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Carbon Copy Cloner 1.4 updated for Jaguar
Mike Bombich's Carbon Copy Cloner 1.4 brings Mac OS X 10.2 Jaguar compatibility to the system cloning utility designed to assist in "backing up or moving your Mac OS X installation from one partition to another." The free utility is created with AppleScript Studio and only runs on Jaguar (version 1.3.1 is required for Mac OS 10.1.5 or earlier).
Apple to release SuperDrive firmware update
Apple will release a SuperDrive firmware update in October for Macs with older DVD-R mechanisms to avoid potential overheating when using high-speed media, according to The Macintosh Digital Hub. The update will not be required for the 17" iMac, eMac, or Power Mac G4 (Mirrored Drive Doors), but will be needed for earlier Power Macs with Pioneer-branded DVR-104 drives (firmware earlier than A227) or DVR-103 drives (firmware earlier than 1.90) -- Apple System Profiler can be used to retrieve this information.
Digital Video Editing: FCP tops Xpress DV
Digital Video Editing has posted a 'shootout' between Final Cut Pro and Avid Xpress DV 3.5. After a lengthy nine-page analysis of the two leading digital video editing suites, reviewer Peter May concludes that Apple's Final Cut Pro is the best overall suite.
Apple extends .Mac trial for iTools members
Apple today said it is extending the deadline until Oct. 14 for ex-iTools users to register for .Mac, Apple's new subscription-based services for e-mail, Web hosting and online storage service, according to c|net. The deadline was extended from September 30, in order to "make sure that every iTools customer has the opportunity to take advantage of the special $49.95 membership offer, even the ones who've waited until the last minute, we've decided to extend the deadline," according an Apple represntative, although previous iTools subscribers note that the change has not been reflected when they login to their .Mac accounts.
ViewSonic introduces 17\" wide HD LCD
ViewSonic today unveiled its first wide-format, 16:9 aspect ratio LCD multimedia display. The NextVision N1700w "raises the performance bar" in a new display category that extends beyond the traditional applications of a desktop computer monitor, to include high-definition television and entertainment capabilities. Unlike other LCD televisions on the market, often optimized only for standard TV viewing, the 'UltraBrite' ViewSonic N1700w combines computer display functionality with home entertainment technology requirements. It also allows users to view many forms of digital and analog content, including compatibility with HDTV receivers and set-top boxes. The $1200 N1700w offers a 1280x768 resolution, more than 450 nits of brightness and 450:1 contrast ratio. [Site not updated]
Sharp debuts new digital imaging devices
Sharp Electronics today unveiled the MC500U, its new digital video camera, and the VE-CG30U and VE-CG40U, two new still cameras. The new MC500U digital Viewcam camcorder is the first Sharp unit to feature 1.33-megapixel resolution for high-quality digital video and. The $1000 camcorder also sports improved ergonomics, and comes equipped with a built-in 8 MB Flash multimedia card and a 270-degree rotating lens. The VE-CG30U ($500) and VE-CG40U ($600) still photo cameras feature 3.3 and 4.0 megapixel resolution, respectively. Both models feature full manual and automatic options, and have 3x optical zoom and 9x digital zoom, USB driver and interface, white balance control, image effects, and 16 MB SD card.
Synchronize! Pro X 1.2.5: minor revision
Synchronize! Pro X 1.2.5 addresses a bug under Mac OS X 10.2.1 that caused some files not to be reported. The update also fixes a problem whereby files in the "top-level folder" would be copied even if settings prevented it. Synchronize! Pro X is a file synchronization and backup utility for Mac OS X.
Blue World delivers Lasso 5.01 updater
Blue World Communications has issued a maintenance update to its Lasso Professional Web development environment for Mac OS X. Lasso Professional 5.0.1 is free to all Lasso Professional 5 licensees and provides fixes for numerous issues, including those with encoding of subject lines and other email headers, and email body text truncation.
MacStat OS X driver released
ExitToShell Software is now offering a Mac OS X-native driver for MacStat, its small bus-powered 20-by-2 character LCD module that continuously displays operating system stats. The information displayed includes the number of running processes, free/used RAM, free/used hard disk space, uptime and system load. Version 2.0 of the MacStat software recognizes all available serial ports registered via IOKit. MacStat is a hardware/software combination and is available for $85 per unit.
EI ships Universe 5.0, announces Amorphium 2
Electric Image has begun shipping Universe 5.0, its 3D rendering software and also announced that Amorphium Pro 2.0 will ship by the end of the year.
Q-Run secures orders for 17- & 19-inch iMacs
China Times has reported that Q-Run Technology has secured orders from Apple for 17- and 19-inch LCD iMac (we reported previously that Quanta would produce 17- and 19-inch iMacs in the third quarter). "Q-Run is currently on a test run for iMac, but delivery is due to begin from October... Monthly shipment is expected to exceed 10,000 iMac desktops in the initial stage [and] the PCs will be equipped with LCD panels provided by Samsung." [report in Chinese]
KB: OS X CD burning, eMac sound problems...
Apple KnowlegeBase roundup: Mac OS X 10.2 offers three options for burning CDs (Standard, iTunes, and MP3) as well as options for choosing from a list of optional applications (Finder, iTunes, Disk Copy, Other Application, or Run Script); Apple says a small number of eMacs have experienced a popping sound followed by loss of video (during startup) and recommends that it be taken to a local service provider for repair; a workaround in Mac OS X 10.2 enables users to change the password hint displayed at login, which is not possible to do after updating.
Watson author talks Apple developer relations
An O'Reilly interview with Watson's Dan Woods talks about different aspects of begin an Apple developer:
"I think Apple has a long way to go in terms of developer relations. Apple has helped some companies build themselves up, but others they have harmed greatly. From stories I've heard from other developers, the Sherlock/Watson issue is just the tip of the iceberg. I respect Steve Jobs's desire to make the Mac the most useful tool it can possibly be, to win over converts from the Windows side, but instead, Apple seems to be nibbling at their own developer community. Perhaps there needs to be a better agreement that both parties enter to avoid these situations. Apple should be thinking win-win in terms of developer relations--helping companies build great software so that both Apple and those companies will succeed--but the reality seems to be 'We'll provide you some help to make a product, but we might just bundle your ideas into our OS or our next iApp.'"
Storm Music Studio 2.0: audio creation app
Storm Music Studio 2.0 is a major upgrade to the electronic audio creation application. Improvements include compatibility with Mac OS X, and also support for the ReWire protocol, enabling it to work with Live, Reason and Sonar. A Composition Wizard has been added, along with The Hall, a collection of interactive services enabling users to connect and chat with each other, and exchange files. The price is $150.
Tech: Windows Bluetooth, no Logic for Windows
Afternoon Tech News: Microsoft has released Windows XP Support for Bluetooth-enabled devices to manufacturers: "a software layer with appropriate programming interfaces was sent out to developers this week, but users shouldn't expect to see native Windows XP support from Bluetooth hardware manufacturers for another three to six months", says a Microsoft spokesperson; Apple, which bought eMagic and its products earlier this summer, will stop offering Logic and other eMagic programs on September 30th: "Cutting off Logic Audio from PC customers is a huge slap to the face," wrote one signer of an online petiton asking Apple to reconsider their decision and continue development for Windows; Three of the major hard-drive makers will cut down the length of warranties on some drives, starting October 1; Google -- one of the most popular online search engines -- today celebrates its fourth birthday.
IconCleaner, Pod Manager, more updated
Several different applications have been updated today, including AutoCat, IconCleaner, Optigold ISP, eOrdering Complete, Pod Manager, CubeSaver, the 4D component BASh, and VPN Tracker 1.01:
AutoCat 3.0.6, a $15 disk cataloging utility for Mac OS 9 & X, fixes cosmetic problems under Mac OS X 10.2. [320KB]
- Deep Sky's BASh 1.8.1b1 is a 4th Dimension component which provides extensive utility functionality for 4D programmers, including a dynamic stack space module for reusing variable space, encoding and cryptography routines, and much, much more. [3.9MB]
IconCleaner 1.1.2 is a maintenance update to the freeware custom icons remover. It adds Mac OS 10.2 compatibility and includes the v1.1.1 installer for Mac OS 9. [1.4MB]
Optigold ISP 3.0.9 is a cross-platform business software package to run all aspects of an internet service provider, from billing to server management. The latest release adds web interface options, new variable flexibility and better NACHA compatibility.
LAJ Design has released eOrdering Complete 1.5. The cross-platform application that creates online web-based stores using shopping cart technology now includes more options, improved shipping costs for different types of shipping and added Euro support. [Classic, OSX]
Pod Manager 1.1 is an $8 shareware application that extracts music files stored in iPods. The new version improves tag detection and adds a new option to automatically create hierarchical folders. [203KB]
CubeSaver 1.0b2 is an OpenGL-based OS X screensaver that uses the photographs and images stored in a user's "Pictures" folder to "create a rotating, ever-changing picture cube on your desktop." [212KB]
VPN Tracker 1.0.1 for Mac OS X helps set up secure network connections using the IPsec protocol. Transferring data, chatting and other network traffic become encrypted with algorithms, preventing unauthorized viewing. [3.1MB]
Four-in-one PC Card adapter for flash memory
Sandisk has introduced a four-in-one PC Card adapter for four different flash memory cards: Secure Digital, MultimediaCard, Memory Stick and SmartMedia. The $40 adapter will be shipping in October. Sandisk also announced that its current line of PC card adapters have been reduced in price to $35.
SQL Plug-In 2.1 connects to databases via FMP
SQL Plug-In 2.1 allows users to connect to ODBC and JDBC datasources from within Filemaker Pro, and perform functions such as read and insert data, perform SQL Queries, create and modify tables and views and more. Databases that are supported for connection include Oracle 7, 8, and 8i, Informix, Sybase, MySQL and Microsoft Access. A single license is $90.
SmileLab 1.0 for numeric data processing
Satimage's SmileLab 1.0 is a $350 environment for numerical data processing and scientific publishing. It is built on the open-source Smile 2.4.6 script editor for AppleScript. It is ships as three components: Smile (an application), the Satimage osax (a Scripting Addition) and the SmileLab Set, and is available as a free demo until October 31st. [Smile, OSAX, SLS]
Zingg! 1.2 extends Jaguar\'s \'Open With\'
Rainer Brockerhoff has released Zingg! 1.2, a freeware contextual menu plugin, which displays a list of all applications that claim to open the selected file. Users can select certain applications to be always included or always excluded from the list, and Classic applications may receive special handling: "Zingg! offers more functionality than Jaguar's 'Open With' menu, allowing you to open more than one item or folders." It now includes fixes for Mac OS X Jaguar, a new override option, and other enhancements.
VoiceCommander 1.2: speech control of apps
VoiceCommander 1.2 is a Mac OS X application that allows uses to use their voice to control applications. It uses Mac OS X built-in speech recognition technology to produce the appropriate keyboard equivalent that corresponds to the user's installed voice command. It is $15 shareware.
Toast Titanium 5.2 not for primetime (yet)
Roxio let us know today that circulating link for the Toast Titanium 5.2 updater is not recommended for use: " The software is not officially released yet and still has a 'time out' function in certain features. It will be released next week." The company recommends that users not install the update until it has been released to avoid problems. (We yesterday noted the upcoming release of Toast Titanium 5.2 updater.)
Apple UNIX Guru to speak on Unix in Webcast
Mac OS X Labs today will deliver a 90 minute Webcast at 1 pm ET titled: "UNIX Tools for Mac OS X Administrators." Apple's Ernest Prabhakar, a UNIX guru on the Mac OS X Product Management Team, will discuss the UNIX tools available for administrators in Mac OS X 10.2 Jaguar as well as the relation of Mac OS X to UNIX, the nature of the command-line user environment, and tools and techniques for bringing additional UNIX software to Mac OS X.
DragThing 4.5.1 updates popular launcher util
DragThing 4.5.1 s a free maintenance release to fix a bug that could cause problems when converting preferences files from older versions of DragThing. Version 4.5 of the $25 launcher utility brought the ability to turn docks into sliding drawers that work like pop-up windows from Mac OS 9, improved support for Jaguar, more translucency effects, an option to highlight Classic applications in docks, and extended contextual menus in Jaguar.
Epson posts beta driver for Stylus Color 1160
Eric Browning notes that Epson's beta driver for the Stylus Color 1160 v1.2ba works under Jaguar: "I have installed it and is seems to work great in Mac OS X 10.2. All I did was install the driver, restart, plug in the printer and open the Print Center app and there it was."
Cisco warns of VPN password vulnerability
A MacNN reader notes that Cisco recently documented a VPN 5000 Client password vulnerability with releases earlier than 5.2.2 where the application saves the password in plain text regardless of whether "SaveSecrets" is enabled and regardless of whether you encrypt passwords. Cisco is offering free software upgrades to address security issue.
iBlog converts iCal calendars to web blogs
VisualNewt Software's iBlog converts Apple iCal calendars to web blogs. It requires no server-side components other than the availability of a web site with FTP access, iCal and Mac OS X. iBlog also supports simple templating built around HTML. A demo of the $25 utility is available online and a limited-time $5 discount is available to those who submit a template for use with the program.
Eclipse IDE now available for OS X
Eclipse.org has begun making an OS X version of its Eclipse programming environment available available as part of its mainstream releases, according to MacNN reader Alex van den Bergh: "Eclipse is a kind of universal tool platform - an open extensible IDE for anything and nothing in particular. It is industrial-strength, open-source and free. I use it for Java development on Linux. I find it to be much more powerfull than Apple's ProjectBuilder." The open-source project is provided under the CPL (common public license).
Brother scrambling to support Mac OS 10.2
Following Brother's introduction of new multi-function centers yesterday, a MacNN reader notes that Brother is still scrambling to add OS X 10.2 [Jaguar] support to its product line: "Due to a problem in their drivers, most, if not all, of Brother's product line stopped working with the introduction of Jaguar, though there was not a problem with earlier versions of OS X. They claim that they're working on the problems with Apple, but my multifunction unit has not worked since I upgraded more than a month ago, and they are notably unresponsive to my inquiries."
MacVCD X 4.1 adds Super VCD playback
Mireth Technology has released MacVCD X 4.1, an update to its $20 Video CD player for OS X. It adds support for Super VCD playback (with the purchase of Apple's QuickTime MPEG2 component), adds playback in a re-sizeable floating window, adds the repeat track feature, ensures Mac OS X 10.2 compatibility, and provides improved playback on slower machines.
Freeware iTunes scripts enhance functionality
Jason Suitts has released two new scripts for iTunes: Download to Library will download and import URL-based MP3 tracks into the local iTunes library and can be used to make local copies of tracks from Internet music websites. Stream Playlist is a script that will export an iTunes playlist to your QuickTime Streaming Server for MP3 broadcasting. [DTL, SPL]
iCal Calling iTunes! 2.0 is also a free ApleScript that lets you use iCal to schedule iTunes playlists. It can both start as well as stop playlists based on iCal information and also intercepts an AppleScript timeout error that could occur during Sleep. [186KB]
Team MacNN offers community projects
With the completion of the RC5 project, as noted yesterday, Team MacNN reminds everyone who was participating in RC5, and also those who have never participated in distributed computing, to check out some of its other projects or visit the official community forum.
Jaguar adds screen shot capture option
The current issue of Apple's eNews offers another OS X tip for capturing screen shots: "Immediately hit the spacebar after typing Command-Shift-4. Instead of crosshairs, you'll see a little camera. Move the camera around to highlight the Dock, the menu bar, the desktop, or any open window. Then just click the mouse button to 'snap' a screen shot. In fact, with this option, you can entirely eliminate the desktop when you capture a screen shot of an individual window." " The issue also notes a KnowledgeBase article that explains how to send an email reminder to your mobile phone or pager from iCal. Update: a MacNN reader notes that pressing 'Command-Shift-Control-4' will save the selected screen shot to the clipboard -- á la Mac OS 9 -- instead of saving a PDF to the Desktop.
DockFun! 3.2 offers multiple dock configs
DockFun! 3.2 is a $15 shareware utility that allows users to run an infinite number of Dock configurations. It brings full Jaguar support, "mode control," and localizations in French and Italian.
Analyst: 7% jump in Apple fiscal year sales
Jonathan Guerkink, an analyst at Ragen MacKenzie, says that Apple's "$4 billion in net cash (cash and short-term securities, less debt of $316 million) makes its market capitalization of $5.3 billion too low." Guerkink estimates that Apple, which remains profitable, will close the September fiscal year with $5.7 billion in sales, a 7% jump in a rough market. Apple's Q4 2002 earnings for the period ending September 30th are expected on October 16th.
Apple among companies with worst BODs
Apple is named among eight companies in the October 7 issue of BusinessWeek as having the worst boards of directors, according to a Reuters report. The magazine used criteria such as "board independence and stock ownership for the listing", noting reasons such as "granting hefty compensation packages to flailing CEOs, having too many company insiders as members, and failing to notice or stop abuses that were happening under their noses." BusinessWeek surveryed 51 corporate governance experts and then conducted a proxy analysis that graded companies on governance and performance measures. Gap's board, on which Steve Jobs serves as a Director, is also named on the list along with the boards from Conseco, Dillard's, Kmart, Qwest, Tyson, and Xerox.
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