Educators in Canada are now being included in Apple's “X for Teachers” program, which gives a free copy of Mac OS X version 10.2 to "every" K-12 teacher. Apple initially announced the program for U.S teachers two weeks ago, as noted by MacNN.
NewTek today announced that its Next Dimension Training Tour will stop in six additional cities -- Raleigh, NC, Jacksonville, FL, Houston, TX, Denver CO, San Antonio TX, and Tampa FL -- between November 2, 2002 to February 9, 2003. The series of two-day training seminars on 3D animation, visual effects and graphic design -- which cost a total of $200 per person -- will cover both basic and advanced techniques for modeling, character animation, motion graphics, and much more.
Linux software provider Codeweavers has released a program ($55) that enables the Microsoft Office suite of applications to run under Linux on x86 without paying for a Windows license; although it previously boasted that its specialized version of the VisorPhone would be upgradable to its new always-on data network, Sprint now says that plans have changed; researchers in Britain and the United States "shook hands" yesterday via the Internet, aided by devices called phantoms, which recreate the sense of touch by transmitting electrical impulses.
mail.it 2 is an email plug-in for FileMaker Pro that allows users of the database suite to send, receive and manage email using a FileMaker Pro database. The latest version introduces Mac OS X support. A mail.it single-user license costs $60; upgrade pricing from version 1.x is "significantly" lower than the new user price; users who purchased 1.x after September 1st will receive a free upgrade.
Red Rock Software and SPSS have partnered to bring a data charting program to Mac OS X that has both "brains and looks." Red Rock will be responsible for porting DeltaGraph 5.0 -- which features hundreds of chart styles, 2-D and 3-D graphics, an "advisor" and a document manger -- to Mac OS X. A tentative release schedule of Q1 2003 has been specified.
DC Website Creator 1.5.1 fixes bugs in the Web page-generation program that utilizes Graphic Converter to create image galleries. Website Creator works with both Mac OS 9 and OS X. [2.4MB] Softobe has updated FoldersSynchronizer for Mac OS X to address several bugs, and add new features. Version 3.0.1 has been recompiled to run more smoothly under Mac OS X 10.2, can now copy files larger than 1GB, and is more reliable when setting file attributes. [550KB] Multiple Slideshows 0.5b by Stanton Software allows .Mac users to publish more than one slideshow to an iDisk. "The ability to do this is there because of the way Apple built the configuration files, all I have done is provided a way to edit other parts of the files," explains developer Craig Stanton. [300KB]
Several peripheral manufactures today introduced new Macintosh-compatible products: Delkin Devices has introduced a handful of new eFilm PRO cards, which are billed as some of the fastest CompactFlash memory cards currently on the market (configurations range from $100 for 128MB to $600 for 640MB); Hitachi has unveiled a new 20.1-inch LCD display that offers a native resolution of 1600 x 1200 pixels, and will be available in early November for $1500; Googie has introduced the stylish new 'SmartLap' laptop elevation unit that allows laptop users to benefit from a more ergonomic working position when using a laptop computer on a desk.
Aspyr is now shipping the Macintosh version of Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon. The much-awaited game ($50) features both single- and multi-player modes.
Dell Computer will be carrying the Windows version of Apple's iPod, according to c|net. "Yep, Dell is reselling iPods," Apple said in a statement, "We are delighted to offer our 5GB, 10GB and 20GB iPods for Windows through Dell's direct retail channel. iPod has been a big success to date, and we would like to make it even bigger."
Epson has announced two new all-in-one devices that contain printer, scanner and color copier functionality. The CX3200 ($149) offers resolution of up to 5760x720 dots per inch (dpi), print speeds of up to 14 pages per minute (ppm) in black and up to 10 ppm in color, features a 600x1200 dpi optical resolution for scanning, and produces color copies or black text copies as fast as 10 ppm. The CX5200 ($199) offers resolution of up to 5760x1440 dpi, print speeds of up to 22 ppm in black and up to 11 ppm in color, features a 1200x2400 dpi optical resolution for scanning, and produces high-resolution color copies or up to 15 black text cpm.
As we previously noted, Apple has officially announced that Target will carry its iPod digital music player. All 1,148 Target stores will offer the 10GB iPod for both Mac and Windows. “We’re thrilled that Target will significantly expand the availability of Apple’s award-winning iPod to even more customers,” said Tim Cook, Apple’s executive vice president of Worldwide Sales and Operations, “Apple has placed an operable iPod on display in each of Target’s 1,148 stores, so every Target customer can use and listen to an iPod before they buy.”
Liquid Ledger 1.1b1 is a $40 Cocoa-based personal finance application for Mac OS X. The update adds new features for tracking and summarising financial activity, improves workflow with a more customisable user interface, improves stability under Mac OS X 10.2, and improves performance when working with large documents. [519KB] EndNote 6.01 assists users in creating bibliographies and manuscripts by organizing images with text and providing built-in templates for Microsoft Word. The latest version of the $240 application brings Mac OS X 10.2 compatibility. Aladdin has updated its 'StuffIt' file compression utility. StuffIt Standard Edition 7.0.1 fixes compatibility issues with Mac OS X 10.2, and causes StuffIt Expander, DropStuff, DropZip, and DropTar to no longer be available as single product downloads. [12.2MB] PDF Browser Plugin 0.3 is a free tool that allows users to display and print PDF documents through a Web browser. [69KB] Unsanity has updated its 'haxie' for Mac OS X that removes bouncing application alerts from the Dock, Dock Detox 1.1. The update has been converted to Unsanity's Application Enhancer format, and includes improved Mac OS X 10.2 compatibility. [555KB]
Gracion Software has posted a public beta version of DigiTunnel 1.1b for Jaguar (Mac OS X 10.2), which has a new status/control menu to connect without opening a separate program, multiple configurations, and a unique split-routing feature that lets you connect directly to all Internet sites even while on the VPN. It is compatible with Windows 2000 and WatchGuard Firebox VPN servers. [2.0MB] Dantz has posted its Retrospect Driver Update 3.1, a plug-in extension for Retrospect 5.0 or Retrospect Express 5.0 that updates it to support new drives, fix bugs, and work around problems. [490KB] HenWen 1.3 is a network security package for Mac OS X that makes it easy to configure and run Snort, a free Network Intrusion Detection System (NIDS): "[Its] goal is to simplify setting up and maintaining software that will scan network traffic for undesirable traffic a firewall may not block. Everything you need to have is bundled in; there is no compiling or command line use necessary." [1.2MB] Tex-Edit Plus 4.3.1 ($15) is scriptable, styled text editor that fills the gap between Apple's bare-bones SimpleText and a full-featured word processor. It fixes the help function under Mac OS X 10.2 Jaguar, offers Mac ASCII sorting, has better sorting, includes a larger AppleScript dictionary, and other enhancements. [2.3MB]
Byte.com's Moshe Bar compares the performance of SuSE PowerPC Linux and Mac OS X running on Apple's Xserve: "From these results one can assume the VM and network stack of Linux to be superior to OS X. It could also be that the page reclaiming algorithm is simply smarter in Linux than in OS X....The Xserve's floating point performance is superior to many other solutions out there, and that alone makes it an excellent choice for clustering environments. But if all you are looking for is a server for your standard Internet or Intranet applications, then I see a problem in justifying the high price tag of the Xserve ($4000 for the configuration used in this test) for something that you can do faster, easier and cheaper on one of the many different products in the IA32 space."
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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
Parallels Access 3.1 updated for iPad Pro
Virtualization software Parallels Access 3.1 has been updated with support for the 12.9-inch iPad Pro, including Apple Pencil support. The software allows remote access to your PC or Mac from anywhere to control desktop applications from iOS or Android tablets and phones, with native touch gestures, as well as from any computer with an HTML5 web browser. Featuring three resolution choices for your mobile device ("Best for your Device," "More Space," and "Same as Computer") and 3D Touch support for the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus, the update also adds a new Tablet Mode in Windows 10, which makes it easier to interact without a mouse or keyboard. http://bit.ly/1OWZqjg
Hyundai brings CarPlay to more 2016 models
Along with its previously-announced support for adding CarPlay technology to the 2016 Sonata, 2017 Elantra, and 2017 Ioniq, a leaked memo to dealers has revealed that CarPlay-supporting software updates will be available today that bring the infortainment tech to the 2015 and 2016 non-hybrid Sonata models, the 2016 hybrid Sonata, the 2015 and 2016 Genesis Sedan, the 2016 Tucson, the 2017 Santa Fe, and the 2017 Ioniq. Owners can upgrade the system themselves by visiting the Hyundai website, and will need a Mac or PC with either an SD card slot or SD card reader to transfer the update to the vehicle. http://bit.ly/1YZqkqS
Google Paris HQ raided by investigators
Google's Paris headquarters has been raided by dozens of French police. The Tuesday raid was part of an ongoing investigation into possible tax-avoidance practices, stoked by widespread dissatisfaction with the way multinationals like Google are structuring their business operations. Although trading in many countries around the globe, Google reports its international sales only in tax-friendly Ireland, similar to a practice adopted by Apple. According to French law, if it completes any of its sales contracts in France and not Ireland alone, it could be in breach of its laws. Google, for its part, denies any wrongdoing, and said that it is fully compliant with French law. http://reut.rs/1Udk2T9
Apple TV extends universal search to NBC
Apple has extended its universal search function on the Apple TV to now include NBC shows in its results, provided the user has installed the NBC tvOS app. The search results can be generated either through Siri, or through the Search app, and includes support for searches by title, genre, and actor, among other queries. NBC joins CBS, more recently, among other channels including: Disney Channel; Disney Jr; Disney XD; FOXNOW; FXNOW; HBO GO; HBO NOW; Hulu; Nat Geo TV; Netflix; PBS; PBS Kids; SHOWTIME; SHOWTIME Anytime; Starz, and Watch ABC, all of which are supported by universal search. http://apple.co/25lGi5R