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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Cirrus creates Lightning-headphone dev kit
Apple supplier Cirrus Logic has introduced a MFi-compliant new development kit for companies interested in using Cirrus' chips to create Lightning-based headphones, which -- regardless of whether rumors about Apple dropping the analog headphone jack in its iPhone this fall -- can offer advantages to music-loving iOS device users. The kit mentions some of the advantages of an all-digital headset or headphone connector, including higher-bitrate support, a more customizable experience, and support for power and data transfer into headphone hardware. Several companies already make Lightning headphones, and Apple has supported the concept since June 2014. http://bit.ly/29giiZj
Apple Store app offers Procreate Pocket
The Apple Store app for iPhone, which periodically rewards users with free app gifts, is now offering the iPhone "Pocket" version of drawing app Procreate for those who have the free Apple Store app until July 28. Users who have redeemed the offer by navigating to the "Stores" tab of the app and swiping past the "iPhone Upgrade Program" banner to the "Procreate" banner have noted that only the limited Pocket (iPhone) version of the app is available free, even if the Apple Store app is installed and the offer redeemed on an iPad. The Pocket version currently sells for $3 on the iOS App Store. [32.4MB]
Porsche adds CarPlay to 2017 Panamera
Porsche has added a fifth model of vehicle to its CarPlay-supported lineup, announcing that the 2017 Panamera -- which will arrive in the US in January -- will include Apple's infotainment technology, and be seen on a giant 12.3-inch touchscreen as part of an all-new Porsche Communication Management system. The luxury sedan starts at $99,900 for the 4S model, and scales up to the Panamera Turbo, which sells for $146,900. Other vehicles that currently support CarPlay include the 2016 911 and the 2017 models of Macan, 718 Boxster, and 718 Cayman. The company did not mention support for Google's corresponding Android Auto in its announcement. http://bit.ly/295ZQ94
Apple employees testing wheelchair features
New features included in the forthcoming watchOS 3 are being tested by Apple retail store employees, including a new activity-tracking feature that has been designed with wheelchair users in mind. The move is slightly unusual in that, while retail employees have previously been used to test pre-release versions of OS X and iOS, this marks the first time they've been included in the otherwise developer-only watchOS betas. The company is said to have gone to great lengths to modify the activity tracker for wheelchair users, including changing the "time to stand" notification to "time to roll" and including two wheelchair-centric workout apps. http://bit.ly/2955JDa
SanDisk reveals two 256GB microSDXC cards
SanDisk has introduced two 256GB microSDXC cards. Arriving in August for $150, the Ultra microSDXC UHS-I Premium Edition card offers transfer speeds of up to 95MB/s for reading data. The Extreme microSDXC UHS-I card can read at a fast 100MB/s and write at up to 90MB/s, and will be shipping sometime in the fourth quarter for $200. http://bit.ly/294Q1If
Apple's third-quarter results due July 26
Apple has advised it will be issuing its third-quarter results on July 26, with a conference call to answer investor and analyst queries about the earnings set to take place later that day. The stream of the call will go live at 2pm PT (5pm ET) via Apple's investor site, with the results themselves expected to be released roughly 30 minutes before the call commences. Apple's guidance for the quarter put revenue at between $41 billion and $43 billion. http://apple.co/1oi1Pbm
Twitter stickers slowly roll out to users
Twitter has introduced "stickers," allowing users to add extra graphical elements to their photos before uploading them to the micro-blogging service. A library of hundreds of accessories, props, and emoji will be available to use as stickers, which can be resized, rotated, and placed anywhere on the photograph. Images with stickers will also become searchable with viewers able to select a sticker to see how others use the same graphic in their own posts. Twitter advises stickers will be rolling out to users over the next few weeks, and will work on both the mobile apps and through the browser. http://bit.ly/29bbwUE