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Em Software today released InFlow, an InDesign plugin for the Macintosh. InFlow eliminates the cumbersome process of adding pages and linking text frames when text is added to a main text flow, according to Em. Available as a bundled product with Em Software’s InCatalog and InData products for over a year, InFlow is now available as a standalone product. Without InFlow, text added to an InDesign document’s main text flow will make text overset. The user would need to add a new page to the document and link the overset box to a new text box on the new page, each time the last page was overset. [Download - 251KB] MacAT 6.5 adds enhanced Mac OS X ('Carbon') support to the "cron" task scheduling application for Mac server administrators. It allows more than 42 of the most common Mac OS tasks to be run daily, weekly, fortnightly, monthly or yearly without user intervention. It is priced at $50. [Download - 3.3MB] LaunchBar 3.2.10 is a maintenance update to the $40 Mac OS X utillity for launching applications, Web sites, and doucments. LaunchBar now fully supports the Mac OS X Address Book. The default configuration has been extended by a corresponding entry. Additionally, the Help files have been significantly expanded. [Download - 252KB] DBF2LDIF 1.2 ($7) for Mac OS 9/X enables you to import your addresses from other programs into Jaguar Address Book. Version 1.2 adds Outlook Express support and tab delimited file support. [Download - Classic, OS X] Address Book Reports 1.5 enables Apple's Address Book users to print data from the application. Data can be output in the following formats: card style, phonebook, envelopes, and mailing labels. Changes found in the latest version were not specified by the developer. [Download - 7.8MB]
Apple is holding a special seminar at NAB 2003 to outline its strategic direction for digital video production technologies. The exclusive event will feature presentations by Apple executives, including John Brandon (VP of the Americas and Asia Pacific), Tim Cook (Executive VP, Worldwide Sales and Operations) and Phil Schiller (Senior VP, Worldwide Product Marketing). The limited-seating, invitation-only event takes place on April 6th from 3 pm to 5 pm in Mandalay Bay Convention Center South, Las Vegas and will be followed by a receptions. The meeting follows reports of special press briefing to select journalists that will take place during the NAB 2003 conference.
Eovia is now shipping Amapi Designer 7, a completely re-written version of the creative NURBS and polygon modeler for 3D artists, designers and architects. The English/International version of Amapi Designer 7 is available now for both the Mac OS 9 and OS X. It offers a complete palette of high-end 3D tools for the conception, modeling and assembly of complex 3D objects and scenes. Version 7 now offers realtime 3D display engines with optimized support for OpenGL, a fully customizable new interface, direct import from/Export Path to Carrara Studio 2, and unlimited Dynamic Geometry as well as Dynamic Symmetry Modeling. The English/International versions are available for $500; upgrades are $150 for a limited time.
Apple has released AirPort 3.0 for Mac OS X. It supports both AirPort Extreme and AirPort products. Further details of the update were not provided.
Apple's SEC filing today revealed that the company awarded more than 200 of its top workers a bonus, despite the fact that the company fell short of targets it had established for such payments, according to c|net: "In a filing with the SEC on Monday, Apple said last year it awarded employees in its incentive bonus program a "special recognition bonus" amounting to between 3 percent and 5 percent of their base salary, despite the fact that the company failed to reach its stated objectives. The bonus plan applied to 230 executives at the director level or higher, but excluded the company's senior executive officers such as CEO Steve Jobs and his top deputies." The article also notes that Jobs again earned a salary of $1 in 2002 with $2.2M in bonuses related to the jet that Apple purchased for him several years ago. Other executives, including Timothy Cook (VP Sales and Operations, $564K) and Avi Tevanian (VP Software Engineering, $492K) saw their pay increase slightly, while others such as CFO Fred Anderson ($655K) and Jon Rubinstein ($453K) saw their salaries decrease slightly.
Ravanex RC1 --the initial public release of the new file sharing suite for Mac OS X -- is now available. Ravanex Suite, which was announced in late 2002, consists of client and server applications, as well as 'Netlister,' and 'Iconcompiler.' Features that set it apart from other popular file-sharing suites like Hotline, the developer says, include compression-on-the-fly feature that allows for vastly reduced file transfer times; real-time multilingual instant message translation feature that allows people who speak different languages to communicate; and strong Blowfish 448 bit encryption for security. Registration is $20.
Malia Software's MP3 Sushi 1.4 allows you to turn your Mac into a Jukebox or a Radio broadcast station in a few clicks. It also uses Rendezvous technology (aka ZeroConf) to locate Jukebox and Radio servers on your local network. The "donationware" application has a redesigned interface, several new localized versions, and is now compatible with VBR MP3 files. [Download - 2.3MB] Scott Kevill's multiplayer online gaming service, GameRanger 3.3, adds Buddy list groups and the ability to hide offline buddies as well as offers better support for some Unreal-engine games. The free application allows gamers to locate and play against opponents on the Internet as well as offers some premium/subscription features. [Download - 183KB] Manfred Shubert's PDF Browser Plugin 1.1 allows Web browsers to display and print PDF documents. This allows you to preview PDF documents before downloading them to disk, and enables your web browser to display embedded PDF. In cases where the Save and Print commands are not available from the browser menu (for embedded PDF for example) the plugin's menu button can be used. [Download - 194KB] MSN Messenger 3.5 is a significant update to Microsoft's instant messaging utility for Mac OS X. The updated boasts a number of new features, including: message archiving (history), quick name changing (via simple interface element), and better contact management with categories. [Download - 3.4MB] BitJazz has released SheerVideo 0.95, a faster-than-real-time, perfect-fidelity QuickTime video codec that claims to double disk capacity, double disk speed, and double transmission speed with its lossless compression algorithm. The preview runs on Mac OS 9/X. [Download - Classic, OSX] OptimiData now offers a low-cost, full-featured software toolkit for JPEG2000 developers. OptimiData's JPEG2000 solution is an implementation of the new JPEG2000 standard for image compression, which provides much better image quality at higher compression ratios than the existing JPEG standard. It is available for commercial (500 Euro) and non-commercial (50 Euro) applications. JMP 188.8.131.52 is a maintenance update to the software for dynamically linking statistics with graphics to "interactively explore, understand, and visualize data." This release adds a Parametric Survival feature, Univariate Survival support, and improved Fit Model. [Serial number required to download]
LaCie unveiled Ethernet Disk, a low cost file sharing product for creative professionals. It boasts capacity up to 500GB, and offers Mac OS X and Windows network connectivity via an "XP Embedded operating system." It can be monitored via any Web browser. In addition to Ethernet connectivity, it offers USB and FireWire. Availability is expected to begin in April. [Site not updated]
TECSoft today introduced its new "Learning AppleScript Studio" hands-on training class. TECSoft's new class is the first AppleScript Studio hands-on training available to the general public, according to the company. The program teaches AppleScript Studio fundamentals and how to create Mac OS X 'Cocoa' applications with AppleScript. The first class will be delivered in New York City, June 10-12, 2003.
Apple today released its Security Update 2002-03-24; it addresses a Samba vulnerability which could allow unauthorized remote access to the host system. (The built-in Windows file sharing is based on the open source technology called Samba and is off by default in Mac OS X.) OpenSSL is also updated to address an issue in which RSA private keys can be compromised when communicating over LANs, Internet2/Abilene, and interprocess communication on local machine.
Roxio has released Toast Titanium 5.2.1, an update to its CD authoring software. It brings an added CDDB2 submit feature, improved online help formatting, improved compatibility of VideoCD export with iMovie 3, improved 4x recording performance with Pioneer DVD-R, better AppleScript compatibility with iView, Panic, CD SpinDoctor to Toast. [21.5MB] Groundlevel Software's Drumbeat 1.6.5 is an update to its file sharing software. It brings improved performance, a new Find Files by User and/or Network, and a reset demo period. The company claims that it has more than 800,000 users, 450 Million files, and up to 12 Petabytes of data. The $35 application has a built-in Player/Movie Preview and other advanced features. [3.8MB] softoBe's FoldersSynchronizer X 3.2 is an update to the popular folder synchronization utility. It now creates bootable Mac OS X backups and support for creating/saving/opening "Session Files", individual session settings, multiple tasks per session, and multiple, custom session settings. Other new features include support for Aliases and SYM links, email notification on errors, drag & drop support, background operation, and other advanced features. The $40 shareware only runs on Mac OS X. [608KB] ProjectHQ 1.0 is a $12 shareware for managing project resources (folders full of project documents, resource creation and editing applications, individual documents, etc.): "Due to its inherent flexibility, ProjectHQ is perfectly suited to a wide variety of projects in which you might need to deal with numerous resources (folders full of documents, multimedia files, resource creation and editing applications, internet resource sites, online encyclopedia information, etc.)." [1.6MB]
Apple has terminated its Safari seed pogram, which gave some developers access to the latest test versions of its Safari browser, after some testers apparently leaked several prereleases to the public, according to c|net: "The decision followed the appearance on the Internet of a new prerelease known as Safari version 67."
Abbi Vakil writes about Apple's recent measures to reduce the Company's issued stock options (as part of its enhanced Corporate Governance announced last week): "If I read the details right, it looks like Apple GAVE Steve Jobs (the word used is granted) 5M shares and took back options that were priced higher, i.e., already underwater. That means that even if AAPL shares decline, Steve Jobs still makes out, whereas under the old plan his old shares would have gone even further underwater."
Web Crossing today shipped Web Crossing 5.0, with a new customization and extensibility architecture that features appearance themes, page component options, server plugins, Web publishing, built-in ftp services, improved mail functions, better search, HTML compression, and a new WebFiles system for mirroring files from a browser. Web Crossing v5.0 upgrades are available today on a traffic-based sliding scale starting at $120, while full versions start at $300 (or $65/month for a server-hosted solution). Web Crossing also released Web Crossing Express, a free integrated Web Crossing Web/Mail/FTP server solution that runs on Windows, Macintosh, Linux, FreeBSD, Solaris and other Unix operating systems providing Web, FTP and Email (POP/SMTP/IMAP) servers in Web Crossing's integrated environment. It has "all the robust user access controls available in Web Crossing, plus the ability to wrap HTML pages in Themes" as well as remote administration.
Stupendous Software has introduced a new iMovie plugin: Ascii & Art contains 16 effects--including 3 free effects--for applying a number of artistic and abstract effects to movie clips. These effects include several variations inspired by the ASCII (text character) posters of the 70s. This brings the total number of iMovie effects available from Stupendous Software to 276, including 46 free effects. It requires iMovie 2.1.1. or later and will run either Mac OS 9 or Mac OS X. Each plugin pack is $25. [79KB] ergonis software today released PopChar X 2.1, the Mac OS X sibling of the PopChar Pro system utility that provides quick access to all characters of each installed font via a popup menu (in the menubar). The update adds a French localization and incorporates several improvements. A demo of the $30 utility is available online. [1.5MB] Totwise Software has released version 1.2 of its flagship product, Totwise, the youth program management software. The application for Mac OS 9/X is designed primarily for preschools and day care centers as well as youth sports leagues, scouting programs, summer camps, or any program that needs to track kids and their enrollments in various programs. It now includes weekly billing, a new reports module, tracking of allergies and dietary restrictions, and additional administrative security options. It is free for up to 100 kids. [12MB] skHTML 3.2.1 is an update to the Web development application by Sean Kelly. The $20 application adds performance improvements, better syntax highlighting, line number, search and menu interface improvements, bug fixes, improved documentation, and other bug fixes. [777KB]
Apple will be offering an online seminar on Internet Streaming and Broadcasting Webcast. The 90-minute Webast will be hosted by Director of QuickTime product marketing, Frank Casanova and will demonstrate movie trailer compression, video-on-demand streaming, production of large-scale Webcasts, and other information on MPEG-4. It requires QuickTime 6. The online seminar takes place on March 27th at 2 pm.
NEC-Mitsubishi Electronics today announced its professional-level 19-inch NEC MultiSync LCD1980SX monitor. Extending the NEC MultiSync LCD 80 Series, this new model offers a native resolution of 1280 x 1024 @ 60Hz, XtraView wide-angle viewing technology (horizontal and vertical viewing angles up to 170-degrees), a height-adjustable stand, pivot functions, and a 25 ms response time. It features a DVI-I connector for digital or analog input, a DVI-D connector for digital-only input, and a traditional 15-pin VGA connector for legacy analog-only connections. It is due later this month for $1,000 in white with brushed aluminum and black cabinet options. It is backed by a three-year limited warranty.
Script Software's iClock 1.1 adds floating international clocks to the $20 shareware replacement for the Mac OS X menubar clock. Other features include a time zone calculator, system menu view of multiple city times, Mac OS X Address Book integration, custom alarms, a floating calendar, a screen saver module, and stopwatch functions. [1.1MB] Easy Barcode Creator 1.1 is an update to the vector barcode generation application, offering a new slider to change the height/truncation of the barcode as well as a new numeric indicator. The $128 software also has other bug fixes and improvements and is now available on CD-ROM for an extra charge of $16. It works on Mac OS 9/X. [1.0MB] 24U Hex OSAX 1.0.1 is a developer utility for converting text and integer numbers to hexadecimal notation. The "donationware" Scripting Addition allows you to encode text and integer numbers into a hexadecimal notation as well as the ability to write simple scripts for generation of hexadecimal data. [22KB] Allgood Solitaire 3.1 is a solitaire package that now offers more keyboard shortcuts, enhanced statistics, a game button panel, and other improvements. Allgood Solitaire offers 65 different variations of Solitaire, from the well known Klondike, Pyramid, and Canfield, to the more eclectic Will O Wisp, and Monte Carlo. All games support undo/redo, pile peeking, statistics, and much more. The $15 shareware runs on Mac OS 8/9/X. [Classic, OSX] Luma Code's Mac Minder 1.2 is a $20 shareware program for parents, teachers, and sysadmins that helps track and regulate usage of programs in Mac OS X. It includes a new set-up assitant, calendar-based scheduling, more tamper-proof security options, and a few bug fixes. [886KB] SyBrowser 5.1 is a set of applications for Mac OS 8/9/X that can browse Sybase, Oracle, PostgreSQL and MS SQL databases hosted on UNIX, Linux, and Windows servers. Version 5.1 features enhanced MySQL support and significant speed optimisations under Carbon. The $90 also allows the execution of SQL queries against these RDBMS and the ability to save query results (and the query itself) to a disk. [2.8MB] fracturedSoftware has released zegsRuler 2.0, a $25 set of REALbasic classes for adding graphic type rulers and scales to REALbasic projects. zegsRuler supports scaling (zooming), scrolling and changing of the origin as well as other options for control over line length and width, color, background, text etc. In addition, all rulers can be either plain or 3D. Version 2.0 now includes a set of customizable rulerStyle classes and other examples. [100KB]
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Apple to open R&D center in India
A new report says that Apple will be opening a new technology center in Hyderabad, India, helping to boost the city's growing reputation as a tech center. The facility would operate within the WaveRock facility, and create 4,500 new jobs at a cost of around $25 million. In 2015, India surpassed the $1 billion in yearly sales milestone, and Apple has recently received permission to open retail stores in the country under its own control, an exception to rules that usually block foreign ownership. http://zd.net/1SMBVu4
Google killing Picasa starting May 1
Google Photos head Anil Sabharwal confirmed in a blog post today that the search engine giant will be shutting down acquisition Picasa. Support and downloads for the desktop application will terminate on March 15 with the application continuing to work for the time being. The transition to Google Photos truly commences on May 1, with deprecation of some Picasa API calls happening shortly thereafter. Users that have Google Photos access will find their photos already migrated. A mass-download tool for users not wishing to use Google Photos will be available sometime after May 1. http://bit.ly/1SmV2KH
Rogue Amoeba Piezo updated, departing App Store
In order to continue working on audio capture tool Piezo, developer Rogue Amoeba has simultaneously updated the app to version 1.5, and announced that it will pull version 1.2.6 from the Mac App Store. Customers who own the Mac App Store version have a one-time migration process to the Rogue Amoeba-served version. The company notes that the sandboxing restriction placed on Mac App Store versions "effectively stopped our ability to upgrade Piezo in any meaningful way." [8.80MB] http://bit.ly/1PIjz7l
FCC spectrum auction will happen without Google
After throwing its hat in earlier, Google (and associated companies) has declared that it is not participating in this year's FCC spectrum auction. A company spokeswoman said of the auction that "like all those interested in improved connectivity and equitable access, we'll be following the upcoming spectrum auction closely. That said, we have not filed to participate." http://on.recode.net/1oy5LWk
iPad Air 3, iPhone 5se sold Friday after launch?
Reverting the way products are actually released by Apple after an announcement to the way it was a decade ago, reports are circulating that new products revealed at a March announcement will go on sale the Friday immediately following the unveil. Slated to appear at a conjectural Tuesday, March 15 event are a new Apple four-inch phone with more up to date internals currently referred to as the iPhone 5se, and a new iPad Air 3 model with Smart Connector and other enhancements. http://bit.ly/1o7mqiY
Lexmark prevails in toner import appeal
Printer manufacturer Lexmark has won an appeal on the third-party US resale of its printer cartridges originally destined for markets outside North America. The appeals court ruled in a 10-2 vote in favor of Lexmark's demand to stop the sale and against Impression Products, both on the toner cartridge resale matter, as well as a related matter regarding overturning the reseller's refilling one-use cartridges and selling those in the US market. The ruling has ramifications in the tech industry, as well as the pharmaceutical and medical technology markets. Impression Products promises an appeal before the supreme court. http://reut.rs/1SLVmmG
AT&T expands BOGO promo to iPhone 6s
Beginning today, new and existing AT&T customers can purchase a new iPhone 6s and get another one free when adding a second line. Over the weekend, customers must purchase two phones through AT&T Next (one can be an existing number), and add both phones to a qualified plan. AT&T notes that "after three bill cycles or less" the account will start to receive up to $650 spread out over 30 monthly bill credits to offset the cost of the installment plan for the phone. Taxes are due at time of sale. http://soc.att.com/1SLUP4k