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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Fiat Chrysler adding Siri Eyes Free
On Friday, automaker Fiat Chrysler issued a software update for selected 2013-2015 model cars to allow Siri Eyes Free, the precursor to the more fully-featured CarPlay, to be compatible with the vehicles' infotainment systems, including steering wheel control. The 2013 through 2015 model Ram 1500/2500/3500, the 2013-2015 Dodge Viper, the 2014-2015 Dodge Durango, the 2014-2015 Jeep Cherokee and Grand Cherokee, and the 2015 models of Dodge Challenger and Charger, Jeep Renegade, and Chrysler 200 and 300 can be upgraded through the Unconnect touchscreen, visiting the Uconnect site and entering their 17-digit Vehicle ID, then downloading the update to a USB drive. Installation can take up to 45 minutes, and can only be done while the vehicle is in park. http://bit.ly/23f0sby
Tor Myhren starts as VP of Communications
After an initial announcement in December, Apple on Friday added former Grey Group chief creative officer Tor Myhren to its leadership roster as VP of Marketing Communications, placing the well-known ad exec in charge of Apple's advertising and Internet marketing efforts, as well as having a hand in packaging design. He will report directly to CEO Tim Cook, and is replacing the retired Hiroki Asai, who left Apple after 18 years with the company. Myhren is expected to continue Apple recent push into more "lifestyle" marketing rather than product-centric ads, such as the well-remembered "I'm a Mac" campaign from last decade. http://apple.co/1Wwf0Dd
Marseilles Apple Store to open May 14
Apple has officially announced its newest retail store in France, which is to open in the southern port city of Marseilles in the Les Terrasses du Port shopping center on May 14 at 10AM local time. It will be the 19th full retail store Apple has opened in the country, or 20th if one includes the Apple Watch-only boutique at Galeries Lafayette in Paris. Apple is said to be planning a new showcase Paris store to be located on the Champs-Élysées. http://apple.co/1pP77vO
Maps adds Flyover, Suggestions locations
Apple has updated Maps to include Spotlight Suggestions for Denmark, Norway, and Sweden, allowing users to search both internally and across the web on both Mac and iOS devices for data in Spotlight. In addition, the company has added Puerto Vallarta, Mexico and Akron, Ohio to the 3D Flyover feature, offering computer-enhanced aerial views of the two areas -- and has activated real-time traffic information for Thailand, which will augment services like reminders to incorporate estimated travel times for appointments, as an example. The company recently added Nearby searches to five countries, and rolled out transit directions for Montreal in Canada and Portland, Oregon. http://apple.co/1Lh1Zel
Verizon gives last offer, issues workers ultimatum
Verizon has offered striking workers its "last, best and final offer" following 10 months of protracted negotiations with union leaders. The latest offer comes on the back of 36,000 Verizon employees taking strike action two weeks ago. The proposal includes a 7.5 percent wage rise, better benefits and voluntary retirement incentive offers. The striking workers, mainly on from its fixed line operations, have claimed that Verizon has outsourced 5,000 jobs to workers overseas and that it has been deliberately hiring low-wage, non-union contractors. Verizon recently posted revenue of $32.2 billion for the March quarter. http://cnnmon.ie/26AmwSv
CarPlay comes to Porsche 718 Cayman
Porsche has revealed that its new 718 Cayman series will be the latest vehicles in its range equipped with support for Apple CarPlay. The new Porsche models joins the recently announced 718 Boxster, the 2017 Macans and the 2016 model of the 911 in offering support for Apple's iOS in the car interface. Both are fitted standard with an eight speaker sound system and the Porsche Communications Management (PCM) system. The entry-level Cayman starts at $53,9000, while the faster S variant starts from $66,300. Although already on sale, the won't reach US dealers until late November. http://prn.to/1Tj1EW7
Macphun offers free Photos filters
Image editing software maker Macphun are offering a free set of up to 30 photo filter effects to extend the range of filter options available to users of Apple's Photos app for OS X, which replaced the previous iPhoto program. The first 15 filters are available after installing the software, and includes filters such as "Ancient Canvas" and "Twilight," while users who sign up for the Macphun newsletter will unlock the other 15 effects. The extension integrates directly into Photos, and include sliders for finer control of the effects and a masking brush. http://bit.ly/1VEgQD6