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]
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 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.
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.
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 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]
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.
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]
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 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.
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 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! 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 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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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, 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.
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]
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.
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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Remote S for Tesla Apple Watch app drives car out
Developer Allen Wong has created the Remote S for Tesla app, which can be used to remotely activate the Model S electric car via an Apple Watch, and drive it a short distance. Aside from providing data about the car and some basic function controls, the unofficial app uses the manufacturer's Summon command to allow the car to turn on, exit the garage, and park near to the user's location. The app is available to purchase from the App Store for $10. http://apple.co/1PprF4t
Seagate 3TB unreliability suit expands
The Seagate 3TB class-action hard drive lawsuit has been expanded to more devices. The expanded suit, filed today, now includes Seagate's Barracuda 3TB Hard Disk Drive,¬†Desktop HDD 3TB, Backup Plus 3TB External Hard Disk¬†Drive,¬†GoFlex 3TB External Hard Disk Drive, or any other Seagate hard drive with model number ST3000DM001. The law firm, Hagens Berman, is seeking information from consumers such as time in service, purchase price, and the nature of any drive received in return from Seagate as a replacement for a failed unit. http://bit.ly/1Pc34Cq
BlackBerry Canada, Florida hit with layoffs
The BlackBerry campus has reportedly been wracked with layoffs. Sources familiar with the company's Waterloo office staffing claim that close to 35 percent of the local workforce has been laid off, with the deepest cuts being made in the BlackBerry 10 OS and hardware teams. Additionally, the state of Florida has been officially notified that the company's Sunrise facility will see 75 people fired. Enthusiast site Mobilesyrup puts the layoffs at around 1000 total. http://bit.ly/1Pc1Rep
Instagram tests multiple account support for iOS
Instagram is trialling support for multiple accounts in its iPhone app with a small number of users. The Facebook-owned photo sharing service confirmed the reports of the tests to TechCrunch, which will allow a single user to manage more than a single account within the app, transferring between two or three accounts with a few taps. It is unclear when the feature will roll out to the public, but it has previously tested it with the Android version of the app since November. http://tcrn.ch/1SPKEKh
Foxconn CEO declares Sharp deal near done
The Foxconn bid for Sharp is allegedly only waiting on specific details of the deal. Foxconn CEO Terry Gou has declared that his company has privileged negotiation rights for the Apple iPhone screen supplier, saying that "we have a consensus, the rest is a process ... I don't see a problem completing this process." Gou hopes the deal, worth up to $5.6 billion, will be formalized by the end of February. http://reut.rs/1SPEQjN
MIT demoes 'Eyeriss' AI chip for mobile
At the International Solid State Circuits Conference in San Francisco this week, MIT researchers presented a new chip designed specifically to implement neural networks. The researchers claim that "Eyeriss" is 10 times as efficient as a mobile GPU, so it could enable mobile devices to run artificial-intelligence algorithms such as Siri or Cortana, rather than uploading all data to a remote server for processing. http://bit.ly/1TISJBe
Pocket for iOS adds readability settings
Offline reader iOS app Pocket has updated, with reader-friendly changes. With the new revision, premium subscribers can adjust character spacing, and choose from eight new fonts including one that makes it easier for sufferers of dyslexia to read saved content. The app itself is free, with a premium subscription available for $5 a month, or $45 a year. http://apple.co/1KuILBl