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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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Sonos now works with Apple Music
Wireless music system manufacturer Sonos has announced that its systems worldwide will gain compatibility for streaming the paid Apple Music subscription service starting today, February 10. "Music fans worldwide will have access to Apple Music features like For You, New, Radio, and My Music, and will also be able to stream the entire Apple Music catalog through Sonos smart speakers tuned for great sound in every room of their homes," the company said in an email to journalists. Apple Music's streaming service costs $10 per month, with a free three-month trial. http://bit.ly/1Wdi2Ko
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