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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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