Ciboulette v1.5 represents a significant update marcadesign\'s Classic Mac OS file encryption software. Version 1.5 includes the ability to encrypt sensitive clipboard content that can be subsequently emailed or stored in a nearly \"unbreakable\" format. The free update to the $10 shareware application also offers multiple encryption algorithms, a greatly-improved Strong Key generator and a new random key generator.
Ericsson Client 1.0b5 is an application for OS X that allows you to transfer files to and from an Ericsson phone using a wireless Infrared or Bluetooth connection. It enables users to utilize PIM capabilities by moving contact and calendar items between the phone and calendar/address applications; make a backup of your phone\'s calendar or phone book; and transfer files (notes, sounds, screensavers, background pictures, themes) to the phone. The recent beta has a new UI and expires June 30.
Nikon earlier this week introduced three new Coolpix cameras, including the Coolpix 5700 (5MP, 8x optical zoom), Coolpix 4500 (4MP, 4x) and Coolpix 2000 (2.0MP, 3x) as well as a new portable light for macro shooting.
A recent Apple article takes a look at the digital production of a small Indie film titled \"Blue Car.\" First-time director Karen Moncrieff headed the production -- Miramax\'s first Sundance debut of the year -- which has been called \"the most haunting film at Sundance\" by critics. Blue Car was edited on Macintosh computers using Final Cut Pro and the previously named FilmLogic suite (now know as Apple Cinema Tools).
Some 2002 Macintosh Server G4 servers came with incorrectly-printed software serial numbers, according to an Apple knowledge base document. Owners of such machines received ten-user licenses for Mac OS X Server instead of the unlimited licenses they were entitled to. Apple will issue users new serial numbers at the Mac OS X Server Serial Number Exchange Web site. Apple has also launched a PowerBook G4 S-video-to-Composite Adapter Fulfilment Program for customers whose PowerBook G4s shipped without the adapter.
The Fink team has announced preliminary support for KDE on OS X: \"Work has been progressing steadily on getting KDE 3.0.x ported to run in XFree86 on MacOS X. Packages and pre-built binaries are now available for users interested in running KDE on MacOS X via Fink... There are a large number of issues remaining before the port is truly complete, but the vast majority of KDE builds and runs just fine.\" (Fink provides a \"virtual\" package for XFree86 called \"system-xfree86\", for users that have downloaded XonX or some other binary XFree86 distribution and don\'t want to build XFree86 from source.)
Apple\'s new Xserve represents the \"first bid for federal data center business,\" according to Federal Computer Week. Both pricing and software availability are noted as potential pitfalls for entering the server market: \"the $3,000 starting price for Xserve is actually very competitive in comparison to similarly equipped Unix servers or PC servers running Microsoft Corp. Windows...We\'ve already received dozens of requests for pricing and availability information,\" according to one reseller. [article date misprinted]
Morgan Stanley says that Apple will ship about 235,000 iMac units this quarter compared with Wall Street consensus estimates of roughly 300,000, according to Briefing.com. Update: Salomon Smith Barney is \"defending AAPL against a rumor that they will miss the 300k iMac Street forecast ; firm does not know where the 300k forecast comes from, and believes [Apple] is tracking towards 225k-250k units for the quarter (although that is still below firm\'s estimate of 265k).\"
Updated virus definition files have been posted for June, including Symantec\'s NAV 6/7/8, Network Associates\' Virex, and Intego\'s VirusBarrier. [NAV: 6/7/7OSX/8, Virex, VB]
MindVision today began shipping Installer VISE 8.0 for OS X, a fully Carbonized version of its developer utility for creating application installers. It can now also create OS X application bundles and supports more OS X install locations as well as has updated Gestalts and more integrated e-commerce options. Annual pricing starts at $275 for up to 3,000 copies of a single product, while a lite version is available for free to qualified shareware/freeware authors.
Gigawiz has released Aabel 1.0, a new data analysis and charting application for OS X, which includes a free, complementary OS 9.x version for users who are in transition. Aabel enables simultaneous data analysis and charting from multiple worksheets and databases, offering native worksheet and database support, a wide range of 2D and 3D charts, built-in statistical methods, integrated tools for quality control of numerical data, and integrated map projection utilities. A demo of the $350 ($250 for education) AltiVec-enhanced application is available.
Sustainable Softworks\' IPNetTunerX 1.0b1 is an application that allows you to optimize TCP/IP network performance under OS X by tuning internal TCP/IP parameters to match your network environment. It supports over 20 adjustable parameters including the TCP Window Size, Time Out intervals, Maximum Segment Size, and MTU.
AJA Video has expanded its warranty terms for the Kona HD and Kona SD uncompressed 10-bit video cards for OS X to 3 years. The Kona SD and the Kona HD are uncompressed 10-bit PCI video cards designed for both editing and design on OS X. The Kona SD ($3,300) provides all the features for standard definition television, while the Kona HD ($11,000) offers support for HDTV television. Both include real-time capture to Offline RT motion jpeg files for Final Cut Pro, six channels of 48/96 KHz AES/EBU digital audio with sample rate conversion on each input, fully digital SDI connections, separately available multi-format analog options, and software codec\'s for OS X and Mac OS 9.
The $7 shareware Trash X 1.4 is a fully functional trashcan for OS X, adds features such as the ability to instantly delete files and folders, empty trash on selected disks, securely delete (Shred) files and folders, automatically empty items from the trash after a user specified interval and other options.
Kensington\'s latest MouseWorks 2.0b3 beta adds a simplified application settings interface as well as several bug fixes to the driver software for its input devices under OS X.
Infinisys has released an English version of its popular hairstyle simulation software for the Macintosh, Change My image, which allows \"you to quickly and easily try out a variety of hairstyles and hair colors. Just load in your photograph and then click on the desired hairstyle and hair color.\" A demo of the $15 application for both Classic and OS X is available online.
Robert Vasvari has posted Remote Browser 3.07, which provides access to files on the local host as well as remote UNIX systems with an easy-to-use graphical interface. It is a full-featured free graphic FTP/SSH/SFTP client, which allows users to manage/browse files on the remote host, offering file management features such as move, copy, duplicate, compress, delete,set permissions, make links, etc. Version 3.07 fixes a bug that prevented multiple ssh proxy connections, improves handling of SSH Key changes of remote hosts, adds support for symbolic links, and adds a dock menu.
Gracion Software has posted digitunnel 1.0b4, an update to the Virtual Private Network (VPN) client for Mac OS X, which is compatible with Windows 2000 servers and supports PPTP (Point-to-Point Tunneling Protocol), an Internet standard for VPN.
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Apple rolls out Arabic version of Apple.com
Apple has rolled out a new version of its Apple.com website for Arabic language users in the United Arab Emirates. The site utilizes a right-to-left reading format where it has been updated, although the upgrade is still in progress with a number of page links still in the original English language left-to-right format. Of particular note is that the site debuts an all-new custom Arabic font created by the Tarek Atrissi Design agency, giving it a highly contemporary look and feel. The new support for Arabic on its host website follows the introduction of full support for right-to-left languages in iOS 9, and the addition of Arabic support to Siri late last year. http://apple.co/20JHGIM
Adobe previews Photoshop content-aware crop
Adobe has previewed a new 'content-aware crop' feature from the next version of its Photoshop CC. The new feature is similar to its 'content-aware fill' from the current version of Photoshop CC, and potentially saves users time when cropping photos in a way that might otherwise leave blank white space in the frame. Adobe's 'content-aware' tech automatically assesses the blank space and seamlessly fills the blank space with the nearest related content in the space when a photo is expanded or rotated without the need to manually clone that part of the image. The feature allows users to move a horizon by adding more sky or ground, change the aspect ratio by adding content around the edges of the image and fill in the corners of an image when rotated during a crop. Adobe says the feature is coming soon and will be automatically available to Creative Cloud subscribers. http://adobe.ly/20JDFEu
Markzware updates Q2ID for QuarkXPress 12 files
Graphic design file conversion tool maker Markzware has launched a new version of its Q2ID tool. The InDesign plugin enables users to open QuarkXPress files within a new InDesign (INDD) document, without rebuilding the QXP document from scratch -- the new version includes support for QuarkXPress 12 files. Q2ID Subscription members can download the new version as part of their annual plan. A single-user can purchase the plugin for $200, with other licensing options available. http://bit.ly/1Z4dS9t
PopChar X 7.5 arrives
Ergonis Software has released PopChar X 7.5, an improved version of the company's tool for finding and inserting special characters and exploring fonts. PopChar X 7.5 adds support for combined emojis in the Apple Color Emoji font, enhances the "Font Info" view, and adds many further enhancements that improve overall speed and stability. PopChar X 7.5 retails for €30 ($34), and is free for anyone who owns a license for PopChar X 7 or purchased a license for PopChar X 6 on or after March 1, 2014 [4.5MB]
Safari Technology Preview release 5 arrives
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