eScope 1.0 is a personal horoscope monitoring program for Mac OS X 10.2. It features a one-touch button for retrieving horoscope data from the internet, and the added ability to add each day's horoscope directly to iCal or have eScope eMail your daily horoscope automatically. [1.0MB] Morphon XML-Editor 3.0b4 is a validating XML editor that lets you easily create and modify XML documents. It offers improved handling of misplaced text, faster loading times for plugins, and many bug fixes. Pricing for version 2.x of the Java-based application is $150. DCIT announced it will unveil the latest version of its BusinessMind for Jewelers software suite at the JA International Jewelry. Version 3.0 offers improvements in installation and networking. BusinessMind for Jewelers, billed a as a scalable software solution for jewelers for deployment in large multi-location network environments or simple single station systems, is expected to ship in the first week of Febraury. It will be a free update to existing users who have an active support and upgrades subscription. RedleX has released Mellel 1.4.2, a minor update to its advanced word-processor for Mac OS X. The update includes support for import of vector graphics and hi-resolution images (including PDF), support for export.import encodings for Greek, Cyrillic and Central European languages, enhanced default view options, support for Greek and Cyrillic scripts, and more. It is $20. [2.0MB]
Willow Design has announced a new line of slipcases for the Titanium, 12" and 14" iBooks. The new slipcases are based on its previous line, but add more space for accessories: "To meet their needs, we've designed the new line to feature a slightly thicker front pocket for accessories and then added a flat rear pocket which can bellow out to add a couple of inches of space when needed." The slipcases also include an externally accessed keychain clip and a change or small accessory pocket in the lid. Pricing is $80 each. Slipcases for the new 12" and 17" Powerbooks are in production and should be available within the next couple of weeks.
c|net reports on the slew of Keynote problems users experiencing with the recently released presentation application, noting problems on older systems, printing glitches with translucent objects, and much larger-than-expected PDF files when exported. (See also Apple's Support Forums on Keynote.)
Lexmark today introduced its Lexmark X5150 AIO Print Center, an all-in-one (AIO) inkjet-based device. The X150 features high-end print, scan, PC-fax functions, and flatbed copy functions. It offers 4800x1200 dpi printing in black and color (on all paper types); 19 ppm black and 16 ppm color print speeds; up to 11 ppm color copying; 600x2400-dpi optical resolution and 48-bit true color/12-bit grayscale for flatbed scanning; and a software bundle with photo editing software, BVRP Fax Software, and Optical Character Recognition (OCR) software. It is available for $150 and supports Mac OS 9.2.2 and Mac OS 10.1.5.
Synergy Software is now shipping KaleidaGraph 3.6 for Macintosh, which brings Mac OS X support. The suite also adds new parametric tests (ANOVA, Student T-test), new nonparametric tests (Wilcoxon Signed Rank Test, Matched Pairs Test, etc.), and Post Hoc Tests (Tukey HSD, Bonferroni, Holm, and Dunnet). Other improvements include scroll-wheel support,support for high resolution PICT and TIFF files, improved text import, and an improved documentation and help system. Upgrades are $50, while the full version is $160 for a single-user license and $730 for a 5-user license.
A MacNN reader reports receipt of his 12" PowerBook G4: "Just unpacked my cool new 12" Tin G4. My LA dealer got directly from Apple. No Tech-Data, No Ingram yet. Basic unit 256/40G with NO extreme airport card. Not yet avail. Very pretty black box!! Comes with 10.2.3 Build 6H28 and Quickbooks 5 New User Ed CD (not Quicken) Netscape and Explorer installed but no Safari." Meanwhile, MacNN reader John Byrne has posted photos of the new PowerBook. Another reader provided some more info on the new PowerBook: [updated]
MacNN sources have confirmed the iLife delay reported yesterday. Apple resellers report that the digital hub suite has been put on "indefinite hold," and have been told to notify pre-order customers. However, it is still unknown whether iMovie 3 and iPhoto 2 will be released for download via the Internet as previously announced. (Apple's iLife Website still indicates a January 25th ship date, although orders from the Apple store are delayed by 5 days or more with some now indicating "on or before February 5, 2003".) Update: Sources indicate the iLife suite (and the iMovie 3 and iPhoto 2 downloads) will not be available until January 31st. (Apple did not return phone calls confirming the delay or new ship date, but recently updated its iLife Website with "available soon.")
JR Hill & Co has announced its new Screen Protectors for the new 12" and 17" Aluminum PowerBook G4s, which are available in both full grain leather or durable vinyl. The Screen Protector for the new 17" PowerBook G4 retails for $18 (leather) and $10 (vinyl), while the counterparts for the 12" PowerBook are $13 (leather) and $7 (vinyl). The Screen Protectors ship with a Lifetime Warranty and are available now.
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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]
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