A recent Wall Street Journal online reader survey indicates that about sixty percent of participants are either planning to, or already have purchased a Macintosh computer. A majority of voters -- by only a handful -- said that they already own a Mac and plan to use Macs indefinitely.
MacNN reader Derek Miller notes that Mac OS X 10.1.5 adds support for Rage Pro graphics acceleration for Aqua and QuickTime, but says it omitted Rage LT Pro chips (stock in some PowerBooks, such as the Lombard, and available on the ATI XClaim 3D Plus PCI card). He notes that James Denton has created a patch that enables Rage LT Pro acceleration: the Rage Pro Lombard patch. [URL updated]
Email Merge v2.1 adds HTML email functionality to the popular Sig Software mail composition program. Email Merge allows users to quickly and easily create \'individualized\' email messages for mass distribution. Businesses can use Email Merge to send personally-addressed messages to customers from database information included in plain text files or FileMaker Pro databases.
A new Retrospect Driver Update for Retrospect 5.0 is now available: Mac RDU 2.7 is recommended for all Retrospect 5.0 users, adding new drivers for a handful of previously supported devices as well as support for Benchmark VS640, Exabyte VXA AutoPak 1x10, EZQuest Boa CDR/w 24X10X40 FireWire Ext, HP SureStore Tape, Autoloader 1/8 Series, and VST SmartDisk FWCDRW-V8.
Discribe v5.0.18 adds support to the $70 CD authoring package for new high-speed CD-RW drives with write speeds of up to 48X. A 48X CD \'burner\' can create a full disc in 1-2 minutes. [Classic, Carbon]
Vicomsoft has released Internet Gateway 8.02, an update to its network access management tool that corrects file privileges related to RapidCache, correctly uses the Modem Control Panel to initialized modems, has improved support for USB ADSL devices to handle large uploads and emails correctly, includes DNS server improvements, has support for multiple modem connections, and limits the number of DHCP client addresses to the number of registered users.
Management Software has released JobOrder 10.1 for Architecture, a professional version of its business process management software customized specifically for architecture. IThousands of enhancements offer architects and related professionals with precise control over their scheduling, estimating, job costing, project management and accounting operations. It includes activity efficiencies for architecture, expense distribution and credit card distribution, invoice analysis report enhancementsm, notification rules for email reminders to clients, PERT Charts, and other enhancements.
Stimulus v2.1 is the latest update to Electric Butterfly\'s photo, music and video organizer. In addition to providing comprehensive media organization, Stimulus acts as a player/viewer for content. The update to the $12 application includes performance refinements and several minor bug fixes. [Classic, Carbon]
Internally-released beta versions AOL 8.0 for Microsoft Windows closely resemble the Mac OS X version of AOL\'s client software, according to reports. The latest interface includes pastel colors and more fluid interface operation. In related news, Apple recently acknowledged that Mac.com users can log in to AOL\'s instant messaging service using Mac.com login credentials.
Curious George Downtown Adventure for Mac helps children ages three to six develop critical learning thinking skills, according to developer Knowledge Adventure, who announced that it would ship the title starting today. The learning game helps build children\'s analytical and logic skills by presenting them with challenges inspired by the classic \"Curious George\" book series, first published in 1941.
Command Prompt has posted an evaluation version of Mammoth PostgreSQL for OS X. The release contains a 5 connection Mammoth PostgreSQL, LXP the XML application server for PostgreSQL and Mammoth Browser a GUI-based data management application.
The Financial Times quotes CEO Steve Jobs about the role of design in Apple products: \"The way we define design at Apple is not just about what products look like, it\'s about how they work.\" Jonathan Ive also notes Apple\'s small design team which focuses on making products less intrusive: \"With the new iMac, if you just sit there for 10 minutes and move the display around, you quickly forget about its design. The design gets out of the way. We are not interested in design statements. We do everything we can to simplify design.\"
Mike Teener, the founder of the FireWire (\"IEEE 1394\"), will present a keynote address at this year\'s 1394 Developers\' Conference, to be held June 25-27 at the Microsoft campus in Redmond. Teener is currently Plumbing Architect at Apple--a title that he also held from 1988 until 1996.
Aspyr Media today shipped Clive Barker\'s Undying for the Mac, a first-person, 3D action adventure game with five separate quests that challenge the player to \"unravel the curses\". The $40 title is described as \"a nightmarish adventure with just the right mix of horror and imaginative gameplay. The year is 1923 and players are Patrick Galloway, a rugged adventurer and investigator of the supernatural.\"
Silk v1.1 is a haxie from Unsanity that enables Quartz text rendering in Carbon applications under Mac OS X 10.1.5. This brings antialiased text in applications such as Internet Explorer, Mozilla and many others. The update has added default exclusions for AIM, AOL, and Radio UserLand, improved error handling and partial German translation.
PopChar X 1.1 is the Mac OS X version of PopChar Pro, which helps users type unusual characters without having to remember keyboard combinations. The latest version incorporates several new features as well as fixes bugs.
Apple\'s system engineers will deliver two-day Technology Seminars for Education targeted at technology directors and computer coordinators. The seminars combine hands-on training, presentations, discussion, and peer networking on topics such as OS X, OS X Server, backup strategies, Mac Manager, QuickTime streaming, and UNIX/Comannd Line 101. The first seminars begin in mid-July in the Midwest (Illinois, Wisconsin, and Indiana).
DataViz today announced it has added FireWire support to to its Mac-mounting software, MacOpener. The update supports music programs such as TrentSoft\'s EphPod, which allows Windows users to transfer, organize, and play MP3s from the iPod. The $50 application allows PC users to open Mac disks as if they were PC disks.
Morning tech news: Researchers at IBM have developed an ultra-dense storage technology codenamed \"millipede\", which resembles \"molecular\" punch cards and can \"store as much as 20 times the data of the magnetic storage media used in today\'s computers, cramming as much as 25 million printed textbook pages of data on a surface the size of a postage stamp;\" Software piracy grew last year, breaking six years of progress by software companies to stamp out illegal use, according to a trade group report; and Microsoft is not supporting the 802.11a standard due to backward compatibility issues with the AirPort-compatible 802.11b standard.
MemoryStick 1.1 provides a graphical display of your RAM usage under Mac OS X and optionally uses sound to signal pageouts: \"frequent pageouts are a sign that you are thrashing the hard disk.\"
Mandomartis has released Advanced Effect Maker, an online tool for creating Flash applets: \"These applets are not based on Java, but on Macromedia Flash 5.0. Any users with basic web design knowledge can easily adapt them for their home pages and currently may choose from 23 customizable web effects [including] slide shows, scrollers, tree navigation menus, text effects and page counters.\" Access is $30 for 3-months or $60 for an entire year for commercial accounts, while inviduals can register for a freeware account, which offers access to a restricted number of Flash applets.
eZedia today released eZeScreen 1.0 ($40), the second in a series of plug-ins for iMovie 2. It offers professional blue screen and green screen video effects: \"Users can position an additional movie over an iMovie 2 clip and adjust the transparency and fade levels of any selected color to add animated logos, talking heads, or any QuickTime supported movie.\" The company\'s eZeMatte 1.0 ($30), released in April 2002, allows any QuickTime supported image to overlay an iMovie clip, allowing users to add borders, frames, themes, logos or any customized graphic. Both require OS X.
French and German versions of the InDesign 2.01 update are now available at Adobe\'s website. (Adobe also recently posted AdobePS 8.8, its PostScript driver for Mac OS 8/9 that enables you to print documents from any application to a printer that includes Adobe PostScript.)
NetBarrier X 10.0.3 from Intego adds the ability to filter Apple Remote Desktop, bring a new contextual menu in the Firewall table, and has new default services and ports. NetBarrier ($60) provides Firewall, Antivandal, and Internet Privacy functions.
Alco Blom\'s URL Manager Pro 3.0 for Classic and OS X is now available. The popular bookmark utility adds the Mondriaan menu extra or \'menulet\' for access to your Favorites from the OS X menu bar. The $25 shareware offers integration with the browser menu bar (and dock), improved history functions while surfing, many import/export functions, and contextual menu/menubar support.
Michael Kamprath\'s Keyboard Maestro 1.1.1 fixes many minor bugs and introduces new hot key actions to the $15 productivity and system utility that offers Hot Key functions, a keyboard Program Switcher, and a clipboard-enhancement utility that offers multiple clipboards. New actions include \'Quit Application\', mute/increase/decrease sound, and other enhancements. A free, lite version of the $20 utility offers limited functionality.
Insider Software today announced FontAgent X 10.1, an update to the OS X app that adds font-activation support for Classic applications and improves the font management utility\'s multi-library functionality. It supports the simultaneous opening of multiple font libraries, define font sets that from multiple font libraries, activate/deactivate sets of fonts simultaneously from multiple libraries. verify fonts on-the-fly as they are activated, and preview any text string in any size in any typeface. Upgrades to the $90 utility are $50. A demo manages up to 250 font files.
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Apple brings iTunes Movie Trailers app to Canada
After five years, Apple has expanded its iTunes Movie Trailers app for iOS to Canada. As of Saturday, the free app allows movie buffs to see HD movie trailers for new studio and independent features, and explore some other movie-related extras such as photos, behind-the-scenes footage, or clips from upcoming films. Users can save trailers for quick access, read reviews from RottenTomatoes.com within the app, use AirPlay to send them to an Apple TV, share trailers, and peruse the top movie charts. http://apple.co/1UUKtwr
Apple expands CloudKit API, provides web interface
On Friday, Apple notified developers that it was expanding a feature of CloudKit to allow for server-to-server web service requests. "In addition to providing a web interface for users to access the same data as your app, you can now easily read and write to the CloudKit public database from a server-side process or script with a server-to-server key," Apple said in its announcement. Previously, interaction with the CloudKit public database was limited to apps and web only. http://apple.co/20h1RwP
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