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FingerTips: new FCP \"keyboard companion\"
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]
KB: Several Mac OS X Server issues addressed
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."
Apps: Nikon Scan, AIM, PhotoParade...
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.
onViz: new e-learning, multimedia software
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 updates Final Cut Pro 3.04
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 updates Carbon Sound Manager 6.02
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 updates Dreamweaver MX 6.1
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 debuts $25 off promo
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.
Apps: MPEG2Splitter, Screen Tools, MacSQL...
- 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.
Developer tool adds Jaguar, GCC3 support
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 ships DriveTest, SMART Toolkit disk utils
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 updates InDesign 2.02
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]
For all of the high-priced, over-engineered Bluetooth speakers in the electronics market, there is still room for mass-market solution ...VisionTek 128GB USB Pocket SSD
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