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Weekly French Mac magazine to debut Sep 10.
Early next week, the first issue of Mac Info, the first French language weekly Mac magazine will be available in France, Belgium, Switzerland, Luxembourg and eventually parts of Canada. Mac Info is the first French weekly Mac magazine. The magazine will see for approximately €2.50.
NewTek launches "training tour"
NewTek announced Thursday that it would offer LightWave 3D training courses in 26 North American cities. The lecture-style training, which is being co-sponsored by companies such as plug-in developers Worley Laboratories and Dynamic Realities, is priced at $200 for a two-day seminar. Class instructors will vary depending on location, but will include Keyframe Magazine editor Lee Stranahan, FX Academy Distance Learning director Larry Shultz and former Disney Institute instructor Graham Toms. Full details on training tour locations can be found on the NewTek Web site; cities include San Francisco, New York, Toronto, Washington DC and Vancouver.
Ars Technica: OS X 10.2 reviewed
An extensive review of Mac OS X 10.2 by Ars Technica 'Apple specialist' John Siracusa concludes that Apple's flagship OS is progressing reasonably, but lacks the polish of Apple's Classic Mac OS. "All the little details that used to separate Mac OS from more user-hostile OSes have not yet been added to Mac OS X," explains Siracusa, "[the] aesthetically unpleasing default placement of progress dialog boxes in the Finder contribute to the feeling that there is still much work to be done." Throughout the 14-page review, shortcomings of the updated Finder are continually addressed "it's taken two major revisions and more than a year to get simple icon dragging right." The review also indicates that the perceived interface speed of OS 10.2 compares poorly to that of Mac OS 9.
Apple announces six new Switcher ads
Apple has announced its next series of "Switcher" ads, which will debut during CBS's broadcast of the U.S. Open tennis tournament this Saturday and Sunday. The six new ads will feature an attorney, a veterinarian, a trucking company owner, a software manager and two students. The ads will continue to be run this fall on major broadcast networks like CBS and NBC, including NBC's broadcast of the 54th Annual Prime-Time Emmy Awards on Sunday, September 22, and on top cable networks like CNN, VH1, Comedy Central, Discovery Channel and ESPN.
irEdit 1.0: source code and text editor
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 feature, and is available immediately.
Font Reserve 3.1: font activation for OS X
DiamondSoft has released Font Reserve Single User 3.1 for Mac OS X, the first and only method for system-wide automatic font activation. The major update provides Mac OS X 10.2 (Jaguar) support, support for all the latest font formats, precision auto-activation for the most popular publishing programs, and a completely automated method for managing system fonts. The electronic version is available for $90 and the CD package version is $100. A competitive upgrade is also available from Suitcase or ATM Deluxe for $49.95.
NJ FCP User Group meeting on Sept. 18th
The New Jersey Final Cut Pro Users Group has planned a meeting on Wednesday, September 18th at 7PM. The meeting will feature a presentation of Cleaner 6 by Dennis Flynn of Discreet, as well as a presentation on Mac OS 10.2 and more.
PiXELS 3D 4.0.2: 3D/Animation tool for OS 9/X
PiXELS 3D 4.0.2 is a 3D/Animation tool only for Mac OS 9 & X. It features a user-friendly interface and innovative tools that reduce the learning curve for new users. The update now offers Tempest, a built-in RenderMan compliant renderer, for no extra cost, an attribute manager, and a cutting-edge particle system. Reduced pricing is currently available; an update license is $250, a full license is $600, and the competitive upgrade is $300. [updated with prices]
CronOTask 1.3 helps automate repetitive tasks
CronOTask 1.3 by Tension Software allows users to set complex unattended launch sequences using daily, weekly, monthly even yearly plan running automatically applications, documents, scripts. It is a free upgrade to the $30 shareware utility.
FruitMenu 2.5.1 customizes Apple menu
Unsanity's FruitMenu 2.5.1 adds new features and fixes several bugs in its $7 shareware haxie that gives you the ability to customize the Apple Menu and contextual menus: "Using a visual editor you can edit the contents of the menus to suit your needs and taste. FruitMenu will also display the contents of the FruitMenu Items folder inside of your Library folder, launch applications and shell scripts from the Apple Menu and contextual menus, to allow easy file navigation and launching. To make the haxie completely flexible and customizable, you can assign hotkeys to particular Apple menu items."
Microspot X-RIP 1.1 supports older printers
Microspot has released Microspot X-RIP v 1.1, an update to its professional Mac OS X printer driver for producing professional looking output on over 50 large-format printers. Microspot X-RIP is designed for CAD, technical illustration, graphics, publishing and photographic output. The free update brings improved speed, support for printing over a network, and support for older printers. The $450 application is not yet compatible with Jaguar; however, registered users will receive a free update when it becomes available.
QuicKeys 1.5.3 brings OS X Jaguar support
CE Software has posted QuicKeys 1.5.3, an update to its utility that automates computer tasks with customized hot keys, toolbars and other shortcut features. It is a free update to registered users of the $80 utility.
Lightworks Design for OS X now multithreaded
LightWork Design has released a multi-threaded version of LightWorks for Mac OS X, offering performance increases of up to 198 percent to the 3D rendering application, according to Architosh
hello Jaguar restores Happy Mac to startup
Fishback Research has released hello Jaguar 1.0, which "installs an edited version of the boot loader found in Mac OS X 10.2 Jaguar to bring back "everyone's favorite friend, the Happy Mac. After installation, your computer will restart, and you can see the familiar icon smiling back at you."
DayChaser for OS X coming later this month
Econ Technologies today announced DayChaser, its calendar and scheduling application built exclusively for Mac OS X. It will offer the ability to create calendar documents to manage your time by scheduling entries, such as appointments, events, memos, and tasks and to view documents by year, month, week, day or by using accompanying list windows to display entries in an outline list view. DayChaser will also automatically offer event alerts by displaying an alert window or sending an email message whether or not the application is running. It is fully integrated with the Mac OS X 10.2 Jaguar Address Book with both auto complete and drag & drop support. It will be available on September 23rd. [pricing not available]
Bare Bones releases BBEdit 6.5.3 for Jaguar
Bare Bones Software today posted BBEdit 6.5.3, an update to its HTML and text editor. It brings improved compatibility with Mac OS X 10.2 Jaguar and incorporates various interface refinements and fixes for reported issues. [Website not updated, but downlink link works]
Watcher 1.0 limits user computer use
MGU Software has released Watcher 1.0, a freeware Mac OS X tool that allows the owner of a computer to set up how long a given user can use the computer every day. It includes other features, such as an automatic account crediting system.
BitVice 1.25 MPEG2 encoder updated
Innobits has released BitVice 1.25 which brings improved quality, further improvements to DVNC; a new option for more precise allocation of bits within a frame, the ability to select the name/folder for the MPEG-2 file, the ability to extract and save the audio track as an AIFF file and a picture scaling feature using QuickTime to its $300 MPEG2 video encoder. It works on both Mac OS 9 and Mac OS X. A frame-limited demo is available.
Security flaw affect MS apps for Mac
Microsoft's Security Bulletin MS02-050 notes that a certificate validation flaw could enable identity spoofing. The problem affects Office for Mac, Internet Explorer for Mac and Outlook Express for Mac: "[the] exploit code for this issue has already been posted, and we are therefore releasing the patches as they become available, in order to allow customers to begin protecting their systems as quickly as possible.... Macintosh doesn’t supply a corollary to CryptoAPI, so every application must implement its own cryptography. Consequently, there’s a separate patch for each of the Microsoft products for Macintosh listed in the Affected Products listing."
MCE offers 60GB drive upgrade for iBooks
MCE Technologies has added a 60GB hard drive upgrade ($500) to its iBook Hard Drive Upgrade Service, which also includes 10GB ($200), 20GB ($240), 30GB ($280), and 40GB ($300) upgrade options. The service includes the transfer of data from the original drive to the new drive, an option to trade in the original internal driveif it is in good working condition, 2-day return service, and a 3-year warranty on the drive; the company says it generally takes 2-3 days to complete the upgrade.
GameRanger supports Soldier of Fortune II
GameRanger has added MacPlay's Soldier of Fortune II: Double Helix to its GameRanger online gaming service, which supports over 100 gaming titles it what it calls the "first and largest internet multiplayer game matchmaking service."
Sony intros digital camera, photo printers
Sony introduced its new 5-megapixel digital camera: the Cyber-shot DSC-F717 features Carl Zeiss optics, USB 2.0 technology, multiple ISO sensitivities (100/200/400/800), shutter speeds of up to 1/2000 second in auto mode, NightShot technologies, a new five-area multi-point focusing system, and a multi-burst mode that can snap up to "16 frames at 320 x 240 resolution that adds up to a single 1280 x 960 image." The $1000 camera is due in October with a 32MB Memory Stick media, an InfoLithium® M battery, an AC adapter/in-camera charger, an A/V output cable, a USB cable, a shoulder strap and a lens cap.
Sony also introduced its DPP-EX5 ($200) and DPP-EX7 ($450) digital photo printers, which use dye sublimation technology to produce lab-quality prints in vivid color, monochrome, sepia or paint tone. The DPP-EX7 is due in October and has a large 3.8-inch color touch-screen liquid crystal display for viewing, editing and customizing pictures prior to printing for direct print features. Both printers come in pearl white and offer built-in editing tools to adjust image sharpness, contrast, brightness and size as well as select and merge images as well as incorporate personalized messages into any print.
Macs declining in education?
Syracuse's The Post-Standard talks about Macs in education, noting that of the desktop computers in local schools, 80 percent are Windows and 20 percent are Macs, according to the Board of Cooperative Educational Services center, which helps buy computers and other technology for 50 area school districts: "Technology in local school districts seems to be following the business world as classrooms, computer labs and administrative offices are filled with more Windows computers than [Macs]."
Reader: Jaguar networking flaw confirmed
David Keeler passed along a note about a Jaguar networking flaw, which he says was reproduced and confirmed by Apple tech support. [updated]
SmartDisk FireWire PC card for notebooks
SmartDisk has announced its FireWire PC Card, a new credit-card-sized, powered, Cardbus card that adds 3 FireWire ports to a notebook. It is due at the end of September for $70. SmartDisk is also shipping its PCI cards: USB 2.0 PCI Card ($40); FireWire PCI card, ($40); and USB2.0/FireWire combination PCI Card ($90)--all of which are Mac-compatible and are available immediately.
MoonMenu 2.0.3: quick access to lunar data
Selznick Scientific's MoonMenu 2.0.3 is a $12 shareware that places the current phase of the moon in the menubar and provides direct access other lunar information. Version 2.03 adjusts UI elements for proper display under Mac OS X 10.2, fixes problems with clipped text in message dialogs and other minor registration problems. It is a free upgrade to registered users of v2.0 and an $7 upgrade for others.
MacSpeech updates iListen 1.5 for Jaguar
MacSpeech has released an update to its flagship speech recognition product, iListen 1.5. The updated version brings support for Mac OS 10.2 Jaguar, including its Universal Access environment for improved speech recognition and easier navigation by voice. It also brings improvements to the correction feature, which it says now works more proficiently with Mac OS X applications. The update is free to registered users of the $100 application. It runs under Mac OS 9 and Mac OS X.
Glucose updates WeatherPop utilities
Glucose today updates its weather utilities: WeatherPop 1.5.1 (free) and WeatherPop Advance 1.5.1 ($8 shareware), which now allows users to select between multiple sources of weather data. WeatherPop now only supports US cities utilizing the National Weather Service and corrects a "critical performance problem that has affected many users." A 14-day demo is available. [WP, WPA]
Adobe Illustrator 10.0.3 improves performance
Adobe has released Illustrator 10.0.3 for Mac OS 9 & X, an update to its vector graphics application. The update includes Photoshop 7.0 compatibility, improved performance, fixes for printing and four PANTONE libraries. The download is available via Adobe's download website. [direct download link added]
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