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Microsoft Corp may be again considering an acquisition of Macromedia Inc, according to an unconfirmed report published by The Register. The report has spurred heated discussion on the MacNN Forums. by Monish K Bhatia
Blue World Communications has released Lasso Professional 5.0.2, a free update to its Web scripting/development environment for Mac OS X. The update provides fixes for numerous issues, including a recently reported MySQL security issue. Note: This update requires version 5.0.1 of Lasso Professional. [Download - 4.7 MB] Artly There Software has re-released Compositor 1.9.5 as freeware. Version 1.9.5 was the last major update to the image editor for the Classic Mac OS. The $20 registration fee has been waived because the developer recently released version 2.0 of the software. [Download - 2.1 MB] Two new Apimac dictionaries/phrase-books are now available for Mac OS 9/X -- English-Spanish 4.0 and English-German 3.0. Each sell for $20, and are available in Mac OS 9- and Mac OS X-specific versions.
Audio Hijack 1.6.5 ($16) will modify the audio output of any Cocoa or Carbon application on your Mac, featuring the ability to add professional-quality DSP effects to any application which outputs audio content and to record audio output from all your applications. The udpate adds Mac OS X 10.2.3 compatibility, a new Crystality Plugin, and German-localization. [2.1MB] WeatherPop 1.6.4 adds a new "Feels Like" temperature (Wind Chill & Heat Index), addresses database corruption, and has other bug fixes in the utility that displays weather conditions for any city in the US (freeware) or World ($8). The shareware "Advance" version (WPA) also offers 3- and 5-day forecasts, color icons, and other enhancements. [WP, WPA] ThemePark 1.0b9 is an application for creating themes on Mac OS X. It adds PICT resource support, implements more preferences, and has other bug fixes. The beta version will expire on April 1st, 2003, when it will be distributed as $20 shareware. [473KB] Mek & Tosj have released EnzymeX 1.1, a scientific program developed to help molecular biologists determine which restriction enzymes (over 500 available) to use to cut DNA. Version 1.1 adds faster search methods, has updated information on each enzyme, improves its recent items functionality, and other enhancements. The freeware is available for Mac OS X only. [1.0MB] The Java-based, WYSIWIG validating XML editor Morphon XML-Editor 3.0b3 ($150) features a new WebDav plugin, adds the ability to create new XML file without DTD/Schema, has a stylesheet menu to handle alternative stylesheets, and other enhancements. A free demo is available. [Classic, OSX] The Morphon CSS-Editor CSS 1.3.3 ($40) editor, also written in Java, supports full CSS1 and CSS2 with an interactive user interface presenting CSS properties, using screens that have controls to modify these and show examples and source. Version 1.3.3 fixes problems under Jaguar and allows the use of Grammar to define element names. [Classic, OSX] Microscope 1.1.1 is a Mac OS X freeware application written specifically for the Intel Play and Digital Blue QX3/QX3+ USB Computer Microscope. It captures images, create time-lapse QuickTime movies, and can add a text comment and/or time stamp to the image or movie. Version 1.1.1 adds French localization. It requires 10.2 or later (with a special build for Mac OS X 10.1.5 available). [678KB]
Pinnacle Systems has posted a CinéAcquire 2.0 updater with Mac OS X Jaguar support and CinéWave RT 3.0 for Mac OS X 10.2.3 with over 20 free RT effects (transitions, image control, and color correction) as well as support for CinéSuperSync (offers true audio and video sync), improved overall CODECs, improved Codec flexibility with user defined Gamma and Chroma Controls, 24p SD support with external video monitor at 29.97 FPS, and support for an all-new Pro Digital Plus Breakout Box, due out in January 2003: "The Pro Digital Plus Breakout Box includes I/O for uncompressed standard definition Serial Digital Interface (SDI) video and, by popular demand, fully supports up to four channels of AES/EBU audio. The Pro Digital Plus also supports monitoring of analog Composite Video and RCA unbalanced audio." CinéWave RT Pro adds 3-Way Color Corrector with limit, real-time graphics, keys, motion effects and multi-track video and graphics support."
MacNN reader Corey Chandler writes: "Apple’s products are, yet again, on display in a museum! This time, it’s at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, at an exhibit entitled 'Rewind at the V&A'. This is the second time I’ve seen my eMate 300 on display in a museum (the first being the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art). Pretty cool to see your laptop displayed as a work of art! Definitely only something that Apple could do. They also have on display the iPod, the famous '0-button mouse,' and others."
Conoa has released Conoa EasyTinter plug-in for video editors and compositors, which will tint any media layer to which it's applied: "With only five controls, it's a snap to learn. [It] supports 16 bit-per-channel color, runs on Windows, Mac OS 9.2.2 and OS X, and plugs into After Effects, Final Cut Pro, Combustion and Avid with Elastic Gasket." It is free with any other Conoa product purchase, including its Conoa 3D plug-in and Conoa Sphere or Conoa Cube--each of which are $40.
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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
Office for Mac v15.18 released
Microsoft has issued an update for the Mac version of its productivity suite, Office 2016. The v15.18 update offers improvements for all of the included apps, such as bringing full screen support to Outlook and allowing Word to save PDF files to flash drives. In addition, a new selection pane has been added to PowerPoint and Excel for keeping track of objects, and shapes can now be added to OneNote notebook pages. The update is free for all users, but requires a Mac running OS X 10.10 or later and a valid Microsoft Office 365 subscription. http://bit.ly/1Q7pAzW
Apple to open new south Florida mall store
According to real estate trade papers in south Florida, Apple has signed a lease for a new retail space in Miami, at the forthcoming Brickell City Centre (yes, the UK spelling is used) open-air mall, which is set to open later this year. The center will feature a five-story shopping area, condominiums, a hotel and office buildings, along with a "climate ribbon" in the shopping area to keep visitors cool, eschewing traditional air conditioning. The exact location of the Apple Store within the plan is not yet clear, but the destination already boasts 75 confirmed stores. http://bit.ly/1Q7n7Wd
Filemaker provides free custom app guide
FileMaker announced today the release of the first in a three-part series of free how-to guides that will lead teams through the process of building a custom app using the FileMaker Platform. FileMaker's new how-to guides provide a step-by-step process that starts with a planning cycle covering goals, requirements, functionality and usability, and run all the way through identifying user scenarios, defining requirements, addressing integration, providing security, and deployment of the final product. http://bit.ly/1o08wQh
OCZ Trion 150 SSD shifts to 15nm TLC NAND
SSD manufacturer OCZ has updated its entry-level 2.5-inch Trion 100 SSD. The new Trion 150 has similar performance to the now replaced model, and now utilizes 15nm TLC NAND. Sequential read speeds top out at 550MB/S, with 4KB random write speeds running from 25K IOPS in the 120GB model, to 64K IOPS in the 960GB version of the drive. Endurance is limited to 30TB in the 120GB, and peaks at 240TB in the 960GB version. Retail prices vary between $46 for 120GB, to $270 for the 960GB version. http://bit.ly/1nVmlyL