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Two new REALbasic plug-ins released
Two new plug-ins for REALbasic have been released: CFPlugin wraps up most of the CoreFoundation classes into a single easy-to-use REALbasic plugin, along with providing access to the Property List services for creating and parsing .plist files. TimeControl 1.0 is a platform native time control plugin for REALbasic, which displays the control according to control panel time settings on all target platforms. [updated]
MacWareHouse offers $30 rebate on Jaguar
A reader notes that MacWareHouse is now offering Mac OS 10.2 Jaguar (which we noted went GM last Thursday) for $99 after a $30 rebate. Amazon also recently pulled its $50 rebate offer, after an overwhelming response. [site unavailable]
Apple posts DVD Studio Pro 1.5.1
Apple has posted DVD Studio Pro 1.5.1, an update to its professional DVD authoring application. It addresses an Incorrect A.Pack monitor Sample rate, 24-bit AIFF files that contained digital noise, Macrovision APS bits, Setting SSCRST with CPSEC and PES bits when writing DLT tapes, Region 7 setting flagging as playable, and offers improved stability for DVD-ROM burning.
Conflict Catcher 9.01 updates EM utility
Casady & Greene has posted Conflict Catcher 9.01, an update to its popular extension manager and database info utility. It brings support for Mac OS 9.2.2, sets, links, and Clean-Install System Merge information and also addresses many issues from version 9.0.
PhotoSpray 1.2: new Photoshop filter
Human Software today released PhotoSpray 1.2, a $100 Photoshop-compatible plug-in that works with Adobe Photoshop, Photoshop Elements, Corel PhotoPaint, and Jasc PaintShop. PhotoSpray offers the ability to spray pictures on top of any RGB photos or layers using of 50 realistic-sprays including plants, flowers, leaves, trees, bushes, rocks, clouds, geometrical objects, balls, etc. It works with both Classic and OS X.
Gateway to launch iMac knockoff
Gateway is expected to launch an iMac knockoff in late August, according to The Chicago Tribune: "Look for a marketing blitz in late August as PC-maker Gateway Inc. launches the Profile 4 PC, a look-alike competitor to Apple Computer Inc.'s incredibly successful new iMac....Sleek and ultramodern, the new Gateway is designed to incorporate the entire computer, monitor and sound system in a chunk of space no bigger than a 15-inch monitor." It will ship FireWire ports, USB ports, a PC card slot, and either a 15" or 17" flat-panel display with a "small base station and will cost between $1000 and $1,700, depending on configuration according to the article. [requires registration]
Disk teaches production level keying
dvGarage has released "The Composite Toolkit", a disk dedicated to teaching production level keying and compositing techniques. The package, which is based on Adobe After Effects, includes 14 tutorials that cover keying and compositing live action actors into computer graphic scenes. The disk is $200 and is bundled with the dvMatte Keyer until July 15th.
Readers: Apple Stores in Indiana, New York
A MacNN reader has confirmed the location of a new Apple Retail Store. "While shopping in Indianapolis, I noticed that a store called Williams-Sonoma had relocated. Barricades had been built up to block the view of what was happening inside the now-vacant store, but the outside of these barricades tell all: www.apple.com." Another reader notes a new store opening in New York. "I was in The Westchester, the fancy mall in White Plains, NY yesterday and on the outside of a vacant store location: "Coming Soon: Apple Computer"." [updated]
Moby 2 Tour pictures from Mansfield, MA
MacNN reader Gail Murphy makes further note of the Apple presence at the Moby 2 Tour. "Apple Consultant Members and User Group Leaders are participating in the Area 2 Moby/Bowie concert which Apple is touring with promoting the iPod and iMac. These Apple volunteers are from all over the USA! Check out the pictures from Saturday night in Mansfield, MA." Last week, we noted the way Apple products are being marketed at the tour and that some of the films shown at the tour were made on a Mac.
Invisible Finder 2.0 now native in OS X
Invisible Finder v2.0 is a fully featured invisible file manager for Mac OS 9 & X. It finds, manages, and gets info on invisible files and folders on the users hard drive. The latest version is a complete rewrite to offer native OS X support, faster file searching, improved stability and faster overall performance. The upgrade is free for registered users of version 1.x; a new license is $15.
MacNN forum upgrades complete
We have completed all of the necessary transition work for our new PHP/MySQL forum. The upgraded forum now has more features and improved speed.
Ricoh Priport duplicator 120 pages per minute
Ricoh has introduced the Priport JP5500, a 120-page-per-minute digital printing solution. The mid-level, 400 DPI system is targeted for school systems, universities and corporate environments. It features dual cylinder configuration and improved ink delivery as well as Adobe PostScript*3 connectivity, 12"x17" paper-size capability and envelope and thick stock feeding. The price is $12,355. [site not updated]
Bad Cookie! now supports Chimera
Bad Cookie! 1.1.1 is a $10 shareware cookie manager for mac OS 9 & X that supports Netscape, Mozilla, Chimera, Internet Explorer and OmniWeb. It features an unlimited number of profiles, automatic scans for new cookies, the ability to edit cookies and delete cookies. The update fixes small bugs, adds Chimera support and tweaks the interface.[Classic, Carbon]
American Hangman 2.0: educational game
American Hangman v2.0 is now available for Mac OS 9 & X. It is an educational game that features Presidents, Vice Presidents, First Ladies, States, Capitals, State Birds and more. It includes colorful graphics, digitized sounds, and speech synthesis.
Apple Retail positions available in Tokyo
A MacNN reader has noted that Apple is looking for an Apple Store Sales Operations Manager in Tokyo, Japan. "I just ran a search for Apple jobs in Japan. Looks like Apple's spreading to my nation of choice." The Apple Retail page does not currently have any listings for an Apple Store in Japan.
Documents To Go 5.0 supports OS X
DataViz today announced Documents To Go 5.0, an OS X compatible version of its Palm OS software that allows users to create and edit PowerPoint compatible presentations on any Palm-based handheld. It includes a new handheld word processor, support for high-resolution screen displays, and Palm OS/ARM support. DataViz also introduced Documents To Go Premium Edition ($60), which adds the ability to create, synchronize, and edit word processing, spreadsheet and presentation files on the handheld, as well as synchronize e-mail with attachments, PDF files, pictures, and Excel-like charts all in one package. The Professional Edition version 5.0 allows users to create, edit, and synchronize word processing, spreadsheet, and presentation files, while the $50 Standard Edition allows customers to use Word and Excel files on the handheld. Upgrades are $30 (Standard) and $40 to the new Premium Edition.
EndNote 6 bibliography app now available
ISI ResearchSoft today officially announced it has begun shipping EndNote 6, an update to its bibliographic management software, which it announced at Macworld Expo New Yorkk. Version 6 includes features for organizing images with text, and built-in journal submission templates for Microsoft Word X for Mac. Students can receive the $330 application for $110.
Intuit announces QuickBooks Pro Edition 5.0
Intuit today announced a multi-year plan to develop and support a new Mac OS X compatible version of QuickBooks, its popular small business accounting software. Intuit says it expects to release an updated version of QuickBooks for Mac in Q1 2003. QuickBooks Pro Edition 5.0 for Mac will be built for Mac OS X and will also support Mac OS 9. Intuit also said it expects to release a new version of QuickBooks for Mac on approximately an annual basis.
PlaySound Plug-In 1.1 adds sound playback
24U PlaySound Plug-In 1.1 adds a new external function for asynchronous sound playback to the $10 FileMaker Pro plugin that enables databses to play custom sounds. Developers can now add longer sound effects and/or background music to FileMaker databases.
QuickConference 1.6.5 adds OS X support
CE Software today released QuickConference 1.6.5, a free update to its secure instant messaging solution. Version 1.6.5 adds new client software to run natively under Mac OS X. The messaging client transmits messages as "scrambled" text, offers instant replies, chat logging features, "away messages," and other standard IM features. A 5-user license is $120.
PopChar X 1.2 adds Unicode, Quartz support
ergonis software has released PopChar X 1.2, the Mac OS X sibling of the popular PopChar Pro system utility, adding support for Unicode, Quartz technology to display the character table, better visual recognition of control characters, and other enhancements and bug fixes. A $30 license includes free updates for two years.
BITcom Xnet 1.2.8: OS X server monitor
BITcom Xnet 1.2.8, a native Mac OS X server monitoring, statistics and alerting software, adds new features such as alerting support to mobile phones with SMS, enhanced service support for MySQL, Cumulus, AFP, IRC, IMAP4 and other new features.
Prowler 2.3 adds options to image browser
Andrew Cunningham's image browser, image viewer and management tool, Prowler 2.3, brings a new print preview function, more options for contact sheet generation, a new slideshow manager, basic second monitor support, picture resampling, image rotation, and other enhancements. A beta version of the $15 utility is available for OS X. [Classic, OSX]
ArcherPro 1.1: multimedia viewer for OS X
Parker Software's $30 shareware multimedia viewer, ArcherPro 1.1, adds a new 'Destination Folders', which allows users to "rapidly sort through your slide shows. With a single keystroke, you can copy the displayed image in any slide show viewer to any of eight user-defined folders." The new version also brings a fully functional 30-day trial. It is available for $10 through August 5th.
Classic Menu 2.6 adds drag \'n drop support
Sig Software has released Classic Menu 2.6, a shareware ($10) utility for OS X that brings the classic Mac OS Apple menu back to Mac OS X. Version 2.6 adds visual compatibility with themes, control over file icon display, adding items directly by drag-and-drop and an option to show the system apple menu by default.
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