iCalShare is now offering a special Sherlock channel that allows iCal users to search the iCalShare database for relevant calendars. The free online directory contains links to over 750 calendars in nearly 30 different categories. Search results include calendar title, category, author and Web site URL. [Add channel to Sherlock (OS X)]
Red Giant Software has announced that Knoll Light Factory 2 for Mac OS X will begin shipping next week. Light Factory -- which was created by Photoshop co-author and Industrial Light and Magic supervisor John Knoll -- offers a number of high-quality lighting effects for use in motion graphics.
TechTV has revealed its list of the top twenty holiday gift items for 2002. The list includes three products from Apple: the iPod (2), iBook (11) and iMac (18). In November, we reported that Apple products would be among those in the lineup.
HELIOS Software today added new features to its 4th generation HELIOS ImageServer 2.5 (formerly HELIOS EtherShare OPI). It supports server-based image transformation, repurposing and conversion for automated conversion of file format, resolution, color space, and compression, for web and print needs. ImageServer also provides OPI image replacement, server-based ICC Color Management, color separation, and proof printing capabilities. Version 2.5 adds a new Script Server service that helps automate tasks via "hot folders."
Vorbis Rage 1.0 is a new collection of tools for Ogg Vorbis users running Mac OS X, offering the ability to edit Vorbis "Comments", batch renaming, catalogging, and other features. A demo of the $20 collection is available online. [1.2MB] even-t 1.1 is a calendar tool to manage, view and organize your calendar entries. The $50 application integrates with Mac OS X 10.2's address book, offers a "calendar navigator," supports multiple calendars, can publish calendars on the web, support XML, and has other features. [924KB] Unsanity today released Labels X 1.1, which adds Mac OS 9's file/folder labeling features to Mac OS X, and has also released Xounds 1.4, which adds significant performance improvements, a new installer, and other enhancements to the haxie that adds Mac OS 9 sounds to Mac OS X. Each is $7 (shareware). [LB, XS] Yenco.com's $20 shareware iEvents 1.5 includes Mac OS X support, full support of Aqua and Platinum appearance themes, and other improvements to the desktop tool for quickly creating custom calendar websites. It runs on both Mac [859KB]
StageTools has released MovingPicture 4.0, an update to its image pan and zoom software. It includes the ability to use the alpha channel in images for high-quality floating logos and special effects, the ability to rotate the camera in 3 dimensions to achieve "skewed" effects, support for Mac OS X 10.2 (Jaguar), and other productivity enhancements. MovingPicture is a tool for documentary and industrial filmmakers to pan and zoom on high-resolution images. It works as standalone application and as a plug-in to most nonlinear editors (After Effects, Avid, Final Cut Pro, Media 100, and Premiere, for both MacOS 9 and X based systems).
Cometa Networks is a new partership between AT&T, Intel and IBM to provide broadband, wholesale, wireless Internet access nationwide. It plans to provide services to enterprise customers, telecommunications companies, ISPs, cable operators and wireless carriers, who then can offer their customers wireless 802.11b Internet access. The company says it will work with major national and regional retail chains, hotels, universities and real estate firms to deploy the broadband wireless access service in "hot spots" throughout the top 50 U.S. metropolitan areas and its services will make it possible for users to keep existing sign-on procedures, email addresses, IDs, passwords and payment methods."
Schema Research has released SRMigrate 1.0, a $975 database migration application that can migrate Microsoft SqlServer databases to Sybase on Mac OS 10.2 Jaguar. It moves the database structure (the schema) and the data and currentl supports migration from Microsoft Sql Server 2000 to Sybase ASE 12.5. iWatch 3.0 is a time management application built for Mac OS X. The $10 shareware is a four-task application that is able to act as a kitchen timer, an alarm clock, a stopwatch (with lap memory) and clock displaying the time and computer uptime. It now offers the ability to display system alert messages and beeps, play sound files or QuickTime movies, control iTunes, or perform various system actions. [1.2MB] Mac Army Knife 2.8 adds scroll wheel support and Mac OS X contextual menu plugins to the $25 general-purpose system application for Mac OS 9 and Mac OS X. It has modules such as File Finder, File Attribute Modifier, Developer Value Converter, ASCII table, Mac Errors List, Stop Watch, Egg Timers). [767KB] Chaotic Software has updated its $25 MP3 tool suite, MP3 Rage 5.4, with bug fixes and a few new options. Users can edit ID3 tags, adjust MP3 sound volume, export MP3 files to AIFF format, catalog, organize, rename, find, and edit ID3 tags. [2.0MB] CheckBook 1.0 is designed to manage your personal accounts with features for entering, sorting, printing, and sorting information for multiple accounts. It offers password protection, custom color-coded entries, and other featurs in a single-window interface. It is $10 and is only available for Mac OS X.
Realviz today announced ReTimer SD, which offers the ability to smoothly slow down, or speed up the frame rate of any video, film, or image sequence. The $800 post-production tool offers frame rate manipulation and will automatically generates new frames in between existing frames, for high-quality results when changing the speed of image sequences. The plug-in, which works with After Effects, Discreet Combustion?and Final Cut Pro, is due in January for Mac OS X. (Later this month, it will also begin shipping , ImageModeler 3.5, its application for creating 3D realistic models using photographs.)
Extensis is now shipping PhotoFrame 2.5, an update to its professional quality Adobe Photoshop plug-in for creating border and edge effects, including Acid Burn, Junkyard, Paper Mache and more than 100 different variations of the Emulsion family of frames, which allow users to depict any number of camera edge effects. Version 2.5 includes more than 1,000 new, professionally designed frames and brings support for Photoshop 7.0 and Photoshop Elements 2.0. The $200 plugin supports Mac OS 9 and Mac OS X.
Modifier 2.6 is a $10 shareware file/folder utility, which offers a graphical interface for administering file permissions in Mac OS X. It allows you to create application "Droplets" that can automatically apply your predefined attributes to files dropped on the Finder icon. [1.4MB] Luma Code has updated its $20 shareware utility for for parents, teachers, and sysadmins, Mac Minder 1.1, which helps track and regulate usage of programs. It improves security, adds an optional secondary password, and fixes bugs. [575KB] Sveinbjorn Thordarson has updated xGates 1.2, his "popular game of chainsaw murder. The new version, 1.2, features new immersive full-screen gameplay in MacOS X and improved performance on older systems." It is available for Mac OS 9 and Mac OS X. [2.0MB] BK Task Timer 2.0.2 is an easy-to-use timer that helps users keep track of their time spent on projects and the tasks associated with those projects. [Classic, OSX]http://www.bkeeney.com/Downloads/TaskTimer202X.sit Script Software's Easy Card Creator 1.1.1 brings POP before SMTP authentication, JPEG image conversion and other bug fixes to the company's vector-based application for creating greeting cards and envelopes from digital photos. The $30 utility is available for Mac OS X. [2.5MB]
OpenOSX today began its OpenWeb 2.5 CD, which brings support for Mac OS X 10.2.2 as well as updated software and "dozens of additional enhancements and applications including optional support for the new and slightly experimental Apache 2 Web Server series." The CD includes separate Apache 1.27 and Apache 2.0.43 packages and well as single-click installers for popular server software and web-applications such as a secure shopping cart, advanced content management, web-based server administration (for DNS, SSL, Apache, MySQL, Samba and more), SQL databases, a search engine, a bulletin board system, advertising management and more. Upgrades to the $60 CD are $20.
RealNetworks today announced its new RealVideo 9 encoding plug-in for Adobe Premiere, which supports Adobe Premiere 6.0 and 6.5 under both Windows and Mac OS 9. The company says that RealVideo 9 provides 30% bandwidth savings over RealVideo 8, producing "near DVD quality" at 500 Kbps and offer the ability to store two full-length movies on a single CD.
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Cirrus creates Lightning-headphone dev kit
Apple supplier Cirrus Logic has introduced a MFi-compliant new development kit for companies interested in using Cirrus' chips to create Lightning-based headphones, which -- regardless of whether rumors about Apple dropping the analog headphone jack in its iPhone this fall -- can offer advantages to music-loving iOS device users. The kit mentions some of the advantages of an all-digital headset or headphone connector, including higher-bitrate support, a more customizable experience, and support for power and data transfer into headphone hardware. Several companies already make Lightning headphones, and Apple has supported the concept since June 2014. http://bit.ly/29giiZj
Apple Store app offers Procreate Pocket
The Apple Store app for iPhone, which periodically rewards users with free app gifts, is now offering the iPhone "Pocket" version of drawing app Procreate for those who have the free Apple Store app until July 28. Users who have redeemed the offer by navigating to the "Stores" tab of the app and swiping past the "iPhone Upgrade Program" banner to the "Procreate" banner have noted that only the limited Pocket (iPhone) version of the app is available free, even if the Apple Store app is installed and the offer redeemed on an iPad. The Pocket version currently sells for $3 on the iOS App Store. [32.4MB]
Porsche adds CarPlay to 2017 Panamera
Porsche has added a fifth model of vehicle to its CarPlay-supported lineup, announcing that the 2017 Panamera -- which will arrive in the US in January -- will include Apple's infotainment technology, and be seen on a giant 12.3-inch touchscreen as part of an all-new Porsche Communication Management system. The luxury sedan starts at $99,900 for the 4S model, and scales up to the Panamera Turbo, which sells for $146,900. Other vehicles that currently support CarPlay include the 2016 911 and the 2017 models of Macan, 718 Boxster, and 718 Cayman. The company did not mention support for Google's corresponding Android Auto in its announcement. http://bit.ly/295ZQ94
Apple employees testing wheelchair features
New features included in the forthcoming watchOS 3 are being tested by Apple retail store employees, including a new activity-tracking feature that has been designed with wheelchair users in mind. The move is slightly unusual in that, while retail employees have previously been used to test pre-release versions of OS X and iOS, this marks the first time they've been included in the otherwise developer-only watchOS betas. The company is said to have gone to great lengths to modify the activity tracker for wheelchair users, including changing the "time to stand" notification to "time to roll" and including two wheelchair-centric workout apps. http://bit.ly/2955JDa
SanDisk reveals two 256GB microSDXC cards
SanDisk has introduced two 256GB microSDXC cards. Arriving in August for $150, the Ultra microSDXC UHS-I Premium Edition card offers transfer speeds of up to 95MB/s for reading data. The Extreme microSDXC UHS-I card can read at a fast 100MB/s and write at up to 90MB/s, and will be shipping sometime in the fourth quarter for $200. http://bit.ly/294Q1If
Apple's third-quarter results due July 26
Apple has advised it will be issuing its third-quarter results on July 26, with a conference call to answer investor and analyst queries about the earnings set to take place later that day. The stream of the call will go live at 2pm PT (5pm ET) via Apple's investor site, with the results themselves expected to be released roughly 30 minutes before the call commences. Apple's guidance for the quarter put revenue at between $41 billion and $43 billion. http://apple.co/1oi1Pbm
Twitter stickers slowly roll out to users
Twitter has introduced "stickers," allowing users to add extra graphical elements to their photos before uploading them to the micro-blogging service. A library of hundreds of accessories, props, and emoji will be available to use as stickers, which can be resized, rotated, and placed anywhere on the photograph. Images with stickers will also become searchable with viewers able to select a sticker to see how others use the same graphic in their own posts. Twitter advises stickers will be rolling out to users over the next few weeks, and will work on both the mobile apps and through the browser. http://bit.ly/29bbwUE