Stone Design has released Create 11.1 and PStill 2.7, maintenance updates to two of its popular Mac OS X applications. Create gains full support for fuzzy drop shadows on any text, image or graphic, with the ability to finely control focus, blur, shadow darkness, offset and angle. PStill gains the ability to produce PDF/X as well as automatic PDF workflow direct from any applicationís print pane. [Download - PStill, Create] PDF Browser Plugin 1.1.1 displays Quartz compatible PDF documents within Web browsers. It can view embedded PDFs, open documents on an external viewer, print, and scroll/zoom. Details of the latest update have not been published. PDF Browser Plugin is compatible with Mac OS X only. [Download - 191KB] MAKI Enterprise has released Kids GoGoGo 7.0, a significant revision of its $30 parental control program for Mac OS Classic & OS X. Version 7.0 supports addition of search words for restriction; offeres an improved dictionary; and include the abillity to restrict access by time of day. [Download - Classic, OS X]
Aspyr today revealed that it has been quietly developing a Macintosh version of Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 4. The game is the latest in the highly popular series of skateboarding games. "Players take on the role of legendary skateboarder Tony Hawk and 13 other athletes as they skate through enormous free roaming levels, choose from 190 progressively harder goals and build their skills to perform 14 of the greatest skateboarding stunts of all time." A demo is expected to be available in the near future. Aspyr will publish further details in the coming days.
The following issues were discussed in the AppleCare knowledge base today: In some cases, Compact Flash media can suddenly stop appearing in the Finder; after you stop sharing your screen via Remote Desktop with a Mac OS X 10.1 client computer that is using the Classic environment, your computer may have a redraw issue, which is often described as a purple screen over the desktop; you may see unexpected results if you reverse or speed up a PAL clip in iMovie 3. Additionally, Apple has published instructions for installing user-replaceable parts for the 12-inch PowerBook and the 17-inch PowerBook.
Aspyr Media today announced that BloodRayne for the Mac is now complete, and will enter duplication shortly. "Set in the mid-1930s, BloodRayne introduces the sexy, supernatural Agent BloodRayne. An unholy union of human and vampire, Agent BloodRayne was raised and trained by a secret governmental agency to hunt down and eliminate global evil forces."
Prosoft Engineering has announced a significant increase in the speed of data recovery for its Data Rescue utility. Data Rescue X 10.2.1 uses a new RAM utilization technique that results in a recovery speed increase of more than 100%. Prosoft has also incorporated a Scan File option, allowing users to save the results of your scan in order to quickly recover additional files in the future. The data recovery update is free to registered users; new licenses are $90. An updated Data Rescue Classic 4.2.1 is also available for Mac OS 8.6/9. Prosoft has also posted Data Recycler X 1.0.4, a free update to the $50 system application that provides instant undelete that protects the user from accidental file deletion: "By protecting drive space being occupied by deleted files, Data Recycler allows the user to recycle the deleted trash and return all (or selected) files back to the user in perfect condition."
Live365, the largest Internet radio network, announced today the release of Studio365-Live for Mac, a broadcasting tool for users running Mac OS X 10.2. The new software is a stand-alone application that allows users to easily create an Internet radio station on the Live365 network, using existing MP3 files and playlists in iTunes. It features full integration with iTunes, drag & drop playlist management, one-click microphone control, mix multiple sources, the ability to manage/display broadcast information, a plugin architecture for expandability, and options for latency and encoder quality for slower systems. A 14-day demo is available for new broadcasters. Users can create their own Internet radio station starting at $5 per month. (Other advanced options such as stat tracking, a scheduler, a personal URL, and ad content control are available for $15 per month.)
Apple has extended its .Mac subscription offer of $30 off a year-long membership to its suite of internet services. 'Every Mac needs .Mac' ofers $30 off the regular $100 price of a one-year subscription to .Mac. The discount is available through a mail-in rebate. .Mac offers Virex anti-virus protection, automatic backup software, 100MB of online storage, .Mac Mail, Mac-to-Mac synchronization with iSync, online calendar sharing with iCal, and website creation and hosting services. (Apple is also offering a 20% discount on iPhoto book orders of $60 or more when you use iPhoto 2 to place your order between now and April 15.)
Digital Anarchy has announced Text Anarchy 2.0 for After Effects and Final Cut Pro. It simplifies the process of creating and animating text and increases the creative opportunities for broadcast designers, compositors and typographers. It is composed of eight versatile filters, which can also use almost any TrueType or Postscript Type 1 font. Text Anarcy provides character-level and paragraph-level control over text (kerning, tracking, and leading), letter-by-letter animation, multiple simultaneous effects, font face transitions, and other features. Until April 30th, the full version is $130 and upgrades are $90.
Quark today disclosed more new features of its upcoming flagship publishing application, QuarkXPress 6. It includes more flexible workflow options, Syncronized Text, enhanced output capabilities, better color management, improved table creation, more Web features, XML enhancements, and improved interface.
Landmark Theatres and Microsoft today announced that they are equipping 177 screens in all 53 Landmark Theatres across the United States with digital cinema playback systems based on Microsoft Windows Media 9 Series, making the deployment the largest digital cinema theater circuit installation to date in the US. The newly outfitted theaters will be able to screen films encoded digitally in Windows Media 9 Series, which enables high-resolution, theater-quality experiences with up to 7.1 channel surround sound. The network rollout is expected to be completed by the end of this year.
Other World Computing today introduced two 80GB Mercury On-The-Go portable storage solutions priced at $400 and $420, respectively. The 80GB portable drives feature 8MB of cache and are available with either a FireWire-only interface or with both FireWire and USB interfaces. The FireWire port supports both a powered (6-pin) and an unpowered (4-pin) port, and the USB interface supports both USB v2.0 and v1.1 protocols. The new drives weight 11 ounces and measure only 3.5-inches x 5.5-inches x 1.0-inches.
Romeo 0.9 allows users to control their Macs via a Bluetooth-enabled Sony Ericsson mobile phone. It features built-in menus for iTunes and DVD Player and can use used as a mouse. Users can also create their own menus using AppleScript, key or mouse emulation. Version 0.9 includes multithreading, editable menus, a plugin system, range and ring actions, and full user access to special actions such as mouse movement. [650KB] dSoft has released ResellerPower 3.6, an update to its integrated database system for small business. ResellerPower(tm) performs many tasks including quoting, order entry, purchase order, price list management. Some of the accounting features include double entry accounting, inventory, checking and much more. ResellerPowerís features can be further enhanced by adding the Option Packs for contact management, scheduling and more. It is available for Mac OS 8/9/X; full version pricing is $1,300. DVDxDV 1.0 exports the audio/video from iDVD created DVDs. The $25 utility can exports DVD video to iMovie, Final Cut Pro, or any other QuickTime supported format: "With DVDxDV you can quickly convert the DVD video back into any QuickTime video format. From there, it can be re-edited and burned onto a new DVD. In addition, DVDxDV makes it easy to take clips off of your home DVDs and send them to your family and friends over the Internet." killdock 1.0 is a small utility that allows users to disable the dock. It has been tested under Mac OS X 10.2.3. It is available under GNU Public License [525KB]
OpenOSX today released its OpenPrint Jaguar Update for its CD packages. Included in the update is a new version of OpenPrint that will resolve a potential printing issue with OpenOSX Office 1.0 on Jaguar systems and offers additional updated software such as OroborOSX 0.85 (with new features and increased performance and stability). The update will enable Jaguar compatibility for OpenOSX Office, OpenOSX Grass, OpenOSX Gimp and OpenOSX XFree products. OpenOSX's OpenPrint program enables native Print Center support for their Office product (and any X11 based application that supports postscript printing). [70KB]
Digital Voodoo will debut HD|Lust at NAB 2003. The high-definition capture and playback card featuring 2 HD SDI Input, 2 HD SDI Output, 12 channels of AES/EBU Digital Audio and simultaneous SD SDI downconversion. HD|Lust offers full bandwidth 4:4:4:4 or 4:2:2:4 video input and output for the Macintosh, and is expected to ship by SIGGRAPH 2003. Digital Voodoo will be demonstrating HD|Lust at NAB 2003 in Booth SL-2431. "HD|Lust is the worlds first HD card to bring true film quality HD to Mac OS X."
Willow Design has released five new cases for the new 17" Powerbook. The three slipcases and two traditional briefcase style cases range from an ultra thin slipcase designed to be slipped into other bags to a protective two-level case with tons of peripherals. The cases are constructed of tough polyester and nylon fabric with 1/2" foam protection throughout, reinforced by combinations of corrugated plastic, high-density polyethylene on the handle side and hardboard on the bottom. The new 17" Powerbook cases are covered by Willow's lifetime guarantee against defects in materials and craftsmanship. Pricing ranges from $65 to $170 on the new cases.
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Apple expands CloudKit API, provides web interface
On Friday, Apple notified developers that it was expanding a feature of CloudKit to allow for server-to-server web service requests. "In addition to providing a web interface for users to access the same data as your app, you can now easily read and write to the CloudKit public database from a server-side process or script with a server-to-server key," Apple said in its announcement. Previously, interaction with the CloudKit public database was limited to apps and web only. http://apple.co/20h1RwP
Remote S for Tesla Apple Watch app drives car out
Developer Allen Wong has created the Remote S for Tesla app, which can be used to remotely activate the Model S electric car via an Apple Watch, and drive it a short distance. Aside from providing data about the car and some basic function controls, the unofficial app uses the manufacturer's Summon command to allow the car to turn on, exit the garage, and park near to the user's location. The app is available to purchase from the App Store for $10. http://apple.co/1PprF4t
Seagate 3TB unreliability suit expands
The Seagate 3TB class-action hard drive lawsuit has been expanded to more devices. The expanded suit, filed today, now includes Seagate's Barracuda 3TB Hard Disk Drive,¬†Desktop HDD 3TB, Backup Plus 3TB External Hard Disk¬†Drive,¬†GoFlex 3TB External Hard Disk Drive, or any other Seagate hard drive with model number ST3000DM001. The law firm, Hagens Berman, is seeking information from consumers such as time in service, purchase price, and the nature of any drive received in return from Seagate as a replacement for a failed unit. http://bit.ly/1Pc34Cq
BlackBerry Canada, Florida hit with layoffs
The BlackBerry campus has reportedly been wracked with layoffs. Sources familiar with the company's Waterloo office staffing claim that close to 35 percent of the local workforce has been laid off, with the deepest cuts being made in the BlackBerry 10 OS and hardware teams. Additionally, the state of Florida has been officially notified that the company's Sunrise facility will see 75 people fired. Enthusiast site Mobilesyrup puts the layoffs at around 1000 total. http://bit.ly/1Pc1Rep
Instagram tests multiple account support for iOS
Instagram is trialling support for multiple accounts in its iPhone app with a small number of users. The Facebook-owned photo sharing service confirmed the reports of the tests to TechCrunch, which will allow a single user to manage more than a single account within the app, transferring between two or three accounts with a few taps. It is unclear when the feature will roll out to the public, but it has previously tested it with the Android version of the app since November. http://tcrn.ch/1SPKEKh
Foxconn CEO declares Sharp deal near done
The Foxconn bid for Sharp is allegedly only waiting on specific details of the deal. Foxconn CEO Terry Gou has declared that his company has privileged negotiation rights for the Apple iPhone screen supplier, saying that "we have a consensus, the rest is a process ... I don't see a problem completing this process." Gou hopes the deal, worth up to $5.6 billion, will be formalized by the end of February. http://reut.rs/1SPEQjN
MIT demoes 'Eyeriss' AI chip for mobile
At the International Solid State Circuits Conference in San Francisco this week, MIT researchers presented a new chip designed specifically to implement neural networks. The researchers claim that "Eyeriss" is 10 times as efficient as a mobile GPU, so it could enable mobile devices to run artificial-intelligence algorithms such as Siri or Cortana, rather than uploading all data to a remote server for processing. http://bit.ly/1TISJBe