PodNews 2.01 is an all-in-one utility for your iPod that can download news, sports, horoscopes, multiple notes, emails, lyrics, and bookmarks. Version 2.01 fixes many bugs and improves the bookmarks and horoscopes sections.
Fourth World today released a public beta version of WebMerge 2.0b1, a tool for Mac OS and Windows that generates static Web pages from database or spreadsheet files. It provides more options for specifying how pages are generated, and supports more than a dozen new tags, which included HTML templates can use for assembling and linking Web content. A final version of the $80 application is due in late June, while purchasers of WebMerge 1.9.3 ($70) will receive a free upgrade.[Classic, OSX]
iCab 2.8 is another preview release of the small, alternative browser; it brings a new cookie manager, a new filter manager, Java support under OS X, and other enhancements. [Classic, OSX]
The Omni Group is expected to release OmniWeb v4.1, a major update to the developer\'s leading Web browser, this Friday. OmniWeb 4.1 has been under development for several months, available publicly only as beta releases for avid followers of the application. Version 4.1 brings several usabillity enhancements to the Cocoa-based browser, in addition to improved support for standards and new technologies.
Apple today released Mac OS X v10.1.5 -- a maintenance update to the company\'s flagship operating system -- via the Software Update application in Mac OS X. The 10.1.5 revision delivers overall performance and stability enhancements, as well as improvements for networking, security and driver components. Included is support for new peripherals -- ranging from digital cameras to external recording devices -- and further additions to an already-broad range of device drivers. Version 10.1.5 also includes better Korean language support and iDisk improvements.
A MacNN reader has noted a possibly huge email scam that tricks readers into giving their PayPal username and passwords to a company that is not PayPal. \"I do not know the degree to which this email has been blasted on the public, but given what PayPal does (and the unfamiliarity of the web using public -- I do not even know the best way to report this other than to PayPal itself [which provides no direct contact info] and the FBI]), the potential fraud here could be substantial.\" [MacNN warns users that the page is fake, and no personal information should be used on it.]
Singlestep Technologies has announced that Perl, Python and AppleScript can now be integrated into VNOS applications using the VNOS Command Tool Widget. The scripts can now build custom VNOS applications instead of replacing previous work. A free 30-day trial is available.
Ralph Nader has suggested that the US Government use its purchasing power to fight Microsoft\'s dominance in computer software. \"By changing its spending habits, the federal government could accomplish what it had failed to do in the long-running and costly antitrust case against the Redmond, Washington-based software giant.\" Unlike big-ticket items, which are bidded on from a number of possible producers, office software is just purchased without competive bidding. One suggestion from Nader is that \"the government could require the software giant to make its proprietary formats work smoothly with products from Apple Computer.\"
HELIOS Software GmbH has released an upgrade to its network and prepress server software, HELIOS, which includes the Macintosh software named EtherShare. The software can \"scale from one to hundreds of nodes on simple LANs, complex Internets and corporate Intranets.\"
Zoomifyer 1.6 is a Mac OS 9/X application that makes high-resolution images easily viewable over the Web without having to have special server software. The price is $200.
VoiceCommander v1.0 for Mac OS X allows users to command applications with their voice. It uses the built-in speech recognition technology as well as key shortcuts to complete most tasks; the price is $15.
SQLBoss Developer v1.31 provides users with a complete database and content management system for SQL databases. It allows creation and changing of databases, tables and columns to manage content, 8 import/export file formats, and much more. The update now fixes numerous bugs as well as bringing more stability to the OS X version; the price is $300. [Classic, OSX]
Space.app 0.8 provides \"virtual workspaces\" to organize the desktop. It is provided free of charge for individual and commercial use under the QPL. The new version abandons the dockling format in favor of Application Dock Menus and a floating palette and it also global hotkeys, which can be used to navigate between workspaces.
The latest beta version of InterMapper, v3.6.2 Beta 1, is now available. The Mac OS 9/X application monitors the servers, routers and switches on a network as well as alerts network managers to possible problems. The update now improves wireless support and web display as well as fixing many bugs.
Centrinity has posted release candidate 1 of the OS X version of its First Class Client. It requires a orrectly installed version of the shipping FirstClass Client 6.011: \"This OS X Client has the same feature set as the 6.1 release Client (v6.011). †Please consult the 6.1 release notes for further details. †It contains no 6.2 features, however it does contain the 6.2 icon set.\"
Unsanity has updated its \"lightweight freeware menu extra that shows CPU load, Cee Pee You 1.1. You can now choose between large and small fonts, make your PowerMate glow depending on the CPU load (if you have one), and more.\"
HP today introduced the HP Color LaserJet 4600 printer, offering color laser technology using HP\'s in-line technology which incorporates four stacked, front-loading print cartridges to deliver color to several types of media in a single pass. It prints letter-size documents at 17 ppm in both color and monochrome, utilizing a new 400 MHz processor and up to 416MB of memory. Each of the four printers also includes an embedded Web server that allows remote device management from a standard Web browser. The 4600 line is due in June starting at $2,000.
Microsoft does not plan to initially offer a Corona player for the Mac when the next-generation digital media client and server software debuts later this year, according to c|net: \"We\'ll focus on other platforms like the Mac primarily to ensure Windows Media content playback..There will not be a separate Corona player in that time frame.\"
Everyday Software has released Maquarium 1.0, a $12 aquarium management software for OS X that includes the ability to quickly track chemicals levels, schedule tasks, keep notes, and manage inventory for multiple aquariums. It also features a database which allows users to find the necessary information about their fish to insure they are happy & healthy in a delicate aquatic environment.
Archos is now shipping its MiniHD 20 GB, which it calls the \"world\'s smallest and lightest,\" ultra-slim portable hard drive. Slightly larger than a deck of cards (measuring 4.7 x 3 inches by only 1/2-inch thick and weighing just 6.5 ounces), the USB 2.0 drive is also compatible with USB 1.1 found on most Macs. The $200 drive includes an interface cable, a manual in five languages and driver on CD. (Last week we noted a USB 2.0 PC card for notebooks, which brings USB 2.0 compatibility to Macs.)
Digitunnel 1.0b5 is another beta of Gracion Software\'s Virtual Private Network client for OS X, which is compatible with Windows 2000 servers. The beta expires June 30th. A list of PPTP VPN servers and the state of compatibility is available online.
Apimac Secret Folder 2.2 is a new version of the shareware application that allows users to hide a folder and its contents. It adds new Aqua animation effects, improves performance, and now displays the size of the folder in the Get Folder Information option. A version for Classic is due out soon.
Minolta-QMS today introduced the PagePro 1250E, a 17 ppm laser printer designed for small offices or businesses. The $300 printer supports PCL 6 (with PJL), PCL 5e, and PostScript Level 2 as well as 1200 x 1200 dpi print resolution. It has a maximum monthly duty cycle of 15,000 prints, paper capacity of up to 250 sheets (750 with optional paper cassette), and a USB interface.
MacPlay announced today that the Mac versions of PopCapís popular puzzle games, Bejeweled and Alchemy have reached Gold and have been released for manufacturing. Bejeweled is a fast paced gem-matching puzzle in which players swap gems on the board to align at least 3 gems in a row, either horizontally or vertically, to collect points and make the collection disappear while more gems fall into place. In Alchemy, the player is a wizard who must transform the ordinary into the invaluable: \"The ancient art of alchemy involves the transformation of worthless metals into glittering gold.\" These new Mac titles, available for both Classic and OS X, are available as a bundle for $20.
CharlieX software factory has released charlieX Calendar Notes 1.0. The $23 shareware organizer and calendar can store unlimited number of text notes for selected days and includes a \'Contacts book\' for storing all your addresses, telephone numbers, email addresses, etc.
Apple today announced retail availability of its recently introduced eMac. Citing \"strong consumer demand,\" Apple said it would offer a new CD-RW and modem configuration eMac through all of its retail channels in addition to the education availability announced in April. The $1,100 retail configuration includes a 17-inch flat CRT; 700 MHz PowerPC G4 processor; 128MB SDRAM; a CD-RW optical drive; a 40GB ATA Hard Drive; built-in 10/100BASE-T Ethernet; a 56K V.90 modem; an audio-in port, headphone jack and microphone; NVIDIA GeForce2 MX AGP 2X graphics with 32MB of DDR memory; and a software bundle (including Quicken Deluxe 2002, WorldBook Mac OS X Edition, PCalc, OttoMatic, and Deimos Rising).
Apple today released public previews of QuickTime 6 and QuickTime Broadcaster, its application that captures and encodes QuickTime content in MPEG-4 for live streaming over the web. QuickTime 6 includes the new Instant-On Streaming (eliminating traditional buffer delays) provides users with the ability to quickly and easily scrub through streaming media content, supports JPEG 2000 under OS X (next generation compression), and Advanced Audio Coding ( professional-quality audio--\"better than MP3 and better than Windows Media Player\"). A standalone installer for QuickTime 6 is also available.
Some of the animation in Star Wars Episode II was done on Macs: \"We do have some talented artists like Billy Brooks who worked on the R2D2 shots using MacIntosh. It looks the same.\"
Wildform has released Flix Lite, a \"light\" version of its standard Flix Pro Flash video encoder that outputs both the new Flash MX video and the older Flash 3-6 video. The software can create video for the web and for CD roms, or can encode video for use with Macromedia\'s Flash authoring tool. A demo of the $50 software is available online.
Sophisticated Circuits has released the \"Admin\" version of PowerKey Pro 650, a new product in its line of intelligent, programmable power strips as well as new hardware upgrade program for PowerKey ProModel 600 Owners and updated PowerKey 4.1 software for OS X. [Classic, OSX]
Citrix Connection Manager 1.b20 is a client/server system that allows Mac users to store Citrix connections information, and then open those connections using the standard Citrix Java Client. This beta contains support for multiple connections, most of the basic Citrix features, and \'Published Application Support.\'
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Trade-up program expands in Europe
Smartphone users in France, Italy, and Spain will have until at least August of this year to trade in old iPhone, Windows Phone, or Android models at Apple Stores, and put the reward towards a new iPhone -- thanks to an expansion of Apple's trade-in program into those countries. The money given for the trade-in must be applied towards a new iPhone on a two-year payment plane, and traders must qualify under a credit check as part of the program. Interested customers can apply for the trade-in at their nearest Apple Store. http://bit.ly/1qPsldD
NBCUniversal adds Bravo, Syfy, E! to Apple TV
NBCUniversal has launched three new apps channels for Apple TV users. Bravo Now, Syfy Now and E! Now brings users access full seasons of current and past episodes of most of NBCUniversal's catalog. The Bravo Now app includes shows like "The Real Housewives of New York Cit," "Below Deck Mediterranean," comedy "Odd Mom Out" and "Top Chef." The Syfy Now app offers up shows like "The Magicians," thriller "12 Monkeys" and the reality show "Face Off." The E! Now app serves up shows like "Keeping Up with the Kardashians," "Botched," "#RichKids of Beverly Hills," Caitlyn Jenner's "I Am Cait," and "WAGS." While some content is free, most content requires users to authenticate via their cable satellite or telco TV provider. http://bit.ly/20K4Pea
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 ‚ā¨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]
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