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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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
Snapchat sued over speed filter photo overlay
Accident victims in Spalding County, GA are suing Snapchat, as well as the driver responsible for the accident. The suit alleges that the app's "speed filter," which can post the speed that which a picture was taken, encouraged driver Christal McGee to attempt to reach 100 miles per hour in her car, leading to the accident that caused both Wentworth and Karen Maynard serious injuries. The suit alleges Wentworth Maynard suffered brain damage in the incident. McGee posted a photo of herself in a cervical collar on the way to the hospital, saying that she was "lucky to be alive." Snapchat has not commented on the lawsuit. http://abcn.ws/24nhR49
Pandora bleeding slows, posts $28.9M Q1 loss
Streaming music service Pandora today announced financial results for the first quarter of 2016, posting a loss of $28.9 million, an improvement from the $48.3 million loss it showed in the year-ago-quarter. Total consolidated revenue was $297.3 million, growing 29 percent year-over-year. Total listener hours grew 4 percent to 5.52 billion for the first quarter of 2016, compared to 5.30 billion for the same period of the prior year. Active listeners were 79.4 million at the end of the first quarter of 2016, up compared to 79.2 million for the same period of the prior year. http://pdora.co/1WtxdkW
Carl Icahn dumps Apple stock on China worries
Carl Icahn has sold all of his stock in Apple, citing concerns over sales in China. While he called Apple a "great company" and praised Tim Cook for "doing a great job," Icahn sold his shares after the Apple investor results, garnering a profit of $2 billion over three years. Icahn said of business in China that the Chinese government could "come in and make it very difficult for Apple to sell there." Should the market steady in China, Icahn said that he will re-invest in the company, regardless of the market price. http://cnb.cx/1SCfEdI
August Home HomeKit compatible Smart Lock ships
Smart lock developer August Home today began shipping its second generation Smart Lock, with HomeKit support. In addition to full Siri support, the Smart Lock is also compatible with third-party HomeKit apps like Insteon+, Lutron, and iDevices, allowing for multi-step actuations, like turning on a light when the door is locked or unlocked. The August Smart Lock HomeKit enabled retails for $229. http://bit.ly/1SvADlG
Triby third-party speaker with Alexa Voice Service
Speaker and telecom device developer Invoxia has announced the Amazon Alexa Voice Service is now integrated and available on Triby, its device that combines music, messaging and communication functionality in one family-friendly, voice-activated product. Starting today, Triby becomes the first non-Amazon product to be Alexa-enabled. The Triby retails for $199, with a limited time $30 launch discount. http://amzn.to/1SC4zJG
EDGE shutdown plan on track for 2016 completion
AT&T Chief Financial Officer John Stevens has reported that the company is continuing to migrate its customer base as it moves forward with plans to shut down its 2G EDGE network by the end of this year. According to Stevens, the carrier has already repurposed some of the 2G network spectrum in areas where 2G device traffic has dropped off. This incremental approach, he said, means some markets will only have small chunks of spectrum left that need to be repurposed. The freed bandwidth will be used to expand the 4G network. http://bit.ly/1Tyj7w9