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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).
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.\"
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.
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 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 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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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Swift benchmarking suite goes open-source
Following the release of new betas for all its platforms, Apple on Monday also made a suite of 75 tools for benchmarking Swift-developed coding projects, including libraries for benchmarking functions, a utility for comparing the resulting metrics, and a driver for running them. The company says it is asking the community for help in developing additional benchmarks, as well as further "helper" libraries and overall code review for better stability and performance. Apple plans to include benchmark pull requests in Swift's new continuous integration system as well. http://bit.ly/1W8u0EU
Instagram now supporting multiple accounts
As reported earlier, Instagram is now rolling out support for multiple accounts (up to five) in version 7.1.5 of its iOS app. The feature has been one of the main attractions of third-party Instagram clients, but it is unclear if users must seek out an "add account" preference in the app; additionally, some users are reporting that the ability to add accounts has not yet been added. The company says notifications "depend on when you last logged in, and the number of devices that are logged into that account," suggesting not all notifications across accounts will appear when logged into a given one. http://bit.ly/1moh95p
Pictures of Galaxy S7, Edge leaked
New images have been leaked of Samsung's new Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge. The images of the Galaxy S7 are very similar to a draft leaked earlier this year, with a curved back reminiscent of the iPhone 3G with the normal Samsung camera hump in the upper center of the phone. The picture of the Galaxy S7 Edge as leaked is running a benchmark application showing modest improvements over the S6 line, if accurate. Both models are expected to be formally announced in a February 21 press event hosted by Samsung. http://bit.ly/20Gf07X
Bambooti wooden skins for MacBooks
Bambooti has introduced premium wooden skins for Apple laptops that allow users to customize any design or logo directly on the case. Each Bambooti skin is handcrafted from sustainably managed forests, and are hand sanded and spray-finished to create an ultra smooth exterior. Bambooti's wooden skins start at $65 on the fully-funded Kickstarter which includes a custom design or logo of the user's choice that will be engraved on the product. http://kck.st/1PhE6Sb
Apple Music in Taiwan, now up to 113 countries
Apple Music has now added its 113th country, Taiwan, to its expanding list of areas where it offers its paid subscription service. The price in the country will start at NT$150 (about $4.50 US) for an individual subscription, and that now includes (as it does in the rest of the world) the formerly free-but-ad-supported iTunes Radio feature, which as in other countries will be customized somewhat to offer channels of locally-popular music styles. Apple Music is now available in 16 countries and regions -- including China, India, Russia, and Japan -- where Spotify has not yet arrived.
Invisible wall mount for iPad Pro, mini
Computing hardware mounting company Wall-Smart has announced the availability the new "invisible" wall mount, with models for the iPad Pro, iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 4 -- all with no bezel. The invisible mount includes ÂPower Over Ethernet to USB, which allows charging while in-wall, and is available for both drywall and solid surfaces such as solid wood panels or partition walls. Prices vary widely by iPad model, and required mounting hardware. http://bit.ly/1SE5jCO
Kingston buys IronKey secure USB tech
Kingston Digital today announced it has acquired the USB technology and assets of IronKey from Imation. In addition to Kingston's acquisition, encryption services leader DataLocker has purchased the IronKey Enterprise Management Services platform which provides centralized management to encrypted USB drives. Kingston and DataLocker claim that there will be no interruption in service provided, or available products as a result of the consolidations. http://bit.ly/1QQk9SZ