The CodeTek VirtualDesktop v1.2 application, which allows users to switch between desktops on the monitor as though it had separate monitors, is now available for Mac OS X. It provides a GUI interface that contains the desktops arranged in a grid. Each desktop on the pager is a unique environment where you can accomplish your work. Windows can be moved between desktops simply by dragging them between desktops on the pager. New features and bug fixes are included with the $20 shareware application.
Dock-It v1.2 is a multifuncional launcher and Finder enhancer for Mac OS X. It allows users to create multiple docks, streamline Finder drag and drop as well as the copy and paste of text and URLs. The latest update fixes numerous bugs as well as adds some features. The price is $15.
Blue World Communications today announced the launch of the Lasso Partner Alliance (LPA), a new service designed to offer numerous benefits for advanced users of Lasso products. Members of the LPA receive benefits, including LPA Talk, pre-release software, bug tracking, private web sites and more. Prices for membership range from $400 for an Associate and $1200 for a Corporate membership.
Stargazer\'s Delight 6.1 for Mac OS 9/X is a modest update to Ruedi Schmid\'s astronomical \"desktop planetarium\" that delivers information on the moons of Jupiter; introduces a \"live update\" feature; fixes printing, rendering and interface bugs. Stargazer\'s Delight offers views of the sky for any date and from any location on Earth. Users can see all the stars up to \'magnitude 10\' (over 260,000 stars), in addition to our Solar System (the Moon, the Sun etc.).
Adobe Systems and Macromedia have reached a settlement agreement on all litigation between the two parties. Nearly three months ago, Adobe won a $2.8 million victory over archrival Macromedia. Shortly thereafter, Macromedia returned that favor with a successful counter-suit, claiming $4.8 million in damages. Prior to both cases, other legal quarrels between the two were in the media spotlight. Today\'s undisclosed agreement put an end to further action against Adobe, scheduled for 2003.
Deals Roundup: Macs4all has three new deals; the Fire-I Digital Camera with Video Conference Software and Cable for $105, a 120GB 7200RPM Fantom Premier FireWire Hard Drive for $245, and the LaCia FireWire & USB CD-RW 40x12x48x with a free 10 pack of CDR\'s for $210.
Host Solutions has expanded its shared hosting services to include co-location server hosting. Organizations can now co-locate an Apple Xserve server for $99/month. This includes 10GB of bandwidth; $3 per gigabyte of 10GB.
OWC has introduced the Mercury Pro DVD-R/RW, CD-R/RW FireWire drive, the first external FireWire solution that allows authoring of DVDs using iDVD. The drive writes DVD-R discs at 2x, DVD-RW discs at 1x, and CD-R discs at 8x. The price is $400.
In an effort to make the transition to the Macintosh platform easy for Windows users, Aladdin Systems and Detto Technologies today announced a partnership that will include Detto\'s recently-announced Move2Mac. Both companies contend that their products offer \"efficient solution[s] for moving files safely and securely.\" Specific details of forthcoming joint solutions were not available.
Troi Automatisering has announced eleven new Troi Plug-ins to run with FileMaker Pro 6, including Troi Activator Plug-in which triggers scripts on a different computer, even over the internet, Troi Grabber Plug-in, which adds video image grabbing functions and many more. All of the plug-ins work with FileMaker Pro 5 and later for both Mac OS 9 & X. The price is $89 for a single license.
The iPod is \"the class of the field\" according to SFGate\'s review of MP3 music devices, including Sonicblue\'s $350 Rio Riot and Creative\'s $400, 20-GB Nomad 3. (Another article examines the iPod knockoff noted last week, which it says may prompt legal action by Apple.)
A personal \"blog diary\" notes that Douglas Adams -- author of The Salmon of Doubt -- \"predicted\" Rendezvous, the new Apple-sponsored open standard for any TCP-speaking device to find another across any IP network, in a 1989 letter to MacUser Magazine. \"I\'ll tell you all I want to do in order to get my portable to appear on the Desktop of my IIx... I just want to carry it into the same room. Bang. There it is. It\'s on the desktop.\"
Last week, MacNN reported that Mac OS X 10.2 was available from Amazon.com for $80 (after exclusive $50 mail-in rebate). However, Amazon\'s Mac OS X 10.2 product page includes an incorrect coupon for the deal -- an older Mac OS X 10.1 rebate. A newer printable coupon (linked last week by MacNN) includes Mac OS X 10.2.
PCWorld\'s Stephen Manes says that, despite somewhat irritating advertising on the part of Apple, the \'Switch\' TV campaign is accurate and represents some PC users\' \"fantasies.\" The PC columnist calls the \"Blue Screen of Death\" -- publicized in one Apple Switch ad -- a \"dirty little secret\" of die-hard Windows fans. Manes also points out that many technologies used in today\'s PCs, such as the floppy drive -- now absent in new Macs -- were pioneered by Apple with earlier machines.
Several MacNN Readers report that Apple\'s .Mac service continues to be unreliable, with outages and downtime over the past week. Apple has not explained these outages, although some attribute the problems to upgrades following the iTools transition.
24U PlaySound Plug-in v1.1 allows FileMaker Pro (v4.0 - v6.0) databases to play custom sounds on both Windows and Macintosh computers. The new version offers an external function for asynchronous sound playback for developers who want to add longer sound effects and backround music. The price for one license is $10.
Morining tech news: Ziff Davis Media will reportedly file for bankruptcy this week, as the publisher scrambles to reorganize on low cash [NYT registration req\'d]; U.S. Senator Joseph Biden [D] recently called for the passage of a new bill that would make it a federal felony to modify certain devices to play \"pirated\" copyrighted media; With its stock price nearing $1, Palm may ask shareholders to approve a reverse stock split that would increase the handheld maker\'s stock price.
Citrix has posted a Technology Preview of the Citrix ICA Client for Mac OS X, which allows users to connect to MetaFrame XP servers over any connection type and execute applications on a remote server.
Difusi has unveiled its Speaker Grille Collection for \"Quicksilver\" Power Mac G4s. The $23 package (with two gaskets) has \"been designed as an aesthetic enhancement and to provide protection from wandering children\'s fingers, or other foreign objects inserted to the exposed speaker.\" It includes a self-adhesive neoprene gasket, to firmly hold the grille in place without glue and offers interchangeability between multiple designs.
Macromedia today announced the Macromedia Developer Conference 2002 for Macromedia designers and developers. It will feature more than 100 sessions designed to provide hands-on training and skills development. Developers can now register for the conference, being held October 27-30 at the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., and take advantage of an early registration fee of $900 per person ($150 discount).
ArcaneWare\'s SerialStorage 1.1.1 adds new menu commands, full keyboard support to the main database window; better security, improved error handling, and other enhancements to the $10 shareware for securely storing passwords. [Classic, OSX]
Refection of Daylight is a freeware application that changes the background of your desktop according to the time: \"So you\'ll have a sunny desktop at noon whereas in the evening your desktop will be full of the red sunrays of the sunset which will fade into a starry night.\"
Archer 2.2 is an update to the free multimedia slide show player for OS X, adding support for long filenames, improved window re-size options, and keyboard-based navigation. Archer supports multiple players running at the same time--each with its own set of images, speed setting, and size.
Peter Ammon\'s JPEGDeux 1.5 is the latest version of the open-source image slideshow viewer for Mac OS X. New features include moving or copying images to arbitrary folders, a new \"pre-cache\" feature for better speed, and the ability to rotate or flip images, a preview drawer.
Bleu Rose has released Black & Bleu 6.0, an application that details over 7,000 different Macintosh OS error codes (as well as has suggestions for resolving the errors). In addition, over 500 Sad Mac error codes and all 30 PostScript error codes are included. The standard version is $30, while the Pro version, with export features, is $130. Upgrades are $20.
Willow Design has updated its Wedge iMac Flat Panel carry case to securely fit and carry the new 17\" G4 iMac. The lightweight case (7.3lbs) features rigid protective external walls, and dividers throughout to separate and protect the Flat Panel and other components with specific compartments for the iMac, speakers, keyboard, two separate accessory compartments, and room for cables underneath the back of the iMac. It is $215.
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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