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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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