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O'Reilly unveils bevy of new tech books
O'Reilly today released an array of new Pocket Guides and References. The Pocket References provide quick access to the "hard-to-remember details" of programming syntax, while the Guides offer tutorials, explanations and tips relating to new technology. The Macintosh-related publications include: Mac OS X Pocket Guide, Second Edition ($15), Macintosh Troubleshooting Pocket Guide ($13), and Objective-C Pocket Reference ($13). Other new books in the series include: PHP Pocket Reference, Second Edition ($15), C Pocket Reference ($15), C# Language Pocket Reference ($13), Digital Photography Pocket Guide ($15), Essential System Administration Pocket Reference ($15), VB.NET Language Pocket Reference ($15), Word Pocket Guide ($13) and Windows XP Pocket Reference ($13).
AMD: AAPL relationship would be "interesting
AMD CEO Hector de Ruiz told eWeek in an interview on 64-bit computing that he had "no indication" that Apple was considering using AMD processors in upcoming Macs, but did suggest that there is a remote chance: "I cannot picture Apple putting an Itanium in their stuff. So I think if they're going to do that they're going to figure out some way to get a PowerPC version of that. Or they're going to have to consider one of the alternatives we offer and see there's many more than that." When asked if he was aware of any Apple interest in AMD chips, Ruiz said "you know, if they were I couldn't tell you, and if they're not I shouldn't tell you. But I think it would be an interesting relationship if that ever really happened."
Apps: Déjà Vu 2.0, DeepTrouble, XML Plugin
CodeBlender Software has released version 1.0.2 of its 'DeepTrouble' 3D action game for Mac OS 9/X. The update addresses a glitch that could cause an application crash when the "alien bubbles" option was disabled. It also includes a better looking "bubble" texture. [See Web site for download options]
Déjà Vu 2.0 adds a number of unspecified enhancements to the popular backup utility for Mac OS X that. Déjà Vu allows OS X users to backup any number of folders and files, perform manual backups, schedule backups, execute remote backups synchronize folders, and clone an OS X system disk. Version 2.0 sells for $15 (an unregistered download will act as a trial version for fifteen launches). [Download - 812KB]
The PostgreSQL Global Development Group has announced PostgreSQL 7.3, an update to its object-relational database management system (ORDBMS). This release includes several requested features, such as "SQL '92" schemas, prepared statements, stored procedures that can return record Sets, and enhanced "dependency tracking" for complex databases. [Download - For OS X 10.2, For OS X 10.1 or older]
XML Plugin is an add-on for the 4th Dimension programming language that allows developers to easily read and write XML documents. XML Plugin uses the Document Object Model (DOM), meaning XML data is parsed into 4D tree objects that can be navigated in an interactive fashion. [Download - 495KB]
QuickBooks 5.0 available for order
Intuit's QuickBooks 5.0 for Mac OS X ($300) is now available for order from the online Apple Store, as observed by reader Richard Lorenc. The estimated ship time is 4-6 weeks, compared to 1-3 days for an item that is in stock.
Mac addicts saved Apple, mustn't be ignored
The core Mac user base is often described as being cult-like and obsessive, but Wired News columnist Leander Kahney also points out that this "addicted" group of people rescued the struggling computer maker in the mid-nineties from collapse. "What other computer inspires fans to get tattoos, personalized license plates, amass huge collections of ancient machines, or build Mac aquariums," asks Kahney. And in a time when Apple is relatively well-off, the company is beginning to ignore the demands of its users: "the loyalty to Apple has led some to describe the Mac community as masochistic."
Apps: VSS, PiXELS 3D, Virex, shadowGoogle...
Lucid Dawn Software has updated its Video Scouting System for Football; the new version allows for the direct importing and exporting of game and cut-up video as well as a totally revamped User Interface. Pricing is not available for the entry-level scouting solution for small to medium football programs, which allows the coaching staff to scout both their opponents as well as themselves.
stupidFish programming has updated its desktop search interface, shadowGoogle 2.0.3 (SG). It adds a new Japanese localization as well as other bug fixes. A single-user license is $8, while a group license is $15. Other readers note Searchling 1.0 (SL), described as "a free, quick and unobtrusive way to access your favorite search sites in Mac OS X" from your menubar. [SG, SL]
The $12 shareware Bookit 3.0b2 restores Mac OS 10.1 functionality, includes a new Bookit Menu application that displays bookmarks in a global system menu, fixes a problem recognizing the Internet Explorer bookmark file and fixes numerous bugs in Everyday Software's bookmark utility. [Classic]
Pixels Digital has posted a 30-day demo of PiXELS 3D v4.1.2 for Mac OS 9 and Mac OS X. The demo version is a fully functional version, with the ability to save, export and render; however, rendered images are watermarked. Upgrades to the $400 application are $200, while competitive-upgrades are $300. [update, full]
Network Associates has posted a December Anti-virus update for Virex 6 and 7. [V6, V7]
A MacNN reader notes that AOL has posted the Mac OS X version of its AOL UK installer. [20.1MB]
OWC intros Mercury DVD-RW, CD-RW models
OWC today introduced six new models of its Mercury-brand external optical storage line. Each device includes either FireWire-only and USB 2.0/FireWire Combo connectivity, add-on software, writable and re-writable media, and a one-year warranty. The CD-R drives ship with Roxio Toast 5.2.x Lite, 25 pieces of CD write once/read many media, and one piece of rewritable media and all necessary cables. The 44x24x44 CD-RW models also ship with Yamaha Safe-Burn & Exclusive Disc T@2 Labeling Technology, while the 48x12x48 models ship with Lite-On SMART-BURN technology. The Mercury DVD R/W solutions ship with CharisMac Discribe 5.x, five pieces of DVD-R 2X Media in Jewel Case, 25 pieces of CD-R media, one piece of CD-RW media, and all necessary cables.
Apps: Analog, ProjectForum, Agenda...
CSB-Digital has updated its flagship product, AlamDV2 1.4, its home video effects package with over 700 effects: "[It] gives the user the power to add impressive combinations of illumination effects, explosions, muzzle flashes, lightswords and magic to their projects." It is available for Mac OS 9; a Mac OS X version is due in early 2003 when version 2.5 is released, according to the company. The current version is £50. [7.4MB]
Chimerachanga 1.05 adds muliple custom preference options and a new auto-open downloaded files option to the free utility that "attempts to make it easier to turn on some of the 'hidden' preferences within Chimera (Navigator) 0.6, without having to manually edit the preferences file each time." [153KB]
Jason Linhart's freeeware Analog 5.3a, an update to the web log analyzer, now includes the ability to use IP address ranges and subnet masks for host inclusions and exclusions and also adds a new 'BYTESDP' command to list kilobytes etc. to a chosen number of decimal places. It is available for Mac OS 8/9/X. [2.5MB]
ProjectForum 1.1 is a Web-based collaboration application: "[It] provides a powerful but easy-to-use solution for flexible workgroup collaboration and coordination of projects over the web. Use it for project planning, todo lists, design notes, task assignments, meeting notes, problem reports, team discussions, collecting feedback, research, brainstorming and more." Pricing starts at $200. [1.0MB]http://www.courseforum.com/projectforum/
Agenda 2.5, now compatible with Mac OS X, is a $20 shareware "virtual device which can greet you, tell you the current date, read off your scheduled events for the day and remind you of pending items on your to-do list." [995KB]
E-on Software's Vue d'Esprit 4.1.1 resolves compatibility issues with Mac OS X 10.2 in its 3D application for the creating, rendering and animating natural scenery. It is a free update to the $200 application. [form]
Yaz Software's Speed Download 1.9.3 updates the $20 download management and acceleration utility. It has better performance under Mac OS X 10.2.2, an improved connectivity mechanism, better dialup modem support, and other bug fixes. The company is also giving away 2-for-1 license through December 24th. [758KB]
Plugin Galaxy for AE v1.5 adds new effects
The Plugin Site today released Plugin Galaxy for AE v1.5, an update to its collection of 21 After Effects-plugins with more than 150 different animatable video effects. It contains 18 new filter effects and a new Page Curl plugin. Among the new effects are Star Field, Diffuse, Rippled Glass, Cave Edge, Jungle Edge, Curved Edge, Cutline Edge, Quad Feedback, Tunnel Feedback, Space Worm, Dragon's Tail, Butterfly, Plate, Wall, RGB Saturation, Erode En/Decryption and Cross En/Decryption. The package is available for Mac OS 8/9/X and can be used with After Effects, Premiere, Final Cut Pro, Commotion and other applications that support After Effects plugins. The full version is $100; updates are $25.
Apps: Web Confidential, Photo Mechanic...
NightVision 1.04 is a free gamma control application program that "modifies your screen gamma settings so that you may, for example, preserve your dark adaptation while using your computer." It offers customizable gamma presets, high-resolution sliders to adjust red, green, and blue video components, and numeric and graphical readouts of gamma values. Versions are available for Mac OS 8/9/X. [Classic, OSX]http://www.adpartnership.net/NightVision/index.html
Camera Bits has released Photo Mechanic 3.2, an update to its image browser for digital camera files that provides batch captioning, renaming, speedy browsing, and Photoshop connectivity. Photo Mechanic displays the "thumbnails" of photos and offers the ability to rotate, preview, copy, delete, tag, rename, and add caption / keyword (IPTC news record) information to photos both individually and in batches. Version 3.2 of the $150 application (for Mac OS 9 and Mac OS X) adds XML export, a new slideshow function, a JPEG quality slider, and other enhancements. [1.0MB]
qXport 2.1.2 brings support for Word 2001 and Word X as well as Quark Xpress 5 to the add-on for Microsoft Word, which converts Word documents to QuarkXPress: "[It] tries to convert as much as possible of the Word structures, which are also available in QuarkXPress. At the same time qXport ignores much of the useless Word stuff." A demo of the $100 utility is available online. [179KB]
Sig Software has released Classic Menu 2.6.2, an OS X utility that displays the icons and names of files and folders in the Classic Menu Items folder and uses hierarchical menus to display folder contents. Version 2.6.2 adds French and German localizations, removes the depth limitation, improves visual compatibility with dark system themes and has other minor fixes and improvements. It is $10. [55KB]
Web Confidential 3.5b1 is a public beta of Alco Bloom's $20 shareware password organizer and generator featuring 448-bit encryption. It includes a new list view, adds a Mac OS X-style toolbar, and a new shared menu for access to passwords from any web browser. [Classic, OSX]
Sorenson announces Squeeze 3 for MPEG-4
Sorenson today announced Squeeze 3 for MPEG-4, an update to its video compression software. Squeeze provides a single interface to process, encode and deliver video for the Web, CD, or other devices and is designed to integrate into the video editing and multimedia production workflow; it includes all of Sorenson Media's professional codecs -- Sorenson Video 3 Pro, Sorenson Spark Pro, and Sorenson MPEG-4 Pro. It features support for AAC audio, one-pass and two-Pass VBR compression, batch processing, video and audio filters, DV capture, and adjustable cropping. The application is expected to ship in the first quarter of 2003 as a stand-alone application ($200) or part of the Sorenson Squeeze 3 Compression Suite ($450).
eMac 'Raster shifting' issue reported
One MacNN reader writes: "Apple has annouced problems with eMacs popping and no video but they are not talking about a [potentially] bigger problem affecting many more eMacs than the popping problem....Raster shifting is a problem that occurs shrinking the eMac screen so that the bottom 1/3 is left black, part of the top screen is clipped and wavy lines appear on the screen. Some eMacs are still doing this even after the CRT and boards have been replaced 3 times. My eMac is affected as well and is just a little over a month old."
FileSpring Pipeline brings PHP to FileMaker
Apps: OsXigen, VaporSec, Syflex, MacXword...
JomoSoft's ftp client, OsXigen 2.0, adds support for Mac OS 10.2 "Jaguar" as well as SFTP support (FTP over SSH), Drag'n'Drop from FTP/SFTP servers to the Finder/Desktop, improved connect and bookmarks editor dialogs, URL parsing, and other improvements. The $25 Cocoa-application is a free upgrade to existing users and includes other features such as synchronization, Web site management, queue-based download and uploads, BBEdit integration, file filters and Firewall support. [886KB]
VaporSec 0.8 is a graphical front-end to the built-in IPSec capabilities of OS X 10.2, which allows users to create IPSec VPNs between two Mac OS X 10.2 machines or between your machine and select third-party firewalls. [472KB]
Syflex today announced its cloth simulator on the market for Maya 4.5 on Mac OS X, Synflex. "It features an incredibly fast and stable simulator that allows to create highly realistic cloth animations." The simulator adapts many types of movements (running, dancing, jumping, etc.) and allows an artist to model a variety of materials (cotton, silk, leather, etc.) Pricing starts at $2200.
Advenio has released MacXword 1.1 for Mac OS X, an update to the original Across Lite crossword client for Mac OS X, which allows users to play crossword puzzles from a wide variety of online sources. This release contains a new printing system, a number of interface enhancements, and bug fixes. A demo of the $15 application is available online. [1.0MB]http://www.advenio.com/download/MacXword-110.dmg
The Iconfactory has updated its Mac OS X monitoring tool, iPulse 1.0.1. This maintenance update fixes a few bugs and also introduces support for French language translation and includes better documentation. The $10 shareware offers an instant (configurable) visual display of a variety of system parameters. [741KB]
MacFamilyTree 3.3 is an update to the geneology software for Mac OS 8.6/9/X. It is available in 8 languages including English, German, Spanish, French, Swedish, Italian, Danish and Norwegian language. The unregistered version ($25) can be used as a Gedcom file browser. Version 3.3 offers a complete rebuild of the heritage chart, has improved printing, and other enhancements. [2.0MB]
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