HPIJS 1.1.1 is an open-source printer driver that supports over 190 Hewlett-Packard printers. Under Mac OS X 10.2, printing with HPIJS requires ESP Ghostscript 7.05.5 (an open-source PostScript interpreter), cups-o-matic (a CUPS filter script), and a "foomatic PPD" for each supported printer. Although configuration sounds complicated, the lead developer explains that the downloadable software package automatically addresses these requirements.
Monkeybread Software Germany has released version 2.7 of its REALbasic plug-in collection. The plug-in adds around 2835 functions, methods and classes to REALbasic. The latest version includes countless enhancements to several aspects of the $80 package. [Download - 4.7MB] PDF Magic Professional 1.0 ($200) is the initial release of Acro-Works Software's utility for automating the process of creating interactive PDF files. When creating complex, linked PDF files, users previously sought add-ons for Adobe Acrobat, or any given layout program. PDF Magic is a standalone application that converts Adobe Illustrator and Adobe Photoshop EPS files into files dubbed "Magic Link Graphics." [Download - 2.1MB] Macaroni 1.0.3 is a minor revision to the automated maintenance utility for Mac OS X, which services the OS's UNIX core. This release fixes problems affecting some Macs where the "Run Job Now" button failed to work properly. Version 1.0.3 also fixes "no such file" errors affecting some Macs. [Download - 1.1MB]
DigiDesign is working with Apple's recently acquired Emagic to produce Logic Platinum support for DigiDesign hardware on Mac OS X. DigiDesign plans on releasing OS X Core Audio drivers that will enable Emagic support of their I/O hardware soon after Pro Tools 6.0 is released.
The Memorex USB ThumbDrive is a 64MB or 128MB storage device "small enough to fit on a key chain." The plug-and-play drive reads at 700 Kb/second, writes at 350 Kb/second, and offers 10 years of data retention regardless of platform use. The 64MB ThumbDrive is $60 and the 128MB ThumbDrive is $100.
Compositor 2.1 ($35) edits, creates, and re-creates images in different ways. There are over 160 filters and channel variations available, and a new slide show feature. Also included are feathered and boolean selections, drop shadow, anti-aliased text, and more. [2.9MB] Dog Park Software has released MacDopplerPRO 1.8.3 for Mac OS 9 & X, fixing bugs and improving speed. The application features full 3D projection models of the earth, satellite tracking, high resolution maps and more. [Classic, OSX] MuchoThumbs Pro 3.0 is a $15 update to the website thumbnail creation tool. The update adds the ability to tune directory structures, supports QuickTime movie previews, adds timed slideshows and frames around images. [1.7MB] DynamicStructure 1.1.0 is a plugin for Mac OS 9 & X that lets 4D developers dynamically get and set properties and contents of objects in the structure. It allows for functionality not previously possible in 4th Dimension, from automatic documentation to dynamic manipulation of objects. A single Developer License is $260. [796 KB] Essence Software has released SuperSocket 2.2, a networking toolkit for REALbasic. It provides a collection of classes that can be used to build network-aware applications. The update fixes a problem with data being lost by TCPEndpoint Read routines. [650 KB]
In response to news yesterday that MYOB is delaying the release of AccountEdge 3, several readers have confirmed receiving their orders: "I have already received my AccountEdge 3 package. I received this as an upgrade purchase. No box was included. I haven't heard anything about a delay in shipping, but perhaps they are shipping upgrades first, or maybe the box isn't ready?"
MOTU has announced 24i/o, a single rack-space 96 kHz audio interface for Mac OS X. "[It] provides 24 balanced quarter-inch (TRS) 96 kHz analog inputs and outputs in a single rack-space enclosure. A 24i/o core system ($1,495) includes MOTU's next generation PCI-424 card, which provides expansion up to 96 inputs/outputs, DSP–driven mixing and monitoring, legacy I/O support, and on-board SMPTE synchronization. The 24i/o rack interface, which will also be sold separately as an expansion I/O ($1,195) for any MOTU PCI-424 system (such as MOTU's new 2408mk3), provides 5-segment front-panel meters for every input and output and software-switchable (-10/+4) analog input levels." Shipping is expected in the fourth quarter of 2002.
Microscope 1.0 is a "freeware application written specifically for the USB Intel Play QX3 Computer Microscope. The software allows you to capture images as jpeg or tiff, create time elasped QuickTime movies, and add a text comment and/or timestamp to the image or movie." [431KB] Apple's iPod 1.2.2 for Windows adds "significant enhancements and new features to iPod," including audio playback and user interface enhancements, the ability to browser music by additional categories, a new calendar, a clock, a battery icon, FireWire connection feedback, and compliance with EN 50332-1. [12.6MB] Doug's AppleScripts has released Make Mine MPEG-4 v3.5, an AppleScript applet that automates the process of importing CD Tracks and encoding them as MPEG-4 files using QuickTime 6 Pro. The tracks are then added to your iTunes Library. It now includes the ability to selectively "rip" tracks, a new option to leave tracks in the Library or copy to a new or existing Playlist, and other options. [113KB] Media 100 has posted an Media 100i v8.02 installer, which resolves several issues in the high-end video production software [19.7MB] Epson has posted its Twain Plugin for Photoshop 7 and its Scan to File Utility v1.00E for its Perfection 1250/1260 PHOTO scanners. [TPP, STFTU] SkyRocket Multimedia has posted Cemetery Screen Saver, an OS X screensaver for Halloween: "A spooky graveyard is haunted by a bevy of scary creatures that rise from the grave." The $5 registration code includes 3 bonus monsters.
Making another foray into retailing, Apple Australia will reportedly refurbish 20 of the country's 50 AppleCentres and to launch new stores in high-traffic centres. Meanwhile, Sydney accounting firm Armstrong Wily is examining the reasons behind the 2001 collapse of Buzzle, a consortium of six Apple dealerships that was put into liquidation at the end of last year with debts totalling $32 million.
Knowledgebase Roundup: In some cases changing a password in Mac OS X Server (and some older pre-Jaguar OS X systems), does not update the system correctly and the previous password continues to work for certain functions; Hewlett Packard has released updated (2.0 or later) printer drivers that resolve certain issues you may encounter when using the versions 1.4.1 HP drivers that were included with Mac OS X 10.2 (build 6C115); the modem country setting in System Preferences may be set to an incorrect location, after installing Mac OS X 10.2.
The open-source driver set for OS X, Gimp-Print 4.2.3, includes 186 drivers supporting over 300 printers, including printer drivers for Canon, Epson, Lexmark, and PCL printers. The native CUPS driver now accepts custom paper sizes for Epson printers, and most other printer types. (Users need to also install ESP Ghostscript, a free, open-source PostScript RIP built specifically for use with the CUPS print spooler that provides Postscript Level 3 support for raster printers.) [5.3MB] Alco Blom's popular bookmark manager, URL Manager Pro 3.0.1, now includes the ability to specify a destination folder when adding a new bookmark, the option to set the preferred screen font under Mac OS X, support for the Mac OS X Services menu, and the display of URLs of bookmark menu items in Mac OS X tool tips (help tags). It is $25. [2.4MB] 24U Appearance OSAX 1.3 for classic Mac OS allows AppleScript to generate modern error messages and display dialog windows, including the ability to open floating text windows, display process indicators and send virtually any type of notification to the user. It is "donationware." Antilog has released Barres I.2.0, a new release of its barcode creator for Mac OS 7/8/9. It can generate several types of barcodes, including UPC (12 digits), EAN13 (13 digits), and SCC14 (14 digits); the resulting barcode graphic (a resolution-independent PICT image) is automatically copied to the clipboard file. The update adds support for SCC14 barcodes and the ability to save the barcode graphic. It is a free update to the $10 shareware. [412KB]
Digigram today released Mac OS X drivers for its VXpocket v2, VXpocket 440 and VX222 sound cards. The two VXpocket models provide 24-bit audio performance and feature a single stereo SPDIF input and output allowing digital record/playback and an LTC (SMPTE) time-code input. A breakout cable is provided with XLR connectors for the analog inputs/outputs, phono connectors for digital and LTC, and a stereo mini-jack for headphone monitoring. The VXpocket v2 has two balanced analog mono inputs at microphone or line level and two balanced analog outputs, while the VXpocket 440 has four balanced mic/line analog inputs and four balanced analog outputs. The PCI-based VX222 for desktos includes balanced analog inputs and outputs with 24-bit converters, as well as digital input/output in AES/EBU or S/PDIF formats and two General Purpose Interface (GPI) inputs and outputs.
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Trade-up program expands in Europe
Smartphone users in France, Italy, and Spain will have until at least August of this year to trade in old iPhone, Windows Phone, or Android models at Apple Stores, and put the reward towards a new iPhone -- thanks to an expansion of Apple's trade-in program into those countries. The money given for the trade-in must be applied towards a new iPhone on a two-year payment plane, and traders must qualify under a credit check as part of the program. Interested customers can apply for the trade-in at their nearest Apple Store. http://bit.ly/1qPsldD
NBCUniversal adds Bravo, Syfy, E! to Apple TV
NBCUniversal has launched three new apps channels for Apple TV users. Bravo Now, Syfy Now and E! Now brings users access full seasons of current and past episodes of most of NBCUniversal's catalog. The Bravo Now app includes shows like "The Real Housewives of New York Cit," "Below Deck Mediterranean," comedy "Odd Mom Out" and "Top Chef." The Syfy Now app offers up shows like "The Magicians," thriller "12 Monkeys" and the reality show "Face Off." The E! Now app serves up shows like "Keeping Up with the Kardashians," "Botched," "#RichKids of Beverly Hills," Caitlyn Jenner's "I Am Cait," and "WAGS." While some content is free, most content requires users to authenticate via their cable satellite or telco TV provider. http://bit.ly/20K4Pea
Apple rolls out Arabic version of Apple.com
Apple has rolled out a new version of its Apple.com website for Arabic language users in the United Arab Emirates. The site utilizes a right-to-left reading format where it has been updated, although the upgrade is still in progress with a number of page links still in the original English language left-to-right format. Of particular note is that the site debuts an all-new custom Arabic font created by the Tarek Atrissi Design agency, giving it a highly contemporary look and feel. The new support for Arabic on its host website follows the introduction of full support for right-to-left languages in iOS 9, and the addition of Arabic support to Siri late last year. http://apple.co/20JHGIM
Adobe previews Photoshop content-aware crop
Adobe has previewed a new 'content-aware crop' feature from the next version of its Photoshop CC. The new feature is similar to its 'content-aware fill' from the current version of Photoshop CC, and potentially saves users time when cropping photos in a way that might otherwise leave blank white space in the frame. Adobe's 'content-aware' tech automatically assesses the blank space and seamlessly fills the blank space with the nearest related content in the space when a photo is expanded or rotated without the need to manually clone that part of the image. The feature allows users to move a horizon by adding more sky or ground, change the aspect ratio by adding content around the edges of the image and fill in the corners of an image when rotated during a crop. Adobe says the feature is coming soon and will be automatically available to Creative Cloud subscribers. http://adobe.ly/20JDFEu
Markzware updates Q2ID for QuarkXPress 12 files
Graphic design file conversion tool maker Markzware has launched a new version of its Q2ID tool. The InDesign plugin enables users to open QuarkXPress files within a new InDesign (INDD) document, without rebuilding the QXP document from scratch -- the new version includes support for QuarkXPress 12 files. Q2ID Subscription members can download the new version as part of their annual plan. A single-user can purchase the plugin for $200, with other licensing options available. http://bit.ly/1Z4dS9t
PopChar X 7.5 arrives
Ergonis Software has released PopChar X 7.5, an improved version of the company's tool for finding and inserting special characters and exploring fonts. PopChar X 7.5 adds support for combined emojis in the Apple Color Emoji font, enhances the "Font Info" view, and adds many further enhancements that improve overall speed and stability. PopChar X 7.5 retails for â‚¬30 ($34), and is free for anyone who owns a license for PopChar X 7 or purchased a license for PopChar X 6 on or after March 1, 2014 [4.5MB]
Safari Technology Preview release 5 arrives