Sophisticated Circuits has released version 4.1.3 of the software for its PowerKey Pro 650 programmable power strip. This free update adds some minor features and bug fixes, including: the ability to restart the computer using telephone tones (Admin version); the ability to control-click or right-click on events to edit or delete; Hot keys now run regardless of the caps-lock key. [Download - Classic, Mac OS X] X-Words Deluxe 2.2 is an update to Freeverse's $20 crossword game for the Mac. Details of the update were not available at the time of publication. [Download - 3.3MB] PhaseOne today released its Capture One DSLR for Canon software for the Mac. Capture One DSLR is a popular Raw file conversion and workflow management solution for high-end DSLR cameras. [Download - Download form] Charla 2.0, a complete rewrite of the open-source client for Yahoo! Messenger, is now available. It can be used as a replacement for Yahoo!'s own Messenger client. It supports fades, chat, multiple simultaneous logins, SPAM filtering, scripts, customizable colors, PM history, and many other features not available in the standard Macintosh version of Yahoo! Messenger. Version 2.0 includes support for chat, a buddy list, viewing webcams, scripting, and simultaneous logins. [Download - 1.2MB] Nimbus 2.0 is a significant update to the GUI controller for Canto's Cumulus Server 5.5 software. "Nimbus is especially useful to those who don't like fiddling around with Cumulus 5.5 in its default command-line form," explains the developer. Nimbus is $25 shareware; it is compatible with Mac OS X. [Download - 507KB]
Jumsoft has released its Keynote Themes Package which includes five high-resolution themes for Apple's new Keynote presentation software. "Developer", "Photo Artist", "Wood", "Simple" and "Valentine" themes are available in 800x600 and 1024x768 sizes for $10.
A number of iBook owners describe an unusual battery anomaly that occurs after the installation of Mac OS X 10.2.4. The Apple technical support discussion forums are "ablaze" with complaints from users who suddenly have a battery life of less than a few minutes, according to one MacNN reader. (See: iBook battery support section)
Apple resellers are beginning to receive PowerMac G4 dual-1.42GHz shipments. Mac Resource reports receiving orders on Saturday, following quick overnight shipping from Apple.
Formac Electronic yesterday announced price drops for its Gallery LCD line. Formac’s Gallery 1740, a 17.4” TFT is now priced at $700 for the ADC or VGA version, and $740 for the DVI model. The 20.1” Formac Gallery 2010 is now priced at $1,400, and comes with both ADC and DVI connections, making it ideal for dual-monitor environments. All Formac displays come with a 3 year warranty, allowing a maximum of 2 dead pixels per Display.
MacMice has announced its MacMice Optical Mouse designed for "users who like the design of Apple's Pro Mouse, but who want to enjoy 2-button and scrollwheel functions. The high-resolution mouse has a scroll-wheel and a clever 1-piece clear acrylic outer housing that tilts left or right to provide true 2-button functionality in a stylish 'buttonless' design." It also includes a USB-powered blue LED under the scroll wheel and is available in black, silver, or white inner colors for $40. One reader notes that "these mice have been out well over 2 years under another company."
Lava Software is now shipping PC-Mac SecureJournal, a product containing a highly-secure document editor and password-protected diary/journal. It safeguards private notes, commercial information, academic papers, daily journal entries, etc. A limited demo of the $25 application is available. [Classic, OSX] Karelia Software today released Watson 1.6.2, a free upgrade to its $30 desktop interface for Mac OS X to popular Web content and services. This minor update adds support for weather locations in Kansas/Missouri and New York/Pennsylvania areas, integrated support for QuickTime player, DHL carrier support, and an updated developer kit (folding some formerly tool-specific functionality into the frameworks available to third-party developers). [Site unavailable] IGG Software has released iWork 1.2.2, a minor update its $20 intuitive time-billing and invoicing application. Changes in version 1.2.2 include: better batch processing for editing/entering job event info, resolution of minor bugs and an improved German localized version. [1.4MB] MP3 Sushi 1.2 is an update to the Rendezvous-enabled Internet broadcast utility (offered as "donation-ware") : "MP3 Sushi Server allows you to turn your Mac into a Jukebox or a Radio broadcast station in a few clicks. It's a cool way to share and stream and share your music among a local network or the Internet." [1.3MB] Kanex Group has released Align Icons 2.0, a free Mac OS 9 Contextual Menu plug-in that allows you to align icons in any way you want, which can be used for professional disk mastering or for maintaining a clutter-free desktop. [7KB] iLink 1.0 is a bookmark manager designed specifically for use with multiple browsers. It features a floating palette for storing bookmarks or launching any typed or dragged URL with any browser. The $20 software supports Safari, Internet Explorer, Chimera, Mozilla, Netscape, Omnieb, Opera, and iCab under Mac OS X (as well as other browsers under Mac OS 9). [1.8MB]
Core Mac OS X and Unix Programming classes have returned to the Big Nerd Ranch technology training school. "Core Mac OS X Programming will allow programmers to harness the power of Mac OS X's Unix foundation." After a successful Core Class in November 2002, the Big Nerd Ranch has edited and improved the instruction materials. This class is the only Core offering currently scheduled for 2003. Class price of $3500 includes lodging, all meals, original instruction materials, 24-hour lab access, and transportation to and from the Atlanta airport (ATL).
Prosoft Engineering today announced an upgrade to its popular data recovery utility, Data Rescue. Data Rescue X v10.2 and Data Rescue Classic v4.2 adds new, enhanced algorithms used in the scanning process to significantly improve data recovery performance. It also adds resizable windows (which include file size information) and improved search along with a new user interface that integrates with Prosoft's Data Safety System family of products. Data Rescue X now ships on a bootable Mac OS X 10.2.3 CD and Data Rescue Classic ships on a bootable Mac OS 9.2.2 CD. The $90 application is available is available in a Mac OS 9/X bundle for $140. A demo is available. (No upgrade info available.)
Magma today announced the availability of the latest addition to its line of PCI Expansion products -- the 64-bit 2-Slot CardBus-to-PCI Expansion System. Magma's line of portable CardBus-to-PCI Expansion Systems enable the use of standard PCI cards with PC Laptop or Apple PowerBook computers, all of which do not have built-in PCI slots. MAGMA's new 64-bit 2 slot Expansion System accommodates 2 full-length 64-bit PCI cards, two internal disk drives, and includes a 1-meter expansion cable and CardBus PC Card. Pricing ranges from $1100 to $1450 for the 64-bit 2-slot model.
Microsoft's Macintosh software unit recently revealed details of the upcoming MSN client software for Mac OS X. The software -- which integrates Internet browsing, instant messaging, and other 'net services -- enables OS X users to connect to the MSN service provider. The software, which is "coming soon" will "make the Web as useful as your Mac."
Aspyr today announced it would publish the next-generation version of the Midway's 1980s action-racing game SpyHunter. The game is expected to ship simultaneously for both platforms in April: "A remake of the arcade classic, SpyHunter boasts ultra-realistic 3D graphics, real-world locales and the only vehicle capable of morphing into a boat, jet ski or motorcycle." It will run both Mac OS 9/X and is available for pre-order for $30.
DiamondSoft today announced Font Reserve Server 1.6, which brings new client software for Mac OS X and adds system-wide automatic font activation (both application- and document-based activation) and and allows administrators to activate fonts on client systems. The update to the client/server font management application also adds the ability to set user permissions to specify how each user's system fonts are handled, allows administrators to specify font sets that automatically and permanently activate when users connect, and supports OpenType, Windows TrueType and Apple dfont formats in addition to all the standard Macintosh font formats. Pricing and upgrade information is not available.
The LA Times reports on a new music service to be offered by Apple to Mac users: "The new service would only be available to users of Apple's Macintosh line computers and iPod portable music players, who have been largely overlooked by the legitimate online music services. Although no licensing deals have been announced, sources close to the situation say at least four of the five major record companies have committed their music. The service could be launched as early as next month."
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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 â‚¬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