Canon has introduced its \"Entry-level\" camera: the 2-megapixel, single-focal length autofocus PowerShot A200. The camera incorporates several advanced features, including Movie mode (320 x 240 pixels), Photo Effect Mode, Direct Pring capabilities and magnified playback up to 10x. The A200 uses two AA-size batteries and is compatible with CompactFlash Type 1 removable media. The camera will be available in July and carries a suggested retail price of $300.
Ircle 3.1b14 is the latest release for the Mac OS 9/X IRC client. The update fixes a problem with long files names, improves preferences and AppleScript problems. [Classic, Carbon]
A NewsFactor article notes that OmniWeb 5.0 is slated for release in early 2003. The Cocoa-only browser is competiting with new releases from Netscape (Mozilla 1.0) and Microsoft (Internet Explorer 5.5, to be released in the summer), both which do not charge for use. While the OmniGroup does charge for licenses, they claim that it is one of their most profitable products, \"It was our highest-profit app until a couple of months ago, and it\'s still selling more seats than any other app we have. We have about 450,000 users out there that prefer us to the free, bundled version of IE. I think that\'s really saying something.\" On a related note, OmniWeb v4.1 -- a more modest update -- will be available tomorrow.
A new Final Cut Pro user group has been formed in the New York, New Jersey and Connecticut metro area, and the first meeting is planned for June 18. Leading the meeting will be Arthur Aldrich, video editor and Apple Certified Final Cut Pro instructor. Interested individuals are requested to RSVP via email.
c|net notes Apple\'s expanding retail strategy, which could include having PCs in the retail stores for comparisions. \"If the proposal is adopted, PCs from one or more manufacturers would be compared with Macs, the sources said. Apple also plans to run Connectix VirtualPC--emulation software for running Windows on Macs--on store demo units. This too would be part of the \"conversion\" strategy, showing potential PC customers that they could continue using current Windows software on their new Macs.\" Apple also plans to open an additional 18 stores this year, bringing the total to 49.
MacNN reader Varen Swaab has alerted us to a problem with Mac OS X 10.1.5 and Dreamweaver MX. \"I have discovered (through my own experience and a discussion with MM Tech Support) a problem which prevents Dreamweaver MX users from being able to use their site file, rendering the program virtually useless. The message: If you use Dreamweaver MX DO NOT upgrade to 10.1.5.\"
MoonDock v1.2.2 is a lightweight freeware application that displays up-to-date images of the moon phase in the Mac OS X Dock or Desktop. The update is now compatible with 10.1.5 and adds some new features.
Aspyr Media today that Medal of Honor Allied Assault has shipped for the Mac, after announcing the first-person shooter went \"GM\" earlier this week. The Carbonized single and multiplayer title, based on the Quake(R) III engine, is set during the most trying years of World War II. The $50 title was developed by Electronics Arts and ported to the Mac by Westlake Interactive.
Virtix has introduced Virtix Pan & Scan for iMovie, a $20 plugin pack that contains 10 special effects that allow the user to move back and forth between portions of a video clip. It allows iMovie users to move across an image at a constant speed, or gently speed up at the beginning and slow down at the end of the panning motion and also contains effects to hold the position at the beginning and end of a pan. Effects are included for both still images and motion video. It requires iMovie 2.1.1 and OS X. Other iMovie special effects packages from the company include Bravo Filters ($25), Echo Transitions ($25), and Zoom Filters ($20).
Ask The Web 1.2b1 is a universal dictionary client for web-based dictionary servers. Now in beta, it adds contextual menu support, a history menu, new search methods, better font customization, translation dictionary support via Altavista Babelfish, AppleScript support and new plugins for a total of 150. [Classic, OSX]
MacNN reader Colin Sandy notes that Forbes.com praises the new eMac as a great alternative for \"those who think the new iMac looks too weird\" and touts the eMac\'s larger screen and lower price tag.
Mr. Tides 2.0.5 is a maintenance update to the open-source application that provides tide and current predictions in a wide variety of formats (graphs, text listings, and calendars or a tide clock). It uses the algorithm used by the National Ocean Service in the U.S., which \"is significantly more accurate than the simple tide clocks that can be bought in novelty stores.\" [Classic, OSX]
SmartDisk has released USB 2.0 versions of its FireLite portable hard drives. Available in capacities of 20GB ($200), 30GB ($260) and 40GB ($310), they have a sleek, silver-colored magnesium casing, weigh just over six ounces, and require no driver installation when used with Classic or OS X (with USB 1.1 support). Each drive ships with Connectix CopyAgent data backup, recovery and synchronization software for Macintosh users as well as an AC adapter, a stacking clip and a protective carrying case.
Mailsmith 1.5.3, Bare Bones Software\'s $100 email client, incorporates several significant new features, as well as additional interface refinements and fixes> It introduces the ability to locate messages rapidly, based on content relevance to specified words or phrases; it also brings several other enhancements, including the addition of a new \"(any address)\" term to Mailsmith\'s advanced query capability; the ability to transform displayed messages for easier reading, and improved notification of new mail arrival via the Dock under OS X.
Mireth Technology\'s ToTheTrash! 1.1 \"provides a place to put those files you\'re not ready to delete yet, and an opportunity to specify how long to keep each one. [It] will store the files for you until they expire, allowing you to retrieve them in the mean time if you need them, and automatically deleting them for you if you don\'t.\" A demo of the OS X utility is available online.
Blackmagic Design today released new image control real-time effects for the Kona SD, its $3,300 uncompressed 10-bit PCI video card designed for video editing and design. Included in the Kona SD software v1.3.1, the new Image Control real-time effects include Tint, Sepia, Gamma Correction, Brightness Contrast, Proc Amp, and Desaturate. The Kona SD now offers a dozen real-time effects as well as 10-bit uncompressed capture and playback, desktop view for real-time Photoshop paint, 6 channels of AES/EBU digital audio with built in sample rate conversion, and native OS X support with certification for Final Cut Pro 3 on OS X.
Chaparral Software\'s Brushfire 1.5.3 is an update to its script analysis utility for FileMaker Pro 5: \"[it] analyzes related files, producing in-depth reports that reveal script details, errors, warning, and functional data about your FileMaker Pro solutions.\" A lite version of the $250 application is available for $80 as is a limited demo.
Advenio Software today released SQLGrinder 1.2.1, a native shareware SQL editor and developer tool for OS X, which allows developers to easily create, edit and execute SQL queries as well as browse their database structures. It supports a variety of databases (with JDBC drivers), including Oracle, MySQL, PostgreSQL, FrontBase, Openbase SQL, Microsoft SQL Server and Sybase Adaptive Server Enterprise. It is $50 ($30 for education customers).
Diamondsoft is shipping Font Reserve Server 1.5, which adds support for Mac OS X or Mac OS X Server to the client/server font management system for controlling and using fonts throughout organizations and workgroups.
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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