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Adobe earnings: up on quarter, down on year
Adobe Systems this afternoon reported revenue of $317.4 million for the second quarter of fiscal 2002, down from the the $344.1 million reported for the second quarter of fiscal 2001, but up from last quarter's $267.9 million. Net income was $54.3 million, or 22 cents per share, compared with net income of $61.3 million, or 25 cents, a year ago. "Despite a continuing soft economy, we had a solid quarter with a strong release of Photoshop," said Bruce Chizen, president and CEO of the software giant, pointing to the recent release of Photoshop 7 for Windows and Mac OS X.
iTools 6.5 gets updated WEBmail, WEBcalendar
Tenon has announced iTools 6.5, an updated version of web server package for Mac OS X, which includes new versions of WEBmail and WEBcalendar. WEBmail enables users to access email (POP or IMAP) from any device running a web browser. WEBcalendar provides a simple way to keep track of events and appointments with any web browser. It is available in three versions: Small Business Edition, $500; Corporate Edition, $750; Service Provider Edition, $1500.
REALbasic plug-in allows video/audio capture
BESTCapture Plug-in v1.0 allows REALbasic developers to quickly and easily add audio and video features to applications. It features Mac OS 9/X compatibility, live previews, support for multiple sources and it can record synchronously or asynchronously. A demo is available; the price is $60.
Can Combine Icons 3.0.0: create custom icons
Can Combine Icons v3.0.0 is a major update to the custom icons creation tool. The $10 Mac OS X only application can combine already existing icons into one single icon. The update adds features such as drop shadows and 3D effects along with performance enhancements.
Two games go Gold, retailers receive shipment
Several Mac games have gone 'gold' today, including Max Payne and Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos. Also, retailers have received shipments of Medal of Honor: Allied Assault, The Sims: Hot Date, and Star Wars Galactic Battlegrounds.
Volume License Agreement for DAVE
Thursby Software has announced the availability of Volume License Agreements (VLA) for DAVE, its file and print share product. Requirements for the program include customers being under an Annual Update Agreement and having a minimum of 100 users.
Time: Building an antenna with a Pringles can
Time magazine's The Pringles Solution talks about free AirPort-compatible WiFi networks, noting the Global Access Wireless Database, which lists street intersections for many networks and how too build a Pringles-can antenna, a "very cool home-brew device that plugs into most wireless cards."
Mammoth PostgreSQL evaluation available
Mammoth PostgreSQL is a SQL-compatible Object Relational Database Management System that provides commercially-supported PostgreSQL distribution for Mac OS X. "Mammoth PostgreSQL ships with built-in support for SSL connectivity, as well as programming APIs for JDBC, C/C++, Perl, and Python. The Deluxe version of Mammoth also ships with the SQL/XML application server LXP, which provides high level out-of-the-box developer support for website integration with PostgreSQL, XML documents, and other web-based programming solutions (such as PHP, or Perl)." An evaluation version is now available.
iMovie plugin converts from 16x9 to 4x3
Virtix has announced an iMovie plugin to convert the anamorphic 16x9 format to the standard 4x3 format without having to leave iMovie. The plugin is now available for Mac OS 9/X and is priced at $25.
Apple Store in West Palm Beach confirmed
Slaptech has confirmed the location for another Apple Store, as we noted yesterday. The store will be located in the Wellington Green Mall in West Palm Beach, Florida, on the second floor and is set to open in August.
Apple posts official fix for 10.1.5 problem
A KBase document notes an official fix for a problem in Mac OS X 10.1.5 where users can lose network or Internet connections. The fix involves deleting one file which should fix solve the network issues. Yesterday, a MacNN reader noted his unofficial fix, which also solves the problem.
Toshiba e-STUDIO16P printer announced
Toshiba has announced today the e-STUDIO16P monochrome, digital laser printer, which is designed for personal or small business use. The printer boasts 16 pages-per-minute, 600 x 600 dpi, 133 Mhz processor and fast output in a small design. The printer is compatible with the Mac OS, and is priced at $400. [direct link not avaialble]
Tech: Nvidia USB 2.0 support, Treo 15, more
Afternoon Tech News: Nvidia has announced that it will be supporting USB 2.0 in future platform products. Treo is now shipping the Treo 15, a larger-capacity (15 Gigs) portable MP3 player, which will cost $300. Sony has introduced 2 new high-speed USB 2.0 CDRW drives, an external 40x12x48x drive for $179, and a similar slim-case drive for $300.
AOL releases American Online 5G client
AOL has released America Online 5G, a new version of its connectivity client to the ISP service. It adds a settings menu has been added to the menu bar; a 'View Page Source' command has been added to the browser's contextual menu; and e-mail attachments can now be sent in .zip format. Users must be AOL members to download the latest version using the 'beta' keyword.
Multidex address book offers VCF card export
Multidex 1.4 is a Cocoa-based address book available in French, English and German that offers import/export functions in a variet of formats (tabulated text, .VCF, Entourage, etc.). Version 1.4 improves export performance, offers VCF card export, supports multiple line notes, and displays a progress bar when performing functions. The shareware is $5-$10.
Macs cost 36 percent less to maintain
Research analyst Gartner has found that Macs are up to 36 per cent more cost-effective--more than $300 per machine--than competing PCs, according to Macworld UK: "The study was conducted at Melbourne University's Faculty of the Arts, which uses 4,676 Macs and 5,338 Wintel machines. It compared direct costs such as hardware and software for desktops and mobile computers, servers and peripherals, upgrades, service and support and depreciation. It also examined the indirect costs of supporting end-users, training time and non-productive downtime."
Vanguard Elite 12: 12-bay Ultra3-SCSI storage
Firewiredirect.com today announced its Vanguard Elite 12, a 12-drive, RAID system for Ultra 3 SCSI that can be accessed by up to two server computers simultaneously. The 4U rackmount device can deliver throughput up to 100MB/sec on each of its two channels and supports large drives (up to 160GB) with RAID 0 volumes of capacities approaching 2 TeraBytes (2000GB). It also offers hot-swappable redundant power supplies, fans and support for automatic rebuilding of an array using hot spares as well as optional spares kits to provide a power supply, fan assembly and a tested HDD mounted in a spare tray.
Six Degrees demo posted by Creo
Creo has released a free 30-day evaluation version of its $100 Six Degrees application, an email-driven productivity tool connects and displays related email messages, files, and people on the desktop so that the user can quickly navigate through projects. It offers the ability to track files with similar names, show email threads related to any file on your desktop, generate email filters based on projects or people, create "dynamic" projects with one click, find files, and create links to the email, files, and contact information for a project, regardless of where these objects are on your system.
Adobe GoLive 6.0 Service Pack 1 posted
Adobe GoLive 6.0 Service Pack 1 patch addresses two known issues in Adobe GoLive 6.0, including ASP Data loss in ASP custom-coded pages and crashes when adding Macromedia Flash MX (SWF) files to a site created with Adobe GoLive.
US Postal Service Website to support Mac OS
The US Postal Services has notified users that its new Website will be Mac compatible: "Because Mac users are not able to use the new Shipping Labels website, the previous Mac compatible version of the site is still available at the following URL. Please disregard the message that states this version will not be available after July 1st. We can assure you that it will be operational until Mac users can use the new Shipping Label site. We apologize for any inconvenience."
REALbasic tool for adding audio-video to apps
BESTCapture Plug-in enables REALbasic developers to quickly and easily add audio and video features to their applications, including support for single image capture, audio recording, or full video capture. A demo of the $60 plugin is available online.
Sapphire updates Illustrator plugins for OS X
Sapphire Innovations has released updates to its Illustrator plugins sets (packs 1-5) for Illustrator 10 and to include more than 40 new plugins/tools. The plugins, now compatible with OS X, feature a large number of new options such as transparencies, blend modes, envelope options. Pack 2 now features a splatter/background creation tool as well as sketchy/split path tool. Pack 4, toolbox plugin set, includes a new paint brush tool to create amazing instant path effects.
Shareware utility creates media labels
UnCoverIt 1.4 is a $10 shareware application that automatically generates labels for different types of storage media: "[it] scans your disk and places icons and file names at the right place and the right size automatically. UnCoverIt can create covers for either data volumes or Audio CDs."
Okito Thesaurus displays synonyms in apps
Okito Software today released the first public preview of Okito Thesaurus 0.5b, an electronic thesaurus service for OS X that integrates with any service aware application including Mail, TextEdit, OmniWeb, Okito Composer, and others. With Okito Thesaurus' Word Browser, you can select a listed synonym and the synonyms for that word will be listed next to it.
TC Works updates SparkLE 2.5 audio app
TC Works has updated its realtime audio editing and authoring applications, SparkLE 2.5 and the new SparkLE Plus 2.5, adding a new convenient browser view, easy access to the Project Database, performance improvements, and a single-window interface.
ODBC.NET: free ODBC plugin for REALbasic
August Software today delivered ODBC.NET, a free ODBC plug-in for the popular REALbasic cross-platform development environment. ODBC.NET works with August's ODBC Router to make SQL data sources available for use by REALbasic. REALbasic applications can interact with Windows, UNIX and mainframe data without per-desktop ODBC control panels, drivers or database-revision-specific libraries. It supports MS-Access, IBM DB/2, mySQL, Oracle, Pick/Universe, SQLServer, SYBASE and others and works with ODBC Router solutions available starting at $100 (based on concurrent usage) as well as a new REALbasic-only edition of ODBC Router that supports unlimited ODBC.NET sessions for $350.
mp3voodoo 2.0b14 catalogs MP3s
mp3voodoo 2.0b14 allows users to catalog MP3 files and can also attach cover pictures to albums. The $35 database-driven application utilizes QuickTime to play titles directly out of collections or previously created playlists.
AppBeat 1.3 helps debug apps
AppBeat 1.3 adds support for Mach-O (OS X native) as well as new features to the utility that allows developes "to examine exactly what is going on inside their application as it executes." The included real-time profiler displays results upon execution to pinpoint where performance bottlenecks are located. In addition, it provides a real-time memory monitoring utility that allows programmers to visually inspect their application's memory usage to find functions that are allocating too much memory or to find memory leaks as they occur. A Pro version is $40 and is basic license is $20.
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