Contour A/V Solutions will demo its new SpaceShuttle A/V audio and video controller at MacWorld Expo SF. Modeled after the ShuttlePRO, the SpaceShuttle A/V brings professional multimedia control to users for $50. It is a five button, jog and shuttle controller. The SpaceShuttle A/V ships with pre-programmed settings for many leading audio, video and multimedia applications, while offering options to customize the standards settings, and create new settings for other applications. It is available immediately.
Turtledove Kingdom is an artistic image generation technology for Mac OS X that is distributed as a standalone image generator, or as a screensaver. The screensaver is $12 shareware and supports resolutions of 1600X1200; the image generator is available bundled with the screensaver for $25. [Download - 164 KB] Softpress has released Freeway 3.5.6, an update to its $230 Web design application that behaves like desktop publishing software suite. Details of the update are not available; the update is available in two versions, depending on which version is currently installed. Softpress also recently announced special holiday pricing, which offers Freeway for $170. Trailerpark QT for Macintosh is a QuickTime multimedia list player that allows easy access and organization of multiple video and other media files. It is available for both Mac OS Classic and OS X. As a demo, users have access to all the listplayer/inventory management features of Trailerpark QT; $13 registration removes the startup delay and allows larger-than 160x120 viewing. [Download - Classic, OS X] Nikon View 5.5 adds an improved thumbnail list, the ability to rename, move or copy files simultaneously, network volume support, Nikon Browser syncing, and more to the driver and management software for Nikon cameras. [Download - 22 MB]
Apple has published the "Windows Win32 API-Mac OS X Porting Guide" to "help Windows developers porting their existing C or C++ Windows applications to Mac OS X. The guide introduces Windows programmers to the Mac OS X procedural APIs for key areas such as 2D/3D graphics, user interface, text handling, networking, and multiprocessing. It also directs readers to additional resources on the ADC website, in third-party books, and elsewhere."
DockFun! 3.6.5 gains an auto-update panel, the ability to always display the DockFun! window, and a refined registration system. The update also introduces a few minor "core improvements." DockFun! is an application that allows users to maintain and switch between multiple Mac OS X Docks. [Download - 2.1MB] Bleu Rose has released version 7.0 of its Black & Bleu ($75) Standard and Pro error code catalogs. This milestone release adds Mac OS X compatibility, 208 more error code definitions, 12 "long" OS X error codes, an Edit menu option for copying the error description, and a PostScript error Search filter. Black & Bleu provides a comprehensive collection of Mac OS error codes (over 7,300), and detailed explanations and suggestions for dealing with these errors. [Download - 2.4MB] shadowGoogle 2.1.1 is a maintenance update to stupidFish's integrated search utillity for Mac OS X. Version 2.1.1 adds the ability to redisplay a hidden search entry box when the Dock icon is clicked, updates the Dutch manual, and adds a Japanese localization. [Download - Standard, Light] InsulinDiaryX beta 2 adds a redesigned interface, a setup wizard, a calendar view, additional entry fields for daily blood pressure and weight tracking, an extra notes features, a to-do list, custom reports and various bug fixes to the Diabetes management aide from stupidFish Programming. InsulinDiaryX is still beta software, and the developer is actively seeking thoughts, comments, bug reports and feature requests. [Download - 84 KB] Dog Park Software has released MacLoggerDX 2.1, an updated version of its DX Internet radio station tuner for Mac OS 9/X. Version 2.1 adds Yaesu FT-817, -840, -890 and -900 drivers, addresses an import glitch under Mac OS 9, and adds an "Awards" Panel for DXCC and WAS per user request. [Download - 8.7 MB]
MOTU announced today that it will debut a pre-release version of Digital Performer for Mac OS X at NAMM 2003 in Anaheim, CA, which takes place in January 2003, delaying the release of its ntegrated digital audio and MIDI sequencing production system. "MOTU is working hard and in close collaboration with Apple to bring Digital Performer to Mac OS X in early 2003, not by the end of 2002 as previously announced. The company said that Digital Performer's MIDI engine will fully support Mac OS X's advanced MIDI services, collectively referred to as "CoreMIDI," including high-resolution MIDI time-stamping services and its MIDI device and patch list management features.
Virtix has released Virtix Zoom and Pan 2.0 for iMovie. Virtix Zoom and Pan 2.0 is a unified product which is meant as an enhanced replacement for the separate Virtix Zoom 1.1 and Virtix Pan and Scan 1.0 products. It now uses the full resolution of high-quality still images for better image clarity (as well as works on moving video). It also features a custom GUI and llows you to specify an XY position, a magnification factor and an angle parameter at the beginning and end of the clip as well as supports transparency in imported images. Virtix Zoom and Pan also contains the bonus Spotlight and Witness Protection effects, which allow you to highlight or blur a circular area of an image. Upgrades are $15, while the full version is $35. It works with iMovie 2.01 on Mac OS 9 and Mac OS X.
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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