Apple knowledge base notes: Apple Open Firmware Update 4.1.7 on Mac OS X 10.1 and later provides the groundwork for password protecting computers at a low level. Apple also notes that it is possible to specify the memory usage settings for a Classic application in Mac OS X by selecting Show Info from the File menu and choosing Memory from the pop-up menu.
Citrix Systems today announced the availability of an ICA 6.3 client for Mac OS X. The ICA (Independent Computing Architecture) client takes advantage of Apple's Aqua interface technology to offer a UI consistent with that of other applications running on Mac OS X. ICA technology provides a "foundation for deploying applications and information onto any device," by keeping program logic on the server, and utilizing a client-side user interface. It offers ennhanced Internet proxy server support, transport layer security encryption, universal printer driver support, and multiple session support. [Classic, OSX]
PBS has identified a a Mac-compatibility issue affecting computers within 349 of the broadcasting company's stations. Those who use PBS Connect -- the database software used by many employees and affiliates -- with a Macintosh and Microsoft Internet Explorer, may find that the "back" function does not work as expected. Users have been advised to either access the service using Netscape, instead of Internet Explorer, or use IE's 'Open Link in New Window' feature. PBS has contacted Microsoft, and will issue an announcement upon resolution of this conflict.
Apple recently began offering celebrity-branded iPods as well as custom-engraved iPods as a part of its "iPod Corporate Gift" program (available via the Apple Store). A MacNN reader notes that Apple has apparently engraved a limited number of iPods for Steven Spielberg's mini-series "Taken," and that one such iPod is now up for auction on eBay.
Atomic Bird's Macaroni 1.3 adds a new Mac OS X "repair permissions" feature as well as an "apply to all" option in job-scheduling restrictions to the $8 tool that handles regular maintenance for Mac OS X's UNIX core. [1.5MB] MacAnalysis 2.2.6 is a $50 utility that "hacks your server (Unix, NT, Mac) like any experienced hacker would, and informs you what it did and how to efficiently fix the vulnerabilities in your server. [It] recognizes specific versions of specific daemons [and] gives a detailed description of the issues it discovers on your server." The built-in database is updated regularly and it includes trace IP, visual traceroute, firewall, ping, name scan, finger, port scan, reverse IP, services scan, DNS lookup, whois, email notification, and other functions. [Classic, OSX] ThemeChanger v11 is a freeware theme changer for Mac OS X, which currently supports .theme, and tpkg2 files: "It's still in early alpha so don't expect a finalised product." [112KB] Optipix 1.1 updates Reindeer Graphics' $100 suite of Photoshop plug-ins for enhancing digital photographs (for Mac OS 9/X). It adds two new plugins: Safe Median, a variation on the standard median technique for noise removal that is both color-safe and leaves corners intact. Power Median, a median plugin with a user-definable neighborhood, is designed to remove noise that has an orientation, such as scratches. [252KB] Optigold ISP 3.1.4 adds the ability to define a password retrieval letter, employee reports, bug fixes and feature requests to the $1000 cross-platform business software package. Optigold is a specially-designed business management suite intended for use by Internet Serbice providers. [Download form] Pod2Go 0.4 is a free application that will download news, weather information, and stock quotes to an iPod. Version 0.4 adds RSS support, 40 more news sources, vCard output and improved documentation. It automatically syncs content when the iPod plugged in and also includes weather display options. [275KB]
MacProf has published an interesting tutorial that shows how to install an "internal" Bluetooth adapter into a PowerBook G4. The demonstrated implementation allows for rapid removal of the device, should it cause radio interference in a specific situation. Internal installation of the Mitsumi adapter requires soldering, and thus voids the warranty of the PowerBook.
AquaMinds's NoteTaker 2003 is new Mac OS X application featuring a "spiral notebook with tab sections" metaphor with transparent support for Services, QuickTime multimedia support, AppleScript programmability (technology preview), embedded web page viewing, and document/file linking. "[It] also makes extensive use of user defined Categories for database-like management and active indexing of content for on-demand information lookup and retrieval." Users can take notes, manage project plans, create slide presentations, drag or clip information from other applications (or use NoteTaker Services), index and search notebooks, publish and share information, and add voice memos. The $70 application runs on Mac OS X only.
NoteHeads' professional music notation application, Igor Engraver 1.7, brings Music XML import functions, allowing users to enter music by scanning a score and producing Music XML (with the help of another program) and then importing the data into Igor Engraver. The free update also incorporates a new copy protection scheme using serial numbers and has other bug fixes. [14MB] PrefsOverload 5.1.3 is a manteinance update to the $15 shareware utility for managing preference files on Mac OS 9 and Mac OS X. It can now delete entire folders on Mac OS X and also brings some minor interface improvements. [2.4MB] batista.org today released version 2.0 of Pop-Up Zapper ($20 shareware) for Mac OS X which now "features invisible popup windows. Pop-Up Zapper makes popup windows invisible in Internet Explorer and then zaps them away. The user can selectively allow 1 popup window to exist and can have a custom list of sites where popup windows are allowed." [728KB] CommonGround Softworks has posted a Mac OS X 10.2-compatible version of Qilan 2.7b3, its Web development environment that "allows web sites to communicate with single or multiple 'backend' data sources. The Qilan graphic environment builds query and report logic that reside on the web server." The upgrade also adds access support for Microsoft Access database schemas and data. It will be a $100 upgrade.
Apple Specialist Haddock has opened a store in Oklahoma City, OK at the request of Apple (and as an answer to peoples' request for an Apple Store). The new store is "right next to the newest Jimmy's Egg restaurant, and across the street from Barnes & Noble on North May at Memorial Street" and currently taking application for service and retail positions.
Formac today announced that Decisionmark’s TitanTV.com electronic programming guide (EPG) will be incorporated into Formac’s studio tvr software, which is bundled with its studio DV/TV. The software enables Mac users to watch and record TV from their computer, and to receive up-to-date program listings with ‘one-step scheduling’ and personal video recording (PVR) capabilities. Studio DV/TV ($400) is a high-quality digital video recording solution that captures and converts standard analog television/video signals into professional DV format.
Canon has posted its File Viewer Utility 1.1.1 for Mac OS X, which "allows you to process RAW images into 16-bit TIFF files, 8-bit TIFF files or JPEGs. In addition, the File Viewer Utility can be used for a broad range of RAW file adjustments, including image processing parameters (digital exposure compensation, white balance and color matrix settings, custom tone curves, subject pattern sharpness and edge enhancement), as well as detailed IPTC captioning and even the application of up to 26 different Personal Functions to the EOS-1D and EOS-1Ds." It supports EOS (1Ds, 1D, D60, D30) and PowerShot cameras (G3, G2, G1, S45, S40, S30, Pro90 IS) and is now Jaguar-compatible. [form] Canon has also released Mac OS X native drivers for its flatbed scanners, including the 5000F, 8000F, D1230UF, D2400UF, LiDE 20, LiDE 30, N670U, N676U, N1240U, N650U, N656U, and N1220U CanoScan models.
Broadq's Qcast Tuner 1.0 allows PlayStation 2 users (with a Sony network adapter) to use their gaming console as a media player. It offers playback of DivX, MPEG-1, MPEG-2, MPEG-4, MS MPEG-4, AC3, and Ogg-Vorbis encoded files as well as integrated playlists, parental/access controls functions, slideshow functions, and other functions. The $50 application runs of Mac OS X.
Macromedia today announced it is shipping Macromedia Director MX for Mac OS X, its multimedia authoring environment for building interactive content and applications for CD/DVD-ROM, kiosks, and the web. It includes seamless integration with Macromedia Flash MX, the new Macromedia MX user interface, Mac OS X support, new workflow efficiencies, and the ability to create accessible content for people with disabilities. It is available immediately for $1,200. Upgrades are $400 from v8 or v8.5; while educational pricing is $500.
Apple today announced it will broadcast Steve Jobs' keynote via satellite and the web (via a QuickTime Webcast) at Macworld San Francisco on Tuesday, January 7th at 9 a.m. PST.
Dr RawStock introduced its AtomicMedia brand of high-performance DVD-R 4X recordable discs, which are designed for the professional filmmaker using the Pioneer A05 (or compatible) mechanism and are "extremely affordable, retailing for as much as 70% below competing brands." A single disc (including case) is $3.30, whle a spool of 25 discs is $65.
Yamaha today introduced its internal CRW-F1ZEM CD-Recorder ($130) for Apple's Power Mac G4 towers (mirrored drive doors). The drive features 8MB of memory and burn speeds of up to 44x (CD-R). It features the DiscT@2 (Tattoo) Laser Labeling System, which allows graphics and text to be burnt onto CD-R discs, eliminating the need for labels and "is also the first CD recorder ever to offer 24X CD-RW ReWriting. Mt. Rainier support adds true drag-and-drop CD rewriting and on-the-fly formatting to CD-RW creation." Yamaha also offers two sleek Mac compatible external models: FireWire/USB (CRW-F1ZDX, $280); and SCSI (CRW-F1ZSX, $330). The Mac version includes Roxio's Toast 5 Lite, Adobe Photoshop LE, and MusicMatch Jukebox. The company says the drives will be carried nationwide by retailers and distributors, including the Apple Store.
Prosoft Engineering today announced two new software titles, which it says will make their debut at Macworld Expo in San Francisco. Data Recycler X will safeguard valuable disks and data, providing a safety net for recovering deleted files and folders. In addition, Data Recycler X will scan drive volumes to check file system integrity and will monitor the hard drive to help prevent accidental deletion of valued data as well as provide an early warning system for drive failures. Data Backup, built for both Mac OS 9 and Mac OS X, provides the ability to backup and restore valuable data. The application offers scheduling and "Programmable Actions" to save and execute custom backup profiles at specific times. Each title will be $50 and will be available for purchase after January 7th.
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Comixology fires up $6 all-you-can-read service
Amazon-owned Comixology has launched an all-you-can-read comic subscription service. After a 30-day free trial, for $6 a month, subscribers can draw from a large selection of the Comixology library, minus Marvel and DC comics. For now, the service is US-only. http://bit.ly/1WMAOft
QuarkXPress 2016 now shipping
Quark is now shipping QuarkXPress 2016, the newest version of Quark's graphic design and desktop publishing software that now features near-WYSIWYG fixe HTML5 publishing as well as improved operability with InDesign and Illustrator and support for multi-Color Gradient Blends, OpenType Stylistic Sets, a Color Picker (Eyedropper tool), Touchpads for Pinch and Zoom (Mac only) and more. Users on any previous version of QuarkXPress (versions 3-10) can upgrade to version 2016 for $350, while QuarkXPress 2015 users can upgrade to 2016 for $180; new licenses are available for $850 (education licenses are available for $90). http://bit.ly/1OL23Pu
Kanex debuts GoPower USB-C for MacBooks
Kanex today introduced its GoPower USB-C, a portable power solution designed to charge a USB-C MacBook on the go along with an iPhone or iPad simultaneously. Featuring 15,000 mAh of power--capable of charging an iPhone 6s seven times or the USB-C MacBook one full time--the GoPower USB-C Portable Battery features one 3A USB-C port and one 2.4A port for other devices, priority charging detection technology and a pass-thru charging to your devices when the battery is plugged into a power source. http://bit.ly/1TKaf8z
i.am+ EPs earphones are Apple Store exclusive
Musician turned consumer electronics entrepreneur Will.i.am has launched a new pair of Bluetooth wireless earphones, dubbed the i.am+ EPs. The new earphones are an Apple Store exclusive, and feature large 14mm drivers and aptX support for high-quality wireless streaming. The i.am+ EPs support A2DP controls, have a 30-foot range and can last up to six hours on a charge. The design is said to be inspired by the "iconic shape of vinyl records," and are made from spun metal and paired with a woven fabric cord. When not in use, the EPs magnetically click into place around the neck. The iam+ EPs are available now at select Apple Store and Apple.com for $230, are available in gold-on-black or black-on-black. http://bit.ly/1OKVlt2
Ultimate Ears debuts UE Roll 2 speaker
On Tuesday, audio accessory maker Ultimate Ears unveiled a new version of the UE Roll Bluetooth speaker. The new UE Roll 2, which sells for $100, looks identical to the previous version, but gets about 15 percent louder. In addition, the unit now supports a Bluetooth source signal up to 100 feet away, an improvement on the original's 65-foot limit. While both the old and new versions of the UE Roll offer an IPX7 waterproof rating, the company now includes a blow-up "floaty" with the speaker to avoid the risk of prolonged exposure. The new unit will begin general shipping next month. http://bit.ly/1TJWE0Z
Philips launches Hue White Ambiance bulbs
Philips latest HomeKit-compatible Hue light bulbs have hit the market. The new Hue White Ambiance bulbs are designed to allow users to control their color temperature to enhance either focus, or create a more relaxing tone. Combined with the latest update to the Philips Hue app, the new bulbs can be set according to user "routines." The "wake-up" mode gently turns up the brightness of the bulb, while conversely, the "go to sleep" mode gradually reduces the color temperature and brightness. The Philips Hue White Ambiance starter kit retails for $130, while single bulbs sell for $30. http://bit.ly/1TJT3Qn
Pluggable Technologies three-display USB-C dock
Peripheral company Plugable Technologies today launched the industry's first wave of USB-C docking stations with both Power Delivery and DisplayPort Alternate Mode support. The Plugable UD-CA1 Docking Station integrates support for both of these new capabilities, along with the full set of standard USB docking features like wired network, audio, and extra USB ports. Model UD-ULTCDL builds on this, adding support for three total displays using DisplayLink USB virtual graphics technology. The UD-CA1 retails for $129, with the UD-ULTCDL selling for $179, and available soon. http://bit.ly/1TrVVTJ