The new "Pro" version of ePocrates Rx, a popular pharmaceutical reference for the Palm OS, will not include Macintosh support. Because the Pro edition requires periodic updates, Mac users will soon have to switch to the free version, according to some long-time users. While some are appealing to the developer for Macintosh support, one reader points to a public beta of Tarascon Pocket Pharmacopia, which, however, lacks the regular drug updates and lacks contraindication information.
OnMyCommandCM 1.3.1b1 is the latest version of Abracode's "contextual menu command line instruction executor" for Mac OS X. Users can add their favorite commands to a master list, and execute them via a universal contextual menu at any time. Commands can be executed in Terminal.app or "silently."
Mac OS X Server 10.2.2 (released earlier today) includes a new "journaling" feature for the Mac OS Extended (HFS+) file system. As noted previously, the journaling system protects the integrity of the file system on any OS X-based server. Apple highlights two key benefits of the new system: rapid recovery of lost files; automatic logging of file system transactions. Designed for rapid implementation, the journaling system does not require a drive reformat to work, and earlier versions of HFS+ can be easily retrofitted with the technology. [Download PDF outline]
Stupendous Software has released two new iMovie plugin packs, containing a total of 33 effects, including 6 free plugins in the demo download. Levels & Balances includes 13 effects--three of which are free. It brings Photoshop-style image adjustment controls to iMovie, including effects for adjusting the levels of an image, as well as effects for setting the gamma, color balance, and white balance. Smoke & Glass, which has 20 effects (including three free) includes effects for a number of animated smoke effects, as well as frosted glass effects and several wavy glass refraction effects. Each pack is $25 and runs with iMovie 2.1.1 or later under both OS X and Mac OS 9.
A group of SourceForge developers has released several Mac OS X 'binary distributions' of the TclTkAqua 8.4.1 scripting language port. In addition to the OS X releases, the developers have release a Mac OS 9 ('Classic') version.
Several MacNN readers note that Movielink -- billed as Hollywood's answer to requests for fee-based movie downloads -- is only compatible with computers that run Microsoft Windows. Additionally, Movielink is only available to residents of the United States.
La Jolla Underground has released See No Evil 1.0 for Mac OS 9/X. See No Evil will hide the current contents of your computer screen to protect confidential information from "prying eyes." See No Evil is accessible from a "floating," system-wide button. [727KB] MacInvoice 1.5 Beta 2 and MacLedger 0.8.0 are now available from Praevius. MacInvoice 1.5 fixes "payment" and "salesperson" bugs, corrects a several display errors, and includes a more user-friendly registration system. MacLedger 0.8.0 addresses a bug whereby the Remaining Balance (in lower left corner of main screen) would not display accurately when switching between ledgers. The update also prevents ledgers and categories from being created without names. [Form req'd to download] MacSpeech has announced the release of a UK English version of its iListen 1.5.2 speech recognition/dictation suite. "The software has undergone three years of intensive development and testing specifically for the Mac platform and offers the unique ability to dictate into almost any program." [Download link unavailable]
Apple today released Mac OS X 10.2.2 via the OS X Software Update app. It delivers "enhanced functionality and improved reliability for the following applications and technologies: Address Book, iChat, IP Firewall, Mail, Print Center, Rendezvous, Sherlock and Windows file service discovery. The update also includes the updated services previously delivered in Security Update 2002-09-20." The Knowledge Base article with more details is available online. Update: As anticipated, Mac OS X 10.2.2 includes a new "journaled file system" -- activated by the 'sudo diskutil enableJournal' command -- that provides users with a "historical view" of their data.
Bantam Interactive today launched its new line of portable USB storage drives. The slim, sleek device allows users to store and transfer files via the USB port. It features an innovative weatherproof casing, making it durable in all types of environments. The 2.8" x 0.9" x 0.4" inch device weighs only 0.4 ounces and comes with a blue LED status indicator. The USB drive is offered in 32MB ($50) and 64MB ($80) models. [site not updated]
Mark Malson's $13 shareware AutoTagX 2.5 automatically tags and organizes MP3 files with the simplicity of drag-and-drop and the power of internet music databases. Version 2.5 adds an option to add individual files in addition to album folders, has support for id3v2.4 tags, includes a contextual menu, and has other enhancements. [857KB] Troi's URL Plug-in v1.01 is a $60 cross platform plug-in lets you post and retrieve information from the Internet from within FileMaker Pro. A Sharp has released Addressix 1.2, an update to its $12 envelope printing utility for Mac OS X that remembers printer settings, auto-completes addresses, and prints bar codes for automated sorting. It adds custom envelope sizes and integration with the Mac OS X Address Book. [332KB] Electric Image has posted Universe 5.01, which brings fixes and new features for Animator and Radiosity to the 3D application suite. [2.3MB]
OWC and Newer Tech today introduced the TiHandle, an ergonomically designed handle plus stand for PowerBook G4 Titanium, which "makes it easy to carry a PowerBook G4, and also doubles as a stand, providing an elevated angle that allows for more natural typing position and better heat dissipation for cooler operation." It attaches to G4 Titaniums using the supplied Torx screwdriver and four supplied Torx screws and also includes clear heavy-duty rubber tape to protect the paint on the underside of a PowerBook when using the TiHandle as a stand. It is available at Other World Computing (OWC) for $40.
Thomas Schwab notes that Dazzle has posted updated ZiO! SmartMedia Reader and USB SmartMedia reader drivers for Mac OS X 10.2 Jaguar, noting that the drivers also worked for his Microtech USB Cameramate and Zio! Digital Film Readers, although MicroTech has yet to post the driver at its Website.
Native Instruments is now shipping Traktor DJ Studio 2.0, an update to its $200 professional DJ software that is now available for Mac OS 9 and Mac OS X. It features an updated user interface, advanced interpolation and filters, and professional de-emphasis correction to emulate the characteristics of analog vinyl scratching. Traktor DJ also offers a powerful database with search functions, automatic MP3 tag import, improved cueing and looping, innovative tempo recognition, Wav or AIFF file export, and MIDI control.
Macromedia today announced Contribute, a new desktop application that allows users to update, add, and publish web content to existing websites without "requiring technical skills beyond basic word processing." It features integration with Dreamweaver as well as Microsoft Excel. Contribute will ship in December for Windows with a Mac OS X version due next year. Introductory pricing is $100.
Collaborate 1.0 is described as a "combination chat and whiteboard program through which individuals in disparate locations can interact to work out ideas. Collaborate functions as a distributed network allowing an arbitrary number of individuals to be involved." The $10 shareware is free to students, faculty and staff of educational institutions as well as to staff of non-profit and charitable organizations. It is available for Windows and Mac OS X. [818KB Keyboard Maestro 1.2.1 updates Michael Kamprath's shareware utility for controlling multiple clipboards, system actions, and other functions via the keyboard. It adds a new "iTunes Control" hot key action that allows you to control iTunes remotely, an improved "Select Menu Item" hot key action editor that enables you to define a menu item target for the action by simply selecting the menu item in the desired application, and French and Japanese localized manuals. [2.0MB] Black Cat Systems has posted Antenna Master 2.0 ($15), which fixes computational errors with Yagi and inductor designs in the antenna design package for amateur (ham) radio operators. Atomic Mac 5.5.1 ($25) fixes printing bugs in its periodic table of the elements and nuclear database. The company also updated Health Tracker 2.1.2 ($10), its graphing program to track health related measurements. [Antenna, Atomic, HT] Minutiae Software's Reunion Planner 5.1 is a $60 application for planning and coordinating family, college, high school or company reunions. It features a complete address book, integrated mail merge, budget planner, mailing labels, name badges and other features. It now includes a sales module, a mini calculator, new templates, and improved Microsoft Office compatibility. [Classic, OSX] DC Portfolio 1.0 can be used to catalog any removable storage device or folder: "The portfolios created can be searched on, and entries can be updated with descriptions and keywords." It is $35. [2.4MB]
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Cirrus creates Lightning-headphone dev kit
Apple supplier Cirrus Logic has introduced a MFi-compliant new development kit for companies interested in using Cirrus' chips to create Lightning-based headphones, which -- regardless of whether rumors about Apple dropping the analog headphone jack in its iPhone this fall -- can offer advantages to music-loving iOS device users. The kit mentions some of the advantages of an all-digital headset or headphone connector, including higher-bitrate support, a more customizable experience, and support for power and data transfer into headphone hardware. Several companies already make Lightning headphones, and Apple has supported the concept since June 2014. http://bit.ly/29giiZj
Apple Store app offers Procreate Pocket
The Apple Store app for iPhone, which periodically rewards users with free app gifts, is now offering the iPhone "Pocket" version of drawing app Procreate for those who have the free Apple Store app until July 28. Users who have redeemed the offer by navigating to the "Stores" tab of the app and swiping past the "iPhone Upgrade Program" banner to the "Procreate" banner have noted that only the limited Pocket (iPhone) version of the app is available free, even if the Apple Store app is installed and the offer redeemed on an iPad. The Pocket version currently sells for $3 on the iOS App Store. [32.4MB]
Porsche adds CarPlay to 2017 Panamera
Porsche has added a fifth model of vehicle to its CarPlay-supported lineup, announcing that the 2017 Panamera -- which will arrive in the US in January -- will include Apple's infotainment technology, and be seen on a giant 12.3-inch touchscreen as part of an all-new Porsche Communication Management system. The luxury sedan starts at $99,900 for the 4S model, and scales up to the Panamera Turbo, which sells for $146,900. Other vehicles that currently support CarPlay include the 2016 911 and the 2017 models of Macan, 718 Boxster, and 718 Cayman. The company did not mention support for Google's corresponding Android Auto in its announcement. http://bit.ly/295ZQ94
Apple employees testing wheelchair features
New features included in the forthcoming watchOS 3 are being tested by Apple retail store employees, including a new activity-tracking feature that has been designed with wheelchair users in mind. The move is slightly unusual in that, while retail employees have previously been used to test pre-release versions of OS X and iOS, this marks the first time they've been included in the otherwise developer-only watchOS betas. The company is said to have gone to great lengths to modify the activity tracker for wheelchair users, including changing the "time to stand" notification to "time to roll" and including two wheelchair-centric workout apps. http://bit.ly/2955JDa
SanDisk reveals two 256GB microSDXC cards
SanDisk has introduced two 256GB microSDXC cards. Arriving in August for $150, the Ultra microSDXC UHS-I Premium Edition card offers transfer speeds of up to 95MB/s for reading data. The Extreme microSDXC UHS-I card can read at a fast 100MB/s and write at up to 90MB/s, and will be shipping sometime in the fourth quarter for $200. http://bit.ly/294Q1If
Apple's third-quarter results due July 26
Apple has advised it will be issuing its third-quarter results on July 26, with a conference call to answer investor and analyst queries about the earnings set to take place later that day. The stream of the call will go live at 2pm PT (5pm ET) via Apple's investor site, with the results themselves expected to be released roughly 30 minutes before the call commences. Apple's guidance for the quarter put revenue at between $41 billion and $43 billion. http://apple.co/1oi1Pbm
Twitter stickers slowly roll out to users
Twitter has introduced "stickers," allowing users to add extra graphical elements to their photos before uploading them to the micro-blogging service. A library of hundreds of accessories, props, and emoji will be available to use as stickers, which can be resized, rotated, and placed anywhere on the photograph. Images with stickers will also become searchable with viewers able to select a sticker to see how others use the same graphic in their own posts. Twitter advises stickers will be rolling out to users over the next few weeks, and will work on both the mobile apps and through the browser. http://bit.ly/29bbwUE