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Native Instruments has released a demo of Kontakt 1.1, its software sampler that features real-time time-stretching and resynthesis, graphical breakpoint envelopes, an integrated loop editor, analog-modelled filters, and visually displayed modulation. It includes a sample library containing more than 3GB of sounds in various styles and categories as well as 17 different sound filters filters. Version 1.1 began shipping earlier this month with support for HALion, EXS, and SDII files.
IBM today introduced \"the world\'s fastest desktop hard disk drive\" with IBM-exclusive technology called \"tag \'n seek\" (i.e., tagged command queuing), which enables the new IBM Deskstar 180GXP to perform nearly 25 percent faster than its predecessor. The new 180GXP is a 7200 RPM drive and features a fourfold increase in cache size -- up to 8 MB (as well as average seek time of 8.5 ms). It is available in capacities of 30GB, 40GB, 60GB, 80GB, 120GB and 180GB.
Aabel 1.1 is a free update to Gigawiz\'s data analysis and charting application that adds Mac OS X 10.2 optimization. Aabel is \'pipeline-oriented,\' allowing realtime, \"two-way interaction\" between charts and worksheets or databases. Version 1.1 is available for both the AltiVec-enhanced and the generic versions of the application.
Leister Productions has released Reunion 8.0 -- a significant update to its genealogy software. The $60 upgrade ($90 retail) includes Mac OS X compatibility, more Web output options and enhanced charting features. Reunion 8.0 retains compatibility with Classic versions of the Mac OS.
Digital Voodoo today announced Mac OS X 10.2.x-compatible drivers for its entire line of \'Standard Definition\' QuickTime capture and playback PCI cards. The \'Standard Definition\' range of capture and playback cards is fully optimized for use with editing suites, such as Apple\'s Final Cut Pro. The new drivers are available to registered customers, on the Digital Voodoo Web site.
Apimac Note Pad 1.6 is a Mac OS 9 & X shareware application ($15) that saves and organizes any piece of text (Copy/Paste, dragged text, etc). Notes can be assigned categories and organized in different ways. The update fixes known bugs and also includes a number of minor interface changes. [Classic, OSX]
ActiveDeveloper v2.10 is a runtime Objective-C and C IDE, JIT compiler and debugger with support for Cocoa and WebObjects. The Mac OS X software allows users to develop, test, debug and run applications as well as deploy native applications with no dependency on ActiveDeveloper. A personal license is $50.
MyiCal.com is a new free sharing service for users of Apple\'s iCal calendar program, which allows calendars to be published via WebDAV instead of uploading static calendars. An alternative to the $100 .Mac service offered by Apple, MyiCal is hosted by goBlox Technologies on Xserve servers. Future plans include Web-based email, Internet storage, community calendars and more.
FileMaker Mobile 2.1 is a new mobile database that allows users to transfer and synchronize data between FileMaker Pro databases (which now support XML importing and exporting) on desktop computers and handheld devices. The $50 software is compatible with FileMaker Pro 5.5v2 and 6, runs on handhelds with Pocket PC 2002, Palm OS 3.1 and desktop computers with Mac OS 9 & X.
Apple has pulled all iPods from the stores in France in order to bring the device into compliance with a French law that requries audio devices to output a maximum of 100 decibels (versus other parts of Europe, which mandate a 104 db maximum). Apple is expected to release firmware update on October 8th to bring existing iPods into compliance with the French regulation, according to MacGeneration.
PCV, a Macintosh development company, is looking for Windows products that people would like to see ported to the Macintosh platform.: \"We are asking the help of interested Macintosh users to identify such products by sending us an email with the name of the product and contact information, if any. We would also like to hear about any Macintosh products which are no longer supported, that have not been updated for while, or are not available for OS X, which you would like to see available.\"
Simon 1.0b2 is a Mac OS X only application that checks web and FTP sites at a desired frequency and determines when they change or go down. The introductory version is now available as a free download.
Post.Office 3.5.3 version 712 is a mail and list server for Mac OS X. The update adds a performance boost and features, including improved header and message body-based regular expression filtering and Mac OS X 10.2 compatibility. A free version, with 10 mailboxes and 2 lists, is available; a starter package, with 100 mailboxes and 10 lists is $295.
Audio Hijack 1.0 is a $16 audio enhancement utility for Mac OS X. The software runs in the background and pipes audio through a customized set of DSP filters (basically creating an equalizer for any Cocoa or Carbon application, including RealOne, DVD Player and Windows Media player). All sound played through the application can also be recorded to an AIFF file for later use.
IOGEAR has released the thinnest USB hub on the market, MicroHub. The four-port hub measures 9cm x 4cm x 1cm, which is smaller in size than a credit card, and weighs less than two ounces. The device is currently available for Mac OS 9 & X at a price of $15.
Eggplant, the first test automation product for Mac OS X, is now available. It provides functionality testing for GUI-based applications from the end-user experience, and utilizes a TCP/IP connection so that development and testing can occur in Mac OS 9, Windows, Unix and Linux.
Pixels Digital has announced a pre-purchase offer for the Mac OS X version of PiXELS 3D 4.1, which will be released on October 30th. Included in the offer is the now fully Mac OS X compatible PiXELS 4.1, ShaderMaker Pro, Tempest micro pixel renderer and Power Particle System. Owners of version 3.x can receive the upgrade price of $199 (a savings of $500); the general pre-purchase price is $400 (a savings of $400).
Intelli Innovations has released a new functionality update to its automated barcode creation software for both Mac OS 9 & X, Barcode Automator 1.1. It supports 9 different symbologies, including vectorized EPS and TIFF export capabilities, and comes bundled with OCR typography. New features include improved AppleScript performance, smaller, highly optimized EPS exports, and an Optimized Test Environment feature, allowing users to preview individual barcodes independently of bulk generation.
A reader notes that a new Apple Store is being built at the Menlo Park Mall in Edison, New Jersey.
Blobber 2.0 is a free tool that allows users to change the wait cursor in Mac OS X 10.2. It now sports a new interface, plugin support and more.
Kids Server for Mac OS X is a proxy server software with advanced web filtering capabilities. It includes more than 10 filters, a Google search filter, movie restrictions, log recording and more. Pricing is based on a yearly subscription and the number of users, and begins at $250 (for 1 year, 10 users).
FUNDimensions 4.06 brings Mac OS X 10.2 compatibility to the $1,830 fundraising software and database application for small non-profits and schools that manages the entire fundraising process. It runs on both Mac OS 9 as well as Mac OS X.
Lexmark today introduced the Lexmark X85 All-In-One Print Center, its single-unit station featuring an inkjet printer, flatbed scanner, and color copying and fax. It features 4800 x 1200 dpi when printing on photo paper and up to 2400 x 1200 dpi in black and color on all paper types, offering users the option of generating photo-quality output on other media, such as card stock, transparencies and iron-on transfers. Other features include 12 ppm monochrome printing, 6 ppm color printing, 600 x 1200 dpi optical scanning resolution (along with 48-bit color scan depth), and copy speeds of up to 10 cpm in black and up to 3 cpm in color,. The $200 X85 ships with both a black and color cartridge. Lexmark also last week introduced its $90 Lexmark Z45se Color Jetprinter, which offers 4800 x 1200 dpi on photo paper and photo-quality resolution of up to 2400 x 1200 dpi on all other paper types. It features print speeds of up to 15 ppm in black and up to 9 ppm in color.
REALmac software has released AudioX 2.1, an update to its $15 shareware utility for recording sound from any input source under Mac OS X (e.g., built-in microphone, USB microphone or a FireWire video camera). Version 2.1 adds a level meter, a new 40-second record limit in the demo, and other interface enhancements.
Mark Delfs has released a pregnancy calculator, Labor Day 1.0, which \"will time your individual contractions, and even better, track the distance between your contractions. The results are added to a table, which can be viewed on screen, or even e-mailed to a doctor.\"
MOX Optimize 2, now compatible with Mac OS X 10.2 Jaguar, is an application that can accelerate Mac OS X by allowing users to \"tweak your system settings and configure many hidden system options. Easily use powerful UNIX commands to optimize your system without having to learn them.\" The utility features automatic startup optimization and a scheduler for regular \"cleaning jobs.\" The utility offers features such as network connection optimization, Finder acceleration, improved application launch times, and cache management. A single-user license is $20, while upgrades from v1 are $10.
ArcaneWare\'s Serial Storage 1.2.1 is an application to the OS X application designed to organize/store/retrieve serial numbers, passwords, credit cards, or other information into different categories. Version 1.2.1 adds import/export for easy database backups as well as other enhancements to the $10 utility.
Rage Software\'s Macintosh Explorer X 3.2 provides an enhanced interface, copy & paste of files, improved Mac OS X support including better scrollwheel support and support for OS X 10.2.x, and improved drag and drop support to the $15 disk browsing utility for OS X.
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Apple want ads hint at future Watch faces
An Apple job listing for a dedicated clock face team may suggest future fashion-brand partnerships, possibly in time for the updated watchOS updates that are likely to be revealed at this spring's Worldwide Developer Conference. Since the introduction of watchOS 2, there has only been four new watch faces, but three of them were left over from the first release, with only one truly new one -- the co-branded Hermés face exclusive to that edition. There is a rumored March 15 event, but if that takes place it will likely focus on new band options as regards the Apple Watch. http://apple.co/1O1TbTI
Microsoft may end Office Support Professional prog
Microsoft appears to be either ending or seriously revamping its "Accredited Support Professional Program" for training on Microsoft Office for Mac and iOS it has offered at MacTech conferences since 2013. The program is not on offer at the upcoming MacTech tour, which begins on March 16 in San Francisco and includes a number of other cities. Microsoft has released a statement that it is "evaluating options for 2016, but don't have anything to share at this time." http://bit.ly/1KDz3MQ
Office for Mac v15.18 released
Microsoft has issued an update for the Mac version of its productivity suite, Office 2016. The v15.18 update offers improvements for all of the included apps, such as bringing full screen support to Outlook and allowing Word to save PDF files to flash drives. In addition, a new selection pane has been added to PowerPoint and Excel for keeping track of objects, and shapes can now be added to OneNote notebook pages. The update is free for all users, but requires a Mac running OS X 10.10 or later and a valid Microsoft Office 365 subscription. http://bit.ly/1Q7pAzW
Apple to open new south Florida mall store
According to real estate trade papers in south Florida, Apple has signed a lease for a new retail space in Miami, at the forthcoming Brickell City Centre (yes, the UK spelling is used) open-air mall, which is set to open later this year. The center will feature a five-story shopping area, condominiums, a hotel and office buildings, along with a "climate ribbon" in the shopping area to keep visitors cool, eschewing traditional air conditioning. The exact location of the Apple Store within the plan is not yet clear, but the destination already boasts 75 confirmed stores. http://bit.ly/1Q7n7Wd
Filemaker provides free custom app guide
FileMaker announced today the release of the first in a three-part series of free how-to guides that will lead teams through the process of building a custom app using the FileMaker Platform. FileMaker's new how-to guides provide a step-by-step process that starts with a planning cycle covering goals, requirements, functionality and usability, and run all the way through identifying user scenarios, defining requirements, addressing integration, providing security, and deployment of the final product. http://bit.ly/1o08wQh
OCZ Trion 150 SSD shifts to 15nm TLC NAND
SSD manufacturer OCZ has updated its entry-level 2.5-inch Trion 100 SSD. The new Trion 150 has similar performance to the now replaced model, and now utilizes 15nm TLC NAND. Sequential read speeds top out at 550MB/S, with 4KB random write speeds running from 25K IOPS in the 120GB model, to 64K IOPS in the 960GB version of the drive. Endurance is limited to 30TB in the 120GB, and peaks at 240TB in the 960GB version. Retail prices vary between $46 for 120GB, to $270 for the 960GB version. http://bit.ly/1nVmlyL
Google off the hook in CAPTCHA labor suit
US District Jacqueline Scott Corley has dismissed a proposed class-action suit against Google, that alleged that Google secretly was given an economic gain without user knowledge. The suit alleged, correctly, that the second word in Google's CAPTCHA service was used as a crowd-sourced word identification for Google's book-scanning project. The judge ruled that the suit as filed had no facts to support a "reasonable consumer would expect to receive compensation" for the seconds it took to complete the form, and in addition, the free Gmail account provided more than offset any labor penalty incurred by the user. http://bit.ly/1o06Cir