Photo Control (Expo booth 3937) has announced a new iPodDock for the latest 5GB, 10GB, and 20GB versions of the iPod: "The new versions of the iPod, released in July, 2002, are distinguished by the addition of a hinged FireWire connector cover and a sealed touch pad instead of a moving scroll wheel. The NEW iPodDock from BookEndz (Product no. BE-P004) accommodates the change in the FireWire connector and is compatible with all three models." The existing iPodDock (Part No. BE-P003) is still available for the original version of the iPod. Both models are $45.
Intuit today announced the upcoming launch of its enhanced Quicken Bill Pay service for Quicken for Mac customers. Quicken Bill Pay, also available to Quicken for Windows users, is an optional service that allows users to conveniently schedule payments, pay bills from up to ten accounts at different financial institutions, transfer money between accounts, and track payments by automatically entering their transactions into Quicken. The service is designed to work with Quicken for Mac software, offering new online enrollment, email notification of bills, email payments to anyone, and payment scheduling. It will be available in February for customers using Quicken for Mac 2002 or later. The service costs $10 per month for up to 20 payments. Each additional set of five payments costs $2.50. The first month's service is free for up to 20 payments.
MasterWriter ($290), a helpful application designed for professional songwriters, was demonstrated today at Macworld Expo (4D Expo booth 1442). It offers reference dictionaries, an advanced database for organizing work in progress, word processing functionality, a hard-disc recorder for melodies, a MIDI drum loop library, and 'Songuard', an online date-of-creation song registration service. MasterWriter will be will be available January 15th for Mac OS 9 and OS X.
Other World Computing (Expo booth 2323) today began demonstrations of its XPostFacto 3.0 software for Mac OS X at Macworld Expo San Francsisco.†Version 3.0 will enable users of older machines to boot the Macintosh OS X 10.x from an external FireWire drive using a FireWire PCI card. Other enhancements to the new version include an updated interface and integrated support of the L2 and L3 cache on G3 and G4 CPUs, which will significantly accelerate the installation process, as well as support for CD booting. XPostFacto 3.0 will be available before the end of the quarter, and will be distributed for free, with an optional $10 registration fee.
Kaydara today made available FBX for QuickTime, a free real-time viewing solution that supports content from several major 3D packages. Based on Kaydara's FBX format -- a royalty-free 3D authoring and interchange format -- FBX for QuickTime allows producers and artists to visualize and sign-off on 3D content using QuickTime. By adding the FBX component to QuickTime, content creators have a new way to work with high-end 3D and no longer need to rely on an individual application for their 3D project review or transport, according to Kaydara .
National Instruments today announced it is bringing its LabVIEW graphical development environment to Mac OS X 10.2 "Jaguar". The preview of LabVIEW for Mac OS X is on display this week the Expo, allowing users to create real-time embedded measurement applications. LabVIEW was developed on a Mac using Project Builder, Apple's next generation development environment. Scientists and engineers can create applications, or virtual instruments (VIs), for acquiring, analyzing, and presenting a wide range of technical data, including temperature, pressure, vibration, and voltage. The company has a public beta program where users can receive a free preview copy of LabVIEW for Mac OS X.
DAS Technology (Expo booth 4036) has announced the availability of LSP for Mac OS X Server, a tool that aids in the migration from Windows NT or 2000 servers to Apple's Xserve. It automatically converts users and groups and copies files from a Windows server to Mac OS X Server, as well as migrates web pages being served to the Apache Web server. FTP files and configuration parameteres are also automatically transfered to Mac OS X Server.
The "X for Teachers" program, which provides a free copy of Mac OS X 10.2 to every K-12 teacher, has been extended through March 31, 2003. Apple deems the program as a sucess, with almost 300,000 teachers participating to date.
Apple has reduced the price of the original 1GHz 15.2" Titanium PowerBook with SuperDrive to $2,800 ($200 off). The 14.1" iBook has also been reduced in price by $100, to $1,500.
Bare Bones Software has announced a "Not-at-the-Show" special offer on BBEdit 7.0, its HTML and text editing software. Beginning January 7 and ending January 10, users can purchase a new copy of BBEdit 7.0 for only $150, an upgrade from BBEdit 6.5 for $50, or an upgrade from any other previous commercial version for $60.
Avid Technology (Expo booth 2239) announced Avid Free DV, a free, DV-only version of its video editing software, which should be available in Q2 of 2003 for Mac OS X. The software offers two video tracks, four audio tracks, basic trimming and editing functions and up to two streams of real-time effects. Avid also announced a number of new Avid Xpress DV software training programs, including the opening of seventeen Avid Authorized Education Centers (AAECs) and the release of four Avid Xpress DV training books.
Aladdin Systems (Expo booth 1407) has begun shipping Ten for X: Games, which includes 13 top-rated gaming titles for Mac OS X. Included in the bundle is Bugdom 2, Cro-Mag Rally, Airburst, WingNuts and more. The price is $50.
Apple has launched the "Every Mac needs a .Mac" promotion, which offers customers a one-year .Mac membership for $70 (after mail-in rebate) when they purchase a computer between January 7 and March 31.
SmartDisk (Expo booth 1142) has introduced a new line of high performance desktop hard drives that utilize Apple's new, higher speed 800Mbit/sec FireWire standard as well as the FireWire 400Mbit/sec standard. The 3.5", 7200RPM, 200GB drives feature 8MB cache and the new Oxford 922 bridge chip. No pricing information is available; the drives are expected in March.
Time Palette 5.3 is a $30 world time and mapping tool for Mac OS 9 & X. It provides world times, alarms, international call scheduling, a distance calculator and worldwide weather. [3.7MB] ALAP has updated it's Adobe Photoshop import XTension for QuarkXPress, ImagePort 1.2.1. The $100 XTension allows users to import an unflattened Photoshop image into a QuarkXPress document, retaining full control of layers, channels and paths. The update resolves issues with previous version of Photoshop and now supports Photoshop 7 files. [576KB] Speed Download 1.9.4 is a download manager for Mac OS 9 & X that improves download speeds. The update brings improved performance under 10.2.3 and squashes bugs. [759KB] Reservoir Media has released a shareware application that removes all .DS_Store files in a selected folder. .DS_Store Terminator is $10. [1.4MB] Brickles3000 2.03 is a game based on the original 'ball and paddle' game, Brickles. The Mac OS 9 & X game features adjustable colors and patterns, speeds and window sizes. [573KB] Doug's AppleScripts has updated Make Mine MPEG-4 4.0, it's $7 application that automates the process of importing iTunes CD tracks and encoding them as MPEG-4 files using QuickTime 6 Pro. It now includes a new interface, improved preferences and stability. [download not available]
TiVo, Brother and Aspyr have announced new products that incorporate Rendezvous, Apple's wireless networking technology. "Using Rendezvous, consumer devices such as stereos and digital video recorders can automatically find and "talk" to any Macs on their local wired or wireless network, making it possible for users to stream audio from iTunes to their home stereo and display iPhotos on their TVs."
SoftRAID (Expo booth 2412) has announced a new version of it's RAID disk utility software for Mac OS X, SoftRAID 3. It improves the speed of data transfers and increases reliability in both RAID 0 (striping) and RAID 1 (mirroring) setups. Compatible with FireWire, ATA, SCSI and Fibre Channel drives, it offers automatic rebuilding of mirror volumes and automatic notification of drive errors. The price is $150 ($100 upgrade), or free for users who made purchases after August 1, 2002.
The Macintosh Business Unit (MacBU) at Microsoft has announced that the Office v. X Test Drive will be preinstalled on new Macs shipping in 2003. The 30-day trial allows users to try Word X, Excel X, PowerPoint X and Entourage X for free. Microsoft also extended its Office promo, offering Office v. X with the purchase of any Mac for $200 in its new "Office Romance" promo. Similar offers are running in Japan and Australia until April 7; European and African countries also have a similar offer through April 30. The MacBU has also announced Entourage X as a stand-alone product. The e-mail, address book and calendar application is available seperate from the Office v. X bundle for $99.
E-learning Foundry has launched a new web-based training course for Mac OS X. The Introduction to OS X - Jaguar course incorporates explanations, demonstrations, simulations, interactivity and testing to help new users with Mac OS X. The price is $30.
Metrowerks has announced a price reduction on it's CodeWarrior Development Studio 8 for Mac OS X, offering it for f $100. The application includes features, such as Code Completion and symbol look-up, to help simplify the development process. The offer is available until February 28. 2003.
Extensis (Expo booth 2223) today announced Mask Pro 3, a significant upgrade to its masking and selection tools for Adobe Photoshop. Version 3 features advanced color matching and decontamination for improved edge transparency, new chisel and blur tools, new highlighter tools, and real-time previews. Upgrades to the $200 application are $100. Competitive upgrades are $170. It will be available for both Mac OS 9 and Mac OS X. Extensis also announced Portfolio 6.1 for Mac OS X, its award-winning Digital Asset Management solution. In addition to adding Mac OS X compatibility, Portfolio 6.1, which will ship at the end of January, includes new features that make it the easiest and most effective way for professionals to share, organize, retrieve and distribute the digital files. It will be a free upgrade to registered owners.
FID's new irock! 730i digital audio player "blends audio, pictures, lyrics and text to provide users with the ultimate digital audio experience." It features USB connectivity, 128MB of built-in memory and a SmartMedia Card (SMC) slot for an additional 128MB of memory. It also offers skip-free playback of MP3i, MP3, and WMA files and supports ID3 tag display on its blue backlit LCD. The 730i can also capture up to 35 hours of voice recording using a built in microphone, offers several equalization and repeat modes, and is powered by a single AAA battery (for over 8 hours of playback). It is due in March with (a USB cable, removable belt clip, and PC/Mac software for adding photos, lyrics, and text to files) for $150. A 256MB version will be available in Summer 2003.
NetStores today announced a Beta Test Program for NetStores ecommerce Solution developed for Mac OS X and the Xserve. It is looking for hosting ISPs, merchants, and designers interested in hosting NetStores on an Xserve. The extensions available in NetStores E-commerce Solution utilize drag-and-drop technology, which provides for easily customized e-commerce web-sites. NetStores offers extensions for popular web designer tools such as Macromedia's Dreamweaver, Adobe's GoLive, and Microsoft's FrontPage.
eZedia (Expo booth 521) has launched eZeMotion for iMovie, which offers iMovie users the ability to animate text, graphics, and movies over a DV clip using multiple layers of media, sophisticated custom titling, rotating images, scaled video, and much more. It also introduced eZediaQTI, cross-platform interactive QuickTime authoring software for creating rich internet content and movies, offering the ability to combine and enhance video, graphics, animation, sound, VRs, and text to create web sites, internet banner ads, online presentations, and interactive videos-- with no programming knowledge required. eZeMotion ($50) is available for Mac OS X iMovie 2.1.1 or greater. eZediaQTI is $100 is available for Mac OS X.
Dantz (Expo booth 2217) today announced that the Retrospect Desktop Backup now includes client licenses for backing up two additional computers on a home or small office network. Dantz has also lowered the price on Retrospect Desktop Backup 5.0 from $250 to $130. Retrospect Desktop 5.0 has features not available in Dantz's entry-level product, Retrospect Express, including custom selectors that can filter files based on multiple criteria, support for tape drives and autoloaders, and intelligent network backup. It supports both Mac OS 9 and Mac OS X. Additional client licenses are available individually for $30 each, or in packs of 5 for $130.
MySQL AB today announced that a MySQL binary installer in ".pkg" format, the standard for software installation on Mac OS X, will be available in February from the official MySQL Web site: "Through a partnership with developer Marc Liyanage, MySQL is building on the tools and scripts Liyanage developed to offer the MySQL .pkg binaries for Mac OS X on the MySQL Web site. After a brief transition period when these packages will be available from both sites, MySQL will be the sole provider of MySQL for Mac OS X .pkg binary installers." It is currently available from Marc Liyanage's Website.
Tech news: Microsoft announced its first-ever licensing fees for use of its media delivery software on non-Windows technology and a final version of its Windows Media 9 Series software for the development, distribution and playback of digital audio and video files; Japan's Konica and Minolta, two "struggling" film photography giants, have unveiled a merger plan that will be completed by August;and Adobe today announced a call for entries for the 2003 Adobe Design Achievement Awards, which honor "the most talented and promising student designers, illustrators, digital filmmakers and computer artists" in eight categories ranging from print to photography to digital media and the Web.
Creo (Expo booth 743) is demonstrating its EverSmart and iQsmart scanners at Macworld Expo as well as its oXYgen 2.2 scanning software that enhances scanning production. The scanner features true optical resolution up to 5500 dpi from edge to edge and XY Stitch scanning technology; it scans up to 96 35mm slides and produces up to 40 scans per hour. Version 2.2 of its oXYgen scanning application offers enhanced batch scanning, improved productivity and full Mac OS X support.
Radiologic Technologies today announced new mobile computing accessories, including its PowerSleevz (sleeve case), iMac ScreensavRz (iMac cover), a notebook stand, a surface repair kit for Apple's acrylic-encased products, and a prototype of its USB digital hub device. [links added]
Apple's Admin Tools Update 10.2.3 installs updated versions of the Mac OS X Server v10.2 administration software, including Workgroup Manager (managing users, groups, computers, workgroups, and sharing privileges), Server Settings (configuring network, file, Web, print, and mail services), Server Status (service monitor), Server Monitor (Xserve status), Server Assistant and Open Directory Assistant (configuring the directory settings remotely), Macintosh Manager Admin (managing Macintosh Manager 2 workgroups, preferences and environments), QuickTime Broadcaster, and QuickTime Player.
The Apple Developer Connection has posted a PostgreSQL tutorial on "how to install and configure PostgreSQL on Mac OS X, and then how to use it with Perl, Java, and PHP [and] how you can use the web-based phpPgAdmin to administer your databases." Meanwhile, Apple also notes that "if you choose not to install the BSD Subsystem in a custom installation of Mac OS X, you cannot share files via FTP, share your Internet connection via Internet Sharing, use SSH or Telnet, or locate services via Rendezvous."
CenDyne's Gruv-X is a tiny audio transmitter that beams the music on a MP3 player or portable CD player to a nearby home or car FM radio. Gruv-X works by sending a signal to a nearby FM radio over an open station to deliver playback to a remote location. The $30 device plugins to the headset port. CenDyne is also shipping the 128MB ($180) and 64MB ($130) Gruvstick MP3+3 player, which includes a battery pack and USB port on a single unit as well as an easy-to-read display and functions for USB storage and/or a voice recorder. The 128MB model includes the Gruv-X transmitter.
Pinnacle today officially announced CineWave 3 for Mac OS X 10.2 Jaguar and notes that Apple has certified CineWave 3 for use with Final Cut Pro 3.0.4 running under "Jaguar." (It posted the drivers in late December.) CineWave 3 works with Final Cut Pro 3 to offer an improved Aqua user interface, increased system performance and new features including more than twenty free real-time effects with the Pinnacle software upgrade, including popular transitions, a variety of keyframeable image control options and a two-way color corrector.
Kensington (Expo booth 927) has added cordless functionality to two of its most popular lines of computer mice. Both new products now feature a wireless RF connection and feature three programmable buttons. The StudioMouse Wireless ($90), which works within six feet of your Mac, features the innovative Scroll Sensor, which replaces a scroll wheel with a multi-function, touch-sensitive technology. The PocketMouse Pro Wireless ($50) has a standard scroll-wheel and an all-in-one design that stores a wireless USB receiver inside a small compartment in the body of the mouse and works up to three feet away. The original StudioMouse sells for $60, while the original PocketMouse Pro and PocketMouse are discounted to $30 and $15, respectively.
Mac FlipAlbum 3 (Expo booth 547) uses E-Book Systems' patented Digital Flip technology to add "the look and feel of a traditional book" to electronic photo galleries. The $40 software allows users to automatically organize photos into realistic, 3-D page-flipping albums with full-page layout and multimedia elements, including support for drag & drop, MP3 sound tracks, custom backgrounds, thumbnails, and most image formats. A 60-day trial is available.
FOCUS Enhancements (Expo booth 3961) today announced its iTView Mac as the exclusive desktop-to-video output solution for Apple's eMac, offering the ability to display presentations, applications, DVDs or the Internet on any television or projector. The $140 device, which also supports iMacs, converts the desktop signal to a standard television signal that can be displayed on any NTSC or PAL projector or television and also allows users to record directly from their eMac to a VCR. The iTView Mac software offers direct control from any other Mac and image adjustments, including size, pan, position, variable and 2x zoom, 32 levels of sharpness flicker, and 256 levels of brightness and contrast.
Maxtor today expanded its Maxtor Personal Storage 5000 Family of external hard drives: the Personal Storage 5000DV features 200GB drive with a 7200PRM/8MB cache mechanism and a fluid dynamic bearing motor. The drive has both FireWire and USB 2.0 interfaces, ships with the Maxtor OneTouch push button backup copying functionality, and includes Dantz Retrospect Express backup software. Pricing is $400; the 120GB version is $300 and the 80GB is $200. A higher-capacity Personal Storage 5000XT offers 250GB (with a slower mechanism) for $400.
Micromat (Expo booth 1939) has posted information about TechTool Pro 4, a "completely new program, built from the ground up for Mac†OS†X" using Apple's Cocoa development environment. It now features a suite predictive diagnostics and analysis routines to help anticipate a drive failure before it happens as well as a new "eDrive" feature, which allows you to create an invisible emergency volume from your existing drive (the bootable drive can be accessed at startup using the 'e' key). Version 4 can also now run its full battery of tests simultaneously, offers a new optimization features to unfragment files, and has updated versions of its repair and diagnostic features. [pricing and availability not noted]
Brother (Expo booth 1749) today introduced a new line of personal laser printers with "business class features." The HL-5000 Series (HL-5040, HL-5050 and HL-5070N) replaces the existing HL-1400 Series printers with improved performance (up to 17ppm printing), higher print resolution (up to 2400x600dpi), improved paper handling, enhanced and expandable memory, interactive help and online user support. The HL-5040, HL-5050 and HL-5070N will have estimated street prices of $300, $350 and $500, respectively, and are expected to ship in late February 2003.
CMS Peripherals (Expo booth 4134) has updated ABSplus, its automatic back-up storage device with new integrated scheduling and One Button Restore functions, allowing users to backup sets of specific file folders at specific times, or schedule complete unattended backups using the advanced configuration options. CMS also said it would provide FireWire 2 (IEEE 1394b) compatibility by the end of the year. The pocket-sized ABSplus is available in capacities of 20GB, 30GB, 40GB and 60GB at a starting price of $300, while the ABSplus for Desktops ships in capacities of 40GB, 80GB, 120GB and 160GB with a starting price of $300.
PowerLogix today announced updates to its PowerForce processor upgrade line for both Power Macs and G3 PowerBooks. PowerLogix now offers a dual-processor, 1.2GHz PowerForce processor upgrade for all Power Macs models (AGP through QuickSilver models). The upgrade features both 100MHz and 133MHz bus speeds and 2MB of L3 cache on each chip.
Apple has updated .Mac subscription service with new features--all of which are expected to be showcased at Macworld Expo Keynote: Apple's Webmail now features an updated Address Book with the ability to synchronize data with your Mac using iSync, including multiple email addresses, phone numbers, work addresses, and instant messaging names.
SmartDisk (Expo booth 1142) today introduced its new 60GB FireWire FireLite portable hard drive. Featuring a sleek, silver-colored magnesium casing for outstanding durability, FireLite drives are pocket-sized, measuring just 3.25" (W) x 5.0" (D) x 0.75" (H) and weighing about six (6) ounces. Capacities include 20GB, 40GB, and now 60GB versions. It is due in February for $330.
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SyncDeK 4.5 offers secure synchronization of multiple distributed FileMaker databases. Version 4.5 provides tools for simpler integration and reduces licensing costs by 50% from previous versions. SyncDeK synchronizes data as well as database design changes (fields, scripts, layouts, etc.). Pricing starts at $1,600. Aurora Video Systems today released Mac OS X drivers for the Igniter family of digital video editing tools. Igniter 5.0b2 brings a digital audio fix for 'digital-locked-to-video' setting, restores uncompressed software CODEC compatibility, and other enhancements. [1.9MB] Sigma Chess 6.03 fixes a few bugs in the master strength chess program. It includes database support, PGN/EPD support, basic desktop publishing, endgame databases, novice levels, a true perspective 3D board, ExaChess compatibility and much more. A limited freeware version of the $15 commercial application is available. [2.9MB] FontAgent Pro 1.1 is an update to its $100 font management and repair software for Mac OS X. Version 1.1 introduces the ability to: define multiple font libraries that can be opened simultaneously, verify fonts on-the-fly, automatically activate and deactivate fonts, and much more. [Download - 1.1MB]
WiebeTech today made several announcements, including updated desktop and portable FireWire drives, improved DriveDocks, and FireWire Encrypt techology for self-contained encryption/decryption.
Matias (Expo booth 3846) today released iPod Armor, a stylish hard case for Apple's digital music player made of silver anodized aluminum. The rugged $50 case protects any 5GB, 10GB or 20GB iPod from the rigors of normal use. "Open the lid and you have full access to all of the iPod's controls. Close it and you're ready to go."
NewTek has extended its LightWave 3D "Free Training Bonus Pack" special offer -- originally scheduled to end December 31, 2002 -- to March 31, 2003. The offer provides $1,400 in learning materials free to purchasers of a full commercial license copy of LightWave 3D which retails for $1,600.
Macromedia today announced Macromedia JRun 4 for Mac OS X, the first commercial J2EE compatible application server to support Mac OS X. JRun can deploy and manage standards-based Java applications, offering features for accelerated deployment and scalability along with full Java 2 Enterprise Edition (J2EE) compatibility. A developer version of JRun 4 is available for free online, while commercial versions are $900 per processor. Macromedia also announced that the Developer Edition of Macromedia ColdFusion MX for J2EE Application Servers (CFX for J2EE) now supports Mac OS X. CFX for J2EE adds ColdFusion scripting capabilities to J2EE application servers (including JRun 4 for Mac OS X) and enables Macromedia Studio MX developers to both create and test ColdFusion MX applications on the Mac OS X platform. The free developer edition is available online.
Sonnet today unveiled a new processor upgrade card for Apple Power Mac G4 machines. The new Encore/ST G4 1.2 GHz upgrade utilizes the 745X series Motorola G4 chipset, has 2MB DDR L3 backside cache, and delivers the best performance of any upgrade card currently on the market, according to the developer. The $800 unit is compatible with most recent Power Mac models, excluding the "Quicksilver" 800MHz and 933MHz machines. The Encore/ST series is compatible with Mac OS 9 and OS X with no specialized software or patches. Special installation ($30) is required for Power Mac G4 Cube owners.
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Trade-up program expands in Europe
Smartphone users in France, Italy, and Spain will have until at least August of this year to trade in old iPhone, Windows Phone, or Android models at Apple Stores, and put the reward towards a new iPhone -- thanks to an expansion of Apple's trade-in program into those countries. The money given for the trade-in must be applied towards a new iPhone on a two-year payment plane, and traders must qualify under a credit check as part of the program. Interested customers can apply for the trade-in at their nearest Apple Store. http://bit.ly/1qPsldD
NBCUniversal adds Bravo, Syfy, E! to Apple TV
NBCUniversal has launched three new apps channels for Apple TV users. Bravo Now, Syfy Now and E! Now brings users access full seasons of current and past episodes of most of NBCUniversal's catalog. The Bravo Now app includes shows like "The Real Housewives of New York Cit," "Below Deck Mediterranean," comedy "Odd Mom Out" and "Top Chef." The Syfy Now app offers up shows like "The Magicians," thriller "12 Monkeys" and the reality show "Face Off." The E! Now app serves up shows like "Keeping Up with the Kardashians," "Botched," "#RichKids of Beverly Hills," Caitlyn Jenner's "I Am Cait," and "WAGS." While some content is free, most content requires users to authenticate via their cable satellite or telco TV provider. http://bit.ly/20K4Pea
Apple rolls out Arabic version of Apple.com
Apple has rolled out a new version of its Apple.com website for Arabic language users in the United Arab Emirates. The site utilizes a right-to-left reading format where it has been updated, although the upgrade is still in progress with a number of page links still in the original English language left-to-right format. Of particular note is that the site debuts an all-new custom Arabic font created by the Tarek Atrissi Design agency, giving it a highly contemporary look and feel. The new support for Arabic on its host website follows the introduction of full support for right-to-left languages in iOS 9, and the addition of Arabic support to Siri late last year. http://apple.co/20JHGIM
Adobe previews Photoshop content-aware crop
Adobe has previewed a new 'content-aware crop' feature from the next version of its Photoshop CC. The new feature is similar to its 'content-aware fill' from the current version of Photoshop CC, and potentially saves users time when cropping photos in a way that might otherwise leave blank white space in the frame. Adobe's 'content-aware' tech automatically assesses the blank space and seamlessly fills the blank space with the nearest related content in the space when a photo is expanded or rotated without the need to manually clone that part of the image. The feature allows users to move a horizon by adding more sky or ground, change the aspect ratio by adding content around the edges of the image and fill in the corners of an image when rotated during a crop. Adobe says the feature is coming soon and will be automatically available to Creative Cloud subscribers. http://adobe.ly/20JDFEu
Markzware updates Q2ID for QuarkXPress 12 files
Graphic design file conversion tool maker Markzware has launched a new version of its Q2ID tool. The InDesign plugin enables users to open QuarkXPress files within a new InDesign (INDD) document, without rebuilding the QXP document from scratch -- the new version includes support for QuarkXPress 12 files. Q2ID Subscription members can download the new version as part of their annual plan. A single-user can purchase the plugin for $200, with other licensing options available. http://bit.ly/1Z4dS9t
PopChar X 7.5 arrives
Ergonis Software has released PopChar X 7.5, an improved version of the company's tool for finding and inserting special characters and exploring fonts. PopChar X 7.5 adds support for combined emojis in the Apple Color Emoji font, enhances the "Font Info" view, and adds many further enhancements that improve overall speed and stability. PopChar X 7.5 retails for ‚ā¨30 ($34), and is free for anyone who owns a license for PopChar X 7 or purchased a license for PopChar X 6 on or after March 1, 2014 [4.5MB]
Safari Technology Preview release 5 arrives