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Cacidi Systems has debuted three new plug-ins for Adobe InDesign, which add to the software’s functionality: Contact Sheet Pro 2.0 assures automatically the highest quality in contact sheets and image packages; Cropmarks 2.0 makes it possible to place bleed marks on InDesign documents; Q-to-InDesign Batch allows fully automatic conversion of existing QuarkXpress and Adobe PageMaker files into Adobe InDesign format. Pricing for the entire suite is $150; upgrade pricing from earlier versions of Cacidi Contactsheet, CD Coversheet, Picture Package, or Place & Print tool DKK is $70.
Bob Hearn -- one of the original ClarisWorks developers -- has published a page that examines the history of ClarisWorks. The article concludes with speculation about the future of AppleWorks, and possible involvement of the original ClarisWorks team.
Fink 0.51 is the latest release of the open-source package management application for Darwin and Mac OS X: "Fink is an attempt to bring the full world of Unix Open Source software to Darwin and Mac OS X. Packages are downloaded and built automatically and installed into a tree managed by dpkg." [12.5MB] Eric Pousse has updated his 2D CAD program. RealCADD 3.0 adds the ability to create your own tools, rotated text, direct drawing of parallel objects, better zoom tools, an "Open Recent" menu, DXF import improvements, and a reorganized color pallet. A demo of the $75 application is available online. [Classic, OSX] Maxprog's Loan Calc v1.5.2 updates the comapny's $13 loan calculator desgined to calculate loans and mortgages repayments. Loan Calc lets you select both period and interest compounding period and allows you to save all the repayment list to a text file or an Excel sheet. [Classic, OSX] Photologist 1.1.4 is a $20 shareware digital photo utility for Mac OS X that offers image management, manipulation, and presentation functions. Users can manage photo folders and create custom photo albums as well as show photos with slide shows, build web albums, and create custom print layouts or print layout templates. It has an update user's guide and other enhancements. [2.8MB] Northern Softworks's Lights Out 2.0 is a a $8 shareware Energy Saver utility for Mac OS X designed to give users more control over Apple's Energy Saver, offering a secondary idle timer to put your Mac to sleep, hot corners for mouse control, and scheduled shutdown functions after a specified idle time. [1.2MB] FlashMath 1.1 is a quiz program designed to improve student's math skills. It offers separate quizes for each student, report cards to track individual progress, password protection, and lesson-based customization. This update improves FlashMath's "report card" and also corrects a number of minor flaws and offers improved reliability and useability. The $15 shareware flash card program runs on Mac OS 8/9/X. [1.9MB]
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HBO Now has 800,000 subscribers
The CEO of HBO, Richard Plepler has confirmed that the online streaming HBO service, HBO Now, has 800,000 subscribers. When criticized for the seemingly low number, Plepler noted that the still nascent service was bound to Apple exclusivity during the fifth season of Game of Thrones. Plepler declared during the Time Warner quarterly earnings conference call marketing for the online-only offering would be enhanced in 2016. While HBO Now's critics are slamming the low numbers, the service must also compete against itself on cable, in addition to Netflix and other streaming services. http://on.recode.net/1QWoLHe
Unsafe IoT called threat to humanity
US Director of National Intelligence James Clapper told two different Senate committees yesterday that the Internet of Things posed a clear and present danger, and could be weaponized by governments. Before the Senate Armed Services Committee and the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, Clapper declared that insecure IoT "will bring new security vulnerabilities" and "will connect tens of billions of new physical devices that could be exploited" by those wishing to perpetrate violence or eavesdrop on the populace of the world. http://bit.ly/23Xvcky
Apple public betas for iOS 9.3, OS X 10.11.4
Following Monday's release of betas for the iOS and OS X, Apple has unveiled public betas for both operating systems. The iOS 9.3 beta includes all of the previously reported enhancements for education customers, along with Wi-Fi calling for Verizon iPhone owners, and a carrier update for T-Mobile users. The OS X 10.11.4 third beta includes enhancements to Twitter URL opening, Live Photo viewing and sharing, and Evernote note importation into Notes.
Google given NHTSA SDS waivers
In contrast to the California Department of Motor Vehicle's approach, the US National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration (NHTSA) has confirmed that it is declaring the software in autonomous cars is the legal driver of a so-equipped vehicle. In a letter to Google, the NHTSA says that it "will interpret 'driver' in the context of Google's described motor vehicle design as referring to the SDS [self-driving system], and not to any of the vehicle occupants." Other matters, such as legally-required rear-view mirrors for occupied vehicles has yet to be determined. However, regulations specifying the "driver" need no longer be interpreted as meaning a person behind the wheel, as the agency writes that self-driving cars "will not have a 'driver' in the traditional sense that vehicles have had drivers during the last more than one hundred years" http://1.usa.gov/1QrAGtR
Dropshare 4 for Mac now available
Dropshare 4 for Mac has shipped, introducing support for uploading files and screenshots to Amazon S3 API-compliant services, like DreamObjects and OpenStack. The update also introduces a new popup design, an in-app editor for custom landing pages, an improved upload history window, and security improvements when using SSH connections. The paid upgrade costs $25, though it is free for customers who bought the previous version this year and half-price for those who acquired version 3 of the app last year. http://bit.ly/1XixV3q
Google starting phase-out of Flash ads
Search engine and advertising giant Google will shortly no longer accept Adobe Flash-created ads for its AdWords network. Starting June 30, ads in the once-ubiquitous format will no longer be accepted. Additionally, after January 2, 2017, the network will no longer serve Flash-based advertisements, and the network will be completely HTML 5 based. http://bit.ly/1PNx1uc
Sonos now works with Apple Music
Wireless music system manufacturer Sonos has announced that its systems worldwide will gain compatibility for streaming the paid Apple Music subscription service starting today, February 10. "Music fans worldwide will have access to Apple Music features like For You, New, Radio, and My Music, and will also be able to stream the entire Apple Music catalog through Sonos smart speakers tuned for great sound in every room of their homes," the company said in an email to journalists. Apple Music's streaming service costs $10 per month, with a free three-month trial. http://bit.ly/1Wdi2Ko