An AppleScript Pro Sessions in New Orleans from November 4-8 will feature Ethan Wilde, author of three AppleScript books. The training events will be suited for both beginning and experienced scripters, covering applications including InDesign, QuarkXPress, PhotoShop and BBEdit. Early Bird pricing (until October 1) is $400 per day or $1500 for all 5 days.
SYNTHETIC DRUMS is a $99 CD-ROM for BATTERY and KONTAKT that includes 32 electronic drum kits with more than 1800 synthesized and processed drum samplets. All drum sounds are organized into kits that take advantage of BATTERY\'s velocity-layering and modulation capabilities. Additionally, each kit is also available in KONTAKT format with enhanced features such as advanced filtering and effects.
Samba Sharing Package 2.5b3 allows users to share other directories then the \'Home\'-folders and make the directories available to guest users. A free alternative to DAVE from Thursby, the update fixes bugs and spelling errors, as well as adds the ability to share printers with Windows users.
A reader notes some information on a new Apple Retail store at the Fashion Mall (Keystone Crossing) in Indianapolis, which is said to be opening at the end of October.
Sig Software has released Classic Menu 2.6.1, an update to the $10 Mac OS 9-like menu addition for Mac OS X. The application displays the icons and names of files and folders in the Classic Menu Items folder, and allows up to 5 levels of hierarchical menus. The update adds Jaguar compatibility, as well as adds a Japanese translation.
The OpenBase Developer Alliance (ODA) offers devlopers a choice of cost-effective license options for the OpenBase database. \"The new Developer Alliance memberships not only give you royalty-free, single-user licenses, but also a revenue stream when customers upgrade to multi-user versions,\" said Matthew Renda, Director of Worldwide Marketing for OpenBase.
RestNow is a freeware application that allows a user to set preferences monitoring the amount of time spent at a computer without a break. The Mac OS 9 & X tool helps prevent repetitive motion stress and eye strain. [Classic, OSX]
MPCalcRB v1.4.3 is a multi-precision RPN calculator that can handle numbers with up to 30,000 decimal digits and exponents with magnitudes of about 40,000,000. It features screen keypads and keyboard shortcuts. [Classic, OSX]
Mac OS X 10.2 has rendered SmartMedia devices from Olympus disabled, but a reader notes that a driver set is being worked on. \"We are working on a driver set for this particular device for OS 10.2. The Mac OS has undergone so many revisions in the past year alone it\'s been difficult for hardware manufacturers to continue to provide support in terms of drivers. Check back to the website in a couple of weeks when the development staff has had some time to remedy this issue. It was only brought to our attention very recently, but was done so by numerous customers including yourself.\"
In his Byte of the Apple column, Business Week writer Charles Hadded says that if Apple allowed Mac OS X to run on Intel chips, it would take away the Mac\'s edge and spark a war that \"Microsoft is sure to win.\" Although the idea may look good on paper, compatibility issues with different hardware configurations would cause the Mac OS to become less stable. \"[Apple] couldn\'t ensure that OS X would work as well on all Intel processors as it does on Apple\'s PowerPC chip. And that would mean OS X would inevitably become persnickety, too, just like Windows. Apple\'s reputation for quality would be badly tarnished. Why buy a PC running OS X if it didn\'t work as reliably as on today\'s Macs?\"
A reader notes that fink, a project that attempts to bring the more Unix Open Source software to OS X, has been updated to be compatible with Mac OS X 10.2. \"The process should be followed to the t, and it should be noted that all told it took nearly 10 hours on my G4/500 (run the update all overnight, is my suggestion).\"
Praeco 1.2, an update to Desideratum\'s $30 tool for buyers and sellers of eBay online auctions, adds new functionality to item management, searching, and bidding, as well as many more options for customizing Praeco. It adds automatic conversion of dates to a specified local time zone, a countdown of auction time remaining; drag-and-drop support for adding auctions by dragging an item number, URL, or link from your browser into Praeco; and a new independent auction window to view and track complete auction information, and place instantaneous manual bids. A 15-run-limited trial is available. [Classic, OSX]
SoftIntegration today announced the release of Ch v3.0 for Mac OS X, a superset of C/C++ interpreter that supports ISO C standard, C++ class, POSIX, GTK+, Win32, OpenGL, X/Motif and socket/WinSock with over 8,000 functions. Ch is an alternative to other scripting languages and mathematical software packages and can be used for automating repetitive tasks, shell programming, regression and hardware testing, 2D/3D graphical plotting and scientific numerical computing. Ch can interface with C/C++ libraries and be embedded into other application programs. It is free for academic and non-profit organizations and the company expects to release toolkits for Ch 3.0 in Mac OS X, including OpenGL, X/Motif and CGI.
Stone Table Software\'s Z-Write 1.3.1 brings several bug fixes and dramatic speed inmprovements to the $30 organizational word processor for creative writers. A fully functional trial is available for Classic and OS X. The company has also released a public beta of its upcoming $10 Photo Framesite Beta B, a simple utility that quickly generates frame-based websites of photos. Beta B expires at the end of September. [ZW, PFS]
Sorenson Media has released Squeeze 2.02 as a free update to registered owners of the intelligent compression utility for both audio and video. It adds stitching support for SWF file export (with Sorenson Squeeze for Flash MX), support for Microsoft AVI source files, improved DV Capture, improved video filter preview, and keyframe interval control.
GNUMail.app 1.03 is \"a clone of NeXT/Apple\'s excellent Mail.app application. It uses the GNUstep development framework or Apple Cocoa, which is based on the OpenStep specification provided by NeXT, Inc.. GNUMail.app is licensed under the GPL, and the full sources of the application are available.\" Version 1.03 (for OS X) only supports multiple POP3 accounts, multiple delivery agents (SMTP), mail spool file for receiving mail, PGP support, IMAP support, filtering, and other features.
X-Tunes 1.2 is a free utility to to control iTunes without bringing iTunes to the foreground or having the iTunes window on screen: \"[it] does not display a window permanently on screen, but only when you press a given key combination (Apple+Space by default). This window appears in front of all applications so you can click on its buttons while remaining in the current application. As soon as you release the key combination, the window disappears smoothly.\" [177KB] Pierre-Olivier Latour also released X-Change 1.1, a currency converter in a nice interface: it displays the latest exchange rates between numerous currencies, and of course, allows you to convert amounts from a currency to another. It automatically downloads the latest exchange rates from the European Central Bank. [69KB]
HotApp 1.6 adds new system actions (zoom/change toolbar state) for the front window and keyboard remapping to the keyboard utility for OS X. The $15 shareware utility offers keyboard control for application/URL launching, system actions, copy/paste of repititive text, and other functions.
In addition to the Design Freely promo noted yesterday, one MacNN reader writes: \"If you buy a copy of Maya 4.5 for OSX you can get $2000 off when you also buy Shake for OSX. This essentially makes Maya free! This second tidbit came straight from an Apple Video rep and was just approved yesterday (Tuesday) and is due to be announced soon.\"
MacNN and its staff would like to take a moment to remember those who lost their lives in tragic events of September 11, 2001 as well as honor those who served, protected and gave their lives in the line duty. The events have forever changed the landscape of freedom in the US and others around the world.
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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
French show carries on with iPhones
Following a prolonged power loss in a French TV studio, the crew was able to use a combination of limited studio lighting and a number of iPhones to continue taping the Saturday episode of talk show On n'est pas couché ("We're Still Awake"), using the resulting footage in the first edited episode. The Plus-model iPhones used for the impromptu shoot completion were either iPhone 6 Plusses (which shoot in 1080p) or 6s Plus models (which can shoot in 4K). The decision to use the iPhones to complete the show was made after a power outage at France 2's studio stretched to more than three hours. http://bit.ly/299wqDt
Scrivener for iOS to arrive in late July
For some long-time Scrivener users, to quote Paul Simon, "these are the days of miracle and wonders." As it marks its 10th anniversary in business, developer Keith Blount has announced that the long-awaited iOS version of his creative-writing tool Scrivener is to be submitted to the App Store, following strong praise from beta-testers. The program, expected in late July, will sell for $20 and work with both the iPad and iPhone. When we interviewed Blount last January, he added that Scrivener 3 for Mac would follow along shorty afterwards. http://bit.ly/2901XLE
WhatsApp now handles over 100M calls daily
WhatsApp is celebrating that it is being used for over 100 million calls every day. In a brief notice, the Facebook-owned messaging platform advises the voice-calling feature it rolled out to its users last year now deals with an average of over 1,100 calls initiated per second. Earlier this year, it increased the security of its calls and other messages, by introducing end-to-end encryption on all platforms. http://bit.ly/292HqCX
Adele's '25' album now streaming
Recording artist Adele has "pulled a Kanye" after saying that her current album "25" would not be available for streaming. The seven-month-old record, which has yielded a number of hit singles, is now available for streaming on all the major streaming services, such as Apple Music and Spotify, as of today in most major markets, with worldwide distribution to come. Reportedly, the singer had demanded streaming be limited to paid subscribers -- a condition that has hurt some streamers with artists, who aren't paid royalties for free or trial listens . Apple pays performers its normal royalty rates during its free trial, avoiding the issue -- and having repeated success in both signing up exclusives and placing those exclusives into the top of the charts. http://ti.me/28U7NOu
SanDisk iXpand case has battery, storage
A new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6s case from SanDisk appears to be the "holy grail" of accessories: a stylish and protective case that offers both extra storage as well as the option of extra battery power as well. The iXpand Memory case offers either 32GB, 64GB, or 128GB of additional storage incorporated into the case, and an optional add-on battery pack (sold separately) adds up to an extra day or more of charge. Through the associated iXpand app, camera photos and videos can be automatically stored on the extra storage, optionally password-protected, The cost for the case is (in order of storage capacity) $60, $100, and $130. The battery pack's release data has not yet been announced, but the add-on should retail for an additional $30. http://bit.ly/291epHu