Graphing Calculator 3.2 is a new release of the popular calculator from Pacific Tech. It is a tool for quickly visualizing math on the computer. The new version allows users to display vectors and also to do coordinate transformations. The application costs $100 for Mac OS 9, and there is no plan for a Mac OS X release.
CodeTek VirtualDesktop v1.4 is a $20 virtual desktop application for Mac OS X. The release is primarily a bug-fix release, although some new features have been added such as improved load time, sliders in the Preference Pane, window titles and more.
A 674-page study put out by TrendWatch Graphics Arts (TWGA) states that in the next five years, the number of digital color presses installed in commercial printing establishments will increase 564% to almost 10,000 units. Also released in the study, 35% of design and production firms, who own a digital camera, say their use of color scanners has decreased as a result of purchasing a digital camera. The results were gathered through a TWGA poll of the industry\'s most prominent market segments including: Newspapers, Book and Magazine Publishing, and several Graphic Design and Advertising Agencies.
Singlestep Technologies has announced the released of the first in a series of Device Management Applications developed specifically to give network managers more efficient management of network devices. The applications improve the manageability of select Cisco routers, switches and security devices. Also, VNOS 1.1 (Visual Network Operating System) for Mac OS X has been released. The update increases speed, stability and functionality as well as adds nine new visual programming objects.
Sapphire Innovations has released an update to their $37 set of After Effects plug-ins, Sapphire Effects vol. 1.1. The set consists of 12 plug-ins: color gradient effects, ring effects, starburst color gradient effects, osterisation, solar color effects, greyscale, and inverse plugins. The plug-ins now feature 16bit color aware options and other features.
Final Cut Pro 3 for Dummies is now available from Wiley Publishing. The $25, 410-page book is geared toward both casual and more experienced users to help expand their knowledge of Apple\'s video editing software.
Andromeda v1.9.3 manages and delivers audio, video and other files over the Web, local networks and PCs with Mac OS X, Apache and PHP. The update adds a new track numbering feature, as well as support for four more languages (for a total of 33), and numerous tweaks and minor bug fixes. The price is $35.
Apple has received a perfect 100% score from the Human Rights Campaign Corporate Equality Index, which rates large American businesses on how they treat their gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender employees, investors and consumers.
PowerGlot 2.0 is a $200 localization tool for Mac OS 9 & X. It enables developers to make products available worldwide in the native language of choice, including 2-byte languages like Japanese, Chinese and Korean. The update brings Mac OS X compatibility, improved AppleScript support and bug fixes. [Classic, Carbon]
ExtremeZ-IP is a specialized file and print services system that uses the TCP/IP protocol to increase throughput between Macintosh clients and a Microsoft Windows 2000 or Windows NT servers. Pricing starts at $440.
Microsoft is planning on re-releasing its Handheld Synchronization for Entourage X software by the end of August. It was originally released at the Macworld Expo in New York, but pulled because techincal problems.
Deals Roundup:Macs4all is offering two deals this week, the Wiebe Tech 20GB FireWire Wafter-thin Pocket Drive for $218 and the Sonnet HARMONi G3 600MHz with FireWire for $383.
Apple has updated their Macintosh Products Guide, which features more than 20,000 products made for the Mac. OmniGraffle, a program that creates flow charts and other drawings, is now the Featured Mac OS X Product.
Dave Taylor has released his book Teach Yourself Unix System Administration in 24 Hours, which covers Mac OS X, Red Hat Linux and Solaris. Twenty-four 1-hour lessons will teach readers how to add new disks and partitions, manage users, configure and run a free Web server, create backup schemes and much more. The retail price is $30.
IBM Corp. revealed that it is slashing about 15,600 workers, or about 5% of its total work force, according to a Nando Times article. The announcement was not made public, but rather disclosed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on Tuesday. Employees that were laid off were notified during the second quarter, which ended June 30. IBM blamed the layoffs on \"the recent decline in corporate spending on technology services\".
Epson has introduced two new direct photo printers, the Stylus Photo 925 and Stylus Photo 825. The Stylus Photo 925 features automated roll paper cutter, one-touch printing buttons, the ability to crop images without a computer and digital image archiving to a Zip disk. The Stylus Photo 825 is the replacement to the popular Stylus Photo 785EPX and provides a simple and easy-to-use photo printing solution for new digital camera owners. Both printers features a resolution of 5760x720 dpi and Epson\'s six-color Photo Ink system, BorderFree photo printing technology, USB connectivity, and built-in card slots for many different digital camera memory cards. Both the Stylus Photo 925 and Stylus Photo 825 will be available in September for $300 and $200, respectively. [site not updated]
FUNDimensions Fundraising Software 4.0.3 is a database application for small non-profit organizations and schools. It manages the entire fundraising process, helping these often under-staffed organizations to raise more money, identify the best fundraising opportunities, and maintain a personal relationship with donors. The updated version improves the Aqua interface and report printing.
Gefen today released its $450 ADC Switcher for Apple Cinema Display Users: the ex-tend-it ADC Switcher allows users to work on two cross-platform computers using a single display, keyboard and mouse. It supports most DVI computers with an integrated DVI-to-ADC converter.
MacNN reader Steve Stecklow notes that Hewlett-Packard\'s All-In-One printers drivers no longer function under Mac OS X 10.2: \"The current all-in-one software drivers for Mac OS X v 10.1 will no longer function on Macintosh systems upgraded to Mac OS v 10.2. Hewlett-Packard is aware of this issue and working on a solution. Please check back to this Web page for information regarding new driver updates.\"
Media 100 today began shipping its Media 100 i digital video system for Mac OS X, its solution for professional content creators, broadcast designers and digital media artists. It includes a new OS X-compatible interface along with new visual effects creation and sound design capabilities. V8 now ships with all Media 100 i configurations including the new Media 100 i/DV, which starts at $2,000. The application is now threaded for better performance on multi-processor systems, offers improved workflow with up to 8 graphics tracks, a new QuickTime Video Output, better integration with Boris FX, and new host-based audio processing for up to 24 real-time audio tracks as well as new audio reverb and dynamics processing for all-in-one audio sweetening.
EarthDesk 1.2 replaces the desktop picture with real-time maps showing proper sun and moon illumination over the Earth, political maps, and numerous different map projections. New features include a reorganized interface, the ability to restore previous desktop pictures, updated city databases and other minor bug fixes. The update is free while the full version is $20.
AutoTag v1.1 is a Mac OS X MP3 organizer. It sorts tags, file names, and folder names to keep them all consistant and correct. The $13 app features a unified user interface, smart links to allmusic.com and flexible track and album naming. The update now works behind a proxy, widens FreeDB searching, fixes bugs and improves performance.
PrintMagic v1.2 is a Mac OS X printing utility. It works with most programs and allows users to select text, accelerates printing, eliminates web browser printing problems and reduces ink/toner use. The update adds a windowshade feature and improves the code. A free demo is available; the price is $25.
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Pluggable Technologies three-display USB-C dock
Peripheral company Plugable Technologies today launched the industry's first wave of USB-C docking stations with both Power Delivery and DisplayPort Alternate Mode support. The Plugable UD-CA1 Docking Station integrates support for both of these new capabilities, along with the full set of standard USB docking features like wired network, audio, and extra USB ports. Model UD-ULTCDL builds on this, adding support for three total displays using DisplayLink USB virtual graphics technology. The UD-CA1 retails for $129, with the UD-ULTCDL selling for $179, and available soon. http://bit.ly/1TrVVTJ
Spotify deploys new $15 family plan
Spotify has today launched a new family program. Up to six family members can have individual accounts for $15 per month for the group. All current "Premium for Family" members will be migrated to the new program. The new plan is available today globally, minus Canada. http://spoti.fi/1OSJrCK
Speck CandyShell Clear with Glitter case
Speck today announced CandyShell Clear with Glitter. Thousands of tiny pieces of glitter are embedded within the case, with what the company calls "military-grade drop protection in a slim profile." CandyShell Clear with Glitter is available now on Speck's website for $40 and up. http://bit.ly/1OSHIgM
Three UK nudges MMS users toward apps
British carrier Three has suggested its users take advantage of messaging apps, as part of an announcement regarding multimedia messaging (MMS) price rises. While the price of a message will increase on June 13 from 17.4p ($0.25) to 40p ($0.58) per MMS, Three notes that customers can avoid the hefty fees by using Skype, WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, and other services. http://bit.ly/1Rk0TKM
Belight Soft launches Art Text 3
Belight Soft has launched the latest version of its graphic design software, Art Text 3. The new version sticks with the goals of the previous iterations in developing a creative art text tool that is easy to use for beginners, but produces powerful results that will also appeal to pros. Among its key features are over 70 customizable templates to assist with logo design, word art, web elements and picture captions. Users can customize 3D materials using over 200 textures, over 140 bump map surfaces and over 80 environment map textures. Users of either of the two previous versions can upgrade to the new version for $30, a $20 savings. New users can also enjoy the $30 price as an introductory offer through the Mac App Store until May 31. http://bit.ly/1U6jFqu
KnowRoaming network now extends to 86 countries
KnowRoaming customers can now use its global SIM sticker to take advantage of its unlimited data plans when travelling in 86 countries. The SIM sticker is, as its name suggests, a special sticker that is applied to the back of an existing SIM card for use outside the US in supported countries. It works in conjunction with the KnowRoaming smartphone app. The latest expansion of its network came with the addition of 12 Latin American countries where travelers can now also enjoy its unlimited data plans, which are available for $8 per day. http://bit.ly/27KkXli
BMW to start supporting CarPlay this fall
BMW will add CarPlay support as one of the entertainment add-on for its X5M and X6M models, the first BWM models to do so, starting from this summer. A German-language catalog for the manufacturer spotted by Bimmerpost advises the option will arrive in August. It is unclear if the support will only be included in European versions of the car, or for further afield. The display in the vehicles will be among the largest thus far seen for CarPlay, at 10.25 inches, and hinted at possible wireless CarPlay support. The X5M currently sells for €96,470 (US$108, 275), while the X6M retails for €99,327 ($111, 453). http://bit.ly/1XnZ4DJ