Apple subsidiary Emagic this weekend released Logic Platinum 5.3 for Mac OS X, the first version of the company\'s digital audio application to support Mac OS X [SEE also: pages 2,3]. Logic Platinum is a digital music recording, editing and processing suite that includes MIDI sequencing and music notation capabilities.
DC Website Creator 1.0 is a $45 cross-platform program that uses Adobe Photoshop 7 and its Scripting 1.x plug-in to automatically create thumbnails and a corresponding Web gallery. Once processed through DC Website Creator, the user simply uploads the contents of their output folder to a Web server.
Lost Minds today unveiled a new $10 shareware game for the Macintosh. AstroSquid utilizes the game developer\'s new OpenGL-based \"sprite-engine,\" which allows for high-performance graphics with real-time scaling and anti-aliasing. Lost Minds describes the new game as such: \"take the role of a purple alien thing that kinda looks like a squid and pilot your way towards Earth in a quest to destroy mankind.\"
St. Clair Software has released version 1.6.2 of Default Folder X, its utility for improving Open and Save dialogs in Mac OS X. Default Folder X 1.6.2 corrects a flaw found in version 1.6.1 of the application, released over the weekend. The earlier update fixed compatibility problems with Mac OS 10.2, but inadvertently disabled Default Folder X\'s support for Cocoa applications under Mac OS 10.1.x, explains the developer.
Thoth 1.5.6 an update to ThothSW\'s $25 shareware usenet newsreader for \'Classic\' versions of the Mac OS, as well as Mac OS X. This release includes new time display options, new \"viewing attachments\" preferences, a WASTE text engine implementation, a Run Script sub-menu under the Special menu, \"getremotenewsrc\" and \"sendremotenewsrc\" custom Apple Events and several other technical improvements.
GolfMeister 3.5.2 is an updated version of Barking Spider Software\'s shareware program used to record and analyze golf scores. It keeps records on statistics such as greens-in-regulation, drives-in-fairway, eagles and birdies. Version 3.5.2 fixed a bug that prevented it from running under Mac OS X 10.2.
Trinfinity Software has released Seagull Video Player 2.2.1 for Mac OS 9/X. Version 2.2.1 is a maintenance update to the popular $20 video player that fixes a bug that caused some users to have to enter their registration information each time they launched the application. [Classic, OS X]
Shehryar Lasi has released \"Kaleidostrobe\" -- a visual plug-in for iTunes that generates multi-layered animated kaleidoscopic patterns that are beat-synched to music. The iTunes \'visualizer\' works best with music that has a prominent beat and high levels of bass.
ClarusX 2.0 is a free hack for Mac OS X 10.2 that transforms the \"boring guy\" in the Mac OS X \'Page Setup\' dialogs into \"Clarus the DogCow\" -- Apple\'s unofficial \"mascot.\" This release is not compatible with versions of Mac OS X prior to 10.2.
AudioX 2.0 is a simple sound recording utility for Mac OS X that can capture audio from various input sources, such as the built-in microphone, a USB microphone or a FireWire video camera. Potential uses for the $15 shareware app include: converting vinyl records and cassette tapes, taping interviews, and recording radio shows. In addition to the bevy of available input sources, AudioX allows users to export sound files with many compression settings, adjust gain and manage or add notes to files.
European developer Alco Blom has extended sales of his URL Manager Pro/Web Confidential $37 special until September 14th -- the final day Apple Expo in Paris. URL Manager Pro is a robust bookmark manager for Mac OS X; Web Confidential is an Internet password manager that offers strong 448-bit encryption.
LAJ Design today announced the debut release of Event Proofs, a cross-platform application that is used for the creation of online Web-based stores. Event Proofs is designed specifically for event photographers to allow clients to view proof images from home. Although more processing methods are still in development, the $650 Mac OS 9/X and Windows package already supports processing by ASP email, PHP email, or PayPal. [Classic, OS X]
Learning Imp 1.0b4 is language learning tool Mac OS X that serves as an educational/study assistant and an authoring application. Learning Imp allows users to create custom dictionaries and administer custom tests with any range of questions. The developer indicates that Learning Imp can be adapted for the elementary, secondary, and post-secondary levels.
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Apple brings iTunes Movie Trailers app to Canada
After five years, Apple has expanded its iTunes Movie Trailers app for iOS to Canada. As of Saturday, the free app allows movie buffs to see HD movie trailers for new studio and independent features, and explore some other movie-related extras such as photos, behind-the-scenes footage, or clips from upcoming films. Users can save trailers for quick access, read reviews from RottenTomatoes.com within the app, use AirPlay to send them to an Apple TV, share trailers, and peruse the top movie charts. http://apple.co/1UUKtwr
Apple expands CloudKit API, provides web interface
On Friday, Apple notified developers that it was expanding a feature of CloudKit to allow for server-to-server web service requests. "In addition to providing a web interface for users to access the same data as your app, you can now easily read and write to the CloudKit public database from a server-side process or script with a server-to-server key," Apple said in its announcement. Previously, interaction with the CloudKit public database was limited to apps and web only. http://apple.co/20h1RwP
Remote S for Tesla Apple Watch app drives car out
Developer Allen Wong has created the Remote S for Tesla app, which can be used to remotely activate the Model S electric car via an Apple Watch, and drive it a short distance. Aside from providing data about the car and some basic function controls, the unofficial app uses the manufacturer's Summon command to allow the car to turn on, exit the garage, and park near to the user's location. The app is available to purchase from the App Store for $10. http://apple.co/1PprF4t
Seagate 3TB unreliability suit expands
The Seagate 3TB class-action hard drive lawsuit has been expanded to more devices. The expanded suit, filed today, now includes Seagate's Barracuda 3TB Hard Disk Drive, Desktop HDD 3TB, Backup Plus 3TB External Hard Disk Drive, GoFlex 3TB External Hard Disk Drive, or any other Seagate hard drive with model number ST3000DM001. The law firm, Hagens Berman, is seeking information from consumers such as time in service, purchase price, and the nature of any drive received in return from Seagate as a replacement for a failed unit. http://bit.ly/1Pc34Cq
BlackBerry Canada, Florida hit with layoffs
The BlackBerry campus has reportedly been wracked with layoffs. Sources familiar with the company's Waterloo office staffing claim that close to 35 percent of the local workforce has been laid off, with the deepest cuts being made in the BlackBerry 10 OS and hardware teams. Additionally, the state of Florida has been officially notified that the company's Sunrise facility will see 75 people fired. Enthusiast site Mobilesyrup puts the layoffs at around 1000 total. http://bit.ly/1Pc1Rep
Instagram tests multiple account support for iOS
Instagram is trialling support for multiple accounts in its iPhone app with a small number of users. The Facebook-owned photo sharing service confirmed the reports of the tests to TechCrunch, which will allow a single user to manage more than a single account within the app, transferring between two or three accounts with a few taps. It is unclear when the feature will roll out to the public, but it has previously tested it with the Android version of the app since November. http://tcrn.ch/1SPKEKh
Foxconn CEO declares Sharp deal near done
The Foxconn bid for Sharp is allegedly only waiting on specific details of the deal. Foxconn CEO Terry Gou has declared that his company has privileged negotiation rights for the Apple iPhone screen supplier, saying that "we have a consensus, the rest is a process ... I don't see a problem completing this process." Gou hopes the deal, worth up to $5.6 billion, will be formalized by the end of February. http://reut.rs/1SPEQjN