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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 aren’t 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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Swift benchmarking suite goes open-source
Following the release of new betas for all its platforms, Apple on Monday also made a suite of 75 tools for benchmarking Swift-developed coding projects, including libraries for benchmarking functions, a utility for comparing the resulting metrics, and a driver for running them. The company says it is asking the community for help in developing additional benchmarks, as well as further "helper" libraries and overall code review for better stability and performance. Apple plans to include benchmark pull requests in Swift's new continuous integration system as well. http://bit.ly/1W8u0EU
Instagram now supporting multiple accounts
As reported earlier, Instagram is now rolling out support for multiple accounts (up to five) in version 7.1.5 of its iOS app. The feature has been one of the main attractions of third-party Instagram clients, but it is unclear if users must seek out an "add account" preference in the app; additionally, some users are reporting that the ability to add accounts has not yet been added. The company says notifications "depend on when you last logged in, and the number of devices that are logged into that account," suggesting not all notifications across accounts will appear when logged into a given one. http://bit.ly/1moh95p
Pictures of Galaxy S7, Edge leaked
New images have been leaked of Samsung's new Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge. The images of the Galaxy S7 are very similar to a draft leaked earlier this year, with a curved back reminiscent of the iPhone 3G with the normal Samsung camera hump in the upper center of the phone. The picture of the Galaxy S7 Edge as leaked is running a benchmark application showing modest improvements over the S6 line, if accurate. Both models are expected to be formally announced in a February 21 press event hosted by Samsung. http://bit.ly/20Gf07X
Bambooti wooden skins for MacBooks
Bambooti has introduced premium wooden skins for Apple laptops that allow users to customize any design or logo directly on the case. Each Bambooti skin is handcrafted from sustainably managed forests, and are hand sanded and spray-finished to create an ultra smooth exterior. Bambooti's wooden skins start at $65 on the fully-funded Kickstarter which includes a custom design or logo of the user's choice that will be engraved on the product. http://kck.st/1PhE6Sb
Apple Music in Taiwan, now up to 113 countries
Apple Music has now added its 113th country, Taiwan, to its expanding list of areas where it offers its paid subscription service. The price in the country will start at NT$150 (about $4.50 US) for an individual subscription, and that now includes (as it does in the rest of the world) the formerly free-but-ad-supported iTunes Radio feature, which as in other countries will be customized somewhat to offer channels of locally-popular music styles. Apple Music is now available in 16 countries and regions -- including China, India, Russia, and Japan -- where Spotify has not yet arrived.
Invisible wall mount for iPad Pro, mini
Computing hardware mounting company Wall-Smart has announced the availability the new "invisible" wall mount, with models for the iPad Pro, iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 4 -- all with no bezel. The invisible mount includes ÂPower Over Ethernet to USB, which allows charging while in-wall, and is available for both drywall and solid surfaces such as solid wood panels or partition walls. Prices vary widely by iPad model, and required mounting hardware. http://bit.ly/1SE5jCO
Kingston buys IronKey secure USB tech
Kingston Digital today announced it has acquired the USB technology and assets of IronKey from Imation. In addition to Kingston's acquisition, encryption services leader DataLocker has purchased the IronKey Enterprise Management Services platform which provides centralized management to encrypted USB drives. Kingston and DataLocker claim that there will be no interruption in service provided, or available products as a result of the consolidations. http://bit.ly/1QQk9SZ