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Kualo Software has updated KuebSite, its $20 Web site creator for Mac OS 9/X. Version 1.5.1 adds a Dutch localization and a handful of bug fixes. "The power of KuebSite lies in the fact that it is not a web design application, nor a HTML editor, but an automatic web site builder based on content." KuebSite manages a database, "and it builds the Web site from there," the developer explains. [Download - 2.3MB] Alfred 1.5 is the latest release of the customizable, universal plug-ins manager. Inspired by Mac OS 9's Extensions Manager, it takes care of "Mac OS X specificities," and "improves user experience to install, remove and manage any kind of plug-ins," such as screen savers, preference panes, and fonts. This update "focuses on making the application more user friendly," and adds numerous new features and bug fixes. [Download - 1.5MB] Space-Time Associates announced released version 1.0.7 of TinyBooks, a new Macintosh accounting/bookkeeping program. TinyBooks is designed for sole proprietors, home and other small businesses, and family finances. "TinyBooks is a simple, flexible, non-bloated, single-entry bookkeeping program," according to the developer. The latest update adds a new non-modal help dialog, updates contact and Web site info, and eases online registration. [Download - 204KB] Reliabit has released MDDS 1.2 (Multicast Data Distribution System), an update to its IP Multicast based file transfer system that includes an updated GUI, per host error correction statistics and numerous bug fixes. "The system is designed to transmit files from one computer to a large number of target computers simultaneously and efficiently. The system offers security features for the encryption of data in transit, packet correction of multicast data, and distribution management. Dracosoft today released Amazed, a "fun filled" maze game for Mac OS X. "As you go through the maze you can collect various items to help you along the way." With six different level themes and ninety-six different characters the graphic combinations "seem endless," according to Dracosoft. There are four starting difficulties to choose from. When the maze begins the player gets a quick overall “snapshot” of the puzzle. You must look for the way through quickly, because it quickly disappears. [Download - 3.6MB]
Keyspan is now shipping ZIP-LINQ, a new line of retractable computer cables. The lineup consists of over a dozen USB, FireWire, PDA, phone and Ethernet connectivity solutions. Pricing for the cables ranges from $14 for retractable USB cables to $16 for retractable Palm or iPaq Sync+Charge cables. "The cable extends to 30" or more by pulling on both ends. Simply pull again and the cable retracts back into its durable housing."
Proteron today announced that Kelby's Notes from KW Media ($25) is available for purchase online from the Proteron Store. Kelby's Notes, developed by Proteron in conjunction with Scott Kelby of Photoshop fame adds a "How Do I?" menu to Adobe Photoshop containing answers to the most-asked Photoshop questions. "Kelby's Notes is carefully written for any Photoshop user, in plain English, without the use of any 'techno-jargon'."
mac info [German] has published the results of benchmarks tests comparing Mac OS X 10.2.5 to Mac OS X 10.2.6. Data was collected for boot and login time, (re)launching of applications, ripping a song from an audio CD, frame rates in iTunes and Quake 3, framerates with transparent windows (Aqua, Quartz Extreme), and Virtual PC CPU emulation.
Wild Bits has released Ask the DJ 1.0.1, adding a comprehensive help book and bug fixes to to the sophisticated mix engine which analyses the music's rhythm to perform DJ-like transitions between tracks using its ultra-fast search engine to add new tracks to your play-list in a flash. It is $30 shareware. [1.1MB] ChickenByte's IconBox 1.0 is an iPhoto-like application that helps you store and manage your icons. It allows you to browse through your collection of icons using libraries, preview the icons at any size and export them with the click of a button. IconBox also allows you to search for your favorite icons by name. The unregistered version ($13) can create up to 3 libraries from which users can select up to 20 icons. [938KB] XBox HID Driver for Mac OS X enables the XBox USB gamepad to be used under Mac OS X by installing a HID (Human Interface Device) kernel extension in the system extensions folder. It is completely free, with an optional donation to support future development. The source code is also included, and is subject to the Apple Public Source License: "While it currently only supports gamepads, this driver can be extended to support other XBox devices, including wheels, IR receivers, headsets, and memory units." [181KB] Black Cat Systems's Morse Mania 2.4 ($20 shareware) includes additional morse code speeds, user interface enhancements, as well as several bug fixes to the morse code tutor for the Macintosh. The software package helps you learn morse code at speeds ranging from 5 to 30 words per minute. In addition to drills to help learn the various characters, Morse Mania also allows complete text files to be sent, so that "real life" messages can be used for practice. [Classic, OSX]
Macworld UK reports that Apple's notebook sales in the UK PC market exceeded general market growth in the first quarter 2003, growing 18% in both the commercial and consumer sectors: "Apple's UK notebook market share climbed from 2.8 per cent to 3.4 per cent year-on-year. In total across all vendors, notebook sales grew 14.7 per cent year-on-year, so Apple's growth in that market exceeded industry averages."
Destineer’s MacSoft today announced that its anticipated Unreal Tournament 2003 for Macintosh will ship on June 11 for $50: "Mac gamers have already shown keen interest in Unreal Tournament 2003. In the first 4 days of availability, over 400,000 downloads of the demo were reported." Unreal Tournament 2003 was created by Digital Extremes in collaboration with Epic Games and is being ported to the Mac by Epic Games and published for the Mac by MacSoft. The title was first shown for the Mac during Macworld Expo in San Francisco (January 2003) as the sequel to 1999 Unreal Tournament game title. The Beta Tech Demo features 4 maps (2 DM, 1 CTF, 1 bombing run) and most of the weapons in the full version of the game.
NASA Langley Research Center (Hampton, Va.) has released its TetrUSS computational fluid dynamics (CFD) software for Mac OS X. TetrUSS is a suite of computer programs used for fluid dynamics and aerodynamics analysis: "Originally intended for NASA internal applications, TetrUSS has gradually evolved into an efficient and versatile CFD tool used by engineers and scientists throughout the nation. The software is widely used in other government organizations, the aerospace industry, academia, and non-aerospace industries such as automotive, bio-medical, and civil engineering." It is free for U.S. entities, citizens, and permanent residents.; a free 1-week TetrUSS training course is available monthly at NASA Langley Research Center.
Sean Kelly has released skEdit 3.2.2, an update to the $20 text editor (formerly skHTML). It features a new 25-day demo, code-hinting for PHP/Perl/Python/JS, better encoding support, interface improvements, better syntax highlighting, and other bug fixes. [845KB] Steve Becker's WebPrint Plus X 2.0 ($20) provides a set of universal tools for collecting, saving, printing, and editing information. It offers printing support for graphics and pictures, a universal keyboard shortcut, a WebSaver with drag-and-drop support, clipboard archiving, and an improved text editor. [1.7MB] Black Cat Systems has released version 2.0.0 of iUnit, a measurement unit conversion program that adds additional phsyical constants. iUnit converts between 630 different units of distance, mass, volume, velocity, density, currency, and other types of measurements. It is $20. [Classic, OSX] Atomic Mac 5.7, a periodic table of the elements and nuclear database, adds updated nuclear decay information. Atomic Mac also contains a wealth of nuclear information on each isotope, including half life, decay mode, and daughter products as well as fluorescence and binding energies. A demo of the $25 shareware is available. [Classic, OSX] 24U SimpleHelp Plug-In is a tool for implementing help tags in FileMaker solutions. It enables solution developers to define help tags (tool tips) for layout objects and controls, such as data fields, buttons, pictures etc. It is $37. [1.2MB] Puissance 3D 1.0b2 is a free puzzle game for Mac OS X: "ou must make a line with perls in a 3D world. You can select difficulty and play with the computer (be careful, it is a good player!). You can also play with a friend. If you don't enter code, you cannot play difficult level. To unlock the software, you must send me a mail and I will send you a key for free." [619KB] Doug's AppleScripts for iTunes has posted several new and updated AppleScripts for iTunes 4 in the past two weeks, including Copy Track Info to CD Tracks, Append to Selected Artists Names, AMG Scripts (search the All Music Guide), and Export Artwork. Color Labels was "written to re-introduce the ability to colorize icons in the Finder - a feature that is currently unavailable in Mac OS X (as of 10.2.5). This is dome by creating a custom icon and applying it to the file or folder." It is $5 shareware. [123KB] Photologist 1.2.1 adds integration with iTunes. The $20 shareware image management, manipulation, and presentation solution can manage photo folders and create custom photo albums. It has photo adjustment tools, screen capture functions, contact sheet generation functions, and other advanced functions. [3.0MB]
Logitech today announced that the Logitech Dual Action Pad, previewed last week at the E3 tradeshow in Los Angeles, will be available this summer on retail shelves in the U.S: "The lightweight design features two rubber-capped analog joysticks that provide total control with a silky smooth 360-degree motion, while an eight way D-pad allows for precise movements within a game. In addition, four responsive triggers and six buttons give gamers the right stuff for eliminating the competition with ease. Compatible with both a PC and a Mac, the gamepad offers a "plug and play" USB connection." Pricing is not yet available.
AquaFold today released Aqua Data Studio 3.0, its universal database tool for building, managing and maintaining enterprise relational databases. Aqua Data Studio includes support for all major database platforms such as Oracle 8i/9i, IBM DB2, Informix Dynamic Server, Sybase Adaptive Server, Sybase Anywhere, Microsoft SQL Server and the open source databases MySQL and PostgreSQL. The Java-based application adds support for Informix Dynamic Server and Sybase Anywhere, a Table Data Editor that allows developers to graphically edit data in tables, and new SQL automation features. Version 3.0 also includes Look and Feel customization capabilities that allow the user to configure the look of each application component. Commerical licenses are $50, while licenses for personal and educational use are free.
The BBC has a report on a lego Mac available on eBay: "Daniele Procida could not bear to see a dead Mac thrown away - so he reconstructed it using Lego bricks pinched from his sons. Rather than bin the Powerbook laptop, he refurbished it using hundreds of colourful pieces, set on mottled artificial green grass. But now the Cardiff Apple consultant is selling his unique creation on auction site eBay, where the cool computer is proving a big hit."
CourseForum Technologies has released version 2.2 of both its workgroup and educational web collaboration packages. ProjectForum ($200) provides easy to use collaboration features for building flexible project and intranet sites, while CourseForum ($80) provides for interactive online course sites. Both offer many powerful features, yet can be setup in minutes. This release features new administration tools which make it easier to manage storage of interactive forums. MMISoftware has released iCalMaker, a text-based appointment creation tool. The program allows the rapid creation of vCal diary appointment files for use with iCal and other such applications. The $20 shareware can merge appointments from multiple calendars and create appointments within iCalMaker. [506KB] Melonsoft today announced PianistEnvy 1.5, a music instruments program that now supports recording and playback of songs. PianistEnvy 1.5's recording tools are found in a new Record window, which features a very clean and easy interface to have users recordingand playing back their masterpieces in seconds. The $5 shareware allows anyone with a Mac and QuickTime to instantly unleash 120+ crystal-clear instruments built-into QuickTime. [Classic, OSX] VRTools today released deliVRator 1.2.2, a $200 QuickTime movie editor that can optimize web delivered QuickTime movies: "Optimized movies can be tested immediately, at any connection speed, with the emulated network connection." It features OS X support, cubic QTVR optimization, a Movie Security Manager that protects movies from unauthorized modification, and improved media sample editing. Clutter d13 brings two-way integration with the new cover art feature of iTunes 4 to the application for locating CD cover artwork (on Amazon.com) and copying it into your music collection. It creates double-clickable objects to instantly launch your favorite music album, providing an alternative interface to your music collection. [283KB] Readerware has released version 2.83 of its Readerware catalog applications for Mac OS X. This release includes new site support, new documentation and support for Java 1.4.1, which brings notice significant speed improvements. Readerware will automatically catalog your library of books; ReaderwareAW will catalog your CDs with full track information and cover art (via the UPC or barcode), and ReaderwareVW is designed to catalog videos. Prices start at $40 each or $75 for all three. The company is offering free USB barcode readers with selected bundles starting at $85.
Mozilla.org has released Firebird 0.6 for Mac OS X, a rebranded release of the Phoenix browser. The Mozilla Firebird project is a redesign of Mozilla's browser component, written using the XUL user interface language and designed to be cross-platform. his release features a fresh new look designed by Arvid Axelsson, a redesigned preferences window (thanks Ben), preliminary support for Mac OS X and other enhancements. Nightly binaries are provided as well. [11MB]
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Swift benchmarking suite goes open-source
Following the release of new betas for all its platforms, Apple on Monday also made a suite of 75 tools for benchmarking Swift-developed coding projects, including libraries for benchmarking functions, a utility for comparing the resulting metrics, and a driver for running them. The company says it is asking the community for help in developing additional benchmarks, as well as further "helper" libraries and overall code review for better stability and performance. Apple plans to include benchmark pull requests in Swift's new continuous integration system as well. http://bit.ly/1W8u0EU
Instagram now supporting multiple accounts
As reported earlier, Instagram is now rolling out support for multiple accounts (up to five) in version 7.1.5 of its iOS app. The feature has been one of the main attractions of third-party Instagram clients, but it is unclear if users must seek out an "add account" preference in the app; additionally, some users are reporting that the ability to add accounts has not yet been added. The company says notifications "depend on when you last logged in, and the number of devices that are logged into that account," suggesting not all notifications across accounts will appear when logged into a given one. http://bit.ly/1moh95p
Pictures of Galaxy S7, Edge leaked
New images have been leaked of Samsung's new Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge. The images of the Galaxy S7 are very similar to a draft leaked earlier this year, with a curved back reminiscent of the iPhone 3G with the normal Samsung camera hump in the upper center of the phone. The picture of the Galaxy S7 Edge as leaked is running a benchmark application showing modest improvements over the S6 line, if accurate. Both models are expected to be formally announced in a February 21 press event hosted by Samsung. http://bit.ly/20Gf07X
Bambooti wooden skins for MacBooks
Bambooti has introduced premium wooden skins for Apple laptops that allow users to customize any design or logo directly on the case. Each Bambooti skin is handcrafted from sustainably managed forests, and are hand sanded and spray-finished to create an ultra smooth exterior. Bambooti's wooden skins start at $65 on the fully-funded Kickstarter which includes a custom design or logo of the user's choice that will be engraved on the product. http://kck.st/1PhE6Sb
Apple Music in Taiwan, now up to 113 countries
Apple Music has now added its 113th country, Taiwan, to its expanding list of areas where it offers its paid subscription service. The price in the country will start at NT$150 (about $4.50 US) for an individual subscription, and that now includes (as it does in the rest of the world) the formerly free-but-ad-supported iTunes Radio feature, which as in other countries will be customized somewhat to offer channels of locally-popular music styles. Apple Music is now available in 16 countries and regions -- including China, India, Russia, and Japan -- where Spotify has not yet arrived.
Invisible wall mount for iPad Pro, mini
Computing hardware mounting company Wall-Smart has announced the availability the new "invisible" wall mount, with models for the iPad Pro, iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 4 -- all with no bezel. The invisible mount includes ÂPower Over Ethernet to USB, which allows charging while in-wall, and is available for both drywall and solid surfaces such as solid wood panels or partition walls. Prices vary widely by iPad model, and required mounting hardware. http://bit.ly/1SE5jCO
Kingston buys IronKey secure USB tech
Kingston Digital today announced it has acquired the USB technology and assets of IronKey from Imation. In addition to Kingston's acquisition, encryption services leader DataLocker has purchased the IronKey Enterprise Management Services platform which provides centralized management to encrypted USB drives. Kingston and DataLocker claim that there will be no interruption in service provided, or available products as a result of the consolidations. http://bit.ly/1QQk9SZ