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NeoTron Design has released a Final Cut Pro 4 KeyGuide ($13), the newest of several unique visual application key command roadmaps. KeyGuides are different because they are laminated "placemats" which reveal an application's "entire keyboard shortcuts" at a glance. The newest KeyGuide premiered at the Boston Final Cut Pro User Group Tuesday evening. Other KeyGuides are available for After Effects 5.5, Photoshop 7 (Mac and Windows) ProTools 5, Premiere 6 (Mac and Windows), with upcoming models for Digital Performer, Illustrator, and ProTools 6. Also updated is NeoTron's ScanGuide Pro, a compact reference offering effective photo 'scanrates' for video.
As noted earlier this year, Sony's FIU-600 Puppy fingerprint identity device now ships with Puppy Suite authentication software for Mac OS X. The package provides easy-to-use solutions for securing access to desktops, web sites and other critical applications, replacing the need to use passwords in the home or a small office environment. The FIU-600 unit connects via a USB port and authenticates users based on their fingertip. Its capacitance-sensing technology electronically reads a fingerprint. The consumer device is available now for $160, $20 more than its Windows counterpart. (The FIU-710, is designed for large-scale enterprises for securing applications and other corporate information.)
A Japanese Web site has published guide to running Mac OS 7.5.3 on a Compaq iPaq [translated], as noted by MacNN reader Grant Hamilton. (Also see original Japanese version).
Casio today showcased its Exilim EX-S3, EX-Z3, EX-S2 and EX-M2 digital cameras at the CeBIT America expo at New York’s Jacob K. Javits Center.
The Digital Media Academy said today that it is among the first organizations to provide training for Apple’s new Final Cut Pro 4 video/film editing software. DMA’s 5-day immersion courses will be held June 23 through August 15, 2003 at Stanford University. DMA course topics include Desktop Movies with Final Cut Pro, Advanced Editing with Final Cut Pro, Photoshop for Video & Web, Web Design, Flash Authoring, 3D Animation & Game Design, and Video Compression.
Belkin last week introduced a compact FireWire 6-Port Hub, offering 6 peer-to-peer FireWire ports to connect FireWire devices while also acting as a FireWire repeater. As a FireWire repeater, users can place devices up to an additional 15 feet from other connected FireWire peripherals to extend the distance from the computer to the device. It operates in both self- or bus-powered modes. The hub will be available in North America on June 27, 2003 for $50. (Belkin's Website currently displays a more stylish FireWire 6-Port Hub with a similar part number in both graphite and white for $100).
Canon this week launched the USB 2.0 Hi-Speed CanoScan LiDE 50 Color Image Scanner. The flatbed scanner offers up to 1200x2400 dpi optical resolution and 48-bit color (both input and output) as well as Canon's exclusive Z-Lid expansion top, automatic dust/scratch removal, multiple image scanning, and multipage page-to-single PDF options. It includes Photoshop Elements 2.0, ArcSoft PhotoStudio, ArcSoft PhotoBase, ScanSoft OmniPage SE OCR, and ScanGear CS and CanoScan Toolbox, which "will turn the scanner into a multifunction workstation that is capable of scanning images and documents to send to a fax, e-mail, printer or archive file." It is compatible with both Mac OS 9/X and is expected to ship in July for $100. A 3-year extended warranty is $50.
MOTU is now shipping two new bus-powered USB MIDI interfaces: the rack-mountable MIDI Express 128 ($250) is a professional MIDI interface that provides plug-and-play connectivity to any USB-equipped computer. The MIDI Express 128 provides 8 MIDI IN, 9 MIDI OUT, 128 MIDI channels and compatibility with all Mac OS 9/X and Windows software. MOTU is also shipping its "affordable" micro lite ($150), which shares all of the same features as the MIDI Express 128 in a more compact and portable half-rack format. The micro lite provides 5 MIDI IN, 5 MIDI OUT and delivers 80 MIDI channels via a high-speed USB connection. The "attractive yet rugged" metal casing fits easily into a shoulder bag or briefcase for ultra-compact portability; it features removable rack attachments, as well as a custom center-joint fastener.
Eizo Nanao Technologies introduced the ColorEdge Series of LCD monitors for graphics and publishing professionals. This new series of flat panels provides accurate and consistent color performance with Eizo's new ColorNavigator calibration software and compatibility with the GretagMacbeth Eye-One spectrophotometer. The first two models are the ColorEdge CG21 ($2900), a 21.3-inch monitor offering 1600x1200 resolution and the ColorEdge CG18 ($1860), an 18.1-inch monitor with 1280x1024 resolution. The Eizo-developed software is bundled with ColorEdge Series monitors and offers Mac OS 9/Mac OS X compatibility. The LCDs feature advanced IPS (In-Plane Switching) panels with 170 degree viewing angles, 250 cd/m2 brightness, and 400:1 contrast ratios.
Version 1.2 of PostView ($22), the advanced document and image viewer for Mac OS X, is now available. The new release features an updated version (2.1) of the EGOS engine, vastly improving both fidelity and performance of Postscript rendering. In addition PDF loading times have been improved and various display settings are now settable as preferences. [1.6MB] GoldfishSoft has released Xenophaquinox 2.0, a major update to its "unusual" puzzle-style game for OS X. Version 2.0 includes interface enhancements, improved computer intelligence, customizability improvements, and improved documentation. The $10 shareware requires Mac OS X. [607KB] Directors NoteBook 1.5.3 is designed specifically for TV commercial directors and director/cameramen. New features included are: Job Notes for writing micsellaneous notes about crew, location, hotel, etc.; the ability to print notes; and other changes. Pricing starts at $170 with a 20% discount offered to students. It requires FileMaker Pro 5.0. [SA, Pro] SpamSieve 1.3.1 brings Bayesian spam filtering to popular e-mail clients. It works with any number of mail accounts that are supported by the email client: "SpamSieve actually gets better over time as you train it with more messages. SpamSieve doesn’t delete any messages—it only marks them in your e-mail client—so you’ll never lose any mail." It adds integration with Mailsmith 2.0, offers faster regex substitutions, and other features. It is $20 and requires Mac OS X. [1.4MB] The Cocoa 3D Tutorial Open Source framework, now at version 0.2, has been developed to build a very simple bridge from the Cocoa environment to OpenGL for the developers that are new to 3D programming, giving "an easier to handle base to start experimenting with OpenGL and building 3D apps themselves."
Tech news: Handspring has posted a sneak peek at its new Treo 600, due out this fall, with a full QWERTY keyboard, Palm OS 5, new browser, and built-in digital camera; Music sites such as Apple take about 50% (40% + 10%) of the revenue for online music sales, while the Label gets 30% and the artists get 12%; and Sony is expected to release two new Clie devices in July, which feature a recent version of the Palm operating system, built-in cameras and digital audio players; and Iomega has has announced a "universal" rewritable DVD drive that supports the DVD+RW, DVD-RW, and DVD-RAM formats, dubbed the Iomega Super DVD All Format 4X.
Marathon Computer today introduced new wallmount solutions for Apple 20" and 23" Cinema Displays. These wallmounts serve double duty as rackmounts for standard 19" equipment racks: "Mounting is very sturdy and stable, with the weight of the display resting in a cushioned saddle. Installation is quick and easy, following the illustrated instructions, and is completelyrevertible, to quickly return the display to desktop operation." Each is ad eof steel and brushed aluminum construction and accommodates either the 20", 22", and 23" Apple Cinema Display. They are available immediately for $125 each.
Bare Bones Software today began shipping Mailsmith 2.0, an update to its email client. Version 2.0 offers integrated support for SpamSieve, PGP, Apple Address Book, and over a hundred and fifty other feature additions and refinements, including direct import and export of mail and addresses including vCard format, with a simple drag-and-drop. Users can import and export existing mail stores from Claris Emailer, Eudora, and Apple Mail, as well as from the standard "mbox" format. Mailsmith also incorporates the same text editing and transformation functions found in BBEdit and TextWrangler, and also offers unlimited filter terms and actions, unlimited search terms, AppleScript support and more. The $100 software is available as as cross-upgrade for $80 to owners of competitive products. New purchases through the of July are eligible for a free copy of SpamSieve. Upgrades from v1.0 are $50.
Needham today upgraded Apple Stock from 'Hold' to 'Buy' based on "the strength of accelerating iPod sales, a possible rebound in PowerMac sales beginning this fall, and the fact that AAPL is abandoning its long-standing strategy of confining its software to the Mac platform, which will enable [it] to target its digital entertainment products and services at the entire market." The company set the target value of AAPL at $23.
Hemera today launched its new image collection: The Big Box of Art 800,000, which the company says is the world's largest Macintosh image collection on DVD. The collection of over 800,000 royalty-free images contains over 30GB of images on 8 DVDs and over 300,000 vector clip art objects. It also includes over 25,000 premium, pre-masked Hemera Photo-Objects images, plus stock photographs, raster illustrations, Web graphics and textured photos. It includes Hemera's Image Browser, which features a search engine and drag & drop support. The $150 collection also features 50 bonus high-resolution (28 MB) professional stock photos from AbleStock with up to 150 more AbleStock images through a 30-day free trial subscription.
Mozilla.org has posted a second release candidate of its open-source browser, Mozilla 1.4rc2. It features an overhauled bookmark system, smooth scrolling options, improved preferences, and thousands of additional bugfixes, including changes to improve performance, stability, web site compatability, standards support, and usability." [14.9MB] Intaglio 1.4 is a $60 Mac drawing & illustration program designed for Mac OS X, supporting AppleScript, Apple Type Services, ColorSync, Quartz, QuickDraw, and QuickTime technologies. Version 1.4 adds improved graphic alignment controls, an image mask when exporting bitmap images, optional display page breaks in multi-page drawings, and other miscellaneous bug fixes. [1.4MB] Ben Bird's SecuritySpy 1.0b25 is an update to his multi-camera video surveillance software that captures and displays live video from multiple cameras simultaneously, offering motion detection, remote image upload, email notification, pre-capture buffer, a built-in HTTP server, time-stamping, and other features. Pricing starts at $50. [750KB] Haxial Software has released KDX 0.951, its client/server BBS system. The update has many enhancements, including improved support for multiple newsgroups as well as improved LAN file transfer speed (claiming up to 17MB/sec between Gigabit Ethernet computers). KDX can also transfer multi-terabyte files and offers secure file transfers. It is $25 and runs on Mac OS 9/X. [client, server] Maxon is now shipping Shave and a Haircut v2 for CINEMA 4D, an upgrade to the popular hair generation system from Hollywood visual effects guru Joe Alter. It drastically reduces RAM usage, features an improved hair renderer, a new volumetric hair shader, a new combing tool, and improved integration with CINEMA 4D Release 8. It runs on both Mac OS 9/X. Updates are 43 Euros. Full licenses are 300 Euros. ZeboPhoto 1.3 is an image viewer/editor program. New additions to this version include a movie player with full screen viewing options, improved slideshow options (including the ability to lighten, darken or resize and scroll an image during a slide show), more options for date display, and more text formating options. It is a free upgrade to the $8 utility. [Classic, OSX] Web Validator 1.41 is a $12 shareware that can validate the HTML, XHTML and CSS code of any website: "enter the URL of the website, select the validation type, and which links to follow (you can limit by domains, link depth and directories), and then click validate." [615KB]
Shecom today released its Ikebana FireWire 800/USB 2.0 Combo external hard drive. The Ikebana ICE-800 Combo Drive, announced at CeBIT-America 2003 in New York City, features a FireWire 800 connectivity as well as a USB 2.0 port along with support for drvies up to 250GB. It is compatible with Mac OS X 10.2.3 or later. The retail package includes external AC adaptor, FireWire 800 interface cable, software, and comes with a 1-year limited warranty. It is available in 120GB ($290), 200GB ($450), and 250GB ($580) capacities. They will be available for shipping by the end of the month.
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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
View-Master VR device in Apple Store
Apple has started to sell a Google Cardboard-style VR headset modeled on a classic Mattel toy. Initially launched early last year, the View-Master Virtual Reality Starter Pack for $30 is designed to use an iPhone as a display, with a Preview Reel and lever system mimicking the toy's switching between images to take users between different VR apps and scenes. http://bit.ly/1RhJW8y
Apple brings iTunes Movie Trailers app to Canada
After five years, Apple has expanded its iTunes Movie Trailers app for iOS to Canada. As of Saturday, the free app allows movie buffs to see HD movie trailers for new studio and independent features, and explore some other movie-related extras such as photos, behind-the-scenes footage, or clips from upcoming films. Users can save trailers for quick access, read reviews from RottenTomatoes.com within the app, use AirPlay to send them to an Apple TV, share trailers, and peruse the top movie charts. http://apple.co/1UUKtwr
Apple expands CloudKit API, provides web interface
On Friday, Apple notified developers that it was expanding a feature of CloudKit to allow for server-to-server web service requests. "In addition to providing a web interface for users to access the same data as your app, you can now easily read and write to the CloudKit public database from a server-side process or script with a server-to-server key," Apple said in its announcement. Previously, interaction with the CloudKit public database was limited to apps and web only. http://apple.co/20h1RwP
Remote S for Tesla Apple Watch app drives car out
Developer Allen Wong has created the Remote S for Tesla app, which can be used to remotely activate the Model S electric car via an Apple Watch, and drive it a short distance. Aside from providing data about the car and some basic function controls, the unofficial app uses the manufacturer's Summon command to allow the car to turn on, exit the garage, and park near to the user's location. The app is available to purchase from the App Store for $10. http://apple.co/1PprF4t
Seagate 3TB unreliability suit expands
The Seagate 3TB class-action hard drive lawsuit has been expanded to more devices. The expanded suit, filed today, now includes Seagate's Barracuda 3TB Hard Disk Drive,Â Desktop HDD 3TB, Backup Plus 3TB External Hard DiskÂ Drive,Â GoFlex 3TB External Hard Disk Drive, or any other Seagate hard drive with model number ST3000DM001. The law firm, Hagens Berman, is seeking information from consumers such as time in service, purchase price, and the nature of any drive received in return from Seagate as a replacement for a failed unit. http://bit.ly/1Pc34Cq