Keyspan today announced that it has started shipping the USB2+FireWire Card. The $99 combo card adds 3 external -- and one internal -- USB 2.0 ports to any Macintosh with one available PCI slot. Additionally, the card provides two external FireWire ports and one internal FireWire port to support data rates of up to 400 Mbits per second.
Audion 3.0.2 is a minor update to Panic\'s popular alternative MP3 application. Audion 3.0.2 adds support for Mac OS X 10.2 (Jaguar), resolves a problem that causes mono files to play at double speed and fixes a number of issues with Mac OS 9. Version 3.0.2 is a free update; Audion 3 costs $30. [Classic, OS X]
Adobe this evening released Photoshop 7.0.1 for Mac OS 9/X. The update includes better compatibility with older Power Mac G4 models, Targa file support that \"matches previous versions when saving transparency,\" a fix for corrupted type layers and better file browser performance.
ZBrush 1.5 will debut on Monday, August 26, according to an announcement on the developer\'s \'ZBrushCentral\' Web site. ZBrush is a 2D and 3D image creation and processing tool, powered by a real-time rendering engine. Version 1.5 includes new 2D and 3D tools and functions, such as the \'Zsphere\' modeler, in addition to significant enhancements to all pre-existing tools.
Hollywood video production solution provider Dr. Rawstock today introduced \'Portable PostHouse,\' its newest digital production/postproduction solution for onset or on-location HD nonlinear editing. Designed around Apple\'s Power Mac G4 and Final Cut Pro, and Evertz\'s \"Afterburner,\" the Portable PostHouse represents a full-featured, HD postproduction facility. It is target at creative professionals \"who shoot 24p HD content and demand the efficiencies and advantages of a traditional nonlinear editor on set or on location.\"
Some Apple customers who pre-order Mac OS X 10.2 are already receiving shipments of the new OS. One San Francisco Bay Area reader reports receiving the two copies of \"Jaguar\" that he pre-ordered: \"I pre-ordered 2 copies of Jaguar from the Apple Education store. My statement came yesterday indicating they were shipped to Airborne Express; they arrived this morning.\"
Mac OS X GNU software distributor OSXGNU.org said today that it would temporarily halt shipments and downloads of its software until compatibility issues with Mac OS X 10.2 were addressed. The \"FINK OSXGNU\" and \"GNUDARWIN\" packages must first be ported to the new OS, explains the open-source developer. Director Chris Roberts explains that a lack of affordable support from Apple for GNU/Open Source community is largely responsible for the difficulty in this upgrade.
Apple may be delaying some Mac OS X 10.2 \"Family Pack\" orders, according to MacNN reader Kelly Dean, whose order was delayed by up to a week. \"Due to an unexpected supply delay,\" reads a notice form Apple, \"we are unable to ship your Mac OS X v10.2 Retail Family Pack by the date you were originally quoted.\"
Unsanity today announced FruitMenu 2.5, an updated version of its Apple Menu customization utility that adds support for Mac OS X 10.2. In addition to \"Jaguar\" support, this version includes a redesigned interface, an in-menu graphic file preview option and several organizational changes. FruitMenu is distributed as shareware ($7); version 2.5 is a free to all registered users.
Kensington today debuted seven new products that it claims \"significantly improves style, comfort and productivity when using flat panel computer monitors.\" The Flat Panel Monitor Stand ($60) positions the monitor up off the desktop at an adjustable height, has two adjustable shelves, and supports flat panel monitors up to 21\" or 35 lbs. The Flat Panel Desk Mount Arm ($180) allows monitors to \"float\" and rotate in virtually any location and position above the desktop with a 9\" arm that extends from an adjustable base in any direction, rotates a full 360 degrees at its base, and tilts 90 degrees (up, down, left or right). The Flat Panel Cubicle Hanger ($120) \"takes the monitor completely off the desktop\" using a height adjustable, tilt-enabled arm mounted to the the side of the cubicle. It also introduced new Flat Panel Glare Filters (15\"--$120 and 17\"--$140) to protect the sensitive LCD screens and reduce eyestrain by improving contrast and color definition and new Flat Panel Privacy Filters (15\"--$250 and 17\"--$330), which blurs the monitor\'s display when viewed from either side at more than 25 degrees from center for improved privacy.
Lemke Software\'s popular graphic utility, Graphic Converter 4.4.4, offers and option to export to Toast in the browser contextual menu, an updated User\'s manual, an option to merge color profiles into an image, saving of PNG files without a gamma value, basic MacDraw import, improved EPS border detection, JPEG 2000 export (under OS X with QT 6), and Photoshop 64-bit CMYK import.
Addonics today announced its Pocket UDD (Ultra DigiDrive), an external USB 2.0 storage Reader/Writer for PC Card (PCMCIA) hard drives and a variety of Flash memory cards (through the use of adapters, which can be purchased separately or are available as a bundled solution). Using the Addonics optional CF DigiAdapter or the 4-in-1 DigiAdapter, the Pocket UDD can also read/write to all popular Flash media including: CF-I, CF-II, Smart Media, Memory stick, Secure Digital Card, Multimedia Card or Micro Drive. The base model with USB 2.0 interface cable is $90 or $120 with FireWire interface cable and A/C power adapter. The 9-in-1 Pocket UDD models are bundled with the Addonics 4-in-1 DigiAdapter, and the CF DigiAdapter as well as a USB 2.0 ($150) or FireWire cable ($180). The compact, 8 oz. device only supports USB 1.1 under OS X.
Vizspring Software has released Typeset 1.2.2, an update to its $15 shareware font viewing utility that brings Jaguar compatibility as well as bug fixes for page up/down keys, contextual menus, and font listings. Another font utility, ViewFontX 1.0, allows you to view every character of any font installed. It is $5 shareware. [TS-OSX, VFX]
NotifyMail 4.1.5 brings Mail.app compatibility to Scrott Gruby\'s instant email notification system that works in cooperation with your server to notify you immediately when new mail comes in: \"It is not an active checker like your email client but a passive listener, listening for a cue from the server when new mail has arrived.\" The $18 utility is available for Classic and OS X. A 21-day trial is available online.
Karl Becker has released Tiger\'s Eye Pub v1.1, which updates his $15 shareware casino gambling game with improved graphics, automatic help for players the first time they play a game, Quartz anti-aliasing, and a new in-game music player that plays any QuickTime-supported audio file as background music. He has also updated Clubhouse 1.1.1, his freeware golf stats program that now includes automatic statistics calculation. [TEP-OS9, TEP-OSX, CH-OS9, CH-OSX]
Adobe has posted its InDesign 2.01 Revised Document Framework Update, which fixes an issue related to editing tint swatches and the ability to delete spot color swatches that were introduced to a document from a placed EPS or PDF file.
DeLorme is notifying customers that it has no further plans to develop or release Mac OS X versions of its Street Atlas USA mapping software: \"Recently we performed a thorough investigation into continuing this support in the form of new releases specifically for the Macintosh OS X platform. The investigation included extensive discussions with programmers, business partners and Apple Developer Relations. Unfortunately the result led to the business decision that the enormous investment required would be very risky and would not return sufficient revenue to meet our business goals.\"
IconIt 1.0 is a $10 shareware utility for copying and pasting icons from one file to another. The OS X-only utility provides a menu with a listing of all icons available for easy application to one or several file/folders.
Lighthouse 3.0b2 is an Internet companion and personal info management application, offering the ability to manage Web accounts, a personalized calendar, note pad, world clock functions, URL organizer, a plugins manager/editor, and a floating toolbar interface. Version 3.0b2 adds the ability to export your Calendar to HTML or XML, print and editted version of each page, and backup options for archiving personal data. A limited free version is available as well as $10 Platinum Edition (note, weather, calendar, URL functions). [Classic, OSX]
Several readers note that Maarten Hekkelman is no longer taking orders for and no longer developing Pepper, his popular, cross-platform text editor often used by programmers: \" recent changes in the various OS\'s and several not so nice experiences with less than honest \'clients\' combined with negative feedback on my software have forced me to stop.\"
Apple CEO Steve Jobs will deliver the opening keynote address at Apple Expo Paris 2002 on Tuesday September 10, according to Macworld UK. The keynote is scheduled to take place at 10am local time at the Palais des Congrès, while hte Expo \"takes place across town at Paris Expo in Porte de Versailles, hall 4, September 10-14.\"
SIGMAC at CWRU is sponsoring the appearance of Aaron Adams, a \"Windows LAN Administrator and personality in Apple\'s Switch campaign,\" at Case Western Reserve University (CWRU) on September 5th at 6:30 p.m in Clapp 108 (Goodyear Auditorium).
4D today announced the immediate availability of 4D WebMail and its source code. The free 4D WebMail application \"is compatible with SMTP and POP3 email servers, and supports virtual hosts. Users can send and receive attachments, tailor mail formatting, append signatures, manage contact information with a built-in address book and search their mail.\" 4D WebMail functions as a client with mail servers and as a server to any browser. [link updated]
Oracle has posted a developer edition of Oracle9i Database Release 2 Enterprise Edition for Jaguar. The software, not intended to be used in a production environment, only the core rdbms database and does not support database options such as Real Application Clusters, JavaVM, and other advanced database features. (Free registration required to login to Oracle Developer Network.)
Karl Hsu\'s XShelf 1.0b1 enhances Mac OS X offering a \"shelf\" where users can \"pause/resume\" drag & drop operations or perform multiple drag & drop operations simultaneously: \"You can drag files or folders from Finder into the shelf and they will sit there until you drag them out. Once you drag them out, the drag operation will finish as if XShelf were never involved. You may drag individual or multiple files or folders, as well as text clippings and URLs to XShelf.\" (We continue to list OS X news items on our osx.macnn.com page.)
Microsoft has announced it will bring the \"full MSN online experience\" to Mac OS X in early 2003. The new OS X-only MSN client will offer the same feature set as as the version 8.0 on Windows (due out this Fall), including an integrated browser, e-mail client and a contact manager (using technologies from Office v.X). MSN will be offered as a separate subscription for users who don\'t already use MSN Internet access services, although pricing has not been announced. [updated]
The New York Times calls Mac OS X 10.2 \'Jaguar\' the \"best-looking, least-intrusive and most thoughtfully designed\" operating system available for any platform. The flattering review (viewable on the Times\' Web site) describes the OS as \"virtually crash-proof,\" and praises Apple for avoiding needless and painful anti-piracy tactics, like the ones used by Microsoft in Windows XP. Kudos are also given to the re-implementation of features lost from Mac OS 9, such as \"spring-loaded folders,\" and the introduction of new features, such as Rendezvous. In its examination of the new OS, the Times article only questions the pricing of the upgrade and the \"abysmal\" online help.
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Pluggable Technologies three-display USB-C dock
Peripheral company Plugable Technologies today launched the industry's first wave of USB-C docking stations with both Power Delivery and DisplayPort Alternate Mode support. The Plugable UD-CA1 Docking Station integrates support for both of these new capabilities, along with the full set of standard USB docking features like wired network, audio, and extra USB ports. Model UD-ULTCDL builds on this, adding support for three total displays using DisplayLink USB virtual graphics technology. The UD-CA1 retails for $129, with the UD-ULTCDL selling for $179, and available soon. http://bit.ly/1TrVVTJ
Spotify deploys new $15 family plan
Spotify has today launched a new family program. Up to six family members can have individual accounts for $15 per month for the group. All current "Premium for Family" members will be migrated to the new program. The new plan is available today globally, minus Canada. http://spoti.fi/1OSJrCK
Speck CandyShell Clear with Glitter case
Speck today announced CandyShell Clear with Glitter. Thousands of tiny pieces of glitter are embedded within the case, with what the company calls "military-grade drop protection in a slim profile." CandyShell Clear with Glitter is available now on Speck's website for $40 and up. http://bit.ly/1OSHIgM
Three UK nudges MMS users toward apps
British carrier Three has suggested its users take advantage of messaging apps, as part of an announcement regarding multimedia messaging (MMS) price rises. While the price of a message will increase on June 13 from 17.4p ($0.25) to 40p ($0.58) per MMS, Three notes that customers can avoid the hefty fees by using Skype, WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, and other services. http://bit.ly/1Rk0TKM
Belight Soft launches Art Text 3
Belight Soft has launched the latest version of its graphic design software, Art Text 3. The new version sticks with the goals of the previous iterations in developing a creative art text tool that is easy to use for beginners, but produces powerful results that will also appeal to pros. Among its key features are over 70 customizable templates to assist with logo design, word art, web elements and picture captions. Users can customize 3D materials using over 200 textures, over 140 bump map surfaces and over 80 environment map textures. Users of either of the two previous versions can upgrade to the new version for $30, a $20 savings. New users can also enjoy the $30 price as an introductory offer through the Mac App Store until May 31. http://bit.ly/1U6jFqu
KnowRoaming network now extends to 86 countries
KnowRoaming customers can now use its global SIM sticker to take advantage of its unlimited data plans when travelling in 86 countries. The SIM sticker is, as its name suggests, a special sticker that is applied to the back of an existing SIM card for use outside the US in supported countries. It works in conjunction with the KnowRoaming smartphone app. The latest expansion of its network came with the addition of 12 Latin American countries where travelers can now also enjoy its unlimited data plans, which are available for $8 per day. http://bit.ly/27KkXli
BMW to start supporting CarPlay this fall
BMW will add CarPlay support as one of the entertainment add-on for its X5M and X6M models, the first BWM models to do so, starting from this summer. A German-language catalog for the manufacturer spotted by Bimmerpost advises the option will arrive in August. It is unclear if the support will only be included in European versions of the car, or for further afield. The display in the vehicles will be among the largest thus far seen for CarPlay, at 10.25 inches, and hinted at possible wireless CarPlay support. The X5M currently sells for â‚¬96,470 (US$108, 275), while the X6M retails for â‚¬99,327 ($111, 453). http://bit.ly/1XnZ4DJ