MacNN reader John Byrne reports that his early 17" Aluminum PowerBook order from the Apple Store shows a ship date of March 21, 2003, despite placing an eraly order: "I ordered my 17" PowerBook the minute you could order (I actually held on the phone for a few minutes while they waited to get the green light)." New orders from the online Apple Store are estimated to ship in 7-10 weeks. In his keynote, Steve Jobs noted that the first 17" PowerBooks would ship in February. Meanwhile, MacNN readers report receiving shipment confirmation of 12" Aluminum PowerBook orders: "We got email confirmation today that our order for the PowerBook G4 12" models have shipped from Taiwan." (The first models were expected to ship within 2 weeks of the January 7th keynote.)
Kevin Gerich has created a Mac OS X port of the experimental version of Phoenix for Mac OS X, a Gecko engine-based browser by Mozilla.org: "Phoenix is a redesign of the Mozilla browser component, similar to Galeon, K-Meleon and Chimera, but written using the XUL user interface language and designed to be cross-platform." [9.8MB]
HELIOS today released HELIOS TCP/IP-based printer driver for Mac OS X for its EtherShare 3.1 file and print server software. The driver is integrated within the Mac OS X Print Center, supporting SLP browsing for selecting printers via the TCP/SLP Chooser list or by IP name/address. It also automates PPD installation from the HELIOS print spooler, offers performance improvements over AppleTalk PAP, and supports remote secure printing. (It is already available for Mac OS 9 as part of EtherShare 3.1.) Omicron Software has updated ToDo X v1.2, a simple, dedicated to-do list application written in native Cocoa for Mac OS X. Version 1.2 delivers a number of user interface refinements and user-requested features, including additional printing options and the ability to choose screen and printer fonts. [159KB] Safari Icon Manager 0.61 can browse your Safari icon cache, and it can edit/empty it. The freeware runs on Mac OS X and can edit icons of web pages with an already existing icon: "I am looking into adding support for setting custom icons for sites that don't have an existing icon, but it is currently impossible for me to implement unless Apple tells me what the numbered folders and filenames inside the main icon cache folder mean." [58KB PhotoPage 1.6a1 is a free application for Mac OS X that enables you to put your collection of images quickly onto the web. It allows you to enter descriptions for each picture, creates the HTML, and also creates thumbnails. Version 1.6 adds the ability to add watermarks (e.g. copyright text) and can optionally choose whether clicking on the scaled image will download the original unmodified image. [1.9MB]
Apple KB roundup: Apple describes how to burn a multi-session CD under Mac OS X 10.2 and how to perform a Mac OS 9 Clean Install with 10.2 restore CDs. Apple also describes resetting the PMU (Power Management Unit) on an iBook and PowerBook; MP3Pro sounds files playback at the encoded resolution on an iPod; and Keynote may stop responding or unexpectedly quit during a slide show presentation or unexpectedly quit on launch if your computer doesn't have enough free disk space. Update: Apple has also provided an iSync workaround for non-admin users to sync data using iSync 1.0, while another details AirPort Extreme compatibility with earlier AirPort and third-Party 802.11b wireless products.
Aspyr today announced a Medal of Honor Allied Assault Spearhead for the Mac: " Players will assume the role of Sgt. Jack Barnes as he endures the final months of World War II, from Operation Overlord to the Battle of the Bulge and culminating with the fall of Berlin." The expansion pack combines nine expansive single-player levels with over 12 new multiplayer maps and includes new locations, new weapons, and new soldiers. It is expected to ship in May 2003 for $30 (and is available for pre-order now).
The Seattle Times reviews Final Cut Pro Express, Apple's trimmed down version of its video editing software. "This is not a consumer product," said Susan Marshall, the Final Cut product-line manager. "It's very robust and includes everything that a small-business owner would need to put video on the Web. And it will help businesses to communicate more effectively and increase their sales through the use of video." The Express package includes a tutorial DVD to walk new users through the basic features, including some 70 keyboard shortcuts.
Apple today announced that more than 1 million copies of its new Safari web browser have been downloaded since the free public beta was posted on Apple's web site on January 7: "Safari is a home run, with over a million downloads in less than two weeks," said Steve Jobs, Apple's CEO. "Mac users have discovered that Safari beta release is already the fastest browser on the Mac and possibly the best browser in the world."
Norbert Doerner's CDFinder 4.01 is a $25 application to catalog your hard disks, CD-ROMs, DVDs, floppies, ZIPs and other external/internal media. Version 4 features a new interface, custom fonts, improved column display, support for anti-alias text, and other features. It runs on Mac OS X 8/9/X, is available in several different languages (as well as a Windows version), and is a free update. [1.1MB] Automated Solutions Group has released MenuPack 3.2, a plug-in for 4th Dimension that provides the ability to create and manage custom menus and popups, including complete hierarchical menu support. Developers can create enhanced menus and popups and provide complete integration with AreaList Pro. Pricing is $40 for a runtime license and $100 for a Developer license. Version 1.0 of Alex King's tasks is a web-based hierarchical task manager/to-do list software. The donation-ware application runs on PHP and MySQL and was developed on Mac OS X for "anyone who is comfortable installing and configuring PHP & MySQL and wants to manage their tasks/projects from a central spot. Also, for someone who wants to view their tasks in an iCalendar enabled calendar." [252KB] The freeware GNUMail.app 1.1pre1 is a complete and fast mail application for GNUstep and Mac OS X. It features a reworked preferences panel, integrates with Mac OS X 10.2's new address book, has auto-completion support when composing new mails under OS X and GNUstep, adds DnD support for attachments, features better OS X integration (using sheets, spell checking, etc), and has better PGP support. [1.1MB] El Gato Software's EyeTV 1.11 updater for its EyeTV digital video recorder restores full-screen playback under QuickTime 6.1, has greater flexibility when resizing a player window while the Editor is open, and fixes crashes when scrubbing the timeline in the Editor. [7.9MB] Kairos 1.01 is a weather graphing and monitoring application for Mac OS X. It records the weather conditions for any location you specify and graphs the data and can monitor the temperature and send out warning emails if it detects the conditions are becoming icy. It offers 28-day histories, records temperature/dew point/pressure/wind speed, English or metric unit display, and email notification. Version 1.01 adds speech and fixes a problem with the preferences performing a location lookup when not needed. [323KB]
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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 €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