Data Recycler 1.0.3 is a maintenance update to the powerful utility for protecting files from accidental deletion. Version 1.0.3 contains an unspecified number of modifications. Pricing of the Mac OS X program begins at $50. [Download - update only, evaluation] 3TAG AB has released ImageOrganizer-X 2.0.1, an update to the $20 Mac OS X thumbnail database software that fixes "issues" that "never showed up during beta cycle." According to the developer, "the idea behind IMOX is [...] not to fill your hard drive with thousands and thousands of duplicates of your images, but to keep track of where your images are stored, even on [...] on remote volumes." [Download - 2.1MB] DC Handy Palette 1.0 is now available for $10 through February 28th, compared to the regular price of $20. DC Handy Palette allows Mac OS 9/X users to keep track of their daily changes to files. "Web page designers are using this program to keep track of daily changes to Web sites," notes the developer. It includes support for Macintosh Client Server Mounting through TCP/IP, SAMBA, and AppleTalk. [Download - 1.9MB] Apple has released File Name Encoding Repair Utility, which will fix incorrect file name conversion done by Classic versions of the Mac OS. [Download - 54KB] Cocoa eFax 1.1 adds a better manual, improved Mac OS X 10.2.4 support, a SPAM blocker, and the ability to email a received fax to specified address -- or to multiple addresses -- to the $10 fax solution. The next release will deliver overhauled printing functionality, the ability to receive faxes as PDFs, and fax queuing. [Download - OS X 10.2, OS X 10.1] IOXperts has released version 1.0.2 of its USB WebCam Driver for Mac OS X. The driver supports more than 35 USB Web cameras, including many popular models from Logitech and Philips. Newly supported cameras in this release are: AME-CU320, Philips ToUcam XS (PCVC720K/40 only), and VideoLogic HomeC@m. Registering the driver for full functionality costs $20. [Download - 539KB] Intelli Innovations has released Barcode Producer 1.8, which adds support for POSTNET barcodes, improved support for ISSN barcodes and a new 'IntelliScanner Test Box' feature to the $100 barcode creation software. Other changes include a number of customer-requested 'tweaks,' and a few minor bug fixes. [Download - 1.2MB]
Mac OS X 10.2.4 users continue to report problems with Mac OS X 10.2.4, and possible solutions. We've posted reports from two users regarding the keyboard menu, and "corporate.local" DNS Name compatibility.
Belkin today introduced its new lineup of accessories for the iPod. The TuneCast Mobile FM Transmitter (F8V367-APL $30), the iPod Case (F8E520-APL, $20), and the iPod Leather Organizer (F8E522-APL, $30, The TuneCast Mobile FM Transmitter connects an iPod wirelessly to their home or car stereo, allowing users too choose from four different FM frequencies. The Belkin iPod Case allows the user's iPod mobile digital device to be completely visible and functional via PVC cover (that provides access to buttons) and also clips securely onto the user's belt or waistband using a sturdy swivel case. The Belkin iPod Leather Organizer also holds personal essentials like business and credit cards in four convenient slots and also includes a handy mesh pocket for earphones as well as a billfold to hold money and receipts.
MYOB US, Inc. is giving a $100 refund to QuickBooks users who purchase MYOB AccountEdge v3 between February 26, 2003 and March 31, 2003: "QuickBooks users who find themselves twitching in frustration at their inability to switch from QuickBooks for Windows to Mac can find a cure in MYOB AccountEdge version 3... Most QuickBooks company files can be converted to MYOB AccountEdge v3 in five easy steps!"
Blue World is shipping its Lasso Studio 6 for Macromedia Dreamweaver MX, which allows non-programmers to quickly build data-driven Web sites using an intuitive set of tools and wizards. Designed for entry-level Web designers to intermediate Web developers, Lasso Studio provides wizards and tools which dramatically ease the process of building data-driven Web sites. It includes new live data preview, a Snapshot editor, the ability to show/hide the database schema, a redesigned interface, better performance, a new floating tool panel, and a feature-complete single-user version of Lasso Professional 6. It is available for $300 with upgrades starting at $200.
Blue World's Lasso Professional 6.0.3 Update fixes several bugs and adds a few new features to the company's web server and application development environment. The LassoTags module in the LassoModules folder has been incorporated into the LassoService application to fix a memory leak and modifications to the httpd.conf file are now done via an included file in the /etc/httpd/users folder to prevent the Mac OS X installer from overwriting changes to the httpd.conf file. [31MB] UniHelp 1.4.2 adds REALbasic 5 support and packages a new (free) lite version. The $50 royalty-free REALbasic class offers developers the ability to instantly add a cross-platform help system to any REALbasic project. It includes a built-in Search Engine and supports HTML pages, URL Links, relative Links, images, multimedia, back/forward history navigation, and printing. [4.7MB] Profound Effects has released Reveal, a plug-in for Adobe After Effects 5.5 that makes working with large projects easier. The search tool helps locate specific components such as specific solids, cameras, and lights in After Effects projects. It is "charity-ware". Reveal joins Profound's family of plug-ins for Adobe After Effects including Useful Things, a flexible, time-saving, cost-cutting, and radically expandable new technology. [form] Concept House has released Fluid 2.01, a real-time fluid-dynamics model and rendering engine for Mac OS X that uses OpenGL to create the effect of flowing liquid on your screen. The "donation-ware" features multi-processor support, AltiVec-enhanced modes, and user-configurable color themes and rendering styles. (SaverLab can be used to capture Fluid's renders using standard screen-capture programs. ) [2.4MB]
Apple has posted AirPort Extreme Firmware Update 5.03 for its new 802.11g base stations: "This firmware update fixes an issue where an AirPort Extreme network appears to be unavailable as displayed by the AirPort Menu Extra or the Internet Connection application. This behavior may result from excessive 2.4 GHz radio interference which causes the wireless network to disappear. The update allows the base station to more gracefully recover when exposed to sources of interference. For additional information on reducing the effects of interference, see the Apple Knowledge Base document 'AirPort: Potential Sources of Interference.' The AirPort Extreme Base Station will no longer spontaneously restart itself. There is now no known limit to the number of FTP connections that can be initiated through the base station."
USB Overdrive 1.4 is an update to the universal mouse and joystick driver for Mac OS 9.x and for the Classic environment under Mac OS X 10.2. Version 1.4 enables mouse wheel scrolling in Classic applications (works with USB Overdrive X). New features also include a "Use Global Settings" command, support for the Logitech MX500 and MX700 8-button mice, support for the Microsoft Sidewinder Strategic Commander, support for GyroPoint devices, and more. [304KB] Whizzo Consulting's Download Wizard 1.0rc1 is a replacement for your browser's built-in download manager. The Cocoa application offers dock menus, service availability, dock icon status, and localization in different langauages. The freeware version of Download Wizard will never expire; however, registration ($17) unlocks some of the more advanced features. [306KB] Freeverse today announced version 3.3 of GameSmith, its Mac OS X native game matching service that features private accounts, server-side rankings, and an integrated mySQL database that powers live web-based stats. The new features include LAN play (Zero-Config), chat coloring, more powerful preference settings, AFK feature, many community-demanded features and numerous bug fixes. GameSmith hosts all of Freeverse's online play as well as other compatible third-party games. [228KB] Publicspace.net has released version 3.0 of A Better Finder Select, the first version of its Finder file filtering utility for Mac OS X. The $10 shareware is a contextual menu plugin that allows power users to filter file selections based on a range of criteria. It offers partial file name, Unix-style wildcard matches, and regular expression matching. [1.5MB] The shareware ftp client, CaptainFTP 2.2, offers segment downloading, a copy manager, multithreaded operation, Rendezvous support, and other advanced features. Version 2.2 adds synchronization, resumeable downloads, improved offline browsing, better server connectivity, a new 'GO' menu, and file-based logging for FTP traces. Upgrades from pre-2.0 versions are $15 through the end of the month. The update is free to registered users of v2.0 ($25). [2.0MB]
Monaco Systems has released updated versions of its professional ICC profiling products and has expanded its family of profiling solutions with the introduction of MonacoPROFILER Gold.
Open Text Corporation's FirstClass division has introduced FirstClass 7.1, the latest version of its cross-platform messaging and communications software package. The new version includes new spam management capabilities, security enhancements, PDA support, and a better Voice UI. FirstClass 7.1 also delivers support for Mac OS X platform with both a FirstClass Client and FirstClass Server. Other new features include an improved Webmail interface, an enhanced browser, and a new FirstClass Lotus Notes/Domino Connector for better connectivity between FirstClass servers and Notes/Domino servers.
Cocktail 1.0b5 is an update to the 'donation-ware' application, which simplifies the use of of advanced UNIX functions and gives access to hidden Mac OS X settings. The update adds a new 'Cache' tab, gigabit eithernet support, a new "Use the Desktop" option in Finder settings, and various bug fixes. [Download - 762KB] CrushFTP 3.0b31 fixes a GUI freeze bug, a number of directory-related bugs, and adds a firewall/rotuer testing feature to the $25 professional FTP server software. It offers multihoming, virtual servers, users/groups, ratios, quotas, bandwidth limiters, remote admin, virtual serving, redundancy, load balancing, virtual directories, and other advanced features. [Download - Classic, OS X] Memory Usage Getter 2.2 displays "the memory and CPU usage of each individual process (not simply the total memory usage), as well as displaying them visually so that you can see at a glance the relative usage of processes to one another. Version 2.2 adds the ability to kill processes (any process with admin privs) and a new toolbar with a search box as well as French and Spanish localizations. The $5 shareware is for Mac OS X only. [431KB] Taco HTML Edit 1.2 is a full-featured HTML editor featuring a new tag coloring scheme, batch Find options for searching multiple documents, a new tag organizer for cleaning up HTML, the ability to do text line wrapping by words or characters, and improved Unicode handling as well as other features such as code clips for tracking frequently used HTML code, a customizable toolbar, HTML wizards, document templates, and HTML syntax error detection. The freeware runs on Mac OS X. [509KB] Ranchero Software's Huevos 1.1 is an open-source Cocoa application (for Mac OS X only) that makes it easy to search many different search engines. It comes with 15 search engines built in and offers the ability to can add more. It adds support for hotkey activation, keyboard navigation, and other features. [92KB] Trinfinity Software's freeware QuicKalendar 1.1 offers quick and easy access to a resizable calendar. It can now display multiple calendar windows and functions organize and access open windows. [Classic, OSX]
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Cirrus creates Lightning-headphone dev kit
Apple supplier Cirrus Logic has introduced a MFi-compliant new development kit for companies interested in using Cirrus' chips to create Lightning-based headphones, which -- regardless of whether rumors about Apple dropping the analog headphone jack in its iPhone this fall -- can offer advantages to music-loving iOS device users. The kit mentions some of the advantages of an all-digital headset or headphone connector, including higher-bitrate support, a more customizable experience, and support for power and data transfer into headphone hardware. Several companies already make Lightning headphones, and Apple has supported the concept since June 2014. http://bit.ly/29giiZj
Apple Store app offers Procreate Pocket
The Apple Store app for iPhone, which periodically rewards users with free app gifts, is now offering the iPhone "Pocket" version of drawing app Procreate for those who have the free Apple Store app until July 28. Users who have redeemed the offer by navigating to the "Stores" tab of the app and swiping past the "iPhone Upgrade Program" banner to the "Procreate" banner have noted that only the limited Pocket (iPhone) version of the app is available free, even if the Apple Store app is installed and the offer redeemed on an iPad. The Pocket version currently sells for $3 on the iOS App Store. [32.4MB]
Porsche adds CarPlay to 2017 Panamera
Porsche has added a fifth model of vehicle to its CarPlay-supported lineup, announcing that the 2017 Panamera -- which will arrive in the US in January -- will include Apple's infotainment technology, and be seen on a giant 12.3-inch touchscreen as part of an all-new Porsche Communication Management system. The luxury sedan starts at $99,900 for the 4S model, and scales up to the Panamera Turbo, which sells for $146,900. Other vehicles that currently support CarPlay include the 2016 911 and the 2017 models of Macan, 718 Boxster, and 718 Cayman. The company did not mention support for Google's corresponding Android Auto in its announcement. http://bit.ly/295ZQ94
Apple employees testing wheelchair features
New features included in the forthcoming watchOS 3 are being tested by Apple retail store employees, including a new activity-tracking feature that has been designed with wheelchair users in mind. The move is slightly unusual in that, while retail employees have previously been used to test pre-release versions of OS X and iOS, this marks the first time they've been included in the otherwise developer-only watchOS betas. The company is said to have gone to great lengths to modify the activity tracker for wheelchair users, including changing the "time to stand" notification to "time to roll" and including two wheelchair-centric workout apps. http://bit.ly/2955JDa
SanDisk reveals two 256GB microSDXC cards
SanDisk has introduced two 256GB microSDXC cards. Arriving in August for $150, the Ultra microSDXC UHS-I Premium Edition card offers transfer speeds of up to 95MB/s for reading data. The Extreme microSDXC UHS-I card can read at a fast 100MB/s and write at up to 90MB/s, and will be shipping sometime in the fourth quarter for $200. http://bit.ly/294Q1If
Apple's third-quarter results due July 26
Apple has advised it will be issuing its third-quarter results on July 26, with a conference call to answer investor and analyst queries about the earnings set to take place later that day. The stream of the call will go live at 2pm PT (5pm ET) via Apple's investor site, with the results themselves expected to be released roughly 30 minutes before the call commences. Apple's guidance for the quarter put revenue at between $41 billion and $43 billion. http://apple.co/1oi1Pbm
Twitter stickers slowly roll out to users
Twitter has introduced "stickers," allowing users to add extra graphical elements to their photos before uploading them to the micro-blogging service. A library of hundreds of accessories, props, and emoji will be available to use as stickers, which can be resized, rotated, and placed anywhere on the photograph. Images with stickers will also become searchable with viewers able to select a sticker to see how others use the same graphic in their own posts. Twitter advises stickers will be rolling out to users over the next few weeks, and will work on both the mobile apps and through the browser. http://bit.ly/29bbwUE