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Gateway slams iMac with ad
Gateway today unleashed an aggressive ad campaign that seeks to derail Apple's recent marketing efforts. The new Gateway television ads, which the company expects will be viewed by 83 percent of Americans an average of 14 times in September, challenges the iMac's performance and value. Taking on the iMac, is the Profile 4, an x86 PC that is built around a 17" flat-panel display. Taking its assault one step further, the ad ends when the Profile 4 "spits out" its drive drawer at the iMac in mocking fashion.
AfterTen offers WeatherManX \"Extras\"
AfterTen Software has posted WeatherManX.menu 2.1 and WeatherManX.saver 1.0 -- updates to its Mac OS X menu bar and screensaver add-ons for weather news. The $5 shareware package works under any version of Mac OS X, but requires Unsanity's Menu Extra Enabler under OS X 10.2. The WeatherManX series includes support for multiple cities, Imperial and Metric units, forecasts by city, ZIP code or state, weather alters, proxy support and sunrise/set times.
Sapphire offers spherical shape set for PS
Sapphire Innovations has released Sapphire shapes Vol. 14 - spherical 3D shapes -- a new royalty-free set of custom shapes for Photoshop 6.0-7.0 and Elements. The ú7 ($10) set contains over 100 complex 3D spherical shapes.
MS reposts Palm conduits for Entourage X
Microsoft has reposted its Palm Conduits for Entourage X and many readers have reported success using updated conduits. It is available in several languages.
Mac OS X 10.2 \"Jaguar\" Special Report
We've started our Mac OS X 10.2 Jaguar Report, which includes links to recent software, informational articles, compatibility, and other reports. We encourage readers to submit (confirmed) information to firstname.lastname@example.org (even if it is available in our forums or elsewhere on the Web) so we can continue to compile the information into a single database. New links and info include information on CUPS printing (including enabling the Stylus Scan 2500), prebinding under OS X 10.2, OfficeJet G55 issues, and several other notes. We have dated the information and welcome feedback on improving the information layout and update process.
Tutorial: Configuring CUPS in Jaguar
Mac users are already taking advantage of the latest technologies implemented in Mac OS X 10.2 Prior to the initial "Jaguar" announcement, an acquisition "CUPS" printing technology by Apple caught the attention of publishing professionals. CUPS is an efficient and widely-adopted printer management/queue system for UNIX systems. As power users begin to experiment with the new technology, found in Mac OS X 10.2, questions are beginning to arise about its implementation. This brief tutorial explains its configuration.
Heuris announces new DVD-R utillity
Heuris today announced that its new DVD ConnexIT software is now available for purchase from its online store. Heuris' ConnexIT allows Adobe Premiere users to import, read and edit video in various DVD formats. The $250 suite is intended specifically for owners of DVD recorders such as Panasonic's E30 series or their new professional T3030 recorder, because it offers specialized automation for such devices.
Epson launches two new inkjet printers
Epson today announced its Stylus C62, which replaces the Stylus C60, sells for $80 (after a $20 mail-in rebate) and the Epson Stylus C82, which replaces the Stylus C80 ($150). Both feature faster print speeds, support for EXIF, and technology for variable drop sizes and higher optimized resolution.
Son of Weather Grok 4.2.1: desktop weather
Bains Software's Son of Weather Grok 4.2.1, the popular desktop weather application fixes the Query feature, which was broken by an NOAA website update, and "makes it much easier to set up forecasts." The freeware displays a variety of information for an unlimited number of cities, can optionally display info in the dock (menu support is forthcoming), and offers 10-day forecasts.
SecuritySpy: multi-camera video surveillance
Ben Bird's SecuritySpy 1.0b9 is an update to his multi-camera video surveillance software that works with any Mac-compatible video input device, captures and displays live video from multiple cameras simultaneously, and offers highly optimized motion detection as well as configurable compression settings for movies and images, automatic ftp upload to remote sites, and frame-timestamping. The update offers a browser to view captured footage, improved video performance under OS X, an option to create fast-start movies, and the ability to execute an AppleScript upon motion detection. The application is compatible with both Classic and OS X and is $50 for a single camera and $100 for up to 4 cameras. [Classic, OSX]
More Jaguar highlights, updates posted
We've assembled more highlights about the OS X 10.2 release and working to put together a report linking all the information together. Some of the highlights (updated 11:45 am ET):
- HTMLColorPickerX 1.1 updates Smile Software's HTML Color Picker for Mac OS X with support for Jaguar (Mac OS X 10.2) and adds better support for all Cocoa and most Carbon applications as well as a French localized version. A 30-day demo of the $10 shareware is available. 
- MAKI Enterprise has updated its $30 parental control program, Kids GoGoGo 5.8.2 for Jaguar. The update also adds a new dictionary, optimizes the databases for better performance, and has improved security.
- James Sentman's CD Session Burner 1.01, now compatible with Jaguar, allows users to burn as many smaller volumes to the disk as you like until the space is all used up (vs. the single-session functions of Apple's Disc Burner). [1.1MB]
- Blackmagic Design has released Kona SD v2.1, a Jaguar-compatibility update to its software for its Kona SD uncompressed QuickTime video card. The update takes "full advantage of Quartz Extreme technology," allowing it to deliver high quality real time updates on the Mac monitor during video capture, playback and in real time effects. [1.9MB]
- See separate report on Jaguar/Radeon card incompatibility
- Apple has pulled the Apple Remote Desktop 1.1 update, which according to one reader "still did not solve the problem of reporting that the software was incorrectly installed...[it] was pulled Saturday morning from the Software Update servers."
- "Missing and presumed dead: the smiling 'happy Mac' icon that for millions of Macintosh users had defined Apple's cuddly alternative to gray flannel corporate computing," according to the New York Times.
- Thomson Tang writes about two offers by Apple Australia at its Mac OS X 10.2 seminar in Adelaide (AU): "MacOS X 10.2 would be available during the seminar for A$229 (this is the Australian retail price), with a $50 rebate coupon and a free MacOS X 10.2 T-shirt. The $50 coupon can be used for any Apple software or hardware purchase valued over A$100 from any Apple reseller between 26 August and 31 October 2002. (2) Another mail-in coupon for A$250 rebate for new PowerMac G4 purchase between 26 August and 13 September 2002. Both coupons can be combined (i.e. total A$300 rebate) for the new PowerMac G4 purchase. The Seminar will be held in Melbourne tomorrow, Canberra on Wednesday and Sydney on Thursday." [added 11:45 ET]
- Several readers note that while ISO Hybrid CDs are now created by default in the Finder under OS X 10.2 (as clarified yesterday), the folders on Mac-created CDs are still inaccessible on Windows machines: " A machine running Windows can NOT access files in subfolders, on a CD burned by the 10.2 Finder. In other words, 10.2 can't burn useful CDs that can be read by machines running Windows." [added 11:45 ET]
- Marc Hoffman notes that the upgrade removed support for his previously supported internal device: "I just upgraded to Jaguar, and my *internal* 3rd party CD Burner (a Phillips CD-R/RW) that has been working since 10.1 is no longer supported by 10.2!!!! Whever I try to burn a CD with it, I get a warning message that the CD "...cannot be burned because no supported drives were found..." Why would apple *remove* support for existing hardware?"[added 11:45 ET]
- One reader notes that the Mac OS X Feedback page still does not "provide an option to select the latest OS version. This makes it impossible to submit Jaguar bugs and suggestions to Apple as it was possible in the recent months. Funny to see the page's design already 'Jaguarized' but its content isn't."
- CompUSA recently increased the price on Jaguar from $129 to $199, according to one reader. (This is the same SKU as the single-license version listed at the Apple Store--rather than the similarly price Jaguar Family Pack).
EchoFX ships InterView video capture device
EchoFX has announced the immediate availability of XLR8's InterView Hardware devices. InterView Lite, a USB device that provides the ability to import analog video into Macs via the USB port, is available for OS X only for $40 and is bundled with the InterView 2.1 software, which provides the ability to view, capture and export video at 352 x 240, 29.97 fps It is compatible with all OS X based QuickTime capture applications including Adobe Premiere, BTV, and QuickTime Broadcaster. InterView Lite includes Econ Technologies' ImageCaster webcam software.
Apple planning store for St. Louis
Following our note about two new Apple Store openings this week, Michael Weidlick notes another store is set to open in St. Louis in one month: "Westfield is building a new mall and it is listed in the directory."
Channel Storm releases Live Channel Pro 1.4.1
ChanneláStorm has updated LiveáChanneláProá1.4.1, which includes Jaguar support, improved performance, multilingual support, MPEG-4 video streaming and several bug fixes. LiveáChannel creates a virtual live television studio on any Mac without any additional hardware, performing real-time video production and streaming in a single software application. It includes LiveáPresenter, for delivering dynamic on-line presentations by synchronizing the live broadcast with rich media, including slides, photos, graphs, animations, text and Web pages. LiveáChanneláPro also simultaneously records both the live broadcast and the synchronized rich media, making the whole experience available for on- demand viewing.
Readers confirm Jaguar, Radeon issues
Peter Roman and Brad Wilkens provided more info on the Jaguar and Radeon PCI cards incompatibility noted this morning.
SquidCam v1.0: video conferencing for OS X
SquidCam v1.0 is a new videoconferencing application ($25) for Mac OS X. The video chat application intended for use with broadband connections, enabling users to "have a conversation with one or more people using SquidCam over a network (LAN and/or Internet) connection. SquidCam features audio and video connectivity, as well as text messaging, all without the need of a special service."
REALbasic utilities for developers posted
Scott Forbes has released AquaAboutBox 1.0, a set of REALbasic window templates available in the public domain that follow Apple's Aqua Human Interface Guidelines for an about box. His Undo Toolkit 4.5.1, available under the GPL, is a set of classes and class interfaces that support unlimited multiple undo and redo in REALbasic. Colourfull Creations has updated its Calendar Class 2.0 ($25 with source, $5 without source) for inserting calendars into REALbasic projects. [AAB, UTK,CC]
WiebeTech adds CD/DVD support to DriveDock
WiebeTech's FireWire DriveDock is now shipping with CD/DVD compatibility, allowing users to attach any external hard drive or CD/DVD to a computer's FireWire port. The $130 device includes a drive baseplate, a universal AC adapter, and works without drivers under both Classic and Mac OS X.
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