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 22.214.171.124 fixes bugs that could cause data loss. Version 126.96.36.199 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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Apple offers customizable Mother's Day ad creator
In a follow-up to its recent Mother's Day TV ad that continues the "shot on iPhone" campaign, Apple has now set up a dedicated website that allows users to upload a single image of their own mothers into the end of the TV spot, which does not include any advertising message other than a brief Apple logo at the end. The uploaded photo is inserted into the ad, which carries no overt images of Apple products, narration, or other identifiers that the footage was shot on iPhones. Users can preview the finished custom video and share it to social networks in time for Mother's Day, which arrives on May 8. http://bit.ly/1ZnVPL2
Drake album tops 250M views on Apple Music
The latest album from Drake, titled Views, was streamed some 250 million times in its first week as an Apple Music exclusive, according to label Republic Records. The album, which was released last Thursday, topped a streaming record previously held by Justin Beiber of 205 million streams across all the popular streaming services in its first week. Views will become available on other streaming services starting May 13. The album has also sold over 1.2 million copies in its first week on iTunes. http://bit.ly/1s0S3gO
Cook to speak at Startup Fest Europe
May is turning out to be a busy travel month for Apple CEO Tim Cook: following on from reports that he will head back to China to meet with government officials there to help smooth out some recent difficulties, Cook is scheduled to be among the guest speakers at Startup Fest Europe in Amsterdam on May 24 at 11:10AM local time. His talk will run about 35 minutes, according to the schedule for the event. Other speakers across the five-day event will include Uber CEO Travis Kalanick, the Prime Minister of the Netherlands Mark Rutte, and Alphabet Chairman Eric Schmidt. http://bit.ly/1q3Zvpr
Retail VP Kupbens leaves Apple
Bob Kupbens, who joined Apple in 2014 just ahead of Dame Angela Ahrendts to run the online Apple Store and other web-based retail programs as vice president of online marketing efforts, has reportedly left the company for another position. Kupbens, who was previously in charge of digital marketing initiatives and e-commerce at Delta Air Lines, replaced Jennifer Bailey when she was appointed to run the Apple Pay project. He has overseen the redesign of the online store, the online iPhone upgrade program, and has generally worked to make the site better integrated with the retail Apple Stores. No replacement for Kupbens has yet been named.
Xcode updated for Git security
Apple on Friday patched two known critical vulnerabilities in its Xcode development tool that were concerned with the Git source code management client portion of the program. For unknown reasons, Apple waited seven weeks to update the version of Git shipping with the command-line tools in Xcode to v2.7.4, released by Git developers on March 17 to address the vulnerabilities. The flaw, now corrected, could allow for cloning a repository with a specially-crafted file structure, giving attackers a chance to execute malicious code on systems where cloning operations were initiated, reports Computerworld. The Command Line Tools package is not installed by default on OS X, but users have the option of installing it, and in some cases were forced to disable Git until the tools were updated. http://apple.co/24BQJP3
Twitter for Mac gets Moments, Polls
Twitter has updated its Mac app with Moments and Polls, features previously rolled out in its web portal and in its mobile apps. The new Moments tab is designed to make it easier to find more interesting and relevant content. Content is curated in categories including News, Sports, Entertainment and Fun, with trending topics highlighted for an easier to use, more engaging experience. The Twitter for Mac app also picks up the ability to create custom multiple choice polls via Tweets that are live for a 24-hour period. Users can also share GIFs in both Tweets and Direct Messages thanks to a new GIF search function. http://apple.co/1rxCvA0
GoPro revenue drops, Karma drone delayed
Action camera maker GoPro announced its first quarter results on Thursday, and the news was largely bad. While unit sell-through of the cameras was close to the year-over-year compare, revenues dropped 49.5 percent from Q1 last year, though was slightly above the company's guidance. Overall, the company lost $107 million in GAAP net income, and margins declined to 32.5 percent from 45.1 percent in the year-ago quarter. The company further announced that it would be delaying its planned Karma drone product until this winter, which will likely further impact next quarter's results. The upside of the delay, said GoPro Founder and CEO Nicholas Woodman, is that the Karma will now benefit from debuting just before the holiday buying season. http://bit.ly/1OgpdgD