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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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TestFlight updated for iOS, watchOS
Apple on Thursday updated its developer-oriented TestFlight software to version 1.3.2 for compatibility with apps being developed for iOS 9.3 watchOS 2.2, along with the usual "stability and performance improvements." Some developers, however, are still reporting some issues loading beta apps onto the watchOS 2.2 beta. The latest beta for developers was released on Monday, and is available through the App Store or Apple's developer portal. [3.60MB] http://apple.co/1PQ64pF
CBS: No recent streaming conversations with Apple
CBS CEO Les Moonves has made remarks, casting doubt on a launch of Apple's live streaming television service. In interviews this week, the executive said regarding negotiations with Apple that "we had conversations awhile back, and we haven't had recent conversations with them," adding that "the phone is always ringing" regarding similar services, but not with Apple on the line. http://cnnmon.ie/1PptJM6
Complex date setting bug crashes 64-bit iOS device
A serious bug has been spotted with iOS devices running iOS 8 or newer, with a 64-bit processor. If a user disables auto-check time, and manually sets the date of a device back to as far as it will go, then again to January 1, 1970, and finally rebooting, the iPhone is crashed, perhaps terminally. The bug affects the iPhone 5s and newer devices, running a processor from the A7 and up. Theories abound as to the cause of the crash, but the most credible seems to be a clock set to less than an arbitrary "zero" date, causing all manners of routines relying on the time setting to fail during startup. http://bit.ly/1TV6psS
Weber buys iDevices' iGrill, Kitchen Thermometer
Cooking gear manufacturer Weber is purchasing iOS accessory manufacturer iDevices iGrill and Kitchen Thermometer lines. As part of the purchase, Weber is working in parallel with iDevices to roll out a new version of the products, and associated apps, this spring. The terms of the deal were not disclosed. CEO of iDevices Chris Allen said that the transition will allow the company to "focus even more heavily on becoming a leader in the home automation market." http://bit.ly/1PFk3uZ
Vevo music video app launched for Apple TV
Vevo today announced its new native tvOS app for the fourth generation Apple TV. The new app allows users Siri Remote navigation for discovery of top videos by genre, or to search for individual artists and videos. Playlists generated on another device sync between all the iterations of the app. http://apple.co/1PFhxEU
HydraDock team unveils USB 3.1 Type C Roadie
KickShark, the team that brought the HydraDock desktop USB-C dock to market, has launched a Kickstarter project for The Roadie -- a USB 3.1 Type C standard-compliant pocket hub for the 12 inch Apple MacBook and other compatible devices. The Roadie occupies the same footprint on a desk as a credit card, with a short USB-C male cable on one end for connecting to a 12 inch MacBook, and a female USB-C port on the other end for plugging in a MacBook power adapter. One side has an RJ45 jack for gigabit Ethernet, and an HDCP-compliant HDMI jack that handles up to 4K displays. KickShark promises shipment of all products within four weeks of campaign completion. The "early bird" offer for the hub is a $69 commitment, with a $79 commitment for a Roadie after 500 backers have pledged. http://kck.st/1o6knw5
HBO Now has 800,000 subscribers
The CEO of HBO, Richard Plepler has confirmed that the online streaming HBO service, HBO Now, has 800,000 subscribers. When criticized for the seemingly low number, Plepler noted that the still nascent service was bound to Apple exclusivity during the fifth season of Game of Thrones. Plepler declared during the Time Warner quarterly earnings conference call marketing for the online-only offering would be enhanced in 2016. While HBO Now's critics are slamming the low numbers, the service must also compete against itself on cable, in addition to Netflix and other streaming services. http://on.recode.net/1QWoLHe