Intego today released a Mac OS X 10.2-compatible version of its Personal Backup X synchronization, backup and volume cloning solution. The program manually or automatically backs-up files, synchronizes data between two computers or volumes, and clones bootable Mac OS X volumes. Users can choose from single-click operations to custom scripts. Personal Backup X ($60) recognizes any HFS/HFS+/UFS volume, including hard disks, magneto-optical disks, SyQuestcartridges, Zip cartridges, iDisks, and AppleShare, samba and NFS servers. Using rebate code 452725, customers pay $55 for Personal Backup X if purchased before October 17.
Several application have been updated today, including Live Channel, 24U Hex OSAX, Keyspan drivers, Quake III Arena, and a VNC viewer with keybindings: Channel Storm's Live Channel 1.4.2 now supports MPEG-4 audio (AAC) encoding under OS X, compression options in Qualcomm PureVoice encoder, and improved video/audio sync in unicast and multicast streaming. Live Channel is a software-only solution designed to replace a television studio, enabling anyone to produce and broadcast live media over the Internet or a LAN. A commercial license is $1000 and an education license is $500. [1.1MB] 24U's "donationware" Scripting Addition 24U Hex OSAX 1.0 converts text and integer numbers to hexadecimal notation (and visa versa). [25KB] Keyspan has updated its drivers for its serial port expansion card, Keyspan SX Pro 1.1, and for its USB-to-serial adapters, Keyspan USB 1.4. [SX, USB] Quake III Arena v1.3.2 addresses a number of issues, and adds fully integrated PunkBuster anti-cheat protection. [19.7MB] Chicken of the VNC 1.3 is a port of an OpenStep-based VNC viewer with a variety of keybindings. Version 1.3 adds a full-screen, auto-scrolling mode and supports automatic keybindings as well as new preferences, a new text sending engine, improved GUI for OS X, and other changes. It is free. [182KB]
Neon Software has updated LANsurveyor 7.0.1, its administration tool that allows network administrators to map, manage, and report on their entire cross-platform network. Version 7.01 brings Mac OS X 10.2 Jaguar compatibility, support for queries from new versions of Dantz's Retrospect client, an OS X-compatible method of verifying maps. It requires that a "fresh" copy be installed before applying the patch.
Emagic today released Logic Platinum 5.4 for OS X, the first host program to support Audio Units for musicians and audio producers. Logic Platinum 5.4 also bings system-level standard for software instruments and plug-ins. Logic Platinum 5.4 includes support of all Emagic software instruments and plug-ins. The new Audio Units architecture offers improved handling of multiple audio streams, improved compatibility with Mac OS X applications, robust graphics and editor support as well as support for the Rex file format. It is a free download to registered owners.
Stupendous Software has released four iMovie effect plug-ins, containing a total of 99 effects. Color Effects includes effects for various black and white styles, as well as color adjustment features; Crops & Zooms includes effects for various zoom options -- "from blocky to ultra-smooth;" Glows & Blurs includes several kinds of blur effects, ranging from simple defocus to "extreme defocus;" Time Effects contains effects for creating slow motion, fast motion, and "stylized motion," such as skipping frames. Free demos of the Mac OS 9/X effects suites are available. [Download - CE, C&Z, GB, TE]
Inside Mac Games recently announced the 'Mac-in-One Virtual Open,' which is hosted by Inside Mac Games and governed by Links Golf Community regulations. All proceeds are directed to the Make-A-Wish Foundation, and participants are eligible to win prizes that have been graciously donated by developers in the Mac community. Prizes include the Adobe Web Collection, various flavors of ATI Radeon video cards, Palm handheld computers, game titles from Aspyr Media, Destineer Studios, Freeverse Software and MacPlay, Kensington mice, and more.
Peachpit Press has released its Visual QuickStart Guide to the Macintosh edition of Quicken 2003. The $18 book by Tom Negrino outlines easy-to-follow, step-by-step instructions for using Quicken 2003 for the Macintosh. It also covers how to: use Quicken's report and graph features, work with credit cards/loans and track investments.
IDG World Expo and Apple have announced two special pricing packages for 'Premier' and 'Select' Apple Apple Developer Connection members for January's Macworld Conference & Expo in San Francisco. The $5,500 and $7000 packages both include a 10' x 10' exhibit space and the necessary components to assemble a basic booth (table, display surfaces, lighting, etc.). The more expensive of the two ($7,500) also includes a 1/4 page, four-color ad space in the 'Macworld Program & Buyer's Guide' as well as placement of a company logo on the expo Web site.
Danicsoft has released MacDJ 1.0, a $20 real-time audio mixing application that is ideal for professional DJ work. It features automatic cross-fading, volume memory of songs, total control over fades, recursive folder searching, an equalizer and uses less CPU than iTunes. [Classic, OSX]
iStorm is a $20 application that provides group brainstorming and online collaboration with a simple, one-button user interface. It offers zero configuration hassle with Rendezvous for LAN, automatic recognition and activation of http links and free upgrades to the next version (which will feature new-enabled chalkboard and TeX support).
K4 Publishing System 4.1 is an update to the workflow system based on Adobe InDesign and InCopy. It links the two applications with an SQL database to "provide a collaborative workflow system suitable for individual workgroups and publishing enterprises." Capabilities include check-in and check-out of content, copy editing at the page stage, and more.
The Java-based chat/online comunity server Digi-Net 4.03 addresses numerous performance and other issues, including improved private messaging, lower CPU utilization, and resolved bugs with Command broadcast, upgrades from v3.5, and Java 1.4.x. It also brings better performance under Mac OS X 10.2.1.
Thinkertons.com has released Jotz 1.0.6, their "zero-learning-curve" notepad for Mac OS X. The update adds features for power users, including Jotz Mailroom with Address Book Integration, keyboard note navigation and improvements to other features. Jotz 1.0.6 is $18.
Extensis is now shipping a free Suitcase plug-in for Adobe InDesign that automatically activates fonts used in InDesign documents and ensures that any time an InDesign 2.0 document is opened, the exact fonts used in the file are automatically activated. It is free-of-charge to registered Suitcase 10 users utilizing Mac OS X, and uses Apple's FontSync, industry-standard font matching technology. Suitcase 10.1.3 is available for $100 ($70 upgrade for registered owners of previous versions).
America Online has posted an update to its AOL Client 10.2.1, which brings better compatibility with Mac OS X 10.2.1. It is available on the Web or via the keyworkd 'Upgrade'.
BootCD 0.5 is a Cocoa application that "creates a disk image that can be used to burn a Mac OS X boot CD with a working Finder and Dock on it. This utility is unfinished and still has some flaws, but works. The current version works much better than previous versions, and includes the ability to run Drive10 and other utilities, although Norton does not yet work from the CD."
headshack has today made available a major update to chartConstructor 1.1, its $30 project management application. This update adds many highly requested new features - chief amongst them is the combination of Gantt and PERT Charts into a single unified file format. Other significant improvements include integration with OS X 10.2's address book and the ability to group tasks as subtasks of a common parent task.
publicspace.net has released version 3.3 of MacBreakZ! - a personal ergonomic assistant which monitors keyboard and mouse activity and helps computer users structure their computer use in a healthy manner, preventing computer-related injuries from developing. This version provides additional ergonomic tips for healthy mouse use and full Mac OS X 10.2 compatibility. It also fixes some display glitches and minor configuration bugs.
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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