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Vision Effects today announced Mac OS X support for its "ReelSmart Motion Blur" ($150) and "ReelSmart Twixtor ReelSmart Motion Blur" ($500) products for Shake. ReelSmart Twixtor enables users to speed up or slow down image sequences with visually stunning results. ReelSmart Motion Blur applies a more natural looking motion blur to a video sequence by automatically tracking every pixel and applying blur in the amount and direction of the caclulated movement.
Aladdin has released StuffIt Deluxe 7.0.1 and StuffIt Standard Edition 7.0.1 for Mac OS 9 & X, the latest versions of their access and compression utility. The free update fixes bugs and compatibility issues with Mac OS X 10.2 and improves compression speed. StuffIt Deluxe is $80, while StuffIt Standard Edition is free. Update: (7:40 p.m. ET) the Aladdin Web site has now been updated to include information on this release and download links. [Deluxe: Classic, Deluxe: OS X]
Eovia has released an updated version of its Carrara Studio software for Mac OS X. Version 2.1 includes improved 'Ray Dream Studio' import, better "Weight Editing for Skinning," faster rendering under OS X and more than 120 bug fixes and improvements.
Microsoft this afternoon released an updated version of its Intellipoint mouse software for Mac OS 9 & X. (Note: Microsoft lists Mac OS X 10.1.3 as the newest supported operating system). [Download - Classic, OS X] Allgood Solitaire 3.0 for Mac OS X offers 65 different variations of the Solitaire playing card game, including: Klondike, Pyramid, and Canfield, Will O Wisp, and Monte Carlo. All games support undo/redo, pile peeking and statistics. Version 3.0 is a 'Carbon' application, and as such works with any Mac OS 9 system. [Download - 2.1MB] The much-awaited Gridz 1.5 now includes Mac OS X support. Version 1.5 sports a lowered price tag (now $20), and upgrade pricing of $10. This update also offers networking enhancements "to make netplay more reliable." [Download - 6.3MB]
Lotus founder Mitch Kapor is developing an open-source alternative to Microsoft Outlook for Mac OS X, Linux and Windows, according to c|net. Kapor is heading up a project that aims to build a free equivalent of Outlook, with e-mail and PIM functionality. Mr. Kapor is targeting the small business market and home user, who may not be able to afford the costs of complex products like Microsoft Exchange.
Transmit 2 is a major update to the FTP client from Panic. Completely rewritten for Mac OS X, it features SFTP support for secure transfers, an image and text preview drawer for both local and remote items, path shortcuts, a built-in text editor, a batch download window, automatic file queueing, improved synchronization and full AppleScript support. The full price is $25 or $17 for upgrades.
An Architosh article talks about Motorola's processor situation and the rumored G5 processor. "...the next Motorola "G-something" processor will be a G4, its model number being MPC7457, with a MHz range between 867-1833MHz. This chip is based on a SOI (silicon on insulator), .13micron process and appears planned for sometime in 2003. The MPC7457-RM chip, planned for 2004 is more mysterious and includes RapidIO. This may be the almost mythical Moto G5 chip, code named Eleven. From the road map drawing the MPC7457-RM appears to not have a L3 cache but instead utilizes a RapidIO interconnect to high-speed DDR SDRAM. That would be consistent with the planned Moto G5 chip."
LightWork Design has released MachineWorks 5.1, their CNC simulation and verification technology. Major improvements include Feature Based Picking across all MachineWorks’ geometric engines and the ability to ignore un-machined areas. Other improvements, including enhanced support of complex tool shapes, handling capabilities, and tool definitions for Ball-end and Bull-nose tools, have also been included.
Hitatchi has introduced the CML 174, a new 17" LCD monitor that has almost twice the response time of any other flat panel monitor, making it "ideal for gaming, animation, digital signage, multi-media driven applications or for general users viewing video over the World Wide Web." The monitor has a resolution of 1280x1024, a 400:1 contrast ratio, 160-degree horizontal and vertical viewing angles and comes in an Ivory or black color. The $700 monitor will be available in November.
Marware today released two new leather iPod cases, the CEO Classic and CEO Glove, as well as a new desktop iPod stand. The CEO Classic features leather construction inside and out, clear plastic screen protection, easy access to the FireWire port and hold button, and a removable lid with an earphone storage pocket. The case uses the patented Multidapt system of interchangeable clips, which allows for a variety of carrying options.
Higoto has begun shipping its USB-IrDA adapter to the US market (via MadsonLine). The adapter, which has been available in Europe since beginning of 2002, allows the use of IrDA peripherals such as mobile phones and PDAs on non-IrDA-equipped Macs. The adapter ships with a long and an extra short (0.5m) USB-cable. It requires Mac OS 10.1.2 or higher.
Michael Tsai's $10 shareware DropDMG 2.0 can create ".dmg" and ".img" disk images under Mac OS X. It offers encryption and the ability to post-process them with GZip, BZip2, or MacBinary as well as create images with rich-text license agreements. It also supports segmented images and images that auto-open when you mount them. It adds new features and improved compatibility with Mac OS X 10.2 Jaguar. [676KB] MacNN reader David Leggett notes that Epson has posted Printer Driver 1.3aE for using the Epson EPL-5700i laser printer under OS X: " This has been a long awaited driver for those of us who bought an EPL-5700i, which was marketed as a laser printer for the iMac when it was first released." [16.4MB] Sig Software has released Drop Drawers X 1.6, which provides floating pull-out, snap-shut drawers on the sides of your screen to store text, URLs, aliases, scripts, pictures, sounds, and movies. Version 1.6 for OS X adds support for many OS X technologies, including Quartz anti-aliased text, window transparency, long file names, native hot keys and contextual menu plug-ins. Version 1.6 also adds other new features such as separator drawer items, detection of key shortcut clashes and exporting a list of shortcuts. [Classic, OSX]
Apple's iMac SuperDrive Firmware Update 1.0 application installs new firmware on the SuperDrive which addresses an incompatibility with 4x DVD-R and 2x DVD-RW media, and the 2x SuperDrive in iMac: "You must perform this update If you intend to use 4x DVD-R or 2x DVD-RW media in your iMac. This update also enables you to eject audio CDs that are copy-protected or have mastering errors. It is required only for iMac models with 15" flat panel displays and an internal SuperDrive." Apple's SuperDrive Update page has more information on the firmware update and notes that the update for Mac OS 9, as well as the updates for the Power Mac G4, will be posted "shortly." [updated]
Firewalk X 2.2.3 is an update to the firewall application for Mac OS X, offering additional features such as restricted application connections and interactive, real-time alerts. The free update to the $35 software brings German localization and other performance and stability enhancements. [1.6MB] SquidSoft's SquidCam 1.1.1 is an update to the video and audio conferencing application for Mac OS X with simultaneous multi-user support. The update adds two audio codecs (µLaw and aLaw), addresses potential audio input issues, significantly improves VAM playback and recording, and has other improvements. [532KB] MAKI Enterprise has updated its parental control program, Kids GoGoGo 6.1. The update adds support for the Daily database update service, has improved network security, improves the ability to restrict application access, fixes a few bugs, and has other improvements. A 14-day demo of the $30 application is available online. [Classic, OSX] The Abacus Accounting Engine adds General Ledger, Chart of Accounts and standard accounting reports to any FileMaker solution with "virtually no programming." Abacus requires FileMaker Pro 5.x or later and is compatible with Windows, Mac OS 9 and Mac OS X. Licenses start at $500.
OpenLink Software today announced the incorporation of its high-performance Single-Tier Driver for ODBC for Sybase into its Adaptive Server Enterprise (ASE) for Mac OS X. The new Single-Tier Sybase Driver for ODBC provides connectivity to SybaseASE 12.5.x from ODBC compliant Cocoa-, Carbon- and Darwin-based applications, running on Mac OS X 10.1.x or 10.2.x (Jaguar). It enables Mac application vendors and developers to easily migrate to Sybase ASE, without having to re-write the applications that use ODBC connectivity. It installs with OpenLink's Aqua-based ODBC Administrator, which has built-in server discovery, enabled by Rendezvous technology.
One-O-One iSolutions and Digital Specter today announced the release of its 101Club, an out-of-the-box Smartcard solution for use in iCafes, Computer Labs, Kiosks, Libraries and other locations where computer resource control is an important factor. The software interface offers configuration flexibility and also prevents users from booting machines from external disks or from a dual-boot Mac OS 9 partition. It is available in English, German, Spanish, Japanese, and Italian. The 101Club evaluation kit is available for $250, which includes 101Club Manager software, a USB-base smartcard reader, and 3 101Club smartcards. It requires Mac OS X 10.2 Jaguar. Customized software graphics and color-printed club cards are also available for an additional charge.
Evooqe has quietly posted a beta of solidThinking DESIGN for OS X, its parametric NURBS modeler with Construction History for real-time update when modifications are made to curves, parameters, or surfaces. It offers full OpenGL support, a complete set of surface creation tools, an advanced polygonal modeler with support of n-side polygons, and exchange with most popular CAD and animation programs. It is compatible with Mac OS X 10.2 Jaguar.
Wildform has released Flix Pro 3.1, an important upgrade to its Flix Flash video encoder that brings significant quality improvements to its Flix output; new image filters (with realtime preview) in Flix Pro, including deinterlacing, noise reduction and controls for brightness, contrast, hue and saturation; and modifications to its unique automatic players output so that it can apply a custom player to virtually any SWF file produced by Macromedia Flash and all third party Flash exporting software. Flix Pro 3.1 is $150; it is free for Flix Pro 3 license holders.
Although available via the web since last Friday, QuickTime 6.02 is now available via the software update as well. Apple has not detailed the changes other than saying it "provides performance and reliability enhancements."
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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 HermĂ©s 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
Google off the hook in CAPTCHA labor suit
US District Jacqueline Scott Corley has dismissed a proposed class-action suit against Google, that alleged that Google secretly was given an economic gain without user knowledge. The suit alleged, correctly, that the second word in Google's CAPTCHA service was used as a crowd-sourced word identification for Google's book-scanning project. The judge ruled that the suit as filed had no facts to support a "reasonable consumer would expect to receive compensation" for the seconds it took to complete the form, and in addition, the free Gmail account provided more than offset any labor penalty incurred by the user. http://bit.ly/1o06Cir