Corel representative Meredith Dundas provided us with answers to a number of questions relating to the discontinuation of Bryce for the Mac.
SoftRAID 3.0, the long-awaited Mac OS X version of the popular utility, today entered its third-party beta testing phase. The new version supports RAID levels 0 and 1 volumes on any combination of FireWire, ATA, SCSI and Fibre Channel drives. Version 3 also offers automatic rebuilding of Mirror volumes, volume optimization, and a new concept of Mirror sets, "all with the high reliability and performance SoftRAID users have come to expect." It is expected to ship on July 25, 2003; the suggested retail price for SoftRAID 3.0 will be $150.
O'Reilly has released "iPhoto2: The Missing Manual," a guide to iPhoto and digital imaging in general. "The book covers choosing and mastering a digital camera, the basics of good photocomposition, and tips for shooting special subjects like sports, kids, nighttime shots, and more." The book explored iPhoto's wide range of tools, shortcuts, and database-like features, in addition to reviewing the application's "complete arsenal of photo-presentation features, and sophisticated multimedia and internet hooks."
MacNN reader Robert Ortenzi pointed us to some background information on the 'Legacy Village' in Cleveland, Ohio -- the anticipated location for an upcoming Apple retail store in the city. “Retailers were clamoring for the site because of its location — at the corner of Cedar and Richmond roads, directly across from Beachwood Place, one of Ohio’s top-performing centers. Beachwood Place is anchored by Northern Ohio’s only Saks Fifth Avenue and Nordstrom, and demographics in the area are among the highest in OH.”
Kanguru today announced the release of a new Compact Flash card reader and USB flash drive. The new drive, dubbed the KanguruMicro CF, can be plugged into any USB port and is driverless with most operating systems. The KanguruMicro CF will appear as two drives, providing the option of storing data on the drive or on either the Compact Flash card or the IBM MicroDrive. It fits in the palm of your hand and weighs 20 grams. It is available in three capacities including 32MB, 64MB and 128MB, starting at $40.
eWeek reports that "Apple is preparing to release a security update to Mac OS X Server, sources said. The patch will reportedly update Mac OS X's installation of Apache 2.0, fixing a security vulnerability. The company Wednesday seeded a pre-release copy of the update to developers. The security update was marked June 5, indicating that Apple plans to release it to users today."
Qdea today released Synchronize! Pro X 3.0, a "major" upgrade to its Mac OS X backup and file synchronization utility. The new version archives files that are replaced or deleted, so that old files can be accessed later. Archived files can be grouped into convenient sizes for writing to CD-R or DVD, and archive disk space is automatically reclaimed by removing the oldest files to make space for new files. It can also create bootable OS X backups, offers scheduling features, and supports 255-character Unicode file names and OS X file permissions. A demo of the $100 application is available online.
Apple will hold the grand opening for its Apple Store Chestnut Hill in Chestnut Hill, MA on Saturday, June 14, as noted by a MacNN reader last February. Apple will giveaway T-shirt to the first 1000 people to visit the Apple Store and will also feature a week of free educational presentations, demonstrations, and workshops. The Apple Store Chestnut Hill is located on the ground level near Filene's retail store in the Mall at Chestnut Hill.
dvGarage has released The Terrain Toolkit. "Converted from USGS Digital Elevation Map (DEM) data, the product contains over 900 grayscale images that represent height data of many locations in the US: "Though free, DEM files can only be used in a handful of applications in their raw form. By converting the files to grayscale imagery, 3D artists can easily use the information as displacement maps.... Conversion also allows for further editing in Photoshop to create landscapes based on reality but conforming to specific needs of production." The Mac version includes a DEM viewer capable of opening, viewing, and converting DEM files to grayscale images. The $130 kit is available for $80 through June 13, 2003.
Stupendous Software has released two new iMovie plugin packs. Each "sixpack" contains six of Stupendous Software's effects plugin packs, priced at a $50 discount. The "Sixpack Alpha" (147 effects) contains the following plugin packs: Glows & Blurs, Labels & Overlays, Scratch & Dirt, Smoke & Glass, Time Effects, Time Effects 2. The "Sixpack Beta" (163 effects) contains the following plugin packs: Ascii & Art, Color Effects, Crops & Zooms, Levels & Balances, Masks & Compositing, SplitScreen & PiP. Each pack is $100 ($50 off), while individual plugins are $25 each.
After releasing bootable CDs for Macs yesterday, Gentoo Linux today announced that it would bring its Fink-like package ("port") system to Mac OS X: "We're pleased to announce that the Gentoo platform will soon be available for Mac OS X. This means that users will be able to enjoy the the power and simplicity of the Gentoo platform and Portage where they happen to be, on the operating system they are currently using -- even if that operating system isn't GNU/Linux. We want to give our users more choices than anyone else, including the ability to use non-GNU operating systems and non-Linux kernels if they have that particular requirement or desire."
Objective Development today released LaunchBar 3.2.11, an update to popular keyboard-based launcher utility that offers the ability to launch any application, URL, and/or document by simply typing the first letters of the application (or any custom abbreviation). The update fixes copmatibility with other applications (Hide/Show functions), Camino bookmarks, Mac OS X's Address Book, and iTunes new AAC format files. A home user license is $20, while a business license is $40. [243KB] Flash AV Players 1.6 is an application that broadcasts SWF (Audio and Video) and JPEG files by loading XML playlists. It also features navigation and sound controls (across tracks and playlists), preloading according to connection speed, crossfade of movies, and other features. Ben Mackin's Cocoa eFax 1.2 allows you to send faxes from your computer using your internal or external modem. Users can receive unlimited numbers of documents, but can only send 5 documents before paying the $10 shareware registration. The update fixes a wake-from-sleep issue, adds a new template-based coversheet with new items, has the ability to manually send faxes, and other features. [1.7MB] Jaguar Cache Cleaner 1.8.1 is a utility designed to provide easy access to numerous OS X maintenance and utility options. It helps simplify system maintenance chores with an easy point and click interface to many OS X functions. JCC's Deep Cleaning option is no longer limited to the single logged in user and it also hooks into the .Mac version of the Virex command line scanner for automated or scheduled virus scanning and cleaning of all users home folders. [162KB] SearchWare has released Print Window 2.1.1, its utility for printing file listings from directly within the Mac OS X Finder. The new version adds the ability to initiate the generation of a file listing from Print Window's Dock Menu and improves the reliability of the Command-P shortcut. The donationware runs on Mac OS X only. [1.4MB] SwitchRes X 3.04 is a background application that allows you to control the resolutions of all your displays via a Control Panel, a Menu Extra, and/or a Contextual Menu extension are bundled. It allows you access some system resolutions not available via the standard 'Displays' preference pain and can add custom name tags to individual resolutions. [1.2MB]
Apple today announced that Final Cut Pro 4, the next generation of Apple's editing software for film, HD, SD and DV, will be available at 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, June 14, at participating Apple Authorized Resellers and Apple retail stores. Selected stores will host a "4@4" kick-off event with theater demos and industry-leading editors sharing how their latest projects were made with Final Cut Pro. Pricing starts at $1000 for a new license and $400 for upgrades.
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Parallels Access 3.1 updated for iPad Pro
Virtualization software Parallels Access 3.1 has been updated with support for the 12.9-inch iPad Pro, including Apple Pencil support. The software allows remote access to your PC or Mac from anywhere to control desktop applications from iOS or Android tablets and phones, with native touch gestures, as well as from any computer with an HTML5 web browser. Featuring three resolution choices for your mobile device ("Best for your Device," "More Space," and "Same as Computer") and 3D Touch support for the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus, the update also adds a new Tablet Mode in Windows 10, which makes it easier to interact without a mouse or keyboard. http://bit.ly/1OWZqjg
Hyundai brings CarPlay to more 2016 models
Along with its previously-announced support for adding CarPlay technology to the 2016 Sonata, 2017 Elantra, and 2017 Ioniq, a leaked memo to dealers has revealed that CarPlay-supporting software updates will be available today that bring the infortainment tech to the 2015 and 2016 non-hybrid Sonata models, the 2016 hybrid Sonata, the 2015 and 2016 Genesis Sedan, the 2016 Tucson, the 2017 Santa Fe, and the 2017 Ioniq. Owners can upgrade the system themselves by visiting the Hyundai website, and will need a Mac or PC with either an SD card slot or SD card reader to transfer the update to the vehicle. http://bit.ly/1YZqkqS
Google Paris HQ raided by investigators
Google's Paris headquarters has been raided by dozens of French police. The Tuesday raid was part of an ongoing investigation into possible tax-avoidance practices, stoked by widespread dissatisfaction with the way multinationals like Google are structuring their business operations. Although trading in many countries around the globe, Google reports its international sales only in tax-friendly Ireland, similar to a practice adopted by Apple. According to French law, if it completes any of its sales contracts in France and not Ireland alone, it could be in breach of its laws. Google, for its part, denies any wrongdoing, and said that it is fully compliant with French law. http://reut.rs/1Udk2T9
Apple TV extends universal search to NBC
Apple has extended its universal search function on the Apple TV to now include NBC shows in its results, provided the user has installed the NBC tvOS app. The search results can be generated either through Siri, or through the Search app, and includes support for searches by title, genre, and actor, among other queries. NBC joins CBS, more recently, among other channels including: Disney Channel; Disney Jr; Disney XD; FOXNOW; FXNOW; HBO GO; HBO NOW; Hulu; Nat Geo TV; Netflix; PBS; PBS Kids; SHOWTIME; SHOWTIME Anytime; Starz, and Watch ABC, all of which are supported by universal search. http://apple.co/25lGi5R
Comixology fires up $6 all-you-can-read service
Amazon-owned Comixology has launched an all-you-can-read comic subscription service. After a 30-day free trial, for $6 a month, subscribers can draw from a large selection of the Comixology library, minus Marvel and DC comics. For now, the service is US-only. http://bit.ly/1WMAOft
QuarkXPress 2016 now shipping
Quark is now shipping QuarkXPress 2016, the newest version of Quark's graphic design and desktop publishing software that now features near-WYSIWYG fixe HTML5 publishing as well as improved operability with InDesign and Illustrator and support for multi-Color Gradient Blends, OpenType Stylistic Sets, a Color Picker (Eyedropper tool), Touchpads for Pinch and Zoom (Mac only) and more. Users on any previous version of QuarkXPress (versions 3-10) can upgrade to version 2016 for $350, while QuarkXPress 2015 users can upgrade to 2016 for $180; new licenses are available for $850 (education licenses are available for $90). http://bit.ly/1OL23Pu