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Graphing Calculator 3.2 displays vectors
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 1.4 fixes bugs
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.
TrendWatch study shows move to digital equip.
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.
Device Management Applications released
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 Effects now has 16bit color options
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.
FCP book for both casual and experienced user
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 1.9.3 adds track numbering
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 receives perfect score from HRC
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: localization tool
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 impoves network stability
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.
Handheld Sync. for Entourage X re-released
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.
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Apple updates Macintosh Products Guide
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.
Book teaches Unix System Admin. in 24 hours
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 cuts 15,600 jobs
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 introduces 2 new direct photo printers
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 4.0.3: fundraising software
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 ships ADC Switcher for Cinema Display
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.
HP to update AIO printer drivers under OS X
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 ships OS X version of Media 100 i
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 displays maps on the desktop
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 1.1 widens FreeDB searching
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 1.2: OS X printing utility
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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