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Jeronimo Fantini and Jona Tallieu have posted several pages of photos from today\'s Apple Expo in Paris, France. Additionally, MacMusic has published three photo galleries of the event (gallery 1, 2, 3).
PandoCalendar 6.0.2 is an updated version of Panda Systems\' free, customizable desktop calendar application. The update fixes bugs that could cause: text on the calendar to be rendered incorrectly and the calendar appearance to temporarily loose its custom settings. In addition to offering a highly-customized user interface, PandoCalendar allows users to specify how data is to be displayed -- for example, European- or American-style weeks (starting on either Monday or Sunday).
MicroNet today reported that its SanCube FireWire RAID device (level 0 single-user) has been deemed fully-compatible with Apple\'s Final Cut Pro 3.0.2, as determined by independent contractor LA MacGuru. Rigorous testing, which involved 12 hours of high-resolution digitized film, resulted in a \'perfect\' performance score from LA MacGuru\'s Jim Seavall.
Thinkertons has posted the initial release of its multimedia notepad application for Mac OS X. Jotz 1.0 \"rigorously\" follows the Classic Mac OS \'notepad\' metaphor, by limiting the functionality of the utility to the storage of miscellaneous content. It offers automatic note dating, quick-access buttons for common functions, the option to automatically retrieve content from the Classic Notepad application, efficient task handling, \"live\" non-modal preferences and standard RTFD file support. Jotz is priced at approximately $18.
Earlier today we reported that Apple had advised developers using the Mac OS X 10.2 Developer Tools that packages generated with the PackageMaker application cannot be extracted by users of Mac OS X 10.1 and older. This discovery prompted a recommendation by Apple that suggests developers copy the PackageMaker application from a Mac OS X 10.1 installation of the Developer Tools. However, a $20 utility called Pacifist -- by developer CharlesSoft -- may prove more convenient for the extraction of individual files from the Developer Tools installation package.
Quadmation today announced the availability of the localized French version of PlayerPRO 5.9.5. Version 5.9.5 adds Mac OS X 10.2 compatibility, MPEG-4 support and a new \'Sound Driver,\' which is reportedly ten percent faster. PlayerPRO includes support for an array of file formats, including MPEG layers 1 through 3, AVI, AIFF, MP3 and RAW data.
Archive 4.9 fixes several display issues in the disk cataloging application, including one affecting the \"welcome window\" of the program. The update also adds improved help files and documentation to the $20 shareware utility.
Adaptive Server Enterprise 12.5 will be available for Mac OS X Server 10.2 on September 23, 2002, according to an announcement made by developer Sybase. Billed as the \"first\" enterprise-class relational database management system to support Apple\'s Rendezvous technology, ASE provides Mac developers access to a high-performance, scalable, database manager that is \"used to power more than half the trades on Wall Street.\" Version 12.5 utilizes Apple\'s built-in Installer application, automatically handles client discovery and offers \"enterprise-level\" technical support. A developers\' edition is currently available.
Space-Time Associates today released Brickles3000 2.0 -- a Mac OS X version of its modernized \'ball and paddle\' game. Based on the classic 1985 arcade game, Brickles3000 features adjustable colors and patterns, adjustable ball and paddle sizes, and adjustable speed and window sizes. Version 2.0 still works with Mac OS 9.
SquidCam 1.0.1 is a maintenance update to the video and audio conferencing application for Mac OS X, intended for use with broadband connections. Version 1.0.1 adds AppleEvent support (for opening a connection from another application), an auto-answer option, packet size control, sleep mode and several bug fixes.
Echoing an announcement last week that it would partner with Channel Sources to offer its products in retail stores, the Omni Group today reiterated its commitment to a retail strategy. The Mac OS X-only developer has joined forces with the nationwide distributor to begin offering OmniWeb, OmniGraffle, and OmniOutliner for direct order. Software distribution leader Navarre Distribution Services will also offer the developer\'s flagship products.
Apple\'s subsidiary FileMaker today announced that it intends to develop new software for Mac OS X only, and not for earlier Mac OS versions, noting that its FileMaker 6 line will be its last developed for Mac OS 9: \"FileMaker sees strong adoption of Mac OS X among our customers and developers, and by focusing on Mac OS X, we can best harness and deliver its benefits...A recent survey of our customers showed us that 41 percent of those using FileMaker on Mac OS are already running on Mac OS X. That’s a remarkable adoption rate.\"
Apple\'s Design Freely promo offers a free copy of Adobe InDesign 2.0 ($700 retail value) with purchase of any Power Mac. The offer, available via mail-in coupon, runs between September 10 and December 31, 2002.
Media 100 today announced a strategic initiative to adopt and implement Avid Technology\'s OMF and the open, industry-standard AAF media interchange formats. Version 1.5 of 844/X allows OMF files created on Avid Symphony, Media Composer and Xpress as well as Apple Final Cut Pro to be imported into 844/X for final 10-bit uncompressed program finishing. Media 100 also announced today new software for OMF export for its Media 100 i Version 8 digital video system for Mac OS X. It allows Media 100 i customers to export their program timeline to Media 100\'s own 844/X for 10-bit uncompressed finishing, as well as Avid Symphony, Avid Media Composer and Digidesign Pro Tools. Both will be available in Fourth quarter of this year; the OMF 844/X update will be provided to all existing customers via their Platinum Support contracts; and the OMF software for Media 100 i will be $500.
Extensis has introduced PrintReady, a web-based system for preflighting, collecting and submitting files for printed output. Based on Extensis\' Preflight Online technology, the product line includes a product for designers and small workgroups and two enhanced packages aimed at service providers, large printers and publishers. It provides quality control/file delivery, including preparing, collecting and sending print-ready files.
The Iconfactory has updated its Photoshop plug-in for making icons, IconBuilder Pro 3.5.1. This update primarily corrects a bug where the 128x128 resources were not importing properly when run in Mac OS 10.2 (Jaguar) as well as offers a few other minor improvements. It is a free upgrade to the $70 application.
Version 5.3 of Emagic Logic is now also available for Mac OS 9.x and Windows, following the release of Logic 5.3 for Mac OS X on September 2nd, 2002. It includes EVB3, which uses Emagic\'s Component Modeling Technology to recreate the classic Hammond B3 organ and improves upon it to offer an even larger spectrum of musical and creative possibilities. The complete version of EVB3 can be tested for free for a 4 week period. Emagic is also offering a Switch & Save offer to all registered Logic 5 Windows customers, which offers up to $1,300 in rebates on Apple Power Macs and displays as well as Emagic software: \"This first offer in the Switch and Save promotional series is valid until 30th September 2002.\"
MacNN reader Matt Richard writes :\"The PackageMaker application that ships with 10.2 Developer tools will make packages that are NOT compatible with 10.0 or 10.1. Apple\'s suggestion is to install dev tools on an existing 10.1 machine, and copy the old packagemaker application to your 10.2 machine, if you want to make packages that will install on older machines.\" Apple\'s Developer site also notes that the August 2002 Developer Tools has a bug in the nibtool application that can \"potentially cause nib corruption in some situations,\" recommending users to revert back to the July 2002 Developer tools or manually rollback the nibtool version using the provided instructions.
FireLogic today introduced its HealthEngage 3.0, its disease management software system for Type I & II Diabetics. The application allows Diabetics to enter their health information from any desktop computer or Palm device. Version 3 includes 135 new features and enhancements, including USDA\'s official database of over 6700 foods and the National Sports Medicine Association\'s database of over 700 exercises and physical activities. Users can also set reminders for appointments, refills, etc. and can even enter their complete laboratory test results and medications into which can then be kept as their personal digital health record. The desktop version alone is $60, while a bundle with the Palm version is $70.
Steve Jobs keynote this morning at Apple Expo Paris was largely retake of his Macworld Expo New York keynote where he highlighted Mac OS X Jaguar, QuickTime 6, the adoption rate of OS X, .Mac services, iTunes 3, the 17\" flat-panel iMac and new/updated iPod models--with three notable exceptions: (1) release of Apple\'s calendaring application iCal, (2) additional company support for Rendezvous, and (3) the shift to OS X-only Macs in January 2003. Jobs also noted that iSync is still in beta development, but is on schedule to be released as a beta at the end of month, according to Reuters. MacProf has posted photos from the keynote. Apple\'s Phil Schiller is scheduled to deliver a keynote at Seybold Seminars in San Francisco this morning at 9 am PT. [updated]
The Office of Information Technology at Princeton University notes problems with Apple\'s BaseStation Software (\"Internet Sharing\") in OS X Jaguar, asking users not to use the feature: \"OIT testing of the version included with Mac OS X 10.2 shows that the program is inappropriate for use on a computer attached to the campus wired network, or on a computer within radio range of OIT Wireless Service. Even when properly configured to only provide service to a private Ethernet or wireless network, the Internet Sharing software can act as a rogue DHCP server on the campus wired or wireless network. Additionally, it may continue to do so even after the Internet Sharing software is turned off. It may continue to do so even after the network port (e.g. AirPort or Ethernet) it was serving has been \'turned off.\'\"
Boston-based Apple Specialist Tech Superpowers is featured in the Boston Globe\'s \"Technology and Innovation\" section in an article on Wi-Fi Hotspots, which includes a comparison of Tech Superpowers\'s NewburyOpen.net Free Wireless initiative and T-mobile\'s Starbucks fee-based wireless service. The article notes that San Francisco and New York City lead the nation in wireless hotspots. (Last week, Tech Superpowers released version 1.0 of the NewburyOpen.net specifications on the network\'s website.)
Minolta today introduced its new sleek and stylish SLR-type Minolta DiMAGE 7Hi, which adds a built-in flash synchronization terminal to the 5-megapixel digital camera with a 7x optical and 2x digital zoom lens. It also features an extra-fine image setting (storing data as a TIFF), a 2/3 inch-type CCD image sensor with 5-megapixel effective resolution, and a 3-point wide AF system for fast, accurate focusing, a Flex Focus Point for precise control over the focusing area and a Direct Manual Focus (DMF) to make instant adjustments to the autofocus. It will ship by the end of the month for $1,300.
eZedia today announced eZedia Plug-in Bundle for iMovie 2, Apple\'s consumer digital video editing software. The bundle includes eZeMatte, eZeScreen and eZeClip which allow iMovie users to add images, borders, frames, themes, logos, movies, blue-screen and picture-in-picture effects to iMovie clips. The eZedia Plug-in Bundle for iMovie is $70 and requires Mac OS X. The company also recently updated its $240 software for creating digital portfolios, storyboards, business presentations, multimedia slide shows, animations and interactive CD-ROM projects using advanced features such as movie and media masking, non-destructive video editing, animation, text to speech, sound mixing and fading and full VR control: eZediaMX 3.06.
ACARD Technology today announced its IDE and SCSI PCI adapters fully support Mac OS X v10.2, noting that the drivers of most of its adapters are built in Mac OS 10.2 kernel and can be found natively on the new Mac OS X v10.2 CD. Compatible product includes its IDE adapters such as the AEC-6880M (Ultra ATA-133 with RAID 0/1), AEC-6280M (Ultra ATA-133), AEC-6860M (Ultra ATA-66 with RAID 0), AEC-6260M (Ultra ATA-66) and its SCSI adapters: AEC-67160M (Ultra160 LVD), AEC-6712WM (Ultra Wide), AEC-6712TUM (PCI Ultra SCSI), and AEC-6712TSM (Ultra SCSI).
OpenOSX has released several downloadable updates that offer Jaguar compatability for its product line, which offers one-click installation of popular open-source programs on CD, including Office CD (AbiWord and Gnumeric for word processing and spreadsheet functions), Gimp CD (alternative Photoshop), Grass GIS Pre 4 CD (alternative to ArcView geographical information system), OpenWeb CD (secure Web server, online Shopping Cart, and SQL server with backends and GUI), and OpenDB CD (MySQL, PostgreSQL, MyODBC, PHP, phpMyAdmin and phpPgAdmin).
LAJ Design today released Event Proofs 1.0.2, a cross-platform application that creates online web-based stores allowing photographers or small businesses to put their products online. The $450 application will \"create a shopping cart with all of your rolls of film, or all of your different types of products. You can either let them choose at the event or post it later on the web. Currently you can process by ASP email, PHP email, or PayPal.\" A 20-day demo is available online. [Classic, OSX]
SpamSieve 1.0 is a $10 shareware that brings powerful Bayesian spam filtering to Mailsmith and Entourage: \"It learns what your spam looks like, so it can block nearly all of it. It also learns what your good messages look like, so it won\'t confuse them with spam...[it] doesn\'t delete any messages--it only marks them in your e-mail client--so you\'ll never lose any mail.\"
Iomega today debuted the first Iomega Zip drive with integrated FireWire support for Mac and Windows at Apple Expo in Paris. The third-generation Zip drive was launched on August 15 with the Zip 750MB USB 2.0 drive and it features \"more than double the maximum transfer rate [up to 7.5MB/sec] of the popular Zip 250MB drive, while remaining backwards compatible with Zip 250MB disks (read and write) and Zip 100MB disks (read only).\" It will be shipping worldwide by September 30th for $200; Zip 750MB disks, available in Kevlar blue, retail for $12.50 per disk in an 8-pack (U.S. pricing only).
HTMLColorPickerX 1.1.1 brings new Italian and Brazilian Portuguese-localized versions to Smile Software\'s HTML Color Picker for Mac OS X. The software re-introduces the much-missed HTML Color Picker allowing users to specify HTML colors in hex and to snap the sliders to web-safe colors, and for registered users, HTMLColorPickerX installs a Web Safe Colors palette accessible from the Color Palettes picker. A 30-day free demo of the $10 application is available for OS X.
Mozilla.org has officially announced Chimera 0.5, which brings improved Mac OS X 10.2 compatability (with plugins, Java, copy & paste and drag & drop operations); fixes issues with downloaded files disappearing and truncated BinHex file downloads; has performance improvments with a large number of tabs open, and has improved support for page display and bookmarks UI. Chimera has a Cocoa user interface and uses the Gecko layout engin developed by Mozilla.org developers.
Apple today announced that starting in January 2003, all new Mac models will only boot into Mac OS X as the start-up operating system, though they will retain the ability to run most Mac OS 9 applications through Apple’s bundled \"Classic\" software. Noting that nearly 4,000 native applications now available for Mac OS X, Apple also said that it expects 20 percent of its entire installed base will be using Mac OS X by the end of this year, making it \"the fastest operating system transition in recent history.\"
Philips, Canon, Xerox, Sybase and World Book today announced support for Rendezvous in current or future products, joining previous Rendezvous adopters Hewlett-Packard, Epson and Lexmark, according to an Apple press release. Rendezvous uses industry standard networking protocols and zero configuration technology to automatically discover and connect devices over any IP network, including Ethernet and 802.11 wireless networking. [Philips] \"We both believe that consumers want devices throughout the home to talk to each other, so that, for example, the music stored in iTunes on your Mac can play through the Philips stereo system in your living room, or the photos stored in iPhoto can be displayed as a stunning slideshow on your Philips Flat TV. Rendezvous helps realize this dream.\" [Canon] \"Canon is adding our support to the growing adoption of Apple’s revolutionary Rendezvous networking technology. We’re building Rendezvous into the new ImagePROGRAPH W2200, W7200 and W7250 color graphic and large-format network-enabled print products so they will automatically configure within office networks.\" [Xerox] \"Xerox Phaser network printers will be even simpler for our customers to use as we integrate Apple’s Rendezvous technology into future products.\" [Sybase] \"As the first enterprise company to support Rendezvous technology, Sybase’s Adaptive Server Enterprise 12.5 for Jaguar Server makes client discovery and server configuration automatic, lowering the total cost of ownership to our customers.\" [WorldBook] \"World Book’s new 2003 edition for Mac OS X takes full advantage of Apple’s Rendezvous technology by allowing students to automatically share their World Book research and bookmarks.\"
Apple today announced the availability of iCal, its free new calendar program that lets users manage multiple calendars and share them over the Internet: \"[it] features a breakthrough way to share calendars over the Internet—with colleagues, friends, family, customers, suppliers, students and parents.\" Publishing calendars on the Internet requires a .Mac membership or access to a WebDAV server. [download]
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Apple to open R&D center in India
A new report says that Apple will be opening a new technology center in Hyderabad, India, helping to boost the city's growing reputation as a tech center. The facility would operate within the WaveRock facility, and create 4,500 new jobs at a cost of around $25 million. In 2015, India surpassed the $1 billion in yearly sales milestone, and Apple has recently received permission to open retail stores in the country under its own control, an exception to rules that usually block foreign ownership. http://zd.net/1SMBVu4
Google killing Picasa starting May 1
Google Photos head Anil Sabharwal confirmed in a blog post today that the search engine giant will be shutting down acquisition Picasa. Support and downloads for the desktop application will terminate on March 15 with the application continuing to work for the time being. The transition to Google Photos truly commences on May 1, with deprecation of some Picasa API calls happening shortly thereafter. Users that have Google Photos access will find their photos already migrated. A mass-download tool for users not wishing to use Google Photos will be available sometime after May 1. http://bit.ly/1SmV2KH
Rogue Amoeba Piezo updated, departing App Store
In order to continue working on audio capture tool Piezo, developer Rogue Amoeba has simultaneously updated the app to version 1.5, and announced that it will pull version 1.2.6 from the Mac App Store. Customers who own the Mac App Store version have a one-time migration process to the Rogue Amoeba-served version. The company notes that the sandboxing restriction placed on Mac App Store versions "effectively stopped our ability to upgrade Piezo in any meaningful way." [8.80MB] http://bit.ly/1PIjz7l
FCC spectrum auction will happen without Google
After throwing its hat in earlier, Google (and associated companies) has declared that it is not participating in this year's FCC spectrum auction. A company spokeswoman said of the auction that "like all those interested in improved connectivity and equitable access, we'll be following the upcoming spectrum auction closely. That said, we have not filed to participate." http://on.recode.net/1oy5LWk
iPad Air 3, iPhone 5se sold Friday after launch?
Reverting the way products are actually released by Apple after an announcement to the way it was a decade ago, reports are circulating that new products revealed at a March announcement will go on sale the Friday immediately following the unveil. Slated to appear at a conjectural Tuesday, March 15 event are a new Apple four-inch phone with more up to date internals currently referred to as the iPhone 5se, and a new iPad Air 3 model with Smart Connector and other enhancements. http://bit.ly/1o7mqiY
Lexmark prevails in toner import appeal
Printer manufacturer Lexmark has won an appeal on the third-party US resale of its printer cartridges originally destined for markets outside North America. The appeals court ruled in a 10-2 vote in favor of Lexmark's demand to stop the sale and against Impression Products, both on the toner cartridge resale matter, as well as a related matter regarding overturning the reseller's refilling one-use cartridges and selling those in the US market. The ruling has ramifications in the tech industry, as well as the pharmaceutical and medical technology markets. Impression Products promises an appeal before the supreme court. http://reut.rs/1SLVmmG
AT&T expands BOGO promo to iPhone 6s
Beginning today, new and existing AT&T customers can purchase a new iPhone 6s and get another one free when adding a second line. Over the weekend, customers must purchase two phones through AT&T Next (one can be an existing number), and add both phones to a qualified plan. AT&T notes that "after three bill cycles or less" the account will start to receive up to $650 spread out over 30 monthly bill credits to offset the cost of the installment plan for the phone. Taxes are due at time of sale. http://soc.att.com/1SLUP4k