MacNN reader John Savage reports that Epson has made available Mac OS X printer drivers for its 5700, 5800 and 5900 series laser printers on its French support site. \"They seem to support all of the features the OS 9 drivers do,\" writes Mr. Savage.
The NewTek Texture Collection is a free set of fifty high-resolution textures for use in graphics. Subjects for the first set of textures include Wood, Metal, Sky, Nature, and Stone and all textures are unretouched photographic images at 1600 x 1200. [free registration required]
XRay 1.0.5 is a $10 shareware File/Folder information utility for Mac OS X. \"It offers more of a detailed view of files, folders, applications and volumes than Mac OS X\'s \"Show Info\" window.\" The update fixes bugs an adds support for registration over Kagi, online version checking, and improved textual menus.
Ambrosia SW has updated its space action RPG game, Escape Velocity Nova 1.0.2. Improvements include game engine and scenario changes as well as other bug fixes. The full version is priced at $30, while the update is free.
An Ad Age Pop Culture Poll of more than 300 executives and marketers found that \"Apple\'s Power Mac G4 won as the favorite tech tool of creatives, with almost 30% of respondents voting for it.\" Other interesting notes include 20.9% of respondents named their PDA as the tech tool they could not part with, while 16.8% said their cellular phone was more important. Other popular devices were Research in Motion\'s BlackBerry, the iPod and the iBook.
Systeris Remote 0.9b11 for Mac OS X allows users to remotely access and control Microsoft Entourage, Microsoft Outlook Express, iTunes, and even AppleScript, all via a standard web browser. A 10-day trial version is available; the full version is $22 and includes 6 months of free access to Systeris.com.
DayLite 1.0.4 Personal Edition is a contact and customer relationship manager for Mac OS X. It features a powerful tab/comma text importer, multiple views, extensive drawers, toolbars, and sheets, powerful sorting tools and more. The update brings numerous improvements, including a phone dialer, a Time List view and improved organization capabilities. The price is $95.
Apple has launched its new rack-mounted server solution, Xserve, in India. \"India is a important market for Apple. It has a very high rate of IT literacy and quality IT professionals. Hence the product is launched in India and targeted at new segments apart from the traditional strong verticals of Apple,\" said Apple Computer Asia Pacific Software Product Marketing Manager Darren Sng. The server solution is priced at 246,000 rupees and 326,000 rupees, depending on the configuration.
GRASS 5 Geograhic Information System is an Open Source/Free Software Geographical Information System (GIS) for Mac OS X with raster, topological vector, image processing, and graphics production functionality. \"It contains over 350 programs and tools to render maps and images on monitor and paper; manipulate raster, vector, and sites data; process multi spectral image data; and create, manage, and store spatial data. GRASS also uses both an intuitive windows interface as well as command line syntax for ease of operations.\"
An official web site for Rage Hard, a multiplayer tactic shooter based on the new Claws -3d Engine, has been launched. The game will be developed for Mac OS X first, and will feature particle effects, detailed 3d objects, realistic lights and shadows, dynamic shadows and lights, up to 32 players and 4 different multiplayer modes.
An eWeek report says that Apple is maintaining current, PC-compatible builds of Mac OS X, including the most recent Jagaur version under the Project code-name Marklar: \"Sources said more than a dozen software engineers are tasked to Marklar, and the company\'s mainstream Mac OS X team is regularly asked to modify code to address bugs that crop up when compiling the OS for x86. Build numbers keep pace with those of their pre-release PowerPC counterparts.\"
Michele Zundo notes that .Mac\'s iDisk and Backup cannot be used behind firewalls or proxy servers: \"This has been confirmed by Apple representative in the support forum....Also the backup application cannot be used in \'local\' mode to back up to CD since it checks at startup the existence of an active .mac subscrition.\"
Surround SCM is a software change management solution that provides control over source code changes to software development teams that require remote access, integrated defect tracking, and advanced branching and merging options. The cross-platform solution has client/server support on Microsoft Windows, Linux, Solaris, and Mac OS X and offers GUI-based clients for each OS. Surround SCM, billed as a \"full replacement for Microsoft Visual SourceSafe,\" integrates fully into Microsoft\'s popular development IDEs-Visual Studio 6 and Visual Studio .Net. Pricing starts at $400 for a single-named user.
Stick Software released Eyeballs 2.2, a Mac OS X application that \"gives you a set of eyeballs in your menu bar or on your desktop. The eyes watch the cursor move around as you work.\" The $10 shareware is localized in seven languages including English and Japanese. Stick Software also released BigFoot 2.1 ($10), which it describes as a \"fun, creative desktop critter..The feet dance, chase the mouse and play hopscotch, among many other behaviors.\" [EB, BF]
Spectral Class has updated its OpenGL-based board game, Quarto! 1.1b3. The 3D strategy game is available as $15 shareware and \"offers more control over piece colours and textures as well as small UI tweaks.\"
Karelia has released Watson 1.5.5, a maintenance upgrade to its desktop interface to the most popular Web content and services. Watson 1.5.5 offers improved compatibility with Mac OS X version 10.2 (Jaguar), and adds a plug-in that uses the Google Web search engine, a new plug-in for browsing and searching Amazon.com, and updated Zip Code lookup plug-in. The update also brings an updated two-week trial for all users.
A MacNN reader forwarded a note passed along to an Apple development mailing list, offering some unofficial IBM comments on the future of its Power4 CPU in Apple desktops, noting that there are technical issues with marrying the chip\'s vector processing unit with AltiVec and that Apple will not likely adopt the new chip for its desktops.
MacSpeech announced it will be showing French, Italian, UK English, Dutch and German versions of the latest release of iListen at the Apple Expo - Paris next week and will announce Italian, Dutch and German distribution partners for its speech recognition product.
Macromedia today announced its Macromedia MX Developer Resource Kit Vol 1. The $100 developer kit is the first of a quarterly series, which contains extensions, components, and resources to enable Macromedia Flash MX, Dreamweaver MX, and ColdFusion MX developers to create and deploy Internet applications. The kit also contains an archive of more than 400 MB of content from the Macromedia Designer & Developer Center as well as DataGrid and Media components for Flash MX developers and extensions for website building and application development, including components for displaying data in PHP applications, adding functions to the file menu in Dreamweaver, and editing themes for sites developed using Radio Userland for editing weblogs.
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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