Author David Pogue has released an expanded edition of "Mac OS X: The Missing Manual" ($30). The book not only examines the 150 new features in Mac OS X 10.2 that have been outlined by Apple, but also explores the "hundreds" of "tiny tweaks, rejiggered keystrokes, and restructured dialog boxes" in the new OS. The second edition features new content on "almost every page." The first edition of this book was the #1 bestselling computer book of 2002, according to O'Reilly/Pogue Press, with over 100,000 copies sold in six months.
Split & Concat 1.3 is a major update of the free file management utility, used to split and recombine files. This update enhances the overall reliability and stability of the program and introduces compatibility with Mac OS X 10.2. The application can split large files into smaller parts that can be divided over several CDs or transmitted over the Internet, then later recombined.
The D-Link PersonalAir DBT-120 is an ultra-compact Bluetooth USB wireless adapter for connecting different Bluetooth-enabled devices. The $60 device, which is compatible with Macs and PCs, is compliant with Bluetooth 1.1 specs, provides speeds up to 723Kbps with a range of 33 feet and 128-bit encryption. The adapter requires Mac OS X 10.1.4 or higher and Apple's Bluetooth Technology Preview 2 or just Mac OS X 10.2.
Marathon Computer introduced both walmount ($125) and rackmount ($120) kits for Apple's 22" and 23" Cinema Displays. Marathon's rackmount solution mounts the display in front of the rack, as the Cinema Display is too large to fit inside a standard 19" equipment rack. Both feature steel construction.
PC Magazine's review of the Xserve concludes: "the Xserve is an impressive server with a multitude of potential uses, excellent ease of use, plenty of storage, and a software configuration that allows for an unlimited number of connectionsóall at a truly reasonable price."
Updated applications include Labels X 1.0, Canvas 8.05, Downfall 1.1.1, MacInvoice 1.5b1, an Photo to Movie 1.07: The $7 shareware Labels X 1.0 adds file labeling features to Mac OS X, allowing users to apply various color tints to file icons, and sort files by label: "Labels X shares file label information with Mac OS 9, so no matter, where you label your files - you will see the labels in both Mac OS 9 and Mac OS X (file labeling is a built-in feature in Mac OS 9)." [1.1MB] Deneba's drawing/graphics application, Canvas 8.05, fixes application crashes, GUI issues, and redraw glitches as well as better compatibility with JPEG, EPS, IFF, PDF, and other files. The full version is $350. Norbyte's Downfall 1.1.1 is an update to its $10 shareware Tetris/Columns-type shareware game for both Classic and OS X. The update includes improved graphics and a minor bug fixes. [Classic, OSX] MacInvoice 1.5b1 provides multiple company support, estimating functions, and improved feedback dialogs as well as an Invoice Creation Wizard, which will allow extensive customization of both the "look and feel" of the invoice, as well as the actual content. It is $40 and will be a free update to registered owners. Photo to Movie 1.07 enables users to "create a movie by zooming and panning over a photo. It presents a simple interface to specify the starting and ending frames and generates full quality QuickTime or DV Stream files (compatible with iMovie)." The $10 utility runs on OS X only. [315KB]
eline Technologies has released VideoClix 2.4, the latest update to the company's interactive video authoring software that features "the first and only 'Dynamic Video Hotspot' system. Version 2.4 now supports QuickTime 6/MPEG-4, compatibility with videos other than 600 timescale, and incorporates several bug fixes. It is $400 with educational discounts up to 40%. A special $1050 promotion bundles both VideoClix and Live Channel Pro (a savings of $350) for the month of October, while current Live Channel users can save $100 on new purchases.
Serendipity Software has released its BlackMagic digital proofing system for OS X. The OS X native implementation supports multiple G4 processors as well as the G4 Velocity Engine. BlackMagic 2.6 eliminates film production for proofing purposes and makes high quality proofing for CTP systems possible. The product family includes the flagship BlackMagic PRO (high throughput operations and large networks); BlackMagic Bureau (PS Level 2 RIP supporting separated and composite files); BlackMagic Entry (proofs from hi-res bitmap data); BlackMagic 4UP (4 page proofing); and BlackMagic 2UP.
Apple officially announced the October 12th opening of its Apple Store Somerset in Troy (MI) yesterday, after we noted the opening last week. The retail page also notes the opening of Apple Store Milenia in Orlando (FL) on October 19th
Linguisoft has announced that Casady & Greene will no longer be distributing Grammarian grammar software: "Due to uncured material contract breaches, Casady & Greene Inc. is no longer authorized to sell or distribute Grammarian in any form. We own all exclusive rights to the program including patents, trademarks and copyrights, and we are presently seeking legal remedy to stop unauthorized sales and to collect the substantial sum of money owed to Linguisoft Inc. We will be rereleasing all Grammarian products within the month. Thank you for your support."
Apple has launched a Double Your Memory Promo, offering the ability to double your RAM on any Mac for $40. Customers must purchase qualifying Apple products and update the base RAM to two times the original configuration, from October 10, 2002, through December 31, 2002 ("or while supplies last") from the Apple Store or the Apple Store for Education Individuals. The offer is not valid on the iBook with 256MB base RAM configuration. Apple also launched its Shake/Maya Promo, offering up to $3000 off Shake, Apple's compositing and visual effects tools for film and video projects. Customers that purchase Maya Complete (or Maya Unlimited), will receive $2000 off Shake 2.5 GUI for Mac OS X and $1000 off Shake 2.5 Render by attending a Maya/Shake seminar. The Shake/Maya offer is good until December20. Finally, a new Lights, Camera, Action promo at the Apple Store offers up to $500 back on the purchase of any Digital Video Camera from the Apple Store online through December 24th. [updated]
Updated application and utilities include 4-Sight FAX 5.0.3, Graph-O-Matic 2.2, Download Wizard 0.8b, and Typeset 1.2.5: Soft Solutions has updated 4-Sight FAX 5.0.3, which brings Jaguar capability and automated line-based routing (ALBR) to the company's network faxing software. Pricing starts at $500 for a 5-user license. Jon Klein's Graph-O-Matic 2.2 fixes rendering bugs associated with Jaguar and adds the ability to make movies of graph animations to his $20 graphic calculator. [424KB] Download Wizard 0.8b is a public beta of the "simple and elegant replacement for your browser's built-in download manager. It includes features you'd expect from a Cocoa-based application: dock menus, service availability, localization, etc." [248KB] Vizspring has updated its font manager application, Typeset 1.2.5, featuring "quick display speeds, multiple Favorites sets, and intuitive user interface." A demo of the $15 shareware is available for OS X (as well as an older version for Mac OS 9). [Classic, OSX]
Nisus has acquired Okito Software and will be integrating Okito Composer into its forthcoming Nisus Writer word processing application for Mac OS X, which will add footnote functions and MS-Word support in addition to features such as advanced Find/Replace and multiple, editable clipboards.
Trygve Inda's Time Palette 5.2, an update to its $30 world time and mapping tool, provides features for the international business traveler including: world time, alarms, international call scheduling, an extensive almanac, distance calculator and worldwide weather. An extendable database containing detailed time zone information for more than 10,000 cities is included. In addition to a number of bug fixes and new features, pricing on site licenses of the product have been reduced.
Fidelity Media has released MegaSeg 2.5, an update to its mobile DJ and radio station automation solution for MP3/QuickTime mixing and programming. Version 2.5 adds management of song rotation, timed playlist events, and instant playback of drop-in clips and sound effects as well as scheduling features for prioritization of playback for certain songs or entire categories of music. MegaSeg 2.5 also includes Play Count and Song History charts detailing every date and hour a song has played. It is available for $170 with upgrades priced at $50.
LAJ Design today released Quickie Web Albums v2.4. Quickie Web Albums ($23) creates custom Web Photo (and movie) albums and runs on MacOS X and Classic. Changes include adjusting cell spacing, padding, background color, and alignment, the ability to resize main window, custom logo code, and options for scale to width/height/ or max for both thumbnails and images (for more proportional images).
Dantz has posted updates to its backup software: Retrospect 5.0.236 provides improved support for Mac OS X 10.2 (Jaguar) specifically, and for Mac OS X in general. Mac OS 9 users will also enjoy several improvements, including faster scanning of Mac OS X clients. The company has also posted Retrospect Client 5.0.540. [Full, Client-only]
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YouTube Unplugged OTT service coming 2017?
As part of the continuing YouTube evolution, the video streaming service is reportedly considering a paid subscription service that would provide users "over the top" cable TV service. According to sources familiar with the matter, the service has been in the works since 2012, has already made changes to accommodate the live video feeds, and could debut the offering as soon as 2017. http://bloom.bg/1rvx8BW
Kohls Apple Pay integration with loyalty program
Kohl's customers are now able to pay for their purchases with Kohl's Charge and simultaneously earn loyalty program Yes2You Rewards in conjunction with Apple Pay. The service is currently available in approximately 250 Kohl's stores and is expected to be in all Kohl's stores nationwide later this month, making Kohl's the first retailer to deliver a one-tap checkout that integrates both its private credit card as a form of payment and a loyalty program with Apple Pay. http://yhoo.it/21wEUI6
AirMap iOS app for drone operators
Provider of airspace information and services for unmanned aircraft AirMap announced today the release of the AirMap app for iOS and Apple Watch. Operators can now access low-altitude airspace advisories, create flights, file digital flight notices to over 80 airports, and manage unmanned aircraft. Building on the success of AirMap's Digital Notice and Awareness System (D-NAS), the AirMap app brings to iOS devices a fully integrated airspace management solution for recreational and commercial drone operators. The app is free. http://apple.co/21wCadD
BlackBerry video calling available on iOS
BlackBerry has made its video calling feature available to Android and iOS users. The company reports limited availability of the new cross-platform feature for now, citing "because this is the first time we're launching BBM Video calling, and we want to monitor performance, gather feedback, and iron out any kinks that may arise before we roll it out globally." http://blck.by/1ruu4pC
Apple loses iPhone brand exclusivity in China
Apple has lost its exclusive rights to the 'iPhone' brand in China, the Beijing Municipal High People's Court has ruled. According to Quartz, Chinese company Xintong Tiandi is now free to continue selling its non-smartphone "IPHONE" branded products, which include smartphone cases, among other leather goods. The Chinese court ruled that Xintong Tiandi, which registered the "IPHONE" trademark in 2007, could continue to use the trademark because Apple did not start selling the iPhone in China until 2009. Apple also could not prove that Xintong Tiandi's ongoing use of the trademark would cause Apple material harm. The latest ruling by the Chinese government follows its recent decision to shut down the iTunes Movies and iBooks Store. http://bit.ly/1SNhRmB
Bowers & Wilkins bought by EVA Automation
High-end UK audio equipment maker and fixture in Apple retail stores Bowers & Wilkins has been bought out by a California "smart home" tech firm, EVA Automation. Fomer Bowers & Wilkins owner Joe Atkins will continue as CEO of the joint venture, with EVA Automation founder Gordon Yu acting as executive chairman. The two companies said the merger will combine EVA's AV technologies and Bowers & Wilkins' acoustic engineering talents to grow the now-combined firm. Terms of the deal were not disclosed, and it is expected that the Bowers & Wilkins brand name will continue. http://yhoo.it/1SLt6zj
Micromat MacCheck released for free
Micromat, the developers of TechTool Pro, today announced a new troubleshooting utility called MacCheck. The new product can perform a series of critical tests on Macintosh systems, helping to isolate what might be wrong with a particular computer. The program quickly tests many of the critical systems in a Macintosh computer, including RAM, I/O, Volume Structures, Partition Maps, Batteries, and RAID systems. MacCheck is being offered free of charge and is available for download immediately from the Micromat website. http://bit.ly/1SKFwaV