Logitech today announced that its force-feedback joysticks, steering wheels, and vibration feedback gamepads will be supported by Mac OS X 10.2.3, bringing "the sense of touch that has never been felt before in Mac games." Current Logitech products that will be supported on the Macintosh platform include the MOMO Racing and WingMan Formula Force GP racing wheels, WingMan RumblePad and Cordless RumblePad gamepads, and the WingMan Strike Force 3D and Force 3D joysticks. Games that currently feature force-feedback support are NASCAR Racing 2002 Season from Aspyr Media and F1 Championship Season 2000 from Feral Interactive.
We've posted a brief roundup of two interesting 3D rendering applications demonstrated at this week's Macworld Expo.
Evening tech news: IBM and AMD said today that they would jointly develop high-performance microprocessors that would be commercially available within two years; an international standards body announced today that it had taken on the task of improving the URL, or Web address, to give developers a cleaner way to design and locate Web services; XM Satellite Radio said today it signed up more than 360,000 total subscribers to its satellite radio broadcast service in 2002, and the company expects 2003 to be an even bigger year.
MacNN reader Noah Sager notes that Apple's new 12-inch PowerBook G4 features a new midrange audio speaker. An AppleCare document expands on the technology: "The PowerBook G4 (12-inch) is the first portable computer made by Apple to have a midrange-enhancing speaker. The midrange-enhancing is designed to produce a separate channel of midrange sound. There are no settings in the Sound system preference to adjust just the midrange speaker." It is not currently clear if the new 17-inch PowerBook also features this technology, or if it is exclusive to the 12-inch unit. [AppleCare document not currently available]
GLUON has begun offering its Quality Control 5 software free of charge. QC 5 offers QuarkXPress users a comprehensive and automated package to catch and eliminate document problems. This free offer also includes the QC Collect and QC Bureau utilities. According to the developer, the combination "represents an outstanding opportunity to add powerful business capability within minutes of installation."
4D (Expo booth 1442) announced 4th Dimension 2003, which develops Web Services and integrates applications (allowing different applications to reuse each other's data and functionality). Included in the latest version is an integrated compiler, increased scalability, new printing and reporting features, and enhanced developer programming capabilities such as a new method editor.
Apple's new Web browser, Safari, broke the single-day Apple.com download record, which was previously held by iTunes 1.0. Safari has been downloaded 300,000 times in the last 24 hours, accounting for 20 percent of all downloads from Apple's Web site. Apple CEO Steve Jobs said Safari was as much as three times faster than Internet Explorer, and also quicker than Netscape Navigator and Chimera. Jobs also stated that Apple decided to create its own Web browser because the company wished to continue producing innovative new software.
Smith Micro Software (Expo booth 611) has announced FAXstf Pro for Mac OS X. Sporting a new browser to handle all fax information in a single window, other improvements include group faxes, multiple cover page and page header support, quick fax (using Mac OS X Address Book), and an improved log file. The $90 software is expected to ship in Q1 of 2003.
DVForge (Expo booth 3961) announced the DVBaseTi ($180), a riser stand for the PowerBook G4. Cast in stainless steel, the hand-polished, laser engraved stand provides "optimum ergonomics for using the PowerBook at a desk or table." The DVCube ($230), a stainless steel, hand-polished stand for the G4 Cube is laser-engraved with the DVForge logo. Both products can be pre-ordered now and will ship on January 20.
A Knowledge Base article addresses the problem that some PowerBook G4 and iBook computers have with the Combo Drive writing for a longer time than expected, or not offering the maximum write speed specified for the drive. The solution is to use CD-R discs capable of writing at 16x. Also, the presence of labels and ink on the discs surface can cause the drive to become imbalanced, dropping the speed to 4x and 8x to reduce potential write errors.
"Like Wozniak, many Macworld attendees say they do use [Mac OS X] but also find themselves in the world of Mac OS 9 when they want to run older applications and hardware," states a MacWorld article. Citing QuarkXPress as a main reason some people use Mac OS 9, other reasons include printers, scanners and other hardware not yet being supported as well as the price of upgrading software. "I use ( Mac OS X) but I have computers with ( Mac OS 9) doing important tasks. Why would I switch when it just works forever?" Wozniak said, noting that his home computer collection includes a number of desktop and notebook machines running various versions of Apple's operating system.
A Forbes article notes that Apple's new software, Keynote and Safari, both directly compete with software from Microsoft. "Keynote and Safari could indicate some tension developing between Microsoft and Apple... Apple is openly attacking Windows in advertising campaign, urging Windows users to switch from Windows. And now Apple is directly challenging Microsoft on two important software fronts where it also holds sway. For its part, Microsoft says it will develop software for the Mac only where it makes sense to do so."
Sassafras Software will begin to ship its KeyServer and KeyAuditor 6.0 Suite, a software license management, auditing and usage reporting system for Mac OS 9 & X. The management console breaks management into four elements: computers, users, software, and licenses. Administration of each is supported by a set of features built within a cross-platform, drag-and-drop management console. Pricing ranges from $15 to $55 per desktop. A beta is due in the next few weeks, while the final release is expected early this year.
UK-based developers, Imagineer Systems, has released Mokey 2.1, its flagship motion keying tool for Mac OS X. A new feature, EdgeTrack, makes it faster to track non-rigid objects since it automatically adjusts the shape of the spline to follow the object being tracked. The Soho Edition is $10,000 and the Studio Edition is $5,000; a maintenance agreement is priced at $10% of the product price.
MacNN reader Alex King has successfully connected his Series 2 TiVo to his AirPort network (for retrieving the TiVo show data). "This lets your TiVo stay connected all the time, no need to have it attached to a phone line for its daily call." His instructions are now available.
OWC (Expo booth 2323) has begun carrying Giga Design's G-celerator line of PowerPC G4 CPU upgrade processors. The processors offer speeds of 800MHz ($300) and 1.0GHz ($550), and feature user-selectable bus speeds and a three-year warranty.
Mac Minder 1.1.1 is a $20 shareware program that helps track and regulate usage of programs in Mac OS X. The update improves security and fixes a problem with scheduling. [567KB] mod_rendezvous is a module that adds Rendezvous support to Apache 1.3.x. The server can then become visible on Safari and other Rendezvous-aware applications. [16KB] iOrganize 4.4.1 allows users to store and organize notes, ideas, text extracts and web links. The new version fixes an issue with the export command and improves drag-and-drop behavior from the note list. [1.2MB] End If Software has released a new application for Mac OS 9 & X, GrabbyWindow MetaPro 2.0.5b1, which easily edits and adds IPTC data to large amounts of images. It can also create previews, thumbnail overviews, and play movies and sound files. [Classic, OSX] PPP Genie is a Mac OS X utility for controlling and monitoring PPP connections. It allows users to open and close connections and keep track of time and money spent online. [1.1MB]
Oki Data Americas has launched four new printers in its color and mono LED product lines. The C5100n and C5300n are digital color printers that feature 12-ppm, standard network hardware, duplex options, and single-pass color technology. The C5100n ($1540) and C5300n ($1800) color printers print at 12 ppm in color and 20 ppm in monochrome. The B4200 (8MB, $350) memory and B4300 (16MB, $480) are monochrome USB printers with a "small footprint," an optional serial interface, 19-ppm print speeds, and 1200x600 dpi print resolution.
Oracle today announced its free Oracle9i JDeveloper 9.0.3 preview for Mac OS X. Developers creating J2EE applications and Web services will benefit from Oracle's Integrated Development Environment (IDE). Oracle9i JDeveloper 9.0.3 offers a built-in J2EE container, which allows Mac developers to test and debug applications directly from the IDE and also offers integrated Java, XML and SQL support.
Apple has reduced the price of the original AirPort cards to $80 ($20 savings), after releasing Airport Extreme yesterday. The new AirPort Extreme Base Station is backward compatible with the original cards, but speeds are limited to 11 Mbps.
@Last Software (Expo booth 1951) has released SketchUp 2.2, the latest version of its 3D design software for Mac OS X. Version 2.2 has iPhoto integration, a new texture palette (for creation and management of custom material libraries), drag & drop support for a wide range of raster image types (PDF, PSD, PICT, EPS, TGA, SGI, and BMP), color and texture customization for layers, customizable keyboard shortcuts, export options for DWG, DXF and 3DS formats, and vector printing and PDF output from Wire frame and Hidden Line display modes. It is $500 and available as a free update.
The 1394 Trade Association today noted several new FireWire 800 products showcased at the Expo, including Apple's 17" Powerbook G4, Maxtor's new 200GB FireWire 800 concept hard drive; and LaCie's new line of desktop d2 FireWire 800 drives, ranging from 200GB to 500GB: "The new FireWire 800 products are based on the 'b' version of the IEEE 1394 multimedia standard, developed by the 1394 Trade Association. 1394b delivers speeds starting at 800Mb/s, scalable to 1.6Gb/second, then to 3.2 Gb/s. It also extends the distance that FireWire-equipped devices can send video and audio to more than 100 meters over CAT-5, plastic fiber and other media." (We also noted SmartDisk's FireWire 800 drives, which are due in March.)
On the heels of Apple's quiet X11 for Mac OS X announcement, the OpenOffice.org community today has posted a Final Beta release of OpenOffice.org 1.0 X11 for Mac OS X and Darwin. The open-source office suite features writing, drawing, spreadsheet, and presentation modules as well as read/write compatibility with MS Office documents and a native XML file format. The release offers improved printing support, PDF document generation, full international keyboard support, and improved font support. The final release is expected in the Spring of 2003. OpenOSX also announced complete product compatibility with Apple's new X11 application, bringing full Quartz graphic acceleration to its product line: OpenOSX Gimp, OpenOSX Grass GIS, OpenOSX Office and OpenOSX FilmGimp. It says that users "will benefit in dramatic performance and aesthetic improvements when using Apple's X11 application in place of OroborOSX and/or XDarwin."
Detto Technologies today announced that Move2Mac, its PC-to-Mac migration product that allows PC users to easily switch to the Mac, will be available in the UK in February for GBP 40. It also announced that a Parallel-to-USB version of Move2Mac for Windows 95 users will ship by January 31st. Move2Mac lets PC users quickly and easily migrate documents, spreadsheets, photos, music, files, folders, IE favorites, and other files to your Mac. Move2Mac Parallel-to-USB will ship in the US for $70 (and will include the Parallel-to-USB transfer cable).
Epson today announced it has added CD printing functionality to its popular Epson Stylus Photo 960 model (released in November 2002). The feature will be included with the printer in the box beginning in February, while current owners and customers who purchase the printer before this feature is included, can redeem a coupon to receive a free CD kit to upgrade their printer (which contains a CD tray and software). The software enable customers to choose colorful backgrounds and images and print directly onto printable CDs or DVDs by placing them in a tray that slides through the printer's straight through paper path. [update: Epson's Website says that Mac OS X is not supported]
Epson today introduced the Epson Perfection 3200 scanner, which is available in two configurations-the Photo ($400) and 3200 Pro ($600). The scanners offer maximum hardware resolutions of 3200x6400 dpi. 48-bit color depth, both USB 2.0 and FireWire connectivity, and a 4" x 9" transparency unit for scanning 35mm slides, negatives and 4" x 5" transparencies. Additionally, the Pro model offers both reflective and transmissive IT8 targets for color matching both film and photos. Both are expected to ship in late March with LaserSoft SilverFast and Adobe Photoshop Elements software. The Pro version also bundles MonacoEZcolor and other ArcSoft titles (PhotoStudio, PhotoBase and Panorama Maker).
Marimba today announced that its Desktop/Mobile Management products now support Mac OS X 10.2. The new OS X-enabled products help companies distribute software to any end-point in their networked enterprise, offering control of how and when software updates are distributed, installed, repaired and removed. It also features browser-based reporting capabilities that provide real-time status on software deployments and assets. The modules include inventory, subscription, and migration management.
Dr. Bott's ExtendAIR products are Apple-certified range-extending antennas for Apple's AirPort Extreme Base Station. ExtendAIR Omni ($100) extends the range of the AirPort Extreme Base Station in all directions to a 250 foot radius. ExtendAIR Direct ($150) extends the range in a single direction to 500 feet. The directional antenna lets you extend the range of a base station in a specific direction (and will only available in the US due to regulatory restrictions), while the omnidirectional antenna lets you extend the range of the AirPort Extreme Base Station in all directions (available worldwide). Both will ship in February.
Netlock has released the Nortel Multi OS VPN Client for Mac OS X for Nortel IP Services Switches. Users running Mac OS X can use the client to establish secure, remote access connections to their corporate networks. The Nortel Contivity Multi-OS VPN Client for Mac OS X supports both Mac OS X 10.1.5 and "Jaguar" operating systems, offering support for both Mac OS X native applications and older applications that run in Classic Mode. The client features NAT traversal, which supports secure, remote access connections through popular home Cable and DSL routers and includes compression for improved performance as well as simplified Contivity administration for remote users.
We have posted 4 new photo galleries from the keynote: I II III IV Also, we have posted two show floor galleries. I II
Apple made several announcements at the Steve Jobs' Macworld Expo Keynote, including new Aluminum PowerBooks with BlueTooth networking and FireWire 800, Final Cut Express, iLife and updated iApps (iMovie 3, iPhoto 2, iDVD 3), X11 for Mac OS X, AirPort Extreme networking, Apple's Safari browser, and Apple's Keynote presentation application. We have details of Apple's announcements and a
Apple has posted QuickTime versions of the Aluminum PowerBook videos featured in Tuesday's Macworld Expo Kyenote. Big and Small, Cosmos, and Apple's Intro (Marketing) Video.
Caststream today launched cast:stream 2, its enterprise-level presentation delivery system featuring a new, more comprehensive feature set based upon its unique cross-platform architecture. cast:stream 2 originates, manages, and delivers streaming video and audio presentations with synchronized graphics, animation, and interactivity. It offers both live and on-demand streaming and allows multiple presenters to share control of a single broadcast It will ship in the first quarter of 2003.
Salvage 1.2, a tool for recovering digital camera pictures from corrupt media, improves support for Nikon cameras. It requires Mac OS 8.6 (as well as MRJ 2.2.4 and Disk Copy 6.3.3). Unregistered copies of the $25 utility will now recover the first ten pictures in a disk image and report the total number recoverable pictures. An OS X version of Salvage will be released early this year. [110KB] El Gato has released EyeTV 1.1 software for its EyeTV digital video recorder. It now contains a visual editor for saved recordings for deleting commercials or editing content, exporting movie clips, clip trimming, and splitting video files. Other new features include QuickTime movie and VideoCD playback as well as an automated snapshots function. [8.0MB] America Online has posted a new version of its instant messaging client. AOL IM 4.5.967 offers Desktop Buddies (Finder representations), folder preferences, logging/encrypted logging, an International stock ticker, and other bug fixes. It works on both Mac OS 9 and Mac OS X. [3.2MB] Apple's updated products are available, including a beta of its Safari Web browser and a public beta of X11 for Mac OS X (as noted yesterday). ALAP has updated its $100 effects creation XTension for QuarkXPress 4.1/5.0, ShadowCaster 3.0.2, which can create one-click drop shadows and 6 types of effects. The effects can be applied to any QuarkXPress item, including text and images with full control over opacity, blur, intensity, color, and blend modes (with support for transparency). Upgrades from v2.0 are $50. Angelo Scicolone's SoundOn! is a simple freeware application for PowerBook G4 Titanium users that prevents PowerBook G4's speakers form turning off when you use battery power: "to save energy, Mac OS X turns PB G4's speakers off after a while if no sound is played and you're using battery power." [976KB] Blue Line Studios has updated its $25 CD label application: JewelCaseIllustrator 1.8.0 fixes a few bugs, can now export images to disk, and updates the manual. [2.2MB]
REAL Software (Expo booth 3261) today announced REALbasic 5, its developer tool for creating both Mac and Windows applications. Version 5 will include better support for Mac OS X 10.2 including drawers, brushed-metal windows, and toolbars. It will also include new Internet communications capabilities, team collaboration functions, and a new two-pass compiler with new language features, smaller applications, and an improved debugger as well as a tool for converting Visual Basic projects. Upgrades start at $30, while basic versions of the full application start at $100. It will ship next month.
OpenOSX has begun shipping FilmGimp CD 1.0p1, a $40 CD package that will install and fully configure all required libraries and programs to start using Film Gimp immediately. Film Gimp has been developed from The Gimp (The GNU Image Manipulation Program), specially enhanced for motion picture's film-resolution of 16-bit color-space and includes a Frame Manager; it has been used on major motion pictures such as Scooby-Doo, Harry Potter, Stuart Little and Stuart Little 2.
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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