries on with iPhones
Following a prolonged power loss in a French TV studio, the crew was able to use a combination of limited studio lighting and a number of iPhones to continue taping the Saturday episode of talk show On n'est pas couché ("We're Still Awake"), using the resulting footage in the first edited episode. The Plus-model iPhones used for the impromptu shoot completion were either iPhone 6 Plusses (which shoot in 1080p) or 6s Plus models (which can shoot in 4K). The decision to use the iPhones to complete the show was made after a power outage at France 2's studio stretched to more than three hours. http://bit.ly/299wqDt
Scrivener for iOS to arrive in late July
For some long-time Scrivener users, to quote Paul Simon, "these are the days of miracle and wonders." As it marks its 10th anniversary in business, developer Keith Blount has announced that the long-awaited iOS version of his creative-writing tool Scrivener is to be submitted to the App Store, following strong praise from beta-testers. The program, expected in late July, will sell for $20 and work with both the iPad and iPhone. When we interviewed Blount last January, he added that Scrivener 3 for Mac would follow along shorty afterwards. http://bit.ly/2901XLE
WhatsApp now handles over 100M calls daily
WhatsApp is celebrating that it is being used for over 100 million calls every day. In a brief notice, the Facebook-owned messaging platform advises the voice-calling feature it rolled out to its users last year now deals with an average of over 1,100 calls initiated per second. Earlier this year, it increased the security of its calls and other messages, by introducing end-to-end encryption on all platforms. http://bit.ly/292HqCX
Adele's '25' album now streaming
Recording artist Adele has "pulled a Kanye" after saying that her current album "25" would not be available for streaming. The seven-month-old record, which has yielded a number of hit singles, is now available for streaming on all the major streaming services, such as Apple Music and Spotify, as of today in most major markets, with worldwide distribution to come. Reportedly, the singer had demanded streaming be limited to paid subscribers -- a condition that has hurt some streamers with artists, who aren't paid royalties for free or trial listens . Apple pays performers its normal royalty rates during its free trial, avoiding the issue -- and having repeated success in both signing up exclusives and placing those exclusives into the top of the charts. http://ti.me/28U7NOu
SanDisk iXpand case has battery, storage
A new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6s case from SanDisk appears to be the "holy grail" of accessories: a stylish and protective case that offers both extra storage as well as the option of extra battery power as well. The iXpand Memory case offers either 32GB, 64GB, or 128GB of additional storage incorporated into the case, and an optional add-on battery pack (sold separately) adds up to an extra day or more of charge. Through the associated iXpand app, camera photos and videos can be automatically stored on the extra storage, optionally password-protected, The cost for the case is (in order of storage capacity) $60, $100, and $130. The battery pack's release data has not yet been announced, but the add-on should retail for an additional $30. http://bit.ly/291epHu
Fifth Hong Kong store to open June 30
The 46th official Apple store in what the company calls the "Greater China" region will open at 10AM local time in Hong Kong's New Town Plaza in the Sha Tin district on Thursday, June 30, according to a new page on Apple's retail website. Despite slowing growth due to economic turmoil in China, the country is still Apple's fastest-growing market. The new story will be the fifth for Hong Kong, a lucrative market for Apple thanks to the high concentration of wealth there and a thriving "gray" market. Normal store hours for the new store will be 10AM to 10PM every day. http://apple.co/291diaT
Apple Music bug bites very short songs
There appears to be a reproducible bug in the current version of iTunes -- version 12.4.1, running on OS X 10.11.5, both the current non-beta versions of the respective software -- that causes a streamed song to become "stuck" in endless buffering if the streamed item just before this happened was 60 seconds or less in length. The problem appears to stem from code in iTunes that signals the next track to start downloading one minute before the currently-playing track is done, and thus songs shorter than one minute don't trigger the download. Locally-stored music is unaffected by the bug, and the problem does not appear to exist in either the macOS Sierra developer beta or versions of iTunes earlier than 12.4, and does not affect the iOS Music app at all. http://bit.ly/291cN0l