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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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