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 188.8.131.52 fixes bugs that could cause data loss. Version 184.108.40.206 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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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