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MOTU today unveiled a twelve-channel, high-definition audio interface for the Mac, which it calls the the HD192. The $1600 device provides high-quality audio recording and playback on twelve XLR analog inputs and outputs. It is rack-mountable, and includes a PCI connectivity card. The HD192, which is expected to be available in 2003, will also be offered in a $1900 version that includes 'AudioDesk' software.
"Dreamweaver MX: The Missing Manual" ($35) is the latest book in the series of manual-style publications from O'Reilly/Pogue Press that examines the popular Web design suite. Author David McFarland brings together undocumented workarounds and handy shortcuts in a straightforward book that takes cues from the previous "Missing Manuals" by David Pogue.
Apple today released Security Update 2002-11-21 via the Mac OS X Software Update Control panel. This Security Update fixes potential vulnerabilities introduced in BIND, the domain server and client library software package from Internet Software Consortium (ISC), that is shipped with Mac OS X and Mac OS X Server. BIND version 8.3.4 addresses the recently-discovered potential vulnerabilities where an unauthorized person may disrupt the normal operation of the DNS name service. BIND is not activated by default on Mac OS X or Mac OS X Server.
If Then Software has released My Favorites Martian 1.7, an update to its Web browser bookmark and preferences computer-to-computer synchronization tool. This minor update includes improved FTP upload/download functionality, Chimera support, enhanced aesthetics, and bug fixes. [233KB] Thinkertons has updated its Jotz multimedia notepad to version 1.1. The OS X application now includes improved "check spelling as you type" support, stability and performance enhancements, and better URL activation. [1.2MB] MegaSeg 2.5.1 is an update to the DJ/radio automation software for Mac OS X. Version 2.5.1 addresses a conflict with OS X 10.1.5, as well as offers improvements to hot keys, playlist rules, library sorting, multiple external hard drive support, and drag-and-drop importing. [2.2MB] Reason 2.0.1 addresses a number of problems found in the previous release of the "virtual studio rack" for music creation from Propellerhead Software. Bugs fixed include: an error whereby the installer would unexpectedly quit, a "bad format" error, and problems with the automation of "Performance Controllers." [Download Form] Alps has released a Mac OS X printer driver for its MD-1000, -1300 and -5000 series devices. The driver is currently only supported under Mac OS X 10.1.5, but an OS X 10.2-compatible release is expected shortly. [2.5MB] Atomic Bird has updated its system maintenance automation utility -- Macaroni -- to version 1.2. This update adds laptop-specific features -- namely the ability to automatically disable or defer maintenance routines if the machine is in battery mode. [1.1MB]
KB roundup: Mac OS 9 drivers are required to startup and mount drive volumes under Mac OS 9; Multicast DNS, part of Rendezvous technology in Mac OS X 10.2, allows computers on a local network to look up each others' names and addresses without a DNS server; Some features of Mac OS X Server 10.2 or later require use of the Password Server; and The drive activity indicator lights on SuperDrives with the Pioneer DVR- 103 mechanism do not work after you update the firmware using the Power Mac SuperDrive Update. (Apple also notes a yet-unreleased Security Update 2002-11-21, which updates Bind 8.3.4 to fix potential vulnerabilities in the domain server and client library from ISC that comes with Mac OS X and Mac OS X Server.)
Corel's Beta Team is now recruiting test sites for Painter 8, its digital painting application that "simulates the realistic subtleties of an artist’s style through Natural-Media technologies, such as water colors, liquid inks, oil paints, colored pencils, felt pens, chalks, pastels, and more!" It is looking for individuals on both PC and Mac platforms with experience using Painter, Adobe Photoshop, and Adobe Illustrator.
Prosoft has released Netware for Mac OS X - IP Edition v1.1, which allows users to connect to a Novell IP-based network. This release now works with with NetWare SLPDA.nlm, supports Directory Agents and Scopes and is more compatible to share files with Windows clients as well includes stability and memory improvements. The Netware client allows users to authenticate and use NetWare natively using the IP protocol, offering native NCP file handling, NDS browsing for finding and authenticating to NetWare servers, and support for NSS volumes. It is a free upgrade. Single-user licenses start at $150.
CodeBlender's DeepTrouble is an underwater 3D action game for Mac OS 9 and Mac OS X. The fast-paced 3D action game consists of 10 levels of varying difficulty, many different alien vehicles with different skills and other challenges. It is $30. [39MB] Minimal Music Plug (MMP) is now available as a freeware VST plug-in, which allows to synchronize 4 sample loops (up to 5 seconds) and to control the drift between the loops as well as create effects from phasing to polyrythmics. IK Multimedia's analog mastering software T-RackS is now available as an HTDM plug-in for ProTools for MacOS. The analog-standard mastering solution also includes the ability to support all Digidesign control surfaces, including the new 002 system and the Control |24 and Pro Control. It is free to previously registered RTAS users of T-RackS. It is $400. IK Multimedia also released AXE' and Trance Grid, two new loop sound libraries for its SampleTank professional sound module. Both include single sounds and also recycled loops with associated MIDI files and SampleTank LE plug-in, a 'lite' version of SampleTank, providing 4 multitimbral MIDI part channels (instead of 16), one stereo output (instead of four), 4 effects per voice selectable among 20 DSP effects and the ability to read other Sampletank native sounds. Each library is $100.
Apple's new Jingle bells and whistles promo offers $100 off the purchase of an eMac. The mail-in rebate is good now until December 22, 2002. Users must purchse the low-end combo-drive model to be eligible for the savings (the eMac with SuperDrive is not included in the offer).
Following our note earlier this week about an upcoming store in the Seattle-area, The Honolulu Star Bulletin reports that Apple is "planning to open its first Hawaii direct retail outlet, an Apple Store, in Ala Moana Center," noting that Apple is seeking applicants for a store manager and assistant manager for a new Ala Moana store.
Comictastic 1.0 is a free utility for finding and viewing your favorite online comic-strips. It offers support for over 150 strips and is available for Mac OS X. [324KB] ScreenTime Media has released ScreenTime for Flash v2. The new version of ScreenTime for Flash is "the first and only" screen saver creation tool to support native Flash MX playback on Macintosh operation systems including OS X. Other new features include creation of one-click installers for Mac OS 8/9 9/X as well as integration of all screen savers into a single control panel with full preview functions. It supports live XML feeds, dynamic content and interactivity. Pricing starts at $200. Stone Design has posted the latest November 21st updates to its applications, including Create 10.7.3, TimeEqualsMoney 2.2.1, PStill 2.4.1 and PhotoToWeb 1.5.2 as well as the Stone Studio, its suite of web and graphic applications for Mac OS X. Objectpark.org has released FuzzyClock 1.04b, its freeware "think different" menu bar clock with new languages and idioms and the ability to customize the menu bar text for specific time periods. It supports 35 languages and idioms available such es "fluid english", "Esperanto", "Traditional Chinese" and many more. AppMac's bManager CRM 3.1 is a professional contact manager with CRM functions. It offers a new SQL database engine, new import/export functions, an integrated calculator, the ability to synchronize data with Apple's Address Book (under Jaguar), improved group management, and other interface improvements. A special introductory price of $100 is available through the end of the month. [OSX]
James Associates has released MacGPS Pro 4.0, which now runs on Mac OS X as well as Mac OS 8/9. This major upgrade features "very high quality" high-speed zooming and panning of large Digital Raster Graphics maps. MacGPS Pro allows users to communicate with most Garmin GPS receivers, offering import of background maps from a wide variety of sources. GPS data can be graphically generated and edited for transfer to all Garmin GPS receivers. The software is $40. (Upgrade pricing not available).
MacHack, the annual developer conference, has issued a call for speakers: "MacHack solicits and accepts sessions on a wide variety of topics related to software and hardware development. Speakers for accepted sessions receive a discount for admission to the conference." The 2003 conference offers seven different "tracks", including New Tools, Hacking under OS X, Business Development, Alternative platforms, Languages, Code Clinics, and Yoot Sessions. Session ideas, outlines and proposals are due by February 1, 2003. MacHack 18 will take place June 19-21, 2003, in Dearborn, Michigan.
Apple has delayed the Xserve RAID until early next year, according to the company's Website: "We’ve received an overwhelming thumbs up on our Xserve 1U rack-mount server from customers and reviewers since it started shipping in July and now we’re working hard to deliver Xserve’s companion RAID product in early 2003, not by the end of calendar 2002 as originally announced." Apple promised to deliver the high-performance RAID storage product with 2Gb Fiber Channel, when it previewed the Xserve companion product in May. The 3U storage platform supports 14 ATA/100 drives (for up to 1.68TB of storage) and dual 2Gb fibre channel I/O as well as redundant and hot-swappable power supplies and cooling, and dual-RAID controllers.
Virtix has released Virtix Spectra 2.0 for iMovie, which adds four new effects the package of more than 20 filters that allow iMovie users to alter and correct images, highlight objects and add unique color effects to their videos. Version 2.0 now also contains 4 new sophisticated bonus effects: Extreme Contrast, Bubbles, Crosseyed and Snow. The $25 package works on both Mac OS 9 and Mac OS X; the new effects are available for free to registered users of v1.0.
NYRO Technix is shipping NXRAID for Mac OS X, a software-based RAID 5 solution that offers partition-based RAID for IDE, FireWire, SCSI and Fiber Channel systems running both client and server versions of Mac OS 10.2.1. (The company promises a patch for Mac OS X 10.2.2, which it says will be available "soon".) It is $190.
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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 HermÃ©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