OEexporter and OEimporter are free utilities from developer Bill Wright that enable users to transfer email and Address Book data between the Mac and PC versions of Microsoft Outlook, Outlook Express and Entourage. Both applications are available from the new eMailman Web site.
Apple Developer Connection members can now order all WWDC 2002 sessions on DVD-ROM for $800, or alternatively pay $300 for exclusive access to ADC TV QuickTime streams of the sessions. Select Membership bundles are also available to prospective \'select\' developers.
4D today announced the release of View, a spreadsheet and data presentation plug-in for 4D. Available for 4D Server applications, the 4D View plug-in provides spreadsheet functions including calculations, simulations, projections, and analyses. 4D also announced the immediate release of 4D 6.8.1 for registered 4D 6.8 license owners. The 6.8.1 update offers customized printing options and SSL, PPP and IMAP4 protocol support integrated into the 4D language.[4D 6.8.1 - 7MB]
The final release of GoodWay -- a powerful flight planner for the X-Plane flight simulator -- is now slated for a July 21 release. GoodWay is a $25 add-on for X-Plane that adds printable and exportable flight planning; can display a list of installed ENV files; offers GLOS map compatibility. Users of the software can automatically plan detailed flights based on departure and arrival airport information.
Afternoon Tech News: A landmark acquisition of PayPal by auction giant EBay for more than $1.3 billion will align the company to create a \"more compelling trading platform,\" EBay executives said today; a German programmer has made the first steps toward running the Linux operating system legally on Microsoft\'s Xbox (Linux on Xbox challenge noted last week).
Blue Line Studios today released LogotypeMaker Pro 4.0, a major update to its typeface viewer for logotype designers. The latest overhaul of the $30 application can load fonts not activated by the system; adds new functionality per user request; and includes better font list filters. Blue Line also offers a \"lite\" version of LogotypeMaker for free.
Gideon Softworks has released xBack 1.0, a free utility that allows you replace your desktop with a screen saver. This release properly plays all Apple screen savers.
Rage Software today released WebDesign 1.6, an update to the $30 web development application for Classic and Mac OS X. WebDesign 1.6 adds a customizable browser list to preview web pages in, customizable syntax coloring, support for tabs, and enhanced Mac OS X support including support for the Tool bar button as well as fixes problems with the FTP client, attribute editor and overall stability.
MacNN reader Dominik Schmid provided an update on the apple.de domain of which Apple apparently lost control over the weekend: \"just wanted to let you know that the hijackers of the apple.de domain name state on apple.de that the domain has been - possibly accidently - deleted by apple germany. they also say that they don\'t know more about it and that they have informed apple germany about this and offered a quick retransfer. this information is a translation of the text you see now on apple.de.\"
Emailchemy 1.1 is a $20 utility that reads email files from the proprietary formats of the most popular email applications and converts them to standard formats that any application can use,. Version 1.1 offers support for Outlook Express 4/5, minor gui and documentation enhancements, and an improved OS X installer.
FileMaker has announced FileMaker Pro 6, an update to its databae application that brings new XML import/export functions and new templates and tools.
Apple\'s new Crystal clear savings promo offers up to $500 back on the purchase of a Power Mac G4 and a qualifying Apple Display. Apple is offering $300 with the purchase of a 800MHz PowerMac, $400 with 933MHz PowerMac, and $500 back with the purcahse of a 1GHz Dual Processor Powermac along with an Apple flat panel display. The promo runs from July 9th through August 12th.
Several readers note that an Apple Store outlet Saturday was preparing \"Refresh.\" pricing tags that included old ($1399) and new ($1249) prices. The \"refreshed\" merchandise is returned merchandise, which are being sold at a discount through Apple Stores. [updated]
Apple will Webcast Steve Jobs keynote at Macworld Expo New York on July 17th at 9 am ET. Apple will also offer a satellite link for viewing the keynote live.
Apple ranked fifth in US desktop computer sales for May with 5.7 of the market, according to a Macworld UK report. HP (35%), Compaq (25%), Emachines (10.7%), and IBM (10.5%) were in the top 4 respectively.
Western Digital\'s new 200GB high-performance (7,200 rpm) EIDE drives will be available later this month. The new WD Caviar 60 GB-per-platter 7,200 RPM hard drives will be offered in capacities ranging from 120 to 200 GB and can optionally be equipped with fluid dynamic bearing (FDB) motors for low-noise environments.
Olympus has announced its Camedia C-4000 ZOOM, a new 4 megapixel digital camera that offers 3x optical/3.3 digital zoom as well as other advanced features such as Multi-Point Spot Average Metering, Super Macro focusing, and Histogram in Shooting and Review modes. It is due in August for $450 and will bundle a USB cable, video cable, carrying strap, lithium batteries, a 16MB SmartMedia card, and Olympus Camedia Master Software 4.0.
Metrowerks today introduced an update to its educational tool, CodeWarrior Learning Edition v3, a simplified version of its CodeWarrior tool suite designed for learning computer programming in C/C++ or Java on Windows or Mac OS. Version 3 adds Code Completion for C/C++ and Java, and Java Power Tools for development of Java-based GUIs with automatic error checking. It includes a voice-over multimedia tutorial, Carnegie Mellon\'s Graphics package (to add geometric shapes and graphic images), and a special Advanced Placement (AP) Module designed to help high school students. It is $80 with a $20 discount for academic licenses.
SerialStorage 1.1 is a $10 utility that manages and organizes serial numbers and/or passwords. It offers options for categorization, search, auto-fill, password protection, strong-encryption of the database, and other enhancements. [Classic, OS X]
systeMacs today announced the release of boxIT, a new software product that allows Macs to have system software and applications instantly installed from a remote computer and also offers backup/restore functions. The application can deliver a a disk image of a customized Mac with a properly configured operating system and applications to an unlimited number of Macs. (Pricing not available.)
Trinfinity has released QuicKalendar 1.0, a freeware tool that offers quick and easy access to a calendar. It offers options for printing, attaching notes to each day, European/American calendar formats, and resizing. [Classic, OS X]
Base Station Rescue offers repair of broken (and defective) Graphite Base Stations currently out of warranty or those that don\'t qualify for Apple\'s free replacement service. The $80 service includes return shipping and a 90-day warranty. Apple last year acknowledged a flaw in some Base Stations, offering replacements for owners with units that fall within a designated serial number range.
IGS Twisted 1.2 is a OS X screen saver that uses OpenGL. Version 1.2 adds a new square size variable, new transparency and grid option preferences, and other enhancements.
WiebeTech today announced two new configurations of MicroGB, which incorporate IBM\'s high-speed Travelstar 5400 RPM mechanisms with an 8MB buffer, offering burst transfer rates of 35MB/sec. The pocket drive, which has FireWire/USB1/USB2 interfaces, features a distrinctive, rugged, solid aluminum case. The 20GB model, now available, is $280, while the 40GB version is due next week for $440. WiebeTech has also announced a $40 reduction in pricing on the user upgradeable version of MicroGB (\"0GB\" model) and new 20GB, 40GB, and 100GB versions of its DesktopGB, a larger desktop drive. It also reduced pricing by $10-$20 on most DesktopGB models.
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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