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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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