Apple U.K. has announced a Winter savings promotion for British and Irish residents. The offer -- valid until January -- allows purchasers of new Macs to split payment over six months, with no interest.
Mobility Electronics today announced that Mac OS X 10.2.2 now offers support for MAGMA CardBus-to-PCI Expansion Systems, allowing users to upgrade their PowerBook computers to Mac OS X without losing compatibility with the MAGMA CardBus Expansion line of products. The company offers external (mobile) expansion systems for 1-, 2-, and 4-slot PCI cards (both half- and full-length) starting at $945.
New: CandyBar 1.0.2 is the latest version of the simple Mac OS X toolbar/system icon customization utility from Panic and The Iconfactory, which now includes full support for OS X 10.2.2. [1.6MB] New: Mulberry 3.0 brings a new user interface, new text macros and several bug fixes to the scaleable email client for Mac OS X. The new interface sports a standard OS X toolbar, option three-pane window layout, a tabbed mailbox pane and separate mailbox/address book windows. [Download form] Doug's AppleScripts has released iTunes Library Manager 2.5, an AppleScript applet that makes back-up copies of the iTunes Library database file. It now displays the name of the currently loaded "Library" in the Source pane, automatically backs-up current Library before loading a new one, and other enhancements. It is $5 shareware. iCal Calling iTunes! is another script that schedules iTunes Playlists to play with iCal and Make Mine MPEG-4 assists in ripping CD tracks as MPEG-4 audio using QuickTime Pro. [ILM, ICI, MMM] Sophisticated Circuits has added new features for Mac OS X to the public beta of iDo Script Scheduler. Version 1.5b10 includes the ability to run Unix shell and Perl scripts on a schedule, on idle, and with Hot Keys. [1.7MB] Isadora v0.9.8 adds three new 'actors,' an Image Tiler, a ditherer and video preloading to the graphical programming environment. An Isadora program is created by linking together "graphically represented building blocks," each of which performs a specific function. [6.5MB]
Update: Apple has released Backup 1.2.1 via the Software Update application in Mac OS X. New features since v1.0 include Disc spanning, scanning performance improvements, a combined CD/DVD mode, updated iTunes and iCal 'QuickPicks,' a better log file and support for larger 'recordable' CDs (such as 700MB). Version 1.2.1 also sports a 'metal' UI design. Tony Hawk Pro Skater 3 for Mac has reached the beta development stage, according to Aspyr Media. Developer Erkki Halkka has released the final version of Eki's PlugPak 2.0 ($50) for LightWave. New features in version 2.0 include SeaGen -- the highlight of the release -- which is a script for creating oceans. The update also includes 'Scenes,' which is a new script for previewing WIP models in a pre-made, lit scene. [Web site unavailable] Centromedia has announced the availability of Address Office 3.5 for Mac OS 9/X. Address Office is a free PIM (Personal Information Manager) that stores basic contact information such as phone numbers and addresses, in addition to email addresses, relevant URLs, and IM handles.[Classic, OS X] Events 1.5 Beta 3 is an update to the calendar Web site creation tool. Version 1.5 runs natively under Mac OS X (as well as supporting Classic versions of the Mac OS with the latest CarbonLib from Apple installed). iEvents generates HTML Web pages files that can then be uploaded to any Internet server. [981KB]
Aladdin Systems today announced financial earnings results for third quarter, ended September 30, 2002. The company reported a net income of $336,163 -- or $0.03 per share -- on revenues of $1,943,060, compared with a net loss of $387,102 on slightly lower revenues for the year ago quarter. "Being profitable in this economy is important," said Jonathan Kahn, CEO of the compression software maker, "the combination of the StuffIt and Ten for X product releases helped make the quarter successful."
British software maker Feral has released a demo of F1 Championship 2000 for the Mac OS. A trailer of the fast-paced racing game was also released today. The developer will ship a full version of the game November 22nd; the game will debut at the London Mac Expo, at the Islington Design Centre.
3DO is now shipping the Mac version of Heroes of Might and Magic IV. The game is the fourth installment in the popular strategy/fantasy series, in which "Emilia Nighthaven" must battle the "evil immortal King Gavin Magnus" and his "horde of Dragon Golems." 'Heroes IV' is available for Mac OS 9 & X at a retail price of $50.
SoftIntegration today released SIGL for Mac OS X, its solution for 2D/3D graphical plotting within the framework of C/C++: "SIGL meets the demand for an easy-to-use cross platform C++ graphical application. All functions in SIGL are supported in Ch, a C/C++ interpreter. The same graphical application can be either compiled in C++ or run from Ch directly without compilation... With SIGL, you can design and deploy the graphical application running across different platforms." It contains a plotting class with many member functions for visualization and simplifies the graphical plotting for C++ users. The $300 package requires XDarwin with the OroborOSX window manager in Mac OS X.
Planar today added two new 17-inch LCDs to its PL monitor product line. Planar's high-end PL171M offers both analog and digital inputs, ultra-slim bezels, integrated speakers and better visual performance. It is available with black, white or silver bezels for $560. The PL170, with a "sleek industrial design" and only an analog input, is available with black or white bezels for $520. All Planar desktop monitors include a three-year warranty with free, 2-Day Air advance product replacement for all three years.
Trolltech today announced the release of Qt 3.1, which Mac OS X 10.2 support as well as Motif integration to its multiplatform C++ software development tool. The Qt 3.1 QMotif integration module allows developers to insert Qt-based code into existing Motif applications step by step. The software is integrated with the Mac Appearance Manager, offers anti-aliased text drawing, user settings and greatly improved OpenGL support. Qt 3.1 is free of charge to open-source developers on Unix/Linux.
Script Software's Easy Card Creator 1.1 can create attractive and personal cards using personal digital photos. It can also create envelopes and supports templates for saving commonly used card styles. Version 1.1 supports drop shadows on nearly all objects, translucency, captions, and round rectangles as well as offers an improved interface and more folding options. [2.5MB] Stick Software has released Issa 1.0, a $10 shareware OS X application that offers a "virtual refrigerator poetry set." It allows you to change fonts, styles and colors, use different word lists, and export finished poems as text, HTML or images. [876KB]
A new Knowledge Base article provides more details on File System Journaling introduced in Mac OS X Server 10.2.2, which was released earlier this week (other Journaling-related articles, include Repair a Journaled Volume, fsck Reports Benign Errors, Disk Quotas and Journaling Not Compatible): "Mac OS X Server version 10.2.2 provides a new journaling feature for the Mac OS Extended (HFS Plus) file system which enhances server availability and fault resilience. Journaling protects the integrity of the file system on Xserve and other computers using Mac OS X Server in the event of an unplanned shutdown or power failure. It also helps to maximize the uptime of servers and attached storage devices by dramatically expediting repairs to the affected volumes when the system restarts. "Journaling is a technique that helps protect the integrity of the Mac OS Extended file systems on Mac OS X Server volumes. It both prevents a disk from getting into an inconsistent state and expedites disk repair if the server fails."
Bare Bones Software today released BBEdit 7.0, an update to advanced text editing application. Version 7.0 offers integrated support for CVS, support for multiple Web sites, new Sort Lines and Process Duplicate plug-ins, rectangular selection, ASP/VBScript syntax coloring, "Quartz" text smoothing, and better support for Mac OS X Services. The $180 package is available as a cross-grade ($120) to owners of GoLive, Dreamweaver, or BBEdit Lite. Upgrades are $50 for any registered user of v2.5 or later through the end of the year--after which version 6.1 customers can register for $60 and v6.5 owners can register for $50. [site inaccessible due to heavy traffic]
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Pluggable Technologies three-display USB-C dock
Peripheral company Plugable Technologies today launched the industry's first wave of USB-C docking stations with both Power Delivery and DisplayPort Alternate Mode support. The Plugable UD-CA1 Docking Station integrates support for both of these new capabilities, along with the full set of standard USB docking features like wired network, audio, and extra USB ports. Model UD-ULTCDL builds on this, adding support for three total displays using DisplayLink USB virtual graphics technology. The UD-CA1 retails for $129, with the UD-ULTCDL selling for $179, and available soon. http://bit.ly/1TrVVTJ
Spotify deploys new $15 family plan
Spotify has today launched a new family program. Up to six family members can have individual accounts for $15 per month for the group. All current "Premium for Family" members will be migrated to the new program. The new plan is available today globally, minus Canada. http://spoti.fi/1OSJrCK
Speck CandyShell Clear with Glitter case
Speck today announced CandyShell Clear with Glitter. Thousands of tiny pieces of glitter are embedded within the case, with what the company calls "military-grade drop protection in a slim profile." CandyShell Clear with Glitter is available now on Speck's website for $40 and up. http://bit.ly/1OSHIgM
Three UK nudges MMS users toward apps
British carrier Three has suggested its users take advantage of messaging apps, as part of an announcement regarding multimedia messaging (MMS) price rises. While the price of a message will increase on June 13 from 17.4p ($0.25) to 40p ($0.58) per MMS, Three notes that customers can avoid the hefty fees by using Skype, WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, and other services. http://bit.ly/1Rk0TKM
Belight Soft launches Art Text 3
Belight Soft has launched the latest version of its graphic design software, Art Text 3. The new version sticks with the goals of the previous iterations in developing a creative art text tool that is easy to use for beginners, but produces powerful results that will also appeal to pros. Among its key features are over 70 customizable templates to assist with logo design, word art, web elements and picture captions. Users can customize 3D materials using over 200 textures, over 140 bump map surfaces and over 80 environment map textures. Users of either of the two previous versions can upgrade to the new version for $30, a $20 savings. New users can also enjoy the $30 price as an introductory offer through the Mac App Store until May 31. http://bit.ly/1U6jFqu
KnowRoaming network now extends to 86 countries
KnowRoaming customers can now use its global SIM sticker to take advantage of its unlimited data plans when travelling in 86 countries. The SIM sticker is, as its name suggests, a special sticker that is applied to the back of an existing SIM card for use outside the US in supported countries. It works in conjunction with the KnowRoaming smartphone app. The latest expansion of its network came with the addition of 12 Latin American countries where travelers can now also enjoy its unlimited data plans, which are available for $8 per day. http://bit.ly/27KkXli
BMW to start supporting CarPlay this fall
BMW will add CarPlay support as one of the entertainment add-on for its X5M and X6M models, the first BWM models to do so, starting from this summer. A German-language catalog for the manufacturer spotted by Bimmerpost advises the option will arrive in August. It is unclear if the support will only be included in European versions of the car, or for further afield. The display in the vehicles will be among the largest thus far seen for CarPlay, at 10.25 inches, and hinted at possible wireless CarPlay support. The X5M currently sells for €96,470 (US$108, 275), while the X6M retails for €99,327 ($111, 453). http://bit.ly/1XnZ4DJ