Micromat has released Drive 10 v1.1.2, an updated version of its hard disk analysis and repair utillity that adds Mac OS X 10.2 compatibility. Drive 10 retails for $70.
Geneffects today released an updated version of its media download automation utility for Mac OS X. iMeMiner 1.1 allows users to batch-download multiple photo galleries; release notes for the latest update were not immediately available.
Robert Daeley has posted downloadable calendar files for Apple\'s new iCal software that provide users with the NHL 2002-03 season schedule. Despite offering sporting schedules for baseball and basketball, Apple has yet to offer a hockey schedule for avid Canadian, American and international fans. The free team-specific \'.ics\' files include information for all 30 teams in the league; it does not require subscription.
Schubertit has released version 3.1.6 of its Vektor3 chess program for Mac OS X. The latest release adds support for Mac OS X 10.2, newly designed chess boards and a French localization. The $10 shareware program received a \"runner-up\" award for \'best Mac OS X technology adoption,\' at this year\'s Apple Design Awards.
At the Seybold Expo this week, Extensis announced its new PrintReady product for preparing and sending perfect print jobs. The Web-based system includes a product for designers and small workgroups (under $400) and two enhanced packages aimed at service providers, large printers and publishers.
PocketDock 2.54 is now available. The utility allows users to organize and launch applications, documents, web links and email addresses, and features multiple skins, drag and drop of links and tabs, multiple docks and different localizations.
iReplace 1.3 is an application for desgined advanced search and replace functions within Web documents. It allows you to specify multiple items to find and replace or just to search for those items and allows you to select special characters and will replace those with the HTML equivalent. A demo of the $13 utility is available online. [Classic, OSX]
St. Clair Software has released Default Folder X 1.6.3, an update to its utility for improving Open and Save dialogs in Mac OS X. Version 1.6.3 improves the reliability of the Default Folder X preference pane, eliminates occasional crashes when launching applications, and adds Japanese language support. It is a free update for registered owners of Default Folder X; while upgrades to the $35 utility are $20.
MacNN reader Shawn Wall has written a tutorial on how to configure webDAV support for Apache under OS X to \"enable support for storing your iCal calendars so you won\'t have to pay for .Mac services...for access of your stored calendars from outside locations, you will need permanent broadband access for your mac, and know its ip address.\"
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Trade-up program expands in Europe
Smartphone users in France, Italy, and Spain will have until at least August of this year to trade in old iPhone, Windows Phone, or Android models at Apple Stores, and put the reward towards a new iPhone -- thanks to an expansion of Apple's trade-in program into those countries. The money given for the trade-in must be applied towards a new iPhone on a two-year payment plane, and traders must qualify under a credit check as part of the program. Interested customers can apply for the trade-in at their nearest Apple Store. http://bit.ly/1qPsldD
NBCUniversal adds Bravo, Syfy, E! to Apple TV
NBCUniversal has launched three new apps channels for Apple TV users. Bravo Now, Syfy Now and E! Now brings users access full seasons of current and past episodes of most of NBCUniversal's catalog. The Bravo Now app includes shows like "The Real Housewives of New York Cit," "Below Deck Mediterranean," comedy "Odd Mom Out" and "Top Chef." The Syfy Now app offers up shows like "The Magicians," thriller "12 Monkeys" and the reality show "Face Off." The E! Now app serves up shows like "Keeping Up with the Kardashians," "Botched," "#RichKids of Beverly Hills," Caitlyn Jenner's "I Am Cait," and "WAGS." While some content is free, most content requires users to authenticate via their cable satellite or telco TV provider. http://bit.ly/20K4Pea
Apple rolls out Arabic version of Apple.com
Apple has rolled out a new version of its Apple.com website for Arabic language users in the United Arab Emirates. The site utilizes a right-to-left reading format where it has been updated, although the upgrade is still in progress with a number of page links still in the original English language left-to-right format. Of particular note is that the site debuts an all-new custom Arabic font created by the Tarek Atrissi Design agency, giving it a highly contemporary look and feel. The new support for Arabic on its host website follows the introduction of full support for right-to-left languages in iOS 9, and the addition of Arabic support to Siri late last year. http://apple.co/20JHGIM
Adobe previews Photoshop content-aware crop
Adobe has previewed a new 'content-aware crop' feature from the next version of its Photoshop CC. The new feature is similar to its 'content-aware fill' from the current version of Photoshop CC, and potentially saves users time when cropping photos in a way that might otherwise leave blank white space in the frame. Adobe's 'content-aware' tech automatically assesses the blank space and seamlessly fills the blank space with the nearest related content in the space when a photo is expanded or rotated without the need to manually clone that part of the image. The feature allows users to move a horizon by adding more sky or ground, change the aspect ratio by adding content around the edges of the image and fill in the corners of an image when rotated during a crop. Adobe says the feature is coming soon and will be automatically available to Creative Cloud subscribers. http://adobe.ly/20JDFEu
Markzware updates Q2ID for QuarkXPress 12 files
Graphic design file conversion tool maker Markzware has launched a new version of its Q2ID tool. The InDesign plugin enables users to open QuarkXPress files within a new InDesign (INDD) document, without rebuilding the QXP document from scratch -- the new version includes support for QuarkXPress 12 files. Q2ID Subscription members can download the new version as part of their annual plan. A single-user can purchase the plugin for $200, with other licensing options available. http://bit.ly/1Z4dS9t
PopChar X 7.5 arrives
Ergonis Software has released PopChar X 7.5, an improved version of the company's tool for finding and inserting special characters and exploring fonts. PopChar X 7.5 adds support for combined emojis in the Apple Color Emoji font, enhances the "Font Info" view, and adds many further enhancements that improve overall speed and stability. PopChar X 7.5 retails for €30 ($34), and is free for anyone who owns a license for PopChar X 7 or purchased a license for PopChar X 6 on or after March 1, 2014 [4.5MB]
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