Gary Martin has released his OS X freeware application EarthGlobe v0.9, a real-time, OpenGL rendered globe: \"Designed as a sister application to MoonDock - it provides a lightweight view of the Earth day-light/seasonal cycles and takes up few system resources so it can be left running on your desktop.\"
Virtix Spectra for iMovie is a package ($25) of 20 filters, useful for subtly correcting colors, highlighting objects or adding truly unique color effects to your videos. It includes a suite of color correction filters and advanced Black & White filters can be used to separate and manipulate different colors. Color Bleed, which can make colors \"run\" off the screen and the Moonlight and Sunset can be used to \"take footage shot in broad daylight and make it look like it was shot in the evening.\"
Apple and Sun are cooperating on a Mac OS X version of Sun\'s StarOffice productivity suite, according to c|net. Sun has been seeking alliances with hardware makers in its effort to overthrow Microsoft\'s Office suite with its StarOffice. This announcements comes after relations between Microsoft and Apple have sunk to more tense levels.
Deals notes: Amazon.com is apparently offering a $50 mail-in rebate on Mac OS X 10.2; today is the last day of the Omni Group\'s special productivity bundle offer ($100).
Freeverse has posted a maintenance update to Arcane Arena, its \"persistent online game of dank dungeons and magical mayhem.\" The update boasts a host of bug fixes and improved stability.
MacCVSClient 1.7 adds scroll wheel support, a \"Move to Trash\" command, long file name support and a handful of bug fixes to the free CVS source code revision control client. MacCVSClient displays \"checked out files in an intuitive hierarchical list view\" to monitor the \"status\" of files over time. Several editions of the application are available for different operating systems; a new Mac OS X-only version is available. [MacCVSClient - Classic, Carbon]
AEC Software has begun shipping copies of FastTrack Schedule 8 for Mac. Version 8 is redesigned to run on Mac OS X and take advantage of its and its \"elegant Aqua interface.\" The full version of FastTrack Schedule sells for $300, upgrades to version 8 are $150.
InterMapper 3.6.2 is the latest version of Dartware\'s network monitoring and alerting software. Version 3.6.2 delivers wireless probe enhancements for AirPort networks, an improved Web display and device labeling that includes SNMP \'Interface Names.\' Pricing ranges from $2000 for an unlimited number of devices down to $295 for ten devices. Dartware has also announced the release of InterMapper Remote 1.0.2x for Mac OS X. The update to the $195 application provides performance optimizations.
Excel Software today announced that it had started to ship major upgrades to its popular MacA&D and WinA&D software design tools. MacA&D 7.4 and WinA&D 3.4 both provided enhancements to identify, specify, track and control system requirements of projects. Additionally, both suites now offer user-defined \"definition templates\" that help developers \"capture a structured collection of fields in each requirement entry,\" such as Status, Priority, Author, Date, Assigned, Category, Effort, Summary and Description. Both packages come in four editions: Standard ($500), Desktop ($1300), Educational ($850) and Developer ($2000).
Apple is offering \"all\" Xserve customers the ability to upgrade to \"Jaguar\" Server for $20 via its Xserve Up-To-Date program (regardless of purchase date). We also recently noted Apple\'s Up-to-Date programs for retail OS X purchases and Mac purchases made after July 17, 2002.
NewTek has released its free LightWave 7.5 3D Discovery Edition CD, a fully-functional trial of the 3D-animation and video product, which ships with five interactive Flash tutorials, PDF-based documentation, and \"all the models, images, textures and scenes from the retail version of the product. The product lets animators save their creations with up to 400 animation points, and \"subtly\" watermarks the renders,\" according to Macworld UK.
PC manufacturer Northgate has produced an iMac-inspired PC clone that \"crosses the boundaries between the PC industry to home entertainment and a wide range of digital multimedia uses.\" The Integra is designed to compete directly against the eMac and iMac with \"a minimum of 35 per cent increase in performance at 35-40 per cent less cost.\" (We also recently noted an iPod knockoff by e.Digital.)
ideaSpiral 1.5 updates the alternative word processor for trackng ideas and projects. The $20 application can store multiple text entries in a single file and can organize them in a hierarchical list stored in a floating window to provide convenient one-click access. Version 1.5 includes a new \'Sections\' feature for better organization and new Auto-Save and backup features. [Classic, OSX]
Casady & Greene has updated iData Pro, a simple database for tracking stored in free-form or in templates. It provides the ability to dial phone numbers, search for data instantaneously, and archive emails from Outlook Express, Entourage, Netscape, and Eudora. The $40 application will be bundled with iData Remote which allows users to sync contact information, or any other data, directly with any Palm OS product. Registered users will receive a free update.
John Scalo\'s Key Xing 2.1.2 is a $7 shareware utility, which allows you to launch files, programs, folders, URLs, and AppleScripts from the keyboard. It adds Jaguar compatibility, \"anytime\" Google searches, and an Empty Trash action.
ExecutiveSync 1.0 for Mac OS X provides a \"dependable file synchronization\" solution for Mac OS X users. It offers support for long file names, Unicode and synchronization with Microsoft Windows File Servers, among other features. ExecutiveSync -- in its initial release stage -- \"works the way you expect a file synchronization utility to work.\"
Customer Tracker 2.7.1 is a $35 ($20 upgrade) invoicing and customer database application, used to store and track jobs done for customers, amd print or email invoices, work logs, envelopes or labels. Version 2.7.1 fixes countless bugs, adds VAT number/Company Registration number storage and includes more straightforward alert messages. [Classic, Carbon]
Adaptec may be winding-down Macintosh development, according to a reader report. An Adaptec representative reports that it currently employs a single part-time Mac programmer. Reportedly a result of an executive decision by a high-ranking VP, the Macintosh market is less of a priority to the hardware/software developer than in previous times.
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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