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Aspyr Media today announced that it would bring Star Wars Jedi Knight II to the Macintosh. The title, inspired by the popular Star Wars movies, sports state-of-the-art graphics and game play, built around a challenging adventure storyline. Aspyr also announced that Star Wars Galactic Battlegrounds would begin shipping in a week\'s time, following CD production. Development of both the Jedi Knight II and Galactic Battlegrounds projects was headed by Westlake\'s Brad Oliver.
cosmicsoft released today the first beta of OnTime, a scheduling application for Mac OS X. OnTime offers basic timetabling, recurring reminders and macros. The utility is available as shareware for $15; unregistered users are restricted to ten simultaneous reminders and have no print functionality.
Themination has released it\'s consumer oriented theme editor, ThemeShop 0.5 Public Beta. The software is a complete suite of theme editing tools, which helps bring a users theme from conception to publication.
An auction of Apple merchandise is going to be taking place on Friday, May 31st, according to c|net. DoveBid, who is hosting the auction, is putting on the block about 200 new and refurbished items, most of which will be large groups of machines. Included in the auction will be a collection of 40 500MHz iBooks, 39 5GB iPods, and much more.
The Omni Group has added Japanese localizations to both OmniGraffle 2.0.4 and OmniOutliner 2.0.1. OmniGraffle is an application that helps users create flow charts, network diagrams, family trees and more. OmniOutliner is a program for outlining and organizing information, such as to-do lists, agendas, expenses and meeting notes. OmniWeb, the Omni Groups Cocoa web-browser, is also available in 17 different languages, including English, French, and Spanish.
A MacNN reader has noted that Epson does have a solution for Mac compatibility with the 850-USB Drivers. The drivers, which are said to work only with Ethernet connections and not USB, have been successfully installed and working in two different ways: \"Install the SC850N driver plus the SC 900-USB driver or Install the SC850N driver and install the \"USB.Plugin\" component with PACIFIST from the SC900 USB Driver.\" The website, which is in French, outlines how to do this. Also noted is that the hack may work for all of the Epson printer drivers, but it has yet to be tested.
EarthBrowser v1.6 is a simulation application that combines a 3D globe with real-time weather conditions and 5-day forecasts to provide weather reports for over 800 cities. Also featured are webcams from around the globe, active volcanoe images and high resolution satellite maps. The update now increases the resolution 3 times and can simulate 2 days of animated clouds; the shareware is priced at $20.
Computer Systems Odessa has released the German version of ConceptDraw MINDMAP 1.1 Standard and Professional editions. The Mac OS 9/X compatible software offers a way for creative thinking and ideas to be turned into an understandable graphical form, be it in HTML, plain text, or over 40 other ways; the Standard version is $100, while the Professional version is $150. [Standard, Professional]
Pinnacle Systems today announced the immediate availability of CinéWave Classic, a new low-cost uncompressed video system created for motion graphic artists and video editors who already own Final Cut Pro. Pinnacle Systems has also begun shipping CinéAcquire, a comprehensive video capture and device control application and plug-in for both Adobe After Effects and Pinnacle Systems Commotion Pro.
St. Clair Software today released Default Folder 3.1.4, an update to the Classic version of its open/save dialog enhancement utility. It now allows registered users of Default Folder X to use Default Folder 3.1.4 in the Classic environment and adds user-requested enhancements to the Default Folder Strip control strip module as well as improves compatibility with a number of applications. The $25 shareware is available as a free upgrade to v2.x users who registered after January 1998.
ArcSoft today released ArcSoft Funhouse (formerly named PhotoFantasy), its consumer-level digital imaging software that can insert personal photos and text into a variety of fantasy images. The $20 software has a new simplified 5-step interfce, over 150 unique fantasy templates, a new masking tool, and the ability to add text boxes to create a personalized message. It is available for both Classic and OS X.
OpenOSX today began shipping its $40 Grass GIS 5.0 Pre 4 CD, which \"installs the state-of-the-art Geographical Information System that OpenOSX ported. Grass is a complete GIS, now in development for more then 20 years.\" The Grass Pre 4 binaries are available for free online from OpenOSX.
Nisus Email 1.6.1 brings an OS X-compatible version of its email client. Other features include better automatic conversion of HTML to plain text, SMTP authorization, and proper display of incoming emails with foreign character set encoding. A 14-day demo of the $30 application is available for both Classic and OS X.
IBM\'s open-source Visualization Data Explorer is now available for OS X with the release of OpenDX 4.2 installer by VIS: \"OpenDX is a uniquely powerful, full-featured software package for the visualization of scientific, engineering and analytical data. Its open system design is built on familiar standard interface environments. And its sophisticated data model provides users with great flexibility in creating visualizations.\" The $25 OpenDX 4.2 packaged installer is available on CD-ROM (and online) for $25.
procreate\'s Knockout 2 update brings Photoshop 7 compatibility, better performance, and other enhancements to the $330 advanced Photoshop masking plugin.
The $10 shareware Alepin 1.03 is a notepad/scrapbook for OS X, offering support for Cocoa services such as spell-checking, search functions, and navigation through multiple pages.
Fuji today introduced its new FinePix F401 digital camera, an ultra-slim, metallic, 2.1-effective-megapixel zoom digital camera with a third-generation Super CCD sensor and optional PC-sync cradle. The compact FinePix F401 digital camera offers SmartMedia support, a Super EBC Fujinon 3x optical zoom (with up to 3.6x digital zoom) lens, digital movie recording (320 x 240 resolution) at 10 fps, voice annotation for photos, high ISO sensitivity, continuous shooting modes, and other features. It will be available in August for $500.
SubRosaSoft today announced the immediate availability of SubRosa Volume 1-File Utilities, a branded version of its encryption suite previously licensed to FWB Software. Volume 1 of SubRosa comes with a trio of security utilities, including: SubRosa Encryptor, which allows a user to take files and folders and encrypt them into a secure format; Subrosa Shredder securely erases files or folders from your computer; and SubRosa Decryptor is used to convert files made by Encryptor back into their original format. The suite, compatible with both Classic and OS X, is $25. A demo is available.
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Filemaker provides free custom app guide
FileMaker announced today the release of the first in a three-part series of free how-to guides that will lead teams through the process of building a custom app using the FileMaker Platform. FileMaker's new how-to guides provide a step-by-step process that starts with a planning cycle covering goals, requirements, functionality and usability, and run all the way through identifying user scenarios, defining requirements, addressing integration, providing security, and deployment of the final product. http://bit.ly/1o08wQh
OCZ Trion 150 SSD shifts to 15nm TLC NAND
SSD manufacturer OCZ has updated its entry-level 2.5-inch Trion 100 SSD. The new Trion 150 has similar performance to the now replaced model, and now utilizes 15nm TLC NAND. Sequential read speeds top out at 550MB/S, with 4KB random write speeds running from 25K IOPS in the 120GB model, to 64K IOPS in the 960GB version of the drive. Endurance is limited to 30TB in the 120GB, and peaks at 240TB in the 960GB version. Retail prices vary between $46 for 120GB, to $270 for the 960GB version. http://bit.ly/1nVmlyL
Google off the hook in CAPTCHA labor suit
US District Jacqueline Scott Corley has dismissed a proposed class-action suit against Google, that alleged that Google secretly was given an economic gain without user knowledge. The suit alleged, correctly, that the second word in Google's CAPTCHA service was used as a crowd-sourced word identification for Google's book-scanning project. The judge ruled that the suit as filed had no facts to support a "reasonable consumer would expect to receive compensation" for the seconds it took to complete the form, and in addition, the free Gmail account provided more than offset any labor penalty incurred by the user. http://bit.ly/1o06Cir
Secure your Google accounts today
Google is offering 2GB of Google Drive storage today for free, if users check the security of their accounts. As part of Safer Internet Day 2016, the scheme will give the 2GB storage extension to anyone going through the Google Security Checkup, examining connected devices, permissions, and other security settings associated with their Google account.
Swift benchmarking suite goes open-source
Following the release of new betas for all its platforms, Apple on Monday also made a suite of 75 tools for benchmarking Swift-developed coding projects, including libraries for benchmarking functions, a utility for comparing the resulting metrics, and a driver for running them. The company says it is asking the community for help in developing additional benchmarks, as well as further "helper" libraries and overall code review for better stability and performance. Apple plans to include benchmark pull requests in Swift's new continuous integration system as well. http://bit.ly/1W8u0EU
Instagram now supporting multiple accounts
As reported earlier, Instagram is now rolling out support for multiple accounts (up to five) in version 7.1.5 of its iOS app. The feature has been one of the main attractions of third-party Instagram clients, but it is unclear if users must seek out an "add account" preference in the app; additionally, some users are reporting that the ability to add accounts has not yet been added. The company says notifications "depend on when you last logged in, and the number of devices that are logged into that account," suggesting not all notifications across accounts will appear when logged into a given one. http://bit.ly/1moh95p
Pictures of Galaxy S7, Edge leaked
New images have been leaked of Samsung's new Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge. The images of the Galaxy S7 are very similar to a draft leaked earlier this year, with a curved back reminiscent of the iPhone 3G with the normal Samsung camera hump in the upper center of the phone. The picture of the Galaxy S7 Edge as leaked is running a benchmark application showing modest improvements over the S6 line, if accurate. Both models are expected to be formally announced in a February 21 press event hosted by Samsung. http://bit.ly/20Gf07X