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Architosh: Mac version of Piranesi coming
Architosh reports that Informatix Software International is producing a Macintosh version of Piranesi due to popular demand. The Macintosh version is expected to be announced in the Summer or Autumn of 2003. Presumably, it will be available for Mac OS X and Mac OS 9, but sources have not specified what platforms will be supported. Piranesi is unique 3D rendering software that can be used in conjunction with many different 3D model file types.
IOXperts updates camera driver software
IOXperts, has released version 1.0.6 of its $20 universal FireWire WebCam driver, which supports a wide array of low-cost cameras, including the ADS PYRO WebCam, Unibrain Fire-i, Orange Micro iBOT, iRez StealthFire, and others. This version offers full compatibility with QuickTime 6.0.2 and 6.1 and addresses a conflict with the Apple driver built into Mac OS X 10.2. The company soon expects to release an "industrial strength" Mac OS X camera driver that will support the advanced features of high-end digital cameras used in factories and research labs.
APC recalls UPS power units
American Power Conversion today issued a voluntary recall of two models in its Back-UPS CS uninterruptible power supply (UPS) line, due to potential safety issues that may result in overheating. APC has received eight reports worldwide of units overheating resulting in the melting of the unit's outer casing, six of which occurred in the United States. The total number of affected devices being recalled worldwide is approximately 2.1 million with approximately 900,000 devices recalled in the United States.
Highland Park, TX retail store set to open
Apple will open a new retail store in Highland Park, Texas next Saturday, according to the company's Web site. The store is located at 3101 Knox Street, and will be open at 10:00 a.m. on January 25.
Emagic: Logic 6 to be available in Feb.
Emagic today unveiled Logic 6, a new version of its digital audio and MIDI production software. The update will be available in February for Mac OS 9/X, and will include "a new level of processor efficiency and extensive enhancements." New features include: CPU resource management, grouping of Mixer objects, DV movie playback via FireWire, a Setup Assistant, enhanced import/export functionality, and expanded control surface support.
Tribune columnist talks about iPod
Chicago Tribune writer Tom Moon explains in an editorial posted today his gradual appreciation for Apple's iPod. "Something radical happens when you disengage from physical discs and tapes, when you collapse the distance separating 'rock,' 'jazz' and 'world' in the record stores and view the collection as an ocean of possibility," he says.
Apps: Formac, BK Task Timer, Automator ...
Formac today released a software update to enable its devideon superdrive to be compatible with high-speed DVD media. The Formac-developed software allows the use of 4x media for DVD-R and 2x for DVD-RW. Formac devideon superdrive is the world's "only" external DVD drive that is shipped with a DVD authoring software. [Download 2.1MB]
BK Task Timer 2.0.5 is a maintenance update to the $100 time management solution form BKeeney Software, which helps users keep track the amount of time of the time spent on projects and the tasks associated with those projects. Version 2.0.5 offers better data integrity under Mac OS 9, displays the elapsed time in the OS X Dock, improves MySQL compatibility MySQL compatibility, and adds ability to reset window locations. [Download Classic, OS X]
Intelli Innovations has released Barcode Automator 1.1.1, a functionality update to its bulk barcode generation software. This revision adds: a Code 39 Control Character, expanded factor and truncation settings, and an ISBN Assistant. [Download 1.1MB]
Bobby Cronkhite Software has released version 1.1.5 of ZeboPhoto, its popular image viewer/editor. The update adds new Slide Show settings, a minimize toggle button for the Slide Show Controls window, and a reworked Print Layout window. ZeboPhoto is a utility for viewing and editing images conveniently. "Images are displayed without borders or enclosing windows, so as to give them a clean look on the screen," explains the developer. [Download Classic, OS X]
EuroTable 2.0b2 address a bug introduced with the first beta release of the version. EuroTable is a Mac OS 9/X application for easily converting between old Euro-Zone currencies and in other most common currencies. It also automatically calculates Value Added Tax (VAT). [Download Classic, OS X]
CompuCable ships FireWire power device
CompuCable is now shipping FireCABLE, a unique FireWire accessory that provides DC electric power to any device that would usually require a powered FireWire controller. FireCABLE is ideal for users of CardBus/PCMCIA controllers, or i.LINK ports. It is also a suitable companion for the Windows iPod, and older PowerBooks.
Warburg reiterates \"buy\" rating for AAPL
Investment firm UBS Warburg has reiterated its "buy" rating on shares of Apple Computer Inc., after yesterday's second consecutive quarterly loss. Warburg's reasoning for the recommendation was the company's steady increase in revenues and growing International share of sales mix.
Needham downgrades AAPL
While USB Warburg reiterates its "buy" rating for AAPL, another firm - Needham - has downgraded the stock to Hold from Buy, saying it's unlikely that AAPL will outperform until growth returns in the Dec qtr, even if the co can gain mkt share; cuts FY03 est to $0.22 from $0.40.
Guitar playing software comes to Mac OS X
Sibelius Software Ltd. developer of music notation software has announced a new guitar tablature program dubbed G7. "Developed to provide an exciting new way for guitarists and songwriters to produce and convert guitar tablature, G7 delivers unparalleled ease-of-use and product features never available before in tab software, and is designed for use with PC or Mac platforms (including Mac OS X)." G7 retails for $149 US and will be widely available in Q1 2003.
Keyspan ships Bluetooth USB; media reader
Keyspan has begun shipping its 7-Way Media Reader (MSRP $49) and USB BlueTooth Adapter (MSRP $59). Keyspan's 7-Way Media Reader allows any USB-equipped PC to read and write various memory cards. The reader supports all major types of digital media including: Compact Flash I and II, MicroDrive, SmartMedia, MemoryStick, SD, and MultiMedia Card (MMC). The USB BlueTooth Adapter enables wireless connectivity with BlueTooth enabled devices within a 50-ft. range. The adapter complies with both BlueTooth 1.1 and USB 1.1 industry standards.
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