Gideon Softworks has released xBack v2.0, a $12 \'honorware\' utility that allows users to replace thir Mac OS X desktop with a screen saver. The update is now fully Jaguar compatible and sports other improvements.
MacNN today announced the discontinuation of its Mac OS X-specific section, osx.macnn.com. Mac OS X has grown immeasurably since its early days, and as such is now considered to be an integral and seamless part of the Mac platform. MacNN intends to offer innovative new ways of getting Mac news this Fall, for users who still enjoy specialized content. MacNN also introduced today a simplified version of the MacNN home page -- MacNN Slim Edition. The \'Slim\' edition will allow users with slower connections/computers to keep pace on the latest Mac news. A more comprehensive and universal Mobile Edition of MacNN is still in development. The initial stages of MacNN\'s server upgrades are complete, and MacNN\'s mail services have returned to normal. We will also restore the \'Related Stories\' feature, as it will no longer have a damaging impact on server performance. Finally, MacNN is very pleased to inform users of Microsoft Internet Explorer that initial testing shows that the \"MacNN/IE\" conflict has been resolved. No further browser crashes as a result of MacNN.com or the MacNN Forums should occur. Note to users dissatisfied with MacNN\'s news comment system: a more robust solution is still in development, and we expect to replace our current system shortly.
Adobe has released two small utilities for Photoshop 7: the Mac OS X Keyboard Shortcut Fix and the Ignore EXIF Color Space plug-in. The Keyboard Shortcut Fix allows Photoshop to override the Command + Tilde shortcut that was included with Jaguar. The Ignore EXIF Color Space plug-in disregards the problem data that some digital cameras include with attached images (which caused incorrect color space information). [Keyboard, Ignore]
irEdit 1.0 is a $20 source code and general text editor for Mac OS X. It features dual syntax coloring, user-defined languages, a quick find tool and is cocoa-native.
Blue World Communications announced Mac OS X 10.2 support for Lasso Professional 5, its Web application for data-driven Web sites. Only minor configuration changes are required in order to run Lasso on Mac OS X 10.2.
A MacNN reader notes that new non-beta drivers for several higher-end Umax scanners have been released on the European site. \"[It] installed well, seems to work pretty quickly, OSX native, includes a plug-in for Photoshop that works too.\"
Despite the technical and aesthetic milestones achieved with its new \"Jaguar\" OS, Apple faces an \"uphill battle\" in recuperating lost market share, explains a NewsFactor columnist. Citing comments by both the Giga Information Group and IDC firms, the article concludes that Apple has made many \"strategic errors,\" which have only been compounded by the \"overwhelming dominance\" of Microsoft Windows. One glaring strategic fault, according to the report, is that Apple operating systems lock buyers in to Apple hardware, whereas Microsoft Windows works on countless brands.
MacNN\'s special Jaguar coverage will continue throughout the day and week, as more information and tips become available. Check the page often for software news, compatibility reports, and further developments. Updated: Aug. 28.
Perlidex v1.0.1 is a $25 shareware Perl development environment for Mac OS X. The update improves documentation as well as fixes bugs.
Yamaha has begun shipping its external CRW-F1 line of CD-RW drives. The drives offer 44x write and 24x re-write speeds, 8MB of buffer memory, and the new DiscT@2 Laser Labeling System, which burns graphics and text directly onto CD-R discs. Three different versions of the drive are available: the $230 USB 2.0 (currently shipping), the $280 FireWire and USB 2.0 (shipping first week of September), and the $330 SCSI (shipping second week of September).
Apple is opening a second AppleCentre in downtown Beijing, China, according to the Beijing Mac User Group. The building is opening \"soon\", and photos of the decorated store-front are available on the website.
Charles Haddad of Business Week states that \"Jaguar, the latest version of Apple\'s new operating system released on Saturday, Aug. 24, is spectacular. [...] It\'s arguably the best OS ever released for personal computers. Fast, stable, elegant, and intuitively easy to use, OS X makes owning a Mac once again a mark of distinction.\"
tranquility v5.2 is a visual effects game now for Mac OS X 10.2. The update also brings 10% faster frame rates and an on-screen guide for new players. A demo of the $18 is available.
Dog Park Software\'s MacLoggerDX 1.6 adds Jaguar optimizations, increased memory, a new city database, and other enhancements to its $70 application used by Amateur Radio Operators and Short Wave Listeners to \"get the most out of their computer controlled radio transceivers.\"
Wildform has announced the release of its updated Flix product line: Flix Pro ($150) is a video encoding solution that encodes virtually any type of video, audio and image file, outputs all types of Flash video and offers advanced Flash features. It includes both 1-pass and high resolution 2-pass VBR (variable bitrate) encoding, editing, cropping, batch encoding, projectors, preloaders and other features. Flix is also available in two consumer versions: Flix Lite ($30) offers the basic features required to encode and deploy Flash video, while Flix Standard ($90) adds 2-pass VBR compression and other \"time saving\" features. The Flix SDK (software developer\'s kit) includes everything required to create robust client and server applications with complete Flix Pro functionality. (Pricing depends on usage.)
Formac has released TiVeRon, new digital video recording software for its studio dv/tv media converter. Formac\'s TiVeRon software is a native Cocoa application that allows users to schedule and record TV shows ahead of time--from either the local machine or from remote locations via the Web. It is compatible with Jaguar is shipping immediately with all studio dv/tv and is available as free upgrade to existing owners. The software adds AppleScript support, preview of recordings in thumbnail size, access movie sequences instantly by scrolling the timeline bar, infinite opacity adjustment of the TV display frame, and a new 720 x 480 viewing option. The studo dv/tv media converter sells for $400.
Other World Computing has released XPostFacto 2.2, its software utility developed by Ryan Rempel that allows owners of computers unsupported by Apple to install and boot Mac OS X 10.2 (Jaguar) (as well as other versions of Mac OS X). It adds support for the Beige G3s, support for UltraTek IDE cards (along with OWC\'s firmware update), support for some additional PowerComputing models, support for leaving onboard video disconnected when using a video card; and, improved documentation. A $10 registration fee offers additional access to OWC\'s OS X tech forum and helps \"contribute to XPostFacto\'s continuing development.\"
A Better Finder Rename 4.9 introduces a new DOS 8.3 truncation feature and improved date and time handling to the $15 shareware tool for renaming multiple items quickly and conveniently. It also features further enhancements to the learnability of the tool and two minor bug fixes. [Classic, OSX]
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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