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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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TestFlight updated for iOS, watchOS
Apple on Thursday updated its developer-oriented TestFlight software to version 1.3.2 for compatibility with apps being developed for iOS 9.3 watchOS 2.2, along with the usual "stability and performance improvements." Some developers, however, are still reporting some issues loading beta apps onto the watchOS 2.2 beta. The latest beta for developers was released on Monday, and is available through the App Store or Apple's developer portal. [3.60MB] http://apple.co/1PQ64pF
CBS: No recent streaming conversations with Apple
CBS CEO Les Moonves has made remarks, casting doubt on a launch of Apple's live streaming television service. In interviews this week, the executive said regarding negotiations with Apple that "we had conversations awhile back, and we haven't had recent conversations with them," adding that "the phone is always ringing" regarding similar services, but not with Apple on the line. http://cnnmon.ie/1PptJM6
Complex date setting bug crashes 64-bit iOS device
A serious bug has been spotted with iOS devices running iOS 8 or newer, with a 64-bit processor. If a user disables auto-check time, and manually sets the date of a device back to as far as it will go, then again to January 1, 1970, and finally rebooting, the iPhone is crashed, perhaps terminally. The bug affects the iPhone 5s and newer devices, running a processor from the A7 and up. Theories abound as to the cause of the crash, but the most credible seems to be a clock set to less than an arbitrary "zero" date, causing all manners of routines relying on the time setting to fail during startup. http://bit.ly/1TV6psS
Weber buys iDevices' iGrill, Kitchen Thermometer
Cooking gear manufacturer Weber is purchasing iOS accessory manufacturer iDevices iGrill and Kitchen Thermometer lines. As part of the purchase, Weber is working in parallel with iDevices to roll out a new version of the products, and associated apps, this spring. The terms of the deal were not disclosed. CEO of iDevices Chris Allen said that the transition will allow the company to "focus even more heavily on becoming a leader in the home automation market." http://bit.ly/1PFk3uZ
Vevo music video app launched for Apple TV
Vevo today announced its new native tvOS app for the fourth generation Apple TV. The new app allows users Siri Remote navigation for discovery of top videos by genre, or to search for individual artists and videos. Playlists generated on another device sync between all the iterations of the app. http://apple.co/1PFhxEU
HydraDock team unveils USB 3.1 Type C Roadie
KickShark, the team that brought the HydraDock desktop USB-C dock to market, has launched a Kickstarter project for The Roadie -- a USB 3.1 Type C standard-compliant pocket hub for the 12 inch Apple MacBook and other compatible devices. The Roadie occupies the same footprint on a desk as a credit card, with a short USB-C male cable on one end for connecting to a 12 inch MacBook, and a female USB-C port on the other end for plugging in a MacBook power adapter. One side has an RJ45 jack for gigabit Ethernet, and an HDCP-compliant HDMI jack that handles up to 4K displays. KickShark promises shipment of all products within four weeks of campaign completion. The "early bird" offer for the hub is a $69 commitment, with a $79 commitment for a Roadie after 500 backers have pledged. http://kck.st/1o6knw5
HBO Now has 800,000 subscribers
The CEO of HBO, Richard Plepler has confirmed that the online streaming HBO service, HBO Now, has 800,000 subscribers. When criticized for the seemingly low number, Plepler noted that the still nascent service was bound to Apple exclusivity during the fifth season of Game of Thrones. Plepler declared during the Time Warner quarterly earnings conference call marketing for the online-only offering would be enhanced in 2016. While HBO Now's critics are slamming the low numbers, the service must also compete against itself on cable, in addition to Netflix and other streaming services. http://on.recode.net/1QWoLHe