Media 100 today announced Final Effects Complete for Mac OS X. Final Effects Complete is a set of over 100 software plug-in filters and transitions that generate Hollywood-style special effects for film, video, animation, DVD and CD-ROM content. The collection is compatible with Adobe After Effects, Apple Final Cut Pro, Boris RED and Boris FX. It is priced at $800, but will be available for $700 until February 21. Upgrades from the non-Mac OS X version are $200.
Since its debut less than a week ago, Apple's Safari Web browser has been subject to vigorous user testing. To date, a number of bugs, conflicts and compatibility issues have been identified, and in some cases these problems have been resolved by Apple, or third-party developers. Additionally, developers have already begun releasing enhancements for Safari to expand its functionality, and in some cases, unlock "hidden" features.
Apple will release its First Quarter Financial results after the markets close on Wednesday (around 4:30 pm ET) and has posted Webcast information for the upcoming audio stream of its Q1 '03 financial earnings results conference call, which will take place Wednesday, January 15, at 5:00 p.m. EST.
Vision Engineering has posted a positive review of Apple's 800MHz iBook. Reviewer Duane Bong applauds Apple's use of polycarbonate for the machine's outer shell, and the choice of magnesium for a stiff chassis. In addition to good construction, the iBook is also a good performer, according to the review. When comparing the iBook to a PC running Red Hat Linux, the iBook performed similarly to a 1.6GHz Pentium 4 when running a grid generator written in FORTRAN. Additionally, integer performance testing placed the iBook close to a 2.6GHz Pentium, and an Athlon XP 1400.
CNN/Money contributing technology editor Brian Clark praises Apple's Mac OS X 10.2 "Jaguar" in a roundup of his "favorite tech stuff" for 2003. "It would have been easy to pick the new 17-inch iMac," says Clark, "but I had to ask myself, 'Would I like it as much without Jaguar?'" He goes on to say that consumers will be "blown away" by its simplicity and stability, as well as the tightly integrated iPhoto, iTunes, iMovie and iChat applications. Other tech picks include Sony's latest Clié handheld, and Samsung's cost-effective DLP Projection TVs.
Solutions Etcetera today made available SuperEdit 4.1, a free update to its add-on for SuperCard. Version 4.1 implements card-level editing for SuperCard 4 Developer Edition. SuperCard is a programming environment used by Mac professionals and hobbyists to create games, teaching aides, utilities, personal productivity tools, automation tools, kiosks, an so on, for Mac OS X. SuperEdit provides an environment for editing projects without script execution.
Afternoon tech news: AOL Time Warner stock rose today on news that the architect of the troubled merger that formed the company, Steve Case, would step down as company chairman; in an effort to expand beyond its traditional turf, Dell Computer plans to challenge the likes of IBM by selling retail-store systems, including electronic cash registers; A federal judge on Friday refused to dismiss antitrust charges filed against Microsoft in separate cases by Sun Microsystems and two other companies; AT&T announced Monday new Internet access plans, offering three unlimited dial-up accounts for $24/month.
Microsoft Office v. X 10.1.3 addresses several issues with the Italian Spelling Tool and the French Proofing Tools for Microsoft Office v. X. It requires Microsoft Office v. X 10.1.2 Update. [1.5MB] iCab Preview 2.9 brings many internal changes and new cache management for "much faster" performance to the small, compact alternative browser. Users can also now easily call any search engine from within the URL input field: "The next larger update will be iCab 3.0. This release will include much better CSS support and much better integration of Mac OS X." The Pro version will be $30 when completed. [Classic, OSX] Ken Winograd's MusicMan 2.03 is a free, musical word-guessing game based on the popular Hang3000 game. It features colorful, non-violent graphics, digitized sounds, synthesized speech and many musically-oriented categories of words, such as Rock, Jazz, Country and more. It runs on both Mac OS 9 and Mac OS X. [590KB] Download Wizard 0.9 is a small, simple and elegant replacement for your browser's built-in download manager with dock menus, service availability, localization, etc. The $17 utility is available as time-unlimited, crippled free version also. [583KB] Chaotic Software today released FridgeMagnets 2.0, a $10 application that allows Mac OS X users to place virtual "fridge magnets" over their desktops. It now adds numbers and math operators to magnets, changes to the color set and more. [1.4MB] Coffee Break Pro 2.1.1 is a shareware application designed to prevent repetitive stress injuries by forcing users to take periodic breaks. The update fixes bugs related to hiding the timer window. [Classic, OSX] CopyPaste X 1.5 is an update to the $20 multiple clipboard editing, archiving and display tool for Mac OS X. It features an infinite amount of possible clipboards, contextual menus, drag-and-drop support and more. [730KB] Kualo Software has announced the latest version of its shareware web development tool for Mac OS 9 & X, KuebSite 1.0.0 ($20). Users can build web pages without any knowledge of the HTML language, and without all the complexity of other applications. [1.9MB]
An eWeek article discusses the dispute between Apple and Macworld Expo organizer, IDG. "IDG has moved to reassure nervous exhibitors with a bold offer: If Apple doesn't commit to July's show in New York, they can get their money back." IDG is expected to try and resolve the issue by the end of this month.
Several REALbasic utilities have been released FTP Suite 1.1.1 is a set of classes and code modules that allows FTP operations to be implemented; ViewThing 1.0a2 provides full support for display schemes very similar to the one found in the Finder on Mac OS X. BESTCapture Plug-in 1.1 enables REALbasic developers to quickly and easily add audio and video capture features to their applications; e-CryptIt Engine 7.0 is a REALbasic plugin to do encryption, encoding, compression, checksums and hashing. DateControl 1.3 is a native Date Control plugin for REALbasic that conforms to the control panel date settings.
IOGEAR has launched its Combo MiniHub, which offers two FireWire (400 Mbps) ports and four USB 2.0 (480 Mbps) connections. The $90 device is compatible with Mac OS 9 & X, includes a 6V power supply, USB 2.0 and FireWire cables as well as a 3-year warranty. [site not updated]
Microsoft and Avondale Media are offering a free copy of "Entourage X: Beyond the Basics" to registered owners of Microsoft Office v.X or Entourage X in a limited time promotion. The $30 instructional DVD is available for free (shipping & handling is $7) through March 10: "In this 75-minute DVD, veteran Mac journalist Jim Heid shows how to tame a cluttered Inbox, automate Entourage, and much more."
Apple has formally acknowledged a Safari v48 bug: "In certain rare circumstances, the symbolic link to /tmp may be removed after installing and using Safari Beta 1.0 (v48). This causes several issues that may be resolved by updating to the latest version of Safari v51 [released Friday]." The bug may cause problems launching Classic, printing errors, Software Update errors, Personal File Sharing problems, and issues when burning CDs or DVDs. Safari Enhancer 1.1 brings compatibility with FullScreenSafari.ape. It enables a debugging menu that offers keyboard and mouse shortcuts, browser identification, Security options, and the ability to specifiy a minimum font size, as well as allowing you to turn off underlines on links and handling direct bookmark importing from Netscape, Internet Explorer, Chimera, Mozilla, OmniWeb, and iCab. [744KB] FullScreenSafari.ape is an APE module that prevents windows in Safari from cascading, allowing you to more easily use the browser fullscreen. It requires the freeware Application Enhancer. [FSSA, APE] Waterfall Software's SafariMasks edits the navigation buttons in Safari, offering a number of built-in themes. It is $10 shareware. [4.3MB] Metallifizer 1.2 will enable or disable brushed metal appearance on selected Cocoa applications under Mac OS X 10.2 (this includes Safari , Address Book, iChat, Calculator and others, but not iTunes and QuickTime Player, as latter are Carbon applications). It also requires APE. [321KB] The Visual Hebrew Enabler for Safari offers a patched version of the WebCore framework for better compatibility with sites using "visual" Hebrew (reverse script display) and better compatibility when trying to submit a form from a Hebrew page. [961KB]
Jim Burton's iTVeye 1.05 provides TV viewing information from Yahoo!. The $10 shareware browser provides limited browsing functionality in order to be better integrated with the EyeTV digital video recorder. Version 1.05 offers performance improvments using an internal database to store information (prevents frequent lookups to the Internet). [489KB] Easy Grade Pro 3.6 for OS X is now available directly from Orbis Software. It "allows you to create an electronic gradebook which, like a paper gradebook, can store student, assignment, score and attendance data on all of your classes and subjects." Single-user licenses are $50, while site licenses are $250. [2.1MB] DEVONtechnologies has updated its freeware tools, AntiWordService 1.02 (adds ability to open MS Word docs), CalcService 2.7.1 (adds calculation submenu) and WordService 2.4 (32 different text functions), and added BlueService to the DEVONservicepack: BlueService can send selected plain or rich text to BlueTooth compliant devices such as PDAs or mobile phones directly from all Services-aware Cocoa or Carbon applications. Blue Service 1.1 uses OBEX Object Push or OBEX File Transfer to support as many different BlueTooth devices as possible. All require Mac OS X. [AWS, BS, CS, WS] iLink 0.6 is a bookmark manager designed "specifically for people who use more than one browser. [It] automatically searchs for and imports every bookmarks of any web browser at every startup or refresh." It offer bookmark organization and the ability to control-click URLs to open a contextual menu that will allow you to launch it in a specific browser. It is $20 shareware for Mac OS X only. [1.2MB] Aquafold has released Aqua Data Studio 1.5, a free Java-based SQL editor and developer tool that allows developers to easily create, edit, and execute SQL scripts, as well as browse database structures. It includes a sophisticated Query Analyzer allows users to work on database scripts with specific RDBMS syntax highlighting and auto-completion to develop and test scripts as well as HTML and XML export. [4.8MB] Juggy Software's Ridge 2.08 can meter and restrict the amount of data your Macs upload and download from the Internet. The $10 shareware can provide alerts and also offers a graphical interface to help you meter traffic on your machine. [408KB] Version 2.1.1 of 24U's Email OSAX scripting addition ($13) enables you to send e-mails directly from AppleScripts. It adds better support for SMTP authentication and improved compatibility with some SMTP servers. OSAX also offers support for multiple recipients in all the To, Cc and Bcc fields.
Developer Selznick Scientific Software has released Password Wallet 2.7.3, an update to its shareware ($15) password storage applicaiton that addresses issues with Safari, Chimera, third party keyboard layouts, and user interface elements on MacOS X 10.2.x. Selznick also writes about a problem with Apple's iSync installer, which affects Password Wallet and other applications: "Apple's iSync, available from the Software Update control panel, will DISABLE all of your Palm conduits including the PasswordWallet conduit. There are no warnings about this during install or during synchronization. To continue using the PasswordWallet conduit after installing iSync, search your hard drive for the 'Disabled Conduits' folder and drag the conduit files from this folder to the "Conduits" folder. There is no need to restart."
Luma Code's Mac Minder 1.1.2 is a $20 shareware program for parents, teachers, and sysadmins that helps track and regulate usage of programs in Mac OS X. It adds the ability to delete specific days from the log, better log maintenance, improved troubleshooting tools. [582KB] Ben Spink has released CrushFTP 3.0b30, a $25 FTP server with several advanced features, including multihoming, virtual servers, users/groups, quotas, bandwidth limiters, remote admin, load balancing, and others. It adds an intuitive upload interface, fixes an auto-update bug, and correctly handles foreign language characters. [Classic, OSX] MacPAR DeLuxe 2.3 is a utility for processing Internet par archives and reconstructing missing or corrupted parts using the Reed-Solomon algorithm. The free update includes advanced automatic processing options (for the .RAR, .SIT, .ACE and .0nn archives) and "is the only GUI available that can handle .ace archives in OS X." [987KB] Split&Concat 1.4 is a utility that is able to split large files into parts and to recombine them: "This is handy to divide (very) large files over several CD's and then later to reconstruct them.The program was originally designed for use in Internet newsgroups where archives of binary files (split into numbered parts (.0nn)) are commonly used. It has been upgraded to concatenate these downloaded .0nn archives automatically after they have been verified by MacPAR DeLuxe. [494KB] FUNDimensions 4.09 is fundraising database application for small non-profits and schools that manages the entire fundraising process. It has bug fixes, a minor report enhancement, and an updated 4D database engine as well as improved compatibility with Mac OS X. A demo of the $1,830 application is available.compatibility Trailerpark QT 1.0.6 adds control-click popup playlist access, a shufflelist display and a better shuffling mechanism, file-by-file volume control, and other changes to the QuickTime multimedia list player, allowing easy access and organization of multiple video and other media files. It is $12.50 shareware for Mac OS 9 and Mac OS X. [Classic, OSX] simpleDays 2.04 is a suite of personal information management tools, including the ability to set reminders, maintain a "to do" list, and track contacts information. It also provides a personal journal, a day planner, a fully featured note pad, internet address manager, and more. The $15 shareware is available for Mac OS X. [1.2MB] PowerSurge has updated TDF Czar 2.4, bringing enhancements that improve the product's ability to read file directory information, a new merge option with custom column headings, and automatic HTML entity conversion. TDF Czar is a $20 Java tool for working with tab-delimited data files and generating custom Web pages from HTML templates. [1.0MB]
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Comixology fires up $6 all-you-can-read service
Amazon-owned Comixology has launched an all-you-can-read comic subscription service. After a 30-day free trial, for $6 a month, subscribers can draw from a large selection of the Comixology library, minus Marvel and DC comics. For now, the service is US-only. http://bit.ly/1WMAOft
QuarkXPress 2016 now shipping
Quark is now shipping QuarkXPress 2016, the newest version of Quark's graphic design and desktop publishing software that now features near-WYSIWYG fixe HTML5 publishing as well as improved operability with InDesign and Illustrator and support for multi-Color Gradient Blends, OpenType Stylistic Sets, a Color Picker (Eyedropper tool), Touchpads for Pinch and Zoom (Mac only) and more. Users on any previous version of QuarkXPress (versions 3-10) can upgrade to version 2016 for $350, while QuarkXPress 2015 users can upgrade to 2016 for $180; new licenses are available for $850 (education licenses are available for $90). http://bit.ly/1OL23Pu
Kanex debuts GoPower USB-C for MacBooks
Kanex today introduced its GoPower USB-C, a portable power solution designed to charge a USB-C MacBook on the go along with an iPhone or iPad simultaneously. Featuring 15,000 mAh of power--capable of charging an iPhone 6s seven times or the USB-C MacBook one full time--the GoPower USB-C Portable Battery features one 3A USB-C port and one 2.4A port for other devices, priority charging detection technology and a pass-thru charging to your devices when the battery is plugged into a power source. http://bit.ly/1TKaf8z
i.am+ EPs earphones are Apple Store exclusive
Musician turned consumer electronics entrepreneur Will.i.am has launched a new pair of Bluetooth wireless earphones, dubbed the i.am+ EPs. The new earphones are an Apple Store exclusive, and feature large 14mm drivers and aptX support for high-quality wireless streaming. The i.am+ EPs support A2DP controls, have a 30-foot range and can last up to six hours on a charge. The design is said to be inspired by the "iconic shape of vinyl records," and are made from spun metal and paired with a woven fabric cord. When not in use, the EPs magnetically click into place around the neck. The iam+ EPs are available now at select Apple Store and Apple.com for $230, are available in gold-on-black or black-on-black. http://bit.ly/1OKVlt2
Ultimate Ears debuts UE Roll 2 speaker
On Tuesday, audio accessory maker Ultimate Ears unveiled a new version of the UE Roll Bluetooth speaker. The new UE Roll 2, which sells for $100, looks identical to the previous version, but gets about 15 percent louder. In addition, the unit now supports a Bluetooth source signal up to 100 feet away, an improvement on the original's 65-foot limit. While both the old and new versions of the UE Roll offer an IPX7 waterproof rating, the company now includes a blow-up "floaty" with the speaker to avoid the risk of prolonged exposure. The new unit will begin general shipping next month. http://bit.ly/1TJWE0Z
Philips launches Hue White Ambiance bulbs
Philips latest HomeKit-compatible Hue light bulbs have hit the market. The new Hue White Ambiance bulbs are designed to allow users to control their color temperature to enhance either focus, or create a more relaxing tone. Combined with the latest update to the Philips Hue app, the new bulbs can be set according to user "routines." The "wake-up" mode gently turns up the brightness of the bulb, while conversely, the "go to sleep" mode gradually reduces the color temperature and brightness. The Philips Hue White Ambiance starter kit retails for $130, while single bulbs sell for $30. http://bit.ly/1TJT3Qn
Pluggable Technologies three-display USB-C dock
Peripheral company Plugable Technologies today launched the industry's first wave of USB-C docking stations with both Power Delivery and DisplayPort Alternate Mode support. The Plugable UD-CA1 Docking Station integrates support for both of these new capabilities, along with the full set of standard USB docking features like wired network, audio, and extra USB ports. Model UD-ULTCDL builds on this, adding support for three total displays using DisplayLink USB virtual graphics technology. The UD-CA1 retails for $129, with the UD-ULTCDL selling for $179, and available soon. http://bit.ly/1TrVVTJ