In what seems to be an accidental publication, Apple effectively announced the upcoming release of Mac OS X 10.2.1 with a Knowledge Base document outlining the changes in the revision. The document, which is no longer available, outlined countless modifications.
Formac has issued devideon 1.1, an updated version of the driver software the its devideon \'superdrive.\' The latest release improves the encoding speed by up to 30 percent, according to the developer -- reducing the most time consuming process of the DVD creation process. The software is compatible with Mac OS 9/X and works with G3 and G4 Macs.
TextLightning 2.0 \"dramtically reduces [the] memory consumption and conversion startup times\" of the $20 utility for the conversion of PDF files to the RTF format. In addition to automatically extending the functionality of applications such as Apple\'s TextEdit and DEVON-think via a system-wide \'filter services\' mechanism, version 2.0 also supports popular business apps like Microsoft Word (which cannot take advantage of system-wide services), as well as conversion directly from the Apple Finder.
Thinkertons has released the latest maintenance update in a series of recent revisions to its \'Jotz\' software multimedia notepad. Jotz 220.127.116.11 fixes bugs that could cause data loss. Version 18.104.22.168 also formats dates correctly for non-U.S. locations. [Web site and download link unavailable at publication time].
NewTek today unveiled two special bundles for the professional video and animation markets. The VT Graphics System: Video Edition, designed for animators, motion graphic artists and digital video professionals, sells for $2,500 and combines the \"production power\" of Video Toaster with the compositing capabilities of eyeon\'s Digital Fusion 4 and DFX+. The VT Graphics System: Film And High Def Edition ($6,000), which includes Video Toaster, Digital Fusion 4 and LightWave 3D, is a \"no compromises\" solution for the creation of professional motion content.
Location X, the $10 application that brings the popular location manager functionality of Mac OS 9 to Mac OS X, has been updated to version 1.1.1, providing Mac OS 10.2 compatibility and a new sound volume plug-in that allows users to change their computer\'s sound level when they switch locations.
A new reporting application built on top of the Address Book in Mac OS X 10.2, iDress is a template-based solution that allows users to generate envelopes, Avery formatted mailing labels, custom stationery and more. A demo version is available, which produces a special watermark on all items outputted; the full price is $15.
Unsanity has released Xounds 1.3, a $7 shareware haxie that brings Appearance Sounds back to Mac OS X. New in the update are improved Jaguar compatibility, Japanese localizations, bugs fixes and optimizations.
ScreenArena is a monitor add on that enhances the aesthetic of the desktop by adding style, color and form to any CRT monitor. Notes, photographs or anything else can be used to personalize the desktop. Additionally, ScreenArena enables the user to organize the desktop area by storing personal items in its angle-adjustable storage compartment. Three colors will be available: Vision Blue, Focus Red and Clarity Gray. The price is $35.
FileMaker Developer 6, \"the tool of choice for commercial and corporate developers creating custom FileMaker solutions to be deployed across workgroups, distributed as royalty-free runtime applications or published for the Web,\" is now shipping. The Mac OS 9 & X software is price at $500.
JobOrder 10.2.5, a cross-platform business management solution, now includes major enhancements such as Activity Efficiencies, Blast Email sending, Digital Asset Management, PERT Charts and more. Special pricing is now available: $1,600 for 2 users, $6,000 for 10 users, and $13,750 for 25 users.
A MacNN reader notes the location of a future Apple Store in Dallas, TX. \"It looks like there is another new Apple Store under construction in Dallas. In Uptown at Knox and McKinney. It is surrounded by the black plywood, with the white Apple logo. It\'s in very early construction though, it looks as though most of the building was recently removed.\"
Vektor3 v3.1.6 is a $10 full featured chess program for Mac OS X. It features multiple fully multi-threaded games, PGN import and export, post game analysis and more. The update adds Jaguar support, French localizations and newly designed chess boards.
Homeland Alert 1.1 is a menu bar display of the current Homeland Security Advisory status level for the entire country. Changes in the Homeland Security status are reflected immediately in the menu bar. The latest version adds four different display modes including icon only and alert code only.
TechnoWarehouse has announced G4 and G3 iMac processor upgrades. The rev. A through rev. D (233MHz through 333MHz) iMacs can be upgraded with either the iMAXpowr 500MHz G3 ($199) or the iMAXpowr 433MHz G4 ($299).
AfterTen Software\'s WeatherManX.menu 2.3 and WeatherManX.saver 1.2 now add lunar (Moon) data (and bring bug fixes) to the \"menu extra\" that puts weather data into your menu bar and the screen saver that shows current weather data (respectively). A registration fee of $5 covers both applications and a 10-day demo is available.
BDRuleEngine Framework 1.0 is an open-source framework that lets Mac OS X developers build very flexible business rule-driven applications quickly and easily using Apple\'s Cocoa framework. It provides \"a rule system for software developers to use when constructing applications. This rule system lets developers specify business rules at a higher level than their application code, reducing code complexity and increasing both code flexibility & reuse at the same time.\"
Sapphire Innovations has released Sapphire Pack 7, a $10 set of effects that includes eleven new toolbox/plugins for Illustrator, including new colors, stroke widths, styles, point effects, scaling, rotation effects, jitter/scatter effects, transparency effects, and blend modes. It is only available for OS X.
MediaEdit 1.3 is a movie and graphic editing tool that lets you add effects and transitions to your movies. It includes over a hundred transitions and dozens of effects to choose from, offering support for audio editing and the ability to edit individual or multiple audio tracks. Version 1.3 adds a new \"blink selection effect,\" faster previews, custom scratch folder, and new zoon in/out effects. It is $60 for the standard version and $90 for the \"Pro\" version.
iToast has released calSync 1.1, a $4 application which allows users to share iCal calendars via FTP (instead of via a .Mac account or WebDAV server). A trial version is limited to synchronization of a single calendar. Serg Koren\'s vCal Exploder helps users migrate from PalmDesktop 4.0 to iCal by generating multiple vCal files from a single input vCal file based on Palm category, offers the ability to customize the duration of \"infinitely\" repeating events, and the ability to clean up \"all day events.\" [CS, vCE]
Andreas Amann has updated his Apple Scripts for Mail and Address Book in Mac OS X: Mail Scripts 1.1.1. It includes new scripts to create a new rule based on the first of the selected message, to change SMTP server, to export addresses from the Address Book, and to create a mailing list. The source code is also available.
Canon today announced new consumer products, including two digital cameras, three Bubble Jet printers, and three flatbed scanners.
CandyBar 1.01, an update to the $13 shareware tool for customizing system graphics and icons, is now compatible with Jaguar, including new icon replacements for the Finder, Private Folders, Drop Box, Mounted Server. It also includes an updated Smoothicons starter set.
AutoPairs 2.01 is brings Jaguar-compatibility to James Walker\'s free Mac OS X only application that modifies the behavior of certain keystrokes, to help you keep paired characters such as parentheses properly matched: \"...when you type a left parenthesis, AutoPairs will type the right parenthesis and a left arrow for you, so that you are read to type what goes between the parentheses. This and other pair macros can be turned on and off individually.\"
GoldfishSoft today released Perlidex 1.1, a new version of its $25 shareware Perl development environment and front end. It includes bug fixes and support for Unicode output.
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Remote S for Tesla Apple Watch app drives car out
Developer Allen Wong has created the Remote S for Tesla app, which can be used to remotely activate the Model S electric car via an Apple Watch, and drive it a short distance. Aside from providing data about the car and some basic function controls, the unofficial app uses the manufacturer's Summon command to allow the car to turn on, exit the garage, and park near to the user's location. The app is available to purchase from the App Store for $10. http://apple.co/1PprF4t
Seagate 3TB unreliability suit expands
The Seagate 3TB class-action hard drive lawsuit has been expanded to more devices. The expanded suit, filed today, now includes Seagate's Barracuda 3TB Hard Disk Drive, Desktop HDD 3TB, Backup Plus 3TB External Hard Disk Drive, GoFlex 3TB External Hard Disk Drive, or any other Seagate hard drive with model number ST3000DM001. The law firm, Hagens Berman, is seeking information from consumers such as time in service, purchase price, and the nature of any drive received in return from Seagate as a replacement for a failed unit. http://bit.ly/1Pc34Cq
BlackBerry Canada, Florida hit with layoffs
The BlackBerry campus has reportedly been wracked with layoffs. Sources familiar with the company's Waterloo office staffing claim that close to 35 percent of the local workforce has been laid off, with the deepest cuts being made in the BlackBerry 10 OS and hardware teams. Additionally, the state of Florida has been officially notified that the company's Sunrise facility will see 75 people fired. Enthusiast site Mobilesyrup puts the layoffs at around 1000 total. http://bit.ly/1Pc1Rep
Instagram tests multiple account support for iOS
Instagram is trialling support for multiple accounts in its iPhone app with a small number of users. The Facebook-owned photo sharing service confirmed the reports of the tests to TechCrunch, which will allow a single user to manage more than a single account within the app, transferring between two or three accounts with a few taps. It is unclear when the feature will roll out to the public, but it has previously tested it with the Android version of the app since November. http://tcrn.ch/1SPKEKh
Foxconn CEO declares Sharp deal near done
The Foxconn bid for Sharp is allegedly only waiting on specific details of the deal. Foxconn CEO Terry Gou has declared that his company has privileged negotiation rights for the Apple iPhone screen supplier, saying that "we have a consensus, the rest is a process ... I don't see a problem completing this process." Gou hopes the deal, worth up to $5.6 billion, will be formalized by the end of February. http://reut.rs/1SPEQjN
MIT demoes 'Eyeriss' AI chip for mobile
At the International Solid State Circuits Conference in San Francisco this week, MIT researchers presented a new chip designed specifically to implement neural networks. The researchers claim that "Eyeriss" is 10 times as efficient as a mobile GPU, so it could enable mobile devices to run artificial-intelligence algorithms such as Siri or Cortana, rather than uploading all data to a remote server for processing. http://bit.ly/1TISJBe
Pocket for iOS adds readability settings
Offline reader iOS app Pocket has updated, with reader-friendly changes. With the new revision, premium subscribers can adjust character spacing, and choose from eight new fonts including one that makes it easier for sufferers of dyslexia to read saved content. The app itself is free, with a premium subscription available for $5 a month, or $45 a year. http://apple.co/1KuILBl