Circus Ponies Software today released NoteBook 1.0, an outlining, note-taking, clipping, and free-form database product available for Mac OS X. NoteBook is now available through the Circus Ponies online store for $100. "Circus Ponies NoteBook is a combination outliner and free-form database that lets OS X users clip, organize, and share unstructured information from any source in any way they like." [Download - 7.0MB] SONOLUCA has made available a Software Developer Kit (SDK) package for its 'Klangfarben' realtime animation software. The Klangfarben SDK is a multimedia authoring tool equipped with a "realtime programming language and advanced render engine." Klangfarben comes with a unique programming language based on simple graphical objects. "It's easy to use, even if you are not a professional programmer." Dacons International has released launch.it 2, a significant update to its popular file launching plug-in for FileMaker Pro. launch.it enables you to access a 'File Open' dialog, select any file and save its path to a FileMaker database field. Version 2.0 of the $30 plug-in adds the use of the 'File Open' dialog; the ability to retrieve a list of all files from a set folder; the option to set filters for certain file types when importing file names and paths; and the ability to retrieve file icons for user friendly presentation in FileMaker. [Download - form] Version 1.0.5 of Directors NoteBook adds support for remote control in “Presentation Mode” via Bluetooth enabled Sony Ericsson phones to the FileMaker add-on package for film directors. Using Sony Ericsson Clicker 1.5, orders of Sony Ericsson cellular phones can remotely control Directors NoteBook's slideshow functionality. Directors NoteBook costs $250. [Download - Classic, OS X] Micromata has released Schroedinger 1.0, a Mac OS X software suite that enables users to set up a JSP server without programming knowledge. "Because Schroedinger reports every HTTP access in detail, possible bugs can be found very fast," the developer notes. [Download - form] VLC 0.5.3 is the latest version of the portable multimedia player for various audio and video formats (MPEG-1, MPEG-2, MPEG-4, DivX, mp3, ogg, ...) as well as DVDs, VCDs, and various streaming protocols. The latest version offfers support for playing directories and video4linux as well as bug fixes for USB speakers on Mac OS X. It also adds stream type for some Motorola MPEG-2 video encoders, and support for 3ivx D4, '3ivd' and '3vid' encodings, support for 'MSS1' codec, and others. [Download - 3.9MB] Download Wizard 1.03 is an update to the "small, simple and elegant" replacement for your browser's built-in download manager. It is written entirely in Cocoa, so it "integrates seamlessly with Mac OS X" and, according to the developer, includes features you'd expect from a Cocoa-based application: Dock menus, service availability, Dock icon status, and localization. "It strives to be small, fast and reliable while making use of all the abilities of Apple's newest OS." [Download - 331KB] Runtime Revolution and Paradigma Software today announced two initiatives to bring Valentina Database Technology to Revolution developers. Revolution, the "premiere cross-platform rapid application development environment," now incorporates direct access to the Valentina XCMD component. Paradigma Software's Valentina technology incorporates a unique SQL compatible database kernel, known for its ability to manage millions of records with both speed and reliability, limited only by available RAM. Bobby Cronkhite Software today released ZeboPhoto 1.2.5, an update to the popular image viewer/editor program for Classic and Mac OS X. Version 1.2.5 adds an "Anchor Controls To Browser" preference option, a delete function to the slide show, an optional file count caption to the slide show, and more hot keys for slideshow browsing. Users are asked to pay only what they think the software is worth, pricing options starting at $5. ZeboPhoto 1.2.5 is a free upgrade for registered users of previous versions. [Download - Classic, OS X]
The East Bay Macintosh User's Group (ebMUG) is "being formed to allow the East Bay Macintosh community to meet and share their knowledge of both software and hardware." The meetings will take place on the second Thursday of each month at the downtown Berkeley Main Library, starting at 6:00 p.m. for the beginner's sessions-- followed by the general meeting at 7:00 p.m.
Apple has lowered the educational pricing of its eMac lineup. The low-end model is now $780, while the SuperDrive model is now $1150. Also, for a limited time customers can take advantage of the "Apple Instant Loan" offer, which provides six months same-as-cash payment. "There's also a line of credit feature that will let you make future purchases without reapplying."
QuickerTek has announced two new antennas that boost wireless connectivity up to 50% for all PowerBook Titanium G4 and PowerBook G3 'Pismo' portables with Airport cards: "Installation Users open the PowerBook, exposing the Airport card, remove the cable connection to the internal antennas, connect the new antenna wire, thread this wire through the PCMCIA slot opening and then attach the cable to the external antenna stub of the Ti Antenna which resides in the PCMCIA slot opening or to the Ti Whip antenna velcro'd to the top half of the PowerBook case. Use of either of these new antennas prevent the use of the PCMCIA slot for other purposes." The new antennas, available immediately, are $80 for the Ti Whip and $40 for the Ti "Stub" Antenna.
EarthLink today launched TotalAccess 2003 for Macintosh, a new version of EarthLink’s Internet access software: "With a movable task panel that gives quick-access to favorite functions like games, the Google search engine and Webmail, TotalAccess 2003 for Macintosh improves upon EarthLink’s previous Mac-friendly access software." Key features include one-click access to the Web, email and personal Webspace; a cleaner, faster-loading Personal Start PageSM (PSP); and a modular architecture that lets users easily download new services or content groups. The software, only available for Mac OS X, also enables subscribers to use the new Macintosh Safari browser.
ACD Systems and Deneba today announced a definitive merger agreement where ACD will acquire all of the issued and outstanding shares of privately-held Deneba for $5.5 million. Deneba develops the Canvas cross-platform illustration package, which integrates award-winning Sprite technology, photo editing, page layout, presentation, and Web graphics functions. "Our respective flagship products are extremely complementary, particularly with Deneba’s core user group. Moreover, the fact that Deneba has engineered Canvas to fit within ACD’s highly evolved and profitable electronic sales and distribution (ESD) channel will take the combined companies into new and exciting territory."
ViewSonic today introduced the VP ThinEdge Series, a new line of LCDs that combine ultra-slim bezel design and high-definition screen performance with features such as digital/analog connectivity, pivot/height adjustability and multiple-mounting configurability. The monitors feature ClearMotiv video response times as fast as 16 milliseconds and direct compatibility with HDTV high-scan 720p format as well as dual analog and DVI inputs. ThinEdge Series displays are available in five models. The 17-inch VP171b ($600) and 19-inch VP191b ($850) include two VGA and one DVI-I inputs are expected to ship later this month; while the 18.1-inch VP181b ($700), 20.1-inch VP201b ($1,400) and 21.3-inch VP211b ($1,600) offer one VGA input, one DVI-I input and an integrated USB 2.0 hub and are expected to ship in May. The 18-inch and larger ThinEdge Series displays are also available in a panel module-only option.
Curious Software has launched Curious gFx, its powerful integrated paint, rotoscoping and compositing system for video, HDTV and film. The application offers support for real-time video input and output as well as paint, rotoscoping, animation and compositing within a single user interface for creating anything from content source elements through to multi-layered effects. Key features include unlimited layers for images, movies, text, vector shapes (fixed or animated) or maps; sophisticated roto-matte creation using fully animatable B-Spline and Bezier curves; over 50 built-in filters, color correctors and effects; support for Adobe After Effects plug-ins, and integrated keying and motion tracking as well as project templating. Pricing is not available.
eX-cinder today launched Morph Age for Mac OS X, a consumer application for image distorsion running on Mac OS X for creating pictures or QuickTime movie: "It works by allowing you define warp curves on the original image. Any change made on the target warp curves is reflected on the resulting image through the corresponding distorsion effect. Morph Age can animate warp curves independently, so that different parts of the image moves at different times (the eyes, then the ears, then the mouth...)." It offers input support for TIFF, PDF, GIF, and JPEG formats and output support for TIFF and QuickTime as well as unlimited undo/redo support. A demo of the $20 application is available. [2.2MB]
Unsanity today released Menu Master 1.0, a haxie that allows you to change or remove menu shortcut keys in any application with ease. Additionally, users can set shortcuts to any menu item that had no shortcuts, or remove shortcuts from menu items. Menu Master offers complete control over your menus for $10. [957KB] James Sentman has released Image in a Hurry, a fast image browser and export utility for iPhoto. It allows users to browse thumbnails and select images for export, resizing and re-compressing. The $12 shareware requires MacOS 10.2 or greater and iPhoto 2.0. [1.2MB] Objectpark Development's LetterWorks 1.3 is an update to the application for writing quality letters with ease and style. Users can "focus on content while layout, formatting and default text are determined by a predefined stationery." The upgrade features integration with the Page Sender faxing software and automatic typographic quotes while LetterWorks Pro adds automated mail merge functionality for printing and faxing letters to multiple recipients (fax merge with Page Sender only)." The standard version is $30, while the Pro version is $60. [1.8MB] Page Sender 3.0.1 updates Smile Software's fax software for Mac OS X. The update features LetterWorks integration, fixes for disappearing folders, duplicate history entries, and more. A 30-day demo of the $30 application is available now. [2.9MB] Advenio Software has updated SQLGrinder 1.2.5 for Mac OS X. SQLGrinder is a native Mac OS X SQL editor and developer tool that allows developers to easily create, edit and execute SQL queries as well as browse their database structures. This release works better with the latest versions of Mac OS X, fixes the display of indexes, primary and foreign keys and improves the display of PostgreSQL specific data types. A demo of the $50 application is available online. [1.3MB] Fe77 Server Suite v1.1 is an integrated server system with graphical installer and configuration utility designed to help Mac users leverage their existing software and hardware investments with a powerful set of web development tools and production quality server components, including WebDAV support in both Apache2 and Tomcat. Users can develop/depoly JSP/Servlet application with Tomcat, create web services with Apache 2, develop/deply XSL/XSLT application with Cocoon and develop and delopy PHP applications. Additional modules (phpMyAdmin 2.4.0 and Postgre SQL 7.3.2) are available on the Web. Commerical pricing starts at $60, while education pricing starts at $20. iScooper 1.0 is an automatic media downloading application for Mac OS X that enables users to automatically download and browse batches of pictures much faster and more conveniently than conventional web browsers. It can automatically download an entire batch of pictures simply by dragging & dropping a picture gallery web link. The $20 shareware also provides a slideshow playback interface. [1.8MB]
Group Logic today released ExtremeZ-IP 3.0, a major upgrade to its Mac file and print connectivity software for Windows servers. ExtremeZ-IP now supports Apple's latest version of the AppleShareIP file sharing protocol, AFP 3.1, along with many other enhancements: "ExtremeZ-IP is the first and only Windows-based file server to fully support Mac OS X, making it a 'must have' for mixed Macintosh and Windows computing environments. AFP 3.1 offers support for file and folder names longer than 31 characters; support for files larger than 2GB; improved international language compatibility using Unicode file names; improved performance when working with large folder structures; and support for the Rendezvous. Licensing starts at $675 for a 10-client Workstation, while upgrade pricing starts at $170.
MacMice.com today announced purchase of DVForge, the manufacturer of luxury desk accessories, and the maker of the popular DVBase iPod desk stand. MacMice says it has purchased all assets, inventory, and tooling for the DVForge product line from Sanders Tool & Mould Co., Inc., and has merged the new brand into the operations of MacMice Workspace Products Co. MacMice also announced the addition of the iArm VESA compliant mounting arm for Apple Cinema DIsplays to its line of ErgoMac brand ergonomic work space products.
Aurora Video Systems has released its next-generation family of Igniter video editing tools, IgniterX. The new suite of products provides multiple codec support, support for uncompressed files from all major solutions, a new 10-bit eXtreme codec, real-time graphic overlays with alpha and gain, and support for multiple uncompressed formats in one timeline as well as keyframing and scalability. IgniterX builds on the success of earlier Igniter family products while retaining strengths such as true 24fps and 23.976fps support, hardware MJPEG compression, low system resource requirements, user selectable field ordering and seamless integration. All existing Igniter customers can receive free IgniterX upgrades.
MacHack today announced one-day training sessions to be held on Wednesday, June 18. The intensive training sessions on either Cocoa Software and Tcl/Tk are designed to complement MacHack's three days of presentations and papers. The pre-conference sessions are $150 for registered MacHack attendees, and $300 for others. MacHack conference registration costs $500 (a $50 discount until 4/15/03) and includes access to all conference events, 3 meals and the conference banquet. MacHack 18 will take place June 19-21, 2003, in Dearborn, Michigan.
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Apple offers customizable Mother's Day ad creator
In a follow-up to its recent Mother's Day TV ad that continues the "shot on iPhone" campaign, Apple has now set up a dedicated website that allows users to upload a single image of their own mothers into the end of the TV spot, which does not include any advertising message other than a brief Apple logo at the end. The uploaded photo is inserted into the ad, which carries no overt images of Apple products, narration, or other identifiers that the footage was shot on iPhones. Users can preview the finished custom video and share it to social networks in time for Mother's Day, which arrives on May 8. http://bit.ly/1ZnVPL2
Drake album tops 250M views on Apple Music
The latest album from Drake, titled Views, was streamed some 250 million times in its first week as an Apple Music exclusive, according to label Republic Records. The album, which was released last Thursday, topped a streaming record previously held by Justin Beiber of 205 million streams across all the popular streaming services in its first week. Views will become available on other streaming services starting May 13. The album has also sold over 1.2 million copies in its first week on iTunes. http://bit.ly/1s0S3gO
Cook to speak at Startup Fest Europe
May is turning out to be a busy travel month for Apple CEO Tim Cook: following on from reports that he will head back to China to meet with government officials there to help smooth out some recent difficulties, Cook is scheduled to be among the guest speakers at Startup Fest Europe in Amsterdam on May 24 at 11:10AM local time. His talk will run about 35 minutes, according to the schedule for the event. Other speakers across the five-day event will include Uber CEO Travis Kalanick, the Prime Minister of the Netherlands Mark Rutte, and Alphabet Chairman Eric Schmidt. http://bit.ly/1q3Zvpr
Retail VP Kupbens leaves Apple
Bob Kupbens, who joined Apple in 2014 just ahead of Dame Angela Ahrendts to run the online Apple Store and other web-based retail programs as vice president of online marketing efforts, has reportedly left the company for another position. Kupbens, who was previously in charge of digital marketing initiatives and e-commerce at Delta Air Lines, replaced Jennifer Bailey when she was appointed to run the Apple Pay project. He has overseen the redesign of the online store, the online iPhone upgrade program, and has generally worked to make the site better integrated with the retail Apple Stores. No replacement for Kupbens has yet been named.
Xcode updated for Git security
Apple on Friday patched two known critical vulnerabilities in its Xcode development tool that were concerned with the Git source code management client portion of the program. For unknown reasons, Apple waited seven weeks to update the version of Git shipping with the command-line tools in Xcode to v2.7.4, released by Git developers on March 17 to address the vulnerabilities. The flaw, now corrected, could allow for cloning a repository with a specially-crafted file structure, giving attackers a chance to execute malicious code on systems where cloning operations were initiated, reports Computerworld. The Command Line Tools package is not installed by default on OS X, but users have the option of installing it, and in some cases were forced to disable Git until the tools were updated. http://apple.co/24BQJP3
Twitter for Mac gets Moments, Polls
Twitter has updated its Mac app with Moments and Polls, features previously rolled out in its web portal and in its mobile apps. The new Moments tab is designed to make it easier to find more interesting and relevant content. Content is curated in categories including News, Sports, Entertainment and Fun, with trending topics highlighted for an easier to use, more engaging experience. The Twitter for Mac app also picks up the ability to create custom multiple choice polls via Tweets that are live for a 24-hour period. Users can also share GIFs in both Tweets and Direct Messages thanks to a new GIF search function. http://apple.co/1rxCvA0
GoPro revenue drops, Karma drone delayed
Action camera maker GoPro announced its first quarter results on Thursday, and the news was largely bad. While unit sell-through of the cameras was close to the year-over-year compare, revenues dropped 49.5 percent from Q1 last year, though was slightly above the company's guidance. Overall, the company lost $107 million in GAAP net income, and margins declined to 32.5 percent from 45.1 percent in the year-ago quarter. The company further announced that it would be delaying its planned Karma drone product until this winter, which will likely further impact next quarter's results. The upside of the delay, said GoPro Founder and CEO Nicholas Woodman, is that the Karma will now benefit from debuting just before the holiday buying season. http://bit.ly/1OgpdgD