ATI has lowed the price of its Radeon 8500 Mac Edition video card to $200, according to Inside Mac Games. The $100 price reduction further separates the 64MB card AGP card from the recently-released Radeon 9000. Radeon 8500 Mac Edition provides full support for OpenGL, and features Truform and SmartShader technologies.
Intelligent Assistance today released an updated version of its self-titled Mac OS 9/X application. The latest release of Intelligent Assistance is Mac OS X-native, and ships with a new interface appearance and an improved search engine. Intelligent Assistant for Mac OS X is a utility that \"floats over the application and provides Knowledge at the Point.\" It works as an assistant, providing answers to user inquiries while the user continues to work with video applications such as Final Cut Pro, Boris RED, Boris FX and Boris Graffiti in the foreground. (Mac OS 9 installation required to upgrade to OS X version).
Scott Kevill has released the final public version of GameRanger 3.0 for Mac OS X and Classic. GameRanger 3 is a much-anticipated update to the free gaming community software for the Mac platform. Version 3.0 is the first Mac OS X-native release of the online gaming service, which dates back to 1998.
Apimac Note Pad 1.4 for Mac OS 9/X is a free update to the scrapbook-like utility for the storage miscellaneous text clippings. New in this release is: a WYSIWYG font selection view, automatic update alerts, a View menu, a Window menu, a \"Save Now\" command, RTF import support and advanced import features. [Classic, OS X]
Aladdin Systems today announced that it has started to ship the French and German localized versions of iClean 5.0 for the Mac. iClean removes \"Internet tracks\" to protect the online privacy of its users. iClean erases unneeded Internet files that take up hard disk space and risk online privacy. iClean \"sweeps away Web surfing tracks,\" by cleaning out Web cache files, cookies and Web history logs. Version 5.0 provides expanded cookie editing, among other changes.
A MacNN reader reports that IBM ViaVoice does not operate correctly under Mac OS X 10.2. IBM confirms that ViaVoice has not be tested with the new OS, and version 10.2 is currently not supported. No patch is currently available, but forthcoming free updates are anticipated.
Rage Software today announced WebDesign 1.7, and update to the Web development application for Mac OS X and Classic. WebDesign offers many features not found in \"standard\" HTML editors. WebDesign allows users to visually create HTML elements, including forms and image maps. The latest release adds the ability to show line numbers in each document window and introduces an improved preview feature, based on Apple\'s \'HTMLRenderingLib.\'
A European Mac user is taking legal action against Apple in small claims court over Apple\'s recent decision to replace its free iTools service with a subscription-based service called .Mac. If the UK national can show that the iTools services were included with an Apple hardware or software purchase, then Apple could be obliged to provide iDisk and Mac.com email services for free to some users.
Architosh reports that Microspot has released X-RIP Direct Connection 1.1 for Mac OS X. X-RIP is a highly-anticipated professional printer driver, aimed at design and architecture professionals on the Macintosh platform. In addition to OS X support, this milestone release adds LAN (Local Area Network) printing.
SilverCreator 1.0 is the initial release of SilverNetworks\'s Mac OS 9/X game creation utility. Aspiring novice developers can create simple games by \"drawing some graphics, typing some text, clicking some buttons,\" according to SilverNetworks. Experience developers can take advantage of the event-based scripting language to create \"advanced and engaging games.\" [Classic, OS X]
vCard Reader is a free REALbasic class developed by Sam Rowlands that enables REALbasic applications to process data from the universal vCard contact information standard; Eric Williams\' Virtual Volume Manager is a utility for REALbasic developers who use \'Virtual Volumes\' in their applications. [Download - vCard Reader, VV Manager Carbon, VV Manager Classic]
ivy 1.0 is a freeware standalone audio application that features the ability to alter the pitch, speed, and position of audio files; a built-in filter for ring modulation/delay effects; and an automated panning system. Parameters can be adjusted using external midi controllers and audio can be exported to AIFF format. It only runs under Mac OS 9.
Waterfall Software has released Granite, a $10 shareware font viewer application and CountDown 2, a $10 shareware utility that functions like an alarm clock, offering coutdown, alarm, and playback of custom sounds and/or display of custom messages. [GT, CD]
Pacifist 1.0 is a shareware ($20) application that opens Mac OS X .pkg package files and allows you to extract individual files and folders out of them: \"This is useful, for instance, if an application which is installed by the operating system becomes damaged and needs to be reinstalled without the hassle of reinstalling all of Mac OS X. Pacifist is also able to optimize your system\'s performance by updating prebinding information on your hard disk.\"
WiebeTech today lowered pricing (again) on its portable MicroGB FireWire/USB2 pocket drive, offering the 4200RPM drives in the following configurations and prices: 20GB for $200 ($18 off), 30GB for $250 ($50 off), 40GB for $300 ($30 off). Its 5400 RPM drives are available in 20GB for $250 ($110 off), 40GB for $350 ($110 off), and 48GB for $400 ($40 off). Each drive includes a sleek aluminum enclosure; a USB2 cable and FireWire cable; and an optional AC adapter, which is required only for USB usage.
Buena Software has released Effect Essentials 1.1 plugins, an update to its set of 10 video effect plug-ins work with 8-bit and 16-bit per channel video in Adobe After Effects 5.0 under both Classic and Mac OS X. Version 1.1 improves the Digital Interference plugin to add frozen/stuttering audio, performance improvements in the Edge Manipulator, the ability to crop the edges of the repeated images without requiring precomposing, the ability to choose audio from any layer in the Frame Manipulator plugin, better memory handling in HSV Curves and SuperRGB curves, and 14 new compositing modes in Radial Glow. A fully functional, 25 day demo of the $250 application is available and includes the free, non-time-limited Camera Flash effect.
Apple has posted a series of PDF-based technology briefs on the Mac OS X Server web site, which cover many of the technologies in the product including File services, Print services, Open Directory, Workgroup Manager, NetBoot and Network Install.
Morning Tech News: A small group of PC owners has quietly filed a class action lawsuit against Intel, Gateway, and Hewlett-Packard alleging the companies misled them into believing the Pentium 4 was a superior processor to Intel\'s own Pentium III and AMD\'s Athlon; Earlier this month, the FCC approved regulations that would require television manufacturers to incorporate anticopying technology that would identify programs that broadcasters do not want consumers to copy without first paying a fee; and Influential stock tech analyst Jack Grubman (Salomon Smith Barney) has resigned amid investigations into his alleged conflicts of interest in touting the shares of WorldCom, Global Crossing and other failed telecommunications companies.
The Apple Developer Connection has updated its OpenGL documentation, featuring a \"new guide to OpenGL extensions in Mac OS X, a Mac OS X SDK, and links to recent technology presentations on Jaguar\'s OpenGL implementation. Additionally, it includes an overview of new OpenGL features, extensions, tools, and optimizations that will be released with Mac OS X v10.2 Jaguar.\"
Lava Software is now shipping PC-Mac-Net FileShare 2.0, a product which allows users to transfer files easily and securely between Macintoshes and Windows PCs over a Local Area Network (LAN) or the Internet. This new version includes streamlined support for workgroups for up to 50 computers, allowing settings to be easily transferred to all computers in a workgroup. The $25 software offers 448-bit encryption, pause/resume functions for file transfers, and support for \"flat\" Windows files as well as resource forks and custom types/creators from other Macs. A Mac OS X verison is listed as \"coming soon.\"
Glenn Fleishman of The Seattle Times notes says that the MacBU \"bungles details on its OS X applications,\" noting issues with the Entourage X database rebuild and search functions, the delay in Palm synchronization for OS X, HTML rendering in Internet Explorer, and other Office vX oddities.
The Apple Store lists the new (updated) Power Mac G4 servers as \"coming soon,\" as noted by a MacNN reader Colin Cornaby. (Last week a report here by a reader noted its absence and prematurely concluded its EOL--end-of-life--status. -MacNN)
Apple notes that Final Cut Pro 3.0.2 has \"been qualified for use with QuickTime 6 included with Mac OS X v10.2, but says that users running earlier versions of Mac OS X should continue to use QuickTime 5.x.\"
PGP Corporation today announced it has received $14 million in venture funing and that it has acquired PGP Desktop and Wireless encryption product lines from Network Associates. The new company will immediately license and support current versions of PGP products to current, lapsed, and new PGP customers. PGP has posted detailed customer transition information on its Website and will immediately accept orders for license renewal and new software purchases as well as upgdrade freeware licenses via special promotional pricing being offered through October of this year. The company also PGP 8.0 which is due to ship in November of this year, which will will include PGP Mail and PGP Disk. It will offer full Mac OS X support, compatibility with PGP disks created on Windows, AES algorithm support, and compatibility with older Mac OS 9 PGP disks. PGP Mail will integrate with Apple\'s mail application as well as providing support for Microsoft\'s Entourage.
Casady & Greene has released iData Pro 1.03: \"a simple database that helps you keep track of every bit of information in one central place! Its lightning-fast search engine finds whole records of information, or bits and pieces of information (including \'And\' boolean searches) in seconds!\" It is a free update to the $40 utility and works on both Classic and OS X. Upgrades from InfoGenie, QuickDex, or Super QuickDex are $20.
PagePlanet is offering a free license of its MGI software for Mac OS 9/WebSTAR. The software allows developers to add dozens of interactive and dyamic elements to web pages. The company also committed to porting MGI to run under OS X/WebStar V (\"in progress\") and OS X/Apache, although it has not provided a time-frame for development.
Alessandro Levi Montalcini has posted a fifth public beta of USB Overdrive X 1.0b5, his mouse driver application which includes support for Mac OS X 10.2 Jaguar as well as a new installer/uninstaller, support for click + modifier keys in the Finder, and other driver-level improvements.. It currently supports mouse and trackball devices only, with support for joysticks and gamepads coming soon. It is $20 and available for OS X.
NorthSoft has updated NP Grade 2.1, its $20 utility gradebook solution for teachers. It now offers the ability to add custom IDs for all of its students, and supports most international number formats automatically. A limited demo is available online as well as special licensing for schools and school districts.
PodWeather 1.0 allows users to view weather information on your iPod, offering the ability to instantly sync weather info from any given location, including current weather description (temperature, brief description, high and low temperatures), a five day forecast, sunset/sunrise times, and other vital weather data. The $6 shareware is available for OS X only.
Apple\'s Mac OS X 10.2 Family Pack, as noted last week, is now available for purchase from the Apple Store and resellers. It offers Software License Agreement allows users to \"install and use one copy of the Apple Software on up to a maximum of five (5) Apple-labeled computers at a time as long as those computers are located in the same household and used by persons who occupy that same household By \"household\" we mean a person or persons sharing the same housing unit such as a home, apartment, mobile home or condominium.\"
Haxial has released an update to its text file editor, Haxial TextEdit, a simple, fast and free text editor that edits plain text files and features find/replace functions. The update adds a new \"Count\" command to count characters/words/returns in the document and selection; font improvements; and new color schemes.
Haxial today introduced RemoteAdminTool, which allows uers to remotely control a Mac or Windows computer via a secure connection. The $20 utility offers a list of processes running on the remote computer, the ability to exit/terminate/restart any process, launch applications, view the display of the remote computer, view the free space, and display system/volume statistics. It works under both Classic and OS X.
A New York Times articles speculates that Apple may introduce an iPhone based on \"behind-the-scenes wrangling between Palm and Apple over linking Palm\'s own devices to Apple\'s new operating system,\" and a license to use the iPod software (manufactured by a third party) on a second device.
Nemetschek North America is advising users of VectorWorks products to avoid updating to Mac OS X 10.2 until the company can identify workarounds for these problems and release a compatibility update, according Architosh.
The Apple Store has notified customers that pre-orders will ship this week for delivery by Saturday August 24th. Those who have placed orders have received shipment tracking numbers, which will become active later this week.
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Cirrus creates Lightning-headphone dev kit
Apple supplier Cirrus Logic has introduced a MFi-compliant new development kit for companies interested in using Cirrus' chips to create Lightning-based headphones, which -- regardless of whether rumors about Apple dropping the analog headphone jack in its iPhone this fall -- can offer advantages to music-loving iOS device users. The kit mentions some of the advantages of an all-digital headset or headphone connector, including higher-bitrate support, a more customizable experience, and support for power and data transfer into headphone hardware. Several companies already make Lightning headphones, and Apple has supported the concept since June 2014. http://bit.ly/29giiZj
Apple Store app offers Procreate Pocket
The Apple Store app for iPhone, which periodically rewards users with free app gifts, is now offering the iPhone "Pocket" version of drawing app Procreate for those who have the free Apple Store app until July 28. Users who have redeemed the offer by navigating to the "Stores" tab of the app and swiping past the "iPhone Upgrade Program" banner to the "Procreate" banner have noted that only the limited Pocket (iPhone) version of the app is available free, even if the Apple Store app is installed and the offer redeemed on an iPad. The Pocket version currently sells for $3 on the iOS App Store. [32.4MB]
Porsche adds CarPlay to 2017 Panamera
Porsche has added a fifth model of vehicle to its CarPlay-supported lineup, announcing that the 2017 Panamera -- which will arrive in the US in January -- will include Apple's infotainment technology, and be seen on a giant 12.3-inch touchscreen as part of an all-new Porsche Communication Management system. The luxury sedan starts at $99,900 for the 4S model, and scales up to the Panamera Turbo, which sells for $146,900. Other vehicles that currently support CarPlay include the 2016 911 and the 2017 models of Macan, 718 Boxster, and 718 Cayman. The company did not mention support for Google's corresponding Android Auto in its announcement. http://bit.ly/295ZQ94
Apple employees testing wheelchair features
New features included in the forthcoming watchOS 3 are being tested by Apple retail store employees, including a new activity-tracking feature that has been designed with wheelchair users in mind. The move is slightly unusual in that, while retail employees have previously been used to test pre-release versions of OS X and iOS, this marks the first time they've been included in the otherwise developer-only watchOS betas. The company is said to have gone to great lengths to modify the activity tracker for wheelchair users, including changing the "time to stand" notification to "time to roll" and including two wheelchair-centric workout apps. http://bit.ly/2955JDa
SanDisk reveals two 256GB microSDXC cards
SanDisk has introduced two 256GB microSDXC cards. Arriving in August for $150, the Ultra microSDXC UHS-I Premium Edition card offers transfer speeds of up to 95MB/s for reading data. The Extreme microSDXC UHS-I card can read at a fast 100MB/s and write at up to 90MB/s, and will be shipping sometime in the fourth quarter for $200. http://bit.ly/294Q1If
Apple's third-quarter results due July 26
Apple has advised it will be issuing its third-quarter results on July 26, with a conference call to answer investor and analyst queries about the earnings set to take place later that day. The stream of the call will go live at 2pm PT (5pm ET) via Apple's investor site, with the results themselves expected to be released roughly 30 minutes before the call commences. Apple's guidance for the quarter put revenue at between $41 billion and $43 billion. http://apple.co/1oi1Pbm
Twitter stickers slowly roll out to users
Twitter has introduced "stickers," allowing users to add extra graphical elements to their photos before uploading them to the micro-blogging service. A library of hundreds of accessories, props, and emoji will be available to use as stickers, which can be resized, rotated, and placed anywhere on the photograph. Images with stickers will also become searchable with viewers able to select a sticker to see how others use the same graphic in their own posts. Twitter advises stickers will be rolling out to users over the next few weeks, and will work on both the mobile apps and through the browser. http://bit.ly/29bbwUE