Several new software utilities were released today by developers in the RealBASIC community: iccToolBox is an improved version of the suite of tools that assist printing and graphics arts professional with the handling CC/ICM profiles; KuConta 2.1.0 introduces several optmizations and new features to Kualo Software\'s simple \"account application;\" ResourceEdit 1.3 now includes a \"NavCustomization Class\" (version 1.3 is the first public release); NavDialog Plugin 3.0 gains a new class -- \"NavCustomization\" -- that further extends the \"FolderItem handling capabilities.\"
FireLogic\'s has announced the release of HealthEngage 3.0 -- an updated version of the disease-management software tool. Version 3.0 is \"just as user friendly as its previous version\" but includes a handful of powerful new features. Using the software, the developer suggests that patients and their healthcare team can better manage health conditions and spot dangerous trends before they become life-threatening.
Blue World Communications today shipped Lasso Professional 6, a significant upgrade to its Web application environment. Lasso is a server product for building and serving data-driven Web sites. Lasso Professional 6 introduces support for numerous industry standards, while maintaining the ease-of-use and robust security that have drawn many Web developers to the product. Lasso works on many UNIX-based operating systems, including Mac OS X. The milestone release introduces Mac OS X 10.2 support.
IdeaResources this afternoon released irEdit 1.1, the latest version of its $20 text-editing software for OS X. The update includes a handful of new features and bug fixes, most notably regular expression support, and the ability to save search expressions.
Developer Ian Page has updated his Mactracker application to include updated specifications for the 17\" iMac, the new Power Mac G4s, the latest eMacs, the 20GB iPod and Mac OS X 10.1.5. Mactracker provides Apple fans with specifications and history for virtually every Macintosh and related device. Mactracker 1.7.2 is free to all users, and will serve as an interim release until version 2.0 is again made available. [Classic, OS X]
CharisMac today unveiled Hubzilla -- a four-port, $75, FireWire hub that delivers 400 Mbps of data to and from CD, DVD, RAID and peripheral devices. CharisMac hopes its product will help reduce desktop clutter by allowing users to connect all their FireWire devices at once, thereby allowing for more permanent placement of wires and peripherals.
Pixels Digital is offering budget-conscious users the opportunity to purchase a licensed copy of PiXELS 3D v3.7 as a parto of its $100 \"Power Users Bundle.\" Version 3.7 sold for several hundred dollars prior to the release of PiXELS 3D v4.0. The offer, valid until October 1st, includes two \'extras packs,\' a learning CD and a fully-functional copy of PiXELS 3D v3.7.
Apple Computer recently begun shipping its new 1.25GHz G4 Power Macs. MacNN reader Justin Michaels reported receiving notification Tuesday, with an ETA of two business days.
Matthew Rothenberg\'s latest column for eWeek tracks Apple\'s Mac OS X \"ultimatum\" to developers and users: \"Whatever spin you choose to put on it, however, the bottom line is that Apple has put users and developers alike on notice: Switch to Mac OS X now, or join OpenDoc and CyberDog in Apple\'s dead-letter office.\" In August, Apple told consumers and developers that, beginning Janaury of next year, it would no longer include Mac OS 9 on any of its computers.
CS Odessa today announced that it has opened the first school for \"creative thinkers\" in Odessa, Ukraine. The IT school offers a series of specialized workshops and advanced training for the ConceptDraw Product family and office graphics solutions, as well as general design theory. Initially, the workshops will be available to corporate customers and users. Later, CS Odessa plans to deliver these workshops to organizations and individual customers.
IOGEAR has launched its second-generation 3-port FireWire CardBus, offering laptop users fast 400mbps connection speeds to peripheral devices. The $70 card comes bundled with digital editing software by Arcsoft, which enables users to save movies to CD for playback on a DVD player. The new device is available immediately for Mac OS 9 and OS X users.
An AZcentral article attempts to determine which desktop PC -- the Apple iMac or the Gateway Profile 4 -- bests the other in performance, ease of use and reliability. According to the independently conducted testing, neither machine is able to declare outright victory. Both machines are built around 15-inch flat-panel displays. While the $1000 Gateway has larger RAM and storage allotments than the $1300 iMac, it narrowly edges the iMac in performance, despite including a CPU with a megahertz rating nearly three times that of the iMac. The machines\' Quake III benchmarks differed by only four frames per second; Photoshop results revealed the 2.8GHz Gateway was only marginally faster.
MarketCircle\'s contact and customer relationship application, DayLite v1.0.5, is now fully Jaguar compatible and has new Follow-up and Next Task Mechanisms as well as new Contextual Menu options to create pre-linked tasks and appointments and improvements to viewing contact cards.
Vizspring\'s Typeset 1.2.3 is an update to its OS X font viewing utility, adding improved management of font favorites, a new contextual menu item on the font list for managing favorites sets, and other bug fixes and minor modifications. It is a free update to the $15 shareware.
Ben Bird\'s SecuritySpy 1.0b11 software for both Classic and OS X adds email notification on motion detection to his multi-camera video surveillance software. The software has configurable compression settings for movies and images, can upload images to remote locations via ftp, and captures and displays live video from multiple cameras simultaneously. Pricing starts at $50 for use with a single camera. [Classic, OSX]
Degana has released Ponere 1.0, a new shareware ($18) puzzle game for the Mac platform, in which \"players arrange tiles to create closed rings, such as a circle or oval. Tiles are arranged using controls that move an entire column or row on the game board--so moving pieces usually involves moving more than one at once. Ponere includes 60 levels.\"
Intuem 1.5 adds improved notation capabilities, proportional printing, note refitting, the ability to record multiple devices to the same track, and background operation as well as many other features to the fourth release of the $80 music authoring solution.
Page Sender 2.1 updates Smile Software\'s fax send & receive and print-to-email (PDF) utility with dithering (grayscale) support, live addressing, fax attachments, and options to email and/or execute an AppleScript on received faxes. A 30-day demo of the $30 software for OS X is available online.
Apple has posted an MPEG-4 stream of Steve Jobs\' keynote from Apple Expo 2002, which took place last week in Paris. The stream requires QuickTime 6.
Apple today announced that more than 100,000 users have subscribed to the company\'s .Mac suite of Internet services and software since it was launched in July: \"We\'re thrilled to have more than 100,000 .Mac subscribers so quickly,\" said Sina Tamaddon, Apple\'s senior vice president of Applications. \"We\'re getting over 1,000 new .Mac subscribers every day, which is proof that many of our users want to seamlessly extend their digital lives onto the Internet.\" .Mac is available as a subscription-based service for $100 (US) per year, while iTools members as of midnight, July 16, 2002, are receiving a special introductory price of $50 for the first year if they subscribe before September 30, 2002.
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Comixology fires up $6 all-you-can-read service
Amazon-owned Comixology has launched an all-you-can-read comic subscription service. After a 30-day free trial, for $6 a month, subscribers can draw from a large selection of the Comixology library, minus Marvel and DC comics. For now, the service is US-only. http://bit.ly/1WMAOft
QuarkXPress 2016 now shipping
Quark is now shipping QuarkXPress 2016, the newest version of Quark's graphic design and desktop publishing software that now features near-WYSIWYG fixe HTML5 publishing as well as improved operability with InDesign and Illustrator and support for multi-Color Gradient Blends, OpenType Stylistic Sets, a Color Picker (Eyedropper tool), Touchpads for Pinch and Zoom (Mac only) and more. Users on any previous version of QuarkXPress (versions 3-10) can upgrade to version 2016 for $350, while QuarkXPress 2015 users can upgrade to 2016 for $180; new licenses are available for $850 (education licenses are available for $90). http://bit.ly/1OL23Pu
Kanex debuts GoPower USB-C for MacBooks
Kanex today introduced its GoPower USB-C, a portable power solution designed to charge a USB-C MacBook on the go along with an iPhone or iPad simultaneously. Featuring 15,000 mAh of power--capable of charging an iPhone 6s seven times or the USB-C MacBook one full time--the GoPower USB-C Portable Battery features one 3A USB-C port and one 2.4A port for other devices, priority charging detection technology and a pass-thru charging to your devices when the battery is plugged into a power source. http://bit.ly/1TKaf8z
i.am+ EPs earphones are Apple Store exclusive
Musician turned consumer electronics entrepreneur Will.i.am has launched a new pair of Bluetooth wireless earphones, dubbed the i.am+ EPs. The new earphones are an Apple Store exclusive, and feature large 14mm drivers and aptX support for high-quality wireless streaming. The i.am+ EPs support A2DP controls, have a 30-foot range and can last up to six hours on a charge. The design is said to be inspired by the "iconic shape of vinyl records," and are made from spun metal and paired with a woven fabric cord. When not in use, the EPs magnetically click into place around the neck. The iam+ EPs are available now at select Apple Store and Apple.com for $230, are available in gold-on-black or black-on-black. http://bit.ly/1OKVlt2
Ultimate Ears debuts UE Roll 2 speaker
On Tuesday, audio accessory maker Ultimate Ears unveiled a new version of the UE Roll Bluetooth speaker. The new UE Roll 2, which sells for $100, looks identical to the previous version, but gets about 15 percent louder. In addition, the unit now supports a Bluetooth source signal up to 100 feet away, an improvement on the original's 65-foot limit. While both the old and new versions of the UE Roll offer an IPX7 waterproof rating, the company now includes a blow-up "floaty" with the speaker to avoid the risk of prolonged exposure. The new unit will begin general shipping next month. http://bit.ly/1TJWE0Z
Philips launches Hue White Ambiance bulbs
Philips latest HomeKit-compatible Hue light bulbs have hit the market. The new Hue White Ambiance bulbs are designed to allow users to control their color temperature to enhance either focus, or create a more relaxing tone. Combined with the latest update to the Philips Hue app, the new bulbs can be set according to user "routines." The "wake-up" mode gently turns up the brightness of the bulb, while conversely, the "go to sleep" mode gradually reduces the color temperature and brightness. The Philips Hue White Ambiance starter kit retails for $130, while single bulbs sell for $30. http://bit.ly/1TJT3Qn
Pluggable Technologies three-display USB-C dock
Peripheral company Plugable Technologies today launched the industry's first wave of USB-C docking stations with both Power Delivery and DisplayPort Alternate Mode support. The Plugable UD-CA1 Docking Station integrates support for both of these new capabilities, along with the full set of standard USB docking features like wired network, audio, and extra USB ports. Model UD-ULTCDL builds on this, adding support for three total displays using DisplayLink USB virtual graphics technology. The UD-CA1 retails for $129, with the UD-ULTCDL selling for $179, and available soon. http://bit.ly/1TrVVTJ