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Sciral Consistency 1.0 is the first in a forthcoming line of \"Computer-Aided Life Management\" products. The Mac OS X native application enables users to track and receive feedback on day-to-day tasks that are repeating yet flexible. The price is $25, and a free time-unlimited trial version is available.
iPod2iTunes v1.5 is a Mac OS X utility to synchronize and transfer tracks and playlists from an iPod to a Mac. The update improves the user interface, supports iTunes 3.0 and iPod firmware 1.2, improves performance (about 20%) and more. The price is $20.
Apple tomorrow is expected to introduce new Power Macs as well as new eMac model. he new Power Macs are expected to be available in dual processor configurations of 867MHz, 1GHz, and 1.25GHz for $1,699, $2,499, and $3,299, respectively. The two higher-end Power Macs will reportedly ship with ATI\'s new Radeon 9000 graphics card, replacing the nVidia GeForce4x cards previously used in those Power Mac configurations. Sources also indicate that Apple will also introduce a new eMac with a SuperDrive for $1,499.
Security Manager 1.0 is secure user-login system for FileMaker Pro. It provides a single point of entry for any number of users and databases, eliminating password sharing. The application is due out in early September
Apple is opening a new retail store in the Southdale Mall in Edina, Minnesota, notes a reader. \"For those who have never been in Minnesota, Edina is a well-to-do neighborhood with lots of retail shopping and tons of Office complexes.\"
Image Doctor is a set of Mac OS 9 & X image-correction filters for Photoshop, Fireworks, Paint Shop Pro and other image editors. It can remove blemishes and defects, repair over-compressed JPEGs and replace any unwanted objects or details. A 30-day demo is available; the full version ships on August 20th.
Aladdin Systems, makers of StuffIt, Spring Cleaning and more, have reported a $138,130 profit on revenues of $1,653,248, improving over last years loss ($411,585).\"In this tough economy we continue our strategy of introducing quality new products and software updates to stay competitive and grow in our markets,\" said Jonathan Kahn, CEO. \"We are striving to meet our goal of profitability for Aladdin\'s year-end in December.\"
The Panasonic AG-DVX100 is a FireWire mini-DV 3-CCD camcorder with exclusive CineSwitch technology that supports 480i/60 (NTSC), cinema-style 480p/24fps and 480p/30fps image capture. The camera is equipped with 1/3\" progressive-scan 410,000-pixel 3-CCD imagers, 4:3 and 16:9 aspect ratio modes, wide-angle zoom lens and professional sound tools. The camera is priced at $3800, and will be available on October 10th.
Quickie Web Albums 2.3.1 is a cross-platform application that creates custom Web photo and movie albums. The update adds meta tag and ISO meta tag options and changes the image compression setting to work more easily. The price is $23. [Classic, Carbon]
Bare Bones Software has started a \"BBEdit Back-to-School Special,\" for anyone who puchases BBEdit, its award-winning HTML and text editing tool, before September 20th. The special price of BBEdit is $99 ($39 for an upgrade), which includes a copy of Jennifer Niederst\'s Learning Web Design: A Beginner\'s Guide to HTML, Graphics, and Beyond.
Ascending Technologies has acquired TrapEase, an $89 tool for trapping and displaying errors in FileMaker Pro databases. It provides the developer with an easy-to-use interface that assists in presenting customized error messages based on each error type. Developers can control alert icons, system beeps, message text and course of action for any error a user encounters. Future versions are planned to sport a new interface and much more.
PageSpinner 4.1 is a $30 Web development package for Mac OS 9 & X. The new version adds support for Quartz Text Smoothing and Tool tips, features a new psedit command line tool for the OS X Terminal, a Replace in Selection command, improved template handling and Mac OS X 10.2 (Jaguar) compatibility. It also features an option to open hidden files, improved display of selected text in the editor, updated Web tools menus, plus bug fixes and other enhancements.
Adobe has officially announced the availability of two Mac OS 9 & X applications, Photoshop Elements 2.0, its scaled down version of Photoshop targeted for consumers (as we noted last week), and Adobe Premiere 6.5, its digital video editing software. Photoshop Elements 2.0 brings increased power and simplicity to amateur photographers and photo hobbyists. It now includes new email support which automatically optimizes and attaches images from within the program. Premiere 6.5 adds Real-time Preview, the Adobe Title Designer, and support for MPEG-2 export and DVD authoring. Photoshop Elements is priced at $100 and Premiere is priced at $550.
Michael Tsai\'s DropDMG 1.7 can create \".dmg\" and \".img\" disk images on Mac OS X. The $5 shareware has offers encryption and post-processing with GZip or MacBinary as well as supports segmented images and auto-open images. This version adds support for license agreements, a finer-grained progress bar and status text, and better file name handling.
CMS Peripherals has announced the availability of ABSplus, a backup solution and restoration/recovery system for Mac OS X with complete system bootability. Users boot directly into an exact copy of their system on Mac OS X by having the unit connected via FireWire and holding down the Option key. Pricing starts at $300, and the pocket-sized peripheral is available in 20GB, 30GB, 40GB and 60GB configurations.
America Online today announced its new AOL for Mac OS X client, which brings enhancements to AOL\'s popular e-mail and instant messaging features, such as a counter on the Mac OS X dock that displays the number of new messages; the new AOL Search; the addition of new short-cut keys; buddy list enhancements, as well as several Mac-first features, including the integration of the Netscape Gecko Web browser. Other features include an updated Welcome Screen and toolbar with better access to content, a \"speed detect\" feature to optimize AOL for the connection speed, Apple\'s QuickTime media player, compatibility with Apple\'s iChat; universal access to e-mail, Buddy List, Address Book and other favorite features (i.e., from any computer), and AirPort compatibility. It is available as an upgrade for existing members at no additional charge in the United States at AOL Keyword: Upgrade. (Some features were available as part of the public beta of the software.)
Location X 1.1 is a shareware ($10) location manager for Mac OS X. Similar to its Mac OS 9 counterpart, the third-party plug-in allows users to quickly and easily change internet and computer settings for different locations. The update provides improved stability and interface enhancements.
†Other World Computing today announced that it will no longer market its DVD Enabler software effective immediately, in response to a request from Apple. †DVD Enabler was a software tool introduced by OWC in late July, which allowed its external FireWire DVD- R/RW hard drives to utilize Apple\'s own software program (iDVD v2.1) to author DVDs on OWC\'s Mercury Pro DVD-R/RW FireWire solutions. OWC says it is also dropping all support of Apple\'s iDVD software.
Function Junction, a new free tool that plots two-dimensioanl mathematical functions in FileMaker Pro, has been released. Using common FileMaker calculations, the tool does not require any plug-ins or third party tools.
Cacophony v1.2 is a $25 digital audio editor for Mac OS X. The latest version optimizes the buffer reading functions, adds Ogg Vorbis support, and fixes numerous other issues.
Default Folder X 1.6, which is now compatible with Mac OS X 10.2, has been released. The file management utility now has a \"Finder Click\" feature, as well as improved integration with XRay, FileExaminer and Super Get Info.
Apple is offering a free Auto/Air DC Power Adapter with the purchase of any custom-configured PowerBook using promo code \'PBL802\'. The offer is good at the Apple Store or at any of Apple\'s retail store locations.
Reuters reports that Apple expects to break even in its European division? in the next quarter after disappointing results in the previous quarter, head of Apple\'s European division said in an interview with Italian la Stampa Daily published on Sunday.
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Sonos now works with Apple Music
Wireless music system manufacturer Sonos has announced that its systems worldwide will gain compatibility for streaming the paid Apple Music subscription service starting today, February 10. "Music fans worldwide will have access to Apple Music features like For You, New, Radio, and My Music, and will also be able to stream the entire Apple Music catalog through Sonos smart speakers tuned for great sound in every room of their homes," the company said in an email to journalists. Apple Music's streaming service costs $10 per month, with a free three-month trial. http://bit.ly/1Wdi2Ko
Apple want ads hint at future Watch faces
An Apple job listing for a dedicated clock face team may suggest future fashion-brand partnerships, possibly in time for the updated watchOS updates that are likely to be revealed at this spring's Worldwide Developer Conference. Since the introduction of watchOS 2, there has only been four new watch faces, but three of them were left over from the first release, with only one truly new one -- the co-branded Herm√©s face exclusive to that edition. There is a rumored March 15 event, but if that takes place it will likely focus on new band options as regards the Apple Watch. http://apple.co/1O1TbTI
Microsoft may end Office Support Professional prog
Microsoft appears to be either ending or seriously revamping its "Accredited Support Professional Program" for training on Microsoft Office for Mac and iOS it has offered at MacTech conferences since 2013. The program is not on offer at the upcoming MacTech tour, which begins on March 16 in San Francisco and includes a number of other cities. Microsoft has released a statement that it is "evaluating options for 2016, but don't have anything to share at this time." http://bit.ly/1KDz3MQ
Office for Mac v15.18 released
Microsoft has issued an update for the Mac version of its productivity suite, Office 2016. The v15.18 update offers improvements for all of the included apps, such as bringing full screen support to Outlook and allowing Word to save PDF files to flash drives. In addition, a new selection pane has been added to PowerPoint and Excel for keeping track of objects, and shapes can now be added to OneNote notebook pages. The update is free for all users, but requires a Mac running OS X 10.10 or later and a valid Microsoft Office 365 subscription. http://bit.ly/1Q7pAzW
Apple to open new south Florida mall store
According to real estate trade papers in south Florida, Apple has signed a lease for a new retail space in Miami, at the forthcoming Brickell City Centre (yes, the UK spelling is used) open-air mall, which is set to open later this year. The center will feature a five-story shopping area, condominiums, a hotel and office buildings, along with a "climate ribbon" in the shopping area to keep visitors cool, eschewing traditional air conditioning. The exact location of the Apple Store within the plan is not yet clear, but the destination already boasts 75 confirmed stores. http://bit.ly/1Q7n7Wd
Filemaker provides free custom app guide
FileMaker announced today the release of the first in a three-part series of free how-to guides that will lead teams through the process of building a custom app using the FileMaker Platform. FileMaker's new how-to guides provide a step-by-step process that starts with a planning cycle covering goals, requirements, functionality and usability, and run all the way through identifying user scenarios, defining requirements, addressing integration, providing security, and deployment of the final product. http://bit.ly/1o08wQh
OCZ Trion 150 SSD shifts to 15nm TLC NAND
SSD manufacturer OCZ has updated its entry-level 2.5-inch Trion 100 SSD. The new Trion 150 has similar performance to the now replaced model, and now utilizes 15nm TLC NAND. Sequential read speeds top out at 550MB/S, with 4KB random write speeds running from 25K IOPS in the 120GB model, to 64K IOPS in the 960GB version of the drive. Endurance is limited to 30TB in the 120GB, and peaks at 240TB in the 960GB version. Retail prices vary between $46 for 120GB, to $270 for the 960GB version. http://bit.ly/1nVmlyL