Pangea Software today announced that its Bugdom 2 video game now falls under its Scholastic Site License Offer. Since 1999, Pangea has had a policy that any school or public library may have a free site license to any of their games so long as they own at least one legitimate single-user copy. The developer is known for creating family- and child-oriented video games, and, according to Pangea president Brian Greenstone, many schools use their games as rewards for students.
Availability of Free Exhibit Hall passes for Janaury's Macworld Expo San Francisco ends October 28. Apple will exhibit at the annual West-coast expo (January 7 - 10, 2003), despite tensions between the computer maker and IDG earlier this month.
The final release of iPod2iTunes 1.7 is now available. Version 1.7 is "two-to-sixteen" times faster, includes several interface improvements, recognizes iPod "smart playlists," and works with Mac OS X 10.2.1. [243KB] Eudora 5.2b14 is now available. This beta offers countless improvements, including improved window management and dozens of bug fixes. Eudora is a popular alternative email client application for Mac OS 9/X. [Classic, OS X] Avid Xpress DV 3.5.3 is now available to registered users of the digital video editing suite. Version 3.5 is required to install the update; instructions for users of older versions are available. Hitek software has released AbleFtp -- its new FTP (File Transfer Protocol) client that boasts automation features. Scheduled backup to another computer is among the recommended uses for this utility. AbleFtp is compatible with Mac OS X only. [1.5MB]
"Best Buy is aiming to take a bite out of Apple Computer with the release of a new, wide-screen notebook designed by Porsche," according to c|net. The VPR Matrix 200A5 ($2,400) includes a 15.2" LCD with 1280x854 resolution, 2GHz Pentium 4-M processor, 512MB of DDR SDRAM, 40GB hard drive, a combo CD-RW/DVD drive, and integrated 802.11b wireless networking. "It all comes in an eye-catching, silver-magnesium case that weighs 6.4 pounds and measures 13.9 inches wide, 10 inches deep, and 1.2 inches thick."
Apple has started a new promotion, Brighten Your Holidays, which offers a full rebate on the HP Deskjet 3820 printer or a $99 savings on the HP DeskJet 5550 when purchased through the Apple Store.
Apple has released Java 1.4.1 Developer Preview 2, which is accompanied by an update to the Developer Tools for writing Java programs. "This is a pre-release implementation of JDK 1.4.1 that runs on Mac OS X 10.2 or later. The VM is an implementation of Hotspot 1.4.1, and the UL implementation uses the Mac OS X Cocoa APIs."
Aupperle Services and Contracting has released beta Mac OS X drivers for their DFG/1394-1 Video to FireWire Converter hardware. "The DFG1394-1 Driver allows any QuickTime based Video Capture Application (i.e. Final Cut Pro, Adobe Premier, BTV Pro, QuickTime Broadcaster, Squid Cam etc.) to view, record or broadcast full size (640x480NTSC / 768x576PAL), full frame rate (29.97NTSC / 25PAL) uncompressed YUV 4:2:2 video." The device also allows adjustment of Hue, Brightness, Contrast, Saturation or Sharpness of the video in real time. The beta version expires on November 15th, when users may purchase a license for $30. [30KB]
Baxter Computer's October cursor update for Blobber 2.1 adds an Aqua and Graphite cursor to the freeware utility that allows you to modify the "wait cursor" under Mac OS X 10.2 Jaguar. [OCU, Blobber] Deep Sky Technologies has released BASh v1.8.1, its 4th Dimension component which provides extensive utility functionality for 4D programmers, including a dynamic stack space module for reusing variable space, encoding and cryptography routines, and much, much more. Version 1.8.1 contains 2 new methods for a total of 413 methods across 30 modules of code. eLister 2.0 is an offline auction listing assistant for use with the eBay auction service. Version 2.0 includes support for fixed price listings, PayPal payments, post-processing options, audio cues, and support for new template tags. Licensing starts at $30 for six months. [Classic, OSX] The $20 IRC client Snak 4.8.6 features improved text display under OS X (requires OS X 10.1.5 or newer), support for system compliant help tags and improved support for AppleScript and includes a new AutoAway script as well as fixes a number of bugs and adds support for new features in some IRC servers. [1.5MB] Rampell Software's AlwaysONline 3.0 ($19), designed to keep users from logging off the ISP, and Unpopular 1.0 ($20), which intelligently eliminates pop-up ads, are now available for Mac OS 8/9. The company released OS X versions of both products earlier this month. A bundle of both products is $35. Installgen 1.27 generates install scripts to automate Oracle 9i installation procedures on Mac OS X servers. The update is the first version compatible with Oracle 9.20 (Developer Release 1) on Mac OS X. It is available for $100 on an annual subscription basis and includes free updates and the Perl source code. [2.2MB] Pod Manager 1.2 ($8) extracts music files stored in Apple's iPod. The update features improved mp3 tag detection and is now fully Unicode compliant as well as being localized in English, French and Japanese. [215KB]
Outlook2Mac 1.02 ($10) helps users migrate from Windows to OS X by converting Microsoft Outlook email, address book, and calendar folders to industry-standard formats supported by Apple Mail, Apple Address Book and Apple iCal (as well as Microsoft Entourage). It works with Outlook 97, 98, 2000, and 2002 on most versions of Windows. [OL2002, OL2000] Dartware has posted a beta of InterMapper 3.7b3, its network monitoring application. It adds support for SNPP (Simple network paging protocol), paging under Mac OS X, suppression of dependent notifications, a new security firewall, remote map editing, better HTML, and a new Xserve probe. Pricing starts at $300. [Classic, OSX] John MacDonnell has posted an all Cocoa-version of his dock utility ($15), DockFun 3.5pre, which offers the ability to have multiple dock configurations. It only works under Mac OS X 10.2.x Jaguar. [1.7MB] Kepmad Systems has released ImageBuddy 2.6, a $17 shareware photo utility that can rotate, size, crop, mask and layout digital photos for printing. Version 2.6 adds support for printing EXIF data, fixes a number of bugs, and improves integration with OSX as well as support for Drag & Drop from iPhoto. [Classic, OSX] Learning Imp 1.1 is a $20 education authoring tool and learning program that allows you to create your own dictionaries and offers several different types of tests: "[It] is a highly effective study tool suitable for elementary, secondary, high school and college students. You can create unlimited tests on any subject yourself, either by manually entering questions and answers." [3.6MB] iArch Global has released ShopPro, a cross platform business management aimed at small shops and businesses that will track inventory, customers, invoicing and will print catalogs and help create bulk mailings. The $80 application is available for $60 through December 1st. The company also updated its publishing management application PubPro X2 1.0.6 with new features such as custom client pricing, financing charges and an enhanced distribution module. Licenses, which start at $400 for 2-users, include 4 hours of free customization in a promotion that runs through November 1st. PocketNotes 2.0 flexible notepad application for outlining and planning. It adds live links, a notes toolbar, margin control, an improved reminder system, better printing, improved search functions, contextual menu support, new skins (and better skin support), and more outline display options. It is a free update to the $20 application. [2.6MB]
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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 €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