Aspyr Media recently announced that it would \'port\' Tom Clancy\'s Ghost Recon to the Macintosh platform in late 2002. Last week, Aspyr demonstrated an \'alpha\' release of the game at Macworld Expo. Now available for preorder, the $50 tactical combat game will offer multiple single-player missions, and an online multiplayer mode. Aspyr also said today that The Sims Vacation ($30) had reached the \'beta\' development stage, and Westlake\'s Star Wars Jedi Knight II: would reach beta in the coming weeks.
Jason Linhart has released Summary 2.2, an update to its log analysis software package that brings new search analysis reports, better WebSTAR V support, more intra-day reporting, better error reporting, and other minor enhancements. It is available in three versions: Basic (personal use, $60), Plus (business, $250), and SP (service providers, $700).
Dantz has posted a Retrospect Driver Update 2.8 for its Retrospect 5.0 backup software, which offers support for new devices, including Seagate USB 2.0 Travan 40 (TR-7, TR-5), Sony LIB-152E, Sony LIB-302, Sony CRXP-90-MU, and support for WORM media using the Sony SDX-500C (firmware update required).
Evening tech news: America Online has halted its effort to let users of its instant messaging service chat with users of other services; the U.S Congress will soon consider an entertainment industry proposal that would authorize copyright holders to \"disable\" PCs used for content piracy; online retailer Amazon.com today announced a narrower quarterly loss on increased sales compared with the year ago quarter.
Last week we published a review of the CoolPad and PodiumPad, and a reader review of NewerTech\'s latest \'Pismo\' PowerBook upgrade. Today we\'ve posted reviews of Escape Velocity Nova and iChoose 0.4. See Reviews.MacNN.com.
Adobe has released a Document Framework update for InDesign 2.0. This update fixes an issue related to the editing of tint swatches based on the Black, Registration or Paper color swatches in Adobe InDesign documents. The Document Framework update allows users to open any documents plagued by this issue and and stop future reoccurrences.
TC Works today announced that Adobe would bundle the latest version of TC Works with its Premiere 6.5 video editing software. With the addition of TC Works software, Adobe Premiere users can take advantage of real-time effects processing of audio tracks. All TC Works Plug-Ins feature a \"concise and streamlined\" interface to support the Adobe Premiere 6.5 workflow.
Graphisoft has announced the fall release of ArchiCAD 8, its flagship architectural CAD solution with improved navigation and document management, increase application speed and essential developments in 2D drafting, according to Architosh.
Imaja today released Astral Blossom 1.0, a $20 screen saver that features a \"constantly changing colorful display of luminous, geometric, kaleidoscopic, psychedelic, generative art. Multiple sets of mathematically generated \'flower petals\' are rendered dynamically with beautiful transparent color combinations generated by Astral Blossom\'s internal color synthesizer.\"
WebXport 2 is a cross-platform, direct export tool from Carrara Studio 2 to the Viewpoint (VET) format. The free extension allows users to quickly and easily export animated, interactive 3D scenes, offering the ability to preview the VET content before exporting to the Web. Viewpoint Media Player (VMP) is the client host of the VET rich-media platform, which includes both an ActiveX control and a Netscape Plug-in that permits its graphics and online services to be accessed through Web browsers and across multiple platforms.
Jeff Gordon\'s AppleSpec July 2002 update adds information on new iMacs, eMac, xServe, iPods, speedbumped Powerbooks, and \"lots of other technical details\" to the database that contains up-to-date information on almost all Apple Products.
IOGEAR today launched what it calls the \"world\'s smallest\" KVM (Keyboard, Video, Mouse) switch, MiniView Micro. The compact device is about the size of a deck of cards (2.5\" x 2.25\" x 0.875\") and weighs 0.75 lbs. Users can control two computers from a single console. The $50 KVM is bundled with six foot KVM cable set; Macintosh support requires IOGEARís Mac Adapter.
Apple\'s Disc Recording Update 1.0, available via the OS X Software Update, delivers additional iTunes and Finder support for a number of LaCie, EZquest, and Iomega CD-R devices.
Apple today announced its latest retail store opening in Los Angeles, The Grove. An email to customers claims that \"Los Angeles has more Macintosh fans than any other place on the planet. So we\'ve planned something special for the Grand Opening weekend at California\'s biggest Apple Store. The first Friday and Saturday, July 26 and 27, the doors stay open \'til midnight.\"
ID3X v2.6 is a $15 shareware editor for manipulating ID3 tags (used to store title, artist and other info in mp3 files). It is now bundled with the freeware MP3-Info CMM Contextual menu utility, has stability and performance improvements, and new \"composer\" field support. It is available for both Classic and OS X.
Curious Labs today announced Poser 5, a new version of its 3D-character animation tool for artists and animators. The upgrade to the $550 application includes dynamic cloth and strand based hair, photo-based facial modeling, and a new FireFly Renderer as wella s displacement mapping, 3D motion blur, depth of field, procedural textures, luminosity/refraction/reflection, a new MorphPutty Tool, and collision detection. It will be initially be available for Windows, while a Mac version will be announced later this summer.
Apple has released its Backup 1.0 application for current iTools Members and OS X users, offering iDisk backup services to .Mac trial users and full backup features, including CD/DVD backup (only to Apple-compatible internal CD-RW/SuperDrives), to paid .Mac members. Apple has also posted its iDisk Utility 1.0, which offers the ability to password protect your Public folder, allow others to put files in your Public folder, wiew the available storage space on your iDisk, quickly open your iDisk or other .Mac members\' iDisks, and quickly open other .Mac members\' Public folders. Some of the features, however, require a valid .Mac membership. [updated]
mac:method has released AACelerator 1.0, a batch encoding utility for MPEG-4 AAC audio files. It offers the ability to to batch encode audio files into the new MPEG4 audio format called AAC, which \"can be used within iTunes as well as other digital audio players that support the QuickTime engine. Be aware, though, AAC files will not work on your iPod or other portable digital players that don\'t explicitly support MPEG4.\" The free utility requires QuickTime 6 Pro and OS X.
IDG today announced that 58,250 people attended last week\'s Macworld Expo in New York City: \"Already the best-attended technology event in New York City as well as in San Francisco, this year\'s Macworld Conference & Expo/New York featured a show floor with nearly 250 exhibiting companies.\" Attendance was down by nearly 6,000 from the record attendance at the 2001 Macworld Expo NY. (While the number of exhibitors was also down from last year, IDG claimed it was the \"largest ever\" show occupying nearly 100,000 net square feet.)
Mover 4 is a new $100 animation pack for Vue d\'Esprit 4 that brings support for fully animated digital characters, enhanced motion effects, and network rendering to the powerful 3D application for the creating, rendering, and animating natural scenery. It includes Poser 4 animation import, Vibrations/Spin/Twinkle effects, multiprocessor rendering across a network of computers, and bundled Poser models.
headshack today releaed chartConstructor 1.0.4, an update to its $30 project management application. It adds German localization and fixes problems users were experiencing with the French localized version. The $30 Gantt and PERT chart creator is designed for small- to medium-sized business who /;donít require some of the features (and cost) of other options, but still need to produce charts to aid with project management.\"
e-on software has released Ozone 2.0, a new version of its plug-in for LightWave 3D that can create and embed atmospheric effects in scenes. Ozone 2.0 has a new algorithm that claims to model the behavior of Earth\'s real atmosphere, a new volumetric atmosphere system that closely simulates the interactions of light and air as light travels through the atmosphere, and includes an extensive set of over 100 predefined atmospheres. The $250 suite includes a Master plug-in , an Image filter plug-in, a Pixel filter plug-in and a Shader plug-in, allowing the creation of advanced shaders (e.g. reflective materials will reflect the surrounding atmosphere), according to the company.
Redcort Software has releasd Virtual TimeClock Pro 4.0, its software replacement for mechanical employee time clocks. It tracks worker arrivals, departures, hours worked, and overtime as well as offers reporting options that can generate timecards grouped by worker, department, job or client. Version 4.0 brings native OS X support, simplified controls, department-based tracking, enhanced messaging to multiple recipients, international date/time support, and other enhancements. [Classic, OSX]
Epson UK has posted Epson Print Drivers for the Stylus Color 1160 v1.2aE and Stylus Photo 1200 v1.2aE. These are not yet available on the US site (coming in \"3rd Quarter 2002\"), but two separate reports indicate that they work fine with US systems.
MediaPipe 0.8.7 is a flexible, open-source framework that \"allows you to build decoding, filtering, encoding and even streaming pipelines.\" It also features an SDK that allows developers to quickly support other media types.
Maxum\'s PageSentry 4.1 brings stability, performance, and enhancements to the Internet server early warning and failure recovery solution for Classic and OS X. It now includes automated routine maintenance with included sample scripts, maintains a history of server performance, remote triggers for server tests, and other enhancements. A free trial is available online. It is a free upgrade for v4.0 owners and $70 for others.
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Micromat MacCheck released for free
Micromat, the developers of TechTool Pro, today announced a new troubleshooting utility called MacCheck. The new product can perform a series of critical tests on Macintosh systems, helping to isolate what might be wrong with a particular computer. The program quickly tests many of the critical systems in a Macintosh computer, including RAM, I/O, Volume Structures, Partition Maps, Batteries, and RAID systems. MacCheck is being offered free of charge and is available for download immediately from the Micromat website. http://bit.ly/1SKFwaV
Hyundai Sonata 2016 gains CarPlay
The 2016 Hyundai Sonata can now be upgraded to incorporate Apple's CarPlay mobile technology, which augments the built-in infotainment system in the car to incorporate many iPhone features, such as Apple Maps and Siri voice control of navigation and other smartphone functions. The upgrade is accomplished through an SD card owners can obtain from their local Hyundai dealer. Although not disclosed, the upgrade was said to cost "a small fee" when it was initially announced in December of last year. http://bit.ly/1TJzK8f
TimePorter carry tote for Apple Watch
Twelvesouth today began shipping TimePorter, a new travel tote and portable charging stand for Apple Watch that that carries a 6m Apple Watch charging cable, extra Watch bands, USB chargers and more. The case also incorporates the Apple Watch Charging Disc, converting your case into a charging and display stand. It is available for $50 in white or black. http://bit.ly/1SCQM4T
WaterField cycling ride pouches
WaterField's new cycling ride pouches are custom-fit to carry both in one compact kit and are ready for the summer cycling season. The Cycling Ride Pouch includes a clear window that allows basic phone access with the phone still safely within the case, and the Cycling Club Pouch incorporates a padded phone pocket to separate up to an iPhone 6 Plus-sized phone from the tool compartment. Both handsome pouches fit neatly in a back jersey pocket, with optimized surface area for comfort. The Cycling Ride Pouch sells for $80, with the Club Pouch retailing for $50. http://bit.ly/1rRqN4e
Dish providing on-site iPhone repair services
Dish has expanded into the iPhone repair industry. Available today, the satellite television company's "Smart Phone Repair" routes a technician directly to a customer's door. DISH's network of technicians in all 50 states will repair cracked screens and replace batteries on Apple's iPhone 5, 5c, 5s, 6 and 6 Plus. In the coming months, the company intends to expand its service to include additional devices and smartphone accessories. http://bit.ly/1SLaDiW
India rejects Apple's refurb request
Apple's request to the Indian government to be allowed to sell refurbished iPhones has been rejected, a move that will hurt the company's efforts to attract budget-oriented consumers. Opposition to the importation of refurbished iPhones is said to have been led by local smartphone makers (and, it should be noted, Samsung), who feared that lower-cost iPhones would undermine the government's own mandates on manufacturing phones in India, and trigger a flood of used electronics into the marketplace, driving prices generally downward. Currently, Apple has just two percent of the smartphone market there, and is also applying to the government for permission to open directly-controlled Apple Stores. That decision is still pending. http://bloom.bg/1rRgi0I
Amazon Prime Now available via website
Amazon's Prime Now rapid delivery service is now available to use from the web, giving users an alternative to using the normal mobile app. Available as a free option for Prime subscribers in certain areas, the web-based service continues to offer the same selection of goods as the mobile version, and is still free for deliveries within two hours, $8 for within one hour. http://amzn.to/1UvqYgi