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Gimp-Print 4.2.5 is the latest release of the open-source printer drivers for Canon, Epson, Lexmark, and PCL printers,w hich includes 197 drivers supporting over 511 printers. This package requires (but does not include) ESP Ghostscript 7.05.5 for Mac OS X. [GIMP, ESP] ALAP has released InTools for InDesign, a classic "stand-a-lone" plug-in designed to expedite common publishing tasks, as well as simplify others, such as creating customizable starbursts, custom crop and registration marks for both objects and pages, combining multiple objects into single objects to create compound shapes, partial page printing, and interactive nudging/rotation of objects. The $100 plugin is $70 for previous owners. Ugly Dockling 1.1.2 adds support for adding volumes to the menu, automatically opens folders in the Finder, and has increased the number of enabled menu items in demo mode as well as added support for Mac OS X's sleep/wake states. Ugly Dockling desktop clutter by creating a hierarchical menu by either by drag & drop or via the Contextual Menu. [2.3MB] YouHo Me 1.0 is a small application designed to integrate with contact, billing, and accounting applications: "It is design to track time of your job and builds reports that you can staple to your regular invoice as a reference." It is available for $18 ($6 off) for a limited time. [1.4MB]
Aspyr today announced that Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets will ship for the Mac in February, noting that the title is already at Final Candidate status: "Be Harry Potter and unlock the mystery at the heart of the Chamber of Secrets. With dire warnings from strange quarters and dark schemes afoot, Harry's second adventure will be every bit as magical and dangerous as his first. But this time the spells are more potent, the foes are more fearsome, and Harry's friends are more important than ever." The Mac OS 9/X title is available for pre-order for $40 (although the products page says '$30").
PC Magazine's review of iCal (2/5 stars) says "the current product feels more like a beta than a final release. Although it is a big improvement over the crash-prone 1.0 debut version, iCal 1.0.2 has a long way to go before it will steal business from Palm Desktop or other full-featured calendar apps." iTunes receives a 4 out of 5 rating, iSync receives a 3 rating, iTunes receives a 4, and .Mac gets a 2 rating: "The enhanced tools of .Mac are barely worth paying for." Meanwhile, Time Magazine has a first look at Apple's iLife digital hub suite, which is expected to be released on January 31: "Apple has something real to offer by lashing together iMovie and iDVD together in the iLife package."
Automatic Duck today released updates to its FCP and AE plug-ins, including Automatic Composition Import (FCP/AE) and Automatic Sequence Export Pro (FCP). Version 1.14 brings more improvements and fixes, and support for Translation of Transfer Modes, allowing ACI, ACI DV and the ACI FCP Suites (Pro and "regular") to translate composite modes from Avid and FCP into After Effects. Version 1.14 is a free update to users of ACI 1.13, ACI DV 1.13 and all users of the ACI FCP Suite and Pro Suite, while updates are $45 for others. Wingnut Development has updated its web search utility: Seek 2.6 takes "the hassle out of web searches by bringing you directly to the results of your search in your web browser using 1 of 10 search engines with a total of 56 different search types." Version 2.6 adds basic URL hexadecimal encoding support for special characters and fixes several minor bugs. [180KB] Déjà Vu 2.3 is an update to the backup utility for Mac OS X. The preference pane allows you to perform scheduled or manual backups of important folders, or even make a bootable clone of your entire system. It adds notification preferences in the status menu. The $15 shareware has been localized for English, French, German, Italian and Japanese. [944KB] SimpleImage 3.3.5 corrects issues with the latest QuickTime 6.1 release. The shareware application lets you view, organize and display in slide shows all the most popular image and movie formats, like JPEG, GIF, animated GIF, TIFF, PICT, PNG, MPEG, AVI and more in a single, sleek application. [Classic, OSX] PTHVolume 1.5, a maintenance update to the menubar volume controller, fixes a problem with certain machines and 10.2.3 and it also properly handles adding and removing of audio devices. [230KB]
Infoworld reports on a growing number of partners announcing application support for Xserve, Apple's rack-mount server developed for small business and enterprise customers. GreyZone will announced a Sybase partnership to deliver an enterprise-class application for xtranets running on Xserve and Smith Micro Software will announce WebDNA 5.0.
APC has added support for the Xserve (in addition to other desktop Macs) to its power protection and other accessories, including APC's Smart-UPS line of uninterruptible power supplies (UPS) and NetShelter VX rack systems. APC includes PowerChute Personal Edition, which works in conjunction with APC's Smart-UPS products to provide safe system shutdown for an individual Xserve in the event of an extended power outage and PowerChute Network Shutdown, which provides reliable, network-based shutdown of multiple Xserve's in data center environments using a browser-based management to customize command files on each machine. (Not yet available online.)
The National Association of Photoshop Professionals today announced that Adobe Senior VP Bryan Lamkin will be participating in PhotoshopWorld's opening ceremony Wednesday night, February 19: "PhotoshopWorld is a great event and Adobe should have some interesting news to share with these passionate Photoshop pros. We've been working hard to fast-track some new technology to the market and this event gives us a great opportunity to share our progress with our most committed advocates." The PhotoshopWorld Conference & Expo will take place at the Los Angeles Convention Center in Los Angeles, California, February 19-21, 2003. In addition to Adobe, exhibiting companies include Apple, Sony, Nikon, Epson, Wacom, Leaf America, and others.
Adobe After Effects 5.5.1 now supports 2GB of RAM on Macs, improves RAM preview performance on Mac OS X, correctly saves view options resolves problems working with Electric Image and 16-bit Maya IFF, fixes compatibility with Photoshop 7 blend modes, and features other enhancements. it is available for English, French, and German as well as Japanese versions. [3.0MB] Time Clock 2.5 is available in FileMaker Pro versions as well as standalone versions for Mac and PC. The new update offers Daily Overtime support, a setup assistant, improved preferences section, customizable Quit button and other minor interface enhancements. The update is free for current 2.x users, and $25 to purchase new. A multi-user (unlimited) FileMaker version is also available for $100. [186KB] The freeware JeepSafari: Safari will synchronize Safari bookmarks across multiple Macs using any .Mac account. [158KB] ReelSmart Twixtor 2.04 enables you to speed up, slow down or frame rate convert your image sequences. It synthesizes unique new frames by warping and interpolating frames of the original sequence using RE:Vision's proprietary tracking technology. It is now optimized for the G4 chip and adds support for combustion 2.1 and Commotion 3.1. The $330 After Effects plugin is also available as a Pro version ($500) with advanced features. Other versions are available for Apple's Shake and Avid products. Vizspring's Typeset 1.5.3 adds a character preview, a progress dialog, and other fixes to the full-featured font viewing utility designed to view a collection of installed fonts. It is $15 shareware and runs on Mac OS 9 or Mac OS X. [1.1MB]
A MacNN reader notes that the Apple Store Woodfield received stock of 12" SuperDrive PowerBooks: "This surprises me because Apple's Web site today (Jan 26) at 8:40 PM Central Time still lists the 12" SuperDrive PowerBook as BTO-only!" Update:Another reader notes that his recently ordered 17" PowerBook indicates a ship date of "1/30/03 or before" (at the online Apple Store) although virtually all others have a quoted ship date of 7-10 weeks. Meanwhile, Thorstein Veblen notes that Microcenter is having a sale on refurbished eMacs (G4/700MHz/40GB/128MB/CD-RW) for $700 and (new) combo-drive iBooks (G3/700MHz/128MB/20GB), as noted by the company's February advertisement. (It is unclear whether this is specific to the Santa Clara, CA location or a nationwide sale.) The MicroCenter Website also incdicates a 20% off sale on accessories from Belkin, BUSLink, Contour, IOGear, Kensington, and Macally at in-store special events on every weekend in February.
Sorenson Media announced today the immediate availability of its three new video encoding software applications -- Sorenson Squeeze 3 Compression Suite ($450), Sorenson Squeeze 3 for Macromedia Flash MX ($120), and Sorenson Squeeze 3 for MPEG-4 ($200). Sorenson Squeeze is a video compression tool for encoding and delivering high-quality video for CDs or over the Internet. Upgrade pricing is available for current users of most Sorenson Media products.
Apple will kick off its new "School Night at the Apple Store" initiative (noted earlier this month) on Wednesday, January 29th at 6:30 pm in select Apple retail stores. Locations include: CambridgeSide (Cambridge, MA), Lenox Square (Atlanta, GA), Palo Alto (Palo Alto, CA), Pasadena (Pasadena, CA), SoHo (New York, NY), Tysons Corner (McLean, VA), and Woodfield (Schaumburg, IL). Schools can reserve their own School Night at a local Apple retail store beginning February 4.
Studio Boss 3.0 is a billing and job tracking application for Mac OS X that uses the FileMaker Pro data engine to store, sort, and manage design, video, and photography projects, clients, activities, expenses, and invoices. A $40 stand-alone version for Mac OS X is available as well as a Pro version ($75), which can be networked and accessed by multiple users. Upgrades are $35. [SA, Pro] cosmicsoft has updated its $15 shareware reminder tool: starTime 1.5.4 can create powerful, repeating reminders that run shell scripts, launch files, and run macros. [3.9MB] Loud by Design has released Stop-Motion Studio 1.01, which gives users the ability to use your video FireWire camera to create stop-frame films easily and quickly: "Stop-frame movies are shot frame-by-frame, where each image is a little different from the previous one, creating the illusion of animation." The $40 utility can be used to create claymation movies as well. [Classic, OSX] Magister Ludi's YourSQL 1.0 is a free, open-source application for Mac OS X that users create a MySQL database with a few mouse clicks. YourSQL supports activation of some of the more advanced features of MySQL, such as indices and primary keys. [1.7MB] Trailerpark QT 1.1.0's playlist popup menu now automatically excludes disabled items from the listing (also always includes folders for quick navigation). The $13 shareware offers global floating windows, one-click contextual menu access, one-key control, and other display and playlist options. It provides a compact, convenient, border-less environment for reviewing, renaming and reorganizing multiple QuickTime-supported files. [Classic, OSX] HCrescendo Software's Picture Play 1.7 is a "major" update to the $15 shareware image composition tool for OS X. Picture Play lets you combine digital photos, scanned images, or any other graphics to create rich and diverse compositions with editable text content, backgrounds, and effects. Version 1.7 features a new graphics engine, rulers, and improved object editing. [1.1MB] Serial Storage 2.5 helps users organize your serial numbers, passwords, credit cards, and other personal info into different folders. Version 2.5 features BlowFish 448-bit encryption, an improved interface, new print features, and other enhancements. it is a free upgrade to the $10 utility for Mac OS X. [1.4MB] Haxial today released Haxial Calculator 0.902, a beta version of its advanced calculator that can evaluate complex expressions, offering free-form text editing of mathematical expressions. (Pricing not yet set.) It also released an update to its fast and efficient editor for plain text files, adding a sorting feature, new appearance options, and other improvements. Haxial TextEdit 1.2 can edit text files in Mac, DOS/Windows, and Unix formats and includes a Find/Replace and counting functions. [HC, TE]
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TestFlight updated for iOS, watchOS
Apple on Thursday updated its developer-oriented TestFlight software to version 1.3.2 for compatibility with apps being developed for iOS 9.3 watchOS 2.2, along with the usual "stability and performance improvements." Some developers, however, are still reporting some issues loading beta apps onto the watchOS 2.2 beta. The latest beta for developers was released on Monday, and is available through the App Store or Apple's developer portal. [3.60MB] http://apple.co/1PQ64pF
CBS: No recent streaming conversations with Apple
CBS CEO Les Moonves has made remarks, casting doubt on a launch of Apple's live streaming television service. In interviews this week, the executive said regarding negotiations with Apple that "we had conversations awhile back, and we haven't had recent conversations with them," adding that "the phone is always ringing" regarding similar services, but not with Apple on the line. http://cnnmon.ie/1PptJM6
Complex date setting bug crashes 64-bit iOS device
A serious bug has been spotted with iOS devices running iOS 8 or newer, with a 64-bit processor. If a user disables auto-check time, and manually sets the date of a device back to as far as it will go, then again to January 1, 1970, and finally rebooting, the iPhone is crashed, perhaps terminally. The bug affects the iPhone 5s and newer devices, running a processor from the A7 and up. Theories abound as to the cause of the crash, but the most credible seems to be a clock set to less than an arbitrary "zero" date, causing all manners of routines relying on the time setting to fail during startup. http://bit.ly/1TV6psS
Weber buys iDevices' iGrill, Kitchen Thermometer
Cooking gear manufacturer Weber is purchasing iOS accessory manufacturer iDevices iGrill and Kitchen Thermometer lines. As part of the purchase, Weber is working in parallel with iDevices to roll out a new version of the products, and associated apps, this spring. The terms of the deal were not disclosed. CEO of iDevices Chris Allen said that the transition will allow the company to "focus even more heavily on becoming a leader in the home automation market." http://bit.ly/1PFk3uZ
Vevo music video app launched for Apple TV
Vevo today announced its new native tvOS app for the fourth generation Apple TV. The new app allows users Siri Remote navigation for discovery of top videos by genre, or to search for individual artists and videos. Playlists generated on another device sync between all the iterations of the app. http://apple.co/1PFhxEU
HydraDock team unveils USB 3.1 Type C Roadie
KickShark, the team that brought the HydraDock desktop USB-C dock to market, has launched a Kickstarter project for The Roadie -- a USB 3.1 Type C standard-compliant pocket hub for the 12 inch Apple MacBook and other compatible devices. The Roadie occupies the same footprint on a desk as a credit card, with a short USB-C male cable on one end for connecting to a 12 inch MacBook, and a female USB-C port on the other end for plugging in a MacBook power adapter. One side has an RJ45 jack for gigabit Ethernet, and an HDCP-compliant HDMI jack that handles up to 4K displays. KickShark promises shipment of all products within four weeks of campaign completion. The "early bird" offer for the hub is a $69 commitment, with a $79 commitment for a Roadie after 500 backers have pledged. http://kck.st/1o6knw5
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