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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WhatsApp now handles over 100M calls daily
WhatsApp is celebrating that it is being used for over 100 million calls every day. In a brief notice, the Facebook-owned messaging platform advises the voice-calling feature it rolled out to its users last year now deals with an average of over 1,100 calls initiated per second. Earlier this year, it increased the security of its calls and other messages, by introducing end-to-end encryption on all platforms. http://bit.ly/292HqCX
Adele's '25' album now streaming
Recording artist Adele has "pulled a Kanye" after saying that her current album "25" would not be available for streaming. The seven-month-old record, which has yielded a number of hit singles, is now available for streaming on all the major streaming services, such as Apple Music and Spotify, as of today in most major markets, with worldwide distribution to come. Reportedly, the singer had demanded streaming be limited to paid subscribers -- a condition that has hurt some streamers with artists, who aren't paid royalties for free or trial listens . Apple pays performers its normal royalty rates during its free trial, avoiding the issue -- and having repeated success in both signing up exclusives and placing those exclusives into the top of the charts. http://ti.me/28U7NOu
SanDisk iXpand case has battery, storage
A new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6s case from SanDisk appears to be the "holy grail" of accessories: a stylish and protective case that offers both extra storage as well as the option of extra battery power as well. The iXpand Memory case offers either 32GB, 64GB, or 128GB of additional storage incorporated into the case, and an optional add-on battery pack (sold separately) adds up to an extra day or more of charge. Through the associated iXpand app, camera photos and videos can be automatically stored on the extra storage, optionally password-protected, The cost for the case is (in order of storage capacity) $60, $100, and $130. The battery pack's release data has not yet been announced, but the add-on should retail for an additional $30. http://bit.ly/291epHu
Fifth Hong Kong store to open June 30
The 46th official Apple store in what the company calls the "Greater China" region will open at 10AM local time in Hong Kong's New Town Plaza in the Sha Tin district on Thursday, June 30, according to a new page on Apple's retail website. Despite slowing growth due to economic turmoil in China, the country is still Apple's fastest-growing market. The new story will be the fifth for Hong Kong, a lucrative market for Apple thanks to the high concentration of wealth there and a thriving "gray" market. Normal store hours for the new store will be 10AM to 10PM every day. http://apple.co/291diaT
Apple Music bug bites very short songs
There appears to be a reproducible bug in the current version of iTunes -- version 12.4.1, running on OS X 10.11.5, both the current non-beta versions of the respective software -- that causes a streamed song to become "stuck" in endless buffering if the streamed item just before this happened was 60 seconds or less in length. The problem appears to stem from code in iTunes that signals the next track to start downloading one minute before the currently-playing track is done, and thus songs shorter than one minute don't trigger the download. Locally-stored music is unaffected by the bug, and the problem does not appear to exist in either the macOS Sierra developer beta or versions of iTunes earlier than 12.4, and does not affect the iOS Music app at all. http://bit.ly/291cN0l
Walmart Pay expands to 15 states
Walmart, one of the key progenitors of the failed CurrentC mobile payment system that was distinguished from Apple Pay by its ability to collect and share customer financial and buying data among its participants, has expanded the soft rollout of its alternative solution "Walmart Pay" to an additional 15 US states following a pilot program in Arkansas and Texas last month. Walmart continues to resist adding Apple Pay. The system, built into the Walmart app for iOS and Android, works with a complicated system of the camera scanning a purchase code at the register, then generating a QR code which is then scanned by the register. The system is available now in Alabama, Georgia, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, North Carolina, North Dakota, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Virginia, and Washington, DC. http://apple.co/28SqZfu
Amazon refreshes entry-level Kindle
Amazon has added a new Kindle to its ebook reader range, one that is thinner and lighter than the previous entry-level model. Offering a six-inch 167-dpi touchscreen display, a doubled 4GB of storage, and an option for a white casing, the new model also adds in the ability to export highlights and notes to an email account as a PDF. Two versions of the all-new Kindle are available, priced at $80 including "Special Offers" and $100 without. http://amzn.to/28Q4c3R