Alien Skin has released Image Doctor 1.0b, a set of image-retouching filters for Photoshop, Fireworks, Paint Shop Pro, and other image editors. The filters removes blemishes and defects, quickly repairs over-compressed JPEGs, and replaces unwanted details and objects. Users can tweak their effects in a large preview that includes a before/after toggle, command menus, keyboard shortcuts, and unlimited undo. A public beta is available now, while the full version is due later this summer.
An Apple Knowledge Base document outlines steps and strategies necessary to connect a Macintosh to an SMB server. SMB is the native sharing protocol employed in Microsoft Windows environments. Users interested in connecting to such servers should consult the document, which outlines the necessary steps under Mac OS X 10.1.
iPat Randomizer is an AppleScript Studio application that can automatically generate random iTunes play lists. The user can designate a specific size, track count and/or name for the random play list, and can filter tracks used for the random play list based on whether or not the Library track is enabled.
MacNN reader Norm Phillips writes: \"I\'ve created this package, which installs the older version of Apple\'s Ethernet driver for those people who are suffering from a bug that started when they updated to Mac OS X v10.1.5. This bug, on many machines, would make people unable to connect to the Internet (if broadband is used)/network after they woke their computers from sleep. This corrects the problem. This problem only affects people on some machines, when Ethernet is used.\"
UNIX-oriented firms, including video effects and production giant Industrial Light and Magic, are beginning to accept Mac OS X as a viable market player, according to a Linux Journal article. ILM is reportedly transitioning its rotoscopers to Mac OS X, and the company\'s art department already uses Macintosh machines. \"What attracts us is the BSD-like Darwin core and network compatibility.\"
Apple has officially announced it has acquired the technologies from Silicon Grail, including the RAYZ and Chalice product lines, according to the Website. As noted in a report here several days ago, Silicon Grail was founded to produce \"efficient, cost-effective, software-based compositing solutions optimized for feature film and large format resolutions.\"
Corel today announced CorelDRAW Graphics Suite 11 for Macintosh and Windows. The July release will include Mac OS X-compatible versions of CorelDRAW, Photo-Paint and R.A.V.E. CorelDRAW 11 offers live effects, a customizable workspace and an improved workflow. Photo-Paint 11 features automatic image slicing, rollover button creation and a new Red-Eye Removal tool. R.A.V.E, Corel\'s Web animation application, offers several enhancements to the Flash component of the program. Corel indicates that competitive upgrade pricing will be available when Graphics Suite 11 ships. Pricing of the new suite starts at $530; upgrades are $250.
Fire v0.31.a is an update to the instant messaging client for Mac OS X that adds several key features and bug fixes. The recent update sports a new buddy list; offers the ability to define as many accounts as needed for each service; includes English, German, Spanish and Icelandic localizations. Fire supports the AIM, ICQ, Yahoo!, IRC, MSN and Jabber protocols; this update offers bug fixes for all protocol implementations.
SpamCop v1.1 for Apple\'s Mac OS X Mail email application helps Mac users filter-out SPAM (unsolicited junk mail) from their inboxes. For free, or for a yearly premium, users can sign-up for the SpamCop service to receive SPAM filtering and the ability to report malicious \'junk mailers.\' Version 1.1 adds Web reporting support for all account types, works with the non-English version of Mail and includes clearer message flagging.
The third public beta release of Alpha8 b3, the next generation of the popular Alpha text editor, is now available. AlphaX, an OS X native version of Alpha8, is currently in private alpha testing and a new test version has been released concurrently with 8.0b3. A public release is planned for later this year.
MacSoft today signed an agreement with game developer BioWare to bring Neverwinter Nights to the Mac: \"[It] is based on the wildly popular Dungeons & Dragons game published by Wizards of the Coast and is scheduled to ship in the summer of 2002, only two months after the PC version. The \'official campaign,\' which can be played in single or multi-player, will thrust gamers into a deep, enriching fantasy world with 60-100 hours of gameplay across four engrossing chapters. Players will enjoy a fast-paced adventure, revolving around an epic story of faith, war and betrayal.\" It is due in the Fall for $60.
Apple has updated its retail Website, noting that Apple Store Short Hills will hold its grand opening on Saturday, June 22. Update: A MacNN reader notes that Apple is set to open yet annother retail store in Wellington Green mall (West Palm Beach, Fla), citing recent job openings in the area as well mall officials. (Apple\'s site is not updated with info on upcoming store locations.)
Kensington today announced the FlyFan, which it calls \"the world\'s first\" plug-and-play USB Fan. The $25 ($20 street price) device requires no switches and no separate batteries to operate, using less than five minutes per every hour of notebook battery charge and has a flexible 15-inch gooseneck which lets you point airflow in any direction.
Synergy Creations has released Alchemist\'s Challenge, a collection of chemistry quizzes designed to help users learn about one of the central features of chemistry: the periodic table. It is $15 shareware.[Classic, OSX]
Unsanity has released FruitMenu 2.0, an update to the $7 shareware utility that adds the ability to customize and enhance the Apple Menu and the contexual menus in OS X. Users can use a visual editor to rearrange, delete, add, and customize hotkeys for menu items as well as use contextual menu commands to launch applications and shell scripts.
Mozilla.org has released an alpha of the next generation of its Web browser, Mozilla 1.1a. It brings an improved download manager, supports Quartz rendering under OS X 10.1.5, converts HTML mail to plain text, has the ability to quote the original message, has DHTML display enhancements, improves autocomplete sorting, includes redundant backup files, and has better drag & drop support. [Classic, OSX]
WiebeTech has reduced pricing by up to $50 on its DesktopGB, a high-performance, external combo (FireWire/USB 2.0) desktop drives. The drives feature 7200RPM mechanisms (not slower 5400RPM) and the Oxford 911 FireWire interface for transfer rates in excess of 30MB/second. New pricing is $110 (case-only), $200 (60GB), $220 (80GB), $300 (120GB). Each drive includes a vertical stand, USB2 cable, FireWire cable and AC adapter.
Bare Bones today released Super Get Info 1.0.8, a $20 file and folder info utility for Mac OS X, that offers a flexible alternative to the \"Show Info\" command in the OS X Finder. It now supports viewing and editing of Finder comments, and also offers the ability to copy and paste file and folder icons, allowing the easy application of custom icons. This update also incorporates various other minor enhancements as well as fixes for reported issues.
SmartDisk today announced a new USB flash media reader that reads CompactFlash, SmartMedia, Memory Stick, Secure Digital, MultiMediaCard and IBM Microdrive media cards in a single unit. The driverless device is due in mid-June for $50.
Morning tech news: Palm will introduce three new handhelds this fall, including one designed to sell for $100 and one running Palm OS 5 that is capable of making phone calls as well as future products with built-in keyboards; ATI is looking to bolster its set-top product line with the purchase of NxtWave Communications for $20 million cash; and Microsoft has issued two bulletins, disclosing \"critical\" flaws in Internet Explorer, as well as in MSN Chat, MSN Messenger and Exchange Messenger.
Glucose today released the freeware WeatherPop 1.1 weather application as well as a commercial version ($8) of the application, WeatherPop Advance, which adds beautiful color icons, a full five-day forecast, and http proxy support for users at work. WeatherPop 1.1 has been updated with new Black and White icons and offers support for users who have not installed the Mac OS X BSD Subsystem. [WP, WPA]
Xicons.com has launched a new open-source section of its website. The idea is to aid the open source software community by providing high-quality sets of toolbar icons and other user interface graphics for their programs.
PowerLogix today announced a new PowerForce G4 Series 100 and Series 133 processor upgrades, which will be available in speeds ranging from 750Mhz to 1GHz. The upgrade cards use Motorola\'s G4/7455 processor (code-named \"Apollo\").
Dr. Bott today began shipping iCase12 and iCase12 Plus, which \"offers unsurpassed safety in transporting Apple\'s 12\" iBook. It takes all your computing on the go needs into account offering storage for AC power, spare battery, iPod, CDs and more. The iCase12 Plus incorporates a carry strap and black side bag that provides room for important papers and extra hardware. iCase 12\'s Lift-O-matic feet and removable top allow for comfortable use of the iBook without removing it from the case.\"
The Iconfactory has released its latest freeware icon collection, Tribal Masks for OS X, which takes \"inspiration from tribal cultures from around the globe to create this new set of colorful, and bold icons for the Macintosh desktop.\" It is available as either standard Mac icons or as an organized icon pack that can be used with IconBrowser on OS X or IconDropper on Mac OS 9.
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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