Dr RawStock today introduced FingerTips, a "keyboard companion" that makes it easy for Final Cut Pro users to find and remember complicated key combinations. The device can be placed "directly under" a keyboard, so that it is within reach and view. FingerTips has an introductory price of $10; it will increase to $13 after January 31, 2003. [Site not updated]
Apple Knowledge Base roundup: There is an important distinction between a "group" and a "workgroup" when working with Mac OS X Server; Multihoming/IP aliasing can be achieved simply under Mac OS X, by creating a new port configuration for each IP address that you need to use; Apple has outlined a number of very interesting theoretical and tested maximum limits for Mac OS X Server 10.2 (such as the maximum number of open files); Apple recommends using the AFP protocol (instead of SMB) for copying files from a Windows server offering Services for Macintosh; there are three simple steps to resolving a problem whereby "the [DHCP] server no longer offers addresses, and Server Status shows leases with no time."
Nikon has released Nikon Scan 3.1.4, which brings support for Mac OS X 10.2 Jaguar, improves scan speeds, adds a Photoshop plugin, and other bug fixes. [14.9MB] America Online has posted AIM 4.5.947 for Mac OS 8/9/X, an update to the free instant messaging solution. It adds logging (with encryption), Folder Preferences, an International Stock Ticker, and other bug fixes. [3.1MB] Callisto's PhotoParade 4.0 can transform digital photos into slideshows and screen saver. Version 4.0 of the $20 application adds new themes, customizable themes, spell check, larger photo display, an improved address book and other enhancements. It runs in Classic mode under Mac OS X.
Discovery Systems today released onViz, a new authoring tool for creating multimedia and e-learning software: "[It] people to quickly create interactive applications for computer-based instruction, electronic books and reference manuals. In addition, people can develop their own interactive video, expert systems, product and services demos, advertising, presentations, simulations, kiosks, games, and any other media rich interactive content." Pricing is $600 (with a $125 discount for education customers). Upgrades from DSI's CourseBuilder product are $300 through the end of the month.
Apple's Final Cut Pro 3.04 adds performance and reliability as well as QuickTime 6 compatibility. Other enhancements include: "effects represented correctly in exported EDLs, EDLs with clips containing speed changes are now imported correctly, clips from reels with timecode occurring during hour 23 now capture and import correctly, and more."
Apple's Carbon Sound Manager Update 6.02, available through the software update in Mac OS X, improves reliability and performance of some applications that access Carbon Sound Manager.
Macromedia has posted Dreamweaver MX 6.1, which "includes performance improvements and enables collaboration with Macromedia Contribute. In addition, several outstanding issues discovered since the release of Dreamweaver MX have been addressed in this version." (Contribute will be available for Mac OS X next year.)
The online Apple Store's Electronic Discounts promotin offers $25 off a purchase of $249 to all "new registration accounts created with valid email addresses that arenít associated with previous Apple Store accounts." The promo is good for all new accounts created between December 3, 2002 and December 16, 2002 and the discount must be used by December 31, 2002.
JAW software's MPEG2Splitter 1.6 is $15 utility for MPEG-2 movies that splits MPEG-2 files in smaller user-defined segments from any size source. It adds Mac OS X 10.2.2 compatibility, includes Drag & drop support, and other enhancements. [1.3MB] ARTIS today released its Screen Tools 1.0 for Mac OS X. The ARTIS Screen Tools is a $10 shareware collection of 3 utilities, including a Screen Ruler (for measurements in pixels, inches, and centimeters), Small Screen ("to evaluate your design on smaller screen sizes"), and Screen Lupe (displays a magnified view and can measure pixel colors). [198KB] Runtime Labs today released MacSQL 2.5.3, an update to its database management application. It adds the ability to import files larger than 2GB along with AppleScript recordability for Imports. The update also allows execution of anonymous PL/SQL blocks while communicating with Oracle. A lite version is $100, while a full version is $250. [3.8MB] Microscope 1.1 is a Mac OS X freeware application written specifically for the Intel Play and Digital Blue QX3/QX3+ USB Computer Microscope. It allows you to capture images as JPEG or TIFF, create time-lapse QuickTime movies, and add a text comment and/or time stamp to the image or movie. [680KB] Pipemare is a new 2D pipe building puzzle game: "The idea in Pipemare is to build a pipe that will allow water to flow from the IN pipe on the screen to the OUT pipe. You have various pipe pieces available at the bottom of the screen from which you can build this pipe." The $15 shareware is available for Mac OS X. [451KB] Infinisy today released the third free data set service for users of Change My image, a $15 hair simulation program for the Macintosh. The data can be used by registered users of Change My image, and consists of 12 new hairstyles as well as a new graphic interface.
InterACTIVE Technology today released an Jaguar-compatible and gcc3-enabled version of ActiveDeveloper, its Runtime Objective-C&C IDE, JIT compiler and Debugger with support for Cocoa and WebObjects: "The ActiveDeveloper IDE cuts your API learning curve and allows incremental Development of any Project. With ActiveDeveloper you get a Runtime Object IDE allowing you to build NATIVE apps and servers directly at run-time while they run." Pricing starts at $50.
FWB Software is now shipping SMART Toolkit and DriveTest. SMART Toolkit uses a feature called "Self Monitoring and Reporting Technology" (SMART) that's built into most modern ATA hard drives to monitor and alert users before their data is lost (via an on-screen alert with sound, an email, or by updating a website). DriveTest is measures the performance of hard drives with different data transfer sizes and allows you to compare test results from other machines as well as offers a Verify functions to test the overall integrity of the disk drive. SMART Toolkit (for Mac OS X-only) is $35 while DriveTest (for Mac OS 9 and Mac OS X) is $20.
Adobe's InDesign 2.0.2 update addresses compatibility with Norton AntiVirus software, updates the Undo and Quit options, correctly imports Microsoft documents, improves performance, and resolves PostScript printing issues. [18.1MB]
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Trade-up program expands in Europe
Smartphone users in France, Italy, and Spain will have until at least August of this year to trade in old iPhone, Windows Phone, or Android models at Apple Stores, and put the reward towards a new iPhone -- thanks to an expansion of Apple's trade-in program into those countries. The money given for the trade-in must be applied towards a new iPhone on a two-year payment plane, and traders must qualify under a credit check as part of the program. Interested customers can apply for the trade-in at their nearest Apple Store. http://bit.ly/1qPsldD
NBCUniversal adds Bravo, Syfy, E! to Apple TV
NBCUniversal has launched three new apps channels for Apple TV users. Bravo Now, Syfy Now and E! Now brings users access full seasons of current and past episodes of most of NBCUniversal's catalog. The Bravo Now app includes shows like "The Real Housewives of New York Cit," "Below Deck Mediterranean," comedy "Odd Mom Out" and "Top Chef." The Syfy Now app offers up shows like "The Magicians," thriller "12 Monkeys" and the reality show "Face Off." The E! Now app serves up shows like "Keeping Up with the Kardashians," "Botched," "#RichKids of Beverly Hills," Caitlyn Jenner's "I Am Cait," and "WAGS." While some content is free, most content requires users to authenticate via their cable satellite or telco TV provider. http://bit.ly/20K4Pea
Apple rolls out Arabic version of Apple.com
Apple has rolled out a new version of its Apple.com website for Arabic language users in the United Arab Emirates. The site utilizes a right-to-left reading format where it has been updated, although the upgrade is still in progress with a number of page links still in the original English language left-to-right format. Of particular note is that the site debuts an all-new custom Arabic font created by the Tarek Atrissi Design agency, giving it a highly contemporary look and feel. The new support for Arabic on its host website follows the introduction of full support for right-to-left languages in iOS 9, and the addition of Arabic support to Siri late last year. http://apple.co/20JHGIM
Adobe previews Photoshop content-aware crop
Adobe has previewed a new 'content-aware crop' feature from the next version of its Photoshop CC. The new feature is similar to its 'content-aware fill' from the current version of Photoshop CC, and potentially saves users time when cropping photos in a way that might otherwise leave blank white space in the frame. Adobe's 'content-aware' tech automatically assesses the blank space and seamlessly fills the blank space with the nearest related content in the space when a photo is expanded or rotated without the need to manually clone that part of the image. The feature allows users to move a horizon by adding more sky or ground, change the aspect ratio by adding content around the edges of the image and fill in the corners of an image when rotated during a crop. Adobe says the feature is coming soon and will be automatically available to Creative Cloud subscribers. http://adobe.ly/20JDFEu
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 ‚ā¨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]
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