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Echo Digital Audio has unveiled the Echo Indigo, a 24bit/96kHz audio output card for laptops. In addition to providing audio output to an amplifier or amplified speakers, it also includes a headphone amplifier for powering up to two high-end “studio monitor” headphone sets. The $100 device is compatible with Mac OS X.
Dvcreators has released "Making Awesome iMovies," a complete CD-ROM-based course on creating desktop movies. The $40 bundle includes sections on planning, camcorder operation, shooting aesthetics, lighting, and location audio. The delivery section of "Making Awesome iMovies" shows how to export your finished movie back to your camcorder, as well as making a VHS tape copy, and exporting to QuickTime for Internet usage.
MacOSXLabs.org will host a webcast focused on using Radmind to manage a lab of Mac OS X machines. The demonstration by Wes Craig will include getting started with Radmind, how to use the GUI to create a primary (baseload) configurations and 'overload' configurations, and an overview of some of the advanced features available from the command line. Later, a presentation of a real-world Radmind implementation will be given by Richard Glaser of the University of Utah.
Sonnet Technologies is offering a free Sonnet Piccolo 32MB USB Flash Drive to purchasers of its Encore/ST 800 MHz or 1 GHz upgrade cards. The offer extends to Tuesday, December 31, 2002. Customers ordering from the Sonnet Online Store will receive the Piccolo 32MB with the shipment of the Encore/ST product.
Peachpit Press recently released "UNIX for Mac OS X: Visual QuickPro Guide" ($23), a task-based reference by Matisse Enzer that explains how to perform traditional actions with your Mac, using UNIX. Matisse wrote the book for experienced Mac users who want to learn UNIX, new UNIX users who want to learn about using UNIX on the Mac, and experienced UNIX users.
Certain Hewlett-Packard printer drivers may cause significant performance reduction if installed under Mac OS X 10.2.2. "When you install the driver software for certain HP products, the computer becomes sluggish or stops responding," explains a Knowledge Base article. Additionally, under certain conditions a kernel panic may result, forcing a system restart. Apple and HP are currently readying an update to address this conflict. Apple also today posted instructions for removing QuickTime from the System Tray in Windows and unpublishing calendars that are no longer associated with iCal.
FileMaker today released FileMaker 6.0v4, a free update to the database application from Apple's subsidiary. Major changes include HTTP-optimized XML exports, password-supported XML imports, improved XML parsing, new high-resolution EPS printing, better compatibility with digital cameras, the ability to store file references for imported images, and reorganized accessibility of the Find/Replace, Spell Check, and Sort features. [Classic, OSX] Everyday Software has released the final version of Bookit 3.0 ($12), a major update to its Mac OS X bookmark management application. Version 3.0 contains an array of new features, including: support for Chimera, support for Opera 6, a global system menu to access bookmarks and an improved interface. [Download - 538KB] PDF Enhancer 1.0 is the initial release of Apago and PDF Sages' $180 PDF repair and compression utility. It can correct any errors or damage in a document while reducing it in size by as much as 90 percent. In addition, PDF Enhancer includes a comprehensive "first aid kit" to repair severely-corrupted PDF files. [Download - 2.1MB] NetWare Client 1,1,1 for Mac OS X eliminates the need to propagate AppleTalk on a local area network by allowing users to authenticate and use NetWare natively using the IP protocol. "This easy-to-use Novell Client is enhanced for optimal performance and security." Pricing begins at $150. [Download - Download form] FWB has updated its SMART Toolkit ($35) to version 1.2. The update adds an option to send email messages in plain text, and new graphics to show drive status in the OS X Dock. It also address a registration problem that would display users as unregistered if a user name was not entered. SMART Toolkit allows owners of ATA hard drives to perform maintenance and diagnostics functions. [Download - 2.5MB] Spaceward Ho! 5 ($40) is a strategic game in which the player controls the military and economy of a "spacefaring race." The goal is to "explore and colonize the galaxy." Version 5 adds free Internet play, combined fleets, new battle options, and a new user interface. [Download - 5.8MB]
Apple is suing a former contractor who allegedly posted drawings on the Internet of some of the company's computers before the products were formally announced. The company filed a civil complaint against Jose Lopez in California Superior Court, alleging that he "misappropriated trade secrets and breached his contract by posting schematic drawings, images and engineering details of the company's new Power Mac G4 computers on the Internet in July, several weeks before the product was formally announced in August," according to Dow Jones Business News
iCal to Sidekick 1.0b is an AppleScript that allows iCal events to be exported to the T-Mobile Sidekick Desktop Interface. The open-source freeware is based on Ben Gertzfield's Address Book to Sidekick script. [beta--option click] stupidFish programming has updated its popular desktop search tool, shadowGoogle 2.1. It adds an optional status bar access item, a hide on deactivate option, an optional helper button for easy search location switching and the ability to display the current search location above the search box. A single-user license is $8, while a limited Google-only Lite version is free. [SG, SGL] Iconolexis is an "intense, puzzle game that engages your sense of strategy and throws you into the progressive challenge of matching icons and letters, in an attempt to reach the next level, while racing against the clock." A demo of the $10 game is available. [11.2MB] Version of 3.6.6 of the Cisco VPN 30XX Concentrator/VPN 3002 Hardware client fixes problems with the Mozilla and Netscape browsers and has other bug fixes. Spiny Software's freeware comic-strip viewer for Mac OS X, Comictastic 1.1, helps locate and view over 160 online comic-strips. It adds support for non-bundled comic strips, remote (automatic) updating of comic definitions, keyboard shortcuts, type-ahead comic locator, and export support for JPEG and TIFF files. [348KB
The freeware multi-protocol instant messaging solution, Fire 32.a, is described as "a huge release with improvements across the board. The highlights include Oscar support (AIM file send/receive, .Mac support, typing notifications, away message reading, direct IM receive), upgraded ICQ library, MSN file send and receive, upgraded Yahoo library, Jabber SSL support, updated Help files, and improved handling of server buddy lists in AIM Oscar, MSN, and Yahoo." [4.5MB] 4D today released 4D v6.8.3, a free update bringing improved stability, bug fixes to printing and interface issues, and a speed increase to its web-enabled cross-platform database development solution. [Full, 4D] Karelia's Watson 1.6.1 is a free upgrade to its desktop application that provides an interface to the most popular Web content and services. Watson 1.6 bundles a new tool that interfaces with PriceGrabber.com and also adds a few minor enhancements and fixes a few bugs, including a problem that affected some users in connecting to certain web sites. A demo of the $30 utility for Mac OS X is available. [1.4MB] XChar 3.0.1 is a manteinance update to the $10 shareware keyboard utility that allows you to quickly use uncommon characters by displaying a window containing all the characters that your Mac can display. It is available for Mac OS 9 and Mac OS X. [912KB]
Opera today posted a final version of its Opera 6.0 browser for Mac OS 8/9/X. It updates the preference dialog, adds a new preference for skinning, enables the bookmark search, offers keyboard-navigation in listboxes, adds new preferences, and has other bug fixes and enhancements. Registration of the ad-supported browser ($30) will disable the ad display and also offers a free upgrade to Opera 7, OperaMail Premium for 6 months, and personal email support. [5.0MB]
The MP3 catalogging system, mp3voodoo 3.0, offers a "Quick Search" for finding titles and albums easily as well as support for Unicode under Mac OS X. Other features include integration with iTunes and fullscreen song information display. The $45 application is available for $35 through the end of the year. Upgrades are $18 for a limited time. [3.5MB] Kanex Group today released its dock-based MP3 player, Handy MP3 Dock 1.0b, which offers sorting, hierarchical menu, recent albums, keyboard command, and drag & drop functions as well as support for CBR/VBR, ID3 Tags, and long file names. The final version is due in the next few weeks and pricing has not been set. [204KB] Game Doctor 2.0 is an update to the popular hints application: "Game Doctor is largest collection ofhints, cheats, walkthroughs, and other game enhancements (called "prescriptions") available for the Macintosh with over 1,300 prescriptions available." Upgrades to the $10 application are $5. It is available for Mac OS 8/9/X. [4.5MB] Wine Chronicle 1.1 is a $40 database application designed to catalog, track and manage wine collections. It offers a MS Excel-based import template, data export functions, printing of neck tags, additional fields for location tracking, and new reports for storage location, tasting notes, purchase journal and insurance purposes. [Classic, OSX]http://www.winechronicle.com/download/wine_chronicle_for_x.bin Casady & Greene's iData Pro 1.05 for Mac OS X adds MailSmith e-mail import, better integration with QuicKeys, support for long datafile names in the Datafiles Menu, and other bug fixes and enhancements. The $40 database-driven application tracks all types of information and includes a fast search engine to locate whole or partial records. [form] Deep Sky today released SMTP Client Deux 1.2b1, a 4th Dimension component which provides a complete implementation of the SMTP protocol. SMTP Client Deux works on top of its TCP Deux 4D component: "The single greatest feature of SMTP Client Deux is that it does not use the SMTP layer within 4D Internet Commands." It is available for free to all owners of TCP Deux. [1.1MB]
c|net reports that Apple will introduce a new version of QuickTime 6 with support for 3GPP, which is built on the MPEG-4 standard for the delivery of digital audio and video to PCs, set-top boxes and wireless devices: "Apple's QuickTime is poised to make headway as an audio and video delivery platform for mobile phones in Japan, with new standards-compatible software on its way and a fresh endorsement by leading wireless carrier NTT DoCoMo."
Boris FX announced the release of 18 real-time plug-ins for Avid's Xpress DV nonlinear editing system. The plug-ins are available now as a free download to users of its Continuum Complete AVX package (BCC AVX), which offers a range of compositing, image processing, keying, color, distortion and temporal effects. All the filters work in the same effects interface as Xpress DV's native effects to minimize learning curve and maximize productivity. BCC AVX adds animated apply modes, full control over Z space with intersecting planes, animated lights and cameras, and the ability to map video to three-dimensional shapes. Pricing starts at $600.
Apple has begun quietly selling several limited edition iPods with special celebrity signatures engraved on the back of the MP3 music device, according to MacNN readers. Customers can purchase iPods with either pop singer Madonna, pro skater Tony Hawk, musician Beck, or rock band No Doubt's signature for an extra $49, although Apple is applying a special $29 promotional instant rebate at checkout for each model. Each is available in 5GB ($348), 10GB ($448), or 20GB ($548) versions.
Evological has released EvoCam 3.0, its webcam application that provides true WYSIWYG editing of text captions, picture badges, clocks and effect items--all floating on top of live video from your camera. It adds support for multiple webcam windows, multiple cameras, email notifications, the ability to leave a number of images on the server, improved processor usage on Mac OS X, and other new features. The $20 shareware runs on both Mac OS 9 and Mac OS X. [1.0MB] Glucose today updated WeatherPop 1.6.3 (free) and WeatherPop Advance 1.6.3 ($8 shareware) with improved reliability using the National Weather Service source. It is also fully multi-threaded, retrieving and parsing data for all of locations simultaneously. [WP, WPA] Troi File Plug-in 2.6 adds a mount disk option (including AFP servers), more disk info options, and an improved substitution function to the FileMaker plugin that adds file functions. It is a free update to the $54 application for both Mac OS 9 and Mac OS X. [1.6MB] ABFR 5.1 is an update to the Finder contextual menu plugin, extending the new separate file name and extension processing feature introduced in version 5.0. The $15 shareware allows users to quickly rename multiple files. [Classic, OSX]
Ancodia Software has updated each of its six Macintosh applications: Cleaning Agent 1.4, a $15 disk and file "cleaning" utility; PICStation 1.2, a $15 multi-function picture viewer and image editing tool; Account Buddy 1.3, a $17 account/password management utility; Power Contact 1.2, a $20 address book and easy-to-use communicator; Iconeer 1.3.1, a $30 icon builder and batch icon creator; iTunes Skin Master 1.1, a $10 skin-builder and -changer for iTunes 2. [Download - CA: Classic, OS X; PS: Classic, OS X; AB: Classic, OS X; PC: Classic, OS X; IC: Classic, OS X; SM: Classic]
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Apple public betas for iOS 9.3, OS X 10.11.4
Following Monday's release of betas for the iOS and OS X, Apple has unveiled public betas for both operating systems. The iOS 9.3 beta includes all of the previously reported enhancements for education customers, along with Wi-Fi calling for Verizon iPhone owners, and a carrier update for T-Mobile users. The OS X 10.11.4 third beta includes enhancements to Twitter URL opening, Live Photo viewing and sharing, and Evernote note importation into Notes.
Google given NHTSA SDS waivers
In contrast to the California Department of Motor Vehicle's approach, the US National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration (NHTSA) has confirmed that it is declaring the software in autonomous cars is the legal driver of a so-equipped vehicle. In a letter to Google, the NHTSA says that it "will interpret 'driver' in the context of Google's described motor vehicle design as referring to the SDS [self-driving system], and not to any of the vehicle occupants." Other matters, such as legally-required rear-view mirrors for occupied vehicles has yet to be determined. However, regulations specifying the "driver" need no longer be interpreted as meaning a person behind the wheel, as the agency writes that self-driving cars "will not have a 'driver' in the traditional sense that vehicles have had drivers during the last more than one hundred years" http://1.usa.gov/1QrAGtR
Dropshare 4 for Mac now available
Dropshare 4 for Mac has shipped, introducing support for uploading files and screenshots to Amazon S3 API-compliant services, like DreamObjects and OpenStack. The update also introduces a new popup design, an in-app editor for custom landing pages, an improved upload history window, and security improvements when using SSH connections. The paid upgrade costs $25, though it is free for customers who bought the previous version this year and half-price for those who acquired version 3 of the app last year. http://bit.ly/1XixV3q
Google starting phase-out of Flash ads
Search engine and advertising giant Google will shortly no longer accept Adobe Flash-created ads for its AdWords network. Starting June 30, ads in the once-ubiquitous format will no longer be accepted. Additionally, after January 2, 2017, the network will no longer serve Flash-based advertisements, and the network will be completely HTML 5 based. http://bit.ly/1PNx1uc
Sonos now works with Apple Music
Wireless music system manufacturer Sonos has announced that its systems worldwide will gain compatibility for streaming the paid Apple Music subscription service starting today, February 10. "Music fans worldwide will have access to Apple Music features like For You, New, Radio, and My Music, and will also be able to stream the entire Apple Music catalog through Sonos smart speakers tuned for great sound in every room of their homes," the company said in an email to journalists. Apple Music's streaming service costs $10 per month, with a free three-month trial. http://bit.ly/1Wdi2Ko
Apple want ads hint at future Watch faces
An Apple job listing for a dedicated clock face team may suggest future fashion-brand partnerships, possibly in time for the updated watchOS updates that are likely to be revealed at this spring's Worldwide Developer Conference. Since the introduction of watchOS 2, there has only been four new watch faces, but three of them were left over from the first release, with only one truly new one -- the co-branded HermÃ©s face exclusive to that edition. There is a rumored March 15 event, but if that takes place it will likely focus on new band options as regards the Apple Watch. http://apple.co/1O1TbTI
Microsoft may end Office Support Professional prog
Microsoft appears to be either ending or seriously revamping its "Accredited Support Professional Program" for training on Microsoft Office for Mac and iOS it has offered at MacTech conferences since 2013. The program is not on offer at the upcoming MacTech tour, which begins on March 16 in San Francisco and includes a number of other cities. Microsoft has released a statement that it is "evaluating options for 2016, but don't have anything to share at this time." http://bit.ly/1KDz3MQ