ZegsRuler v1.05 is a set of classes that enable programmers to add rulers and scales to REALBasic projects, offering support for scaling, zooming, scrolling and origin adjustment. ZegsRuler allows for precise control over line length, width and color, as well as background and text color. The $15 set is available as a stand-alone or with the source code for $25. Also recently released under LGL -- a public beta version of the complete XML parser and router for REALbasic -- is rXML. [ZR, rXML]
Knowledge Adventure today announced that it would begin distribution of JumpStart Advanced, an array of educational games tailored to the unique needs of children. The software titles, costing about $30 each, are currently-available in Preschool, Kindergarten, 1st Grade and 2nd Grade versions. All JumpStart packages are available on Macintosh CD-ROM, starting today.
Troi Automatisering today released File Plug-in v2.5 -- an add-on for FileMaker Pro that lets users manipulate files and folders, and use file and folder information, directly from a FileMaker Pro databases. This update adds improved support for the referencing of MP3 and EPS files, support for Adobe\'s ImageURL format and a new user manual.
DiscoveryTools is offering nationwide on-site Apple Certified Training. \"Discovery Tools is the only Apple Certified Training Center for Final Cut Pro and DVD Studio Pro that has a 13 station G4 Titanium PowerBook lab available for training on your site.\"
4-Sight Fax v5, which provides a Mac OS X network fax server for direct access over any Internet connection, has now reduced the price of its entry-level server to $495 (1-line/5 users). The release also introduces a \"fax forwarding to e-mail\" option, which routes incoming faxes to a user\'s e-mail account in PDF format.
POPmonitor v2.0.2 allows users to filter and deleted unwanted email without first dowloading the messages. It can also automatically create custom block lists and custom filters, and bounce messages back to the original sender. The update now includes Mac OS X compatibility, as well as bug fixes and the removal of interface glitches. [Classic, Carbon]
Sound Studio 2.0.3 is a digital audio editing and recording application for Mac OS 9/X. It allows users to digitize tapes or records, do live recording of audio, edit new and pre-existing digital audio, and to save in several different file formats (AIFF, WAVE, QuickTime). The update fixes numerous bugs as well as adding compatibility with FireWire DV. A 14 day trial period is available; the price is $50.
The Installgen 1.05 application generates the scripts required to install, build, backup and document an Oracle database installation: \"Installgenīs scripts are designed to allow a DBA to start with a brand new server containing only an operating system, and complete all of the tasks which are required in order to install an Oracle database.\" (Oracle is not supported on OS X, but the scripts can be created on OS X.) A one-year license with free updates is $100.
MailPriority 1.0 is a plug-in for Mail.app (on Mac OS X) that provides \"a simple interface to set the X-Priority header. MailPriority is a complete hack, relying on private internal API of Mail.app. Use it at your own risks!\"
MCE today announced an internal CD-RW/DVD-ROM drive upgrade for the PowerBook G4 (Titanium) 400MHz/500MHz models. Customers can ship PowerBooks directly to the company as part of its MCE PowerBook G4 Combo Drive upgrade. The company expects upgrade turnaround times of 1-2 business days (not including transit) for the $300 service. The internal, slot-loading drive writes to CD-R media at 8x speed, to CD-RW media at 8x speed, reads CD-ROM discs at 24X speed and reads DVD-ROM discs at 8x speed. It is compatible with both Mac OS 9 and OS X as well as iTunes, Disc Burner, and DVD Player software and is also certified by Dantz Development for Retrospect compatibility.
Macromedia has posted English,time-limited demos of its Fireworks MX and Dreamweaver MX web graphics and authoring applications released last week. [FWMX, DWMX]
Rosetta 1.4.9 is an update to the $15 shareware program that provides complete support for decoding BinHex, MacBinary, MIME Base64, uuencode and yEncoded files; rejoining binary files; and making some movie file repairs. Brian Clark has also updated his $25 shareware newsreader, Thoth 1.5.3, with advanced functions such as power-user preferences, automatic FAQ retrieval, queued article and header downloads, quoted text coloring, reference-based article threading, and support for a multi-threaded connection to the news server. [Rosetta, Thoth]
Eastgate Systems has released Tinderbox 1.1.2, a new OS X-compatible version of its $95 Macintosh tool for making, analyzing, and weblogging notes. It also adds performance enhancements and improved Tinderbox\'s agents, which constantly scan your notes seeking to identify, classify, and organize.
Shapiro Consulting has released Asiva Photo 1.1,an update to its 16-bit color correction and image enhancement application, adding several enhancements such as additional file and conversion support and \"vastly\" improved color correction algorithms. The $380 application allows photographers, graphic artists and desktop publishing professionals makes color corrections and enhancements without using masks as well as offers functions to soften and sharpen objects, increase saturation, brighten or darken areas and create special effects.
DigiTimes reports that Quanta Computer will start producing 17- and 19-inch iMacs in the third quarter of this year, noting stronger ties between Apple and Quanta: \"[Quanta] shipped 235,000 units to Apple in the first quarter, and despite TFT LCD supply crunches in April that halted production for a week, analysts predict second-quarter shipments could grow to 350,000 units.\"
Contour Design today released pre-programmed settings for Alias|Wavefront\'s Maya 3D animation software, adding Maya\'s keyboard-based functions to the ShuttlePRO Multimedia Controller. The settings offer instant single-button access to frequently-used software features which \"facilitates the animation workflow so that artists can continue to focus on the creative process.\" The $100 device offers control for audio, video, graphics, and animation software with customizable software for both Classic and OS X.
UMAX has begun charging up to $60 for CD-based driver updates, which were previously available for free online, according to The Register: \"And this amounts to a tidy sum. In some cases, the CD package on offer tops $60. The humblest driver update for MacOS 9 is now $32. Plus shipping. Plus your state\'s sales tax.\"
WebLight 2.04 (formerly Website Illuminator) for OS X is \"designed to help web developers build and maintain reliable, accessible websites. It quickly finds broken links and markup problems that are difficult and time consuming to find manually, and identifies relationships between URLs.\" It freely checks HTML and links for small sites (up to 24 URLs), while a $25 license offers unlimited checking.
Microsoft today announced the availability of Office v. X SR1 and MSN Messenger 3.0 for Mac, which brings performance improvements, updates, new features and fixes featured across the entire suite of business applications, including Word X, Excel X, PowerPoint X and Entourage X. Microsoft also said it will provide a component to enable synchronization between Palm operating system-based handheld devices and Entourage X as a free download starting July 15. [Office v.XSR1, MSNM 3.0]
Christian Vick\'s iPod2iTunes X 1.01 offers the ability to synchronize and transfer tracks and playlists from your iPod to your Mac. It creates for every transfer session a date/time stamped playlist which shows the tracks which you\'ve transferred to your Mac and also synchronizes the iPod playlists to iTunes. It runs on both Classic and OS X.
Nemesys Software has released a new, free tool for OS X, CountChar 1.0, an application that returns the number of characters in a string: \"You can type or paste the string in a text field in the application, but the functionality is also available through the OS X services, so that you simply have to select a range of characters in an application supporting OS X services.\"
Chinese Rewriter 1.1 is a utility which converts texts between Traditional and Simplified Chinese and also includes contextual conversion and lexical replacement features. Version 1.1TC has been localized to support full Traditional Chinese interface. It is compatible with OS X, as well as Mac OS 8.6/9.
Camera Bits today released Photo Mechanic 3.0, an image browser for digital camera files with batch captioning and renaming functions as well as functions for rotate, preview, copy, delete, tag, rename, and add caption. Upgrades are $80-$100 depending on the purchase date of the $150 application. It runs on both Classic and OS X.
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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
MIT demoes 'Eyeriss' AI chip for mobile
At the International Solid State Circuits Conference in San Francisco this week, MIT researchers presented a new chip designed specifically to implement neural networks. The researchers claim that "Eyeriss" is 10 times as efficient as a mobile GPU, so it could enable mobile devices to run artificial-intelligence algorithms such as Siri or Cortana, rather than uploading all data to a remote server for processing. http://bit.ly/1TISJBe
Pocket for iOS adds readability settings
Offline reader iOS app Pocket has updated, with reader-friendly changes. With the new revision, premium subscribers can adjust character spacing, and choose from eight new fonts including one that makes it easier for sufferers of dyslexia to read saved content. The app itself is free, with a premium subscription available for $5 a month, or $45 a year. http://apple.co/1KuILBl