Intelli Innovations has released IntelliMerge 3.0.1, an update to its popular business communication software for Mac OS 9 and Mac OS X. The release brings Mac OS X 10.2.3 compatibility, and the ability to sort custom fields in the Recipient Browser. All other minor bug fixes relate to the text import feature. [Download - Classic, OS X] izi-Course 1.1.1 adds the ability to "register actions and to watch over the follow-up" to the $175 FileMaker Pro-based student/prospect management system. Additionally, version 1.1.1 adds the ability to generate and print to-do lists, send email to contacts, and register an individual to a complete study. [Download - 3.2MB] EndNote 6.0.2 is a free update to the reference list and manuscript organization software for the Mac. The update only makes modifications to the EndNote program file; styles, filters, and connection files are not updated. Additionally, it will only update 6.x versions. [Download - 1.9MB] Mark-O-Matic, an Adobe InDesign add-on, has been updated to version 1.5. This update adds the ability to create marks and guides for an document's live, trim, and bleed areas, includes an intelligent EPS "agent" on the page that will indicate printout percentage, and includes point, pica, inch, millimeter, and centimeter measurements. Mark-O-Matic is compatible with both Mac OS 9 and Mac OS X, and costs $35. [Download - 1.4MB]
Amorphium 3.0 is now shipping, according to Electric Image. The update contains many new features, most notably the implementation of "Subdivision Surface" modeling tools. These new tools, collectively called "Tin," bring a completely new sculpting system to the artist, allowing "unprecedented control and creativity." Other additions include an updated "windowed" application style, new material elements and controls, use of QuickTime movies for backgrounds, and animation previewing. Amorphium 3.0 is priced at $150, with upgrades at $100.
HEURIS announced today that it is now shipping a Mac OS X-compatible version of its MPEG Power Professional MPEG encoding software. MPEG Power Professional for OS X contains all the features and functionality of the other products in the MPEG Power Professional 2.5 line, but is compatible exclusively with Mac OS X. "Interest in an OS X version of our powerful and fully featured MPEG Power Professional line has been very high," said HEURIS President, Brian Quandt. Pricing information was not available at the time of publication. However HEURIS indicated that significant discounts will be offerred throughout January.
RBrowser 3.1 is a full featured free graphic FTP/SSH/SFTP client, allowing users to manage/browse files on the remote host via an Aqua GUI. File management includes move, copy, duplicate, compress, delete,set permissions, make links, etc. It features column/icon views, protocol helper support, drag & drop support, local printing, multitasking, and site aliases for quick access. A free RBrowser Lite version supports FTP, while the $30 Basic version offers FTP and SFTP protocol support (as well as remote editing and saveback). The $50 Professional version also includes SSH and SCP support, including tunneling support. Each license is available in a either "fixed" or floating licenses. [RB Lite, RB]
Pixels Digital has released PiXELS 3D 4.5 for OS X with new features such as LogoMaker, Global Illumination, a newly engineered Inverse Kinematics system, improved 'Area Lights', and other features. Version 4.0 owners can upgrade for $200 and competitive upgrades are $300. The $400 application is available for Mac OS X with a version for Mac OS 9 "nearing completion."
ExtremeTech reports that the next major upgrade to Adobe Photoshop is set to ship in the fourth quarter of 2003. Photoshop 8.0, code-named "Dark Matter," and ImageReady 8.0, code-named "Taconite will include NTSC/PAL/HD preview choices, a Histogram palette, nested layer sets, and text on a path as well as "filter layers" for non-destructive image editing and manipulations.
The DigiTimes reports "The 17-inch flat-panel iMac will terminate production in June, following the same fate as the 15-inch flat-panel model, which stopped production last October...It is estimated that about 500,000 to 600,000 flat-panel iMacs were sold in 2002 following their introduction last January. The once highflying desktop computer, which created a buzz with its desk lamp-like look, is expected to sell another 300,000 to 400,000 units between now and June."
Aspyr Media has announced that NASCAR Racing 2002 Season is now shippping. The Mac conversion of NASCAR, completed by Westlake Interactive, features teams, drivers, sponsors, and every track in the of the 2002 NASCAR Winston Cup Series as well as driving lessons and track tours narrated by three-time NASCAR Winston Cup Series Champion, Darrell Waltrip. The $50 title only runs on Mac OS X. It requires a G4 processor running at 733MHz or faster.
Little Snitch 1.0 is an application supervisor that watches all running applications and brings up an alert panel when an application tries to establish a network connection. You can either allow the connection, deny it or store a permanent rule for similar future-connections. The $25 application only runs on Mac OS X 10.2. [431KB] Scheduler 3.3 adds an advanced Hot Key manager to the all-around scheduling utility for appointments, launching applications, documents and AppleScripts. It is also able to trigger the download of web pages and files in many browsers and can record and import sounds for playback. The $20 utility runs on both Mac OS 9 and Mac OS X. [1.7MB] GoldfishSoft released version 1.1 of Xenophaquinox, its unusual puzzle/board game. This version includes several bug fixes, interface improvements, and speed improvements. The $10 shareware runs on Mac OS 10.1.2 and up. [118KB] Movie Archive 1.0b enables you to capture, compress, browse, and organize a multi-tape video library. The $40 application requires Mac OS X 10.2 or later and a DV camera connected via FireWire. [340KB] VisualRoute 7.0g offers popular Internet tools such as ping, whois, and traceroute in a single visually integrated package for Mac OS X. It automatically analyzes Internet connectivity and performance problems, displaying the results in an easy to understand table and on a world map. It now supports Ping Redirection (to start pings from any other point), Ping Grapher (real-time display of ping latency), advanced/simple GUIs, and an improved graphical database. The personal edition is $50, while the Server edition starts at $150 (10-users). [1.5MB]
Apple today released a final version of iSync 1.0, which works with the Mac OS X 10.2 Address Book and iCal to synchronize contacts and calendars between Bluetooth-enabled mobile phones, Palm OS devices, the iPod portable digital music player and other Macs using Apple's .Mac service. Users can now sync their "Jaguar" Address Book with the new .Mac Address Book. Version 1.0 also includes regularly-scheduled Mac-to-Mac synchronization, a menubar icon, faster Palm syncing, and other fixes.
World Book, Inc. has released World Book 2003 "Jaguar" Edition, a new version of its electronic encyclopedia with support for Rendezvous technology. It also adds support for more multimedia elements, free online updates, theme-based categorization and browsing, a report writing coach, a screen saver, and other enhancements. The $60 title ($68 online at the store) is available as a $40 upgrade to those with previously installed versions (including pre-installed versions).
Apple today released iCal 1.0.1, an update to its innovative calendar program that lets users manage multiple calendars and share them over the Internet. Version 1.01 provides a number of performance and stability enhancements, and improved support for importing vCal and Entourage information. The company said that since the introduction of iCal in September 2002, more than 1 million copies of iCal have been distributed and more than 200,000 calendars have been published online.
Roland Miller writes: "A detailed forensic analysis of a Mac OS X system using primarily open-source forensic utilities on a Mac OS X analysis system is now available as a Microsoft Word document. The paper clearly illustrates the potential of using Mac OS X for forensic analysis as well as some of the issues related to analyzing Mac OS X itself; in this case the Public Beta. The analysis is contained in Part I of the paper."
Apple has posted a note about another .Mac service outage, which has been noted by many MacNN readers: "Access to the .Mac Web site (www.mac.com) is severly limited at this time due to an unexpected outage. Apple engineers have been working on the outage since 1:00 PM PST on 1/1/2003, and we will update this status notice as soon as possible."
Secure.CC has released eShox 1.1 and mShox 1.1, new versions of its ecommerce packages for Mac OS X. Both include support for import and export of customer and product information in flat-file database format, allowing administrators to transfer data to other Mac OS X applications such as FileMaker Pro. The single-app commerce solution offers web administration, interface themes, tax/payment processing, and shipping features. The updates also include numerous bug fixes and are available free for current users. Both products are now shipping on CD for $400 each with a limited-time $100 discount offer.
Bellas Music Studio today released Mac OS X versions of its music tools software: EarTraining 1.5 ($50), GuitarPaper 1.0 ($50), Metronome 1.0, Maestro 1.0 ($100), GuitarTuner 1.0 and StudioLog 1.0 ($20). Each title features an Aqua user interface and runs under Mac OS X 10.2 or higher. Whamb 1.1 is $13 skinnable digital audio player for MP3 and OggVorbis files. The Mac OS X-only shareware adds rendezvous playlists/songs sharing and supports playback of Audio CDs with CDDB tracks names. [2.1MB] Sapphire Innovations has released Andrew's Vector Plugins 8: Symbol Paint, a symbol hose plugin for Adobe Illustrator, offering support for spray paint, brush stroke, scatter symbols. The new symbol brush tool offers different options and paint styles, including custom-symbols. The $13 package works with Mac OS X and Illustrator 10. [97KB] The Essential Wedding Planner CDROM features a "simple, easy-to-use interface that allows users to keep track of expenses ó including deposits, balances due and total expenses ó as well as dates, guests, vendors and seating charts." It also includes multimedia presentations from Colorado wedding vendors in 10 different categories. The $10 software is available online for both Mac OS 8/9 and Mac OS X, while the CD-ROM is available for free at many outlets in the Denver Metro area. even-t 1.1 is a calendar tool that can manage, view and organize calendar entries. The $50 application for Mac OS X can create events, integrates with Mac OS X 10.2 address book, can link events to specific files, browse entries in list mode, export calendars using XML, and has other features. [960KB] Brickles3000 v2.02 is completely customizable, colorful, "soundful" version of the classic ball and paddle game. Brickles features adjustable colors and patterns, adjustable ball and paddle sizes, adjustable speed and window sizes. The $25 game title runs on Mac OS X. [573KB] Black Cat Systems has released Atomic Mac 5.6.2, a periodic table of the elements and nuclear database for the Macintosh. The latest version adds gamma ray energies for radioactive elements, in addition to the already existing alpha and beta ray energies. The $25 shareware runs on both Mac OS 8/9 and Mac OS X. [Classic, OSX]
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Apple brings iTunes Movie Trailers app to Canada
After five years, Apple has expanded its iTunes Movie Trailers app for iOS to Canada. As of Saturday, the free app allows movie buffs to see HD movie trailers for new studio and independent features, and explore some other movie-related extras such as photos, behind-the-scenes footage, or clips from upcoming films. Users can save trailers for quick access, read reviews from RottenTomatoes.com within the app, use AirPlay to send them to an Apple TV, share trailers, and peruse the top movie charts. http://apple.co/1UUKtwr
Apple expands CloudKit API, provides web interface
On Friday, Apple notified developers that it was expanding a feature of CloudKit to allow for server-to-server web service requests. "In addition to providing a web interface for users to access the same data as your app, you can now easily read and write to the CloudKit public database from a server-side process or script with a server-to-server key," Apple said in its announcement. Previously, interaction with the CloudKit public database was limited to apps and web only. http://apple.co/20h1RwP
Remote S for Tesla Apple Watch app drives car out
Developer Allen Wong has created the Remote S for Tesla app, which can be used to remotely activate the Model S electric car via an Apple Watch, and drive it a short distance. Aside from providing data about the car and some basic function controls, the unofficial app uses the manufacturer's Summon command to allow the car to turn on, exit the garage, and park near to the user's location. The app is available to purchase from the App Store for $10. http://apple.co/1PprF4t
Seagate 3TB unreliability suit expands
The Seagate 3TB class-action hard drive lawsuit has been expanded to more devices. The expanded suit, filed today, now includes Seagate's Barracuda 3TB Hard Disk Drive,¬†Desktop HDD 3TB, Backup Plus 3TB External Hard Disk¬†Drive,¬†GoFlex 3TB External Hard Disk Drive, or any other Seagate hard drive with model number ST3000DM001. The law firm, Hagens Berman, is seeking information from consumers such as time in service, purchase price, and the nature of any drive received in return from Seagate as a replacement for a failed unit. http://bit.ly/1Pc34Cq
BlackBerry Canada, Florida hit with layoffs
The BlackBerry campus has reportedly been wracked with layoffs. Sources familiar with the company's Waterloo office staffing claim that close to 35 percent of the local workforce has been laid off, with the deepest cuts being made in the BlackBerry 10 OS and hardware teams. Additionally, the state of Florida has been officially notified that the company's Sunrise facility will see 75 people fired. Enthusiast site Mobilesyrup puts the layoffs at around 1000 total. http://bit.ly/1Pc1Rep
Instagram tests multiple account support for iOS
Instagram is trialling support for multiple accounts in its iPhone app with a small number of users. The Facebook-owned photo sharing service confirmed the reports of the tests to TechCrunch, which will allow a single user to manage more than a single account within the app, transferring between two or three accounts with a few taps. It is unclear when the feature will roll out to the public, but it has previously tested it with the Android version of the app since November. http://tcrn.ch/1SPKEKh
Foxconn CEO declares Sharp deal near done
The Foxconn bid for Sharp is allegedly only waiting on specific details of the deal. Foxconn CEO Terry Gou has declared that his company has privileged negotiation rights for the Apple iPhone screen supplier, saying that "we have a consensus, the rest is a process ... I don't see a problem completing this process." Gou hopes the deal, worth up to $5.6 billion, will be formalized by the end of February. http://reut.rs/1SPEQjN