Hewlett-Packard has released its Photosmart 2.0.5 driver software for Mac OS X. The printer software supports all Photosmart printer models with USB, except the Photosmart 100 printer.
Avernum 3 v1.1.1 is an updated version of Spiderweb Software's fantasy role-playing game that fixes a serious bug, which kept some players from being able to save games. "Avernum 3 is an epic fantasy role-playing game, featuring a huge world, multitudes of puzzles and quests, hundreds of towns and dungeons, and a fascinating storyline." A demo version is available for Mac OS 9.
Recent Apple advisories and tips: Computers running Mac OS 9 or X can stop responding if put into sleep while an iPod is connected; the Mac OS X 10.2 Finder may become unresponsive for 30 to 90 seconds if the Inspector version of the Info window is used to change a file name; in order to sync with a Palm OS device, users of iSync 1.0 must first configure conduit settings in HotSync Manager; automatic notification of software updates may be turned off after upgrading Mac OS X 10.1 to version 10.2; a kernel panic may occur under OS X 10.2 if a file whose filename ends with "#02" -- or any other hexadecimal number -- is copied via any Apple file service (Finder, etc.).
The evening application and utility roundup includes WeatherMan 1.7, NetMinder Ethernet 5.0's Packet Inference, LimeWire 2.6, irEdit 1.2, WipeOut 1.2.2 and webpeek 1.0.1: WeatherMan(X) 1.7 downloads current weather conditions, weather forecast and Nexrad radar images from the National Weather Service and displays them in a separate application or in the Mac OS X Dock. The update brings improved icons, sounds, and sorting, and fixes radar animation bugs. [Classic, OSX] An update to NetMinder Ethernet 5.0's Packet Inference is now available for Mac OS X, with new rules for detecting and eliminating attempted exploits from the Bugbear virus. [32 KB] LimeWire 2.6 brings better network connectivity, a more informative library, improved documentation and more localizations to the Gnutella-based file sharing application for Mac OS 9 & X. [Classic, OSX] irEdit 1.2 is a text editor for Mac OS X that now contains new language and general preferences, bug fixes and other performance improvements. [383 KB] WipeOut 1.2.2 fixes bugs related to Mac OS X 10.2.1 as well as joystick codes for the racing game. Tested joysticks include the Gravis Gamepad, MacAlly IShock II and the Logitech Wingman Attack 2. [509KB] webpeek 1.0.1 is an application that brings the ability of viewing Mac OS 9 & X screens remotely via any web browser. [Classic, OSX]
Apple has released Mac OS X Modem Update 1.0, which fixes a "rare issue in which a built-in modem cannot dial up" after installing Mac OS X 10.2. Symptoms include a message stating "Internet Connect could not open the communications device" and an Internet Connection Log reports that the device is busy. "If you have not experienced the symptoms, you do not need to download the Mac OS X Modem Update. The steps below require Mac OS 9 for downloading the update. If you do not have Mac OS 9 installed, you should download the update (as in Steps 3 and 4) from another location and then burn it on a CD to take back to your computer. If you live near an Apple Store retail location, you may get assistance there if necessary. "
The afternoon application and utility roundup includes a demo of PRO-53 from NI, metaobject's PdfCompress 2.0, Praeco 1.5, iDress 1.1, and Emailchemy 1.1: NI has posted a demo of PRO-53, its recently updated $200 virtual analog synth with new oscillator technology, high-pass filter mode and an invertible filter envelope as well as a reworked control surface. metaobject today released PdfCompress 2.0, an update to its $25 PDF compression tool for Mac OS X. It adds performance improvements and bug fixes as well as a second compression method, which compresses bi-level images using the lossless CCITT Group 4 compression method used in Fax transmission. [780KB] Praeco 1.5 is an update to Desideratum's eBay auction tool for buyers and sellers, adding expanded searching options, more display customization, auction countdowns, encrypted bidding passwords, and workarounds for outstanding issues with the Mac OS X 10.2. [Classic, OSX] iDress 1.1 updates the company's $15 reporting application built on top of Jaguar's Address Book. The template-based solution can generate envelopes, Avery and Dymo formatted mailing labels, and custom stationery from Address Book records. Version 1.1 includes support for Single Address Selection and International Address Formatting as well as new template options. [4.6MB] Emailchemy 1.3.1 brings "critical bug" fixes for the QuickMail converter and other GUI improvements to the $25 utility that reads proprietary formats of the most popular email applications and converts them to standard formats. [317KB]
Macworld Expo is set to return to Boston in 2004 after IDG moved to the show to New York City in 1998, according to Business Today; "Big Apple officials, as they attempted to keep the giant tech show at the Jacob R. Javits convention center, pulled out all the stops - including appearances by Broadway stars. [But Boston's] package included the use of the city-owned Parkman House on Beacon Hill and the courtyard of the Boston Public Library for private receptions for Macworld attendees. [Boston] City Hall also threw in banner advertising touting the show in city lamp posts, while state convention officials offered free rent on the meeting hall under construction in South Boston. But with the decision now made, Greco and IDG are planning an Oct. 17 press conference."
VVI today released Peer Visual 8.2.5, which adds scalability and other improvements its real-time Web application that makes dynamic reports, charts, diagrams and other visuals for print and web distribution. Version 8.2.5 adds launch-on-demand, fall-over, request forwarding, multiprocessing, multithreading, asynchronous request handling, origin-distribution and continuous autonomous monitoring and restarting.
Marketcircle announced the release of DayLite 1.1, an update to its customer and sales management application: "[it] has been designed to equip and empower an entire company. An individual can manage a sale from a cold call to the post-sales support using DayLite Opportunities and Projects. The team leader can overview any Opportunity, make an action plan, delegate tasks to team members and always see what the next pending task is for each Opportunity." Version 1.1 adds an Address Book Sync feature for Mac OS X 10.2 Jaguar owners. DayLite Business Edition is currently being offered at an early adopter price of $135 per seat for a limited time ($115 off the suggested retail price).
Apago's PDFshrink, reduces the size of PDF files by optimizing the resolution and compression method of each image in the PDF file: PDFshrink ($125) offers extensive control over image compression and resolution using different compression and resolution choices for color, grayscale and 1-bit images as well as batch processing through monitored hot folders. PDFshrink Lite ($35) is designed to repurpose high-resolution PDF files for use on the web, in ebooks and for on-screen reading. The drag and drop interface uses JPEG compression and reduces the resolution of images to 72 dpi, while bitmaps images are scaled to 300 dpi and compressed with "Flate compression." Both run under Mac OS X.
Taylor Design's TextSpresso 2.0, a $20 text editor and "cleaner" that can apply one or filters, sorts, or data extraction to text in any application. It also offers batch conversion functions, custom built filters, PC-Mac file conversion, and other special text conversion functions. A 30-day demo of the is available.
Adaptec today announced its Adaptec XHub for Notebooks, a new 4-port hub for both USB 2.0/USB 1.1 peripherals that does not require an extra power supply for "most peripherals." It provides device indicator lights to identify peripherals currently in use. The $40 device comes with a one-year hardware warranty.
Microsoft's Macintosh Business Unit (MacBU) today launched a national Search for Ms. MoXie (an acronym for Microsoft Office v. X), a contest to find the "most nimble, determined, Mac-wielding businesswoman around and crown her Ms. MoXie....Contestants are required to submit a one-page essay nominating themselves or a businesswoman they admire, explaining how she's creatively staying ahead of the business curve and why she deserves to don the title of Ms. MoXie." The winner will receive $10,000 toward her business and a new iMac loaded with Microsoft Office v. X. All finalists will receive a copy of Microsoft Office v. X.
RealNetworks today announced the second beta release of RealOne Player for Mac OS X, which supports RealOne SuperPass subscription services for access to digital programming from prominent media outlets such as ABCNEWS.com, CNN, E! Networks, FOXSports.com, and MLB.com. The company says that that Mac users downloaded over 800,000 copies of the first beta since its mid-July release (including over 55,000 in the first 24 hours).
Dantz today announced that Maxtor will bundle its Retrospect Express backup software with the new Maxtor Personal Storage 5000 Family of external hard drives, which feature Maxtor's OneTouch technology for instantly copying important files to the 5000 series drive via the touch of a button. [Maxtor site not updated]
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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