c|net reports Apple is taking its retail store effort international next week, with plans to open a store in the Netherlands, according to people briefed there on Apple\'s efforts.
Adobe has recently made a decision to not make the Photoshop 7 SDK available publicly from its website; but however, is offering the SDK to registered members of the Adobe Solutions Network (starting at $200/year): \"The Photoshop SDK contains Adobe-owned intellectual property and for that reason, Adobe needs to capture and verify contact information for every party that desires to use this developer kit for business or personal use. Initially, this is the only way Adobe can be certain of the identity of people downloading the SDK.\" Previously, the company had made the SDK available for download via its Website--without requiring developers to pay a registration fee.
Web Jumper 2.0 is an update T.J. Mahaffey\'s Mac OS X Web search application that adds 19 additional search engine options, better user preferences and a record of recent searches for future reference. Web Jumper ($5) works by providing users with a desktop interface to their favorite online search engine via the Mac OS X \'Dock.\'
Mac users tend to be better educated, wealthier and more Web-savvy than their Windows counterparts, a Nielsen/NetRatings study suggests. The report, based on a survey of online users, says that 70.2 percent of Mac users have a college degree, compared with 54.2 percent of the online community. Mac users are also more likely to enter into entrepreneurial ventures such as Web development. Moreover, Nielsen/NetRatings indicates that Mac owners are less likely to play online games, and 53 percent more likely to seek advice from online reviews, compared to PC users.
FolderGuard 2.5 adds Mac OS X support to the $10 password protection utility from MacZ Software. In addition to sporting an all-Aqua interface, version 2.5 adds several usability enhancements, such as item labeling. This update also adds support for strong 448-bit Blowfish encryption and utilizes Mac OS X\'s built-in authentication system.
Finale and Encore software users can now switch to the Sibelius Group\'s Sibelius 2 Music Notation Software for $180, as a part of competitive upgrade program. The developer hopes to sway users to its music software by promoting an array of specialized features -- most notably Mac OS X compatibility. Sibelius 2 is \"the first major\" music application to take advantage of OS X.
Apple\'s new Print and save [pdf] promotion offers a free Epson Stylus Photo 820 printer or a $100 rebate twoard any other Epson Photo printer with an MSRP of $100 or more with the purchase of any Mac. The promo is available at Online and Retail Apple Stores and expires September 30, 2002.
Microsoft today released Outlook Express 5.0.5, an update to its free email client for Mac OS 8/9. It includes support for MSN Web mail accounts and resolves all security vulnerabilities in previous versions of Outlook Express 5, including those that may have caused Outlook Express to stop responding or caused a memory problem that compromised the security of the computer. It is available in a variety of localized languages.
Microsoft Game Studios announced today development of the PC and Macintosh versions of the critically acclaimed Xbox first-person shooter, Halo: Combat Evolved. The Mac version, which will be developed concurrently with the PC version, will be ported by Westlake Interactive and published by Destineer. It is also expected to be available in 2003.
XLR8 is now bundling the Econ Technologies\' ImageCaster with the new InterView 2.1 package, the software package for its InterView device, which converts analog video to high-quality compact digital video through a USB connection. ImageCaster offers an OS X Cocoa webcasting solution compatible with almost any video source for any OS X computer. InterView 2.1 also includes QuickTime 5 (as wel as QuickTime 6 compatibility), Strata Videoshop 4.5 for movie editing, Interview TV, which allows you to connect your Mac to a DVD player or VCR for TV style full screen or floating display. Upgrades for all previous owners to v2.1 are $25.
Neo 712A, currently in alpha testing, is a Cocoa shadow client for the Kazaa network, a new file/music sharing network: \"it is not a real Kazaa client. Neo scans through IP ranges looking for Kazaa hosts, indexes their file list, and stores them locally on your hard drive.\"
Afternoon tech news: America Online has quietly begun testing AIM 5.0, which offers a new \"AIM Expressions\" feature that wraps a graphical skin around the messaging client; A a new security flaw in Internet Explorer, Outlook and Outlook Express could leave systems open to malicious code carried on Web pages or in e-mails (does not affect the Mac, as it relates only to ActiveX); and Hackers penetrated USA Today\'s Web site, replacing legitimate news stories on its home page and six other pages with phony stories riddled with spelling errors. [updated]
Youpi Key 1.7.1 is an update to the freeware automation and navigation utility that can run \"actions\" based on a keyboard-equivalent, menu item, or scheduled date. It can open files, cut & paste text, execute Unix commands, mimic mouse movements, simulate a keyboard action, run a script, and modify the settings of a Finder window. It adds an improved editor with multiple undo, multiple shortcut selection, and contextual help. Other changes include new timer options, the ability to stop actions while they run, and the ability to run a shortcut action serveral times. It is available in both French and English.
Griffin\'s PowerMate 1.2 driver update for Mac OS 9 brings numerous bug fixes (including a startup problem) for the USB multimedia controller & input device.
CharisMac has introduced Dr. Fix-It, an electronic CD/DVD repair and cleaning kit that clean and repair virtually all optical media discs including: CD, DVD, CD-R, CD-RW, VCD, Audio CD, PS2 and Xbox discs. The $40 kit claims to remove clean and remove fingerprints, dust, grime and stains as well as repair surface scratches. The system includes an AC adapter and 2 extra polishing heads and 2 extra repairing heads.
Softpress has released Freeway 3.5.5, which brings interface enhancements, better TrueTyppe and PostScript) font handling, faster ftp uploads, the ability to manipulate Flash MX files, support for Photoshop 7 plugins, smaller document sizes, and better support for Photoshop transparency, styled text, RTF documents, and Illustrator import. The $250 Web page layout application for Classic and OS X is also now available in French, German, Italian, Spanish and Japanese localized versions. A free updater for registered users of v3.x and a 30-day trial are both available. [updater, trial]
Monaco Systems today announced MonacoEZcolor 2 for OS X, its ICC profiling software creates custom ICC profiles for monitors, scanners, and RGB and CMYK printers. The application offers the ability to fine-tune printer profiles, using the application\'s profile editing tools, which utilize its MonacoSENSOR colorimeter for accurate monitor calibration. It is a $30 upgrade to the $300 application. The $500 MonacoEZcolor 2 Bundle includes MonacoEZcolor as well as the MonacoSENSOR monitor colorimeter. It is expected to ship beginning July 22.
August Software today released an update to its Open Database Connectivity (ODBC) Router that adds support for FileMaker Pro 6 on Mac OS X: \"The ODBC Router system now enables applications on Mac OS X, Classic Mac OS, Darwin, Windows and Linux to utilize virtually any SQL data source by way of a standard Windows NT/2K server and the well-supported ODBC drivers for Windows.\" Pricing for the ODBC Router starts at $100 with substantial discounts for public education and health services organizations.
BulkLoader 1.0 is a freeware downloading tool, which can download a series of sequentially numbered files at once: \"More and more tech documents, PDFs, images, online photos etc. are just numbered files without thoughtful filenames for each file.\" [Classic, OSX]
Podtext 2.0 is a free utility that can transfer text-based notes to an iPod. It supports the complete Macintosh character set, including characters used in German, French, Italian or other foreign languages and extends the text limit to 2000 characters (normally 1000 characters(. Version 2.0 can also split long notes into several files for storage on the iPod and can bring them together again for editing. It also adds a search engine and new preferences. [Classic, OSX]
OnTime 1.1 is an update to cosmicsoft\'s reminder utility for OS X. It features more intelligent sorting, uses the system sounds folder, and various internal improvements and optimizations. OnTime is $15 shareware; unregistered users are limited to 10 reminders and printing features are disabled.
Casady & Greene today announced iData Pro!, an updated version of InfoGenie, its database for tracking various types of information. The $40 application offers the ability to organize and manage data via freeform or field-based files, the ability to quickly search/locate information, print labels/envelopes, and archive email from Outlook Express, Netscape or Eudora email clients. Upgrades are $20 for InfoGenie 2 owners; and cross-grades for owners of competing products are $30. The company promises a free update with Palm connectivity in the near future. It is available for Classic and OS X.
Apple today announced it will provide live audio stream via QuickTime of its Third Quarter Earnings Conference Call on Tuesday, July 16, 2002 at 5:00pm ET. Late last month, Apple warned of an revenue shortfall of about 10%, which it said was due to a nonexistent seasonal uplift in sales, soft demand, and a lagging global economy.
A MacNN reader notes that Ricoh has posted OS X drivers for its Caplio RR1, RDC-i700, and RDC-7 digital camers, but says that it will not be providing OS X support for the RDC-6000 and RDC-5000/5300 models and recommends that users use Classic to download photos.
POV-Ray 3.5 is a major update to the application for \"creating stunning three-dimensional graphics.\" Version 3.5, which brings OS X compatibility, adds support for multiple open source files, an improved Render Settings dialog, more preferences, and improved text editor, advanced search options with regex support, faster syntax coloring, new symbol coloring, and other enhancements. It is freely available along with the source code.
Griffin Technology\'s new iCurve is a clear laptop stand designed specifically for PowerBook and iBook computers: \"While iCurve could be mistaken for a modern art sculpture, its main purpose is to place a PowerBook or iBook in an ergonomically correct position when using the laptop as a permanent desktop computer.\" The company is taking pre-orders for the $40 stand now and is expecting to ship units in September.
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Comixology fires up $6 all-you-can-read service
Amazon-owned Comixology has launched an all-you-can-read comic subscription service. After a 30-day free trial, for $6 a month, subscribers can draw from a large selection of the Comixology library, minus Marvel and DC comics. For now, the service is US-only. http://bit.ly/1WMAOft
QuarkXPress 2016 now shipping
Quark is now shipping QuarkXPress 2016, the newest version of Quark's graphic design and desktop publishing software that now features near-WYSIWYG fixe HTML5 publishing as well as improved operability with InDesign and Illustrator and support for multi-Color Gradient Blends, OpenType Stylistic Sets, a Color Picker (Eyedropper tool), Touchpads for Pinch and Zoom (Mac only) and more. Users on any previous version of QuarkXPress (versions 3-10) can upgrade to version 2016 for $350, while QuarkXPress 2015 users can upgrade to 2016 for $180; new licenses are available for $850 (education licenses are available for $90). http://bit.ly/1OL23Pu
Kanex debuts GoPower USB-C for MacBooks
Kanex today introduced its GoPower USB-C, a portable power solution designed to charge a USB-C MacBook on the go along with an iPhone or iPad simultaneously. Featuring 15,000 mAh of power--capable of charging an iPhone 6s seven times or the USB-C MacBook one full time--the GoPower USB-C Portable Battery features one 3A USB-C port and one 2.4A port for other devices, priority charging detection technology and a pass-thru charging to your devices when the battery is plugged into a power source. http://bit.ly/1TKaf8z
i.am+ EPs earphones are Apple Store exclusive
Musician turned consumer electronics entrepreneur Will.i.am has launched a new pair of Bluetooth wireless earphones, dubbed the i.am+ EPs. The new earphones are an Apple Store exclusive, and feature large 14mm drivers and aptX support for high-quality wireless streaming. The i.am+ EPs support A2DP controls, have a 30-foot range and can last up to six hours on a charge. The design is said to be inspired by the "iconic shape of vinyl records," and are made from spun metal and paired with a woven fabric cord. When not in use, the EPs magnetically click into place around the neck. The iam+ EPs are available now at select Apple Store and Apple.com for $230, are available in gold-on-black or black-on-black. http://bit.ly/1OKVlt2
Ultimate Ears debuts UE Roll 2 speaker
On Tuesday, audio accessory maker Ultimate Ears unveiled a new version of the UE Roll Bluetooth speaker. The new UE Roll 2, which sells for $100, looks identical to the previous version, but gets about 15 percent louder. In addition, the unit now supports a Bluetooth source signal up to 100 feet away, an improvement on the original's 65-foot limit. While both the old and new versions of the UE Roll offer an IPX7 waterproof rating, the company now includes a blow-up "floaty" with the speaker to avoid the risk of prolonged exposure. The new unit will begin general shipping next month. http://bit.ly/1TJWE0Z
Philips launches Hue White Ambiance bulbs
Philips latest HomeKit-compatible Hue light bulbs have hit the market. The new Hue White Ambiance bulbs are designed to allow users to control their color temperature to enhance either focus, or create a more relaxing tone. Combined with the latest update to the Philips Hue app, the new bulbs can be set according to user "routines." The "wake-up" mode gently turns up the brightness of the bulb, while conversely, the "go to sleep" mode gradually reduces the color temperature and brightness. The Philips Hue White Ambiance starter kit retails for $130, while single bulbs sell for $30. http://bit.ly/1TJT3Qn
Pluggable Technologies three-display USB-C dock
Peripheral company Plugable Technologies today launched the industry's first wave of USB-C docking stations with both Power Delivery and DisplayPort Alternate Mode support. The Plugable UD-CA1 Docking Station integrates support for both of these new capabilities, along with the full set of standard USB docking features like wired network, audio, and extra USB ports. Model UD-ULTCDL builds on this, adding support for three total displays using DisplayLink USB virtual graphics technology. The UD-CA1 retails for $129, with the UD-ULTCDL selling for $179, and available soon. http://bit.ly/1TrVVTJ