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TextWorks 3.2 is a modest update to MacZ Software\'s $10 text editor for Mac OS X that brings a new toolbar find feature; adds BabelFish Internet language translation; introduces a Color submenu to the Style menu. Version 3.2 also offers usability enhancements, such as the implementation of Mac OS X \'sheets\' and a more intuitive button layout.
iArch today announced that it would release its PPX2 Publication Management Software at Macworld Expo New York next week. iArch boasts its position as one of the few Spanish companies to exhibit at the annual conference and expo that is MWNY. The highly anticipated PPX2 software offers automated and customized billing for both advertising clients and suppliers.
FireWire Depot has announced a clearance sale on a select group of Oxford 911-based bridgeboards. The 142AiH bridgeboard Oxford 911 is among sale items; a full listing of sale items can be found on the FireWire Depot Web site. FireWire Depot will demonstrate products at the DevDepot and Cool Mac Stuff booths next week in New York city at Macworld Expo.
Smile Software has reintroduced its popular Mac OS 9 HTML color-picking application as HTMLColorPickerX 1.0 for Mac OS X. The $10 utility works with all \'Cocoa\' applications, including Apple Mail, TextEdit and OmniWeb. HTMLColorPickerX includes Grey, RGB, CMYK and HSB pickers, in addition to the HTML color selector. Partial localizations in Japanese, German, French, Spanish, Italian, and Dutch are included.
ACARD Technology began shipping its AEC-6880M PCI Ultra ATA-133 IDE RAID adapter today for the Macintosh. One highlight of the new device is full support for RAID 1 ‘Mirroring mode’ under Mac OS 9. The AEC-6880M RAID 1 automatically backs-up data -- without installing any proprietary software – while taking advantage of a 133MB/sec bus. The AEC-6880M offers two parallel hard disks for added performance, with publishing and video-editing users in mind. ACARD will exhibit at this month’s Macworld Expo, booth #1926.
MacNN reader Rob Hartill notes that Hewlett Packard has updated its OS X scanner support area to indicate that OS X drivers for the 6300 and 7400 series ScanJet scanner drivers are due later this month. The page notes that drivers for the 4400, 5300 and 5400 series are still scheduled for Summer \'02: \"I\'ve been watching this url for months. HP have been changing the dates from \'Late 01\' to \'Early 02\' to \'Spring 02\' to \'Late Spring 02\' to \'Summer 02\', so the new \"July \'02\" promise should not be taken as 100% reliable.\"
FileMaker has updated its Website with FileMaker Pro 6 information, after a Web report leaked out a day before its official release this morning.
Waves in Motion\'s eAuthorize 3.0 plug-in for FileMaker ($250) is designed to authorize credit card transactions from within any FileMaker solution within a few seconds: \"Developers will be able to add credit card authorization to any solution simply by adding one field and one relationship....eAuthorize plug-in provides a direct tie into Authorize.net and PlanetPayment allowing authorization in almost any currency.\" The eAuthorize Plug-in is available with a magnetic stripe reader for $450.
Chronos today released Personal Organizer 4.5 and Group Organizer 4.5 for Mac OS 9.x and X. Version 4.5, a free upgrade, brings support for native Palm synchronization under Mac OS X, the ability to export customlists of contacts to the vCard format, a new Mac OS X dialer, and a new multi-threaded Cocoa-based server bundled with Group Organizer. Personal Organizer 4.5 is $60 and Group Organizer 4.5 is $100 per client license, while the Group Organizer Server software is free.
Script Software\'s Project Timer 1.1 is a $20 time tracking software designed for independent contractors, consultant and anyone who needs to monitor the time they spend on various tasks. It offers features such as auto-save, tab-delimited file format, and other features. It works with both Classic and OS X.
Media 100 today announced it has added i/DV to its family of dual stream systems for content design. The entry-level professional DV systems integrate with Adobe After Effects and support up-sampling native-DV color information to preserve image quality; both composite and S-video in/out; video output to a broadcast monitor from third party applications; and a hardware codec for third-party apps to read from, and render in real time, to the Media 100 file format. It is available now for $2,000.
Code Line has released Art Directors Toolkit v3, an update to its application that incorporates several utilities custom made for graphic designers and creative professionals. Version 3 adds support for Pantone Matching System Color libraries for coated, uncoated paper stocks, HTML Colors and Websafe Colors libraries. Other new features of the $40 application (introductory pricing) include a on-screen ruler for measuring layouts and/or images and the display of additional font information. Upgrades are $20. A 15-day demo is available for Classic and OS X.
German magazine c\'t reports on a vulnerability [German], called PhantomUpdate, in Apple\'s software update mechanism, which exploits an unauthenticated login and download system to install an application that would allow any hacker access to a user\'s computer via the installation of a malicious software masquerading as a legitmate update. Mac OS X-customized versions of the commonly available DNS spoofing tools are available online to demonstrate the security vulnerability.
Troi Serial Plug-in 2.5 for FileMaker Pro 5.5 adds new troubleshooting functions for setting up a serial port, plugin reinitialization without application restart, and other enhancements. The $70 plugin can be used by developers to send or receive ASCII data over a serial port.
Polyfractus has released Spectrogram 0.1, a real-time spectrum analyzer VST plug-in for Macintosh, offering 4 different modes, mono/stereo input selection, magnitude adjustment, FFT size choice, and scroll/frame speed options. The freeware works with all VST-compatible applications, such as Logic Audio Platinum, Cubase VST, Spark, Peak.
Stone Design will demonstrate new versions of its \'Stone Studio\' graphic design, page layout and photo editing suite at next week\'s Macworld Expo. The Stone team will be on hand at booth 573 with 3000 thirty-day trial CDs to pass-out to attendees. \"Come meet the minds behind Stone Studio & get a personalized demo and free CD!\" says Andrew Stone, CEO of Stone Design. Stone has extended its introductory pricing promotion for Stone Studio through September 30, 2002.
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iPad Air 3, iPhone 5se sold Friday after launch?
Reverting the way products are actually released by Apple after an announcement to the way it was a decade ago, reports are circulating that new products revealed at a March announcement will go on sale the Friday immediately following the unveil. Slated to appear at a conjectural Tuesday, March 15 event are a new Apple four-inch phone with more up to date internals currently referred to as the iPhone 5se, and a new iPad Air 3 model with Smart Connector and other enhancements. http://bit.ly/1o7mqiY
Lexmark prevails in toner import appeal
Printer manufacturer Lexmark has won an appeal on the third-party US resale of its printer cartridges originally destined for markets outside North America. The appeals court ruled in a 10-2 vote in favor of Lexmark's demand to stop the sale and against Impression Products, both on the toner cartridge resale matter, as well as a related matter regarding overturning the reseller's refilling one-use cartridges and selling those in the US market. The ruling has ramifications in the tech industry, as well as the pharmaceutical and medical technology markets. Impression Products promises an appeal before the supreme court. http://reut.rs/1SLVmmG
AT&T expands BOGO promo to iPhone 6s
Beginning today, new and existing AT&T customers can purchase a new iPhone 6s and get another one free when adding a second line. Over the weekend, customers must purchase two phones through AT&T Next (one can be an existing number), and add both phones to a qualified plan. AT&T notes that "after three bill cycles or less" the account will start to receive up to $650 spread out over 30 monthly bill credits to offset the cost of the installment plan for the phone. Taxes are due at time of sale. http://soc.att.com/1SLUP4k
Google prevails in UK street mapping case
Possibly setting the stage for other court battles in the UK, a High Court fight between Google and StreetMap.EU has concluded in Google's favor. StreetMap.EU claimed that Google's dominance in the field destroyed the 20-year-old firm's business, when Google started promoting its own service in search results over the older company's -- the judge disagreed. Commercial director Kate Sutton said after the judgment that "StreetMap has been frozen in time; because of what Google did, StreetMap has not been able to properly invest in the website since 2007." An appeal is planned. http://bloom.bg/1KKhECt
TestFlight updated for iOS, watchOS
Apple on Thursday updated its developer-oriented TestFlight software to version 1.3.2 for compatibility with apps being developed for iOS 9.3 watchOS 2.2, along with the usual "stability and performance improvements." Some developers, however, are still reporting some issues loading beta apps onto the watchOS 2.2 beta. The latest beta for developers was released on Monday, and is available through the App Store or Apple's developer portal. [3.60MB] http://apple.co/1PQ64pF
CBS: No recent streaming conversations with Apple
CBS CEO Les Moonves has made remarks, casting doubt on a launch of Apple's live streaming television service. In interviews this week, the executive said regarding negotiations with Apple that "we had conversations awhile back, and we haven't had recent conversations with them," adding that "the phone is always ringing" regarding similar services, but not with Apple on the line. http://cnnmon.ie/1PptJM6
Complex date setting bug crashes 64-bit iOS device
A serious bug has been spotted with iOS devices running iOS 8 or newer, with a 64-bit processor. If a user disables auto-check time, and manually sets the date of a device back to as far as it will go, then again to January 1, 1970, and finally rebooting, the iPhone is crashed, perhaps terminally. The bug affects the iPhone 5s and newer devices, running a processor from the A7 and up. Theories abound as to the cause of the crash, but the most credible seems to be a clock set to less than an arbitrary "zero" date, causing all manners of routines relying on the time setting to fail during startup. http://bit.ly/1TV6psS