Apple has released the Disc Recording Update 1.3.5 for Mac OS X. The update adds additional support for CD-RW drives from LaCie, EZquest and Iomega. A list of current drives supported is available.
Auction Tender v4 is a Mac OS X application ($20) that manages online auctions. The latest version brings a new interface that features improved compatibility with auction houses such as eBay.
ImageCaster 1.0.2, Econ Technologies easy to use webcam applicatoin, now gained full AppleScript support. The new Scriptors Kit gives examples of code that can take advantage of ImageCaster\'s capabilities. The $20 applicatoin requires Mac OS X.
Consumer Reports has given Apple top marks among other PC makers for Technical Support, beating out Dell, Gateway, HP and Compaq. Apple also scored high marks for the number of repairs that were needed on systems during the past five years, only being beaten by Dell.
Alarm Clock S.E. v3.0 is a shareware ($7) alarm clock for Mac OS X. The clock can run shell and Applescripts, wake up to music, or remind users of appointments at any time. The latest version has been entirely rewritten, sporting improved speed and response and much more.
SQLBoss Developer, an easy to use database front end builder, is now available for Mac OS 9 & X. It allows users to maintain data and retrieve it without using any SQL commands. Features include desgin layouts, fully object oriented, an event builder and more.
Backdrops Vol. 2: Themes for iDVD now contains full themes for iDVD, with animated and motion backdrops, custom buttons and music. The set features 8 themes, ranging from Sea Grass to Jungle Cat to Spectral Mist. The CD set is priced at $15.
DockFun! v3.0.1 is a shareware ($15) tool to run an infinite number of Mac OS X\'s Dock configurations. The small maintenance update fixes bugs from the previous release.
A MacNN reader notes why the Mac OS X \'Jaguar\' name cannot be used in Australia. \"This has to do with Ford Motor Company\'s intellectual property of the name \'Jaguar\'. Apparently there is a car with the same name ;-). Apple Australia\'s website reflects this as their is no mention of Jaguar on their Mac OS X site.\" Numerous readers also note that the name \'Jaguar\' cannot be used on the European box or by retailers, although people will still know it by name. [updated]
MadsonLine has reduced pricing to thier AC adapters for PowerBook G4s and iBooks (Dual USB). The \"world\'s smallest\" PowerBook AC apdapter weighs just 5oz, and features heavy duty, 30\" 20 wire gauge DC cord, automatically adjusting power supply between 240-100 volts AC and more. The MicroAdapter is now $76; the Auto/Air Adapter is now $144; the Airline Cord Travel Set is now $87.
SyncDeK 4.1, the latest version of the tool for enabling synchronization of a distributed set of FileMaker Pro databases, has been released. It adds support for FileMaker 6 and Mac OS X as well as other features.
ArcaneWare has updated its Mac OS 9 & X font viewing utility, TypeJet 1.0.1. It features automatic or user defined grouped font sets, a live search feature, slideshow, and now full keyboard support to the main window and more. The shareware utility is $11. [Classic, Carbon]
Keyboard Maestro v1.2b1 is a utility that allows users to define keyboard shortcuts in Mac OS X. It now features a Window Switcher and Select Menu Item hot key action. The Window Switcher feature presents a pop-up menu of of the current applicationís windows with a user-configurable keystroke. The Select Menu Item hot key action allows the user to add to his hot key macros the ability to select any menu item in any application simply by name. A free \"lite\" version is available; the full version is $20.
Harpoon3 v220.127.116.11, a real-time naval warfare simulation game for Mac OS 9 & X, is now available. New features include better messaging, a new registration system and bug fixes for Mac OS X 10.1.5 as well as Jaguar. A demo is available; the full version is $40.
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Trade-up program expands in Europe
Smartphone users in France, Italy, and Spain will have until at least August of this year to trade in old iPhone, Windows Phone, or Android models at Apple Stores, and put the reward towards a new iPhone -- thanks to an expansion of Apple's trade-in program into those countries. The money given for the trade-in must be applied towards a new iPhone on a two-year payment plane, and traders must qualify under a credit check as part of the program. Interested customers can apply for the trade-in at their nearest Apple Store. http://bit.ly/1qPsldD
NBCUniversal adds Bravo, Syfy, E! to Apple TV
NBCUniversal has launched three new apps channels for Apple TV users. Bravo Now, Syfy Now and E! Now brings users access full seasons of current and past episodes of most of NBCUniversal's catalog. The Bravo Now app includes shows like "The Real Housewives of New York Cit," "Below Deck Mediterranean," comedy "Odd Mom Out" and "Top Chef." The Syfy Now app offers up shows like "The Magicians," thriller "12 Monkeys" and the reality show "Face Off." The E! Now app serves up shows like "Keeping Up with the Kardashians," "Botched," "#RichKids of Beverly Hills," Caitlyn Jenner's "I Am Cait," and "WAGS." While some content is free, most content requires users to authenticate via their cable satellite or telco TV provider. http://bit.ly/20K4Pea
Apple rolls out Arabic version of Apple.com
Apple has rolled out a new version of its Apple.com website for Arabic language users in the United Arab Emirates. The site utilizes a right-to-left reading format where it has been updated, although the upgrade is still in progress with a number of page links still in the original English language left-to-right format. Of particular note is that the site debuts an all-new custom Arabic font created by the Tarek Atrissi Design agency, giving it a highly contemporary look and feel. The new support for Arabic on its host website follows the introduction of full support for right-to-left languages in iOS 9, and the addition of Arabic support to Siri late last year. http://apple.co/20JHGIM
Adobe previews Photoshop content-aware crop
Adobe has previewed a new 'content-aware crop' feature from the next version of its Photoshop CC. The new feature is similar to its 'content-aware fill' from the current version of Photoshop CC, and potentially saves users time when cropping photos in a way that might otherwise leave blank white space in the frame. Adobe's 'content-aware' tech automatically assesses the blank space and seamlessly fills the blank space with the nearest related content in the space when a photo is expanded or rotated without the need to manually clone that part of the image. The feature allows users to move a horizon by adding more sky or ground, change the aspect ratio by adding content around the edges of the image and fill in the corners of an image when rotated during a crop. Adobe says the feature is coming soon and will be automatically available to Creative Cloud subscribers. http://adobe.ly/20JDFEu
Markzware updates Q2ID for QuarkXPress 12 files
Graphic design file conversion tool maker Markzware has launched a new version of its Q2ID tool. The InDesign plugin enables users to open QuarkXPress files within a new InDesign (INDD) document, without rebuilding the QXP document from scratch -- the new version includes support for QuarkXPress 12 files. Q2ID Subscription members can download the new version as part of their annual plan. A single-user can purchase the plugin for $200, with other licensing options available. http://bit.ly/1Z4dS9t
PopChar X 7.5 arrives
Ergonis Software has released PopChar X 7.5, an improved version of the company's tool for finding and inserting special characters and exploring fonts. PopChar X 7.5 adds support for combined emojis in the Apple Color Emoji font, enhances the "Font Info" view, and adds many further enhancements that improve overall speed and stability. PopChar X 7.5 retails for ‚ā¨30 ($34), and is free for anyone who owns a license for PopChar X 7 or purchased a license for PopChar X 6 on or after March 1, 2014 [4.5MB]
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