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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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TestFlight updated for iOS, watchOS
Apple on Thursday updated its developer-oriented TestFlight software to version 1.3.2 for compatibility with apps being developed for iOS 9.3 watchOS 2.2, along with the usual "stability and performance improvements." Some developers, however, are still reporting some issues loading beta apps onto the watchOS 2.2 beta. The latest beta for developers was released on Monday, and is available through the App Store or Apple's developer portal. [3.60MB] http://apple.co/1PQ64pF
CBS: No recent streaming conversations with Apple
CBS CEO Les Moonves has made remarks, casting doubt on a launch of Apple's live streaming television service. In interviews this week, the executive said regarding negotiations with Apple that "we had conversations awhile back, and we haven't had recent conversations with them," adding that "the phone is always ringing" regarding similar services, but not with Apple on the line. http://cnnmon.ie/1PptJM6
Complex date setting bug crashes 64-bit iOS device
A serious bug has been spotted with iOS devices running iOS 8 or newer, with a 64-bit processor. If a user disables auto-check time, and manually sets the date of a device back to as far as it will go, then again to January 1, 1970, and finally rebooting, the iPhone is crashed, perhaps terminally. The bug affects the iPhone 5s and newer devices, running a processor from the A7 and up. Theories abound as to the cause of the crash, but the most credible seems to be a clock set to less than an arbitrary "zero" date, causing all manners of routines relying on the time setting to fail during startup. http://bit.ly/1TV6psS
Weber buys iDevices' iGrill, Kitchen Thermometer
Cooking gear manufacturer Weber is purchasing iOS accessory manufacturer iDevices iGrill and Kitchen Thermometer lines. As part of the purchase, Weber is working in parallel with iDevices to roll out a new version of the products, and associated apps, this spring. The terms of the deal were not disclosed. CEO of iDevices Chris Allen said that the transition will allow the company to "focus even more heavily on becoming a leader in the home automation market." http://bit.ly/1PFk3uZ
Vevo music video app launched for Apple TV
Vevo today announced its new native tvOS app for the fourth generation Apple TV. The new app allows users Siri Remote navigation for discovery of top videos by genre, or to search for individual artists and videos. Playlists generated on another device sync between all the iterations of the app. http://apple.co/1PFhxEU
HydraDock team unveils USB 3.1 Type C Roadie
KickShark, the team that brought the HydraDock desktop USB-C dock to market, has launched a Kickstarter project for The Roadie -- a USB 3.1 Type C standard-compliant pocket hub for the 12 inch Apple MacBook and other compatible devices. The Roadie occupies the same footprint on a desk as a credit card, with a short USB-C male cable on one end for connecting to a 12 inch MacBook, and a female USB-C port on the other end for plugging in a MacBook power adapter. One side has an RJ45 jack for gigabit Ethernet, and an HDCP-compliant HDMI jack that handles up to 4K displays. KickShark promises shipment of all products within four weeks of campaign completion. The "early bird" offer for the hub is a $69 commitment, with a $79 commitment for a Roadie after 500 backers have pledged. http://kck.st/1o6knw5
HBO Now has 800,000 subscribers
The CEO of HBO, Richard Plepler has confirmed that the online streaming HBO service, HBO Now, has 800,000 subscribers. When criticized for the seemingly low number, Plepler noted that the still nascent service was bound to Apple exclusivity during the fifth season of Game of Thrones. Plepler declared during the Time Warner quarterly earnings conference call marketing for the online-only offering would be enhanced in 2016. While HBO Now's critics are slamming the low numbers, the service must also compete against itself on cable, in addition to Netflix and other streaming services. http://on.recode.net/1QWoLHe