Macromedia today announced Macromedia On Demand, a new online application that offers streaming seminars and modules to help new and prospective users "realize the benefits of using Macromedia products." Macromedia On Demand specifically targets users who need more than pre-sales information, but are not "quite ready for detailed, technical content."
"What makes Apple's new music-distribu-tion system so delicious (if not downright in-sid-ious) is that you don't think of it as a music distribution system," says Randall Rothenberg of AdAge, "taking pages, obviously, from Amazon, and less obviously from Starbucks, Crate & Barrel and a few other vanguard retailers, Apple has drafted a new book on experiential marketing." Rothenberg reports spending $100 in the first two days of using the iTunes Music Store, thanks to "the ease with which a music aficionado can browse and taste the surfeit of offerings." The number of tracks sold by Apple's new online music store each week has fallen by about half since the service was launched in late April, according to the New York Post.
ChartMaker Pro 5.0 gives you the ability to create line charts, bar charts, column charts, scatter charts, and pie charts all using FileMaker's built-in features, "without plug-ins or licensing fees." You can also serve the images over the Web using the Web Companion. [Download - FM 5/6, FM 4.x] Rob Randtoul has released a number of new desktop background images to address the "severe shortage of quality wallpapers [...] designed to look good on wide-screen format monitors." All of the images are rendered in wide-screen format at 1920x1200 and 1440x900 (8:5 format) and are available to members of PlasmaDesign. Lifetime membership costs $5 and provides access to all artwork -- "past, present and future for the life of the site." Screen 640x480 2.0 is a utility for Web designers to properly size their Web sites to be viewable on older Macs. Version 2.0 adds the ability to choose resolution between 640x480, 800x600 or 1024x768. The application is freeware, but "as Web site traffic costs some money, you can say thank you with a few dollars." Source code is included. [Download - 764KB] Alfred 1.5.1 is an easy to use, customizable, universal plug-ins manager. It is inspired by Mac OS 9's Finder and Extensions Manager. This maintenance update provides the following improvements: slightly enhanced performance of the file browsing; corrects bug whereby some packages were malformed; many icons and toolbars have been revamped to improve overall user experience; and more. [Download - 1.5MB] Artman21 has released JChecker 3.0, and update to its powerful HTML source code editor and checker. It supports 16 HTML/XHTML validation dictionaries, auto-generation for DTD dictionaries, auto HTML error correction, and powerful link checking including sub linked pages. Additionally, "it inherits powerful editing functions from its brother Jedit, including regular expression search, AppleScriptability, and enhanced macro functions." Verson 3.0.5 adds five new validation check items, improved recursive link checking and several minor bug fixes. [Download - Classic, Mac OS X] Danicsoft today released a significant update to Copernicus, its flagship screen-capture utility. Copernicus allows you to capture and handle screenshots in Mac OS X with "unprecedented ease." Version 1.2 introduces many new features, options and fixes many bugs. Copernicus can be used on a trial basis for 30 days, after which Copernicus will watermark screenshots with the phrase "please register copernicus" until registered for $10. [Download - 1.1MB]
Paul Boutin of MSN's Slate Magazine writes that Apple's AirPort Extreme was the only solution that allowed him to "blanket the entire property with Wi-Fi, using only off-the-shelf consumer hardware and without running more cables..[with a few more restrictions: (1) all had to be the same model and (2) mass-market consumer hardware]...The only product that met our needs was Apple's AirPort Extreme base station. At $199 for the entry-level model, it's a bit pricier than most other home Wi-Fi bases, but it has all the right stuff for our project."
Apple's Security Update 2003-06-09, available via the Mac OS X software update, addresses a potential security issue when the Apple Filing Protocol (AFP) is used to reshare a Network File System (NFS) mount. This update also addresses a situation where LDAP bind authentication requests may be improperly sent when using Kerberos authentication. The 1.4MB update requires a system restart.
Following a weekend report by AppleInsider, eWeek reports that Apple is "nearing the release of desktop systems featuring IBM's 64-bit PowerPC 970 chip, but a 64-bit version of Mac OS X may lag behind by a month or two. Sources said that the IBM chip will make its first appearance in a new Power Mac known internally as Q37. However, sources said, Q37 won't ship with a 64-bit version of Mac OS X, limiting OS performance gains in the initial release. Instead, Q37 will launch with a special build train of the current Mac OS X Version 10.2, a k a Jaguar."
LaCie today announced a significant price drop on its 19" and 22" electronblueIV CRT displays. Designed to deliver state-of-the-art color accuracy and increased brightness and contrast, the LaCie electronblueIV CRTs provide high fidelity picture quality and feature a new electron gun for greater picture sharpness and improved performance for graphic professionals as well as a new super bright mode ideal for users working in video and gaming applications. The electronblueIV monitor lines comes with a unique dark blue casing, non-glare tube and color-enhancing blue hood (black inside) to ensure consistent lighting conditions. The estimated prices are $380 and $800, respectively.
Several MacNN readers that some "small" percentage of .Mac users are experiencing problems with their iDisk and are unable to access their Web pages, as confirmed by Apple support (and dozens of readers in the support area): "A small percentage of users are currently unable to access their iDisk. Also, these users will not be able to access their published HomePages. We are working on resolving this problem and will post once it is fixed."
iPatch 1.0 is a new utility by Alexandre Colucci. It can compare resources of two applications, and can produce a self-applying patch to update an older version of an application to a newer version. It easily creates entirely standalone patches. It supports both French and English localizations. [565KB] WebEvent today announced a free 15-day trial of its WebEvent Publish software, a Web-based event calendaring solution. Available as a licensed or hosted application, WebEvent Publish runs on all major operating systems and offers the added flexibility of creating custom event fields, filtering events by custom category and supporting multiple time zones to accommodate worldwide audiences. FootTrack 1.1 is a Mac OS X application that allows you to catalog and easily search your digital video tape footage. The application now includes a new "Getting Started" document, a new clip detail view, clip filtering functions, , the ability to edit the date recorded, and other earch enhancements. It is $30. [1.1MB] NetDraw 2.0 is a simple Network Drawing application that allows users to connect to a remote host and sharing a common whiteboard in real-time. Users can print and/or save their work. Version 2.0 features object drawing and other advanced features. Versions are available for Mac OS 8/9/X and Windows. [Classic, OSX] iChatter 1.0 is a plug-in which adds voices to iChat, allowing users to have Instant Messages spoken aloud using Mac OS X's built in speech synthesis. The $8 shareware requires iChat (Mac OS X only) and the freeware Application Enhancer. [1.0MB] Mountain King Studios has released Demonstar, a Mac OS X version of its vertical scrolling shooter game title that offers joystick support, 3-D rendered graphics, explosive sound effects, and a brilliant soundtrack. A demo of the $16 shareware is available online with over 18 levels of gameplay. [5.0MB]
Ilexsoft's HighDesign 1.0.1 is an update to its professional CAD and illustration program that provides innovative concepts and powerful vector tools in a friendly environment. This release introduces Mac OS 8/9 compatibility, improves stability and performance, solves some minor issues with the DXF import, adds a "Previous View" command and improves layer management and other features. The Standard version is $150, while the Professional version is $350. [Classic, OSX] oXygen XML Editor 2.0.2 brings support for RelaxNG, support for TEI documents and the ability to import HTML documents as XHTML. The Java-based XML editor supports XML, XSD, XSL, DTD and features powerful Code-Insight and a flexible approach to XML editing that allows users to manage all XML related documents. Pricing starts at $75. Doug's AppleScripts for iTunes has updated iCal Calling iTunes! 3.0. The application lets you use iCal to schedule iTunes music playlists to play. The free version can schedule the start and stop times of playlists, set playlists to shuffle before playing, and schedule Internet radio stations, while registration ($5) also enables setting iTunes volume by event, recognition of recurring events, and the ability to use more than a single iTunes Calendar. [246KB] Rage Software has released Macintosh Explorer 3.6, an update to its integrated file browser and file management tool. Version 3.6 brings enhanced Mac OS X support with a revamped interface taking advantage of OS X toolbars and drawers. It also improves speed of file browsing. It is a free update to the $15 shareware application. [1.4MB] Brendan McCarthy's iTunes Monitor 1.0 displays "the connected users (by hostname or IP address) and their current status with a colored indicator. Files in the local music library which are currently open are also listed." [118KB] Steve Becker has updated WebPrint Plus X 2.1, his set of universal tools for collecting, saving, printing, and editing information. It lets users select and save or print anything from a single character to multiple pages and allows users add time-date stamps and notes. Version 2.1 features enhanced Undo, customizable auto-save, and other enhancements. [1.8MB] IDIot 1.0 is an installer tool for software authors and system admins: "If you distribute your Mac OS X software electronically, use an internet-enabled disk image (IDI) which 'cleans up; after itself leaving behind only the desired software and nothing else related to the download process." It is donationware for Mac OS X. [127KB] Stefan Schramm's SessionTimer Pro 4.2 is a $10 application for logging time spent on multiple projects: "It is immune to system crashes or accidental quitting. In fact, the computer does not even need to be turned on." It is available for Mac OS X and Mac OS 8/9 (as well as Windows). It is freeware for up to three timers. [Classic, OSX]
ATI Technologies today announced its Remote Wonder for Mac users. The radio-frequency (RF) remote control works with any Apple computer equipped with a USB connector, offering access to a host of multimedia application functions using its full built-in mouse control and programmable macro buttons. It offers wireless access to Apple's core multimedia software technologies, including DVD playback, movie file playback (QuickTime), music playback (iTunes), live presentation control (PowerPoint, Keynote) and Internet surf control (Internet Explorer and Safari). It is $50 and available now from ATI.
LapWorks today announced the SwivlPad, an accessory to its flagship product, the Laptop Desk v2.0: "Placed beneath the Laptop Desk when it is configured to work at a table or desk, this small disk is a 'turntable' which allows for 360 degree rotation and viewing of notebook screens. Available only from LapWorks' website, the SwivlPad is $20, or $15 when purchased with a new Laptop Desk." It features non-slip material on both outside surfaces to securely grip all surfaces and a dry lubricating Teflon inner layer for effortless swiveling for 360 degree screen-sharing.
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Cirrus creates Lightning-headphone dev kit
Apple supplier Cirrus Logic has introduced a MFi-compliant new development kit for companies interested in using Cirrus' chips to create Lightning-based headphones, which -- regardless of whether rumors about Apple dropping the analog headphone jack in its iPhone this fall -- can offer advantages to music-loving iOS device users. The kit mentions some of the advantages of an all-digital headset or headphone connector, including higher-bitrate support, a more customizable experience, and support for power and data transfer into headphone hardware. Several companies already make Lightning headphones, and Apple has supported the concept since June 2014. http://bit.ly/29giiZj
Apple Store app offers Procreate Pocket
The Apple Store app for iPhone, which periodically rewards users with free app gifts, is now offering the iPhone "Pocket" version of drawing app Procreate for those who have the free Apple Store app until July 28. Users who have redeemed the offer by navigating to the "Stores" tab of the app and swiping past the "iPhone Upgrade Program" banner to the "Procreate" banner have noted that only the limited Pocket (iPhone) version of the app is available free, even if the Apple Store app is installed and the offer redeemed on an iPad. The Pocket version currently sells for $3 on the iOS App Store. [32.4MB]
Porsche adds CarPlay to 2017 Panamera
Porsche has added a fifth model of vehicle to its CarPlay-supported lineup, announcing that the 2017 Panamera -- which will arrive in the US in January -- will include Apple's infotainment technology, and be seen on a giant 12.3-inch touchscreen as part of an all-new Porsche Communication Management system. The luxury sedan starts at $99,900 for the 4S model, and scales up to the Panamera Turbo, which sells for $146,900. Other vehicles that currently support CarPlay include the 2016 911 and the 2017 models of Macan, 718 Boxster, and 718 Cayman. The company did not mention support for Google's corresponding Android Auto in its announcement. http://bit.ly/295ZQ94
Apple employees testing wheelchair features
New features included in the forthcoming watchOS 3 are being tested by Apple retail store employees, including a new activity-tracking feature that has been designed with wheelchair users in mind. The move is slightly unusual in that, while retail employees have previously been used to test pre-release versions of OS X and iOS, this marks the first time they've been included in the otherwise developer-only watchOS betas. The company is said to have gone to great lengths to modify the activity tracker for wheelchair users, including changing the "time to stand" notification to "time to roll" and including two wheelchair-centric workout apps. http://bit.ly/2955JDa
SanDisk reveals two 256GB microSDXC cards
SanDisk has introduced two 256GB microSDXC cards. Arriving in August for $150, the Ultra microSDXC UHS-I Premium Edition card offers transfer speeds of up to 95MB/s for reading data. The Extreme microSDXC UHS-I card can read at a fast 100MB/s and write at up to 90MB/s, and will be shipping sometime in the fourth quarter for $200. http://bit.ly/294Q1If
Apple's third-quarter results due July 26
Apple has advised it will be issuing its third-quarter results on July 26, with a conference call to answer investor and analyst queries about the earnings set to take place later that day. The stream of the call will go live at 2pm PT (5pm ET) via Apple's investor site, with the results themselves expected to be released roughly 30 minutes before the call commences. Apple's guidance for the quarter put revenue at between $41 billion and $43 billion. http://apple.co/1oi1Pbm
Twitter stickers slowly roll out to users
Twitter has introduced "stickers," allowing users to add extra graphical elements to their photos before uploading them to the micro-blogging service. A library of hundreds of accessories, props, and emoji will be available to use as stickers, which can be resized, rotated, and placed anywhere on the photograph. Images with stickers will also become searchable with viewers able to select a sticker to see how others use the same graphic in their own posts. Twitter advises stickers will be rolling out to users over the next few weeks, and will work on both the mobile apps and through the browser. http://bit.ly/29bbwUE