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Apple has posted a QuickTime 5 Reinstaller for Mac OS X, which removes the QuickTime 6 Public Preview from any Mac OS X system, and restores QuickTime 5.0 -- the latest release version of the QuickTime component. Apple also released standalone versions of the Mac OS X 10.1.5 updater-- previously available only through Mac OS X\'s Software Update application -- in both standard and combo configurations. The Mac OS X 10.1.5 updater will upgrade OS X 10.1.3 and 10.1.4 versions, while users of Mac OS X 10.1.0 to 10.1.2 should use the Mac OS X 10.1.5 Combo Updater. Apple has also posted language updates for Asian, Roman and Portugese language localizations, among others.
Cocoa eFax 0.9.6 is a $5 shareware application that sends and receives faxes using almost any fax modem. Features include optional coversheet support, support for a wide variety of modems (internal and external) and automatic PDF file saving.
Extensis has announced a preview release of Portfolio 6 for Mac OS X. The preview of the organizational software is now available for download; registered users of Portfolio 6 will be eligible for a free upgrade to the OS X version when it is finally released later this summer. [login required for download]
ZipBurst CGI Pro 3.0 performs multi-threaded location-based searches for web based databases. The upgrade, which is free to all 2.0 Lite and Pro owners, now supports Loops, embedded CGI calls, HTTP and HTTPS include and more; pricing begins at $200.
As noted last week for the Epson 850 USB printer, another hack for the Epson 1520 printer has been discovered. Architosh notes how hacking the 850 drivers can allow the Epson 1520 printer to be compatible with Mac OS X.
The AppleCare Knowledge Base notes how to change user short names in Mac OS X as well noting to not disconnect an iPod while burning a CD using an external FireWire burner, which could cause a failed burn session.
Aspyr Media has begun shipping Star Wars Galactic Battlegrounds, the real-time strategy game built on the Age of Empire game engine (conversion performed by Westlake Interactive). The game offers both single and multiplayer modes, where players can deploy armies of up to 200 units including bounty hunters, Wookiees, droids and more. The game retails for $50.
The $7 shareware Cram Session 1.0 is a study tool that \"emulates conventional flash card sets. You can set it up to test yourself on anything you want. It allows for the standard two-word setup, but also allows the questions to be full-fledged sentences.\" It supports an unlimited number of flash card sets, has support for multiple choice questions, can test for both \"sides of the card\" (question or answer), and can simultaneously test for multiple flash card sets. [Classic, OSX]
Austin-Soft has released HappyGear 2.51, a new version of its $30 game control software that adds a new assistant as well as audio/video setting for each file: \"[it] is the only software that permits users of newer InputSprocket compatible game devices, such as joysticks, game pads and wheels, to be used with both older games designed to use old ADB-based game devices as well as programs that were designed to be used with just the keyboard and mouse.\"
Unsanity today announced Silk 1.0, a new haxie which enables Quartz text rendering in Carbon applications: \"This means antialiased text in Microsoft Internet Explorer, Mozilla, and many others. Why wait for developers to update their Carbon applications when you can get the silky smooth text everywhere, right now? And of course, Silk is completely free!\"
Jason Wilkins\' Unofficial GameBoy Advance SDK has been compiled and packaged for distribution on Mac OS X. It allows developers to create files that will work with the Gameboy Advance and GameBody Advance emulators: \"It\'s basically the same tools that Nintendo gives to its licensed developers. I hope that I may even be able to add more value and give you more than Nintendo gives its developers.\"
Ciboulette X 1.5 is an OS X version of the shareware ($10) encryption utility released for Classic earlier this week. It features Dock menus, Sheets, multi-threading, and other features such as 448-bit key and AppleScript support.
IK Multimedia is shipping AmpliTube, a guitar amp and effects plug-in for Pro Tools and VST. It allows guitar players to \"simulate the entire guitar array used to craft a superb guitar tone including amplifier, stomp-boxes and post effects modeling, in their preferred recording platforms. It is $400.
Mike Bombich has released Carbon Copy Cloner 1.2.2, an update to his OS X-only cloning utility developed with AppleScript Studio. It assists users in backing up or moving OS X installations from one partition to another as easily as possible. Version 1.2.2 adds \"Authenticate\" to the File menu, sets the target disk to be the startup disk when finished, and fixes a permissions problem that affected items copied to the root level of the target disk.
Asypr has announced that both its Medal of Honor: Allied Assault, the World War II first-person shooter from Electronic Arts, and Sims Hot Date, the expansion set for the popular Sims life simulation game, have gone \'golden master\' and are expected to begin shipping soon. Both are expected to be available for Classic and OS X.
AnchorDesk\'s David Coursey writes about the irony in yesterday\'s CRT-based eMac announcement: \"That announcement made business sense, in that it gave Apple a lower-priced hardware platform. It also made Steve\'s report of the CRT\'s demise just a tad premature...But while some people will consider the eMac announcement a major policy reversal, I just think it\'s further evidence that Steve has become less ideological and more practical.\"
Web Crossing today announced Team Crossing v2.0, which brings a fully localizable user and host interface, expanded look and feel customization features, and new custom positioning for optional site elements to the specialized implementation of Web Crossing optimized and configured especially for Intranet and workgroup use. The OS X application offers a portal-like desktop area for each user, a general public discussion area, and an unlimited number of open or access-controlled project areas as well as the ability to run email lists, offer email to users, and serve static or dynamic HTML pages. Licensing options are available on a per-seat or traffic basis.
Manfred Lippert\'s $7 shareware LittleSecrets 2.1, a notepad utility that supports encryption for better privacy, adds search functions such as an autolocator, a toolbar search function, and a complete Find/Replace dialog panel.
AKTIV Software announced that it is now selling and supporting Phantom, the Web site indexing and search solution previously available from Maxum Development. Phantom combines a Web crawler, indexer, and search engine into a single, comprehensive solution. AKTIV Software says it is currently working on the MacOS X version of Phantom, anticipating a beta release by the first week of August, 2002. (Phantom is based on the 4D database engine which \"until recently hasn\'t been supported on MacOS X.\")
Chaotic Software\'s MP3 Rage 5.1 adds several new features and improvements collection of tools for MP3 enthusiasts, which offers the ability to edit ID3 tags; analyze MP3\'s and adjust sound volume automatically to play at similar levels; export MP3 files to AIFF format for burning CDs; play MP3 files with the built-in player; catalog, organize, rename, find, and change MP3 files; and search for and download artwork and lyrics from the Internet. A 15-day trial of the $25 suite is available online.
Objective Development today announced the availability of Sharity 2.7, a client for the file sharing protocol used by Windows. The application mounts volumes shared by these servers in the file system of OS X, allowing users to open files directly from the server with any application. Version 2.7 fixes freezes in OS X 10.1.4 and later, adds support for files larger than 2GB via a new NFS3 module, and brings improved browsing. A single installation/connection is free for non-commercial use, while a single installation/unlimited connections starts at $100. (A number of other \"free\" licenses are available.)
c|net\'s interview with Steve Jobs discusses the absence of a final licensing agreement with a patent group that holds the rights to MPEG-4, a next-generation compression format for video and audio and the technology used in QuickTime 6, which was released yesterday: \"The licensing stuff is getting worked out. It isn\'t totally worked out yet. Every \'i\' is not dotted and every \'t\' is not crossed, but it\'s getting there. I have a lot of confidence it will. This is too important not to get worked out. We\'ll be shipping QuickTime 6 as part of Jaguar, our next major release of Mac OS X, which ships later this summer. I expect stuff will be worked out by then.\"
Joseph Tate reports that Apple has advised customers experiencing difficulty with PowerBook G4 DVD output to wait for the release of Mac OS X 10.2 to remedy video defects. The major Mac OS X update, due out in August, will fix a glitch that causes white areas of DVD movies to appear black when outputted through S-Video, according to an Apple representative. Apple\'s stance, however, has left some users unhappy with the several-month wait. An Apple support discussion forum thread contains customer accounts of the problem (PowerBook G4 Computers > DVD).
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Microsoft may end Office Support Professional prog
Microsoft appears to be either ending or seriously revamping its "Accredited Support Professional Program" for training on Microsoft Office for Mac and iOS it has offered at MacTech conferences since 2013. The program is not on offer at the upcoming MacTech tour, which begins on March 16 in San Francisco and includes a number of other cities. Microsoft has released a statement that it is "evaluating options for 2016, but don't have anything to share at this time." http://bit.ly/1KDz3MQ
Office for Mac v15.18 released
Microsoft has issued an update for the Mac version of its productivity suite, Office 2016. The v15.18 update offers improvements for all of the included apps, such as bringing full screen support to Outlook and allowing Word to save PDF files to flash drives. In addition, a new selection pane has been added to PowerPoint and Excel for keeping track of objects, and shapes can now be added to OneNote notebook pages. The update is free for all users, but requires a Mac running OS X 10.10 or later and a valid Microsoft Office 365 subscription. http://bit.ly/1Q7pAzW
Apple to open new south Florida mall store
According to real estate trade papers in south Florida, Apple has signed a lease for a new retail space in Miami, at the forthcoming Brickell City Centre (yes, the UK spelling is used) open-air mall, which is set to open later this year. The center will feature a five-story shopping area, condominiums, a hotel and office buildings, along with a "climate ribbon" in the shopping area to keep visitors cool, eschewing traditional air conditioning. The exact location of the Apple Store within the plan is not yet clear, but the destination already boasts 75 confirmed stores. http://bit.ly/1Q7n7Wd
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.