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Reader: Apple discontinues \"Tower\" Servers
MacNN reader Brian Bard notes that Apple has discontinued sales of "Tower" servers in favor of its rack-mounted Xserve, which he says has a signicant impact on users who use Retrospect and need extra PCI slots for other server options but do not wish to pay up to $1000 more (price of a Power Mac G4 and Mac OS X Server).
Adobe Illustrator CAD plugins support OS X
CValley has announced that its CAD plug-in software for Adobe Illustrator is now compatible with Adobe Illustrator 10 for Mac OS X. CAD-COMPO includes BluePrintTools-Pro ($90), which can create simple blueprints using 13 bundled tools and also includes EXDXF-Pro ($90), which converts Bézier curves from Illustrator to a smooth line with minimal anchor points, while maintaining the curve's precision and can also convert files from the standard CAD format DXF to Illustrator (AI) format. The bundle, CAD-COMPO, is $140.
Reader: Mac.com users face issues with iChat
A MacNN reader notes that @mac.com users who use iChat will face compatibility when trying to communicate with those using AIM Client Clones, but notes a possible solution to the problem.
Mozilla has Java problems under Jaguar
Netscape's Steve Dagley offered some info on running the open-source Mozilla browser under Mac OS 10.2 (Jaguar), noting that there are known issues when running Java as well as workaround for the issue.
Aladdin ships DragStrip util for OS X
Aladdin today announced DragStrip for OS X, its full-featured "launcher" application that allows users unlimited flexibility in organizing and accessing frequently used files and applications. The $20 utility helps eliminate desktop clutter by placing drag-and-drop modifiable palettes on the desktop. A palette can easily handle a user's files, folders, applications, and URLs all in one location. It also includes a new Strip assistant for creating palettes and new skins for customizable appearances.
Mac version of Kontakt coming this month
Native Instruments has announced it will ship the Mac version of KONTAKT by the end of August. Version 1.1 of the audio sampler application will include a Hybrid CD with both the Mac and the PC installers as well as new EXS, HALion, and SDII file import, improved auto-search functions and other enhancements. Kontakt supports standard sample playback and manipulation as well as real-time time-stretching and resynthesis, graphical breakpoint envelopes, an integrated loop editor, analog-modelled filters, and visually displayed modulation. NI is developing EMU (EIII, ESI and EIV) import funcationality which it says will be available later this year. Customers who have already purchased the PC version ($400) will be able to download a free crossgrade from the company's Website.
DDR-enabled Power Macs show no speed gains
New performance tests by BareFeats show that new dual-processor line of Power Mac G4s are not faster than their predecssors, despite the improved bus speed and the DDR RAM: "To my surprise and chagrin, the new DDR Power Mac has no apparent performance advantage over the old SDRAM Power Mac running at the same clock speed. The 25% faster system bus seems of no help, either."
Five-day AppleScript session in New Orleans
Scripting Matters, Inc. has announced a new five-day AppleScript training course in New Orleans, Louisiana from November 4-8, 2002. It will offer daily sessions, demonstrations of relevant software (InDesign, Photoshop, Quark Xpress) as well as door prize drawings. The opening day will be offered as an introduction to AppleScript, while each of the following days will demonstrate and teach AppleScript in popular applications. Early Bird pricing, available until October 1, is $400 per day. The student fee is $1,500 for all 5 days.
Video player, Multimedia viewer apps updated
Seagull Video Player 2.1.2 is a bug-fix release to the $20 shareware video player application for OS X and Classic. It offers the ability to edit, save, and replay video playlists and play full screen video. Parker Software has ArcherPro 1.1.1, also a bug-fix release, its $30 multimedia viewer for OS X only. A 30-day trial is available online. [SVP-PPC, SVP-OSX, AP]
Yahoo! Messenger 2.5b1 supports video
Yahoo! Messenger 2.5b1 is the latest beta of Yahoo!'s IM client, offering support for Super Webcam for video conferencing using a Webcam (20 fps, 320x240), new emoticons (available via a new menu), and an improved IM window. The free client is available for Classic and OS X. [Classic, OSX]
Okito Composer word processor due in Fall
Okito today announced that Okito Composer, its innovative word processor for Mac OS X, will be available in a "Lite" version later this fall for $30. Composer Lite will offer headers and footers, multiple sections, columns, and other advanced options, while the $80 Pro version will include additional features for working with complex and long documents. A free version will also be available as a TextEdit replacement with better writing tools and the ability to open more documents. All three versions will support the Microsoft Word format as a free upgrade. A preview version is available now and discounts of up to 50% are available on pre-orders.
WSJ: Apple to introduce $200 family pricing
Walt Mossberg reviews the new wide-screen iMac and Jaguar, concluding that "Jaguar is a big step forward for the Mac, and continues the effort to differentiate Apple's operating system from Windows XP. In my view, it's worth the price." He also notes that Apple will be introducing $199 family version that can be legally installed on up to five computers.
Cisco Device Management Apps released
Singlestep Technologies today announced the release of the first in a series of Device Management Applications for network managers. The new Cisco Device Management Applications, which require VNOS 1.1, offer the ability to set the status, speed and duplex of one or more Ethernet interfaces, change settings on all interfaces with a single command, and monitor traffic across one or more interfaces: "because the applications are built with VNOS technology, each is a visual representation of the device it manages, and also includes the ability to set policies and automate actions by simply drawing a line between icons on your computer screen." It will be released for OS X on August 21st.
PowerGlot 2.0 localization tool for OS X
PowerGlot 2.0 is an update to the developer localization tool that offer support for 2-byte languages such as Japanese, Chinese and Korean. PowerGlot extracts text from applications, helps perform the translations and then builds the localized applications. Version 2.0 brings Mac OS X compatibility (inlcuding Cocoa-application support) as well as an improved Work Files mechanism for larger projects and better AppleScript support. New AppleScript Studio applications let users import glossary files from multiple sources and use the Internet BabelFish translation engine to help with translations. Upgrades are $120, while a new version is $200.
Lapvantage Dome for laptops
The Plasticsmith today released Lapvantage Dome, a sleek laptop stand designed to "improve computing ergonomics" for any laptop. The Deluxe model offers the ability to adjust the desktop to a custom height, swivels 360 degrees and sports a polished acrylic platform. The non-rotating standard model ships in black or white colors; while the Deluxe rotating model, also available in black or white, is $70.
RAID Toolbox: native OS X RAID solution
CharisMac has released RAID Toolbox, a new fully native (Cocoa) software-based RAID solution that offers striping, mirroring and single disk partitioning utility. RAID Toolbox also includes a bench testing utilities to gauge disk performance of stripes, mirrors and single drives. It supports FireWire, IDE, fibre channel, USB and SCSI and allows can stripe or mirror drives across different buses or interface types. The $100 utility includes Classic, OS X, and Windows versions on the sam eCD. Upgrades from previous versions are $40; while competitive upgrades are $70.
NewsHunter 2.0.4: Usenet utility updated
Parker Software Development has released NewsHunter 2.0.4, an update to its newsgroup utility that fixes a bug in the MasterSplitter utility as well as implements Regular Expressionsin the download engine, new "friend filters," and better support for text tags. The $50 utility is available for $13 through Sunday, August 18th.
AAPLTalk System Shootouts features Mac vs PC
Charles Gaba has updated his AAPLTalk System Shootouts, featuring Mac vs PC comparisons with the new line of dual-processor Power Macs introduced earlier this week as well as the eMac product line changes, iMac price drops, and updated benchmarks.
Charla 1.6.2: open-source Yahoo! client
Peter Ammon has updated Charla 1.6.2, his open-source Yahoo! chat client for Mac OS X. The new version adds animated smileys, an option to filter room enter/room left messages, and fixes a number of bugs.
Jaguar coming early, Friday, August 23rd
Apple says it's "letting the cat out of the bag," touting special Jaguar events at Apple retail stores on Friday, August 23rd, at 10:20 p.m. First Tech, an Apple Specialist in the Twin Cities (Minneapolis, MN), will be hosting a "10:20 Jaguar sale" on August 23rd: "We will have tons of copies of Jaguar on hand as well as 10.2% off sales on popular OS X software and accesories. Apple represenitives will be on had to give demo's and answer questions. But best of all, we will be having a Jaguar UPGRADE price of $109. Just bring in a OS X disk or reciept and get your discount. The discount is available day of sale only. We are open from 10 pm to midnight on the 23rd."
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