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 126.96.36.199 fixes bugs that could cause data loss. Version 188.8.131.52 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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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
Fifth Hong Kong store to open June 30
The 46th official Apple store in what the company calls the "Greater China" region will open at 10AM local time in Hong Kong's New Town Plaza in the Sha Tin district on Thursday, June 30, according to a new page on Apple's retail website. Despite slowing growth due to economic turmoil in China, the country is still Apple's fastest-growing market. The new story will be the fifth for Hong Kong, a lucrative market for Apple thanks to the high concentration of wealth there and a thriving "gray" market. Normal store hours for the new store will be 10AM to 10PM every day. http://apple.co/291diaT
Apple Music bug bites very short songs
There appears to be a reproducible bug in the current version of iTunes -- version 12.4.1, running on OS X 10.11.5, both the current non-beta versions of the respective software -- that causes a streamed song to become "stuck" in endless buffering if the streamed item just before this happened was 60 seconds or less in length. The problem appears to stem from code in iTunes that signals the next track to start downloading one minute before the currently-playing track is done, and thus songs shorter than one minute don't trigger the download. Locally-stored music is unaffected by the bug, and the problem does not appear to exist in either the macOS Sierra developer beta or versions of iTunes earlier than 12.4, and does not affect the iOS Music app at all. http://bit.ly/291cN0l
Walmart Pay expands to 15 states
Walmart, one of the key progenitors of the failed CurrentC mobile payment system that was distinguished from Apple Pay by its ability to collect and share customer financial and buying data among its participants, has expanded the soft rollout of its alternative solution "Walmart Pay" to an additional 15 US states following a pilot program in Arkansas and Texas last month. Walmart continues to resist adding Apple Pay. The system, built into the Walmart app for iOS and Android, works with a complicated system of the camera scanning a purchase code at the register, then generating a QR code which is then scanned by the register. The system is available now in Alabama, Georgia, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, North Carolina, North Dakota, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Virginia, and Washington, DC. http://apple.co/28SqZfu
Amazon refreshes entry-level Kindle
Amazon has added a new Kindle to its ebook reader range, one that is thinner and lighter than the previous entry-level model. Offering a six-inch 167-dpi touchscreen display, a doubled 4GB of storage, and an option for a white casing, the new model also adds in the ability to export highlights and notes to an email account as a PDF. Two versions of the all-new Kindle are available, priced at $80 including "Special Offers" and $100 without. http://amzn.to/28Q4c3R