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Panic intros new doodle drawing app
Panic has announced Desktastic, an entertaining application that allows users to draw directly on their desktop with Mac OS X. Notes, diagrams, phone numbers and to do lists -- as well as doodles -- are among the suggested uses for the app. Desktastic ($9) creates an invisible "white board" layer above the icons and desktop picture, but beneath application windows, to provide a tidy method for containing sketches.
Blizzard ships Warcraft III for Mac, Windows
Blizzard Entertainment today announced that Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos, the highly anticipated sequel to the company's top-selling PC game series, is now available for the Macintosh and Windows worldwide. In 'Reign of Chaos,' players of the strategy/fantasy game return to the world of 'Azeroth,' after the end of the second war between the 'Orcs' and the Humans.
Photo Control intros PBG4 DVI docking station
Photo Control has unveiled a docking station for Apple's latest DVI-equipped PowerBook G4. The G4 DVI BookEndz Docking Station differs from the previous PowerBook docking station in that it makes it possible to convert the new G4 DVI PowerBook into a "complete desktop system," and can take advantage of DVI output. The DVI Docking Station carries the same $245 price tag as its predecessor.
Tech: RIAA\'s next move; ePostbox; Palladium
Afternoon Tech News: The Recording Industry Association of America plans to take its war on piracy to the private citizen, with threats of dragging individuals into court; Sweden's national post office is encouraging residents to use ePostbox, its email delivery system, instead of regular mail; in an attempt to increase Internet security and privacy, curb piracy, and stop the theft of trade secrets, computing giant Microsoft unveiled plans for a system it calls "Palladium" (discussed on the MacNN open forums).
TimeCache 5.0.2 update addresses bugs, UI
TimeCache 5.0.2 is a maintenance update to PandaWare's $45 time and expense tracking application, which addresses several bugs from the previous release and offers interface enhancements. Problems with displaying and printing multi-project reports have been corrected in the release; improvements have been made to a number of interface elements, particularly in the Mac OS X version.
Apple submits Mac OS X for security eval
Apple has submitted Mac OS X for an independent security evaluation by the U.S. government's National Information Assurance Partnership, which "will evaluate Mac OS X and Mac OS X Server on a series of common criteria used by a number of countries to evaluate the security features of various technologies. The evaluation allows governments and businesses to compare the relative security features of different products," according to c|net. The article notes that the testing, which could take year and is required by some US government agencies, may help Apple penetrate some government circles.
QuarkXpress 5.01 now available online
Quark has released a QuarkExpress 5.01 update, a free update that brings several bug fixes and new features to the industry-standard desktop publishing and layout software. Some of the changes, including enhanced spell checking and enhanced hyphenation, are due in a forthcoming Quark Xpress Passport 5.01 updater. It is available online or via the phone ($15); however, standard shipping & handling charges apply.
Emagic announces Logic 5.2 update
Apple's recently acquired Emagic division has announced Logic 5.2, an update to its digital audio and MIDI production application with new several new features, plugins, and other enhancements.
Free Wi-Fi networks in NYC, other options
NYCwireless is a "nonprofit organization with a mission to create enough wireless hot spots throughout the city allowing Internet access from anywhere, installed the Bryant Park system two weeks ago....[It] has a list of about 70 hot spots in New York City, most in Manhattan," according to The New York Times. Boingo and T-Mobile are other commericial wireless carrier offering WiFi access throughout the US. [registration required to view NYT article]
Reader petition on Flash performance issues
MacNN reader M. Robert Spryn has started an online petition and feedback campaign urging Macromedia to solve some of the Flash performance issues on the Mac, which dozens of others have experienced (as noted in our MacNN forums). Other readers note similar Flash performance debates as well as playback problems are reported on the Macromedia Support Board.
Firewalk X 2.1.4: firewall software for OS X
Firewalk X 2.1.4 is a "full featured firewall for Mac OS X. Offering flexible firewalling plus features such as restricting application connections and interactive, real-time alerts." It has TCP/UDP/ICMP filtering, self-optimization routines for current network activity, time-expiring firewall rules, application- and IP-based restrictions, port scan and packet flood detection, and both English and French-localization. Version 2.1.4 of the $35 utility offers a kernel panic fix for dual processor machines, speed optimizations, and other enhancements.
mp3voodoo 2.1: floating window, dock control
mp3voodoo 2.1 is an update to the MP3 catalogging system that fixes many bugs and also includes a global player that floats above all applications and the ability to control music via the dock menu.
Lyrictracker helps download, share lyrics
Lyrictracker Client 3.2 allows users to search for lyrics online via the Lytracker database. It also allows users to share your lyrics with others. It adds support for the iPod, sortable result lists, new icons, an improved user interface, and a few bug fixes. The $10 application runs on both Classic and OS X.
Printools 3.0 for Quark offers full previews
Badia Software today released Printools 3.0 for QuarkXPress and QuarkXPress Passport 5.0. This updated version of Printools incorporates new tools and bigger previews, runs faster and more efficiently, has built-in support for English and German, and is QuarkXPress 5-native. The $80 application offers an interactive live preview which shows exactly how the page will fit the printing area, together with the actual page contents and printer marks. It also adds a collection of powerful time-saver tools, including: preflighting, batch printing rename at print, print to file, print selected items and output usage reports - such as style sheets or picture usage.
Roxio releases Toast 5.1.4 Titanium updater
Roxio has released a free Toast 5.1.4 Titanium updater, which provides support for the Gracenote CDDB2 database, 48x recording, anti-aliased text rendering in certain interface areas, enhanced DVD+RW support and expanded "Optimize on the Fly" features. Roxio will be attending Macworld New York (booth #631) where they will be demonstrating and selling Toast Titanium and Toast with Jam.
Reader: Blizzard ships Warcraft III
MacNN readers have reported receiving shipment confirmations of Blizzard's Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos, which went 'GM' several weeks ago. The $60 real-time strategy game has both single player or multiplayer modes (over Battle.net).
Apple layoffs at Elk Grove plant in Laguna
One MacNN reader writes: "According to KCRA TV, Channel 3, of Sacramento CA, some Apple Computer employees arriving for work at the Laguna plant, south of Sacramento, last night and this morning recieved pink slips. The reduction in force was necessitated by 'competition' according to one unnamed source.as quoted in the broadcast. No official responses to inquiries could be had as the Public Relations Department of Apple Computer in Cupertino had not yet opened this Wednesday morning." Another reader provided some follow-up: "They say that several graveyard shift employees at Apple's Elk Grove (Laguna) site were laid off last night. Rumor has the count at 40 with possibly more to come."
Competitive upgrades for Timeslips users
In response to the discontinuation of Timeslips billing software, both Casady & Greene (C&G) and MYOB have announced competitive upgrade pricing for customers. Registered users of C&G's TimeSlice Mac 1.x-2.x may upgrade for $30, while Timeslips users can upgrade for $40 (with proof of purchase). TimeSlice sells for $60 and is available for both Classic and OS X. MYOB is offering a $50 rebate through the end of August on MYOB AccountEdge, its $250 small business management and time billing application. Both offers require proof of purchase to be submitted.
JJEdit 0.5: shareware Java IDE in testing
The $5 shareware JJEdit 0.5 is described as a "light-weight Integrated Development Environment (IDE) for Java programming on Mac OS X. It includes a text editor for editing Java source code with features such as code colouring and autocompletion of Java class names." It also links in with javac, the built in Java compiler and the built in Java runtime environment, allowing you to edit, compile and run Java programs from within one application.
easyPalette: REALbasic tool for developers
easyPalette pre1 is a preview of the REALbasic utility that adds cross platform, customisable tearoff palettes to REALbasic projects: the API is "very simple, involving in many cases only a few calls to create the palette, handle the mouseDown, mouseDrag and mouseUp events....[it] handles everything from the moment your user clicks on a popup button until they release - including the tearoff action." A demo is available.
c|net: Jaguar due in early August?
Apple may ship Jaguar in early August, according to c|net: "The new version, code-named Jaguar and officially known as Mac OS X 10.2, is now expected to ship in early August, barring unforeseen difficulties, said sources familiar with Apple's product strategy. In May, Apple indicated the OS would ship by the end of summer, which many analysts took to mean the end of September or even October."
IPNetTuner, IPNetShareX updates for OS X
Sustainable Softworks has released IPNetTuner 1.01, a utility that can optimize networking and internet connections by tuning internal TCP/IP parameters to match your network environment. It supports over 20 adjustable parameters including the TCP Window Size, Time Out intervals, Maximum Segment Size, and MTU. Upgrades to the $30 utility are $15 for Classic version owners. IPNetShareX 1.0c1 offers graphical access to OS X's Network Address Translation (NAT) services without having to use the command line. It is free for non-commercial installation (no technical support) and $25 for a commercial license ("Pro" version). [IPNT, IPNS, IPNS Pro]
MP3 tool suite updated: MP3 Rage 5.1.1
Chaotic Software has released an update to its popular MP3 tag editor, MP3 Rage 5.1.1. The $25 shareware adds several new features and improvements, including a Contextual Menu Plugin for OS X, support for long filenames when organizing music via moving or copying to a different volume, support for long filenames in the MP3 Player, and other enhancements.
Wine Chronicle 1.0 manages wine collections
Wine Chronicle 1.0 is a full-featured database application for wine enthusiasts, of all levels, to catalogue, track, inventory, and manage their wine collection. It records information about individual wines, vineyards, wine importers, prices, value, reviews and personal tasting notes. Wine Chronicle can be used to manage wine collections based on review ratings, country of origin, vineyard, wine type, and other categories. A 15-record limited version of the $40 application is available online. [Classic, OSX]
Apple sees growth in Middle East region
A CNBC interview with Jacques Chammas of Apple Middle East says that Apple has experienced 40% unit growth and 15% revenue growth in the past three years, noting that Apple has had a "very good push in Egypt and certain Levant countries."
Dr. Bott intros new white iPod Auto Charger
Dr. Bott today announced it has updated its iPod Connection Kits with white and transparent coiled cord Auto Charger. The new white iPod Auto Charger retails for $25, while the iPod Connection Kit with FM Transmitter retails for $50 and the iPod Connection Kit II with Cassette Adapter retails for $48. Updated versions of each kit are available immediately.
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